To The Loquitur staff,
Thank you for writing the recent article on Coach John Dzik.
I graduated from Cabrini College in 1999 and was an active
participant in the campus community. As a former member of the
basketball team I know first hand how much Coach Dzik meant to the
college, unfortunately some in the administration never truly
appreciated or understood his value.
Ms. Moll's comment insisting it's best not to question the
reasoning of the administration is simply outrageous. She should be
ashamed for expressing such an iron-fisted like attitude. Is Cabrini
under a dictatorship? And since when has the administration felt it
was unnecessary to welcome the voice of its students, parents and
alumni? Understandably it's up to the administration to guide this
institution in the right direction, but ultimately they have an
obligation to encourage and listen to the voices of the community
they represent, whether they agree with them or not.
And Ms. Lysionek, who insisted she thought "long and hard" before
making the decision, maybe should have thought a little more. She
clearly underestimated Dzik's value to the institution and the
unsettling feelings many students and alums now have because of the
decision. As alumni we are somewhat distanced from the institution,
but for many of us a bridge exists, a bridge that keeps us forever
linked to the institution. That bridge for many is John Dzik. Ms.
Lysionek's rash decision has since torn down that bridge, leaving
many of us isolated from the community we thought we knew.
The future of Coach Dzik at this college may not change. If that
is so, it's extremely unfortunate and Cabrini's loss. Current and
prospective students will be losing a valuable member of the
community. But while the outcome may not change, students, parents
and alumni should not sit by idly while a small minority dictates
the future of this college. Despite Moll's comments, you have a
voice and you should use it.
In the years to come, the likes of Iadarola, Lysionek, and Moll
will come and go, but what will remain constant is the legacy of
Coach Dzik and his lasting imprint on this institution. That is
something they may envy but something they'll never be able to take
Roman Gabriel Class of 1999