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Men’s Lacrosse clinch playoff spot with win over rival Hilbert - 24 PERSPECTIVE Inside this issue... Medaille NEWS: How do you measure success? We talked to students from different majors as well as Joe Savarese and Mike Lillis and asked them how success is measured. Story on page 6 After four years at Medaille seniors reflect on their experience and talk about the future. Freshmen reflect on their year too. Emily Howard can’t wait for the next three years. Story on page 8 OPINIONS: Whether you’re happy they’re finally gone or sad to see them go, our seniors say goodbye. Many reflect on what they have learned and who they have become. Story on page 2 Beloved adjunct faculty member Tim Maggio has passed away. Maggio was an advisor to Medaille’s Break Even club. Story on page 3 LIFESTYLES: Jim Brace and Courtney Grim traveled to Haiti during the Easter break to participate in a ground breaking ceremony. How was their experience in a different country? Story on page 14 Do you prefer to go out with a wingman or go solo? Story on page 15 SPORTS: It’s getting to be that time of the year again: final grades. We rate the performances of all of Medaille’s teams. Did your favorite Mavs team make the grade? Story on page 21 The Lady Mavs softball team has been on a tear lately and could make the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Can they finish the season on a hot streak and clinch a playoff spot? Story of page 22 April 29, 2013 Volume 11, Issue 8 Campus reaction to marathon tragedy By Derek Wangler Editor-in-Chief The two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured over 200 more. One of the three people who were killed in the bombings was an 8-year-old boy. With one suspect dead and the other in police custody, Boston now tries to heal and move on with their daily lives. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody by law enforcement on April 19th. Before he was charged by federal prosecutors, there was a debate Students honored those lost to cancer during the Luminari ceremony at the Relay for Life event. if he should be charged as an enemy combatant or not. “Personally, since I believe the younger boy was greatly influenced by the older brother, I’d say no, try him in the criminal system,” said Clinical Assistant Professor Steven MacMartin. MacMartin is also the director of the Homeland Security Program at the Amherst Campus. Due to its close proximity to the border, Buffalo may in danger of an attack. “We have always been a POTENTIAL target. Likely? No. Can anyone predict what might happen? No,” said MacMartin. See Bombing on Page 7 Marvin Atkinson photo Members of the Medaille cross country team spent Sunday at Deleware Park in the solidarity run for those who were in Boston during the bombings. Those with medals are members of the Boston Athletic Association. First Relay for Life event brought to light struggles and triumphs By Dan Feidt Staff Writer Medaille College held its first Relay For Life event on Friday, April 12. Organized by the Medaille Student Government Association, a total of roughly $16,500 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Association. While the Luminari Celebration at the Relay event provided a solemn and emotional feeling, it was hard to not feel inspired by the survivors’ stories, including Cross Country coach, Judy Arlington’s story. Coach Arlington was diagnosed with breast cancer towards the end of the Cross Country season in 2011. Nobody ever expects to develop cancer but many times, the common idea is that cancer targets individuals who may not have the healthiest lifestyle. That isn’t the case because cancer has no preference. It can afflict anyone, regardless of health. It afflicted coach Arlington, who runs multiple miles regularly and participates in individual long-distance races. “Never in my wildest dreams did I or my doctor think I would be fighting cancer,” said coach Arlington. She understands how scary being diagnosed with cancer can be but coach Arlington also believes in never giving up, as she looked towards the advice she’s given her own Cross Country team during past seasons. “Run until you think you’re going to puke – then, sprint,” said coach Arlington, “we’re all stronger than we think.” “[The Luminari Celebration] recognizes the cancer patients who couldn’t be here and we walk to remember them and that’s amazing,” said Brandon Rebert, a Veterinary Technology Major in his Sophomore year. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, according to reports from the Center for Disease Control. With a variety of types, it can affect anyone, regardless of health or lifestyle. This is what makes cancer such a scary thing to deal with, but it’s also a problem that needs to be dealt with. While only scientists can actually cure cancer, every scientist and research group needs funding. That’s where the typical, average college student comes in. Relay For Life originated in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt decided to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Klatt ran around the University of Puget Sound track for 24 hours, accumulating donations from friends who wanted to help raise money as well. A year later, the first Relay would take place at the Stadium Bowl, located in Tacoma, Washington. Instead of running around a track for 24 hours, students and faculty walked around the inside of the gymnasiums for 12 hours. Tables with activities were set up around the gymnasiums for participants to enjoy. Relay T-shirts and other interesting accessories were available for purchase, being sold by staff members of Medaille’s TRiO service. Overall, the organization of such an event required a lot of effort. “I like everyone coming together and helping out,” said Brandon Pietron, a Junior in the Communications program. Pietron praised the work put in by all the clubs and individuals who participated. The Luminari celebration which took place later on in the evening elicited a lot of emotion from those who took part. The Luminari celebration was a strong tribute for those who died from cancer, those who survived cancer, and those who are currently battling cancer. Decorated bags were made for those affected by cancer and placed around the inside of the gymnasium. Participants were asked to walk around these bags and remember how many people were taken from us due to cancer. The amount of Medaille students and faculty, alone, who have been affected by this disease is appalling. 25% of all deaths in the United States can be attributed to cancer with 100% of their friends and family left with the pain of losing a loved one. “I liked that [Relay For Life] was a combination of awareness and fun,” said Mike Protch, a Senior in the Communications program, “It’s a good thing Medaille’s doing this and hopefully there’s more events to come.” See Relay on Page 5 And additional photos on pages 10 and 11

April 29 Edition of Medaille Perspective

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