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Jennifer Waters Culture Editor

Oct. 24 - Oct. 30, 2012

Roswell presentation opens opportunities Jennifer Waters Culture Editor

For Buffalo State students majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the McNair Scholars Program and the department of natural and social sciences will be hosting a presentation by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The presentation will take place on Tuesday during Bengal Pause in Butler Library room 208. Adam Kisailus, PhD., assistant dean of the division of educational affairs at Roswell Park Graduate Institute, has been working with students on research and technology projects and will be coming to encourage students to get involved, along with Richard Hershberger, PhD., Chief Academic Officer. The Roswell Park Summer Research Program has been existence since 1953 providing cancer research experiences to college juniors. “The program is open to rising seniors,” Kisailus said in an email. “Applicants pick from a variety of host laboratories at RPCI to conduct their research. These laboratories range in their cancer research focus across several disciplines including biophysics, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology and epidemiology/ population science.”   Roswell offers students a variety of internship programs, including summer research opportunities for high school, college and graduate students, said Kelly Boos, assistant to the dean of the school of natural and social

sciences at Buffalo State. “They will all be working with mentors at Roswell, some on technology projects dealing with data,” Boos said. Senior Forensic Chemistry major Jessica Walker worked on a project involving photodynamic therapy for head and neck cancer through the program, Boos said. Last summer, Walker, a junior, worked under Dr. Ulas Sunar in the Department of Cell Stress Biology. She conducted a research project on Optimization of Photodynamic Therapy Treatment Using Optical Imaging, Kisailus said. “This is also an opportunity for students to connect with mentors and colleagues of like interests,” Boos said. Shelby Rarick, president of the Biology Club, said she would love to work with Roswell because of the notoriety the institute holds in its name for research. “I think it’s really in our best interest because this is a very enriching opportunity, being in the STEM fields and what this can do for our resume and experience,” she said. Jennifer Johnson, program assistant for the McNair Scholars Program, said this is a competitive program that typically takes 20 to 25 applicants each year. “The process is a paper application with references involved, it’s competitive, and students applying here are college juniors,” she said. “It takes grades into account and looks at career goals as well.” Kisailus said participant selection is based on strong academic performance with special emphasis on under-

graduate science courses, quality letters of recommendation, an expressed interest in conducting cancer research based on personal statements and a track record of participating in research/ science-related activities at the undergraduate level. The department of natural and social sciences will be hosting the presentation from the pre-med perspective and the McNair Scholars Program will be hosting it because of their awareness of internship opportunities for students in medical facilities, Boos said. The program starts in the first week of June and lasts ten weeks. At the end of the program, students give a lecture on their project at the Summer Program Research Conference. Kisailus said participants conduct an independent cancer research project under the supervision of a principal investigator. The research experience will be supported by a host of enrichment activities taking place outside of the laboratory. These include the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Science Retreat, field trips to life sciences industries, a professional development seminar and variety of social events. The program closes with a graduation ceremony at which participants receive a certificate of completion. “You hear all the time cancer this and cancer that. It would be amazing to see what they’re doing and be a part of it,” Rarick said. • Jennifer Waters can be reached by email at waters.

Caitlin Waters

(Left to right) Cast members Lee Becker, Raquel de Souza, Director Carlos Jones, Cassondra Conrad, Paul Gabriellini.

Dames at Sea final fall production Caitlin Waters Staff Writer

Casting Hall Productions will finish out the semester with the musical Dames at Sea premiering at 8 p.m. next Wednesday. This is their first time doing this musical and is being directed and choreographed by Carlos Jones. The tickets for this show are available at the box office in Rockwell Hall, $6 for Buffalo State Students, $10 for faculty and staff and $15 for the general public. There is a special preview at 8 p.m. Tuesday during which all tickets are half off. “We like to do the preview night as courtesy to the students and it’s also our last night to take out any kinks,” Jones said. “If we’re doing something and something happens or messes up we stop and start over.” There will also be two shows a day on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10, which is the last day the play is running. The matinee will be at 2 p.m. and a nighttime performance at 8. It’s a musical parody of other large productions set in the 1930s. There will be some romance but lots of laughs, said Casting Hall Publicity Manager Michelle Meer. The story revolves around a production that’s going on, and one of

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the characters, Mona, is a “diva” with has a main role in the production. Another character, Ruby, comes in and becomes the understudy to Mona trying to make her way to Broadway. The main crisis of the musical is that the stage that was going to be used for the show is being torn down and they have to find somewhere else to perform. Dick, the captain of a Navy ship, and another character Lucky, decide to utilize the ship to display the production on. Romance is also a big part of the musical. In the midst of Ruby’s attempts to stardom she meets Dick and the two of them become very close. Mona discovers that the captain of the ship is one of her old boyfriends. Lucky and another character, Joan, used to date as well. Mandi Hess and Raquel de Souza play Mona dually and Meg Johnston and Cassondra Conrad play Ruby. Chelsea Correa and Cecelia Barron play Joan, Paul Gabriellini and Lee Becker play Lucky and Robert Sherman plays the character Dick. Brandon Machajewski plays The Captain. According to Jones, the faculty tries to choose shows that will act as teaching tools in terms of performance, technical and historical information. This musical was chosen because the students are not used to doing something based off this style and

time period, Jones said. To celebrate the Halloween holiday, guests are asked to come dressed in sailor costumes on opening night. If guests show up in a nautical themed costume they will be given a raffle ticket and automatically entered into the costume contest. Prizes will be given to the three chosen winners after the show. Auditions for the productions and membership to the organization is free an open to any Buffalo State student regardless of their major. Gabriellini said he has been involved in Casting Hall since his freshman year at Buffalo State. “This is my seventh production in the department,” Gabriellini said. “I always look forward to the shows because I get to see how far I’ve grown from the previous ones.” According to Gabriellini, the audiences are going to have a great time. “Come and enjoy the night,” Jones said. “It’s quick, it’s not a long show, and you can continue on with your Halloween night.” For more details and show times check out Casting Hall Production’s site on Bengal Connect. • Caitlin Waters can be reached via email at

Assassins tag game of stealth Tyeisha Prior Reporter

Buffalo State’s Campus, RolePlaying, Anime, Gaming Group is hosting a game of tag, called Assassins, that started Tuesday and runs to Nov. 2 in select areas on campus. The premise of Assassins is to try to get the person you are assigned to, out of the game in a stealthy manner. When someone tags another player, they take their target and continue until one person is left or the time limit expires. Players are given I.D. cards with their name and headshot, a sharpie and post-it notes. The sharpie represents poison in the game. Players can write the letter “P” on something disposable. The post-it notes represent the “dagger.” To “assassinate” a player, you have to sneakily place the postit note between their shoulder blades while saying, “You’ve been assassinated.” If you don’t say this, the person is not eliminated. The “target” cannot see you placing the post-it note on them. Each night, there is a check in to see who is out and who is still alive in the game. The game can last up to two full weeks, or can last as few as three days depending on how active the players are. The players have developed strategies and tips to last in the game. Nickey Sereluca, a sophomore double majoring in geology and fine arts, said she is going to stay alert while walking on campus. Ryan Conner, vice president of gaming for C.R.A.G.G., said to not make it too obvious that

you’re playing. Unlike Humans vs. Zombies, another tag game C.R.A.G.G. has hosted in the past, Assassins is focused on being stealthy rather than running around. “We want to keep it calm and relaxed, so that we don’t violate any rules on campus, while having a fun interaction between students among the campus,” said Zachary Sussman, moderator of the game. This is the third semester the organization is hosting the game. Assassins first started during the fall semester of last year, when Sussman proposed the idea to the club. He said Assassins was first played by the members in the club so that they could test the rules and work out any problems they had during the game. One of the big concerns with the game is safety. The club tries to actively protect students from accidentally injuring themselves. One of the rules is to not run. “We discourage running because we don’t want someone looking over their shoulder and thinking someone’s out to get them and start running and then run into another person by accident and cause any injuries,” Sussman said. While the game takes place all around campus, Sussman said there are certain locations that are prohibited to go to in while playing Assassins. The players cannot go near any of the classroom buildings due to the likelihood of disturbing a class in session or two players in the same class to tag each other while in the classroom. The game is open across cam-

pus, including the dorms and the library. Sussman said he hopes that one day Assassins will run through the entire semester with a big group of people participating in the game. “We want to keep a fun game going throughout the entire semester to kind of ease the stress of everyday studying, homework and obligations towards academia,” Sussman said.

“It’s a social game. You almost have to go out of your comfort zone.” Ryan Conner Vice President

Conner said Assassins is a great avenue to meet new people, be aware of surroundings and learn about the campus. “It’s a social game. You almost have to go out of your comfort zone,” Conner said. Sereluca added, “It’s a cool game, especially if there are people you don’t know playing.” He said C.R.A.G.G. encourages students to join and play Assassins, which has become a difficulty for the club. Word of mouth and flyers are used to advertise the game and other events. “We always encourage people to join and tell their friends to join up and kind of spread it like that,” Sussman said. • Tyeisha Prior can be reached by email at

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