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Friday, April 15, 2011 Volume LXXXI Number 20

Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Canisius College Relay for Life performs beyond expectations Total fundraising nearly $8 thousand over goal, still growing

By Jonathan Beck News Editor

Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life had only raised about $11,000 by spring break, far short of the $25,000 goal set by the American Cancer Society. Last Friday, April 8, in the Koessler Athletic Center, Relay for Life Chair Alicia Monaco announced to about 400 people that the goal had not only been reached, but also exceeded. They had raised over $32,000. Relay for Life finds its roots in Tacoma, Washington, where, in 1985, Dr. Gordy Klatt ran and walked around a track for 24 hours. He hoped to raise money for the ACS to help find a cure for cancer. 26 years later, colleges and communities all over the world participate in the Relay. The ACS sets fundraising goals for participating colleges based on how much they raised the previous year, what their goal was, and whether that goal was met. This year, the ACS asked Canisius students to raise $25,000. “We were very close to the event and we hadn’t even raised half of our goal yet,” said Monaco, a senior at the College. “About one week before Relay, I came to the realization that we would, in fact, reach our goal.”

“I was nervous before the week of Relay,” said sophomore co-chair for Relay Arianna Opper. “But come Relay, I was really excited. I knew that it was going to go well. We had a lot of people showing up, we’d already raised a ton of money, so in my eyes it was already successful.” Opper, like many other students, has a personal stake in the success of events like Relay. Her grandmother died of breast cancer and she has several aunts and uncles who have also been diagnosed with cancer. Last year, she discovered that her mother was the next in a long list of family victims. “My mother, who is closest to me,” she said, fumbling over her words, “my freshmen year was diagnosed with cancer.” By the time of last Friday’s event, her mother was declared in remission. This week, doctors discovered that the cancer was not gone. But Relay served as a celebratory moment for Opper and her mother, who walked the survivor lap together. “I told her last

year that I wanted her to walk in the survivor lap this year, and she did,” said Opper. “It was really exciting.” “Relay for Life, for me, means that a community can bring hope,” said Monaco. “When people come together and work toward a common goal, in this case the goal being to fundraise for an organization that is working to find a cure for cancer, a disease that affects everyone in some way, I think it just goes to show what a community such as Canisius is capable of.” Monaco became involved with Relay for Life as a freshman. “The general idea of celebrating those who had survived cancer was really appealing to me.” She signed up for a team, went for the night, and, she said, “absolutely fell in love with it.” The next year, she signed up to be a part of the planning committee, serving for the logistics committee, setting up the KAC and mapping out the floor for activities, the stage, decorations and more. Her junior year,

she became a co-chair of the event, which normally leads into a position as Relay chair. “I kind of grew into the position,” she said. As chair of Relay, Monaco oversees committees, assigns tasks and makes sure people follow through with their responsibilities. She is also responsible for overseeing things such as finding sponsors, obtaining donations, marketing the event and planning events for the night of Relay. “Our committee had about 20 people, which is small for a committee compared to past years,” explained Monaco. “We had a very small committee, but they did an amazing job. We’ve been planning for it all year.” In addition to Relay for Life, Colleges Against Cancer participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and the Great American Smokeout Day. The latter event aims to offer See Relay page 2

The Relay for Life planning committee sits for a picture during a long night of events. American Cancer Society

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Next Senate executive board announced Tuesday Officers talk about problems, solutions for the next year

By Kate Songin Editor in Chief

After 570 votes from the student body at Canisius College this Tuesday, the executive board for the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Student Association has been named. Benjamin Macaluso, a junior international relations and Spanish dual major, will lead next year’s student body as president of USA. Juniors Molly Watson, Alyssa Bachmann and sophomore Daniel Ulmer, who will serve as vice president for business and finance, vice president for communications, and vice president for programming respectively, will serve alongside Macaluso. While each elected representative is responsible for their own section of the USA, they all agree that the atmosphere of the senate is one that lacks communication and respect. This, they say, is the first and foremost item on their agenda as they officially assume their new roles on May 3. “My leadership style has always been very direct and transparent, which are traits I hope to make a main feature among the executive board and senators [going forward],” Macaluso said Tuesday night after the announcement. “[We] need to

take a closer look at how we operate concerning our constitution, so as to make sure we stay within its bounds. There was a minor deviation this year, so I want to make sure that is corrected.” The current e-board under President Katelyn Eldredge has suffered scrutiny throughout the year based on difficulties with transparency and communication, not only among the student body, but also among the senate as a group. “Personality conflicts sometimes arise,” USA adviser Brian Smith said of the inherent conflicts among student leaders. “Sometimes they are minor, sometimes more serious.  I think that when we started we had some of that, but we tried to work through it. I think things improved as the year went along.” Macaluso has concluded, after communicating with students, that their major concern is over the clubs and activities budget allocations, as well as the operation of the finance committee that allocates those funds. A lack of available funds for the amount of student clubs, he said, has left students frustrated with the process, as well as with the entire organization as a whole. Watson plans to use what she has learned as an accounting major, as well as her leadership skills, to

crack down on the audit process, demand fiscal responsibility among clubs, and establish open lines of communication between herself, the Finance Committee, and, most importantly, the students. “I will promise the student body a response, whether it may be on a club budget, a concerning issue, or a random inquiry, within 48 hours of asking,” Watson discussed as a solution to the communication problem. “I think this is a fair amount of time and it is providing open lines of communication.” Bachmann, a political science major, feels that her contribution will be essential in the attempt to fix this lack of communication. She says that under her leadership, there will be 100 percent transparency between students and the senate. As vice president for communications, she will be required to manage all forms of communication to and from USA through e-mails, phone calls, and even Facebook messages through the USA Facebook account, which she plans to create. “It has been said that this position is not currently being fulfilled according to its description in our constitution,” Bachmann said, referring to senior Elliot Raimondo, current vice presient of communications. “I plan to record the minutes

at the meetings for each committee in order to draw them back into their connection with USA. In doing this, communication will definitely improve.” Another major conflict seen in this year’s student leadership was the decision regarding campus programming, mainly the fall and spring concert series. Ulmer, a political science major, plans to make it his summer goal to come up with a solution to the problem in order to satisfy as many students as possible next year. Questions remain about who will become the next executive vice president, a position currently held by sophomore Samantha Herberger. Nobody applied to run for the position, leaving it, as of the May changeover, empty. According to Herberger, applications will come out after Easter break for the position. The new e-board will make a recommendation based on the applications, and the senators will vote based on that. Next year’s USA President Benjamin Macaluso. Colin Gordon /The Griffin

Relay: Money helps support cancer research in WNY and abroad continued from front

people with a way to quit smoking. But Relay for Life is the culmination of their efforts and their biggest event of the year. Senior Katelyn Eldredge, president of the Undergraduate Student Association until the official turnover in May, signed up to volunteer for Relay for a public relations course as a kick-off for Wellness Week. When she showed up, there were so many volunteers that she was able to participate in the events instead. “I really like Relay,” she said. “I always have fun going to it.” She emphasized especially how much she enjoyed the Luminaria Ceremony. Every year, lights are turned off in the KAC, participants are given glow sticks and everyone does a lap together. As the hours flew past, some participants began to become tired and prepare to leave. Others, like Monaco, were only growing more excited. “We are looking at a total of $32,700,” she said, “which will most likely keep growing because donations are accepted until August.” “We were so excited,” remarked Opper. “Our goal was $25,000, and in the past they had raised about $2223,000, so we thought $25,000 was a pretty lofty goal. We were a little intimidated by it at first, at the beginning of the year, but we completely surpassed it.” The representative for the ACS was so excited that she was calling and texting her colleagues within the organization. “I think that is spectacular,” remarked Eldredge. “It just goes to show how much work they put into it and how much they made the whole campus care about Relay. I think

that’s phenomenal.” Funds from Relay will go to the ACS, which invests in research throughout the world, including Western New York. “The proceeds that ACS gains from Relay for Life are often given back to our community to local places like the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo for research,” explained Monaco. “It’s not $32,000 given to these people, it’s returned in the millions. So ACS generates more money than we fundraise for these places, but it definitely contributes to their efforts for research.” “I know the American Cancer Society provides a lot of services for families dealing with cancer, and for cancer patients, so it’s a great cause and they use the money well,” reflected Opper. Other area universities that participate in the ACS’s Relay for Life include SUNY Fredonia, University at Buffalo, and Niagara University. Canisius is most often compared to SUNY Fredonia, which will not hold its Relay until this weekend, but has raised about $30,000 so far. SUNY Fredonia has an undergraduate population of nearly 5,400 students, about 2,000 more students than Canisius. Monaco emphasized that this indicates how big the accomplishment last Friday really was. “A lot of people had a lot of fun, and a lot of people stayed right up until 4 a.m.,” Opper said. “I wasn’t expecting them to stay that late.” “I have fabulous committee members who worked very hard, who put all of their heart into their efforts to help make this a great success,” said Monaco. “I cannot thank them enough for the work that they contributed.”


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French parliament bans facial coverings By Matthew Distasio News Writer

A controversial law banning face concealing garments in France went into effect Monday, sparking protest and debate throughout the country. The law does not specifically mention Muslim head scarves, but states that face coverings, with the exception of some - such as motorcycle helmets and masks for “traditional activities” - are not to be worn in public, and could result in €150 fines, approximately $215. Police ticketed women for the first time on Monday for wearing their veils. A 27-year-old woman was the first to be ticketed while at a shopping center in a suburb of Paris. She was asked to go home and not to go out again with her face covered. Police cannot ask women to remove their veils in public, but may take them to the station and request removal for identification purposes. A group protesting outside of Notre Dame Cathedral was also arrested for unauthorized assembly and refusal to move, along with being ticketed. Although many have been vocal on the issue, some Muslim women have chosen to stay in their homes rather than go out without a veil and fear sparking legal controversy. “The wearing of the full veil is the tip of the iceberg,” said French Parliamentary Chairman Andre Gerin. “There are scandalous practices hidden behind this veil.” French officials who support the legislation argue that the veil is a threat to women, and a band is a necessary step to

maintain the line between church and state. It goes against French idea of equality, they say, and has no place in a shared society. The French community has shared mixed reactions. Many feel that the law is a threat to a Muslim woman’s right to expression. Officials have expressed that their intentions are good, attempting merely to maintain security and their vision of freedom, but many Muslims feel like traditional practices are being unjustly associated with radical groups and criminal activity at the expense of the general population. “This is an attack on my freedom of conscience, my freedom of religion, my freedom simply of being a woman, so this is a really big attack on my own life,” said one Muslim protester. “I wouldn’t say it is normal, because it is always disturbing not to see somebody’s full face, but if we do it in this case, why not make laws for people who don’t like red high heels or because they don’t like jeans with holes,” commented a French man. “It costs money to make laws and implement them, so making a law that is not applicable is ridiculous.” The ban mostly affects women who wear the niqab or burqa: a niqab covers the whole face except the area surrounding the eyes; a burqa covers the entire face and body with a mesh screen to see through. The law was originally passed on Sept. 10, 2010 by a vote of 246-1 in the Senate, France’s upper house of parliament, and is similar to other burqa-targeting legislation in other European countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands.

Public Safety Blotter March 31 10:00 p.m. Petit Larceny Student reported that somebody removed his wallet from his unlocked locker in the Koessler Athletic Center. The wallet contained an amount of cash and credit cards. April 3 2:30 p.m. Petit Larceny Resident of Delevan Townhouses reported that somebody stole his parking permit from inside his vehicle. April 7 3:40 a.m. Criminal Trespassing Public safety officers on patrol observed a person attempting to flag down vehicles on Jefferson Ave. The individual then went to the Science Hall parking ramp and was advised to leave the campus. She was then found in the Loring lot and once again advised to leave campus, before the individual was found in the Eastwood lot and charged with criminal trespassing. April 10 2:00 a.m. Attempted burglary Officers responding to a burglar alarm at an unoccupied college house on Florida street discovered that a person had cut the security screen and broke a window in an attempt to enter. Officers discovered a bike and some clothing in a bag left outside the residence. April 12 4:00 p.m. Suspicious Incident Student reported that about three hours earlier a male driving a silver-gray SUV with tinted windows approached her on Glendale. The suspect identified himself as a representative of The Buffalo News taking a survey, and asked the student to get into the SUV to complete the survey. The man became irritated when she refused. Suspect described as a white male in his mid-50s. According to the reporting party, she had later learned from an unidentified student that a person of a similar description had approached another female student, this time saying that he was a representative of Gucci. Please contact Public Safety immediately if an incident like this happens to you.

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News Of The Weird ENGLAND - Britain’s Border Agency announced the firing of an immigration officer in January. The man had apparently turned sour on his marriage, and while his wife was on holiday with her family in Pakistan, he quietly added her name to the terrorist list of people not allowed into the country. PORTLAND, OR - Timothy James Chapek, 24, was charged with burglary in March after he broke into a house in Portland, Ore., and took a shower. Unknown to him, the resident was in another part of the house and came, with his two German shepherds and a gun, to confront Chapek through the closed bathroom door, while calling 911. Fearing the dogs and the gun, Chapek simultaneously dialed 911 himself, begging that officers come quickly and arrest him. (Chapek, later released on bond, was re-arrested two days later in Chehalis, Wash., while, according to police, loading shoplifted goods into a stolen car.) ENGLAND - Scottish artist Jane Forbes, 47, won the “Shoe Is Art” competition in Dundee in late 2010 with a work (“Ad Infinitum”) that a University of Dundee spokesman called “aweinspiring.” Forbes painted (and photographed) the same pair of shoes every day for 66 consecutive days, hypothesizing that subtle differences in her “mood” would be detectable in any variations in the paint jobs. MESA, AZ - Michael Trias, 20, was arrested in March after a botched residential burglary. According to police, Trias had come in through a window but had landed in a clothes basket made of PVC and netting, and become entangled. His flailing attempts to free himself alerted the homeowner. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Nurse Sarah Casareto resigned in February from Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, and faced possible criminal charges, after allegedly swiping the painkiller fentanyl from her patient’s IV line as he was undergoing kidney-stone surgery (telling him once to “man up” when he complained about the pain). LITHONIA, GA - Principal Angela Jennings of Rock Chapel Elementary resigned after an investigation revealed that she had temporarily unenrolled 13 students last year for the sole purpose of keeping them from annual statewide tests because she feared their scores would drag down her school’s performance. (When the test was over, Jennings re-enrolled them.) The resignation, effective in June, was revealed in February by Atlanta’s WSB-TV. Courtesy of Compiled by Jonathan Beck

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New franchises coming to Canisius Meal plans to be drastically altered in the fall bring a new line of Italian food to Canisius, including pizza, pasta, calzones, stromboli and other choices, which will replace the current offerings in Old Main. The two new restaurants will be housed in the renovated Old Main Snack Bar. In addition, soup lovers will still be able to get their fix from Au Bon Pain as part of the Old Main Café. And, as part of the renovations at Upper Deck, Canisius students will be able to benefit from the Balance U program, which encourages healthy eating on campuses across the country. Coupled with these additions, there will be an overhaul of the payment methods available to students. The focus next year will be on “meal blocks” that allow more flexibility than the current system. Matthew Krajna, head of the Dining Services Committee for the Undergraduate Student Association, talked with The Griffin about the new and improved dining options next year. “Meal blocks offer students

By Daniel Ludwig News Writer

The success of the first franchise restaurant on campus, Tim Hortons, has paved the way for two more franchises to set up shop at Canisius College. Starting this fall, Subway and 2.mato restaurants will open up new locations on campus. These additions are part of a plan to enhance the Canisius students’ overall dining experience. Besides the two new restaurants, plans include the renovation of Old Main Snack Bar and Upper Deck, as well as the addition of several new meal plans Students who have already heard the news were excited about changes. “Subway is my spot, I love it there,” said sophomore Colton Balcerzak. “They have a ton of options, and the best part is you can go there for lunch or dinner.” The 2.mato franchise will

tremendous flexibility when choosing their meal plans…students can tailor their meal plans to fit their individual needs,” he explained. One meal block will be needed to enter an “all you can eat” meal and those meal blocks will have dollar equivalency for lunch options, which will remain a la carte. A detailed description of the options available to students can be found on www.dineoncampus. com. One feature of meal blocks piquing many students interest is the ability to use two meal blocks per meal; this makes it much easier to bring a friend to brunch or dinner, as you can swipe for your meal and your friend’s meal. In addition to the meal blocks, Griff Bucks have been added to the list of options for student dining. Griffbucks will replace Bonus meals and Bonus Bucks as the payment option for anything that exceeds the price equivalent of a meal block. Griffbucks will also

work in the same way that Flex and Superflex has in the past, and will be redeemable at the franchise restaurants around campus. Students are excited about the flexibility of the meal plans and streamlining of payment options on campus. “I never really understood the difference between the different payment options on campus and how those options related to specific meals,” said junior Joe Danna. “The plans for this fall seem much more user friendly.” These changes come as part of a long campaign by the Dining Services Committee; the USA subcommittee has been in close dialogue with Chartwell’s to bring about the changes that they heard the students asking for. Krajna praised the committee’s “continued hard work over the past two years in bringing up student concerns, and being progressive in their thinking of what types of change the student body desired.”

Canisius rifle club: not just for ROTC members By Nick Veronica Sports Editor

Somewhere buried deep in Canisius College’s tunnel system and below Christ the King Chapel, there are gunshots being fired. That somewhere is tunnel room WC021 and those shots belong to members of Canisius’ rifle club. While many students in the ROTC program take advantage of the opportunity to shoot as much as they want for only $20 a semester, all students, regardless of military affiliation, are welcome to join. Last month, I was given the opportunity to join them for a round of shooting to see what the club is all about. Shooting with junior Mark Smerka, the club president, as my guide, I learned the basics of how to hold a gun and different positions to shoot from. First,

I shot from the standing position, which is easiest to assume. Holding the gun steady was another story. I also tried out the kneeling and prone positions. I was told that prone, which is when you shoot from your stomach, is generally the most accurate position to shoot from. I felt much more comfortable standing up than on the ground, but it did take away the stress from several muscle groups, which definitely get tired holding the rifle for an extended amount of time. The kneeling position I found to be awkward and I had a hard time staying steady. I did have on the blue shooting jacket, which was supposed to help absorb the blow and keep everything tight, but there were some other straps that Smerka and the others used to stay steady that I didn’t bother with. The thing that surprised me most was how delicate the

trigger actually was. You had to pull it back pretty far to shoot, but then before you know it, you shot. I was told to be gentle, because pulling too hard would pull the gun slightly, altering the shot. I missed a lot of shots high and to the right because I pulled the gun a little bit when hitting the trigger. The advice to counter that problem was to pull softly, so that “you are surprised when the gun goes off.” I get the idea to pull slowly, but the wording was a little ironic. I hope none of our troops in the Middle East are “surprised” when their guns go off. The rifle I used did not have automatic feed, which meant I had to reload after every shot. I feared the worst after watching old war videos in history class growing up, but this was not a musket and it was really a very simple process. After all the talk about safety, I also asked Smerka what I thought was a good question:

Could this kill somebody? I don’t know much about .22 caliber bullets, but they sounded pretty dangerous. Apparently it was a dumber question than I thought, because he laughed it off and basically said not unless you are right in front of someone, then maybe. After I finished shooting, we brought the target paper down to be inspected. My first few shots were sporadic, but after a few rounds, I was consistently in or near the black. I put a couple in the 8- and 9-point range, but oddly enough, my best shot (he called it a “scratch bull’s-eye”) was the one I took left-handed just for fun. It was completely lucky, I swear. Smerka had to shoo me out of the club room by the end because I didn’t want to stop shooting. For more information, contact club President Mark Smerka at smerkam@ or VP Matthew Keysa at

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Ending the semester on the right note Finally the snow is gone, the sun is back and we all have a newfound desire to be outside enjoying the spring weather. With that comes a lack of desire to be inside studying, writing papers and working on projects. While it would be nice to be outside, perhaps enjoying a game of Kan Jam it’s important to still realize that there are three more weeks left of classes. We may have already started to countdown the amount of classes remaining and plan what we want to do over summer, but these final three weeks are just as important as the first twelve. We all know the chaos that is about

to unfold with finals just around the corner, but that means it’s even more necessary than ever to stay on task. The late night sessions in the library, the mountain of papers, and the hundreds of pages will soon be over. There is a simple solution to making the best of both worlds.Taking your reading out to the quad instead of sitting in the library, scheduling a run in Forest Lawn instead of going to the KAC, or even organizing a game of Kan Jam instead of logging onto Facebook or watching a movie;These are all ways to enjoy spring without compromising your studies.

Seeing red about pink Jeffrey Hartinger Outrageous. Controversial. Scandalous.Thesearethewordsthatarebeingused to describe an innocent J. Crew ad that portraysanemployeeofthecompany,Jenna Lyons, and her son. The issue with the advertisement is that the young boy, who is five years old, is wearing pink nail polish on his toes. Below the picture, a quote from Lyons states,“Lucky for me I ended up with a boy whose favorite color is pink. Toenail painting is way more fun in neon.” As a country that appears to be more inclusive to gay rights and freedom of expression, I must ask: what does it say about a nation, particularly its adults, who are quick to judge and ridicule others who do not follow the strict stereotypical gender roles that are still evident in the United States? Further, how can the issue of bullying and verbal abuse, an overwhelming problem that seems to have been intensified and publicized over the past year, be abolished when the older generation continues to condone this type of negative behavior? Many conservatives have been quick to state their opinion on the manner. Erin Brown, who is associated with the Media Research Center, stated that the ad is“blatantpropagandacelebratingtransgendered children.”Ifachilddoeshappentobetransgendered,shouldtheynotbecelebrated? Does one only“celebrate”a son who plays sportsandisthestereotypicalmoldofwhat society considers masculine? Brown goes on to say, “J. Crew, known for its tasteful andmodestclothing,apparentlydoesnot mindexploitingBeckettbehindthefacade ofliberal,transgenderedidentitypolitics.” Please, Erin Brown, are you jealous thatneonpinkdoesnotlookgoodonyou? Ordoesportrayingalovingmotherwhoallowshersonthefreedomtoactlikeachildin anadcampaignmakeyouuncomfortable? I believe the main issue behind this controversy is not how Americans view homosexuality, but how individuals view the transgender community, which for

those of you who do not know, are people who chose to live their life in the opposite sex of which they were born. And when I say chose, I use the term loosely, as I believe that this is not a choice, and along with homosexuality, is an aspect of life that one is born with. Does this ad portray a transgender youth? No. Will the boy grow up to be gay? Probably not. Although this issue was raised for no reason, I am glad itwas brought up. When was the last time there was a public and national dialogue on the issue of transgendered individuals. I have come across many interesting and captivating individuals over the past fewyears.Themosteyeopeningformewas the visit of Ian Harvie, a man who was born a woman. During our time spent together, I wasabletohavealotofquestionsanswered and was exposed to an individual that not manypeoplehavetheopportunitytomeet. Honestly, even as a gay man, I was a bit uncomfortable.Justasmanypeopleareunable tounderstandwhyIamattractedtothesame sex, I was unable to understand why Harvie wanted to live as a man. What I learned, which is something that I will always keep with me, is that is does not matter if I cannot understandit,anditdoesnotmatterifothers will not accept it. As member of the human race, one must learn to help foster a world where others are able to live as they please. This past week, I was introduced to some groundbreaking information regarding our generation (18 to 30-year-old college educated individuals) and how we, collectively, view gay rights and the modern LGBT movement. An astonishing 80 percent of us believe in full rights for gay people, but surprisingly, we believe that only 30 percent of our peers do. Whilemanypeopleareapprehensiveabout “coming out” as gay, many of us feel the same way about coming out as a heterosexual advocate for the gay community. Be loud, be proud. Expose yourself to diversity, because if you shelter yourself and do not accept the aspect of being ones true self, I promise, you will soon be the one on the outside looking in.

Don’t get carried away, though. Commit yourself to your studies and finish your semester on a strong note. Just think how much harder finals week will be if these next three weeks are spent out in the quad enjoying the weather and ignoring your studies. We all know cramming hardly ever works, so making sure we time manage these next few weeks is also key. Some classes have noncumulative finals, which puts an even greater weight on the last part of the semester. For those finals that are cumulative, just think of having to know an

entire semester’s worth of information, and completely slacking when the finish line is within reach. The end of the semester dictates how our semester was as a whole. If we slack in the end, our finals will suffer, making our grades suffer. That solid A we might have had at midterm might fall to a B, or even worse. This doesn’t mean we can’t have fun; it’s all a matter of prioritizing. Putting our studies first, while still managing to enjoy spring and waiting for summer, will make the end of the semester even more enjoyable, and Spring Fest that much greater.

College: beyond the classroom Erin Kelly I was walking to class the other day and a realization hit me. I am half way done with college. I know that I still have two years left, but if these upcoming years go by as fast as the last two have, then graduation will be here before I even have time to breathe. I like to think that I am making the most of my time here at Canisius. I go to class, study hard for exams, and write papers when they are due. But I know from experience that all of those things are not all that going to college is about.These four years can be the best years of your life. I know that it is important to do your work and go to class; it is important to take advantage of the knowledge of our professors. But if you spend four years in the library, you’re going to miss out on so much. These past two years of college have changed me into a more openminded, confident, out-spoken individual than I was in high school, and it is not the time I spent doing homework that has contributed to this change. Instead, it has been the clubs that I have been involved with, the community service that I have done and the friends that I have made while at school that have allowed me to grow as a person. There is more to life than learning the causes of WWI or memorizing the periodic table of elements. While the things that you learn in class are surely going to help you in your chosen career path, there are also other valuable life skills and experiences that are going to help as well, and you’re not going to find those in the answer section of your Spanish workbook. In a decade, when you look back at the time that you spent in college, think about the kind of

memories that you are going to want. Personally, I am going to remember the nights that I stayed up late being silly with my roommates, or going to DC with the college Democrats to see the Jon Stewart Rally, or working with an awesome group of students and staff as an Orientation Leader, not the nights that I spent studying in the library. I am not saying that we should disregard our academics. I am a strong believer in the fact that we all need an education, but a college experience should not be based solely on time spent in class. There is more to life than a 4.0 and ten years from now it will not matter whether you got A’s or B’s on one or two exams. Do your homework, and go to class, because one of the reasons that you go to college is to get an education. But you absolutely cannot learn everything that you need to in a class room. Get involved in a club around campus, or go to a school sponsored event. Go see a play at Shea’s downtown. Go out and socialize during the weekends. Spend time lying in the quad doing absolutely nothing when it’s nice outside. Life is only so long and we must make the best of it while we can. I’m sure that everyone will agree with me when I say that the four years spent in college fly by, and then it’s off to the real world. So don’t spend every single Friday night in the confines of your little dorm room. Go out and live. You don’t want these four years to pass you by. College is a time when you cangooutandexploretheworldand try to find out more about yourself. So put down the chemistry book-I promise that it will still be there tomorrow when you go back to it and go out and enjoy the time that you have left.


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Alicia, senior

Katherine, junior

“Lindt Truffles”

“White Chocolate Bunny.”

“Starburst Jellybeans.”

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Freedom to sell our books Melissa Grothues Aseachsemestercomestoaclosewe asstudents,arefacedwiththedecisionof whereweshouldsellbackourtextbooks. Sincemanyofusarebrokeandcounton that cash after we finish finals, we obviouslywanttogetthemostforourbooks.  Unfortunately,ourcollegebookstoreisn’t alwayslookingoutforourbestinterests andoftenoffersuslow valued amounts inexchangefortheconvenienceoftheir location.    Last semester I had an internship withBucks4Books,alocaltextbookbuyback company. During my internship, I had many different marketing projects and ideas that I was excited to perform around our very own college campus.  One of my ideas was to hand out coffee cup sleeves with the Bucks4Books logo and a ‘5 percent extra if you bring this sleeve to B4B’deal out at Tim Horton’s. I receivedpermissionfromtheschooland

usedthecompany’sbudgettoproduce 5,000sleevesthatcostnearly$500. Iwas thrilledthatmyideahadbecomeareality!  However,afterthefirstday,thebookstore went to Tim Horton’s and demanded that they stop handing out the coffee cupsleevesadvertisinganotherbuy-back option. Once this happened, I immediately thought,“Where is our freedom of choice?” As students and smart individuals, shouldn’twebegiventheopportunityto beinformedandawareofallouroptions?  Justbecausethebookstorepossessescontrolovertheschool’smarketingmediums, I feel that we as students shouldn’t be duped. WhileworkingforBucks4Books, Ilearnedhowtheircompanyworkswith thetoptextbookdistributorsworldwide togiveyoutheabsolutehighestpricefor yourtextbook. Attheendoflastsemester, Itookmytextbookstothebookstoreand to Bucks4Books to compare prices. For allfourofmytextbooks,Bucks4Booksofferedmeatleastdoubletheamountthat

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the bookstore offered. I am not biased in choosing Bucks4BookssimplybecauseIhadaninternship there. Ijustfeelthatmyfellowpeersand classmatesshouldbeawareandinformed sothattheyareabletomakeeducateddecisionswhenitcomestosellingtextbooks at the end of the semester. If you notice, there are never any advertisements for otheroptionsinthetunnels,overe-mail, oronanycollegemedium. Thisisbecause ofthefactthatthebookstoremaintains and possesses a lot of power over the school due to their contract. This semester, please implement yourfreedomofchoice. Researchother options before just bringing your textbookstoourbookstore. Also,ifyouwant, you can always check out Bucks4Books onElmwoodAveorMillersportHighway andseewhatyouthinkforyourselves. ExerciseyourrightsasAmericansandeducatedcollegeindividuals-maketheright choice!

Letter to the editor: Quidditch is more than just a club Sarah Malczewski In the April 8 edition of The Griffin, thearticle,“Notanotherwannabesport”, theauthorstates,“2000istheyearwhen therestofusleftHarryPotter”.Wellthen, whyintheyear2011haveover400million copiesoftheHarryPotterbooksbeensold? Whyhavethe7moviesgrossedover2billiondollarsintheUnitedStatesandover 6billiondollarsworldwide?Allthiswhile thelatestmoviehasyettoreachtheaters. True Harry Potter fans, who continuedreadingafterthefirstbook,knowthat the series is truly magical. The reader is transportedtoadifferentworld,filledwith enchantingcreatures,mysteriousplaces, andcaptivatingcharacters.Eventhoughitis primarilyanadventureserieswithanexcitingplotline,HarryPotterhasmanydeeper meaningsandiscapableofbeingstudiedat thehighschoolandevencollegelevel.CanisiusCollegejustsohappenstoofferan FYScoursethatexploresthebookseriesin

depth.Also,theHarryPotterseriesalone hasincreasedliteracyratesworldwide,inspiringchildrentoreadandcausingadults to fall in love with reading all over again. Consequently,groupingHarryPotterwith CaptainUnderpantsisanutterdisgrace. When examining the “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, one might argue that it is the voice of our generation. Since the series began in 1997, millions of children have grown up with the characters,celebratingintheirtriumphs and sharing in their grief and failures. Now that the movie series is coming to a close, with the final film arriving in theatres on July 15, it is only fitting that Canisius is involved in carrying on the legacyofasoon-to-beclassicbookseries. Recently, the student senate approved the formation of the Canisius Quidditch club, which is exactly that; a club, not a club sport. Anyone who was at the USA meeting when the club was approved would know this. Despite this

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fact,Quidditchshouldstillbeconsidered a sport. According to thefreedictionary. com,asportis“physicalactivitythatisgovernedbyasetofrulesorcustomsandoften engagedincompetitively”.Well,believeit or not, Quidditch is more physically demandingthanpeopleseemtothink,ithas anofficialrulebookandthereareseveral nationalandinternationalcompetitions. Now, I’m not going to knock down othersportsbecauseIamahugesports fan myself, but I can’t see how Quidditch is different from other sports. It is highly competitive and requires skill to play. Sure, you have to run around while holding a broomstick. But this onlyaddstothechallengeyoucanonly useonehand!Inessence,I’msayingnot just anyone can play and be successful, just like any other sport. To prove this fact, I’m personally inviting everyone, including the author of the previous article, to come try out for the team.

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Female assertion should not be spent on superficiality Sam Masur Myspringbreakwastemporarilyspoiled by a girl I had never met. During my much needed time away from essay writing and browsing cliff notes, I made the fatal mistake of walking past the only other female in a hazy Allentown bar. She glanced at my faceandturnedtohermalecounterpartbeforedroppingheratomicbombonmynight. “Is that some Jewish chick?” (I know: really? Not many people can chuck a racist stereotype into a personal attack in just five words.) With no ammunition in the form of a wittycomeback,Iquicklydashedtothebathroom. At the time, I wasn’t exactly proud of my Welsh heritage, that is, having a“prominent”nose. I felt bad about it for maybe two minutesbeforeaskingmyselfsomethingpossiblytooprofoundforabarbathroom,what is it that forces women to be so judgmental

about such stupid things? But more importantly, why can’t we focus all that assertive behaviorintosomethingthatactuallymatters? There’s something about society that teachesyoungladiestosmileandbe“sweet” -thatbasicallythelastthingyouwantistobecomesomeirritatingShakespearian-erashrew. Womenofallageshavetoliveuptosomesubliminalstandardwheretheyholdbackideas and opinions in the work place, at school, or athomesotheydon’tstraytoofarfromwhat isconsidered“normal”fortheirgender.Since itseemsunattractivetobeassertive(forfear of being labeled manly – or the greatest goto for the uncreative- a bitch) many women placevalueonsuperficialdetails.ItseemsbeingopinionatedonUggBootsorhairstylesis morecommonplacethanbeingjudgmental in arenas that matter, like politics or ethics. The byproduct of this is, of course, women who feel that it is necessary to imitate the mean girl in a high school movie. All thepressuresandstressfromcultureandso-

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ciety can start to get at most of us, especially those who aren’t too self-confident. We’re taughttobemild-manneredandlookpretty, andthankstounrealisticstandardsfeatured onmoviescreensandinmagazineadsmany womenaren’tsatisfied.Ratherthantrytofix the problem, many go for that nasty quickfix-tellinganothergirl,orwhisperingbehind her back, that she’s fat, her shoes are cheap or any variation you may have overheard on the school bus circa the eighth grade. Culturalstandardshereseemprettyset on telling us women that we need to weigh 110pounds,beanAmazon,haveprettyhair andsomehowdelegatealargepercentageof that diminished weight towards a nice rack and butt. Sadly, it’s probably going to take a longtimeforthattochange,butit’snevergoingtohappenifwomendon’triseabovethis unrealisticmodel.Perhapstheeasiestwayto startistoignoresociety’semphasisonappearance and to focus one’s efforts on more importantthings.Itsoundsobvious,butifsome

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girlsspentlesstimefreakingoutabouttheir hipsandweremorefocusedongettinggood grades,doingwellatasport,orsucceedingat theircareers,thereprobablywouldn’tbeaneed forthisneverendingcompetitionoverlooks. Perhapstheonlythingharderthanchangingyourownnegativeattitudeisrisingabove theinsensibilityofanother’s.Ifsomeoneputs youdownforsomethingstupid,callingherfat inreturndoesn’tfixtheproblem.Youwould merelybevalidatingtheunrealisticstandards ofsocietyandputtingyourselfintheposition toletitbotheryou.Bystrayingfromwhatsocietytellswomenis“important”andfocusingon trulyimportantthings,itbecomeseasiertosee thatthegirlwhotoldyouyournosewastoobig oryoursundressisuglyisstrugglingwithwhat societyisputtingonher,shejustdoesn’tseeit. If women can let go of the idea that looks are everything, maybe more of us can have a voice we can use to better society, ourselves and others.

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“Harry Potter”: the series that defined our generation By Nick Wiltsie

Life and Arts Writer When the credits roll on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” this July, it will represent an end to many things. For Warner Bros., it will mean the end of one of the most successful movie series in their history. For young actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, it will be time to finally put Harry Potter completely behind them and attempt to build a name for themselves outside of Hogwarts. For author J.K. Rowling, it will be the final closure on the journey she started over fifteen years ago. But for part of a generation, possibly a very large part, the end of this series will be yet another symbol that they do not want to see. The end of Harry Potter for many college students across the country will indicate the end of their childhood. Most college students were probably about six to ten years old when the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” was released. We all read or even had read to us that first book quite soon after. I remember I was in third grade, and our teacher read it out loud to the class, one chapter a day. The entire class would sit on the floor, hanging on every word, getting upset when the chapter ended. Once we were through with that book, it wasn’t long before every kid in the school––across the world, even––was running out or dragging their parents to their local bookstores to purchase “The Chamber of Secrets. “Simply magical. Harry turned eleven early on in that book. It was on his eleventh birthday that Harry received his letter from Hogwarts informing him that he was a wizard and inviting him to that great wizarding academy. Over the next few years, kids across the globe would experience heartbreak as their eleventh birthdays came and passed without a letter. So we really were all muggles. Some of us may have been slightly younger than Harry and his comrades, some of us older, but it did not matter; we could all still associate with them. What elementary and middle school student didn’t know what it was like to be bullied? Every kid has an embarrassing moment when they make a fool of themselves in front of everyone, and when Harry did it, we could relate. Hermione Granger made it okay to be the nerdy kid who knew all the answers. Not getting the best grades but having a witty sense of humor didn’t make you an underachiever anymore; now you were Ron Weasley.

It wasn’t their magical prowess or heroic victories that endeared these characters to an entire generation; it was their everyday lives. They were everymen for kids. As the characters got older, so did we. When Harry developed his first crush on Cho Chang, we could all say, “yep, we’ve been there.” When Harry lost out on Cho, to the older Cedric Diggory, guys across the world let out a sympathetic sigh. But Harry did eventually get to go on a date with Cho and even kissed her! It was as awkward as could be, and we all understood. We saw Harry deal with unfair teachers, mourn the loss of loved ones, and even fall in love. The unbearable, unexplainable sadness that comes from losing a pet? Harry had to go through it and so did we. “Harry Potter” wasn’t just the story of Harry and his friends; it was the tale of children across the world. As time went on, Harry got older and the books got darker. One couldn’t help but realize they were being geared toward a more mature audience, an audience that had gotten older itself. While most of us will hopefully never have to go through the coming of age trials Harry did, we all experi-

enced growing up with him. As Harry was leaving Hogwarts behind, many of us were leaving behind our high schools, hometowns, parents and friends on our way to college. Some of us were lucky enough to find our own Hogwarts in Canisius College, but that’s another story altogether. Any Harry Potter fan will tell you the movies are not as good as the books. This is 100 percent true, but nevertheless, the movies, the actors, and the special effects have become part of our generation just as much as the story. The series is all wrapped up and we know how the story ends, but the movies have allowed us one last glimmer of magical hope to hang onto. The transition from the last book to the remaining movies was sort of like going from high school to college. We are not kids anymore, we all know that. But for these four years, we can at least have fun, right? Those of us that grew up with Harry are now preparing for that next big step. Some of us have even already taken it: entering the “real world.” As anyone who has read the epilogue to “Deathly Hallows” knows, Harry is all grown up now. He has a job, kids and a wife. Over the next few years, that is what awaits all of us (although, maybe the job won’t be so easy…) and we all know it. But being a kid has been so much fun, and most of us truly just don’t want to let go. This summer, it will have been a year since Disney’s “Toy Story 3” hit the big screens. Seeing Andy go off to college and saying goodbye to the toys he once loved was like a prelude. This summer, it’s the real deal. We are all waiting with cold anticipation for this movie. We are all so excited, but at the same time willing to just keep putting it off. Are we really ready to gasp at a terrible deviation from the books for the last time? But ready or not, it is coming. We cannot hang on to Harry Potter forever any more than we can go to Never Never Land and keep our childhoods. This July is the end of the line, the last stop for the Hogwarts Express. As the ending credits roll and we leave the theaters, we will say goodbye to Harry and his friends one last time, holding back (or letting go) tears in the process. However, just like we will never forget our childhoods, no matter how long it gets since our last bit of Pottermania, we will always remember and keep that place in our hearts reserved for Harry, his friends, and that wonderful magical world. Google Images

Spiderman musical caught in web of misfortune By Sam Scarcello Life and Arts Writer

What would you say if I told you about a stage version of one of the most lucrative film franchises and comic book series of all time? Then I told you that it would be directed by the woman that revolutionized stage production almost 15 years ago and would feature music composed by Bono and The Edge of U2 fame. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Now would you be surprised if I said that the play has been plagued with numerous setbacks including reports that it has drastically exceeded its unheard-of $65 million budget, received critical lashings from preview screenings, and been postponed several times due to injuries sustained by actors? If you said yes to any of the above questions, then it’s possible you have heard of the complicated production that is “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark.” It is an original story within the Spiderman universe that was conceived by Julie Taymor, the director responsible for 1997’s “The Lion King,” another play that changed the face of Broadway and the audiences it attracted. Taymor is no stranger to controversy when it comes to her work and it is clear that she operates in a creative mindset that almost invites criticism. So far, though, her work has spoken for itself. She’s also responsible for the polarizing Beatle’s film “Across the Universe.” In an interview with “60 Minutes,” she exclaimed, “I hate the comfort zone… I don’t think anything that’s really creative can be done without danger and risk.” “Risk,” you say? How about suspending actors high above the audience in aerial fights between Spiderman and the Green Goblin or new villainess Arachne for your risk? An entirely new wirework system was created and implemented to help pull off the stunts and effects that Taymor imagined for the play. Since production began, several actors have been forced to drop out or have outright quit the show due to accidents and injuries. One performer suffered several broken ribs after falling nearly twenty feet due to “human error.” An incident as recent as March 16 sidelined actress T.V. Carpio as well. That accident is especially interesting because Carpio (who played Prudence in Taymor’s “Across the Universe”) replaced actress Natalie Mendoza, who quit back in December after she also succumbed to injury in the show’s first preview performance. Now a third actress has stepped in to the seemingly complicated Arachne role. Though the risk is ever present, the chance to star or appear in “Broadway’s most expensive show” might possess enough allure to offset the notion. Good or bad, the play has been front-page news for a few months now. Any and all development with the show has been highly publicized and scrutinized within the media. In terms of the

show being any good, if reviews out of the preview shows are any indication, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Though nearly all applaud the acrobatics, vibrant costumes and shifting set, just as many lambast the story and music. It is usually taboo to review a play that is still in preview showing, but that did not stop critics with publications like The New York Times from saying, “The sheer ineptitude of the show, inspired by the Spiderman comic books, loses it shock value early. After 15 or 20 minutes, the central question you keep asking yourself is likely to change from ‘How can $65 million look so cheap?’ to ‘How long before I’m out of here?’” Many argue that the show had been in previews for so long that they grew tired of waiting. In fact, it was originally set to open way back in February of 2010. Believe it or not, funds ran dry, and the release was postponed. It was shifted again and again from November to December and then into spring of 2011. Just a few short weeks ago, Taymor was asked to step down as director of the show. It was revealed that she would still receive credit for the work and would also stay on as a consultant, but the plan was to completely overhaul the play’s structure. New music is being written, and entire chunks of the production, including the “geek choir,” which informs the audience of what’s going on, have been axed. One has to wonder if all the fuss is really worth it. After more than two years and over $65 million, they still cannot seem to get it right. While that is certainly a lot of time and money invested by a large number of crewmembers, actors, studios and other sources, it seems fair to ask “how much is too much?” For the sake of the performers, is it too much to act, sing and perform dangerous choreographed aerial sequences? If the play really is the mess it is described to be, how far can the draw of cool stunts really go to drive audiences to buy a ticket, and would it only be out of curiosity that something should go horribly wrong during their performance? It is even fair to wonder if the show could ever be profitable. If it is as bad as it seems to be and crowds die down after the initial “shock-value,” whom do they expect to fill seats? The show has, like Sarah Palin, already garnered a reputation as a joke before even stepping out of the gate. Regulars like Saturday Night Live and have poked fun, and even New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg lampooned the show at a recent benefit. While the fate of the production is not set in stone, with plenty of time still left to retool its structure, one thing is certain: Superhero or not, Broadway is a tough business (just ask Mary Jane). By now, I have probably asked more questions than I have answered, so here is one more morsel of information that might not possess any value at all: “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark” is officially set for its Broadway debut on June 14th, 2011.

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LIFE & ARTS “Breakout Kings”: A&E’s new crime drama By Andrew Coddington Life and Arts Editor

“Breakout Kings,” which debuted a little over a month ago on A&E, works on the principle that “it takes a con to catch a con.” The premise of the show is simple: three convicts serving long sentences are asked to assist federal marshals in catching fugitives in exchange for sentence reductions (one month for every con caught) and a transfer to a cushier minimum-security prison. The convicts include Shea Daniels (Malcolm Goodwin), a street-smart former gangbanger; Dr. Lloyd Lowery ( Jimmi Simpson), a behavioral psychologist and problem gambler; and Erica Reed (Serinda Swan), a tracker who avenged her bounty hunter father’s death on the five men who killed him. The series was created by Nick Santora and Matt Olmstead, executive producers of “Prison Break,” which ended in 2009. The few obvious similarities between the shows, which are not limited to the word “break” in their names, led some critics to speculate that “Breakout Kings” would simply be a copy. Their new show, however, takes itself less seriously. The pace is quicker and the tone is lighter, making for a refreshing new take at crime dramas, a genre that is frequently reduced to humorlessness, stale tropes and gimmicky relocations. “Breakout Kings” has featured one glaring similarity to its creators’ past show in the third episode of the season, “The Bag Man.” Guest star Robert Knepper plays the escaped convict Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, the same actor and character from “Prison Break.” It is more of a nod than an outright copy, though, and Knepper’s performance as the psychopathic/sociopathic murderer violently striving to visit his dying mother is excellently emotional. One character who stands out is definitely Dr. Lloyd Lowery. Drawing from the same crime drama figure of the brilliant but quirky psychologist in the style of Dr. Spenser Reed from “Criminal Minds” and Patrick Jane from “The Mentalist,” Simpson’s character is not merely the brains of the operation, though; Lowery’s nervous, eccentric manner tends to creep people out and draws the fury of other characters. Because he gets the most work in the show, he has received the most development of all the characters so far, which makes for a standout performance on Simpson’s part. I fear, though, that since Simpson’s character is so good, he’ll be overused, leaving the development of the actors to the wayside––think, Sheldon Cooper from “Big Bang Theory” or Michael Scott from “The Office.” Even though it is only five episodes into the series, “Breakout Kings” seems to have what other new shows dream of having: an exciting start with much potential. The clever but powerful writing and the great performances of Jimmi Simpson are definitely a draw out of the gate, but as the series moves forward and the histories of other characters are more deeply explored, “Breakout Kings” will inevitably establish itself as one of the top crime dramas on television. Google Images

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Dining Out For Life: go out to eat and fight AID’s By Sarah Maurer Opinion Editor

On April 26, AIDS Community Services of Western New York will be hosting their ninth annual “Dining Out For Life” event, which brings local restaurants onboard to raise money to help ACS continue to provide many services and programs to local families coping with AIDS/ HIV. Ninety restaurants in the region will be participating by donating at least 25 percent of their profits that day. “If you go out to dinner, all you have to donate is your appetite,” said public relations representative Mary Ann Lauricella. “It won’t cost you any more to go out. The restaurants are the ones who make the donation of at least 25% of food sales that day.” Since ACS of WNY began hosting this event in 2003, they have made great progress in expanding it every year. The first year, 27 restaurants participated and raised $22,069. Last year, they raised $89,000, which brought the total to over $7 million dollars raised since 2003. Each restaurant donates at least 25 percent of profits and some will donate 50 percent or more. This year, some new locations and new faces will be joining the cause. Not only will new restaurants be participating, but the event also has a new chairman, local restaurant owner Tom Lombardo. He and his wife Donna are the owners of Ristorante Lombardo, located on Hertel Avenue. According to Lauricella, Lombardo has already done a lot for hospice, is well-known for his charity work in the area, and is now volunteering as a leader in this event. “This event would not exist without the generosity of the restaurants--the owners, the waiters,” said Lauricella. “From the restaurants’ point of view, it’s a great opportunity for them as well. It’s producing some new diners for the restaurants. More and more in recent years, people are going out in groups. It’s groups going out for a good cause.” There will also be several prizes given away to those who win any of the raffles taking place during the event. According to Lauricella, one need not have to pay extra to be entered in the raffle, but can simply sign up while dining and automatically be entered into the drawing, which will take place on May 12. The following prizes will be available to win:

• One complimentary pizza every week for a year from Just Pizza at Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo location. • Grand Jacuzzi Package at Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More: King Jacuzzi Guest Room with dinner from the “Dining for Two” menu and breakfast from the “Good Morning Breakfast Buffet.” • Private movie-showing at the Riviera Theatre for you and 20 of your closest friends. This unique movie experience includes popcorn, goodies and soft drinks. • “Getaway from Everyday” Package at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel with one complimentary overnight stay and $150 credit for use in any of the Casino’s fine dining restaurants. There will also be volunteer opportunities for those looking to go the extra mile. Each of the restaurants participating will have two volunteer “ambassadors” present. They will be responsible for welcoming people, thanking them for dining and helping to raise awareness about the cause itself. The major emphasis of this event and the work of ACS of WNY is prevention education. An estimated 40,000 people who are newly diagnosed with HIV in the United States every year, and over half of them are 25 years old or younger. In our region, ACS offers several services and programs to the community. “They do a tremendous amount of prevention education,” said Lauricella. “There’s free, confidential HIV testing and an AIDS information line. They also work with the schools in offering curricula to teachers who would be teaching this in conjunction with health class.” Their professional staff, patients and volunteers also collaborated with WNED-TV to create “Dangerous Silence,” a 28-minute documentary that dispels the myth of AIDS as a disease affecting “other people” and uncovers the reality of the disease in WNY. Those who cannot make it out to eat or volunteer on that evening but would like to contributie can make a donation to ACS of WNY by visiting their website and clicking “Donate to ACS.” For a full list of participating restaurants and more information about the event, visit the Dining Out For Life in WNY website or check out the Facebook page. Google Images

Independent film impresses By Ryan Wolf

Life and Arts Writer Following a truly independent spirit and vision, Brian Douglas’ “I’m Just Saying” is a humble low-budget film that captures the interactions between five friends as they spend the day together, engaging in a social experiment for one of their college classes. Consisting mostly of conversations on sex, politics and religion, the cast of characters easily provides the film with tension behind all the talk. The film’s central character is Sky, a smart but self-absorbed joker who has been unable to recover from his ex-girlfriend Eden cheating on him. Eden, a feisty vegetarian and pacifist, spends much of the film carrying around a flower she coaxes in an attempt to see if plants respond to positive verbal reinforcement. Clearly, though perhaps illogically, she has not lost her feelings for Sky. Rene, Sky’s best friend and an athletic and good-natured Catholic, may or may not be interested in the shy and conservative Sylvia, a young woman who slowly grows into herself as night descends. They are all joined by Tyler, a bubbly, attractive lesbian who stands outside of all the coupling. Although “I’m Just Saying” is not as profound or deeply felt as a Richard Linklater film (“Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Waking Life,” “Before Suinset”), like Linklater, Douglas relies heavily on the spoken word to engage his audience and stimulate reflection. Admirably, he seems to have no ham-fisted agenda, allowing viewers to come to their own conclusions concerning the issues discussed. In fact, the issues may be irrelevant by the film’s end. The characters are Douglas’ true focus. Their half-informed and often juvenile ideas are extensions of their personalities. The characters are more worried with appearances, adherence

to dogma, or vain cleverness than they are with any pursuit of truth, as Douglas gently and playfully makes known. Though the technical elements of the film (particularly sound) may seem jarring at first, and the actors’ loosely believable performances have to be warmed up to, once “I’m Just Saying” takes off and climbs out of the script’s Freudian mire of penis puns early on, the picture works on its own terms. There are raw and real moments that any college student could find relatable. Douglas depicts his characters with sympathy, gives each of them a distinct voice and never condemns them for their limitations. Much of the film’s dialogue is witty and provocative. Bizarre discussions on women’s influence on war and the sexual evolution of amoebas are particularly memorable, if not somewhat silly. Gender relations are perhaps Douglas’ biggest obsession, and though he has no answers to the problems he presents, he does offer up enough inflammatory theories to offend both men and women alike. He delivers these middle-school sermons with a wink and a smile, but the extreme opinions he brings forward should still lead to colorful debates long after the film has ended. Modestly shot and approached with a seemingly improvisational openness, “I’m Just Saying” has triumphantly managed to win the Golden Kahuna Award at the Honolulu Film Festival, the Director’s Choice Bronze Medal for Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival, and an honorable mention at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival. The movie contains an inviting soundtrack by underground artists Forty Marshalls, Rene Reyes, The Green Motel, Into the Obscure, Pedraum Pardehpoosh, Charm the Moon, Josh Postler, and Tara Hill. It stars up-and-coming performers Jen Bailey, Leigh Dunham, Michael Galvez, Eric Lewis and Rhiann Woodyard, and marks a solid debut for filmmaker Brian Douglas. The film is currently available on DVD.


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An Ill-advised Dip By Andrew Coddington Life and Arts Editor

Replaced my friend’s shoes with the exact same pair but two sizes bigger, so he thought his feet were shrinking. #bestprankever @jimmyfallon

Waving tentacles trailing feet behind and illuminated Even after all those etiquette lessons, I’m still not sure which fork to throw at my butler when his thumb touches my plate. @StephenAtHome

“Inspirational quotes are simple. Watch. Umm... ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Boom. See? Easy.” - M. Ghandi @rainnwilson

streaked like barbecue sparks at the ends of their campfire sticks when flicked through the night sky, old marshmallow roasting spits used as pens, wands

An incomplete simile is like a @DemetriMartin

My mom “he does product placement on Chatter”. Me: “Twitter?”. Mom: “ you know the thing I mean. That thing.” @donttrythis (Adam Savage)

by some organic incandescence, dozens of comets

to write names against the blackness. Floating blue If your blood alcohol was Butler’s shooting percentage you could legally drive. @sethmeyers21

strands of angel hair. Box jellyfish: as fleeting as a flame; as beautiful as the siren song; as sinister as jam. So dangerous as to reach into the dancing waves, grasp the alluring trail and flick in all its immateriality? Reach, touch––

gaga wiped out in concert.. bad combo : 9 inch heels and strobe lights. i should have warned her @davidspade

the cool cerulean–– the burning surge

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Friday, April 15, 2011

The Sounds of Buffalo A list of gigs and concerts playing in the Buffalo area this weekend. Friday, Apr. 15:

Best Seller List - Top 5

Paperback Trade Fiction 1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen 2. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Anchor Bar 9:00pm: The Jazz Example feat. Lady Lita, Greg Webster, Greg Piontek, Doug (Trigger) Gaston, Bilal Abdullah

3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

E. B. Green’s 5:30pm: Jackie Jocko


Elmwood Lounge 6:30pm - 9:30pm: Alfie & Jon. Jazz-Swing Duo

5. THE POSTMISTRESS, by Sarah Blake

Fairgrounds Gaming and Raceway Clubhouse 10:00pm: Lance Diamond Band Hard Rock Cafe 8:00pm: Blues Hounds Merge Restaurant 10:00pm: After Hours Mohawk Place 9:00pm: Bearhunter, Handsome Jack, Johnny Nobody, Stallions Ninth Ward at Babeville 7:00pm: Maps and Atlases Riviera Theatre 8:00pm: Hey You, A Tribute to Pink Floyd Town Ballroom 7:00pm: Iron & Wine, Low Anthem

Market Arcade Film & Arts Center Main Street Theater

Friday, Apr. 16: Club Infinity 7:00pm: Haiku, Chameleon’s Coat, Sue Kincaid, George Puleo of “The Need.” Glen Park Tavern 2:00pm - 5:00pm: Gretchen Schulz & Doug Morgano. Hurricane Bar & Grill 9:00pm: Dynamic Discs Sound Systems featuring DJ Mac. Kleinhans Music Hall 8:00pm: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “Samuel Barber Meets Billy the Kid” Lebro’s 8:30pm: JJ Moscato Mohawk Place 6:00pm: Robert Sarazin Blake, The Winter Coats, Team Grease Pearl Street Grill & Brewery 9:30pm: The Roadrunners Seneca Niagara Casino 8:00pm: Trace Adkins, The Bear’s Den Soundlab 7:00pm - 10:00pm: Floor, Doomridiers Third Base 11:00pm: Karaoke With The BarStars

Paperback Non-Fiction 1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Lynn Vincent 2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot 3. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom 4. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz 5. BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall

MOVIE SHOW TIMES ARTHUR ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:30 7:15 9:40 SAT/SUN 2:00 4:30 7:15 9:40 HANNA ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:10 7:20 9:50 SAT/SUN 1:20 4:10 7:20 9:50 HOP ( PG ) DAILY 3:50 6:15 8:30 SAT/SUN 1:00 3:50 6:15 8:30


INSIDIOUS ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:15 7:10 9:30 SAT/SUN 1:45 4:15 7:10 9:30 RIO (G) DAILY 4:00 6:10 8:20 SAT/SUN 1:00 4:00 6:10 8:20 SCREAM 4 (R) DAILY 4:20 7:05 9:35 SAT/SUN 1:30 4:20 7:05 9:35 YOUR HIGHNESS (R) DAILY 4:25, 7:00, 9:45 SAT/SUN 1:50 4:25 7:00 9:45


APR About Group Antony And The Johnsons Bootsy Collins Bowling For Soup Steve Earle Girl Names Holy Ghost! Lions!Tigers!Bears! Julian Lynch Memphis May Fire Rachel Platten Emile Simon Poly Styrene Silverstein Thao & Mirah Times New Viking Younger Brother

Start & Complete Swanlights [EP] The Funk Capitol of the World Fishin’ For Woos I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Dead To Me Holy Ghost! Shallow Waters, Endless Depth Terra The Hollow Be Here The Big Machine Generation Indigo Rescue Thao & Mirah Dancer Equired Vaccine


Friday, April 15, 2011

Men’s Lacrosse

Women’s Lacrosse

Winning streak snapped By Terence Shannon Sports Writer

The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team looks to bounce back this Sunday at the Demske Sports Complex against Siena after snapping its all-time best eight-game winning streak with a loss to the Fairfield Stags this past Sunday. On April 8, the girls traveled to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for a matchup with the Marist Red Foxes, who dropped to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in MAAC play after being pummeled by the Griffs, 15-8. The win was marked by standout performances from some of the upperclassmen. Senior Taylor Gray accumulated four goals with two assists, while junior Megan Oosting added four goals of her own to the effort. Fellow senior Carly Quinn also chipped in a hat trick of her own and became only the sixth player in program history to surpass 100 career points. The Canisius attack proved to be too strong for the Marist defense as it scored on 15 of the 30 shots Canisius peppered at the goal. The scoring was rounded out by goals from senior Brianne Laffey, sophomores Kate Gosson and Lindsey Morgan, and junior Theresa Walton. On the other end, the Griffs were anchored by the strong play of senior Allison Daley in net, who recorded eight

saves on the afternoon. The win improved the program-best win streak to eight games and their record to 9-3 overall, with 3-0 in the MAAC competition. On Sunday, the Griffs traveled to Fairfield, Conn. to face the Fairfield Stags, who is also unbeaten in the MAAC. After falling to a quick two-goal deficit, the women rallied to tie the game at four goals apiece heading into the intermission. Canisius surged to a strong start in the second half and pushed to a 7-4 lead with 25 minutes remaining. However, the Griffs were unable to hold on as the Stags pushed forward on an 8-1 run, winning the final nine draws and controlling the pace of the contest as they secured a 12-8 win to remain unbeaten in MAAC play. The Griffs were unable to sustain the same energy that they came out with to begin the second half and could not push the record winning streak to nine games. Oosting chipped in for the Griffs with a team-high three goals. Quinn had a goal and three assists, while Gray and Morgan added two goals of their own. Daley also came up with ten saves in net on an afternoon that did not end well for the Griffs. The Griffs will look to start another winning streak as they return home to the DSC at 11 a.m. this Sunday when they host their MAAC rival, the Siena Saints.

Lax overpowers VMI By Brady Phelps Sports Writer

Last Saturday, Canisius took home its second win of the year and first victory on the road beating Virginia Military Institute, 13-9. With a 2-1 record against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, the Griffs are just a half-game out of first place. Senior Nick LoCoco had a career day with a season-high seven points on two goals and five assists. From the very start, LoCoco led the Canisius offensive attack, assisting on the first four goals of the game. Senior Graham Bergsma scored a few min Defender Dan Coates scored his first goal of the season to give Canisius what appeared to be a comfortable lead. VMI fought back with four goals in the final two minutes leaving the score at 5-4 after the first quarter. Unshaken by the Keydets’ offensive surge, Canisius put up three more goals in the second quarter. No goals were surrendered in the second and Canisius held an 8-4 halftime lead. LoCoco found Senior Greg Michael for a goal to open up the third quarter. After VMI answered with a goal of its own, LoCoco put in his second goal to extend the lead to five goals. Jon Domres scored his first goal of the year to put Canisius up 11-5.

LoCoco’s big game put him in second place for career assists at Canisius, only ten behind head coach Randy Mearns’ total. “I thought our team came together. Everybody pitched in and did their part after a long week of preparation. After a ten-hour bus ride down there for the game, we didn’t want anything less than a win,” junior defender Nico Capron said. The momentum would not carry over into Wednesday, as Robert Morris outplayed the Golden Griffins by a considerable margin in the second half, scoring ten of the final eleven goals of the contest. The game was played at the Demske Sports Complex in drizzling rain. LoCoco led the offense with a goal and two assists, also getting help from O’Hagan and Michael, who both contributed a goal. Juniors Mike Albert and Brandon Bortignon both recorded their first career goals, Bortignon’s coming early in the first and Albert’s late in the fourth. Robert Morris capitalized on the absence of junior faceoff specialist Justin Maderer, winning nine of the next ten faceoffs after Canisius had tied the game at four. Despite the fact that the Griffs outshot RMU 35-32, the Colonials won the possession battle en route to a 14-5 victory. Trevor Moore had a standout game for the opposing squad, scoring seven goals on the afternoon. The loss dropped Canisius to 2-7 on the year while Robert Morris improved to 6-5.


Spiotta shines in rain By James Graziano Sports Writer

The Canisius College golf team struggled in the 35th annual Rutherford Intercollegiate event in State College, Pa. last weekend. Canisius’ lackluster performance in the tournament and gave the Griffs a tie for 14th place out of 16 teams. The 54-hole event began on Friday, April 8 and was suspended due to steady rain and lightning strikes. However, they managed to get through a few holes on the first day. Sophomore Michael Carrig was one-over through five holes while fellow classmate Mike Spiotta and junior Stephen Seeler were both plus-three after five holes. The remainder of the first round and second round was played the next day. The Griffs posted a team score of 316 in the second round, which put them in a tie for 14th with St. Bonaventure. The second day of the tournament also saw junior Scott Moser shoot a season-low 74 in the second round.

Moser finished the day tied for 50th place overall with a two round score of 157. Senior Michael Knott was tied for 56th place with a score of 158 over two rounds. Spiotta ended up tied for 71st place after shooting a 76 in the first round and a two day total of 162. After the third day, the Griffs finished the third round with a 312 team score for their 14th place finish. Spiotta shot a 75 in the third round and had a three day total of 237 for 61st place overall. Knott posted a 76 as a third round score for a 234 three day total and a 49th place finish. Penn State won the team tournament for the 22nd time in the 35-year history of the tournament. Their team score of 880 was seven strokes better than second place William and Mary. Penn State’s T.J. Howe was the individual winner in the tournament with a three-round total of 216. The second place finisher from Binghamton was only one stroke behind him. The golf team returns to action today at the Detroit Titan Invite at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, Mich.


Friday, April 15, 2011

The Griffin’s 2010-2011 NHL Playoff preview No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 New York Rangers Pick:Washington in five Alexander the Great and his Washington Capitals have found themselves in a familiar place at the top of the Eastern Conference. Eager to redeem their disappointing finish against Montreal last year, the Capitals are pitted against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. The Caps have been an offensive juggernaut, ranking among the top 10 in offense each of the last four years. However, Coach Bruce Boudreau decided to tighten up the defensive end. With the emergence of rookie John Carlson and the early season acquisition of defenseman Scott Hannan, the Caps and their notorious offensive attack may have finally found balance with their back end. The only question mark is between the pipes, where the Caps have three goalies (Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov and Braden Holtby) who wish to show they can carry this team. Varlamov, a playoff underachiever, will likely find himself backing up

Neuvirth. The New York Rangers crept into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season and look to ride Lundqvist as far as he will take them. Among the top goaltenders in the NHL, he is the key for the Rangers in a series that, on paper, looks one-sided. It should be noted that in four head-tohead meetings this year, the Rangers went 3-1, winning by a combined score of 15-1 in the last three meetings. But New York’s Achilles’ heel may just be their offense, which stumbled into the postseason scoring two goals or less in seven of their last nine and lost winger Ryan Callahan to a broken leg. If the Rangers are to have any chance in this series, Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky need to find the net. In the end, Washington’s depth and balance will be too much for the Rangers to handle. — Mike Doben

No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 7 Buffalo Sabres Pick: Buffalo in six The Sabres will take on the defending Eastern Conference champions in a bitter rivalry stemming from the 1975 Stanley Cup Finals which saw the Flyers win four games to two over Buffalo. Lately, the Sabres have had Philly’s number in the playoffs, winning the last two series between the two clubs, four games to two. The series that provided the most memorable moments took place in 2006, when Brian Campbell annihilated R.J. Umberger in the first overtime of Game One. Fans had more to cheer about in the second overtime, when current Flyer Daniel Briere tipped home a pass from Jochen Hecht to win the game 3-2. This year’s Flyers, however, are a different team, with perhaps the deepest crop of forwards and defensemen in the Eastern Conference. The return of All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger from injury could further swing things in Philadelphia’s favor. Even

with the chips stacked against them, the Sabres have the advantage in perhaps the two most important elements needed for playoff success — goaltending and momentum. Ryan Miller will be a key factor in this series as he will go against Sergei Bobrovsky, at least to start the series. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is known to make goaltender switches in the playoffs, having done it last year and also against the Sabres when he was the coach of Carolina. The Sabres own the edge in momentum, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, compared to Philadelphia’s 3-4-3 record. During coach Lindy Ruff ’s tenure, the Sabres have started on the road 10 times, going 8-2 in Game One. These two teams were very good on the road in the regular season and the club that gets an early jump in the series will have a big advantage. — Rich Lunghino

No. 3 Boston Bruins vs. No. 6 Montreal Canadiens Pick: Boston in six Forget the rivalry between these two teams; just looking at this season’s games alone will tell you this will be an intense series. For anyone who is unaware of the exact caliber of hockey the Bruins and Habs bring to the table, here is a rundown of their season matchups thus far: The two combined for 42 goals, 343 penalty minutes, 21 fighting majors (including a goalie fight) and seven game misconducts in their meetings this season, as well as one of the most controversial and bone-crushing hits of the season. Now add in a playoff atmosphere and you have the perfect hockey equation. Although as a whole these teams are close to even and measure up very well to each other, there are two key match ups to watch for in the series. The first includes a look at the two goaltenders: Carey Price, who will be between the pipes for Montreal, and Tim Thomas for

the Bruins. Both should easily be in the Vezina Trophy conversation after having very solid seasons, statistically ranking among the best in goals against and save percentage. The second thing to watch for is the matchup between Bruins captain Zdeno Chara vs. everyone else. The hulking 6-foot-9 defenseman has been the Bruins’ workhorse once again this year and has proven that he isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone. It will be interesting to see if any Canadien is willing to step up and take on the task of grinding it out with one of the NHL’s most hated players. Although the Canadiens took four of the six games played during the season, their speedy but small size and shifty style of play will eventually lead to their demise as over time they will get worn down verses the Bruins physically dominating and high-powered nature. After all David can only take down Goliath so many times. — Doug Tay

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay Lightning Pick: Pittsburgh in seven

On paper, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay may be the most even first round matchup in the Eastern Conference. However, that could change if Sidney Crosby finds his way back onto the ice for the playoffs. A three-headed monster on offense will be the key to Tampa’s success, as they will need the best play of Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. The only true concern is the lack of playoff experience beyond St. Louis, Lecavalier and 41-year-old goaltender Dwayne Roloson. A stout blue line with physical players like sophomore Victor Hedman and deadline acquisition Barrett Jackman give Tampa the necessary grit to make a cup run, if they can find consistency.

In opposition, the Pittsburgh Penguins—who are missing their two top players Crosby (post-concussion syndrome) and Evgeni Malkin (torn ACL/MCL)—will be relying heavily on a roster filled with playoff experience. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury put up stellar numbers throughout the year and will be the catalyst for the success, along with Jordan Staal and new addition James Neal (acquired from the Stars at the deadline). Though it looks to be even throughout, the Penguins win the series, with or without Crosby. With a cup-winning goaltender, a wealth of playoff experience on most of the roster top to bottom and home-ice advantage, it’s hard to think they won’t find a way to win. — Mike Doben


Friday, April 15, 2011

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks Pick: Chicago in six

After winning the Stanley Cup last year, the Chicago Blackhawks followed up by barely sneaking into the final playoff spot, only after a loss by the Dallas Stars on the final day of the season. However, it m ay turn out to be exactly what they want, as they will face the Vancouver Canucks, a team they have dominated recently in the playoffs. After struggling early on due to adjusting to several key player departures, Chicago picked it up in the second half, led by captain Jonathan Toews, Pat Kane and Patrick Sharp. Rookie Corey Crawford was also impressive in net in his first real stretch of playing time. The President’s Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks have been consistent all season and have perhaps their strongest team

in recent memory. The Canucks, of course, are led by the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, and rising star Ryan Kesler. On the back end, Vancouver leans on goalie Roberto Luongo, who has put up the best numbers of his career this season, as well as a very talented and physical defensive unit. Chicago has defeated Vancouver the last two years in the playoffs and it could very well happen again. However, the Blackhawks no longer have Dustin Byfuglien, who was Luongo’s arch nemesis due to his strong play in front of the net. This series provides us with two highscoring, exciting teams who have built up a recent rivalry, making it a must-watch for any hockey fan. — Paul Anstett

No. 2 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Los Angeles Kings Pick: San Jose in five It is always beneficial to be playing good hockey when you head into the playoffs. The San Jose Sharks have taken that notion to a new level as they have been on a torrid pace the last few months. The Sharks have been known to be a great regular-season team who chokes in the playoffs, but will this year be different? The usual suspects – Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley – continue to put up numbers, but the Sharks now have more depth than ever. Ryane Clowe had a productive season, as did Logan Couture, who scored 30 goals and is neck-and-neck with Jeff Skinner in the race for the Calder Trophy. Antti Niemi, who was last year’s Stanley Cup winning goalie, has solidified his game

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recently after struggling early on. The Los Angeles Kings had high hopes going into this season and fared pretty well for most of the year. However, the team has lost key players Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams to injury, although Williams may be able to play soon. Nonetheless, the team still has young talent in players like goalie Jonathan Quick; defensemen Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson; and forwards Dustin Brown and Dustin Penner. L.A. also has valuable playoff experience from last year, so they still have a chance to upset the two-seed. However, defeating red-hot San Jose would be a difficult task for any team, let alone one suffering from some big injuries. — Paul Anstett

Mike Doben

No. 3 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes Pick: Detroit in five

This series will be a rematch of the first round last year, which saw the Red Wings beat the Coyotes 6-1 in Phoenix to win the series in its seventh game. This time, Detroit will have home-ice advantage, but will be without leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg for the start of the series because of a lower-body injury. Even without Zetterberg, Detroit has the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Brian Rafalski on its roster. The Red Wings are no stranger to playoff hockey, having made the postseason 20 straight years and playing in the Finals two of the last three seasons. The goaltending matchup will feature the Wings’ Jimmy Howard and the Coyotes’

Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov had a lackluster series against the Red Wings last season, posting a 3.44 GAA, but still took his team to Game Seven. Howard, in the conversation for Rookie of the Year last season, has slipped this year. However, he still posted 37 wins, tied for second in the NHL. What will hurt the Coyotes in this series is their special teams, which are near the bottom of the NHL. On the contrary, Detroit owns the fifth-best power play in the league and is also second-overall in the NHL in goals scored. The Red Wings will be too much for the Coyotes to handle and unless Howard’s play takes a turn for the worse, Phoenix will fall to Detroit in the playoffs for the second-straight year. — Rich Lunghino

No. 4 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Nashville Predators Pick: Nashville in seven Neither the Nashville Predators nor the Anaheim Ducks have been strangers in the NHL Playoffs over the last several years, combining for eight playoff appearances since the 2006-2007 season. Riding one of the hottest top line’s in the NHL, including veteran and Hart Trophy candidate Corey Perry (20 goals in the last 22 games of the season), Ryan Geztlaf and Bobby Ryan, the Ducks surged into the playoffs as they moved from the 11th spot in the standings all the way up to the four seed since the new year. Although their goaltending has been suspect at times, they have been able to overcome that area with a high-powered offense and a whole lot of scoring. On the other side of the table, Nashville relies on a different style of play, often grinding out games thanks to their never-say-die attitude and riding goalie Pekka Rinne, who

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has been nothing short of brilliant throughout this season. Add that to arguably the league’s best blue line duo in Shea Weber and Ryan Suter and you have the makings of an immovable force going up against an unstoppable object in the league’s hottest threesome – either way, it will be good hockey. These teams have clashed four times already this year, with the Preds taking the season series 3-1 averaging just over four goals a game. A lot of people have the Ducks taking this one late but the Preds are hard working, resilient and anything but pushovers. This series is going to consist of a lot of long, close, blue-collar hockey games, but in the end the tandem of Pinne, Weber and Suter will do just enough to frustrate and shutdown the Ducks. — Doug Tay

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Friday, April 15, 2011 Volume lxxxi Number 20

Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Mental mistakes spoil Tufts’ outing By Nick Veronica Sports Editor

Six shutout innings from junior Alex Tufts were not enough to lift Canisius to a win yesterday afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex, where Division I independent Le Moyne rallied late to edge Canisius, 3-2. Tufts had only given up three hits going into his seventh inning of work, but allowed a leadoff double to center fielder Brett Botsford down the left field line. Next up was cleanup hitter Ryan Mahoney, who deposited Tufts’ 1-0 offering over the centerfield fence to tie the game at two. Junior Ryan Fennell relieved Tufts with one out in the seventh and induced a 5-4-3 double play. After working a scoreless eighth, he walked the leadoff batter in the top of the ninth. Mahoney came to the plate with a chance to do even more damage, but instead sacrificed bunted Botsford over to second. Botsford ended up 90 feet from home after sophomore Frank Polino, who started at catcher yesterday, threw behind him at second. The pickoff attempt w a s well-

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intended and may have been successful had the throw not been bobbled by senior shortstop Sean Jamieson. After hitting the next batter, head coach Mike McRae replaced Fennell with left-handed reliever Nathan Linseman. Le Moyne’s six-hitter Don Schaaf hit the first pitch he saw from the Canisius sophomore, a sharply hit grounder that just evaded the dive of freshman second baseman Jose Torralba and turned out to be the game-winning RBI. Fennell took the loss. Torralba had the best offensive day of any Griff, scoring the first run and knocking in the second on a 2-for-4 night, although he struck out in the ninth inning. The Griffs’ best chance to score was in the seventh inning. Freshman Shane Zimmer got on base with a leadoff walk, and Ryan Coppinger bunted him over to second. Ralph Alloco singled to give Canisius runners on the corners with one out, it looked like McRae’s small ball tactics would come in handy once again. When sophomore Chris Gruarin flew out to left, the scene was set for Canisius’ best player, Jamieson, to have a shot at giving the Griffs the lead. While Le Moyne had a meeting at the mound, the Canisius baserunners had a talk with coaches to discuss strategy. Alloco took off for second, but slowed down halfway there, almost as if he was trying to do a delayed steal. Nat Barone, a senior pinch running for Zimmer, didn’t go home on the throw, and Alloco, a rookie, ended up running himself into the third out of the inning. A delayed steal would not have been ideal in that circumstance with your best hitter at the plate. McRae clarified the situation after the game. It was supposed to be a straight steal, and neither runner executed the play correctly. “[They] both botched what we tried to teach,” McRae said. The Griffs threatened in the ninth with back-to-back walks, but two looking strikeouts spelled the end for Canisius. Brian Burton and Lizzy Gatto are both putting up good numbers this season, hitting well over .300 and slugging over .500.

Softball goes 3-1 on MAAC opening weekend By Alyssa Palombo Sports Writer

The Canisius College softball team began Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play last weekend at home against Saint Peter’s and Manhattan. The team made a solid start to its conference schedule by sweeping the two-game set with St. Peter’s on Saturday, winning the first game by the score of 9-1 and the second by the score of 9-0. Both games went only five innings due to the NCAA mercy rule. Senior Lauren Hope went 6-for-7 throughout the two games with a triple, four runs scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases. The triple puts her at five on the season, a MAAC-best. Senior Emily Helbig went 3-for-3 on the day with a double and two RBIs, and her classmate Paige Freiberger posted three hits, one a double, along with four runs scored and four RBIs. Freshman Jan Consaul earned her third win of the season in the first game after pitching all five innings, allowing one run on four hits to go with three strikeouts. Sophomore Amanda Baun picked up the win in the second game, her sixth of the season. She pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while striking out eight, before being relieved by junior Caroline Main, who struck out the side in the fifth. Following Saturday’s games, the Griffs now lead the all-time series against St. Peter’s, 40-11. Sunday saw Manhattan come to the Demske Sports Complex for a pair of games. Canisius took the first game by the score of 8-0 in six innings, while Manhattan came back to win the second game, 5-3. The Griffs tallied a total of 11 hits in their 8-0 victory. Freiberger led off the scoring in the second inning when she hit a solo home run to right center. The team would add three more runs

in the bottom of the third on RBIs from Helbig, Freiberger and junior Lizzy Gatto. The Griffs added an additional three runs in the fourth, with one coming on an RBI by junior Lauryn Chris and two more coming on a hit by freshman Valorie Nappo. In the sixth inning, Canisius would score one final time — on a wild pitch that allowed Hope to score from third —enacting the NCAA mercy rule for the third straight game. Baun earned her seventh win of the season in the victory. In the second game, Manhattan scored first, but Canisius answered back to take a 2-1 lead. Manhattan would tie it 2-2 before Canisius took the lead again at 3-2. In the top of the seventh, however, the Lady Jaspers scored three more runs to take the eventual 5-3 victory. Baun took the loss after coming on in relief of Main. On Tuesday, Canisius split a non-conference doubleheader with St. Bonaventure at Demske. The Griffs fell, 8-6, to the Bonnies in the first game, but came back to take the victory in the nightcap, 9-8. In the first game, St. Bonaventure had a 4-1 lead by the third inning and never looked back as it cruised to the 8-6 victory. Main took the loss, allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out eight while walking seven. In the nightcap, the Blue and Gold took a commanding 7-0 lead after just two innings. The five-run first was capped by sophomore Stephanie Pfentner’s three-run homer, her team-leading sixth of the season. By the fifth inning, the Bonnies had cut the lead to 7-6. Canisius added one more run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-6. In the top of the seventh, however, St. Bonaventure would tie the game at 8-8. Gatto led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk and then stole second. Helbig came to the plate after Freiberger reached base and stroked a single to right that allowed Gatto to score the game-winning run. Gatto was 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases in the win. Helbig was 4-for-7 on the day with four RBIs and extended her hitting streak to five games. Junior Lauren Falzone was 5-for9 on the day with five runs scored. Nappo went 4-for-8 with a double and an RBI over the course of the two games. Consaul picked up the complete game victory, allowing eight runs, five earned, on 10 hits with five strikeouts and two walks. The Griffs’ record currently stands at 15-13 on the season. The team will take the field this weekend, traveling to Fairfield tomorrow and defending MAAC champion Iona on Sunday.

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