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Friday, April 1, 2011 Volume LXXXI Number 18
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Library renovations emphasize technology Major changes planned for this summer
By Hannah Alt News Editor
Many books in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library haven’t been checked out in decades; indeed, the spines of many remain without creases. With such a large book collection and a move toward computer resources, the dynamics of Canisius’ library have considerably changed, prompting the College administration to p ush forward major changes to one of the campus’ busiest gathering places. The library renovation project is being referred to as the Library Learning Commons and, according to Canisius President John Hurley, the project has been on the drawing board for a while. “It’s a re-imagination of the library as a place where learning takes place; not just a place where books are collected,” Hurley told The Griffin. With so much pressure being placed on getting Science Hall underway and completed, the library seems to not be getting the attention it needs. In meeting with all of the different departments on campus, many of the concerns that kept coming back to him related to the library and he realized the importance of moving for-
ward with plans. Since the College is already finding it difficult to raise money for Science Hall, Hurley had to look elsewhere for funding. The project is roughly estimated in the range of seven to eight million dollars, and he asked that it be worked into the College’s capitol budget each year until it is completed. Because of this, the renovations and reconfigurations will be completed in phases beginning this summer. According to Joel Cohen, Ph.D., the associate vice president for library and information services, work has been in progress since before Tim Hortons, a part of the project, was built. Tim Hortons has changed the library in more ways than one since it opened in the spring of 2009. Hurley said that the traffic at Tim Hortons has exceeded all expectations and is bringing many people to the library. As a result, he has heard various complaints that the library has become too crowded and noisy. I think that the library should be a place to study,” said sophomore Stephanie McGrath. “We need a place to be social; the library shouldn’t be that.” “The library is really being used kind of like a student center or student union because everyone is attracted to the coffee, and yeah you’ll bring a book along and maybe you’ll look at it if your friends aren’t there. But if your friends are there, you can
just kind of hang out,” Hurley said. Students use Tim Hortons to eat and chat, but they also study and meet with class groups. Dr. Cohen sees the atmosphere of the coffee shop as an opportunity for collaboration not just socially, but also academically. “It warms my heart to see faculty talking with other faculty or talking with students,” he said. “It’s kind of this informal opportunity for learning.” Dr. Cohen doesn’t see the noise on the main level as a bad thing or as something all too different from before Tim Hortons. According to him, the lower level used to be the noisier floor because that was where the computers were located, and people congregated around the computers. After the coffee shop was built and the computers were redistributed out of the lab that had been located on the lower level (another leg of the overall library project), the noise naturally moved to the main level. “During the day, the main floor can get noisy, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” said sophomore Daniel Ulmer. “The library is used for a lot more than just studying.” Regarding the noise, Dr. Cohen doesn’t see it as problematic, because if students want a quiet place to study, the top floor is and will continue to be a quiet environment. The addi-
tion of the movable furniture areas was also part of the slowly executed plan. “The students, we noticed, like to move things around, so we’re encouraging them,” said Dr. Cohen, noting that all of the changes that are being made are meant to meet the needs of faculty and students. “We’re trying to create a place that can provide academic support, technology support, support the ability to work in groups and to do that we’re going to be bringing other partner departments into the library,” he continued. Student academic support services (SASS), information technology services (ITS), the faculty technology services (FacTS) and the center for teaching excellence are all being moved into the library to help create a more complete center for learning. The areas of SASS that will be relocating to the main floor of the library include the tutoring center, the study center and supplemental instruction. Perhaps the most significant of these moves will be bringing the tutoring center down from the third floor of Old Main, out of the way of the typical student’s daily routine. See Library page 2
Plans for new library setup promote group work and information literacy. Colin Gordon/The Griffin
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Library: Long term goals bring in ITS, tutoring center Continued from front
Associate dean of students and director of SASS Anne Marie Dobies said collaboration between the library and the tutoring center is ideal and that “it will be awesome for students.” Bringing the tutoring center to the library makes it more accessible and convenient for students, she suggested, and will hopefully make utilizing it more of the norm. Currently a librarian goes to the tutoring center every Wednesday for research-based assistance, but Dobies said that having librarians around the corner all the time is much more practical. She also pointed out that their motto is, “How do you work smarter not harder?” The center’s goal is to save students time and energy by assisting them and giving them someone whom they can bounce ideas off. Being located in the library gives the center the ability to use resources students already take advantage of in the library, like study rooms and materials, with them and in their environment. The phase during which the tutoring center will make the move is still uncertain, but the staff is already thinking ahead to how they can slowly integrate themselves and fit with students’ needs. Also intended to be made more accessible to students, is the gradual addition of ITS to the Library Commons. The move of ITS from the Whele Technology Building began in the summer of 2009 with the first tier,
the main help desk. Eventually the second tier, comprised of the advanced assistance, will move into what is now the library classroom behind the ITS help desk. Having ITS stationed in the library has become increasingly more important as the core curriculum has advanced to stress more information literacy. Focus on technology and the way in which students study and do research is heavily influencing the redesign of the library. “Ultimately what we’d like to do is provide spaces more in tune with the way students are using libraries today,” said Dr. Cohen. He looks at the technology that students use, and how different it is just from 10 years ago. The use of online journals,
periodicals and electronic textbooks is resulting in a reduced need for many of the hard copies of books in the library’s collection. Because of this, the Library Commons will have much more open space conducive to using computers and other devices. To make this possible, the next phase of the project will be the implementation of high-density shelving in the lower level of the library, which will occur this coming summer. High-density shelves are shelving units that are all situated on sliding tracks that can be slid apart when someone needs to get into them. This will allow for much of the open shelving to be taken down, especially on the main floor, leaving room for more classrooms,
The addition of movable furniture to the library caters to student needs. Colin Gordon/The Griffin
study stations and other common areas. According to Dr. Cohen, the entire library collection will be redistributed so that the books used the least frequently will be placed in the compact shelves and those that are utilized more will be kept in open shelving to be more accessible. Dr. Cohen said the library will still be open over the summer but the lower level will be under renovation. Since the rest of the project is still on hold, students and faculty will return to a work-in-progress in the fall. New furniture, carpet, rooms and other additions will come gradually as funding and resources allow. Hurley is hopeful that the entire Library Learning Commons project will be completed in three to four years, with most of the work occurring during the summers. When asked what new technology can be expected for the library, Dr. Cohen was unsure. He said that the high speed in which technology is changing means that the library might not need a lot more equipment, because more and more, students have their own. Instead, their goal is to make sure they are able to handle and support what students require. Things like sufficient wireless Internet and enough accessible outlets are on the immediate list of needs. “We try to meet the students’ needs,” Dr. Cohen said. “But the needs are going to change, we’ve seen that already.” The floor plans of the Library Learning Commons are on display in the library near the ITS help desk.
Beyond ThE Dome
City Grill shooting makes its way into the court Closing arguments delivered Thursday
By Jonathan Beck News Writer
“Plain and simple,” prosecutor James Bargnesi said, pointing emphatically at Riccardo M. McCray, “this is our killer.” Around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 14, 2010, a gunman opened fire on a group of people leaving Buffalo’s City Grill on Main Street. The evening saw large groups of people at City Grill, celebrating with a Texas couple who had come to Buffalo to celebrate their first year of marriage and their six-month-old daughter’s christening with family and friends. The incident left four dead and four others injured with bullet wounds; blood splattered the sidewalk and cars. 11 days later, Buffalo homicide investigators arrested who they believed to be responsible for the shooting, purportedly the worst in Buffalo’s recent history. Riccardo M. McCray was charged with four counts of second-degree murder after more than a week as a top suspect in the murder. He surrendered himself outside of WIVB-TV’s Elmwood Avenue studio, where he talked with some of the Channel 4 staff. “I got low when shots rang out, that’s all I know,” he said that afternoon to Channel 4 senior correspondent Rich Newberg. “Why are
the police going toward me? That’s what I want to know.” Friday, March 18, McCray’s quadruple-murder trial began with a dramatic retelling of the August massacre in the Erie County Court. “Eight total victims from this scene of death and injury on a level this city has never seen,” Bargnesi said in his opening statement. “Lives destroyed and families torn to shreds in a matter of 17 seconds.” Thus began nearly two weeks of emotional testimonies and reviews of evidence. The defense used to its advantage the questionable character of many of the prosecution’s witnesses. “There are some pretty disreputable characters who will come in here and purport to take an oath and testify about what they say happened,” McCray’s lawyer Joseph J. Terranova said in his opening statement. The prosecution brought forth 49 witnesses, but many of them offer the jury their own legal troubles and questions concerning their credibility. Rickita Latham, testified to the jury that she saw McCray fatally shoot many of the victims. “I seen him shoot Will in the head,” she said, “and he shot DeMario Vass as well.” She testified that she then saw him run across the Metro Rail tracks. “The next thing
you know, he shot Tiffany.” The defense was quick to point out that Latham, whose testimony could potentially send McCray to prison for life, did not deliver her testimony to police until months after the incident occurred, at a time when she faced two felony criminal charges of her own. Furthermore, she is currently facing drug charges in Clarence and has been arrested in Amherst, Clarence, Hamburg and Niagara Falls over the last year. Other witnesses brought their own problems, including James Robb Jr., who was shot that August morning and whose close friend was killed. He told caregivers at Erie County Medical Center that he did not see who shot him. A week later, he identified McCray as the shooter. “You can’t trust James Robbs, brought here in shackles,” Terranova said. “He lies to the police not once, but twice.” Police had to arrest Robbs to get him to testify in court, and he and Latham are only two of many whose backgrounds have created trouble for the prosecution. McCray did not testify during the trial. The jury must now weigh the evidence and consider a verdict. They have been advised by Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to bring a change of clothes in preparation for long hours of deliberation. Google Images
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Senate to vote on student tax increase By Kate Songin Editor in Chief
Canisius students may see an additional $30 added to their tuition bill come Fall if a proposal to raise the student tax is approved by the student government. According to vice president for business and finance of the Undergraduate Student Association, senior Damion Morris, the senate will have the option to vote whether they want the student tax to increase. If they vote in favor of the suggestion, undergraduates will see a 25 percent increase on their student tax, making the tax a total of $150. Morris says that to his knowledge, the tax has not been raised in almost six years, but each year the tuition has been raised by at least four percent and will continue to be raised. It is no secret that club and organization leaders have struggled to receive the funding they have requested over the past couple of years, and this year is no exception. The Canisius College Chorale, for example, received less than 10 percent of its requested budget in the fall, which almost forced the organization to cancel its concerts. Luckily, the appeals process worked in their favor and the chorale gained the money they were hoping for in the end. “We’re trying to make sure we can make everyone happy going forward,” Morris said, explaining the options the senate has. “People don’t realize the insane amount of clubs we have on cam-
pus. There’s just not enough money to satisfy everyone anymore.” Several options are being explored right now in order to fix this issue. The proposed option would increase student tax so there is more money in the pool to accommodate all student programming initiatives. A second option is to reduce the number of clubs on campus so this increase is not necessary. The third option, which Morris says is illogical, is simply to do nothing at all. “If we choose to do nothing, we stay the same and everyone continues to have the same problems.” If the senate agrees to raise the tax, the allocation pool will increase from $868 thousand to just over $1 million, an increase of about $192 thousand. Morris says that because there are so many clubs and organizations that have developed on campus in his four years at Canisius, this increase in the allocation pool is essential, making critical the need for the tax increase. While some members of the student body understand this process, Morris feels that the majority of students do not. Because of this, junior senator Molly Watson, together with V.P. Morris, will sponsor this resolution and issue what they call a “non-binding referendum” to the senate at their weekly meeting Tuesday. The senate will issue a survey to the student body in order to get their opinion on the issue at hand. This referendum will help the senate with their decision, although they can choose not to take the advice of the stu-
dents. “That’s the whole ‘non-binding’ part of it,” Morris said. “Basically, we don’t have to agree with the results. Either way, we’ll make a decision, but we want the students to tell us what they think so we can consider all of the options.” Senior senator John Duggan is against this resolution and plans to vote against it when given the opportunity sometime in the next few weeks. “I believe that raising the student tax is an inappropriate action to take because it encourages greater fiscal irresponsibility with a larger allocation pool,” Duggan said. “Students pay enough in tuition and everything else... at what point do you draw the line and call it overkill?” Duggan says that if the increase was for a specific purpose, such as the spring concert or other major campus event, he might be more inclined to vote in favor of it since its destination had been predetermined. Junior Finance Committee member Joe Argenta thinks that an increase in the student tax is necessary, and likewise, so are cuts to some clubs on campus with overlapping interests that seem to cater to only a select few students. “A raise in tax by the $30 that we are suggesting is minimal compared to the amount of money students are already paying to attend Canisius,” Argenta said. “This will help provide more clubs with funding to avoid what happened last year, where we ran out of money.”
Argenta says the committee has noticed that many clubs request similar items in their budgets, have similar programming, and often have the exact same members on their e-boards. “Because there are so many clubs, we have to be stringent with how we allocate funds. This makes it harder for other clubs with more unique purposes to obtain the funding they need to function effectively.” Morris thinks this increase in tax needs to happen before any other decisions are made. “The Finance Committee sees the rosters and meets with the e-board members. It’s always the same 100 students, and there are how many students on campus? 5,000?” Morris said. “How do we tell a club they can’t be a club anymore? How do we tell clubs to merge and then suggest programming for them? That’s not our place right now.” Morris hopes that in future years USA can have a position approved in their constitution for a new e-board member that serves as a programming specialist, helping clubs make better choices which will subsequently lead to greater attendance at events and greater financial accountability. Despite looking for areas to cut, the senate has not made any mention of reevaluating its policy on a $500 stipend per semester for each e-board member. Morris says he and Senator Watson will present the final proposal to the senate on Tuesday. They will then decide to vote on that same night or the following
Public Safety Blotter March 20 6:45 p.m. Criminal Trespassing Officers on patrol in the Delavan Town Houses observed a person who had been previously banned from campus. The person was placed under arrest and charged with criminal trespassing. March 28 3 p.m. Criminal Trespassing Officers investigating a report of a trespasser discovered a person who had been previously banned from campus visiting a student in Frisch Hall. The individual had been previously warned and issued a campus ban. She was placed under arrest and charged with criminal trespassing. March 29 9 a.m. Aggravated Harassment A staff member in Health Science reported that some threatening messages had been left on their office voice mail. The investigation is continuing. March 29 8 p.m. Petty Larceny A student reported that somebody removed his wallet containing cash and personal items from an unlocked locker in the Koessler Athletic Center. Courtesy of Public Safety Compiled by Hannah Alt
News Of The Weird UNITED STATES - Somehow, prison inmates finagled $39 million in undeserved federal tax refunds in 2009, according to a February report by the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration. In Key West, Fla., for example, where prisoner Danilo Suarez was sentenced in January to five years in prison for filing multiple fraudulent returns, jailers discovered a pass-around sheet of instructions for false filings. While some refunds were legitimate (e.g., on pre-incarceration investment activity), the IRS was found to conduct fraud screenings on fewer than half of all returns filed by prisoners. (The IRS complained that, until 2008, it was illegal for the agency to share information with state corrections officials -- or even with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.) CALIFORNIA - Tihomir Petrov, 43, a mathematics professor at California State University Northridge, was charged in January with misdemeanors for allegedly urinating twice on the office door of a colleague with whom he had been feuding. (Petrov was identified by a hidden camera installed after the original puddles turned up.) Petrov is the author of several scholarly papers, with titles such as “Rationality of Moduli of Elliptic Fibrations With Fixed Monodromy.” NORTH CAROLINA - Timothy Walker, 48, was hospitalized in Burlington, N.C., in February after he fell off of an SUV while he was on top, holding down two mattresses for the driver, who apparently rounded a curve too fast. FLORIDA - Armed-robbery convict Edward Nathan Jr. escaped from a work-release center in 1983 and, as “Claude Brooks” and other identities, managed to avoid police for the next 27 years, until he slipped up in December in Atlanta -- arrested after being caught urinating in public. He was returned to Florida and charged with escape. TEXAS - Senior police officer Mike Hamby, 51, was suspended in February after witnesses reported that he, off-duty and not in uniform, had tossed a tear-gas grenade into a group of rivals in a rodeo cooking contest. Hamby has 30 years service and was a member of his union’s board of directors. About 300 teams compete in the barbecue cookoff, and police were investigating whether Hamby was merely trying to sabotage a competitor’s food. Courtesy of www.newsoftheweird.com Compiled by Jonathan Beck
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Curious Griffin: What is Kairos and why won’t participants talk? By Mary Battaglia News Writer
Uplifting, life changing, wonderful and amazing are just a few words that Canisius students have used to describe their Kairos experience. The Kairos retreats are known as somewhat of a mystery around campus, leaving many to wonder what it is all about. Although the specifics of the event cannot be exclusively disclosed, several Canisius students and faculty have opened up about the experiences promoted during the retreat. Kairos made its first appearance at Canisius College in 2000, after a year of prior planning and coordinating by Campus Ministry. Susan Fischer, associate campus minister and coordinator of retreats, was one of the first faculty members to put Kairos in motion. According to Fischer, students who attended Jesuit high schools and had participated in Kairos before expressed interest in developing the retreat at the college level. “It has gone through a few adaptations, but it still runs true to the Kairos spirit,” Fischer stated. Kairos’ main mission is “to find God in all things,” said both Fischer and Laura Knab, a junior spiritual intern for campus ministry. Fischer went on to say that the general purpose of Kairos is “to allow students an opportunity to get away from campus, their stress and their homework for a weekend. It is a chance to reflect on their relationship with themselves, others and God.” “Kairos gives us the ability to step back and reexamine our individual mission and what we want to do with our lives,” Knab added, commenting on the fast-paced and stressful college environment. Despite such positive reviews of Kairos, a lot of Canisius students are still skeptical about participating. “Put your curiosity aside and let the experience be one of those things that just happens,” said sophomore Dorian Dallas. “Be open-minded and most importantly, don’t give into rumors.” Dallas participated in a Kairos retreat that was offered last semester and as a result of his rewarding experience, wishes to become a Kairos retreat leader in the fall. “Do it for yourself because it will open your eyes to new experiences,” said Knab. Even if you are not the most religious person, Kairos has something to offer everyone who participates. “All religions have participated, it only makes it richer,” said Fischer. “No matter what your faith background, you still need to relate to people.” Other students who have participated in the retreat agree with this. “Kairos isn’t necessarily geared toward developing religion. It’s about getting to know yourself better and those around you,” said sophomore Milano Rodriguez. So, why is Kairos so secretive? Students who return from the retreat often times do not speak of the
specifics. “We want everyone to feel the emotions we felt when we had those experiences,” said Knab. “The secret nature of Kairos is absolutely necessary,” added Dallas. “We go through too much of our lives knowing the immediate results of our actions. Kairos affords an experience where one can just sit back, relax, and let go of the day-to-day routines.” Although past participants like to keep the event a secret, Fischer commented, “If anyone wants to know, I’m happy to tell them…I really try to dispel the myth of that.” “It’s as simple as getting on the bus, and just letting the rest happen,” said Dallas, when asked to make a final comment about the campus ministry retreat. Kairos is offered twice a semester to any students who are interested. The next retreat is scheduled for a weekend in early September. There is a fee of 45 dollars, but scholarships are available. Any student who has questions, comments, or wishes to sign up should visit the Office of Campus Ministry in Old Main 207, or email Susan Fischer at fischers@canisius.
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Canisius students face cuts in federal financial aid By Jonathan Beck News Writer
Many students may find themselves paying more to attend Canisius College next year, and not only because of the annual tuition increase. Major cuts to college financial aid are making their way through the federal government right now, as the April 8 end of the temporary budget deadline looms ahead. The federal budget may affect both the Federal Pell Grant Program and the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Program (FSEOG). Vice President Joe Biden joined the Senate Wednesday evening to work toward a common budget goal after some Senate Democrats were skeptical of the Obama administration’s decision to support $33 billion in spending cuts. Where the cuts in any Democratic Senate proposals will be emphasized is unclear, but some proposals in the Senate and the House of Representatives have threatened major education funding. According to an e-mail from Kenneth Kruly, director of government relations at Canisius College, the Pell Grant program aids about 1,000 Canisius students, around one third of the undergraduate body. SEOG funding “serves nearly one in five undergrads.” “The federal budget approved last month by the House of Representatives,” Kruly wrote, “would reduce Pell Grants by about 15 percent (up to $845 per year).” Further, “that same House budget would to-
tally eliminate all FSEOG funding.” According to the US Department of Education website, the FSEOG program “provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education.” A very similar explanation is provided by the Education Department for the Pell Grant. President Barack Obama has positioned himself against the House budget, delivering remarks about the importance of programs like the Pell Grant in a press conference early March, insisting that he understands the necessity of budget cuts. “But the notion that we would cut, for example, Pell Grants, when we know the single most important thing to our success as a nation long term is how well educated our kids are,” Obama said, “and the proposal that was coming out of the House would cut, this year, about $800 out of Pell Grants for eight million kids, and if it were extended into the next year, would cut in half the Pell Grants that they’re receiving, that makes no sense.” With a Canisius tuition bill of $29,020, excluding additional fees and the costs of room and board for many students, such cuts are causing concern among students and faculty alike. The consequences for Canisius students are not yet entirely clear, but with around one third of undergraduates facing cuts in financial aid the College administration may need to evaluate internal aid and costs, which could affect services provided by the College. Action on the budget in the House could happen any day as tensions increase in preparation for the budget deadline.
ARTS CANISIUS U P C O M I N G
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April 4 – Karen Schmid will perform a Meet-the-Faculty on the fortepiano at 12 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. April 5 – The Montante Cultural Center will host an Informally~Formal Chamber Recital as part of Canisius and the BPO Connection at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Frances Kaye and Richard Kay on violin and Paul Ferington on piano. Student tickets will be $7 and general admission $15. April 7 – The Erie County Chamber Winds directed by Ricky Fleming will perform in the Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. April 15 – As part of 2011 Ignatian Scholarship Day, the Canisius College Chorale, directed by Frank Scinta, will perform at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. April 17 – The Canisius Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ansgarius Aylward will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.
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Hope for a sense of global responsibility from Libyan intervention The events in the Middle East have heated up since we began our spring break, but it seems things aren’t quite at a boil yet. The United States has found itself in some version of a politically-correct euphemism for the word “war,” leaving many to wonder how—and if—the United States can continue such military-minded matters of foreign policy in the Middle East. We at The Griffin feel that, while any American’s financial concerns over supporting the country’s action in Libya are certainly valid, it is important to focus on the intended positives of the United States’ military intervention instead of descending too early into a cynicism that often accompanies a discussion on
Middle Eastern involvement. There are valid reasons that so many Middle Eastern countries have decided that now is the time to put an end to their countries’ respective regimes, and these reasons boil down to the existence of civil and human rights abuses enforced by dictatorial governments. Libya is just one of many in this rash of revolutions, but that does not make its reasons for revolt any less valid. In fact, these reasons seem to have been solidified and validated by Muammar Gaddafi’s promise to kill his own people, and this has proven to be a promise he’s making good on. At the moment, the American, French and British intervention seems necessary, strictly from the vantage point that if someone
Choosing our words wisely Matt Gorczyca Recently, I wrote an article about the demolition of my old parish church, and how religious leaders and the government have placed money above history and faith. My article was received with the words, “Hail Satan, I hope they tear it down,” by a friend via Facebook. I know the person who made this statement and didn’t take their words too seriously, however when family and friends saw the comment they were outraged at its insensitivity. The person who made the comment has made it clear he is not a Catholic and does not respect the Catholic Church, but if he would have read my article correctly, he would have realized that it was not an article praising Catholicism over other religions; it was pointing out my opinion that the Diocese of Buffalo had failed its faith community by allowing this church to meet the wrecking ball. Instead he made an igno-
rant comment, offended a community of people, and did not feel bad about it. When this situation took place it made me think about how people are either too afraid to speak, or they speak ignorantly. There seems to be no in between where people actually use their words to respectfully voice their opinions. Could this person have given his opinion without offending people? The answer is yes, without a doubt. He chose to make an ignorant comment, and while it didn’t offend me, because I know he is apt to make these comments, it did offend others, who saw this church as a cornerstone for their lives. He doesn’t have to like the Catholic Church, or Catholicism, and he can even support the church being torn down, but in a world where words have become tools of hatred and ignorance, I think we all can be more respectful and choose our words wisely. firstname.lastname@example.org
Who am I and where am I going? Matthew McDermott How many of you wonder why you are in your major? Was it because your parents were accountants, journalists, financial advisors, teachers, etc.? How many of you have thought about where you want to be in five, 10, 15 years? Who out there is second-guessing the path that you are on? Are you just a party person? Are you just a brain? Do you aspire to be a leader one day – a leader tomorrow? The Can Do Society understands the constant questioning, the secondguessing; we have been there before – I have been there before. Don’t you just wish that you knew exactly what your
strengths and weaknesses are? The seminar will feature Judi Spear, renowned speaker in the local area, Jeff Hoffman, Buffalo native and founder of the famed Priceline.com, and finally Joseph Abdallah, executive director of Leadership Buffalo. To those lucky enough to secure a ticket this year, it promises to deliver a personable message that doesn’t just apply to graduating seniors, but rather to the school as a whole community of individuals looking for some sort of sign. This is your call to action; this is your time to rise above. The future is at your doorstep every day, when will you begin? I’ll be in Montante on April 12 – will you? email@example.com
cause—the basic protection for Libyans against Gaddafi’s violence—will hopefully stave off any enticements for the personal gain of countries involved in protecting Libyans. If this collaboration is ultimately a success, perhaps it will encourage countries in the future to minimize the focus on personal gain and instead hopefully center global attentions on basic human needs. We at The Griffin are hopeful, especially because this is a collaborative effort, that this action taken in Libya will truly enforce what it means to be a member of a global community, where neither direct interference, control, or willful ignorance produce satisfactory humanitarian results.
doesn’t do something, the global population will be left with the deaths of Libyan civilians and dissenters alike on our collective consciousness. Therefore, the immediate intended consequence of military involvement is to prevent further loss of life and mass murder in this devastated region. However, this sort of restrained intervention, that hopefully remains minimal, yet effective, could also be a sign of an increased sense of global responsibility. In this case, the responsibility is for the lives of those incapable of defending themselves from Gaddafi’s campaign of politicide. This collaborative effort on the part of multiple countries and the U.N. in the face of a worthy
Together For Allison Braun By Caitlin Krull firstname.lastname@example.org Together Let’s steep in the memories that we have created. Let’s bathe in the blaze of that which has lit our path …and walk hand in hand down that track. Let’s not look back. Together Let’s wade in the waters of our long waited exemption. Let’s revel in the redemption of our retired wrongdoing …and make one with the flowers blooming. Let’s subsist spontaneously. Together Let’s thrive by mere survival. Cry because we can. Make this world kneel at our feet and kiss our hands. Because
We can Sit in the slums and still spot beauty. And Spot beauty within every body.
So Together Let’s
Witness beauty for not only the cliché that it is.
But witness beauty as being the friendship which we live.
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Friday, April 1, 2011
True Life: I’m graduating Jeffrey Hartinger As I caught up with my mother this past week, we discussed my future and the possibilities of what I’ll be doing after I graduate this May. After our talk, I realized that as a first generation college student, I had the best of both worlds: intelligent parents who had raised me on the fundamentals of “street smarts” and an education which has obviously taught me “book smarts,” in addition to many experiences that have helped me understand the true nature of the world. Those in our generation were constantly told that if one went to a good college, did well and applied oneself, everything else would fall into place. Even as a youngster, I didn’t quite believe this was true and as graduation is upon us, it appears I was correct. I am not a pessimist, but one must understand that a degree, no matter how prestigious or expensive, is not the key to a successful career or life. This coming summer, close to two and a half million students will graduate from institutions of higher learning in the United States. With countless other individuals already fighting for jobs and sending out resumes to no avail, it’s time for college students, especially those coming from well-respected, but not nationally recognized, colleges to take some risks and make sacrifices on our quest to achieve our goals, dreams and ambitions. Weighing my two major options after graduation was a bittersweet feeling which caused much anxiety and consideration. I can either choose to take an unpaid internship with a magazine in Los Angeles or attend a small law school in Rhode Island, which
is practically in the middle of nowhere. Irony at its finest. Although two different extremes, it appears that many of us seniors are at odds with what choices to make. As you make crucial changes in your life, I have one suggestion – take the advice of your parents, friends and professors, but at the end of the day, do what you want to do. I considered the pros and cons of my particular situation and, slowly, I realized that there was some cliché advice that I was given in my youth that proved to be true: follow your heart. California, here I come. I reflected on my time spent at Canisius over the past few years, and only by doing so, I have come to realize that a majority of my happiest moments revolved around my writing; writing each week for the Griffin, being published in a variety of papers and newsweeklies, entering writing contests and so on. In addition, some of my proudest moments have arisen from this aspect of my life that I love; one that may not allow me to have the easiest or most successful career, but a talent I want to pursue out of respect for those who are unable to follow their dreams. Another hard truth to swallow is that no matter our intelligence, drive, skill or dedication to what we choose to pursue, some of us will indeed not be successful. Some of us will struggle and pay our dues, and if we are lucky, get to a place where we are happy and successful. Money does not buy happiness, but it does make things easier. Following your heart will not always work out, but it is a better alternative than doing something you do not cherish. After all, the best part of a road trip is not getting to your destination, but the journey you took to get there. email@example.com
What’s on your iPod?
Elizabeth & The Catapult - “Dreamcatcher” Band of Horses - “No One’s Gonna Love You” Iron & Wine - “Boy with a Coin” The Tallest Man on Earth - “A Lion’s Heart” The BlackMichele Keys - “Them Eyes” Binkowski
Why I can’t wait to leave Adam Deyoe The United States Census data was recently released. As a native Syracuse resident, I was pleased to see my hometown population remained relatively stable. However, I laughed when I saw the decline in Buffalo and Rochester. In the past four years I have lived in Buffalo, NY, I can see why. I eagerly wait in anticipation as I do what 31,338 others did in the past decade – leave the city of Buffalo. When the name Buffalo comes to mind, most people think of snow. The only problem here is that everyone complains about snow, but they don’t get it as bad as Syracuse. Syracuse’s snowfall is substantially higher, yet we survive. But here in Buffalo, people complain like they are the worst. Nothing gets me going when people in Buffalo think they are better than Syracuse in terms of snowfall. I have had to endlessly defend and show my pride for the city of my birth, while the people of Buffalo sat there and complained. Complaining about snow, strike one for the city of Buffalo.
Who drives here? As one who drives in Buffalo, I can attest with a blood-boiling fury of the conditions the roads and traffic lights are kept in. Perhaps Buffalo could keep its population if it could maintain its roads. Maybe it is Buffalo’s ploy to keep us trapped inside. The Delavan and Main intersection is the worst intersection in my life. I fear for my tires and my car due to the huge number of never-filled potholes. How am I supposed to get around Buffalo when the city neglects their public works? I wonder why Byron Brown wasted so much money sending the SWAT team to my freshman year quad party, when he could have used that money to repair the roads. Bad road conditions—check two. Main Street—the location of pointless street lights. I don’t just mean one here or there, but so many pointless lights that beg one to ask, “Are they there just to piss people off?” The insanity gets even worse. There is no rhyme or reason for the sequencing of lights throughout all of Main St., or for any road. The city could install sensors to determine the traffic flow so that when you are at a red light, and the next seven lights are
green ahead of you, you can actually go more than one light. LeRoy Ave.? Does it really need a light that lasts that long? There is no sanity in the configuration of lights on Main St, which only leads to frustration and senseless idling, costing us our gas money. Almost just as pitiful is the fake brick, that stuff that looks like brick, but just spray-painted concrete. Did they really need to do that? Buffalo could have spent the money filling potholes instead of painting fake bricks. Also, it seems like the people in Buffalo really do hate their lives, because they cross so haphazardly that it is almost like, “get me away from here”. Road catastrophes—check three. Taxation. Take this Buffalo, when I need to make any large purchase, I drive outside the county or elsewhere to leave your high sales tax burden. I recently got my car fixed in Onondaga County and saved a bundle on my tax bill. But where does the money go? As far as I can see, it doesn’t go to roads or to our schools. Our tax dollars are wasted on useless things like sending the SWAT team and police forces to “supervise” quad party. The
city of Buffalo is a cesspool addicted to its own taxation. Where it goes, I have no clue. I obviously don’t see it spent wisely. In a dying economy with no jobs, it is just adding to a city of people fleeing to other places. I know this article will rattle the nerves of many native Buffalo dwellers. But you can do something to fix it. You can go right ahead and join the 31,338 people to leave the city. I’m proud of those people who left. I cannot wait to leave and make it 31,339. No jobs, crappy transportation, unintelligent urban planning, awful road conditions, and a “snow” complex. Why stay? It is the site of McKinley’s assassination, naked body airport strip scanners, and Canisius’ favorite Byron Brown. Do we need to go through another depressing professional sports season? Even though it is the burial site of Millard Fillmore and the home of Roswell Park, nothing makes up for this city. Join the fleeing crowd before you get dragged down with it. Join me and make it 31,340+. firstname.lastname@example.org
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LIFE ARTS Mr. Canisius 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Mr. Straight but not Narrow
Kyle Ciesla ‘14 Mr. Balladeer
Bart Simon ‘11 Mr. Gol’ Rush
Andy Lidowski ‘11 Mr. SigEpic
Doug Tay ‘13
Mr. Family Man
Elliot Raimondo ‘11 Mr. Treehugger
Kevin Higgins ‘13
Mason Cruz ‘12
Ray Kleinfelder ‘11
Mr. The Griffin
James Millard ‘13
Donovan Griffin ‘11 Mr. Relay for Life
One of the most anticipated annual events on campus, Mr. Canisius 2011, has finally arrived. Tomorrow, some of the most impressive men on campus will strut their stuff for the campus community to prove that they have what it takes to win the crown. Some of the contestants include: Mr. Gol’ Rush, Mr. Treehugger, and Mr. Family Man are among some of the ten contestants. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, these guys will dance their hearts out, and perform a talent that will be sure to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. They have some tough acts to follow from last year, though: the guys danced, sang, and even played Wii tennis on stage with an audience member. After the talent section, five guys will be selected to the next round where they have to act out some improv (similar to the game ‘Props’ in Whose Line is it Anyway). After this round, three men will be selected to the final round where they will have to answer some on-the-spot questions that will throw them for a loop. You’ll even get to see last year’s favorites; Chris Falzarano ’10, and senior Damion Morris are the competitions first ever co-winners, who are hosting this years event. Tickets are $3 at the door, and audience members are encouraged to arrive early, as it does sell out every year. After all of the round have been completed, four unannounced judges will decide on the winner, along with the second and third place contenders. The “Mr. Congeniality” award is where the audience has a chance to participate. Each person in the crowd will be able to vote for whom they believe was the most likeable. Last years Mr. Congeniality, Michael Taber, will not be participating in the competition again. So if you want to attend an event that will be talked about for the rest of the year, I would recommend going to Mr. Canisius 2011.
LIFE & ARTS
Friday, April 1, 2011
Not as healthy as you think Muffins By Nick Veronica Sports Editor
If you’re like me, you fall into the category of “Avid Tim Horton’s Consumer” on campus. We all have our favorites (cinnamon raisin bagel, toasted with light cream cheese), but I often find myself standing in line wondering, “What else is good here?” Compared to the other options on campus, the answer is “everything.” But what’s good for your taste buds may not always be best for your waistline. If you take the time to look at Tim Horton’s nutrition guide, you might be surprised to find out exactly what you’re putting into your system. I’ll admit it: I was fooled. Even some of the items I thought might be relatively healthy turned out to be far from it.
I’m not sure where people got the idea that muffins are healthy. A muffin is basically cake in a wrapper, masquerading as a breakfast food. With few exceptions, muffins are less healthy than donuts. Muffins are sneaky. They have fruity names and try to look healthy, and they call your name from the case. Whole grain sounds like a selling feature, but whole grain muffins can contain as many as 400 calories and 16 grams of fat. Raisin Bran muffins scream, “eat me, I’m healthy,” but what they should really be saying is, “I only have five grams of fiber but more calories than a McDouble, not to mention 40 grams of sugar.” Chocolate chip muffins do taste great, but they contain over 400 calories and 15 grams of fat, plus 37 grams of sugar. Blueberry and fruit explosion sound slightly better for you, and they are, but not by much. They are about 350 calories with 11 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar. If you must have a muffin for breakfast, make sure it’s low-fat. Tim Horton’s has added the low-fat double-berry muffin, which is less than 300 calories, has just 2.5 grams of fat and no cholesterol. There should be a petition for more low-fat muffins on campus. I’d sign.
The first things to catch my eye on the sheet were the drinks. Iced cappuccinos are my favorite, and I love hot chocolate, too. I also appreciate coffee for the purposes it serves. It turns out iced cappuccinos are one of the worst things on the menu. At 310 calories, 16 grams of fat and 37 grams of sugar, a small iced cap is worse for your body than a McDonald’s cheeseburger. And that’s just for a small. If you insist on having iced caps, get it made with milk. Replacing the cream cuts your iced cap to 180 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. It’s still 35 grams of sugar, but hey, you can’t win them all. If warm drinks are your thing, hot chocolate is a viable option for a sugar high. It’s slightly better for you than an iced cap (240 calories, six grams of fat), but 38 grams of sugar for a 10 oz. drink is a little much. That’s the same sugar content as 10 oz. of Mountain Dew. Now that the colder months are behind us, you may want to consider leaving the hot chocolate with them. If you can’t decide before you get to the register, do your body a favor and just get coffee. It’s nothing more than water run through beans, so it has no sugar, calories or fat (same goes for decaf). If you don’t like the taste, add a flavor shot. Tim Horton’s has a variety of options to choose from, and they are so small that they don’t contain any calories. If coffee upsets your stomach, try decaffeinated. It’s caffeine that makes you feel that way, and decaf coffee has a highly reduced caffeine content (about five percent as much as regular). It’s enough to give you a little perk, but should be easier on your stomach. You just have to make sure they actually have some brewed.
If you are looking for a breakfast food that might actually fill you up without loading you with sugar, bagels are probably your best bet. Alone, they are not that bad for you, but adding toppings is what you have to look out for. The calorie content for most bagels is in the high-200 range, but the cream cheese spread is another 130. Well, at least plain cream cheese is listed at 130 calories; I think that is for a standard amount, not the inchthick layer we get on ours. The ideal spread is Tim Horton’s light cream cheese, which has half the fat of regular and only 85 calories. As with other products, ones you might assume to be healthy really aren’t (noticing a theme here?). Cheddar Cheese bagel sounds unhealthy, but actually it has the least calories and sugar content of any bagel. What about 12-grain? That sounds pretty good for you, but think again. At 330 calories and nine grams of fat, 12-grain bagels are far and away the worst ones for you. Other favorites, like cinnamon raisin and blueberry, are actually on the healthier side. Both contain just one gram of fat, fewest of any bagel, and only 270 calories. When paired with light cream cheese, these can be good options to start your day.
There is a perception that donuts are evil – and for the most part, they are – but it really depends what kind you get. Take an old fashioned glazed donut, for example. Old fashioned? Sounds healthy, right? Believe it or not, that’s the worst kind you can get, at least at our Tim Horton’s. An old fashion glazed will set you back 320 calories and 19 grams of fat, along with 22 grams of sugar. Not exactly the best start to your day. A chocolate dip donut, one most people would probably stay away from, is 210 calories, 8 grams of fat and 7 grams of sugar. It’s actually your best donut option. Maple and honey dip are very similar, though they have more sugar. Boston cream, one of the most popular selections, comes in at 250 calories, nine grams of fat and 11 grams of sugar. You’d think vanilla cream would be almost the exact same, but in reality it will cost you an additional 70 calories and 10 grams of sugar. Don’t be fooled by “fruity” options either. An apple fritter is 300 calories and 16 grams of fat. Timbits are fun, but don’t think you found a loophole by eating several of them. Three sour-cream glazed Timbits come out to 270 calories and 21 grams of sugar. They may not look like they amount to a full donut, but your arteries don’t know the difference. Cinnamon rolls aren’t any better for you; in fact, they’re usually worse. Glazed ones are marginally better for you than frosted, but a frosted cinnamon roll contains 470 calories and 22 grams of sugar. They look so appetizing in the top corner of the case at the register, but fight the urge. You’ll be thankful you did.
I would stay away from breakfast sandwiches. They taste pretty good, but are – in my opinion at least – small for what you pay, and do not make for a good start to your day. Anything with sausage or bacon is going to be a lot of calories, generally upwards of 400. A sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich alone is 37 grams of fat and 560 calories, so when you add your drink and anything else you might order, you’re already halfway done eating for the day, at least by daily recommendations The “Tim’s Own” sandwiches aren’t the worst thing for you for the amount of food you get, all containing calorie contents in the upper 300s. The exception is the BLT, with 420 calories and 18 grams of fat. The popular turkey bacon club sandwich is the least fattening sub on the menu (7g), but the rest are not far off. Chicken snack wraps are less than 200 calories but probably won’t fill you up very much. The same can be said for soups (except chili and hearty bacon potato). It’s hard to make a blanket statement since soups are on a rotation, but generally, their calorie counts are in the mid to low 100s. One of the many nice features about California is that restaurants are required to list the calorie content right on the menu next to the price. We don’t have that in New York; you’re on your own. When you step up to the register, there aren’t any diet police around to track your order, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be tracking it yourself. Eating good isn’t always easy on campus, but a few simple tricks like these can really make a difference.
LIFE & ARTS
Friday, April 1, 2011
“The Office”: Where do we go from here? By Christopher Hyzy Life and Arts Writer
For any Office fan, the next few weeks will be very interesting. If anyone is unaware, it was announced earlier this year that star Steve Carell would not be returning, leaving a very large void in his absence. Up until last week’s episode, there were many rumors surrounding the circumstances of his departure. Many speculated that some wild and crazy events would transpire to bring about his departure, ranging from him being fired for sexual harassment to being killed off. It would have seemed so “Michael” for him to do something comedically stupid and get kicked off. But honestly, the minute that Holly (Michael’s love interest from a few years ago) returned to the show, I knew what would happen. This past week’s episode confirmed my suspicions - Michael proposed to Holly, and they are going to be moving back to her home in Colorado. Not long after Carell announced his departure, it was also announced that comedian Will Ferrell would be joining the cast to “help Michael off ” the show. Like the departure, many speculated how Ferrell’s addition would help the show, and, more importantly, how long he would be on. Will he be playing Michael’s replacement? How is going to help Michael off the show? Promos for the next episode show Ferrell playing an executive of the company, so the possibility of him playing Michael’s replacement is high, in my opinion. What I find disturbing is the fact that “The Office” was recently renewed for another season next year. This continuation of a show after the main character leave brings back bad memories of the “Scrubs” debacle from a few years ago. Both star Zach Braff and creator Bill
Lawrence announced they would be leaving the show after the eighth season finale. After the absolutely beautiful and heart-felt finale was written which perfectly ended the show’s many plot lines, the series was picked up for another season the following year. Season nine took place with new faculty, new characters, in a new facility. It only lasted one season and was seen by many die-hard fans as an insult to the previous eight seasons, especially the eighth season finale. Can you tell I’m still a little bitter about this? My current fear is that “The Office” will suffer the same fate as Scrubs: the main character departs, everything is tied together, and then the show “jumps the shark” in the following season, effectively crashing and burning. Why milk a disaster when the creator is given a perfect way to end the show? Unfortunately, the more-recent seasons of “The Office” have not been able to capture the original magic of earlier ones. For better or worse, many of the minor characters have been given their own subplots or little quirks, making some episodes bloated and often very complicated, leaving little room for comedy of the old days. When was the last time Jim played a decent prank on Dwight? Or the last time Michael did something that we actually remembered two weeks later? Personally, I was hoping Carell’s departure would bring about the end of the Office. Yes, it would be unfortunate to see an end of a great television show, but I am now going elsewhere for my Thursday night laughs. I suggest Community and the (recently-cancelled) Perfect Couples, both on just before “The Office.” Despite my serious reservations about Office 2.0, I will still be tuning in for the rest of this season and next year as well. I will give it the chance it deserves.
LIFE & ARTS
Friday, April 1, 2011
March 18 Solution
New Music from The Dodos and The Strokes By Garrett Weinholtz Life and Arts Writer
It’s been a slow year for music ever since the Grammy Awards. That was until the past few weeks brought music fans new albums from bands like the Dropkick Murphy’s, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Strokes, Radiohead and The Dodos. While I have yet to listen to all of these new releases, it seems like March has been a solid month for music. The first release that I listened to was “No Color” by The Dodos, which came out March 15. This album marks the fourth release in their music career. This album is the definition of The Dodos’ sound and a good starting place for any newcomer to this indieduo. The band is comprised of Meric Long on guitar and Logan Kroeber playing percussion. Logan’s percussion approach is different from many other drummers. He plays rim hits instead of snare hits and even replaces the bass with a tambourine taped to his shoe. It’s an odd sound to get used to, but it fits their psych-folk styled music perfectly. “No Color” is possibly the duo’s best album to date. Oddly enough, it is the first album where Logan has used bass drum riffs to fill out the sound instead of tambourine or tom-toms. It also features some vocal work from Neko Case and vibraphone work by Keaton Snyder. It is a strong album as a whole, with only one or two weak tracks. It starts off strong with the dreamlike
song “Black Night.” The thing that really catches the listener’s ear is the use of slide guitar with heavy reverb thrown on top of the chords along with the fast percussive hits. “Don’t Stop” is another great song off the album. It consists of piano, light guitar finger picking, and drum rim percussion hits. It’s a tune that gives the listener images of running with the speed of the drumming. My favorite track off the album is “When Will You Go.” The vocal pattern is catchy, and the instrumentation is perfect. The fuzzed out electric guitar sections are beautiful chaos that are broken up by soft acoustic sections. Another new release that caught some attention was the newest record from The Strokes, “Angles.” Sadly, this album is not as impressive as the hype that it has received from the music community. I’m a true believer in not judging an album by its cover, but the cover of “Angles” happens to say all that needs to be said about this record. It’s an 80s pop sounding record to match its very 80s looking album art. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s an odd sound for The Strokes to be pursuing compared to their usual “mod” or “hip” sound. The album has a few saving graces, my favorite being “Under Cover of Darkness.” This is the closest sounding track to their previous albums, and honestly, they should stick to their old sound. I respect them for trying to broaden their music horizons, but it shouldn’t be by making their songs sound like something dated.
LIFE & ARTS
Friday, April 1, 2011
The Sounds of Buffalo A list of gigs and concerts playing in the Buffalo area this weekend. Friday, Apr. 1: Asbury Hall at Babeville 7:00pm: The Books. Presented by ESI. Folk-tronic music. All ages. $17 day of/$15 adv. Hard Rock Cafe 8:00pm: Mama Kin (Aerosmith Tribute). All Ages. Free. Merge Restaurant 10:00pm: ReBop Sessions. HipHop & Jazz Mixer. DJs Critt, Zone, Cutler, Tone. Mohawk Place 10:00pm: Electric Magi Chippie, Black Umbrella, The Mordaunt Sisters. Pearl Street Grill & Brewery 9:30pm: Caitlin and the Jamie Moses Band. $4. Soundlab 8:00pm: Lighting Bolt. $10/$13. Town Ballroom 9:00pm: Dance Your Art Off. Music by John Ceglia, DJ Cutler. Installations by performance artist David Butler, iPad Artist & No Kardashians.
Saturday, Apr. 2: Hard Rock Cafe 8:00pm: Strictly Hip. All Ages. Free.
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Paperback Trade Fiction 1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
Soundlab 9:00pm: Mountains, Skull Defekts. Tralf Music Hall 7:00pm: John Mayall. ESI Events Presents. $26.50/$29.50.
Sunday, Apr. 3: Colored Musicians’ Club 8:30pm: Walter Cliff Jazz Trio, Followed by Open Jam Session. Free. Kleinhans Music Hall 2:30pm: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “Celestial Classics.” Left Bank 11:30am - 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with Wayne Moose and Walt Sopicki. Montante Cultural Center 7:30pm: Griffins Give Back. Benefits music programs at Buffalo Public School #45 (International School). Solos, duets, ensemble groups, Griffinry select choir. Nietzsche’s 8:00pm: The Allen St. Jazz Band feat. Rose bond.
1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Lynn Vincent
2. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese 3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
Market Arcade Film & Arts Center Main Street Theater
2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot 3. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz
4. HEART OF THE MATTER, by Emily Giffin
Lebro’s 8:30pm: Harvey & The Hurricanes. Mohawk Place 7:00pm: Lemuria Album Release, “Pebble.” To Tremble, Artic Death, Real People.
4. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis
5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls
MOVIE SHOW TIMES BATTLE: LOS ANGELES ( PG-13 ) DAILY 7:05 SAT/SUN 1:35, 7:05
LINCOLN LAWYER (R) DAILY 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 SAT/SUN 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40
HOP ( PG ) DAILY 3:50, 6:15, 8:30 SAT/SUN 1:00, 3:50, 6:15, 8:30
RANGO (G) DAILY 6:45 SAT/SUN 1:30, 6:45
INSIDIOUS ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:15, 7:10, 9:30 SAT/SUN 1:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:30
RED RIDING HOOD ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 SAT/SUN 4:20, 9:35
LIMITLESS ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:25, 7:00, 9:45 SAT/SUN 1:50, 4:25, 7:00, 9:45
SUCKER PUNCH ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 SAT/SUN 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 PAUL (R) DAILY 4:00, 9:15 SAT/SUN 4:00, 9:15
UPCOMING CD RELEASES
Becoming The Archetype Bibio Boney James Boxer Rebellion Emery Erland & The Carnival Funeral Party Gangpol & Mit Generationals Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds Hunx And His Punx Josh T. Pearson Los Lonely Boys The Mountain Goats Obits The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Peter Bjorn and John
Celestial Completion Mind Bokeh Contact Cold Still We Do What We Want Nightingale The Golden Age of Knowhere The 1000 Softcore Tourist People Club Actor-Caster Under Streetlight Glow Too Young To Be In Love Last of the Country Gentlemen Rockpango Moody, Standard And Poor Belong Gimme Some The King Of Limbs [CD release]
Friday, April 1, 2011
On The Wing
Conacher takes ECHL by storm Former Griff scoring at will in red-hot start to professional career By Nick Veronica Sports Editor
AHA playoff format sparks controversy By Rich Lunghino
Sports Writer With a 1-0 win over RIT on March 19, Air Force won its fourth Atlantic Hockey Championship title in five years. However, the Falcons’ run in the NCAA Tournament was short-lived, losing to the nation’s No. 1 seed Yale, 2-1 in overtime. Since the Atlantic Hockey Association’s inception in 2003, the conference champion has advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament three times in eight years, highlighted by RIT reaching the Frozen Four last season. As the youngest ice hockey conference in the NCAA, the AHA has some rebuilding to do in order to consistently have a shot at contending for a national title. A steady playoff format may help in this area. Atlantic Hockey has a history of changing playoff formats from year to year, but it may be wishful thinking that it will alter the format once again. However, the playoff system is not on par with other NCAA conferences and there has been controversy over the AHA’s new playoff format. The format calls for the 12-team conference to be split into two six-team divisions, or “pods.” The top two teams in each pod get a first-round bye, while the other teams compete in a one-game affair (played at the higher seed’s home rink) to advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals are a best-of-three series (all games at the higher seed), with the winners advancing to the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester to play a one-game semifinal. The final two teams enter into a one-game showdown to decide the conference’s champion. At the beginning of the year, this seemed like an inventive way to structure the playoffs. However, as the season progressed, it was apparent that there was a great imbalance between the two pods. The Western Pod, which included Canisius, RIT, Robert Morris, Air Force, Mercyhurst and Niagara, was a combined 79-5627 in Atlantic Hockey contests, good for a .571 points percentage. The Eastern Pod, which featured Holy Cross, Connecticut, Army, Bentley, Sacred Heart and American International, went 58-81-23 and had a .429 points percentage. The bottom four teams in the conference were from the Eastern Pod, and Holy Cross and Connecticut both received byes despite the fact that they were third and sixth in the conference, respectively. The biggest indicator of the pod imbalance was that both teams playing in the championship game were from the West. One thing the pod system did provide was first round upsets, but in the end, it did not matter, as all of the teams which won their play-in games lost in the next round. The pod system should be done away with for starters, as it does not reward regular season success, something a good playoff structure does. The playoff format should be as follows: The top four seeds in the conference will get byes, while the other eight teams pair-off to play a best-of-three first round series with the higher seeds facing the lower seeds, as in a standard bracket. As always, the higher seeds will have the home-ice advantage. The winners of the first-round will be re-seeded and will then play a best-of-three quarterfinal round. The tournament will conclude with a one-game semifinal and a one-game championship on the same weekend, as it currently does. The other change the AHA could make is to its points system within the conference. One point would be awarded for an overtime loss, like the current NHL format. However, this point system is only for Atlantic Hockey contests as this is meant to heighten the stakes and the meaning of the conference games. Ideally, the best team from the conference should represent Atlantic Hockey in the NCAA Tournament. A revamped playoff system can achieve this as well as bring more respect to Atlantic Hockey nationwide.
Cory Conacher’s brother and sister have a memory box for him back home in Burlington, Ontario, where they keep memorable items from his hockey career as a reminder of his hard work and success. This season, the Canisius senior kept his siblings busy by shattering almost every scoring record in the program’s Division I history. The training staff kept the puck for every record Conacher broke, and after games he would openly joke that it was going on the mantle back home, or even better, in the memory box. When the Griffs’ season ended three weeks ago in the Atlantic Hockey playoffs, Conacher’s siblings may have thought it would be some time before there would be more to add to the memory box. Boy, were they mistaken. At this rate, they might have to go out and buy another box just to fit everything in. After signing an Amateur Tryout Contract with Rochester Americans last week, Conacher scored his first pro goal last Saturday in just his second game with the club, a top-shelf finish that got Rochester on the scoreboard in the first period against Syracuse. Scoring a goal in the AHL was great, but Conacher was just getting started. When his two-game transition stay with Rochester was finished, Conacher was sent to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, a slight step below the AHL, but still a talented professional league that is affiliated with NHL clubs. There, he reunited with Carl Hudson, a member of the Canisius hockey team who traveled the same RochesterCincinnati path one season earlier. Conacher’s first game with Cincinnati was last Sun-
Cory Conacher has only played four professional games but is quickly becoming a scoring sensation.
day – his third game in three nights – against the Toledo Walleye. Hudson did not play in the game due to suspension, but perhaps the stands were the best place to watch the scoring clinic Conacher put on. He found the back of the net midway through the first period, then set up two goals in the second. With the game tied late in the third, Conacher netted the game-winner to give the Cyclones a much-needed two points in their playoff race. He had a point on every Cincinnati goal, not bad for his first game in the league. Cory Conacher was a local sensation, trending on Twitter in Cincinnati the night after his first game. But was it just beginner’s luck? No one could continue on such a torrent pace, the naysayers would argue. And they were right, in a sense. In his second game with the club Wednesday morning, Conacher could not match his previous total of four points; he only had three. Conacher recorded a natural hat trick against Kalamazoo, scoring three consecutive goals to lead Cincinnati to another victory. That brought his professional total to eight points in just four games (two with Rochester, two with Cincinnati), and brought his ECHL total to seven points in two games. By comparison, Hudson has 10 points through 56 games with the Cyclones this year. Conacher was named First Star of both games he has played with Cincinnati. Although his first professional game with Rochester last Friday is the only one Conacher has not scored a goal in, it may be the one he remembers most when it is all said and done. “That was the biggest moment of my hockey career thus far,” Conacher told The Griffin in the dressing room after his first game last Friday. “This is my dream to play at a level like this… it’s going to be an experience that I forever remember. That first shift was very special to me.” A senior in his final semester at Canisius who is just weeks away from finishing his degree requirements, Conacher said he “definitely” plans on completing his classes. He is working closely with his professors and Canisius’ academic advisor for athletics, Lynsey Miller, to try to plan something out where he can finish the last few weeks of his classes online. Driving back to Buffalo once or twice a week to get work done or attend class is not out of the question either, he said. Under his deal, Conacher said Rochester was paying for his expenses, “but that’s about it.” That may have changed when he was sent to Cincinnati; the ECHL’s website lists minimum rookie salary at $370 per week. Vinny Scarsella, Conacher’s linemate for most of the year at Canisius who holds the school record for total games played for the Griffs, is also playing in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals. He has one assist in six games. Heading into the final week of the ECHL’s regular season, the Cyclones and Jackals are in position to lock up the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Conacher said the best piece of advice he received in the pros was just to relax and try not to overthink things. It seems to be working. At the rate he is scoring, his biggest challenge might not be to find the back of the net, but to find a memory box big enough to keep all the pucks.
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Carrig leads golf into spring season By James Graziano Sports Writer
The Canisius College golf team began its spring season by competing in the C&F Bank Invitational hosted by William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In the first round of the tournament, senior Michael Knott shot a two-over par 74 while sophomore Michael Carrig shot a three-over par 75. Sophomore Mike Spiotta and junior Stephen Seeler both shot a 78 in the first round. After the first round, Knott was tied for 34th overall and Carrig was tied for 41st. Spiotta and Seeler were both knotted in 75th place after their outing in the first round. Canisius’ team score was 305, putting the Griffs in 15th place out of 24 teams in the tournament. The second round saw Canisius drop in the standings as
the men finished the event tied for 18th place with Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Fairfield. Carrig shot a threeover par 75 while Spiotta finished the day with a 78. Carrig finished tied for 45th place in the tournament after posting his two-day score of 150. Spiotta’s second consecutive score of 78 put him in a tie for 78th overall in the event. Seeler finished the tournament tied for 85th after shooting a two-day total of 157. Knott ended up shooting an 85 in the second round of play. Junior Scott Moser’s two-day score of 160 and sophomore Joe Vogl’s total of 161 rounded out the team. James Madison won the team championship after shooting a two-day total of 572 and also provided the individual winner in Ryan Vince, who shot a two-under par 70 in the second round of the tournament. The team will be on the course this weekend when it takes part in the Rutherford Collegiate at Penn State’s Blue Course in State College, Pa.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Griffs match school record winning streak By Paul Anstett Sports Writer
After a win at Robert Morris on March 22, the Griffs returned home and stayed hot, taking down Connecticut and Duquesne to match a school record winning steak of five games. Canisius took down UConn 18-13 last Friday. The scoring outburst was led by senior Taylor Gray, who set careerhighs with five goals and seven points and registered her 100th collegiate point in the process. Junior Megan Oosting also tallied five goals, matching her personal best. Senior Carly Quinn recorded four goals and four assists, while junior Theresa Walton and sophomore Kate Gosson each netted a pair of goals to close out the scoring. Despite the five-goal win, Canisius was not always in command of the game. The Huskies took an early lead, jumping out to a 6-2 edge. The Griffs would score five unanswered goals and eventually take a 9-8 lead into intermission. However, the back and forth pace would not end as UConn clawed back to take an 11-10 advantage. After trading a pair of goals, Canisius took hold of the match and would not let go, as they finished off the Huskies with a 6-0 run to end the game. The Griffs outshot UConn 28-24.
Men’s lacrosse finally breaks through Takes down Marist for first win of season By Brady Phelps Sports Writer
After a painful two-goal loss at the hands of Hobart last Tuesday, the Griffs pulled out all the stops against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Marist, winning their first game of the year in a 7-5 victory at the Demske Sports Complex. With All-MAAC talent Adam Jones out of the lineup due to injury, the Golden Griffins were looking for alternate production, and they found it. It started between the pipes, where junior Sean Callahan shined, making a career high 14 saves. His .737 save percentage helped keep the Red Foxes offensive attack at bay. Canisius opened up the scoring when junior Jimmy Haney cut to the net and put one home with 7:35 remaining in the first. When Marist tied the game up at one, junior Simon Giourmetakis responded by scoring two goals on rebounds at the edge of the crease, the latter of which came with one second remaining in the period. The Griffs held a 3-1 lead after the first. With neither team scoring in the second quarter, action picked up in the third when Canisius widened the gap.
Giourmetakis fed senior Nick LoCoco on a pass in front of the net, which he scored on with 6:20 left in the third. Giourmetakis proceeded to get the hat trick, scoring with just under a minute left in the third. Senior Greg Michael continued his strong season, adding another goal with six seconds remaining off of a pass from junior Brandon Bortignon, his first collegiate point. Canisius held a five-goal lead heading into the final frame of play. Marist ended a lengthy drought by scoring in the fourth, but junior Brendan O’Hagan buried his fifth goal of the year to put the Griffs back up by five. Marist scored the next three goals with five minutes remaining, but the Canisius defense held firm, securing the first victory of the season. “It’s a good stepping stone for the team,” Bortignon said. “We finally played a complete game but there is still room for improvement. We have [Virginia Military Institute] coming up and that will be another good test for us in-conference. We just have to keep working hard over the next couple of weeks and keep at it to dig ourselves out of this hole.” The win brought Canisius’ record to 1-6 on the season and 1-1 in MAAC play. The Griffs have a considerable amount of time off before returning to league play against VMI on April 9.
Senior Allison Daley and sophomore Gina Molfetta each saw time in net for Canisius, with Molfetta recording three saves to earn her first victory of the 2011 season. This was the first ever win for Canisius against a Big East opponent. The Griffs’ streak continued last Sunday when they beat Duquesne by a score of 8-7, to improve to 6-3 on the season. Gray and Oosting each registered four points. Gray netted three goals along with an assist, while Oosting recorded a goal and three assists. Senior Brianne Laffey, Quinn, Walton and Gosson all tallied a goal, as well. Unlike the game against UConn, Canisius had to hold on at the end of the game after several late responses by Duquesne. The Dukes brought the score within one with 25 seconds to play, but Oosting won control of the draw and Canisius ran out the clock. The Griffs were outshot 25-19, but Daley was on her game in net, stopping a season-high 15 shots, including 11 of 14 in the first half. Canisius now looks to extend its winning streak and set a new school record in the process when Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play opens this week. The Griffs host Manhattan at 7 p.m. tonight at the Demske Sports Complex, and continue the homestand Sunday morning versus Iona.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Softball makes West Coast trip over break By Alyssa Palombo Sports Writer
Over spring break, the Canisius College softball team embarked on the West Coast leg of its schedule, playing a total of 11 games from March 18 to March 26. The team returned home from the Golden State in anticipation of its home opener against Buffalo on March 29, however that game was postponed due to the cold temperatures. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 19. The first part of the Griffs’ trip saw the team take part in the Marina International Hotel Showcase in Los Angeles. The Blue and Gold posted a pair of wins on the first day of play, beating Bethune-Cookman, 8-5, and Utah Valley 2-1. The second day saw the team beat Northern Colorado by the score of 2-0 before losing to Loyola Marymount later in the day, 6-4. The big story for the Griffs during the Showcase was junior pitcher Caroline Main’s one-hitter against Northern Colorado. She struck out six in the game, giving up the only hit in the sixth inning, en route to her fourth win of the season. She received run support from sophomore Katie Medina, who hit her first home run of the season in the first inning, and from sophomore Stephanie Pfentner, who hit a solo homer of her own in the sixth. “Throwing the one-hitter felt great,” Main said. “I had struggled the previous tournament, so to be able to come back strong the following weekend was important for me. “However,” she added, “that one-hitter wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t have great defense backing me up.” Next, the team traveled to Riverside, Ca-
lif. on March 22, where it split a pair of games against UC Riverside. The Griffs dropped the first game to the host by the score of 5-4, then came back to win the nightcap, 9-4. The Griffs tallied a total of 13 hits in the victory, and managed to capitalize on five Riverside errors throughout the game. Senior Lauren Hope went 4-for-5 in the game with two runs scored and an RBI. She also stole the 100th base of her career. Her classmate Emily Helbig went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Sophomore Amanda Baun earned the win, improving her record to 5-2 on the year. She threw four innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Freshman Jen Consaul picked up her second save of the season. The following day, March 23, the Blue and Gold returned to Los Angeles to play Loyola Marymount. The Lions trounced the Griffs by a score of 14-0 in five innings of play. The Griffs’ slump continued for the rest of the road trip as they lost the last four games: two to Long Beach State on March 25, both by the score of 4-0, one to Ohio by the score of 6-0 and one to Cal St. Fullerton by the score of 6-4. “In every game there is always something that can be improved,” Main said. “While there were a few games we could, and should, have won that didn’t go our way, we were still able to get the work in. Overall, I think the California road trip went pretty well.” The Griffs returned from California with a 10-10 record on the season. They next take the field on April 5, when they travel to the Motor City for a pair of games against the Detroit Titans. The team is now scheduled to play its first home game on April 9, when Canisius takes on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Saint Peter’s.
Synchro places fourth at national championship Hosts schools from across country at Town of Tonawanda Aquatic Center
By Terence Shannon Sports Writer
The Canisius College synchronized swimming team took fourth place at the U.S. Collegiate Nationals, which took place March 17-19 at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic Center. Ohio State University took first place with a score of 93 points, followed by Stanford with 90 points and the University of Incarnate Word with 75 points. The Griffs, who hosted the event, followed up with a team score of 63 points. The solid team finish came from some very impressive individual and group performances throughout the weekend. “They rose to the occasion and swam in the moment and came through when it counted,” head coach Jill Wright commented after the event. Freshman standout Svetlana Ponkratova continued her successful rookie campaign by taking third place in the Figure A technical competition with a score of 79.698. She also stood out in the solo event where she also secured a third place finish with a score of 90.375. The trio and duet teams also grabbed crucial points for the Griffs on the weekend. The Canisius trio of Ponkratova, sophomore Victoria Mintz and senior Laurie Wakelam, earned a respectable finish of sixth in the finals with a score of 87.625. The Blue and Gold duet was made up of Ponkratova and Mintz, who finished fifth with a score of 88.250.
Other individual successes came in the Figure B technical competition where Canisius placed three swimmers in the top seven. Mintz finished fourth, freshman Morgan Lebrecht finished fifth and Wakelam rounded out the group with a seventh place finish. The team routine also finished respectably, earning sixth place with a score of 88.625. “One thing we were stressing today is, we’ve been here and working on everything for so long, since September, and it comes down to this one day,” said Wakelam after the award ceremony. “This is it, this is the last time we were swimming, and we had the best swims today, so it was amazing. The crowds were great and everyone just came in today knowing what they had to do, they gave 110 percent and I couldn’t be more proud.” The Griffs finished the season strong and are looking toward the future with high expectations. The impressive freshman class, led by Ponkratova, gained a lot of experience this year in big competitions and hopes to carry that momentum into next season. While the majority of the team is done for the season, select members will travel to Columbus, Ohio next month for U.S. Nationals – different from Collegiate Nationals – to compete. Ponkratova and Mintz will compete in the duet competition, as will freshman Jessica Mancini and sophomore Missy Andrews. Ponkratova will also perform in the solo competition, but the Griffs will not enter the team event.
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As hosts of the U.S. Collegiate National Championships, the Canisius synchronized swimming team took fourth place in the overall team competition.
Cory Conacher is making a name for himself in the ranks of professional ice hockey.
Synchronized swimming has strong showing at national championship.
Friday, April 1, 2011 Volume lxxxi Number 18
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Griffs baseball reigns supreme in WNY after dismantling Bonaventure, late heroics over Buffalo Jamieson receives national recognition for offensive tear By Ed Lupien Sports Writer
After a week and a half span of knocking off West Virginia, setting program records in Kentucky and opening conference play with a sweep of Iona in New Rochelle, the Canisius baseball team returned home from its spring trip to trounce St. Bonaventure, 20-3, on Tuesday and defeat Buffalo in walk-off fashion, 5-4 in 10 innings on Wednesday. Senior shortstop Sean Jamieson hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete the second Canisius rally of the game and secure a win against rival Buffalo Wednesday afternoon. The Bulls squandered one-run leads heading into both the bottom of the eighth and tenth innings to ultimately allow the Griffins to stretch their win streak to five games. Canisius scored 16 runs in the first three innings of Tuesday afternoon’s tilt with the St. Bonaventure Bonnies of the Atlantic 10 Conference and improved to 11-11 all-time in home openers at the Demske Sports Complex. Senior catcher Andrew Russo was 3-for5 with four RBIs and two runs scored while junior third baseman Drew Pettit was 3-for-5 with four runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. “Your routine is so different at home,” senior first baseman Brian Burton said. “The whole day is completely different – you take batting practice first and have time to relax a bit before the game. It was great to see hitters one through nine respond like that and give that kind of effort in our first game.” The Griffins’ first stop of their lengthy spring break road trip was Morgantown, W.Va. where they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers in a 16-12 slugfest on March 18 before dropping the next three games of the weekend series. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Canisius and was the most productive effort by the offense up to that point in the season. The Griffins would however double that scoring mark four days later in Allen, Ky. with a defeat of Morehead State 32-17 on Tuesday a f te r n o o n . Jamieson hit for the cycle,
going 5-for-7 with four runs scored, two home runs and nine RBIs – breaking his own schoolrecord of eight RBIs he set twice last season. It was the first cycle by a Griff in 15 years. The 32 runs scored by the Griffins was the second-highest total posted by any Division I team this season. The team’s 28 hits broke the previous program record of 23. Making the two hour and fifteen minute drive west to Lexington, Ky., the Griffs fell to the storied Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday night, 12-4, in a contest marked by a Wildcat five-run rally in the fourth inning and a fourrun rally in the fifth inning. The latter part of the week saw the Griffins head north towards the bright lights of New York City to commence defending their 2010 regular season Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion title with a three-game weekend series against the Iona Gaels. After taking both games of the doubleheader on Saturday, 13-4 and 9-0, Canisius broke a 10-10 tie wide open with a four-run rally in the eighth inning of Sunday contest, ultimately winning 17-12 and completing the sweep. Burton went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two home runs and six RBI. “We treated it as the beginning of a new season because we weren’t playing really well before that,” Burton said of the start of conference play. “I’ve been telling our freshmen all along that the pitching is not as good and that we’ll be playing like we’re supposed to be. I think we’re all starting to believe that we should roll over the competition.” The program received national attention on Monday as Jamieson was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week, one of six players to receive the award from Collegiate Baseball, for his play last week. The senior hit .435 with 11 RBIs, four home runs and four stolen bases over the course of the Griffins’ games against the two Kentucky opponents and Iona. “It was remarkable to just be on-deck and watch Sean hit like that,” Burton said. “It was fun to see and even more fun to play with.” Canisius (11-14) will open its conference home schedule this weekend when it hosts Marist for a three-game series. First pitch of the Saturday doubleheader is slated for noon.
Junior pitcher Alex Tufts had six strikeouts in five innings of work against St. Bonaventure. Chris Collins/The Griffin
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