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Canisius students with ties to Egypt reflect on chaos Egyptians face violence in anti-government protests
By Jonathan Beck News Writer
The crisis in Egypt is hitting close to home for some students at Canisius College, many of whom have a personal interest in its outcome. Senior Candace Lukasik lived in Egypt’s capital, Cairo, for two years, studied at the American University in Cairo and spent a summer in Jordan. “Every cleaner, every waiter I encountered [in Jordan] was from Egypt because their government abandoned any semblance of social welfare and care for its people,” Lukasik recalled. Many of her friends whom she met in Egypt are directly involved in recent protests that have left hundreds dead, hundreds more injured, and the country in complete unrest. The protests, which began Tuesday, Jan. 25, were spurred by similar uprisings in another African state, Tunisia, and resulted initially in a standoff between thousands of protesters and police, who were hurtling rocks at each other while police released tear gas to try to disperse the crowds. The rising cost of living, failed economic policies and government corruption were at the forefront of the protests, culminating in the demand that Mubarak, who has served five terms as president, resign immediately. The president addressed state media Tuesday evening after protests grew to what some outlets, including Reuters, estimated to contain over one million peo-
ple. International leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, urged him to resign as president and allow the country to restore order with a new government at the helm. “I will use the remaining months of my term in office to fill the people’s demands,” Mubarak said, announcing that he will not seek a sixth term in office. He did, however, assure the people that he would finish out his term in its entirety. Many, including the protesters in Egypt, were not so easily appeased. “At this point in the protests, it’s too late. The people want him gone now,” reflected Canisius sophomore Bishoy Saleeb, whose early years were spent in Egypt and w h o s e f a m ily still resides there. “It’s an effort
just to remain in power, and I don’t think it’s worth anything.” Others are approaching the situation more cautiously. “You can only do so much protesting. Mubarak says he’s not going to run again. It’s hard to trust in a man who has let down your country for 30 years, but the whole world is going to be looking at him in September,” said Mark Ramzy, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Egypt about 17 years ago, and whose sister is studying ethno-musicology in Cairo. Many of his relatives remain in Egypt, and he speaks fluent Arabic. “If he were to just resign, there would be a vacuum of power and nobody would know what to do.” Accusations ran amuck that counter-protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Wednesday were prompted by the Egyptian government, which had purportedly paid provocateurs to rouse the crowds and hopefully end the continued protests despite the president’s promise not to run for office again. Evidence of government meddling included the sudden appearance of proMubarak protesters, who had been entirely absent during the previous week, riding in on numbered bus-
Mark Ramzy discusses personal insight to ongoing crisis in Egypt with Griffin staff member Jonathan Beck.
es and carrying signs that appeared to be professionally made. “It’s upsetting when I that hear the government bribes people to go and tear apart the museums and steal from the museums that give so much pride,” Saleeb commented on the government’s role in the most recent uprisings, See Chaos page 2
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before making a personal aside. “But besides the artifacts…my family is over there and every day and every hour they don’t know what’s going to happen. I wonder how my life would be if I was in their shoes.” “My friend who is in Egypt right now with his family was telling me, those who you see, what they call ‘pro-Mubarak’ protesters, they are actually third-party individuals. They’re sent by someone, not necessarily the government,” said Hussam AlMuhktar, a senior at Canisius. “The only organization, the only power that would want chaos, is Al Qaeda.” AlMuhktar is no stranger to the activities of Al Qaeda. He is a citizen of Iraq, lived in Egypt for over a year and was in Iraq at the time of the United States-led invasion in 2003. He came to the United States in 2008 to finish his degree at Canisius. Egypt adopted a semipresidential republican system of government in 1953. Following the assassination of President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat in 1981, Mubarak became the fourth Egyptian to serve as president, and until this week seemed certain to be
heading to a sixth term in office and eventually to be succeeded by his son, Gamal Mubarak, whom the president was rumored to be grooming for the presidency. Now, Mubarak will not run for re-election, his son is no longer positioned to succeed him, and it is uncertain whether Mubarak will finish out his term. In an interview with ABC News on Thursday, Mubarak said that he is fed up with power, but will not resign because he fears it might cause an eruption of chaos in Egypt. “Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. But many are eager to see the president resign his post for the dawn of a new era of pride and leadership. “The Egyptians believe that they can regain their pride once again, make decisions for themselves without outside influence and rebuild their nation with freedom and democracy under their wing,” noted Lukasik. The implications for the United States and Canisius students alike are significant. Egypt’s location is strategic in a world where the Middle East is the location of a lot of unrest, creating a possible diplomatic crisis for the United States,
whose largest allies in the area are Egypt and Israel. “Let’s not forget that Egypt is the third largest recipient of US aid after Israel and Iraq. That means that the United States, with taxpayers’ money, have been backing up a dictatorship for 30 years,” said AlMuhktar. “The United States, government and people, has been calling for the end of dictatorships all over the world.” “You ask students about what’s going on in Egypt, and a lot of them don’t know. Most students are concerned with who’s resigning from senate, who’s going to be the next EVP, what’s going to happen with the Tim Hortons menu,” Ramzy reflected. “It affects us all. We’re all part of this world; we’re all kind of inter-connected. If you ever decide to go see the pyramids in Egypt, you’re going to be affected. If you decide to look into speaking Arab or learning another language, that’s something that will help decide employment and where you’re going to go in life.” “It is very essential for students to know what is happening in the world,” reflected AlMuhktar, “just as much as Canisius students need to know about religion and philosophy in their curriculum.”
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Divided senate selects new executive vice president By Hannah Alt News Editor
Canisius sophomore Sam Herberger was selected as the new Undergraduate Student Association Executive Vice President Tuesday night, bringing with her an aura of hope and optimism for the organization. After the sudden resignation of senior Caitlin Antonio last week, USA was forced to act quickly to fill the position. “Replacing the EVP halfway through the year has almost become a tradition,” senior and USA President Katelyn Eldredge said. For the past three years, the position has become vacant during the spring semesters, the first two due to students studying abroad, making this particular situation unique. Eldredge, as well as USA adviser Brian Smith, say that the major difference this year as opposed to previous years is the quality of the applications. “There was a lot of competition this year, which is a
good thing,” Smith said. After three different votes, each narrowing down the candidate pool by 50 percent, Herberger finally won over senior and Speaker of the Senate Eamon Rock. Herberger immediately took her new seat at the executive board table, and the meeting moved on to the proposed constitutional amendment that would change the process by which elected representatives could be recalled from their positions on the senate. This change has been heavily debated over the past few weeks. The amendment was officially passed after receiving the necessary number of votes for two consecutive weeks, a guideline stated in the USA constitution. One of the several senators who opposed this amendment, senior Nteni “Cella” Nlandu, was not present at the meeting and was therefore unable to vote. In an e-mail to Eldredge and the executive board the following day, Nlandu stated her resignation from her seat on the senate. Just
one week prior to her resignation, Nlandu stated at their meeting that she did not think she “would leave this organization because I think that that would be a disservice to my constituents.” Eldredge did not disclose information regarding the reasoning behind Nlandu’s resignation. After six months of negative energy and argumentative meetings, Herberger will now advocate for change. She thanked the senate in her first executive report, letting them know that she has “a lot of ideas to try and get [USA] back on the right track.” In an interview with The Griffin, Herberger said that she thinks their biggest challenge will be figuring out how to get USA members to start getting along. Personal issues seemed to have plagued the senate since August, including disagreements over financial decisions, pointed verbal attacks, discontent with eboard actions, and issues with their constituents’ motives. She wants all the members to become closer
in order to lessen the argumentativeness and create a more friendly environment. “I know we’re on the right track, I just want to help out and make sure it keeps going in that way,” she added. Herberger also mentioned the summer retreat in which she and all of the USA members became acquainted. The informal environment that the retreat facilitated is what Herberger hopes to bring back because she feels in order to clear the hurdles they are currently facing, they need to get out of the meetingtype context. “I think personally that one of the big things that needs to be fixed is the way we represent senate. I don’t think that we should be unprofessional or ever attack the organization outside of dealing with it face-to-face.” When asked what her duties as EVP would entail, she said that aside from running the various committees, she is responsible for evoking a positive image of the senate to the senators, and the College. Accepting this e-board
position places pressure on Herberger to prove herself and show what she has to offer. As a sophomore and first year member of USA, she said that it took no time for her to develop a deep passion for the organization and wanted to take advantage of a chance to get more involved. “It was an opportunity that I felt like I couldn’t pass up,” she told The Griffin. “I knew I could handle it this semester.” In regard to her plans for next year’s election, she says she plans to run for e-board, but is unsure which position she will seek. “I’m not quite sure what I’ll be tackling next year, so it just depends on if I think I can handle the workload, because I don’t want to do something that I can’t commit myself fully to.”
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Inconsistent gym schedules irritate students and athletes By Tori Rebmann News Writer
Students looking to workout, play a game of basketball or go for a swim are having a hard time trying to find time to enjoy these activities. However, this is not because of homework overload or lack of free time, but a series of scheduling conflicts at the Koessler Athletic Center. Recently, there has been a rising complaint among students about the availability of the KAC and the possibility to use the facilities at a convenient time. Students, particularly non-athletes, are frustrated with the inconsistency of the hours for open gym.
“Hours rotate so often,” said junior Nate Olszewski. “Monday and Tuesday are different and next Monday will be different, too.” Senior Jim Gorbein commented, “It seems like the main gym is closed most of the time. Sometimes I call ahead but tonight I just took a chance and it was open.” KAC users are also frustrated with the rental equipment and the quality of the Patrick Lee Center, which is the smaller, less popular gym. “The back gym is ugly, and we sometimes have to use women’s basketballs,” said Gornbein. “Athletes are always in the ‘nice’ gym,” junior Joe Brown added. “There needs to be bet-
Scheduling at the KAC fitness centers is difficult due to the amount of demand.
ter equipment in the Patrick Lee Center.” Conflicting schedules sometimes creates awkward tension between athlete and non-athlete students, as they often tend to play the “blame game.” However, fault for this availability clash seems to evade both parties. Members of athletic teams on campus expressed that they aren’t too thrilled about the hours either. “We have to work around in-season schedules and other non-athletes,” said freshman soccer player Meg Tock. “Sometimes our practices don’t start until nine or ten o’clock at night.” Junior and member of the cross country team, Mark Kearny also voiced his concern with the gym conflicts.
“A lot of non-athletes run on the treadmills, and so we have to run outside,” he said. “We don’t get to run inside very often.” Equipment manager Maria Shantler confirmed that the availability of the two gyms are indeed different every day. She explained that because there are so many athletic teams, classes and intramural sports to work around, keeping a consistent schedule is a seemingly impossible task. When asked if there was a way to fix this problem, Shantler was skeptical. “I honestly don’t know how it could be fixed.” “It’s probably tough to schedule all of the
sports team practices,” commented Gorbein. While the KAC staff seems to be putting in their best efforts to make availability as convenient as possible, students can also help in reducing their own frustrations. Though open gym hours change each night, students can call the equipment management office at 888-2958 to find out availability for that particular day, or visit the event management website, which gives a listing of when each facility will be occupied during each day of the week.
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Curious Griffin: What goes on at Demerly Hall? By Emily Smith Copy Editor
Blocks away from Canisius’ main campus lies a mysterious building known as Demerly Hall. Ask about it, and most students won’t have a clue what goes on behind those shaded windows, let alone that it even exists. Any average undergraduate student like myself does not have swipe access to get in, so what is the purpose of this offcampus Canisius-owned building? According to the Canisius website, Demerly Hall holds the new Health and Human Performance graduate program, the Women’s Business Center, and some of the College’s Facilities Management department. In the Health and Human center, graduate students learn about rehabilitative and preventative health. Here there is a rehabilitation area, stress test-
GERMANY – Automaker BMW of Germany announced testing in December of a new technology (“flash projection”) in which an ultra-bright light sears the company logo into a viewer’s vision, where it lingers even if the viewer subsequently closes his eyelids tightly.
JAPAN – The SEGA video company’s Japan division began test-marketing its new “Toylets” game in January, designed for men’s urinals. With sensors in the basin and a video screen at eye level, men score points based on the strength and accuracy of their streams. Among the suite of games: sumo wrestling (squirt the opponent out of the circle), graffiti-erasure (strong streams wipe out more graffiti), and skirt-raising (the stronger the stream, the higher a woman’s skirt is “blown” upward). NORTH KOREA – The notoriously isolated North Korean economy only permits new products to be sold as needs arise, and in December (according to a report by Agence France-Presse), the ministries began allowing Western-style “skinny jeans” (having relaxed the rule requiring female workers to wear skirts). Also recently for sale: human fertilizer (owing to the attrition of the animals that previously produced manure for family gardens). ORLANDO, FL – In December, a former Ku Klux Klan “Cyclops,” George Hixon, 73, his son, Troy, 45, and Troy’s girlfriend fought, resulting in Troy allegedly firing gunshots toward the woman’s feet and the subsequent arrests of the two men. According to Osceola County deputies, the altercation was precipitated by the girlfriend’s unhappiness that she got the “cheap beer” while the men kept the “good beer” (Budweiser) for themselves. Courtesy of www.newsoftheweird.com Compiled by Hannah Alt
ing facility, multimedia lecture and seminar rooms, physician’s office, data processing room, and an anthropomorphic room for body composition assessment. The Women’s Business Center offers help to women-owned small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn ways to gain success. The Facilities Management department provides the overall maintenance and housekeeping for the College. Demerly Hall was built to allow more space on the main campus for academic purposes, as well as to make more parking spaces available for faculty and students. Demerly Hall is dedicated to Dr. John Demerly and his wife, Marjorie, and was opened for the 2001 school year. Demerly, a 1938 graduate of Canisius, taught in the education department at Canisius as well as many other local schools, before he passed away in 1993.
United States and Canada hit with massive snowstorm Commuters feel neglected in administration’s decision By Emily Smith Copy Editor
This past Tuesday, urgent messages from media outlets around the country predicted a major snow and ice storm that would affect over 30 states. New York State was on this list, and Buffalo was expected to be hit with a storm that would potentially compare to the infamous “October Surprise” storm. Severe winter weather advisories stemming from the National Weather Service were predicting as much as 12 to 18 inches of snow, with heavy winds that were expected to create near whiteout conditions. The news reports of what was to come made people rush out to the stores to get back-up generators, water and other various items that would prepare them to be potentially snowed in at their homes. In anticipation of the storm, over 500 schools and businesses
in Western New York closed Tuesday night for the following day, according to WGRZ online’s “Closing Central” system. Among these closed schools were Bryant and Stratton, Buffalo State, Daemen, D’Youville, Erie Community, Hilbert, Medaille, Niagara County Community, Trocaire, and Villa Maria colleges, as well as Niagara University and University at Buffalo. Tuesday night seemed to be right on track with the predictions as the snow started to fall and the wind picked up around 11 p.m. By four in the morning, however, the only signs of this proclaimed winter storm were a few inches of snow on the ground and ice on cars. While the rest of the country, spanning from Texas to Maine, was hit hard and buried under a few feet of snow, Buffalo seemed to be the only city that the storm missed. Wednesday saw only 4 inches of sleet, according to the WGRZ website.
Many students who woke up early to check if their classes were cancelled Wednesday were disappointed to find Canisius did not join the long list of schools that had closed their doors. Canisius College, after all, was the only institution of higher education in Western New York where classes were in session on Wednesday. Although over 60 classes were cancelled, many students felt that the college as a whole should have been shut down. Other students were also disappointed, but for the opposite reason. “I am certainly proud that Canisius was able to remain open and provide a place for students to escape the realities of the storm,” said senior Thomas “T.J.” Rogers. “However, by consciously choosing to remain open, many students, notably commuters, are missing out on valuable class time and information that all students in a given class will be tested on.” The
students Rogers referred to are commuters, whom he believes are often forgotten on campus. “Yes, perhaps Canisius may be suitable for those who reside on campus, but I feel that those who must commute to campus each and every day are being neglected.” Rogers, along with many other students on campus, would not mind having the day off, as long as the rest of campus had the day off, too. A Tonawanda resident, Rogers was unable to drive his car out of his driveway that morning due to what he called a “dangerous mix of snow and ice.” A senior administrator at Canisius responded to Rogers’ complaint, saying that by 5:30 a.m. the school was able to remove all snow and ice from around the campus, making it safe and accessible to students and administrators at the College. It was then up to the students to make the decision about whether or not it was safe enough for them to commute.
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Feb. 8 – The Informally Formal Chamber Recital, featuring Jay Matthews on the French horn, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. General admission will be $15 and student tickets will be $7. Feb. 14 – Kristina Jennings Laun will present an art history Meet-the-Faculty entitled, “The Buffalo Jue: An Analysis of Shang Imagery and Design,” at 12 p.m. in the Regis Room. Feb. 17 – Composer-in-Residence, Persis Vehar, will present “Musical Aspects of Love,” at 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Feb. 18 – The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library will hold an art reception presented by the Studio Art Faculty IX from 5 to 7 p.m. Information Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department Compiled by Hannah Alt
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prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the E d i t o r i a l Recognize Black History Month this February
February is Black History Month, and we at The Griffin would like to pay tribute to the many blackAmerican individuals, past and present, who have made incredibly significant contributions to our history. Whether they were political figures, musicians, athletes or teachers, they have earned our respect and appreciation for their accomplishments. Some students have already recognized these accomplishments and contributions, especially those in the Communication Studies department who recently premiered a wonderfully thoughtful documentary on the civil rights movement that began in the 1950s. As we look back on our nation’s past, we remember many instances of adversity that blacks have faced. In spite of such oppressive circumstances, these individuals found the strength to persevere and
rise above the obstacles that were placed before them. We remember the well-known figures like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr., whose lives forever impacted those of future generations. We remember also those whose names have been lost in history, but whose contributions affect us even today. It is essential that we also recognize the individuals who are presently making great contributions to our society. People like President Barack Obama, who was chosen to lead our nation and represent its values to the international community, and whose election gave hope to black-Americans for a brighter future. We also look to international figures like Nelson Mandela, who
courageously fought to bring an end to the great injustice of apartheid and regain the rights and freedoms of Africans, and who still lends his voice to issues like the AIDS epidemic and human rights. These leaders are valiantly working to make the world a better place for future generations. Equally important, however, are the people who have touched our lives personally— our coaches, teachers, family members and friends. These are the people who we can relate to and without whom our lives would not be the same. We at The Griffin take this opportunity to recognize the black-American individuals whose presence have impacted our personal histories and improved the quality of our lives.
peaceably to assemble, and to Taking healthcare reform to court Justin Masucci
Everyone remembers the contentious debate over Congressional democrats’ proposed healthcare reform that engulfed most of 2009 and the early months of 2010. Despite being signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010, the issue was not laid to rest. Republicans used the unpopular legislation as a campaign issue in the midterm elections and captured the House of Representatives, picking up seats in the Senate this past November. One of the first items to be voted on in the new republican House was a repeal of the president’s signature reform. The vote was almost completely partisan with all republicans voting in favor and all but three democrats voting against. Since the Senate remains under Democratic control, however, I doubt that the majority leadership will even schedule a vote on the measure. While Congressional republicans may despair that moderate democrats in the Senate aren’t getting on board with a repeal as was originally hoped, there is still hope for republicans eager to see the legislation’s most egregious provisions, most notably the mandate to purchase health insurance and the mandate for state governments to allocate a certain percentage of their budgets to health care, disappear. Beyond the highly publicized fights on the congressional floor, many states’ attorney generals have filed lawsuits against the federal government over provisions of the bill. So far, 26 states have joined the lawsuit. Virginia actually passed legislation that states that Virginians are not obligated to comply with the federal mandate to purchase health insurance. Congressional republicans and the states’ attorney generals have a legitimate, legal argument against the healthcare legislation. First and foremost, the federal government does not have the authority, under our Constitution, to force citizens to purchase
health insurance under penalty of fines. That one is plain and simple. Second, the federal government cannot dictate how individual states allocate funds in their respective budgets. Such a practice is known as “commandeering the state legislatures” and has been ruled unconstitutional by courts in the past. Finally, this legislation enacts non-uniform taxation. According to the language of the bill, those with allencompassing health care plans (so-called Cadillac plans) must pay a special tax on their insurance plan unless they are a member of a union, in which case they are exempt from that tax. While I have problems with other provisions of this legislation, those three provisions are blatantly unconstitutional. On Monday, Roger Vinson, a federal district judge in Florida, ruled the health care legislation unconstitutional. Specifically, he opined that since the individual mandate was unconstitutional, the entire legislation was unconstitutional because the two were “not severable.” Judge Vinson also quoted a speech that President Obama gave in 2008 while campaigning for the presidency. Accordingly, thencandidate Obama was opposed to then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s proposal to enact an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. How the times have changed. The Obama Administration has already appealed the ruling, and the legislation will likely end up before the Supreme Court. Personally, I hope that the High Court only rules those three provisions unconstitutional. There are good elements to the legislation, such as the provision barring insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or the provision which allows small businesses to pool their resources and get discount health insurance plans for their employees. That being said, I think this legislation, as it currently stands, is a far cry from being touted as reform. firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am very pleased that Adam Deyoe had an outstanding learning experience at the Beijing Center [The Griffin pg. 6, Vol. LXXXI, Number 12] and understand that, thanks to his experience, he would like other Canisius students to have the opportunity to study in China. I would like to clarify the relationship Canisius has with the Beijing Center. Realizing the value of the center, Canisius certainly allows students to participate in this program. The Study Abroad Office helps students with the application process, and Canisius passes on the special price the Beijing Center offers us. Students who decide to study abroad with the Beijing Center can apply their federal and state financial as well as their loans. Indeed, they may also be eligible for additional loans for the semester they study abroad. Their Canisius scholarships and grants would
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not be applied to this program since it is not designated as a Canisius study abroad program. Like all institutions with limited financial aid resources, Canisius has to be selective about allowing its institutional financial aid to be applied to study abroad programs. We do not apply our institutional financial aid to every other study abroad program as was suggested in Deyoe’s opinion piece last week. We carefully review the programs to which we allow institutional financial aid to be applied and give preference to programs where we receive international students from those programs. Indeed, study abroad is about opening the doors to other cultures, and we hope more Canisius students will choose to walk through those doors. Esther Northman Director, International Partnerships and Study Abroad
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Putting things into perspective Chelsea Miller Beep! Beep! Beep! The blaring alarm clock rudely awakens you from such a sweet slumber to tell you it’s time for class... again! Moaning in disbelief, you hit the snooze button not once, but twice. As you force yourself to get dressed and gather your materials for class, you mumble to yourself, “I hate my life.” Dragging your feet to class through the blizzard (if you’re lucky, you can use the tunnels), you arrive at Tim Horton’s to see that the line is too long to get your caffeine fix. By default, life is pretty tough today. Even though it’s only 9 a.m., you conclude your life is terrible simply because you overslept, walked to class in a blizzard, couldn’t get your coffee and now you’re in class all day until 7p.m. What a tragedy, right? I will admit to having quite similar complaints to those of my fellow classmates, however, I find myself thinking about those who are much less fortunate. There are students battling sickness on a daily basis, and, in some cases, a battle they may never win. Others struggle to get through classes because they’ve been burdened with a disability ever since they can remember. Now, extend your thoughts to the community. There are many people suffering in nearby hospitals and nursing homes as
they struggle to survive. Globally, the terrorist attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport recently killed 35 and wounded 168 as a suicide bomber walked into the busiest airport and set off a huge explosion. The tragedy in Tucson left 10 people dead, including a nine year-old girl and 13 people wounded. These victims and their loved ones have had their lives turned upside-down. We can’t change such events that occur in the world, but, instead of being self-absorbed, we can be more attentive to our surroundings Next time you’re annoyed waking up early for class, working long hours or pulling an allnighter to get your work done, think about how fortunate you really are. (We attend a very prestigious college and we should want to learn all that we can instead of skipping class because we feel like it.) In many urban cities there are refugees learning the alphabet for the very first time at 30-years old. We may get tired of the same schedule day in and day out, but next time we complain, let’s realize how blessed we truly are. When you go to sleep at night there is a roof over your head, blankets to keep you warm, food available to keep you full and warm running water. When we put things into perspective, we realize that we take many things for granted. email@example.com
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Blood donation and the LGBT community Jeffery Hartinger As a homosexual male living in modern America, it is encouraging to see that the roadblocks which have lead to discrimination against previous LGBT generations appear to be slowly dissolving. New, progressive gay marriage possibilities by state, nondiscrimination policies within hospitals, and most recently, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which President Obama promised in his presidential campaign are just some of the advances that have been made. From a media perspective, which I believe truly reflects the attitudes and opinions of each respective era, gay and lesbian characters are now positively portrayed as “normal” in movies, television and books. Their roles are no longer limited to those of flamboyant fashion designers, sex offenders or victims of the AIDS epidemic. In reference to the latter, it appears as if the impact of the terrible AIDS/HIV virus in American history will, at least for the next few decades, be known as the “gay disease.” This is not only detrimental in regards to the social acceptance of LGBT individuals, but also where heterosexual, sexually active youth with no prior information will act destructively. This is possibly why, in the year 2011, there has been a drastic increase in new infections of urban youth, particularly within the African-American community. This
destructive disease is not gay or straight, black or white, or even young or old, but is a human issue of public health that negatively impacts the lives of people all around the world. The Food and Drug Administration, which bans homosexual men from the option of donating blood, apparently does not consider the current research and information regarding this topic as sufficient evidence to lift this controversial ban. This policy legally bans all blood donation services, including the American Red Cross, from accepting donations from “men who have had sex with another man, even once since 1977.” Despite improved technology and highly advanced screening procedures, in addition to a recent petition by the American Blood Centers, the FDA has not changed, or even slightly altered this particular constraint. In 1982, AIDS was known in both the medical and public realm as GRID, or “Gay-Related Immune Deficiency.” For many years, people believed that AIDS/ HIV was only capable of infecting homosexual men, due to alleged promiscuity and heavy use of recreational drugs by those in the LGBT community. As time progressed, facts were presented to the general public. Now, it is somewhat shocking to look back upon the misconceptions of this disease. By understanding the scope of the disease and its relation to the FDA
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ban, I am not suggesting an automatic overturn of the policy, or even acts of defiance by gay men in violating the ban. I do ask that as the future leaders of our generation, you support a gradual change to ensure that the maximum number of American lives will be saved. The American Red Cross, which is currently the largest supplier of blood and other first-aid services in the nation, has drastically evolved since it was founded by Clara Barton in the year 1881. As of 2006, the organization has taken a public stance against the policy involving homosexual men. In the Jesuit tradition of of being men and women for others, our campus is home to our very own American Red Cross Chapter. This organization has been active over the years in the pursuit of saving lives and making a difference in our great city of Buffalo, and further, the Western New York area. Regarding the umbrella policy that affects blood donation, I was able to talk with Melanie Reimondo, who has been involved with the American Red Cross Club at Canisius for the past three years and currently serves as its president. Although Reimondo has strong feelings, the opinions and views that she holds are in no way associated with the opinions and views of the American Red Cross or its affiliates. “I do disagree with this policy, espe-
cially in times when blood donation is critical,” said Reimondo. “Just because a man chooses to have sex with another man does not guarantee that his blood is less usable or clean than others. I see this policy as a reflection of the unfortunate societal views and thus incorporated into these governmental and organizational policies.” It was very enlightening to hear Reimondo’s viewpoint for a variety of reasons. She is a current student leader for the organization, and further, a potential future leader in regard to donation services in the U.S. She is very in tune with equality and logic in regard to blood donation and the positive effect that the American Red Cross has on the nation. The world is an unstable place. War, natural disasters, violence and accidents always seem to be lurking. By upholding an outdated and biased policy, the American public is rejecting blood from close to 30 million individuals, or 10 percent of the population. This may not appear like a large number, but when one is sick, bedridden in a hospital bed and awaiting a very specific blood or organ donation, it is heartbreaking to know that there is a willing donor out there. Sadly, this individual is oftentimes confined by the law and unable to save the life of a stranger. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Predicting the 2011 Oscars : ®
Who will be this year’s “Hurt Locker” ?
By Jacob Castiglia Film Critic
February 27 will be a day of rejoice for some filmmakers, and for others it will be a day of shattered hopes and dreams. Of course, an Oscar® should not be the driving motivation for any aspiring actor or filmmaker; it should be for the love of film as an art form or as a means to transport viewers to the world in front of them. Regardless, there is only one thing going through the nominees’ minds as they wait for what lies inside that precious envelope. OPEN IT! OPEN IT! OPEN IT! The 83rd Academy Awards® is sure to be an interesting one. Each year is met with certain expectancies and surprises, so let’s take a look at the nominations and predict what might happen. The 2009 Oscars® made an unprecedented step, expanding the number of nominees in the Best Picture category from five to 10. This allows much more leeway when considering which movies are eligible to be picked for nomination, so thankfully this has continued for the 2010 ceremony. The current nominees for Best Picture include: “Black Swan”, “The Fighter”, “Inception”, “The Kids Are All Right”, “The King’s Speech”, “127 Hours”, “The Social Network”, “Toy Story 3”, “True Grit”, and “Winter’s Bone”. I’m going to get this out of the way now: while I will immediately scream like a little girl in unimaginable joy if “Inception” wins, it’s just not going to happen. Expanding the number of nominees has allowed films like Inception to join the nomination party, but in my opinion, the Academy secretly brands certain kinds of films ineligible for the grand prize, and Christopher Nolan’s latest is one of them. Recent chatter has realistically narrowed the possible winners down to “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network”. I really can’t say which one of these will win, especially having not seen “The King’s Speech”, but from what I have heard it definitely rivals the prowess of David Fincher’s Facebook movie. The two are extremely different films, but something tells me that “The Social Network” won’t be the one. But who knows, the battle may not come down to just these two. No one expected “The Hurt Locker” to come out on top last year. Next we’ll move to Best Director. The nominees are: Darren Aronofsky for the “Black Swan”; David O. Russell for “The Fighter”; Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”; David Fincher for “The Social Network”; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for “True Grit”.
If you have paid attention to my previous discussion, you will likely already know why I must now go on an angry rant. While these are all deserving directors, having crafted truly exceptional films, there is one missing: Christopher Nolan. Who can deny that “Inception” was one of the most unique cinematic experiences in recent years, a feat that relied heavily upon the genius direction of Nolan. What makes this even more of an outrage is that this isn’t the first snub for him. He also failed to receive a Best Director nomination in 2008 for “The Dark Knight”. Don’t even get me started on that one. Fortunately, Nolan has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but two consecutive exclusions for Best Director just seems like one enormous middle finger from the Academy. I apologize for the digression. So as not to make this just about my obvious and unfaltering respect for Nolan, I will redirect to analyzing the actual nominees. For Best Director, I would definitely say David Fincher has this one in the bag. “The Social Network” was a well organized and immersive film. Next in line I would guess to be Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan”. The nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role are as follows: Javier Bardem, Buitiful; Jeff Bridges, True Grit; Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network; Colin Firth, The King’s Speech; James Franco, 127 Hours. This category really is anyone’s guess. There is some tremendous talent here, and thus some great competition. I don’t think it will boil down to a choice between Colin Firth and Jesse Eisenberg, but both have a shot. I have seen footage from “The King’s Speech” and Colin Firth’s performance is superb, earning my pick. But Javier Bardem is a masterful actor as well, best known for his disturbing role in “No Country for Old Men”, and the Academy never fails to consider obscure films such as “Buitiful”. Then there’s Jeff Bridges, last year’s winner for “Crazy Heart”, who definitely has a chance at two wins in a row. His portrayal of Reuben Cogburn in “True Grit” rivals that of John Wayne’s, who won an Oscar® for the same role in 1969. I doubt James Franco has a chance, however, considering his opponents, but then again who knows. My predictions for the remaining categories are Natalie Portman for Actress in Leading role, Christian Bale for Actor in Supporting Role, Helena Bonham Carter for Actress in Supporting Role, “Toy Story 3” for Best Animated Film, and Trent Rezner & Atticus for Best Original Score with “The Social Network”. There are plenty more categories of course, but I can’t list them all. Check back to The Griffin in a couple of weeks to see if I was right! Who do you think will win? It’s always amazing to see how different the perspectives of the Academy are from the general public. On second thought, that is probably a very good thing, considering The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won favorite movie this year at the People’s Choice Awards (sigh). The big night is still a couple of weeks away, though, and in the mean time I may just sulk more about the whole Christopher Nolan thing.
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Friday, FEBRUARY 4,,2011
LIFE & ARTS Art isn’t dead, so where are you? By Garrett Weinholtz Life and Arts Editor
Whether you know it or not, Buffalo is an artsy community. Sheas Perforoming Arts Center, the Burchfield Penny Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and the Elmwood Village are all great examples of that. The one place people our age seem to forget about is the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Every time I have been to that gallery, it seems surprisingly empty despite the great collection they have. In addition to the pieces the gallery regularly has on display, the curators of the gallery have recently put some rare works on display featuring four great artists. This rare viewing is part of the “Artists in Depth” event that is showing off works by Picasso, Braque, Léger and Delaunay. These works were premiered on Thursday, Jan. 27 in an event for members of the Albright Knox program. There was a large crowd for the event, but many of the people in attendance were at least 40-years old. Only one or two other college-aged students were in attendance. Despite the generally older crowd, this exhibit is something any art lover could enjoy. While most people know the “best” works by the likes of Picasso and Braque, Albright Knox has purchased more than the most popular works. The works currently displaying are the “deep tracks” of these artists’ works. These works represent the beginning of an era important to the art world known as abstract art. This exhibit has some of the works showing the start of
cubism. Pieces like Picasso’s “Glass, vase and fruits” from 1937 show the start of this choppy looking art form. It has been heavily popularized since it’s birth from Braque and Picasso’s meeting in 1907. Though I went into this exhibit specifically to see Picasso’s works, I came out of the event seeing the works on show by Delaunay as more memorable. She has a great sense of color and uses some odd mediums to express herself through art. Delaunay stuck to mainly screen-print art, but she covered this medium with all types of artist tools. She used everything from crayon and colored pencils, to acrylic paints and chalk. Her odd combinations made for some memorable works and showed her love for design in everything that she created. Besides the Delaunay exhibit, there were some impressive pieces on display by all the members of the “Artists in Depth” series. One of the more interesting pieces to see was a collection of pages of Picasso’s artwork that he drew for a nature textbook called “Histoire Naturelle” back in 1936. The detail, or lack thereof, in these drawings is amazing to see. The animals are on the cusp of being abstract in many cases. The artwork of this book makes for a textbook that I wouldn’t sell back to the bookstore. Though the premiere of this great exhibit has come and gone, the pieces will be on display at the gallery until June 5. This gives all you art lovers a little time to go see this great collection of rarely seen art pieces.
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Life and Arts Editor The Super Bowl: The most watched and most exciting annual sporting event to of the year. While most everyone (at least everyone I know) watches the game, not everyone is lucky enough to attend an enjoyable Super Bowl party. If you read this article prior to your Super Bowl party, there is no doubt that yours will be unforgettable for everyone who comes. Step 1: Get good food. Scratch that: Get GREAT food. Whoever says that food at a party doesn’t matter is lying. Getting good food, sorry—great food—is the most important part of throwing a good party. Some examples of acceptable food choices for a Super Bowl party are as follows: pizza, subs, tacos. I even know some people who base their food choices off of the teams that are playing in the big game. If this is the case this year, they will be eating a lot of cheese based dishes and some steel. Step 2: Invite the right group of people. Everyone has been to an awkward party, because of the people in attendance. John is friends with Jack and Jill, but Matt is only friends with John, so John doesn’t know whom to “chill” with most at the party. From past experiences, I would invite a group of people to create a situation where everyone knows everyone. This will make it less awkward for you,
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and more importantly, less awkward for them. Step 3: Make sure that your viewing area is open and conducive to visiting. When people go to a Super Bowl party they want to be able to sit and mingle, not play musical chairs with your furniture. If necessary, move your furniture around and bring in some folding chairs. Most people don’t care what they sit on, they just want to sit. Also, make sure there is nothing in the way of the television. This is one of the most important steps to keeping your guests happy. If one of your guests turns out to be a semi-intoxicated former all-state wrestler and someone gets in the way of the television set on the game-winning drive, you will no longer have a TV. Chances are, you will have a broken window and a TV on your lawn. If something uncontrollable happens and you want to avoid an incident, tape the game with DVR/TIVO, or if you are stuck in 1994, tape it on VHS. In conclusion: buy good food, invite the right people and make sure that there is plenty of room to watch the biggest sporting event of the year. One more thing before you get ready to throw your party: Be prepared for someone to ask you who you are cheering for. This can be a very difficult question to answer if you don’t watch football on a normal basis, so say what any person who has a sports sense of humor would say: “Daaaaa Bears!” GOOGLE IMAGES
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The Thirsty Dudes redefine ‘thirsty Thursdays’ By Sarah Maurer Opinion Editor
Picture yourself in the beverage isle of the grocery store. You’re trying to pick out some drinks to stock your fridge, but you’re getting tired of the same old stuff. You’re considering trying something new, but that can be a dangerous gamble these days with all of the different brands, organic options, low-sugar drinks, etc. How do you know which one is going to be the refreshing drink you’re looking for? This is where the Thirsty Dudes come in. The Thirsty Dudes is a trio comprised of Buffalo’s own Mike Literman, Jason Draper, and Derek Neuland—a group of straightedge, bearded guys who simply love reviewing drinks. Their only requirement is that the drinks be non-alcoholic. Aside from that, they have no inhibitions when it comes to experimenting with new beverages. “Ever since we’ve known each other we would always buy out of the ordinary drinks whenever we saw them,” said Draper. “A lot of the time the drinks would gross us out, but that was part of the fun.” Neuland launched the drink review
blog (thirstydudes.com) in 2009. He had done about a dozen reviews before he let the blog go stagnant. Draper and Literman came across it and decided to completely revamp it. Now, the website is straightforward and easy to navigate. It offers 23 different categories for beverages they’ve reviewed, ranging from lemonade to smoothies, even those that fall into the category of “Other/ Weird.” Every drink review lists the title, gives a photo, the country of origin, sweetener, category the drink falls into and a rating. But more importantly, the reviews include a brief description of what the reviewer thought. These reviews range from hilarious anecdotes to brutally honest disdain. “For the most part we try to keep things humorous,” said Draper. “In the world of review-based websites I think that is what gives Thirsty Dudes it’s own identity. There is really only so much you can say scientifically about 50 different types of iced tea. ‘It has a bitter green tea taste, with a nice aftertaste of peach. It’s also not very sweet.’ Who would want to read a website that read like a textbook? Our stories and anecdotes are what make the site interesting.” If you think that sampling drinks
wouldn’t merit a good anecdote or funny story, you should hear some of the stuff that these guys are willing to pound back. “The most interesting one I’ve had recently was a Sweet Cinnamon Punch,” said Neuland. “It tasted like liquid Big Red gum.” Another great example would be Literman’s experience with Hey Song’s Shaking Jelly Soda Juice. “Now that’s a gem,” he said. “It is essentially half Jell-O, half sparkling juice, all magically crammed inside a can. You can’t pour the drink into a glass without using some tools to destroy the can.” Who knows if that’s even the weirdest drink they’ve ever reviewed, given their totals. The Thirsty Dudes have already reviewed 700 drinks, all the while knowing they have at least 20 more drinks in the cupboards waiting to be cracked open. Companies everywhere have begun to catch on to the site and the guys have been receiving packages of free samples, some from as far away as Slovakia. “For a while I started to get concerned about our health because we were consuming so many beverages,” said Draper. “We made a lot of jokes about our teeth rotting out and getting diabetes. I got paranoid and did some
research and found out that the sugar intake shouldn’t be too much of a problem as long as we keep physically active and don’t gain a ton of weight. I’ve also been wearing down my toothbrushes with the insane amount of times I brush my teeth in a day.” As far as developing the website, the Thirsty Dudes aren’t too into the logistics right now, they’d rather just continue on their quest for new drinks. Eventually, they’d like to add a press section, user images, as well as some other features. They do, however, offer the option to comment on their reviews, suggest new drinks for them to try, buy a t-shirt or even add them on Twitter and Facebook. “Jay just decided that if we get to 1,000 Facebook friends, he’s going to make me drink gross drinks on video,” said Literman. “They will probably be from Asia, Taiwan and beyond. I remember seeing a mackerel drink at a market that makes me scared because I know I’m going to inevitably throw up. I’m actually a bit excited.” Curious? Check it out for yourself at www.thirstydudes.com.
Indie-folk artists explore new options on fresh releases By Ryan Wolf
Life and Arts Writer The Decemberists’ latest album, “The King is Dead”, opens with the bold blast of a harmonica as “Don’t Carry It All” carries us all into the warm, wooded, folksy world that Colin Meloy lays out for his listeners. This time, however, Meloy drops the conceptual conceits of some of the band’s previous efforts, partners himself with Gillian Welch’s rich bluegrass voice, and strives to make a genuine countrified Americana record that still feels fresh and inviting. Though it isn’t as organic as its musical roots, and lacks the adventurous high-seas spirit of past Decemberists’ albums, “The King is Dead” is simple, graceful, and plays to Meloy’s strengths as a songwriter. Whether indulging in apocalyptic fantasies and lamenting “the year of the chewable Ambien tab” on “Calamity Song,” or gently greeting the morning on “June Hymn,” Meloy remains a master of language, even when he occasionally restrains his verbal eccentricities in favor of timeless pastoral images. Meloy seems relaxed and confident, his “acquired taste” vocals blending beautifully with Welch’s on both joyous anthems and quiet ruminations. His chord changes, as R.E.M. inspired as they may be (R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is featured on the album after all), are as perfectly considered as ever, and often produce the aching loveliness the best of the Decemberists’
work elicits. Having seen Meloy perform “This is Why We Fight” four years ago, the record’s penultimate song seems remarkably unchanged given how long it took for it get released. The Decemberists are, for all their subtle changes from album to album, still very much the same band, complete with literary aspirations and accordion accents. Which means although The King is Dead won’t change anyone’s opinion of the Portland art rockers, it still makes for a subdued, but welcome addition to a brilliant body of recordings. If “The King is Dead” backs far away from the electronic trends of modern music, Iron & Wine’s major record label debut “Kiss Each Other Clean” embraces them with surprising gusto. Given the tender lo-fi whispers of “The Creek Drank the Cradle”, it’s startling to see how much singer-songwriter Sam Beam has altered his hypnotic sound over the years. Once upon a time, an Iron & Wine pop album would have been brought up as an oxymoronic joke at some hipster’s party, but now, given the appearance of Beam’s magical music in “Twilight”, “American Idol”, and M & M’s® commercials, Beam is poised to position himself as something hitherto unthinkable: a common presence on tween girls’ iPods. I’ve witnessed this first hand, and if Iron & Wine keep up the quality of their output, maybe this isn’t such a bad thing. Do people forget that Bob Dylan was (and is) wildly popular? To be fair, his music hasn’t been fea-
tured in any vampire movies. I rest my case. Seriously, “Tree by the River,” for all its gooey nostalgia, is possibly the best pop song you’ll hear all month. This is probably the weakest Iron & Wine album to date, but it still affords more repeat listens than anything recently released and never compromises on what Iron & Wine represents as a respectable establishment. Though “Walking Far From Home” seems a too convenient stream of stock Sam Beam imagery, complete with babies, angels, dogs and sinners, you still can’t write off Beam’s ever-appealing tricks, especially when the lyricism shines so effectively elsewhere. Only the bearded, big-hearted, softly cynical Southern poet that is Beam can pen a line like, “Gabriel gave me some news to give to you / maybe taken for granted you’ve nothing better to do.” He can even shout that listeners “become an ice cream cone” and somehow get away with it. From the wide-open sky of Beam’s vocals on “Glad Man Singing” to his transcendental preaching on “Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me,” Kiss Each Other Clean is a progressive move for Iron & Wine. Though I will miss the hushed lullabies of older material, despite its flaws, the latest album is a worthy experiment that well-captures the feeling of 70’s pop that Beam desired to ensnare when approaching the project. On “Tree By the River,” he sings that “Time isn’t kind or unkind,” and though Time has pulled Iron & Wine in new directions, I’d say Time’s overall kindness toward the band has been wonderfully apparent.
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The Sounds of Buffalo A list of gigs and concerts playing in the Buffalo area this weekend. Friday, Feb. 4:
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Paperback Trade Fiction
Paperback Non-Fiction 1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
1. TRUE GRIT, by Charles Portis 2. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen
Alternative Brews 6:00pm: Kate Engler Band
3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
DBGB’s 10:00pm: DJs Big Basha & Frosty Tone
4. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese
Flattery’s 6:00pm - 7:00pm: Ray Wood 10:00pm: Change of Face Holiday House Lounge 10:00pm: DJ Simple Fun Fridays Kleinhans Music Hall 10:30am: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “Mozart’s Birthday” Merge Restaurant 10:00pm: ReBop Sessions. HipHop & Jazz Mixer. DJs Critt, Zone, Cutler, Tone, The Pseudo Beats. Mohawk Place 10:00pm: Trystero, The Clockmen, Fatal Figures, Beardage. Nietzsche’s 10:00pm: Autopunch CD Release Party w/ Effective Resolution
2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz 3. JUST KIDS, by Patti Smith 4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls 5. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. WINTER GARDEN, by Kristin Hannah
Market Arcade Film & Arts Center
MOVIE SHOW TIMES
BLACK SWAN (R) DAILY 4:05, 6:45, 9:20 SAT/SUN 1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20 NO STRINGS ATTACHED (R) DAILY 4:10, 6:55, 9:25 SAT/SUN 1:45, 4:10, 6:55, 9:25 THE DILEMMA ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 SAT/SUN 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45
Main Street Theater
Soundlab 11:00pm: The Communist Party. DJs 3p0, Sun Glasses Mike, Mareo Speedwagon,Flava Braun, Sir Richard Rector. 18+ $10/21+ $5
THE FIGHTER (R) DAILY 4:45, 7:30, 9:55 SAT/SUN 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55
THE GREEN HORNET ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 SAT/SUN 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 THE RITE ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 SAT/SUN 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 TRUE GRIT (R) DAILY 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 SAT/SUN 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 THE ROOMATE ( No Rating ) DAILY 5:30, 7:40, 9:55 SAT/SUN 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:55
Saturday, Feb. 5:
Club Diablo 9:00pm: Canto V CD Release Party w/ Final Conspiracy, Delany Sacrifice Kleinhans Music Hall 10:30am: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “Mozart’s Birthday” Lebro’s 8:30pm - 11:30pm: Harvey & The Hurricanes Mohawk Place 10:00pm: Culture Clash. Punk, Soul, Reggae. Nietzsche’s 9:00pm: Bob Marley Night. The Dreadbeats feat. Tom Fenton, Neville Francis & the Riddim Posse. Shadow Lounge 10:00pm: Soul Providers Town Pub 4:30pm: WBFO 88.7 Presents Town Pub Blues ReviewTribute). $20. The Bear’s Den
UPCOMING CD RELEASES
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead… Emily Arin Nicole Atkins Cut Copy Esben & The Witch Dave Hause [The Loved Ones] Lionize Motorhead Thompson Square Teddy Thompson Yanni
Tao of the Dead Patch Of Land Mondo Amore Zonoscope Violet Cries Resolutions Destruction Manual The World Is Yours Thomson Square Bella Truth Of Touch
February 14 Releases Chamberlin P.J. Harvey Gruff Rhys Mogwai
Bitter Blood Let England Shake Hotel Shampoo Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Friday, February 4, 2011
A newcomer’s perspective on a die-hard sports town
On The Wing By Ed Lupien Sports writer
I was listening to a local sports radio show one afternoon last week and waited patiently for the hosts to discuss a topic other than Rob Niedermayer and Mike Grier being over the hill, and how Luke Adam should be brought back from Portland. It took me over an hour to realize that such a conversation would never come about. I moved to Buffalo a little over a month ago to attend graduate school at Canisius. Up until that time I had spent my entire life in
Virginia–most of it in Richmond with the majority of the last four years in Blacksburg, studying at Virginia Tech for my undergrad. My first night in this city happened to be when Virginia Tech’s football team played Stanford in the Orange Bowl. It was also the same night the U.S. and Canada faced off in the World Juniors. Still without cable in my apartment, I ventured to a pub on Chippewa to watch the Tech game. It was an uphill battle to convince the bartender to turn even one of the establishment’s dozen televisions to the bowl game. Late in the third quarter, the game was all but lost for the Hokies. It was around this same time that the bar became overrun with Canadians who were in high spirits after watching Canada trounce the Americans just blocks away at HSBC Arena. To witness the Hokies falter while surrounded by such a large number of jolly Canucks who could care less about the lone live game still on the televisions was just bizarre for me. I don’t mean to sound pompous. You must understand that for the majority of sports fans in Virginia, our focus is the same. It’s the Hokies (or the Cavaliers if you have ties to University of Virginia or lack the creativity to conjure up a more noteworthy way to express your individuality) on Saturday, and the Redskins, Michael Vick (a Virginia native and VT alum), and the rest of the NFL (in that order) on Sunday. When football season ends, you watch college basketball until baseball starts. NASCAR defies seasons. College sports generally dominate head-
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lines on the front page of the sports section on a daily basis in any Virginia media market, though I’ve come to find that they, understandably, tend to take a backseat to professional sports in this area. Which college football team does the average Buffalonian cheer for, anyway? Does this city actually get into the Mid-American Conference? Or does one follow Syracuse or Notre Dame instead? This is something to which I, as a Virginian, need to adjust to. But when you are surrounded by thousands of prideful celebrators of the sport of hockey (a game considered a myth in many parts of Virginia), all of your mental alterations won’t save you from losing a thin slice of your sanity. The game doesn’t work in Virginia. Several Richmond-based minor league hockey teams have come and gone for the same reasons. The pace of the game doesn’t hold the locals’ interest, it is too expensive and the players are not marketable. I really don’t know how the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals have managed to stay afloat. Even with one of the best hockey players in the world playing on a regular basis practically in your backyard, you still rarely hear of the Capitals outside the DC area. Growing up I hardly ever saw anyone in hockey paraphernalia until my final years at Tech when the Washington DC-area students began to jump on the Ovechkin-Green bandwagon. Regardless, up until now, the closest I’ve come to living in a town that has had a major professional sports team is having spent approximately one third of a year of my life
Griffin staff picks Super Bowl XLV
(Sports Editor) Green Bay. Running game will be key.
courtesy of Laurie Wakelam
The team stands with the trophy it won at last weekend’s meet.
By Alyssa Palombo Sports Writer
The Canisius College synchronized swimming team kicked off the season in style as it took first place at the third annual Lindenwood Invitational, held Sunday in St. Charles, Mo. Canisius’ score of 86.333 points was enough to give them the victory over host Lindenwood, which finished with a score of 85.000, and Miami (Ohio) University, which came in third at 56.500. “This weekend was a great success for our team,” senior captain Laurie Wakelam said. “The scoring was a little low and inconsistent, but we didn’t let that get to us. Our team has a really great dynamic in and out of the pool, and I think that’s what helped us win this weekend and will lead us to more gold place finishes this season.” Freshman Svetlana Ponkratova came in first in the solo event with a score of 87.167. She teamed up with sophomore Victoria Mintz for the duet event, in which the pair came in first with a score of 83.000. Ponkratova and Mintz were then joined by
Wakelam for the trio event, in which the Blue and Gold again took first with a score of 80.333. “Our coach was very glad and proud,” Ponkratova said. “I am very excited about my first season with my new team.” Freshman Jessica Mancini also contributed to the team’s victory with her first place finish in the B figures, scoring 63.256. Her classmate Morgan Lebrecht came in second in the same event with a score of 63.220. “Our freshmen really came through for us, being prepared and pulling out great swims,” Wakelam said. “I’m so proud of the way the girls swam this weekend. We lost eight of our top girls last year and to come to our first meet this weekend and come through on top is such an amazing feeling.” The team returns home on Sunday for its next meet, which will be against Penn State. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. “We’re so excited for our home meet this Sunday,” Wakelam said. “We’re ready to show our friends and family what we’ve been working so hard for this year.”
making countless trips to Baltimore to watch the Orioles play. Dozens of other sporting event ventures have been made to cities like DC, Charlotte and Atlanta. My discovered truth is that no matter how different a sports market Buffalo is from any place in Virginia, it’s still unlike any other city to which I’ve been. So often I’ve seen cities that take their teams for granted. The Orioles and Charlotte Bobcats play in less than half-full venues on a regular basis. The Sabres have their own channel. And it’s the very first HD channel on Time Warner Cable. The Fera’s Electric Tower lights up Blue and Gold every night the team is in action. Ryan Miller has his own cereal. All of this flourishes out of a city that is, in terms of population, one third the size of Boston. Its television market is roughly one quarter the size of that of Washington DC. It only has 65,000 more residents than Richmond. More importantly, no matter how poorly the teams are playing, there is no waffling by Buffalonians. They live and die with their teams. It’s evident in the Bills’ failed Toronto experiment and in the fact that I can’t find a ticket to a Sabres game for under $30, even when the NHL’s worst teams are in town. There is an unmatched level of closeknit faithfulness found here and it comes off extremely refreshing in a day and age when so many allegiances to sports teams changes on an annual basis. Why there is so much pride in these parts is no longer a mystery to me.
(Life & Arts Editor) Green Bay all the way! The Steelers really make me mad.
(Sports Layout Editor) Who are my options?
(Sports Writer) Green Bay 23-20.
(Distrubition Manager) Packers win by 10. Starks for MVP.
(Life & Arts Layout Editor) Green Bay 420-4. Greg Jennings will put the team on his back
(News Layout Editor) Packers, because someone on my facebook keeps writing PACKERS!!!
(Sports Copy Reader) Green Bay because I hate the Steelers.
(News Editor) Steelers, but let’s be honest, I’m really watching the commercials.
(Editor in Cheif) Starks for President!
(Opinion Editor) I really don’t even know who’s playing.
(Opinion Layout Editor) Oh, I really don’t care.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Griffs control boards in victory over Niagara By Nick Veronica Sports Editor
The Griffs split a pair of games last weekend with teams at opposite ends of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference spectrum, taking down last-place Niagara at home last Friday and falling to first-place Fairfield in a road contest on Monday. Senior Julius Coles scored 20 points on Friday and classmate Greg Logins had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Griffs over Niagara at the Koessler Athletic Center. With a sellout crowd on hand and ESPNU airing the game live on national television, Canisius took care of its rival with a 15-point victory, 69-54. “It felt amazing,” sophomore Gaby Belardo said of the atmosphere. “I wish every game was like that. It gets us hyped, it gets us pumped.” Niagara scored the first basket of the game and led 2-0 before having its only lead of the night erased by the Griffs just seconds after. Canisius controlled the rest of the half and led 31-23 at the break. Although Canisius never surrendered its lead, it had to hold off a comeback attempt from the Purple Eagles. With the Griffs up 38-29 and 17:14 on the game clock, Niagara went on a 9-0 run over the next five minutes to tie the score. The score became tied again at 41-41, but Niagara could never overtake Canisius with several players in foul trouble. Anthony Nelson and Eric Williams scored to pull Niagara within five points at 54-49 with 5:40 to play. Canisius clamped down on defense over the next five minutes, shutting out the Purple Eagles until Nelson’s layup with 52 seconds left while going on a 13-0 run to seal the deal. Belardo and senior Elton Frazier both had 11 points in the win for Canisius, which shot 48.0 percent from the floor and 70.0 percent from the line. Belardo also had seven assists and two steals while only committing one turnover.
Niagara’s Marvin Jordan had a career-high 23 points. On Monday at Fairfield, it was Canisius that took a 2-0 lead, only to never get it back the rest of the game. Only two Griffs scored in double-digits as the nation’s second-best scoring defense held Canisius right to its average of 55 points allowed per game. Sophomore Alshwan Hymes went 4 of 10 from behind the arc and led Canisius with 16 points but was the only Griff to connect from long-range as the Blue and Gold fell to the Stags, 70-55. After winning the rebounding battle and limiting themselves to 13 turnovers against Niagara, the Griffs returned to old habits in Connecticut, being outrebounded and turning the ball over 15 times. Canisius is 7-1 on the year when winning the rebounding battle, but just 3-10 when the opponent owns the boards. “We cannot win with turnovers,” said Belardo, who committed four against Fairfield and had only two assists. “Me being the point guard and the leader out there, I have to control the game and make everybody happy on the court. “Rebounding and turnovers, that’s the main factor out there.” Though the offense looked out of sync most of the night, senior Tomas VazquezSimmons brought the Griffs within one point at 48-47 with 8:42 to play. However, the Stags responded with an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach. Eight points on the run were courtesy of Derek Needham, who ended the night with a game-high 17 points for Fairfield. Maurice Barrow was dominant on the boards and had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Vazquez-Simmons had 10 rebounds and four blocks on the night for the Griffs. The loss dropped Canisius to 4-7 in the MAAC, two games back of sixth-place Siena, with seven league games left. The top six finishers in the league avoid a play-in game at the MAAC Tournament. The Griffs play Marist and Saint Peter’s this weekend
BracketBuster game announced The Griffs will take on Boston University in this year’s ESPN BracketBuster matchup, an ESPN-created series that pits teams against each other before Selection Sunday that normally wouldn’t meet. Canisius, which had its BracketBuster game at home last season, will travel to Boston for this year’s game. It will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19 at a time that is yet to be announced. The Terriers are 11-13 on the year and sit in third place in the American East conference at 6-4. Senior John Holland leads BU 18.9 points per game. The Griffs have played Boston University 21 times in school history, with the Terries
owning the all-time series, 13-8. The schools last met in 2005 at the Koessler Athletic Center, where the Terriers won 69-56. Canisius was outrebounded in the game 41-26. Greg Logins scored 15 points when Canisius knocked off James Madison in last year’s BracketBuster contest. Canisius is 4-1 in BracketBuster games. The Terries will come to Buffalo to play a return game at Canisius sometime in the next few seasons. Canisius and BU share two common opponents, Binghamton and Marist. Both teams defeated Binghamton, while Marist visits the KAC tonight for a MAAC game with Canisius.
Belardo gets ears lowered Hold off on the jokes, people. Gaby Belardo has a new haircut—and yes, he lost a bet. The fan-favorite sophomore guard had sported long hair all season, usually held back by a small headband during games. But as of last week, Belardo’s long locks were cut off, leaving barely more than a buzz cut on the head of the San Juan, Puerto Rico native. The incident began a few weeks back, when Belardo went bowling with a few other members of the basketball team, including Elton Frazier, Tomas Vazquez-Simmons, Julius Coles and Eric Kindler. After Belardo bowled, according to him,
a 144 and a 130 in the first two games, others in the group insisted he was just getting lucky. “They were saying it was a fluke,” Belardo said. “So I told them, ‘No, I’m nice at bowling. I used to play back in Puerto Rico.’ ” The bet was on. According to Belardo, if he bowled under 100, he would have to cut off his hair. If he won the bet, he said a friend volunteered to let him use his car for a week. “I got to like 80-something,” Belardo reluctantly admitted to. There’s no telling if the 21-year-old has learned his lesson, but he is certainly feeling repercussions from his bet. “When I come outside, my head is just freezing,” Belardo said with a smile.
Before and after: Belardo pictured earlier in the season with hair flowing (left), now sports a new haircut after losing a bet (right).
Friday, February 4, 2011
Griffs try to stay positive despite close losses in league play By Jimmy Graziano Sports Writer
The Canisius College women’s basketball team had a rough weekend, losing both of its games at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Griffs started off Friday’s doubleheader with a game against Manhattan. A close game at halftime turned into rout as the Lady Jaspers downed Canisius, 55-30. Canisius fell behind multiple times in the game, but managed to answer each of Manhattan’s runs with a run of its own until the second half. After falling behind 7-0 early on, the Griffs scored the next five points to make it a 7-5 game. Manhattan went on another run to push its lead to 19-9, but Canisius fought back again cutting the score to 19-18. The first half ended with the Griffs only trailing by three points at 23-20. The Blue and Gold began the second half by closing to within one point of the Lady Jaspers. However, that would be as close as they would get as Manhattan scored 25 straight points to widen its lead to 53-25. Canisius was held without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes in the game. “The first half against Manhattan we were able to get some easy baskets against their 1-3-1 defense and we played them evenly,” junior Steph MacDonald said. “But in the second half, we hit a slump offensively and could not score a basket for a pretty long time. We got some open shots but could not knock them down so Manhattan went on a run which we could not come back from.” Freshman Jamie Ruttle led Canisius with eight points and nine rebounds while MacDonald chipped in five points and eight rebounds. Freshman Jen Morabito had six points off the bench for the Griffs. The Griffs concluded the weekend set against Loyola on Sunday, losing by a final score of 71-65.
The Griffs played tough in the first half but found themselves in a struggle during the second half of play. Canisius took an 8-5 lead early on, but Loyola went on an 8-0 run to jump in front. The Griffs managed to tie the game courtesy of a jumper from sophomore Ashley Durham at 13-13. The game stayed tight until freshman Courtney VandeBovenkamp nailed a 3-pointer to give Canisius a 23-20 lead. The Greyhounds then went on a 9-0 run to end the first half with the help of four Canisius turnovers. Canisius was down 31-27 at halftime and only fell behind more as Loyola pushed that lead to 39-29 to start the second half. Canisius stayed resilient and made it a four-point game again with an 8-2 run, making the score 41-37. Loyola pulled away from Canisius again and led 57-45 with 2:23 remaining, but the Griffs gave the comeback one last attempt and got as close as 70-65. However, a missed 3-pointer was too costly and the Griffs couldn’t pull off the win. “We’re obviously not happy with the losses but I think our game against Loyola was better than Manhattan, so we’re making steps toward getting better as a team we just have to keep progressing in a positive direction and we will start to pick up some wins,” said MacDonald, who led the Griffs’ offense with 17 points against Loyola. Morabito and Durham also scored in the double-digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Durham also had a career-high in rebounds, with eight. The losses drop the Griffs to 6-15 overall and 2-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Canisius is taking a positive approach into a four-game road trip that begins at 7 p.m. tonight when it plays at Saint Peter’s. “We’ve learned from these games,” MacDonald said. “We’ve watched the game film and now we’re preparing for Saint Peter’s on Friday where we will improve from our last two games.”
The women’s basketball team hopes to rebound this weekend with two crucial MAAC games.
Golisano announces sale of the Buffalo Sabres Sports Writer
At a press conference held at noon on Thursday in HSBC Arena, the ownership group of the Buffalo Sabres, Thomas Golisano, Larry Quinn, and Dan DiPofi, officially announced the sale of the team to billionaire Terry Pegula. Talk of an ownership change has been circulating since November, but it became official with the announcement. The purchase also includes the Buffalo Bandits. Pegula, who donated $88 million to his alma mater Penn State to fund a Division I men’s and women’s hockey program, purchased the Sabres for a total of $189 million; $14 million of that in liabilities. Even though the deal was made official, the NHL Board of Governors and the federal government need to approve the deal before Pegula takes full control of the team. Golisano and the rest of the ownership group were approached with a deal offering $70 million more than Pegula’s offer. However, Golisano turned it down as the prospective buyer wanted to relocate the franchise. Golisano was asked about the possibility of buying the
Buffalo Bills, but said he would only be interested if the team was in danger of being relocated. Larry Quinn, who has served two stints as minority owner of the team, will now cut ties with the Sabres and also the Erie Canal Harbor Development Project. DiPofi, the team’s Chief Operating Officer, will remain with the franchise for an indefinite period of time. The group also revealed that General Manager Darcy Regier’s two-year contract extension was signed before the season before final talks with Pegula had begun. It has also been reported that the new owner plans to retain Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff. The finalization of the deal by the NHL is expected to take place before the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 28.
Terry Pagula was named the new owener of the Buffalo Sabres
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Volume lxxxi Number 13
Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.
Conacher becomes Canisius’ all-time leading scorer with hat trick
Griffs take down Robert Morris after tough weekend in Colorado By Rich Lunghino Sports Writer
Senior forward Cory Conacher received a text message from Canisius alum Josh Heidinger Thursday morning, offering words of encouragement. Heidinger was the leading scorer in Canisius hockey history, one point ahead of Conacher going into last night’s game against Robert Morris. Heidinger told Conacher that he might as well go out and get a hat trick to break the record. And that’s exactly what he did. His third goal of the night would turn out to be the eventual game-winner as Canisius knocked off Robert Morris, 5-4, in a wild Thursday night game. For the first time in the last three outings, it was Canisius that took the early lead in the game. Freshman Patrick Sullivan jumped on a Robert Morris turnover and threaded a pass to Conacher, who ripped a one-timer top-shelf. Later in the period, the Griffs took a 2-0 lead when freshman Ryan Bohrer deflected a pass from Law in the top corner of the net. Then just two minutes later, Moser took advantage of another Colonial turnover in the neutral zone and ripped a shot from the left wing to gave Canisius a 3-0 lead, and chased Eric Levine, the Colonials’ starting goaltender from the net. The second period belonged to Robert Morris, which took the momentum after a power-play goal 13 minutes into the period when a shot from the point was deflected in the high slot and over Morrison’s glove. Three minutes later, the Colonials capitalized on a 3-on-2 rush when former Griff Adam Brace batted in the rebound after the initial chance. During a 5-on-3 power play for Canisius, Robert Morris was able to get the puck past the pinching Canisius pointman to Ron Cramer, who just coming out of the penalty box. He went in all alone on junior goalie Dan Morrison and made no mistake as he
pulled the puck to the backhand and slid it between Morrison’s legs to even the game at 3-3. Head coach Dave Smith was not happy in the second intermission after his team let a three-goal first-period lead get away. “[Coach] said that this game will determine the rest of the season for us,” Conacher said. “It will be the difference from being in the top three spots [in Atlantic Hockey] or down in the bottom.” The Colonials carried the energy into the third period, scoring only 1:04 into the frame. However, 21 seconds later, Conacher scored his second of the game to pull the Griffs even at 4-4 by finishing off a crosscrease pass from senior Eric Rex, passing Heidinger in career points. The senior was not finished. Halfway through the period, Conacher broke into the slot from the half-wall and flipped a backhand into the net for his 18th goal of the season, giving Canisius a 5-4 lead. Morrison made key saves down the stretch and also received a little help from the post when Colonials defenseman Denny Urban fired a one-timer from the point that rang off the iron. That was the closest Robert Morris would come to tying the game and Morrison finished the night with 31 saves for his sixth win. “We were down 4-3 in the third and the guys kept going and that’s what made us win that game,” Conacher said. “It was a team effort tonight and hopefully on Saturday we don’t slump down in the second period like we did today.” The Griffs also flew out to Colorado last weekend for two games against AHA foe Air Force. The series yielded a 0-1-1 record against the Falcons. Canisius tied Air Force in the first game of the series, 4-4. It was the 11th overtime game the Griffs have played this season. After the Falcons took a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Griffs scored three straight in the second frame to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Preston Shupe scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season, and junior Scott Moser added a tally in the three-goal outburst. Air Force added a power play tally at the 15:33 mark on Jacques Lamoureux’s second of the game. Early in the third, Moser scored his sec-
ond of the game to give Canisius a 4-3 lead. His two-goal effort in the game was a career high for the forward. The Falcons tied the game on another power-play goal with about eight minutes to go in regulation. Air Force held a slight edge in shots in the overtime, but neither team broke through with a goal. Morrison had a fantastic game, making 44 saves as the Griffs were outshot 48-29. The special teams, however, were a huge factor in the outcome of the game a s A i r Force scored three times on the manadvantage, w h i l e Canisius scored once on four tries. Air Force took the second game in regulation, 3-2, which was another hardfought contest by both teams. The Falcons scored the first goal of the game 2:18 into the first period, only to see freshman Taylor Law tie the game for the Griffs on the power play two
minutes later. After a scoreless second period, Lamoureux made his mark on the game, scoring two goals 1:56 apart to give Air Force a 3-1 lead in the third period. Conacher scored his 15th goal of the year on a power play with about eight minutes remaining in the game. The Griffs outshot Air Force 15-8 in the third period, but were unable to get the equalizer. Freshman Tony Capobianco made 23 saves in his second loss of t h e season. Canisius will have a rematch with Robert Morris tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
Cory Conacher now holds the Canisius scoring record with 133 points. Kristen Victor
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