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Friday, October 28, 2011 Volume LXXXII Number 6

Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

The lives she touched, the memories she left Art history professor Justine Price’s lasting impact

By Jonathan Beck News Editor

Justine Price, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at Canisius College passed suddenly Monday, Oct. 24, according to an e-mail sent to the undergraduates by Dean of Students Terri L. Mangione, Ph.D. Her absence does not go unnoticed on campus. Many students talk about how they just saw her the other day – even more are missing her deeply. Dr. Price was a young professor who received her master and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Her sudden passing leaves behind her mother, father, stepmother and younger sister. Sophomore Abby Fronckowiak discussed the first time she met Price while at Tim Horton’s meeting with some of the girls going to Poland with her for a service immersion trip that summer. “We were at a meeting and she just came by and sat at the table with us. I had no idea who she was, but she was so excited to go to Poland – and then immediately ran off to her office!” she laughed. Abby, like the other girls who went to Poland – and so many of Price’s students – quickly became close with the art historian. “Poland is a magical place,” Abby explained. “You go and

you live with kids for three weeks in an orphanage and pretty much are just like their parents.” She explained that the kids called the Canisius students “cioca,” which means aunt in Polish and is pronounced cho-cha. “Justine was like the cioca of the ciocas.” During that time, the girls got to learn a lot about Price, who was very reserved at first. But through reflection sessions and sharing so many life-altering experiences, they quickly became close. What became quickly evident to Abby and the others was Price’s absolute adoration of her younger sister, a senior in high school. “She loved her sister so much,” explained Abby. Price’s younger sister is touted as a phenomenal musician and, according to faculty who were close to Price, is currently preparing to apply to study music in college. “Justine loves to brag about her,” said Abby, seeming uneasy about talking about Price in the past tense. “She would go on and on about her sister’s concerts.” Perhaps Price’s fondest fans were those whose love for hockey she shared. She was an avid fan of the Golden Griffin Hockey Team. “Canisius just lost someone special,” tweeted junior Nick Veronica, sports editor for The Grif-

fin. “Say a prayer today for the family of Dr. Justine Price.” Recent graduate, Dylan Menguy ’11, sent his regards from Washington, D.C., where he is currently participating in a year of service. “My favorite professor and friend Dr. Justine Price died today. Canisius College lost a marvelous woman, as did the entire world.” Those students are not alone in the grieving process. At a prayer service Monday night in Christ the King Chapel, students from all walks of lives came together with faculty to honor the memory of the late Justine Price. “It was beautiful,” said Abby. Three groups seemed to be best represented at the service: the girls who travelled to Poland with Price, the Kairos teams she led for campus ministry and the hockey team. At one touching moment, one of the hockey players took to the front of the chapel to share some thoughts on Price’s passing. He explained that although Price didn’t seem to know a lot about hockey and the hockey team didn’t know a lot about art, it was a good relationship, one that he would miss. Michael Tunney, S.J. also spoke that night. He recalled a poster on the back of Price’s office door about teaching students to pray in a secular way – that, he said, was her mantra. Abby only knew Price for a short time,

but already they were extremely close. “I would just go into her office and just hang out, and I remember seeing her in the hall and I’d give her a hug,” Abby said, her eyes watering up and she swallowed before continuing. “I would see her in the hall and just yell out, ‘cioca!’ She always had a big hug for me,” Abby explained as her voice broke. Monday was difficult for a lot of people; Price had many friends on and off campus, and it seems that so many of her students held a special place in their hearts for her. “I will always be one of her ‘Philosopher Kings in Training,’” said sophomore Anthony Kroese, who took her Honors Western Tradition class, “since that is what she always referred to us as.” “She was one of the most amazing people I have ever ran into.” As the days wear into nights, Abby’s thoughts often turn to Price. But she likes to remember the fond moments, too. She recalled one story when the van they were travelling with in Poland began to roll down a hill, and another when she passed out from exhaustion in a street in Poland and Price kept checking in on her throughout the night to make sure she was okay. Abby laughed, a genuine smile arching across her face. “She’s a huge part of my life.” See statements from other students on page 2.

Canisius athletes to try out for U.S. Olympic team By Nick Veronica Sports Editor

It’s a weekday afternoon in midOctober when an ambulance turns down Hughes Ave. and pulls up at the not-so-off-campus residence of a Canisius athlete. The faint ‘wee-ooh’ of a siren must belong to some other ambulance on the streets around campus. This one remains silent, with its lights on but not flashing. This isn’t a real emergency. The paramedic behind the wheel is a friend of the roommate of the athlete who’s just having a little bit of difficulty. Synchronized swimmer Jessica Grogan was rushing to an interview yesterday when she put her national finalist ring for division one synchronized swimming on the wrong hand. It’s stuck, and today her finger is swollen and turning purple. She’s tried everything from soap to butter to oil to get it off but hasn’t had any luck. When hot water didn’t work, she tried cold water. Nothing. Now it’s time for the paramedics to give it a shot. Teammates Missy Andrews and Jessica Mancini haven’t heard every detail of this story yet, only pieces, but none of it surprises them. That’s just Grogan being Grogan, they say. She laughs at this because she knows it’s true; in fact, she’s the first to admit it. Grogan’s better in the water than she is on land, they tease. But they’re only half kidding. It’s partially true because she can be a bit clumsy at times, but mostly because she’s so incredibly good in the water. All the Canisius swimmers are. The paramedics end up having to cut the ring and then pry it off her finger. It’s slightly embarrassing, yes, but aside from a little blood loss and the mark Grogan will have on her left hand for the next few days, this incident won’t cramp her style too much. The Canisius senior can always put on her other national finalist ring. Canisius synchronized swimmers are good. National finalist rings taken into account, swimming for the Griffs means those swimmers see Synchro page 2

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were good enough to make one of the four Division I synchro teams in the country. Wearing those rings means they were good enough to place at nationals, and for Grogan, Andrews and Mancini, placing as high as they did means they are good enough to earn an invitation to United States Olympic tryouts. “When I was little, when I first started, I was like, ‘I’m going to be an Olympian. I’m going to be the Olympic soloist,’” Mancini said. “Everyone thinks that when you’re little and you first start out – ‘I’m going to be the best of the best.’ Then you get a little older and you go to more elite competitions and reality starts to set in. There’s these girls who move to California, get homeschooled and train eight hours a day. I don’t. I go to a normal school,

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I live on the east coast, I don’t have that kind of pool time or money to train or [that kind of] coaching staff, so you think it’s not possible. So this is never something I thought would actually happen.” “I didn’t think it was even a possibility,” Andrews added. “It was kind of mentioned last year – if you get a certain score, you can qualify for Olympic trials – but I didn’t think we were going to qualify…” Synchronized swimming isn’t the easiest sport to get in to. For starters, you have to be a strong swimmer, something most children are not. After that, it takes a little bit of luck. None of the three girls had mothers or sisters who pushed them into the water. Andrews’ story is the simplest: bored with being miles ahead of all the other swimmers, she jumped at the chance to try something new. After attending a synchro meet with her sister, she was sold. Jess Mancini’s babysitter was one of the top swimmers on her club team back home. When your babysitter is your neighbor and her mom is the coach, things have a way of falling into place. Then, of course, there’s Grogan, who remembers every detail: “I was in Old Navy and I remember standing on the big – remember how they used to have the big world? I was standing on that and I saw one of my friends at that mall and she was telling me about how she did it and I told my mom I wanted to try it. [My friend] quit maybe two weeks later, but here I am.”

Jessica Grogan, Missy Andrews and Jessica Mancini.

Twelve years and two rings later, here she is, qualifying for Olympic trials by way of her performance in the solo competition. While collegiate synchronized swimming has four events – team (eight members), solo, duet and trio – the only way to qualify for the Olympic tryouts is through a solo performance or duet, like Andrews (a junior) and Mancini (a sophomore) teamed up to do. There is no Olympic trio. Approximately 50 women will compete for nine roster spots when the tryout commences Nov. 10 in Greensboro, N.C. The first round of cuts will be made at 1 p.m. on Nov. 12 and only the top 30 will advance. By 10 p.m. that night, more cuts will be made and only the top 14 swimmers will remain. The third tryout phase will last until Nov. 15, when the final roster will be announced at 7 p.m. How much has Canisius helped the girls get where they are now? The trio answer almost in unison. “A ton.” “A ton.” “So much.” “I’ve gotten so much better in the past three years than I ever imagined I could,” Andrews said. “Going to any other school would have been four more years of the same stuff and this has really taken it to another level... Going to Olympic trials is more than I could have ever expected from myself. I don’t think I could have done it through another school.” When Mancini was in middle school

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and high school, her coaches suggested she check out collegiate nationals if they were anywhere around where she lived. They wanted her to see this level of competition and how incredible it is. “My coach and my entire team would go together and we’d watch Canisius swim and that’s what really made me come here. [My coach] made me come to a meet and I watched them swim and I was in complete awe of how amazing they were. And I ended up thinking to myself, ‘Well, I have to come here now. I have to be a part of that.’” Wild success stories or not, the team still isn’t sure it fits in on campus, but this opportunity will help. “Synchro’s obviously not the most popular sport here… we’re kind of used to hearing it’s not a sport, it’s like cheerleading in the pool,” Andrews said. “It’s really nice to know that even though people say what they want about synchro, they’re not going to Olympic trials.” All three girls say they’re long shots at making the team, but then again, none of them thought getting invited to try out was possible, either. This experience is something they will keep with them forever. Mrs. Andrews passed on the story of her time at U.S. Olympic gymnastics tryouts to Missy, and Missy is sure she’ll pass this story on to her children when that time comes. The synchronized swimming team’s unofficial motto this year is to get rings. But with the Olympic event kicking off Aug. 5 in London, here’s one better: get medals.

Remembering Justine Price, professor of art history Five years ago I was a timid freshman struggling to adapt to a life away from home in an environment that seemed so foreign to me. The first week of classes proved to be rather overwhelming and to this day I do not know where I would be had it not been for Dr. Justine Price’s thoughtful words and helpful direction. Since the first day I stepped into her classroom Dr. Price was there to lend her support and guidance. Her passion for the Arts and teaching continue to inspire and motivate all who were blessed to have known her. Thank you, Dr. Price, for having faith in me and sharing so many unforgettable moments. Eric Koehler ‘10 Justine, as she let us call her on Kairos XXXIII, was my Kairos small group leader. During that short weekend, she helped more than one person find their way, including myself. Most importantly, she kept that bond going outside of Kairos. Her love was never-ending, and her smile and enthusiasm will be missed. Jamie Hitro ‘13

Justine Price was an amazing woman and led my wonderful team in Poland this year at the orphanage in Zmiaca. Her smile and generosity inspired all of us and she helped get us through an incredibly difficult yet rewarding experience. Whenever we felt homesick or upset about something we learned about our children’s lives, Justine was the first one to comfort us and encourage us to keep going. While on our three and a half week journey in Poland, Justine was the closest thing we had to a mom. I appreciate everything she did for us and am so incredibly sad to have lost such a selfless and amazing person in my life. Courtney Springer ‘11 I had the pleasure of being on Kairos XXXVI with Justine Price and having her for Western Traditions II last semester. She was so nice and genuinely cared about me. Her smile brightened my day whenever I saw her. I would joke with her about how she was my favorite teacher, and if I didn’t mention it, she would. I could tell that she really cared about me and that meant the world to me. Andrew Murty Genco ‘14


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Beyond ThE Dome

With Muammar Gaddafi killed before trial, questions of justice remain

By Amanda Gabryszak News Writer

Muammar Gaddafi is dead. Libya’s dethroned dictator was killed while attempting to escape from the besieged city of Sirte in Libya on Oct. 20. His death follows eight months of protest and civil war against his regime. Before his death, Gaddafi was found hiding in a drain beneath a highway. Although Libyan rebels claim that he was killed in crossfire, a video on the Internet reveals that he was detained and killed by the rebels who captured him. His cause of death remains unclear. The bloody end to the Libyan Civil War led to controversy; graphic videos and images of Gaddafi’s body were revealed and his body displayed in a meat market. While Libyan rebels are thrilled that their revolution has ended and their dictator deposed, questions remain about the ethics of the National Transitional Council, Libya’s U.N. accepted government. With the end of the revolution as bloody as the beginning, people cannot help but wonder what is in store for Libya in the coming months. In Libya, however, it is a time of celebration. The people see themselves as free; their former dictator who killed thousands is dead. “We can definitely say that the Gaddafi regime has come to an end,” said United States President Barack Obama in a state-

ment. “The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted, and with this enormous promise the Libyan people now have a great responsibility to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Gaddafi’s dictatorship.” The Libyan Civil War was prompted by protests that began in February of this year. After Gaddafi demanded that the protests end, the participants became violent and demanded the right to rule their own government. Before Gaddafi’s removal from power, Libya was nominally a direct democracy that installed Gaddafi as a figurehead ruler, but actual democratic freedoms were few and far between. The government was run solely in accordance to Gaddafi’s Green Book that provided the law based on the dictator’s ideology. Despite Libya’s high unemployment rate, Gaddafi’s regime did well on the Human Development Index. In fact, it provided its citizens with free education and healthcare, housing aid and fresh water. However, according to the 2009 Freedom of the Press Index and Freedom House, Libya ranked fourth-last of 195 countries in regards to free speech rights. The only countries that fell beneath it in ranking were Burma, Turkmenistan and North Korea. Television and education alike were highly censored and the government often executed the people who chose to speak out against Gaddafi’s regime. Furthermore, speaking in English or French was not al-

lowed and talking to foreigners about politics carried a hefty three-year prison term as a consequence. During the very beginning of the revolution, Gaddafi attempted to impose a blackout on the Libyan people. Eventually, violence ensued. Gaddafi threatened to execute members of his own army that did not fire on the protestors. He told the public that dissenters were influenced by hallucinogenic drugs. Despite all of his efforts, the protests continued, invigorated by Gaddafi’s suggestions and statements. When Gaddafi’s loyalists began using the air force as means of attack, the U.N. declared Libya a no-fly zone in order to minimize casualties. Eventually, government officials began to resign. The United Nations accepted the National Transitional Council as Libya’s government on Sept. 16, officially denouncing Gaddafi’s regime. By the time Gaddafi was found in a sewer, he was beat up, bleeding and begging for mercy. “Now you know pity,” replied one of his captors. NATO announced that its military mission in Libya would end on Oct. 31, marking the end of the Libyan revolution

and NATO intervention. “I’m very proud of what we have achieved, together with our partners,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels. Neighbors in the Middle East hope that authoritarian regimes can learn a lesson or two from Libya. Still, some uneasiness continues to resonate about Gaddafi’s death. “It’s not acceptable to kill a person without trying him,” said Louay Hussein, a Syrian opposition figure in Damascus. “I prefer to see the tyrant behind bars.” While the world waits to watch Libya develop in the coming months and years, a successful victory for the Arab Spring resonates in the heart of the Libyan people.


News Of The Weird ENGLAND - London Fashion Week usually brings forth a shock or two from cutting-edge designers, but a September creation by Rachel Freire might have raised the bar: a floor-length dress made from 3,000 cow nipples (designed to resemble roses). Initial disgust for the garment centered on implied animal abuse, but Freire deflected that issue by pointing out that the nipples had been discarded by a tannery and that her use amounted to “recycling.” The 32-year-old Freire, who has worked with mainstream entertainers such as Christina Aguilera, was kept so busy with the animalabuse angle that she was largely spared having to explain another issue -- why anyone would want to wear a dress made with cow nipples. SWEDEN - Artificial meat (grown in a test tube from animal stem cells) has been theoretically planned for about 10 years, but a European Science Foundation audience in September heard predictions that lab-grown sausage might be available as soon as next year. The meat is produced in sheets (“shmeat”) and would be prohibitively expensive at first, in that the largest specimen produced so far measures only about one inch long and a third of an inch wide. The biggest drawback facing artificial muscle tissue: that even labgrown muscles require exercise to prevent atrophy. GERMANY - Turned down once before, liquor manufacturer EFAG convinced a Federal Patent Court in September to award trademark protection to its schnapps with the brand name Ficken, which in German translates directly into what in English is known as the F word. The court acknowledged that the name is unquestionably in poor taste but is not “sexually discriminatory” and does not violate public morals. In fact, the court noted, the word is widely used in Germany. (In March 2010, the European Union trademarks authority granted a German brewery the right to call its beer “F****** H***” -- the first word of which is the actual name of an Austrian village and the second a German word referring to light ale). NORTH CAROLINA One would think the robber of a gas station would consider filling the tank before fleeing. However, Moses Gift, 47, was arrested in September in Winston-Salem and charged with robbing the Huff Shell station -- shortly before running out of gas a short distance away.

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Buffalo and the nation still ‘occupied’ News Writer

Their message is still the same as it was in September: We are the 99% of people, we are the people who have been misrepresented by our government and would like to be heard. From coast to coast, tents are springing up at business centers in cities of all sizes with ‘Occupy Wall St.’ solidarity protests. Some protests have been greeted with violence, such as Occupy Oakland, where Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen had been hit in the head with a reported tear-gas canister. According to the varying media reports, though he was at one point on a respirator, he is now in a stable condition. Despite the violence elsewhere, one source says that the police in Buffalo, as well as the mayor have been accommodating and supportive of the ‘Occupy’ cause.

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Square for 19 days. “It’s the longest camping trip I’ve ever been on,” he said. “I love it.” The movement, the unity and the shared belief that the people representing the 99% in Buffalo can make a difference. He also cited the kindness of the people involved. About fifty people camp out weeknights, with numbers spiking on the weekdays. Spirits are high as the weather is turning rougher, and protestors are not giving up. Specific roles have been allocated to the protestors in residence that can be determined by different-colored head, neck, and wrist bands. Media workers wear purple, sanitation workers wear yellow, facilitation workers in blue and food workers sport green. Healthcare workers are identified by the red cross they wear. There are two large tents on site. The one accommodates to

and hot coffee. Inside the food tent is a large poster with instructions on how to stay warm and how to treat wounds. The environment is kept clean and friendly. At a general assembly meeting on Oct. 27, members of the protest worked on how to welcome new people to the protest as numbers continue to grow. A couple of dogs lay contentedly by their masters. The people sitting in the circle discussing the protest ranged from older and well dressed to younger, slightly scruffier college students. Members are also looking to save up to attend Occupy Wall Street. Despite the cold and the snow that will be moving in shortly, the protestor mentioned above mentioned no plans to leave anytime soon. “[We’ll be here] until we change the world,” he said. Amanda Gabryszak/The Griffin

School of Education receives $1.4 million grant Funding aimed to improve special education programs

By Dan Ludwig News Writer

An offering of free money would pique anyone’s interest – especially when that offer is in the amount of $1.4 million. That’s why so many heads turned last week when the Canisius College School of Education and Human Services received a grant for that exact amount from the U.S. Department of Education. To date, it is the largest award received by the School of Education and Human Services. That being said, Canisius should not expect a garbage bag full of $100 bills to be dropped off outside of President Hurley’s door. The grant is being offered over a five-year period and was given to the school with a specific directive. The Department of Education hopes that the college will use the money to expand the curricula and field experiences of special education and childhood education programs at both the undergraduate

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and graduate levels. The donation from the U.S. Department of Education is called the Special Education Pre-Service Program Improvement Grant and will be used to support the JUSTICE Project at Canisius. JUSTICE is an acronym for Justice for Underserved Students: Teacher Preparation in Inclusive Classroom Environments. Research that the grant funds will look into what is needed to teach both graduate and undergraduate education majors how to bring about the best outcomes for students with “high incidence” disabilities. The term “high-incidence” refers here to emotional disturbance, learning disabilities and/or intellectual disabilities. With the grant money, a team of researchers from Canisius will do qualitative and quantitative research in both the classroom and the field. Through classroom research, the obejctive is to revise the coursework for education majors to better prepare those students to instruct high-need children. Through

field research, investigators will look to more effectively organize student’s on-site work with high-need children. Nationwide, only nine schools are being funded by the government grant. Michael J. Pardales, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Human Services at Canisius, commented on the honor of being selected for the grant. “To be rated as one of the top applicants among this very qualified pool speaks to the determination and commitment of our faculty to find the resources to build upon the School’s K-12 special education teacher preparation program and ensure that its graduates are fullycredentialed to serve children with disabilities,” said Pardales. While Canisius should be grateful for the prestige that the grant brings, the national recognition also carries with it a certain sense of duty - $1.4 million is not exactly loose change. With the onus of responsibility in mind, several accountability measures have

been set up to ensure that the grant money is being used correctly. Marya Grande, Ph.D., the chief investigator of the grant, commented on this sense of obligation. Grande explained that the research team must “ensure that the money is used in the way that we have proposed and that we demonstrate the desired outcomes…and to contribute as much as possible to increased student outcomes in our local schools.” The School of Education of Human Services looks to use the publicity and opportunity that the grant provides as a springboard for further opportunities. Pardales elaborated on the potential that comes from such an opportunity. “[A grant like this] can pave the way for acquiring additional grants or serve as the launching pad for new initiatives. This grant is a tremendous opportunity that I hope is the first of many great projects in which School of Education and Human Services will be engaged.”









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More than attention, we need to give Buffalo a chance The National Trust For Historic Preservation brought its annual “National Preservation Conference” along with over 3,000 visitors to the city of Buffalo last week. It was a chance for the city to showcase both its landmark architecture and warm, inviting hospitality to visitors from across the globe. For many, the conference culminated in a screening of “Buffalo: Unscripted”, a documentary compiled of man-on-the-street style interviews with residents of the Queen City giving their honest opinions on the state of the city they call home. “Unscripted” quickly developed a theme of overcoming the “Rust-Belt” moniker that Buffalo has been riddled with since the collapse of America’s industrial economy. It was abundantly clear from the

plethora of interviewees, including small business owners and preservation enthusiasts, that Buffalo is trying valiantly to shed this image and emerge with a new identity: one that embraces the past while looking forward to the future. What stuck out the most throughout the course of the film was not what needed to be done to accomplish this, but rather, who needed to do it. The people interviewed in the film are the ones doing their best to make their mark on the city; business owners, city planners and preservationists among others. In a way, they were aware that their time to impact change was shifting to a new generation. They called upon the youth, the city’s college students, to really make a difference in the next few years.

Canisius College: an open-minded community Alexandrea Peters I still remember the first time I ever heard of Canisius College, when I received a letter inviting me to visit the campus. I saw the word “Jesuit,” cringed and threw the unopened letter in a pile with the many other rejects. I had endured enough criticism from religious people to last a lifetime, and I had no desire to be surrounded by such people for another four years. It didn’t help that the most religious people I knew back home were constantly shoving their beliefs down my throat. I was on the student council for the Gay and Straight Alliance at my school and invested a large part of my free time in it. I remember I had a Christian friend who had to go to the GSA room for homeroom and when she found out that the club was meeting in there she was literally terrified of going in. Thanks to this and various other experiences, I had it in my head that a Catholic school would be just more of the same close-minded discrimination. A month or so before applications were due, a friend of mine mentioned that she was applying to Canisius. She was a wise, open-minded individual and I figured that if she was considering Canisius then it must be pretty good. I did what many high school seniors would probably never do: I read a ten page speech about the importance of a Jesuit college education that was posted on the website. Though it had some dull moments, overall I felt like I was beginning to understand the true concepts that separate a Catholic education from a Jesuit education. After I snooped around the site a bit more, I stumbled upon Unity, the College’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Seeing the information on the group site and discovering how open-minded the school was, I decided to

give it a chance. I never expected Unity to have so many members or be in a community that wasn’t afraid to show their support for LGBTQ issues. I never expected Jesuit priests to tag themselves in Unity pictures on Facebook, or to have over 500 National Coming Out Day T-shirts sold on campus. It seems too good to be true. So here I am, almost a year later, absolutely blown away by how lucky I am. Each year my high school participated in National Coming Out Day, but it was nothing like the event at Canisius this year. Seeing my peers decked out in red, along with the many members of the faculty and staff who were proudly showing their support, made me feel like I belong at this school. I know there are those who have something negative to say about NCOD. There are some that believe that a Catholic college should not be supporting people with differing sexualities. To those people, I feel the need to point out that growing up is about becoming a mature accepting adult, not a closed-minded individual. I’m not saying you have to break out the rainbow flag or something like that, but if Canisius has taught me anything, it’s that a lot can be missed if someone refuses to give others a chance. I was so quick to judge this school based on its religious affiliation and my own past experience with religion that I almost missed out on a truly unforgettable experience. To those who stick their noses in the air and turn their heads away from equality: think of all the opportunities you’ll be missing out on by refusing to accept others for who they are. Put aside your prejudice and experience everything Canisius has to offer.

For many of us, plans for after college are still largely uncertain. Some have decided to brave the terrifying job market, while others are hoping to extend their collegiate experience with graduate school. Upon graduation though, the world is supposed to open up and our only limitations are our imaginations (and/or bank accounts). The film and the audience in attendance at the premiere screening, which included the filmmakers (who are not from Buffalo), Mayor Byron Brown and business owners from around the city, left a strong impression. Buffalo isn’t afforded many opportunities to pat itself on the back, but during the screening, the energy and drive for making the city the best it can be was infectious. The audience erupted in applause

every few minutes when, for example, someone on-screen called for less talk of Bass-Pro and more work on community development. Everybody’s cause was a worthy one and it was a nice thing to see residents put aside differences like zoning codes and food-truck fights to indulge in complimenting one another for once. It was living, breathing proof that there are people in Buffalo that haven’t given up just yet. Leaving Buffalo after graduation is a tantalizing prospect and possibly an easy decision for one to make, as there are exciting things just down the road. It deserves more attention than we may give it though. The city’s future is very much dependent on the young people that are studying, working and living in it right now.

Best Sellers: “Harry Potter” vs. the Bible Morgan Rodriguez Many critics of the “Harry Potter” series claim that it is sinful to read. They claim that those who do must be devil worshipers. However, if one looks closer into the series, one will find that “Harry Potter” is far from being the devil-worshiping book series that some say it is. The characters, chapters and overall messages of the books are, in fact, biblical and rooted in Christian ideals. Christians will find their fundamental values intertwined with the overall plot of the stories. They are your basic good versus evil plots with their own unique twists. J.K. Rowling, a Christian herself, admits that the books are not meant to contain satanic ideals, but rather, the religious beliefs she has. The series is broken up into seven years at a magical school by the name of Hogwarts. Seven is a very important number in the Christian religion, especially in the coming of the apocalypse. Many Christians believe that there are seven signs or seven seals that directly precede the end of time. The books can be seen as drawing a parallel to the apocalypse. In the first book, we see Harry become aware of the presence of the evil Dark Lord, Voldemort. Voldemort even sports the name Lord, a title both he and the Devil wish to possess along with the power that comes with being the supreme ruler. He is therefore a version of the devil. Harry is forced to fight off this evil in order to save himself. Over the course of the next six years, Harry repeatedly comes in contact with the Dark Lord. Each time he is able to fight him and escape, knowing that a final battle will come some day, which will end with good or evil as the ultimate victor. The final battle in “Harry Potter” mimics how the apocalypse is portrayed.

The battle culminates with Harry giving up his life to save his friend, thus placing protection over them from Voldemort. Harry lives on to stand once more against the Dark Lord and finally defeat him, ending evil’s reign and bringing peace to the world. Jesus gave his life to protect all those He loved, and Harry did the same. In the end, both return for a final battle against evil and end up defeating it forever. “Harry Potter” also references the Bible. Along his journey, Harry comes across the phrase, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” This quote comes from 1 Corinthians 15:26. Later, he finds another: “Where your treasure is, there is your heart also,” from Matthew 6:21. Both quotes are taken from the Bible. The first refers to the coming of the apocalypse, while the second refers to values in life. Both quotes speak to the fundamental ideas presented by the series itself. The books teach youths in creative, imaginative ways about death and how to cope with it, as well as what values to hold in life. Harry shows those who read about his adventures that friendship and relationships are more important than worldly things. Harry was willing to give his life for his friends, just as Christ did in the Bible. The Bible teaches that we must be the example for the world to follow. Harry sets a great example by never asking others to do something that he would not do himself. These examples only touch upon the surface of “Harry Potter” and its connection to religion and the Bible. There are so many ways in which the two are intertwined. If we look beyond the basic plot and words on the page, we will see the deeper connection to life and religion.


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Kayleigh, junior

Andrew, junior

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Tyler, senior



“Scary movies.”

“Dressing up.”


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Limbaugh needs to do some fact checking Erin Kelly If you have been watching the news in the past week or so, you will know that President Barack Obama has ordered up to 100 United States military trainers into central Africa to help combat the Lord’s Resistance Army. Upon hearing of this, popular right wing radio show host Rush Limbaugh decided to make a few comments about what he thought of Obama’s decision, claiming that they have been sent in to fight and kill a “Christian group.” Live on his radio show, he stated, “…so that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda...” He then proceeded to list the objectives of the LRA, which included “getting rid of dictatorship” and stopping the “oppression of the people of Uganda.” He had apparently gotten the list of these objectives off of Wikipedia. While all of this sounds positive, in reality, Joseph Kony and his LRA have led a reign of terror on Uganda and surrounding countries for almost 20 years. Their list of offenses includes widespread torture and murder, the use of child soldiers and the capture of young women as sex slaves. In this same broadcast, Rush Limbaugh points out that not many people know who or what the LRA is, which is true. According to his website, his radio show is the most listened to show in the country and is broadcasted on over 600 different radio stations worldwide. So Limbaugh plays an important role here: he is supposed to educate the people on the LRA. Instead, he goes on Wikipedia, finds the first

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thing he can about the group and reads that out to the 600 stations that were currently broadcasting him, making the false claim that Obama has sent in troops to “combat other Christians.” Limbaugh should not have let his bias against Obama and his administration get in the way of reporting the truth. I am not a fan of Limbaugh or his show, but I know that he has the right to free speech and the right to dislike Obama if he chooses. He does not have the right, however, to broadcast unchecked facts as truths to thousands of people. For the people who had not heard of the LRA before this broadcast, the first image they got from Limbaugh is that they are an upstanding Christian group that has been fighting against an oppressive government, when in fact this is far from the truth. If Limbaugh still chooses to be against Obama’s decision after he has learned all the facts, then he can go right ahead; but I just ask that he has the truth about the matter first. If we, as college students, cannot use Wikipedia to write papers read only by our professors, then certainly Limbaugh should not have the right to do so, especially when so many people hear his show and he informs these listeners on vital issues. When he was corrected and told that the LRA had actually committed heinous crimes against their own people, he quickly said, “Well, we just found out about this today. We’re going to do, of course, our due diligence research on it.” Rush, maybe you should have done this “due diligence research” before you opened your mouth in the first place.

Meghan Burke It’s on the news and in the papers at least once a week: Americans are getting fatter and something needs to be done about it. Obesity reports, usually accompanied by images of waddling men, women and children are frequent enough to make even the least diet-conscious person more aware of what they eat. Naturally, when there is a health epidemic, be it polio or AIDS, the government is expected to act. Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program that targets children, parents and schools aims to raise awareness of America’s sedentary lifestyle and overindulgent eating habits. Driven by Mrs. Obama, food companies and the FDA are proposing “Energy Star”like ratings on food labels, calorie counts on restaurant menus and other ways to raise American’s awareness about what they are putting in their bodies. These sound like excellent ideas, one-third of Americans are obese, after all. However, while study after study indicates that most Americans ignore nutrition information on labels and menus, there is an overlooked and often-silent segment of the population that takes nutrition information very seriously. Those who are trying to or have recovered from eating disorders may not welcome the highly visible calorie counts on restaurant menus and food products. Ten million Americans, mostly adolescent and college-age females suffer from some form of an eating disorder. While the term “eating disorder” encompasses both under and overeating, the under-eaters or the “anorexics” are those most affected by the calorie counts on packages. I speak from my own experience as a person who had anorexia nervosa and

continues to live with the “triggers” of the disorder everyday. It is not always about body image. Sometimes it is about control and calories offer a way to control one’s life. Many anorexics obsessively look up and memorize the calories in nearly every food they eat. Even now, though I consciously try not to notice calorie counts in restaurants like Panera, I find myself looking for the lowest-calorie items on the menu to create a meal. I can tell you off-hand the number of calories in a medium cream and sugar coffee at Tim Horton’s (115) and in a small Dairy Queen vanilla cone (230). Why? At one time I looked it up and committed it to memory the same way one memorizes a phone number. Grocery shopping is an overwhelming task for someone with anorexia. Calorie counts are analyzed, labels are checked, rechecked and checked again to ensure that you are getting the lowest calorie product possible. I argue that ratings and calorie counts prominently displayed on food packaging and labels creates a more difficult environment for those who scrutinize package labels to begin with, and will have no affect on those who do not pay attention now. Yes, getting Americans slimmed down and moving is important and eating healthful foods should be encouraged, but there are those predisposed to obsessing over food that are being ignored in the process. Before the government makes any major decisions about food labeling, I hope they consider the harm more prominent labeling may have on those who actually pay attention and what little affect it will have on the ones who actually need to heed the information.

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Does Libya’s liberation spell democracy for the Middle East? Aidan Ryan Muammar Gaddafi was killed after National Transitional Council forces took his hometown of Sirte last Thursday and Libya became a free nation, if not yet a functioning democracy. Now, as NATO forces prepare to leave and the NTC steps into the void left by Gaddafi’s regime, Libya is the single most important nation to watch on the world stage. NATO and the United States have learned many practical lessons from Iraq – one being the potential danger and decades-long burden of nation-building, and approached the war in Libya with these lessons in mind. However, one can see the potential for an unsupervised revolutionary government to become just as corrupt as the government it replaces. This has happened countless times throughout history and it is becoming increasingly clear that this is now the case in Egypt, which just a few months ago was a symbol for democracy in the Arab world. Egypt has now devolved into a military dictatorship that has been reluctant to hand over power. It has not satisfied the public’s cries for bringing Mubarak to justice, has maintained the structural core

of his government and actively persecutes Christians. The ruling military council pledged in March that it would hold a Presidential election in September, following a Parliamentary election earlier in the fall. Today, both elections have yet to occur, and the people have thus far failed to achieve their democratic aims. Egypt and Syria, where Bashar Assad continues to slaughter protestors while United Nations’ officials and world leaders do no more than wag their fingers at him, are proof that simple protest is not enough to overthrow dictatorial governments. Libya, on the other hand, is proof that revolution, supported by powerful and sympathetic nations, can work. In Libya’s case, the government is rightfully in the hands of those that called for its replacement. However, as can be seen in the hazy accounts of Muammar’s death, almost undoubtedly at the hands of overzealous revolutionaries, this new government is something of a loose cannon, with no leash held by the U.S. or NATO. Of course, the nations that supported the uprising could easily act to correct or even overthrow the new government if it abuses its new power or fails to live up to its democratic ideals. However, Assad, of

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Syria; Robert Mugabe, of Zimbabwe; Kim Jong Il, of North Korea; Omar al-Bashir, who continues to encourage genocide in Sudan; Ayatollah Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who suppressed protests after the insincere 2009 Presidential election in Iran; King Abdullah, who rules according to Medieval Sharia law, while refusing to crack down on Islamist terrorists; and Hugo Chavez, the dictator of Venezuela who recently called Gaddafi a martyr, continue to rule their respective nations unchallenged. Powerful democracies like the United Kingdom, France and the United States cannot simply wipe away tyranny and oppression with impunity; the cost is too great, and the watching world quick to jump to accusations of imperialism. These three nations, their hands tied by public opinion and a history of aggressive and unpopular action, will therefore approach Libya with restraint and will allow events to play themselves out. In the next few months, Libya is crucial to everything from Barack Obama’s reelection to the future of peace, democracy and modernization in the Middle East. It’s no coincidence that last Friday, just a day after Gaddafi was killed in Libya, Obama announced that all U.S. troops would leave

Iraq by late December. Of course there were other factors, namely the legal impunity of U.S. troops, but the move is consistent with Obama’s desire to be seen as a peacemaker and to have a winning record in the Middle East. Unfortunately, he has no such thing. Tensions remain between Sunni and Shi’a, between Israel and nearly every other nation in the Middle East, between Muslim and Christian and between native Africans and the dominant Arab populations. Most important is the tension between the forces of youth who start revolutions via Twitter calling for democracy, and the ancient regimes, embodied in Assad, King Abdullah and Egypt’s military rulers. These rulers call for more of the same: virtual theocracies rife with ethnic prejudice, corruption and rule of the strongest, meaning societies of silence and violence. Libya is the nation to watch. If the forces of youth and modernization win and Libya becomes the first true, functioning democracy in the region, created by the populace and not implanted by a mighty Western power, there might be hope for the Middle East.

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Buffalo State College 9:00pm: Turkuaz

Hard Rock Cafe 9:00pm: Misstallica & Rusted Bullet

Drive (R) Daily 5:20, 7:35, 9:40 SAT/SUN 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35, 9:40

Merge Restaurant 10:00pm: ReBop Sessions with DJs Critt, Zone, Cutler and Tone Mohawk Place 10:00pm: The Irving Klaws Annual Halloween Party with The Rabies and Pink Tiger Ninth Ward at Babeville 7:00pm: Chris Trapper with Kristin Cifelli Salvatore’s Italian Gardens 8:00pm: Cheryl Ferris, Steve Parisi, Joe Baudo, Ray Chamerlain, and Chris McGinley

Footloose (NR) DAILY 4:00, 7:05, 9:35 SAT/SUN 1:30, 4:00, 7:05, 9:35

Soundlab 10:00pm: Dia de los Muertos Costume Party presented by the Queen City Cartel. Music by Jon Kwest, Tiger, Medison, Arehouse and Swaggle Rock Town Ballroom 7:00pm: Brett Dennen with Jann Klose UB Lippes Concert Hall at Slee Hall 7:30pm: David Higgs

In Time (pg-13) DAILY 4:20, 7:15, 9:55 SAT/SUN 1:20, 4:20, 7:15, 9:55

saturday Anchor Inn 9:00pm: Halloween Party with costume contest and music by Seismic Urge Blue Lantern 9:00pm: 3rd Annual Halloween Party with music by Mike Buntich and Friends and costume contest Burchfield Penney Art Center 8:00pm: Vinzent Massi & The Revelation El Buen Amigo 4:00pm - 6:00pm: Vince Leone

Moneyball (pg-13) DAILY 4:10, 6:55, 9:50 SAT/SUN 1:15, 4:10, 6:55, 9:50

Kleinhans Music Hall 8:00pm: Chris Botti Returns Mohawk Place 8:00pm: Blitzen Trapper with The Smoke Fairies

Best-Seller List Fiction – Top 5 1. THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks 2. THE MARRIAGE PLOT, by Jeffrey Eugenides 3. SNUFF, by Terry Pratchett 4. THE AFFAIR, by Lee Child 5. SHOCK WAVE, by John Sandford

Non-Fiction – Top 5 1. KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard 2. BOOMERANG, by Michael Lewis 3. SERIOUSLY ... I’M KIDDING, by Ellen DeGeneres 4. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand 5. JACQUELINE KENNEDY: HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY, By Jacqueline Kennedy, Foreward By Caroline Kennedy

sunday Albright Knox Art Gallery 2:00pm: Houston Person Quartet

Paranormal Activity 3 (R) DAILY 5:40, 7:50, 9:55 SAT/SUN 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 9:55

Asbury Hall at Babeville 6:30pm: George Winston Left Bank 11:30am - 1:30pm: Jazz Brunch with Wayne Moose and Walt Sopicki Nietzsche’s 6:00pm: Ann Philippone Town Ballroom 8:00pm: MT Eden, Hxly, Medison and DJ Bittle

Puss In Boots (PG) DAILY 4:50, 6:50, 8:50 SAT/SUN 1:20, 4:50, 6:50, 8:50

The Thing (R) DAILY 4:15, 7:00, 9:25 SAT/SUN 1:45, 4:15, 7:00, 9:25

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LIFE & ARTS Much Ado About Something;

Little Theatre again successfully tackles Shakespeare By Ryan Wolf

Life and Arts Writer Canisius College’s Little Theatre has generally put on a Shakespeare play once each year throughout the several decades of its existence as the college’s oldest club. Although last year the drama club was unable to perform one, Little Theatre has made up for it with its current production of the Bard’s classic romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Cleverly directed by Eileen Dugan, “Much Ado About Nothing” deals with a series of misunderstandings and manipulations surrounding the pairing of lovers in Messina, Sicily during the 16th century. Don Pedro ( Joshua Robinson), prince of Aragon, arrives in Messina seeking hospitality. He successfully arranges for his friend Claudio (Albert Falcone) to marry Hero (Ashley Holmes), the daughter of Leonato (Alfred Runkel), governor of Messina. Don John (Tyler Ianuzi), the bitter bastard brother of Don Pedro, however, seeks to destroy the potential marriage by marring Hero’s reputation. All the while, the witty and quarrelsome pair of Benedick (Patrick Zicari) and Beatrice (Erin Mount) slowly learn to accept their love toward one another after being set up by other characters in the play. Although this all may sound overly complicated and chaotic, the play is presented in a clear and entertaining manner. Several visual and auditory gags bring an extra dimension to Shakespeare’s words, milking them for full comic potential. The scenes featuring the constable, Dogberry (Alexander Re), are especially memorable, incorporating a choir of kazoos and hilarious staging. Elsewhere, scenes in which Benedick and Beatrice spy on characters who know the pair is there and take the opportunity to deceive them are presented with a joyful, exaggerated, slapstick comic sensibility. The cast exhibits a profound sense of chemistry. All of the performers work together effectively and bounce off of each other well, producing a smooth and invigorating final product. The play also contains a lightly revisionist quality to it. It successfully switches the genders of some minor roles, adding more powerful and colorful female characters to the show. “Much Ado About Nothing” is not what its title suggests. Little Theatre does a commendable job of bringing Shakespeare to life in an accessible and enjoyable way that is very much “something” rather than nothing. From Matt Slazak’s elegant set design to Eileen Dugan’s fresh approach to staging, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a beautifully rendered production that continues Little Theatre’s rich tradition of strong Shakespeare performances.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Caricaturist... The war on Halloween Andrew Coddington Life and Arts Editor

It’s nearly November and that means one thing: Halloween. I’m going to come out right now and say it: I hate Halloween. I loathe Halloween. I want to take a knife to Halloween while it’s taking a shower, eat Halloween’s brains or convince Halloween to split up from the rest of the group and get cold psycho-chopped. Regrettably, Halloween is a holiday and not a person, so I have to content myself with gnawing on its day in my calendar.                       Now, you may be wondering,  “Mr. The Caricaturist, why do you hate Halloween so much?”  And I’m wondering, “How is an idiot like you even able to read this article?” It’s so perfectly obvious why Halloween is a menace. But I suppose I’ll spell it out for you. Halloween is, purely and simply, a pagan orgy fest completely counter to the values and ideals of not only our Catholic institution but also America. Also, Jesus. Let me begin with the first point: it’s pagan. Pagan pagan fo-fagan banana-nanabo-bagan – pagan. No dancing around that point. Carved pumpkins, stupid costumes, crappy horror shows, bite-sized candies… they’re all carryovers from despicable Celtic rituals and we all know that the Boston Celtics are pagans. Pagans, frankly, are complete idiots and come up with some of the worst ideas. How in the world can you even enjoy those bite-sized candies? I can’t even taste them they’re so small! Any way you slice, dice, or maim it, Halloween is trying to undermine our society. Kids who enjoy Halloween are engaging in this pagan tradition with the fun costumes and candy and they don’t even know that it’s all pagan! And worse, it’s socialist. The communist redistribution of candy is an egregious breach of freedom. Listen, princess, I’m not going to give you my candy just because it’s the last day in October. That’s my candy, and I’ve earned it. Why don’t you go out and work for your candy instead of lugging a pail across the neighborhood in the dark and cold. That’s why I only partake in wholesome Christian holidays. I’ll take eggnog, pretty Christmas trees and burning Yule Logs on the 25th of December over Halloween any day. Nothing pagan or socialist about Christmas – just the way I like it. Take the whole premise of Halloween: October 31st  is the day when the bound-

ary between the real and spirit worlds is the thinnest and the dead can magically walk among the living? Please. That’s absolutely absurd, ridiculous, inane and stupid. Dead people are dead, pure and simple. But believing that dead people can just waltz out of their graves is actually kind of sad in a moronic way. I just wish people could learn to enjoy holidays with firm grips on reality. Like All-Souls Day. Or Easter.            Granted, a bunch of people walking around in ridiculous getups, gorging on bite-sized candies and getting pumpkin guts under their fingernails isn’t really anything to worry about; however, Halloween is easily the most dangerous of holidays, and not only for the ideas it espouses. I’m talking real physical and psychological danger here. It’s bad enough that hooligans are granted a night to walk around my neighborhood, terrorize me with their Lady Gaga costumes and demand my sugary foodstuffs before continuing on to pillage my neighbors. But imagine if the creatures they dress up as somehow walk around the same neighborhood? Okay, yes, it’s unlikely Lady Gaga would be hanging out around my neighborhood Halloween night. But what if something more reasonable like a werewolf comes around? A simple “trick or treat” is all it would need to get you to open your front door and devour you. Or worse, what about a Snookie? If you’re as frightened as me about Halloween, you know the exact course of action necessary to defend yourself, your families and your bowl of candy. If someone comes to your door asking for candy this Monday, shoot them with a silver bullet. After all, it’s better to be safe than scary. image courtesy of google images


Friday, October 28, 2011

The best movies to watch around Halloween By Melissa Owczarzak Life and Arts Writer

It’s that time of year again: there are crisp, colorful leaves on the ground, carved pumpkins sitting on front porches, fake graveyard scenes on a neighbor’s front lawn and a surplus of costumes that come with the end of October. Although most people think of candy, dressing up and having parties around Halloween, one of the best parts of the holiday is the spooky and funny Halloween-themed shows and movies celebrating the day. One show that is a must-

watch for the Halloween season is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” starring the Peanuts characters. In this timeless Halloween story, Charlie Brown deals with a bad trick-or-treating experience, Linus and Sally wait in the pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin and Snoopy manages to get into his usual tricks. This show is not only full of humor and good stories sure to put you in a great mood, but it is also a traditional part of the Halloween celebration. The Disney channel original “Halloweentown” is another beloved movie that should be included in any Halloween movie marathon. In this film, Marnie, who has

always been interested in “weird” things (according to her younger brother), discovers that she has supernatural powers and comes from a line of witches. Just after learning about her special powers, she has to come to the aid of her mother and grandmother after someone tries to take over Halloweentown. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is another great Disney Halloween movie. Following the story of Jack Skellington as he discovers a portal in a tree leading to Christmas Town, the audience watches as Jack decides to try t o celebrate this newfound holiday with his Halloween Town. The

movie has a great soundtrack, loveable characters, a little bit of scare and a lot of fun. If you are looking for a lot of laughs on Halloween, then definitely watch “Young Frankenstein.” This humorous version of the classic story of Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frankenstein, who inherits his late grandfather’s house. When he travels to Transylvania to check on the property, he meets Igor and Inga, who accompany him to the estate. While there, he becomes interested in his grandfather’s work. When he tries to recreate the experiment, something very unexpected happens. Finally, Alfred Hitchock’s

“Psycho” is another scary movie perfect for Halloween. After embezzling money from her employer, secretary Marion Cane runs away and spends the night at an old motel. The motel is run by a man named Norman Bates and his mother. Startling events and murders take place after Marion’s visit, leading to an investigation with a surprise ending. Halloween is the perfect time to watch movies and shows dedicated to comedy and fright, which incorporate all the best parts of the holiday. These suggestions are just a small sample of films that can bring a little Halloween spirit into your celebration.

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‘Paranormal’ has too many tricks, not enough treats the third time around

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Sam Scarcello Editor in Chief

In just two short years, the “Paranormal Activity” series has done some incredible things. They’ve broken October box-office records and done so up against the most lucrative horror franchise of all time. The first film in the newly anointed go-to Halloween franchise toppled “Saw 6” on a reported $15,000 budget and grossed $193 million worldwide. The series’ second film’s budget rose to $3 million, still paling in comparison to “Saw 3D’s” $20 million budget while grossing more than $40 million more. This October, “Paranormal Activity 3” features a $5 million price tag, but is opening uncontested. Though some cite franchise fatigue, “PA” was, without a doubt, the deciding blow in the one-two punch that brought the most lucrative horror franchise, “Saw,” to an end. This year, the series’ biggest competition is an animated, swashbuckling cat, voiced

by Antonio Banderas. Melanie Griffith’s better half is surely a formidable foe, but audiences during Halloween are looking for one thing: scares. It’s something “Puss in Boots” probably won’t provide, given its target audience and something the “PA” franchise is built for. The first two films presented white-knuckle, edge-ofyour-seat thrills, but does the third hold up the franchise’s reputation? While there are some inventive ideas in “Paranormal Activity 3,” overall the film is a major step backward for the series. Aside from the warp back in time to 1988, the scares leave much to be desired and the messy plot raises more questions than answers. The film is set up as the origin story of the paranormal entity that haunted sisters Katie, from the first film, and Kristi, the second. Those hoping to learn why the girls are the demon’s target might not like where the film goes. Katie and Kristi live with their skeptical mother, Julie, and her boyfriend, Dennis, a wedding videographer. Fortunately, Dennis

has a lot of camera equipment lying around, so when he begins to hear weird noises in the house he busts them out and starts to record six hours of footage at a time. Remember it’s 1988. The franchises normal strategy of the slow reveal is thrown out the window this time around, as we receive an early glimpse of the demon after an earthquake in the middle of the night. It’s a neat effect and a little unexpected, but the film fails to carry through with this daring tactic. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the filmmakers behind last year’s controversial, real or fake documentary “Catfish,” are at the helm this time around. They devise a few clever camera tricks to mess with the viewer but the payoffs are too weak to support the effort. At one point, Dennis affixes one of his cameras to a rotating fan so he can monitor both the living room and the kitchen. The shot begins in the empty living room and slowly pans over to the kitchen where the babysitter is working on homework. It cycles back to the living

room, where a figure covered by a bed sheet is now standing still. The viewer’s eyes are fixated on the figure, but we know the camera won’t stick around long enough to see what it will do. Without ruining one of the film’s stronger moments, I’ll just say the babysitter probably won’t be back next time Julie and Dennis have date night. It was a fresh, clever take on the series’ found-footage approach, which I appreciated. Sadly the innovation was left to a few camera techniques. The plot is a muddled mess that doesn’t really lead into the timeline’s that the later films laid out. The original film had us believe that their childhood home burnt down, but there is no fire to be found in “PA3.” The finale of the film all but rules out that the girls lead a normal childhood. So much happens to the two little girls that it’s extremely hard to believe that they merely blocked it for 20-some odd years. Nearly every set up in the film leads to little or no payoff. The first two films were great because they

had the viewer squirming while the characters waited to confront the entity and once they did it was terrifying. This film has its moments of tension, but when they reach their climax, it’s too little too late. There’s also a sub-plot about a coven of witches thrown into the mix that has no place being in the franchise. It screws up the entire mythology and comes off as extremely dull. If its record-breaking numbers from last weekend are any indication, we’ll be seeing “Paranormal Activity 4” in theaters around this time next year. Hopefully the series can rebound by then, but much like the “Saw” franchise before it, it will take more than some creative visual tricks to stay fresh. Thankfully, the found-footage approach instantly rules out 3-D. While “Paranormal Activity 3” was a disappointment, the franchise is still two for three, which is better than most horror franchises can claim. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how far the creative team behind the series will go to keep things interesting.


Friday, october 28, 2011

On The Wing: Long-awaited win against RIT sweeter than most By Rich Lunghino Sports Copy Editor

When I came to Canisius, I learned more about the school’s rivalry with the Niagara Purple Eagles than I was originally aware of. Since my freshman year, I have grown a distaste toward purple, the Purple Eagle logo (seriously, a gradient?) and have even strayed away from using that unholy combination of red and blue in my Digital Media Arts projects. However, when it comes to hockey, one team stands above all the rest in terms of disdain: The Tigers of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Now some of you may say, “How dare he loathe a team other than Niagara!” My response would be as follows: Niagara is to Canisius what the Miami Dolphins are to the Buffalo Bills. It’s a longstanding rivalry filled with tradition, blowouts and tough contests. But for hockey anyway, RIT is like the New England Patriots. I interviewed forward Vinny Scarsella and defenseman Phil Rauch before the first game against RIT last season and they shed some more insight into the rivalry. The first thing Rauch brought up when asked about RIT was what went down on Feb 9, 2008.

That night, a total of 251 penalty minutes were issued in a melee that ensued in the third period with RIT holding a 3-1 lead. Just Google search “Canisius-RIT brawl” and you will see what I’m talking about. Fifteen players – eight from Canisius – were assessed penalties and there were four game disqualifications, the equivalent of a threegame suspension. Rauch was one of the four Canisius players suspended in the aftermath. Former Griffs goaltender and current equipment manager Taylor Anderson was also suspended for leaving the crease and skating the length of the ice to fight the Tigers’ goalie. RIT ended up taking the contest 4-1, but it would be the brawl that became the source of much animosity toward the Tigers. The next night on Feb. 10 at the Buffalo State Ice Arena, the Griffs took a 5-4 victory over RIT, a game in which Scarsella had a goal and an assist and fellow freshman Cory Conacher had a point. It was also the last time Canisius beat RIT. I’ll be honest. Leading up to last Thursday night’s game, I was less than optimistic about the Griffs’ chances. Before this season, the Griffs’ record against the Tigers in the Division I era was 4-14. Canisius was also outscored 74-41 in those games and were shut out four times. Before the move to Division I, the Griffs were 6-27-1. RIT had won eight straight against Canisius.

“Personally, I hate RIT more than Niagara. It’s something about going in there and [the behavior of] their fans,” Scarsella said last season. Given the history of losing and the hostility between the two teams, it’s no surprise he said that. The fans of the Tigers are just another reason to hate this team. Last year, Sports Editor Nick Veronica and I took a trip to RIT and witnessed their antics for ourselves. For one thing, it seemed like every single fan had an RIT jersey. Even the pep band wore RIT uniforms. When the Canisius starters were announced, the arena boomed with 2,100 voices yelling “You suck!” after each individual player’s name was broadcast over the arena’s PA system. At the end of the national anthem, the fans shout over “home of the brave” with “home of the Tigers” – even on road games, like at Buff State last week. Come on, we are all Americans here. That is the whole point of singing the Star Spangled Banner before sports contests. Even in the press box at Ritter Arena, the RIT media were making comments about how Canisius “struggles to get ice time” because of the offcampus rink. They even had a little blimp flying around the arena, which was sold out despite the game taking place on the last day of exams. Nobody went home early that week, they stayed through

to Friday night because it was the Canisius game. Fans in the arena, most notably RIT’s “Corner Crew,” were loud and obnoxious, and this didn’t change when a contingent made the trip to Buffalo State later in the season. So when last Thursday rolled around, I was expecting much of the same. The same obnoxious and borderline insane RIT fans and the same dominance by the team in orange and black. Unable to attend the first two periods, I bolted down the 198 after my night class to Buff State to find the game tied in the third period, 1-1. The Tigers just had a goal disallowed because of a high-stick and the large contingent of Canisius fans were going bananas. Nick updated me on how the team was playing, that senior goalie Dan Morrison was standing on his head and that RIT was playing their backup netminder instead of starter Shane Madolora, who’s career statistics are something out of NHL ’12. Junior Preston Shupe had tied the game on a power play in the second period after RIT took a 1-0 lead early in the first period. It wasn’t long until senior Scott Moser buried a centering pass from sophomore Taylor Law on a 2-on-1 rush to give Canisius the lead. I took a look to my right side at the RIT fans. They were all standing with blank expressions on their faces – priceless.

There was still a little over five minutes left in the game, plenty of time for RIT to get the equalizer. However, Morrison and the Griffs were able to hold off RIT and when sophomore Kyle Gibbons potted the empty-netter, there was no question that Canisius was finally going to beat them. The final horn sounded and the place went crazy, but the happiest ones were the players, especially seniors Moser and Morrison who had never beaten RIT in their careers. There is no question that the Tigers underestimated Canisius, and how couldn’t they? The Griffs were welcoming 12 freshman, their top two all-time scorers were departed and they were picked to finish ninth in the 12 team Atlantic Hockey conference. It was evident that Canisius was ready to play. After practice the day before the win, Moser didn’t hesitate when I asked him which games he was looking forward to most this season: “Tomorrow.” This is a different Canisius team. Whether they will be better or worse than in years prior remains to be seen. But in a year where the Bills beat the Patriots and the Griffs beat RIT, it seems like anything is possible.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Women’s soccer

swimming and diving

Reinwald makes history on trip By Ed Lupien Sports Writer

In a memorable weekend that featured senior forward Kelly Reinwald becoming the women’s soccer program’s all-time points leader, the Golden Griffins played to a pair of ties in the last road trip of their regular season campaign, drawing Siena 1-1 on Friday and 2-2 at Marist on Sunday. In hopes of snapping a twogame skid, the Griffs took the field Friday afternoon against the Saints of Siena in Loudonville, N.Y. The first half did not bode well for the Griffs, as they were outshot 8-2. But sophomore defender Adrianna Suk gave the visitors hope in the late stages of regulation as she netted the first goal of her collegiate career in response to a Siena score four minutes earlier in the 80th minute of play. The score came off a corner kick from Reinwald, who tied former Griff Kris Moller as the program’s all-time leader with 103 points on the assist. Canisius would have a limited number of scoring opportunities during the rest of the match. One of the chances came in the 106th minute when a header from Reinwald was blocked by the Siena goalkeeper. The match saw the debut of sophomore Megan Tock as the team’s number one goalkeeper. Tock was started in favor of senior Caroline Robert with whom head coach Jim Wendling had grown dissatisfied with in recent weeks. Tock recorded eight saves in the

Photo courtesy of Fr. Bucki Senior Kelly Reinwald became Canisius’ all time scoring leader with three assists last weekend

match. “I just haven’t been that happy with a few things Caroline has done in the net,” Wendling said. “Over the last four or five games she’s given up goals that she shouldn’t be and I thought it was just time for a

change.” Reinwald needed little time to surpass Moller two days later in Poughkeepsie as she set up a goal scored by senior midfielder Jenny Griffin in the 10th minute of play against Marist to give the Griffs a

quick 1-0 lead. “It’s great for the program and for Kelly,” Wendling said. “It assures the kind of talent that recruiting can pull in but Kelly’s individual talent throughout the past four years has been fabulous. She’s quite an offensive weapon and the kid just knows how to score and get assists.” “But she also can’t do it alone and she’s had some great teammates while she’s been here so it’s really just a fantastic thing for the program as a whole.” The advantage was squandered in the second half however, as the Red Foxes scored twice on Tock and gained a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute. With victory in Marist’s sight, Griffin scored her second goal of the contest, assisted by Reinwald once again, in the 89th minute. Neither team was able to capitalize on an opportunity in either of the overtime periods, nor was a side able to produce a shot on goal in the second overtime. Tock collected a career season-high nine saves as the Griffs were outshot by the home team 28-11 in the contest with sophomore forward Brianna Smith accounting for five of the strikes. Canisius (8-6-3, 3-2-2) closes out its regular season with a pair of games at home this weekend as the team hosts Fairfield on Friday at 7 p.m. and Iona on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at Demske Sports Complex.


Wins slipping through volleyball’s fingers By Jourdon LaBarber Sports Writer

The Canisius College volleyball team extended its losing streak to three games last weekend, dropping in-conference matches at the Koessler Athletic Center against Iona and Fairfield on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Griffs are now 4-8 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, with an overall record of 9-14. The girls began the weekend against the Gaels, who defeated Canisius in straight sets by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-21. Freshman Olivia Chrzanowski led the team with seven kills while junior libero Allyson Severyn led all players with 19 digs. “Against Iona, I don’t think everyone was playing up to their potential and I think that made our team struggle more than it should have,” said senior Janelle Davis, who contributed 22 assists in the losing effort. “I just think we need more players to step up when others are struggling. Right now a lot of the same players are struggling and there is no one else to step up and have your back.” The teams played each other closely in the first set, as Canisius was behind only one point after a combined block from sophomore Emily Elek and junior Sam Good made it a 16-15 game. Canisius

would never capture the lead, however, going on to lose a set that saw six tied scores but only one lead change. Iona captured the second set with ease, as Canisius was out-killed 12-8 and committed eight more errors than the Gaels. The Griffs regained their competitiveness in the third set, again forcing six tie games. The latest came when they forced an 18-18 deadlock on an Iona error, but Canisius would then lose four straight points and consequently the match. “I think we got outworked on that day. None of our girls really made big plays when they were necessary and a lot of Iona’s players did,” said head coach Cathy Hummel. “They’ve developed into a really dominant team in our conference, and confident. I think winning breeds confidence and that is probably one of our biggest problems right now.” The Griffs certainly looked confident at the beginning of their match against Fairfield on Sunday afternoon, when the team won the first two sets 25-19 and 25-14. The team was not able to finish off the Stags, however, eventually losing in five sets. Sophomore Roxanne Hernandez contributed 11 kills and four blocks, while fellow sophomore Jessica Warner accumulated a careerhigh eight blocks in the loss. Senior Janelle Davis posted a double-dou-

ble with 38 assists and 13 digs. “The first two games, we really cranked it out and we all really impressed each other,” said Samantha Good, who led the team with 13 kills. “I don’t really know what happened at the end.” The first set was played very closely between the two teams, until Canisius won five of the last six points to claim the victory. The second set was all Griffs – Canisius never allowed Fairfield to come within five points after beginning the set on a 6-0 run. Their good play carried over into the third set, as the Griffs carried a 9-3 lead and appeared to be on their way to a straight-set sweep. The Stags proved to hold some resilience, however, as they claimed seven straight points to take the 10-9 lead. The teams played evenly for the remainder of the set, until Canisius took a 23-22 lead on a shared block from Good and Warner. The Griffs once again blew their lead, as Fairfield would come back and win the set 26-24. The fourth set carried a similar storyline for the Griffs, who opened on a 5-0 run only to be dispelled by a 10 point run by the Stags as Fairfield would control the remainder of the set and never allow Canisius to come within four points in the 25-20 win. Fairfield took that dominance into the deciding fifth set, claiming six of the first seven points and eventually the 15-6 victory.

“The first two sets were probably the best volleyball we’ve played,” said Hummel. “Then Fairfield’s confidence overtook ours. Even being down 2-0, their team played loose and confident as if they were up 2-0.” Coach Hummel believes that the Griffs’ confidence – or lack thereof – is a major component when it comes to their disappointments this season. “I think there has been a lot of external attention and pressure, and duly noted as I mentioned to them they worked hard to get acknowledgment from our community, our college and the conference itself, but with that comes pressure. “They’ve dealt with my pressure and they’ve dealt with pressure from within but I think openly and honestly they’ve admitted to not being able to handle from the outside,” she said. “We have nothing to lose,” said Good. “We just have to come out with that feeling consistently and just give everything up.” The Griffs have six games remaining this season, and return to the road next weekend with games against Manhattan and St. Peter’s on Saturday and Sunday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Swimming and Diving impress at dual meet By Brady Phelps Sports Writer

Saturday afternoon marked the first dual meet for the Canisius swimming and diving teams, with the men’s squad beating Geneseo 146-95 and the women’s team losing a close contest, 125-118. The men’s team got off on the right foot, taking the 400 medley relay with an impressive time of 3 minutes and 35.77 seconds. Junior Shawn Parkhurst won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:59.30, just a second faster than freshman Sam Hansen who posted a time of 10:00.72. Sam Wurster, a freshman, took first place at the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.39. Senior Adam Calandra continued the quality performance by winning the 100 freestyle, putting up a time of 50.02. Fellow senior Steve Pochatko won the 100 backstroke by a hair with a time of 52.85. Matt Moessinger, a junior, won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:54.66, while Tyler Carver came in first in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 1:01.78. Eddie Quarantillo, a freshman diver, had a strong showing as he placed first in the 1-meter with a score of 247.25, also winning the 3-meter with a score of 219.85. The Golden Griffin men’s team won 11 of 13 events overall, a very impressive feat. The women’s team also performed well but came up just short of victory. Canisius was led by sophomores Anna Schena and Leah Villari in the women’s 1,000 freestyle, posting first-place times of 11:06.47 and 11:13.16, respectively. In the 200 freestyle, freshman Marissa Oakey won by more than 3 seconds, putting up a time of 1:57.16. Sophomore Kelli Graber won the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.48 while fellow sophomore Maggie DeMarco won the 100 backstroke in 1:03.07. In the diving category, freshman Taylor Epstein placed first in the 3-meter with a score of 214.10. “It was a great start to the dual meet season on both sides,” senior captain Kara Powalski said. “The Geneseo men’s team has been at the top of the SUNYAC Conference for years so that was a big win for our guys. On the girls side the underclassmen had a lot of first place finishes, showing we are a much more competitive team this year and way ahead of where we were last year at this point.” After a good outing by both teams, the men’s and women’s diving squads took the water again on Sunday, competing in the Clarion Diving Invite at Clarion University. Quarantillo finished in the top five of the men’s one-meter, while Epstein also came in the top five in the 3-meter event. In the 1-meter event, junior Alex Pason finished sixth with a score of 185.05, while sophomores Jake and Joel Kowalski finished in eighth and ninth place. There will now be a considerable break until any of the swim teams return to the pool for competition. Nov. 6 is the next outing for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, matching up against Marist College at Erie Community College.

On the Wing: Rivalry with RIT just as big as Canisius-Niagara.

Volleyball fails to convert early lead into victory.

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Friday, October 28, 2011 Volume lxxxii Number 6

Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Mixed media

Former ESPN reporter to teach class at Canisius By Nick Veronica Sports Editor

You won’t see his name on your computer as registration for spring classes opens this weekend – the instructor spot still reads “TBA” – but you may be familiar with one of Canisius’ newest adjunct professors: it’s former ESPN reporter and current Buffalo News employee Tim Graham. Most famous in these parts for his work covering the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the AFC East for ESPN, Graham will be instructing students in his area of expertise, sports reporting. He has given lectures and spoken to students before, but the JRN 336 “Sports Journalism” class (MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.) will be the first one Professor Graham has ever officially taught. The class will be structured around preparing students for what it’s like to be a sports reporter; it won’t be a sports class where you can just show up and

get an A. “Every time I go in to speak at the classes I’ve spoken to,” Graham said over the phone, “there always seems to be a handful of students who just signed up for the class because they thought it’d be easy and they don’t pay attention and they’re not really into it. They don’t want to do it as a profession, they just saw it as a sports class that sounded fun or easy. So I hope I don’t get too many of those types of students, because if we get people who are really into it and want to do it, I think the discussions will be a lot better and the time will fly. “If [sports journalism] is what you want to do, I think you’ll find it interesting and we’ll be able to talk about things that really matter. If you want to make a career of it or if you think you might want to make a career out of it but aren’t sure, it’ll be a good place to let you know.” With two decades of sports reporting under his belt, Graham is currently in his second go-around with the Buffalo News. The BaldwinWallace grad worked at papers in

reporter for the News this summer, doing more magazine-style pieces instead of pumping out hard news. “This is a chance to go from doing what was a grind to being a writer again,” he said. “It’s like the difference between fast food and a nice restaurant: you enjoy the meal as opposed to just consuming calories.” Rob Kaiser, director of the journalism program, has had Graham speak to a number of his classes in the past. When the department decided to offer a sports journalism elective, Kaiser said Graham was the first person who came to mind. The class will take place in Lyons 312, a computer lab that seats 25 students. Demand is expected to heavily surpass the number of spaces in the room, but a certain number of seats will be reserved solely for journalism majors according to Kaiser. “If you don’t catch [the class] this time around, if you’re just starting in the journalism program, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to catch it again,” Kaiser said. “But for a junior or senior, I’d say not

Photo courtesy of Twitter Tim Graham brings 20 years experience to Canisius.

Ohio, Boston and Las Vegas before coming to the Buffalo News in 2000. In 2007, he left for a job at the Palm Beach Post and in 2008 he was hired by ESPN. Graham moved back to Buffalo in 2009 and became an enterprise

good odds... I’m guessing it’s going to fill up pretty fast.” Graham is most looking forward to the interaction with his pupils. “Hopefully we get to a situation where [students] are contributing as much to the conversation as I am. Because I have a lot of real-world career experience to share, I don’t want it to be me standing in front of the class telling you what I think you might need to know. You’re going to be able to ask me the questions in a way that gives you what you need. I’m looking forward to it being a good back and forth with the students and not just me dictating.” Registration opens at 9 a.m. this Saturday for students with at least 84.0 credit hours. Registration for students with 54-83 credits begins Saturday, Nov. 5; 24-53 credits starts Nov. 12 and 0-23 credits starts Nov. 19. Students can see how many credits they have completed by running a GriffAudit.

MEn’s Soccer

Falconer’s goal snaps winless streak also spread a wave of relief throughout the team. “We were camped in [Rider’s] half for the whole game,” Falconer said. “We had been pressing all game and everything we seemed to do didn’t work and then Regan scored.” In the first overtime period, Falconer scored off a rebound from Rider goalkeeper Matt Perrella with 1:16 remaining after freshman Denver Spearman broke through midfield and took a shot. Not only was it Falconer’s second overtime winner this season, it was his team-leading third goal. He also led the Griffs with four shots on goal. “It was probably our best game of the season,” Falconer said. “We’re just happy to get a win.” Sophomore keeper Ryan Arvin made two stops for his second win of the season as the team in front of him poured 20 shots on Rider’s net. Canisius did not start off on the right foot on the road trip, as they lost to Loyola 2-0 in Baltimore, Md. The Greyhounds scored two quick goals within 3:06 of each other in the first half to get the jump on the

By Rich Lunghino Sports Copy Editor

Gavin Falconer seems to love clutch situations. The junior forward scored in overtime in the 98th minute to defeat MAAC opponent Rider 2-1 this past Sunday, snapping the Griffs’ sixgame winless streak. The last time Canisius won was when Falconer scored an overtime winner to beat Siena 2-1 on Sept. 30. When asked if he reveled playing in the clutch, he modestly said, “It’s just good to score so it’s kind of a relief for me as well because I haven’t scored in a while.” Even though the Griffs outshot Rider 10-3 in the first half, it was the hosting Broncs who found the back of the net first in the 33rd minute. Despite controlling much of the play throughout the game, the Griffs still found themselves down by a goal in the late stages of the second half. “We’ve been playing well and have been somewhat unlucky

Photo courtesy of Fr. Bucki Junior Gavin Falconer leads the Griffs with three goals and two game-winners in overtime.

in games [where] the ball just hasn’t fallen for us,” Falconer said. “We have been dominating teams in possession and we just haven’t been able to score.”

With 2:40 left on the clock in regulation, junior defender Regan Steele scored off the back of his heel to send the match to extra time. Steele’s second goal of the season

Griffs. It was the second match in a row that the blue and gold were shut out by an opponent, the other coming against St. Peter’s on Oct. 16. Other than the two early goals, the teams played an evenlymatched game, with Loyola outshooting Canisius 12-9. Junior goalkeeper Kareem Gray made two saves in his ninth start for the Griffs this season. Canisius (4-11-1, 2-5-1) will face Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponent Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y. this evening at 5:30 p.m. and will go to Ohio to face non-conference foe Cleveland State this Sunday at 3 p.m. The team wants to finish the regular portion of the schedule on a strong note going into the MAAC Championships at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in November. “If we get a couple of wins under our belt, who knows what can happen?” Falconer added.

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