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Friday, March 18, 2011 Volume LXXXI Number 17

Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Japanese students urge community to support relief effort in aftermath of tragic earthquake By Kate Songin Editor in Chief

When an earthquake of historic magnitude rocked Japan last week, sparking a major tsunami warning across the Pacific Ocean and putting thousands of people in danger, there were some students at Canisius watching on television waiting to hear about their loved ones back home. “At first I thought it was just a usual earthquake…they happen all the time in Japan,” said senior international student Shinichi “Shin” Manabe. “When I heard of the [9.0] magnitude and found out it was the biggest earthquake in Japan’s history, I felt devastated.” The offshore earthquake struck in Honshu, Japan, about 230 miles from Tokyo, and is read to be the fifth largest quake ever recorded worldwide. The earthquake was historically enormous; it was so large that it was even felt in Buffalo at Canisius College’s BraunRuddick Seismograph station on display in the basement of Old Main. The subsequent tsunami even caused Pacific Ocean waves to hit the west coast of the United States. As of Thursday night, Japan’s death toll was nearing 6,000 people, according to the live blog on This number is small compared to the 10,000 people who are still missing. It took Manabe almost a day to get in touch with his family back home in Hokkaido, Japan, just North of Tokyo, to find out that they were safe. “[My parents] felt the earthquake beneath them,” he said, “but they still have their home and their belongings, and they are all okay.” Manabe is grateful for this, as he will have a safe place to return to when he graduates in May. Manabe said that even though nothing happened to his family, he is still devastated by what this enormous natural disaster did to his country and thousands of people in it. “I feel bad for the person whose family was af-

fected. It is very heartbreaking.” Junior Lio Mizuno said that when he couldn’t get through to his parents and younger brother for more than a day, he felt helpless. When he finally did get through to them in his hometown of Nagoya, Japan, he too was happy to find out that his family was alright. Still, both men are constantly glued to their televisions and smart phones, continuously checking for new information. They say they look for their information on USTREAM TV on their computers, where they can get live footage of what’s happening there. “I have heard of people who know people who are still missing,” Mizuno said. “I see comments on Facebook and all over the Internet, and I just want to help.” He and Manabe are among the millions of people all over the world who are looking to help those affected in Japan. Not only is the country in physical and emotional shambles,

but the effects are reaching even further than expected. The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been seriously damaged from the quake. Units are overheating, causing explosions and fires at the plant and releasing unwanted nuclear energy all around it. Tons of seawater is being dumped on the reactors in an effort to cool them down, to prevent any further damage and to reduce the levels of radiation, but as of Thursday the effort did not seem to be working. Countries are urging citizens that still remain in the surrounding area to evacuate immediately. Donations from celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Lady Gaga and Charlie Sheen have been pouring in to the Red Cross fund for relief, and Manabe and Mizuno say every donation

Japanese students talk with The Griffin about their efforts to raise funds for the people in Japan.

helps. They are at the helm of a relief effort on campus where students, faculty and staff can donate money. They hope the Canisius Community as a whole will dig deep and donate to the American Red Cross at www. “Students rarely ever carry cash on them anymore,” Mizuno said. “Instead of setting up tables on campus or asking people for spare change, students can use their credit card on the Internet.” He says that people can also choose to text the Red Cross to make a donation by texting the amount to 90999. This is the best way to help out in this crisis, they say. Bridges have collapsed, whole towns are destroyed and roads are completely shattered, so traditional supplies would not be useful to them. “The Red Cross will take all of the money and deliver the necessary supplies exactly where it needs to go,” Mizuno said. “That’s the best way anyone can help out right now.” Manabe said the support for Japan during this time has been overwhelming. Among the first countries to offer aid and support to the small island country when news struck of the disaster was the U.S. The Canisius community, he said, is also demonstrating support for their fellow Japanese students, who comprise a total of 19 on campus. “The first day that it happened, a guy that I don’t really know very well came up and gave me a hug,” he said. “We didn’t say anything, we just hugged. Everyone at Canisius has been very supportive, and I hope they will continue to be supportive.”

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Global Horizons makes International Fest their own By Hannah Alt News Editor

The era of International Fest has ended, at least for now. Following controversial rearranging within the international offices at the end of the 2009-10 academic year, responsibility for the former International Fest was moved onto the shoulders of the members of Global Horizons, Canisius club for international and American students. The office of International Student Programs was split into ISP and the office of International Programs and Partnerships. ISP now handles only foreign students coming into the U.S. as part of Student Affairs, while IPP handles Canisius students studying abroad under Academic Affairs. Because of budget cuts and other unconfirmed reasons, the split was not well-received and left International Fest hanging in the air. Global Horizons took on the event knowing they had big shoes to fill and a lot to live up to. International Fest, after all, has been a highly regarded event on campus for the last 21 years. “There’s no way we could make it as grand as International Fest,” said senior and president of Global Horizons Michelle Ip. “In-

ternational Fest was amazing.” According to Ip, when Global Horizons learned that they had been put in charge of International Fest, they had a lot of choices to make. In previous years, the event was planned and run by a graduate student as well as three undergraduate student co-chairs. The chairs went through an application and interview process before overseeing five committees and many volunteers from all over the campus. Last year’s International Student Programs graduate assistant was Christina Giunta. As graduate assistant, she was in charge of International Fest as well as adviser to Global Horizons. Even though this year’s event is being completely organized and run by students, Giunta remarked that in the past the students have done most of the work anyway and were just backed by staff members of the office. Giunta is now the graduate assistant in the office for Community Based Learning, and though unable to help with this year, she seemed confident in the students’ ability to put on a quality event. According to Ip, Global Horizons juggled various ideas on how to handle the event, including whether or not they should select co-chairs outside of the club. They decided to keep it as simple as possible by having the club in charge of the entire

event. Samantha Kramer is the current graduate assistant in the office of International Student Programs, as well as the new adviser to Global Horizons. She considers the event a collaborative effort due to the input from the other cultural clubs on campus. As adviser, she stressed that students are doing all of the work; she is no more than an overseer. “They’ve really just taken this and run off with it,” Kramer said. Last year’s International Fest included music and dance performances, Henna tattoos, calligraphy, an ethnic fashion show, and crowd favorite, the dining hall full of foods from all around the world. In taking on the event for the first time, Global Horizons had to figure out what was within their range of capabilities as well as within their budget. Giunta said that budget cuts were already affecting International Fest last year and they were forced to change from two different dinner times to only one. Global Horizons was forced to scale it back even further. “We decided to make it what we think we can make it,” Ip told The Griffin, adding that they didn’t want to “mess with something great” and instead want to make it their own. She said that the name change from International to Global Fest aims to distinguish the events. The club

knows that it can’t be the event that everyone knew and loved, but they plan to make it something both enjoyable and culturally educational. The most notable change in the event is that Global Fest will no longer include the dining room portion, during which students served taste-size portions of foods from all different cultures. This year, all of the events will be held on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. In the Regis Room, many of the cultural clubs on campus will be setting up booths to represent their club and their culture. What they do with the booth is up to each individual club, but the intent is for them to promote interest in their club as well as teach students about the culture they represent. They will be displaying posters, wearing traditional clothing, hosting trivia games or other activities, and some will also have food sampling. Approximately 10 of Canisius’ clubs will be present, including the French Club, which will feature a crepes demonstration, Fair Trade, which will give out coffee, and Global Horizons, which will host a trivia game. Throughout the event there will be a series of performances in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The performance schedule will comprise Indian, salsa, African and belly danc-

ing, and each presentation will include interaction time with the audience toward the end. Global Fest will also feature Henna tattooing, calligraphy and a conference room displaying culturally diverse documentaries made by students of the Canisius College Video Institute. In past years, the event has required a small entrance fee and has been open to the community. This year, however, it is free and only for students. While many students and faculty are sad to learn that there will not be an International Fest this year, Global Horizons’ event aims to someday be like its ancestor. Ip explained that she is glad that at least the campus is still having a multicultural event, noting the importance of learning about the rest of the world. “Buffalo needs more diversity. Canisius needs more diversity,” she said. Giunta also mentioned the importance of getting cultural information out to students. “A lot of people have limited knowledge on other cultures and this event can broaden their horizons.” The 2011 Global Fest will be on April 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. on the second level of the student center.

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Students at the 2010 International Fest.

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In case you missed it, this week in news:

By Jonathan Beck News Writer

Blind community airs concerns about Google products Google officials met with the president of the National Federation of the Blind last week to discuss concerns over Google’s accessibility for the blind. The group had asked the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to investigate whether recent moves to Google services, such as Gmail and Google Docs, by U.S. schools violates federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many colleges and school districts have turned to the Google option in an effort to save money and open up new services to students, but the NFB is concerned about how this will affect the blind community. Chris Danielsen, the federation’s spokesperson, explained to various news media that Google applications are generally incompatible with technology that converts text to synthesized speech or a Braille printout. Google said

in a statement that they are taking the suggestions from the NFB into consideration as it develops future technology.

cus her attention and energy on being an advocate for children and women around the world once her term is up.

Hillary Clinton rejects second term as secretary of state

Democrats, Republicans fight over disposable cups and utensils

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested she will be leaving government work after her current term is up in early 2013. The CNN anchor asked her if she was interested in secretary of state, defense secretary, vice president or president. To each of the questions she answered with a simple, “No.” “There isn’t anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding,” she explained to Blitzer. Even the prospect of running for president again has evaded her radar. “I had a wonderful experience running” for president, she explained, “and I am very proud of the support I had and very grateful for the opportunity, but I’m going to be, you know, moving on.” She indicated that she will fo-

U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi oversaw the implementation of “green” initiatives that extended even into the House cafeteria on Capitol Hill. The green rules required that cups and utensils were compostable in an effort to protect the environment and demonstrate the government’s dedication to environmental protection. But when Republicans won the House last fall, they looked at the cost of the program as prohibitive and counter-productive. The program cost a reported $475,000 a year, including the costs of materials, labor and removing the compostable refuse. Salley Wood, spokeswoman for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), who proposed the rule changes, explained that House Republicans, who have ended the green initiative, will seek to use reusable dinnerware and have its solid waste sent to in-

cinerator plants that transform garbage into energy. Chris Collins delivers State of County address, highlights charter schools Before an audience of about 200 people, Erie County Executive Chris Collins delivered his fourth State of the Union address. He covered many topics, including charter schools and economic development, and emphasized the accomplishments of his administration. Collins touted the South Buffalo Charter School as the prime example of a successful education project. “Nationally, our students are falling behind their peers being educated in other industrialized nations,” he said, before elaborating on the condition of Buffalo schools. “These education problems are complicated, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. But I do know that charter schools are working.” NYC Mayor Bloomberg bashes Buffalo, upsets Brown At a press conference with de-

velopers at New York University Wednesday morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg aimed to address problems of the high cost of living. He succeeded in upsetting the leaders of New York’s second largest city. “Our city’s problems are problems of success,” Bloomberg said, referring to the lack of space for schools, roads and housing in NYC. “There’s an awful lot of free space up in Buffalo, New York, if you want to go there. I don’t think you do.” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown fired back angrily at the downstate mayor’s comments. “Anytime someone is saying something negative about this great community and its great people, I get angry,” he said at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Statler Towers. “You know, I grew up in New York City and I made the very clear decision to live in Buffalo, because Buffalo is a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family.” A spokesperson for Brown has said that Bloomberg called to apologize Wednesday evening.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Professors and students comment on e-mail etiquette When informal friendliness becomes rude and unprofessional

By Jonathan Beck News Writer

With the art of writing formal letters all but eliminated in today’s technology driven world, many students are left wondering how they should prepare emails that will be sent to professors. Instant messaging, texting and social networking have completely changed the accepted norms for correspondence. But is there a line to the informality of it all? Once, when a student disagreed with the grade he received on an essay, he e-mailed Peter Galie, Ph.D., professor of political science. “It’s not so much about the grammar and spelling, but the informality of it all. It was almost to the point that I was offended,” said Dr. Galie. “There was no sense of any kind of form, illegible to the point of incoherence and impertinence.” As he spent time scrolling through his inbox to share examples of do’s and don’ts, Dr. Galie described the breach of etiquette as an “intrusive informality,” one that students should be careful to avoid. “I responded to the student, saying, ‘this e-mail is unacceptable.’ He said ‘come off it, it’s just

e-mail.’ Not with me,” remarked Dr. Galie, who has taught at Canisius since 1972. “Usually I don’t just say hi,” said sophomore Marcy Manning. “I say hello Doctor, their name, then introduce myself.” How should students approach e-mail to avoid “what almost any professor would find offensive”? “You want to have a proper opening, and a proper ending, too,” said Peter Böhm, Ph.D., assistant professor of German. “If you do not know whether or not the professor has a ‘doctor’ title, begin the e-mail, ‘Dear professor.’” “You should write to the faculty member as you were introduced to them,” said Dr. Galie. “And you should identify yourself in the e-mail.” Dr. Böhm has not had the same extreme experiences as Dr. Galie, but recognizes the importance of e-mail in creating an impression on the person you’re contacting. “I do respond to every e-mail the same way,” he said. “If a student whom I do not know writes to me without proper etiquette, then I wonder who the student is. I will ask them to discuss their question in person with me so I can learn who they are. But I do not develop an opinion on the e-mail alone.” “An e-mail doesn’t have to be perfect, but you have to realize that what you put out there, people will

judge you by,” reflected Dr. Galie. Email, he continued, “is part of a picture, a composite, being put together in the head of the faculty member.” Dr. Galie also warned about the long-term consequences of e-mail. “Professors can keep e-mails to prove things in the future. Be very careful about what you put in an email.” He emphasized this point in relation to moments of anger, drawing especially on the example he had previously shared. “When you’re angry or upset about something, wait 24 hours. The e-mail is always there after you send it. When you wait 24 hours, if you still want to send it, send it. Perhaps ask another student or professor to read it and share their opinion about whether or not you should send it.” Laughing, Dr. Galie shared that, although he was put off by it at first, a student could even begin an e-mail “hey doc.” “At first I thought, because they are doctors, that I should be overly professional,” Manning added. “But I definitely think there’s a difference between addressing your professor as ‘Dr.,’ as opposed to just a ‘hi.’ I’ve heard professors comment on how they notice, and that they’re more likely to respond quickly to a better written e-mail. “It reflects the friendly relationship between students and faculty,” said Galie. “It’s not all professional.”

E-mail has become the dominant method of communication between students and professors.

Colin Gordon

Public Safety Blotter March 12

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Buffalo Police officers investigating a noise complaint at a private residence on Loring Ave. resulted in the arrest of a student for various charges related to a gathering at the residence. March 12

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Public Safety officers responded to a report of a fight at the corner of Hughes Ave. and Meech St. On arrival the officers discovered a victim had been hit over the head with a beer bottle. Further investigation by Public Safety and the Buffalo Police Department resulted in the arrest of the student suspect. March 15


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9:20 a.m.

Fleeing Shooter

Public Safety officers assisted the Buffalo Police Department and the Transit Police in apprehending a shooting suspect who ran from Transit officers at the Delevan/Canisius College station. As he was fleeing, the suspect ran through the Health Science parking lot and down Spillman Ave. to Florida St. The suspect was apprehended about three blocks from there. Courtesy of Public Safety Compiled by Hannah Alt



April 4 – Karen Schmid will perform a Meet-the-Faculty on the fortepiano at 12 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. April 5 – The Montante Cultural Center will host an Informally~Formal Chamber Recital as part of Canisius and the BPO Connection at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Frances Kaye and Richard Kay on violin and Paul Ferington on piano. Student tickets will be $7 and general admission $15. April 7 – The Erie County Chamber Winds directed by Ricky Fleming will perform in the Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Information Courtesy of the Fine Arts Department Compiled by Hannah Alt


News Of The Weird ATLANTA – From time to time a woman appears in the news proudly displaying her yearslong cultivation of fingernail growth. This time it was Ms. Jazz Ison Sinkfield who showed off her hands for WXIA-TV in February. She admits some handicaps from her 20- to 24-inch long nails that skew and curl in seemingly random directions (e.g., no bowling, shoe-tying or computer work, and the expense of a five-hour, $250 salon session each month), but claims to be unfazed if people she meets find the sight of her nails repulsive. Said Sinkfield, “Some people are jealous.” MOSOURRI – Another “negative cash-flow” robbery occurred in February in Kansas City as an unidentified man tried to distract the clerk at a gun store by laying $40 on the counter to buy a box of bullets, then pulling a gun and demanding all the store’s money. The clerk thwarted the robbery by pulling his own gun (not surprisingly, since it was a gun store) and scaring the robber off -- while the $40 remained on the counter. NEW YORK – Till Krautkraemer’s New York City beverage company MeatWater creates dozens of flavors of water for the upscale market of hearty gourmets who would like their daily salads, or shellfish, or goulash from a bottle instead of from a plate. Among his new flavors introduced in January, according to an AOL News report, were poached salmon salad water and a Caribbean shrimp salad water that can double as a vodka mixer. Old standbys include Peking duck water, tandoori chicken water, bangers ‘n’ mash water, and Krautkraemer’s favorite, German sauerbraten water. Courtesy of Compiled by Hannah Alt

Friday, March 18, 2011

New club flies onto campus By Emily Smith Copy Editor

Quidditch, the famous broomriding sport of the Harry Potter series, is making its way to Canisius. Students, or rather the witches and wizards of Canisius, are in the process of creating a new club sport that is sure to turn a few heads. “I’m excited about Quidditch coming to Canisius,” said freshman Victoria Niedzielski, an avid Harry Potter fan. “I’m sure it will be very entertaining to watch. It will be great way for all the Harry Potter fans to see a magical sport brought to life.” The real-life game of Quidditch was founded by a group of students of Middlebury College in Vermont in 2005. Now, the game is reaching across the globe to various high schools and colleges from the United States, Australia, Asia and South America. As of right now, every Ivy League school in the U.S. is playing this intense sport, as well as more than 400 colleges and 300 high schools. The International Quidditch Association is in charge of maintaining standardized rules that are distributed to all active teams, as well as organizing various events and competitions that take place. The game of Quidditch as described by sophomore Mariel Klein,

co-captain of the future Quidditch club at Canisius, combines dodgeball and football, but with its own magical twist; each player has a broom between their legs. The “muggle” version of Quidditch follows the same rules as the magical version created by Harry Potter author, J. K. Rowling. The only obvious change is that the game is played on the ground rather than up in the air. Games take place in areas the size of a football or soccer field. At each end of the field there are three hoops, usually made up of hula-hoops and PVC piping, in which players try and throw the “quaffles” (usually a volleyball or basketball) through, earning 10 points for their team. “Bludgers” (dodgeballs) are thrown at other players to force the opposing team to drop their “quaffle.” Teams consist of seven members; three “chasers,” two “beaters,” one “keeper” and one “seeker,” each having their own unique job on the team. Chasers are in charge of scoring, beaters are in charge of defense, the keeper is essentially the goalie of the team and the seeker is in charge of getting a hold of the “Golden Snitch.” The “Golden Snitch,” described as a small, gold, flying ball

Cup. The World Cup is held every November in New York City and is where international teams get a chance to compete with one another. “Tons of people are really excited about joining the team,” Klein said. “So many people love Harry Potter that it is kind of inevitable that people would like to play Quidditch. And who wouldn’t? It’s unique, fast-paced, exciting, fun, and it’s growing at lightning speed across the nation.”

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Students opting for lighter, cheaper textbook alternative By Daniel Ludwig News Writer

At the start of the semester, many students struggle with questions concerning the best way to get their textbooks: should they order them online and have to wait weeks for their books to arrive, but in the process save money? Or should they walk to the closest bookstore and most likely pay more, but have the book in hand for tomorrow’s class? “It is always tough to decide how to buy books,” said junior Melissa Farruggio. “I never know whether my Amazon order will come in on time, or if I should just buy a copy in the bookstore.” For some, the solutions to

these problems have been provided in the form of electronic textbooks, or e-textbooks. With recent advancements in technology, it is now possible to have your course texts sent directly to your laptop, smart phone or tablet device. This new development in multimedia education through e-textbooks has many advantages. One benefit is the lower cost at which the e-textbooks can be sold. CourseSmart, one of the leaders in the e-textbook industry, says that it can save students up to 60 percent over printed textbooks. Another advantage of using etextbooks is the smaller size of the digital copy of the books. Many students find it easier to carry an iPad or laptop to class rather than lugging a 300-page book around.

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“A lighter backpack is the main reason I use e-textbooks,” said junior Dave Krajewski. “I love being able to take only my laptop to most of my classes.” Krajewski and other students also enjoy that they can search their digital textbook in the same way they search the Internet, instead of carefully combing through a glossary or index. Nicole Bassaleh, a representative for CourseSmart, said that the e-textbook industry is growing rapidly and that soon they hope to reach a majority of students. “CourseSmart is interested in saving students money, and with the rising cost of print textbooks, we are confident that more students will make the switch to e-textbooks,” she said.

This widespread change seems likely, especially when one considers the fact that 90 percent of the core of higher education texts used in North American colleges are available in a digital version. Despite all the positives of e-textbooks, not everyone is convinced. Bassaleh acknowledged that e-textbooks “are not for everyone. They are still kind of new.” Junior Ryan Zawistowski is one student who has yet to make the switch. “I know they are not an option for me, the smart phones and tablets are out of my price range,” he said. Also, some professors are resistant to e-textbooks, because they insist on having a hard copy of the book in class.



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Spring break: Making fun and safety equal priorities Spring break is upon us, and many members of the Canisius community will be leaving campus to indulge in some necessary rest and relaxation. For some, the destination is somewhere tropical, while others will make the trek back to their parents’ house to regroup and get some laundry done. No matter the destination, we at The Griffin hope that everyone makes the most of their time off and comes back refreshed and ready to take on the remainder of the semester with confidence and a clear head. While the idea of spring break typically brings nothing but contented thoughts to our minds, we also need to be aware of the dangers that

may follow those who embark on the “ultimate” vacation. Places like Cancun and Panama City draw in massive crowds of college students every year to enjoy the beach, drink heavily and have casual flings that will soon come to an end when vacation does. While the expectation for these individuals is to leave their inhibitions behind and ignore the concept of limits, there is such a thing as taking it too far. We have all heard the stories about students who have become “victims” of the spring break state of mind. We hear those dreaded stories of those who took their binge drinking to poisonous levels and had to be hospitalized, or for some, lost their

Just stay out Justin Masucci    While the world has rightly focused its attention toward aiding the Japanese in their efforts to contain radioactive material, the violent situation in Libya has gone largely under-reported. With a vote earlier this week by the Arab League, the states of the Middle East have signaled their approval to the international community of the establishment of a “nofly-zone” over Libya in order to cripple Qaddafi’s ability to wage war. If the violence continues, the matter is likely to be brought up in the United Nations in the coming weeks. Regardless of what the U.N. determines, the United States should stay out of Libya’s internal affairs.     As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a skeptic of the no-fly-zone proposal, has said, the establishment and enforcement of a no-fly-zone over Libya would be a major military venture that would cost billions of dollars and endanger the lives of American pilots. Accordingly, we would have to bomb and destroy all Libyan anti-aircraft weaponry, radar installations, war planes, and air bases, and that would merely establish the nofly-zone. In addition, U.S. aircraft would be obligated to continuously troll the skies to enforce such a policy. Now, is it callous to use these types of calculations when the goal of the no-fly-zone is to stop Qaddafi from slaughtering his own people? Admittedly, yes. But, is such callousness warranted in this situation? Absolutely. At a time of exploding budget deficits, two ongoing American wars in the Middle East, and a general, international contempt for American meddling worldwide, the U.S. can illafford participation in this endeavor.     Despite Secretary Gates’ and CIA concerns over how American involvement in Libya would develop, President Obama and several members of Congress from both parties have signaled that the U.S. might have to get involved. Go figure, President Obama and Congressional Republicans choose this moment to ex-

plore the merits of bipartisanship. As I understand it, there are two major lobbies for intervention that account for this newfound political unity. The first are the human rights organizations, satirically referred to by a anti-interventionist commentator as the “Human Rights Mafia.” These individuals, who are predominately affiliated with the political Left, are putting significant pressure on President Obama and Congressional Democrats to intervene on the grounds of humanitarianism.     The second group of people who are calling for American intervention in Libya are those on the political Right who are identified as neoconservative. These individuals, who include former Defense Department official Paul Wolfowitz, adhere to a foreign policy that promotes the spread of democracy, even if that includes initiating wars. According to this theory, if all countries are democracies, there would be no war because democracies, historically-speaking, do not go to war with one another.     The President and Congress should ignore these calls for intervention. The neoconservatives are the people who brought the American people the Iraq War. Remember? They were those brilliant minds who said the whole operation would only last a few weeks, would not require many troops, and would not cost too much. On the other hand, the human rights organizations are equally poor advisers because, to put it bluntly, they do not seem to live in reality. They believe that all injustice can be vanquished throughout the world, a position that is dangerously idealistic. Mr. President and members of Congress, what Qaddafi is doing in Libya is deplorable and should be condemned. However, he is not a threat to the national security of the United States. Only when our security is in question should the government ever consider an act of war, which is what a no-flyzone amounts to.

tion, students should know their limits and try to stick with them. If you’re vacationing with a group, keep an eye out for your friends’ safety, as well as your own. Be cautious when you’re in the company of new friends and remind yourselves that people are not always who they appear to be. While the goal is to have fun, not every individual pursuing this goal is going to go about it in a responsible way. Make fun a priority, but make your personal safety a priority as well. By doing so, you’ll come back to campus with plenty of good memories, no regrets, and maybe even a tan to go along with it.

lives. Some stories involve those who became so disoriented that they put their trust in strangers and became victims of violence, sexual assault or kidnapping. Those who left campus with high hopes for a good time returned home with bruises, sexually transmitted diseases, criminal records, and the stories we never wish to hear of students who did not return at all. We at The Griffin have faith that our peers will choose to uphold the values of Canisius College when they embark on their spring break adventure, but we also want to remind people to keep a level head. When it comes to alcohol consump-

Sex and the Buffalo Jeffrey Hartinger Once upon a time, there was an HBO series that put a false illusion of hope and excitement into the heads of millions of women, in addition to many gay men, across the United States and the world: Sex and the City. Those of us who graduate from Canisius may go on to be rich, successful, and may reside in a major city, but for a majority of us, we will teeter on the line of middle class (until we can marry up for money), have roommates until our late 20’s or early 30’s (hopefully not any longer), and live in a midsized city with what appears to be slim pickings in the relationship department. So, I would like to put our beautiful, yet complicated, city into perspective. Move over, Carrie Bradshaw, I am taking over from here on out. I would like to present: Sex and the Buffalo; same state, different city— where the population is drastically lower, but the drinks are stronger and a lot more affordable. Please consider these Buffalo dating tips, especially now as the weather is getting nicer and summer is right around the corner. And, if you think it’s ironic to be getting relationship advice from a gay man at a small Catholic school, consider yourself in good company. The advice in this article is both for men and women, black and white, gay and straight, and so on. This is not 1950’s suburbia people; if you are stuck struggling with the strict gender norms and societal roles, get over yourself! That being said, you should take the following suggestions and conduct yourself with good grace and decorum; by doing so, you will be showing respect for not only yourself, but also your partner. Alcohol: Okay, let’s say you are on your first or second date and your nerves are getting the best of you. Please, under any circumstance, do not have more than three drinks at dinner. If this was any other city, I would say two max, but come on, this is Buffalo. Not only do four drinks at dinner make you seem trashy and like an open alcoholic, but I can bet money that you will make a fool of yourself by the end of the date, especially if you two plan to go on to another event after dinner. Speaking of dinner, please follow the next bit of information, depending on your sexuality,

regarding paying the bill. Males always pay for females. The taller of two gay men pay. Lesbians: whoever loses the game of thumb war at the restaurant picks up the tab. These rules have been around for ages. Manners: This is the number one indicator of how a future relationship will pan out. Never be rude to your waiter or bartender, no matter how rude or disrespectful they are to you. This goes vice versa for your date. If they lose their temper when they get the wrong order, who says they won’t backhand you for showing up to their house late once you are in a relationship? It’s one thing to be nice to the server’s face and talk crap about them when they leave. I, unlike most people at this school, have been taught the right way to handle this by my parents: you talk about people behind their backs. In addition, you are on the date with another person, not your Blackberry. One of the rudest things you can do on a date is to be constantly checking your phone. If you wanted to talk with your friends so badly, why did you even go on the date at all? Conversation: This is considered to be one of the biggest downfalls when two people are in the first phase of their relationship. I would never suggest “playing games,” but that is entirely different than leaving some mystery. Why would anyone want to go on a second or third date with you if they already know everything about you? “Yeah, I went to Miami on spring break last year” is different than “Oh my god, Miami was great. It was so fun. I was there for a week and I spent so much money. We went to the beach most of the time and blah blah blah.” Get my point? Be simple—this is not a job interview. Have fun in conversation and make sure you are not the only one talking the entire time. If you take these small bits of advice, you are well on your way to starting a healthy relationship in Buffalo. One last thing: plan your first date on a Thursday night, so if that guy or girl doesn’t call you back, at least you have the weekend to go out with all of your friends. Our generation is very unique and complicated, and by understanding that we all go through similar dilemmas, no matter our race, gender, or sexuality, we are one step closer to understanding each other. And just in case you are wondering, I DO kiss on the first date.


What are you doing for Saint Patrick’s Day?

Jeff, senior

Sydney, freshman

Ryan, freshman

Tom, sophomore

“Celebrating my birthday. The city of Buffalo is having a parade for me.”

“Hitting up McDonald’s for a Shamrock Shake.”

“Going downtown to celebrate the festivities.”

“‘Borrowing’ Leprechauns.”


Friday, March 18, 2011

The Can Do Society Seminar: Who am I, where am I going? Matthew McDermott I have a question for you. How well do you know yourself? A simple question like this has the power to bring a man to his knees, or to make a woman cry. My inquiry is straightforward; the journey, however, is not so uncomplicated, and not so superficial. I ask this “simple” question for the simple reason that on a larger, grander scale, it could make the biggest of differences in our daily lives. In college, we are constantly pushing ourselves. We work more hours to make more money to pay tuition and buy books and pray that we have a dollar and forty-eight cents left on our Superflex for a medium coffee at Tim Horton’s. We run faster, we work harder, and we sleep less. We read until we cannot comprehend, write until we cannot see, and for what? A diploma; a fancy piece of parchment telling us, “Okay, now you can get a job, now you are fit for what is out there.” Have a goal. Life is all about achieving what you believe you were set out to do, what in your heart you knew you were put on earth for. Without goals, we run from meeting to meeting, from class to class, and it is all just senseless babble. Have you ever had a day when you could hear your professors talk, but they were just speaking words and not saying anything? Those were the days when you were probably second guessing your major, your future. Those were the days when you thought, “What am I doing here? Better yet, who am I? Where am I going?” Pushing our limits in the day-to-day grind that is college can be healthy. We need to know how far we can go and how far we are willing to go. We need to know it for simple reasons: Where do we want to end up? Where will our Canisius College degrees take us? Last week, I wrote a brief insight into the Can Do Society. I told you that we are a group of highly motivated individuals committed to excellence, professionalism, positively impacting the community and personal growth for our members. I gave you a very brief synopsis intended to leave you hungry for more. While each and every one of Can Do’s members has goals and aspirations, knowing where we want to go and having already experimented with pushing our

limits, we are not naïve enough to think that that is all we need. We focus on laying the foundation, on hammering the basics, and on eliminating the probability of failure. We help each other succeed. We care for one another like a fraternity or sorority, we operate like a Fortune 500 company, and we get things done. We are the leaders on campus and we are inviting you to feel how we feel, to discover your goals and dreams, and to find out who you are and where you are going. We are inviting you to a one night, two-hour experience that can lead you in the direction you have been looking for. The event will focus on motivating the audience with the theme of discovering why exactly we are here at Canisius College and where we are going from here. The Can Do Society understands the challenges that are found in the daily tasks and long term goals of the Canisius College community. We are committed to providing an event that supports and encourages, in hopes that it will strengthen our community for any pursuit towards success. The event will feature three prominent speakers known for their success in helping others thrive in their personal environment: Judi Spear, Jeff Hoffman, Buffalo native and founder of the famed, and finally Joseph Abdallah, executive director of Leadership Buffalo. We are sure that those in attendance will emerge motivated, rejuvenated and appreciative of the stepping-stones we must follow in the unfolding of our chosen paths, and are sure to discover more about who they are and learn about their goals. Though the event is three and a half weeks away, I encourage you to begin your quest sooner than that. Start today. Ask yourself tonight, before you get into bed, “Who am I?” Ask yourself where you want to be in five years and what you have to do to achieve that. Push yourself these next few weeks. Discover your limits, your boundaries—assuming you have them. I have one more question. What are you doing on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m? I’ll be in Montante with The Can Do Society and Judi, Jeff and Joseph. I’ll be surrounded by those individuals who believe they can. I’ll be learning about my future and myself. You could be, too. So, I guess my last question is, will you?

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Functional alcoholism: As sensible as the phrase itself Sam Masur It’s that feeling you get when you receive a “D” on an exam that you actually bothered studying for. You know, that feeling where it’s like your face just caught on fire and the bottoms of your feet go numb. Most problem drinkers can feel just as helpless as this, regarding their issues with alcohol, but many “functional alcoholics” don’t.        Shelley Moore gives a fairly fundamental definition of the term. A “functional alcoholic” is a person who drinks to excess, but still successfully holds a job or is able to care for children. These people typically are successful at one aspect of their lives—the part that constitutes their work—while their relationships and health may be deteriorating.” Let’s face it: our schedules are tough. When you’re not cramming for your academics, you’re probably hating your parttime job or feeling completely inept at an internship. Sometimes, it only makes sense that a student makes some (or many-nobody’s judging) plans with friends, and if alcohol sneaks its way in there, so be it. However, being at the end of my college career, I’m just now starting to realize that maybe we should be more concerned with friends or family members

who think they can do it all, but only with the “help” of alcohol every step of the way.      The weird thing is, we tend not to concern ourselves with the person on Chippewa (or Allen, if you’re keeping it “classy”) that takes it too far every now and then. When you trip and fall down sober, your head tends to go: “Good God, who saw that?” However, when you’ve had too many to remember after a rough exam in economics, alcohol can be that “wonderful” solution to your problems. Whether you surround yourself with friends who are willing to pick you up out of a snow pile and escort you home safely is extraneous. Either way, after you’ve been the butt of every joke for a few weeks, the incident is eventually forgotten and nobody really worries whether you’ve got a real problem or not.  Such scenarios are viewed as, more or less, typical college behavior.         Back to the point: the functional alcoholic deals with the sauce in different, more serious ways. Remember that hectic schedule?  Of course you do. Now, picture it essentially with a drink in hand whenever the occasion allows it or won’t land you in jail or with a pink slip. Wake up, have a beer, and then take one into the shower with you. Get ready for class and have a drink before you walk out the door to shut your head up.  Get nice and “good” (your tolerance could be pretty

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insane by this point) before studying or going to work. Finally, call it a night with your friends and make sure you catch up with them (in more ways than one, of course), because they’re probably looking for some R&R, too. Obviously every college student isn’t a “functional” alcoholic. Hey, if you find yourself reaching for a beer because your roommate has a fascination with Justin Bieber or you just had a bad day, that’s probably okay. It happens. (I feel this comment should be backed up with the obligatory “if you’re 21+, of course,” but I know that’s just dismally pointless.) Functioning alcoholics are few and far between. However, those who are tend to only exceed past problems and issues. We’re all stressed, but abusing a depressant or any other drug won’t “help” forever.      Even if you can get through the work day a little buzzed unnoticed or destroy a six pack just to help you sleep, and still somehow make it to a 10:00 computer science course the next morning, your relationships with others will suffer. That, and the fact that labeling someone as an alcoholic suggests they have a problem. There’s something about coupling a problem with the word “functional” that doesn’t really work, thus defeating the phrase completely on a broader level.

     Maybe I’m mentally 50-years old and come off as that overly concerned mother character Sally Fields use to play in seemingly every movie circa 1994. The oversimplified term “functioning alcoholic” can be scary when applied to someone you actually care about, or just straight up depressing if it applies to yourself. Your friend can be getting decent grades and balance a ridiculous schedule, but if you see them cracking open a beer at around nine in the morning, you may owe it to them to ask what’s going wrong, especially if it’s becoming an all the time occasion. The “back-off-I’m-a-collegekid-just-having-fun” excuse can only last for so long. And keep in mind, the term “super-senior” tends to be a little expensive at this school. As previously stated, there’s going to be those nights where you may end up destroying a disgusting faux Long Island Ice Tea because your ex shows up at a party or you just get carried away with your friends, and that is usually understandable. Even so, it’s pretty important to remember when Tuesday nights at McGarrett’s (or Heenan’s if you’re feeling haughty) are over, and your sense of self-significance will start.

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Electronic music has revoltionized music into a rave culture By Colin Gordon

Life and Arts Writer A revolution is upon us. An aggressive, but not violent, underground style is making its way into the mainstream music scene, evolving and shaping our culture. Electronic music is taking over. Since the invention of synthesizers in 1970, electronic music has been gaining popularity. In the past decade there have been tremendous advancements in technology, allowing most muscians to make songs just by using their laptop. Music software is now extremely powerful, enabling artists to make music without a lot of hardware. This is changing the music industry. You no longer need to invest money into instruments, recording studio time or distribution costs. The Internet provides an open platform for artists to share the music they create. Websites like allow anybody to post their music, electronic or not. Giant record companies no longer dominate the music industry. The playing field has leveled out, music creation liberalized. New concepts and practices are forming around music production, and if a musician is good

enough, he or she will get noticed. It’s as simple as that. Posting songs to public websites allow for the people to decide if it is good, not a single producer or record company. The term “electronic music” is very broad in the sense that it encompasses many different genres such as techno, trance, progressive, house, drum and bass, and dubstep. There are also many subgenres which makes electronic music even more diverse. Evidence of the rising popularity and diversity of electronic music can be found in the latest Britney Spears song, “Hold It Against Me.” Halfway through the song it drops into dubstep. Say what? A Britney Spears song that veers off the mainstream, popular culture track? How could this be? Well folks, even the queen of pop is pushing the electronic scene into mainstream. Whether this is a good or bad thing still remains to be seen. The fact that electro is still “underground” is a big turn on for most people. Many metal bands such as Abandon All Ships use electronic synths. Listed under the genre section on their Myspace, its says: “Hardcore / Rock / Techno.” It seems pretty strange that hardcore band would use techno in their music. However, it just shows the broad level of acceptance of electronic music

into other musical stylings. Our parents went through a rock revolution in the 60s and 70s, and now our generation is going through an electronic revolution. Instead of Woodstock, we have Ultra. Instead of Led Zeppelin, we have Deadmau5. It may be hard for some to hear claiming that, “it takes no skill creating music on a computer,” and whether this is true or not, it does not effect the rapid rate in which the electronic scene is growing. Buffalo is starting to catch on. New on Chippewa, nightclub Noir hosts “Dubstep Thursdays,” providing an outlet for students to get their dosage of dancing to hard electro. World-renowned Dj Tiesto is coming to Buffalo on April 10th. It is amazing that Pure nightclub is able to host him because he usually sells out stadiums. Also, the Communist Party hosted at Soundlab is another extremely popular and growing electronic music attraction. The age of electro is still in its early stage with so much left to explore and discover. Electronic music is not going anywhere. Here is something to think about: Remember when your parents showed you their old records? Maybe when we are our parent’s age, we will show our children what a guitar is. What is the future of instruments if everything can be replicated on a computer?

Battle LA: I’ve got a feeling we’re not in District 9 anymore By Jake Castiglia

Life and Arts Writer It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a straight alien invasion flick. This is essentially what Battle: LA boils down to. Nothing more and nothing less. Films like District 9 explored the social impact of an extra-terrestrial presence. Signs showed how aliens can help facilitate family bonding, and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds remake, well, basically sucked, so we won’t talk about that. There are no rainbow heat rays in this film and Tom Cruise is nowhere to be found. That’s all you need to know. Battle: LA follows a unit of Marines through Los Angeles as they try to fend off the alien attack. That about sums up the whole movie. The premise certainly sounds entertaining, which it is, but the film suffers from occasional dips in logic and cliché characters. The film stars Aaron Eckhart as veteran Staff Sergeant Nantz, who leads a team to rescue a small group of civilians trapped behind enemy lines at a police station in Santa Monica. They don’t have all the time in the world however, Santa Monica will be bombed to hell in approximately three hours. Eckhart delivers a solid performance, but the script gives little for the audience to hold onto with respect to his character. Like the supporting cast, the film jumps into the action without much detail as to who Staff Sergeant Nantz really is. Therefore, as soldiers are periodically blown up or shot – Eckhart excluded – the audience is not attached to these characters enough to really care. Regardless, with his beady eyes, dimpled chin, and ability to sell cheesy B-movie dialogue, Eckhart is like the new Kurt Russell here. In many ways the film’s biggest flaws are entirely on paper. Every character you have unGoogle Images

doubtedly seen before. Eckhart is the seasoned soldier with a painful past. Then we have the soldier thinking about the girl back home, the timid rookie, an immigrant, the tough chick in uniform and a slew of other stock characters. And don’t forget the red shirt characters, if you know what I mean. The effect of all this is that almost everyone on screen is forgettable. Throw in some cheesy lines here and there and you’ve got a cliché war movie with aliens. Also, a distraction for me throughout the film is that many soldiers seem to survive dozens of certain fatal explosions. It’s not a huge issue, but it’s one that had me scrunching my forehead more than once. The movie wisely moves at a quick pace to make up for the forementioned flaws. The action, although repetitive, gets the job done. It is exhilarating and fun to watch. The alien and aircraft effects are well done, but I would say the anatomical design of the aliens is lacking. I agree that the final design of an alien species for any movie will never please everyone, but to me these aliens just look sloppy. For example, they basically have what looks like a plain rock for a head, which is a little odd. Battle: LA is Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day with District 9 like special effects. Put simply, the film’s parts are greater than the whole. The cliché characters and dialogue are redeemed enough by the exceptional action and special effects to make Battle: LA worth a watch, but not much more. It’s entertaining, but it won’t be going down in the history books as one of the top alien invasion flicks of our generation.


Friday, March 18, 2011

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Garrett Weinholtz Life & Arts Editor There are a lot of great Youtube videos that have recently just taken off. These viral videos have soared all the way to over 10 million views in some cases, completely outrageous numbers for videos to get in just a few days.

Rebecca Black – Friday (OFFICIAL VIDEO) This is the king of all the recent viral videos. Rebecca Black has been called everything from the next Justin Bieber to the Black Plague. This 13-year-old “sings” a song about getting down on Friday. Besides the “awesome”

lyrics, the music video behind this song is just fantastic. This video is pure “fun fun fun fun fun” as Rebecca Black sings, so choose a seat and get down to this video.

eo so good is how awesome the guys are at acting like girls. Songs in Real Life!!

Harvard Sailing Team – Pop songs just don’t apply Boys Will Be Girls: Bixby the to real life, right? Wrong! This Cat video uses popular songs such as “OMG” and makes them fit real Do you know some guys life situations. Steve Kardynal, the that act more like girls than creator of the video, puts a plegirls you know? Yeah, thought thera of modern songs into this. so. And if you haven’t, this viYou won’t be able to hear these ral video shows guys acting like songs the same way again, guarangirls and girls acting like guys. teed. They have released a second It’s hilarious to see the guys try one, but it is nothing compared to and console their friend after this. a tough break up by cuddling Katy Perry Firework – with him. What makes this vid-

A Capella Cover – Mike Tompkins – Beatbox I am a sucker for a good a capella cover, especially of songs that I never thought of as being done without instruments. Katy Perry’s “Firework” is one of those songs that I never imagined as an a capella version. The video is pretty interesting to watch too. It shows each voice track that Tompkins throws on top including the instruments he’s making lines for. There hasn’t been an a capella song like this in a while of this quality, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this version aired on “Glee” or another one of those popular music shows. Google Images

Top 10 reasons St. Patricks Day rocks By Kate O’Songin Editor in Chief Get out every piece of green you have in your closet and start planning for the St. Patrick’s Day parade! While March 17 has come and gone, the celebration continues into this Sunday when the parade heads down Delaware Avenue, as it does every year in Buffalo. Never been to the parade and don’t know what to expect? Here are the top 10 most acceptable behaviors to ensure the most memorable St. Patrick’s Day celebration ever. 10. Feel free to brag about your hometown and/or your Irish heritage. South Buffalo is comprised of almost all Irish-Americans, so we expect South Buffalonians to do this. Do us all a favor, though, and don’t talk about it for the other 364 days of the year. 9. Dress in green from head to toe. A St. Patrick’s Day celebration is

the only place where it is completely acceptable to do this without worrying about mismatched shades of green. From face paint, accessories and shot glass necklaces that light up…anything goes, because everyone is too drunk to notice or care. It’s the greatest holiday to dress up, next to Halloween of course. 8. Go green. No, I do not mean environmentally friendly. Consumption of any and all green-colored food or beverage is wildly accepted as a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Forget your diets or distaste for the color: Bagels, milkshakes and beer are the most popular green-options this weekend, but I challenge you to seek out some more, or even create your own. Be original! Green eggs and ham do not count. 7. Say hi to local Irish-celebrities at the parade. Channel 2’s famous Irishman, meteorologist Kevin O’Connell, is known to take a stroll down Delaware Avenue in his green

sweater alongside his non-Irish on-air counterparts. Senator Chuck Schumer often gets a bit of publicity at the event, as well as Mayor Byron Brown (Hey, everyone has a lil’ Irish in them on St. Patty’s Day!). 6. Find some corned beef and cabbage, and eat it. Whether you like it or not, you should definitely try it at least one time in your life, but only on St. Patrick’s Day. I tried it three years ago, and will never eat it again, but at least I did my Irish duty. If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s time to man up. 5. Use any and all lame Irish phrases like. “Kiss Me I’m Irish” or “Luck ‘o the Irish” are both acceptable, though typical. Use them even if you don’t know what they mean, because let’s be honest – no one does. Say them loud and say them proud, but on Monday, March 21, don’t even think about it. Pack up those light up buttons and glittery t-shirts for 2012. 4. Ask someone out on a date. Surprised to see this one? Don’t be.

It’s the perfect occasion to do this, as anything goes on St. Patrick’s Day. Remember those phrases from #5? Use them: The other person doesn’t know you’re not Irish. You get it from your mom’s side, right? Give them a shot because you really have nothing to lose. See if they’ll go with you to look for a pot o’ gold. 3. Talk in an Irish accent, or at least try. One of the greatest parts about St. Patrick’s Day are the conversations people are having around you, especially people who are drunk and attempting to sound Irish. Definitely use the word “blarney” in 75 percent of the sentences you use. 2. Don’t worry about looking or acting stupid. In fact, I encourage it. Most people probably think you are, anyway, and today is one of the few days a year you can get away with it. 1. Go crazy, be irresponsible and stay out as late as you want. No class on Monday!

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Huge overhaul rumors for Final Cut Pro By Garret Weinholtz Life and Arts Editor

Moviemakers are on the lookout. The next version of the popular video editing program Final Cut Pro is rumored to be released this coming April, depending on how the Beta testing of the program continues. The newest edition of FCP is rumored to have massive changes, more changes than the program has seen since HD video became part of the program. The developers of the program have tried to keep the details of the new edition extremely secret, but leaks always find a way to the Internet. With these rumors have come many worries about the future of the program. One of the biggest worries FCP users have is the rumor that Apple will be dumbing down the program. This rumor may unfortunately hold true. Apple moviemakers should remember the “improvements” that were recently made to iMovie ’09. iMovie ’08 was a great program that offered everything from advanced sound control to some minor special effects. The next version got rid of all that, even basic sound editing, eventually leading to Apple posting a download link for the previous edition due to angry users.

Apple’s reasoning for possibly dumbing down their already popular movie editing software: Final Cut Express has sold more. AppleInsider said they are “improving Final Cut Studio and making it more appealing and useful to the needs of prosumers. Currently, FCP is targeted at advanced professionals with a scaled down, less expensive Final Cut Express version sold to users who don’t need all the high end features.” The problem with that is the Final Cut Pro suite is fine just the way it is, and the Express edition is doing its job of pleasing the users who want a simpler non-linear edit system. There’s a reason Apple has two versions of this program and combining them to make a “prosumer” friendly FCP is not the way to make something better. One very strong rumor about the new edition is that the 3-point editing system will be gone. People who have tried out the Beta of the program have said that the new FCP is missing the Viewer window. This makes the new program sound more like iMovie. iMovie has already done away with its source/viewer system, and FCP copying this technique doesn’t hold too much promise for a better program. One thing that Apple is doing right is breaking up the full suite into separate pro-

grams. This means that programs included in the FCP suite like Apple Motion will now be available separately. These individual parts are meant to sell for $79 to $99 each. Apple is trying to move away from their expensive program packages, which don’t sell as easily as their smaller programs. One question I have is whether Apple will offer a plug in for the new FCP that will appease the professional and advanced users of the program. Without the features that their users have come to stand by, not many people will get the new edition of the program. This could result in a shift to moviemakers using exclusively Avid or Pinnacle, knocking Apple out of the movie editing business for a while. The only thing that is keeping fans of the program anxious about the new release is the fact that beta-testers have nothing but glowing reviews about the changes. They aren’t allowed to release too much information about these changes, so we’re left to stay hopeful based on their excitement alone. Regardless of how the new FCP turns out, moviemakers will have to be making some editing changes soon or sticking it out with their older products.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Don’t Panic! Panic! At the Disco is back! By Mariel Klein

Life and Arts Writer

“Expect the worst, hope for the best, pass the chips.” @DemetriMartin

“Saint Patrick’s Day is named for Saint Patrick, the first guy to feed Guinness to a snake.” @ConanObrien

“I love that a lot of people can identify a bar in buffalo by the shelf holding the beer.” @jeremyWGR

“It’s the beginning of March Madness! Of course, if you’re Charlie Sheen you got a three-week head start.” @jimmyfallon

“Can’t tell if I’m watching Celebrity Apprentice or Celebrity Rehab.” @kevin_nealon

“Well, “True Hollywood Story: Aflac Duck” just got a lot more interesting.” @sethmeyers21

“The lucky numbers on my last few fortune cookies have been way off. Get it together, China!” @StephenAtHome

“Cloning hybrid idea: Steven Tyler Perry.” @rainnwilson

Hannah’s tasty treats Ingredients: 1-cup granola cereal 1 1/3 -cups flour 1/2-cup sugar 2-tsps.- baking powder 3/4 -tsp. baking soda 2-eggs, beaten 1- 8 oz. carton plain yogurt 1/3- cup canola oil 1/2- tsp. vanilla 1-cup chocolate chips

Granola Chocolate-Chip Cupcakes

By Hannah Alt

Preheat oven to 350°. Fill 2-12 count cupcake pans with paper baking liners. Combine granola, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, oil and vanilla and then stir into dry ingredients, just until moist. Stir in chocolate chips. Fill cupcake cups three-fourths full with batter. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting. Makes 18-24 cupcakes.

Panic! At the Disco is back and celebrating not only the return of the amazing disappearing exclamation point and the creation of a new album, but the continuation of their sound and band. Most people assumed Panic! was defunct after the schism that nearly broke them up in July 2009. After splitting (on bad terms, as in the tradition of all good rock bands) from guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, the two remaining members, lead singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith were assumed to be finished with their musical careers. While Ross and Walker hit the ground running with a new band entitled “The Young Veins,” which released an album and went on tour in 2010, Urie and Smith sat in the background, seemingly in defeat. As we now see, the two were quietly working on what was to be their defining album. Vices and Virtues, which will drop March 22 from Decaydance records, is a look into the mind of Urie and Smith, a reward for fans of their freshman album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. The rock elements, pounding rhythms and driving melodies, are a stark contrast from their previous venture, Pretty Odd, which leads us to believe that the entirety of that album was the brainchild of folk-minded Ross. Indeed, a statement from Ross explained that the band split due to musical differences; he wanted to create more retro-inspired folk rock, while Urie’s vision was one of the burlesque techno pop of Fever. All personal issues aside, Vices and Virtues, interestingly enough is the perfect blend of both previous albums. The first track, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” is a dark rock tune about, in true Panic! fashion, a prostitute, that harkens back to the band’s early days. After bringing listeners back into the mindset of first album Fever, Panic! then proceeds to grow with each song, adding more rock and less pop, more catchy choruses and hooks and less wordy dialogue, as found on Fever. Standout tracks include “Let’s Kill Tonight”, which features a myriad of orchestral instruments such as marimbas, “Always”, which is a tender love song that shows off the incredible range and rawness of Urie’s voice. “The Calendar” is a catchy, slightly nostalgic but explosive track that begs a live performance, and the last couple of songs: “Sarah Smiles” and “Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met)” dissolve into various unconventional instruments and antics that one would expect from Urie and Smith. Following the release of the album on March 22, Urie and Smith will be embarking on a nation-wide tour beginning April 2011, which, according to Urie, promises to be a theatrical show that recalls the Panic! extravaganzas of the old days. Think sparks, Tesla coils, wild costumes and elaborate makeup. Perhaps we’re a bit biased because we’ve been jumping at the bit for something new and exciting from Urie and Smith, but this album is just what we’ve been waiting for. Urie’s vocal performance is refreshingly un-auto tuned and raw, the lyrics are still a bit odd but the instrumentation is truly origina,l and the choruses will leave you singing for days. Vices and Virtues exudes a power and a message that speaks to the fans who have been so patient with the dramatics that have filled Panic! these past two years. This album, on the whole, does a tremendous job of tying up the loose ends of their previous sound, tipping the hat to Ross and Walker, and moving on with the sound and the vision of Panic! At the Disco, a sound that we believe will be around to stay for a long time.

As much as I love chocolate, I don’t have a very intense sweet tooth. I often crave a little treat just sweet enough to get rid of that last-meal-taste in my mouth and satisfy my chocolate quota for the day. This is the cupcake to do just that. The perfect combination of granola and yogurt make it moist and not too crumbly, and the chocolate chips give you just the right amount of yummy goodness. This is one cupcake that doesn’t need any frosting, and stands alone as almost a mini chocolaty muffin. However, if you are a frosting fiend and think that a cupcake sans frosting is simply blasphemous, milk-chocolate frosting is a seamless addition. Homemade frosting is always better if you are feeling extra ambitious, but Betty Crocker also does the job pretty well. Recipe courtesy of “Super Simple Cupcake Recipes”. Photo courtesy of Garrett Weinholtz

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Friday, March 18, 2011

The Sounds of Buffalo A list of gigs and concerts playing in the Buffalo area this weekend.

Best Seller List - Top 5

Paperback Trade Fiction

Paperback Nonfiction


1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

2. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Friday, Mar. 18: Acropolis 10:30pm: The Discotheque. Disco & Electric House Music w/ Twist, Paul Brennon, & Bacon. Buffalo Irish Center 7:30pm: The Dustmen in the Pub Chuggers 10:00pm: 2 Minutes to Maiden (Iron Maiden tribute), Icarus Witch Club Diablo 9:30pm: Ensangrentado, Volker, Better Unborn, ‘All To End HSBC Arena 7:00pm: Lil Wayne, “I’m Still Music” Tour. Irishman Pub and Eatery 10:00pm: The Lochside Celtic Trio McGarret’s 10:00pm: Family Dinner. $3 Musicians Big “6” Club & Restaurant 7:00pm - 7:00am: Jazz Jam. All jazz musicians welcome, performances recorded. Free.


Market Arcade Film & Arts Center Main Street Theater

Soundlab 11:00pm: The Communist Party. Tittsworth & Smash Gordon w/ Mario Speedwagon

Buffalo Sports Garden 9:00pm: Strictly Hip Club Diablo 9:00pm: Sinfringement Festival. Dancers, DJs, & more. Finnans 10:00pm: SuperCharger. 21+ Free Kleinhans Music Hall 8:00pm: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “A Fifth of Tchaikovsky” Lebro’s 8:30pm - 11:30pm: Dave Schiavone Mohawk Place 10:00pm: White Bison, Cosmic Breakdown, Hal Jordan Seneca Niagara Casino 8:00pm: Holly Cole. The Bear’s Den. $35 Xtreme Wheels 6:00pm: Tides of Antioch, Vanica, Maliyana, The Marianas Embrace, Cold White North. $10/$12

3. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis

5. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave

Pearl Street Grill & Brewery 9:30pm: Aqueous. $4

Saturday, Mar. 19:

2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz

3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

4. THE KING’S SPEECH, by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi 5. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls

MOVIE SHOW TIMES LIMITLESS ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:25, 7:00, 9:45 SAT/SUN 1:50, 4:25, 7:00, 9:45 BATTLE: LOS ANGELES ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 SAT/SUN 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55

MARS NEEDS MOMS ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:50, 6:50, 8:50 SAT/SUN 12:50, 2:50, 4:50, 6:50, 8:50


RANGO (G) DAILY 4:00, 6:45, 9:15 SAT/SUN 1:30, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15 RED RIDING HOOD ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 SAT/SUN 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU ( PG-13 ) DAILY 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 SAT/SUN 2:00, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 PAUL (R) DAILY 4:15, 7:10, 9:30 SAT/SUN 1:45, 4:15. 7:10. 9:30


MAR Acid House Kings Richard Ashcroft James Blake Joe Bonamassa Born Of Osiris Chris Brown Edwyn Collins Duran Duran Egyptrixx Green Day Gucci Mane Jennifer Hudson Josh Kelley Keren Ann Panic! At The Disco Pharoahe Monch Protest The Hero

Music Sounds Better With You United Nations Of Sound James Blake Dust Bowl The Discover F.A.M.E. Losing Sleep All You Need Is Now [CD Release] Bible Eyes Awesome As F**k [Live CD/DVD] The Return Of Mr. Zone 6 I Remember Me Georgia Clay 101 Vices & Virtues W.A.R (We Are Renegades) Scurrilous


Friday, March 18, 2011


On The Wing

He’s already one of the Boyes By Paul Anstett Sports Writer

It has been evidenced by the Buffalo Sabres that trade deadline acquisitions do not always work out well. Dainius Zubrus, Steve Bernier, Dominic Moore and Raffi Torres all failed to impress in their short tenures with the Sabres, and that is putting it lightly.  This past deadline, everyone was not only waiting to see who Buffalo might trade for, but also whether that player would join the aforementioned list of disappointments. Almost ten games into his Sabre career, Brad Boyes has been anything but a disappointment.  Boyes has notched three assists and four goals, including an overtime winner against Boston.  Of course, Steve Bernier excited many fans early on, somehow even prompting a handful of them to actually buy his jersey.  The situation for Boyes seems different though for several reasons. Boyes has had a 40-goal season in this league, so the style that Buffalo plays suits him better than the more defensive scheme that St. Louis had recently employed.  Coming into a new team usually means meeting a whole new group of guys, and while that was mostly the case, Boyes was familiar with Tim Connolly and Steve Montador, two former teammates of his in juniors.  Another comfort factor is that Boyes, a Missisauga, Ontario native, is playing near home for the first time in his NHL career.  Lastly, unlike most trade deadline acquisitions, Boyes is not an upcoming unrestricted free agent.  He still has one more year on his contract, so even before he came to Buffalo, he was under the assumption that he would be here for a while.  One of the biggest distractions for any player in any sport is worrying about whether you are on the trading block or where your next contract will take you. The bottom line is that Brad Boyes being acquired in exchange for a second round pick was a steal by Darcy Regier.  It seems as though the trade to Buffalo has rejuvenated Boyes, a player who had been struggling to score goals at his expected pace the past couple seasons.  His presence will certainly be a big part of the Sabres remaining playoff push. As for the Sabres team, they find themselves in a pretty good spot.  After an impressive (and extensive) road trip, the team now finds itself with an upcoming homestand with a great opportunity to increase its playoff standing.  The team is firing on all cylinders right now, and hopefully they do not let up any time soon because we all know how much fun playoff hockey in Buffalo is. The only thing it seems that could bog down the team right now is the tragic passing of Sabre great Rick Martin. Martin passed away earlier this week after a car accident.  Young people obviously never saw Martin play, but ask anyone who did and they will tell you stories of his speed and his shot that made him the sniper of the famed French Connection line.  The ironic part about this whole situation is that Martin laced up the skates and headed out to center ice with Gilbert Perreault and Rene Robert mere weeks ago in a pre-game ceremony honoring Terry Pegula in his first game as Sabres owner.  Due to Pegula’s love of hockey and in particular the French Connection, it was apparent that we would see the three of them around a lot more at various events and Sabres games.  It is a shame that that will no longer be the case. The next game for the Sabres is Saturday at home versus Atlanta.

Griffs lose grasp in late innings By Ed Lupien Sports Writer

Repeatedly coming up short during a cold and gloomy weekend in Dayton, Ohio, the baseball team lost all four games it played in the Flyer Classic by a combined total of six runs. Commencing weekend action with a Saturday doubleheader against the Dayton Flyers, who served as the host team of the classic, the Griffins would amass 27 hits but could not avoid a sweep at the hands of the Atlantic 10 conference foe, falling 14-11 and 7-6. Canisius would hang with the Flyers through five innings of the first game before Dayton scored nine unanswered runs to make it 14-5 in what would turn out to be the Griffins most potent offensive performance of the season thus far. The Griffs rallied in the ninth inning to score six runs, thanks in part to junior third baseman Drew Pettit three-run homer, but could not match the Flyers’ effort. Senior first baseman Brian Burton had five hits and five RBIs in the game. Freshman right fielder Ryan Coppinger went 3-for-5 while senior shortstop Sean Jamieson paced the Griffins with three RBIs in the second game as Canisius let a 4-0 lead slip away in the fifth inning, when Dayton broke out to score seven runs. “As a team we just need to do everything to the best of our abilities and focus on our own tasks on a daily basis because everyone brings something to table,” Burton said. “We’ve got to find out how to put it all together and that’s what is causing problems for us right now.”

The Griffins’ level of frustration would increase on Sunday as they would squander leads in the late innings of both games of a doubleheader against Wright State, dropping the pair of contests, 2-1 and 4-3. After playing six innings of scoreless baseball, the Griffs’ bats came alive when senior center fielder Will Chomicki doubled to lead off the top of the seventh inning and scored two batters later on a groundout by Jamieson giving Canisius its first lead of the day. Wright State would soon answer, however, as three straight singles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning would earn the Raiders a one-run lead and ultimately the victory. Freshman Billy Martin pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. The Griffins would take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning of the second game before the Raiders would score two runs on one hit to snatch the win from a mystified Canisius defense as two walks and a hit-bypitch set the stage for a walk-off single. Burton had two hits and two RBIs in the game. “It’s a pessimistic feeling right now,” Burton said. “Those one run games – you need to find ways to win those and right now we’re not doing the right things. It’s hard not to be down after you’ve been here for the three most successful years in this program’s history and start to experience these struggles.” Canisius (4-10) will travel to Morgantown, W.Va. this weekend for a four-game series with West Virginia of the Big East Conference. The Mountaineers won three of four games against fellow MAAC program Rider last weekend. First pitch for the opening game on Friday is set for 3 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

Canisius grinds out two close wins By Brady Phelps Sports Writer

After getting out to an early lead at Binghamton, the Griffs stayed in control throughout the game thanks to big games from seniors Carly Quinn and Brianne Laffey. Quinn scored twice early on, getting Canisius off to an early 4-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Binghamton responded with two goals of its own, but the Griffs put in the final three goals of the half, including junior Megan Oosting’s goal with 22 seconds left in the half. Canisius was able to keep a four-goal advantage throughout the second half with goals from Quinn and Laffey, as well as seniors Taylor Gray and Jackie Loson. Also scoring in the contest were sophomore Kate Gosson and freshman Maria Kotas, en route to 12-7 victory. Senior goalie Allison Daley stopped 11 shots between the pipes to earn Canisius its second win of the season. In a big game against Longwood University, Canisius shined in a tight contest that resulted in an 8-7 win. Quinn and Kotas both scored twice, with Kotas putting home the game-winning goal. Junior Kristy Wilenski had a team-high three points with a goal and two assists. The

two teams traded goals in the first seven minutes, scoring twice each. Gray scored to put Canisius on the board and Wilenski snapped the net on a free position shot, followed by Kotas scoring her first of the day on an assist from Wilenski to tie the game at three. The Lady Griffs went into halftime down 4-3, but the deficit wouldn’t be there for long. Coming out of the locker room, Canisius put up four goals in the first seven minutes of the second half to take a three-goal lead. Oosting tied the game up and Quinn put away two consecutive scores to give the Griffs a two goal advantage, followed by junior Rachel Brand scoring on a feed from Wilenski to give Canisius a three-goal advantage. Longwood came charging back with three goals of their own before Kotas scored on a free position shot with just over 11 minutes left to play, proving to be the game-winner. Daley had another impressive game with nine saves to put the Lady Griffs at .500 on the season. “We played well against Longwood, it was a tight game throughout but I thought it really showed how tough we can be on defense,” said Kristy Wilenski. “We just have to stay focused on our next opponent and build upon these last two games.” The Griffs will play next against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa., on March 22. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming to host 2011 U.S. Collegiate National Championships By Terence Shannon Sports Writer

The Canisius College synchronized swimming team is hosting the 2011 U.S. Collegiate National Championships at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center this week from March 17-19. The competition started yesterday and is the premier event for all collegiate synchronized swimming teams across the country. The Griffs are looking to live up to their third-place finish last year in Palo Alto, Calif., where they finished with a score of 72 points, tying for third place with the University of Incarnate Wood. The Griffs finished only behind two national powerhouses, Ohio State University (who grabbed first place with a score of 96 points) and Stanford University (who finished second with 82 overall points). This year, the Griffs look to be in contention for another top spot and have high expectations as the host school. The Griffs have never secured a top-two finish in this event and are going to need excellent performances from some of their most talented and experienced swimmers to win a national championship on home ground. Freshman Svetlana Ponkratova will play a key role in Canisius’ potential title run. She has had a remarkable season, not losing any event in which she entered. Ponkratova is coming off a strong performance at the ECAC Championships, where the Griffs won their 14th-straight title and she won the A Figures technical event, the solo event and the duet and the

trio routines. This will be the toughest test of the season for her to this point and the Griffs hope that she can pull through. She will be joined in the duet by another key performer for Canisius, sophomore Victoria Mintz. She has had a strong season and looks to continue her success as the second member of the championship duet pair. Both Mintz and Ponkratova will compete alongside senior Laurie Wakelam in the trio event, which they also won at the ECAC Championships. “I believe our trio and duet will do extremely well this year,” Mintz said. “We have been working very hard in order to be the best we can be and really go out and show the judges and other schools what we have. “The trio is a lot of fun to swim because we chose upbeat, high energy music that will draw in the audience and judges. It’s a great routine and hopefully we will be able to showcase that to everyone this week.” While these three girls will be very important to a championship run for the Griffs, they will be joined by teammates in numerous other events. The team routine hopes to continue its success after an ECAC championship and will be good experience for the program as it includes freshmen that are competing in their first U.S. Collegiate National Championship. “I’m really excited to compete in my first national championship, especially since we are hosting it,” freshman Morgan Lebrecht said “I think that we can do very well and make Canisius proud. We have worked hard all season and we think that our hard work will pay off.”

Colin Gordon

The finals of the tournament are tomorrow at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center.


Softball goes 3-1 in Maryland after long layoff By Alyssa Palombo  

Sports Writer

The Canisius College softball team played for the first time since Feb. 20 this past weekend, when it traveled to Baltimore, Md. to take part in the UMBC/Coppin State Invitational. The Griffs went 1-1 on Saturday, the first day of the competition, losing 9-6 to Seton Hall in the first game and posting a 4-1 win over Brown later in the day. Both Canisius and Seton Hall posted four runs in the first inning of their match. Senior Paige Freiberger put the Blue and Gold in the lead with an RBI single in the fourth; however, Seton Hall tied the game again in the bottom of the inning. The Griffs would take the lead once more in the sixth, with a single run scored on a pair of wild pitches and a passed ball, but the Pirates would take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning, putting up four runs to give them the victory. Freshman Jen Consaul took the loss in relief, allowing four runs in two and two-third innings of work. She gave up four hits and two walks, while adding five strikeouts. In the game against Brown, the

Griffs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after an RBI single by junior Katie Lancellotti scored sophomore Lizzy Gatto from second. Canisius tacked on its second run in the fifth on an RBI single by senior Kerry Ulmer. They would go on to add two more runs in the sixth, when Lancellotti’s single scored both Gatto and Freiberger. Sophomore Amanda Baun started the game and earned her second win of the season after allowing just one run on four hits, with six strikeouts and three walks. Freiberger was 3-for-4 on the day with a double, two runs scored, three RBI and three walks. Senior Lauren Hope contributed with two doubles, three runs scored and two stolen bases. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the Griffs posted a pair of wins, the first coming over Morgan State by the score of 9-1, and the second over host UMBC by the score of 3-2. Canisius scored one run in each of the first two innings against Morgan State before putting up six runs in the third, an inning which saw 11 batters come to the plate. Senior Emily Helbig, Hope, sophomore Katie Medina and Freiberger all chipped in with RBIs; two of the runs in the inning were unearned.

Freiberger was 3-for-4 against Morgan State with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Hope went 2-for3 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Medina went 1-for-2 with three RBI, a walk and a run scored. Consaul earned her first collegiate win in the game, allowing just one hit and striking out three in four innings of work. In the nightcap against UMBC, the Griffs drew first blood in the first inning on a single by Lancellotti that scored Gatto and Medina. Junior Lauren Falzone gave the Blue and Gold their eventual winning run in the sixth on an RBI triple that scored Lancellotti. The Retrievers scored once in the third and again in the seventh, it wasn’t enough to give them the victory. Baun picked up the completegame victory, allowing only two runs on six hits to go with six strikeouts and six walks. The Griffs’ record currently stands at 6-3 on the year. On Monday, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference named Freiberger its Softball Player of the Week. She hit .727 with a total of two doubles, four RBI, three runs scored and stolen base over the weekend. Perhaps the big story for the soft-

ball team so far this year has been the cancellations in their schedule. As The Griffin previously reported, a non-conference doubleheader against Mount St. Mary’s had to be cancelled due to inclement weather and poor field conditions, and airplane trouble forced Canisius to cancel games against Florida A&M and Savannah State. “The cancellations that we have experienced have definitely affected the team,” sophomore catcher Stephanie Pfentner said. “During the season, Coach Rappl likes to see us play at least 50 games, but right now we are down to 44 games. We had a 20-day period without playing any games. In order to keep us sharp, the team has been practicing at least six days a week inside.” The team will begin a series of West Coast games on March 18, when they open play in the Marina International Hotel Showcase in Los Angeles. They will face Bethune-Cookman and Utah Valley on the first day of the competition. “In order to prepare for MAAC play, we will be traveling to California March 17 to the 27,” Pfentner said. “During that time period we are playing at least nine games against some of the tough California opponents. We will continue to practice really hard and be ready for our MAAC play.”


Friday, March 18, 2011

Women’s Rowing

Canisius to add women’s rowing at D-1 level By James Graziano Sports Writer

Canisius College will be adding women’s rowing to its NCAA Division I sports offerings for the 2011 fall season. Athletic director Bill Maher made the announcement official last week, adding that the search for a full time head coach is underway. The Canisius women’s club rowing team will become the Division I team, which will join the other 83 teams across the country that compete at the D-I level. “This is a great opportunity for the women’s rowing club,” coach Christi Roorda Ciaccio said. “We have been working toward this for the past eight years since the club began in 2003.” Like other Canisius teams, the new rowing team will participate in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The other rowing teams in the MAAC include Fairfield, Iona, Loyola (Md.), Manhattan and Marist, as well as associate members Drake, Robert Morris and Sacred Heart.  There are also some neighboring teams that support rowing as a women’s sport, including University at Buffalo, Syracuse and Cornell. Although the women’s club team has been moved to the Division I level, the men’s club team will remain at club status since the NCAA does not offer men’s rowing. However, the men’s team will be

receiving more money in the future and will compete in the MAAC Championships, which are held annually at Mercer Lake in Princeton Junction, N.J. The team has been in the process of earning Division I status since last year. The West Side Rowing Club has been the “home field” of the club teams and it will continue to be utilized by Canisius as it competes at the varsity level. Although the spotlight is on the rowing team gaining NCAA status, the hope is that all club teams at Canisius will gain more attention as well. Canisius will now be home to 17 varsity teams, including the rowing team. Rowing will also be the ninth women’s sport offered at Canisius. The movement is being seen as more of an opportunity to advance the school, as opposed to offset spending between men’s and women’s programs. Students Hannah Ball, Krysty Dross, Mary Russell and Bridget Wodowski make up the women’s rowing club eboard, and all of them are excited for the opportunity they have next year. “We’ve been building this team from the ground up for the past three years, since we started as first time rowers our freshman year,” they said. “We’re very excited that our efforts and hard work are being recognized and rewarded by the college. We hope that next year, as a Division I team, we will be able to become a better team and reach all of the goals we set out to achieve freshman year.”

Hockey: Seniors thank coach Smith for opportunity Continued from back page

The game was the last collegiate game for seniors Conacher, Derek Danowski, Forsman, Jenks, Pat Kenney, Phil Rauch, Scarsella and Eric Rex. Senior Taylor Anderson will stay on as the team’s equipment manager for the next two years as he works toward his graduate degree. The senior class has not only made its mark in the record books, but have seen success in their four years, highlighted by a 17-15-5 record last season, where the team reached the Atlantic Hockey Semi-finals. “[The senior class] has really rebuilt this team and you have to give a lot of credit to coach [Dave Smith] for recruiting a good freshman class when we came in,” Conacher said. “The nine guys that are graduating this year are nine great guys. We made a friendship that will last forever, and we will have memories that will also last forever.” Canisius had one of the most experienced teams in the NCAA this year, with nine seniors on the roster. Next season, they will be much younger. “It’s important for [next year’s] seniors to take control,” Scarsella said. “They are going to be a young team again. It’s going to be important for them to get a good start and to realize that since they are young, that it is going to take some time. But, I think they have some good leadership so it’s not going to be a problem for them to make the transformation.” Scarsella and Conacher, arguably the

most prolific offensive duo in the history of the program, have set their eyes on playing hockey at the next level. Scarsella left yesterday to play for the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League. Conacher, secondteam All-Atlantic Hockey, has several offers on the table and has yet to make a decision. “As of right now, I’m just focusing on school and if that time comes where I can leave early, then I will and go from there,” Conacher said. Both Conacher and Scarsella owe their success to their choice of playing at Canisius, when there very well could have been offers from bigger hockey programs. “I logged a lot of ice time over my four years,” said Scarsella, who owns the record for most games played. “I think me and coach Smith built up a good relationship with each other and the biggest thing you could do coming out of four years is to have mutual respect for each other. He gave me the opportunity to play and succeed at a very high level, so I’m definitely happy to come here, and I wouldn’t change that for anything.” “Coach gave me a huge opportunity to come here and play on the top two lines and I think that is what helped my career out the most,” Conacher said. “I might not have had the chance to be one of the important players on the team or be a leader my senior year in a bigger school. I got to give credit to my teammates and my coaches for helping me through the process and allowing me to enjoy this experience here at Canisius.” The Griffs finished with a 13-19-6 overall record and were 10-12-5 in Atlantic Hockey games.

Kristen Victor

The 2010-2011 hockey season included many highlights that the seniors will never forget.

Synchronized swimming looks for strong showing as host of National Championships. @14 @


Friday, March 18, 2011 Volume lxxxi Number 17

Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Late heroics not enough as hockey falls to Holy Cross in Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals Seniors reflect on lessons learned, friendships made

By Rich Lunghino

Sports Writer The Canisius hockey team was unable to extend its season after a loss in the deciding game of the Atlantic Hockey Quarterfinals last Sunday against the Holy Cross Crusaders. It was the final collegiate game for the Griffs’ nine seniors, but over their four years of wearing the Blue and Gold, they created memories that will last a lifetime. After a 45-minute delay due to an apparent ammonia leak in the arena, Holy Cross took Game One from Canisius, 6-3. “It was kind of weird, we had to evacuate the arena and go on the bus,” said senior Vince Scarsella. “It actually ended up being just exhaust from the media trucks. It wasn’t even ammonia.” The Griffs were first on the scoreboard when freshman Kyle Gibbons’ long shot found the back of the net for his first goal in 12 games. Canisius took the 1-0 lead into the second period. However, Holy Cross scored twice within the first 3:28 of the period to take a 2-1 lead. Three min-

utes later, the Griffs answered back when senior Chris Forsman fired a shot from the boards. It was anybody’s game in the third period, and it was Holy Cross who scored early in the period to take a 3-2 lead. After the Crusaders extended their lead to 4-2 on the power play, Scarsella scored his 13th goal of the season off a rebound to make it a one-goal game. However, the Griffs were only able to get five shots on goal in the period. Holy Cross would add two goals in the final minute to put the game out of reach. Junior Dan Morrison made 24 saves in the loss. Game Two was a lackluster effort by the Griffs for most of the game, and it seemed like a very poor way to end the season. Holy Cross scored first with 2:17 left in the first period, and added another goal early in the second to take a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. Canisius finally broke through on the power play with 6:05 left in regulation on Forsman’s second goal of the series, with freshman Taylor Law providing a screen in front of the net. The clock was an enemy of Canisius with 55 seconds to go, when Morrison, who stopped 49 pucks in the game, was pulled for an extra attacker. Finally, 3.5 seconds left in t h e period, Gib-

bons’ turnaround shot found the back of the net and sent the game into overtime. Gibbons made his presence felt again once again in the extra session when he buried freshman Ryan Bohrer’s centering pass for a 3-2 victory. “[Forsman’s goal] really gave us some life and then we took the play to them the last six minutes,” Scarsella said. “Cory [Conacher] made a great play [on the tying goal] just to get a puck to the net. Gibbons is always around the net and he just made a great shot to tie it, and he also made a great shot in overtime to win it.” Holy Cross took another first period lead in Game Three, scoring twice in 33 seconds to hold a 2-0 advantage going into the first intermission. With 7:12 gone in the second frame, Scarsella scored on the power play to pull the Griffs to within one goal. With two minutes left in the period, Holy Cross reestablished its two-goal lead to take a 3-1 lead into the third period. Canisius would not go down easily as senior Scott Jenks scored at the 1:31 mark of the period to start the Griffs’ comeback. Four minutes later, Conacher capitalized on a feed from Scarsella to tie the game at 3-3. It seemed as though Canisius’ momentum would carry them to victory, but it was not in the cards as Holy Cross blitzed the Griffs four

minutes later with two quick goals, taking a 5-3 lead with half the period to go. With Canisius pressing offensively, Holy Cross added two empty-net goals to take the game 7-3. Morrison had a 26-save performance. “We had a close comeback and then bounces didn’t go our way. But that’s what happens in hockey,” Conacher said. “One bounce the wrong way, and the game could be a totally different story.” All of the games were close affairs, even with the seemingly lopsided scores in the Games One and Three. The teams, in addition to not being big rivals, had not played each other since Nov. 14. In their wins, the Crusaders were efficient, which was due to adherence to their system. “Holy Cross is a big system-oriented team, so it’s hard to get going offensively and defensively because they rarely make a mistake,” Scarsella said. “We were battling to try and get goals and it was hard because they are big on systems, they are really good in the D-zone, and they have a really good goaltender. See hockey page 15

Kristen Victor

The senior class of 2011 has helped to make the Canisius hockey program a perennial force in Atlantic Hockey.

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