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H. Wil Johnson set to retire USA SENATE ELECTIONS ENCOUNTER FRUSTRATING ERRORS Current director of public safety will retire May 19 Ballot mistakes and confusion could affect senate election results By Cameron Lareva, News Editor Elections for the Undergraduate Stu- will be penalized by a certain number of dent Association class senators began votes at the end of the election. Parker Monday, April 23rd and ended thursday, confirmed that Glanowski was later reApril 26th, however, this year there were moved from the ballot. Sophomore senate elections also multiple difficulties that both senator candidates and voting general body stu- faced clerical errors, as sophomore senate candidate, Paige Phillips ‘21, was not dents faced. The ballot was open for students on the ballot when it first launched on to vote for their class senators start- Monday. Phillips found the error when ing the 23rd, but many students found she accessed the ballot around 10 a.m. that they could not access the ballot She explained that she reached out to on CanisiusLife on Monday. However, Parker and USA graduate advisor, Neil Katie Parker ‘18, USA executive vice Savoy, to resolve the issue. Savoy quickly president, ensures that students did ac- added Phillips’ name to the ballot. There cess the ballot and cast votes on Mon- were a total of five people who voted while day and the following days of voting. Phillip’s name was not on the ballot. PhilShe says,”Unfortunately, sometimes lips said that she turned in all of her paperCanisiusLife glitches for some students, work on time and that it was not an issue sometimes links don’t work exactly prop- on her end. Parker states, “Unfortunately erly, and sometimes students are unfamil- when I confirmed the list of candidates iar with how exactly CanisiusLife works.” to Student Life, I missed her name on the Many candidates were also frus- sheet. However, she contacted myself and trated that there was no post on Today@ USA’s grad advisor very shortly after votCanisius advertising the elections. Can- ing opened, and her name was added to didates explained that the post acts as the list of candidates immediately. At the advertisement to vote and as a link to the time her name was added to the list, only actual ballot to encourage students to 5 votes had been cast in the election. It vote. However, the post for elections was was an unfortunate mistake, but it was reon the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thurs- solved quickly.” Phillips explains that if she day Today@Canisius email. Parker ‘18 loses she will ask for the number of votes explains, “I am not responsible for To- that she lost by, and if she lost by five or day@Canisius posts, so I’m not sure ex- less votes she believes, “ the Undergraduactly why it wasn’t in Monday’s Today@ ate Student Association will proceed in Canisius. However, the ballot link was accordance with the constitutional guideadvertised through USA’s other online lines on matters as such.” Phillips does not platforms on Monday, so the message blame anyone saying, “I personally feel that voting had begun and the link to do as if this was just a simple mistake. I feel that the people of USA have good, honest so was published by USA.” Another frustration brought up by hearts and somewhere in translation my many of the sophomore candidates was name was simply missed. The error was that a fellow sophomore candidate, Seth fixed and there are no harsh feelings.” The ballot for senior senators was also Glanowski ‘21, did not turn in all of his paperwork to run for senate and made it not filled up, with only five people who on the ballot. Parker ‘18 clarified saying, ran. Parker explains, “Many of the poten”First, candidates are not immediately tial returning senior Senators have been disqualified or removed from the ballot elected to E-Board instead, and almost evif their paperwork is late. Pursuant to the ery year the senior class Senate is unconFair and Free Elections Act, candidates tested.” Parker ensures that the open spot receive a reduction in votes if they turn will be filled by an appointment process. The USA senate elections for the in late paperwork - not an immediate disqualification or ineligibility to run.” 2018-2019 year contained confusion and She explained that Glanowski submitted stress for the candidates, the advisors, the a Letter of Intent, which confirms that a USA E-board, and the general student student wants to run for senate. She ex- body voting. At this point it’s unclear if plains that if she or student life receives any of the problems that occured affected that letter, the student will automatically the election results. be put onto the ballot. If students submit larevac@canisius.edu their remaining paperwork late then they





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By Cameron Lareva, News Editor H. Wil Johnson, the current director of public safety at Canisius College, is retiring on May 19, 2018. Johnson has served as director of public safety for the past three years. Prior to working at Canisius College he served as a police officer for the Rochester police department for over thirty two years. “I’ve much enjoyed my career. I’ve had thirty five plus years in law enforcement and it's been a tremendous gift for me,” he said. During the past three years Johnson has improved, added, and changed many things, both within the public safety department and on-campus. One issue he addressed was that when he first took his position, public safety officers struggled to establish authority, because many students didn’t know that Canisius public safety officers are police officers with the same authority. Johnson tackled this problem by putting both the title of “public safety” and “police” on the public safety vehicles. He also required that the title of “police” be on the public safety officers’ vests. Both initiatives helped public safety officers establish authority on-campus. In regards to the effects of changes on the relationship between public safety and students, he explains, “it didn’t change the relationship negatively, it just changed the way they saw us.” Johnson also helped to increase the amount of time officers could spend outside the office by installing laptops in the public safety cars, which allows officers to take dispatch jobs from the car or write reports in the cars, rather than doing both in the office. He also improved the safety for public safety officers by requiring them to wear ballistic vests. The dispatch area has also seen improvements both physically and electronically. A major area that Johnson has focused on is training for the public safety officers. He explains that officers undergo a multitude of various training programs and exercises. Officers have been through leadership training, investigative school, bike school, extensive active shooter training, field training for new officers, narcan training, New York State Domestic Violence training, New York State sexaul assault training, Federal Emergency Magangement Agency training, and more. He most proud of the recent diversity training that the entire public safety department went through this year. He explains that diversity training was one of his major goals and that he has been working to implement it for the past two years. Around campus, Johnson has also made improvements, including the security camera upgrades that have been occurring across the campus for the past three years. Parking issues has also been a priority of Johnson’s, and he worked to improve it, specifically the tower lot. He believes that it was a problem for both the Canisius community, but also guests of the college who would struggle to find parking. He has also been working to make the campus better locked down and safer by changing key and lock doors to doors that can be locked and unlocked remotely from the public safety office. Johnson also wanted students to be more familiar with the public safety department, so this year they hosted a meet and greet. Due to the events success the public safety department now hold an event during Welcome Week, so both new and returning students can be more familiar with the officers and what they do on-campus. The most recent initiative Johnson has been working on is creating a twelve month plan for his successor. He explains that he wants to ensure his successor has the most information possible, so they can transition into the job efficiently and successfully. Currently there has been no announcement of the new director of public safety, though Johnson expects an announcement will be coming shortly. Johnson expressed that he will miss Canisius College because of the people that are here. He believes the people in the Canisius community are welcoming and genuinely happy. He will also miss being there to help people through law enforcement. He reflected on the many times during his career where he was the person comforting someone who was experiencing tragedy, saying, “It’s a tremendous honor to be part of people’s lives in their times of greatest need.” Dr. Mangione, vice president of Canisius College, said, “Wil Johnson is all about family and faith and he has incorporated these values into his work as Director of Public Safety at Canisius. Wil has adopted the Public Safety staff members and the entire Canisius community into his family and has appreciated and supported all of us since arriving in 2015. As a Catholic Deacon, Wil’s strong faith has helped him work through some very difficult professional issues during his 3 years with the college. For all that he has given to Canisius, we thank you today Wil for your dedication and service and wish you and your family well as you enter into retirement. God bless.” Johnson plans to take on the home improvement projects that he has been wanting do, better his health, and spend time with his family and friends. He also plans to get more involved in his church and faith, as this is his thirteenth year as an ordained deacon. Johnson ends with appreciation and reflection on his career, “It has been a great honor serving this department. One of the things I always wanted to do was lead a department...not being in law enforcement will take some adjustment, because I’ve been in it for over half my life.” larevac@canisius.edu



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27 April 2018


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Following a year in which students experienced problems with Canisius’ travel agent, Travel Team, the Griffs’ hockey team won the Atlantic Hockey Conference (AHC) for the first time in program history, and the administration struggled with Gov. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program, Canisius faced new problems, but also experienced new triumphs in the 2017-18 school year. The year started with 553 freshmen going through orientation. This was a drop from last year’s class of 600, which sparked an issue of rightsizing, with decreasing enrollment throughout the school. In September, Student Life developed “Today@Canisius,” which consolidates all of the club event announcements into one email to prevent the need for mass emails cluttering students’ inboxes. Sophomore senator Emily Augugliaro organized Reddy Bike bike rides through the city, as the bikes increased in popularity amongst students, with a new bike rack outside Old Main. To round out the month, The Griffin profiled Gabrielle Walter, current Miss New York and Canisius alumna, who graduated in 2015. Come Oct. 2, Canisius had its “Great to be a Griff ” day, where administration announced the Excellence Within Reach campaign, which reduced tuition from nearly $35,000 to $27,000 to provide more of an incentive for incoming students to enroll at Canisius. With this announcement, scholarships were also reduced, which created a commotion amongst students. Later in the month, Canisius’ Afro-American Society began its celebration of its 50th anniversary. The club was formed to give African American students a voice on campus and to create a diverse atmosphere. This year, the club held events such as the poetry and fashion art exhibit, the soul food dinner, and the annual Afro-American Society Ball, which was held last week. In addition, the school saw activism on the Griffs’ volleyball team as three players took a knee for the national anthem for several games, inspired by the movement begun by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was displeased with police brutality and oppression of people of color in the United States. Following the impact of Hurricane Maria later in the month, the entire volleyball team rallied together to assist teammate Andrea Díaz López, her family, and the island of Puerto Rico. November brought forth talks of divestment, as Augugliaro spoke with Canisius’ vice president of business and finance, Marco Benedetti at USA’s first meeting of the month, about letting go of unethical or morally ambiguous investments. November also sparked what would become the issue The Griffin covered most in-depth throughout the year, the authorization of a strike by facilities workers after the contract dispute between their union and Canisius administration. Talks of possible strike began when the union’s labor contract expired in May. Due to lower enrollment, resources including facilities’ benefits, particularly retirement benefits, had to be cut. Canisius president and former Griffin editor John J. Hurley said that returning retirement benefits was a “top priority.” Facilities disputes continued through December, as students and faculty joined the unionized workers in a rally at 9 Hughes Ave. early in the month. The rally spurred a march to President Hurley’s office, where the workers delivered a letter that expressed their concerns. Over winter break, a soft serve ice cream machine was implemented in the dining hall. The new semester began with the extension of negotiations for facilities workers, which remained at a standstill until February, as both the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Hurley released statements on the contract, showing opposing views on it. The semester also brought the enforcement of a 2017 travel policy, which requires clubs and teams traveling on school-funded trips to limit one student per bed in hotel rooms. This created frustration in club leaders, who had to have more student funds allocated to be spent on additional hotel rooms. Following The Griffin’s “Pillars” February editorial about USA and student apathy, Maddie Reed ‘18, spoke to USA about this lack of student involvement in club events. This began talks in USA requiring senators to attend these events to support their school. From these discussions, the School Spirit Committee was established by USA president Amelia Greenan. March began with the first ever Community Week, from March 11 to March 17, beginning with Mass on Sunday and concluding with the Day of Service. Each day featured a new event that allowed students to learn about opportunities to get involved in the community. That same week, Dylan McLaughlin of Canisius hockey was named a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award on March 14, the second Griff to do so in the past two years. He was also named the AHC Player of the Year the next day. Canisius also had a school walkout that week, in solidarity with those across the nation walking out in support of stricter gun laws, due to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. This month, the College’s director of public safety, H. Wil Johnson, announced his retirement April 10. After three years as head of the department, he will be stepping down as director on May 19. On April 11, sophomore Isaiah Reese of the Canisius basketball team entered his name into the 2018 NBA draft. The following day, freshman Takal Molson also made the announcement that he would be entering his name into the draft, after a season that Griffin sports editor Marshall Haim described as featuring “the best team in two decades.” On April 13, The Griffin reported on rodents found in the freshman dorms, specifically on the fourth floor of Bosch. Students were charged an additional fee to move from the dorm and expressed their frustrations. The month concluded with USA elections, in which Matthew Smardz won president and Olivia Owens won VP. Senate election results were released last night via USA’s twitter account. dukea@canisius.edu

27 April 2018



Graphic text written by Cameron Lareva, Graphic by Emyle Watkins based on a vector from freepik.

Join us in 2018-2019 welcoming Undergraduate the Griffin's Student 2018 - 2019 Association staff Senators Editor in Chief: Adam Duke Managing Editor: Emyle Watkins Copy Editor: Mike Pesarchick News Editor: Cameron Lareva Assistant News Editor: Michael Berg Features Editor: Abby Wojcik Assistant Features Editor: Steph Wetzel Opinion Editor: Branwyn Wilkinson Assistant Opinion Editor: Francesca McKernon Sports Editor: Marshall Haim Assistant Sports Editor/ Multimedia Director: Nolan Hopkins Communications Director: Matt Duke Director of Photography: Tessa Pszonak

Class of 2019

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Class of 2020 Abigail Hughes Dwayne Melvin Andrew Sagun Lauryn Saldana Kieran Sommer Grace Wiest

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VIBRANT AND NEW, QUADRANGLE 66 HAS ARRIVED By Abby Wojcik, Features Editor Quadrangle 66 is finally here and ready for fresh eyes to appreciate its colorful artwork, photography, poetry and prose work. This past Wednesday, the drastically new edition of Quadrangle was unveiled in Grupp to the crowd of Canisius’ literary community and supporters. Contributors and staff of the magazine were there, as well as their professors, fellow students, family, past alumni and even President Hurley; all of them curious as to what they had been working on all year. Surrounded by friends, they gathered to support the arts and share great cupcakes. Co-Editors Nathan Ress and Jordyn Smith have been the primary forces behind Quadrangle 66. They managed everything, from the submissions and layout, to the advertising and cupcake tastetesting. With the help of their dedicated staff, they made Quadrangle not only a reality, but a success. Specifically, designers of the magazine, Janelle Harb and Emyle Watkins, have been a vital part of compiling accepted submissions and creating an entire new piece of art of a literary magazine. They spent time reading and understanding every piece in order to best decided on the arrangement, pairing, and layout of them. For example, on the same page as a photograph of a gold statue, entitled “Victory” by Michael Kerr, the poem “a flash of light in the storming" by Victoria S. was also printed. The matching of these two independent works enhances the impact of them both for readers. In an incredible conversation between a poem about a changing relationship with a photograph about triumph and power, they come together to address new beginnings.

Another creative choice by the designers was to include a hint at the famous Katsushika Hokusai painting, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, with Valerie Diamond’s poem about said painting. Overall, the designers and editors took many risks and new directions with the 2018 Quadrangle that will set a new standard for future editions. Quadrangle is made up entirely of student submissions, and this year students have outdone themselves with a stunning variety of work. There are several creative poems experimenting with form via length, lists, and even one that delves back into the dated tradition of typewriting. The prose writing also takes risks by including a memoir of past and current pets, a interview with a well-known HarperCollins editor, Patrick Crean, and work that represents the LGBT+ community. And it wouldn’t be the literary magazine of Quadrangle without the art and photography to compliment the writing. Photos from students’ study abroad trips, local Buffalo corners, and seductive portraits all highlight the limitless talent of the Canisius students. The artwork is also just as impressive, as the drawings, digital art, and string-on-wood piece all showcase how Canisius students have countless abilities beyond their majors. At the unveiling in Grupp, several of these talented contributors read and spoke about their work, bringing them to life in a new way. While art and poetry are often created in a private and personal setting, sharing them outloud connects this community of artists. Collaborating and talking about one’s work is what improves it and expands its outreach. Looking forward to next year’s Quad-

Quadrangle 66 is unlike any previous edition both in size and content.

rangle, Patrick Crowley will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief. Crowley has a poem and a short story in Quadrangle 66, and worked on the staff as an editor. He is experienced and ready to take on the challenge of creating Quadrangle 67. However, he will not be alone in this endeavor. There will be a staff helping him throughout the entire process, as well as the support and encouragement from the

Cover by Janelle Harb

entire Canisius College. But Quadrangle would not be possible without submission, so get to work on your pieces and get ready to submit them next semester. Until then, look for a free copy around campus and take a look for yourself. Read, share and love art in all forms. wojcik5@my.canisius.edu

Sig Ep raises money and awareness with dodgeball tournament By Eisa Hashmi, Features Contributor This Saturday, Sig Ep is offering Canisius students a unique opportunity to raise money and awareness for a good cause while having fun. Sig Ep will be hosting the first ever “Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Donate” dodgeball tournament to raise money for local and national charities. Teams can have between four and six members and can choose from one of four charities for which they compete and raise money. Anyone entering the tournament simply has to pay five dollars, and can choose to play for Roswell Cancer Institute, The Wounded Warrior Project, The Ronald McDonald House, or the Brian Moorman PUNT Foundation. Along with a fun competition for players in the tournament will be a raffle for a 32 inch TV, the proceeds of which will be donated to the charity selected by the winning team. In addition to raising money for a good cause, the winning team’s members will each be awarded with a 25 dollar Amazon gift card. Currently, six teams are signed up and ready to play, but applications will be accepted right up until the start of the event. Current Sig Ep President, Steven Travale, spoke about the event and the goals they had in mind when planning it. Aside from raising money for charity, Travale felt the event would be a great way to bring the student body of Canisius together. He said, “The big reason we threw this out there was because we thought it’d be a good way to get other organizations

involved on campus, so we could bring them closer together.” Travale also spoke about the benefits of getting people to rally around a good cause, or in this case, good causes, while doing something fun. “We wanted to do something that was charitable on one hand, but also something that a lot of people enjoy,” he said. “You’re doing something good, and all you have to do is play dodgeball.” He also made sure to point out that the tournament would be a great way to blow off steam before finals. This is Sig Ep’s first time running the tournament, but Travale hopes to make this a regular event and ensure that it continues. He said, “We’re going to see what our turn out is like and then next time make some adjustments. We’ll add more charities and expand. The possibilities are really endless.” Along with the fun competition and raffle will be food, drinks and snacks, and if you don’t have a team of at least four, don’t worry, it’s open to everyone and teams can be made at the event. Travale spoke on this and said, “It’s a fun social event, and you could definitely come and meet someone new.” You can find sign up sheets right outside of the Sig Ep club room and any questions can be directed to sigep.ny.lambda@gmail. hashmie@my.canisius.edu

Graphic by Janelle Harb


27 April 2018

Grateful Grind Coffee: An alternative to Elmwood cafes By Steph Wetzel Assistant Features Editor

Elmwood Avenue and Hertel Avenue are two streets that are very popular, especially for college students who are looking to get out with their friends and avoid stressing about school. However, there are several places that are well suited for college students on Main Street as well. One of these places is Community Cafe, also known as Grateful Grind Coffee, located on Main Street just past Hertel Avenue. Grateful Grind Coffee appears to be much smaller on the outside than it actually is. In reality, it is a decently sized cafe that offers a variety of food such as paninis, tacos, coffee, muffins and others. The cafe is unique in that it serves tacos in addition to traditional foods served at a cafe. The prices were equivalent to what one would pay at Starbucks; however, the atmosphere was very different. The atmosphere could be compared to the Spot Coffee located on Elmwood Avenue. There is art displayed, decorative lights as well as other wall decorations, board games in the back and an area for children or anyone to color. There’s also a large window in the front with a view of the street and the plaza in front of the store with seating in front of it, as well as seating throughout the cafe. This cafe is a decent area for college students to either catch up with friends or to spend some time in a quiet area while getting some work done. It doesn’t seem to be too busy, and also offers a student discount. Freshman Abbey Naples visited the cafe as well. “It was a great experience that enhanced my day and gave me the willpower to get through the rest of my classes today,” Naples said. The employees at the cafe were extremely welcoming and friendly. I appreciated the great customer service especially considering I have never been to the cafe before. They were not only helpful towards me when they were taking my order, but also to the customers ordering after me. There’s also an apartment available for rent located above the cafe, similar to other places located on Main Street. Drinks could be served hot or cold. The iced green tea and the iced matcha latte are two drinks that I tried and were very pleased with. The portions were decent considering the prices, and there were several options including coffee, tea, lattes and smoothies. Even though there is no space for a parking lot outside of the cafe, meaning customers are obliged to park on the street or ask the employees where there is available parking, it is located along the metro rail. All Canisius undergraduates can take advantage of their CRAM Pass and make the trip get a cup of coffee at a new and enjoyable shop. They even have a sign on their door that says “Ask where to park” and has a picture of a car being towed. Aside from the difficulty parking, it’s hard to critique this cafe. It’s a great alternative for college students, especially if they are looking to try something different from Elmwood Avenue or Hertel Avenue. wetzel5@canisius.edu

Menus throughout the cafe list the variety of food and beverages served.

This rustic front counter welcomes customers as they enter.

Steph Wetzel

Not only “what” will our graduating Griffs be, but also “why?” By Sydney Bucholtz Features Editor Emeritus

One minute, you’re seven and sitting in a miniature desk fantasizing about being a fashion designer or a firefighter when Ms. Whatsername asks what you want to be, and the next, you’re a college senior, graduating in half a month, fantasizing about having the motivation to finish your next project so you can earn the degrees you’ve decided on. Graduation is coming, and with all the talk about post-grad, people are asking what seniors’ plans are, desiring more concrete answers. But what did these graduates grow to learn and consider when making life choices that were first introduced in grammar school? What are truly the motivations behind these individuals in answering not only, “What do you want to be?” but also, “Why do you want to be?” Alyssa Kramer is a communication studies major with concentrations in advertisement/ OR, media, and interpersonal/ organizational studies, with minors in theatre and women and gender studies. Right after graduation, Kramer said, she will be going to Disney World with her family, and it will be her first time there. Then, 24 hours after their return, she will start her new job as a sales representative in the marketing and development department of Ingram Micro. “The main part of me taking this job was to be able to begin to pay back some of my student loans,” Kramer said. “I also however really wanted a good job that would let me learn about ‘corporate America’ and get good job experience.” “My ultimate goal,” she shared, “is to be a public speaker and teach about relationships between people and how our society affects the relationship process,” both platonic and romantic, she specified. “I also hope to continue to peruse local theatre.” During her job search, Kramer made work/life balance, a comfortable environment, and ability for growth within the company and also herself as priorities. “ In general though I tend to listen to my ‘gut-feeling’ about things and if that isn't clear I look to God and the Universe to help me make choices,” she said. “I also need to talk things out with people I trust too.” All in all I feel confident in

what Canisius has taught me. Canisius was the best place for me and I have loved almost every minute being here,” Kramer continued. “I feel like I will be able to really exemplify what it means to be a graduate of Canisius and carry the title alumni proudly.” Hannah Erny is a communications major with minors in human resource management and math. She has been offered a position that she can actually begin with before graduation: as a Human Resources Coordinator at a small company. “I thought I wanted to go to graduate school, but I think I’ll be happier finally getting to work in the field that I chose instead of studying more about it,” she said. “I have every intention of going to graduate school if/when it becomes necessary for my career but for now, I think I’m going to try and be happy and do something I want to do for once.” “I believe that if I don’t wake up everyday excited to go to work, then I am in the wrong job,” Erny contiued. “I’ve changed my major and minors more times than I can count until I found the ones that make me happy. So I guess I am just striving for happiness in work and life.” Nick Morelli is an ABEC and environmental studies double major who is currently interviewing to be the Head Counselor at Tifft Nature Preserve. “I'll probably need to pick up another part time job to make ends meet but Tifft is the big one,” said Morelli. “I knew out of college I didn't want to stick with just any job,” he said. “I spend most of this semester looking for jobs relevant to my studies cause I wanted to get out of college and do something meaningful to me.” “Unfortunately, I have to say,” he continued, “ money is a big consideration for change. But before that comes the happiness of my friends and myself. I usually ask my friends for advice before making big decisions anyway but I never want to just run out of people's lives without talking to them.” Emily Smith is a sociology and psychology double major, but, she shared, her passion lies with English. After graduation, Smith will live on her dad’s small farmhand this summer, learning to be a “farmhand extraordinaire,” she said. Following this, she will go to San Francisco through the

Mercy Volunteer Corps. “There,” Smith said, “I'm going to be a volunteering with the elder population in the Bay Area and promoting food justice through the Marcy Brown Bag Program. After my year of service is done, I'm not sure where I'll find myself, but I'm certainly excited to find out.” Since her freshman year, Smith has wanted to completing a year of service, being drawn to simplicity as well as spirituality. “The Mercy Volunteer Corps is organized through the Sisters of Mercy, an incredible congregation of holy women who work for justice through love,” she said “I seriously love nuns, so of course I was interested in a service program run entirely by them. My own personal heaven is full of ALL women that I can talk to and eat sushi with, so nuns are totally a part of that. I hope someday that I can emulate the love of a nun without having to actually commit to nunhood because that sounds so hard.” Smith has looked forward to this experience for years, feeling that this opportunity will help her to determine what is right for her going forward. “I'm excited to open myself up to the endless possibilities that the universe has given me,” she said. “Although I do heavily value the input of the people I love when making decisions, when it comes down to it, I always follow my gut,” Smith added. “I firmly believe that when you know something is right, you know. Right now, I know I have to go west for a little bit, but I also know that I want to come back eventually. But besides that, my life is open, and that is more exciting than anything.” Whether your plans upon graduation are set in stone or nonexistent, the college has some resources that are helpful for wherever you are. If you’re looking for more one-on-one assistance, the Griff Center will not only help advise you on your resume on Résumé Wednesdays, but it can provide job advice, as well. Katie Gaisser, a communications and digital media arts double major, recently paid a visit. “I went to the Griff Center on Wednesday afternoon and I was so nervous to go,” she said. “I really didn't know what to expect, but Eileen Abbatoy is so great. She is so welcoming and very easy to talk to. We went

over what kind of career path I was aiming for, and began to find ways to improve so I have the best chance of getting a job. She looked at my résumé, as well as my LinkedIn page and gave me advice on how to improve them. I'm really excited to go back next Monday to get more in-depth on these topics. “To anyone who is apprehensive about going to the Griff Center for career advice, it's really a great experience and extremely helpful,” she continued. “Eileen will make sure you feel comfortable, and will be there to assist you in any way she can. On another good note, the Griff Center will not only help you while you attend Canisius, but they will be there for their alum for as long as needed. There is no cut off date where they will end their service, and no fees for their services!” After preparing these papers and making a plan, you can showcase yourself at events in the surrounding area. Listed as “Western New York's most versatile career event,” Jobsapalooza is a networking event for jobs, internships, and insights at Buffalo Riverworks on Tuesday, May 1 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Bring copies of your résumé to give to employers, and professional attire is recommended. Just over a week after this, the Buffalo Career Fair will be on May 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Adam’s Mark Hotel (120 Church St, Buffalo, NY 14202). Registration is free, and encouraged, at www.nationalcareerfairs. com. Even though for many, senior year feels like a blur and all of a sudden, people request to know your exact plans upon graduation, you always have enough time to make sure any choices you make are true to you. You are surrounded by a support system of resources, from the Griff Center, to the grade of students who are also experiencing these feelings about change. It may be tempting to have it all figured out to say you have it all figured out, but after four -- sometimes longer -- years of collegiate education, you owe it to yourself to take a minute and consider the options that are around you, and each time you’re answering “what” you will do, to also answer “why.” bucholts@canisius.edu


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Balancing finals and finances It’s a rough time of the semester, Hell Week Part I Don’t Even Know Anymore, and We at The Griffin know that money concerns don’t make this time of year any easier. We’re all just trying to crank out a final paper or two for every class, turn in any assignments we saved for the last minute, and prepare for our final exams. We shouldn’t need to worry about where the money for this month’s rent or for our next car payment is going to come from. Maybe you know where that money is going to come from. Maybe it’s going to come from the double shift you picked up this weekend. Then, however, the question becomes where you’re going to find the time to read that novel and write a seven page paper about it before Thursday. As we near the end of the semester, it is easy to find yourself strapped for cash. It’s hard to work a lot during the semester, since we’re already balancing classes, internships, and leadership positions in clubs. Even if you worked 60 hours a week over the summer and put most of that money away, stuff happens throughout the year, and watching your savings account continue to dwindle doesn’t exactly lighten the stress of finals week. Or maybe with the warmer weather, your summer gig has already started, and you’ve been working weekends so are beginning to build your savings account back up from its dismal state. With finals week looming around the corner, though, this can be a challenging position to

find yourself in as well. Because, while you may not be strapped for cash, you are strapped for time, as papers and assignments keep piling up with no end in sight. For what it’s worth, just know that regardless of which position you presently find yourself in, We at The Griffin feel for you. We’re all in the same boat attending a school that isn’t always as cognizant as it could be of the financial strains many of its students are under. Perhaps at some point in the distant past students could more easily afford Canisius, either because tuition was lower, minimum wage was higher, or college students just tended to have fewer bills to pay. Who knows, maybe they were all here on their parent’s dollar. That’s not the reality anymore though. Yet, to a certain extent, Canisius still acts like it is. For example, student employees in the Call Center have reported needing to call students who had graduated just three months before asking for donations. In today’s economy, a college graduate of three months might still be looking for a job in their field. They might be taking on even more debt attending grad school because their field requires a master’s degree even for entry level positions. Their loans are almost definitely still in deferment. Not to beat a dead horse, but then there’s the whole “Excellence Within Reach” thing too, which is more marketing campaign than actual decrease in the amount students pay to attend Canisius. We at The Griffin understand that

our school has financial concerns just as we do. We understand if there’s not much Canisius can do at this point to decrease tuition and fees. However, since we understand that our school has financial concerns, we would appreciate if they reciprocated that understanding, and took our own financial concerns into consideration. Maybe there is something the school can do to decrease a portion of what we pay them. Perhaps lowering the cost of housing, or creating more reasonable meal plan options. It’s doubtful, after all, that anyone needs a meal plan big enough to accommodate four meals per day through some combination of meal blocks and Griff bucks. We’re college students. We don’t eat breakfast. So that leaves just two meals per day, and no one’s excited about just giving Canisius a full half of their meal plan. Even if these changes aren’t possible, however, there are other things Canisius can do to recognize its student’s financial concerns and at least begin to alleviate them. Our school could create more student positions around campus. The Griff Center could hold job fairs that were more entry-level job oriented than career oriented. Obviously it’s important to make contact with potential future employers, but it’s also important to eat, and when you’re in college, a gig as a server or ringing register keeps $0.33 mac and cheese on the table. And here’s a thought: what if professors lightened the

workload just a little? Or at least didn’t back load every course. Working all weekend shouldn’t be an inadequate reason to ask for an extension. The fact that a student worked 15 hours in two days and couldn’t also get their paper done doesn’t point to poor time management; it’s points to a decision and prioritizing. Because when you only have $300 in your bank account and about that much due in bills over the next couple weeks, all of a sudden your paper isn’t the most important priority any more. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way. Actually it definitely shouldn’t be that way; we’re all paying for the privilege to go to college and therefore college should be our most important priority. But just because it should doesn’t change the reality that this isn’t always the case. We at The Griffin understand that in this economy, whether you’re an institution for higher education, or a lowly college kid, we’re all in the same boat of having financial concerns. And we’re not asking the Canisius make radical changes to ease our financial strain. We all chose to come to this school fully aware of the cost. What we’re asking for is to be heard; for our school to appreciate the fact that we’re not made of money and make some changes to accommodate that, even if those changes are as small as something like not turning around and asking us for donations meere months after graduation.

About the practice of “snacking” and saving the planet By Jorge Álvarez Rodriguez, Opinion Contributor Snacking has become, for most of us, something of a daily sacrament. Between big meals, we sometimes allow ourselves to enjoy the heavenly pleasure of a small piece of our favorite treat to alleviate the discomfort of an empty stomach between meals. The practice of snacking can indeed feel divine. Sometimes, it releases us from the intense hunger of waiting to eat. As students, meal times do not always fit around classes and work, and snacking becomes an important meal in and of itself. With the right choices, snacks may boostup our brains in situations of low-energy, and other times, it might become an opportunity to interact with other snack-practitioners in class or the workplace. Nevertheless, we should not let ourselves be driven by the tempting marketing-illusions of what food companies consider good snacks. Corporations are aware that our weakest point is our desire to satisfy our endless “I’m-hungry” mood. And so

they are using it to influence our snacking choices with larger portions, toxic packaging, and excess salt/sugar content, degrading the graceful practice of snacking. In fact, being mindful of our practice of snacking and our snack choices can have a direct effect on our well-being, mood, and sense of personal satisfaction. Developing a mindful practice of snacking will make you more powerful as read to achieve your goals. And not only that, but it can also give you the superpower of saving the entire planet. Indeed, the culture of snacking that food companies are promoting seems to be one that catalyzes a drastic increase in the consumption of natural resources, and at the same time, generates massive amounts of waste. With this whole system’s life cycle in mind, it certainly compromises Earth’s natural ability to filter and replenish. For that reason, seeking mindfulness and natural choices in our individual practice of

snacking becomes a very significant tool to reduce the broader implications that our snack choices have over our planet, if we desire to save it. Going to the store to get snacks might be a glorious adventure. When we stare at the snack section, all of our senses become hyper-stimulated by a vast array of colors, miscellaneous shapes, and catchy names. However, this illusory beauty hides a terrifying reality: we are giving up the deliberateness of our innate superpower to save the world. Have you ever dreamed with becoming a superhuman? Do you believe that you can bring wellness to your life and your environment? What if you start allowing yourself to enjoy the personalizable practice of “mindful snackability” by making the best choices?

Snacks that give you power: • Fruits: a healthy dose of natural sugars and carbs • Hummus and Veggies: naturally salty and satisfying • Nuts and Seeds: a mix of fats and proteins that provide great emergency energy • Peanut Butter and Apples: Are you crunchy or smooth? • Homemade Kale Chips: surprisingly indulgent • To-Go Sandwich: as a spell, you get to choose all the ingredients (best if packed with veggies!) • Larabars: quick, easy, and simple ingredients • Water: usually when we feel hungry, our bodies are actually just thirsty

And remember when shopping for snacks; opt for wholefoods, responsible packaging, and get creative! Find what works for your body and your schedule, So, what are the best choices and enjoy the benefits of delicious and nutritious food. and why?


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27 April 2018


As easy as LSD By Francesca McKernon

Asst. Opinion Editor

Lysergic acid diethylamide, or more commonly known as “LSD” or “acid” is no longer a ‘hippie’s drug’ from the 1960s and 70s. The rise of LSD in the 70s came from the counterculture movement of the 70s as a rebellion against the Vietnam War and authority, with phrases like “Drop Acid, not bombs.” Today in 2018 however, we are seeing an increase in the number of LSD users, particularly among college students. The National Health Survey on Drug Abuse stated that from 2013-2015 there was a 40% increase of 18-25 year olds reporting using LSD in the past year. The age group of 1825 year olds (Millenials/ Gen Z) grew up in the early 2000s, when LSD was at an all time low based on the public’s disinterest in the drug, as well as the unavailability of the drug. LSD’s inaccessibility to users was partially due to the seizure of various LSD labs, including the infamous Wamego Bust in Kansas in 2000. With the low amount of users, parents and society used less ‘scare tactics’ to ward kids away from LSD. Therefore, many kids growing up in the early 2000s are more likely to be more accepting of LSD because of the lack of education

and awareness surrounding LSD culture. These adolescents, along with the lack of opinion towards the drug, contribute to the repopularizing of LSD with the rapid development of the internet and social media in the past 18 years since 2000. This interest in LSD can be seen in the rising amount of documentaries and movies including National Geographic’s film Inside LSD released in 2009. Recently, individuals have been ‘microdosing’ on LSD, or taking very small amounts of it (about 1/10 of a regular dose) and using it to enhance everyday activities or boost creativity. The benefits of microdosing are that it can produce a less intense version of a full trip, so the user can perform daily functioning in an enhanced state. Today’s LSD dose is 50% less than a typical dose in the 70s. Today’s dose is 50-100mg compared to 150-200 mg in the 70s. With the Opioid epidemic, recently declared by Trump as a ‘national public health emergency’, it may seem futile to worry about drugs like LSD that are not addictive or cause a large dependency from the user. But LSD can still cause harm, especially when dealers ‘cut’ it with other drugs like Methamphetamine. Another form of LSD, also

incorrectly known as Synthetic LSD, and chemically known as 2Ci-NBOMe, can be fatal to the user if taken in the wrong amount. The DEA schedules a drug according to its classification from a Schedule 1 drug to a Schedule 5 drug with decreasing abuse potential as the numbers increase. The DEA characterizes Schedule 1 drugs as drugs that “have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/ or physical dependence.” Drugs that are labeled as Schedule 1 drugs are no longer allowed for medical use including; Heroin, LSD, Marijuana, Ecstasy, Methaqualone, and Peyote. The problem with how the DEA categorizes these drugs is that, according to their description of a Schedule 1 drug as ‘having a high potential for abuse,’ the category includes drugs that generally do not cause a high dependency or are addictive, like LSD. While LSD is not completely harmless, its presence lingers past the hippie revolution of the 60s and 70s.


Mission Hundred Days: Day 22 By Grace Horner Opinion Contributor

We were all challenged not long ago by a fellow member of the class of 2018, Andrea Kraft, to reflect on our time at Canisius. So, as the final days to graduation quickly tick down, I decided that I better rise up to her challenge and figure out what my Canisius experience has done for me. My time at Canisius has been marked by many things; Kairos retreats, international service trips, academics, employment, and of course, rowing. Each one of these experiences has not only taught me more than I would have ever learned just sitting in a classroom, but they have challenged me in a great many ways that I feel it will take many years to fully understand. I will start with what I find to be the clearest marker of my time at Canisius - Kairos. Kairos, I’ve decided, is best summed up as an experience that will teach you more about a person in three days than you could ever learn in three years. Kairos taught me that it’s good to tell your friends that you love them, and that stories, whether they are ones of pain or ones of joy, are meant to be shared. When asking fellow members of the Kairos family about what their experience meant to them, I heard things like: “It means never having to sit in the library alone,” “It means noticing the little things and feeling at peace,” and “It means feeling more love than ever thought you could from people that you already know, and feeling love that you didn’t know you could from people that you don’t know.” Kairos expanded who we knew and tightened out relationships with those we already loved.

Through an impactful trip to an orphanage in the hills of rural Poland I watched in awe as the scope and power of the Jesuit mission came to light. My experience showed me that when the Jesuits instructed us to be Men and Women with and for others, to care for the whole person, and to always seek Magis (more) - it could be done anywhere from our own backyards to the beautiful mountains of Poland. The children at the orphanage simultaneously brought joy and heartbreak to our team as we lived with them for just under three weeks. I quickly realized that each time we flash a smile when walking through the tunnels, or recognize someone’s humanity when others pass by, we are living the mission of the Jesuits. Whether you were heavily involved, find a deep sense, of peace or are asking yourself if you can remember those values from your freshmen religion class, the Jesuits have had an impact on all of us here at Canisius. From that Jesuit mission has stemmed a classroom experience that I would argue is universal for students at Canisius. To reflect on the academic aspect of my experience I need only look down the halls of Old Main and into a classroom. The academic experience at Canisius has been one of excitement and passion. Professors have challenged my thinking and the thinking of my classmates, and we have challenged theirs. This positive learning environment has fostered the curiosity and drive that leads to things like CEEP positions, ISD presentations, Honors Theses and other impressive projects. When I consider my time at Canisius I know that I will soon look back with pride on an unforgettable four years. I will take pride

in a class that, as undergraduates, led the school in donations on Giving Day. I will take pride in my classmates that taught me so much as we go forth to educate the young people in this country. I will take pride in the Campus Ministry interns and the many hours we logged in the office preparing for retreats. I will take pride in my friends and the people who have helped me along the way, in this school, and all that we represent when we wear the gold and blue. So I ask my fellow seniors … what will you take with you? What fills you with a sense of pride and accomplishment when you consider the time you have spent at Canisius? What fills you with love and what gets you out of bed in the morning? I will leave you as Andrea did, with a prayer which is attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, a previous Jesuit Superior General. Consider the message he is giving us and ask yourself, as you head towards the unknown, what drives you? Father Aruppe says:

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.


With a poem in my pocket and love in my heart By Emily Smith Opinion Editor Emeritus

Yesterday was National Poem in Your Pocket Day, one of my favorite days ever. In all honesty, I only heard about it, well, yesterday when a friend wished me a happy PIYP Day by pulling a poem out of her pocket. Go figure. As I read the poem she gave me (Beyond Love by Emma Bolden), I realized how lucky I am that my life has been shaped by poetry. In that same way that my friend easily pulled a poem out of her pocket and gave it to me, I find that I can pull poems out of my pockets as they are needed. Frequently the pants I wear don’t have deep pockets (thanks, women’s clothing), but my mind pocket (which is what some people call their memory) is deep enough to make up the difference. Here are some of my favorite pieces of poetry, pulled from the most tender, most deep, most alive parts of my mind pocket. “Look, I want to say, / The worst thing you can

imagine has already / Zipped up its coat and is heading back / Up the road to wherever is came from.” - Tracy K. Smith Oh gosh, I love Tracy K. Smith. She has been the Poet Laureate of the United States since last year and the Poet Laureate of my heart since I read Life on Mars my freshman year. Sometimes it’s hard for me to get through the day with the impending sense of dread I find myself carrying around. This dread has nothing to do with the reality of my life, and everything to do with my anxiety that is sometimes too overwhelming to understand. In this quote, Tracy K. Smith tells me to relax, for goodness sake; the very worst thing I can image has come and gone. Not only has it fled, but I am still here, watching it leave. Tracy K. Smith speaks in tongues that sound different to every one of her readers, but are still each of our first languages. When I opened her Pulitzer

Prize winning poems, I understood for the first time how a poet could speak to me; not me the reader or me the consumer, but me the person who hurts and loves and feels anxiety over nothing. With this quote, she puts her arm around me as I try so desperately to watch my anxiety zip up its coat and disappear into the April snow of Buffalo. “I believe every / sexual orientation occurs naturally, but I’m not sure / it’s always intrinsic. If you touch me - if I love you - / my body will respond. What does it mean? - Tyler Friend Tyler Friend is the queer, righteous, love-filled artist who is so scary to anyone with hate in their heart for the deviant underbelly of intelligent queers. From a quick google search, one can find that Tyler’s passions include avoiding choosing pronouns and publishing chapbooks. What a google search can’t pull up is how well Tyler captures the experiences of multi-gender attraction. As someone attracted to men, women, non-gendered people, gender-shift-

ing people, and everyone in between, I am no stranger to shame. When I date a girl, I’m stigmatized as a gay person, and when I date a boy, I’m not gay enough to count as a gay person. Hey folks, how can I win? Tyler’s answer: by loving who I love and by continuing to make art through my experiences. Even though I came out almost four years ago (wow!), I’m still learning to navigate my identity and Tyler Friend tells me to take all the time that I need. “I’m the crazy lady they warned you about. / The she of rumor talked about - / and worse, who talks.” Sandra Cisneros As a woman, I am so much more powerful than I even understand. You know who does understand her power as a woman? Sandra Cisneros. It’s truly a shame to take this quote in particular out of context because all of Sandra’s poems radiate the warm, distinctly female energy of a powerful woman who knows what she wants to say and exactly how she wants to say it. Here, she owns her status of “crazy lady,” and

doesn’t, even for a second, shy away from the knowledge that people talk about her behind her back. She knows that people talk, but it doesn’t scare her because she possess the power to talk back. I’m very good at making mistakes, and thankfully I’m usually equally as good at apologizing. What I’m not so good at? Forgiving myself and moving on. Sandra tells me that I matter first. In all my deeply-flawed, usually-sad, sometimes-angry-glory, I matter very much. If you are a woman who prefers firm guidance over tender care, read Sandra. If you prefer tender care, read Sandra too. To really love poetry, I believe that you must invest in an active, reciprocal relationship with it. You have to give as much as you take and you have to understand when you don’t see eye-to-eye. You have to forgive it when it hurts you and trust that it will forgive you when you get mad and don’t spend time with it for a couple weeks. When you turn back to it, it won’t be

mad and instead will welcome you back with love and understanding. In one of my favorite novels, Children of God by Mary Doria Russell, an old Jesuit priest tells an atheist linguist how poetry has carried him through his life. He says, “Even if it’s only poetry, it’s poetry to live by - poetry to die for.” How right he is, after all. I truly urge you: keep a poem in your pocket and love in your heart. Perhaps the two are synonymous. Perhaps, as Emma Bolden says in Beyond Love, “And if the soul / is a blaze to be believed, then belief blazes a highway / to some beyond, a beauty that begins with every ordinary / sweetness, every one small but still indefinable love.” Carry that indefinable love with you. Recognize it in others. Read poetry and fall into amazement at what it can do. Watch your fears walk away. Let your body respond. Talk back. When you believe that you can’t do these things, do them anyway. smith371@my.canisius.edu

88 Sports SOFTBALL

Monmouth Iona Fairfield Siena Quinnipiac Marist Niagara Canisius Rider Manhattan Saint Peter's

MAAC Overall W L PCT W L PCT Str. 11 1 .917 21 14 .600 W2 9 5 .643 17 21 .447 W1 9 5 .643 19 24 .442 W3 8 6 .571 13 21 .382 L3 7 7 .500 19 25 .432 L3 6 6 .500 19 25 .432 L3 6 6 .500 14 27 .341 W4 5 5 .500 9 28 .243 L2 5 7 .417 14 26 .333 L1 2 10 .167 18 23 .439 W1 0 12 .000 5 33 .132 L4

Saturday, April 21 Canisius 10-7, Saint Peter's 0-1 Fairfield 5-4, Rider 3-1 Manhattan 5-3, Niagara 0-2 Monmouth 4-3, Iona 0-6 Quinnipiac 7-0, Siena 1-5 Sunday, April 22 Canisius 1-2, Manhattan 0-0 Marist 9-1, Iona 2-2 Monmouth 8-7, Quinnipiac 0-3 Niagara 3-8, Saint Peter's 2-0 Siena 3-2, Fairfield 2-3 Tuesday, April 24 Niagara 3-4, Canisius 0-0 Fairfield 7, Sacred Heart 4 Rider 5-1, Villanova 4-12 Siena 2-2, Marist 0-1 Wednesday, April 25 Wagner at Iona (2), ccd. Thursday, April 26 Fairfield 14, Central Connecticut State 4 Rider 5-10, Drexel 4-14 Sacred Heart 4-2, Siena 1-1 Manhattan 4, St. John's 3 Saturday, April 28 Monmouth at Canisius (2), noon Manhattan at Marist (2), noon Rider at Niagara (2), noon Fairfield at Quinnipiac (2), noon Saint Peter's at Siena (2), noon Sunday, April 29 Rider at Canisius (2), noon Iona at Manhattan (2), noon Saint Peter's at Marist (2), noon Monmouth at Niagara (2), noon Tuesday, May 1 Siena at Canisius (2), 3:00 Rhode Island at Fairfield, 3:30 Sacred Heart at Quinnipiac, 3:30


Team Leaders Batting Average Team Rider Quinnipiac Monmouth Fairfield Marist Manhattan Saint Peter's Siena Niagara Canisius Iona Pitching Team Iona Manhattan Siena Monmouth Marist Quinnipiac Canisius Rider Niagara Fairfield Saint Peter's

GP AB H BA 40 1089 306 .281 44 1146 320 .279 35 948 251 .265 43 1078 270 .250 44 1170 289 .247 41 1110 268 .241 38 931 221 .237 34 872 206 .236 41 1055 249 .236 37 909 196 .216 38 1002 213 .213 W-L ERA IP ER 17-21 2.89 261⅔ 108 18-23 3.24 283 131 13-21 3.39 221 107 21-14 3.45 237⅓ 117 19-25 3.86 293⅓ 151 19-25 3.95 279⅔ 158 9-28 4.07 232 135 14-26 4.14 259 153 14-27 4.55 261⅔ 170 19-23 4.68 275⅓ 184 5-32 6.88 232 228


Quinnipiac Manhattan Canisius Marist Siena Monmouth Fairfield Rider Niagara Iona Saint Peter's

MAAC Overall W L PCT W L PCT Str. 10 2 .833 19 20 .487 W1 9 3 .750 20 20 .500 L1 10 5 .667 22 15 .595 W1 8 4 .667 19 15 .559 W2 8 7 .533 10 28 .263 L1 6 6 .500 16 20 .444 W4 7 8 .467 17 21 .447 W2 5 6 .455 10 24 .294 L2 4 8 .333 12 22 .353 L5 4 10 .286 10 27 .270 W1 0 12 .000 0 30 .000 L30

Saturday, April 21 Quinnipiac 9-3, Canisius 5-0 Marist 4-0, Iona 1-2 Manhattan 12-4, Rider 2-8 Monmouth 6-8, Niagara 1-5 Siena 5-2, Fairfield 0-4 Sunday, April 22 Canisius 8, Quinnipiac 5 Manhattan 3, Rider 2 Marist 4, Iona 3 Monmouth 8, Niagara 7 Siena 6, Fairfield 0 Tuesday, April 24 Kent State 10, Canisius 1 Brown 7, Siena 2 Fairfield 11, Sacred Heart 4 Fairleigh Dickinson 7, Saint Peter's 1 Hofstra 15, Manhattan 4 Iona 8, LIU Brooklyn 6 Quinnipiac 6, Hartford 5 Youngstown State 11, Niagara 5 Rutgers at Rider, ccd. Wednesday, April 25 Canisius 17, Niagara 10 Rutgers 17, Saint Peter's 0 Saint Joseph's 4, Rider 3 Massachusetts at Quinnipiac, ppd. Iona at Albany, ccd. Siena at Dartmouth, ccd. Thursday, April 26 Fairfield 19, Stony Brook 10 Marist 15, Army West Point 7 Friday, April 27 Abilene Christian at Siena, 3:00 Saturday, April 28 Canisius at Rider (2), noon Fairfield at Marist (2), noon Manhattan at Monmouth (2), noon Iona at Quinnipiac (2), noon Niagara at Saint Peter's (2), noon Abiliene Christian at Siena (2), noon Sunday, April 29 Canisius at Rider, noon Fairfield at Marist, noon Manhattan at Monmouth, noon Iona at Quinnipiac, noon Niagara at Saint Peter's, noon Tuesday, May 1 Canisius at Niagara, 3:00 NJIT at Fairfield, 3:30 Saint Peter's at Seton Hall, 4:00 Iona at St. John's, 6:00

27 April 2018

Sockwell, Mackie shine in weekend sweep

By Marshall Haim Sports Editor

A three-home run weekend for sophomore Brittany Sockwell and a trio of complete game shutouts from senior pitcher Erika Mackie helped Canisius extend their win streak to five games after a trip to the New York City area last weekend. The Griffs got out to a great start scoring six runs in the first inning on the Peacocks, who have yet to win a conference game. Canisius would add a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings, enabling the mercy-rule to be put in place after five innings of play. Mackie earned the victory in the circle, scattering five hits while striking out four. In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Saint Peter’s would get an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI double but the Griffs would score seven unanswered runs to earn the sweep of the Peacocks. Emily Nicosia would toss a three-hit complete game for the Griffs. The freshman would walk one and strike out five. Lindsi Dennis put the nail in the coffin for Canisius with a twoRBI triple in the sixth inning. The freshman would have a team-high four RBIs while going 3-for-6 at the plate in the two-game series. Fellow freshman Erin Hufford went 6-for-8 in the pair of games while driving home three runs. Gianna Degaltini, Destiny Holani and Sue Vi all chipped in with two RBIs each. As a team, Canisius batted

Brittany Sockwell hit three home runs last weekend for the Griffs.

.423 (22-for-52) against Saint Peter’s while striking out just five times in 63 plate appearances. It was the 23rd and 24th victories over the Peacocks in the last 26 meetings, dating back to 2006. Offense came at a premium last Sunday in Riverdale as both teams would only be able to muster 12 hits combined in the 14 innings. In the first game, Brittany Sockwell had the lone hit for Canisius, a solo home run in the second inning, in a 1-0 victory. Her home run did come with some controversy, however. During the at-bat, Sockwell was hit by a pitch and was awarded first base. Upon discussion from the umpiring crew, it was deemed

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that she had leaned into the pitch and was called back into the batter’s box. Following a foul ball, Sockwell would hit the home run. “The pitch hit me, it did,” she said emphatically. “They said that I leaned into it but that's just apart of my swing. They called me back and that made me really mad. I just used that anger, I guess.” Sockwell also added another home run in the latter game of the doubleheader, giving her three home runs on the weekend. It was the first time a Canisius player had hit three home runs in a single weekend since Lauren Castro last year on April 29 and 30. The three-home run weekend is something that not only Sockwell feeds off of, but the team as a

whole. “I know seeing myself constantly getting hits and helping my team out with the runs, it really gives confidence and that's not just me either,” Sockwell said, “it gives a lot of people confidence knowing they can go in the box and hit it just as well. I know everyone can do it. It not only gives me confidence but it gives everyone else confidence and that's what's going to help us get wins.” Morgan Altman hit her fourth home run of the season in the second game of twinbill, aiding Canisius to the 2-0 victory. It would wind up being the Griffs’ fifth straight victory and would be the first time that Canisius swept the Jaspers since 2009. “It was huge to go on the road and come up with four wins,” Canisius head coach Kim Griffin said. “Four games that we expect to win, but at the same time, dropping a game to one of those teams can be a big deal when it comes down to tournament time.” Mackie pitched both games against Manhattan allowing just eight hits in 14 innings of work. In the weekend, Mackie would pitch 19 innings, yielding 13 hits, no runs, one walk and 13 strikeouts. “Everything just f lowed,” Mackie said. “Jocelyn's [Cater] pitch calling was great. Coach Ray [Hennessy] made a couple of plays with pitchouts. Everything kind of flowed together, everything that we've been working on. My pitches were working, things were staying low and dropping, it just kept rolling.” The pitching was also solid for

the Griffs as they only allowed 16 hits and one run in 26 innings of work, leading to a 0.27 ERA. Both Mackie and Nicosia walked one batter and struck out a combined 18 batters for a 0.69 WHIP. Griffin admitted that it wasn't initially planned to have Mackie start both games on Sunday, either. “My initial thought was to go to Emily in game two and if Emily got in any trouble at all we'd go right back to Erika,” Griffin said. “Jocelyn actually was like, 'Why don't we go to Erika?' She only threw 80 pitches, she's got a lot of gas in the tank. I thought that was a fantastic idea and it paid off, although I did not expect her to go two complete games.” Hufford would hold the best batting average amongst the team, going 6-for-12 in the weekend while driving home three runs. She also earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors on Tuesday. Sockwell went 5-for-12 at the plate (.417) while driving home four runs, tying a team-best with Dennis. Four of Sockwell’s five hits went for extra bases (one triple, three home runs). She boasted an impressive 1.333 slugging percentage and a 1.795 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). Canisius opens up a 10-game homestand this weekend with a doubleheader against MAAC-leading Monmouth on Saturday and a twinbill against Rider on Sunday. The Griffs also host Siena on Tuesday for a weekday doubleheader. @mhaim1934 haimm@canisius.edu

Griffs pick up wins over Quinnipiac and Niagara By Nolan Hopkins

Assistant Sports Editor

The baseball team finished off a busy five-game homestand this past week with victories over Quinnipiac and Niagara, 8-5 and 17-10, respectively. After being held to just five runs in last Saturday’s doubleheader against Quinnipiac, the Griffs’ bats woke up from their day-long slumber to score eight runs in the series finale on Sunday. Senior Ryan Stekl put Canisius on the board in the first frame with a bases-clearing triple in the right-center field gap. “I got to a 1-2 count, and I just had to battle,” Stekl said. “He left me a pitch that I could hit and I hit it in the gap — it was a big boost for us.” A Conner Morro squeeze bunt would plate the Griffs’ fourth run of the inning, and another run would cross by way of a fielder’s choice off of the bat of Brett Migliore, giving the Griffs the lead after one inning, 5-0. In the third inning, the Blue and Gold added a run to their lead after outfielder Jake Burlingame’s double scored Christ Conley from second base. In the fourth inning, Stekl

Tyler Smith earned a 10-out save in Sunday's win.

scored Gage Lanning on an RBI single, Stekl’s third hit on the afternoon stretching the lead, 7-0. In the fifth frame, Quinnipiac would get two runs back on Canisius starting pitcher Andrew Sipowicz, as the Bobcats’ Andre Marrero plated two runs on a double down the left field line. Head coach Matt Mazurek dipped into the bullpen three times in the top of the sixth inning,

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as the Bobcats tagged Canisius for three runs. Quinnipiac only tallied one hit in the inning, but scored all three runs off of a bases-loaded walk, and two basesloaded hit batters. Closer Tyler Smith came on to strike out Quinnipiac’s clean-up hitter Liam Scafariello with the bases loaded to end the threat. The Griffs led after the top half of the sixth, 7-5.

The Griffs would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and Smith would shut down the Bobcat offense for the series finale victory, 8-5. Smith threw 3⅓ innings and recorded the 10-out save, while striking out eight batters. Although it was an extended outing for the senior reliever, his preparation did not change. “It’s not really any different [getting prepared earlier in the game], you’re still coming out in the backend of the game, trying to close it out and keep your team in it while trying to hold the other guys off,” Smith said. “Once you get on the mound it’s just me versus the hitter and it’s a competition every pitch, every batter, so everything kind of stays the same.” Sipowicz recorded the victory, improving to 6-1 on the year, and Stekl recorded his sixth three-hit game of the year. The Blue and Gold then welcomed rival Niagara to Demske Sports Complex Wednesday, where they picked up the win on a rainy afternoon, 17-10. Canisius avenged a 10-1 loss to Kent State from the day prior. Niagara jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning off of a

Peter Battaglia RBI double, and a run-scoring single by Owen Dziados. The Griffs would get one run back in the bottom half of the frame after Cyrus Senior launched a triple into the right field gap, and came around to score after Niagara bobbled the relay throw. Offense was in abundance during the entirety of the fourhour long ball game, but error-free baseball in the field propelled the Griffs to the victory. The Purple Eagles’ eight errors led to eight runs scored for Canisius, effectively turning out to be the difference in the contest. Liam Wilson, Lanning, Morro, and Migliore each collected two RBIs apiece, and Stephen Bennett drove in three runs on the day. It was a team effort on the mound for the squad, as only one pitcher, Jared Kennedy logged more than two innings of work, tossing three innings. The Griffs (22-15 overall, 10-5 MAAC) travel to take on Rider (10-24, 5-6 MAAC). The first pitch for game one of tomorrow’s twinbill is set for noon. @nohop33 hopkin13@canisius.edu

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An eighth-place finish from David Hanes helped Canisius to their best finish at the MAAC Golf Tournament in the last five years. The sophomore shot a 9-overpar 222 in the 54-hole event that spanned over a three-day stretch at Disney’s Magnolia Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. last weekend. He opened the tournament with a 2-over-par 74, shooting an even-par 36 on the back nine

holes. Despite carding a 6-overpar 78 on Saturday, Hanes bogeyed four of the first nine holes -- including three in-a-row on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes. The Elma native finished the tournament with a 1-over-par 73, starting the round off with an even-par 36. It is the second consecutive year Hanes has finished in the top 10 at the MAAC Tournament. Matt Genaway was the Griffs’ second-best finisher, ending in a five-way tie for 11th place. The freshman’s first-round was his

best as he had a 2-over-par 74, parring 14 holes in the round, including his last nine. He closed the tournament with a 6-over-par 78 on Saturday before shooting a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday. Sophomores Jaret Chipman and John Dantonio each shot an even-par 72 on Sunday, aiding the Griffs to the fifth-place finish with 910 total strokes. Canisius entered Sunday’s round in second-to-last place. Iona claimed their first MAAC title since 2002 with an 895-stroke total.

In a tune-up for the Penn Relays, the Canisius men’s and women’stracksquadsparticipated in the Alfred State Invitational this past Monday. The men's team finished in fourth place out of the eight competing teams, while the women came in sixth out of nine. Canisius did have impressive showings in multiple races, however. On the men’s side, Canisius had 10 of the top 11 times in the 1500-meter run -- including the top nine overall times. Marcus

Brown had the top overall time (4:03.97). Paul Suflita finished in first place in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:17.41) winning by almost 30 seconds. Paul Henry won the second heat and claimed the top overall time in the 800-meter run (2:01.19). Henry also aided the 4x400 relay to a first place finish. The men’s 4x800 relay composed of Nicholas Neamtu, Turner Dirrigl, Connor Doran and Jordan Obrochta came in the first place with a time of 8:18.40. On the women’s side, Canisius had six runners finish in the top

10 in the 1500-meter with Mary Manzari winning the race with a time of 4:53.88. Aileen Doyle finished in third place. Leah Wardner, Rachel Joachimi, Isabella Iadicicco and Grace Hausladen all placed in the top 10 of the 800-meter run. Canisius' women's 4x800 relay squad finished in second place trailing Buffalo State's quartet by 6.10 seconds. Siobhan Quinn, Doyle, Manzari and Stewart were the runners for Canisius in the relay. Thursday's results from the Penn Relays were not available before printing of this edition.

27 April 2018

Women's lax to host Niagara to open MAAC Tournament

Bryar Cummings scored twice for Canisius in the 15-10 win over Niagara.

By Sam Brouwere

Senior Sports Reporter

The Griffs will host the Niagara Purple Eagles in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament this Saturday at 7 p.m. Canisius will share the MAAC regular season title with Marist, Monmouth and Fairfield, but because of tiebreakers the Griffs finished fourth out of the group and will be playing the fifthseeded Purple Eagles. The Griffs edged out the Purple Eagles on Wednesday, 15-10, in an important game that allows them to host the Purple Eagles in the first round game, rather than going on the road. “It was a big game for us,” head coach Allison Daley said. “The weather conditions weren’t ideal, but it was nice to see our team battle through that and really stay focused on our stick work and the fundamentals of the game. It was an exciting win for us and was an opportunity for us to improve from the game against Fairfield on Saturday.” Sophomore Rachel Ryan and senior Jen Reininger helped the lead the Griffs to victory by scoring five goals apiece. Junior Jourdan Roemer and sophomore Bryar Cummings both scored twice, and senior Lauren Smolensky scored as well. Senior goalkeeper Rebecca Van Laken made 13 saves. Playing the Purple Eagles in an important game especially after playing them three days earlier is definitely an advantage for the Griffs. “It’s certainly a quick turnaround for us by playing the same team,” Daley said. “It will be nice because we can really focus on ourselves, watch the film and make some adjustments. We

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can also make some improvements on ourselves and tweak our game plan a little bit to have a couple different looks moving forward. I think it gives us a good opportunity because it is the same opponent and we can focus on ourselves to get better.” The Griffs have had success in the MAAC Tournament in previous years, winning the tournament six of the last seven years. Even though they are only the No. 4 seed, they still should have confidence going into the tournament because of their historic success. It is the lowest seed for Canisius in MAAC tournament history. Also, the Griffs have many players that have been very productive to this point. Roemer leads the team with 68 points (44 goals, 24 assists) and Reininger is in second place with 50 points (41 goals, nine assists). “I think confidence is going to be huge on Saturday,” Daley said. “Although the championship round won’t be at home and it’s only the first round, our girls are comfortable playing at home. We’ve been home the last three tournaments so I think they’re excited to play at home.” If the Griffs defeat the Purple Eagles on Saturday, they will travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. next Friday to either play first-seeded Marist or second-seeded Monmouth. This all will depend on the result of the game between third-seeded Fairfield and sixth-seeded Iona. They are heading into the tournament with the right mindset of worrying about the team that is currently in front of them and take it one day at a time. “We gotta take it one day at a time and get through Niagara first,” Daley said. @SamBrouwere brouwers@canisius.edu

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points per game while shooting at a 40.1 clip from the field and 31.5 percent from three-point range. His teams were also well known for their presence underneath the basket averaging 43.2 rebounds per contest. He is a five-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year, first earning the honor in 2011. Hemer has been named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year each of the last four seasons. "Scott Hemer is a proven head coach who has developed winning programs at each stop of his coaching career and I am excited that he will be leading our women's basketball team," Maher stated in a press release. "Scott's commitment to developing

student-athletes and his experience building programs make him the right person to lead Canisius women's basketball, and I look forward to working with him to bring our program back to a championship level." The North Collins, N.Y. native and St. Bonaventure graduate takes over for Terry Zeh, who spent 14 years at the helm of the program. Zeh's contract was not renewed after a 10-21 overall record last season with an 8-12 record inside Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play for the third consecutive year. Canisius is looking for their first winning record since the 2008-09 season. @mhaim1934 haimm@canisius.edu

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Griffs clinch spot in MAAC Tourney

By Nolan Hopkins

Assistant Sports Editor

The men’s lacrosse team clinched a spot in the conference tournament with their win over Manhattan last Friday, 19-11. The Griffs came into the contest losers of their last three games, but quickly swung momentum in their favor as they scored three goals within the first eight minutes of action. Ryan McKee, Reece Eddy and Keith Pravato all scored to give their team the advantage, 3-0. For the remaining seven minutes of the first quarter, the teams traded goals. McKee scored his second goal of the game, and Mathieu Boissonneault and Carter Stefaniak eached chipped in a goal of their own to give the Blue and Gold the lead after first quarter, 6-2. The squad would extend their four-goal lead in the second quarter, as they found the back of the net three more times in the period. McKee tallied his third goal of the game with just 10:29 left to play in the quarter, and Boissonneault quickly followed that up with his second goal of the game 24 seconds later. The Jaspers would get two goals back in the quarter, but the Griffs held the advantage heading into halftime, 9-4. Canisius dug Manhattan into an even bigger hole in the third quarter, as they outscored the Jaspers, 5-3. Stefaniak and Steven Coss scored each recorded a goal to open the half before Manhattan would score a goal with just under eight minutes remaining in the quarter. Over the next three minutes of game action, the Griffs scored three goals, giving them a ninegoal advantage, 14-5, which was their largest lead of the game to that point. However, Manhattan would score two goals before the close of the quarter, including a goal with just four seconds remaining in the period, which trimmed the Canisius lead, 14-7. The Blue and Gold put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter, as a 4-2 run over

Saturday, April 21 Fairfield 11, Canisius 8 Iona 12, Marist 11 Monmouth 13, Siena 12 Niagara 15, Quinnipiac 11 Wednesday, April 25 Canisius 15, Niagara 10 Monmouth 16, Iona 11 Marist 19, Siena 7 Fairfield 14, Manhattan 9 END OF REGULAR SEASON

Stags 11, Griffs 8 Fairfield Canisius

remotely close to an issue with me. Hemer has earned 365 career wins in 17 collegiate seasons. He knows the game well and that has aided his teams to seven 20-win seasons in the last eight seasons. “I think it's important to understand that the basketball is the same size and the court is the same size and it's still spacing and matchups and fundamentals, nothing changes in terms of that,” Hemer said regarding the move from Division III to Division I. “Is there a difference in size, length, athleticism? Certainly and we will make adjustments that are necessary. “I believe the way we play has ultimately put my teams in the past in positions to be competitive and win games and that's not going to change moving forward. Recruiting is recruiting. It is something that you're either effective at or you're not and it doesn't change because someone is taller, faster or stronger.” He also has a solid group of returning players to next year's roster as of right now, including soon-to-be senior Sara Hinriksdóttir who led the team in scoring (14.9), rebounds (5.6) and assists

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Goals-Assists—Fairfield (Connolly 2-4, Hulseman 1-0, Horning 3-1, Mitchell 2-0, DeVita 3-1), Canisius (Reininger 2-0, Smolensky 1-2, Stewart 2-1, Roemer 1-0, Cummings 2-0). Goalies (shotssaves)—DiFatta, Fairfield (20-12), VanLaeken, Canisius (21-10). Draw Controls—Fairfield 9-20, Canisius 11-20. Free Position Shots—Fairfield 2-5; Canisius 2-4. T­—2:08. A­—412.

Griffs 15, Purple Eagles 10 Canisius Niagara

Mathieu Boissonneault scored three times in the win over Manhattan.

the first 10 minutes of the quarter effectively ended any chance of a comeback. Both squad’s traded blows over the final five minutes of the contest, with the Griffs earning the wire-to-wire victory, 19-11. In addition to McKee’s three goals, Boissonneault and Stefaniak also contributed three goals apiece, while Coss, Connor Kearnan and Mario Caito each scored two goals of their own. Ten different players scored in the contest. Mark Miyashita, in his first year at the helm of the men’s lacrosse team, ensured his squad a spot in the MAAC Tournament taking place May 3 at Monmouth with the win over Manhattan. “There’s nothing we’ve done as coaches that’s been anything crazy, they’re the ones out there playing,” Miyashita said in regard to making the tournament in his first year as head coach. “It’s the guys who are putting the long hours in, conditioning, lifting and then the practice and the film.

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MAAC Overall Team W L PCT W L PCT Str. x-Marist 6 2 .750 10 6 .625 W1 x-Monmouth 6 2 .750 8 9 .471 W3 x-Fairfield 6 2 .750 10 6 .625 W3 x-Canisius 6 2 .750 9 8 .529 W1 x-Niagara 5 3 .625 8 9 .471 L1 x-Iona 3 5 .375 8 9 .471 L1 Manhattan 2 6 .250 5 11 .313 L2 Siena 1 7 .125 5 12 .294 L2 Quinnipiac 1 7 .125 5 11 .313 L6 x-Clinched spot in MAAC Championship

(2.3) this past season, earning third team honors from the MAAC. Maria Welch, Anna Sweny and Olivia Vernon will most likely make up the Griffs' frontcourt. Tiana Pugh and Danielle Sanderlin could have breakout years at the forward positions after strong finishes to their sophomore and freshman years, respectively. Hemer said that his teams are pretty efficient and are not out of control. They look for high-percentage shots and trust one another with the extra pass. All of those aspects appear to be something that the players on the current roster can thrive under. “You try to play with what your strengths are and that can change from year-to-year based on what the talent level is and skill set of the players that you have,” Hemer said. “I think the one thing that we've done really well is create a culture in our program where the players trust each other. It's not ever about one player.” With the players that Hemer is currently being inherited with, this could make for an extremely exciting year ahead for the Canisius women's basketball. @mhaim1934 haimm@canisius.edu

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I think it’s just a testament to the hard work that the guys have put in and I’m happy for them first and foremost.” The stage is now set for an important regular season finale against Monmouth. Both squads currently have a 3-2 record in the conference. If the Griffs beat the Hawks, they would find themselves as the No. 3 seed in the MAAC Tournament, playing Detroit Mercy. A loss would mean they will fall to the No. 4 seed and would face topseeded Quinnipiac in the first round. Faceoff against Monmouth is set for 4 p.m. today at Demske Sports Complex, with the game also being broadcasted on ESPNU. “I think it is going to be an exciting day, we’re looking forward to hopefully packing the bleachers and giving a good show,” Miyashita said. @nohop33 hopkin13@canisius.edu

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Goals-Assists—Canisius (Reininger 5-0, Smolensky 1-1, Ryan 5-0, Roemer 2-4, Cummings 2-1), Niagara (Morales 1-1, D'Hont 2-0, Swartwout 1-0, MacCheyne 1-2, Hunt 1-0, Crump 3-1, Molodetz 1-1). Goalies (shots-saves)— VanLaeken, Canisius (23-13); Schroeder, Niagara (8-2), DeVeau, Niagara (11-2). Draw Controls—Canisius 14-26, Niagara 12-26. Free Position Shots— Canisius 5-7; Niagara 2-7. T­—2:05. A­—550.


MAAC Overall Team W L PCT W L PCT Str. x-Quinnipiac 4 0 1.000 7 5 .545 W3 x-DetroitMercy 4 1 .800 6 6 .500 W2 x-Monmouth 3 1 .750 6 6 .500 W2 x-Canisius 2 2 .500 5 7 .417 L3 Marist 2 3 .400 3 11 .214 L2 Manhattan 0 4 .000 4 8 .333 L2 Siena 0 4 .000 2 8 .200 L8 x-Clinched spot in MAAC Championship Friday, April 20 Canisius 19, Manhattan 11 Quinnipiac 10, Monmouth 9 Detroit Mercy 14, Siena 8 Friday, April 27 Monmouth at Canisius, 4:00 Siena at Manhattan, 7:00 Saturday, April 28 Quinnipiac at Marist, 1:00 Cleveland State at Detroit Mercy, 1:00

Griffs 19, Jaspers 11 Manhattan Canisius

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Goals-Assists—Manhattan (Giarratana 1-2, Pelletier 1-1, Grinnell 1-0, Scharf 0-1, Hanson 2-3, Gregory 1-0, Sammaro 0-1, Gresham 1-0, Ratchford 1-0, Malpica 2-0, Johnson 1-0), Canisius (Stefaniak 3-2, McKee 3-0, Coss 2-3, Garlent 1-1, Boissonneault 3-1, Kearnan 2-2, Caito 2-0, Filson 1-0, Pravato 1-0, Oakes 0-1, Eddy 1-1). Goalies (shotssaves)—Zingaro, Manhattan (31-12); Ganzhorn, Canisius (15-6), Zacher, Canisius (2-0). Faceoffs—Manhattan 18-33, Canisius 15-33. Extra man opportunities—Manhattan 2-3; Canisius 0-0. Penalties-Minutes—Manhattan 0-0; Canisius 3-2:00. T­—2:06. A­—286.

Varsity four shell finishes first at Jim Schabb Regatta

By Mike Pesarchick Copy Editor

Canisius’ women’s rowing team was back in action Saturday, competing in the annual Jim Schabb Regatta on Tonawanda Creek in Tonawanda. Fourteen clubs competed in the regatta. The Griffs had some of their best finishes of the season as a varsity four shell, crewed by Gianna Ortolani, Andrea Kraft, Anezka Krobot, Bridget Brogan and Sara Ruszczyk, took first place in both the first heat and the finals, placing in front of the University at Buffalo and SUNY Oswego. Official race times were unavailable; the race had been moved from Buffalo’s Black Rock Canal to Tonawanda Creek due to ice buildup.

Later, Misa Gamble, Max McGuire, Sydney Bichsel, Brooke Stanley, Tara Federow, Shannon Pritzker, Jessica Fabian, Emma Vicaretti and Alexandra Heinz placed second in their varsity eight heat, placing in front of Oswego, but did not qualify for the finals. The second Canisius varsity eight shell, commanded by Grace Horner, Mackenzie App, Bridget Lillis, Cat Gallagher, Audrey Rieman, Madeline Kurka, Patricia Beaulieu, Michelle Turner and Melissa Frank did advance to the finals, finishing behind a pair of Rochester Institute of Technology’s shells. Canisius hosts the Black Rock Cup this Sunday at the West Side Rowing Club. @mikepesar pesarchm@canisius.edu

27th April 2018


Scott Hemer was introduced as the ninth head coach in Canisius women's basketball history on Wednesday.

Photos via SUNY Geneseo and Tess Pszonak/The Griffin

Stories by Marshall Haim, Sports Editor

Geneseo and Canisius have glaring similarities


oing from a Division III school to a Division I school may seem like a crazy jump for a head coach, but for Scott Hemer the move feels right. Hemer, the newly hired women's basketball head coach, was formally introduced to the media Wednesday afternoon in the Griffin Team Room in the Koessler Athletic Center. The North Collins native had spent the previous 11 seasons at SUNY Geneseo, establishing a powerhouse within the Division III ranks. Hemer was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year for the past four seasons. Canisius athletic director Bill Maher opened the press conference saying that there was a deep candidate pool for the position, like any Division I job. He added that in looking for the new head coach he looks for some “defining qualities” in candidates. “Someone who is focused on academics and the development of student-athletes,” said Maher on one of the qualities. “I always search for someone who's had previous head coaching experience and recruiting in the Northeast and throughout New York State in proximity to our campus. Someone who has demonstrated the ability to recruit and develop young women to help us lead a program that our alumni and friends can be proud of.” All of the aspects that Maher

stated, Hemer emulates. “Canisius College has such a proud tradition of both academics as well as athletics and that's ultimately what made this opening so appealing to me,” Hemer stated in his opening remarks. “Balance is a big part of what makes a school and its athletic programs successful. “I've always felt that if you're going to be an effective recruiter at this level you have to have something of value to sell. I certainly think, as you mentioned Geneseo -- the name academically, especially as a SUNY institution -- had value and I saw a lot of similar values in what I would be able to promote here at Canisius.” After the 12-minute press conference, the main takeaway was that both Canisius and Geneseo have glaring similarities, which will make the transition for Hemer that much easier. “I had the opportunity to meet with a few of the players that are here today when I was on campus,” Hemer said, “and having some conversations with administration and I found a lot of similarities in them with the players that I'm used to at Geneseo. Ultimately seeing that they have some interest in creating a little bit of different culture here and feeling that it was something that I could work with.” People may question hiring a Division III head coach to take over a mid-major Division I program, but that is not even


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Aided SUNY Geneseo to five NCAA appearances

Hemer spent the last 11 seasons coaching Photo courtesy of at Division III SUNY Geneseo. SUNY Geneseo

Scott Hemer's Coaching History

Overall Conf. Year Team W L PCT W L PCT 2001-07 Genesee CC 147 40 .786 2007-08 SUNY Geneseo 12 14 .462 10 6 .625 2008-09 SUNY Geneseo 8 18 .308 5 11 .313 2009-10 SUNY Geneseo 16 11 .593 12 7 .632 2010-11 SUNY Geneseo 26 4 .867 17 1 .944 2011-12 SUNY Geneseo 16 10 .615 11 7 .611 2012-13 SUNY Geneseo 20 7 .741 14 4 .778 2013-14 SUNY Geneseo 21 7 .750 13 5 .722 2014-15 SUNY Geneseo 25 5 .833 17 1 .944 2015-16 SUNY Geneseo 21 8 .724 14 4 .778 2016-17 SUNY Geneseo 28 2 .933 18 0 1.000 2017-18 SUNY Geneseo 25 3 .893 18 0 1.000 Totals (17 years) 365 129 .739 149 46 .764 SUNY Geneseo (11 years) 218 89 .710 149 46 .764 Genesee CC (6 years) 147 40 .786 N/A

Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

After a month and a half search for a head coach, Canisius athletic director Bill Maher announced Monday that Scott Hemer would assume the role as the ninth head coach in Canisius women's basketball program history. Over the last 11 seasons, Hemer has been the head coach at SUNY Geneseo, a Division III school approximately 60 miles east of Canisius. The Knights went 23-2 overall and 18-0 in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) play this past season. It was their second straight year with a perfect 18-0 record in the conference. In Hemer’s tenure at Geneseo, he aided the Knights in compiling an overall record of 218-89 (.710), going 149-46 (.764) in SUNYAC play. Geneseo would appear in their fifth straight SUNYAC championship game, claiming their first title in three years. It was the program's sixth SUNYAC title. It was also the fourth straight year Geneseo had appeared in the Division III tournament. If that doesn’t assure the dominance that Geneseo has had in the SUNYAC recently, the Knights have won 40 consecutive regular season conference games, dating back to 2015-16. In that span, Hemer has held an overall record of 74-13 (a .851 win percentage), including a 50-4 (.926) mark in SUNYAC play. Hemer, who has been a basketball coach for the past 22 years, has been a coach at the collegiate ranks for the last 17 years. His

overall record is 365-129 (.739). "It is an honor to be selected as the next women's basketball coach at Canisius and I am humbled and excited by the opportunity I have been presented," Hemer said in a press release. "I would like to thank President John J. Hurley and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Terri Mangione for their efforts and I look forward to working with them in the future. I would also like to express my gratitude to Bill Maher and his staff for putting their faith in me to lead the program. "With a proud tradition of academics and athletics, my family and I are excited to join the Golden Griffin community. I am looking forward to working with the team, building relationships in the college community and creating a culture that expects success on and off the court." Following a five-year stint as the girls' varsity basketball coach at Gowanda High School, Hemer spent six years at Genesee Community College in Batavia. That's where he led the Cougars to a record of 147-40 (.786). In what was his final year at GCC, the Cougars went on to claim the NJCAA Western New York Athletic Conference, NJCAA Region III and NJCAA District C championships, earning a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament. Hemer’s teams have been known for being extremely efficient offensively, averaging 62.7 see Hemer @ 9 Design © 2018 Emyle Watkins