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VOLUME 1 - ISSUE 2 - Oct. 2, 2002

CARDINAL COURIER Inside this edition

Faculty votes to allow schools EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Fisher quarterback Greg Roland breaks school passing record. Story on page 12

Joshua Toaszskit

There were smiles and handshakes after the “Show Me the Money” learning community’s “Women in Sports” forum on Monday, September 23.

First year success MANAGING EDITOR


Jay takes you on his dream date on the Off the Wall page Story on page 9

Current and future renovations for the Fisher campus. Story on pages 6-7

INDEX VIEWPOINT...........2 NEWS..................3-4 Q & A......................5 RENOVATIONS..6-7 OFF THE WALL.8-9 IN FOCUS............10 SPORTS..........11-12

When students first enter St. John Fisher as freshman a familiar question floating through the halls is, “What learning community are you in?” It’s an icebreaker, a commonality and that is the purpose. Earlier this year, St. John Fisher was a semi-finalist in the “Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year.” The Policy Center on the First Year of College, started a national study that looked at various first year programs. The organization asked for nominations early in 2002 and received 130 applicants. St. John Fisher was placed as a semi-finalist in the four-year colleges and universities with 2,000-5,000 students division, where only eleven programs were chosen. In 1996, the number of entering freshman was at a low, as well as Dr. David student retention. Arnold, former provost, used this time to create the First-Year Learning Communities Program. “I was a teacher in the first-year of the learning community,” said

Dr. Doug Howard, Associate Provost and Dean of first-year students, “I did not want to see the program go belly up, so I called each freshman that had not registerd. We filled the program.” After a very successful pilot program, the learning communities became a requirement for all incoming freshman in 1997. “The learning communities help provide a social connection,” said Howard, “The students have such a social energy and we try to capture that energy for learning.” Currently, there are 16 different learning communities offered to freshmen. The communities are made up of 2-4 classes that have a central theme. Included in the cluster of classes is a college writing course or an equivalent course that is designed to improve students’ writing ability and critical thinking skills. Additionally, all first-year students are required to meet once a week with their freshman seminar. In this session discussions are held involving issues and concerns about the transition into college. The freshman seminar instructors also serve as the academic advisors

for the students’ first year. “We try to encourage intellectual development and teach students that knowledge is constructed,’ said Howard. A few of the communities offered this year are, ‘Show Me the Money!’ Sports; Economics and Society; Politics and You; 'Ya Know What I’m Sayin?’ Expressing Ourselves; Understanding Others; ‘Lookin’ To Get Paid’ Work in America and Leadership From Within. “It is easy for you to get to know people in your learning communities, which makes you feel comfortable in class,” said Danielle Brown, freshman. According to Howard, through a survey given to all freshmen at the completion of their learning communities, between 80 to 90 percent of students feel that the communities have helped them make friends. Also, between 50 and 60 percent said that it helped them fit in on campus. As for a good experience, 70-80 percent of students said it was. The results from this survey were compiled between 1998-2001.

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Last Tuesday, the faculty assembly voted to allow academic departments of St. John Fisher College to form schools. In a vote of 66 to 13, with one abstention, the “School of Business,” which will combine the management/marketing and accounting/finance departments, received the faculty’s approval to move forward with their plans. “The vote allows for the formation of schools. It does not create them,” said Dr. Jason Berman, head of the Management Department. The business departments are now looking to petition the Board of Trustees asking for permission to go ahead and form a school. “We hope to sometime during the fall announce the School of Business,” said Berman. By becoming a school as opposed to just a department, the faculty will have greater self-government over their curriculum. “You have a marvelous opportunity to continually improve your own program and in so doing continually improve the college,” said Berman Berman said that the departments have been “actively thinking about [the proposal] for two to three years.” The idea wasn’t proposed, however, until last May when Berman approached the faculty counsel to discuss a proposal. After meeting with the counsel twice in May to discuss their problems, questions, and concerns with the proposal, they decided to call a special meeting of the faculty assembly in which to discuss this proposal. That meeting took place on Sept. 10 while the decision wasn’t made until two weeks later on Sept. 24. “I am very gratified that the vote went as it did,” said Berman. “It is my most profound hope that we will be able to look back and say this was a day that wound up benefiting the entire Fisher community.” Email address:

Diversity meets in the Circle of Friends S TA F F W R I T E R


Persevering through the terrible weather, attendees of the Circle of Friends event gathered for a night of reflection, to promote diversity and encourage togetherness now and in the future on Friday. The Circle of Friends event sponsored by the St. John Fisher College Alumni of Color Committee (AOC), the Offices of Multicultural Affairs/Diversity Programs, Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Student Life and the Higher Education Opportunity Program brought together students, faculty and alumni; about 70 people were in attendance. The event included a song selection by the Gospel Choir, a special recognition by President Katherine Keough, a certificate presented to William Cruz from TCB Consult-

ing for being a presenter at the Communicating Across Cultures workshop and a raffle. A few alumni also had the opportunity to speak to the audience. There was also a presentation of student organizations and special programs available at the College. The Girl Scouts of America and the mentoring group CONNECT were among some of the groups with tables at the event. “This is the fourth year of Circle of Friends and the numbers keep growing,” said Courtnee Biscardi, secretary of AOC. “It is wonderful to see students, faculty and alumni together in one place for a common cause.” “This is nice,” said Delores Banks, class of 1973. “We weren’t always comfortable [on this campus] and they [the men] were not happy about women attending.”

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Fisher’s Gospel Choir contributes to the Circle of Friends reception on Friday, September 27 at the Golisano Gateway.


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Courage in Are you a true fan? two weeks? Goodness. Heart. Tenacity. Courage. We teach them. Or do we? Fisher’s newest commercial, starring Melissa “Mo” Harrison, seems to contradict that idea. The commercial, featuring the freshman soccer player, boasts, “Courage. We teach it.” I’m sorry, but how can anyone learn courage in a mere two weeks of college? It is impossible. I’m not trying to say that Melissa Harrison doesn’t possess courage. I’m positive that she does. I am, however, saying that she couldn’t have learned this at Fisher. She’s only a freshman. Two weeks is not long enough to learn such a great life lesson. Courage is a tremendously huge thing to learn. It takes weeks, months, even years. It is an ongoing process that is constantly developing and growing. It just cannot happen in such a short period of time. I don’t think that Fisher is wrong in saying that they teach courage. They most certainly do. I, myself, have learned and developed courage during my time here. I’ve gained the courage to voice my opinions, to try new things, to do what I believe in and to follow my dreams. Fisher has undoubtedly taught me courage. But I’m also a junior. I have had two full years here to learn courage. Wouldn’t it have made far more sense for a senior or junior or even a sophomore to be in this commercial? I know plenty of upperclassmen who define the word courage: the seniors who graduate and go out into the world, unsure of their futures; the captains who lead

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their selective teams through losses, victories, championships and endings; the student leaders who, after the schoolwork and part time jobs and social life, spend endless hours striving to make their organizations the best and benefit the Fisher community in a way that no one else can. And what about the students in Fisher Pride, who put their beliefs on the line with every meeting? Or the upperclassmen who are getting involved in a club for the first time because they want to experience something new? Or the students who start new clubs for the pure joy of adding something more to the Fisher campus? These are the type of people who should be starring in a commercial about courage. These people have sat in classes, gotten involved in the campus, and know what the “Fisher experience” truly is. These are the people who have been through the ups and the downs, had their opinions and goals challenged, and been laughed at when things didn’t go quite as they planned. These are the people who overcame all of these challenges and obstacles and remained strong through everything. These are the people to whom Fisher has taught courage.

Congratulations are in order for the football team and their coaching staff. Each have put forth incredible effort and have earned a 3-1 start to their season. They can hold their heads high knowing that they may be on the path to a bright future for years to come on the gridiron. However, shame on the fans. Most of you should hang your heads. You have been proven wrong. With the exception of the true Fisher football fans, who supported the team through the darker days, most of you should be ashamed of yourselves. I played football for Fisher three years ago and regretfully left the team for personal reasons. However, during the season I played, our final record for the year was 1-9. Our only win of the year came against St. Lawrence, a game that maybe a hundred people bothered to show up and see. This season, you’d be lucky to find a place to stand where you can actually see the game. Thousands of people have shown up to cheer on and support a team that really has something special. If you were a true fan and supporter of Fisher football, you would have noticed something special three years ago. The football team has gone through a period of rebuilding. The makings of this successful season

By Jay Adams, Cardinal Courier Staff Writer

started years ago with the hard work of the players during the offseasons and the hard work of the coaches who have brought in some of the best high school prospects in the area. The statistics may not show it, but there have been many games in recent years that Fisher should have won. However, this comes with the process of rebuilding. Fisher’s coaching staff has been improved with the additions of legendary former Canadaigua head coach, Mike Foster, and the equally successful former Fairport coach, Dave Lanning. But most of you were too proud to notice all these changes. Most of you were too busy talking about how much the football team “sucked” and asking the players “how much are you going to lose by this weekend?” However, even at the time when the team was losing, none of you had the right to make comments like this. None of you were out on the field practicing every night or watching game films until your

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eyes were sore or driving across state to watch a prospect play in a high school game. Now that the team is winning, all the people who used to laugh are in the crowds cheering at the tops of their lungs and bragging about how good “their” football team is. I’m not trying to discourage supporting the football team. I whole heartedly support it. But those of you who wasted time laughing about a football team that struggled, winning one game in a season a few years ago, missed out on something special. The players, Coach Vosburgh and his staff, and the handful of people who came to support the team during its losing years really have something to be proud of. They witnessed and participated in the making of a successful football program. Not many of you can honestly say that. So while you’re enjoying the rest of the games this season, think about the hard work and sacrifice it took for the players and coaches to get to this point. Then think about how they did this with all of you laughing in their faces. To the Fisher football players and coaches, best of luck this season; it’s your turn to laugh. Email address:

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Fisher Pride has been causing a stir this year by posting thought provoking flyers across campus. The simple, black and white flyers have sparked attention from the student population, inviting everyone who is interested in diversity to attend the meetings. Fisher Pride is raising awareness and welcoming those who might not have considered joining before. Namely, heterosexuals. “I wanted to educate myself on different diversities not only in racial, but gender and sexual preferences,” said Freshman Sara Cavanaugh who attended Fisher Pride’s first meeting last week as way to learn something new. Cavanaugh was a little worried in the beginning about how others would perceive her.

“At first, I thought whether or not I wanted to be stereotyped, so I questioned myself,” said Cavanaugh. “The I more I thought about it and the more I talked to my friends about it, if a white or Caucasian student can go to an African– American meeting, I don’t see it as an issue for a heterosexual to attend a homosexual meeting.” Matt Mendolera, the artist who wrote and designed the flyers, didn’t anticipate the attention that has been given to his work. “I was a little surprised,” said Mendolera. “I’ve received a lot of feedback from people that have noticed them and then actually took the time to stand there and read them.” Besides making the flyers, Mendolera wanted to help recruit more people to be involved with Fisher Pride. “I was kind of put off by the idea

that the only reason I was able to join this club was because I sought it out for myself,” said Mendolera. “I felt that somebody should be campaigning more aggressively for the people that are a little too timid to go up and question or maybe those people who haven’t been exposed to anything like this before.” Fisher Pride’s administrative adviser Doug Howard felt the flyers were a unique way of delivering their message. “I thought it was an attention getting and novel way to explain to people that this is an organization that is interested in breaking down barriers between groups, not creating them.”

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CIRCLE OF FRIENDS contnued from Page 1 She added that students are now more at ease than before. Banks was one of the first women who were accepted to Fisher when it became a coed college. “There were few opportunities for African-Americans when I started,” said Alfred Fields, the first African-American to graduate from the college . Field was part of the class of 1959. “These [college] years are the most valuable and important,” he stated, adding that there are no excuses for not being successful. Keough presented Fields with a certificate recognizing him for his achievement.

The speakers also stressed the importance of having a close-knit community with alumni coming back to help students. “Students are always going to need help,” said Banks. “Alumni have to give back to the students.” The campus has definitely changed since the days of Fields and Banks. The College now has a Black Student Union, a Latino Student Union, a Gospel Choir and other organizations that promote diversity events such as the Communicating Across Cultures workshops and celebrating Latino Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month and Black History

Month. Diversity is a key concept at the college. The college has other events planned to encourage diversity among students, faculty and staff. There will be “Faces of America in October,” which is a play that depicts a different cultural aspect of America. There will also be an ALANA (Asian, Latino, African, Native American) leadership workshop in the same month as well as a Day of Celebration: “A Multi-Ethnic Cultural Celebration” in December. Email address:

correction In our September, 18 article “Will wounds be healed”, Douglas Howard was incorrectly paraphrased as saying that he felt the 53-person strategic review committee is too large to

make decisions. Howard said that committee will be deciding the direction of the college, but a steering committee would write the actual strategic plan.

Dr. Tam Spitzer, Chair of the Department of Psychology at St. John Fisher College, is one of seven individuals to receive a national academic advising award. Spitzer was recognized by the National Academic Advisory Association (NACADA) as one of seven individuals who have made significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Spitzer began her career at Fisher in the fall of 1971. Specializing in child development, Spitzer has led a plethora of workshops geared towards childcare professionals where they can receive her expert advise. Throughout her years at Fisher, Spitzer has developed a series of programs designed to help psychology majors not only in their courses, but in their careers as well. One such program clearly lays out a step-by-step plan of what students should accomplish each year at Fisher to better prepare themselves for the work place. Included in this plan are not only course suggestions, but also ways for students to get involved in the community and to educate themselves for the future. In 1979, NACADA was chartered as a non-profit organization that thrives on promoting quality academic advising and professional development. NACADA continues to provide advances in the educational development of students as well as serving as an advocate for academic advisors. In 1983, NACADA began nominating seven outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising. NACADA receives thousands of

nominations from all over the nation each year. Included in every nomination are student testimonials, colleague recommendations and career highlights of the nominee. Recently, Spitzer has begun to supervise student internships. She is working with students on collaborating materials learned in courses with job skills learned during the internship. Spitzer hopes that by combining these two mediums, the students will be able to hone their job skills and will be better prepared after graduation. Spitzer encourages all Fisher students to take advantage of these college years. “This is your education….you need to go after something you enjoy…and something you are good at.” She claims that Fisher is “much more than four years of course work.” With the right package of course knowledge, volunteer work, and job experience, Spitzer believes all Fisher students will successfully make the transformation from timid high school students to career oriented professionals. Email address:

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Was your freshman Learning Community a positive or negative experience? “It’s positive because it helped me develop a sense of myself on campus. It also helped me meet all the right people.” - Jason Ellis, sophomore

“I really enjoyed my learning community. I got to make friends and we are still really close. It takes a load off of freshman year.” - Stacy Columbo, junior

“It is positive, because it is easier if you know who is in classes and teachers know how much homework the other teacher gives.” -Audrey Weston, freshman

“It is a good experience. I have met a lot of classmates and made a lot of friends, which has helped me get adjusted faster.” - Dale Stoker, freshman

“I liked being in the Service Scholar community because I got to know a lot of other scholars and talk about our similar experiences.” -Jamia Danzy, senior

“The experience was both positive and negative. The teachers did not relate the two classes, but it was nice to have the same people in both classes.” -Mindae Kadous, senior

PROGRAMS continued from Page 1 “During the learning community you see the same people everyday and you always had someone to say hi to,” said Jessica Secreti, junior. Although a large percentage of the students feel that the experience is a positive one, some do not. “I didn’t really enjoy my learning

community, not because of the structure, but because I did not enjoy the classes that I was placed in,” said Sarah Trufant a senior. Since 1996, the first-year programs at St. John Fisher has grown. After the creation of the learning communities, in 1997 the Service Scholars program began, then in 1998, Freshman Seminar and First-Generation Scholars programs were created. Between

1999 and 2001, the Peer Advising program and Freshman Advising program evolved. This year, the Science Scholar program was added to the first-year program. “Our goal for the first year program is for students to learn how to think and apply to any future knowledge they may run into,” said Howard. Email address:

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Thursday, September 26 marked a day of opening minds for 200 students as William Cruz presented a workshop on corresponding with different cultures. The event, “Communicating Across Cultures” pointed out the differences between verbal and nonverbal messages traditionally expressed among groups. One of Cruz’s goals was to abridge any prejudices people have towards other cultures, which he believes may be due to misunderstandings in the way each communicates. Cruz is a community leader, an engineer with three patents, and the president of TCB Consulting. His reasons for becoming a public speaker on these topics, he says, were due to the changes he experienced at work. He was uncomfortable with certain situations, such as continuous eye contact with his boss that led him to believe she was flirting with him; a common practice in his native Latino culture. With the book Nonverbal Communication he realized that the conversing of various cultures could be more easily understood if the various messages in eye contact, body movements, and facial expressions were known. Rather than lecture for an hour

and a half, Cruz talked openly to the audience. His piece on “piropos” demonstrated typical pick up lines used in Latino culture, and allowed students to share any that they knew. He also read a favorite poem that depicted the life and stereotypes a Puerto Rican in New York City must deal with. The presentation allowed students to learn what people from cultures other than their own are expressing, and tried to get students to remember these communication tips the next time they are faced with a person from another society. Email address:

Founders Hall: a life of luxury S TA F F W R I T E R


Amid students’ complaints about certain restrictions and rules that are in effect, Founders Hall has lived up to its expectations and will continue to be a thriving part of the St. John Fisher community. “It’s the best place to live on campus,” said Lyndsey Ludovici, a resident assistant in Founders Hall. Founders Hall contains air conditioning with temperature controls along with common areas with chairs and window seats. It has six wings, study lounges, laundry facilities and kitchenettes. Founders also has a huge lobby and lounge area. “I like it a lot,” said Ross Clair, a senior who lives in Founders, adding that it is almost too nice. Students around campus have referred to Founders Hall as a “five-star hotel.” “It is not like coming back to a residence hall, it’s more like coming home,” said Rebecca Kalamas, senior. Other students agree that Founders is the best place to live. “My friend said if she ever had to go back (to the other halls), she would be depressed,” said Lisa Bennett, senior. Even with all the praise it is receiving, Founders Hall still hasn’t completely won over all the students. “I don’t think it was built for students,” said Ludovici. She went on to say that the attitude at Founders from the management is that the students are just visiting and not actually living there. “They are real ‘psycho’ about the door restriction, they are very overprotective,” Ludovici said.

There are reasons for the overprotective nature of Founders Hall, according to area coordinator Andrea Tochelli. “I want the next group of students to have the same nice first experience as these students had,” said Tochelli when asked about the restrictions. Students can not hang anything on their doors for fear that damage will occur to the dry wall as well as the finish on the doors. Students who break this rule will have the damages added to their tuition bill. White boards are built into the wall next to the doors to use as students see fit. “Students were asked to use fun tacks or blue painter tapes (to avoid damage) if they want to hang anything on the walls,” said Tochelli. Also, “if any proven vandalism happens in the hallways, the entire floor is charged a damage bill,” said Terri Panepento, Director of Residential Life. The rules and restrictions at Founders Hall are no different than any of the other residence halls on campus. Founders has the same guest policy and will follow all the rules and regulations that the other residence halls follow. “Murphy and Ward halls just received new doors and students were asked not to write on them,” said Panepento, adding that the new doors are metal so students can use magnets if they want. “In the other residence halls, the doors are cinderblock, so it is a lot harder to ruin that,” she said. Overall, most are pleased with Founders Hall, but some are still wary. “It is like jail with all the rules,” said Clair, “but it is still nice.” Clair also said that he thinks the funds could have been spread out more evenly because he

does not have a ceiling light in his single room. It cost $10 million dollars to construct Founders Hall, but none of that money came from the school, according to Katherine Keough, president of the college. “All of the money came from external sources,” said Keough. “Money was received from private donations and the County of Monroe Dormitory Authority (COMIDA).” Those who were worried that Founders Hall contributed to the tuition increase can now lay those fears to rest. “If anything, Founders brought the costs down by increasing the volume of students who now attend Fisher,” replied Keough. While Founders may have kept costs down, it has only momentarily eased the housing problems. “Yes, it (Founders) has helped, but the demand is still high,” said Panepento. Keough agreed saying that 93% of incoming freshmen this year had requested on-campus housing. “We housed every freshman,” said Keough, “but we are still going to need more space.” Since Founders only houses juniors and seniors, it has alleviated some of the pressure for freshman who have to live in triples. “Eventually, I do not want any students to live in triples,” said Keough, adding that more rooms will be added to existing halls and more residence halls will be constructed. According to Panepento, the idea that another residence hall was going to be needed came during strategic planning sessions over a period of three years. “We knew we were going to need another building, but the question

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Fisher’s new residence hall offers luxurious living to upperclassmen then was will we be able to fill it?” said Panepento. Founders Hall was constructed because of the need for more rooms since so many students were seeking on-campus housing. “We needed a place for juniors and seniors to live,” said Panepento. Founders has 192 rooms including singles connected by an adjoining bathroom and four person suites that share a common area and has two bathrooms. “I think it is a beautiful hall and a great opportunity for upperclassmen,” Panepento said. There will be a dedication ceremony to dedicate the residence

hall in December, stated Keough. “Founders Hall was named out of respect for the Basilian priests who founded the college,” Keough said. She continued by saying that each room in Founders will be named after the Basilian priests and at the dedication ceremony, all living priests of the Basilian order will be invited to visit the room named after them as well as meet the student or students who occupy the room. “This is a great way for students to honor the heritage of the college,” said Keough. Email address:

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Talking finance with Pecchia S TA F F W R I T E R


John Pecchia, the Chief Financial Officer of St. John Fisher College, discusses the financial future of the college, the impact of the Buffalo Bills, and national recognition through the power of exposure. Q: Many people may be intimidated when they hear the job title of Chief Financial Officer. Could you explain, in simple terms, a day at the office? A: . I deal with internal people from staff to faculty, to external people such as bankers and investment dealers. I handle a lot of administrative and back office situations. A typical day would include a lot of meetings, phone calls and e-mails. Basically what I do is solve problems. Q: What are a couple of recent problems that you have had to solve here on campus? A: Well, recently students approached us and expressed their desire for an option with their meal plans. From that we gave them the 14 and 10 plan. Along those lines, many people from the Woodlands were unhappy that they had to have a meal plan when they have their own kitchens in their homes. We solved that problem by eliminating the food plan as a requirement. Now it is an option.

Another recent problem was the change of our investment strategies in the endowments. Q: Can you explain in basic terms what an endowment is and what process you go through in receiving funds? A: An endowment is like having a big savings account. They are created through fund raising activities. Let’s say a donor gives the college a million dollars restricted (that means we can not actually use the money, but rather the profit we make off of it) what we do is we take that money and give it to an investment manager, say for example, Merrill Lynch. That money will be invested into stocks. We then in return generate income off of the dividends, interest, or it will grow through market value. As you know, stocks go up and down. This year, stocks went down substantially, and when that happens, so does the overall wealth of a college. All colleges everywhere lost a substantial amount of money this year. It is just our economy, it fluctuates. Q: Students are seeing the many changes that have happened on campus, like the renovations and fiber ware upgrade. Would it be safe to assume that this is a reflection that Fisher is in a decent financial standing? A: A lot of what they are seeing is the construction, and from that,

A: Well, your most prestigious colleges are your most expensive colleges. I have been around and seen a lot, and I believe that a college’s prestige occurs through the result of how students perform and how we build as a campus community. Here at Fisher, we don’t just teach instruction, we teach a way a life.

no, that is not an accurate reflection. These renovations have been built on borrowed money. And this has to be paid back over about 2530 years. It’s no different from buying a house and taking out a mortgage. Because of the decline in stocks, I don’t think many colleges are in “good” financial standing. We are much better off than we were six years ago, and much of that is in thanks to Dr. Keough. She is a marketing extraordinaire. Q: Do you think that the increase in tuition will deter students from potential enrolling in Fisher? A: Absolutely not. This is a great school, and people will recognize that no matter what the cost. Q: Do you consider Fisher to be a “prestigious” school?

DiVeronica’s hard work rewarded S TA F F W R I T E R


On Friday night at St. John Fisher College’s annual Jack Palvino Communications/Journalism Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, sports writer Jeff DiVeronica will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. DiVeronica is best known for his work covering local sports such as the Rochester Rhinos and Syracuse Basketball for Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle. Right from the beginning, DiVeronica had to deal with difficult working situations because, according to him, up to that time, Fisher’s facilities for putting out the school’s newspaper, the Pioneer, were archaic. “The Pioneer had very crude working situations and we had to paste up the copy when we got it from the printer,” said DiVeronica. “We learned through trial by fire, basically.” DiVeronica’s ability to make the best of situations would end up being one of his most important traits. “In a way, the lack of facilities at Fisher, weeded out all the people who didn’t really want to do the job,” he said. When he graduated from Fisher in 1991, DiVeronica figured it would take a couple of weeks to put his bachelor’s degree to use. “I was still working part time at the movie theater and part time at the mall,” says DiVeronica. “It wasn’t very fun.” In truth, it took six months before an undersized paper about 45 minutes south of Columbus,

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Democrat and Chronicle sportswriter Jeff DiVeronica employs his strong work ethic while on the job. Ohio offered him his first job in print. The tiny newspaper in a town called Chillicothe liked DiVeronica’s resume, which showed that he‘d been working part time for two years at the Democrat and Chronicle taking high school sports calls and doing write ups. Maybe it was because it was close to home, maybe it was because he liked the idea of staying in the Northeast or general New York area, either way the decision to accept the position at the newspaper was simple. “It was one of the greatest decisions of my life,” said DiVeronica. The little newspaper of Chillicothe had circulation numbers that ranged from sixteen to eighteen

thousand and had a grand total of two staff members, the sports editor and DiVeronica. Although he was not employed at a major newspaper with hundreds of staff, there were benefits. In a short period of time he obtained an enormous amount of hands-on experience running a newspaper. DiVeronica wrote columns, feature stories, and helped with copy editing and lay out. He covered high school sports and major sporting events like Ohio St. football and basketball. Suddenly, DiVeronica’s modest newspaper job was yielding big dividends. “It was really neat,” said DiVeronica. “People get into this business and they want all the glamorous positions like writing in the big cities. But the most important thing to me was that people were reading what I was doing.” “Sometimes, you get out there and think ‘oh well, no one is reading this’ but that’s not the case. Walking into a gymnasium out there people knew who I was.” A decade later, people are still reading DiVeronica’s work and he still has a great work ethic. “I never thought that I was the most talented or most gifted writer in the history,” he said. “However, one thing that I will stack myself against anyone is, you will never “out work” me. With hard work, you can overcome, whether it’s deficiencies in equipment or deficiencies in your ability. If you work hard you can compensate.” Email address:

Q: Do you feel that the Buffalo Bills have added in anyway to the prestige of the college? A: Well, it gives the community and college an immense amount of exposure. We have all of these different people coming to the campus- it has been a win-win situation for everybody. We have definitely gained by having them here, and have just finishing signing a ten-year renewal with them, so they will be with us until 2012. Q: You mentioned exposure, now do we get to advertise through the Buffalo Bills? A: Yes. We may have a player or two in an upcoming TV advertisement. And we will have a sign in Ralph Wilson Stadium with one of our themes like “courage” or “heart”. They give us that value which is hard to put a dollar amount on. Q: Where would you say the financial future of Fisher is headed? A: We are investing in the stu-

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dents, like increasing scholarship money. We are also investing in the facilities, if you look around you can see that. And we are investing in educational programs, especially graduate programs. The school is coming out, and we have much more visibility. We still want to keep the “small school” appeal, but I would have to say that yes, we are growing. Q: I know that there was a large amount of incoming freshmen this year. To keep that “small school” image, are you planning to up the quality of acceptance as a means of limiting enrollment? A: We are striving to get the best students; I would feel safe saying that our pre-requisites to qualifications are up there. Q: Lastly, ten years from now, where do you see Fisher? A: Ten years from now, I see Fisher as a major national Liberal Arts College. A nationally recognized tier one school from the ranking standpoint. It will be better and stronger. That means that when students graduate from here, ten years from now, as the school and reputation grows, that value to them, even though they aren’t here anymore is always there. The value of a degree from this school will only enhance over time. Email address:

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Renovating, refurb

You glance up and down anxiously as your watch ticks the first two minutes…. four minutes…. five minutes of class away. S TA F F W R I T E R


You glance up and down anxiously as your watch ticks the first two minutes…. four minutes…. five minutes of class away. Between those glances you spot the person in back of you, and through your rear view mirror, you swear you can feel hatred for being the next in line. And then FINALLY, there it is…the perfect spot. You throw on your blinker, apply pressure to the breaks, and right when you get the wheel turned just so, and the smile on your face is happily growing to its full proportion, you are slammed with the defeat of a Volkswagen bug resting snugly between two real sized vehicles. Sound familiar? It should if you have ever tried to park at St. John Fisher College. Well fret no more. Along with the newly installed fiber upgrades, classrooms, elevating systems, and refurbishments that have been added to the Fisher campus, college officials are eagerly awaiting an approval from the town of Pittsford on an application designed to offer students an 11% increase of parking spaces. According to Joe Burkart, Special Assistant to the President of Fisher, LeChase Con-

struction C. should begin work as soon as next fall to incorporate the 150 new spaces. “We want to incorporate a campus loop,” explained Burkart. “It would begin at parking lot A, adjacent to Skalny, and exit at Founders Hall. The primary purpose is to create a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere. The current campus roads bisect the resident space with the campus space. We want to make it more unified and appealing to everyone.” If granted, the addition to the current 1,400 parking spaces would be completed by the spring of 2003. Creating a more comfortable and accessible campus has been the mission for the 120 LeChase construction workers as they near the end of a $4 million renovation project that began in May of last year. Major renovations that have already been completed include a complete refurbishing of the library’s main floor. “The new tables and computers are great,” said senior Emily Gregory. “It’s good because the hideously ugly orange carpeting is gone. It’s less depressive.” Along with refurbishing the library, Ward Hall has also undergone an interior makeover that includes new carpeting, painting and furniture.

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Renovations that are currently in progress include an American Disability Act lift that will be installed next to the northwest staircase in Kearny. Senior commuter Ed Lohmaier was pleased to hear about the addition, “People with disabilities deserve the rights to access that everyone else has, I think it’s a good change.” Renovations also occurred in the Skalny building. Still in progress, additions to the first floor include a connecting classroom to the physics lab, and the transformation of a storage room into a computer lab. A second floor biology resource center will have computers and literature, creating a synchronistic space to work and spend time together. Along with all new window replacements in Kearny, an entire fiber upgrade has been added throughout the entire campus. “I think the renovations were needed to maintain the investment in the existing buildings,” Said Burkart. “Everyone from the Fisher staff was very supportive. We appreciate their patience, and are looking forward to constructing the campus loop.” Email address:

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Lifestyles: a night of romance S TA F F W R I T E R


It is a Wednesday night in Rochester and I have found myself alone at the movies. Not a terrible problem, at least I am with the best company I know. After sneaking in my luke warm coffee, and showing my Fisher ID for the dollarseventy-five student discount, I walk into a barren theater with four hundred and sixty possible seats to choose from. It seems that the rest of Rochester has also opted to stay home tonight and I am the only soul that has ventured out. Who could think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night than watching the latest from Robin Williams, One Hour Photo. In this dark tale written and directed by Mark Romanek, Robin Williams plays Seymour Parrish, the photo processor at the local SavMart. In an eleven-year career at the store, Sy has gotten to know several regulars at his counter. From an amateur porn photographer, to an old woman and her cats, Sy knows what most of customers want before they do. He becomes especially attached with one family in particular, the Yorkins, and considers them his own. At one point he goes as far as to tell the wife Nina, played by Connie Nielson, that he considers himself to be “Uncle Sy” to her son Jake, played by Dylan Smith. The farther into the movie the viewer is taken, the stronger Sy’s feelings for the family grow.

The attachment turns in to protective rage as another woman’s developed film contains the husband, Michael Vartan, in a compromising situation. This jeopardizes the picture perfect family that Sy has lived with for the last eleven years, sending him into an emotional rollercoaster. How he deals with these emotions and what he does or does not do next may surprise you. One Hour Photo is a wonderful drama, rotating on Seymour Parrish and his make believe world. Williams portrays Sy as an obsessive, envious, lonely man that leads a boring life. The writer has created Sy to be a man so boring he drives a Toyota Echo and spends his nights watching the late night returns of the Simpsons. This boring, nonflashy lifestyle causes the viewer to pity Sy as well as hope that he may find happiness and maybe a family of his own. From the sterile environment at the SavMart to his cold and empty apartment that Sy shares with his pet hamster, One Hour Photo is the story of a man trying to grasp a life that he can never have. One Hour Photo is a tremendous performance by one of the greater actors of modern cinema and one of the better films of the year. This movie is along the lines of “Taxi Driver” and “The Passenger,” showing a man with way too much time on his hands and too vivid of an imagination. If these movies appeal to you I highly recommend One Hour Photo. Email address:



Go down University Avenue, past abandoned buildings and factories, make a right into a gravel parking lot and around the bend, next to train tracks, you will find Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar. It is a hard place to find, but well worth the effort. Pomodoro is an Italian restaurant with “natural fine cuisine of the Mediterranean.” Upon entering, you will be greeted by a friendly host who will direct you to your table. The service is quick and impeccable. My server was there when I was done with my salad as well as when I finished my meal. He was also very friendly and courteous and gave me whatever I asked for. The menu serves up delicious concoctions of pizza, sandwiches and pasta dinners. It’s a treat for anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine with a twist. There is Linguine alla Genovese (basil linguini with pesto and grilled vegetables), Salsiccia pizza (mozzarella, sausage, mushroom and basil in fresh tomato sauce) or my personal favorite Farfalle Bolognese (beef tenderloin and chicken sausage in marinara with Chianti, cream and farfalle. The appetizers vary from grilled petite lamb chops with warm brie and tomato cumin vinaigrette to curried crab cakes. Their selection of wine ranges from Chardonnay to Cabernet to Zinfandel and there is also a choice of beverages. For those who want to eat light, their assortments of salads will definitely be the way to go. They have a Greek salad with mixed greens, vegetables, banana peppers, feta and olives in Roman dressing or you

might want to try the mixed organic greens and fresh vegetables in balsamic vinaigrette. For those who enjoy hanging out at the bar and watching sports, this is a spot for you. There is a flat screen television hanging over the bar with a friendly bartender to chat with. The restaurant itself has a very calming environment that would make anyone feel comfortable. There is soft jazz playing throughout the restaurant and you get the feeling you are in the 1950s at one of those jazz spots. The dimly lit lights that hang over each table give it a nice romantic appeal for you and that someone special. There is also outdoor seating for those who enjoy being secluded off from the rest of the restaurant to spend time with your sweetheart. As for price, it is definitely within anyone’s budget. You can feed yourself and your lovely date for as little as $40. Price for dinner ranges from $4.50-$8.25 for appetizers and from $7.50-$18.95 for entrees and pasta. Prices for lunch are slightly lower, but the food selection is the same and just as good. Pomodoro Grill is definitely the place to go if you are short on cash, but want a nice romantic evening. It fits right into a college student’s finances. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I give Pomodoro Grill a 9. Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar is located at 1290 University Avenue behind Antiques and Fine Laces. Just a 10-15 minute drive from campus. Reservations are not required. Email address:

An Off The Wall date: Jay’s way S TA F F W R I T E R


For the last few weeks now, you’ve attended classes in search of more than an education. You’re also keeping an eye out for the girl who may be the one. You, being the economic genius that you are, decided against buying books this semester because you think its a great way to save money and meet new people in class. So, you’ve been sharing an Anatomy book with a girl you’ve taken quite a liking to. Finally, you get up the nerve to ask her out and, by nothing short of a miracle from the hand of God, she said yes. Now you have to decide where to take her. Fear not. With a wide selection of things to do in Rochester, you have to keep in mind that, on a first date, you have to show a girl how different you are from the other guys she’s dated. If you take her to a movie and then spring for an expensive dinner at the Waterstreet Grille, it’s going to remind her of the dirt bag she fell in love with a year ago who she caught in a barn chasing chickens in a drunken stupor. Therefore, it is imperative that you be different. Show her how daring you can be and how willing you are to take risks. Taking a girl out to dinner may not sound like an action packed evening of excitement and rushes of adrenaline, but it can be if you are creative about the situation. Don’t let her in on your little secret of where you will be dining that evening. Let it be a surprise. Girls love surprises. Head straight to your dining destination, McDonald’s. When you arrive, pull into a handicapped parking spot and put your fake handicapped tag on your rearview mirror. She may ask why you are doing this. Just explain that you have a bummed knee

from a high school football injury. Chicks dig gridiron stories. Before you go in, empty the ashtray in your car of pennies and nickels in order to sufficiently pay for the meal. By not using big bills, like one’s or five’s, you show her that you are the MacGyver of loose change and able to make the best out of a bad situation, even though you know quite well that you’re as broke as they come. When you enter the restaurant, make sure that you let your date open the door for herself. Girls like being independent. However, since you’re paying for the meal, order for the two of you; it makes it a lot easier to pay in one lump sum with pennies and nickels than trying to split up two orders and having your loose change fly all over the place. Remember to put the remainder of your change in the Ronald McDonald Charity fund box. This will really wow her. To save money, order yourself a

kid’s meal. This may make your date look at you cross-eyed, but just explain to her that you have a little brother at home who is collecting the free toys that come with the kid’s meal. This makes you look like a family oriented guy who goes out of his way to please his kid brother. Truth is, you are just trying to save some money. The key to making this situation work is by talking your date into letting you order her a 20 piece chicken nugget. Even though you know she may nibble on three of them during your visit to McDonald’s, but explain to her that whatever she doesn’t eat tonight, she can take home and have for breakfast the next morning. She’ll think that you are a considerate and caring person. Negotiation can also be a very impressive tool to be used on a date. After you place your order, ask for an extra barbecue sauce for the lady’s chicken nuggets. This will knock her socks off. At some

KevintoAubrey negotiplaces, you may be able ate for a free barbecue sauce. Try this first. If the cashier is stingy, slip her a few nickels and she may change her tune. When your order comes up, carry the tray for your date. Even though she may be an independent woman, this shows that you are not lazy. But to satisfy her independent side, ask her to get some ketchup, straws, and napkins while you scope out the seating area for the best seat in the house. If it is available, find the booth right near the bathroom. The smell may be a little hard to bear, but it shows that you are considerate enough to find a convenient location in case your date needs to use the little girl’s room. When you begin to eat, offer to share your small order of French fries. Once again, you will look like one heck of a guy. The temptation of putting on a puppet show during your meal with your free kid’s meal toy may

be too much to contain. If this is the case, give into your childish ways and give her a small puppet show. But, DO NOT use words like: Vroom and Woosh. When the meal is complete, excuse yourself from the table and go into the Men’s room. Look around for some paper towels. Some McDonald’s are more advanced and have an air dryer which makes paper towels obsolete. If there are no paper towels, grab some toilet paper and take it out to the table. When you arrive at the table, offer to wipe your date’s mouth clean of the barbecue sauce that is caked on the side of her mouth. Spit onto the toilet paper and lightly wipe the sauce away. Be gentle as this is the first time that you and your date have made any kind of physical contact. It is important that she think you are a gentle nurturer. After you exchange smiles, announce that is it 8:00 and that you don't want to keep her out late tonight. She will appreciate this. Pour the rest of her chicken nuggets into your Happy Meal box and tell her that she can keep the box as a memento of your first date together. Hand her your tray of garbage and direct her towards the garbage can. This is where you slip up to the front counter again and snag a toothpick. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. When you drop your date off, grab her hand and tell her that you enjoyed your time in her company. Tell her that you look forward to seeing her in Anatomy class this week and that if she would care for a second date, you would be much obliged. Is she says yes, you’re in like Flynn! Email address:

You’ve seen Jay’s edition is Kevin’s turn!

OFF THE WALL To sing or not to sing?

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There are many things in this world that society has deemed as “manly:” eating pork rinds, watching football, punching each other. Although I am a big fan of all these so called “manly” things, I am also a fan of something that is usually not defined as “tough.” Musicals. I love them, and although there may be serious repercussions to my “rep” in the future for admitting this, I feel okay about it. Actually my “rep” has been kind of hurtin’ ever since the “Streisand incident,” so this may be like kicking a man when he’s down, however, enjoying years of choreographed dances set to infectious music has given me the power to overcome all apprehension. I think my attraction to these masterpieces started with the smash hit “Grease” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Grease had it all: dancing, singing and lots of cool smeared all over the whole movie. One interesting thing about this musical is that all of the main male roles are a part of a guy group called the T-birds. Come on, “Tbirds”, that just screams tough! These tough guys danced and sung in unison about everything from cars to chicks and had me convinced that this was the cool thing to do. I can remember watching it for the first time as a starry-eyed child and wondering in awe how everybody working on Kenickie’s new car knew all of the lyrics and dance moves for “Greased Lightning.” Now that is something that I’m sure even the toughest guy has thought about doing. Picture this: you and your buddies out cruisin’, heading to the bar. Maybe you see a girl or say something that strikes

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a particular pang in your heart. The bass groove kicks in, you and your buddies pour out of the convertible. (Over the doors of course, cause it is that much cooler!) You hit the streets, snapping and walking in unison. Then someone starts singing, it doesn’t matter who because you all know what and when you’re going to sing. You start singing to the West Side Story “When you’re a jet” song. “When you’re a drunk, you’re a drunk all the way…” Now as cool as this sounds, it pales in comparison when tried in real life. Trust me. I’ve tried it. My friends will attest to that if any of them will still admit they know me. I explained to them that I just felt the need to start singing and dancing. I waited for them to acknowledge that same primal feeling to burst into a dance number and sing about their love for cheese whiz. Apparently no one has ever been struck that way about cheese whiz. Although my attempts at musical-type comraderie in real life failed miserably, I still enjoy watching them on the big screen or on stage. Say what you like about musicals but they have a tendency to creep up on you anyway, infecting your head with clever ditties and setting your feet to tapping along at inopportune times. If you haven’t ever seen one I recommend it highly, and if you have and hate them, give them another chance. If you need help feeling tough while watching and trying not to sing along, get a bag of hot flavored pork rinds, punch anyone in the vicinity, and try to get a girl to watch it with you just in case your buddy bursts in and catches you teary eyed with Blockbuster’s last copy of Moulin Rouge.



Musicals and plays have always been a form of entertainment throughout history. Puppet shows and Shakespeare would have crowds rolling in laughter or stricken with drama many centuries ago. Why? Because there was simply nothing better to do. Even today, musicals are a large part of the entertainment society. High schools always have a yearly musical that they present to the community. Broadway is a huge attraction in New York City. There is even a large award show, The Tony Awards, for best musicals of the year. Now, I have nothing against acting. In fact, I wish I could be so lucky as to have the talent to act, but I don’t. I don’t exactly lose sleep over it either. The fact that I don’t know the opening tune to “Oklahoma” doesn’t exactly make me reflect on my life to this point as a waste. I once went to a performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” in Toronto. Actually, it was more like I was dragged. I remember sitting in the audience and being awed by the special effects and costumes that were featured during the play. It really made me appreciate the fine arts. I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed myself. Since then, I’ve been to my fair share of musicals. I’ve seen performances of “The Little Shoppe Of Horrors,” “West Side Story,” and “My Fair Lady,” among others. Some avid theater go-er once asked me, “What could be better than a night at the opera?” Since that question was posed to me, I’ve given it some thought. I now have a list of about a thousand activities I would enjoy more than going to another musical. Some of

these activities on my list include: staying at home and clipping my toe nails, getting a root canal done with no Novocain, and repeatedly dropping bricks on my foot. These activities, however painful or uneventful they may be, would be much more enjoyable to me than the boredom I would experience sitting through another musical. As much as I was turned on to the fine arts scene by “The Phantom Of The Opera,” I was equally as sickened by the other musicals I have seen. In fact, at the last musical I attended, I was tempted to wear pajamas and bring a pillow. Taking a few hours out of my life

to watch grown men running around on stage wearing make-up and singing tunes about a corrupt cop doesn’t exactly light my fire. Lastly, I would like to say that I have nothing against the Fisher players. Actually, I find them quite entertaining. There are some very humorous and talented people involved in that club. However, if they ever decide to put on a production of “The Lion King,” you’ll probably find me at my dentist’s office enjoying an evening of root canal surgery.

Will You Dance With Me?

Above: After Jay scores a clutch touchdown in a touch football game, he celebrates with teammates Andrew Aizer (left), Cody Hodge (middle), and Coach Paul Vosburgh.

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Above left: After foregoing the wining and dining, Scott Dillon skips right to the romancing by dipping Kevin. Above right: After forgiving the statue for not helping him tie his shoe laces, Jay “gets jiggy with it.”

Jay and Aubs scoured the campus looking for people to dance with them. Here are a few that made the cut. Above left: Jen Pagano (left), Anna Peters (middle), and Erin Palmer (right) get excited over eggplant parmesan as they dance with Jay in the dining hall. Above right: R.J. Povio and Kevin get down to some C+C Music Factory in the back of R.J.’s truck.


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Keough’s trip seeks Kenya opportunities

Former President of Ireland to visit campus



27 straight St. John Fisher graduating classes have included a Roman Catholic, Kenyan priest. It is a relationship that was established by former Fisher President, Rev. Charles Lavery, and one that will be fortified by Fisher President Katherine Keough and Rev. John Cavanaugh’s two-week trip to Kenya in mid-October. Keough and Cavanaugh will visit with Fisher alumni – including four Bishops, and an Archbishop – and seek to build an ongoing and student/faculty dialogue exchange program. “It would be a broadening experience and would promote the understanding of different cultures,” Keough said. A potential exchange program could include 2-3 week student trips, summer internships in hospitals or soup kitchens, and new service scholar opportunities. Before any firm plans can be finalized, Keough felt it was essential to visit the area herself. “I want to see it for myself, before we consider sending Fisher people.” Email address:

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Mary Robinson is the second in a series of dinners with Heads of State; students to be largely involved S TA F F W R I T E R


St. John Fisher College is once again dipping into the forefront of international politics by bringing in the former United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights Mary Robinson for a day of festivities on Wednesday, October 9. Robinson’s visit marks the second year in a row that a major foreign leader has been on campus. “Last year we decided we were going to inaugurate a ‘Heads of State’ lecture series,” said Fisher President Katherine Keough. “So that every fall the president’s office would invite a head of state of some country worldwide.” So far, Fisher has invited the Former President of the Republic of Poland, Lech Walesa as well as Former Prime Minister of England, Margaret Thatcher. “Last year we invited Lech Walesa from Poland. He was a Nobel

Prize winner who had almost single handedly defeated Communism in Poland and certainly was somebody that our student body and our faculty would enjoy meeting as it would be an honor and a privilege.” Robinson, the former President of Ireland, was the first head of state to visit Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia. She is generally considered an authority on Human Rights issues and has received the Special CARE Humanitarian award in recognition of her work within war torn Somalia. “Mary Robinson is a woman in her own time,” said Keough. “She changed the face of Ireland, than moved into a humanitarian role with the U.N.” President Keough is excited about the possibilities that Robinson brings with her and hopes to make this event as successful as last year’s with Walesa.

“Lech Walesa pretty much set the stage for all other heads of state,” said Keough, “he was extraordinarily generous.” “During that dinner last year, Lech Walesa stood up and went from table to table and had his picture taken with every person in the room. He did over 400 pictures.” There is a dinner planned again this year with members of the faculty required to bring a member of the student body in order to attend. “I will be inviting a student,” said President Keough. “Every person going will be inviting a student, so it really is a mix of students and faculty.” Robinson’s arrival coincidentally parallels an interesting time within the United States government as Congress and President Bush struggle over Iraq and the War on Terror. Robinson has been openly critical of the United States for eroding

civil liberties at home and human rights standards around the world since the September 11 terrorists attacks. “We shouldn’t be afraid to hear ideas that we may not like or agree with,” said Keough. “That’s why I chose Mary Robinson.” Regardless of any controversy that might accompany Robinson’s arrival, Keough says it’s a privilege that she even agreed to make a trip to Fisher. “She’s widely recognized, widely respected,” said Keough, “and we’re very fortunate that she accepted our invitation.” Email address:

Calendar Of Events Campus Events Community Events

October 2 W Tennis vs. SUNY Genese SAB Film—Sum of All Fears October 3 W Soccer vs. Nazareth College October 4 Family Weekend SAB Casino Night October 5 Family Weekend W Tennis vs. Hartwick College Football vs. Hartwick College Music in the FishBowl Volleyball @ St. Lawrence University October 6 Family Weekend W Soccer vs. Southwestern University SAB Film—Insomnia October 8 COP Meeting W Tennis @ Buffalo State College SAB Paint Ball Trip October 9 W Soccer @ Elmira College M Soccer @ Pitt-Bradford Campus Ministry— Volunteer at Bethany House

For times and locations, please call the campus groups that run individual events.

SAB Film—Insomnia October 10 Volleyball @ SUNY Geneseo October 11 Recess Day—No classes Residence Halls open with food service. Ocober 12 Campus Ministry— Letchworth State Park Trip Saturday classes meet as scheduled. M Soccer @ Utica College Football @ SUNY Brockport W Tennis @ Empire 8 Championships October 13 Mass Campus Ministry Coffee Hour M Soccer vs. Cazenovia College SAB Film—Mr. Deeds W Tennis @ Empire 8 Championships October 14 Volleyball @ SUNY Brockport October 15 Charles A.B. Beyah’s Pursuit of Knowledge— Personal Collection of Books, Newspapers, and Artifacts about/on Slavery Through Nov. 15th Lavery Library October 16 M Soccer vs. R.I.T. W Soccer vs. R.I.T. Volleyball vs. R.I.T. Line Dancing/Ballroom Dancing SAB Film—Mr. Deeds October 17 Commuter Council SAB Presentation—Faces of America October 18 SAB Open Mic Night Freshmen mid-semester grades due.

Weekend College 9:00 p.m. FishBowl October 19 W Soccer @ Keuka College October 20 SAB Film—Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood October 21 Extended Orientation October 22 SGA Open Forum M Soccer @ Ithaca College Volleyball @ University of Rochester October 23 W Soccer @ Union College SAB Film—Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood October 24 M Soccer vs. Buffalo State SAB Hypnotist—Michael Anthony October 25 RSA Haunted Walk October 26 Harvest Fest Pittsford Fall Days Football vs. Mt. Ida College W Soccer @ SUNY Geneseo M Soccer vs. SUNY Geneseo Volleyball @ Empire 8 Championships Ithaca College October 27 Campus Ministry Trick or Treat for Canned Goods SAB Film—Scooby Doo Volleyball @ Empire 8 Championships Ithaca College October 29 SAB Psychic Fair M Soccer vs. Elmira College October 30 Campus Ministry—Volunteer at Bethany House (Halloween Party) W Soccer vs. Ithaca College SAB Film—Scooby Doo


Rochester Amerks Hockey 454-5335 October 11 vs. Albany October 14 vs. Hamilton October 18 vs. Binghamton October 25 vs. Grand Rapids

Art & Culture

High Falls Film Fest October 30-November 3 258-0481 Haunted Gardens Sonnenberg Gardens October 4-30 394-4922 West Side Story Auditorium Theatre October 8-13 Lord of the Dance Auditorium Theatre October 23 7:30pm


Greenwheel, RIT October 16 RUSH, Blue Cross Arena October 17 Ben Folds, SUNY Geneseo October 26 Strangefolk, Milestones October 27 Ray Charles, Eastman Theatre October 31 New Found Glory, Harro East


October 2-6 Angel Salzar @ Comix Café October 9-13 Al Katz @ Comix Café October 16-29 Master Hypnotist J. Medicine Hat @ Comix CaféOctober 23-27 Don Reese @ Comix Café Friday nights in October Ricky Kalmon Hypnosis Show 10:45

October Reel Big Fish, Water Street Music Hall October 5 Lil’ Bow Wow, Blue Cross Arena For times and October 11 locations, please call Boobastank & the campus groups that run individual events.

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“Headed” in the right direction S TA F F W R I T E R



Fisher defender Gary Gallo jumps for a headball over a Nazareth forward in their 0-2 loss last Wednesday.

Golf finishes 2nd in Empire Eight CONTRIBUTING WRITER


The St. John Fisher College men’s golf team drove, chipped, and putted their way into second place in the Empire 8 Conference Championships. The Cardinals scored 619 in the tournament at the Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton “We were very pleased with our performance,” assistant coach Ron Baker said. The star of this year’s outstanding season was Jason Baker who was honored as the Empire 8 player of the year. Baker, a graduate of

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Fairport High School, led the field in the Conference tournament with seven birdies. “He (Jason Baker) is probably our leader. He is a real steady player and the kids look up to him,” Ron Baker said. “When we need him, he always responds.” Mike Stackus, Dale Stoker, and Ryan Greenway all received AllConference second team honors. In addition, freshman Zach Fuller finished one stroke behind earning him 11th place in the tournament. Email address:

On Wednesday night, the St. John Fisher men’s soccer team took on East Avenue rivals Nazareth in front of the biggest home crowd of the season. The game was played with passion and physical play between the two bitter rivals. Although Fisher had their chances early, their shots just wouldn’t go in the net. Luck was not on the men’s side this night as they dropped the game 2-0. After the opening goal, the Cardinals stepped up the intensity and controlled play on both sides of the field. Their ball handling and fancy passes left Nazareth defenders standing in place. In the first half, junior midfielder Mitch Losey made a spectacular move and took a shot that hit the post. The play was one of several close shots that could’ve changed the momentum of the game. However, it wasn’t meant to be. In the second half, Fisher’s unlucky ways took a turn for the worse when goalie J.R. Brau collided with his own teammate going after a ball. The miscommunication resulted in a goal that made the score look worse than it was on the field. The defeat gave Fisher a 4-4-2 record on the year and 1-1 in the Empire 8. Nazareth improved to 5-3 and 2-1 in the Empire 8. Following the disappointing loss to Nazareth on Friday night, the men took out their frustrations against a D’Youville. The team blasted a season high 7 goals in the

FOOTBALL continued from Page 12 hit caused the ball to fly downfield where an Ithaca receiver happened to be standing. The near turnover resulted in a touchdown giving the Bombers a 10-0 lead. Fisher responded at the end of the half with its longest drive of the day going 89 yards on 14 plays. The drive set up a 23-yard field goal by Senior Scott VanAlst. Trailing 10-3 going into the half, it was still anybody’s game. However, Ithaca’s offense set the tempo on the opening drive of the second half going down the field on five plays scoring on a 26 yard touchdown pass. Once again Fisher had it’s back against the wall. On the ensuing possession, quarterback Greg Roland and wide receiver Noah Fehrenbach hooked up on a couple of nice plays. However, the drive came to a halt and Fisher was held to a 26 yard field

first half en route to a 9-0 win. Senior captain Mike Chiazza scored his first career goal on an assist from Mitch Losey in the first half. Joe Dyl led the onslaught with a hat trick in an 11-minute span. Other goals were scored by Doug Nicholson, Andrew Skvarch, Paul Quinlan, Jay Marino, and Losey. Midway through the season, the team is catching fire with a five game winning streak, keeping Fisher within striking distance of being one of the top teams in a competitive Empire 8 league. In the beginning of the season, the team knew they had their work cut out for them. Playing against six of the top 10 teams in the state was no easy task. Nonetheless, the men held their own on the field. After starting the season 0-3-1, including a heart breaking double overtime lose to Oswego, the team needed to regain focus and bounce back. Their hard work and fierce competitiveness erased early season woes and in the last seven games they’ve posted a 5-1-1 record. The surge has put the team at 5-4-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference. “They’ve really started to come together and found their rhythm as a team,” said assistant coach Chris Bowman. This year 18 players returned from last year’s team, Fisher added more fire power to an already potent offense with junior forward Mike Dugbartey. Dugbartey, a transfer from DII Central Connecticut, is tied for the lead in the Empire 8 with goals scored and

points. Freshman Gary Gallo has also been a key ingredient for the team’s success starting every game at defense. Mike Dugbartey and Brau have turned in standout performances that haven’t gone unrecognized. Dugbartey scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Empire 8 rival Alfred and assisted on the only goal of the game against Oswego. He has at least one point in the last five of six games and has been named Empire 8 “Player of the Week” for the last two weeks. For the season, he has been named Empire 8 “Player of the Week” four times already. Not to be outdone, Brau earned Empire 8 “Goalie of the Week” honors making six saves and recording his second shutout of the year against Oswego. He also made four saves in a 2-1 win against Alfred. This year, Brau is second in the Empire 8 for goals allowed and shutouts. With eight games remaining, the men’s soccer team looks forward to competing for a winning season and a possible Empire 8 title. Barring no injuries and playing consistently on offense and defensive, the team looks in good shape to finish the season on a high note. The men’s next contest will be at home on Tuesday against Buffalo State at seven o’clock. If their hard work and fierce competitiveness continues, the team will add another win to their already successful season.

goal by VanAlst making the score 17-6. The inability to put the ball in the end zone cost Fisher. Towards the end of the third quarter Ithaca added another score on a 35-yard touchdown pass. After a blocked extra point attempt, Ithaca led 23-6 heading into the fourth quarter. Failing to mount any sort of drive in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Fisher was forced to punt. Ithaca took advantage and added another touchdown, making it 30-6. Fisher’s offense started to get in gear as quarterback Roland drove the team down the field in a 1:29 hitting Fehrenbach on a 23-yard touchdown pass. The two-point attempt failed leaving Fisher behind 30-12. In the closing minutes of play, Roland once again found Fehrenabach on a 3-yard pass. The twopoint conversion by running back Meyers would be the last scoring of

the day making it 30-20 in favor of the Bombers. The loss drops Fisher to 3-1 on the year as Ithaca improves to 3-0. In the loss, Fisher quarterback Roland set a single-game passing record for yards in a game with 385. He also tied a record with 32 completions on the night. His favorite target, wide receiver Fehrenbach, who was named Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Week, had a monsterous game with 12 catches for 207 yards and two scores. The defense was led by senior Middle linebacker Rich Converse with 17 tackles, a forced fumble, and sack on the night. Senior Gerald Diaz chipped in with 13 tackles. The team’s next game will be homecoming against a tough Hartwick opponent.

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Cardinal Courier

Former rivals unite at Fisher Section V coaching legends Foster, Lanning rekindle success in college SENIOR EDITOR


Eight years ago, Canandaigua’s Mike Foster and Fairport’s Dave Lanning roamed opposite sidelines during one of the most memorable games of their high school football coaching careers. Thousands packed the stands at Fairport High School that Saturday afternoon to witness two of Section V’s most dominant teams go helmet-to-helmet in a Class A semifinal. And like seemingly every other time they gathered to witness this storied rivalry in the early 1990’s, the fans didn’t leave disappointed. Fairport escaped that afternoon with a 35-32 victory, but not before Canandaigua’s standout tailback, Billy Greene, racked up 299 rushing yards and crossed the goal line five times. It was yet another thriller between two of Section V’s best teams, and two of its best coaches. Now, after years of trying to determine how to defeat each other, the two long time adversaries are working together, trying to make the St. John Fisher offense run as smoothly as the Canandaigua and Fairport units that used to dominate the high school football scene. Didn’t think you’d ever see these two working side-by-side? You’re not alone. “The thought never even crossed my mind,” says Foster. Lanning agreed, “We really never liked Mike or Canandaigua that much.” How times have changed. Foster and Lanning have been brought together by Fisher head coach Paul Vosburgh, and have teamed to help the Cardinals to a 3-1 record this fall. Combined, the two coaches bring 29 years of high school head coaching experience, 10 sectional championships, and two New York State championships to a program that has previously struggled to win games, let alone titles. Foster announced his retirement from Canandaigua in December, and less than two weeks later he accepted an offer from Vosburgh to take control of the Cardinal offense. “Coach Vosburgh and I had discussed this opportunity for a couple years now,” Foster said. “I knew that once I was done in high school, I wouldn’t want to be done with the game.” And after taking a season off following his retirement from Fairport, Lanning knew he couldn’t continue to stay away from football either. He accepted his position as receivers coach shortly after Foster was hired. “This game gets in your blood,” Lanning explained. “Now I know that, as long as I continue to be

Mike Foster has directed the Cardinals offense to 128 points through four games. vital, I’m going to want to be involved.” If Fisher’s fast start is any indication, it seems that Foster and Lanning have lugged their high school successes with them into the college game, helping Vosburgh finally create a winning atmosphere within Growney Stadium. “This is a good school with great facilities, that we want to help build a winning tradition,” Foster said. “Slowly the word is getting out about this place. We’re on the verge of something great here.” “We’re going to bring new ideas with us and hopefully we’re going to motivate the kids and help them play better,” Lanning added. Many - including Bob Chavez of the Democrat and Chronicle regard them as two of the finest coaches in Section V history. “In Foster and Lanning you have two of the greatest football minds in Section V history,” said Chavez, the author of “Stand Up And Cheer: A History of Football at Canandaigua Academy” which will be released later this year. “There is no doubt that the competition between these two was heated. Not in a mean-spirited way, but in a respectful way. So it doesn’t surprise me that they’re working together now.” When antagonized by a visitor to the football offices in Fisher’s Student Life Complex, the old competitive fires are easily rekindled. This time the subject was that infamous semifinal game back in 1994. As time expired in the fourth quarter, Greene attempted a desperation halfback pass, but crossed the line of scrimmage right before a Fairport defender interfered with the Canandaigua receiver. The referee, Mike Palermo, erroneously awarded the Braves an additional play. Fortunately for Fairport, Canandaigua was unable to convert the opportunity. The mere mention of the play turned Lanning’s face red. He inched forward towards the edge of his seat and pointed at his former adversary sitting next to him. “I was livid, they got an extra play that they didn’t deserve.” Lanning said. “Then the next week at the Section V banquet Mike (Palermo) came up to me and apologized for blowing the call. I told him, ‘thanks a lot’.” “You know it’s funny,” Foster chuckled. “He remembers that, but I don’t.” Some things never change. Email address:

Soccer honors St. John Fisher College’s J.R. Brau (Walpole/Walpole, MA) and Mike Dugbartey (Naugatuck/Naugatuck, CT) were the recipients of both Empire 8 Conference Men’s Soccer awards. Brau was named the Empire 8’s Goalkeeper of the Week, while Dugbartey was selected as the Conference’s Player of the Week for

the second straight time. Brau allowed just one goal and made 10 saves in 180 minutes of action last week. Dugbartey factored in all three Fisher goals for the week. The junior forward assisted on the game’s only goal against Oswego and scored both goals at Alfred.

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Fisher lost to a tough Ithaca squad on Saturday night. In the loss, quarterback Greg Roland set a single game passing record with 385 yards.

Ithaca outlasts Fisher, 30-20 S TA F F W R I T E R


On a cold Saturday night in front of over three thousand screaming fans, the St. John Fisher Football team took on Ithaca in a battle of undefeated teams. The highly anticipated game was by far the biggest test of the season for the Cardinals. The Bombers, ranked 11th nationally, continued to be the predominant Division III powerhouse, defeating the Cardinals 30-20. Facing an opponent that made it

to the NCAA semifinals last year, Fisher knew they had their work cut out for them. “All week coaches stressed not turning the ball over,” junior fullback Matt Davis said. By winning the war of turnovers the Cardinals hoped to control the tempo of the game by utilizing its potent ground attack lead by junior backs Jason Meyers and Davis. Unfortunately for Fisher, the Bombers defense had the Cardinals scouted and focused on stopping the run. Emotions were high and there

was an electric feeling in the air as Ithaca jumped out to a quick lead on a 19-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. The first quarter was a battle of field position until an unusual turn of events unfolded at the eight minute mark in the second quarter. With Ithaca driving deep into Fisher territory, sophomore outside linebacker Jay Schickling laid a huge hit on the opposing running back forcing a fumble. The brutal

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Women’s tennis cruising S TA F F W R I T E R


After a disappointing Empire Eight Conference tournament to close out the season last year, the Fisher women’s tennis team has rebounded in a big way. With recent wins over perennial tennis powerhouses like Alfred University and Wells College they seem to be on their way to a record season. “This is real team effort this year and the results show in our record, we are very proud of the girls,” said head coach Linda Gohagan. Gohagan has cause to be excited about her program as she returned nine players from last year and also brought in a strong freshman class. This year’s roster includes 13 players, which is the largest roster in her time at Fisher. The larger roster has given Gohagan many more options for the lineup and she feels that it has made a difference, “This year there is more depth in the the line-up, and our doubles teams are stronger.” Fisher’s depth should continue into next year as they are only losing two players to graduation. Returning number one singles player Carrie Kinney said, “Overall I think we want it more this year. We've proved this by beating teams that killed us last year, like Elmira and Brockport. This is also the first year we've ever beaten Wells, it’s a great feeling.” Kinney is not the only one who feels that there is a definite change in the team’s attitude this year. “We have seen a lot of improvement in the players this year. They are more confident in their abilities, both mental and physical,” said Assistant Coach Pat Danaher. Mental toughness has played a

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Junior Lindsey Scott serves in her straight set victory against Brockport on Wednesday, September 25. large role this year as several matches have gone down to the wire, where one final match determined the winner. The marathon match with SUNY Brockport finished in a 5-4 victory with Liz Cole winning the deciding match in straight sets. “Everyone has been getting better with each match and we are all having fun,” said Gohagan. Fisher hopes to continue their success and qualify for the state NCAA tournament, a feat that they came just shy of last year. “This year our goals were to have team unity, an improved record on last season, and to go to the state tournament,” Gohagan said. Gohagan feels confident saying, “Our chances are good as long as we continue to do well.” Team co-captain Tammy Stew-

art said, “This has been my most enjoyable year on the team. There have been a lot more positive feelings on and off the court this year and our success so far can be attributed to the support we have for each other. I think that, more than anything, will help carry us to states.” Fisher continued its success this past weekend with a close 5-4 win over a tough Alfred team and an impressive 9-0 rout of Utica college, improving the team’s record to 7-2. Fisher is hoping to close out the regular season on a high note, but with two tough matches coming up before the Empire Eight tournament, they have their work cut out for them. Email address:

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