The Griffin Sep. 16, 2022

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September 16, 2022

Volume XCIII, Volume 1

Since 1933

“My Door is Always Open”

New vice president for student affairs brings a fresh perspective to Canisius By NATALIE FAAS NE WS EDITOR

Harold Fields, Ed. D, began his work as vice president of student affairs and dean of students last month. He has gotten right to work, meeting students, attending club events and campus traditions as well as making his presence known around campus. While much of being a college student revolves around academics and attending classes, Fields believes that academics are not everything when it comes to the college experience. Fields said, “Because as much as our academic offerings are a part of who we are, as much as our values are a part of who we are, the ways in which we engage and have fun, ways in which we learn and grow and expand our perspectives are also a part of who we are.” It is no secret that over the course of the last three years, the position of vice president of student affairs has been a bit of a revolving door. Since 2019, there have been three individuals occupying the position. Despite this, Fields is ready to get to work at Canisius. He said that he chose Canisius as the place to take his next step because of the students, faculty and staff that make up the college. In previous positions he has held, he has had the opportunity to meet Canisius alumni and those relationships aided in his decision to apply for the position. While Fields does not follow the Catholic faith, he said he feels a kinship with the Jesuit values that Canisius holds. “Many of my professional values align really well with the Jesuit values,” he explained. “A desire to see and help make our world more just as well as magis. I am very interested in continuous improvement.” Canisius continues to face backlash and criticism from actions taken over two years ago regarding the termination of a large number of faculty and staff, which has left the college with a culture of mistrust. Fields aims at remedying this culture through appropriate transparency and strong communication. “I’ve got to find ways to not be a mystery. When people don’t have adequate communication, they make assumptions. We make assumptions when we lack information, and they often exacerbate our challenges and don’t help us work through,” Fields said. Short-term goals for the new vice president include getting to know the campus and its unique traditions as well as listening to the needs of the students and staff. Long term, he is looking to up-

VP Fields previously worked at The Rochester Institute of Technology for 10 years.

date current systems at the college in order to better service the students. Fields said, “Innovation is thinking about processes and systems. They’re not always fun. They don’t always have the same splashy impact as a speaker series or concert or brand new campus event.” He added, “I hope to, over the course of this semester and into next semester, spend some time thinking about our processes and procedures, so that we can do our best to support students in their holistic health. So not just their physical health, their mental health, their emotional well being and their spiritual wellness as well.” Overall, Fields is looking forward to getting settled in a new city and learning all he can about Buffalo and the Canisius community. He hopes he can help Canisius students find their place here, as well.


Fields said, “We know that in college in particular, finding a way to get involved and finding your people may be the thing that helps you do well academically, may be the thing that helps you come back to school after a tough semester. It’s the thing that helps you ask for help when you need it.”

Contact Natalie Faas

Petey Points: Canisius’s New System to Reward Engagement By JON DUSZA ASST NE WS EDITOR

Canisius College is implementing a new system intended to allow students to track, encourage and reward student involvement at events around campus this year. The platform, called Griffnet, allows students to sign into their Canisius accounts and look at both clubs they are a part of and other clubs that they are not a part of. Each club will have contact information available on Griffnet. A Griffnet mobile app is expected to be launched within a few months. In addition to clubs, Griffnet will also keep track of events that students participate in on campus and reward students for going to events. When a student goes to an event or joins a club, they will be rewarded with Petey Points, which can be redeemed for real prizes, including merchandise and tickets to events throughout Buffalo, such as Sabres games and performances at Shea’s. The amount of Petey Points a student receives per event varies. Events that focus more on education, like leadership or spiritual events, will earn more points than events that are solely for fun. Some events that are of even greater importance, like the Sept. 22 talk regarding suicide prevention, earn students more than can be earned at the educational events. Regarding the suicide prevention talk, Director of Student Engagement Jason Francey said, “I think that it’s such a critical event that we want students to go out to. … So we want to reward them accordingly.” As of now, the Petey Point economy is still not set in stone. The current price of items for sale in the Petey Point store is based on the early results of the new system, but as the system gets more use, the prices of things in the store will adjust accordingly. “We tried to make it fair,” Francey said of the THIS WEEK IN NEWS

store, “so that a student should realistically be able to get something before the end of the semester — and possibly multiple things.” So far, 180,000 Petey Points are in the Petey Point economy, and 48% of students have points in their credit. Francey talked about his goal to gamify involvement around campus. “Involvement is about having fun, so let’s add a game to it that we’re all playing,” he said. “It adds an extra layer of fun and competition to things.”


Involvement is at the heart of the matter for Francey. “When you’re getting involved,” he explained, “you’re nourishing your mind, body and spirit, but you can also get a tangible takeaway if you’re involved enough. … My hope is that this will create a culture of engagement.”

Contact Jon Dusza








The Petey Point system has provided students with a new incentive for getting involved




Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.



September 16, 2022


This Week ALANA Student Center Sponsors in Senate Event for Young Professionals in Local Government


To kick off this week’s Undergraduate Student Association (USA) meeting, President Stoute attended, sharing his first report with the Senate and answering a few questions from senators and committee chairs. Stoute says his main goal is to empower everyone at Canisius — faculty, staff and students. He also says he is committed to co-creating the future of Canisius with its student leaders. When asked about the strengths and weaknesses he would identify at Canisius, he expressed his pride in the strong undergraduate research opportunities and mentoring relationships that students have with the faculty and staff. President Stoute believes that the loss of the sense of community — a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic — can be rejuvenated within Canisius’s culture of engagement. Updates from the Desk of the USA Executive Team this week include first-year and junior senator elections taking place. First-year students and juniors are encouraged to vote in those elections. The new first-year senators and junior senator will be announced on Friday afternoon by 5:30 p.m. Liaison positions will be appointed at next Tuesday’s meeting. Additionally, the USA website has been officially updated by Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Julia Slazyk. The chairs of the Senate committees and boards are working hard on developing ideas for upcoming resolutions. The Diversity Board and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. Committee are joining forces in an effort to develop a Women’s Health Center on campus and to run a book drive during the upcoming National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Sustainability Committee is holding a clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. People who are interested are asked to meet outside of the library doors. Free lunch will be provided to helpers. Two appeals were passed by the Senate in favor of the Student Interest Committee. This week will be the last Thursday in the Quad, with anticipation of a potential tailgate party for a Bills game later in the semester. Contact Alyssa Kornacki


Thursday, the ALANA Student Center sponsored the “Young Professionals in Local Government” event, where six individuals were invited to speak about their positions at City Hall. They also discussed what it is like to be people of color in their positions and how it affects their attitudes. Chad Houston is the digital communications officer. He explained that he was always into business and marketing which inspired him to eventually become the digital communications officer. When asked what it is like to be a person of color working in City Hall which is thought to be mostly populated by white men, he answered the question saying that there is far more diversity within City Hall than people realize. When Houston was asked what one of his greatest challenges working at City Hall is, his response was trying to balance his desire to help everyone he can in Buffalo with limited resources. Ronisha Rice, the coordinator of automation, works with technology at City Hall. Rice always had an interest in technology as a kid which is what encouraged her to take this position. One of her most notable qualities is that she always dresses with style, wearing a white feather coat to the event. When asked if she needed time to get comfortable dressing with her own style, she said that she was able to do so since her first day and that coworkers in her field never discouraged her from doing so. She makes it a point to dress how she does and said that she does not care how “loud” she may look. One of her biggest challenges at City Hall is using older technology, which tends to be clunky and inefficient. Crystal Middleton, who is the director of planning and zoning, took a trip with her mother years ago to Ghana in West Africa. Her immediate realization upon landing in Ghana was that there were several beautiful mansions, which she said is not what people usually think of when they hear about Africa. When she went further down the street, though, she saw small shacks and huts in an area


Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Sept. 8, serving as queen for 70 years and surpassing Queen Victoria in being the longest British monarch. The queen was 96 years old and began her reign on June 2, 1953. Her son Charles has now taken over as king and plans to continue his mother’s legacy as the country faces the loss of the queen and prepares for her funeral on Monday, Sept. 19. Following the queen’s passing, England entered a “national mourning” which will last for 12 days. The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, which is historically the place where kings and queens are crowned. The funeral will be available to watch through the BBC, and follows specific rules such as military processions and “lying in state.” While the queen is “lying in state,” the public can go and pay their respects at the queen’s casket. There have been other tributes to the queen following her passing, including a vigil for the queen on Monday, Sept. 12 hosted by the king and his siblings. The British Monarchy began in the year 827 with the Saxon Kings and faced many changes throughout the years as England continued to develop. By 1917, the monarchy became the “House of Windsor” and started with King George V, Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather. In Queen Elizabeth’s childhood, it seemed unlikely that she would inherit the throne. Her uncle, Edward VII was next in line, and so Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret led rather normal childhoods. When George V passed, Edward VII took the throne. However, in December of 1936, he renounced the throne to wed Wallis Simpson, whom

the church did not approve of. This led to Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, becoming the new heir to the monarchy. King George VI became a beloved king and popular with the people. During the reign of her father, the late queen witnessed various social and political adaptations, along with the troubles that came with them. By the time she was 13 years old, World War II had begun and her father was king. During this time, she began exchanging letters with Prince Phillip of Greece, whom she would later go on to marry. They were together for 74 years until he passed away in 2021. At age 27, she was crowned the new queen of England. The BBC states of Queen Elizabeth, “Her commitment to the commonwealth was constant.” The Queen played an active role in the community, as well as facing personal and private hardships such as the passing of her daughterin-law, Princess Diana, in 1997. Right now,England is facing a great loss, and TimeOut reports that on Sept. 9, many citizens showed up to Buckingham Palace and other royal spots to pay homage and respect to the late queen. Other world leaders took to Twitter to express their sadness and grief over the queen’s death.

Contact Sydney Ulmstead

City officials sit on a panel discussing their jobs at City Hall

with poorer families. The stark contrast between the two areas reminded her of Buffalo, and that inspired her to go to the University at Buffalo for graduate school. After this, she would go on to work at City Hall. Once she was hired there, she noted that she was the only woman of color in her field, surrounded by white men over the age of 50, which she said was the greatest challenge she overcame. Now she works with 10 other women, four of whom are women of color. Nicole Brown, the confidential assistant to the director of citizen services, majored in sociology in college to study how the environment people live in affects them. This encouraged her to apply for her current position, where she realized the importance of mental health. Michael T.A. Smith is the “Save Our Streets” coordinator and worked


at City Hall in May 2020, where the death of George Floyd motivated him to stay at his current position. After this, he wanted to continue to give back to his community. Greg Garrett is the press information officer. He originally failed at college when he first enrolled, but 10 years later he would enroll in ECC and major in journalism. After this, he would eventually work at Channel 4 News for a few years; from there, he moved to his current position at City Hall. He reflected on his job and said he loves working with the people of Buffalo and Mayor Brown’s initiative.

Contact Julian Reynoso


On Sept. 5, 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher’s body was found in tall grass behind a vacant complex. Fletcher was a kindergarten teacher, mother and wife. She routinely ran early in the morning before school went into session and before many people even woke up. On Sept. 2, she departed on her run but never returned. The Memphis police department was contacted, and surveillance video footage of Fletcher being abducted near the University of Memphis was found. The suspect of her abduction, Cleotha Abston, was arrested a day after video footage was found that allegedly shows Abston chasing after Fletcher and forcing her into his SUV around 4 a.m. Two witnesses, including Abston’s brother (who was determined not guilty), claimed that Abston was acting strange and that they saw him clean the interior of his SUV as well as wash his clothes in the sink of the house. Abston already had a criminal record and had recently served 20 years of a 24-year sentence. His record included him being charged with rape at the age of 14 and charged with kidnapping of a Memphis attorney at the age of 16. Abston then faced charges of previous kidnappings and rape from 2021 that were not related to Fletcher’s case. These charges — presented an entire year later — raised a lot of concern, due to the fact that a majority of the victims of these kidnappings and rape from a year prior were Black women. The main concern of critics is that the results of these previous cases supposedly took so long to come in due to “a massive backlog in DNA testing” of rape kits, while the inves-

tigation of Fletcher, a white woman, processed the DNA related to her case in only a few hours. Memphis Police allegedly put in a rush request for Fletcher’s results, but critics ask why there was no rush request for the case from last year. Exactly a week after Fletcher’s alleged abduction and killing, her community and others joined together in remembrance of her. Over 2,100 people signed up to run Fletcher’s daily route in memory of her.

Contact Delaney Hayden

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Editor Ava Green

September 16, 2022

Help! That Tabby Cat in the Quad is Cute! By MEG CAMPBELL F E AT U R E S C O N T R I B U T O R

If you’ve been in the quad at all over the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen Timbits, the unofficial campus cat. With Timmy’s popularity, the Canisius Zoological Society would like to remind everybody about the proper way to take care of stray cats. A feral cat may be poorly groomed and not spayed/neutered, whereas a cat who has wandered away from its home is more likely to be well groomed, receptive to capture and fixed. A cat with a notched or “tipped” ear may indicate that they have been neutered and returned to the place they were trapped. If you find a cat you suspect to be feral or stray, contact a reputable agency like the SPCA and post on local lost pet pages to see if they have an owner. Alternatively, get in touch with a local vet and have the cat scanned for a microchip. Contrary to popular depictions, you probably shouldn’t run back to your dorm to grab a saucer of milk “Aristocats” style. In the absence of cat food from the store, some human foods will do in a pinch! Cats can eat meat like chicken (who wants to figure out if they like drums or flats better?) and low-sodium tuna. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to a local vet or animal advocate — we all want to see Timmy in the spring! Contact Meg Campbell

Keep your eyes peeled for Timmy wandering around the campus


The Best Study Spots on Campus Science Hall Commons. Taking one of the free-moving chairs with a built-in table and spinning it to face the window has to be one of my favorite things to do and places to study. You can avoid a lot of the foot traffic by picking a chair near the far wall and looking towards what used to be the parking garage. Normally, passing periods are the only time it can get a bit loud and chaotic there. Make sure to check Griffnet before settling in for a long study night to make sure there isn’t an event in there that evening.

The bottom floor of the library is a great spot for studying at any time of the day


As a fresh sophomore and former freshman who hated studying in her dorm room, I have accumulated what seems to be a comprehensive list of some study spots that happened to inspire my uninspiring amount of homework. My professors started freshman year off with what seemed to be an ungodly amount of work (especially for the first two weeks of classes). I quickly figured out that sitting at the desk in my dorm room, less than five feet from my roommate who was always doing something, was not going to be the best environment for homework. So, now I bestow upon you my go-to homework spots: The bottom floor of the library. I know this one is obvious, but hear me out. The bottom floor of the library is my best friend. It’s best to spend some time down there during and after dinner time because it can get a bit busy during the day. You can see people


and talk with the people around you at a low volume (emphasis on the low volume) while still getting work done. Personally, unless I need to really crank out a final or large paper, I enjoy seeing other people roaming around and getting things done. The top floor of the library. Again, I know obvious but it’s perfect for some major productivity with complete silence and what feels like an empty floor. Most of the time you will only see people if you are sitting next to the entrance or the bathrooms. The nooks along the bookshelves perfectly create your own study world. Make sure to pack headphones and snacks and do a lap around the top floor your first few times to see some of the different seating areas before you decide on a spot. The common room of my freshman dorm. It can be hard to find a time where people aren’t constantly walking by, but after 8 p.m. it can be a great place to sit and get some work done. I appreciated that I could sit in my pajamas with a blanket while having a large space to get stuff done.

Commuter Lounge. The lounge is usually loud and busy during the day, but after the majority of classes are done for the day and most of the commuters have gone home, it can be a great place to work. The lighting isn’t as bright as the library is, and it is much closer to the dorms than the other locations on this list. Fourth floor of Old Main. After about 4 p.m. this floor is deserted and completely silent to get a good focus session going. The chairs are comfortable, and there are plenty of outlets to charge everything. Sometimes I will even play my music/video assignments out loud because of how dead it is up there. This is normally my go-to if the library isn’t doing it for me. This list is in fact near and dear to my heart so I must make the request that not everyone steal my spots, otherwise I will have to cite this article to my professors as to why my homework is not done. Try out all these spots and switch up your study areas until you find your favorite. Always remember that no matter how much homework or stress you have, it will always be a great day to be a griff! Contact Maddy Lockwood

Chartwells Stepping Up to Accommodate Dietary Restrictions By ELIANA DEGLOPPER F E AT U R E S C O N T R I B U T O R

Two years ago, if you walked into the Canisius College Dining Hall with a food allergy, you had few options. One was to eat salad or fruit, and the other was to talk to the Chartwells staff and wait for something to be made for you. Fast forward to 2022, it is a new school year, the first of relative normalcy since the coronavirus pandemic began. It has been a long day. I imagine you have had a few classes; maybe a lab or maybe even a shift at your job. You are simply exhausted and don’t want to make dinner. So, as does every other student with a meal plan, you head to the dining hall. Now, what you are greeted with is a fully vegan and gluten-free section, complete with already-cooked gluten-free pasta and vegan options and an assortment of separately packaged gluten-free bagels, bread and rolls. There is an entire section dedicated to gluten-free appliances, including a toaster, microwave and mini-fridge. Next, imagine you just woke up, you are headed

to an exam and you have just enough time to stop at the dining hall. Instead of having to stick with fruit or eggs, you now have the option to make toast with gluten free bread, or even to have gluten-free waffles at times. A luxury you never knew existed. Maybe there is a fancy event and Chartwells is catering dessert. Low and behold at the end of the buffet table, gluten-free brownies and even some vegan cookies. This levels the playing field. Just as in prior years, you can meet with the managers at certain locations across campus. Tyree, Mike, Andrea and all of the Chartwells dining hall staff can accommodate dietary restrictions, and if your restriction does not fall in the vegan or gluten-free category, you can speak with them to create meals that work for your diet. At The Market, nestled beneath Old Main, Judy continues to be a valuable resource to students who wish to grab a delicious gluten-free sandwich! They also have a dedicated gluten-free and vegan sections of snacks and microwave dinners. Simply speak with the staff to help them accommodate you! At the Science Hall cafe, Kim oversees a menu that offers gluten free and dairy free options. For

drinks, one can have almond, soy or oat milk. Last year when they served food, they even offered gluten-free bread for panini sandwiches. At Shoppe 120, located beneath Palisano across from Fusion Gaming, Mr. Frostee has brought a dairyfree option into the mix, helping many students who are lactose intolerant enjoy a sweet treat! Although more options could be made available in places such as The Pick-Up Spot, the campus overall has improved significantly to accommodate the needs of the student population. Overall, the dietary situation has improved exponentially the past two years, from the time my initial article hit the print. As a senior this year, I am delighted to know the rising upperclassmen will have a plethora of options to level the playing field surrounding food because accessibility, of course, goes beyond just the classroom. Thank you for stepping up, Griffs. Our tummies thank you. Contact Eliana DeGlopper


September 16, 2022


Architecture Around Buffalo: City Hall By LUCAS WATSON F E AT U R E S C O N T R I B U T O R

Buffalo City Hall is an icon of the city, an architectural masterpiece, a symbol of the rich history of our city and our hope for the future. As a staple of Buffalo, it has graced our skyline since 1931. With so many immediately recognizing it, its meaning is far more than its intricate and colorful facade. It symbolizes the past; the industrial and cultural might that Buffalo possessed. The murals in the lobby show and display proudly the symbols and qualities of Buffalo, such as charity and protection, which quell the needs of the people. Then they show what builds a great city: education, construction, agriculture and railroads – all of which are depicted, as they are trademarks of Buffalo and what has helped build this great city of ours. The vast murals in the grand lobby truly exemplify these traits. One can feel the pride and power the city possesses when stepping into the lobby. The three-story building gives a sense of the building being more impressive, more inviting and more important. It evokes the feeling of freedom, with all the space above. At each end are two murals, one signifying the two industries of Buffalo, agriculture and railroads. It is remarkable how they join together and add wealth and industry to the city. On the other end is a magnificent mural of the cooperation of the United States and Canada and how the two are joined together by Buffalo. This harkens back to 1930, when Buffalo was the 13th-largest city in the United States, a powerhouse of industry and the arts with such architectural feats as the Peace Bridge, City Hall and the touch

of Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Hobson Richardson and Louis Sullivan. Since the decline of the city’s population and economy, which began in the 1950s, City Hall has stood as a symbol of the city’s past and the hope for its everlasting future. The murals in the lobby also have hidden details within them. The one mural titled “Talents Diversified Find Vent in Myriad Form” includes a heroic female figure of Buffalo seated in the center of the mural, haloed in a sunburst. She is holding garlands of golden fruit. A Native American offers Buffalo a bundle of cattails. The mural represents the industries of Buffalo at which her citizens work. It’s a representation of the city and its citizens, further bringing importance to the civic feel of the lobby. The other mural is “Frontiers Unfettered by Any Frowning Fortress.” It illustrates the significance of Buffalo’s location at the border of Canada. The central figure of Buffalo personified by a woman, again, is now presented as Peace, holding a warrior under each arm while they clutch their respective flags. In the lobby, Native American designs adorn the ceiling, giving tribute to the pre-colonial past of the region and the natives who still live on its land. Such details are incredibly important due to their significance to the region and our rich culture and are key to the feeling of the lobby. City Hall, as a building, is one of the most substantial in the city. It is the second-largest City Hall in the nation and one of the largest and best examples of Art Deco architecture in the world. The Art Deco styling in City Hall ennobles the idea of civic life by representing modernism and stature: it’s how the city wanted to represent itself during construction

and planning. The building occupies one side of Niagara Square, and with its wide base it truly draws all focus to the building and its stunning design pressed against the sky. With the McKinley Monument honoring President William McKinley standing in the center of Niagara Square, the view of City Hall when walking down Court Street is magnificent and truly highlights the beauty of this building. City Hall has an impressive facade of granite, with statues and designs that once again harken back to the Iroquois heritage and Native American culture of Buffalo. The main entrance of City Hall is made up of symbolic units forming columns and supports. The columns represent a large octagonal nut with rivet heads. The molding of the supports is styled to depict a saw, portraying the power of Buffalo’s industries. When coming to the main entrance, a historian is seen with a pen in hand ready to write down the years of upcoming history for the city of Buffalo. The meaning of this building extends far beyond the physical sense and its intricate designs. It’s a representation of all that Buffalo is, what the present is and what the future holds for the city. A city which has gone from triumph to tragedy but still manages to rise up again. If you were to pick one building out of all of those in the city to represent what Buffalo is, our City Hall is that building: our City Hall is the quintessential symbol of Buffalo. Contact Lucas Watson


Contributor Lucas Watson debuts his building biographies series by highlighting Buffalo City Hall.

Goodwill Hunting By AVA GREEN F E AT U R E S E D I T O R

It was a dewy summer morning. Calm, quiet and cool. The serenity provided by Mother Nature, however, would never provide enough comfort to Ava and Thomas, as they were about to embark on the battle of a lifetime. Two sleep-deprived teenagers up against the behemoth that is the Goodwill Clearance Center. We could feel the icy glare of all the hype beasts, TikTokers, elderly folk and miscellaneous lunatics in attendance burning holes through the back of our heads as we entered the store. While Thomas strutted in, ready to take on anyone who stood in the way of him and a good deal, Ava was a deer in headlights. No amount of Buzzfeed articles and Instagram reels about this type of Goodwill store could have prepared her for the intensity that filled that fragrant, moth-ball scented warehouse. They casually picked through a few of the bins of loose clothes and fabric until we realized that the real adventure had yet to begin. It was announced over the loudspeakers that all shoppers must wait behind a line in the back of the store as the workers removed a row of bins and replaced them with new ones from the back with one of the rows being switched out every half hour or so. For those who don’t know, these stores take whatever is unable to be sold at a regular Goodwill store and dump it all in massive, trough-like buckets so that insane people like Thomas and Ava can buy the leftover leftovers at a dirt-cheap $1.75 per pound. As all of us shoppers started to toe up to the line, another announcement rang out. “Remember— no shoving, no hitting, no tripping people and, please, no fights. I don’t want to have to do paperwork.” The ominous message left our protagonists wondering what on earth they had just got themselves into. The same announcer yelled “Go,” and Ava and Thomas watched as the shoppers ran past them and towards the new bins with determination and bloodlust in their eyes. After the initial shock, the pair joined in seemingly naturally. At first it was hard to squeeze in

between shoppers and figure out how to be efficient in such a chaotic environment. Fabric flew past their faces and all around them, plates smashed in the distance, babies and adults alike wailed and screamed. As they looked back at the carnage, they realized that “The Hunger Games” had commenced. Every move was strategic. You had to think about where you were, where you’d go next, where you were tossing the clothes you passed on and how much you could grab before having to run back to the cart. There were so many things to be aware of while still having to hold your own against the rest of the vulture-like shoppers. To combat them, Thomas had begun taking his discarded piles and putting them on top of sections that other people were looking through to throw them off and give them even more to dig through. Ava quickly caught on and the two moved up the food chain. Now, the other shoppers got out of their way: Thomas and Ava sensed when the bins were about to start changing and had developed methods to their madness. Ava and Thomas recounted how fun it was to grab things others were eyeing and shift around huge piles of clothing without regard for who they inconvenienced. It was freeing, primal and, god, such a good deal! After five straight hours of quite literally shopping until they dropped, they each spent $20 on an entire overflowing shopping cart’s worth of clothing. Undoubtedly a total steal, but at what cost? Where had their humanity gone? Where was the hopeful glimmer that once existed in their eyes? Where did the ring that Ava had on when they first got there gone? Some questions just remain unanswered. What Ava and Thomas do know is that they had just been a part of a shopping experience that can only be described as the vigor of Black Friday shopping concentrated in one single, eerie warehouse. This piece may make it seem like this was an absolutely rotten experience that Ava and Thomas barely got out of alive. But as the pair left the resale warzone, they quickly determined that they would be returning soon with the might of 100 men… and way comfier shoes.

The nearest clearance bin center is located at 1555 Jefferson Road in Rochester.

Contact Ava Green


Editor Grace Brown

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New student dean is keen

To a more stable Senate


Dr. Harold Fields, Canisius’s new vice president for student affairs and dean of students, spoke with the Undergraduate Student Association last week about his newness to Canisius and his hopes for his partnership with the USA. His performance — for all the world’s a stage — impressed The Griffin. Composed of four upperclassmen, the executive board of the USA have been students at Canisius longer than most of Canisius’s “executive board,” including Fields, have been in their office. The newest of these vice presidents acknowledged this fact but, thankfully avoiding the dreaded “leading by listening” platitudes, gave some of his own goals for the campus such as evaluating the merits of various campus traditions. He explained, “There are times when traditions have run their course.” Considering his relative inexperience at Canisius, Fields also displayed a credible grasp of the college’s recent history and its implications, including enrollment decline and residence hall rates. While he duly left the former to Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Danielle Ianni, he approached the residence hall issue, which is more in his domain, with an eye toward the future. He noted, “Our residence halls aren’t full. Less than half our students live on campus, . . . so there’s a huge opportunity” to fill the residence halls again, which would potentially improve the student life for all students. Blunt without being boorish, Dr. Fields told a senator who inquired about how students could assist Fields to “please, please get out of here [Canisius]. As much as I want to see you here, I want to see you walk across the stage.” He also told senators that they should be more proactive in meeting with and creating solutions for their student constituents, rather than merely serving as a link between students and administrators. Fields said he would reach out to all of USA to ask for their feedback on issues from dining hall food to campus traditions. President Steve Stoute, in an address to USA this past week, emphasized “two-way communication” in which his office would always be open. The Griffin challenges each senator to take the vice president and president up on their offers. -PH

Though it is definitely good for administrators to be available, opportunity alone isn’t enough. Encouragement is often required. We at The Griffin try to encourage younger reporters and editors to collaborate on a story or interview with a senior editor so that they build up the confidence to one day take the senior editor’s role, a formula which has made us the oldest existing club on campus. The best way to build a backbench of future leaders is to encourage their active participation as younger students. USA needs to encourage advocacy among its newest members. Its executive board meets weekly with Canisius decision-makers, but senators — not the e-board — are supposed to represent students. The job of the executive board is to facilitate this representation, and so it should make sure administrators meet first with senators before themselves. If USA wishes more students to run for office, and if students wish those students to be more qualified, then we cannot have students wait until they are on USA’s e-board to begin to represent student interests to administration. The Griffin would like to see, for example, a senator or two invited to the USA e-board’s weekly meetings with administrators, just as senators are required to each attend a meeting of the Finance Board. The first meeting with a campus leader is awkward at best and intimidating at worst. But there is no other way to become a good advocate, and the anxiety can be blunted if it is done with a colleague. -PH

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NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND President Stoute signs every campus-wide email AMDG, which in Latin stands for “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” but in Layman means “AM D(a) G(reatest).” Bold move, crowning himself. Didn’t work out so well for the original King Stephen, but we’ll see how it plays out for His Majesty Stephen of Canisius. Speaking of campus-wide emails, The Underground’s cold heart was temporarily warmed by Stoute’s most recent. I can practically hear one of our sports teams cheering, “On three! 1! 2! 3! FACILITATE. THAT. ENDEAVOR!!!” Maybe we could even rename them the Canisius College “Operational Units.” The Underground is currently taking bets on whether Stoute will say “intentional” or “culture of engagement” more in his inauguration address. Payout for the former is an adjunct’s salary and for the latter, Stoute’s salary — so 10 to 1. Reasoning: one word is easier to replace than three, and while “intentional” is currently his favorite word, The Underground has to account for the decent likelihood of his finding a thesaurus somewhere (though definitely not a Hurley hand-me-down) between now and Oct. 22. The Underground will continue to take seriously its duty to straw man Stoute at the narrowest opportunity. Come at me, bro — or should I say “discern through dialogue your disappointment.”

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September 16, 2022


From the Managing Editor: Public Safety Blotter and more in store this year By PAT HEALY M A N AG I N G E D I T O R

Thanks are first owed to Ms. Debbie Owens, Title IX Coordinator and New Griff Orientation Director, for supporting The Griffin’s new Orientation Edition. The success of that edition helped us transition into this first regular edition and hopefully introduced this paper to first-year students. Thank you also to those students who came to our General Body Meeting last week. We were thrilled to share our space with you, though we trust you won’t divulge any of the clubroom’s secrets now that you have been initiated… Some things, like student journalist shenanigans, do not change, but others — like the paper we produce in our beloved basement — do. Here are some of my editorial initiatives as I lead The Griffin alongside its editor-in-chief, and my dear friend, Julia Barth. Policy changes 1. I am excited to announce the return of the Public Safety Blotter. A common feature through the 1990s volumes of this paper and a popular column in many local and collegiate newspapers, the Blotter will tentatively debut next week. Courtesy of Chief Kim Beaty, readers will find reports of incidents fielded by Public Safety over the preceding week. As it is new, the content and presentation of the Blotter is subject to change. I thank you in advance for your patience and feedback. 2. The way I led the Opinion section last year was not ideal. I will work with Grace Brown, my successor as Opinion editor, to make the editorial more collaborative and contributor articles more common. It is my

intention that editorials again, as much as possible, reflect the opinion of a majority of editors rather than the beliefs of an appointed opinion czar. In the interest of intelligibility and accountability, they will be written by a sole editor and include their initials. 2a. Something that will remain mostly unintelligible and wholly unaccountable in the Opinion section are the Notes from Underground, though I would like to know if readers enjoy the Notes or if they desire something more… “polite.” And The Underground tells me that they are a surprisingly taxing column to write! Speaking of contacting us … 3. We will return your emails now! The Griffin apologizes for any unreturned emails sent to our official emails — either or thegrffn@ — over the past year(s). I discovered that a filter had been turned on which blocked all incoming emails from other addresses. The date is unknown; the reason is inexplicable. I’ve disabled the filter, and Julia and I will monitor the email with renewed vigilance. Attitude changes Glitches like the unknown email filter described above are one of the problems with the internet, which is part of why we value a printed newspaper over an online version. Yet, because we print weekly, this paper costs students upwards of $20,000 per year to publish. We aim to make your investment worthwhile. So, please, write to us. Scrutinize us like we will scrutinize student government and Canisius administration. Because one of the central functions of a student newspaper is to foster campus discussion, one of my goals is to increase the number of letters to the editor we can publish in reaction to Griffin articles or other

news items. Even better than writing to us is working with us. Writing, editing, taking photos, and doing layout for The Griffin is difficult but rewarding work. On that note, we will be restarting editor office hours this year, once the new clubroom keypads are installed. When the door is open, please stop in to review a recent article, suggest an idea you would like us to consider pursuing, or discuss a contribution you want to make yourself. Especially with the end of the Azuwur yearbook a decade ago, The Griffin serves as a record of student organizations and opinion. Let us know what you are doing and thinking, and maybe you will look back in the Griffin archives in twenty years to see how much you have grown. Speaking of having much to learn, we recognize the number of faculty and other employees who pick up a paper on the weekly. Your years at Canisius likely number more than ours, but even if they don’t, your advice as accomplished professionals is appreciated. We encourage you to contribute to The Griffin, whether through published letters to the editor or informal suggestions. Julia, I, and the editorial staff hope to make this volume of The Griffin the best it can be. We cannot hope for the administration to be accountable to us as students if we are not accountable to our own constituents: you, our loyal readers. The Orientation Edition demonstrates that effort on our part will not lack, but the journey to greater heights will require audience feedback. Our email is (now) always open. We appreciate in advance your active readership.

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Cultivating Cura Personalis Across Campus Can Help Ease back-to-school Anxieties


As summer turns to fall, sweatpants replace shorts and vacation becomes routine again, a new school year begins. To me, this has always meant supply shopping at Amazon: highlighters, notebooks and planners are delivered by the day. For others, it means resetting their body clock so it doesn’t keep them up until 2:00 a.m. and lets them sleep until noon.

But for a lot of us, I think the school year fills you with at least a little anxiety. And that’s ok. Even my parents, who have both been teachers for almost 30 years, have admitted that they can never sleep the night before school starts. There’s too much to think about, so often the butterflies in our stomach end up swarming our mind. A new semester brings new professors, different classrooms and a schedule shift that is probably different from the year before, and definitely different from the one we’d been operating under for the past three months. I had the opportunity this summer to take two sixweek courses through Canisius, and even this didn’t help with the transition into fall 2022. When Aug. 29 came, I still was nervous about whether I’d connect with my professors, be able to make it to my next class on time and find a desk that I’d be comfortable sitting at for the rest of the year. To no surprise to the logical part of my brain, I was fine: I was always ok, and my fears were once again unfounded. So why, year after year, did so many of us still get those first-day jitters? Maybe because our bodies hate change. Even during the summer months, when a lot of us don’t have a routine in place, we still follow a pattern with our days. Some hold down jobs, others take online courses, spend time in their hometowns or travel. If anything, when we return to the normalcy of classes, we are on a

more regimented schedule than previous weeks. Yet the shift from one type of day to another panics our minds sometimes and it tries to send us distress signals to warn us. Like I said, though, for the most part those warnings are unneeded. Sure, you can trip and fall on your way to class, walk into a room you thought was empty but actually wasn’t, buy the wrong textbook from the bookstore or forget your water bottle in your dorm, but this isn’t the end of the world. If I’ve learned anything from being at Canisius, it’s that the people here are not only nice but also understanding. When a student walks in late or accidentally barges in mid-lecture, the professors tend to just laugh it off and continue on. Peers have no problem giving directions to buildings or ensuring you that you’re in the right room. Everyone understands that you can be nervous or lost or confused. But we’ve all been there. That’s something that we should work hard to never forget. We’ve all been filled with butterflies or sat in the wrong seat after joining a class late. So this year, embrace cura personalis and care for the person that’s walking next to you in the halls. It will make everyone’s day just a little bit easier. Contact Marissa Burr

What is the name of the orange Quad Cat? A Griffin Survey By GRACE BROWN AND PAT HEALY O P I N I O N E D I T O R A N D M A N AG I N G E D I T O R

He is a purring phenomenon of particular psychological import to Canisius undergraduates; a feline fixation who flusters even the aloof; the singular subject of sacrilegious worship among students. And his name is Timmy. Or Jim. Or Timothy James. If Harry Potter taught us anything, it is that names have power. With that magical maxim in mind, The Griffin conducted a survey to determine the common name of The Orange Quad Cat, as we called it while surveying students — in an effort to stay neutral, as well as to specify which Quad Cat we were asking about. Rumor has it there is a second, black-and-white cat which takes evening patrol on campus. Like the cat, the results are not fixed. Indeed, a full 27 different names were reported by the 46 respondents. From the odd (Garbage Cat?) to the obvious (Garfield is shockingly unoriginal), the Quad Cat remains without a definitive name, at least by our reckoning. At seven responses, “Timmy” is the plurality, though the derivatives of “James” — Jim and Jimbo — numbered nine. But then, if you count “TJ” (standing for Timothy James we were told) in the Timmy camp, then nicknames for Timothy also number nine. (We suspect the originators of Timothy James were political science majors seeking a milquetoast middleground.) Accompanying this methodologically meticulous and statistically sound survey are a few interesting observations: 1) It was conducted on Wednesday in the dining hall after the Mass of the Holy Spirit. We think this is the reason for the preponderance of Biblical names. Perhaps the “Dante” dubber was particularly moved by the preceding service. 2) A common phenomenon was the absolute, inflexible and impassioned insistence of certain respondents who declared that “everyone calls him _______!” It seems different social spheres are united in their name for the Quad Cat, and thus believe that all people call him that. Riddle us that, psychology majors! (Because you were demanding, we — enlightened Griffin editors — call him the tastefully witty, yet obligingly whimsical, “Timbits.”)

This Word Cloud is a symbolic representation of the most popular names given to the Quad Cat, size proportional to number of votes


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Women’s Soccer finishes non-conference slate with win, pivots to MAAC play By PAT HEALY M A N AG I N G E D I T O R

Forward Tiani Fonoti scored, goalkeeper Jordan Spencer stopped Cleveland State’s only shot on net, and Canisius’s women’s soccer team came away with a 1-0 win in their final non-conference game Saturday at the Demske Sports Complex. Fonoti set an aggressive tone two minutes in, feeding freshman Lizzy Harkness for an opportunity palmed away at the last moment by Cleveland State keeper Liv Fain. Halfway through the first half, a Fonoti shot beat Fain but was stymied by a sliding Cleveland State defender at the goal line. Twenty minutes into the second half, however, no defender could stop a blistering strike from Fonoti into Cleveland State’s top-right corner. Fonoti’s team-leading third goal of the year was assisted by Emma Oliphant and turned out to be the decisive moment in Canisius’s 1-0 victory. The Griffs finish non-conference play with 2 wins, 2 losses, and 3 draws. They begin MAAC play at home next Saturday at 1:00 against Rider University at the Demske Complex. Head Coach Ryan Louis said postgame that, “from the minute the whistle blew, we took charge of the game. We were the dominating team. The first half, we were aggressive and put balls in the box. Credit to [Cleveland] State for defending them.” Louis was “just happy to see the ball put in the back of the net” in the second half. Besides a game against the University at Buffalo, Louis said, “we’ve been the more dominant side” in their non-conference games. He said the mixed results “have just been a matter of capitalizing” and “piecing it all together.” The third-year head coach didn’t want to put more pressure on his team by stating specific expectations for the season, but he did say that “if we can play we’ve been playing so far this season, we should have a relatively successful season.” The Griffin also spoke with recently voted co-captains Abby Molloy and Julia Schurr about the Cleveland State game and their expectations for the rest of the season.

Forward Tiani Fonoti scored the winning goal against Cleveland State

Molloy, who has logged the second-most minutes on the team through the first seven games, saw a lot of positives both before and after the goal, particularly “being able to hold [Cleveland State] off and manage the game.” The senior center back is not too worried about the two yellow cards taken by the Griffs, saying that it is a side effect of playing aggressively. Echoing Coach Louis, Molloy emphasized that the Griffs need to better capitalize on chances in the final third. Schurr concurred—“we need to put more shots away.” Schurr, a senior midfielder, said that over the past seven games, “we found our identity as a team.” Asked to elaborate on that identity, Schurr said that they want to be “more of a ball-playing team, direct


at times, with a team-first mentality and outworking every opponent.” Alluding to their winless record last year, Schurr expects that in 2022 the team will “compete with every team in the MAAC.” Both seniors spoke of the responsibility stemming from their captaincy. Schurr said it is an honor to know how much she is respected by her teammates. Molloy added that she is excited “to lead our team away from and on the field. The love I have for these girls is like nothing else.”

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Volleyball continues slump at Western New York Invitational

Canisius Volleyball lost its first invitational of the season


The Griffins had a tough outing at the 2022 Western New York Invitational this past week, losing all three of their games by at least two sets. Their record drops to 2–7 on the season, and they are currently on a six-game losing streak. In head coach Tom Hanna’s first match at the Koessler Athletic Center, the Griffins faced off against the University at Buffalo. After winning the first set, the Bulls took control of the game and dominated the remaining sets. Canisius ended up losing the match 3–1. Senior Ella Loussia finished with a team-high 15 kills while freshman Ella Bourque led the team with 39 assists. Senior Bree Long entered the tournament looking to become just the 4th player in program history to record 1,500 career digs. She got one step closer, recording a team-high 22 against the Bulls.


Their next match was against Youngstown State, where Canisius lost 3–0. This was the first time these schools faced off since 2016. Loussia recorded 10 kills, extending her streak of games with double digit kills to four. Bourque once again led the team in assists with 21. Long finished the outing with 15 digs, putting her 7 away from that prestigious “1,500 career digs.” Canisius’ final game was against Bucknell. This game fit the theme of the rest of the tournament, as the Griffins lost 3-1. Bucknell won the first set, but Canisius was able to answer back and win the second. After intermission, Bucknell took control of the match and won the next two sets. Despite the loss, some memorable achievements were accomplished during or after the tournament. Long finished the game with 27 digs, becoming just the 4th player in program history to record 1,500 career digs. Loussia extended her streak of consec-

utive games with 10+ kills, recording a team-high 13. As a result, Loussia was named to the 2022 Western New York Invitational All-Tournament Team. Bourque continued to impress in the assists column, recording 36 more in the loss to Bucknell. This gives her 30+ assists in seven of her first 9 career contests. Volleyball’s next match is on Saturday, 9/17 at the KAC against the defending MAAC champions Fairfield at 12:00 PM.

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September 16, 2022


Golf is back, opening up their season at Colgate By COLTON PANKIEWICZ SPORTS REPORTER

The Canisius College golf team got back into the swing of things in the first weekend of September at the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, N.Y. The Griffs came in 14th place in the tournament, shooting 922 as a team. Leading the way for Canisius was senior Shane Broad, who put down a 70 (-2) on the scoreboard on Sunday. His 70 allowed Broad to finish with a 54-hole score of 218, thus being a personal foul low in a three-round tournament. This performance squeezed him into a six-way tie for 18th place on the weekend. “I was putting myself in a good position off the tee, and then making the putts that needed to go in,” said Broad, explaining what the difference was on his play for the last day. Men’s golf looks a bit different this fall. Last spring the team graduated three golfers. It’s now made up of freshman Conor Balen, sophomore Mike Douglas, Ryan Edholm, Joey Maher, Ben Ramold and senior Shane Broad. “Some days you’re playing 36 holes of golf. You’re out there for 10 hours in these college tournaments. It’s mentally draining, and there’s a few guys that have never played college golf,” Broad said. The team travels to Philadelphia this weekend for the Cornell/Temple Invitational, at the 1912 golf club. In this two-day tournament, the Griffs hope to find more success as they finished in last place in their first tournament of the fall.

Shane Broad in action against Colgate


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Cross Country takes First place honors in season debut By ANDREW CROOKS SPORTS REPORTER

The Canisius College cross country team got off to an impressive start to their season during the Little Three Championship. In the season debut against rival schools Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University, the Golden Griffins took first place in both the men’s and women’s races. During the men’s race, senior Tom Appenheimer finished first with a time of 15:06.4 to lead the men’s team to a 16th consecutive Little

Three Championship. Also finishing in the top 5 for the men’s race were senior Michael Peppy (3rd) and freshmen Brody Jones (4th) with times of 15:37.5 and 15:46.3 respectively. In the women’s race, Marissa Silba finished first with her time of 18:55.6. This led the women’s team to their 18th Little Three Championship title in the last 20 championships. Also finishing in the top 5 for the women’s race was senior Olivia Moran (4th) and junior Jules Jones (5th) with times of 19:08.9 and 19:17.1, respectively. This upcoming weekend, the cross country team

will travel to the National Catholic Invitational in South Bend, Indiana on Sept. 16. The meet begins with the open race at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by the women’s race at 4:15 p.m. and the men’s race at 5 p.m.

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Men’s Soccer runs into stalemate against Bonnies down to Szablewski. Szablewski then corralled the ball, touching it off to Boyer who turned and fired a shot past St. Bonaventure keeper Nicolas Pucci. The Bonnies wouldn’t go away that easily, however, as the visitors connected with the equalizer in the 59th minute of the match. Matthew Wrobel collected the feed in the box from Thomas Yegbor before putting it over Canisius keeper William Howard. St. Bonaventure out-shot Canisius, 18–15, in the contest, highlighted by a 12–7 edge in the second half. St. Bonaventure also held a 12–2 advantage in corner kicks in the match. St. Bonaventure had an opportunity late to give themselves the lead, but Thind made a sliding tackle, kicking the ball out of bounds to preserve the tie. Friday’s game served as the 52nd contest between the two Western New York schools and the first on the campus of Canisius College since 2018. Canisius heads on the road for the first time since the season opener when it faces Binghamton in a non-conference match on Sept. 17. Kickoff from Vestal, N.Y. is slated for 1 p.m. The men’s soccer team celebrates a goal during their match against St. Bonaventure.


The Canisius Golden Griffins and St. Bonaventure Bonnies ended their match in a draw on Friday evening, Canisius’s second of the season. Sophomore Reilly Boyer netted his first collegiate goal in the 32nd minute to pace Canisius against their Little


Three rival. The draw moved the Golden Griffins’ to 1–2–2 on the campaign while the Bonnies played in their first draw this season, setting their record at 2–2–1. Canisius Redshirt sophomore Obed Berhe made his first collegiate start, and junior Luke Szablewski and senior Inder Thind both earned their second career assists on Boyer’s goal Canisius opened the scoring when Thind placed a pass into the box to Boyer, who deflected the ball

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Each week, every sports staff member makes their picks for a select number of games for that upcoming week.

Game MSOC: Canisius at Cornell September 20, 7 p.m WVOL: Canisius vs. Fairfield September 17, 12 p.m BILLS vs TITANS September 19, 7:15 p.m Last Week Overall