The Griffin Sep. 23, 2022

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September 23, 2022

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Library sponsors “readout” for Banned Book Weekspective New website on to Canisius campus brings By SYDNEY ULMSTEAD

resources to the campus community


On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the staff at Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library hosted a readout which focused on books that have been banned throughout the past few years. This event was a part of The American Library Association’s (ALA) “Banned Book Week” and has been a part of Canisius since 2010. The library staff will also be hosting an event on the freedom to write, which will take place at noon on Friday, Sept. 23. Banned Book Week was started 40 years ago by the ALA. The Association states that the purpose of Banned Book Week is to warn against the harms of censorship and bring communities of readers together. This year’s theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” Amongst the top ten most challenged books of 2021 are “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe and “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. “1,600 unique titles have been challenged or banned so far this year in this country,” said Library Director Kristine E. Kasbohm, “I’m guessing anyone who’s a reader is going to find books on those lists that they love.” The New York Times reports that, just this year alone, 1,651 books have faced scrutiny and potential censorship, compared to last year’s number of 1,594. The divide over these books has also led to librarians being threatened with legal cases. The library association reports 27 incidents where libraries have gotten in trouble with local police in their area for the books on their shelves. “My favorite type of banned book is one that is challenged for malicious reasons, and then becomes more popular than it would’ve otherwise by people pushing back against the attempt,” said Samantha Cochrane, ILL library associate. The library’s readout featured books such as “The Handmaid’s Tale”


Banned book week warns against the harms of censorship

by Margaret Atwood. Attendees shared the reasoning behind why they selected a banned book and then described the stories told in the work. The event served as a way to shed light on the nuances surrounding books that have been deemed as controversial. Kathleen DeLaney, college archivist and special collections librarian said, “No matter where you go in this world, if you tell someone you are a librarian, that person knows what you do. Maybe not the day-to-day work, but they know what a library can do to change lives.”


Students are invited to attend the event on the freedom to write, which will include professors as panelists in part of a discussion on banned books. The event will be held in the library at noon on Friday, Sept. 23.

Contact Sydney Ulmstead

Constitution Day at Canisius By JON DUSZA ASST NE WS EDITOR

Canisius celebrated Constitution Day Tuesday with a panel of Constitutional experts discussing three of the landmark Supreme Court decisions that the Court released last summer. The event was hosted by Phi Alpha Delta, the Political Science Department and the Frank G. Raichle PreLaw Center, and it featured attorney Barry Covert, federal prosecutor and professor Paul Campana and Raichle Pre-Law Center Director Robert Klump as speakers. To begin the discussion, Campana discussed Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that overturned Roe v. Wade and made it possible for abortion to be criminalized. Campana, in explaining the reasoning behind the decision, made an effort to separate personal passions from the Court’s legal thought process. “Without context, we’re going to be inflamed by our passions,” he said. He went on to describe the logic behind the Court’s opinion, first of all saying that, in the view of the justices who agreed with the ruling, the judicial branch’s job is not to legislate, second of all saying that the original Roe v. Wade case was made on a very interpretive view of the Constitution, rather than the strict textual view that the ruling was based on. Campana went on to say that for future abortion cases, “all that matters is who’s on the court.” Next in the evening, Covert disTHIS WEEK IN NEWS THIS WEEK IN SENATE: USA SWEARS IN ITS NEWEST MEMBERS PAGE 2 MEET THE NEW VPMPR OF USA JULIA SLAZYK WHO PROMISES TO RESTORE TRANSPARENCY TO USA


Canisius held its annual Constitution Day panel last week.


cussed the case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which declared a New York State law that added higher requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit unconstitutional. Covert discussed the wide-ranging ramifications that the ruling would have on future Second Amendment debates. Previously, Covert said, the Court had a “means test” to decide whether or not a gun law was constitutional. This ruling, however, ended that, replacing the “means test” with a different test to see whether or not new gun control laws have historical precedent. The new test is very complicated, Covert said, admitting “if your mind is fogging FEATURES ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR MADDY LOCKWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT KEEP US GOING.




over, welcome to the club” and calling the ruling a “full employment act for lawyers.” He concluded by saying that many gun control laws that have become standard could be subject to new challenges, and that there will likely be many more gun cases before the Court in the coming years. Lastly, Robert Klump discussed West Virginia v. EPA, a case which said that Congress did not grant the Environmental Protection Agency the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from already-existing power plants. Klump first delved into the history of the EPA and the challenges to its power to regulate from when it was first created in 1970 to the present day. West Virginia v. EPA served as a culmination of all those debates, finally ruling that Congress did not give the EPA the powers it claimed. Klump then discussed some of the criticisms of the case, one of the main criticisms being that the justices who concurred with the ruling subscribed to a statutory interpretation of the case. This goes against their usual textual interpretations, like the one that looked at the Dobbs case and the right to abortion in the U.S. Despite the current ruling, if Congress explicitly gives the power to the EPA that the EPA argued it had, the EPA can go back to how it was regulating before the Court stopped them.

Canisius Cares, a new campus program, launched last week. This website is a resource that supports the entire Canisius community, faculty, staff and students, and even their family members. Any student concerns about resources on and off campus can be addressed quickly through the website, which is accessible from any computer or mobile device. Canisius Cares was built by one of Canisius’s graduate assistants who works in the Academic Mentoring Center on campus. Graduate Assistant Caleb Long developed the website and shared that it was made with every student at Canisius in mind. All of the resources are listed alphabetically on the website and range from assistance with mental, emotional and physical health to inclusive and LGBTQ+ spaces on campus. Each page has interactive features including places to contact staff members, hours for on-campus services and websites to connect students with additional information. Everything on the website is updated weekly and Long says he is looking for feedback from students around campus to know if there are any changes that need to be made or suggestions of resources to add to benefit students in the community. QR codes are posted around campus and in this week’s edition of The Griffin to access the site. You can also visit the website by typing canisius. into your browser. If you need assistance in any area of your health or academics, Canisius Cares is the best place to find it! Contact Alyssa Kornacki

Scan this QR code to access the Canisius Cares website.


Contact Jon Dusza






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September 23, 2022


Julia Slazyk, “A Voice for the Student Body” By JULIAN REYNOSO NE WS CONTRIBUTOR

The new vice president of marketing and public relations (VPMPR) for the Undergraduate Student Association (USA) is senior student Julia Slazyk, and she promises to adhere to USA’s current goal of promoting love and compassion. The constitutional role of the VPMPR is to ensure that USA is maintaining their image by defending and upholding their constitution, distributing all of the material handling USA’s activities and managing all of the social media, press releases and marketing. Slazyk noted that she feels her responsibility as VPMPR is to “implement creativity into marketing for our organization and its various boards and committees while communicating with students, faculty and staff about the operations of the USA,” Slazyk said. Slazyk plans to uphold the responsibilities in the VPMPR position by being more transparent with students about USA. She intends to utilize spaces both on campus and online to make them more visible to students which has already begun this semester. One of Slazyk’s main goals as VPMPR is to have more students present during the period of general student concerns, which occurs in the meetings the USA holds every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Regis Hall. During this period, any student may voice any concerns or questions regarding Canisius College. With more students present at

these meetings, Slazyk hopes to create a dialogue between students and USA to work together in order to help create the best possible experience at Canisius. Another of Slazyk’s goals is to help build a better relationship between USA and the student body, because she believes that there is often suspicion from students towards USA. She wants to disprove this suspicion by showing that the USA is composed of students working for students. Slazyk further said, “The Undergraduate Student Association sees you, wants to hear from you and empathizes with you. We want nothing more than to help give each student the absolute best college experience possible.” As Slazyk approaches her last year at Canisius, she looks back on her time fondly as a junior senator and is excited to experience new and challenging opportunities as the new VPMPR of USA. She is looking forward to working with many new and old members in the USA. The new liaison positions excite her the most, because they allow for more voices within USA for students to share. Slazyk gave a final note, saying, “I am so grateful to have become part of this organization when I did and that I have one eventfilled and busy semester left with everyone.” J U L I A N R E Y N OSO

New VPMPR Julia Slazyk stands in the quad Contact Julian Reynoso


The Undergraduate Student Association (USA) senate meeting on Tuesday began with guest speaker and new Director of Campus Ministry, Spencer Liechty updating members about Campus Ministry and its upcoming events. He made sure to note that all of Campus Ministry’s events are open to everyone on campus: you do not need to be Catholic or subscribe to any particular faith. Kairos will be held this fall on Nov. 4 through 6. Campus Ministry will be holding a

winter service trip to Wheeling, West Virginia over winter break, from Jan. 7 through 13. Liechty noted to look out for other trips and retreats for the spring semester. This was the first week that the newly elected freshmen senators attended the USA meeting. They introduced themselves and were sworn into the senate. Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Julia Slazyk updated members about the website for appeals and directed all students and student organizations to use Griffnet when making appeals. The SPB Representative an-


The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan recently reached its most deadly point of conflict since 2020. The two countries, located in the South Caucasus region, have been in conflict over territorial disputes since the late 1980s. Violent outbursts between the two have resulted in fullblown wars over the years. The main dispute and fighting is occurring over the border between both countries. Over 100 people were killed just this past month. This past week, as of Sept. 15, Azerbaijan claimed to have lost 71 soldiers, while Armenia claims to have lost 105 of their soldiers. Many of Armenia’s troops consist of volunteers and citizens who have stepped up to fight for their country as the Russian troops that were once stationed in Armenia have been pulled from their posts to assist in the fighting in Ukraine. Anush Abetyan, Susanna Margaryan and Alisa Melkonyan were three Armenian women who went to fight for their country, but all three were allegedly mutilated by the Azerbaijani troops. Anush Abetyan was allegedly tortured, raped, killed and mutilated at the hands of the Azerbaijanis in a response to a request to talk

about Azerbaijan’s war crimes. Both Armenia and Azerbaijan blame the other country for the issues and back-and-forth conflict. Azerbaijan claims that they own the land that Armenia has inhabited for over 3,000 years. The United Nations’s assistant secretary general of Europe, Central Asia and the Americas — Miroslav Jenča — briefed an emergency meeting of the security council on Sept. 15, following an announcement on Sept. 14 of a ceasefire. This is a dispute over a border, and Armenians have made it clear that they do not want to lose more citizens but also do not want to relinquish land that, in their eyes, is and has been theirs. The United Nations has called for a truce and for peace to be made between the countries and urges them to refrain from fighting as the conflict has escalated to a very dangerous level.

Contact Delaney Hayen

nounced that Fall Fest will be held on Oct. 1, and the Sustainability Chair announced two more campus cleanups to be held on Oct. 15 and Nov. 5. The new liaisons for library services, ITS and facilities and the Griff Center were also introduced at Tuesday’s meeting. USA voted to sign onto the Jesuit Student Government Alliance Youth Voter contract and will be working with other Jesuit schools around the country to promote voter registration and access at these colleges. To close out the meeting, President Jahare Hudson addressed the

senate. He spoke about the factions and mistrust that have surrounded USA in the past few years, and said that, “USA’s foundation needs to be broken and reestablished again. And it needs to be built on love and compassion for one another.” President Hudson hopes to achieve this during his time as the leader of USA, and closed his address by having everyone hold hands and remember that “we are all humans first.” Contact Julia Barth


Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic late Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning. “The hurricane made landfall […] with severe winds up to 75 miles per hour and bringing six to 24 inches of rain in some areas,” according to CNN. The storm is currently a category 3 hurricane, and it has winds of up to 100 mph. Fiona made landfall in Turks and Caicos Tuesday morning. The storm is only expected to strengthen and become a major hurricane in the coming days. According to the National Hurricane Center, a category 3 storm has winds ranging from 111-129 mph and can inflict “devastating damage.” In 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria that destroyed many homes with tough winds, a disaster that the U.S. territory is still recovering from. Many think that Hurricane Fiona, however, has hit the island even harder with the intense rain and flooding, leaving millions of people without power and water. President Biden spoke with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierlusi late Monday afternoon on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide economic relief and supplies to help the island recover from the damages of the storm.

The entire island is without power, and many people are without water. Massive flooding is destroying homes, and crews are working around the clock to rescue people from extreme areas of flooding. According to CNN, states like New York, New Jersey and California will send first responders to aid in the relief effort in Puerto Rico. FEMA is sending 400 officials to the island to aid in relief as well. Hurricane Fiona is also impacting conditions on many east coast beaches. According to CNN, the National Weather Service warns that tide conditions on east coast beaches could be dangerous. The storm could create strong rip currents and unsafe surfing conditions. Fiona is not expected to make landfall in the United States. According to AP News, the storm is expected to become a Category 4 tropical storm and make landfall in Bermuda Friday. Until then, Fiona is leaving a trail of disaster in many Caribbean islands and is only expected to grow stronger.

Contact Maggie Donner

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Editor Ava Green

September 23, 2022

Meet the Editors: Maddy Lockwood By JULIA BARTH EDITOR - IN - CHIEF

Assistant Features Editor Maddy Lockwood came to Canisius in the fall of 2021 ready to make the most out of her college experience. Coming from Evans just 40 minutes south of Buffalo, Lockwood immediately joined clubs and organizations that piqued her interest. One of those clubs ended up being The Griffin. She had been part of her high school’s newspaper and had always loved writing, so she thought the school paper would be a perfect fit. She even became a journalism major! But now, one year later as a childhood education and TESOL major, Maddy says she’s still so thankful that she joined The Griffin. It’s not so much about the technical aspects of it for Lockwood. She enjoys the camaraderie of it all — weekly meetings on Thursday nights have been her favorite. Lockwood wrote a handful of articles her freshman year, but the one she was the most proud of was her piece about Josh Allen canceling on Canisius. Being a huge Bills fan (did you know she’s a season ticket holder?), she was devastated when Allen canceled on the school, citing a family emergency. But Lockwood did what any good writer does, and channeled that frustration into an incredible article about the situation. “At the time I was really upset that he canceled. I remember I was furiously writing the article. It’s still my favorite, even though I was upset about it,” she said. This year, Lockwood’s goal for The Griffin is to write an article every week. It is something she’s passionate about and something that she can look forward to doing each week to distract herself from the craziness of classes and clubs. One article she has coming up that she’s really excited about is covering the popular app, BeReal. She might even poll students at Canisius regarding the app, so look out for her around campus. As for what she does in her free time, walking is big for Lockwood. “Kyra and I have been going to Delaware Park to walk with our iced coffees. So yeah, I’ve been really into walking right now,” she said, referring to Kyra Laurie — The Griffin’s photography

Maddy was an orientation leader this year and had tons of energy.

director. Lockwood also loves iced coffee (look out for an article about that this week), using her Google Calendar (she schedules her naps) and 8 a.m. classes (she likes to be done early!). And she can be found at many other events around campus. Being the secretary of C-Block means you’ll see her at many athletic events, and she’s also on the e-board of Phi Sig, Canisius’s sorority. Lockwood brings a great energy to The Griffin,


and the entire staff is overjoyed to have her onboard. Look out for her articles in Features every Friday!

Contact Julia Barth

Finding My Daily Sunshine: A Cold Cup of Coffee

Pictured here: A not-so-scrumptious iced coffee that Maddy Lockwood did not, in fact, make.



The beginning of any semester is tough with a lot of new adjustments: figuring out a schedule that you can manage, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends. This semester I have found myself overwhelmed to say the least. As I am approaching the end of my fourth week of classes, I think I have finally found myself in a comfortable groove (a groove

that involves my every waking moment being at an event or doing homework — but hey, I signed up for it, right?). I have found there is one thing keeping me going at this point: iced coffee! I don’t mean it from a caffeine perspective either — I love my daily caramel iced coffee with my entire being. At the beginning of the semester, I realized that buying coffee every day was not going to be good for my wallet, and, frankly, I have found that I am too particular about my iced coffee to allow anyone else try and make it without becoming absolutely enraged (an unacceptable amount of anger, to be completely honest). My perfect coffee routine, ratio and ingredients required me to make some horrendous cups of coffee before figuring out the perfect mixture. “What’s the secret?” you might be asking. Well, I’ll never tell… just kidding! (Why would I write this article just to not tell you?) I don’t put ice in my iced coffee. Weird, right? Every night after I finish my homework, put some dishes away, shower — all the good night routine things — I turn on my Keurig and make my coffee. The perfect way to end my night, making 18 ounces of hot, black coffee! I pull out my oversized Baby Yoda coffee mug, place her right on the base of my Keurig and put her on the 10-ounce setting. I walk away for about five minutes, come back and click the eight-ounce setting (using the same K-cup, but I don’t think you are really supposed to do that), then I walk away again to do one of my silly little activities. Finally, I go back to my Baby Yoda mug, proceed to very carefully pick up my very full mug and place it in the

fridge. Then my favorite part of the process: I get to go to sleep! In the morning, I wake up, open the fridge and grab my favorite Starbucks cup. I proceed to transfer the coffee between the cups, where I always spill at least a third of it on my arm or the counter, a routine that usually leaves the perfect amount of room for my favorite caramel coffee creamer. It’s perfect! Never have I ever had anything better. While this sounds completely trivial and unimportant, it is genuinely my absolute favorite part of my day. Lately, in my chaotic and frequently overwhelming life, I have been trying to stay on the bright side;, frankly, I have never known a better way to get through a rough time. While it may be cliché, it truly is the little things in life that get you through the day. It’s nice to have big and exciting things to look forward to, but those things don’t pull you through the last three pages of a paper when you are exhausted: the idea of getting to hang out with my roommates after or going on a walk after does. So maybe I don’t want to go to my third 8 a.m. of the week, but I do want to have my iced coffee on my walk there. It’s impractical to always be happy or find the good in hard times, but at least try to find your own version of iced coffee. Find your own sunshine.

Contact Maddy Lockwood

Animal of the Week: The Pallas Cat By SARA UMBRELL L AYO U T D I R E C T O R

To start off this semester’s Animal of the Week, say hello to the Otocolobus manul, otherwise known as the Pallas cat! Despite looking similar to domestic house cats, these guys actually inhabit colder mountainous regions and hail from Asia. They typically live in high elevation, grassland plateau habitats such as Mongolia, China and the Tibetan plateau. Pallas cats come in at around a foot tall, and they weigh five to 10 pounds on average. They have a stockier build than other cats. In addition, their outer fur has a thick, wooly underlayer that can be twice as long as the fur on the rest of its body. Pallas cats also have a third eyelid called a nictitating membrane to help shield them from any harsh winds they may encoun-

ter while up in the mountains. Being well adapted to mountain terrains, they are able to climb over rocky cliffs and crevices with ease. They are crepuscular, meaning that most of their hunting activity takes place at dusk or dawn with periods of rest during the day or night. There is little study done on Pallas cats, but unfortunately their population is steadily declining. Most of the threat is from illegal hunting, but studies and organizations are working on getting more of the populations into protected zones. Right now, less than 20% of Pallas cats are in those protected zones. Hopefully as more research gets done, more and more of these cats will be able to live in these zones and eventually be safe from poaching. Contact Sara Umbrell

The Pallas cat’s scientific name comes from the Greek word for “ugly-eared.”



September 23, 2022


Do Something Stupid Today By AVA GREEN F E AT U R E S E D I T O R

Over the summer, my sister and I bought tickets to see the band Peach Pit in Cleveland. It wasn’t until about two weeks ago that we both remembered our purchase and had to then figure out how this event was going to fit into our very busy schedules. Despite the cacophony of reasons why the night should have been a disaster, it ended up being a great time. Was it kind of a stupid idea to go to a weekday concert four hours away? Yeah, probably. Do I regret it? No. Not one bit. I power-walked out of my math class on the day of the concert and booked it to my car. I went so fast I forgot to put any jewelry on (a true tragedy). I ignored my concerningly low tire pressure — which I, Ava Green, go on record to say that I do not condone — and made my way to I-90 towards Erie, PA to meet up with my sister. Much to my surprise, this route was the same one that all of the stadium traffic for the Bills game was instructed to take. I was already going to get there just in the nick of time, but going 20 miles per hour on the thruway put a huge damper on my ETA. I can’t say my car ride was a great way to get the concert vibes going. Although I was absolutely jamming out to Peach Pit, my mind raced with worries about all the school work that needed to be done, the state of my tires and the overwhelming feeling of dread that fills a punctual person’s soul when they realize earliness is impossible. Two hours and a few wrong turns later, I made it to my sister. I nearly tucked and rolled out of my car to get into hers, which also had some funky sounds coming from it. We ignored the loose heat shield, picked up her friend Thomas and then we were bound for Cleveland. Although we hardly got there before they opened the venue, the three of us used our brute strength to push ourselves as close to the front as humanly possible, moving into any little openings in the crowd that we could find. We even somehow got away from the super annoying tall guy that kept flipping his hair like a 2010s Justin Bieber: we ended up having a great view! This concert was seriously amazing, it was just a lot of laughing and dancing and positivity. The Districts opened the concert, and, although I didn’t know too many of their songs, their energy was infectious and the crowd absolutely lost their minds when the lead singer randomly started playing the harmonica. Peach Pit came out and I immediately fell madly in love with their lead guitarist and his magnificent mustache. They started off rocking out, playing an instrumental metal-esque interlude that I found odd yet exciting for the softer indie band. It got us all

completely hyped up. The hype continued as they played their hits, including but not limited to the following: “Up Granville,” “Alrighty Aphrodite,” “Tommy’s Party,” “Shampoo Bottles” and, of course, “Peach Pit.” They unfortunately did not play my two absolute favorite songs: “Live at the Swamp” and “Everything About You,” but I suppose I won’t hold it against them. Every song sounded even better live, regardless of the fact that they already sound great on Spotify. The entire time felt like a main character moment, surely because I made eye contact with all the members (or at least I did in my mind). It was so much unadulterated fun. As we were leaving we got a text from a friend of Thomas’ who was also at the concert, telling us to meet her in a back alley to meet the band. All of us had class the next day, were on the verge of passing out from hunger and were scared to go into a random alleyway in a city we’d never been to before, but we just knew we couldn’t pass up even a tiny chance to meet the band. After waiting for a bit and debating whether or not we should just go, the lead singer, Neil Smith, came out to greet the dozen of us that found this cove where their tour bus was parked. After he met us all, out came my mustachioed heart throb, Chris Vanderkooy. I even made him giggle a little, so we’re, like, totally married now. I could hardly believe how eager they were to meet fans, chit-chat, take pictures and sign things. Seeing them rock out and own the stage, then talk to us casually like kind, old friends made me fall in love with the band even more. As I went through the next day running on less than 5 hours of sleep and a large coffee, all I could think of was how lucky the three of us were to

Peach Pit is an indie-pop band from Vancouver currently on their “Right Down the Street” North American tour until mid-December.

have experienced what we did the night before. Time crunches and car troubles be damned, we got to that incredible concert and made out like bandits. Once we realized the setbacks we would encounter that night, I kind of figured we’d be in the back row: sweaty and unable to see anything. I never would have guessed that we could get that close to the stage, eat really good fried pickles and even meet the band. I can only thank the universe — or maybe the Peach Pit gods — for this wonderful experience. Now, I’m not saying you should drop all of your schoolwork and become a roadie, but sometimes you need to be stupid and do something impractical and nonessential purely for your own enjoyment. For example, a Monday night concert two states away. Guess what? My work got done, I made it to class, took a nap and jumped back into the academic mindset. Although I’m still quite sleep deprived, without doing something spontaneous, stupid and stressful I wouldn’t have had one of my favorite concert experiences ever. I want to challenge you to throw caution to the wind and trust that you have the ability to catch back up on things in order to do something dumb just because it will make you happy. Academics find a way to envelop your entire life and become your entire persona at times. Without moments like these to escape it all, you’ll lose yourself. So find your balance of studiousness and stupidity. You won’t regret it. But if you do end up regretting it, please don’t quote me on any of this. Contact Ava Green


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Stoute’s presidential Kudos to Canisians persona solidifying fresh and familiar During February’s public forums for president, this column posed a question to then-candidate Stoute he would likely have to answer if named president: “Your career has followed a remarkably similar trajectory [to Hurley’s] to this point. How will you distinguish yourself from a president who has been largely successful with alumni and donors but not so popular among students and faculty?” An answer is beginning to take shape. In last week’s address to the student senate, Stoute pitched himself as an educator. He suggested that he might teach a section of the First Year Experience class next year. He spoke on behalf of all staff and faculty, saying that “we can do better” at “engag[ing] in your life as a student outside of the classroom.” The president is even playing the part of a professor: with his “Together We Rise: Community Conversations” initiative, he is essentially offering office hours. A student senator commented that they felt President Hurley was fundraising first, student engagement second. Stoute, without throwing his predecessor under the bus, said somewhat ruefully, “I have to be the chief fundraiser, the chief alumni engagement officer. I have to do those things in order to support your experience.” But, the president preached, “equally important is being with you. . . . That’s what I love about my job.” Stoute is moving quickly to overcome his weaknesses — or “challenges,” as he prefers. His first hire was a new student dean (and apparent best friend) in Dr. Harold Fields. The new president has expanded the senior administration and appointed Fr. Joseph McShane, S.J., a prominent former Jesuit college president, as a special assistant. He shows up at events unannounced. He even created an endearingly bland Instagram account. Yet, his public addresses speak only to his personality and administrative capacity. Next week, he faces his first Board of Trustees quarterly meetings. Concrete matters of tuition, admissions and fiscal priorities are sure to arise. Will he speak to Trustees the same as he did the student senate? Will he push them to invest more in the faculty and staff who he credits for solid retention rates and US news rankings and ask them for requisite funds to fulfill the commitments he made to the senate? Stoute is reshaping how Canisius presidents look, who they interact with and what activities they do. It’s to be seen if he will change what they choose. -PH

Call it post-COVID craze. Or new-president passion. Whatever the name, it’s real and seemingly sustained. First-year students are getting involved. Apathy is abating even among upperclassmen. We’re journalists, not statisticians, but even we understand that increased involvement is likely a confluence of factors. Masks are off, which allows us to see the ever-present face of a new president. The parking situation is being resolved, imbuing us with dreams of getting to class on time. Energetic new employees like Jason Francey, combined with the steady hands of long-time employees like Elaine and Al from Student Life, make the student life experience better than even pre-Covid times. Looking in The Griffin’s online archive, we see that every generation complains of apathy. If you think COVID made us different, think again. Student leaders of the early 2000s — when we were being born — complained that, because of computers, Canisius should rebrand as “where leaders are made — in their pajamas.” We are grateful for the activity of our fellow student leaders and feel compelled to note it now before we all again revert to social hermits. We tip our hats to seniors like Ben Deakin, who kept the Commuter Student Association alive during COVID and continues to plan well-run events. Juniors such as Hawa Saleh didn’t let starting at Canisius during COVID-19 prevent them from being the most active contingent in senate. Sophomores like Ahmad Jandel of the Residence Hall Association have jumped into leadership positions already. And freshmen are inarguably the most active class on campus this year. President Stoute often speaks of creating a “culture of engagement,” but students should be proud of maintaining one while administration was cutting employees and many of the remaining faculty were teaching online in 2020. Another Stoutian saying is that he doesn’t focus so much on being the first Canisius president of color and more about his hope that he isn’t the last. Seniors at The Griffin, and surely seniors of other clubs as well, are similarly focused on our desire that we are not the last leaders of our organizations. We worked hard to preserve the institutional knowledge of those organizations and ensure that students who arrived during COVID-19 did not allow their stinky situation to permanently sour student life. After three years of pessimism, the instinctual worry is that freshmen enthusiasm will fade, that the graduation of the last pre-COVID class will gut us. The Griffin knows it won’t. And our confidence has nothing to do with the new president. -PH

Why Buffalo?


There’s an age old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg? Now I don’t really know the correct answer to that question — nor do I fully believe Google’s — but in our lives, I think there’s a more relevant question that inspires the same amount of confusion. Which did you fall in love with first, Buffalo or Canisius? It seems pretty straightforward since we all inevitably chose to study at Canisius, and Buffalo just happened to be the city it was located in. But is it really that simple? When touring colleges, I remember the surrounding area being just as important to me as the institution itself. It became a determining factor once I had narrowed my choices down to my favorite of the five I had been accepted to. Keuka College was nice, but the campus sat at least 20 minutes from any stores or businesses. University of Michigan had always been a dream school of mine, but it would put me over six hours from my family. That left me with three choices, Canisius included. The other two universities were in small towns with a lot of open space and serenity. The problem was that these

areas were identical to the one I had spent the previous 17 years in. Buffalo was something different; the city was busy, loud and wild. I loved it. I didn’t have to drive a half hour to find a department store, nor was it necessary to even own a car. I could ride buses or rent bikes to get around just as easily. Not to mention the fact that just a 10-minute walk could take you to a completely different type of neighborhood than the one you’d started in. So I committed to Canisius and spent the remainder of my time at home researching all of the ways I could get involved in on campus and what life would be like on the dayto-day. The campus being in Buffalo was a plus for me, but I never thought I’d spend much time outside the boundaries of the college. Then I moved here, and my love for not only Canisius, but Buffalo as a whole, grew as well. Everywhere I went there were murals decorating buildings and little parks in the middle of infrastructure. The amount of small businesses amazed me, and it’s still a goal of mine to try as many as I can during my time at Canisius. Of course Buffalo is also a college student’s dream city. You can get pizza, Chinese and cookies pretty much any time, day or night. Need a last-minute gift? There’s half a dozen places you can go within a 10-minute drive. The community is nothing to ignore either. I love the people connected to the campus; the professors, classmates, employees and quad kittens are the sweetest. But the people you’ll meet on the street and in grocery stores are the same way. Never have I been in a place where people aren’t afraid to compliment others and greet total strangers. Buffalo being called “The City of Good Neighbors” isn’t a baseless title. So back to my original question: did I fall in love with Buffalo or Canisius first? I can say with confidence that it was Canisius. I don’t think anyone can really appreciate the city until they’ve lived in it. But once you’re here, it’s hard to want to be anywhere else. I encourage everyone to step outside your dorm or apartment and explore the city you’re in. There’s something for everyone.


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Letters to the Editor


NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND On Monday President Stoute wrote to the “Canisius campus community” that “I expect you know that I believe in the power of teams to accomplish things far more significant than any individual possibly could.” He didn’t expressly copy Dr. Chanderbhan and the Core Curriculum Committee on the notice, but The Underground wouldn’t be surprised to see “What is the power of teams?” on its next exam for a core-credited class. President Stoute clearly wants to be the next FDR. The Underground isn’t talking about creating a broad coalition of constituents. No, no, no. With his use of acronyms for Senior Leadership Team (“SLT”), Canisius Leadership Council (“CLC”) and Renew, Inspire, Serve and Empower (“RISE”), he’s set to surpass the 1930s’ “alphabet soup” in no time. Truly a New Deal for Canisius. The Underground is glad the USA enjoyed its subsidized Moe’s at last week’s meeting. We hope they spare no expense in their annual accessorizing and seemingly monthly merch purchasing. Is Dr. Harrington getting paid based on how many Instagram posts he shares? The Underground is getting some serious thumb exercise racing through his story every day.

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September 23, 2022


Introducing: “Readers Rite,” your opportunity to share your truths By GRACE BROWN OPINION EDITOR

It is with great excitement that I have the pleasure of introducing the newest addition to The Griffin family: Readers Rite! That’s right — write without the W — because it is your rite of passage to share your experiences here at Canisius with the rest of the campus community. Inspired by the “Reader’s Write” section of the wonderful monthly literary magazine, The Sun (to which you could receive a free one year’s subscription through the English department if you take the Literary Publishing class). In The Sun’s “Reader’s Write,” readers of the magazine are invited to write short blurbs about personal experiences on which they are “the only authority.” That means no research, no plot invention, no character creation. The Sun sets a particular topic for each edition (recent examples of which include “teeth,” “the bus” and “drug experiences”) and asks readers to submit personal stories related somehow to said topic. The topics are intentionally vague in order to “leave room for interpretation and exploration.” Each month, there are at least three full pages dedicated to these heartfelt, heartwarming and sometimes heart-wrenching stories sent in by readers from across the globe. Authors have the option to reveal their identities or stay anonymous in order to allow the most honest and accurate storytelling. As a reader of The Sun myself, I find the “Reader’s Write” section is often my favorite part of the entire magazine. The excerpts submitted by other readers are not only extremely brief, thereby permitting me to sneak them in during the seemingly momentary breaks between classes, but also extremely entertaining. Sometimes the stories feel too wild to be true, but I have no choice except to take them as fact, since that is the one rule of the column — write on something you know to be true. Seeing the incredible stories and massive amounts of submissions received by The Sun for their “Reader’s Write” section, I decided The Griffin should have something similar: a weekly space dedicated to short, simple, sometimes funny and sometimes sad stories told by our readers. This space will provide the opportunity for students who may be nervous or uncomfortable writing to try it out with low commitment. Furthermore, these publications will be a low commitment for readers as well — they only take a minute to read! Submissions should be brief, only a few paragraphs long. The purpose of these stories are not to teach readers a lesson or prove anything. Readers Rite is just for students to share an experience they may have had on a certain topic and enjoy the writing process! The topic will rotate weekly but always relate to some aspect of life here on campus. Topics will be announced two weeks in advance, right here in the opinion section. For next week (issue of Sept. 29), the topic is Parking, and the week after (issue of Oct. 6) is Dining Hall food. So get thinking, and get writing!

Below is a sample “Readers Rite” for reference. Topic: Seeing professors out of class. One day over the summer, I treated myself by going to Whole Foods. I really love Whole Foods, but it is drastically more expensive than ALDI — perhaps it is fairly priced in comparison to Wegmans, but I don’t shop there regularly either — so I only go on special occasions. I think that day the special occasion was taking my dog to Ellicott Creek Bark Park in North Tonawanda, the quality of which far surpasses any other regional dog parks (except maybe Knox Farms in East Aurora, but that is a quarter of a tank of gas away) because the park is simply an island in the middle of Ellicott Creek, completely overrun by dogs of all breeds and ages. It is a magnificent sight. So I was just leaving Whole Foods to head to Bark Park when I noticed a tall, skinny man crossing the parking lot in a familiar slow-paced stride, still managing to cover distance quickly due to the length of his legs. It was Dr. Cochrane! For a moment I considered not stopping, since living a solitary existence is often more efficient, but I told that part of my brain to shut up.

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.”)

After rather abruptly throwing the car into park with a jerk that spooked my dog in the back seat, I jumped out of the car and shouted greetings to Dr. Cochrane. I introduced him to my dog, whom he pet consistently for the entire duration of our five-minute conversation, his hand never leaving the curly fuzz of my dog’s head even as we discussed my thesis, upcoming course schedule, undergraduate literary magazine business, etc. I think they loved it — both my dog and my professor. It was kind of hot out, so I let Dr. Cochrane get out of the sun and back to his business of grocery shopping, but not before noticing his shirt; it was gray, with “KALE” printed in green letter across the front in a collegiate style (a satirical replication of the YALE logo). I was wearing the same shirt.

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“Extravagant” performance leads Women’s Soccer to first MAAC By PATRICK HEALY M A N AG I N G E D I T O R

Coming into its match against Rider University, Canisius’s women’s soccer team hadn’t won an opening MAAC match since 2016. They hadn’t defeated a MAAC opponent at all since March 2021. These streaks ended on Saturday. The Golden Griffins beat the Broncs to secure their first conference-opening win in a half decade and their first overall conference win in 18 months. Last week, against non-conference opponent Cleveland State, it took 60 minutes for the Golden Griffins to put away one of their many chances. This time, the team found success early. A 10th-minute Tiani Fonoti backpost cross found Jen Romero, whose header into the bottom corner put Canisius ahead 1–0. But, unlike last week, one goal would not be enough. With 15 minutes left in the game, Rider’s Hannah Freeman slid a shot into the same corner of the net which Romero had scored on in the first half. After the Rider goal, Canisius head coach Ryan Louis substituted the goal-scoring Romero back in. Five minutes later, with a defender at her back and facing away from the Rider goal, Romero kicked a ball over her own head — and over that of the Rider goalkeeper. Canisius did not relinquish the resulting 2–1 lead. After the game, Romero was lifted in the air by her teammates and paraded across the field to the 112 in attendance. Romero told The Griffin postgame that, coming into the match versus Rider, “I just wanted to do something extravagant. Something great to show that I should be starting. From the beginning, this whole week, that was my plan: to score more than one goal.” Smiling, the senior striker also admitted, “I’ve always wanted to score a bicycle kick in Division 1.” Freshman forward Mia Iacona, who led the team in shots, broke in to say that the bicycle kick is Romero’s signature move. “Whenever we do shooting [practice], Jenny’s always

Jen Romero is paraded off the field by her teammates at the end of the game.

trying to do that cheeky ball over the goalie,” Iacona added, “Jenny works so hard in practice [and] whenever she gets playing time on the field. I definitely look up to her and always want to work as hard as her. Even though she doesn’t get all the minutes, it’s quality over quantity.” However it happened, coach Louis was happy that the ball got in the back of the net. Louis frequently substituted forwards throughout the match, but he made sure Romero was on the field after the Rider goal. Louis “thought [Romero] would, if not score, then at least create an opportunity, and she did that.” Asked about his aggressive substitution strategy, Louis

said, “we ask a lot defensively from our forwards, so it’s difficult [for them] to play a full 90 minutes.” Moving forward, Romero has no doubt about what her role should be. Speaking of her two goals, she said the Rider game was “my first start of the season, so it just shows I should be starting.” Coach Louis, though pleased with Romero’s performance, was slightly more circumspect about its effect on the starting lineup. “Last week [against Cleveland State] Jen had a good game, and I brought her off the field, and she was a little disappointed she came off the field. She put two goals in today, so fair play to her,” Louis said with a

Men’s Soccer goes scoreless in two-game stretch


The Canisius men’s soccer team’s matches have not been filled with much firepower on their end, as they were outscored 8–0 in their past two games. Last Saturday, Canisius squared off against the Binghamton Bearcats. Both teams have struggled all season, with neither team having more than one win. Despite being outshot 21–2, the game ended in a 0–0 draw. Griffins’ goalkeeper William Howard made seven saves to preserve his shutout. Freshman midfielder Daniel Longo had the team’s lone shot on target, while sophomore forward Ely Sidibe registered the team’s other shot. Matthew Cozetti led the Bearcats with three shots on target. Howard, along with senior defender Ryan Dagelman, senior midfielder Julius Schoner and sophomore midfielder Kodie Sarkodie, played the full 90 minutes. This was the Griffins’ third draw of the season. The next game of the Griffins’ gauntlet was against the 4–1 Cornell Big Red. Cornell opened the scoring early, netting five goals in the first 30 minutes. Three goals in the second half from Cornell would lead to a final score of 8–0. Big Red outshot the Griffins 33–2, with only one of Canisius’s shots registering as on target (credited to Ely Sidibe). Despite letting in eight goals, Howard still recorded a season-high 10 saves in the match, the fourth game of his career where he made double-digit saves. Howard, Dagelman and Sarkodie played all 90 minutes of the match, while junior midfielder Andrew Van-

Canisius huddles after a goal.

nest made his season debut. The Griffins’ next match is on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex, where they will face off against Battle-of-theBridge rival Niagara. Both teams only have one win and will look to earn a victory in their first division game of the season.


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laugh. Turning serious, he said, “You can’t score two goals and not play, so she’s gonna get another opportunity. That’s what we want from our players. We want a reaction. We want them to compete. Nothing’s guaranteed here.” Canisius remains undefeated (3– 0–1) at home on the season, but will face their toughest test yet as they next host Quinnipiac, which has the best non-conference record in the MAAC and defeated Niagara University 4–0 in its first MAAC game. It has been eight years since Canisius’s last victory over Quinnipiac. Kickoff is Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Demske Complex. Contact Pat Healy

Golf competes in Cornell/Temple Fall Invitational By COLTON PANCIEWICZ SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

Canisius teed off last weekend at the Cornell/Temple Fall Invitational Tournament held at the 1912 Club in Plymouth Meeting, PA. The tournament was originally set for the end of August before weather forced a postponement. The Griffs finished the two day tournament tied in 14th place, shooting a 309 as a team. Canisius’ efforts were highlighted by Ryan Edholm’s impressive 36 hole performance. “You start thinking too much, but you have to keep it simple, hit the ball, chase the ball and repeat,” said Edholm. The sophomore penciled in a 68 (-2) on Friday which is the lowest score of his collegiate career and followed with a 71 (+1) on Saturday. The 138 (-1) total is not only the best Edholm’s ever shot in a 36 hole tournament, but in fact the best any active Griff has shot in 36 holes as well. This impressive outing was good enough to give him third, his best placing in college. “I played okay the week before at Colgate, but this week the putts that should’ve fell this weekend, did fall.” Edholm looks to create a spark for the young Griffs team who will be back on the road this weekend where they’ll travel to Olean to play in the Little Three Championship at Bartlett Country Club. They will face rival MAAC schools Niagara and St. Bonaventure in the 69th edition of the Little Three Championship as they search for success with only three tournaments left on the schedule for the fall season.. Contact Colton Pankiewicz


September 23, 2022


Volleyball goes 1–1 in their first two conference games of the season By STEPHEN LAPAGE SPORTS REPORTOR G---

After a tough showing in the 2022 Western New York invitational last week, the Canisius Golden Griffins hosted their first two conference games of the season against Fairfield and Quinnipiac. The Griffs went 1–1 and captured their first official home game win, as well as Tom Hanna’s first win at the KAC as Canisius’ head coach. Fairfield started strong in conference play as they took the first set 25–14. Canisius tried to battle back against Fairfield in the second set, putting up 21 points, but Fairfield was unable to be stopped as they edged out the Griffins in the second set and continued their momentum to win the third set 25–18 and take the victory. Freshman Ella Bourque led the Griffins in assists with 29, and sophomore Taylor Baldwin led the team with 15 kills. Senior Bree Long added to her historic career, tallying 17 digs in the loss. After falling to Fairfield, the Griffins looked to bounce back as they hosted Quinnipiac. Canisius started strong, winning the first set by a score of 25–15. Quinnipiac fought back and took the next two sets (both by a score of 25–20), but the Griffins were not out of it yet. Canisius powered back from behind in the fourth set to win by a score of 25–23 and tie the sets

at 2–2. The Griffins continued that momentum in the fifth and final set, taking down Quinnipiac by a score of 15-7 and giving Tom Hanna his first official home win as head coach. Canisius had outstanding performances by freshman Ella Bourque with 55 assists and senior Bree Long, whose 17 digs moved her past Erin Oveis and placed her as third in Canisius’ volleyball history for digs. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Baldwin dominated the court with a record-breaking 29 kills and 5 blocks in the Griffin victory. Baldwin’s 29 kills not only topped her previous personal best of 18 kills, but she also broke Canisius’ school record of 28 kills which was set by Michele Green in 1994. Baldwin also received the honor as the MAAC player of the week for her performance against Quinnipiac — her first playerof-the week award of the season. Canisius looks to carry this momentum as they play back-to-back games against their Battle-of-theBridge rival Niagara. Canisius will play at Niagara on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and host the Purple Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon. in the Little Three Championship at Bartlett Country Club. They will face rival MAAC schools Niagara and St. Bonaventure in the 69th edition The Griffs won their first official home match.


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Cross Country shows up big at National Catholic Invitational


The Canisius cross country teams posted a pair of top-six finishes at the 43rd National Catholic Invitational Friday on the Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Ind., at Notre Dame. In the annual race that features many of the nation’s top catholic cross country programs, the men’s team placed fifth with a team score of 164 while the women’s squad took sixth with a team total of 183. The hosting Fighting Irish captured both team titles, claiming the title in the men’s five-mile race with just 15 points and taking home the women’s 5K with a team total of only 20 points. For the Golden Griffin men, senior Tom Appenheimer led the way, claiming 14th place with a time of 25:31.0. Junior Andrew Perreault took 37th (26:30.7) while junior Thomson Chew placed 51st (26:56.3). Chew now holds the school record for the 60 meter dash. Freshman Brody Jones has been on a tear lately, running 15:46 at Little 3. Notre Dame’s Carter Solomon won the men’s race with a time of 24:35.0. Senior Marissa Silba led the Canisius women, turning in a time of 19:06.6 to place 27th while fellow senior Olivia Moran claimed 33rd with a time of 19:18.3. Junior Jules Jones placed 40th, crossing the finish line at 19:29.7. Loras’ Kassie Parker placed first in the women’s event, crossing the finish line in 17:02.1. Canisius returns to action Sept. 30 when it takes part in the Paul Short Run at the Murray Goodman Cross Country Course in Bethlehem, Pa.

Marissa Silba sprinting to the finish line


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