The Griffin Dec. 09, 2022

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Meet USA’s New VP of Marketing and Public Relations

The student body of Canisius went to the polls last week to elect a new vice president of marketing and public relations and a new vice pres ident of business and finance for the Undergraduate Student Association (USA).

Elnara Karadzhayeva was elected as the new vice president of market ing and public relations (VPMPR) and Geetanjali Singh was elected as the new vice president of business and fi nance (VPBF).

Elnara Karadzhayeva answered questions for The Griffin following her election. She is a senior who majors in political science and international re lations and minors in European stud ies and Spanish.

The role of VPMPR is to set the meeting agenda and minutes of USA, control USA’s social media accounts and establish relations with other clubs on campus.

Karadzhayeva has never been an officer for the USA before, but has been involved in many ventures around campus, including being president of LASAF and vice presi dent of Model UN. After hearing sto ries from friends involved in the USA, Karadzhayeva wanted to get involved during her senior year. “I truly en joy having an impact on the Canisius community,” she said, “and the role of VPMPR allows me to further do that.”

One of her main goals as VPMPR is to get USA more involved around campus, and in turn to make students more familiar with USA. She said “I understand that one of the main goals of Jason Francey this year was to increase student engagement and I believe USA has the ability to do so.” Part of doing so is to get the mem bers of USA more involved around campus directly, through clubs and campus organizations. “I want sena tors, liaisons and committee chairs to be present on campus outside of the Tuesday night meetings,” Karadzha yeva said, “and create a stronger rela tionship with our student body.”

“I am excited to work with all the members of USA,” she added, “Being at Canisius I have been surrounded by endless support and have created a family, so with the role of VPMPR, USA will be a great addition to my family.”

“Thank you to everyone who took the time out to support my candida cy,” Karadzhayeva concluded. “I hope that everyone decides to get involved on campus and continue to enrich our community.”

Students swarm Grupp for a sweater

Canisius held their annual cele bration of Griffmas last Friday in the Quad, beginning with the lighting of the Christmas tree and a speech by President Stoute.

At 5:30 p.m., a line of students be gan from the Palisano stairs to Christ the King Chapel outside in the Quad. They all quickly moved to the Student Center once news came out that the Griffmas crewnecks were being hand ed out at Grupp. Soon after that, the Student Center was flooded with stu dents all trying to get their hands on that one special sweater.

In their pursuit for the apparel, they were told that if they wanted to receive one, then they had to go watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. Af ter they were told this, the Quad was filled with students again as it began to rain. The moment that the tree was lit up, students ran to Grupp all trying to beat each other there so that they could be first in line.

There were over one hundred stu dents lined up outside Grupp, crowd ing the doors, making it a struggle for those tending to the event when try ing to get into the room as they were transporting the materials for the giveaways.

Once the event began in Grupp, two people swiped students for Petey Points and attendance, and sent them in so they could enjoy the sev eral different activities offered. The station that held the most students

was the sweater station. Many of the students who walked into Grupp got their sweaters and left after having received what they waited so long for, ignoring the rest of what was offered to them.

Those who did participate in the other offerings were welcome to take pictures with festive Petey the Grif fin, take another photo where their picture would be printed out and put into a snow globe as a memento of Griffmas, make their own Christmas tree ornaments, get containers with food and make spinning splash art

that was Canisius-themed. After en joying all of these, students could go downstairs to the first floor of the Stu dent Center to enjoy some hot choc olate.

Special guest appearances were made by both Vice President Harold Fields and President Stoute, and their families to enjoy the festivities with students. They walked around Grupp, talking to students and taking part in the activities offered.

Counseling Center looking to create Active Minds Chapter

Sabrina Sosa, counseling center outreach coordinator and Brandon Kottwitz, student engagement co ordinator, have begun launching an Active Minds Outreach Chapter on campus. The chapter’s focus is on stu dent-led conversations towards top ics about mental health, and raising awareness.

While there is no set date for the chapter to begin on campus, the pair are planning to hold an interest meet ing early in the spring semester for students who are looking to be a part

of the organization. The meeting will consist of information regarding what the club will look like and the creation of an executive board with the inten tion of building a constitution, and becoming a registered campus club, allowing for funding and the ability to host events.

“Our hope is for student club members to take the lead on fur thering conversations about mental health on campus through tabling and planning events such as trivia or movie nights,” said Sosa.

The chapter was founded by Alice Malmon, following the death of her brother while she was a student at the

University of Pennsylvania. According to the Active Minds’ website, Malmon saw how her brother had suffered si lently, and wanted to create the orga nization to end stigmas surrounding mental health that made people feel alone in their struggles.

Following this, a national office was established in Washington D.C. and in 2003, Active Minds was incor porated as a 501 ©3 organization, making Active Minds an official non profit group. Their website states that the program is now a part of more than 1,000 campuses and communi ties.

The goal of the group is to serve their campus communities, and prac tice advocacy. Something that the Active Minds chapter at Canisius Col lege hopes to continue. “These pow erhouse student groups are working hard to serve the needs of their com munities and create cultures that are more supportive of mental health through policy change, promotion of services, awareness and communi ty-building events, social connection events and more,” wrote the Active Minds Organization website, some thing that the Active Minds chapter at Canisius College hopes to continue.

Sosa mentions how the chapter’s attention to student-to-student en gagement can be powerful, and may also link to some of Canisius’s own core values. Specifically, cura per sonalis or care for the whole person. While the chapter does focus on men tal health, the creation of these con versations leads to the possibility of branching off into a culture of becom ing more understanding of others.

“My hope is that this chapter will continue us on the track of being open to talking about mental health on campus while providing students with a safe space to discuss mental health and also de-stress,” said Brian Kottwitz.

Since 1933 Volume 93, Number 12 December 9, 2022 Design 2018 Emyle Watkins and Marshall Haim Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y. griffinnewspaper.com THIS WEEK IN NEWS FEATURES OPINION SPORTS UNITY HOSTED A TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBERANCE ON SUNDAY PAGE 2 MARRISSA BURR GIVES A REVIEW OF LITTLE SALMON, AN ECO-FRIENDLY SHOP PAGE 4 AVA GREEN RANKS THE MOST PIVOTAL MOMENTS OF HER PAST FEW MONTHS PAGE 3 CAR TROUBLES SPELL TRAUMATIC STORIES IN THIS WEEKS READER’S RITE PAGE 6 MEN’S BASKETBALL PUTS UP A FIGHT, BUT LOST TO SIENA PAGE 8 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SECURED THEIR LARGEST VICTORY SINCE 2015 PAGE 8 VPSA FIELDS REVEALED CHARTWELLS’S COMPETITION FOR DINING SERVICES PAGE 2
Contact Julian Reynoso reynosoj@canisius.edu
Interested? Contact Sabrina Sosa at sosas@canisius edu ACTIVE MINDS AT CANISIUS raise awareness about mental health promote
An Active Minds chapter is a student led mental health group that works to:
positive mental health and wellness educate students about the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders encourage students who are struggling to reach out and seek help Help us start an Active Minds Chapter!
Canisius students pose with Petey at Griffmas. SABRINA SOSA Contact Sydney Umstead umsteads@canisius.edu SAMANTHA KOCH
CONTRIBUTOR REBECCA NAGEL EXPLAINS WHY CHRISTMAS CARDS ARE NOT ONLY CLICHE, BUT CONDESCENDING PAGE 6
Active Minds Outreach works to support students with their mental health and bring awareness

CANISIUS UNITY HOLDS VIGIL FOR TRANSGENDER DAY OF

This past Sunday, Dec. 4, Unity–Canisius’s LGBTQ+ and allyship club–and Campus Ministry held a memorial vigil for Transgender Day of Remem brance at Christ the King Chapel.

The event included an introduc tion to what Transgender Day of Re membrance is, a reading of the names of transgender people who have died, a moment of silence, a prayer from Campus Ministry for those lost and closing remarks.

Unity President Lio Salazar said that the event had a large turnout with many students and faculty in at tendance. “It went great,” they said. “Of the number of seats in the chapel, all but two were filled.”

Salazar discussed the traditions that come with Transgender Day of Remembrance, saying that they gath ered a list of names from websites and organizations of transgender and nonbinary people who lost their lives

in the past year. “Typically for a Trans gender Day of Remembrance vigil there’s an introduction about what it is and then there is a list of names

read out,” they said.

At the event, the e-board of Unity went around and read bios of the peo ple included in the vigil, saying a little bit about each of them, how they died and how they’re remembered. They also held moments of silence for each victim. Campus Ministry said a prayer for the victims as well and Salazar said that many attendees were appre ciative of Unity for holding the event. Transgender Day of Remem brance is usually held on Nov. 20 each year (Canisius’s vigil was a resched uled date), and is meant to “honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of an ti-transgedner violence,” according to GLAAD, an organization founded by LGBTQ+ people in the United States. This annual observance was started in 1999 by transgender activ ist Gwendolyn Ann Smith, who held a vigil to honor Rita Hester, a transgen der woman who died in 1998. Now, it is tradition for places all around the

country to hold vigils to honor victims of transphobic violence every year. Salazar said that they were happy to be able to hold a vigil at Canisius.

Unity also has many events com ing up for the spring semester includ ing holding an “Always Our Children Retreat” in partnership with Campus Ministry sometime early March, a monologue event with Little Theater talking about identity and community and a possible drag show that is in the works with Student Engagement and the Undergraduate Student Associa tion. And of course, Unity will be hold ing an event for Pride in late spring.

Make sure to follow Canisius Uni ty on Instagram (@/canisiusunity) to find out more about ways to get in volved as well as upcoming events.

THIS WEEK AT SENATE: FIELDS REVEALS CHARTWELLS’S COMPEITION

Followed by a short—and, as Sus tainability Chair Genevieve Fontana noted, sustainable—Secret Santa ex change, members of the Undergradu ate Student Association opening their final weekly meeting of the semester by hearing from Dr. Harold Fields, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, about the bids Canisius received from companies wishing to be Canisius’s official dining services partner.

Fields, who is working with Vice President for Business and Finance Tim Balkin to negotiate the contract, said Chartwells, which has been Cani sius’s dining partner for 25 years, ex pected Canisius to essentially just re new their contract, but Fields said the Compass-owned company has been put on notice that “things are differ ent now.”

Discussing the lack of competi tion for Chartwells over the past few decades, Fields said “the important context is that there’s not been much consistency in [his] office. The person who negotiated the previous contract left a few years back,” and Fields and Balkin are still fairly new hires to the college.

Much of the presentation was devoted to the proposal of the other company to submit a bid. Parkhurst, a smaller company that operates, for example, at John Carroll Univer sity, proposed among other things a new dessert station at the dining hall, more diverse menus and a ro bot-staffed shop akin to Amazon’s au tonomous grocery stores. Fields said in response to a senator’s question

about the last item that it would not displace any of the dozen students currently employed by dining ser vices.

Fields also responded in the neg ative to student concerns that the smaller Parkhurst company might charge more per meal. The dean of students declined to discuss the overall finances of the deal, citing the complexities of dining services con tracts. While he said Canisius would likely sign a five to ten year contract, the school would have opt-out claus es in case the winning company did not live up to expectations. Fields stressed that either company would be held accountable. “They won’t get a free pass.”

Fields said both Chartwells and Parkhurst expressed commitments to sustainability and sourcing local meat—”they are pretty even in that regard”—as well as investment in dining infrastructure and extension of dining hours. If Parkhurst replaced Chartwells, only Chartwells manag ers would be displaced. Fields said it is a common practice in the industry for non-managers to take compara ble positions with a new company.

An audience member asked if stu dents would have the opportunity to taste test both companies. Fields said they would not. Senators expressed that interest groups such as commut ers should have input into the choice of dining services partners, but Fields said that there is no formal student committee to evaluate the options. The USA, as representative of the student body, is the first—and only— group to see the proposal.

After the presentation, Sopho more Ian Gotthelf was officially ap

DEMOCRATS WIN THE SENATE AFTER GEORGIA RUNOFF ELECTION

After the November election, one state was left with an election that was too close to call— the Georgia Senate race between Senator Rapha el Warnock and Republican candidate and former football player, Herschel Walker.

On Tuesday night, media out lets announced Warnock’s victory, which secured a 51-49 Democratic majority in the senate. According to the New York Times, “The implica tions for Senate Democrats and the Biden administration extend well be yond the single Senate slot. With an additional vote, Democrats can take much more operational control of the Senate, easing the confirmation of contentious nominees, clearing the way for investigations and availing themselves of breathing room on a variety of matters.”

This win was pivotal to Dem ocrats who want to continue moving their agenda through Congress. Even

though they lost the house majori ty to Republicans, losing ten seats, this win in the Senate will allow them to move more legislation through and block a Republican-dominated House. The Democratic-feared red wave did not happen in the way most experts predicted.

The New York Times also men tioned that “an enlarged majority dilutes the influence of individu al senators such as Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, who has used his swing-vote status to exert effective veto power over legislation, helping to derail some of the main elements of Mr. Biden’s agenda and significantly shaping those that have been achieved.” With Warnock’s win on Tuesday night, Democrats can feel more secure in their position going into 2023.

pointed as the USA’s Public Safety Liaison. In his new role, Gotthelf will bring student concerns to the atten tion of Public Safety Director Kimber ly Beaty.

Two students were sworn in af ter a special election to fill vacancies on the USA executive board. Elnara Karadzhayeva, who defeated current USA Vice Speaker Mitch Popovski, will be vice president for marketing and public relations. Gee Singh, un contested in her race, will be vice president for business and finance. USA President Jahare Hudson discussed plans currently under con sideration by the executive board to have all big events on campus, as was the case for Canisius President Steve Stoute’s inauguration, begin with an acknowledgement that Canisius sits on land originally lived on by Native Americans.

Hudson also floated plans to create gender-inclusive housing in dorms. After Hudson said that LGBTQ+ people would not all be put on a single floor, Senator Gabby Kad erli suggested that each floor’s bath room suite be used to house LGBTQ+ people.

In his meeting with Tom Cimi nelli about the persistent problem of fruit flies in clubrooms, Hudson said the cause of the infestation was dis covered to be the drains in the bath rooms below the dining hall. Hudson spared the Senate details of his brief ing about the reproductive cycle of fruit flies, but he did report that the school will try a more aggressive ap proach to remove the flies by the be ginning of the spring 2023 semester. Hudson said that if the flies were not gone, he would issue an ultimatum

demanding that they need to be. Hudson concluded his lengthy executive report with news of poten tial expansion of the USA to include graduate students. He said that grad uate students have expressed an interest in accessing the resources available to undergraduates, but that they would need to pay the under graduates’ student activities fee. This “fundamental change,” as Hudson called it, “will not be a next-semester thing.” Hudson, who USA sources say is planning to run for re-election, says it would likely take place fall 2024 at the earliest.

Hudson noted that the change would force the current name—”Un dergraduate” Student Associa tion—to be modified. For potential new names, Senator Meg Campbell suggested the endearingly ominous “The Senate,” while Student Interests Chair Carlo Mastrodonato offered the attractively alliterative “Golden Grif fin Government.”

Attendant to the expansion would be a potential shrinkage of the cur rent undergraduate Senate cohorts from five per class year to, well, few er than that. He cited last semester’s open positions as evidence that there are often not enough students to fill the existing positions.

Surprisingly, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Devel opment and advisor to USA Jason Francey did not have anything to re port, though as is unofficial custom he delayed the end of the meeting with a last-minute remark, this time wishes of luck on exams and holiday cheer.

BRITTNEY GRINER BACK IN U.S. CUSTODY FOLLOWING PRISONER SWAP

WNBA player and Russian prison er Brittney Griner is on her way back to the United States following her im prisonment since February.

Griner’s freedom was granted by Russia in exchange for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, otherwise known as the “Merchant of Death.”

Accompanied by Griner’s wife, President Biden said Thursday morn ing that “She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home,” according to CNN.

Notably missing from the prisoner swap was former marine Paul Whel an, who was mentioned in the initial offers in a potential exchange but was not included in the final trade.

President Biden directly ad dressed Whelan after announcing Griner’s freedom. According to ABC News, he said: “We’ve not forgotten about Paul Whelan, who has been unjustly detained in Russia for years. This was not a choice of which Amer

ican to bring home,” said Biden on Thursday from the White House.

The President added that, “Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s, and while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up. We will never give up.”

The gold medal-winning basket ball player will return home after be ing imprisoned in Russia for close to one year, a homecoming considered long overdue by many. This senti ment was echoed by the President on Thursday morning.

“After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intol erable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.”

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Ten Moments that Made my Semester

This semester chewed me up, spit me out and changed me in ways I would have never believed. Through all of the terror of growing and doing new things, Canisius never failed to send me little life lines to tell me I’d be okay right where I am. And so, here they are, the moments that made this se mester so important to me.

10. My first paper as Features Editor: Changing my major to journalism was absolutely pivotal in my growth as a student here, and with that came joining The Griffin. On move-in day the first thing I did was grab our orientation edition to look at my snazzy new title. Seeing myself succeed in some thing that I cared about and had fun doing opened a world of possibilities for me.

9. The first snowfall: I am not a native Buffa loinian, but as a central new yorker, I’m no strang er to snow. But somehow the first snowfall always manages to make me all giddy. When the snow first fell on campus, we had to act fast knowing this light dusting would soon be an entire bliz zard. My friends and I raced outside to play in the snow before it was up to our armpits. It was so fun seeing so many people outside doing the same. It stopped being fun when the snow got in my phone and it had to spend the night in a cup of rice.

8. Bad portrait night: This event was highly anticipated for all of the fabulous Art Club regu lars and our e-board was so excited and prepared for a great turnout. Sadly, the poor weather that day heavily stunted our attendance. But, where the present participants lacked in quantity, they more than made up for in quality. They embraced the prompt with vigor and creativity. Now, can we please get a petition out to do a redo of this event?

7. Dinner with Stoute/Pocatello: My journey of collecting all of the infinity stones of involvement at Canisius gets overwhelming and hard to man age at times. But, when you have the opportunities to do so many things you love, how could you not just do them all? I had a particularly exciting day where I went from a Griffin staff dinner with Presi dent Stoute and ran immediately to opening night of Little Theater’s Pocatello, the first play that I was the head of costuming for! It was an incredibly fulfilling day. Plus, I got to wear THREE super cute outfits that day!

6. Becoming a tour guide: It’s a great day to be a Griff! As often as I repeated this mantra through out the semester, I wasn’t able to earnestly say it until becoming a tour guide about a month ago.

Being a tour guide is basically just being our school’s wing-man. Get it? ‘Cause, like, griffins have wings. I digress. Giving a speech about how great your school is multiple times a week has been a constant, less-than-subtle reassurance that your taste in academic institutions is superior.

5. Petey getting a caricature: Fall Fest weekend was all around a great time for Canisius this year. For some reason though, I was very tickled by the photo in the Family Weekend post on @canisius_ college on Instagram. I knew who was in the Petey costume for that event which made it 10x funnier. I am always impressed by how much school spirit our tiny community has. Not only are my friends willing to get in a sweaty, heavy costume for hours, but they fight for it too!

4. Monday: To contradict the words of a wise,

lasagna-loving cat, I love Mondays. This semester I have made some of my best memories on Monday nights. We watched Bachelors in Paradise like it was the Super Bowl, went to last minute formals, had double birthday/Halloween parties and drove through two states and back for a concert. Mon day is an inherently annoying day, but who says it can’t be fun every once in a while?

3. Halloweekend: During the weekend of Hal loween at college, the world stands still and noth ing matters but your costume and where we were all going that night. Professors and students alike have a silent, mutual agreement that no school work will be getting done that weekend. Plus, it will always be funny to see that random person you never talk to (who is 21 in this hypothetical) take shots out of a mini-pumpkin then go to class with them the next day.

2. Tree lighting: This was such a beautiful and special moment for our school. To come together after such an amazing semester with new systems, new leadership, loss and triumph. It was a lovely way to mark the holiday season. What was even lovelier was the entire student body sprinting to wards Grupp like our lives depended on it the very second it was over. The thrill of being trampled only strengthened the comradery in that moment of mass competition for the Griffmas sweater.

1. Tim Hortons gave me a free donut: It’s okay to have those days where nothing seems to go how you planned and hope is lost. I had a day like this not too long ago. I remember leaving the library to get some tea, feeling like I had even more work to do than when I started. The cashier at Tim’s told me they had two donuts ( left that they wanted to get rid of before the night ended. Maybe it was the sugar that fueled my productivity that night, but my intrinsic motivation was to make sure that the kindness of this Tim Horton’s employee would not be in vain.

As this semester comes to a close, it’s natu ral to get tunnel vision and equate the holistic college experience with the intensity and chaos of finals week. It is important to not sink into the madness and find clarity by appreciating all the small things. These moments on their own didn’t change my life or alter my brain’s make-up. They kept me grounded when it all became too much and have already made me excited to embark on the Spring semester.

Architecture Around Buffalo: Buffalo Lighthouse

The Buffalo Lighthouse has served as the principal lighthouse for the Buffalo harbor for the past 81 years and has been an icon of the city itself for the last 189 years. Even appearing on the Seal of the city. It has wel comed trade and prosperity to Buffalo since its construction in 1833.

The lighthouse we now know as the Buf falo Lighthouse is actually the second light house for the Buffalo harbor. The original

lighthouse was built in 1818 further inland on what was the shoreline. It was a 30-foot stone tower. Soon after the opening of the Erie Canal, the government started fielding complaints that the lighthouse was useless. It was often obscured “by the smoke of the village.” Given these complaints, a new light house was in order. The government agreed to erect a new tower at the end of a long stone pier. In 1826, the Treasury Depart ment appropriated $2,500 (Roughly $75,000 dollars today) to erect and build a pier and lighthouse. The contract stipulated that the work was to be completed by late 1829. Un fortunately, it was only in 1833 when the new lighthouse was finished. A year after the in corporation of the city of Buffalo. The new octagonal Buffalo Lighthouse was built of cut ashlar limestone and bluestone resting on a hand-laid stone foundation. The diam eter of the tower measures 18 feet six inch es at the base and tapered up to 11 feet three inches at the parapet. At the top, a ten-sided iron, brass and copper lantern resided bring ing the tower’s height to 44 feet. Inside the lantern was a patented Argand lamp and reflector system with a unique green lens meant to intensify the light. The harbor su perintendent and the collector of the port tested the lens from out on the lake and de termined that the reflectors alone produced a better light, and the lens was removed.

In the 1850s most lighthouses in the United States were upgraded to the more efficient Fresnel lens, and that year, the Buf falo Lighthouse was recommended as one of the principal lake lights that should get a Fresnel lens. In 1856, the Buffalo Light house received its third-order Fresnel lens (third-order indicating size and focal length, the focal length on a third order lens is 500 mm), however, the tower would have to be reworked prior to its installation. As the old

lantern was too small to house a third-order lens, it was removed. An additional story of stone casement windows was added, topped off with a new two-story lantern which fea tured a service room. This work brought the tower’s height to 68 feet. Currently, the Fres nel lens that was in the Buffalo Lighthouse is now at the Buffalo History Museum where it is on display. Dan Spinella of Artworks Flor ida was contracted to fabricate an acrylic third-order Fresnel lens for Buffalo Main Lighthouse, and on Sept. 28, 2015, this fixed lens was installed in the lantern room. The new lens is similar to the one that was used in the lighthouse from 1856 to 1905. In early 2016, the Buffalo Lighthouse was relit with its new acrylic lens, but it is not an official navigation aid.

As an icon of Buffalo, it still graces the waterfront today. It is open to tourists during the summer months. The Buffalo Lighthouse Association works closely with the Coast Guard Base next door to improve walkways from Fuhrmann Boulevard to the lighthouse. It is a popular attraction in the summer to visit, with placards about the history of the Buffalo Harbor around the area where the lighthouse stands. Standing on the same stones as it did back in 1833, it remains an unforgettable icon of our water front and a beacon to those who call Buffalo home.

It has been a pleasure writing these arti cles for The Griffin and Canisius College over the last few months. It’s something I never thought I’d do, but I plan to do this for as long as I can. As there’s always more out there, there’s always something. Happy Holidays, and thank you.

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LUCAS R. WATSON The Buffalo Lighthouse is located 1 Fuhrmann Buffalo, NY Green and her friend, Maddie Kotch, moments before dropping their phones in the snow. RIDWAN MIAH

Animal of the Week: The Reindeer

As the semester comes to a close and the holiday season rapidly approaches, it seemed fitting to wrap up the semester with an animal that many people know and love— the reindeer! The naming for this species is a little odd, since reindeer are also known as caribou, but depending on where you are in the world, what they’re called varies. For populations in Europe, they are known as reindeer and in North America they are known as caribou. But domestic reindeer in North America are called rein deer as well. There are two types of reindeer, forest and tundra. The former is much less numerous in populations, and the latter mi grate between forest and tundra habitats depending on the season.

Unlike other deer we typically see (white tailed are the most prevalent across the

United States), male and female reindeer both grow antlers. Males use theirs to com pete with other males for mates, so their antlers will usually be larger. Antlers grow in a cycle, and they drop off and grow new every year. Male antler growth begins in February, and females in May. November is when ant lers begin to drop for males and the follow ing spring for females, which would mean the famous Rudolph was actually a female!

As a majority of reindeer make their home in the tundra, they are specially adapt ed to the cold weather. They have fur com pletely covering their nose, which actually warms cold air before it’s inhaled. Young reindeer calves are particularly vulnerable to predator attacks, as they are the one of the weakest and easiest to take down. The average reindeer eats between nine and 18 pounds per day, with their diet consisting of mosses, herbs, ferns, grasses and various

trees and shrubs.

Reindeer population is on the decline, especially as the tundra continues to be used as an oil drilling spot. Other factors contributing to their decline include poach ing, logging and white-tailed deer. With the changing arctic and rising temperatures, white-tailed deer are starting to move fur ther north, bringing with them a parasite fatal to moose and reindeer. Warmer sum mers only increase these worm and other insect populations, inhibiting the reindeers’ ability to forage for food. Hopefully things will change soon for these guys, with a good chance as their populations are around five million right now.

Little Salmon, a Hidden Piece of the Earth in the Heart of Buffalo

After immigrating from China, Tracey Wei met her husband Michael in New York City and started a family before moving back to his hometown of Buffalo. In July 2021, Tracey opened Little Salmon, a shop that specializes in refillable, biodegradable and reusable prod ucts. This store is one of the first of its kind in the Buffalo area, which added another risk factor to the already difficult task of starting a business. But, according to Wei they “took a leap of faith, poured our hearts out, worked our butts off and hoped for the best!”

Now over a year later, the business is oper ating out of a space located at 230 Lexington Avenue and carries numerous earth-friendly op tions for products people use every day. Some of their best-selling products include soap and shampoo bars, natural deodorant and cleaning supplies. By shopping at small businesses like Little Salmon, Wei says that “your shopping ex perience is more catered and unique, because the business owners care on a personal level.” She also says that mainstream industry can be “very pollutive and exploitative” and so when be coming a business owner herself, she tries her best not to be that.

Last month, I had the chance to visit the

storefront with my best friend, as well as my sig nificant other. After spending over a half hour just roaming around the adorable space, I came out with a reusable grocery bag made of organ ic cotton and a pack of natural loofah spong es, not to mention a Christmas wish list a mile long. I could completely revamp the kitchen of my apartment with all the different products they had available, as well as completely change over my hygiene routine with the razors, tooth paste tablets, reusable makeup remover pads and so much more. Since starting to live on my own, I’ve been looking for ways to cut down on my carbon footprint now that I am in control of the products I use in my home, but they’re not easy to come by. Places like Amazon and Target have a larger selection than other corporations, but it feels counterintuitive to be supporting a big business that looks to make a profit, rather than provide products that are sustainable. So when I can, I shop at small, local businesses like Little Salmon that get their merchandise from in-country businesses that share their same val ues. By shopping locally “you are keeping your community vibrant,” Wei said.

Even for college students who don’t have their own place yet, Little Salmon has many products that can be incorporated into their lives. “College students can benefit from prod

ucts that can help them declutter their small dorm rooms, such as laundry detergent sheets, toilet paper with cute wrapping paper on them, Swedish dishcloth (reusable paper towel), so they don’t have to waste room storing them.”

For those not living in the dorms, Little Salmon also has candles with jars that can be returned to the business once they’re empty so that way they can be reused.

Wei encourages trying to live a sustainable lifestyle, and vehemently believes that it is pos sible to do while still in college. When in school, she says, “students open up their minds like a sponge to absorb information, to learn. I love that stage of the mind. In fact, I think everyone should keep an open mind no matter what stage their life is at.” It can be as simple as filling up a reusable water bottle, composting in the kitch en and using refillable hand soaps. This holi day season, instead of giving gifts where once the recipient has used it the rest will end up in a landfill, consider biodegradable or reusable products. By finding these products at small businesses, you can support your community along with the planet. When it comes to taking care of the environment, Wei says “the little changes we make can add up to be a big impact.”

A love letter to burning the candle at both ends

Sometimes life will just shake you around, hit you a couple times, then put you down and claim you’re going to be just fine! While that may be an overdramatization, it is how I felt for a good chunk of the semester and, through the good and the bad, I can say that I feel like a com pletely different person than I was in August when I moved back to school.

All the way back in August, I got a head start and I moved in early to be an orientation leader. I was so ready to hop back into my life here at school! I had a new major, a new apart ment and I was feeling refreshed and inspired from the long summer at home. If you haven’t had the experience of being an orientation lead er, the best way to describe it would probably be six straight days of long training followed by the most draining yet rewarding four days of your life and then the following day starting a brand new semester. That may seem like an over exag geration, but I promise you it isn’t.

Then onto the academic semester! I completely changed the direction of my college path and decided that after a summer of work ing at a summer camp I needed to become a teacher. So I did! After spending my entire first year as another major, I had some major catch up to do in order to still graduate on time. I had to commit myself to taking eighteen credits ev ery semester until I graduate, something I hadn’t done before. With that came setbacks and a major learning curve where I had to learn some serious organizational and time management skills just to keep my head on straight. Some of the time it worked, and other times– most of the time honestly– I came up short. Along with my course load, I committed myself to too many things and frankly, just had overly high expecta tions of myself.

In all of this craziness of the semester, I forgot that I was a person outside of being a stu

dent. I still had to be a good friend, a roommate, a daughter, a sister and a hundred different titles that I could label myself. Many of those titles I, at times, let slack in the search of a perfect some thing, maybe a grade or GPA or something I couldn’t explain because I don’t even know what it was myself (cue “You’re on Your Own Kid’’ by Taylor Swift). A lot of the time, I was the only per son I let down. Regardless, I was overwhelmed by the idea of pouring my entire being into being at Canisius that I struggled in other aspects of my life.

While pouring all of my time and ener gy into my life here, this is the part where I add the 180 degree turn and say that this has been the best four months of my life. While I did fail myself at times, in those moments I learned that I need grace for myself and others too. I had an unlimited amount of new experiences that have completely changed how I view the world. Sometimes they were small things like seeing the inside of Loyola Hall for the first time and going to my first college party. Others were

really big to me like living without adult super vision for the first time in my life and teaching my first lesson in a real classroom! All of those small moments and big experiences that hap pened for the first time warped my brain some how. And in this long-winded monologue of my semester, I hope you realize that you can’t have those moments where you are so happy you could cry without the moments that make you contemplate dropping out of college— and I am only half joking!

As we move through finals and begin to go back home I want you to know that while we are away at school, it may be easy to think that everything that happens here is the end of the world. Just know that it isn’t, you are going to be okay, we’re all a work in progress (me as a prime example) and I guess what I learned this semes ter is that life isn’t that serious and you are so much stronger than you can even imagine.

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After 50 years, Canisius student legislature seeks change in nature, nomenclature

A few years from now, the USA could be no more. To doomsdayers’ chagrin, we’re not talking about the end of the United States federal government but instead a renaming—and restructuring—of Canisius’s student government.

Though it originally stood for “Undergraduate Student Assembly” rather than the contemporary “Undergraduate Student Association,” USA has for fifty years been the name of Canisius’s elected student body. Coincidentally, next year will be the 50th anniversary of USA.

Our editorial ancestors at The Griffin reported that the Undergraduate Student Assembly was first formed with the Septem ber 1973 merger of the Evening Students’ Association, Student Government Association and Student Union Board. The merger created the Senate, a financial committee and a campus programming board—all institutions that remain to this day. The reforms proposed this week would be the biggest changes since then.

The upshot for undergrads

USA President Jahare Hudson announced at this week’s Senate meeting that he is exploring the possibility of constitu tional reform to seat Canisius graduate students in the student government body. The expansion would require affirmative votes by the Senate in two consecutive meetings and, because it is too late to include the attendant activities fee for incoming graduate students, would take place in fall 2024 at the earliest.

If graduates are added to USA, it is possible that a single student serves six years, possibly four or five of those in executive positions. Hudson says it would be up to voters to decide if they wanted to elect a student that much. Fair enough. But that’s USA. Clubs are even more complicated. Hudson said that under this proposal, graduate students would be eligible to join clubs. This would be a radical change—a first in Canisius history, in fact.

The staff of The Griffin, for example, is appointed by the outgoing editor-in-chief and managing editor. What if senior editors stuck around at Canisius for graduate school and select ed themselves over and over? We suppose this could be written into our club constitution, but then we’d be excluding students who are paying student tax dollars from leadership positions. We imagine other clubs would be in similar spots.

Our overall point is that this change would be more than a change in representation on Senate. Senators debated the new name of the student government—for what it’s worth, we are partial to Senator Campbell’s “The Senate”—but the rami fications are a lot larger than nomenclature. If access to clubs is expanded, this change would mean a near-total merger of under graduate and graduate student life.

Canisius’s enrollment fluctuates, but not normally by 1,000 students or more. Even acknowledging that many graduate students are online, adding graduates to student life would add many extra potential event-goers. A good problem to have in the grand scheme of things, but it could be a shock to the system initially. This could hinder the undergraduate experience.

The potential expansion is in the hands of the Senate—and next semester, to boot. Graduate students are an important part of Canisius. They already contribute to campus life, and undoubt edly they would make good senators. But would undergraduates be harmed by giving graduates access to clubs? This is a question to be answered by the people we elect to represent our interests. We hope they take it seriously. -PH

Stymying Senate’s progress

Hudson said this would be accompanied by fewer seats for undergraduate classes. He cited the fact that USA sat five senators per class when Canisius’s enrollment was at its peak in the mid-tolate-twentieth century as proof that there should be proportionally fewer senators in this low-enrollment era.

The Griffin appreciates data-driven reasoning, but in this case it seems too slavish to statistics. But it may be the case not that 2022’s Senate is too large but that the 1970s’ USA was too small. The size of the Senate should be evaluated based on current needs, not past proportions. Hudson says there are often open seats on the Senate, but this is not reason to shrink it.

One problem has been electoral apathy, and that’s embar rassing, but another problem is apathy within the meetings, and that will only be addressed by having enough students there to ask guest speakers questions.

The Griffin acknowledges the many good events and initiatives USA has put on this semester. While the downsizing wouldn’t take place until fall 2023, it has the potential to undercut the progress the student government body has made over the past year.

We also recognize the value of competitive races in incentiv izing students to compete for students’ votes. But, once they are elected, we doubt that senators are constantly thinking about next year’s election—many don’t stay on USA for their whole term, let alone run for re-election.

Under the current five-senator-per-class system, a few seats are usually empty, but many of the students who want to be in volved in student government are able to, either by election to the senate or appointment to liaison positions or committees. Under the proposed change to three or four senators per class, there would be fewer empty seats but also fewer students to run USA’s events and advocate for students. The embarrassment of an empty seat does not outweigh having enough senators to staff the USA’s events.

Some Erie County municipal governments underwent down sizing in the past few decades. To be curt, it didn’t work. The USA is not a local government, but at least local governments would have been saving some money by downsizing. USA senators aren’t paid.

Five senators per class is probably fine. We don’t call for expansion. But we certainly don’t think fewer opportunities to get involved on campus is called for. In the spirit of the holiday season, The Griffin says (to an extent), “the more the merrier.” -PH

Bibles, Bells and Bah Humbug!

Andy Williams sings how “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but to whom exactly is he speaking? Certainly not the people stuck working at businesses that are open on any holidays that people may celebrate.

For us, the holiday season means the added stress of scheduling when you’re going to spend time with loved ones around when your manager demands you be present at work. I feel a sense of guilt about requesting to take off five days in a row so that way I can see as many family members as possible for Christmas.

I’m not necessarily advocating for businesses to close during every major holiday— especially because many take place in December including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwan zaa. But I’m saying that managers and business owners should consider taking in all requests for time off and if a large major ity of employees would like those days to spend with whom ever they so choose, that branch of the company should be allowed to close.

Instead, what’s happening is people are being guilted into staying in town until late the night before or even during the holidays that they celebrate in order to be there if a cus tomer so happens to come in. They’re forced to spend the holi day alone because a business decided to stay open for the very few patrons that could possibly arrive. Sometimes the man agers in charge of scheduling aren’t even clocked in because they’re with their loved ones and wouldn’t consider missing those moments.

Now I’m not talking about essential businesses here. God bless the hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, gas stations and others that stay open on holidays in order to ensure that

if an emergency occurs, a tragedy won’t happen because of a lack of resources. But we need to take a closer look at what should be considered essential. Call me a Scrooge but I don’t even think grocery or department stores necessarily need to be open on major holidays where a large portion of their workers had holiday celebrations they could be attending. If you didn’t buy gifts or ingredients for dinner before the day of, that’s on you. Don’t say “well what if you forgot an important piece and you can’t make this food without it?” You will sur vive. Your guests will survive. Uncle Joe will survive without having marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole. Don’t make the poor people of Walmart stay at the store missing their dinner because you didn’t properly prepare for yours.

In a nutshell, my opinion can be broken down into “if you don’t think you should have to work on this holiday, why should someone who celebrates with their own traditions do so?” Businesses stay open because people continue coming year after year because they can and the company only cares about profits and avoiding complaints. Let’s not reward bad behavior of waiting until the last minute and taking workers for granted by staying open. A lot of people will be more un derstanding than you think. I’m not Jewish, but if I tried to go to a business that said they were closed because its workers were celebrating Hanukkah, I would be fine with that and hope they were having a good time. Advertise that the busi ness is not open on this holiday, and people will plan accord ingly.

Remember, money isn’t everything and work should not hold people back from spending time with their loved ones. This may be the last holiday they have with them, so it isn’t fair to force them to miss those special moments.

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With the election of Elnara Karadzhayeva and Gee Singh, the USA Executive Board is no longer composed of only J names. The Underground suggests that perhaps no people whose name begins with J should be elected to positions of authority.

As much as The Underground admires Mrs. Stoute, she is not, as the recent Canisius College Magazine suggests, “the symbolic mother to Canisius College’s student body.” You can’t just dethrone Elaine Mrugala like that. Maybe after decades of solving every single problem a club leader has can Mrs. Stoute claim that title from Elaine.

After last week’s cookie contest was proposed, Mrsa Brrr was met with multiple warnings that she should not try any cookies that she did not bake herself because of her extreme allergy to both tree nuts and artificial strawberries. Brrr rejects these and requests that members of The Griffin pay their respects to her in the form of baked goods.

The Underground’s award for Best Event This Semester goes to Matt Kochan’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich giveaway on Thursday. More, please.

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Readers’ Rite: Cars

My car’s name is Wanda, a 2010 Hyundai Elantra with almost 150,000 miles on it. Over the summer her AC broke, she needed a new catalytic converter – and no, I still don’t know what this part does – and a part of her en gine literally rotted out. This fall has been my first semes ter having a car on campus. I thought that the various re pairs over the summer would have had my family and I all set with Wanda expenses for quite a while. However, my weirdly low tires and shaking steering wheel only wors ened in Buffalo. The last time I went home, I received all new tires for my birthday, but I’d like to think my dad did it to celebrate that Wanda will be a teenager in a month. Again, we thought, the tires are all good and Wanda is back and better than ever. I left to go out to the store and drive my car for the first time since picking her up with her spiffy new tires, but when I tried to leave the car wouldn’t start. Obviously, I immediately panicked and wondered if it would jeopardize my 200-mile drive back to Buffalo in less than 24 hours. Kyle at Advanced Auto Parts and my dad worked together to save the day and get me a new battery and safely send me on my way to Buffalo. Although these hindrances are concerning at best, I can not help but to find them endearing. I love my car. She has brought me to some of my favorite people and places and I have made so many memories because of little ol’ Wan da. I don’t thank her enough for her resilience and loyalty throughout the years. From the fully-inflated beach ball in the trunk to the Taco Bell fire sauce packets in the glove compartment, Wanda is a great car and loved dearly. Ava Green

My first car was Rosita, a red 2016 Hyundai Elantra who had been in a minor accident with her previous own er that barely left a scratch. She was a reliable ride for the two and a half years I had her. That car brought me to col lege, moved me into my first apartment and drove to my first date with my significant other. She wasn’t perfect, but she was mine. Then, on Oct. 12, 2021, a dumb driver on Elmwood Avenue decided to jet out in front of a line of cars forcing everyone behind to slam on their brakes. Unfortunately, Rosita’s brakes were not in the best shape and she went crashing into the SUV in front. Reliable un til the end, that car saved my life by crumpling under the impact of the other car and left me with only a minor con cussion and a lot of tears. She was so damaged that the driver’s door was smashed, trapping me in the car. The last time I left Rosita was by crawling over the center con sole to get out the passenger side. I miss her—especially her push start button—but I know she’s glad I have found a friend in a navy blue Kia named Frosty. Though she nev er would have gotten stuck in the snow like he has (twice). Marissa Burr

For someone who is 20 years old I’ve gone through my fair share of cars. And to be honest, I haven’t had the best of experiences. When I was 17 I got my first vehicle, a 2005 Jeep Liberty—I named her Betsy, not sure why— and since it was my first car I treated it like gold. I was be yond excited to have my own vehicle to drive around; it felt like the first taste of adulthood and freedom for me. But, that freedom was short-lived. I had the car only a few months and it was continually breaking down. The en gine repeatedly made weird noises but I chose to ignore it. The last ride I ever took in that car ended with smoke coming from under the hood and me stranded on some side street freaking out thinking my car was going to ex plode. Not fun. Obviously this car was past its expiration date, but I was lucky enough to have a selfless grand mother who gave me her car since I could not afford to get a new one and needed transportation to work. Once again I was elated, and grateful, to still have a mode of

Family Christmas Cards: Festive or Cliché

Every Christmas season, my family sits down in front of my dad’s computer to compose the perfect Nagel family Christmas card. We make sure that ev eryone’s greatest achievements of the year are on display, whether it’s having a lead in a musical, grad uating high school, getting a big award, you name it, it’s on the card. Our family prints over two hundred copies of this card and mails them to friends, family, distant relatives and colleagues. In return, my family

transportation. Yet, once again, this excitement did not last long. Three months into having my second car, it started shutting off in the middle of driving and would not turn back on. Again, the engine was making strange nois es—there’s a theme arising here. One day it shut off in a main intersection and I was blocking traffic for an hour. I had to have police officers sit behind me since I was taking up half of the road. Now, I have a Jeep Renegade, named Ozzy, that has thankfully (knock on wood) only given me trouble once. If his engine starts rattling and making odd sounds—I definitely won’t be driving it.

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Driving has never really been my forte. Within four years of driving I had four car accidents, the last of which left my vehicle totaled, and my dog with a broken paw. However, this was the first car I had ever purchased with my own money, so I was very reluctant to let it go. When the mechanic said it could be repaired, I went for it. There was a long canvas sunroof, sometimes called a moonroof, that I had not gotten the chance to use yet, since I totaled the car in February — less than two months after pur chasing it.

So, I wanted to enjoy the rush of wind through my ve hicle as I drove on warm summer days. I almost achieved it too, until I accidentally drove into my low-rise garage with the sunroof open one day, and shattered the plastic lines inside tied to the pushing and pulling mechanisms that controlled the roof’s movement. Repairs were over $2,000, so I began to consider alternate options; perhaps screwing a large pane of plexiglass to the top, thus ren dering my car something of a rolling fish bowl?

I was very opposed to gluing the top shut forever, so my mom came up with an alternate idea — pull the in terior wires and plastic pieces out all together, and use loose screws to slide the roof back and forth on the tracks. Then, adhere ratchets to the roof and metal hooks to the front of the vehicle in order to provide a hooking point to secure the roof shut, or open, respectively.

Though hideous, this gerry-rigged idea worked, and for one glorious summer I had a ratchetable sunroof that opened and closed. Then, when the weather turned, I couldn’t stand the snow flying into my car while I drove, and we sealed the roof shut for good.

The bright side is, maybe without the roaring of wind on top of the car I’ll be able to focus better and maintain

my two-year accident free record. Grace Brown

It’s rare that an entire day goes by for me with abso lutely zero moments of utter and complete annoyance. I find myself knocking over entire Starbucks coffees with my elbow as I curl my hair, leaving sticky residue over the bathroom floor. Sometimes it’s forgetting my laptop charger and watching it sputter for air in class helplessly. Other times it’s face planting in the Target parking lot. I’m an alarm sleeper, slip and faller and terrible forgetter.

Despite all this, I have always found myself to be lucky. My bad moments usually are presented on a silver platter of optimism, and I’m constantly thinking: “It could have been so much worse!”

Two Mondays ago it was me and my Buick against the world as I drove to my shift at work. The clock read 10:41 a.m. as I exited the I-90, and as “Fools Gold” by One Di rection kissed my eardrums, I noticed my little car was driving a little wonky. I’m such an avoidant person that I figured, “Eh. It’s probably fine.” I sang along to the music. I pulled into the entrance of the Galleria mall, and within ten seconds, I realized that things were, in fact, not fine. My steering wheel froze, I got notified that my airbag was about to explode in my face, and after five more seconds, the whole car stopped. The engine shut off, and that baby was dead as a doornail. And where was I? In the smack middle of The Cheesecake Factory parking lot. Do you know how humbling that is?

After many tears and hysterics, I ran my sorry self into the restaurant, thankful for the non-slip shoes that were giving me some extra traction. As I frantically explained what happened, my manager looked at me blankly and walked away. I stood there baffled, but two minutes later he returned with two line cooks by his side. “Let’s go give you a push,” he said.

As I was pushed into a curbside pickup spot by these men, I realized that even though my alternator died and interrupted my One Direction, I was pretty damn lucky it died where people silently cared about me. It could have been so much worse.

Contact Grace Brown brown294@canisius.edu

receives hundreds of other family’s Christmas cards including pictures of people we haven’t spoken to in years. These cards are proudly displayed in my kitch en for all to see and are a great conversation starter when we have guests over for holiday festivities.

Now the question is, are these cards festive or just plain cliché? Every year, it’s the same thing. Fam ilies put together pictures that show them in the best light, sometimes just to brag to their friends and family about how awesome their year was. “Well, my daughter graduated college at the age of 16!” Wow. Good for her. “And me? My son got engaged during his annual trip to Hawaii!” Cool. Hawaii sounds neat. “What did your family do this year?... Nothing? Well, there’s always next year!” But, what if next year you don’t birth a child prodigy or go on an extravagant va

cation? That’s the problem. People expect to see ma jor success in these family Christmas cards yet that’s not the reality of everyone’s lives. While the families that had a year full of success would surely think that cards are festive, the people who didn’t have a suc cessful year might think otherwise. They may feel as though they aren’t doing enough or that they are a failure. Festive or not is just one side of the argu ment, but are these cards cliché? Absolutely. They are the same thing every year. The same happy imag es on the same Walgreens or Shutterfly templates. No writing on the back to personalize them or elabo rate on the images. Just pictures. In addition to these cards being cliché, will we ever see the end of these annual holiday cards?

This year, I asked my mom whether she thought that this tradition was going to continue in the up coming years after this generation moves out and has families of their own. I personally think family Christmas cards are going to phase out. My mom thinks otherwise, that this tradition will continue for years to come. So, what is the future of the family Christmas card? I feel that many families have gone digital the past few years by creating cards they post on Facebook or Instagram rather than making a trip to the post office to buy this year’s cutest Christmas stamps. These digital cards are probably going to be the start of the phasing out of Christmas cards. While older generations will probably keep sending cards via snail mail, middle generations will probably continue to make digital cards to post on their social media, and younger generations, including Gen Z, may see the extinction of sending family Christmas cards.

With everything we do already being posted online throughout the year, there will be no need to share what we did that year in a card because every one will already have seen it. So, even if holiday cards were to be labeled as festive over cliché, their fate is still in the hands of the younger generations. The ex pansion of social media could be at fault for the inevi table extinction of family Christmas cards in the near future, as people are digitizing so much of their lives already.

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Canisius hockey splits series against RIT

Canisius hockey started off their series against RIT with a hard-fought victory last Friday. Senior forward Ryan Miotto scored with 20 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Gold en Griffins to a 2-1 win.

Senior David Melaragni account ed for the lone goal in regulation for the Golden Griffins (5-9-2, 3-4-2 AHA). Senior goaltender Jacob Barczewski picked up his fourth win of the season as he recorded 35 saves.

Kobe Walker tallied the lone goal for the Tigers (11-4-0, 9-2-0 AHA). Tom my Scarfone finished with 18 saves be tween the pipes for the home team.

In the final seconds of 3-on-3 over time, senior forward Keaton Mas trodonato carried the puck into the RIT zone and maintained possession, drawing the Tigers defense to him on the right side before sliding a pass over to Miotto, who one-timed the puck past the blocker of Scarfone to give the Griffs the win.

After a scoreless first, the teams traded power-play goals during the second period. Melaragni staked Cani sius to a 1-0 lead in the 4:45 mark of the frame as he fired home a loose puck from the right face-off circle during a 5-on-3 opportunity.

Walker tied the game with 15:46 elapsed in the period, sneaking a wrist shot under the glove of Barczewski from just off the right post to knot the score at 1-1.

Neither team was able to get on the board during the third period, set ting the stage for Miotto’s overtime heroics.

The Griffins would try and carry their momentum into the weekend when they played on Saturday at LE COM Harborcenter. RIT would score seven unanswered goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and cruise to a 10-4 victory over Canisius.

Cody Laskosky recorded a hat trick while Kobe Walker recorded two goals and added two assists for a four-point night to pace the Tigers (12-4-0, 10-2-0 AHA) high-scoring attack.

Stefano Bottini and juniors Max Kou znetsov and Randy Hernandez scored for the Golden Griffins.

Canisius took an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Gravel and Botti ni, but RIT was able to cut the deficit in half before the end of the first period on Gianfranco Cassaro’s eighth goal of the season. The Tigers took the lead in the second as Laskosky scored twice early in the frame to put RIT in front before Carter Wilke added a pow er-play goal to make it a 4-2 contest

after 40 minutes.

RIT continued to dominate in the third, taking advantage of a lengthy 5-on-3 major power play with three goals in the opening 2:09 minutes of the frame to make it a 7-2 contest. Kouznetsov and Hernandez registered power-play goals midway through the period to pull the Griffs within two, but RIT used a trio of tallies late to determine the final margin.

Canisius closes out the non-con ference portion of its 2022-23 sched

ule Dec. 10 with a road game at Hock ey East foe Maine. Start time for the matchup between the Griffs and Black Bears is set for 2 p.m. at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine.

Swim and Dive competed hard at the Magnus Invitational

On Nov. 17 through 19, the mens and womens swim and dive team com peted at the Magnus Invite in Cleve land, Ohio. The men placed 6th over all with a total score of 562, while the women placed 8th with a total score of 234.

Sophomore Archie Minto dom inated the meet, breaking a total of four program records, racking up six personal best times and scored a total of 93 points for the team. Minto broke the 50-yard freestyle record with a time of 20:69, the 100-yard freestyle record with a time of 44:94, the 200-

yard freestyle record with a time of 1:41:82 and the 50-yard backstroke record with a time of 24:12. He also placed 1st in the 200-yard butterfly with a personal best time of 1:47:28.

Freshman Joe Cooper wasn’t far behind breaking one program re cord. He garnered three personal best times and scored 50 points for the team. Cooper broke the 400-yard IM record with a time of 4:01:26. The men’s team also broke the 400-yard freestyle relay record with a time of 3:04:28. The relay consisted of Archie Minto, Benjamin Yant, Alexander Hilt brand and Liam O’Connell.

For the women, Freshman Lana Janson dominated the meet,

breaking four program records. She swam six personal best times, and earned 57 points for the team. Janson broke the 100-yard breaststroke re cord with a time of 1:04:30, the 200yard IM record with a time of 2:03:50, the 200-yard freestyle record with a time of 1:50:98 and the 50-yard breast stroke record with a time of 30:32.

Junior Jordan O’Connor broke two program records, went five per sonal best times and scored 13 points for the team. O’Connor broke the 100yard backstroke record with a time of 57:08 and the 50-yard backstroke re cord with a time of 26:73.

Lana Janson, Archie Minto and Samuel Vidal also attended the Toyota

U.S. Open Championships on Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Minto placed 12th out of 15 swimmers in the finals for the 200 but terfly and Vidal placed 43rd out of 68 swimmers for the preliminaries in the 100 breaststroke.

On Dec. 3, both teams went against St. Bonaventure in Olean, New york. The men lost 88-155 and the women lost 82-159.

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Canisius dominates St. Bonaventure in their biggest victory since 2015

After losing at home last week de spite holding a double-digit lead, Cani sius kept their foot on the gas pedal for all four quarters against their Little Three rival, St.Bonaventure, leading to a 85-47 victory.

Junior guard Dani Haskell showed why she was named to the preseason All-MAAC second team, leading the Griffs with 16 points, going 4-6 from deep and adding a career-high seven assists.

“The fact that she had seven as sists is probably what I’m most proud of. We know she can score the ball but today she was a facilitator, and that’s something she’s capable of every night,” head coach Sahar Nusseibeh said in her post-game interview.

Canisius never once trailed the Bonnies, which is mostly credited to how efficient they were offensively, shooting 60.9% from three, and finish ing with a 54.7% field goal percentage. The Griffs benefited from strong performances outside of their starting five, totaling 39 points and a field goal percentage of 72.2% off the bench.

Much of the Griffs success off the bench came from freshman Sisi Eleko, who finished with 15 points and five re bounds, playing 17 minutes.

The Griffs arguably had their best run of the year, outscoring St. Bonaventure 21-2 in just a six-minute span thanks to a burst of six points from both Haskell, and sophomore Cheyenne Stubbs, as well as another five from senior Jane McCauley.

19-7 in the third quarter alone, ulti mately being the difference maker in the gut-wrenching loss.

Against St. Bonaventure, Canis ius made the third quarter their best quarter, outscoring the Bonnies 29-14, and sucking the air out of the Bonnies.

“This week in practice we looked inward. We talked about looking in the mirror individually and collectively so as players, as coaches, then as a team. Everything in practice leading up to today was not necessarily about St. Bonaventure, it was about Canisius,” said Nusseibeh.

This is just the second time under head coach Sahar Nusseibeh that the Griffs have had an 85-point outing, the only other time being last year, ironi cally enough against the other Little Three rival, Niagara, in a game that they lost in overtime. This also marks the first time the Bonnies have al lowed an opponent to score 85 points this year.

Canisius, now 3-5, travels to Youngstown State December 10 look ing to hand the Penguins their first home loss of the season, and give themselves their second away win.

Men’s Basketball loses first two MAAC games

The Griffins lost their opening con ference game to Siena, with a close score of 74-70. Down 31-27 at the half, Canisius eventually went down by sev en points, before starting a 19-9 run against the Saints. At one point late in the game, the Griffs were up 61-56 with just 5:38 remaining. However, three fouls by Canisius gave Siena six free throws, which the Saints turned into five points, completely eliminat ing any lead Canisius had.

The lead for Siena was eventual ly stretched to 68-61. The Griffins put up a fight, creating a 6-0 run of their own to make it a one point game with 1:44 remaining. Siena would be able to hold onto the tight lead, and come away with the victory.

Canisius finished with a .415 FG%, while Siena recorded a .442 FG%. The Saints were also more efficient from the three-point line, shooting .529 FG% compared to the Griff’s .440 FG%.

Graduate student Jordan Hender son led the team with 18 points, and graduate student Jamir Moultrie was right behind him with 17 points in his first career start for Canisius. Junior Bryce Okpoh also made his first ca reer start, registering four points and an assist in the loss. With Henderson’s four three-pointers in the contest, he moved into 8th place on the school’s career three-pointers made with 155.

For their next game, Canisius failed to keep up with MAAC oppo nent Iona, losing the contest 90-60. The Gaels recorded 43 points in the first half and 47 points in the second half, while the Griffins didn’t reach 35

points in either half. The closest the score ever was came with 9:42 left in the first half.

After a three-pointer from sopho more Tre Dinkins, Canisius was within three at a 19-16 score. However, that would be as close as the Griffins would get to Iona, who outscored Canisius 24-10 in the remaining minutes of the first half.

The Gaels nearly doubled the Grif fin’s shooting percentage, finishing with .559 FG% compared to .333 FG%. Iona also shot .500 FG% from the three-point line, compared to Canis ius’ .318 FG%.

Senior Jacco Fritz recorded his 7th career double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. He leads all active Canisius players in the statistic. Red shirt-freshman Tahj Staeskie scored a team high 13 points, while Moultrie recorded 11.

After the game, head coach Reggie Witherspoon said “Iona played real ly hard and they were able to sustain their intensity for the duration of the game and it really affected our abili ty to execute. In a game like this, your team learns exactly how hard you have to play, and the intensity level you need to bring every time.”

Canisius visits Toledo on Saturday, Dec.10 for their next matchup, which will be broadcasted on ESPN3 at 2 p.m.

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