The Griffin Nov. 18, 2022

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November 18, 2022

Volume 93, Number 10

Flies on Canisius campus By JON DUSZA A S S T. N E W S E D I T O R

Throughout the past few weeks, a large number of flies have called the tunnels underneath Canisius College home, creating a very noticeable presence on the campus. The flies started as a relatively small bunch, but as the weeks have gone on, it is evident that the population has continued to grow. Now, in some clubrooms, one may have flies crawling all over them as they sit and work. The flies are found throughout the tunnels, in not just the clubrooms but the bathrooms as well. The school is aware of the fly problem. Timothy Balkin, the vice president for business and finance, said that the college called in exterminators twice to try to deal with the problem. Additionally, fly traps have been put in place around the affected areas. The Griffin’s club room has acquired a venus fly trap. Balkin also mentioned that drain flies have been coming into the school through the piping of the bathrooms in the lower level of the student center. He said that those pipes were recently treated as of Wednesday. Drain flies are a very common type of fly to appear in households or places where drainage is used. While they do not pose any actual danger to people and are very small, they can be a persistent nuisance, as felt by Canisius students through the past few weeks. Also, the college has looked at the dining hall to see if the flies had made their way there, and they determined, as of this week, that they were not. The school is still not entirely sure what exactly the source of the flies is, saying that all they can do at this point is speculate. What is not speculation, however, is that the flies exist and that there are a lot of them. Balkin mentioned that the Canisius facilities team is still working on addressing the problem, so while the flies continue to be a nuisance, better days may be ahead.

Canisius Becomes First College in WNY to Adopt Test-Free Admissions By SAM CHAPMAN NEWS REPORTER

On Nov. 14, President Steve K. Stoute announced that Canisius will begin offering test-free admissions to incoming students, beginning with applicants in the fall of 2024. This will terminate the weight of standardized tests (such as the SAT and ACT) in a student’s application and evaluation. While Canisius converted to test-optional following the pandemic, the admissions process will no longer offer the option to submit test scores. According to a release from Canisius College, “Canisius is the first in the Western New York region and one of only two Jesuit institutions to offer test-free admissions.” President Stoute made it clear that “We’re proud to be the first institution in the region to take this step.” The president highlighted the importance of allowing what Canisius has to offer to become more attainable through this change, reflecting that, “Throughout the decades, because I’ve met alums going back to the sixties, they talk about the transformative power of a Canisius education. And for us, this decision is about making that accessible to more young people who could benefit from it for themselves, for their families, for their communities, for generations to come.” He cites the pressure of standardized tests in addressing the mental health crisis among students, adding unnecessary stress to an already-stressful process for high school students. “That crisis doesn’t start when you show up here. It starts well before you come to college, and the pressure of preparing for tests … Historically, the thinking is so much of your fu-


If you were to ask Canisius students what their favorite place on campus is (or at least the place they spend the most time at), many would immediately say the library. The library is multi-purpose, serving as a space to get work done but also as a spot to socialize with friends and peers. And if you go frequently, you probably know Matt Kochan, library access services coordinator. Kochan, a staff

favorite among students and faculty on campus, plays an integral part in the library and its functions. Kochan never expected to be a librarian. Some students may find that surprising, given the fact that he’s a natural at the job, but his only experience with libraries throughout his college experience was working in one. He, like many students on our campus, worked in his school’s library at Fredonia. “I liked it, but didn’t really know yet that I wanted to do it,” Kochan said, “The librarians would let me sit at the reference desk, which I liked.” After


Matt Kochan is the library access services coordinator




ture, it’s on how you perform on this test over the next few hours … And so why should that prevent a young person from having access to what we offer here at Canisius? I don’t think it should,” he said. Dr. Danielle Ianni, vice president for enrollment management, describes the factors in ultimately making this innovative decision. “There is no correlation between a standardized test score and a student’s ability to succeed in college. There are other factors, such as GPA, high school course selection and non-cognitive variables that are more accurate predictors of success,” she said adding, “We also took a deep look at our values, standards and process and feel strongly that this is the right thing to do.” President Stoute echoed this thought, stating “This is yet another example of Canisius College, articulating our values, knowing what those values are, being committed to them and acting accordingly.” “This generation cares deeply about social causes. Environmental justice, economic inequality, social, racial injustice, political polarization … When we look through the data and look through the lens of what these tests have done over time, it’s a matter of social justice. And so when we think about it in that context, I think it becomes very clear,” said Stoute. The enrollment/application process has not only been updated in its removal of test scores, but new factors have been added. Dr. Ianni describes additions to applications that she is “most excited for.” “Students can upload a portfolio, YouTube or Twitch channel, media kits, an additional letter of recommendation, an interview with an admissions counselor, alumni or facul-

ty or submit an essay of their choice. Students are leaders today in many different ways and we need to update the review process to take that into account.” President Stoute feels that these more personal application features will only benefit the students, both at Canisius and beyond. “Getting to know you, your passions, your interests, your pursuits, your aspirations… those things will allow us to better support our students. In the classroom in a curricular way, but also cocurricular, extracurricular. And that’s critically important to our students’ ability to be successful at Canisius, but also when they leave here,” he said. There is much confidence in this decision to do away with factoring a student’s standardized test score into their application to Canisius. Dr. Ianni stressed that “Standardized admissions tests really only measure how well students take those specific tests. There are other predictors, such as high school GPA, that are much stronger indicators of success in college.” President Stoute credits the Canisius community for leading the way in making this progressive change and emphasizes what this step says about that leadership. “My sincere hope is that we will not be the only ones for very long, but that’s what it takes, it takes someone, it takes a leader to step out there and do it and prove that it works and something different is possible. And Canisius College is doing that. We are being the leaders that we make here at Canisius.” Contact Sam Chapman

Matt Kochan: The Helping Hand of Canisius

Contact Jon Dusza


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working for over 20 years in various restaurants and bars, as well as at Wegmans, Kochan decided to take library science classes at University at Buffalo. At first, they didn’t let him in the program, Kochan said, but when he proved to be a good student by getting A’s in his classes, they let him in. After he got his graduate degree, he got a few part-time jobs working in public libraries around the area, until he landed a part-time job with Canisius. “I always wanted to be an academic librarian and I’ve always had an interest in people and what they do.” Anyone who knows Kochan knows that this is true. Extremely personable and outgoing, Kochan connects with students without even realizing it, and many of the students end up keeping in touch with him after they graduate. Shannon Maroney, who graduated last spring, said that Kochan was always a bright light in her life when she was at Canisius. “He is such a testament to someone who is there for you for so many reasons. I can genuinely say that he made my day every single day,” she said. Maroney has fond memories of her times in the library with Kochan and says she’ll never forget when he kept the library open for her so she could take her law school entrance exam. “He is a huge reason why I’m successful today… I ended up using that exam that I took in the library to get into law school,” she said. But one of his main goals as a reference librarian is to help current students figure out the world of the library. Since becoming full-time at Canisius in 2012, Kochan has made his mission to be approachable and accessible to students. “I enjoy talking to students and helping them navigate everything. When they come back and say, like, ‘Hey! I got an A on that paper!’ that feels really good,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4







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On Sept. 29, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Justice Mark Montour to the New York State Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department. Justice Montour will be the first Native American justice to service on an appellate court in New York State. Justice Montour graduated from Canisius College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Justice Montour grew up in Tonawanda going to Cardinal High School, a relatively small, private Catholic school. Montour started his college education at the University of Buffalo but realized it wasn’t the right fit for him, so he chose Canisius because of the small class sizes and having access to professors. Justice Montour continued his education at the University of Buffalo and graduated in 1983 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Montour would go on to work as a lawyer for 30 years before becoming a justice. Justice Montour will be serving on the Appellate Division, Fourth De-

partment, which is located in Rochester, NY. Brian Ginsberg, a lawyer at Harris Beach in White Plains, NY, says the appeals court is the court where someone who has objections about their case in the trial court can appeal that decision and hopefully reverse the first decision. “The intermediate appellate court of the fourth department sits in panels, multi-member panels, and they will decide not cases that are brought originally… but appeals. So in other words, objections or complaints about the way a trial court or trial judge handled a certain matter in the first instance,” Ginsberg says. Ginsberg knows this process well. He graduated from Columbia Law School and works frequently on appeals courts. Lawyers submit written briefs to the panel which the justices then review and come to a decision to side with the trial court or reverse the decision. Justice Montour talked about his role in the court and what the role of a justice is, “I sit on a panel with four other justices and we review the records on appeal, the briefs and listen to oral arguments and then make a decision on those lower court deci-

Mountour will be the first Native American to serve on the New York Appellate Division.


sions.” While Ginsberg does not know Justice Montour personally, he knows how significant the appointment to the appellate court is. The first reason why Justice Montour’s appointment is significant is because he will be the first Native American justice to serve in the appellate court. There is another reason why the appointment is sig-

nificant from the perspective of a lawyer. Ginsberg says that “the Fourth Department is losing a lot of personnel. And from an advocate standpoint, we advocate for clients. We like to get the results of our advocacy as soon as possible and it’s always nice when the court adds justice justices to help clear out to help get back to full strength.” Montour says that the most rewarding thing about his job is the fact that he has the opportunity to make law. “I have a lot of respect for the law and the lawyers that practice in front of me, and it’s important that we work on creating law that’s right and proper, and related to the various issues that are before us.” When asked about anything else to add, Justice Montour talked about his responsibility to take the role as the first Native American justice to serve in the appellate court. “ I have a responsibility as being the first ever to influence and educate people on issues that are affecting Indian country.” Contact Maggie Donner


The Undergraduate Student Association welcomed Chartwells’s new Director of Dining Services Janet Ellis to address its weekly Senate meeting. Ellis, who began her position this past July, introduced herself as an experienced, student-first director. She touted her resume, saying that “my staff [at Medaille University] was winning all kinds of awards from the student government, so I understand the college environment and the needs of students.” Ellis also explained the reason for Chartwells’s decision to bring her on staff. Chartwells’s leadership “felt it was time for a change here and that I would be a good fit. I am very interested in hearing from the students on how we can do better.” Acknowledging Canisius’s decision to open bids for a new dining services contractor, Ellis said “that’s something that we see a lot in our industry, in over 23 years in doing this, it happens.” This year, Ellis said, “the participation rate for the dining hall is so much higher than it’s ever been.” She promised to “make whatever isn’t good, better.”

Ellis answered questions about halal options and Chartwells’s sustainability initiatives. She said that halal options can be requested by students and sourced by Chartwells from stores such as Wegmans, and for sustainability, she pointed to the post-dishwasher-explosion use of compostable plates. USA sources tell The Griffin that last year’s Senate would have grilled Ellis with more questions about food quality. Senator Gabby Kaderli, a frequent questioner of guest speakers, was coincidentally absent. Avoiding much controversy, Ellis left goodie bags with homemade cookies and her business card to emphasize her commitment to feedback and communication. The Griffin can confirm the cookies tasted good. Fruit flies have been a pest in clubrooms for the past few weeks, but USA Advisor Jason Francey was only able to report that the Facilities department started treating for the flies last Tuesday. “We can only really prevent more. The existing ones just have to die out.” The USA Executive Board did not have much to reveal beyond President Jahare Hudson’s work on a


potential plan to have NFTA recognize Canisius student IDs as a bus pass. Student Programming Board Chair Emmalee Sekuterski announced that Griffmas will be on December 2nd. At the request of President Steve Stoute, a real Christmas tree will be placed in front of Palisano Pavilion. Sustainability Chair Genevieve Fontana updated the Senate on her committee’s can/bottle collection campaign; the Village Townhouses are currently in the lead with 441. The winning residence hall, entitled to 100 Petey Points per resident, will be announced next week. After skipping next week due to Thanksgiving break, the final Senate meetings of the semester will be Tuesday, November 29th and Tuesday, December 6th. The latter meeting will witness a Secret Santa gift swap between members. In its mission to keep the student government transparent, The Griffin is sending this scribe to participate in the exchange. Contact Patrick Healy



Following a vote by graduate workers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 48,000 staff members began to strike on Nov. 14. This has now become the largest strike to occur in the history of higher education in the United States, with negotiations occurring across four separate branches of employees, according to the United Auto Workers (UAW). The Guardian reports that one teaching assistant, Bernardo Remollono, had lived in his car throughout the 2018-2019 school year due to low wages. However, Remollono is not alone in the call for higher pay amongst members of the UCLA community. The strike follows 20 claims of unfair labor practices filed against the campus, and failed attempts at prior negotiations. However, the University of California denies any allegations from the UAW of unlawful practices. One of the largest concerns for the unions are wage gaps as the increased cost of living has left many struggling to pay their bills. ABC 7 writes that “Union officials say some of the employees make as little as $24,000 per year.” Those employed as grad workers are requesting a minimum pay of $54,000 annually and postdoctoral scholars are fighting for $70,000. This serves to ensure the request of the UAW stating, “no bargaining unit member pays more than 30% of their salary toward their housing costs,” per the University of California’s website. The Guardian mentions one student who is now commuting four hours a day in an attempt to make enough to afford rent in Sacramen-

to, California. This includes train fare which has led to workers petitioning for free passes to public transportation. UCLA has a page dedicated to strike updates and information regarding the strike including information for instructors at the university. The UCLA Academic Senate wrote to the faculty on Nov. 9 stating, “Graduate students play an essential role in research and teaching at the University of California, and the Academic Senate has recognized that the current graduate funding model is broken.” The UC is currently proposing a three percent initial increase to wages and experienced-based raises that would lead to 6.8% increase in pay for post doctoral graduates. The Washington Post states that the strike threatens not only classes but also research programs currently underway. To combat this, the UCLA website features a section on creating a forum to keep students updated on any changes to scheduling. These events follow many different changes to labor practices following the pandemic. The Washington Post writes that “workers have scored historic union victories at Amazon, Starbucks and Apple this year.” There have also been strikes among many educators at public schools such as a five day strike which occurred on Sept. 14 at Seattle public schools. There is no clear end to the current strike across the University of California’s campuses, however negotiations are still underway and set to continue across the following weeks.

Contact Sydney Umstead


According to The New York Times, last Tuesday, a small village in Poland was hit by an S-300 air defense missile from Ukraine killing two farm workers. On Tuesday, Russia launched a barrage of roughly 100 missiles at Ukraine, forcing them to defend themselves from the bombardment of missiles, leading to one of Ukraine’s air defense missiles accidentally hitting a small village in Poland. This incident immediately prompted NATO to meet and discuss whether or not they would have to intervene since one of their allies was hit. During their meeting, the president of Poland spoke out about the incident saying that it was most likely an accident when defending against the attack from Russia. Confusion arose when first examining the site of the explosion because

Russia and Ukraine both use the same air defense missiles, making it difficult to discern where the missile came from at first. The NATO secretary general stated that even though the missile did come from Ukraine, it is Russia that started the war between them, forcing Ukraine to defend themselves like this, and effectively blamed Russia for the explosion. All of this prompted Russia’s response saying that it was not their missile that landed, and even asking NATO for evidence that led them to believe it was Russia who caused the explosion. According to The New York Times, Russia’s foreign ministry said “Ukraine ‘seems to take every opportunity to blame Russia.’” Contact Julian Reynoso


The Canisius Campus is closed today, Nov. 18 due to what has been forecasted as a potentially historic snowstorm in Buffalo. As of Thursday evening, some forecasts predict up to six feet of snow hitting the city of Buffalo. If accurate, the storm would be one of the strongest Western New York has seen in years. Thursday night saw heavy traffic as people headed home in anticipation of the storm as well as packed grocery stores as people stocked up. Canisius senior and Editor-in-Chief of The Griffin Julia Barth said that the Rite Aid on Delaware and

Delavan near the college was packed with people. The Buffalo Bills game has been moved to Detroit in anticipation of the storm due to concerns over transportation of both fans and players, a very rare move. The storm has been compared to the “Snowvember” storm of 2014, where some towns in the southern tier got over six feet of snow. Whether or not the storm lives up to the hype is not yet clear, but Buffalo seems destined to see historic snowfall this weekend. Contact Jon Dusza

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Editor Ava Green


November 18, 2022

Is school spirit back at Canisius?


This past Saturday everyone’s favorite basketball team, the Golden Griffins, took on St. Bonaventure at the Koessler Athletic Center…and won. Honestly, I was a little surprised both by the crowd turnout and the spirit of the team. St. Bonaventure’s reputation looms quite large and frankly, Canisius athletics have struggled in the past few years. But the Griffs came out ready and so did the fans! I very frequently find myself at Canisius athletic events, but the same can’t be said for other members of the student body. Usually, hockey and basketball get the most fans to show up to their games, but even an average game usually tops out at around 40 people, at least in my experience. This past Saturday was not like games I have seen in the past, though. Frankly, at times it seems as if Canisius students just don’t have school spirit anymore. But unlike most games, the student section filled the general admission section directly to the left of the Bonaventure bench, something I have never seen in my two years at Canisius. The fans came ready to be rowdy — every three-pointer that was made had the fans on their feet and every missed shot by the Bonas got a little bit of sarcastic applause. That’s not to say that the Bonaventure cult didn’t make their own appearance. St. Bonaventure fans definitely outnumbered us at our own court, which was a little intimidating, especially when they had enough people to get a “Let’s go Bonas” chant going loudly (multiple times I may add). The amount of people and how loud they were at our court really just added fuel to the fire of hatred that our student section usually reserves for Niagara. Every shot made after that point had Canisius students on their feet and every time that silly little Bonaventure coach stepped on the court (which should have resulted in multiple technicals) during play had our student section yelling very loud expletives, to say the least. There were large appearances from the men’s lacrosse team, baseball, softball and many others with fewer player appearances to support the men’s basketball team as well as a large showing from C-Block. Talk about Griffs supporting Griffs! The score stayed close the entire time. Frequently, the lead switched hands, each team having their own little runaways with the lead putting thoughts of doubt and frustration into their respective team’s fans. Frustration with the Griffs had no one more in a chokehold than our very own Editor-In-Chief, Ms. Julia Barth, who I believe should be allowed down on the bench to give her advice to the team. At the end of regulation time, it was a tie game and the game continued into a five-minute overtime (OT). These last two minutes and all of OT left the student section on their feet and the Griffs ended up pulling the win out with the score of 84-80 at the end. An informal student section consensus gave us the message that if we win we would end up on the court with the team to celebrate — and we did. The teams shook hands and they booked it over to the fans who forced their way down onto the court. During the game, in between moments of screaming and the actual rollercoaster of emotions, I sat there and just appreciated the energy in the room — Canisius students finally made their presence known.



Look closely to see our EIC, News Editor, and Asst. Features Editor’s reaction to a three-pointer that tied up the game at the Canisius/Bonas game this past Saturday.

Contact Maddy Lockwood

My Time at Kairos


What is Kairos? Kairos is a retreat offered by many Jesuit schools as an opportunity for students to step away from their everyday lives and reflect. Those who have been on Kairos are most likely familiar with the phrase “I hope you found what you are looking for.” Since returning from the retreat, I have thought about this sentence a lot. I had no reason for signing up for Kairos. Honestly, what convinced me was the fact that I had such an incredible experience at the Leadership Retreat a couple of weeks prior. All I knew for sure was that I was eager to get off campus and that there was a bus taking students to Cradle Beach for a weekend and I wanted to be on it. So I hopped on the bus and spent the whole weekend building a better relationship with myself as well as with new and old friends. But I am not here to tell you what Kairos is about. If you want to know you’ll just have to see for yourself. What

I do want to talk about is the impact it had on me in such a short amount of time. Once we returned, I quickly realized it was going to be difficult for me to immediately hit the resume button on my studies and my responsibilities. So instead of heading to the library, I actually headed to Forest Lawn to go on a walk with a friend. I then proceeded that night to dance around in my room and listen to music. Then, I tried calling some of my friends I went on Kairos with to chat about what they were up to. Ultimately, after several hours of procrastination, it appeared as though I didn’t want to let the weekend go and return to my normal, everyday life. It made sense, I love my life, but the things I struggle to cope with exist primarily at school. For those of you who know me, you know that one of the biggest priorities in my life is my academics. On a very real note, I have a difficult time maintaining a healthy relationship with my studies while simultaneously being a perfectionist, so I was scared to return to such stress. Kairos was

one of the first times in my life where it sunk in that “perfect” is an unrealistic expectation and standard to maintain. With this thought in mind, I decided to give myself a break. For the week approaching, I would accomplish what I physically and mentally could and that would be enough. The next few mornings I got out of bed and put the waffle cross necklace that I received while on the retreat around my neck. The waffle cross acts as a reminder to live my Kairos experience out every day. While I wasn’t searching for anything when I signed up for Kairos, I found answers to things I have been struggling with for a while. If you don’t know what you’re looking for when you go on Kairos, that’s ok. Because Kairos has a funny way of showing you what you need to see.

Contact Gabby Kaderli


November 18, 2022


Animal of the Week: The Rock Pigeon

3D-Printed Clothes: The Future of Fashion



Say hello to this week’s animal, the rock pigeon! A lot of you have probably seen these guys before, as they are what we know as the pigeons that inhabit cities across the United States. We may know them as just pigeons, but they are, in fact, formally known as rock pigeons, or Columbia livia. This bird actually is native to North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. They were brought over to the U.S in the 1600s, and now they not only live, but thrive, in cities. In the wild, their diet would consist of almost primarily seeds. But in the cities, they’ll eat anything that humans discard, ranging from rice to doughnuts. This consumption of human food scraps is part of the reason this species is so successful, as they can spend less time searching for food and more time breeding. Rock pigeons, along with other pigeons, are actually closely related to doves. They are in the same family having similar thick, round bodies and short necks. But pigeons are generally larger in size and stubbier than doves are. Rock pigeons often mate for life, each egg clutch containing only one or two eggs. This may not seem like a lot, but pigeons don’t have a specific breeding season and may have up to five different broods a year. The male courtship ritual consists of the male strutting and bowing to the female, sometimes regurgitating food as a gift offering. If the female accepts him, he brings sticks and twigs to make a nest for the egg(s), and the two take turns incubating it. The conservation status of the rock pigeon seems like they would be of the least concern given how widespread they are. But, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, their populations have actually declined by about 46% between 1996 and 2015. A big reason for this is the return of birds of prey Pictured above is Griffin layout species – including hawks and falcons – back into urban spacdirector Sara with a rock pigeon es. Another reason is that many cities discourage pigeons, and relaxing on her head. the MBTA (Massachusetts transportation system) has actually placed spikes on the rafters to prevent them from nesting. Hopefully these guys are able to keep being resilient, and more people Contact Sara Umbrell start to see them as a friendly bird rather than a pest! CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Hannah Nelson, a Canisius alumna who graduated last spring, said that “Matt is the heart and soul of Canisius College.” Nelson, who got to know Kochan during her long hours in the library as a student, said that she’ll always remember the times where Kochan helped her with small, school things — such as a time when she was struggling with a homework assignment on Excel. “He remembers the little details about each person, in ways that truly make them feel valued and seen,” she said. “That’s the type of person he is.” Helping the students over the years is how he gets to know them better as well. He talked about how he has seen students go from being “scared stiff” to “totally different people” as they go through their four years. And then through social media and other platforms, Kochan has been able to stay in contact with students from years ago. “To see students come in and then graduate and then to see them doing well and finding their way is awesome,” he said. He has also enjoyed getting more events, clubs, organizations and departments to go to the library. They’ve had everything from club tables to watch parties for Canisius sporting events to game nights every Thursday to different speakers and educational pro-



grams. If there’s one thing Kochan wants students to know about him and the library, it’s that they are always there for them. “We’re available to help. Please come up and interrupt us. We’ll help you with research, we’ll get you to where you have to go,” he said, adding, “this is your space and I’m just a steward of it.” And when he says that, he means it. Going from being a college kid who didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life to having a job that he loves in a field that he loves, Kochan shows up to work every day ready to serve the students. He hopes that he is changing people’s preconceptions of what a librarian or a library is, and he will continue to connect with students to show them all of the benefits to the library. He summed it up by saying, “This is where the students are. The whole reason why I do this is for the students. People think I work too much, but to me it doesn’t seem like work.”

Contact Julia Barth

Current trends and styles are always changing and evolving, but the structure of clothing and materials used to create said clothing do not change nearly as often. Lately, I have seen fashion shows and magazine features showing off pieces of clothing constructed using 3D-print technology. Not only is 3D-printing making waves in the fashion industry, but it is also providing sustainable alternatives to traditional clothing production. At Paris Fashion Week 2022, Iris van Herpen premiered her collection “Meta Morphisism” which was a collaboration with Magnum – yes, like the ice cream bars your mom likes – to bring the brand’s idea of a vegan and sustainable dress to life. While van Herpen is pretty well-versed in creating 3D-printed clothing, she specifically worked with the husks of cocoa beans to create a biomaterial to work with — a first for her and most contemporary couturiers. This material needed to somehow be compatible with the printing technology while still fitting with the iconic aesthetics of van Herpen. So, this obviously complex process meant that the 16 dresses in the collection each took three to four months to make, a testament to the immense amount of work, development and attention to detail that went into this very special runway show and collaboration. Iris van Herpen is known for more edgy and sculptural pieces, but this collection raises the bar with designs that are perfect in their skeletal, regal and ethereal nature. One of her dresses was notably worn by Dove Cameron at the 2022 “Gilded Age” Met Gala. This dress was not part of the “Meta Morphisis” collection, but it was a custom, partially 3D-printed gown called “Spiral Nebula” made out of recycled mylar. I would call it a stunning gown, but it’s more, it’s a piece of art and a great proof that sustainability is beautiful. It made headlines and created even more of a buzz surrounding what van Herpen had in store for Paris fashion week coming up just months from then. Iris van Herpen’s brand is high-end to say the least, the cost of her dresses range anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000. However, her work is a glimmer of hope for a future of fashion that is not dependent on methods of production that pollute our air, harm our animals or increase our waste. We constantly see the influence of designs by fashion houses on the runways trickle down into the mainstream. I truly hope that the message that Iris van Herpen made with these eco-friendly and eclectic garments will inspire smaller brands to try their hand at sustainable style. Contact Ava C. Green

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

Arcades became popular “mini-malls” in the 19th Century in Europe. America’s first arcade was built in Providence, Rhode Island in 1828. Architect E.B.Green traveled abroad by recommendation from the original building owner, G.B. Marshall, who made his fortune in oil. He suggested London’s Burlington Arcade as a model for architect E. B. Green and his adaptation of London’s Burlington Arcade included the requisite clerestory windows and iron canopy, which provided a brightly lit concourse with three floors of businesses. Although it was once known as the Palace Arcade, it’s most commonly known today as the Market Arcade. It sits on the 600 block of Main Street downtown and is one of the more established buildings there. The gem of this locally designated historic district, the Market Arcade possesses one of the best interior pedestrian spaces in the city. Three levels of shops and offices on either side of the covered “street” create a splendid urban environment that is comfortable all year round and it fulfills the purpose of an arcade in the truest sense. The Market Arcade is the city’s only historic covered shopping arcade. This 19th century building type, which first achieved popularity during the 1820s, is generally regarded as the forerunner of the contemporary suburban mall. The Market Arcade recalls another famous arcade, the Gallery Umberto I (1887-90) in Naples. It also maintains close ties to the street life around it being in the heart of the theater district. When constructed, the building connected this bustling stretch of Main Street with the flourishing public market that formerly existed at Washington and Chippewa streets. It was the market – the “belly of Buffalo”– that gave the arcade its name. Bison heads on the facade provide the symbolic reference that seeks

to make this graceful piece of nostalgia feel at home on Buffalo’s Main Street. The history of the Market Arcade has had its ups and downs over the years. Once its namesake was gone, the Market Arcade steadily lost tenants due to the pedestrian traffic on Main Street dwindling and an increase in the migration of people to the suburbs. The decline eventually brought about its closure in the 1970s. However, after extensive renovation, it

The Market Arcade is located at 639 Main Street, Buffalo.

reopened back in 1995. Today, it hosts a variety of tenants, from galleries, a barber and even a stationary store. Its life has been a rollercoaster ride, but it’s a small gem of the downtown area that remains today. Contact Lucas Watson


Editor Grace Brown

Page 5 November 18, 2022

THE GRIFFIN EDITORIAL Standardized tests put to rest Well, that was dramatic. President Stoute’s announcement that the college’s admissions process would no longer consider standardized test scores starting in fall 2024 surely sent shockwaves through the world of higher education admissions—and stakeholders in the SAT. But more important than Canisius’s potential appearance in the next edition of Higher Education Digest or the damage to the College Board’s billion-dollar bureaucracy are the consequences for high school students and Canisius. Here’s our take on those effects.

Some high school students sure to salivate

College bets enrollment will saturate

First, a focus on the former. Since Covid-19 hit, Canisius has had a test-optional policy, meaning that students can but are not required to submit standardized test scores. The obvious consequence is that students with good scores submit them and students with bad or no scores don’t. So there has probably been at least a portion of applicants who wouldn’t have submitted scores. But the decision to go test-free, rather than test-optional, prevents top test-takers from gaining an advantage with a great score, and it closes the door on any hint that the standardized tests are actually “mandatory optional.” So, it’s a stress reliever for many. Speaking cynically, there are probably quite a few college-bound high schoolers who are salivating at the chance to skip standardized tests. Barring a similar switch at other local colleges—Canisius’s new policy is unique in local higher ed—Canisius can probably count on a boost in applications, though an obvious concern is that the academic quality of applicants will fall. And that takes us to the crux of the matter: are standardized tests predictive of success in college? While we are inclined to say yes—we journalist types admittedly gain an advantage via the SAT’s reading/writing section —the data apparently say no. We won’t take issue with the months of research put into collecting that information, in part because even if tests like the SAT could 100% measure the skills it purports to—reading, writing and math—those skills are not nearly 100% of what a student needs to succeed in college and in a career. We particularly point to public speaking. We have a week to write, for instance, this editorial (that’s not to say we don’t wait until Thursday night, but the point stands). In many fields, employees are expected to be able to answer instantaneously—and verbally. Interviews are conducted the same way. For this reason, Canisius should use this opportunity to prioritize verbal skills. We hope Canisius has a plan to replace the written, standardized tests with more face-to-face (or Zoom) interaction with applicants, both to judge their potential, and to better understand what the average applicant, and thus future student, needs to improve in this regard. -PH

Despite its sudden announcement, the test-free change feels, as Stoute would say, intentional. The president has held his cards close to the vest (or suit, we suppose) about a potential transition to Canisius University and certainly about this change to test-free admissions. Formerly DePaul University’s vice president for strategic initiatives, Stoute played to his former title with Monday’s move. It makes The Griffin wonder if changing to test-free admissions wasn’t something that Stoute used to woo the trustees in his interviews for the presidency. If so, we can now guess what his bold State of the College enrollment and attendant budgetary assumptions were based on. Two weeks ago, in response to those assumptions, this column wrote that if President Stoute is “serious about meeting his goal to increase enrollment and balance revenues with expenses by 2027, then he needs to expand his options.” Monday’s matinee message about test-free admissions, released first to local media outlets and then on the College’s social media, certainly expanded his options. The danger of the change for Canisius seems clear. If other colleges continue to mandate standardized tests, Canisius might attract many of the students who don’t want to challenge themselves while spurning students who feel that standardized tests reflect years of hard work at building linguistic and mathematical skills. It is true that since making standardized tests optional in the pandemic, Canisius has enrolled objectively its most racially diverse, and subjectively to us at The Griffin very engaged, classes. But this was while top students could still submit their SAT/ACT scores. Blocking these academically advanced applicants from doing so could effectively send them to other schools that do reward standardized tests. While other local colleges were playing mere checkers with their change to “university” status, Canisius was playing chess with its decision to change to test-free admissions. But Stoute’s gambit will only make him look a grandmaster if the move both A) increases enrollment and B) doesn’t damage the College’s reputation for academic excellence. Otherwise it’ll be a checkmate for Canisius. -PH

You’re Not to Blame By MARISSA BURR A S S T. O P I N I O N E D I T O R

Anxiety, bullying, global pandemics, loss of family. These are all unfortunate things that I’ve had to overcome in my young life in order to become stronger and continue on. At the end of my freshman year of college, another was added to this list: sexual assault. It isn’t any easier to talk about it than it is to work through. Honestly, it shouldn’t be. The minute anyone becomes okay with having to talk about sexual assault is the minute they become numb to it. I’m not there. I didn’t go to that party. I wasn’t under the influence of any substances. I didn’t engage in any high-risk behaviors. I wasn’t even out of my own home. My situation didn’t line up with any of the warnings I was given at presentations or from flyers and commercials. So why did this happen to me? Because the reason behind sexual assault cannot be broken down into a pie chart with percentages showing what factors contribute most to the crime. It’s not something that people can do as a guarantee-prevention. When it comes down to it, there’s usually nothing a person can do to stop it. The reason for sexual assault is the existence of rapists. There’s nothing more to it than that. My story–-just like that of many others–shows that there is no other factor that is present in 100% of rape cases. Age, appearance, gender, sexuality, outfit, tox-screen or personality don’t have anything to do with it. So for all the survivors out there, in no way are you to blame for your assault. Media will say that it’s because of alcohol, drugs, provocative dancing, flirting or what someone’s wearing that rapes occur. But these do not correlate with rape. This is a victim-blaming mindset that society has unfortunately taken on. You probably know of someone who has been sexually assaulted. Is their case the same as mine? Or as the one on the news last week? The answer is no. How it happens can be different for every single person. The way someone works through it is the same way.

I don’t pretend to know how all survivors cope with their assault, nor how they continue their life after. For myself, though, my entire life shifted after that night. First there were months of denial. I chalked my experience up to misjudgement on my own part and buried the scarier parts of what happened so deep, that not even I could find them. I didn’t even process what really happened to me until way after the fact. Next, I was reckless. In an effort to take back control over my life–my body–I went places I shouldn’t have and made decisions I’d come to regret. My health and safety were no longer a priority because it seemed like someone else had stripped that away from me. Processing–and I mean truly doing so–was the hardest part. I would shudder every time I even thought of the assault. Realizations and flashbacks would hit out of nowhere and knock me off balance. I had no choice but to break down and try and get to the root of my emotion. If I could give any piece of advice to survivors about this stage of the aftermath, it’s to get professional help. Both through and outside the college there are thousands of licensed mental health professionals who can help you through this. It can make a huge difference. Over a year later, and I’ve finally come to terms with my assault. That doesn’t mean I am “over it” or I’ve forgotten that it happened, but rather I no longer am plagued by the memories every day. I can go weeks without giving it a second thought, but as you can tell, it wasn’t easy to get there. It’s been a really messy journey, and it’s never really going to be over. But I let it control my life for long enough. I quit my job, took multiple personal leaves from school, moved houses and constantly made changes to my life in order to get through the day. It wasn’t an easy process, nor was it as fast as I wanted it to be, but I made it through to the other side. So I’m telling anyone who has suffered the way I have that it’s possible. This shouldn’t end your life. It may be one of the hardest things you will ever have to overcome, but I promise that you can do it. You are better than them, and more importantly, you are stronger than them.


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The Underground innocently observes that, since 1966, alternating Canisius presidents have been a former Griffin Managing Editor who graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and whose last name ends in the “ee” sound. The Underground advises President Stoute to never travel to Reston, Virginia. As host city of one of the two main offices of the College Board, Reston probably put him on its blacklist after his decision to not allow the SAT in future college admissions decisions. Canisius’s dining services contract is up for bid. The Underground was impressed by the Canisius faculty and staff’s Thanksgiving sit-down dinner this past week and proposes that they offer to become the new dining provider. That’d certainly be one way for the school to save money. President Stoute’s decision to make Canisius admissions test-free beginning in 2024 has The Underground jealous of current high school juniors. The Underground thinks it only right that, in celebration of the move, the rest of the semester be made test-free for all classes.

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November 18, 2022


Readers’ Rite: Celebrities By GRACE BROWN OPINION EDITOR

We now live in a period where social media is a hot topic of conversation more than ever. Nobody can talk to you for more than a few minutes without asking “Have you seen this on TikTok?” When I think of celebrities, what first comes to mind is the illusion that celebrities present on social media. According to the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” (which I strongly recommend everyone watch), there is an epidemic of young teenage girls committing suicide in America, with suicide rates peaking in the years 2011 to 2013, around the creation of Facebook and Twitter. Suicide rates among young Americans have reached an all-time high. Exactly what is the root of this? The social media comparisons we create between ourselves and these individuals. We can see celebrity posts about their new sports vehicles, Gucci clothing and accessories, new mansions and even expensive shoes all over social media. We have reached a point where we have completely abandoned our own identities in an effort to live that of others. This is the truly terrible risk of social media. Women today can no longer simply gaze in the mirror without equating their bodies with those of celebrities who have had plastic surgery. We are so accustomed to seeing the body parts of women who have undergone plastic surgery all over social media in order to have these “perfect” looks, while the natural body parts of women are viewed as “unusual” and are degraded. We now value the bodies created in laboratories more than the ones we already have. But are just famous people at fault for this problem? Should we view ourselves as having significantly contributed to this epidemic? We are all to blame for the societal norms of what is considered “perfect.” In order to determine how we should look and live, our society has established these beauty standards, which focus on the physical appearance and way of life of celebrities. As a society, we must dismantle these “beauty standards” of unrealistically unnatural bodies and lifestyles that are not our own. We must unite to promote healthy lifestyles and self-loving lifestyles and to inspire one another to live within the lifestyles that we have in order to achieve our own lifestyles and not to live in the fictitious reality of someone else’s. -Rivy Mosegi

course, I had the DVD set. It was a collector’s DVD set, and the jacket had the Wicked Witch’s bony green fingers and rigid shadow menacingly hovering over a crystal ball. But a year into my “Wizard of Oz” infatuation, I was still terrified to finally watch the 1939 film because—for whatever reason—the flying monkeys sent chills down my spine. In lieu of the actual film, I think I nearly burned a hole in my household’s DVD player from the amount of times I watched and watched and watched the disc’s bonus features (so much so that I can still watch pieces of them in my head today). In 2007, the Lancaster Opera House was hosting a “Wizard of Oz” festival. Naturally, I begged my parents to take me, and both they and my grandmother happily obliged. Aside from another young brunette girl (who was also dressed as Dorothy), I don’t remember many attendees there that were around my age. But I do vividly remember walking into the building just as someone I immediately recognized was walking out. I froze in my steps and whipped around, announcing and pointing at the man, “You’re the guy from “The Wizard of Oz” bonus features!” Upon now Googling it, the man I remembered from the bonus features is named John Fricke. I’m not sure what he responded with, but I like to think a six-yearold recognizing him made him at least smile a bit, perhaps in confusion. I’ve crossed paths with a few semi-niche famous persons since, including the Munchkin Coroner at the same event, but my encounter with the guy from “The Wizard of Oz” bonus features will always be my favorite. Brianna Propis Growing up, my grandparents were snowbirds, meaning they would fly from Pennsylvania to Florida each winter to escape the cold weather. Up until I graduated from high school, my parents, brother and I would go visit for a few days once a year, usually on Easter break. I looked forward to these annual trips very much, counting down the days until my dad and I could go wading out to the

sandbars in water warmed by the sun, where we would find little sea creatures to pick up and terrorize my brother with. Even now, I look back on these trips with extreme fondness and long for the days when my parents paid for absolutely everything in life. One year, my family’s seats were a little separated on the flight down, so my mom and I sat on one side of the plane, while my brother and dad sat on the other. I was very young, so I don’t remember much, but I do know that my brother – only three years older – was kicking the back of a seat flanked by two men in black suits. I couldn’t see the individual sitting in the seat he was actually assaulting, but I could see my dad getting a little panicked about it. In retrospect, I’m pretty impressed he was able to keep his temper so cool, seeing as the passenger my brother kicked for two and half hours was Billy Idol. Only years later, when I finally began to appreciate real music, did I realize how cool this was. Nice Day for a Long Flight, I guess. Grace Brown This isn’t really my story to tell, but I happen to have a friend who lives in Los Angeles who went to high school with, and was sort of friends with the actor who played Gibby in “iCarly.” When I went out to visit him a few years ago, I joked around that we would meet up with Gibby just so I could take a picture to show my friends. My buddy got really serious and said, “He’s actually really insecure about that. After the show ended, he got super depressed. I mean, think about it – he had to run around shirtless as a little fat kid, which was super embarrassing for him.” I nodded empathetically, having been a chubby child myself, and dropped the premise. Needless to say, I have never met Gibby. Name Withheld Contact Grace Brown

I met one of my favorite band members Richard Camacho from the latin boy band CNCO. When I went down to Miami for my internship, CNCO was performing at some charity event. I was waiting outside the event when another fan came up to me and said she knew where they were, so I followed her and we snuck into the charity event venue. I got to see them perform through a door instead of going into the venue because we didn’t want to get in any real trouble. It was actually a full hour and a half set, basically an entire concert. When I was finally leaving at 1 a.m., I had been waiting there to see the band for at least six hours. I was just texting my friends that I didn’t get to meet any of them when, all of the sudden, I heard a motorcycle’s engine rev. I looked up, hoping not to get hit, and it was Richard from CNCO. I called his name to see if it was him, and sure enough, he said yes. We had a ten-minute conversation about life, and it was so great. He is from New York like me, so we could talk about that. Then I took a picture with him and went home. Name Withheld During my childhood, I was obsessed with “The Wizard of Oz.” I had a menagerie of collectibles from Vidler’s, and my bookshelf was adorned with every adaptation of the story I could find—my favorite being a pop-up book with Emerald City glistening off of the page—and, of

My Life as a Learning-Disabled Person By ERIK SCHNEIDER OPINION CONTRIBUTOR

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a learning-disabled person. This has been the most challenging and difficult journey I have ever faced in my life. There are some people who don’t see me having a disability but my family and friends see it. There were lots of times where I thought having a learning disability meant that I was stupid, wasn’t smart enough. I felt like I was going to give up, and asked myself why I have this disability. I’ve always had trouble learning the materials that the teachers were giving me in grade school, and I needed clarification so

I knew what was being taught so I could learn better. That was giving me some reassurance and it continues to help me here in college. Was there always tension between me and my family? Yes, but I’m so very grateful for everything they have done to help me get through school and prepare me for what lies ahead. I had an IEP (that stands for Individual Educational Program) which was developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services. During my school career, my parents attended meetings and my dad always said, “This is for Erik” and wanted what was best for me. I have worked so hard in school and I owe it a lot to my family.

All in all, I’m continuing to overcome my disability and I’m proud of what I accomplished, like going back to school, having a full-time job, living on my own, having a car, doing volunteer work like donating platelets, doing Toastmasters and helping with the Niagara Celtic Festival, plus running cross country and having the nickname Jimbo (which I earned in 2005 because I’m such a big fan of James Bond 007). I want to thank my family for all their help and their continuing love and support. To my friends, thank you for believing in me, accepting me for who I am and you are family to me. Contact Erik Schneider

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Men’s Basketball Beats Rival St. Bonaventure By TERRY SMITH SPORTS REPORTER

The Canisius men’s basketball team hosted St. Bonaventure at the Koessler Athletic Center last Saturday and won in a game that saw tons of back and forth between the rivals. The first few minutes of the game saw Canisius and St. Bonaventure go back and forth with quick threes and points in the paint. Xavier Long at the 19:04 mark threw down a right-handed dunk on an easy fast break. The game was like this for the majority of the game. Both teams went back and forth with neither team having an advantage over the other. The scoring deficit between the two teams never exceeded 10 points. Canisius led 34-33 going into the second half. St .Bonaventure shot 50% (15-30) from the field while Canisius shot 41% (12-29). 12 out of the 29 shot attempts came from beyond the three point line, as Canisius would knock down five threes. In the second, the game was close and came down to the wire. With two minutes left in the game, the Golden Griffins were down by four. Forward Jacob Fritz went to the line and hit both of his free throws to cut the lead to two. With 49 seconds left, Jordan Henderson knocked down a three pointer from the wing to put Canisius up one. With under 30 seconds left, St. Bonaventure center Chad Venning was fouled and sent to the line. He missed both of his attempts, sending the game into overtime. Canisius started to take the advantage, leading by as many as seven

Xzavier Long throws down a dunk

in OT. Although the game started to come to a close, Guard Daryl Banks for St. Bonaventure continuously made threes to try and get the Bonnies back into the game. At one point, the lead was cut down to one. Even with a late


game scare, it wouldn’t be enough, as Canisius would eventually put it away with two free throws. Xzavier Long had the team high with seven points in the first half and twelve in the second half and overtime

combined. Long’s team high would help the Griffins in their successful effort to close out the game. Contact Terry Smith |

Hockey sweeps series against AIC By CONNOR POHLMAN SPORTS EDITOR

Sophomore Alton McDermott’s goal at the 8:13 mark of the third period proved to be the difference as Canisius defeated AIC, 3-2, in Atlantic Hockey Association action Saturday at LECOM Harborcenter in downtown Buffalo. Senior Simon Gravel and graduate student Nick Bowman also scored for the Golden Griffins (4-8-1, 2-3-1 AHA), who completed a sweep of the visiting Yellow Jackets with the one-goal victory. Junior Randy Hernandez dished out two assists while senior Jacob Barczewski made 28 saves as he surpassed the 2,000-save plateau for his career during the contest. Jordan Biro and Julius Janhonan found the back of the net for the Yellow Jackets (5-6-2, 3-5-0 AHA). Troy Kobryn finished with 22 stops in goal for the visitors. Gravel staked Canisius to a 1-0 lead for the second consecutive contest as he struck just 1:46 into the game when he deflected senior Hudson Lambert’s point shot under the right pad of Kobryn. Biro tied the game at 1-1 at the 4:35 mark of the second period with a power-play goal as he fired a wrist shot past a screened Barczewski from the top of the slot. Bowman put the Griffs back in front with a power-play goal just past the midway point of the contest when he snuck a shot under the right arm of Kobryn from close range for his team-leading sixth of the campaign. McDermott stretched the Canisius advantage to 3-1 at the 8:13 mark of the third, collecting a pass from Hernandez in the neutral zone before beating Kobryn to the blocker side while on the rush for his second of the season. Janhonen brought the Yellow Jackets within one with under four minutes remaining, completing a tic-tac-toe passing sequence with a shot over the glove of Barczewski from close range to make it a 3-2 game. That would be as close as the Yellow Jackets would get, however, as

Simon Gravel celebrates a goal

the Griffs held on for the one-goal triumph. Canisius returns to action Nov. 25 and 26 when it hosts Army in a two-


game Atlantic Hockey Association Series at LECOM Harborcenter. Puck drop for both games of the series is slated for 1 p.m.

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November 18th, 2022


Women go 0-2 on the weekend as their first and third quarter woes continue. crushing what was almost an unprecedented Canisius comeback . Despite the loss Garrelts, and Haskell finished again as the Griffs leading scorers with 18 a piece. Through three games, the Griffs are now 1-2 and look ahead to their contest against Binghamton at home to turn things around in the first and third quarter. In those three games the women show they can close out a half with a point differential of plus twenty in the second and fourth quarters, but -25,-35 in the first and third quarters. Canisius also looks to win the battle of the glass which is something they haven’t done since their season opener where they out-rebounded Buffalo 42-36. Since then they’ve been out-rebounded a total 73-42. “There’s mentality and there’s heart, you have to have the mindset to want to fight and get the ball. Detroit kicked our butts in rebounding by a lot, we talked about how we got to that point. It’s ball containment, don’t let them shoot from the paint. If we want to help ourselves out from a rebounding perspective we can’t let them get the ball that deep. It starts before the shots are even taken,” said Canisius head coach Sahar Nusseibeh. The Blue and Gold are back in action on Nov. 19 at home against Binghamton. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. with the game airing on ESPN+.


Canisius traveled to Toledo and Detroit on Friday and Sunday in a weekend road trip that would set them back to 1-2 on the season. After the first quarter of action on Friday, the Golden Griffins found themselves down 23-6 to the Rockets with Toledo senior Quinesha Lockett scoring seven of her 27 points in the first quarter. Canisius responded in the second quarter with a 13-4 run thanks to threes from Griffs freshmen Sisi Eleko and Brooklyn Thrash, cutting their deficit within ten. Graduate student Vannessa Garrelts drained a three of her own to cut the score to 35-28. That was as close as Canisius got to Toledo, finishing the last two minutes of the half of a 9-2 run. Despite three Griffs finishing with double digits (Gerrelts 17, Haskell 16,Gattozzi 10), Toledo took control in the second half, outscoring Canisius 49-36 and taking the contest 93-66. Canisius then traveled from Toledo to Detroit in a matchup against the Detroit Mercy Titans where the Griffs looked to get back above .500 and the Titans looked to get their first win. In a similar game script to Toledo, Canisius trailed Detroit Mercy 21-9 after the first quarter. In another strong second quarter, the Griffins went on a 10-0 run, benefiting with threes from Garrelts and Thrash. Canisius looked

Vannessa Garrelts handles the basketball

hopeful going into halftime trailing Detroit Mercy only 31-28. They’d be plagued by another disastrous third quarter, being outscored 26-9, digging themselves a 20-point deficit going into the fourth. With six minutes left in regulation down 61-41, the Griffs found life again, scoring 10 unanswered in just three minutes with three pointers


from Jane McCauley, Vannessa Garrelts, and Dani Haskell. Despite a pair of Titans free throws, Canisius claimed 11 of the next 14 points scored and Haskell’s “and-one” made it just a one possession game with seven seconds left. Detroit Mercy’s Myonna Hooper was intentionally fouled and made both free throws,

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Canisius Volleyball falls in playoffs after clinching #4 seed By COLIN RICHEY SPORTS REPORTER

Canisius volleyball finished 1-1 in their final two matches of the regular season, with a 3-0 win over Siena and a 3-0 loss against Marist. With their 11-7 finish in the conference, the Griffins had the four seed entering the MAAC Volleyball Championship. Thanks to an important win over Siena, Canisius clinched the fourth seed before their final game. The Griffs dominated the first set, which included a 7-1 run to start the match. The Griffins won easily, 25-14. The team’s dominance didn’t stop there. In the second set, the Griffs accomplished an 11-0 run to start the frame. They finished strong with a 7-2 run, for a total score of 25-11. Siena began to hold their own against Canisius in the third set, tying it 8-8 early on. A 6-0 run propelled the team to a 25-16 win, and a 3-0 sweep in the match. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Baldwin led the team with fifteen kills, and also recorded one ace and two blocks. Senior libero Bree Long led the team with 22 digs, while freshman setter Ella Bourque registered a team high thirty assists. This marks the 15th MAAC match this season where Bourque has tallied thirty or more assists. Canisius closed out the regular season with Senior Day against Marist, the second seed in the MAAC standings. The team honored seniors Ella Loussia, Elle Shult, Bree Long and Camille Vanleer. The Griffs struggled to generate enough offense, losing all three sets by six or seven points. Senior outside hitter Loussia led the team with nine kills, and finished second on the team with nine digs (trailing only Long’s twelve). Bourque once again led the team in assists, this time

Ella Bourque serves the ball


finishing with 26. She became just the ninth player in program history, and first freshman, to record 1,000 assists in a single season. The Griffins traveled to Lake Bue-

lost a close 3-2 matchup to earlier in the season. Fourth-seeded Canisius was swept by No. 5 seed Siena, 3-0, in quarterfinal-round action. The Saints won the match by scores of 26-24, 25-17 and 25-20 to advance to the tournament semifinals, where they will face top-seeded Fairfield Friday at noon. The Golden Griffins (13-15) saw their season come to a close with the defeat. Sophomore outside hitter Kara Zaucha paced Canisius, recording a double-double with 14 kills and ten digs. Senior outside hitter Ella Loussia added seven kills and eight digs of her own with senior libero Bree Long leading Canisius with 18 digs. At the net, junior right side Alexa Albinson picked up four total blocks with senior middle blocker Elle Shult recording the only solo block for Canisius. Down by as much as five in the first set, the Griffs were able to storm back and tie the score, 17-17. The two sides exchanged points until the very end, with Siena scoring the final two points of the set off a service ace from Emily Wood and a Canisius attack error to take the set, 26-24, and grab a 1-0 match lead. Siena would use a .325 hitting percentage to propel themselves to a 25-17 victory in the second set, a 2-0 match lead. After the intermission, Canisius and Siena would exchange the first few points of the third set before a 7-1 run, propelled by kills by Sara Wagner and Wunder, which allowed the Saints to take the third set, 25-20, and complete the sweep.

na Vista, Florida to participate in the 2022 MAAC Championship at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. Their quarterfinal match is against Siena, who they recently swept 3-0, but

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Game Hockey

Mbasketball vs Frredonia Nov. 18h 7 p.m.



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Bills vs Browns Nov. 20th 1 p.m.

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