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Bonaventure ranks high for value BY RYAN LAZO Assistant News Editor

St. Bonaventure University earned the No. 9 ranking for top value colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition. The average financial aid packet an incoming student receives factored into the ranking. On average, an incoming freshman will receive more than $22,000 in financial aid, one of the highest in the North. Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F. university president, commended the financial aid department in a university press release for helping St. Bonaventure University to achieve this ranking. “U.S. News has once again validated what we have always known — that we are much more affordable than people often realize,” she wrote. “Our financial aid people work tirelessly to do everything they can to make a Bonaventure education possible for students.” U.S. News uses a specific formula in order to rank the best value colleges based on their academic quality, which is indicated by the university’s 2011 U.S. News ranking according to a university news release. The formula also includes the previous academic year’s net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid. In simple terms, the higher the quality of the school and the lower the cost determines the school’s ranking for the list. Kevin Festa, a sophomore, agreed with Sister Margaret’s opinion, but only to an extent. “Yeah, St. Bonaventure is in the middle of the tuition spectrum compared to colleges such as Harvard, but there are other circumstances that can make it diffi-

cult for a student to attend St. Bonaventure,” he said. “Scholarships, for one, are difficult to maintain, and the dollar amount can fluctuate year to year, causing stress to build on the student paying their tuition.” Brandon Avery, also a sophomore, agreed with Festa. “St. Bonaventure can be affordable to people if they can earn the grades which would allow them to receive scholarships,” he said. St. Bonaventure also ranked No. 29 out of 172 institutions on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, which put SBU in the top 17 percent of northern colleges offering master’s degrees. Sophomore Connor Baird said other factors besides price make Bonaventure his college of choice. “The fact that it is such a small campus and that everyone knows each other makes it easy to come here and be comfortable,” she said. “You make new friends that are most likely going to be there for you for the rest of your life, and that makes this place special.” e-mail:

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Warming House needs a home BY MIKE VITRON News Editor In June, Olean Mayor Linda Witte informed Larry Sorokes that the Warming House had a few weeks to find a new location and move out. Billed as the country’s oldest student-run soup kitchen, the Warming House has offered nourishment and companionship in a dignified family setting since 1974, according to the university’s website. “In June, I got a call from the mayor, and she indicated that the current owner of the building, a company called STEL (Southern Tier Environments for Living), was in the process of selling it back to the city, technically to the urban renewal agency,” Sorokes, director of the Center for Community Engagement, said. “And the urban renewal was going to take over all of that property and that block and look to develop it into something more economically advantageous for the city.” In its lease with STEL, the Warming House has a sixmonth escape clause, which gives a grace period to find a new location. The clause was honored, giving the Warming House until Jan. 13 to move out. Sorokes said the news came as no surprise to him. “I came to Bonaventure just over two years ago … I had had some conversations with people who I knew were looking at developing that corner, and they said, ‘it’s probably going to be six months or so and you are going to be asked to move out,’” he said. “A lot of people have been somewhat critical of the visibility of the Warming House given that folks sort of congregate outside,” Sorokes said. “Be that as it may, they would prefer not to see the poor gathering in such a visible spot, which is unfortunate.” Sorokes said the search for a new location is well underway and the prospects have been

Mayor Linda Witte informed Larry Sorokes, director of Center for Community Engagement, that the Warming House must vacate its current location on 110 W. State St., Olean. Hannah Chesley/The Bona Venture

narrowed down. “Sometimes narrowing it down is helpful. We have been able to rule a few locations out,” he said. “We respect the city’s concern that we not be taking up prime real estate, but we also know we have to be in a location that’s accessible to the guests that come to the Warming House. We want to be as close to city-center as we can while certainly being a good neighbor to those around us.” Sorokes said the new location would still be in Olean. “There was some talk of moving out of town … but the real client base is in Olean and it only makes sense that you serve people where it is the most convenient for them,” he said. Sorokes said if a location is not found before the six months are up, St. Mary the Angel’s Catholic Church on the Corner of South First & West Henley streets in Olean offered to house the operation until a suitable location is secured. “We don’t expect any interruption in our service, and we would hope to continue doing

business as usual right on through,” he said. Jamie Ryder, director of the Warming House, said the Warming House guests are concerned about a new location. “They are not really happy, but they know that it needs to happen,” she said. “Their major thing is ‘where is it going to be; are we going to be able to get there?’” Ryder, ‘05, who helped the Warming House move into its current location, said it is much more central than the previous location on North Union. The news upset Meghan Reno, a junior English major, who spent her summer interning at the Warming House. “I found out (the Warming House was going to have to move) when I was on vacation. I was bawling my eyes out. I thought we were going to have to just end,” she said. “The people that go there have been going there forever,” she said. “It’s the same faces, and then there are always new faces, too.

It’s just Olean is so run down. Without a soup kitchen around, I don’t know what anyone would do.” Mary George, Olean community development coordinator, said the city does not yet have a definite plan for the current location of the Warming House, but it will likely be a mixed-use facility. Olean Mayor Linda Witte said the city will continue to support the Warming House’s mission. “Now that we are going to be taking over those properties, we are looking forward to having a good relationship,” she said. Ryder ensures the oldest student-run soup kitchen will continue its service for many years to come. “There is no way we are closing the Warming House,” she said. “The university values this ministry way too much to actually take that away from the guests and the people of Olean.” e-mail:

SBU Bookstore offers students rental options


A textbook-renting program at the St. Bonaventure University Bookstore has allowed students to rent over 1,400 textbooks this semester. Annette McGraw, bookstore manager, said 90 percent of students who purchased books from the bookstore this semester have rented at least one textbook. The bookstore, operated by the Follett Corp., was given permission to start renting textbooks at the end of July, McGraw said. She said the main purpose of this program is to save students as much money as possible, especially with the economy’s current state. Twenty-six pilot Follett Corp. bookstores tried the program last year, and those pilot stores were able to save students more than $6 million, she said. McGraw said only 40 percent of the textbooks were are able to be rented this semester, but the program was such a success this fall there will likely be a larger selection of textbooks available to be rented in the spring. Samantha Shaver, a sophomore accounting major, said she thinks the textbook renting

process is a great asset for St. Bonaventure students. “It gives students the opportunity to save money on textbooks and not worry about the hassle of selling them back,” she said. “The end of the semester is a hectic time, and it’s a relief to know I can easily bring back my book to the store.” Josh Carniewski, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major, rented his books online from the campus bookstore and was also pleased with the program. “I think the process was simple and easy,” he said. The renting website walked you through it effortlessly.” Before textbooks were available for rent, Carole McNall, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication, said she changed books for one class because she found one textbook that looked as good as the other one she was using, which was $30 cheaper. McNall said she was glad when she found out the new textbook she assigned for her class was on the rental list this semester. McNall also sees positive things for this new textbook renting program. “From what I’ve seen, I can’t

see any downside,” she said. “One may show up, but so far it looks good.” The registration process to rent textbooks takes very little effort, McGraw said. Students must be 18 years old and have a valid government identification card or a passport. Students must also have a valid major credit card that is swiped for collateral, and also go through the quick registra-

tion process at the register before officially paying to rent the textbooks, McGraw said. Immediately after registering, student are sent an e-mail where they can finalize their registration and set up their own renting textbooks account online, she said. Renting a textbook is just like purchasing a used or new textbook from the bookstore, she said. Students are still able to write,

SBU’s bookstore offers discounts of up to 50 percent to students who rent their books. Barbara Galletes/The Bona Venture

highlight and take notes in rented textbooks, McGraw said, but rented textbooks must be returned without any missing pages or significant damages. McGraw thinks this new program will only grow from here. “It’s a great way to save money,” she said. “This program has gone better than I expected, especially since it’s the first semester the bookstore is offering this.” Some students say they will likely rent textbooks again in the future. “It was very simple and a money saver,” Carniewski said. He also said if you need the book for the future, you are better off buying it used. McGraw agreed with this statement. “If a student has to rent textbooks for two semesters, the bookstore staff is urging students to just purchase the book new,” she said. She said students will practically pay for the book itself if they have to rent it two separate semesters. There is also more help out there when it comes to students buying and renting textbooks. A new law, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) went into effect July 1, McGraw said.

It aims to give college students a break on college textbook costs. The law requires students to have access to textbook prices and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) when registering for classes, she said. “It is not up to the bookstore to comply with the new HEOA law,” McGraw said. “It’s up to the institution.” “The institution is required to follow all parts of the law, and we are here to help them out,” she said. “We have a book program called “Book Look” which ties into the schools registration process. As long as the professor has their order in, we can take the price of the book and the ISBN and put it into a student’s registration process,” she said. However, St. Bonaventure is not hooked up to this process yet, McGraw said. She said the university is pushing professors to have their book orders in by Sept. 22 for next semester. Then students will be able to have access to this information when they register for classes next semester, she said. e-mail:


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Bona Bus unveils new schedule

New signs located across campus designate spots for the Bona Bus to pick up students. Sara Regal/The Bona Venture

B Y M ARK B ELCHER Contributing Writer

New hours for the Bona Bus may make late night activities easier, Rob DeFazio, the director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership,

said. The bus now runs from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. “Last year, it was geared more toward getting people to academic classes,” DeFazio said. “It’s a safety and convenience thing this year.”

There were a few people who voiced opinions against changing hours. They just never showed up to the Student Government Association (SGA) meetings, DeFazio said. “I like the new hours a lot,” junior Andrew Nguyen said. “I think they give students a lot of flexibility.” Some expressed concern for walking at night. “I’m not a fan of walking alone at night,” SGA President Michelle McKernan said. Winter weather also adds to the desire for the later bus hours. “I don’t think anybody will want to make the walk to go to the gym in the harsh winters here,” McKernan said. With an average of fewer than six riders per hour last year, the SGA hopes to increase student use of the bus this year. While SGA covers the cost of the bus, more riders means more efficient use of SGA funding. The average cost per rider breakdown last year was about $9 for the Bona Bus, compared to

about $0.60 for the weekend bus. “We’re trying to think economically,” McKernan said. “We were wasting money on having few riders per hour.” Some money from student activity fees goes into an SGA account where they choose what to spend it on, DeFazio said. SGA also decided to allocate $190 to purchase new bus signs. They are located at each of the on-campus bus stops, Shay-Loughlen Residence Hall, Hickey Dining Hall, Robinson and Falconio Circle, Garden Apartments, the corner stop sign by Francis Hall, Townhouse 26, Carmike Cinema, Wal-Mart and the corner of 5th and Main streets (417) in Allegany. “The idea of having a night bus just seemed like a better idea than having a morning bus,” DeFazio said.

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The Richter goes high-tech B Y K RISTY K IBLER Advisory Editor When St. Bonaventure community members walk into the Richter Center this semester, they’ll find updated cardio equipment and exercise classes waiting for them. Thirty-five brand new cardio machines, including treadmills, elliptical machines and exercise bikes, have replaced the Richter Center’s older equipment. Rob DeFazio, director of the Richter Center, said the threeyear lease ran out on the previous equipment, allowing the purchase of new machines through the same leasing company, G & G Fitness. “By leasing the equipment, this allows us to stay up-to-date with technology and change out the equipment, because the cardio equipment just takes a pounding over three years,” DeFazio said. “This way, we make sure it’s always in good shape.” Each machine comes with several technological advances, including a touch screen, virtual and interactive trainer options, an iPod hookup and individual TVs. As well as offering workouts in 13 languages, the machines also have a USB port where

students can record their workouts and track their progress after creating an account at The portion of the student activity fee allotted for the Richter Center covered the costs of the equipment, DeFazio said. Going into the ‘03-'04 school year, the year the Richter Center opened, students voted to increase the student activity fee by

$100. The following academic year, they voted to increase it by another $100, and in ‘05-'06, they increased it by $25. “What they said back then is that they always want the Richter Center to be updated and want every student that comes here to experience what they did back then,” DeFazio said. “They got brand new equipment. The way we have it set up

Students work out on new, leased equipment in the Richter. All cardio equipment has an attached personal TV.

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now is that every student at St. Bonaventure at some point in their four years will get new equipment.” The Richter Center also added three new workout classes, in addition to continuing to offer yoga, Pilates and the Ab Lab. Two of the new classes, P90X and Insanity, are intense, long-term strength and conditioning programs. The third, Zumba, is a Latin and international danceinspired workout. “They’re the hot items right now,” DeFazio said of the new class options. “People are into it, so we want to bring what the people want.” Exercise classes will begin Monday. A full schedule and class descriptions can be found in the university Notice Board and posted in the Richter Center. Sophomore Brittany Weeks said she thinks the new cardio equipment offers more than just improved features. “It does better with calorie counting; it does better with pace,” she said. “It gives more accurate results.”


Intramural registration goes online BY CAMERON DEORDIO Copy Editor Starting this semester, students looking to participate in intramural sports will have to sign up online. The registration site,, will also allow students to check their leagues’ up-to-date scores and standings during the season, said Rob DeFazio, the director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership (CARL) and the Richter Center. Before, students would sign up at the front desk of the Richter Center. Easy access to standings and scores wasn’t the only reason for the switch, DeFazio said. “One thing is to go green and conserve resources,” he said. “Using the online site — which is free — is easier. You can get a hold of all the players at once, so, say, if there’s a thunderstorm and softball activities are cancelled, you can let all the softball players know at once.” Austin Kelley, intramurals president, agreed. “We felt online enrollment would be a step in the right direction,” he said. “We see it as the future, as everything is online now.” St. Bonaventure University’s

intramural offerings include golf, flag football, co-ed softball, 3-on-3 basketball and dodgeball. Students interested in participating can register at by creating an account at and clicking “St. Bonaventure University” or “Create/Join onscreen instructions after logging in. CARL held workshops to

tell incoming freshmen about online registration, DeFazio said. CARL also planned to set up tables outside the bookstore in the Reilly Center to inform returning students, Kelley said. “I think intramurals enrollment will be the same,” Kelley said. “If you want to do intramurals, you’re going to do it. I hope it has a positive effect, though.”

“It’s up to us to get it out there that registration has gone online,” DeFazio said. Students with questions about online registration can reach Rob DeFazio by phone at 716-375-2190 or e-mail at, or Austin Kelley by e-mail at e-mail:

Starting this fall, students will have to sign up for intramural sports, like softball, online at

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Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity

Financial aid is available for semester study in Ireland with the F. Donald Kenney International Scholars Award $1,500 (two awards) and Australia consisting of Bond Tuition Awards $5,400 (two awards). Deadline for these awards is Oct. 8. In order to apply for one of the awards, students must first be accepted into one of the programs. Applications can be found outside RC 222.

Tutors Needed

Students interested in obtaining a leadership position on campus are asked to apply as a tutor for the Higher Education Opportunity Program. They are looking for tutors in Math, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Accounting, English and Clare College. Students must have at least a sophomore standing. Applications are available in the HEOP office located in RC 209.

SIMM seeks members

A general interest meeting for the Finance Club is scheduled for Monday at 12:30 p.m. in the SIMM room located in the basement of the Reilly Center. Students of all majors are encouraged to come. Upcoming events such as the alumni golf tournament and the trip to New York City will be discussed. Those unable to attend the meeting but still interested in joining should contact Patrick Dugan at

Students to pray for victims of 9/11

A memorial prayer service from 11:20-11:30 a.m. is scheduled for next Friday at the memorial stone in front of Plassmann Hall. All are welcome.

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Enjoy today, but look beyond

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the chorus of freedom, the emphatic message punctuating the document setting this country apart from the rest. It’s also the perfect tune for the fresh start of a new semester at Bonaventure. Over the last week, returning students aroused this quiet campus from its summer slumber, embracing life as they personalized their dorms, liberty as they shed home rules and obligations and the pursuit of happiness as they vowed to each other that this school year would be the best yet. This past week embodied the American ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence and displayed them across Bonaventure and other college campuses. But this whole summer exemplified the distance between those ideals and the struggles of the real world. Oil spilled while general government funding continued to dry up, states struggled to finalize budgets and the unemployed sought jobs in a market teetering toward recession once again. Meanwhile, parties squabbled over the proper place to put a mosque.

Tim Gross

College makes these pessimistic headlines easy to escape or ignore, but the reality weighs down on this generation more than ever. In college, life feels more alive, liberty feels freer, and the pursuit of happiness runs as fast as it ever will. Beyond college, life turns a little uncertain. It bends with a little more pressure. Students should pay attention to this great contrast. It should galvanize the college experience and make the ideals feel even better as the window for enjoying them to the fullest closes with each passing day. It should also prepare students for what sits just outside that window, the mess they will inherit, the challenges they will face. The importance of finding that balance — between the uninhibited life of a college student and the grim signs of the times — is more important now than it ever was. The effects of a society indifferent

to its environment have surfaced as global warming continues its threat. This generation has the power to change, and an even greater power to learn, and newspapers like The Bona Venture provide that outlet. Newspapers are dying, so they say, but the news is as important as ever. College students today feel life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as they chase the American ideals. But if we start to pay attention now, if we realize what we have and what we can gain and learn from reality’s lessons today. We can bring our generation — and future generations — closer to carrying those ideals far into the twentyfirst century.

Tim Gross is the editor-inchief for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

Lack of welcome event deters Bona’s students

My Turn

Chris Graham

Semester abroad in Italy fosters pride in SBU How did I end up being whisked thousands of miles away from Bona’s, my home away from home, to spend four months studying abroad in Perugia, Italy? Well, although mouth-watering pastas, homemade pastries, bottles of local wine and gorgeous scenery would have been reason enough, it was the Umbra Institute and its relationship with SBU that sealed the deal. The semester program at the Umbra Institute brings together American and Italian institutions of higher learning and world-renowned professors to offer a diverse curriculum, and the opportunity to participate in Perugia’s vibrant community and truly immerse oneself in Italian life and culture. There were so many options for me as a St. Bonaventure student in Italy that I felt as if I were simply at a sister school in another country. Because Bonaventure has a unique relationship with the Umbra Institute — we

even exchange faculty — all my courses transferred. Classes are taught in English (except Italian Language), and if that isn’t enough, there are numerous internship opportunities for students who don’t speak Italian: international business, art history, education and even pre-law. The education class I took at the Umbra Institute allowed me to observe the difference between Italian and American classrooms. I was amazed. I worked with ninth grade students, second grade students and even an after-school program for 15-yearolds. Umbra allowed me to have as much time as I wanted in the schools for observing and conducting research. The values on which St. Bonaventure University is founded have deep roots in history and spirituality that we Bonaventure students sometimes take for granted. Of course, we learn about St. Francis and St. Clare through the Catholic and Franciscan Heritage course, and that

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Studentsstudying in Italy visited Assisi, the site of St. Francis’s tomb.

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made traveling to Assisi monumental. I traveled to nearby Assisi four different times during the semester. Seeing Francis’ tomb, hearing the poor Clares singing, and seeing the Friars praying was a truly holy moment for me. I simply couldn’t believe I was seeing the places I’d learned about at Bona’s. The Medieval Culture class that I took had a whole unit on Francis and Clare and another one on their basilicas. When I heard my fellow classmates’ awe at how fascinating they thought the stories were, I appreciated attending a university modeled after those virtues and that takes pride in sharing those stories so that every single student who attends Bona’s has the common bond of St. Francis and his order. The decision to study in Italy for an entire semester was a big one and was worth it. Living in an Italian apartment, buying groceries at the local marts, riding trains and staying in hostels all over Europe were life-changing experiences. I learned so much about myself. I had time to be a part of the Italian culture and learn the way of the people, how to speak the language, how not to order a Cappuccino after 10 a.m. (Italians don’t drink milk after then), and how to eat dinner no earlier than 9 p.m. I had plenty of time to travel to all the places Italy had to offer and even made it to Paris and Barcelona. I didn’t know a single word of Italian, and I was nervous about completing my education degree, apprehensive about being “millions” of miles away from home for so long and unsure of what to expect, but I went to Italy and came home a new person. Thank you, St. Bonaventure University, and program directors Dr. and Mrs. Chiariello for making it possible for your students to go to Perugia and become better leaders, adults and travelers. Abigail Schaaf Class of 2012

As students file back to St. Bonaventure University for another school year, one underachieving aspect of the school continues its run: no “welcome back” event for returning students. Upperclassmen know Bona’s can offer great entertainment on Spring Weekend, but why not provide that atmosphere when students are excited to come back? Instead, students move back and meet up with old friends, left with no event to start the year. While St. Bonaventure will never have the financial resources the University at Buffalo has to bring in acts like Kid Cudi, who performed a free “welcome back” concert for UB students, Bona’s could still present some event. Not only

If students can’t receive the entertainment here, they will go to other nearby colleges to get it.

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would the show get attendance due to the good weather Bona’s receives early in the semester, it would also provide an opportunity for freshmen to get together and meet their new classmates, easing their transition into college. As far as the concert itself, the genre of music would not matter because any concert would be better than no concert. With the event also being right when students move in, they would not have schoolwork to complete and would come out as a community to support a concert to start the school year off right. If Bona’s continues to take its current approach, it risks students going elsewhere for entertainment. With the lack of a concert this year, some other students and I went to UB to see Kid Cudi perform. If Bona’s allows this to keep happening, what does it show to prospective students that the college they want to attend cannot welcome them with events showing Bona’s is a place to be? If students can’t receive the entertainment here, they will go to other nearby colleges to get it, and Bonaventure becomes the college you attend, but not the college that welcomes you back in style. Chris Graham is a staff writer for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

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Mississippi school abolishes racist policy School elections are a child’s first taste of democracy. Imagine if school administrations molded young minds toward voting for a specific race. Until this year, this occurred in a northern Mississippi school system. According to an August 27 Associated Press article, the Nettleton School District announced Friday that a racist policy regarding race would no longer be instituted in school elections. It’s about time. Previously, the administration only allowed white students to run for president.

Elizabeth Grady

In the eighth grade, black students were able to run for vice president and reporter. In the seventh grade, black students had the opportunity to become secretary or treasurer. However, in the sixth grade, they merely

Middle-school student Brandy Springer was told she could not run for the position of reporter at Nettleton Middle School based on her race.

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had the opportunity to become a reporter, according to The race requirement for each office alternates by year, according to the AP. The policy, instituted 30 years ago, originally aimed to reach racial equality in schools, believe it or not. If anything, it causes generations to focus on racially segregating other students. It’s amazing that, as a society, we sit here assuming race is no longer an issue because we elected a black president. This school district’s continuation to follow that ridiculous, out-dated rule for so long proves that, as a nation, we may have a long way to go. Why didn’t people of the community fight to end this policy years ago? Did they agree with it or pretend it didn’t exist? Clearly, the inability to change the policy reflects on the attitude of the entire community. I applaud the school district for discontinuing the policy, but they were too late. The damage is already done. The school district fostered a racist attitude among the minds of the youth in that small town. Who says they won’t spread that vicious cycle of racism to friends, family and their children? If we want racism to completely end, society must get to the root of the problem. If you hear students around school making racist remarks or jokes, ask them to stop. We can’t continue to lazily allow such a detrimental attitude to circulate our society anymore. Elizabeth Grady is the features assignment editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is

Student’s internship benefits career goals Growing up, I passed the Tonawanda News quite frequently as I made treks to family in Tonawanda. It’s not a flashy building. It’s painted white. It has a modest parking lot. It doesn’t even have two floors. As a child, I remember wondering what the inside looked like. After all, that’s where they made the newspapers. But how? Years later, I’d find out as I entered the simple, one story building as an intern. My first day would be easy, at least that’s what I gathered from the e-mail I had received from the managing editor. He’d said I would just come in, familiarize myself with the newsroom and go over what kind of work I’d be doing over the summer. Piece of cake, right? Well, not so much. On May 19, I arrived at Tonawanda News and set foot into the building I had wondered about as a child. Through two sets of glass doors and up a couple steps, I walked through the receptionist area, past an old printing machine and into the newsroom. Upon first glance, I was delighted. It wasn’t modern, stuffy or frightening. The computers were Macs, an array of notes and papers covered the desks, and no one was dressed in a suit and tie. It felt like the Bona Venture newsroom I was used to down in Robinson Hall.

Kaitlin Lindahl I shuffled in a few steps and introduced myself to the first person I saw – Dave, a friendly reporter. He told me the managing editor wasn’t in yet and that he would show me around the newsroom. After a few minutes (the newsroom isn’t very big), I was sitting in front of one of the Macs, idly waiting, until Dave came back and handed me a sheet of paper. “We’re going to get you to work right away,” he said. I grabbed the paper and read it over. It was a press release. My mind and heart kicked into a panic. What if I mess up? What if they think I’m terrible? What if they regret letting me intern? Then I remembered the wise words of a professor: think first, write second. Taking a deep breath, I read the press release a few times over, jotted down some notes and then started typing a quick blurb. Before I knew it, I had finished writing and had gotten the seal of approval from the managing editor.

These little bouts of panic followed me throughout the summer: The first time I was asked to do street talk (go out and ask random people for quick interviews and a headshot), the first time I called someone for an interview within earshot of everyone in the newsroom, the first time I attached my name to a byline. But little by little, the panic began to subside and I found myself easing into the rhythms of the newsroom. After 13 weeks, I felt accomplished. I had written seven stories, three of which ended up on the front page. I had pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I had gained insight as to whether I wanted to choose this career path or another. These things, to me, were far greater than earning a paycheck every week for my contributions. I walked out of the newsroom with new confidence in myself and in my writing abilities, and most importantly, I received what I had set out for: experience. Curious about your town’s newsroom? Wondering if you chose the right career path? Looking for handson experience? Try an internship. The answers will unfold before you.

Ignorance ignites anti-Muslim views Kristy Kibler Imagine. You’re at a mass at the St. Bonaventure University Chapel, listening to one of the friars’ deliver a homily. As the morals, rituals and hymns of your religion wash over you, you feel at peace. You feel at home. But suddenly, instead of hearing the word of God, you’re hearing the script of an R-rated movie. F-bombs and gunshots fill your ears in place of murmured prayers and hallelujahs. Fear and confusion replace peace and faith. That exact situation took place this Monday. Only there was one notable difference: it wasn’t a church. It was a mosque. The alleged perpetrators? Five teenage boys from a nearby town, according to The Buffalo News’ Tuesday police blotter. The scene of the crime? The World Sufi Foundation Mosque in Carlton, N.Y., a small town off the coast of Lake Ontario. The charge — disrupting a religious service — is a misdemeanor. Orleans County police charged one boy, the one who allegedly fired a shotgun into the ground outside the mosque, with felony possession of a weapon. It may seem the world has much bigger situations to deal with right now than a couple disrespectful, ignorant teenagers in western New York. But some of society’s most dire problems manifest

Think about how it would feel to have your religion devalued and cheapened like those Sufis in Carlton experienced. No one deserves that.

themselves in this simple act of harassment. America is a beautiful, proud, and wonderful country. I consider myself profoundly blessed to have been born here. But pride in your homeland shouldn’t blind you to its faults. Despite our creeds of freedom and acceptance, mainstream America has a track record of de facto intolerance. Native Americans, African Americans, Japanese Americans, women— all have had to fight for the equality they were already promised in this great country. And now, it’s Muslim Americans’ turn. In a post-9/11 world, it makes sense to be scared. It makes sense to search for a villain. But what doesn’t make sense is to demonize an entire religion for the extremism of a minority. Nothing is perfect. Christianity has its own history of periodic violence and destruction, just like nearly every religion, belief and nation. Nearly every religion, belief and nation has been blamed and stereotyped for the unimaginably horrible, hurtful actions of a few. It’s up to us to break the pattern. Putting yourself in another’s shoes may be cliché, but it’s overused for a reason: it’s effective. Think about how it would feel to have your religion devalued and cheapened like those Sufis in Carlton experienced. No one deserves that. Freedom of religion is a basic tenet of life in America. It is called the Bill of Rights — as in a bill of inalienable promises. You cannot take that freedom away from anyone in this country. You may not like what someone believes, but you have to respect it. You have to be courageous enough to not seek out an easy target, strong enough to embrace what’s different instead of assaulting it. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Let’s start acting like it.

” Yost’s story is “Power”-ful reminder of discrimination

In the mid-1990s, David Yost lived out the dream of every five-year-old boy at the time suiting up as the Blue Power Ranger for three seasons on Fox’s highly successful Saturday morning children’s show, “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.” However, when he wasn’t fighting villains on-screen, Yost supposedly fought a very real enemy away from the camera — horrific workplace discrimination due to his homosexuality. In an Aug. 26 interview with user “NoPinkSpandex,” the actor detailed events reminiscent of a bad television sitcom. “I was called f----t one too many times by the show’s creators, producers, writers, directors,” Yost said. “I know that my co stars were called in a couple times to different producers’ offices and questioned about my sexuality, which is kind of a humiliating experience to find that out.” While Yost’s situation may be an extraordinary case of discrimination in the workplace, he would have remained powerless if he had attempted to fight back using legal means. California is one of 42 states does not have laws protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to

Kaitlin Lindahl is the assistant features editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is

Ryan Papaserge This raises a serious question: In the current fervent push to legalize gay marriage and solidify rights nationwide, why aren’t workplace rights protected? According to the organization’s website, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws protecting an employee or applicant from being denied or penalized due to “race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.” Where’s the part regarding sexual orientation? It’s entirely possible the alleged events that took place in a California studio could be occurring in an office in Oregon or South Carolina - both without protective laws.

Kristy Kibler is the advisory editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is

To the contrary, it should be noted that Yost’s story does seems a little dubious. If he was so inclined to quit the show almost 15 years ago, why didn’t he contact a media outlet to tell his story then? In addition, former “Power Rangers” producer Scott Page-Pagter told regarding Yost’s allegations, “I don’t know why he’s saying this, but he was the only one no one got along with. He was a pain in the (expletive).” Yost’s situation should be addressed and seen as an instance of a bigger issue in today’s society; unfortunately, it’s unclear if he’s actually providing a fair account of what transpired almost two decades ago or giving himself a platform to earn 15 more minutes of fame. Regardless, such situations deserve to be scrutinized in the 21st century.

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ABR selection offers enlightment to Class of 2014

BY ANGELIA ROGGIE Contributing Writer

Every year, First Year Experience asks incoming Bonaventure freshmen to spend the rest of their summer after orientation doing something many would consider an extra burden: reading. Freshmen received a brand new copy of a bright orange book with a black and white still of a woman on the cover. As the hours of orientation registration passed, members of the Class of 2014 scanned the title of the novel that would eventually become a part of them. The 2010 All Bonaventure Reads selection was “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot. The new novel induced many questions and complaints. Who is this woman on the cover? Why do we have to do this? What did she do to deserve to have a book written about her? How does this have any relevance to me? With the turning of the pages, students’ dismissive comments diminished, and the answers to their questions became clearer. ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was “a story for every major,” according to the orientation team. It explored the depths of biology and the scientific process, showed the conven-

tions of writing a proper English story, conveyed historical content in an analytical sense and it showed the extremes a journalist might have to reach to gain the right story. It allowed every student to see that any career requires all the skills one can learn from an education at St. Bonaventure University. The book is one of both the past and present. It tells the story of a black woman in 1930s Baltimore whose cervical cancer cells were taken from her during a doctor’s visit and then used for scientific research. However, neither she nor her family were told that her cells (which would become known as HeLa) became the first immortal cells ever grown in culture, and were used to test some of the biggest medical miracles in history. Skloot wrote, “Her cells were part of research into the genes that cause cancer and those that suppress it; they helped develop drugs for treating herpes, leukemia, influenza, hemophilia and Parkinson’s disease; and they’ve been used to study lactose digestion, sexually transmitted diseases, appendicitis, human longevity, mosquito mating and the negative cellular effects of working in sewers.”

The novel not only explores the woman behind the mysterious HeLa cells, but explores the life of the rest of the Lacks family and the long journey Rebecca Skloot took to write her first book about

their minds. It gives a fresh view on the controversy surrounding parts of the medical world but also showed how poverty can influence many choices a family must make. The author displays the entire story of the woman behind the cells and her heartfelt family without leaving anything to the imagination. Skloot only wanted the truth to be known about the woman who had been obscured for so long. Whether it was the sexual abuse of Henrietta’s daughter by her cousin or the cheating ways of her husband that left her with HPV (human papillomavirus), Skloot tells us the true reality of Henrietta’s life without sugar coating the details. With this aspect, students could feel the story leaping off the page. It was so real. I knew things like this happened but I never actually took the time to process why or how. Skloot did an impressive job with making her readers underImage stand that we can’t make courtesy of things sound less harsh so someone is not offended; we have to take everything we this deserving woman. know in stride and show people the Students in University 101 classes true emotion. said they found the book expanded If there is any argument against

this book among the freshmen it is that the jumping between the past and more recent years becomes confusing. Some said they wish it was written chronologically, starting with Henrietta and her life and the science of her cells, to the family, to Skloot trying to gather her research for the novel. Although the scientific parts of the novel can also be difficult to understand, Skloot gives what seems like purposeful breaks from those chapters to expand more on the family’s side of the story, allowing freshmen readers time to comprehend the laboratory lingo. Points of view on The New York Times Bestseller may differ among the Class of 2014, but there is one thing they all seem to agree with: it gave them a greater perspective on the world waiting for them as they leave the comforts of home. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” became more than some book they were pressed to read for a class. It became a tool for them to learn more about their own lives and what they each could do for their world.


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Ryan Doberstein impressed crowds at shows throughout the summer as a professional jet skiier.

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Senior emerges in water sports BY ELIZABETH GRADY Features Assignment Editor Some play soccer, some play softball; Ryan Doberstein jet skis. Doberstein, a senior accounting major, discovered his love of jet skiing at a young age and immediately realized he had natural talent. “When I was 13, my cousin had bought a stand up Jet Ski on the lake,” he said. “He let me ride it. I got up on it. It took him two weeks to stand up. I was standing up and jumping immediately within the first 10 minutes. I just loved it.” Doberstein doesn’t jet ski on the conventional Jet Ski; he rides on a stand-up Jet Ski which requires additional skill. “Anyone can no problem drive or ride a sit-down (Jet Ski),” Doberstein said. “I’ve tried to teach a lot of people to ride a stand-up. It’s always a lot of fun to watch, but everyone always falls no matter how good they are. That’s part of it.” Stand-up Jet Skis accommodate only one rider, as opposed to most sit-down Jet Skis, which typically sit two or three passengers. Also, riders on stand-up jet skis are unable to sit; they can either kneel or stand while driving. “It’s challenging, but it’s never ending on what you can do with it,” he said. His favorite trick is called the 180 Nose Stab, which is a 180-degree rotation where the nose of the Jet Ski lands first in the water. The rider then falls back into a perfect landing, according to Doberstein. Completely self-trained, Doberstein relies on watching videos and his own creativity to teach himself new tricks. He practices jet skiing throughout the summer at Rushford Lake, approximately 30 minutes from St.

Bonaventure. probably never seen a “I’ve grown up on the lake,” standup jet ski before.” he said. “My grandma took This summer he partook in me down there when I was two shows, one in Detroit three months old, so I’ve and the other in Windsor. been there my whole life.” He will be featured in a third He started competing in show on the weekend of 2008 at Lake Ontario, a part September 11 and 12 in of a National tour stop, and Miami, Ohio. instantly achieved success. During these shows, he “I took first place in my competes amongst the first-ever race,” he said. “I other riders in a variety of was going to races and categories, including fawatching them for like the vorite rider of the week and two years previous to that, best trick. and I thought it was like the Doberstein maintains the coolest thing and I was like ‘I support of many sponsors, can do that no problem.’” including Attain Clothing, St. He competed in eight com- Bonaventure University and petitions during the summer High Roller Customs. of 2008, earning honors on Once the summer ends, jet the podium seven times. skiing does not leave his mind. “Once you start entering “I just visualize (tricks) in competitions, that’s when my head constantly,” he said. you start pushing yourself,” “I’ll be in class thinking, ‘barhe said. rel roll: this is how I have to At one point, he competed in set my body up, back flip, both freestyle competitions and this is what I have to do.’ racing competitions. However, Constantly, I’m dreaming of he typically participated in flat the tricks that I want to try.” water freestyle. Although ideally he should “Usually what I do is called be training over the summer, flat water freestyle,” he said. Doberstein faces a full sched“You essentially make your ule as a resident assistant own wake. That wake is only and five-year M.B.A. student a foot tall. You come back in at St. Bonaventure. and try to do a trick off that.” As for the future, DoHowever, his success berstein aspires to become a reached a sudden stall in certified public accountant 2009 when his Jet Ski broke. but won’t forget his love of jet “It was tough,” he said. “It skiing. He hopes to continue was good for my pocket participating in shows on the book because I wasn’t weekends and possibly comspending money, but it hurt pete again someday. my progress.” “I just love (jet skiing),” he This past summer, he said. “It’s something I’ve began doing shows as a part always loved.” of Typhoon Entertainment, a Doberstein encourages water sport entertainment people to follow him on company, and no longer Facebook where he displays competes in freestyle events. most of the pictures and “I like doing shows for big videos of him riding his Jet crowds,” he said. “It’s pretty Ski. He also encourages peocool when I’m doing a show ple to check out videos at I’ll be within ten feet of peo- and ple, I’ll go right up to them and almost slap hands and get the crowd interacted into it. It’s just cool to see people smile. There’s people not on the coasts of the e-mail: United States that have

At 18, Simone Bernstein has become a local celebrity. In St. Louis, she’s raked in attention from radio stations, newspapers, television and even USA Today, and it’s all because of Bernstein, a freshman premed student, launched the site July 29, 2009 in an effort to assist teenagers 12 to 17 years old in finding volunteer opportunities. Since then, she’s held the Youth and Family Volunteer Fair in St. Louis with 600 attendees, had Volunteen posted on 15 school districts’ websites and received grants to help her grow the site nationally. “There’s more than just volunteering at a soup kitchen,” Bernstein said. “You have to find something that you’re interested in.” Bernstein suggested playing piano at a nursing home if you like music or working with veterans if you like history. “Volunteering can be something (teens) love to do,” she said. “They just have to find a way to put their skills to use.” The site lists long-term volunteer positions, the age requirement, a description and contact information. Specific tabs at the top read “Sports,” “Animals/Nature,” “Health care” and “Museums,” narrowing the opportunities by interest. Bernstein and her brother Jake, 16, post short-term positions on Twitter (@stlvolunteen) where they have 1,668 followers. Since her move to St. Bonaventure last week, Bernstein has been depending on Jake and others to carry on her efforts. “It’s difficult being in a different location,” she said. “It feels so different not being able to meet with someone. I have to plan from afar.” However, Bernstein plans to bring her mission to Olean,

showing teens in the area volunteer openings they may not have known about. She admits it’ll be harder because she’s not familiar with Olean. Her transition into college has also inspired her to open up St. Louis Volunteen to college students in the next few months.

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She has already volunteered with BonaResponds on Saturday’s Service Day, cleaning up an Olean City elementary school. “It’s neat to be part of the community and get involved,” Bernstein said. When looking to get involved, Bernstein said teens mostly overlook the elderly. Teens flock to food banks or crisis centers when they need to fulfill a service requirement. Or when collecting goods for the needy, teens just get baby clothes and neglect items for older people. The site gives teens other options. Bernstein said most teens have a harder time finding jobs than adults in the reces-

sion. The teen unemployment rate is double the national average of 9.6 percent. Volunteering can be a way to fill the void that comes with unemployment. “I didn’t like summer camp,” said Bernstein, who started volunteering at 12 years old. “I wanted to be out of the house. I was extremely frustrated with finding volunteer opportunities.” The site, which cost $48 to create, has more funding now, from both private organizations and Bernstein’s parents. “My parents have been a great support system,” Bernstein said. “They’ve also taught me how to fill out the tax forms (needed for organization status).” Along with expanding the site to other cities and to college students, she plans on reaching out to intercity youth. “Lower income people must volunteer too,” Bernstein said. “Many volunteer organizations only care about what you bring to the table.” With others in St. Louis, Bernstein is also working on the second annual Youth and Family Volunteer Fair to be held April 10, 2011. She said she needs any help she can get, including anyone interested in designing the website. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world,” Bernstein quotes Anne Frank on And as an incoming freshman, Bernstein isn’t wasting any time. Contact Simone Bernstein at for more information.

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Movie Reviews

‘Vampires’ slays creativity

Jenn Proske’s and Matt Lanter’s performances were the only positive aspects of “Vampires Suck.”

Julianne Moore and Annette Benning shine in the “Kids Are All Right”

If you’re a fan of TV comedies that use laugh tracks to remind people the show is supposed to be funny, you’re going to love “Vampires Sucks.” Aside from an excellent cast, this movie stayed true to its title. Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight” saga, practically handed the writers of “Vampires Suck” comedic gold, and they still managed to botch it. The writer-director team of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (also responsible for “Date Movie” and “Meet the Spartans”) made yet another horrible film, almost failing to include anything remotely funny in the script, unless Chihuahuas and short shorts really do it for you. If “Vampires” was supposed to be a satiric or ironic parody, it failed there, too. Its attempts to poke fun at Meyers’ series fell far short of what I was hoping to see. It stuck with the shallow, playing up shirtless werewolves and sparkling vampires. It failed to touch on some of the ‘deeper’ issues of “Twilight,” like wanting to marry your overbearing boyfriend before you graduate high school or how love can conquer anything from bloodthirsty vampires to unexpected teen pregnancies. When it isn’t trying to shove unnecessary pop culture references

BY AMANDA KLEIN Managing Editor

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B Y M ARIA H AYES Assistant Opinions Editor

down your throat, “Vampires” centers around the story of Becca Crane (Jenn Proske), the newest resident of Sporks, as she tries to adapt to her new high school. On the first day of classes, she spies the mysterious Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter), who draws Becca in with his topaz eyes and sexy habit of choking every time she walks by. About 10 minutes later, Becca realizes she’s hopelessly in love with Edward and they’re destined to be together. Now all she has to do is convince Edward to give in to his feelings and sleep with her ... I mean, admit he loves her too.

Vampires Suck Jason Friedberg Aaron Seltzer

Life isn’t easy for Becca. Not only does she have to struggle to keep Edward from falling into an angstridden, selfish rant whenever something doesn’t go his way, she has a best friend who wants her just the way she is. Jacob White (Chris Riggi) struggles with his feelings for Becca throughout the move, trying to make her see that he’s really the one for her by caring for her when she gets hurt, saving her from a pack of vampires and taking off his shirt every 10 min-

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utes. The love triangle drama that follows is somehow less funny than the actual drama in the “Twilight” saga. Even though the writers failed to please, the casting director found an excellent group of actors who played the alter egos of Stephenie Meyers’ characters better than the actors in the “Twilight” saga. Proske could easily be the mirror image of “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart (Bella Swann), and while Riggi’s body isn’t quite up to par with “Twilight” actor Taylor Lautner’s, he still portrays Jacob with an equal amount of ‘shirtlessevery-two-seconds’ bravado. If it’s not too late, I’d like to suggest they replace Robert Pattinson with Lanter. Lanter can deliver his lines without sounding like a horde of Twilight-loving tweens are holding him at gunpoint and forcing each word out of his throat. It’s refreshing. While “Twilight” would be painful to sit through no matter who plays what character, I’d rather watch Lanter than Pattinson. Aside from an excellent cast, “Vampires Suck” sucked. It had the potential to be hilarious and witty and ended up being a disappointing 80-minute waste of time. If you’re thinking about seeing it, don’t bother. You can find a better parody on YouTube.


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‘Kids’ gets it right

him, even though he excitedly claims to love lesbians. Nic may have seen it before the audience: Paul would Contrary to what Hollywood may destroy their lives. think, an audience can still enjoy 2-D With destruction comes discovery. movies with decent plots and impecca- Nic and Jules hit rock bottom as their ble acting. This is what I found in Lisa annoyances with one another come to Cholodenko’s quirky film, “The Kids surface. Joni has to learn to grapple Are All Right.” with her newfound The film follows independence and lesbian couple Nic The Kids Are All Right desperation to get (Annette Bening) and away from her family. Lisa Cholodenko Jules (Julianne Laser lets go of a horriMoore) and their two ble influence of a children the summer friend who Paul calls before their daugh“a tool.” ter, Joni (Mia Each performance Wasikowska), leaves for college. The is convincing. Each performance family is like any other: loving and a lit- requires a great actor, and this movie is tle messed up. Nic is the stereotypical not lacking in that department. workaholic breadwinner with an Wasikowska plays someone we all can intense love for a bottle of red; Jules, relate to – getting annoyed with family ever the dreamer, filled the stay-at- before heading into the real world. home mom role after starting several Ruffalo enchants the audience and unsuccessful businesses. family alike, and together, we realize Out of curiosity, Joni and her how much of a jerk he really is. brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), Not only is the acting superb, the contact their sperm donor, Paul script is full of quotable quotes and (Mark Ruffalo). They do not reveal memorable moments. Even with some this to their mothers because they of the painful moments, the writers, don’t want to “hurt Moms’ feelings.” Chodolenko and Stuart Blumberg, Paul owns an organic co-op and keep it relatively lighthearted. restaurant. He donated sperm at 19, The plot is twisted, but watching this never thinking it would lead to hav- family on its road from ruin to redemping biological children. tion shouldn’t be missed. Eventually, the foursome meets Paul. Everyone but Nic warms up to

‘Distance’ offers relatable themes

Movies Machete..................................................9/3 Going the Distance................................9/3 White Wedding......................................9/3 The Winning Season...............................9/3 A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop.....9/3

Music Sara Bareilles Kaleidoscope Heart..............................9/7 Interpol Interpol................................................9/7 Jerry Lee Lewis Mean Old Man.....................................9/7 Anberlin Dark Is the Way: Light Is a Place...........9/7

DVD MacGruber..............................................9/3 Killers......................................................9/3 Solitary Man............................................9/3

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long embrace during a scene in ‘Going the Distace,’ opening in theaters today.

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BY AMANDA KLEIN Managing Editor Some trailers falsely advertise movies as a certain genre when it’s actually another. Such is the case with “Going the Distance,” directed by Nanette Burstein. The trailers make the movie look like a cliché chick flick. However, it is anything but. We start with Erin (Drew Barrymore), a 31-year-old summer intern at a newspaper in New York City looking to get her life in order. After a rough day at work, she goes out to the bars and meets Garrett (Justin Long). The two hit it off right away. They both decide to keep it light and casual because Erin is going back to San Francisco in six weeks to finish graduate school. Six weeks fly by, and the two are crazy about each other (surprise!). They start a long-distance relationship. Erin and Garrett attempt to visit each other, get involved in each other’s lives and eventually start looking for jobs in their significant other’s city. We laugh

with them as they watch YouTube videos over video chat and hope they’ll find a way to be together. Of course, as with any relationship, it isn’t perfect. It’s far from perfect. Jealousies and doubts emerge, and little things blow up into huge problems, leaving this lovely couple in quite the pickle. Once Erin gets a job opportunity in San Francisco instead of New York, the fighting becomes a constant.

Going the Distance Nanette Burstein

“Going The Distance” is bold for its genre. The humor is raunchy, much like a Judd Apatow film. Swear words and sexual humor are rampant. Typical romantic comedies wouldn’t go there, but Burstein isn’t afraid to. The supporting cast provides a constant base of running jokes throughout the film.

However, in typical romantic comedy fashion, the characters weren’t the only ones shedding a few tears. Barrymore and Long impress with their stunningly real performances. The audience is brought into the relationship with the couple’s inside jokes, making them seem like people you would be friends with in real life. They both have their quirks: Erin has an obvious thing for 1980s fashion and is seen with parachute pants in many scenes; Garrett is sweet but uncomfortably awkward. Even the long-distance relationship feels real. Anyone who has been in one can relate to what Erin and Garrett go through: the fights, jealousy and constantly missing the other person. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture, and neither character comes out looking like a saint. If you’re looking for a break from the status quo, grab anyone (except your parents) and head out to see this spunky take on love.



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New sheriff in town takes over cross-country BY RYAN PAPASERGE Sports Editor

As a history teacher in the Bradford, Pa. school district and an adjunct professor at University of PittsburghBradford, Bob Macfarlane can relate to the life studentathletes lead. “They say they’re busy,” Macfarlane said. “Well, I’m busy too. We’re all busy. Over the years, I’ve learned time management.” Tomorrow, Macfarlane begins his tenure as both men’s and women’s cross-country coach, as the Bonnies travel to Pittsburgh for the Duquesne Duals, marking the official return to his alma mater after a 14-year coaching career at Bradford High School. Macfarlane views the opportunity to revive the Brown and White’s crosscountry efforts as an avenue to give back, after earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at St. Bonaventure. “It’s an opportunity to get home,” Macfarlane said. “I’m looking forward to coming back to the community at Bonaventure. I had a great time at school here … Bonnie’s has always treated me very fairly. I got a good edu-

cation, and hopefully I can pay them back a bit.” Macfarlane replaces Tom Hagen, who stepped down last season after 11 years at the helm of both the men’s and women’s programs. Prior to his arrival at St. Bonaventure, Macfarlane spent six years as coach of Bradford’s cross country program, guiding the Owls to five Pennsylvania District IX Class AAA titles. In addition, he served as an assistant on Bradford’s girls’ track and field squad for 13 seasons -- with eight district titles and a state championship in 1996 – before taking over the helm for the 2008-09 season. Despite his success, Macfarlane noted he is still in the process of adjusting to college athletics. “The league we’re in (Atlantic 10 Conference) is one of the best when it comes to sports,” Macfarlane said. “That adjustment to me is big. The move from high school to Division I is a big jump. “I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but Bonaventure’s cross-country program historically hasn’t been very good. We’ve been last in the A-10 for umpteen years. I

The Macfarlane File -1977 St. Bonaventure graduate -Six years as girls’ varsity cross-country coach at Bradford, winning five Pennsylvania District IX Class AAA titles with a 66-4 meet record -13 years as assistant girls’ track and field coach, with eight Pennsylvania District IX Class AAA titles and a state championship -Head girls’ track and field coach at Bradford in 2008-09 -Eight years as distance coach for girls’ indoor track and field at Bradford -33 years as history teacher in the Bradford Area School District Adjunct history professor at University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

2010 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Schedule Tomorrow Duquesne Duals (Duquesne University- Pittsburgh, Pa.)

9/18 University at Buffalo Stampede Invite (Buffalo, N.Y.)

9/25 Little 3 Invitational (Canisius CollegeBuffalo, N.Y.)

10/1 Paul Short Invitational (Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, Pa.)

10/16 Albany Cross Country Invitational (University of Albany- Albany, N.Y.)

Bob Macfarlane is the Bonnies’ new cross country coach.

10/30 Atlantic 10 Championship (Duquesne)

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vation for a lot of new team members. They’re a lot more strict, which is helping us. They’re focusing more on our running form.” Senior Jimmy Burton noted Macfarlane’s devotion to the program in his first season. “In general, the coaches are a bit more excited,” Burton said. “They’re very dedicated to the program and they want us to do well.” As for this season, both the men’s and women’s crosscountry teams ranked 14th out of 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Poll, echoing their finishes in last season’s A-10 Championship in St. Louis, Mo. Regardless, Macfarlane views this season as the first step toward rebuilding the program into a competitive one in the A-10.

want to be the one to say that we moved them forward.” Macfarlane will continue his role as an instructor in the Bradford school district — a position he has held for the past 33 years — as well as his adjunct professor position at Pitt-Bradford. However, he indicated he may shift his focus to the Bonnies in the near future. “I’m waning down in my teaching career,” Macfarlane said. “I’m looking to retire pretty soon from a teaching aspect. This is my new goal.” To his runners, Macfarlane’s tenure as coach has already produced beneficial changes from Hagen’s techniques. “(Macfarlane) is definitely more intense than Coach Hagen,” junior Elizabeth Moran said. “We need moti-

“We know we’re going to have a rough stretch here for awhile,” Macfarlane said. “Not for a couple weeks but for a couple years. “ With three seniors of the six runners on the women’s side, Moran hopes to lure recruits into joining the Brown and White for years to come. “Our girls’ team is really small this year,” Moran said. “Our goal is to keep everyone on the team and expand the team in the coming years … If we get more people to join the team, that would be good for us.” On the men’s side, the Bonnies will feature Burton as the lone senior on a squad which includes five freshmen and just three upperclassmen. This weekend’s Duquesne Duals will provide a preview

2010 Golf Schedule

-2005 St. Bonaventure graduate -Has been a motivational speaker and life coach for four years, speaking to high school students on how to succeed -Spent last two years as general manager of Lakewood Golf Center in Lakewood, N.Y. -Did not play golf collegiately

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Pepsi Little Three Championship (Lewiston, N.Y.)

basketball great

9/19-9/20 Leo Keenan Invitational (Olean, N.Y)

Tom Stith

9/25-9/26 Cornell Invitational (Ithaca, N.Y.) 10/11-10/12 Richmond University Intercollegiate (Richmond, Va.) 10/18-10/19 Dayton University Invitational (Dayton, Ohio)










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of this season’s A-10 Championship, as the event will take place on the same course in Pittsburgh on Oct.30. Burton thinks the key to tomorrow’s race will be for each individual runner to set their own pace for the rest of the season, which consists of five meets en route to the A10 Championship . “We’re not really worried so much about the competition yet,” Burton said. “I think everyone has times that they’re trying to hit, so everyone needs to run their own race … We run (at Duquesne) every year, so we know it pretty well.”

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September 3, 2010 • The Bona Venture

Men’s Soccer

SBU aims for postseason return


BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor

POIN T NFL should not risk lockout If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. I led off this very column Feb. 12 with a similar message toward the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee regarding the rumored expanTyler sion of its 65-team field to 96 teams. Diedrich Thankfully — and despite many reports saying 96 teams was a “sure thing”— the powers-that-be listened to the public outcry, ultimately only expanding to 68 teams. In another potential sports money grab, the NFL is considering ‘enhancing’ its 16-game regular season to 18 games, taking away two preseason games. For the most part, players are against it, citing injury and salary concerns, while TV networks and owners see it as money for the taking. The schedule debate is one of the major issues at the center of the split between the two sides that may result in a work stoppage next season. That’s right; there may be no football next year. Despite a 2-percent drop in average franchise value from last year, the NFL is still the world’s most valuable sports league by far, with each of its 32 teams valued at a $1.02 billion average, according to an annual Forbes report. In comparison, MLB ranked second with an average franchise value of $491 million, less than half of the NFL’s. Even the NFL’s least-valuable franchise – the Jacksonville Jaguars ($725 million) – is more valuable than all but five MLB franchises, plus all NBA and NHL franchises. NFL games are arguably the biggest draw among any program broadcast on America television. Even preseason games have been obliterating other sporting events in ratings this summer and have been among the most-watched of all network telecasts. But the NFL wants more. The league should be careful what it wishes for. With the impending work stoppage, there might not be any games to watch next fall, meaning no revenue streams for owners or players. NFL owners should be grateful for the financial state they’re in. They make their employees – millionaire athletes – seem like peasants. Loyal fans still support their teams, despite high ticket prices, unemployment and the economy. Why can’t owners cough up a few (million) dollars now in order to ensure a season, and therefore revenue, next year? Ultimately, what the owners need to think about is whether or not making a little more money (relatively speaking) by adding two games is worth the risk of having a work stoppage next year and not making any money at all. The league that already has a perfect all-around structure in place, judging by its overwhelming financial success. How it could possibly beg for more, making its loyal fans cough up more money in the process, is beyond me. Why change something that continues to be twice as successful as everything else?

Tyler Diedrich is the sports assignment editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

It may be a difficult task on paper, but the men’s soccer team thinks it can match last season’s success. Gone, among others, are Sam Maheu, the 2009 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, and second-team All-Conference defender Tyler Bellamy, who now plays professionally for the Rochester Rhinos. Fourteen freshmen are battling to fill the voids, while nine seniors lead the young team, which includes only two juniors and three sophomores. “You can’t replace the Joe Millers, the Ty Bellamys, the Sam Maheus,” coach Mel Mahler said. “You find different players who play a different way, but I think we have the ability to (get back to the postseason).” Coming off a 10-9 season that included the program’s first-ever postseason appearance and victory, the team begins the 2010 campaign in an unfamiliar position; looking to get back to the postseason. Mahler said last season set the precedent for future Bonnie teams. “We worked very hard the past three years to get in the postseason, and that’s our goal every year from here on out,” Mahler said. “They know what it takes to get there, so having that knowledge, I would anticipate using that in a positive way.” The Bonnies are without nearly half of last year’s offensive production, led by Maheu, whose 31 points (12 goals, seven assists) led the Atlantic 10. Senior midfielders Fabrizio Savarino and Brett Allen – who both finished second on the team with 14 points last season – return, but Mahler expects scoring output to vary among several players this year. “I think through committee we can find guys that can do that,”

Senior midfielder Brett Allen had 14 points last season for the Bonnies.

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the top right corner of the net from 18 yards out, sparking an ecstatic celebration near the Bonnies’ bench. “I saw the goalie set the wall (into) a poor position, so I took my chance and it worked out,” Allen said. “I saw the ball leave my foot, and I just watched (it) all the way in to the goal, (then) I got a little shell-shocked and didn’t quite know what to do, so I just ran to my team on the sideline.” Flynn made five saves to earn the shutout and high praise from Mahler. “Today he took care of most dangerous situations,” Mahler said. “He reads the game very well, comes off his line very well and diffuses all potential opportunities, and he gives our team a lot of confidence because of that.” Flynn said the win gives the team a momentum boost it hopes will translate to a better start.

“They took it to us last year and our confidence was a little down, so this year maybe it will help us for the non-conference schedule (because) we have a good feeling after the first game,” Flynn added. The Bonnies travel to Pittsburgh for a 1 p.m. Sunday match-up with the Panthers. Mahler said facing a Big East school on the road will be a challenge, but one the Bonnies will be prepared for. “No matter who we’re playing, we’ve just got to come out and do the things we do well,” Mahler said. We’ve got to defend better than we did (Wednesday). We have to connect passes and create better scoring opportunities.” e-mail:

Women’s Soccer

Bonnies open up with busy schedule BY SAM WILSON Staff Writer

After a home-opening win against Bucknell and losses on the road against Purdue and DePaul last weekend, the women’s soccer team (1-2) plays at Buffalo today in its fourth game of the season. The Bonnies defeated the Bulls, 3-1, last September, but some players explained the team doesn’t take any opponent lightly. “We beat them, but any time we play anyone from around here it becomes a really good competition, so we really can’t take anyone lightly,” senior defender Sarah Clark said. After the Buffalo match,

the team returns home for a Sunday 1 p.m. match against Bowling Green. “It’s pretty much the same thing (as Buffalo),” senior forward Anna Cunningham said. “It’s our advantage – they’re on the road – but we can’t take anyone lightly in or out of conference games.” Before the Aug. 21 opener, the team held a clinic for western New York Special Olympians. “The Special Olympics contacted St. Bonaventure and Dr. Paula Scraba from physical education asked us if we’d be interested,” coach Manoj Khettry said. “It just so happened to be the same day as our season opener. My only concern

Dakota Carroll and the Bonnies play Buffalo tomorrow. BV Archives

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was with the schedule; could we do that and still have time for our pregame meal?” The schedule worked out, and players said they enjoyed working with the Special Olympians. “We were really lucky to be able to do that,” Cunningham said. “It was a great experience. They even stayed to cheer us on for our home game.” Clark said, “It was really rewarding to see how much they wanted to compete, and I had a couple players who were just so competitive. They had been training for it also, and you could tell that they knew what they were doing.” Khettry said he thought the clinic helped his team in two ways. “I thought it was great for them to give back to someone else with soccer,” he said. “It also helped to keep them calm and get their minds off of the game.” In the game, Bucknell broke a 1-1 tie in the 67th minute on a Kayla Yee goal, but senior Courtney Bosse scored her second goal of the match about three minutes later for the Bonnies. Cunningham gave Bonaventure the lead for good with a high, right-side kick at 73:29 with an assist by Bosse. The team then traveled to Chicago to face DePaul in its first road match of the season last Friday.

Khettry said he wanted the trip to have two functions. “One was I have two players: one, Tori Burchett, who’s from Chicago; she’s a junior, and Courtney Bosse, a senior from Indianapolis. I wanted to get those kids home,” Khettry said. “I wanted to get games close to their families and we try to do that for all of our players. I also wanted to simulate a schedule that would be brutally difficult because in our conference we have to play at Charlotte and at Saint Louis.” DePaul’s Lauren Pagone broke a scoreless tie 13:11 into the match with a left corner shot past sophomore goalkeeper Kathryn Kerkman for the only goal in Bonaventure’s shutout loss. In West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, the Bonnies grabbed an early lead against their Big Ten foe when Burchett intercepted a pass and scored an unassisted goal 35 seconds into the match. “You couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Khettry said. “What happened was this was the first weekend where we played Sunday after a Friday game. That Sunday game is typically extremely difficult.” Purdue responded with four unanswered goals, including two within the last five minutes of the first half and another 40

The Bottom Line

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Mahler said. “The seniors, obviously, need to raise their level of play, but that’s the expectation.” Senior goalkeeper David Flynn, who finished second in the A-10 with six shutouts last season, said conference opponents will target the Bonnies more this year than in the past. “It’s always harder to do a second time because teams are going to be coming for (us),” Flynn said. “But we definitely have the depth this year … so I definitely think we’re capable of a repeat performance, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work.” The team opens its season with nine non-conference games before finishing the regular season with nine A-10 match-ups. Even though non-conference games don’t count in the A-10 standings, Mahler said they are just as important. “We have to play every match as if it’s a conference championship, so when we get to those difficult moments in conference play, we’ve been there and we’ve done that,” Mahler said. “That has been a struggle for us the past few years. By the time we get to the end of September, we have to have things set in place.” The Bonnies opened the new season Wednesday with a 1-0 home victory against Cleveland State, avenging a 3-0 loss last year in Cleveland. “It was an ugly win, but we’ll take it,” Mahler said. “It’s something to build on, and I think that’s what the key thing is. You’re not always going to execute the way you want to, but if you can find a way to be successful, that’s the lesson. “Our free kicks today were really shaky, and that’s my fault (because) we haven’t practiced that enough, (but) we’ll clean that up.” Ironically, Allen’s free kick in the 73rd minute was all the Bonnies needed offensively, as his shot beat Vikings’ goalkeeper Brad Stuver to

Flynn recorded his 15th career shutout in a 1-0 season-opening victory over Cleveland State on Wednesday. The cocaptain stopped five Viking shots to kick off his final season as a Bonnie.

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seconds into the second. “The game was lost in a five-minute stretch, from the end of the first half and start of the second,” Khettry said. “We made some silly mistakes and got punished for them. I’d rather learn those lessons in the nonconference the hard way than in conference.” “We kind of got out of the way we wanted to play for a bit,” Clark said. “Even when you’re up, getting a goal on the road is extremely difficult so you have to keep playing the way (you want) to play by passing the ball and moving it around. Unfortunately, a couple bounces didn’t go our way, but overall I think we did a pretty good job of keeping with our game plan.” “We knew it would be difficult to win one, if not both games,” Khettry said. “Our goal was to have confidence in our style and be able to do it against really good teams on the road.” Khettry said the DePaul and Purdue coaches complemented his team’s style of play after the games. “It felt really good,” he said. “If you look at the quotes, the opposing coaches were very complimentary.” “We’ve beaten many teams over the last three years, but none of them ever had anything nice to say about us,” Khettry added. e-mail:

Quote of the Week

“It was an ugly win, but we’ll take it.”

Men’s soccer head coach Mel Mahler on his team’s 1-0 victory over Cleveland State on Wednesday.

The Bona Venture - Volume 83, Issue 1  

This is the Sept. 3 issue of "The Bona Venture," St. Bonaventure University's student-run newspaper.

The Bona Venture - Volume 83, Issue 1  

This is the Sept. 3 issue of "The Bona Venture," St. Bonaventure University's student-run newspaper.