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Freshman reaches grant finals Former student, B Y R OBBIE C HULICK Staff Writer Freshman Simone Bernstein is one of 10 finalists competing for a $25,000 grant in the L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth Award. Bernstein, a St. Louis native, built her own website,, which connects teens with organiza tions looking for volunteers. Bernstein said she created her website nearly two years ago after she noticed not many teens in the St. Louis knew where to find places to volunteer. Bernstein said she would like to get St. Bonaventure students involved and help her website become a national project. “There are so many stu dents here that have great web design and writing skills that might be interested in coming on board. There are also many opportunities for (Bonaventure) students to discuss volunteer opportunities with high school students in the Olean area,” she said. Her website already won a $5,000 grant, which was donated to The Magic House in St. Louis, but Bernstein said she needs Bonaventure stu dents’ votes to win the $25,000 grant from L’Oreal Paris. Voters can cast ballots at Bernstein will be recognized at an awards ceremo ny hosted by Hearst Magazines and L’Oreal Paris in New York City on Dec. 9. The national honoree will also be announced at the event, according to a univer-

sity press release. Bernstein said if she wins, she would like to create a volunteer program for inner city youth throughout western New York and St. Louis. “There are so many middle-class kids that volunteer, but there are so many lower-class kids that do not have the resources and the ability, such as the trans portation and encouragement, for them to go out and volunteer,” she said. Bernstein said she has already made some contacts with non-profit organizations in the Buffalo area to make this next stage of her project possible. One agency she contacted was The National Just

Federation for Communities (NFJC) in Buffalo. NFJC is an organization that helps develop programs for inner city youth, she said. Liz Hartman, director of The Magic House in St. Louis, wrote in an e-mail that Bernstein is very knowledgeable and professional when it comes to planning events. Bernstein planned a com munity service fair at The Magic House last April, which provided over 500 people information about where they could volunteer and how to go about con tacting the agencies in need, she wrote. “Simone is always poised and professional. When we were

planning the fair she handled all the media inquiries, logistics and provided direction to her staff of volunteers. She is now busy assisting and planning the event next spring, even though she is far away (from St. Louis),” Hartman wrote in an e-mail. Bernstein said teenagers and college students, can make a difference in your community. “You don’t have to be 40 to make a difference. I really want to show students that if you find something you are interested in that you will continue to volunteer when you get older,” she said.

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Simone Bernstein, a freshman, is one of 10 finalists competing for a $25,000 grant in the ’LOreal Paris Woman of Worth award. She has also made her own volunteer organization website.

Mock car accident highlights National Collegiate EMS Week BY RYAN LAZO Assistant News Editor St. Bonaventure University’s Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) and local Allegany emergency services participated in a mock car accident drill to highlight National Collegiate EMS week on Wednesday. MERT is composed of vol unteers of certified students and is advised by and works with Health Services, accord ing to National Collegiate EMS week is a week-long recognition and celebration of collegiate emergency medical services, accord ing to The mock accident simulated a car that crashed into a tree due to a drunk driver. There were three other passengers in the car and with the handful of student onlookers, Allegany emergency service personnel demonstrated how to use the jaws of life to save the victims. Tim Peterson, a senior patrolman for the Allegany Police Department, dis cussed with students the normal procedures he would undergo in a stop of a sus pected drunk driver. He also explained the different types of charges fit for a driver under the influence. Anastasia Wroblewski, a junior, helped organize the mock accident and said the reason they chose to simulate a DUI

crash was because it affects many families every year. “The people in our planning committee decided on this type of accident,” she said. “A lot of them had been affected by drunk driving, and they decided it would hit home with many college-age students, as they are normally the ones affected by this.” Wroblewski also said it was a great learning experience for the members of MERT. “The main point of this exercise was for our MERT members to practice some of the skills they have learned in class,” she said. “We do not receive calls such as this because we do not have the equipment to respond to this type of scene, but there is nothing like learning on the job with professionals.” Peterson said this is a great step to prevent DUIs from occurring on campus. “I believe (in) anything that (can) be done to prevent drunk driving, whether it’s through education, training, stiffer penalties or having drills such as this,” he said. Howard Spear, a senior who attended the event, said he would have liked the university to give the drill more publicity than it received. “I wish more people would have shown up, but it is diffi cult to get people out because of this cold,” he said. “I thought the university should

have done more than just send out a Notice Board and a text message on the day of the drill.” Spear also said he thought the timeliness of the drill was important with the inclement weather the area suffers during the winter months. “It’s certainly a good time to do (the drill) because it’s getting colder and more students are likely to stay on campus,” he said. “They instead get drunk on campus and end up driving to parties, which puts people’s lives in danger.”

Peterson said he has experi enced college-age kids ex hibiting risky behavior during the winter months. “I’ve seen and arrested stu dents who are under the influence being more apt to go pick up a friend at a party so they do not have to walk,” he said. “Students believe because they slept for an hour that they are fine, when in reality they are not. Hopefully this mock crash wakes them up to the reality that dangerous things can happen.”

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In W ednesday’s DUI accident simulation, members of the Allegany Fire Department work to free trapped students.

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SBU remembers Blake Whipple BY TIM GROSS Editor-in-Chief A group of seniors sits in a Townhouse, as an early dusk turns into a cold October evening, thinking of Army Spc. Blake Whipple. To headline writers and news anchors, Whipple was a young man, 21, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last Friday. To these seniors, Whipple was a fellow student during his only semester at Bonaventure in fall 2007. He was a floormate on Loughlen Hall’s third floor. He was a friend ever since their journeys converged at the Allegheny River Valley Trail on their first day as undergrads. “He just came up to us right away and started talking to us,” Dave Kolkowski, a journalism major, said. “We ended up hang ing out with him that day and hung out with him every single day after that.” And Whipple never stopped talking, Kord Kinney said. “He always came right up to you and talked to you, even if you were just walking by,” the philos ophy major said. To most of the Bonaventure community, Whipple enrolled at the university as a journalism and mass communication major. He also spent time at Erie Community College and Buffalo State. To his friends at Bonaventure, Whipple — whose appearance struck a slight resemblance to Smeagle from “The Lord of the Rings” movies — entered every day with energy and excitement. He joked around, played basket ball and football. And video games. “That kid would sit there and play World of Warcraft all day long,” Kolkowski said. Among other things, Whipple signed himself and Kolkowski up for a radio show on WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz, playing rap and hip-hop from 9 to 11 Friday nights. Kolkowski said Whipple would try anything, at his own suggestion or from anyone else. “You could tell him to do whatever you wanted,” Kolkowski said. “And he would do it.” Whipple, Kolkowski and their third Loughlen buddies signed up as a flag football team. “Our team name was the Smeagles,” Kolkowski said. Kinney said Whipple enjoyed watching football. He liked the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens, and tight end Todd Heap. Whipple also liked to play the game. “He used to play wide receiver,” Kinney said. “He played defense. He actually wasn’t bad, surprisingly.” “He wasn’t very big at all,” Kolkowski added. To the United States Army, Whipple was a member of the 7th Battalion 10th Sustainment Brigade from the 10th Mountain Division. To his friends, Whipple was a welcome guest, returning to Bonaventure to hang out with them whenever he could. “One time, he came back down here, and we happened to be going to a Jets-Patriots game at the Meadowlands,” Kolkowski said. “We just took him to the game. He didn’t (have to) pay for a single thing.” That trip was not an exception.

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Former student Blake Whipple (right) died last Friday.

“He never had any money,” Kolkowski, “But we would just take him wherever, anyway.” Kolkowski said Whipple contacted him through Facebook, even after he joined the Army in early 2009. Despite the dangers of Whipple’s job as a combat engineer, the news of his death hit his friends hard. Frank Downey, a journal ism and mass communication major, said, “I was just shocked. I knew he was in the army, but you never think of something like that, some thing like a roadside bomb.” Kolkowski found out about Whipple’s death as he prepared to work in the remote broadcast truck before Friday’s men’s basketball game. “We were working the game,” Kolkowski said. “One of the kids called me. This kid from Buffalo heard that he died.” Kevin Clark, a journalism and mass communication major also working in the truck, said the broadcast felt different after news of his former floormate’s death spread. “It was kind of a mellow type of tone,” he said. The news reminded them of another third Loughlen resident from fall 2007 continues who continues to serve his country overseas. “One of our other real good friends, too, that left here, Mike Proctor, he’s over in Iraq right now,” Kolkowski said. “He’s like the exact same situation. He was always with us, too, and with Blake. They hung out all the time.” Across campus from the town houses, in the Murphy Professional Building, Patrick Vecchio stares at a chair opposite the desk in his office. A chair Whipple once occupied. To his friends, Whipple was a fun-loving, laid-back source of entertainment. To Vecchio, a lecturer of journalism, Whipple was a bright student looking for focus in his section of Clare 110, Composition and Critical Thinking. “For his first assignment in Clare 110, he wrote probably the gutsiest essay I had ever seen a student write up to that point,” Vecchio said. “It was so intensely personal that I started reading it, and it was one of those ‘whoa’ moments. I couldn’t believe he

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Journalism school talks of change BY TONY LEE Online Editor Learning how to integrate Facebook and Twitter viably in the mass communication field may be a reality at St. Bonaventure University as early as 2012. Lee Coppola, dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said if a preliminary proposal for a strategic communications major goes through, then Bonaventure would be the only school that offers that specialty as a major. “I think this would offer students the opportunity to use some of the values that the program has built up over the past 60 years and channel those values in another direction,” Coppola said. Bonaventure students can currently earn a journalism and mass communication (JMC) bachelor's degree with a concentration in strategic communications or earn a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC). Pauline Hoffmann, assistant

professor of journalism and one of four members Coppola selected to research the potential major, said it is critical to provide students with tools and education to keep up and stays ahead of the current communications market. Chris Mackowski, associate professor of journalism; Brother Basil Valente, O.F.M., assistant professor of journalism; and Shelley Jack, a visiting professor, are the others in that group. “We're really moving, trying to bust our butts to try and make this a reality because we think it's that important,” Hoffman said. She said the strategic communications major would focus on how digital media is used domestically and internationally, but the curriculum does not plan to disregard the importance of writing. “We will never abandon writing because that's why the Jandoli School has the reputation that it does,” Hoffmann said. “You certainly don't want to monkey around with, well, perfection.” Mackowski said while the

specifics of the required curriculum are unknown, the new major would not be a watereddown version of IMC. “(The) undergraduate program is really geared toward training students to get entry-level, tactical jobs,” he said. “The graduate program will be geared toward (those) who are at the table making strategic decisions about communications.” Like Hoffmann, Mackowski said the new major would focus on digital media and the connection and transformation from traditional media. “It's really going to be a chance for students to be right at the cutting edge of what the new technology is going to offer,” he said. Hoffmann said preliminary research based on hearsay from students was positive. However, Coppola said formal research such as asking students if they would enroll in strategic communications as a major if given the chance is the next step. “It's part of the ongoing process of determining the viability of such a major,” he said.

Mackowski said his informal research yielded similar results to Hoffmann's. “Most of our students will flatout tell you that they don't want to be journalists,” he said. “Because there is this need and this desire for students who are interested in going into strategic communications, we thought the time was right to finally make this into a reality.” Mackowski said a provost has asked the group to put together a report to review soon and, if it goes according to plan, students in fall 2012 would be able to select strategic communications as a major. Hoffmann said if strategic communications becomes a major, students will be thrilled with what the Jandoli School and its staff offers. “It's so critical for us to stay ahead and provide our students the best possible education,” she said, “so that they could really compete — and I would even like to say outcompete — with folks who are already out there.”

Broadcasting truck hits road blocks STEVE MAYER News Assignment Editor The university is in the midst of negotiating terms with Time Warner Cable to broadcast men's and women's basketball games after running into problems. “We are still negotiating with Time Warner and have not reached an agreement for

either live or tape delay yet,” Steve Mest, associate athletic director for external relations, wrote in an e-mail. “It is our hope to have at least a few of the SBU-TV produced games (both men's and women's basketball) air live on Time Warner this season, but there are a few obstacles we have to overcome to make it happen.” One obstacle is the installa-

St. Bonaventure University is currently in negotiations with Time Waner in to broadcast both men’s and women’s basketball games. Lauren Sale/The Bona Venture

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was trusting me with what he was writing about.” Vecchio said he noticed a decline in Whipple's attendance as the semester progressed, but he also found himself wondering about Whipple over the last three years. “This is one guy,” Vecchio said. “This is one student from one class from three years ago, and I always wondered what was going on with him when he left. “I was always thinking, 'I should drop Blake a line. I should see how he's doing.' I can't say I've felt that way about that many students who

have left the school.” Even though Whipple only spent one semester at Bonaventure, Kolkowski said his friend still managed to make himself known. “I think everybody knew of him,” Kolkowski said. “Might not have known him, but you knew of him.” Three-plus years after Blake Whipple met him by the Allegheny River Valley Trail as a freshman at Bonaventure, Kolkowski, sitting in his Townhouse on an October night, said the little things remind him of his fallen friend. “Like every time I hear Todd Heap's name,” he said.

tion of a fiber optic cable to the broadcasting truck for games to go live on television, Mest wrote. They have not indicated whether they would do that yet. The university is now obliged to pay a fee of $3,000 to broadcast Atlantic 10 basketball games on television, said Paul Wieland, journalism lecturer. Wieland teaches the live broadcasting course that works in the truck. Time Warner Cable is not obliged to pay the fee. According to Mest, the university does not own the rights to its own basketball games due to a deal made between the Atlantic 10 conference and CBS College Sports. “This is a long and complicated situation, but in a nutshell, the Atlantic 10 Conference sold the broadcast rights of all men's and women's basketball games to CBS College Sports several years ago. The rights cover all of our home games (nonconference and conference) and all A-10 road games,” Mest wrote. “Essentially, St. Bonaventure does not own the

broadcast rights to our home basketball games. This agreement with CBS extends at least two more years.” The only sport CBS College Sports will charge for live and tape delay broadcasting is basketball. They won't charge for sports such as baseball, soccer or lacrosse, Wieland said. Basketball games are still broadcasted on the internet for a fee at, Wieland said. The broadcasting truck has additional minor changes, Wieland said. “We've added one more replay machine and another robotic camera which hasn't been installed yet but will be up pretty soon,” he said. Wieland's class has successfully provided men's and women's games on television in the past. “Except for games on break, every game's on television. How many schools can say that? None of them,” he said. “We have more games on television because of this course than any school in the A-10.”


A former Dominos building was razed last week for the first step in building Bonaventure Square. The square will include restaurants, hotels, a video arcade, shopping center and multiple sporting complexes. Lauren Sale/The Bona Venture

Silent witness program utilized by students B Y M IKE V ITRON News Editor

Blake Whipple and his mother share a moment before his deployment into active duty. Whipple, a combat engineer, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Image courtesy of Dave Kolkowski

Safety and Security has received and investigated four reports issued through the Silent Witness Program thus far, its director, Vito Czyz, wrote in an e-mail. Instituted Sept. 27, the Silent Witness Program allows anonymous reporting of suspicious activity and crime on campus. Czyz wrote that while it is still too early to call the program a success, it has done what Safety and Security expected.

“It is working,” Czyz wrote. “People are giving us information that we would normally not be getting, and we are following up on information.” Czyz wrote he will be able to determine whether the program is successful by the middle of next semester. “I continue to encourage the use of it if someone is not comfortable with coming forward,” he wrote.



SPARK offers insight to spiritual journey

SPARK (Students of Prayer, Action, Respect and Knowledge), St. Bonaventure's interfaith group, will host a discussion on the spiritual journey of one of our students on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Merton Center. All are welcome.

University Chapel opens doors to faith discussion

The University Chapel will hold a discussion titled, “Welcoming Christ into the Rooms of our Life,” Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the University Chapel’s foyer.

Pre-game entertainment, transportation offered

The Rathskeller will host a hockey pre-game party at 6 p.m. this Saturday. The party will feature a live band, food and beverages. Transportation to the game at the William O. Smith Recreation Center, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. is provided. A bus will pick up students at the Skeller, Townhouses and in front of Francis Hall. Every 15 minutes, the bus will make stops at the Skeller and Townhouses. Transportation after the game will also be provided back to campus until 10:30 p.m. Free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 200 students at the game. Bring your student ID, and admission is $1.

SGA, Safety and Security invite parking questions

The Student Government Association (SGA) will discuss parking regulations during its meeting Tuesday Nov. 16. Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security, will discuss any questions and concerns students about parking rules and regulations.

Shay-Loughlen lobby hosts blood drive

A blood drive will be held in the Shay-Loughlen lobby Nov. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the donation of blood, there will be swab tests offered to see if a potential match for a bone marrow transplant is present. For more information, contact Sam Margulies.

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Student body benefits from new rally format

The annual pep rally took place Wednesday and provided a reasonable procedure for passing out the new WolfPack T-shirts. In past years, students literally fought each other to receive one of the prized shirts. The time leading up to the rally used to feature students pushing and shoving to get to the doors of the Reilly Center and caused Staff unnecessary chaos for T-shirt Editorial distribution. Last year, students ripped a door off its hinges. Past rallies included crowd surfing and trampling, as students tried to make their way in the doors to receive shirts. These events made the pep rally more dangerous than it needed to be. This year’s pep rally offered a different method, as students lined up at four different doors for small, medium, large and extra large shirts. This year’s shirts distribution featured no fighting or trampling, just a smooth process for making sure every loyal Bona basketball supporter received a shirt. The new method is a process that should take place in future years. It provided students a calm atmosphere outside the RC and easy access for them to receive the shirts to support the team. The rally has become enjoyable and safe both inside and outside the Reilly Center.

Hickey must re-evaluate sodium Students should resurrect old football fight song Kaitlin Lindahl

It’s a typical weekday, and many students have an hour until their next afternoon class. Chances are they’ll head to the Hickey Dining Hall and grab lunch. But as they fill their bowls and plates with the afternoon’s dining options, they must be wary of a six-letter word: sodium. The amount of sodium per dish, displayed on menu cards above each option, is startling. Last

Wednesday, the six lunch options I observed in the dining hall had an average of 732 milligrams of sodium per serving. On last Friday, the three lunch options I observed had an average of 1,557 milligrams of sodium per serving. To make matters worse, many of the options I observed would not stand alone as a traditional meal. Take, for example, a cup of soup. Usually, a cup of soup is paired with a sandwich or a wrap. If a student decided to have this duo for lunch Wednesday, their sodium count would round out at 2,310 milligrams. The potato chowder offered had 740 milligrams per six fluid ounces, and the chicken Caesar wrap contained a whopping 1,570 milligrams of sodium per 1.5 ounces. Or perhaps on Friday, the student had two slices of cheese pizza. Their sodium count? 1,160 milligrams. A garden burger (excluding a bun)? 1,430 milligrams of sodium. One 5-inch cheesy enchilada? 2,230 milligrams. If you’re thinking those sodium amounts sound a bit steep, you’re right. An average adult should only consume 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, according to One meal in the dining hall can easily push a student past that dietary guideline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture claim a “healthy” food must not contain more than 480 milligrams of sodium per reference amount. They also claim “meal— type” foods must not contain more than 600 milligrams of sodium per serving size, according to Mere glances at the menu cards show that food options in the dining hall contain nearly twice as much sodium as considered “healthy” food choices. The Hickey staff need to take a closer look at the foods they serve students on a daily basis. Too much sodium in a diet can have many negative effects on the body, such as high blood pressure and kidney disease, according to College students are at a pivotal point in their lives regarding health. Now is the time for them to crack down on what they eat. The dietary choices made in their early 20s can directly affect their future health. The days of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and at-risk-for diabetes are no long years away from them. They’re right around the corner, and the best defense is to start altering their habits now. The Hickey staff needs to realize this and put an end to the excess amounts of sodium in their dishes. Help students help themselves.

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Signs placed next to food stations throughout the Hickey display nutritional information, including sodium content, for meals served.

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Jake Sonner Despite its ties to a German Christmas piece celebrating a festive tree, St. Bonaventure’s alma mater has been firmly entrenched in the history of the university since 1909. Its name ever fair and bright, we’ll keep the Bonaventure Alma Mater with memory’s light and laud its glorious brown and white (everybody now! ‘Bona’s, old St. Bona’s). But the Bonnies faithful have forgotten the rallying cry written in the 1920s and used by the university’s defunct football program. Unfurl the Brown and White Into the breeze Snow of the mountain height Brown of the trees Emblem of loyalty Manhood and might We love thy shining folds of Brown and White So begins “Unfurl the Brown and White,” penned by L.G. O’Brien and C.R. Kean in 1925. As the campus enters its prime athletic season and the men’s and women’s basketball teams kick off their respective seasons, the need for freshness in the cheering sections is evident. Wallowing in the mediocrity of ‘De-Fense!’ and ‘Let’s Go Bona’s’ is unbecoming of a student section with the rabid passion of the WolfPack. “Unfurl the Brown and White” offers unique tradition and newness in the rediscovery of a past favorite. For political correctness’ sake, manhood could be changed to mankind or Bonniehood. The rally song also fits in with a

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Hark! The trumpets are calling Drums like thunder resound Feet in rhythm are falling Armies shaking the ground Rise to the march Fill the sky with a throaty cheer … Rah! The trumpets are calling (cue the horns!), drums like thunder (raucous drum solo!), armies shaking the ground (jump around and stamp feet!), throaty cheers (self explanatory!). Of course with anything new — or rediscovered — comes a learning curve, but the result would be a glorious noise original to Bonnies fans. So play it at the games, pipe it through the speakers of the dining halls and sound it in the bells of Devereux Hall. All traditions must be born, and some must be reborn. Resurrecting “Unfurl the Brown and White” would provide a worthy rallying cry for the WolfPack while paying homage to an older generation. For recordings of “Unfurl the Brown and White” and sheet music, visit Friedsam Library’s archives at tball.

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Garnett’s comments crossed the line Sports always contain some form of trash talk before or during a game. It is the oldest form of one player trying to get the psychological edge over another to achieve victory. Trash talk can be serious, funny or, on some disappointing occasions, offensive. Enter Kevin Garnett and his comments that crossed the line. The comments happened during the Nov. 9 game between Garnett’s Celtics and the Detroit Pistons and Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva. Villanueva stated that during the game, Garnett referred to him as a “cancer patient,” according to a Nov. 4

Chris Graham article. Garnett’s comment is an unnecessary and unwelcome shot at the battle Villanueva has with alopecia universalis, a medical condition resulting in hair loss. Following the game, Villanueva went to

his Twitter account to address the comments Garnett had made. Villanueva tweeted, “KG called me a cancer patient. I’m pissed because you know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.” This comment not only comes as offensive to Villanueva but also to anyone who has suffered, or knows someone who has suffered, from cancer. Garnett has made himself look like a bully, but more importantly, he comes off as someone who does not care about a major medical problem in the world today. More than 5 million Americans have died from cancer since 1990, according to the American Cancer Society, and Garnett seems to believe this topic is a joking matter. While Garnett did state his comments were “a major miscommunication,” the issue is how he is making a joke about a topic that is in poor taste and should be off limits. Cancer is no joke as it affects hundreds of thousands of people each year and is never easy for anyone to deal with. While Garnett may have believed he was just taking a jab at an opponent to get an edge, he comes off looking like someone who is totally oblivious to the problems in the world he lives in.

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Bona Venture. His e-mail is Celtics player Kevin Garnett has come under fire for comments he made to Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva, which implied cancer was a laughing matter. Image courtesy of

Technology ruins old-fashioned dating Elizabeth Grady

Gone are the days of traditional courting, destroyed by over-informative social networking systems and the easy communication of cell phones. Technology has forever changed the way people find significant others. Unfortunately, it’s taken the suspense and surprise out of dating. Facebook has canceled out the necessity of a first date. From one glance at someone’s profile, you instantly know all the basics: hobbies, school, job, favorite TV show and your mutual friends. One quick look through their photo albums or tagged photos, and you’ve got a glimpse into their life, from vacations they’ve taken to family weddings they’ve attended. Not only does Facebook kill a lot of icebreaking topics, but it also limits someone’s horizons when it comes to dating. People may automatically take

someone off their list after finding things they dislike about them on their profile. Before social networking was popular, people discovered flaws or became smitten through extensive personal conversations. Twitter adds to this over-informed cycle, providing users with access to the events of a person’s entire day, leaving nothing to discuss in-person. Ultimately, social networking takes away the mystery of dating. Cell phones create over-accessibility, ending the suspense traditional dating used to have. Before texting, many people used to wait days to receive a call from their crush. Now, within minutes of giving someone their number, they expect a text back. Texting isn’t a good representation of actual face-to-face conversation because you have a few minutes to

plan the perfect thing to say and then edit it. People rarely use their cell phones for their primary use, phone calls, when it comes to dating. With cell phones, people are connected 24/7. They don’t have to wait until the next time they see their significant other to talk to them. Furthermore, people can text for as long as they want to, de-emphasizing the concept of missing someone. Cell phones also distort messages. How many times do people misinterpret a text they receive? Texting conversations leave out all nonverbal cues like eye contact, body language and tone of voice. For example, sarcasm can be taken seriously. It would be nice if society could somehow go back in time to the old days of dating. Next time you develop an interest in someone, try not to glimpse over their Facebook profile or Twitter page. Don’t text them continually. Take the time to actually get to know them in person.

Elizabeth Grady is the assignment features editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is

Open Mic is under-used source of campus fun Becky McKeown

A student walks onto the lit Rathskeller stage. He unfolds a piece of paper and speaks, his voice trembling. He wrote the poem in class, he says. It just had to get out. He reads, his voice steadying as he continues. He smiles and refolds the paper as the small audience of students claps and cheers. Every Wednesday night, students share their poetry, free writing, music and dramatic monologues onstage for Open Mic night. These talented and creative students don’t get the recognition they deserve. On a “good” week, maybe 20 students will show up, most of them leaving after they or a friend perform. Most weeks, about 10 students will show up and watch everyone perform. More students should take the time to support their fellow students and to share creative works. The night begins at 9 and continues until there are no more performers. Anyone can

perform anything they want, whether it’s an original piece or one by someone else. Students can read, act, dance, sing or play instruments. It’s a great way to be creative, have fun, bond with fellow students and appreciate each others’ talents. “I like to read at Open Mic because it makes me feel like I am recognizing my work, and I appreciate it more when I voice it, instead of me just writing it and reading it to myself,” said sophomore gerontology and theology major Alex Henry. “It helps me build up confidence in what I write and how I present myself in front of others because I have a lot of trouble with being in the spotlight.” The students who perform at Open Mic are amazing. It’s not always easy to perform an original work in front of peers, but hearing their applause and positive feedback is an egobooster and encourages them to keep creating. It’s sad that only a few students witness the talent SBU harbors. Many students complain there is nothing fun to do on campus during the week. Those students should make their ways to the ’Skeller and join in Open Mic. They don’t have to participate, because watching others is just as fun, and the atmosphere is relaxed and encouraging. If people have a lot of material to share, the night can last until 11, but people can come and go as they please, making it a perfect “studybreak” activity. Students who have something they need to get off their chests and out of their heads can do that at Open Mic. They’ll be greeted by a supportive audience ready to clap and cheer them on. St. Bonaventure students have talent. Those interested in seeing it only have as far as the ‘Skeller to travel.

“ ” Many students complain there is nothing fun to do on campus during the week. Those students should make their way to the ’Skeller and join in Open Mic.

Becky McKeown is an associate editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is

Marijuana should be legalized but not encouraged

United States should try to decrease marijuana use, but current policies are not effective or intelligent

In order to cut down marijuana use, legalize it. Seems oxymoronic, doesn’t it? The United States’ failed war on marijuana has wasted time and resources for far too long. The same people who are against marijuana use are the ones who put laws in place that allow for a higher percentage of use and corruption. It is only fair to compare marijuana, a common recreational drug, to other recreational drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. Let’s take Prohibition on alcohol in America for example. Once alcohol became illegal, criminals sold it illegally in speakeasies and alcohol use never decreased. The money was used to fund gang’s illegal operations and reap huge profits, according to Annually, 435,000 people die from tobacco use. Alcohol causes 85,000 deaths per year, and marijuana causes zero, according to That mind-boggling stat alone seems enough to legalize it. Common misconceptions about marijuana use increasing if legalized, a main concern to many anti-marijuana advocates, can be credited by looking at a country where marijuana is legal. In a 2001 study, 37 percent of people in the U.S. ages 12 and up admitted to smoking marijuana. In Amsterdam, where it is legal for personal use, that number falls to 17 percent, according to A recent marijuana legalization forum at St.

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Bonaventure featured Bonaventure professor Adam Brown. He said no studies show that marijuana use alone causes damage to the respiratory system that leads to death. Every year, responsible adults who make the choice to use marijuana are arrested. Taxpayers’ money keeps these “criminals” in jail. Then there is the “gateway” theory. People argue marijuana use leads to harder drugs. What about the people who use tobacco or alcohol before marijuana? Are they not gateway drugs, also? By legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana, people would have to show identification to prove they are of legal age to use it. If you ask any teen or young adult which is easier to get their hands on, I bet they would say marijuana. There is a black market for it, no identification required, and the dealers are willing to sell to anyone. Children, teens and adults who buy marijuana from drug dealers expose themselves to other drugs. Many drug dealers, who will sell

marijuana to anyone willing to buy it, traffic other drugs. We should not be exposing these marijuana users to harder drugs such as cocaine, prescription pills and heroin. In Amsterdam, marijuana is legally sold in coffee shops. “Coffee shops are tolerated with a view to protecting public health. The purpose here is to create a distinction between the markets for soft and hard drugs so that people who wish to use cannabis do not gradually slip into contact with hard drugs,” according to Anti-marijuana advocates also worry about the addictiveness of the drug. Did these people forget that alcohol and tobacco are addictive? Or how about prescription pills? The violence linked to alcohol consumption is astonishing. From alcoholic men and women who abuse their wives or husbands and kids, to alcohol-related incidents at St. Bonaventure each weekend, it creates a clear danger. I have yet to see a violent incident result from marijuana use during my time at St. Bonaventure. A 2007 film called “Super High Me,” starring comedian Doug Benson, is a great look into the effects of marijuana. Benson admits to having used marijuana every day for years. He takes 30 days off smoking marijuana, experiencing no withdrawal. He does it easily, and at one point said he hasn’t even been thinking about the drug. If people who use alcohol every day for several years try to quit

instantly, they are risking their life, and will certainly experience withdrawal. Even if marijuana were addictive, it is not the government’s job to tell people whether or not they can use it. That is a choice an adult should be able to make on his or her own. During the marijuana forum held at St. Bonaventure, biology professor Joel Benington said he worries that students who use marijuana may experience a lack of motivation. Well, it may cause a person to become unmotivated, no doubt. But don’t television, the Internet, video games and alcohol all do the same? I think so. Although I am a non-smoker, I know many people who use marijuana and do well in school. It is right to try to decrease the use of marijuana, but we must do it the right way. The United States has a history of finally getting it right. The eradication of slavery, women’s rights and civil rights to blacks are perfect examples. I am convinced by the end of my life, marijuana will be legalized nation-wide.

Steve Mayer is the assignment news editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

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Appreciate Thanksgiving celebrations Now that October has come and gone, fun-sized candy is being thrown on the clearance aisle, and “Hocus Pocus” and “Halloween” have been packed away. The train you hear in the distance is the Christmas-shopping season, which is only a few weeks away from arrival — assuming it doesn’t leave the hypothetical station earlier than expected. In the meantime, Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away. You probably wouldn’t know it by going to Wal-Mart or turning on a TV, though. ABC Family has a “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas” series, but there is no such countdown for Thanksgiving. It’s probably because there aren’t any favorite Thanksgiving movies (at least not any memorable ones) or TV specials (other than “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”) to speak of. We just turned off “Monster Mash,” and “Jingle Bells” will be ruling the airwaves shortly, but there are no real mainstream Thanksgiving songs. (If you want to listen to Adam Sandler’s “Thanksgiving Song” on repeat, knock yourself out.) No need to burn money on

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costumes or gifts, just a turkey and maybe a few veggies. Oh, and pie ingredients. While its neighboring-month holidays have been immersed in commercialism in modern times, Thanksgiving remains the ultimate symbol of tradition in our society. Everything that Thanksgiving entails seems to stay relatively constant from year to year — the food, the people, the activities. There isn’t nearly as much preparation or hype leading up to Thanksgiving as there is for Halloween and, especially, Christmas. But in turn, the weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving are relatively peaceful. Aside from preparing the feast, there is nothing else to worry about on Thanksgiving. It’s a day to sit back and relax with the family. OK, so there is a big parade and football dominates the tube on

Thanksgiving, but those are beloved institutions of the day at this point. It’s nothing compared to what lies ahead after it. Once the clock strikes midnight and Thanksgiving Day is over, Black Friday will be upon us and Christmas season (formally) begins. I love Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year, but often its true meaning is hidden behind commercials and catchy jingles. On the other hand, Thanksgiving is a model of consistency. It comes and goes like a lamb (although you may eat like a lion), but it’s always a pleasing and fulfilling day when you reflect on it. It’s a day to be thankful, and you don’t have to worry about trying to please everyone. Enjoy the relative calmness and limited commercialism Thanksgiving and the weeks leading up to it bring. It illustrates a change of pace — albeit, a brief one — that we don’t typically get to enjoy and often goes underappreciated.

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

My Turn Reconsider Tea Party’s political platforms

The concept of revolting against one’s governing structure in an attempt to maintain a stable society has been an ideology practiced for thousands of years. Countless circumstances exemplified by past events such as the French Revolution’s storming of the Bastille or the American Revolution’s Boston Tea Party help illustrate this principle. In each of these scenarios, the abuse of society by those in positions of authority has provoked concerned citizens to take matters into their own hands to bring about needed change. Many Americans have felt the recent economic deterioration, according to an Oct. 24 article in Forbes Magazine. The struggle to put food on the table, pay daunting bills and put gas in the car have become the new norm. Despite this negative outlook on our American society, you would never know it by analyzing the monolithic amount of spending undertaken by the Obama administration. According to a Sept. 28 Forbes article, a total of $700 billion was spent in the Troubled Assets Recovery Program enacted by the U.S. Treasury Department. Because of this, many big-name banking and financial institutions such as AIG, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and many more were bailed out of almost certain bankruptcy. But the fun doesn’t stop here. Our government will also spend an additional $940 billion over the next 10 years to fund the newly legislated health care reform bill that was passed in March thanks to your tax dollars, according to an Aug. 4 report by CNN. Now, future generations of Americans will enjoy many years of heavy taxation in virtually every aspect of society in order to pay for the behemoth spending spree. In the midst of these daunting times, a new political ideology is emerging, which is challenging the foundational morals and beliefs that comprise our American values, as well as calling out our New York state and federal leaders on their incompetence in running the United States. Originating on “common sense principles,” the Tea Party movement has garnered immense popularity within the last year from supporters from every region in the United States, mainly out of response to the lavish spending of such economic policies enacted by Congress and President Obama, according to a Nov. 4 article by Fox News. The premise of this loosely affiliated grass-roots organization is simple: Americans have had enough of

their government playing an increasingly larger role in their lives and will not stand for it any longer. They want a reduction in the size of government, simpler taxes, less wasteful spending, a decreased national debt and most importantly, a return to the fundamental constitutional values of this country. Contrary to popular belief, the Constitution is a relevant document to society that holds supremacy over all laws enacted within the United States. Our founding fathers meticulously crafted this extraordinary manuscript with the idea it would evolve in accordance with the needs of society. To form a civilization crafted for the people and by the people was a revolutionary concept of its time, but it is this very notion that sets America apart from other countries and cultures. Our leaders in office have ignored our founding principles for too long and have instead elected to push their own agendas without judging the constitutionality of their legislations. Our currency is frequently printed out of thin air, and people wonder why inflation is rising. When it all comes down to it, where does the U.S. Constitution justify the incredible amount of taxation on society? Where does it state that government has to be regularly involved in the lives of its people? The only things the original document called for are a common defense and minimal government involvement in Americans’ daily endeavors. Our founding fathers feared a strong, centralized government for the very reasons it has manifested itself today. Many do not realize the personal freedoms and privacies we are losing every day. Our government has grown out of control, and a solution must occur if we are ever to return to our original values as a nation. This is what the Tea Party is all about. Getting back to the basics is what this great country needs most. This mutually held belief was expressed with the elections last week, in which a number of candidates running on the Tea Party platform won a multitude of seats in the House and Senate. Will this movement continue to spread like wildfire throughout the United States? What will our country look like 20 or 30 years down the road? Time will tell. Perhaps our country is in need of a second revolution that is not fought with weapons and violence, but with the hearts and minds of the American people. -Matt Butler, Class of 2014

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Students should cultivate unique political opinions Winston Churchill said, “Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.” This is just one of the many great quotes by the former British Prime Minister, and one that has a lot of relevance today. In the time leading up to, and following the Nov. 2 midterm elections I have heard, and taken part in, many spirited political debates. I am not saying that if you are a Republican you don’t have a heart. We all come from different backgrounds with different belief systems, so I do not expect every student to see eye-to-eye on politics. However, it is important to set aside our parents’ beliefs and think about issues from an unbiased perspective. We, as college students, may find ourselves dealing with two issues in particular currently, or somewhere in the near future.

College affordability: The Pell Grant, named after U.S Senator Claiborne Pell, a Democrat from Rhode Island, is a post-secondary education Federal grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education according to a Jan. 2, 2009 article in The New York Times. A Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be paid back, according to The amount depends on financial need, cost to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less; information obtained through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), according to Pell Grants covered more than two-thirds of tuition and fees at a four-year, public university in the late 1970s, according to an Oct. 8, 2009 Washington Post article. As the cost of college increased, the amount covered by the Pell Grant decreased percentage-wise. In 2006, under the Bush administration, the maximum Pell Grant award was $4,050 according to the Washington Post article. According to, the maximum award for the 2010-11 award year is $5,550. President Obama signed a bill eliminating fees paid to private banks that acted as intermediaries in providing the loans, a move that could save up to $68 billion in the next 11 years, according to a March 30 New York Times article. The savings will be used to expand the program and make it easier for students to pay outstanding loans upon graduating according to the article. The bill will increase the maximum award

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It is important to set aside our parents’ beliefs and think about issues from an unbiased perspective.

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to $5,975 over the next few years and provide 820,000 more grants by 2020 according to the New York Times article. The bill will also allow students to cap loan repayment at 10 percent of their living income as opposed to the previously 15 percent cap, and debts will be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25 - or after 10 years to those in public services, according to The New York Times article. Another piece of legislation the Obama administration revamped to help make college more affordable was the Hope Credit. The Hope Credit, started in January of 1998, allowed those paying for college to claim up to $1,800 for each student enrolled in school’s first two years, according to For the 2009-10 tax year, the maximum claim increased to $2,500 and the credit is available for the first four years of post-secondary education, according to President Obama said college affordability would be a major part of his 2011 budget, according to a Jan. 30 Los Angeles Times article. “In the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college,” he said. Health care: I know many have reservations about President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or as it has been affectionately nicknamed by some conservatives, “Obamacare,” but I urge you to read the Myths & Facts section on before bashing it. Why should we, as college students, be concerned with this health care business? For starters, if you are covered by your parent’s health-care plan, your coverage will now last until you turn 26 years old, according to Previously, health coverage for children ran out after the child finished school, according to The new bill allows a grace period for a college graduate to find a job that provides health coverage. An adult child can remain covered by his or her parent’s health care whether or not he or she is married, living with the parents, in school or financially dependent on his or her parents, according to This allows a graduate to find a job without having to worry about additional bills and debt associated with hospitalization that could pile on top of student loans. And what if you turn 26 and still do not have a job with health-care benefits? Is it not nice to know you can go to the doctor or hospital and know you will be covered? The Affordable Care Act “gives you better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health-care costs, guarantee more choice and enhance the quality of care for all Americans,” according to These all sound like good things to me. I understand there are more issues out there than the two I discussed, but as young adults, think about these issues and how you can benefit from them before saying the Obama administration has failed you. Mike Vitron is the news editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

Letter to the Editor

Students should consider both sides of issues like bottle-recycling To The Editors: I was very disappointed to read the recent article “Recycling Club Sends Out Its Message” in the Oct. 29 issue of The Bona Venture. As a 2002 Bonaventure business graduate who has worked within the beverage business since graduation, I found the article extremely one-sided without sharing any details about what some of today’s top beverage and food companies are doing to help promote sustainability. I hope to provide some much-needed clarification on the issue from a viewpoint you may not have heard. In an age when American adults consume more than 450 calories a day from caloric-sweetened beverages, according to, and 68 percent of those 20 years old and older are classified as overweight or obese, according to, bottled water provides a healthy choice when tap water is not accessible, preferred or convenient. But if bottled water is not available, consumer research shows that more than 50 percent of people would choose soda instead. This means a discouragement on bottled water as Ryan Lazo’s news story claimed would have the unintended consequence of driving people to consume more unhealthy beverages that add calories and sugar to their diets. While few can argue the health benefits of water, college students and faculty may question the impact of the bottle. To better understand the environmental impact of bottled water and other beverage options, Nestlé Waters, a member of the International Bottled Water Association, commissioned a first-of-its-kind, peer-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA) at This LCA found that bottled water has the lightest environmental footprint of all packaged beverages. This means that every time people choose bottled water instead of a packaged beverage such as soda or a sports drink, they are choosing a beverage that uses less water and energy. So, promoting not using

bottled water is not only the wrong move for our health, but also the wrong move for the environment. It’s important to note that bottled water is not an either/or decision for most consumers; 70 percent of bottled-water drinkers also drink from the tap. Simply put, people want access to clean, high-quality drinking water as part of their daily lives, and that is a good thing. Bottled water is an important choice in situations where there is a lack of water fountains or a concern about water quality. You may recall bottled water’s key role during the boil water alert in Massachusetts last May, which impacted about two million people. Did you know only 50 percent of cans currently get recycled? Did you know only 30 percent of plastic bottles are recycled currently? Instead of targeting certain products, as this article has, my advice and hope for the recycling group is to promote recycling and see how you can better improve the recycling at St. Bonaventure. Ask to speak to the suppliers Aramark uses. Help gain recycling units throughout campus. Help show the effects of all the garbage used on move-out day and show how that material can be reused. Help show the effects of cigarette butts outside of Plassmann Hall. Help show that when one recycles those materials, such as plastics, they can be made into new items, such as clothing. The T-shirt I am wearing under my dress shirt, as I write this message, was once part of a plastic bottle. The Boston Red Sox have their Green Team throughout the stands at games recycling bottles, forks, knives and anything else that can be recycled. Other universities I have worked with over the years in my various roles have asked their food providers to put them in contact with the food companies directly to see what they are doing with sustainability and what their goals were for the future. I would suggest the Recycling Group think of these outside-the-box ideas to help promote and edu-

cate with all the facts available. I was very disappointed after reading this article. First, all the facts were not accurate. Second, the bottled water company used on campus, Aquafina, a Pepsi product, was not even mentioned, nor any information provided, nor was any representative contacted to gain further details. Aramark works with Nestlé Waters North America as a preferred vendor, and Nestlé Waters makers of Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water, has very specific information on what they are doing as a company with respect to sustainability. Neither was the International Bottled Water Association contacted, as they have many great resources available on the net and especially on YouTube communicating what bottled water companies are doing and how they are regulated. For example, many are unaware that Nestlé Waters is the leader of LEED Certified Manufacturing and office facilities within the United States. I urge all St Bonaventure University students to look at both sides of an issue, whether it’s recycling, politics or a class discussion before they make a final decision on any matter. I found parts of this article very one-sided. However, I commend the group for trying to promote a great message about recycling and sustainability, and I do urge the university to look at sustainability on campus and improve it in a positive way. There are many alumni in the food and beverage industry, and there are many vendors Aramark uses daily to serve you food. I would ask questions of those companies, but I would also look at the material that’s used to build new buildings, or the paints that are used, and the paper that is used for The Bona Venture itself. Ask the vendors where these materials come from, what they doing in the ways of sustainability, and then I would ask yourself how you are reducing, reusing and recycling? Go Bona’s! Kevin A. Cleary ‘02


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Arts and Life

Quick Center calls for quick changes BY ALEXANDRA SALERNO Staff Writer

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is the only museum of its kind in six neighboring counties. For most of the 6,000 plus elementary- and middle-school students who visit the center yearly, it is their only chance to experience the culture of a museum setting. For most of the 1,967 undergraduate students who attend St. Bonaventure University, the museum is not a place they often frequent, even though it’s located in their own backyard. Joseph LoSchiavo, executive director of the center, said he is proud of what the center is able to offer to young children in the surrounding area. LoSchiavo started in December 2002 as the executive director and was also named associate vice president during the 2007-2008 academic year. “For the school children we serve, it’s the only place for them to have that art experi-

ence that doesn’t require a long travel time,” LoSchiavo said. “It’s been proven that if children have a couple of positive experiences at a college, they will remember those experiences, and it makes them think about our college when it comes time to apply to schools.” The center puts much of its energy focusing on young children in surrounding communities, and SBU students said they feel as though their own connection with the center is not as strong. Sophomore Gabby Ciotti said that despite her interest in the arts, the center is ‘absolutely not’ a place she feels a connection to. “To me, as a student and an art history major, having a museum on campus means that student art should be displayed regularly,” Ciotti said. “From my experience, the QCA makes it difficult for us students to get involved. I had volunteered to give tours at the museum and went and trained to be a docent (a person who

Students complain the QCA doesn’t serve their interests.

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leads guided tours, especially through a museum or art gallery) and never received a phone call back.” Senior finance major Caitlin Monahan sees no reason to go to the center and has rarely visited the museum throughout her college career. “It doesn’t really seem to offer me anything. I see it as a part of the school, but I find no need to personally go there,” Monahan said. “There’s not really many student-related activities that I’m interested in. Maybe if I heard that it offered a broader range of interests I would go.” The center opened in January 1995. According to the university’s website, the center was opened primarily to consolidate the artistic activities on campus, as well as create a regional outlet for cultural expression for western New York. The center not only houses the Rigas Family Theater, which seats 321 people, but also encompasses the F. Donald Kenney Museum & Art Study Wing. The center does offer students access to the exhibitions during regular museum hours daily and also invites students to a performing arts series from September through April. The series includes all types of live performance from jazz to orchestras to opera. “We’ve been giving away free tickets for students (to the performing arts series)since the day I got here,” LoSchiavo said. “The student attendances at those shows are still very low.” Martin Spear, a senior psychology major, who is employed by the center, feels the center doesn’t do enough to promote what’s available to students. Spear does stagehand work, lighting, electric, stageing and a variety of other show setup for the center. “Because I work there, I am more aware of what’s going on, and I hear about the events more,” Spear said.”There’s not really enough advertising that anything(at the center) is available to students. They offer it, but it’s not really used.

The former art studio on the Quick Center for the Arts’ third floor is now used as storage.

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They put a movie or something on, and only like 10 people show up.” Kara Deighan, a freshman undeclared arts major and avid artist, said she is bothered that the center does not make displaying student artwork a priority. “I think it really needs to change, and there needs to be a platform for student art,” Deighan said. “It’s seems like it should be a place for students to get their artwork out there. College is about pursuing your passions, and the Quick should help budding student artists.” Showing student art is a main concern with students who assume the center is unwelcoming to undergrads. “I personally have never viewed student art at the center,” Deighan said. “It’s really weird because it’s an art center on campus, so you think they would show and promote student art all of the time. Even if you had to submit and have it approved, I’m sure there’s plenty of students on campus who are good enough to have their work showcased. If I felt

like if I had a strong enough piece and the center allowed me to submit it, I would. It’d be cool to have my work on display for my friends to view.” Many students also question, with the facilities available at the center, why many painting and art classes are held in other buildings around campus. “It’s hard for me to know that the spaces in the center aren’t used to their full advantage,” Ciotti said . “It’s not fair that art history majors and visual arts majors, even though we’re small in number, often have to paint in a dingy studio in Francis (Hall) or the basement of Butler (Gymnasium).” As a freshman, Deighan was surprised during the first week of school to learn that her art class was not held in the center. “I’m taking a painting class, and I have to go to Francis for them,” Deighan said. “It’s kind of an inconvenience. Honestly, when I first got my schedule it said F studio, and I just assumed that would be in the Quick Arts Center because it’s supposed to be the hub of art

on campus.” According to LoSchaivo, however, there are no painting studios in the center. Two rooms on the third floor were previously painting and drawing studios. They have been repurposed as the Education Classroom, and the Exhibition Preparation and Collection Management room. “The Education Room was a new development necessitated by the volume of schoolchildren currently served by the QCA,” LoSchavio said. “The Preparation room was moved from the first floor. Larger quarters were needed to accommodate the demands of our growing exhibitions and collections. The space vacated on the first floor has been turned into the raw space galleries intended to serve curricular needs including showing student art. The studios are now in Francis Hall.” The third floor of the center is spacious to say the least. Two of the main fixtures of the floor are the Education: The classroom

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He swabbed his mouth and saved a girl Event creates


Coming home from my summer job one night in July 2005, I heard an unfamiliar voice linger around the door. Walking closer to the origin, I saw my dad in the family room speaking with a dark-haired man I had never seen before. He introduced himself as Jay Feinberg, the founder of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. I still had no idea why he stood in front of me. My dad said that Feinberg had called him at work the day before because he was a potential stem cell donor for a person with cancer. Put into a national stem cell donor bank a few years prior and never really hearing from the organization since, my dad completely forgot about his simple cheek swab until this call. Feinberg told my dad over the phone he could potentially save the life of an 11-year-old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, cancer of the blood or bone marrow. “How could I not save an 11-year-old girl?” my dad said. “What if one of my daughters needed a donor?” Feinberg had had leukemia. After four years of waiting on the transplant list for bone marrow, a donor saved his life. The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation continues the

process of finding matches for recipients with life-threatening illnesses to save their lives, too. My dad asked Feinberg if the donation could wait until after our family vacation in August. Feinberg said that if he waited that long, the recipient would die. Afraid to go through with the procedure, but compelled to save the young girl, my dad said he would go through with the further testing needed to confirm a match for the donation. Feinberg immediately made an appointment for my dad to meet Michael Schuster, a doctor of medicine specializing in hematology (blood and blood disorders), at New YorkPresbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Schuster gave my dad a full physical. This included a spleen examination, a chest X-Ray and a psychological test to confirm he could handle the process. His spleen not enlarged, his chest free of pneumonia and his psyche in acceptable condition, my dad moved on to the next step. Following the tests, a nurse came to our house every day for four days to administer Neupogen to my dad. The injections of this medication would stimulate stem cell growth and release the stem cells from the bones. Therefore, they could circulate more freely in his blood.

Sam Margulies sits with her dad, David, while he donates in 2005.

Image courtesy of Sam Margulies

On this medication, my dad suffered flu-like symptoms. He almost cried one day when my uncle casually leaned on his shoulder because his body hurt so much. His muscles ached. He felt congested. He wanted to sleep. If the 11-year-old girl could live this long with leukemia and the agony of finding a donor, he could make it through these few days of discomfort, my dad said. On Aug. 8, 2005, a black car picked me and my dad up at our house and drove us to the hospital to meet with Schuster for the procedure. I had recently bought a wire to have music on my iPod play through the car stereo via an unused radio station. The entire ride to the hospital, my dad and I fiddled with the barely working contraption so we could sing Aerosmith and Yes songs together. We arrived at the hospital and walked through the lobby and into the elevator where we lit up a floor button for our destination. For the procedure, my dad sat in a chair for about five hours with a needle in each arm. He could not move his arms. He could not stand up to stretch. He could not go to the bathroom. His blood flowed out of one arm and into a centrifuge, separating out the desirable blood plasma and stem cells. The rest of his blood traveled from the centrifuge back into his other arm. Anticoagulants in the blood returning to his body affected his blood’s concentration of calcium, an essential mineral to the body. With extremely low calcium levels, my dad’s jaw locked shut. He could no longer speak. Terrified, I ran for Schuster, who immediately gave him calcium tablets to try to chew and swallow. This alleviated most of his jaw pain. After enough stem cells and plasma accumulated in the plastic bags next to the centrifuge, a courier took the priceless gift and traveled to wherever in the world the recipient prepared for the donation. After my dad finally got to go to the bathroom, we took the elevator back down to the lobby, and the car took us home.

For the following year, we could send letters to Gift of Life who would relay them to the unknown recipient. We also received health updates, including the exciting news that her leukemia was in remission. Each time we got a letter from the family, it felt like Christmas. Gift of Life would cut the recipient’s name and other personal information out of the letter due to confidentiality requirements. That did not matter, though. Although we desperately wanted to know who she was or where she lived, knowing that she touched this letter and drew these pictures made us all so happy. One year after the procedure, on Aug. 8, 2006, my family released its information to the recipient’s family. We could finally share contact information. The child, once near death, had a name — Marina. She lived on the Greek island Crete. I called her my new sister. Everyone in the St. Bonaventure University community has the opportunity to be swabbed through the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will host a swab drive on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Shay-Loughlen lounge. SIFE will also host a Community Blood Bank blood drive in the lounge. “After the procedure, I felt almost as happy as when each of my daughters was born,” my dad said. “After all, I gave a young girl a new chance on life when she would have otherwise died.” Not only have we written letters and e-mailed Marina and her family, but also we now talk and share pictures on Facebook. I cannot wait to finally meet her in person. Would my dad do the procedure again? “Yes, in a heartbeat,” he said. For more information on the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, go to

positive outlet BY KIMMIE BATES Contributing Writer

St. Bonaventure University will host the ninth annual Girls’ Day this weekend. “It’s an event for girls in grades six through eight in the local school districts, that, through hands-on workshops involving technology, will attempt to instill in the girls an interest in technology,” said Dalton Hunkins, computer science professor. Tomorrow from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the event will teach girls the notion that, “I can do it; you can do it, too,” Hunkins said. Hunkins took over the event after Suzanne Watson retired last year. Hunkins had been Watson’s assistant for eight years preceding her retirement. The schools that will attend Girls’ Day include Cuba, Allegany, Portville, St. Burns Catholic Elementary, Bolivar and Rushford. The event will bring in schools from Austin, Pa., as well. Wolfgang Natter, dean of arts and sciences, will be attending, and Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president, will be welcoming the girls to campus. Hoping to spark the interest of the girls, Hunkins said the day will include educational workshops in math, science and engineering. Hunkins also wants the event to help the adolescents with their future endeavors. He adds that the major concern of the event is to help girls discover their interests. The workshops will take place in Walsh Science Center, Murphy Professional Building and Plassmann Hall. The seven presenters and their eight assistants will teach sessions entitled Storytelling Alice, DigiQuilt, Web Page, Robots, Photo Story, Dogeometry and Movie Maker. Girls’ Day originated in 2002 when Watson established it on a foundation of the same goals and motives it carries out today in 2010 — to be a positive learning environment, help raise awareness and understanding of technology, science and math, and to help young girls take away knowledge that will help them in their futures, Hunkins said.


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and the Exhibition Preparation and Collection room: Signs next to the doors of these two rooms tell of a past purpose, as they are currently labeled as painting studios. The Exhibition Preparation room is a huge studio, longer accessible to students for painting. According to LoSchavio, the room’s function was a necessary change to make room for various showcase preparation like framing , storage, and processing. School Counselor Michele Rodkey helped organize, open and run the nonprofit Olean Art Space three years ago. It was a community venue open to creative events by and for people of all ages, interests and abilities. The space offered music shows, visual art workshops, exhibits and demonstrations, local film shows, spoken word events, writing workshops and many other events. “When the art space was operating, there was a fair amount of involvement with SBU students,” Rodkey said. “Former history professor Mark Huddle held the music shows that were a part of his DIY festival at the art space.” Rodkey has not been involved with the center since Huddle left. Rodkey notes many changes to the center since his departure. “When I started 12 years ago, there was a student dance company called Legacy that was housed in the Quick,” Rodkey said. “There was a student musical theater group that used to perform at least one presentation a year, the lower gallery was a student gallery, there was an art studio upstairs that was used for student classes and workshops and (a) professional dance company that did a residency with the Quick and ran workshops for students and the community.” Ed. Simone, director of the department of visual and performing arts, is proud of the achievements the center and its faculty have been able to accomplish. “I and my colleagues in the department of visual and performing arts envision a QCA that is the most delightful, vibrant, engaging place on campus, a place SBU students cannot wait to enter and don’t really want to leave,” Simone said. “There have been many discussions and meetings over the past several months about how we as a university would like the QCA to develop, including discussions with students.” Change is looming for the center with many parties involved with the center hoping to spotlight the students who call this campus home. “At this point, I would say that the main thing the Quick offers is exposure to the exhibits in the museum and attendance at the shows in the theater,” Rodkey said. “The major disadvantage at this time appears to be accessibility. It seems that the purpose and function of the Quick has changed, and many of the student-generated activities are no longer available.” An exhibition created by the center in 2009-2010 will open at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Other artwork showcased in the center is destined for international travel. “The large painting of Savonarola that hangs over the stairs in the QCA will travel to Florence, Italy, to be part of a major exhibition,” LoSchaivo said. “We want to continue creating programs on this level that will not only serve the university and regional communities but also have resonance nationally and internationally.” LoSchaivo has admitted that change “is sometimes difficult.” “What needs to change, and we are trying, is the way we communicate (to students),” said LoSchavio. “ In addition to making better use of the social media, we need to communicate more frequently in the future.”

Career Center to transform students into classy citizens

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BY ELIZABETH PRAY Contributing Writer

Decorum. It sounds like a weird word, but it has a simple meaning: manners. The Career Center is giving students the opportunity to brush up on their manners, or as the center calls it, “etiquette skills.” The Career Center plans to hold its annual “Evening of Etiquette” dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Margaret Bryner, director of HEOP Services, will teach guests the basics of etiquette while they enjoy a four-course meal catered by Aramark. “Students will learn everything from not slurping their soup to how to engage in small talk with others,” said Connie Whitcomb, the Career Center’s director. “They’ll be more prepared for important events in the future that could involve a meal, such as a job interview.” This is not the first year the Career Center is holding its “Evening of Etiquette” program. The opportunity has been offered many times before for students. This year’s will be the eighth annual offering. The Career Center has held it twice a year if the program is popular enough. Margaret Bryner has been the speaker in the past due to her extensive experience in dining etiquette. She served as etiquette director and consultant for the college in the past. Guests include students and faculty members, some of who have been to the event in the past. Students were encouraged to attend because the skills they learn through the event enhance their comfort level at dinner. They also learn the proper methods to work their way through a multiplecourse meal. It is an opportunity for students to meet other people in a professional environment and adapt better to it. The Career Center is located on the second floor of the Reilly Center. It helps students find and develop skills to help them later in life, as this dinner aims to.

Student fans show off their pink shirts at the men’s basketball game Friday.

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Pink Pack spreads awareness BY MEAGHAN O’ROURKE Staff Writer

The color pink overwhelmed the campus on Friday, Nov. 5. It covered Reilly Center windows. It filled the Hickey Dining Hall. It was on the bodies of more than 550 students, faculty and staff. The Bona’s WolfPack was a Pink Pack for the day. The Pink Pack event raised money and awareness for breast cancer. Students were encouraged to wear pink to the women and men’s basketball games that evening. The 550 pink T-shirts designed for the event sold out in just seven hours, said Shannon Shepherd, the junior who organized the event. “The student response was incredible,” Shepherd said. “Students who weren’t able to get a shirt still found other pink to wear to the game.” Pink impacted both people in the stands and on the court. “It was inspiring to see all the pink from the court,” said Alyssa Lynch, a sophomore cheerleader. “It was definitely a lot of fun.” Ryan Harney, a sophomore early childhood and elementary education major, participated in the

event because she believes in the cause and also thinks basketball games are fun. “It’s such a severe topic that so many people don’t think about … and a lot of people think along the lines of ‘That wouldn’t be me’ and kind of brush it off, but in reality it doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone — man or woman,” Harney said. The primary focus of last Friday’s event was awareness. “If one woman’s attention was drawn to the shirts and reminded her to get in the routine of self breast exams or go get a mammogram, potentially saving her life, all of the effort of Pink Pack was well worth it,” Shepherd said. “I am so happy with how the event turned out. Pink was the overwhelming theme in the RC on Friday.” All proceeds from the event go to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Shepherd said the amount raised is still being totaled, as more donations are coming in.

SBU Step Team hosts fall talent show BY KAITLIN LINDAHL Assistant Features Editor A sequined jacket, slam poetry and singers galore infiltrated the Regina A. Quick Center for The Arts on Tuesday for the Step Team’s annual talent show. The show featured 13 acts, their talents ranging from rapping to Irish dancing. Brittany Feldmeyer, step team captain and talent show coordinator, thought this year’s show was successful. “We had a wide variety of acts. We had dancing, singing, acting.There were groups and individuals,” Feldmeyer, a junior psychology major, said. “I thought they all did well.” Feldmeyer, in her second year as captain and coordinator, said she began planning the show about two months ago. “I had to book the Quick Arts Center for the show. I had to meet with the Quick Arts Center staff and tell them how everything was going to lay out … I had to get the talents for the show,” she said. In addition, Feldmeyer said she had to rehearse a routine with the Step Team for the show, practicing and perfecting the routine for about

a month. “That whole act was a new act. We’ve never done it before,” Feldmeyer said. “My team helped make up stuff for it. It wasn’t just me.” Not all of the acts at the talent show were new. For sophomore Erik Jones, sticking to what he knew came in handy. Jones said he participated in a talent show his senior year of high school and sang Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” For the talent show this year, he performed the song again. “I was going to do a new song, but I had requests by a lot of people here to sing that song,” said Jones,

Sophomore Colin O’Donnell competes in the talent show. Nicole Marinaccil/The Bona Venture

an elementary and special education major. What wasn’t familiar to Jones was performing first at this year’s talent show. Jones said he performed last at his high school’s talent show, and he figured his act this year would be in the middle of the show. “I was so shocked … it makes me feel kind of good because I can show everyone what will be going on,” Jones said of having to perform first. “It will set off the night well.” Jones said this talent show, like the one he did in high school, was a positive experience for him. Jones said that he may participate future talent shows, but if he does, will venture from away “Viva La Vida.” Felice Brooks, a sophomore English major, agreed the talent show was a beneficial experience. “(You) get to see a lot of people on campus do their thing,” Brooks said. “(There’s) a lot of acceptance.” Brooks said she signed up for this year’s talent show after performing in the Black Student Union’s Hope for Haiti show last spring. The theme, hope, she said, inspired her to write a poem for that show. Brooks said someone told her she should take the stage again for the talent show, so she did.

Brooks performed a slam poem titled “He is hurting you the same one who claim he love you.” Feldmeyer said this year’s talent show had a great turnout. “There were a lot of people there,” Feldmeyer said. “It was close to full. That’s what the stage manager told me.” Having almost a full house is positive for the step team since the talent show is one of their two main fundraisers. Feldmeyer said the step team charged $3 for students and $5 for adults. Any money raised, she said, gets transferred directly to the Step Team’s account. This year’s favorite talent seemed to be dancing, as dancers took two of the three spots. Chloe PriesterKoerner and Sarah Murphy took first place for their Irish dancing, while Jessica Misiaszek and The Rugby Girls snagged second place with a hip-hop dance montage. Brooks came in third place for her slam poetry reading. The talent show will be back again next fall, but if that’s too long to wait for a taste of campus talent, the step team will be performing again this spring.

The Buzz goes to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

BY SARA WARD Contributing Writer

Giant guitars stand, guarding the appearance of a large, triangular mass. Staircases twist inside, reaching toward the sky. Windows surround

the entire building, looking out onto the serene waves of a blue, cold lake. From the large studio window on the fifth floor, visitors can the grand Bruce Springsteen exhibit. All of these images could only be coming from one

Kyle Zappia, Katie Cooper and Pat Hosken broadcast live. Image courtesy of Kate Burt

place — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Last Friday, Nov. 5, the 16member board of directors of WSBU-FM 88.3, The Buzz, traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I had seen old pictures in our archives showing the old WSBU banner hoisted from within the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I had read articles in old issues of The Buzzworthy about the great experiences past directors had there in the ‘90s,” station manager Zack Witzel said. “As station manager, I finally felt like I had the power to put something like that together, so I phoned the Hall of Fame directly, explained how WSBU had broadcast from the museum in the past and asked what I could do to make it happen again.”

The Buzz members are glad to have had this great opportunity at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “In the end, this trip really united all of the board members,” said Victoria Detmering, the assistant music director. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a 150,000 square foot building standing at the foot of downtown Cleveland, opened in 1995 after 15 years of petitions, pleas and planning, according to its website. Since then, the Rock Hall has been an influential and informative place of music. The museum welcomes almost 8 million visitors from around the world and reaches more than 50,000 students and educators each year through its education programs, according to its website. The museum’s permanent

exhibits include costumes, lyrics, instruments, concert handbills, musical scores and stage props. The museum also shows inductees who have received their induction awards at least 25 years after their album released. For Witzel, broadcasting from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was like a dream come true. “I’m one of the few people (who) can go through life saying truthfully that I ran the board in the Alan Freed Studio at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it was for the radio station for which I’ll always have the softest spot in my heart: WSBU,” he said. “How nuts is that?” Public relations director Pat Hosken, also felt the trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a great experience. “It was a really amazing

feeling,” he said. “The booth that we broadcasted from was the same booth that celebrities had broadcasted from. It felt very similar to the studio at WSBU but magnified times a thousand,” The Alan Freed Studio features a round table with six microphones, which allowed the board members to speak freely in conversation throughout the entire broadcast. Each member brought a mix of songs on a CD to use during the radio station’s time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the large, triangular mass of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Buzz board members broadcasted four hours of classic and indie rock music.


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Internships provide required hours BY ALLIE LEIS Staff Writer From the procrastinating senior to the overachieving freshman, there are internships on campus for many students. “An off-campus internship is one that takes place in a professional setting under professional supervision,” said Patrick Vecchio, coordinator of journalism and mass communication internships. “On-campus internships are student-run.” Students with a journalism and mass communication major must complete 400 internship hours, and can work up to 100 of those on campus. Different student-run venues offered on campus include WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz, The Bona Venture, The Laurel and the Bonadieu, Vecchio said. Students may also write for the FirstYear Experience newsletter, which is sent to freshman parents. This newsletter covers campus events such as the recent visit of Rebecca Skloot, said Carole McNall, the newsletter’s editor and assistant professor of journalism and mass communication. “It is one of few student-written newsletters,” McNall said. “I like that we can showcase student’s work.” Sophomore Megan O’Donnell, a political science and journalism and mass communication major, has written for the newsletter since Feb. 2010. She said she enjoys the flexible aspect of the writing. “I can write when I’d like,” O’Donnell said. “If things are too busy with school, I am not committed to taking a story for that issue. I can just catch the next one.” The marketing and communications office just recently revamped its internship for those looking into advertising, marketing or public relations. “We try to understand what (the interns) want from it and incorporate that into their duties,” said Dominick Lisi, a graduate assistant and manager of the office’s internship program. The program emphasizes experience in various aspects of communications operations and portfolio building, as well as capitalizing on improving weaknesses, Lisi said. “This opportunity has enabled me to partake in professional-like business meetings and presentations,” Andrew Serrato, a senior journalism and mass communication major, wrote in an e-mail. “(It) gives me

The SBU Community Wellness Initiative encourages students to donate gently worn athletic shoes for the less fortunate.

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Ruthie Haper and Kate Burt intern at the Career Center, which hosted a social media presentation at the Hickey Dining Hall. Lisa Malmgren/The Bona Venture

time to utilize creativity in developing an ad campaign or marketing strategy specifically tailored to a specific client (department).” This internship has allowed Serrato to do what he loves. “I truly enjoy the video production (aspect) of my internship role,” Serrato wrote. “I had previously planned to attend film school when I was younger, and my intern duties have somewhat rekindled my passion for film and video and the endless inventive approach one can take.” Another internship at the Sports Information Center hosts a number of student interns who help with different aspects of athletic administration. The interns enter the world of Division I athletics and dig into the teams’ backgrounds. Interns are responsible for updating the archives for the season and the website, tracking statistics, game operations, coordinating media interviews with athletes among others, as well as promoting Bonaventure through athletics, said Dallas Miller, the sports information director. Mary Masucci, a senior journalism and mass communication major, writes press releases and works as an announcer or substitution coordinator during games, among other things.

Senior John Kolkowski interns in the Sports Information office.

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“(It shows) my personal strengths and weaknesses,” Masucci wrote in an e-mail. “(I’m learning) how to take directions in a field I’m unaware of.” The School of Business requires internships for its marketing and accounting majors. Marketing majors must complete 150 hours and a written report about the experience. Accounting majors must finish 400 hours without a written assignment, said Michael Kasperski, the school of business internship coordinator. “There are internships in practically every department related to (business students’) majors,” Kasperski said. The archives of the library offer another on campus internship opportunity. Dennis Frank, university archivist, does not have any interns this semester but has a few lined up for next semester. The archives mainly contain the history of the university. Archive interns are put to work on whatever project comes in, as well as processing and indexing a collection that’s eventually going to be on the Friedsam Memorial Library’s archives website. “We can get from a single box to 100 boxes at a time to process filled with anything from scrapbooks to unpublished short stories or audio,” Frank said. “We figure out what all is in it and adapt it to digital form if it’s worth keeping.” No matter the internship, the faculty agrees that internships help students discover their interests better than sessions in the classroom. Students are able to decide if they like a job or not before they are dependent on that job for money. “[Internships] teach where you don’t want to be at a time when it’s easy to leave the job,” McNall said. Most importantly, students should choose an internship they like rather than one that will get the hours done. “If you can’t find passion in what the internship offers, move on and look for something else,” Serrato wrote. “Keep your eyes open. It’s inevitable you’ll run into that dream role.” If you are looking into applying for an internship, the Career Center offers resume reviews and help with interviewing skills. Megan O’Donnell, quoted above, is a staff writer for The Bona Venture.

Group gathers shoes for needy

BY ANDY LIUZZO Contributing Writer

In order to put others’ lives in perspective, many have been advised to “take a walk in someone else’s shoes.” But what if there are no shoes to walk in? That’s what Matt Moretti, a junior sports studies major, had in mind when he came up with the idea for the shoe drive that will be running until November 19. Moretti, as part of the physical education curriculum, is a member of SBU’s new community wellness initiative class. The class sets a goal of developing a wellness-promoting program that enables community members to get involved, stay fit and learn about nutrition and portion control along the way. Twice a week, it teams up with Christ Methodist Church in Olean and invites area families who may not have access to gym memberships or sports equipment to exercise free of charge. The program is generally geared toward single caretakers, and babysitting is offered for those who bring young children. The class’s efforts were announced in ads placed on the local access channel and on the radio. The responding participants, as many as eight on a given night, partake in activities such as yoga, cardio and fitness testing. Moretti and his classmates have noticed through the course of this project that some of the members do not have proper footwear to fully participate in the exercises. “We’re hoping to collect and provide appropriate footwear for those who may not have the right equipment to be as healthy as they’d like to be,” he said. He signed up for the class after being approached by one of his professors and saw it as a great opportunity to apply the skills of his trade to real-life situations. He hopes others will respond to the program as well as he did. “With the help of Bona’s students, we can hopefully solve some of these problems,” he said. Kylie Dineen, a freshman busi-

“ ” ness major, is one of the students helping out. “We take advantage of the Richter Center here on campus, so we should think of the people who don’t have access to the same facilities,” she said just after dropping a pair of sneakers into the drop box located in the lobby of Robinson Hall. Students are encouraged to give gently used athletic-type shoes and sneakers. Drop boxes are located in the lobbies of Plassmann, Robinson, Falconio, Shay-Loughlen and Devereux halls, the Richter Center, the Reilly Center, Francis Café, Doyle Hall and University Ministries at the Merton Center.

We’re hoping to collect and provide appropriate footwear for those who may not have the right equipment to be as healthy as they ’d like to be.

Matt Moretti junior physical education major

For Moretti, whose focus is in human development and learning, the class made sense. However, it is suitable for a less specific range of majors, and includes hands-on and personalized experiences. Not only will donations help the efforts of the class, but also members of the community. Take a look through the closet — if the shoe fits, wear it. But if it doesn’t, help someone who needs it.

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Rite of Acceptance: The beginning of a religious journey BY MEGAN O’DONNELL Staff Writer Last Sunday, three Bonaventure students officially embarked on their journey to become Catholics. Students celebrated the Rite of Acceptance, the first of three rites they will celebrate as the year progresses. The next two are the Rite of Election and the Celebration of the Sacraments. Also participating in the second part of the Rite were two catechumens, students who are already Catholic seeking to receive Confirmation. For Catholics, there are three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation, said Sister Elise Mora, O.S.F., director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Over the past two months, the three candidates began their journey by meeting with Sister Elise to discuss wanting to become Catholics, share their life stories and discuss what conversion really means. “They will now be introduced to a more in-depth understanding of what it means to be Catholic,” Sister Elise said. The Mass began when all those involved gathered in a circle to pray with Father Dan Riley, who presided over Mass. As the ceremony began, the candidates

knocked on the door of the church asking to be let in and accepted by the assembly, which welcomed them in. Most of the time in Catholic tradition, the sponsors are the candidate’s godparents, but since most live far away, each candidate asked a Catholic friend. “The candidates were accompanied by proxy sponsors,” Sister Elise said. “The sponsor is someone who guides and supports them on their journey. The sponsors performed a ritual called the ‘Signing of the Senses.’ A sign of the cross is made on their foreheads so that they may think good thoughts, on their ears so that they may hear the word of God, on their shoulders so that they may bear the burdens that will come their way, on their feet so that they may walk in the way of goodness (and) on their hearts so that God may reside there.” Robert Donius, vice president of University Ministries, said, “The sponsor takes a particular responsibility to accompany the person in their journey of faith. But in the larger sense, the whole church is sponsoring their walk in faith.” Caitlin Veri, a journalism and mass communication major, was initiated last year. “After going through the Rite of Acceptance last year, I felt an overwhelming sense of support from the university community,” Veri wrote in

an e-mail. “I remember being in La Verna the very next day and having other students congratulate me on what I was doing. It was wonderful! I felt like I wasn’t going through the process alone.” Now that the three have begun their journey, they will not be at every Sunday Mass, or at least not all of them, because they will be “breaking open the Word,” Sister Elise said. Since they have not had their first communion, they will not be there for the Eucharist but will leave to discuss what the Liturgy meant to them. “After Easter, and their reception into the Church, they will remain for the Liturgy of the Eucharist as well,” Sister Elise said. The candidates will do this for the next few months until they celebrate their third and final rite. The second rite is the Rite of Election, where they sign a special book and stand before the bishop in Buffalo and have their journey recognized by him. The last rite is the Celebration of the Sacraments, taking place the Sunday after Easter. The Church will confirm the two catechumens. The two who are of no faith right now will be baptized, receive their first communion and be confirmed. The last candidate, who is currently Methodist and was already baptized, will receive her First

Communion and be confirmed. “The day that I was baptized, received First Communion and was confirmed Catholic was one of the happiest of my life,” Veri wrote. “I know it sounds trite, but it’s the truth. I felt rejuvenated. And it meant the world to me to have been surrounded by my family and my Bonaventure family during the ceremony.” However, the rites are not only significant to those taking part in them, but to the witnesses as well. “It helps strengthen each of us on our common walk,” Donius said. “I think that as each new person joins the Church, the Church becomes more diverse and enriched by the gifts of each person. It is essential for the life of the Church to continue to foster growth. And so we are called, we are blessed and we are sent, and that’s an ongoing movement of a community of faith.” The Church is open to those of all faiths to come and join in prayer, Donius said. People are also welcome to come to Students of Prayer, Action, Respect and Knowledge (SPARK) meetings Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Thomas Merton Center. Students gather to talk and hear from speakers of different religious traditions. Sister Elise reassures those who may be thinking about starting their own

RCIA journey not to worry. “People needn’t be afraid to join the RCIA process,” she said. “There is absolutely no pressure to come or to remain. It’s an invitation to grow in faith within the Catholic tradition — to become part of our Catholic family.”

People needn’t be afraid to join the RCIA process.

Sister Elise Mora Director of the RCIA

Cudi rages on with new album BY CHRIS GRAHAM Staff Writer

“Conan” debuted on TBS on Monday and airs weekdays at 11 p.m.

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‘Conan’ shines on basic cable BY DEIRDRE SPILMAN Contributing Writer

Monday night was a win for Team Coco. Former NBC talk-show host Conan O’Brien’s new latenight show, simply titled “Conan” premiered on TBS during the highly coveted 11 p.m. time slot. For those who are unfamiliar, Jay Leno garnered less-than-impressive ratings in his new prime-time spot after retiring from late-night last fall. To cure this, NBC hatched the plan to put Leno back in the late-night game, giving him a half an hour starting at 11:35, moving “The Tonight Show,” hosted by O’ Brien, to 12:05. Not pleased with the proposed time change, Conan made his opinion heard. “I believe that delaying ‘The Tonight Show’ into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting,” he said. “‘The Tonight Show’ at 12:05 simply isn’t ‘The Tonight Show.’” Conan left NBC in January 2010, deeply saddened by the events that took place just to feed the well-oiled money-making machine that is NBC. But as the old saying goes, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. For Conan, that light was basic cable. On April 12, just before the start of his “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour,” O’Brien announced he would become host of a new late-night talk show starting in November. The highly anticipated series premiere debuted with a dramatization making light of the whole NBC Leno-O’Brien debacle. The show began with Conan getting shot at by a firing squad after saying, “You want me to move ‘The Tonight Show’ to 12:05? Forget it. Go to hell!” He was then transported back into 1965, where he was interviewing for a job at Sterling Cooper advertising agency with Jon Hamm (“Mad Men” character Don Draper). Unsuccessful, he tried out Burger King, where he was so far out of his comedic element he could not manage to follow simple directions without crying. After this embarrassment, we see Conan perched on a bridge about to jump. He is saved by his guardian angel — Larry King wearing a pair of wings — who had two words for him: “Basic cable.” Then, viewers heard a theme sequence by Conan’s usual band, which changed its name to match its new surroundings. Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band’s playing accompanied Conan as he entered Brothers Studios. It may not have been Universal, but it was still impressive. The set has an open feel because there is no barrier between O’Brien and his audience.

Also, unlike every other late-night talk show that has a window with a scene flaunting a city skyline, Conan has a fake, yet realistic, view of the ocean equipped with a three-dimensional moon he can move whenever he deems appropriate. Conan, along with his faithful sidekick, Andy Richter, was introduced with a funny, well-rehearsed monologue. It seems all these jokes were saved up from Conan’s hibernation between hosting stints. Conan also made a few quips at his former employer, displaying a bit of animosity over his abrupt exit from the NBC staff after begging the younger generation not to be cynical on his last episode of “The Tonight Show.” Fake online contest winner Arlene Wagner, the curator of the Nutcracker Museum in Leavenworth, Wash., beat Jack Nicholson and the Sultan of Brunei to be the very first guest on “Conan.” Then Conan brought out Seth Rogen, the first “real” guest, doing some early press for his upcoming film “The Green Hornet” that hits theaters in January 2011. However, the focus soon shifted to his upcoming marriage and how upset he was that Proposition 19 failed, making for a pretty funny interview. After a quick commercial break, Conan introduced “Glee” star Lea Michele. Since the second season of “Glee” premiered in September, it seems Michele was only hired for her celebrity status. Michele talked about the recent photo shoot she did for Glamour and the truck that overturned while delivering an unreleased batch of the magazines. Perhaps he was pressed for time, but the energetic host cut off his guest and explained the story himself, so he could roll the clip of the newscast broadcasting the incident. Conan has been known to show off his guitar skills, using his show as his own concert venue. We saw him do this for his final episode as host of “The Tonight Show.” For the series premiere, he paired up with musician Jack White. Accompanied by The Basic Cable Band, the lanky redhead and the blues punk rocker performed a cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock.” The two have been friends for years, and their friendship was obvious by the way they performed together. Fans of O’Brien will enjoy the show because besides the channel, and the tad bit of added hostility toward the folks at NBC, not much has changed. Conan airs at 11 p.m. on TBS, Monday through Thursday.

Last year, Cleveland emcee Kid Cudi’s biggest claim to fame was being discovered by Kanye West. While that alone gave Cudi credibility in the hip-hop world, he still had to be able to produce a product worthy of the hype. Cudi delivered and got placed on the hip-hop map as his debut album, “Man on the Moon: The End of Day,” reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums. Two tracks from the album received Grammy nominations. Cudi had gone from Kanye protégé to one of the more recognized names in hip-hop. The success of the debut only furthered Cudi’s career as he became part of the cast for the HBO series “How to Make it in America,” which has already been renewed for a second season. In the last year Cudi released an album that recieved Grammy nominations and became part of an HBO series. In the spirit of keeping fans wanting more, Cudi released his second album, “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.” Once again, Cudi takes listeners on a lyrical mind trip, much like his debut, but he also addresses more serious issues than his first album, like on “Don’t Play This Song,” featuring Mary J. Blige. In the song, Cudi references the topic of suicide, stating, “My mom’s callin’/ Think I should hit decline/ I’m numb face while I’m thinkin’ ’bout suicide. ” While the album contains references to suicide and death, it still offers the smooth sound that Cudi fans are used to. Cudi delivers his authentic trippy style through the middle of the album on the acts labeled “A Stronger Trip” and “Party On.” Through this section, Cudi rhymes almost effortlessly through “Marijuana,” “Mojo So Dope,” “Wild’n Cuz I’m Young,” “Erase Me” and the aptly named stoner track “Ashin’ Kusher.” Of these songs, the one to receive significant radio play is “Erase Me,” which features Cudi’s mentor Kanye West. The song revolves around Cudi being in a relationship but then seeing it crumble before his eyes. The statement is echoed in Cudi’s first lines, “She said I don’t spend time like I really should/She says she don’t know me anymore.” The song contains a sad message but is incredibly catchy and had listeners humming the chorus all summer. The song received success for a first single as it charted No. 22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. While the album features enjoyable songs, the songs take the listener through mood swings as Cudi reveals his own highs and lows. The ups and downs take the listener on the journey, wondering if Cudi can pull himself together or whether these issues will begin to slowly

break him down. The album features a serious tone, but Cudi’s lyrical content does not change and maybe better than his first. He again brings a modicum of a thinking man’s hip-hop much like that of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and B.o.B.

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“Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager,” is a good next step in Kid Cudi’s evolution

as an artist. He provides a genre blending that is difficult to accomplish in the current hip-hop culture and lyrical content to keep a listener attentive through the 17-track album. Two years into his career, Cudi has completed his second major label album and has a bright future. His lyric from “Wild’n Cuz I’m Young” is a dead-on assessment of Cudi’s current successful standing, “I be wild’n cuz I’m young and I’ll be wild’n till I’m chill and old.”

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Kid Cudi’s sophomore album “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, debuted Nov. 9.

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Women’s Soccer

SBU bows out of A-10s after postseason first BY SAM WILSON Assistant Sports Editor Dayton forward Alexis Garcia collected a rebound and buried it in the St. Bonaventure net 39 seconds into overtime, ending the women’s soccer team’s season Friday night, as the Flyers won the Atlantic 10 semifinal en route to its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship. The Bonnies defeated Massachusetts, 2-0, the night before for the first tournament win in program history. The Minutemen played the Bonnies to a scoreless tie at halftime, when junior midfielder/forward Hannah Lapp said play loosened up. “I feel like, when we first came out, we felt pressured,” Lapp said. “Once we relaxed, we played better.” Having dropped their opener in the last two conference tournaments, coach Manoj Khettry

said the Bonnies were determined to pick up a victory. “Our determination to win that first-round game was pretty incredible,” Khettry said. “At the same time, I thought it made us a little tense because we were trying to hit home runs every time we got up instead of just doing what we did. Once we calmed down and talked to them at half and said, ‘We don’t have to win 6-0. We just need to score a goal and see what happens,’ and sure enough, once we scored that first goal, it kind of broke them, and then the second goal followed.” Junior midfielder/forward Tori Burchett found the net in the 69th minute, and less than 10 minutes later senior forward Anna Cunningham made it 2-0. Redshirt sophomore forward Shannon Van Riper, who made the All-Championship Team along with Cunningham, said the team was confident it could

Women’s Soccer Individual Achievements All-Conference First Team: Anna Cunningham All-Conference Honorable Mention: Courtney Bosse, Tori Burchett Academic All-Conference: Cunningham, Bosse All-Championship Team: Cunningham, Shannon Van Riper CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic AllDistrict Second Team: Cunningham

beat UMass. “I think we all had the feeling that we were going to win, and we came out, and we showed it on the field,” Van Riper said. Between the opening shutout and the overtime 1-0 loss to Dayton, senior goalie Nicole Markert went 180 minutes without a goal allowed. Khettry credited the team’s offense controlling the play for the defensive success. “We didn’t have to play as much defense (Thursday) because we had the ball the majority of the time,” Khettry said. “We were the ones generating the majority of the chances. On Friday, the game was much more even, although I would say in the first half we were the more dangerous team and had more chances. The second half kind of evened out a little bit, but having said that, to hold both (of our opponents) in the A-10 tournament to five shots is remarkable.” Khettry said the Bonnies played well Friday, considering they played a game the night before. “It was amazing how hard the kids played,” Khettry said. “You would’ve never thought they were the ones who played on Thursday night. You would’ve thought both teams played Thursday night. We had amazing energy.” Van Riper said she wasn’t tired despite the quick turnaround. “It was such an adrenaline rush, you weren’t really thinking about how tired you were,” she said. After the loss, Van Riper said she is already looking forward to next year. “It doesn’t feel like the season’s over,” Van Riper said. “We feel like it should keep going, but we’re excited about next year because we know we

The Bonnies earned their first-ever postseason win last Thursday in an A-10 quarterfinal.

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have a really good chance of winning the whole thing.” Khettry said the UMass win gave the players confidence. “It was our 12th win of the season, so that ties the most wins in program history in a year,” Khettry said. “For this senior group, UMass was the last team that they hadn’t beaten. They (can) now (say) we have beaten every team in the A-10 in our four years. So I thought that’s a lot of stuff.” The loss, however, will stick with Lapp. “I think we’ll definitely use the game against Dayton as motivation in training and over the summer,” Lapp said. “I think we left it all out on the field when we played Dayton. I

think we were disappointed but at the same time felt good about how we played.” Van Riper said she has big goals for next year. “The feeling we had when we beat UMass — to know that feeling of winning an A-10 game and going to the semifinals — that’s something we’ll remember when we go there next year,” Van Riper said. “We’ll want to keep that going for not only that game but for the semis and the finals. “ Khettry said his plans now shift to developing players. “Some people need to get (more fit),” Khettry said. “Some people need to get stronger. Some people need all three or two of the three. So for

us, I think what we’re trying to do is come up with individual plans for each player so they can become significantly better throughout the course of the winter and the spring.” The team isn’t done with recruiting, either. “We are only bringing in four players for next year,” Khettry said. “We have two commitments for 2011, and we are waiting on our top two, which is great because they’re both forwards and they’re both incredibly fast and they will both help us get better.”



Fundraisers planned Bonnies still in search for first win for Hawaiian Tour Northeast BY ANTHONY DONISI Staff Writer

BY T.J. DONALDSON Staff Writer

staff members will hold hitting and pitching clinics in order to raise money for the trip. This is the second year for the hitting clinic, but it is the first time Threehouse will hold a pitching clinic. The clinics are for players ages 9 -17 and will cost $40 each. “I think the clinics are a great opportunity for players to receive top-level instruction under the guidance of a collegiate coaching staff that has developed players at the Division I level,” Threehouse said. The first clinic will be on Nov. 15 and space is a first-come, firstserve basis. The team also plans to sell Tshirts to help with the costs. The front of the shirt says “St. Bonaventure Softball” and “Aloha” with a softball instead of the ‘o.’ The back reads “Hawaiian Tour 2011” with a softball replacing the ‘o’ in tour. The shirts also show palm trees and the Bona Wolf swimming through water. The T-shirts cost $15 each and are available in yellow, kiwi and white. “The trip itself will be a once in a lifetime experience with these girls,” Storch said. “It’s always said that the journey is half of the fun.”

The softball team began holding clinics and selling T-shirts Monday to raise money for its spring trip to Hawaii. The Hawaiian Tour is a tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. The Bonnies will play South Dakota State, Weber State and Hawaii from March 4-6. Hawaii advanced to the Women’s College World Series last season. “This trip will be great in helping our team prepare for the A-10 season after seeing the level of play from Hawaii,” junior Brittany Storch said. “Although the biggest thing I’m expecting to gain from this experience is the team bonding and cohesiveness. Team chemistry can only help us and hurt others, and I can’t wait to see how close this brings us.” This trip allows the Bonnies to work out through games outside rather than practicing in the Butler Gym. “Playing on the actual field is different than practicing inside,” senior Kara Morenus said. “So the more time we get outside on the dirt, the better our chances of playing our best.” The trip would cost about $1,500 per player. Head coach Mike Threehouse and the other

Look for The Bona Venture’s basketball supplement at both home basketball games this weekend.

The club hockey team continued its winless slump, dropping two more games over the weekend to Cornell and Ithaca. This weekend, the Bonnies hope to get a win, as they head to Binghamton tonight and host RIT tomorrow at the William O. Smith Recreation Center for their alumni game at 7:30 p.m. Binghamton (3-1) defeated the Bonnies, 11-6, in their first meeting Oct. 29. This is the Bearcats’ first game since, because their game against Ithaca the next day was cancelled, and they are now coming off a bye week. With Brendan McFarland maintaining his league’s third-best goals against average (3.00), the Bearcats have only allowed 15 goals, trailing only Rutgers (11) in least goals allowed. David Dvorak has scored five goals, ranking fifth best. The Bearcats own the league’s lowest-scoring offense. Junior captain Josh Piegay commented on the Bonnies’ need to take advantage of the Bearcats’ low-scoring offense. “We need to see us better ourselves in the defensive zone,” Piegay said. “We can’t rely on our goalies coming up with 50plus saves every game; it’s not fair to them.” Heading home tomorrow, the Bonnies host non-league opponent RIT (4-10). The Tigers have allowed almost six goals per game, as opposed to their 3.75 goals for. The Bonnies hope to put up big numbers during the game, as the Tigers’ 3-6 road record and 47 goals against implies there will be many opportunities. Piegay said he thinks that the team plays better with the presence of more fans. “It would be great to see a lot of school support Saturday night for our home game,” he said. “But we have to start doing our share by winning and scoring to attract the fans.” Cornell (4-3) defeated the

Bonnies, 6-4, last Friday, bringing the season series to 2-0 in Big Red’s favor. On Oct. 22, the Brown and White lost, 9-3, making this latest meeting an improvement, even with the loss. The Bonnies feel they could have won, but late and major penalties hindered them from a comeback. “This is the first game of the season that we never had the lead at any point during the game,” freshman Mike Iulianello said. “This is just one of those games where we had to win and the game didn’t fall our way.” Concluding the weekend, the Bonnies fell to Ithaca 11-6 Saturday. The Bombers capitalized on 12 power play chances by netting three goals, as the Bonnies piled up 79 penalty minutes. The game was tied 1-1 after

one period, then 3-3 after two. The Bombers opened the third period by scoring the first four goals, taking a 7-3 lead until senior Luke Marchiori scored his second for the Bonnies. After the Bombers scored again, Piegay recorded his second shorthanded goal of the game. However, the Bombers added three more tallies to finish the game off. “We wanted to see production in the offensive zone, as well as the defensive zone,” Piegay said. “We scored a few goals, but again it wasn’t enough. We got into some trouble with people on defense getting injured and thrown out of the game; and I know it’s not an excuse, but the officiating was awful.”

Collegiate Hockey League (three points for win, one point for tie) 1. Syracuse 18 pts 2. Rutgers 12 pts 3. Oswego 9 pts 4. Binghamton 8 pts 5. Cornell 8 pts 6. Cortland 4 pts 7. Ithaca 4 pts 8. St. Bonaventure 0 pts

The hockey team aims for its first win when it faces Binghamton and RIT this weekend.

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Men’s Soccer

Bonnies clinch second A-10 Championship berth

BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor

The floodgates have opened for the men’s soccer team. The Bonnies (10-7-1, 5-3-1) are in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second consecutive year after previously not qualifying since 1999. The fourth-seeded Bonnies faced fifth-seeded Saint Louis in the quarterfinals last night in Charlotte, N.C. Third-seeded Temple and sixth-seeded Fordham also battled last night. Results were unavailable at press time; go to for a recap. A win would put the Bonnies in tonight’s semifinals against either No. 1 Charlotte (13-5, 81) or No. 2 La Salle (8-6-3, 6-21). The semifinals winners square off in Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. Coach Mel Mahler, in his sixth year at the helm, said the team is quickly establishing a winning tradition. “One of the goals for the program, upon my arrival and the past few years, is to get to the postseason,” Mahler said. “We aspire, always, to be one of the top six teams in the conference. Once you’re there, anything can happen. We were the upstarts, and I think now we’re legitimate contenders.” Last year, in the team’s return to A-10s after a nine-year hiatus, the sixth-seeded Bonnies topped third-seeded Fordham

in the quarterfinals for the program’s first-ever postseason victory before falling to Dayton, 31, in the semifinals. Senior goalkeeper David Flynn said the team has a more-confident attitude heading into this year’s postseason. “It’s totally different from last year because last year was the first time we made it in 10 years,” Flynn said. “This year, we want to do more than win a game. Our focus is on Saint Louis, but we want to go even further: … the championship game. We have work to do to get there.” Mahler said Charlotte —fifteenth in the NSCAA/ National Rankings and No. 1 in its MidAtlantic Regional Rankings — is the tournament favorite with a first-round bye, home-field advantage and having played its last five matches at home. Mahler said the Bonnies (No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Rankings) should be rested from their Tuesday night flight to Charlotte by game time but warned it will be difficult to win three games in four days. “We’ll have some good downtime, and we’ll be able to rest our bodies and have a couple of training sessions,” Mahler said. “The tough part is, with a win (Thursday), turning around and playing the next day. Do we have the legs — do we have the depth — to

come back in possibly less than 24 hours and play a semifinal match? It’s a difficult challenge when you’re playing one of the two teams that (is playing its) first match.” The Bonnies have had mixed success against their potential semifinal opponents, losing to Charlotte 2-0 on Oct. 8 but defeating La Salle 3-0 on Oct. 15. The Bonnies punched their ticket to Charlotte with a 1-1 tie against visiting Duquesne last Saturday. After falling behind in the 33rd minute, the Bonnies evened the score in the 56th minute when freshman Brad Vanino scored his first collegiate goal off assists from freshman Emmett O’Connor and senior Fabrizio Savarino. “It was a good combination play,” Savarino said. “I got the throw, got it out wide to Emmett, Emmett did his thing, gave it to Vanino (who) scored his first goal. When we celebrated, the whole team came together, and we knew at that time that we weren’t losing that game.” If they hadn’t scored a goal, the Bonnies would have fallen to 5-4 and failed to qualify for A-10s. Vanino said his first tally couldn’t have come at a better time. “It was great to get my first goal then,” he said. “We really needed it to send us into the A10s. It was hard, but I got the monkey off my back and hope-

fully I’ll get some more.” Needing only one point in the standings to qualify, the Bonnies hung back defensively in order to salvage a tie. Flynn made eight saves, including two in overtime, to preserve the draw. Mahler said it wasn’t pretty game, nor was it fun to play conservatively after scoring the equalizer, but the Bonnies did what they needed to do to advance. “Days like that, quite often the quality of play lacks because it’s just all about emotion,” Mahler said. “I thought we played well at times — especially to get the tying goal — but more importantly I thought we were resilient. It shows character on the part of the players. They’re strongwilled kids who were not going to be denied an opportunity to go to the postseason.” Now that his team is officially in the postseason and has past experience in it, Flynn said he has raised his expectations. “We already have played very well,” Flynn said. “Whatever would happen on Thursday, I’m sure we’d be satisfied when we look back on this season a few months from now. (But) we definitely want to win a game … anything from then on is a bonus.” Mahler took those expectations even further. “(The goal is) to get there and win three games,”

Eric Smolarek and the Bonnies played Saint Louis last night.

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Mahler said. “I think (the field’s) wide open. Charlotte will be the favorite … but we want to win three. We want

to get to the NCAAs. That’s our ultimate goal.”

Swimmers face Cleveland State in home opener Men’s Swimming

BY KYLE ZAMIARA Staff Writer The men’s swimming and diving team will plunge into its first home meet of the season tomorrow facing Cleveland State, which it defeated in a close match at the Reilly Center two years ago. “Cleveland State is extremely good, a perennial top-ten midmajor team,” coach Sean McNamee said. “I know that they’re anticipating a competitive meet coming here for our first home meet.” The meet starts at 1 p.m. in the Reilly Center tomorrow. Last weekend, the team traveled to Buffalo for the annual tri meet at Erie Community College. The men swam well, according to McNamee, but came away with a 165.5-168.5 loss to La Salle and a 261-73 win over Canisius. “La Salle showed up extremely prepared,” McNamee said. “We had our chances, and we were missing some people, but no excuses. A loss is a loss. It (will only) fuel these guys’ motivation to swim fast when it counts at the end of the year.” After a back-and-forth meet where each place was critical, La Salle edged out the Bonnies. McNamee said the thing that

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most-needed improvement in the meet was his coaching. “I’m extremely pleased (with the team),” McNamee said. “Things got a little hairy with the score, as far as understanding where the score was, (and) there was some confusion. The way the meet was scored out, there were literally 50 places in that meet that the meet could’ve switched one way or another based on the score.” Sophomore Ethan Rowan led the way for the Bonnies, winning the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, and he contributed to the winning 400-yard relay team. McNamee praised Rowan’s impressive times and endurance. “(Rowan) posted a top time in the mile in the conference, (and) he’s ranked top-30 in the

The Bonnies swim against Cleveland State tomorrow at home.

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The women’s swimming and diving team returns to the pool this weekend after splitting its tri meet with Duquesne and La Salle last Saturday. The upcoming meet against Cleveland State is the Brown and White’s first home meet of the season. “Cleveland State is always a strong team,” coach Seth Johnson said. “They are always a good battle, but hopefully the team will have extra momentum and motivation for the home meet.” The Bonnies defeated Duquesne 166-129 but fell to La Salle 198-136 in the tri meet. They received strong performances from senior swimmers Natalya Ghostlaw, who placed second in the 1,650 and 500yard freestyle, and Katheryne Valentine, who won the 200yard backstroke. Freshman Jeanette Diedrich won the 200-yard freestyle while classmate Paige Gutowski won the 100 and 200yard breaststroke and the 200-yard intermediate. Fellow freshmen diver Chrysta Currier gathered a second and third-place finish.

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country in the mile,” McNamee said. “(Also), back-to-back jumped out of the mile and swam the 200 free and won it in the very next event with about four minutes rest, which was a very impressive feat.” Senior Dawid Kundzik also had an impressive performance at the meet, winning two individual events and contributing on three winning relays. “We accomplished one of our goals, which was swimming well, but we failed at the second one, which was winning the meet,” McNamee said. “(If) we keep on the course that we’re at then I’m extremely pleased.”

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“Overall the team is right where they need to be, and it showed last week,” Johnson said, “The format of the meet was tough, but we went in with the goal of beating Duquesne and getting some best times from the swimmers.” Johnson said he’s content with the team’s progress. “Right now we’re right where we need to be,” Johnson said, “Our 200 meters are solid. Our 100 meters need improvement, our 25 and 50s need work as well. As I said before, the team is right where (it needs) to be because of our training.” Johnson outlined the training method of the team, describing how they train in phases, focusing individually on certain events for now before shifting focus in the future. “Our training shows that the team is where we expected them to be,” Johnson said. “Our relays were weak, which is something we worked on, but we just had slow pickups and it’s something well be working on as well.” “The team is doing what we expected so far, and the little things, — the things that help win meets — will be picked up as their experience in the pool



increases and they get used to the competition.” The Bonnies have four seniors and two juniors, but freshmen have made their presences known with strong showings in the several meets the Bonnies have had so far. “We expected to lean on our freshmen this season, and the reactions from them have been wonderful.” Johnson said, “You would think they had been at college for several years, not several months. I’ve been very pleased with their reactions and responses inside the pool and out.” The Bonnies will next focus on preparing for the Akron Invitational Dec 3-5, as well as the Atlantic 10 Championships at the end of the year. “Our focus is on the A-10s at the end of the year,” Johnson said, “We’ll work hard and continue our training because it’s going the way we want it to, but we have 100 percent focus on the A-10s.”

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Men’s Basketball

SBU opens season at Canisius


BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor

Time for Cavs fans to move on “What should I do?” By now, you’ve probably seen the latest Nike ad featuring LeBron James. It’s noth ing short of genius by perhaps the most powerful company brand in sports. James started the Sam summer as one of the Wilson most popular figures in sports, with or without a ring in his native state of Ohio. He’s now the sixth-most-disliked athlete, behind Michael Vick, Tiger Woods, Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco and Kobe Bryant, according to The Q Score Company. The Nike ad does a terrific job dissecting the vitriol directed against James since he dumped the team that drafted him first overall in 2003, and, by extension, the fans of his home state on national television. “Should I tell you how much fun we had?” James asks as his iconic “Witness” billboard comes down. “Should I tell you I’m a championship chaser? That I did it for the money, rings?” Put yourself in James’ Nikes, as the ad suggests. You made the decision to join your friends in Miami at age 25. I know I wouldn’t pass that opportunity up five years from now. There’s no fault in that. James gave seven years to the Cavaliers. That’s more than enough time to expect management to put together a better cast than guard Mo Williams and forward Anderson Varejao. Whether James wants to admit it or not, the real mistake was how he did it. He hinted as such a mistake to ESPN’s Michael Wallace. “If I had to go back on it, I probably would do it a little bit different,” James said, according to a Nov. 1 ESPN report. “But I’m happy with the decision I made.” No fan base, especially one as tortured as Cleveland (seriously, try a YouTube search of “Craig Ehlo” or “Earnest Byner”), deserves to sit through an hourlong, awkward interview with Jim Gray just to have its heart stepped on. Call a press conference. Release a statement. Don’t make it a spectacle. But that’s in the past. James changes the conversation from what he should have done to “What should I do?” There’s no going back for James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Heat (5-3) has had its share of struggles, including a 116-114 loss to Utah Wednesday in which Jazz forward Paul Millsap toasted Bosh for 46 points. The Cavs (4-4), on the other hand, have surprisingly outperformed the cellardwelling expectations. Cleveland fans, however, aren’t ready to move on. A “response” by Cavs fans appeared on YouTube featuring spliced images of Clevelanders running through the gauntlet of complaints against James. They called him a quitter, a traitor and a backstabber. In five days, the video had close to three million views. Point taken: what happened to the Cavs fans was awful. James shouldn’t have hung the fans out to dry in front of the whole country. But LeBron’s gone, and nothing will bring him back. The commercial asked what he should do, not what he should’ve done. Feel free to boo him, and boo him loudly, but know that won’t change anything. Cavs fans shouldn’t live in the past. If the Nike spot is any indication, LeBron sure isn’t. Sam Wilson is the assistant sports editor for The Bona Venture. His email

Nearly eight months after rocking the Reilly Center with its first postseason victory in eight years, the men’s basketball team begins its journey back when it opens its 201011 home campaign Sunday at 2 p.m. against Arkansas-Little Rock. However, the Bonnies first must take a quick pit stop in Buffalo for tonight’s season opener against Big Four rival Canisius at 8:30 p.m. The meeting is the 159th all time between the Bonnies and Griffins, with Bonaventure holding a 95-63 edge. Junior guard Michael Davenport said he is excited to finally be playing a game that counts. “Up until now we’ve been playing intrasquad, doing five-on-five amongst the team,” he said. “Getting out there against a different opponent and taking what we did in practice and carrying it over to the game, that’s the more exciting part. Now guys get to display their talents, and get to show everybody else we’re a good team and come out with a ‘W.’” With Canisius’ probable starting for wards — Elton Frazier (6-foot-5), Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (6-foot-7) and Greg Logins (6-foot-7) — all short-

er than the Bonnies’ primary forwards — junior Andrew Nicholson (6-foot-9), redshirt junior Da’Quan Cook (6-foot8) and sophomore Brett Roseboro (6foot-10) – Davenport said the Bonnies match up favorably with the Griffins, and it will be important for the them to use their height to their advantage. “Most of the things we’ve been working on (involved) attacking their size,” Davenport said. “It’s just a matter of working inside out. Obviously, they’re going to double down on Andrew, … so it’s just a matter of knocking down open shots and just taking what the defense gives us.” Five Bonnies — former swingmen Jonathan Hall (20) and Chris Matthews (15), Nicholson (14), Davenport (12) and point guard Ogo Adegboye (12) – scored in double figures in last year’s 82-75 home defeat of Canisius. Coach Mark Schmidt said he is still deciding exactly who will be part of tonight’s starting five. “The five guys that we decide are going to start will play,” he said. “If they play great, great; if they don’t, then we’ll take them out and put somebody else in there. The guys that finish the game — those are the guys that you really can count on.” Schmidt said he doesn’t know

At a Glance

Canisius Golden Griffins 2009-10 Record: 15-17 (8-10 in MAAC) Head Coach: Tom Parrotta (44-81, fifth season) All-time series: St. Bonaventure leads 95-63 Last Meeting:Dec. 30, 2009 (Bonnies won, 82-75) Top returning scorer: G Julius Coles (13.2 ppg) Top returning rebounder: F Greg Logins (6.1rpg)

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Guard Sam de Haas and the men’s basketball team play Canisius today. much about Sunday’s opponent — not even its coach’s name, leaving that scouting up to an assistant, and he is completely focused on taking care of the Griffins first. “Not to be rude, but I have no idea about Arkansas-Little Rock,” Schmidt said. “We’re trying to be 1-0. We talked about it in our first meeting Aug. 26: our goal is to be 1-0 on Nov. 12. We’ll talk about the next game about 10:30 or 11 o’clock on Friday night.” The Brown and White have split their previous two meetings — a 2003 win and a 2004 loss —with the Trojans. The Bonnies defeated Division II Mansfield, 82-65, in their lone exhi bition game last Friday, with Nich-

olson leading the way by scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. The Bonnies led by as many as 30 before coasting to a 17-point victory. Schmidt said his team got too relaxed in the second half against the Mountaineers and will need to play more consistently in the regular season. “We’ve got to keep our intensity level up throughout the whole game, no matter what the score is,” he said. “We know we have a young team, so we’re going to have some growing pains, but hopefully we can give a consistent effort, and each guy can go in there and do their job.”

Women’s Basketball

Bonnies host Binghamton tonight BY RYAN PAPASERGE Sports Editor After a 30-point exhibition vic tory over Edinboro last week, the women’s basketball team begins the regular season by hosting Binghamton at 7 p.m. tonight in the Reilly Center. The Bearcats finished with a record of 11-19 last season, rank ing fifth in the America East Conference with a 7-9 record. Binghamton is led by junior guard Andrea Holmes, a unanimous preseason all-conference selection who paced the team with 13.3 points per game last season. Junior forward Viive-Kai Rebane led the Bearcats with 7.1 rebounds per game. Former Brown and White assistant Sarah Cartmill, a 2002 Binghamton graduate, joined the Bearcats’ staff as an assistant coach this season. Coach Jim Crowley noted his team is ready to begin the campaign, showing restlessness in practice during the week. “They’re ready to play a game,” Crowley said. “Due to our schedules, every night we’re in here late at night practicing. It becomes a grind after 25 or 30 practices. People are ready to play games and learn through competing.” Tonight’s matchup begins a sixday stretch in which the Bonnies play three games. Monday, the Brown and White travel to Indiana’s Assembly Hall to play the Hoosiers — members of the Big Ten Conference — at 7 p.m. Indiana (14-16 last season, 7-11 in the Big Ten) returns all five starters from last season’s squad, including senior guard Jori Davis, a second-team All-Big Ten selec -

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Alaina Walker and the women’s basketball team start their season tonight. tion who averaged 16.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season. Redshirt sophomore center Sasha Chaplin returns to support the Hoosiers after averaging 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Crowley credited assistant coach Jesse Fleming for scheduling the Bonnies’ first major-conference opponent of the season. “(Fleming) found this opportunity to play in Indiana, and it’s something that we really couldn’t pass off,” Crowley said. “We’re playing a very good Big Ten team early in the year. We like that challenge.” Two days later, the Bonnies travel to Baltimore to face Morgan State in a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

The Bears (17-13 last season, 11-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) are led by senior guard Erin Hawkins, who averaged 7.5 points per game last season and

tallied 40 steals. Senior guard Brittney Dodson returns to sup port Morgan State, providing 6.3 points per game in the previous campaign. Crowley said the fast start to the season will prepare the Brown and White for the rigors of the A-10 portion of the schedule. “This will be a challenging week,” Crowley said. “We’ll see how we’ll handle it; not only when we’re competing, but there’s some disadvantages going against us.” The Bonnies defeated the Fighting Scots, 79-49, in an exhibition matchup last Friday on Bob Lanier Court. Freshman guard CeCe Dixon led the Brown and White with 12 points and seven rebounds in the victory, while junior guard Jessica Jenkins tallied 11 points — shoot ing 3-for-4 from three-point range. However, the Bonnies were outrebounded on the offensive glass 13-10 — something Crowley noted must change. “I thought we did some things that were good,” Crowley said. “We got the ball to the right peo ple . I thought there were times when our defense was really good. It’s not very good giving up a 10-0 run late in the game.”

At a Glance

Binghamton Bearcats 2009-10 Record: 11-19 (7-9 in America East) Head Coach: Nicole Scholl (25-36, third season) All-time series: St. Bonaventure leads, 3-0 Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2009 (Bonnies won, 63-42) Top returning scorer: G Andrea Holmes (13.3 ppg_ Top returning rebounder: F Viive-Kai Rebane (7.1 rpg)

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The Bona Venture - Volume 83, Issue 10  

This is the Nov. 12 issue of "The Bona Venture," St. Bonaventure University's student-run newspaper.

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