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Volume 85 • Issue 13

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December 10, 2010

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Winter weather kicks off with flooding Francis Hall opens doors to evacuees as Red Cross shelter B Y R YAN L AZO Assistant News Editor St. Bonaventure University’s administration offered Francis Hall’s San Damiano Center as an emergency Red Cross shel ter last week to help commu nity members displaced by flood damage. Heavy rainfall caused the Allegheny River to rise 12 feet in less than 24 hours

starting Tuesday, Nov. 30. It crested early last Friday afternoon, Dec. 3. In Olean, the river rose to the height of 15.7 feet, 5.7 feet above the flood stage, according to a Dec. 3 article of The Buffalo News. Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security, said the sheriff of Portville contacted him and asked for assis tance once the river reached

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An American Red Cross trailer , filled with essential supplies, like food, sits outside Francis Hall for evacuees.

the flooding stage. “The sheriff asked if we were dry over here, and I told him we would be fine because of the big dike we have along the back (of campus),” he said. “We believe the dike could withstand anywhere from 21 to 22 feet of water.” Czyz said the university was able to provide assistance because it received recent approval to become an American Red Cross shelter. “To be approved as a (shelter), you need to have a facility that meets a lot of different criteria,” he said. “For us, the San Damiano Center in Francis Hall met all of this criteria to allow us to help the community.” However, community members forced out of their homes due to the flooding didn’t use the San Damiano Center. They either went to the other local emergency shelter, which was set up in Portville, or a family mem ber’s house, Czyz said. Off-campus students uti lized Francis Hall as part of a special arrangement. In

fact, some off-campus students went to security on Monday, Dec. 6 to ask for housing arrangements. “Off-campus students showed up (because) their houses are still flooded, and we already had rooms set up in Francis Hall to combat this kind of situation,” he said. “It is still open to off-campus students now because there are houses out there still flooded.” Czyz said even though town evacuees didn’t utilize the San Damiano Center, the flood showed the university is capable of handling this type of natural disaster and helping out the community. “It was a good learning experience, since we had everything set up in such a timely manner,” he said. “We had the perfect location: we were dry, we had parking, we had a building capable of holding up to 100 evacuees. It was a decision the campus made at the last minute, and I think we came through.”

Athletic fields take on water BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor Last week’s flooding of the McGraw-Jennings Athletic Fields is not expected to have a long-term impact on playing conditions. Steve Campbell, associate athletic director for internal operations, said he doesn’t think there is much damage to the fields, but has not had time to assess them since the 12 to 18 inches of water drained because snow blan keted the fields shortly after. “We really don’t (know) because the water receded late Friday afternoon without really a clear chance to evaluate any of the fields (before it snowed) Friday night and Saturday morning,” Campbell said. “When the time allows, and we can see the fields, obviously we’ll take time to evalu ate them to determine if there were any long-term effects.” The Allegheny River crested to nearly six feet above flood stage in Olean last Thursday, according to a Dec. 3 article in The Buffalo News, leaving the grass softball, lacrosse/soccer and rugby fields and the artificial-turf baseball field under 12 to 18 inches of water. Campbell said the only concern is for the baseball field, which he said has never been underwater during his 23 years at the university. “For the grass fields … I don’t anticipate any damage,” Campbell said. “What we don’t know would be the turf situation; the rubber in the turf, did we lose a lot of that? There may be some sediment that settled in on top of the turf, so the field may need to be cleaned.”

Campbell said the severity of damage to the baseball field will not be known until an expert evaluates it when snow clears the field. “Until (people who installed the field) can truly evaluate the field, I don’t think any of us have the expertise,” he said. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t get the window of time where they could get in, evaluate it, give us an idea of what may or may not need to be done, either in March or when the time allows.” Campbell said he is optimistic there is little damage because the fields drained very quickly. “As shocked as we were to see (water) reach that (baseball) field, I was more shocked to see how quickly it left that field,” he said. “It was like somebody opened a drain, and once that water table subsided or receded to a level that the drains could take over … it went quick. Friday at 4:30, the only thing that remained was a couple puddled areas on the field and the warning-track bullpens, which (was) the area that first got water Thursday morning.” He added a little handiwork will be necessary. “You could see, as the water receded, the debris that had moved its way up the bottom of the dikes and kind of attached to the fencing, (as well as) a lot of leaves and grit,” he said.”Aesthetically, there’s going to be a little cleanup, (but) we’ll deal with it.” Softball coach Mike Threehouse said he didn’t notice any damage to the softball field’s fences or

grass, and anticipates the field will only need a few simple repairs. “When we first looked at it before it snowed, everything looked OK — but you don’t know until you get down there and walk around on it,” he said. “By sight, there wasn’t anything other than a little bit of dirt. I stood on the hill, (and) it didn’t seem any different to me.” The university has consid ered installing artificial-turf soccer, lacrosse and softball fields in the past, but no change will be made until final plans are known for athletic fields at the Castle property. “To be honest with you, we’re kind of waiting to see what transpires across the street with the development over there and the fields that are anticipated to go in on

that location,” Campbell said. “Certainly that would make sense, to move our games to those locations, than to put another turf field on a known floodplain.” Threehouse reiterated he doesn’t think the flood will have a long-term impact, based on his past experience. “I’ve been here a long time, (and) it’s the first time — I think since ‘92 — I’ve seen the water up over the softball field,” he said. “If I recall, at that point in time, it didn’t affect anything for the spring. I don’t see it affecting anything. It hasn’t caused any problem in the past, so I don’t see it causing a problem now.”

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Fred Handler Park was one of the many St. Bonaventure athletic facilities affected by the Allegheny River flood last week.

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The foot of South 7th St. in Allegany flooded last week, causing some off-campus students to look for a place to stay.

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Flooding drives some students from off-campus housing B Y M IKE V ITRON News Editor While most St. Bonaventure students stayed dry in their dorm rooms or townhouse apartments during last week’s flooding, off-campus students were left to hope floodwaters wouldn’t reach their homes. Excessive rain and snow caused the Allegheny River to crest close to six feet above flood stage according to a Dec. 3 article in The Buffalo News, forcing some students who live in off-campus hous ing on East Union Street and South 7th Street in Allegany to evacuate their homes. Junior Aidan Breheny, who lives at 53 S. 7th St., more commonly known as The U.N., was one of those students. Police and an electrician visited him and his housemates and told them to shut off their electricity and leave the house Thursday. Breheny said the damage to his house, which is broken into two separate residences, was quite severe. “The back apartment got completely flooded, like almost a foot of water,” he said. “Our front apartment, it was dry, but our basement got filled to the top, like four or five feet of water. The stairs floated up and detached in the basement. Our electrical box, and all the heating and stuff like that, is completely destroyed. “That’s what we are waiting on, to move back in right now, because they have to replace all that stuff.” Breheny said he personally did not have any of his possessions damaged by the flooding, but some of his roommates were not so lucky. “I still have some electron ics that I need to move out of there because it’s freezing in there right now,” he said. “But

the back (apartment’s resi dent’s) stuff got destroyed because they had standing water in their living room.” Chris Brown, coordinator for residential education and housing, visited the students on East Union Street and South 7th Street and offered them places to stay on campus. “We’ve actually had one student take us up on the offer to live on campus temporarily,” Brown wrote in an e-mail. “His house was dam aged pretty severely in the floods, and we offered him a room in Francis (Hall) while the repairs are being made.” Breheny said he and his housemates found different places to stay until they are given the green light to move back in. “We all split up, pretty much,” he said. “One of my roommates’ parents got a hotel; the school opened Francis for us; … I’ve just been staying at friends’ houses, wandering around.” Junior Cori Bolea, who lives at 46 South 7th Street, or Sick House, said the basement flooded a few inches but nothing more. She and her housemates have taken in some neighbors who weren’t as lucky. “We basically housed the whole (men’s) rugby team,” she said. “They were showering at our house, and we were cooking for them, and a few of them slept on our couches.” Breheny said his landlord said he and his housemates may be able to move in today at the earliest, but the date has bumped back a couple of times. “They have to replace every thing, and then an inspector has to come in and make sure everything is right.”


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City board hears concerns

Community members voice their opinions on the proposed relocation of the Warming House By Steve Mayer News Assignment Editor

The City of Olean planning board voting on the proposed new location of the Warming House was delayed until Monday, after a public hearing The university hosted an informational meeting on Monday and the City of Olean hosted a public hearing Wednesday. St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff and concerned citizens asked questions about the planned location on 164 N. Union St. Monday's meeting took place at Olean's First Baptist Church, and St. Bonaventure officials fielded questions from attendees. Larry Sorokes, director of the Center for Community Engagement, said the prospective location for the Warming House will not cause people to loiter outside and is ideal because it will be able to expand its services. “One of the things that's exciting about this space is it gives us considerable more square feet in order to provide an office space, a classroom and areas for seminars, workshops and trainings,” he said. “If anyone is to come in early, it will only be to take a class or be a part of some sort of a workshop, not to hang out outside.” Wednesday's hearing at the Olean Municipal Building allowed concerned community members, for or against the new location, to express their views in front of planning board members who will eventually vote on the measure. L.J. Sweet, president of Council Optometric Center on Union St., said, “164 N. Union St. is a prime location, and all the businesses on this block would like to see it

rented to a retail or comparable business that will draw shopping to downtown and enhance the street.” Nicole Smith, a tenant above the proposed location and former Bonaventure student, said neither she nor anyone in the town would like to live above the Warming House. “My house and everything in it is now going to smell like food and grease,” she said. “There is a back door which they want to use for the entrance, which is where I park my vehicle. I, as well as the other tenants living there, are not OK with paying to live above the Warming House.” Brent Kelley, a resident of Belfast and an Alfred State College professor, said he has been involved in the Warming House for years, and financially privileged individuals have a duty to help those in need. “It's hypocritical to accept community members only when they have money to spend when they are customers,” he said. “Excluding them from downtown is a failed attempt to do just that - screen out those with cash to spend from those that come seeking help, shelter and a little bit of comfort.” Jason Als, a senior at St. Bonaventure and volunteer at the Warming House, said the new location, which would admit guests in the back through an alley to avoid loitering in front of the building, is essential to helping those in need. “We are telling people who live in the community for 30, 40 and some even 50 years that they have to attend this place by going through the back so we can pretend they do not exist,” he said. “It is bad enough, and it's telling them that

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Eric Laine, a community member, feels the Warming House is a neccessary component for Olean and should be placed in the proposed location.

they are second-class members of the community.” Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president commended Olean community members for coming forward and giving their opinions, no matter what they are. “The worst thing that could happen in this community would be for this to be swept under the rug,”

she said. “However difficult and painful this has been for all of us to give and take in this dialogue, I thank people for the courage to speak their truth and to let it be tested in the ongoing life of this community.”

“We’re advocates for finding a win-win solution ... and we’re proud of all of (both sides) for caring so deeply about the future of Olean.” —Meme Yanetsko, chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce for Olean.

“I understand very well the fears of business owners, which may not be entirely unwarranted, but they represent the cultural attitude that we need as a community to overcome. —Barry Gan, professor of professor of philsophy at St. Bonaventure.

The Buzz sets music playlist for AE stores

American Eagle shoppers to hear music picked by the Buzz. Image courtesy of


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—L.J. Sweet, president of Council Optometric Center

WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz’s playlist has been chosen by Filter Magazine, to be featured in over 1,000 American Eagle stores in the US and Canada. The magazine runs a nationwide competition every year to select the winning playlist.

BonaResponds will help out local flood victims this weekend and needs student or faculty volunteers, even if they can only volunteer for part of the day. Volunteers will meet in Dresser Auditorium in Murphy at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. For more information visit The NYC/NJ bus sold out, but students can still take the Short Line Bus, located at 301 S.Union St., Olean, NY. Bus tickets cost $142.80 (cash only) roundtrip for a trip departng Dec. 17 at 9:45 a.m. Sign up for a shuttle bus to the Olean Bus Station in RC 208. A return shuttle will be available on Sunday Jan. 16. For more information, call 716-375-2506.

“There are many choices in the community to house this operation. I feel Union Street is not one of them.”

Peter Cauvel received an e-mail from Filter sometime last week in regards to the opportunity. “I was really surprised and excited when I got the e-mail,” Cauvel said. “It's such a huge opportunity to have songs you choose playing in 1,000 stores.” Adam Kroeger, programming director, said he, too, was surprised at being chosen to represent American Eagle “Nothing like this has ever happened before,” he said.” Kroeger said he and three other directors are responsible for compiling the playlist for the contest. Sophomores Jessica Rehac and Victoria Detmering are grouped along with seniors Cauvel and Kroeger to make a 60- to 80-song list. “We only send an Excel sheet with the song names on it, and they take it from there,” Kroeger said. “We'll

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have songs that are classic, iconic, upbeat and that fit the college music genre.” Kroeger and Cauvel's personal contributions will include the bands Crystal Castles, The Cure, Of Montreal, The Smiths, Tokyo Music Club and Apple's in Stereo. Also making an appearance on the lists are bands that have visited campus this year, such as Paul's Grandfather and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Cauvel makes it known that the station could not have made it here without the outstanding comments made to the Princeton Review by Bonaventure students. “We've been rated so positively by St. Bonaventure students,” Cauvel said. “(Now they will) hear WSBU's playlist in American Eagle stores.”


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From left to right, seniors Sarah Beichner and Meghan Perschke prepare to enter the 44degree waters of Lake Erie at last Saturday's Polar Plunge event at Hamburg Beach, N.Y., sponsored by Special Olympics New York. Organized by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), the Bonaventure team, 18 students in all, participated under the name "The Bad Ice Bonnies" and raised approximately $2,500 for the Special Olympics New York. Overall, the event drew more than 1,000 participants and raised nearly $150,000, according to a Dec. 5 The Buffalo News article. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beichner



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City of Olean should embrace holiday spirit

The City of Olean initiated the move of the Warming House in order to make the student-run soup kitchen more economically beneficial. However, some residents harbor concerns about unsightly groups of visitors who stand on the sidewalk, who talk on their phones and smoke while waiting for the Warming House to open, according to a Dec. 3 Bona Staff Venture article. They're con- Editorial cerned more homeless people will take advantage of The Warming House's services, resulting in the sight of more homeless people around the city. The concern with the outward appearance of the Warming House's guests as they wait outside the building is trivial compared to the benefits the soup kitchen provides. The Warming House has a positive atmosphere. It brings people together for a meal and gives families one less thing to worry about in terms of putting food on the table. Why aren't citizens focusing on that rather than the aesthetics of the guests? The holiday season seems like an ironic time to worry over the number of homeless people utilizing the Warming House. For a season that is always associated with generosity and giving to others, it's not exactly the time to move a place that focuses on just that. The priorities of those fearing an increase of Warming House guests are out of line. The Warming House provides an invaluable service to the community, giving to all at the most important time of the year.

Editor-in-chief bids The BV farewell Tim Gross

This isn't the end of my “good journey” here at St. Bonaventure University, but it's one big step away from something that made life extraordinary for me. When I walked in to The Bona Venture newsroom as a freshman with wide eyes and narrow interests — and Denny Wilkins' ominous presence lurking in the corner, — I knew what I wanted with my life. A passion for sports and an interest in writing flung me on a sports writer's career path since the seventh grade, and sharpening my skills in good old-fashioned student journalism made sense to me. In my seven semesters with The BV that's about the only thing that made sense to me. They may call it a 'deadline,' but anyone near the first floor of Robinson Hall Wednesday nights knows there's no atmosphere more alive as press time approaches. In my first exposure to a BV Wednesday, I saw Ryan O'Reilly hurling a waffle ball into Jeff Madigan's invisible catcher's mitt to fan an invisible batter. I heard Alex Fioravanti yelling … at someone about something. I smelled the warm, sweet scent of Domino’s pizza sauce. I was hooked. The atmosphere changed, from week to week, day to day, hour to hour. The soundtrack changed, from Lil' Wayne to The Lonely Island to Whitney Houston to Starship, all playing above the bass line of newsroom chatter and journalists' camaraderie. That newsroom chatter — with the word 'jamoke' included in journalistic jargon — escalated every time MJ Stevens and the sports guys debated Dana Mitchell's dominance in the post versus Andrew Nicholson's prowess in the paint. Or whenever Jake goaded Bryan into political debates. The more I wrote and contributed to The BV, the more I understood a side of journalism I couldn't learn in Denny's “subject, verb, object, verbal phrase” lecture or Hanchette's “confusing words” examples. I understood how important people are in the process. In a practical sense, someone could run a newspaper without ever making connections with his or her associates. Communication in the 21st century implies text messages and e-mails and @Mentions. But without the face-to-face interactions, without the

jokes and the games and the pranks and the laughs and the occasional screaming match, the process feels empty. The sing-alongs to Scott Stapp, the impromptu football games, the spontaneous SBU claps and the team efforts in Sporcle turn The BV into something bigger than the 11-by-14-inch pages it's printed on. Behind every byline, there's a story. Behind every headshot, there are a thousand memories. Behind every staff box, there's a group of people, from different places with different destinations, who made sacrifices and placed their efforts into a weekly paper. I couldn't have had a better group of people to share a staff box with. I shared a lot of things with the staff, including a 7 a.m. breakfast at the Hickey last semester, the YouTube video of the destructive polar bear, conversations well into Thursday morning or Thursday night, and laughs over - well, just about anything at 3 a.m. I may have been 'in charge,' but they made me a better editor and a stronger person every time we spent in the newsroom. Sure, there's a price to pay. The time and the energy required to write for, contribute to, and eventually run a newspaper sucked a little bit out of my grade-point average. The demands and tie-ups associated with the commitment alienated me from my friends and classmates every Wednesday, but through that I developed new friendships with people I would never expect to get along with. The editor-in-chief's chair called for me to make some unpopular decisions and stress out over the little things. But it was worth it. I learned from the best: Ruthie Harper, as harsh with a red pen as she is kind with her patience; Charlie Specht, indestructible in body and temperament; Ryan O’Reilly with his contagious energy; and Kristy Kibler and her unwavering composure. They set the example, and I cannot thank them enough for giving me this opportunity. It's an opportunity I hope I can pass along to next semester's BV leadership. Amanda Klein and Kait Laubscher have the talent (and sass) to keep The BV sharp, strong and fun next semester, and it will be fun to see the new levels they can reach. After all of this, I still know what I want with my life. I still have the same passion for sports, the same interest in writing. But after seven semesters in the newsroom, two wall quotes, scores of articles, a few cartoons and countless memories, I realize The BV made the journey good. And that I served part of its journey, connecting staff boxes and the people behind them through some of the best times of my college career. Tim Gross is the editor-in-chief for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

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Complainers should reassess Bryan Jackson Sometimes I wonder if Thomas Jefferson left something out of that famous second sentence of the Declaration of Independence. Sure, all men (or for political correctness’ sake, people) are created equal, and we all have those big three unalienable rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But Americans, and I’m sure other nationalities, seem to think there’s a fourth big unalienable right in the Declaration — the right to complain. The Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, but for the love of whatever god you pray to, know the difference between good complaining and bad complaining. The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new safety measures provide a perfect example of bad complaining. Travelers, pundits, doctors and your neighbor’s dog (well, maybe not the dog) have all expressed concern over the new measures that include using more full-body scanners and more invasive pat downs. One comment posted in response to a Nov. 23 article about the TSA’s security policies epitomized the over-analytical, I’m-going-to-complain-for-the-sake-of-complaining stance people are beginning to take. The user’s comment used the Constitution to bash the new procedures saying the Fourth Amendment guarantees protection from illegal searches. The comment goes on to read, “The government has hijacked the relationship between you and the people you’ve hired to get you from point A to point B. Just because of previous lapses in their intelligence efforts enabled some people to do something terrible doesn’t

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mean you lose your rights.” True, but this perspective is ignoring the other side of the situation. If the government didn’t try to bulk up airport security, the public would freak out, claim our government didn’t care and proclaim the White House wants the terrorists to win. I’ve got news for this delusional CNN reader and other like-minded folks — every government action does not come down to “the man” trying to squash your precious individual liberties. Every little thing that happens in this country does not boil down to some Constitutional Amendment, so please, stop acting like it does. And if I see that Ben Franklin quote “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” one more time, I’m going to go ballistic. Individual liberties are important. They’re part of what makes America, well, America. But there are so many other things to complain about. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 1.7 billion people still lack access to clean water, and 2.3 billion people suffer from water-borne diseases each year. I’m guessing most of those 1.7 billion people without clean water aren’t putting much thought into their right to privacy, but they’re probably wondering why they contract cholera when they drink from the nearby river. We need to complain for these people because they can’t. Complaining for them embodies all those hallowed liberties and rights and morals we Americans are always talking about. Complaining for them is our chance to help our brothers and sisters throughout the world. And that, that is good complaining.

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Bush presidency judged unfairly On Nov. 18, George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States of America, watched two of his many public gaffes replayed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The first showed the former president dancing at a White House ceremony raising awareness for malaria in Africa. Leno contrasted the clip with current President Barack Obama busting his own move. Leno asked Bush who was a better dancer, to which the Texas-native replied “President Obama.” In the second clip, Bush finished addressing a crowd in China and tried to exit stage left, only to find the double doors locked. He yanked hard on the first, tried the second and turned and faced the audience with that timeless sheepish grin. Before Leno could make a quick-witted quip, Bush suggested, “Now there’s a man without an exit strategy.” Promoting his new biography, “Decision Points,” Bush refused Leno’s attempts at dragging him into a political discussion. He has not, to this date, commented on the current administration’s policies. He has not endorsed any Republican candidate besides his brother Jeb Bush, who will not run for president in the next elections. His only comment on suspected Republican candidate Sarah Palin was that she was a kind and thoughtful woman. The highs and lows of the Bush presidency are well documented. He hit a presidential-best 90 percent approval in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a record-low 20 percent in November, 2008. But how will history remember the twoterm president?

Jake Sonner The criticisms of the War in Iraq are well founded. After seven years of fighting in the region, we have given up hope of ever finding the weapons of mass destruction that supposedly threatened America’s security. But Lyndon B. Johnson (Vietnam) and William McKinley (Spanish-American War) also had debatable causes for war. War pulled funding away from Bush’s social programs and sunk the nation deeper into an already-cavernous deficit. All the while, the nation began to view the president as a simpleton and a country bumpkin from Texas. But there are positives. Bush aggressively responded to Americans seeking justice for the casualties of 9/11 with a swift engagement of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Mercifully, America has not known a terrorist attack to the extent of 9/11 in the nine years since the planes crashed into three landmark buildings and a Pennsylvania field. Bush courageously tossed economic ideology out a White House window and avoided becoming the next Herbert Hoover when he bailed out critical economic institutions before they failed entirely. Hoover, commonly thought of as one of the worst presidents, foolishly stood fast by

his trickledown theory, that the large corporations would eventually succeed and pull the nation from the Great Depression. Bush’s tenure will surely be remembered in terms of the most tragic and uncontrollable events in our nation’s history. Less than a full year into his first term, he was forced to deal with the most violent attack on American citizens by a foreign entity since the day that will live in infamy. In August, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit land in Louisiana, causing nearly $81 billion in damages. In December, 2007, recession struck, as housing markets that had been experiencing rapid growth collapsed. The result was an economic slump approaching the severity of the Great Depression. Bush acknowledges his successes and failures readily. But he told Leno he was at peace with all his actions, comfortable knowing he took his time to make the most confident and informed decisions possible. Leno thanked Bush for all the material he provided the comedian over his eight years, and Bush took it in stride saying he was rarely awake to watch the Late Night Show. History may look more favorably on Bush than expected. Plenty went wrong for the 43rd president in his eight years in office, but much of the negative is centered on inconceivable events like Katrina and 9/11. The good of Bush’s administration will be easier to see with the passage of time.

Jake Sonner is an associate editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

Legislation should focus on symptoms In 2009, nine states had obese populations of 30 percent or more, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). That’s three more states than 2008 and six more than the year before. The CDC currently estimates America has 1.7 million obese adults. But obesity itself does not worry me. Instead, I fret the culture of obesity. Obesity recurs perennially in the media. News outlets and interest groups pitch statistics at us daily. Jon Stewart even satirized the extensive coverage in “America (the Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction.” Anti-obesity legislation circulates in Congress. I found 40 bills for the last two years alone when I searched “obesity” at, a site that monitors Congressional bills. Some aim to improve school lunches. Others fund physical education. One establishes a National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Obesity affects private industry. A recent study by The Federal Trade Commission estimates Americans spend about $34 billion per year on dieting products — from surgeries to video. Americans also spent $148 million in

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obesity-related health care costs for 2008, an increase from past years, according to the CDC. Statistics continue to fly. Legislation continues to pass. The dieting industry grows. Medical spending climbs. But obesity persists. We must treat the causes of obesity, not the symptoms. And that requires our own effort. Statistics and information can help. But we must keep our personal health in mind. For example, our schedules often dictate our diets. I notice a common trend among my fellow theater folks as opening night nears. We scarf pizza down our throats without enjoyment, clipping our dinners into five-minute gluts as we rush to rehearsal. With less time, we choose quick, convenient — and usually unhealthy — eating options. Most Americans relate. But few of


is pleased to announce its staff for the Spring 2011 semester: Editor-in-Chief: Amanda Klein Managing Editor: Kait Laubscher News Editor: Assistant Photographer: Ryan Lazo Hannah Chesley News Assignment Editor: Advisory Editors: Mark Belcher Tim Gross Opinion Editor: Kristy Kibler Maria Hayes Associate Editors: Opinion Assignment Editor: Dan Bates Chris Graham Jake Sonner Opinion Assistant Editor: Bryan Jackson Mary Best Samantha House Features Editor: Jess Kumor Elizabeth Grady Becky McKeown Features Assignment Editor: Ryan Papaserge Kaitlin Lindahl Mike Vitron Assistant Features Editor: Copy Editor: Alexandra Salerno Cameron DeOrdio Sports Editor: Promotions Editor Tyler Diedrich Tony Lee Sports Assignment Editor: Emilee Lindner Sam Wilson Chief Financial Officer: Assistant Sports Editor: Tim Gross Kyle Zamiara SGA Representative: Chief Photographer: Jess Kumor Sara Regal Advertising Manager: Assistant Photographer: Katelyn Schrock Marie Dirle Faculty Adviser: John Hanchette

us take the connection seriously. Instead, we continually take on more stress and pack our schedules with activity, sacrificing our diet. Or we attempt diets we can’t maintain. The CDC estimates two-thirds of Americans are dieting at any given time. Only five percent have success. Most of these diets follow fads. Some nutritionists consider these unhealthy and — in some cases — dangerous. But they mostly fail because one can’t follow them forever. They get tiring. And once one drops them, the weight loss stops and weight gain returns. Successful dieting begins with respect — not fear, and not force. If we respect ourselves, we should respect our diet. It fuels us and provides our body materials to live. We shouldn’t make it uncomfortable through starvation or push it through unnatural diets. This self-respect — which often grows to love — can be a valuable motive that statistics, legislation and dieting books can’t offer. Dieting can be difficult. We need all the help we can get. Brett Keegan is a staff writer for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

Tweeting celebs should re-evaluate priorities Cameron DeOrdio

What’s more narcissistic than sharing your every thought with the world? Assuming the world will stop if you shut up. This precise egomaniacal presumption fueled the “Digital Death” movement among celebrities hoping to raise funds for AIDS research. Big-name stars like Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys told their fans they would stop tweeting until people donated $1 million to AIDS research, starting on Dec. 1. Unfortunately — for the stars’ egos — fans found self-important verbal diarrhea less valuable than money in their pockets. I wonder if people were, in a sad turn, less likely to donate in order to avoid the nigh-constant assault of information from celebrities. This is not to say that when stars like Kim Kardashian tweet, no one listens. Kardashian alone has more than 5.5 million followers. However, her fans didn’t seem to consider her thoughts indispensable enough to shell out cash for them. They may have had good reason. A few nuggets from Kardashian’s Twitter before she “died”: “Gonna twitpic some cute pics of me and my friends today! I miss you guys when I am traveling!” she tweeted Nov. 28. She followed that up with seven tweets, including links to pictures Kardashian and her friends and family sitting next to one another. This stream of photos was followed immediately by “I’m proud of myself today … I ate so healthy!” The next day, we get a playby-play of Kardashian’s day, from waking up (“Rise and grind! Up early 4 a full day of press …”) to what she hears on the radio (“Just heard K Foxx shout us out and Kardashian Konfidential on Hot 97! …”) to self-promotion (“Just left the Today Show w Matt Lauer now on my way to see my good friend Greta Van Sustren on Fox business!”) to mundane hobbies (“Put super cute pics of (her infant son) Mase on my new calendar”). And that’s just within a

couple of hours. Twitter certainly has its applications. It’s not all unfiltered brain-to-keys drivel. However, much of it, especially from celebrities, is. The world suffered no great loss when some chose to stop tweeting. And that, really, is a shame. AIDS research is without a doubt a worthy cause. Feeding celebrities’ inflated sense of self-worth, however, is not. The campaign had raised around $300,000 by the evening of Dec. 5, five days into the campaign, according to a Dec. 6 Los Angeles Times blog post. By around noon the next day, Dec. 6, the Keep a Child Alive fund — the recipient of these tweet-hungry dollars — had raised $500,000, according to a Dec. 7 article on Hours later, pharmaceuticals magnate Stewart Rahr donated the remaining $500,000 needed to return celebrities to Twitter, according to the Dec. 6 Los Angeles Times post. In the end, everybody won. Keep a Child Alive got $1 million, and some celebrities got, I hope, taken down a peg. As donations trickled in over the first five days of the “Digital Death” campaign, I’d like to think these celebrities were able to take a step back and consider just what made their tweets less valuable to the public than they’d originally thought. What, you may ask, was Kardashian’s first tweet back from her harrowing brush with obscurity? Well, after a tweet to announce her return to Twitter, she decided to tell her followers about how she plans to move forward with her life after learning some valuable lessons: “Decided to model a few pieces from my Belle Noel line! (link) I can’t wait to share the whole collection with you guys!”

Cameron DeOrdio is the copy editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

The Fall 2010 Razzberries

The members of the editorial board of The Bona Venture present our biannual awards to members of the university community.

The Without a Paddle Award goes to the Allegheny River for forcing off-campus students to evacuate their homes. At least MyBar is wet again.

The Livin’ La Vida Loko Award goes to Four Loko for keeping our buzz going ... and going ... and going ... Guess it’s back to vodka and Red Bull. Thanks, FDA.

The Green Award goes to the Hickey Dining Hall for its steadfast use of styrofoam only days after sustainability week. There’s nothing like going green.

The Forever Young Award goes to St. Bonaventure University for still claiming it’s the 150th anniversary three years later. Take down the signs, already.

The No Soup For You Award goes to Mayor of Olean, Linda Witte, for telling the Warming House patrons where they can and can’t get their soup.

The LeBron James Award goes to the Hickey dishwasher for withholding its talents throughout the semester.

The Noncomformist Award goes to The Buzz for refusing to get their license like mainstream radio stations. At least we had Four Loko to keep our Buzz going.

The We Knew It Was Going In, Eh? Award goes to Andrew Nicholson for stopping the show two games in a row.


Happy Holidays! Arts and Life

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‘The Christmas Song’ takes top holiday music spot It certainly is the most wonderful time of the year, and the appropriate tunes have taken over airwaves worldwide. There isn’t enough room in this column to list all of the deserving songs, making a list of the best difficult to narrow down, but we did it anyway. There is very little separating these songs, but enjoy the top 10 and let the debating begin. 10.) “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”– U2 (1987) Let’s be honest, Bono could make the alphabet a chart topper. It doesn’t take much for modern groups to spawn disaster when they put their own spin on a Christmas classic (have you heard Miley Cyrus’ rendition of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree?” If you have the choice, don’t). But combining of one of the greatest modern-rock groups of all time with a 1963 Darlene Love hit worked, maintaining U2’s legendary sound while capturing the spirit of the season.

9.) “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” – Gene Autry (1949), Burl Ives (1964) What kid’s favorite holiday tune isn’t the tale of the misfit who became a Christmas hero? Whether it’s Autry’s original or Ives’ version — used for the iconic TV special of the same name — this song serves up a slice of nostalgia, taking listeners back to childhood Christmas dreams. 8.) “The Little Drummer Boy” — Bing Crosby and David Bowie (1977), Bob Seger (1987) The unlikely pairing of legendary crooner Crosby and the eccentric Bowie, 43 years apart in age, somehow avoided awkwardness and worked wondrously in their 1977 duet. The pair recorded the song, which included Bowie’s counterpoint melody, “Peace on Earth,” one month prior to Crosby’s death. Seger’s rendition manages to maintain a pleasing Christmas feel amid modern-rock edge, featuring methodical drum beat and some well-placed saxophone. 7.) “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” — Various artists As if you needed any reminder, this song reinforces the excitement of the season by taking the audience on an eventful journey through the season, seemingly a perfect fit for just about any Christmas social setting. Andy Williams belted out the original — and most popular, according to iTunes — in 1963, while

most festive songs of the season



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Nat King Cole (above) and Bing Crosby (bottom right) reign as marquee Christmas crooners. Images compiled from various sources

Johnny Mathis (1986) and Amy Grant (1992) have also recorded memorable versions.

6.) “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” — Perry Como (1954) No, there sure isn’t. This song evokes the best feeling in the world if you hear it while heading home from, say, a semester of college. The pumpkin-pie line of this ballad hits home every single time. It’s a fitting song for Thanksgiving, too.

Bravo, Perry.

5.) “Sleigh Ride” — Various artists, first written by Leroy Anderson (1948) If you’re not in a Christmassy mood, this song — any version of it — will knock you in to one with the crack of a whip. The ultimate Christmas orchestra song features a rapid tempo and an array of percussion instruments, mostly for horse sound effects. The Boston Pops Orchestra brought the song to fame in 1949, under Arthur

Fiedler’s direction, and has played it regularly ever since. Its success has spawned many vocal recordings; most notably by Johnny Mathis (1958), Ella Fitzgerald (1960),The Ronettes (1963), The Carpenters (1978), Amy Grant (1983) and Debbie Gibson (1992).

before Andy Williams and his golden voice unleashed a brilliant cover two years later. Houston’s stirring rendition and Vanessa Williams’ soulful version join the two crooners’ recordings as four that stand out most among many editions of this classic.

4.) “Wonderful Christmastime” — Paul McCartney (1979) One’s assessment of this song correlates directly to his or her opinion on synthesizers. We like them. This is a perfect Christmas party song, evoking images of friends sharing some laughs and eggnog while wearing festive sweaters; feelings that only come this time of year, as the former Beatle says.

1.) “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” – Nat King Cole (1961), Michael Buble (2003) It was inevitable. The ‘King’ of Christmas music set the scene of the season beautifully with the original version, which was unmatched until Buble established himself as the 21st century’s Christmas crooner with his rendition. The song taking the top spot encapsulates all the warmth and comfort of Christmastime, and peacefully mixes it in to a three-to-four-minute frame. If the previous nine songs have failed to put you in the Christmas spirit, the mere mention of this song and its opening line will.

3.) “Deck the Halls” – Mannheim Steamroller (1984) Again with the synthesizer! Although, there’s really no way you can’t like this song. It’s one of very few Christmas songs that might actually get you pumped up for a football game. With apologies to The Muppets, Mannheim Steamroller’s strictly instrumental version trumps — just as the group does with almost every song it performs — all sung versions of this song. 2.) “Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Bing Crosby (1963), Andy Williams (1965), Whitney Houston (1987), Vanessa Williams (1996) Rising from a dramatic entry to a triumphant climax, this spirited anthem is difficult to botch. Crosby catapulted the song to holiday-hit status

A thrifty but Christmas: College Style nifty Christmas BY ALEXANDRA SALERNO Staff Writer

BY KAITLIN LINDAHL Assistant Features Editor

Christmas Eve is a mere two weeks away. With that tight deadline, the scramble for gifts is underway. But if your hands are seeking pockets not for warmth, but for spare change and the occasional stray dollar instead, fret no more. With a few simple tips, you can give excellent, inexpensive gifts without scrounging around for extra money. The first tip is to play up your talents. Many times people overlook using their talents for potential giftbearing sources. Are you a skilled musician? If so, you could record yourself playing a few of your sibling’s favorite songs. Are you crafty in the kitchen? Make a plethora of Christmas goodies for your roommate. Have a knack for fashion? Make your best friend a stylish necklace or bracelet with beads. Want to flex your artistic muscles? Buy a plain picture frame, decorate it with jewels, puff paint, stickers or anything else you can think of, and then print out a picture and place it in the frame. Homemade, or “do-it-yourself,” gifts are meaningful because they’re an extension of you and your talents. People will appreciate the time, energy and thought you put into their gift. And the best part? It’s 100 percent personalized. In addition, many of the supplies for homemade gifts cost less than $10, and can often yield more than one gift. If you want to make jewelry, you can find cord for less than $2 and packages of beads for as little as 90 cents. If baking is your forte, you can purchase brownie mix or cookie dough for less than $3. If you want to try a craft, The Dollar Tree offers a variety of picture frames and various stickers and paints, and photo prints at Walmart can cost as low as nine cents. Tip number two is to use your resources. Chances are you have access to the Internet. You use the web to find sources for research papers, so why not search it for inexpensive gift ideas? If you’re shopping for a specific someone, from a significant other to a coworker, you can narrow down your search to suit your needs. In addition, you can search for do-ityourself crafts and projects. If you already have a gift in mind, you may be able to find it for less using websites like or Tip number three is to take advantage of discount stores like Dollar General and Family General. These stores are filled with great gift items for low prices. A great way to take advantage of them is to make a gift basket. First, choose a theme, like “Spa Day,” and fill the basket with bubble bath, a sponge and a couple scented candles. The basket ideas are endless — from Car Wash (sponges, soap, wax and air fresheners in a bucket) to Movie Night (chips, popcorn, candy and soda) — and you can be as creative as you want. The holidays can be stressful, especially on a tight budget, but heeding the tips above can help alleviate some of the tension. So stop digging between the sofa cushions, leave the center console in your car alone and start gifting thrifty.

Home. It’s something college students often pine for during the dreadful weeks leadin g up to finals. During this time, all they need are subtle reminders of the season. Around the gloomy finals time, what’s needed is something to make people anticipate the wonderful upcoming month-long break. Unfortunately, college students aren’t known for unlimited amounts of cash, but Christmas on a budget doesn’t have to mean eating ramen noodles while listening to Christmas carols. A cheap version of the holidays at home would be a comfort to those who wish they were at home. Decorating a small space, such as a dorm room can be challenging, especially with the rules and regulations that come with it. According to housing policy, students are not allowed to use candles or Christmas lights. However, the policy is relaxed during the holidays to allow Christmas lights, though they have to be taken down before the Christmas break. Although it’s debatable how many students follow this rule, dorm rooms also cannot have more than 10 percent of wall space covered. Students may also not use extension cords or have any sort of decorating hanging from the ceiling pipes. Theme decorating is an easy and fun way to decorate on a budget. The outcome of theme decorating makes for a wonderful ambiance that contrasts a normally stark dorm room and can make even the biggest Scrooge of the season get into the Christmas spirit. The most fun part of theme decorating is the ability of individuals to take their creativity as far as possible, stretching the theme to levels of ridiculousness that wouldn’t normally be acceptable any other time of year. A popular theme is winter wonderland. With such a broad-themed room as winter wonderland, residents can go in a variety of different directions, but one of the most entertaining is as easy as a stack of white printer paper — cut out snowflakes! Just like back in elementary school, cutting out snowflakes into beautiful shapes can actually be a great decoration, and filling up the empty walls of a dorm room will present a Christmas-filled atmosphere in no time.

Students decorate their dorm room for the holidays.

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Realistically, gift giving and getting may be considered a large part of the holiday tradition, but as a college student, shopping on a budget is rather difficult. Olean isn’t exactly the shopping Mecca of the world. To spice up gift giving this holiday season while still maintaining a budget, try secret Santa with a twist. Dollar Store secret Santa is a fun way to give friends gag presents while still keeping the spirit of the season. For a price limit of whatever everyone agrees on, whether it be three or five dollars, participants have to buy as much as they can with a set amount at the local dollar store in Olean. Of course, what would Christmastime be without Christmas music? If you’re sick of hearing the same annoying cover of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” blasting out of dorm rooms across your floor, why not spice it up with a more original holiday

collection? is offering 14 free eclectic holiday songs for download straight off the website that can add to even the most traditional holiday music tastes. Alternatively or even additionally, holiday playlists can be made on Pandora, the free online radio. Sometimes reminders of celebrations of seasons past are often very simple — perhaps as simple as baking cookies. Baking cookies is a standard of holiday merriment, and students can choose to be either traditional or nontraditional. First, students can go the traditional sugar cookie route, which includes readymade cookie dough, icing, sprinkles and lots of other decorations. Baking sugar cookies from alreadymade dough is easy for even the most baking-inept college student because all that needs to be done is follow the instructions. Cookie cutters can make the whole scenario

even more festive with Christmasshaped cookies, which can be bought at most major supermarkets. Students who need a kitchen for baking during the holiday season can gain easy access to either the Thomas Merton Center kitchen or the kitchen in the basement of Shay Hall or the first floor of Falconio Hall. The Thomas Merton Center kitchen can be reserved by contacting Debby Moony, whose office is in the center, and all that is required is that students follow the easy rules of the kitchen posted on the refrigerator. For the more adventurous baker who wants to try something a little less ordinary can try festive cheesecake cookie bars (see below). They can be made with very few ingredients, but for those who like to try different holiday baked goods, they are a fun treat. All that is needed are chocolate chip cookie dough, cream cheese, sugar and eggs, which mean that the tasty treats can be made relatively cheap. December brings with it the excitement of the holidays, but unfortunately for college students it also brings the stresses that come with the end of the semester. It’s easy to get swept up with all the pressure that is simultaneous with finals and end of term, but hopefully with just a few subtle college Christmas tricks, the last few school days of the year will fly by, and the holidays can be celebrated with family at home.

CHEESECAKE COOKIE BARS INGREDIENTS 2 packages (18 ounces each) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs

PREPARATION: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13x9-inch baking pan. Let both packages of dough stand at room temperature about 15 minutes. 2. Reserve three-fourths of one package of dough. Press remaining 1-1/4 packages of dough evenly onto bottom of prepared pan. 3. Combine cream cheese, sugar and eggs in large bowl; beat until well blended and smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture over dough in pan. Break reserved dough into small pieces; sprinkle over cream cheese mixture.


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Bona grad to release mystery novel BY MADDIE GIONET Staff Writer

Joe Covely, Rocco Lamparelli, Nicholas Brown and Peter Eller study at the Friedsam Memorial Library.

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Study tips ensure stress-free finals work toward a strategy for the other one that didn’t work out so well,” Ehman said. “It’d be better not to be in that position, but play your better cards at this point.” However, Morgan Mack, a sophomore English major, prioritizes her classes differently. “I focus mainly on my major classes because I want to get the best grades in those classes,” Mack said. “After that, it trickles down.” With this plan, it is important to set aside time for breaks and rewards, according to Ehman. Good ideas for breaks include watching a sporting event, taking a nap, reading a book or going to the gym.

BY ELIZABETH GRADY Features Assignment Editor

The “most wonderful time of the year” can turn into the most hectic time of the year with finals week quickly approaching. Therefore, students should keep in mind these important factors when beginning their studies for finals week. Themselves According to Jean Ehman, director of the Teaching and Learning Center, students need to place their academic needs ahead of everyone else for this week. Specifically, students should avoid any type of drama from other students. “Often the least prepared students become the most dramatic and try to get an audience,” Ehman said. “The other students really don’t need to be their audience. They need to be attentive to their own goals and tasks at hand to meet those goals.”

Tackling the night before There are two strategies one can take the night before an exam: an all nighter or putting the books away and getting a good night of sleep. According to Ehman, the best option is getting to bed early. “To me, the word all nighter is a synonym of unprepared,” Ehman said. “When you’re making a plan for final exams, you don’t put an all nighter in there.” Students like Charles Mitschow, a sophomore biology major, try to stay up late with the aid of caffeine. “I drink more coffee during finals, so I can stay up later,” Mitschow said. However, Ehman warns against altering caffeine intake during finals, emphasizing that students should maintain their usual routine.

Make a plan Having a plan in place for finals can ease the stress that can accumulate with disorganization. Ehman encourages students to look at several factors when creating their plan. Find out whether the final is simply a final test or cumulative of the entire course. Also, check with the syllabus to see how much the exam is worth toward the final grade. This comes in handy when determining how much time to devote to a class. Additionally, ask the professor the format of the exam beforehand, and study accordingly. According to Ehman, students should already know for the most part their grade in a class before the final. Therefore, they should study with these grades in mind. “If you have four solid classes, work toward maintaining them,

Location During finals, students have the option to study in several places including the library, the Thomas Merton Center, study lounges in their residence building, their room, Café La Verna or study rooms opened up in Plassmann Hall. Being honest with yourself about where you will get the most work

done is the best way to make a decision on where to study, according to Ehman. According to a Sept. 6 New York Times article, studies show studying in varying locations helps increase retention. Study Modes Students struggle with finding the best studying option for themselves, but Ehman encourages students to use as many as possible. “The more avenues the student travels to study the same material, the more ways she’ll have to draw upon in an exam,” she said. Both studying in a group and studying alone has pros and cons. According to Ehman, it’s up to the student to find out what works best for them. “The student has to be his own jury,” Ehman said. “If they become gossip sessions, walk away because time is precious.” However, if the study group appears productive, stick it out, and it may be of some benefit. Ehman suggests having students alternate a teaching figure in the group may help the material stick in their memory. Ehman also encourages looking around the web for resources. Many of the textbook companies include online material like practice quizzes and flash cards. Ultimately, don’t focus on the stress or amount of work during finals week. Focus on the bigger picture. “The hope, when all is said and done, is that a student didn’t just learn stuff for that two and a half hour period but absorbed it so that she can use it in life or in a subsequent class,” Ehman said.


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It’s time to put another gold star on Bonaventure’s wall of fame. Steve Besecker’s debut novel, “The Samaritan,” a political thriller, and as James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author, said,”. . . here is a debut novel that both thrills and disturbs.” Besecker, ‘81, had no formal writing background. “I graduated with a B.S. in marketing, and I run a marketing company out in Buffalo,” Besecker said. Even without much formal experience in creative writing, Besecker always had that power to write in him. “I’ve always been writing short stories, ever since the fourth grade,” Besecker said. It was his fourth grade teacher who became his mentor after assigning a short story for Besecker and his classmates to write on anything they wanted. “I wrote my short story about following a creek behind our house,” Besecker said. “There was a story that years ago, a man had slipped under a bridge below the creek and was never found. So I wrote my story on this creek and the man’s body stuck up in the rafters of the bridge. When I got my story back, my teacher had written, ‘Really good, keep it up.’ She probably wrote that on everyone’s papers, but it really stuck with me.” Besecker talked about how important having a mentor is and how to stick with writing, even through criticism. He also said connections are very important in the book-writing world. “It’s all about your agent,” Besecker said. “If you’ve got a good one, they can open doors for you. You have to find people inside the business to really help you get you going.” Besecker’s big break came when he met retired DoubleDay editor Bill Thompson. Thompson, former editor for Stephen King and John Grisham, gave Besecker the opportunity to find a good agent and get started in the business. “After Bill read my first manuscript for “The Samaritan”, he called me and asked if my ears had been bleeding the night before,” Besecker said. “Bill told me the story was awful, every page was marked up with red and he had written just about 30 pages worth of notes. I went back and wrote it again for him. It finally got to the point where he told me I had something, and we went from there.”

“It’s the story of a Native American from the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation who works for the CIA,” Besecker said. “While dealing with work and getting used to living in a predominately white society, his wife is murdered. Easter leaves the CIA and goes home to the reservation to live with his grandfather. The death of his wife and a few others seems fishy, and Easter, being unsatisfied, makes it his priority to find out who is murdering all these innocent people.” Easter, the main character, was based on a fellow classmate of Besecker’s. In fourth grade, John Geyer joined Besecker’s class. Geyer was a Native American who lived with a foster family. Both Besecker and Geyer were new to the school, so they clung to each other. Besecker said halfway through the year, Geyer came to school wearing a nice, brightly colored Native American jacket his foster parents had bought him on their vacation. During recess, some of the bigger kids came over and beat Geyer up, ripping his jacket. Geyer didn’t fight back but came back the next day, found the biggest kid in the group and beat him up. “I felt badly for not stepping in and helping John,” Besecker said. “Ever since then, I’ve been ready to jump in and help out anyone. John planted the seed for the character of Easter.” Besecker’s favorite part of writing is that he never knew how this book was going to end. “Most people have an outline and know where they want to go. I don’t,” Besecker said. “I let the characters drive the ship. It’s exciting to just let it go and see what happens.” Now that Besecker’s book is done, he says he’s feeling relief and fear. “When the first 50 advanced reader copies (arc) came to the house, I couldn’t open up the box, “Besecker said. “It was relief to see the finished product, but now I’m feeling fear. Fear of how the book will sell, how people will respond.” So far the feedback has been good, Besecker said. “Many people who have read the arc already are surprised to see that I can write,” Besecker said. “I’ve been getting, ‘You’re a lot smarter than you look’ Ultimately, it’s the tough love that helps keep me going.”


T.I. displays ‘No Mercy’ from jail

Inception — Cameron DeOrdio,

In 2008, T.I. released his sixth studio album, “Paper Trail,” as he awaited an impending jail sentence on federal weapons charges. Fast forward to 2010, and T.I. is set to release his new album, “No Mercy,” and again he faces a jail sentence. This sentence, however, is for drug possession as violation of his parole. T.I.’s life is now copying his own lyrics because “Breaking old habits is so hard to do.” In anticipation of releasing his new album, T.I. and his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested for drug possession in West Hollywood. According to an article, the two were arrested after performing an illegal U-Turn. Upon the traffic stop, the article states the odor of marijuana emerged from the car, leading police to search the vehicle. During the search, authorities seized pills that resembled ecstasy and codeine syrup, simply referred to in rap as “Sizzurp.” Following the arrest, T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in the same prison that housed him for his last arrest, according to Once again, T.I. could not focus on promoting his album properly, and this time around his new album would be released during his incarceration. The album itself shows similarities to “Paper Trail,” as several of the tracks employ the reoccurring theme that T.I. has done wrong and he must atone for his mistakes. But it becomes tougher and tougher for listeners, to reason-

Remember Me — Kait Laubscher Harry Potter 7 — Jess Kumor Bryan Jackson, Tony Lee

Toy Story 3 — Tyler Diedrich The Social Network — Mike Vitron, Ryan Papaserge

Television shows

Raising Hope - Cameron DeOrdio,


Tim Gross, Becky McKeown

Boardwalk Empire - Mike Vitron

The Black Keys, Brothers — Sam Wilson Wiz Khalifa, Kush and Orange Juice — Mike Vitron

Kate Nash, My Best Friend is You — Emilee Lindner

The Gaslight Anthem, American Slang — Bryan Jackson

Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark

Twisted Fantasy — Becky McKeown

Ra Ra Riot, The Orchard — Amanda Klein

Video games

Madden NFL ‘11 - Ryan Lazo

NBA Jam for Wii - Sam Wilson StarCraft II - Tony Lee


No Mercy Artist: T.I.

ably believe that message, as his arrests build up. The first single from the album, “Get Back Up,” featuring Chris Brown, shows the message perfectly. T.I. rhymes, “Ay, what it is world yeah it’s me again, / back before you, at your mercy, on bended knees again, / no running from the truth as much as we pretend.” T.I. continues along in the song with, “apologies to my fans and my closest friends, / for letting you down, I won’t take you down this road again/ most of you now saying whatever, here we go again.” T.I.’s latest brush with the law is also felt by collaborator Kanye West on the track “Welcome to the World,” which also features Kid Cudi. West raps, “Soon as Wayne get out, Tip go in.” West cites that hip-hop seemingly cannot go a couple months without one of the top artists spending time behind bars. T.I. continues the point of how his life has changed and how his recent troubles bring him more pain than pleasure on the track “Castle Walls,” which features Christina Aguilera. T.I. rhymes, “Observing the estate through the gate from the outside looking in bet you would think I got it made, / better look again.” This album also shows the softer side of T.I. that fans have seen over

the last few years, and less of drug and gun talking “King of the South” of the mid-2000s. T.I.’s lyrical content is still as strong as ever, evident by his barfor-bar chess match with Eminem on arguably the best track on the album, “That’s All She Wrote.” He also provides fans with the sure-to-be club hit “Poppin’ Bottles,” which features Drake. The song, exploiting all the amenities of the hip-hop game, shows how good both T.I. and Drake are living. This song will likely be heard on the radio plenty once the new year rolls around. Ultimately, the album provides the core T.I. fans with glimpses of the old T.I., and much of the new apologetic rapper he’s become. Even with all the remorseful rhyming, T.I. still remains interesting through the 14track album to provide listeners with the hope that when he is released, the best is yet to come. While T.I. continues to show sorrow in his raps, if his legal issues continue T.I. will have to decide whether to continue as the rapper asking for forgiveness or go back to embracing his street lifestyle that brought him to prominence in the rap game in the early 2000s. T.I. still speaks with the bravado of being one of the best rappers in hiphop proven by this rhyme on “That’s All She Wrote,” “And on my throne I remain, / all alone in my lane.” One thing is for sure, T.I. will be all alone for the next 11 months, but maybe a second trip to “The Big House” will set him back on the path of just focusing on music and leaving the arrests in the past.


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WSBU’s free concert amps up The Rathskeller


WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz hosted a free concert in the Rathskeller last Friday. Bands Paul’s Grandfather and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. impressed an audience of about 40 that was waiting and ready at 7 p.m. sharp to see what these bands had. Paul’s Grandfather, hailing from western New York, is comprised of Katie, Karrah, Becca, Bobby and Paul. Bobby and Paul weren’t there, so just the girls performed Friday. The band, which played at Bonaventure last October for Buzz’d About Pink, is getting ready to release its first album, “Sorry Lovers and the Loving Lake” on Dec. 3. Friday’s performance was one of their first since summer. Paul’s Grandfather opened with something familiar. The swaying “Gravity,” from their 2009 EP, No Home, might have been a song the audience recognized. Paul’s Grandfather then quickly moved into their next song, “Susquehannah,” something new but catchy and unfailing in highlighting the band’s melodic vocals. Their set also included “Snails,” “Ghosthunter,” “Bobby” and “Good Guy.” The last song, “1805,” commenced with gui-

tar acoustics and a quiet maraca, with some Bonaventure trivia and included an accordion as and Taco Bell bucks for prizes. well. The three students who partici“This is a song about a guy who pated correctly answered their said he was going to die, but it’s trivia questions about Bob OK because he was going to Lanier, Nicholas Devereux and come back as Sufjan Stevens,” Thomas Merton. Becca said. The band invited the ladies of The crowd gave the band a Paul’s Grandfather back to the well-deserved round of applause stage to help them out with a new for its soulful performance. song “Skeletons,” on its album Don’t judge a book by its coming out in March. They cover, and definitely don’t judge helped sing the “do wap wap bas” a band by its name. Dale at the end of the song, contributEarnhardt Jr. Jr., of Detroit, ing to evening’s ambience. delivered a well-received perThe next song required a cosformance. The band, comprised tume change that included a of Joshua Epstein and Daniel light-up sports jacket to perform Zott, took the stage dressed in an energetic “Corporation.” Lysol and Cheerio NASCAR race Also included in the 13-song suits with a light-up display of set was the catchy “Simple Girl,” “JR JR” set behind it. the first song the duo ever wrote The appropriately named together; “Almost Lost,” a song “When I Open” was the first song about their hometown; their Epstein and Zott played, and new song, “If I Wasn’t;” a cover they received a healthy round of “God Only Knows,” with of applause after. They fol- their whimsical electronicalowed it with “Morn Thought” touch added. and quickly segued into “Ugly The crowd was still about 40 Person” without stopping to strong when Dale Earnhardt Jr. hear the audience applause. The Jr. finished with “Nothing But,” energy in the crowd was evident and audience members wanted as people swayed to the music. an encore. Out of original songs, With the song “Vocal Chords,” the band played a cover of the band finally utilized the “JR “What’s Up?” by 4 Non Blonds. JR” display as it vibrantly lit up The crowd’s cheers were a disand flashed, adding to the audi- play of their enjoyment as The ence’s energy. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buzz presented another successJr. used the crowd’s response to ful and free concert for students. segue into audience participation

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. energized the crowd Friday night in The Rathskeller.

Combo Nuvo brought gifts of holiday jazz to the Quick Art Center on Saturday.

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NYU group performs holiday jazz with ‘combo’ of instruments


Combo Nuvo, a group of New York University professors, jazzed up the holidays by introducing a new sound to the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Saturday Dec. 4. Casual jazz listeners are used to the usual arrangement of instruments — saxophone (either alto or soprano), guitar, bass, piano and drum set. Depending on the style, listeners expect different instruments. When you want Miles Davis fusion, you expect trumpet and keyboards. When you want New Orleans jazz, you expect clarinet. When you want Duke Ellington-style big band, you expect a brass section. Combo Nuvo started off with a traditional arrangement — one that you would expect for a holiday jazz concert. It played “We Three Kings” on flute, soprano sax, guitar and piano. But instead of a standup bass, performer Mike Richmond played electric cello. Richmond, who has played with Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz, and has won Grammy Awards with Miles Davis, had a sticklike cello without wood. The band members said they were sick of traveling with a regular one on airlines because it was too large. John Hadfield, who was once a part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, performed

the percussion. For certain Latin-flavored songs, he used a bongo-like drum, which he sat on. “Greensleeves” began with a slow piano interlude. Guest performer Billy Drews, who has played with Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano and Tony Bennett, remained on the soprano, blowing cool air through the instrument. During trills, the soprano sounded oddly like a trumpet, and by the end of the song, it seemed as though his air got warmer. Leader Dave Schroeder broke out his blues harp for “Soul Packed.” The song featured a Brad Shepik’s solo on guitar when he wasn’t harmonizing with the soprano. Schroeder, director of the Jazz Studies Program at NYU, used a chromatic harmonica to play “The First Noel.” This harmonica can change keys and is used to carry a melody. The song was a little scattered, but it was intended. Each instrument focused on its own lines. “Compassionata,” along with “Soul Packed,” was written by pianist Rich Shemaria, who arranged all the traditional holiday songs for the group. This one had the Latin feel so Hadfield used shakers. The clarinet and alto took the lead, while the cellist bowed away in the background. The group played the Peanutsinspired “Christmastime is Here,” but instead of a chorus of children, a harmonica took the melody. Hadfield used brushes

on the drum set, while Drewes’ clarinet smoothed over the song. Schroeder found his Eb alto clarinet in a junk store. He used it for “Holy Night,” which continued the use of sassy clarinet. After an intermission, the group continued with classics like “Joy to the World,” “Deck the Hall” (which has no “s” despite popular belief), “Silent Night” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” It also played originals “Groovetime” and “Merge with Virg.” To spice up the traditional songs, Combo Nuvo added non-traditional instruments to the performance. Schroeder added an Eb curved sopranino saxophone, which looks like a cute, baby saxophone. It even squealed like a baby. The, they showed off the low end of pitch by bringing out a bass flute, larger than an alto flute because the bass is wider and longer. The mouthpiece is curved so the player can reach the keys. The low, airy sound of the bass soothed the audience. There would’ve been some snoring if the harsh voice of the harmonica hadn’t come in and woken everyone up. For the encore, Combo Nuvo played “It’s Christmas,” an original by Shemaria. The piece brought the performance to an end with a slow lullaby.

The Garret gets wild with ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’

Senior theater capstone provides holiday hijinx with twist on Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ B Y E MILEE L INDNER Features Editor

The ushers had to turn people away at the Garret Theater for senior Ryan Kasperski’s theater capstone project, “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.” Those lucky enough to get

out of the icy cold and stay the hour and half got a night of laughter. The play is a version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” but more modern and hilarious. It started with narrator Emily West, a sophomore journalism student, who played the

parts of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. She explained that we could see her deleted scenes on DVD, but since she was on stage now, we’d just have to pay attention. The humor in West’s lines captivated the audience right away. Throughout the show, her

Emily West, the lead in ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,’ stands between Ebenezer Scrooge and his former self, who shoot jaded, sarcastic comments at each other.

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sarcasm kept the full house laughing and kept the mature themes light hearted. Such mature themes may have seemed offensive. Right from the beginning, Ebenezer Scrooge’s hatred for Christmas was diagnosed as Tourette Syndrome. Suicide appeared as a major reccurring theme. Alcoholism and hunger came across as more mature as well. However, the actors made light of these subjects and combined them into a collective of holiday humor. When trying to show Christmas Past to Scrooge (Brett Keegan, sophomore journalism major), the ghost accidentally took him to the Cratchit’s, where their pathetic life could make anyone feel sorry for them — but Scrooge doesn’t. The only thing different about the story was that Mrs. Cratchit was suicidal, had no appreciation for her 21 children (all of which were adopted) and had a severe drinking problem. Played by Katie Desautels, a junior early childhood and special education major, Mrs. Cratchit yelled at the children, hated life and refused to make dinner, leaving the children hungry. She finally got fed up with this life, went to the pub and

decided to jump off a bridge. So far in the story, Scrooge had not learned a lesson. He had only developed an appreciation of Mrs. Cratchit’s cynicism. And the plot continued like that. The ghost brought back Mrs. Cratchit from suicide, and they continued to visit different scenes. But the story took a turn when they came across Clarence, the angel from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” What was he doing there? Clarence (Cameron DeOrdio, senior journalism and English major) granted Mrs. Cratchit’s wish — she wished she had never been born. But somehow he did the same to Scrooge simultaneously. They find that without Mrs. Cratchit, Bob Cratchit (Sean O’Shea, senior music major) had a different wife. They were still very poor, but they were much happier. They still had many children, but they weren’t hungry because the new Mrs. Cratchit didn’t mind cooking the Christmas goose. Without the angry, alcoholic Mrs. Cratchit, the family was much better off. So where was the lesson? Was there even a lesson? The ghost had a hard time finding one too. In the end she decided it was, “Those who are happy are OK if they don’t

have any money. Those who are mean better have a lot of money because that’s the only way they can be happy.” Not exactly the message I was expecting, but it really worked. The ghost and Clarence launched Mrs. Cratchit and Scrooge out of 1840s England into 1998 America. They got all that they wanted and were happy together as Hilary and Bill Clinton. (I don’t know why they were turned into the former First Family. Perhaps the play is a little outdated.) The performances were superb. Many actors had a myriad of lines, one after another. Yet, Emily West and Brett Keegan were able to recite them without missing even one. There were a few awkward scene changes, in which big props like tables and chairs got in the way. The rotating stage, originally built for “Dracula” a month ago, eliminated the need for blackouts. Although certain actors were concerned the play couldn’t be pulled together in a month, I was thoroughly entertained. I couldn’t stop laughing. The people who didn’t get to the Garret early enough really missed out.



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Swimmers compete at Zippy Invite Women’s Swimming

Men’s Swimming BY ANTHONY GANNON Staff Writer The men’s swimming and diving team continued its march to the Atlantic 10 Championship, placing third overall at Akron’s Zippy Invitational last weekend. The Bonnies finished just 34.5 points behind second-place Xavier, and 191 points short of first-place Buffalo. Friday, the first day of the event, Bonaventure raced to three second-place finishes and a third-place result. Sophomore Ethan Rowan finished second in the 500-yard freestyle. The 200-yard freestyle team of seniors David Kundzik, Chris Baker, Jared Robinson, and freshman James Martin also finished second. Kundzik picked up his own silver finish in the 50-yard freestyle, and the 400-medley relay team with Kundzik, sophomore Peter Koenig, Murphy, and Martin finished third. Saturday, the Brown and White picked up two thirdplace finishes, as well as a first place from Kundzik in the 100yard butterfly. Rowan finished third in the 200-yard freestyle; as did Kundzik, Murphy, Baker, and Koenig in the 200yard medley relay. The final day of the invitation-

al started with another second- did. We needed to get some of place finish for Rowand, in the our new guys experience in 1650-yard freestyle, and fellow the water. They have yet to sophomore Elias Homerin fin- compete in that kind of comished fourth in the same race. petition, so it’s always good to Kundzik had another strong day, go against several schools and with a second-place finish in the become adept to the college 100-yard freestyle. swimming experience.” Bonaventure made its presThe primary focus of the ence known in the 200-yard team now is on the A-10 breaststroke when years Kevin Championship, coming up in Murphy, Ilya Nenashev sounds February, McNamee said. like a supervillain, and junior “We just need to start Michael Dansa finished second, embracing events,” he said. “A third, and fourth respectively. swimmer may not think the The Bonnies picked up two race we put him in is his best more second-place finishes, one, but we need him there to from junior Yi Liu in the 200- field the most competitive team yard butterfly, and the 400-yard possible. We need to maximize medley relay team of Kundzik, our effort to score the most Murphy, Baker, and Martin. points possible.” Coach Sean McNamee’s The Brown and White have squad finished with 1,435 total one more meet, at Canisius, to points in its first large meet of close out the first half of the the season. season Dec. 17. St. Bonaventure “It went as expected for us,” does not swim again until Jan. McNamee said. “We did mostly 21 against Binghamton in the good, and it showed us where Reilly Center. our focus needs to be to get “Any chance to race is a benready for the A-10 tournament.” efit,” McNamee said. “We’re The Zippy Invitational was going to Canisius the day final the largest meet of the year for exams end, and that should be the team, with eight teams a great stress reliever for everycompeting against the Bonnies, body, a good chance to blow off until the A-10 championships some steam.” Feb. 23rd. McNamee said, “It was definitely a success to go out there and finish the way we

BY KYLE ZAMIARA Staff Writer As the semester comes to an end, so does the women’s swimming and diving team’s first half of the season. The Bonnies will face Little Three rival Canisius next Friday. Last season, Canisius was one of the two dual-meet wins the Bonnies had and their only home win of the season. Coach Seth Johnson is expecting his team to perform well with the break in training they’ll have. “I expect us to be pretty good just because, once we hit finals next week, we have a lighter schedule that doesn’t allow us to train as hard as we normally do,” coach Seth Johnson said. “They should feel pretty decent going into (the meet) because they’ll have some natural rest.” The meet will be held at

Canisius, starting at 5 p.m. This past weekend, the Bonnies traveled to Akron, Ohio, for the annual Zippy Invitational, their first threeday meet of the season. The team finished 10th overall in the 12-team competition, with a total of 331 points after three days. First place went to Ohio with 1,562 total points, followed by Akron in second and Illinois State in third. Johnson stressed how many teams prepare for this meet differently. “It’s frustrating at times because some teams put a lot of emphasis on this meet, (but) we prefer to hold off until the end of the year,” Johnson said. “We swam solid. We accomplished what we wanted to, which was get some experience at a threeday meet and a prelim-final format, and we had some solid swims along the way.”

Freshman Paige Gutowski, who came in fourth place overall in the 200-yard breaststroke, touched in 2:23.29, leading the Bonnies. In the 100-yard freestyle finals, sophomore Wendy Oleskiw swam to a 15thplace finish, while freshman Jeanette Dietrich placed 22nd overall. The 400-yard freestyle relay team featuring Dietrich, Gutowski, Oleskiw and junior Lenae Petty placed 12th overall, touching in at 3:36.75. “I would say across the board the majority of our kids swam well,” Johnson said. “We did have a relay (disqualified, but) that’s just lack of experience at these type of meets, so we (need) to tighten up a few things like that. But, all in all, we’re right where we need to be.”

The men’s swimming team finished third at the Zippy Invitational in Akron last weekend.

The women’s swimming team returns to the pool to host Big Four rival Canisius next Friday.

BV Sports 2010 Christmas List

Hockey visits RIT tonight

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Here’s what we believe some of St. Bonaventure’s teams and athletes will be asking for under the Christmas tree this holiday season. The men’s basketball team is asking for a defibrillator after a pair of heart-stopping finishes against Buffalo and St. John’s over the past week, thanks to a pair of Andrew Nicholson gamewinning jumpers. Nicholson should ask for a Hall of Fame plaque if he reaches 1,000 career points against Niagara tomorrow. Now would be the time to strike while the iron is hot.

The women’s basketball team is asking for a sword to go along with its shield, after holding opponents under 50 points in two of the last three games – while scoring less than 50 points themselves three times this season.

The men’s soccer team is asking for experienced players, with just five combined sophomores and juniors returning next season.

The women’s soccer team is asking for a bottle of blonde hair gel, after coach Manoj Khettry dyed his hair prior to their final home game against nationally-ranked Dayton, propelling the team to a 1-0 upset win Oct. 24. Both cross-country teams are asking for more talent in the years ahead, after showing improvement under first-year coach Bob Macfarlane.

The Robin Hood flag football team is asking for a ring, after finishing runner-up in the championship game for the second season in a row, hoping to avoid the dreaded fate of the Buffalo Bills in the 1990s.

The hockey team is asking for more wins and less competition, after tallying just two wins thus far in the 2010-11 slate.

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Last weekend: Paced by two goals and two assists from junior Josh Piegay, the Bonnies defeated Cortland 7-6 Dec. 3. Junior Vinny Judge added one goal and three assists, while junior Bryan Lembo recorded 54 saves in the victory. On Dec. 4, the Brown and White dropped an 11-4 decision to Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y. after giving up six first-period goals. This weekend: The Bonnies travel to the Sports Center at MCC in Rochester to play RIT tonight at 9:40. The Tigers defeated the Brown and White 4-3 at the William O. Smith Recreation Center Nov. 13. Looking ahead: The Bonnies return to action Jan. 21 against Syracuse in Olean, and travel to St. John Fisher the following night. Leading goal-scorers: Piegay and Mike Iulianello (eight goals) Assist leaders: Piegay and Judge (11 assists)



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The Schmidt code: play hard, study harder BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor Mark Schmidt inherited a men’s basketball team not only struggling in the win column when he arrived at St. Bonaventure; he also inherited a team struggling with its academics. Now in his fourth year with the Bonnies, Schmidt has helped turn the program around — both on the court and in the classroom. According to an Aug. 11 report in writer Jason Belzer’s Coaching Academics column, Schmidt ranked 13th among the 347 NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches in Academic Progress Rate (APR) improvement from 2006 to 2009. Released annually, the APR is a real-time data collection that measures retention and eligibility of scholarship student-athletes on a semesterto-semester basis, according

to Barbara Questa, St. Bonaventure’s senior associate athletic director. Each player earns up to four points per year (two per semester), one for either returning or graduating, and one for being academically eligible each semester. The total points are then divided by the number of players. Questa said a player who is both academically ineligible and not retained is referred to as an ‘0-for-2.’ The 2008-09 rates were released in June, with St. Bonaventure scoring 952 out of a possible 1000. In 2006-07, Anthony Solomon’s last year as head coach, the Bonnies scored an 826 on the APR. Under Schmidt, the score improved to 900 in 2007-08 before jumping 52 more points after his second season. In addition to Schmidt’s .418 winning percentage through three seasons — greater than the

Schmidt is 13th in the nation in APR improvement since 2006.

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.231 mark achieved during Solomon’s four-year tenure — the 126-point APR improvement tops all Atlantic 10 Conference members. Quinnipiac’s Tom Moore tops the national list with a 219-point improvement. Belzer’s ranking is unofficial and based on his own calculations, but Questa said positive publicity is always good, and the improvement is a testament to the strides the program has taken under Schmidt’s leadership. “A lot of it starts with a commitment off the court, (like) requiring study hall on the road,” Questa said. “It’s instilling in these athletes, ‘You may not go pro … so you need to have that degree.’ Not that other coaches before him did not do that, but I think it’s just a different style that Mark brings. His staff is very committed to it; they want to see (the players) succeed in the classroom as well as on the playing court.” Questa also gave some of the credit to the student-athletes. “If you look at our roster now, and you wouldn’t necessarily know this because it’s confidential information, we have some very, very bright individuals on our roster,” she said. “They are committed to their studies, and they want to be successful.” Schmidt said he stresses players must be students first. “Most of our guys, once their eligibility is up, they’re going to have to get a job,” Schmidt said. “With a Bonaventure education and a degree, they have a better opportunity to be successful.” Schmidt added, unlike preseason polls, the APR is important to the team. “When we got here, (the APR) was low because a lot of times when there’s a coaching change (players) leave, and that’s where you get hurt,” he said. “It’s something that we’ve been working on and improving. It’s important to us, it’s important to the university and it’s important to me that kids leave here with their degrees. That’s what they’re here for.” Junior guard Michael Davenport said Schmidt does a good job of monitoring his players’ academic work and stressing its importance. “Shoot, without your aca-

The Week Ahead Men’s Basketball: vs. Niagara Tomorrow, 4 p.m. Women’s Basketball: at Buffalo Today, 7 p.m. Men’s and Women’s Swimming: at Canisius, Dec. 17, 5 p.m.

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demics, you can’t play,” Davenport said. “He doesn’t sit over your shoulder, and he’s not a dictator, but he expects you to do what you have to do (so) you can be on the floor.” Aside from the single-year rates, the NCAA also calculates a multi-year rate, which is a four-year rate with a cutoff score of 925. Teams scoring below 925 are subject to penalties — such as reduction of scholarships, or practice-time limits — for each 0-for-2 player. Dating back to the 2005-06 season, the Bonnies’ multiyear rate is a 906. The score is the lowest in the A-10, which had no teams penalized, but includes data from Solomon’s last two seasons. The Bonnies avoided penalization when the 2005-2009 multi-year rates were released in June because they had no 0-for-2 players. Any school scoring below 925 must submit an APR Improvement Plan to the NCAA to show it is committed to improving its score, according to Questa. Syracuse was the most notable men’s basketball program penalized this year. Its 200809 APR score of 865 brought its multi-year total to 912. The NCAA cut two of Syracuse’s 13 possible scholarships because the Orange had three 0-for-2s, according to a June 9 Syracuse Post-Standard report. Schmidt said coaches are ultimately accountable for their team’s academic standing, but it’s not always completely their fault. “There was a stat that 40 percent of kids that come in as freshmen leave as sophomores. That’s not anything to do with academics; that has everything to do with playing time,” Schmidt said. “The student-athlete today is all about instant gratification. That’s part of the culture that we’re in, and as a coach you can’t do anything about it. These kids want to play, and they think they should play no matter if they’re playing behind the best player or not. Some of it’s unfair, and some it is reality.” The NCAA also records and releases graduation rates for all of its member schools. The Bonnies’ 2008-09 rate was 69 percent, good for eighth out

Schmidt has led the Bonnies to a 126-point APR improvement.

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of 14 A-10 schools. However, graduation-rate statistics are six years old when they are released, meaning the rate released this year is indicative of Solomon’s performance rather than Schmidt’s. For this reason, Questa said the APR is much more important to the university. “It’s unfair to turn around and say … someone’s graduation rates aren’t great, in particular because we had a coaching change in the last six years,” Questa said. “(The APR) is still an evolving program, but it is real-time data and that’s what’s good about it compared to the graduation rates.” Questa said the NCAA is focused on making the APR fair for all universities. “It’s only about six years old, and there’s a lot of stuff the NCAA is still tweaking,” she said. “It used to be if (somebody) transferred out,

you were penalized (and) lost that retention point. Now they say if you’ve transferred out but you have a certain GPA, they won’t penalize the schools anymore.” Questa said she expects the Bonnies’ score will continue to rise, especially once the Solomonera data leaves the equation. “Until that rolls out of the data collection, we’re still going to be stuck with that lower rate,” Questa said. “We definitely want to get better, and we are. With the leadership of Mark and his staff … (and) the commitment from Steve Watson as (athletic) director, we have an academic support unit that works hard with the team, (and) we have great faculty. “It’s a university effort, and it needs to be a university effort.”

Christmas Break Basketball Schedule Men’s Basketball Dec. 18 Ohio, 2 p.m. Dec. 23 Virginia Tech (at Rochester), 7 p.m. Dec. 28 Siena, 7 p.m. Jan. 2 Marshall, 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at Arkansas-Little Rock, 8 p.m. Jan. 8 Charlotte, 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at Temple, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Rhode Island, 4 p.m.

Basketball Giveaways Come to tomorrow’s men’s basketball game and have a chance to win: -Two all-day ski passes to Holiday Valley -Two-night stay to the Country Inn and Suites -More than $500 in jewelry and merchandise from Ask Design Jewelers

Women’s Basketball Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Dec. 28 Dec. 30 Jan. 2 Jan. 8 Jan. 12

Middle Tennessee (at San Antonio), 5 p.m. at Texas-San Antonio, 8 p.m. at Sacred Heart, 2 p.m. West Virginia, 7 p.m. Kent State, 1:30 p.m. at Duquesne, 2 p.m. La Salle, 7 p.m.


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Men’s Basketball

Nicholson nears 1,000th point


BY SAM WILSON Assistant Sports Editor

Sports editor bids farewell I distinctly remember my first regular season men’s basketball game as a member of the WolfPack, our beloved student section. Led by a then-relatively unknown center from Toronto named Andrew Nicholson, the Ryan Bonnies defeated Robert Morris, 72-62, on Nov. Papaserge 14, 2008 at the Reilly Center. Following the game, fans stormed the court, and message boards such as “Bonnies Bandwagon” were filled with furious posts criticizing the students’ actions. About two weeks prior to my first experience as a true basketball fan, I inter viewed then-senior Katelyn Murray for this publication’s yearly basketball supplement. As a freshman, I had little knowledge that Murray was one of the most significant players in Brown and White women’s basketball history, even tually ranking third all-time in threepointers made (197) and leading the Bonnies to the first postseason berth in program history. I didn’t know it at the time, but that interview — and the subsequent article — ensured that my decision to join The Bona Venture ’s sports department in September 2008 was a great one. Over the past five semesters — three of them as an editor within the department — I’ve had the privilege of interviewing a wide variety of personalities and cover ing a variety of teams. From battling tough through women’s tennis to women’s basketball, each and every story has been enjoyable to cover, and I sin cerely thank all of the coaches and play ers who have been so cooperative. I’d also like to thank all of the sports editors I’ve worked with at some point for providing me with the proper guidance throughout my tenure with The Bona Venture, as well as my right-hand men — sports assignment editor Tyler Diedrich and assistant sports editor Sam Wilson. It takes a lot of work to put this section together every week, and one man cannot do it alone. Without my fellow editors, I wouldn’t be covering the women’s basketball team on a regular basis or given the opportunity to follow them to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Upper Marlboro, Md. last March. To all St. Bonaventure students, past and present: thank you for your criticism of my work, good or bad. It’s comforting to know that someone out there does read this publication on a weekly basis, and is willing to offer their opinion on it. In exchange for criticism, I strongly urge all Bonaventure fans to support all Bonaventure sports teams. We’re not just a basketball school anymore — our soccer teams have improved by leaps and bounds, earning regional and national recognition. Even the men and women’s cross-country teams showed vast improvement this season under new head coach Bob Macfarlane. I’ll distinctly remember my last men’s basketball game as sports editor, even though I didn’t cover the event. Led by now-nationally known Andrew Nicholson, the Bonnies defeated Big Four rival Buffalo, 76-74, Dec. 4. Following the game, fans stormed the court, and message boards, such as “Bonnies Bandwagon,” were once again filled with angered posters questioning the merit of such an act. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Ryan Papaserge is the sports editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is

The men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak tomorrow against Niagara on Bob Lanier Court at 4 p.m. after a pair of last-minute wins against Buffalo and St. John’s. Junior Andrew Nicholson’s next basket will give him 1,000 points as a Bonnie as he sits at 999. The Purple Eagles (2-7) are the final Big Four opponent to play the Bonnies this year. The Bonnies suffered an opening-night 80-70 loss at Canisius Nov. 12, but won 76-74 over the Bulls last Saturday. The Brown and White (5-2) lost at Niagara, 77-71, last year. Nic holson scored 24 points at the Gallagher Center. Two years ago, the Bonnies fell, 83-65, at home to the Purple Eagles. Niagara, lead by 13th-year coach Joe Mihalich, will look to snap a fivegame losing streak Saturday after losses to Albany, Detroit, Marist, Iona and Buffalo. The Purple Eagles fell 82-64 at Buffalo Wednesday night, led by junior forward Kashied Edwards’ 18 points. In the Bonnies’ win against Buffalo, senior point guard Ogo Adegboye sunk seven three-pointers, one short of the Bonaventure single-game record, scored a career-high 24 points and dished out 10 assists. On the Bonnies’ final possession, and the game tied at 74, Adegboye found Nicholson open for a gamewinning jumper with 6.7 seconds left in the game. Nicholson scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes, limited by foul trouble. The Bonnies held a lead as high as 19 points through most of the game,

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Junior Andrew Nicholson hit game-winning jumpers to defeat Buffalo and St. John’s in the past week. but Buffalo, powered by senior point guard Byron Mulkey’s 21 points and seven rebounds, fought back to tie the game at 74 in the last minute. Nicholson’s late-game heroics saved the Bonnies again Tuesday night in Queens, N.Y., with a jumper just inside the three-point line at the top of the key to give the Bonnies a 67-66 upset road win over Big East foe St. John’s. Coach Mark Schmidt praised Nicholson’s shot in his post-game press conference. “We want to get Andrew the ball in the circle if we can because he’s hard to guard,” Schmidt said to gobon- “He just eyed him up, took a step back and he looked like he’d made that shot a thousand times.” The Bonnies fell 10 points behind the Red Storm with just more than 13 minutes left at Carnesecca Arena. The Bonnies rallied to take a 63-62 lead on a Nicholson three-point play with 1:31 remaining, but a turnover off an inbound gave St. John’s senior swingman D.J. Kennedy an open fast-break layup. Junior forward Da’Quan Cook made a pair of free throws and St. John’s senior forward Dwight Hardy, who scored a game-high 24 points, made an off-

balance layup before Nicholson’s game-winner. Junior guard Michael Davenport scored a career-high 22 points ag ainst the Red Storm. “I thought Michael Davenport kept us in the game, especially in the first half hitting two or three threes,” Schmidt said. The win snapped a five-game series losing streak, and was the Brown and White’s first at St. John’s’ home court since 1922.

Women’s Basketball

SBU puts win streak on the line at UB BY RYAN PAPASERGE Sports Editor After a 3-3 start, the women’s bas ketball team enters tonight’s 7 p.m. tip-off on the road against Big Four rival Buffalo in the midst of a threegame winning streak, after defeating Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) members Marist and Can isius during the last week. The Bulls (4-4) will face their sec ond consecutive Atlantic 10 opponent after dropping a 67-53 decision to Duquesne Monday. Forward Cou-

rtney Brown leads the Bulls with 22.1 points per game — 11th-best in NCAA Division I -- and ranks third in the country with 13.0 rebounds per game. Guard Brittany Henderson supports the Bulls’ attack with 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The Brown and White defeated Buffalo at the Reilly Center in the last matchup between the two teams, 7857, on Dec. 9, 2009. On Dec. 4, the Bonnies claimed victory in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., over defending MAAC champion Marist for the second consecutive season,

45-40. It was the home opener for the Red Foxes, with a sold-out crowd. The Bonnies held Marist to 28.6 percent (14-for-49) shooting and outrebounded the Red Foxes, 45-30, in the contest. Sophomore guard Chelsea Bowker led the Brown and White with 17 points in the victory, while junior for ward Megan Van Tatenhove added 10 points and 10 rebounds – her third career double-double. Coach Jim Crowley said the victory was a benchmark for the team.

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Sophomore guard Chelsea Bowker led the Bonnies with 17 points in Saturday night’s win at Marist.

“To come into this atmosphere, against this high quality of an oppo nent and knowing how important this game was, for us to grind out a victory was something that really showed a lot from our kids,” Crowley said. The Brown and White returned home to defeat Canisius Tuesday, 74-41. For the second consecutive game, the Bonaventure defense held a team to below 30 percent shooting (29.4 percent) and outrebounded its opponent, 47-25. After scoring a season-high 39 points in the first half, the Bonnies outscored the Golden Griffins 35-17 in the final 20 minutes, allowing just seven field goals. Van Tatenhove led the Bonnies with 14 points, while redshirt junior guard Armelia Horton and senior guard Cara Gustafson each added 11 points and six rebounds. Crowley credited his team’s freethrow shooting and defense for hold ing Canisius to 28 percent (7-for-25) shooting in the second half, and help ing to extend the Bonnies’ lead despite a seven-minute field-goal drought during the final frame. “We kept attacking the rim, which gave us a chance to get to the foul line,” Crowley said regarding his team shooting 24-for-30 (80 percent) from the free-throw line throughout the game. After tomorrow’s matchup with Buffalo, the Brown and White will not return to the hardwood until the UTSA Christmas Classic Dec. 20-21 in San Antonio. The Bonnies will play Middle Tennessee on Dec. 20, followed by a game against Texas-San Antonio Dec. 21.

The Bottom Line Face of the Week Junior Men’s Basketball

Andrew Nicholson

The Mississauga, Ontario native hit consecutive game-winning jumpshots Saturday against Buffalo and Tuesday at St. John’s. The forward sits two points away from the 1,000point career plateau.

Game of the Week Men’s Basketball



Tomorrow, 4 p.m.

Quote of the Week “Shoot, without your academics you can’t play. He doesn’t sit over your shoulder... but he expects you to do what you have to do (so) you can be on the floor.” Junior guard Michael Davenport on the men’s basketball team’s academic improvement under coach Mark Schmidt

The Bona Venture - Volume 83, Issue 13  
The Bona Venture - Volume 83, Issue 13  

This is the Dec. 10 issue of "The Bona Venture," St. Bonaventure University's student-run newspaper.