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Bona’s plans battle with bed bugs With no reports, university discusses possible outbreak BY TIM GROSS Editor-in-Chief
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Parameters for search committees to replace Dean Watson (left) and Dean Coppola (right) after the spring are set.
Dean search close to start B Y M IKE V ITRON News Editor Administrators at St. Bonaventure have set parameters for search committees to fill dean positions in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Jou rnalism and Mass Com munication and the school of business , Mike Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said. The committee responsible for replacing Lee Coppola, the dean of the journalism school, who announced his May 2011 retirement in late January, will be composed of four fac ulty members (three from the journalism school and one from outside of it), one member of the journalism school’s staff, one student and one alumnus, Fischer said. Although Coppola will not be on the search committee, Fischer said he would play a role in the decision process. “I would anticipate that any incoming dean candidate would really like to meet with the sitting dean and be able to talk to them about strengths, weaknesses, how things have gone, what have they done, so I would anticipate DeanCoppola participating in the process … but not being part of the search committee per se,” Fischer said. The search committee responsible for replacing John Watson, dean of the school of business, who announced his May 2011 retirement Sept. 15, will be composed of five faculty members and one staff member from the business school, one student and one member of the business advisory council (a group of successful business alumni), Fischer and Watson said. Watson said he would take more of a backseat role in the search-and-selection process. The members of the search committees have not yet been named, but Fischer said he has asked for nominations to fill the commit tees. He hopes to have the committees formed within the next couple weeks. “Among the first orders of business would be drafting the position expectations, to reach the consensus of the qualities we want in a new dean, begin the advertising, recruiting of people, and my hope would be as the process goes through that we would have, hopefully candidates
for the position come on campus to interview … rela tively early in the spring semester,” Fischer said. Fischer said he would like to appoint the new deans between the end of February to the beginning of March, who would then begin work ing in the summer when Coppola and Watson finish their respective tenures. Fischer said he hopes to find a dean for the school of journalism who has professional experience in some branch of journalism and communications, appropriate academic qualifications and experience as both a faculty member and administrator, as well as a passion for being at St. Bonaventure. “I hope to see a new dean who can really build on the strengths we have in the school of journalism and mass communication, which I think has always been one of the really distinctive strengths of the institution,” he said. “I want to see us be able to bring that forward, work with the existing faculty, students, the outstanding alumni base we have and really understand that and work with that.” Fischer said he also hopes the new dean will continue to prepare students for the evolving media landscape. Coppola said he sent an email to journalism alumni announcing his retirement and indicating the dean position would be open for applicants. He said some have expressed interest. “We have a few alums who expressed an interest in the position, and also a few suggests about non-alums who might be interested in applying for the position,” Coppola said. Watson said a candidate for dean of the business school must have a Ph.D. in a business discipline, administrative experience and an understanding of the accreditation process. “We need somebody with academic experience, espe cially now that we are AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited,” he said. “With that accreditation you are periodically reviewed … with that being the case, you really need somebody with the academic
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Before students settled from across the country and other parts of the world into residence halls and apartment buildings, Chris Brown, director of residential life, met with representatives from the facilities and maintenance departments, Health Services and the university’s contracted pest-control company to discuss bed bugs. Earlier in 2010, the bloodsucking insects surfaced on colleges and universities across the nation. They infest ed New York City this summer and have appeared — in large quantities — across the United States, according to the National Pest Management Association’s website. Though Brown said Bonaventure remains bed-bug free, he made sure the university prepares itself in case the pests find their way onto campus. “Just the fact that we have a plan, I learned that we’re pretty much ahead of the curve,” Brown said. “I haven’t seen a school do more than what we’re doing.” At some schools, such as Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., pest-control companies fumigated dorm rooms in September, according to a Sept. 16 Inside Higher Ed report. The University of Colorado at Boulder, Wake Forest University and New York University also received treatment for bed bugs. Since April 2006, Penn State University housed 27 reports
of bed bugs, including three this semester. Brown said identifying a bed bug bite presents a challenge. “The problem is that, when bed bugs bite, they look very much like mosquito bites or flea bites,” he said. “A lot of other things can cause the same symptoms that bed bugs do. You couldn’t go to a nurse or to the doctor, and say ‘Is this a bed bug (bite)?’ The only way to figure out whether or not it’s a bed bug is to see the bug.” Discussing bed bugs with the student body also presents a challenge, Brown said. “What we’re trying to kind of balance between is figuring out how we can get some good information out but also not cause panic,” he said. Bed bugs (climex lectularius) appear red or brown in color, and grow to between onequarter inch and three-quarter inch by adulthood, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website. They feed on blood and are considered an environmental health pest by the EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). They do not transmit diseases, according to the EPA’s website. Brown said if a student reports a bed bug outbreak, the university’s contracted exterminator plans to lay traps in the suspected room at furniture legs and alongside beds. The pest-control company also plans to use a bedbug sniffing dog for detections. If the traps pick up bed bugs,
the exterminator plans to treat the room with a chemical while its inhabitants wash their fabrics in hot water, Brown said. Despite their moniker, bed bugs inhabit anything with fabric, including clothing, rugs, blankets, pillowcases and sheets, Brown said. “The best thing for a student to do is to put everything they have into plastic bags and to tie them tightly,” Brown said. While the exterminator treats an infected room, Brown said the Department of Residence Life plans to prevent the bed bugs’ spread to different rooms. “My staff, in the midst of this, would be working with the peo ple who had an infected room to
see where else they had been,” Brown said. Brown said bed bugs travel to different areas by ‘hitchhiking’ on clothes, and their travels do not correlate with a person’s hygiene. “(Bed bug inhabitancy is) not related to cleanliness. The only thing bed bugs are attracted to is warm blood,” Brown said. “Keeping your room spick-and-spam is a great thing, but it’s not going to prevent bed bugs. “It’s not a hygiene issue. It’s not a health issue. It’s a pest-control issue.” email@example.com
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Although the bed beg epidemic has not reached the Bonaventure campus yet, plans are in place to combat a breakout.
New silent witness program receives mixed reviews By Jeff Cole Staff Writer A “Silent Witness Program” instituted Monday, allows anonymous reporting of sus picious activity and crimes on campus. The program allows students, faculty and staff to submit a form, which includes two dropdown boxes and four textboxes, online at www.sbu.edu/silentwitness, or through links on
the Safety and Security page of the university’s website or at my.sbu.edu. According to a Sept. 27 press release, the program was created by a committee composed of staff members from Safety and Security, Residence Life and Technology Services. Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security, said he had benchmarked many New York state colleges and universities during the summer, specifically SUNY
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Students can fill out silent witness forms, like the one pictured above, at www.sbu.edu/silentwitness.
Fredonia, looking at different security programs. “I think (St. Bonaventure) had a similar program with a tele phone (system) in previous years,” he said. “This (program) is, I think, more convenient and provides anonymity, being a web-based system.” The first drop-down box requests the type of crime wit nessed, such as rape, theft or arson. The second requests the location of the crime. The text boxes ask for the exact location of the crime, the date and time it occurred, why a crime might be suspected at the location and a name or description of the subject. Tips will remain anonymous or confidential, Czyz said. He thinks the program will improve Safety and Security because it is a restraint to committing crime on campus. “We’ll do anything to deter crime on campus,” he said. “It’s important to the parents and students that we maintain a safe environment here. The more eyes and ears we have reporting, the better off we’re going to be.” Some students offered skeptical opinions of the program’s potential. Cameron Ostroff, a junior, said the program has the possibility to cut down crime on campus but added that not a lot of crimes occur on cam pus, anyway. “I guess it’s not a bad idea, but I doubt that it’s going to be used
a lot, except for something like car break-ins or if somebody’s getting beat up on the weekend,” he said. Meghan Perschke, a senior psychology major, said she thinks the program could be good or bad. “I think it could be good because if someone doesn’t want to turn someone in because they know them, and they’re afraid of ruining something or getting in trouble, then they can turn them in anony mously so that no one knows who it (was),” she said. “At the same time, there are vindictive people out there who would try to get someone in trouble.” Sarah Beichner, also a senior, shared a similar view. “I think that it’s a good thing because people can report things that they would be nerv ous talking in person about, and they could get blamed for or in trouble for doing it by others and friends,” she said. “At the same time, there’s probably people who want to get people in trouble for revenge (reasons) and could report something that’s not true.” Perschke said she doesn’t think the program will backfire, though. “It could go really well and (crime) could drop, or nothing could happen at all,” she said.
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Author explains message behind book BY MARK BELCHER Contributing Writer
Events scheduled for Livestrong Weekend
This weekend, BonaResponds will participate in Livestrong Weekend, a national event that honors the day Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with cancer. Students are welcome to participate in service projects, including painting kennels, building a new fence at the SPCA and fixing a damaged house of a single mother of three. Interested students should meet in the University Chapel tomorrow at 9 a.m. or on Sunday in the Murphy Professional Building at 9 a.m.
Aramarks seeks student opinions
All students are asked to complete an online survey at http://www.college-survey.com/sbu to share their thoughts to help improve the dining experience of the campus community. Those who complete the survey are eligible to win a Sony 3D Blu-ray disc player with Wi-Fi or a $50 Best Buy gift card.
Athletics offers marketing/promotions opportunities
Team Bona’s is holding its interest meeting today at 4 p.m. in the Reilly Center, section 12 of the red seats, for students interested in the marketing and promotions for all 14 of Bpnaventure’s Division I athletic programs. Junior and senior business majors can fulfill their three internship credits required to graduate, as well as experience work behind the scenes at sporting events.
Rebecca Skloot, author of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” this years All Bonaventure reads selection, addressed students, faculty and staff Wednesday night. Tawana Jones-Smith/The Bona Venture
told me I could earn extra credit by writing a paper about the cells if I could find information about them after a very short talk about Henrietta Lacks, the black woman behind the HeLa cell line,” Skloot said. Skloot said while she didn’t find much information, it ate at her to find out the story behind the cells and the children Lacks left behind. “Eventually, I found the purpose for my book, which was the children that Henrietta Lacks left behind when she passed away from cancer,” Skloot said. Skloot said one of the best moments she had
while writing the book was receiving a message from the first doctor who wanted to give something back to the Lacks family. “(Skloot) clearly shows what it means to be a scientist who holds human values sacred,” said Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president. “Students need to translate that and consider that when they go into their professions. What are the values you will bring into those professions?” Skloot met for dinner with several All Bonaventure Reads freshman essay winners and students who won contests in University 101 classes.
Francis Matuszak, a competition winner, said the All Bonaventure Reads selection is one that most students could grasp. “I find people can relate to the book,” he said. “There are a diverse range of issues covered, including ethics and race.” Skloot said there is one lesson she wants Bonaventure students to take away from the book. “They should follow their curiosity no matter where it takes them,” she said.
Adam Brown, Joel Benington and Sheriff Tim Whitcomb spoke on the prospect of marijuana legalization Sept. 23 in the Doyle Hall Trustee room. The speakers presented their opinions then accepted questions from a room full of faculty and students. Brown, an associate professor of education, has taught courses at the university for the past 10 years in human development. He said past studies on the effects of marijuana have not been accurate. He mentioned a study commonly accepted in the medical world to show marijuana smoking causes brain cell loss, where monkeys
would smoke the equivalent of 64 joints per day. The monkeys used masks, breathing in only marijuana smoke from the tubes. Brown said any kind of smoke, not only marijuana smoke, would be unhealthy. “Any time you take carbonbased matter and you burn it, it creates dangerous chemicals. You create chemicals by the fact that you’re burning organic material and inhaling it,” he said. “There is nothing specific about marijuana that is more dangerous for you.” Marijuana smoke alone has never caused a death, whereas cigarettes kill 500,000 people per year, he said. Smoking marijuana does not increase the risk of lung cancer or destroy
Professors Adam Brown (top) and Joel Benington (bottom) and Sheriff Tim Whitcomb (not pictured) spoke to students and faculty about the legalization of marijuana. Images courtesy of sbu.com
brain cells, but it does have adverse effects, he said. “Marijuana reduces the level of testosterone, reduces sperm count and semen, increases the percentage of abnormally formed sperm, and in women, it reduces the number of hormones necessary in the fertilization of eggs,” Brown said. Brown also dismissed the “gateway effect” of marijuana, which argues that it leads to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin. “Most people drink milk before they go on to use marijuana, so milk must be a gateway drug,” he said. “It is the ease at which people can obtain the drugs.” Marijuana is much easier to obtain than alcohol and tobacco because marijuana is a black-market drug and requires no valid license to purchase, he said. Brown said he is not for full legalization of marijuana. He said it should be administered medically and should not be classified in the same group as drugs like cocaine and heroin. “Let an organization (oversee) it,” he said. “That way we can tax it, the states can gain revenue from it, our medical field can govern its use, and those people who need it can have it.” Benington, a professor who has taught biology at St. Bonaventure in for 14 years, said, from a biological standpoint, all psychoactive drugs have an effect on a person’s brain. “I am most concerned thinking purely biologically about things like heroin and cocaine,” he said. “Personally, I’m less concerned about drugs like (marijuana), nicotine and alcohol.” The dopamine and serotonin systems are the brain’s “reward systems,” which releases chemicals when people see good food they like, or see a friend they haven’t seen in a while, Benington said. Drugs like marijuana affect those pleasure centers in the same way.
A few tickets remain for tomorrow’s Cedar Point trip. The trip, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB), costs $35 for the bus seat and entry to the park for Hallow Weekend. Tickets can be purchased in the Reilly Center, room 208.
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“Other psychoactive recreational drugs like alcohol, nicotine and marijuana do have an indirect effect on the dopamine or serotonin system,” he said. “But it’s not the same kind of directright into the pleasure centers of heroin and cocaine.” THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is fat-soluble and sticks around for days, maybe weeks, after it is smoked, Benington said. “Even if you get high just twice a week … you’re a little bit high all the time because there’s a certain amount of THC in your body,” he said. From an educator’s point of view, Benington said he is worried this may affect students’ concentration and motivation. Whitcomb, a Cattaraugus County sheriff who has worked in the sheriff’s office for 21 years, compared the handling of marijuana as a police officer to drugs like alcohol, cocaine and legal prescription medications. Marijuana, like alcohol, alters people’s minds to make dangerous choices they would normally not make, Whitcomb said. He said laws are constantly changing to create just punishment for drug abuse, while not being too harsh or too soft on offenders. “If you don’t put the correct laws in the hands of law enforcement and legalize marijuana, we will have a lot more people getting killed, a lot more getting arrested, and that’s not the society I want my children growing up in,” he said. Junior Mark Andolina said going into the presentation, he had an open mind and was pleased with the speakers. “I know it’s a pressing issue in today’s society, so I wanted to hear both opinions,” he said. “From what I heard, legalization doesn’t sound like it would really harm society but could be positive for our state’s struggling economy.” email@example.com
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Author Rebecca Skloot addressed students, faculty and staff Wednesday night in the Reilly Center about her book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection. The book focuses on life after Henrietta Lacks passed away from cancer and how the cell cultures from her tumors become the first-ever immortal cell line. Her children were left to discover later in life that their mother’s cells were exploited for billions of dollars, and they received no benefit from it. Skloot said she hoped students looked beyond their preconceived notions and enjoyed the message of the book. “While some of you at first probably thought, ‘Ugh, why would I want to read a book about science?’ You probably read on to find things you didn’t expect,” Skloot said. Skloot has written for The New York Times Magazine O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review, and is a part-time writer for Popular Science. “I first thought, ‘Wow, writing is cool,’ in a creative writing class that I took in lieu of a language course,” Skloot said. Ever since that class, she decided she had a way to express her obsession with HeLa (Henrietta Lacks’ cell line) cells. It took her 10 years to write the book after going to graduate school for creative writing. “I became obsessed with HeLa cells when my professor
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University upgrades Internet Families raise money for B Y R YAN L AZO Assistant News Editor
St. Bonaventure's campus received an upgrade to its Internet connection Sept. 23, resulting in faster service for the campus community. Michael Hoffman, executive director for Technology Services, said faster connection was needed for a multitude of reasons, one of which was students’ opinions. “A main component was based on the student technology survey, given out to each student during the spring semester,” he said. Hoffman said after looking through the surveys, there was one common complaint, which was slow Internet access speed. Students moving into their dorms on move-in day explained their Internet access seemed slower than last year. Sophomore Connor Baird was one of those students. “Last year, the Internet access wasn't necessarily slow, but it didn't allow for the loading of videos,” he said. “This year the problem was even worse until the upgrade was implemented, resulting in quicker buffering times.” Hoffman said the university compares Bonaventure to similar universities, and did not like what the findings showed. “We completed our annual comparison and found the results did compare favorably,” he said. “It wasn't that we lagged far behind. We came out as a little below average.” The survey and the annual comparison resulted in negotiations between Bonaventure and it's Internet provider, Time Warner, according to Hoffman. The campus community had its Internet connection increased by approximately 66 percent, from 60 to 100 megabits per second, according to the Sept. 23 Notice Board. Even with the upgrade in connections, some students, such as sophomore Sally O'Rourke, have not seen an improvement with their Internet access. “Before the upgrade, I didn't
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background that has an understanding of the requirements for the accreditation process.” Fischer said in both cases a replacement could come from within the university, but both will involve a national search. “We want to make sure that
have much of a problem with my Internet access, as it seemed faster than last year when I lived in Loughlen Hall,” she said. “After the upgrade, the connection seemed to have stayed the same. However, I know of some people that use a different browser are having problems,” she said. Hoffman said the kind of browser a student uses could factor into the connection's speed. “It can affect your browsing, but it's hard to say definitively what is actually causing it because of the different variables at play,” he said. “For instance, I've actually had a better connection with Firefox while some have still had problems.” The area's Wi-Fi reception, the computer's age and the amount of files on the computer can slow down access, as well. Lauren Caputi, a sopho-
more, said Safari is the browser that has worked best for her needs. “I use Safari, and I think since the upgrade, it has gotten a lot faster,” she said. “I enjoy watching many videos online, and now I can without waiting an hour for them to load.” Last year, Technology Services had to deal with a rash of Internet outages that at points rendered students helpless to complete work. This year, however, there have been no such outages and Hoffman said it's all about the improvement. “Last year we were hit with a lot of aspects that were just not in our control,” he said. “This year those problems have been non-existent, and now we can focus on improving our services.”
Warming House with walk B Y A NDY L IUZZO Contributing Writer
St. Bonaventure hosted its first annual 5k Run/Walk during Family Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 25. The 137 participants lined up at the tennis courts to register at 7:30 a.m. for the race's 8:30 a.m. kickoff, despite chilly winds and dark clouds. The event was free of charge, but a 50/50 raffle
benefiting the Warming House raised $155, and family and community members contributed additional donations. The event, which fell on national Family Health and Fitness Day, was sponsored by BonaFit, the campus's employee wellness program. “We were really surprised by the turnout,” said Carrie Fidurko, recreation assistant and co-chairperson of the BonaFit committee. “For our first year, it was a great
response. We had a great mixture of school and community members, which is what Bonagany is all about.” Racers from ages 10 to 64 turned out, and freshman Michael Hartwell took first place in the event with a time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds, after taking a wrong route and having to backtrack. firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus to lock down Tuesday BY JAKE SONNER Associate Editor
The SBU community received an Internet connection boost last week after negotiations with Time Warner proved successful.
we have the very best person, whether they come from someone who is currently here on campus or off campus,” he said. “Certainly if people want to, who are here on the faculty now, they are certainly welcome to apply for that position … It would be exactly the same process for them as it will be for someone coming from the outside.” Coppola is in his 16th year
as the first dean of the Jandoli School. Watson is in his fourth year as interim dean for the school of business where he spent 36 years as a member of the faculty and as dean from 1976 to 1984. He was also the vice president for academic affairs from 1981 to 1994. email@example.com
SBU PROMOTES FAIR TRADE
As part of the 11th annual Francis Week, St. Bonaventure hosted a fair trade sale in the Thomas Merton Center. The sale started Tuesday and sold a variety of items, such as Earl Grey teas, organic chocolate caramel crunch and organic almonds. Becky McKeown/The Bona Venture
On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed into a sniper nest in a University of Texas tower, killing 16 and wounding 31 in what was the most deadly college shooting until SeungHui Cho killed 33 at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. Tuesday morning, nearly two months after the 44th anniversary of the University of Texas tower shootings, student Colton Tooley began firing his AK-47 before turning the assault rifle on himself in a University of Texas library. No other casualties were reported. Campus violence nationwide has forced institutions of higher education to evaluate safety procedures and emergency response measures. St. Bonaventure will test its own Emergency Preparedness Plan Tuesday with a 15minute lockdown drill. “What happened at UT this past week is just a constant reminder of the possibilities of something like this occurring (here),” said Vito Czyz, director of Safety and Security. “Even though we think it's a remote possibility, we always have to be ready for worst-case scenarios.” Among the emergency notification systems being tested include the steam whistle, e2campus text system, Cisco phone system and e-mail Notice Board. “The purpose is getting everyone on the entire campus used to knowing what the responsibilities are if and
when we say the word 'lockdown,'” Czyz said. The university has hosted lockdown drills in the past, including a full-scale exercise in spring 2009 with a man posing as an active shooter taking mock hostages. “What I have found in my benchmarking is that (our safety measures) cover all our bases (in comparison) with a lot of college campuses,” Czyz said. Tuesday's drill will be part of a continuing effort to maintain campus preparedness in the event of security threat. Czyz said the drills will be held once a semester for the foreseeable future. “We'll stagger when we do them, what time of day and which days of the week,” he said. “But it's good because we have students coming and going all the time.” Czyz said an exercise like the lockdown drill in 2009 will occur every four years. “The most positive response I got is when I told parents this summer during Welcome
Days,” Czyz said. “Parents are very relieved to know we're doing these drills and doing them on a regular basis.” Czyz said increased publicity of campus shootings at all educational levels has raised awareness amongst all students and led to more incidents being reported. He cited last year's report of a gunman in Lockwood library on the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus. “I think Virginia Tech raised a lot of eyebrows of students across the country,” he said. “Things get reported now that wouldn't have been reported 10 years ago.” A copy of the Emergency Procedure Training Plan can be located on my.sbu.edu in Health and Safety. Czyz recommends all students sign up for the e2campus text-alert system or check their service expiration on www.e2campus.com/my/stbu. firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Bonaventure’s last full-scale lockdown drill occured in the Spring of ‘09 involving mock hostages. BV archives
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Silent Witness Program can benefit whole campus The office of Safety and Security has done a great job ensuring student safety. Their new Silent Witness Program will make them even more productive, assuming everyone uses it effectively. Security should exercise extreme caution in following Staff Editorial up on anonymous tips from the Silent Witness Program. On the one hand, most tips will probably provide valuable insight and help security hold wrongdoers responsible. As a result, on-campus crime will most likely decrease. However, the anonymous aspect could prove dangerous because students won’t have to take responsibility for the tips they submit. What is stopping students from submitting bogus tips just to get back at a roommate after a spat? In addition, students should take the Silent Witness Program seriously. False tips help no one and only distract campus authorities from effectively solving real problems. We should all remember the story of the little boy who cried wolf. This program has great potential to better the lives of all students, but all parties involved should handle it with care.
Tech services right to increase bandwidth
Finally the student body can watch videos from YouTube.com without waiting five minutes for their content to buffer. On Sept. 22, Time Warner and Technology Services upgraded the Internet connection by approximately Staff 66 percent. Editorial The upgrade responded to a long-held student grievance. Tech Services should be lauded for the effort they put in to make Bonaventure’s Internet experience more comfortable. The update will help facilitate more advanced learning as more and more classes rely on computers for class work. Last year’s Internet service was slower and less reliable, so Tech Services was good enough to incur the expense of giving us more bandwidth. They could have told students to be patient and just deal with the sluggish Internet, but they didn’t. We should all thank Tech Services for bringing Bonaventure to a new and more competitive technological level.
Professors deserve students’ respect Disruptive, texting students create insulting disturbance in class
There is no principal’s office in any academic building on campus. If you disrespect your professor during class in some way, you won’t be sent downstairs to await your punishment. From kindergarten on, we have had the threat of the principal’s office to keep us in line. Its constant presence kept us from talking while the teacher was talking, answering a question with a raspberry or poking our neighbor with a Power Rangers pencil, but not anymore. We have literally graduated from this system of order into one based on trust and mutual respect between teacher and student, and that is a system we should appreciate. It dignifies us as students by assuming we will act like adults without the fear of punishment, something the system we graduated from did not. I have seen this system of respect and trust already break down this semester. It is most-
Terence Hartnett ly little things, like talking over the first few sentences a teacher says at the opening of class in order to finish a conversation or texting under the desk, both of which I have done on more than one occasion. But what drew my attention to this topic were the more serious breaches of the unwritten student-teacher contract. In one class, I saw a student blatantly mock the teacher behind his back, assuming that the rest of the class
Texting in class, and other disruptive behavior, insults professors and other students who value the learning experience. Kristy Kibler/The Bona Venture
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would think it was funny. For me and the people I talked to, it was only teeth-grindingly uncomfortable. When someone crosses these unofficial lines we draw for what is unacceptable in the student-teacher relationship, it shows a lack of appreciation for the privilege of higher education. I have wanted to teach ever since I gave up my dream of being the first astronaut/president of the United States. I have been captivated by knowledge and learning my whole life. The idea of being a participant in a conversation that surpasses our lifetimes at both ends, the conversation of knowledge, is what has brought students and teachers together for millennia. A respect for this conversation (also the incentive of a good grade) keeps most students from disrupting the teaching process. If the idea of this ancient conversation isn’t enough to motivate us into a respectful student-teacher relationship, maybe finances will. According to my financial statement on MySBU, the basic tuition at St. Bonaventure, before any scholarships or awards, is $12,965 per semester for a maximum of six three-credit courses. One sixth of that tuition ($2,160) divided over the approximate 37 hours each class meets over the semester comes to approximately $60 per hour, or one dollar for every minute we spend in class. The money goes, in part, to pay our professors to share their knowledge with us. We should honor our investment and take advantage of class time. We can all benefit from taking a step back and appreciating the opportunities education provides us and the university and faculty that make it possible. Our university operates on a presupposition of respect and trust between students and professors. There is an expectation that we will see the value of this relationship. If we can’t meet that expectation, maybe the university should hire a principal.
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Sarcasm sheds light on important issue Last Friday, comedian Stephen Colbert testified – in character — before Congress. Two days later, Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader (D – Md.), appeared on Fox News to denounce him. “I think his testimony was not appropriate,” Hoyer said. “I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House.” However, Colbert was more qualified to discuss the struggles of migrant farm workers than Hoyer. Colbert participated in the United Farm Workers’ (UFW) “Take Our Jobs” campaign on a Sept. 22 segment of his show, “The Colbert Report.” “Take Our Jobs” invites American citizens to participate in a day of farm work to test the oftrepeated claim that immigrant workers are taking American jobs. Only 16 Americans have taken up the offer, Colbert said during his testimony. Immigrants aren’t stealing American jobs. Americans are just refusing to pick up the filthy, worn ones from the lost and found. Colbert worked 10 hours at a vegetable farm, he said in the
hearing. His experience caught the attention of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D – Calif.). Lofgren invited Colbert to speak to the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on immigration because he is an engaging, erudite speaker who now knows what it’s like to work like a migrant farm worker. Colbert chose to testify in character. He plays the part of a clueless conservative demagogue on his Monday-throughThursday late-night talk show on Comedy Central. “My great grandfather did not travel across four thousand miles of the Atlantic Ocean to see this country overrun by immigrants,” Colbert said to Congress. He did not stop at pointing out the potential hypocrisy of anti-immigrant sentiments, going on to talk about his specific experiences with the
“Take Our Jobs” campaign. “Now I’ll admit I started my workday with preconceived notions about migrant labor,” Colbert testified. “But after working with these men and women, picking beans, packing corn for hours on end, side-by-side in the unforgiving sun, I have to say — and I do mean this sincerely — please don’t make me do this again. It is really, really hard.” Colbert continued, describing in detail the aches, pains and problems inherent in a long workday on a vegetable farm. “Now I’m a free market guy,” Colbert said. “Normally, I would leave this to the invisible hand of the market, but the invisible hand of the market has already moved over 80,000 acres of production for the 22,000 farm jobs to Mexico and shut down over a million acres of U.S. farmland due to a lack of available labor
— because, apparently, even the invisible hand doesn’t want to pick beans.” Hoyer — along with several House Republicans and Fox News Sunday hosts — was not amused by Colbert’s satirical testimony. Among those Republicans was Rep. Steve King (R – Iowa). “I think that he mocked the hearing process,” King said on Fox News Sunday. Maybe Colbert’s detractors are right. Maybe he’s not “expert” enough to testify before Congress. But you know what? I don’t see Steny Hoyer hunched over a field of beans. Colbert tried to make committee members understand the working conditions under which millions — 12 million, according to the Pew Hispanic Center — toil. Colbert may not be Upton Sinclair, but he’s trying. What’s Hoyer doing?
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My Turn Rage. Anger. These adjectives are rarely associated with me. However, these emotions, among other various negative feelings, coursed through my body when I left Francis Hall Monday at 9:20 a.m. to get to my 9:30 a.m. class to find my main mode of transportation had been whisked away in the night leaving only the front tire to show it was ever there.
Bonaventure is often subject to a rash of unexplained bike thefts. A good lock can help deter potential bike thiefs.
And it’s not just me who has been a victim of the notorious bike thief that has been marauding the campus. As I combed the university on my quest to find my beloved bike, I noticed others who have been victimized. The bike near my front tire had the front wheel missing, which was the only part I had left. A chain attached to the bike rack with no bike in its clutches implied the entire bike had been spirited away. I also noticed a bike on campus that had its back tire missing. I’ve heard stories of other students missing bikes. This many victims leads me to believe it is a group of people robbing people of their precious economically friendly mode of transportation. Whether this Artful Dodger is a townie or a student on campus, this needs to stop. “Thou shall not steal.” For a Catholic college, the commandment seems incredibly hard to follow. To the students of St. Bonaventure community — lock up your bikes securely. Don’t just loop the chain through the tire and the rack or you will experience the same horror I did. Wrap your chain around the frame and the tire before affixing it to the bike rack. And if you see a blue bike with a light attached to the handlebar and gears on both handles with mismatching tires, chances are it’s mine. If I have found it by the time this article is published, it will be marked with a sign easily recognized as my own. Students with bikes should also do this to make them harder to whisk away without somebody noticing. If you haven’t done so already, register your bike with security so they can keep a look out for it in case this travesty happens to you too.
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Inspectors should not confiscate items Emilee Lindner
When Patricia KennealyMorrison came to St. Bonaventure for Communications Day 2008 and spoke about outrage, I’m sure she wasn’t referring to the feeling I have now. “You can’t let the bastards walk,” she said. “If I could wish one thing for you, give you one gift, like a hippie fairy godmother, I wouldn’t give you peace or love or any of that crap. I would give you something harder to come by, more valuable: the gift of outrage.” My outrage stems from this Monday, when I returned to my townhouse and found my Christmas lights confiscated by the state fire inspector. I’m being dramatic, I know, but Kennealy-Morrison told us to write when we’re mad. First, I purposely waited four weeks to hang a small strand of orange, purple and green Christmas lights in the living room. I also hung a longer strand of orange lights in my bedroom. I thought by waiting it out, I could bypass the inspection. Two days after I installed the decorations, they were gone. I want my $6 back. Second, I am outraged at the unfairness involved with the situation. My friend caught wind of the inspection, took
down her lights and curtains and hid her candles. Why me? I was careful, and every time I left the apartment, I unplugged the lights. How can my friend have hazardous candles throughout her townhouse, and I can’t have two strands of lights? The people who aren’t careful with so-called fire hazards spoil it for the rest of us. I understand I agreed to the same policy, saying I couldn’t have these things, so I don’t deserve a warning. I promised I wouldn’t have fire hazards, but put them up anyway. But everyone makes promises. The school said the roads would be re-paved over the summer, and that didn’t happen. And every year, the state says they’ll pass a budget on time … Luckily, I’ll be able to get my $6 Wal-Mart lights back from Residence Life the next academic break. I’ve learned my lesson, but others haven’t.
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Mallory Diefenbach Class of 2013
Extraordinary People Music teacher leaves beautiful legacy for community She sat in the tent, watching people in T-shirts that blazed ‘Cancer Survivor’ line up on the track. It was nearly time for Relay for Life to begin, but she wasn’t moving to join them. She was different than the other cancer survivors. Even though she’d beaten it twice before, the cancer was back. I moved to her side, hugged her and spoke with her for a brief moment, asking her how she was. Her prognosis wasn’t good. “The doctor says I have five to seven years,” she said. She didn’t look defeated. There was still hope in her beautiful blue eyes that something would change. She left me with no doubt that she would live those five to seven years to the fullest. She was gone four days later. Candy Kruschke probably never knew how much of an impact she made on her students and the surrounding community. In 47 years, this selfless woman touched the lives of countless students, faculty and friends. Known for a personality as sweet as her name, Candy was the middle and high school music teacher and musical director at Akron Central Schools. She treated each student like they were her children, greeting them with her bright smile and quirky personality, no matter the occasion. Candy took many a shy, unconfident kid — like myself — and transformed them into someone who could lift their heads a little higher. There’s never been a teacher who’s cared more about her students. Teachers leave an impression on their young charges, whether they realize it or not.
One compliment can change a student’s perspective forever. One poorly worded critique can strip away their self-confidence. It’s hard to find a teacher who can compliment and critique, hold the respect of his or her students and still be a friend at the end of the year. Some Bonaventure professors tell us they’re not here to be our friends, and while the theory behind the policy is understandable, there’s nothing more empowering than feeling like the professor cares about you — the real you, not just the you they deal with for 50 minutes, three days a week. Feeling wanted in a comfortable learning environment can do wonders for a student’s academic and mental well-being. Miss K was one of those teachers. Three months later, I’m barely beginning to realize how much she shaped me as a person. I took her presence for granted. If I could talk to her today, I’d thank her for everything she did for me. Without Miss K, I’d still be painfully shy. I cannot believe how much of me is made of what I learned from her. To all students and teachers, both here and elsewhere: appreciate each other. Education is a beautiful partnership between two people, and it’s one we shouldn’t take lightly. As the school year continues, students should be mindful and take all they can from their professors, and professors should remember we’re never too old for a role model. Maria Hayes Assisstant Opinion Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
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Philanthropic celebs spread good music Celebrities making headlines is nothing new. Glance at a tabloid cover or visit any entertainment website, and you’ll find all the gossip du jour on Lindsay Lohan’s arrest warrant, Paris Hilton’s cocaine bust and Mel Gibson’s latest rant. But not all celebrities are troublemakers. And those are the ones we should be noticing. Many high-profile individuals lend their names and star power to telethons and fundraisers when disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, strike. Their involvement helps spur the involvement of others and goes a long way to helping the victims of those disasters. But I want to focus on the celebrities doing good when the world isn’t demanding it and the spotlight isn’t burning down on them. The ones who, quietly and without fanfare, advocate causes close to their heart day after day and in some cases, year after year. Some, like Sir Elton John, have been doing right by the world for decades. The award-winning singer, songwriter and
pianist founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992, according to a June 2009 Examiner.com article. Since then, it has raised over $150 million for AIDS research and prevention projects. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have also been leaders in charitable support for many years. Regardless of how you feel about Brangelina, no one can deny how much time and money they devote to furthering worthy causes. In 2006, the couple donated $8 million to various charitable organizations, including $1 million each to Doctors without Borders and Global Action for Children, according to the Examiner.com article. They also founded the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which is dedicated to easing humanitarian crises around the world.
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“House” actor Hugh Laurie (House) plays keyboard and sings with other members of Band From TV, a group of actors that raises money for charity.
But celebrity contributions don’t have to be sweeping monetary donations or organization planning to be meaningful. Sometimes, it’s as simple as having fun for a good cause. Take Greg Grunberg, for example. Grunberg, of the TV show “Heroes,” played the drums for a charity concert a few years ago. When he saw how much enthusiasm the event created, he decided to create a celebrity band to raise money for charitable causes. Thus, Band From TV was born. Other members of the band include Adrian Pasdar (guitar), also of “Heroes,” Bob Guiney (vocals) from “The Bachelor,” James Denton (guitar) of “Desperate Housewives” and Jesse Spencer (violin) and Hugh Laurie (vocals/keyboard) of “House.” Each celebrity supports a different cause, according to the band’s site, bandfromtv.org. They range from the Epilepsy Foundation, which encourages epilepsy research and prevention, to Save the Children, an organization that provides services for high-need and high-risk children across America. A majority of the profit from every show Band From TV plays and every DVD and CD it sells goes to supporting those causes (as if Hugh Laurie crooning to you wasn’t enough of an incentive to listen). “Having band mates who also happen to be in some of the most popular shows on television creates an amazing opportunity to really reach out to our fans to help support these wonderful causes,” Grunberg said on the site. So next time you turn on the TV, don’t despair when you see Snooki, a Kardashian sister or some other celebrity turning heads with their latest trashy escapade. There are celebrities out there making positive change in the world. Let’s put down the remote and follow suit.
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Probable GOP candidates should get off Fox payroll
My Turn Americans love fighting. If the majority of Americans shared the GOP’s ideology, this would be an undeniable fact. The term “fight” is used 11 times throughout the 48-page “Pledge to America.” “Pledge to America” is a document written by Republican leaders, including House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio. The document outlines prospective Republican proposals in an attempt to increase support for GOP candidates. In support of the document, representative Kevin McCarthy of California stated, “The land of opportunity has become the land of shrinking prosperity ... our government has failed us,” according to a Sept. 23 Associated Press article. It appears that representative McCarthy fails to realize he is a part of the government that has “failed us.” Although Republicans have criticized president Obama for not creating jobs, “Pledge to America” includes proposals that would prevent job creation. The GOP job platform includes “imposing a net hiring freeze on nonsecurity federal employees.” This policy is based on a misguided ideology that all federal employees are part of the out-of-touch, ivory tower elites who the Republicans publicly criticize then propose legislation to provide benefits for. The highest paid U.S. Postal Service position receives an average salary of approximately $75,000, according to PayScale.com, a far cry from most estimates for an upper-class salary. The well-earned money of these federal employees wouldn’t help the economy any less than any other hardworking Americans purchasing goods to provide for their families. The document continues with “a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care.” This drastic measure would be a
mistake based on misinformation and ignorance. The Congressional Budget Office claims that over $100 billion will be saved over the next ten years, along with over $1 trillion in the following decade because of the healthcare bill. President Obama’s health-care plan also includes benefits that have begun to take effect as recently as Sept. 23, including, but not limited to: - Medical coverage for children with pre-existing conditions - Banning health insurance companies from canceling policies on the basis of errors made on enrollment forms - Requiring companies to allow parents to include their children under the age of 25 to be covered by the parents insurance (a provision clearly beneficial to college students). Republican promises to counteract president Obama’s progress continue with attempts to “keep terrorist combatants in Guantanamo Bay,” a site of human rights violations that would remain open under Republican control. President Obama is attempting to close the area. It’s amusing how Republicans dismiss any claims Democrats make of “blaming Bush,” yet they blatantly attempt to re-install policies of the Bush administration that have tarnished our nation’s global image. The Republican “Pledge to America” is a promise of failed policies, many of which were proven to be detrimental during the administration of President George W. Bush. To enable Republicans to repeat mistakes of the past would slow down the progress that President Obama is bringing to the United States government and its people. Hope for change is still alive, but Republicans aim to kill it.
Ryan DeOrdio, Class of 2014
The political process is being undermined. Four of the potential Republican nominees for the 2011 presidential elections are on the Fox Network payroll, according to Politico.com. Fox is cutting checks to Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, all serious White House hopefuls for the GOP. Coined by some as “the Fox candidates,” which one of Fox’s blustering air bags is willing to forgo their national soapbox and lucrative checks? Even greater a detriment to the electoral process: some of the potential GOP nominees are contractually forbidden to appear on any TV network other than Fox. Steve Scully, C-SPAN political editor, reported that when C-SPAN tried to have Palin on for an interview, Sully was told he must first get Fox’s permission. When he tried, the network cited her contract and denied the request. “Producers at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC all reported similar experiences,” according to Politico.com. Out of the four on the Fox payroll, only Gingrich has appeared on any other television news outlet since January. It is Fox’s prerogative to cater their news and be a right-wing, conservative news outlet, determined to bring such perspec-
“Some segments within the U.S. government” orchestrated the attacks on our country on Sept. 11, 2001. They did so to reverse the declining American economy and save the Zionist regime in the Middle East. That’s what Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would like you to believe, and he told the U.N. General Assembly as much last Thursday, according to a Sept. 23 Reuters report. President Obama correctly lambasted Ahmadinejad in an interview with the BBC Sept. 24, saying, “Well, it was offensive. It was hateful. “And particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where families lost their loved ones — people of all faiths, all ethnicities, who see this as the seminal tragedy of this generation — for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable,” Obama added. The harsh language is well-deserved. Ahmadinejad didn’t even present relevant evidence to support his outlandish and insensitive claims. Unfortunately, some Americans sound just as ignorant about Islam as Ahmadinejad does about America. Within the past few months, we’ve seen a terrifying increase in anti-Islamic senti-
Ryan Papaserge ing more time for leisure. While the intention of such technology in this case is certainly valid, there’s a sizeable risk that humans will become dependent on robots to do everything in a similar manner to how life now revolves around computers. Additionally, scientists at the University of California at Berkeley have developed an “electronic skin,” allowing robotic and prosthetic devices to judge the weight and shape of items via touch, according to a Sept. 14 Christian Science Monitor article. It wouldn’t be outlandish to say that an “electronic skin” may lead to a similar object with the ability to emulate a human appearance, much like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the “Terminator” series. Unlike “Terminator,” it’s highly doubtful that these innovations lead to self-aware androids
tive to viewers, but to pay political candidates and own contractual rights to their interviews is a disgusting violation of the free flow of information necessary for a successful democracy. Media interviews of potential candidates are a cornerstone of the political process. Interviews conducted by reporters of major network news organizations are a key informational tool voters use to educate themselves. Such newscasts provide voters with political agendas, a ‘feeling’ for the politician as a person and facts about a politician’s knowledge base. Can we not remember Palin’s Sept. 2008 interview with ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson? Let’s just say — Bush Doctrine. The notion of four potential presidential nominees facing media scrutiny by only a network that “both pays them and offers limited scrutiny,” according to
Politico.com, is terrifying — especially in reference to Sarah Palin. Palin’s interviews before the Fox contract, repeatedly offended the senses with her lack of knowledge on a variety of topics. Since the contract, those problematic quotations declined in frequency. Would we really want to find out a potential presidential nominee is unaware of current agenda because they were not questioned thoroughly? News organizations in the past have declared support for politicians during elections, and Pat Buchanan did host CNN’s “Crossfire” in the 1990s between GOP primary campaigns, according to Politico.com. However, while Buchanan certainly gained an advantageous national platform, he was not exclusive with his interviews or traveling around the nation making speeches. Unlike Palin and Santorum, who are traveling, making speeches and, minus the official declaration, running the campaign trail. Palin said it best in early September in Louisville, Ky. “What would we do without Fox News, America?” she asked. “We love our Fox News, yes.” Yes, Mrs. Palin, what would you do without Fox?
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Ignorant prejudices cause pointless strife
Futuristic humanoids becoming modern Let’s face it: as a society, we now spend most of our waking hours in front of a computer or television screen. When we’re not flipping channels or surfing the Internet, a vast majority of the population listens to music via iPods and MP3 players. In just a few short years, the cellular phone has evolved into a “smart” device — able to access the Internet and play music along with the ability to receive text messages and the occasional call. It comes as little surprise that scientists are developing robots that can perform the most remedial and random tasks — providing a slightly disturbing look into the future. Japanese scientists are developing robots intended for release next year to support a rapidly aging nation, according to a Sept. 15 CBSNews.com article. The humanoids would be intended for everyday use, performing factory work along with regular household tasks, as 22.6 percent of Japan’s population is 65 or older, according to CBSNews.com. Obviously, it would be expected that younger generations would take advantage of this technology when the elderly pass on, allow-
and the destruction of the human race. However, it is a sign that the future outlined in so many science-fiction books and movies over the years may be one step closer to becoming realized — the concept that robots could exist to entertain using high culture. According to BU Today, Boston University’s daily news website, Massachusetts Institute of Technology students teamed up with poet Robert Pinsky to create “Death and the Powers,” an opera performed completely by singing robots. Apparently the saying “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings,” may soon be replaced by “It ain’t over until the heavy-set female humanoid robot sings.”
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ments, from the fervor over Park 51, the planned Islamic cultural center blocks away from Ground Zero, to a Pew Research Center poll that revealed one in five Americans believe Obama is a Muslim. Rev. Terry Jones of Florida planned to burn Qurans on the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Luckily, Jones backed down from his proclamations, but the sentiment remains. Too many Americans don’t see MuslimAmericans as Americans. We need to remember as much as anyone not to let a hateful leader or cowardly terrorists who take innocent lives and hide in caves cloud the way we treat all Muslims. After all, three times as many Muslims died as victims (60 of almost 3,000, according to a Sept. 23 USA Today article) than as hijackers (19). Think back to days and weeks and months following 9/11. I know I’ve never felt more proud of my country. We stood together. Our president
vowed to find those responsible for this unconscionable act. “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America,” George W. Bush said the night of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a transcript of his oval office address on CNN’s website. “These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” We vowed to never let this happen again. Most importantly, we vowed never to let acts of hatred change our identity as Americans. The biggest disgrace to the victims of 9/11 would be to practice the same hatred that drove the terrorists to murder Americans. When you think of 9/11, remember how great our country can be, not how cruel man can be to his brothers.
Some Americans sound just as ignorant about Islam as Ahmadinejad does about America.
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True athletes make sports fun for all
Last Friday, the Lake Stevens Vikings were well on their way to a 35-0 shutout victory over a league rival, the Snohomish Panthers, in a Seattle-area high school football game. But that was until junior tailback Ike Ditzenberger checked into the game. With just 10 seconds remaining in the game, the Panthers’ coach called in the play “Ike Special,” a play Snohomish concludes every practice with. Ditzenberger, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, ran the play to perfection, weaving through the Lake Stevens defense for a 51-yard touchdown as time expired. Sure, the game ended in a 356 rout, but what Ike, players from both teams, coaches and spectators got out of it was much more than a lopsided high-school football game. They got a first-hand look at what sports are all about. Lake Stevens (4-0, 1-0) is at the top of the 4A Wesco-North League and Snohomish (0-4, 0-1) is at the bottom, according to maxpreps.com. It would have been easy for the Lake Stevens’ coach and players to say, “Sorry, it sounds like a nice
Mike Vitron thing to do, but a shutout win sounds a lot nicer.” Instead, the Vikings defense, which was tipped off that the “Ike Special” was coming, played along. Defenders missed tackles on purpose, allowed themselves to be blocked and jogged behind Ditzenberger as he crossed the goal line. So often in amateur sports, especially at the high school and college levels, teams are rewarded for running up the score with better rankings. Here we see a team that went against the norm, and I’m sure the feeling the players received from seeing Ike celebrate in the end zone was far greater than the one they would feel for cracking the Washington State top-ten poll. It seems the stories that dominate the sports headlines are about the greed or stupidity of professional athletes and
coaches. It’s stories like this one out of Washington that deserve the headlines. After all, aren’t sports supposed to be fun? While issues like multi-million dollar contract negotiations, DWI arrests and collective bargaining agreements will continue to dominate SportsCenter airtime, it is nice to see a story like this one get some national attention. What the Lake Stevens’ players and coaches did last Friday was a simple act, but it is something that Ike and everyone who was at the game will probably never forget.
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Letter to the Editor The Sept. 24 “Smokers take drags from healthy alternatives” story was a poorly researched and potentially dangerous story. While the author wrote extensively about all the possible benefits of smokeless cigarettes, she failed to even mildly represent the other side of the story — that doctors and the federal government believe the socalled “e-cigarettes” may be dangerous. “Until more is known about the potential risks, the safe play is to say no to electronic cigarettes,” according to the website for the Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical practice. The e-cigarettes have never been officially submitted to the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) for approval. But the agency did test the devices last year and, according to the agency’s press release, ecigarettes “contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.” The FDA’s press release continues: “Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, at this time the agency has no way of knowing, except for the limited testing it has performed, the levels of nicotine or the amounts or kinds of other chemicals that the various brands of these products deliver to the user.”
While the potential positives of e-cigarettes are undeniable, it’s clear that few medical experts would recommend these devices as a safe alternative. By telling your readers in the headline that these devices are “healthy alternatives,” you have potentially done them a tremendous disservice. Aside from the fact that this story could be dangerous and factually wrong, it is a tremendous example of sloppy reporting. The only people interviewed are regular ecigarette smokers, and it came as no surprise that they had nothing but positive things to say. The story even claims that this
may be a cheaper alternative and then points the readers to a website to start buying. While I am not a medical expert, I am a journalist, and it took me just a few minutes to do the research I provided for you here. Next time, do your job as journalists and get both sides of every story. Hopefully anyone who read your story does the research you failed to do before putting one of these devices to their lips. Sincerely, Joe Enoch ‘06
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Arts and Life
The Bona Venture • Oct. 1, 2010
Soloists throw together unrehearsed performance After Joseph LoSchiavo, executive director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, apologized for the delay in Friday night’s Wind Soloists of New York concert, he announced the flutist had gone to the hospital shortly after the group’s arrival at the Buffalo Airport. Without the presence of Elizabeth Mann, who at that time was in stable condition at Millard Filmore Hospital, the esteemed reed trio had to pull off a performance on the fly. From the hospital to St. Bonaventure, Thomas Gallant (oboe), Jo-Ann Sternberger (clarinet) and Cynde Iverson (bassoon) organized music to create the night’s itinerary. They had some sheet music
If the wind
soloists could pull off a partially unrehearsed
used excellent breathing control and vibrato to perfect the oboe sound in the short movements. For not planning to play the “Metamorphoses,” Gallant performed flawlessly. To complete the first half of the show, the trio played variations on Beethoven’s “La ci darem la Mano” from “Don Giovani.” As a familiar piece, it was easy to listen to. The oboe pierced through the smooth, soft clarinet and bassoon combination. Whether slow, fast or in a minor key, each variation did not stray too far from the original. After taking a few extra minutes at intermission, Sternberger came back with a clarinet solo from the ballet “The ThreeCornered Hat.” Manuel de Falla, the composer, transcribed many works for clarinet and wrote in the style of other artists. His works are slowly becoming common in student clarinetists’ repertoire, Sternberger said. The piece had a Spanish flavor, due to de Falla’s background. Sternberger blew hard into the instrument at first, alarming the audience. Like the oboe soloist, she took breaks to emphasize the played notes. At times, the clarinet sounded like it transformed into a pipe organ. Her fingers moved so fast, it was as though there were hands and feet involved. And then came the real treat — Franz Joseph Haydn’s
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faxed to them. Gallant and Sternberger made the concert intimate, communicating with the medium-sized audience and providing background for the pieces. It would be a spontaneous performance, they said. But if one didn’t know they were missing a player, it would’ve seemed like a regular show. The entire program sounded well-rehearsed. The first song,“Cinq Pièces en Trio” composed by Jacques Ibert was in the original program. Ibert (1890-1962) wrote for every genre, according to the program notes, including seven operas, six symphonic works, three choral works and many songs, concertos and chamber pieces like this one. The piece contained allegro vivo, andantino, allegro assai, andante and allegro quasi marziale, each one varying from fast and lively to moderately slow. For the second piece, Gallant played an oboe solo by Benjamin Britten called “Six Metamorphoses after Ovid.” Of the six, he performed three: Pan, Bacchus and Arethusa. Before starting, he demonstrated different parts from each movement, showing the audience the techniques Britten used in composing. Each movement was as liberal as the other. He took tiny breaks in between runs, letting the notes sink in with the audience. Taking his time, Gallant
The New York Wind Soloists are (from left to right) Elizabeth Mann (who was hospitalized and couldn’t perform), Jo-Ann Sternberger, Thomas Gallant and Cynde Iverson.
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“London Trio No. 1 in C Major” for flute, clarinet and bassoon. But because there was no flute, Gallant attempted to play Mann’s part on the oboe. Although he was sight reading, he didn’t miss a note — or at least he didn’t make it noticeable. The timbre of the oboe is quite different from the delicate one of the flute, but it still worked. For the last song, the trio played “Concert Champêtre” by Henri Tomasi (1901-1971), which
also had a spot on the original program. Tomasi, a French composer, had a career as a conductor, leading orchestras that played works by composers Ravel, Debussy and Wagner as well as his own work, according to the program notes. “Concert Champêtre” is not characteristic of Tomasi’s regular work. It is nostalgic of ancient dance forms, Gallant said. At a certain point in the piece, each instrument played runs of notes. All together, it
Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant, located in Olean, serves delicious meals in a cozy setting.
Ho-Sta-Geh a home run BY MADDY SCHOOLEY Contributing Writer Sopping wet from rain and starving, I stalked into the Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant off of Route 16 in Olean, searching for warmth and food. My eyes met floral-patterned wallpaper and traditional furniture, triggering memories of my grandmother’s house (and it smelled similar as well). A beautiful stone fireplace and a picturesque piano caught my eye. The seating area was very sizeable, and it seemed pristine with its white tablecloths, drapes, and candles. I spotted a waitress and flagged her down, anxious to order as soon as possible. She led me to a small, square table near a row of massive windows allowing me to view the outdoor seating area and gape at the beautiful fall foliage on the hills. Instrumental versions of Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” and “Think of Me” from the Phantom of the Opera played in the background. Pressed flowers were framed and hung around the vast room along with tea kettles and antique milk jugs. The waitress filled my glass and placed menus before me. Cracking one open, I was startled and a little worried. The prices were rather high, and I did not see a lot of vegetarian selections. However, for meat-eaters, the menu boasted exquisite dishes, such as porterhouse steak, filet mignon, veal parmesan and broiled pork chops. There was also an extensive list of seafood: sea scallops, broiled shrimp scampi and broiled lobster tails, just to name a few. I narrowed my choices down to the Ho-StaGeh pasta or the asparagus and mascarpone ravioli, eventually siding with the pasta. I placed my order — choosing a salad over the soup — and soon after the waitress brought out homemade focaccia bread with whipped butter and a mixture of oil and basil to dip it in. The bread was delicious, and as soon as it was gone, my salad arrived. I opted for the house dressing — vinaigrette — which was
sweet and zesty. I engulfed the salad, and my stomach was beginning to feel satisfied from all the bread when my entrée emerged from the kitchen. The waitress laid an enormous white bowl in front of me filled to the brim with linguini, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms and melted asiago cheese. Parsley flakes danced along the rim, inviting me to indulge in this carbohydrate cavalcade. As I took my first bite, I was enchanted. I reveled in the blend of vegetables and cheese and the different textures they provided. Before long, I was too stuffed to eat anymore, so the waitress packed my meal, stating it would make a good lunch for the next day. She brought me the dessert menu, and although hot chocolate and peanut butter pie seemed tempting, I could not possibly hope to fit any more food in my already swollen stomach. I glanced at the check, and a frown fell across my face as I realized I had just spent $16.20 on a bowl of pasta. I rectified the situation by reminding myself how much food I had actually received and how scrumptious it tasted. The Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant provides delectable food, and for those who are 21 and older, there is a bar as well as a widespread wine list. If you are searching for a location for a wedding reception or other large party, you can seat up to 175 people and offer either a buffet or sit-down serving. It is located on Ho-Sta-Geh Road directly off of Route 16, and they are open for dinner from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and reservations are accepted. The Ho-Sta-Geh Restaurant is perfect for those willing to pay an upscale price for incredible food.
Library silent floor acts as campus’ study center BY ELIZABETH GRADY Features Assignment Editor
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sounded like a race, each instrument playing furiously to the end. During the last movement – the tambourin, the bassoon and clarinet blended well while the bubbly oboe took the lead. The trio got a well-deserved standing ovation. If the wind soloists could pull off a partially unrehearsed show, I couldn’t imagine what the planned one could have been like.
Performing well on tests or homework assignments depends on many factors: amount of sleep, nutrition, participation in class and even the study space. Students at St. Bonaventure University have a variety of places to choose from when it comes to studying, including Café La Verna, the Friedsam Memorial Library and the Thomas Merton Center. Many students, like Alex Henry, a sophomore gerontology and theology major, choose their study space based on the noise level. “I usually go to the library first and then to La Verna, because the library is too quiet and La Verna isn’t,” Henry said. “The music at La Verna creates a good vibe. It makes the work fun.” Tianne Parker, freshman biology major, also enjoys the soothing sounds of music while studying. “(The library) is just too quiet; I need a little bit of noise. Sometimes I like to listen to music,” Parker said. On the other hand, some students prefer absolute silence when focusing on their studies. “I like going to the second floor (of the library), by the books,” said Jair Neverson, a freshman psychology major. “I have nowhere else to go. That’s the only place I know I won’t really talk to anyone or bother anyone.” Erik Jones, a library employee and sophomore education major, notices that many students in the library look for the most silent places to study.
“I think (the most common place in the library for students to study) is the quiet floor because the students have no distractions,” Jones said. “It’s the perfect place to kind of get away for a while and focus on your education. No one is bothering you.” Some students find studying in their rooms to be a distraction. “I physically can’t study in my room,” Catriona McDougall, a junior elementary education major, said. “I end up watching TV, calling people or doing anything but studying.” Lined with comfortable oversized couches and dim lighting, the Thomas Merton Center presents an ideal place for some people to study. “I go to the Merton Center only if it’s for a big test or finals week because it’s not too comfortable, and there’s a great studious environment,” Henry said. “It’s balanced.” According to about.com, all students’ study personalities are not the same. Students should choose the right environment for themselves. Students should not only assess the noise level of a space but also their preference of temperature, because too warm of a space can cause people to become sleepy, according to how-to-study.com. According to sophomore international studies major Shannon Weiss, students should set rules that help avoid unnecessary distractions. “Sometimes I go to the library because I can get distracted by Facebook in my room,” Weiss said. “If I really need to focus on something, I’ll leave my computer in my room and go to the silent floor.” email@example.com
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Students share their reasons for attending or not attending Mass on campus BY ALEXANDRA SALERNO Contributing Writer
It’s a well-known fact: there is comfort in numbers. Take, for instance, dinner at the Hickey Dining Hall. It’s intimidating to go alone and eat dinner by yourself. Instead, you invite friends, make plans and go as a group. Robert Donius, vice president for Youth Ministry, likens the same sensation to students attending Catholic Mass on campus. “Some students find Mass intimidating to attend alone,” Donius said. “Just like going to dinner in the Hickey, being in the company of other people can be comforting. That’s why it’s important for students to invite each other to Mass.” Donius has been in the professional church ministry field for 28 years. This is his ninth year at St. Bonaventure. According to Donius, the amount of students that attend the 10:30 mass on Sunday morning averages about 100, and about 120 attend the 7 p.m. service. “The numbers are fairly consistent from each regular week to regular week,” Donius said.”There is a core group for whom weekly attendance is part of their spiritual practice.” Kara Deighan, a freshman undeclared arts major, considers herself a part of that group. Deighan frequents the 7 p.m. service and is a member of the choir. She feels if students could understand the sense of community felt at the University Chapel in Doyle Hall on any given Mass day, they would be more likely to attend. “I choose to go to Mass because I feel a certain comfort there, and to me, it would just not feel right if I didn’t go,” Deighan said. “I’d feel as if I was missing something.”
Father James Vacco, O.F.M., celebrates Mass with a small number of attendees in the University Chapel. Barbara Gallets/The Bona Venture
Some students feel as though the service times are not very accommodating for their Sunday routines. Gabbie Piraino, a senior English and classical languages major, doesn’t feel as if she can fit those Mass times into her schedule. “Back in my hometown, I went to Mass weekly with my family early in the morning, but the times for services here aren’t very accommodating for me,” Piraino said. “After being up late on Saturday, I may sleep in and miss the 10:30 Mass, and then at 7 p.m,. I’m normally doing homework. I think if the time was changed, maybe atten-
dance would go up.” The service times were chosen after students took a survey a few years ago, Donius said. “Students seemed to generally agree on 7 p.m. as a preferred time because it flows with an afternoon schedule,” Donius said. “Students can go to dinner, then Mass, and then get started on the work they need to have finished for Monday. We also have to consider lots of TV shows and sports games that often come on later in the evening.” Some students say they will not attend Mass at all, regardless of the
service times. Mark Ghassibi, a senior biology major, occasionally attended Mass while living at home because his family wanted him to. “It’s a personal choice,” Ghassibi said. “If someone wants to go, they will go.” According to a campus survey taken in November 2009, 63 percent of students who attended Mass on campus found it a “good experience,” and 19 percent of students found it an “excellent experience.” The findings also showed 25 percent of students identified that they “always” attend Mass, 35 percent
identified “occasionally” and 24 percent identified “often.” “Overall, it seemed that many students who were looking for a faith home found one, but there are still many who are not looking,” Donius said. “College can be a stressful time, and attending mass can not only help you grow in spiritual life but make friends in the process. There is also daily Mass and trips to the Mt. Irenaeus for prayer and reflection. The opportunities are here.” Abby Schaaf, a junior special elementary education major, regularly attends the 7 p.m. Mass. She is also involved in Masses as a lector. “Sharing in the Eucharist is a large part of my life,” Schaff said. “I love the community of faith, and I’ve definitely noticed the strength in numbers. The attendance at Mass is currently wonderful, but sadly, it starts to dwindle throughout the year. I personally think that attendance could be better, especially for a Catholic university.” According to Donius, a poll a few years ago said today’s current generation considered “regular practice” as once a month. “We make choices with our time. We are not always busy, but we are just busy with things that we make a priority,” Donius said. “Students need to invite each other. Once you make something a habit or ritual, the more likely you are to keep up with that habit.” Mass is celebrated in the University Chapel each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Refreshments are served after each Mass.
Father Michael Calabria, O.F.M., wears the traditional Franciscan habit while he teaches his Arabic class. Other friars prefer not to wear their habits while teaching in class. Barbara Gallets/The Bona Venture
Why wear the robe?
BY ANGELIA ROGGIE Contributing Writer
When students stroll around campus, their attention cannot help but be directed toward a group of distinctively dressed individuals — the friars of St. Bonaventure University. “The dress makes the man,” said Father James Vacco, O.F.M., an adjunct professor of theology. This tongue-in-cheek statement holds great truth for Bonaventure’s Franciscan friars. The habit, or religious garb, of these men on campus shows the devotion they take in their mission and path of values. The brown robe represents more than just a uniform. It demonstrates the tradition and original ideology of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis had wished to denounce a life of wealth and fortune for a life of poverty and deeper thought of one’s self in relation to the world, Father James said. He adorned the robe, which in the 12th to 13th century, became classified as a poor man’s clothing. These robes were typically made from burlap or dirty sheep skin, further characterizing the color of brown and the ideas of going below society to understand more about oneself and God. Brown was also maintained because the lines of a
back form a cross, and crosses were made of tree bark, which led to brown as a mainstay color, Father James said. The rope of the friar’s outfit has its own symbolic meaning. It was first used to keep the outfit together. But noticing that one would have to knot the rope to fit to their bodies, the friars decided the knots would represent the three vows of their vocation: poverty, chastity, and obedience, Father James explained. Some students wonder if the friar wear is crucially significant to their religious views and why some friars do not wear it consistently. This can be explained in The Rule and the General Constitutions of the Order of Friars Minor. “In accordance with the Rule and the tradition of the Order, the common habit of the Friars Minor consists of a brown tunic with a capuche, and a white cord. The friars are to wear it as a sign of their Franciscan life,” according to the document. However, each individual order has the right to decide when to impose the dress code. For the Franciscan friars of St. Bonaventure, it is the individual’s prerogative to decide when it is appropriate to wear or what is too impeding for the occasion. “I wear my habit when I’m teaching because it speaks to who I endeavor to be first and
foremost of all,” Father Michael Calabria, O.F.M., a lecturer of Arab and Islamic studies, said. “I’m not an instructor first. I’m a friar. I’m teaching at St. Bonaventure because I am a friar. “I also wear my habit when I am ministering — celebrating mass or reconciliation — because my ordination to the priesthood derives from my Franciscan vocation. The priesthood is a ministry I exercise as a friar,” Father Michael said. Students on campus, like Emily Sullivan, freshman English major, does not view the friars differently because of their dress. “They are people just like you and me,” Sullivan said. “Their one form of clothing is not to define them, but to show their religious beliefs.” The friar’s uniform can be seen as the reflection of the goals and thoughts of the Franciscan heritage. “It is a symbol of our commitment,” Father James said. “By wearing the habit, you are publicly professing your responsibility and where your identity lies. It creates, maintains, and reminds us of our Catholic Franciscan tradition. The religious garb let’s everyone know that you are proud of what you are doing, and this is your external symbol of it.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Bona Venture • Oct. 1, 2010
Lil Wayne provides new album amidst incarceration B Y C HRIS G RAHAM Staff Writer
The cast of “Glee” stars in its second season, which airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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Second season of Glee starts off fresh and bright BY ELIZABETH PRAY Contributing Writer Tuesday night marked another highly anticipated episode of “Glee,” the well-known Fox TV show about a ragtag high school glee club, “New Directions.” While many people who tuned in were familiar with the series, it was new to me. Since everybody was talking about how good the first season was, I decided to check it out for myself. It was a little tough for me to follow at first, since a lot of events referenced had happened in the first season. But after a few minutes, I began to grasp the premise of the episode and understand more of it. In this episode, New
Directions was still reeling from their loss at regionals. Hoping to improve their competitive standing, they set out to recruit new members from their high school. They noted the possibility of recruiting two new members: foreign exchange student Sunshine Corazon (Charice Pempengco) and new student Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet). Chaos ensued as they attempted to persuade the two to audition for their club. The episode included multiple dance numbers and the cover of some popular songs, such as “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z as well as Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone.” The actors impressed me
This show does not seem as cliché as most other shows tend to be nowadays. It does not seem like the typical high school show, with predictable plots and recycled characters.This is definitely the show to watch on Tuesday nights.
with their renditions of the songs on “Glee,” as the performers almost sounded like the artists themselves. Their engaging voices and performances made me eager to continue watching the show to see what would happen next. I’m looking forward to watching future episodes, as the characters and performances seem unique. Also, it will be interesting to hear covers of popular songs. This show does not seem as cliché as most other shows tend to be nowadays. It does not seem like the typical high school show, with predictable plots and recycled characters. This is definitely the show to watch on Tuesday nights. It seems I’m not the only one who tuned in to watch the premiere. According to tvbythenumbers.com, viewership was up 50 percent from last year’s premiere, with more than 12 million viewers. This proves the series is definitely popular, and I can see why. There is a lot to catch up on, though, since I still have the entire first season to watch. Still, I recommend this to people who enjoy musical numbers and have an interest in popular music. Glee is just the right mix of comedy and music to entertain the audience. “Glee” airs every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox. firstname.lastname@example.org
While Lil Wayne may still sit in a jail cell for another two months, it is not preventing him from releasing his eighth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being. Lil Wayne recorded this album before he was sentenced to his one-year prison sentence at Rikers Island Correctional Facility; Wayne was sentenced following the discovery of a .40 caliber pistol on his tour bus after a show at the Beacon Theater in New York in 2007, according to a CNN story. This new album provides Lil Wayne fans with just a taste of what the New Orleans emcee has planned for the rap world when he is released from prison on Nov 4. Originally, this album was scheduled to be an EP and only feature a few songs as a sampler for Wayne’s highly anticipated Tha Carter IV album. This plan changed with the amount of music Wayne had recorded, and in an interview with SPIN magazine Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, said that the EP would instead be a full-length album. Bryant also stated that the album would be released digitally to iTunes on Sept. 27 to go along with Lil Wayne’s birthday. The album has a heavy focus on rap and shies away from the rock-style Wayne featured on his last release, Rebirth. Along with the return to a pure rap style, he also brought with him his infamous style of non-sequiturs in his rhymes. He unveils this skill on “That Ain’t Me,” featuring Jay Sean. Wayne raps in reference to Hurricane Katrina: “Try to stay afloat on my inner tube when they turn my city into a swimming pool.” This album, similar to his last few projects, continues to show off the deep musical roster that is Cash Money Records and Young Money Entertainment. Artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Jay Sean, Gudda Gudda, Jae
Lil Wayne’s new album, I Am Not a Human Being, dropped Tuesday despite his current stint in jail. Image courtesy of honeymag.com
Millz and Tyga are all fea- return Wayne to the form tured on the 10-track album. that his fans love him in, The album also is reward- this is just the appetizer to ing the few people who still the main course when he go out to their local record releases Tha Carter IV. store and purchase the CD This album prepares fans copy of the album. The CD for the self-proclaimed version, which will be “Best Rapper Alive” to released on Oct. 12, will return. Wayne provides feature the full-length strong lyrical content and album plus three bonus gets help from producers tracks not found on the like Boi-1da and Kane iTunes version. Beatz to tell his story fully. While this album did The album is worth hearing if have leaks just like any you are a diehard fan that has other album would, it did been waiting to hear new not affect Lil Wayne’s digi- music from Lil Wayne as he tal sales at all. According to finishes his tour of Rikers. iTunes.com, within 18 hours Label mate Drake says it best of its release on Monday, the on his verse in the track album already reached No. 1 “Gonorrhea,” in regard to on the iTunes albums chart what’s to come from Wayne: for Hip-Hop/Rap and “and we about to kill ‘em C4 Overall. This continued the Mr. Carter’s home.” success of the first single, “Right Above It,” featuring Drake, which debuted at No. 6 of the Billboard Hot 100, according to billboard.com. While the album does email@example.com
SNL celebrates 36th season premiere with Poehler BY DEIRDRE SPILMAN Contributing Writer “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” This phrase was uttered for the 583 rd time this past Saturday to start the 36th season of “Saturday Night Live.” SNL alum Amy Poehler graced studio 8H in Rockefeller Center along with musical guest Katy Perry. I tuned in, expecting a good show. I know I was not the only one because the ratings were 15 percent higher than last year’s premiere according to tvbythenumbers.com. The night started off with a somewhat-funny sketch, based on Delaware politician Christine O’Donnell and her supposed past with witchcraft and her religious ideas. As the public learned through the years, the folks at SNL are definitely not afraid to express their political views. However, after the opening credits and Poehler’s introduction, it could only get better. Her monologue started off with a few fairly funny jokes, good but not great. It was somewhat painful to watch because I knew that she could do so much better. Thankfully, she then flipped the switch. She started talking about when she was a member of the cast and how she would always have stress dreams the night before the show. In a scene similar to those of “The Twilight Zone,”
we got to experience the dream along with her. SNL favorite Justin Timberlake was seen telling her that she is a bad kisser while fellow alum, Rachel Dratch, was attacked by a polar bear. Possibly the funniest part of this whole sequence was when Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers exclaimed, “They’re back, they’re back!” Unsure of whom he was referring to, we saw the former Update duo of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey harassing fellow former anchor Amy Poehler. Cut to commercial, and viewers were still in awe. I was unsure of what I had just witnessed. It was like a “Saturday Night Live” family reunion that set the bar so high, it could not have been topped if the Pope hosted with Michael Jackson resurrected as the musical guest. Up next there was a segment about two ladies who hosted a talk show titled “Bronx Beat.” Suddenly, Poehler was greeted by another alum, Maya Rudolph. The two started off their familiar sketch with heavy Bronx accents, complaining about their kids and current bed bug infestations in their area. After the gripe session, the ladies brought out a character, played by musical guest Katy Perry. “Sesame Street” viewers will not be able to see her guest appearance taped for an upcoming episode because it
Amy Poehler hosted Saturday Night Live’s premiere last week, which featured musical guest Katy Perry. Image courtesy of fatbackmedia.com
was cut. Katy shot a scene with everyone’s favorite red monster, Elmo. She sang an age-appropriate song to Elmo to the tune of her hit, “Hot N’ Cold,” while wearing a bright green dress and a floral veil. However, if you were older than the recommended viewing age, you would have noticed that something about Katy was different from all of Elmo’s other friends. Many parents reacted to her outfit, saying her dress was too
revealing, sending her scene to the editing room floor. Katy Perry would not be Katy Perry if she had let this go quietly. When she walked onto the set of Bronx Beat, she was wearing a T-shirt with Elmo’s head on it, trimmed to reveal what she had already been reprimanded for. So much controversy and it was only the second sketch of the night. A few sketches, a lot of commercial breaks and a digital short later, and it was
time for Weekend Update. Weekend Update is a spoof of a regular nightly news segment that has a quick oneliner after every topic with guests who have a tendency to drop in at the right moment. One guest who has stopped in on multiple occasions is cast member Fred Armisen doing his impression of New York Gov. David Paterson, which over-exaggerates Paterson’s blindness and unique personality. This is usually good for a laugh, but the joke was taken to another level when the real Gov. Paterson stopped by. He was able to make fun of himself, and he even talked about St. Bonaventure alumnus and current New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, saying, “A businessman from Buffalo? What is he, a hunter or a gatherer?” Besides the sketch-comedy aspect of the show, Perry sang two songs off her new album: her summer hit, “California Gurls,” along with her current chart topper, “Teenage Dream.” The musical performances on SNL are usually on a simple set, consisting of the artist or band and their equipment, in hopes to focus on the act’s talent. Katy Perry deviated from the norm, bringing along with her a life-like replica of the game “Candy Land.” The performance was different from what her audiences are used to because the song features a few rap verses from fellow Californian Snoop Dogg. Without
him, she had some time to do some riffing in between verses. To put it nicely, his presence would have been welcomed so she would not have tried so hard. Unlike previous premieres, long-time cast member Will Forte was absent because he left the show to pursue a more serious film career. In addition to this loss, featured player Jenny Slate left after only one season. With these losses came four new featured players: Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah. Pharoah stands out more than the rest; this was obvious by all of the screen time he got this past weekend on his inaugural show. He is a stand-up comedian from Virginia known for doing spot-on impressions of celebrities, which seems to be the reason he was hired. He stopped by Weekend Update to perform his impersonation of Will Smith. If you had closed your eyes while watching, you would have thought you were listening to the Fresh Prince himself. I hope this premiere has set the standard for what is to come this season. It set the bar high, and if you watched and liked what you saw, tune in tomorrow night (10 p.m., NBC) to see host Bryan Cranston and musical guest Kanye West. firstname.lastname@example.org
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McKenna claims back-to-back A-10 honors
B Y K YLE Z AMIARA Contributing Writer
After competing at the Cornell Invitational in Ithaca, N.Y. a week ago, the golf team takes a weekend off before heading to Midlothian,Va. Oct. 11-12 for the Richmond Intercollegiate. Sophomore Brian McKenna, a repeat pick for Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week, said he thinks his team will head into some difficult competition come Columbus Day weekend. “It’s probably going to be one of our tougher fields that we play against,” McKenna said. “I’ve never played the course there, so it’ll be interesting to see how we do, but we shouldn’t expect anything less than placing top three overall.” Last weekend, the team traveled to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course to play in
the Cornell Invitational. The team finished in 12th place out of 14 teams after the first day of play. “We struggled in the first round, but I think each round we shot better,” McKenna said. “We shot 293 in the final round, which is real solid.” The team finished in sixth place overall, posting the second-best team score during the final round. Binghamton won the title with a team total of 868, finishing 35 strokes ahead of the Bonnies and 13 strokes ahead of runner-up Columbia. “We really have been coming together and playing well,” McKenna said. “I was happy with how I played and how the team played as well.” McKenna led the team with a total of 221, tied for 11th overall. Junior Kevin Lewis and senior Kris Boyes rounded out
the scoring for the Bonnies with Lewis tying for 16th place overall and Boyes placing 40th. “It’s pretty tough,” McKenna said. “I’ve played two tournaments there, and I played really bad, so I wanted to come back and redeem myself.” McKenna was named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week after the tournament for the second consecutive week for his efforts at Cornell. However, McKenna said the team comes first in his mind and they have specific expectations to finish up the season. “We go into each tournament looking to win. Sometimes that’s not the case, though,” McKenna said. “(A) top-three (finish) is what we’re looking to do each week.” email@example.com
Brian McKenna finished in a tie for 11th place at the Cornell Invitational last weekend.
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Outlaws, Legends face first road tests Women’s Rugby
Men’s Rugby BY ANTHONY DONISI Staff Writer The men’s rugby team heads to central New York to play Syracuse tomorrow, beginning its three-game road trip to conclude the regular season. The Outlaws (1-2) lost to Sy-
racuse (3-0) last year, 25-12. The Hammerheads extended their regular season win streak to eight last Saturday, as they defeated Binghamton, 36-31. The two-time defending league champions average more than 44 points per game, as opposed to the Outlaws’ 24.
“They stick to their game plan of field position and relentless pressure,” coach Clarence Picard said. “That can wear on you if you aren’t physically or mentally prepared.” Picard said he hopes the team can step up its defensive mentality and stay focused against the No. 2 Division I club team in the nation. “We look at defense as our strength,” Picard said. “If we can keep the ball in their end of the field, I’m fully confident that we can stop them.” The team defeated Albany Saturday at Rob Peraza Field, 51-5, during Family Weekend. With the conclusion of its home schedule, the men finished on the right track, Picard said. “We really re-focused ourselves mentally last week,” Picard said. “We did the little things you need to do to be successful, like rucking and tackling properly, making good decisions and working as hard as possible for 80 minutes.” Picard said he made a couple of changes that may stay in effect for the remainder of the season. His hopes are the Outlaws can keep playing the same way they did last weekend. “As we were making some changes in the lineup, guys woke up and realized we are serious about changing the way things are going,” Picard said. “The amount of focus and effort in practice and the match skyrocketed. This was a big week for guys, not only because of Family Weekend, but also because it was the seniors’ last home match.”
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BY T.J. DONALDSON Staff Writer After improving its record to 20 with a win over SUNY Oswego last weekend, the women’s rugby team will play its first road game of the season against SUNY Geneseo at noon tomorrow. “It might pump us up more being on the road because we are the challengers, and on the ride out we can bond as a team,” sophomore Jennifer Thomas said. Geneseo enters the game at 11 after losing to Niagara 41-0 last Saturday. “We expect good competition from a strong offensive team,”
Niagara is the only other undeThomas said. The Legends won 17-5 over feated team in the New York Oswego at Rob Peraza Field State Rugby Conference (NYSept. 25. Sophomores Katie SRC) West Division III. They Wissman and Kayla O’Keefe have outscored opponents 80scored tries, as well as senior 36. The two teams meet on the last week of the season on Oct. 16 Kirsten Norrell. “We expected Oswego to be at Niagara. real good competition, but they The regular season is five were smaller than we expected games long, and the state playoffs begin Oct. 23. but really fast,” Thomas said. St. Bonaventure has only given “We are going in with the attiup five points in its two games, tude that we will win our next while tallying 32 points. three games and go far at states,” “We’re coming together really Thomas said. well,” Thomas said. “We have a lot of new girls, and we communicate well on the field and all email@example.com want to win.”
The undefeated women’s rugby team will travel to play SUNY Geneseo tomorrow.
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— Junior Manuela Marin-Salcedo won the championship after defeating Molly Montgomery of Holy Cross (8-1), Jana Luste of NJIT (8-3), and Sonia Tsay of Hofstra (8-3). — Sophomore Amanda Palikunnel defeated NJIT’s Martina Tripcovici (8-2) and Long Island’s Taysha Blessington (8-5) before losing to Tsay (8-1) in the semifinals.
— Senior Maria Barousse defeated Kristina Chao of Sacred Heart (8-0) before losing to Zellie Pfeiffer of Long Island (8-0) in the D bracket quarterfinals.
Riley Archer and freshman Meredith Haggerty defeated Michelle Aptekin and Kristin Legenza of Sacred Heart (8-5) before losing to Katie Francazio and Irma Rodriguez-Lockwood of Bryant (8-6) in the Courage Doubles quarterfinals.
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A-10 conference schedule kicks off today BY SAM WILSON Assistant Sports Editor Dayton (8-2 in 2010) The defending Atlantic 10 tournament and regular-season champion Flyers enter the 2010 season with the league’s best non-conference record. Sophomore midfielder Colleen Williams, already a two-time conference Player of the Week, leads the team with 21 points on eight goals and five assists. Of the team’s eight victories, five have been shutouts, including four by senior goalkeeper Lisa Rodgers.
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The 49ers, who lost to Dayton in the 2009 conference finals, won four of their last five non-conference games. Junior midfielder Macky Wingo and senior forward Whitney Weinraub are tied for the team lead with eight points on three goals and two assists apiece. Wingo registered two goals and an assist in last weekend’s wins over High Point and Francis Marion, earning Co-Player of the Week honors in the final week of non-conference play.
Freshman forward Renee Washington, last week’s Rookie of the Week, leads the Explorers in goals (seven) and points (16), ranking third in the conference in both statistics. Sophomore goalie Gabby Pakhtigian has played every minute of the team’s 11 games, registering two shutouts. The Explorers open the season tonight in Cincinnati against Xavier.
The preseason poll predicted Xavier to win just three games in 2010, but the Musketeers have already eclipsed that mark with four in the non-conference slate, defeating Butler, Bowling Green, Mercer and Western Carolina. Indianapolis native and junior forward Jessica Brooks’ four goals and eight points lead the team.
George Washington (6-3) The Colonials ride a fourgame winning streak into their home conference opener against Temple this afternoon at Mount Vernon Field. Undefeated at home, George Washington has had goals from seven different players, led by sophomore forward Adriana Moya’s three. Goaltenders Lindsey Rowe, a junior, and Bridget Mahon, a senior, have combined for three shutouts. Temple (5-5) The Owls have split their non-conference schedule, going 2-2 at home and 3-3 on the road. Sophomore forward Kate Yurkovic has three of the team’s game-winning goals and five goals total, with three assists. Her sister, junior midfielder Alicia, sits third with 12 points on four goals and four assists. Junior forward Niki Conn leads the team with 16 points (six goals and four assists) this season. Fordham (4-6)
La Salle’s Renee Washington is third in the A-10 with 16 points.
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Freshman defender Kaitlyn Carballeira scored her first career goal Sunday in a shutout win against Army and won CoRookie of the Week honors with La Salle’s Renee Washington. The Rams started 3-0 but proceeded to lose consecutive games to St. John’s, Hofstra, Columbia, Long Island, Miami (Fla.) and Florida Atlantic before the Army win. Before the season, conference coaches voted the Rams third in the preseason poll.
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Duquesne (3-5-1) The Dukes look to halt a three-game losing streak Saturday night in Pittsburgh against the Bonnies. Duquesne won three of four games starting Aug. 27, including two in the Dukes Classic, but has lost consecutive overtime games to Niagara (in double overtime), Ball State and Navy. Senior midfielder Kristin Vinicky’s three goals and seven points lead the team. Richmond (3-5-1) The Spiders have just six goals on the season, and freshman forward Becca Wann supplied four of them. Wann, from Chesterfield, Va., also leads the team with eight points. Junior goalkeeper Melissa Pacheco has two of the team’s three shutouts. The Spiders open the conference season against Saint Joseph’s, the fourth of a sixgame home stand.
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Massachusetts (3-6) Former Northeastern coach Ed Matz leads the Minutewomen in his first year at the helm. Senior midfielder Therese Smith and junior forward Deanna Colarossi lead the Minutewomen with four goals each, while Smith lead the team with 10 points. Sophomore goalie Emily Cota has started all but one game this year, posting two shutouts. Saint Joseph’s (3-6) With eight goals and 17 points in nine games, junior forward Jen Pfeiffer leads the Hawks into the A-10 season. Freshman forward Mo Haw-
kins, a Philadelphia native, sits second with three goals and 11 points. The only coach in the program’s history, Jess Reynolds, returns for her 10th year with the team. Saint Louis (1-4-5) The Billikens tied half of their 10 non-conference games. No other conference team has more than one. In all five ties, both teams failed to score a goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Walsh has six shutouts, playing in all 10 games. Sophomore midfielder Alli Reimer scored
two of the team’s three goals and registered four of seven team points. Rhode Island (0-7-1) The Rams remain winless entering conference play. With three goals and seven points, senior midfielder Kaylen Shimoda leads the team in both categories. The Oakville, Ontario, native made the 2009 AllAtlantic 10 second team and was an honorable mention the year before. firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Burton impresses in final campaign B Y D AULTON S HERWIN Contributing Writer
This year, senior captain Jimmy Burton qualified for the NCAA Northeast Regionals after the first race of the season at the Duquesne Duals Sept. 4. In three races this season, he has set a personal best, finishing with a time of 26:47 last weekend at the Little Three Invitational in Buffalo. Burton, a Buffalo native, started cross country as a walk-on his freshman year. With a little experience, he improved by the
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end of the season. “That whole year was a lot of learning,” Burton said. “By the end of the year, I was the fastest person on the team.” Burton had no intention of ever qualifying for regionals and wasn’t sure if he could make it. “After my first race, I ran a 33minute time,” Burton said. “My goal then was to break 30 (minutes). If you asked me if I would I be running in the 26s, I probably would have laughed.” During his sophomore and junior year, Burton posted a new personal best each race.
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“I worked hard and tried to improve my time every race,” Burton said. “This year, being the captain, I’m trying to lead by example: Work and get faster.” Coach Bob Macfarlane acknowledged Burton’s great work ethic and his ability to never give up. “He has gone beyond my expectations,” Macfarlane said. “He is willing to put in the time and effort while never having an excuse.” Burton finished eighth overall at the Little Three Invitational as the Bonnies placed third in the event.
The Bonnies will compete at the Paul Short Invitational today in Bethlehem, Pa. Burton will compete Nov. 13 in Madison, Conn., for the NCAA Northeast Regional. With regionals a little more than a month away, Burton is taking each race as preparation and an opportunity to get better in his last season. “It’s about running the best race I can and getting the fastest time,” Burton said. “It’s something I can look back on.”
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Senior Jimmy Burton will compete in Bethlehem, Pa. today.
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Markert leads SBU defense
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BY SAM WILSON Assistant SportsEditor
Bring football pride to SBU It’s Saturday, and college campuses are buzzing. What’s special about a Saturday for college students? Saturday represents college football and a chance for students to cheer on their favorite Ryan team to an upset or a predicted victory. Lazo Now a Saturday at Bona’s is clearly different than one at most other colleges. Bona students spend most of their time in the dorms watching nationally televised college football games. Walk down a dorm hallway, and you’ll hear students scream as their favorite team scores a touchdown or falls behind in the game. Now imagine if all this passion from the students can be geared to our own team. For monetary reasons the St. Bonaventure football program announced it would end play in 1952, according to university archives. A group of students petitioned the ruling and wanted a Club Football team, but that dream died in 1968. Not having a football team for monetary reasons is an understandable one during the time they canceled the program. In modern times, however, a football team can generate large amounts of money, even if the team is not in the upper echelon of the sport. When I visited Ithaca College, the tour guide brought us out to the football field and proudly bragged, “Ithaca versus Cortland is the only Division III football game that you can bet on in Vegas.” That’s right. A Division III school not only has enough funds to field a team but also puts a good enough product on the field to be bet on in Las Vegas. If Ithaca can achieve that amount of fan support, just think of the support a Bona’s football team can receive. The men’s basketball team generates mass interest on campus. Students even get excited for the pep rally in November. Last year during our A-10 first round playoff game, duquesnedukes.yuku.com, a Duquesne fan message board, had this to say about our enormous fan support: “The wheels are falling off. The Reilly Center sounds like Cameron Indoor on my radio broadcast.” For those of you who don’t know, Cameron Indoor is home to the Duke Blue Devils, and their fans are known as the “Cameron Crazies” for the way they cheer on their team. St. Bonaventure fans are also passion ate about their team, constantly updat ing the Bonnies Bandwagon message board with information about possible new recruits. Now, if you added football to the mix, fans would be ecstatic. Adding a football team would instantly provide a rival for the University at Buffalo football team, the Bulls. A game between the two would increase travel between Buffalo and Olean, bringing revenue to the school and local businesses. Olean and Allegany residents, proud supporters of Bonnies’ athletic teams, would be out in force to follow a football team. The spirit fans show in the Reilly Center would be brought to the football field giving our team the 12th man effect. It would be a home field advantage like no other. Bring football back to St. Bonaventure and increase school pride and funds in the process.
Ryan Lazo is the assistant news editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is email@example.com.
When the Bonnies open the Atlantic 10 Conference season tomorrow against Duquesne in Pittsburgh, they’ll rely on senior Nicole Markert between the pipes to lead a young defense. Assistant coach Rebecca Capinera, who works primarily with goalies, said Markert has helped a unit that
starts three freshmen, defenders Courtney Hoenicke, Jordan Calabria and Taylor Broderick. “In times when we’ve needed a leader back there, she’s been able to step up and give us that experience,” Capinera said. Markert, a math major, made last season’s A-10 Academic All-Con ference and All-Tournament teams, and earned CoSIDA/ESPN the
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Senior goalkeeper Nicole Markert records a save against Niagara.
Magazine Academic District I Second Team honors. “Nicole is our ideal student-athlete for our program,” Capinera said. “She’s a great kid. She’s a hard worker. She consistently strives to get better.” Last week, the conference named Markert Co-Player of the Week after her third shutout of the season against Niagara. Markert, a Russell, Ohio native, said she appreciated the award but deflected credit to her teammates. “I was excited to win the award because it is always nice to be recognized by the conference, but a lot of credit goes to my defense, who has done a great job not letting the teams get shots off,” Markert said. In 540 minutes over seven games, the Bonnies defense has needed just 11 saves from its leader. Only five shots have found their way past Markert. “Shutouts are always great because it’s a representation that we did not lose our focus and we fought for the full 90 minutes,” Markert said. “But we can’t focus so much on getting them that when a team does score we put our heads down and lose our confidence.” Coach Manoj Khettry has split the other 360 minutes in net so far between sophomore Kathryn Kerkman and freshman Megan Junker. “Splitting time with Megan Junker is a great motivator because it makes both of us compete to be our best and work harder each day in practice,” Markert said. In Sunday’s road match against Siena, Markert made two first-half saves but allowed Siena’s Ashleigh Barone to find the net on a rebound
of Caitlin Calahan’s shot in the 13th minute. Junker played the second half but the undefeated Saints (8-0) held on for the 1-0 win. Capinera said the team uses the rotation to try to get the best from each player. “Goalkeeping is all about consistency, and it’s a matter of who’s playing well on that particular day, just as any other position,” Capinera said. The Bonnies open their conference schedule Saturday night at 7:30 at Duquesne (3-5-1). “(Duquesne is) just a tough team,” assistant coach Kerry O’Malley said. “They’re physical. They’re usually pretty direct.” As their travel partner, the Dukes will often play the same team before or after the Bonnies do. “Whoever we play on Friday, they’ll play on Sunday. Whoever they’ll play on Friday, we’ll play on Sunday,” O’Malley said. “They’re always very motivated to play us.” Markert said the arrival of conference games won’t change the team’s approach very much. “We will have to battle a little harder and fight a little more, but our focus has been playing posses sion soccer, and we will continue to do this and get better at it each game,” Markert said. “(Coach) Manoj did a good job of setting up non-conference games to resemble upcoming conference games, so we need to just keep fighting and doing the little things that make us who we are.”
Bonnies tune up for A-10 slate BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor The men’s soccer team faces two final tune-ups this weekend before embarking on the grind of Atlantic 10 Conference play next week. The Bonnies (3-4) are in Buffalo today for a 7 p.m. matchup with Canisius (0-5-1) before returning home for a 2 p.m. Sunday showdown with Niagara (1-5-1). The Brown and White are unbeaten (7-0-1 combined) against both the Griffins and Purple Eagles since 2006. Coach Mel Mahler said the team is eager to get back on the field after having nine days off to re-energize following a 4-0 loss to NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate At hletics) foe Houghton last Wednesday, but is not taking its rivals lightly despite their records. “When we play (the) Big 4, you just throw the records out,” Mahler said. “There’s a competitive nature to these two games that’s going to be similar to conference play, so I think they’re two matches that are going to provide us that intense competitiveness that we’ll see in conference play.” Mahler said senior goalkeeper David Flynn will return Friday after serving a two-game suspension for “team policy issues.” The team is still experimenting with lineup combinations, and Mahler said several young players could get significant playing time. “We’re still moving some guys in and around a little bit and just trying to look at some different combinations,” Mahler said. “We have some versatility, but one way or another there’s going to be a fair amount of first-year players (anywhere from three to seven) on the field.”
In the team’s loss to Houghton, the Bonnies registered 29 shots — including 10 on goal — but none found the back of the net. Mahler was pleased with the scoring opportunities but said they came at the expense of defensive concentration. Houghton scored four goals, all on set pieces; two off long throwins and two off corner kicks. “We just made a few mistakes and didn’t have the matchups we should have, due to personnel, that prevented us from taking care of those issues,” Mahler said. “We tried every which way to score. I thought our efforts were great … it was just one of those nights.” Although the Highlanders’ four goals came on just seven shots, Mahler said he didn’t put any blame on senior Shane Nolan, who started at goalkeeper the last two games in place of Flynn. “It’s a situation where if you’re not an experienced goalkeeper, getting to all those serves is a challenge,” Mahler said. “In all fairness to Shane, we didn’t really have the time to train for all of that. I thought he played quite well, but his supporting cast around him needed to do better.” Mahler added he never assumed the game would be an automatic win. “(Houghton is) a very good team; I don’t care what level they play at,” he said. “I knew that it was going to be a very competitive match. They were just flying everywhere; playing a Division I program on their home field, and they were just getting after it.” Mahler said the team has been focusing on defending in practice this week, especially in its own penalty box. “We need to be more physical, we need to be more aggressive, we need to do a better job of matching up
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Freshman Emmett O’Connor heads the ball against Cleveland St. with players and just being more of a physical force around our own goal,” Mahler said. “We have to have the mentality that this is our home and we need to protect it.” Despite the loss to Houghton, Mahler said the layoff allowed the team to rest and motivate itself, adding he believes the team’s fortunes are heading in the right direction. “This has been a good time to heal some nagging injuries; I think at we
time we had six, seven guys out with one thing or another,” he said. “I like how we’re playing. I’m encouraged by how we’re playing. It’s too bad we had to wait so long. We really (wanted) to get back out and play someone the next day.”
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Burton posted a personal best time of 26:47 last Saturday at the Little Three Invitational at Delaware Park in Buffalo. He has already qualified for the NCAA Northeast Regional Nov. 13 in Madison, Conn.
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Quote of the Week “When we play (the) Big 4, you just throw the records out.” Men’s soccer coach Mel Mahler on this weekend’s games against Canisius and Niagara.