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Cuomo bests Bona alumnus
GOP take the house, while Dems retain Senate
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Michelle McKernan, SGA president, left, and Sarah Murphy, secretary, right, lead discussions on Clare College problems.
SGA discusses Clare College BY MARK BELCHER Staff Writer The Clare College Curriculum Committee (CCCC) members discussed the relevance and importance of Clare College courses Tuesday at the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting. David DiMattio, dean of Clare College, told SGA members and a crowd of around 25 students about the CCCC’s mission and gleaned student feedback on Clare College classes. “The Faculty Senate charged us to find out if the four core courses make sense to offer and to make sure that students will have had a similar experience at graduation,” he said. “We are asking the question if our students are getting a meaningful liberal (arts) education in this curriculum.” Currently, Clare College has 12 required classes equaling 36 credits. “Compared to other col leges, we’re in the middle,” DiMattio said “The highest I’ve seen is 75 required liberal arts credits.” Students questioned cours es that could be offered and what might be changed. The committee’s response to most was that concerns would be addressed, but it was too early to say what would be changed. DiMattio said the committee was looking into complaints about non-uniformity, the number of classes taken and renumbering of courses to look differently on a transcript. “I don’t like when students think this is such a bad thing,” he said. Several students came out to show they felt Clare College is a negative aspect of a Bonaventure education. “I feel like Clare classes are a huge waste of time and money … it hugely stifles intelligent freedom,” Senior Paul Hakel said. Junior Cody Mangalsingh held a similar opinion. “I feel like I would have a 4.0 (GPA) without the Clares. I have all ‘A’ grades except for an ‘F’ in a (Clare) class,” he said. While some students opposed Clare courses, several students contested their opinions. “I’ve realized that you can’t always focus on your major, because if you do, when you graduate, that’s
all you know how to do,” one SGA member said. SGA president Michelle McKernan agreed. “I loved every one of my Clare courses, minus Natty World (Clare 102) and that’s only because science and I don’t get along,” she said. Hakel also said he felt the credits weren’t transferrable. “I work in the admissions office twice a week and give tours on a regular basis,” said Sophomore class Secretary Robbie Chulick. “It is a part of tour that we talk about Clare College curriculum.” A recent transfer student defended elective transferring. “I was advised to take several classes before coming to St. Bonaventure, and they all transferred in. These classes are what makes Bonaventure, Bonaventure,” Cory Gogola said. Hakel and Mangalsingh would like to see the classes removed from St. Bona venture requirements. “Clare College — the way we have it done — is required for us to be an accredited university … if you don’t have a program like this, you’re a trade school, and that’s not what St. Bonaventureis,”Mike Kaplan, student CCCC repre sentative, said. Nothing is finalized yet, and student opinions can still have an effect on possible changes, said DiMattio. “Students weren’t content with the program because it had been too long since we had made real change. Clare College is increasing in efficiency with every change made now,” Kaplan said. “I truly believe everyone is doing the best they can.” The Faculty Senate wants Clare to have a full-fledged working model of the changes by the end of next year. “It’s not just about getting through something.” CCCC member Brother Ed Coughlin, O.F.M., said. “It’s about getting an education that allows you to be a critical thinker,” “A goal of Clare College is to let everyone accomplish the same goals,” Kaplan said. “Clare College courses are what allows my experience as a biology major relatable to your major on graduation day. It is something we all share for a lifetime as St. Bonaventure students.” email@example.com
Andrew Cuomo won the New York governorship over alumnus Carl Paladino, ‘68, with 61 percent of the vote on Tuesday, cnn.com reported. Josiah Lambert, associate professor of political science, said the results of the gover nor race did not surprise him. “The only thing I was surprised by was how big the landslide was,” he said. Senior Brad Russell didn’t think Paladino had a chance to win because of his recent transgressions, such as threatening New York Post reporter Fred Dicker in September. “There’s a lot of people who live in this state, and he turned people off by talking in a way that’s unbecoming of being governor,” he said. “Certainly, a governor’s someone a lot of people will have to go to for help, and he demonstrated that he wouldn’t want to help a lot of people.” Junior Spencer Timkey, who supported Paladino, said Cuomo has the political experience that will help him in office. “I know (Cuomo’s) got a reputation (of being) brutally vicious … He’s kind of mean and nasty,” he said. “I like some of his ideas, not to say he won’t do a good job. He’s been in the game a long, long time.” Republican Tom Reed also defeated Democrat Matt Zeller by 10 percent in the 29th Congressional District, according to the Associated
Press. He will occupy Eric Massa’s seat through January when he will begin his full term. Lambert said the 29th district is traditionally Republican, and it was surprising Massa won the last election. “(Tom Reed) seems to be a party man,” Lambert said. “He’s already shown he will follow the Republican lead ership by what he said.” Democrats lost control of the House to Republicans, who walked away with 239 seats out of the total 435, according to the Associated Press. Democrats previously held 245 seats. Timkey said this political shift will set a balance in Washington. “I definitely think the House is going to start putting the Obama administration and the rest of the Democrats in check,” he said. “I think you’ll see a lot more of the pro posed Obama bills, like health care, the health care bill might be repealed.” Lambert disagreed, saying the health care bill will be secure for at least two more years. “They’re going to huff and puff and make a lot of noise, and the public’s going to say, ‘Enough already,’ We’ve already been through this,’” he said. Maybe they can cut the funding. Maybe they figure in two years they can repeal it. They’ll have to win the presi dency and the Senate.” Lambert said the public overanalyzes the election and doesn’t see a quick solution to the nation’s problems. “My interpretation of
what’s going on right now isn’t with the parties or with Congress. The problem’s with the American public,” he said. “We want it all, and we don’t want to pay for it. We want to have the largest defense budget in the world, and we want tax cuts, and we don’t want a deficit. You don’t need much more than a third-grade education in arithmetic to know that that
doesn’t add up, but that’s what Americans want. “First, the Republicans couldn’t deliver on it, and they got voted out. Then the Dem ocrats couldn’t deliver on it, and they got voted out. Now Republicans and Democrats working against each other won’t be able to work it out either.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Democrat Andrew Cuomo, New York governor., won the election over Republican Carl Paladino with 61 percent of the vote.
Four alums named trustees New alums on board of trustees William Collins ‘76
Joseph DeMario ‘79
Marvin Stocker ‘65
Lynda Goldstein Wilhelm ‘’86 Images courtesy of www.sbu.edu
BY RYAN LAZO Assistant News Editor St. Bonaventure University announced four of the five newest members of the board of trustees are alumni in an Oct. 20 news release. The new members for the 2010 fiscal year are Marvin Stocker, ‘65, William M. Collins, ‘76, Joseph A. DeMaria, ‘79, Lynda Goldstein Wilhelm, ‘86, and Bharat Kohli, M.D. The board of trustees is the governing body of the university and oversees difficult decisions that may have to be made. It is broken into different committees that focus on certain aspects of the university, according to sbu.edu. For example, there are committees that focus entirely on the issues of enrollment, athletics and marketing. The committees are then expected to report their findings on a quarterly basis. Thomas Buttafarro Jr., director of operations, said the importance of the trustees to the university makes the selec tion process difficult. “Potential candidates are nominated by members of the trustees,” he said. “The trustees then look into their background and schedule interviews with each of the nominees. The inter view process is where a nominee distinguishes himself as someone who can help better the uni versity in any way possible.” Buttafarro said there are certain qualifications each candidate must meet before they are nominated. “The most important aspect is
the candidate must be a distinguished member of the community,” he said. “They do not need to be alumni, however, most times we see alumni are likely to want to help the university in this capacity. The board also wants to have diversity by having members of different fields and thereby expertise. It is why it was great to have Dr. Kohli aboard as he brings an expertise we did not have.” Collins expressed his gratitude for being chosen as a member of the trustees in an e-mail. “I was delighted and flattered,” he wrote. “I cannot think of any greater honor than being asked to serve one’s alma mater as a trustee.” Lynda Wilhelm was automatically selected as the member of the trustees for her involvement as president of the National Alumni Association Board but also expressed her gratitude for being given the chance. “I am honored to be sitting at the table with some very smart, successful people, many of whom are graduates of St. Bonaventure,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I am also honored to serve Sister Margaret, whom I consider a dynamic and inspiring leader.” Wilhelm is delighted to have the opportunity to help future St. Bonaventure graduates. “As a board member, I am energized by the idea of finding ways to continue the St. Bonaventure legacy for new generations in a very challeng ing and changing academic
environment that we are currently experiencing in the U.S,” she wrote. Collins expressed his amazement of the work Sister Margaret completes each day and also wants to help put his mark on the university in terms of enrollment. “I’m thoroughly impressed with the extremely high level of competence and passion demonstrated every day by Sister Margaret, her team and the trustees,” he wrote. “Our number one challenge is enrollment, so I want to do whatever I can to contribute in that area.” Collins wrote the decision to accept his nomination for being one of the newest trustees was easy. “St. Bonaventure is the foundation on which I have built a successful life,” he wrote. “I received a fantastic education here which propelled me into my career, I met my wife of 30 years here and most of my friends in life are Bonnies. When Sister Margaret called, it truly was a call to come home, and I gladly accepted.” Buttafarro said it is the com mitment of these men and women who make St. Bonaventure a remarkable place. “Our trustees are committed and active, as there is always high attendance at our board meetings,” he said. “The desire they have to make this university the best it can be is unparalleled, and we should be thankful for them being here.” email@example.com
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SBU reacts to Four Loko dangers BY RYAN LAZO Assistant News Editor
Univeristy administrators are forumulating plans to curb excessive use of Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink. Four Loko is blamed fornumerous college-aged students’ trips to the hospital. Students are attracted to the alcoholic content and its relatively low price, according to multiple media outlets. AOL news released a report Nov. 1 concerning nine Skidmore College students who were taken to the hospital after consuming Four Loko. Brandon M. Coburn, director of Health Services, said students are not aware of the type of punch the beverage contains and consume the beverage at a dangerous rate. “I have studied the effects of Four Loko because of the attention it has been receiving, and it is an extremely potent beverage,” he said. “It is a 23-ounce beverage, which, depending on what brand of beer you’re comparing it to, contains four to six beers of alcohol, and on top of that, it is loaded with caffeine.” Coburn said it’s the drink’s caffeine that gives people the illusion they are not drunk when they actually are. “There is definitely danger during the early stages of intoxication caused by consuming Four Loko,” he said. “The senses are heightened because of the caffeine instead of the depressant feeling a person who is drinking beer may feel.” Shane Flanagan, a fresh-
man, said he does not think the drink deserves as much publicity as it is receiving. “It’s my personal belief that it is not as dangerous as people are making it out to be,” he said. “To me it’s more a case of a person not being responsible and knowing when to stop.” Coburn said Four Loko’s cheap price at only $2.99 a can, along with its youthinspired marketing, makes it a popular item of choice for college students. “Compare Four Loko to Rockstar and Monster,” he said. “They all have the same type of design, except Four Loko has 12 percent of alcohol in its contents. Four Loko also sells for only $3 which is either right on par or cheaper than the other energy drinks.” Nichole Gonzalez, executive director of residential living and chief judicial officer, said the university is looking into ways to stop the consumption of Four Loko without banning it. “I look at it in these terms: The majority of our students are not 21 years of age, anyway, so they should not possess any form of alcohol as per the code of conduct,” she said. “I also do not believe in banning things because it tends to make the banned product more popular than before, so we are instead focusing our efforts on education.” Coburn will visit each University 101 class with a PowerPoint lesson on alcoholic energy drinks, such as Four Loko, as part of the education process. “I believe the best way to
Psychology Club seeks interested grad students
The Psychology Club and Psi Chi are offering a two-part session for students interested in attending graduate school, holding presentations in the Walsh Auditorium at 12:30 p.m. on Monday with a second to be announced. The presentation will offer insightful tips from the Career Center about the application process, specifically for those interested in psychology graduate programs. The presentation will run about 50 minutes. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
T-shirt givaway highlights pep rally
This year’s pep rally on Nov. 10 at 9 p.n. will hand out free T-shirts to students at the four main Reilly Center doors. Each entrance will be designated for different sized shirts, so students will receive a slip that guarantees them a shirt of their size. The first 200 students to pick up a slip for their size will receive T-shirts. Slips are required to receive a T-shirt.
Campus eateries under new leadership Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink, is becoming popular among college students due to its low cost and fast effects. Image courtesy of whec.com
combat this problem is by providing education to students on campus,” he said. “I have created a slideshow which will enlighten students to ingredients in Four Loko, such as caffeine, guarana and taurine. These ingredients are highly addictive substances. In fact taurine is used in medicine as a sedative.” Kevin Festa, a sophomore, said educating students about Four Loko instead of outright banning the product should be successful. “The university should not ban the drink because even if they did, students will still get their hands on it anyway because there really is no way to enforce it,” he said. “The education portion is what may make students pay attention. I
remember last year listening to a presentation telling us to stay in our green zone and even having hypnotic intoxication here on campus. If I learned anything about alcohol consumption, those were the most effective.” Coburn said his main goal coincides with the university’s — both want to get the message out there to be safe. “My main concern is overall safety, and this drink is dangerous to a person’s well-being,” he said. “If we get the facts out about this product, and it educated students, then we have done our job.
Palestinian farmer Daoud Nassar speaks about Tent of Nations B Y C LAIRE M ANGINE Contributing Writer
About 40 students, faculty and community members filed into the William F. Walsh Science Center Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday to hear Daoud Nassar, the director of operations of the Tent of Nations in Palestine, speak. According to the Tent of Nations’ informational pamphlet, Nassar is a Christian Palestinian who, along with
his extended family, works a 100-acre farm and olive grove known as Daher’s Vineyard, located southwest of Bethlehem in the West Bank. Father Michael D. Calabria, O.F.M., lecturer of Arabic and Islamic studies, opened the presentation and informed students of a two-week interfaith pilgrimage to explore the dimensions of Palestine and Israel they can attend
Daoud Nassar discussed the Tent of Nations to an audience of faculty, staff, students and community members. Mallory Diefenbach/The BonaVenture
in May 2011. Father Michael introduced Kay Plitt, the director of finance for the organization, who also accompanies Nassar on his American travels. Her mission is to have others embrace knowledge and understanding of Palestine and Israel since the borders of Palestine have been shrinking over recent years. The Tent of Nations has a mission to “build bridges between people and between people and the land.” Nassar’s grandfather established it, and the land was bought in 1916, according to the pamphlet. Since 1991, Nassar and his family have been in court fighting against the land being bought and changed into “state land,” even though the family still has documents of the purchase to prove it should remain theirs. Walls and roadblocks have been built outside the farm to protect the land from Israelites who want the region annexed for their own country. Outside the farm, on large rocks, the sentence “We refuse to be enemies” has been drawn and translated into several languages in order to maintain
peace on the land. Nassar explained his family’s and the organization’s strategy is to protect the land legally, develop infrastructure and agriculture and build bridges. He often stressed that “(Tent of Nations) must not see others as enemies.” Programs such as children’s summer camps, work camps, international exchange programs and classes to educate women are established to make the land a center for people from different countries to come together to build bridges of trust, hope and peace. The land is resourced and sustained with solar power, rain water collection and tree planting. Nassar said his vision is to build a community center, a sustainable farming school, a peace center and village and a vocational training school on the land. The presentation ended with a 15-minute questionand-answer session, with an ending message by Nassar inviting us all to “be a part of this dream, to achieve our vision and make a difference.”
ORATORY UNDER REPAIR Hickey recovers from
Workers began repairs to the roof of the Oratory Tuesday. The maintenance staff cautioned off the Oratory last week, deeming it unsafe because of falling debris. Lauren Sale/The Bona Venture
Diners at the Hickey Dining Hall ate from paper plates, drank from Styrofoam cups and used plastic utensils from last Thursday to Tuesday due to a broken dishwasher. Amy Vleminckx, senior food service director, said the parts used to heat the water for the dishwasher’s final rinse broke down, failing to sanitize dishes and silverware. Normal dishware returned to the Hickey Tuesday. Vleminckx did not provide further information after dishware returned by press time.
Washable dishware returned to the dining area Tuesday. Lisa Malmgren/The Bona Venture
Lucy Nuzzo assumed her new position as retail manager of St. Bonaventure’s Dining Services team Wednesday. She will oversee the RC Café, Francis Café and Heavenly Grounds. Melissa McCracken left this position to become the director of operations.
Men and Women’s Basketball season tickets on sale
Season tickets for faculty and staff are available at the ticket office in the Reilly Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reduced movie ticket sales return
Carmike Cinema tickets are back on sale in the Reilly Center, Room 208. Movie tickets are $5 and don’t expire until December 2011.
Buzz asks fans to wear pink
WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz asks fans attending tonight’s Mansfield exhibition game to wear pink. Members of the radio station will continue selling their ‘Pink Pack’ T-shirts today in the Reilly Center for $5. All proceeds will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Buzz airs live from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Today, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz will broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Listen live on 88.3 FM or livestream at www.wsbufm.net.
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The Bona Venture • Nov. 5, 2010
Beware of Four Loko’s dangerous effects
Recently, alcoholic energy drink Four Loko has become the talk of college campuses for its adverse effects on consumers. While the drink has not been banned at St. Bonaventure, Four Loko’s effects should be taken seriously, and consumers should use caution while drinking it. The drink provides a danger- Staff ous combination of alcohol and Editorial caffeine. The low price and high alcoholic potency appeal to college students. Drinking one Four Loko is the equivalent of drinking six beers, according to Brandon M. Coburn, director of Health Services. The drink also contains guarana and taurine, addictive substances. Four Loko has hospitalized numerous college students with its side effects, leading to several colleges banning the drink. While this policy hasn’t been instituted here, the drink’s effects cannot be ignored. Any sort of alcoholic beverage consumption should be controlled, and a person should not exceed his or her alcoholic limit. While Four Loko is more dangerous than someone just exceeding his or her limit of beers for an evening, the same idea of drinking in moderation should be taken into account. As is the case any time drinking alcohol, consider the risks that are involved, and be responsible when enjoying alcoholic beverages.
Tweeted racism must not stand Registration process ignores senority
There were a high number of mind-boggling, ignorant tweets like user silvermoonxx’s “4.7 % of african americans went to work today,” URealitychecke’s “4.7% of African Americans took a shower today” and YourFavWhiteGuy’s, “African Americans is a trending topic? What the f---? I thought we gave the black people February ... this has gone too far.” No, YourFavWhiteGuy — you and the countless others who tweeted and re-tweeted these egregious statements have gone too far. Racism never magically disappeared. It was just We, as in everyone at St. Bonaventure University, hiding in Twitter. can — and should — change this and strive for a bet“African Americans” was one of the top trending top- ter culture. ics on twitter.com Tuesday, which the website defines The Intellectual Journey, CLAR 101, talks about St. as what reflects new or newsBonaventure’s six worthy topics occupying the steps in the ascent to most people’s attention on God. Steps three and Twitter at any one time. four emphasize the Sadly, what dominated in potential for human that trending topic Tuesday greatness and defines and Wednesday were flaan individual’s role in grantly racist, ignorant comsociety, respectively. ments about black people. Some of the readings The majority of the tweets like Martin Luther King said there would not be a Jr.’s “Letter from black representative on the Birmingham Jail” U.S. Senate after Tuesday’s stress that racism is not midterm elections, and it’s just a black-and-white because 4.7 percent of black issue, but a human people came out to vote. issue. Society becoming That statistic then started mutually interdependan onslaught of tweets like ent was a main focus user OfficialBidemi’s “More from the Vatican II’s African Americans tweeted “Pastoral Constitution (about) #FreeWeezy and on the Church in the Image courtesy of ntuitive.com/blog/images/ #TeamMinaj than went to Modern World.” vote” and BIGBOSSTEDDYONLY’s “4.7% of African We must recognize racism as societal plague that Americans VOTED!? I Guarantee Most of those fools must be terminated instead of kept dormant. This were on Twitter Instead of going out & having a VOICE. recent Twitter activity should not be shrugged off #ItsADamnShame.” any more than we should shrug off racist e-mails by But on a closer look, those tweets stemmed from an political candidates. unsubstantiated statistic. If you think racism is a thing of the past, you are dead In a sample of 1,000 tweets on Wednesday morning, only wrong. It’s here, and I— and hopefully everyone else, too one user shared a tweet with some type of source on it. — will fight to make sure it’s not here to stay. The user, djsamk, tweeted, “Twitter trend: ‘4.7% of This is not limited to racism, either. Sexism is not African Americans voted.’ Who made that number funny, and neither are comments about someone’s up? CBS, CNN estimate 10%,” with direct links to sexuality or someone’s religious or political beliefs. cbsnews.com and a CNN political blog. Mohandas Gandhi said, “A nation’s culture resides in Who did make that up? Because the number seems the hearts and in the soul of its people.” It starts with us, arbitrary. the educated college students, and I’ll be damned if this It’s disturbing someone may have made up a statis- heinous culture still exists in our lifetime. tic that led to so much flagrant racism, but it’s downright depressing that the number one trending topic in the U.S. proved to the world how little American society has progressed. It’s also disturbing the majority didn’t question a Tony Lee is the online editor for The Bona Venture. His statistic’s origin and were quick to judge prejudicially. e-mail is email@example.com.
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Tim Gross What does paying $30,000 a year, earning 111 credits and maintaining a GPA between 3.5 and 4.0 earn a student entering his or her second semester as a senior at St. Bonaventure University? The right to register for Spring 2011 semester classes after some freshmen, sophomores and juniors. I’ll be a second-semester senior come January, a top dog in the university on the cusp of graduating. I’m no longer enrolled in the university’s honors program, but I earned four A’s and an A- last semester. But, for whatever reason, I could only register last night at 6:15. It’s later than the times of all my senior friends and later than most of the sophomores and juniors I know, students who garnered early registration through the honors program and academic excellence. Since registration began Monday, as my peers announced the classes they signed up for, gushed over the classes they got into, I sat and pined, hoping the courses I wanted to take remained on the board. I’m fine with honors students in my class registering before I do. It’s one of the perks of the honors program, and I understand that. But freshman honors kids? I don’t know how the “academic excellence” field is selected, but it contains flaws. Underclassmen can sign up for cake classes and ace introduction courses, and they can register before I do. It’s not the case across the board, and most students with academic excellence work hard for good grades, but it’s not like I was a slouch in the classroom last semester, either. That’s an oversight by the registrar, or it’s one gaping hole in the system. A simple solution lives in the idea that
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students with honors or academic excellence designations should sign up before the rest of their respective classmates, but not before the higher classes. Seniority should still mean something, especially as the window to fulfill requirements shrinks each semester. For example, English Literature II, a higher-level course required for English majors with no prerequisites, only contains 10 spots next spring. Someone with a double major in English may not be able to take this until their senior year. If 10 freshmen, sophomores or juniors with academic excellence sign up for the course, a senior without early registration faces a big scheduling problem. Of course, the registrar and professors are more than willing to listen to complaints and work to accommodate students in similar predicaments. But with senior projects, other requirements and the real world on the horizon, seniors shouldn’t have to go out of their way because Frankie Freshman rode his honors coattails to an early registration. Honors students and those pumping out consistent high marks in class deserve some kind of reward, but the prospect of a student entering his or her second semester with more choices than a senior with one semester to go makes no sense for the university and its students. Early registration should not translate to early frustration for seniors perturbed with their schedules before they even sign up for classes. Tim Gross is the Editor-in-chief for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Obama delivered what he promised Gender gap must close It is year two of President Barack Obama’s term, and it seems these days are all about trashing the president and the work he has done. This should not be the case. President Obama has achieved most of the goals he promised he would during his campaign, yet the American public has been ignorant to the fact. It has not just been Republicans who have attacked Obama. Even some Democrats say he has either compromised too much or has traveled too far to the left. As a result, the voters demanded to once again have change on Election Day. As the polls came in Tuesday, it showed the Republicans once again gained supremacy in the House. This would not be a bad thing if a lot of Republicans didn’t feel the same way as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. In an Oct. 29 USA Today article, McConnell was quoted saying, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for Obama to be a one-term president.” Now I don’t know about you, but shouldn’t our government leaders, Democrat or Republican, focus on making this country better? How can the country continue the upswing it is currently on if all the Republican Party wants is to make Obama a scapegoat?
Instead, they should focus on working with him, getting their views across and compromising on important matters, which Obama has proven he can do on numerous occasions. Obama has accomplished plenty of the promises he made during his campaign, and the Oct. 28 issue of Rolling Stone highlighted his many accomplishments. He successfully averted another ‘Great Depression’ by passing the Recovery Act in 2009. The act had three basic goals: create new jobs and save existing ones, spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth, along with fostering unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending, according to recovery.gov. According to a study by economists from Princeton and Moody’s, more than 16 million jobs would have been lost without the institution of the Recovery Act, unemploy-
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President Barack Obama has come through on many of the promises he made during his campaign, including passing the health care reform bill.
ment would have more than doubled and the federal deficit would have reached $2.6 trillion. Is this not a job well done? Obama had the government invest $60 billion on the future of the U.S. auto industry and won. According to the Rolling Stone article, had the government allowed GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt, it would have meant the collapse of dealerships nationwide. This would have caused mass chaos, but thankfully, it too was averted. Of course, the biggest achievement of Obama’s presidency has been his health care reform bill. Obama has come under fire from numerous people in his own party for compromising with the Republicans. He decided it’s best to make the compromise and achieve an historic accomplishment rather than risking losing the reform entirely. The health care reform bill will have 95 percent of all Americans insured by the end of this decade. College graduates who will be struggling to obtain jobs, let alone those with benefits, can stay on their parents’ health coverage until age 26. Paying for health insurance and college loans would not have been something I could do. Allowing children to stay on their parents’ coverage until 26 will give college graduates ample time to find a job with benefits. The Rolling Stone article stated, “By any rational measure, Obama is the most accomplished and progressive president in decades, yet the only Americans fired up by the changes he has delivered are Republicans hell-bent on reversing them.” The American public needs to wake up and see what Obama has accomplished in his two short years in office. They need to become educated on his policies and the bills he has passed which will help numerous Americans. His campaign slogan was “Yes we can.” After all the reform bills he has enacted we, as an American public, should be saying “Yes he did.” Ryan Lazo is the assistant news editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is email@example.com.
Jess Kumor The gender gap in the workplace remains grossly wide at the executive level. In the United States, 80 percent of those making $100,000 or more from 2007 to 2009 are men, according to an Oct. 26 cnn.com article. If the previous statistic doesn’t draw concern — for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 83 cents, according to cnn.com. Do genitalia make a difference in job performance? Does my chromosomal difference inject inferiority in performance? While in the past two years, the percent of women making $100,000 or more rose 4 percent, according to cnn.com, that is not enough. In 2009, 66 million women were employed in the US. — 74 percent of employed women worked full-time jobs, while 26 percent worked parttime, according to the United States Department of Labor. The top nine most prevalent occupations for women in 2009 were, from greatest to least: secretaries/administrative assistants, registered nurses, elementary and middle school teachers, cashiers, home health aides, retail salesperson, first line supervisors, waitresses or maids/housekeepers, according to the United States Department of Labor. Of those nine occupations, only three require degrees. While higher education is not necessary for a successful or fulfilling life, and contributing to maintaining a household is an important job, the previous list lacks a majority of status occupations. The median weekly earnings of
women who were full-time wage and salary workers was $657, or 80 percent of men’s $819, according to the United States Department of Labor. However, the next generation of women is making headway due to its predecessors’ breaking the glass ceiling. Comparing the median weekly earnings of persons aged 16 to 24,; young women earned 93 percent of what young men earned ($424 and $458, respectively). This is inspiring news for young university women entering the workforce. Sponsored by Girls Scouts of the USA, one of my favorite commercials spoke volumes about promoting education, mathematics and the sciences. Young girl: “Daddy, why is the sky blue?” Father: “To match your pretty eyes!” Young girl: “Nope. Not even close. See, all colors have wavelengths that are diffused by nitrogen and oxygen. Since blue has the shortest wavelength, it diffuses up to 10 times more.” Typically, math and science were seen as “mens’ fields.” Messages like this one inspire young girls to look beyond any stereotypes, encouraging women to work hard toward goals and achieve successful careers. Women — take charge, speak confidently and work hard. Every strongwilled woman pursuing her dreams is a step in the right direction. Represent. Jess Kumor is an associate editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let online games become top priority in daily routine
Facebook mom’s unhealthy obsession and tragic consequences should warn rest of society
Most anyone on Facebook will say they play some nasty, habitual game they can’t quit. (For me, it’s Bejeweled Blitz.) It’s a delicious distraction from papers, reading and studying. Instead, we can focus on earning a higher score than that chick we hated in high school or harvesting our pixilated crops. I hope we all know when to shift our attention back to the real world, unlike Alexandra Tobias, a mother who pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder for shaking her baby to death after he interrupted her game of FarmVille. Yes, FarmVille. You know, the Facebook game where you harvest fake crops and sell them for fake money to expand your fake plan-
tation? Yeah, that one. Tobias, 22, of Jacksonville, Fla., reportedly shook her 3-month-old son because he cried during her game, composed herself by smoking a cigarette, then shook him again, reported an Oct. 28 article on cbsnews.com. She thinks
Oil holds too much sway in U.S.
Let’s face it: we Americans are oil junkies. Instead of driving a sensible sedan or small SUV, many people opt to cruise around in gargantuan Hummers and miniature monster trucks. When it comes to vehicles, big wheels and big-boned car frames and, well, anything big, make Americans salivate. Sure, sure, our coughing cars poison the air, but so what? After all, the United States is the free world. It’s our right to express ourselves, and if rolling around in a gas-guzzling, environment-punching vehicle helps us “speak”, so be it. America’s apathetic attitude toward what our reckless habits do to the earth is disgusting. Protecting the environment doesn’t make most people rethink our country’s gluttonous appetite for oil. But I know one argument that certainly will: money. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the United States spends more than $25 billion annually on foreign oil. In 60 minutes, we purchase $13 million worth. In 60 seconds, more than $200,000 disappears. In math-free terms, we’re hooked on oil and prefer to venture beyond our borders to get it. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), 51 percent of the petroleum the U.S. funnels annually is
If we focused on finding “green” replacements for oil, unemployment would drop.
imported from foreign countries, making our country dependent on other nations to keep our lives moving. And although this dangerous habit plagues many countries, the U.S. guzzles down the most. In 2008, America consumed more barrels of oil daily than China, Japan, India and Russia — the other top contenders — combined, reported the EIA. Two years ago, the United States imported 7,321 more barrels daily than Japan, the world’s second largest oil importer. Despite the common consensus, most of the U.S.’s oil isn’t imported from the Middle East but from our neighbors to the north and south. Canada, the top supplier of our oil addiction, deals approximately 2,552 barrels of petroleum to the United States everyday, reported the EIA’s website. Every day, Mexico and Saudi Arabia, the runner-up dealers, cart us 1,249 and 1,079 barrels respectively. Though its street name is oil, the earthly drug can be generalized into one word: petroleum. Oil — one of its derivatives — is used to make concoctions like gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt and kerosene, reported the EIA. However, the petroleum product Americans abuse the most is gasoline, accounting for 48 percent of the U.S.’s oil consumption. As the National Debt Clock ticks closer to $14 trillion every second, Americans are scrambling to find ways to keep money in their pockets. If we spent less money purchasing foreign oil, more money could flow into the economy, creating more jobs. If we focused on finding “green” replacements for oil, unemployment would drop. The United States has spent centuries on a petroleum bender, and it’s time for an oil rehab. After all — the environment needs to breathe, too.
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her son, Dylan Lee Edmonson, hit his head on the computer. From what I’ve been told, parenting is exhausting. Mine always joke that they don’t remember most of the early ‘90s because raising two toddlers took a toll on the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Even so, my parents didn’t put the 1991 equivalent of online games before my sister and me. Our obsession with online games has gone too far. One woman was quoted in a 2009 usatoday.com article, saying, “Since day one, I’ve been a complete addict. I lose sleep at night worrying about my farm.”
For clarification, that’s the fake farm with the fake crops you sell to earn a fake paycheck. We can look at Tobias’ case, shake our heads and say, ‘That’s a shame.” We can become outraged and yell about how some people just shouldn’t have kids. What we need to do is question our use of online games. Being removed from reality is nice once in a while, but I think it’s time we return to the real world.
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Extraordinary People Individual builds movement for Uganda Comfort Zone Café in Hamburg, N.Y. was half-filled the day I met Megan Battin. Running late for our interview for The Hamburg Sun, I speed-walked down a carpeted hallway to the intimate dining room. I found her hovered over a biology textbook, papers spread around it. “Megan?” She looked up and smiled, maintaining a focused look. A pink flower headband kept her light blond hair away from her freckled face. I thought I’d create some small talk about summer break, since we had both completed our sophomore years in college. I told her I was spending my summer working at a garden center and writing a few stories for Hamburg’s weekly paper. She told me she was taking science courses over the summer, planning a trip to aid Ugandans in Africa and creating a non-profit organization. Suddenly, my summer accomplishments were insignificant. Battin, 20, is a junior public health and American Sign Language major at University of Rochester and a double varsity athlete, running cross country and playing lacrosse. She founded UR Uganda: Clinics for Lugala. Her mission is to expand the current one-room health clinic in Lugala, Uganda to aid Nurse Clementina, the only health service provider for 26,000 Lugalans. Her group will leave Dec. 27 and spend 13 days in Uganda to lay concrete, homemade bricks, plas-
ter and put a tin roof on the structure. The 15 to 20 members will fund their own trips, and each will bring 50-pound bags of medical supplies. Their carry-ons will be their only personal items. The group will run an HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention class, host a soccer camp for children at risk of HIV and collect data for an epidemiology study. The members also hope to send a deaf child to school, if they raise enough money. “You get there, and you’re in an infomercial,” Battin said, referring to the sad television announcements asking viewers to sponsor a child as flies swarm young, hairless children and babies cling to their hopeless-looking mothers. “I’ve never been so depressed,” she said. “I was like ‘What the hell do I do?’” She was mesmerizing. The coffee-drinkers around us stopped their conversations, put down their caffeine and listened. Some people whispered, “Wow.” I’ve never met anyone so passionate in my life. The UR team will build an 18-by24-foot extension on the 16-by-16foot clinic. The addition will cost $8,000, but Battin had no doubt the group could raise the funds. “We will reach our goal,” Battin said. “A lot of people will let us down along the way, but for everyone who lets us down, other people will surprise us and rise to the occasion to do something amazing.” It was this attitude that really got me. She could easily be let down by anything that went wrong and forget about the people thousands
of miles away. However, she spent nearly every hour of her summer planning details of the trip, screening volunteers, gathering medical supplies and fundraising. She told me about how the Lugalans have to walk 12 miles to get dirty water just good enough to drink. She talked about how a woman was dying in the streets of the nearby city with no one to help her. She talked of the disgust she felt when she saw the modernized stores selling mosquito nets to those who had to scrimp to buy one item. She talked about how Coca-Cola owned the city, building lavish offices and leaving the people of Uganda to die. Megan is outraged, and she’s doing something about it. Not only did she plan the trip to Lugala, but she’s attempting to establish UR Uganda as a non-profit, tackling the paperwork on top of promotion and organization. All the donations she receives go directly to the Ugandans. If you gave her money for a malaria net, it would go exactly to that. “Many people think that people in third-world countries need change,” Battin said. “But it’s the opposite; they need opportunities to enhance their beautiful culture.” Donate to UR Uganda or contact Megan Battin at email@example.com or CPU Box 271715, Rochester, NY 14627. Emilee Lindner is the features editor for The Bona Venture. Her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Arts and Life Clare takes forum overseas www.thebv.org
Ireland and the Middle East among those on the list BY ALEXANDRA SALERNO Staff Writer
Upon returning to St. Bonaventure after spring break, it’s time to tell everyone how you spent your time off. There’s a chance you’ll tell the same old story about how you hung out at home with old friends, or you could throw a curveball. You could talk about your visit to Bethany to see the tomb of Lazarus. You could blow everyone away when you mention your visit to the tomb of the Virgin Mary. You could even tell how you got class credit for it. Father Michael Calabria, O.F.M., and Sister Suzanne Kush, C.S.S.F., are organizing an Interfaith Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 16 to 30 2011. The pilgrimage includes visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and other parts of the Mediterranean Coast. “We really chose to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land because it highlights Bona’s commitment to issues of diversity,” Father Michael said. “It will give everyone a first-hand knowledge of the situation with not just a contemporary view as well as a historical view.” Both Father Michael and Sister Suzanne are hoping for approximately 28 students, staff and members of the SBU community to embark with them on pilgrimage. “We think that involving various members of the Bonaventure community in addition to students will add value to the conversation,” Sister Suzanne said. The program costs approximately $3,300 for students not wishing to receive credit and $4,500 for students wishing to receive up to three credits for courses including CLAR 108, CLAR 401 or Arabic 435. Both Sister Suzanne and Father Michael hope the trip will be a life-changing experience for all of those involved. “It’s really just an example of the incredible convergence of faith traditions,” Father Calabria said. “It will be an extraordinary experience because it’s a place that holds the most sacred sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims all in the exact same area. The trip will have forms of historical, religious and sociopolitical discussions. I truly think it will be overwhelming in the best sense of the word.” The organizers are hoping the theme will be highlighted through first-hand experiences. “By actually being there, students will get a real feel of the pulse and an appreciation that will come with clearer insights,” Sister Suzanne said. The pilgrimage to the Holy Land will
Students will have the option to travel to Northern Ireland with their Clare 401 class in Spring 2011. Image courtesy of The Father Mychal Judge Center’s Facebook page
revolve around various issues, including the process of peace and an all around greater understanding for the three faith traditions at hand. “The trip is dedicated to exploring and learning more about those three faith traditions of Jews, Christians and Muslims and how they are being lived daily in Israel and Palestine,” Father Michael said. Students not only have a chance to learn about reconciliation abroad in Palestine and Israel, but also can learn about the peace-making process in Ireland, again for class credit. Larry Sorokes, director of the Center for Community Engagement, is organizing a spring semester travel trip to Ireland for Clare 401 credit. “We started the program mainly as a tribute to Father Mychal Judge, and the center organizes it,” said Sorokes. “It’s a chance to use Ireland as a classroom. It’s really the perfect marriage of the Father Mychal Judge Center and the ability to have a forum for international issues.” CLAR 401 centers mainly around examining contemporary issues, and through the Ireland trip students are able to see the process first hand. The theme of the trip is reconciliation. “The theme is incorporated into the trip just because students will be able to see first hand that reconciliation is a process,” Sorokes said. “It affects and
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They say change is good. If this is the case, the Bona Buddies program is on its way to great things. “Bona Buddies is being restructured,” said Nick Goodell, director of the oncampus youth mentoring program. Part of this reconfiguring includes bringing new, more exciting events to campus for the mentors and mentees that participate in the program. For the program’s yearopening event, scheduled for today, the program’s directors and undergraduate mentors have invited the elementary and middle school participants to campus for the first-ever Bona Buddies sleepover. Katie Klimek, a mentor for three years, has been organizing the sleepover with Goodell as part of her senior capstone project. “I’ve been interested in the
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relates to a wide variety of things including relationships, communities and (politics). The trip highlights the themes of justice and equality woven into the Irish history.” Students get the chance to hear stories from peacemakers throughout the country and learn about what people are living with on a daily basis. “We go to places in Ireland like Derry, where the town is still quite divided,” Sorokes said. “You still even see articles relating to Bloody Sunday in the newspaper.” Students participate in local service projects and get the chance to experience the cultural aspects of the vibrant country. “We go to the Guinness Factory in Dublin,” said Sorokes. “We visit art museums in Belfast. If someone has a particular interest in something, we try and experience it. We pack as much as we possibly can into the trip.” The Ireland trip costs approximately $900, including roundtrip airfare, lodging, some meals and most ground transportation. The trip will take place from Feb. 26 to March 6. Students or faculty interested in the interfaith pilgrimage should contact Sister Suzanne or Father Michael. Students interested in the spring semester in Ireland should contact Larry Sorokes. email@example.com
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program since I started, and because I’m interested in event planning, I decided to use it for my capstone,” she said. Almost 50 students from several area schools plan to attend. Each participant, from ages 5 to 15, will be paired up with a mentor from the program. They are scheduled to arrive at Francis Hall at 4 p.m., and, after meeting their mentors, they will be able to attend the women’s basketball season opener. When they get back to Francis, they’ll receive T-shirts and snacks. Afterwards, they’ll have dinner and watch a movie with their mentors and spend the night in Francis’ San Damiano room. Saturday, they’ll have breakfast before their parents pick them up. After this weekend, they’ll be invited back each week for tutoring and time with their mentors. Bona Buddies celebrated 45 years of service in 2010.
Running after school Monday through Thursday, the program pairs local kids with mentors who follow the national guidelines for youth mentoring. The program works to improve the students’ academic, social and recreational success, as well as to encourage students to continue their education after high school. Students can use the facilities of St. Bonaventure, such as the Richter Center, Quick Center for the Arts and the Reilly Center. Tutoring is offered in both one-on-one and group settings at various locations on and off campus. By offering both recreational and scholastic elements, the students are able to become more familiar with higher-educational resources. The mentors are Bona undergrads with an interest in and commitment to community service and youth development. Mentors receive training throughout the year by Bonaventure’s school of education and the SBU Counseling Center staff. Meghan Brown, a freshman business major involved with the program, said she could not be more excited with this weekend’s events. “I think it’s a great way to start a connection with not only our own Bona Buddy, but getting the Bona Buddies involved as a whole,” she said. “We’re hoping that we get a good response with our opening event,” Goodell said. “We want to get community support.” As far as community support for the event, Wal-Mart donated a $50 gift card to help with expenses, and Olean Family Dentistry contributed toothbrushes for all of
the kids attending. The program also hopes to increase its number of mentors by advocating the benefits of peer mentorship programs. Klimek, who has been with her mentee since she started the program three years ago, agrees with this mission.
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The Health and Wellness Fair will promote personal health and good habits next week during National Collegiate EMS Week. The fair takes place on Nov. 11. “It’s all about getting people to come out, learn more about EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and get in gear to better their lives and health,” said Anastasia Wroblewski. Wroblewski, a junior sociology major, is the assistant chief of MERT (Medical Emergencies Response Team) and a planner on the Health Fair planning committee. “I joined MERT in my freshman year and went to the huge conference that the National Collegiate EMS Foundation (NCEF) holds over spring break,” Wroblewski said. “I really enjoyed it and wanted to bring it back to Bona’s.” The Health and Wellness Fair has different opportunities to learn about health and promote good habits, Wroblewski said. “We’re teaming up with Health Services, Safety and Security Services, MERT, the Counseling Center and the SBU Wellness Committee, to name a few,” Wroblewski said. “We have free giveaways, raffles, free massages, blood glucose testing, bone density testing, AED (automated external defibrillator) training and so much more. It’s going to be a really good health fair with lots of interactive, hands-on things to do.” Organizations from off campus will be present at the fair to inform students of their services. “The Allegany Fire Department, Olean General Hospital, Community Blue, Army Medical, Smoking Cessation and SAFE, a rape program for men and women at Olean General Hospital, will all be present at the fair,” Wroblewski said. The Health and Wellness Fair isn’t the only highlight of the week. Each day’s specific activity promotes awareness to the St. Bonaventure community. National Collegiate EMS Week, which runs from Nov. 8 to 13, is a spin-off of EMS Week. It’s sponsored by the NCEF, and it recognizes collegiate EMTs on campus. There are 600 EMS teams that are part of NCEF and almost all participate in this week, Wroblewski said. The week starts on Nov. 8 with CPR day, Wroblewski
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said. Campuses involved in NCEF educate people on campus about CPR. “EMS teams either hold classes on how to perform CPR or they talk about the three components of CPR — hand placement, pushing harder and faster and calling 911,” Wroblewski said. Other highlights of the week include ambulance tours and blood pressure screening Tuesday between Plassmann Hall and the Reilly Center. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., MERT and the Allegany Fire Department will be putting on an alcohol demonstration between the Richter Center and the Reilly Center. Thursday is the Health Fair in the Richter from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, the Sheriff’s Department will be doing a drunk-driving presentation at 3:00 p.m., Wroblewski said. “The whole week is about increasing awareness on personal safety and personal wellness,” said Greg Faughnan, a planner for the National Collegiate EMS Week. Faughnan, a freshman biology major and assistant in MERT, also thinks this week is a good time to advertise MERT to the student body. “I heard about MERT at Spring into Bona’s last year and thought it was really cool,” Faughnan said. “I joined when I got here. I was nominated to help plan the week, and I think it’s a good way to get MERT on the grid. By putting on this fair and being part of it, we can make people more knowledgeable on what MERT does and the services we offer.” In the end, both Wroblewski and Faughnan hope that students connect with the community and begin to change their health habits. “It’s all about community involvement,” Faughnan said. “It’s all about bettering people’s lives’ and their health,” Wroblewski said.
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“It’s a great way to get to really understand other peoples’ differences,” she said. “It’s a rewarding experience to get to know someone and make a difference … it’s about personal growth as well. Bona Buddies broadens horizons, and it looks great to have the volunteer experience on a job resume.” Any students who may have an interest in being part of the change by becoming a Bona Buddy mentor are encouraged to contact Nick Goodell at firstname.lastname@example.org or at his office in the Thomas Merton Center. email@example.com
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‘The Walking Dead’ keeps Halloween excitement alive BY TIM GROSS Editor-in-chief
Taylor Swift’s third album, “Speak Now” gives glances into her personal life.
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Swift matures with ‘Speak Now’ BY SARA LEGARSKY Staff Writer
day she moved out of her parents’ house and realized she wasn’t a child any more. Swift sings, “I wish I’d never grown up/Oh I At most weddings, the officiator says the don’t wanna grow up/Wish I’d never grown phrase “speak now or forever hold your up/Could still be little/Oh I don’t wanna grow peace” in some way or another. Most people up/It could still be simple.” This can touch don’t say anything. However, in Taylor Swift’s college students remembering the day when new album, Speak Now, released Oct. 25, she they moved to school for the first time. It’s at takes those words literally and lets out all the that moment listeners remember she is 20 feelings that have been building up over the years old and has the feelings familiar to the last few years. college-age crowd. In the three years since the “Innocent” reflects on her 2008 release of the mega-hit memorable award acceptance Speak Now Fearless, there has been a lot of speech interruption by Kanye Taylor Swift speculation about Swift’s love West at the 2009 MTV VMAs. and personal life. She uses Speak In the song, Swift doesn’t sing Now to reflect on these failed angrily about the event as one relationships, boyfriend-snatchwould have thought. Instead, ing girls, moving into her own she encourages him to apartment and the infamous become a new person and 2009 MTV Video Music Awards interruption. that she still respects him as an artist. The first thing listeners will notice about the For a fun turn, “Better Than Revenge” is album is how mature the lyrics sound. It is a Swift’s set of choice words to an ex-boyfriend clear sign Swift has developed as a musician about the girl who stole him from her. The and a songwriter since Fearless was released. more rock-sounding track has many catchy Swift herself, without the help of co-writ- lines that will have the listener laughing and ers, wrote the 14 tracks, making the album singing along. personal. By far the best line in the song is “I think her The album opens up with the summer hit ever-present frown is a little troubling/And, “Mine.” This song depicts the story of a brand- she thinks I’m psycho/’Cause I like to rhyme new relationship and how it is important not to her name with things.” question it because you never know what Overall, Swift is clearly growing as a musimight come out of it. cian and a songwriter. She continues to The track that will probably stick with college express her feelings and keeps reminding us students the most is the ballad “Never Grow she is only 20 years old. As long as she keeps Up.” The song starts off as what seems to be a sticking to her roots, her fans that have grown lullaby to a small child about how he or she up with her won’t go anywhere. should never grow up. As the song progresses, firstname.lastname@example.org the listener realizes Swift’s singing about the
For two weeks, AMC dedicated its schedule to slasher flicks and monster movies, the spine-tingling staples for cheap thrills in the Halloween season. But instead of wrapping up another spooky showcase, Sunday night’s marquee event — the premiere of the channel’s new original series, “The Walking Dead” — promised plenty of blood, thrills and suspense long after the last jack-o-lantern’s light faded away. The brainchild of comic-book artist Robert Kirkman staggers onto the small screen, written by Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption”) and co-executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (“The Terminator”). “The Walking Dead” (Sundays, 10 p.m.) throws audiences in the middle of a post-zombie apocalypse, teaming them with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, “Love, Actually”), the sheriff of an Atlanta suburb. Despite his trademark black sheriff’s hat and his Georgia roots, Grimes bears the persona of a 21st century white hat plucked straight from the Wild West. Before he slings bullets at zombies, the sheriff suffers a coma-inducing bullet wound of his own in a gunfight before the outbreak. He wakes in an otherwise deserted hospital room, the flowers from his cop buddy, Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal, “The Ghost Writer”) sit on a nightstand, shriveled and faded. A battery clock hangs motionless on the wall. These signs epitomize the ripe “show, don’t tell” attitude enriching “The Walking Dead’s” pageantry. In a quieted city with few survivors, the show relies on its fine details to carry an audience into the story. Some details may escape, however. Keeping an audience’s attention with limited dialogue works for the first act of Disney’s “Up,” but filling gaps in “The Walking Dead” requires more attention than some audiences can offer. Confused audiences — and Grimes — find relief, as the sheriff escapes the hospital, running into Morgan Jones (Lennie James, “Hung”) and his son, Duane (Adrian Kali Turner, “My Name is Kahn”). After finding out Grimes has not turned, they bring him into their home and fill him in on the outbreak of a lethal fever turning healthy humans into “walkers.” The walkers limp, stagger and rot their way through the streets, searching for healthy flesh to devour. Jones warns Grimes to remain quiet, as slight noises in the desolate environment draw the walkers’ attention. Jones’s wife caught the fever, turned and now limps across the streets. Her husband tries to shoot her in the head — the most effective way to kill a walker — but he struggles to cut all ties to
what resembles his wife. A scene with Jones standing at a second-story window, pointing a rifle with what used to be his wife’s head in the crosshairs, projects the powerful inner-conflict the survivors in “The Walking Dead” face. They must learn to disconnect from an infected world. Parts of their feelings, their emotions and their lives must die to help them survive. Grimes shows this resolve right away. After changing from hospital robe back into his sheriff’s uniform, he sees a walker in a police uniform and blows a bullet through his former colleague’s infected brain. “The Walking Dead” contains scenes of intense gore, but it refuses to pull cheap thrills and camera tricks to frighten audiences. Instead, it delves into the psychological trauma of the survivor trope. The desolate scenery and strong writing convey this well enough to pick up the slack of Lincoln’s too-reserved acting. Grimes believes his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies, “Prison Break) and son, Carl (Chandler Riggs, “Get Low”) escaped town before the outbreak. He leaves the Joneses to find them, searching first in a walker-infested downtown Atlanta. The audience finds out Grimes’ family did escape and live in a tent city with Walsh. “The Walking Dead” progresses slower than its walkers move at times, but the sorrow and despair — similar to the “I Am Legend” movies — build enough strength to carry most audiences through the drawn-out breaks in action. The show requires more explanation than it should after a 90-minute premiere (What started the outbreak? Why did the walkers leave the unconscious Grimes alone in the hospital?), but AMC’s new original series infects viewers with a hunger for more. email@example.com
Andrew Lincoln stars as as Rick Grimes.
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Plastic instruments never sounded so good B Y T ONY B URKE Contributing Writer Rock Band 3, the fifth title in the series (following two bandcentric titles, The Beatles and Green Day), reinvigorates the music-and-rhythm game genre and delivers an absolutely sublime experience. With a new interface, new customization options, 83 new music tracks and the introduction of the keyboard controller, this is an incredibly ambitious effort. The Rock Band library now grows to more than 2,000 songs, including those available in previous games and downloadable content. This batch of songs is the most eclectic yet in the series. The range of artists included is exceptional, and several of
the choices will turn heads. Tracks by Elton John, Tears for Fears, Def Leppard, The Beach Boys, The Cure, War, The Flaming Lips, Amy Winehouse and more appear in Rock Band 3.
Rock Band 3 Harmonix Music Systems
Of course, there are plenty of the obligatory fan-favorite rock anthems. Such selections include “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger and the absolute lighter-waving mother of all
rock anthems, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This song list is both diverse and shocking yet awesomely satisfying. It’s hard to imagine music fans of any conceivable genre won’t find something they enjoy Many of the new songs were chosen to highlight Rock Band 3’s primary addition, the keyboard controller. The newest peripheral has two full octaves of keys, a total of 25. Rock Band 3 offers two modes of keyboard play. Normal mode plays the same way the guitar and bass parts do: the note pathway has five colored lanes that correspond to five matching colored keys on the controller. The second mode is what makes this iteration of Rock Band one of the most ambi-
Senior Tony Burke tries out the keyboard, the newest addition to the Rock Band arsenal. Along with a brand new interface and 83 new songs, the Rock Band 3 serves as the series’ fresh game. Peter Cauvel/The Bona Venture
tious games in recent memory. “Pro keys” mode requires the player to play more complicated keyboard parts covering from 10 white keys on easy difficulty to the full 25 keys on expert difficulty. As difficult as this mode can be, it is an engrossing experience, and any amount of success is immensely satisfying. There is a steep learning curve here, but easy-level pro keys serves as an appropriate entry-point difficulty for those brave enough to give it a try. I am pleased to report that formidable musical ability is not a prerequisite to foray into pro keys mode. The keyboard can be played in the traditional sense and also as a “keytar” with the included strap. The only downside is the keyboard’s cost. At $79.99 by itself, or $129.99 packaged with the game, the keyboard is not cheap. For fans of the series, this is a must-have. An exciting carryover from the two band-centric Rock Band games is vocal harmonies. Songs now contain up to three vocal parts per song, allowing players to sing either lead or backing vocals. For those keeping score at home, up to seven players can play Rock Band 3 simultaneously on one console: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and three singers. For the creative ones, Rock Band 3 delivers greater character customization than the previous games. In just a few minutes of tinkering, I created passable interpretations of Johnny Bravo and Han Solo. The main menu and song selection interfaces have been reworked, and though the previous ones worked fine, the changes are helpful and intuitive. Set list management proves
more graceful this time around. Players can save and revisit set lists. Songs can be rated on a scale of one to five lighters, affecting the frequency with which the song will appear when playing random songs. Rock Band 3 stands as an improvement on the series’ already great reputation and
is one of the finest and most ambitious games of the year. The keyboard provides a fun and challenging new element for seasoned players. The new songs offer greater variety than ever before. Rock Band 3 is a must-have, or at the very least, a must-experience.
Megamind................................................11/5 Due Date....................................................11/5 For Colored Girls.......................................11/5
Natasha Bedingfield Strip Me........................................................11/9 David Banner/9th Wonder Death Of A Pop Star................................11/9 Reba McEntire All the Women I Am.................................11/9
Ramona and Beezus.................................11/9 Charlie St. Cloud.......................................11/9
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First Lo Bros end perfect season as champions BY ANTHONY GANNON Contributing Writer Better to have made the championship game and lost than to have never made it at all. This is slowly becoming the motto of the Robin Hood intramural flag football team: for the second year in a row, it fell short in a tight championship game. First Lo Bros finished their undefeated season to secure the championship, 14-6. The Lo Bros scored two touchdowns on passes from sophomore quarterback Billy Urban to fellow sophomore receiver Austin Ingraham. After both touchdowns, Lo Bros converted one-point conversions on receptions from sophomores Matt Reitz and Ryan Cooke. The game moved slowly at first, with both teams punting on their first possessions. Robin Hood scored its only points on a touchdown pass from junior quarterback J.J. Dean to senior receiver Arkeno Greenaway. Mike Hughes’ diving, one-handed interception set up the drive. It was only the second time all season Urban had been picked off.
After failing to move the ball on the first two downs, Dean broke free while scrambling around on third down, finding pace all the way into Lo Bros territory. On the next play Dean found Greenaway in the corner of the end zone for six points. The two-point try was unsuccessful. The Lo Bros took the next kickoff over just inside midfield, but could not move the ball until fourth down, when Urban hooked up with Ingraham through the air for a touchdown. Reitz caught the conversion a play later to set Lo Bros ahead, 7-6. The score would remain that way for the rest of the half. The second half opened with Lo Bros receiving the ball and attempting to add to their lead. Robin Hood showed strong defense and an aggressive pass rush for the entire game, forcing Urban to scramble, struggling to find open receivers until fourth down when Urban and Lo Bros did most of their damage. After moving the ball past midfield midway through the second half, Robin Hood’s defense frustrated the Lo Bros’
The 1st Lo Bros defeated Robin Hood to become champions.
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offense and forced a fourth down and goal. Urban threw up a jump ball to Ingraham. Two defenders were in the area but tripped each other up and allowed Ingraham to rise up for
Bonnies wrap up season with A-10 Championship BY DAULTON SHERWIN Staff Writer The cross-country season came to an end last weekend at the Atlantic 10 Championship in Pittsburgh, Pa. Senior captain Jimmy Burton led the men’s team with a time of 27:03. Although Burton didn’t set a personal record, he was pleased to see all underclassmen set personal records and have their best race of the season. “The guys had personal records for their whole career and others had personal records for the season,” Burton said. “They were good for that race.” Although it’s Burton’s final
season as a Bonnie, he will continue to work out with his teammates and coaches until he graduates. He said it’s the one thing he will miss the most. “Being on a team in general is fun, and you’re not running by yourself,” Burton said. “The coaches were really great this year. They were very dedicated to the team, and I learned a lot from them.” Burton hopes to continue running, this time for a 26.2mile distance instead of his usual eight kilometers. “I’d like to train for a marathon in the spring,” Burton said. “Probably the Buffalo Marathon because I’m from Buffalo.” Freshman Christy Sirni led the
women’s team with a time of 21:41. Junior Captain Elizabeth Moran finished second on the team with a time of 22:03. Moran was pleased with the effort made by her teammates. “As a team we all improved in our times,” Moran said. “We definitely improved from last year and even the year before. I ran my best time on that course and my best time in an A-10 Championship.” The Bonnies will start preparing for next season with offseason workouts and by recruiting new runners. firstname.lastname@example.org
SBU continues search for first win of campaign junior forward said. “We need to stay out of the box and play better defense to protect in our own zone and not give up a lot of shots.” Ithaca (0-4) comes into tomorrow’s game as the only other team in the league without a win. The Bombers have the fewest goals (11) scored in the league but also the fourth least allowed (18). Goalie Daniel Antman has a 3.67 goals against average, which is fifth best in the league. “Not winning is always a motivation,” Piegay said. “I feel that we have always played well against Ithaca, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t come away with a few wins this weekend.” The Bonnies hosted Binghamton (3-1) Oct. 29 and fell, 11-6. Both teams combined for
69 penalty minutes in the game. The Bonnies started quick, building an early four-goal lead in the first ten minutes. The Bearcats tallied eight unanswered. Senior Josh Thomas scored early in the third period before Piegay scored his third goal of the game. It wasn’t enough, as the Bearcats scored three more after. “We could easily be 4-0 instead of 0-4,” Freshman Mike Iulianello said. “We have seen almost everything, down by three and tie it, up by four and let it up, score the first goal in every game, it just comes down to bearing down when we have the lead.” The Bonnies finished with their best offensive performance of the season. Ten Bonnies recorded at least a point, with senior Vinny Judge and Piegay tallying four apiece, despite both receiving 12 penalty minutes. In a non-league game against Canisius on Oct. 30, the Bonnies fell, 9-7, on a late goal. Judge scored two more goals to total five for the weekend, Iulianello had a hat trick, and Piegay added four more points to finish off his weekend with eight (four goals, four assists). Piegay commented on the play of veterans this weekend, apart from the younger players getting the scores early in the season. “Some of our veteran players finally stepped up,” Piegay said. “It is not easy when we have to rely on rookies to put the puck in the net.”
The Bonnies look to protect the crease tonight against Ithaca.
BY ANTHONY DONISI Staff Writer
The club hockey team tries to end its losing streak this weekend, as it takes on Cornell at home tonight in the William O. Smith Recreation Center at 7:25 p.m. The team heads to Ithaca for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop tomorrow. Cornell (3-3) hosted the Bonnies Oct. 22, routing them, 9-3. Special teams hurt the Bonnies, as they allowed two powerplay goals on five chances and one shorthanded goal. In the three games since, the Bonnies have improved by successfully killing 27 out of 32 (.843) penalties. Captain Josh Piegay hopes his team can stop taking penalties and help more to defend. “I think we are slowly improving as the weeks go on,” the
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the score. Cooke’s conversion catch set the score at 14-6. Both teams struggled to move the ball for the rest of the game. The Lo Bros’ defense was stifling; pressuring Dean
and knocking down passes. out the game and it showed on Eventually, Lo Bros got the the field, as the low temperatures ball back, but the two-man rush made catching the ball a probfrom Robin Hood couldn’t get lem. Urban still managed to find to Urban despite making him his receivers at important scramble on virtually every moments throughout the game. play. Urban was able to run “It was cold, really cold all down the clock by simply game,” Urban said. “We played scrambling and sitting, taking a really good team today — it nearly 40 seconds off the clock could have gone either way, during one play. but I had confidence in the The score remained the team that we would pull out same and time ran out on the victory and win the chamRobin Hood for the second pionship. On those long plays year in a row. when I was running the clock The frozen gridiron was out, the only thing I kept comparable to Ralph Wilson S- thinking was ‘Please don’t get tadium in Buffalo on a winter me, please don’t rip my shorts.’ game day. Robin Hood looked It was a great win and a great like the 1990 Buffalo Bills way to finish the season.” while Lo Bros played the part Robin Hood sophomore tight of the New York Giants, win- end Joe Pechie played strong ning a tight game. on both sides of the ball and Blair Bedgood, sophomore commented on his team’s seadefensive back for Lo Bros, son after the game. shut down Robin Hood’s top “We played a great team,” receiving threats. Pechie said. “We played great. “There was a lot of talent on the I’m proud of this team. We had field today. We all had a lot of a lot of fun all season. It was fun,” Bedgood said. “Our line was great to be back in the champijust monstrous today, keeping onship. Hopefully we can get Billy safe in the pocket and keep- back here next year.” ing the defense off of him. The whole team just showed up and played great from start to finish.” The cold was a factor through- email@example.com
Atlantic 10 Championship Results Men Women 80. Jimmy Burton 27:03
92. Christy Srini 21:41
92. Scott Shelters
29:43 93. Elizabeth Moran
93. Rakheem Wright
29:49 94. Tiffany Barkley
94. Kyle Wilkinson
29:54 95. Kim Fuller
96. Adam McDermott
30:05 96. Tabitha Slachciak
97. Terrence Petty
30:18 97. Lauren Russo
98. Tim Harfmann
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Bonnies surge into conference tournament BY SAM WILSON Assistant Sports Editor The women’s soccer team played Massachusetts in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Thursday after clinching the fourth seed in the six-team tournament last week with a win against George Washington. The game’s outcome came after press time Thursday afternoon. For a recap of the game, visit thebv.org. The Bonnies (11-8, 5-4) hadn’t played UMass (8-10, 5-4) since 2008, but senior forward Anna Cunningham expected a strong match from the Minutewomen. “They have just as many wins (in conference) as us,” Cunningham said. “So they had a similar season to us. It’s probably going to be even (and) a pretty tough game.” Coach Manoj Khettry also talked up the Minutewomen, but said injuries could hurt them. “It’s their second year in a row making it,” Khettry said. “I know that they have some injuries. I know that they have to play their second-string goalkeeper because their firststring goalkeeper broke her leg against La Salle ... I think the key is going to be: Can we score early? Can we get them under pressure?”
With a win Thursday, the Bonnies would play either first-seeded Dayton (16-3, 8-1) or second-seed Charlotte (15-4, 8-1) today, depending on the outcome of the matchup between No. 3 Duquesne and No. 6 La Salle.
While the Bonnies have handed Dayton and Charlotte their only losses in conference play, Cunningham said the Brown and White aren’t looking past Thursday’s game. “We’re definitely taking it one at a time,” Cunningham said.
“We’re not even trying to figure who we’re playing in a second game. We’re pretty sure that we can do it this year and just doing it one game at a time will be fine. Right after the game Thursday, if we do win, we’ll start thinking about Friday.” Junior midfielder/forward Tori Burchett also said she expects the Minutewomen to play tough. “We expect them to be a great team,” Burchett said. “They’re in the A-10 tournament, so anybody who gets there has got to be top-notch.” Burchett scored both Bonaventure goals in the 2-0 win at George Washington last Friday. “Courtney Bosse just crossed it, she beat a defender down the line, and I ran into the box,” Burchett said of the first goal. “It came off of a defender, and then it deflected into the goal. The second one, I just turned, beat a defender, and I shot it.” Khettry said he was pleased by the team’s effort on Friday. “I think Friday was one of our best games of the year, just because (George Washington was) so physical,” Khettry said. “We had never won at their field, and we were 0-3 on field turf, so our mindset was ‘our backs are against the wall.’ It would be an awful shame in a
Junior Tori Burchett scored twice in the Bonnies’ win Friday. Sara Regal/The Bona Venture
2010-11 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Remaining Schedule
season where we beat Dayton and Charlotte, the top two teams in the conference, to not make it to the A-10 tournament because you lose to George Washington.” Khettry said the Colonials were more committed to making tackles than playing soccer. “You have to meet that physical challenge,” Khettry said. “The other thing is, when you have the ball, you’ve got to take advantage of opportunities to put the ball on the floor, to possess it, to play beneath your feet. Both of Tori’s goals were a result of soccer.” The team learned it clinched the fourth seed later Friday night before a 2-1 loss at Richmond. “We thought we were going to have to win two games no matter what,” Cunningham said. “So Friday, after the game we were like, ‘one down, one to go.’ We found out way later that night, about 9 (p.m.) Friday, that we actually were in. We weren’t going to take Sunday lightly; it just happened that we were unlucky Sunday.” The Bonnies now have the third-most wins (32) in the A10 over the past three seasons, trailing only Dayton (49) and Charlotte (47), who have combined for the last three championships. “We’ve won more than 11
other teams in our conference, which I think is a really good feat,” Khettry said. Khettry contrasted the wins with the team’s lack of success in 2007. “When these guys came in, when Anna came in, we were coming off a 2-15-1 season,” Khettry said. “Her freshman year they were 5-12-2. (Now) it’s three consecutive doubledigit-win seasons. If we win one more game, we’re going to tie the record for the most wins this program has ever had.” Khettry said his only goal now is beating UMass. “I just want to win that first game and go from there,” Khettry said. “I have no doubt that we can beat anybody but you’ve got to win your first game. “I think regardless of if we play Charlotte or Dayton, I think those guys know in the back of their minds we can beat them because we have,” Khettry said. “So I don’t think there’s going to be any intimidation factor. I don’t think there’s going to be anything other than we’re in the semifinal and we’re 90 minutes away from playing in an A-10 final.”
2010 Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship Schedule at Kingston, R.I.
11/6 Duquesne/La Salle (Tri Meet at Erie C.C.,Buffalo) 11/13 Cleveland State 12/3-5 Akron Invite (Akron, Ohio) 12/17 at Canisius 1/21 Binghamton 1/22 at Penn State 1/29 Niagara 2/5 at Buffalo 2/23-26 Atlantic 10 Championship (Buffalo)
Quarterfinals- Last Night (for results, go to www.thebv.org) No. 3 Duquesne vs. No. 6 La Salle No. 4 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 5 Massachusetts
Semifinals – Today No. 1 Charlotte vs. lowest remaining seed 5 p.m. No. 2 Dayton vs. highest remaining seed 7:30 p.m.
Final – Sunday Semifinal winners 1 p.m.
SBU swimmers, divers return to action at Tri Meet BY KYLE ZAMIARA Staff Writer After two weeks of training, the men’s swimming and diving team heads north tomorrow for the annual Tri Meet at Erie Community College’s Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo. Coach Sean McNamee said he is excited to see how his team will perform after two weeks off following a loss to Pittsburgh. “Thankfully, we’re going to get into the race this weekend,” McNamee said. “We’ve had two weekends off, and I think (the team) is a little hungry to get back to racing, too.” Last season, the team beat La Salle at the meet but fell short against Duquesne and finished second. This year, due to Duquesne dropping its men’s swimming program, the meet will feature La Salle and Canisius. “La Salle has had one meet prior, and they look extremely strong,” McNamee said. “We have our hands full there, and it’s going to be some quality competition against LaSalle in the dual meet.” With the swimmers eager to plunge back into competition, and meets starting to come up on the schedule, McNamee said the workout load would settle down somewhat, but the team’s eyes are still set on the Atlantic 10 Championships in February in Buffalo.
The men’s swimmers and divers return to the pool tomorrow.
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“We had a nice opportunity to crank the training the past two weeks, (so) I’m not going to kick them that hard this week going into (the upcoming meet),” McNamee said. “But we have a tough meet next week against Cleveland State that we’d like to be sharp for. Our focus is still remaining on February, and we don’t want to compromise anything we’re doing to possibly hinder that.”
McNamee said he is pleased with his team’s efforts so far in the pool, and is glad to see that it is on track for where he wants it to be in February. “I’d say beyond ‘on track,’” McNamee exclaimed. “They’ve trained extremely tough, academically we’re doing our work, (and) things to this point are going very well.”
BY JONATHAN HEARD Staff Writer
The Bonnies head back into the pool this weekend against Duquesne and La Salle in the Tri Meet at Erie Community College in Buffalo after two weeks of preparation. “We’ve been working hard,” coach Seth Johnson said. “We’ve used this break as a training base to get our girls ready for the rest of the semester.” The Brown and White have been able to recover from fatigue during their break. “I feel stronger in the water,” junior Lanae Petty said. “We’ve been doing lots of sprinting, which I hope pays off this weekend and as the season continues.” The Bonnies hope to improve this weekend against Atlantic 10 competition. “We’re looking to be a little sharper this week against two Atlantic 10 teams,” Johnson said. “We’ve been getting our work done earlier in the week, so hopefully we can be set up to race well.” “I expect us to come out to compete and (swim) well.” The women’s swimming team was last in action on Oct. 17 when it lost 179-106 at Pittsburgh. Coach Seth Johnson said he was pleased with his team’s performance in spite of the defeat. “We swam pretty well,” Johnson said. “Pitt’s usually always a
top-25 team in the country, but I liked how our girls came out and weren’t afraid to race a team with Pitt’s caliber.” Petty, a freestyle swimmer, agreed with Johnson’s thoughts about the team’s performance. “I think it was all right,” Petty said. “We tried hard. I think I could have gone faster, but I can’t complain at this point in the year.” The Brown and White will continue their schedule when they
host Cleveland State Nov. 13. Johnson said the team hopes to continue to sharpen its skills as the season goes on. “We hope to continue to improve by putting up a couple of season-best times,” Johnson said. “Each meet gives us a good idea of what our girls need in terms of rest and training.”
The Bonnies face Duquesne and La Salle tomorrow in Buffalo.
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Playoff hopes hang over match with Duquesne
BY TYLER DIEDRICH Sports Assignment Editor
When the game clock at McGraw-Jennings Field hits triple zeros tomorrow afternoon, men’s soccer coach Mel Mahler hopes the 10 seniors playing their final game there will walk away with another chance to play together. A win or tie against Duquesne (tomorrow, 2 p.m.) assures the Bonnies of a spot in next week’s Atlantic 10 Championship in Charlotte. Last weekend’s home sweep of George Washington and Richmond has the Bonnies (10-7, 5-3) tied for second in the A-10 with 15 points. Mahler said the Bonnies are in good shape for making the postseason, but many scenarios could play out, including a potential eight-way tie, if the Bonnies lose tomorrow. “To sit here right now and try to figure that out … I’m not smart enough mathematically to do that,” Mahler said. “Let’s just go play. Let’s take care of what we have control over.” The Bonnies and Duquesne (8-7-2, 4-4) are the only two A10 teams with one game remaining, as the 12 others play both on Friday and Sunday. The Dukes need a win to stay alive for A-10 contention. If the Bonnies finish first or second in the standings, they will receive a bye into next Friday’s semifinals. Teams seeded third through sixth play in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Mahler said he expects a tense, spirited and emotional match as the Bonnies try to
Senior David Flynn and the men’s soccer team look to secure a spot in the A-10 tournament.
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clinch their second-ever (and second-consecutive) postseason berth. “A win takes any doubt out of the equation,” he said. “It’s senior day; we want to end on a great note at home. That in itself will be motivation, but more so that here’s an opportunity for us to get to the postseason two years in a row.”
Senior midfielder Fabrizio Savarino wrote in an e-mail it hasn’t hit him this will be his last home game, but he’s more focused on winning. “We have a pretty good shot at getting a first-round bye, which would be incredible,” Savarino wrote. “At the start of the season if someone told us we would be in (second) place and have a
Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Standings 1. Charlotte 2. St. Bonaventure 3. Massachusetts 4. La Salle 5. Fordham 6. Xavier 7. Saint Louis 8. Temple 9. Duquesne 10. Dayton 11. Richmond 12. Rhode Island 13. Saint Joseph’s 14. George Washington
Event Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball
A-10 Semifinal 5 or 7:30 p.m.
Meet the Men’s Soccer Seniors #4 Brett Allen, M: Rochester, N.Y. #5 Kevin Okapal, D: Sylvania, Ohio #8 Kevin Mjaatvedt, M: Allentown, Pa. #9. Fabrizio Savarino, M: Toronto, Ontario #10 Chris Leko, M: Mississauga, Ontario #11 Juan Trevino, F: The Woodlands, Texas #12 David DiNardo, D: Ottawa, Ontario #14 Shane Nolan, D: Brick, N.J. #15 Stewart Grisante, D: Buffalo, N.Y. #23 David Flynn, GK: Lancaster, Pa.
nor’s assist tied him for the conference lead with six. Senior goalkeeper David Flynn made eight saves in his fifth shutout of the season. Mahler said it was important to play a Spiders team with a similar possessionoriented style of play. “They had a fair amount of time with the ball, and we had a fair amount of time with the ball,” Mahler said. “But what was encouraging was that we got the one-goal lead and we found a way to defend (it) and win the game.” Mahler added the way the Bonnies won last weekend was just as important as the fact they won. “We did what we had to do to win Friday,” he said. “It was a game where I thought we probably should have scored more than we did, as odd as that may sound. (But) we were very solid defensively to not let Richmond back in to the game on Sunday.” Mahler said he is encouraged that the team has begun winning close games, and he hopes the improvements help prolong the season, especially for this group of seniors. “I believe that we’re finding ways now more to win games than to let (opponents) win them,” he said. “I’m tickled for the success they’ve had, I’m happy for them, (and) I don’t want it to end.”
8:30 p.m. 7 p.m.
9 p.m. 2 p.m.
A-10 Quarterfinal (Opponent, Time TBA)
A-10 Semifinal (Opponent, Time TBA)
A-10 Championship 1 p.m.
(at Erie C.C.)
Women’s Swimming Hockey
A Look Ahead
6-1-0 (18 pts.) 5-3-0 (15 pts.) 4-1-2 (14 pts) 4-2-1 (13 pts.) 4-3-0 (12 pts.) 4-3-0 (12 pts.) 4-3-0 (12 pts.) 4-3-0 (12 pts.) 4-4-0 (12 pts.) 3-2-2 (11 pts.) 3-4-0 (9 pts.) 1-5-1 (4 pts.) 1-6-0 (3 pts.) 0-7-0 (0 pts.)
chance of getting a firstround bye, I don’t think any of us would believe it. But now it’s different. We know how good we really are and we have a (legitimate) shot at winning this tournament.” Fellow senior midfielder Kevin Mjaatvedt agreed. “Four years of soccer all comes down to one game, and it is perfect that we get to play it on our home field in the cold weather in front of our fans,” Mjaatvedt wrote in an e-mail. “We don’t want to have to watch Sunday’s (A-10) games to find out if we’re in. We want to go win our last game on our home field and make a statement to the league.” Mahler said the team’s seniors have had varying degrees of on-field productivity, but all have been valuable to the team in some capacity. “I don’t know if I can aptly describe the importance these guys have provided and what they’ve done for the program,” Mahler said. “You’re only as strong as your weak link. In this case we have some seniors (who) have not had playing time but come out every day and train hard to make everyone else better. For those guys, I have the utmost respect.” Mahler added he thinks the leadership and winning attitude the seniors have – being a part of the program’s first-ever
postseason appearance and victory last year – will help them tomorrow and hopefully in to the postseason. “They’ve grasped that winning concept from last year and they’ve applied it to this year,” Mahler said. “I won’t say last year’s team had any more ability or heart than this year … (but) these seniors have had to really rely, teach, guide (and) motivate the young guys. “Sometimes you look around so much and try to take care of everybody else (that) your game suffers, and I think that they’ve been able to balance that.” The Bonnies showed that balance in last Friday’s 3-1 victory against George Washington. Freshman midfielder Emmett O’Connor scored 1:04 in to the game with an assist from fellow freshman midfielder Brad Vanino on a free kick. The Colonials tied the game in the 11th minute, and the scored remained 1-1 well in to the second half. O’Connor scored the goahead goal with assists from seniors David DiNardo and Chris Leko in the 74th minute, before Savarino – in his first start since returning from a hamstring injury – scored an insurance goal with an assist from freshman defender Eric Smolarek in the 88th minute. Savarino was a catalyst again Sunday, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Richmond with assists from O’Connor and Vanino. O’Con-
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Duquesne tomorrow as season concludes. Page 9
Bonnies host D-II Mansfield
PO IN T
BY SAM WILSON Assistant Sports Editor
Basketball season returns Today, the men’s and women’s basketball teams unofficially begin a four-month journey that starts on Bob Lanier Court, travels from arena to arena around the country and ends at some point in March. Ryan The results of the Papaserge men’s basketball game against Mansfield and the women’s basketball match up against Edinboro will have no bearing on either team’s record. However, the WolfPack — the Bonnies’ student section — will hopefully be out in full force and already in midseason form. Those fans will erupt once junior center Andrew Nicholson completes his first “thunder dunk” of the 2010-11 campaign, as they will throughout the season. While Atlantic 10 coaches and media don’t have high hopes for the men in Brown and White — ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the conference’s preseason poll — Nicholson was a first-team All-Conference selection, joining the ranks of Lanier (heard of him?) in earning high praise. Whether junior guard Michael Davenport and senior guard Ogo Adeg boye will assist in forming a supporting cast for Nicholson is anyone’s guess and something that will be revealed as the season goes on. The men’s road includes trips to Big East member St. John’s — also under a rebuilding phase under new head coach Steve Lavin — and the ACC’s Virginia Tech in Rochester. On the women’s side, expectations are still high — even after the graduation of Dana Mitchell and Andrea Doneth, two of the program’s greatest players, and part of the winningest class in school history. Junior forward Megan Van Tatenhove and junior guard Jessica Jenkins will lead a team hoping to land its third consecu tive postseason berth, this time for the NCAA Tournament. An infusion of new blood will join the ranks of the Brown and White, as four freshmen will sit patiently courtside wait ing for their chance to shine. Postseason success for the women’s team has made the Bonnies an appealing opponent to major-conference foes. The Big East’s West Virginia and St. John’s, as well as famed Big Ten member Indiana will play the Brown and White this season. Today, however, most of that is irrelevant. Today is about getting back into the swing of things before the season officially begins for both teams next Friday. For the coaches, today’s games could go a long way in deciding who will receive an increased amount of playing time throughout the season, whether it be in the starting lineup or on the bench. For the players, today is about playing competitive basketball once again, with the exception of Adegboye’s experience as part of the British national team dur ing the offseason. The newest additions to both programs will have their chance to earn the approval of both fans and coaches, as the journey to join names like Sam and Tom Stith, Lanier, and most recently Mitchell in the Reilly Center’s rafters. But most importantly, it’s time for the fans to renew that all-too-familiar chant that rocks the Reilly Center — one will resound throughout the arena during the winter months. “S!B!U! S!B!U!”
Ryan Papaserge is the sports editor for The Bona Venture. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bonnies open their season at 7 tonight with an exhibition game against Division II Mansfield in the Reilly Center for one last test before they look to improve on last year’s 15-16 season. Last season, the Brown and White defeated Mansfield, 82-74, in exhibtion play. The Mountaineers went 19-8 last season in the Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Coach Mark Schmidt said the exhibition is the next step in preparation for the season. “We practiced,” Schmidt said. “We had our scrimmage, now it’s the next test. We want to play well. Just like last year, we want to win. We want to play all of our guys. All of our guys are going to play, but the bottom line is you want to win.” Junior guard Michael Davenport also called the game a test. “It’s another test for us to see how well we’ve put everything together, how far we’ve come as a group from October 15th when we started,” Davenport said. “It’s a chance for us to see, how we bring it all together.” Last season’s leading scorer, junior forward Andrew Nicholson, scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 26 minutes last year against Mansfield. With the team’s second and thirdleading scorers, guard Chris Matthews and forward Jonathan Hall, lost from last season, the Bonnies will turn to Davenport and sophomore Demetrius Conger at the two and three spots. Senior Ogo Adegboye replaces former starting point guard Malcolm Eleby, who transferred to Northern Kentucky. Davenport said he’s been looking forward to tonight’s game. “I’ve been waiting for this ever since the end of last year,” Davenport said. “(I’m) just anxious – excited – to dis play everybody else’s skills, and mine as well.” The game gives the coaches a
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Junior forward Andrew Nicholson averaged 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Bonnies last season. chance to see the team’s young players in action. “We want to see progress,” Schmidt said, “And it’s the first time that the two freshmen (Matthew Wright and Sam de Haas) are going to be in uniform and the lights are going to come on. And then the young guys as well — seeing how they progress like Demetrius going from a freshman to sophomore — how is he doing? How is he progressing when the lights come on?” Schmidt said some players play differently in game action. “You can do a lot in practice,” Schmidt said. “Some guys are game guys, and some guys are practice guys. Some guys play really well in practice and stink in the game. Some guys practice terribly and play in the game. “This is going to be the first test, not just for the freshmen but for our whole team because we’ve got guys
that were young, just role guys, last year that are stepping up now and having to be go-to guys.” Schmidt said the team can evaluate its lineup based on the exhibition before next Friday’s regular season opener at Canisius. “The good thing about the way we do it is nothing’s set in stone,” Schmidt said. “It’s competition. The better you practice, (the more) you
get the opportunity to play. In our minds, we’re setting things up and we know what we’re going to do Friday night, but it may change against Canisius depending on how guys play and how the guys practice the following week.” After the road opener, the Bonnies host Arkansas Little-Rock Nov. 14. email@example.com
At a Glance
Mansfield Mounties (NCAA Division II) 2009-10 Record: 19-9 (10-5 in PSAC) Head Coach: Rich Miller (74-62, Sixth season) All-time series: St. Bonaventure leads 2-0 Last Meeting: Nov. 6, 2009 (Bonnies won, 82-74) Top returning scorer: F Yuseff Carr (16.9 ppg) Top returning rebounder: Carr (8.5 rpg)
SBU fights Scots in exhibition BY RYAN PAPASERGE Sports Editor After losing standouts Dana Mitchell and Andrea Doneth to graduation during the offseason, the women’s basketball team unof ficially begins its 2010-11 season today in an exhibition game against Division II Edinboro at 5 p.m. in the Reilly Center. Coach Jim Crowley said the matchup against the Fighting Scots will serve as an opportunity to evaluate his team in its first taste of game action. “For us, it’s about seeing how people handle competition,” Crowley said. “There is no set way we’re going to divvy up time. We’re going to approach it like it’s a real game. We’re going to look at some people who have earned a look in competition.” Edinboro finished 16-12 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)’s West division last season, losing to Gannon in the conference’s quarterfinals. The Fighting Scots’ top returning scorer, junior forward Renee’ Brown, will miss the game with an unspecified injury. Sophomore Samantha Blazetic will likely lead Edinboro’s attack. The forward’s 69 blocks topped the PSAC last season, and she averaged eight points and six rebounds per game. Crowley views the Fighting Scots as a formidable opponent for the Brown and White to prepare for the season ahead. “They’re a very solid club,” Crowley said. “They played some of the better (Division II) teams in the country very tough last year, and
they’ll be a good challenge for us.” The Bonnies’ quest for a third consecutive postseason berth begins in earnest next Friday, when they host Binghamton to begin the regular season. Conference coaches picked the Bonnies to finish eighth out of 14 teams in the preseason poll, after the Brown and White reached the Atlantic 10 Conference quarterfinals. Junior forward Megan Van Tatenhove earned third team All-Conference honors, tallying 11.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season. Junior guard Jessica Jenkins — who led the A-10 with 2.7 threepointers per game last season – is also returning. Crowley noted Van Tatenhove and Jenkins are among some of the players who will need to step up after the departure of Mitchell — the program’s second-most prolific scorer — and Doneth. “I’m not about replacing (Mitchell and Doneth),” Crowley said. “It’s about people doing the things they do well to make up for some things the people who left the program didn’t do as well.
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Junior Megan Van Tatenhove and the Bonnies host Edinboro today. “Two years ago we asked Jess, Meg and (redshirt junior guard Armelia Horton) to up their production from their freshman to
At a Glance
Edinboro Fighting Scots (NCAADivision II) 2009-10 Record: 16-12 (7-7 in PSAC) Head Coach: Stan Swank (372-243, 23rd season) All-time series: First meeting Last Meeting: First meeting Top returning scorer: F/G Renee’Brown (12.9 ppg) Top returning rebounder: Brown (7.7 rpg)
sophomore years, and they all over doubled their scoring averages. They need to do more.” According to Crowley, sophomore forward Chelsea Bowker and junior forward Jennie Ashton may receive an increased amount of playing time this evening. “We know what Jess, Arm and Meg can do,” Crowley said. “We (need to see) what some of those other kids can do in a different role and an expanded role.”
The Bottom Line Face of the Week Senior Women’s Soccer
Cunningham was named firstteam All-Conference by the A10 this week, and earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team honors. She leads the Bonnies with nine goals.
Game of the Week Men’s Basketball
Quote of the Week “Let’s just go play. Let’s take care of what we have control over.”
Men’s soccer coach Mel Mahler on his team’s chance to qualify for next week’s Atlantic 10 Championship