Journalism student at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York. I serve as the News Editor of the Griffin, Canisius' student paper, and I also work as a sports clerk and writer at the Buffalo News. Here, you'll find my articles dating back several years, photos I have taken, and other personal projects of mine.

Sigma Phi Epsilon racial incident reveals a grey area for clubs reporting incidents to school

As officials in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity handled their investigation into a racial incident that occurred at an off-campus event in March, they decided to keep their inquiry completely internal. This means that no Canisius officials, including their faculty advisor, Brian Smith, and Director of Student Life Rich Kennedy, were aware of the trial that resulted in the expulsion of two Canisius students from the fraternity. Both officials told The Griffin that they only became aware of it a

Students removed from Sigma Phi Epsilon after internal investigation by fraternity

Two Canisius students have been removed from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and three others have been punished for a misconduct incident that occurred in March, according to a representative from the fraternity. The five were punished according to the fraternity’s national bylaws after a hearing held last month, according to Sigma Phi Epsilon Chaplain Jared Westhoven. The punishments were given after an investigation by the fraternity into what were described as racist jokes made at a mixer

House ends up with unique role following knee injuries

Drew House still remembers every detail about the end of his high school sports career. It was a Sunday in late 2015, he said, and the Bills were on television. He was just wrapping up the last of five exhibition football games as part of a recruitment camp at Mercyhurst University when he felt a “pop” in his left knee. The then-St. Joe’s senior rushed home for an MRI and received a grim prognosis – House had torn his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The six-to-seven months of rehab to f

Canisius campus suffers minor damages in wind storm

Despite heavy damage to the University at Buffalo and other buildings in the area, Canisius’ campus escaped the weekend’s intense wind storm with mostly minor damage, according to Facilities Management officials. The most notable damage occurred outside Lyons Hall, where a light pole was damaged when a large pine tree cracked and fell on it. In addition, flashing (material used in waterproofing) was blown off Demerly Hall and one of the other dorms, said Kevin Kwitzer, Canisius’ Building Servic

Here’s to you, Larry

For those of you like me who hail from Williamsville or Amherst, Larry Bierl was a common sight on Main Street. You might have seen the long mass of brown hair at the McDonald’s on Main and Union. You might have caught a glimpse of his signature camouflage jacket by the Tops just down the street, or his well-worn boots trodding through the Tim Horton’s at the Walker Center Plaza. See, Larry had no home. The 69-year-old spoke little, and when he did it was usually polite and direct. He never

“Let Emily be herself:” A story in six parts

(This story was cited in the Washington Post's story) It has been a tumultuous three months for Canisius’ Emily Scheck. Disowned by her parents for her sexual orientation and left with almost nothing to her name, Scheck’s friends created a GoFundMe, which has attracted national attention and collected $53,000 as of Sunday afternoon. This act of kindness and desperation brought a new wave of problems for Scheck; collecting donations violates NCAA protocol for amateur athletes. As a member of the cross-country team, she was given the choice of remai

Two XC runners violate NCAA rules, lose eligibility to run this season

Two Canisius cross-country runners have violated NCAA regulations and are no longer eligible to run this season, a source familiar with the situation told The Griffin Wednesday. Sophomores Emily Scheck and Grace Hausladen both breached NCAA conduct policy regarding the acceptance of gifts, related to an earlier incident, and have forfeited their eligibility to continue running this season. They will be eligible next season for their junior campaigns. The rules are in place to protect “amateur

Reese remains dedicated to the Griffs

Canisius’ blue-chip guard was recently named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Player of the Year after earning All-MAAC honors last year, the first sophomore to do so since Michael Meeks in 1994. The Miami, Fla. native led the Griffs last season with 16.9 points per game, 83 three-pointers, 5.8 assists per game, 33.4 minutes per game and 2.2 steals per game. His 73 steals also led the entire MAAC. He was one of only two players in the nation to net more than 125 rebounds

Large raises thousands for cancer research

The month of October is synonymous with the colors black and orange, representative of the spooky times leading up to Halloween. In recent years, though, another color has established itself in the October color palette — pink — which has become a symbol of the fight against breast cancer. And, as Griffs’ hockey coach Trevor Large knows, real men wear it too. For the second year in a row, Large has raised more than $2,500 for Real Men Wear Pink of Buffalo, a subsidiary of the American Cancer

Kearnan selected by San Diego in NLL Draft

Two weeks after Jermaine Crumpton announced he had signed a deal to play professional basketball in Luxembourg, another former Griff is taking his play to the professional level. Connor Kearnan, a member of the class of 2018, was drafted into the National Lacrosse League by the expansion San Diego Seals Wednesday night, making him the eighth Griff to be drafted into the NLL since 2005. The 2018 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year was selected 11th overall, and was one of three selections by the S

Kearnan selected by San Diego in NLL Draft

Two weeks after Jermaine Crumpton announced he had signed a deal to play professional basketball in Luxembourg, another former Griff is taking his play to the professional level. Connor Kearnan, a member of the class of 2018, was drafted into the National Lacrosse League by the expansion San Diego Seals Wednesday night, making him the eighth Griff to be drafted into the NLL since 2005. The 2018 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year was selected 11th overall, and was one of three selections by the S

Public safety to restore night guard starting Sept. 24

Since their return to Canisius for the fall semester, several commuting Griffs have noticed that the security guard normally posted at the entrance of the parking garage has been absent at night. Although Canisius’ public safety department wouldn’t say why the guard was removed in the first place, the safety booth is expected to be staffed full time again starting Sept. 24, according to the vice president of student affairs, Dr. Terri Mangione. A security guard has been hired specifically for

A ‘natural leader’ prepares for pro career

For the first time in a long while, Ryan Schmelzer was back on the ice downtown at the HarborCenter. Only, this time, he wasn’t sporting the Blue and Gold of the Canisius Golden Griffins hockey team; instead, he was dressed in the red, black and white of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL), competing in front of dozens of scouts and other team officials in the Buffalo Sabres’ annual Prospect Challenge this past weekend. It’s been a long time coming for the Buffalo native,

Varsity four shell finishes first at Jim Schabb Regatta

Canisius’ women’s rowing team was back in action Saturday, competing in the annual Jim Schabb Regatta on Tonawanda Creek in Tonawanda. Fourteen clubs competed in the regatta. The Griffs had some of their best finishes of the season as a varsity four shell, crewed by Gianna Ortolani, Andrea Kraft, Anezka Krobot, Bridget Brogan and Sara Ruszczyk, took first place in both the first heat and the finals, placing in front of the University at Buffalo and SUNY Oswego. Official race times were unavail

Rowing has strong showing at Kerr Cup

The Canisius women’s rowing team traveled to the City of Brotherly Love Saturday, where they competed in the 52nd annual Kerr Cup. Thirty-eight clubs from several different states across the country competed. Canisius placed well in several events, including second overall in the women’s petite final with a time of 7:42.29, eight seconds behind St. Joseph’s. That shell was crewed by Misa Gamble, Max McGuire, Brooke Stanley, Emma Vicaretti, Sydney Bischel, Jessica Fabian, Tara Federow and Shanno

Another ‘Angel in the Outfield’

I never knew Donald Colpoys. He retired long before my time as a Griff. I knew that he had coached Canisius baseball for years, amassing hundreds of wins in his 25-year-long career wearing the Blue and Gold. I knew that he had given his Griffs their first taste of success, as he lead them to their first postseason berth in 1986, and their first MAAC regular season championship in 1994. But, though finding and listing Colpoys’ accomplishments in the baseball world was easy, I still didn’t know

When a Griff met a Bull

The buzzer echoed through Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho, as the University at Buffalo Bulls celebrated their upset win over the No. 4 seed Arizona Wildcats on the evening of March 15. March Madness brackets were shredded in anger, fans throughout Western New York dove with glee through folding tables, and UB guard Dontay Caruthers’ smile beamed. Watching from home, more than two thousand miles away, his girlfriend, Canisius’ own Emma Mryglod, a sophomore on the women’s lacrosse team, cheered

Seven Griffs to head to NCAA Zone ‘A’ meet

Seven Canisius divers have qualified for the NCAA Zones competition in March, the team announced via Twitter. The Griffs who qualified for the meet are as follows: Brett Palo: The freshman placed third in the 3-meter dive against Colgate, behind fellow Griffs Travis Wright and Kris Santos. Vinnie Constanzo: Came in second place against Niagara behind Mroz in both the one- and three-meter dives. The sophomore also won MAAC Female Diver of the Week honors in November after an excellent showing

Running On: How Track Built A Lifelong Friendship

Picture this: Summer 2013 is rapidly coming to an end. A group of wide-eyed freshman step onto the track at the Robert Scott Athletic Complex at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, N.Y., for their very first practice. They come from all walks of life – some black, some white, some rich, some poor. This doesn’t matter; on the track, everybody sweats the same. These young men don’t realize it quite yet, but they are on two tracks. Lying ahead on one track waits hard work, awards, fa

Planincic a tall order for Griffs’ opponents

Go ahead. Ask him how the weather is up there. Ask him if he would like a “tall” glass of water. He’ll probably laugh as he stuffs you at the net for the fourth time in as many attempts. Being 6-foot-11 has certainly come in handy for the Griffs’ starting center Selvedin Planincic, who is currently eighth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in blocks, with 21 so far in the season. Planincic’s story is a fascinating one. How did the son of two Bosnians, born in Germany and raised in Mont
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