All Deserve Respect

[Photo by Amanda Koneski]

March for Life teaches

By Daulton Sherwin, Executive Video Producer, @sherwidc10

Raindrops darkened the roads, potholes became puddles and snow slowly turned to running water.  Once outside, the thought of hypothermia stuck in the back of my mind.  Still, weather conditions that would have kept many indoors didn’t stop those at the pro-life movement.

Having been to the SBU for Life meetings and the March for Life, it has made me think and question my morals, and that made it worth being there despite the weather.

Thousands upon thousands arrived on Jan. 23 to support the March for Life.  They squeezed onto Constitution Avenue at the National Historic Museum and walked to the Supreme Court building.

From Nebraska to Maine, from North to South, from priests to children and from men to women, the diversity of supporters was unbelievable.

St. Bonaventure’s SBU for Life club had 13 members present for the march.  For many, it wasn’t their first, having participated with youth groups in previous years.

“This is my fourth march,” said freshman theology major Koty Mann.  “What I really, really liked was during the march, we go up this one hill, and at the very top, my youth minister taps me on the shoulder and told me to turn around.  And I look back and I just see thousands and thousands of people flooding up the street.  I can’t see to the end of the line because there is so many people. It’s a bigger than me experience.”

A “bigger-than-me” experience that included pro-life marchers and pro-choice protesters.

“At the very end of the march, there will be just a handful of pro-choice people who are there to express their opinion, too,” said literacy graduate student Taylor Janak.

She wasn’t kidding.

After a tour in the Supreme Court building, I saw the handful of pro-choice protesters.  They were severely outnumbered.  Let’s just say the pro-choicers were the 300 Spartans going up against the 500,000 Persian soldiers. Yet as outnumbered as they were, I continually heard the pro-choicers chanting, “They want no choice. We are pro-choice.”

At around 1:30 p.m., I made my way toward the National Historic Museum.  The march started around 1 and continued until 3.  Once I got to Constitution Avenue, I knew getting to the museum wasn’t going to be easy.  I felt like I was swimming against the current.  The rush of pro-lifers made it difficult to walk up the streets or even on the sidewalk.  Once I thought the coast was clear, a police officer told me to get off the street because more pro-lifers were about to walk.  The swarm continued, and I thought it would never end.

I finally caught up with the group around 2:15 in front of the museum. Waiting patiently were even more pro-life protesters.  I moved into the crowd and found a tight spot.  Looking down at my phone, the clock changed to 2:25.

Everyone started walking.  The one- to two-mile journey began at a slow pace.

I passed vendors selling jumbo pretzels, Rick Santorum supporters handing out stickers and the Knights of Columbus asking for donations.  They knew this was a place to raise money, and I didn’t blame them.

Chants of “Hey, Obama, your momma chose life;” “We like babies, yes, we do. We like babies, how about you,” and the Hail Mary kept repeating like broken records.

It never stopped.

I kept walking and looking at my phone to see how long it would take me to get to the Supreme Court building.  At 2:40, I wasn’t even halfway there.  I could see the building but wasn’t sure how much farther I had to go.

Around 3, I received a call from SBU for Life president Kevin Cooley.  He told me we were getting ready to leave and had to meet him at Union Station.

I made it halfway through the march.

Though it was supposed to end, the vast amount of people made it impossible for it to happen.

Walking to Union Station, I reflected on what I saw. 




As a student of St. Bonaventure University, I had a part in it.

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, you have the ability to have your voice heard.  It’s here, on campus, as a member of SBU for Life.  Don’t let the name fool you into thinking we all share the same beliefs.

We don’t.

The club is about life issues and how we should handle the seriousness of abortion, torture, the death penalty and more.

“To me the issue doesn’t really involve religion,” said Cooley.  “Regardless of what you believe, killing is wrong…A lot of our core members aren’t necessarily affiliated with any religion, but I would like to see even more so that we can really reach out to people who don’t even agree with us.”

I am neither for nor against abortion. After being a part of the march, I have realized we all have our own opinions.

But we all deserve respect.

As long as we know why we support a side, we have all the right in the world for our voice to be heard.

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Grennan’s private dinner with freshmen

A student shares what the 2011 All Bonaventure Reads author said to students before his Monday lecture

By Joseph Phelan, staff writer, @jphelan13

Prior to Conor Grennan’s campus-wide speech Monday, he ate dinner with 30-or-so freshmen, including 13 essay award winners chosen by the All Bonaventure Reads committee.

Although I may not have been one of the essay finalists, I represented my University 101 class that night and had dinner with an author that I admire. 

Ever since finishing “Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal,” I wanted to meet Grennan. I wanted to hear stories about him enduring through an epic journey to change the lives of Nepalese children firsthand.

But he didn’t come dressed as a famous author. When he arrived at the Hall of Fame room at 5 p.m., his attire — a simple button-down shirt, neatly tucked into a pair of khakis with a standard wristwatch — depicted how normal he actually is.

His sense of humor was evident right from the start. He expressed how his reasons for making the trip to Nepal were initially so he could pick up girls. Then, Nancy Casey, director of the First-Year Experience program, explained to Grennan how for the freshmen’s summer reading assignment, they were asked to read and write a reflection on his book. He sarcastically responded with, “Sorry, guys” — which drew a roar of laughter. 

At dinner, he seemed so interested in what we had to say. Whether it was where we lived or what we thought of the book, he always kept a keen eye on everyone. Grennan also remained humble about his experience and claimed we would have done the same thing if we were placed in the same situation. He added God put him in that situation for a reason.

At one point, he asked who studied journalism. Several students raised their hands, wondering what he could possibly want. He then pleaded on how important it is to spread the word — to make stories like his interesting so people will be willing to read them. 

And that spoke to me.

As a freshman journalism and mass communication major, that gave me motivation and inspiration to change the world — not by deed but the way I would write and report. 

Grennan lives by my favorite quote, Mahatma Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He created something much bigger than himself, and it all started because he tried something. 

His intentions at the start of his journey might not have been pure. But it’s hard to question that when it ended with him creating Next Generation Nepal, a non-profit organization that helps Nepalese children.

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Filmed and produced by Daulton Sherwin, @sherwidc10

Lynn-ear progression

SBU’s new lacrosse coach says he hopes to replicate his success in Division II for the Bonnies

By Joseph Phelan, staff writer, @jphelan13

Ryan Lynn grew up in Baldwinsville, N.Y., with a passion for the game of lacrosse. 

“I remember as a kid going to see lacrosse games with my dad,” said Lynn, St. Bonaventure University’s newly named head lacrosse coach. “I caught the fever.” 

That fever has been with him since then, and it is that same fever that has made him successful at the collegiate level. 

Lynn led Le Moyne, the No. 2-ranked Division II lacrosse team in 2011, advance to the NCAA Championship semifinals. As the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, his team had the nation’s top scoring defense at 5.06 goals per game.

Though he was Le Moyne’s top assistant coach, Lynn said the family atmosphere made taking St. Bonaventure’s head coaching job an easy choice.

“From the administration to the girls on the team, I sensed a support system that made this job so attractive to me,” he said.  

As a former goalie, Lynn said he understands the importance of defense. The mastermind behind the Dolphins’ defensive attack, which ranked first among Division II teams in fewest goals allowed per game, said he will try to mimic similar results at the Division I level.

“When I look at offense, it all starts with a good defense,” he said. 

Lynn added everyone has a fresh start and is on the same level.

“It gives our players an opportunity to stand out,” he said.

Lynn said he is willing to make any and all necessary strides to make this team a more dynamic one. His goals are high, but they can be achieved.

“I will bring and teach everything I know,” said Lynn, a 2004 University of Buffalo and 2008 Buffalo State graduate. “To me, practice is the most important thing. Just being out there each day teaching is very rewarding.”

Lynn replaces Christy Malone, who accepted an administrative position in higher education at Division III Neumann University in Aston, Pa. Christine Hanley, a ’11 alumna and the university’s career goals scored leader, will help coach the offensive attack as Lynn’s graduate assistant. 

Lynn said he understands that it might take time, but is up for the challenge in turning around a team that went 6-9, 2-5 in Atlantic 10 Conference, a year ago.

“Getting to the A10 Championship, winning the championship, qualifying for the NCAAs, and be able to compete at the national level is where we aim to be,” Lynn said.

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