Bonnies Prevail Over Bulls 73-62 in Adams’ Return

By Sean Lynch

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (5-2) were victorious on Saturday over the Buffalo Bulls (4-3) at Alumni Arena in Amherst.

Guard Jaylen Adams returned for his first game action of the regular season after he injured his ankle in an exhibition game against Alfred State University on Nov. 4.

Working his way back into a normal playing cycle, Adams logged 28 minutes and had 9 points, 4 rebounds and a pair of assists and steals.

Guard CJ Massinburg scored a three pointer to push the Bulls to their largest lead of the game with 31-25 with 3:25 left in the first half. The Bulls went into the second half with a 35 – 32 lead over the Bonnies.

The Bonnies tied it up 51-51 with 10:35 left when they pushed for four points to close the gap. The Bonnies would hold the Bulls basketless for the next 8 minutes of the game until forward Nick Perkins ended the run with a three-point basket with 39 seconds left in the contest.

Guard Matt Mobley led the charge for Bonas with a game-high 25 points – his fourth 20-point game of the season. Mobley also added three rebounds and a steal.

The defense stepped up for the Bonnies as they held the Bulls to 33.9 % shooting from the field and 24.1 % from three-point range for the game. The Bonnies were also plagued with foul trouble as they had 14 fouls in the first half of the game.

The Bonnies next challenge will come in the form of an away game against the Canisius Golden Griffins Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Koessler Center at 7 p.m.

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Bonnies Win Big Against Maryland Eastern Shore

By Sean Lynch

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2-1) won in dominant fashion against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (1-3) 96-48 in the Reilly Center behind a powerful push from the underclassmen on the bench and strong performances from the starting five.

At the first media timeout, the Bonnies and Hawks were tied 9-9. After the break, the Bonnies pulled away with a 22-5 run to close out the first half of the game. Bonaventure went into halftime with a 49-27 lead with Nelson Kaputo and Matt Mobley leading the charge for the Bonnies with 15 points each in the first half.

Freshman Tshiefu Ngalakulondi finished with a game high 21 points and shot 8-11 from the field with 4-6 coming from three-point range. The Bonnies were extremely effective from three-point range, shooting 58.3% for the game. Ngalakulondi also had three steals and a block.

Another Freshman, Izaiah Brockington had a career performance off the bench with 18 points and 5 assists.

Bonnies Head coach Mark Schmidt explained the importance of the performances of Ngalakulondi and Izaiah Brockington off the bench.

“This is the type of game especially in the second half where you can put them in there and they can gain some confidence, and this will go a long way in their development,” Schmidt said.

Ngalakulondi talked about his confidence moving forward after this game.

“It definitely boosted my confidence,” Ngalakulondi said. “Just go out there and play as hard as we can because I’m just waiting for my name to be called.”

Ngalakulondi also shared the bond he has with his teammate and fellow freshman Izaiah Brockington.

“It was a lot of fun playing with him out there,” he said. “He’s my roommate as well so we have that bond, so it’s fun playing with him out there.”

The Bonnies forced 16 steals with 5 coming from Nelson Kaputo, 4 from Brockington and 3 each from Ndene Guyene and Matt Mobley

“We played really hard,” Schmidt said. “When you have those deflections and us running around the way we did, you get a lot of stuff off our defense.”

Schmidt looked forward to the next step in the Emerald Coast Classic and the challenges that face the team.

“You wish everyone was healthy. You wish everyone was 100%, but that’s just not how it is,” said Schmidt. “We got our work cut out for us, but we’re going to go down there and see how good we are.”

The Bonnies will take on Maryland next on Nov. 24 at 9:30 p.m. EST as a part of the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida.

 

Bona black out leaves students without card access

By Sean Lynch

St. Bonaventure University students were unable to access some residence halls during a 2 ½-hour power outage on Friday night after a transformer near Devereux Hall short-circuited.

ID scanners in the halls of Robinson, Falconio and Devereux malfunctioned due to errors within the system. Gary Segrue, director of safety and security, explained that this is a rare occurrence.

From time to time we experience minor malfunctions with the electronic card access. This is usually as a result of programming issues,” said Segrue.

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Album Review: Earl Sweatshirt’s “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside”

By Sean Lynch

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Earl Sweatshirt hit a rough patch after the release of his mixtape Earl when he was sent to boarding school in Samoa until he was 18-years-old.

Sweatshirt felt that he doubted himself in his first studio album released in 2012, shortly after his return from Samoa, Doris. Sweatshirt needed a voice after his days of conformity with rap group Odd Future and his lost mind on Doris.

Even through all the uncertainty, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside serves as a platform for Sweatshirt to reveal his true talent as an artist, and to finally let his voice be heard.

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“Huey” serves as the opening track to Sweatshirt’s album. The song goes back to Sweatshirt’s Odd Future days with its comical lyric content as he rants on critics and talks about the change in his career as he came back to Los Angeles again. The song changes from a dreary organ to a simple drum beat with some synthesizer thrown in between.

“Off Top” creates an unsettling mood with its eerie piano and cold lyrics including “I’m only happy when there’s static in the air cause the fair weather fake to me.”  The production is extremely choppy, but it goes along with the rap perfectly.

“Wool” features rapper Vince Staples; he matches Sweatshirt’s dark rap with his own dark verses. The beat is simple with the use of a cut up piano and a simplistic drum beat that captures the dark tone of the song.

“Grief” is the hit single from the album and comes off as artistically driven. The beat is glitchy and gives an eerie vibe to the song. Sweatshirt takes us to a dark place in his life, rapping about his struggles with drugs and finding himself after losing his grandmother.

Sweatshirt was upset with how National Public Radio handled his album’s release.

The album was originally supposed to only have been a music video released for the song “Grief,” but Top Dog Entertainment released everything but the music video.

Sweatshirt said through NPR Music: “I was so mad cause it was like — especially because I feel like this is my first album. This is the first thing that I’ve said that I fully stand behind, like the good and the bad of it. I’ve never been behind myself this much. So for them to not treat it as importantly as I was treating it was just like — I couldn’t help but to feel a little disrespected, you know?”

Earl Sweatshirt took simplicity and turned it into something special. Though the glitchy beats and dark raps, Sweatshirt finally found his own voice. Over the past few years, we have seen Sweatshirt mature through his projects, and I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside feels like the rounding off of his maturity. He has finally stepped away from the childish ways of Odd Future and has grown into a stronger rapper because of it.

Modest Mouse: “Strangers to Ourselves” Review

By Sean Lynch

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Modest Mouse seemed to have bad mojo thrown their way the past seven years while creating Strangers to Ourselves. The band has recorded with artists including Krist Novoselic of Nirvana and Big Boi; however, these tracks were released. The band has changed producers multiple times and even lost their founding bassist Eric Judy. It seemed as if Strangers to Ourselves would be left in limbo, never to be released, but it has finally made it out of obscurity.

“Lampshades on Fire” is a song that carries Modest Mouse’s original indie-rock sound. Isaac Brock is noted for his unique singing voice that comes off shaky and often changes pitch – but it works for him. The guitar is vibrant as it bounces along with the vocals giving some energy to the song.

“Coyotes” gives a softer tone to the album with its gently picked acoustic guitar and silvery voice from Brock. “The Best Room” has a similar sound to that of “Coyotes,” but the acoustics are instead replaced by effect-heavy guitar and a heavier voice. While “The Best Room” begins smooth, a heavily picked guitar solo towards the end of the song creates a transition that brings the album together after their brief hiatus.

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Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock performs on Jimmy Fallon. [image courtesy of billboard.com]

It feels as though this album was left in limbo for too long. Even though it is a traditional Modest Mouse record at heart, there are no other improvements on it or brand new concepts. Not to say that is bad at all, it’s just that there is a higher expectation for more after seven years rather than just to play it safe. The album gives some great singles, but leaves a longing for something new and bold.

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Even with that statement, the band members are extremely generous live performers because of the energy they put into all of their appearances.

Modest Mouse appeared on The Tonight Show and gave another great performance. They played “Lampshades on Fire” to large applause as they bounced and jumped around on stage. The performance was their first one in nine years on television since they released “We Were Dead before the Ship Even Sank.”

Modest Mouse will perform on the newest Late Late Show with James Corden tonight at 12:30 a.m.

St. Bonaventure creates Professional and Creative Writing major for fall 2015

By Sean Lynch 

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St. Bonaventure is expanding upon its writing curriculum with the addition of a Professional and Creative Writing major. The major is the product of a collaboration between The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the English department.

The program will incorporate aspects of both professional and creative writing and is set to debut in the fall semester of 2015.

The major’s curriculum will offer classes ranging from strategic communications, journalism and mass communication, and english. The new edition will offer traditional creative media like fiction and nonfiction writing, but will also offer classes on blogging and understanding video games through writing. Because writing now moving into a digital arena, there will be a large focus placed on technology.

Dr.Patrick Panzarella, chairperson for the English department was a contributor in the original meetings for building the idea of the program. Panzarella said “It would be good to have a broad based writing program that would enable students to pursue writing careers both in business and in creative ways.”

Panzarella emphasised the importance of the collaboration between both the Journalism and Mass Communication and the English programs. He said “We thought that both the [Russell J. Jandoli] school of Journalism/Mass Communication and the English department both had things that they could contribute very handily to this program”

The course will offer new and old classes from both the English and Journalism and Mass Communication Curriculum. Multimodal Writing, Digital Rhetoric and Introduction to Writing are some of the classes offered by the curriculum.

Dr. Matt King who is an Assistant Professor and Director of Composition is one of the main professors in the program. King will be teaching Digital Rhetoric; will teach students a chance to utilize the use of persuasive writing through the use of digital medium.

King said “We certainly want students to be prepared to go on to professional work that incorporates their writing skills, but in terms of what that looks like there are any number of forms that could take.”

Internships and real world experience also play a large role in the program. Students who are a part of the program are expected have to have campus internships, professional internships in addition to work within the classroom to give students a well rounded education.

King said “Students will have the opportunity to gain real world experience through the course requirements to the program and will  be asked to bring that experience back to Bonaventure.”

The program looks to build writers who are well rounded in both professional writing and creative writing. Panzarella stated that he wants writers  “Not to have a narrow approach.” King said “ Effective communication and effective writing skills are not only necessary, but extremely advantageous in the professional world, regardless of what field you are in.”

The professional and creative writing major is expected to give students the opportunity to grow as successful writers. While the decision has not yet been made on finding a director, preparation has already begun. Courses will be available in the fall of 2015.

Album review: Drake’s “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”

By Sean Lynch

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Drake turned the entire rap world on its head when he surprised everyone with the release of his new mixtape  If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Many fans were expecting Drake’s planned album Views From The 6, but were stunned when they found that If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late  had dropped on iTunes Thursday instead.

Twitter users were sent into a frenzy when they realized he had dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Drake was trending on Twitter through the hashtag #IfYoureReadingThisItsTooLate, and the mixtape made waves over social media. Drake had originally dropped the album on iTunes, but it quickly carried over to OVO’s Soundcloud. As of today the album is only available on iTunes as it was pulled from OVO’s Soundcloud.

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