by Joe Rutigliano
For those of you who do not know me, my name is Joe Rutigliano. I graduated from our beloved Canisius this past May. Although it may not be of any consequence to some of you, I was the President of C-Block for the last two years. Over the two years I was at the helm of Canisius’ most spirited club I received my fair share of praises as well as criticisms.
In response to last week’s editorial entitled “More blue and gold: Why C-Block should lead the charge”, there are a few issues I wish to clarify in order to pave the way for a more cohesive outcome the rest of this year as well as those to come. First and foremost, for those of you with the expectation that the President of C-Block, in this case Junior Andrew Scibilia, is to behave exactly the way that I did and hold the same presence that I (for better or for worse) attempted to have within the student body as well as in the athletic community at Canisius, that is simply not going to happen. As almost everyone knows, in most cases no two people that hold the same position will have the same method of operation. Believe me, Andrew is a hard working, driven and faithful Griff, who is doing his best to lead his fellow students in a direction of passion for Canisius. Yet, Andrew’s way of leading the raucous band of Canisians is different. Do not think for one second that Andrew is not always working to the best of his abilities to bring as many students to each game as possible.
There were points that were made in the editorial that were written that are in fact accurate and some issues that were brought to the forefront that carry some weight. Yes, the first hockey game of the year was scheduled on a four-day weekend when most students decide to head home and get some much needed rest. Yes, there were students that were in attendance yet they were small in number. Yes, Andrew was not in attendance for the game. Attempting to convince students to attend games that are held over break is impossible (trust me I tried doing it for four years, it is harder than trying to convince Public Safety that the undisclosed, possibly alcoholic beverage in your hand, is not in fact yours), the students attending the game were looking for their new leader, and I know for a fact that Andrew was not in attendance for a good reason. However, the editorial was written in somewhat of a panic, as if because the opening hockey game was not attended well, then C-Block was not working hard enough to get students to attend. Give C-Block a few weekends to drum up the crowd you are looking for them to lead, it will come. The crowd at the Penn State game was not the crowd to judge.
A large part of the issue is simply that students that wish to be rowdy and boisterous in Canisius spirit are mostly small in number, however quite large in heart. Each individual student has the ability to make an impact on the game which they are attending by simply making noise. If you think that a spectator does not have an impact on the outcome of a game, you are sorely mistaken. If you do not believe me, have the courage to ask one of your classmates that is an athlete, they will give you an answer that resembles what I have said.
STUDENTS: If you read one thing in this piece let it be this, SIT TOGETHER. Sit with C-Block; no one cares if you are a member. If you are hoarse after a game, that is a good sign.
Lastly and most importantly, take some pride in your school. Go to athletic events and cheer until you are red in the face. Attend all of the random events on campus because you can. Be proud of the school you attend, and show it. Actions speak louder than words, until you are standing amidst 300 other students clad in blue and gold, then words are much, much louder.