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THE BEST OF THE BEST
This issue of BackStory showcases winners of the Canisius College journalism program's second-annual "Best of the Best" competition,
recognizing exemplary student work from the past academic year. The top story for 2013-14, a narrative by Amy Brooks (third from right at top)
about a ship that's moved many more people sunken than sailing, is our cover story.
Built just north of Buffalo in 1679, the sailing barque Le Griffon disappeared that same year, somewhere on the Great Lakes, taking her 32-man crew down with her. What's happened since then is an even stranger story. Le Griffon has stirred the imaginations of countless people while mired beneath decades of sediment in her watery grave at the bottom of one of the Great Lakes, inspiring Canisius College's choice of a mascot and an Ohio man's underwater expedition to find the ship's remains. How can a ship move so many more souls sunken than sailing? (Photos showing what is believed to be Le Griffon's bowsprt courtesy of greatlakesshipwrecks.com)
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Ever wonder if there's life after Canisius? Bridget Schaefer has good news.
"Winter will come and winter will go and we will wake up and
go on. Our lives will not stop. We will keep making memories.
We will eat crepes with close ones. We will shovel our
driveways. We will build snowmen."
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INTO THE TUNDRA
HOW HARD CAN IT BE JUST TO WALK OUTSIDE?
It's the hue of Jackie O's pillbox hat, the stage name of a popular singer, the symbol of breast-cancer awareness, a litmus test of attitudes about gender roles, and the color of America's Cold War-era fear of anything faintly Red. It's pink, and like no other color it tells the story of who we are and where we've been.
Writing for the Public Media students author masterful profiles of a master profiler -- award-winning Sports Illustrated writer William Nack -- after he Skypes into their morning class in the Canisius student center.
ELECTRICITY IN THE MUSIC
THE HIP-HOP OF CANISIUS'S RANDOM NINJAZ CREW (CLICK HERE FOR NARRATIVE STORY)
'That hunger is in his eyes while he’s warming up in the North campus flag room. He looks intently for a spot to practice, and when he finds it he explodes – quickly moving from a series of quick steps to a hurricane-like spin on his own shoulders. ' “I love you too much RaShawn,” Johnson shouts, excitement seeping from every pore.'
Ian Shoff graduated from college several years ago with a Mr. Canisius title under his belt and the world seemingly his oyster. Now he's back at Canisius, and he's unsure what he wants out of life--other than to make sure you have a cup of coffee. (The tale of a librarian in search of his story.)
BACKSTORY MAGAZINE, showcasing the best stories of journalism students at Canisius College, is published biannually, in January and June.