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2017-04-20 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

WORLDLY STUDENTS — I’m not the type of person to dwell on regrets, but one I have held onto for many years is the time I chose to pass up an opportunity for a study abroad program in college.

I have always been fascinated with travel, and when I was presented the chance to spend a semester in Europe during my junior year of college I was over the moon. Ultimately, my plan to graduate a year early deterred me from going, missing a chance at a great adventure.

This past week, I had the pleasure of spending a morning with the Steinwandel Baranowski family in Hamburg, formerly of West Seneca. Family matriarch Cindy invited me to her home to meet their former exchange student, Luc Seminel, his wife and children.

This is always a special moment for a journalist — when people open their homes and their lives to us to observe and write about.

Luc was a wonderful representation of the positive aspects of studying in another country. He beamed as he spoke of the experiences his program offered him, connecting it to his current career success and his hopes for similar opportunities in the future.

This visit made me all the more jealous, and so I urge all young, curious travelers to seize every opportunity to go out into the world.

REAL NEWS — As a credible journalist, I am irritated by the recent buzz term “fake news,” as it is as much an oxymoron as “jumbo shrimp.”

For anyone who would like to know more about the fake news phenomenon, veteran journalists Cynthia Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman will take a critical look in a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter Student Center at Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo.

Their lecture, “Confused by the News,” will examine the contemporary news scene and help audience members discern truth from untruth, professional from amateur, and the enduring from the ephemeral. There is no cost to attend.

Skrzycki is a senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was recently selected to receive the 2017 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Skrzycki launched her journalistic career at Canisius College.

Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He came to the paper from The Boston Globe, where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief. Shribman also served as a national correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the U.S. political scene.

MOTHER’S DAY — Tell your mom why she’s the best with The Bee’s annual Mother’s Day contest.

All children’s submissions will be published in the May 10 and 11 Classified Advertising sections.

Entries must be received by Monday, May 1. One boy’s entry and one girl’s entry will be selected at random, and the winners will receive a floral arrangement from Mischler’s Florist.

Additional information can be found in this week’s Classifieds.

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