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Stay i ng a fl oat With 439 yards of offense in a 22-7 win over Frostburg State Saturday, football gets back to .500. See page 10 R ace to t h e Pol l s Gearing up to vote? Contributing writer Bryan Wight has some advice. See page 9

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Vol . CXVI, Iss. VI

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Research Opportunity


Starting With a Bang

Roswell Park Cancer Institute will present research and internship opportunities for students in STEM fields.

Hockey wins its first season opener in seven years, defeating Division I Penn State at the Ice Arena Friday Night.

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State audit reveals improper use of funds Turkle used corporate credit card to charge iPhones, a computer, groceries and Buffalo Sabres season tickets Michael Canfield News Editor

An audit by Thomas P. DiNapoli and the New York State comptroller’s office released on Monday revealed that a SUNY employee working out of Buffalo State used a SUNY corporate credit card to purchase numerous items for personal use. The audit shows that Operations Manager and Vice President for Research Administration and Economic Development Edgar H. Turkle III charged

$130,887 in non-business related expenditures to a corporate credit card between Nov. 2007 and Nov. 2011. The audit found that 348 of the 424 credit card charges made during the 48-month period were not business related. Turkle worked out of Buffalo State as part of SUNY’s Research Foundation. Turkle spent the money on iPhones, an Apple computer, a party for his wife and groceries. He also charged $22,225 for Buffalo Sabres season tickets. In a statement released by the school, President Aaron Podolefsky said Turkle

was removed from his post when the misuse of funds was discovered. Podolefsky described Turkle’s actions as “serious errors of judgment.” “Upon learning of these inappropriate and unethical actions, the RF employee in question was terminated and Buffalo State took immediate action to assume direct oversight of RF operations on campus, including appointing Buffalo State’s comptroller to serve as operations manager for the RF campus office,” he said in the statement. “ In addition, numerous controls have been implemented

to ensure that all policies and procedures will be strictly adhered to in the future.” None of the misused money was connected to Buffalo State, and had no impact on Buffalo State’s budget, said Jerod Dahlgren, Buffalo State’s public relations director. The report also alleges that Turkle received an additional $50,000 as an extra service payment that was approved by Buffalo State Provost Dennis Ponton in March 2010. The payment was found to be unnecessary, as Turkle had not done anything to receive the extra pay. The re-

port refers to the transactions as “highly questionable and potentially fraudulent.” The audit also questioned $27,968 in charges on SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s account, including $13,172 mostly for alcoholic beverages and $9,822 in membership dues to a private club. According to a SUNY press release, the membership at the club was voluntarily canceled by Zimpher before the audit was conducted in 2010, and the beverage charges were used for events for S e e SU N Y on pa ge 3

Buff State starts review process Students get ready for election day Katie Anderson

Associate News Editor

In preparation for reaccreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education review, Buffalo State has been formulating a self-study assessment of the school’s past ten years. The three year process of reaccreditation, which happens every ten years, includes a report from the school about the school’s improvements, growth and overall quality, in regards to 14 standards of excellence developed by MSCHE. These 14 standards address topics such as the mission and goals of the college as well as leadership and governance, insti-

tutional resources, administration, student support services, student admissions and retention, faculty, student learning, general education and others. “What Middle States does is it sets up 14 standards of excellence, and a self-study to address how every campus, in our case Buffalo State, meets those 14 standards of excellence,” said Rosalyn Lindner, associate vice president of curriculum and assessment. The self-study, due by February 1, 2013, will be sent on to peerevaluators of MSCHE, who will then visit the campus in order to validate the self-study. The team of nine evaluators, none of whom will be from New York State as policy S e e R E V I E W on pa ge 2

Transfer students to earn associate’s

Katie Anderson

Associate News Editor

Transfer students will now be able to earn their Associate Degree after already transferring to a four-year school, thanks to a $500,000 grant from Lumina Foundation. The money from the Lumina grant, Credit When It’s Due: Recognizing the Value of Quality Associate Degrees, will go towards funding the new SUNY-wide software called DegreeWorks. “We are deeply grateful to Lumina Foundation for its support of this important, ground-

brea k ing initiative,” SU N Y Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said in a press release. “This project will give our students greater transfer opportunities within SUNY.” This software is an upgraded version of Degree Navigator that allows transferring students the opportunity to still obtain an associate’s degree after moving to a four-year campus without one. “What this program will do is help both the two-year and four-year campuses monitor the credits that the student brings S e e T R A NSF E R on pa ge 3


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Dames at Sea Casting Hall will put on their final production of the fall semester. See Page 4

Oppa Gangnam Style Reporter Tyeisha Pryor explores the role of K-pop in America. See Page 8

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President Obama and Mitt Romney spar during the second presidential debate. Romney received a bump in the polls after the first debate.

Michael Canfield News Editor

With the presidential election less than two weeks away, Buffalo State students are making up their minds on who they’re voting for. President Obama and Mitt Romney finished their last debate Monday night, and all that’s left is last minute campaigning in battleground states like Ohio and Florida. While Obama enjoyed a large lead in national polls through September, Romney has pulled much closer and is leading in some recent polls, possibly due to a strong showing

in the first presidential debate. Jon Lines, a professor in the political science department, said the polls would have tightened up either way. “Historically the debates don’t move the election,” he said. Although some students were uncomfortable talking about the election, the majority of students The Record spoke with identified the economy, education and student loans as the major issues they were concerned about. “The important issues for me are education and the economy,” said April Benitez, a senior biology major. “I’m leaving college

soon and I want to be able to get a job when I leave.” Obama, the Democrat, and Romney, the Republican, have different ways of achieving economic stability and reforming education. According to the Campus Election Engagement Project, a non-partisan website working with colleges and universities around the country to get students involved in the election process, Obama favors federal spending to stimulate the economy, while Romney does not. Both candidates agree that tax incentives are needed to help with S e e E L EC T ION on pa ge 2

CERT focuses on safety and preparedness Britney Nowak Reporter

Campus safety and disaster preparedness is a chief concern for students, staff and faculty alike. The Campus Emergency Response Team is one of the programs on campus designed with those concerns in mind. According to a presentation given by CERT last week, it is a program that trains civilians to become auxiliary responders. Bystanders, or sometimes the victims themselves, are the first responders in 95 percent of emergencies. In training, team members learn about disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster, medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology

and terrorism. All of these are in the training curriculum in the Federal Emergency Management Agency program. In the event of an emergency, first responders may not be able to come to students’ aid as quickly as they would like. In situations like this it is important for people to have some emergency aid training. That’s where CERT comes in. Molly Prell, the co-commander of CERT, said, “It’s really more geared towards faculty and staff, but we do train with students.” Training is done in two and a half to four hour sessions one to two times a week over a five to S e e C E RT on pa ge 3

Courtesy of CERT

CERT members prepare for a drill on Buffalo State’s campus. CERT provides assistance to campus members during emergencies.