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05 EIC Letter 07 Agenda Hit or Bullshit What’s on our Playlist 08 UB In Good Company 09 Learn to Play Guitar at UB PULSE 10 To Watch or Not to Watch 11 To Walk or Not to Walk FEATURE 14 UB Symphony Orchestra BUFFALOVE 16 A Wedding to Remember HE SAID SHE SAID 18 Senioritis, Sports, and Surprise Parties ARTS 19 An Abundance of Cooking 20 Everyday is for the Thief Review 21 Submissions PARTING SHOTS 22 SUNY Party Stories From Joysticks to Kickstarter
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It finally seems that spring has arrived and the promise of warmer weather has put us in good spirits here at Generation. For this issue we have taken advantage of the busy spring concert season in full swing for UB’s music Department. It really is amazing the fine groups of musicians that come together from all different majors and backgrounds here at this University.
One of our promising new staff writers, Lisa Gagnon, wrote her first feature for this issue. She interviewed UB Symphony Orchestra Conductor, Daniel Bassin, about the exciting Shakespeare inspired concert series he put together this year. Read her article on pages 14 and 15 and check out our photo spread showcasing the orchestra musicians in action on pages 12 and 13. Taken in Lippes Concert Hall located in Slee Hall, the photos also help to showcase the actual performance space. The hall is often compared acoustically to Carnegie Hall, which is pretty impressive for a college performance space. Personally, my favorite space to sing in is still the staircase in Baird hall—the echoing acoustics of the passageway are any singer’s dream. Music is one of those passions that not many people pursue as a career, but that will always be part of their lives. When I was unable to fit choir in my schedule for the past couple of semesters, my life just didn’t feel complete. Singing again has helped to
fill the void, and while I also still miss playing my French horn, I definitely do not miss having to lug the massive thing around.
Speaking of lugging large objects around, this is a good time to do so because of all the geese on the prowl. Only kidding about actually using large objects on the geese, they are protected by the Migratory Birds Act, but seriously, don’t mess with them. They are very nasty birds and will not hesitate to attack you if you get too close. Now that we have warned you about the geese, we can help you take out your frustration with them by introducing you to the Shakespeare insult generator Lisa came across while researching for her article. I thought this might be a good place to share the bard’s talent for debauchery, so google Shakespeare Insult Kit for a good time. If you enjoy what you see here, come check out our office in 315 SU or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out you can become involved!
STAFF 2014 Editor in Chief Angelina Bruno Managing Editor Audrey Foppes Creative Director Emily Butler Assistant Creative Director Babita Persaud Photo Editor Keighley Farrell Web Editor Guyin Yu Copy Editor Sushmita Sircar Associate Editors Laura Borschel Jori Breslawski Adam Johnson Circulation Director Matt Benevento Business Manager Nick Robin Ad Manager Andrew Kim Contributing Staff Lisa Gagnon Jacqueline Stoebe Rachel Sawyer Emma Fusco 05
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Bounce That- Girl Talk The Writer- Ellie Goulding Bury Me With It- Modest Mouse
Pre-season is over and now I can look forward to seven months of half-paying attention to the Yankees not do as well as they should.
T I H S ULL
The How I met Your Mother finale will leave you thinking everything you know is a lie. Spare yourself if you have not seen it yet.
J.C. Penny and A.C. Moore are both going out of business. You know what deep discount prices mean. Itâ€™s time to get your shop on.
T I H S
L BUL The Supreme Court ruled against spending caps on
Secret Message- Wimps Karma Police- Radiohead Portions for Foxes- Rolo Kiley Summertime Sadness- Miley Cyrus Fancy- Iggy Azalea Not a Bad Thing-Justin Timberlake
political campaigns by individuals because the one thing politics needs more of right now is an unfiltered avalanche of cash.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are pregnant! I hope they dress their beautiful little baby in 1970s garb everyday.
T I H S L
BUL Bungie still refuses to publish Destiny for PC. First
person shooters were made to be played with a mouse and keyboard. Fix it!
The 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic!
A ship best remembered for being the place where Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet had sex in a car. 07
UB IN GOOD COMPANY
Article By: Angelina Bruno
s a student, it can be easy to get overwhelmed or caught up in everyday trivialities. Deadlines seem daunting and sleepless nights arduous. Sometimes the hard work just doesn’t seem to be worth it. We need to look for the moments that help us to take a deep breath, step back and look at the bigger picture. On March 28th 2014, 13 UB alumni were awarded for their outstanding achievements. The awards range from service to the school to works that have helped to better the human condition. Current students were invited to the ceremony honoring these men and women. I showed up a little more than fashionably late after pulling a quick change after a Generation Production Day. It had been a very long day and all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch a movie but something told me that I should attend the event. When I walked in Jeffrey Umland was accepting the Clifford C. Furnas award. The award is presented, as per the wishes of the late Mrs. Furnas, to a graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences or the disciplines of natural sciences or mathematics within the College of Arts and sciences for distinguishing themselves in a field of science. Umland has distinguished himself as chief mechanical engineer for NASA’s Mars laboratory mission and the rover Curiosity. I was also surprised to hear that he had attended my alma mater, Sweet Home High
School—a man who went to the same high school I did in Amherst, NY was responsible for successfully landing a rover on Mars. Many other alumni took the stage that night to accept their various awards and their accomplishments were numerous. Janet J. Lister Rideout who received her doctorate from UB in 1968, is a coinventor of AZT, the first medication for the treatment of AIDS. Not only can Mathew McCaunaghy and Jared Leto thank her for their Oscars, but millions of people are kept alive each day by her work. Another Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Jeffrey S. Wigand, exposed corruption in the big tobacco industry. His story was told in the 1999 film The Insider, in which he was played by Russell Crowe. Although Wigand won’t accept the title of hero, the accomplishments of these former UB students are heroic in many ways. I personally would like to thank Allen Bartnett, who also received a Distinguished Alumni Award, for bringing Claritin to the marketplace. He is the only reason that I can be even remotely close in proximity to small furry animals. As the awardees each made their acceptance speeches, it sunk in that walking around the UB campus right now are students capable of achieving great things, not only for the university community, but for mankind.
We are also lucky at UB to attend classes taught by highly distinguished professors. Harold Rosenbaum, conductor of the UB Choir and Chorus and head of the graduate choral conducting program, was recently awarded the Ditson Conductor’s Award. The award, established by Columbia University, honors conductors for their support and advancement of American music. In the past it has been awarded to greats including Leonard Bernstein, James Levine and George Manahan. While most of the past winners have been orchestral directors, Rosenbaum is honored especially as one of only 3 choral conductors to receive the award since its establishment. Although the New York Times wrote up a nice piece about Rosenbaum, they neglected to mention that he should also receive an award for Punniest Choral conductor. His clever yet groan worthy jests delivered in a deadpan manner are always appreciated during rehearsals. Since his accomplishments could fill all the pages of this magazine, we advise you to check out his website www.haroldrosenbaum.com to learn more and for conducting tips and other musical wisdom check out his twitter page twitter.com/haroldrosenbaum. 08
STRIKING A CHORD
Guitars are common objects of fascination, especially for those who do not know how to play them. There is something alluring about strumming the strings, hearing the perfect chords, or not so perfect if, like mine, it hasn’t been tuned in a long while. I received my guitar as a Christmas present years ago. I know it was a Christmas contemporary with the film Juno’s release because the only song I learned how to play was Anyone Else but You. Under the impression that it would make me ten times cooler if I could learn to accompany myself while singing, I assured my parents that I could definitely teach myself to play during all my free time. Fast-forward about 6 years and I have no idea how to play—not even the simple chords of that song I learned many years ago.
Learn to Play Guitar at UB Article By: Angelina Bruno
Learning to play the guitar may seem simple to do on your own but in reality it is nothing like playing Guitar Hero, or even learning along with a DVD. Taking lessons to gain a thorough knowledge base regarding the instrument and practicing correct techniques is the best way to go about learning to play any instrument. There is an answer to this problem right here at UB. Sungmin Shin, a doctoral candidate at the Eastman School of Music, teaches a class called Guitar Basics: Classical and Acoustic Guitar fundamentals. While the name sounds fancy, it is really a basic intro to guitar course. The class is open to all students with any level of experience. “It is actually a fairly wide range as far as what the students come in with,” said Sungmin. Many of his students have had prior experience playing an instrument in a high school band or orchestra, or perhaps have taken years of piano lessons. They have a basic knowledge of music, but not of the guitar specifically. Many in the class have taught themselves to play the guitar, they know how to play some chords and even a few songs, but they have no idea how to read sheet music. Others still have even less experience. “We have people who are literally just complete beginners, like they just got a guitar probably the day before class started,” says
Sungmin. “They show up and have never played any instrument or taken any music lessons or anything like that.” Working with such a diverse array of students can be challenging, but Sungmin seems to have a pretty good system down. I paid the class a visit during one of their Friday sessions from 1-2:30pm in the basement of Baird Hall. Once I navigated my way to the room, I found myself in a large practice space. Surrounded by some percussion instruments, the tiered levels of seating were filled with about 15 students, all holding guitars. Sungmin stood at the front of the room demonstrating a technique on a student’s guitar. He handed the guitar back to the student in the front row when finished, then instructed the class to look at the rhythms he had written out on a green chalkboard, lined with music staffs and a set of chords. Today the class was working on the Blues. There is a definite advantage to working in this kind of class setting. You get the benefits of one on one attention as Sungmin walks around the room, tweaking students’ techniques here and there and answering any questions, without the pressure of being the only student in the room. Working with a group is also beneficial. Sungmin had the class switch gears to the classical piece Greensleeves with a simple combination of chords and melody to work on. He had one half of the class play the melody and the other play the chords in order to teach the importance of the tricky timing guitar chords require. The ultimate goal is that students will be able to use this knowledge to play both melody and chords on their own. The students all concentrated hard on their open songbooks, compiled by Sungmin from pieces he has reworked and used for years teaching private lessons. Amazingly, the class transitioned smoothly from playing the Blues one moment, to a song written by Henry VIII the next. According to Sungmin, that is the beauty of the guitar as an instrument. “It’s definitely a very versatile instrument and there’s a lot of styles that people play and that’s one of the cool things, I think when you’re leaning how to play, especially for beginners to dabble in different things,” says Sungmin. “So I try to mix in a lot of different styles but at the same time I try to teach some sort of musical idea that’s universal to any kind of style.”
TO WATCH or NOT TO WATCH?
hen most people, myself included, think of someone reading Shakespeare for pleasure, we imagine a white haired, bespectacled gentleman in a burgundy robe sitting beside his massive fireplace smoking a wooden pipe. The smell of leather-bound books and rich mahogany permeates the air of his study as he reads late into the night. Being someone who reads Shakespeare for fun, I can attest that I am a young female who doesn’t own a wooden pipe and all her furniture is made out of cedar. This idea that Shakespeare is boring and ancient is not the case! Many think Shakespeare is a drab, daunting topic. The name brings a shudder of memories; a reminder of the torture of high school readings, for those of us who actually did them. For me, the name Shakespeare is filled with many beautiful possibilities. The stark contrast between my love for his works as an English major and the wary looks given to me by other students I talk to are flabbergasting. Why do I see Shakespeare in such a different light? How can Shakespeare become more relatable for students? One way that many people enjoy Shakespeare is through film. I talked with the UB English department’s own Professor Barbara Bono to get a deeper look into modern-day depictions of Shakespeare. Together we traversed the mountainous pile of Shakespeare adaptations and discussed how they have lasted through the millennia. These plays, written over 400 years ago, have become ingrained in modern day media. Many of the movies you watch, books you read, and songs you listen to, draw on themes found in Shakespeare’s plays. Some movies are literal adaptations of his works. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most regurgitated stories of all time. The Wikipedia page for Romeo and Juliet adaptations is ridiculously long with works ranging from the early 1900s to present day. There is even another coming out this year! Why do we crave this plot line? How is it that we do not get bored of watching the same story play out over and over again? Bono and I discussed that there are many different ways for a director to interpret a Shakespeare play so that each production is a unique entity. A director must decide how far they want to stray from the original script. For adaptations, the language of Shakespeare’s plays is both a major advantage and disadvantage. The flow and phrases of Shakespeare’s words are like majestic unicorns: beautiful, but rarely understood. “Students experience the language as strange and problematic,” Bono says. “Shakespeare calls for visual, auditory, and mechanical learning.”
Article By : Rachel Sawyer
“Many of the movies you watch, books you read, and songs you listen to draw on the themes found in Shakespeare’s plays. Some movies are literal adaptations of his works.” It is hard to enjoy a story when you have to stop every other word to look up what it means. This is why watching Shakespeare is so important! Reading the plays on paper is only half the experience; the full experience is watching them performed. Oftentimes young viewers find it difficult to relate to Shakespeare plays. Film directors recognize this problem and adapt their movies so they are more accessible. Newer adaptations set the stories in modern settings and use modern speech for a modern appeal. This phenomenon occurs with the plotline and many other aspects of the plays. Such adaptations include The Lion King based on Hamlet; 10 Things I Hate About You,based on The Taming of the Shrew; and She’s the Man, based on Twelfth Night. After meeting with Bono, my main curiosity as to why Shakespeare’s works have survived through the ages, was satisfied. We both agreed that the trans-historical plotlines of these stories continue to resonate even in the modern era. Tales of romance, betrayal, treachery, and jealousy are still prevalent in our society today. The complex human interactions, flaws, and emotions Shakespeare portrays in his works are the basis of many songs, movies, and books. When asked if she thought adapting Shakespeare to fit contemporary society diminished the original plays she immediately and adamantly replied, “No! Not at all.” Her answer encapsulates what I think everyone needs to understand about Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s plays are culturally adaptable because they are both intellectually challenging and emotionally powerful. If this article has you on the edge of your seat wondering what your next step might be toward learning more about the bard’s works, you should check out Bono’s classes on Shakespeare! I am currently taking ENG 310 Late Shakespeare Plays, and I love it! It’s a great way to read Shakespeare and discuss it with fellow students. Bono is going to be teaching ENG 379 Shakespeare: The Movie in the Fall 2014 semester, which I am highly anticipating! I plan on taking this class that blends film, stage, and various other mediums into a conglomerate of contemporary Shakespeare studies.
ongratulations! You have turned your tassel and tossed your hat—you are graduated and the world is your oyster! Yet although you have survived the harrowing challenges of four endless years of undergraduate work, you know that your book-lugging days are far from over. I’m talking about graduate school. For some, the decision to further their education within the mysterious halls of higher-higher education is obvious, or indeed, required (I’m looking at you, doctors and lawyers). But for the rest of us, the decision to sign up for another two or three years of hard, academic labor after our first tour of duty has ended is an arduous mental and emotional conundrum that plagues the mind and soul of many a student. Despite the daunting nature of this process, as an individual who is currently navigating the winding road of graduate program application, I can assure you, there are glimmers of hope, moments of excitement, and even whole days of optimism! By actually examining the application process, this bureaucratic thicket begins to untangle itself into a more manageable shrub. The very first thing you must consider, before worrying about where on Earth you are going to get the money to pay for this, or even what you expect to study, is why? Why are you, personally, making the decision to invest more time in school? As was previously mentioned, some professions require a Master’s degree (or higher) so you may merely be meeting the prerequisites to your dreams. If, however, your plans for the next ten to twenty years do not explicitly necessitate the acquisition of a graduate degree, justifying the time and money you’re going to spend becomes a bit more difficult and you may find yourself “on the fence,” as they say, juggling your life now and your future. As a wise man told me, “the more education you have, the more doors will open for you later in life,” and statistically speaking, he is correct. Many studies have been conducted, including a recent study cited by Brian Burnsed of USNews, which confirm that attaining a four-year degree is “integral” to financial success. Regardless of these findings, making money is not the only driving factor in most of our lives— questions of happiness, fulfillment, and satisfaction begin to bubble up, and here, my friends, I cannot help you. The notion of happiness is subjective and only you can know what to do to feel fulfilled in your life. Perhaps your happiness does not require a PhD. Often, more education means more things get put on hold: friends, families, relationships, and your very own self are often suspended in the pursuit of greater knowledge. Although this wait can be agonizing, an equally wise lady recently reminded me, “these are the golden years—what’s the
rush?” Having success fully bitten the proverbial bullet and decided to plow ahead into graduate study, you are now faced with a new set of difficulties: what are you studying and how are you paying for it? Program decision is usually rather straightforward, but understanding what you are going to do with that degree may be a bit trickier. While many professions require a particular degree, they may also expect you to have a specific certification or internship before applying. Furthermore, many professions only recognize degrees from certain institutions. And while there are always the Cinderella stories of state-school graduates who find themselves in remarkably powerful positions, the fact remains that many of the most exclusive professions require a degree from a private or ivyleague university. If you are unsure what degree you are expected to have, the very best way to find this out is to ask. Call, email, interview, network, and talk to anyone and everyone (advisors, teachers, parents, friends) to understand how best to prepare yourself for the future you envision. And above all, remember, you are not the first person to try to crack into the professional world—even your dumbest question has been asked before. All right, after countless emails, phone calls, and hours on Google, you have chosen your program. Now we are to the important point: money. Contrary to popular belief, there a several federally funded financial aid packages available to graduate students and information about them can be found at studentaid.gov. Again, a few minutes on Google and in the Financial Aid Office will land you dozens of other sites with applications for scholarships, which may not sound like much, but they add up! Furthermore, the flexibility of the graduate school class schedules allow you to work more on and off campus, and many graduate programs actively offer positions as Teacher’s Assistants to help offset the cost. Finally, check to see if you are qualified to file for the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, which may allow you to deduct up to $2000 from your annual tax bill. The point is, there are many resources out there to help you financially, you just have to search and put them together yourself. Most importantly, when it comes to learning the ins and outs of grad school, pay attention to your school’s support system. UB is a great school for providing students with informational sessions, fliers, brochures, websites, networking nights, career fairs, and application workshops, as well as knowledgeable and available advisors in the academic and financial departments. Stay alert and always ask! As academics themselves, the people around here are more than happy to show you the way to achieving your goals toward higher education.
To Walk or Not to Walk Whether ‘tis Better to Suffer the Strains of Further Education or Just Go Home Article By : Audrey Foppes
â€œIf music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die.â€? William Shakespeare
Photos by Keighley Farrell
UB Orchestra does Shakespeare
UB Symphony Orchestra
any students approach William Shakespeare’s works with dread. The writer of staple high school English class texts everywhere, Shakespeare’s incomprehensible words, iambic pentameter and depressingly low character survival rate are not for the faint of heart. However, upon closer inspection, these works are not boring and irrelevant to the daily life of a stressed student. In fact, Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets and almost 40 plays during his 52 years of life. He is the second most quoted writer in the English language and he coined almost 3,000 of its words. Every time you use the words “elbow,” “bedroom,” “negotiate,” or “swagger,” you can thank Shakespeare.
Another amazing fact: there are hundreds of musical compositions that are derived from the works of Shakespeare. That’s right, one man’s literature inspired some of the greatest musical minds from all over the world, including Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn, to compose some of the greatest works ever written. The UBSO has dedicated their 2013-2014 concert series to recognizing the playwright and his contributions to literature, music and history. “A Year of Shakespeare in Music” aims to perform many works inspired by Shakespeare, from familiar masterpieces to pieces never before heard in the Buffalo area.
The first three concerts in the series, titled “Shakespearean Drama and Musical Poetics,” “Lyricism and the Shakespearean Tragedy,” and “Shakespeare East and West,” focused on different aspects of Shakespeare’s works and the conductors who adapted them. The UBSO performed the wellknown “Romeo and Juliet” by Tchaikovsky and classic “West Side Story Symphonic Dances” by Leonard Bernstein. Also on the programs were Balakierev’s “King Lear” and Smetana’s “Richard III,” both Buffalo premiers. The first concerts in the series were well attended and well received, and the final two concerts are set to be even more exciting! I was lucky enough to be able to catch up with UBSO conductor and director Daniel Bassin during a break in his busy schedule. We discussed Shakespeare, the upcoming shows, and Bassin’s own musical journey, as well as his commitment to recognizing underrepresented composers and their works. Adjunct Assistant Professor Bassin, otherwise known as Dan, grew up in Plainview, Long Island. He attended Julliard PreCollege, and has degrees from the New England Conservatory and Bard College. Currently, he is an active trumpet performer and orchestral conductor, and is a candidate for a PhD in Composition at UB. He has
Article By: Lisa Gagnon been Music Director for the UBSO since Fall 2010, and also teaches graduate conducting classes. In the midst of these pressures and responsibilities, he is excited and passionate. This passion is coupled with a vast knowledge about, and love for, music. As a young trumpet player, Bassin was exposed to both the jazz and classical worlds. Growing up right next to New York City gave him access to some of the best orchestras and musicians in the world. One of his most meaningful memories was seeing trumpet player Jimmy Maxwell at the Village Vanguards with his dad. “It was such an amazing experience to see some of the greatest geniuses make music in a spontaneous manner every night,” Bassin said. These moments instilled a love of music that carried over into Bassin’s adult life and career. Even in his work with classical music, Bassin encourages musicians to have a personal connection with every piece. He hopes to instill some of the spirit of spontaneity and improvisation that he misses from the world of jazz. We went on to discuss Shakespeare’s impact on the world and on the musical community, as well as this year’s concert series. Bassin drew
many pieces for the concert from works written during the Romantic era in the 19th century. Many composers took inspiration from the arts, including paintings and of course literature. Keeping the audience in mind also helps to drive Bassin’s creative process when he plans a series.
works are being heard for the very first time in Buffalo. These will complement his impressive record of 24 premieres in Buffalo and 85 worldwide premieres. How did it all start? According to Bassin, the first premiere was simply an accident. He picked “En Saga” by Sibelius to counterbalance a Schubert piece, and realized it had never been played in town.
“In a way it’s a two-way street,” said Bassin. “What is it in the plays that inspired composers, and what have listeners wanted out of the music?”
“So since then it’s been a fun thing,” said Bassin. “Occasionally I’ll go out of my way, but usually the starting point is finding some theme or connection.”
For Bassin, the most exciting part of the year has been going through the repertoire of Shakespeare inspired pieces. He found not only masterpieces like Tchaikovsky’s “Romro and Juliet,” but also lesser-known works. The unfamiliar pieces help to place the familiar workss in context historically.
Bassin’s strategy is to choose great pieces of music without limiting himself to the conventional or familiar. The result is an engaging and unique concert experience.
Each concert contains a carefully selected set of works that complement one another. Even the concert titles were carefully thought out and planned. Bassin talked me through the March 9th show. “It was fun to have these really well-loved, fun pieces from “West Side Story.” And against that we had two of the best-known 19th century Czech composers who were giving their own flavor,” said Bassin. “I called the concert ‘Shakespeare East and West’ because Smetana and Dvorak had to make their career in German-speaking Europe. They were very self-conscious about being Bohemian and trying to find a musical expression of this. So then they’re writing symphonic music for a German audience bringing some of their Czech heritage to it, all the while filtering this through the lens of an English author.” “A Year of Shakespeare in Music” looks at these fascinating connections between composers, audiences, cultures and countries, bound together by one playwright and his remarkably enduring literature. Another focus of Bassin’s during his career has been representing and performing new and underrepresented works and composers. This season is no exception, and no fewer than 5
Bassin’s passion and energy help to contribute not only to the UBSO’s success, but his role in the music department and in the university as a whole. “I wear a lot of hats,” said Bassin. “I’m still an active composer and trumpet performer. I do a lot of conducting here and elsewhere but if I weren’t completely inspired by this it wouldn’t be worth the effort.” On May 6th, Bassin will defend his dissertation. Excitingly, pretty soon students will need to switch from addressing him as Maestro Bassin to Dr. Bassin. As for the UBSO, “It’s been drawing nice crowds and there are people in the community who come and are really inspired by the energy that the students and the ensemble put into the performances,” said Bassin. “I think it’s a privileged position to be able to get as many people who are willing to put the time in to really do the work justice and to have it be a valuable part of the cultural experience of the university.” Those of you readers who may have missed the first three concerts are not out of luck. Two more of these unique performances are coming up at the end of April. On Wednesday April 23rd the UBSO and UB Choruses, under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, will combine
for a gala performance. There will be yet another Buffalo premiere, “Serenade to Music“ composed by Vaughn Williams, as well as two concerto performances. Teresa Leone will be performing the David trombone concertina, and Yotom Rabinowitz will perform the Grieg piano concerto 1st movement. Saturday April 26th is the date of the final concert in the “Year of Shakespeare“ series. “Shakespeare and the English” will feature the complex and dynamic piece Falstaff by Elgar. Both concerts start at 7:30 pm in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, with free admission. Most importantly, however, these concerts are for everyone, not only Shakespeare fans or classical music nerds! As a cellist in the UBSO, it’s great to see a full house of people who appreciate art and want to support all of the talented musicians at UB. If you are a student at UB and you find yourself wishing you had not quit playing the saxophone, vibraphone, or violin, you are also in luck. There are many options for nonmajors within the Music Department. Seize the opportunity to take private lessons for credit from the distinguished faculty at UB, including some current members of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Many ensembles, such as the UBSO and Choirs, encourage students from any major to improve their musical skills, meet other students with a similar love for music, and join together to perform works by talented composers. Visit music.buffalo.edu for more information about ensembles and registration for Fall 2014, or stop in at 226 Baird Hall with questions There are over 80 variations of Shakespeare’s name, he himself never once signed it the way we spell it today. This same principal applies to the music inspired by his works. Each composer has left their own unique mark on the Bard’s tales through their individual pieces. Be sure to reserve April 23rd and 26th as nights to go out, relax, and enjoy the conclusion of an amazing year of music inspired by one incredible man and performed by talented students from our very own University at Buffalo.
Article By : Jori Breslawski
aturday April 5th marked the second annual Mock Shaadi, put on by Pakistani Student Association (PSA). Mock Shaadi is a mock wedding, where PSA, Indian SA (ISA), and Bangladeshi SA (BSA) all come together to enjoy a beautiful night of food and entertainment.
buzz of conversation. Everyone looked incredible, the vibrant colors overwhelming. I found myself complimenting almost every girl on what she was wearing—the saris and anarkali shalwar kameezes were brightly colored and spattered with glittering gems—they all looked beautiful.
PSA was recently revived by Nabeel Minhas, who organized the first Mock Shaadi last year when he served as president of the organization. This year, Kamran Mehta, current PSA president, took on the huge role of planning the event. The event was the biggest in PSA history, and even more of a success this year than last.
Eventually everyone got to their seats and a hush fell over the room as the groom entered. After he took his place at the front of the room, his best friend gave a speech, softening each joke with heart-felt sentiments. The laughter slowed and silence came over the room again as all eyes turned to the door from which the bride would enter. The bridal party entered holding golden plates full of candles and rose petals. As the rose petals fell to the ground, the bride made her entrance. She was breath taking, sparkling from head to toe. Her friends accompanied her on either side, holding a red dupatta over her head as she made her way to the front of the room. After reciting a funny poem recounting their friendship, her friends performed a song and dance.
Tickets sold out days before the event and as a last minute effort to let everyone in on the experience, PSA sold tickets for the open dance floor. Mock Shaadi’s growing popularity is unsurprising—it’s a unique way for everyone to get together and celebrate. Who doesn’t love a wedding? After rehearsals for International Fiesta stopped, my life just felt incomplete. I decided join in the Mock Shaadi fun and I was able to be part of the groom’s side dance. Rehearsals for Mock Shaadi started only two weeks out from the performance, and learning five dances in that time made for a fairly intense two weeks. I looked forward to the event the entire week before—I couldn’t wait to see all the dances and to have an excuse to get dressed up. The day of, we had rehearsal in the morning and then all went home to get ready. I curled my hair and got dressed in a beautiful purple shalwar kameez that I had borrowed from a friend. The night started with a cocktail hour and samosas, as everyone arrived and eagerly anticipated the entrance of the bride and groom. The event was in the Harriman Ballroom, which looked more beautiful than I had ever seen it. A small stage stood at the front of the hall, where the bride and groom would sit for everyone to see. Behind them fell soft curtains, lit up by twinkle lights, partially obscured by long strings of red, orange, and yellow flowers, hanging from the ceiling.
Guests sat at tables decorated with centerpieces of red lace and gold fabric. Candles, some small, others tall and dripping with wax, were arranged delicately among the folds of fabric. The room filled quickly with people and the lively
Next, everyone ate. The food was delicious, but I couldn’t help but be a little nervous as the night drew closer to the performances. I was sad to see it coming to a close, but excited to see all the other dances that my friends had worked so hard on. Each group had prepared a number of songs, some a couple, others almost ten. There were no auditions for many of the groups that performed, so anyone who wanted to dance could, making for large, energetic, and extravagant dances. As guests finished off the wedding cake, they began to filter up to the front of the room in anticipation of the performances. UB Zeal started out the night with an incredible performance, followed by Bangladeshi SA. Next came a skit that had everyone laughing about the story of the bride and the groom, how they met, and how they fell in love. The dancing continued with the bride’s side dance, and then the groom’s side dance. Finally, UB Bhangra wowed the audience with a stellar performance. As the performances drew to a close, the audience joined the dancers on the floor. The lights dimmed as the music grew in volume. As I danced to the pounding music, I realized that in any culture, weddings are a chance to celebrate, eat and make memories with friends.
Photos by: Jacqueline Stoebe
“Mock Shaadi’s growing popularity is unsurprising— it’s a unique way for everyone to get together and celebrate. Who doesn’t love a wedding?” 17
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Senioritis, Sports, and Surprise Parties
I haven’t been to class in a month and I feel weird about returning now, is there any way back from the abyss? Help!
The best way to reintroduce yourself to your class is to make the most grandiose entrance possible. Wear something fun like a glittering jester’s hat or a full batman suit. When you enter the room play Queen’s “We Are the Champions” on your cell phone or laptop. If you are in a large lecture hall be sure to amplify the music with a portable speaker and incorporate sparklers.
Alcohol. Showing up drunk will help to ease your anxiety and lubricate you enough to where you will be comfortable volunteering. For math and science majors remember that your BAC to GPA conversion is 1:1. So my birthday’s coming up and I really want my friends to throw me a surprise party 18
but they aren’t getting any of my hints. What can I do to send them in the right direction?
I am going to assume you are a woman because no real man would ever want a surprise party. Just complain a lot on Facebook. I know that’s what you ladies love to do anyway.
Well I looked it up on the internet and the first thing that came up was Chuck E. Cheese’s. So perhaps this is subliminal messaging and they are taking you there. Also they should get you the stripper that you have been asking for. Seriously, it is not that hard to find one. Will you guys be expanding to multimedia in the future?
This is definitely an avenue that is being seriously considered. We are always looking to find ways to better service the student body. We plan to use this new medium to maximize our coverage on sports, UB
sports, men’s basketball, and men’s football.
Yes we plan to begin a weekly podcast that will feature such topics as cats, why cats are cute, Instagram vs Facebook, what kind of vampire are you?, and Instagrams of vampire cats. I’m thinking about taking a semester off because I really can’t focus and I hate UB. What do you guys suggest?
Why wait? Just start your vacation now! Your classes will be here for you when you get back. You should consider taking a trip to Europe for a few months. Be sure to never officially resign from your classes in case you run out of money and need to apply for more student loans and grants to fund your international adventures.
I suggest transferring to Buff State since there is a turf war and they will want you on their side. Also, their school is made of cotton candy so you won’t
even have to do a lot of work anyway. So who did you guys vote for in the SA elections?
I’m torn between Nelson Mandela because I really liked him in The Dark Knight and Julius Malema because he wears a beret and has the term “freedom fighter” in his political party’s name.
I voted for Regina George because she got pushed in front of a bus. So what’s happening on the Roman Polanski front?
I still don’t get what the big deal is. To Mr. Polanski; we just want you to know, if you ever need a place to crash the Beta-Rho-Omicron fraternity house is always open to you. #Legendarystatus
I would guess he’s helping impoverished Parisian immigrant girls set up 401k retirement plans in Jack Nicholson’s apartment in Paris.
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At the individual level, then, being away from home can inspire some students to learn how to cook for themselves. Rong Yang, a student from China in the English Language Institute at UB, talked about how she taught herself to cook after arriving in the US. Although hesitant about her cooking prowess, she said, “Before I came to America, I never cooked myself. My father is a chef and owns a restaurant. If I want[ed] to eat some food, I would ask him to make it. [Now however] I am good at Chinese cooking, sushi and Korean food, having learned from YouTube, because American food is not very delicious for me.”
Chong emphasized the cultural role played by such events and by food in general within the club. He felt that it not only allowed people to taste the food they missed from home, but also allowed them to learn about other cultures. “Food provides culinary ties back into Caribbean culture, [a way
A common theme that emerged from talking to the various clubs was that each club doesn’t represent just one cuisine, but rather, several different ones that coexist in the country or region the club represents. For instance, Hossain talked about how events organized by the Bangladeshi SA often draw people from India and Pakistan, due to the shared culinary tradition of the Indian subcontinent. Chong pointed to the multi-ethnic composition of Malaysian society which leads to a range of culinary options for the club to try out. Dorleans pointed out that the Caribbean SA draws upon the knowledge of its members when deciding on recipes, and since the members come from the West Indies, Haiti, Guyana and from different countries in Africa, the dishes made reflect their different approaches to cooking. Overall, they represent the “different but shared culinary traditions in different parts of the Caribbean,” said Dorleans. A question to ask in the light of this culinary activity might be where one can in fact obtain the spices and other characteristic ingredients that different cuisines call for. While some students like Dorleans said that, “It is hard to find ingredients in Buffalo, in places like Tops. So when we have a break, we get our ingredients from back home, anything we might need to cook,” others cite the range of small grocery stores throughout Buffalo. Spice Bazaar and Spices of India, for instance, provide the staples required for cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, while Hoo Hwa Asian Market on Sheridan Street is popular as well among students. In fact, a few years ago, the Buffalo News put together a “Buffalo Without Borders” map, tracking down the various ethnic grocery stores and restaurants in Buffalo, ranging from the more well-known ones mentioned above, to those dedicated to Ethiopian, Polish, Vietnamese, Middle-Eastern and Peruvian food, among others. Many events are also planned for the upcoming weeks such as dessert and lassi night by the Bangladeshi SA and MAMAK night by the Malaysian SA where students can come together to try signature Malaysian dishes. And if none of those are exactly what you’re looking for, you can always try your own hand in the kitchen.
Article By : Sushmita Sircar
For UB at large, a benefit of the diverse student body is the cooking culture that the students recreate, both for themselves, as well as for the campus at large. Culinary activities become the focal point of many events organized by the international student clubs at UB. Speaking to some of the international student clubs at UB makes it clear that each of them already represent a mélange of cuisines and culinary traditions which further become enmeshed with each other through the innovative range of activities and options available in Buffalo. As the television industry around cooking shows has taken off in the last few years, various events at UB designed after such shows have also become enormously popular. For instance, the SA International Council holds an iron-chef style cooking competition for all the international clubs every year, where clubs compete to cook dishes based around a common “secret” ingredient. The Malaysian SA recently held its own version of this, called “Project M,” a cook-off with other clubs. Daryl Edwin Chong, the President of the club and junior Media Studies major, explained, “M stands for Masak, Makanan, Malaysia. Which means Cook, Food, Malaysia in Bahasa Melayu.” The club competed with the Japanese and Bangladeshi SA, using curry and rice to make Briyani, and Nasi Goreng Kampung (Village Fried Rice) among other dishes.
of] teaching [students] about our history and culture,” said Cherrelle Dorleans, a junior Anthropology major and in charge of public relations for the Caribbean SA. It is important to note, however, as Tazrin Hossain, President of the Bangladeshi SA and junior political science major, pointed out, that “focusing entirely on culinary culture is not always the best as there is more that the culture has to offer and the cultural aspect sometimes gets overshadowed [by these activities].”
An Abundance of Cook ng
ne of the ways in which nostalgic homesickness manifests itself is in a longing for familiar food, a desire for known ingredients, stocked spices in kitchen cupboards, roadside eateries frequented on well-trodden roads. For me, personally, going to college in a different country has meant that my cooking has progressed from being qualified as “inedible” or “edible” two years ago to “good” and occasionally “passable” now. (Although I did set off the fire alarm last week. But still.)
Teju Cole’s Every Day is for the Thief A REVIEW Article By : Adam Johnson
ike many of his American readers, I first became aware of Teju Cole through
Twitter. This makes sense, seeing as that he is almost singlehandedly redefining the creative possibilities of that medium. In January, Cole had over thirty of his followers post tweets which, when retweeted in a specific order, created a dizzying narrative of perspectives describing the heart attack of a stranger. In March, he published a 250-tweet essay on immigration entitled “A Piece of the Wall” that examined the state of our southern border while using retweeted accounts to act out a dialogue. Posted over the course of two hours, Cole’s essay used every aspect of the medium to his fullest advantage. Cole’s latest book is actually an old one: Every Day is for the Thief was originally published in Nigeria (where he grew up) in 2007. The slim volume is only now being released in the States two years after his gorgeously sprawling novel, Open City. It follows an unnamed narrator on his return trip to the Nigerian city of Lagos, where he spent much of his youth. After years of living in the U.S., he returns almost as a tourist, no longer an ‘insider’ of the society that raised him. The vignettes (there isn’t too much of a plot to speak of) follow the narrator as he wanders through both the Lagos of today and the Lagos of his memory. It is not a pleasant place. Recurrent in almost every chapter is the crippling weight of corruption: bribery, extortion, abuse, theft. It is a city whose neuroses and contradictions are well on display, a city writhing in panic and suspicion. It comes across as a sort of Darwinian state of nature, barely contained by the pretense of law and order. Driving down a congested highway flanked by absurdist billboards and holy bumper stickers, the narrator realizes “that the barely concealed sense of panic that taints so many interactions here is due precisely to the fact that nobody is in control, no one is ultimately responsible for anything at all.” Unlike Open City’s New York, Thief’s Lagos is an organism unto itself, a distinct chaos formed from centuries of exploitation, rage and selfishness. This history seethes underneath the veneer of glistening office buildings and rolling blackouts. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Lagos was one of the major centers of the West African slave trade, the shipping off point for millions of peopleturned-property. Europeans exploited inter-tribal warfare to fill slave ships with
human cargo, avoiding or bribing the British naval ships meant to uphold the
1808 slave trade ban. This fratricidal history is juxtaposed to a common scene taking place over what used to be the slave trading center on Lagos Island (now a major international business center): area boys extorting money from passing motorcyclists. History lies forgotten or ignored, the sins of the past repeating their ways, only in newer clothes. As the narrator exclaims after visiting the lackluster and near-empty National Museum of Nigeria, “history, which elsewhere is a bone of contention, has yet to enter the Nigerian public consciousness.” And yet, it would be wrong to characterize the narrative as overly cynical. Out of the chaos of Cole’s Nigeria emerge little spots of beauty which reminds the narrator (and the reader) there is nothing hopeless about humanity. Even in its rawest form, humanity has a certain beauty, an ability to surprise even the most cynical of onlookers. Crowded into a danfo (think of it like a public Volkswagen minibus), the narrator spots a young woman carrying a book by the poet and novelist Michael Ondaatje. Such a small detail obsesses the narrator: “Now to find a reader of Ondaatje in these circumstances. It is incongruous, and I could hardly be more surprised had she started singing a tune from Des Knaben Wunderhorn.” Such a book is nearly impossible to find in Lagos, and it is definitely more than someone who usually rides a danfo could afford. He runs through all the things he could possibly say to her as the bus rushes through the city, all the different ways he can let her know of their shared Ondaatje-ian bond. “I see all those gathered here,” he thinks, “and I believe in you most.” Yet, the bus stops and she disappears into the crowd. “Gone, but seared into my mind still. That woman, evanescent as an image made with the lens wide open.” Every Day is for the Thief is a short work which can perhaps be seen as a primer for Cole’s forthcoming book, a non-fiction narrative of Lagos entitled Radio Lagos. It remains to be seen if the years have altered his views on Nigeria. I, for one, am anxious to find out.
A mumble you came down on me like the first flake of a snow now we stand knee deep naked and cold shivering don’t shatter it you say give me your hands ill make you warm I say take my body too maybe your the lighter I couldn’t find your cigarette isn’t the only thing lit but that you know the sunset is just a beautiful illusion but no sunset compares to the illusion in our eyes trumped by sunrise mirages of fidelity we have been so high clouds where we reside embezzled in rain that once fell will fall again fumes enter our minds senses of a sense we forgot about the gray skies they come they go as will this love this did you not know when all thats left is smoke and ash remember the pure snow doesn’t last Poem By : Kathryn McSpedon
Pedestal the way she wore white at the beach that day could have won a nation with every heart pried out by, and by a quarter lemonade stand toast to frozen hands to curled toes. sitting out behind the dune hills sand clinging to our faces, in our eyes lighting a salute to forever and a night the smoke is rising higher but we’re down with the revolution down with the high,
and there are dams waiting to break from the sunlight glaring off her teeth. we’re painting the sky magenta today and she’ll take the first stroke for us the world will be cooler the world will be better. but she slips on the seventh step of the stairway to the sky we carved out of the sand so we could raise those below us maybe we shouldn’t have aimed so high, because the lemonade sparkles in the sunlight flickering like fire from a falling tower of awkward limbs of white farewells, sloshing over the lip of a red plastic cup and the skyline we had drawn will never be quite the same without her silhouette blue skies will never be as ugly, the sun never so repulsive, and peace so unappealing. so we cried and did the only thing we could we broke it. Poem By : Nabiha Ahsan
Parting Shots SUNY Party Stories
Article By: Emma Fusco
SUNY Party Story.
hat does everyone look forward to on Sunday night? Maybe the Walking Dead, or the fact that their hangover has finally subsided, but more importantly, SUNY Party Stories. Now, let me take this moment to mourn the futures of those who have unwillingly been included in the pictures submitted to
SUNY Party Stories is a Twitter account that tweets submissions from students in the SUNY system in the form of pictures. These pictures are then voted on by followers in the form of a retweet, and one is then deemed the “party story of the week.” These photos cover all typical party stories from keg stands
and ultimate beer pong, to the humiliation of people laying in their own vomit with pee-soaked pants and a plethora of genitals drawn on their foreheads in permanent marker. Though this twitter account glorifies the stereotypical college student life, it’s also taking away someone’s chance at getting a job right of college, or just a job in general. Have people forgotten the ONLY rule of thumb when it comes to posting things on the internet? Once it’s there, it stays there—regardless of whether you delete it or not. Though most of these party stories leave us wishing we decided to go to Oneonta instead of UB, this Twitter account is more harmful than it seems. What’s the most basic reason for getting a college education? To have a better chance at landing a well-paying job. Seeing as jobs are already scarce for students directly out of college, posting these photos and glorifying them can only hurt students’ chances at achieving what they came here to do in the first place. Perhaps I’m just naive, but really? If you went to an interview with a potential employer
and they brought up the photo of you doing a “butt chug” in your friend’s bathroom, how in the world would you defend yourself? You can’t. The Men versus Women stereotype is still here to stay as far as I’m concerned so girls, this one is for you. Who wants to hire young women who pride themselves on being “Eiffel towered”? No one. Don’t get me wrong, these stories are funny and entertaining for onlookers. For those captured in the photos however, their chances of getting a job have drastically diminished. All of these photos are seen not only by students, but by EVERYONE. Everyone has access to this public twitter account and everyone will judge you. That’s the reality of the situation. For example, a few weeks ago, a girl posted a photo of herself making her dog do a keg stand. With the picture being enough proof, she was arrested for animal abuse. That in itself should be a warning. Though it seems fun, quit being idiots. The internet is a beautiful and awful thing that must be used accordingly. Not to mention, you look really stupid.
From Joysticks to Kickstarter: The Future of Gaming
ver the last decade, video games have become the greatest force in entertainment across the world. The majority of this growth can be attributed to the fusion of the Internet and gaming. In the 1990s, PC game developers had begun to integrate online functions into their games. Games like Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun offered direct-connection, multiplayer games that required you to enter your friend’s phone number to play through a dial-up connection. Blizzard took the evolution to the next step by developing Battle.net, which featured a chat function and game listings that made it easy to connect to new games. In the 2000s, consoles began to offer online gameplay through services like Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. Since games have become inextricably linked with the Internet, new trends have emerged in game development. The creation of downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) signal the next era of gaming. Services like Steam and Xbox Live made buying and playing games easier sometimes even offering lower prices. Now, small game developers have a pathway to get their products to customers without having to compete with large game publishers.
The evolution of DLC is a double-edged sword. Games like Dungeon Defenders utilize DLC to allow players to basically customize their game. The game’s base price is relatively cheap ($15 compared to the average $60 of blockbuster games) while its DLC items cost a few dollars each. This enables players to pick and choose which heroes and levels they want to pay for, instead of being forced to pay for everything in the game in one large lump sum. On the other side of the spectrum, you have games like Call of Duty that force you to pay $60 upfront, even while forcing you to pay for additional DLC released over the course of the year. To buy everything, players often end up spending well over $100, for content that should be part of the original $60 game. As the evolution of games continues, more power seems to be shifting to the players themselves. Steam Greenlight allows the player community to have its say on which games should be added to the service. The shift of power to the consumer will allow players to have a true voice in the gaming community, which is oftentimes ignored by bigger publishers.
Article By: Matt Benevento
The greatest example of this consumer power can be seen in Kickstarter. Kickstarter allows players to channel their money into projects that would otherwise be impossible without the financial backing of a large publisher. Star Citizen has already collected millions of dollars from contributors and is one of the most anticipated and ambitious games of the next generation. The future of games is in a precarious state. Will the blockbuster game bubble burst? Will mobile games take over? Or will games be driven by player donations? One thing is for sure; it is an exciting time to be a gamer and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
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