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Heights Fire to Bring Lawsuit Against Landlords ANDREW WIKTOREditor in Chief Since the academic year commenced in September, there have been three fires in students’ homes in the University Heights. The latest one, which forced Allen Curry, Stefan Dosch, Brandon Nowak and David Lafferty out of their home at 63 Montrose Ave., will need a lawsuit to be resolved.

At around 4 p.m. on Jan. 9, Lafferty, a sophomore biomedical sciences major, was getting ready to head to his job as an EMT when one of his roommates raised an important question. “As I’m walking out of the house, our other roommate Jake asked me if I thought I smelled smoke, so we walked into his room and there was smoke pouring our of his window pane,” Lafferty said. “I turned around to go back into the kitchen and there was smoke pouring out of our sink, so we got out of the house and we called the fire department.”

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Continued from Page 1 Shortly after evacuating their home, the fire department showed up and quickly got to work. They put out the fire, but everything had been destroyed. Firefighters had to rip

They put out the fire, but everything had been destroyed.

he is responsible for “complet[ing] apartment 
showings, lease signings, maintenance repairs and…work order 
requests,” according to the company’s website, Although both parties agree that it was an electrical fire, each places the blame on the other. The tenants of 63 Montrose claim that they started experiencing electricity problems back in July when they noticed that their circuit breakers frequently went out, making it impossible to vacuum, do laundry, and cook food. They e-mailed BRoS Properties explaining the problem, and Hiltermann sent a worker over to repair the issue.

out walls on both floors, everything was soaked from the extinguisher spray, and the entire house smelled like smoke, according to Nowak.

It was only a quick fix, however, and the roommates continued to have problems with their electricity, according to Nowak and Lafferty.

Fire Marshal Kevin Lozano determined that it was an electrical fire, according to Nowak, Lafferty, and their property manager.

“[BRoS Properties] claimed that they had fixed the problem, but from that point on all of our breakers would go really easily. We’d turn on the microwave and the breakers would go, we’d turn on a coffee maker and the breakers would go,” Lafferty said. “We have been e-mailing them up until two weeks before the fire telling them about this and they never did anything about it.”

“It started in the wall, and, unless you were putting fireworks in the walls, the fire wouldn’t have started any other way,” Lafferty said. “It was clearly an electrical fire, which [Lozano] also told our landlords. The crazy part is that our landlords told him to [expletive] off.” Nowak and Lafferty rent from BRoS Properties, a 15-year old company run by Brad Engel and Russ Hiltermann. Engel and Hiltermann do not live in the Buffalo area; however, Brad’s brother Shawn does, and

Lafferty has a string of e-mails sent to BRoS Properties that began on Nov. 27, 2010 indicating different problems he and his roommates faced. Issues ranged from defective appliances to broken windows, with the greatest concern being the house’s “serious electrical problems.”

Shawn Engel, the property manager, however, disagrees. He stated that the house did not have electrical problems and claimed that the fire was caused by the misuse of electrical appliances. “The fire started inside the cavity of the wall,” Shawn Engel said. “It was due to an overload of the circuit based on misusage of electricity.… It’s a very dangerous situation when you intentionally turn your heat off and try to heat your apartment using space heaters….That was the cause of the fire based on what the fire marshal has told us.” Lozano, the fire marshal, was unavailable for comment, but Nowak refuted Shawn Engel’s claim, stating that he and his roommates had cut down on their electrical use after they received a high electric bill. After the fire, Nowak, Lafferty, and the rest of their roommates were forced to move out of 63 Montrose because the home was inhabitable. Nowak stayed with a friend and just recently found a studio apartment near Elmwood, and Lafferty moved back in with his parents in Lancaster, N.Y. Living back home has produced a problem for Nowak, who used to take the bus to campus. “One reason why I moved to South Campus was because I don’t have a car…Montrose was perfect because I work at Sister’s Hospital so I could just walk three miles to work. I would also walk less than a mile to campus,” said Nowak, a junior

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Academic Dishonesty Continues in the Management Department Thirty more students caught cheating in light of Murray incident AMANDA JONASInvestigative Reporter As the spring semester begins, 30 students are facing failing grades on their transcripts for cheating in Professor Ray Orrange’s MGQ 301: Statistical Decisions in Management class at the end of last semester. This incident of widespread academic dishonesty is especially concerning to faculty in the School of Management in light of what happened in David Murray’s Introduction to Management Info Systems online-based class, MGS 351, last semester. “I have been here 19 years and I have had various episodes of academic dishonesty,” said Orrange, adjunct associate professor in the organization and human resources department. “I have had over 20,000 students, but this was the largest episode I have had and on the heels of what happened in David Murray’s class. It was disappointing to see that happen on such a large scale again.” Every semester, students in his junior-level, three-credit class, are given a homework “case” assignment that asks them to predict the salaries of various individuals, according to Orrange. “In this case [the students] were given some data and they had to essentially analyze different aspects of the data,” Orrange said. “The students had to predict the employee’s salary based strictly on the employee’s gender and then they were asked to predict the salary based on how many years the person had

worked for the company.” In an effort to discourage cheating, Orrange allows his students to work in groups of four or five on this project and explains the assignment thoroughly in class. Orrange estimated that the assignment could have been completed in less than an hour. Despite taking these measures to prevent students from cheating, 30 students from Orrange’s fall class approached students who had taken the class the semester before, copied this homework assignment and turned it in as their own. Orrange discovered the students had cheated when, upon grading the assignments, he found that the students were submitting the previous year’s answers. “I use the same cases every semester, but I tweak those cases so the answers are different every semester,” Orrange said. “The first few answers in each assignment might have the same answers but the later questions are each slightly different.” The students that Orrange caught cheating all received a failing grade in the course. While Orrange could have requested that the words “academic dishonesty” appear on the transcripts next to the letter grade, he decided that giving the students a failing grade was sufficient. “The ‘F’ [I gave the students who cheated] is the same ‘F’ as someone who goofed off and signed up for

In Murray and Orrange’s classes, students were able to cheat because they obtained previous copies of exams or homework assignments that remained unchanged or almost unchanged from previous years. While Orrange acknowledges that students cheated partially because he issues the same assignments each year, he does not plan on changing the homework cases each semester. David Murray did not return The Spectrum’s phone calls. “I am not going to use different cases because the alternative is to use Harvard Business Cases that the students get charged for,” Orrange said. “The cases that [I use], I write them and there is no cost to the students. I simply expect the students to do their own work; I do not think that that is too much to ask.” Students like Alex Goodnough, a junior chemistry major, feel that teachers should be made to frequently change exams and homework assignments to help prevent cheating.

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the course but never showed up,” Orrange said. “I had the option of attaching the words ‘academic dishonesty’ to the ‘Fs’ but I chose not to do that.” While Orrange feels that some faculty might find his decision to fail the students harsh, he thinks that it is a correct punishment because they violated the university’s standards of academic integrity. “[Some] would argue that a ‘F’ in the course is over-the-top because the assignment wasn’t a huge part of the [student’s final] grade,” Orrange said. “But my attitude is that those students turned in a statement of academic integrity that says that this is my work and my work alone, and they [broke that promise].”

“In a perfect world, the professor shouldn’t really have to change [exams and assignments from year to year],” Goodnough said. “But human nature dictates that if you don’t change them, people are still going to pass the class without really learning the material. It would be in the best interest of the dishonest and the honest students if the assignments were [consistently] changed.”

garding how her department plans to deal with cheating this semester.

“The incidents in David Murray’s and Ray Orrange’s classes have made us realize that cheating is not just a UB problem, but is an issue at universities across the country,” Ferguson said.

While she could not specifically comment on what measures professors like David Murray are taking to prevent academic dishonesty, Ferguson mentioned that her department is considering making students agree and sign an “academic honor code.” Professor Orrange commented that an honor code is a good idea, but he is not certain of its possible success in preventing cheating.

“I think [an honor code] would be difficult to implement because you would need the support of all the faculty as well as all the students,” Orrange said. “I am not sure enough people have the courage of their convictions to follow through.”

Goodnough agrees with Orrange that an honor code may not be the most effective way to stop academic dishonesty; he believes that students who are planning to cheat will cheat anyway. Orrange offered a final word of advice to students who help others cheat.

Even though Orrange is not changing the way he teaches his class, he is going to ask his students to agree to an additional academic integrity statement before they turn homework in. Students will be notified that submitting someone else’s work will result in an “F” in the course.

“I have degrees from this place, I am proud of this university and I am proud of my grades,” Orrange said. “Anytime someone cheats their way through this university and then goes out into the business world at large as a representative of UB and they haven’t learned what they should have learned because they cheated their way through, that reflects poorly on you and me.” g

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Today in UB History: January 24th, 1990 Club Coca-Cola To Light Up Alumni Triple Gym TRACY ROSENTHAL If you caught MTV on New Year’s Eve at the Palladium, then you also saw a preview of the laser light special effects that will highlight Club Coca-Cola at UB’s triple gym in Alumni Arena Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sponsored by Reebok and Coca-Cola, Club Coca-Cola is a touring dance party that travels all over the country to college campuses and other special events. Twenty percent of all profits go to the “Join the World of Winners” outreach campaign that works at doubling the amount of participating athletes and volunteers at the Special Olympics. At UB, the Division of Student Affairs is sponsoring the dance party by footing the entire bill and leaving the admission free for UB students. The party is essentially a welcome back to UB party for returning students and a welcoming party for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The Office of Student Life, Schussmeisters Ski Club and the Inter-Greek Council are also helping to sponsor the party. According to Cindy Repicci, Homecoming Queen and committee chair for Club Coca-Cola, it is open to everyone. “There will be a lot of student organizations there,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity for freshmen and transfers. All clubs are allowed to wear their sweatshirts (with their



names on them).” Club Coca-Cola is being billed as a dry rush event for all Greeks, but Repicci emphasized that it is no exclusive to the Greek system and prospective members. Schussmeisters will be in attendance and all other students at the University are encouraged to attend. She added that it is a good opportunity for younger, underage students to meet more people that they may have missed by not being able to go out to the bars. Also, for students who live in the dorms, buses will be provided from the Main Street, Ellicott and Governors dorms. But wait, there’s more In addition to the fun students can enjoy from the music and other students there, prizes will be raffled off. Gift certificates for Reebok sneakers and t-shirts, as well as a VCR, are just some of the prizes being offered. Michael D’Andrea, of the Brian Winthrop International, the firm that produces Club Coca-Cola, explained that the dance has been extremely popular at college campuses and military bases, and that it even helped entertain the U.S. Olympic team in 1988. “It’s a party and a benefit,” he explained. “It’s one heck of a good time, too. People said they didn’t believe that they could have such

a good time.” Besides providing lights for MTV on New Year’s Eve, Club Coca-Cola has been to Villanova three years in a row, to West Point, and had 17,000 participants at the Super Dome in New Orleans. They have also helped out at parties for the Mayflower Madam.

Some of the highlights of the dance include a 200 square foot video screen that will show videos throughout the evening. Also, disc jockey Jim Kennedy will play music requests. Lighting special effects include a super strobe light, a moonflower and a “cyclorama.” g

Continued from Page 2 mechanical and aerospace engineering major. “Now that the house burnt down and the landlords haven’t given us any money, I’m living at my parents’ house and I have to depend on rides to get to class.” The tenants said that BRoS Properties didn’t do much to help them out after the fire, but, again, Shawn Engel claimed otherwise. “We did have another unit that was available for them for the second semester because somebody had just signed it for the first semester,” Shawn Engel said. “Originally, they said they did want to move their things and we had offered a number of other things for them: help and assistance to replace some of the things lost due to

the fire. There wasn’t too much damage to personal belongings; just a couple of beds, I believe. We offered to buy them a couple of beds and to help them move, to which they initially said ‘Yes, certainly’. Then they declined.” Both Nowak and Lafferty stated that the university reached out to them after the fire to find out how they were doing, however, there wasn’t much else that it could do to help. The roommates contacted Sub Board Legal Assistance, which provided them with information on what to do next. In order to gain restitution, the tenants will have to file a lawsuit to prove that the landlords were negligent since the tenants don’t have renters insurance, and since the owner’s insurance doesn’t cover the tenants’ belongings.

The roommates would like to have their security deposits refunded, any prepaid rent returned, the lawyer fee reimbursed, and compensation given for lost belongings. BRoS Properties had its lawyer, Michael R. Wyszynski, send each tenant a letter that explained that they should vacate the house and remove their personal belongings so repairs can be made. It also stated: “Once all personal property has been removed, and the source of the fire determined, my clients will contact you, regarding reimbursement for the security deposit and prepaid rent.” Dan Ryan, director of off campus student relations, stated that many of the homes in the University Heights do not meet building codes. However, also mentioned that students tend to bring in “a lot of electron-

ic devices…which can cause fires.” Nowak and Lafferty recognize that the situation could have been worse and they’re thankful that no one was injured. They also contemplated what would have happened had the fire started at 4 a.m., and not 4 p.m. Still, since this is the third fire in the area in less than half a year, they feel it is important to inform other students to closely monitor their electricity. “We’ve noticed that this is more of a widespread issue. A house burnt down on Merrimac and there was another fire on Custer,” Nowak said. “Three fires in one year? Something is going on here.” g Have you experienced a problem while living off campus? If so, let The Spectrum know.


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Presidential Search Update E-mail sent to faculty members last Thursday TO: Members of the University at Buffalo Community FROM:  Jeremy M. Jacobs, Chairman, UB Council and UB Presidential Search Committee Since late September, UB’s presidential search committee has been deeply involved in a deliberative process to identify, recruit, and review promising candidates for the presidency at the University at Buffalo. It is with pleasure, pride and great optimism that I provide this update. To date, the committee has reviewed the credentials of 69 candidates, representing a diverse national and international pool from a wide range of academic disciplines and professional experiences. The committee of the whole met with 10 candidates for a first round of intensive interviews, and subsequently met with more than half of those for a more protracted second round of small group interviews. Following extensive discussions with onand off-list references, we are focusing our attention on a smaller group of candidates, each of whom offers superb qualifications for the presidency. All of these candidates have enjoyed distinguished academic careers, with some among the most preeminent scholars in their disciplinary fields. Our short list includes individuals who are serving or have served very successfully in administrative leadership roles such as provost, vice president for research, vice president for health sciences and dean-all at leading AAU institutions-and all with an impressive portfolio of administrative accomplishments. As I indicated in my communication to the campus community earlier this month, the outstanding quality of the candidates for this position is evidence of the high regard that academic leaders have for UB, and the great confidence they have in its future. The confidentiality of the search process precludes me from disclosing any additional details at this time, but I want to assure the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of UB that the search committee is well-positioned with excellent choices from which to recommend presidential candidates to the members of the UB Council, who will forward their recommendation to the SUNY chancellor and board of trustees. I am grateful to the members of the search committee for their diligent work in this process.  I appreciate the interest of the university community in the presidential search, and I look forward to updating you again at the next appropriate opportunity in the process. g

Australians Brace For Further Flooding The Australian state of Queensland has faced record floods over the past month with even more expected during the next week. Flooding is also expected to increase in the state of Victoria during the next 10 days. The flooding has been described as a giant lake nearly 55 miles long. More than 75 towns have been affected in Victoria including many that have been cut off from emergency services. The Victoria State Emergency Service has issued evacuation warnings to all communities east of the city of Kerang. Many people living near rivers or streams have been making their own makeshift levies as floodwater runoff is expected to build up in the next 10 days. Since flooding began last month, 30 people have died with another nine missing in Queensland, which has been hit the hardest. Further north in Brisbane, flooding has significantly subsided since there was nearly 15 feet of water only two weeks ago. Officials have already stated that the flooding is one of Australia’s most costly natural disasters. Experts estimate nearly $3 billion lost in coal exports and agricultural production with an additional $20 billion expected in reconstruction costs through Queensland and Victoria. g

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Cuba Stops Postal Service To U.S. The Cuban postal service has suspended all deliveries to the U.S. until further notice. The suspension was made in response to a stricter security measure implemented by the U.S. last year.

Efforts by the City of Buffalo and New York State Historic Preservation Office have landed the University Park Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Homes in the University Park area are now eligible for certain state and federal tax credits. These tax credits will serve as incentives for homeowners to maintain upkeep of their historic houses.

The focus of the incentives is geared toward rehabilitation, not restoration of the historic homes.

The U.S. increased its air cargo security as a result of an attempted terrorist attack on a cargo delivery from Yemen. The increase in security led to many Cuban deliveries to be denied entry in the U.S.

The tax credits are available through the New York State Homeowners Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, which is in its first year after being signed into law in 2009 by former Governor David Paterson.

The cost to have these denied deliveries sent back to Cuba has been very high, which led to the suspension of all Cuba-to-U.S. mail.

The University Park Historic District is directly across from UB’s South Campus. The area is also part of UB’s Home Loan Guaranty Program. This program encourages UB employees to buy South Campus homes to improve the surrounding neighborhood. g

Postal service between Cuba and the U.S. had been restricted for 42 years until it was resumed in 2009. President Obama renewed the service to repair relations between the countries. This latest setback may diminish Obama’s efforts at improving international relations. g


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We’re less than a month into Andrew Cuomo’s governorship, and there’s already a major controversy brewing.

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Cuomo’s recently announced budget cuts that would eliminate 10,000 jobs, include roughly 1,000 jobs in Western New York. These would include jobs in such fields as education and the prison system.

are the opposite of what our state needs, and that laying off workers will only weaken our alreadystruggling economy. Unfortunately, Cuomo hasn’t been left with much of a choice. New York’s economy is in shambles right now, with only California having worse struggles. Like it or not, layoffs are an unavoidable symptom of such a weak state economy. With that said, The Spectrum disagrees with Cuomo in regards to where these layoffs should be made.

Naturally, not everyone has been pleased with this proposal. Many have argued that job cuts

For one thing, cuts to the prison system would be a terrible idea. Considering that many prisons are already overcrowded, eliminating the number of prisons would simply be taking an already large problem and making it worse. In addition, cuts to public schools would have very damaging effects on the education system. Considering the rough condition the Buffalo Public School district is already in, taking away its funding is the last thing it needs. We believe that instead of focusing on necessary services like public schools and prisons, Cuomo should be looking to cut from some of the more unnecessary things state money is spent on. Specifically, Cuomo should cut from the many wasteful patronage jobs that are currently eating our budget.


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prevent cuts from needing to be made in education and law enforcement areas, it would certainly reduce the number of necessary cuts in these crucial areas.

In addition, we believe that raising taxes in certain areas would be productive in this situation. We realize that tax increases are never popular, but in this case, they could help greatly. For example, before its repeal in the mid-’90s, there was a stock exchange tax, where people would pay 1/20th of a percent on each stock they purchased. This may seem like a small number, but it would add it up quite a bit. We understand that layoffs are an unfortunate consequence of the economy’s condition, and in some cases they are unavoidable. Still, we wish the Cuomo administration would seek out other solutions, and attempt to make budget cuts in purely extraneous areas. g

Tunisian Elections Unlikely to be “Free” A step toward democracy, but skepticism is justified On Friday, Tunisia’s interim Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced that the country would be holding its first free elections since gaining independence from France in 1956.

and fear” under Ben-Ali. His administration has been taking swift action against the Ben-Ali regime, as 1,200 people who are suspected of terrorist actions have been arrested.

This announcement came a week after the overthrow of former President Zine al-Abidine Ben-Ali, who ruled the nation with an iron fist, and essentially acted as a dictator.

Unfortunately, despite Ghannoucchi’s disgust toward the Ben-Ali administration, and his work taken in prosecuting them, there is reason to believe Tunisia’s days of oppression are not over yet.

Ghannouchi stated that in the aftermath of the elections, he would leave any political role even if he was elected, stating that he intended to retire once the new president was elected.

Members of the Constitutional Democratic Rally, which Ben-Ali belonged to still plan on playing a role in the elections, and they will likely have a candidate in the running.

He also stated that like all Tunisian residents, he lived “in pain

While they are trying mightily to distance themselves from Ben-Ali,

the party’s long-lasting history of corruption does not play in its favor. There is certainly reason to believe this election may be rigged and viewed in the same light as the 2009 Iranian elections, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected in what is widely considered to be a rigged election. We at The Spectrum have our doubts that these elections will truly be “free.” Considering the number of people from Ben-Ali’s party, and the long history of corruption in Tunisia, we believe it is within reason to doubt that a truly democratic election will take place. We recognize that this is a major step for Tunisia. After decades of oppression under the cruel Ben-

Ali regime, the fact that Tunisia’s citizens were able to rise up in protest and take down their overlord suggests than Tunisia is, at least, on its way to becoming a free country. Its citizens are becoming more aware of their rights, and are starting to take action.

In addition, we recognize that elections are a step in the right direction. Certainly, if they are held free of corruption it would be a great day for Tunisia. We are simply skeptical that this will occur given the influence that Ben-Ali’s disciples still hold. We believe Tunisia is heading in the right direction, but it may have a long way to go before it can achieve the democracy it desires. g


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In Buffalo, It’s “Snow Problem” Amanda Woods Managing Editor When the Dec. 26 storm hit New York City and I was home on winter break, my family and friends couldn’t resist asking me, “You go to school in Buffalo. You’re used to this, right?” To their disbelief, my answer was an unequivocal “no.” Of course, I am used to the snow. I’ve become so accustomed that looking out my window in the morning and seeing our campus completely transformed into the North Pole is no longer a novelty, but an ordinary sight. I’ve almost become numb to the lake effect snow and wind nipping at my face and freezing my tears as I walk up the treacherous incline to Clemens Hall. But I am not used to the inadequate, delayed snow response that crippled the Big Apple in the wake of the post-Christmas blizzard. The city failed to declare a snow emergency that could have prevented widespread chaos – some streets in the boroughs left unplowed for a week; public transportation slowed and even halted in some areas; and, most drastically, ambulances blocked from reaching people in need of medical care. The storm was to blame for 11 deaths and many more injuries, according to The Washington Post. I was also angered by the reports of city sanitation workers deliberately slowing down the plowing process to protest budget cuts. Did they not consider the citywide, dangerous consequences of their actions? Especially in such a bustling city like New York, the quicker the response, the better. One Brooklyn resident brought up a troubling thought on an evening newscast, saying that because the city is at a standstill with only two feet of snow, it would be rendered


defenseless in the case of another terrorist attack. All anyone has to do is dump snow on the city and it won’t be able to dig itself out. I shook my head, embarrassed to admit it, but he was right. New York isn’t the only city crippled by recent snowfall. Atlanta, Ga., with an average yearly snowfall of 2.5 inches, found itself short on snowplows when a surprising five inches fell on Jan. 9. Facing criticism about its response to the storm, the city was forced to expand its snow response equipment from 10 pieces to 58, CNN reported. I have only lived in Buffalo for three and a half years as a UB student, but I have noticed that Buffalo’s snow response is efficient and always prepared for the worst. Even on campus, snowplows repeatedly circle around as the snow is falling, and they don’t wait for mounds of snow to pile up, leaving students immobile. With such a quick snow cleanup, it’s no surprise that UB rarely gives “snow days.” Even the Buffalo airport is exceptionally equipped to deal with snow. Thomas Dames, superintendent of airway operations, told The Buffalo News that the airport uses specialized snow-clearing tactics that other national airports do not. As a domino effect, the airport often cancels flights into other mid-Atlantic

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cities that cannot clear up their runways, but rarely cancels them on its own accord. Also, because snow is part of the Buffalo lifestyle, natives don’t seem to fear it as much. In New York City, people – myself included – whine about the wintry weather. “I can’t get out of my house,” “I can’t go to school/work,” and “I can’t shovel all this” are common complaints that circle around my neighborhood when the “white stuff” piles up. But Buffalo residents simply make do. Lifelong Buffalonians have told me that they sometimes have to climb out of their secondfloor windows to dig out their front doors. They build snow tunnels to get from their house to a neighbor’s. This might sound surreal and almost unnecessary in New York City ­and especially Atlanta – but it’s time that more of the country learns ways to cope with the inconveniences of winter weather. In my freshman year, I came to UB worried that I would be snowed in, unable to leave my dorm and go to classes during the winter months. Although I’ve seen my share of subzero temperatures and snowdrifts, I’ve never had that problem. When it comes to snow cleanup, I don’t have to worry – Buffalo’s got it covered. g




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Wednesday, Feb. 23, Rapids Theatre – Dropkick Murphys and Against Me!

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Monday, April 4, Center for the Arts Productions (RLTP), located within the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center just – Buddy Guy The blues god has returned almost exactly a year since his last performance in Buffalo. If you want to see one of the best guitarists of all time, here is your chance. Come out and experience what influenced almost every form of rock music.

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Upcoming Concerts Dust off your dancing shoes, break out that vintage band T-shirt that you bought before anyone else knew the band, and make sure you have enough green in the wallet; these are the best upcoming shows in Buffalo.

Thursday, Jan. 27, Rapids Theatre – Snoop Dogg Some might say he is past his prime, but Snoop Dogg is one of rap music’s proven veterans. If you can afford the ticket price of $32.50 and the drive out to Niagara Falls, here is your chance to come out and burn while jamming out to this legend.

It might be a little early, but Dropkick Murphys will come to town to get everyone in the Irish spirit. Accompanying these tested veterans are veterans in their own right. Against Me! brings their anarcho-punk style back to Buffalo after tearing down the Town Ballroom last April, just to remind Buffalo how strong pints of Guinness truly make you.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Downtown Buffalo offers many shows each season. It also features a variety of seats and prices to fit almost any budget. Shea’s is an easy walk from the Theater train stop on Niagara Frontier Transit Authority’s (NFTA) rapid transit. Some upcoming shows include:

Shrek The Musical

Saturday, Feb. 26, Town Ballroom – Badfish It has been almost 15 years since Brad Nowell passed, but that doesn’t mean his music doesn’t live on. To keep modern-day fans happy, Badfish has become one of the premier cover groups of all time. Come experience a show and realize why they have almost as an enthusiastic following as their idols, Sublime.

Friday, March 4, HSBC Arena – Lady Gaga This is by far the biggest show to pass through Buffalo all semester. The queen of pop brings her freak show to Buffalo to give her fans a chance to see her. Granted, tickets might cost your first born, but depending on who you ask, the show might be worth three of your children.

Saturday, Jan. 29, Xtreme Wheels – Silverstein and The Chariot These two groups might be some of the best examples of post-hardcore music, but if you want the opportunity to see these great acts, you will have to visit the terrible Xtreme Wheels. These two bands deserve a better venue than what they were given, but they will make do with what they got and will surely put on a great show.

Saturday, Feb. 5, Shea’s Performing Arts Center – Salt-N-Pepa These hip-hop groundbreakers don’t tour very often but have decided to stop in Buffalo to see how well Buffalonians push it. If you are looking for a much better show in Buffalo this semester it won’t happen. These gals will have crowd members out of their seats dancing along.

Friday, Feb. 11, Town Ballroom – underOATH and Thursday Attention all matured scene kids; this is not a joke. Two of the biggest screamo bands are touring together. While underOATH has seen better

Feb. 22-27 Price: $40-$70 Although the musical adaptation of DreamWorks’ 2001 animated comedy may not feature Mike Myers (Shrek Forever After) as the iconic ogre, Shrek The Musical still promises to be an enjoyable night for anyone in attendance. Filled with endless comedy and original music written by the award-winning Jeanine Tesori, this is one musical anyone can enjoy.

Young Frankenstein

Overboard are putting the punk back into pop-punk. Come see some of the brightest young bands in an otherwise lackluster scene.

Friday, March 11, Town Ballroom – Ice Cube Coming straight outta Compton is another one of rap music’s forefathers. Ice Cube will attempt to bring the heat to the frigid Buffalo climate. Hopefully, Ice Cube sticks to the rapping and not to the acting. Unfortunately, Ice Cube’s Buffalo endeavor is also the first day of Spring Break.

March 22-27 Price: $40-$70 What’s better than watching a Mel Brooks comedy classic? Watching a musical adaptation of said classic live and written by the man himself. That’s exactly what you get with Mel Brooks’ musical, Young Frankenstein. If this musical is even half as good as the 1974 film on which it is based, then make sure you find the time to make it out to one of the performances.

Wicked April 22-May 22 Friday, March 18, Rapids Theatre – Price: $40-$70 A Day to Remember Also taking place over Spring Break, A Day To Remember returns to Buffalo, only this time, the venue is bigger than anything they have ever played here. Accompanying ADTR is the metal-core supergroup Bring Me the Horizon. Don’t let the opener deter you from going to see one of the best live shows.

The Mandrake March 3-27 Price: $30-$40 Written in 1518 by Niccolò Machiavelli, The Mandrake tells the tale of protagonist Callimaco and his quest to capture the affection of the beautiful Lucrezia through the use of a love potion. With over-the-top characters and hilarious situations, this is one play that promises to have the audiences rolling with laughter.

If ghost stories are your thing, then Shining City is the play for you. Set in Dublin, the play follows the story of a widower who seeks out the help of a therapist after he believes to have seen his dead wife in his house. Written by the Tony-nominated Conor McPherson, Shining City is sure to grab your attention and never let go. Alleyway Theatre, found at 1 Curtains Up Alley, is a renovated 33,000-square-foot former bus depot. The company offers a continuous season from September through May, as well as special events scattered throughout the year, including the Buffalo Quickies.

Buffalo Quickies March 3-19 Price: $25 general admission, $13 student tickets

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After several attempts, 30 Seconds to Mars will finally land in Western New York. Sporting a high-octane live show and one of the scene’s most extravagant frontmen, 30stm will surely dazzle the crowd, and the band’s die-hard fan base, the Echelon, will be screaming every word.

The Irish Classical Theater Company, also in the Theater District near Shea’s, shows its own series of plays – mostly great classics like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” which is playing until Feb. 6, but also traditional Irish plays. The student price is $15, but it can only be purchased one hour prior to curtains up. More information can be found at Some upcoming shows include:

Shining City April 28-May 22 Price: $30-$40

Tuesday, March 8, Xtreme Wheels – The Wonder Years and Man Overboard

Wednesday, Feb. 2, Rapids Theatre pop-punk will never go away. Bands like The Wonder Years and Man – 30 Seconds to Mars

down the street from Shea’s. RLTP offers a series of plays, which are mostly written by local artists. It also offers a student discount of $15, compared to full price of $30. For really inexpensive seats, RLTP offers Mighty Taco Talkback Thursdays, where students only pay $5 a ticket and are encouraged to join in a discussion after the show. More information and a schedule can be found at

Ever wonder how the wicked witch of the west came to be in The Wizard of Oz? This is the premise of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning musical Wicked, based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name. If you’re only going to see one play this year, make sure this is it. Another option is Road Less Traveled

In the bathroom? In the car? No, Alleyway Theatre is the new popular place for people to get a quickie. A compilation of 10 10-minute plays, Buffalo Quickies will have audience members slapping their knees in hilarity. With a ticket price of $13 for students, it is cheaper than acquiring a streetwalker’s service for the night. During the summer, Buffalonians are able to partake in Shakespeare in Delaware Park, a yearly event offering evening performances of two of the Bard’s plays each year. This year will feature “The Merchant of Venice” from June 16 through July 10 and “As You Like It,” starting on July 21 and ending Aug. 14. The show is open to the public and open to the elements, so patrons may suffer rain delays and attacks of mosquitoes. Whether you prefer watching the silver screen or gazing at live actors on stage, Buffalo offers many options that accommodate a student’s budget and many that are easily accessible on public transport or on foot.



7–9 pm Dinner More appropriate sober If you are so inclined to eat on campus during the weekend, The Spectrum recommends Johnny C’s in the Commons. Not only is it quick and easy, but there is likely to be a sandwich or salad that each member in your group will enjoy. However, with so many restaurants scattered throughout Buffalo, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go out and explore. These restaurants are, in particular, great for a date or quiet dinner with friends. A number of great restaurants are located around the UB campuses. Fugi Grill at Maple Road and North Forest offers sushi and other Asian delicacies. Trattoria Aroma, located on Main Street between North Forest and North Union, is known for its Italian creations. The small, quiet atmosphere is ideal for a date. You may need a reservation, so it’d be wise to call ahead. Amy’s Place, at 3234 Main St. near South Campus, is known for its lentil soup and cookies, as well as the “Be Nice or Leave” slogan. For the more adventurous, Saigon Bangkok on Niagara Falls Boulevard serves Thai and Vietnamese food, as well as sake. For those venturing into the city, try Globe Market on Elmwood. Globe offers a daily selection of soups, which can be found on its Facebook page, as well as various homemade salads, pastas and sandwiches. Kuni’s is in the same neighborhood, on Lexington Avenue, and it has been regularly praised as offering some of the best sushi in the area. Kuni’s doesn’t take reservations, but it’s a small venue, so you may have to arrive early or prepare to wait for a short time. Chef’s, located on Seneca Street, is known for its red sauce and has, as a result, become a staple in the Buffalo restaurant scene. For a slightly more expensive meal, head to Delaware Avenue and try Merge, a restaurant for vegetarians; Hutch’s; or Oliver’s. Each offers gourmet cuisine and a great wine list. Most participate in Buffalo’s Restaurant Week, so if the cost doesn’t fit in your budget now, try them during that week. Hutch’s and Oliver’s will most likely require a reservation, especially if your group is larger than two. Bisto Europa at 484 Elmwood Ave. has also been praised for its Eastern European foods. It’s informal and very small and, as such, a very quaint place to get lunch or dinner and try some different foods.

Easy to transition to a night out Sometimes a dinner and drinks turns into a night out pretty organically. In Buffalo, there is no lack of restaurants positioned right near bars to which to turn. If you’re looking to go out on Chippewa for the evening, Papaya, Chocolate Bar and Bacchus are located directly on Chippewa and offer extensive


drink menus and specials. Papaya offers two-for-one martinis and half-price sushi on Wednesdays. It is also a local favorite for Thai and Vietnamese food. Chocolate Bar is located right next door and offers sandwiches and salads in addition to an extensive dessert and drink menu. Bacchus is an upscale restaurant known for its extensive wine list and elegant atmosphere. Papaya and Bacchus will typically require reservations and slightly dressier attire, but Chocolate Bar is slightly more casual. Main Street offers some casual dining options, such as The Steer or Lake Effect Diner, found right next-door. Burgers and wings are in no short supply at these venues.

7–12 am Movie Theatres If you want to get off campus for some fun and you lack the age, the fake ID, or the desire to drink alcohol, there are still plenty of ways to have fun in Buffalo. To start, there is the Amherst Theater across the street from South Campus and next to McDonalds. In partnership with Late Nite UB, it offers a movie every Saturday night and free admission to the first 75 students to swipe a valid UB ID. After the first 75, admission is $5. The Amherst Theater also offers a $2 student discount for other showings. The other theaters around town offer student discounts of varying degrees. More can be found at dipsontheatres. com for Dipson Theaters (including the Amherst), for Regal Entertainment, and for the closest theater to North Campus. There is also an inexpensive theater in Cheektowaga called Movieland 8. Its admission is $4 most of the time and $2 on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is located in the Thruway Plaza near Wal-Mart.

Elmwood also offers a plethora of dining options right near the bars, or even at the bars themselves. Cole’s won Artvoice’s “Best Burgers in Buffalo” designation, but it also serves a plethora of wraps, salads and wings. Blue Monk’s kitchen just opened recently and has proven to serve more than the typical food found at a bar, such as mussels prepared in four various ways, house-made chips, or duck-fat fries. No description of Elmwood dining would be complete without Pano’s, open from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. With an extensive menu of reasonably-priced foods, Pano’s is an easy place to please all palates. Saigon Café, also located on Elmwood, is the city’s extension of Saigon Bangkok on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Each of these restaurants are located within walking distance to the bars or even Danahy’s Liquor Store, making them great options before a night out. Allentown also has restaurants conveniently located right by the bars, such as Sample. Sample, located across the street from Hardware, offers “samples” of various foods. The idea is to try lots of different options, each at a reduced price to account for their size. Sample also has a bar inside, which could potentially serve as a pre-game. Hardware, located across the street, is a restaurant that turns into a very popular bar in the evening. In the same general area is Mothers, located by Main Street between Virginia Street and Allen Street. The kitchen is open late and serves in a dimly lit, upscale dining room. Within walking distance is Snooty Fox, another bar and restaurant that is especially popular on Sunday evenings. If you choose to go out on Hertel Avenue, you’ll find a plethora of Italian restaurants. In fact, the area has been referred to as Buffalo’s version of New York City’s “Little Italy.” Empire, although not Italian, has a presence on Hertel and boasts an elegant bar and modern cuisine.

During the summer months, grab a car and a friend and check out the Transit Drive-In. They are open on weekends, and the films start at sunset. The price is $8 per person aged-12 and older. More info can be found on their website, The Market Arcade Theatre, a part of the Dipson Theatres, offers Diane Christian and Bruce Jackson’s film seminar class on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., which is open to the public. The series screens monumental films of the past and then offers a discussion of the film and its history. If you’re in the mood for something a little more independent, then The Screening Room at 3131 Sheridan Dr. near Bailey Avenue is an option. Admission is between $5 and $6 depending on the film, and free screenings are also offered with web registration. It also hosts poetry nights on the third Tuesday of every month.

7:30 pm Lippes Concert Hall Another place to go on campus for a taste of culture is Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, right next door to CFA. Lippes offers many music venues and recitals through the year, and more information can be found at

7:30 + 9:50 pm SU Theatre Movies The Student Association also hosts a film series throughout the semester in the Student Union Theater. Although the schedule has not yet been posted on the website, the movies typically play on Wednesdays and Thursdays and run at 5, 7:30, and 9:50 p.m. On Friday, the schedule also includes a midnight showing. Admission and popcorn is free, just make sure to arrive early to get a seat.

8 pm CFA Events The Center for the Arts, located on



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North Campus near Alumni Arena, offers a series of plays, concerts, guest speakers, and exhibits throughout the year. The Zodiaque Dance Company, Drumline, The Comedy of Errors, and a Bruce Springsteen-cover band are performing within the next few months, among many other attractions. A schedule can be found at

8 pm

Arnold Schwarzenegger On Thursday, the Undergraduate Student Choice for the Distinguished Speaker Series will grace Alumni Arena with his presence. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a former Austrian bodybuilder who arrived to the United States in 1968 when that year’s presidential race was in full swing. Europe, and especially Austria, was extremely wary of Communism at the time, and the words of Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey sounded too close to his worst fear; so he became a Republican. His first real foray into politics was to accompany George H. W. Bush at a campaign rally in the 1988 election. This was followed by his appointment by Bush to be the chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. His politics have continued to evolve, even though his party affiliation remains Republican. He is a fervent environmentalist and does believe in helping out the less fortunate. When he took over in California, the previous governor, Gray Davis, had been recalled due to a severe budget shortfall. Schwarzenegger worked to reverse this, as well as implementing several new programs in his state. The most notable changes include his Hydrogen Highway and Million Solar Roofs Plan, the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010, and the record-breaking investment into after-school programs for children in public schools. The “Governator” also revisited his earliest political interest in public health by instituting a ban on transfats in California. Last week, the news broke that Schwarzenegger’s father-in-law, R. Sargent Shriver passed away. Shriver was instrumental in starting the Peace Corps and also founded the Special Olympics. Even though Shriver and Schwarzenegger were far apart politically, they were reported to be close personally and it will be interesting to see if this finds its way into the speech. Schwarzenegger, whether playing the part of an actor or a prominent political figure, will certainly fill Alumni Arena with eager students and members of the UB community waiting to hear his words.

9–11 pm Pre-game Most good drunken nights start off with a lively “pre-game” in an effort to avoid buying countless drinks at the bar. Some pregame activities include drinking games, such as the classic favorite, beer pong, Never Have I Ever, landmine, or Kings. There are countless variations and options. Although most pre-games involve typical beer like Labatt Blue or Keystone, Wegmans grocery store, with a locations by both North and South campus at the corner of Maple Road and Alberta, offers a surprising amount of beer from different regions and countries. Another option is the Village Beer Merchant at 547 Elmwood Avenue, if the city is more your calling.


club’s numerous dance parties, Mohawk Place is a one-of-a-kind venue. With a small stage and no barriers, Mohawk Place puts the audience right in the middle of the action.

Xtreme Wheels By far the worst venue in Buffalo, Xtreme Wheels takes no care in providing a good concert experience. Crappy acoustics, scene kids, and mediocre skaters are in abundance at this disgrace of a venue.

Club Infinity Although it is not nearly as popular as it once was, Club Infinity still puts on a good show every once in a while. It might be a far drive, but the intimate settings and great acoustics make it one of the best venues in Buffalo.

Rapids Theatre

To buy liquor and wine, On The Rox on Bailey Avenue is a discount liquor store with a good selection. Global Wine and Spirits, found near North Campus at the corner of Sheridan and Harlem Road, offers a slightly larger selection and periodically offers samples of various liquors or wines upon entrance. In the city, Danahy’s Liquor Store at 1064 Elmwood Ave. offers discounted wine and liquor. Additionally, Danahy’s frequently has a section of halfpriced wine right near the register.

10 pm Late Night UB Late Night UB, part of UB’s Division of Student Affairs, has a mission to provide late-night entertainment for students who wish to have fun in an alcohol-free environment. Many events take place in the Student Union, such as speed dating, a poker tournament, and an event called Sex & Cream that is scheduled for Feb 18. The complete schedule can be found at php.

10:30 pm Buffalo Music Scene Never underestimate Buffalo’s vibrant music scene. Within the Queen City there’s a venue lying in wait for any dedicated music fan, regardless of taste.

Town Ballroom This is the premier venue in Buffalo. Not only is the pit the perfect size, but it also sports a tri-level flight of stairs and three bars, so there is plenty of room to stand and have a drink while jamming out to your favorite band.

Nietzsche’s Located on Allen Street, Nietzsche’s has featured live music every night for generations. This is the place to see up-and-coming bands from around Buffalo and touring independent bands from around the country.

Mr. Goodbar Most nights, it’s just another stop on the Elmwood bar crawl, but on Fridays, this is the spot to see a great local band. The acoustics are great, and every concert doubles as a rocking party.

Mohawk Place Whether you are going to see your favorite bands or going to one of the

When you are looking for a big crowd and a breathtaking venue, look no further than Rapids Theatre. It is the biggest venue in the Buffalo area; take one look up while you’re there and you will be entranced for the whole show.

Big Orbit Soundlab Showcasing the best in indie and electronic music, Soundlab makes indie kids feel right at home – Williamsburg, that is. Not to mention that Soundlab likes to take a dip in the red with its ever-so-often Communist parties.

11 pm–4 am BARS Allen Street Bars Allen Street, located in the city between the majority of the Elmwood bars and Chippewa bars, is home to a number of small, artsy establishments. Allen bars almost always check identification, so have a proper form ready. Most places won’t charge a cover, but it is usually no more than $5 if a bar so chooses. Drinks are reasonably priced, and a number of late-night food options are available within walking distance. Hardware has been an Allentown favorite for quite some time, boasting three different bars. Renovated from an actual hardware store, the café and bar hosts live music Thursday and Friday nights and a DJ on Saturday. The walls are adorned with artwork from local artists that change each month. Allen Street Grill (formerly known as the Pink Flamingo, but more affectionately known as simply “The Pink”) is also relatively popular. Frizzy’s is also known as a very casual bar with pool tables and a photo booth. Mulligan’s Brick Bar is another Allentown favorite, as it is relatively large and typically pretty busy on the weekends.

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12am BARS Continued from Page 9 There are also late night food options on Allen Street. Jim’s Steak Out, at the corner of Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue, is open until 5 a.m. Towne Restaurant, on the opposite corner of Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue, is open until 4 a.m. on the weekends.

Chippewa Bars Chippewa offers both the bar and club scene, with some locations achieving both of these goals, to some degree. For students who don’t live in the city, this 15- to 20-minute drive may seem like a bit of a trek, so make sure a designated driver is chosen beforehand. Drinks are reasonably priced, but there is usually a $5 to $10 cover for most bars on the weekend. Most bars won’t accept expired or questionable forms of identification, so make sure to bring an appropriate form. Wednesday appears to be the new Saturday at Encore, located right off of Chippewa on Pearl Street. Encore boasts both an indoor bar and an enclosed, heated outdoor bar, which is almost always filled to capacity on Wednesday nights. Purple Monkey, located at the corner of Chippewa and Delaware Avenue, hosts an open bar for $10 on Wednesday evenings from 10:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., which includes draft beer and well drinks. Thursday through Saturday are usually busy nights at other Chippewa clubs. Pure is a massive nightclub with multiple VIP

areas, which should be booked in advance. The club doesn’t charge cover before 1 a.m. on Saturdays. Also, Pure hosts “PURE University” throughout the semester, which means that students 21 years old and above get in without paying a cover. Other Chippewa bar favorites include Soho, which is a two-story establishment with three different bars, including an outdoor patio; Sky Bar, known for its strict identification standards and great city view; City Tavern; and Bottom’s Up. Papaya, located next to Chocolate Bar on Chippewa, offers two-forone martinis and half-price sushi at the bar on Wednesday evenings with live jazz in the background. Chocolate Bar offers a number of creative martinis, the majority of which incorporate chocolate in some way.

more affordable night out. Tuesday is Ladies’ Night at Cole’s, which means that pitchers of beer are at a reduced cost. Additionally, Cole’s offers a number of beers from local breweries, such as Flying Bison and Ellicottville Brewing Company. Mr. Goodbar is right next door and has a number of pool tables and dartboards for the patrons’ enjoyment. Mezza, a newer establishment that offers Mediterranean food and hookah when the outdoor patio is open, has a comfortable bar. When hookah is available, the combination of falafel, hookah, and a mixed drink can be a quiet way to enjoy an evening on Elmwood. Cecelia’s, also located directly on Elmwood, is known for its gourmet Italian food and martinis. On Monday, this restaurant offers two-for-one martinis and half-price appetizers.

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Elmwood typically brings in a slightly different crowd than Chippewa. The atmosphere is more relaxed, and most bars also function as restaurants, which means that there is plenty of room to sit and converse with others. Again, Elmwood may seem less convenient for those not living in the city, so a designated driver is probably necessary.

Hertel Avenue also offers a nightlife scene, including a number of restaurants and bars. The Wellington Pub, Shadow Lounge and Restaurant, Gabels, Pokey Joe’s Inc., and Checker’s Tavern are popular locations.

A new Elmwood favorite is Blue Monk, which is busy nearly every day and night of the week. The bar offers a plethora of foreign beer favorites, but at a cost. Prices can range from approximately $5 to $20 for a beer, although the quality and quantity does vary. Cole’s and Mr. Goodbar offer a


a club. In the warmer months, the upstairs patio and outside are usually open, which is convenient for smokers or those who want a change of scenery. However, this bar typically doesn’t get busy until midnight or later, so plan accordingly.

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On Tuesdays, The Steer has $5 pitchers, which competes with Third Base’s Tuesday flip-night: after ordering a drink, the bartender flips a coin; if the patron calls heads or tails correctly, he or she doesn’t have to pay for the drink. This deal is perfect for the cash-strapped college kid, but only if you’re lucky.

This is the time to call in the cavalry, and luckily, the fine drivers at Action Taxi are there to help out – for a price, that is. While the $40 from Chippewa street back to the cozy dorms on North Campus seems rather pricey, a mere mention of your UB status nets a 20 percent discount, one unmatched by any other service in the area.

Mojo’s and Northside, located only a few doors down from one another, offer the club atmosphere that lots of college students are looking for after a long week. Both are typically extremely crowded, so be careful with any personal belongings.

The price for those living on South Campus saves big time on the service, as a one-way ride from downtown costs about $20.


Late nights on Chippewa can be some of the best nights of a college career, but after a few too many drinks at the bar, driving home is out of the question.

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Main Street Bars Known for their proximity to campus and somewhat lenient identification standards, Main Street bars are always overrun by UB students. As a whole, drinks are quite affordable, and the location is convenient; cabs from other spots in the city will cost approximately $20, while UB offers shuttle back and forth from North Campus all night. The Steer, found right next to Lake Effect Diner, is more of a bar than

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Nights that Ended in NFaiLure The Date: Nov. 28, 2008 The Place: New York, N.Y. Plaxico Burress was out on the town with former Giants teammate Antonio Pierce. The two decided to spend their evening at a nightclub. Burress brought along his Glock pistol for protection. Apparently, millions of dollars cannot buy you a proper holster, so Burress, being the resourceful individual that he is, held the firearm in his waistband. The night went sour when Burress’ gun slipped down his pant leg. He grabbed for the gun, accidently pulled the trigger, and shot himself in the thigh. Although the injury Burress sustained was not life-threatening, the fallout from this night would be catastrophic. As the incident happened within the city of New York, Burress was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment and sentenced to two years in prison.

The Date: Jan. 31, 2000 The Place: Atlanta, Ga. The night of the Super Bowl is nationally-accepted as an occasion to party. This holds true for everyone, especially professional athletes. On this particular night, Ray Lewis was attending a shindig with a group of his friends at an Atlanta nightclub. Toward the end of the evening, an argument broke out between Lewis’ group and another group in attendance. Not much is known for certain about what happened next, but the scuffle ended with two men being stabbed to death by Lewis’ group. Lewis and two of his companions were brought up on charges in relation to the deaths. Lewis was able to avoid jail-time by testifying against the other two men and was sentenced to one year of probation. His companions would also avoid prison, as the charges against them were eventually dropped.

The Date: March 5, 2010 The Place: Milledgeville, Ga. Everyone who is anyone knows that no city parties harder than Milledgeville, Ga., so, naturally, it would attract people like Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger. On the night in question, Roethlisberger was visiting local




Eugene Robinson: Even professional athletes can have a bad night. watering holes. As he is a very famous athlete, he caught the attention of a young woman who thought it would fun to spend time with a celebrity. This is where the night got tricky. Roethlisberger allegedly exposed himself to the woman, followed her into the women’s restroom, and sexually assaulted her. Although accused of the crime, Roethlisberger was never brought up on charges due to a lack of evidence to support the victim’s claim.

spiracy to commit disorderly conduct. Even though the legal punishment was light, Jones was given a one-year suspension from the NFL.

The Date: Jan. 30, 1999 The Place: Miami, Fla.

The Steelers quarterback did not go unpunished, however, as he was suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

This has to be, hands down, the greatest athlete nightlife failure of all time. Not many people will remember Eugene Robinson. He played safety for the Atlanta Falcons during their run to the Super Bowl in 1999, but that is not the only thing he is famous for.

The Date: Feb. 19, 2007 The Place: Las Vegas, Nev.

The night before Super Bowl XXXIII, when most players would be preparing for what could be the biggest game of their careers, Robinson hit the streets of Miami looking for, well, let’s call it a companion. Armed with $40 and a smile, Robinson found a woman that he believed would be perfect company.

During the 2007 NBA All-Star game weekend, Adam “Pacman” Jones hit the strip with companion Nelly. The two, accompanied by an entourage of employees and friends, decided to go to a strip club to enjoy their evening. While in the building, Nelly and Jones jumped onto stage and began throwing around hundreds of one-dollar bills. The dancers, upon the instruction of club promoter Chris Mitchell, began collecting the money. This was apparently against Jones’ wishes. A fight between club staff and Jones’ group broke out when Jones allegedly grabbed one of the dancers and threw her head into the stage. Jones was also heard threatening the life of one of the club’s security guards.

Unfortunately, that woman turned out to be a Miami police officer. Robinson was arrested on the spot and spent the night before the Super Bowl in a jail cell. He was able to post bail and play in the game, but he was never able to shake off the effects of the previous night’s debauchery.

To make things worse, earlier in that day, Robinson had received the Bart Starr Award by Athletes in Action – a Christian group – for his high moral character. Robinson, understandably, returned the award. g


The night hit its lowest point when, after the original altercation, one of Jones’ companions returned to the club with a gun and fired into the crowd, injuring three people and leaving one paralyzed. Jones claimed that he did not know the gunman but eyewitnesses believed otherwise.

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Bobcats Shell-Shocked by Bulls Comeback

Zach Filzen Points Per Game: 14.5 (8th in MAC) 3-PT made: 57 (1st in MAC)

MATTHEW PARRINOSenior Sports Editor If you turned off your TV at halftime on Saturday afternoon when the men’s basketball team trailed by 18 points, you missed your chance to witness history. People should be forgiven, however, for turning the channel because the Bulls’ (11-6, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) performance in the first half left a lot to be desired. But head coach Reggie Witherspoon’s halftime speech helped give his team exactly what it needed to complete the largest comeback since joining the MAC in a 73-68 shocker over Ohio (8-11, 1-4 MAC). “[At halftime] we talked about staying together,” Witherspoon said. “I thought we kind of came unraveled a little bit [in the first half]…Our communication needed to be better and I think that led to our determination.” The Bobcats led at halftime 43-25 and had their 10,427 fans in attendance primed for a blowout victory celebration. Junior guard Zach Filzen and freshman forward Javon McCrea had other plans and they ignited the Bulls with their energetic and timely play. As a team, the Bulls shot a staggering 72 percent in the second half.

The Bulls shot a staggering 72 percent in the second half. In the previous four games, Filzen had been invisible while fighting through his first shooting slump of the season. In that stretch, he shot only 24 percent from the field. His troubles continued throughout the first half against Ohio, but, after the break, a different player came out of the locker room. Filzen scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half to tie his career-high. His six 3-pointers in the game were a career-best,

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and Witherspoon felt his play really lifted the Bulls down the stretch.

3-PT Per Game: 3.4 (1st in MAC)

“He really got it going,” Witherspoon said. “Once we spread their post players out some they weren’t quite sure how to approach [guarding Zach]…I think that really caused them to be in a dilemma defensively.” With just over 15 minutes remaining, the Bulls ripped off a 20-4 scoring run, capturing the lead for the first time and holding it until the final buzzer.

Filzen has been a true sniper for the Bulls this season and has helped win a few games for his team. His defense has been suspect all season but has improved from what he’s shown in the past.

McCrea finished just shy of another double-double with 21 points and eight rebounds. He did a little bit of everything for the Bulls, as the Bobcats couldn’t find an answer for the freshman on either end of the court. Witherspoon thought McCrea played well but that other players made life easier for the first-year sensation. “He got himself going there after a while,” Witherspoon said. “The important thing is he did that in 24 minutes. The performance by Jawaan Alston, while statistically unimpressive, allowed McCrea to roam a little bit.” Buffalo committed only four turnovers in the second half, which helped it stage the comeback. In the opening half, the Bulls seemed confused by the Bobcats’ defense and were unable to find any type of rhythm. Senior guard Byron Mulkey was held scoreless before intermission but recovered nicely in the second, finishing with 12 points in the game. When that final horn went off, Mulkey held the ball tight and danced up the court to celebrate with his teammates, showing just how important this win was for the Bulls. “For us to be able to turn it around in here and in front of their big crowd made it all the sweeter,” Witherspoon said. “Our team feels charged up…The energy we brought to start the second half was great.”

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The win, however, went to Toledo (13-6, 2-4 MAC) in the form of a 67-53 victory over the Bulls (9-10, 2-4 MAC).


The game was physical from the opening tip-off. Early in the game, senior guard Ashley Zuber fed a pass to sophomore guard Nicki Hopkins for a 3-pointer to give the Bulls their first and only lead of the game. Less than a minute later, the Rockets hit a triple of their own on a shot by Toledo guard Naama Shafir.

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the night was senior forward Kourtney Brown, who netted a game-high 18 points and was active on the glass with 13 rebounds. HillMacDonald is used to teams focusing all their attention on the senior standout, who is now only six points away from tying the career points mark at UB (1,703).

the Rockets again down the line. “It’s a game I hope that we have an opportunity to play again, perhaps in the MAC championship,” HillMacDonald said. “I think we do match up well [with the Rockets].”

“Kourtney had a rough time getting started in the first half,” Hill-MacDonald said. “They were sort of double-teaming her, as usual. Players on the perimeter weren’t really getting into open spaces for her.”

Hopkins played a careerhigh 37 minutes and tied a career-high in points with 15. Zuber added 10 points and tallied four assists and two steals. Zuber, Brown and Hopkins scored 43 of the 53 Bulls points in the game.

The Bulls came out strong in the second half, working diligently to get back into the game.

Toledo had three different players rack up doubledigits in the contest, led by Shafir with 12 points.

With less than two minutes remaining in the contest, the Bulls managed to cut the deficit to 14 points. Buffalo managed to outscore the Rockets 37-27 in the second half but would never get closer than 12 points en route to the defeat.

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After a loss against Bowling Green only four days earlier, the women’s basketball team had an opportunity to bounce back in another critical Mid-American Conference game.

“I have to give [Toledo] credit,” Hill-MacDonald said. “They really forced us way out, wider than we wanted to go, and were very physical inside and out. We got back on our heels a little bit. Instead of driving to the challenge, we took a step back.”

“[Cooper’s] a heck of a player,” Filzen said. “But we have a pretty good point guard too [Mulkey] Our post players did a great job not letting him get into the lane.”


Over winter break, the wrestling team didn’t get much time off. The team was competing all over the country while most students were home regrouping from the fall semester.

Hill-MacDonald felt her team cowered to the Rockets and let them bull the Bulls all over the court.

Cooper entered Saturday’s game ranked third in the country in assists. Filzen knew they’d have to slow him down but was confident in his teammate who drew the defensive assignment.


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The low scoring in the first was attributed to the strong defense by Toledo. The Rockets limited the Bulls to only six field goals in the first, two of them 3-pointers from Hopkins.

Bobcats standout D.J. Cooper played well in the first half against the Bulls but was neutralized in the second. He finished with six points, eight assists, and five rebounds but committed four turnovers and had only two assists after the break.

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“I don’t know where the focus was,” Hill-MacDonald said. “We were all out of sorts. We just couldn’t get a combination to get going again.”

The trio of Mulkey, Filzen, and McCrea scored 56 of the Bulls’ 73 points.


Late Game Success Can’t Save Bulls

At the end of the first half, the Bulls trailed by 24 points, with the score at 4016. Head coach Linda HillMacDonald didn’t know what her team was doing in the opening 20 minutes.

Nobody expected the junior to play at the level he is and contribute as much as he has. If he continues to work on his game on both ends of the court he will be a huge weapon for the Bulls as conference play continues and the MAC Tournament approaches.




3-PT Percentage: 41 percent (5th in MAC)


No one ever said being a student-athlete was easy, but the Bulls (7-5) stepped up to the challenge, going up against some of the nation’s toughest teams.

formance against Edinboro [was one of our highlights],” Green said. “That was the first time we beat them in a couple of years… because we came together [as a team].”

Junior Desi Green earned a solid 7-1 record in the 149-pound weight class over the break, increasing his career total to 92 wins. He is currently on pace to become the first junior in the program’s history to reach 100 wins. However, Green’s aspirations lie in becoming an All-American.

Everything didn’t go Buffalo’s way over break and the team was forced to deal with some tough results. After a loss to nationally-ranked Michigan in the Virginia Duals, the Bulls faced off against Wyoming. Because of the injuries in the 197-pound and heavyweight classes, the Bulls lost against the Cowboys. They left the tournament with a 2-3 record.

“[Being on pace] is a pretty cool feeling but I don’t really focus on [getting 100 wins] that much,” Green said. “You got guys with 100 wins but never reach that elite All-American status. I’m happy, but in the end I really want to get an [All-American] plaque.” Head coach Jim Beichner is a no-excuses type of coach, and he maintains that the Bulls should be able to beat anyone they go up against. “I thought we matched up well against every team we wrestled out there,” Beichner said. “Our mindset is that we need to win, no matter who we are up against.” The Bulls have been ascending the national rankings with a 5-2 record over the break. The National Wrestling Coaches Association recently took notice of the Bulls, and though they didn’t crack the top 25, the Bulls received votes in the national coaches poll. The Bulls began break with a loss against Bloomsburg (11-3) in their duals competition. However, they quickly recovered to beat Drexel (6-11) and East Stroudsburg (59). Sophomore Josh Peters went undefeated in the 197-pound weight class, while junior Desi Green continued his outstanding year with a 2-0 performance. The Bulls went on to finish in 10th place in the prestigious Tournament of Champions at Reno, Nev. They then posted an eighth place finish at the Virginia Duals, where they beat Virginia (14-5) by the score of 2412. Some of Buffalo’s finest moments over the past month came against Binghamton and Edinboro. The team dispatched of Binghamton (11-3) with a convincing 24-12 victory. In the final match over break, they avenged an earlier loss to Edinboro with a close 18-16 decision at Alumni Arena.

“Falling short at the Virginia Duals [was a bit of a disappointment],” said junior JohnMartin Cannon. “We try not to get too down on ourselves about the negatives, but losing to Michigan and Wyoming was definitely something we didn’t have planned… Especially since we fell short at the end.” Junior Kevin Smith is one of the eight Bulls who earned a Mid-American Conference ranking for this month. Green, Cannon, and senior Jimmy Hamel were each ranked at the top of their respective weight classes in the coaches poll. Cannon isn’t completely satisfied with his achievements. He reached a milestone by earning 20 victories for three consecutive seasons. Despite this, Cannon feels that there’s plenty of room for improvement. “I’ve been losing to kids I have no business losing to,” Cannon said. “I just focus on going out there and competing at the level I know that I can.” The Bulls are fully aware they are able to take the program to new heights this year, especially after their recent successes. The wrestlers believe that they are able to be at the top of the Mid-American Conference by the end of the season. Beichner believes that is an example of the invaluable things they gained over the past few meets. “[Overall] I’d say our team came out of the break with a lot of confidence,” Beichner said. “They believe they’re as good as any team in the country.” g Check The Spectrum on Wednesday for coverage of the New York State Intercollegiate Championships at Binghamton. email:

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