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Margeaux Gupilan is a statistical anomaly. She’s 5-foot-7, Filipino and plays Division I basketball. In the 2010-11 season – Gupilan’s freshman year at UB – less than 1 percent of Division I women basketball players were Asian (45 of 4,820 players, totaling 0.93 percent). In the 201213 season, this number dropped to 0.5 percent. Of the 4,972 athletes, only 27 were Asian, according to NCAA.org. “[During] warm-ups, I know, who sees a small Filipino girl?” Gupilan said. “They look at you and look the other way. When game time comes, I love it when they say, ‘You need to watch where she goes, pick her up, where’s No. 15?’” Gupilan, a senior, is the starting point guard for the women’s basketball team. The Sun Valley, Calif., native started 28 games last season and emerged as one of Buffalo’s key playmakers. She’s averaging 7.9 points and 4.6 assists this season and leads the team with 31.4 minutes a game. “Always being doubted or overlooked has probably been with me my entire life,” she said. “It’s like that little fire in me when I play. The feeling of, ‘You should have never doubted me,’ is the best feeling ever, especially since I’ve worked so hard for it.” When she goes home to Sun Valley, family, friends and strangers want to talk and congratulate her. Her little cousins and their friends tell Gupilan they want to be like her. “I was shocked,” Gupilan said. “I didn’t know I could be an inspiration to other people,” she said, noting she regularly receives supportive phone calls, text messages, emails and Facebook messages. She said the outpouring motivates her. She wants to impress all those watching. Gupilan said it doesn’t add extra pressure. If others look up to her, she wants it to be due to her work ethic – something her father instilled in her at a young age. Basketball wasn’t an immediate love for Gupilan, according to her father, “King” Gupilan. In

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“I would go into my room crying,” Gupilan said. “There were nights I wouldn’t even talk to my dad because he was so hard on me.” Even after coming home from a practice or camp, King made her go through her workouts again in the backyard. Gupilan’s friends would call and ask if she wanted to get pizza, but she had to wait until her driveway basketball workouts were over. “He never really told me, but I knew he was always preparing me

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Margeaux Gupilan has started 57 games in her four years and all 20 this season for Buffalo. She currently ranks eighth in school history in assists and tied a school record with six 3-pointers in a half this season.

fact, she stumbled into it when she was pulled from the stands to sub in one of her older sister’s games. She was only 8 – two years younger than the others – but she jumped in happily. Gupilan said she “probably hated basketball” for the first few years because of how much work her father made her put in. She remembers not being allowed to come in for dinner until she made a certain amount of shots. She was only 9.

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for something beyond what was going on in that moment,” Gupilan said. “It was tough love.” Gupilan’s sister, Amanda, was a local basketball standout. Growing up, the two played one-on-one in their backyard for hours. Amanda noticed Gupilan’s basketball IQ just from their games at home. Gupilan wouldn’t let her shoot – which was her strong point. Instead, she forced Amanda to dribble around so Gupilan could swipe the ball away.

Basketball is popular in Sun Valley – a largely Asian community. Gupilan said there were always pick-up games in parks around the city. When Gupilan began playing in organized leagues, she was taller than most of the girls her age. She was a post player until high school. After her transition to guard, because everyone else either caught up or eclipsed her in height, Gupilan still had tremendous post skills, which separated her from most of the other guards in the league. She still, however, felt she had something to prove. “Every single time Margeaux plays, she’s trying to knock over something and convince people that [she] belongs,” King said. “Everywhere you go, there will be doubters. People saying, ‘You aren’t big or athletic enough,’ but Margeaux would just take the negatives into positives.” She comes from an athletic background. Her father was one of 11 children, who all played basketball, and Manny Pacquiao is one of her uncles. Some family members played professional basketball in the Philippines. Her family competes against other families around the neighborhood, and the games can get physical, with small fights occasionally breaking out. see gupilan, page 6

Once 47 votes short in presidential election, Mai joins SA e-board as VP Mai gets chance to help lead SA in 2014

Amanda Low, The Spectrum

In the spring of 2012, Judy Mai lost her campaign to be Student Association president by 47 votes. Now, two years later, the newly named Student Association vice president is aiming to restore the name of the organization.

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Judy Mai didn’t give up on the Student Association after she lost the 2012 presidential race. Two years later, she is now SA vice president. Mai is a natural leader, both in clubs and in helping raise her siblings. After being at UB for five years and immersing herself in multiple clubs – serving as president of two – she has seen the organization’s “ups and downs.” Now, she has the chance to finally serve on SA’s e-board and make a lasting impact. “I’m a firm believer in not giving up,” Mai said. “I don’t think it’s right to run for something you care about and – because you didn’t win – choose the route of not sticking with it … I’m here for a purpose and the purpose is to help students.” After Lyle Selsky resigned for personal reasons Jan. 22, President Sam McMahon named Mai

interim vice president. The SA Senate officially voted Mai into office Feb. 2. Two years ago, former SA President Travis Nemmer beat Mai by a slim 47 votes – a loss she described as “devastating.” But Nemmer hired her as the assistant international coordinator soon after his victory. Mai stuck with SA because of how much work clubs do; their determination inspired her. She did not want to stop working just because she lost a race.

She ran for president after former SA Treasurer Sikander Khan almost moved $300,000 of SA money into a fraudulent mobile application. Mai said the scandal triggered her to try to change SA’s face to the student body. “I don’t think students get the right idea,” Mai said. “One bad egg doesn’t make the entire organization horrible. And I think my biggest thing was running and being someone people look to and say, ‘SA is great.’ see mai, page 6

Gay rights, Winter Olympics subjects of debate at latest InFocus meeting JENNA FITTS

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In June 2013, Russia passed legislation banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” With the Winter Olympics scheduled to begin eight months later in Sochi, Russia, the country received backlash from multiple global pro-gay rights organizations. On Friday, Dr. Jonathan Katz, an associate professor and director of the visual studies doctoral program, moderated the latest InFocus meeting. InFocus is a monthly event that allows students to partake in a group debate on a current controversial issue in the media. “To what extent are we talking about universal laws, and to what extent are we talking about national ethical codes?” Katz asked at the meeting, sparking a discussion about gay rights as pertaining to the Olympics and America’s role on a global scale. One student provided his opinion, arguing that Americans “cannot force an idea on people who don’t truly want to believe it. The only thing you can

do is try to bring a little bit of humanity to the subject and try to get people to see the error of their thinking and try to get them to look at a different viewpoint.” Katz then asked about the validity of the claim that queer people deserve “unmolested lives and civil liberties across nations.” Phil Tucciarone, a senior chemical engineering major in attendance, responded. “To an extent, we have a moral obligation,” Tucciarone said. “I would say not necessarily to insist, but to educate … There is no reason why we shouldn’t extend our moral obligation to an educational standpoint. We can’t just bark back at a dog, but we can try to train it.” Many western countries have concerns over the Russian Parliament’s passage of the antigay law, which Russian President Vladimir Putin supported. Some countries, including the United States, entertained the idea of boycotting or protesting the Olympics. see infocus, page 2


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Senate holds second meeting of semester Buffalo Members discuss LSAT tutoring program and SWJ stipends AMANDA LOW News Editor

On Saturday, in its second meeting of the semester, the Student Association Senate discussed the future of an LSAT (Law School Admission Test) tutoring program, the Student-Wide Judiciary (SWJ) and the derecognition of the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA). Dan Ovadia, a senior business major, proposed the creation of a low-fee, 15-person LSAT tutoring program in conjunction with Mock Trial. Saturday marked Ovadia’s third time coming to the Senate on the issue. Ovadia asked for $680.70 from the New and Innovative line. SISH (Special Interests, Services and Hobbies) Coordinator Michael Calliste has already supported Ovadia’s program with $150.

Ovadia planned to ask $15 from each participant – $10 of the fee will cover the cost of two textbooks and the remaining $5 will go to Mock Trial for their fundraising. The program is over the course of eight weeks. Ovadia said he is offering his services during that time for free because he feels a great desire to give back to UB. His presentation outlined ways to make the program more sustainable in the future by partnering with Mock Trial. The Senate decided to give $250 to Mock Trial from the New and Innovative line. Because the Senate cannot tell Mock Trial how to spend its money, it advised Ovadia to have students pay a $25 fee and have Mock Trial contribute $200 from its budget. SWJ Chief Justice Twiesha Vachhrajani asked for a $1,200 stipend for her work. The Senate revoked the stipend when past

chief justices were not adhering to their duties for the role. After discussion, the Senate decided there were not enough precautions on handling SWJ if members do not follow through on their jobs. The issue of her stipend was tabled for the next Senate meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Senate voted to derecognize the AAAEA after it showed no signs of activity over the past year. The Senate changed the date of future meetings, which will now take place every other Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in 250 Student Union starting Feb. 23. email: news@ubspectrum.com

Continued from page 1: InFocus Although Putin claims that the Games will proceed without any discrimination, many members at the InFocus event felt strongly that members of the LGBTQ community still face prejudice. Attendees said it is challenging to separate politics from personal sexual preference. Many acknowledged the Olympics are a business. “The Olympics are a huge moneymaker,” one student said. “That’s what the Olympics are – it is about capitalism.” She continued to talk about how athletes have taken a stance against social issues in past Olympics. She praised John Carlos, an American track & field athlete who won bronze in the 1968 Summer Olympics. Standing shoeless on the podium in black socks, he raised a fist in the air to shed light on the state of black poverty in America. Jim Bowman, the LGBTQ Wellness and Special Projects Coordinator at UB, said athletes find ways to protest issues in their own way, mentioning a Russian snowboarder who wore rainbow-colored gloves in protest of the anti-gay legislation. Katz posed a question: “If you create a cultural context in which an individual

may be able to have a private life, which is queer but publicly has to adhere to heteronormative standards, is that free?” A student replied, “Not if they’re forced to.” Bowman questioned whether having gay rights but not societal acceptance can constitute freedom. “I was in the military for seven years,” Bowman said. “I lived in an environment where I was forced to live a heterosexual life in public and a gay life in my private life. I don’t know if it’s better or not. It’s mentally challenging and draining and causes a lot of mental health issues for people.” Some students found it hypocritical of the United States to be pushing for gay rights overseas, when there is still inequality in America. Tucciarone said he didn’t feel like the American model was “all that positive.” “We draw very thick black lines between gender and orientations that don’t actually exist,” Tucciarone said. “People are people. We hang out in herds. We are creating this model that isn’t ideal. It is a poor construct to draw these thick lines.” He said there must be a cultural prioriti-

zation of equality to transcend the homophobic society, and legislation can’t be the only solution. Another student responded, saying that although he agreed that legislation isn’t the sole solution, it is a necessary step in achieving equality. He then quoted rap artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” which states, “A certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all / but it’s a damn good place to start.” Katz closed the discussion by saying there isn’t an easy solution to the matter, and he reiterated the importance of communication in understanding society’s views. “The West is so torn, whether or not it is fair to impose a western model of LGBT queer civil rights internationally,” he said. Though the next topic has not been chosen, UB plans to have another InFocus in coming months. email: news@ubspectrum.com

news briefs Shooting by South Campus

On Saturday around 11 p.m., a person was injured in a shooting in the University Plaza on Main Street by South Campus. The victim did not sustain any lifethreatening injuries. Police said multiple shots were fired after a large group of people was seen fighting, WGRZ reported. No arrests have been made and police described the shooter as a black male last seen wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt.

Body found in Amherst fire

The body of an unknown person was found at 285 Scamridge Curve in Amherst after a fire broke out around 2 a.m. on Sunday, WIVB reported. Most of the residents in the eight-unit building were able to escape with the help of Amherst Police (APD). Snyder Police used ladders to rescue two people and a pet stuck in the upstairs of the apartment complex. APD and the Amherst Fire Inspectors office are investigating the cause of the fire and the identity of the deceased occupant. The building suffered severe water damage and the roof was partially collapsed. The damage is estimated at $1.15 million.

Student who started fire in Spaulding sentenced

The State Supreme Court sentenced Alec Seidenberg, the student responsible for the North Campus fire at Spaulding Hall, to three years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. On May 2, 2013, Seidenberg dropped a butane torch he was using to light marijuana in his dorm room. He and his girlfriend, who suffered minor burns because of the incident, escaped through a window before the room was engulfed with flames, causing $80,000 in damage. Seidenberg, who is suspended from UB and is taking classes at Erie Community College, paid $1,000 of his own money to cover part of the damages. Campus Living covered the remaining $79,000 – insurance was unable to offset the cost. Seidenberg was originally charged with fourth-degree arson and criminal mischief. In October, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

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International Student Support Group Fridays 1:00-2:30pm This group will provide a safe, supportive, and comfortable  place to discuss adjustment and cross cultural experience in  the U.S. The group will also provide a safe and confidential  environment for group members to support each other and  share information.

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Tea Time Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm 220 Student Union This is an open, drop-in group for domestic and international students to discuss issues and provide support for  each other. A group to enjoy friendship, diversity and  delicious tea.

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CVS Quits – good for business and student health Going cold turkey to boost image should help UBreathe Free

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UB smokers will have a tougher time getting cigarettes starting Oct. 1, due to a CVS Pharmacy decision that has already bolstered the company’s image. In an announcement Wednesday, CVS President and CEO Larry Merlo said the company’s over 7,600 stores will no longer sell tobacco products starting in October. It will cost the company approximately $2 billion, according to CVS’ estimates. Even for a company that prides itself on a healthy image, the decision may (initially) come as a shock – $2 billion is nothing to scoff at, even compared to the over $123 billion CVS Caremark reports making in revenue in 2012. That is, until you consider the positive PR this will, and already has, generated for the corporation surely seeking to gain an edge in such a competitive market niche. Corporate social responsibility, a part of a business model for companies looking to portray a friendly, ethical face to the public while gaining a strategic edge over competitors, is a growing trend. This decision is a prime example. Further, smoking is a dying trend. There has been a precipitous fall in students and adults who smoke regularly, according to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study. CVS’ decision could easily be seen as just getting ahead of the curve and improving its good image along the way. Couple this with CVS’ farfrom-coincidental announcement of a new smoking cessation program, which will “help offset the estimated loss of 17 cents in

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earnings per share of stock annually,” and you have a winning combination. But while cynicism comes quickly, appreciating the real impact of this move both nationally and at UB takes a bit more consideration. Though the CDC report cites a dropping trend, the numbers remain staggering. In 2011, over 18 percent of high school students and nearly 20 percent of adults reported smoking within the last 30 days. These numbers are far from the goals of 16 and 12 percent the center has set for those demographics in 2020. At UB, the National College Health Assessment for 2013 reported over 10 percent of students had smoked cigarettes within the last 30 days.

Being the only retailer of tobacco products on campus, the decision will doubtlessly make it more difficult for students, particularly those without cars, to get tobacco. UBreathe Free, given its inefficacy thus far, could use all the help it can get. Though the final results will take some time to gauge, the move will presumably cut some of the tobacco use on campus and will certainly provide a further barrier to smoking. Perhaps this business decision can succeed where UB policy has failed – reducing smoking. Businesses will take actions for good business reasons, to generate buzz and gain an edge on the competition – this is the reality of capitalism. But failing to see the genuinely positive impact these choices and campaigns may

have is a level of skepticism we need not embrace. The decision sets a precedent and will hopefully cut the presence of products that negatively impact so many lives – of smokers and those they smoke around. If the announcement by CVS leads to other companies doing the same, and a further reduction in cigarette and tobacco use, then perhaps the company deserves the image it’s seeking to promote and a minor boost in stock prices. That will be incentive for others to follow suit. email: editorial@ubspectrum.com

E Pluribus Cola Coca-Cola commercial leads to melting pot dissociation An advertisement by an American corporate icon meant to mark the cultural diversity that has made this nation great has brought out the ugliest of American xenophobia. The commercial ran during the Super Bowl and featured a multilingual rendition of “America the Beautiful,” accompanying a disparate series of vacuous videos – people running and smiling, dancing, drinking coke. The otherwise innocuous celebration of American culture and cola has sparked controversy. Following the ad, social media erupted with irate tweets condemning the performance of the patriotic American tune in multiple languages. The hashtag #SpeakAmerican began trending soon after the ad aired. Never mind that the song was written by an Englishwoman for a

nation made up nearly entirely of immigrants or their descendents. The ensuing dispute on the place of linguistic difference in this nation is simply the most recent manifestation of a long-running debate. Calls for English to be the official language of the United States are hardly new; narrow-mindedness has plagued this nation since its inception. Language is often associated with the nation or area from which it originates – a culturally laden source of community and understanding between a group. That the United States would allow and embrace a variety of languages is something to be appreciated. The truism “diversity makes us great” is taught to American children at the earliest age. That a small group of adults have presumably not learned this, and ac-

tively contested it, is worrisome. Patriotism almost necessitates a level of defensiveness, a desire to protect what aspects of a nation makes it great and worth taking pride in. This advertisement, depicting the rich variety of our nation – the one mainstay of the United States since its formation and for centuries before – should be upheld as evidence of exactly what we should be patriotic about. Differences, beyond just coexisting, actively coalesce to form the fabric of this country. This is exactly what we should defend, protect and promote as the symbol of our union from those who seek to impinge on it. Though detractors are likely far from the majority, social media has a way of bringing otherwise unseen national issues to the fore. Social media empowers cyn-

ics and gives a soapbox to critics, as inflammatory viewpoints are thrown into the spotlight. But what they promote is not Americanism, patriotism or even defense of what was – it is bred from fear of difference and is exactly the bigotry that is un-American. “The message we’re sending through this video is so beautiful, that we are all the same. We’re all Americans, and we can come together to make change,” said Sushmitha, one of the vocalists in the commercial, in an interview. Her statement could not ring more true. Our cultural differences blending with a common sense of our humanity is what has always made America beautiful. The change necessary now is against detracting from that. email: editorial@ubspectrum.com

Letter to the Editor Dear Spectrum, I would like to applaud CVS’ decision to eliminate tobacco sales. I believe this will benefit UB’s campus greatly. This is my third year studying at the University at Buffalo. I was excited to come to UB when I heard about its smoke-free policy, which went into effect in August 2009. Walking through crowds of smoke always bothered me and I would start feeling sick. Since I started here at UB as a freshman, I have seen a significant change on campus regarding smoking, and in August 2012 a huge step was taken to further support our campus’ UBreathe Free Policy by determining Campus Cash could no longer be used to buy tobacco products.

As an intern for Wellness Education Services and a tour guide for Undergraduate Admissions, I no longer will get questions asking “Why does CVS sell cigarettes on campus if it is a smoke-free campus?” The UB Community receives a mixed message when cigarettes are sold on a campus that has a policy that prohibits people from smoking them. I want to reduce the negative effects of tobacco at UB. During the fall 2013 semester, I helped collect nearly 800 signatures from the UB community for a petition: Penalty Needed For Those Who Disrespect UB’s Smoke-Free Policy. In addition, we started a portable ashtray campaign to help reduce cigarette butt litter because it takes up to 25 years for a ciga-

rette to decompose. Having no more cigarettes being sold on campus is great news for UB, as we have been trying to get the North Campus CVS to stop selling cigarettes on campus for more than five years. In the next few years, more pharmacies and health care centers should be making this change. Pharmacies are supposed to help heal people, not make them sick. This is a smart and forwardlooking move that will help save lives – and force other companies to confront this critically important public health issue. I want to thank CVS for being a leader in better serving its patients’ health care needs. Students can “Like” CVS’ Facebook page and send them a thank-you note, post or

tweet if they agree! Students, faculty and staff who are interested in quitting smoking can get help on campus at the Wellness Education Services Quit Clinic in 114 Student Union on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We offer free nicotine replacement gum, lozenges and patches and quit-smoking tips at those times or by appointment.  Matthew Waldman is a junior environmental design major.


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LIFE, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT So long, see you next summer March madness Bombay Bicycle Club Album Review MEGAN WEAL Asst. Arts Editor Album: So Long, See You Tomorrow Artist: Bombay Bicycle Club Label: Vagrant Records Release Date: Feb. 2, 2014 Grade: C+

Bombay Bicycle Club’s fourth album So Long, See You Tomorrow manages to produce a euphoric feeling of wanderlust and excitement, while simultaneously evoking the nostalgia of longpast summer evenings. There’s no denying that this feeling is exciting, but when this excitement overshadows the music of an album, the music itself can’t be that exhilarating. And this is a problem. With its dull enthusiasm, So Long, See You Tomorrow is good – it’s just not great. The album is illogical in its placement – it’s a summer album released in the midst of winter. The tracks fail to accumulate and produce an overall sound, even though the songs alone deserve high praise. The first four tracks of the album are stand-alone EPs that risk being lost in the ambiguous track progression that follows. “Overdone” may be the heading of the opening track, but its pessimistic titling fails to reflect the finely tuned song. If anything, it is underdone – as the echo begins to fade out the end of the track, you expect a heavy drop. An unexpected drop in the opening track could have taken the listener to a new realm of indie-electro. But the band seems to have steered

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away from anything too drastic. It’s ambitious, but perhaps not brave enough. “Carry Me” is a track of pure contradiction. The prolonged, smooth vocals are matched with a drum-heavy, electro-pop sound that veers so far from Bombay Bicycle Club’s infamous indie-pop sound that the band borders on unrecognizability. But their sound manages to resonate through the reverberating electronic keyboard and into the forefront – Steadman’s repetitive lyrics. While “Carry Me” is the epitome of the band’s new direction, “Come To” gives the listener a sound that is closer to the old Bombay Bicycle Club – if not a little more euphoric and echoed. What makes “Come To” more distinguished than the bands old work is the increased tempo. As a single track, it’s an important transitional piece, but on an album that is attempting to move to a new sound, it distinguishes itself as an anomaly that just doesn’t fit. As a whole, the album is dangerously slow, bordering on boring. But even the slow songs have an essence

of soothing excitement – the increased tempo just seems like an unjustified and dangerous attempt at a break from Bombay Bicycle Club’s already impressive sound. “Feel” and “So Long, See You Tomorrow” are the tracks that make you want to spread your wings. The injection and assimilation of the foreign sounds are so subtly dispersed through the album. It feels as if you’re taking a leisurely walk across the Eastern hemisphere, while remaining in the comfort of your Western home. It’s an inspiring sound that makes you want to step on a plane and leave anything mundane behind. No great indie-pop album would be complete without some sort of ballad. Though “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is a great attempt, it seems to be an anti-climactic conclusion to an album that is so stylistically exciting. “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is a disappointing conclusion. It’s not a bad track – it’s an accumulation of echoed vocals and it seems like an ironic ending, which is hopefully a suggestion that there’s more to come from the four-piece. It risks getting lost in the bombardment of summer albums that are to come in the upcoming months but, So Long, See You Tomorrow holds within its tracks a tone that reverberates summer and longs to be a soundtrack of adventure. email: arts@ubspectrum.com

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JORDAN OSCAR Arts Editor In November, when Playstation 4 and Xbox One debuted, gamers had a new console to play for the first time in eight years. And with highly anticipated games like Destiny, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Watch Dogs coming out this year, the outlook for 2014 is promising. In addition to the games coming out for the next generation consoles, there are plenty of great games coming out for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 this year. Here are a handful of the best new gaming experiences this spring: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Release date: Feb. 25 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 After a lengthy slumber, Dracula awakens to discover his castle under siege and his powers diminished. As he explores his castle to regain his power and defeat the enemies that seek his demise, the Prince of Darkness must also prepare to face his greatest foe yet: Satan. The original Lords of Shadow was epic in scope and full of enjoyable combat scenarios, puzzles and stunning surroundings. With streamlined combat, larger environments and an all-new game engine, Lords of Shadow 2 looks even better. South Park: The Stick of Truth Release date: March 4 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 Despite multiple delays and setbacks, fans of the popular television show will finally be able to enter the world of South Park, create their own characters and embark on a quest to obtain the legendary Stick of Truth. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park: The Stick of Truth looks like it’s packed with humor from the show and the makings of a great role-playing game.

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Dark Souls II Release date: March 11 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 The grim, dark and brooding world of Dark Souls II may not be for everyone – at least if its predecessor is any indication. Dark Souls (2011) was one of the year’s best roleplaying games, but it was also one of the most challenging titles. Dark Souls II looks to be no different. Though the game has a new setting, the enemies look just as merciless and daunting, which makes killing them all the more satisfying.

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Titanfall Release date: March 11 for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One Titanfall is one of this year’s most anticipated titles. Whether running on foot as an agile pilot with a jetpack and machine gun or roaming the map in a massive mechanized Titan, Titanfall has a dynamic

and fast-paced style of multiplayer. As a multiplayer-only title that incorporates single player and story elements into each match, Titanfall will not only be one of this year’s best games, but a tremendous leap forward for gaming. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Release date: March 18 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One The first part of Metal Gear Solid V and prologue to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ground Zeroes follows Snake as he infiltrates a top-secret military base in Cuba to extract two of the base’s prisoners. Ground Zeroes, unlike previous Metal Gear Solid games, is designed to give players more options to accomplish each mission and objective, especially within the game’s large, open world. Metal Gear Solid’s ‘tactical espionage action’ appears to have been enhanced. For a franchise that has developed over a decade, Ground Zeroes is taking the series to a new level. Infamous: Second Son Release date: March 21 for PS4 Years after the conclusion of Infamous 2, Delsin Rowe discovered that, like Cole MacGrath – the protagonist of Infamous 1 and 2 – he had powers too. Unlike Cole, Delsin can mimic other conduits’ (people with superpowers) abilities. With his newfound power, Delsin decided to rebel against the government agency that hunts and oppresses conduits like him. Players can also mimic other characters’ abilities, and that gives a chance to constantly change how the game is played. The opportunity to constantly change how the game is played, combined with the superlative visuals, story and morality that has made previous Infamous titles so enjoyable will make Infamous: Second Son the best one yet. The Walking Dead: Season Two Digitally released episodically throughout the year for PS3, Playstation Vita, PC, Xbox 360, Mac OS X, iOS and Ouya The grim choice of who lives and dies was one of the many elements that made the first season of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead one of 2012’s best gaming experiences. Through the game’s unique art direction, game play and emphasis on player choice, The Walking Dead embodies the popular comic book series by Robert Kirkman in its aesthetics, tone and ethics. Season Two follows Clementine, a young survivor struggling to maintain her humanity in a world where the walking dead are more trustworthy than the living. email: arts@ubspectrum.com


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UB’s Black Student Union (BSU) has big plans for Black History Month, including birthday celebrations for Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two pioneers for black equality. BSU has several events lined up, such as a leadership conference for local high school students, its annual health fair with local health organizations, community service events that will be held every other weekend and a Valentine’s Day candy-gram and raffle, according to Christina Dunn, an activities coordinator for the club and a sophomore sociology and communication major. To conclude the month’s festivities, the club will continue its tradition of hosting Black Explosion. “It’s a fashion and cultural show where we take any theme or idea that we want and run wild with it,” said President Greg Bellonton, a senior psychology major. “The point of this year’s fashion show is to readjust the focus to show that black is beautiful by taking the same ideas [that society has deemed beautiful] and putting our passion into it and showing that black is beautiful.” This year, BSU is switching things up by holding Black Explosion on March 1 instead of in February. “It’s really important to realize that black history is not just one month,” Dunn said. “You should know your culture and your people and the way that we appreciate our history.” BSU holds meetings every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in 307 Student Union and welcomes people of every ethnicity and culture.

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In the United States, celebrities roam the streets of Los Angeles, star in movies and make (Top left to bottom right) BSU leaders Sean Galette, publicity coordinator, Robin Billboard-topping records. Murray, vice president, Donald Kelly, Black Men United co-chair, Alana Barricks, community service chair, and Greg Bellanton, president, have several events arIn India, they play cricket. ranged for Black History Month. Cricket is so highly regarded in India that some consider it to “You don’t have to be black or stills so much in you.” be like its own religion. In 2012, from the Caribbean or Jamaica BSU Publicity Coordinator to come to our events,” Bellon- Sean Galette said the club al- the game garnered attention in ton said. “We can relate to every- lowed him to find family eight America after ESPN’s Wright body in America and throughout hours away from his home. Be- Thompson traveled to South the world on different topics.” ing an active BSU member has Asia and wrote a lengthy feature Anyone in the UB community challenged him to maintain cer- titled, “Why You Should Care can join BSU’s progressive think- tain standards at school and led About Cricket.” The competitive outdoor game – which athing by becoming a part of the him to make multiple sacrifices. club, Bellonton said. Even stu“You really have to be truly letes play with bats, wickets and dents from other schools, such dedicated to more than one thing a small, leather-covered ball – is as Buffalo State College and Erie at once,” said Noelle Nesbitt, an a vital part of Indian culture. It’s Community College, attend the activities coordinator and a ju- carried over to be a part of UB’s meetings, Dunn said. nior biomedical engineering ma- campus, too. When Raman Rana, a Ph.D. Vice President Robin Mur- jor. “You do have to measure up student in the field of medical ray said the club focuses less on to the requirements that you acphysics and coach of UB Crick“fighting against racial pressure” tually put yourself up for.” et Club, left his home in India in and more on “fighting for progDespite the challenges, Nesbitt 2009 and arrived to the United ress as youthful individuals.” said she is thankful for how BSU States, the first thing he looked BSU Treasurer Efun Sade Ca- has provided her with the opporfor was a cricket association. dle, a junior finance major, is in tunities to network and grow as UB’s club has helped Rana’s her second semester at UB. She a person. love for cricket flourish. transferred to UB in August. To find out more about the In 2010, alumni Nikhil Sa“I went to a historically black club or its events, Black Student high school and 98 percent of Union is an open group on Face- pre, Anirudh Kumpawat and Anirudh Reddy founded UB’s the school was black,” Cadle book. undergraduate cricket club said. “UB is huge, and to find a (UBCC). During the first year, small group of people who share the club had 16 members, UBC2014_PhotoContest_SpectrumAd_Layout 1 1/15/14many 1:12 PM the same interests as you just in- email: features@ubspectrum.com of whom graduated that year. Courtesy of Greg Bellanton

This prompted the club’s founders to recruit new members in 2011, leading to an increase in membership. Today, UBCC has over 250 members. Rana said UBCC allows players at every level to come and enjoy the sport. UBCC offers international students the chance to reconnect with the sport while they’re from their home country and introduces others to a sport that they are unfamiliar with, Rana added. Aakash Dixit, a senior business major and president of UBCC, said membership is enticing for students because of cricket’s cultural importance in Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Many members who already have developed skills in cricket are able to compete in tournaments around the United States. Newcomers are able to play alongside seasoned players to learn more about the sport, Rana said. In July, the UBCC team participated in the Vibha Cricket tournament and won. The team also won a cricket tournament that UB’s Pakistani Student Association organized. Page 1

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Continued from page 1: Gupilan Amanda, her cousin Shelly and Gupilan were separated by three classes in high school. The trio played together at BellarmineJefferson High School. Gupilan played varsity since her freshman year and won the school’s first state championship as a junior. Her family’s large-scale support was evident during those games. Gupilan described the environment around her games as a party. Sometimes, her family would have a barbecue outside the arena before and after the games. “We would go to games, and I’m not exaggerating, there would be at least 50-75 people with just their family to come out and support for the games,” said Brian Camacho, Gupilan’s high school coach. When Gupilan began to play college basketball, the 5-foot-10 post players became 6-foot-2. The competition wasn’t only bigger, but faster and stronger as well. Gupilan had to rely on her basketball smarts to beat the bigger players. She tries to beat her opponents off the dribble before they have the time to react. “What I do in a game is just be one step ahead,” Gupilan said. “Even if you are faster than me, I’m already there.” Gupilan received college offers from Division I and II programs around the country. Her parents let Gupilan decide where she would go and what level of basketball she would play for the next four years.

Buffalo is a long way from sunny southern California. When Gupilan first heard about Buffalo, she had to go on Google Maps just to find where it was. She originally thought it must be like New York City. “Driving on the street, I [would] slide [in the snow] sometimes and I thought I was going to die,” Guplian said. “I was going 5 miles an hour.” Gupilan’s arrival in Buffalo is credited to an unlikely source – Seattle University’s women’s basketball coach Joan Bonvicini. Camacho reached out to Bonvicini to gauge her interest in recruiting his point guard. Bonvicini had already signed her incoming class, but she took an interest in seeing Gupilan play D-I basketball because she knew Gupilan had the talent. One email Bonvicini sent was to Linda Hill-MacDonald, Buffalo’s women’s head basketball coach at the time. Hill-MacDonald and her staff began making phone calls about Gupilan, and then-assistant coach Cara Pearson flew to California to watch her practice. “We needed a point guard at the time, and we felt that if someone of Joan Bonvicini’s caliber would take the time to contact people about [Gupilan], there had to be something special about her,” Pearson said. Pearson watched Gupilan for only 30 minutes. It was enough to confirm everything she saw on tape.

When Hill-MacDonald was fired after Gupilan’s sophomore season, it was another challenge for Gupilan to overcome. It was difficult for her to see the coach who gave her the chance to play D-I basketball lose her job. “I just saw it as another obstacle to get over,” Gupilan said. “Then we interviewed coach [Felisha Legette-Jack]; she was my first interest. She was very upbeat, passionate and enthusiastic. You could just feel the energy in the room at the first meeting.” But the new head coach, Felisha Legette-Jack, wanted more out of Gupilan. “When I first met Margeaux, it wasn’t love at first sight,” LegetteJack said. “I thought Margeaux was an underachiever. I thought Margeaux wasn’t serious about academics. I told her I didn’t see her future at Buffalo being extended beyond the summer.” Gupilan responded to that challenge and earned a 3.5 GPA in summer courses. Then she received a 3.7 the following fall, proving to Legette-Jack that she had the off-court toughness and work ethic to play point guard for her. Now, Legette-Jack says she’s “truly grateful” Gupilan is part of her team. In the rare moments when she’s on the sideline, Gupilan is one of the loudest supporters. She’s the first one standing after a three and holding her teammates accountable defensively.

She wasn’t always this way. Gupilan was quiet and shy growing up. She said her large family allowed her a comfort zone and she always had someone to talk to. She didn’t have many friends, describing herself as not a “social butterfly.” When she arrived at UB, however, she became more confident and assertive and began to branch out and meet new people. Those in Gupilan’s “comfort zone” kept a close eye on her basketball career. Her family is constantly watching her on TV and their computers when she plays in Buffalo. “Man, you have no idea,” King said about watching his daughter play. “My family will run inside and go, ‘Dad, what’s going on? Why are you screaming?’ and I’ll go, ‘I’m, watching your sister play.’” The Gupilans subscribe to services such as CBS Sports to watch as many of her games as possible. These services, along with macsports.com, allow them to watch most of Gupilan’s contests. They also travel to UB for about four games per season. “She knows we are there,” Amanda said. “She knows we will be watching, so she knows she has to perform every single time.” Gupilan is aware of the eyes watching back home, especially her father’s. King makes a unique whistle by squeezing his lips together – Gupilan says she can still

Continued from page 1: Mai “We provide really good opportunities for students to be student leaders. And we get to work with amazing people and amazing administrators and make this university a better place. Now I get to be in that position.” Mai said she and McMahon have specific goals and similar mindsets for the path they want their administration to follow. Their biggest aim is to “make people want to believe in [SA] again.” Mai had experience with a leadership role growing up in Rochester. As a kid, with three siblings and parents who worked most of the time, Mai, the eldest child, felt she had to take the lead in her family. Mai’s family consists of her younger twin sisters, Jennifer and Jamie, the youngest sibling, her brother Kevin, and her grandparents. “She was more like a mother to us, because our mom worked 24/7,” Jennifer said. Their parents, who are from Vietnam, were not able to speak English well, so the siblings struggled to communicate with them. They all had a limited understanding of Vietnamese, but Mai would normally be the one to translate their parents’ words to them. “We were a traditional Buddhist household, and there was a lot of emphasis on school because I’m a first-generation student, so I’m the first one to go to college,” Mai said. “[My parents and I] didn’t have the best relationship growing up … [but] I think I just appreciate them more now and I understand what they did.”

Mai’s grandmother is her biggest role model. Her grandmother endured a lot – including the Vietnam War – and is a strong figure in Mai’s life. Her grandmother’s dedication to her family has never wavered. “My grandmother just grew up with loving each other and treating each other with respect,” Mai said. “I really appreciate all the hard work she does and I think that rubs off on me.” It’s clear Mai’s a hard worker – she’s held leadership roles in multiple clubs, two of which she was president. Outside of the SA office, she’s a singer and gay rights advocate; she’s known for her cheery demeanor and knack for organization. Mai struggled to find her niche during her freshman year, but when she joined the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), she began her journey into SA clubs. She went on to serve as the club’s president. There, she met Chelsea Abrams, a senior English and anthropology major and Mai’s current roommate. “She’s probably one of the most responsible, organized people I’ve met in my life,” Abrams said of Mai. But Mai felt she was most at home in UB’s Glee Club. When UB Glee was founded in 2010, Mai was part of the original group of members. She eventually became the president. Matt McHale, a second-year graduate student in mass communication who was also in Glee

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Mai worked in the SA office over winter break. She was shocked when McMahon asked her to become vice president. “I really appreciate it, and it’s super humbling,” Mai said. “He could have picked anyone and the first person he chose was me.” Coming into the position, Mai will have to cover everything that Selsky left behind. Selsky turned the position around by becoming more involved with his job than previous vice presidents. In turn, Mai said she takes her position seriously. “I’ve been here for four years – I’ve seen the good and the bad of SA through every single elected e-board,” Mai said. “My experiences in other departments give me that different view. I can step out of SA and bring it into what we do here.” Despite all the staffing changes in the SA office, Mai believes it only shows that the “system works.” She explained that if SA staff or clubs sensed a problem within the institution, they would be able to fix it. “I would really like it to see SA inspire people like it inspired me,” Mai said. “Being part of an organization like this, it requires so much effort. But at the end of the day, you challenge yourself and you get to see what type of person you become. That college experience is there through organizations like this.” Mai understands there is a lot of work left to do in SA and she is coming into a position that already has high standards from her predecessor. But she has been preparing for this opportunity since she decided SA deserved better two years ago.

hear it from across the country. “It’s like a little birdy on my shoulder when I’m playing,” Gupilan said. “I know he’s watching. I know he will say something. I just try not to let him down.” Gupilan has already received offers to represent her country and play professionally in the Philippines after graduation. She was invited to play in a tournament with the national team in Canada this summer, but she declined due to her commitment to UB and fear of injury. Her goals at UB are still developing. On a personal level, she finds motivation from Buffalo’s newest assistant coach, Ashley Zuber. Zuber holds the single-game and single-season assists records at UB and ranks fifth in school history in assists. Gupilan is currently eighth in school history with 313 and is 75 behind Zuber. One of her goals is to surpass her coach. But the more important one will likely be even more challenging: She wants to finish her career with a championship and believes this year’s team, which is 13-9 after finishing 12-20 in Legette-Jack’s first season, has that potential. This is her final hurdle: bringing Buffalo its first Mid-American Conference women’s basketball championship, just as she helped Bellarmine-Jefferson win its first state title. email: sports@ubspectrum.com

Continued from page 5: Cricket UBCC also participates in tournaments outside of Western New York that American College Cricket puts on. In October 2012, the members competed in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) regional tournament in Columbus, Ohio, and left as semifinalists. The following year, they competed in the ACC National Championship for the first time in UBCC history and made it to the quarterfinals. Dixit and Rana are hoping to make it to nationals again and bring home the title. UBCC’s large membership allows Dixit and Rana to create several teams and compete in more regional tournaments. Most of the club’s practices take place in the parking lot of Governor’s Residence Hall. The club’s leaders also reserve practice time on Kunz Field. Rana and Dixit are able to keep their large club organized by communicating practice dates and times through Facebook. UBCC usually meets for practice weekdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the day dependent upon when the most members are free. Practice begins when the weather gets warmer, which is typically mid-March to mid-November. Rana also encourages students to also join the UB Cricket Association, a club he created for graduate students, in addition to the undergraduate cricket club. email: features@ubspectrum.com

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Follow your instincts, and they should lead you directly to an important opportunity. "Yes" is the answer you will want to give. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Trust those who say you have what it takes -- because you do! Timing isn't everything, of course, but it's an important element. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Good news comes your way. Give another the chance to shine, and rest assured that your turn will follow very soon. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You'll have a few important choices to make. If you let a friend guide you along the way, the journey can be a more enjoyable one. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -You can help another to an important discovery. As a result, you'll make one or two important discoveries of your own. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Once you begin, you'll want to keep at it until you have fulfilled all of your commitments. Now is no time to do things halfway.

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may have to repeat yourself -- in word and deed -- in order to fully understand the implications of what you have said and done. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You'll want to pay attention to what is going on behind the scenes in order to be more prepared when you get into the spotlight. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -Take care that misinterpretation doesn't result in anything you cannot undo. Overreaction of any kind is best avoided. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -You can see the beginning of a new project. Excitement will no doubt grow until nightfall, when a dose of reality sets in. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- There are those who would stand in your way if they could, no matter why. Your job at this time is to move forward, undaunted. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Let your work speak for you. Give someone a turn at something that has given you pleasure. Rewards take an unusual form late in the day.


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SPORTS

Hardwood Report Card Bulls sweep conference foes Ball State, Central Michigan The men’s basketball team (13-7, 7-3 Mid-American Conference) defeated Ball State (417, 1-9 MAC), 69-48, at home and Central Michigan (8-14, 1-9 MAC), 79-70, on the road this week and has won four of its last five. Here is the sports staff ’s grading breakdown of how UB performed in each phase of the game. Three-point shooting: B The Bulls were average beyond the arc this week – which is a step up from last week’s unsatisfactory performance. They struggled against the Cardinals, going 5 of 17 (29.4 percent), but shot almost 40 percent (7 of 18) against the Chippewas. Two of the team’s best shooters led Buffalo’s outburst against Central Michigan. Senior guard Joshua Freelove shot 2 for 5 from three and freshman guard Shannon Evans hit three of six 3-pointers. Foul shooting: AAgainst Ball State, Buffalo attempted 35 foul shots and missed nine for a shooting percentage of 74.3 percent. Had the game been closer, the foul shots could have meant more, but the Bulls pulled away early in the second half to make the missed shots a nonfactor. In Saturday’s game against Central Michigan, the Bulls attempted only 17 foul shots, but they hit 14 for a much more impressive 82.4 percent. During the two-game span, senior guard

Jarod Oldham hit 15 of 17 from the line and senior forward Javon McCrea hit 8 of 11. Ball control: B The Bulls’ assist-to-turnover ratio this week was nearly 1:1 (26 assists to 22 turnovers), which is surprising considering McCrea played 38 minutes on Saturday and scored 25 points with only five offensive rebounds – thus, UB did not have many extra possessions. Evans and Oldham – the team’s two primary point guards – did much of the scoring this week, with Oldham scoring 17 points against the Cardinals and 11 against the Chippewas. Evans scored eight on Wednesday and 19 on Saturday. Overall offense: B+ Neither opponent this week should have been a challenge for the Bulls, but the weak offensive output against the Cardinals was a bit of a disappointment. Despite that, Buffalo’s ability to outscore MAC scoring leader Chris Fowler and Central Michigan on Saturday was impressive, especially with double-digit performances from four players. Look for McCrea to have a few more games like Saturday’s as the Bulls’ schedule gets tougher down the stretch. Rebounding: AMcCrea’s 20-rebound performance highlights a terrific week on the boards for the Bulls. Buffalo allowed only seven offensive rebounds on Saturday and the Bulls outrebounded both

Central Michigan and Ball State. The Bulls captured 40 boards on Saturday for the first time since Jan. 29. Defense: A The Bulls allowed only 48 points on Wednesday – the second time this season they’ve allowed fewer than 50 points. The Buffalo ‘D’ held Ball State to 35.2 percent shooting from the field and forced 17 turnovers on Wednesday. Bench production: B Buffalo’s bench production revolves around Evans, and he didn’t disappoint this week. The freshman played 37 minutes Saturday in his 19-point outburst. Evans led the Bulls with three 3-pointers on Saturday. Jarryn Skeete returned to the Buffalo lineup on Saturday, but he played just 10 minutes off the bench. Coaching: A It’s hard to complain when the team allows only 48 points in one game and sweeps two conference games in February. The Bulls have looked impressive lately, winning four of their last five, and it seems the team is grasping Hurley’s system. The schedule gets more difficult to close the season as the Bulls look to extend their winning streak, so we will find out more about this team in upcoming weeks. email: sports@ubspectrum.com

Power play leads to Bulls’ victory Buffalo earns 3-2 win over Rochester College ANDY KONIUCH

Chad Cooper, The Spectrum

Staff Writer

Despite the men’s ice hockey team’s dominant play in the first two and a half periods in Saturday’s game against Rochester College, the game was tied at 1-1 late in the third period. It appeared Buffalo’s chances at an appearance in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national tournament could be in jeopardy. But Rochester defenseman Sam Berry gave Buffalo a break when he committed a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind. The Bulls scored two goals during the ensuing five-minute power play, which proved to be enough to earn the victory. The No. 20 Bulls (23-9, 11-2 Northeast Collegiate Hockey League) defeated the Warriors (13-13), 3-2, at the Northtown Center in a Saturday night showdown. “We were trying to work the puck,” said sophomore forward Willie Sanchez, who scored the first goal on the power play. “We were getting chances all game and were just trying to bear down. [Sophomore forward] Scott Sims gave me a nice pass and I was just lucky to get it over [the goalie’s] shoulder.” Shortly after Sanchez’s goal, junior forward Brenden Robinson scored the eventual game winner with 5:46 left in the game. The Bulls scored all three of their goals on Saturday night on power plays, the first coming off the stick of senior forward Tim Benner in the first period. “The [three] power play goals were huge,” said head coach Sal Valvo. “Special teams is a big part of this game. Not only did we kill off our penalties all game, but we capitalized three goals on power plays.”

Junior forward Brenden Robinson scored one of three Buffalo goals as the men’s ice hockey team defeated Rochester College 3-2 on Saturday night at the Northtown Center.

The Bulls dominated early, outshooting the Warriors 17-8 in the first, with the puck in Rochester’s end for most of the period. The Bulls could not, however, capitalize on their scoring opportunities. The game continued to play out in the Warriors’ end in the second period, but after stretches of play where it looked inevitable that Buffalo would pull away, Rochester scored its first goal of the game with 4:42 left in the period. “When you dominate a team down low in their zone and don’t get the bounces or capitalize on your chances, nine times out of 10 the puck’s going to go the other way and they’re going to score,” Valvo said. The Bulls’ play in the third period proved to be the difference. After 10 minutes of back and forth, it looked like the game could be heading to overtime. But Berry’s penalty gave Buffalo the spark it needed to pull away from Rochester and give the Bulls a 3-1 lead with less than four minutes to play. Rochester scored a late third period goal with 39.8 seconds left to pull within one, but the Warriors were unable to get any closer due to the stellar play of senior goalie Mike Musialowski and the Bulls’ defense that stood

in front of him. “Every game is do or die for us,” Sanchez said. “Especially because we’re trying to crack that top spot to make nationals.” On Friday night, Buffalo traveled to St. Bonaventure (5-11, 3-7 NECHL), where it defeated the Bonnies, 6-1, with an offensive onslaught. The Bulls have one game left in NECHL play, but due to a tiebreaker, Syracuse (19-5, 12-2 NECHL) has already clinched first place in the NECHL and the auto bid to the ACHA tournament. This means the Bulls must finish the season ranked in the top 20 to qualify for an atlarge ACHA tournament berth. The Bulls have one more game left in the regular season before they host the NECHL tournament at the Northtown Center starting Feb. 28. Buffalo will host Ithaca (7-15, 1-11 NECHL) at the Northtown Center Friday in its last regular season game. The puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m. email: sports@ubspectrum.com

Yusong Shi, The Spectrum Senior forward Javon McCrea had his best performance of the season so far on Saturday night, scoring 25 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in a 79-70 victory over Central Michigan.

Quick Hits

Softball has historic opening weekend, men’s tennis continues hot streak Men’s Tennis (3-1) The No. 71 Bulls made an East Coast road trip over the weekend, traveling to Dartmouth (7-1) and Penn (0-1) for a pair of Ivy League matchups. The Bulls dropped their first match of the weekend, 6-1, to the No. 63 Big Green. Dartmouth swept the doubles, and Pablo Alvarez won the Bulls’ only point, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. On Saturday against Penn, the Bulls turned it around. After losing the first doubles matchup, the Bulls won the next two. The first six singles matchups were evenly split between the two teams, but Alvarez came back from a 1-0 deficit to win the last two games, 6-5, 6-4, and seal the victory. Buffalo returns home next weekend for a home match against Duquesne (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) at 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball (13-9, 6-5 MAC) Junior forward Kristen Sharkey led the Bulls with 21 points and six rebounds on Sunday afternoon against Central Michigan, but they couldn’t pull out the victory as Buffalo fell 74-63. Junior forward Christa Baccas added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Track & Field Saturday, the track and field teams competed in the Skyes & Sabock Challenge Cup in State College, Pa. The women finished second and the men finished third. Sophomore distance runner Brian Crimmins set a UB record in the mile run, with a time of 4:08.73, which was good for third place in the event. The teams will next compete in the Division I Invite next weekend in Geneva, Ohio. Wrestling (3-14, 0-6 MidAmerican Conference) The Bulls traveled west this weekend to take on No. 9 Missouri (8-2, 5-1 MAC) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (3-10, 0-1 MAC). The Tigers swept the Bulls Friday, 41-0, but UB bounced back to defeat Southern IllinoisEdwardsville, 27-12, Sunday. The Bulls will next face Binghamton (4-11) this Friday at Alumni Arena at 7 p.m. email: sports@ubspectrum.com

ON THE WEB

Softball game story – In 2013, it took the softball team 28 games to win six. The 2014 team only needed six games to reach that mark. Read how the squad started its season 6-0 this weekend. Spectrum Sports 360 podcast – The men’s basketball team is starting to hit its stride. Spectrum editors and basketball reporters Joe Konze Jr., Ben Tarhan and Aaron Mansfield discuss the team’s recent performance and talk about what needs to happen for the Bulls to win a MAC title. Visit the multimedia tab at ubspectrum.com.

The Spectrum Volume 63 Issue 47  

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