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Craigslist Congressman Resigns, Republicans Waste No Time LEAH CRUSANStaff Writer Erie County Republican Chair Nick Langworthy told local media sources that interviews will be conducted on Sunday in Batavia to pick a replacement for Chris Lee. Lee, who resigned from his seat in the 26th Congressional District after a shirtless photograph of him surfaced on Craigslist.

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Within hours of the e-mail conversation and the photograph being released on Gawker’s website, Lee resigned from the White House after two terms. His resignation was abrupt, and reports reveal that Western New Yorker’s heard about the resignation before the scandal. Not once during his resignation did Lee admit either guilt or innocence. Lee made a statement in the House

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“I think that this type of sex scandal is not career ending, as Bill Clinton demonstrated, but neither is a failing economy or two wars gone awry under Bush either,” said Jordan Ghasemi, a senior political science major. “If you are perceived as having good economic impact, and your base is not of the devout religious persuasion, I don’t see why this should be the end. However, I do feel that political leaders should set moral examples for the rest of us. If they lie to their spouses, how can we trust them?”

UB students reacted to his resignation and Craigslist ad with disappointment and a bit of suspicion.

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“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York,” Lee said. “I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness.”

“The challenges we face in Western New York and across the country are too serious for me to allow this distraction to continue, and so I am announcing that I have resigned my seat in Congress effective immediately,” Lee said in his released statement.

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The statement was released after Lee allegedly lied to Callahan about his age, occupation, and marital status during their online correspondence. He allegedly told Callahan that he was a 36-year-old, divorced lobbyist.

act this way are too distracted to do their jobs properly.”

During Lee’s two-year term, his constituency stretched from his district office in Williamsville, N.Y. to Rochester, N.Y. While in office, Lee served on the House Committee on Financial Services.

Lee, 46 and married with one child, allegedly sent flirtatious emails and a shirtless photograph of himself to a woman whom he met on the popular website. Lee allegedly replied to a post by Yesha Callahan, 34, in the “Women Seeking Men” section. Callahan tells The Washington Post, “I assumed that other people have probably come across him as well, and he had lied to them,” Callahan said, in an interview with The Washington Post. “I felt annoyance at just the audacity of people thinking that they’re not going to get found out when they are lying.”

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“The people representing our country are held at a higher standard because they are supposed to be representative of us and focused on their job,” said Kelly Barrett, a senior communication major. “There is a moral standard that should come with being a representative of a body of people. You should conduct yourself professionally, and people worry that politicians that

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Dr. James Campbell, chair of the Department of Political Science, explains that Lee’s decision is partly political and partly personal, but agrees with House Speaker John Boehner that Lee made the right decision to resign. “My sense, though, is that there were significant personal background strains and history that made the resignation the right thing to do,” Campbell said. “In terms of the politics, it would have been a rough year or so, but I think he could have survived, if this was all that was to the scandal. The photograph made this rougher than it might have been otherwise. This made the sleazy aspect of this all too blatant for the public and the media.” The abrupt resignation leaves an open House seat, which many people believe will remain with Republicans. However, Erie County Chairman Len Lenihan reported that

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Democrats plan on fighting for the seat. According to the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, until the seat is occupied, the “vacant congressional office cannot take or advocate positions of public policy.” Campbell weighs in on rumors of both Republican and Democratic candidates fighting for the open seat. “The speculation is that the Democrats will nominate Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, and that Republicans will nominate Assemblywoman Jane Corwin of Clarence, but there are a number of others mentioned on both sides,” Campbell said. “The district is likely to stay Republican, but open seat elections are usually very competitive.” According to Campbell, a Democrat has not been elected in several years. He foresees the national parties spending a lot of money on the special election. “The final note is that the district may be chopped up in the next two years because of reapportionment,” Campbell said. “New York State will lose a couple of districts because of its population count in the last census.” A special election to fill Lee’s seat will be schedule after it is declared vacant by Governor Andrew Cuomo. g

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Obama’s cuts are severe but justified

Before you read this column, I’ll need you to cast aside that Freudian nonsense you’ve been learning.

When President Obama revealed his 2012 budget proposal on Monday, many people bristled at what was being suggested. The budget makes cuts in several key areas, and is expected to face stiff resistance in Congress. Among the most severe victims of Obama’s new budget were domestic programs, such as the LowIncome Home Energy Assistance Program. The budget would also include a significant tax increase, as one third of the proposed deficit cuts would come from additional tax revenue. The plan has been received frostily on both sides of the aisle. Liberals believe he is making too many cuts to social programs, and would like to see Obama make cuts in other areas, such as the defense budget. Conservatives, meanwhile, think Obama isn’t cutting enough from the budget, and that more should be done to eliminate wasteful spending. Naturally, this divide puts Obama in something of a bind. With the economy still recovering, budget cuts are both understandable and necessary. In order to make ends meet, certain things will have to fall by the wayside.

Good, now we can get down to business. what the Republicans are saying, either. The fact is, in order to make the extreme amount of spending cuts that they are proposing, Obama would have to cut from areas such as defense spending, an area in which Republicans have historically been opposed to any reduction. In addition, Obama could also increase revenue for the budget by raising taxes on major corporations, such as oil companies. He could also raise taxes on the top two percent, which he had originally planned to do before Republicans threatened to filibuster, leading to a compromise during the lame duck session. Considering that Republicans would more than likely object to the most obvious means of cutting money from the budget, it seems hypocritical of them to criticize Obama for not taking enough from the budget.

When looking at the proposed budget, it is worth noting that it would still add $7.2 trillion to the public debt between 2012 and 2021.

Budget cuts are never popular, so it’s understandable that neither party is particularly enthused with what is being proposed. But with the economy still recovering, these cuts are simply a fact of life.

America has fallen very deeply in debt, and it would be unrealistic to think the problem could be stopped without some severe spending cuts.

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Whether it’s the free condoms that are readily available in the Wellness Center, or the comprehensive safe-sex programs that are taught both at orientation as well as throughout the year in the residence halls, there is a general commitment to making sure every student is as educated about sex as possible. Of course, this degree of education is hardly unique to UB. Many colleges feature similarly comprehensive sex-education programs. They focus on issues such as rape, drugs, alcohol, proper condom use, and STDs. For the most part, there isn’t a great deal of objection to programs like this. It is generally understood that college is a place where many people engage in sexual activity on a regular basis, and as a result, as much education as possible is necessary.

Still, that has not stopped a student-run group called the Love and Fidelity Network from protesting this sort of education. The group spent Valentine’s Day targeting several Ivy League campuses, including Yale and Princeton. Its belief is that this sort of education promotes “a hook-up culture.” In essence, the group believes the primary reason students choose to engage in sexual activity with the frequency they do is because the education they are given promotes the activity the group believes to be promiscuous. At The Spectrum, we find this assertion ridiculous. The fact is, people are going to have sex, especially college students. This is going to happen regardless of what they’re being taught. Giving students a comprehensive sex education might make them feel more confident about engaging in sexual activity, but it will

not be the reason why they do it. They are simply acting on their natural urges. We have no problem with this group teaching an alternate version to the sex education offered at most campuses. If they want to teach in a manner that promotes abstinence or suggests waiting until one is in a serious relationship before having sex, we have no problem with that. We simply disagree with the assertion that students are only having sex because they are being educated about it. Sex is a part of campus living – for many people, a big part. Teaching college students about safe sex is simply the most logical way to go about things. If this group wants to teach it a different way, it can, but it should realize that sex education in college doesn’t make students more likely to have sex. Rather, it just makes them more likely to have sex without disastrous consequences. Students need to know the facts in order to avoid such consequences. This group may be well-intentioned, but it seems to be detached from reality. College students are going to have sex, and nothing can change that. g

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Creeps go in, Creeps go out. How do you explain that? The hype’s been about the recently resigned Lee, whose name we can now toss onto our growing heap of debauched, deranged or just generally embarrassing political figures. There he’ll find company with Massa, Paladino, Spitzer, Foley, Haggart etc… That being said, his posting pictures of himself flexing on Craig’s List seems pretty benign compared to Mark Foley’s text to one of his teenage pages to “Get a ruler and measure it for me.” It appears our problem is not so much that our congressmen are disgusting, but that we are too often forced to choose between the lesser of two creeps. And if they’re not creeps they’re celebrities, like our recent visitor, who tends not to be judged by his capabilities or actions but by his celebrity status. So why then, do we have such disappointing options? Christopher Hitchens explores this problem, and poses another question in a recent Slate article. “What normal person would put up with the inane indignities of the electoral process? Hitchens’ answer is that the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. It’s understandable that no sane person would be willing to subject themselves to the rigorous invasions of privacy that result from running for office. This explains why we find people like Linda McMahon, previous CEO of the WWE and wife of Vince

McMahon running for a seat in Connecticut’s senate. People like Linda and Arnold are used to subjecting themselves to the magnifying glass of popular intrigue, so naturally they find themselves comfortable in our Entertainment Weekly democracy. Another contributor to our predicament is the media itself. Unfortunately and self evidently, political news coverage is more interested in entertainment. It’s far more exciting, and ultimately easier to make small talk about the senator from NY who took an idiotic picture with his shirt off than about the honest hard working politicians who are devoted to their constituents (yes, they exist). It’s apparent that this is a nationwide problem, but NY-State in particular has made quite the contribution to the tabloid headlines, leading one op-ed columnist of the New York Times to ask if we’ve disturbed a sacred cemetery of a clan of cranky witches in upstate NY. Perhaps we have, if we consider the most recent political escapades involving Carl Paladino and Andrew Cuomo, who both ran for New York’s ‘Governatorship.’ Cuomo’s father, Mario, was NY’s Governor for three terms and raised his son Andrew in the business of politics. It’s been Cuomo’s lifelong goal to finally become NY’s Governor. Although ambition is an admirable quality, we don’t need to be establishing any more political dynasties. There are plenty of more desirable citizens for the task anyway.

Paladino on the other hand, takes the award for creepiest politician to run for anything in New York State in recent times. Our local loco friend Carl spent most of his campaign apologizing for sending pornographic and racist emails to his friends, for hiding from his first wife a family that he had started after their marriage and for countless insensitive and ugly remarks by which he offended practically everyone other than geriatric Italians. It should be no surprise to us that this crusty old man, whose signs this past fall festively read in orange and black, “I’M MAD TOO CARL!” would move our already immature, and recently acknowledged dangerous rhetoric to new, lower levels with phrases like, “I’m taking a baseball bat to Albany.” If you’re interested in how insane he is you can also watch an entertaining video on Youtube of Paladino threatening a New York Post editor, yelling, “I’ll take you out!” All of this and much more leads me to think it would be best if Paladino were put in a room with a VHS loop playing the Godfather Trilogy. It might be all we can do to divert and sedate him. We’d have to buy a new copy though, because his is likely worn out. Don’t worry about that happening though, it’s looking like he’s going to run for Representative Lee’s vacant seat. Jake DiVeronica Letters to the Editor are not edited by The Spectrum.

Over the past few years, it has occurred to me that males have two huge problems they just can’t seem to get over when it comes to sex. The first is gripes about not having a big enough buddy to get the job done when your partner really wants it. But that’s the more trivial of the two. Once you accept that the world is an unjust place and realize that there’s no legitimate way to cure this curse, you learn to work with it. The bigger issue of the two seems to be the fear of premature ejaculation. The average male seems to focus on giving it to their partner faster and harder for a longer period of time rather than actually making an emotional connection. When they check out early, the males are left feeling like emasculated shells desperately searching for the next chance to prove themselves. Frankly, I never understood why we give so much attention to getting off too early. What are we trying to prove by lasting long, anyway? I never understood why some of my friends are so shaken up when they finish too soon with a one-night stand. Let’s be real. We’re not looking for love out here. I believe that the main purpose of a one-night stand is to hit it, get off, and quit it. In fact, by quickening the experience, we avoid clingy partners who fail to understand what the phrase “one night” means. But wait, you ask: what if I end up falling in love with these hook-ups? Well, buddy, rule #1: no cuffing in the club. Look that up. However, you’re not going to meet every girl at a club. One day, you’re going to end up having sex with someone you actually like and will want to get a long-term thing going. Only in these situations I find it understandable to fear early finishes. But then again, if your partner is really that angry about the problem, you have to wonder if you even really want to have a relationship with her. Relationships should be based on emotional connections. Sex should be a minor priority compared to that. Plus, when you ejaculated it felt good, right? And don’t get me wrong, I’m not leaving the ladies out of the equation, either. You should be happy you got him to finish soon. It means you clearly know what you were doing under the sheets, and you have that good stuff. Secondly, you ladies could even use the fear of premature ejaculation to your advantage. It’ll be easier to get your one-minute man to go down on you if you got him feeling guilty enough. Maybe I’m a bit biased on the topic since I don’t have such a problem. So, lucky me you’re thinking, right? Wrong. Long sex bouts have an increased likelihood of injury, and it promotes a decline in rationalism. You’re going to keep going and wanting more even after you run out of condoms, and boom, someone is pregnant and someone else is being rushed to the hospital because he or she tried to get too flexible. So let’s sum it up. Short sex: Simple and convenient. Long sex: Fatal. g E-mail: brian.josephs@ubspectrum.com

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STARS Sheds Light on UB Experience

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MADELEINE BURNSStaff Writer The UB STARS is recruiting.

was reported on Augspurger Rd. 2/9—Stolen property was found on Frontier Rd. 2/10—An intrusion alarm was set off at 21 Hayes Rd. 2/10—Graffiti was reported at 160 Putnam Way.

2/8—A suspicious person and vehicle were seen at 22 Hayes Rd. 2/8—An intrusion alarm was set off at 130 Putnam Way. 2/8—Larceny was reported at 12 White Rd. 2/8—An intrusion alarm was set off at 4 Frontier Rd. 2/8—Larceny was reported at 140 Core Rd. 2/8—A subject required first aid treatment at 170 Putnam Way. 2/9—Aggravated harassment was reported at 100 Core Rd. 2/9—Larceny was reported at 180 Putnam Way. 2/9—A vehicle was damaged in a hit-and-run accident in Flint Loop. 2/9—Disorderly conduct

2/10—A suspicious person was seen on Lee Entrance St. 2/10—Larceny was reported at 340 Putnam Way. 2/10—A vehicle on Augspurger Rd. was impounded. 2/10—A subject required first aid treatment at 13 Rotary Rd. 2/11—An alcohol overdose was reported at 760 Core Rd. 2/11—A subject was charged with driving while intoxicated on Goodyear Rd. 2/11—A noise complaint for loud music was reported at 104 Hadley Rd. 2/11—A subject required first aid treatment at 28 White Rd. 2/11—A vehicle was damaged in a hit-and-run accident on White Rd. 2/11—Larceny was reported in Diefendorf Loop.

2/11—A suspicious person was reported at Main Circle. 2/11—A subject was in possession of stolen property on Main St. 2/12—An alcohol overdose was reported on Goodyear Rd. 2/12—A noise complaint for loud music was made at 105 Hadley Rd. 2/12—An alcohol overdose was reported at 200 Core Rd. 2/12—Criminal mischief was reported at 9 Goodyear Rd. 2/12—An intrusion alarm was set off at 2 Coventry Loop. 2/12—A subject required first aid treatment at 10 Goodyear Rd. 2/12—A suspicious person was reported on Bailey Ave. 2/12—Trespassing was reported at 14 Hayes Rd. 2/13—A subject was charged with driving while intoxicated on Chestnut Ridge Rd. Continued Online at ubspectrum.com/news

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“The policies put into place tend to meet educational standards,” Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs and Chairman of the Alcohol Review Board (ARB) Anthony Lorenzetti said, with the enforcement of the drinking law being placed secondary. The first part of the implementa-

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“Basically, it’s about going out there and giving a student perspective about what it’s like to be a UB student,” said Rajavi Parikh, coordinator of UB STARS. “[The volunteers are] the face of UB.” The program, in partnership with the Office of Admissions, aims to help the university connect on a deeper level with high school students. UB STARS is vital to the university’s recruitment processes. The difference between speaking with a university-employed admissions counselor and an actual student can make an enormous difference in how a prospective student views UB, according to Parikh. Volunteers in the program are expected to give tours of North and South Campus, assist in the operation of open houses, and be available to answer questions online about their college experiences. The insight that STARS provides on being a student at the school is most vital to the process, according to Parikh. “We want people who want to share their experiences and have a story to tell,” Parikh said. “Prospective students don’t always have somebody they can go and talk to.” STARS seeks to provide an honest account of the workings of university life beyond the stresses of the application process.

Director of University Housing Garry Soehner said. This new policy came about, according to Soehner, because “some people under age 19 go to these parties.”

Vandalism Down Even If Booze Rules Not Enforced The 19 year old drinking age that went into effect last December has had little effect on the student body as a whole because of the sluggish enforcement by university officials, but vandalism is apparently on the way down because of less drinking.

The Student Admissions Recruitment Specialists program is a group of approximately 50 undergraduate students dedicated to attracting and guiding prospective students and their families through the admissions process.

Anthony Lorenzetti tion of the new law was a success because most students were aware of the restrictions for 18 year olds drinking alcohol, according to Lorenzetti. Students sponsoring a party must make sure that guests under 19 years of age do not bring alcohol to the party, or receive any, Associate

The “biggest” policy change, according to Housing Director Madison Boyce, is that “space has to be reserved by those people holding the party.” Boyce added that students holding a party are responsible, not the university, for making sure that people under 19 do not get alcohol during the party. Noting the questionable trustworthiness of some students, Lorenzetti acknowledged “that some people will attempt to subvert the rules.” While many believe the new policies are successful in combating alcohol abuse, Lorenzetti said that there still is a considerable amount of alcohol abuse on campus. During floor parties, the drinking age is enforced by Resident Advisors, according to Soehner. Rich-

Ryan Hochrad joined UB STARS in hopes of becoming a tour guide. Now, as a senior in the School of Management, Hochrad is a student assistant in the program office. He emphasized that being able to highlight some of UB’s underemphasized qualities is his favorite part of the job. “It’s just really cool to show them all that UB has to offer,” Hochrad said. “It’s a good opportunity to help promote UB.” Aside from helping soothe the nerves of overwhelmed high school students, members of UB STARS are also able to help themselves, according to Parikh. “[The program] gives you a lot of marketing skills,” Parikh said. “You go out there and talk to people about something that you know you’re really passionate about.” Volunteers have ample opportunity to network with many of their leaders in the university community, including those in the Honors College and Admissions Office. Monthly meetings expose the STARS to directors of organizations including the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Similarly, UB STARS is an environment in which friendships flourish, said Katrina Kneale, a senior marketing major. “You can just come hang out in the office and you can meet a lot of people and make a lot of friends,” Kneale said. “When you see them off campus, you actually do interact with each other.” Applications to become a UB STAR for the 201112 academic year can be found in the Office of Admissions at 12 Capen Hall, or online. All applications must be submitted to Parikh in the Office of Admissions by March 4. g

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mond Quadrangle Resident Director David Guy said that Resident Advisors have no choice but to follow the new drinking policies when it comes to alcohol use in the dormitories.

Griffin noted a significant drop in vandalism on campus, which he attributed to the drinking law. There has been a 19.6 percent drop in vandalism since the beginning of the new law on Dec. 4 of last year.

Another Resident Advisor, however, said that while the new policies were being followed by the RAs, he felt that there was a limit to how far this enforcement could go.

The ARB, which oversees campus use of alcohol, has done “little,” according to Lorenzetti, since the inception of the new law. He said that “at the present time, nothing is being done.” The ARB is responsible, along with the Faculty Student Association, for requesting additional university liquor licenses.

There may be a little too much responsibility being placed on the shoulders of the advisors while the administration has done nothing of any major importance toward the implementation of the new law, according to another RA. “The enforcement of the new drinking age is a housing problem and not a Public Safety problem,” Public Safety Director Lee Griffin said. He added that nothing has necessitated Public Safety taking any direct action against underage drinking within the university.

ARB will be discussing “follow-up implementation” of the new policies in an upcoming meeting next month, according to Lorenzetti. “The whole intent was to examine the complexities of the new law” and to familiarize students with its new mechanics, he said. g

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UB Art Gallery Evokes Spatial Consciousness

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AKARI IBURIStaff Writer With untrimmed images carefully and casually mounted to the walls of the Visual Studies Gallery in the CFA, the Mariev Robitaille & Karen Kirchhoff photography exhibition is no ordinary art installation. It is a marriage of creativity between the two skilled photographers with the talented curating genius of Courtney Dailey. Last Thursday marked the opening of the gallery where students were given the opportunity to engage in a long distance Skype webcam conversation with Dailey in San Francisco, Calif. Liz Rywelski, graduate assistant for the Department of Visual Studies and former colleague of Dailey, was responsible for the organization of the exhibit to be on display at UB. She was interested in collaborating with Dailey for the gallery and had always admired her strong work ethic and philosophy from their time together at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Pa. “Through her curatorial vision, Courtney maintains that the meaningfulness of our company, our soundspace, our play-space, and the people we make art and life with are integral to maintaining a work-style philosophy,” Rywelski said. Dailey designed and organized the designated placement of the images within the space of the Visual Studies Gallery from her home in San Francisco, sending a PDF file to Rywelski with her demands. Though she was deprived of a true physical sense of what the gallery offered, Dailey was successful in grasping the structural format and appropriately utilized the given space to enhance the space-conscious works of Robitaille and Kirchhoff. Sharing a 15-year friendship with the artists, the gallery’s arrangement was entirely entrusted to Dailey and her creative intuitions. This exhibit marks the first time the works of Robitaille and Kirfchhoff are displayed together in a collection. Their images consist of a variety of captured internal spaces with occasional fragments of faceless humans as rare subjects. With the concealment of the individual’s identity, observers are able to identify with the image, creating space for imagining the participants in the photographs as people they may know. The prints themselves are physically large, calling for the viewer’s attention and acquaintance. Three series of triptych grayscale images, in particular, cover one of the gallery walls and are towering enough to immerse an observer into the world captured.

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Mariev Robitaille and Karen Kirchhoff bring photography to the CFA’s Visual Studies Gallery. Many images are framed with a white border that is typically trimmed off before being displayed. However, these borders intentionally remain on the images and their unpolished nature is coupled with the casual manner in which they are placed on the walls with plastic rods and nails. A collection of framed images curiously contrast with the hung pieces as they are placed on the ground beneath them. The complimentary partnership of the artists and the curator creates a space that is both compelling and confusing for gallery goers. Because the photographs lack a direct narrative and are not supported by strong conceptual contexts, they may come across to observers as being too obvious or snapshot-esque. “There’s nothing overly compelling or shocking,” said Jonathan Barcan, a graduate student studying painting. “There are a couple of interesting images.” But while the photography may not necessarily match the taste of some attendees, the images remain compositionally interesting and consciously raw. It is not merely the photographs one must acknowledge, but also the intentional use of space and detail that Dailey has constructed. “[The exhibit] is really different, a different outlook,” said Alisha Balkum, a junior psychology major. “It captures the reality of everyday.” The Visual Studies Gallery B45 is located in the basement area of the Center for the Arts and is open to all students. Future exhibits include Rumsey Competition opening Feb. 24 followed by an interactive Performance Series on March 24 where anyone is invited to enter the prop-filled exhibit and record a small film using the given materials. Mariev Robitaille & Karen Kirchhoff will be on display until Feb. 17. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. g

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Adjunct Instructor, Hypnotist Addresses UB

to fill their minds with thoughts, they should think about things they want, not about things they have. He advised the audience members to never waste a moment over thinking, when they could be acting.

‘Destiny is Not a Matter of Fate or Chance; It’s a Matter of Choice’

Moreover, he urged attendees to decide who they are and where they want to end up in life, because that is exactly what will happen. According to Saghafi, attitude is very important because once people truly understand who they are and begin to view themselves in a certain light, others will eventually see them the same way.

KEREN BARUCHStaff Writer I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaactly uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer in waht order the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas thhguot slpeling was ipmorantt. A handful of students entered 4 Knox Hall on Saturday prepared to be hypnotized and to listen to Behnam Saghafi – “the confidence builder,” according to his business card – preach about how to relax the mind until life’s stresses disappear. Saghafi, an adjunct instructor at UB, believes that every human problem stems from the mind, and thus can be treated with an alteration of thoughts. On the back of his business card is the quotation above, which proves his ultimate belief that the human mind is powerful – so powerful that every thought that enters the brain can ultimately impact one’s future. His mother was killed when he was 18 years old, and instead of dwelling over the loss, he used his pain to teach him a lesson. His mother’s death taught him to appreciate what he has and not take advantage of the good aspects in his life. “You never know what will happen tomorrow. [Make sure that] the fights you choose are worth fighting for,” Saghafi said. After he asked the audience members about their everyday stresses, Saghafi emphasized the importance of seeing things from a point of view other than one’s own. He pointed out that it’s important to realize no one struggles alone and situations could always be worse. “A man was complaining that he had no shoes, until he saw someone who had no feet,” Saghafi said. Some people are so work-oriented that they give their love and effort to their jobs and money rather than to those they care for. Often, many are too blind to see that happiness can arise from making others smile, because they are too focused on materialistic ideals, according to Saghafi. Saghafi took the most time out of his lecture to convey how essential it is for people to focus on who they want to be, not who they are. If they are going

“Destiny is not a matter of fate or chance, it’s a matter of choice,” Saghafi said. Saghafi explained that when he graduated with an engineering degree, only two people in the class were capable of finding jobs. Saghafi attended an interview, and was rejected because of his heavy accent. However, he refused to give up. He told the company that he’d work for one month for free, and if it wasn’t satisfied with his work, he’d leave.

UB’s Winterfest to Celebrate the Snowy Season HANNAH BARNESStaff Writer The temperatures in Buffalo have dropped and the snow is piling up, which means it’s time for the second-annual UB Winterfest. This indoor and outdoor festival offers a plethora of activities, including UB-style curling, snow dodgeball, broomball, a horse-drawn sleigh, and polarbear kickball. Holding winter festivals has been a tradition at UB for over 50 years. The Norton Hall Sitzmarkers, who are relatives of today’s Schussmeisters Ski Club, held the first event of its kind, called Winter Carnival, in 1948. The Carnival continued for years into the 1960s, took a hiatus until 1976, and resumed for years after that. “[The festival] originated as a housing event, and then grew because of the interest to a campus-wide event,” said Tom Tiberi, interim director of Student Life. “There were some festivals in the past, but they didn’t utilize the lake, and it wasn’t quite the same initiative.” This year, the festival will provide ice skates for skating on Lake LaSalle, an ice-rescue demonstration, human dogsled races, and a snowman- and igloo-building contest. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as team trophies. First-place winners will receive gift cards from Tim Hortons, Starbucks, or local movie theaters.

The event is free to all UB students, faculty, and staff, and it is sponsored by UB’s Division of Student Affairs, Division of Athletics, Division of University Facilities, Residence Hall Association, Undergraduate Student Association, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Getzville Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team. “[As] a new tradition, we are trying to get more student representation on the committee,” said Kerri Spicer, the associate director of student unions and activities and the co-chair of Winterfest. Students must sign up for certain events that they wish to participate in, like broomball, snowman building, snow dodgeball, and the human dogsled races. The size of groups allowed varies depending on the activity, with 10 for a broomball team and 20 for the igloo-making contest. Students can register at studentaffairs.buffalo.edu/housing/winterfest.php. “It’s Buffalo – embrace the cold and embrace the snow. We have this great lake we get to utilize, [it’s] something else to do in the wintertime, and it’s great to have an opportunity to embrace winter activities,” Spicer said. Winterfest 2011 will take place on Saturday with activities beginning at 1 p.m., awards given at 6 p.m., and ice skating lasting until 9 p.m. g E-mail: features@ubspectrum.com

Due to Saghafi’s ultimate desire to become an engineer, he did not allow obstacles to steer him away from his path to success. He ultimately was offered the job. Several times throughout the lecture, Saghafi stated that one cannot surpass his or her own imagination. Thus, a person is what he believes himself or herself to be.“Everyone knows whether or not they’re a man or a woman, but when you ask [people] about their smarts or appearances, they say they don’t know [if they are attractive or smart],” Saghafi said. “If you think you’re smart, you are correct. If you think you’re not smart, you are correct.” Saghafi expresses that an important ingredient to living a healthy life is love. However, love is like a box. Those who continuously walk around the box searching may never find it. He explained that love finds people the moment that they have faith and believe they deserve it. After lecturing about how to train the mind to think in a more positive way, Saghafi attempted to hypnotize the audience and put everyone in a trance of relaxation. He began by making the attendees stare at the center of his hypnotic spinning circle for approximately five seconds. Everyone closed their eyes, and once everyone’s bodies and minds were calm, he told audience members to imagine lying down in the most beautiful place in the world. “Human potential excites me,” Saghafi said. He recalled that since he was small, his father had always been a positive impact on his life, and had always taught him that the most important thing is happiness. His father always pushed him to reach for his goals and to be the person that he wanted to become. Thus, he knew that when he became an adult, he wanted to help others find the courage to never settle. Saghafi hopes to give more lectures at UB in the future. For more information, visit Advanced Hypnosis at 836-7777 or online at master-mind.us. g

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playlist here |2| “Space Oddity” – David Bowie |3| “Space Travel” – Yellowcard |4| “Rocket Man” – Elton John |5| “Lust in Space” – Gwar |6| “Space Game” – MC Lars |7| “Space Jam” – Quad City DJ’s |8| “The Astronaut” – Something Corporate |9| “Her Words Destroyed My Planet” – Motion City Soundtrack |10| “Man on the Moon” – R.E.M.

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The Buffalo Powder Keg Festival brought joy to Buffalo residents.

Powder Keg Brings Wealth of Wintertime Activities JAMES BOWEStaff Writer Old man winter has proven to be very angry this year. The weather is frigid, the snow keeps falling, and the wind keeps blowing. In spite of this, many people continue to laugh at winter for one reason: this is Buffalo. The tradition of scoffing at the cold was more alive than ever at the Powder Keg Festival this past weekend. The gusts of wind were freezing, but the spirit of the Queen City would not be knocked over. Situated near Brawler’s Deli in Downtown Buffalo, excitement filled the air as parents and their children ambled from one event to the next. One of the biggest attractions for kids was the Skyway Seneca Street Ramp Tubing Hill. Organizers partitioned off an entire offramp from the Buffalo Skyway and let kids sled down it all weekend. Right next to the sledding hill was a small petting zoo that allowed children to feed various animals, including sheep, goats, a miniature horse, and a Saharan camel – an uncommon sight in Buffalo. The centerpiece was the Family Pavilion, a heated tent filled to capacity with a multitude of carnival games and entertainment for children. It hosted the snowman-building contest, where teams competed in a multitude of categories ranging from Most Snowmen to Most Creative. It soon became apparent, however, that one group was a ringer for the category of Tallest Snowman. Near the back corner of the snowmanbuilding zone stood a towering behemoth of a snowman, around eight feet tall. Any Bill Murray fan would have recognized it instantly: it was a snowStay Puft Marshmallow man, not only dressed for the occasion but surrounded by little Ghostbusters snowmen with red and yellow tape streams flowing from their mock proton packs. “We won for tallest snowman last year,” said Nick Kalczynski, one of the builders and a UB alumnus. “And it looks like we are going to win again this year.” Not all the fun was directed at family events. The Labatt Music and Beer Garden housed a stage that served as a venue for a multitude of local bands. One of those bands was a local group named Aqueous, a progressive jam band with roots in UB and Buffalo. Their live show has been self-described as “a brandnew experience, not one to be missed.” “[The Powder Keg Festival] definitely improved from last year,” said Matt Filion, a senior mechanical engineering major. But not all were there to have fun. Volunteers staffed the entire event, and proceeds went to the Buffalo Police Athletic League and the Alzheimer’s Association. “My favorite part was painting kids’ faces,” said Mason Curtacci, a junior biology and environmental studies major, who was volunteering through Undergraduate Acadamies. “I would definitely go back, even though I couldn’t feel my toes.” At the core, the Powder Keg Festival united the community around games of broomball, sledding, and the occasional camel. In spirit, the event was about the warmth of giving, even when surrounded by the cold. g

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Dry Eyes for Bright Eyes AKARI IBURIStaff Writer

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A Clandestine Gem EDWARD BENOITStaff Writer Artist: Clandestine Album: The Invalid Label: Nightmare Records Release Date: Feb. 15 Grade: A-

Sporting a name that can simultaneously describe its underhanded subversion of about a half-dozen musical genres and allude to its virtually nonexistent coverage in mainstream musical publications, Clandestine is a band that desperately needs to be heard. Hailing from Los Angeles and fronted by versatile vocalist June Park, the band tackles everything from pop rock to alternative metal to progressive music in its debut full-length album, The Invalid. If Clandestine’s name can be taken as a comment of sorts about the band, then the title of the album’s first track, “Fearless,” can be taken as a mission statement. Just two minutes into the album, listeners are hit with a barrage of elements ranging from synthesizer texturing to a heavy and syncopated guitar riff to a surprisingly catchy chorus, all of which fits together seamlessly. The next track, “Disappear in You,” further demonstrates the band’s versatility and wide range of influences, as a truly heavy opening complete with Park’s best impression of a death metal growl segues into a guitar and vocal melody reminiscent of Dream Theater’s heyday. Such is the story for the rest of the album, which contains not a single dud among its 10 tracks. Virtually every track on The Invalid brings something interesting and different to the table, to the point that neglecting to talk about all of them just seems unfair. “Philistine” sounds like a hybridization of Dream Theater and Between the Buried and Me, if either band could write songs under eight minutes long. “Fracture” begins with a comparatively straightforward segment in 6/4 time before embodying its title, both rhythmically and stylistically. “Dead to the World” gives teenage angst a level of dynamism and musicality it hasn’t had since Porcupine Tree’s Fear of a Blank Planet. The list goes on, with this truly excellent debut impressing track after track. Let there be nothing clandestine about it – this is a great album. g

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Artist: Bright Eyes Album: The People’s Key Label: Saddle Creek Records Release Date: Feb. 15 Grade: C+ It began like any other Bright Eyes album – a unique sequence of sounds preceding a quiet guitar riff, topped with the distinct, haunting vocals of Conor Oberst.

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However, a blasting voice with an inaudible drawl may not be the best appetizer to ease listeners into The People’s Key, the band’s highly anticipated seventh studio album. Oberst’s voice isolates the listener with his opening lyrics:

Surveyor: An Exploration of Landscape Albright-Knox Art Gallery showcases work of 5 Buffalonian artists in upcoming exhibit

“Space is expanding / there’s spirits coming from the center.”

VILONA TRACHTENBERGStaff Writer

With the use of eerie, galactic-like sound effects paired with the mysterious man’s message, “Firewall” disappointingly frames the rest of the album to sound more like a strange self-discovery mixtape than the traditional gut-wrenching and soul-saturated melodies Bright Eyes is known to generate.

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And it doesn’t get much better from there. The second track, “Shell Games,” sounds promising, as grand-piano chord progressions are paired with Oberst’s familiar heavy poetry. However, the hopeful transition from bad beginnings to a better segue is shattered once the chorus is complete and an awkward guitar-synth breakdown echoing the charming noises of the ’80’s pop-rock scene dramatically interrupts. The rest of the album unfortunately follows the same obscure blueprints established by the first few tracks. With a frequent use of distortion and predictable electronics, and the nameless voice from “Firewalls” making a few more guest appearances in later tracks, this album is a far trek away from the meaningful lyrics and expressive instrumentals produced in 2007’s Cassadaga. Toward the end of the album, “Beginner’s Mind” seems to link the traditions of Bright Eyes with its new sound. Oberst’s familiar shaky and melancholy vocals bellow over a strumming acoustic guitar, a style somewhat comparable to songs from 2002’s Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground, but with a less ambitious tone. In efforts to create a new sound, Bright Eyes has birthed one confused and uncomfortable album that will be a hit or complete miss by even its most adoring fans. g

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Albright-Knox curator Heather Pesanti, hopes to impact gallery viewers by capturing the essence of the Queen City in an innovative exhibit called Surveyor that opens on Friday. According to Pesanti, the exhibit includes the work of five Buffalonian artists whose creations are being featured with the aim of “weaving together the fabric of the community.” Surveyor is an exhibit focusing on the environment and man’s existence in the contemporary landscape around him. Younger, modern artists have recently begun portraying dark underpinnings, such as post-apocalyptic scenes, in their work, and the most recent addition to Albright-Knox will represent these visions while also emphasizing topographical mapping, surveying and surveillance. The five contributing Buffalonian artists – Michael Basinski, Millie Chen, Bingyi Huang, Peter Stephens, and Paul Vanouse – will curate and put together their own displays in either one or two rooms, depending on the space available. Throughout the exhibit, these artists have total agency over crafting their own rooms, since they have complete creative freedom in how they interpret the theme of Pesanti’s latest venture. “[This will show] the dialogue between historic work and their own,” Pesanti said. As such, the exhibit will feature the artists’ own work while also showcasing selected pieces from the museum’s collections. With this new exhibit, Pesanti continues to pursue the overall mission of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery – generating new shows by working with the museum’s own collection while simultaneous-

ly including more recent material. The curators at the museum are constantly coming up with their own ideas, and, specifically in this exhibit, Pesanti is putting her own perspective on how to interpret the goal of the museum. The exhibit is inspired by the works of several poets, and, as such, poetry will play a large role. Pesanti is looking forward to exposing the rare-art poetry books that she spent time researching at the UB libraries, especially since language is another form of landscape to be incorporated. Thus, Surveyor will prove to be a comprehensive collaboration of the work of the individual artists and UB’s poetry collection. Contemporary art will comprise about 80 percent of the exhibit, while the remaining 20 percent will consist of classic and modernist work. This innovative approach to recognizing and putting the environment in which we live at the forefront will showcase artwork that transcends all media boundaries. Such pieces will include varied mediums such as video, painting, and sculpture. Prominent features will comprise of a large wall painting, a high-tech video projection, and a sculpture of Buffalo with dry ice steaming from it. “[I want viewers to have a] pure enjoyment of the art. I really want people to have a great and meaningful experience,” Pesanti said. Pesanti is excited to showcase the gems of the new acquisitions, some of which have been kept hidden until now. According to Pesanti, prospective viewers can anticipate the unveiling of forward-thinking, contemporary acquisitions with cuttingedge perception and sublime landscapes. On display until June 5, art lovers have ample time to experience the complex endeavor that is Surveyor. g

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Designs and Dreams for Suicide Prevention UB’s Lesbian and Gay Bisexual Alliance holds its second annual fundraising fashion show MICHAEL TYSONAsst. Life Editor Loud music, scantily clad women, and encouragement to stare were the descriptive words last Friday evening. UB’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance (LGBTA) successfully held its second annual Designs and Dreams fashion show. This year’s show gave 25 percent of the proceeds to the Trevor Project.

vintage wear that seemed to have originated in the 1980s. “My personal favorite was LTV,” Barnes said. “Their vintage was so fetch. I love it.” Other designers in the show were Rodgers and Gibson Ties, Katie Gariepy, Thomas Lee Designs, Lilipad Creations, and Splash Panic.

“The [Trevor Project] is a charity dedicated to suicide prevention of LGBTQ teenagers and young adults. The money helps them get counseling and therapy,” said Judy Mai, a sophomore occupational therapy major and president of the UB LGBTA. “The money helps them get counseling and therapy. We chose [the Trevor Project] because of last semester with all the suicides there were in the LGBTQ society.”

The finale of the show came from Dmattaliano, created by Desiree Murphy, a Buffalo native that studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The main feature of her designs were wedding dresses, some of which were quite contrary to what society has come to expect. The most memorable was a colorfully pink dress that had a top consisting of two thin crossed straps across the chest that left little to the imagination.

There were nine designers, several of them local and all from New York State, and dozens of models displaying many different styles. The hosts of the show, Kristina Murray and Joe Nasby, kept up a lively dialogue and kept the show moving smoothly between designers.

“I’m friends with one of the people running [Designs and Dreams]. That’s why I came,” said Anna Kammen, a junior linguistics major. “I wound up really enjoying the show, though I found some of the wedding dresses inappropriate.”

People who only came for the designs were given a treat about halfway through with a performance from UB Glee, which gave its rendition of a couple songs and added some very impressive solo parts to the evening. One designer that showed a good deal of individuality and promise is also a current UB student. Christina Kim, a sophomore chemistry major, sent all of her models down the runway in various materials that clothes are not normally made of such as plastic sheets, newspapers and cellophane. Copies of The Spectrum itself even went into a few of the outfits.

Whether the audience was there to support charity or to enjoy a taste of local fashion, many enjoyed the varying styles and creative, energetic atmosphere. “I think it went perfectly, more than I could hope for,” Mai said. “There were a few glitches at first, but it was great and next year will be even better.” g

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“I found [Kim] to be the most eco-friendly designer,” said Antoine Barnes, a freshman in the fashion design and industry program at Villa Maria College. Holly Hue, a designer clothing company fronted by Holly Kerr, was instrumental in putting the organizers of the show in touch with many of the designers. Holly Hue started off the show with sombercolored outfits that could be seen on any fashion-forward student. A crowd favorite was Lovesick Teenagers Vintage, run by Buffalo State students Alison Pieroni and Shannon Campbell. Their fashions consisted of

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Local designers and models put on a fashion show last Friday to benefit The Trevor Project. The show was organized by the UB LGBTA.

Pillars Conference Brings Two Empowering Speakers to UB Mortar Board hosts conference featuring David Coleman and Stacey Watson LEAH CRUSANStaff Writer The “real-life Hitch” and 12-time National Collegiate Speaker of the Year, David Coleman, and 2006 Educator of the Year, Stacey Watson, will both be featured at this year’s Pillars Conference hosted by the University at Buffalo’s chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. Mortar Board, Inc. is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service and provides opportunities for continued leadership development. It also promote and encourage lifelong contributions to the global community, according to its website. David Coleman, also known as the “Dating Doctor,” lives by the motto, “Where is it said that learning can’t be fun and entertainment can’t be life-changing?” As the Student Activities Director at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Coleman created a program called “creative dating” on campus. Shortly thereafter, he took his program to major conferences at several colleges. He assures his audiences that they will leave the conference with a new passion and satisfaction. “I am not your ‘normal’ speaker. I am more of an entertainer with a powerful, life-changing message,” Coleman said.

I am not your ‘normal’ speaker. I am more of an entertainer with a powerful, life-changing message. - David Coleman The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN have featured his work throughout their newspapers and broadcasts. Coleman is constantly inter-

viewed about his advice on dating, relationships, romance, sex, marriage, and divorce. In the past 15 years, the Dating Doctor has made 2,750 appearances. He strives to visit at least 150 colleges per year. Coleman intends to stress at the Pillars Conference “that it doesn’t take much more effort than normal to live a remarkable life and to make a difference in the lives of others.” He stresses that it is extremely important to get out of our own way and stop believing that things are too hard or impossible for us to achieve. Stacey Watson, alumnus of Buffalo State College, will be the second featured speaker of the conference. As the Executive Director of the South Buffalo Education Center, Watson will assist conference attendees in employing leadership to promote change within their university community. “We chose Stacey Watson because she’s remarkable,” said Julie Smith, the faculty advisor for the UBLODGE chapter of Mortar Board. “She’s from Western New York, and she took kids that had been labeled ‘unteachable’ and got them to take the GED, with over 80 percent passing and 34 percent going on to college.” She is on the organizational committee for the Sgt. Daniel Shaw Memorial Benefit and the AIDS Family Services Center Stage Event, and serves as the Leadership Buffalo Region Guide for the Buffalo Bills Rookie Tour. As a resident of Buffalo, she is a useful resource, especially to UB students. The conference is on this Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Tickets are available to UB students for $5 and $10 for non-UB students. “We want to turn the ordinary into remarkable with this conference,” Smith said. g

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Super Bowl-winning Starks returns to UB ANDREW WIKTOREditor in Chief When James Starks walked into the press conference room in Alumni Arena on Tuesday night, the young NFL running back’s smile was infectious. Starks, a former Bulls running back who won a Super Bowl two Sundays ago with the Green Bay Packers, was grinning earto-ear as he sat down with the media before the men’s basketball team took on Ohio University. After returning to Western New York a week and a half ago, Starks has been greeted with nothing but love from his family and friends. “I came home, and saw all of the support I had,” Starks said. “Even when I was in Green Bay, I saw all of the love people were showing me. It’s just [been] nice to be home these last couple of weeks. I’ve just been relaxing and enjoying every moment of it.” Starks, who didn’t play in the Packers’ first 10 games, came alive in the playoffs, averaging just over 20 carries per contest and tallying up 315 yards. His longest gain all season came against Philadelphia, when he broke off a 27-yard run, helping Green Bay to a 21-16 victory and gaining the

Although Starks only saw game action for about 30 percent of his team’s season, he made the most of his time on the field, and the Packers never lost a game in which he touched the ball. Despite his success on a national stage, Starks hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from. “It’s very important [to share my success with my hometown],” Starks said. “Family is everything. Everything I’ve been through, Niagara Falls and Buffalo have been there 100 percent of the time, backing me all the way and showing me all of the support. That gave me a lot to fight for. A lot of what I do today is because of the community and my family, so it’s a big part of my life and, like I said, I’m enjoying it.” Before returning to UB, Starks was sure to catch up with former teammates and friends. His buddies showed him a lot of love upon his return to Western New York and threw him a party once he got back. Starks was also thrilled to be back on his old college stomping grounds. “As soon as I stepped on campus, I was driving, and I was like, ‘Man, it feels so good to be back,’” Starks said. Winning a Super Bowl was great for the former Bull, but his goals don’t end there. Although he recognizes how fortunate he is to have been part of a championship

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team so early in his career, a feat many NFL veterans seldom boast, he refuses to only be considered one of the best backs on Green Bay; he wants to be one of the best backs in the league. And that, he knows, will come with practice and hard work. Starks remained selfless throughout the press conference, mentioning how he never got down on himself even when times were tough. He also looked to the future of Buffalo football, explaining that he hopes his success can inspire future Bulls. He specifically wished his younger brother Dale Stewart, who has committed to Buffalo and will be a freshman here in the fall, the best of luck. “Hopefully [Dale] does [break all of my

wandowski. Junior John-Martin Cannon followed Green and Lewandowski by defeating Central Michigan’s Eric Cubberly with a 6-4 decision in the 165-pound weight class.

SCOTT RESNICKStaff Writer Coming off of its first conference win of the season, the wrestling team traveled to Central Michigan confident that it had turned a corner. However, that confidence soon gave way to heartbreak as the Bulls (8-8, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) dropped a highly competitive meet to the No. 25-ranked Chippewas (6-8, 2-1 MAC) by the score of 19-14. After falling behind 9-0 early on in the match, the Bulls stormed back to take an 11-9 lead behind major decisions from junior Desi Green and sophomore Mark Le-

Sophomore Ron Majerus attempted to replicate Cannon’s gutsy performance for the Bulls in the 174-pound weight class, but the Chippewas’ Ben Bennett, ranked seventh in the nation, proved to be too much to handle. Bennett clipped Majerus by the score of 110. The victory gave the Chippewas a 13-11 advantage over the Bulls. Assistant coach Frank Beasley didn’t feel that the momentum shifted in Central Michigan’s favor after Majerus wasn’t able to keep the win streak going. “I felt that it was a returning All-American we were wrestling [in Bennett], and it

records]. I’m hoping for the best for him,” Starks said. “I pray for him every day; I pray for his decision; I pray that he made the right decision coming here. I know he’s going to be loved here. He has a bright future ahead of him.” Starks even mentioned that he isn’t worried that the NFL may have a lockout in the offseason, claiming it will just give him more time to get better. Before he gets back on the gridiron, however, he’ll be taking some time to soak in the moment. “I’m still on cloud nine,” Starks said. “I’m enjoying every moment of it. It still hasn’t hit me as much as I think it will. Like I said, I’m just enjoying every moment.” g

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wasn’t a match we were supposed to win on paper,” Beasley said. “We were hoping Ron would find a way to win, but he went out there and was just outmatched. But that didn’t take the momentum away.” The Bulls briefly regained the lead after senior Jimmy Hamel picked up his 29th victory of the season by defeating Central Michigan’s Craig Kelliher by the score of 5-3 in the 184-pound weight class. However, that would be the last highlight of the day for the Bulls. Sophomores Josh Peters and Brett Correll dropped the next two matches, giving the Chippewas the win. Beasley was disappointed in the result but did not blame any of the wrestlers for the outcome. “[Peters and Correll] both fought really hard, and worked hard in their matches,”

Beasley said. “It’s unfortunate that the outcome wasn’t what we had hoped for.” The Bulls will look to end the regular season on a high note and go into the MAC Tournament with a victory when they take on Northern Illinois next Sunday at Alumni Arena. “We need to go out there and win, and we’re looking to dominate,” Beasley said. “Our goal in that match is to end the dual meet season in dominating fashion in front of a great home crowd. That should give us momentum going into the MAC Tournament. There’s a lot of parity in the MAC and I really feel, if we wrestle to our potential, we can win a championship.” The final home meet of the season will begin at 1 p.m. g

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Until You’re Blue in the Face CAREY BEYERSports Editor There is nothing quite like standing up with 1,000 of your closest friends and making life a living hell for everyone who steps foot in your house. This is the mentality of those that make up the student section at men’s basketball games. You have most likely seen these Bulls fanatics losing their minds in front of everyone at Alumni Arena. Every time a chant starts, a cheer echoes, or a cowbell rings, it’s because of them. Many believe that the section is reserved for members of Buffalo’s sports fan club, True Blue, but the truth is that anyone who wants to lose his or her mind is welcome to join the frenzy. In fact, the face of the Buffalo student section, Mark Pereira, is not even a member of the club. If you have ever attended a Bulls home game, you have seen Pereira. He may have come up to introduce himself, shouted at you to stand up and cheer, or may have just been screaming in his shiny blue top hat and bright white tie. “I’m not a member of True Blue; I just really love UB,” Pereira said. “There’s something about this student section, something about this basketball team, that just has swagger and is screaming for spirit.” The experience in the student section is a lot of fun, but its presence is very serious. The point of a student section is first and foremost to help out the home team. “What the student section does when it’s at its best is show full support for the team,” said True Blue President Tim Eaton. “When there’s energy in the arena, it amplifies the abilities of the players tenfold. You’ll see Mitchell Watt dunking a little harder. The fast breaks are a little faster, and the 3-pointers are a little sweeter.”

The effect that the students have had on the games this year is obvious. The men’s basketball team is 10-2 at home, as compared to a 5-6 record on the road. Sure, this could be chance, but it is safe to assume that teams that come into the Bulls’ house have trouble dealing with the harassment pouring out of the bleachers. Although the section has been engaged this season, attendance has been lacking recently, and interest has seemingly declined. This was not always the case. In the middle of the last decade, during current Bulls assistant coach Turner Battle’s time as a player, student support for the program was at an all-time high. This may not have just been because the team was talented, but also because the program went directly to the student body to drum up support. “In [Battle’s time] the team went door to door and promoted the games to the students,” Pereira said, “They averaged 1,500 standing students a game. I want us to get 1,000, and they averaged 1,500 in the boring games in the middle of the week.” As boring as those games may have been, the team’s talent level made them entertaining. Many fans that stopped going to the games would blame the team’s low level of success as the major factor. That is no longer an excuse, as this year’s team is the best we have seen since Battle played. Despite the team’s success, the attendance is still not where many would like it to be. The problem is not only the students that don’t come to the arena, but also those who show up and refuse to participate. “We would love to see the students behind us standing,” Eaton said. “You don’t want to get upset with them, [because they’re] supporting [their] team, but [they’re] not nearly making as much of a contribution as [they] could be.”

Bulls Don’t Pack Enough Punch to Beat Bobcats MATTHEW PARRINOSenior Sports Editor It’s hard to believe that a matchup between the two top point guards in the Mid-American Conference on Tuesday night didn’t get top billing. But that’s exactly what happened when former Bulls running back and Super Bowl champion James Starks returned to UB to sign autographs and greet his fans back in Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bulls (15-8, 7-5 MAC), Starks’ presence didn’t bring them any luck, as Ohio (13-13, 6-6 MAC) rode a 74 percent second-half shooting performance to a 7669 victory on Tuesday night. Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper came into Alumni Arena and stole the show. After sitting to start the game, the sophomore phenom kept the Bobcats in the game in the first half and then ripped out the heart of the Bulls in the second. Cooper, ranked third in the nation in assists coming into the game, finished with 24 points and five assists. Brandon Freeland /// The Spectrum

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For the Bulls, senior guard Byron Mulkey seemed to force the action down the stretch. He had three of his four turnovers in the second half and shot only 1-of-6 from 3-point range. The MAC steals leader still finished with 13 points and four assists in the loss.

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True Blue fans cheer on the Bulls throughout the men’s basketball games, but are calling on all students to get involved and help support their school.

The most important factor in bringing in new fans is the UB community as a whole. People who are already fans of the teams will, of course, attend games, but there needs to be more effort from other groups at the university if the arena is really going to fill up. In Buffalo’s past, and at most colleges, the Greek system is responsible for drumming up the most support for the school’s teams. Recently, however, Buffalo’s fraternities’ and sororities’ presences have been lacking or completely nonexistent. “We need people who are more involved with everything on campus to care,” Pereira said. “[There used to be] fraternity and sorority competitions at games. There were no prizes or incentives to compete, but they would come out because they wanted to beat each other.” “Nowadays, I’ve asked [people I know in the Greek system about it] and the first thing they asked was if there was going to be prizes. They all asked that. We have the worst [Greek] system in the country here. The [Greek] system here is useless. That starts the problem. Fraternities and sororities here are only in it for themselves, whereas at other schools they’re definitely in it for the school. That’s why they exist, to be a group of the school. These ones are groups just for the sake of being groups.” It is not only a lack of support from within the university that is a problem. When you travel to other big universities, the entire town or city is behind everything that those schools do. For some reason, Buffalo has not embraced the Bulls like it should. “Community support isn’t as high as it could be,” Eaton said. “I don’t think people don’t want to support UB [athletics], but they support [the school] in other ways. Athletics sometimes feels like an afterthought to people in the community when they don’t have Ohio scored 25 points off of 16 Bulls turnovers, which really helped the Bobcats overcome a tough road crowd and a Buffalo team that shot 51 percent from the field. “[The turnovers] were a problem,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “We’ve been talking and looking at that problem for a while now. It was costly and there were other times they could have stole passes and they didn’t.” Buffalo controlled the play in the first half and really fed off of a rowdy crowd and, more specifically, an animated student section. True Blue nation reached into its bag of tricks and had some witty signs, none more prominent than a Cooper poster of the Ohio guard in a swimsuit. Cooper expected nothing less from a very spirited Bulls fanbase. “I knew coming into this game that Buffalo has great fans,” Cooper said. “I knew what type of environment it was going to be from coming in here last year. I kind of had my mind set and ready for it.” Mulkey verses Cooper lived up to the hype, especially in the first half. Both players went at each other throughout the game. After the game, Bobcats head coach John Groce had nothing but good things to say about Mulkey. “I’ve been extremely impressed with [Mulkey], not only as a basketball player, but also his leadership ability and the way he empowers his teammates,” Groce said. “It’s obvious from watching film. The great lead guards have the ability to make the players around them better, and I’ve been really impressed with him.” Ohio took its first lead in the game with just over five minutes remaining in regulation at 62-60 and really seemed to step up the defensive pressure on the Bulls.

time or they don’t realize that it’s a great place to take their kids. I don’t want to say that it bothers me, but the support from the community could be stronger.” This may be the best time to get involved with the men’s basketball team. A few years ago, the football team did the unthinkable and won a Mid-American Conference championship and played in the school’s first ever bowl game. Every fan in attendance was a part of that experience, and, for many; it was the highlight of their Bulls fandom. This very well may be the season that the basketball team makes similar history. The team has played well in the MAC and looks to be a formidable force in the conference tournament in March. If the team can take home the MAC Championship, it will earn the team’s first berth in the Division-I NCAA tournament. “This is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Tim Habben, a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering major and True Blue member. “Ten years from now, when you’re looking back and someone asks you, ‘Hey, were you there when they made the tournament?’ you’ll have to say, ‘Yeah, but I didn’t care and I didn’t go to the games.’ The experience won’t be there and you don’t want to miss it.” There is never a bad time to start supporting the team. In fact, this weekend may be the best time all season to begin a Bulls experience. The team hosts UW-Milwaukee on Saturday in one of ESPN’s Bracketbuster games. “If you go to the games [and participate] I guarantee you will have fun,” Pereira said. “You are not going to have fun when you sit. If you come and get involved and you don’t have fun, you can punch me in the face.” After all, what are friends for? g

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The Bulls trailed by one when junior forward Dave Barnett grabbed a big offensive rebound and converted the putback to give Buffalo the lead, 64-63. Barnett had a great all-around game and finished with seven points, six rebounds, and five assists. Buffalo pulled within two points with just under two minutes remaining, but Cooper drained a 3-pointer in the corner off of a loose ball to put the final dagger into the Bulls. Ohio forward Ivo Baltic scored 24 points in the game and took advantage of several wide-open jump shots. The defensive effort just wasn’t strong enough for the Bulls in the second half. “Ohio did a great job of staying with their stuff and attacking us off the dribble,” Witherspoon said. “Conversely, we did a very poor job defensively. I’m really upset with how we played defensively, and we didn’t protect the basket.” Freshman forward Javon McCrea had another great game and really played well in all phases. He finished tied for a team-high with 15 points and six rebounds. Groce thinks McCrea is going to be a handful for teams the rest of this season and beyond. “He’s a load offensively and obviously great on the glass,” Groce said. “I get a kick out of watching him on film when he palms the ball in the middle of the game; he’s got massive hands…He’s a force for them.” Adding three more 3-pointers to his MACleading total, junior guard Zach Filzen scored 15 points in the loss. He now has 83 treys on the season. The Bulls’ next game is on Saturday night in the ESPN Bracketbuster game against Milwaukee (15-11, 10-5 Horizon League). Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. g

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