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The Bulls travel to Ohio to face junior forward Maurice Ndour and the Bobcats on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Ndour had 17 points and five blocks in the Bulls’ last matchup with Ohio.

control over our destiny if we continue to play good games the rest of the way.” The Bobcats are 11-4 at home, while the Bulls are just 5-5 on the road. Buffalo hasn’t lost a game since it fell to Ohio. The Bulls have won seven of their last nine. Buffalo has never had sole possession of first place in the MAC East this late in the season. “There are really five schools competing for a four spot, and it was our goal before the season to be in the top four so that we can advance to Cleveland without having to play,” Hurley said. Akron (17-10, 9-5 MAC), which Buffalo defeated last Wednesday, is also in the mix. Ohio forward Maurice Ndour

Senate passes six amendments in one meeting Current, former SA members have split opinion on changes AMANDA LOW News Editor

In less than one hour, the Student Association Senate unanimously passed six out of seven amendments, tabling the other. The approved amendments: removed the distinction of oncampus and off-campus senators; changed staff appointment procedures; extended the president’s term until the end of the school year; altered election dates and vacancy election policies; officiated university policy in Student-Wide Judiciary (SWJ) rulings; and revised the process of money transfers. The fourth amendment, which specifies the Senate’s powers, was tabled because senators felt it needed more exploration. The Senate, which oversees the financial aspects of SA, helps manage the organization’s approximately $4 million budget. The Senate passed the six amendments unopposed and not much debate occurred within the meeting itself. But Senator Ali Ahmed, who left the meeting just before the votes, and former SA President Travis Nemmer question some of the decisions – namely removing the division of on- and offcampus senators. Ahmed and

Nemmer are also concerned with the proposed changes of the fourth amendment. “To give them 10 minutes to decide on the constitution of the Student Association, which not only affects the current year but all the coming years to come is ridiculous,” Ahmed said. He voiced his concerns regarding the amendments before leaving Sunday evening’s meeting. Nemmer thought the amount of time was indicative of the Senate’s ability to work effectively. “If the Senate is doing their job, they either give it the appropriate attention and vote it up, or if they didn’t like it, they’d ask more questions and vote it down,” Nemmer said. “Time doesn’t factor too much into this.” SA President Sam McMahon said the amendments are “mainly the result” of last year’s SA audit. He said SA’s lawyer advised the association to address “areas of ambiguity” in its constitution to “strengthen the organization moving forward.” Currently, the Senate is comprised of six students who reside off campus and six who reside on campus. Students who live on campus can only vote for on-campus senators and vice SEE SA, PAGE 8

and guard Nick Kellogg had 17 points apiece in the Feb. 15 game. Kellogg is the MAC’s fourth-leading scorer with 15.3 points per game, and he is first in 3-pointers (65). Senior forward Javon McCrea passed Rasaun Young for most points in school history during the Bulls’ last game. McCrea has 1,920 career points, surpassing the 1,908 Young scored from 1993-98. McCrea has scored at least 20 points in four of his last five games, including 31 against Kent State (15-12, 6-8 MAC) Saturday. McCrea leads the MAC with 18.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. His 57 percent shooting and 57 blocks each rank third in the conference. Buffalo returns home to host Miami Ohio on Saturday. The





UB plans to increase Comprehensive Fee over next five years

OWEN O’BRIEN The men’s basketball team, which has sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference East, is in unchartered territory. On Wednesday, the Bulls look to achieve another rare feat: defeat Ohio. Buffalo travels to Ohio (19-8, 9-5 MAC) on Wednesday before hosting Miami Ohio (10-15, 6-8 MAC) on Saturday. The Bulls’ performance in these two games will determine their seed in the MAC Tournament. The top two teams receive a triple bye all the way to the semifinals. UB is currently No. 3 overall in the MAC, behind West foes Toledo (23-4, 11-3 MAC) and Western Michigan (18-8, 11-3 MAC). When the Bulls last played Ohio, they held the lead for over 22 minutes, but a late offensive collapse resulted in their lone loss at Alumni Arena this season. Buffalo hit three of its final 11 shots and lost 73-70. The Bulls have lost their previous seven contests against the Bobcats and haven’t defeated them since Jan. 22, 2011. In this stretch, which included an intense 2012 MAC semifinal game, Ohio has cemented itself as one of the team’s biggest rivals. Ohio will secure the tiebreaker over UB with a victory Wednesday. This is a pivotal game for both squads as they chase top seeds in the tournament. “We’ve put ourselves in a very good position being in first place [in the East],” said head coach Bobby Hurley. “We have


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Bulls defeated the RedHawks, 75-62, at Millett Hall Feb. 12. McCrea led all scorers with 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting, and Buffalo shot 49 percent as a team. The RedHawks have won just one game since Feb. 1. Will Felder leads Miami Ohio with 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Miami Ohio’s Quinten Rollins is tied for first in the MAC in steals per game (2.2), and Will Sullivan has been the conference’s most efficient shooter (44 percent) from beyond the arc. Wednesday’s contest is set for 7 p.m. at Ohio’s Convocation Center, and Saturday’s game tips at noon at Alumni Arena.


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UB is planning to increase the Comprehensive Fee by 3 percent each year until the 2018-2019 academic year. The Comprehensive Fee, which was implemented in 1998, allocates money toward different university services and programs. Every year, full-time undergraduate students pay $2,141 for the Comprehensive Fee, which includes the Athletic Fee ($509), Campus Life Fee ($211.50), College Fee ($25), Health Fee ($297), Technology Fee ($728.50), Transcript Fee ($10) and Transportation Fee ($360). After five years, the fee for undergraduates will collectively be $2,433.50. Provost Charles Zukoski and Vice President of University Life and Services Dennis Black informed the student body of the increase in an email Feb. 15. The university accumulated $48,721,000 from the fee for the 2014-15 academic year, according to UB’s Office of Student Accounts webpage. The amount will increase to roughly $56,480,992 by 2018-19. Graduate students’ Comprehensive Fee – which does not include the Athletic Fee and the Transportation Fee – will go up from $1,632 to $1,923.50, according to UB Reporter. “The proposed increase would support state-mandated increases in salaries and fringe benefits for employees, increased techSEE fee, PAGE 2


A legacy of genius, fame – and controversy UB professors react with enthusiasm to pending release of Robert Frost letters TRESS KLASSEN

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Robert Frost’s name has long conjured the instant evocation of snowy woods and roads less traveled. At UB, with the Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Collection touting audio recordings, photographs and an original handwritten draft, the poet’s image deepens beyond the words of his works. The Special Collections library in Capen Hall holds the artifacts. Harvard University Press has added another layer to Frost’s multifaceted biography with the release of a collection of Frost’s selected letters. “I think it’s wonderful news,” said popular English professor Robert Daly in an email. Daly, who will give the inaugural Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost lecture later this spring, noted, “[The collection is] splendidly done and gives us a better view of how complex and learned Frost was.” The book, which is a staggering 848 pages, is the first of a multi-volume collection that provides readers with an in-depth exploration of Frost’s personal life and daily experiences.

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Robert Frost stands in Ripton, Vt., during the 1950s. The photographer is unknown, but this image is included in UB’s Robert Frost collection of audio recordings, photographs and handwritten materials.

This collection is sure to complicate the already divisive conversations that have swirled around academic circles since Frost’s death in 1963. A literary giant in the world of American literature whose poetry was beloved by the public during his lifetime, Frost became immersed in controversy in later years. A slew of unflattering biographies led to his characterization

as a “monster of egotism” and a “mean-spirited megalomaniac.” Nonetheless, Frost’s presence remains a hallmark of classrooms nationwide as students explore his poetry. Rebecca Wasmer, a junior computer engineering major, has fond memories of her experience reading Frost as a high school student. SEE frost, PAGE 2


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NEWS BRIEFS Sweet Home High School principal injured in school fight Principal Joleen Reinholz of Sweet Home High School in Amherst was injured on Monday after intervening in a student altercation between four students, according to WGRZ. Reinholz’s injuries have not yet been released. A resource officer who tried to stop the fight also sustained injuries. Amherst police, who are continuing to investigate the case, arrested an unnamed 16-year-old student on charges of assault. In a statement, school superintendent Anthony Day said, “We take this, and every incident within one of our school buildings, very seriously and will take every step available to see that those involved receive appropriate discipline.”

Defense Secretary Hagel proposes controversial military cuts U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed military cuts on Monday that would make the size of the army the smallest it has been in 74 years, according to an NPR report. The cuts would potentially eliminate army bases around the globe and decrease spending along with jobs in the military sector. The cut will decrease the number of current active troops from 520,000 to about 440,000. In response to criticism from policymakers, Hagel said the U.S. military must be able to act more directly on a “more volatile, more unpredictable” global situation. The down size would allow for more accurate military action and would decrease the poten-

tial for large-scale conflict, Hagel said. Hagel’s plan would result in financial cuts for military personnel, including a decrease in pay raises and a possible increase in health care fees. “Although these recommendations do not cut anyone’s pay, I realize they will be controversial … If we continue on the current course without making these modest adjustments now, the choices will only grow more difficult and painful down the road,” Hagel said in response to backlash by Republicans in Congress. A smaller army, Hagel proposed, would mean a more modern one, able to compete with the strong armies around the world, including China. “Budget reductions inevitably reduce the military’s margin of

Continued from page 1: Frost “He was a lot more interesting than the other [authors] we read,” Wasmer said. “I always liked his style.” Wasmer remains a Frost fan today, though she recalls her high school English teacher’s comments about the author: that while she loved Frost’s work, he was “a terrible person.” Today, the accusations live on. Most recently, Joyce Carol Oates, in a short story reflecting upon interviewing the poet in 1951, painted another unflattering portrait of Frost, portraying the writer as arrogant, racist and rude. The story, published in Harper’s Magazine last November, once again raised questions over

Frost’s life and legacy. James Maynard, associate curator of The Poetry Collection at UB, said this new collection might help answer some of these questions and provide insight into Frost’s motivations. “A published volume of letters can do much in terms of documenting a given poet’s community and intellectual milieu,” Maynard said. “In other words, an explicit, historical sense of whom he or she was writing for and with, which again goes back to amplifying or extending the poetry itself.” Stacy Hubbard, an associate professor of English, expressed a similar sentiment.

“I would hope the new volume of letters would encourage people to reread the poetry with fresh eyes and a heightened sense of the complexities and contradictions of the man and the poems,” Hubbard said. “Like most important poets, Frost was never just one thing.” The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1: 1886-1920, edited by Robert Faggen, Mark Richardson and Donald Sheehy, is available in bookstores now. email:

error in dealing with these risks,” Hagel said. The military budget is close to $500 billion for 2015. It is not clear yet how the funds will be spent. Ukraine’s government remains leaderless after weekend protests Ukraine’s governmental situation remains in limbo following the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych last weekend, according to The Washington Post. In response to violent uprisings in the country, the parliament is continuing to try to stabilize the situation by appointing new governmental leaders who were not involved in the deadly military response that occurred against hundreds of citizen uprisers over the weekend. The search for Yanukovych is

continuing, following the deaths of 88 protestors at the hand of the government last week. In the aftermath of the Russian Winter Olympics, relations between the two countries are stale, as tensions against Russian citizens rise with threats emerging against them. Russia has removed its embassy representative from the country. “If you consider Kalashnikovtoting people in black masks who are roaming Kiev to be a government, then it will be hard for us to work with that government,” said Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, according to The Washington Post. Elections for presidency are set for May 25. email:

Continued from page 1: Fee nology and library costs and services, continue to support a portion of the bus contract negotiated in 2012, and central academic investments,” Zukoski said in the email. The increases to the Campus Life, Health Services and Transportation Fees will go toward mandatory salary and benefit increases that are not provided in the university budget, according to the email. The increase in the Athletic Fee will support the increasing costs of team travel and operational contractual increases, Zukoski said. The email also stated the Technology Fee will address costs in insuring electronic materials on campus, accounting for the inflation of contractual increases for campus software and hardware licenses and upgrading classroom technology.

Students can apply for a waiver for the Health Services, Transportation, Campus Life and Athletic Fees. The College Fee, Technology Fee and Transcript Fee cannot be waived. In order to qualify for the waiver, a student must be enrolled in classes that take place outside of university grounds and must not have a parking permit. Students can email their comments about the proposed increases to Zukoski and Black until Feb. 28. UB is also conducting a survey for students and will share the results on the Comprehensive Fee website. Zukoski was unable to comment by the time of press. email:




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The SAFE Act lives up to its name New York’s gun control laws should be a source of pride, not contention

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The trial for the first New Yorker charged under the state’s SAFE Act, which introduced much-needed common sense gun control legislation to New York just over a year ago, starts next week. Benjamin Wassell, a resident of Western New York, was arrested and charged after “selling illegally modified semi-automatic rifles” to an undercover police officer, according to the Associated Press. Wassell had made illegal valueincreasing alterations to the guns and sold one to an undercover officer, even after being told he was a felon for domestic violence. The provisions under which Wassell was charged, which limit the size of gun clips and prohibit felons from owning guns, are reasonable and responsible laws for any modern state. With his trial approaching, support for the veteran and father has surged. But the arrest was legally executed, as Wassell knowingly committed three felonies without regard or respect

for the law. More significant, though, is the burgeoning conversation surrounding the merits of the SAFE Act. The first and most controversial piece of legislation passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in response to the Newtown shooting, has been the source of fervent protests and lawsuits since its inception. The law has made New York the toughest state on gun control, which should be a point of pride. The law modernized this state’s gun control and despite its problems and its rushed passage through the New York State Legislature, the SAFE Act has lived up to its namesake. No citizen in this state, or this country, should feel obligated to carry a weapon because of risks stemming from lack of gun control. Despite the oft-mentioned Second Amendment, this law and its provisions do not limit the ability of responsible gun owners to possess legal firearms and includes only reasonable restrictions.

More background checks - including for ammunition sales - a gun registry and a ban on highcapacity clips and assault weapons all work to meet the realities of modern gun ownership and use. With the mass shootings that have plagued this nation for the past few years, particularly at schools and universities, all segments of society should embrace reasonable regulations. Gun owners claiming their right to self-defense should not deride a law that makes it more difficult for felons to obtain guns. The practical and pragmatic law passed last January mirrors much of what the nation wanted following tragedies like the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, namely, more gun control. The majority of Americans – 51 percent – supported stricter gun laws following the event, according to a Pew Research poll. The report also stated respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 overwhelmingly supported gun control – 56 to 41.

Perhaps because we grew up in the shadow of Columbine, we understand the dangers that easily accessible guns can raise and the tragedies that can ensue. This sentiment is coupled, however, with the grim reality that just over a year since Sandy Hook, 44 school shootings have traumatized the nation, according to a report by PolicyMic. New York’s SAFE Act is not just meaningful legislation for the state. Its provisions should be adopted nationally to prevent the preponderance of further gun violence. With Wassell’s day in court approaching, we should consider why he is being sentenced and how we can continue to limit the possibility of additional shootings. The law and its sensible provisions are working and should not only be supported, but also lauded.


Military spending in a time of austerity Pentagon proposes cutting Army to pre-WWII levels, reducing other spending Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed military spending cuts should not be made on the backs of our service members. Hagel presented a military budget to Congress on Monday, which he said “recognizes the reality of the magnitude of our fiscal challenges.” Proposed cuts include trimming the Army to 450,000 members – the smallest number since before World War II – while reallocating funds toward cyberwarfare and special operations and making significant compensation reductions. At half a trillion dollars annually, the budget for 2015 and subsequent years remains a mammoth of governmental expenditures. But its cuts are far less dramatic than the automatic reductions to the military budget that will result from the looming sequester. The cuts shift our military efforts away from massive, costly ground wars like Iraq and Afghanistan toward nimbler, modern efforts. The reality remains, however, that even with budgetary constraints, service members should take precedence in our military

spending. The cuts will require congressional approval, which will prove difficult ahead of the mid-term elections in November. Hawkish organizations and veteran groups have already reacted vehemently to the proposal – though for far different reasons. Detractors, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, claim the cuts to personnel and some equipment programs will limit the ability of the U.S. military to respond to emergent threats “for generations.” Though cuts in personnel are significant, with our engagement in the Middle East waning, the reduction is reasonable. Retiring some equipment programs, like the A-10 “Warthog” attack jet, is sensible. Assertions that these cuts will leave us open to attack or unable to defend ourselves are unfounded. Our military spending will still dwarf any other nation, and our military will remain larger than that of China, the United Kingdom and Russia combined. What does invite criticism, and rightly so, is how this proposal handles personnel spending.

Personnel costs amount to some 50 percent of the Pentagon’s spending, making it an easy target for reductions. As Defense Department spokesman Admiral John Kirby told The Wall Street Journal, “We ultimately must slow the growth of military pay and compensation.” The proposal cuts subsidies to military base commissaries, which will effectively raise the costs of groceries and related goods for servicemen and women. Active and retired military members will be required to pay more toward their healthcare costs, an ironically cruel proposition for those who put the entirety of their health on the line for the nation. Further, pay raises for personnel would be limited to 1 percent, far lower than the rising cost of living. Pay rates would freeze for officers and generals. Housing subsidies would also be cut. Though military members, particularly those living on base, receive benefits that greatly reduce their cost of living, this seems justified given the scale of their sacrifices.

The first peacetime budget in the past 13 years, this proposal will set a powerful precedent for the direction of our military, financially and culturally. Shifting away from war-prone policies, massive ground invasions and unjustifiably expensive equipment programs will likely sell well to war-weary Americans. And it should. If the aftermath of 9/11 has taught us anything, it should be the treachery of war. But while the government realigns its military priorities, it should not shift focus away from our servicemen and women. The military and our country are at a turning point. With our longest war ending, and a monumental quagmire beginning to fade from memory, we must choose how to forge forward. Modernizing and reallocating to meet the demands of a changing world is realistic and reasonable, but not at the cost of those who have, and continue to, give so much. email:


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Speaking through the silence Members of ASL club work to connect UB’s hearing, deaf communities KEREN BARUCH Senior Features Editors

A little girl went “number two” in her pants while waiting for her mother in Wegmans’ childcare center. Upset and uncomfortable, she clamored for her mom. But the workers at Wegmans couldn’t broadcast her mother’s name over the loudspeaker, like they usually would in that type of situation. The girl’s mother was deaf. So, Olivia DiPalma stepped in to help. DiPalma, a senior business major, took charge by using skills she acquired from UB’s American Sign Language (ASL) program. She searched the store, found the girl’s mother and used sign language to explain the situation. DiPalma is president of UB’s ASL club. There are 20 active participants; attendance at club events ranges from 35 to 150 students. The club hosts two to three events each month, which are geared toward learning and using sign language in the community. At meetings, members discuss and coordinate upcoming events and practice signing. They also discuss questions about the language and deaf culture. The club aims to connect the hearing community with deaf students at UB, so all are welcome to join club meetings and events. As president of ASL club, DiPalma has gained a different perspective of the deaf community. “I believe that deaf people … have found they are normally misunderstood because no one knows or cares to know the language that they use,” DiPalma said. “What I have learned through ASL, UB and the deaf community will truly help me in my future and everyday endeavors.” The ASL teachers who assist the club are deaf, and a few have relatives in the deaf community. DiPalma is not deaf, and neither is anybody in her family. She never had a “direct personal relationship” with ASL. But after taking the first level ASL class

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Members of UB’s American Sign Language club, like senior management major Olivia DiPalma (pictured), said the lessons they’ve learned through ASL courses and club meetings have had a positive impact on their everyday lives. They have found inspiration from the programming director, Emily Glenn-Smith, and her passion for the Deaf community, culture and language.

at UB for a language credit, she was inspired to learn more. She said she felt immediately intrigued by the “visual language,” and she has taken every ASL class UB offers. There are currently nine first-year ASL courses and one second-year course available per semester. “The hands-on, paperless classroom environment and the presentations of the teachers here really keep you focused and intrigued,” DiPalma said. “It is a really enjoyable learning experience.” If Emily Glenn-Smith, UB’s ASL programming director, needs her students’ attention, she bangs on the table until they all look her way. This predilection for noisemaking is just one of the distinctive characteristics that define Glenn-Smith’s teaching. In her classroom, GlennSmith avoids verbal communication entirely. When one of her students doesn’t understand the specific sign for a word, she fingerspells what she’s trying to say. Sometimes, she types what she wants

to say and puts it on the projector, and if a student has a question after class, he or she can text the question and she will respond via text, according to Emily Goodman, a freshman speech and hearing science major and member of the ASL club. Glenn-Smith grew up with a desire to teach deaf children. Although she was born with the ability to hear, Glenn-Smith’s auditory abilities gradually deteriorated over time. At the age of four, she was enrolled in a mainstreamed dual deaf/hearing preschool classroom, not knowing that she herself would become profoundly deaf. She does not consider her hearing situation “medical.” She identifies culturally and linguistically as deaf. In college, ASL and deaf studies became her passion. She realized she wanted to teach hearing students about the world she lives in. It became important for her to bridge the cultural and language gap between hearing and deaf people. “Because of my experience in both worlds, I became motivated

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to teach at the university level,” Glenn-Smith said. Students are inspired by Glenn-Smith’s teaching philosophy and style. Glenn-Smith finds she “connects with [her] students on many levels.” She is conscious of beginner students and takes time to make sure they understand her signs, according to Goodman. Goodman said club members and students also learn to read Glenn-Smith’s lips with her signing. DiPalma believes Glenn-Smith is the reason behind the strength of UB’s ASL program. She said without Glenn-Smith’s “determination, hard work and patience,” there wouldn’t be an ASL program. She’s the “backbone” of the organization, according to DiPalma. Goodman was not involved in anything related to ASL or deaf culture prior to attending UB, but she thought joining the club would be interesting. Prior to her experience with UB’s ASL club, she didn’t know much about the deaf community or culture. Glenn-Smith believes students should become involved with




ASL, primarily because it’s important to learn about other languages and cultures. “Learning ASL and deaf culture allows for students to develop an understanding of a world that is outside of what they know and many don’t even realize exists,” Glenn-Smith said. Emily Dart, a senior linguistics major, took two ASL courses to fulfill a language requirement. She fell in love with the language and the classroom experience, and ended up taking another two courses. After completing the classes, she joined the ASL club. She didn’t realize the courses and her professor, Glenn-Smith, would change her life. “I got so much more out of the classes than I could have imagined,” Dart said. “The UB community should engage in sign language because it’s fun, beautiful and a great skill to have. Learning about deaf culture along with the language is so interesting and enriching.” Dart hopes to become fluent to become an ASL interpreter. She believes her continued involvement in ASL club and the deaf community will help her achieve that goal. “Sign language is incredibly useful in my life and I love meeting people who I can practice my signing with,” Dart said. “It even comes in ‘handy’ at loud parties with my friends who can sign.” Glenn-Smith said she teaches with the hope that her students will not only develop a respect for ASL and deaf culture, but also retain the core values and apply their knowledge in their careers and daily lives. She wants students to leave her course with “a continued respect and passion for learning ASL.” Dart, Goodman and DiPalma believe they are proof that Glenn-Smith has accomplished her goal. email:

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Finding their faith

Community, self-love and dedication

UB students attend weekly Sinai Scholars meetings to learn about their Jewish heritage

Gymnastics club teaches students perseverance in the face of opposition CLAUDIA ORNIS

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Steven Gruner, a history major, and Scott Herman, a senior English major sit with Rabbi Avrohom Gurary as the group of students learn about their Jewish heritage.


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Alexandra DeFeo, a senior communication major, has a reason to believe in God. Three of her friends were driving down the highway in a yellow Hummer. The driver almost missed the exit, so she swerved to make it. She lost control of the wheel and her car flipped three times, landing upside down. All three of DeFeo’s friends left the scene uninjured. In DeFeo’s first class at Chabad’s Sinai Scholars program, she had the opportunity to reflect on that day and explain why she feels a connection with God. In the program, students are offered a $350 stipend as an incentive to explore their Jewish background and study each of the Ten Commandments. Approximately 25 UB students visit the Chabad house, located near UB’s North Campus, each Monday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. to learn more about the history of their ancestors and faith through the Sinai Scholars program. At every meeting, the students discuss one of the Ten

Commandments in Judaism and perform various related activities. Jenna Harsanyi, a sophomore communication and political science major, visited Israel last year from May 27 to June 8. The journey renewed her passion for her Jewish heritage. After leaving Israel, Harsanyi had trouble finding a place to continue learning about her ancestors’ history. Then she learned about the Chabad’s Sinai Scholars program. “I think it’s very important to be educated in what you believe in,” Harsanyi said. Rabbi Avrohom, who has instructed Sinai Scholars students since the program began in 2007, believes the program works as a continuation of Hebrew school, in which students explore the fundamentals of Judaism. “The goal of Sinai Scholars is to give students the opportunity to study their heritage and identity as Jews,” Avrohom said. During their first lesson, students discussed whether they believe in God’s real existence or as a concept. The topic sparked debate and reevaluation of beliefs.

When Samantha Considine, a junior exercise science major, broke her foot practicing gymnastics her freshman year at UB, she was forced to choose between giving up her sport and fighting past the injury. For her, the choice was obvious. Injuries are not foreign to members of UB Gymnastics, a Student Association club. Kelli Demarco, a psychology alum and team coach, broke her hand in high school practicing for gymnastics. Kaitlin Walsh, a sophomore economics major, broke her ankle. Considine, Demarco and Walsh all actively participate in the gymnastics club, undeterred by past injuries. The club, which has 15 members, serves as a haven for its participants. “Gymnastics is the one place I can go to where I can let all my stress go,” Demarco said. “It’s my sanctuary.” For Considine, the club’s secretary, the sense of community has kept her coming back for more, despite her injuries. The club meets Mondays through Fridays from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.1 p.m. UB does not offer transportation to Flips Gymnastics & Sports in Lockport, so the members rely on each other to get to practice by carpooling. Gymnastics became an important part of Demarco’s life at an early age. She has been practicing gymnastics since she was 7 years old, but she was diagnosed with asthma when she was 14. Doctors told Demarco she cannot be “overly stimulated” due to her asthma – they thought her condition would limit her abili-

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Coach Kelli Demarco (left, standing), a psychology graduate student, and Katilin Walsh (swinging), a sophomore economics major, practice and lead gymnastics routines every day of the week.

ty to compete in the sport. Yet the gymnastics club, she said, has had the opposite effect on her and has inspired her career goals. After graduate school, Demarco wants to be a therapist for young girls. “Gymnastics brings out a lot of pressure about body image issues,” Demarco said. “But [these issues] don’t exist in the gymnastics club because we’re all so close and non-competitive.” Demarco said the club helped her to fully understand how difficult it is to face issues regarding self-image. She believes that she can bring this knowledge to counseling young women about their own self-image issues. The feeling of “safety” and “sanctuary,” which Demarco loves, is not what keeps Walsh coming back to Flips every week. Fighting fear is her motivating factor. “Gymnastics makes me prove to myself that I’m better than I think I am,” Walsh said. “Every time I get on a beam, I’m terrified. If you’re afraid, you won’t

do well. I constantly have to tell myself to work harder and not be afraid.” The club has taken part in several competitions. The group competed in National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Club (NAIGC) meets last spring, which culminated in going to Nationals in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 6, 2013. The gymnastics club will have its first NAIGC meet of 2014 on Saturday at Cornell University. But the club’s main focus isn’t competition. Considine said all someone needs to be part of the club is a love for the sport. More seasoned gymnasts teach members that are new to gymnastics in an open atmosphere that breeds community and not vicious competition, she said. “The club and our competitions mean more than just gymnastics,” Demarco said. “It’s about meeting people who do what I love.” email:


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As Oscars near, here are some of the greatest movie songs ever nominated MEGAN WEAL

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Imagine walking on stage at the Academy Awards, shaking your head in disbelief and clutching at your chest as you try not to let the tears come out just yet. (You’re going to want them just when you’re wrapping up your speech.) You’ve just won the Academy Award’s Best Original Song accolade. But many of the greatest movie songs of all time have been snubbed when it came to Oscar night. They failed to grab the prize, but they’ve made it onto our playlist: “The Power of Love” – Back To The Future Back To The Future gave the double-denim clad, skateboarding teenage boys of the ’80s their own theme tune. The catchy allAmerican rock tune sent Huey Lewis and the News to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, but it failed to pick up the gold at the 1985 Academy Awards. The opening riff is recognizable in seconds and is the only song to listen to when hanging onto the back of trucks and skateboarding your way to school when you’re in a rush. “Lose Yourself ” – 8 Mile Eminem’s 2002 movie 8 Mile was a masterpiece success story. It was critically praised for its realness and had an original song like no other. “Lose Yourself ” is the embodiment of the movie. Lyrically, it takes the listeners through the struggles, the nerves and the hardships of a young man trying to make it in the hip-hop industry. The song moves from a sad piano opening to a thick and heavy bass line that lifts the emotive lyrics. The Academy Awards gave Eminem the Oscar – which is probably a good thing, seeing how “success is the only…option”. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves The classic pairing of a melodic piano and a tight electric guitar are the basis for this crooning love ballad – what other genre of music would be suitable for



Robin Hood? Proving that even criminals have hearts, too, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” is really a romanticized excuse for Hood’s actions. Nonetheless, the song’s husky vocals and romantic lyrics make it a go-to ballad a decade after its release. It may have lost in the 1991 Academy Awards, but it lost to Beauty and the Beast, and it’s really hard to beat the animated story of a French girl and her blind love for a beast. “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” – Armageddon Aerosmith’s 1998 ballad has become the classic high school prom slow dance. But before it awkwardly brought together teenage couples in streamerfilled gyms, it hit the big screen in Armageddon. As Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck’s characters came together


for a kiss – one so moving even her dad can’t help but watch on – the audience couldn’t control the devastating happiness of the couple. On a note, which is a lot less cute, the track is also played while Affleck tracks animal crackers along Tyler’s stomach – with gazelle impressions included. The scenes may have furrowed a few brows, but Aerosmith’s heart-warming screams of love and devotion will be the soundtrack to teenage romances for years to come. “Falling Slowly” – Once In 2007, an acoustic number grabbed the prize – a beautifully harmonious duet by the two protagonists of the love story Once. It’s a nice change from the inyour-face love ballads of the ’90s. “Falling Slowly” is understated in its lyrics and repetitive

riff – but it’s a stunning example of how, sometimes, less is more. “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – Toy Story If Andy and Woody’s relationship didn’t play a prevalent role in your childhood, then I’m sorry. But this song is the embodiment of friendship. It sings about love between friends, as a young boy swings around his stuffed cowboy toy. The song’s loss may have been one of the worst decisions made by the Academy. It didn’t just lose; it lost to Pocahontas’ “Colors Of The Wind.” “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” – Dirty Dancing Baby breaks free from the constraints of her parents and lets the hot dance convince her into dancing onstage in front of the entire, snobby holiday resort. There’s some overly sexy hipto-hip grinding. But most importantly there’s the lift –the lift Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone tried to imitate and girls have been trying to reenact since 1987. The fast-paced song had undertones of swing – it’s fun, it’s flirty and it deserved to win. And it did. “Skyfall” – Skyfall James Bond: the diamond of British cinema. Adele: the powerhouse of British vocals. Whoever decided to put the two together should give him or herself a pat on the back. Adele’s strong vocals backed with an operatic-like, slow melody makes the track a winner in its own right. Thankfully, the Academy Awards thought so, too. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Rocky III It’s the workout song of choice and the song to motivate the masses. It’s also the loser of the 1982 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Winner or not, “Eye Of The Tiger” continues to pervade pop culture. After more than 20 years, the sharp beats are still making people’s eyes narrow as their competitiveness ekes to the surface. email:

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Playlist: Popular movie tunes JOE KONZE JR

Senior Arts Editor

With the Academy Awards coming this weekend, it’s time to run down a list of the best songs off of movie soundtracks. I mean, what would a movie be without a heartfelt score during the most romantic scene? Or what about that scene in a sports movie in which the underdog is on the brink of upsetting the favored team – what would that be like without music? I’m sure a lot of movies come to mind, but here are a few of our favorites. My colleague Meg Weal is taking care of the award-winning songs, but I’m handling the most popular tunes movies have to offer. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds This song is the symbol of the 1980s. Remember the scene at the end of The Breakfast Club where “Bender” walks off the football field, past the field goal posts, and throws his fist in the air? That’s a pretty awesome moment, and it symbolizes the movie as a whole. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King How can you not have this as the theme song of the movie Stand By Me? This nice, fluffy, melodic tune has nice ring of a triangle after every word and helps bring out heartfelt emotions. It also evokes memories of your childhood friends banding together in search of some adventure, just like the kids in Stand By Me band together to find their friend. “I’ve Just Seen a Face” – Jim Sturgess If you haven’t seen Across the Universe, you’re missing out on a great movie that’s filled with musical content. “I’ve Just Seen a Face” is a classic tune. Oftentimes, when musicians try to reincarnate classic songs, they fail. But Jim Sturgess puts a modernized flare to it and alSEE playlist, PAGE 8

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A LETHAL WEAPON The Planetary Omnibus review Though the issues seemingly act as separate stories, they carry a cohesive plot with a narrative that starts off slowly but gains momentum and importance as “The Four” – Planetary’s villains – become more prominent and the series builds toward its conclusion. Each issue is accompanied by one of Cassaday’s movie-poster styled covers that beautifully encapsulate each issue’s premise. One minute, the characters are discovering a mysterious bunker from World War II that houses a computer, which communicates with other dimensions. The next, they are trekking across an abandoned Japanese island full of resemblances to some of Japan’s most iconic movie monsters. A few issues after that, they are part of a ’50s crime noir story, an ’80s sci-fi flick and many more. The story is full of nuance and details, which make the reader pay attention to the elaborate tale as it unfolds while keeping the reader’s eyes transfixed on Cassaday’s artwork. Cassaday’s art is gorgeous and, at times, draws from the silver age of comics with its dynamic splash pages and action sequences. When combined with the colors by Laura Martin, the artwork complements each issue’s aesthetics, Ellis’ writing and the series as a whole. Between the sci-fi, historical and mythological elements of the series, Cassaday makes the reader wonder if there isn’t anything he can’t draw. The aesthetics combined with Ellis’ writing cause the reader to become immediately invested in the brilliance that is Planetary, which can finally be found in one volume. It’s not just a phenomenal book – it’s a lethal weapon.


Book: The Planetary Omnibus Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: John Cassaday Colorist: Laura Martin Publisher: DC Comics Grade: A As the multi-award winning writer behind Transmetropolitan and The Authority, Warren Ellis has become one of the most renowned comic book writers in the last 20 years. Planetary builds on Ellis’ previous works, with nods to both Transmetropolitan and The Authority, but it attempts to do something far grander: to analyze, reflect and explore the fiction, entertainment, story-telling and clandestine history of the 20th century. But after 27 issues (30, including three crossover issues like Planetary/The Batman: Night on Earth) spanning 10 years (from April 1999 to December 2009), Planetary has revealed itself to be a superior tale than its initial pages might suggest. The Planetary Omnibus finally packs all of this into an 864page hardbound volume. Along with Ellis’ plot and John Cassaday’s illustrations, Planetary follows an inter-dimensional peacekeeping force of the same name that is funded by the illusive “Fourth Man.” It consists of three members: Jakita Wagner, a super strong, nearly invincible heroine, ‘The Drummer,’ a man who can communicate with machines and other information signals, and Elijah Snow, a 100-year-old man who manipulates temperatures. Together, they are tasked with tracking superhuman activity and discovering the secret history of the 20th century. After a standard introductory issue – by comic book standards – the majority of Planetary’s issues act as stand-alone stories that follow the cast as they romp through a myriad of genres and themes.

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Contnued from page 5: Faith Sinai Scholars uses lecturebased courses and hands-on activities to educate its students. The eight weeks of study, which take place in the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, focus on the Ten Commandments as well as the scholarly examination of Judaic texts. Michelle Rothstein, a sophomore psychology and political science major, started trying to get into the Sinai Scholars class last semester. She’s excited to have been accepted this spring. She learned about the Ten Commandments when she was younger, but now that she’s older she wants to revisit the commandments to understand them on a deeper level, she said. Before the first Sinai Scholars discussion, Rothstein did not care much about keeping kosher. Now, when she eats something that’s kosher, she said she feels that she’s doing something right and honorable. On Monday, students engaged in deep discussion regarding

Shabbat and the importance of taking Saturday off during each week to simply relax. The rabbi explained the importance of turning off cellphones and all other electronic devices to disconnect from the rest of the world. The “day off ” is inspired by the Jewish belief that God created the world in six days and then took the seventh day off to rest. Some students vowed to rest their eyes and minds from their electronic devices one day each week, according to Harsanyi. During their time in the program, students are privileged to a special visit to a mikvah, a traditional Jewish pool. They are also invited to attend Shabbat dinners and take part in a yearly retreat, in which they meet scholars from chapters worldwide. Avrohom also plans events with guest speakers and dinners with the faculty at the Chabad House. Joseph Wilner, a junior business major, was drawn to the program because of its thought-provoking, open discussions. He believes it

Contnued from page 1: SA has allowed him not only to learn about his Jewish culture, but also take an active part in open forums. “Talking about religion is usually taboo,” Wilner said. “But it’s presented in an open dialogue, and everyone has a voice.” Rabbi Avrohom believes the program’s importance lies in its educational value, exposing students to a faith that is sometimes ignored. “Some students haven’t studied [Judaism] since their Bar-Mitzvah; some never went to Hebrew School,” Avrohom said. When studying the Judaic faith, he believes students must “internalize it, understand it and relate to it.” The Sinai Scholars Program ends with a graduation ceremony, at which students receive their stipend. They are encouraged to continue learning about their faith and culture outside of the classroom setting. email:

Contnued from page 6: Playlist lows the song to keep its original form. This is a must-have for your Academy Awards playlist. The Theme to Rudy – Jerry Goldsmith Throughout the whole movie, viewers see Rudy, played by Sean Astin, being told that he is too small to play football and that his dreams of playing for historic Notre Dame are impossible. But this song – along with Rudy’s drive – turn you from a nonbeliever to a believer, especially when he sacks the Georgia Tech quarterback to end the game. “The Might Ducks Suite” – David Newman There is no better feeling than playing this sweet little number after accomplishing a very daunting, difficult task. Every time I hear the beautiful harmony and pace of this song, I think of Charlie Conway, Adam Banks and Julie ‘The Cat’ Gaffney overcoming obstacles and defeating a favored team. There is no better feeling than hearing this film score when the unthinkable happens. Quack.

“Imperial March” – Boston Pops Orchestera This song is arguably the most intimidating tune that a movie has to offer. When this song comes on, the one thing that comes to mind is the ominous “dark side.” What I find funny about this song, though, is that it not only exemplifies Darth Vader, but it warns fans at sporting events that the rival team is approaching. “Hakuna Matata” – Jimmy Cliff and Lebo M Let’s follow the last song with something more upbeat – “Hakuna Mata.” It’s a Swahili phrase that means “no worries.” Throughout the song, Timon and Pumba teach listeners about the philosophy and compare it to the jungle in The Lion King. “Iris” – Goo Goo Dolls Johnny Rzeznik was on the verge of quitting the band and had a serious case of writer’s block a few days before he wrote this song for the 1997 soundtrack to City of Angels. The melody has a slow pace, with a lot of emo-

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tion. But it picks up when the chorus kicks in, with the lyrics: “And I don’t want the world to see me / ’Cause I don’t think that they’d understand / When everything’s made to be broken /  I just want you to know who I am.” Rzeznik must have had a lot of his mind when he put this song together. It’s a classic. “A Real Hero” – College, Electric Youth So, you’ve got the hots for Ryan Gosling? I’ve got you covered. “A Real Hero” has a driving, lowtoned synthesizer sound followed by a gentle keyboard providing the primary melody. There are faint voices in the background that make this song what it is. I recommend putting this song on your playlist if you, a.) love Ryan Gosling, b.) are cruising in 70-degree weather in the summer, or c.) are a fan of the movie Drive. email:

versa. Next year, there will be no such distinction. McMahon believes the change will raise voter turnout and, in the process, help all students understand the important role senators play in SA. Originally, the separation was created in case the Senate became imbalanced. “There was a concern that RAs would become too involved … but we have a pretty good relationship with other on-campus organizations, so it’s not like we’re at odds with everyone,” McMahon said. Nemmer, who served as president during the 2012-13 academic year, believes the change may cause a decrease in off-campus voters. In previous years, the most-voted candidates have all been the on-campus elects and voter turnout has not reflected UB’s commuter majority, according to Nemmer. “That’s not policy – that’s just math,” he said. McMahon said, in general, the Senate’s decisions are mostly financial and students’ residency is a nonfactor. The tabled amendment would give the Senate several new abilities. The first part of the three-part amendment would give senators the ability to “impose sanctions” to any SA club that veers from its requirements. This could include fining a club, removing a club officer or suspending a club. “It gives [the Senate] more of a backbone if we have a real issue in the organization – to deal with clubs rather than just fully derecognizing them,” McMahon said. “There’s an intermediate.” Another part of the tabled amendment would allow the Senate to “approve and amend employment policies, internal controls and financial policies for SA and its clubs” as well as “other policies for SA clubs.” “Right now, this power isn’t given explicitly to anyone in the constitution … the power defaults to the [Emergency Powers Council],” McMahon said. “That’s a very small group of people potentially dealing with a large issue.”

The Emergency Powers Council (EPC) is an extension of the Senate. The council meets if an issue cannot wait the five days it takes to call a Senate meeting, or if the Senate is not in session. It is comprised of the president, treasurer, vice president and the Senate and Assembly chairs. “A lot of EPC meetings take place over the summer,” Ahmed said. “If we remove the EPC’s power and shift them to the Senate, it just delays the process so much more. The members in the EPC should, by all means, be responsible individuals.” Nemmer said the Senate does not always see the same picture the executive board does. The amendment says the Senate would be able to vote on employment and internal controls. “I would be more than OK with leaving [employment policies, internal controls and financial policies] to the Emergency Powers Council, or a two-thirds vote of the executive board, if they wanted more people changing this than a unilateral dictation from the president,” Nemmer said. “However, the Senate is not blessed with the same level of efficacy. It seems rather improper to be allowing the Senate to weigh in on the human resources of the Student Association when it’s never been their job.” This number of amendments has probably not been passed in one meeting “in a long time,” according to McMahon. But he said the amendments went through a lot of hands before reaching the Senate and it was the Senate’s right to approve or disapprove them at any speed. “This was pretty much just housekeeping, patching holes over grey areas and making it clearly defined what everyone’s roles in this organization is and how this organization should run,” McMahon said. In other SA news, the organization has hired a new human resources professional staff member, Maren Boot. email:





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Bulls look to rebound after disappointing end to 2013 season BEN TARHAN

Senior Sports Editor

The women’s tennis team is no stranger to hot starts. In 2013, the team started the season 10-0, winning all but two of its matches by at least five points. But once conference play opened, the Bulls lost their No. 1 singles player Tanvi Shah to an injury from which she never fully recovered. Buffalo’s once promising season ended in a 4-1 loss to Ball State in the Mid-American Conference Tournament (MAC) quarterfinals. “It was frustrating,” head coach Kristen Maines said. “Of course it’s all in the back of their minds that they have something to prove, because, yeah, we did start off outstanding last year.” This season, four seniors – a huge percentage for a roster that only features seven players – lead the Bulls (5-1), and their sense of urgency has translated to the rest of the team. Along with Shah, the other seniors are Marta Stoyanova, Anamaria Candanoza and Miranda Podlas. More than half the team has played together for the last four years, so there has been a boost in team chemistry, Maines said. She also said the seniors have settled into their roles on the team and have become role models for the other girls. Despite the strong senior presence, Maines noted the contribution from a freshman walkon. “Margarita Kotok, she was such a pleasant surprise,” Maines said. “She came on as a walkon in the fall, and she’s really proven herself and been a really good asset on the court. She’s been a really great surprise in singles and doubles. That’s been a great addition for us.” Kotok’s contribution serves as a microcosm for the way the whole team has been playing, with each member playing a significant role. After last season ending in disappointment due to an injury, the girls are being extra cautious with their bodies. Maines said the girls regularly visit the athletic trainer to make sure their bodies are healthy. The urgency the senior class brings to the court has manifest-

#UBTOP10 Spectrum Sports staff picks Top 10 moments from first four weeks of spring semester 1. McCrea breaks record Senior forward Javon McCrea passed Rasaun Young for most points in school history last game against Kent State. His 31 points tied a season high and put McCrea at 1,920 career points, surpassing Young’s 1,908 points scored from 1993-98. 2. Mack stars at the combine Khalil Mack was the first Buffalo player to be invited to the NFL combine since James Starks in 2010. Mack totaled 23 reps on the bench press, a 40-inch vertical and a 10’8” broad jump. His time for the 40-yard dash time was 4.65 second – fourth-best among all linebackers. Mack has been discussed as a Top-10 pick with the potential to go as high as No. 1. The first round of the NFL Draft is held in New York City on Thursday, May 8.

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Senior Miranda Podlas and the women’s tennis team started the 2013 season 10-0 but fell in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. The Bulls are off to a 5-1 start this season.

ed itself in practices and workouts. “Our coaches have really stressed that increase in work ethic – give that little bit of extra effort every single day, and we’ll be stronger at the end of the season,” Maines said. “I think they’ve really bought into that.” So far, it has paid off. Though the Bulls aren’t undefeated like they were this time last season, their record this season is 5-1. Their lone loss came to Cornell, and they lost by one point. The Bulls are less than a month away from MAC play, which starts on March 21 against Eastern Michigan. Maines expects the Bulls to have success in the back end of non-conference play and believes they have the attitude to do it.

“I think they do have something to prove this year,” Maines said. “They want to stay healthy, they want to do well and I think they are making the same point this year that, ‘Hey, we’re starting off strong, but we are going to finish stronger.’ I think that’s the biggest difference.” Usually, the Bulls don’t have an opportunity to see how they match up with conference opponents before MAC play starts, but Buffalo has a few teams on its schedule this year who have competed against MAC teams. Maines is excited to see the way the overlap works out. The Bulls host Colgate (4-2) on Friday at 1 p.m. and Binghamton (1-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Miller Tennis Center. email:

3. Men’s basketball tops firstplace Akron Buffalo scored a season-high 96 points on Feb. 19 to defeat Akron – who was leading the MAC East entering the game. Since the victory, the Bulls have gained sole possession of firstplace in the MAC East. 4. Softball starts 6-0 Buffalo softball hasn’t won more than 16 games in the past three seasons, so a 6-0 start was very unexpected from the Trena Peel-led Bulls. The Bulls began the weekend of Feb. 7 with 29 runs in their first two games and allowed only three runs in the their final four contests. 5. Moss goes coast-to-coast for last-second victory over Miami Ohio After losing a 12-point lead in the final minutes of the game, the women’s basketball team needed a play from an unexpected player to secure the victory. With 12 seconds remaining, sophomore guard Karin Moss took an inbounds pass and laid up the game’s final two points as time expired.

6. Baseball gets off to best start in school history The Bulls opened their season 3-0 for the first time in Division I history. Buffalo defeated Norfolk State, Villanova and Quinnipiac at the Spartan Classic this past weekend. 7. Women’s basketball goes 8-3 in 11 conference games The women’s basketball team dropped its first three games of the season, but has since rebounded with eight victories in the last 11 games. The Bulls are currently in third place in the MAC East. 8. Magovney cruises in first start Junior pitcher Anthony Magovney recorded five strikeouts and allowed two hits over 7.1 shutout innings in his first start of the season on Saturday Feb. 22. 9. Men’s and women’s tennis start seasons 5-1 The men’s tennis team is currently ranked No. 56 in the country – the highest rating in school history. The women’s team has an identical 5-1 record with three 7-0 shutout victories. 10. Softball comebacks Two of Buffalo’s six opening victories came from late-inning heroics. The Bulls rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 4-3 victory over Alabama State and followed the performance with two runs at the top of the seventh for a 2-1 victory against Southeastern Louisiana. Senior shortstop Sammi Gallardo hit the game-winning homerun in that game. email:

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Students react to Mack’s potential top draft pick, performance at combine Senior linebacker Khalil Mack was the only Bull who participated in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Mack is projected to be a top-10 NFL draft pick and, possibly, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, which takes place May 8-10. Here are UB students’ reactions to Mack’s combine performance on Monday, as well as his potential to be a top-10 draft pick.

“That would be really awesome. It would be good for UB. It would give UB a name in football. I think it could kind of use that.” -Ryan Yannaco, sophomore business major

“I think it’s pretty awesome that we’re going to have a No. 1 or at least a top-10 draft pick. It would bring a lot to this school, especially football. I saw that he was doing well and he was up against [Anthony] Barr from UCLA and he beat [Barr] out by a couple seconds [in the 40-yard dash].”

“I think somebody that didn’t get highly recruited got a chance here. We’re willing to give people a chance, and [Mack] took advantage of that. The combine workout was impressive, especially the bench reps and the 40 time. I think for his size that was a very good time. “ -David Daniels, junior communication major

“I think it would get more players to come here.” -Jacob Nercessian, sophomore biology major

-Isabel Pavlik, sophomore speech and hearing science major

The Spectrum Volume 63 Issue 54  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo.

The Spectrum Volume 63 Issue 54  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo.