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SPRING BREAK ISSUE 2014
Spring Break content inside: A guide to unwinding over break - Page 2 UB students to construct school in Haiti - Page 4 Opinion: Tanning needs to be cast in a new light - Page 6 Circle K to work with Habitat for Humanity in Delray Beach - Page 7 Ignore the pressures and get healthy for Spring Break – the right way - Page 8 Fun activities for spending break in Buffalo - Page 8 XtremeTrips take Spring Break partying to a new level - Page 9 Playlist: Tunes that must accompany your Spring Break - Page 11 What to watch while you binge on Netflix - Page 12 While some student-athletes have games, others plan to enjoy time away from the field - Page 16
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The art of relaxing A guide to unwinding over Spring Break BRIAN WINDSCHITL & EMMA JANICKI
Asst. Features Editors
Although most students will not have a complete break from homework and studying during the upcoming Spring Break, it is important to embrace the freer days and nights to relax and take time for yourself. Spring Break, from March 17-22, is a great way to rejuvenate from the stress of school, work, internships and volunteering. In fact, this period of rest is necessary, according to the UB Wellness Center Stress Reduction website. Too much stress can cause burnout; one’s personal health is dependent on taking the time to slow down and breathe every once in awhile. “Its best if people do at least one thing a day for themselves,” said Sharlynn Daun-Barnett, a stress counselor in Wellness Education Services. “Knowing that at least once a day that they are do-
ing things for themselves is important. It is just as important as eating or sleeping.” WebMD advises meditating, exercising, listening to music and keeping a ‘gratitude journal’ in which you celebrate all the good things in your life to chill out. Laughing is a key part of successfully relaxing. According to WebMD, laughing “lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, while increasing brain chemicals called endorphins that boost your mood.” We all love a good Netflix day, but marathon-ing Law and Order: SVU won’t help you chill out. Instead, try shows like A Bit of Fry & Laurie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Dad and stand-up comedy. Taking a ‘spa day’ is another way to decompress and relieve stress. WebMD suggests laying a heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes and then using a tennis ball or a foam roller to massage away stored-up tension in your muscles. Glamour Magazine’s website suggests
taking a shower or a bath by candlelight, rather than using the harsh fluorescent beams meant to wake you up in the morning. Though candles are often associated with creating a romantic ambiance or simply making a room smell better, candles can help us relax – if you choose the right scents. Natural Health on the Web, an online source for natural health practices, suggests using candles and essential oils for aromatherapy, which is “one of the natural ways to stimulate relaxation and sleep.” The website recommends lavender, chamomile, bergamot, sandalwood, mandarin, vanilla, rose, lilac, and ylangylang as scents that promote unwinding. Aromaweb.com has a multitude of doit-yourself recipes for aromatherapy, including a therapy body lotion for beginner lotion-makers. The recipe calls for 10 drops of Patchouli, 20 drops of Sandalwood, five drops of Carrot Seed and eight ounces of unscented hand or body lo-
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Crimean crisis calls for comprehensive solutions Global cooperation and action needed to rein in Putin
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The crisis in Crimea requires a strong and concerted response from the United States, for the sake of Ukrainians and this nation’s foreign policy. Following violent anti-government protests that erupted after a failed deal in November between Ukraine and the European Union, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev in late February. The pact would have guaranteed closer economic and political ties to the West, and likely would have led to growth for the nation. Yanukovych’s sudden departure followed his rejection of the pact, as he favored closer ties with Russia instead. It was this move that sparked public vitriol. An interim government was installed, but protests continue to wrack the nation’s capital. The focus, however, has changed. Russian President Vladimir Putin, hostilely disobeying treaties and international law – and apparently hoping to remain on the world’s front pages after the beleaguered Sochi Olympics – has sent thousands of forces into Crimea. Crimea is a historically contested southern Ukrainian peninsula with just over half of its population composed of ethnic Russians. It is these ethnic Russians Putin claims to be “protecting”
from Ukraine’s interim government. With Russia’s invasion of its former territory – given to the then Soviet Republic of Ukraine in 1954 under Khrushchev – the Western World has looked on, puzzled. Befuddlement, next to military intervention, is the last response this situation needs now. Clear and certain long-term strategies are already overdue. The post-9/11 world has provided a lesson in geography and history for Americans. And as fast as Americans punch queries into Google for Georgia, Syria or Crimea, our leaders misstep, act weakly or uncertainly. Putin’s latest foray into meddling with former Soviet states has been met with vague, optimistic plans at best. Economic and diplomatic sanctions are the most commonly repeated interventions proposed by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, who are working from the erroneous assumption that Putin would be bothered by sanctions from the United States, a minor trading partner, and some bad blood with world leaders. On the other side of the debate are hawks like Senators Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham, calling for missile defense
installations to be erected in Poland and the Czech Republic. The plan looks like something from a Cold War textbook. Striking the line between appeasement and embroiling the region in an all-out war will likely set both a defining precedent and paradigm for U.S. foreign policy this decade – one already plagued by failures. This balancing act fell to pieces in Syria, ironically until Putin intervened, and may prove beyond the capabilities of this president. But then it did evade the grasp of former President Bush when the Russo-Georgian War erupted in 2008 (coincidently also in Olympic season - the Beijing Summer Games). Bush’s soft approach did little to persuade then Prime Minister Putin to pull back, and Obama’s election ended sanctions in favor of thawing relations with the aspiring czar. Russia has yet to fully honor the cease-fire it signed then. This situation calls for a comprehensive response to the despotic Putin - a unified front that breaks away from constant, short-term, ad hoc diplomatic sanctions. Slaps on the wrist are not diplomacy; they are enablement. Making Crimea de facto property of Russia will be nothing short of a boon to Putin’s repu-
tation, historical image and ego. The latter is the most dangerous. The United States and international community must react with a long-term plan to dissuade these actions in the future. Impose sanctions until certain conditions are met. Inflict isolation from the G8 and similar groups until some vestiges of democracy return to Russia. Cut economic ties, in cooperation with nations like Germany, upon which Russia is actually dependent. Putin remarked, prior to this latest crisis: “Anyone who doesn’t regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains.” Putin certainly does not expect a resurrection of the USSR, but he likely wants a legacy that includes reclaiming former Russian-held lands. Dissuading this poorly vetted, foolhardy plot requires long-term, cooperative solutions. The time for United States unilateralism and reactionary geopolitical strategies is over – the world, and this crisis, are too complex for that. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebuilding the confidence of Sabres fans A trade for future success deserves less fraught front office Emotions and confusion stirred this weekend. The Buffalo Sabres traded goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott, and shortly thereafter President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine resigned. Fans’ emotions were justified – the confusion is unacceptable. The Sabres, continuing to press forward in their rebuild of the troubled team, traded mainstays Ott and Miller to the St. Louis Blues for draft picks and three players. LaFontaine, reportedly interested in extending Miller’s contract which was set to end after this year, revolted by resigning from his (recently conjured) position. Ott and Miller, particularly the latter, have been sources of pride for the Sabres and their fans. Anyone who has followed this team and knows the impact they have made surely feels strongly about the trade. But nostalgia aside, the trade will be good for a team looking
to rebuild. Many believe Ott wants to return to the Sabres after this season. The 33-year-old Miller had only one year left in his contract anyway, making the trade far from unexpected. And despite LaFontaine’s desire to extend the contract, with the Sabres building for the future, they need a young player to build the new team around. A war chest of early draft picks and younger players is necessary for success four or five years down the line. Miller, as great of a player as he is, is simply too old to build the new Sabres around, and trading him has earned the team the potential to acquire much-needed young talent. Beyond considerations for the team, the move to the Blues will give the deserving Miller a realistic shot at the Stanley Cup, one he would simply not have with the Sabres. Fans should applaud the trade for the opportunity it will provide the Buffalo favorite.
And with 23 saves in his debut game, the star netminder is already beginning to lead his new team to victories. The draft picks and new players will undoubtedly prove essential in leading this beleaguered team forward into the future, but as it stands, front office disarray is overshadowing the future. LaFontaine’s resignation, owner Terry Pegula’s endemic absence and coach Ted Nolan’s persistent “interim” label all contribute to the confusion plaguing the team and its fans. Until these problems are ironed out and the public is reassured about the stability of the team’s leadership, morale will remain stubbornly low. Fans deserve the confidence that comes from efficient and transparent leadership, particularly in a time of flux. Some of the issues surrounding LaFontaine’s departure are certainly his own doing, but the move left murky waters that re-
main to be cleared. Fans only have the speculation of commentators to rely upon regarding the reasons behind his abrupt departure. To exacerbate the situation, little has been cleared up. Fans have been told LaFontaine did not quit and was not fired. Confusion is just about the only response to so cryptic a message. There is never a good time for front office discord and dysfunction, but during a time of such monumental shift, it’s especially problematic. What fans need now – after the difficult years leading up to this rebuild and before a period that will require years of patience – is reassurance, not doubt and bewilderment with dysfunctional leadership. email: email@example.com
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UB students plan to construct school in Haiti through buildOn program
AMANDA LOW News Editor
Reading about human rights issues was no longer enough for Emily Fiore, so she decided to experience the problems firsthand. In December 2011, Fiore was alone in Tacloban, Philippines, and ready to volunteer. It was there she first witnessed real poverty. Last year, Fiore created a Global Brigades chapter at UB and funded an alternative spring break trip to Honduras to help build public health infrastructures. In May, Fiore plans to bring the buildOn chapter at UB to Haiti to build a school while living amongst the native people. “I realized that health was only one way to examine human rights, and I kind of just wanted to explore other options and other lenses,” Fiore said. “And education definitely falls into that category of fundamental human rights.” Fiore, a senior anthropology and biology major, founded the chapter at UB in September after attending a buildOn leadership conference the previous summer. She wanted a place that requires active engagement where students could come out of their comfort zones. Fiore wanted a cause that is “empowering them instead of us,” and building a school fit that idea. The nonprofit organization has a central goal to “break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education,” according to its website. The group focuses on two types of programs – building schools in developing countries and having after-school
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UB’s buildOn chapter, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through service and education, is fundraising for a trip to Haiti where students will help build a school and live with a host family to learn about the culture. Back row, left to right: Kimberly Forgue, Sara Davy, Emily Fiore, Lokpyria Singh, Jamie Leidner, Abhiram Rao Front row: Kate Crowley, Molly Gosson, Dani Farris, Tara DeRos
programs for impoverished city areas in America. And the organization is also designed to empower and deal specifically with student chapters. The trip to Les Cayes, Haiti, is seven days long and consists of building the school and different cultural workshops. A pair of American students will live with one host family for the duration of the trip. “I just want to go back to a state where I appreciate the small things,” Fiore said. “You lose sight of a lot of that until you go to a place that doesn’t have running water and electricity.” Molly Gosson, a senior health and human services major and vice president of the chapter, was always interested in “saving the world.” Having Fiore as a neighbor, Gosson found her chance when Fiore created the chapter.
“I’m excited to be scared,” Gosson said. “I feel like I’m in such a routine where I’m not out of my comfort zone as much as I should be. And I feel like it’s important while you’re helping people, you have to feel uncomfortable in the process … But I know I’m going to walk away having an excellent experience.” Gosson appreciates the promise the organization makes with the international communities, which it calls “the covenant.” The community pledges to provide the land, local materials and unskilled labor to help while buildOn pledges to bring the engineering, materials, skilled labor and project supervision to build the school. The community must also promise an equal amount of boys and girls attend the school. The UB chapter has been fundraising since last semester for the $35,000 it costs to build
the school, as well as for plane tickets. Jamie Leidner, a junior health and human services and sociology major, is a member of the chapter as well. She said the group organized book drives and dress drives and they partnered with an organization that helps sell dresses to women of lower socio-economic status. To help reach its goal, the UB chapter has combined their fundraised amount with University of California, Berkeley and the Lewis & Clark College to raise the money. Hadar Borden, administrative director of undergraduate academies, has known Fiore since her first year at UB. Fiore approached Borden for guidance on resources on and off campus. “One thing is to have good conversations with their counterparts, their colleagues [and]
their peers of other institutions,” Borden said. “I think they’re going to walk away with a community, people they can turn to as they move on into bigger roles.” Fiore believes the sustainability approach of the program serves as a spark for the community. After a community has built a school with buildOn, they will normally ask the government for more schools to be built. Fiore said one location now has five schools after participating with buildOn. The organization will also have the schools partner with the government for their curriculum. “I think it’s just so worth it for everyone to be able to experience something like what we’re doing,” Gosson said. “It takes time and dedication. It’s not something you can do overnight. It just helps you grow to realize hard work pays off and it’s sort of mandatory if you want to see good results.” The group hopes to be recognized at UB as an official club in the future and be a place where people can grow. Fiore believes trips like these have the ability to turn students into leaders. “This is what we’re trying to encourage all our students to do,” Borden said. “To be change agents, be leaders in their community and however they want to define community, whether it’s local, regional, national or international.” Their next fundraising event is a Chinese auction March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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University Police investigating three larcenies in Red Jacket Quadrangle University Police (UPD) is warning students to keep their dorm rooms locked after a series of larcenies occurred in the Red Jacket Quadrangle over the past three weeks. Monday night, Campus Living sent out a UB Alert to all students living on campus informing them of the incidents. Lieutenant Joshua Sticht of UPD said the burglaries occurred Feb. 13 and 25 and March 2 between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. In one of the incidents, a student
was in the room when the larceny occurred. UPD is still investigating the incidents and said there are two suspects, possible non-students, who are working together. The first suspect is described as a 30-year-old black male with stocky build. Witnesses told UPD he was wearing a blue hoodie and a dark hat or ball cap and had light facial hair. The second suspect is described as a tall and thin black female between the age of 20 and
30. Witnesses told UPD she was wearing a red bandana and jeans. The UB Alert said the suspects are entering rooms uninvited and claiming to be in the wrong room if a resident is present. Sticht encourages students to be vigilant at all times and urges anyone with information about the crimes and suspects to call UPD at (716) 645-2227. email: email@example.com
UB’s pediatric and general surgery residency programs no longer on probation On Feb. 24, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) informed UB that its pediatric surgery and general surgery residency programs were no longer on probation and were granted full accreditation. Last year, ACGME cited the general surgery program for the following issues: teamwork, engagement of the residents in planning and quality and lack of a robust system for monitoring duty hours. Roseanne Berger, the senior associate dean of Graduate Medical Education, told The Spectrum in August the main issue with the pediatric surgery program – a fellowship program – was a shortage of pediatric surgeons to adequately train UB’s two fellows.
Berger also said general surgery and pediatric surgery are in the process of modifying their programs to comply with ACGME’s new standards. “This very welcome decision on both the surgery and pediatric surgery residency programs at UB completely validates the changes implemented by the programs in order to address issues raised by the ACGME,” Michael Cain told the UB Reporter. UB closed its dermatology residency program in June last year. It was then reconfigured and was accredited, effective 2013. According to the Reporter, changes that the surgery residency program has undertaken since 2011 include: Increased emphasis on teamwork and improved opportuni-
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Local Experts say the soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant in Tonawanda contains elevated levels of Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), a carcinogen. Last March, a federal jury fined the company $57 million for polluting the air and ground around the plant. At a community meeting Monday, experts presented the findings of the soil. The polluted air has been documented in the past, but the polluted soil is new information. Michael Milligan, a chemistry professor at Fredonia State College, told The Buffalo News that the elevated levels may go as far as a half-mile south of the plant and he is not entirely sure if the plant is the cause. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists the amount of acceptable BaP in soil to be 1.5 parts per million. Many samples presented at the meeting showed levels well above that number. The sentencing is scheduled for March 19 and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango informed people at the meeting of their rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act. National On Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave Congress his $3.9 trillion budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. The budget allocates money for “road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs” and “expanded tax credits for 13.5 million low-income workers without children and higher income taxes on the wealthiest Americans,” according to The Associated Press. “Even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead,” Obama said in his budget message to Congress, according to The Associated Press. “And too many still are not working at all. Our job is to reverse those trends.” Obama plans to levy higher taxes on the wealthiest Ameri-
cans and increase taxes on tobacco products, airline passengers and private investment funds. These funds will help pay for some of the initiatives in the budget. Though Obama has sent the heavily liberal budget to the legislative branch of government, Congress isn’t expected to approve the budget. The entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are facing reelection this year, and approving the budget is a major issue in the elections. “The president’s budget is yet another disappointment because it reinforces the status quo,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, according to The Associated Press. “It would demand that families pay more so Washington can spend more.” The new budget estimates a 2015 deficit of $564 billion – which would mark the third straight year of a deficit under $1 trillion. International In an unscripted news conference on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the uprising in Ukraine unconstitutional and expressed contempt toward the United States. He said Russia “reserves the right to use all means at our disposal to protect” those who speak Russian in Ukraine’s south and east. Reports said Russian soldiers were deployed in the Crimea area of Ukraine and fired warning shots, according to The New York Times. But Putin denies the claims. He also denies the unmarked military personnel who control the Crimea area are Russian soldiers. Putin criticized the West, saying, “All threats against Russia are counterproductive and harmful.” He said Russia isn’t considering annexing the region and the people of Crimea should be the ones to decide. email: email@example.com
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Tanning needs to be cast in a new light
MADELAINE BRITT Asst. News Editor
It’s as cliché as the string bikinis, cheap booze and that hint of sweat smell in the air – tanned bodies, parading the shorelines of destination tropic on Spring Break. Regional establishments are roaring up their tanning bed engines in response, gearing up for the influx of college students who are looking for just the right amount of orange glow that can’t be matched in Amherst’s arctic tundra. It’s a common occurrence. And it’s a common mistake for many young adults on this campus who may be blinded by those blue lights, forgetting the devastating effects self-tanning can have on the body. Fifty-nine percent of students in college report having gone tanning at least once, according to a global study done by JAMA Dermatology. This number is on the rise and coinciding with it, the number of melanoma cas-
es has increased 3 percent each year, according to a USA Today report. A disease that was once rarely diagnosed in young people is now becoming a harsh reality for many youths. These numbers are startling, but the statistic that deserves the most severe action belongs to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It reports young adults’ risk for melanoma rises 75 percent for those under the age of 35 who tan. Seventy five percent. That’s three times the normal risk of melanoma, “the most talked about skin cancer because it’s the most deadly,” according to Dr. Perry Robbins, the president of The Skin Cancer Foundation. You wouldn’t fly in a plane if you were 75 percent more likely to catch a deadly disease by doing so. You probably wouldn’t if you were 50 percent more at risk. So why are so many young people hitting the skies and risking their lives just to look a little bronzed for a five-day stay in makeshift hotel rooms in Cancun? Sounds dismal. One reason is the cultural stigma. Being tan is directly related to female beauty in modern society – just another example of self-indulgence trumping selfpreservation. With spokeswomen like the Kardashian sisters working for tanning salon Zoom Tan, there is an obvious societal acceptance for fake skin pigment
in return for the chance of lifelong health risks. “Having a tan is something that every girl wants. It makes you look skinnier; it makes you look better,” Kourtney Kardashian said in a commercial. What if she had been speaking about cigarettes? There would be outrage, there would be badly written apologies, there might even be canceled shows – which many wouldn’t mind anyway. But this wouldn’t happen because in 2014, the stigma behind cigarettes and tobacco usage is a harsh one, recognizing the severe health effects that come with them. Yet, even still, the shabby lit tanning salons filling old strip malls continue to hum. Advertising runs in and out of primetime television, and teenagers continue to stare at their skin and only see “flaws.” Paleness and freckles become feared, when instead an abnormally shaped mole or skin patch is an acceptable part of the “beauty experience.” As a red head, I was constantly warned about the harmful consequences of too many UV rays. Growing up, if I managed to avoid my mother and her fistful of Banana Boat SPF 85, I couldn’t escape the grueling pain of hot iron skin that accompanied a burn. It would be a proud moment when I would be lucky enough to get that “warm glow” after running around for a few
hours in the day – like I beat the system for the pale skinned and ginger haired everywhere. Little did I know that any change in skin pigment is a bodily reaction defending itself from harmful sunrays. “Recognizing exposure to the rays as an ‘insult,’ the skin acts in self-defense by producing more melanin, a pigment that darkens the skin,” said Sharon Miller, a tanning expert, in a Food and Drug Administration report. “Over time, this damage will lead to prematurely aged skin and, in some cases, skin cancer.” And little did I know that the small patches of discoloration that popped up as I grew older were not trophies for what I had “accomplished.” These are things I will continuously have to watch as I age. College students know tanning is bad for them. It is a conscious decision and it is a societal expectation for many young women, whether it is prom day or the week getaway in the month of March. Seventy five percent isn’t an insignificant number – it takes just one tanning bed to change a person’s life. You will always remember the day you were diagnosed with melanoma. Can you say the same about your weekend getaway? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Constructing houses, building communities Circle K to work with Habitat for Humanity in Delray Beach ANNE MULROONEY
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It was a cold November night in New York City. At around 11 p.m., then high school student Valentyna Yasinska drove down the city streets in a car filled with 15 brown paper bags holding sandwiches, fruit and drinks. Yasinska, a senior interdisciplinary social science major, was delivering these bags of food to the homeless. “Those people were literally living on the street,” Yasinska said. “A lot of the people we helped even had jobs and were trying to get back on their feet. But it’s so hard in New York City – it’s so expensive. Doing that really inspired me.” The experience, organized by a volunteer group called Midnight Run, stands out clearly in Yasinska’s mind as one of the first community service projects in which she participated. Now, Yasinska’s passion for volunteerism lives on through her work as the president of Circle K. Circle K plans to spend Spring Break in Delray Beach, Fla., working with Habitat for Humanity. The group will be building houses with students from across the country through Collegiate Challenge, a weeklong alternative spring break program. The club’s participation in these programs gives the group a chance to bond and make a difference in communities across the country. Last year, Circle K went to New Orleans to help with the still existing damage from Hurricane Katrina. This year, 15 club members – including Yasinska – will build houses, helping Habitat for Humanity achieve its vision of “a
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Jeffrey Cheng, a freshman math major, plays musical chairs with Kelly Chan, New York governor of Circle K. The group is traveling to Delray Beach, Fla., for Spring Break to build houses for families without homes through Habitat for Humanity.
world where everyone has a decent place to live.” Circle K’s work in Florida will contribute to a rise in stable home ownership for families in Delray Beach. This will increase the county’s tax base, help stabilize the school system, revitalize communities and give families security and stability, according to Habitat’s website. Yasinska is thrilled to participate in the actual construction of a future family’s home. She believes the work will make the club “that much fuller.” “Whenever we’ve worked with Habitat in Buffalo, we’ve done a lot of demolition,” Yasinska said. “But in Florida, we’ll be ac-
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tually building stuff. I’ve never done that.” Sean Hui, a senior business major, shares in Yasinska’s excitement. Recently elected as treasurer of Circle K, Hui is looking forward to the creative and physical challenge of home building. “Construction work is the kind of thing I lean towards,” Hui said. “I like doing hands-on stuff. A lot of other people like service activities that just involve cleaning up, but I really want to build something.” Hui joined Circle K at the end of the spring semester a year ago. His first event was Relay for Life and he’s been an ac-
tive member since. Hui believes the time he’s spent in Circle K has brought out the “better part” of him. Even though he bears the official title of treasurer, Hui does much for the group outside the realm of math and money. “Wherever I’m needed, that’s where I’ll go,” Hui said. Kelly Chan, the New York District Governor of Circle K, is delighted with the club’s activities. A grad student at St. John’s University with a B.A. in Communication Sciences Disorders, Chan oversees 33 Circle K clubs in New York, as well as over 25 board members. She makes sure clubs stay on track with planning service projects, meetings, major
events, gathering resources and visiting different clubs throughout the year. “I love UB,” Chan said. “They’ve been doing an amazing job. As of right now, they’re the largest club in our district – they have the most members, they’re sending the most people to our district convention… and [Yasinska] has always been a really great communicator. I always know exactly what’s going on.” This is Chan’s fifth year with Circle K. She participated throughout her college years and was also a member of Key Club, the high school version of Circle K, for two years. She participated in her first event, a walk for juvenile diabetes, during her junior year of high school. “It was huge,” Chan said. “I saw how large the club was and how many people were so passionate. I wanted to be a part of something so great.” With over 12,600 members worldwide, Circle K makes a difference in communities on over 500 campuses across the globe, according to its website. UB’s Circle K club meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 235 of the Student Union. Members are looking forward to their trip to Florida – Hui already has a playlist created for the 21-hour drive there and Alice Cady, a junior social sciences major, is excited to work in the sun with some great friends. “I always get a little sad that I’m not going home for spring break, but thanks to Circle K, I have the chance to be active and make a difference,” Cady said. “I always walk away with great stories.” email: email@example.com
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Spring cleansing Ignore the pressures and get healthy for Spring Break – the right way
Senior Features Editor In two weeks, I’ll be lying poolside in Florida, sipping on a Bloody Mary and checking my tan line every 30 seconds to see if the sun is actually strong enough to make me look like I’m another race in fewer than 10 minutes. My friends and I will definitely have a better time on vacation, of course, than we would in Buffalo’s negative 4 weather. But there are still issues with going away. With only two weeks until many students make their way to bathing suit weather, diets are starting to kick in. I’m here to beg you to stay away from the unhealthy mindset and dieting and to move toward a more positive, self-loving method of feeling good about yourself. Like my aerobics instructor at UB says, “Breathe in the good s*** and breathe out the bulls***.” Realize that you are beautiful – regardless of what you think the mirror is telling you. It’s easy to create non-existent flaws, which nobody else can see, and constantly revisit these imperfections and allow them to define you. (You, as in almost every girl I’ve come across during my college career). Follow a healthy diet plan and exercise for at least 30 minutes daily – whether it’s doing jumping jacks and crunches in your room or jogging on the treadmill at a gym. Getting your heart rate up will make you feel better. Amy Newsome, UB’s associate director for fitness and instruction, said working out is crucial for physical and mental health. Starvation cannot be a long-term lifestyle.
“Starvation can be a short-term easy way to get weight off, but in the end it only harms your body,” Newsome said. “It programs your body to store fat whenever it can. It’s also only temporary.” I want to give you a healthy meal plan and exercise regimen for the next two weeks, which I hope will make you feel like you have the best possible Spring Break body. I’ve been there. I’ve made the attempts to not eat, to over-exercise and to supplement juice cleanses for meals. I’ve tried to cut out carbohydrates, sugars and all sorts of junk foods. These methods of elimination are unrealistic and do not actually work. Below is a realistic and not-so-difficult meal plan to follow.
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Breakfast: Option 1: Three egg whites omelet with broccoli, spinach, tomato or any other veggie and a piece of fatfree cheese on toast. Option 2: Fat-free Greek yogurt with cereal – low in sugar – and a scoop of organic peanut butter. Sprinkle some flax seeds on the top. Option 3: Oatmeal with some chopped up fruits and nuts.
Drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the day will help your cell life, chemical and metabolic reactions, transportation of nutrients, body temperature regulation and elimination of waste, according to nestle-waters.com. So make sure you have at least 12 cups. Don’t forget to get your heart rate up every day by exercising to help your blood flow to your muscles. Walk, run or jog for 20 minutes and do some basic toning – start with ten or 20 squats and add 10 more each day. Basic biceps and triceps curls will help tone your arms as well. This realistic cleansing diet will make you feel good about yourself before Spring Break. Our minds and our bodies desperately need a break from the constant negative body images in society. Do something that makes you happy and makes you feel good on the inside every day, whether it’s something as simple as holding the door for someone or mailing your grandparents a “just because” card to let them know you miss and love them. Most importantly, don’t forget to breathe in the good s*** and breathe out the bulls*** in order to create the best version of you.
Snack: Option 1: A handful of almonds or cashews Option 2: A fruit (apple, pear, orange, etc.) Lunch: Option 1: A large salad – lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, chickpeas, onions, Craisins – with a protein, like grilled chicken or turkey, on top. Use lemon and salt or balsamic vinaigrette as your dressing. Option 2: Turkey or tuna in a wrap or on whole wheat bread with some spicy brown mustard. Option 3: Grilled tofu with low-sodium Teriyaki or soy sauce and any green veggie on the side.
Dinner: Option 1: Grilled chicken and unlimited veggies Option 2: Grilled salmon and unlimited veggies Option 3: A veggie burger with a side of veggies Snack: Option 1: One scoop of fat-free, sugar-free vanilla ice cream Option 2: One cup of Skinny Pop popcorn Option 3: One small piece of dark chocolate Option 4: A smoothie with bananas, blueberries and almond milk
Winter isn’t the only season in Buffalo
What a Buffalonian can do for Spring Break Chad Cooper, The Spectrum
The Screening Room Cinema Café, a boutique cinema, is one of the many eccentric places to visit in Buffalo during Spring Break.
Asst. Features Editor It seems that the extravagant, drunk Spring Break beach parties of MTV and Girls Gone Wild are inaccessible to the average college student. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside your apartment all day, venturing out only for food and coffee. It may seem like snowy Buffalo simply isn’t the place to be during Spring Break. With just a little bit of gas money and Google, you can prove that assumption wrong. Throughout Buffalo are treasures that can lead to days spent outside, perusing shops or admiring internationally renowned artwork. Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to relax and experience the city for which UB is named. Elmwood Village and Allentown You’re not going to get a taste of local shopping in the form of the Walden Galleria, the Eastern Hills Mall or the Niagara Falls Fashion Outlets. You’ve got to hop on the 290-W, to the 190-S and make your way to the Elmwood Village, which was voted one of the 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in America by the American Planning Association, according to Visit Buffalo Niagara’s website. Only a few blocks away is Allentown, “one of the first and largest residential historic districts in the United States” that is “simul-
Snack: Option 1: Cottage cheese and a grape fruit Option 2: A rice cake and almond butter Option 3: Celery and any type of
taneously high society and bohemian,” according to the Allentown Association’s website. In addition to offering some of the most creatively painted homes in the city, Elmwood and Allentown are the hubs of eccentric boutiques, cafés and bookshops where’s it easy to while away the hours. Across from the Lexington Coop, a locally operated and sourced cooperative market, is the consignment store, Second Chic, located at 810 Elmwood Ave. Selling both vintage and modern men and women’s clothing, accessories and shoes, Second Chic never fails to deliver a unique shopping experience. The store recently expanded, now encompassing two large rooms. ShoeFly, a shoe store at 801 Elmwood carrying the quirkiest of stock, “concentrates on styles and brands that are not readily available elsewhere in Buffalo [including] TOMS shoes, Frye, Poetic Licence, [and] Seychelles” according to the store’s website. Just a block south of Second Chic and ShoeFly is the Globe Market, at 762 Elmwood. Globe Market serves delicious, healthy, locally sourced foods, including quiches, wraps and sandwiches. The restaurant is winner of local newsweekly Artvoice’s Best Salad in 2005 and from 20082012, Best Soup in 2011 and 2012 and Best Small Caterer in 2012, according to the Globe Market’s website, this is just the place for muchSEE WINTER, PAGE 13
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Taking Spring Break to the extreme Students discuss XtremeTrips KEREN BARUCH
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Downing bottomless drinks at the beach, tanning by the pool and dancing at clubs until 5 a.m. may sound like just another unattainable Spring Break paradise. But for the approximately 12,000 college students who use XtremeTrips to travel to “top spring break destinations,” this paradise is a reality. Xtreme Trips, a national student travel company, recruits students from top-ranked party schools, including Penn State, University of Maryland, Syracuse University and University of Florida. This year, approximately 100 UB students are attending XtremeTrips’ Spring Break trip to Puerto Vallarta – a Mexican resort city – according to Jake Frank, a senior communication major and an XtremeTrips recruiter for UB. The trip costs about $2,000, and it includes a seven-day allinclusive vacation – with meals and unlimited alcohol – and airfare. Puerto Vallarta’s resort has two pools, each accompanied by a fully stocked bar, and a beach where students can jet ski, have their hair braided and receive henna tattoos. Over the past few years, thousands of UB students have joined the Spring Break craze. During her sophomore year, Hannah Hilton*, a senior communication major, went to Mexico through XtremeTrips with several of her UB friends. She said it was “one of the craziest weeks” of her life, and “the open bar really made the trip worth every dollar.” But other students aren’t as impressed with the company’s nationally organized vacation. This year, Talia Schwartz, a sophomore psychology major,
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One hundred UB students will be spending the upcoming Spring Break with seven days of drinking, clubbing and tanning in Mexico. Last year, approximately 100 UB students attended the same trip to Puerta Vallarta and partied in the sun.
is going on Spring Break with XtremeTrips because many of her friends are going. But when she was a high school senior, she went on a Spring Break trip with XtremeTrips and found the experience frustrating. “I think they blow,” Schwartz said. “They advertise themselves well – they make themselves seem cheaper and more convenient than their competitor company, Gradcity. But my experience with them was a hassle from Day One.” Schwartz complained that the company lacks sufficient communication with its many customers. She said XtremeTrips offers a “flat rate,” but later includes extra expenditures, like a mandatory party package for $300. She is also unhappy with the flight XtremeTrips scheduled for her and her friends. They arrive in Mexico at night, which takes a day away from the vacation. Still, Schwartz is excited to enjoy the unlimited food and alcohol. But she hopes more companies start offering Spring Break trips because XtremeTrips is “monopolizing” college stu-
dents’ Spring Break trips. During Hilton’s Spring Break in Mexico, she said she and her friends enjoyed games of beer pong and flip cup by the poolside; they were surrounded by tables of nachos, guacamole, melted cheese, hot dogs, French fries and hamburgers. Live disc jockeys played music throughout the day as students danced on the dance-floor area near the pool; others lay on beach chairs to tan. And while she and her friends enjoyed the 18-year-old drinking age – as they woke up at 10 a.m. and “started drinking until dinnertime – and then go out to Mexican clubs with the thousands of students – she also pointed out the dangers she and her friends encountered while vacationing in Mexico. Some of her friends took drugs and thought it was “comical” to get drugs like ecstasy and Xanax, also popularly referred to as “bars,” in the midst of a Mexican drug war. Though Hilton said she would never take drugs, especially in a foreign country, she still had fun dancing drunkenly throughout the trip. It’s a week to let loose
Some students have other concerns. I’m Schmacked, a group that records documentaries of college students partying, films students at Xtreme Trips. Shelby Lebo, a junior communication major, went to Mexico two years ago and was featured in an “I’m Schmacked” video. She said she did not appreciate being filmed drinking and partying. Despite the risks, UB students are excited to head south for a brief break from winter. Alex Levy, a sophomore communication major, is going on an XtremeTrip vacation for the first time. He said the company has been organized and makes the process of planning a spring break trip easy. “I’m excited to leave the 4-degree snowy weather in Buffalo to go to an awesome city in Mexico where there’s sun and warmth,” Levy said. “It’s going to be a great time hanging on the beach and drinking watered-down alcohol with my best friends.” Wellness Education Services recommends students use their time over Spring Break to rejuvenate and get ready to finish off their semesters at their best. Daun-Barnett said most college students do not have the money or time to go on these trips, noting that 93 percent of 1,000 college students interviewed by Century Council about Spring Break either go home to visit family, work, study or participate in service work or Alternative Spring Break.
and forget about the stresses of the outside world, she said. “Yes, it scared me when my friends took pills and got on a bus to leave our resort and party in some villa in another part of Mexico,” Hilton said. “But I let them do as they pleased and I stayed behind with everyone else who wanted to have a safe time on our resort. We drank before we even had breakfast most days and danced on the pool bars all afternoon.” Such extreme drinking can have negative effects, according to Sharlynn Daun-Barnett, the alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention specialist for UB’s Wellness Education Services. She said the mindset of “stereotypical” spring break vacations can make students sick. “Drinking alcohol in extreme, hot temperatures can more rapidly dehydrate you, raise your blood pressure, increase your chances of developing hypoglycemia and increases your chances of heat stroke,” Daun-Barnett said in an email. “Pace yourself to about one standard drink per hour, and alternate non-alcoholic with alcoholic beverages.” Daun-Barnett suggested students reduce their time outdoors, drink water and avoid caffeine. She also encourages students who are vacationing during spring break to never drink while driving a boat. She said the same things that make drinking and driving dangerous can be as deadly on water. “Boating, windsurfing, jet skiing and waterskiing – anything that involves speed and skill – can be dangerous,” Daun-Barnett said. “It is also dangerous to swim or dive if you have been drinking. Alcohol will inhibit your swallowing and breathing reflexes.”
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A piece of theater magic Department of Theatre and Dance puts on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” JORDAN OSCAR Arts Editor
As the lights begin to dim in the Rehearsal Workshop Theatre, Director Kazimierz Braun and ‘Prospero’ approach the table at the room’s center with a model colonial ship. The lights dim completely and focus on the center of the room. Gusts of wind are audible, and the cast cradles the ship and motions it along as if it were sailing through the audience’s imagination. Soon, what began as a seemingly ordinary dress rehearsal becomes something extraordinary when the cast escorts the audience into the Black Box Theatre – where the majority of the play takes place, and where the “The Tempest” immerses the audience in its dreamscape-like setting. Here, the cast has exchanged the ordinary clothes that they had on during the rehearsal portion of the play for fantastical costumes and the model ship has been replaced by a massive ship deck equipped with a functioning crows nest. The audiences’ transition from the Rehearsal Workshop Theatre to the Black Box Theatre is one of the many alterations that Braun has made to “The Tempest,” which was William Shakespeare’s last play. The play premieres Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. and is being put on by UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance. “The Tempest” tells the tale of Prospero and his daughter, Miranda. After Prospero takes control of a mysterious island from
the villainous Caliban, he uses his magic – and spirits that he commands – to conjure a storm that traps his enemies on the island in hopes of getting revenge for their past transgressions against him. But in the end, Prospero finds redemption in absolving them instead. Production of the play has been an entirely collaborative effort within UB’s departments with sound, prop and set design, lighting, make-up and other portions of the production. Braun has a multi-faceted team to help choreograph the play and coach the student actors in Shakespeare’s verse. He also has multiple student directors assisting him through the production. Casting began in November, but rehearsals didn’t start until the first day of classes this semester, after which there was six weeks of rehearsals to prepare for the play’s opening. “I really like working with all the other actors,” David Remple, a junior theater and media studies double major who plays Prospero said. “Each actor brings their own kind of energy into the show … and I just love that kind of chemistry.” He went on to add that he was glad to have the opportunity to play such a monumental character and will miss playing Prospero after the show concludes. One of the more interesting elements to the play is the use of the two theaters and the play within a play dynamic that the transition between them creates. This is because Braun wanted the play itself to be about theater and its production.
“The first 10 minutes of the show are us sitting around the table, reading the script as actors,” said Ariel Judson. “And then we invite the audience into this other space where all the sudden they are transported to this other world of boats and fairies and monsters, so they could see how theatricality transforms.” Judson, a senior theater major and English minor, plays one of four Ariels – a spirit – in the play. After Braun and Prospero bring in the ship at the play’s onset, Prospero becomes more than just a character in the play; he becomes the director of the play within a play. “[Braun’s] vision is that Prospero is essentially a director,” Judson said. “We have this world of magic controlled by one person, where people can suspend their disbelief for a while and truly think they are seeing spirits running around.” The changes in Prospero’s importance within the play and the dynamic that using two theater spaces provides are two of Braun’s biggest changes to the Shakespeare original, which will surprise some audience members. “The Tempest” will mark Braun’s last at UB before he retires next year – making this production very special for a man who has dedicated his life to teaching, producing and writing about theatre all around the world. Braun’s version of “The Tempest” is not only a celebration of Shakespeare’s work and Braun’s own career but also a celebration of the art of theater itself.
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Ferdinand (Connor Graham, standing) becomes bewitched by the Ariels (sitting) midway through the first act of “The Tempest,” after he meets Prospero (David Remple) and his daughter, Miranda (Sarah Sullivan). “The Tempest,” was the last play that Shakespeare wrote and will be the final production that director Kazimierz Braun directs at UB.
“[After the show’s conclusion] there is a sense of loss; theater doesn’t leave permanent works of art,” Braun said. “Theater disappears and in this way theater mimics human life because theater dies … [In the end] I hope there is a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment for the audience.” But Braun stressed that this is part of the beauty of plays like “The Tempest” because the audience can only experience this version of the play a few times before it is gone forever. Those who attend his version of “The Tempest,” will get a rare treat: a play directed by a world famous director with a cast and crew that brings his unique vi-
sion of Shakespeare’s final play to life. “The audience can expect comedy… awe and the magic on stage. And they can enjoy a great piece of theater and be entertained,” Remple said. “The Tempest” will play Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and is also showing Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Center for the Art’s Rehearsal Workshop Theatre and Black Box Theatre. email: email@example.com
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A breath of fresh air Tunes that must accompany your Spring Break JOE KONZE JR
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The end of winter sadness is finally upon us. Whether you’re heading to a sunny vacation or staying in Buffalo’s winter wonderland, here are 10 classic tunes to add to your playlist that will help you live – or relive – good times during Spring Break. “Paradise City,” Guns N’ Roses Many of us will be spending Spring Break somewhere fun, and what better way to kick off your travels than with the ’80s rock song “Paradise City?” The lyrics scream parties, fun and all crazy things that might commence during a college Spring Break. Plus, it perfectly depicts a picture of a paradise city. Who knows, you might just find yourself where “the grass is green and the girls are pretty.” “Turn Down For What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon If you haven’t heard this song, you aren’t partying hard enough. And what smarter way to get people hyped than screaming at the top of your lungs in a Lil Jon voice? He never turns down for anything, and neither should you this Spring Break. Just do yourself a favor and don’t get arrested. “Toes,” Zac Brown Band So, your plane touched down and all you see is sunshine and palm trees. Before you throw back some cerveza, this hit country tune will ease you into the euphoric feeling of ar-
riving in paradise. Listen to how relaxing the lyrics are: “I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand / Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand / Life is good today / Life is good today.” There are no worries in this song – and there should not be any worries while you are sitting on the beach soaking in the sun. “No Sleep,” Wiz Khalifa So you booked a flight to Panama City, Fla., and spent hundreds of dollars to make that happen. Do you really think you’re going to waste time not getting rowdy? Didn’t think so. “No Sleep” is the perfect song to explain the late-night endeavor that leads to you asking the next morning, “What the hell happened?” Just play this song and sing, “Last night I let the party get the best of me.” “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus has established herself as a pop artist who does whatever she wants, fearless of consequences. Her hit song “We Can’t Stop” is a ballad for all the party animals out there. “It’s our party, we can do what we want / It’s our party, we can say what we want / It’s our party, we can love who we want / We can kiss who we want / We can sing what we want.” It’s your trip, it’s your life, and you only get one. So do what you want this Spring Break. “Take a Back Road,” Rodney Atkins Nice weather changes our mood and routine. Instead of taking your normal route home, you might take
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“Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar On Me” gets listeners Arnold Schwarzenegger pumped. Don’t believe me? Play this song, and you’ll find yourself partying like a rock star with a bunch of groupies surrounding you. Just make sure you don’t give out your number to weird people at the bar. You might find yourself in a hot-andsticky-sweet situation. “You Make Me,” Avicii Avicii knows how to party. If you watch YouTube videos of his concerts, you’ll see sold-out arenas screaming for the Swedish star. What is remarkable about his music is his ability to create raw emotion through the use of a synthesizer and turntables. The progressive house/ electro house song will get you excited and help you relax while enjoying Spring Break. “Closing Time,” Semisonic Is there a better song to listen to while finishing your trip than “Closing Time?” The famous ’90s tune has served as the concluding song at tons of events over the years. Leave behind your favorite Spring Break hot spot with the lines “Gather up your jacket / Move it to the exits.” Make sure the song is at the end of your playlist so you’re a fully satisfied Spring Breaker.
a scenic way to enjoy the climate through a wall, but a nice, smooth while you have the chance. type of energy that gives you swag “Take a Back Road” is the anthem with that special lady or man. for drivers who want to spend their If you want to exude confidence time cruising in the beautiful sun- in the club during Spring Break, lisshine. ten to R. Kelly’s “Ignition Remix.” Just don’t follow all of his antics, be“Ignition Remix,” R. Kelly This song has to be on your play- cause you may find yourself in troulist when you embark on the best ble. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Spring Break of your college career. It gets you fired up. Not the kind of fired up that makesUBC2014_PhotoContest_SpectrumAd_Layout you want to run 1 1/15/14 1:12 PM Page 1
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Meth labs, superheroes and John Hughes What to watch on Netflix this Spring Break MEGAN WEAL Asst. Arts Editor Though some students may be jetting off toward booze-filled horizons this Spring Break, plenty of the UB population will be wrapped up in the warmth of their comforters, settling in for a long week of doing nothing. But lying around can only last for so long – idle thumbs will start to twitch, and you’re going to need something to keep you entertained. Make sure all charging equipment is within reach, load up the snacks and make Netflix your best friend for the week. “Breaking Bad” If you somehow missed the “Breaking Bad” phenomena of the past few years, Netflix can help you mend the error. The show follows the transformation of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who turns from a middle class, high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer to a meth-cooking drug dealer who goes by the name “Heisenberg.” Not surprisingly, White and his ex-student and new drug partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) face a multitude of violent and dramatic challenges as they embark on their lives of crime. The acting is phenomenal, the storyline is in-depth and twisted and the emotions run high – it’s a must watch. If after a few episodes, “Breaking Bad” doesn’t seem to strike you as an interesting show, “Orange Is The New Black,” “House of Cards” and “American Horror Story” are all credible dramas on Netflix that offer hours of suspense-filled entertainment. “Sherlock” If you only have a few days to devote to Netflix, the BBC drama “Sherlock” will have you on the edge of your seat (or bed)
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as Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) try to keep the London’s law and order in check from the ever-manic 221B Baker Street. Writer Steven Moffat has modernized the traditional Sherlock Holmes tales for a 21st century audience. It’s witty, clever in its complexity and utterly addictive. Netflix has the first two seasons for your viewing pleasure, which clocks in at nine hours of viewing time. What’s nine hours in a 216-hour Spring Break? Unfortunately, the cliffhanger at the end of series two may send you into a state of Sherlock mania – which will mean that the next few days will be spent furiously searching the Internet for answers. Like Crazy Like Crazy is a beautiful film. It follows the relationship of an English exchange student in the United States (Felicity Jones) and her American boyfriend (Anton Yelchin) as they try to make their long distance relationship work.
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There’s no urgency to this movie – the audience walks alongside the couple through their ups and downs. But on that stroll, you feel the insane desire to take them both by the shoulders and shake some sense into them. But they’re young; they have to figure it out themselves. The film offers an intimate look into a couple’s problems. The audience is let into their struggles and their hesitations. Who knows what the ending means – it’s sad and it’s hopeful all at once. The Breakfast Club A Netflix list wouldn’t be complete without a classic and The Breakfast Club is ’80s America at its best. A weekend detention begins the perhaps short-lived breakdown of the infamous high school clique system. The word “perhaps” is important in that sentence – you never find out if the characters talk again. It’s one of those films that gets the audience thinking about themselves in high school, now and in the
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future. The characters’ innocence, contrasted with their complexity and education, makes for hilarious dialogue. There are quotable scenes aplenty, quirky ’80s dancing and heartwarming problems exposed – all topped off by the empowering, end-scene fist pump. Now, what if you want another taste of the ’80s? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is another classic, with fewer tears and a few more laughs. This film will give you an idea of why both films were an integral part of the decade. Raging Bull Sports movies may not be everybody’s favorite – but Raging Bull gets inside the athlete’s head, not the game. This film’s deep. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, this boxing film explores gender stereotypes and the ugliness of the stereotypical masculinity of the ’70s and ’80s. Alongside its social complexes, Scorsese’s direction is something to be marveled in this picture.
It’s a sports film shrouded in art. The Avengers If New York City was your unfulfilled Spring Break destination, Marvel Studio’s The Avengers will raise your NYC and give you the city equipped with an all-star lineup of superheroes. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) team up to save the planet from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his deluded plans of destruction. It’s 143-minutes of funny, action-packed entertainment that will make you want to don a mask and save the world. But you won’t – the motivation will probably start to dwindle after you’ve tidied the food wrappers from around your bed. email: email@example.com
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Continued from page 8: Winter needed refreshments after shopping. Heading just a mile closer toward the city will bring you into Allentown, the home of many local bars, about a dozen art galleries and the Bubble Man (look above Jim’s Steak Out on the corner of Elmwood and Allen and you just might see him). Rust Belt Books, just off the corner of Elmwood and Allen, is by far the best bookstore in the city. With literary criticism, poetry, old editions of Playboy and foreign literature at significantly marked-down prices, Rust Belt is the key bookstore for college students on a budget who are looking to educate themselves beyond a syllabus. The bookstore also holds many of the readings for the Poetics Plus Program, organized by Dr. Steve McCaffery, a UB professor. Though Second Chic caters to both modern and vintage clothing, Black Cat Vintage at 85 Allen St. exclusively carries restored vintage clothing and accessories for men and women. Only a few doors down from Black Cat Vintage is the Allen Street Dress Shop, which changes their window display daily. The shop sells higher price-point garments than the vintage shops, but the website encourages visitors to “wander among a few of our gypsies and roses” to discover nearly one-of-akind pieces. This is just a taste of Elmwood
and Allentown; exploring the rest is up to you. Delaware Park Buffalo’s perpetual winter may have you believing that it is our sole season, but have no fear: weather. com predicts that during the week of Spring Break, average temperatures will be in the low 40’s. Spring Break is the time to start getting Vitamin D back in your system and the upcoming sunny days are the perfect time to rejuvenate with a stroll in the park. Delaware Park is part of the Buffalo Olmstead Park System, which is comprised of six major parks and various parkways and traffic circles throughout the city, according to the park system’s website. The park offers ample space to wander through the willow trees lining Hoyt Lake or take a moment to rest in the Japanese Gardens, For those of you familiar with New York City’s Central Park, you’ve already seen the work of Frederick Law Olmstead, the designer of the park. Olmstead was invited to Buffalo in 1868 to create “the first system of parks and interconnecting parkways,” according to the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy. From the Park you are within walking distance to the AlbrightKnox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the Buffalo His-
tory Museum, Forest Lawn Cemetery (seriously, its beautiful and not that morbid) and the Elmwood Village. The Screening Room A hidden gem of Western New York, the Screening Room Cinema Café, at 3131 Sheridan Drive, recaptures the movie-as-event experience,” according to The Buffalo News. Located behind the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in the Northtown Plaza Business Center, the Screening Room is the only boutique cinema in the area, showing “classic, foreign, cult and new independent movies,” according to the cinema’s website. Bob Golibersuch, the president, founder and director of programming of the Screening Room, believes the alternative seating in the cinema is its main draw to visitors. Golibersuch described the seating as ‘communal,’ allowing large groups to sit together rather than stretched across a room, like at a typical multiplex. Golibersuch said audience members can sit on couches, at a bar or at small tables. The venue is small, seating just about 90 people and Golibersuch said on weekends it is typical to have 60-70 people at the shows. “Even if the movie is showing on TV at the same time, [the Screening Room] will fill up,” Golibersuch said, as the cinema offers that ‘spe-
Continued from page 16: Breaks er, doing things like eating dinner and grocery shopping with one another. The “spring training,” as head coach Kristen Maines described it, allows the Bulls to escape the Buffalo gym and play outdoors. The chance is pivotal, as the Bulls will play outdoors during part of conference play and in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. “It’s always a little interesting the first time you go outside and try to play,” Maines said. She stressed that the game changes drastically when heat, wind and sun come into play. The Bulls’ spring break games will be their final non-conference matches before they open up conference
play Friday, March 21, against Eastern Michigan in Buffalo. The men’s tennis team will also be in Florida when it plays UCF, Southern Mississippi and Illinois. “For us to have the opportunity to win at the end of the season, we’ve got to get outside and this really gives us that ability to do so,” Nickell said. “It’s vital.” Buffalo only played one or two games outside last season before the conference tournament last season, according to Nickell. “If we are close to the beach, we will go to the beach and whatever, but we won’t be doing anything too fun,” Nickell said, describing the break as a “business trip.” The baseball team is feeling the
effect of UB’s late spring break this year due to the Winter Session. The team usually takes advantage of the 10-day hiatus to go on an extended road trip. This season, the Bulls begin conference play during break. Buffalo faces Northern Illinois March 21-23. Before the Huskies, the Bulls will travel to Valparaiso in Indiana for a Wednesday game. Valparaiso played in the NCAA Tournament last season. “The only difference for our guys is when they wake up Monday, they aren’t going to have any classes,” said head coach Ron Torgalski.
cial something’ sitting at home often lacks. The venue has snacks, beer, wine and floats available during shows, giving the cinema an ambiance unavailable in typical multiplexes. The Screening Room is not just a place to watch a movie, but it also allows you to enjoy the company of others while taking in works of cinematic art. Whereas multiplexes cost about $10 per person, seeing a film at the Screening Room typically costs $5$7. The cinema’s website also says that gift certificates are available at the door, offering deals like $25 for two tickets, two popcorns and two drinks, including beer and wine. During Spring Break week, Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie will be playing Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Marnie follows the bizarre behavior of a woman who embezzles from her employer before relocating and repeating her crimes. If Hitchcock doesn’t appeal to you, Wednesday is Poetry Night at the Screening Room. Taking a night during Spring Break to see a film that is both inexpensive and out-of-the-ordinary at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe may just become a cult tradition as you sit back, sip some wine and enjoy the show. Letchworth State Park Although there is plenty to do
within a few miles of campus, taking a day trip offers an escape from looming piles of homework and academic pressure. Chances are you’ll get lost almost immediately and the maps aren’t particularly helpful, but suddenly you’ll look around and see why Letchworth is the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The Genesee River snaking through the park has created an incredible gulf in the land. With 66 miles of hiking trails, three waterfalls as high as 600 feet and an imposing railroad bridge, Letchworth State Park is a natural must-see. A few other notable places to try and visit during break include the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the two Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums (located within walking distance of each other on Porter Avenue and North Srteet), Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Chestnut Ridge Park, the Erie Basin Marina and the Outer Harbor. I can’t possibly discuss even a fraction of what Buffalo has to offer as the weather warms up. Take the time off to discover Buffalo for yourself. email: emma.janicki@ubspectrum. com
Continued from page 16: The Others Scouts don’t think it’ll work out that way, and though I hope they’re wrong and teams will take a chance on some of the athletes, I have no doubt these seniors will be successful wherever they end up in life. I was reminded Tuesday just how special their class is – beyond 8-5, beyond a bowl game, beyond any NFL selection. There are no stats that gauge quality people, and it’s
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All 32 NFL teams scout UB’s Pro Day Bulls take advantage of Mack-supplied spotlight BEN TARHAN
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Standout linebacker Khalil Mack was on hand, sporting his NFL Combine gear, to participate in the 40-yard dash and skill drills.
Two different types of breaks
While some student-athletes have games, others plan to enjoy time away from the field
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For women’s soccer players N’Dea Johnson (left) and Courtney Gross, UB’s Spring Break is an opportunity to explore Punta Cana, Mexico.
OWEN O’BRIEN Sports Editor
After playing in the bitterly cold weather of winter in Buffalo, some athletes will escape frigid temperatures for a week of travel. For UB women’s soccer players N’Dea Johnson, Natalie Jurisevic and Courtney Gross and Gross’ twin sister Gillian – a senior on Akron’s women’s soccer team – a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, is the first Spring Break excursion that any of the four will experience. “It’s me and Nat’s senior year and N’Dea’s our best friend, so what other way do we want to spend our last Spring Break?” Gross said. Gross decided on Punta Cana largely because her older sister Marissa went when she was in college. Gross said some other players are going to prevalent party locations like Daytona Beach and Panama City in Florida, but Gross and Johnson wanted a more relaxing break. Some girls from last year’s team also went to Punta Cana. The trip is all-inclusive and consists of time at the beach and pool, paddle boarding, jet skiing, banana-boat tubing and more. This spring, the team has been practicing six times per week. They are off Wednesdays and weekends, and Johnson said the
players are looking forward to the break. “I think it’s one of the benefits of not being in-season that we get to go away for Spring Break,” Johnson said. “We don’t get much of a summer because we have to be here in like August.” The Bulls have a spring game on Friday, March 14, before they begin their break. They return to practice March 24. The team had a meeting with new head coach Shawn Burke – who was an assistant the previous five seasons – on the first day of the spring semester. He told the girls the spring schedule, but allowed them to spend their week off however they pleased. “Before I came here, I thought it was going to be like the worst thing ever,” Johnson said. “Like I wouldn’t have any free time and I won’t be able to do everything college kids do, but I think I’m getting the same college experience that regular kids are getting.” The women’s tennis team will be bonding in the warmth as well, but they won’t be enjoying as much time on the beach. The Bulls will rent a house rather than stay in separate hotels when they compete in Florida on March 15 and 16. This opportunity will allow the team to spend some relaxing time togethSEE BREAKS, PAGE 13
Representatives from every NFL team and several CFL teams visited the Buffalo Bills’ Fieldhouse Tuesday to watch a group of 20 players showcase their athleticism – lifting weights, sprinting, jumping and lunging in hopes of impressing professional scouts. The UB football program hosted its annual Pro Day, at which 16 Buffalo seniors (as well as four athletes from other local colleges) put their skills on display for NFL teams. Linebacker Khalil Mack was the clear center of attention as he ran the 40yard dash and participated in skill drills. “It was important for me and my confidence to go back out and try to get under 4.6, which I know I am capable of doing,” said Mack, who ran a 4.65 at the NFL Scouting Combine. Though scouts gravitated toward Mack –all eyes were on him whenever he stepped onto the turf, whether he was performing or just lacing up his cleats – other players took advantage of the spotlight with strong performances. Buffalo’s all-time rushing leader, Branden Oliver, put up 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He also ran an unofficial time of 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. Cornerback Najja Johnson was
able to rep 11 times on the bench press and also reached 30.5 inches in the high jump. His unofficial 40-yard dash time was 4.29. All-time receiving touchdown leader Alex Neutz reached 33 inches on the high jump, and he bench-pressed 14 reps. Neutz’s unofficial 40-yard dash time was 4.6. After Neutz’s third 40-yard dash attempt, he pulled up and grabbed his right hamstring. He did not participate in any drills after that. “It’s frustrating to spend that much time working so hard to perfect all these crafts that we’re doing here today and then … pull up a little limp and have to call it a day,” Neutz said. “It definitely was a little frustrating, but I’m not down about it.” Wide receivers Fred Lee and Natey Adjei, running back Brandon Murie, tight ends Jimmy Gordon and Ed Harof, defensive backs Derek Brim, Carlos Lammons, Tomarris Bell and Okoye Houston, defensive linemen Colby Way and Beau Bachtelle and offensive lineman Jasen Carlson were the other Bulls who worked out. Tuesday had a different feel from past Pro Days with so many NFL scouts in the building. The previous high for NFL franchises represented at Bulls Pro Day was 17 in 2013. Neutz, who participated in the NFLPA Collegiate Game Jan. 18 in Carson, Calif., said it was un-
expected to see so many scouts there and called it a great day for the program. He also called Mack an ambassador between UB football and the NFL. Despite reaching the end of his playing days in the Bulls uniform, Mack still feels a strong connection to his teammates. “I don’t feel like I’m anywhere yet,” Mack said. “I’m still working hard and I want to continue to help [my teammates] work hard to get to where they want to be as well.” Mack is expected to come off the board early in May’s NFL Draft, with some outlets predicting him to be one of the top five picks. Although prominent mock drafts do not currently have any other Bulls being drafted, it is likely that a handful will get the opportunity to compete for an NFL roster spot as undrafted free agents. “All this is a bonus,” Neutz said. “I never really saw myself getting this far in my career. So, really, if I just get a tryout with a team and get a chance to go prove myself at the next level, I’ll be happy.” The first round of the NFL Draft will take place May 8, and the draft will continue on May 9 and 10. email: email@example.com
The Others At Pro Day, seniors remind me what made their class stand out AARON MANSFIELD Editor in Chief
I only saw Khalil Mack get any semblance of frustrated during an interview once this season. Reporters ask athletes – especially stars like Mack – all sorts of weird and probing questions, but I asked the only one that bothered him, from what I observed. Context: When the Bulls defeated Ohio 30-3 Nov. 5, senior wide receiver Alex Neutz hauled in two touchdowns and tied the mark for most receiving scores in school history. (He later caught three more and now has sole possession of the record.) After the game, I asked Mack in the press conference if it felt good to see a valuable member of the senior class – someone who wasn’t getting as much attention – to hit such a prestigious point. Dumb wording. Mack, polite as athletes come, thought about his response before saying: “I believe Alex is … getting all the attention he can. He’s a great player.” You could see his thoughts on his face: Are you suggesting I’m taking attention away from my teammates? That’s not what I was implying, and it’d be a foolish argument to make. If anything, Mack drawing scouts to games helped his comrades. But there was this dramatic disconnect throughout the season: it seemed scouts were at every UB game and summer practice, but only to watch Mack; outlets wanted to interview only Mack. As tremendous of a player as Mack is – and I’ll be the first to tell you he’s the best athlete this school has ever had (and might ever have) – I thought it was cool that for that night after the win over Ohio, people were focusing on another valuable senior. Which brings me to Tuesday. For the first time in school history, all 32 NFL teams attended UB’s annual Pro Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium. This was, of course, due to the attendance of Mack, who is projected to go in
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Senior running back Branden Oliver put up the bench press (225 pounds) 26 times at UB's Pro Day Tuesday.
the top five of this year’s draft. But it also created an opportunity for some of the less heralded but immensely talented Bulls – guys like Alex Neutz – to get exposure. As I walked around Pro Day, chatting with the familiar players got me thinking about this senior class. Sixteen total Bulls put their athletic abilities on display Tuesday, and there’s a chance only 1/16 of them will have their phones ring with an NFL team on the other end during the draft, which runs May 8-10. If mock drafts are accurate, that’s the way things will go. NFL teams will miss out on an abundance of potential, not to mention truly quality individuals, if they pass on selecting everyone from UB not named Khalil Mack. Obviously, Mack was the draw of the day. The cameras stayed on him. The scouts’ heads moved whenever he so much as flinched. Though I’m glad Mack is getting everything he deserves, I took particular interest in following some of the other guys. You have Adam Schefter to report on Mack now anyway. Running back Branden Oliver – who’s 5-foot-7 – put up 26 reps on the bench press (225 pounds). He wasn’t happy, though: he said he did it 29 times last year. That’s the kind of animal he is. Corner Najja Johnson ran an unofficial 4.29 in the 40-yard
dash (they don’t release official 40 times at Pro Day)(I don’t get it either). Four point two nine! He also put up 11 reps on the bench – for a corner, that’s impressive, especially when you consider that he was putting up four in January. Johnson added eight solid pounds in the past two months and still ran a 4.29. Neutz lunged 9-feet-9-inches in the broad jump. Safety Derek Brim leapt 35 inches in the high jump. Like Mack, many of the men in this class are not only exceptional athletes but great people. I can’t emphasize that enough. In sports journalism, you meet a lot of athletes. Once in a while, you meet a special one, but it’s rare. Hubris is a fatal curse to which most fall victim. Not this class. In this class, there are many special ones. There are the five fellows I’ve already mentioned, plus Fred Lee, Brandon Murie, Colby Way and more. They’ve been training all over the country. Neutz in Philly. Johnson in Connecticut. Others, like Lee and Brim, have stayed in the Western New York region. Each athlete has pushed his body mercilessly for Tuesday’s event, hoping that one team – just one team – takes a liking to him. SEE THE OTHERS, PAGE 13