Lessons Learned From Flight 3407 DANNIELLE O’TOOLEAsst. News Editor Dr. Gregory G. Homish, assistant professor of community health and health behavior at UB, is the first author of an article in the current issue of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness; the article deals with disaster response in the wake of the recent Flight 3407 tragedy.
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“Immediate intervention [after a disaster] usually reduces tension, which can mitigate the negative impact on individual, family, and work life and improve health,” Homish said. Emergency mental health is a field of practice designed to help survivors, their significant others, emergency responders, disaster workers, and the community at large to effec-
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A recent publication, co-authored by a UB professor, explains how emergency services cope with disasters like Flight 3407.
Second Annual Poverty Workshop Draws a Large Crowd
“We wanted to get Buffalo talking,” said Kristin Cipollone, consultant for the Homeless Alliance of WNY and a UB doctoral ELP student. “The goal is to generate community needs and give students, faculty, and community members topics that need to be investigated to better understand and alleviate poverty.”
GRACE CLARKEStaff Writer On Friday afternoon, the basement of the St. Stanislaus Church Social Center was crowded with over 150 members of the Buffalo community for the second annual Poverty Research Workshop, which focused on the issue of women and homelessness.
All workshop participants were greeted with a large array of handouts from sponsors and service providers. The Homeless Alliance of Western New York and the Partnership for the Public Good compiled a collection of topics to present to faculty and students with the goal of encouraging continued research in the field and highlighting topics of interest.
Buffalo is the third-highest region of poverty in the country, with 30 percent of the city’s population living under the poverty level. The event aimed to raise awareness on poverty in the community and provide a forum in which community members could speak out about recent findings in the field and areas that still need to be studied.
The keynote speaker in the first half of the workshop was Dr. Maureen Hayes, senior research associate at the National Center for Family Homelessness. Hayes presented her findings as the project director for the multiyear Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition (SHIFT). Hayes conducted her findings through data collected from in-
dividuals who have been exposed to varying housing models. “It’s not just about getting these families off the streets, but how can we help them stabilize for long periods of time and maintain their independence,” Hayes said. Hayes found that housing programs made a large difference in the recovery of the women and families she studied. Buffalo has a large need for housing programs such as transitional housing and permanent supportive housing. Kevin Blair, associate professor of social work at Niagara University, spoke in response to Hayes’ findings. Blair touched on the issue of opportunity costs affecting the ability of women to achieve higher education. “There’s the tuition, the books, the fees, and so on,” Blair said. “These are the direct costs [of achieving higher education]. The indirect costs are the money and time they are giving up for these four to six years.” Blair also discussed the need to edu-
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want another war,” chanted students holding posters duct-taped to yard sticks. Several faculty and student speakers addressed the crowd, voicing various reasons why they believe military action against Iraq is unnecessary. Bruce Jackson, Samuel P. Capen pro-
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“We are populating prisons with people who can’t make it on the outside,” Miller said. “[This is] largely because of the technical violations that they committed because they are set up to fail. A key determinant to the success of paroles is adequate housing.” Public housing under the federal law has the right to restrict housing
Matt Shrantz, a senior history major and member of UB for Peace, helped organize Wednesday’s rally. Like the other protestors, Shrantz said war is not the only answer.
Students and faculty members gathered outside Capen Hall on Wednesday afternoon in a vocal display of opposition to a preemptive war with Iraq.
“One, two, three, four – We don’t
Teresa Miller, professor at law at UB, presented the topic of inadequate housing for females resulting in incarceration. Miller found that 35 percent of parolees in the U.S. return to prison as a result of parole violation.
“It’s time to stop that, and that’s why we’re here today,” he added.
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The UB protesters were not alone in their opposition. Over 400 other high schools and colleges held similar “Books, Not Bombs” demonstrations as part of a national demonstration Wednesday.
“Most [students] come in with a lot of myths,” Blair said. “[Students] are surprised at the results which turn up in the field work, such as the fact that being poor is time-consuming. Many impoverished people work but are unable to meet the cost of living due to lack of social support.”
killed by gas,” Jackson said. “For me, those dead animals emblemize what this is all about. All those dead animals, all those destroyed houses, all those destroyed schools, all those dead children. There’s been enough of that.
‘Books, Not Bombs’ UB Students And Faculty Protest War Against Iraq
The student strike rally, called “Books, Not Bombs,” was organized by the UB for Peace organization. Over 100 UB students, faculty and local residents gathered to voice opposition to the pending war.
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fessor of American Culture, spoke into a megaphone about crying after seeing an article in the newspaper about a zoo in Palestine where all of the animals died as a result of bombings. “The giraffes died of fear when it heard the bombing. The zebra was
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“There are several alternatives, one being continuing the weapons inspection process which I think is yielding weapons,” Shrantz said. “Since the Gulf War, the weapons inspections run by the United Nations have eliminated more weapons than were eliminated during all of the Gulf War. I think that’s the best alternative to the invasion of Iraq.” Shrantz said that UB for Peace is trying to alert students that this war will affect everyone, even UB students. “Even though this war is thousands of miles away, it can impact and it will impact us,” Shrantz said. “You
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rights to those recently incarcerated, and drug offenders must prove that they are receiving rehabilitation to be considered for public housing. Miller says that this civil penalty assumes all drug offenders as continued users, setting these individuals up to fail without giving them an opportunity. The final speaker, Kenneth Gaston, case manager from GROUP ministries, addressed the importance of community health workers and their role in the struggle against homelessness and poverty. “Often time we look at homelessness from a very narrow perspective,” Gaston said. “[We] forget about other issues such as health care, which plays a big role.” Gaston believes that it is important to “bridge the gap” between community service providers and doctors. Community health workers operate directly with individuals affected by poverty to work toward avoiding homelessness. g
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org have students who are going to be called on by reserves and family members of students in this.” While over 100 protestors chanted peace slogans and held signs reading “Bush and Blair: They Don’t Care,” a contingent of pro-war protestors gathered about 20 yards from the mass. Ryan Parry, a sophomore history major, was one of the protestors in support of the war. “I’m pro-war,” he said. “I want to get out the bad leaders that are tyrants and are killing people who are innocent. These people who are in the military don’t want to go to the gulf, they don’t want to fight, but they know they have to and that it’s their duty.” Michael Brewster, a sophomore industrial engineering major, also was in support of the war. Brewster said he came out to support his friends who were in the military. “I think [the anti-war protestors] are being pretty ignorant about what’s going on,” Brewster said. “We’ve been trying to do things over there
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This work, most recently featured in a frontpage story in The New York Times in 2009, has led the researchers to national academic and popular acclaim, and more importantly, three new federal grants to help continue their work. The most recent grant Clements and Samara received is for $1.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Studies (IES). This three-year grant will help to further their TRIAD work with underprivileged children. They plan to focus on STEM (science, technology, education, and math) content knowledge in the prekindergarten through elementary grades.
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Professors Clements and Sarama have tested their program in over 400 classrooms throughout Buffalo and Boston.
UB Professors Awarded Grants to Improve Early Learning REBECCA BRATEKStaff Writer Many children who live in poor economic areas are unable to count past 10 and cannot perform simple mathematics by the time they arrive to preschool. These skills, vital to the growth and development of knowledge in beginning students, are the focus of two UB professors. UB School of Graduate Education professors Doug H. Clements and Julie Sarama are accomplished in the research arena. Known nationally for their research in early childhood learning, Clements and Sarama have received three new federal grants, totaling over $7 million, to continue their work teaching math to underprivileged students. Through their TRIAD program (Technologyenhanced, Research-based, Instruction, Assessment, and professional Development) they have developed a feature known as “Building Blocks.” Clements and Sarama designed this math curriculum from cognitive science research that uses simple activities that students are familiar with. “Building Blocks is everything children would normally engage in,” Sarama said in an article in UB Today. “Stories, puzzles, songs, block-building. The key is what students are being asked. We’re teaching teachers how to ask the appropriate questions and thereby push the children along mathematically in all areas of math, including geometry.”
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“We know that you get more ‘bang for the buck’ working in early childhood than any other age. We also know that early mathematics competencies are far more important, as in predicting later school success, than people ever thought previously,” Clements said. “We know children from low-resource communities are not provided with sufficient high-quality educational opportunities, and we have dedicated the past two decades to research and development in those areas.” Along with the IES grant, Clements and Sarama have also received two grants, for a total of $5.5 million, from the National Science Foundation. The first grant will fund efforts of Clements and Sarama, along with the help of colleagues, to create and test a mathematics assessment that will ultimately give teachers more insight on children’s knowledge in less time than existing assessments. The second grant will be used to combine Building Blocks’ mathematics specialty with other disciplines of learning. Clements and Sarama have partnered with experts in the other three categories of the four basic domains of learning – science, literacy, language, and social-emotional development – to extend the depth of their program. “For many years there has been tension in the field about whether we should focus on pre-academic skills or social-emotional development during the early childhood years. I have always felt that it is not an either/or, but rather we should do both,” said Mary Louise Hemmeter, of Vanderbilt University, the partnership’s expert in social-economic development. “I see this as an opportunity to help them teach across subject areas in a way that not only supports the children’s literacy, math, and science learning, but which promotes children’s social-emotional development.” Clements and Sarama began their work in 2006, focusing on students in Buffalo and Boston public schools. Over the past five years, they have tested children in over 400 classrooms through their TRIAD program. g
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Political Poll Shocks France In a recent survey by the French Le Parisien newspaper, far-right leader Marine Le Pen emerged as the frontrunner in next year’s presidential election. The results are a shock, as no one expected Le Pen to top current President Nicolas Sarkozy. In the survey, Le Pen earned 23 percent of the vote, two points higher than Sarkozy. She also received more votes than the popular Socialist leader Martine Aubry. Some analysts say an online poll like this cannot be entirely reliable but that results shouldn’t be disregarded.
grams in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is also a professor in the department of mathematics and adjunct professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Duke University in 1985 and has worked in mathematics departments at several universities. The search committee is headed by Dr. Harvey G. Stenger and consists of members from various departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. g
If this trend stays the same for next year’s election, Le Pen would automatically qualify for the second round of voting with the other mainstream party leaders. Le Pen was named leader of the National Front party in January, succeeding her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen. He was never able to receive as high of poll ratings as his daughter currently has, which demonstrates her devotion and appeal to the French people. g
Candidates Narrowed Down for CAS Dean After reviewing applications, the final two candidates in the search for the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences have been found. Later this month, Charles Mitchell and Bruce Pitman will be interviewed, and the dean will be announced by July 1. Mitchell is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Geology. After earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1983, Mitchell became a member of UB’s department of geology, where he has since held various positions, including department chair, from 2002-2008. Pitman is currently the associate dean of research and sponsored pro-
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Louisiana Town Hit by Tornado The small Louisiana town of Rayne was devastated by a tornado on Saturday. The tornado was part of the string of violent storms that have been hitting the southeast states of Mississippi, Alabama and now Louisiana. The tornado ripped through the town, leaving one woman dead and at least 11 more injured. Hundreds of houses were damaged and many were completely destroyed. The town remains on alert and has evacuated many citizens because of possible gas leaks. Many of Rayne’s 8,500 residents were moved to safety shelters set up in fire stations around the area. Local meteorologists have issued tornado warnings for the southeast region of the state. The city of New Orleans may also face serious weather conditions. The tornado and other storms have led to the postponement or cancellation of several Mardi Gras events taking place this week. g
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Burqa Ban Violates Religious Freedom Women should be able to wear what they want
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because France claims to be “protecting” other women? It hardly seems so.
What really makes this law problematic is that it targets Islam specifically. It would be one thing if there was a rule banning face coverings of any kind, or perhaps any form of religious headwear, but that is not the case.
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It seems wrong to make a rule banning one form of religious clothing, but not others. What makes a yarmulke more acceptable than a burqa? It’s an unfair double standard.
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Additionally, the notion that this bill is made with the interests of women in mind seems dubious, to say the least. No one would deny that it’s wrong to force women to wear any article of clothing, but it seems equally wrong to tell them they can’t wear it. This bill might want the best for women, but all it’s going to do is subjugate them further.
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In France, there has been a great deal of controversy over the socalled “burqa ban,” which bans the wearing of Islamic face coverings such as burqas and niqabs. The law was purportedly put in place because in many areas, women and children are forced to wear burqas against their wills and in many cases are beaten if they choose not to. The idea is that if burqas were no longer allowed in public, this would not occur.
Naturally, this sparked a considerable amount of debate. Even if the bill is well-intentioned, many have argued that making it so Islamic face coverings can’t be worn is a violation of religious freedom. The Spectrum also feels this way. This law essentially tells people they are not allowed to express their religion. Consider the fact that many French women choose to wear burqas. Is it really fair to tell them they can’t practice their religious beliefs
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Future effects of legislation unknown
More specifically, you’ve heard a lot about the plan being delayed. Whether it’s bills not passing, controversy over tuition increases, or all of the ever-present UB 2030 talk, this plan has had quite a bit of trouble getting off the ground.
Still, the fact that the measure passed 53 to one in the Senate indicates that it has, if nothing else, a fighting chance.
Last week, however, it finally took a step in the right direction. The State Senate passed a revised version of the UB 2020 bill that Simpson had been putting forth for years. In the bill, the university would be allowed to set tuition for the 2011-12 academic year, but it
Of course, it is unknown if the bill will pass. It has yet to be voted on in the Assembly, where last year’s bill was shot down.
This leads to the question of whether or not the provisions in the bill would lead UB in the right direction for the future. At this point, that is difficult to say. Quite simply, we don’t know about where this bill will take things. For instance, there’s the potential $375 tuition increase. We don’t know if it will actually go up that much (or what future years will hold), but suppose it
On Friday night, however, when Mother Monster confessed her secret to a crowd of 18,000, the disappointment of some fans was more than apparent. Screams of “no” and reassurances that she wasn’t a lie at all filled the arena, almost drowning out her next words: “Because, if you tell a really big lie enough times, it becomes reality.” For a moment after that proclamation, something was heard in HSBC Arena that I would never have expected at a Gaga concert: silence. The screaming mob of fans, from the nosebleeds in the back all the way to my friends and I in the very front row, grew quiet as her message sank in.
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UB 2020 Bill Could Work…For Now would not be allowed to raise it by more than $375 a year. In addition, 15 to 20 percent of the additional revenue goes toward scholarships.
For those readers who aren’t the biggest fans of Lady Gaga (I’m looking at you, Jameson), I’m sure this admission is one you’ve been waiting a long time to hear.
Of course, regardless of the motive for the law, it is still wrong. It imposes unreasonable restrictions on both women and Muslims. Even if it does prevent some women from being forced to wear a burqa, it also restricts the rights of many other Muslim women in France. Wellintentioned or not, it is simply wrong. g
If you pay any attention to what goes on at UB, you’ve probably heard quite a bit about UB 2020, the university’s vision for the future. The plan involves more students, more professors, and of course, more buildings. All in all, it would increase the size of UB by 40 percent.
“I think of myself as a really big lie.”
It’s no secret that Lady Gaga is all about flash and glamour. She lives in a way that makes her seem largerthan-life, and it is that quality that draws so many of us who live on the fringes of society to her. To have her admit so openly that she wasn’t the person she pretended to be was almost too much to comprehend.
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Finally, when looking at the history of anti-Islamic and antiimmigrant sentiment in France, it is not a major stretch to think French legislators may have an ulterior motive in passing the bill. While it can’t be assumed that the bill was made specifically to take a stand against Islam, it is a reasonable suspicion.
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does. An extra $375 one year doesn’t seem like much, but if tuition goes up $3,750 over the span of 10 years, that could have adverse effects. It would make UB unaffordable for a lot of middle-class students. Admittedly, the bill does include more money for scholarships and financial aid. Still, consider the plight of the student who is neither rich nor poor. He couldn’t afford to pay his own tuition, or qualify for financial aid. If tuition goes up at too high of a rate, a lot of people could find themselves in that position. Additionally, it is unknown if this bill will revitalize Buffalo’s economy as much as people hope it will. Considering that the main campus is located in Amherst (a fine example of poor planning), it’s hard to picture a great deal of this money going to help the city’s economy. g
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Should All The Young Dudes Be Worried? John Hugar Editorial Editor In the past year or so, there’s been a lot made of the future of men in the workforce. Specifically, many think we don’t have much of a future. In recent years, women have been attending college, and gaining degrees at faster rates than men. In addition, many companies are hiring more women for management positions than they have in past years. This has led to a lot of concern for all us guys. Maybe we should be worried. Maybe when I see a confidentlooking woman in business attire on her way to an interview, I should be frightened. Maybe she’s taking a job that could’ve easily gone to me! Or maybe we’re all making a big deal out of nothing. For one thing, women have gotten the short of the end of stick in the workforce pretty much since the beginning of time. The fact that women are actually starting to be taken seriously in the workforce is hardly anything to panic about. If anything, we should be glad that we’ve taken a necessary step closer to gender equality. As for why men are going to college and getting jobs so much less these days, the reason for that is uncertain. Some would argue that perhaps women are just smarter than men, and we’re finally beginning to realize it. I, however, look at this situation with a different view. I think it’s because as men, we’ve lost our ambition. In past years we’ve had everything handed to us. We’ve been the dominant gender, the breadwinner of our households, and the sex most readily accepted into positions of power. As a result, we haven’t had to try very hard.
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UB should put in more sidewalks! St. Rita’s Lane could use one from South Lake to the dorms. It sucks walking on the cracked-up, noshoulder, 15-mile-an-hour road, with a sorry excuse for a crosswalk on the Audubon. Spectrum, In your article on Libya you stated that the Iraq War is now the longest-running military campaign in U.S. history, passing Vietnam. That is simply not true. We have been in Iraq for 8 years, Afghanistan for over 9, and we were in Vietnam for over 10. Please fact check.
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LASA Wins International Fiesta VERONICA RITTERStaff Writer International Fiesta, the annual cultural dance competition that pits the international clubs on campus against one another, took the main stage at the Center for the Arts this past Saturday. The Latin American Student Association (LASA) took home first place. This year’s show, with a “global kaleidoscope” theme, highlighted five different cultures and Student Association clubs: LASA, Filipino American (FASA), Japanese (JSA), Malaysian (MASA), and Indian (ISA). Each club danced an eight- to 10-minute routine that paid homage to its culture’s national dance. “[This was called a kaleidoscope] to illustrate how International Fiesta has always been a channel for UB students to have a glimpse into different cultures, and to experience these cultures without even having to leave the campus,” said Janice Tong, the international council coordinator and a senior social sciences interdisciplinary major with a concentration in international studies. The show takes about a year to produce, and the dancers have prepared for the last four to five months. Although some of the performers may have limited dance backgrounds, it is hard to notice since each club had been practicing almost every night for the last month. “I hope that through this, the student body of UB and the general public will have a better understanding and even just take a glimpse at all the different cultures that we present,” Tong said. “[The dancers have] passion toward their own heritage, and the eagerness to spread their culture.” The night opened up with a one-ofa-kind rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” performed on elec-
tric guitar by Andrew Liu, a senior health and human services major who performed with LASA later in the show. In addition to the five competitive dances, there were four exhibition performances. Exhibitions are non-competitive dances, usually because some members are not UB students or simply because of preference. The first exhibition act was the CTH Lion Dance Troupe presented by the Vietnamese Student Association. It was an act that featured vibrant-colored Vietnamese dragons getting drunk, which filled the audience with laughter. The second, UB Zeal, a fusion group of dancers with South Asian backgrounds, incorporated a few different types of dance styles in its act. The group also danced on top of chairs, which grabbed the crowd’s attention. The third exhibition act was Melange, which means “mixture” in French. This dance combined tango, salsa, and a traditional Arabic dance called Dabkeh. The final exhibition was a band called Random Nation, so named because each member is from random nations. Liu, who performed the national anthem, is also a member of the band. The band played unique covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” and Michael Jackson’s, “Billie Jean,” as well as others. FASA, champions of last year’s show, performed first and set the bar high. FASA is one of the larger clubs with over 50 members. Their dance promoted Filipino culture through not only the dancing, but also through the music and dress. Their costumes helped reflect their cultural traditions with lively colors from emerald green to fuchsia and purple. Props such as fans, swords, shields, ladders and bamboo poles strengthened their effort to portray
Filipino history. As winners of last year’s competition, the pressure was certainly on the club. “We don’t want to hype up the crowd and say anything about last year, but there is a lot of pressure especially because there is only five clubs competing,” said Harrison Nguyen, one of the Masters of Ceremonies (MC), a member of FASA, and a senior math major. “If we don’t make one of the top three
ding. The dancers were adorned in red scarves along with red fans that depicted banners being waved through the air. There were many dances within their act, as separate groups performed to entertain the bride and groom.
MC and a senior geography major.
The movie A Night at the Museum inspired ISA’s dance, which was loud and energetic. The women wore brightly colored belly-dancing-esque skirts, which jingled with
“Everyone has worked so hard this year. I’ve seen sweat, blood and tears put into this, and that’s not a lie – people have actually bled,” said Carlos Camacho, another MC of the Fiesta, vice president of LASA, and a senior in sociology.
The incentive to win the competition extends past pride and bragging rights; the first-place club received $1000. Second place received $750, and third place, $550.
LASA has 35 members, but had around 50 people in its dance – club membership is not required to participate. While the clubs are competing against one another in the hopes to win the title and the money, each club is rooting for one another, too. A member of FASA even danced for LASA this year.
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“I would love for my club to win but as long as the other club that wins brings it and fights to the finish, I will be happy seeing them win because I know that they deserve it,” Camacho said.
International Fiesta lit up the stage in the Center for the Arts this past Saturday night. The Latin American Student Association, pictured above, won first place, followed by the Indian Student Association Camacho was extremely happy when Tong announced LASA as coming in second and Japanese Student Association in third. spots, it’s going to look pretty bad.” JSA performed next; their dances told the story of a geisha falling in love with a samurai, which is frowned upon in Japanese culture. The dance incorporated beautiful yellow and green kimonos, as well as pink umbrellas that added a touch of additional color. JSA also showcased a traditional knife fight, which resulted in the geisha’s death when she comes in between her samurai and another. Fortunately, the dancing revived her, but the geisha and the samurai part ways in the end. MASA performed a dance that depicted an authentic Malay wed-
each move they made. The ISA was especially notable because its incorporated stunts, including a basket toss and tumbling. LASA started off with shirtless men on stage, which then progressed into fast-paced Latin dances, such as salsa. For one dance, the men wore sombreros and ponchos while the women wore red skirts and red bandanas. The rich, red color helped illuminate LASA’s culture. “[Each club] went hard, they all practiced hard, they all put in work, they got props, they got colors, the costumes are cool, always represents the culture, they’re very flowy,” said Ahmed Jahmi, another
the winner of the competition. The group fought to the finish and became $1,000 richer. ISA followed in second and JSA in third. “It’s a lot of hard work putting this show together and it’s a lot of time put into it as well,” Tong said. The hard work seemed to pay off; International Fiesta remains one of the most highly anticipated events at UB. If it continues selling out shows and filling up the CFA as it did yesterday, it will have no problem continuing for years to come. For those students who have been inspired to become a part of a club, want to be a dancer next year, or both, visit 350 Student Union to gain more information. g
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The Battle is Back KEREN BARUCHStaff Writer For the seventh year in a row, the University at Buffalo is hosting its annual Battle of the Bands. The event will take place on Thursday in the Student Union Theater. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. At last year’s battle, the audience was large enough to fill the entire SU Theater. This event is a student favorite, according to Paul Rukundo, the assistant talent coordinator of the Undergraduate Student Association. Rukundo hopes that this year’s audience is as large and enthusiastic as last year’s. The five bands, which include MayDay, The Steakouts, In The Presence of Enemies, J Bangin’ Brew, and Between Us All, were chosen from a pool of 20 applicants. Each applicant handed in a press kit, and the SA entertainment staff used a point scale to judge the bands and to decide which five would be able to perform at the competition.
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The Student Association’s Battle of the Bands will take place this Thursday in the Student Union Theater at 7 p.m.
The Steakouts, a ska/punk band formed in December of 2009, have recently played at several other venues, including The Haunt in Ithaca with the band 4 Point 0 for The Toaster’s 30th Annual Tour.
The Steakouts are known for “bringing a dance party to every show,” according to the band’s Facebook page. They have been influenced by Blink-182, Led Zeppelin, and Sublime, according to the band’s website, thesteakouts.com. In The Presence of Enemies, a fourpiece band from Cheektowaga, N.Y., will be performing its progressive metal tracks at Thursday’s event. They’ve been influenced by The Mars Volta, Killswitch Engage, and Dream Theater and have recently released their CD, The Learning Curve. The J Bangin’ Brew is a “hot new acoustic rock band fused with funk, pop and reggae, combining smooth vocals with catchy lyrics,” according its website, reverbnation.com/thejbanginbrew. This local Buffalo band hopes to inspire and excite fans with its unique blend of musical influences. Influenced by Destroy the Runner, A Day To Remember, and August Burns Red, Between Us All is a rock/metal band from Eden, N.Y. They are currently working on new tracks and hope to one day be signed to a record label. MayDay is a four-piece rock band
founded in August of 2007. They have played over 100 shows, and won both the 2008 and 2009 UB Battle of the Bands. The band also played at Spring Fest in 2009, opening up for Brand New and Rise Against. MayDay plays a variety of rock, ranging from classic covers to ’90s rock, and the band also plays original music. Each band will have 20 minutes to perform either three or four songs from its setlist. After each set, the crowd’s reaction will be rated using a DB meter, which measures noise level of the crowd. When the bands are finished performing, the judges’ scores and the DB meter’s results will determine the winner. The winning band will receive a cash prize of $500, second place will receive $250, and third place will receive $100. The event is free to all UB undergraduate students. For more questions or comments about The Battle of the Bands, stop by the main SA office at 350 SU or visit the website at sa.buffalo.edu. If MayDay would like to provide a comment or additional information, please contact The Spectrum using the below e-mail or call 645-8567.
Sexsmith’s Boring Inspiration
Sexsmith embraces ill feelings to produce hopeful lyrics as opposed to falling into a submission to them. “Love Shines” follows suit with a similar guitar-filled sound.
ABBY NIEKAMPStaff Writer
“In every nowhere town/ There are somewhere dreams,” Sexsmith sings.
Artist: Ron Sexsmith Album: Long Player Late Bloomer Label: Ronboy Rhymes Release Date: March 1 Grade: C He’s 47 years old, on his 12th album, and almost unheard of. Ron Sexsmith really must be a late bloomer. This Ontario native has created a laid-back vibe with his controlled and smooth vocals on his new album, Long Player Late Bloomer. “Get in Line” sets the tone of the album with a steady, calm background beat and a denial of negative thoughts. “Heavy clouds are hanging around and sun refuses to shine/If you’re bent on bringing me back down, better get in line,” Sexsmith sings. Lyrics with the same “you can’t bring me down” attitude are scattered throughout Sexsmith’s soft melodies. This isn’t far from his previous albums, as he’s often sung of optimism in defeating depressive feelings.
In no way can this singer/songwriter be brought down. He turns every negative into a positive, creating a hopeful message for all listeners. Unfortunately, these optimistic lines may be dismissed not far into listening to one of his songs. As inspiring as Sexsmith may be, there’s no energy or excitement to his music. Perfect for an afternoon slumber or as background music to a daydream, Long Player Late Bloomer doesn’t deliver anything more than a soft tune to relax to. With the help of producer Bob Rock, who worked with Metallica, Motley Crue, and the Cult, Sexsmith’s newest songs are supposed to have a stronger feel and lyrics. While the overall meaning to his album is clear, listeners still won’t be satisfied with the lack of punch it provides. Fans, be inspired by what Long Player Late Bloomer has to offer. Just grab some coffee or a Monster beforehand; it’s going to be needed. g
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Middle Brother Personality
An Album That Lives up to its Name
EDWARD BENOITStaff Writer Artist: Middle Brother Album: Middle Brother Label: Partisan Records Release Date: March 1 Grade: CThere’s an old cliché about country music that says every song is either about the artist’s girl, the artist’s truck, or the artist’s nation. There’s also a cliché about traditional folk music that says nothing innovative has come out of the genre since Bob Dylan. In the case of Middle Brother’s self-titled debut, both clichés ring completely true. The musical vision of John McCauley of Deer Tick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit, Middle Brother is billed as a sort-of country/folk supergroup. “Super” might not be the most fitting adjective. The album kicks off with “Daydreaming,” a song that’s probably meant to be sentimental and heart-rending but fails miserably. The guitar part is simplistic, hokey, and devoid of any real emotion, while the vocals grate miserably against everything else in the song. “Daydreaming” also features the first of many references to country music’s ubiquitous pretty girl that broke the singer’s heart. The guys of Middle Brother either have complicated love lives or know country music convention a little too well, because the next two tracks deal with basically the same subject. At least references to making “my country proud” abate until the fourth track, the creatively titled “Middle Brother.”
VILONA TRACHTENBERGStaff Writer Artist: Paris Suit Yourself Album: My Main S***stain Release: Feb. 23 Label: Big Dada Grade: D
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It’s remarkable how uninspired and derivative Middle Brother is – both the band and the album. Other tours de force in generic convention include “Wilderness,” about friendship, and “Portland,” about the everyday disappointments of an unnamed protagonist that’s a bit down on his luck. As is to be expected from a three-man country/folk band, instrumentation isn’t exactly innovative or interesting. Everything starts and ends with vocals, guitar, and percussion, all of which are used in exactly the way one might expect. Although many might appreciate the band’s folksy acoustic guitar or occasional country twang, many more will undoubtedly find it boring. There’s a cliché about how middle children are given the least amount of family attention. Unless your heart was broken repeatedly by a blue-eyed country girl or you have something against originality, Middle Brother should be treated the same way. g
With atrocious vocals and musicality ever present, Paris Suit Yourself’s ironically named album, My Main S***stain, proves to have the perfect title. The songs on this album are not catchy, nor do the words match with the rhythm. It’s easy for the listener to become very perplexed by the different styles Paris Suit Yourself tries to manufacture all at once. The band could be more effective if it attempted to perfect one sound rather than a mismatch of many. The “Intro” paves the way for the rest of the album, with a barrage of instruments and random noises. The tribal-sounding noises endure throughout the whole intro and fail to start the album off on a good note. “Craig Machinsky” is a frantic song, and it does not sound as if the beats match with the counts. The vocals, coupled with the offbeat instrumentals, add reason to why this album is called My Main S***stain. The song “John’s Angels” only lasts a mere few seconds and utters random words to the sound of organs, as the singer vents
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about how he is broke. Although many bands tend to voice their anger, this band does not do it in a mature way and does not get its words out effectively. Paris Suit Yourself tries to take on much more than it can handle, and “Brainwashed” takes a completely different turn to a more upbeat and jazzy tempo. Unfortunately, this does not help out in the least bit, as the random screaming in the background takes away from the music the band shamelessly attempts to produce. After listening to this CD, which will take up far too much time in one’s life, make sure to flush this S***stain down the toilet. g
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Preservationists Run Amok MICHAEL TYSON Asst. Life Editor
MO MOVIE VIE
Imagine, if you will, a dangerous feature of architecture that is causing serious injury and death, but is being protected from alteration because it is considered historical. Across the nation, but more importantly right here in Western New York, deer have been getting impaled on or eviscerated by wrought iron fences that commonly surround cemeteries.
The film series provides free movie showings and popcorn to undergraduate students. Look online at sa.buffalo.edu for a schedule of upcoming movies, including The King’s Speech and Little Fockers.
Free Movies in Student Union Theater HANNAH BARNESStaff Writer Right now, a movie ticket at the Walden Galleria costs $10, and a small popcorn with a small drink costs $10.75. That’s about $20 for one movie. But in the UB Student Union, students can see all the latest movies without paying for a single kernel. Every week, the SA Film Series screens a different movie in the Student Union Theater. From comedies to action films, every movie genre is represented in the Film Series. The movies are played on a projection screen on the stage, with surround sound, just like in other major theaters. “My roommate happened to mention [the Film Series] to me, and we checked it out,” said Lauren Malara, a freshman pharmacy major. “I was very happy I got to see the movie for free, and I got free popcorn.” For the current semester, the Film
Series will be screening 15 movies. In the past few weeks, they have shown Tangled, Easy A, and Inception, all movies that were hits last year. The movie for next week is the latest in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. After spring break, the SA will be showing this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The King’s Speech, and the following week will bring Best Picture-nominee The Fighter. “We saw Tangled,” Malara said. “I would definitely go to see a movie there again.” April will feature Tron: Legacy, Little Fockers, The Green Hornet, and The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The Film Series is also trying to do something a little different this semester with its participation in Project: INDIE, a nationwide network of college film venues where students are able to experience different and original new films each week. To encourage viewing of these unique films, the first Film Series showing of every week will be an independent film.
In addition to being free, the SA Film Series offers a way to win prizes for attending movie screenings. Either around campus or while at screening, students can pick up SA Film Series punch cards that have a list of all the movies and events that will be at the SA theater this semester. They have 10 punch spaces, which can be punched each time a student sees a movie during the Film Series. The prizes are different depending on the number of movie screenings that students attend. For three films, the prize is an SA water bottle; for five, it is a $5 Tim Horton’s card; for seven, it is a SA T-shirt; for nine, the prize is a Regal movie pass; and for seeing 10 movies, students will receive $10 in campus cash. Students can also check out the SA website to get more information on the movies. g
Photo credits: Harry Potter – Courtesy of Warner Bros. The Fighter – Courtesy of Paramount Pictures The Kings Speech – Courtesy of Bedlam Productions
Many deer have been found hanging from the fences at Williamsville Cemetery in Williamsville, N.Y. and Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. The problem arises because these fences are short enough – four-anda-half feet tall – that deer think they can jump over them, but tall enough that many do not quite make it. Since these fences are then tipped with six-to-seveninch spikes, the deer don’t really stand a chance. What makes this matter worse is that while the solution is relatively simple, preservationists have decided that it would alter the historic value of these spikes. The most probable solution is really just angle-iron cappings that would cover the spikes and make them less likely to cause injury. The cost of this fix was quoted in 2005 at $6,800 for the whole perimeter, which is much cheaper than raising or lowering the overall height of the fence. “If you ever saw these fences up close, you could see the harm they can do,” said Morgan Jamie Dunbar, the founder and organizer of Animal Allies of Western New York. “This fence is so low that it would only take somebody tripping to do serious damage.” Dunbar is joined in her fight by animal rights activists, hunters who believe that
the way these deer die is too cruel, and residents who live near the fence who are tired of hearing the deathscreams of injured deer. Rampant saving of relics that really do not deserve to be saved is not new here. Just a couple years ago, a building that happened to have held a speakeasy in the ’20s partially collapsed into the street. When the city wanted to continue the demolition of this abandoned building, preservationists stepped in to block it despite the fact that none of them wanted to pay for restoration. There are many historical buildings and structures around town that are literally falling apart from lack of care. While I agree that some things from Buffalo’s past deserve to be preserved, like the DarwinMartin House, I also accept that others need to be torn down or at least made safe to make room for Buffalo’s future. To add fuel to the fire in Williamsville, the mayor of the village also happens to be the chair of the preservation society. When it comes to an issue like this, all I can think of is conflict of interest. A possible outcome to this issue in Williamsville, provided that the preservationists are voted down, is that the problems can be fixed in Forest Lawn. This may even induce a spasm of reality checks that will result in actual progress in Buffalo. I may be dreaming, but I’m not the only one. If you want to take a stand for life, plain-old decency, and/or practicality, there is a town hall meeting in Williamsville on March 22 at 7 p.m. There is also a Facebook page regarding the event. g
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From Glazunov to Gershwin to Tutus and Twirls AKARI IBURIStaff Writer The delicately trained toes of young and ambitious dancers kissed the stage and delighted audiences this past weekend in a performance enjoyed by all ages. The Classical Ballet of Western New York paired with talents of the Lockport Classical Ballet to present From Glazunov to Gershwin at the Center for the Arts, a set of three dances featuring music from composers Alexander Glazunov and George Gershwin. Friday night’s performance opened with “Pas de Dix,” a variation extracted from the last act of the three-act story ballet Raymonda. Four teenage dancers trickled onto the stage in white tutus with blue detail as they stepped to the original choreography designed by Marius Petipa in 1898. Four more girls joined the stage with pointed toes, displaying the range of their talents through intricate footwork as they simultaneously skipped and twirled across the stage. The performance climaxed as lead dancer Christina Swiatowy and guest artist Eric Carvill swept the stage in an amazingly precise dance saturated with grace and style. Carvill’s effortless lifts of Swiatowy across the stage made it appear as if she were floating through the air, their sophisticated movements demanding the audience’s attention. Senses tingled with pleasure as the rich, clas-
sical orchestral movements of Glazunov were paired with the playful steps of the dancers, their meticulous footwork animating the image of music notes splashed across the pages of a staff sheet. The ensemble was followed by a collection of solo performances while a mild crescendo led to an explosive ending as the music quickened and dancers concluded their act with radiated excitement. The second performance, “Angelina Ballerina,” was a ballet carefully choreographed by Susannah Dwyer Gentes and based on the children’s book series by Katherine Holabird and Helen Craig. Glazunov’s masterful sounds were accompanied with a narration by Alexandra Swonder, who described the dream of a young mouse named Angelina Mouseling to one day become a ballerina. Petite preteen dancers blended the arts of acting with dancing through their charming performances. The lead role of Angelina, played by Emma Schad, began the scene by jumping on a bed while her mother, Monet Burgio, busily worked in the kitchen holding props as she danced. The performances of the young dancers exposed their great efforts and demonstrated their development as future performers. Julie LoVallo, a UB alumna and mother of two performers, recalled her days of dancing for
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The controls are just as tight as Round 4, but the players will find that the essential function of the block button has been completely changed. No longer will players move the block guard around in a last defense to counter incoming punches, but Champion introduced a system that blocks for the player, at least in theory.
NICOLAS PINOVideo Game Correspondent Champions most touted addition, Grade: B Fight Night Champion’s added story and expansive online mode should be the one-two punch from Electronic Arts, but in more than a few respects, the game has missed its mark. Fans of the previous Fight Night
“champion mode,” follows the rather lackluster story of Andre Bishop, a falsely jailed aspiring boxer. Bishop’s time in the big house changes his outlook, and when his name is cleared, he attempts to regain his footing in the boxing community.
Champion mode is both short and relatively uninteresting, turning
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Dancers captured the audience’s attention with impressive choreography and perfected footwork at Center for the Arts. the university at an alternative venue before the availability of the Drama Theatre. “I am so thrilled to have such a beautiful theater that my children can all perform in,” LoVallo said. The final performance, titled “Gershwin Suite,” bellowed out the soulful jazz compositions of Gershwin as Dwyer Gentes’ choreographed dance celebrated the all-American genre with costumes of red, white and blue topped with traditional sailor hats. A vintage and flashy Broadway backdrop created an atmosphere that immersed the audience into an era dripping with flavorful culture and history.
the standard face-off between men into a mission mode where only through special conditions will a player find victory. Players looking for the classic zero-to-hero, createa-champion route will find solace in the game’s staple “legacy mode,” substantially increasing the game’s replay value. Thankfully, EA Games created an immersive online multiplayer that truly is the pinnacle of any boxing game made to date. Players will have the option to fight as one of Champion’s 50 fighters the developers masterfully recreated, or to walk the path of a champion in a “create-a-fighter mode.” EA has also included the addition of clans in this title, but has done so in an incredibly revolutionary way. Players can either find or create gyms, which more or less become the base of operations for the player’s online experience. In
The first song, “Strike Up the Band,” featured UB senior dance majors James Walters and Patrick Leahy, who made up two of the four men performing beside a sea of 16 young women. A series of group performances flaunted the dancers’ talents as traditional ballet steps were fused with contemporary movements to create a unique and playful style. The spunky performance successfully captured the energy of Gershwin and communicated his rich compositions through calculated movements. The show ended with the familiar “Rhapsody in Blue,” which left the audience roaring with delight. g
the gym, the player can always find a practice match, a training partner, or his next rival. Gyms work together to bring fame and glory to their clans, and through blood, tears and sweat, one gym will become the stuff of legends. The game is the first title in the series to ever receive the ESRB’s coveted ‘Mature’ rating, as the game attempts to explore the grittier underbelly of the sport. Sadly, EA Games’ attempt at conveying boxing’s darker side lacks credibility, and even at the game’s darkest moments, players will find themselves unmoved by Bishop’s tale. Online matches can, at times, be the fairest way to determine skill in the Fight Night franchise, though sometimes lag and a “one-hit-KO” are detrimental to determining a fight’s true champion. The game’s matching system is also slightly flawed, as often times
players will be matched with opponents of much higher or lower skill levels than their own. Flaws aside, the game’s online mode will keep players amused until EA’s next Fight Night iteration. The game plays the way a boxing game should, but at times can be erratic in its judging. A player that makes more counter-punches than the opponent, but throws fewer punches can still lose a round. Also, the game gives preference to the players who use a haymaker every punch, opposed to the player who works the body. The game’s in-depth character creation, its fantastic – though similar – game modes, and widely supported online community make Fight Night Champion a king of the ring, but sadly its few flaws keep it from becoming the greatest ever. g
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When Lies Become Truth Continued from Page 3 After the show had started, Gaga assured the audience, “Tonight, all the freaks are outside, and we’ve locked the f**king doors!” At the Monster Ball, each and every Little Monster was just the person they were meant to be, completely at ease with who he or she was. Something about the atmosphere of the Monster Ball was so beautifully affirming, so welcoming, that even the most outlandish person inside felt far saner than anyone outside HSBC Arena. We may have been painted up more than we would ever dare to be in public, and wearing clothes that would make our mothers flinch, but we were never more ourselves than for those two hours. Therein lies the real reason people are fans of Lady Gaga: by being someone larger than herself, she proves to us all just how possible it is to be yourself, no matter what the odds. It doesn’t matter what obstacles you face, or how many people tell you “no,” or “you can’t.” At the end of the day, the only person who can decide
who you will be is yourself. People say that the Monster Ball isn’t a concert; it’s an experience. Until you actually go, however, you can’t really understand what that means. I certainly didn’t, and honestly, I can’t find the words to describe it to you now. All I know is that, sometime within those two hours, I found a sense of comfort with myself that I have almost never known before. On Friday night, Lady Gaga confessed to a crowd of 18,000 that she was not, in fact, “born this way.” A creation of herself and many others, “Mother Monster” was nothing but a big sham, but one that in the telling of the lie had become truth. By admitting this, Gaga proved to the entire audience, myself included, that we are, in fact, the masters of our own fates. And whether you think she is God’s gift to pop music, or just some glory hog in a blonde wig, the message Lady Gaga shared with Buffalo last night is why I will always be proud to call myself a “little monster.” g
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Women, on the other hand, have faced the exact opposite. They’ve had to work incredibly hard just be taken seriously. Many young women and girls understand the history of sexism in the workplace, and dedicate their lives to breaking that glass ceiling. As a result, they’ve been more ambitious. They’ve gotten better grades, they’ve gone to better colleges, and they’ve parlayed all that effort into high-paying jobs. Of course, I’m not saying all men are like this. There are plenty of men who have lofty goals, and work hard toward achieving them. I count myself among these people. It’s just that if men wish to get high-paying jobs at the same rate women do, they have to work just as hard. For some guys, that may involve no extra effort at all. Others, however, may have to work a bit harder.
Study a little more to make sure you can ace that next test; maybe cancel a night out so you can hit the books. All of these would be good ideas. What it comes down to, is that men still have just as much opportunity of going to a good school, and getting a good job as women do. We just have to work a little bit harder to get it than we used to. The playing field is much more level now. It doesn’t favor men like it used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s working against them either. In short, men shouldn’t be fearful of women getting more degrees, or more highpaying jobs. All those opportunities are there for us, too. We just need to do a bit more work to get them. g
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time now, and obviously it’s not working. Something has to be done.” The pro-war demonstrators, made up of military veterans, students and members of the UB Veterans Fraternity, were greatly outnumbered by vocal opponents to the war. Aaron Stroble, a junior documentary film major, came to support UB for Peace. Stroble has taken part in other anti-war protests around the United States. “It’s very important that UB students come out and show their support against the war,” said Stroble. “If we don’t show our support, then resolutions will be passed for war. We need to keep negotiating and stop feeding the people all this propaganda.” Dan Cross, a junior majoring in history and Spanish, said he came to the rally, which he said he heard about through of word of mouth and flyers, because he is opposed to the war. “I don’t think it’s just, and I don’t think it’s legal,” Cross said. “The Bush administration basically is pushing their agenda to rule this world, and it’s time to stop that.” “I think the rest of the world is going to do the same thing,” he added. “I think it’s time for all of us to stand up for that.” g
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“In my opinion, the single most important ingredient [to a successful emergency response formula] is communications,” McCartan said. “This can’t happen at the time of the disaster but must be in place beforehand. You can’t walk into a disaster and meet someone for the first time and expect to hit the ground running, but when you walk in and see people that you have worked with, trained with, and planned with going through the same door, you instantly know that everyone there has had the same training and knows the process that needs to be followed.” If a similar tragedy were to occur, the authors indicate some changes that would have to be made to the response plan. The orientation of emergency mental health responders would include instruction to responders to maintain ongoing contact with the team supervisor and greater emphasis would be placed on self-care. In addition, increased attention would be given to the scheduling of volunteers and employing a team approach to improve coordination of this task. The article also featured a contribution from Anthony J. Billittier M.D., commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health and director of the Office of Pre-hospital Care at UB. Emergency mental health is an evolving field with multiple rewards for recipients and providers of care alike. Those interested can contact Frazer at 716-2182398 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming a volunteer team member. g
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The baseball team earned its first two wins of the season this past weekend against Delaware State.
Bulls Take Two of Three From Delaware State SCOTT RESNICKStaff Writer After opening the season with four consecutive loses to New Mexico State, the baseball team hit the road again in search of its first win as it faced off against Delaware State in a three-game weekend series. Fueled by an offensive outburst in game one, the Bulls (2-5) rode a wave of momentum to a series win, taking two out of three from the Hornets (3-7). The Bulls discovered their offensive groove in game one. The Bulls racked up 18 runs on 19 hits, led by strong performances from the top of their order. The top three hitters in the Bulls lineup, sophomore outfielders Matt Pollock and Jason Kanzler, and junior designated hitter Jordan Camp, went a combined 8-for-17 on the day with 13 RBIs. Head coach Ron Torgalski couldn’t say enough about the table setters at the top of his lineup. “Matt Pollock has been doing a great job all season so far,” Torgalski said. “We’re only seven games in, but he’s been
very patient and disciplined at the plate. He’s working pitchers and working counts. Right behind him, [Kanzler and Camp] have been swinging the bat well, and coming up with hits with runners in scoring position. A handful of those times have been with two outs.” Picking up the win on the mound for the Bulls was senior pitcher Kevin Crumb. He bounced back from a rough outing against New Mexico State to improve his record to 1-1 on the season. Crumb went five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, while striking out five Hornets. Game two, however, took a much different turn. The Bulls put together a furious comeback after going down 4-1 in the sixth inning, plating three runs to pull even with the Hornets. The momentum appeared to have shifted the Bulls’ way after RBIs from juniors Daniel Scahill and Andrew Smietana, and freshman Michael Burke. Despite the Bulls’ best efforts, the Hornets put together a rally of their own in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Delaware State scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walkoff single to defeat the Bulls, 5-4. Torgalski found a silver lining in the loss.
“Anytime you get in a close game like that, it prepares you not only for your conference season, but also for your next game,” Torgalski said. “We came back and tied it, but the problem is our pitchers need to come out and put up zeros.” In the rubber match of the three-game series, the Bulls jumped on top early. They put up three runs in the first two innings thanks to RBIs from Camp and sophomore catcher Tom Murphy. The teams then exchanged runs for the next several innings, eventually locked in a 6-6 tie heading into the final inning. In a series defined by rallies, the Bulls would put one more together, as Kanzler reached on an error to open up the inning. He then stole second base, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Another Hornets’ error allowed him to advance to third, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly by Murphy to put the Bulls ahead 7-6. The Bulls will look to continue their winning ways when they head to Farmville, Va. next weekend for a four-game series against Longwood (8-5). Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., with play on Sunday expected to get underway at noon. g
The Cannon Goes Off in DeKalb; Championship Mania at the MACs Continued from Page 12 In the 157-pound weight class, Lewandowski defeated Ryan Cubberly of Central Michigan to earn a trip to the finals. There, he defeated Northern Illinois’ Bryan Deutsch in a 10-9 decision. At one point in the match, Lewandowski trailed 9-6, only to orchestrate a ferocious comeback en route to the title. The fact that he came back in that fashion speaks volumes about his winning attitude. “Champions never quit,” Beasley said. “[Lewandowski] has a neversay-die attitude. It was a back-andforth match, and he got in a position where he was in trouble. He was losing and there wasn’t much time left in the match, but he didn’t hang his head. He kept plugging away and pulled it out, and that’s what the best guys in the country do.” The final individual champion of the day for the Bulls was Schutt, who picked up the title in the 141-pound weight class. He knocked off Central Michigan’s Scott Mattingly in a 6-1 sudden victory in the final round after clipping Kent State’s Chase Skonieczny 5-2 in the semifinals. Lost in all of the individual success that Bulls wrestlers enjoyed on Sun-
day was the success of the team as a whole. The Bulls entered the final day of the MAC tournament tied for second place, sitting just 6.5 points behind first-place Central Michigan. Beasley believes that Sunday was the most important day in program history. “Today showed that we’re as good as any team in the country,” Beasley said. “Central Michigan and Kent State are both ranked in the top 25, and we went out there and battled with them. We had more champions than them, and we qualified more guys to the national tournament than we ever have.” Despite the fact that they couldn’t capitalize on their early-tournament momentum, the Bulls still placed third, which is tied for the best finish in program history. Beasley couldn’t say enough about the effort that his wrestlers put forward throughout the weekend. “I’m extremely proud,” Beasley said. “They all showed a lot of heart. All season we had a very good team, and we’ve been on the brink of doing great things, and I really think we did that this weekend.” The Bulls will send their five representatives to Philadelphia for the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The tournament will take place from March 17-19. g
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Bulls Win First-Ever MAC Championship ERIN McCORMACKStaff Writer For the first time in school history, the men’s swimming and diving team is the Mid-American Conference champion. The Bulls (6-2, 1-1 MAC) won the 2011 MAC Swimming and Diving Championships, breaking countless records and finishing the three-day meet with 763.5 points. Performances were solid at Southern Illinois University’s Edward J. Shea Natatorium, and head coach Andy Bashor couldn’t be more proud of his team.
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Senior forward Jessica Fortman (34) played a huge role in the Bulls’ victory against Ball State.
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Bulls trample Cardinals to advance in MAC tourney ANDREIUS COLEMANStaff Writer The women’s basketball team will head to the MidAmerican Conference Quarterfinals thanks to a memorable performance from its seniors on Saturday night. The Bulls (16-14, 8-8 MAC) evened their home record at 7-7 in the final game at Alumni Arena this season with an important win over Ball State (9-21, 4-12 MAC). Buffalo cashed in on 22 Cardinals turnovers for 22 points in an 82-73 victory over Ball State. Four Bulls players scored in double figures in the win. Senior forward Kourtney Brown led the assault with 27 points. Buffalo managed to get its first win of the season when getting outrebounded. In the Bulls’ last outing, they suffered a loss. Head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald felt that they lacked tenacity. Aside from the rebounding disadvantage in this game, she had no doubts about how tenacious they played today. “[The tenacity] was definitely there for all 40 minutes,” Hill MacDonald said. “It was really good to see it. [The Bulls] had that look in their eye. Our ability to rebound the ball is a strength of ours and obviously one of Ball State’s objectives was to take that strength away and they did it. They put two people on Kourtney so she couldn’t get [to the rebounds].” In the first half, Ball State committed 14 turnovers to Buffalo’s six. Senior guard Ashley Zuber was very efficient in the game, turning the ball over just once while getting six assists and scoring six points. Senior forward Bridgette Kendricks contributed 10 points in the game to go with her seven rebounds and four assists. The Cardinals had a decent shooting night, posting a 53 percent mark from the
field, including 42 percent from 3-point range. Buffalo was 46 percent from the field and just 26 percent from downtown, with five 3-pointers made. The Bulls’ second leading scorer, junior guard Brittany Hedderson, was responsible for three of those bombs as she shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and finished with 16 points. Senior guard Jessica Fortman finished right behind Hedderson with 15 points and a gamehigh four steals. Coming into the game, Fortman was prepared to match up against the Cardinals’ post players and took the opportunity to display her defensive abilities. She credited other Bulls’ players for contributing to her steals total. “I think I grabbed some of my teammates’ tips,” Fortman said. “I knew I was going to have to play inside on some of [Ball State’s] bigger girls, so I really had to focus on that because I knew it was going to be a challenge.” Fortman was tied with Zuber for assists in the game with six, which was also a game-high. Cardinals’ guard Ty’Ronda Benning stepped up for her team by depositing 20 points in the losing effort. Ball State’s leading scorer, Emily Maggert, was limited to five points in the game and fouled out late in the game. Brown grabbed nine rebounds in the game and swatted four Ball State attempts, which was essential in containing Maggert. “We talked about them being physical,” Brown said. “We also needed to be physical right back at them.” The next round will be in Cleveland, Ohio where the Bulls will face Central Michigan (19-9, 11-5 MAC) in a rematch of a close, but high scoring game that Buffalo won earlier this season. The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday. g
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“It feels awesome,” Bashor said. “I told The men’s swimming and diving team earned its first MAC Championship in school history. the team this is the feeling that you train for. A team accomplishment like Heine, and Hogan finished in 2:56.60, old record for the race. that – it’s great. The water has never cutting the 2010 record down by three felt any better.” In the one-meter dive, junior Colin Patseconds. rican placed second with 332.45 points The conference meet consisted of five Bashor was happy with the continuity in the championship round. Senior relays. The Bulls placed first while setbetween his relay teams and thought it Kenny Rhoades finished fourth with ting new school records in every one of really helped his team in the end. 302.45 points and had a season-best them. during prelims with 322.45 points. “These guys; they did it,” Bashor said. Freshman Phil Aronica and sopho“It’s a lot easier when you start off with For the third consecutive season, mores Josh Meints, Matt Schwippert, a great day and just keep that momen- Bashor was named Conference Coach and Matt Hogan won the 400-yard medtum going. They kept feeding off of of the Year as he led the Bulls to their ley while setting the MAC Championeach other. We definitely had some ups first championship title. Aronica, Heship record. Their time of 3:14.98 was and downs there, but they were able ine, Hogan, Meints, and Schwippert also 2.18 seconds faster than the school to pick themselves back up and have a were named to the All-MAC First Team, record set in 2010. Aronica broke the good race. while Proudfoot, Tanzey, and sopho100-yard backstroke record during his more Cory Zorsch earned All-MAC Secleg of the relay, shaving .09 seconds off Individually, freshman Andrew Tanzey ond Team honors. of Schwippert’s old record, finishing in broke UB’s oldest swim record that was 48.03 seconds. set in 2001 in the prelims of the 500- “This is a huge accomplishment for yard freestyle. Tanzey completed the these guys and not just for this team Buffalo did the same thing in the 20020 laps in 4:28.82, taking 2.65 seconds but all the other teams who have been yard medley relay, breaking the school off of former Bull Jason McLachan’s before us at [UB],” Bashor said. “This record by 2.76 seconds and earning time. Heine also won the 50-yard free- is the first one in our history, and that an NCAA B cut mark with a time of style with a season-best time of 20.26 makes it even more special. 1:27.87. The foursome of Aronica, Hoand went on to win the 100-freestyle in gan, Schwippert, and junior Jared He44.44 after breaking his own school re- Next up for the Bulls will be the NCAA ine also set a new conference record. Diving Championships, which are cord during prelims. scheduled to start on Friday. The NCAA The team closed out the meet on SaturHogan placed second in the 200-yard Championships begin on March 17 for day in the 400-yard freestyle relay with individual medley, setting a school re- the women and March 24 for the men. another school record, another MAC cord with a 1:48.50, taking 2.5 seconds g Championship record, an NCAA B cut, off of Zach Ruske’s 2009 time. Hogan and most importantly, a win. Junior Silater won the 200-yard freestyle in E-mail: email@example.com mon Proudfoot, freshman Mike Dugan, 1:37.05, earning a B cut and beating his
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Green breezed through the quarterfinals and semifinals. He defeated Northern Illinois’ Vince Castillo, 12-3, and Kent State’s Marcel Clopton, 4-0. The victory over Clopton was career win number 100 for Green, which made him the sixth UB wrestler to reach that milestone. In the championship round, Green defeated Central Michigan’s Donny Corby in a 3-1 decision en route to the 149-pound MAC title. He’s the second Bulls wrestler to win back-to-back MAC championships.
The wrestling team set out to do something that no other wrestling team has ever done at UB; win a Mid-American Conference championship. The Bulls (9-8, 2-3 MAC) may have fallen short of their ultimate goal at the 2011 MAC Wrestling Championships, but four wrestlers left Northern Illinois with individual accolades. Sophomores Andrew Schutt and Mark Lewandowski, and juniors Desi Green and John-Martin Cannon won MAC Championships in their respective weight classes. All four wrestlers earned automatic bids to the NCAA Wrestling Tournament. The MAC Championships were the first for Schutt, Lewandowski, and Cannon. Green
Sophomore Brett Correll finished fourth in the heavyweight class, but was awarded third place due to a medical forfeit by Ohio’s Jeremy Johnson. He will wrestle at the NCAA tournament since the MAC is given four qualifiers in the heavyweight class.
Perhaps most impressive, though, was Cannon being named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. He became the first Bulls wrestler to win the award. Assistant coach Frank Beasley believes the award was
Loss Drops Bulls to Eight Seed in MAC Tournament MATTHEW PARRINOSenior Sports Editor It’s been 40 days since the men’s basketball team won a game on the road. With the Mid-American Conference Tournament less than a week away, the team is going to have to find a way to make things happen away from Alumni Arena. On Saturday afternoon, the team played arguably its worst game of the season. The Bulls (17-12, 8-8 MAC) wrapped up their regular season schedule in disappointing fashion, falling to Bowling Green (13-18, 8-8 MAC) 73-63 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. The Falcons dominated the Bulls in every facet of the game in the last contest ever to be played at Anderson Arena. The energized crowd helped Bowling Green sustain an attack, as the Falcons did what many MAC teams have been unable to do: outrebound the Bulls. Head coach Reggie Witherspoon was not happy with his team’s effort in the important game. “We did not rebound the ball very well,” Witherspoon said. “We didn’t have enough energy or intensity on the glass or defensively.” Buffalo couldn’t seem to figure out the Falcons’ defense in the first half. As a
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Junior John-Martin Cannon was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the MAC Championships.
a testament to Cannon’s skill set. “He’s had a solid year, but really, he’s as good as any guy in the country,” Beasley said. “Today he showed how good he really is by beating a two time All-American. The sky is the limit for John-Martin.” Cannon defeated Ross Tice
team, the Bulls shot only 31 percent en route to a 13-point halftime deficit. Junior forward Zach Filzen hit his first 3-pointer of the game to bring his season total to 100. He is just the fifth player in MAC history to eclipse the 100 mark for 3-pointers in a season. Unfortunately for the Bulls, the sharpshooter went cold immediately following the history-making shot. He played a season-low 19 minutes for the Bulls and only managed five points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field, including 1-of-4 from long range. Witherspoon thought the Falcons’ defense did a good job defending the outside, and that’s why Filzen didn’t see much of the court in the second half. “They got out and guarded our 3-point shooters,” Witherspoon said. “They were determined to not let us shoot a lot of spot-up threes, and when we did shoot them we were 3-for-15. We rushed to get up shots when the reality is, we should’ve continued to pound it inside. We did a lot more of that in the second half and that’s why I took Zach out.” Junior forwards Mitchell Watt and Dave Barnett combined to go 3-for-16 from the field and Witherspoon turned to his young players when things weren’t going right in the second half. “After we realized we weren’t getting the energy we needed, we started playing some of the younger guys,” Witherspoon said. “I thought they gave us great energy and got us back in the game.” Freshman forward Auraum Nuiriankh played a season-high 17 minutes for the Bulls and finished with four points and
of Kent State by a score of 4-1, a match that he wasn’t supposed to win on paper. He then pulled another upset over Central Michigan’s Mike Miller in a 6-5 decision to claim the title in the 165-pound weight class.
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five rebounds. Fellow freshman forward Javon McCrea continues to take a wrecking ball to the MAC. He finished with 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bulls in scoring. Senior guard Byron Mulkey and junior forward Titus Robinson chipped in 10 points each and were the only other players in double digits for the Bulls. Mulkey had four steals in the game and shot 4-for-7 from the field, but he couldn’t find a way to keep the Bulls close in the first half. Witherspoon thought his team’s inability to get inside in the first half really took them out of their game. “We settled for jump shots a lot in the first half,” Witherspoon said. “We also didn’t run up and down the court well. It’s a simple thing to get back defensively and to run down the court on offense.” Bowling Green guard Dee Brown led his team in scoring with 21 points. He went 8-for-8 from the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds. Falcons forward A’uston Calhoun was the most dominating player in the game. He finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds and seemed to be the one scoring just as the Bulls were trying to make a run back into the game. The Bulls finished the regular season as the No. 8 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament and will host Central Michigan (10-20, 7-9 MAC) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in a do-or-die game to get to Cleveland, Ohio. g