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We all scream for … fro-yo? As weather gets warmer, students call for frozen yogurt eatery on campus
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Yusong Shi, The Spectrum Yotality, a popular frozen yogurt restaurant that has five locations in the Buffalo area, has opened its newest shop on Sweet Home Road near North Campus. Some students are expressing interest for an on-campus eatery.
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Even as temperatures remain cool in Buffalo, some students can’t get enough of the cold, as frozen yogurt vendors are opening around the area. Recently, Yotality opened at The Exchange, an apartment complex across from North Campus. Frozen yogurt shops are getting closer to UB, but some students are clamoring for an on-campus eatery that they can frequent instead of the dispensaries included in five dormitory dining halls. Ray Khol, the marketing manager of UB’s Campus Dining & Shops (CDS), said there has been “some initial conversations regarding national frozen yogurt franchises” coming to UB, but “none have been researched at this point.” While home on Long Island, Samantha Schustek, a senior speech and hearing sciences major, goes out for frozen yogurt twice a week with her friends. In Buffalo, she does not go as often because frozen yogurt vendors are not located near her South Campus home, and she isn’t near the dorms when she’s on campus. Schustek’s favorite thing about going out for frozen yogurt is trying something new each time. To date, her favorite combination is taro, original and soy pea-
nut butter frozen yogurt topped with carob chips, waffle cone pieces and almonds. If UB’s campus featured a frozen yogurt shop, Shustek said she would likely visit it twice per week as she does back home. There are five frozen yogurt machines in dormitories on North and South Campus – two in the Crossroads Culinary Center (C3), one in each Goodyear and Governors Dining Center and one in Perks in Ellicott Complex, according to Khol. “The mix we use is locally made from Upstate Farms and each location carries a variety of flavors throughout the semester,” Khol said in an email. The frozen yogurt eateries in Buffalo are a drive away from North and South Campus, though the new Yotality could be considered in walking distance. White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt, which has three shops in the Buffalo area, Red Mango on Transit Road and Yogenfruz in the Walden Galleria are three examples of frozen yogurt suppliers that attract customers throughout the year. Roughly 200 to 300 customers frequent White Rabbit Frozen Yogurt each day, according to Brandon Brown, an employee. Janice Cochran, a nutritionist and dietician at the Student Health and Wellness Center, urges students to tell CDS what they want to see on campus.
Though some see frozen yogurt as a healthy option, Cochran believes it is a “gray” area. “Certainly, it potentially could be a nice addition [to a student’s diet],” Cochran said. “With any kind of yogurt or frozen yogurt product, you can get some that may have more nutrition than others – some may have more additives and sugars.” Cochran said frozen yogurt does contain calcium, but typically less than what is in “regular” yogurt or milk. She also said fro-yo usually has less probiotic content and is higher in calorie content than perceived. “I would generally say with yogurt, it’s nice to also consider it as a means of topping it with different things,” Cochran said. “It doesn’t always have to be sprinkles and candy. You can top it with fruit and granola and nuts to make it even more nutritious.” Camille Farkas is a senior psychology major and the president of UB’s Nutrition Club. “The yogurt is prepped with probiotics, which help to maintain a healthy G.I. system,” Farkas said. “On the downside, a lot of frozen yogurt companies will add more sugar to make their products comparable in taste with traditional ice cream.” Farkas believes frozen yogurt is a better alternative to ice cream, though it may not be as healthy as some students believe. SEE FRO-YO, PAGE 2
Songwriting Club offers haven for student musicians GISELLE LAM
Corey Marikovics has been performing music for 15 years, but when she’s on stage at openmic nights in Buffalo, her heart races and her palms get sweaty. The senior psychology major, who has been singing since childhood, is planning to move to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue music after graduation. But she believes she can’t pursue her dream on her own. A strong support system must accompany every musician, she says, and the temporary Student Association group Songwriting Club exists to serve that need. The club, which reached its temporary status this spring, aims to provide musicians at the university a place to share music with others, while they encourage each other’s musical talents. “This is really why I want to pursue Songwriting Club and push more people to be in it,” Marikovics said. “Because if you do have this problem and you
Michelle Nguyen, The Spectrum UB’s Songwriters Club offers students a new place for musicians to share, critique and analyze each others’ music. From left: Alex Urdaneff, a freshman accounting freshman; Volkan Turkkan, a senior civil engineer; Zoë Bandes, a sophomore sociology major; and Scott Herman, a senior English major.
[have] stage fright, you have that support.” In the beginning of the year, club founder Zoë Bandes teamed up with Marikovics, Scott Herman, a senior English major, and UB alumna Laura Wastell to create an environment where UB artists could practice and share their music for critique and anal-
ysis. Musicians need someone to reassure them when their music is good and offer advice when something’s bad, Marikovics said. Bandes expected to meet many musicians when she came to a large school like UB, but she was instead left wondering where all of them were.
She said for a university that is not predominately music-based, UB has a lot of talent. “We want to have it where people go around, show what they’re working on, critique, comment, maybe if you like someone’s song you can collaborate,” said Bandes, a sophomore sociology major. “It’s just that way to find that network of people, so you can meet other people who like the same types of music as you or who want to play the same types of music as you.” Herman said UB Songwriting Club is the solution. “[The club is] for students to realize that there are places and people for music playing and that college is not just about going back to the dorms and playing alone,” he said. The club provides a confidence builder, Herman said, and a place for musicians to be “able to share something rough with people [they’ve] never met before.” Herman pushed Marikovics to pursue music. She said her passion for singing would not be as
strong without her fellow student musicians, like Herman, who she calls her “father in music.” She hopes to give similar guidance to another musician. Alex Urdanoff, a freshman undecided major, has attended the group’s meetings, but he has yet to share his music. He said he never really mustered the courage to do so, and in the past has only performed his original music for one friend. He struggles with performing in front of others, and although he hasn’t played in front of the club, he said the laidback environment will make it easier for him to eventually share his music. “I think there may be a chance to further develop my own songwriting,” Urdanoff said. “I just need to be less shy and more open with it.” Songwriting Club offers intimacy, which is important because musicians should be comfortable with the people analyzing their work, according to Marikovics. SEE SONGWRITING, PAGE 2
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Crossroads Culinary Center hosts ancient Roman-themed dinner AMANDA LOW News Editor
Students can take a mental journey to Ancient Rome on Sunday evening as they dine on authentic Roman cuisine and the culture’s décor surrounds them. Campus Dining and Shops (CDS) is hosting an Ancient Rome-inspired dinner called “Eat Like a Roman,” at which students will have the opportunity to learn about Roman food and society. The festivities will take place 5-8:30 p.m. at the Crossroads Culinary Center (C3). The dining center will be fully decorated with props including a chariot and a giant fountain. Roman pottery and weaponry will also be dispersed among the food stations where students will be allowed to learn about the specific items, said Ray Kohl, marketing manager at CDS. The idea for the event came from a one-credit class through the Undergraduate Academies. This class is centered on an authentic ancient Roman cookbook as students learn about the food of the culture. Donald McGuire,
Courtesy of Donald McGuire UB’s class on Roman culture studies a copy of the lone surviving Roman cookbook, according to professor Donald McGuire. The course has focused on Roman food, including “Mortum,” a garlic and cheese dip.
a classics adjunct associate professor, and his wife, classics professor Martha Malamud, teach the course. “It’s a nice little window into ancient Rome that people don’t normally open,” McGuire said. The Latin club will be greeting guests in Latin to add to the atmosphere, and students are welcome to come dressed in Roman attire to join the costumed C3 staff and be a part of their costume contest. Costume prizes will be handed out as dining dollars. McGuire believes Roman food
may be the first “real fusion cuisine.” The culture brings in aspects from Mesopotamia, Northern Europe, Northern Africa and other areas Rome conquered. The Roman people took the “flavors of the known world and [brought] them into their cooking,” according to McGuire. He describes the cuisine as “sophisticated,” but also “earthy, solid food.” The course is a part of the Academies’ Discovery Seminar program and meets bi-weekly together in a kitchen in Greiner Hall.
Continued from page 1: Fro-yo She feels it would be an asset to campus because students can experiment with fruit toppings. Madison Katz, a freshman business major, doesn’t like to snack on fattening foods. She believes getting frozen yogurt on campus would broaden her healthy food options. Katz finds her way to a different frozen yogurt location once a week in Buffalo. But she said if there were frozen yogurt in the Student Union, she would have it every day. Her go-to cup is from Red Mango; she likes peanut butter and cookies and cream – ice-cream flavors that are not as fattening as actual ice cream. Frozen yogurt can satisfy a variety of cravings, according to Jenna Gossert, a junior communi-
cation major. The frozen yogurt Gossert goes for depends on her mood. If she’s feeling healthy and wants something to energize her, she may get a fruity type of yogurt, such as one that’s tart-flavored, and top it with berries and granola. If she’s craving sweets, she fills her cup with flavors like chocolate, cheesecake and red velvet and tops the yogurt with cheesecake bites, brownies, M&M’S and more. Gossert rarely craves frozen yogurt in Buffalo, though, because it’s not something she passes by every day like she does at a shopping center near her home. “It’s a good grab-and-go snack, you know?” Gossert said. “Having it on campus would definitely be convenient.” Elana Cwass, a freshman unde-
cided major, enjoys key lime pie frozen yogurt topped with graham crackers for dessert. It seems like a healthier and “trendier” alternative to the real key lime pie she usually craves after dinner, she said. The movement is not just about taste, according to Alexa Serin, a senior communication major. Frozen yogurt trips are also used as a means of socializing. Serin believes sitting down with a cup of frozen yogurt with friends in between classes would add a lot to the culture on campus. Seeing students enjoying their yogurt concoctions on a warm day outside the Student Union would create a positive atmosphere, she said.
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Garrett said. There have been several themed dinners at C3 this year, most of them centering on food, but this event incorporates more aspects than that, according to Kohl. He said CDS is always open to suggestions for ideas. “We are always looking for things that students are going to enjoy, what is interesting to them, what will peak the attendance up, really what will offer them a unique experience,” Kohl said. John Mckissick, a freshman computer science major, said it is important for the university to advertise events like these well, and he plans to attend. McGuire said his personal favorite dish is a honey, sesame and feta cheese flatbread “pizza,” which will be served on Sunday. He hopes students will see the classics department as a fun place to search for courses. The dinner will be equivalent to one meal swipe. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 1: Songwriting SA offers another similar outlet – Jam Club – that meets every Sunday at noon for students to share and play their music. Herman, also a member of Jam Club, said Songwriting Club provides a more structured environment. He said the two clubs go hand in hand, but Songwriting Club offers some aspects Jam Club does not. “[Songwriting Club] is planned
out, and you go in and it’s almost like one of the artist critiques in the art classes where people make a painting and show it to everyone and people critique it,” Bandes said. “That’s more what it’s like rather than being an actual art class and just painting. They’re both creative outlets. They both supplement each other.” email: email@example.com
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The course involves aspects that may not be readily apparent, such as cooking materials and dining rooms that would be decorated according to different social classes. “The markets of the Roman empire were as sophisticated as Whole Foods, Wegmans and all the sophisticated supermarkets of the 21st century,” McGuire said. McGuire was constantly looking to find ways to bring teaching out of the classroom, and after talking to Jeff Brady, the executive director of CDS, an experience combining food and historical education seemed appropriate. The idea started to be organized into an actual event around last October. “I hope that students enjoy thinking about a different civilization and thinking about how sophisticated they were,” McGuire said. Dorian Garrett, a junior English major, said the event sounds like a fun addition to the student experience and because it is on a Sunday, the dinner works well with student schedules. “Everyone’s relaxing, [it] seems like a good recreational activity,”
2014 SIGNATURE SERIES PRESIDENT SATISH K. TRIPATHI PRESENTS
THE 2014 SIGNATURE SERIES An annual spring tradition celebrating UB’s legacy of innovation and distinction in arts and letters. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Signature Series please visit www.buffalo.edu/president/sig‐series.html
Thursday, April 10, 2:00 p.m.
Conversation in the Arts
Black Box Theatre, Center for the Arts
A “fireside chat” between visual and theatre artist Doug Fitch and Janne Sirén, a visionary art historian and Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fitch and Sirén will explore the role and impact of the visual arts both historically and in contemporary life.
Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Kaveeshwar Gallery 5th floor Capen Hall Exhibit opening, featuring the work of Doug Fitch, acclaimed American visual artist, theatrical designer, director and puppeteer. In Fall 2014, Fitch will be UB’s inaugural College of Arts and Sciences WBFO Visiting Professor.
Lockwood Library Quick Connect Corridor A ribbon-cutting to unveil a dynamic new installation by UB Visual Studies students that will engage viewers aesthetically and intellectually as they traverse this corridor, whether one time or one hundred.
Visual Signatures: Constructed Drawings
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Any illusion of a government by, for and of the people was put to death Wednesday by five Supreme Court justices. What has been an erosion of campaign finance laws under Chief Justice Roberts’ court has quickly become systemic eradication. The 5-4 decision Wednesday reiterated the common ideological divide in the court with the conservative majority overwhelming the more progressive minority. The case, McCutchen v. Federal Election Committee, brought the issue of limits on individuals’ total contributions to federal candidates to the court’s attention. The decision was as polarizing across the bench as it has proven to be across the nation. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, reading the minority dissent from the bench in a rare move symbolizing the court’s division, said, “If … Citizens United opened a door, today’s decision may well open a floodgate.” A floodgate of what exactly is worth considering. Money – and the influence it has both on who becomes elected and how he or she behaves in office – will now legally wash away whatever remnants were left of a free and fair democratic process. Wednesday’s ruling is clearly reminiscent of the Citizens United case in 2010 that opened the door for unlimited political contributions by unions and corporations. Though it kept restrictions on those groups giving directly to candidates themselves, super PACs (political action committees) created a highway through the loopholes that case opened for contributions to influence politics. The restrictions Wednesday’s ruling overturned limited the amount of money any individual could contribute, in aggregate, to political candidates and parties. The biennial limits were $48,600 for contributions to all federal candidates and $74,600 to political parties. Now, individuals can donate the maximum amount to as many candidates and parties as they would like, giving wealthy donors far broader influence over all federal races. Campaign finance laws, if not fatally anemic, now have loopholes large enough to drive any number of campaign buses through. The question remains – how, and why, did we get here? Nearly all are in agreement this is a First Amendment issue, meaning for the court to limit “speech,” there must be a compelling reason. In 1974, following the Water-
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gate scandal, Congress instituted the now-defunct cap restrictions. A 1976 Supreme Court case, Buckley v. Valeo, upheld the notion of contribution caps, sustaining limits on individual contributions as constitutional. Wednesday’s ruling blew a hole through that decision and the notion of corrupting influence in political contributions. Chief Justice Roberts, narrowly defining corruption as of the quidpro-quo type, saw no issue with eliminating these caps. This, however, far too narrowly defines corruption. Anyone even somewhat familiar with the way our world works could
tell you decisions follow money, whether that money comes in a locked leather suitcase or an excessively generous campaign contribution, and the implied promise for more. Beyond the role of money in politics, though, this case again shifts power from the working and middle class, formerly protected by political finance laws, to the hands of those who control the most capital. Breyer aptly captured the issue in the dissent: “Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.” This decision further limits our speech vis-à-vis the role of
money in politics. The decision effectively pushes cash down the throat of political process in this country, choking out the voice of the public and suffocating whatever vestiges of democracy were left in the United States. The trend toward concentrating power in the hands of those privileged to control vast swaths of capital is continuing unabated. This is still a government of, for and by the people, as long as those people pay to play. email: email@example.com
Losing the lead among top minority and disadvantaged students Study highlights receding position of leading students in high school Imagine entering high school among the top quarter of your class in reading and math, only to have a lower GPA, SAT and ACT at the end of your tenure there. The counter-intuitive result is the reality for tens of thousands of minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged students across the country, according to a new study released by The Education Trust this month. Following a reading and math exam administered by The Education Trust, students scoring in the top quartile were labeled “high achieving.” These students were then tracked throughout high school. The result revealed a recession of achievement among minority students and those from “low-socioeconomic” backgrounds, determined by family incomes, parental education and occupations. The study stands in stark juxtaposition to the news of Kwa-
si Enin, a first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Ghana, getting accepted into all eight Ivy League schools this week. If the way the media has distastefully made a spectacle of Enin’s achievement – and by extension race – is any indication, society does not view this as the norm. And perception is half the battle. The report cited past research that indicated teacher perceptions of students accounted for “a great deal of this gap, as opposed to student-reported study habits and behavior records.” The gap in life chances based on race and family’s socioeconomic status is both pronounced and well known. A related study by The Annie E. Casey Foundation found that black, Latino and American Indian children face significant barriers to achievement throughout their lives, beginning at childhood. Lack of
resources and the state of their communities were among the most significant issues. Simply put, not enough is being done within society or schools to correct a lingering gap in the achievement of minority and disadvantaged students. This study highlights that even when these students enter high school as high achievers, those gains are eroded in four years. This Education Trust report concludes bluntly that students of color and from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds “leave high school with lower AP exam rates, lower SAT/ACT scores, and lower GPAs than their high-achieving white and more advantaged peers,” which goes on to influence post-high school decisions. These achievement gaps along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic lines have become entrenched in this country. The divide, however, need not be a continued
problem in this country. Though the study provides few substantive steps to take, it does call for more attentive action across schools and communities, and surely knowledge of an issue in the first step to remediation. Outside of a more engaged and involved faculty across this nation’s secondary schools, we can also ease these growing divides. Internships and volunteering opportunities exist throughout the city with young and teenage students. Additionally, these programs exist within area high schools. Beyond just substantive actions, perception plays a key role. In a nation founded on principles of rising above and dreaming beyond circumstance, all students deserve the best, regardless of race or socioeconomics. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Around Town Have cabin fever? Check out some of this weekend’s events in the city EMMA JANICKI
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If you’re looking for something new to read, then this is the perfect weekend to bee-bop into the City of Buffalo and check out local authors and bookstores. The Small Press Book Fair, held at Karpeles Manuscript Library Porter Hall on Porter Avenue in Buffalo’s West Side, will take place Saturday and Sunday. The fair goes from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. The annual fair celebrates small press and
self-publishing authors as well as crafters who use books as their medium, printers and artists. There will be workshops such as Japanese Stab-Stich Bookbinding and poetry and fiction readings on the second floor of the old church. On Thursday and Friday, poetry readings will take place at the WNY Book Arts Center at 468 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo to kick off the fair. All events are free and open to the public. Just a 10-minute walk down North Street (Porter becomes
North at Symphony Circle) will bring you to Karpeles Manuscript Library North Hall. “The Film Scripts for The Wizard of Oz” are currently on display, according to Karpeles’ website. One particularly interesting manuscript details a stabbing attack between a few of the little people acting in the film. Both of the Karpeles Manuscript Libraries are always free and open to the public. Although Allentowners will be sad to see the local secondhand bookstore Rust Belt Books move
closer to the Buff State campus come September, the bookstore is having its annual Backroom Bag Sale. The sale, which began Tuesday, will run until Sunday, coinciding with the Small Press Book Fair. The book sale is touted to be the store’s largest ever. For only $5 a bag, you’ll be able to get quality used books – from literary criticism, to studies on architecture, to fiction, to works in foreign languages. As this is the first weekend of April, it is First Friday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and in
Allentown. The Albright-Knox will be open Friday until 9 p.m. and the first floor is free to the public. This month’s First Friday in Allentown is opening eight galleries to the public, many until 9 p.m. In addition, the newest pizzeria on Allen Street, Crust, will be hosting live music by Lara Buckley and Gander. Head to Allentown this weekend for brews, art and books – experience a vibrant and bohemian life. email: email@example.com
The Billion Dollar Blues
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Let me first say that I am in no way a “bracketologist.” My expertise of March Madness includes skimming the match-up
overviews that pop up on my computer with the click of a button as I sit and pick my tourney winners. I, as they say, dabble in college basketball. But this year, my interest in March Madness increased exponentially when Quicken Loans teamed up with Warren Buffett to offer one billion dollars to whoever can somehow craft the mythological perfect bracket. Now, I may not be the most enthusiastic, well-versed fan of college basketball, but I would definitely not be complaining about an extra billion dollars in my ever-dwindling bank account.
And so, like millions of others, I joined the “Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge” with the high hopes of adding some extra weight to my wallet. Before the tournament started, I looked up the chances of actually winning the big money. The odds: 9.2 Quintillion to one. Quintillion, which sounds like a nonsensical made-up number, is actually 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. That is 17 zeros. It is 20 times more likely to get hit by lightning three times in a year than it is to predict a perfect bracket. Nevertheless, I held my head high when March Madness rolled around,
convinced that I would be the lucky one. First game rolls around: Ohio State versus Dayton. Dayton wins, my bracket loses. Dayton gets a dream win, and my dreams get crushed. Now, obviously, I had not expected to get that far, but having my bracket eliminated in the first game was just too much for me. I proceeded through March Madness, and observed upset after upset after upset. Stanford and Dayton made it to the Sweet 16. I watched Duke get naenae’d on. By the round of 64, all remaining perfect brackets were gone.
How could something that seems so simple be so impossible? Of course, I had to enter the bracket. The chance to win one billion dollars was too tempting to deny. Warren Buffett said he would continue his contest next year too. So I will probably enter in next year’s bracket as well, and millions of others like me will too. Those billion dollars are the pot of gold that we will always be chasing after at the end of the rainbow. But, hey, everyone needs a pot of gold. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Yard not needed
À la mode: a guide to style
Start planting an indoor garden now to get ready for summer
Transition into spring with ladylike skirts and the revival of the crop top
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Although the first day of spring was a little over a week ago, Mother Nature desperately wants to convince us otherwise. Cold temperatures, snow and rain don’t exactly scream that summer is just three months away. Even in this cold weather, though, starting an indoor garden will not only brighten your living space and improve your mood, but also prepare you for the best summer foods. Whether you’re living in a dorm or an off-campus apartment, any UB student can make a space to grow, nurture and love a couple plants. Below is a list of plants that can be planted in Buffalo’s climate in March and April, according to gardenate.com, a site that offers lists of plants that can grow in current climates nationwide. The plants vary in their harvesting period and process. Basil Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in June. Chives Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in June. Dill Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in July. Mint Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in June. Oregano Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in May. Peas Plant in your garden. You can
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start harvesting in July. Snow peas Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in August. Spinach Plant in your garden. You can start harvesting in June. Strawberries Begin with seeds. Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can begin harvesting in 12 months (if you’re in this for the long term). Tomatoes Plant inside in seed trays. In four to six weeks, bring them outdoors. You can start harvesting in June. If you’ve never gardened before, take a break from studying to pop over to Home Depot, or another home store, and get some gloves, a watering can, potters, potting soil and some seeds (make sure to do research to get seeds that fit your preferences about organic or genetically modified foods). Gardening is a relaxing and fruitful hobby that can give you a much-needed dose of nature and offer a reminder that the end of the semester and the beginning of summer are just a few weeks away. email: email@example.com
The melting snow, the upcoming rain and tulip bouquets filling flower stands all point to spring – that means fewer clothing layers and more colors. But it’s still pretty cold most days, which can pose problems when transitioning from winter bundling to spring skirts. On a college-student budget, it’s safe to say many of us are poor, poor, poor. It can be easy to turn to stores like Forever 21 as we clean out our closets, donate forgotten clothes to charity and peruse fashion blogs for spring trends. The danger of stores like Forever 21 and H&M is that they cater to fast fashion. Fast fashion is mass-produced, massbought and mass-worn clothing of low quality and seemingly cheap prices. These stores do not boast a signature style but rather run through trends. If you routinely blow your paycheck on fast fashion you’re in danger of looking like a slave to trends. But you shouldn’t completely ignore what’s currently popular – nobody likes looking like they’re straight out of an ’80s aerobics video because they missed the memo on how to fashionably wear leggings in the 21st century. Mixing classic silhouettes and colors can help offset the pathetic walking-trend look (i.e. high-waist acid-wash jeans and a floral crop top with studs on the collar). This spring, hemlines on skirts dropped to the knee-length and lower, immediately elevating an outfit to ladylike. Rather than thigh-grazing body-con skirts that are so often the staple of a college girl’s party outfit, longer
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just below the bottom of the crop top allow you to be with the trend while remaining covered. Or, tuck a shirt into a highwaisted skirt to imitate the trend. In my outfit, which combines the ladylike skirt with the crop top, I drew upon classic looks to downplay the trendiness of the outfit. Choosing black for the crop top instead of a pattern avoids looking too dated once the trend starts to fade. My skirt is a thrifted J.Crew version that embraces spring colors and patterns. Happily, jewelry collars are still going strong and choosing a timehonored accessory will step your outfit up without looking too common. Here, I’m wearing a pearl collar from Forever 21. Finally, no outfit should be without your particular signature style – especially if you’re drawing on multiple trendy items. Although brogues became quite popular in the past year or so, I think they’re a long-term style that works with just about any outfit. Drawing on masculine suiting can complicate your outfit, making it more interesting. Finally, the absolutely most important final touch to any of my outfits is knee-high socks. Thigh-highs are clearly gaining in popularity as shown in pseudo-fashion Instagrams and visual displays at Urban Outfitters, but knee-highs are still relatively undiscovered (except by Prada with leg warmers, but who can fault them?). For me, knee-highs add an element of warmth while creating an eccentric look. Discovering your own signature pieces will allow you to mix trends with classic looks to create a personal style that defies the time boundaries of seasonal trends. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Know when to let go Love announces a Cobain musical is “very likely”
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Let’s think about Kurt Cobain. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his still questioned death – his joining the 27 Club. He was universally considered the ultimate personification of the bad-boy rebel. His problem-riddled, drug-fueled life was heavily publicized as he and his band, Nirvana, catapulted to fame. His face now appears on commercialized t-shirts worn idly by teenage girls, unaware of the struggle and pain etched into every photograph and corresponding remake. Now, the story of his fragile and unstable life is being pitched to become a musical. In 2012, Cobain’s former wife, Courtney Love, shunned all rumored ideas of a musical to one side by stating that some things are best left alone. And I think Nirvana and Cobain fans across both sides of the hemisphere let out a huge sigh of relief – because it all just seems unjust. I cannot think of any celebrity figure – music related or otherwise – who was so openly frustrated and tormented by the commercialization of the arts. He struggled with the seemingly neverending concept of the commoditization of music. Cobain and Nirvana were the emblem of not selling out. With this context, the idea of a musical rendition of a tale of deep sorrow, battle and rebellion seems distastefully ironic. But unfortunately, the idea has resurfaced. Earlier this week, Love told NME Magazine that a musical was “very likely.” Some will argue that musicals stemming from music leg-
ends will work. And I agree; “Let It Be,” the musical based entirely around Beatles songs, was exceptionally crafted. The Queenbased rock-musical “We Will Rock You” has received praise in some of its highest forms. But all these musicals took the musicians’ songs, not their stories. Please don’t think that I’m suggesting that the alternative should be a musical entwined by Nirvana songs. I don’t quite think that the self-loathing lyrics and extreme expletives would consistently pack a theatre, no matter how exceptional those songs may be. Cobain’s story and struggle need to be left alone. His overwhelming sea of fans confused and scared him in his life, so why should we encourage this in his death, purely for our own personal gain? Not to mention that the glamorization of suicide is a dangerous thing to start playing with, and this is where my deepest cynicism lies. To build a musical, a genre deeply attached to a stigma of happiness and joviality, around a dark and harrowing story seems to conflict a little too much. Our generation, so immersed in the Internet, has seen a scarily consistent rise in suicide among young people. And I can’t help but think that to depict such a problem through what is primarily a source of entertainment is extremely hazardous. Awareness needs to be aroused from other avenues. The only moment of comfort within all this information is that Love and Frances Bean (Love and Cobain’s daughter) are insisting upon being heavily involved with the production of the musical – from the narrative to the songs. Despite Love’s involvement, it all still seems to be a selfish, strained activity that is succumbing to the cries of insistent Nirvana fans who are becoming unappreciative of the music that was left in Cobain’s wake. I sincerely hope that I’m proved wrong. email@example.com
Victory achieved Dark Souls II’s relentlessly unforgiving nature drives its superlative power fantasy
Courtesy of From Software Players in Dark Souls II can summon allies – who appear as white ghostly characters – to help them defeat bosses and clear areas throughout the game and can also have their session invaded by other players who try to kill them.
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Game: Dark Souls II Platform: PlayStation 3 [Reviewed], Xbox 360 and PC Developer: From Software Publisher: Namco Bandai Games Released: March 11 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; April 25 for PC Grade: A Dark Souls is like a psychologically abusive relationship. It entrances you with its sense of challenge, adventure and power, but is eventually depleting. It tears you down time and again but keeps you coming back for more. It is an addictive cycle that’s hard to break and even more gratifying to overcome. As fans of the series know, Dark Souls thrives on providing players with a never-ending sense of challenge, allowing players to return to cleared areas levels later to lay waste to the enemies that once destroyed them – fulfilling the game’s power fantasy. Many games teach players how to swim before letting them make their way to the deep end, but Dark Souls plunges players into the deep end and forces them to figure out how to swim on their own.
Players might briefly find suc- dreds of times in a play-through cess, but it doesn’t take long for – and causes a player to drop all the game to force them into wit- of his or her souls. The dropped nessing the visceral loss of all souls can be collected if the playtheir progress at the hands of er makes it back to where he or one of the game’s earliest bosses, she died, but if the player dies and for the game to fracture their again, those souls are lost forever. confidence in beating it. At the game’s onset, spending Though Dark Souls II has a few tutorials and characters through- souls to minimize the risk of losout it that help the player under- ing them is easy with levels and stand the game’s core elements, it items costing little. After a while, certainly isn’t easier than its pre- however, the game forces playdecessors. It quickly becomes ers to carry increasingly sizeanother unnerving reminder of able number of souls and face humanity’s frailty, even in the the game’s cruelty head on. Betreacherous, decaying, clandes- tween traps, bosses, enemies and tine and fantastical land of Dran- other players invading your session to try to kill you, the game’s gleic – the game’s setting. The game starts with the play- propensity for being unforgiver’s character awakening in ing and relentless finds plenty of “Things Betwixt” – the first area chances to assert itself. But the utter satisfaction of of the game – with no memory of his or her former self. The seeing “victory achieved” pop character is cursed with an insa- up on the screen after clearing tiable need to acquire souls, par- an area and killing the boss that ticularly those of the game’s four has, time after time, defeated the grand bosses that might lift the player is something few games can match. curse. Dozens of levels later, goSouls act as currency for everything in the game including ing back through earlier parts weapons, armor, spells, potions, of the game and obliterating enupgrades and level-ups. And emies that once singlehandedthough collecting them from the ly slaughtered the player furthers bodies of hundreds of slain foes this sense of satisfaction and is remarkably satisfying, it can the game’s power fantasy, which also be heartbreakingly infuriat- thrive on overcoming its inhering to lose tens of thousands of ently challenging design. them at a time when you die. Death in Dark Souls II is cer- SEE DARK SOULS II, PAGE 8 tain – it will likely happen hun-
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Playlist: All things Kurt Cobain SAM FERNANDO
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Kurt Cobain quoted Neil Young’s “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” in his suicide letter, saying, “It’s better to burn out than fade away.” Though it is hard to argue that the immortalized lead singer of Nirvana didn’t burn out, Cobain’s mark and influence on music even today shows no signs of fading away. With the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death approaching and Nirvana’s induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 around the corner, I have compiled a playlist of some of Cobain’s best hits, intertwined with some music written about the poster boy of Seattle-grunge himself. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Any playlist about Nirvana or Kurt Cobain is incomplete without this ’90s anthem. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” defined a generation and singlehandedly put Nirvana at the forefront of every household in America. Drummer Dave Grohl’s intense drumbeats mixed with Cobain’s heavily distorted guitar riff and shockingly melodic, but scratchy, vocals solidifies the song in the musical history books. It’s timeless. If this song came out this week, it would still be a hit. Foo Fighters – “My Hero” OK. So Grohl has said that the song is about the common man, not anyone in particular. But with lines like “Don’t the best of them bleed it out / While the rest of them peter out” it is hard to argue that Grohl wasn’t thinking about his friend and former band member even a little. Nirvana – “Aneurysm” Much of the success of the Seattle grunge scene could be at-
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tributed to the creative liberties taken by artists in the genre. The beginning of “Aneurysm” does just that. The song has a catchy chord progression that sometimes disappears and is replaced by the scratchy howling of Cobain’s signature “guitar strangle” – not to mention the song’s shifts in time signature. R.E.M. – “Let Me In” Lead singer Michael Stipe was a good friend of Cobain’s and wrote this song with R.E.M. as a tribute to the musician shortly after his death. Stipe had tried to reach out to Cobain days before his death, lending to the title and premise of the song. Fun fact: Cobain was a big fan of R.E.M., and Courtney Love gave the band one of Cobain’s guitars. Let Me In was recorded using that guitar – after lead
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bassist Mike Mills restrung the Fender Stratocaster to be played righty. Nirvana – “Lithium” I adamantly believe this is the perfect road trip song. Why? One, because the melody is catchy. And two, more importantly, anyone who doesn’t know it can easily sing along. The lyrical genius was able to put lines like “I’m so happy because today/I’ve found my friends/ They’re in my head” with a chorus of “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” Sometimes, less is more. Foo Fighters – “Friend of a Friend” Grohl wrote “Friend of a Friend” in 1990 when he first met Cobain and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. The song is about Grohl’s first impression of his bandmates. The “friend’s guitar” in the song is Cobain’s. The somber tone, in retrospect, sounds very Cobain-esque – almost like “Something in the Way” – and its eerie touches definitely make the listener think about Cobain and his downfall. Nirvana – “All Apologies” Cobain is known for his catchy, simple guitar riffs, and “All Apologies,” one of his most iconic songs, definitely illustrates this. He took seemingly unrelated phrases and linked them together in a beautiful poem while disguising the lyrics in the backdrop of an incredibly simple, yet complex riff. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tearjerker” The Red Hot Chili Peppers were close with Nirvana; the bands collaborated multiple times. “Tearjerker” appeared on the album One Hot Minute, which the band started recording just two months after Cobain’s death. The song is about how lead singer Anthony Kiedis felt when he heard news of Cobain’s death. SEE PLAYLIST, PAGE 8
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There was a silver external hard drive that my mom found when she helped me clean out my room the summer before I left for college in 2010. Neither of us knew what was on it. To my mom, it looked broken, like another piece of technology that needed to be tossed in the garbage. Being the hoarder I am when it comes to computers and hardware, I brought it to college. From my freshman to senior year, that hard drive sat in the corner of every room I lived in, collecting dust. I glanced at it constantly, always wondering what was on it, but never got around to actually investigating. Finally, last week, I plugged it in. I discovered that the metal box that looked like it was straight out of an ’80s sci-fi film was actually a time capsule, filled with music from my pre-teen years up until my senior year of high school. In amazement, I looked through the different folders and found a huge collection of Nirvana’s music. For hours, I sat in my room with my speakers on full blast and let the heavily distorted, grungy, sludgy and growling sound of Nirvana’s “In Bloom” fill my room with an aggressive, in-your-face atmosphere. It brought me back to my 13-year-old self, sitting in my bedroom, surrounded by the notes, lyrics and sounds of Seattle grunge blaring through my Sony Stereo headphones. My hands cradled an Epiphone
Les Paul, my fingers trying ferociously to hit the fretboard perfectly to replicate the sound of Nirvana, with its muddy guitar and unorthodox tempo. But I couldn’t stay focused. I couldn’t duplicate the heavy distorted guitar. I couldn’t hit the fretboard just right. I was sidetracked by a roaring voice that fiercely cut through the music. It was the voice of Kurt Cobain. I was infected and hooked on the sound and the raw emotion and passion that accompanied the music. I was infected by Seattle’s grunge. “In Bloom” was one of the first Nirvana songs I ever heard. The lyrics, “He’s the one / Who likes all our pretty songs / And he likes to sing along / And he likes to shoot his gun / But he knows not what it means,” speak about people who listen to music for the wrong reasons. It was a message to people who sang along to Nirvana’s music but couldn’t tell you the message behind the songs. I liked that. I loved the honesty of the band – it was something I identified with, no matter what I was doing or where I was. Cobain’s lyrics weren’t colorful. They weren’t sugarcoated. But they were straightforward, speaking of pain, love and real-life experiences. Today’s musicians rarely match the rawness and emotion of Nirvana’s lyrics. But some, like Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Beck owe much of their musical success to Cobain and how successful he was in such a short-lived career. When Cobain took his life on April 5, 1994, he left the world behind physically, but the legacy of his movement and what he stood for still lives on. So last week I sat in my room, cradling my Epiphone Les Paul and headbanging to the music, still in awe of Cobain’s words and the power of his legacy. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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in 2013 a company engineer lied about approving the part change with no new number, according to NPR. McCaskill also pointed out the fact that it took nine months for GM to do something about the issue “after being confronted with specific evidence of this egregious violation of public trust.” There were 2.6 million cars recalled as a result of the defective part. Barra, who took the position in January, told the subcommittee what had happened with the item numbers was “completely unacceptable.” Explosions outside of Cairo University One person was killed as a result of three bombings that took place on the periphery of Cairo University Wednesday, according to Al Jazeera. The violence spawned from conflict between the university’s students and faculty. An organization called “Egypt’s Soldiers” admitted to the act. In a statement via a Twitter account connected to the group, they vowed to continue their violent protests. “This last attack, near Ennahda Square, follows an increase in arrest campaigns targeting our women and girls and their abuse, and it is an honour to dedicate [the attacks] to them,” the statement said. The group vacillators went on to say the bombings were aimed primarily at the police force. Violent clashes have been common since last summer when the former Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, was removed by the military. Since the former president’s removal, there have been 500 deaths from fighter conflict, according to the Egyptian government. email: email@example.com
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Continued from page 6: Dark Souls II This becomes more rewarding as players progress through the game and encounter previously defeated bosses who have become less important enemies scattered throughout each level. Dark Souls II amps up almost every aspect of the original Dark Souls with a larger, more detailed and varying world, more types of enemies and more bosses for players to conquer. The game improves online play and adds features like a fast travel system. Those improvements keep the game’s grueling atmosphere at bay by constantly leaving the player with something new to discover – even when it leads to an un-
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Continued from page 10: Tennis match. The Bulls won the doubles point, and Maines determined their doubles play as one of the team’s biggest strengths. Buffalo’s doubles teams have combined for a 51-22 record and have won the point in each of the team’s overall victories. Maines also cited the team’s depth as one of its biggest strengths. Last season, the Bulls started off 10-0 but struggled down the stretch after losing Shah to injury. With only seven players on the roster, Maines knows keeping her players on the court is key. “The biggest focus this year has really just been staying healthy,” Maines said.
“We’re a small team, so you need everyone. If you have one injury, it’s really going to affect the whole team.” The men’s and women’s teams play their final two home games of the season this weekend. The women face Miami Ohio (11-4, 2-0 MAC) Friday and Ball State (11-7, 1-1 MAC) Saturday. Both matches are set for 1 p.m. The men play Binghamton (10-8) Friday at 6 p.m. and Western Michigan (11-9, 0-1 MAC) Sunday at 10 a.m. All matches will take place at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. email: email@example.com
Continued from page 7: Playlist Imbued with an unusually somber tone for the Peppers, if the lyrics don’t pull tears out of you, the beautiful guitar solo from then-lead guitarist Dave Navarro will. Nirvana – “About a Girl” Cobain admitted that “About a Girl” was a major risk. He was a big fan of pop music, but the entire album Bleach was grunge. He wasn’t sure how people would react to a pop-style song on Bleach. But this tune has become a Nirvana staple and, in my opinion, is even better unplugged. Nirvana – “Drain You” To be honest, this whole playlist could have just been the track list of Nevermind. But “Drain You” is an interesting song that is often overlooked, especially on such a packed album. The song sums up Nirvana perfectly. It features five guitar tracks dubbed over each other, all played by Cobain, which give it a dark grungy sound. The middle section of the song, which features a squeak toy – yes, a squeak toy – played by Cobain, sounds reminiscent of Nirvana’s fellow grungers, Sonic Youth. Neil Young – “Sleeps with Angels” Like Stipe, Young tried to reach out to Cobain before his death. He wrote this song as a tribute to his late friend. The line “He sleeps with angels / too late / he sleeps with angels / too soon,” is enough to understand the pain Young was going through. Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box” The intro riff is one of the band’s most recognizable. Cobain spent years trying to complete the song. He struggled to find the right vocal melody to complement the odd guitar arrangement. He eventually did and created the enticing sound of this Billboard No. 1 hit. For Squirrels – “Mighty K.C.” The relatively unknown band had one
minor hit with “Mighty K.C.” The band claimed to be influenced by R.E.M. and Nirvana and wrote the song as a tribute to Cobain shortly after his death. A month before the album featuring the song was released, two members of the band were killed in a car accident. Nirvana – “Sliver” A trip to grandma’s house seems like the last thing a grunge band would decide to write a song about. But Cobain manages to take a plot of something seemingly unimportant and turn it into something powerful. It’s another fun song to sing on a road trip with friends who don’t know the song, considering the chorus, and most of the song, is Cobain shouting, “Grandma, take me home!” Foo Fighters – “These Days” In Aug. 2012, Grohl and the Foo Fighters played at the world-famous Reading Festival in England. Almost 20 years to the day, Nirvana had played one of their most iconic performances at the same festival. While playing the intro riff of “These Days,” Grohl said, “I’d like to dedicate it to a couple of people who couldn’t be here tonight. This one’s for Krist, and this one’s for Kurt.” The song might not be about Cobain, but it definitely holds some significance for Grohl. Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold the World” Cobain played this David Bowie cover as part of Nirvana’s unplugged performance, which aired on MTV four months before Cobain’s death. The album of the performance was released after his death and received the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. The emotion is evident not only in Cobain’s voice, but also in his eyes during this legendary live performance. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tennis teams hit their mark Men’s, women’s squads have both enjoyed successful seasons TOM DINKI
Asst. Sports Editor
UB sports fans have long waited to see a winner in Alumni Arena and UB Stadium. But fans need only to venture a few miles off campus to the Miller Tennis Center to see two Buffalo teams enjoying consistent success. The men’s tennis team (95, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) received its first-ever top75 ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association earlier this season, and the women’s team (11-3, 2-1 MAC) has had an impressive start of its own – winning 10 of its last 12 matches. The men’s team is currently ranked No. 72 in the country. The Bulls broke into the top 75 after opening the season with a 4-3 win over No. 46 Cornell (10-5, 1-0 Ivy League). But head coach Lee Nickell said the national ranking is not on the team’s mind. “We understand that rankings are what other people think of us and our results are what we think of ourselves,” Nickell said. “We kind of just view it as a little extra thing, but we don’t really focus on it at all.” Nickell attributes the team’s success this year to its ability to win close games. The Bulls have won six matches by the score of 4-3, five of which came down to
Yusong Shi, The Spectrum Senior Miranda Podlas and the women’s tennis team have won 10 of their past 12 matches. The Bulls will host MAC rivals Miami Ohio and Ball State this weekend.
the final singles game. Nickell stressed the importance of having a variety of players step up and seize important matches. Sophomores Pablo Alvarez, Sergio Arevalillo and Akhil Mehta have each clinched a 4-3 victory this season in a winnertake-all challenge. Nickell believes the catalyst of the Bulls’ success is what takes place off the court. “Our biggest strength is our team chemistry and how close the guys are,” Nickell said. “In the past, we’ve had some egos on the team and it’s hurt us. This year, we have no egos and that’s helped us a lot.” The Bulls have struggled recently, totaling a 3-4 record in
Baseball aims to regain earlyseason form in hunt for MAC title
Yusong Shi, The Spectrum Sophomore Akhil Mehta and the men’s tennis team received their first-ever top-75 ranking earlier this season. The No. 72 Bulls have lost four of their last seven and will look to get on track this weekend as they host Binghamton and Western Michigan.
their past seven matches, including a 5-2 conference-opener loss to Toledo (8-15, 2-0 MAC). Nickell believes one of the reasons for the loss was Buffalo’s inexperience on an indoor court. When the Bulls lost to the Rockets on March 23, it had been more than a month since they played at the Miller Tennis Center. “We’re close with these really good teams, and when you’re at this level a few points here or there dictates the outcome and we just need to get those points,” Nickell said. “But Toledo was probably the only real disappointing loss this year. We may have taken them a little lightly and they took it to us.” The women’s team has won 10 of its last 12 matches and has five 7-0 victories this season. But the Bulls know they will have to win close matches in conference play. “There’s really not going to be any blowouts in the conference,” said head coach Kristen Maines. “There’s so much parity this year. Any time you can win a 4-3 match, that’s obviously a confidence boost.” Buffalo won a 4-3 decision over Toledo (12-4, 3-1 MAC) March 22 after senior Tanvi Shah defeated the Rockets’ Chrissy Coffman in a winner-take-all SEE TENNIS, PAGE 8
In home opener, men’s lacrosse hopes to learn from loss against Michigan State
Chad Cooper, The Spectrum The baseball team will play at MAC rival Central Michigan this weekend for a three-game series.
The baseball team scored 43 runs in the first seven games of its season while only allowing 15 runs, leading to a program-best 6-1 mark to begin the season. The 28-run differential in the first seven games is the highest mark in program history to begin a season. It has taken the Bulls 14 games, however, to win their next six. The Bulls (12-10, 3-2 MidAmerican Conference) will enter the thick of their conference schedule this weekend. Despite Buffalo’s winning record, the team has yet to play a game at Amherst Audubon Field. “Once we have a field to play on, the season will be very different,” said head coach Ron Torgalski. “We practice in an indoor facility all winter. It doesn’t give us the same experience while playing on the diamond.” The Bulls are 6-9 since their opening seven games. Inconsistent offense and sloppy defense have plagued the team. “We have to improve in all three categories [pitching, fielding, hitting],” Torgalski said. “I don’t feel we are at the point in the season where we can say we put it all together and we’re ready to play in the postseason.” The Bulls’ offense has been fueled thus far by a core of power and contact hitters, including sophomore first baseman Tyler Mautner, who leads the team with a .368 batting average and 21 RBIs. The seniors have also contributed to the team’s success, most
notably senior infielder Mike Burke and senior outfielder Matt Pollock, who have combined for 43 hits and 27 RBIs. Burke is also Buffalo’s usual Sunday pitcher and has posted a 3-2 record with a team-leading 1.71 ERA. Senior outfielder Jimmy Topps has hit .290 and also has a perfect fielding percentage in center field. Despite the seniors’ statistical success, Torgalski wants to see more enthusiasm and leadership from the seasoned players on the team. “In baseball, you need that leader in the clubhouse and it seems like that’s something we’re lacking,” Torgalski said. “They don’t need to be loud, just lead by example.” Torgalski wants the seniors to guide the promising underclassmen as they mature into their roles on the team, including sophomore outfielder Nick Sinay, who leads the team with 12 stolen bases. In a season thus far filled with moments of glory and anguish, Torgalski is pleased overall. “I’m excited,” Torgalski said. “If we can keep doing what we’re doing on the road, we’ll finish off the season mostly on our home field. April is when we play our best baseball and hopefully it will bring Buffalo home a MAC championship.” The Bulls remain on the road this weekend for a three-game series with Central Michigan (1711, 6-0 MAC) beginning Friday in Mount Pleasant, Mich. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. email: email@example.com
YUSONG SHI, The Spectrum The men’s lacrosse team is looking to rebound from its 12-3 loss to No. 4 Michigan State Saturday when the Bulls host No. 8 Boston College in their home opener on Friday.
Senior Sports Editor
Following a blowout loss last weekend at No. 4 Michigan State, the men’s lacrosse team doesn’t get much of a respite. The Bulls (4-2) open conference play this weekend, hosting No. 8 Boston College (5-2, 0-1 Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League) Friday night and Pittsburgh (4-4, 2-2 Central Collegiate Lacrosse League) Sunday. Following Buffalo’s 12-3 loss to the Spartans (8-2, 4-0 CCLA) last Sunday, the Bulls have spent the past week revamping their system of play in anticipation of this weekend. “We need to overhaul our play as a whole,” said senior defensive midfielder Andrew Gasper. “We are forcing things too much; we are not playing smart lacrosse. What we have been working on this week is slowing things down, just kind of getting the offense in a place where we can make the plays happen and play smart and we’re changing up the ‘D’ and
playing smarter, talking more and just going back to fundamentals and focusing on playing good lacrosse.” The game against the Spartans came at a good time for the Bulls; it gave them time to adjust before conference play and showed younger players what top competition is like in the MCLA. Both Gasper and head coach Ryan Crawford expressed the importance of knowing what to strive toward for a roster with so many younger players. The Bulls have switched their focus to the Eagles now, tailoring their practice to Boston College’s style of play. The defense has been applying more pressure than normal to the offense to mimic Boston College’s defensive style. Gasper also stressed playing team lacrosse. “Later in the [Michigan State] game, it just seemed like a bunch of guys out there playing lacrosse,” Gasper said. “We lost our team cohesiveness after we
got rattled.” Recently, the Bulls have benefited from playing and practicing outside, which has helped the team with spatial recognition and offensive flow. “I’m just getting used to the spacing on the field,” Crawford said. “When you’re in the gym, it’s kind of cramped. You don’t have as much room offensively to work the ball, and it becomes difficult because the defense can’t really press out the way we want them to and our offense can’t really utilize the space.” The Bulls’ game Friday against Boston College is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Kunz Field. Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh is scheduled for noon. “We’ve been here before where we have had a loss like that and we’ve come back and won our conference,” Crawford said. “We still have a month left in the season. We just have to work hard and get to a place where we are playing our best lacrosse in early May when it matters most.” email: firstname.lastname@example.org