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today,” Mukupa said in an email. “As president, I want to utilize the experience and expertise of leaders within each department so as to sustain the representation and service of GSA.”
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“I have three goals and one dream,” Ghazal said in an email. “As GSA vice president, I will work to raise awareness about employment opportunities and training for graduate students from different disciplines. The second is to open a more transparent channel of communication with the UB administration to address international student issues. Finally, [I will] continue to work with GSEU to get the pay bill approved for TAs, RAs, and GAs and get their appointments and responsibilities clarified.”
Results are in for last week’s UB Council and Graduate Student Association elections, but they remain unofficial as of press time, according to Mike Lewis, a student activities associate in the office of Student Life. Mia Jorgensen, who received 259 votes, is expected to be the new UB Council student representative. Her opponent, Joshua Boston, was not far behind with 231 votes. As Council representative, Jorgensen will be required to speak to top UB officials about students’ needs and concerns in meetings that are held at least four times per year. Jorgensen was unavailable for comment as of press time. Boston was surprised at the low voter turnout – something that he said should be improved in future elections – but he believes that Jorgensen is capable of taking over the position that he held this year. “I’ve already extended my services to Mia – any way she needs my assistance in transitioning to the role of the student representative next year – I’ve made myself available in that regard,” Boston said. “I’ll also make myself available to the administrators, because I’m just another voice between the administrators and the students.” As election policy requires, both Council candidates are allowed a two-day period to file complaints about the results before they become official. Candidates were informed of the results on Friday, giving them the weekend to file complaints. The new leaders of the Graduate Student Association were also elected – Grace Mukupa for president (147 votes), Rehab (Rubie) Ghazal for vice president (88 votes), and Jonathan Knights for treasurer (146 votes). Mukupa and Knights ran uncontested, but Ghazal beat her sole opponent, Joseph Steet, who received 57 votes. Mukupa is thrilled to be elected as the GSA president, and she is eager to continue advocating for the needs of graduate students, a task that she began as vice president of the GSA this year. “The news that I will be the next GSA president was humbling. It fueled me to work even harder for graduate students, who are the reason I am in this position
Pitman Named Dean of CAS E. Bruce Pitman, researcher and professor in the department of mathematics, adjunct professor in the department of mechanical and
With a last-minute decision to run and minimal campaigning only directed by her group of friends, Ghazal was surprised to hear of her win. Despite this, she has clear-cut goals for next year.
Steet was friendly with Ghazal throughout the election cycle, and he wishes her the best of luck in her new role. Despite his loss, he plans to continue be a voice for UB’s graduate population. “I will still be in the Senate and serving on all the committees I’m presently a part of, so it’s more or less business as usual in that respect,” Steet said in an email. “There are a couple of issues that have been brought to my attention during my campaign that I feel need to be addressed, and fortunately, Rubie and I agreed that we would work together on certain issues regardless of who ultimately won the VP slot.” Knights highlighted another important result of the election – the passage of the referendum that allowed the student activity fee to remain mandatory. An overwhelming 151 students voted in favor of the mandatory fee, and 38 voted against it. Additionally, 154 students voted for an $11 increase to the fee, while 35 voted against it. “Although I was uplifted that the vast majority of the voting population voted for me rather than abstaining, I got goosebumps when I received the news that the referendum (and the increase) had passed by a landslide,” Knights said in an email. “I really think the culture of our organization is healthier and more vibrant than ever.” During the summer, among other goals, Knights hopes to foster a stronger working relationship between the GSA and the undergraduate SA. The GSA election results, tentatively released Friday, will be made official Monday. Candidates are given a period of time during which they may voice their objections in accordance with the GSA Election Code, according to an email from the GSA Election Committee. If the results are not contested, all of the elected candidates will take office on June 1.
aerospace engineering, and associate dean for research and sponsored programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named dean of the college on April 15. Harvey G. Stenger Jr., interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, made the announcement after an internal university search. Pitman, who joined UB as assistant professor of mathematics in 1989, succeeds SUNY Distinguished Pro-
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An interview with Tripathi revealed UB’s anticipated president’s goals for next year.
Tripathi Expected to be Confirmed Monday as 15th President
sity has to offer a competitive salary and must also keep the process private enough so candidates can retain their current positions, Tripathi said. He also explained some of the processes that UB followed in finding its next president.
Office in Charge has a national scope ANDREW WIKTOR Editor in Chief Officer in Charge Satish K. Tripathi is expected to be confirmed as UB’s next president by the SUNY Board of Trustees Monday afternoon. If all goes as anticipated, Tripathi will earn $737,315 between his $350,000 state salary and other compensation, according to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s memorandum to the Board, dated April 18 (Monday). The expected state salary will be $85,000 more than former President John B. Simpson received from the state government in 2010. Although Tripathi is expected to be president at one university in Western New York, his mind is on national standards. If confirmed, Tripathi hopes to make UB relevant on a national level, improve as a university by expanding UB’s research capabilities, and avoid falling short inside of the classroom. “We are a research university; our emphasis should be [on research], but we are a university where we teach. I don’t think [research] trumps anything else out,” Tripathi said. “There are expectations for the faculty to do research. They don’t teach six or eight courses a year or 10 courses; their teaching is based on the fact that certain aspects [of what’s expected] is really producing knowledge, scholarship. I don’t think anything is changing in terms of what a public research university is…. I think we can do a lot more in research so the expectations are higher.” The former vice provost stated that that new discoveries can give the university notoriety on a national level and help attract better professors, who he hopes to hire in clusters if confirmed as president. Tripathi has been considered for other university presidential positions, making him no stranger to the search process. He stressed the importance of considering the selection process on a national level. In order to attract top talent, a univer-
fessor Bruce D. McCombe, who had served as dean of CAS since 2007. Pitman also serves as the chair for education and outreach at the Center for Computation Research and previously served as UB’s vice provost for educational technology from 2000 to 2003 and as director of graduate studies in the department of mathematics from 1997 to 1999, among other titles.
“There were forums for the faculty and students to get involved, and in the [search] committee there were student leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, and others,” Tripathi said. “It’s not anything different, actually; [UB’s search] may be even more involved than the other research university searches that go on…. If you look in the national context, it’s absolutely no different.” Tripathi was reluctant to further discuss the presidential search, mentioning that he was a candidate and not a member of the search committee. He acknowledged that UB bypassed some SUNY guidelines in searching for its 15th president and vaguely claimed that he plans to adhere to those guidelines while also doing what is best for UB. Pending confirmation, Tripathi has three main goals that he hopes to accomplish: excellence, engagement and efficiency. Tripathi hopes to achieve excellence in regard to students, faculty and the services that UB provides. He hopes to engage students, alumni, the Western New York community, the economy, and elected officials. Efficiency refers to getting the job done in a financially cost-effective manner. As a key proponent who worked closely in developing the UB 2020 bill, Tripathi also stressed the importance of having proper infrastructure to provide students with necessary services and to attract top-level faculty. Although he was unaware that many of the buildings on North Campus do not comply with the American Disabilities Act, he plans to follow all regulations as UB moves forward, and he said he will look into where UB is not compliant. As provost, Tripathi was responsible for setting the budget for each department within the university. He mentioned it was a difficult job with the budget cuts, but his main priority was to maintain academic excellence. “I’ve been dealing with [budget cuts] as provost – as chief budget officer for the campus…Usually, the budget officer gives money to spend, and I’ve been ‘taking money away,’” Tripathi said. “But, I have made sure [that] I had a committee of undergrads, graduate students, staff, [and] faculty to advise me to see what are our core values
certificate in computational science and two graduate courses in highperformance computing. He also organized an undergraduate degree and advanced certificate in bioinformatics and computation biology with colleagues in the departments of computer science and engineering and biological sciences.
He previously developed a graduate
Pitman received a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Northwestern University and earned
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[and] how will we sustain and retain the excellence.” In deciding on the budget, Tripathi wanted to make sure that students weren’t shortchanged on their education and that they were able to enroll in the courses they wanted. He also mentioned that the recent cuts haven’t allowed the university to spend more money on sports, but maintained that school spirit and athletics are an integral part of university life. Still, education remains at the forefront of his mind. “If we have a winning team we all are really excited about – I think we want to create that,” Tripathi said. “But remember, these students, they are scholar athletes – student-athletes; they’re not really athlete-students. We want to make sure their education is also being taken care of. We have a great team of our athletic director and coaches, and I think they have done tremendously with the limited amount of resources.” Much like the rest of the university, Tripathi wasn’t prepared for John B. Simpson’s retirement announcement on the first day of classes in late August. He also wasn’t ready to declare his candidacy right away. “[I decided I waned to be president] after the search began.…I sort of worked with different aspects of the university – education; undergraduate; graduate; faculty; budget, and everything,” Tripathi said. “It’s a great university; it is part of AAU – Association of American Universities – it’s in the top 60 in the country, so, I really fell in love with the university. We have a lot of potential here, we have done a lot of work here in the last few years, [and] I decided that I would like to try [to be president].” Tripathi himself is a product of public education and recognizes the importance of affordable higher education. He explained that the current UB 2020 bill, which he supports entirely, has provisions to protect students whose household income is less than $60,000 per year. Tripathi also mentioned that he is glad that students called for a rational tuition increase. “This is really amazing that students care about the quality of education that they get,” Tripathi said. g
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a Ph.D. in mathematics from Duke University in 1985. CAS is home to 25 departments ranging from the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural science, as well as 14 interdisciplinary programs. There are more than 15,000 students enrolled in CAS and 500 faculty members. g
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Allende’s Remains Several U.S. Cancer Rates Drop States Devastated in Western New to be Examined by Weather York A Chilean court has ordered that the remains of former President Salvador Allende be exhumed for examination. Investigators will attempt to determine whether Allende killed himself or was killed during a 1973 coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power. In 1973, Allende’s body was found in the presidential palace after the building was overtaken by troops. An official autopsy report concluded that Allende committed suicide with a rifle; his personal doctor confirmed this conclusion. However, some supporters have maintained that Allende was killed by soldiers. After Allende’s death, Pinochet’s reign left thousands of political opponents missing or killed. The inquiry is part of an investigation into historic rights abuses; the Allende case is one of 726 alleged rights abuses that experts are analyzing. The exhumation will take place toward the end of May. g
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Since Thursday, the southern U.S. has been pummeled by a string of severe storms and tornados. The death toll has risen to at least 35 people.
The latest comprehensive statistics for cancer death rates across Western New York have shown an overall decline.
The storms first struck in Oklahoma before moving east toward Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina. The region has experienced severe thunderstorms with flash floods, tornados, and hail the size of grapefruits.
Cancer death rates were provided by the National Cancer Institute and include statistics from 2003 through 2007. Cancer death rates dropped for most counties; Erie County witnessed a 1.2 percent decline. Niagara County only saw a 0.5 percent drop. Statewide, there was a 2 percent decline.
North Carolina was the last state to withstand the dangerous conditions. The state was devastated by 62 tornados, which left people dead across four counties. Governor Beverly Purdue declared a state of emergency and called this the worst storm system to hit the state in over two decades. Fatalities have been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Officials say the death toll will increase once emergency services search the damaged areas. The storms have now moved offshore and over the Atlantic Ocean. g
Nonetheless, doctors caution that there is still cause for concern, as rates are higher than the state’s average. Breast cancer in females and prostate cancer in males is more prevalent in Erie and Niagara Counties than elsewhere in the state. Doctors have said that the reason cancer rates in WNY have not declined, as in the rest of the state, is because of the region’s aging population. g
OPINION Editorial Board
Number of WNY Catholics Decline
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Religion is about choice
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Since 2000, the estimated number of Western New York Catholics has dropped 12.7 percent, which is more than four times larger than the area’s population loss in the same time, according to The Buffalo News. In other words, less people are going to church in WNY, a region where the most prominent religion is Catholicism. Religion is largely a personal choice, and many aren’t choosing to practice. The Catholic Church has gone through its fair share of trials and tribulations since it came into existence over 2,000 years ago, yet has always persevered; a drop in membership in one region, although telling, by no means signifies an international decline in Catholicism, although the issue does seem unrelenting to some bishops. As Easter Sunday approaches, there likely will be a spike in those who attend Mass. Major holidays, not just for Catholics, tend to bring those who identify with a particu-
lar religion to their respective places of worship. But is that a farce? Can those who don’t attend church, synagogue, mosque or whatever else regularly really be considered religious? Absolutely. People not only have a right to choose whether or not to be religious, but also the privilege to decide how religious they want to be. Although every religion has its own expectations, not meeting all prospects doesn’t exclude a person from identifying with a religion. Many of us were raised “religious,” but the extent of our practices varied greatly. Some attended religious schools, others went to worship four times a week, and some simply celebrated holidays. Although our upbringings were different, we all retained the prerogative to choose.
religions we do believe in haven’t impacted our lives, as in morals and traditions. Identifying with a religion close to a holiday can illicit criticism, but for some, that’s their extent of being religious. Although religion can often be a touchy subject, The Spectrum’s editorial board, which consists of numerous different denominations, agrees that a familial aspect plays a large role in religion. Whether that means attending church to appease parents, going to yeshiva through high school, praying during the month of Muharram, or raising one’s family with religious values to preserve culture, family and religion often go hand-in-hand. Still, that doesn’t stop people from finding their own ways and considering themselves religious, or not. g
Moreover, some of us may not strictly follow a religion, but that doesn’t mean the
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Courtesy of Flickr User USMARINE0311 What U.S. politicians don’t seem to realize, as they argue and argue over what to do with the 172 detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, is that holding people in a prison and giving them no clear indication of what will happen to them in the future is the very thing that the facility became notoriously symbolic of – torture. President Barack Obama’s Jan. 22, 2009 executive order, which pledged that “Gitmo” would be closed a year later, seems like the distant past now. It’s two years later, and, still, nothing has been done. Obama was unrealistic when he signed that order. It was literally one of the first things he did upon entering office; we can’t even be sure he knew his way around the White House yet. Looking back, The Spectrum sees the move as indicative of the president’s relative inexperience and naïveté at the time. Now, he knows better than to idealistically assume that he can just make Gitmo go away; two years of battling with pesky Republicans have hardened him and knocked him back into sad reality. That doesn’t change the fact that something must be done about the prison and its inhabitants. Obama’s attempts to move the prisoners to a facility in Illinois and to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM, the alleged “principal architect” of the 9/11 attacks) in New York City were both stymied by troupes of not-in-mybackyarders. We don’t see their logic. Do these people forget that the prisons already in their “backyards” contain murderers and rapists?
As the president said, we should be careful to avoid elevating the alleged terrorists to a special level. Our justice and security systems are strong. We shouldn’t have anything to be afraid of when it comes to the transport of prisoners – it happens all the time with dangerous people on American soil. After all, nobody seemed to have a problem with keeping Timothy McVeigh in an American jail. Terrorists or no terrorists, the detainees are entitled to their basic human rights, and they don’t seem to be getting them right now. The right to a fair trial is the first on the list for many of the prisoners. The irony in all of this is that KSM admitted his guilt and offered a full confession, along with four other detainees. It was a dare to the federal government to do something – anything – about it. We’re not lawyers, but one would think that it would be pretty easy to take to court a guy who is fully admitting his guilt. But this is Washington that we’re talking about – a place where nothing (involving actually getting something done) is easy. The easy thing, of course, is arguing about it, and that’s what politicians will continue to do. And far away from the war of words, in a detention camp ironically located in Cuba, the Gitmo prisoners will wait. g
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I walk up to a short, brown-haired man with glasses and a V-neck sweater and he asks me the question I have been dreading for four years: “You here for your cap and gown?” I nod reluctantly, and he asks me “What is your height?” He turns around and quickly fumbles into a box, grabs my cap and gown, places it on the counter in front of me and tells me to go pay at the register. I shovel out the $82, grab my books from the cubbies, and walk to class. As May 16 is coming closer and closer, I have been doing a great amount of reflecting on my experiences at UB and how I was able to survive four years on my own, eight hours away from my family, in the arctic tundra known as Buffalo. Personally, going away for school was my priority during my senior year of high school. It is safe to say my parents’ divorce turned my world upside down, and warranted both a physical and emotional ‘split’ of my life. I had to split my time with my parents; I had to split my clothes, shoes, and I now had two toothbrushes. It was absolute madness, and, to be quite honest, I think I will always be a little bit of a mess.
I laid on my bed, finally alone for the first time, and smiled to myself. I was genuinely happy to start this adventure on my own.
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As I slowly walk up to the doors of the University at Buffalo Bookstore, dragging my feet on the ground, a somber pout on my face, I can feel my stomach tied in a huge knot. I know that there is no going back once I open the doors, and I know why I am here. I look around for the big purple sign that reads: “University at Buffalo Commencement.”
The day my mother dropped me off at my dorm at Michael Hall, she didn’t stay long. I didn’t ask her to, either, because I could already see the tears coming down her eyes as she moved the last clear plastic bin from the truck up to my room. I knew she wouldn’t be able to handle helping me set up my room, so she grabbed my sisters and told them to go in the car, gave me a tight hug and a kiss, and, in a flash, she was pulling out of the South Campus dorms to journey back home.
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It was for this reason that I knew I needed to go away for school and finally have my life back together, in one place.
Where We Came From
I’m writing to congratulate The Spectrum for two superb investigative articles last week. Amanda Jonas’s article, “A Shameful Low in Higher Education: The University at Buffalo is inaccessible to disabled students,” is a superb piece of reporting. By noting UB’s continued non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Jonas really gets at some of the sickness that pervades UB generally. Interestingly, the period of this failure coincides almost perfectly with the term of UB President John B. Simpson. It’s illuminating to put this Friday article together with the Wednesday article by Andrew Wiktor and Luke Hammill, “Artvoice Compensation Numbers
Are Correct.” Hammill and Wiktor confirm a recent story in Artvoice that the UB administration is using the $410-million-dollar UB endowment as a moneypot to top-up the salaries of university administrators, sometimes by hundreds of thousands of dollars. In its “UB Fact Sheet,” a factually-challenged effort to respond to Artvoice, the UB Office of University Communications says that this “supplemental compensation . . . enables UB to compete nationally in its efforts to recruit and retain very talented faculty, staff and administrators.” If allowing the Office of Disability Services to remain inaccessible to handicapped persons is “talent,” then what does “gross incompetence” look like?
Perhaps the money squandered on administrative salaries would have been better spent by making the university fully accessible to all its students, staff, and faculty. We at UB should think less about “competing nationally” (whatever that means) and more about doing our jobs and acting like decent human beings. Jim Holstun Professor of English Letters to the editor are not edited by The Spectrum.
During my first few days at UB, I made it a point to call my mom every day, sometimes several times a day. How unusual it was to be in a place where you do not have to come home to your parents after class. As I became more accustomed to university life, I realized my phone calls lessened and would even stop for a few days on end at some points. According to Dr. Jess P. Shatkin, a staff member of the NYU Child Study Center, “moving on to college represents a significant step toward adulthood. Whether the student lives at home or goes away to attend college, the move represents an emotional separation for both parents and child.” Conversations would often start with, “Oh, you don’t have time to call me anymore, college girl?” or “Are you alive?” I would just laugh these comments off because I knew it was just that emotional separation that must have been shocking to my parents. It was to my own shock to learn that some of my friends rarely called their parents. Of course, we cannot all be expected to have the same relationships, but from my own perspective, I must honestly say I am happy that I kept the waves of communication open with my parents. I realized that when I was severely conflicted and needed advice, hearing my mother’s voice on the other end of the phone was enough to comfort me and help me to think rationally. My mother was the person I would call when I would get an A on my exam, or when I did well on a group project. She was my go-to phone call when I was nervous for an interview or stressed about my workload. She would just tell me to relax and take a minute to regroup, but most importantly, she would always tell me that she was proud of me. Even though my mother still asks me why I chose to come all the way up to Buffalo for school, I think she understands deep inside. She knows that I needed to figure myself out on my own, and live in one room again. As we near the Commencement celebration, I encourage seniors to reflect on who was supporting them throughout their college experiences. Whether it be your parents, a family member, or even a close friend, take time to let them know how much you appreciate having them in your life, and how happy you are that you were able to make them proud. Please keep in mind, my fellow graduating classmates, that while it is important to know where you are going, we must always remember where we came from. g
Tales from a Gap Decade MICHAEL TYSON Asst. Life Editor As you can read elsewhere in this paper, in an article written by a brilliant writer, there is such a thing as a gap year. It usually lasts only one year and it usually lands between high school and college. This story is not about the usual. I started college in the fall of 1996 at New Mexico Tech. My major at that time was computer science, which I had chosen because I enjoyed playing around on my computer and figured I could make some decent money. What I didn’t figure on was the allure of watching TV, drinking, and sleeping – really anything other than going to class. Tech and I parted ways after the spring semester of ’97, when I racked up a stunning GPA of 0.46. I took a few classes at the community college in Albuquerque that fall, but I still couldn’t drum up interest in going to class, so I didn’t bother wasting any more of my parents’ money the next spring. I spent the next 10 years jumping around to many different jobs. I was a long-haul truck driver for about eight months. I managed to last for a whopping three months as a janitor in an adult movie theater – great paycheck, lousy everything else. My high points were, sadly, a twoyear stint at Target unloading trucks and stocking shelves and a four-year period where I worked in a urethane-molding factory. Target was the first time that I worked somewhere for more than a year. The molding of urethane, which is done with industrial ovens and a lot of toxic chemicals, was my first and only union job and also the highest paying. These years were far from miserable – I met an amazing woman that I married and I learned far more about life than you can pick up from a book. It’s one thing to read about Kerouac’s road trip across the U.S. and appreciate what he was saying about society in general, but if you actually drive back and forth across this nation and see it through your own eyes, you can add so much more to the reading of On the Road. Through all these years, I always toyed with the idea of going back to school. My wife, who had also not finished her degree, encouraged me in this idea as well as thought about it herself. My main concern was figuring out what I wanted to study. I always figured on something tech-based, because that was where the money was, but I couldn’t really drum up the interest to head back to school. Another interest I had was reading and writing, though I had been convinced that there was no money to be made in these fields unless you were really, really lucky. When I lost my job at the beginning of 2007, I was fed up. I had had nothing but dead-end, crappy jobs and I was done. I didn’t bother job hunting – or anything, really – and my wife and I made do with what we had. I decided this was a good time to head back to school, when—toward the end of summer—my wife told me to go check out Erie County Community College since it had open enrollment. With little more than a vague idea that I wanted to study creative writing and literature, I enrolled at ECC in the fall of ’07 and started my new academic career. I was a little worried about heading back to school after so much time off; I hit my 30th birthday in the second week of classes, but it turned out I had nothing to worry about. I excelled in my classes and finished that semester with a 4.0, a definite improvement over my last semester in school. I graduated from ECC in the spring of ’09 and came to UB with a major in English and a concentration in creative writing. My wife joined me at ECC and transferred to UB a year before me. She, too, is doing quite well. While my time off can be seen as wasted time in which I was not working on my career or even getting my degree, I see it as simply the time that was needed for me to—cheesy as it sounds—find my self. My plans after I graduate and beyond are still nebulous, but I love what I’m doing. I know I’m in the right program and I also know that I can make more money with a supposedly moneyless degree program than I ever did with no degree at all. I would not suggest that anyone take as much time as I did, but I do recommend that you do take at least a moment to ask if you’re on the right path. If you are struggling with the classes in your major, then maybe that’s not the right major for you. If you are only here at college because that’s what was expected and you’re miserable, then maybe you should take some time off. Or not. I realize that I could also be the exception to the rule. But I still suggest some time devoted to experiencing the rest of the world; you will appreciate college so much more, if you’re like me at all.
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ARTS & LIFE Memorial Concert Held for Musical Professor AKARI IBURIStaff Writer Friends and family of the late Professor Samuel M. Paley gathered in Slee Hall for a concert commemorating his life through his love for contemporary music. Last Friday, attendees experienced the aesthetic beauty of non-traditional music through the elegant performances of Barry Crawford on flute, Yuki Numata on violin, Jonathan Golove on cello, and Bob Berkman on pianola. Each musician played powerfully, perfecting the art of contemporary music and displaying respect for Paley through passionate performances. A portion of the concert was dedicated to raising awareness of Paley’s diligent contributions to the field of archaeology. A library with data from his worldly experiences will be built under his name, showcasing his extensive interdisciplinary research. This highly anticipated project will allow individuals to access all of Paley’s research.
The evening commenced with opening remarks given by David Felder, chair of the department of music, followed by Charles Stinger, senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Peter Biehl, chair of the department of anthropology; and, lastly, Barbara “Bobbi” Koz Paley, Paley’s wife. Felder explained that the music selected for the evening was chosen to compliment Paley’s diverse interests through pieces such as J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major. Biehl’s opening words described Paley’s diverse pallet for culture, including archaeology, Turkey, music, and books about music. “There was music everywhere in his life,” Biehl said. Crawford began the night of music with his solo flute performance of Augusta Read Thomas’ “Euterpe’s Caprice” and Edgard Varese’s “Density 21.5.” The notes escaping from his instrument embraced all elements of contemporary music. He jumped sharply from high squeaks to deep breathy tones, creating an energetic and emotional atmosphere. Numata followed with her violin, exquisitely performing Felder’s “Another Face” and Moshe Shulman’s “Parallels.” Both pieces were introduced to the audience in an intriguing manner, as Numata gripped its attention with blasting intensity. For her performance of “Parallels,” an electronic device was attached to her violin, creat-
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Barry Crawford was just one of the performers at Samuel M. Paley memorial concert. ing an entrancing distortion that sounded like a strange yet captivating trickle of galactic noises.
The pianola was an instrument that Paley was fond of, and the two musicians together concluded the concert in an memorable performance.
Golove’s solo performance on cello was graceful and passionate, as he played the songs of Iannis Xenakis’s “Kottos” and the “Prelude,” “Sarabande,” and “Courtante” from J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major. His bow was a flawless extension of his arm, as his mastered technique of cello produced chilling and resonating melodies.
Paley, who passed away on March 31, 2010, was a highly respected professor of the Department of Classics and co-founder of the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA). He made significant contributions to Annette Craven’s project to create Cravens World; a 1,100-piece collection of the anthropological and ethnographic findings of Craven’s, dating as far back as 4,500 BC.
The last song performed was Max Karl August Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei” in a powerful duet between Golove on cello and Berkman on pianola.
Paley’s archeological involvement and fascination with historical societies allowed him to lead a life of extensive interdisciplinary research, leaving behind years of valuable information. Bobbi, who sponsored the concert, expressed her anticipation for the creation of the Samuel M. Paley Memorial Library. “This is a living legacy that will last to keep Sam’s multidisciplinary alive for scholars and students,” Bobbi said. g
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JAMES TWIGGSenior Arts Editor Grade: AAfter 11 years, the Scream series has slashed its way back onto the silver screen with Scream 4. It’s no secret that when movie franchises reach their fourth installments, the filmmaking quality tends to be significantly worse. By this point in a series, the plotline has either become too convoluted to follow or has disappeared entirely, new characters pop up in an attempt to keep things feeling fresh but are rarely ever developed, and, worst of all, by number four, all originality has been bled out.
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Paper Airplane has a few good songs but is altogether monotonous.
This Paper Airplane Refuses to Fly ABBY NIEKAMPStaff Writer Artist: Alison Krauss and Union Station Album: Paper Airplane Label: Rounder Records Release Date: April 12 Grade: CGreat vocals, the sweet sound of an acoustic guitar, and lyrics filled with deep spirituality do not quite produce a hit album these days. These ingredients mixed in the wrong proportions can still bore listeners to tears, as Alison Krauss and Union Station proves with Paper Airplane. The group opens its first album since 2004 with the title track. It intrigues listeners with Krauss’s soft, smooth, country voice, backed by emotional lyrics, but unfortunately this is as good as the album gets. Listeners are tricked into thinking that the tracks pick up further into Paper Airplane with “Dust Bowl Children,” which uses the music of a mandolin to create a bluegrass feel.
Dan Tyminksi, who shares lead vocals with Krauss, is the voice of this song. Completing the bluegrass theme, the lyrics speak about growing up during the Dust Bowl – not a particularly uplifting subject. After these two tracks, the album is full of monotony. Listeners hear the same sweet-toned voice of Krauss on all but three songs, while she sings to only slightly varying melodies. Singing of love, forgiveness, and spirituality, the album has great intentions, but chances are listeners will miss these themes. It takes a certain audience to appreciate this mix of country tunes and bluegrass rhythms. Song titles like “Lay My Burden Down” and “Sinking Stone” do not create a positive vibe for this album. The only positive coming from it is that Krauss still has the amazing voice she’s been presenting to listeners for years. After the disappointment of this album, listeners who were waiting for Krauss to reunite with Union Station will most likely be ready to let this band float to the back of their minds. This Paper Airplane is not as skillfully crafted as it needs to be in order to fly in the right direction. g
Somehow, iconic horror filmmaker Wes Craven (My Soul to Take) manages to avoid each one of these tragedies and deliver a sequel/reboot that not only lives up to its blood-soaked predecessors, but surpasses them in many ways.
This is thanks to the impressive script penned by Kevin Williamson (Cursed). The jokes are hilarious, the dialogue is full of wit, and the killer’s identity is so well hidden that viewers won’t know who it is until the climatic unmasking. Just like the previous installments of the franchise, Scream 4 delves into the clichés and “rules” of the very category it finds itself in. Whereas the original focused on horror films, Scream 2 on sequels and Scream 3 on trilogies, Scream 4 takes on the latest trend of reboots, remakes and ludicrously highnumbered sequels.
Still, as funny as the movie is, Scream 4 is still a horror film at its core, and a pretty damn good one at that.
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The film doesn’t shy away from blood and gore, but it also doesn’t rely exclusively on it like several recent horror flicks. Instead, it uses just the right amount to craft visuals that are shocking without being overly grotesque. This has been the biggest problem with the genre over the past few years. Directors have been turning to the overexposure of gore instead of focusing on creating true-to-heart scares. Scream 4, thankfully, breaks away from this. While the film is able to capture some genuine edge-of-your-seat
The movie opens with a memorable scene that mixes equal parts comedy and horror to keep the audience laughing and jumping from the seats. It’s moments like these that makes watching Scream 4 so devilishly entertaining. The story once again revolves around the resilient Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell, Agent Crush), who has recently returned home to Woodsboro, for a stop on her national book tour. Her joyous homecoming is cut short, however, when a new killer begins recreating the kills of the original film and targets Sidney’s high school cousin, Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts, Homework). This causes the film to take on a balancing act of sorts. The movie attempts to tell the tale of Sidney and her longtime accomplices Gale Weathers-Riley (Courtney Cox, Bedtime Stories) and Dewey Riley (David Arquette, The Land of the Astronauts) while also following Jill and her group of high school friends. The intertwining of the two storylines ends up causing Scream 4 to stumble a bit in the middle, but it manages to save itself with
Scream 4 is the best in the series since the original. This is where the film truly succeeds. Its criticisms of current Hollywood hits, like the Saw series, never fails to generate agreeing laughter. Whether or not the atrocious reboot of Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street had any effect on his inspiration for the film is anyone’s guess, but the loathing of such remakes that seeps through the characters’ dialogue seems to indicate so.
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moments, there are a few cheap jump scares scattered throughout. They don’t ruin the film, but when compared with the rest, they seem a bit lazy. Scream 4 is hands down the best since the original. It’s a returnto-form film that others in the industry should sit up and make note of. This is the horror film that’s been missing from theaters for over a decade. g
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COMMENCEMENT ISSUE From Mortarboard to Camouflage REBECCA BRATEKď€´Staff Writer Many students expect to don a new business suit or a set of scrubs once they graduate from undergrad. However, a few proud students decide to put on camouflage or a military uniform. In 2009, Pentagon statistics showed that around 6,400 new military recruits had a bachelorâ€™s degree. This number is microscopic compared to the 1.5 million students who graduated from college in 2009 with a bachelorâ€™s, according to the U.S. Department of Education. At UB, many students donâ€™t realize they have the opportunity to enroll in the Reserve Officersâ€™ Training Corp (ROTC) program through Canisius College in Buffalo. Each year, around 100 students enroll in the program. â€œROTC is a leadership course that
is designed to augment the college experience,â€? said Rebecca Sparacino, contractor and enrollment officer for the Golden Griffin Battalion at Canisius College.
the support of the Constitution against all enemies or bearing arms, at least a 2.5 GPA, and fulltime student status pursuing a bachelorâ€™s or masterâ€™s degree.
The program is divided into two sections: the basic course and the advanced course, according to Sparacino.Â The basic course focuses on the fundamentals of leadership as well as self and team development. Students who take just the basic course will not acquire military obligation unless contracted, and any student interested in joining the military can take courses within the basic course track.
Graduates who choose to serve in the military have degrees across the entire academic spectrum, according to Sparacino. Students enter the service with degrees in anything from nursing and engineering to business, political science, and history.
Any student that enrolls in the advanced course will serve in the military, either in the active army, the Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard. Students must meet the basic contracting criteria to serve in the military. The criteria includes being 17 to 27 years of age, being medically qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examine Review Board, meeting height and weight requirement, and being able to pass the Army Physical Fitness test. Additional requirements include being able to explain any record of arrest or conviction, having no moral obligations preventing
Time off for Good Behavior MICHAEL TYSONď€´Asst. Life Editor Go to college, get a job, and die is the perceived path that many students have in their heads of what they are supposed to do. There are alternatives, though, to the either/or choices of college or flipping burgers. Several students take time off to figure out what they want to do â€“ this is called a gap year. Many students have been discovering the benefits of a gap year between degrees. A gap year is simply time off from academia in which a person does something besides study. This can include work, volunteering, travel or simply contemplating the future. The gap year does not need to be a full year and it can run longer as well. The timing of the gap year tends to be between secondary school (high school) and college, but there is a growing contingent of students who
The degree earned during undergraduate study allows students to enter the service with commissioned officer status, an honor that the military saves for college graduates holding a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. If one chooses to enter military service, he is obligated to serve eight years. After the initial eight years of service, individuals can choose to serve until retirement, for 20 years, or resign their commissions and enter the workforce. Sparacino explained that students may choose to enter the service for more personal reasons. â€œI entered military service because I wanted to serve my country,â€? Sparacino said. â€œI felt that it was an important endeavor. The military provided me with
take time off between higher learning degrees as well. â€œI did college and then straight into a Masterâ€™s; my Masterâ€™s ended in December of â€™08 and Ph.D. programs donâ€™t start until the fall, generally,â€? said Randi Tucker, a second-year Ph.D. student in linguistics. â€œSo I had about six months free where I decided to work.â€? She worked a few part-time jobs before landing a position with Student Life at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Other than making a lot of money, she also says she received plenty of life and teaching experience. Tucker admits that it sounds cheesy, but she is grateful for the time off in which she was able to figure things out. Simply put, she is now certain about her program and feels she belongs here. â€œItâ€™s a good thing to take time off and figure out what you want rather than paying a school thousands of dollars while youâ€™re figuring it out,â€? Tucker said. â€œYou need an undergrad degree to get a lot of jobs, but for advanced degrees I would definitely advise people to take the time off; see what you find â€“ unless youâ€™re absolutely sure.â€? Jessica Kilbury, a senior African & African Amer-
Many students enter military service for reasons similar to Sparacinoâ€™s, whereas others use the opportunity to jumpstart a career in the private sector. Still others want the military to become a lifelong career. â€œI originally had an interest in the military because I had this feeling that if no one continues to go into the military, then whatâ€™s the point? I guess itâ€™s making the sacrifice that everyone else [before me] did,â€? said Erin Connor, a senior biomedical sciences and sociology major. â€œI thought it was part of my responsibility as a citizen because Iâ€™m able and willing.â€? Connor plans on attending medical school on a military scholarship before serving the eight years required. Connor hopes to serve as a military doctor and to eventually return to the private sector and work as a family practice physician. Jamie Hefter, a senior nursing and psychology major, will enter her years of service immediately after graduation.
â€œI live near New York City, and when Sept. 11 happened, I was only in seventh grade,â€? Hefter said. â€œThere was nothing I could do at the time so I decided I wanted to be in the military ever since then.â€? After graduation, active duty service will become Hefterâ€™s â€œeveryday job,â€? just as many students go on to work for any other business or company. Hefter will enter service as a commissioned officer. Both Connor and Hefter were students in the ROTC program and encourage any students interested in improving leadership qualities, learning time management skills, building selfconfidence, and making connections to enroll in the ROTC program through UB and Canisius. â€œYou have to want to be in the military to be successful,â€? Hefter said. â€œYou have to enjoy it.â€? g Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students with a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher are given commissioned officer status upon entering military service.
ican studies and global gender studies major, is planning on taking some time off after graduation next month. Kilbury, like many graduating seniors, is unsure of what she wants to do and only recently realized graduate school as a possibility. There are a few things to work out, though. â€œIâ€™m just hoping to find out if my heart is in the right place and see if I can do something without going to grad school. Or try to find a job where I can do what I love and not go to grad school because I do not want to get stuck doing something I donâ€™t want to do,â€œ Kilbury said. â€œIf I want to apply to grad school, I need to start applying in December and that probably wonâ€™t be enough time for me, especially since my lease runs out in August.â€? Kilbury plans to work for whatever she can get to pay the rent and think hard about what she wants to do with her particular path. Sarah Gomillion, a second-year Ph.D. student studying social personality psychology, also took some time for herself. â€œI took a year off between high school and college. I took a few classes at a community college, and I traveled and I did some volunteer work,â€? Gomillion said. â€œI did everything people tend to do in their gap year.â€?
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is glad that she was a little older and a little more mature than the other freshmen in her classes. Sometimes, there is no set path between degrees or the path becomes blurred. For Juliane Schnibbe, a first-year Masterâ€™s student in higher education and student affairs administration at Buffalo State, her path was interrupted for scheduling issues between programs. In the interim, though, Schnibbe discovered art was not the way she wanted to go after all. â€œI actually went to [SUNY] New Paltz and figured Iâ€™d do a few classes there and get to know my professors because I figured I could do my Masterâ€™s there. In the process I realized I didnâ€™t want to do art any more,â€? Schnibbe said. â€œNot living on campus in this time also made me realize how much I missed the student life aspect of college, because I was really involved in my undergrad, so I decided thatâ€™s what I wanted to do.â€? Schnibbe also feels that her time off, looking for work in the real world, has given her a leg up on the other students in her program who have no real work experience. This allows her to look forward to next year when she must look for employment much more than her classmates. Though there are many forms of a gap year, and many reasons to take one, each contributor agreed that there were major benefits to how they look at school now, how they view their life after school, and how they see life in general. g
COMMENCEMENT SCHEDULE Dancing Your Way Through Life It’s time for students to bust a move in the real world. MAX SOEUN KIMStaff Writer With the majority of its classes held at the Center for the Arts, away from the academic spine, the dance department at the University at Buffalo is an elusive enigma to a large number of students. As the end of the semester draws to a close, graduating dance majors are busier than ever. Their days have become filled with examining a diverse and exciting array of potential career choices that could take them to New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or even halfway around the world. Contrary to popular belief, a life on stage isn’t the only career path for graduates with a degree in dance. A wide range of options is made available to them. “One of the great things is that, now more than ever, there are so many different things you can do as a dancer,” says Jon Lehrer, founder of the critically acclaimed Buffalo-based dance company, Lehrer Dance, UB graduate, and guest faculty at UB’s department of theatre and dance. “Years ago it was limited. Now that’s opened up and widened up.” Traditional
with dance companies in musical theater, concert dance, and ballet still remain highly desired and competitive. Yet, with the rapid commercialization of dance and its increasing prominence in 21st-century pop culture, dancers are now also being recruited by the film industry, TV shows, theme parks and even cruise lines. “I’ve been to about 10 auditions so far; I’m waiting to hear back from a lot of them,” said Elliot Keller, a senior dance major. “I did two Disney auditions, auditions for three companies in Chicago, a few cruise lines, Bush Gardens Theme Park and the Cats national tour.” Dance majors, like Keller, are busy seeking out potential career options all throughout their senior years and often travel to the urban meccas of dance, such as New York or Chicago, to audition for positions seeking professional dancers. Hopping aboard a cruise ship as part of the nighttime entertainment is one of such positions available to dancers and, arguably, the most fun. Cruise lines frequently hire dancers for stage performances such as popular musicals Hairspray or Chicago for the guests on the ship. Along with the benefit of traveling the world, cruises are also
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popular among freshly graduated dance majors who want to avoid financial grief. “They’re really great for saving up money. All your amenities are taken care of,” said Zosha Giacomara, a senior dance major. “It’s fun. It’s like a party all the time.” Many graduates choose to go into careers that are not centered on performance, including stage production, choreography, physical therapy, or even dance management at an agency, while many others go on to teach the next upcoming generation of dancers. “It gives them two to three more years of intensive artistic study,” said Melanie Aceto, a modern dancer and instructor of modern technique, choreography and improvisation at UB. “And some of our students don’t go right into grad school. They wait a few years and go into grad school after they’ve performed.” As the end of the year quickly approaches, students are scrambling to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives. Luckily, the dance department has trained its students to survive in a dancer-eat-dancer world. g
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What To Do, What To Do…? JENNIFER HARBSenior Life Editor With graduation less than a month away, it’s time for many seniors to delve into their futures. While some students can say with conviction what their future holds, some are still left with many questions. Although some degrees may not lead to a clear-cut career path, many curriculums leave students with a broad set of skills that can be utilized in a number of various occupations.
Chemistry and Physics Students graduating with a degree in chemistry or physics may have a more focused area of study, yet there are still a number of options for those with specific degrees in the hard sciences. “People have gone [to graduate school] for forensic chemistry, some have gone to medical school or pharmacy school, and, of course, some have gone to graduate studies for chemistry,” said Dr. Luis A. Colon, the chair of the chemistry department. “I would advise them to go to grad school if they can because that would increase the opportunity of the graduates. Of course everybody doesn’t want to [go to graduate school]; they can go enhance their abilities, they can go get certified in teaching, others might want to pursue a career in the industry and might benefit from having a couple credits in management.” According to Dr. Francis Gasparini, the chair of the physics department, students who graduate with physics degrees can work for companies with technical capabilities, often be hired as engineers, or can go into teaching. Graduate school is also an option. “You have lots of opportunities; think very carefully about which direction to go,” Gasparini said. “People graduate [with physics degrees] and have high-paying jobs in any field. When you are a generalist you can do a lot of things. Be patient and you will rise to the top, that’s what happens.” Colon echoed similar concerns about the economy slowing down and its effect on the job market, stating that some go into teaching or environmental labs. According to the chemistry department’s website, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, fertilizer, food, metallurgical materials, oil and paper companies also frequently hire chemists, which opens up the options for these students. Additionally, local, state, and federal governments often hire chemists to perform research, especially in the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Armed Forces, and the State Department. According to the physics department’s website, students with physics degrees can go into a wide variety of jobs, such as medicine, publishing technical books, journals, or software, consulting for the government or military, teaching, or work in construction, engineering, agriculture, and aerospace ventures. Additionally, graduates may end up working with energy, fuel, transportation, computers, or laser technology, along with numerous other options. “We have people who are faculty at various universities, people at the National Science Foundation, people at NASA, and people at big companies like IBM,” Gasparini said. “There are graduates all over the place.”
Communication Similarly, many communication majors may have difficulty determining an appropriate path after graduation. Many graduate schools and companies offer programs or internships that hone the raw skills acquired in communication classes. However, it is usually up to the individual to find his or her niche and actively pursue it in order to gain the necessary experience to advance. “I advise students to do internships and work, pay their dues after graduation, and start on the ground floor somewhere, even as a post-graduate intern somewhere in a field s/he seeks to have a career,” said Thomas Hugh Feeley, associate professor and chair of the department of communication, in an email. “The good thing about a COM degree is you can do anything – the bad thing is you can do nothing. It is incumbent on the student to earn some experience, gain skills, and network in an area of interest.”
of Prudential Equity Group, LLC, repeated more or less the same thing to me,” Miller said in an email. “The English major is one of the most flexible at the university because its training focuses on these skills that are increasingly prized in the workplace because they can less often be assumed – as well as on teaching the traditions of British, American (and to some extent, world) literature, the cultural contexts of those traditions, and their relation to other media.”
Political science As yet another degree that has a number of different career options upon graduation, students graduating with a degree in political science have to wade through the pool of interests in order to find what suits them best. According to its website, the political science department strives to provide students with an understanding of government and politics as well as extensive analytical and communication skills.
Melissa Zeitz graduated from UB in 2001 with a BA in communication and found that delving into a job in her preferred area of work, human resources, was the stepping stone to her current career. “During my senior year I had to take a human resources class to fulfill my communication degree [requirements], and that is what led me to want a career in HR. I did not do it as a concentration because I didn’t want to have to go any additional semesters. So, after I graduated, I took an HR assist position with Apple One. That position led to a more experienced HR position at GEICO,” Zeitz said in an email. Zeitz currently works primarily with new hires at GEICO, ensuring paperwork is complete, scheduling drug tests, conducting background checks, and enrolling them into the payroll system. She also coordinates interviews and conducts telephone interviews. Feeley has taught communication courses to undergraduates for 15 years and has watched his students go into a variety of different careers. A majority of the jobs could be classified into what he would consider “public communication,” whether it’s in marketing, promotions, or public relations. “Some students do more technical and ‘skilled’ work in advertising or journalism with greater specialization,” Feeley said in an email. “For example, one of my former students is [an] associate editor of The Buffalo News and another works in Manhattan for an advertising firm.”
Some common jobs are in the fields of law, international organizations, electoral politics, campaign management, and polling, among many others. However, according to Dr. James E. Campbell, the chair of the department, the economy is not very conducive to finding jobs of any variety since the recession hit. “I think you just have to not be discouraged. I think the job market is always tough to break into in good economic times, so I think the idea is to keep looking and make sure you’re organized and presentable and have an idea about what you can offer the employer and stick to it,” Campbell said. “When I went out on the market, it was the same kind of situation – it’s tough to find the first job but you just have to stick to it. It’s good to set reasonable expectations; sometimes it takes starting out at less than your optimum job and working up from there. It’s always easier to move to one job from another than not having a job at all.”
Psychology According to the psychology department’s website, the psychology curriculum arms students with four critical skills. People skills, such as communicating with and relating to other individuals, analytical skills, writing skills, and research skills, such as using statistics, tables, and graphs to analyze problems and communicate relevant findings.
English Oftentimes students graduating with English degrees are unsure about the next step. However, the slightly ambiguous path may serve to be an advantage in a diverse job market; many students find themselves wellpositioned to enter a wide variety of fields.
The broad liberal arts background opens students up to a number of varying vocations, but it is critical to develop these skills further via internships, part-time or summer jobs, or volunteer experiences.
“Try to find work that you love, and work that you feel is important in the world, whether public opinion regards it as important or not. That is what is most likely to make you happy and that is also the work you are likely to do best,” said Cristanne Miller, chair of the English department, in an email. “I think English majors are very well-positioned to do work that matters across a wide range of employment opportunities, including but not at all limited to teaching.”
“I plan to use both degrees to continue my work and interest in helping others,” said Peter Williams, a senior psychology and interdisciplinary studies double major. “Many of the courses I have taken during my undergraduate career were extremely influential in my decision to pursue a graduate degree. In the fall of 2011 I plan to attend graduate school at UB for mental health counseling.”
Many employers find the wide range of skills fostered by an English degree curriculum, such as thinking analytically and writing and speaking well, difficult to train to new applicants. Those with English degrees seem to be especially primed for jobs that require such skills.
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With a total of 3,066 undergraduate students currently enrolled and over 32,000 alumni, UB’s School of Management (SOM) houses some of the more popular majors on campus.
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As a business administration major, concentrating in finance and marketing, I feel I have gained valuable knowledge and developed critical skills that will allow me to be successful as I enter the business world. Ryan Linden, a senior accounting major in the SOM, will be starting work for KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm that operates from 87 offices across the nation, in the fall of 2011 in New York City. “The accounting program at UB prepared me extremely well for the next step. The strength of our program also attracts the attention of the big four accounting firms as well as the regional firms, and therefore we have a strong recruitment base which I was able to capitalize on,” Linden said in an email.
Sociology Graduating with a degree in sociology opens students up to a number of career options, as their backgrounds may equip them with a number of valuable transferrable skills. According to the UB careers website, “many transferable skills such as analytical, organizational, research, interpersonal, computer, leadership, teamwork, and oral/written communication are associated with the sociology degree.”
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“It really took me pulling strings and getting myself out there and being aggressive about it, which I really didn’t think I’d have to do because I had an accounting degree,” Kenney said. “Don’t think anything is expected, especially in this economy, even though it’s picked up lately.”
Graduating may seem like a welcome relief, but many find that leaving the college environment and entering the world as a potential job candidate is much tougher than it may seem on the surface. Whether this means moving back home, moving far from home, endless interviews, or networking, the challenges don’t end when students leave the classroom.
The website asserts that an undergraduate degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions in the field, but a graduate degree may be beneficial in a more competitive environment. Internships and volunteer experiences are especially useful in getting involved, as gaining experience with the specific population with which the student would like to work is important.
Sean Kenney, who graduated last year with a degree in accounting, moved back to his home in New York City despite receiving a job offer in Buffalo. “I loved my time in Buffalo, it was great for school, and I wouldn’t change anything about it… but I was kind of done with it and wanted to move back to New York City,” Kenney said. “I’ve had the privilege to live at home, so I don’t really have to rush into a job right away. I can live at home and it’s affordable.
According to Kelly Crean, the undergraduate program coordinator for the sociology department, students may find jobs as probation officers; employment, admissions, family, addiction, school or rehabilitation counselors; human resources specialists, or police officers; among many other possible careers. For instance, Eric Walker, the director of organizing for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo, graduated from UB with a sociology degree. PUSH is an organization that strives to make affordable housing available in Buffalo. g Additional reporting by Veronica Ritter, Keren Baruch, James Bowe, Rebecca Bratek, and Hannah Barnes.
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However, living at home didn’t allow Kenney the same freedom he had experienced while living in Buffalo, which was one of the adjustments he had to make. In addition to making that transition, he realized that it’s easy to lose some connections if they are not actively kept up. “I think that’s the toughest thing. When you move home, you kind of lose your networking if you don’t stay connected with people. It’s really important, especially in your senior year, to network as much as possible, because if you get out of the loop it makes it tougher and tougher to get a job,” Kenney said. In an economy that is only beginning
Despite his challenges, Kenney interviewed at a number of companies and eventually found a job in New York City. His final piece of advice, in addition to the critical networking element, is staying committed to whatever you choose to do. Jordan Stewart, who graduated last year with a degree in communication, also experienced the usual conflicts upon moving back home after college. In order to compromise with parents, he recommends having an open dialogue with them. “The transition from living on your own to living with your parents can be tricky. After living on your own in college, you are accustomed to freedom, while your parents are ready to pick up the way things were before you left,” Stewart said. “I think the best thing to do in this situation is to sit down and talk to your parents and let them know that things are a little different now that you have grown up a little, and in return, you have to expect to change some of your lifestyle as well. Compromise is the only way to survive without losing your mind.” In addition to maneuvering the challenges of a shared living environment, Stewart mentioned the paramount importance of networking. Although resumes and interviews are important,
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Stewart has found that finding a job usually comes down to who you know. “The most important thing to do after college to pursue a career is the same as the most important thing to do while in college to pursue a career – network. When it comes to finding a job or a career opportunity it always, and I mean always, comes down to who you know,” Stewart said. “To find opportunities and to get ahead, make sure that you put in a conscious effort into branching out and meeting as many important people that you can. Ask your manager if they know anyone in the company who is willing to sit down and meet with you for a quick five minutes. You never know who you will meet or where those five minutes could lead.” g Check ubspectrum.com/life for a related piece about the post-graduation job search.
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DANNIELLE O’TOOLEAsst. News Editor Justin Lindh, a UB alumnus, is selling pot, legally. Lindh, who graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business, is now the co-owner and operator of Sensible Selections, a medical marijuana dispensary and lounge in San Diego, Calif. Lindh did not always picture a career in this industry; however, that changed after visiting a friend in California last year. “My friend had been in the works to open [a dispensary] but one of his partners backed out so I basically took his place,” Lindh said. “Now I am a co-owner and work there almost every day.”
The first stop upon entering Sensible Selections is the waiting room, where customers must fill out legal paperwork and present their medical marijuana cards to become verified. In California, a doctor must determine whether or not one qualifies to receive medical marijuana to treat a health condition. Doctors are able to provide patients with a medical cannabis card, which allows them to purchase legal medicinal marijuana from a dispensary. The second stop is the lounge, where customers must present their card again. In the lounge, customers are provided with freshly popped bags of medicated popcorn and access to a 42inch screen TV. Previously, this room was also used as a vapor lounge, but changes in legislation forced the Sensible Selections team to dis-
In New York State, legislation prohibits the sale and use of marijuana. The debate of whether or not to legalize it, and what benefits it may have, is a pressing topic. “A career in medical marijuana research may be possible, but the scientific interest in it is limited right now,” said Richard D. Blondell, MD, director of addictions research at UB. “Research is currently more focused on its impact on public health.” From industrial and commercial hemp applications to medical marijuana, cannabis and its legalization may be able to present the world with “Green Jobs” and “Green Business” opportunities. “Marijuana is not just a plant but the strongest natural fiber,” said Adrien D’Angelo, a junior English major and vice president of UB’s Na-
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tional Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) chapter. “It contains the hemp seed, which is the most nutritionally complete food source in the world, and it can be used as fuel, as well as medicine.” NORML strives to educate the students and the general population of Buffalo by raising awareness of the positive influence that the legalization of medical marijuana can have in Western New York and across the state. NORML will be hosting its second annual Medical Marijuana and Hemp Awareness Day on Wednesday. The goal of the event is to promote education, discussion, and social awareness of the reform of marijuana laws in the U.S. The event will host musical performances by the Mosaic Foundation, The J Bangin’ Brew, The Travel Agency, The Grain Elevators, DJ Ozmatic Dub, and The Royal Pitches. WRUB will be providing music between sets. The event will be held from noon until 9 p.m. at Baird Point. Marijuana use at the event is prohibited. g
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BRIAN JOSEPHSAsst. Sports Editor Reggie Witherspoon has become one of UB’s most prolific figures in his 12 years as the head coach of the men’s basketball team. He has taken the Bulls to new heights since his arrival and only added to the success of the rising UB athletics program. However, his influence extends far beyond the walls of Alumni Arena. Witherspoon and his coaching staff have maintained a strong relationship with the basketball program’s alumni throughout the years. They provide both advice and support for former Bulls, regardless of how far away from Buffalo they end up. Witherspoon treats his current and former players as if they were his own children. He appreciates the constant communication he has with his alumni. “I think they feel a real sense of family,” Witherspoon said. “It’s great because it means they enjoyed their time here and there’s trust and loyalty. It’s probably one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.” Some of Witherspoon’s alumni had the opportunity to play professional basketball overseas, while others found success in the job market. He works with the university to ensure that his graduates have the maximum amount of career opportunities available. “If they’re in a position to continue and play professionally overseas, I tell them to do that as long as they can, to learn about the rest of the world,” Witherspoon said. “If they enter the job world minus basketball, we make calls for some of them to help them land jobs.” Witherspoon has had 11 of his players play overseas, with a few of those players going on to receive critical acclaim. Mark Bortz went on to play professional basketball in Latin America and Turkey after he graduated from UB in 2005. He
After graduating in 2002, Louis Campbell played professionally in Japan and Germany, where he is currently considered one of the country’s premier guards. Yassin Idbihi, a 2007 alumnus, currently plays for ALBA Berlin, one of the elite teams in Germany. Witherspoon still keeps a close bond with the players, even if they are overseas. “We talk on the phone and through emails if they’re out of the country,” Witherspoon said. “They come back and even go to games when they are in town… on occasions they even stay at my house.” Assistant coach Turner Battle, a UB athletics Hall of Famer, has remained close with Witherspoon after he left UB in 2005. Battle cites Witherspoon as one of the main reasons for his continued involvement with the UB community. “[Witherspoon] is one of the reasons why I came here,” Battle said. “He cared about me more as a person than a basketball player. He’s one of those guys who you could call at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning, and if you got a problem he’s willing to talk about it.” Battle played for the prestigious BC Kalev basketball club in Estonia. Within one year, the team deemed Battle’s performance in the league unsatisfactory and replaced him on short notice. Battle’s experiences displayed some of the downsides of playing in a foreign land. “I hate to say it, but you have to play pretty much for yourself,” Battle said. “That was a big transition for me coming from the family environment here. I learned that I came from a university where I put trust in a lot of people. I tried to put the people of Europe in the same trust and it didn’t work out that way.” After unfruitful appearances in France and Sweden, Battle returned to the States
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“The coaching staff was encouraging and I knew they would’ve loved to have me around,” Bird said. “They’ve been very supportive, and I know they’re here for [the players].” Witherspoon and the coaching staff have also been very enthusiastic about Byron Mulkey’s post-college opportunities. Mulkey’s noteworthy season garnered the attention of European sports agencies, and a career overseas may very well be in the cards for him. Mulkey is also pursuing a Master’s in Higher Education and Administration. He stated that he has a passion to go into athletic administration on a collegiate level and a Master’s will give him something to fall back on if professional basketball doesn’t work out. With one more semester left, Mulkey doesn’t feel too pressured to make a decision on his post-collegiate career. “Right now I’m just seeing opportunities present themselves,” Mulkey said. “If I can keep playing, that’s exactly what I want to do.” The coaching staff will be sure to back Mulkey 100 percent in whatever he does as long as he, as with any of the program’s athletes, continues to grow. “What you want to do [as a coach] is help your young men become grown men and help them learn what it takes to be successful,” Witherspoon said. “We want to help them develop and that’s why we do what we do.” g
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much better [at Buffalo].” Women’s basketball head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald is losing four seniors who have carried the program throughout their collegiate careers, but she isn’t disheartened; she is excited for the opportunities awaiting her graduating stars.
A poignant NCAA commercial states: “there are over 400,000 NCAA student athletes, and most of us will go pro in something other than sports.” Each graduating senior will begin searching for a job after receiving a diploma; athletes are no exception.
“[The graduating seniors] are young women who are going to be extremely successful beyond college,” Hill-MacDonald said. “I’m really excited for them to take the next step in their lives. They’re very bright, motivated, hardworking, and loyal, and those are qualities that future employers are looking for. Without a doubt, they’re going to make their mark on society.”
Fans have watched the athletes go through ups, downs, wins, losses, and injuries. When they’ve risen, fans have risen, and when they’ve fallen, fans have fallen with them. It won’t be easy for UB to say goodbye, but the grand farewell will be equally bittersweet for the athletes.
The athletes are proud of what they’ve accomplished, but they aren’t anxious to hang up their sneakers or pick up their pencils just yet. Out of the seven interviewed, four mentioned playing sports professionally as part of their future plans and five said they are interested in pursuing further education.
“I loved my time [at UB],” said graduating men’s basketball player Jawaan Alston. “Everyone is amazing. I got all the support I needed to succeed here.”
Every athlete was tremendously grateful to the UB fanbase.
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British soccer player and twotime All-Mid-American Conference performer Mike Unwin is everlastingly appreciative to UB. “UB has opened my eyes to the opportunities that are out there,” Unwin said. “Coming from England, I’ve seen you get treated so
“[I want to say] thanks for everything these past five years,” said graduating women’s basketball star Kourtney Brown. “I’ve had an awesome experience, and I’ve grown a lot.” After a record-setting career in which she became UB’s all-time leading scorer among women, Brown is looking to sign with a WNBA team. In the WNBA,
the Buffalo hero would face the world’s best competition, such as Candace Parker and Maya Moore. Brown isn’t the only soon-to-be graduate who anticipates playing professional sports. Cornerback Josh Thomas is expected to be picked in the upcoming NFL draft. Thomas is proud to have attended UB, and he expects the experience to prepare him well for the momentous grind of playing in the NFL. “UB has a tradition of student athletes taking advantage of academics and being coached well in order to succeed,” Thomas said. As they move forward and depart campus, a part of UB will eternally be with the competitors in their careers. “The coaches taught me that you can always do more than you think,” Alston said. “Always pursue your goals and never think they’re impossible. You have to learn how to overcome adversity. Push through it and everything will work out eventually.”
Future Plans for (Now Former) Buffalo Athletes Josh Thomas— Cornerback, Football—Communication: “I’m
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Kourtney Brown— Forward, Women’s Basketball—Electrical Engineering: “I graduated
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Jawaan Alston— Forward, Men’s Basketball--Sociology: “My first
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Mike Unwin— Forward, Men’s Soccer—Sociology:
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The men’s tennis team took out cross-town rival Niagara on its home court.
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Marcus Rivers (2) showed the full potential of his talent in the annual Blue & White game, as he racked up 198 yards and grabbed three touchdowns.
Bull on Bull Violence CAREY BEYERSports Editor It’s never too early to start thinking about football, even if it’s only April. The football team held its annual Blue and White game on Saturday afternoon. The game was originally scheduled to be held at UB Stadium, but inclement weather forced the team to move to the Buffalo Bills’ field house at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Due to lack of space, the event was closed to the public. The crowd was much smaller than most of the players are used to seeing on game day, but that did not stop them from putting forth their best efforts as the offensive and defensive squads competed in one of the oddest style games that they will play in their college careers. The offense accumulates points based on a normal football scoring system, but the defense is awarded points based on accomplishments, such as sacks or interceptions, and ability to stop the offense’s progress. The offense defeated the defense, 49-34. While the game-style scrimmage was fun for everyone involved, the real reason that the game is played is for the coaching staff to evaluate the talent on the roster. Every player on the roster participated in the scrimmage and head coach Jeff Quinn was pleased with what he saw from all of them. “From an offensive standpoint, we saw some big explosive plays,” Quinn said. “We did have two picks but we had no fumbles. We put a great deal of emphasis on taking care of the ball. We were able to run the ball and put the ball in the end zone. Defensively, we were opportunistic at times. We took Josh Copeland, who was a linebacker at the beginning of the spring, and put him at safety and he was very productive. So we were very pleased with that.” The most explosive of Quinn’s players was senior wide receiver Marcus Rivers. The fifth-year athlete burnt the defense for 198 yards and three touchdowns on nine catches. He was able to succeed no matter which quarterback was under center, as he had long touchdown plays from both junior quarterback Jerry Davis and sophomore quarterback Alex Zordich. Rivers was excited after the scrimmage but understands that just being successful on his own is not the ultimate goal. “I just want to win a MAC championship,” Rivers said. “It’s for the team. I had a sense of that in 2008 but I didn’t contribute like I wanted to. I just want to get back there so we can have a sense of pride again about UB because the team and the fans deserve it.”
For the team to attain that goal, it must first decide who will lead the charge. Davis and Zordich both spent time starting for the Bulls last season and they are currently in competition to decide who will keep the job. Both players performed well in the scrimmage. Davis finished the day having thrown 9-of-16 for 153 yards and two touchdowns, while Zordich went 6-of-13 for 169 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. Although the position is open to whichever player proves himself before the season begins, Quinn acknowledged that Davis is currently the number one competitor. “Davis started today’s game so he has the slight edge,” Quinn said. “He’ll have that edge through the summer and heading into camp, but it’s going to be competitive and that’s important. I like that Jerry’s gotten better. He’s really demonstrated a more commanding attitude [over the offense].” If the quarterback competition was not enough of a question mark for the offense, the squad is also facing the challenge of learning under a new offensive coordinator. Alex Wood took over the offense after Greg Forrest was relieved of his duties after the season. The players seem to be responding well to Wood’s mentality and are excited to have the opportunity to work with him this season. “[Coach Wood] is bringing in a winning attitude which I love,” Davis said. “He’s very positive, not a negative guy at all. He’s hard on us, but that’s only going to make us better. I think he’s done a pretty good job up to this point and he’s going to keep moving forward.” The offense is not the only part of the team with questions. The defense is forced to replace most of its backfield after it lost four seniors to graduation. The team understands that the process of replacing the production that was lost will be difficult as the new starters will take time to become accustomed to everything that will be expected of them. “We’ve got to do more work on the back end of our defense and I know [defensive coordinator William] Inge understands that,” Quinn said. “We kind of held back some of the things that we wanted to do defensively that I think may have eliminated some of the situations, in terms of the quarterback getting the ball out of his hands. We need some work and we need some more time, but that’s why the summer is going to be so valuable for those kids getting more experience.” g
The “big four” rivalry between the four Western New York colleges— UB, Niagara, Canisius, and St. Bonaventure—has always provided great athletic competition. The men’s tennis team and Niagara continued that tradition on Thursday afternoon. Buffalo (9-7, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) took it to an overmatched Niagara (3-14, 3-3 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) squad and beat them 6-1. The Bulls improved to 97-3-1 in the alltime series versus Niagara. The win marked Buffalo’s third in a row and the team is peaking at just the right time. The Bulls’ streak started after losing four out of their previous five games, which culminated in a 1-6 beat down at Binghamton (10-13, 3-0 America East). “Obviously [Niagara is] a crosstown rival,” said head coach Lee Nickell. “They have a good coach and they always field a solid team. Getting the win means a lot to us.” The team has been hampered by injuries all year. The squad’s leaders—including sophomore George Tibil, senior Marcelo Mazzetto, and senior Mitch Zenaty—have been in and out of the lineup, but Nickell refuses to make excuses. He said that younger, less known players have stepped up when the team has needed them. Two freshmen continued to impress for the Bulls. Jason Simon and Travis Zappia displayed ability far beyond their years. Simon only surrendered one point to
Bulls Persevere Despite Adverse Conditions ERIN McCORMACKStaff Writer With the rain pouring down and the wind blowing in their faces, the men’s and women’s track and field teams still found a way to turn in quality performances. The Bulls competed in the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic on Friday and Saturday against Ivy, Patriot, and Colonial League schools. The weather sent a lot of teams packing, as a quarter of the competition left after Friday’s session. In order to stay healthy and prevent injury, the Bulls cut the meet short as well and left early on Saturday. Women’s head coach Vicki Mitchell was proud of the way her athletes handled the weather. “We ran the 100-meter hurdles into a headwind and pouring down rain,” Mitchell said. “[There weren’t] great performance marks, but I was mostly encouraged that our athletes were able to respond and really warm up well and focus,
Joseph Zelic, coming away with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the third-seeded match. Though it seemed impossible to top Simon’s performance, Zappia did just that. He blanked Mathieu Lacasse, 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth-seeded match. The team was once again led by the pairing of junior Wojciech Starakiewicz and sophomore Vusa Hove. The teammates improved to 3-1 as a pair, by defeating Matthew Kane and Mathieu Lacasse, 8-4. Nickell said the combination of Starakiewicz and Hove in the No. 1 slot has worked out exceptionally well, and their success makes the rest of the doubles lineup stronger. The Bulls dropped the No. 2 doubles match, but junior Alex Kalinin and freshman Jason Shkodnik joined forces to give Buffalo the doubles point by overcoming Brandon Gallegos and Jordan Tedesco-Blair, 8-3. Buffalo took the top five ranked singles matches. Shkodnik couldn’t complete the sweep. He came up just short in the sixthslated match, falling in a super-tiebreaker 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4) to David Lemieux-Sarrasin. Nickell was impressed with his entire squad, but he wasn’t surprised. He believes they’re as good as any team in the MAC. “We’re able to beat everybody in the conference,” Nickell said. “We just need to pull together, step up, and take advantage of opportunities. The students can expect to see us compete as hard as we can and hopefully come away with the MAC championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament.” Though he was pleased with the performance, Nickell is already mentally preparing for the next contest. “Any win is a great win at this time of the year, but we’re looking forward to facing Ball State next, and that match is where our focus is,” Nickell said.
Bulls Record First Home Win On Senior Day SCOTT RESNICK Staff Writer Friday’s senior day provided the perfect stage for the women’s tennis team to end its five-game losing streak. The Bulls (5-11, 1-5 Mid-American Conference) hosted Northern Illinois (2-12, 0-5 MAC) in their final home match of the season. Buffalo was able to make Aleksandra Petrova and Diana Popescu’s final home match memorable with its 7-0 sweep of the Huskies. Buffalo earned the doubles point after five weeks of failing to do so. The tandem of freshman Marta Stoyanova and sophomore Shelby Bates started the Bulls’ sweep with their 8-2 win over Kelly Phillips and Ilse Pacheco. The teams of Popescu and freshman Miranda Podlas, and Petrova and sophomore Kira Golenko followed up the win by defeating their opponents, 8-2, 8-4. In singles play, the Bulls won in straight sets in five of the six games played. Stoyanova defeated Emily Rogers 6-3, 6-0 in the first singles game of the meet. Podlas duplicated her effort with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Pacheco. Petrova then beat Martina Schnapp 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the meet for the Bulls. Bates believed that the win was important because it sent the seniors off on a good note. “It felt amazing to finally win, especially on senior day,” Bates said. “It was a sad day in that it was their last home match, but it was so exciting to see everyone break through and win. The legacy they leave behind will stay with this program for a long time to come.”
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which is really difficult to do when you’re standing outside for six or seven hours in bad weather.” It was another big meet for sophomore thrower Erin Miller and junior throwers Becky O’Brien and Rob Golabek. O’Brien set a new facility record at the Christy Matthewson-Memorial Stadium in the women’s discus, winning the event with a throw of 169-3 (51.59m). O’Brien went on to win the shot put, clearing her competition by 4.5 feet. Miller continued her breakthrough performance from last week, turning in a season-best of 154-9 (47.16m) in the discus. She improved her previous throw by two meters and finished in second. Golabek, who currently has the top throw in the country, took first in the men’s shot put. His throw of 60-2 (18.34m) was almost eight feet farther than the second-place finisher, Pittsburgh’s Garrett Larkin. The distance squad impressed everyone on Friday night with season best times in the 1,500m and top performances in the steeplechase and 10,000m. Freshman Cord Sgaglio improved his time by 10 seconds, finishing the 1,500m in four minutes flat,
while senior John Bauman went under four minutes for the first time in his career at 3:59.40. In the women’s 1,500m, sophomore Aimee Hopkins took six seconds off her previous best to win her heat in 4:45. In the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, freshman Steve Houghmaster set the standard for the Bulls, running a 9:21.80 – the fastest time a UB freshman has ever run in the steeple. Sophomore Katie Sanders ran her debut 10,000m on the track at 37:24, which Mitchell claims is among UB’s top five all-time performances. Mitchell attributes the distance runners’ success on Friday to the adrenaline rush of competing under the lights. “The conditions in the evening races are always ideal,” Mitchell said. “I think athletes just get excited to run under stadium lights. When there’s a crowd around, it gets them excited about what they’re doing.” Both squads will travel to Ithaca on Saturday to compete at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. The meet starts at 1 p.m.
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