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Former Bull Johnson believes he was unfairly removed from football team AARON MANSFIELD
Editor in Chief
Rudy Johnson says football head coach Jeff Quinn has wronged him. This summer, Johnson, a wide receiver, lost his scholarship and was kicked off the team. He says his primary offense was missing voluntary summer workouts to work two internships near his home in Baltimore, Md. The written documentation for his dismissal says he was “untruthful about summer plans” and missed one meeting. “Of all the things that Coach Quinn preaches, just wanting to see his athletes develop in every aspect of life – he says, ‘socially, spiritually, athletically and intellectually’ – the fact that I chose to do something to develop myself, and he made it a point to take my scholarship away, sends a very bad message, in my mind,” Johnson said. The meeting came April 22, two days after UB’s Blue-White spring game. Johnson found out about it one week in advance, after he had his travel arrangements booked to go home with his father, who was visiting Buffalo. When Johnson told Quinn that he could not attend, Quinn said, “I’m not going to tell you that you need to be at the meeting, but you know the right decision,” according to Johnson. Johnson, however, said no one told him the meeting was mandatory and his absence was never an issue until he called Quinn after Memorial Day weekend,
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Rudy Johnson, a senior studying communication with a concentration in marketing, played three years under head coach Jeff Quinn and switched from quarterback to wide receiver. He is claiming he had his scholarship revoked for working two summer internships instead of attending the team’s voluntary summer conditioning.
when he had met with his parents to discuss his options, and explained that he had accepted two summer internship offers. He said he wrote down Quinn’s response: “If you don’t come back for summer conditioning, your scholarship will not be renewed.” The NCAA Division I Manual states there is an eight-week summer period in which “student-athletes may be involved
in voluntary weight training and conditioning activities,” according to point 220.127.116.11.1. UB’s Student-Athlete Handbook states, “All summer activities are voluntary,” and, “The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he or she elects not to participate in the activity.” The athletic department said there is more to the story but it cannot divulge all the informa-
tion because of privacy laws. UB Athletics issued this statement to The Spectrum: “We can confirm Rudy Johnson’s football scholarship has not been renewed. Our coaching staff and administration have followed the University judicial protocol that is in place for the well-being of all University at Buffalo students as well as the rules set forth by the NCAA. Rudy is still a valued member of the student body here at UB and
we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.” Asked about Johnson at an August football practice, Quinn said: “We just talk about our guys that are out here at this point. We wish everybody the best in their careers, so there’s no discussion about it. We’ve made it clear that he’s not on our roster and we certainly wish him the best. We’re focused on the guys that we’ve got here.” SEE JOHNSON, PAGE 2
New center aims to make ‘a writer tomorrow’ Baldy’s Center for Excellence in Writing coaches students JOE KONZE JR News Editor
The English Department is trying to make better writers at UB. On Monday, UB opened the Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) in Baldy Hall 209. The Center serves as a place for students to meet with 17 trained consultants for help tackling papers. Dr. Arabella Lyon, an associate professor in the English Department and director of the CEW, believes the Center is more than just a place to get a good grade for a class. “Our goal is to coach writers,” Lyon said. “Our goal is to not make a better paper today, but a writer tomorrow.” Plans for CEW were created last March after years of preliminary work. The Center is part of President Satish Tripathi’s “3 E Fund,” a program designed to advance UB’s international stature and student experience while embracing the “3 Es” of Tripathi’s vision for UB – excellence, engagement and efficiency. Through this fund, 16 programs’ proposals were accepted, including the CEW. Over the next three years, these programs will receive close to $24 million, providing close to $2.5 million per year over time.
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Dr. Arabella Lyon, an associate professor in the English Department, is the director of UB’s new Center for Excellence in Writing, which opened Monday. Here, she holds up the drafted plans for the Center.
After a year of work, the Implementation Assessment Committee (IAC), which represents the university and is headed by Lyon, developed a mission statement and confirmed a prototype to be implemented. The mission statement states: “Since learning to write is a lifelong endeavor, all members of the UB community are also students of their own writing processes. Committed to the idea that writing both creates and
communicates knowledge, understanding, and individual reflection, the CEW provides attentive, respectful readers, offers workshops on writing and writing instruction, and conducts research to guide the future development of writing practices.” The English Department offers a writing consultancy undergraduate course, in which students learn how to teach and mentor other students in a classroom or virtual setting for three credits. Rhonda Reid, the English professor who teaches the course and the associate director of CEW, sees the class as a great opportunity for students. “I think we’ve really got some amazing consultants in there,” Reid said. “Because not only are they strong writers and successful students who have negotiated these writing challenges, but they also have an interest in working one on one with people.” Lyon said the consultant will have an open discussion with the student to understand what the assignment is about. The consultant then asks the student for input on the areas in which the student is not satisfied with his or her paper, which helps the consultant guide the session. Reid said the next step is the review process, in which students read their papers aloud to fix wordy areas and correct parts SEE WRITING CENTER, PAGE 2
You’re not in Kansas anymore Allentown bar Nietzsche’s attracts an eclectic local following
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Nietzsche’s, a bar in Buffalo, hosts exciting live music shows every day of the week and welcomes a diverse crowd unlike any other in the city.
Seventy-eight-year-old Buffalo native Eugene Piwko does not want to “just die.” He wants to dance. For this reason, his bar of choice is Nietzsche’s on Allen Street. The legendary Buffalo establishment is recognized as one of the most historical bars in the area. Nietzsche’s has been holding open-mic night longer than any other bar in the country, according to an employee. For the last 30 years, Nietzsche’s has been a venue for live music every day of the week. The bar appears dark and mysterious from the outside on any given night in the city. The inside is equally ominous with a red glow that shines a light on walls
decorated in posters of past acts and musical icons. Some highlights include The Beatles, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and other storied groups. Nietzsche’s rich history is literally etched into the ceiling with autographs that stretch from the front to the back door. In the midst of the beautiful madness stands a centerpiece of sorts – a Wizard of Oz sign. A message over Dorothy’s red shoes reads: “You’re Not In Kansas Anymore.” This could not be truer for those making their first trip to Nietzsche’s. The atmosphere upon entering the bar, with its host of locals and regulars posted in their favorite spots, feels instantly welcoming from the sea of smiles, echoing laughter and body language of patrons like Piwko. SEE NIETZSCHE’S, PAGE 2
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Continued from front page: Johnson Johnson made the Dean’s List in the spring and was honorable mention MAC All-Academic Team in the fall. He is seeking his degree in communication with a concentration in marketing. He completed one internship in marketing and the other in advertising. Rudy Johnson, Jr., his father (Johnson is the third Rudy Johnson in his family), said he believes Quinn can make whatever decision he wants about who plays on the field, but removing his son’s scholarship was an oversight on the part of UB Athletics. “For Rudy to have his scholarship not renewed because he chose to take a summer internship, as it states in the rules, it’s just unfair and unjust,” Rudy Jr. said. “Last year, they had a player physically assault another player on the team. They’ve had players fail drug tests. They’ve had academic issues. They’ve had legal issues. And with all those things, those players are still on that team. That’s where the unfairness comes into being.” Quinn told the NCAA judiciary committee, which held the phone-conference hearing to determine Johnson’s scholarship eligibility, that Johnson consistently disrespected his teammates and coaches. Two teammates spoke to The Spectrum on the condition of anonymity and refuted Quinn’s claim. “No, he was never disrespectful,” one said. “He never said anything disrespectful. He was a coachable guy. Rudy was a personable guy. He hung out with everybody, got along with both sides of the ball. He was a guy you could count on, depend on.” The other athlete echoed those sentiments. “Hell no, not once,” he said when asked if Johnson was disrespectful to anyone on the team. The first athlete explained how Johnson could be accused of being “untruthful about summer plans.”
me,” Johnson said. “It does make it a lot more frustrating that after all that, to have their backs turned on me when I’ve been committed to the team – through coaching changes, I stayed committed, I was the first recruit that committed. Position changes, I stayed. Not even getting playing time, I stayed.” Johnson knows he was never a star. He had 16 catches for 182 yards last year as a backup receiver. He received notice that his scholarship had not been renewed in early June and said he contacted several people in the athletic department, but for a week they wouldn’t tell him what violation he had committed. Johnson said he is the first athlete he knows of in Quinn’s tenure at UB to miss all of summer conditioning, but the rulebook states it is voluntary. “There are rules that protect the athletes against those kind of things,” Johnson said. “I don’t even know how this got through.” Rudy Jr. sent a two-page letter to Athletic Director Danny White June 24 telling White he believes removing Johnson’s scholarship sends a very bad message. Johnson is back at UB this fall as a regular student, with his father paying his tuition and Johnson chipping in what he can (one of his internships hired him on a part-time basis to work from Buffalo), and he still lives with football players. He did not consider transferring. “I don’t want to walk away from my teammates completely and the other people I have here,” Johnson said. “Everything about Buffalo has been great up until this point, to be honest.” Quinn also contended to the NCAA that Johnson deceived the athletic department to receive a $1,200 summer stipend, which athletes are given for living expenses. It is required that athletes receiving the stipend take at least one summer class, and Johnson took one online class.
Here is his account: During the spring, the football team had all the players write down their summer addresses. Johnson wanted to write down his home address because he knew there was a good chance he would take the internships, but the coaches “forced him to write down his summer address here, even though Rudy was saying he might not be here.” Then “Coach Quinn used that against him.” “I haven’t heard of anybody getting kicked off the team almost for anything,” Johnson said. “There have been kids who have failed drug tests, been ineligible and things, fights within the team, kids getting arrested – Coach Quinn has worked personally and directly with those kids to keep them on the team.” Johnson said he had a strong relationship with Quinn founded upon mutual respect before this summer. “After practices and things like that, he would tell me that I was a person he could always count on, that I was incredibly hard-working,” Johnson said. “He was like, ‘I know you might not be the most talented, but you know what you’re doing and you’re one of the most hard-working people we have, and that’s why you’re seeing the success that you are. I’m glad I can count on you.’” Johnson was the first athlete to recommit to UB when Quinn was hired; he was originally recruited by Turner Gill. Johnson was a standout high school quarterback – at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, not the biggest, but an agile, dual-threat signalcaller. He said he committed to UB because the coaches assured him he would play quarterback. After his redshirt freshman year, however, they told him he wouldn’t get any reps at the position – even in practice – so he moved to wide receiver. “I feel like I’ve done a lot for the team and been a very responsible teammate, a very hard worker and just very dedicated and doing whatever was asked of
Johnson said he never touched the money (and never deposited it in his bank account) and offered to return it when he decided to accept the internships May 28, but Quinn rejected the offer. “He told me on the phone: ‘No matter how bad you want to return it, the money’s coming and you can’t do anything about that,’” Johnson said. Johnson said Quinn brought the stipend up in the judiciary committee hearing and accused Johnson of deceiving UB to receive the money. Later that day, after Johnson had previously been told he couldn’t return the money, his student account was billed for $1,200. “People say, ‘We don’t know both sides of the story. We don’t know what really happened,’” Johnson said. “But there’s written documentation that the two offenses I committed were missing a meeting and not being truthful about summer plans. Even if those things were true, it’s not fair to punish somebody for those two things when there are far more serious things going on.” Johnson tried out both internships for a week before accepting “because missing the summer of football was a big deal and I wanted to weigh the two opportunities and make sure it was something that I wanted to take advantage of,” he said. “If I wasn’t going to come back for summer conditioning, there were no consequences to missing that meeting,” Johnson said. “The second that I told [Quinn] I would not be coming back for summer conditioning, he made it clear that if I wasn’t coming back, I wouldn’t be keeping my scholarship.” Rudy Jr. said this situation proves UB did not view his son as a student-athlete – just an athlete. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from front page: Nietzsche’s “God has given us a gift to dance and appreciate what the artists play here,” Piwko said. “The bands that play here at Nietzsche’s are here to make you enjoy life, wiggle your ass off and have fun.” Many come to Nietzsche’s, whether its acts are local or big-time recording artists, for the positive atmosphere Piwko described. The bar is an escape for nobodies, regulars and stars alike. Nietzsche’s can draw big-name acts, but it also provides a chance for up-and-coming local bands that have proven their talent to start playing live for a bigger audience. Twenty-five-year-old Buffalo State College graduate student Raquel Coto, who is from Costa Rica, always goes to Nietzsche’s when her boyfriend’s local band, Chloroform, performs. “They play here once a month and love it here because Nietzsche’s is one of the most popular bars for bands to play in Buffalo,” Coto said. “Nietzsche’s just gives off a positive vibe, and people play music here that has soul.” Coto is also a big fan of the bar’s interior decorating and signs. The Wizard of
Oz sign is her favorite. “To me, it means that this bar gets people out of their comfort zone,” Coto said. “It’s not about Kansas, but it’s how you deal with everything to get out of that comfort zone, which is what Nietzsche’s does.” Forty-five-year-old Buffalo native Glenn Plato has been a regular at Nietzsche’s for almost 25 years. “I like to come here to relax, enjoy a drink and listen to free music,” Plato said. Plato said Nietzsche’s is one of the only places in Buffalo for music lovers to wind down, enjoy themselves and meet friends while listening to local musicians all at once. Plato encourages music lovers to come to Nietzsche’s if they’re looking for new and different tunes. Aside from Nietzsche’s unique qualities as a music venue, it also has a wide variety of drink selections and specials. The bar’s beer menu provides a description of each of the 12 beers on tap. Bottled beers are well stocked. Popular beers on tap include: crisp Si-
erra Nevada; sweet, Belgian-style Blue Moon; and the handsome Double Dark Cream Porter. Nietzsche’s carries what might be considered the run-of-the-mill bottled beers, but it also offers less common brews like McKenzie’s Hard Cider and Red Stripe. Nietzsche’s features a beer special for open-mic night on Mondays. This month is “Blue Moon Mondays,” according to Nietzsche’s September flier. Patrons can get a pint of Blue Moon for $3. Open mic starts at 8 p.m., and there is almost always a rush of artists who spew into the bar in an effort to get their name on the performance list for the evening. Artists get a chance to show off their skills on a first-come, first-serve basis. Valerie Meli, 44, of West Buffalo, has been working at Nietzsche’s for seven years, and she still admires how mesmerized the crowds are on open-mic night – whether the performers are playing blues, folk, reggae, alternative rock or “soulful music,” as she calls it. Meli is constantly in awe of how special the bar is. That being said, customers
know that Meli is part of what makes Nietzsche’s special. Meli’s personality personifies the staff as a whole with her funloving, energetic, respectful attitude. “The employees here treat their customers with respect, unlike most bars,” Plato said. “You just don’t find that kind of respect from bartenders anymore. You won’t be able to find that service anywhere else in Buffalo.” Plato shared a story about his friend who once left a backpack at Nietzsche’s filled with books, a laptop and a wallet. The employees of the bar returned it to the friend with all of his money still in the wallet. For many, Piwko’s attitude sums it up. “I’ve traveled from Pearl Street all the way to Allen Street,” Piwko said, suggesting his long journey has taken place in a small span of the Queen City. “All I’m here for is to enjoy myself and dance. Nietzsche’s is at the end of the line of bars to dance at for me.” Email: email@example.com
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Leaving a better footprint Recent statistics mean we must change wasteful habits
It was jarring to learn last week that one-third of the food produced in the world goes to waste. The United Nations released a report, Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on National Resources, that details and analyzes the “impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective.” As millions of people go hungry every day, it is immensely disconcerting that 1.3 billion tons of food gets wasted every year, according to the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization. That is $750 billion worth of food. Not only are these statistics devastating to consider regarding hunger in the world, but these are also staggering statistics for our economy. It seems we are buying more food than we need. But it also has to do with overproduction – which raises more environmental concerns. Campus Dining & Shops has taken actions to try and reduce waste through buying more local produce and comparing pre- and post-consumer food waste at specific dining locations. This is a good start and we are proud it is happening at the university. But there needs to be more overall action taken. What these statistics tell us is that there needs to be more oversight and more studies monitoring food waste. But what we also need are more programs and outlets that educate the public on how to purchase, prepare and store food to reduce the amount they waste.
Restaurants also need to take responsibility for combating the amount of food that gets wasted. We are not naïve in failing to recognize that waste is inevitable at restaurants where they prepare food to be served in mass quantities, but certain measures can be taken to combat this. What could help is an increase in donations to homeless shelters and City Missions, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture – so much so that they are trying to ease the restrictions on donations.
to more people to provide, continue to fund our program.” Along with certain policy changes, we should all be aware of our own contribution to this unfortunate shift in food waste. Individuals need to be cognizant of our collective role in ensuring less food gets wasted every year. As college students who will soon be entrusted the responsibility of educating the next generation, this should become a larger priority. Our behavior and actions
actions need to be taken to decrease food waste. We should also spread awareness and ensure that more people fully understand the implications of food waste – both morally and economically. The first step, however, is changing our own behavior. Sociological research demonstrates that change in behavior often precedes a change in mentality. Addiction treatment programs understand this and Alcoholics Anonymous has a saying, “fake it
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Easing restrictions on the food that can be donated means that restaurants, grocery stores and individuals would have more capacity to provide food to these outlets and less going to waste. It also means they can spend less on feeding over 1,000 people three meals a day at the Buffalo City Mission. There are exponential benefits to easing these restrictions. Stuart Harper of the Buffalo City Mission said to WKBW, “It would just allow us to reach out
now regarding food waste will impact our children’s generation, so we should do all we can to make sure that we don’t contribute to an added burden. Also, wouldn’t we want our own money to not go to waste? We see our friends and peers throwing away food recklessly too often, and much to our chagrin, we will admit we have been culprits as well. But now that these statistics have been released, it is our responsibility to be aware of what
’til you make it.” These statistics should induce a call to action. For it is action that will ultimately make a difference. Now that this information is available to the public, it is time we all take steps to alter this unfortunate trend of our own manufacturing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Money is a universal language UB benefits financially from international students, campus benefits culturally On Sept. 13, UB announced it has enrolled a record-breaking amount of international students. Foreign students now make up 17 percent of the student body. UB has been active in recruiting international students, bringing up questions about the nature of globalization and the university embracing an effort to globalize the institution. The benefits of international diversity are clear: It enriches the experiences of all students by being able to interact with those from different backgrounds and cultures, expands individuals’ worldview and triggers us to consider multiple perspectives in our understanding of the world we live in. This is unequivocal – but the university’s motives are more commercial than that. The in-state tuition for New York residents is $4,212.75 a semester; the out-of-state tuition for international students is about three times that amount. Interna-
tional students are a profitable resource. It is almost comical the administrative officials have credited the spike in international enrollment as a reflection of the strategy of UB 2020, but it is perhaps not totally absurd. Globalizing the university has been part of the plan’s platform. What we’re hoping UB will consider, as we see higher rates of international enrollment, is a strategy that says, ‘Because these students bring more revenue to help finance projects and initiatives to improve the school, the in-state tuition rates will stay down.’ International enrollment has economic benefits, especially when it serves as an equilibrium to keep tuition low for the majority of middle- and lower-class students from New York who attend the university because of its affordability.
What we’re hoping the university keeps in mind, as they celebrate the reporting of these new statistics, is the need for balance. As we want to see more administrative balance in dealing with this issue, we want to see less social separation. An unfortunate trend we have noticed is international students tend to pack together; there is not enough integration with American students or effort from either party to try and change that. We have heard innumerable stories of American students describing the enjoyment and nourishment that comes from interacting with students from other countries. Members of our editorial board have talked with students from Iran, China, Rwanda – and have felt these instances have been a wonderful component of their UB experience. Students should be aware of the possible power of creating relationships with people from dif-
ferent cultures and countries on campus. Not only do foreign students often have fascinating stories, but they also provide a new lens for looking at the world and different methods of navigation for living in an increasingly global society. As Carlos Salinas de Gortari, a Mexican economist, said: “Globalization is a fact of economic life.” UB deserves credit for taking an active role in recruiting more international students as it provides extended opportunities to foreign students, but it also increases American students’ opportunities to learn how to live and thrive in a global economy. We should also be aware of how it benefits our personal development. One of the most important qualities and skills of being a human being is the ability to empathize – to know what it’s like to step in someone else’s shoes. The German philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder maintained that one of the primary ways people can develop empathy is through engagement with multiple perspectives. As we continue along the academic year, we should remember Herder’s dictum and take advantage of the many benefits afforded to us by this increase in international enrollment. Email: email@example.com
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Passing on the smiles UB’s Operation Smile club raises money, awareness for children with cleft deformities
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UB’s chapter of Operation Smile, a national organization that raises awareness of cleft deformities and fundraises money for treatments, plans on increasing community involvement and educating the student body about cleft deformities and their physical and emotional troubles.
Mindy Weinman’s life changed when she met David. The South American boy had just immigrated to Weinman’s school in the United States and could barely speak English. He was born with a cleft deformity, and reconstructive surgery had left a prominent scar about his lips. “David was an automatic target for bullying in an immature elementary class setting,” said Weinman, a junior biomedical sciences major. But instead of joining the crowd and ostracizing the young boy, Weinman befriended him. “I volunteered to be his buddy and show him around school and it really impacted me because in that moment, I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” she said. Now the prospective dental student is serving as president of UB Operation Smile, a temporary Student Association club. Weinman is replacing UB founder Annie Lei, who led the organization on campus for the past two years. Weinman plans to continue her mission of raising awareness and funds for children with cleft lip and palate deformities. Operation Smile functions internationally with a vast number of doctors and volunteers to help children with cleft-related disfigurements in less fortunate areas. Currently, the organization works in over 60 countries, with the goal to “heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future,” according to its official website. Cleft surgeries are relatively inexpensive but many families cannot afford them for their children. That’s where Operation Smile comes in. Through fund-
raising and volunteering, patients have a fighting chance to live a productive and hope-filled life. Children born with clefts who survive often are unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile, according to the website. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. Operation Smile works to prevent this. The organization has become the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries, and UB’s faction is one of many affiliated fundraising locations. Lei was a great leader, bringing her own personal and academic knowledge on the cause to Operation Smile’s branch at UB, according to Weinman. Lei was a victim of cleft deformity until she underwent surgery at the age of 8. Now viewed as a strong, independent adult woman in the eyes of her peers, it is difficult to have guessed that she once experienced a cleft disability, subjecting her to teasing. “Working with [Lei] was fantastic because her personal passion for the organization mixed well with my organizing and leadership skills,” Weinman said. “She knew firsthand how these children feel and what it is like to be like them.” With this emotional connection, Lei was assertive in her role as the leader and informant. Her passion made club members want to expand the club and its influence at UB. Lei made Operation Smile come alive at UB in a “real way,” according to Weinman. “Each year, 2,651 babies in the United States are born with a cleft palate and 4,437 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate,” according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in estimations.
“Most people think of the children that we help as just some faceless and nameless kids in a third-world country,” Weinman said. “But [that’s] not true at all.” Cleft defects are prevalent around the globe, as well as in America. Through Operation Smile at UB, students can get informed of the severity of this deformity and treatment options. “UB’s club goal is not to perform surgeries or travel to give aid,” said Amanda Schoene, a senior biology and pre-dental major and the club’s vice president. That is what the national organization seeks to accomplish. “Our on-campus mission is to spread awareness, raise money for as many surgeries as we can and offer emotional support to patients in recovery,” Schoene said. It is a relatively low-cost surgical procedure, but many families around the world can barely afford food, let alone corrective surgery. It is individuals like members of UB Operation Smile who are standing up for this cause. “One surgery only costs $250,” Weinman said. “So if each person donates just $1, we could change so many lives.” The club on campus spends a lot of time participating in community service events and trying to get its name out in the UB community. Members take on many fundraising opportunities to donate as much as they can to the international medical charity. In addition to financial support for patients, they also give emotional support by sending cards and “get well” bags to those in recovery. SEE OPERATION SMILE, PAGE 5
Game: Rayman Legends Platform: PC, Xbox 360 [Reviewed], PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Wii U Release: Sept. 3 Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier Publisher: Ubisoft Grade: ACharacters such as Mario may overshadow Rayman’s longstanding presence in the young gaming world, but he doesn’t go completely unnoticed. Over the past 18 years, Ubisoft Montpellier has turned Rayman from another “platforming” game to one of the most iconic platforming series in gaming history. Rayman Origins was released in 2011 and fans couldn’t wait for another adventure in the series. The fifth game in the Rayman series, Rayman Legends, continues the heartfelt tradition of a playful journey through a magical land but also improves on its predecessor. At times, the game may be flustering because of glitches and lag time, but the outstanding soundtrack and gorgeous visuals quickly turn those moments into a thing of the past. The game doesn’t bother keeping up with its storyline, but it attempts to have one anyway: Five “dark teensies” – little blue alien-like creatures – capture hundreds of their innocent comrades and imprison them. The player’s mission is to save the “teensies” by battling the dark nightmares haunting the various worlds in the game. While this storyline isn’t always the focal point of the game, players will focus on the game’s hand-drawn environments and vibrant visuals. Players will have an absurd amount fun while playing Rayman Legends. As the player conquers each level, the game unlocks additional worlds and provides “Lums” – firefly-like creatures that help Rayman on his journey with power ups. Once unlocked, the multiple worlds and levels in Rayman Origins can be explored in any order. Like many platform games, it’s the journey that matters. Because there are over 100 bril-
liantly designed and entertaining levels, getting through Rayman Legends rarely feels dull or inconvenient. Instead, each level is a refreshing change from the one before it. In order to see what each of the sprawling environments has to offer, fans will need to play the game many times and take their time finding the hidden passageways and rooms. Each of the five main worlds has a unique theme. For example, going from a medieval castle to a Mexican Fiesta is nonsensical, but both worlds are brilliant in their own way and represent another way the game constantly revitalizes itself. Each world’s final level takes its specific elements and combines them into musical melodies that resemble popular songs like “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. The musical finale to each world displays the harmonious relationship of the gameplay visuals and the sounds that make the game truly shine. The vibrant colors, crisp animations and awe-inspiring, hand-drawn level designs create a visually aesthetic game that is overall stunning. The soundtrack elevates the game to ecstatic heights at the right moments, and like the level design, changes from world to world. Although the game’s strong union of gameplay, visuals and sound go to great lengths to hide the imperfections that lay beneath them, there are still some imperfections, especially Murfy – the player’s flying green assistant. Murfy appears once every six to 10 levels, clearing debris, manipulating the level and distracting large enemies. This would be a fine addition if he worked as well as the rest of the game. Unfortunately, Murfy seems to be the one thing Ubisoft Montpellier couldn’t get quite right on any platform, especially consoles. Sometimes controlling Murfy and getting him to do what you need works fine and doesn’t affect the pace of the game. But there are some levels where Murfy walks around and creates unnecessary waiting as he gets into position. In those moments, getting him to do what you want can become tiresome and tedious. SEE RAYMAN, PAGE 5
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Changing the world one mile at a time Charity Miles helps runners give back through exercise ALYSSA MCCLURE
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Running two and a half miles can give five meals to hungry people. Running 3.2 miles can provide roughly eight puppy and kitten vaccinations. Charity Miles, a free app available to iPhone and Android users, creates incentive to exercise by offering users an opportunity to give back to the community through charitable donations. Users can run, walk or bike and use the app’s GPS capability to track their mileage. When they start the app, users choose one of several charities that partner with the app. Charity Miles calculates how far the user runs, walks or bikes. It then donates $0.25 for each walking or running mile and $0.10 for each biking mile to the selected charity. The money donated comes from corporate sponsors. Megan Stewart, the assistant director of the University Honors College, thinks Charity Miles offers students at UB an opportunity to “integrate giving back into their daily lives.” “I believe strongly that exercise creates balance in our lives, so it’s something I encourage the students I work with to do,” said Stewart, who is an avid runner. “Giving back to a non-profit at the same time would be a great bonus.” Stewart feels the philanthropic nature of the app ties in perfectly with UB’s emphasis on volunteering and community involvement. It is small things like using Charity Miles that can make a positive impact on campus and in our community, she said. Charity Miles is partnered with 24 charity organizations, including Autism Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Nature Conservancy and Feeding America.
“You can run for cancer, run for environmental conservation, AIDS prevention, Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative … the list goes on,” said Meghan Young, a UB alumna. Young discovered the app when She’s the First, a movement to raise money for girls’ education in the developing world, participated in Charity Miles and tweeted about it. “This app gives me an opportunity to get involved and help this organization – something I’ve been wanting to do,” Young said. Over 11 million Americans ran, walked or biked for charity using the app last year, according to Achilles International, a Charity Miles partner. Without using an app like Charity Miles, runners often have difficulty attracting corporate sponsorship in their fundraising efforts. That is what founder Gene Gurkoff wanted to change. Gurkoff has been running marathons for 10 years to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research in honor of his grandfather who has Parkinson’s, according to pcmag.com. He found it easy to raise money through family and friends but wanted to
involve corporate sponsors. Through Charity Miles, Gurkoff gives large corporations a chance to change the world while expanding their marketing platforms – a beneficial relationship for both parties. The app was launched in June 2012. One year later, 100,000 participants had raised over $350,000 for charities, providing over 23,000 doses of treatment to people with HIV and feeding over 400,000 people, according to pcmag.com. At of the end of August, Charity Miles had donated $12,248, the equivalent of almost 49,000 meals, to the UN World Food Programme alone, according to examiner.com. When the app was first introduced, the user had to post his or her app usage on Facebook or Twitter in order to finalize a donation. This was to increase awareness of the charities and the work Charity Miles facilitates. Posting to social media is no longer a requirement but Charity Miles still makes spreading awareness an integral part of its work. The Charity Miles slogan is, “Every mile matters,” and the growing community of app us-
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ers encourages anyone who can to participate in Charity Miles’ mission. Charity Miles is a small startup and is only a little over a year old. It does not update as frequently as some other fitness apps but still has an enthusiastic following. Eric Bigenwald, a sophomore economics and mechanical engineering major, runs on UB’s club cross country and track team. He heard about Charity Miles through Facebook. “I really like the idea,” said Bigenwald. “But I don’t actually have a smartphone, and I don’t like carrying my phone or an iPod on a run with me anyways – both of which put me in a minority.” Brian McNerney, a sophomore mathematics major and fellow cross country club runner, echoes Bigenwald. He would not want to carry his phone with him while he runs to use the app but would consider participating if the app could be connected to the GPS-equipped watch he wears. “I can’t really use [the app] right now, but I think that anyone who likes to exercise with their phone might as well use it,”
Bigenwald said. Developers are working to add more features to the app, including the ability to use the app indoors on machines such as treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes, according to the Charity Miles Facebook page. Stewart runs consistently with three of her colleagues in the Honors College. Last year, she ran the Detroit Marathon with two of them. She sees Charity Miles as a “win-win” because it pairs two things she truly enjoys; exercise and service to the community. Young admits she is “new to the running scene” but uses the app one to two times a week. “I’ve sort of been searching for motivation to get out and run more, and I think I found it in this new app,” Young said. “Get in better shape and raise money for a great cause along the way – what’s not to love?” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 4: Operation Smile “Last year around Christmas time, the club got together and made holiday cards for children at Roswell Park Cancer Institute,” said senior biomedical sciences major and club treasurer Timothy Hansen. Weinman has big goals and ideas in mind for Operation Smile. She has been in constant contact with SA, as they have worked together to make the club “all that it deserves to be,” she said. They also have many fundraising opportunities lined up for this semester. “My biggest goal as president this year is to drastically increase the number of
members and the awareness of our club and the organizations,” Weinman said. “I also am working hard to make Operation Smile a permanent club and to fundraise as much as humanly possible.” Though Weinman lacks the personal connection founder Lei had, her commitment resounds. Driven by her passion stemming from a childhood interaction, Weinman is confident that she will help UB’s Operation Smile grow and excel. Email: email@example.com
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As Murfy quickly becomes more of a nuisance than a well-conceived addition to the game, he represents the biggest blemish in an otherwise remarkably wellmade game. Although it has a few flaws, Rayman Legends delivers an energetic, fun and unique
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Continued from page 8: Volleyball In their last match of the tournament, the Bulls had their sights set on staying perfect through another weekend. Their last victory came against the host school, Georgia State (4-7), as Buffalo swept the match in three sets. It took a collective effort as six players ended the match with six or more points. Sophomore middle blocker Amber Hatchett and senior outside hitter Dana Musil led the Bulls to victory. Hatchett had seven kills and seven blocks, while
Musil added eight kills and two aces. Junior setter Taylor Pritchett and Reinert dished out 18 assists, while senior libero Kelly Svoboda captained the defense, recording 22 digs. After two straight weekend road trips, the Bulls’ next match is just down the road at Canisius (2-8). The match is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fall how-to guide The semester is underway, Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice lattes back on the menu, and desperate singles are complaining about not having a cuddle buddy for those chilly nights. Summer is definitely coming to a close. Here’s a list of things to do, books to read and movies to watch this fall. Outdoor fall fun If you want to get into the Halloween spirit… What: Spirits of the Terminal Where: Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, N.Y. When: October 19 and 26, November 1-2 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Why: Many believe the Central Terminal is haunted. This four-hour tour is in complete darkness – participants are encouraged to bring their own flashlight. Along the way, the tour guide and group “Beyond Ghosts: Parahistorians” tell ghostly stories about the abandoned train station halls and try to make contact with the spirits. If you want to go apple/pumpkin picking… What: Becker Farms Where: Becker Farms, 3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport, N.Y. When: Because of weather conditions and popularity, call 716772-2211 for the most up-todate information about when you can pick your own produce. Why: Becker Farms is a 340acre fruit and vegetable farm that sells its products to the public, including apples, pumpkins, berries and hard cider. If you are adventurous… What: Canalside Bicycle Tours Where: Canalside, 44 Prime Street, Buffalo N.Y. When: First Wednesday of the month, ending on Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Why: Learn about the nature surrounding the canal from an experienced tour guide while getting a great workout.
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Here’s a list of essential fall activities, films and reads. Button up and go outside to enjoy the changing weather or get cozy inside with one of these autumnal gems, like Disney’s Hocus Pocus (pictured).
Fall movies Disney’s Hocus Pocus (1993) This classic Halloween movie is a staple on any fall movie list. If you haven’t seen it, you weren’t a true ’90s kid. Bette Midler (Parental Guidance), Sarah Jessica Parker (Glee) and Kathy Najimy (Twisted) are a family of witches brought back to life after 300 years of slumber by a group of teenagers in Salem, Mass. Regardless of how the critics felt about this film (not so great), Hocus Pocus had a massive Disney-cult following that still exists today. The Great Gatsby (Summer 2013) This summer blockbuster does F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic Gatsby novel a fair amount of justice and works perfectly as a catalyst for any autumn evening cuddle session. Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) plays Jay Gatsby, a lavish million-
aire with a mysterious past who forms a unique bond with his neighbor Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire, Labor Day). While this story takes place in the summer, these words from the novel echo something important to remember when moving ahead into the new season: “Don’t be morbid, life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Insidious 2 No fall movie list is complete without the newest horror flick. This sequel hit theaters on Friday the 13th, a date all horror fanatics should know. Rose Byrne (The Turning) and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) return as the parents who saved their child from a paranormal universe named “The Further.” The paranormal events, however, have not ceased and follow the family to a new house in this film.
Fall reading list David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell This book is expected to hit shelves on Oct. 1. Gladwell is immensely popular with a wide spectrum of readers, particularly college students interested in social science. His texts address current societal issues and trends in America. This book is extremely relevant for students at UB, as Gladwell will be a speaker at UB on Nov. 13 as part of UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison This story is most popular for its 1994 film version starring Brad Pitt (World War Z). That being said, the original story was a novella published in 1979. Both the film and the novella follow the story of three
brothers entangled in World War I and a love for the same woman. Set in the rugged landscape of early 20th Century Montana, nature creeps into this story in a way that is perfect for fall. It is short, passionate and legendary in its own right. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau This is the essential essay on the aesthetics of fall. Thoreau takes an approach to describing the colors of leaves, climate changes and atmosphere of autumn that is both poetic and scientific. Now is the perfect time to read this classic before the major changes in the foliage occur. Autumnal Tints can easily be read in one sitting, but it is dense with nuggets of Thoreau’s beautiful language and insights that will feed a season of curiosity. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 8: Opportunities It was exciting. Head coach Jeff Quinn said he had never seen anything like it at UB, either. “No, that was the best crowd,” Quinn said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way people came in today. It was a great atmosphere, great environment, and that’s what we’ve got to continue to do. I think people got a glimpse of what we can do here.” The pre-game emotion was long forgotten in overtime, after theSeawolves had marched down the field with less than two minutes remaining in regulation and scored a touchdown to tie the game at 10. Let’s be clear: Stony Brook should have won this game. An easy botched field goal in the fourth OT kept the Bulls in it after Buffalo tried to hand the game over multiple times. It wasn’t that the Seawolves were that good; it was that UB was that bad. This was an ugly one. I know senior running back Branden Oliver didn’t play, but anyone who attended can tell you this was a disaster of a ballgame, and it’s sad because it was a disaster UB couldn’t afford. As the saying goes, “don’t talk about it; be about it.” Don’t talk
about being a solid football program; be a solid football program, and that starts with winning games you’re supposed to win. Saturday could have been a momentous, groundbreaking day for UB Athletics – one that made us proud to call the University at Buffalo our institution, one that proved our athletic department could at least start to emulate the Ohio States of the world. Before UB’s season opener in Columbus, I remember stopping in awe to take in the mass of raucous fans packing Ohio Stadium. It was electrifying. I thought, Wow, if the Bulls could do something like this … it’d be like a different world for college football in Buffalo. I was giddy with merely the thought. There were promising signs before Saturday’s game, but Buffalo needed to win big to continue the momentum. People in Western New York, and students in particular, are hesitant to embrace this team. When they finally filled the stands Saturday, they needed to be given reason to stick around, and they didn’t get it. The talent level on this year’s squad is extraordinary, but the fans that wandered in Saturday
probably left the game thinking it’s the same old Bulls. And they might not be so far off. Stony Brook entered ranked 13th in FCS football, so we knew the Seawolves were pretty good, but are they compete-with-a-D1conference-contender good? This should have been an easy win for UB. Even the past three years, in which the Bulls have finished a combined 9-27, they’ve throttled their traditional cupcake FCS opponent at home (31-0 vs. Rhode Island in 2010; 35-7 vs. Stony Brook in 2011; 56-34 vs. Morgan State in 2012). The Bulls sure didn’t look like a conference contender Saturday, and the reason for that was coaching. People love action; they crave entertainment. Quinn needed to interest fans to ensure they would come back. He has talked about wanting a big-time atmosphere for years. He has talked about what it was like at Cincinnati, where he was the offensive coordinator, having students pack the stands and give their team a dramatic advantage over road opponents. Athletic Director Danny White is on board with Quinn’s vision, and as much as I have taken issue
with some of White’s methods, his dream of filling seats seems to be working, given Saturday’s attendance of 24,014 – the thirdlargest crowd in UB Stadium history. But then the game started. Quinn’s far-too-safe, predictable play-calling almost lured me to sleep, and it certainly put off the majority of fans; the onceimposing crowd had thinned to its usual miniscule size by the fourth quarter. As one stadium worker said when I took the elevator during the third quarter, “Someone needs to light a fire under their butts.” I couldn’t have put it more aptly. Where is the fire? The talent is there. Where is the coaching? Throwing the entire first half and running all of second doesn’t keep your opponent off balance; mixing it up does. Predictability is boring. It’s like life: If you do the same thing over and over, eventually, no one is going to care. How about a couple trick plays? The Bulls tried one, and it was one of the biggest plays of the game. With 6:20 remaining in the third quarter, with UB up 3-0 and having just recovered a muffed punt at Stony Brook’s
27-yard line, Joe Licata threw behind the line of scrimmage to tight end Mason Schreck, who threw to receiver Devin Campbell for a 23-yard gain. Two plays later, running back Anthone Taylor scored from one yard out to make it 10-0 UB. But that 10-point lead didn’t last, and neither should Quinn’s tenure as UB’s head coach. This should be the last straw. During the post-game press conference, Licata said he had spotted one cloud in the sky, and it was in the shape of the Nike symbol. He took it as a sign the Bulls would win. I take it to mean something else: Just Do It. As in, it’s time to make the move, Mr. White; it’s time to find a new coach. If you want to be big-time, you cannot be OK with such an abysmal performance out of your school’s biggest team. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bulls squeak out five-OT win against FCS opponent Buffalo blows late lead, overcomes errors to win
Gridiron Report Card The Spectrum grades the Bulls following 26-23 win vs. Stony Brook SPORTS STAFF
Passing game: C+
The Good: Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata was efficient in completing 56.25 percent of his passes. He was finally able to get other receivers besides senior Alex Neutz involved. The Bad: A lot of the passes were scripted – screens and short routes – that didn’t result in much yardage. Licata’s interception in the fourth overtime was inexcusable.
Run game: B+
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Sophomore running back Anthone Taylor evades defenders during one of his 24 carries. Taylor rushed for two touchdowns, including the game winner, in quintuple overtime to help the Bulls win, 26-23.
Senior Sports Editor
In the fourth overtime period on Saturday, as the football team was tied with Stony Brook (1-1), the Seawolves lined up to kick a game-winning 37-yard field goal. Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata looked up to the sky for a sign that Buffalo would win the game. It was cloudless, except for one cloud in the back corner of the end zone – which he said looked like a Nike swoosh. “When I saw that, I knew we were going to win the game,” Licata said. “I’m not kidding. I wish I could make that up.” The Bulls (1-2) pulled off a shoestring, 26-23 win on Saturday afternoon over FCS opponent Stony Brook in five overtimes. “It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t perfect, but it was complete,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. After starting the season against two nationally ranked opponents on the road, the Bulls expected to have an easier go of it against the Seawolves. But Stony Brook didn’t get the memo and fought the Bulls tough. The two teams played the longest game in UB history. In front 24,013 people – the third-largest crowd in UB Stadium history – the Bulls blew multiple chances to win the game in regulation, including junior kicker Patrick Clarke’s missing his second field goal of the day, from 34 yards late in the fourth. The offense scored only three points in the first half and Buffalo’s only touchdown in regu-
lation came on a short field after Stony Brook muffed a punt. Freshman tight end Mason Schreck then completed a trick play pass to sophomore running back Devin Campbell to put the Bulls inside Stony Brook’s 5-yard line. Buffalo held a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter before Stony Brook broke through for its first points of the game, first with a field goal and then with a last-minute touchdown to force the game into overtime. As the final seconds ticked off the clock in regulation, the remaining fans poured boos onto the field. After four boring quarters of football, overtime was sloppy. On consecutive series, the Bulls turned the balled over – once on a botched handoff from Licata to sophomore running back Anthone Taylor, which Stony Brook recovered, and once on an interception. Buffalo twice came within a Stony Brook made field goal of losing the game. But in the fifth overtime, with Stony Brook leading by three, Licata found senior tight end Alex Dennison for a 19-yard reception that put Buffalo at Stony Brook’s 6-yard line. On the very next play, Taylor found the end zone to give the Bulls a threepoint victory. The rest of the team stormed the field to celebrate. “I came up over to Joe [Licata], and I told him we had to make up for it if we had the chance, and that’s what we tried to do, and we came out with the victory,” Taylor said.
Taylor led the Bulls statistically, rushing 24 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns – all career highs – while Licata went 27 for 48 for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Senior wide receiver Alex Neutz didn’t have as many yards as he did against Ohio State (30) or Baylor (2-0), but he still had 10 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. His counterpart, senior wide receiver Fred Lee, had a career-high seven catches for 61 yards. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Quinn said. “Without a doubt. I’m not pleased in a couple of the areas. One, in terms of taking care of the ball. Two, in terms of making the right choices in critical times, but the defense came up big.” The defense was suffocating for most of the game on Saturday, even though senior linebacker Khalil Mack wasn’t as dominant as he has been. Mack finished with 10 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, a break up and a quarterback hit. It was two other seniors, linebacker Adam Redden and safety Okoye Houston, who starred for the defense. Redden finished with 17 tackles, two for a loss, and Houston finished with 14 tackles, a powerful sack and two tackles for loss. Senior defensive end Colby Way was another top contributor with six tackles and a sack. The Bulls have a bye next week and will continue their schedule against Connecticut on Sept. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
The Good: In the absence of senior running back Branden Oliver, sophomore Anthone Taylor was finally able to give the Bulls’ rushing attack some productivity. Taylor had career-highs of 118 yards on 24 carries and a pair of touchdowns. His 32-yard run was the Bulls’ longest of the season. The Bad: Licata and Taylor fumbled a handoff in the third overtime that almost cost the Bulls the game.
The Good: Receivers not named ‘Alex Neutz’ made an appearance. Seven different Bulls caught passes, and seniorwideout Fred Lee had a season-high seven catches. The Bad: After notching 197 yards on six catches last week against Baylor, Neutz managed only 43 yards on 10 catches, though he did have a touchdown in overtime.
Offensive line: B-
The Good: The pass protection was solid. Licata stood in the pocket with plenty of time to pick his targets. The Bad: The run game was certainly an improvement from the first two games of the season, but it took a whole half for it to develop.
Run defense: A
The Good: The Seawolves struggled to find any holes as the Bulls’ defensive front limited them to 3.1 yards per carry on the day. The Bad: Stony Brook was still able to compile 140 yards on the ground.
Pass rush: B+
The Good: Senior safety Okoye Houston had a hammering sack in the third quarter. As a team, the Bulls had five hits on quarterback Lyle Negron.
The Bad: As disruptive as they appeared, two sacks on the day seems a bit lackluster.
Pass defense: B+
The Good: Senior cornerback Najja Johnson made a great play on the ball in the first quarter to record his first interception on the season. Johnson also had a few key breakups late in the game and in overtime. The Bad: The Seawolves’ passing was more efficient than an FCS opponent should be. The Bulls allowed 300 yards and a 52 percent completion rate.
Special teams: B-
The Good: Junior kicker Patrick Clarke drilled a 42-yard field goal in the first overtime to tie the game and keep the Bulls’ hopes alive. The Bad: Clarke missed two field goals – one from 34 yards out near the end of the fourth quarter that would have given the Bulls a two-possession lead.
The Good: The Bulls never gave up. Even with their backs up against the wall in overtime, head coach Jeff Quinn and his staff found a way to motivate the team to keep fighting. The Bad: This game was far too close. The defense was phenomenal in regulation, but the offense was lackluster, mainly because of the play calling. The first half was almost completely passing and the second half was almost exclusively rushing attempts. Stony Brook had no problem stopping Quinn’s game plan. Email: email@example.com
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The Bulls proved in Week One they have the talent to compete with the best in Division I. They proved Saturday they have the coaching to blow a game against an FCS team. Buffalo (1-2) eked out a win, 26-23 in quintuple overtime, against Stony Brook. It might have been the least satisfying
win I have ever seen. UB came dangerously close to falling to 0-3 – with a loss to a subdivision team, at that – in a season in which pundits had predicted the Bulls had a shot at winning the Mid-American Conference. Yikes. To capture the true devastation of Saturday’s ugly performance, however, you had to take in the scenery at UB Stadium before kickoff. I was shocked to see how many students attended the home opener. Blues Traveler played in the first Tailgate Series concert before the game, and red Solo cups abounded. It felt like a real college football atmosphere, which I’ve never experienced in three years at UB Stadium. SEE OPPORTUNITIES, PAGE 6
Scott went down for the weekend with a sprained ankle, the volleyball team’s perfect record and six-match win streak looked like it might be in jeopardy. But the Bulls (9-0) rallied around their injured teammate and claimed a tournament title for the third straight weekend. The Bulls traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to compete in the Georgia State Tournament this past weekend, where they faced some of the toughest competition they have seen all year. Their first win came against Davidson (6-2), in four sets, 3-1. “Liz was out for the weekend,” said head coach Todd Kress. “So the fact that one of our better players was out and other players had to step up really showed our resiliency.” Senior outside hitter Christine Fritsche was the star of the match with 18 kills to go along with 11 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Tahleia Bishop notched 15
Senior libero Kelly Svoboda and the volleyball team continued their torrid start to the season by winning their third straight tournament and improving their record to 9-0.
kills to help the Bulls secure the victory. After winning the first set 2521, the Bulls dropped the second 25-23 to tie the match at 1. With the pressure on both teams, the Bulls came up big, winning the set 25-16. “We had to come back from a couple of our sets and gut out wins,” Kress said. “It speaks volumes for our team that we could win in the face of adversity.” In their next game, the Bulls were perfect, winning in three straight sets against Central Florida (7-3).
Bishop recorded a match-high 18 kills. Senior setter Dani Reinert set up Bishop and her teammates all game, notching 26 assists. The Bulls trailed 20-16 in the third set before a late 5-1 run tied it at 21. The team was able to fend off UCF and capture the win. “We definitely executed our game plan for the Central Florida match,” Kress said. “We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend and took a step forward.” SEE VOLLEYBALL, PAGE 5