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Editor’s note: Nick Johns resigned as Student Association president Wednesday. This letter, his statement to the student body, has not been altered in any way.

Senior News Editor

At 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Student Association President Nick Johns signed his resignation papers in front of Vice President Lyle Selsky and Treasurer Siddhant Chhabria. Johns was accused of harassment, inappropriately accepting gifts, mishandling SA funds, hiring personal friends over more qualified candidates, being absent from important events and falsifying documents. A petition for Johns’ impeachment was circulating and had over 2,000 signatures. In a written statement to The Spectrum, Johns said he resigned because the “prolonged conflict would create fundamentally irreparable fractures in the structure of the SA.” He also said he could have beaten the charges against him because the “ridiculous” allegations were “unsubstantiated and [the] evidence [was] circumstantial.” “Win or lose, it would have clouded the entire academic year in a mire of discontent and distrust,” he wrote. “How could I possibly trust the individuals who were responsible for attempting to publicly assassinate my character? Even worse, how could we all be expected to work together in a cohesive and transparent environment? “I found it to be much more practical to cut all of our losses and attempt to give the SA a chance to reboot.” Selsky became interim president immediately after Johns’ resignation. He will still serve as vice president. Johns, a junior, will not be paid the remainder of his $12,000 stipend. Selsky is unsure if he will get paid more during his time as temporary president. If he does, he said he will split the money with Chhabria, who now has a more integral part in leading the staff. Chhabria said he and Selsky met with Johns earlier this week to discuss his future in SA. They advised Johns to do “what was best for him,” and they both felt Johns’ resignation was the right choice.

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Dear UB Students,

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Johns (arms in air) celebrates his presidential victory in SA’s office in March. His Spirit Party swept the election over Carson Ciggia’s Forward Party. “He still has two years here,” Selsky said. “He has a lot to look forward to and he didn’t want this bringing him down in the future. I can understand that and respect that … As much as we put everything into this, we do have a life after SA. And sometimes you have to look out for what’s best for you than what’s best for the students and I think he made the right decision.” Asked if he thought Johns was at all responsible for the position he was in, Selsky said, “Whether or not he did something wrong, he put himself in the position to be seen as such. So, in part, he is responsible and, in part, everyone involved is responsible.”

Chhabria and Selsky advised Johns to consult a lawyer, but they were unsure if he had done so. Selsky said his main goal as the new leader in SA is to stabilize the organization. He said it is important for the students to know that SA will move past the controversy and be stronger because of it. He added that he knows the organization needs to reestablish its image and he plans to make SA “foolproof ” to prevent problems in the coming years. “SA has a rebuilding process to go through,” Selsky said. “Whether the public knows what’s going on … I hope to restore some faith and get everyone on the same page and make

I would like to thank all the wonderful people who supported me through this difficult time and have never let this debacle shake their view of my character. I definitely could not have made it through this without the support of my amazing assistant, Marissa Malone. You are one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met, and your unshakeable faith in me cannot be understated. Your faith in me has kept me going and has directly restored my faith in the fundamental goodness of humanity. I also cannot properly express my appreciation for my roommates, friends and the other unexpected people who told me to keep my head up in such a sad situation. I am so happy for discovering who my real friends are. It took me quite some time to arrive at the decision to resign rather than to combat the ridiculous allegations leveled against me, but in the end I felt that it was the best choice for the Student Association, as well as the student body, for a variety of reasons. Although I know I could have definitely beat all of these charges based on my strong evidence to refute these claims, I also know that a prolonged conflict would create fundamentally irreparable fractures in the structure of the SA. It would have caused needless stress on all of our staff. Stress that I already have witnessed within the two weeks of this storm brewing. It would have delayed the implementation of our new surveying systems, and would have definitely impeded the expansion of our presence on campus. Win or lose, it would have clouded the entire academic year in a mire of discontent and distrust. How could I possibly trust the individuals who were responsible for attempting to publicly assassinate my character? Even

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worse, how could we all be expected to work together in a cohesive and transparent environment? I found it to be much more practical to cut all of our losses and attempt to give the SA a chance to reboot. I hope that the SA staff will understand that while I still support the Student Association as a whole, there is a small minority that would have made a progressive year impossible had I beat these charges. I still fully deny all of the opposition’s claims against me, as their claims are unsubstantiated and evidence circumstantial. I know that I did not commit any impeachable offences during my Presidency, and that claim can be corroborated by many individuals who have seen both sides’ stories. I am stepping down because I want the SA to have a second chance this year. If there can be anything said about my Presidency, it is this: I never betrayed those who were close to me, I stayed true to myself and my ideals and I always tried to push for progress. I hope you enjoyed the Party at the Point, and the victory that ensued. It seems that we have started a great tradition here

See johns resigns, page 2

See statement, page 2

Kung Fu Tea to open in The Commons UB alum Mike Jiang hopes to enhance culture on campus KEVIN HONG

Staff Writer

Mike Jiang thinks Buffalo is missing some culture. His solution? A bubble tea bistro in The Commons. Jiang, a UB alum who majored in business and communication, is opening a Kung Fu Tea, a popular destination for bubble-milk tea in the New York City area. Jiang expects the store to open in November, though he said the date is subject to change. Jiang’s vision centers on bringing new culture to Buffalo. “There’s a lot of people from New York City in Buffalo,” Jiang said. “Many of these people crave culture, and Buffalo lacks that. I wanted to bring it here.” Jiang stressed the ingredients are authentic and straight from Taiwan, where bubble tea originated. All recipes are researched and developed in Taiwan to preserve the culture and originality

of the franchise, according to Jiang. “It’s great that Kung Fu Tea is opening up in Buffalo,” said Eric Lentz, a junior mathematics major from Rochester. “I had it when I visited New York City and absolutely loved it.” Jiang, who was president of the Asian American Student Union during his time at UB, looks forward to partnering with any clubs that need catering. Jiang wants Kung Fu Tea to be a place where students can visit during their downtime. The store will act like a lounge for students to study, hang out and relax, he said. It will be one of the only stores in The Commons that offers free Wi-Fi. There will be outlets available to charge laptops and cell phones in the store, Jiang said. He also hopes to stay open later than most places in order to accommodate students craving bubble tea at night.

Jiang said the atmosphere will boast comfort for those wanting to get away from the library. He mentioned the possibility of having overnight hours during Finals Week but said that is subject to change. Kung Fu Tea will be in competition with Tea Leaf, a popular café on Sweet Home Road near North Campus. “I’m excited for more choices at Buffalo,” said Eddie Oh, a sophomore nursing major. “I’ve been disappointed at Tea Leaf thus far, and I’m looking forward to Kung Fu Tea’s overall better taste.” Jiang realizes college students also worry about cost and wants to incorporate reasonable prices. Compared to the high costs of living in New York City, UB’s Kung Fu Tea will be an “affordable luxury,” according to Jiang. “I want to bring people to Buffalo who might have been scared to come before,” Jiang said.

“Hopefully, the culture here can boom if they see a success story with Kung Fu Tea.” Kung Fu Tea will replace the former UBMicro store, which closed in June 2012. The bubble tea store is currently training and hiring staff. Jiang plans to promote the store as the grand opening nears. He encourages students to stay connected with Kung Fu Tea’s Facebook page, which will give students the latest news on the new establishment. Julie Chan, a freshman business major, looks forward to having Kung Fu Tea on campus because she frequents it at her home in New York City. “It will allow people from all different ethnicities to try bubble-milk tea,” she said. Jiang is optimistic about owning the newest Kung Fu Tea franchise and said it will make culture strides in Buffalo. Email:

Ho Jun Kang, The Spectrum

Mike Jiang, a UB alum, expects his bubble tea shop to open in The Commons in November, though the date is not finalized.


Friday, September 20, 2013

All information according to University Police

10:47 p.m.- A student reported her cell phone was stolen from The Commons. When she called her phone, an unknown male answered and said he had the phone and would bring it back to her at The Commons in half an hour. The complainant called and said it had been over 40 minutes and she would like to report the phone stolen.

9/10 7:42 a.m.- A student reported her parking permit had been stolen from her vehicle in Hochstetter B Parking Lot. 7:16 p.m.- A student reported she was struck by a vehicle around 6:30 p.m. while walking by the entrance of the Jacobs A parking lot. The complainant said the vehicle turned into her and she put her hands on the roof of the car to brace for impact. She spoke with the driver of the vehicle before leaving the scene. She didn’t have injuries at the time. A report was filed and the suspect was issued a ticket. 9/11 11:20 p.m.- A Red Jacket Quad resident advisor (RA) requested an ambulance for a student who had a laceration on her finger. The victim refused medical transport and was treated at the scene. 9:39 p.m.- Patrol cited students Elijah Berger, Daniel Calabria, Zachary Soriano and Richard Rella for smoking marijuana on Kanazawa Island. Patrol issued Student-Wide Judiciary (SWJ) paperwork to the students. 11:06 p.m.- A complainant reported a strong small of marijuana outside of Fargo Quad (Building 1). Officers were unable to locate anyone upon arrival and reported no smell in the area.

9/12 11:33 a.m.- A staff member in Farber Hall reported she saw, through her office window, two males trying the handles of car doors while walking toward Bailey Avenue. She described the two subjects as black males in their late teens. She said one wore a bright orange shirt with dark jeans and the other wore a gray. Patrol arrived on the scene and indentified two suspects who fit the description. Patrol advised both subjects, and the complainant said she didn’t observe them actually getting into or taking any property from the vehicles. 10:22 a.m.- A student reported her cell phone, which she briefly left unattended in Natural Sciences Complex 225 at 9:20 a.m., was stolen. 1 p.m.- A staff member in Clark Hall reported a suspicious male harassing students to buy heroin. The complainant described the subject as a thin, 5-foot 10-inch black male around 40 years old. He wore light-colored clothing and carried two brown duffle bags. Police arrived on the scene but the suspect was gone on arrival.

9/13 5:12 p.m- A caller reported a female student missed a step on the Student Union stairs and may have broken her ankle. Twin City Ambulance arrived but the victim refused the transport. 7:52 p.m.- Patrol reported a walk-up complaint for first aid outside of Squire Hall. A student fell and injured his head when he was in Capen Hall earlier that evening. The student was bleeding from the back of his head. 10:10 p.m.- A student called from a blue light phone in the Flickinger Court parking lot and reported she does not feel comfortable with her roommate’s boyfriend being in their apartment. The complainant said the boyfriend being in the apartment violates the housing agreement. The Flickinger Court pro staff was notified and patrols were dispatched to the apartment. Patrol reported the boyfriend is to leave the residence at midnight, per housing rules. Patrol turned the matter over to housing.

11:12 p.m.- A First Transit Supervisor reported a girl was injured when she got pushed while getting off the bus at the top of Main Circle on South Campus. The victim stated she may have reinjured a knee injury. Her mother said she would take the victim to Women and Children’s Hospital. 9/14 1:47 a.m.- A First Transit Supervisor reported a girl passed out at the top of Main Circle. The victim was transported to ECMC. 9/17 1:20 a.m.- Two complainants reported hearing screaming and splashing near Lake LaSalle behind Fargo Quad. Patrol checked the area and spoke with several subjects but were unable to locate anything unusual. Patrol reported the lake was covered in dense fog, making it hard to see the water clearly. No further complaints were received. Patrol dispatched to investigate further and nothing was found in the area.

How bad do you want it? My hectic summer taught me how to prioritize my life

JOE KONZE JR News Editor

Eric Thomas, a popular motivational speaker, once said: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” This quote was the epitome of my summer. It helped give me a new perspective on life and realize that sometimes, in order to get where you want to go, you have to be willing to sacrifice everything you

have to set yourself up for success. For three months this summer, I worked as a promotions assistant at Entercom Buffalo, LLC. I made $7.25 per hour building connections and relationships with clients, promoting grand openings for local businesses and working events with on-air personalities for 20 hours some weeks and 30 hours another. On my down time – two or three times a week – I interned as a sports reporter at the Tonawanda News, where I covered local high school sports. I wanted to start establishing my identity in the field I hope to have a future in. I didn’t care if I didn’t sleep at all. I just wanted to succeed. It was the first time I had broken free from Wegmans Food Markets – a grocery store I had worked at for five years. I was making almost $10 per hour when I left. I got sick of telling people what I wanted to do instead of actually doing it. I knew that if I continued to work at

a dead-end job, I would drift to the outskirts of society – never accomplishing anything I said I wanted to do after high school. But I soon learned there is a price to pay for every difficult decision you make. I went from worrying about where my friends were going to go out each night to worrying about when my next article was due, when the next radio event was and how I was going to pay my bills. I’ve always had priorities and responsibilities, but not to this degree. Every two weeks, my paycheck was directly deposited into my bank account from Entercom Buffalo. Sometimes I’d get a really good paycheck – $435 – that would come at the end of the month, which was a formidable amount to pay my rent of $350. It left

me with $85 to divide up between gas and food. Other times, my paycheck was only $300. I would have to spend at least $120 of it on utility bills and was left, again, with $180 to divide up amongst other expenses. With the inconsistency of my pay and never knowing if I would have enough money to cover expenses, I was forced to change my living habits. No more going out on weekends for drinks with friends. No more shopping sprees to pick up a pair of shoes or clothes. I had responsibilities. I had just enough money to buy milk, eggs, chicken, bread, cereal, peanut butter, pasta and tuna. SEE SUMMER, PAGE 6

Continued from page 1: Johns Resigns sure everything is fully functioning so when the next guy comes in, they can hit the ground running and not have to shore up any holes that have been left from this scandal.” Chhabria agreed. He said SA will move forward from this misstep and will still have a successful year. “We had a bumpy, rocky start to our year,” Chhabria said. “But what’s done is done. This is a fresh start.” Chhabria said he and Selsky plan to have meetings with the entire SA staff to discuss what the resignation means for the organization. Selsky said he thinks becoming president has the power to change people,

something he said might have happened to Johns. “Being given such a huge responsibility for any person who has never done something like that before, it’s always going to be difficult … People handle it differently,” Selsky said. “Giving someone that much responsibility will change them one way or another.” Chhabria said an election for a new president would take place at the end of October. Students seeking to run for president need 200 signatures and person numbers from students. Email:

Continued from page 1: Statement at UB with that crowd of 24,000. I appreciate the learning experience this ordeal has given me but as Calvin Coolidge said, “We draw our Presidents from the people. It is a wholesome thing for them to return to the people. I came from them. I wish to be one of them again” And so to the people I return once again. May the best man or woman win the special election. Cheers, Nick Johns




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The Spectrum vows to handle mass shootings differently from mainstream media On Monday, President Obama was scheduled to address the media regarding an ongoing economic recovery. But before he could, he had to begin with the solemn words, “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting.” As our hopes for commonsense gun control legislation seem slim at this point – with a Congress that is more dysfunctional than ever – we believe a test of critical importance lies upon the media’s handling of this recent incident of morbid familiarity. A month ago, the gunman in the recent incident called the Rhode Island police. He notified them that he was forced to change hotels three times to avoid people who were keeping him awake. The people, he said, had been pursuing him and making noises through the walls, floors and ceilings of each hotel. He told the officers he had gotten into an argument with someone at an airport in Virginia who sent “three people to follow him,” and that they had been harassing him with a microwave machine. What comes next should be no surprise: He had a history of being treated for psychiatric issues.

JOHN MAHER Editor’s note: This letter was submitted before Nick Johns resigned as Student Association president Wednesday. The referendum vote takes place every two years and will next take place during the 2014-15 academic year.

September 20, 2013 Volume 63 Number 11 Circulation 7,000

Author’s note: Let me preface this by saying this is not intended to sway opinion, but to merely get you thinking about the current situation with SA at our beloved university.

The views expressed – both written and graphic – in the Feedback, Opinion, and Perspectives sections of The Spectrum do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board. Submit contributions for these pages to The Spectrum office at Suite 132 Student Union or The Spectrum reserves the right to edit these pieces for style and length. If a letter is not meant for publication please mark it as such. All submissions must include the author’s name, daytime phone number, and email address.

With what appears to be a looming election for a new SA president (with a practically inevitable impeachment of Nick Johns) and the annual voting process in which undergrads decide whether or not to pass the mandatory student activity fee, it seems like a just time to debate the need for the $94.75 price tag per student, which adds up to about a $3.6 million annual budget for SA. Before I get into details, we must first accept the fact the SA has to look over a lot for our school; practically every club/organization is affiliated with SA. It plays a huge role in the Distinguished Speaker Series, singlehandedly runs Fall Fest, Spring Fest and any other mini concerts it puts on, not to mention all the students they employ. However, in light of recent allegations and accusations (see the past few publications of The Spectrum), SA has been going under a lot of fire due to the misguided judgment of President Nick Johns and the extremely delayed announcement of Fall Fest. But is that the only heat they should be getting from the student body? SA’s e-board, known as the Spirit Party from election time last year, promised transparency as part of its “TIE” platform, and it appears as if they have done the complete opposite. Now I pay my activity fee and participate enough on campus to get my money’s worth, but I still would like to know where that $3.6 million is going. The SA website has revamped and the entire budget can be found online under “General ledger” (that is as long as it remains updated.) This is a good start, but the fact remains that we, as students, are allowing an extremely large sum of money to be entrusted to a select few, and who is to say they are spending it in the wisest fashion? Let’s talk about food, for an example. Everyone needs it, especially broke college kids. During the opening week of school, it

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He had a pattern of behavioral problems, which included getting arrested, receiving a lessthan-honorable discharge from the military and being involuntarily committed to a residential treatment center for his mental health. Despite a troubled history – which included treatment by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, no less – he had no problem entering the Washington Navy Yard, a military base, on Sept. 16, where he would go on to kill 12 people. We do not understand how it was possible that he could legally obtain a firearm and enter a military facility. This episode, so redolent of past incidents, is yet another obvious signal that there should be stricter background checks and more measures taken to ensure that guns do not get in the hands of people with mental illness. A matter of more topical relevance, however, is the way the media publicizes the perpetrators after these events, and consequently, glorifies them in a bizarre and sickening way. Because there is virtually no prospect of a law being passed soon, it is, sadly, a more practical

hope that the press could recognize a need to modify the presentation of their reporting. The coverage of these events when they happen is disgraceful in a number of ways: the obsession with the criminal’s personal history, the insistence on interviewing those closest to him or her and the exploitation of the massacre as a commercial opportunity. The media outlets – CNN, MSNBC, Fox News – know how, in a weird way, this is what sparks the public’s interest: what Joseph Conrad called, “the fascination with the abomination.” Perhaps no publication exemplified this more than Rolling Stone. It was totally inappropriate for the magazine to put a photograph of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover in July as if he was a rock star – the quality of the reporting notwithstanding. What the press needs to start doing is stop giving the culprits of mass shootings and acts of terrorism such an elevated spot on television, the Internet and print media. Every time this happens, it seems we fall into the same cycle:

Letter to the Editor $94.75 seems like every club holds a general meeting to try and get new members, which is great! In every single one of these advertisements, I see “Free Food!” or “Free Pizza!” advertised along with it. Now I have gone to my share of these introductory meetings and have never seen one where the correct amount of food has been provided – either far too much or far too little. After briefly searching through the general ledger, I have found clubs spend anywhere from $100 to $500 on food for these meetings and events. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers spent $110 on pizza and pop for its first meeting, the Asian American Student Union spent $324.62 on its first general meeting and the Black Student Union spent $500 for its Welcome Back BBQ, just to name a few. Let’s do some math. There are over 130 SA clubs on campus according to its website, so let’s say 130 to start. Now let’s assume half of these clubs host a general body meeting (probably more) at the start of the semester and spend $100 on food. Now I have participated in enough events to know that most times all of the food does not get eaten and ultimately gets thrown away, so let’s say 10 percent of this food goes uneaten. That means $650 worth of food is thrown out, which means almost seven students’ activity fees were spent on thrown-out food. This might be a little over the top, but the point here is that I truly believe that the budget of SA needs to be revaluated. In real life corporations, budget cuts are things that happen annually, but the best companies do not crumble, they push through and learn to work with less money all the while providing the same services. Why should our SA be any different? Should we expect anything less than consistent improvement? Going further into detail about wasted money, did you know SA has a staff orientation? I did not realize this, but I guess it makes sense that they should meet on campus before school starts to get properly trained. Oh, what’s that? They do not have orientation on campus? Where else would they have it? Niagara Falls, Canada. Yep. We as students paid for an in-

ternational orientation for the SA staff this year. Not only that, but since Obama was on campus during this orientation, SA decided to drive to Canada, drive back to allow the staff to see Obama and then drive back to Canada to finish orientation. I am sure a couple students’ mandatory fees were spent on that gas mileage. Well, at least the staff got trained, right? Well, as one of my good friends, who is a higher-up in SA, said of their weekend, excuse me ‘orientation,’ in Canada was filled with “expensive, crazy nights and rough mornings” [paraphrased]. I guess this orientation boded well for the upcoming year with our productive SA President Nick Johns. It became widely known that Johns got an all-expenses paid trip and sideline passes to see the No. 2 ranked college football team, Ohio State University, play on UB’s home field during the Bulls’ home opener, courtesy of UB Athletics. (Oh, the Bulls were playing, too.) I would have liked those tickets and I am sure a large portion of the student body would have, too, but since we cannot all be SA president and we cannot all sign $30,000 deals with UB Athletics, I guess we do not get those expensive tickets free-of-charge. “Now surely, our own SA President would not have missed the SA Club Orientation, perhaps SA’s biggest tie-in to everyday campus life, right?” Oh right, he was in Columbus, Ohio … “Well, he cannot be all that bad. I mean, we have to pay Nick Johns $12,000 a year through our activity fee.” Well, he has been accused of harassing, perhaps sexually, SA Chief-of-Staff Jennifer Merckel … And lying about his summertime hours in the SA office, yet still getting paid … And has accumulated 2,000 student signatures to be impeached according to the latest figures in Friday’s Spectrum … So Nick Johns has apparently done a hell of a lot in three weeks and yet I have not seen anything productive from SA. Strange. This should lead to the justifiable impeachment of Johns, which will in turn lead to a new president through a special election, which thus leads to my final point. Last year’s SA election for e-board rounded up to an as-

People get outraged and upset, a discussion ensues of what actions to take and that is all that ends up ensuing – a discussion. What we need is more than a discussion. But the discussion we want to start having has to do with what changes the media needs to make. It does the public no good to have those considering carrying out some heinous act to see how much attention they could get. Not to mention the shame and humiliation for the families of the perpetrators who have to deal with the inundation of such media coverage. As the next generation of journalists, we, at The Spectrum, vow to not publish or publicize the names of those who commit acts of mass violence. If, God forbid, something like this were to happen at UB, we would not give any villain’s name the space of our newspaper. For they do not deserve a space in our lives. We’re hoping other news outlets will do the same. Email:

tounding 14 percent of undergrads to vote – 14 percent to vote for the representation the entire student body. Now for you freshmen who have not been around for an election, the process is not a popularity contest as in high school. It is far, far worse. It consists of friends of the nominees and the nominees themselves bombarding you in the Student Union pleading you to vote for them. I tried as hard as I could to find qualifications to be elected SA president, vice president or treasurer, but found nada. So I guess as long as you are motivated enough to be president, you will succeed in doing so! That is, motivated enough to persuade enough freshmen to vote for you. Amidst this year’s scandals and the infamous $300,000 fiasco of two years ago (look it up if you are unaware) SA is in desperate need of serious improvement and you, as a student of SUNY Buffalo, have the power to declare your voice for such change. According to the SA website, the referendum vote for the mandatory student activity fee took place last year, which means that price is locked for four school years. Considering the only people who usually vote in this are members of SA clubs who desperately need their $100 pizzas, the fee always passes in a landslide. I mean, it sure is fair that about 10 percent of the student body ends up deciding if I have to pay $94.75 or not. I am not saying that we should not have a mandatory activity fee; I think it is vital we do. However, I think to prove to SA that we, undergrads, are sick of their utter bulls***. We need to send them a message, and perhaps docking their budget 5 to 10 percent will do so. Sadly, the next referendum vote won’t take place until the 2016-17 school year as mandated by the SUNY system, unless something radical changes, such as a call for change at Assembly. I hope you take this article with a grain of salt and truly think on your own if you believe your money is being well spent on our Student Association. Based on the recent doings of SA, this $94.75 seems to be the ultimate UB Problem (@ UB_Problems), and I truly think it is #TimeForAChange. John Maher is a sophomore chemical engineering major.

Friday, September 20, 2013


FEATURES Day trips in Buffalo for under $25


It doesn’t require a lot of money to have a good time in Buffalo. There are many daytime trips, trails and locations to explore for under $25. Drive up Elmwood Avenue, North Street or Robert Moses Parkway, take the subway downtown or take a walk down Main Street – any of these roads will take you to places where, for less than $25, students can enjoy a variety of events. The Aquarium of Niagara has everything from penguins and sea lions to fishes and coral reefs. The aquarium is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and parking is free for everyone, according to its website. The cost for students is $10 and on Saturdays and Sundays students can feed a seal, as long as the aquarium schedule permits. For those in touch with their artistic side, students can explore Buffalo’s Albright Knox Art Gallery for $8 with a student ID. There are currently four displays at the gallery. The displays focus on surreal configurations, cubes and rectangles and beautiful images by Trine Lise Nedreaas. The final

exhibition is an educational display that showcases the artwork of student artists. This attraction is called “Healing Hearts: From Hurt to Hope,” and, according to the art gallery’s website, the display is meant to create reflection and “call attention to the need for anti-bullying awareness.” A trip down to the waterfront can mean a relaxing and cheap time for college kids. At the foot of Pearl and Main Street, students can visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. For $10, students can explore the USS Little Rock, USS Croaker and USS The Sullivan. The naval park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, according to the park’s website. It is a great way to learn a bit more about U.S. history while having the chance to be in a submarine or on the decks of a missile cruiser or a Fletcher class destroyer. Not interested in weapons or ships of mass destruction? Try heading to the Cinema on the Hill. You’ll only have to spend a few dollars to catch a film. Located at 186 E. North Street in Buffalo, the Cinema on the Hill was formed by students at City Honors School to fundraise for their school’s film program. Movies will be shown at specific dates inside their auditorium each month, according to Buffalo Rising. Enjoy movies like The Maltese Falcon, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Some Like It Hot and many more for $3 per ticket. If the theater’s $1 popcorn isn’t satisfying your appetite, check out Parkside Candies on Main Street. A five-minute

walk from South Campus, Parkside Candies offers a delectable amount of sweets and chocolates. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the shop’s ice cream, or take a handful of treats to munch on at home for a small amount of cash. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but be sure not to spoil your dinner because right across the street is the Lake Effect Diner. Famous for its appearance on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” local patrons can find Guy Fieri’s stamp of approval on the walls of Lake Effect Diner. And if that isn’t enough to get you to walk in, the prices may. For great quality food for any meal of the day, Lake Effect Diner’s dishes range from $4 to $14. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The staff is friendly, and you’ll often see the owner help serve food during the busier times of the day. Spending money outside of campus may feel terrifying, but don’t worry. Take the venture to South Campus and walk straight across the Goodyear Parking Lot to Dunkin’ Donuts. The donut shop has a special from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. for half priced drinks and a special from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a small latte (hot or iced) for $0.99. Dunkin’ Donuts even accepts campus cash for UB students’ convenience. Try something new this weekend. Make an effort to explore the park systems and bike trails around Buffalo. Feeling really adventurous? Check out the aban-

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doned places that surround the city. The Grain Elevators and the train terminal are both excellent places to start. Being on a budget in college doesn’t mean you have to waste your whole day pre-gaming for another party or working on next month’s homework; check out all of the interesting places Buffalo has to offer. Email:

UB students fight teenage ‘Great Depression’ As summer employment for teens drops, students explore alternative opportunities ALYSSA MCCLURE

Asst. Features Editor

In 1999, more than 52 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds held summer jobs. In 2013, 32.25 percent of 16to 19-year-olds worked a summer job. That means approximately 3 in 10 teens out of about 16.8 million teenagers worked this summer in America, according to The Buffalo News. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, calls the decline a “Great Depression for teens.” He said the percentage of teens out of work in the summer has “never been this low in our lives.” Some UB students who fall into the reported age category feel fortunate to have had summer jobs, given the nation’s current economic situation. Many, who spend their summers laboring through sweltering days in restaurants or working as lifeguards and camp counselors, receive pay but lament not having an internship. Others try to get ahead in their field by taking summer internships, even if it means working strictly as a volunteer. This summer, Steven Kahn, a sophomore chemistry major and Long Island native, worked as a summer camp counselor in Rhode Island. He had worked there in the past, and because there was a shortage of people applying for the position, he was able to find work for the summer. “For those who are not already in the workforce, it is hard to find an initial job and to keep it afterward,” Kahn said. “You need a job to get experience, but

you need experience to get a job. That’s the problem.” Though Kahn enjoyed being a counselor, he wishes he could have used the summer to get ahead in chemistry, his field of study. He would have taken an internship over a counselor position, but he was not accepted into any programs for which he applied. Jackie White, a sophomore biomedical sciences and psychology major, spent this summer working 40-50 hours per week as a research assistant in a lab on South Campus and as an intern at Luna Medical Care in Amherst. “When I applied for [the] positions, I didn’t care if they were paid or not because a lot of times, undergrads aren’t paid anyway,” White said. White said she needed the experience to build a strong resume for her medical school applications. “I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity like these just because they weren’t paid, so I sucked it up and worked my butt off at both the lab and the doctor’s office for the experience and to help my bosses,” White said. “I love my lab and I had an amazing time at the clinical doctor’s office; it was just unfortunate that I wasn’t paid for my time.” Students working during the summer months have the opportunity to gain valuable job experience, establish work ethic and learn responsibility. Some have the chance to learn about their field of study in a hands-on way that differs from classroom instruction. Whether working in an office or at a gas station, having a summer income often allows for saving and investment.

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Steven Kahn, left, a sophomore chemistry major, worked as a camp counselor this summer (pictured with one of his campers) because he was unable to find an internship. He considered himself lucky to have a job knowing the difficulties teens have had finding paid work in recent years.

Numerous research studies show that teenagers who work perform better in many social and economic indicators, according to The News. A recent Boston study demonstrated that teenagers who work summer jobs have a lower involvement in violence and drug abuse, according to National Journal. Not all teenagers have the opportunity to work summer jobs. “It’s not the teenagers’ fault [that fewer teenagers are working],” Kahn said. “It’s not a lack of effort from teenagers. It’s a decline in the availability of jobs that are being taken by adults.” In the current recession, some adults have been forced to take jobs they are overqualified for because they cannot find work

elsewhere; this decreases the number of summer-job opportunities for teens. Additionally, because the economy is slow, career progression has been stunted, according to The News. Fewer adults are moving up the career ladder, making it difficult for teenagers to enter the work force. “On average, teenagers are realizing that they need to get work to prepare for later in life but are simply unable to find jobs because the workforce is flooded with adults who have lost their jobs because of the current recession,” Kahn said. Some students unable to find work have turned to volunteering in hopes that the experience will pay off and result in a job in

the end. “I think it is 100 percent more challenging to find a job that pays as opposed to a volunteer position,” White said. “If you think about it, a company would much rather have someone work for them and not have to pay them.” Teenage employment is on the decline, but UB students are working hard to maintain an edge in their respective careers. Editor’s note: Steven Kahn is not related to Senior Features Editor Sharon Kahn. Email:

Friday, September 20, 2013




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STYLE GUIDE On-campus fashion watch as Buffalo Fashion Week gets underway Allison Deutschman



Fashion Writer

Year: Junior Hometown: Youngstown, N.Y. Major: English, minor in education, AAS in fashion merchandising What she’s wearing: Steve Madden boots, LOFT jeans, Charlotte Russe crop tunic Go-to pieces: Pearls, ponte leggings, a-line silhouette dresses Inspiration: Carly Heitlinger from, Jackie O, Blair Waldorf, Kate Spade Favorite trends: Riding boots, cat eyeglasses, maxis Worst trends: Bodycon dresses, velvet, Hollister/Abercrombie graphic tees Keeping it classy: “I firmly believe in the words, ‘Dress for success.’ Figure out what your style is and never apologize for it.”

Victoria Benitez Fashion Writer

Year: Sophomore Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y. Major: English, minor in Spanish What she’s wearing: Steve Madden sandals, Mossimo skirt, ISSI graphic shirt, Mango sweater Go-to pieces: Hats, statement jewelry, thigh-high socks, ankle boots Inspiration: “I pull my style from everything and everyone. I have a very bohemian and laidback sense of style. My fashion icons are the Olsen twins, Vanessa Hudgens and Nicole Richie.” Favorite trends: Thigh-high boots, racer back dresses, minimalism and scarfs Worst trends: “Anything neon, yikes.” Naturally cool: “One quote I’ve always admired was, ‘Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.’ This quote simply speaks for itself.”

Mustafa Hussain Originally, finding our first fashionisto on campus was a bit of a challenge, but we had no hesitation once we spotted Mustafa. Year: Sophomore Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.; born in London Major: Psychology What he’s wearing: Zara buckle strapped shoes, Uniqlo (Japanese brand) shirt and jeans Go-to pieces: Chino pants, hiking boots, but most importantly, his brown leather strap bag, which he bought from Staples in the sixth grade. Inspiration: “None. I’m usually the person behind the lens. I dress for myself, but my style portrays my personality.” Words of advice: “Dress as if you are going to meet the woman of your life.” Check out his work: Facebook. com/mustafahussainphotography

Buffalo Fashion Week Events: Mercedes Benz Buffalo Fashion Week started Thursday with a Niagara Square photo shoot and press conference, and it runs until next Thursday. Here’s a rundown of the week’s remaining events:

Saturday, Sept. 21: Walden Galleria Mall Show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22: Beauty Expo at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24: The Boutique Show (Mansion of Delaware) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26: The Main Runway Show doors open at 6:30 p.m. Interested in being featured? Email us:

Editor’s note: This article is satirical and is not meant to be taken literally. Dear Carson, Being out of the dorms and in my first apartment this year has opened up wonderful new opportunities for me: an easy, often necessary escape from my rowdy friends, my own quiet room to study in and a big space to host occasional parties. Though all of that is great, the most dramatic change, and the one I am struggling to adjust to the most, is my eating situation. I always had a meal plan when I lived in the dorms; I hated the quality of the food and how unhealthy it was, but it was convenient. Now, my parents provide some monetary support, but it’s not enough for me to eat the way I would really like to. I have no time for a job, so my funds are really tight. I’ve been reading a lot about “paleo” and “primal” diets, but I find it’s too hard to afford the fresh, organic produce and expensive grassfed meat these diets consist of – it’s also hard for me to even find some of this stuff in the first place. Maybe you can help me find a middle ground here between my past “real-college” eating experience and my first attempt at eating like a responsible adult. Sincerely, Hungry as Hell Dear Hungry, I have no idea what a responsible adult does or eats, but I can help you harness the powers of eating like an ancestral warrior at relatively no cost – you’ll just have to want to feel the surge of Mother Earth coursing through your loins bad enough to do what it takes. Forget ev-

erything you thought you knew about eating, and step into my “cave,” if you will – let’s read the writing on the wall. Congratulations on not being a total mainstreamer on a meal plan. I will not waste my time discussing those who dine in “halls,” or those who wait in line at Moe’s for their “home” to get “wrecked.” Instead, let’s get primal. I don’t think I’ve ever been so pleased with a reader’s choice for a lifestyle change. Over the last few years, we’ve seen vegan go totally crypto-fascist airhead hippie, and non-celiac, glutenfree bebe’s just make me want to vom squad. No one understands primal. No one understands optimizing gene expression. No one understands me. You should want the same; because when you’re intermittently fasting six days of the week, eating one meal a day and downing whole sticks of omega-3 rich grass-fed butter with your grass-fed cow steaks and kale smoothies, your bros will be in a carb-overloaded, beer s***z coma after a night of drinking. Meanwhile, you’ll be roaming the forest with vigor, dropping a deuce the size of an eco-friendly Nalgene bottle. As for the money concern, how much do you think it cost our ancestors to eat grass, pick berries and shoot animals with arrows and spears? Just get out there, you damn squirrel. When I take a stroll on the Amherst bike path, I see at least 10 potential meals every mile I walk. When that area is scarce, try the dense patch of mystical woodlands near Ellicott Complex. I’ve also seen many bird species near South Lake Village. Get creative. This diet can be free, and it can be glorious. Make me proud. Be the best caveman you can be.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall video game guide: the next generation of gaming JORDAN OSCAR

Staff Writer

As the doomsday clock of the current console generation ticks onward toward the release of the Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One in November, there are still plenty of great games to dive into beyond the brilliant allure of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V. The releases of the Playstation 4 on Nov. 15 and Xbox One a week later on Nov. 22 certainly don’t mean PS3 and Xbox 360 have become outdated, useless bricks. There are still plenty of amazing games coming out over the next couple of years for both PS3 and Xbox 360. It does, however, mean that for gaming, this holiday season is one of the most exciting in years. For anyone considering buying a PS4 or Xbox One who wants to get any of these games before their new console of choice launches, it’s important to know that upgrading your copy of the game from Xbox 360 to Xbox One or from PS3 to PS4 will cost just $10. Here is a handful of the great gaming experiences coming this fall:

NBA 2k14

Release date: Oct. 1 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360; Nov. 15 for PS4; Nov. 22 for Xbox One For the past few years, 2K game’s annual pro basketball game series has been highly regarded as one of, if not, the best sports games being made today, and 2k14 looks to be no different. The return of competitive, fan-favorite “Crews” mode isn’t the only improvement made to the game. With a graphical overhaul, additions like player-unique signature skills and daily roster updates, 2k14 certainly appears to be the best edition of this series yet.

Beyond: Two Souls

Release date: Oct. 8, exclusively for PS3 The ever-shrinking difference between video games and cinema is very apparent in this psychological thriller developed by

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Quantic Dream, the makers of Heavy Rain. The game takes place over 15 years ago and follows Jodie Holmes – voiced by and modeled after Ellen Page – who develops a psychic link to an invisible entity that grants her supernatural abilities. As Jodie ages and travels the globe, the player’s decisions and actions decide her fate through emotionally charged events never before seen in video games. For gamers who don’t like the PS3 controller, or find the game’s interface unfriendly, the option to use a smartphone as a controller is an added bonus.

Batman: Arkham Origins

Release date: Oct. 25 for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC This game takes place five years before the events of 2009’s Arkham Asylum and follows a less refined Batman in the second year of his career as he squares off with Black Mask. While he is used to warding off petty gun thugs, Batman finds himself

Continued from page 8: Volleyball “They’re excited but they’re still very realistic as to where we are,” Kress said of his players. “We know that there’s still a ton of improvement that we need to work on. We got a long way to go to get to where we want to be.” At the rate they’re going, where they want to be – a MAC Championship – seems conceivable. The match against Valpo is set for 7 p.m. on Friday in Alumni Arena. Email:

stuck in the crosshairs of eight elite assassins like Deadshot and Deathstroke, who are looking to collect a bounty for his head. Origins sets the stage for many key moments in the early career of Batman, like his first confrontation with the Joker, his struggle with Gotham City police and his growing allegiance with Detective Jim Gordon. Although the series has shifted away from Rocksteady – the developer of the first two Batman: Arkham games – Origins still appears to have improved upon its predecessors’ excellence.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Release date: Oct. 29 for Xbox 360, Wii U and PS3; Nov. 15 for PS4; Nov. 22 for Xbox One The sixth major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series explores the Caribbean during the golden age of pirating in the early 1700s. As a sequel to the modern story and prequel to the historical timeline of Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed IV places the

Continued from page 2: Summer I found a way to buy all these groceries for only $40-$50, and they had to last me two weeks until my next paycheck came at the end of the month. There were times I mishandled my funds and, sometimes, had no money to spend on food. I’d have to either scrounge up what was left in my pantry or not eat. But I didn’t care because I was determined to make it work. I feel there’s a lot of advice one can take from my summer working experience. The first is if something means a lot to you and you have a passion, go out and chase it. The money will come later. Gain experience and knowledge while you’re still in college. You are spending a lot of money on your education, so don’t let your old high school job dictate your life because it pays better. More experience brings better opportunities. Secondly, you can change your mentality and habits if you want to. I did – because nothing was more important than succeeding. Email:

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gamer in control of Captain Edward Kenway, the grandfather of Connor Kenway – the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed III – who is feared by even the most notorious of pirates. Black Flag, which features a richer open-world experience and improved combat over its predecessors, looks to be the best Assassin’s Creed yet.

Battlefield 4

Release date: Oct 29 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In the year 2020, war between the United States, Russia and China seems inevitable as political and military tensions rise. At the center of this massive global conflict is Tombstone, a squad of elite Special Forces operatives trying to get home alive. Known for its vehicles, ground and air combat, large-scale battles and destructible environments, Battlefield 4 is raising the bar once again with “levelution.” These massive game-changing events like a skyscraper collapsing into the city are not the only

big changes to look forward to, as Dice – Battlefield’s developer – continues to make the most realistic shooter on the market.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Release date: Nov. 5 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U; Nov. 15 for PS4; Nov. 22 for Xbox One The other side of the nearly annual Call of Duty versus Battlefield debate this year comes in the form of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Infinity Ward, which first truly popularized the series with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, brings the series into the next generation with what has been boasted as the biggest and best game yet. Although the single-player aspect of the game is always something to look forward to, the fast, frenetic multiplayer is what has made Call of Duty the gaming phenomenon it is today. Email:

Continued from page 8: Picks Six-point teaser bets: If you’re too nervous to go straight up against the spread, adding six points to your line is a good assurance. Of course, the benefits from your wager decrease, but you can make enough in return by adding two or three games to the same ticket. Atlanta Falcons (+2) at Miami Dolphins: With the tease, the line jumps to +8 for the Falcons. They might have a limited Roddy White and be without Steven Jackson, but do you really think Ryan Tannehill’s Dolphins can outscore Matt Ryan by more than a touchdown? Pick: Falcons +8 Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos (-16): The Broncos have outscored the Ravens and Giants by an average of 20 points. With the six-point tease, they only need to give the Raiders 10 points. Oh yeah, this is a Monday night football game at home for Peyton Manning. Pick: Broncos -10 San Diego Chargers (+3) at Tennessee Titans: The Titans have looked good thus far, with an unforeseen defense that shut down the Steelers for an entire game and the undefeated Texans for 55 minutes. Regardless, I’m not picking Jake Locker’s sluggish offense to outscore a re-invented Chargers offense – which is averaging 30.5 points this season – by two possessions. Pick: Chargers +9

Over/under pick of the week: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots (o/u 44): The Patriots are still a couple weeks away from getting back to their traditional unbreakable offense. Without his top receiving options healthy, last week’s game against the Jets may have been the worst of Tom Brady’s career. On top of that, the Buccaneers’ defense has looked impenetrable – especially after shutting down the Saints last week. Even if the Pats go off for three or four touchdowns, that puts the total at 28 points. The Bucs would still need to gather two or three touchdown drives of their own to reach 44 – not happening under Josh Freeman’s anemic offense. Pick: Under. Line of the week: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers (-0): Bettors were given a sign from above as Vegas made this is a ‘pick-em’ game. Though Eli Manning has struggled with turning the ball over, Carolina’s defensive backs were decimated with injuries against the Bills last week. The Giants – who many still view as a potential playoff team – aren’t going to start the season off 0-3, and Cam Newton seems to have regressed in his third year. The Panthers have scored only three offensive touchdowns this year, and they won’t be able to keep up with the Giants’ offensive weapons. Pick: Giants. Email:

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Friday, September 20, 2013


Walk the line

Roberts creates change of pace

Katie Roberts helped lead Bulls to one of the biggest turnarounds in NCAA history Your resource for OWEN O’BRIEN Sports Editor

Katie Roberts came to UB ready for a change. Compared to her small hometown of Homerville, Ohio, Buffalo seems humungous. Her love of country music stars like Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan wasn’t so common at UB, where hiphop rules many students’ iPods. But the largest difference she encountered came in the women’s soccer team’s wins column. Buffalo women’s soccer won the fewest games in program history when Roberts was a senior in high school. The team had only one win and 12 goals scored all season. One year later, the Bulls won a Mid-American Conference tournament game and Roberts led the 12-win team with seven goals. It was one of the largest single-season turnarounds in NCAA soccer history, according to Roberts. Roberts loved the idea of helping to turn around a struggling team. She believed in the coaching staff, players and direction of the program enough to commit to UB. Roberts has been making immediate impacts on her soccer teams since the first time she stepped onto the pitch. In her first year playing soccer, at 4 years old, she scored eight goals in one game. “Katie is capable of special things when Katie is active and finding the ball,” said women’s soccer head coach Michael Thomas. “She changes the game and has that extra little bit of vision that a lot of college players don’t have.” Roberts is now a junior forward for the Bulls (3-2-2). She has seen both triumph and lastminute defeat in her two years at UB. “[I’ve learned] you can’t take anything lightly,” Roberts said.

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Junior forward Katie Roberts (8) has two points and 21 shots so far this season. She learned her toughness from rough-housing with her brother while they were growing up.


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“You always have to go out and give it your all and good things will happen.” Her competitive attitude derives from her upbringing. Roberts’ grandfather was a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals organization and her older brother, Timmy, made the baseball team at West Virginia University. As a child, Roberts played baseball on the same team as Timmy. But her father didn’t want her to play baseball once the level of play got higher, so she tried softball instead. She played for only a year because she “got bored.” Even on different teams, competition within Roberts’ household continued. Roberts once broke her toe when seeking revenge after Timmy stole the ball in a game of one-on-one basketball. Other times, they would put on football shoulder pads in their house and ram into each other like a pair of NFL linebackers.

Hostility between the siblings extended into school. “In elementary school, we would do the 40-yard dash for one of our fitness things and my times were always really close to his,” Roberts said. “My gym teacher would always compare us even though he was a year older, and he would get really mad about that stuff and come home and beat me up.” The daily competitions still haven’t stopped for Roberts. Coach Thomas makes it clear to his players that anybody can come in and steal a starting job, even if players let up for just one practice. He has developed a point system to promote competition among the athletes at practice. Roberts excelled in the system, which gave her the opportunity to make an impact during Buffalo’s historic 2011 season. She enjoys the friendly competition and wants to inspire younger players, just as the juniors and seniors in-

spired her back then. “I think the seniors really helped,” Roberts said of her freshman season. “They weren’t intimidating at all, and they were very encouraging, both on and off the field, so that helped as I wasn’t so nervous and I could just play how I was used to.” Although the offense has gotten off to a slow start this season, Roberts has made her presence known. She leads the team with 21 shots and 10 on net, including the game-winning goal against St. Bonaventure. For Roberts and the Bulls, a successful 2013 season would be a MAC Championship. She chose Buffalo to turn around a struggling program and nothing would complete the transformation better than a title. Email:


Perfection in jeopardy Bulls face tough challenge in Blue and White Classic JON GAGNON

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Setter Dani Reinert is one of six seniors for the 10-0 Buffalo volleyball team. She leads the Bulls with 209 assists as the squad returns home this weekend for the first time since Aug. 31.

Through 10 games this season, the women’s volleyball team has been near perfect. The Bulls have lost just two sets (30-2) and are a program-best 10-0 overall. Statistically, this has been the best women’s volleyball team UB has ever had. Despite the Bulls’ historic start, they failed to receive any votes for the NCAA’s top 25 rankings. In comparison, Iowa State is the 25th ranked team in the country with a 5-4 record. This weekend – just one week from the start of their MidAmerican Conference schedule – the Bulls (10-0) will host the Blue and White Classic, which could be the toughest stretch of opponents the team will face all season. The Bulls will face Valparaiso (10-1), Maryland Eastern Shore (1-8) and No. 13 Ohio State (9-0). “We kind of structured it that way, where we kind of build to this opportunity for ourselves,” said head coach Todd Kress. “We take it weekend by weekend and build strength in our schedule un-

The NFL is gradually evening out. With the rise of young quarterbacks, there are more and more teams that have become competent picks as ‘underdogs.’ Which leads us into this week’s theme: pick the underdogs! There are fewer and fewer teams that are unanimous picks to get rolled over on a week-toweek basis. Think about it: What teams in the NFL this season are practically guaranteed picks to lose? I count two: the Jaguars and Raiders. Other bottom-tier teams like the Jets and Browns have strong enough defenses to help keep games respectable. If you don’t agree that the parity in the NFL is plummeting, here are the stats to back it up: 2011: Regular season favorites went 128-123-5 against the spread. That’s a winning percentage of 51. 2012: Regular season favorites went 120-132-4 against the spread, a dip to a 47.6 winning percentage. 2013 (through two weeks): Regular season favorites are 14-17-1, a further dip to a 45.16 winning percentage. The problem remains, which underdogs are the best to pick?

til we get to the strongest [preconference] weekend, now.” The first game of the tournament comes against Valparaiso, which Kress says could very well be a top-25 program. “They are very solid on all aspects,” Kress said. “I’m most impressed with their speed. They’re a tough team to beat; I can see that on film.” If the Bulls can get past Valpo, Maryland Eastern Shore is the only team standing in their way before a showdown with Ohio State – and a possible matchup of undefeated teams. “We’re just excited about the entire weekend,” Kress said. “We’re taking it one match at a time of preparation and that’s the way the team is approaching it as well.” The Buckeyes will be the first ranked team the Bulls have faced this year. MAC play will begin after this weekend. The Bulls’ schedule doesn’t get any easier, as their first conference match comes against No. 24 Ohio (8-1). SEE VOLLEYBALL, PAGE 6

Quick Hits: Catching up with men’s and women’s soccer Women’s soccer On Wednesday night, the women’s soccer team closed out its nonconference schedule with a 2-1 loss to Big Four rival Niagara (1-7-1). The Bulls’ (3-2-2) streak of not allowing a goal in the last 449 minutes of play was snapped in the 27th minute of the first half, when Niagara’s Breanna Cativpovic beat senior goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon to give her team a 1-0 lead. The streak was the third longest in team history and the longest since 2008. The Bulls have a 10-day layover before they begin their conference season. They host Ball State (5-2) next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at UB Stadium. Men’s soccer The men’s soccer team will be back on the road this weekend when it travels to Detroit (0-2-3) and Cleveland State (3-4) Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Bulls (0-4-2) have yet to win a game under new head coach Stu Riddle and have scored two goals this season. Buffalo still has two weeks before its conference season begins and is looking to turn things around before then. Kick off on Friday is scheduled for 1 p.m. Email:

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