Vol. 61 NO. 14
Friday, September 30, 2011
You Can Dance if You Want to
The UB Breakdance Club shares its passion for dance. TAHSIN CHOWDHURY Staff Writer On Monday afternoons, the Flag Room transforms into a dance floor. Brendan Tom stands on his head and spins continuously like a top. Ryan Nash holds a freeze upsidedown using only his arms to hold his body from touching the ground. The rest of the UB Breakdance Club forms a halfmoon around the performers, watching the complicated dance moves and listening to the rhythmic music. Break dancing is perceived as an intense, forceful style of street dance, originating from the African American and Latin hip-hop cultures from New York City during the 1970s. UB Breakdance Club explains that the media misinterprets its art of dance by depicting dancers as aggressive and dangerous.
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“We’re not trying to be thugs or gansters because obviously it’s not making us any cooler,” said Tom, vice president of UB Breakdance Club and a sophomore communication major. “Everyone thinks we need security in our events…I’ve been to so many competitions where it may look dangerous but it’s actually friendly competition. It’s the greatest moment after a battle is over and everyone is shaking hands.” To the club’s members, breakdancing is an important element of their lives. This style of dance is unique and hard to perfect, but the payoff can be great. “You can practice a move for years and still not have it down,” Tom said. “[We’re] trying to educate the community on what breaking is and… [that] it’s more than a bunch of kids coming together and spinning in circles.” The UB Breakdance Club started off as just a crew of dancers who were called Rhythm Renegades, but soon became a full-fledged club as the number of members increased. They became a club that teaches new members about breakdancing.
“[The club hasn’t had] any causalities yet, but there are dangers. You just have to take proper precaution like you would with anything [risky],” said Bryan Kao, a sophomore accounting major and the club’s treasurer. The club participates in events in nearby cities and its members hone their skills and introduce new members to competitions. Although the club has only won a few competitions, the overall experience is what’s important. Nash, president of UB Breakdance Club and a sophomore urban and public policy major, explains that competitions expose new members to the breakdancing scene. Competitions also motivate veteran members to flaunt their skills and show off their best moves. “[It’s] your chance to show who you are through your dance. You want to win, but you want to express yourself,” Tom said.
NATALIE LICATA Staff Writer
Researchers are getting closer to understanding autism, and it’s all thanks to a mouse.
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Gears of War Comes to a Grinding, Yet Satisfying End JAMES TWIGG Senior Managing Editor
Grade: A The planet Sera has certainly seen better days, but the Gears of War franchise hasn’t. The third installment in Epic’s epic is the best to date and a more than fitting finale for the gritty and gory third-person shooter. The campaign picks up 18 months after the events of Gears of War 2 – i.e. the sinking of the last human stronghold in order to flood the home of the subterranean locust. This tactic has turned the remaining humans into nomads, forced to scavenge across the war-torn surface of Sera for everything from food to ammo. Early on it’s revealed that protagonist Marcus Fenix’s dad – long believed to be dead – is alive and that he may have a way to stop the growing lambent threat (glowing fuel source infected locust that explode in a satisfyingly gooey mess once you pump them full of enough lead) and it’s up to Delta squad to find him. The campaign is hands down the most story-driven and well-executed entry into the highly acclaimed series. It’s a bromantic romp that manages to tug on the player’s heartstrings on more than one occasion without becoming overly cheesy, and it’s able to wrap up the series in a nice blooddrenched bow. But even with all of the emotion intertwined, Gears of War
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Tom explains that the feelings he gets while dancing are unparalleled and that he could never see himself stopping. “The emotions I am feeling I express through dance,” Tom said. “I have a bad day, or I’m really sad, I dance the sadness away…I use it as a way to express all the emotions I’m feeling at the time.” The unique style and high energy of breakdancing separate it from other forms of dance, and the neverending possibilities mean it will never get boring. “In breaking there are an infinite number of moves. You feel that you can one up yourself, [and it] drives me to be the best I can be,” Nash said. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All members of the club come from different
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backgrounds and levels of experience with dance. Although they all have different reasons for why they love to dance, their passion for breakdance keeps them coming back.
The first transgenic mouse was developed at UB, and the surprising findings have the potential to help researchers in creating better interventions and treatments for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
All In the UB Family
STEVEN WROBEL News Editor
Students and their families spend thousands of dollars on college every year, with many students choosing to move away from home. This weekend, UB invites families to visit their children’s new home away from home.
Timothy Syndrome is an exceptionally rare type of autism: approximately 50 people in the entire world have been diagnosed.
Family Weekend events, which run from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, offer families an opportunity to see UB and get a feel for the action. The long-standing tradition has been a favorite amongst new students who miss the comforts of home.
Scientists from UB and Stanford University presented their research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
“Families today are far more involved today in a student's life than in the past,” said Dennis R.
The mouse was injected with DNA containing the genetic information for the disorder and subsequently exhibited traits associated with Timothy Syndrome and ASD in general.
Glenna C.L. Bett, Ph.D., associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and Randall Rasmusson Ph.D., associate professor of physiology and biophysics, conducted research on ion-channels in the heart in 2004. During their studies, they encountered research that showed a mutation in a specific calcium channel that they thought might lead to Timothy Syndrome.
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Approximately 80 percent of children with Timothy Syndrome were found to have autism spectrum disorder. It was discovered that Timothy Syndrome is linked to a genetic mutation that causes the voltage-gated L type calcium channel, a protein, to be altered in such a way that causes excess calcium to flow into cells. In simple terms, the disorder creates an imbalance of calcium inside an individual’s cells, something that can be quite problematic; an overload of ions disrupts homeostasis.
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This weekend, families will converge on UB for Family Weekend.
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Friday, September 30, 2011
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EDITOR IN CHIEF Matthew Parrino SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR James Twigg
It’s been over 40 years since Tricky Dick Nixon declared a war on drugs, and it’s still unclear who is winning.
ARTS EDITORS Jameson Butler, senior Vanessa Frith Nicolas Pino Edward Benoit, asst.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the federal government spent over $15 billion last year on drug control policies, and State Governments have spent at least another $25 billion, according to the Cato Institute.
LIFE EDITORS Akari Iburi, senior Veronica Ritter Hannah Barnes Keren Baruch, asst.
With all that money spent, you would expect some results. The White House website claims that since the War on Drugs began the use of illicit drugs has decreased by a third. Obama has set a goal to decrease that rate by another 15 percent by 2015.
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This all comes with a human price as well. The rate of incarceration in the United States has risen sharply since the War on Drugs began, up from roughly 93 people in 100,000 incarcerated in the early ’70’s to roughly 500 people in 100,000 in 2006.
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Over 1.6 million people were arrested for drug violations in 2009, and roughly half of them were for cannabis violations. This has direct correlation to the incarceration rates, as 24 percent of state
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The United States is the world’s leader in prison population, beating out Russia for the top spot. We have to ask ourselves if all this is worth it. Mostly, yes. We are not for limiting personal freedom, but there is a line to be drawn. There is a massive difference between smoking a joint and snorting cocaine, shooting heroin, and smoking meth. Studies have shown the powerful addictive properties that hard drugs possess, and the damage they cause to addicts and their families is truly horrifying. Prohibiting something will not stop everyone from doing it. Laws against murder will never make murder go away, but they do serve as a deterrent. The same applies to hard drugs. Obviously, nothing will ever completely stop people from using them, but banning them greatly decreases the amount that is available.
The problem comes when people are sent to prison for being users and addicts. Punishments should be more tailored to getting them help for addiction rather than just sending them to prison. The real target should be high-level dealers and distributors that spread the drugs around the country. The government is also focusing on cannabis in the entirely wrong way. It’s a ridiculous sham for it to even be illegal, let alone a crime that you could go to prison for in any situation. The negative effects of marijuana are on par or milder than those of alcohol, and they should be treated equally in the law. No candidate in the fray for the presidency has this sentiment, including President Obama. Most agree with the current policies in place, including the overly harsh cannabis rules, except for Ron Paul who disagrees with the war on drugs entirely. We should demand a more complex view on drugs from our representatives in Washington. Without it, we are destined to watch our prisons fill and our wallets drain.
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inmates and 55 percent of federal inmates were drug violators in 2004. According to data from the International Centre for Prison Studies, all those numbers add up to a startling truth.
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The Morning After: The Reality of Sex
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EDITORIAL EDITOR James Bowe NEWS EDITORS Madeleine Burns, senior Rebecca Bratek Steven Wrobel
This year has forced many of us to look at our student budgets and make changes for a variety of reasons. We’ve seen increases in tuition, delays in aid disbursement and record unemployment in a sluggish economy. A big chunk of our tuition goes toward the comprehensive fee, instituted in 1998. According to the UB website, over $43 million is pulled out of the fee, and over $7 million of that goes to athletics. The only area that draws more funding is technology. In recent years, a decrease in revenue for some colleges has caused some drastic cuts to athletic programs. Teams lost scholarships at schools like the University at Cincinnati, and MIT even dropped eight full teams. UB has not needed to take drastic measures like this. A great deal of this likely has to do with the fact that UB is a gigantic school and has a wide base to pay for the athletics, but critics of college athletics contend that money spent on sports is against the concept that college stands for. College athletes get scholarships that other students don’t get. Crit-
ics argue that this is unfair, and that it takes money away from students who focus entirely on academics. Some students don’t regularly attend sports games. Some won’t ever attend a single athletic event during their entire college career. Is it fair that their money has to go toward sports that they will never see? As the old saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. There are numerous benefits for the entire school that fly a under the radar. Many students want to know about athletics before they attend the school. Some might never attend a game while others might attend every home football game, but in the world of recruitment it would be a mistake to give a student any reason to not attend. If you had the choice between two academically similar schools and only one has sports, you’d be more likely to attend the one with sports. It’s a good retort to the age old “what is there to do around here” question.
Athletics also bring students together and form camaraderie and unity in school spirit. Many students remember with great pride the year UB football made it to a bowl game and won the MAC championship. UB alumni around the world looked on as their team carried the blue and white to a national audience, and that generated a feeling that is hard to replicate. As with any other business, UB needs to look at the money making potential of anything it does. Athletics is no different, and has the potential to be very profitable through ticket sales and sales of merchandising. You have to spend money to make money, and this is no different. Unlike other schools, UB is not going into debt to pay for athletic programs, a rare instance of money being well managed by a government program. Though $7 million might seem like a big and scary number, we should be excited about the state of sports at our school. We have big goals, and the will to do it. If only the rest of the college was so dedicated.
LETTER to THE EDITOR Sex Sells; Don’t Sell Out Yes, here it is: another dreaded “Letter to the Editor” in response to The Spectrum’s new and wildly disputed sex column. It’s terrible! It’s fantastic! It’s tasteless! It’s superman!
their values are seen as valid in her eyes!
While it is nice to see sex being openly discussed on campus, I suppose I have an issue with the manner in which the subject is being approached. Students have enough pressures focused around sex, the social pressures to have more sex, or the pressures to have it less often or less openly, lest they displease their family or be called derogatory names. Articles directed at every heterosexual female on campus urging them to “Have their V-Card swiped” do not seem appropriate for a university publication.
Regardless of whatever values you hold towards sex, you may as well surrender them now, as this article commands that it is “time to get a move on.” The writer also urges these women to keep going, no matter how painful or uncomfortable the first ten or so times may be, or even whether they trust the person they are with, so long as they don’t have to endure the shame of virginity any longer. While I do not seek to advise people on how to conduct their sex lives, I do think that every party should feel comfortable with the situation, and that pushing to have sex when someone is not emotionally ready is a bad idea for anyone.
In the article mentioned above, the writer claims that everyone choosing to wait to have sex with the right person is corny, and everyone choosing to focus on their studies is a nerd. The writer did allow a concession for students abstaining for religious reasons; I’m sure that those students will be thrilled to know that
Additionally, the writer seems to assume that her audience consists of a sea of heterosexual females and a spattering of freshman males, thereby excluding a good portion of the campus. Why have an entire column that consistently excludes the LGBT community? Has The Spectrum ever run a column meant for only white
Christian males? For Hindu females? Though, I suppose that it is no real loss to the LGBT community to forgo advice like “So get that Vcard swiped like you would your credit card at a Jeffrey Campbell shoe sale.” Sex is about the people having it, and no one else. Every party should feel comfortable with how often and with whom they are having sex. It is okay to have as many partners as you are comfortable with. It is equally okay to have sex with one person or abstain completely. Ultimately, it is far too personal of a decision to be broadcasted by a newspaper column. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have a sex column in The Spectrum newspaper. Sex is a reality of most adult lives, and when discussed in a manner that is constructive, can be helpful and entertaining. I would just like to see a little more class in the column next time. -Mara Deckard, a senior international studies major
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So, you’ve swiped your V-Card. Now what? See, here’s the thing: sex columns don’t talk about the day after, unless it’s to tell you how effective the morning-after pill is. They don’t generally address things like regret and consequences mostly because it’s unglamorous. Let’s face it, getting all prettied up for a date is way more fun than doing the walk of shame the next morning with ratty hair and your underwear (if you were lucky enough to find it) crammed into your purse. Sex columns are like that too. It’s much more interesting – and entertaining – to talk about homemade vibrators and X-rated webcam sessions. But it’s not the whole story; not by a long shot. But in the interest of keeping this semi-comparable to The Spectrum’s regular sex column, I’m OK with dishing a little dirt first. My V-card got swiped just after I turned 18. We were in the front seat of a Dodge Daytona. It was messy, it was over fast, and it was dumb but I thought it was what I was supposed to do. After all, I was heading into my sophomore year of college and I was still a virgin. So, after dating this guy for a few months, I did it. I had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I understood the basic mechanics of sex, but there’s only so much you can get from sex-ed class. I was so clueless that I didn’t know that not swallowing was even an option. And after that less-than-memorable first time, well, we did it a bunch more since practice apparently makes perfect. You know what else it a makes? Babies. And so just as my second year of college started, I found myself in a bathroom stall – in the library of all places – praying to God that I was only going to see one purple line. I saw two. While all my friends were out partying, travelling abroad, and doing what other young adults were supposed to be doing, I was having a very different college experience: one that consisted of morning sickness, re-hydration therapy, gestational diabetes, toxemia, and surgery. After my daughter was born, there were rounds of paternity tests, court battles that set state legal precedent, and the joy of navigating the state child support enforcement bureau. There wasn’t enough time to raise a child, hold down a full-time job (as well as a part-time one) and also go to school. I had to make a choice, and school was what I had to sacrifice. Now finally, I am able to go back to college. I know that my age and my perspective make me a non-traditional student. And some of you readers may automatically dismiss anything that I say because I “just don’t understand.” But it really wasn’t all that long ago that I was your age. More to the point, it won’t be all that long before my own child heads off to college – and I have to say that given what I’ve seen, the idea scares the crap out of me. It’s not that I expect my daughter to be a virgin on her wedding night. I’m not that naïve. But, what I do hope is that she knows that sex isn’t a game either. That isn’t a lesson she’s liable to learn if her university newspaper perpetually presents only one perspective when it comes to sex. There is a time, and a place, for frank discussion of sexuality. The school’s newspaper may even be that place. But the discussions about positions, lingerie, and masturbating should be counter-balanced by equally frank discussions about the more serious side of sex. The sex column is a new addition to The Spectrum and has been widely read across campus. But that, right there, is the issue I have with the tone and tenor that every article has taken thus far. This is not a niche publication like Cosmo or Maxim: it is a student newspaper. As such, it needs to represent the entire student body. Surely some of the students are interested in cupless bustiers, but given the comments this column has generated, others most definitely are not. The sex column shouldn’t be so focused on the lewd and titillating that it ignores the more serious issues. Sex sells, but what sort of message is this column sending to the community and to potential students? All we’re doing as a newspaper – and as a university – is selling ourselves short. Do it; don’t do it. That’s a personal choice. But it’s one that shouldn’t be based on one-sided representations of sex that ignore the reality of regret and consequences. Women (and men) get enough misconceptions about sex from glossy magazines with advertising agendas. Readers of The Spectrum should expect a more well-rounded viewpoint. Sex isn’t all about mastering positions that would make Cirque du Soleil contortionists wince. It’s about much more: sex is a complicated emotional decision with potentially life-altering ramifications. Yes, it’s fun sometimes. Heck, it’s fun lots of times. But it is not some euphoric experience that comes without consequences, nor should it be the defining event of anyone’s college experience. Here’s the most important thing I’ve learned after being sexually active for a decade and a half: sex isn’t magic. Good sex won’t save a floundering relationship and bad sex (or the lack thereof) won’t destroy a solid partnership. It’s hard to weigh the pros and the cons of becoming sexually active if you’re being bombarded by only one sort of message: you’re “corny” or “nerdy” if you aren’t screwing like rabbits, as a previous column stated. Education is the reason to attend a university. And while the argument that life experience is a part of that education is certainly a valid point, an equally valid point is that there is a whole multitude of opportunities that make up your college years – opportunities that can be derailed if you don’t stop and think. Go ahead, make the decision to have sex if that’s what you want to do. But make it after you’ve determined that you’re ready to make that commitment, and that you’re ready to deal with the possible outcomes, good and bad. Yes, sex can be amazing, but it can also be forgettable, or worse, regrettable. Sex is never free of consequence. Some of those consequences, like mind-blowing orgasms and a deeper connection, are awesome and worthwhile. Other consequences include broken hearts and health worries. There are two sides, and both ought to be presented.
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Bras You Won’t Get Slapped For Looking At
Students experienced a colorful culture at the Latino Bazaar.
KEREN BARUCH Asst. Life Editor The Intercultural Diversity Center (IDC) created a dual universe in the Student Union on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Tables were used to form a closed circle in the lobby, and students were able to take a quick break from their hectic studies to step into a fresh and stirring world. Ask anyone that accepted the yellow paper passport that was being handed out in order to enter the Latino Bazaar. “[The bazaar is] an annual event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Raymond ReDora, a graduate assistant at IDC. “One of the greatest parts is all of the student groups that come out here to join us. We invite student groups that are related to Hispanic Culture to have a table at the Bazaar or dance and we have other students coming out to support the event too. This is my second year and we definitely have more people than last year.” An array of student groups showed off their culture through tables and booths within the bazaar. Activities from crafting to eating were presented for students that were interested in learning about the culture. At one booth students were able to create ‘Ojo de Dios’, also known as ‘God’s Eye,’ out of yarn and sticks. The craft symbolizes the ancient ‘God’s Eye’ that was placed on an altar, so that gods could watch over the praying people. In modern Latino culture this piece of art is sold in markets to remind buyers that ‘God looks with love on people everywhere,’ according to facts given out at the bazaar. Nicole Fiton, a freshman biology and pre-med major, and Kayleigh Miller, a freshman biomed engineering major, were intrigued by the bazaar. “Cultural experience [brings us here], we’re not at all familiar with the culture,” Fiton said. “This is something different that [we’ve] never
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experienced before.” Miller and Fiton were most fascinated by the crafts and the dancing that the bazaar had to offer. As they were walking by, the Latin American Student Association (LASA) was performing a dance that it practiced at its weekly Salsa Socials. “[Dance] gives me a sense of comfort that I can always appreciate in my life,” said Alberto Santiago, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, and member of LASA, while discussing the major role that dance plays in his culture. One table was dedicated to making masks. “In Mexico, masks are used as part of the tradition of the village festival, honoring saint's days and major Christian holidays,” according to the Arizona museum exhibition. Students allowed their creativity to shine through by choosing metallic colored masks and gluing extravagant feathers, beads, and sequins to portray their learning and excitement about the bazaar and Latino culture. “I volunteer with cultural diversity center and I got to run the mask station,” said Michael Flood, a senior health and human services major. “I like that a lot of people aren’t familiar with this culture so I think it’s nice they get to see things they’ve never seen.” Watching people from the sideline while running his station, Flood noticed that most of the UB community enjoyed listening to the music and watching the dancing at the bazaar. According to the IDC website, the goal of the bazaar is to celebrate both commonalities and differences, and to provide cultural enrichment opportunities for students and the UB community.
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did marvelous work,” said Joe Meachem, an economic advisor in the School of Engineering.
Dozens of shiny car keys link together to lock in a pair of double D’s, a busty garden of hope is embraced by a white picket fence, and Glinda the Good Witch casts spells of bubbles onto a pair of lucky breasts.
Not only do artists get to exercise their creative skills, but they also participate in this event to support a cause they feel is meaningful.
The creative bras on display in the entrance to the Center For the Arts are grabbing attention and raising awareness for a good cause. Bras are made to go beneath clothes, but the beautiful brassieres created by the artists contributing to the UB Artful Bra Project created lingerie with the purpose to be seen. The project started three years ago with the goal of raising awareness for breast cancer through the decoration of bras. Mary-Camille Schwindler, senior staff assistant at the Registrar’s Office and a leader of the UB Artful Bra Project, explained that the campaign started in 2009 when a friend of hers emailed her a website from the quilters of South Carolina who hosted an event named, “The Artful Bra.” After bras are created, they are auctioned off and the money raised from the auction goes toward the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. In UB’s first two years involved in the project, the campaign raised $3,000 from auctioning bras, selling calendars, raffle tickets, and other items like bookmarks and pins. This year’s raffle is a guessing game; ticketbuyers guess how many keys they think are displayed on a bra aptly named ‘Finding the Key to the Cure.’ Layers of keys cover each cup and a prize will be given to the guesser who is closest to the number of keys.
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“I’m a survivor [of breast cancer],” Kruger said. “It was a tough time, but everyone was very nice and helpful. I had great doctors. Everyone was very supportive. I have a great husband [and] family, so I can’t say anything [negative].”
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‘The Missing Piece’ includes assembled puzzle pieces with the word ‘hope’ printed on each individual piece on the left breast cup. The puzzle is missing a middle piece, and what seems to fit there is a separate piece glued onto the right breast cup with the word ‘cure’ on it.
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Diane Kruger is one of the artists on display this year and is an employee in the Registrar’s Office. She created three bras titled ‘D-cup,’ ‘The Missing Piece,’ and ‘Molars, Bicuspids, Incisors, Oh My!’ and says that she always creates two funny bras and one serious one.
Schwindler says that the UB Artful Bra Project gets new and different ideas every year, and the bras are always unique.
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said Alfred E. Dansereau Jr., Ph.D., professor of organization and human resources and associate dean for research in the School of Management. “This, of course, is not the final word on the subject. But, it is a great beginning in rigorously studying this important topic that can affect the lives of people in organizations in discriminatory ways.” Owens and his colleagues found that whilst customers do not explicitly say that those types of employees are less serviceable, they do imply that there is some unequal treatment. “A subtle bias still occurs for these minorities,” Owens said. “By identifying how these biases are still at play, we can help managers to make better decisions and minimize the impact of stereotypical ratings.” The award is shared with the article’s co-authors: David R. Hekman of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Karl Aquino of the University of British Columbia, Terence Mitchell of the University of Washington, and Keith Leavitt and Pauline Schilpzand of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The group is now working on a sequel, which will discuss how to minimize the biases they previously researched. They hope to create simple mechanisms to help businesses control any race or gender prejudices that may occur within the customer service sector.
Bradley Owens received the Best Paper Award for 2011 from the Academy of Management.
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ASHLEY DENTON MARSHALL Staff Writer UB’s faculty continues to win top honors.
Out of thousands of papers written and submitted every year to the Academy of Management (AOM), only 5 percent of the papers are printed. Of that 5 percent, only ﬁve of those articles featured throughout the entire year are nominated for best paper. Bradley Owens, associate professor of organization and human resources, received the AOM Best Paper Award for 2011. The awards ceremony took place in San Antonio, Texas on Aug. 14. In the paper, Owens discussed how racial and gender biases influence customer satisfaction. The academy, which focuses on management research, is internationally recognized as a premier association of professional scholars. “We were ecstatic just to get into the journal,” Owens said. The AOM has over 19,000 members from 102 different nations, and has built itself up since its foundation in 1936. It is now the largest organization in the world with regards to management research and teaching. “The article is one of a very few that has examined rigorously the issue of discrimination in the way customers evaluate people in organizations in surveys,”
“[The paper] is one of those rare studies that, while offering a nice theoretical contribution to management theory, also has very profound social and policy implications. It’s great that the award committee recognized this,” said Peter Bamberger, the AOM editor who handled the article. Publication in the journal is not an easy process. In fact, an early draft of the article was rejected by a previous editor; that same editor then chaired the panel that selected Owens’ paper as winner. Owens believes the article won because the insight it provides is so valuable. “You never know how well your work will be received,” Owens said. “But I think the reason we won was because people viewed it as something that could equalize benefits and rewards with customer service employees.” The paper explores and determines how customer satisfaction evaluations can be affected by various biases, which result in discriminatory judgments towards minority and female service employees. The paper has already been cited in a variety of American and Canadian newspapers. Owens previously worked at the University of Michigan as a postdoctorate researcher on the topic of leadership and its relations to race, gender, and humility. He decided to apply for a position at UB because of the School of Management’s excellent credentials and faculty. Owens has drawn inspiration from Ralph Waldo Emerson. The author’s essay, “The American Scholar,” first instilled in him the desire to serve the world and others around him. This philosophy has served him well, as this award is not his ﬁrst – among others, he has won the Best Dissertation-based Paper Award in 2009. In addition, the research paper on racial and gender bias also won the Gender and Diversity Best Paper Award.
2011 Fall Restaurant Week Comes to a Close SARAH AKERS Staff Writer
Put down your Ramen, take a muchneeded break from dining hall food, and explore the unique restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week. It’s easy to find a deal during the week. Especially considering there is over 200 different restaurants in the Western New York area. The 2011 Fall Restaurant Week started on Monday, Sept. 26 and will continue through Sunday, Oct. 2. For $20.11 patrons get to sample each restaurant’s best dishes. The point of Restaurant Week is to get Buffalo residents away from chains, to explore local and unique places to eat, and to celebrate local pride. “I got involved with Restaurant Week because it’s all about local food – bring in people to see what different food Buffalo has to offer,” said Kevin Betty, the corporate executive chef at The Chocolate Bar on Chippewa Street. Those involved in Restaurant Week recognize and appreciate the cherished restaurants around Buffalo, many of which have cult followings. It isn’t unusual for a Buffalonian to have a restaurant they’re loyal to, and with a weeklong event focusing on local businesses the hope is more Buffalonians will find a new favorite dinner spot. Restaurant weeks are popular around the country, but Buffalo, a city known for its food, has really gone above and beyond. Mike Andrezjewski, Peter Longo, and Daniel Garvey, of the New York State Restaurant Association’s WNY Chapter, founded Restaurant Week in 2009. These local restaurants are a nice change of pace from the chains in The Commons and in the Student Union. Head to South Campus where many of the local businesses on Main Street are involved with this event. Other streets students frequent, like Elmwood, Pearl Street, and Chippewa have dozens more options. Many of the places students go in the bar district are participating this week, serv-
ing more than just drinks.
“You know why I love doing this? Because it gets people in and gets people seeing what’s on the menu,” Betty said. “Here, for example: people think we’re just a martini bar, but we have amazing entrees as well. Restaurant Week gives me a chance to drum up some different specials, and maybe put them on my menu down the road.” One cult favorite of Buffalonians is Pano’s, on Elmwood. The number of food vendors involved in Restaurant Week has grown since its start in 2009, according to Alex Georgiadis, co-founder of the restaurant. “It [has] increased by leaps and bounds,” Georgiadis said. “At the beginning there weren’t very many people, but now I can’t even keep track. I didn’t even look at the full list this year.” According to both Betty, and Caitlin Clark, the office manager of Cole’s, it isn’t just the number of restaurants that is growing; the crowds are too. “We’ve had a pretty good turn out this year. There’s definitely an increase in the number of people showing up from year to year,” Clark said. The increased crowds are great for business, and great for the community. Restaurant weeks are meant to showcase the food communities of different areas. The $20.11 customers spend this fall goes directly into their community, supporting local business and local jobs. Though Restaurant Week is coming to a close, it will be going out with a bang. But if you plan on taking advantage of the great deals this weekend, plan on making a reservation. Betty, Georgiadis and Clark all had similar advice for students looking to check out Restaurant Week. Get there early. “The early bird catches the worm,” Georgiadis said.
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Continued from Page 1: All in the UB Family, Welcome to Family Weekend Black, vice president of student affairs. “We hold the weekend as a way for them to become more comfortable with the collegiate environment and experience.” This weekend’s “college experiences” kick off on Friday at 7 p.m., continue late into the night, and go all weekend long. Many students look forward to UB’s special events, even if their parents won’t be able to make it for the weekend.
“When the initial report came out that a [mutation] led to such widespread symptoms, we realized immediately that a mouse model would be the key to understanding not only the importance of the L-type calcium channel in the heart, but in other tissues, and primarily the brain,” Bett said. The defects as a result of the mutation are catastrophic, according to Bett.
“My parents thought that living here would give me the best college experience,” said Lisa Epstein, a freshman business administration major. “They wanted me to learn how it is to be on my own. Being at school feels so separate, since the school offers so much.”
“We know there are patients that have problems with their brains and their hearts, but as a practical matter, you can’t study that very effectively in a human being,” Rasmusson said.
The Office of Student Affairs hosts Family Weekend as a free event. Several events are being held in the Center for the Arts (CFA), for an additional cost. Also, UB has coordinated day trips to several local tourist locations, such as Niagara Falls and the Great Pumpkin Farm, for family enjoyment. Bus transportation is included in the cost.
Subsequently, the transgenic mouse was created to effectively study the rare condition. “We knew what [the mutation] did in humans, but we deliberately looked to see how much of the human disease was recapitulated in the mouse,” Rasmusson said.
On Friday, Student Affairs is offering a multitude of free events in the Student Union including, an ice cream social, various games, bingo night, and an LGBTQ family social, all set to “dueling pianos” musical entertainment. The night is capped off with an outdoor movie, screened at 9:30 p.m. in the Special Events Field, adjacent to the Student Union.
The behavioral psychology of mice has been studied thoroughly enough in the past to aid in carrying out this research. “We know how a mouse would normally interact. We know what they do in social situations and how they learn,” Bett said. This knowledge allowed the scientists to find a relationship between social behaviors, repetitive behaviors, and communication irregularities exhibited by the transgenic mouse that mimicked the behaviors found in humans with Timothy Syndrome. Currently, autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed by clinical observations and testing by a professional using one or more standardized tests; however, proper diagnostics become problematic because of the syndrome’s unidentified biological origins. “One of the problems in looking at ASD is that you get diagnosed with ASD as a behavioral diagnosis,” Bett said. “There is no biomarker; there is no indication other than you have several of these key behavioral types.” By identifying biomarkers, strides can be made in producing effective treatments and interventions for those with autistic spectrum disorder. However, regardless of how large the strides that are taken to identify ASD are, it will always be a difficult disorder to accept. “My whole family thinks my cousin has autism, but his mom doesn't see it at all,” said a UB student who chose to remain anonymous. “We always told her to get it checked out, but she denies it. So it's good that there is some evidence of where it came from.” Email: email@example.com
3 never forgets what it is and, most importantly, what it does best. The game still offers up more chainsaw-revving, head-smashing and limb-severing action than an enraged lumberjack. However, one minor downside is the boss battles. Whenever you find yourself going toe-to-claw with some of Sera’s monstrous wildlife – which happens fairly often – the strategy is always the same: shoot it in the mouth. It’s as if some demented dentist designed the gameplay. Thankfully, the campaign now supports four-player co-op, so you and your buddies can go blow your enemies’ 12-foot incisors to bloody bits in a friendly and team-building fashion. Won’t your local dental hygienist be proud? While the core gameplay mechanics may have stayed virtually the same since the original Gears of War first popped up in 2006, Gears 3 is able to feel smoother and more fluent than the previous installments. The characters don’t get caught on the edges of cover nearly as often, and hopping in-and-out of cover feels more like a natural reaction than pressing a button. This means you can focus more on the baddy charging you with his bayonet equipped Lancer, and less on cursing out the random pile of rubble your character keeps trying to jump behind. Not to mention how helpful this is when battling real opponents on Xbox Live. At a quick glance multiplayer seems like your standard affair, but as the humans of Sera found out, there’s so much more beneath the surface. Naturally, the traditional game modes are there – such as Team Deathmatch, King of the Hill and Gears’ twisted take on Capture the Flag, Capture the Leader – but it’s the FNG that manages to take home the multiplayer medal of honor.
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Over the weekend, day trips, tours, and on-campus events will continue. On Saturday night, Darrell Hammond, comedian and Saturday Night Life cast member, takes the stage at CFA at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $45. The CFA will also host Grammy Award winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’ Band and contemporary dance company, LehrerDance this weekend. The venue will also exhibit the artistic works of UB students and alumni. “I remember it was very organized,” said Justin Kimber, a junior psychology major. “I got to show my family around the campus and let them get an experience of what I do on campus.” The campus and city of Buffalo will be wide open as parents converge on UB this weekend to experience the full range of opportunities the university has to offer to their children. “Being on campus helps people love it here, so we love it when families come and join us for a few days,” Black said. “I suspect some of our family visitors are surprised by how warm and friendly everyone here is, given apprehensions over the sheer size of the campus and our population. [It’s a] busy campus, filled with life and opportunities, in an active city.”
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Wingman, one of the new game modes, is incredibly addicting and perfectly exemplifies the game’s brotastic style of gameplay. In this mode four teams of two square off in a carnage and mayhem filled deathmatch that only ends when one duo reigns supreme. Just make sure you head into a match with a trusted buddy and not a COG rookie. Then there’s Horde: the beloved mode first introduced in Gears 2 that pits players against wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies. This game type was such a hit that many believed making it better would be nearly impossible. They were wrong. Horde is one of the most fun experiences you’ll have playing, not just in Gears of War 3, but in any videogame ever. In Horde 2.0 player’s now have the ability to earn cash based on their performance and use it to buy various upgrades for their team. These feature weapons, razor wire, turrets and even a cardboard cutout of the Cole train that will distract the enemies. However, the cutout isn’t the only visual distraction found in the game. Gears of War 3 is actually one big visual distraction. While the previous installments featured a colorful level every so often, Gears 3 takes it up a notch. So much so in fact, that it’s not hard to imagine the artists being threatened under penalty of Lancer execution to use more colors than black, gray and red. While it might be hard for some gears heads to accept that this five year staple of the Xbox library may be over, there is no arguing that Gears of War 3 is the send off that the series deserved. With this series, Epic Games truly did live up to its title.
Continued from Page 12: Bulls Hope to Capture Volunteers Bulls limited UConn (2-2) to 80 yards rushing on 1.9 yards per rush. Previously, teams considered run defense to be Buffalo’s primary weakness. Buffalo’s downfall last game was its offense. The defense gave up 17 points, but that was largely because the offense couldn’t keep the ‘D’ off the field. Senior quarterback Chazz Anderson threw an interception in the end zone – with Buffalo down 10-3 – on Buffalo’s most impressive drive. That turnover was the game’s most controversial moment. The play was flagged as pass interference on UConn, but the referees retracted the flag and said the penalty came “after the interception.” The Bulls never recovered. “It was pass interference and the penalty was a penalty,” Quinn said. “I’m still not real happy about that situation, because it certainly took some time to overcome that.” The Bulls will have to continue playing strong defense if they plan on stopping a potent Tennessee offense. The Vols will be without star wide receiver Justin Hunter for the first time this season, but standout quarterback Tyler Bray still presents a major threat. Bray has thrown for 986 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions so far this year. At 6-foot-6, Bray is able to see over defenses and find open targets. Tight end Mychal Rivera is one of Bray’s favorite receivers. Rivera hauled in five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s last game, a 33-23 loss at Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC). The Bulls will look to slow Rivera with the size and speed of junior linebacker Jaleel Verser. The Bulls have been strong in pass defense so far this year, and they’ll need to put the clamps on a pass-first Tennessee offense if the Bulls plan on pulling off the upset. The Bulls are four-touchdown underdogs. “I don’t put any team on a pedestal,” Oliver said. On Saturday, Oliver and his teammates seek to prove to themselves, the Volunteers, Las Vegas odds makers, and the Tennessee media that the Bulls are in fact better than they’re given credit for.
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Artist: Mastodon Album: The Hunter Label: Reprise Records Release Date: Sept. 27 Grade: A-
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Unlike its ill-fated Pleistocene namesake, Atlanta progressive metal band Mastodon continues to evolve – the band’s fifth studio album, The Hunter, serves as the ultimate testament of this. Longtime fans of the band will immediately notice the change: The Hunter is less progressive than previous effort Crack the Skye and less heavy than early albums Blood Mountain and Leviathan. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, and Mastodon’s latest release more than holds its place in the band’s opus. Things kick off with “Black Tongue” and “Curl of the Burl,” two strong riff-driven, comparatively-radiofriendly singles. Both songs almost mask their high levels of instrumental technicality with prominently mixed vocals and surprisingly catchy choruses. Still, impressive rhythmic shifts and awesome guitar solos belie any movement made in the direction of accessibility. Like all prior Mastodon efforts, The Hunter has its fair share of instrumentally and musically impressive songs with ridiculous titles: tracks like “Stargasm,” “Octopus Has No Friends” and “Bedazzled Fingernails” grace the tracklist this time around. Also present, however, is a level of maturity that was missing from Mastodon’s prior work. The album’s centerpiece and title track, “The Hunter,” is a somber five-minute affair written to commemorate the death of lead guitarist Brent Hinds’ brother. Hinds’ wailing guitar soars above a slow and subdued supporting instrumental cast in what is easily the best song on the album. Other highlights include “Spectrelight” – a fast-paced and aggressive track featuring Neurosis’ Scott Kelly – and the sweet syncopated riff that ends “All the Heavy Lifting.” There are a few minor reservations that warrant mentioning. On the whole, the vocals are mixed a bit too loudly compared to the instrumentation, and the album’s insistence on using simplistic verse-chorus song structures gets old after 13 tracks. Small reservations aside, The Hunter is another excellent effort from an excellent band.
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A Week in Ink: Issue No. 30 NICOLAS PINO Arts Editor
Batman No. 1 Holy Snyder, Batman! By securing his safe haven amid the confines of DC’s doors, Scott Snyder has been able to produce some truly outstanding issues. Ironically enough, “Batman No. 1” isn’t among them. This issue is perhaps cursed by being so highly anticipated, but for all of the comic’s incredible twists and turns, there is just something slightly amiss in the Dark Knight’s reworked representation. Snyder does well to meticulously sandwich the issue’s slightly meaty subject matter between two hearty slices of mystery, but unfortunately, a vast majority of that deli goodness is a lot of bologna.
Bruce Wayne, as a character, has always been an affluent, kind-hearted – albeit slightly reserved – character. Snyder has, single-handedly, morphed the masked vigilante into more of a shammed Tony Stark than a tepid-toned philanthropist, a change that is a touch too much to reconcile Bat’s collective past and rewritten future. Greg Capullo’s art, however, perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Gotham in every panel. Opening with a gaggle of villains both classic and cutting-edge, the artist’s renditions of each will hopefully be the forerunner for some superb issues on DC’s horizon. While Batman represents the epicenter of mediocrity for DC’s reimagined universe, there’s still one week left for DC to create some inkendowed masterpieces in this truly monumental moment in comic history.
X-Men Schism Issue No. 4 Between the near deaths of a dozen X-Men, a gigantic sentinel marching closer every minute and Wolverine threatening to rip out Scott Summers throat every other panel, Cyclops has a lot on his plate right now. Pitting two of Professor Xavier’s most skilled soldiers against each other, Schism explores the brewing conflict between the X-Men’s historic commander and the team’s resident killing machine in a series of five issues that are, quite literally, tearing the X-Men apart. Jason Aaron, Schism’s architect, has been hard at work to bring the tension between the two mutant magnates to a boil, and in nearly ever
way, has exceeded reader’s expectations. Aaron’s fantastic plight of Cyclops’ turbulent social status is even furthered by the artistic designs of Marvel veteran, Alan Davis. Davis, known for his work in the UK on ’80s Captain Britain and later on The Uncanny X-Men, lends his phenomenal talent to the series and with it a handful of panels that illustrate perfectly the pain and inner turmoil Scott Summers is forced to endure. With just one issue left in this exceptional series, there’s a lot of ground to cover, but readers can go in to the finale knowing that Aaron and Davis will craft an ending worthy of every ink and panel mutant-lover’s attention.
Witch Doctor No. 3 Somewhere in between Sherlock Holmes, Merlin and House, there lies the character of Dr. Vincent Morrow. Witty and self-righteous, yet undeniably heroic, Morrow is a kind of character too often seen, but never quite done this well. As a series, Witch Doctor has been progressively declining since a phenomenal “No. 1” showing and after “Witch Doctor No. 3,” it’s safe to say that while the series may not have reversed its fortune entirely, there’s a glimmer of hope going into its fourth and final issue. Providing a great deal of back story through the course of the issue, writer Brandon Seifert has been hard at work perfecting much of the story’s tone and Morrow’s character as a whole becomes more intriguing every issue. Seifert extends beyond the mundane and attempts to weave a story of incredible emotional and intellectual
impact, and while “Witch Doctor No. 1” is still the pinnacle of these attempts, Seifert leaves a lot to love in the series’ third outing. Beautifully unique characters like Penny Lane and Eric Ghast get their share of the spotlight throughout the issue, and receive an absolutely amazing illustration by artist Lukas Ketner. Admittedly, splitting the inking into two artists may have been a financial decision, but artistically makes for a real disconnect between the pages. Mixing monster lore, medieval medicine and hilarious quips from the doctor himself, Witch Doctor’s short-lived ventures will be a comic sorely missed by many.
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The Art of Being a Good Friend ELVA AGUILAR Staff Writer Hand made wool sweaters and ponchos, wooden crafts, woven belts and jewelry hanging from the ceiling and on the walls of El Buen Amigo at 114 Elmwood Ave are an every day occurrence. What makes this month different, however, is that Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic/ Latino Heritage Month, and El Buen Amigo opens its doors to local Latin artists. “We opened this gallery up in 1993 with only five artists,” said Santiago Masferrer, the proprietor and head of El Buen Amigo, and a native from Chile. The popularity of El Buen Amigo, Spanish for “The Good Friend,” has since opened doors to almost 400 artists, according to Masferrer. “It’s been like a labyrinth ever since. All types of artists from all walks of life present here,” Masferrer said. El Buen Amigo has served as not only a gateway for people from Buffalo to gain knowledge about Latin culture, but as a lifeline to Latinos both here and in Latin America. All of the items for sale at El Buen Amigo come directly from towns in countries such as El Salvador, Peru, and Mexico, where these types of crafts are an exclusive export. The people in these towns devote their lives to handcrafting these ornaments, jewelry, clothing and cloths and it is their only means of income, according to Masferrer Featured for Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month are nine artists, being shown at various times. Local Puerto Rican artist, Jen Leone, had three pieces of work showing at the gallery titled, “What Did You Say? 1,” “What Did You Say? 2,” and “What Did You Say? 3.” Each piece of art was a portrait of a woman showing three very distinct emotions, giving the impression the portraits were reactions all asking the same question, but progressing from one emotion to the next: surprise, sadness and anger. Emotion was also an overwhelming theme for artist Nicowski. All of Nicowski’s pieces were extremely dark but had no problems portraying the struggle of the modern day Latino. One piece in particular, “Civilized,” illustrated a creature, presumably a man turned animal, in a cage with a gun between his legs. The creature also had a feather in its head, similar to an Aztec headdress, wear ing a striped necktie on and had a bowl of money in its cage. The piece exemplified the cultural clash Latinos endure in America, no matter what generation.
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“I can totally understand the feeling of be ing torn between two cultures. [We Latinos are] raised to be proud of our roots but then get told to suppress them when the time is ‘right,’” said Liz Astudillo, a 22-year-old international business student from Buffalo State College.
The one artist with the most pieces hanging in El Buen Amigo’s gallery was Argentinean artist La Gata, whose name is Spanish for the female cat. La Gata’s pieces were mainly portraits of both national and international popular figures. Pictures of Che Guevara, Mother Theresa, President Barack Obama, Willie Nelson and Pope Benedict XVI adorned the walls of El Buen Amigo. Other notable works on display included still life pieces by Amos de Barros and graffiti art by Tito Graffe. The art gallery for Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month at El Buen Amigo will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Oct. 30. El Buen Amigo features new artists every month under a different theme.
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You're going to stumble and fall at least once or twice today, but if you're ready for it you can keep damage to a minimum.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You're likely to tell someone more about yourself than expected, because you have a need to connect that has not been satisfied.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You may receive an electronic message today that has you wondering if you're doing things the right way. Don't panic, you're on track.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- If you take things too literally, you're not likely to get all the information you need. Read between the lines.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You want others to know what you are all about, and today you may send that message in a way that cannot be misinterpreted.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -There is much that will attain a kind of symbolic significance today, and you're keenly attuned to that kind of thing right now.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Where you are is much less important than what you do there -- and if you're traveling, you'll understand the need for planning ahead.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Yes, it's that time again -- you must be willing to give a little more of yourself in order to record the gains that you've been hoping for.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -You'll be immersed in something that holds more significance to another than it does to you, but you're committed and must stay the course.
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Edited by Timothy E. Parker September 30, 2011 YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS By Cathy Dennis
ACROSS 1 ___ flask (liquor container) 4 Hiccup, e.g. 9 Home of Guantanamo Bay 13 Any number divided by itself 14 Car-wash towel 15 Parishioner's response 16 Press into service 17 Word with "detector" or "picture" 18 Thomas who wrote "The Magic Mountain" 19 Bob Eubanks' show (with "The") 20 "Once upon a midnight ___ ..." 23 He's looking for a buyer 27 Pilsner holder 28 Vehicle that's often numbered 31 Almost ready for the Tooth Fairy 32 Bill Cullen's show 35 Cable channel for old movies 38 King of Troy 39 ___ Monte (canned food brand) 40 Bud Collyer's show 45 On ___ (how pranks may be done) 46 Tit for ___ 47 Airline seat choice 51 Lee of "The Omen" 53 "A Raisin in the Sun" actress Claudia
54 Gene Rayburn's show 20 Homophone for "lane" 58 Big shot's transportation 21 Turn to liquid 61 Desert illusion 24 Garish, as some garments 62 "The Office" network 25 Peon or serf 63 Frequently clicked image 26 Wind-up fishing equipment 64 Adjust in advance 28 Girl Scout's topper 65 Collapsable bed 29 Erie Canal city 66 Windows to the soul 30 Biblical verb 67 Poke fun at 33 Speedometer units (Abbr.) 68 Shape of mountain roads, 34 Start of a Latin 101 series sometimes 35 Ski lift 35 Give up, as territory 37 Polite form of address DOWN 41 Mollusks that eat starfish 1 Harasses relentlessly 42 Part of MIT 2 Sunday paper extra 43 Mark of official approval 3 Nickname for a little guy 44 Queen's mate 4 Ostentatious 48 Hand-holding, spirit-raising 5 Crown of the head get-together 6 At the center of 49 Dances under a bar 7 Type of air pollution 8 Avian mimickers 9 Home of King Arthur 10 John's "Pulp Fiction" co-star 11 Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger 12 ___ Taylor (women's clothing chain) 14 Atlanta suburb
50 Puts in office 52 Neat and tidy 53 "Me and Bobby ___" 55 Bog down 56 Length times width result 57 Russian news agency ITAR-___ 58 Commit perjury 59 Slippery, as winter sidewalks 60 "The Simpsons" tavern keeper
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Friday, September 30, 2011
Learning To ‘Billieve’ Again MATTHEW PARRINO Editor in Chief
Outsiders don’t get it, but how could they? How could any normal human being understand the undying devotion that Bills fans have for their team? After all, the last time the Bills made the playoffs Y2K was actually a legitimate concern in America. Talk about anticlimatic. But anyway, the first thing outsiders need to grasp before they can even start to fathom what it is to be a Buffalo Bills fan is to realize one simple truth: Bills fans aren’t normal. Yahoo! Sports recently published an article demonstrating the passion that Bills fans have for their hometown team (“There’s no place like Buffalo in the NFL”). It’s been a while since the Bills have been in the national spotlight, and I’ve never seen an “outsider” capture the spirit of “The 12th man” quite as well as Les Carpenter. The NFL world has turned into a corporate playground for most teams across the country. The team-fan relationship has suffered because of it, but not in Buffalo. Since starting at UB, I’ve met so many people from different parts of the state and country who constantly have used the plight of the Bills fan as an avenue to mockery. In my fourth year now, I’ve heard everything from Super Bowl jokes to Jim Kelly slurs, and because of the state of the franchise I’ve had to grin and bare it. Can you imagine an entire city full of recharged citizens in the wake of this recent Bills revival? A business actually conducted research on its employees’ performance in days following a win versus a loss. The days after a win produced considerable spikes in production.
Bulls Hope to Shock Volunteers The Bulls seek to break Tennessee’s unbeaten record against MAC teams this Saturday.
AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor No one expects the Bulls to win this Saturday, especially the media in Tennessee. The Bulls (1-3, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) will challenge Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The first two lines in Tuesday’s game preview – which ran in The Daily Beacon, Tennessee’s student newspaper – read as follows: “Even for the die-hard Tennessee fans, Saturday’s game versus Buffalo doesn’t exactly get the blood pumping. In all likelihood, the Volunteers will overwhelm the Bulls and have the contest in hand by the middle of the third quarter.”
The article also goes on to say the Bulls “have faired poorly in previous years,” and “while coaches and players won’t admit it, Buffalo is a tune-up game for the rest of the Vols’ October schedule.” The Buffalo Bulls are not an SEC team, they don’t compete with the best in the nation, and they don’t regularly play in front of more than 100,000 fans. The Tennessee Volunteers are 7-0 alltime against MAC opponents, they’re led by phenomenal quarterback play, and they’re searching for a return to BCS glory.
Head coach Jeff Quinn said his players are not intimidated and they aren’t changing their pre-game routine. Still,
“[Mack] is as good as anybody we play,” Dooley said. “The production he's had in the games, he's a train
Bulls Still Struggling to Finish TYLER CADY Staff Writer
The newest Bills generation of fans doesn’t have the same understanding of what it means to be a Bills fan, however. The Sabres have been the darling of the city over the course of the past decade, as the Bills have seemed suspended in mediocrity and, at times, absolute failure.
Tuesday night marked the final non-conference match of the season, and the Bulls (8-8, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) seem to be reverting back to last year’s struggles. The Bulls had a lead in every set, but were only able to close out one of them, falling to their cross-town rivals – Canisius (5-9) – 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 26-24). Buffalo is just 2-4 on the road this season.
It’d be like being a Detroit Lions fan and never experiencing what it’s like to get to the mountaintop. The Bills may not have won a Super Bowl, but the dynasty that was the early ’90s Bills was one of the most dominant football teams ever assembled. The Sabres have never had a team as dominating as that team was.
“We have to learn how to close out sets,” Kress said. “We had a lead in every single set and just weren’t able to close them out. We aren’t doing that and I don’t know if that’s a sign that we’re a bad team or that we’re a young team, but we have to learn how to finish.” The teams split the first two sets of the match. Buffalo relinquished a 17-11 lead in the first set after failing to stop a 12-3 run by Canisius. The Bulls are 6-10 in first set’s this season, and only 3-7 in matches when they drop the first set. There was a role reversal in second set, and Buffalo went on a 14-4 run of its own to overcome the 15-11 deficit and tie the match at one set apiece. Buffalo was able to do so with a .370 hitting percentage, by far its best output. The next two sets didn’t go well for the Bulls. Each went down to the wire, but Buffalo
Despite the score, Buffalo was almost identical in statistics with Canisus. The Golden Griffins had a hitting percentage of .209 to the Bulls’ .208, while Buffalo had 22 errors to Canisius’ 23. Kress believes that the Bulls’ errors were far more costly. “We weren’t swinging to terminate,” Kress said “We had plenty of opportunities to put the ball away and just weren’t able to do it. We made too many errors. Once we made an error, we followed it up with three or four more and that was definitely a big part of [tonight’s performance].” The Golden Griffins were led by a pair of impressive performances from outside hitters Olivia Chrzanowski and Danielle Brawn, who tallied 16 and 15 kills, respectively. The two led a Canisius attack that the Bulls weren’t able to stop. “Defensively, we left too much out there,” Kress said. “Blocking is the hardest thing to understand for a young team. Once our blocking gets better, then we’ll get better. Tonight, we were just average.” Freshman hitter Liz Scott was once again the offensive leader for Buffalo with 12 kills, while senior blocker Abby Niekamp followed with 10. Sophomore setter Dani Reinert set up the majority of those kills with 40 assists. Sophomore Carissa McKenna led her team defensively with a team-high eight blocks, while freshman libero Kelly Svoboda had 17 digs.
“There are a number of things we have to get better at,” Kress said. “It’s a long season. We still [have] 14 conference matches, and we’ve just got to get better.” The Bulls will face Miami (Ohio) (10-6, 1-1 MAC) this Friday at 7 p.m. and Bowling Green (14-1, 1-1 MAC) the next day at 3 p.m.
In the meantime, enjoy the journey. It’s what defines us as a city and bonds us as a community. Let’s Go Buffalo.
wreck on an offense. We have to make sure he doesn't disrupt the game.” Dooley’s words were an enormous compliment for Mack, considering the level of competition Tennessee faces week to week. Tennessee competes with Florida, reigning national champion Auburn, and Alabama, among others in the SEC. Sophomore running back Branden Oliver, who trained with Mack over the summer, expected Mack to succeed. “[The attention] doesn’t surprise him or me or the coaches,” Oliver said. “He was born for this. I always talk to him about how everybody always talks about the bigger teams and the AP polls, and we just feel that we can play with anybody.” Mack leads a Buffalo defense that stepped up big-time last week. The
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wasn’t able to come out on top of either and lost both, 26-24.
As Buffalo heads into conference play, Kress is thankful that the long season will give his team enough time to improve.
Before the NFL season began, the only thing people were talking about around here is how good the Sabres could be. Only three weeks in, the Bills have regained the top spot, and if this team is for real, buckle up Buffalo, because this is going to be one hell of a ride.
Email: matthew.parrino @ubspectrum.com
“If you let your mind drift, it’ll be a distraction and it’ll break your concentration, and I’m not going to allow that to happen.”
Nobody thinks the Bulls have a shot. Nobody, that is, except the Bulls.
In 2010, the volleyball team struggled to close out sets. Often times, head coach Todd Kress’ squad would gain an early lead, only to throw it away with inconsistent play throughout individual sets.
No win was a better example than the comeback “W” against the Patriots. Fans in attendance at that game learned first-hand what it’s like to ride the wave of emotion that is Bills football. The mood of the city is just different when the team is relevant.
“We’re going to pump in crowd noise; we’re going to hear ‘Rocky Top’ a lot; we’re going to cover the [practice] stadium in orange and get our kids locked in,” Quinn said.
One person who recognizes Buffalo’s talent is Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley. He’s game planning for one player in particular: sophomore linebacker Khalil Mack.
Bills football is a way of life. It doesn’t just happen on Sunday, it’s a 365-day mission for a Super Bowl championship that’s eluded this city like no other.
Most young fans have lived through the dark days of the Buffalo Bills and don’t have the same allegiance. But what a rebirth can do is slowly educate the youth of the fan base on what it means to be a Bills fan, and what a win on Sunday really means.
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the Bulls are making some modifications in order to be prepared for the 105,000 fans that pack Neyland Stadium every week.
Email: email@example.com Buffalo fell against Canisius 3-1 in its final nonconference match of the season. Troi Williams /// The Spectrum
Statistical Comparisons Total Points For Tennessee: 110 Buffalo: 79
Total Rushing Yards Tennessee: 245 Buffalo: 595
Penalties-Yards Tennessee: 23-197 Buffalo: 21-246
Total Points Against Tennessee: 72 Buffalo: 87
Third Down Conversions Tennessee: 24-of-42 Buffalo: 23-of-63
Kick Return-Yards Tennessee: 12-278 Buffalo: 14-295
Total Offensive Yards Allowed Tennessee: 1089 Buffalo: 1401
Fumbles-Lost Tennessee: 10-2 Buffalo: 2-0
Punt Return-Yards Tennessee: 8-36 Buffalo: 11-82
Total Passing Yards Tennessee: 1004 Buffalo: 822
Interception-Yards Tennessee: 1-37 Buffalo: 1-23
Attendance Tennessee: 94,434 per home game Buffalo: 20,074 per home game
Current Record: 2-1 (0-1 Southeastern Conference) 2010 Record: 6-7 (3-5 SEC) First meeting between the two teams Three Volunteers to Watch: QB Tyler Bray: Buffalo will have to defend against the most lethal aerial assault it has seen all season, and Bray is at the forefront of it. The sophomore is second in SEC in passing yards (986 yards) and touchdowns (10), and he leads the conference in quarterback rating (167.1). Bray is coming off a bye week and is going to come out guns a-blazing against the Bulls. WR Da’Rick Rogers: Rogers is Bray’s main target, especially when it comes to scoring. The sophomore’s four touchdowns rank first in the SEC and he is part of the second wide receiving tandem to have 100 yards in back-to-back games. Look for him to step up in wide receiver Justin Hunter’s absence. TE Mychal Rivera: Bray also has a reliable target in Rivera. In Tennessee’s loss against Florida (33-23), Rivera had five catches for 71 yards and one touchdown. The Bulls haven’t faced any particularly strong tight ends this season, and they will change up their strategy to contain this 6-foot-3 threat. The Bulls win if... they score. The Volunteers’ dazzling passing attack cannot totally make up for its lackluster defense. Chazz Anderson has to take command of the Bulls’ offense and put points on the board quickly and often. Anderson needs to be ready for a shootout on Saturday in order for Buffalo to pull of the upset. The Volunteers win if… Rogers and Rivera have a big game. The loss of Justin Hunter is a huge detriment to Tennessee, as seen in its loss to Florida. Rogers and Rivera are going to have more attention headed their way on game day, but if any of the receivers have a big day, the Bulls will be heading back home with a loss. Prediction: Brian Josephs Sports Editor The Bulls do have a strong defense, but that ‘D’ can only do so much against such an offensive powerhouse. Buffalo can win if it can hold up against Tennessee in a shootout. Unfortunately for the Bulls, the offense has been inconsistent thus far, and I’m not sure if it will show up on Saturday. The 100,000 raucous faithful fans at Neyland Stadium don’t help much either. Buffalo will put up a fight, but expect Bray and the Volunteers to thrive. Buffalo-24 Tennessee-38 Aaron Mansfield Senior Sports Editor I’m expecting this game to look pretty similar to the Pittsburgh game. The Bulls will put a little scare in Tennessee because, well, they’re better than their record indicates. Branden Oliver, Khalil Mack and Alex Neutz are better than the guys who will draw their assignments on Tennessee. But all in all, Tennessee is an SEC team and an SEC team that has only lost to an impressive Florida squad. The Vols will wear down the Bulls in what I expect to be a highscoring game. Buffalo-31 Tennessee-40
The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. September 30th, 2011.