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From The Spectrum to The Nation SARA DINATALE Asst. News Editor As an adolescent, George Zornick never imagined he’d be reporting on massive civil disobedience movements outside the White House. Now, he works as a political journalist for leftleaning magazine, The Nation. Zornick – a UB alum from the class of ’05 – has been writing for The Nation since April of this year. He covered a protest in August about an oil pipeline from the tar sands of Canada – a big change from the stories he used cover as a staff member of The Spectrum. Zornick entered UB as an English major, but it wasn’t until his sophomore year that he got involved with journalism, and he joined The Spectrum’s news staff. He moved his way up in the paper’s ranks quickly, becoming assistant news editor his second semester on the staff. By his junior year, Zornick was managing editor for the paper, and by senior year editorin-chief. His reign as editor-in-chief of The Spectrum took place during the 2004 presidential election: a time that proved to be very volatile for the opinion page.
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Before Zornick came to UB, he attended City Honors School in Buffalo. “English was my favorite class but I was kind of typical student; I wasn’t much of a writer in high school,” Zornick said. “I did usual high school stuff. I ran track and whatever, but I didn’t think about anything I particularly wanted to do.”
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Students gathered to chant and protest tuition hikes and administration salaries on UB’s North Campus Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Erin Shultz, who was a news editor when Zornick first joined the paper, was impressed with his talents right away. “From about the first day he walked in, his writing was just excellent,” Shultz said. “He had a thoughtfulness most freshmen and sophomores [who were on the staff] to fill an English requirement didn’t have; he had a natural passion for the business.” Zornick covered a range of stories, like pipes bursting in dorm rooms to intense relations
STEVEN WROBEL Life Editor Students are tired of tuition hikes, and they want changes now. What started as a small protest of angry graduate students grew to a crowd of over 100 as New York Students Rising (NYSR) held a walkout and teach-in on Wednesday.
The protest started out with approximately 20 students, and began inside the Student Union. Once outside, the crowd was met with a mock counter-protest of “The UB Billionaires,” who called for the privatization of UB and larger salaries for administrators. The crowds grew on The Promenade as students chanted, “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, because the power of the people don’t stop.” The crowd marched on, banging on buckets
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and shaking noisemakers throughout Knox and Capen Hall, where President Satish K. Tripahi’s office is located. “If these [administrators] could really look at who they are affecting directly in the face and take responsibility for it, we can produce a dire effect,” said Liz Rywelski, a graduate teaching assistant in the department of arts and sciences and one of the NYSR representatives.
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Beating the Odds A student’s victory over cancer RACHEL KRAMER Staff Writer Matt Pavone’s doctor said he would probably be OK, but the lack of certainty cast a shadow on his optimism. In the winter of 2009, Pavone, a sophomore in the school of management, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: the news was devastating for the gameplaying, soup-cooking, fun-loving freshman. “It was always ‘I need to get through this and I’ll be okay,’” Pavone said. Pavone was one out of 8,830 estimated people that year to be diagnosed with the lethal disease, according to the American Cancer Society. While most college students were enjoying their winter break in 2009, Pavone was being told that he had a rare form of cancer that attacks the lymphoid tissues in the body. These vital tissues contain white blood cells that fight off infection. The cancer formed in the lymph nodes in Pavone’s throat. Small warning signs of Hodgkins Lymphoma emerged during Pavone’s senior year in high school. “I got sick, a cold, maybe it was mono, we just shrugged it off and I didn’t go to the doctor,” Pavone said. “Then maybe a month or two later, [the right side] of my neck got pretty swollen and it wasn’t going away.” After the swelling in his neck did not go down, Pavone decided to see a doctor. At first, the doctor wasn’t too concerned and told him to keep an eye on it. He diagnosed Pavone’s symptoms as Cat Scratch Fever, a common disease in children that causes swelling in the lymph nodes. The second time he visited his doctor he was referred to an oncologist who proceeded to transfer him to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. This was
Sophomore Matt Pavone overcame his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare form of cancer.
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Bulls Look to Bounce Back Against Bobcats The Bulls host the intimidating Ohio Bobcats on Saturday.
AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor One team is shattering expectations while the other is heading downwards. One team has only one loss; the other has only one win. One team has a quarterback who’s thrown for 12 touchdowns. The other team’s quarterback has only tossed three. Unfortunately for the Bulls (1-4, 0-1 Mid-American Conference), they’re the squad on the wrong side of these comparisons. The Ohio Bobcats (4-1, 1-0 MAC) come into Buffalo with every ounce of momentum. The Bobcats have only been bested this season by an impressive Rutgers (3-1, 1-0 Big East) squad. The Bulls take on a dominant quarterback for the second week in a row. Last week, Tennessee’s Tyler Bray tore Buffalo apart, throwing for 342 yards and four touchdowns. Tennessee thrashed the Bulls, 41-10. “I think we took a lot away from that game in a positive sense,” said head
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coach Jeff Quinn. “It’s unacceptable to lose, but these kids have been through a lot as a football program, and when you play against a team like Tennessee, you have to keep things in perspective.” Quinn added that he believes the Bulls – who have also taken on Pittsburgh (3-2, 1-1 Big East) and UConn (2-3) – have faced some of the country’s best teams, and their tough non-conference schedule has thoroughly prepared them for MAC play. This week, the Bulls face Ohio’s Tyler Tettleton, a tremendously talented young quarterback who’s almost already broken the Bobcats’ record for most passing yards by a sophomore, with 1,200. Tettleton has only thrown one interception this year and he’s averaging 240 yards per game with an incredible 149.94 passing efficiency. “He’s an accurate thrower, he makes good decisions, and he’s able to keep things alive if they aren’t there right away,” Quinn said. “He can beat you
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and understand different arguments to sharpen his mind.
“It was [the] much more interesting stuff like with administration or the battle we had with the SA and how they were spending some of the student fees and blowing it on big lavish trip,” Zornick said. “The more I did, the more I was attracted to actual reporting.”
“It was a terrific class, lot of bright students in it, and George was one of the stars,” Bono said. “It’s difficult to do that job [as editor-in-chief] and do it well. For some people it tears them apart, but others have really grown in that position and developed real careers out of it and were able handle all the juggling, and George was able to do that.”
Zornick’s choice to have a strong, left-leaning opinion page was something he was able to learn a lot from. He expected the College Republicans to hate it, but wanted to spark discussion. “The College Republicans started their own newspaper,” Zornick said. “They said I was ‘raping the campus with my liberal views.’ There were a lot of adversarial relationships, but that was good; I think that’s what good journalism should be.” The criticisms and opposing opinions helped prepare him for the political field he is now a part of, according to Zornick.
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“It got me ready to engage and debate with people and concede some points, and just have a dialogue,” Zornick said. Zornick admitted that in high school, his political opinions didn’t stretch far beyond thinking, “George Bush was kind of a loser.” All of that changed after he took an honors seminar with Enid Bloch, an adjunct professor in the Honors College, on the psychology of terrorism. The topics in that class caught his interest and attention – something he’s never lost. “When I was in that class as the Iraq war was starting up and being sold that’s when I really started to become very active,” Zornick said. “I looked at what they were saying about the war and why it had to be done and I was shocked by how dishonest some of the stuff was.” Zornick was able to better develop his opinions with his experience with Barbara Bono, associate professor of English, in one of her literary criticism classes. There, Zornick learned how to read different sorts of texts
Zornick, who never went to a journalism school, credits his time on The Spectrum with forming his as a reporter. Zornick feels reporting wasn’t always something he was good at, and that he had his share of rough stories when he started. But to him, it was all about learning through those experiences. Zornick’s success with The Spectrum translated well throughout his college career, and he was able to get an internship at Channel 7 News. Following graduation, Zornick landed an internship with The Nation. Zornick’s career grew following the end of his internship at The Nation. He worked on the research team of Michael Moore’s film Sicko, and he helped defend the film against attacks on facts he was a part of researching. After his work with Moore, Zornick was in D.C. working as a reporter for ThinkProgress.org. Things aligned for Zornick when The Nation was looking for someone to report on D.C., and remembered him as an intern. Currently Zonick is fascinated by reporting on the stage that is Washington, D.C. “D.C. is very interesting right now because so much is at stake,” Zornick said. “The economy is teetering on the edge of another recession, and there’s about to be huge federal elections that will really offer some dramatic choices on how to fix these problems.”
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with his legs. He’s got a competitive edge that has really kept them in a lot of games. He manages the offense well.” Tettleton has rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns this year. Meanwhile, Buffalo senior quarterback Chazz Anderson has thrown for 881 yards (176.2/game) and three interceptions, matching his touchdown total. Quinn hasn’t wavered in his belief that Anderson will turn into the quarterback fans expected him to be when Anderson transferred from Cincinnati. “He’s making good decisions,” Quinn said. “When you look at the interceptions, he’s not just throwing the ball up for grabs. Chazz is a tremendous competitor and he certainly is not pleased with the production and efficiency of our offense.” Buffalo’s young secondary – which starts sophomore Najja Johnson and freshman Courtney Lester – will face a huge challenge against
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Tettleton. Senior safety Josh Copeland is the veteran of the defensive backfield, and he believes the inexperienced secondary is prepared to have a monster game on Saturday, as Tettleton and the Bobcats throw the ball significantly more than most teams. “We’re really excited in the secondary because we’re going to have a lot of chances to show our growth,” Copeland said. The Bulls will likely need a big output from sophomore running back Branden Oliver, who’s past two weeks have been his worst of the season. Still, Oliver has racked up 519 yards and five touchdowns this year. Quinn believes Oliver will need better blocking from his offensive line if he’s going to return to early-season form. “It starts up front,” Quinn said. “Our run game hasn’t been where we need to be. [If we get it going], we’ll be in a better ball control situation and move the chains.” He doesn’t believe the records of Buffalo and
Ohio are accurate indicators of just how good the teams are. While Buffalo has lost to Tennessee and Pittsburgh, among others, Ohio’s best wins have come against Marshall (2-3, 1-0 Conference USA) and Kent State (1-4, 0-1 MAC). “We are inches away from making great plays. We’re this close,” Quinn said. “We just need to play football and feel confident, and visualize ourselves being successful.” Copeland isn’t discouraged, and he sees the MAC season as a new season entirely. He plans on impressing that belief on the team’s younger players. “As senior leaders, we have to set the tone for the team,” Copeland said. “1-4 is not where we want to be, so we have to set the tone. We’ve wiped the slate clean. Sometimes guys do get down, but it’s a long season.” Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.
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EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF Matthew Parrino SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR James Twigg EDITORIAL EDITOR James Bowe NEWS EDITORS Madeleine Burns, senior Rebecca Bratek Sara DiNatale, asst.
The Shadow of a Techno-Titan Steve Jobs’ influence runs deep in our generation
The most influential people aren’t the ones you think about every day. No, the person that has the very most influence is the one who you don’t even realize is influencing you.
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Steve Jobs died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56, and the world lost one of the greatest technological visionaries of recent years.
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Jobs, much like Edison and Franklin, had a near prophetic view of the future of technology. It’s easy to see, just look around the class you’re sitting in now. You’ll see the obvious examples quickly, glowing Apple laptops and maybe an iPad here or there.
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What you’ll miss, however, is the big picture. For every laptop there is an iPod, for every iPad there is an iPhone. Even more use iTunes, the globe’s premier online digital music outlet. Our lives have been integrated with technology and the company that has the copyright is Apple. In 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple along with Steve Wozniak. In his years as CEO, he gained a reputation as one of the most demanding bosses in the business. A Fortune magazine article called him one of “Silicon Valley’s leading egomaniacs.” He also grabbed a reputation for innovation.
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Simply put, without him the modern personal computer, as we know it, would not exist.
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A Job Well Done KEREN BARUCH Asst. Life Editor
He bought what would become Pixar from Lucasfilm in 1986, and turned it into arguably the most successful computer animation studio in history, creating classics like Toy Story and Finding Nemo.
Every year the two biggest events on campus are Fall Fest and Spring Fest. When I first started my collegiate career, the Student Association made it clear that there would be two different kinds of shows, Hip-hop and Rock.
He put the universe at the touch of a finger.
That was a great way to do it. While it did not please everyone, it made sure that the two most popular genres of music were represented. But that all ended with Spring Fest ’09, in which SA brought Rise Against and Brand New.
None of this could have happened without a strong will and a vision. Jobs attended only one semester of college, but continued to audit classes from Reed College. His message rings true for many of us. He had no direction, but took classes that he found interesting and enjoyed. He trusted that if he did what he enjoyed that the pieces would fall into place. Whether or not you like individual products that Apple has put out, or like the MacOS doesn’t matter. Even if you’ve never bought an iPod or touched an iPad, your life is being continuously marked by Jobs’ technological spirit. We should all strive to think like Jobs. Don’t settle for second best. Never do what you don’t love. Always be one step ahead of the game.
It seems as if the protestors’ major goal is just to show the world how angry they are. They want everyone to know that they’re mad as hell and they won’t take it any more.
When a police officer sprayed a peaceful group of protesters in the face with mace, major media outlets started to take notice. When over 700 people got arrested on Brooklyn Bridge, it became impossible to ignore.
This is just not going to achieve significant change. They are totally right: the top 1 percent are rendering this nation top heavy, and are pulling the rest of the country down. They’re not creating jobs with the tax breaks they’ve been given over the years, and the way major bankers have flagrantly been giving themselves raises in the face of economic turmoil has been all but insulting.
According to the blog Occupy Wall Street, protesters are using the “revolutionary Arab Spring tactic” to achieve their ends. The tactic is a simple one. As a New York Times reporter overheard an organizer say, “Just protest.” It’s unclear what the protestors’ end exactly is. The over-arching message of ending greed is easy to get behind, but the protesters have no real objective for policy change. There is no focus. One has to look no further than the Civil Rights movement to see how a large protest can be effective. There was a goal to achieve in the Civil Rights Act of 1964: banning segregation. There was strong leadership to keep the protesters focused on their singular goal and act as a spokesperson for the entire group. The Wall Street protests don’t have either. Nobody has taken the helm – mainly because of the protests egalitarian message – and there is a major resistance to making a particular demand. Jobs sat in on a typography class and learned about the beauty behind the style. He truly enjoyed the course and continued to go to the lessons. “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life,” Jobs said in his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford.
“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do,” Jobs said. Behind the MacBooks, iPods, iPads, and iPhones, was a man with the passion and enthusiasm to follow his dream, wherever it took him. Although he provided the world with new and exciting technology, he also influenced the people of the world to do what they love.
“Of course it was impossible connecting the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards, 10 years later. You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards,” Jobs said. “So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in Tweets and Facebook statuses such something. Your gut, destiny, karma, whatever. Because as ‘RIP Steve Jobs’ have taken over believing that the dots will connect down the road, will newsfeeds. However, most people don’t give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it know much of his life beside the fact leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the that he created many of their electronic difference.” devices. In his 56 years in this world, Steve Jobs has managed to affect almost each and every human being with his inventions.
Jobs dropped out of college because he didn’t want to spend his parents’ entire year’s salary so that he could attend school. Dropping out of school, however, allowed Jobs to attend classes that were of interest, rather than those required for certain majors.
Jobs understood the direction that technology would move toward. He envisioned a world in which technology was not only for those who understood the inner workings and complexities of computer science. His inventions were intended to seamlessly integrate the digital world into daily life: our work, music, movies and games together in a simple package.
For a while it looked like the world wasn’t watching. It seemed like the general population didn’t care and the media decided to turn a blind eye.
The theme running throughout the demonstrations is the plight of the “99 percent” of Americans who are being crushed under the weight of greed and corruption of the top 1 percent.
After a falling out with a co-worker, Jobs was fired from Apple at the age of 30. Although at the time it seemed devastating, Jobs never let his love for his work die. “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Jobs said. “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about
JAMESON BUTLER Senior Arts Editor
I’m not sad anymore; I’m just tired of this place.
Wall Street protests boisterous yet unfocused
Occupy Wall Street and its various sister movements had made it to the big time after two weeks of straight protesting.
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Apple released the iPhone in 2007, and effectively integrated entertainment with the smartphone like never before. Everyone else had to catch up, again.
Ten years later, Jobs found himself applying the lessons that he learned in the typography class in the development of the Macintosh type interface. “Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is, as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you. But some day not too long from now you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.” –Steve Jobs
He shattered the music world with the iPod. Literally every company had to play catch-up, and nobody ever quite did because Apple kept innovating.
But these protests are simply telling politicians in Washington to do “something” and aren’t offering solutions themselves. When you want someone else to offer a path to change, you are instantly giving away your power, and the Occupy Wall Street protests began by giving away their power. The goal should be for strong regulation of campaign financing. The problem is that corporations have entirely too much influence in politics, and limiting corporate donation to candidates would be a powerful step in shifting power back to individuals. Money will never be completely eliminated from the system. Campaigns need to be financed, and since taxpayers are unlikely to be pleased about footing the billion-dollar bill for it, candidates will need to raise funds. When corporations have the ability to dump their massive funds into campaigns, it’s difficult to see how a candidate can remain unbiased after being built by them. Occupy Wall Street needs to grow up. Just because you’re being the loudest, that does not mean you are being the most effective.
everything.” After being fired, he founded a company called NeXT Computer, as well as the most successful animation studio in the world, Pixar Animation. Because of Jobs, the first ever computer animated feature film, Toy Story, was created. In 2004, Jobs was diagnosed with cancer. His scans clearly showed that he had a tumor on his pancreas and the doctors told him that his cancer was incurable. They said that he should expect to be alive for only three to six more months. After a biopsy that same day, the doctors discovered that he had a rare form of cancer that was treatable with surgery. He had the surgery done and was able to continue affecting the world with his genius. On Wednesday, Oct. 5 Jobs passed away. Jobs was a man that never gave up or lost sight of his dream. He never settled for something less than what he loved to do. Jobs’ determination was a key factor of his success and what allowed him to affect and change so many lives. “When I was 17 I read a quote that went something like this. ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right,’” Jobs said. “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” Next time you take a look at your computer or iPod or come across a tweet about Jobs’ death, I encourage you to not only remember the devices that he’s left behind, but his story as well.
Since then, SA has brought nothing but hip-hop and pop-rock, ignoring a major population of UB. The closest it has come to trying to bridge the gap is Three Days Grace at Spring Fest ’10, but if you loath radio rock, like many do, you have been forgotten. Unfortunately for people that aren’t a fan of top-40 or radio rock, SA seems to have stopped caring that there might be bands that aren’t played on the radio. I understand that many bands that would be enjoyed by this demographic might not be the most popular bands among the masses, but every student pays for the Fests. It is appalling that SA does not try to bring even a single act for these students. Some people say that you cannot complain about a free concert. But this is not a free concert in the slightest – we all pay for it. Every student pays the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, which funds the Fests, so in no way are these concerts “free.” How is SA going to charge these students that do not like pop-rock? The organization has charged students for nearly three years, and has yet to bring a concert that would interest them. There are plenty of bands that can please both the rockers and the other people on campus. Bands like Jimmy Eat World, Motion City Soundtrack, and Taking Back Sunday – among other bands – have a wide enough appeal that you can still enjoy their high-energy shows even if you do not listen to that kind of music. There are many bands out there that are not very big but put on bedazzling shows and win people over with their live performances. The Gaslight Anthem is one of the quickest rising acts in rock music: the band has made a name for itself with its great live shows and genuine music. I would be surprised to find someone who doesn’t enjoy The Gaslight Anthem after having seen them live. The problem is that these up-andcoming acts – especially in rock music – aren’t even on SA’s radar. Instead, SA opts to bring acts that are plastered all over the radio. There is nothing wrong with bringing popular acts, but popular acts are not just on the radio. There are plenty of great bands that can’t afford to get airtime – why should they be excluded? Even if SA wants to stick to more poppy music, there are bands that both sides can agree on. Acts like Sleigh Bells, Ke$ha, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band transcend genres, and are enjoyed by people that listen to many different kinds of music. I’m not saying that SA should put on a show catered to people that have been ignored, but the organization should at least to try and bring one act that those excluded can enjoy. For the past three years SA has catered to the tastes of people that listen to pop music almost exclusively. It is time to give fans of other genres a chance to have a concert that they can enjoy. After all, every student is forced to pay for the Fests.
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Continued from Page 1: Beating the Odds where the term ‘cancer’ was first considered as a possible diagnosis. “It was weird, I was almost in denial…[but] I guess I handled it pretty well. I didn’t break down or anything, I just kind of froze and accepted it,” Pavone said. “My parents were pretty much in denial up to that point. They kept telling me ‘don’t worry about it’ because they were so worried. I wasn’t shocked but at the same time I was because he actually said [cancer].” Pavone participated in a Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan) and a Computerized Tomography (CT scan) to find if there were any cancer cells in his neck. Aside from waiting for the results, there wasn’t much he could do, so he went back to UB for his second semester to complete his freshman year.
Family dinners became an important routine in the Pavone household. According to Laura, Pavone’s younger sister and a freshman civil engineering major, Paula tried her hardest to include all of the “essential vitamins and nutrients he needed, so we had a lot of delicious home-cooked dinners that semester.” “Time spent with my family was always a priority on my to-do list. However, during this time, it became much more important and valued,” Laura said. “Certain nights were more stressful than others, [like] when Matt was feeling especially off, and that would cause worrying in the family. But he rarely showed how he was feeling to any of us.”
“When I was there the first day it was weird because it was like – I want to be [at school], but I don’t know if I’m going to be [there for the rest of the year]. It was hard,” Pavone said.
After going through the appropriate testing, Pavone was told he was at stage 3A of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This identified where the cancer was located rather than how far along his diagnosis was. The cancer was mostly concentrated in his neck, with some spots infecting his liver and chest.
Pavone’s second semester started on Jan. 7 2010. While the rest of UB was getting back into the swing of school, Pavone was receiving a call from his parents. He had been officially diagnosed with cancer and needed immediate attention. Pavone was going back home to Geneseo.
In February, Pavone started chemotherapy treatment. He underwent six treatments in the span of four months, with one session every three weeks. During these treatments, he was attached to several bags of chemicals being fed into his body, including water to keep his system hydrated.
“We had just taken him back to UB the day before we found out and we went up to pick him up. I just thought, ‘You know, this could be it,’” said Paula Pavone, his mother.
“I went [into the hospital] and I didn’t know at all what was going to happen,” Pavone said. “I put pajamas on and got all comfy. Eventually, my doctor came in and made me sign all this stuff just saying, ‘Oh yeah we are about to pump deadly chemicals into you.’”
There was no question in Pavone’s mind that he would need to leave UB to take care of himself. Pavone packed up all his belongings and took his first step to curing his disease. “Coming home, the ride felt like a while…I kind of had accepted it and I was just trying to think about the next steps. It was just weird for me because I didn’t know what to say to [my parents]. Sometimes it’s harder for them as my family,” Pavone said. While Pavone accepted his fate, the same could not be said for his family. They had a harder time coming to terms with this life-changing news. “In my mind I just didn’t think that’s what it was, his neck had swollen up probably a year before that and the doctor kept saying it was just an overactive lymph node,” Paula said.
After the first treatment, the amount of cancer cells in Pavone’s neck had gone down significantly. The doctors said that he showed one of the best and fastest responses to the treatment. “The scariest [moment] was probably waiting for that first scan to come back,” said Paul Pavone, his father. “We knew that would show how he reacted to the chemo and would set the tone for the whole thing. We found out it was extremely good and his reaction was outstanding and we all felt a lot better.” Although things were looking good, the chemotherapy was rough on Pavone, as with any cancer patient. Chemotherapy treatment lowers
the amount of white blood cells in the body and weakens the immune system. Common side effects of this process often include feeling lethargic and exhausted. “Around a day or two [after treatment] I felt really tired…at first it was just tired, then I felt really weak and sort of hard to describe,” Pavone said. “Imagine just exercising a lot, like the most you ever have, and then your heart is racing. That happened to me when I would stand up,” Pavone said. “It was worse at certain times; it wasn’t always that bad. I mean, after treatment I would be done for a day or two and I wouldn’t want to get up.” Hair loss is a common side effect of chemotherapy and a visual component of what most people associate with cancer. When Pavone started losing his hair, he was struck with the reality of his disease. Sporting a fro throughout high school, his long, curly hair had always been a signature of his personality. “As his sister, it is my job to pick on him, but I have to admit, he looked good without the fro; we were all surprised at how well being bald fit him,” Laura said. “Being bald was the first outward sign that Matt had cancer. If one didn't know he had Hodgkin’s, one would not have guessed by the way he acted or looked before he lost his hair.” Pavone was admitted to the hospital after he came down with a 104-degree fever – it was at this point that he first noticed his hair loss. “I woke up and I sort of looked over on my pillow and saw hair and I was like, man that’s weird,” Pavone said. “I remember at some point I just [touched my hair] and it came out, and I was like oh wow. I felt weird. I never really had short hair. I actually felt, oh wow, I’m a cancer patient, and it was creepy. That was the one thing that happened while I was alone and I wished someone was there.” Throughout his experience, Pavone was fortunate to have the unwavering support of his family at all times. Besides his mom accompanying his chemotherapy treatments almost every time, there was another cancer survivor in the family: his aunt, Angela Pavone. “I went to chemo with Matt once, I went to some doctor’s appointments to help ask questions,” Angela said. “I
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in the middle of July, the worst for Pavone was over. “I wasn’t crazy excited because when you’re all done it’s sort of like I was sick and being treated for it. In that sense it’s almost better being treated because you know they are always doing something to make you better. Then when you’re all done they sort of just push you out the door and are like ‘bye.’ And you’re like ‘I hope I am all better, I hope my body is going to stay OK and the way it is now.’ It’s hard,” Pavone said. “I also had a bunch of follow up appointments and I still kind of felt like I was sick, being at the doctor so much.” One of these follow up appointments brought some alarm. Pavone had a scan done last spring, which came back with some frightening results. Doctors had discovered another spot on his liver. “I had to go through [that] semester worried,” said Pavone. “I was distraught, stressed out, and not the best of friend. I was disconnected from people, that went on for a few weeks, but I knew that no matter what it was I just would have to accept it.” After noticing the spot, Pavone didn’t go straight to the doctors again for another scan because the doctors didn’t know exactly what the spot was. They were giving it time to go away. Once the semester was over, Pavone went home and got the scans he needed. “Matt was downstairs watching TV or playing video games and we were waiting for the phone call,” Paula said. “When we got it, his father and I went running downstairs screaming, ‘It’s good news, it’s good news!’” Since then, there hasn’t been another scare or worry of the cancer returning. “I feel like I’m a survivor, it’s at that point where it was long enough ago that it happened,” Pavone said. As a survivor, looking back, Pavone realized he wouldn’t have been able to get through it all without the support of his family and friends. “If you don't have some form of support, seek some,” Pavone said. “People really helped me pull through. If you already have some, more [support] never hurts.”
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ELVA AGUILAR Staff Writer Uplifting show tunes and the overwhelming vocals of a small boy and a large man are currently engulfing the MusicalFare Theater at Daemen College this month. The theater company, which prides itself in bringing quality musical acts to Western New York, presented Oliver!, a musical rendition of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Before the play even began, the cast of Oliver! walked up and down the aisles in character, chatting up the audience to get them ready for the show. While mingling with the crowd, the cast went a long way toward setting the show’s tone, and even went around asking for donations in comical Cockney manner. Oliver! is set in the desperate economic circumstances of a gloomy 1933 London – a slightly more modern parallel to the source material’s Victorian setting. Things kicked off with the classic number “Food, Glorious Food,” and a quick introduction of the show’s star, Oliver, performed by Adam Kulge, 11 of Tonawanda. Kulge had absolutely no reservations or fear while performing as the title character. As the only minor among a cast of 11 adults, Kulge’s vocals and performance of the sometimes naïve and innocent Oliver impressed the audience. “I’ve seen other [renditions of Oliver!], but never a boy who carried himself and the character like that,” said Christine Lewandoswki, 58, of Williamsville. A song that exemplified the talent of Kulge was “I’d Do Anything.” The song included the character of the Artful Dodger, played by Cassie Gorniewicz.
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Gorniewicsz doubled as Charlotte Sowerberry, daughter of local undertakers Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry – together the three of them take care of Oliver. Charlotte’s character was deranged and dark, in stark contrast to the conniving, yet cheerful, Artful Dodger. Oliver! is Gorniewicz’s debut with MusicalFare, and her portrayal of two polar opposite characters shows means that she will likely become a staple in the theater company. Philip Farugia played the lead role of Mr. Bumble, the ill-tempered man who helps run Oliver’s orphanage. Farugia also played other supporting roles, but his portrayal of Mr. Bumble was what really captured the adoration and esteem of the audience. “When I read the book I was scared of Mr. Bumble, but [Farugia] made me laugh. It’s interesting how different a play can make you look at a book,” said Amanda, 13, of Williamsville.
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Choosing your destiny is harder (and a bit less interesting) than it sounds.
NICOLAS PINO Arts Editor Grade: CImagine, for a moment, having the ability to create a hybrid mutant with any combination of physics- and reality-defying powers – the likes of which never quite achieved in gaming before – but laid out in the pages of Marvel’s most epic licensed property. That game would have made for one of the greatest comic-to-game adaptations to have ever graced a console. X-Men Destiny could’ve been that game. Instead developer Silicon Knights produced a lackluster beat-’em-up that presents the same tired issues the company has been facing for years with its 2008 flopbuster, Too Human. The story, composed by Marvel mastermind Mike Carrey, begins at an all-tooquiet San Francisco peace rally, as Homo Superior and its devolved cousin Homo Sapiens unite under a banner of trust and sanctity. Mutants, however, cause quite the commotion, and before long the once harmonious celebration is engulfed in open warfare. As one of three selectable mutants-in-training, the player must work to quell the invading anti-mutant force. Three initial powers are available to choose from, each of which are blander than the next. Density Control, Shadow Matter and Energy Manipulation (a quasi-Scott Summers release of vast energy explosions) compose the three tepid options, but choose well, as the next eight to 10 hours of gameplay will be spent repetitively mashing buttons to clear the game’s exceptionally monotonous bad-guy grinding experience.
Tune Out Talk Radio and Into Podcasts Jeff Stone Staff Writer
Lets face it, talk radio is soul sucking. The idea is an awesome one, having a host talk to a specific audience about whatever they want, but the execution has become old and stale. The question is simple: why would anyone tune into talk radio at all with all the other options out there now? I know that I’m just a broke college student mooching off his parents, but I’m also part of a key demographic to which companies are constantly trying to market themselves. Theoretically, talk radio has all the components to gain a foothold with the under 30 audience, and FM radio is only helping that cause by repeatedly playing the same dozen or so songs over and over. There’s also the potential to have a ton of content. But maybe the most appealing part of talk radio is that it’s free. All of which are reasons why it’s so confusing why talk radio is constantly so boring when it should be trying to appeal to kids. Not just standing in line at Wegmans boring, but painfully boring. Like when your teacher goes over time in your last class on Friday. That’s why podcasts are so refreshing. They’re much shorter than your standard talk shows on the radio, which often clock in at three hours. Most podcast episodes fall between one and two hours. That doesn’t mean they discuss less content, but they don’t beat you over the head with the same point over and over to fill time. And they can swear!
The theater company in general did not shine as much as the three above mentioned actors, however. Much of the acting was outshined by the group’s vocal capabilities. The Albrights, the in-house band, supplied the audience with clap-along tunes, and gained more praise than much of the acting. MusicalFare’s execution of Oliver! left much to be desired dramatically, but the play ultimately captivated the audience.
Where the game’s mechanics vary is the collection and equipping of the game’s many “X-Genes,” a chosen manipulation that COURTESY OF Activision emulates an already well-known mutant’s powers. Want those strong blasts of energy to freeze opponents dead in their tracks? Equip Iceman’s frosty enhancement. A more powerful finisher? How about Colossus’ earth-shattering abilities? While the game does well to present a multitude of options for players to attempt to customize the cookie-cutter characters, the “X-Genes” are really more of an enhancement than a complete ability overhaul. Silicon Knights made the clear decision to go for quantity over quality in terms of enemy creation. Traversing different sections of each level trigger arena battles, letting waves upon waves of enemies enter into a very one-sided brawl with the player. Sometimes these waves consist of a short 10-man tumble, but when the game is feeling contemptuous, these short segments turn into 50, 60, or even 120-man royal rumbles, leaving the player to frantically dispatch as many as possible before the time (yes, for one reason or another these are timed) runs out. With such phenomenal voice-acting talents presented in the movies, one would think the same tender care and love would be placed in Marvel’s electronic universe, but alas drab voice-overs run rampant throughout the game’s merely tolerable experience. From a Jamaican-sounding Gambit to the a-few-crayonsshort-of-a-coloring-box Juggernaut, each performance seems to be lacking the same enthusiasm and believability that previous entries have had. X-Men Destiny is salt in the collective comic gamer’s wound. It took a concept so bright, exciting and captivating, and turned it into a lackluster experience sure to be soon forgotten.
Podcasting is still a relatively new form of media, so there’s a lot of below average podcasts to filter out when finding one that will suit your interests. The good ones, though, are absolutely steamrolling what’s on your AM dial in terms of quality content. Another refreshing aspect is the lack of commercials. Most shows will ask for a donation here and there or have a sponsor, but it’s hardly to the point where you’ll unknowingly have the ads memorized. I swear if I hear that Riverfront Auto Sales commercial on WGR 550 one more time I’m going to drive over the double yellow into oncoming traffic. Anyone can find a podcast to fit their interests. They’re also easy to find, just go to the iTunes store and under “Podcasts” click on a subject, read a few descriptions, and subscribe. Here are a few of the best: WTF with Marc Maron - Recently featured in Rolling Stone and on Conan, Maron is a grizzled veteran of stand up comedy and interviews two of his contemporaries each week. His selfobsessed neurosis will grow on you. His past guests include Louis CK, Ben Stiller, Zach Galafinakis and 200 others. Keith and the Girl - Based in New York City, this is another comedy show, but it discusses current events and weird news stories. It’s language and conversation topics definitely aren’t for everyone, but it’s the most addicting podcast on the Internet if you have a dark sense of humor. This American Life - This radio show that dates back to the mid-’90s translates perfectly to the podcast format. Every week Ira Glass and his merry band of reporters tell true stories based around a single theme. It wouldn’t sound out of place at a hipster café, but is difficult to turn off. The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons - This show is from the ESPN writer, but isn’t exclusively about sports. Past guests include author Chuck Klosterman, former “Man Show” host Adam Carolla (who hosts the #1 podcast on iTunes), and even “Weird Al” Yankovic (yes, he is still around). Fresh off the debut of his Grantland.com, Simmons is providing a platform for some of the best opinions available. The FADER Podcast - Not all podcasts are talk, this one from The Fader magazine offers music by everyone from hippie freaks Animal Collective to upand-coming rappers like Yelawolf. New episodes are available infrequently, but it’s a better place to get new music than KISS 98.5. Podcasts provide the perfect avenue for people who want to keep up with the latest news and music as well as people who just want to have a laugh and are sick of all the commercials. Now, when you’re stuck in traffic after a long day at work or school, you can put your iPod on your car speakers and tune out of the same repetitive commercials and Katy Perry songs. Instead, give your presets a rest, podcasts a chance and hear some football predictions or a philosophical discussion about the newest episode of Jersey Shore. Don’t forget, it’s free…and they can swear!
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Continued from Page 1: Students Push for Change
Cayden Mak, one of the leaders of the Walk-Out/Teach-In protest, led students across UB’s North Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
As the protest continued, interested students joined in yells of the crowd. The unified students beckoned classroom students to “stand up, walk out, [because] we’ve got stuff to talk about.” One of these students, Denzel Banks, a sophomore environmental studies major, heard the protest and joined in the crowd with his friends. “You know what?” Banks said. “Power is always in numbers. Power is always going to be in numbers. Nothing is going to get done unless we all come together. So I said, ‘you know what? I’m going to join this cause.’ Because I want numbers, I want things to stop. I want the rise in fortune to stop.” Not everyone who saw the protest was as willing to join in. Many onlookers in the Center for the Arts and along the Academic Spine watched the loud crowd with unease. “It’s overwhelming,” said Olivia Gane, a sophomore biology major. “They’re all over and they’re surprising [to] me.” The rally was part of an effort that was held at campuses around the nation. The movement began with the “Occupy Wall Street,” rallies in New York City. Thousands of people have gathered in protest of socioeconomic imbalance and corporate greed. It has since spread throughout the nation with overwhelming student support. “They’re cutting funding, they’re cutting support, and the top administrators are getting more than ever,” said Luke Noonon, a
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the top, the benefits are all going to the top. And those who are young and just starting out, who are students, are having trouble getting a foothold in this economy. These kind of tuition increases just add another burden to the most vulnerable and most critical members of our society.”
Across the state, protests occurred at Columbia, SUNY Albany, SUNY Purchase, New York University, and many more. The organizers all argue for a “Chop From The Top” model to solving the budget cuts.
Organizers and protestors alike were outraged that Alain Kalayeros, the senior vice president and chief executive officer of SUNY Albany, earns more than $835,000 a year. In comparison, the average yearly salary of teaching assistants is approximately $12,000, according to Rywelski.
NYSR’s extensive plan calls for anywhere between 5 to 25 percent cuts in salaries to the highest paid administrators, according to Cayden Mak, an adjunct instructor in the department of media studies. Anyone in the SUNY system making more that $95,000 or more than $105,000 in the CUNY school system, which encompasses the New York City region are subject to these salary cuts, according to the “Chop From The Top” model proposed by NYSR. These budget cuts would save over $14 million in the SUNY system as a whole, according to UB-NYSR representatives. The organizers planned for those savings to trickle down to students by lowering tuitions and eliminating budget cuts.
“[For him] to take a pay cut would be like asking him to give up his cheese money,” Rywelski said. At UB, students were outraged at their own administration’s salaries. President Satish K. Tripathi makes $650,000 a year - $385,000 from the university salary, $150,000 from the UB Foundation, and $115,000 from The State University of New York Research Foundation, according to an article published in The Buffalo News earlier this year. The NYSR plan would result in over $3 million in savings to students, according to organizers.
“Education does not have to be just a chase for more money,” said Peter Shafer, who graduated with his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from UB in 2010. “The resources are all going to
[The president] is making over $300,000 [in salary] and I want it to be cut now,” Banks said. “That’s ridiculous.”
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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You are not always known for your humorous outlook, but today there is so much going on around you that will make you want to laugh. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- The time has come for you to set aside your preconceptions about a certain endeavor, and just jump in -- you'll have all the help you need. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -Whether it's a good day or a bad day by another's standards, you will find much to cheer as it rolls along. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Yes and no will both figure prominently today -- but you may look back and realize that at no time were you saying maybe.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Physical fatigue is likely to take its toll if you are not careful to give yourself the kind of rest you need -- and deserve.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You may realize what you are doing for another is really being done for yourself -- though this is not selfishness, but necessity.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- A vague idea becomes something much more concrete by day's end -- and you may even be able to attract much-needed financial support.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You have much to look forward to, but take care that you're not so focused on the future that you ignore what is going on right now.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Support and good humor -- those are both things you really need as you head into an area that is relatively unknown to you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may have to continue your efforts well into the night -but you're confident that the rewards that come to you as a result will be worth it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may want things to progress too quickly, when in fact a slower pace will allow you to make the most of what is really going on.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Many do what you are doing merely for their own short-term enjoyment -- but you're doing it for someone else, and for long-term gains.
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ACROSS 1 Military doc 6 Medical provider grp. 9 Some quick punches 13 Turns into compost 15 Rowing blade 16 Melville's second novel 17 Long shot 19 Cold coating 20 Economy size 21 Words on a restroom sign 22 "There's ___ like the present" 25 Committee output 27 Clothes-munching pests 28 ___ approval 30 Something or someone 32 Sum (Abbr.) 33 Willing 37 Screen image 38 Milo of "The Verdict" 40 Carpet installer's calculation 41 Legendary monster's loch 42 Deer mom 43 Spa rooms with heated stones 45 Mournful sounds 48 Cease to be separate
DOWN 49 Shortstop's locale 1 ER bosses 52 Kindergarten stickums 2 Snaky fish 54 Who is stronger than Superman? 3 601, to Caesar 55 Put into office 4 "___ Sam" (Sean Penn film) 57 "___ to Run" (Bruce Springsteen hit) 5 Tour de France entrant 58 Person an errand runner may visit 6 ___ Kong 63 Suffix for "coal" or "opal" 7 Waste away 64 "___ the ramparts we watched ..." 8 What assayers analyze 65 Refined and polished 9 Founder of the royal house of Lancaster 66 Real-estate document 10 Rendezvous reason 67 B-F link 11 Egotist's claim 68 Devoured 12 Places for salves 14 Phony display 18 War god, to the Greeks 21 Wall St. offering 22 Present moment 23 Preminger and Klemperer 24 Easily offended 26 Fitzgerald and Raines 27 Chow ___ (Chinese dish)
29 One of the Kennedys 31 Alpine melody 34 "L.A. Law" character Becker 35 Butcher's stock 36 Freedom from difficulty 39 Fused together 44 Somber and grave 46 Wedding column word 47 ___ sheet (builder's instructions) 49 One way to serve breakfast 50 "Hang 'Em High" prop 51 Jedi Knight's power (with "the") 53 Helen Keller's org. 56 Early instrument with strings 58 Sleepy companion? 59 Legal org. 60 Crooner ___ King Cole 61 Weathervane reading 62 Cartoon Chihuahua
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Friday, October 7, 2011
Buffalo Looks to Stay Hot in MAC Play Scouting Ohio: Football Record: 4-1, 1-0 MAC
2010 record: 8-5, 6-2 MAC Last meeting: Nov. 4, 2010: Ohio 34 – Buffalo 17 The Bulls will win if…their offense can pull it together. Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton will surely put some points on the board, so Chazz Anderson and Branden Oliver will need to keep pace. Ohio will win if…they jump on the Bulls early and Tettleton takes advantage of Buffalo’s young secondary. Buffalo is 0-4 when trailing at the half so far this year.
Volleyball Team Looks Forward to MAC Opponents BRIAN JOSEPHS Sports Editor On the surface, it looks like the volleyball team has been struggling. The Bulls have gone 2-4 in their last six games and made 31 more errors than their opponents during that span. But Buffalo’s (9-9, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) performance last game says otherwise. Last Saturday, the Bulls upset MAC powerhouse Bowling Green (15-2, 2-2 MAC) on the road. Buffalo played arguably its best volleyball of the year, hitting a season-high .289 against the Falcons.
Buffalo looks to continue its momentum against Bowling Green on Sunday.
SCOTT RESNICK Asst. Sports Editor The men’s soccer team (6-5-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) – coming off a thrilling double-overtime upset of No.18 Northern Illinois (8-2, 0-1 MAC) in its MAC opener – will welcome the Bowling Green Eagles (7-3-1, 1-0 MAC) to UB Stadium on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Eagles are looking to rebound from a 1-0 overtime loss against Ohio State (7-4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) in Columbus on Wednesday night. The loss marked the first time the Eagles have been shutout in 2011, and it snapped their season-high four game winning streak. Despite the loss, the Eagles still find themselves in second place in the MAC heading into Sunday’s matchup in Buffalo. In addition, Bowling Green ranks second in the MAC in goals and leads the conference in assists. The Eagles also boast four players in the MAC top-10 in goals. Forward Rodcliff Hall leads the way with four, while midfielders Colin Armstrong, Brandon Silva and Danny Baraldi each recorded
three goals. If the Bulls intend on remaining unbeaten in conference play, they’ll have to focus on stopping the Eagles’ high-octane attack, just as Buffalo did against Northern Illinois. Freshman defender Lukas Fedler believes it will take a complete team effort to shut down the opposition in the attacking third. “We played as a whole team against Northern Illinois,” Fedler said. “We played very well on defense. Our midfield worked together well with our defense, and the results showed. We’ll need to carry that into the Bowling Green match.” The emphasis on defense has been stressed in recent practices, according to senior defender Nate Woods. “In practice everyday we’ve been working on trying to get better as a defensive unit,” Woods said. “The coaches have been trying to get us on the same page, working together and communicating better.”
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Junior goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi will need to continue his strong play for the Bulls to continue winning. Viscosi stopped five of the six shots he faced against Northern Illinois, giving him 57 saves on the season, tops among MAC goalkeepers. After enduring some early season struggles, Viscosi appears to be improving at the right time as the Bulls enter the heart of their conference schedule.
The Bulls need to be just as efficient when they face Kent State (8-11, 1-3 MAC) and Ohio (12-6, 4-0 MAC) at Alumni Arena this weekend. Kent State The Golden Flashes have the least impressive record of the four MAC opponents Buffalo will face at Alumni Arena in the next two weeks. In addition, Kent State is last in the MAC in hitting percentage (.137) and kills (129) in games against conference opponents. However, Buffalo has put up relatively weak efforts versus the Golden Flashes in recent years. The Bulls are 1-3 against Kent State since 2009.
Still, the Bulls’ success this season has been a direct result of their tireless work ethic on the pitch. Sophomore midfielder Richard Craven is confident that the team’s grit will translate into a victory on Sunday.
Kent State’s ace is hitter Maigan Larsen. She accounts for 36 percent of the team’s kills. Larsen’s 46 kills rank her fifth in the league.
“Our strategy is to just work harder than the other team in all aspects,” Craven said. “That’s exactly what we’re going to do on Sunday against Bowling Green. If we do that, I think it’ll pay off.”
Buffalo will play against Kent State on Friday at 7 p.m.
Buffalo has the misfortune of going against a thriving Ohio team this Saturday in more than just football. The Bobcats are riding on a six-game winning streak and have won 23 straight sets against MAC opponents. The Bobcats are the three-time defending MAC champions and are currently on top of the conference standings. Ohio leads the
Buffalo plays at home this weekend to host Ohio, the defending MAC champions, and Kent State. Spectrum File Photo
MAC in hitting percentage (.270), opponent hitting percentage (.116), and blocks (41) when playing against conference opponents. They also return nine players from their previous championship season. Hitter Kelly Lamberti is the most lethal of the bunch; she leads the team with 176 kills. Blocker Katie Post seconds Lamberti with 163 kills, and Post leads the team with 105 blocks. Lamberti and Post are both fifth in the conference in points (47.5). Buffalo has historically struggled against the Bobcats. The Bulls have only defeated Ohio twice since the Bulls joined the MAC in 1999. Ohio also swept Buffalo in last year’s MAC quarterfinals. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Bulls Kick It at Home
ANDREIUS COLEMAN Asst. Sports Editor
The opposition hasn’t had much success scoring against the women’s soccer team thus far this season. The defense, led by sophomore goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon, has recorded nine shutouts so far. Buffalo (8-2-2, 1-1-2 Mid-American Conference) is coming off a road trip in which it shutout against Central Michigan (8-1-3, 2-0-2 MAC). However, Buffalo failed to score a goal in that game either. Then the team played to a 2-2 tie against winless Eastern Michigan (0-9-2, 0-3-1 MAC). In order to maintain momentum, the Bulls will need to match their intensity from the non-conference games to get two solid wins this weekend at home when they face Northern Illinois (1-9-2, 0-4 MAC) and Western Michigan (6-6-0, 2-2 MAC). Buffalo’s match against Northern Illinois should serve as a welcome home workout to regain confidence after the Bulls were almost upset by Eastern Michigan. Northern Illinois is at a great disadvantage against a Buffalo team boasting nationally-ranked talent. Wheldon enters this game with 78 saves. That is more than twice as much as Northern Illinois’ Amy Carr, who only has 38 on the season, with 18 goals allowed. Wheldon has only allowed seven.
The teams are closely matched on offense, as each squad has mustered 138 shots. Opponents have outshot both of them. However, Buffalo has connected on more shots to outscore its opponents 17-7. The team’s forwards – Freshman Katie Roberts, junior Taylor Thompson, and senior Aubrey Stahl – have combined for over 50 percent of the Bulls’ goals this year. They must remain aggressive in order to trump Huskies’ forward Frances Boukidis, who enters with five goals. Buffalo will have a more challenging contest in the latter of the games, as the Bulls take on a Western Michigan team that has a .500 win percentage. Unlike the Huskies, the Broncos of WMU have outshot the teams they have played. However, goalkeeper Michelle Watson is going to have the daunting task of emulating the dominance of Wheldon. Watson has just 37 saves, with 14 goals allowed on the season. If Buffalo can get scores from its trio of Roberts, Stahl, and Thompson, Western Michigan forwards Anina Cicerone and Stephanie Skowneski will have a great amount of pressure on them. This weekend should have an abundance of exciting plays. The Bulls will face Northern Illinois on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and then Western Michigan on Sunday at 11 a.m. at UB Stadium.
The Bulls host Northern Illinois and Western Michigan this weekend in hopes of getting back in the win column. Spectrum File Photo