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Volume 63 No. 20
Sam McMahon voted SA president Contentious reelection process ends in McMahon’s victory SAM FERNANDO
Senior News Editor
Sam McMahon said he isn’t one to show a lot of emotion, but after hearing he had won the Student Association’s presidential election Wednesday, his immediate reactions were to pump his fist, kiss his girlfriend and call his parents. McMahon received 1,087 votes, beating Mohammad Alwahaidy, his closest competitor, by 309. A total of 2,260 students participated in the election, roughly 11.6 percent of the undergraduate population. Though seven candidates were running for the position, McMahon, Alwahaidy and Jessica Honan were the only ones to attend the result announcement in the SA office, 350 Student Union. “One thousand eighty seven votes – I don’t know nearly that many people,” McMahon said. “So there are a lot of people who put a lot of faith in me because of something they heard … I am just so grateful to everyone who came out and voted for me … I am very happy the students made an informed decision.” The Student Association’s former president, Nick Johns, resigned his position on Sept. 18. Before the reelection, Vice President Lyle Selsky was working as the interim president. Tensions were high throughout the three-day election; candidates and their supporters packed into the Union handing out fliers and trying to get students into the voting booths. The tensions continued after the results were announced. Shortly after the announcement, Elad Eliahu, one of Alwahaidy’s supporters, stormed into the SA office. McMahon had left the room at that
time. Eliahu claimed that, right as the election ended, McMahon had told him to “go [expletive]” himself. McMahon admitted initiating the exchange. Academic Coordinator James Ingram, who was one of McMahon’s campaign supporters, said he saw the incident and had to hold Eliahu back from McMahon. McMahon was frank with his explanation. “I am not going to lie to you guys – that is exactly what I said to him,” McMahon said. “He was extremely disrespectful to my girlfriend and all of my campaign supporters the whole time. He exploited every loophole in the elections and credentials rules to be rude throughout the entire process. So I told him exactly what I thought about that. I just needed to say it once just to let him know that I was disgusted with his behavior.” McMahon chose not to elaborate further on Eliahu’s behavior. Elections and Credentials Chair Steven Rupp said this election had more complaints than any election he had ever been a part of. “The complaints all came from the fact that Sam’s party was following the rules to a tee,” Rupp said. “So, when they saw other parties not following the rules, they made complaints.” Alwahaidy was banned from the election floor from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday for three violations of SA election rules, Rupp said. He said candidates were not allowed to campaign until they had officially met with Rupp. Alwahaidy had set up his campaign Facebook page prior to this meeting, so he was assessed a onehour penalty. SEE MCMAHON, PAGE 2
Aline Kobayashi, The Spectrum
SA President Sam McMahon celebrated the announcement of his victory by pumping his fist and immediately kissing his girlfriend.
UB Safe Day offers safety advice Keeping it fresh and precautions on and off campus Jazz legend Herbie Hancock SHARON KAHN
improvises to thunderous applause
Senior Features Editor
Hongzheng Han was walking back to his Goodyear dorm from the Health Sciences Library on South Campus when he felt a gun pointed at his head. In shock and fear, Han looked around to see if there was help nearby. A car noticed Han and his attacker and pulled over to help. The suspect fled the scene and Han was safe. Unfortunately, though, he has never felt safe again, he said. Han, a sophomore business major, returned to his home in China for the summer, shortly after the incident. Although he does know his attacker was found and arrested, he still does not know what kind of punishment he received. To this day, Han refuses to go out alone – ever. In light of ongoing concerns over safety at UB, both on and off campus, International Student and Scholar Services, OffCampus Student Services, Campus Living, the Erie Department of Health, University Police (UPD), Student Health Services and SBI Legal Assistance held UB Safe Day on Thursday to provide students safety information. Students walked around the safety booths set up in the Student Union, after receiving a “passport.” At each station, they had the opportunity to learn how each organization offers safety services. Students had their passports stamped at each station and were able to try out various sim-
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Mechanical engineering major Rafid Hossain sits in a car-crash simulation test that was set up outside the Student Union Thursday for UB Safe Day.
ulations. David Hohl, a UPD officer, said the university is always preaching safety precautions, but students don’t always listen. He said UPD takes part in events like UB Safe Day to emphasize the importance of personal safety. The campus police also offer seminars on rape and crime prevention. Hohl said international students, like Han, are often victims of crime. Hohl said some international and domestic students don’t pay attention to or don’t understand the safety precautions UB offers at orientation. He said events like UB Safe Day help instill these precautions. Daniel Ryan, director of OffCampus Student Relations, said he doesn’t think international students make up the majority of crime victims, but he said they are impacted significantly. “Language barriers, the timing of their application/acceptance may make them less likely to get housing on campus, and clear-
ly students are safer on campus than off,” Ryan said. Ryan said international students may feel less familiar with Buffalo, but he encourages all students – international and domestic – to visit crimereports. com to understand where crime usually occurs in particular areas. “Ultimately, each student is responsible for their own safety, so we try to teach students to lock their doors and windows, travel in groups, inspect properties before leasing, etc.,” Ryan said. When students are on campus, UB assumes responsibility to keep students safe, according to Ryan. “That is why the University Police patrol regularly, why Environmental Health and Safety and Campus Living professionals inspect buildings and why Student Health Services provides vaccines, medical services, etc.,” Ryan said. “When students are off campus, they share the responsibility for their safety with the municipality they are in.” SEE SAFE DAY, PAGE 2
As the lights dimmed, the vibrant audience grew quiet with anticipation. Within a few moments, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta appeared on stage and began hammering away on his drums. As the beat began to transfix the audience, bass player James Genus and guitarist Lionel Loueke chimed in. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock walked on stage to thunderous applause. After briefly waving and bowing to the audience, Hancock sat down at his clavinet and piano and added the iconic melody of his music to the mix. The world-renowned jazz musician, whose career spans over five decades and includes 14 Grammy Awards, commanded the Center For the Arts (CFA) stage with his presence Thursday night and delivered an unforgettable performance. Hancock is well known for his ability to transcend and culminate musical genres in his performances, and this performance was no different. During the two hours that Hancock played, there was plenty of jazz, funk, pop and R&B, with some classical music thrown in. There was no warm-up routine or opening act; this was two hours of non-stop musical bliss. After the musical ensemble’s first song, which lasted over 10 minutes, Hancock stopped to thank everyone in attendance and in-
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Herbie Hancock brought many of Buffalo’s jazz fans to the Center For the Arts on Wednesday.
troduce his fellow musicians. After that, there was rarely a pause other than to introduce the next segment of the show. The group played a variety of beats; some were familiar, like “Watermelon Man,” one of Hancock’s first hit songs; others were seamlessly sewn together for 1015 minutes at a time. A highlight of the show came halfway through as Hancock, Genus and Colaiuta abandoned the stage mid-song, leaving Loueke to perform a 10-minute-plus solo. Loueke played “Come Running to Me,” one of Hancock’s more well-known songs. SEE HERBIE, PAGE 2
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Continued from page 1: McMahon All candidates are responsible for those who are campaigning and actively supporting them, according to the rules, Rupp said. On Monday, one of Alwahaidy’s supporters had entered the voting area and campaigned, a violation of the election rules. He was warned to stop, but he was caught two more times and Alwahaidy was assessed another one-hour penalty. On Tuesday, Rupp said one of Alwahaidy’s supporters bribed a stu-
dent with a $3 gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts to vote for Alwahaidy. Rupp said this was done in front of him and the other candidates. Rupp added that even if it was a joke, it was still a violation. Alwahaidy was assessed an additional two-hour penalty, totaling the four hours. “I respect [McMahon],” Alwahaidy said. “He’s a good guy. When we were out there, I had a lot of problems with a lot of his people. We were bitter at it. Sam [was] classy
the whole way. I wasn’t too worried if I won or not because I was willing to give up a few things. It’s [the students’] loss, not mine.” McMahon said he’s excited to start implementing the goals he promised in his platform – like creating a holiday bus system to take students to and from the airport around school breaks. McMahon has already priced the project and plans to use money left in the president’s project line of
the SA budget. He hopes to have the bus times available for students within a week. Selsky and Treasurer Siddhant Chhabria said they’re ready to work with McMahon. “We are ready to hit the ground running,” Selsky said. “It should be a smooth transition. He does have a good foundation and knows a lot of the details [of SA].” McMahon is happy the process is over and is ready to start his presi-
dency. “He’s jumping in head first,” Chhabria said. “We asked what time he would be in the office tomorrow, and he said, ‘What time does the office open?’”
and danced along, ending an outstanding show on an even higher note. You would never know – based on the energy, enthusiasm and improvisation he puts into each performance – that Hancock has been performing for over 50 years. That is part of what makes each performance so unforgettable and fun. “It’s because he keeps it fresh,” Faruq said. “Like [Hancock said during the show], ‘I don’t even play it the same way every time. It’s a new show; I’m not sure what I’m going do.’” Zachary Steinberg, a senior music major, has seen Hancock perform
twice, and he agreed with Faruq. He said the shows did not sound similar and that speaks to Hancock’s prowess as a musician. “[Hancock] is extremely important – he bridges the gap between [the creators of jazz back in the 1920s and ’30s] and what’s happening and really hip in the jazz scene today,” Steinberg said. “He’s brought an entirely new vision to jazz music and uses a culmination of a number of different genres to do it.” Stephen Lattimore, a senior history and music major, said he spends most of his time listening to and playing music, and the concert offered him something he hadn’t expe-
rienced before. “It’s very important to remain surprising for as long as he’s been playing,” Lattimore said. “It’s as alive as music can be and it’s alive as art can be. It’s really just in the moment, full expression. Eventually, you don’t have to think at all; it just happens.” Hancock’s tour continued Thursday in Detroit and Friday in Chicago before he tours in Asia next month. The next concert in the CFA will be the Piano Guys on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Joe Konze Jr. contributed reporting to this story. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 1: Herbie After his solo, Loueke left the stage and Hancock reemerged. Sensing the crowd’s amazement, he said the solo was entirely improvised and asked if the audience had ever heard anything like that. They hadn’t. “[Loueke] brought a whole other cultural identity to an instrument we’re all familiar with,” said audience member Canara Faruq of Orleans County. Just like Loueke’s act, Hancock’s solo was improvised. He started off with a somber song on his piano before moving on to produce a mystical melody on his clavinet. The final piece was upbeat and continued for some time after the band returned
to the stage. The band played for another hour before thanking everyone again and heading off stage. But the audience craved more and began shouting for the group to play “Chameleon” – one of Hancock’s most popular songs. As the crowd cheered, the band came back for an encore of three songs, including “Chameleon.” Although the performance was energetic and entertaining, nothing in the concert compared to the encore. Despite it being in the final few moments of the show, the encore electrified the crowd to ecstatic heights. As Hancock jammed away on his keytar, the audience cheered
Continued from page 1: Safe Day Representatives from Health Services were also handing out information on free flu shots in October and free HIV testing in November. Another booth focused on alcohol education and encouraged students to realize that not everyone on campus drinks. A car-crash simulator was also set up outside of the Union. “It was a really unique experience to feel what it’s like to be hit head-
on in a car crash safely,” said Jamie Altneu, a junior health and human services major. “It’s a scary thought, but it’s important students realize how dangerous drinking and driving is. I think those who took part in the simulator will definitely think differently about getting behind the wheel intoxicated.” David Wright, a Campus Living judicial coordinator, said students
can take simple measures to protect their belongings in their dorms. “The vast majority of crime and theft on UB’s campus is due to leaving doors unlocked – even when students are in their rooms,” Wright said. He said, unfortunately, there are people who go door to door checking to see whose room is unlocked. Wright emphasized students
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MONEY MATTERS Supreme Court should uphold limits on campaign donations The Supreme Court began its new term on Monday. So far, the highest court of the land has agreed to hear more than 50 cases. And pundits have declared the slate for the upcoming session to be potentially more important than that of the last two sessions combined. One case, however, deals with particularly familiar terrain: campaign finance law. This is especially important, as the potential that money has to corrupt elections is at an all-time high. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on a case that could reverse established rules that impose limitations on money in politics. It was only three years ago since the court’s landmark case Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which declared corporations as people – making them entitled to spend unlimited amounts on campaign elections. Now, the court will be considering another facet of this issue: contributions to candidates. Shaun McCutcheon, a successful Alabama businessman, is challenging the aggregate limits on contributions to political parties and campaigns. In 2012, McCutcheon donated around $33,000 to 16 Republican candidates and organizations and committees supporting Republican candidates, according to National Public Radio. He would have preferred to donate more, however, he was restricted due to federal laws limiting the amount individuals can give to campaigns. In 2012, the limits were set at $46,000 for individual campaigns and $70,000 for party committees.
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Due to the ruling of Citizens United, McCutcheon can spend as much money as he wants to give to independent groups, which work to raise millions of dollars for candidates separate from the actual campaigns. But McCutcheon is no longer interested in giving to groups – he wants the ability to donate directly to the Republican Party. And now the question is whether the current restrictions should be removed; the Supreme Court will determine the constitutionality of overall limits. For decades, it was well established that there should be limits on campaign finance. And until Citizens United, that was the rule of law. And that ruling three years ago is one of the most
outrageous since Bush V. Gore. So much so that retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor shifted from her decidedly reticent stance to speak in public on court rulings. “No state can possibly benefit from having that much money injected into a political campaign,” she said at a conference at Georgetown University Law Center, indicating that had she still been on the court, the narrow 5-4 ruling of Citizens United would have likely gone the other way. But it didn’t go the other way, and now the public is in danger of major corporations having too large an influence on the democratic process.
The notion that restricting money is a form of restricting free speech is far fetch and has been fallaciously propagated for years in an attempt for corporations to self-servingly intervene in the political process. But to allow unlimited amounts to go into individual political campaigns is to remove judgment and common sense from the Supreme Court’s line of reasoning – to ignore what history was proven and to disregard what long-standing law has established: that imposed financial limits in campaigns is designed prevent corruption. In 1976, Buckley v. Valeo maintained this precedent in a ruling that upheld limits on direct political contributions. McCutcheon is yet another individual in a long line of challengers who have promulgated that limitations on expenditures are limitations on speech. But this is in fact a political ploy. It is an attempt to distract from the fact that these limitations allow more Americans to have a say in the electoral process – and not letting a privileged few dominate the influence of democratic elections. It is likely that the ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission will come down to a single vote. And it is highly possible the deciding vote will fall on Justice Anthony Kennedy. And if the most recent ruling on campaign finance is any indicator of how this decision will come out, we may be in trouble. email: email@example.com
Not resting on laurels
Election of McMahon means it’s time to prove himself As the result of the Student Association presidential election was announced Wednesday night, we finally saw manifest what we had been waiting to happen for some time now – for the student body to make an informed decision. With 1,087 votes, Sam McMahon was declared SA president. And his election is historic in a particularly interesting way – he broke The Spectrum curse. For the last three years, the students have gone against our endorsements. This time was different. It was clear during our meeting with the candidates that McMahon was the best qualified and most capable of taking over as president for the remainder of the year. And it wasn’t just a matter of degree – none of the other candidates were fit for the presidency. As we indicated before, it would have demonstrated a total lack of judgment for the student body to vote any other way. Now, we can all share a large sigh of relief – but not for long. As McMahon was acutely aware, the new president would be immediately thrust into the role and would not have any grace period as a learning process. And in an interview with The Spectrum after he won, he recognized the need to get started immediately. There is no time for SA to rest on its laurels; it is now time for action. It is time to for McMa-
hon to fulfill the promises he made during his campaign and not let his plans dissipate now that he has secured the presidency. And this is something for which The Spectrum will hold him accountable. At the moment, McMahon is in the spotlight. And we are watching him closely. As we said in our endorsement, we believe in him and his capacity for rebuilding SA. We think he has a strong vision for our student government, and we want his vision to become realized. We are SA’s watchdog and we consider it our solemn obligation to put pressure on power – which is precisely what we will do with McMahon. And it is because we feel so strongly that he is the right person to be president that we will make sure he is under scrutiny to fulfill his presidential duties and promises. We have had a long history of presidential hopefuls making promises during the campaign that they have been unable to follow through on once they have stepped into office. Most recently, former SA President Nick Johns, who resigned Sept. 18, promised to completely revamp SA’s website – something that never came to fruition. McMahon’s initiatives do have potential and, most importantly, they are practical. We want him to know that we expect the promises he made of the air-
port shuttle and the subsidized taxi services to happen. And we will be following the progress of these two plans extensively. “I talked about my bus service, and that is something I want to plan immediately, within, like, the next week for Thanksgiving and let students know,” McMahon said Wednesday after the election results were announced. We also expect him to deliver his promise to expand the presence of UBLinked on campus – it is a worthwhile resource for students. This election represents an important victory for the student body – let there be no ambiguity about that. But there was a level of misconduct pervasive throughout the process resulting in a vast amount of complaints filed against competing candidate Mohammad Alwahaidy’s campaign supporters. Elad Eliahu’s behavior was completely unacceptable. His consistent pattern of carnival barking since he unsuccessfully ran for SA Senate has lost him any and all credibility. McMahon’s response to Eliahu’s antics is somewhat understandable, but he should have kept his composure. It is important to keep in mind, however, at the time, it seemed to be a strong possibility that McMahon wasn’t going to win. Eliahu’s disorderly conduct may have influenced the election, which is reason for McMahon to express umbrage.
But it is also the role of a leader to rise above small-minded remarks and actions and conduct himself in a manner worthy of the position he seeks. Now that McMahon is president, he must act above the fray. Allowing himself to become agitated by an outspoken adversary is not a sign of presidential authority. Can you imagine President Obama telling Donald Trump to “go [expletive] himself ?” The main story of this week, however, is McMahon’s victory. There is no denying that elections are difficult and demanding processes, but they are also designed to prepare candidates for the intensity that accompanies the position. And as we have crossed this threshold, we have approached the true test. In the last three years, two SA executive board members have been forced to resign due to misconduct. We are hoping that tradition ends here. What McMahon and the rest of SA need to be aware of now is that while we are pleased with outcome of this election, we are not satisfied and are certainly not yet convinced. We have faith in McMahon and are hoping for the best. But just know: We’ll be watching. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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LIFE, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
A hidden experience Larkin Square offers food-truck service, free concerts, outdoor activities and more
A guide to volunteering in the City of Good Neighbors AMANDA LOW Staff Writer
If you’re interested in helping out the local community, here’s a look at a few of Buffalo’s many volunteer options for students.
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Larkin Square, located at 745 Seneca St., offers the community a place to enjoy free concerts, indoor and outdoor dining options and food trucks from around the city.
JOE KONZE JR News Editor
There is an interesting space nestled in the heart of Buffalo right inside the Larkin District. Larkin Square, a Western New York favorite that is home to a smorgasbord of events, is located at 745 Seneca Street in downtown Buffalo. Run by Leslie Zemsky, who calls herself “Director of Fun,” and her husband Howard, the square was built to create a gathering spot for Buffalonians to enjoy fun activities. On Tuesdays, for example, food trucks fill the lot and give eating enthusiasts a creative option for curbing their hunger while having fun. After grabbing dinner, patrons can enjoy a treat from Larkinville Ice Cream. “The community has really embraced it,” Zemsky said. “[We’ve had] between 1,500 and 2,000 people here for concerts and food truck night. And now food trucks have come from Rochester. Food trucks have even embraced it.” The venue has appeal – at least partially because if offers vibrant furniture, indoor and outdoor
dining, retail market stalls, stateof-the-art lighting and sounds, food trucks, public sculptures and free concerts. Consumers can enjoy a casual sit-down meal at the Larkin Filling Station, an artisan sandwich from a 1964 Airstream trailer or food from The Grill. But that is not all. You can learn how to play a classic, easy fun game called ‘pickleball’ that is played on a badminton court. The game is similar to tennis, but there is a slight difference: The ball is a smaller version of a wiffleball and the court is under onethird of the total area of a tennis court. “It’s a quirky game that anyone can pick up really quickly,” Leslie said. “When we learned about it, we thought, it’s perfect for here. Because it’s all ages, you can play in your sneakers or your office clothes. Or you can play official pickleball rules or just get out there and hit the ball.” The spontaneity and variety of Larkinville Square makes it another gem of Buffalo. email: email@example.com
Food Bank of Western New York The Food Bank of WNY has been providing almost 100,000 people per month with food services since 1979. They have open soup kitchens and food pantries for those in need, which are kept open through donations of non-perishable foods. The Food Bank has about 340 member agencies that then distribute the food. Jennifer Kurzdorfer, the marketing and development manager, said the organization has an increase in the amount of UB inquiries for volunteering opportunities. Students groups such as the UB School of Nursing and UB Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement have participated in the volunteering program. Volunteers are normally involved with sorting and packing donated food from public and private food drives, which is then transported to the various member agencies. The Food Bank has volunteering opportunities on campus like food drives, gardening and upkeep within the city.
One event the group holds around the holiday season is at Tops Friendly Markets. Volunteers can put together brown bags of food in stores and stay to work at Tops to accept food donations.
Weinberg Campus The Weinberg Campus is a Buffalo Retirement Community that has been providing seniors with a place to live for nearly 100 years. The retirement facility’s mission statement states it wants seniors to have a “healthy, independent and engaged lifestyle.” Kim Izquierdo, a sophomore intended nursing major, volunteers every Tuesday to spend time with the people living in retirement community and helps with preparing and serving residents’ lunches. She used to volunteer at a food pantry and a hospital but decided she needed a change of pace. “I wanted to work with different kinds of people that I wouldn’t usually work with,” Izquierdo said. The Weinberg Campus is close to North Campus, which is convenient for Izquierdo. She also gets to participate in the seniors’ activities, updates them on current events and in the process, meets a lot of people from different backgrounds.
Buffalo Humane Society The Buffalo Humane society is a “no-kill” animal rescue organization. The society owns a shelter filled with cats and dogs that they rescue from the streets of Buffalo. The group started the nonprofit organization after the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter announced potentially changing its pet adoption program. If the adoption program, as it is now, ended, the city shelter would have to put down animals after three days in the shelter. The policy never went through, but Buffalo Humane decided Buffalo needed a place where that kind of decision would never happen. Dani Toohey, a sophomore occupational therapy major, went last semester with a group of her Alpha Phi Omega brothers to help volunteer. At the shelter, they helped to clean out the cages of the cats and afterward had a chance to play with them. All of the cats are neutered and can be put into different programs; the society has an adoption program for anyone looking to own a cat, but the cats can also be put into a foster program. The program allows cats to be placed with a family until the organization can find a permanent home for them. The Buffalo Humane Society was advertised on campus to get more UB students to volunteer, which is how Toohey’s group found out about it. She thinks the group could use a lot of volunteer help. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOLVING INSECURITIES Two UB students say breast implants improved their lives KEREN BARUCH
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She spent $7,800 to be on bed rest and painkillers for two weeks straight. She felt as if there was a heavy load sitting on top of her chest – like something was suffocating her – and she could not make the pain go away. She knew that in a month or so, her money would pay off, though, in the form of a self-esteem boost. After years of letting insecurities and low self-worth get the best of her, *Chelsea Lynch, a junior photography major, decided to take control of her body and change what she said was bringing her down. She decided to get breast implants. Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States and “over 330,000 women underwent this procedure in 2012,” according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. There are risks, though – the FDA says there could be, among other things: additional surgeries required; capsular contracture, which is scar tissue that can form around the implant and squeeze it; and asymmetry, meaning the breasts are uneven in size or appearance. Two UB students, who said they turned to breast implants in order to solve self-esteem issues, urge other students in the same position to consider implants. These students hope to reduce the stigma associated with receiving implants and to point out the positive affects the procedure can have. Lynch said that she spent her entire life self-conscious about her breast size. Her friends and family always made jokes about how small her breasts were, and while she seemed to take these comments with ease, deep down she felt her insecurities grow. She always made comments to her family about wanting to get a boob job, but didn’t take that option into serious consideration until December break, her sophomore year of college, when her mother told her she’d be willing to bring her to a plastic surgeon for a consultation. “I was always trying to make my boobs look bigger in any way possible, like with bras and stuff,” Lynch said. “It wasn’t doing anything; it was not doing the justice it needed to because everyone still knew how small my
boobs were. My home friends and boyfriend would make comments, like ‘You have really small boobs.’ I’ve always had insecurities and self-esteem issues, and this was one step into making me feel better about myself.” Lynch’s mom took her to the office of renowned Dr. Michael Fiorello – a surgeon in Pearl River, N.Y. Her mother had three conditions that had to be met in order for Lynch to go through with the procedure. First, she wanted her daughter to receive a new type of procedure called the “gummy bear procedure.” The gummy bear procedure was introduced to the United States two years ago. Dr. Grant Stevens, a prominent plastic surgeon in Marina Del Rey, Calif., is an advocate of the “gummy bears,” because they look and feel more like natural breasts, according to ABC News. He also said they’re safer than other types of implants because they have a “lower rupture rate.” Second, Lynch’s mom wanted her surgeon to make the incision underneath her breast, which he agreed to do. The last guideline was that Lynch would still have feeling in her breasts upon completing the procedure, so she can breast feed if she chooses to when she has children. A “smile” incision around the areola increases the possibility of women having problems breastfeeding, according to babycenter. com. Lynch’s doctor agreed to ensure she had full feelings in her breasts upon completing the surgery. For one month, Lynch was not allowed to be on birth control, to have any extra hormones in her body or to eat red foods. On May 21, she was put under anesthesia and was prepared to wake up feeling a confidence she had never felt before, she said. Similarly, *Heather Kun, a senior communication major, underwent her procedure the summer going into her sophomore year of college. She had been unhappy with her looks for years. “I used to have nightmares that I was topless in front of people,” Kun said. These nightmares led her to feeling insecure. She said she was excited the morning of her procedure, because she knew she’d be leaving the surgeon’s office
as the “best possible version” of herself. Kun was 19 years old, so she was not allowed to get silicone implants. Rather, she got saline. She needs to get them touched up every 10 years because they may rupture, she said, but still, she thinks the surgery was worth every inconvenience. Both Kun and Lynch believe implants solved their insecurities. They felt the effects immediately upon completing their procedures. The women said their friends and family members supported their desire to get implants. “They always look out for my best interest and only care that I always feel secure,” Kun said. Lynch no longer feels insecure or embarrassed taking her shirt off. She said she even likes to walk around completely topless now. “I felt like a little boy before my boob job,” Kun said. “Afterward, I finally felt sexy.” Lynch urges UB students who feel insecure with their bodies and breasts to look into implants. She said the procedure is expensive, but if it’s something feasible and truly desired, then there should be no embarrassment or shame in getting implants. It’s a personal thing, Lynch said. Not being able to buy certain shirts, to comfortably sleep with a boyfriend or to walk around with a true sense of confidence is hard. If simply getting implants can solve that many insecurities, then she believes it’s worth the procedure. Kun went from an A cup to a C cup and Lynch went from an A cup to a D cup. Both said they feel more natural with their new breasts. They felt as if their bodies were not proportional beforehand. Though there are certainly health risks, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states implants can lead to a boosted self-esteem, body image and sexual satisfaction. Both Kun and Lynch report that their new breasts have brought them all three.
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Pop is not dead
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Album: Days Are Gone Artist: HAIM Label: Columbia Records Release: Sept. 30, 2013 Grade: A
HAIM has smashed onto the music scene with quite some force. The three sisters have come a long way from the perfect-fora-film-soundtrack, sweet, tweenpop sound of the Valli Girls. But they’ve ditched the denim miniskirts and fishermen hats for leather jackets and a pile load of edge. Fans waited 18 months to hear a first album, and Days Are Gone has hit all the right notes – literally and metaphorically. While listening to Days Are Gone, you may think you’ve taken a ride back to the ’80s with Marty and Doc in the DeLorean DMC12. There are one-string, discosounding guitar strums, mechanized percussions and ballads adorned with gleaming synths. HAIM isn’t the only band bringing ’80s influence into the 21st century. Undercurrents of the decade can be heard across the pop board. Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” or Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” both emulate classic ’80s sounds. HAIM has made the sound transcendent. Days Are Gone doesn’t sound ’80s inspired; it sounds as if it is the ’80s.
HAIM releases its first album, Days Are Gone
The third track, “The Wire,” is a significant change of pace from the rest of the album – it gives the listener a taste of The Eagles. But it doesn’t distract at all. It’s refreshing and it shows off the girls’ versatility like no other track. While Danielle takes a back seat in the song, Este and Alana get the chance to show they are far from backing-vocal wallflowers. The best thing about this album is the song writing. “Let Me Go” is the belter on Days Are Gone. The strong, punchy break-up song screams independence rather than heartbreak or sorrow. It’s deeper than the rest and the beats are harder, but this track knows its place on the album and doesn’t forget it. The track keeps an undercurrent of dance pop and the album flows in its diversity. “My Song 5” is the album’s experiment. It’s bold in its entirety, and it works. The song’s hip-hop undercurrents remind the listener this album hasn’t been dusted off from the ’80s, but is indeed modern, new and exciting. The track is also backed with dub-step effects and the occasional sounds of what appears to be an ele-
phant’s trumpet. It’s daring and poses a great risk of jarring the album, but it doesn’t. “My Song 5” keeps close enough ties to its previous tracks to prevent this from happening. The songs are refreshingly compact. None of the tracks are longer than 4 minutes, 17 seconds, which is pretty tight alongside the likes of Justin Timberlake’s seven minutes-and-counting recent releases. HAIM let nothing slip. Everything is accounted for and all musical elements are linked together one way or another. This is a great pop album that embraces and reverberates all the goodness of pop. It cuts out the mistakes and it banishes the preconception of pop as ‘cheesy.’ HAIM has pulled off a stunning first album, showcasing its talent for rhythm, composition and stunning vocals. A lot of people have been raving about HAIM and it’s no wonder – if this first album is anything to go by, these girls are going to be big players in the music game. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPORTS A ‘business trip’ to Kalamazoo
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Buffalo seeks its first road victory of the season at Western Michigan Buffalo (-11) @ Western Michigan Aaron Mansfield @aaroncmansfield (3-2): Buffalo – Give me Joe Licata over the freshman starting at QB for Western Michigan. Owen O’Brien @ owenobri (4-1): Buffalo – This is an even bigger statement game than last week. I don’t expect anything less than continued defensive dominance from the Bulls.
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Freshman wide receiver Corey Davis has been the Broncos’ most dangerous player through six games, totaling 412 yards and two touchdowns on 28 receptions.
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After a weekend of many firsts – in which the football team improved to 3-2 for the first time in the modern Division IA era, defeating Eastern Michigan for the first time in school history – the Bulls will look for another first this weekend: a victory on the road against a Mid-American Conference West opponent. The Bulls (3-2, 1-0 MidAmerican Conference) will leave UB Stadium for the first time since Week Two when they travel to Western Michigan (0-6, 0-2 MAC) Saturday. They are still searching for their first road victory of the season.
“If we want to be a good football team, we are going to have to win games on the road as well as at home,” said senior cornerback Najja Johnson. “We have to go on the road and take care of business and do what we are supposed to do and that’s the bottom line.” The defense has certainly “taken care of business” this season at home. After a sluggish start against two nationally ranked opponents in which the defense allowed 55 points per game, the Bulls have allowed just 49 points total and forced nine turnovers in the last three games. “Organized chaos,” Johnson said of the team’s defense. “We want to create as many turnovers as we can and score as
much as we can on defense and shorten the field for our offense because the entire team feeds off it.” Western Michigan has struggled on both sides of the ball to begin the season. The offense ranks 121st in the nation in points scored (15 per game) and the defense ranks 116th in points allowed (38.2 per game). The Broncos challenged themselves with a difficult non-conference schedule and have opened MAC play against two strong teams in Kent State and Toledo. The Broncos lost by a combined score of 79-34 in their first two MAC games. Western Michigan may be without its starting quarterback – senior Tyler Van Tubbergen
– who was forced to leave the Toledo game early last week. Freshman Zach Terrell played well in his place, however, completing 10 of 13 passes for 184 yards. Freshman wide receiver Corey Davis has been the Broncos’ most dangerous player through six games, totaling 412 yards and two touchdowns on 28 receptions. The Bulls’ offense has seen improved success as they’ve run the ball more effectively in recent games. Over the first two games, mostly due to the large deficit on the scoreboard, the Bulls were unable to run the ball often. Even when they did run, however, it was met with little success – averaging just 1.85 yards per attempt.
Ben Tarhan @bentarhan (2-3): Buffalo – The offense may not put up 40, but the Bulls’ defense has been too good to allow a lot of points to such a bad Western Michigan team. Jon Gagnon @jgags15 (3-2): Buffalo – Run, run and run some more. Western Michigan can’t stop what has been the Bulls’ catalyst in their past three wins.
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Quick Hits: Conference play continues
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The Bulls have advanced to a 3-2 record for the first time in their FBS history. This week, they face a winless Western Michigan (0-6) squad. Offensive player to watch Corey Davis, freshman, wide receiver Davis is a true freshman who has displayed loads of upside in his first five games with the Broncos. He stepped onto Western Michigan’s campus as just a two-star recruit coming out of high school, and despite playing in only five of the team’s six games, he’s leading in every receiving statistical category. It didn’t take him long to make his presence known as he tallied eight catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Michigan State. After three weeks he was added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List – awarded to the nation’s top receiver – and is currently averaging 82.4 yards per game. Defensive player to watch Donald Celiscar, junior, cornerback Celiscar was named MidAmerican Conference Defensive Player of the Week in Week One after recording 10 tackles against Michigan State. His contributions to the Broncos’ stingy defensive backs unit have continued – Western Michigan is surrendering just 168.7 passing yards per game to the opposition. Celiscar came into the season with three career interceptions and is on the verge of surpass-
ing that mark this season alone. He has two picks and six pass breakups through six games this year. He also leads all Broncos cornerbacks with 30 tackles. Key matchup Joe Licata vs. Broncos’ defensive backs The Bulls’ run game has been the spark of the offense in the last three games and it should find success again on Saturday. If Licata can continue to find open receivers – once the offense baits the opposition to focus on the run – Buffalo should have no problem approaching the 40-point mark again. Prediction Western Michigan’s winless record may be a bit deceiving at first glance. Three of its losses came against formidable opponents in the Big 10 and another
was against a top MAC team in Toledo. Nonetheless, the Broncos have been lifeless in all of those contests – losing by an average of 29.25 points per game – and were toppled by FCS program Nicholls. The Bulls scored at least 40 points for the second straight game last week against Eastern Michigan – the first time they’ve done so in the modern Division IA era – and the Broncos’ defense has been nothing short of atrocious. The offense – through an aggressive run game – should continue to click. It may look like an easy victory on paper for the Bulls, but they need to prove that they can compete on the road against a conference opponent. Buffalo 31, Western Michigan 10 email: email@example.com
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Freshman midfielder Braden Culver (above) battles Cornell on Sept. 27. The men’s soccer team heads to Western Michigan on Saturday in hopes of a much-needed conference win.
Volleyball (14-3, 2-2 MidAmerican Conference) After a 12-0 start to their season, the Bulls have gone just 2-3 since. Buffalo looks to turn its recent misfortunes around as it continues a road trip this weekend. After losing to Ball State (15-4, 3-1 MAC) in straight sets on the road last Saturday, this weekend will be crucial to gain momentum in conference play. First they travel to perennial MAC power Bowling Green (69, 3-1 MAC) on Friday night and then head to Miami Ohio (8-8, 0-3 MAC) on Saturday night. Women’s Soccer (4-5-2, MAC) The Bulls return home weekend after splitting their conference road trip of the
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son. They host Kent State (7-5, 2-2 MAC) on Friday and Ohio (5-4-3, 1-2-1 MAC) on Sunday. The offense exploded for four goals last weekend. Men’s Soccer (1-7-3, 0-1 MAC) After dropping its first conference match, Buffalo heads to Western Michigan (3-6) Saturday. This is a bit of a homecoming for head coach Stu Riddle and a number of the freshmen. Riddle left a coaching job with Broncos to come to Buffalo and brought some of his recruiting class with him. It will be Western Michigan’s first conference game. First touch is at 1 p.m.