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Campaign Official: Collins Money Returned No details about UB-attended political fundraisers
Student Robbed After Swiping Suspects Into Dorm Victim speaks to The Spectrum
LUKE HAMMILL Senior News Editor This article is a follow-up to Wednesday’s top story. County Executive Chris Collins’ reelection campaign returned the $2,560 it got from the University at Buffalo, according to a top campaign spokesman, but UB officials have declined to reveal much else. The controversial political contribution – shown on New York State’s website as two payments of $2,500 and $60, respectively, from UB Foundation Activities, Inc. (UBFA, a tax-exempt not-for-profit) – was initiated by The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), according to TCIE Executive Director Timothy Leyh. TCIE makes up “the business arm of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,” and it uses UBFA for its accounting services, Leyh said. Collins, a Republican, will run for re-election against Democrat Mark Poloncarz in November. The latest polls show the race to be close.
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LISA KHOURY Staff Writer Two female suspects attacked and robbed a UB student on Sunday morning after he let them into Red Jacket Quad on North Campus where he lives. The strong-arm robbery occurred at 6:05 a.m. The suspects forcibly pushed the victim into a wall after he let them into Red Jacket Quad, removing his wallet from his back pocket and stealing $100. They also took his iPhone. “I went out Saturday night with a couple of friends, and we got back pretty late Sunday morning” said the victim, who wished to remain anonymous, in an email. “Thinking I had left my laundry in the dryer, I went to the laundry room to retrieve it. On my way to the laundry room, past the glass doors, I didn’t see the girls, as it was pretty dark out. But I did see them on my way back. “Thinking they were UB students who probably didn’t have their IDs, I opened the door to let them in. What happened next, however, was completely unexpected and took me by surprise. Within moments of opening the door, I was being assaulted and robbed of several of my possessions, like cash and my iPhone.” As the student was being attacked, he said multiple things were running through his head, including the thought that the girls could be armed.
Collin’s’ campaign returned the $2,560 donated in the UB Foundations name.
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“These girls had the audacity to try to rob a guy, and I’m assuming they were confident in their chances of success; otherwise, they wouldn't have tried it,” the victim said. “That led me to initially believe that they might have a weapon,
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Foreclosing on the American Dream ERIN MAYNARD Staff Writer “No one is the enemy,” shouted Victoria Ross to the members of the Occupy Buffalo movement who had gathered at Niagara Square on Thursday afternoon to march to 350 Main St.: the Middle Market Regional Headquarters of Chase bank. However, Chase is one of the enemies – or at least one of the targets – of the growing Occupy Buffalo movement.
Breaking the Ice with Polar Bear Club Polar Bear Club stops in Buffalo Saturday night at Mohawk Place
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album captures the raw feeling that comes from living in a depleted city.
Climbing out of the frozen tundra that is Upstate New York, Polar Bear Club has quickly become on of the premier names in the punk world with their D.I.Y work ethic and high-energy live shows.
Clash Battle Guilt Pride is a vague album title, but that’s exactly why PBC chose it.
PBC have members from both Rochester and Syracuse. Both cities, like Buffalo, have fallen on hard times, and the tough environment clearly comes through in PBC’s music. “I think there is something to be said for being from a small city, a sort of identity-less place,” said main singer Jimmy Stadt. “Honestly, I feel a little like a middle child to the sort of country. I’m from this east coast city that feels a lot like the Midwest and doesn’t have a strong identity. So I think that gave me, early on, a blank slate to fill with any type of music I wanted.” Alongside Stadt in Polar Bear Club are Chris Browne and Nick Morris on guitar, Erik Henning on bass and newcomer Tyler Mahurin on drums. Polar Bear Club released its third full-length album, Clash Battle Guilt Pride, last month. The new
“We chose it as an album title because we felt that they were some of the more important lyrics on the record, and it sounds a little ambiguous in a way and we thought it would grow into whatever it would become,” said Stadt. “Much like our band name, Polar Bear Club, it doesn’t really sound like any type of band. But it’s become ‘Polar Bear Club.’ It means something now and it didn’t at face value, and that’s what we went for with the album.” Through the rigorous touring, the band has met some of their closest friends, and has learned from every band they have toured with. Stadt explained that when PBC first started out, there were two bands that helped them out more than others. The Gaslight Anthem taught PBC it’s not all about sounding good on stage – a band needs to have a good stage presence as well. Four Year Strong also left a lasting impression by letting PBC sleep on their hotel room floor so that they didn’t have to buy their own.
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Approximately 100 people gathered in front of the Main Place Tower to protest Chase’s business practices, which the marchers called fascist, classist and shameful. ”We are here to bail out the teachers, the nurses, the librarians, the children. We aren’t here to get anything; we are here to give everything. We are the people you took everything from,” said Natalie Luczkowiak, a Citizen Action representative participating in a “Chase got bailed out, we got sold out” chant led by Albert Brown. After a series of rallying cries, the protestors entered the lobby of the Main Place Tower, where they were met with a wall of resistance in the form of four security guards who barred entrance to the 23rd floor, where Chase’s offices are located. While there was security in the office building, there was no police presence during the event. The Occupy Buffalo movement has been unmarked by the violence that has been seen in New York City and Boston, with the biggest issue thus far being the condition of the grass in Niagara Square.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, Occupy Buffalo protesters stormed Chase bank headquarters on Main Street as a part of their recent movement to reform the capitalist system. John Koury /// The Spectrum
Protestors had wanted to deliver a letter to the corporate office en masse but were denied. Ultimately, only two representatives were permitted upstairs by security. Organizers then planned to make photocopies of the original letter so that each individual with a grievance could schedule an appointment and hand-deliver a copy of the letter. Ross promised that the contents of the letter will also be mailed to The Buffalo News and be made available on the Occupy Buffalo movement’s Facebook page. During the entire hour-long event, many onlookers were supporting the protestors with clapping, cheers, and honking horns. Not everyone supports the Occupy Buffalo movement, though. “[The protestors] all want $25 an hour,” said a man named Gilbert, who declined to reveal his last name.
As a local vendor at the farmers market, he contends that if he offered the protestors a job, they’d all turn him down. “You’ve got to start on the ground floor if you want to get somewhere in this world,” Gilbert said. “You have to start at $10 an hour and work your way up to $25 an hour.” Martin Wolanyk, a passerby, was also critical of the protestors. “It seems to be a waste of time,” Wolanyk said. “They don’t have any suggestions. They’re just mad that all the jobs have gone overseas for the past 20, 30 years.” But, there are some suggestions. Gene Grabiner, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor at Erie Community College, offered up several alternatives. He suggests a cap on interest rates, nationalizing
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Continued from Page 1: Student Robbed After Swiping Suspect Into Dorm so any action on my part that would escalate the situation or induce a panic among them wouldn’t have benefited me.” The suspects fled to the Red Jacket Lot and are believed to have driven in a blue SUV toward J.J. Audubon Parkway, according to the University Police incident report. “The fact that they took my phone led to a delay in [my] ability to contact authorities,” the victim said. “Otherwise, things might have turned out very differently.”
UB Students ‘Bowl for Boobs’ UB Against Cancer is sponsoring “Bowling for Boobs” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.
NATALIE LICATA Staff Writer Rather than competing for a cash prize or a trophy, UB students will be bowling for something more: boobs. UB Against Cancer (UBAC) is sponsoring a fundraiser called Bowling For Boobs on Tuesday in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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including “Save the Tatas” and “WTF (Win The Fight)” T-shirts, “Save Second Base baseball shirts,” and yoga pants. Jennifer Rose, the manager of Campus Tees, has agreed to help with sales.
The event aims to help raise $100,000 for the group’s signature event, Relay For Life, which will be held in April.
Because cancer is such a widespread disease affecting millions of families, UBAC focuses on promoting cancer education, awareness, survivorship, and advocacy for the American Cancer Society among UB’s student body.
“Through programs such as Relay For Life and our smaller fundraisers, we are hoping to eliminate cancer in our lifetime,” said Julie Smith, staff advisor for UB Against Cancer.
“Cancer’s occurrence has increased rapidly, and there are still many types of cancer that don't even have treatments,” said Merlyn Vilma, a senior chemistry major and president of UBAC.
More cleverly titled fundraisers, such as “Protect Your Balls Dodge Ball Tournament for Testicular Cancer” and “Great American Smokeout for Lung Cancer,” are also planned for November.
The probability of developing cancer in the United States is 44 percent for men and 38 percent for women, according to the American Cancer Society.
“We all know someone who has been affected by cancer,” Smith said. “I am not a doctor or a researcher, so I fundraise for the cause.” Last year, the Relay For Life drew in 1,800 students and raised just under $70,000, according to Quinten Hall-Lochmann Van Bennekom, a senior sociology major and vice-president of the chapter.
“I hate to see anyone go through the traumatic experience that comes with this disease,” said Stefanie Scanlon, a senior math major and treasurer of UBAC. “The only way I can prevent it right now is to fund research for a cure and for patient support.” Researchers from the University of Texas estimate that by 2030, the number of new cancer cases diagnosed will increase by 45 percent.
“I love being part of a group that gives back so much,” said Andrea Fadel, a junior exercise science major and secretary for UBAC. “It is a great feeling to be thanked for doing something so important when you are fundraising.”
“UBAC, for me, is an opportunity to join in the fight against cancer,” Vilma said. “Maybe I will be the next scientist to make a groundbreaking discovery toward a cure. Corny, but anything is possible.”
In order to achieve their relay goal of $100,000, committee members are also selling a variety of items,
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The suspects are both described as dark-skinned females; one approximately 5-feet-6-inches tall and of an average build, with straight long hair and a bracelet-style tattoo on her wrist. The second female is described as being about 5-feet9-inches tall and around 200 pounds, with hair that just covers her ears. The Guide To Residence Hall Living, which each residential student is given, and the Guidelines and Regulations section of UB’s Campus Living website both address the issue of allowing strangers in dormitory buildings. (The Campus Living website reads, “Help keep the building secure by not letting in strangers.”) But many students take the act of allowing strangers into their buildings lightly. “I lived in the dorms the first two years at UB and usually let people in all the time without even asking if they had a card,” said Tim Klein, an accounting major who graduated from UB
last spring. “It was easier to do that than to turn them down and say, ‘I don't believe you.’” Sophomore Kate Grimm, a resident of Red Jacket, said she wouldn’t stand around waiting for a stranger to let her in, as the suspects did. “I’ve forgotten my key, but I call someone from inside the door to let me in,” Grimm said. “I don’t stand by the door and wait there; I know enough people to call.” The victim is moving on, and surprisingly enough, he feels sympathetic toward his attackers. “My strongest feeling after the incident was one of anger – anger at the fact that I had been taken advantage of when I thought I was helping someone,” the victim said. “Then time passed, and I started to think more clearly. I actually began to feel sorry for them. These girls are so desperate that they had to rob someone for some quick cash, probably to buy drugs, and in retrospect, they did look like crack addicts.” “I got a replacement phone the next day, and $100 won’t break me. But [the suspects] have to look over their shoulders all the time for police officers, they have a useless phone, and they probably already smoked through all the drugs they bought with the stolen money” the victim said. “That’s pathetic. I feel sorry for them.”
Continued from Page 1: Breaking the Ice With Polar Bear Club Stadt’s admiration for music is a common among punk musicians. It only took one album for Stadt to find out who he was. “I asked for a Pennywise CD for Christmas. I didn’t know what Pennywise sounded like,” Stadt said. “It was Unknown Road I got [for Christmas] and I put it in and hearing that guitar riff that opens that record, after a little piano intro, my brain just exploded and I knew that was in my blood, that was who I was. So I contribute a lot of who I am now to that record, Unknown Road.”
and Composure. While the set list changes every night, there are some songs that Stadt and the rest of PBC enjoy performing for every crowd. “Right now the song I really love doing in the set is ‘Pawner,’ the first song of Clash Battle Guilt Pride,” Stadt said. “Its sort of a quiet song and I don’t know if people expect us to play it or not, but it’s a nice variation in our set list right now. We have these loud blocks and then we get to ‘Pawner’ and bring the room down, in a good a way, and I have been loving playing that song.”
Although Stadt has a love for the underground, there are major bands that have influenced his life as well.
Even if punk rock is not a person’s cup of tea, Polar Bear Club has a wide enough spectrum to appease almost any taste in music.
“I think I realized I wanted to be in a band when I was 15 or so and it first started…with Rage Against the Machine,” Stadt said. “I saw the music video for ‘Bulls on Parade’ and I would watch it and just pretend I was in it, playing that show. My uncle had given me a bass guitar with like two strings on it, that he essentially gave to me as a toy, and I would put it on and pretend I was in Rage Against the Machine.”
“I was never ashamed to listen to pop music, or listen to rap music, or listen to punk, or hardcore or whatever. It was just all the same to me,” Stadt said.
The band is currently touring the country with arguably some of the biggest up and coming punk groups, including Fireworks and Balance
Polar Bear Club is performing at Mohawk Place Saturday night with opening acts Balance and Composure, Such Gold, Pentimento, and Anchor Me Down. Doors open at 6 and tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door, but it is unlikely this show will still have tickets at the door. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Abortion Contortion Physicians should decide on life-saving abortions
EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF Matthew Parrino SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR James Twigg MANAGING EDITOR Edward Benoit EDITORIAL EDITOR James Bowe NEWS EDITORS Luke Hammill, senior Rebecca Bratek Sara DiNatale, asst. ARTS EDITORS Jameson Butler, senior Vanessa Frith Nicolas Pino LIFE EDITORS Akari Iburi, senior Steven Wrobel Veronica Ritter Keren Baruch, asst. SPORTS EDITORS Aaron Mansfield, senior Brian Josephs Scott Resnick, asst. Andreius Coleman, asst. PHOTO EDITORS Meg Kinsley, senior Troi Williams Nyeri Moulterie Alexa Strudler Satsuki Aoi
Most people who aren’t complete sociopaths agree that hospitals are in the business of saving your life. A bill introduced by House Representative Joe Pitts slightly changes that for women.
Currently, any hospital that receives federal funding has to provide emergency care to anyone who comes through the door and needs it, regardless of his or her ability to pay. If they can’t provide a life saving procedure, they’re required to transfer the patient to another hospital that can. This includes providing an abortion when a mother is in mortal danger. HR 358, also known as the “Protect Life Act,” sponsored by Pitts, would change that by giving hospitals the choice to deny women an abortion even when their life is on the line. This provision is targeted toward the over 600 Catholic hospitals governed by the Catholic Health Association, and religiously barred by bishops from performing abortions. The potential for conflict of interests is rife within the Catholic hospital system. In 2009 a nun and adminis-
trator of a Catholic hospital in Phoenix, Arizona named Margaret McBride was excommunicated after she was on a panel that decided to terminate a woman’s 11-week pregnancy. It was determined that without the procedure, the mother would have likely died. Hospital officials defended her decision, but she was reassigned from her job as a vice president of mission integration.
While situations like these are very unfortunate, the fact of the matter is that this was not some frivolous abortion for a young adult who was making immature decisions. Doctors had a person’s life directly in their hands and a simple decision: let the mother die and certainly lose the fetus as well, or terminate the pregnancy and give the woman a fighting chance. Most people, including McBride, wouldn’t allow ideology to come between saving a life and losing one, but Pitts and his new bill do just that. HR 358 allows for people who have no medical training whatsoever to decide what the proper avenue for a person’s treatment will be.
This is an embarrassing attempt to inject politics into medicine. Pitts thinks that he knows better than extremely well-trained and well-educated medical professionals whether or not it is proper to use a medical procedure to save a woman’s life. An abortion is nothing to be taken lightly for sure, and for the most part the debate is still open on many philosophical and constitutional issues. While many arguments from the liberal side stem from situations much like this one, the conservative counter is that these situations are few and far between. This is the chance for conservatives to show that they’re not willing to completely sacrifice a woman’s health for an ideology. They can show that while they are against abortion in most cases, that they have the compassion and empathy to understand that there really are some situations where there is truly no alternative. Pitts should take a second look at what this bill actually does, and see whether or not he wants to be the guy that lets women all across the nation die just so he could make a point.
What’s the Deal With Racial Profiling? Southwest Airlines stepped over the line
COPY EDITOR Edward Benoit
Southwest Airlines has been working hard at offending nearly every group of people it can in recent years.
She was issued a voucher for another flight and told she wasn’t welcome.
the flight and cleared by the most well trained terrorsniffers in the business.
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Kevin Smith was kicked off a Southwest flight for being too fat; Leisha Hailey was kicked off for kissing her girlfriend, and back in March a Muslim grad student was kept from flying because the crew felt “uncomfortable.”
More than 4 hours later, Abassi touched down in San Jose, Calif. She was 25 minutes late for a psychology experiment she had set up, and all of her test subjects were gone.
Captains of planes, however, are given the power to choose who can and cannot ride on their plane. This was not a government flight, and the pilot could choose to bar a person from flying for whatever reason he or she feels like, no matter how stupid or minor. If the pilot wanted to kick you off because you were a famous comedian whose manager yelled at the pilot for no real reason, then that’s their prerogative.
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Irum Abassi was flying in normal attire and wearing a hijab, an Islamic headscarf. She went through enhanced screening during the security check at San Diego International Airport. Abassi was on the phone with a Verizon customer service representative while boarding the plane, and because it was nearly time to depart, she told the representative “I have to go.” A flight attendant thought she said “It’s a go,” and quickly had her removed from the flight. A TSA agent only had to spend a minute or so with Abassi to realize that she was in no way a risk to the flight. The pilot, however, was not satisfied. The final say rested with the captain, and he decided to not allow her back onto the plane because of the crew’s discomfort.
Southwest apologized to her officially, stating that they do not discriminate for any reason, and they are a recognized leader for their “diversity.” Now, Abassi is suing the airline for punitive damages for discrimination based on race and creed, and for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
While what happened to Abassi is offensive and unnecessary, it was not criminal.
It’s somewhat understandable for the flight attendant to bring up an issue if she perceived one. Although minor, if she actually thought she heard something suspicious, she had a duty to at least bring it up with security to have it checked out to make sure that everyone flying was going to be safe. When TSA cleared her, however, the pilot and the crew should have been put at ease. Not only was Abassi already subjected to the hyper-obtrusive TSA enhanced screening, but she was also pulled aside right before
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Airlines rely, however, on a massive federal agency for their security. Regulations should be put in place that limit a captain’s ability to discriminate based on creed or color. If they have concerns, they should be able to demand an extra screening, but not to completely bar a person from flying. What this underlines is the need for all of us to actively overcome our prejudices. Just because someone wears a scarf doesn’t mean they’re a terrorist.
In College, a True Bro Rides Solo Single as a dollar and I’m not looking for change AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor
REBECCA BRATEK News Editor
I’ve played the field; I’ve done my “walk of shame.” I’ve been that girl that dances with every guy at the club. I’ve had more guys that I was “talking to” than I could count on one hand. But I’ve settled down; I’ve been tamed for the first time in my life. I’ve been in the same relationship now for almost six months – arguably my longest consistent relationship. Though I’m out of that three-month “honeymoon” phase, I still believe life is better with someone by your side. In college, that’s not something you’ll hear out of the majority of kids’ mouths. Most students are just looking to hit it and quit it; they’re looking for a one-night fix to a hole left in their love life – they might not admit it, but all those trials and errors are just steps to being in that one, serious relationship. So, to counter my colleague, I’ve come up with five reasons why you should be looking for “the one” during your college years: 1. A significant other can be your support system A boyfriend or girlfriend should not only be your lover, but also your best friend. How many times have you had a bad day and your best bro or BFF4ever didn’t answer your texts or phone call and you just needed someone to talk? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left The Spectrum office crying because of a rough day or how many times a fight with my mom has left me screaming that I want to move out. And having that one person you know will be there through thick and thin makes life seem not as dark and scary. You have someone to hold your hand through it all and talk you down from rash decisions. And who else would answer their phone at 2 a.m. because you can’t sleep? Your mother certainly won’t. 2. Your sexual needs will always be filled Let’s be real for a second: one of the biggest pluses of a relationship is the access you have to sexual pleasure almost any time you want. Feeling sexually frustrated? Call up your significant other. The reason they’re with you is because somehow he or she finds you attractive. This, if your relationship is healthy and you’re both ready and willing, leads to nights that leave the bed rocking. There’s no need to be texting every girl in your phone to get some action (and every text past midnight can be considered a “booty call”). One-night stands are unfulfilling after the action and can lead to more complicated (or hurt) feelings. Is one night of sexual bliss worth the awkwardness the morning after? Or is it worth the strange situation of friends with benefits? Hit it, but don’t quit it. Sex with someone you love – or at least really, really like – is better than nameless, stranger sex. 3. The chase is exhausting You know what? Some mornings I don’t
like to shower, and sometimes jeans are just way too constricting. Being in a relationship allows me to go out in public without washing my hair or putting make-up on my face – obviously someone already thinks I’m alluring enough to be with me. I don’t need to impress anyone. Getting “pretty” every single day is exhausting, and in the end, a false representation of myself. And trying to make the cute boy in my English class fall for me is too much work. I’d rather know I have someone I want – who wants to be a perpetual player? 4. You always have a date for those boring occasions Mom’s best friend’s stepdaughter is getting married and you’re expected to make an appearance? If you were single, you would probably be hounded by the crazy groomsman who smells like beef jerky. Now who wants that? If you have a significant other by your side, you dodge the creeps and can spend the night dancing away with someone who won’t judge your moves. And along with this comes someone who can hang out for a boring night at home. Netflix, a bowl of popcorn, and snuggling on the couch? So relaxing, and what you need if your BFFs4ever are too busy slutting it up at the club. 5. Everyone loves a good cuddle To reiterate my last point, a good spooning session never hurt anyone. I can’t just walk up to any guy on the street and ask him to be my big spoon. No, first you need a solid and intimate connection. I am the first to argue that a good cuddle session is more intimate and loving than any sex can ever be. It takes a lot of trust and comfort to lie down next to someone to do nothing more than embrace each other, and even maybe take a nap. And you can’t deny that your full bed is too big for one, and winter nights in Buffalo can be chilly. Your significant other is the perfect cure-all. Whether you’re on month one or year nine, spending your nights and days with someone by your side can lead to more happiness. Just knowing someone out in the world cares for you and is there for you is more rewarding than hooking up with that cute guy you met five minutes ago at the bar. As Mumford & Sons once said: love, it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you; it will set you free.
I’m feeling like a star, you can’t stop my shine; I’m loving cloud nine, my head’s in the sky. I’m solo, I’m riding solo. Jason Derulo is aware of the key to bona fide bro bliss – the single life. I’m fed up with hearing things like “I need a girlfriend.” So here you go – five reasons you shouldn’t hurry to get a girlfriend. 1. Sports are infinitely more interesting than women If you don’t enjoy sports, then this point is null and void. But if you’re like 90 percent of men out there, you completely understand. There’s nothing in the world like sports. You’re in a good mood all day when your team wins, and you’re pissed off all day when the squad loses. Have you ever had the joy of watching one of your favorite teams win the championship? There is no better feeling in the world. If you put a gun to my head and asked if I’d rather have sex with Kim Kardashian or watch the Buffalo Bills crowned as Super Bowl champions, I would choose the latter 100 percent of the time. The vast majority of females are implausibly overdramatic. You don’t need more hysteria in your life. What are you going to do when you want to watch the end of the football game and she’s crying and saying you two need to have a talk? You can’t win either way. Just get rid of the quandary; nobody should stop you from watching the end of the game. Also, what guy wants to cuddle and watch a chick-flick when Sportscenter is on? Girls are crafty. If you’re the nice guy and you agree to suffer through the movie, you miss out on Sportscenter. If you get your way, she makes you feel guilty. Even if she doesn’t guilt-trip you, you feel terrible. There’s no winning. 2. Your wallet’s thin enough as it is Fact: girlfriends cost a lot of money. You’re a dreadful boyfriend if you don’t occasionally buy your girlfriend stuff (i.e. her birthday, Valentine’s Day, etc.). Every trip to the movies? $20 dollars. Every time you take her to dinner? $30 dollars. The expenses add up. Wouldn’t you rather spend money on Madden 12, a new
snapback, or maybe a 30-rack of PBR? 3. Think of the things you could do with your time Family parties are boring enough. You have a girlfriend? You get to go to her family parties, too! More time with your girlfriend means less time with your bros. Who wants that? Your bros are family, there for you through thick and thin, and they’ll be there when the girl isn’t around anymore. Why do you need someone else who’s going to call you every five minutes? Your mom already does that. If you have the gumption to do what you want to do, she acts depressed and you feel like an awful person. Your grades suffer. What’s that, you have a test tomorrow? Too bad, because it’s her mom’s birthday tonight and you have to go over to celebrate. 4. You’re in college – ask Wiz Khalifa, you should live young, wild and free The Single life is just more fun. You don’t need to ignore girls. What kind of life would that be? Women are beautiful and there’s nothing like the thrill of the chase. You just need to find the perfect balance. Don’t date ‘em and don’t be just friends with ‘em. Walk a fine line somewhere in between. I know you can do it; you’ve got swag. Besides, you never have to feel guilty if you live the single life, and you don’t have as much reason to worry about the answer when you ask: “What happened last night?” You have plenty of time to live life tied down. Odds are, you’ll get married after college and spend the rest of your life attached to the same person. Essentially, you have a four-year window to do whatever you want. Go out, have a good time, and meet a complete stranger. Life is all about the memories you make, and there’s no more opportune time than the college years. Don’t let a girlfriend hold you back from that. 5. You have issues if you need a girl to make you happy Everyone – yes, everyone – should be able to produce his or her own happiness. You should never rely on someone else to bring you joy. You’re great as you are, and you don’t need affirmation from someone else. In conclusion… I’m all for true love and spending your life with the right person, but there’s no need to rush into a relationship. Take your time and have fun while you’re in college. Jason Derulo knows what’s up and so do the New Boyz. She ain’t gonna tie me down. Email: email@example.com
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NICOLAS PINO Arts Editor While cape and cowl will be common attire in the Big Apple this weekend at New York Comic Con, local comic enthusiasts will get their fair share of the inky goodness in the form of the Buffalo Comicon. For seven straight hours this Sunday wannabe heroes of all shapes and sizes will roam the Marriott Banquet room in their quests for collectibles, hand-drawn artwork and, of course, the best reads of the past three decades.
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While the annual show has been in existence for over a decade, this year’s event looks to be one of the best yet. As DC’s new 52 begins its final No. 1 issues and ongoing events like Fear Itself, Spider Island and Schism nearing their nail-biting conclusions, the event will serve as the perfect venue to discuss the past, present and future of comic’s most famous properties. DC and Marvel won’t be the only comic crafters at the event. Artists and writers from all over Western New York will be in attendance to show off their wares.
Students from UB will be out in full force, as UB’s very own Comic club will partake in all of vast splendor that these kinds of events bring.
“There’s [Mike Gagnon] who does the restoration of classic comics, who lives up in Hamilton, Ont.,” said Novak. “It’s cool to have him, because comics aren’t all about superheroes.”
“I'm just excited about being surrounded by comics and comic fans for a full day,” said Michael Hoffert Jr., UB Comics’ vice-president and host of the “It Came From the Longbox” podcast.
Among the guests: Gagnon, zombie aficionado Kyle Kaczmarczyk, Erich Coldviking (known for his dark reinterpretation of children’s books in GeneRAGEtion X) and many more prominent Buffalo artists and illustrators.
And Queen City Bookstore, the event’s host, is more than happy to oblige.
Last year fans of classic comic strips like Charlie Brown got a long-time-coming surprise in the form of Weapon Brown, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the world that Charles Schulz created.
“It’s comicon, we got a lot of local dealers, a lot of people selling comic books, it’s not one of those big cons that you see, you know like in San Diego, down in Philly, Chicago. But it’s one big show,” said Emil Novak Jr., the son of the main street shop’s owner. “Each year is always getting better because we’re always changing stuff. We hype it a lot,” Novak said.
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This year, Buffalo Comicon hopes to be bigger and better than ever, with 700 in attendance last year, Buffalo Comicon 2011 forecast is nearing a thousand.
“Well over the past couple of years we’ve been trying to grow the show, to a nice level, and we seem to be on the right track,” said Emil Novak Sr. “I think we’ll see maybe more people in costume, more younger faces, which are our future readers, and a great buzz on the floor.” Students find the event a great place to find comics that the store doesn’t always have in stock, and more often than not, at bargain-bin prices. “Last year I came home with a backpack full of all sorts of [new comics] and I only spent like 30 bucks,” said Josh Rakower, UB Comics’ treasurer and cofounder. But even before Buffalo’s masked vigilantes gather at the Marriott on Sunday, the comic community will get a chance to gather at the Buffalo Central Library on Saturday for the 3rd Annual Buffalo Comics Fest. The Fest will incorporate events that span the entirety of the nerdy spectrum. With Star Wars panels, comic book workshops, and events for the youth, Comics Fest will serve as the ideal precursor to Sunday’s heroic gathering. Buffalo Comicon runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday at the Buffalo Marriott off Millersport Highway. Tickets cost $5.50 and will be sold at the door.
Emil Novak Jr. and his father are the master minds behind this Sunday’s Comicon.
Art That Always Shines After the man is shot and taken to a nearby hospital, the body was left in a pick up truck for further examination, unnerving the audience as they watched as onlookers stayed near the corpse, making it apparent the violence in this part of Honduras was common.
FRIDAY Club Diablo 5 p.m. – Dan Harper Blues Band
In contrast to the heavy content of Leiva’s art was that of Alfred University graduate Joe Bigley. Bigley’s piece consisted of still shots of what appear to be an abandoned carnival. The shots have an extremely solemn yet extremely calm tone.
Buffalo East 7 p.m. – Oktoberfreakfest Slee Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. – Jupiter String Quartet Alt Theatre 8 p.m. – Ravings Mohawk Place 8 p.m. – Screaming Females w/ Underground Railroad to Candyland 31 Club 9:30 p.m. – Mirage Band SATURDAY Shea’s Buffalo Performing Arts Center 1 p.m. – Historic Theatre Tour Mohawk Place 6 p.m. – Polar Bear Club, Balance & Composure, Such Gold, Anchor Me Down, and Pentimento. Nietzsche’s 6 p.m. – Project/Object w/ Ike Willis and Ray White Alt Theatre 8 p.m. – Ravings Kleinhan’s Music Hall 8 p.m. – Live & Let Die: A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney Tralf Music Hall 8 p.m. – Junior Boys w/ Egyptrixx SUNDAY Marriot (Amherst) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Buffalo ComiCon
Art in cycles at The Circumpolar art gallery in the CFA.
The days of art galleries being motionless rooms lined with mute pictures are coming to an end as they begin to take a more modern twist. Inside room B45 at the Center For the Arts, curator and graduate assistant Necole Zayatz is contributing to this movement as she worked to assemble unique art from nine artists to present the show Circumpolar: Go Shapers. The exhibit premiered on Oct. 6, and its layout appears to be extremely simplistic: almost all of the art is shown on a screen and fed through a projector. Covering a range of topics, the pieces seek to display the weighty concepts of senseless violence, the fluidity of identities, and illegal immigration. With most of the work set to repeat automatically, the show is perpetual. “I can see how the name correlates with the art. Circumpolar stars never set: this type of art loops and technically never ends,” said Keesha Pinales, a junior psychology major. One of the most moving pieces came from Honduran artist Alma Leiva. Featuring stitched together news clips, the video portrayed the heinous violence in Leiva’s native country. Focusing on an innocent man robbed of life at a community fair, viewers are shown the detached attitude of witnesses for an event that has become all too common.
Slee Concert Hall 3 p.m. – Jupiter String Quartet Burning Books 7 p.m. – Millions Against Monsanto: The Future of Food
Nietzsche’s 8 p.m. – Rose Bond with the Allen Street Jazz Band Soundlab 9 p.m. – Drop the Lime ALL WEEKEND Albright Knox Art Gallery Videosphere: A New Generation Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) Buffalo Museum of Science Journeys Into Papua – South Pacific islander artifact exhibit UB Art Gallery at Center for the Arts Buffalo Beijing Translation – Artwork from UB’s exchange program with Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts Shea’s Performing Art Center The Lion King TheaterLoft 8 p.m. – Ruined
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Canisius Montante Cultural Center 2:30 p.m. – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
UB Center for the Arts 7:30 p.m. – Tedeschi Trucks Band and Scrapomatic
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The art from electronic artist Jennida Chase served as a medium between the violence in Leiva’s art, and Bigley’s simplistic pieces. Chase’s art started as what seemed to be still photos with the message “During the night watch for activity” popping up between shots. Eventually, the audience could see movement of people at what they soon learned was the desert at the U.S. border. The images continued to appear back to back until one could no longer see movement in the images, instead solely sound, which created a slight fear in the audience. “[Leiva’s] art made me cringe, but [Chase’s] art actually had me slightly paranoid, mind you, we’re in an empty room with the lights on,” Pinales said. Zayatz didn’t show all of the art on the projector, however. The UB adjunct professor also had three lone portraits on the wall behind the main attractions. Art by Nia Burks, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, took the obsession people have of updating their Facebook profile pictures and gave it a new, unified twist. “[Burks] took a bunch of the profile pictures and layered them to make one large portrait of the person,” Zayatz said. An up-close-and-personal view of the art shows the amount of images that went into making one large portrait of one or two people. One piece was of a single person, another of a pair of friends, and the third of Burks herself. The Circumpolar show is open at the CFA until Nov. 4 from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M., excluding Mondays and Sundays.
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Politics Being Politics
Hey Hollywood, Why So Boring? JAKE KNOTT Staff Writer
Ides of March will have you marching out of the theatre.
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JAKE KNOTT Staff Writer
The acting talent is one of the few things the film has to offer. Hoffman plays his usual, sarcastic character, and Giamatti is once again the jerk that the audience can’t help but like anyway. Gosling almost recreates his persona from Drive, as he can successfully read people like open books, while Clooney is also solid in his typical role as a smooth talker, and has a plethora of clever scenes.
Film: The Ides of March Release Date: Oct. 7 Studio: Columbia Pictures Grade: C What really happens behind closed doors during political campaigns is always shrouded in mystery. The Ides of March, which started running its box office campaign last week, provides the audience with a glimpse behind these closed doors. Loyalty is questioned, allies are double-crossed, debates are waged, and little is accomplished. The film is directed and written by George Clooney (The American), who also stars as Mike Morris, a Pennsylvania governor and underdog presidential hopeful. His press secretary, Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling, Drive), is the main focus for the audience throughout the campaign. Myers is quickly shown how corrupt people involved in politics can get, including himself. The film isn’t what you’d call exciting, as pointless political bickering drives much of the film’s action. Myers, for instance, thinks Gov. Morris belongs in the White House. Ida Horowicz (Marisa Tomei, Crazy, Stupid, Love), a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, thinks otherwise. How engaging. Many of the film’s scenes, however, can be quite powerful. The intense dialogs of campaign managers Paul Zara (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Moneyball) and Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti, The Hangover Part II) are actually somewhat engrossing. These are the exception to the rule, however, as much of the film is a bleak landscape littered with bland dialog.
That’s about the extent of the film’s interesting characteristics, however. The plot twists and turns, desperately trying to pull in the audience, but such tactics bring little to the finished reel other than making it nearly impossible to choose sides. Perhaps that’s what Clooney intended his film to capture: the negativity and selfishness of all politicians, regardless of their party. Everyone’s actions in the film can easily be frowned upon, and the viewer is simply expected to accept that as the moral. By the climax of The Ides of March, if one even exists, few things change. Any alterations that take place – either to the plot or the characters – are not worth caring about. None of the characters appear to care either, apathetically accepting whatever happens. The film does not persuade people to like or hate anything about politics. Instead, it unintentionally causes people – or at least the film’s audience – to not care about politics. Ultimately, The Ides of March just doesn’t boast enough interesting material to warrant the price of theater admission. For those that, for whatever reason, may want to see George Clooney in one of his least interesting and least sexy roles, may want to wait to rent. Email: arts@ ubspectrum.com
Release Your Inner Child VANESSA FRITH Arts Editor
Album: Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns Artist: Barely Blind Release Date: Oct. 10 Label: TDR Records Grade: AThe first full-length album for Texas natives Barely Blind retains the signature sound heard on the band’s prior EPs, but also brings new depth and a few hidden tricks. Kicking off with “Silver Lake,” the quartet shows how far it have come in the last eight years. Written before the band’s recent move to Los Angeles, the opening track serves to delineate the start of a new direction for the group as it steps up and out, both musically and personally. The title song hits halfway through the 10-track album and shows a slower, quieter side without falling into the acoustic cliché. While guitars generally dominate the musical landscape, “Wilder Child” hands the reins over to Will Smith’s drum-led beat.
Did you know that Hollywood is rebooting The Wizard of Oz?
Even middle-aged Vin Diesel still has about three-quarters of a tank.
If you didn’t know then you were lucky. Sorry to put a thorn in your thigh, but someone had to be the bearer of bad news.
But a sequel to Top Gun? Really? That movie’s overrated enough (but that’s another article for another time). This kind of sequel is purely created to gain excess coin for production companies, and not adding anything refreshing to the original film. The same plot is reiterated, only with some new characters and scenarios, and that’s your sequel.
Let’s face it. Movies are becoming increasingly unoriginal. This weekend is no exception, as there happens to be two remakes premiering today: Footloose and The Thing, although the latter is more of a reboot and I will be going for my weekly appointment at Regal. But with two reruns in one weekend, do theaters expect to profit in the box office? I still go to Regal once a week, but are other people that dedicated? With a continuous series of derivative ideas via sequels, remakes, and reboots, my $10 (minimum) might feel more welcomed elsewhere. Sure, sometimes there are heroes like James Cameron, who opened our eyes to glorifying worlds in Avatar, or Quentin Tarantino, who was the mastermind of the astonishing battle in Inglorious Basterds. However, not everyone is quite so inventive. Hollywood filmmakers somehow need to be persuaded to think of their own ideas. Even if Cameron and Tarantino have to team up and teach at a filmmaking university, something needs to happen, and fast. Newer masterpieces are nearly impossible to find. By this, I’m referring to the awesome creations from filmmakers who develop their own, original story, while keeping it interesting, and make a film out of it. Who, besides me, really wants to pay to see seven Saw movies? But in no way do I imply that all sequels are worthless. I will continue to watch each Fast and the Furious installment, because that franchise has yet to even slightly plummet.
While there are no lackluster tracks tucked away as forgettable filler, the tracks that stand out the most are the ones that have something particularly special to offer. “How to Sail the Atlantic Alone” boasts an excellent chorus, and follows hard on the heels of the retrospective lyrics weaved into “Inner Child.”
Within the next couple years, additional sequels to other dead franchises are entering pre-production. Just yesterday, 20th Century Fox titled, plotted, and dated a fifth installment to the Die Hard franchise. The series – which began in 1988 – will further explore John McClane’s butt-kicking while he enters his senior years in 2013. I bring all of this to your attention because I have terrible thoughts of what could potentially happen when every film is a do-over. Eventually, at the pace Hollywood is going, there will be nothing in the cinema except remakes, which are certainly not worth another ticket purchase. Is it really that difficult to generate a new idea? One, simplistic thought can be expanded into a feature film. In The Hangover’s case, the basic idea worked. Herd a bunch of morons together, get them completely wasted, and have funny things happen to them. Incredibly generic plotline, but it worked to perfection. Aren’t Hollywood writers being paid enough to conduct decent material? It scares me to even fathom that all a writer has to do to “earn” a paycheck is to find a previously made movie and reword it. Maybe I should quit my day job. Sorry, Tops. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Purgatory Creek” and “ Can’t Expect” would have felt right at home on My Life with a Giant, and serve to keep Barely Blind close to its roots while the band explores new – and generally calmer – waters in “Love (Isn’t Everything)” and “Una Bella.” The album ends like it opens. “Nature of the Beast,” which was released as a video last winter, provides an anthemic relative to “Silver Lake.” It proclaims the band’s ideal of living life to the fullest in the manner you wish as vocalist Brad Cuccio emphasizes in the chorus, singing, “I live like I live/ and no I don’t wanna,/ no I don’t wanna change.” Barely Blind took the financial risk of releasing the album as a free download, but will most likely profit by expanding its fan base.
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interest rates, nationalizing banks, stopping certain forms of speculation, and taxing Wall Street transactions.
State’s Department of Labor contends that the move saved the state over $1 per check processed after accounting for printing and mailing fees.
Heron E. Simmonds-Price, adjunct professor of philosophy at Canisius College, also suggested banking at a credit union instead of at a traditional banking institution. “Credit unions don’t engage in credit default swaps and derivative tradings,” Simmonds-Price said. “The money you put in a credit union stays in your community; it supports your community. It supports your neighbors. Credit unions do things you understand. They help you buy a car, put your kids through college, [and] own a home.” Robert, a 1980 UB civil engineering alumnus who declined to reveal his last name, had mixed reactions to the protest.
The National Consumer Law Center, though, says that these debit cards are loaded with “obnoxious fees,” including balance inquiry fees, overdraft fees and inactivity fees that burden already-strapped individuals.
“These people are all very liberal. Why aren’t they going after Cuomo?” Robert asked. “He supported Obama’s jobs bill, but then he lays off state workers. He doesn’t tax the rich to save state jobs. Why aren’t they going after Cuomo?”
“It seems like a lot of it is show, without a lot of solid direction,” Aaron said. “Reform would be good, but corporate law and all the regulations are structured to maximize profit and benefit shareholders. It doesn’t look promising. I mean, I don’t make a lot of money.”
Chase is being targeted because it has the highest foreclosure rate among the big banks, according to Harold Miller, director of New York Communities for Change. “There are 74 open [Chase] foreclosures in Buffalo,” Miller said. “We are calling for the [loan] modification process to be transparent and timely. We can’t have more families in the streets.” Additionally, Chase serves as the overseeing institution for the New York State unemployment debit card program. Chase also provides debit cards for six other states’ unemployment programs, 15 states’ child-support programs, and 26 states’ food-stamp programs. The debit cards replaced paper checks in 2006, and New York
Several towns and cities across New York – including Hempstead, Freeport, Binghamton, and Ithaca – have cut ties with the bank in protest. Some have refused to go the bank for any new bond issues, according to Miller. Aaron, an HSBC banker who declined to reveal his last name, doesn’t believe that protesting is going to change anything.
Miller, though, sees all the different factions as part of one big problem: corporate greed. “It’s like a rotten tree,” Miller said. “All the branches [of the tree] are the lack of jobs, the home foreclosures, [and] the hydrofracking, but the root is greed. That’s what unites all these causes. We’ve got to get greed out of politics. Right now, the person with the most money wins the election, not the person with the best ideas. We need to get rid of the lobbyists. We need clean money and clean elections. That’s where we start.”
“While we are grateful for our support throughout the county, including the Center for Industrial Effectiveness at the University at Buffalo, we have returned the contribution that was mistakenly made in the UB Foundation’s name.” Both Leyh and UB Foundation Executive Director Edward Schneider characterized the political contribution as an “honest mistake” in emailed statements to The Spectrum.
Senior quarterback Chazz Anderson finally had his breakout performance against the Bobcats: he threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-39 passing. Senior receiver Ed Young – who was still living in the shadows of two colossal dropped passes against Pittsburgh – put on a show. He finally escaped the stigma, catching five passes for 135 yards and a touchdown.
the Cardinals marched for 75 yards on 18 plays. Buffalo had Ball State pinned in two fourthdown situations on that drive, but the Cardinals converted on both plays and eventually overran the Buffalo D for the game-winning touchdown. It was heartbreaking – so heartbreaking, in fact, that this Buffalo team wasn’t ready to experience that feeling again. The Buffalo defense rose to the occasion on Saturday. The Buffalo D will need to shift its focus from pass defense to stopping the run this week, as the Bulls will key in on containing Pierce and Brown.
The Bulls’ defense surrendered 37 points and struggled at times, but it stepped up when Buffalo needed it most.
Quinn said the Owls’ stats speak for themselves, and his team is aware of the potency of the Temple offense.
In Buffalo’s first MAC matchup on Sept. 17, the Bulls lost to Ball State (3-3, 1-1 MAC) when the Cardinals scored a touchdown with just 29 seconds left. Ball State’s final drive chewed up the fourth-quarter clock, as
Johnson is a former walk-on who earned his way into the starting lineup through strong special teams play. “As always, I’m concerned with controlling the passing game,
but [I’ll take] any chance I get to help in the run game,” Johnson said. “Still, my primary concern is the passing game and any play action passes.” The Temple defense has matched the effort of its offense this season. The Owls are only surrendering an average of 11.17 points per game, which ranks them seventh in the NCAA. Temple also has an extremely strong special teams squad – No. 1 in the nation in kickoff returns. The Buffalo offense, defense, and special teams will need to play their best game of the year for the Bulls to win. This weekend is homecoming for Temple, and the Owls have won two straight homecoming games and their last two against Buffalo. The Bulls will look to break the streaks Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Email: email@example.com
SPECIAL EVENT PARKING NOTICE Michael J. Fox DSS Lecture
the Collins campaign. “At that time, I didn’t realize that our purchase would be regarded as a campaign contribution,” Leyh continued. “That was not my intent – I just wanted to attend the event so that we could do our usual networking. It was an honest mistake and one that I take responsibility for.” When The Spectrum asked Leyh and UB Assistant Vice President for Media Relations John Della Contrada for more details about the $2,560 meal tickets – such as the names and dates of the events and a list of people who attended them – both declined to provide answers. “You have the statements,” Della Contrada said. “We don’t have anything else to add. We acknowledged the mistake, we’ve corrected it, and we’re taking steps to prevent it from happening again.” 10.0 in.
Beginning at 3:00 P.M. on Wednesday October 19th, 2011 the following North Campus parking lots will be closed and reserved (through 8 P.M.) for patrons of the DSS lecture:
Baird B Lot, Slee B Lot, and Lake La Salle Lot At 8:00 P.M. the parking lots will reopen for the university community These arrangements conform with the Special Events Parking Plan approved by the Offices of the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, and the campus negotiating units.
“In order to develop clients for our services, we are always networking in the community,” Leyh said. “My staff and I attend as many events as possible where we can make contacts and inform people about what we offer. Last spring, I bought tickets for a breakfast event, and a dinner, which I now realize were fundraisers for
Oliver, who’s been Buffalo’s most consistent offensive threat, continued his remarkable 2011 campaign by rushing for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.
Wednesday October 19th, 2011
Continued from Page 1: Campaign Official: Collins Money Returned On Thursday, one day after a Spectrum article revealed the donation, Collins campaign spokesman Stefan Mychajliw emailed a one-sentence statement to The Spectrum:
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Rainbows and Drag Queens and Pride, Oh My!
Friday, October 14, 2011
The Ultimate Green Eggs and Ham MARCENE ROBINSON Staff Writer
The LGBTQ Bazaar was one event supporting National Coming Out Week at UB
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community, according to the club’s Facebook page.
As Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” blasted through the speakers, a boy in a purple shirt and black cardigan mouthed the words to his friend and danced to the infectious tune.
“I came out to myself when I was five,” said Jon Hurst, a second year master’s student in higher education administration program and organizer of the week’s events. “I always knew something was different, I just didn’t know what. As a Methodist and an African American, being gay was more of a challenge due to my cultural upbringing. With my mother, it’s a continual process we work on everyday, but I am lucky to have her love and support.”
The music cut to Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep,” and a drag queen by the name of ‘Penny Tration’ took the floor lip-syncing in a bedazzled gown and a full face of make-up; just an average day in the middle of the LBGTQ Bazaar during National Coming Out Week at UB. For its second event of the week, the LBGTQ Bazaar hosted a morning of awareness through information tables, word of mouth, and drag on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Student Union. A rainbow balloon entrance and people in T-shirts that read, “I support equality. Diversity. Uniqueness. Wellness. Happiness. Love. You,” welcomed in friends, supporters, and curious guests. “I’m a huge supporter of the LBGTQ community and what they do,” said Kate Corsaro, a freshman musical theater major. The goal of UB LGBTA is to facilitate understanding among all students, and to establish a safe environment on campus. They promote knowledge, understanding, truth, acceptance, and respect for UB students’ and the greater
Although Hurst has had a great support system, not everyone in the LGBTQ community does. “That’s why it’s important to have these events at UB. Part of the bazaar today and the events for Coming Out Week is a support system for the LGBTQ community,” Hurst said. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate our pride in our community, and it’s also an opportunity to educate the larger UB community about the LGBT community to dispel myths, or misconceptions, or stereotypes that may be out there. And to just educate the person that is genuinely interested but has no clue about the LGBT community.” The event is set up with multiple booths that all relate in some way in support of LGBTQ. Eddie Powers, a freshman musical theater major, made rainbow pride friendship bracelets with his friends.
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“It’s good to know, especially for gay people, that there’s such a strong community at UB,” Powers said. The event provided an exciting morning in the SU as students flocked to see professional drag queens strut their stuff. “I mean, where else are you going to find a six foot man in a dress?” said Mike Spinelli, a sophomore business administration major. However, another kind of woman may have caught many onlookers’ attention. Ellen Brauza, a priest at the Buffalo Community of the Holy Spirit, hosted her own booth in support of the event, week, and LGBTQ in general. “We really believe God makes people all kinds of ways and loves them all kinds of ways,” Brauza said.
Any students who wish or were inspired to partake in LGBTQ can easily get involved in the community. Meetings for UB LGBTA are held every Monday at 6 p.m. in SU 145B. “Anyone can join the LGBTA,” said Judy Mai, the president of UB LBGTA and a junior health and human service major. “We are opened for anyone to join.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meridian Arts Ensemble 25 Anniversary Concert Meridian commissions and brass ensemble works from the Baroque and Renaissance
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“Sam, Sam, Sam I am,” shouts a huddle of young men who call themselves Green Eggs and Ham. No, they’re not a part of the Dr. Seuss book club; they’re the UB Ultimate Frisbee team. Although the phrase the team chants before each game is from a children’s book, ultimate frisbee is a sport that requires an immense amount of physical training and competition. But three years ago, this competitive mentality would not have taken form if not for the leaderships of now alumnus Zack ‘Trainwreck’ Smith and Bryan ‘Mama Bear’ Jones. The two took over and transformed the team. Under Smith and Jones, the team began to condition three times a week, and entered into more competitive tournaments. “They revolutionized the team and taught [us] how to compete at a higher level. They led the team to want more,” said Jon ‘BAYNE’ Bain, captain of the men’s team and senior biological sciences major. Bain joined the team as a freshman. Now, as team captain, he continues the traditions set in place by Smith and Jones. Green, Eggs, and Ham has been sculpted into a respectable team with a name of unknown origin that has been carried by the team since the mid 1980s. “When people think of frisbee, they think of the typical hippie standing around a field throwing,” said Ben ‘Smiles’ McPherson, president of the UB Ultimate Frisbee team and a senior environmental engineering major. “But in reality, it’s a lot of running. It’s more like soccer and basketball in that regard.” The team practices in the field beside the Governor’s parking lot when the weather is nice, and goes to Alumni Arena in the winter. The members spend approximately 15 hours a week training and conditioning by lifting weights in small groups and running in large groups. They travel for tournaments and spend full weekends together. The
extended amount of time that the team members share allows them to solidify their family bond. “We’ve become, in a sense, a brotherhood that you see in some fraternities because we spend so much time together,” McPherson said. The women’s Ultimate Frisbee team returned to UB in 2010, just three years ago after fading away for a short period of time. The new team is called The Lorax, another name that originates from a Dr. Seuss book. “When they made the [previous women’s] team…they were all the same age,” said Jessie ‘Hummer’ Chiello, a captain of the women’s team and senior biological sciences major. “When they all graduated, the whole team left.” Chiello had played with the men’s team in the fall of 2009, but started up the women’s team in the following spring. “I really wanted to play more. So we made the team,” Chiello said. With both teams rejuvenated with a new attitude, results began to show. The women’s team is off to a hot start as they are undefeated with 15 wins this year. They won FrizFest and the Theodore Seuss Geisel Memorial Frisbee Tournament. Last year, the team also went to regionals in the U.S. Ultimate, a nationwide tournament. “I like how the team has grown in the past years,” Bain said. “When I came as a freshman, this was somewhat of a joke. It wasn’t as tight knit. People didn’t work hard in practices, but now we really brought the team around. We work hard every day.” With competitiveness pumping through their veins, the men’s team has an ongoing rivalry with Syracuse University. Two years ago, UB had a major victory when they defeated their rival and won the bid for regionals. “Kids on Syracuse broke down and cried, because that’s how attached they were to the game,” said Mitchell ‘Girl Scout’ Wheeler, a team member and senior mechanical engineer major.
Today, there are three teams within the UB Ultimate Frisbee family. The women’s team, The Lorax, with 25 members, and two men’s teams, Green Eggs and Ham and The Expendables, each with 20 members. “We’re always looking to grow,” McPherson said. “When I started we only had one team with around 20 guys.” This year the team received $4,600 from the Student Association (SA). This is $1,000 more than last year. Due to the amount of community service and SA events that the team attends, the SA decided to give the team more money. Each fall, the team hosts a major fundraiser that brings them approximately $5,000. They host a tournament in which 32 other men’s teams and 12 other women’s teams participate. There are around 15 rookies currently on the team, and each year the team attends freshmen orientation to recruit members. “It’s not uncommon to have 90 or 100 members at our first couple of practices, but after a while it dies down,” McPherson said. Behind the aggressive nature of tournaments, playing against other schools is a pleasure. The entire ultimate frisbee community is accepting and welcoming off the field. “[When] we go to a tournament four hours away, we don’t have to pay for hotels,” Wheeler said. “Someone will put you up.” Other schools provide the team with housing and support. “The thing I love about ultimate is there’s this thing called the ‘spirit of the game’ where people respect other players,” Bain said. “They [are] responsible [for their actions]. It’s grown up but I can still be as competitive as I want to be.” Additional reporting by Keren Baruch
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FRIday, OCTOBER 14 FROM UNIVERSAL UCLICK
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- It's a good day to seriously consider an idea that you discarded as being too unconventional only a short time ago.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Versatility is the key to a successful; the moment you think doing only one thing is enough, you'll find yourself bringing up the rear.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Read up on what you do not know well and you will surely be in a better position to field certain requests, comments and complaints.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You can share some information with a friend that takes him or her by surprise -- but much of it should have been obvious, really!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -You have the sense that something is holding you back, and yet you cannot quite put your finger on it. Clarity comes during the evening. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your sense of humor may get you into some trouble, as you are willing to laugh at some things others do not find at all funny. Edited by Timothy E. Parker October 14, 2011 MIRROR, MIRROR By Kevin Carr ACROSS 1 Make embarrassed 6 Brick-carrying trough 9 Express audibly 14 Drug-yielding shrub 15 Gabor of "Green Acres" 16 Nigerian dollar 17 Andrea Bocelli, for one 18 Butting bighorn 19 Discontinue, as a project 20 Start of a cosmetic question 22 Most pallid-looking 24 Deli bread varieties 25 Popular place to hang out 27 Part 2 of the cosmetic question 29 Perfect, for NASA 32 Violinist's stroke indicated by a "V" 35 Afghan coin 36 Radius neighbor 37 Diamond-quality factor 40 Thin 42 Rich soil 43 Irrigation tool 45 A great time or great noise 46 Hole maker 47 Part 3 of the cosmetic question 50 Sideshow barkers, e.g.
51 Amino or boric 55 Part 4 of the cosmetic question 58 End of the cosmetic question 60 Brilliant achievement 61 Bighorn's mom 63 Topiary item 64 Get rid of a beard 65 "___ 'em" (order to attack) 66 On the up-and-up 67 Ink for a laser printer 68 You may get a charge out of it 69 Takes out of context?
DOWN 1 Out of the sack 2 Powerfully built 3 "___ Hall" (Woody Allen movie) 4 Winter event 5 Loser in a fabled upset 6 Concerning this, to lawyers 7 Fertility clinic specimens 8 Where a Biblical road led 9 Without footwear 10 Quietly implied 11 Economical backyard swing 12 Times to remember 13 Glued to the tube, say 21 P, to Pythagoras 23 Witch's incantation 26 Keg insert 28 It ended on Nov. 11, 1918 29 "M*A*S*H" star 30 Small bills 31 Go-___ (four-wheeled racer)
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- It may be time to wrap up a period of increased creative activity -- but take care that you don't leave anyone hanging as a result. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may want to take charge of a situation that others have let get out of hand in some way -- but know that you won't be able to solve everything.
32 The Daily Bruin is its newspaper 33 Comforting sight after 4-Down 34 False god mentioned in Judges 36 Let loose, as a dog 38 Irritant in one's side? 39 Last of the brood 41 Gradually lessen 44 Actor Wallach 47 Tipped individual 48 Do a private eye's job 49 "Somewhat" suffix 50 Desire and then some 52 Welsh dog 53 Arctic native 54 Insolvency causes 55 Direction wagon trains headed 56 Cave phenomenon 57 First name of 29-Down 59 Water-girt land 62 Take the title
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You can share ideas and dreams with those around you, but you must acknowledge that there is only so much you can actually do to realize them. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Putting yourself in another's shoes is always a good way to maximize your understanding of a situation -- but today it may not work as planned. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You'll still be chasing dreams even after you accomplish something highly personal and quite important. You must always forge ahead! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may be surprised by the news you receive from a friend or loved one concerning a third party who is dear to both of you.
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Newfound Buffalo Offense Squares off with Intimidating Temple Owls Two quick, sporadic thoughts on what’s happening in sports – nationally and at UB AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor The city of Philadelphia is struggling right now I have to admit that I feel some sympathy for the city of brotherly love as the Bulls march into Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls. The methodical Phillies and their all-star pitching rotation got booted in the first round of the MLB playoffs, and Ryan Howard is out 5-6 months with an MCL injury. The Eagles are 1-4, and everything is going wrong for “the dream team.” Vick is playing hurt, and his team is suffering as a result. The Eagles desperately need LeSean McCoy to take over if they plan on getting back in the playoff hunt. Hey, at least Philadelphia has the Flyers right now. They sit at 3-0 and look like legitimate Stanley Cup contenders behind the goaltending of Ilya Bryzgalov. I feel bad for you, Philly, but I hope the Sabres overtake the Flyers this year. I’m still bitter over last season. 2. The Bulls need to win this weekend – it’s a statement game Just like people are saying the Buffalo Bills need another signature win, the Bulls need one as well. Ohio is a good team, but Temple is an elite MAC team. The Bulls will be considered a true threat if they can get a W this weekend.
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AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor
What a difference a week makes. Just seven days ago, Buffalo fans were discussing the collapse of a team that simply couldn’t fulfill its potential. They were talking about the minimal productivity of the offense. They were analyzing a 1-4 team that was winless in the Mid-American Conference. This week, everything’s changed. The Bulls (2-4, 1-1 MAC) are merely one win better in the standings, but the vibe around UB Stadium has taken a complete 180-degree turn. Buffalo will carry its fresh momentum into Temple to face the acclaimed Owls (4-2, 2-1 MAC) on Saturday. A win for Buffalo would grant the Bulls at least a share of first-place in the MAC East Division. Temple’s only losses this season have come at the hands of MAC West leader Toledo (3-3, 2-0 MAC) and Big Ten force Penn State (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten). At the same time, the Owls have pounded Atlantic Coast Conference power Maryland in College Park (2-3, 1-1 ACC), 38-7. The Bulls will need their offense to continue surpassing expectations as they face the Owls, who are led by a pair of talented running backs. Temple ranks 11th in the country in rushing offense. The Owls dominated Buffalo last year, 42-0, with their running game. They rushed for 266 yards, while the Bulls could only muster 63. “This week is all about payback,” said sophomore cornerback Najja Johnson. “Last year is definitely on a lot of guys’ minds, and we’ve got to redeem ourselves this week.” Temple tailback Bernard Pierce is No. 1 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with 15. Diminutive running back Matt Brown has also ran for five touchdowns. Pierce has run for 692 yards on the year, while Brown has scampered for 323. “They have a ball-control offense,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “They know who they are and that’s who they want to be. We’re built to stop the run, but they have some very talented running backs.” Saturday’s matchup will pit the conference’s two top rushers – Pierce and sophomore running back Branden Oliver – against each other. The Buffalo offense finally lived up to expectations in last week’s 38-37 victory over Ohio (4-2, 1-1 MAC).
Temple running back Bernard Pierce is one of the best in the nation, and he’ll lead the Owls against Buffalo on Saturday.
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Shocker at NIU Sheds Light on Scouting Temple Much-Improved Soccer Team Current Record: 4-2 (2-1 Mid-American Conference) 2010 Record: 8-4 (5-3 MAC) All-Time Series: Buffalo leads, 12-3 Last Meeting: Temple 42, Buffalo 0 (October 23, 2010 @ UB Stadium) Two Owls to Watch: RB Bernard Pierce: Buffalo will be faced with the daunting task of stopping the nation’s leader in rushing touchdowns on Saturday, as Pierce leads the way with 15. The junior tied a MAC record when he recorded five of those rushing touchdowns at Maryland on Sept. 24. Pierce’s 692 rushing yards on the season are good for 7th in the nation, one spot in front of Buffalo’s Branden Oliver. LB Tahir Whitehead: Whitehead, who has quickly become one of the more fearsome defensive players in the MAC, anchors a Temple defense that leads the conference in sacks. Fittingly, the senior was named to the Butkus Award watch list prior to the season’s start. The Newark, N.J. native’s four sacks in 2011 tie him for the conference lead, and his six solo tackles at Toledo on Oct. 1 were a career high. To put it simply, Whitehead means to the Temple defense what Khalil Mack means to Buffalo’s.
The men’s soccer team has united this year, resulting in a strong 2011 campaign.
SCOTT RESNICK Asst. Sports Editor It was all a blur for freshman defender Lukas Fedler. Fedler scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute against No. 18 Northern Illinois two weeks ago. What has stuck in his memory isn’t the goal, but the feeling of elation. “All I remember is my teammates running towards me and the celebration that followed,” Fedler said. “My face still hurts, but it was worth it.” The Bulls’ (7-5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) 2-1 victory against the Huskies marked the first time that Buffalo defeated a nationally-ranked opponent since Sept. 1997, when it beat No. 19 Notre Dame. “The win was huge for these kids’ confidence, because they’re working extremely hard,” said interim head coach Dave Hesch. “They’re doing the right things, and just getting the ball in the back of the net and grinding out wins is what we’ve been working on. It was a great win – especially against a ranked opponent.” According to Hesch, the Bulls’ win wasn’t a fluke, and the team might finally be hitting its stride. The Bulls followed up their huge performance against Northern Illinois with a 5-0 victory over Bowling Green (7-4-1, 1-1 MAC) on Sunday – the biggest win for Buffalo since 2008. “I’m very confident heading into our conference schedule,” Hesch said. “I think that if we play to our potential, we can grab that one or two seed come tournament time.” But in order to truly understand the makeup of this year’s Bulls squad, you have to see past the overtime thrillers and the miraculous comebacks and examine the very fabric of this team. Over all other aspects, this year’s squad is defined by selflessness. Senior defender Nate Woods said the team’s tight-knit structure is the reason the Bulls have been so successful this season. Buffalo finished 7-10-1 (3-3 MAC) last year, and Woods believes the team underachieved because it didn’t possess the “all-for-one” attitude that this year’s squad has adopted.
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“We’re a lot closer than last year,” said sophomore midfielder Richard Craven. “Last year there were a lot of individual players, and this year we’re very close. We’re all on the same page; we’re all brothers, always looking out for each other. There’s no one who thinks they’re better than anybody else. We work as a team.” In addition to the Bulls’ chemistry, the team boasts some talented players who appear to be in top form entering conference play. Junior forward Maksym Kowal ranks in the top-10 in the MAC in shots attempted, while senior forward Andy Tiedt is among the MAC leaders in goals. Junior midfielder Risto Latti is tied for the third-most assists in the MAC. The Bulls’ primary strength lies in junior goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi, who is among the conference’s leaders in saves with 61. Viscosi has already registered four shutouts, which matches the team’s 2010 total. Buffalo’s pursuit of a conference championship begins with strong play between the pipes, and Hesch believes the Bulls have the right man for the job. “Viscosi was doing well for a while, then he kind of tapered off a bit, but he’s back in form,” Hesch said. “He made some outstanding saves against Northern Illinois to keep us in the game in overtime. He’s definitely been quality in net for us, and he’s a pleasure to have.” The Bulls are solidifying themselves as legitimate contenders, but they still have one evident need – a bigger fan base. “The excitement of soccer is unlike anything else,” Woods said. “We’re going to be battling hard to get results, and we’re going to score and play some entertaining soccer, which we’ve managed to do quite a bit of this season. Get out there and show your Buffalo pride.” Fans have an opportunity to show their Buffalo pride and witness one of Buffalo’s most successful programs as the fall season proceeds. The Bulls’ next matchup is on the road, at Western Michigan (4-8-1, 0-1-1 MAC) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Bulls win if….they stop the run. Buffalo’s run defense ranks ninth in the MAC, and the 239 rushing yards they surrendered last week against Ohio leaves a lot to be desired as the Bulls gear up to face one of the nation’s elite backs in Pierce. If the Bulls’ line can win the battle in the trenches and give the offense optimal ball position, they’ll have a chance to pull this one out. The Owls win if…Pierce plays like Pierce. It’s a known fact that establishing the ground game opens up the passing game. That doesn’t bode well for a Bulls’ defensive unit that ranks ninth in the MAC in pass defense. If Pierce is able to put together a typical performance, expect this one to be a shootout in similar fashion to last week’s Ohio game. Prediction: Scott Resnick Asst. Sports Editor The Bulls’ defense hasn’t shown enough to anticipate a strong showing against a high-powered offense such as Temple’s. Even so, the offense appears to have gotten back on the same page after spending a few weeks in disarray. This one could very well turn into a high scoring affair, with two capable offenses taking the field at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Stadium. Buffalo-27 Temple- 38 Aaron Mansfield Senior Sports Editor Buffalo looked great last week against a strong Ohio Bobcats team. Still, Temple is the class of the MAC East division. Bernard Pierce is really, really good. The Owls’ running game should wear down a poor Buffalo defense. Expect the Bulls’ offense to continue its recent strong play, but the Owls’ offense and home-field advantage should result in Temple’s fifth victory of 2011. Buffalo- 24 Temple- 40
The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. October 14th, 2011.