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School of Management Students Face Expulsion Professor Suspects Students of Stealing Exam AMANDA JONAS Asst. News Editor
UB Alert Limited to On-Campus Situations DEMIRE COFFIN Staff Writer
The University at Buffalo offers a convenient system to deliver warning messages about on-campus situations, but when it comes to crime off-campus, students do not have as reliable a source of information. The on-campus system, known as UB Alert, is a multi-faceted service that distributes messages through a wide variety of media. These means of alert include the university’s homepage, MyUB, the UB Reporter page, the UB emergency web page, and e-mail and text message alerts for those who have signed up for them. These services were put into place in compliance with the Clery Act. The act is a federal legislation that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. “UB Alert is a free service offered by the University at Buffalo that delivers text messages and/or e-mail messages to members of the campus community during emergencies and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations,” said Chief of University Police Gerald Schoenle. “Text message alerts are generally reserved for more serious on-campus emergencies.” Some past incidents that were sent out as text alerts include weather emergencies, the report of a possible person with a weapon in Lockwood, the report of a robbery that had just occurred on campus, and possible gas leaks. The UB Alert system is set into motion when either a senior administrator or the University Police Department decides that a message is needed. Once the decision has been made, University Communications crafts a message. After this, University Communications does two things. First, it publishes the message to channels that the university controls, such as MyUB and the emergency website. It then passes the message on to channels that are controlled by other institutions, like local news media outlets.
“We have to communicate through a variety of channels,” said Joseph Brennan, associate vice president for University Communications. Since past incidents involving possible physical danger to people or property have been reported by text, questions remain about the response to the recent incident at 211 Lisbon Ave. “We don’t want to be the boy who cried wolf,” Brennan said. “If we [sent] out messages over everything, people wouldn’t pay them any attention.” In addition to not being able to send out emergency warning messages to students, University Police also cannot patrol certain areas of the University Heights. University Police officers have jurisdiction only on campus and the streets that border South Campus, such as Winspear Avenue, Bailey Avenue, and Main Street. “The University Police are State University police,” Brennan said. “That means they are an agency just like the Buffalo Police Department or Amherst Police Department. They have a geographic boundary jurisdiction.” Some students living in the University Heights often feel slighted when it comes to security. “University Heights houses a lot of students, and that is an important part of the school community, just as dorms and on-campus apartments are,” said Erica Teneyck, a junior accounting major and University Heights resident. “Just because we can’t afford to live on campus doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get the same sense of security as those who live on campus.” Despite University Police limitations, safety in the Heights remains a concern for many at UB. Recently, University and Buffalo police have initiated a collaborative effort to continue improving safety and deter crime there. University Police officers are authorized to assist Amherst, Buffalo, and NFTA officers during patrols, arrests, and investigations, and they often do. Because of this arrangement, UB was able to launch joint patrols in University Heights from Thursday through Saturday nights. The patrols are conducted with assistance from officers from the Buffalo Police Department and NFTA. To further increase safety, UB has paid for security cameras that are positioned on traffic signals and streetlight poles on Englewood Avenue, LaSalle Avenue, Winspear Avenue, Parkridge Street, Main Street, Custer Street and Eley Place. E-mail: email@example.com
p.m. Arik Kayam, a junior business major, heard that the test was being passed around to students in the class after it had possibly been stolen by a student who had taken the test earlier that day. While Kayam denies having obtained a copy of the test, he knows of someone who saw the exam before the second exam began at 6 p.m. “I know of a kid that had a hard copy of the test five minutes before the test,” Kayam said. “As we were walking out of the test and talking about what happened, [my friend] said that someone [walked up to him] and [handed him] a copy of the test and just walked away.” The copy seemed like a rough draft of the exam because it had questions but lacked answer choices, according to Kayam, who heard the continued on page 8
Merrimac Fire Destroys Students’ Home JENNIFER HARB Senior Life Editor Massive amounts of smoke rose into the sky, and the loud sound of sirens drew a large crowd of concerned students and community members to 37 Merrimac St. on Friday afternoon. The Buffalo Fire Department was called to the scene to put out a blaze that was rapidly spreading throughout the house. Since the home had a wooden frame, the fire reportedly had a “good hold” of the first and second floors. The cause of the fire is under investigation and lab work is currently being conducted. After the fire had been put out, the eight occupants were escorted into the home to gather their belongings, according to Buffalo Fire Division Chief Donald McFeely. It was estimated that there was $30,000 worth of content damage and $65,000 in building damage. The adjacent houses, 33 Merrimac and 39 Merrimac, reported $10,000 and $25,000 worth of exposure damage, respectively. Girinath Ramachandran, a 2nd year electrical engineering graduate student and one of the occupants of the house, was not home when the fire began. However, Ramachandran recounted the experiences of his roommates who were home at the time. Courtesy of PJ Rappa
A massive fire destroyed a students’ home at 37 Merrimac St. on Friday afternoon. There was $30,000 worth of content damage and $65,000 in building damage.
“There was a small sound from [a] room and [my roommates] couldn’t find what caused it because there was a lot of smoke,” Ramachandran continued on page 2
Presidential Search Committee Lists Desired Attributes BRENDON BOCHACKI Asst. News Editor
In an announcement to the university, Chairman of the UB Council and Presidential Search Committee Jeremy Jacobs updated the community on the progress and status of the presidential search. After completing their three scheduled open listening sessions, at which they welcomed opinions and suggestions from students, faculty and staff about the traits they would most like to see in the 15th president, the members of the search committee have formulated a position profile. It has been posted on the presidential search website at: www.buffalo.edu/presidentialsearch. A few of the qualities and expectations noted in the profile are to “refine, enhance and expand the
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UB 2020 vision,” “diversify and build the university’s resource streams,” “demonstrate leadership, build consensus, and establish trust,” “further relationships with strategic partners,” and “strengthen coalitions within system, statewide and national governance structures.” The committee is actively accepting further suggestions and nominations from members of the community for individuals qualified for the position. Jacobs also noted the unfortunate passing of Maureen Mussenden, associate counsel in the Office of University Counsel and member of the committee. In addition, Andrea Costantino, director of Student Life, has joined the committee. All updates on the search will be posted to the committee’s website.
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Students in an online-based class in the School of Management allegedly obtained a rough draft of a test from Professor David Murray. Murray is conducting a thorough investigation with assistance from UBIT and his department.
David Murray, adjunct associate professor in the School of Management and Sciences, walked into his class on Oct. 29 just a little after 6 p.m., slammed a stack of papers on the front table, approached the chalkboard in the Knox Hall classroom, and wrote, “WE HAVE A PROBLEM.” His Introduction to Management Info Systems online-based class, MGS 351, was preparing to take an exam when Murray, known for his friendly personality, confused students by announcing that the test was canceled, according to Jordan Daniel, a junior business major. “[Murray] told us that someone had stolen the test and he was going to do whatever he could to find out who did it,” Daniel said. Rumors had circulated that a copy of the exam had been illegally obtained prior to the test at 6
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said. “In a matter of 35 minutes, everything was on fire. They weren’t sure of the reasons.” Although the university offered to provide a hotel room for the students, the occupants decided to stay with friends in University Heights instead. According to Ramachandran, the landlord may be able to arrange another house in which the students can live for the remaining six months. However, Ramachandran does not know when such arrangements will be discussed or made. “We have been trying to reach him for two days. He may be busy with other housing issues, but we’ll have to wait for a couple of days to get an answer from him,” Ramachandran said. “He didn’t talk about it further.” Unfortunately, a majority of the occupants’ possessions have been destroyed. For the international students living in the home, this fire was especially devastating as many of their legal documents necessary for immigration were either partially or completely ruined. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is currently assisting the students with this issue and has provided them with the necessary recourse to obtain new paperwork. Despite the circumstance, Ramachandran remains optimistic that the situation will be resolved. His main concern is returning to his schoolwork and projects, which may be difficult because much of the work was lost in the fire. “We didn’t really figure out what we lost until now… our hard drives had lots of materials for projects this semester,” Ramachandran said. “Once we started to go through this, we needed to meet with our professors to discuss [what to do].” The university gave each of the students $50 in Campus Cash, and the American Red Cross, which was at the scene of the fire, is helping the students understand how to go about replacing licenses and other legal documents. It also supplied $375 for each student to replace lost items and is willing to encumber the first month’s rent in the event that the students secure new housing soon. Although these students had been
living in the house for approximately a year and a half, many other international students rent apartments or houses from their homes overseas. “I think the students, being literally halfway around the world, trying to secure an apartment via e-mail can easily put them into a bad situation,” said Chris Bragdon, an international student advisor in the department of international education services. “Once they’re here, they suddenly have to try to find a place to live or settle on a place. They don’t know the area and they might be pressured by landlords.” The Off Campus Housing department, located at 365 Harriman Hall, helps students find apartments. Dan Ryan, the director of Off Campus Student Relations, helps students deal with landlords as well as issues within students’ homes. This may mean finding a housing inspector or giving the residents advice by helping them understand their rights as tenants. “We’ll connect them to the City of Buffalo building inspector, who can, at the students’ invitation, come in and take a look and tell them where there might be possible risks,” Ryan said. “Malfunctioning furnaces, plumbing or electrical, clogged drier vents, non-functioning smoke detectors… sometimes the building inspector can help in getting things fixed with the landlord much more quickly than the student alone can.” In order to raise funds for the students, the Graduate Indian Student Association will have a table in the Student Union for donations this Thursday and Friday. Additionally, donations will be accepted at the SBI Ticket Office beginning today and continuing until Dec. 3. All donations will go toward the Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Association. Additional reporting by Dannielle O’Toole. E-mail: email@example.com
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I am a UB ‘84 graduate out of the English Department who is a finalist (actually, the only finalist from New York, Buffalo, and UB!) in Kensington Publishing’s writing competition called Writing with the Stars (formerly known as American Title). This contest is the American Idol of the writing world with five rounds of competition, two finalists eliminated during each of the first four rounds, the last two finalists battling it out for the win in the fifth round, and the winner receiving a publishing contract from Kensington Publishing. Round One (Best Opening Paragraph and Last Line) ran from October 11 through October 26. On October 10, just before Round One began, The Spectrum had an article about me titled “UB alumna finalist in worldwide novel contest... Student voting could be differencemaker.” Some UB students may remember the article. The following day, for the first time in a long time, I returned to academic complex at UB (not just Alumni Arena). From October 11 through the October 26, I walked the halls of the Spine from the UGL to Clemens Hall (my old stomping ground, which thankfully still looks the same), asking students to vote for my novel, Aliya Arabesque. Some UB students may remember me. I was the one who suggested they turn off their high-tech devices and have a conversation with their fellow students. Today I am back to tell UB students that they were a differencemaker. The competition among the ten finalists in Round One was fierce. But UB students (and Western New Yorkers) went to the poll for me, and
UB alumni, who learned about the contest in the eleventh hour, gave me a last minute surge at the poll. I have something to share with all of UB, something beyond the news of my success in Round One. On October 11, I stepped onto a campus that I found unrecognizable in a most disconcerting way, but on October 27, knowing that I had received the support of UB students and alumni, I walked through the Spine of my memory and heard the voices of my fellow students from long ago. Now, due to the support of so many, I’ve advanced to Round Two (Best Hero and Heroine), which will run until November 28. Round Two promises to be an even fiercer battle than Round One. The universities and cities of the other seven remaining finalists will try to outvote UB and Western New York, and those finalists who are e-published authors will call upon their established fan bases as well. So, this week, I have returned to UB once again. To my surprise, staff members have welcomed me back, students have told me they’ve heard of me, and faculty have extended their hands to me. Today, I thank UB students, faculty, staff, and alumni for their support in Round One and ask them for their votes in Round Two. Madeline Smyth
UB Class of 1984
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Free AK-47 Deal is a Brilliant Contribution to Immorality
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Nations Trucks, a local used truck dealership in Sanford, Fla., now offers a deal through which each truck buyer receives a voucher for a free AK-47 assault rifle in addition to the vehicle’s pink slip. Owner Nick Ginetta assures curious bystanders that his dealership is not a Russian arsenal, but that the guns are paid for upon the purchase of a vehicle; buyers must meet all state and federal gun regulations and take the voucher to where they would normally buy the domestic version of the firearm. Ginetta offers a $400 rebate to those who choose not to receive a firearm. From the standpoint of business sales, Ginetta’s method is complete genius. The two-for-one sales pitch is one of the best ways to push a product and to boost sales. Florida demographics, a customer base that buys into guns and trucks, make it that much more of a lucrative plan. He covers his tracks by strictly adhering to federal and state laws, therefore making it their responsibility to make sure the AK-47s do not get into the wrong hands. In this sense, he has every reasonable right and reason to take advantage of the regional affinity for big vehicles and firearms. But perhaps the type of person that would buy into the deal is exactly the person who should not have access or rights to own an assault rifle. Screening tests for firearms in Florida do not have a section for minimum intelligence requirements. Ginetta unapologetically contributes to the proliferation of a dangerous firearm that should not exist legally in private residences. Despite state regulations, there is no permanent or practical tether that attaches the registered owner
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of an AK-47 to his firearm; making the firearms more available can only contribute to violence. It seems that we should be more critical of the state laws in Florida that allow this activity instead of the man who is only trying to make a buck. To be sure, it is not his fault that all of this is legal. In too many cases, a person who should not own a firearm is approved for a license, and this occurs right under the nose of government regulations for guns. Even one more case, with the assistance of Ginetta’s dealership, is too many. Gun laws in Florida are obviously too lenient. New York gun laws make it nearly impossible to own a gun, putting each gun applicant through a lengthy rigmarole of paperwork, screening and delays for a license. But taking on any constitutional amendment, especially any of the first 10, is a daunting task and one that almost never changes anything. To chip away at a Florida citizen’s Second Amendment right to bear arms could begin more than just a rally or a march. Despite having the right to do what he wants in terms of sales and deals, Ginetta’s approach is unethical. When some rogue decides to become an amateur sniper with his new AK-47, or when a stray 7.62x39mm bullet kills someone’s child, it will be on his conscience and the government’s. Many people will choose the $400 rebate in lieu of the gun coupon. But Ginetta, as a good salesman, is looking for the controversy; newspapers as far north as New York are reporting on his dealership. We will keep our eyes out for gun related crimes in Sanford, Fla.; perhaps one day, we can say, “We called it.”
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A former Alabama state trooper, James Bonard Fowler, admitted Monday to having shot and killed Jimmie Lee Jackson in 1965, an incident that, until now, has remained unresolved. Jackson’s mysterious death inspired the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches. Fowler claims that he did not murder Jackson in cold blood or with racist sentiments, assuring that Jackson had lunged for his sidearm and that he had acted strictly in self-defense. For the crime of manslaughter, Fowler is currently looking at a six-month sentence in state prison. We don’t believe him. Fowler commits to having no guilty conscience about the incident, sticking to his guns about merely acting in self-defense. Granted, self-defense is a reasonable cause for retaliation, and if a cop’s life is in danger, we can expect him to use his sanctioned weapons with appropriate discretion. But if he acted in self-defense, an action for which he claims to be justifiably unapologetic, why not
come clean about the incident 45 years ago? It seems that he would have had a better chance of getting away with it back then. Now, almost five decades later, when there are absolutely no chances of collecting physical evidence or accounts of witnesses, it seems a bit slanted to open the case again with the only account being from the killer who claims to be innocent. Six months in prison also seems inconsistent with the story and the crime. If he acted in selfdefense, he should have received no sentence, and if he was guilty of manslaughter, then six months in federal prison seems too lenient. But a police officer who essentially fueled a monumental civil rights march will probably not last long in prison, even if he is 77 years old. There is not much more to say, either in defense of Fowler or for reaching ultimate justice for Jackson. Obviously, Jackson cannot give us his testimony. But it seems that Fowler’s mistake in having admitted his responsibility in Jackson’s death 45 years after the incident
will only win believability for the other side of the story. But maybe he did overreact in self-defense, panicking and jerking an itchy trigger finger at a man who was truly going to steal his gun and kill him. Seeing all the fanfare for the late Jackson probably made him uneasy in coming out to admit that it was all a big accident. Unfortunately, despite all probabilities and despite our reasonable suspicions against Fowler regarding the 1965 incident, nobody besides Fowler will ever know what really happened; we have to take anything he says as the one and only account of Feb. 26, 1965, and it depends completely on his preference for truth or dishonesty. It always hurts to exhume issues that have their neatly laid places in the past, but at least the Jackson family members might have some satisfaction in either believing Fowler or knowing that their kin’s killer is going to prison.
THE WORD AROUND CAMPUS Although not quite as raunchy as Generation’s personals once were, these are voices of UB students who have something to say. If you want to be heard, too, write us a blurb online at ubspectrum.com. Some of the wittiest remarks will appear in the paper in no particular order. (Edited for grammar.)
> What is your definition of “traditional”? Do you think homosexuality has just sprung up in recent decades and never existed before? You have no argument if you think that anything “traditional” needs to be respected and maintained. Don’t worry, though, an Intro to Philosophy should sort that out for you. Traditions, after all, come and go. Luckily for humanity, as R.W. Emerson said, “The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.” Also, your attempt at proposing a heuristic regarding why nations fall is laughable at best. (History Major)
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In Response to Ignorance To the writer of the anonymous, homophobic personal in last Friday’s issue of The Spectrum: There are a lot of ways I could respond to you, believe me. I could go the easy route and just insult your intelligence and general moral fiber. But that wouldn’t make for a very good column. I could also spend this 3,200 characters spouting the clichéd statistics and pro-gay arguments, but I know that you, just like me and everyone who will read this column, have heard them a thousand times before. So instead, I’d like to take a little time to consider what you said in your personal and explain to you why your opinion, while it is your birthright, is completely and utterly wrong. First of all, I’d like to examine your idea of “tradition.” In 1664, interracial marriage was considered “wrong” and “non-traditional” and was thus made illegal in the colony of Massachusetts. Not until 1967, with the Supreme Court decision of Loving v. Virginia, was the non-traditional concept of interracial marriage made legal and the racist “tradition” done away with, at least in U.S. law. Marriage itself has a myriad of smaller sub-traditions. Polygamy, arranged marriages, dowries and marriages through proxy all were at one point considered “traditional” and, more importantly, acceptable. Now, these concepts are largely ignored in our modern American culture, and many are considered offensive toward women, as well they should be. Secondly, I would like to take a moment to consider your idea that heterosexual marriage is the only kind of marriage with “structure.” A recently published 24-year-long study reported that out of 78 children with lesbian parents, none were domestically or sexually abused. Conversely, 26 percent of “traditional” heterosexual families deal with domestic abuse, while 8.3 percent must cope with sexual abuse. Now, this is not to say that all lesbian couples make perfect parents and are therefore superior to heterosexual families. That isn’t the point at all. The point is that, while heterosexual couples run the constant, unfortunate risk of having a child accidentally, this is not possible for homosexual couples. Where heterosexual couples can conceive without being fiscally, mentally or emotionally prepared for their forthcoming child, homosexual couples must be completely ready before raising a child is even an option. Gay and lesbian families must be equipped for parenthood before they can adopt and must be positive that they want a child. This guarantee of readiness ensures that LGBT families are the loving, caring families that children deserve and proves that they are certainly not family units lacking “structure.” Finally, I’d like to reflect on the entire nature of your personal. As a gay male with every intention of marrying, adopting children, and taking part in the foster system, I found it highly offensive. I can personally handle being offended, though; when you are part of the LGBTQ community, you get used to it. No, when I first read your personal, it wasn’t my own ego I thought of. Instead, I thought of all the young men and women who are where I was a year ago: closeted and living each day in self-hatred and fear of discovery. When you are a young man or woman struggling with your sexuality, you can’t help but take everything personally. Statements like the ones you made on Friday are the ones that lead LGBTQ youth to commit suicide, like the youths whose tragic deaths made headlines in October. As I stated before, your opinion is your birthright. We live in America, where I have every right to love men, and you have every right to be completely wrong about the nature of that love. Though your homophobia is nothing short of insulting, I realize it is your right to disagree with me, and I will happily discuss this topic with you, or anyone else for that matter. After all, my e-mail is below for a reason. E-mail: email@example.com
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Cabaret will be performed by the UB Department of Theatre and Dance at the CFA from Wednesday until Sunday
Cabaret Brings Berlin to Buffalo JOHN CONNELLY
UB students who missed Cabaret’s debut in 1966 can finally clear their consciences by attending the production of the classic Broadway musical at the Center for the Arts this week. From Wednesday until Sunday, The UB Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting a full production of Cabaret, an eight-time Tony Awardwinning musical, in the CFA Drama Theatre on North Campus. The performances are at 8 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and there are 2 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday. Cabaret centers around the story of Cliff Bradshaw, an American writer who moves to pre-World War II Berlin to search for inspiration for his novel, and Sally Bowles, a 19-year-old English cabaret performer, as they experience the events leading up to Hitler’s rise to power. The cast of the performance is comprised entirely of students in the Music Theatre Program and other
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theatre and dance degree programs at UB. The students began rehearsing the performance in early September and were later joined by New York City director and choreographer Gary John LaRosa. Students [were able] to work with someone who directs in New York and nationwide,” said Nathan Matthews, director of music theatre. “I think it’s a really good experience for students who are learning how to do this and who want to be on stage or in a pit for a career, learning how to do it alongside people who actually do it.” UB’s production of Cabaret will feature the original music and lyrics written by the acclaimed team of John Kander and Fred Ebb. The orchestra is a combination of professional musicians and students, and the performance features new sets, lights and costumes, which were all designed by students. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $10 for students and senior citizens at the CFA box office. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gerstler to Present 2010 Silverman Reading JENNIFER HARB and MARIELA ESTEVEZ Senior Life Editor and Staff Writer
Amy Gerstler, whose themes range from sex and love to mortality and redemption, will present this year’s Silverman Reading. Friday, students and faculty members can listen to Gerstler read excerpts of her award-winning poetry in 250 Baird Hall on North Campus at 8 p.m. Gerstler’s work also includes graphic novels, short stories, essays, plays and memoirs. “I think my work is pretty emotionally driven, and themes might include love, abnormal psychology, interspecies communication, spiritual seeking and spiritual confusion, mortality, consciousness, sex, women’s lives, drugs, longing, childhood, [and] the mind-body split,” Gerstler said. The Silverman Readings are an annual tradition in honor of one of UB’s distinguished scholars, Dr. Oscar Silverman. Silverman, English department chair from 1955 to 1963, both directed and notably expanded the university libraries from 1960 to 1968. As a result, UB has one of the most expansive and important 20th-century poetry collections, including a very admirable James Joyce collection. “I was surprised and honored [to present the Silverman Reading]. I was also thrilled to be contacted by Carl Dennis, whose work I admire,” Gerstler said. Students are welcome to attend these types of events in order to meet fellow authors and learn more about writing as a profession. Students are also welcome to any of the English Department’s advertised events, a majority of which can be found on the third floor in Clemens. “You learn a lot, hopefully, about writers, writing, literature, et cetera by attending readings,” Gerstler said. “A reading can actually be a fun thing to go to with friends or on a date. They don’t last terribly long and give you something to talk
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Students and faculty members can hear poet Amy Gerstler present this year’s Silverman Reading at 250 Baird Hall on Friday
about when you go out after for dinner or drinks.” Aspiring authors frequently pull from life experiences or other literary works. Gerstler reads frequently and loves the works of Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, James Tate, Wislawa Szymborska and Lewis Carroll. “Loving and memorizing my mother’s musical comedy records when I was a child and being obsessed with their brand of wordplay was an early influence,” Gerstler said. “A teacher I had in college named Bert Meyers was an important influence on my writing, as was a fellow student who later became an amazing writer named Dennis Cooper.” Many students who are interested in writing may have difficulty in getting started. Gerstler hesitates to give advice, but she is very willing to discuss what helped her and her writing. “Persevere, read tons in all areas that interest you, team up with other young writers you respect and who respect you,” Gerstler said. “Guard your writing time, make it sacred… Cultivate your obsessions, feed them, use them. Spend an immense amount of time editing.” E-mail: email@example.com
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit has been a reliably strong show for over a decade now. The latest episode, “Gray,” is no exception, as it provides the drama and intrigue the show has long been known for. Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) find themselves probing the edges of a gray area during a he-said-she-said rape investigation that could potentially lead them to the murderer of an unborn child. When Detective Stabler accompanies his daughter Kathleen (Allison Siko) to a “Take Back the Night” rally at Hudson College, a student runs into the room claiming another student, Chuck Mills, raped her. Stabler arrests Mills on the spot, but Mills, of course, presents a different side to the story, claiming innocence. Throughout the episode, the investigative duo delves into the complexities that accompany any allegation of sexual assault. The show does a great job of portraying the range of emotions and ethical questions that go into handling a rape case. Equally intriguing is the return of Assistant District Attorney Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti), who is recovering from alcoholism. She tells the detectives that if they cannot find evidence, Mills will go free.
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Detectives Stabler and Benson take on college campus rape in Wednesday night’s episode of Law and Order: SVU.
What follows is a series of intricate and shocking plot twists; it is never easy to tell where a Law and Order story will go next. Detectives discover that Mills has a habit of not playing by the rules and had formerly been brought before a disciplinary committee at school. Unfortunately, the school couldn’t find anything solid to charge him with. However, Kathleen obtains documents from the committee hearing and provides her father with the envelope. While the packet contains reports from the hearing, it provides no evidence of his guilt. However, it lends insight into another case involving Mills’ girlfriend and an unconventional abortion. Included with the assorted documents is a picture of a bed sheet hanging from a building with the phrase, “Chuck Mills is a murderer.” The sign was created when it was continued on page 8
What Separates Past From Present JAMES TWIGG
Senior Arts Editor
Artist: A Day To Remember Album: What Separates Me From You Label: Victory Records Release Date: Nov. 16 Grade: BA sound to call its own is all A Day to Remember wants. For this Ocala, Fla. band, What Separates Me From You is a variation on its signature sound. The breakdowns have been turned down, the pop-punk influence has been turned up, and the anger that it has become known for has taken on a new form. But make no mistake; this is still A Day To Remember. The first thing longtime fans of A Day To Remember will notice when they throw on this album is that the hardcore aspects have been drastically reduced. The bone-shattering breakdowns that caused love at first listen for many fans have become a rare phenomenon on What Separates Me From You. In addition to the endangered breakdowns, lead singer Jeremy McKinnon’s gritty and harsh screams have been pushed to the backburner. This isn’t always a bad thing, as McKinnon shows that he can actually sing when given the chance, and it proves to be a redeeming quality for a few songs on the album. However, this doesn’t mean that the album is completely devoid of traditional A Day To Remember hardcore songs. The fifth track on the album, “2nd Sucks,” is hands-down the hardest on What Separates Me From You and is sure to shake the listener to the core. The track opens with dark and ominous chords that gradually build until the word “Fight,” ripped straight from the death-dueling classic Mortal Kombat, reverberates through the speakers and your eardrums. From there, “2nd Sucks” is essentially one
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The Ocala, Fla. boys of A Day to Remember are back with their fourth studio album What Separate Me From You.
long breakdown that could persuade anyone to get up and throw down. Though the lack of harder songs is regrettable, it does work well with the album’s theme. At its core, What Separates Me From You is about feeling alone and unsure in the world, and as a result, the overall tone comes off as more somber and less rage-filled than past albums. For people who have ever been unsure of what they’re doing or where they’re heading in life, What Separates Me From You is an album they can relate to. The lyrics on the album aren’t exactly subtle, but they are catchy and sure to find themselves swimming around the listener’s head for hours on end, especially with the track “All Signs Point to Lauderdale.” “I hate this town/ It’s so washed up/ And all my friends don’t give a f***/ Don’t tell me that it’s just bad luck/ When will I find where I fit in,” McKinnon sings. The strongest point of the album, however, is its tracking. While there are a few songs, such as “All Signs Point to Lauderdale,” “You Be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic,” and “All I Want,” that work great as standalone tracks, the album is best when listened to in its entirety. This may not have been the album fans were expecting, but that doesn’t stop What Separates Me From You from being a well-rounded record. The album may cost A Day To Remember some fans, but as with any band that begins to see even a sliver of mainstream success, this is inevitably so. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Week In Ink: Issue No. 10 NICOLAS PINO Asst. Arts Editor
Batgirl No. 15 Gotham U. has a lot to offer its students: a vast selection of available courses, a bumping party scene, a masked heroine, and an on-campus cult – basically everything the local high school students look for in their higher education options. As Stephanie Brown steps into the coveted black stilettos as Batgirl, her life is turned 180 degrees by the crime in Dark Knight territory. Brown thankfully has the help of the comm i s sioner ’s Courtesy of DC Comics daughter as she deciphers the cryptic cult known as the Order of the Scythe. In this issue, Dr. Barbara Gordon isn’t the only assistance in Batgirl’s current dilemma; the Grey Ghost pops into the comic for a few panels before leaving Brown in a rumble with the cult members. In the fantastic conclusion, Brown finds herself surrounded by Gotham City Police Department officers who claim she is wanted for the homicide of a fellow Gotham U. student. “Batgirl No. 15” is both humorous in nature and lighthearted in its attempts to alter the standard reading fare of comic lovers everywhere.
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Fantastic Four nemesis Dr. Doom is at it again, and his recent attempt at global domination is far more thought out than usual, as this plan includes mutant princess the Scarlet Witch. The premise behind The Children’s Crusade comics has been to find the mother of the super-powered mutant Wiccan, as his powers have recently been out of his control. Fearing the worst, the team forms an alliance with the antithesis of mutants, Magneto, to help it find the missing mother. Turns out the group of young heroes aren’t the only super-humans to track Wiccan’s mother. Magneto’s son, Quicksilver (an ex-Avenger), also wants to find his long-lost sister. This uneasy alliance of young and old, good and evil, metallic-oriented and kree/skrull hybrid must work together to all achieve their individual goals. Watching the young blood adventure is reinvigorating not only in this series, but also for Marvel in general. The dynamic of the Young Avengers shifts from issue to issue, just like a group of inexperienced soldiers should. T h i s series continues to be an interesting read. While f or s om e , these characters may be brand new, they’ll feel like Cap or Logan after Courtesy of Marvel a few short issues.
Nikolai Orelov is a shadow in the night, a blade in the dark, but most recently a disgrace to his family and the name of assassins everywhere. His failure to eliminate the Czar will cost him his life and those of his family and everyone he’s ever loved. This stunning tale set in the Assassin’s Creed game series is one of three that Ubisoft is working with DC to publish. This coalition between the realms of pixel and panel has thus far been fruitful, as “Assassin’s Creed: The Fall No. 1” sets the stage perfectly for its successors. In the present day, another assassin has images he can’t explain and visions he can’t ignore, making him a ripe target for the Courtesy of DC Comics Templars. Those who haven’t spent hours on the streets of Roma or days on rooftops in Jerusalem in the first two installments of Assassin’s Creed may be confused at first, but they will quickly catch up, as the plot thus far is nothing beyond comprehension. The Russian assassin is one that is relatable and valiant as he attempts to stem political change in a country that has seen a dictator in power for about the last 350 years. The artwork is captivating and does justice to its console counterpart. In fact, the only qualm that one can have with this lavishly-inked issue is its length. It ends entirely too quickly, merely teasing the reader for what’s to come. After reading this, one must answer the question, will three issues be enough to quench the reader’s thirst for inked Assassin’s Creed?
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Celebrate forty years of the Sabres through photo and video.
Upon entering the upper level of the Albright Knox Art Gallery to see Forty: The Sabres in the NHL, a new exhibit that commemorates Buffalo’s hockey team, one can’t help but wonder how well the pristine and quiet walls of Albright Knox could possibly match the grit and excitement of the ice. Then, the image of Dominik Hasek making a sprawling save in the Sabres goal crease makes the whole exhibit seem a lot more natural. That image quickens the pulse of many Sabres fans, giving the feeling that the Albright Knox is not an art gallery but a shrine dedicated to the sport and the team that Buffalonians love. Perhaps that is the best way to approach the gallery – not as an exhibit, but as a living monument to the 40 years of history that included the great careers of Hasek, Lindy Ruff, “The French Connection,” and Alexander Mogilny. As fans walk through the gallery, they are met with images of goal celebrations, fights, amazing saves, and locker room preparations. Thanks to the work of Bill Wippert, Ron Moscati and Robert Shaver, the city of Buffalo and its hockey team are brought to life through stunning black and white imagery. One of the most resonating pieces in the gallery is a three-picture progression of what it means to be a Sabres fan. A gentleman goes from standing up and shouting to sitting down to cover his face as business as usual on the ice torments his emotions. The faint shouts of Rick Jeanneret ring out from the three additional rooms apart from the gallery, and they make the moment all the more memorable. While the pictures in the exhibit have a certain depth, there are six flatscreen televisions to add a little motion to a mostly stagnant gallery. When one stands in front of the TV, a motion sensor kicks on, and sound is imposed upon the viewer, which plays muted for much of the time to prevent Sabres fans from jumping in excitement while reliving their favorite moments. The short clips force the fans to experience the best moments in Sabres history all over again, and they wouldn’t be complete without the unforgettable calls by Jeanneret: “Jason Pominville, shorthanded in overtime! Oh, now do you believe? Now do you believe? These guys are good! Scary good!” continued on page 8
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“Here’s the shot, blocked in front, rebound. He scores! Buffalo scores! Chris Drury ties it at one!” “Danny Briere! Danny Briere! On at least his 13th shot of the night! Danny Briere gets it in double overtime!” It’s these nostalgic moments, which make up some of the most important moments in Sabres history, that the gallery captures so well. The room features a floor-to-ceiling projection of footage taken from helmetmounted cameras during games that fans once saw from the stands or their television
sets. From the bench to the ice, the fan experiences an explosive new viewpoint on the game of hockey. That’s the reasoning behind the gallery: bringing a new reality and a new emotion to the sport. Despite the Sabres theme, it has something for fans of all teams to enjoy. From black and white to living color, any hockey fan can appreciate the 40 years that have led up to this moment. Forty: The Sabres in the NHL is open for hockey fanatics to enjoy until it skates off into the sunset on Jan. 9, 2011.
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information from a friend. Rumors also circulated among students that a copy of the exam had been taken from Murray’s office the previous day. Murray has used the same test each year, and it is relatively easy to acquire, according to James*, a senior in the School of Management. “For the first two tests [last year in Murray’s class], I didn’t get a hold of the tests at all,” James said. “But I heard from some kids that the questions on the test and the order [of multiple choice answers] are exactly the same, maybe just a little bit different. I got a hold of the final exam and the test was pretty similar. It has been around for a long time. I wasn’t surprised that [students obtained the test]. If he hands back the tests and uses the exact same tests, it is going to happen.” According to e-mails that Murray sent to his class listserv about the incident, the test, regardless of how it was obtained, was sent using various media sources around campus. The e-mail states sources including “e-mailing, transferring while connected to Resnet or UB Wireless, printing, DC++, messaging programs (QQ) and others.” Murray, who declined to comment to The Spectrum, is a professor in Digital Forensics. According to the course description, the class teaches students to “acquire, authenticate and analyze digital evidence.” In one of the e-mails to his class, Murray stated that he is working with the UBIT Department to compile a list of all students who sent or received the exam. E-mails that are stored on any UBmail account can be retrieved by officials, according to Andrew Seier, a junior Spanish and biochemistry major and a technical assistant with the CIT Help Desk. “You can [try to] permanently delete an e-mail from your account,” Seier said. “But if the e-mail was in any folder for longer than 24 hours, then a backup is automatically made and can be readily restored.” The process to recover e-mails is simple and takes little more than
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story, the first plot is largely abandoned, and it almost feels like an afterthought. Targeting a college audience, Law and Order: SVU has teamed up with AOL TV and certain schools to provide a screening, including a panel discussion with national organizations against sexual violence. The idea is that college students can relate to the issue of rape occurring on campuses. Invoking the idea that rape and illegal abortion often go unreported and uncharged due to lack of evidence, Law and Order: SVU once again paints the world in a sinister light, giving parents more to worry about and students more to guard against. With “Gray,” Law And Order: SVU is able to tackle an issue that affects young people in a suspenseful, entertaining fashion.
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rumored that Mills provided his girlfriend with the means to create a miscarriage – a drug called misoprostol. At this point, there is enough evidence to bring the case to court, but the detectives suffer a problem when Mills’ girlfriend doesn’t show up to the courtroom. What follows is a twist ending that viewers are unlikely to see coming. The Law and Order franchise has a long history of keeping fans guessing, and this one is certainly no exception. It’s thrilling from start to finish. The episode does a great job of keeping viewers on their toes, but sometimes the veering from one storyline to another can be rather frustrating. This episode’s one true flaw is that by jumping from the story of an alleged rape victim to the miscarriage
a proper request form, according to Seier. “It would be trivial for the university to recover sent e-mails,” Seier said. “All you would need is a TKS restore form, which can be found on the UBIT website, [to be filled out and include] the content in the e-mail.” In cases of academic dishonesty at UB, the problem is initially handled by the professor directly involved. The matter then proceeds to the chair of the department and, depending on the severity of the incident, the dean of the department and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education may step in. The chair of the School of Management, Dr. Ram Ramesh, is out of the country and could not be reached for comment. In cases where Ramesh is unavailable, Hejamadi R. Rao, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and professor for the Department of Management, handles all complaints. Unfortunately, Rao is out of the country as well. Dr. G. Lawrence Sanders, former department chair of the School of Management, denied having any knowledge of this incident but remarked that Murray, a former student, was a reputable person. “I have complete trust in Murray’s integrity,” Sanders said. Katherine Ferguson, associate dean for the School of Management, states that her department is taking the cheating in Murray’s class very seriously. “There is an ongoing investigation on which I will not comment,” Ferguson said. “However, academic integrity is one of our core values and principles, one that we take very seriously and feel is of the utmost importance.” Murray is working extensively to not only find those involved with cheating on the exam but also to make sure all students are treated fairly, according to Ferguson. “He is following all university procedures to make sure all interests of those involved are protected,” Ferguson said. “Murray is conducting the most thorough and humane investigation possible.” Ferguson, while shocked by the extent of the cheating on the MGS 351 exam, is not surprised that academic dishonesty is a problem on campus. Professors in the School of Management have to work diligently to prevent academic dishonesty within their classes, according to Ferguson. “The way we deliver our online courses [with such a large number of students] makes it the faculty’s responsibility to create classroom conditions for academic integrity,” Ferguson said. While she does not feel that teachers are ever to blame for students cheating on a test, Ferguson believes that there are appropriate procedures in place to prevent against students working the system to their advantage.
Although this situation is disheartening, Ferguson sees this moment as a learning opportunity for undergraduate students. Murray has dedicated “hundreds of hours” to investigating this incident, according to Ferguson, and while Ferguson would not comment on possible punishments for those involved, she did say that students would be prosecuted based on the degree of their involvement. In an e-mail sent to the MGS 351 listserv, Murray told students that he had a list of “dozens” of names of the students involved and gave them until Friday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. to come forward and admit their involvement. Students who came forward and told Murray everything they knew will be looked favorably upon, while those who refused to admit involvement will be sanctioned accordingly, Murray told his class in an e-mail. According to Elizabeth Lidano, director of judicial affairs and student advocacy, her office plays a limited role in handling such cases of academic dishonesty, and the departments rely on guidelines for academic standards that are posted in the Course Catalogue online. The Academic Catalogue for 2010 to 2011 states that students who obtain a copy of a test prior to an exam are guilty of being in possession of “confidential academic materials.” UB’s academic guidelines state that those involved in the “procurement, distribution or acceptance of examinations or laboratory results without prior and expressed consent of the instructor” are guilty of academic dishonesty. Students who violate academic dishonesty guidelines face sanctions of varying degrees of severity, ranging from a warning, to failing the class, to expulsion from the university itself. Students, including Kayam, find this whole incident to be unfortunate and unfair for those not involved. “It was frustrating…I didn’t go out the night before, I studied for [the exam] all day and I show up to the test and it gets canceled,” Kayam said. “I was prepared for it. The test looked easy [because I had studied] and I was ready to take that test.” Murray, who offered numerous makeup tests to replace the canceled exam, apologized to students who were innocent and negatively affected by other students’ actions. “I am very sorry to tell the 90 students who took the 6 a.m. exam that your scores will not count,” Murray said in his e-mail. “Unfortunately, the selfish actions of these students have resulted in a tremendous inconvenience for the rest of the class.” *James is not the student’s real name. The Spectrum changed it because he wished to remain anonymous. E-mail: email@example.com
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Students finally have something to cheer about. American Rugby News is reporting that the UB men’s rugby team is currently ranked the number one club team in the country. UB Rugby competes in the New York State Rugby Conference (NYRSC) and is divided into Division I and Division III. Currently, the DI team is in the Sweet 16 National Championship. Buffalo remains undefeated with a 7-0 record, including a non-league win against the University of Toronto, ranking just ahead of second-seed Florida State (5-1) and third-seed Florida (4-1). Buffalo defeated Syracuse 24-19 in regional competition this fall and then decimated Binghamton 36-5 to clinch the State Championship. This year’s National Final Four will be held in Colorado during the spring. The Bulls will have to triumph in the Eastern regional playoffs before packing bags for Colorado. Rugby is a sport of passion and true athleticism. Brandon Wood, a senior civil engineering major and president of UB Rugby, explained why he loves the game. “My favorite part about rugby is the fluidity of the game,” Wood said. “The play never stops, much like soccer, so you constantly have to adapt to what’s in front of you. You get to play both sides of the ball, offense and defense.” The fall season has shown that both the DI and DIII teams hold a lot of depth. The DIII team was seeded first in the playoffs this fall with a game one victory against Syracuse and a game two victory over Paul Smith. Both wins led the Bulls to the state finals, where they were defeated by Ithaca. The DIII team provides new players the means to develop a solid fundamental skill set while also giving them a chance to learn and experience the sensation of the game. If a player performs at a level that pleases the coaches, he can be brought to play DI or be on reserve to play in case of injuries or other issues. Fall DIII player and current DI reserve player Bob Royal, a senior communication major, says that the intensity, hard hitting and non-stop action are what make the game enjoyable. “My favorite part of the sport is the camaraderie,” Royal said. “The guys I line up with every week are my brothers and I know that they will die to move that ball one inch forward for me because they know I will do the same for them. It’s great to be a part of a team that is passionate about its sport, has drive to succeed and is as close to family as you can get. That’s why it’s a great sport for guys to play.” Each player is on an offensive and defensive holding, which means that each player is accountable for every point on the scoreboard. There are no wide receivers, quarterbacks or linebackers, according to Royal. Both DI and DIII teams will continue games in the beginning of February. During the spring season, the teams will play non-league games and tournaments to prepare for nationals, according to John Geoghan, a senior accounting major and treasurer of the rugby club. “During the time off over the winter, we have an in-depth strength and conditioning workout plan in place,” Geoghan said. “Players are required to benchmark themselves throughout to ensure we are staying fit.” Buffalo defend its undefeated record against Southern Connecticut this spring on April 30 and May 1. Teams will be battling for the East championship over the two-day weekend; the winner of Buffalo’s game will play either Harvard or Northeastern to proceed on to the Final Four. The rugby teams are always looking for new players and athletes to join. Geoghan says that numerous players currently starting for the Division I team had no prior rugby experience before UB. As a student club, there are no tryouts or team cuts, but one must be a full-time undergraduate student to join. Interested students can look to www.ubrugby.com for more information. “We have approximately 50 guys on the team,” Geoghan said. “Our home field [referred to as a pitch in rugby] is right across from the Ellicott Complex on the west side. It is next to the tennis courts, and the distinct ���H’-shaped goal posts can be easily spotted from the road.” Over the years, UB Rugby has consistently been ranked as a top 25 USA Rugby team, but it has never been on top. The majority of the games are on Saturdays at 1 p.m. E-mail: email@example.com
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Can’t Just Let Him Play Auburn junior quarterback Cameron Newton (allegedly) accepted money to play football for the Tigers. I’m absolutely appalled that a football player would take money to play for a certain school. God, we’re all here paying for tuition, food, rent and books, and we haven’t even begun to discuss the money needed to have fun on the weekends. Given the same circumstances, would you take $100,000 to play football in college if it was offered to you? You would have to be crazy to break the rules like that. Ethics would tell you not to take advantage of your talents, using them to get money while you can. Really, though, who wouldn’t? We all know that Newton took money to play football at Auburn, right? Athletes getting extra benefits in college is nothing new, and no one should have been surprised upon hearing about Newton. But what’s taking the NCAA so long to get him off the field? His father said that he personally was the one asking for money. Don’t worry, I believe you, guy. I’m sure your son had nothing to do with it. The NCAA has to do an “investigation” in order to make him ineligible, a la Reggie Bush. In Bush’s scenario, USC ended up vacating a national championship, and Bush forfeited the Heisman Trophy. How do you think Vince Young feels (assuming he didn’t get paid to play at Texas) that Bush took his Heisman? You can’t go back and re-vote; you just have to say there was no trophy awarded that year. Cool. I guess we should just watch Newton win the Heisman and then carry Auburn to a national title, and worry about everything a couple years from now. No. Let’s solve this problem right now. Get this jabroni off the field. The NCAA is leaving it up to the school to let him play or not. Auburn knows that if these allegations are found to be true, they will have to forfeit every game that Newton played in. They’re playing him at their own risk. To be honest, when it comes to Newton, he shouldn’t even need an investigation to be declared ineligible. When he was Tim Tebow’s backup at Florida in 2008, he was arrested for possessing a stolen laptop. It wasn’t that big of a deal, though, because he “purchased” the laptop, and Florida was willing to take him back if he didn’t transfer first. Basically, Newton is exactly the type of person you want representing your university. Auburn is just going to ride its success while it can. The revenue and school recognition that comes with Newton is worth more than the money it paid for his services. USC was the hottest school in college football during Bush’s career there. Even with everything that happened to USC after the Bush scandal, it is still pulling in top-five recruiting classes. No one forgot how exciting USC was to watch when Bush was on the team. The NCAA needs to step in right now, or situations like this will continue to happen. It made an example of USC, but it was five years too late. It’s time for the NCAA to make an example of Newton and Auburn – immediately.
With the Mid-American Conference tournament in the back of its mind, the volleyball team looked to finish its regular season on a winning note last weekend. The Bulls (17-15, 5-11 MAC) outlasted Akron (15-13, 7-9 MAC) 3-2 on Thursday night but were shut out 3-0 by Toledo (11-14, 6-10 MAC), the MAC West’s last place team, on Saturday night. Against the Zips, the match came down to the final set as both teams captured two sets en route to the final set showdown. The Bulls came out firing in the final set and jumped out to a 10-4 lead. Akron attempted to make a comeback and scored one more point, but Buffalo was too much for the Zips. Buffalo’s offense exploded, scoring the final five points to win the set and take the match. “We outplayed them in every facet of the game,” said Bulls head coach Todd Kress. “We out-blocked them… we had better offense than they did. We out-defended them and we had more digs. We just made some errors at critical times and had too many service errors and too many passing errors.” Contrary to what the final score may indicate, the Bulls competed with Toledo in the second match of the weekend. The Bulls outhit the Rockets in the match, .286 to .224, but they were unable to put a consistent set together in the match. Check back with The Spectrum on Friday to see how the Bulls fared in the MAC Tournament, which started on Tuesday.
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Swim Team Washes Niagara VINNY LEPORE Staff Reporter The swimming and diving team hosted Big Four rival Niagara on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena. The men’s team (4-0) continued its perfect season and beat Niagara (1-3), 152-85. The women’s team (2-2) also earned a victory, dominating the Purple Eagles (2-6, 0-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), 146-90. On the men’s side, sophomore Josh Meints continued his great season by sweeping the competition in both of his freestyle races. Meints swam an impressive 1:46.16 in the 200-yard freestyle and finished the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:53.20. Senior Kenny Rhoades continues to improve. He set a season best in the three-meter diving event with a total of 363.60. “Kenny is coming on beautifully,” said head diving coach Karla Helder. “I’ve only had him for two years, but we’ve packed a lot of work into that time. Our divers improve every week and are at a very competitive level.” The women’s swimming squad, with strong performances by junior Alie Schirmers, sophomore Karly Moore and freshman Ava Giachino, swept Niagara for the meet to even its season record. The women’s diver that performed best at the meet was Giachino. She won both the one-meter springboard dive (231.95 points) and the three-meter dive (268.90 points) to add to the win column. “We’re adding new dives every couple weeks,” Helder said. “Both Ava and Kenny train very hard in the off-season in order to keep improving.” The men’s and women’s diving teams will get ready to travel across the country to compete in the University of Arizona’s annual Wildcat Invitational next weekend. E-mail: email@example.com
Weekend Warriors with Mixed Results BRIAN JOSEPHS and ANDREW BELLAFLORES Asst. Sports Editor and Staff Reporter
The wrestling team, hailed as potentially the best in school history, was put to the test last weekend when it faced plenty of stiff competition. Last Friday afternoon, the Bulls (1-1) went up against the No. 8 nationally ranked Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) at Alumni Arena. Buffalo had some strong performances, yet fell as the Sooners captured a 28-7 victory. The Bulls followed up Friday’s loss with a solid performance at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in Brockport on Saturday. Two wrestlers earned individual titles in their respective weight classes. The opening match of Friday’s meet came in the 125-pound weight class. Sophomore Taylor Golba dropped a close 4-1 decision against Oklahoma’s No. 9 nationally ranked Jarrod Patterson. Golba’s match was one of five that were decided by a margin of four points or less. The most intense moment of the dual meet came when Bulls No. 11 nationally ranked junior Desi
Green went up against Oklahoma’s Nick Lester in the 149-pound weight class. The two were evenly matched and no one gained a clear advantage in the three regulation periods, sending the match to overtime. Overtime threw the crowd into frenzy. After a series of near takedowns, Lester took the match 6-2 on a reversal and a near fall. This loss was Green’s first of the season. “[Green] needs to take better shots [to score points],” said head coach Jim Beichner. “I thought that was the match we should have won. I thought [Green] was the better guy and he lost today.” Most of the matches yielded similar results as the Bulls only won two out of 10 matches on the day. Buffalo’s biggest victory came in the 133-pound weight class. No. 17 nationally ranked junior Kevin Smith dominated Oklahoma’s Dustin Reed to win by majority decision, 14-5. Sophomore Mark Lewandowski also had a strong performance at the 165-pound weight
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class, winning by a score of 4-2 and earning the last victory of the day for Buffalo. Although the other matches were close, the wrestlers could not get the upper hand on their opponents. The Sooners exploited the Bulls’ mistakes while making almost none of their own. However, Beichner believes that the team did better than what the score indicates. The close matches showed that the Bulls have a great amount of potential. “What they have to learn is that they are just as good as [Oklahoma],” Beichner said. “We could’ve easily split the meet 5-5 or won an extra match with a little extra motivation. As soon as [the Bulls] walk out of here and say they are as good as that team… then they’ll be fine.” On Saturday, the Bulls finished fifth out of eight teams in the Oklahoma Gold Classic. The Sooners took the tournament title with 145.5 points, while the Bulls finished with 89. Rutgers, Maryland, Clarion, Army, American and Brockport also competed. Smith followed up his strong Friday performance by moving his
way through the 133-pound bracket untouched, winning four straight matches. He topped Oklahoma’s Reed for the second time in two days. Smith then topped Oklahoma’s Jordan Keller, 9-3, in the final to take the crown. Green was focused on bouncing back from Friday night’s disappointing performance against Oklahoma, and he did just that. Green topped two nationally ranked opponents en route to taking the title in the 149-pound weight class. He started in the morning, beating Maryland’s nationally ranked Dexter Lederer in the first round. Green beat Rutgers’ nationally ranked Mario Mason, 4-1, in the semifinals to move on to the weight class final, where he topped Clarion’s Anthony White, 4-3. The title was Green’s second tournament victory of the young season. Buffalo had seven other wrestlers place in the top-six in various weight classes. The team will travel to Cornell for the Body Bar Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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It was a David versus Goliath matchup as the men’s soccer team went up against the No. 3 ranked team in the nation on Friday night. The underdog did not prevail on this night. The Bulls (7-10-1, 4-2-0 Mid American Conference) were knocked out of the MAC tournament by the eventual champion, the Akron Zips (18-1-1). The 3-1 loss was a crushing one that ended the 2010 season. “The effort was most certainly there,” said head coach John Astudillo. “We proved to ourselves that we could compete given the circumstance [of playing a top team].” Akron came out strong and commanded the pitch early in the game. Zips midfielder Michael Nanchoff scored from 23 yards out, following a free kick in the first half that gave Akron the lead. Akron added two more goals late in the second half to increase its lead to 3-0. Senior midfielder Sam Craven ended his career with the first and only goal for the Bulls with a shot just in front of the net late in the second half. The goal was the first and last of the senior’s career. “We are all so proud of the boys,” Astudillo
said. “They definitely put their hearts out tonight.” The Bulls were outshot 16-4 in the match and senior goalkeeper Nick Fetterman ended his career with one save for the Bulls. “Casey [Derkacz], Sam and Kieron [Gradwell] were the best players on the pitch,” Astudillo said. “They played with heart and composure. You can tell they didn’t want it to be their last game...We are certainly going to miss them.” Seniors Mike Unwin, Craven, Jordan Brouk and Rich Wilson each attempted one shot for the Bulls. Unwin was named to the All-MAC team for the second consecutive season. He led the Bulls with five goals and 13 points this season. “The last time we played Akron we knew that there were things we could do better,” Astudillo said. “We adjusted our game and this time we had more control. We showed improvement and we can walk away knowing now what to improve on, playing at such a great level of soccer.” E-mail: email@example.com
The men’s soccer team was knocked out of the Mid-American Conference tournament by eventual MAC Champion Akron on Friday night.
Promising Start from Bulls TROY HAIMOWITZ Staff Writer
from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line.” Though Brown shined, everyone contributed for Buffalo on Friday. Twenty-three of the 29 field goals the Bulls recorded came off of assists. Monday was a different story as a careerhigh 34 points for Brown and an 8-0 run to start the game were not enough to secure a victory for Buffalo. In a game of runs, it looked like the Bulls were ready to make a push as they eliminated a large Cleveland State lead and tied the game at 56-56 with 7:38 left in the game. But Cleveland State responded with a 10-0 run to regain the lead and momentum. Shawnita Garland finished with 18 points, 13 of which came in the last eight minutes of the game. Hill-MacDonald was not disappointed by the effort put forth by the Bulls.
With 10 players returning from last year’s roster, the women’s basketball team hopes to improve after a 7-23 season. Senior forward Kourtney Brown led the way in the first two games. Despite splitting its first two contests, Buffalo (1-1) did not disappoint with its collective effort. Buffalo started off its season impressively as the team routed the Howard Bison (0-1) 86-53 on Friday night at Alumni Arena. Monday night’s game was a much more difficult test as the Bulls lost a tough game at home to the Cleveland State Vikings (2-0), 78-69. Friday night’s first half was closer than the final score indicates. Only up seven points at halftime, Buffalo needed to slow down Howard guard Tamoria Holmes, Spectrum File Photo who finished the first Senior forward Kourtney Brown (10) and the women’s basketball team half with 14 points. split a pair of home games to start their season. Topping Howard on Friday Head coach Linda night and losing to Cleveland State on Monday. Hill-MacDonald made a defensive switch during the break and put senior forward Bridgette “The girls tried hard, but the other team Kendricks on Holmes. It proved to be a made some key shots and just got it done game-changing decision as Holmes only better than we did,” Hill-MacDonald said. scored three second half points. Despite the loss, Brown put up heroic “Bridgette just played shut down numbers. In addition to scoring 34 points, defense,” Hill-MacDonald said. “She is an she grabbed 16 rebounds and tied another intense defender and completely rattled career high with 11 offensive boards. Holmes and took her out of the game.” “We just couldn’t get it done at the The Bulls’ defense and second-half defensive end,” Brown said. “They were adjustments turned the game into a blowout. making shots and we weren’t playing good Defensive plays were converted into easy enough defense to hold them.” buckets, and Buffalo’s field goal percentage The Bulls were unable to duplicate improved from 37 percent to 56 percent in their performance from the season opener, the second half. especially when it came to taking care of Senior forward Kourtney Brown led the basketball. Twelve first half turnovers the way for the Bulls with 23 points and 11 contributed to Buffalo’s early struggles, and rebounds. Brown’s presence in the key also the team shot a tumultuous 1-for-17 from made it very difficult for the Bison to have 3-point range. any success down low. The Bulls now travel to Temple on Hill-MacDonald had nothing but compli- Friday to take on the Owls in another nonconference matchup. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ments to say about Brown. “Kourtney is such a brilliant player,” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Hill-MacDonald said. “She shot 66 percent
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The men’s basketball team struggled from the free-throw line on Tuesday night, going 9-for-27, in a 64-53 loss at Youngstown State.
Bulls’ Youth Exposed
CHRIS RAHN Sports Editor
The men’s basketball team showed signs of a young team in its first road game of the season. The Bulls (1-1) struggled offensively, especially from the free-throw line, losing by a score of 64-53 to the Youngstown State Penguins (2-0) on Tuesday night in Youngstown, Ohio. As a team, Buffalo shot 38 percent from the field and 9-of-27 from the free-throw line, leaving 18 points at the line. Head coach Reggie Witherspoon was not pleased with his team’s performance. “I think we got drained by the lack of free throw shooting,” Witherspoon said. “You have a possession, you go to the line, and you come up with nothing…To miss 18 free throws in a game is a lot to overcome.” Buffalo opened up the game with a 10-2 run, which was quickly erased with a 17-point Penguin run over the course of seven minutes. An assist from senior point guard Byron Mulkey to junior forward Dave Barnett in the closing seconds of the first half capped off a nine-point Bulls run to head into the break down three at 32-29. Down by a point with seven minutes remaining, the Penguins went on a seven-point run to knock the Bulls out for good. Not only were the Bulls unable to convert from the charity stripe, they were outrebounded
46 to 33. Junior forward Mitchell Watt fouled out in only 10 minutes of action, leaving the Bulls a man short on the glass. Barnett finished the game with 13 points and six rebounds, but foul trouble limited his production. Senior forward Jawaan Alston matched Barnett’s game-high 13 points and led the Bulls with eight rebounds Saturday’s stars – junior guard Zach Filzen and Mulkey – combined to shoot 5-of-21 for only 13 points. Although they struggled to score, they contributed elsewhere. Filzen tallied three assists and four rebounds, while Mulkey had six steals with five assists. Despite the poor night from the line, Witherspoon believes that shooting more free throws in practice is not the answer. “The one thing about shooting free throws is that it doesn’t correct itself just by shooting,” Witherspoon said. “It’s mostly mental. It’s about 99 percent mental.” Next up for the Bulls is a Saturday evening matchup with Towson, their last home game before a four-game road trip. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Alumni Arena.