Vol. 61 NO. 35
Friday, November 18, 2011
I Killed A Man and I Want to Die ERIN MAYNARD Staff Writer
I dream about blood. Its bitter, coppery taste fills my mouth. I see it, dark and oily, pooling around the broken body on the asphalt. I wake up screaming – hands outstretched, like Lady MacBeth looking for blood on my hands, wrists, sheets. My days are no better. At the sound of squealing tires, my left hand flies to shield my eyes while my right one clenches. I can no longer sit in a car longer than 30 minutes without medication. Exactly three years ago today, I killed a pedestrian on the Long Island Expressway. The accident wasn’t my fault. The detective in charge of the case looked me in the eyes and told me so. Yet, still, I am haunted. He died because my car ran him over. Countless conversations with priests and counselors will never change that. Sometimes, it is hard to go on knowing what I did. And yet I do. I must. Living honorably is my way of paying tribute. And yet, so often I feel as if I am perpetrating a
fraud when I try and do something kind. It’s as if I have become so tainted by the accident that I can never be good again. Sometimes, I think it would have been easier if I had died, too. Each day, I wake up wondering which 113 Americans will die in traffic accidents. Will it be the little girl in pigtails who’s not wearing a bike helmet? Will it be some of my UB classmates, who drink too much and drive too fast and think they are invincible? Or will it be the father of four who talks on his phone as he steps off the curb? One hundred and thirteen people. Those are the statistics, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s 42,000 a year. Another 350,000 Americans are injured yearly. I wish those numbers were abstract for me. But ever since a little after noon on that sunny November day three years ago, when I was heading home from my job as an editorial aide at a public relations office, steadily doing 55 mph on the Long Island Expressway in my tan Nissan Sentra, and thinking how happy I was to have my boyfriend down from Buffalo, those numbers are indelibly inked on my psyche. So are my memories of the psychiatric ward, where the ambulance brought me after the accident. It’s a place where chairs are bolted to the ground, men walk around in nothing but diapers, and the smell of antiseptic pervades. I didn’t belong there, but yet, I didn’t belong outside either. My boyfriend, his parents, and a large dose of medication saved me. The sedative blurred the pain. My boyfriend got me out, took me home, wrapped me in my pink, flannel
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Bulls Stay Perfect at Home
Coping with PTSD after her involvement in a fatal auto accident, Erin Maynard navigates a campus full of perceived dangers, like the parking lot full of cars behind her. Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum
MATTHEW PARRINO Editor in Chief
REBECCA BRATEK News Editor
After two games of the 2011-12 season, the men’s basketball team is just beginning to learn what it’s capable of doing on the court.
The Student Association Senate strayed away from one of its major precedents this past Sunday, when it granted $1,500 to the women’s club field hockey team.
Head coach Reggie Witherspoon thinks that despite two victories, his young players are still figuring out how to play “assertive” basketball. The Bulls (2-0) beat Cornell (1-2), 68-59 on Wednesday night, despite 20 turnovers and an inability to control the game down the stretch, according to Witherspoon.
The precedent – only giving clubs up to $1,000 in additional funds per semester – is an unwritten rule that hasn’t been broken in almost two and a half years, according to Darwinson Valdez, chairman of the SA Senate.
“We have to learn – I think – how to take control of a game and do it with sustained concentration,” Witherspoon said. “You can see our immaturity at times.” Buffalo trailed only once in the opening minutes, but the Big Red was within striking distance throughout the second half. With just under seven minutes remaining, Cornell tied the game at 46 after an offensive putback by forward Eitan Chemerinski. The Cornell big man finished with a team-high 14 points and was the only Cornell player in double digits.
Despite Precedent, SA Senate Awards $1,500 to Women’s Field Hockey
Sophomore forward Javon McCrea’s 19 points helped propel the Bulls to a 68-59 win over Cornell. Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum
Sophomore forward Javon McCrea – not to be outdone – scored eight of the Bulls’ next nine points to help secure the victory.
McCrea scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his first double-double of the season.
“It got kind of close [in the second half] and at that moment I felt we didn’t want to lose this game, not at home and not against Cornell – not against anybody, but especially not against Cornell,” McCrea said. “I just didn’t want to lose so I guess we just took initiative and got the win.”
The Cornell zone defense seemed to stifle McCrea in the first half, but the sensational sophomore thought it was more about what he was doing wrong than what the Big Red was doing right. “I wasn’t really frustrated. I just think the things I was doing weren’t really working,” McCrea said.
“We’ve never granted any club more than $1,000 per semester from any combination of the [budgetary] lines,” Valdez said. “I personally feel that it’s gotten to a point that, yes it was a precedent, but this is an exception.” Valdez went on to explain that even though the unwritten rule is considered in the decision-making process, each Senate has the power to set its own guidelines. The women’s field hockey team came to the Senate meeting this past Sunday to ask
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The SA awarded $1,500 to women’s club field hockey this past Sunday, despite past precedents. Courtesy of Nicole Bachelet
for help funding a trip to the 2011 NFHCA Intercollegiate National Invitational Club Championship. The team was invited to the championship after finishing its season 6-0 and becoming the 2011 New York State Club Field Hockey League champions. “We went into the meeting expecting to get a maximum of $1,000 since that, as they said, was the most that they give out,” said Nicole Bachelet, president of the field hockey team, in an email. “We thought that if we explained how much
we needed altogether, rather than asking for just the $1,000 straight up, [then] they might give us more, and we were correct.” In addition to the Senate meeting held on Sunday, Valdez made the decision to call an Emergency Powers Council (EPC) meeting for Wednesday night. EPC meetings can be called “whenever any member of the council deems such a meeting necessary,” according to the SA constitution. The EPC consists of five of the SA’s highest-ranking officials, and
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Stampede Stomps on Student’s Moods RACHEL KRAMER Staff Writer As clouds grew dark in the sky and the wind stirred up an uncomfortable chill, students shivered and clutched their books tightly hoping it wouldn’t start to rain. All they wanted at that moment was for the bus to show up and drive them home. The UB Stampede, which has been transporting students since 2005, has recently not been running according to its schedule. “One day it’s good to go, but then it’s inconsistent because you’ve got eight busses in a row going to Ellicott but then you have to wait 30 or 40 minutes for a bus to take you to South Campus,” said Bill Bixby, a junior linguistics major. “This is something that has to be on time. I’ve tried to talk to bus drivers, but they are always just like, ‘I don’t know I just work here.’ It’s frustrating.” Bixby once stood at Lee Loop for 20 minutes waiting to catch a bus to South Campus. From there, he needed to take the subway and catch a tightly scheduled bus to East Amherst where he works in order to pay for his college tuition. He ended up being late.
sors] take into consideration people taking off or busses breaking down. I understand there might be traffic or special circumstances, but this is so inconsistent it’s ridiculous.” Bixby was not alone in his complaints. Standing with him were 13 other students waiting just as anxiously for a bus. “I’ve been waiting here for a while,” said Tara Jamali, a junior communication major. “I’m going to be late for class. Luckily this teacher is OK with it, but in other classes I could get in a lot of trouble [for being late].” It’s not just class that students are missing out on because of the unreliable bus schedule. On the weekends, the bus seems to appear less frequently, according to Kyle Jiron, a freshman biomedical sciences major. Students rely on the bus to get them to events around campus. Jiron once waited 45 minutes at the Governors bus stop for a ride to Ellicott for an intramural soccer game. He and his teammates had to forfeit because they arrived so late.
Punctuality is especially important to Bixby because he’s a shuttle bus driver himself.
“Everybody was upset...nobody wanted to admit defeat,” Jiron said. “We couldn’t understand why the bus drivers just couldn’t come to pick us up.”
“I see [that the UB Stampede] is all poor organization and not planning,” Bixby said. “I don’t think [the supervi-
UB Stampede drivers are the first to feel the wrath of students upset at the bussing system. But most drivers
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The inconsistency of the UB Stampede leads to angry UB students who are late to classes and other on-campus events.
Meg Kinsley /// The Spectrum
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NYS Coalition Seeks to ‘Frack’ for Natural Gas LISA KHOURY Asst. News Editor
A new coalition, formed Nov. 10, of New York business, agricultural, labor, and landowning groups will use hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking” – the process of extracting natural gas from underground rock formations – to drill from New York’s Marcellus Shale Formation. The 16 members of the coalition, called Clean Growth Now (CGN), say they will find middle ground for safe, responsible drilling in the Southern Tier. The group is influential with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his administration, and key Republican legislators who will determine whether to allow the gas drilling. CGN promises to turn New York State’s economy around by providing more jobs, but environmentalists warn that the drilling will poison drinking water. “The name ‘Clean Growth Now’ is a misnomer if the group is supporting hydrofracking,” said Kristina Blank, a senior environmental studies major and environmental activist, in an email. “Natural gas companies have been pushing natural gas as a ‘clean energy alternative,’ but this is a misleading twist of the facts. These companies state that burning natural gas releases less carbon into the atmosphere than coal and oil. Perhaps by this standard it is thus cleaner, but it is by no means clean.” The coalition emphasizes that New York needs jobs and clean, affordable energy. Development of Marcellus Shale natural gas provides an opportunity to support both, according to CGN’s website. CGN members understand
that hydrofracking (often shortened to “fracking”) is controversial, but point out that their goal is to provide a voice for the legitimate concerns of local community leaders who want to see the economy prosper. The landowning groups involved in CGN own land in the Southern Tier, and are aware of the consequences of hydrofracking in their area. Dr. Robert Jacobi, a geology professor, points out that a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ does not answer the question of whether hydrofracking is a good decision for the environment. “For many variables, ‘safe’ is possible already; the proposed new [regulations] of New York State will make other variables even safer,” Jacobi said in an email. “But safe is a relative word…nothing is ever totally safe.” Advocates for hydrofracking argue that no new technology is perfect, but there is still a responsibility to find the best alternative. Additionally, supporters say that those being directly affected are the landowners in upstate New York, who support the coalition. Christopher Catt, a sophomore political science and urban and regional planning major and deputy chairman of the NYS College Republican Federation, supports hydrofracking, but still considers himself an environmentalist. He argues that environmentalists cannot point to one instance in which hydrofracking – in the eight years that it has been used in New York – led to the contamination of one well. “Most of the people that are so angry by hydrofracking wouldn’t even be directly
impacted by it because they wouldn’t be in the New York State region,” Catt said. “The farmers want it to come. If you’re looking at that coalition, you’re going to see the big landowners group – that’s all farmers. They would be the ones impacted by it. It would be their well, and they’ve obviously explored this...The fact that they support it means they’re comfortable with it.” Blank, on the other hand, finds it notable that out of the 16 organizations that are part of the CGN coalition, none are environmental science groups. “Five are contractor or construction groups, and many of the others are industry councils, business councils, and economic development groups,” Blank said. “Their composition and mission statement makes it clear to me that they are more focused on the ‘Growth’ part of ‘Clean Growth Now’ and are looking to benefit financially from jobs and business that fracking would bring to the region.” Blank said that she understands the financial motives and supports job growth, but she added that companies involved with hydrofracking often leave the area as soon as the wells are dry, plunging the area back into economic hardship. Cuomo and his administration are in the process of developing new regulations, with public hearings occurring this month, before the public comment period on hydrofracking closes on Dec. 12. After that, many expect the state to pass the rules and issue permits as early as next year. Email: email@example.com
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Continued from Page 1: Bulls Stay Perfect at Home “I guess when I was dribbling into the paint, they kind of sagged in so [I thought]: ‘If I kick it out maybe they won’t do that next time.’ I guess it worked.”
“Their adrenaline is running through their ears, especially when we get ahead,” Witherspoon said. “So we’re trying to get them to take what the defense gives us.”
The Bulls shot a good percentage from the field (46), but it was their 82 percent shooting from the line that really helped put the game away.
Senior forward Mitchell Watt carried the Bulls in the first half and continues to frustrate opposing defenses. In the opening minutes, Cornell didn’t have an answer for the 6-foot-10-inch big man, as he Sophomore point guard Jarod entertained the 1,731 in attendance Oldham had arguably the best game with a couple rim-rattling dunks. of his short Bulls career against Cornell. He finished with eight points, In the first half alone, he scored nine assists, and seven rebounds more than half of the Bulls’ points, and really took over in the final and grabbed four of his nine reminutes. bounds.
Senior forward Dave Barnett’s contributions may not have shown up on the stat sheet, but his presence was felt in the game. He played stifling defense in his 24 minutes and went flying across the hardwood on two occasions, diving after loose balls. Witherspoon is happy with the defensive effort overall against Cornell and feels that as his team gels on the court and settles into individual roles, the sky is the limit. “We have guys that are in different roles than they were last year and [things] are new,” Witherspoon said. “So we’ve got to find a way to keep plugging away at [getting more consistent].”
Although Oldham put up strong numbers, Witherspoon is patiently waiting for him to stop relying only on his gifts and start looking to stay composed for the entire game.
The Cornell defense was shaky throughout the game, but it consistently forced turnovers throughout the first half, leading to 13 Bulls turnovers.
Witherspoon thinks that both Oldham and McCrea try too hard to entertain at times rather than play within the pace of the game.
The Big Red came out playing manto-man defense and the Bulls gashed Email: firstname.lastname@example.org them early with backdoor cuts and excellent team passing.
Buffalo heads out on the road for the first time this season when it takes on Princeton (0-2) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
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passed for that ticket sale because that was done after [Sunday’s] budget adjustment.”
Valdez explained that he called the meeting because of the urgent need for funds to be transferred – the competition is a little over two weeks away and the team needed to begin making travel arrangements.
Valdez also said that if an EPC meeting wasn’t called to make the budget adjustments immediately, the team would have to pay a higher amount for flight tickets – a loss to both the team and SA as a whole.
“The reason why we had to call an EPC meeting last night was because field hockey had money coming in from their coordinator and from a ticket sale that they had,” Valdez said. “Usually what we do as a Senate when we give a club money, we’re supposed to adjust it to the budget adjustment that we do that same day and the club should get the money right away. But, since they had a ticket sale [earlier this week], the only way for that money to come in was for another budget adjustment to get
The nationals are from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4 at UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif. Only 12 teams are invited to the competition. UB’s team will competing against the best in the country; schools such as Cornell, Arizona State, Duke , and Northeastern –to name a few – will be making the trip to the West Coast this year as well. “We have worked hard for two years to try and make this trip to
nationals and now we finally can, thanks to the help from SA,” Bachelet said. “I'm hoping that news of this trip spreads the word about the UB Field Hockey team [and] gets us more publicity and interest around campus. We could use the support of the school.” Valdez stands by the Senate’s decision to break previous precedents by giving the team $1,500. He hopes that the team will be able to show the country what UB – and SA – has to offer. “This team has gone above and beyond,” Valdez said. “It is an opportunity for SA as an association to go out there, to the West Coast, with a competitive team. It’s time for us to break tradition, to make something happen that is better for the organization.” Email: email@example.com
Continued from Page 1: Stampede Stomps on Student’s Moods just do what they’re told by their supervisors and are not permitted to change the schedule, according to Mike Girdlestone, a UB Stampede driver. Officials in the Department of Parking and Transportation Services create daily schedules for drivers during peak times, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and off peak times 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. The busses are scheduled to run every 3 to 4 minutes during peak time and every 10 to 15 minutes during off peak time. Like Bixby suspected, the reason why the
schedule hasn’t been running correctly is due to a lack of planning. The drivers take breaks during the day and the bus company, First Transit Inc., is not providing enough drivers to cover those shifts, according to Chris Austin, the assistant director of Parking and Transportation Services. Because of the scheduling problems and the number of complaints received from students, the UB Stampede schedule has finally made some changes. Since Monday, Nov. 7, four out of the
20 busses that run during the day have been redistributed. Three are now used to bring students from North Campus to South Campus rather than just North Campus alone, and one is used to transport students solely around South Campus. “We got a lot of passenger comments and complaints about the schedule, which is why we made the modifications,” Austin said. “Approaching the winter months, we don’t want students to have to wait longer than necessary. Waiting for 10 minutes when its 70 degrees outside is
a lot different than waiting for 10 [minutes] when it’s 15 to 20 degrees.”
tation Services either by phone or via email.
Although efforts have been made to ease bussing anxieties, students aren’t yet satisfied.
“Many students don’t report what is bothering them and then nothing gets fixed,” Austin said. “I would hope [that] anyone who has a complaint [would] reach out and tell us…Students are our eyes and ears and are the passengers who we want to service. We hope to always be up to their expectations.”
With another Buffalo winter quickly approaching, students fear that they will be forced to spend an extended amount of time waiting in the cold at the bus stop. If the new modifications are not working, Austin encourages students to tell the Department of Parking and Transpor-
Friday, November 18, 2011
It’s Not A Big Truck
EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF Matthew Parrino SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR James Twigg
EDITORIAL EDITOR James Bowe NEWS EDITORS Luke Hammill, senior Rebecca Bratek Sara DiNatale, asst. Lisa Khoury, asst. ARTS EDITORS Jameson Butler, senior Vanessa Frith Nicolas Pino LIFE EDITORS Akari Iburi, senior Steven Wrobel Veronica Ritter Keren Baruch, asst.
In 1982, the movie industry was in an uproar. The VCR had just begun its rise to video supremacy, and viewers had a unique ability never before held by the general public. With tapes, they could copy the tape many times over and make bootlegs for friends and relatives.
mines the site, or a portion of the site, is committing or “facilitating” certain copyright and trademark violations, they would be able to get a court order. Then, they would have the ability to force Internet service providers and search engines to block the websites.
Hollywood was furious. They made numerous futile attempts to ban the medium, until they began using VCR to their advantage.
On top of all that, SOPA will make it a full-fledged felony to stream copyrighted material. Legislators say it won’t be used in minor offenses like putting music in the background of a YouTube video, but the language seems to indicate that as long as the use had a retail value over $1,000, prosecution is possible.
Nearly 30 years later, the same story is beginning to unfold again like a terrible movie sequel.
SPORTS EDITORS Aaron Mansfield, senior Brian Josephs Scott Resnick, asst. Andreius Coleman, asst.
A bill is making its way through congress that will put Internet copyright laws on more steroids than Barry Bonds’ ass. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was originally designed to enhance a piece of legislation from the Senate. Instead of fixing it, however, it made itself into a Frankenstein’s monster of copyright.
PHOTO EDITORS Meg Kinsley, senior Alexa Strudler Satsuki Aoi Troi Williams, asst. Nyeri Moulterie, asst. CARTOONIST Patrick Boyle
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Helene Polley
Proponents, reflecting legislators’ highest standards of remaining unbiased, have dubbed the law the “E-PARASITE act.” It allows the Justice Department to seek out socalled “parasite” foreign websites, a la The Pirate Bay and cut its funding.
ADVERTISING MANAGER Andrew Angeles
Once the Attorney General deter-
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Internet freedom comes under fire
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Defendants would have to prove they reasonably believed their content was legal to defend against the charges. Apparently legislators have forgotten about the whole “innocent until proven guilty” thing. Hollywood wants us to believe they’re in a hard place, but let’s be realistic. Since the proliferation of the Internet, box office sales have gone up consistently, with the extremely minor drops well balanced by the increases. Maybe the general viewing community would be more excited about Hollywood releases if they weren’t all remakes or bad sequels.
Entertainment industries have continually failed to look at their own practices to explain why they are struggling, and have tried to use copyright infringement as a scapegoat. The music industry will continue to lose revenue, even if the law is passed and copyright stops because people have a way to download the songs they like, and not the whole album. That’s a drop from $12 or so for an album, to $0.99 for the only song you like. The math is pretty obvious; the music industry is changing. Copyright infringement is not right, but this law not only fails to combat the problems that really plague the creative industries, but also opens the door for censorship on a large scale.
And major corporations support it all. It’s still illegal for corporations and unions to directly donate to political campaigns, but last year’s Citizens United Supreme Court ruling gave big organizations a route for their money. Instead, they can give any amount to a “super PAC,” a private group dedicated to electing a candidate. The PAC can then work as an auxiliary campaign, separate from the candidate they intend to elect. After another court decision, they can even level attack ads against opponents. Because this was illegal in 2008, the 2012 election is bound to raise some of the biggest sums in any presidential election. The only flaw seemed to be that PACs must disclose their funding, but even that isn’t a problem for
corporations and unions. They can donate to “issue groups,” who then donate to PACs. Issue groups do not have to disclose their fundraising. Although not supposed to hold ties to the candidate’s campaign, the lines are often very blurry. Make Us Great Again, Rick Perry’s super PAC, was cofounded by one of Perry’s former chiefs of staff. Candidates are also allowed to fundraise for the super PAC that supports them, making the PAC almost even more powerful than the actual campaign for office. All of this combined makes for a revolutionary election year in 2012. Before, laws mitigated the influence of corporations and big unions in an effort to force candidates to appeal to the people of the nation. Now, corporations can dump money into electing a particular candidate. Presidential hopefuls can make promises to companies or unions in exchange for some sort of return. There’s nothing to stop President Obama from making a deal with the sex toy industry to give government subsidies for dildo manufacture in exchange for a sizable donation to
I would like to illuminate an erroneous assumption that Steven Cooper made in his letter to the editor printed in the Wednesday, Nov. 16 edition of The Spectrum. Cooper complained that the writer of an editorial about Herman Cain was “too biased to give an accurate interpretation of the Cain scandal.” He further criticized the article for being “one big hate fest on Herman Cain.” I would point out to Mr. Cooper that editorials are opinion pieces derived from the views of the members of the editorial board. The top of the page that all editorials appear on is clearly labeled “Opinion” in a very large font – indicating that all articles on the page are, in fact, opinions,
and are not to be interpreted as objective news. Complaining about an editorial being biased is a bit like complaining about a steak being made of meat—that’s sort of the point. Editorials exist to present readers with a more complete understanding of complex issues, and are written by staff members who do not also report the news. I only feel it is necessary to point this out because, as a graduate student studying media theory at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the current editorial page editor for The Crow’s Nest student newspaper, I find that people frequently mistake the content written on opinion pages with the objective information found in the rest of a newspaper.
It’s always the same. The sky is bright, the cars are few. It is a little past noon and I am almost home. I am excited to have my boyfriend back on Long Island, and even more excited to have the house to myself. I move into the right-hand lane because my exit is coming up. A silver car has barely pulled over onto the shoulder of the road. I pass the car and feel a little “thump.” No big deal, nothing major, I think, perhaps the sideview mirror.
It threatens people who generate good legal content, and has draconian punishments that harm consumers, not help them.
“Oh my God, I hit…There’s a man…Please…Oh my God…NOOOOO!”
his super PAC. On top of being bad for America as a whole, it’s wildly unfair to everyone associated with the corporation or the union. Not all of the stockholders in a particular corporation are going to agree with donating to a particular campaign. People from almost all walks of life take part in stock trading, and their opinion is not considered when giving out millions to a candidate. The same thing goes for members of a union. Millions pay their dues to ensure the union can ensure their safety, their job security, and fair business practices. Surely, not all of them expect their dues to go toward a massive contribution for a candidate they don’t agree with. What the Citizens United decision has created works against a real democracy. It creates the climate for a government that is all but run by the powerful and the rich, rather than the people of this nation. Our government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, for the people. We are walking ever more toward a nation of the dollar, by the dollar, for the dollar.
In reality, journalists abide by strict codes of ethics, and work diligently to fulfill their obligation to seek the unbiased truth and report it above all else, while editorial writers – and only editorial writers – present subjective arguments based on both fact and opinion. An allegation of bias is a serious affront to a newspaper’s credibility. An allegation of bias because of an opinion article written on an opinion page is just foolish. Ren LaForme firstname.lastname@example.org Former Spectrum Senior Managing Editor Alumnus ’10
What are you thinking?
Yet even my dreams couldn’t shield me. I kept re-experiencing the accident.
I pull over, fish my cell phone out of my purse and start to call 9-1-1. I look out my windshield and notice that the passenger side of my hood looks like a crushed paper fan.
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I wandered around the house like a living ghost, with a bottle of sedatives in my bathrobe pocket. Often, I prayed I would fall asleep and not wake up.
Through vague language and increases in power, congress is seeking to give one man the ability to ban websites based on technology he or she might not fully understand.
Calm Money Before the Storm is too powerful in politics Prepare your eyes and ears for the most obnoxious visual and aural assault in human history. With money able to flow more freely, political campaign ads are going to be nearly ubiquitous for months leading up to the next presidential elections.
squirrel pajamas, and kept me safe from phone calls, news articles, and TV coverage of the accident. He also saved me from myself.
I get out of the car, hold the phone and walk toward the other car. Then I see it.
Asif Ali, 30, was pronounced dead at 1:21 p.m. at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. But he really died on the asphalt. I know. I was standing there when the EMT said it. When he did, I passed out. The next few days are a kaleidoscope of vicious images. There is the congealing blood, his lone sneaker on the highway, the twisted bits of tan yarn from his sweater stuck in the mangled grill of my car. There’s the pulsating light from the police cruisers and the whir of the MedEvac’s helicopter blades. There’s the sting of gravel biting into my cheek when I fell to the ground. I can’t get any of this out of my head – ever. Within a few days, the accident report came out. Three witnesses said it was not my fault – that Ali had stepped into the road where I was driving; that he couldn’t be seen until it was too late; that there was nothing I could have done. A detective told me Ali had been changing his tire and stepped into the road just as I came by. There was nothing I could have done. I walked away with no external injuries, but inside I was lost. I had killed someone. Because of me, Ali’s daughter would grow up without a father. I got nightmares, and I now live with post-traumatic stress disorder. Like veterans coming back from combat, I keep reliving the trauma. It’s made me angry, bitter and nasty. It’s made me hurt the people trying to take care of me. In the months after the accident, I punched my sister in the jaw and decked her over a trip to the supermarket. I almost sabotaged by best friend’s relationship. For a year, I yelled at anyone whom got in my way. I knew I had to change. I couldn’t stay in Smithtown, Long Island. I couldn’t be near the accident. In June of 2009, I moved to Buffalo to be near my boyfriend. But the nightmares continued. I could no longer drive a car – what if I killed someone again? I could no longer even sit in a car without medication – what if someone else killed someone? I couldn’t even cross a street without getting panicked. My friends have started holding my hand, which is humiliating. I still can’t watch the news, see a film about a crash, or even hear the sound of screeching brakes without getting panicked. In April 2010, I had an attack inside my friend’s Jeep. I couldn’t stay in the car any longer, so I jumped out while he was driving on Route 33. My head slammed into the pavement. My left leg scraped the asphalt until it was raw. My friend’s Jeep was inches from running me over. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, which meant more hospital time, more medicine and more pain. The head injury causes memory loss, migraines and aphasia. But it also woke me up. My best friend said he could no longer be around me. I was too angry. Too crazy. Too troubled. That’s when I realized I had to come to terms with the accident and with myself. I found a great therapist and enrolled at UB to study English and anthropology. I’m a junior now, and I’m determined not to let this accident define me. I’m also determined not to let this all have been for nothing. A friend asked why I would tell such a personal story in such a public way. If even one reader is more cautious as driver or pedestrian, then sharing has been worthwhile. Preventing another tragedy is worth the discomfort I’ve experienced with what I have chosen to write. There is another reason. It is not often you get the chance to publically apologize. I was not a nice person after the accident; I hurt a lot of my friends and family. They did not deserve it and there are no excuses. I am sorry. I will never be that innocent girl driving on that sunny November day. But I can choose who I become. I owe that to Ali’s memory and to myself. Email: email@example.com
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being completely aware of how much and how fast you consume alcohol. The company compares it to knowing Last year there were 62 DWI arrests what the speed limit is but not havon UB’s campus. Alcohol is present on ing the speedometer to monitor the college campuses around the globe and speed. Comparable to when someone has plunged students into four years is drinking without a way to measure spent under the influence. how intoxicated he or she really is. Having a Breathalyzer conveniently Alcohol.edu, the program that is stationed in bars gives drinkers an required for all UB incoming freshman opportunity to gauge their “drinking students to complete, attempts to teach m.p.h.” students how to keep their alcohol in check. The danger of alcohol presents However, the company knows that enitself when students don’t monitor what couraging safe choices when drinking or how much they’re drinking. is not as simple as giving away pamphlets filled with BAC calculations An alternate technique to encourage and weight charts. That’s why they alcohol safety has been developed and designed the SipSmart Breathalyzer. implemented around bars in Buffalo The program gives social drinkers an and Ontario. affordable way to keep tabs on their alcohol consumption. Ladybug Technologies, a technology firm based in Canada, has recently “For some, this will mean they can expanded into the U.S. through UB’s relax when leaving the bar to drive Office of Science, Technology Transfer home, knowing that they are in fact and Economic Outreach (UB STOR). within legal limits,” Montag said. “For The company has been striving to others, they will stop drinking sooner. invent and distribute products focused Either way society benefits.” on social change. To use the SipSmart, the customer “We really chose Buffalo to pilot our must first create a login ID and passSipSmart Network Kiosk as a way to word where their information is kept give back to our local community,” said for statistical purposes only. Three Christine Montag, co-founder and chief times during the course of the night operating officer of Ladybug Technolo- for $5 they can get a BAC reading by gies, in an interview with Artvoice. blowing into the Breathalyzer. For another $0.50, they can purchase reusThe SipSmart is a Breathalyzer proable mouthpieces and avoid swapping gram that helps bar patrons monitor undesired saliva with other bar-goers. their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) throughout the night in order to “We believe this price point is sigprevent alcohol related accidents, such nificant enough to deter gaming and as drunk driving. promote bar patrons to use it for which it was intended; informed consumpFrom 2000 to 2008, Erie County has tion,” Montag said. “We developed had over 3,000 DWI arrests per year, the SipSmart Network to allow social and drinking and driving in Buffalo drinkers of all ages and all income levhas become more common than in other els to have access to real breath screencities. ing technology, to shift the paradigm of drinking responsibly to the individual.” On Ladybug Technologies’ website, the company stresses the importance of Ladybug Technologies is targeting
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It makes them look more responsible,” Lewis said.
Lewis said that if it was free, he would probably use it, but more for drunken entertainment than responsibility. He isn’t sure about how effective the SipSmart will be on limiting drunk driving either.
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“He’s worked with the likes of Barbara Streisand… and Vanessa Williams,” said Thomas Ralabate, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “[And] he keeps his ties to Buffalo alive by working with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He’s one of Buffalo’s favorite sons.” It was with this warm introduction that David Shire was introduced to the audience at the Center for the Arts along with his wife, Didi Conn. UB’s Theatre and Dance Department put together a wonderful, high-energy compilation of Shire’s most famous songs for “It Goes Like It Goes” in a room full of fans both old and new.
Elizabeth Olsen makes a name for herself in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
DAN WHITNEY Staff Writer Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: Nov. 11, 2011 Grade: A+ Oscar season is only a few months away and when it arrives, the film on everyone’s lips will more than likely be Martha Marcy May Marlene. Yes it’s a mouthful, but the sooner the general public can learn the proper order of these ‘M’ names, the better because this will be the movie the U.S. will be talking about. In his first full-length feature film, rookie director Sean Durkin takes the viewer on a terrifying journey into the life of Martha (played by a stunning Elizabeth Olsen, Silent House), a young woman who flees the demented cult she has been living with for the past two years. Martha travels to live with her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson, The Spirit) and her husband Ted (Hugh Dancy, Coach) where she attempts to integrate herself back into the daily rituals of normal life. While living under her sister’s roof, Martha experiences multiple flashbacks that span over the last two years. These flashbacks include her initial assimilation into the cult as well as the different forms of abuse she endures at the sadistic hand
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of the group’s leader Patrick (John Hawkes, Contagion.) Throughout the majority of the film, the viewer watches as Martha struggles to differentiate one reality from another as she begins to grow paranoid. Eventually, believing that members of the cult are attempting to find and hurt her. Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, is an acting revelation and fully embodies the role of a depressed and disturbed young woman who begins to lose touch with reality. A virtually unknown actress before being casted in this movie, Olsen is sure to establish a name for herself due to delivering one of the year’s best performances. Her portrayal is sure to be awarded with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in early 2012. Besides the outstanding acting from Olsen, Hawkes delivers a terrifyingly powerful and believable performance as a deranged leader who uses various manipulations in order to ensure the members remain loyal to him. When Martha first arrives at the property, he treats her with kindness and respect, making constant note of her abandonment by her family and letting her know she will always have a place there. He changes her name to Marcy May, a clear attempt to further disconnect Martha from her old life.
Marcy May’s mentor drugs her and leaves her unconscious body to be raped by Patrick, who uses the act of sex as a bonding experience between the two. Marcy May is forced to do the same to her own protégé when she is assigned one. To most viewers, the character of Patrick will most likely resemble a present-day Charles Manson – he even refers to the cult as “the family” and orders his followers to break into houses to rob them, an act that sometimes results in the murder of the occupants so they aren’t reported to the police.
“I’m not familiar with his music, but this show was definitely fun. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the stage,” said Hyein Ryu, a senior business major. The performers, made up entirely of UB dance and theatre majors, performed 21 songs from Shire’s legendary collection of music, and the talent was plentiful. One student’s talents that stood out in particular was Kara Tripoli. She shined not only because of her vocal talents, but
During her performance of Shire’s “Do You Want To Play Games/Stars” from Closer Than Ever, Tripoli’s heel strap popped and she continued to belt out her lyrics, even with the minor wardrobe malfunction. “I saw her shoe break and gasped, but she so gracefully kept on. I loved her energy,” said Stella Kozlowski, a 43-year-old stay at home mom of Buffalo. What gained the most applause, however, was the last number of the night from Saturday Night Fever. When the first note of the song overflows the audience everybody stood up in appraisal. The most endearing moment was when the whole dance and theatre company lunged into the audience to invite them to dance with them onstage. David Shire, who was in the audience with friends and family, stood with pride and celebrated with them. Being that it was opening night, the group let out its first-time jitters with stride. The show premieres through Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at the CFA at UB North.
Apart from the excellent acting, Martha Marcy May Marlene also has the ability to draw the audience in with the story unfolding before their eyes. They are able to sympathize with Martha’s situation and desperately want her to relay the severity of her abuse to her sister. Due to the disturbing subject matter and ambiguous ending, Martha Marcy May Marlene is not a film for everyone – the average audience will either leave the theater with a deep love or strong disdain for what they have just witnessed.
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Grade: A As you pull your sword from the necromancer’s chest, spraying their blood across the white ground, your companion is caught off-guard by a cone of fire spewing forth from the end of a rival sorcerer’s palm. You can only watch as your personal bodyguard is engulfed in flames, her last thoughts only on defending her thane. Before you can react, you hear it. The high-pitched whine of a blood dragon, come to claim your soul for the dragon lord Alduin. This is just another day in the wintry wastes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In the years since the title’s predecessor, Oblivion, Bethesda has been hard at work producing some of the top roleplaying experiences this side of a d20. The first aspect of Skyrim gamers will notice is that the game borrows heavily from its sister series, Fallout. To some this evolution may make some gamers retire from the battlefield, but fans of the post-apocalyptic initiative may not see the light of day in time for finals. Whatever your role-playing preference may be, the game itself is beautiful, boundless and – to summarize using one colloquial Internet phrase – epic. Simply put, the game’s world is massive. Somewhere in the ballpark of 16 square miles, this dragon-infested territory represents one of the most expansive game maps in the history of
the genre, though surprisingly, not the largest of the series. The winged lizards that inhabit Skyrim’s airspace both mold the game into an unforgettable experience and intentionally insult players, as dragons mostly come at inopportune times. Escorting the raiding party to eradicate a den of thieves? Not anymore. Just came from a multi-level dungeon that drained every last drop of healing in your satchel? Skyrim doesn’t care, meet dragon.
As a nicety, the game has taken companionship to new heights as picking up a compadre is more of a benefit than a hassle in the game’s abundant skirmishes. Early in the game’s main quest players pick up a housecarl (Read: underpaid lackey) that would follow the character on quests from here to the gates of Oblivion and back. The game’s main quest consists of stopping the dragon lord Alduin, The World Eater, from doing what he does best: eating the world. As the last Dovahkiin, players must join forces with the land’s greatest heroes of old to conquer the keep and stop Alduin from receiving his entree. As a dragon-born, players will conquer the scaled monstrosities and devour their ash-encrusted souls, providing the player further insight into the dragon language and a usable Thu’um – Dragon Shout – to cast on any who oppose their raucous wrath. What really separates Skyrim from its
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dungeon-delving competitors is that its main plot is merely a drop in the cauldron compared to what’s available for the player in the game. Factions like the stalwart Companions – Skyrim’s equivalent to the fighters guild – The College of Winterhold, and the decisively deadly Dark Brotherhood are just a few of the possible coalitions and causes the player can join.
and purposes, Skyrim will be a serious competitor (if not shoe-in) for this year’s awards. Admittedly, Skyrim can’t seem to shake the plague of bugs that littered its predecessor, and at points, enters near unplayability. For many PlayStation 3 owners, the game’s code often slows to a crawl at points, bottlenecked by the game’s stunning environment.
Leveling in the game has undergone a serious evolution in the past five years. Players are left with fewer skills than they remember but compensated with a perk system that is both innovative and streamlined. Instead of perks getting assigned at skill levels 25, 50, 75 and 100, Skyrim gives players the opportunity to invest one point per level in any of the game’s multifaceted skill trees.
In a world rife with ore to be mined, armor to be forged and weapons to be crafted, Skyrim has enough content to keep meticulous gamers occupied for eras to come. The sheer amount of content Bethesda provides to the player and the feeling of contentment that comes from indulging in Skyrim’s wintry world, is unrivaled.
Bethesda has done a phenomenal job following up its series after winning 2006 and 2007 Game of the Year Awards for Oblivion. For all intents
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Rhodes to Regret BRIAN JOSEPHS Sport Editor
There are many questions a person gets asked in life. However, the worst question is one of regret – what if? The question of “what if” constantly plagues many athletes, both college and professional. The true athlete is always aiming for the top, and anything less than No. 1 is a failure. And when he or she doesn’t attain that goal, self-doubt sets in. Unfortunately, in life there are no replays. Self-doubt gradually eats away at your soul, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Yale quarterback Patrick Witt isn’t willing to face that emotion. Witt was recently invited to an interview opportunity for the Rhodes scholarship. The award – considered the world’s most prestigious scholarship – has been awarded to the likes of TV personality Rachel Maddow and President Bill Clinton. This opportunity would seem like a no-brainer to the average scholar, but Witt chose to decline. The quarterback’s scheduled interview would’ve conflicted with Yale’s game against Harvard this Saturday. “The Game” is one of college football’s most storied rivalries, spanning 128 years. Witt would be damned if he were to miss a chance at history. Witt is well on his way to becoming the greatest quarterback in Bulldogs history. He is one of the school’s alltime leaders in completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. The quarterback is also the current leader in the Ivy League in many major passing categories this season. He’s writing his name into the annals of one of the most prolific schools in American history. If that means turning down one of the biggest opportunities one can ever be granted, then it’s his right to do so. Witt was only offered a slim opportunity even if he decided to take the interview. Why miss a chance to have your name written into lore for a mere chance? Witt is going to have other opportunities to win the scholarship. He’s a 22-year-old student and the scholarship eligibility ends at age 24. The quarterback is in his last year of NCAA eligibility. There will never be another chance for him to take part in the historic event, lead his team, and further cement his name in Yale’s history books. If he was denied the scholarship, he would forever regret not taking part in the Saturday matchup. Your regular scholar may scoff at his decision. But then again that everyday scholar doesn’t comprehend college sports. A collegiate athlete has to give it his all every day of each week to even compete at a Division-1 level and be successful in school. To blow off what he or she has been working at for a slim opportunity would be huge disservice to oneself. The Rhodes legacy lists four standards: energy to use one’s talents to the fullest, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead; and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Unbeaten Bulls take on Inconsistent Tigers
AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor
2010-11 record: 25-7 (12-2 Ivy League) Ivy League Champions
The men’s basketball team came into this year with loads of expectations and the squad has only added Bullievers through two games.
2011-12: 0-2 All-Time series: Buffalo leads 1-0 Last Meeting: Buffalo 25 - Princeton 23 (Jan. 4, 1926)
Sophomore guard Jarod Oldham is providing reliable play at the point (he’s only turned the ball over three times this year); senior forward Mitchell Watt is stepping up, blocking shots, and leading his comrades; and sophomore superstar forward Javon McCrea is doing what everyone expected him to do, averaging 18.5 points and eight rebounds.
Two Tigers to watch: F Ian Hummer: The 6-foot-7-inch junior came into this season as the most accomplished player on the Princeton squad. Last season, Hummer started in 31 of the Tigers’ 32 games and finished second on the team in points (441). He also ended last year’s championship season on fire too, scoring in double figures in the final seven games. If his team-high scoring performance in the first two games was any indicator, Buffalo will have its hands full in the post on Saturday.
The Bulls (2-0) will take their unbeaten record and noteworthy stat-lines to New Jersey to face the erratic Princeton Tigers (0-2) on Saturday.
G Douglas Davis: Princeton’s senior corps leaves a lot to be desired, and Davis is by far the most threatening of the three seniors. Last year, the nation got to see how clutch of a shooter Davis was. He hit a buzzer-beater to down Harvard, 63-62, to send Princeton to the NCAA Tournament. His jump shot has continued to be lethal this year, as he leads his team with 7-for-11 three-point shooting. Davis is coming off a 21-point game against NC State, and the Bulls are in for some trouble if he stays hot.
Buffalo has won its first two games at home, inspired by strong hometown turnout. “Our home crowd is not only a boost to us, but it’s tough on our opponents, and that’s what we see when we’re on the road,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “When students show up, we get a buzz beyond belief. It’s distracting for our opponents. [The students] bring atmosphere, electricity, energy, and enthusiasm. Those are big things.” The Tigers – led by the experienced two-headed monster of junior big man Ian Hummer and senior guard Douglas Davis – dropped their season-opener in embarrassing fashion before bouncing back and coming improbably close to shocking an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent on its home floor. “They’re one of the bigger teams we’ll play all year and they’re experienced,” Witherspoon said. “They run their stuff very well.” Witherspoon said he looks for senior forward Dave Barnett and sophomore guard Aurum Nuiriankh to defend Davis, while he plans on utilizing Watt, McCrea, and senior forward Titus Robinson to slow down Hummer. Princeton started the season off against under-the-radar Wagner (21), a squad that recently put a scare in UConn. The Seahawks completely rattled the Tigers, forcing 28 turnovers and defeating Princeton on its home floor, 73-57. Following their disappointing start at home, the Tigers traveled to Raleigh to take on the NC State Wolfpack (3-0). Princeton only committed 11 turnovers in this one, leading the majority of the game but falling on a free-throw line jump shot with four seconds remaining, 60-58. This will be Buffalo’s first road test of the year. The Bulls struggled on the road last year, going 7-11 away from Alumni Arena and 13-3
The Bulls win if…They are consistent through all 40 minutes. The Bulls have two solid wins against good teams, but their laxness in certain points of both games almost led comebacks. If Buffalo applies full-on pressure for the entire game, the Tigers should be en route to their third straight loss.
The Bulls look to give Princeton its third straight loss on Saturday afternoon. Courtesy of Beverly Schaafer / Princeton Athletics
at home. Witherspoon is looking to correct those struggles this year. “We were getting in between 3 and 6 a.m. two nights a week,” Witherspoon said. “We’re going to try to stop making a bed out of a bus.”
Barrett, who averages 6.5 points. Conversely, the Bulls are fueled by balanced scoring, with three players averaging double-figures and Oldham following closely behind with eight points per game.
The Bulls will need to neutralize Hummer and Davis if they plan on fixing things on the road. Hummer is a 6-foot-7-inch forward who is averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game. Not to be outdone, Davis is putting up 16.5 points. The 5-foot-11-inch guard is an outside threat, having hit seven 3-pointers so far this year. The two averaged double figures in 2010-11. Davis made a name for himself when he hit a buzzer-beating shot that won the Ivy League playoffs and sent his team to the NCAA Tournament, where the 13th-seeded Tigers nearly knocked off 4th-seeded Kentucky in an exhilarating first round matchup, 59-57.
The Bulls defense was one of their strongest points last year, holding teams to just 65 points per game. They’ve brought even more defensive intensity so far this year. Led by Watt (three blocks per game) and Barnett (2.5 steals per game), the Buffalo defense has allowed an average of 62 points per game this year.
Princeton had four players – including Hummer and Davis – finish with more than 11 points in that game. But Princeton doesn’t offer much of a scoring threat outside of the duo this year. The squad’s next-leading scorer is forward Will
The game will get underway at 12:30 p.m.
Witherspoon, however, believes there’s a lot of room for improvement. “We need to get better defensively,” Witherspoon said. “We’re big and long and we need to use that to improve, because teams are going to try to use their quickness on us.”
The Tigers win if…Davis takes control. Don’t expect Hummer to be too much of a factor with Watt and McCrea in the post, but Davis has proven that he can burn when he’s hot. Buffalo has to hold him down. Prediction: Brian Josephs Sports Editor Princeton is the defending Ivy League champion, but that shouldn’t deter Buffalo. The Bulls’ double threat in the post will smother Hummer, who is arguably Princeton’s best player. This is Buffalo’s first away game of the season, but I expect them to maintain focus under Witherspoon’s leadership. Buffalo - 70 Princeton - 62 Aaron Mansfield Senior Sports Editor The Bulls struggled mightily on the road last year but they look to be a much better team so far this year. McCrea will most likely put up around 18 points and 10 rebounds yet again. I think the key to this game is senior guard Zach Filzen, who’s gone unnoticed so far this year. Teams are hounding him defensively and he’s not getting open looks, though he’s still managed to put up double figures in both games. If he gets hot and Oldham continues to play turnover-free ball, the Bulls should win this game. Buffalo - 64 Princeton - 60
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Witt was fully aware of those standards. “The important part here is not so much the game, but the principle of it,” Witt said. “If I were to go to that interview and skip the game, in a lot of ways I'm not acting like the person they selected to interview.” Best of luck to you, Mr. Witt. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be no more long trips back home for the Bulls (2-8, 1-5 MAC) this year, as their miserable season draws to a close with two games at home. They host Akron at noon this Saturday. In the first of two final home games, Buffalo will have its best chance to trump its 2-10 record from 2010. The Zips are the only team in the MAC with a worse record than the Bulls.
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Shortly after the football game, there will be a stampede in Alumni Arena when the Bison (1-2) from Bucknell take on the Bulls (1-1) at 5:30 p.m. Both teams are coming off losses, so this game should be full of passion and drama.
The wrestling team will meet the Wolverines of Michigan in Alumni Arena on Friday at 5 p.m. before heading to Cornell to face tough competition at the Body Bar Invitational on Saturday at 10 a.m. If Buffalo can match or best its fifthplace finish in the competition last year, the team should gain some momentum before its first MAC dual with Central Michigan next month.