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On Wednesday, the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center held its inaugural fundraiser at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, showcasing the lives of the two U.S. presidents with roots in Buffalo.
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Seventy percent of college students admit to some form of cheating. In a study conducted in 2006 by the Center for Academic Integrity, a survey of 50,000 college students on 60 different campuses showed that 70 percent of students admitted to cheating in some capacity, 50 percent admit to cheating on written assignments, and 25 percent admit to serious test cheating. With these staggeringly high national numbers, educators at UB are attempting to
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The men’s basketball team has had no problem scoring in its own gym so far this season. The Bulls (2-1) came out firing in the first half and held off a late rally to pick up their second win at home this season with an 87-76 victory over the Towson Tigers (1-2) on Saturday night. Junior guard Zach Filzen led a balanced offensive attack, which resulted in five players reaching double figures. In its first two games at home this season, Buffalo has scored 88 and 87 points, respectively. “I think that we have a lot of weapons this year… in a lot of different positions,” said junior forward Mitchell Watt. “I think it really helps the team, because on offense it’s a little more spread around. I think that helps with the attitude on the floor. Everyone’s getting shots.” Filzen scored 23 points in the game and sank four straight 3-point attempts in the first half, as the Bulls put up 51 points in the opening 20 minutes. As Filzen heated up, the Tigers
association to the public, and also to increase public interest in the project. The event featured oan exhibit entitled “Buffalo’s Wednesday: 36oLegacy.” high / 29This lowexhibit showcased many Tuesday: 36oto high / 31o low Association Formed Commemorate Presidential Cloudy, snow Cloudy, snow documents and manuscripts related to Presidents Presidents With Roots in Buffalo Fillmore and Cleveland, as well as many documents REBECCA BRATEK related to other presidents and historical figures. Most Staff Reporter notably, the exhibit featured letters written by Fillmore during his early days as a lawyer in Buffalo and even Last Wednesday, the Association for a Buffalo Presi- a letter written to express his fear of a presidential dential Center (ABPC) held its inaugural fundraiser nomination. at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum at 220 ABPC sees the collection and display of these docuNorth St. to increase awareness of its long-term plans. ments as a vital part of understanding the history that In 2001, a few women got together for a weekly shaped the presidency. cup of coffee and friendly discussion. Yet, the topic “We’re [a group] of collectors and historians,” said of choice wasn’t what Carrie Bradshaw had worn Bren Price, executive director of the Western New that week on Sex and the City. Rather, these women York Educational Service Council at UB and member wondered why Buffalo, a city of such rich political of the board of trustees for the ABPC. history, didn’t have a center to celebrate the past. The event also featured a lecture by Dr. James Over a simple coffee date with friends, the ABPC Campbell, professor and chair of political science at was born. In 2003, the group of women formed a loosely UB. Campbell is currently in the process of a book organized committee, joining with other Buffalonians project in which he examines the way experts and the who were dedicated to the cause. Most recently, the general public rate the success of presidential leaders. association received a charter from the New York “ I was concerned that experts boiled down [their State Education Department to operate as an official ratings] to opinion,” Campbell said. “It’s also very not-for-profit group. useful to know what the people find about the leaderThe group focuses on exploring the historical lega- ship. History is not as neat as we would like it to be.” cies of the two presidents who have roots in Buffalo His lecture not only examined the ratings of all – Grover Cleveland and Millard Fillmore. The ABPC presidents in U.S. history, but also focused on the four also encourages the study of the many influential presidents with ties to Buffalo – Fillmore, Cleveland, Western New York citizens who have helped to shape William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt – and national historical legacies. connected his ideas with those of the ABPC. “If we are going to understand where we are today ABPC also outlined the short-term and long-term and how we are moving to the future, we need to look goals it hopes to achieve. First on the agenda is develto the past,” said Maryann Saccomando Freedman, oping an Internet-based home that contains articles Esq., president of the ABPC. “Two men, even with
do whatever is necessary to prevent cheating on campus. A workshop held Thursday in the Teaching and Learning Center entitled “Plagiarism and Academic Integrity” featured James Gardner, vice dean for academic affairs in the School of Law, James Jensen, professor of engineering and faculty director of undergraduate studies, and Mike Ryan, professor of chemical and biological engineering and director of university accreditation. One topic that was discussed during the seminar was the professor’s responsibility to create a learning environment that does not enable academic dishonesty. When allegations of cheating surrounded an exam in Professor David Murray’s Introduction to Management Info Systems class, MGS 351, students came forward demanding that
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switched to a box-and-one defense to get an extra man on the shooter. This didn’t faze Filzen or the rest of the Bulls offense. “I figure if they’re going to do that, we have enough guys on this team that we’re going to beat them,” Filzen said. “It’s not a smart move, I don’t think against our team, because we got layups, we got open jumpers. If they want to do that, fine.” Filzen shot an efficient 8-of-12 from the floor, while adding six rebounds in arguably the best performance of his short career. A 3-pointer from junior forward Dave Barnett in the closing seconds capped off a 10-point run for the Bulls to end the first half with a 51-38 advantage. After the strong offensive performance in the first half, the Bulls lost their sense of urgency, allowing the Tigers to sneak back into the game. “I think we have some things to improve on,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “One of the dangers with slowing the tempo down is that you can get a little stagnant against their zone, but we didn’t get stagnant to the point where we turned it over and they shot breakaway layups.”
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Murray, who allegedly gives the same exact exams each year, accept some responsibility. According to Jensen, it is a teacher’s responsibility to actively work to minimize a student’s opportunities and incentives to commit academic dishonesty. In order to create a fair and honest learning environment, teachers should be discouraged from using old exams, according to Jensen. “[Just as] students get into a panic the day before [they need to take] an exam, teachers get into a panic the day before the exam needs to be written,” Jensen said. “Faculty should assume that [all students] have copies of past exams… and should be encouraged not to [re-use exams] because it encourages this attitude that you don’t have to study or review material because the answers are out there in past years’ exams.”
The Tigers were able to get to within four points at 72-68 with over three minutes to go in the game. However, the Bulls bounced back from a poor night at the free throw line on Tuesday against Youngstown State (2-1) and hit their free throws to close out the game. As a team, the Bulls shot 69 percent at the line, a drastic improvement from their 9-for-27 showing in their previous game. Senior guard Byron Mulkey converted on 10-of-12 attempts from the stripe. Mulkey also led the way on defense for the Bulls, finishing the game with four steals. As a team, the Bulls forced 18 Tigers turnovers, which were converted into 24 Bulls points. Foul trouble in the frontcourt for senior forward Jawaan Alston and junior forward Titus Robinson forced Witherspoon to extend the playing time of freshman forward Javon McCrea. The freshman workhorse has impressed his coach and team so far this season. “There’s some things [McCrea] can do that you don’t see very often,” Witherspoon said. “He can get the rebounds that you swear he’s blocked out, and he gets to them… he has guys hanging on him, and sometimes I don’t think he even knows they’re hanging on him.” McCrea notched his second career double-double in his third career game. He totaled 14 points and 12 rebounds. Joining McCrea and Filzen in double
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Ryan understands that while students, like those in Murray’s management classes, might find old exams to be a useful studying resource, the teacher has a responsibility to prevent the tests from being exactly the same each year. “When I was a student in preparing for an exam I would want to know the nature of the questions asked on previous exams just to know what had been asked before,” Ryan said. “However, if an instructor uses the same exam year after year, it will become well known to students. In some cases, it would be difficult to change the general nature or content of an exam but you can modify the questions appropriately. It is a good practice to try to minimize the opportunity for [cheating].” The teacher’s responsibility to ensure academic honesty does not just extend to continued on page 2
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figures for the Bulls was Watt with 16 points, and Mulkey and Barnett also scored 14 apiece. The Bulls will travel across town on
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varying the pattern or order of exam questions. According to students in Professor Randall Hudson’s Human Physiology class, PGY 300, a professor’s error caused class-wide cheating on a recent exam. Matthew Helm, a junior biomedical sciences major, states that in a renal system exam earlier this month, Hudson accidentally passed out a copy of the answer sheet to students. “There were four versions of the test, and [on the fourth] version, answer keys were stapled to the back of the test,” Helm said. “About five minutes into the exam, [Hudson] announced to the class that if [they had] version four, there are answer keys [attached and asked them] to rip them off and hand them back in.” Hudson’s a nnouncement caused a commotion as students started to discuss the test and exchange answers, according to Helm. “There was a 10-minute period and people trying to figure out what to do. Apparently he didn’t get all the answer keys back [because] some people kept them,” Helm said. “There wasn’t even just cheating with the answer keys. There were definitely people talking to their neighbors [and exchanging answers].” Hudson ended up having to invalidate the results of the exam and gave all the students a perfect score because some students had obviously gained an unfair advantage over other test takers. “[Hudson] gave everyone a [perfect score] but I know that some people who didn’t deserve
a 100 lucked out even though they probably cheated,” Helm said. “It is annoying that people [who] put in zero effort got [a perfect score].” While accidentally handing out an answer key may be a rare occurrence, Jensen offered preventative measures that teachers should take to reduce academic dishonesty. “A grading [system] that emphasizes the process of getting to an answer rather than just the answer minimizes incentives for cheating,” Jensen said. “If you have the students just put an answer in a box, it maximizes a student’s incentive to cheat.” Jensen also encouraged teachers to use methods such as sharing teaching assistants with other professors during an exam, seating people in every other seat on test days, having different versions of tests, scrambling questions on exams, and changing the way they are graded. “If you want your students to know [proper academic integrity standards] it’s your job to teach it to them regardless of whether or not they should have known that before walking through the door,” Jensen said. “In terms of things like citation or explaining what proper sources are, it is our job [as educators] in the classroom to teach [students] how to do it.”
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and lectures about the Western New York presidents and other influential Buffalonians. It would like to develop a virtual museum with a complete inventory of articles and sites that are linked to the presidency. Those viewing the museum will be able to “travel” to historical places through their computer screens and feel as though they are really there. It would also like to develop a tour route that visits significant sites in Buffalo and Western New York. “[Buffalo] is a link in the chain that starts at the beginning [of history] and carries us through to today,” Saccomando Freedman said. “The tremendous presidential history needs to be analyzed, studied,
and condemned where it needs to be condemned. As Buffalonians, we need to understand the history and how we were a vibrant, vital part of the national scene.” The ABPC is currently housed in Saccomando Freedman’s law office at Cohen & Lombardo, but the group hopes to soon establish a permanent home. The group is open and welcomes everyone who has an interest, and the membership fee is minimal, though not yet determined. For more information, contact Maryann Saccomando Freedman at (716) 881-3010, or Bren Price at (716) 630-7073.
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Catholic Church Makes Exceptions For Condom Use New Rule Is A Political Move, Not A Major Shift In Religion Pope Benedict XVI recently published that the Catholic Church would now make exceptions for condom use. Formerly a condemnable practice in the eyes of the Vatican, it will now be permitted in order to prevent the spreading of the HIV virus. The statement from the highest pontiff flies in the face of his former comments in which he professed that condom use would not help to eliminate HIV in Africa, but that condom distribution and safe-sex education would only exacerbate the problem. The Pope also suggested that the new policy would help prevent spreading HIV in male prostitutes. The use of condoms in that scenario would not constitute a mode of contraception, but that a condom would serve as a barrier strictly for preventing infection, much like, say, a pair of latex gloves. For the Catholic Church, where exceptions to tradition do not seem to be a part of regular Vatican conversation, this is a huge step in becoming more accommodating to the realities that affect its constituency. For perhaps most Catholics, sexuality and safe sex are topics with which they are confronted daily. But the exception is dependant on sexual intention, and therefore it insufficiently excludes heterosexual condom use. In other words, many Catholics use condoms to prevent HIV infection through heterosexual intercourse, not to prevent pregnancy. Aside from the new rule’s logical shortcomings, the Pope’s actual stance did not truly progress in leaps and
bounds. This exception to tradition seems to be only the result of a technicality. Or is it? The Spectrum editorial board believes that this new stance veers from an idealistic means of compromise, and that, in a sense, it feels like a penance for the Pope’s former PR sins. His earlier statements angered a handful of European governments and HIV-prevention organizations, upon which the Church relies for support. In this sense, it was more of a political move than it was a generous allowance from the Church’s traditional laws. In order to maintain its already waning audience, the Church must maintain its popular conservative stances and adjust to new problems that confront its antiquated fundamentals. Organized religion’s survival is dependant on money. Smaller congregations mean smaller amounts of offering for building maintenance, clerical paychecks and missions. We believe that the Pope is trying to take back a piece of this gaffe that has haunted his international relations and has ruined his credibility as a consultant for modern issues. The Church continues to chip away at its usefulness when it makes broad claims against scientific proof. Such claims against HIV prevention can only make it more difficult for it to survive the times as culture evolves and as people rely more heavily on proof than on faith.
U.S. Nuclear Upgrades Face Problems With Treaties
We Cannot Decrease Nuclear Weapons In An Arms Race The White House and Senate Republicans continue to hash out prospects on costs and purposes involved in a new nuclear arms program, which would allow for an annual accumulation of 80 new warheads for the United States Military. The number far exceeds the number of missiles discarded and used in testing each year, but it still falls short of Bush’s original envisioning of 125 new warheads per year. Having promised to diminish the world’s nuclear stockpile over the course of his administration, President Obama must now deal with a feeling of need in a worldwide arms race, as he continues to petition for the elimination of dangerous weapons of mass destruction. Our “New Start” treaty with Russia relies on our ability to keep promises for controlling our own spending on, and building of, nuclear weapons. Plans for a $6 billion nuclear arms complex in Los Alamos does not seem to be consistent with that promise. And who are we without our integrity? The plan seems contingent on necessity, otherwise Obama would
> I simply CANNOT understand why so many ACADEMICS want to turn this country from a Constitutional Republic into an absolute Socialist Dictatorship.
not make such a paradoxical move; but the invisible problem only seems to manifest itself in continuing international tensions. We are still uncomfortable with some countries that, in our eyes, are unstable and therefore unfit for controlling whether or not the powerful consequences of nuclear war are ever made into a visible reality. But the number of U.S. missiles destroyed each year for testing does not require overcompensation for its loss to the stockpile, and the accumulation of WMDs in the United States can only rouse suspicion in countries for which U.S. armament is deemed a cause for concern. But we are America. We will do whatever it takes to stay on top and in control of our surroundings, whether it means pumping up our military’s muscle, or making sure that other countries, with whom we do not share treaties, cannot protect themselves with equal clout. It seems that our current situation runs under the assumption that the countries allowed to build, store, and hypothetically use, nuclear arms will not use them. That is what allows us to police countries, like
Iran, that plan to begin their own uranium enrichment programs for more efficient electricity; we fancy ourselves to be more able to handle the responsibility of such power. But we see ourselves as correct because we are victims of our own subjectivity and our own fear of destruction. Our ideas of national defense are our enemy’s counter notions of loading for attack, and vice versa. So building more rockets, under the pretext that it is necessary in a new world era, seems to wear at the good-feeling ideology that worked toward nuclear arms removal. It seems to suggest that nuclear war is more of a reality than it has been for decades. But if we yawn away that fear, and deny that there might be anything new to worry about, we would still wonder what our financially ailing country could have done with that whopping $6 billion toward new silos, as the money toward more nuclear weapons, laid down one dollar bill at a time, seems to put us at about the appropriate distance from achieving international diplomacy in an arms race.
THE WORD AROUND CAMPUS
> Dear Sports Editor who wrote
“Never Date a Girl Who Can Read”, You’re a moron. Maybe you should quit smoking the crack pipe and learn that a real man doesn’t let a women’s intellect deter him from getting to know and possibly date a smart girl. Maybe guys should get a clue and not try to get one over or lie to a girl. You’re an idiot and I am ashamed I attend the same school as you. Sincerely, A chick who is above you in any and everyway possible
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.)
> To the misogynist author of the column
“Never Date a Girl Who Can Read,” What exactly were you trying to prove by your belittling little column? First of all, let me give you props that you have effectively screwed yourself in your future career path because anyone who has read your article, and is a woman (hint more women than man are entering college and getting positions in power) is not going to hire you. Secondly, you are a moron to use the analogy of Tiger Woods as a paradigm of a guy who should have known better than to be with a smart woman. Hint hint-a lot of the women he had affairs with were none too smart either and they also seemed to be able to rat him in. Perhaps you are writing this article because you feel slighted by females in general...and based on your poorly worded and pathetic arguments, they all probably fall into the category of “smarter than you”.
> Don’t have sports editors
write about gender anymore. It is embarrassing for everyone.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Chris Rahn’s piece “Never Date a Girl Who Can Read” (which I see is not accessible online) is blatantly offensive. The implication that men should embrace their stereotypical role of controlling women in relationships, and that a good way to do this is by seeking out “dumb” women, is horrifying - frankly, I am surprised that this piece made it into print. Although Rahn makes token attempts to claim that his piece isn’t sexist, the rest of his article says otherwise. It speaks poorly of the Spectrum and of UB in general for such backwards, casually discriminatory articles to be endorsed by a campus publication. Michael Lisieski
Senior Life Editor
I Can Read Real Good Sometimes we need to stop relying on others for advice and start listening to our own intuition. However, when you get such compelling advice as, “Never date a girl who can read,” I can understand how one would be hesitant to pass that up. For some guys, avoiding any girl who happens to be literate might seem like a great suggestion. These men wouldn’t have to worry about, heaven forbid, holding a conversation or partaking in a meaningful relationship. More importantly, however, these guys don’t have to be concerned with any woman threatening their perceived dominance. We don’t live in the 1950s anymore. Most women these days, especially those that would be reading a college newspaper, are not only literate but also have career aspirations. These woman, who you see “with a stack of books in front of her at the library,” would probably have very little interest in speaking to a man who undermines her intelligence. Here’s a thought: don’t evaluate a woman’s apparent worth based on her outward appearance and actually hold a conversation with said individual. Simply due to the fact that one’s IQ is above or below a certain number should have no bearing on the amount of respect he or she receives. If you’re incapable of speaking to someone without the intention of eventually “manipulating” the individual, perhaps you should work on your own self-esteem. If a man or woman can’t handle a strong significant other in his or her life, it could be representative of a deficiency in his own concept of self-worth. Personally, I’ve had my fair share of ignorant men who can’t seem to fathom that a reasonably attractive female could possibly possess any semblance of intelligence. In response to my friend mentioning that I was shadowing a surgeon at ECMC, an acquaintance retorted with, “I wonder who she had to sleep with to get that job.” If a man can’t handle a woman who aspires to have a career and be successful, stay away. In a society where women are gaining unprecedented speed toward equality, these uninformed and antiquated individuals have no place. Men, it’s time to be humbled; perhaps this was the first time this man had come in contact with an academically-successful woman, but it certainly won’t be his last. Girls, we’re not entirely innocent, though. How seriously can any man take you when your boobs are pushed up to your chin, you’re pulling your dress down to cover your rear-end, and you can barely stand upright outside of Mojo’s in your three-inch heels? Needless to say, you’re not exactly projecting the image of class that every man would eventually like to bring home to his parents. Don’t put yourself in a position to be disrespected. It’s easy to say you deserve respect, but it’s entirely different to demand respect through your actions. Work toward being secure enough with yourself to not feel the need to control or manipulate another. You might just meet that special someone… and I bet she’ll be literate. E-mail: email@example.com
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR As a Long Island girl who reads, I was somewhat offended by the Opinion article by Mr. Rahn. Intelligent girls who study and read actually, believe it or not, have personalities as well! Although we may like to have our lives under control and have a goal for our futures (or three or four), girls who read can make excellent companions. To Mr. Rahn, this may seem quite bewildering since I am from Long Island, maintain a decently high GPA, read dozens of novels per year and perpetuate a great rapport with my professors. I assure you that I can have long conversations, as well as nonsensical and outlandish adventures with my friends and beaus. Also, who is to say that a smart girl will use her wits to take advantage of her man? There are better things to waste brainpower on. Let’s reverse the situation now. If we were to poll female UB students, how many of them would say they would prefer a guy who doesn’t read over one that does? I honestly believe that at least 95% of females on campus would look for someone who does peruse a book from time to time, be it a novel, a textbook, or even Harry Potter. Smart is sexy. Books are bewitching. I would love to meet my future lover in the library (preferably HSL). Being from Long Island, I do recognize there are so-called ‘dumb’ girls that fit your description. Chances are, these are gold-diggers that you’d have to keep a keener eye on than a book-reader. Please know we are not all the same. Now if Mr. Rahn would like to meet up and see what this rare breed of Long Islanders is like, perhaps over coffee, feel free to get in touch. I promise I won’t run your life, wear the pants, or bore you to death with my inordinate knowledge of literature. Julianne M. Stiene Exercise Science and Nutrition ‘12
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characters have been converted into dialogue or furtive movements, leaving out the comedic mental asides and witty reactions. vanessa Frith Asst. Arts Editor Ironically, fight scenes are followed with so much detail it borders on ridiculous as the astute attention to detail drags the duels to absurd lengths. This may make the movie “action packed,” catering to the mainstream audience, but it cuts into the time available for the rest of the story. Take Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for example. Did the final I’ve always dreaded seeing my fight in the Ministry of Magic live up to favorite books played out on the silver your expectations? Did it instead only screen. follow the movements of Harry, leaving As far as movies go, they aren’t bad; out the actions and adventures of his in fact, some of them have been claimed cohorts? Because, really, who cares as cinematic genius. Yet, if you read the what happened to Neville and Luna? book first, the movies never live up to I understand that to include the your imagination. whole plot of the Lord of the Rings or Coming from a household that Harry Potter would result in movies didn’t watch television Monday of unfathomable lengths. Production through Friday, most of my childhood companies would go bankrupt and was spent in the made up worlds of people would walk out of the theater Narnia, Middle-earth, Hogwarts, and in disgust. the occasional distorted reality. I had This is why movies and books are those alternative universes played out represented as completely different to perfection in my mind, and I knew media. There is no possible way to put as soon as I walked into the darkened theater for my first Harry Potter movie a 500-page book filled with complex emotion, detailed description, and a that nothing would live up to the pen million and one other moments that and ink version. have been perfectly crafted and read Why should it? The work has and reread to perfection, into a reel of been made “movie friendly.” It’s been film. You just can’t do it. turned into a fast-paced rocket-fueled However, you can drag that two-hour carnival ride. The plot is fundescription into scenery, crop the 500 damentally twisted by so many deleted pages down to 100, throw in a few scenes, while shaky bridges connect intense fights, and please the majority what little snippets of the actual story of the population. A motion picture the directors have left in. Sparknotes, if you like. Just as with music videos, usually I’ll watch it, I most likely will, but the movie has lost all meaning from all the while I’ll be thinking of what’s what the author intended. missing. Explosions with tongues of fire lick the edges of the screen, blocking E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org out the quiet moments where plot is built. The innermost thoughts of the
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“The Boy Who Lived” leaves the safety of Hogwarts to fight The Dark Lord in the second to last installment of J.K. Rowling’s movie adaptation of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows.
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Students in COM 317 are bringing creativity to the lives of hundreds of elementary school children at Buffalo Public School 30 on Monday. “This is a night designed specifically for the kids and their families,” said Adrian Finch, a senior communication major and team leader of the public relations and marketing team. “It’s a great opportunity for parents to take time from their day and attend a free event with their kids.” P.S. 30 is a very diverse school with a significantly high poverty rate. The “Spark Your Imagination and Explore the Endless Possibilities” activity night is an opportunity for the children and families to enjoy themselves in a safe environment at no cost. The children in grades kindergarten through eighth will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as face painting, dancing, Guitar Hero, puppet making, and a variety of other youthful pleasures. By creating this event, the
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students of COM 317, Intro to Business and Professional Communication, hope to encourage parents to have an active role in their children’s lives. “I know how important my parents’ presence is in my life,” Finch said. “With this event, we want to create a night for the kids and their families to create and explore together.” The idea for this event is a part of the very hands-on curriculum of Mary Beth Debus, the instructor of COM 317. In the class, Finch and others had to complete a resume, craft a cover letter, and go on an interview for the fictional company “Class Project Inc.” Based on performance, each student received a job title. “Organizing this event is important because it gives COM 317
students a chance to take the skills that we learn inside the classroom and put them to work in the real world,” Finch said. “Spark Your Imagination,” which will commence in the gymnasium of Frank A. Sedita Elementary School at 4 p.m. on Monday, is sponsored directly by the students of COM 317 and donations from P.S. 30. In years past, the COM 317 students have hosted a jungle night, a carnival, and an event introducing various cultures. Finch encourages future students to consider taking COM 317 as a way of receiving hands-on experience with possible careers. “The knowledge and the experience that you gain in this class will carry through to your future career,” Finch said. The parents and children of P.S. 30 have grown quite familiar with the COM 317 class, and are very eager for what is to come. “We’ve been planning this event for over two months, and we can’t wait to see all of our hard work pay off,” Finch said. “I hope they enjoy the night just as much as we have enjoyed planning it for them.” E-mail: email@example.com
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Muggles everywhere beware; the Dark Lord has risen again. Dark times have fallen upon the wizarding world. The Dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, Cemetery Junction) has taken control of the Ministry of Magic and named Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and company the most wanted criminals in all of England. Now the only way for them to survive is to find and destroy the horcruxes that house the seven pieces of Voldemort’s soul. But when these horcruxes can be anything and anywhere, this is one task that will need a little magic to get done. This is the premise behind the latest silver screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved bestselling series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. This time around things are darker, moodier and more violent. From severed ears to snakes ingesting fresh corpses, this is a Harry Potter film that the child in everyone is unprepared for. The more mature theme behind this installment is a welcome addition, however. As the characters in Harry Potter have grown, so have their fans. The new serious and grim setting makes for one of, if not the best, Harry Potter film to date. Director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) did an incredible job of setting the atmosphere for this film. The dark tones used throughout resonate the dire situation that the characters find themselves in, and viewers can’t help but be worried for the outcome of all the characters involved. Atmosphere isn’t everything, though, and what truly makes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 shine above all others are the performances given by the trio of best friends. Daniel Radcliffe portrays the brooding and missiondriven Harry Potter with near perfection. Viewers can feel from his performance that, to him, the only thing that matters is stopping Voldemort and he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure he does.
Hermione Granger is played yet again by the impressive Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince). Her emotional and neurotic state from beginning to end is one of the most convincing performances in the entire movie. It’s clear from her portrayal that what Hermione cares for most is the safety of her friends. The best performance in the film, however, goes to Rupert Grint (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) for his portrayal of Ron Weasly. Jealous and filled with concern for his family, Ron’s anger finally boils to the surface in the film. His envy of the boy who lived is almost palpable as he confronts both Potter and Granger, feeling unwanted and underappreciated. Even though Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the most mature film thus far, that doesn’t mean it is absent of the same lighthearted humor that has been a staple of the previous installments. The head butting quips between Granger and Weasly are still there and Dobby the house elf’s (Toby Jones, What’s Wrong with Virginia) return to the series provides plenty of giggles reminiscent of the early years at Hogwarts. But these characters are no longer children, and that is made clear throughout the movie. Before the film reaches its conclusion, the three best friends will battle numerous Death Eaters, lose close friends, and have their wills tested beyond anything they could’ve imagined. One of the most impressive scenes in this movie comes when Harry, Ron and Hermione are forced to break into the Ministry of Magic. After knocking out three ministry employees, the group drinks a batch of polyjuice potion, which makes them look exactly like the three people they knocked out, and is able to slip into the ministry undetected. Getting out doesn’t go as smoothly, though, and a firefight breaks out with spells flying back and forth between the protagonists and their pursuers. The whole scene is very heist movie-esque and worthy of an Ocean’s title or perhaps even 007 himself. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is filled with action sequences such as this one that will keep viewers’ eyes stuck to the screen almost as if by magic from beginning to end. Brimming with horror, comedy and action, the latest addition to the Harry Potter film series is also the best. Hopefully for Potter fans around the globe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be able to live up to the precedent set by this film.
JORDAN FRIED Staff Writer
College campuses are hotbeds for entrepreneurial activity, and perhaps the best time to start a business is as a college student for many reasons. Here are some business ideas that any student can start from his or her dorm room.
Paper Editing & Grading Difficulty: Medium Startup Cost: $0 to $100
Almost every college student has to write a big paper at some point in his or her college career. Whether it’s a small research paper or a dissertation, students can always use an extra set of eyes to review their papers. Consider starting a paper editing service on campus to allow students to get feedback before the deadline approaches. Allow students to submit papers through a simple web interface through which a paper can be uploaded and submitted. The site can be built in a day by anyone with minimal knowledge of HTML. Create a PayPal account or Google checkout account to accept payment via credit card. Advertise the service around campus with flyers and spread the word with a Facebook group. The end of a semester will no doubt be a very busy time so plan accordingly. Look into having an extra set of hands to help with the editing and decrease any delay in turnover. If done correctly, this could create a nice parttime job for any student entrepreneur.
Student Trip Planner Difficulty: Hard Startup Cost: $1,000 to $5,000
Most college campuses are home to die hard sports fans. Students love to wake up early on a Saturday morning in the fall to start tailgating for the afternoon football game. But most teams only play at home 50 percent of the time. The rest of the time, the team is on the road, playing away games. This business involves planning “packaged trips” to away games or big rivalry games. Look into booking a bus and reserving hotel accommodations ahead of time. Also contact the away school to reserve a batch of group tickets. Recoup any initial investment by having students purchase
tickets to the trip. Tickets should cover the cost of transportation, hotel and admission to the game. Advertise the trip around campus as an attractive weekend getaway. Most students will look for an opportunity to get away from school for a weekend and cheer on their team.
Social CRM / Social Media Consulting Difficulty: Hard Startup Cost: $0 to $100
Knowing the ins and outs of social networks such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook could potentially have more purpose than providing a thriving social network. Social CRM or Social Media consulting may be the perfect student business idea involving students to help businesses engage in social conversations with customers on the web. If customers are talking about a businesses product or service online, the business will want to know what is said. Offer to help businesses manage their brands on social sites by building up their presence through groups, fan pages, videos and other content. Look for ways to engage fans or members in productive conversation about products or services while taking advice and feedback to the company. Do damage control if needed by helping businesses become aware of negative consumer comments made online. Market yourself as a young individual who can help build brand awareness online through extensive experience with social media. Signing up clients may prove difficult at first. Look to offer free services or consultation to the first couple of clients to build a portfolio of positive testimonials. Over time, quality of services will be key. Also, don’t be afraid to approach Fortune 500 companies. While they may prove to be hard clients to land, they do pay better and it could be a foot in the door for a successful career. Have another business idea? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
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The women’s basketball team took to the road for the first time this season on Friday night and forgot to bring its A-game. Everyone, that is, besides senior forward Kourtney Brown. The Bulls only shot 30 percent from the field, and they fell to Temple (1-2), 74-64. Brown continues to etch her name into the Buffalo record books this season. In the game against the Owls, she set the career mark for blocks with 166 and moved into fourth place all-time with 797 rebounds. She finished with 17 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks in the loss. Bulls head coach Linda HillMacDonald has not been happy with the offensive production of the Bulls early on this year. “We are not shooting well from 3-point range,” Hill-MacDonald said. “I don’t know why we insist on settling for threes when our offense provides for much more high scoring opportunities.” Buffalo took the lead for the
first time in the game in the second half, when senior guard Ashley Zuber knocked down two free throws. The Owls responded with an 8-2 run, and Temple never looked back for the rest of the game. “Temple won the game on the foul line,” Hill-MacDonald said. “We had the same number of field goals, but they shot well from the foul line tonight.” Junior guard Brittany Hedderson had a team-high 19 points and added seven rebounds and six assists. The Bulls turned things around on Sunday in their matchup against Bucknell. They opened the second half with a 10-0 run and never looked back, winning by a score of 72-53. “It was good to see us playing together and being comfortable together out there on the floor,” Hill-MacDonald said in a press release. “We used a lot of different lineups out there and for the most part I thought the chemistry was there throughout. I am really pleased with everybody’s contribution today. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“It’s all the little things that make a big difference, and in this football game, we just didn’t make enough plays to succeed,” Quinn said. Though Davis was left without much help, he played his best game since the season opener against Rhode Island. After conceding the starting job to freshman quarterback Alex Zordich for four games, Davis got a second chance this week due to a Zordich injury and completed 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns. For the first time this season, Davis did not throw an interception in a game. To Davis, his productive performance didn’t heal the sting of another disappointing loss. “We just came up short, and it ‘s just a repeating act,” Davis said. “We keep playing hard but we keep coming short. It hurts.” Friday marks the end of Buffalo’s tumultuous season. In another pillow fight, Buffalo travels to Akron, Ohio to face the Akron Zips (0-11, 0-7 MAC) in a battle for last place in the MAC East. “We don’t look at win-loss records at this point. You look at the positives and what we can build off of,” said junior wide receiver Terrell Jackson. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. on Friday. E-mail: email@example.com
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Before the season began, Buffalo football fans penciled the team’s game against Eastern Michigan as a definite win. The Eagles were coming off an 0-12 campaign in 2009 and had the potential to finish with a similar record in 2010. The Eagles erased the notion that they were a pushover to Buffalo and secured Buffalo’s worst season since 2006. In a matchup college football fans billed as the pillow fight of the week, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo came to UB Stadium fighting for pride. The struggle came down to a failed Hail Mary attempt by Buffalo. The days of bowl games and wins at UB Stadium seem like a distant memory. Eastern Michigan (2-9, 2-5 Mid-American Conference) knocked off UB (2-9, 1-6 MAC) 21-17 during senior day at UB Stadium on Saturday. EMU’s win halted its three-game losing streak and extended Buffalo’s run of futility to six games. This is Buffalo’s longest losing streak since the Bulls lost seven in a row in 2006. “I would have liked to stopped them more. I would have liked to score more. I would have liked a lot of things to have an opportunity to have a different outcome,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. continued on page 6
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The volleyball team’s best season since 1996 ended at the hands of the second seeded Ohio Bobcats on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament.
The wrestling team traveled to Ithaca, N.Y. over the weekend to take part in the Body Bar Invitational. No. 1 nationally ranked Cornell (1-0) hosted and won the tournament after compiling 134 points on the day. The Big Red finished 42 points ahead of the next closest team. The Bulls (1-1) were successful in placing wrestlers in the top three in six different weight classes and finished fifth overall out of 11 teams.
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Freshman wide receiver Alex Neutz (19) caught seven passes for 112 yards on Saturday, but the football team dropped the ball against Eastern Michigan, 21-17.
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9. Darius Miles Although there was not much talent in this draft class, Miles has to be on this list. The guy was a coach’s nightmare and was a key component of the infamous “Portland Jail Blazers.” After continued knee and substance-abuse problems, Miles is now out of the league.
10. Mateen Cleaves Cleaves had a lot of hype surrounding him after leading Michigan State to a national championship in his senior season. However, Cleaves is now an analyst for the Detroit Pistons after being waived by three different teams over the span of his career.
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In honor of Greg Oden’s perennial season-ending injury, I have compiled the top 10 NBA draft busts of the last 10 years. While I feel it is unfair to view Oden as a bust this early into his career (he is still only 22), the success of Kevin Durant makes it very hard. However, there have certainly been a good amount of busts, and without further ado, here is the list:
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Sometimes a team has to experience the pain of failure before it can reach its full potential. In some regards, this season was a success for the Bulls (18-16, 5-11 MidAmerican Conference) even though they fell to Ohio (18-11, 10-6 MAC), 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament. Bulls head coach Todd Kress thinks that despite exiting the tournament in the quarters for the second straight season, it could end up being a stepping stone for the team. “I have to give the credit to this team for the year we had,” Kress said. “It was the first winning season we have had since 1996. We beat Ball State for the first time ever and Ohio for the second time. They’re definitely some quality parts. It’s a positive step in the right direction” It was the third time that the Bulls and Bobcats played each other this year, with both teams winning on their home courts before this neutral court showdown. The Bulls struggled throughout the match as they piled up 29 errors on the night and only managed a .019 hitting percentage. Ohio, on the other hand, had a hitting percentage of .244. Despite the final score, Kress felt his team did everything it could to prepare for Ohio. “We watched a lot of film and had just beaten Ohio two weeks ago,” Kress said. “We just didn’t bring the intensity that is needed. A higher amount of intensity is needed in the conference tournament, and we weren’t willing to put it in. It is frustrating.”
“I think we did OK,” said senior Jimmy Hamel. “Six guys in the semifinals was great for the team. This was the first time we are seeing this kind of competition. It’s a great experience.” Hamel placed third in the 184-pound weight class and now sits just three wins away from 100 for his career. Three of those wins came in Ithaca over the weekend, and Hamel attributes his success to a number of factors. “I am very excited about [100 victories],” Hamel said. “I’m mostly just happy that I’ve stayed healthy enough to get here. I have a lot of goals for this season and this is just one of them. I am looking to win the MidAmerican Conference tournament and be an All-American.”
Frustrating is definitely the word to describe the beating the Bobcats gave to the Bulls. Ohio took the first two competitive sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-22. But in the final set, the Bobcats took it to the Bulls and disposed of them with a 25-8 thrashing to put an exclamation point on their victory. Senior middle blocker Kayla Govier led the Bulls with nine kills in the match. Freshman outside hitter Dana Musil contributed eight kills, while senior outside hitter Marisa Hornbaker had seven. The disappointing loss was the last match in the careers of Govier, Hornbaker, senior middle blocker Kristin Bignell and senior captain Lindsey Schlegel, who had 14 assists. This group of seniors leaves UB as one of the more successful groups in recent memory. The senior class compiled 34 wins in the last two years, which is one more win than the four years prior combined. Kress knows what it takes for his team to take the next step, and fans will tune in next season to see how well the team progresses over the summer. “It is going to take an unwavering determination as far as what we do when it comes to conditioning, in the weight room, and on the gym floor,” Kress said. “As for the coaching staff, it’s about recruiting. We have to go out and look for bigger and better players.
Sophomore Andrew Schutt placed third in the 141-pound division. He won two straight before losing to the eventual champion, Lock Haven’s Matthew Bonson. Helping out at 157 pounds, sophomore Mark Lewandowski took second place in his division and continues to be an early season surprise for the Bulls. He recorded four straight wins before losing his only match in the finals. Bulls star junior Desi Green didn’t compete at the event; he wasn’t 100 percent healthy so he didn’t travel with the team in order to avoid further injury before conference matches. The Bulls now have two weeks off before getting back on the mat. Their final tournament in this stretch of their season is on Dec. 5 and is hosted by the Nittany Lions at the Penn State Open. E-mail: email@example.com
8. Shelden Williams Atlanta thought it was getting a solid big man with the fifth overall pick in Williams. Instead, Williams isn’t even better at basketball than his wife, Candace Parker. What makes it worse is that the Hawks could have had Brandon Roy and an unguardable backcourt. 7. Eddy Curry I was unfortunately forced to watch this player increase in weight and decrease in production. Curry was drafted fourth overall by the Bulls in 2001. Despite shooting 100 percent from three-point range in his career (no, seriously), Curry has been unable to rebound, defend and stop eating throughout his career. He is currently taking up three seats on the Knicks bench and isn’t expected to play anytime soon. 6. Stromile Swift The only reason Swift isn’t higher on this list is because there was no other player that the Grizzlies could have realistically drafted. Marcus Fizer? Chris Mihm? Demarr Johnson? The entire 2000 draft class should be on this list, but Swift was an extreme disappointment. He now plays for the Shangdong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. ‘Nuff said. 5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili The Nuggets thought they were getting the next Dirk Nowitzki and passed up on Amar’e Stoudemire to do it. Tskitishvili played parts of four seasons in the NBA, never averaging more than four points per contest. 4. Jay Williams Williams changed his name to Jay to avoid confusion with NBA players Jayson and Jason Williams. Guess that was unnecessary. After an inconsistent rookie season, Williams tore three ligaments in his left knee in a horrific motorcycle crash. He was subsequently waived and never played another game in the NBA. 3. Adam Morrison Who would have thought that Morrison, Co-Player of the Year in the NCAA in 2006, would be out of the league in four seasons? Clearly not the Charlotte Bobcats. Michael Jordan drafted Morrison with the third overall pick in 2006. He proceeded to lose his starting job midway through the season and tear his ACL the following year. 2. Kwame Brown When people talk about draft busts, Brown is usually the reference point. Coincidentally, this was another Jordan selection. Brown was the first overall pick in 2001, and he never lived up to the hype. His career stats of 6.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game are only a small reason why Brown was such a bust. He also had continued legal problems and has repeatedly stated that he doesn’t care about basketball. 1. Darko Milicic Milicic is definitely the biggest bust of the decade. Not only is he a terrible player, but the Pistons passed up on a number of great players when they drafted Darko with the second overall pick in 2003. The fact that Milicic was drafted over Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade pretty much seals him as the worst draft pick in the last 10 years. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org