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Although the historic 8.9-magnitude earthquake that devastated the Fukushima prefecture of Japan occurred thousands of miles away from Buffalo, some UB students and their families were personally affected by the disaster.
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layer shifted beneath another), caused a great amount of friction, according to Greg Valentine, a geology professor at UB.
When the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami shook Japan on March 11, its effects truly rippled halfway around the world. The University at Buffalo has approximately 89 students from Japan, according to International Education Services, many of whom were personally affected or had families impacted by the disaster.
“Stress builds up in the rocks until they snap, which is what makes the earthquake. The rock layers move very suddenly, which causes the overlying water to move as well…which causes the tsunami waves,” Valentine said in an email.
The earthquake was one of the most powerful ever recorded. The Richter Scale is logarithmic, which, for example, means that a level eight earthquake is 10 times more than a level seven, or 100 times more powerful than a level six.
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Sayaka Ishida, a senior in the School of Management, has family in the Fukushima prefecture, where the earthquake hit. However, her father was in the Iwate prefecture at the time of the earthquake and tsunami.
The first round of open meetings with faculty and students began Tuesday with candidate Charles E. Mitchell. Mitchell is currently a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of geology. He is the director of graduate students in his department and has assumed roles on the President’s Review Board since Fall 2010 and on the Honors Council since Fall 2008. The second round of open meetings will begin Thursday morning for candidate E. Bruce Pitman with an open meeting with faculty beginning at 9:30 a.m. in 120 Clemens. Additionally, there will be an open meeting with all students Courtesy of Douglas Levere beginning at 4:10 p.m. in 104 Knox Hall. Each meeting will be one hour Bruce McCOMBE, Current CAS Dean long. For more information on the CAS Pitman is currently the associate search, visit www.buffalo.edu/casdean for research in the CAS, a pro- search. g fessor of mathematics, and an adjunct professor of mechanical and Email: email@example.com aerospace engineering.
“He saw the big tsunami coming from the ocean and destroy everything. It was so scary looking at houses on fire flowing on big waves. Many people were trying to run away from it, but some people were too late or stuck in a traffic jam,” said Ishida in an email. “After the earthquake and tsunami, he thought that it was better to go home than stay there…but he said it was really hard because streets and bridges are destroyed and gas stations and convenience stores are closed. It took about 20 hours to go home.” The earthquake happened when the solid rock layer beneath the floor of the Pacific Ocean slid beneath the solid rock that makes up Japan. This sliding, or “subduction” in this case (because one
SUNY Chancellor Endorses Tripathi’s Candidacy Presidential search coming to a close LAUREN NOSTROSenior News Editor SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced on March 17 that she has recommended Provost Satish K. Tripathi as UB’s 15th president. The SUNY Board of Trustees must approve Tripathi’s nomination, and Zimpher has asked to hold a special meeting with the board around April 1 to consider Tripathi’s recommendation. The Presidential Search Committee “unanimously and enthusiastically” recommended Tripathi for the position, according to a letter from Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman of the UB Council and Presidential Search Committee, posted on March 17. Jacobs has only released statements on behalf of the committee via email to faculty and on the Presidential Search Committee’s website. Zimpher named Tripathi as UB’s officerin-charge, effective immediately. Tripathi will assume all of the responsibilities and authority of UB’s president. Courtesy of University at Buffalo
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Japan has endured a series of earthquakes in the past, so the country has been relatively prepared. From a number of accounts, the shaking was moderate and did not result in complete destruction. “Over the last 40 years, Japanese building codes have been very strict and require very sturdy construction of buildings,” said Thomas Burkman, director of Asian studies at UB. “Even in this 9.0 earthquake, buildings fared fairly well in the earthquake. The great loss of life came from the tsunami for which Japan was less prepared.” Tsunami waves move incredibly quickly, sometimes up to 500 miles per hour in deep waters, but slow down as they approach the shore because the sea is shallower. The back of the wave, which is still in deeper waters, is moving quicker than the front, which causes the water to mount as it approaches land and stay on shore for longer periods of time, according to Valentine. “[Tsunamis] occur in that area every 1,000 years or so. There is little to do other than have sufficient warning (they had about 20 minutes) to move to higher grounds,” said Michael Constantinou, a civil, structural and environmental engineering professor, in an email. “There is very little to do other than build elevated structures or just build away from the shoreline
Presidential Search Committee’s lack of adherence to SUNY’s Guidelines for Conducting a Presidential Search. However, a SUNY press official said that these guidelines are not set in stone for each individual presidential search. “It was communicated to the campus community early on that the search committee would conduct a confidential process in order to attract, retain, and successfully recruit the best possible candidates,” said David K. Belsky, SUNY press officer and director of new media, in an email. “The Presidential Search Guidelines are intended to be just that, guidelines, not law.” Step 10 of the SUNY Guidelines states that once finalists are selected, schools are required to schedule campus visits for each of the remaining candidates and are to publically announce the names of those left in the running. UB’s Presidential Search Committee did not follow this step. Faculty members and students alike have not supported the lack of transparency in the presidential search. “The UB Presidential Search Committee ignored the SUNY Trustees guidelines for a presidential search in two ways: they prevented the UB faculty from electing six representatives to the committee, and they denied the entire UB community the opportunity to meet with finalists,” said James Holstun, professor of English, in an email. Holstun is referring to Step 2 in the Preliminary Steps in the Search Process Guidelines, which states that unless otherwise
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where waves are stronger.” Masaharu Iburi, the uncle of Akari Iburi, a junior English major and a Spectrum staff writer, lives in the town of Mikuni in the Niigata prefecture on the west coast of Japan. Although the earthquake struck Japan on March 11, he did not hear about the situation until March 15 due to his distance from the disaster. However, when predictions of another earthquake in the Japan Sea arose, his concern mounted quickly. “We didn’t trust what the government was telling us about the situation. We knew they weren’t being honest with us,” Masaharu Iburi said. “I really believed Japan was going under; it wouldn’t survive a second earthquake. The whole country is in panic.” Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami struck, news of a radiation leak from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant surfaced. Masakazu Iburi, another uncle of Akari Iburi, believes that the damage from the radiation and tsunami will take at least 20 years to clean up. “Japanese people have, let’s call it, a nuclear allergy because of their own experience with atomic bombs and knowledge of the consequences of radiation are very widespread,” Burkman said. Ishida’s family currently lives in the Fukushima prefecture and is considering moving to another area that is not affected by the radiation. They are currently saving light, gas, food, water, paper and many other supplies. “It is really scary to live in such a close area from that nuclear power plant,” Ishida said. “The government decided not to sell any milk and vegetables from these affected areas… there are not
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agreed upon in advance by the chancellor and council chair, the search committee shall consist of four members of the council (including the chair), six members of the full-time teaching faculty of the campus, one student, one alumni representative, one campus-related foundation representative, one academic dean, and one professional or support staff member. “We can all hope that the next UB president will aspire to a more democratic and less corporate way of doing things,” Holstun said. “This isn’t a promising start.” Some students do not support the administration’s apparent lack of concern for the student community.
“This pick indicates that the UB administration is continuing to work to privatize the university, raise tuition, and treat students as dollar signs,” said Robert Earle, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate, on the UB Reporter’s website. “Moreover, this process was done in such a closed-door way that students had absolutely no say in the matter. I hope that some action can be taken to reverse this decision and democratize presidential searches in the future. Students deserve a voice; it is our education.” The officer-in-charge was unavailable for comment. Tripathi wants to respect the SUNY process and wait until the SUNY Board of Trustees formally confirms him as president at next month’s meeting, according to John DellaContrada, assistant vice president for media relations at UB. g
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3/15—An intrusion alarm was set off in Knox Hall
3/17—A panic alarm was set off in Michael Hall
3/15—A suspicious vehicle was reported on Frontier Road
3/17—An intrusion alarm was set off in Hayes Annex A
3/15—A disabled motor vehicle was reported on White Road
3/18—A subject was charged with Driving While Intoxicated on Bailey Avenue
3/15—An intrusion alarm was set off in the Millard Fillmore Academic Center 3/16—Disorderly conduct was reported in Knox Hall 3/16—A noise complaint for loud music was made in South Lake Village
3/18—An intrusion alarm was set off in the Natural Sciences Complex 3/18—An animal complaint was made in Roosevelt Hall 3/19—Larceny was reported in Knox Hall
3/16—Marijuana use and possession and was reported in Hadley Village
3/19—A suspicious vehicle was reported on St. Rita’s Lane
3/16—A subject required first aid treatment at the Center for the Arts
3/20—An unwelcomed guest was reported in a Clement Hall dorm room
3/16—An intrusion alarm was set off in the Millard Fillmore Academic Center
3/20—Larceny was reported in Richmond Quad
3/17—A suspicious vehicle was reported on Lee Entrance Street 3/17—A subject required first aid treatment at the Center for the Arts
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and is the substance that makes marijuana smokers “high.” It is estimated that when smoked with maximum efficiency, no more than 50 percent of THC in an average marijuana cigarette is actually absorbed into the body. However, reports have shown that the drug is three times more potent when smoked than when taken orally.
3/20—Larceny was reported in Hadley Village 3/20—A subject was seen loitering on Hayes Road 3/20—Harassment was reported in Richmond Quad
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EILEEN LEESpectrum Staff Writer For some it’s a ticket to euphoria, for others a ticket to jail, but in the future it could be the answer to an unsolved medical problem. The suggestion that marijuana could be used for medical purposes has faced heavy criticism. The drug’s “dangerous” reputation, abuse, illegality and unknown long-range effects have added an air of mystery to the myths of marijuana. A fear has been created that—until recently—has kept both doctors and patients away from the Cannibis sativa. However, in January the National Cancer Institute (NCI) enlisted some 400 hospitals nationwide to participate in a marijuana study. Two local institutions, Roswell Park Memorial Hospital and Buffalo General Hospital, are among the volunteers.
Nausea The project involved cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy and have failed to respond to antiemetic drugs, prescribed to kill the nausea and vomiting after-effects that often accompany treatment. The study’s aim is to see how marijuana affects these patients and whether or not it can be safely and effectively used in place of antiemetics. According to Dr. William Aungst, Associate Institute Director for Clinical Affairs at Roswell Park, the drug his patients are taking is actually tetra-hydrocannibanol (THC).
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THC has been used therapeutically as a bronchial dilator and for glaucoma patients to reduce inter-ocular pressure. Previous research has also shown that in some cases it is more effective in eliminating nausea than the antiemetic substances now widely prescribed. In the present study, cancer patients receive THC in a 5-milligram pill or the same amount a one-gram “joint” would deliver to the lungs.
Therapy “The THC pill is given four to six hours before chemotherapy and every four to six hours thereafter until the patient is finished with that particular therapy session,” Aungst said. “The frequency of doses varies between once a month and once a week, depending on the individual’s need for therapy.”
‘Side-effects’ This is the preferred method, according to Aungst. “The pills are better than cigarettes for research because you know the exact [THC] dose,” he explained. “However, the State of New York is now developing a procedure for the use of marijuana cigarettes in research.” That study is independent of the NCI’s.
The two-year study, underway for less than a month at Roswell, only involves in-patients, but Aungst anticipates that out-patients may eventually be incorporated. “Right now we only have three of four volunteers undergoing treatment,” he said. “However, we expect the number to increase, I would imagine, to about 100 total.”
Donald Poster, head of the NCI in Washington, D.C., has sent the participating hospitals specific procedures they must follow. This includes the filing of annual reports with the central lab and notifying them whenever “serious side-effects” occur in patients, Aungst explained.
In previous studies, patients have occasional complained about disorientation and hallucinations when using marijuana. Doctors have speculated that a person’s age may be an important factor, as many patients are over 60 years old.
The entire process begins when a qualified patient—one who does not respond to the antiemetic drugs—volunteers. A doctor, who must be approved by the hospital and the NCI, writes out a prescription—in triplicate—for the patient. The pills are then taken “like any other drug,” according to Aungst.
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Where can I make my vote? Please go to the website below and follow the online voting directions. http://wellness.buffalo.edu/essay How are the winners chosen? All the submissions were anonymously judged by a panel of UB faculty and staff. The top 10 entries are posted on the student wellness team website where the campus community can read and vote on their favorite essay or poem. The top three essays with the most votes win. Voting Deadline: April 8, 2011 Winners announced: April 18, 2011
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Tripathi Selection Clouded in Mystery Transparency needed for presidential search In the March 11 issue of The Spectrum, an article appeared on the front page detailing the rules allegedly violated by the Presidential Search Committee in its quest to find a worthy successor for the departing president, John B. Simpson. Specifically, the piece discussed the fact that even though the committee claimed that it had narrowed its search to the final candidates, it had not revealed them to the public, which the guidelines recommend it to do. This might have caused more of an uproar on campus were it not for two factors: One, the story came out the day before spring break, so many were thinking about anything but UB. Two, last Thursday, SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher made her decision to recommend Satish K. Tripathi, the current provost, to the SUNY Board of Trustees for the position of president. Normally this would be the part of the editorial where we would discuss Tripathi’s qualifications and determine whether or not he truly deserves to be the next president of the University at Buffalo.
Unfortunately, we don’t officially know much about why the committee selected him. We also don’t know anything about his leadership skills, or why the committee thought he was more qualified than the other candidates. After all, we don’t even know who the other candidates were. This is where the lack of transparency by the search committee is really problematic. If students knew who was in the running, and were able to vocalize their opinions about the candidates, it would be a lot easier to accept a new president. Consider this: 68 people were in the running to be the next president, yet we don’t know who 67 of them were. It’s all clouded in mystery. Granted, some anonymity is understandable. If candidates who have jobs at other colleges are announced, it could lead to them losing their current position. We understand that fear. Still, what’s more important: protecting the interests of university officials, or letting students know what is taking place within their public school’s administration?
We just wish we were more informed about what went on instead of simply having to trust that the committee made the right choice. There has been speculation that UB is looking to become more like a private school, primarily evidenced by its desire to control tuition rates without input from SUNY. The fact that the search for its next president was conducted by a billionaire businessman (Jeremy Jacobs) far away from the public and led to the selection of a person who is known as a proponent of UB 2020 will only add to those suspicions. More people are going to wonder what is really going on. To be clear, The Spectrum is not saying this is the case, nor are we saying Tripathi shouldn’t have been chosen. We simply believe that for the good of the students, as well as the university’s reputation, transparency would have been a better choice. g
U.S. Presence in Libya is Reasonable America works with other countries In the past month, the situation in Libya has continued to spiral out of control. President Muammar Gadhafi has continued to kill his own people, and ignored the worldwide pleas for him to leave office.
As a result, the UN Security Council implemented the oft-discussed no-fly zone, which prohibits aircrafts from flying over Libya, last week.
In order to enforce the zone, several countries have sent a military presence to Libya, the United States being one of them.
Both sides have a valid point in this case. In past editorials about the Libyan conflict, The Spectrum had taken the latter argument, stating our opposition to any U.S. military presence in Libya.
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This past Saturday, President Obama announced the beginning of Operation Odyssey Dawn, the codename for the U.S.’s role in the Libyan conflict. That role will include the presence of several naval warships and stealth bomber planes from the Air Force.
Opinions can change with time, however, and as the situation has spiraled further out of control and Gadhafi has continued to kill his own people, we understand why Obama would make the decision to get involved the conflict.
In the four days since Operation Odyssey Dawn was announced, there has been a lot of debate over whether or not this was the right thing to do.
Additionally, it is important to note that our opposition stemmed from the notion that the U.S. would be going in on its own, as it did in Iraq. Instead, our country is merely working with several other countries, including Great Britain and France, and they are enforcing a rule created by the UN Security Council.
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Many believe the situation in Libya has gotten out of control and that military force is the only thing that will stop Gadhafi.
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Additionally, many believe that Libya is too big, and too meaningful of a country to be ruled by a lunatic who has lost all credibility as a leader by killing his own people. For the good of Libya, as the well as the good of the people, something has to be done.
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The counterargument is that after the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the last thing the United States needs to do is get involved in the affairs of another largely Islamic country known for its supply of oil. It would simply look bad.
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It is also important to note that despite the media hype, the military presence is nowhere close to that of the Iraq invasion. There are no ground troops being sent to Libya and, as of now, the U.S. Army has played no role in Operation Odyssey Dawn. In other words, it can hardly be considered a war. Considering the atrocities committed by Gadhafi, as well the international support for the no-fly zone, this is certainly a reasonable decision. g
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR At UB, it’s easy to get caught up in quantity –28,000 students, 300-person classes, 120 credits, striving for a 4.0. Seemingly everything we do can be quantified. These numbers and statistics can simplify our experience. They also, however, often mask our qualitative needs. In the wake of Pres. John Simpson’s retirement, I have been considering issues of quality, rather than quantity, in our lives on campus. With a new university president on the way, we, as students, have the opportunity to build a framework for our input in UB’s present and future. In succeeding Pres. Simpson, our next president, Satish Tripathi, needs to be explicitly aware of our needs and wants. This university has no greater cause than providing students with high-quality, low-cost educa-
ANDREW WIKTOR and LUKE HAMMILL Editor in Chief and Senior Managing Editor UB has become an example of what a public school shouldn’t be. Consider its recent presidential search. Supposedly there were 60-some-odd candidates, yet we only heard of one. Binghamton University’s unsuccessful open search for its next president cost $170 million, but Jeremy Jacobs, the chair of our school’s closed search, hasn’t said a word about ours, much less its expenses. Remember that UB is a public university and taxpayer dollars support this search. That would be fine if there were any transparency whatsoever, but the fact that everything has happened behind closed doors has our eyebrows raised. The search has been very private, indeed – is it a coincidence that many have accused UB of trying to privatize itself through its ambitious 2020 plan?
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tion. The problem becomes, how do the students express their cumulative voice. Though we expect that our university’s leaders are able to see and understand campus issues from our perspectives, we know that is not always the case. Instead, I say we should strive for the ideal of expanded representation. The best way to achieve that is by establishing a student advisory council to the president. With representatives from all walks of life at UB, we can ensure, more than ever before, that students’ needs and concerns are heard now and in the future. The fact of the matter is that individuals are constrained by their own perspectives and preferences. We can mitigate the limited capacity of individual leaders by providing Dr. Tripathi with a
body of students that he can use to gauge public opinion, bounce around ideas, and get a regular update on campus life from the perspective of those living it – from as many facets as possible. We may not be able to get 28,000 distinct perspectives in front of him, but we can present a good representative sample. In the coming weeks, as we prepare to usher in our next president, I look forward to reaching out to student leaders from all segments of UB to make this happen. Joshua Boston is the current student representative on the University at Buffalo Council. Letters to the Editor are not edited by The Spectrum.
Probably not – take a look at some of the members of the Presidential Search Committee: the president of M&T Bank, the president of the Anseco Group, two partners at two different law firms, and a clinical assistant professor at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Oh, and let’s not forget that Jacobs, the owner of the Boston Bruins, is one of Western New York’s richest men. These are the people who have a vested interest in the UB 2020 plan, the plan that will supposedly fix and revitalize the Buffalo economy. They’re not exactly your average group of Buffalo community activists. Do they care about the people in the Fruit Belt who will lose their homes as part of the Downtown Campus expansion, or do they only see the picturesque buildings that may someday take their place? Provost Satish K. Tripathi, whose fingerprints are all over the 2020 plan, has “unanimously and enthusiastically” been recommended to replace John B. Simpson as UB’s next president. Since we haven’t been told anything to the contrary during the search, it’s plausible to assume that he was going to get this job from the beginning. Again, we can’t be sure, because everything was done privately. We’re not knocking Tripathi’s qualifications or ability to lead this university. We only wish that the selection process was transparent, since we are at a public school. And also remember that we are at a school. It seems that all the 2020 talk at UB has little to do with education, except that it will cost more. As current students, it’s hard not to be discouraged. Working at The Spectrum, we find that UB higher-ups always seem to have something to hide. Whenever we place a call when something important is happening at school, we are told that somebody is out of town, out of office, or unable to comment. We are graduating in May (hopefully), and this past year has us feeling lost in the shuffle. There’s been all this talk about the future, and we’ve fallen by the wayside. We can only hope to have jobs in 2020, regardless of what is happening here at UB. If we have it all wrong, we’d love for somebody to set us straight. But that would mean that somebody in the administration would have to return a phone call. g
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ARTS & LIFE SA Announces Spring Fest and Comedy Act JAMESON BUTLERArts Editor
Every year, SA is in charge of about $4 million, much of which goes toward Fall and Spring Fests. For this year’s Spring Fest, SA is bringing Wiz Khalifa, Nas and Damian Marley, Tinie Tempah, and Big Sean to UB.
Wiz Khalifa is best known for his number-one hit single “Black and Yellow.” Since first breaking on to the radio, Wiz has garnered a lot of attention from fans and fellow rappers alike.
Big Sean is best known for being part of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, which is obvious in his music as he sounds eerily similar to Kid Cudi, who was brought to UB in September for the Backyard Bash.
Wiz Khalifa is on a climb to the top of the rap game, which he hopes will be finalized with his first studio release, Rolling Papers, due out March 29.
SA brought Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, B.o.B., and Robert Francis for Fall Fest and Three Days Grace and N.E.R.D. for last year’s Spring Fest. This year’s Spring Fest has one of the more stacked lineups since SA was able to bring Rise Against and Brand New for Spring Fest ’09.
Alongside Wiz are Nas and Damian Marley. Their combination of rap and reggae is sure to draw more than a few herbal fanatics; plus, add Wiz and that is more smoke than when the roof is on fire. British sensation Tinie Tempah has won numerous awards for his mix of bro-magnet dubstep with hip hop. This is one of the biggest risks that SA has ever taken on an artist; either the crowd will love him, or he will be booed off stage.
After Novak graduated from Harvard, he started doing stand-up and took his career to new heights. From being a writer for one of the biggest shows on television or acting for one of the world’s best directors when he was in Inglorious Basterds, Novak has done it all
Novak is a great choice, and shows that the SA is capable of bringing big-name comedians year after year. Over the past few years, SA has brought comedic gems such as Daniel Tosh and Patton Oswalt.
SA decided to spice things up by bringing Spring Fest to UB Stadium instead of containing it in Alumni Arena.
B.J Novak will be performing at Alumni Arena April 2, and Spring Fest will be at UB Stadium April 30.
The organization continues its tradition of bringing top-notch comedians. This year SA was able to book B.J Novak. Novak is the main writer for The Office and plays the character Ryan.
It’s Easy Being Green HANNAH BARNESStaff Writer Green is the new black. The movement to become more environmentally friendly has been going on for several years now, and many people are doing their part to make the world a greener place. Now UB students can learn new ways to help their own environment at the second annual Sustainability Bazaar. This event was started last year by the Student Association’s Environmental Affairs Department, a branch of the SA that helps the student body become aware of the environment and learn new ways that it can make an effort to be more environmentally friendly. The Sustainability Bazaar is a chance for local organizations, non-profits, and businesses that are committed to sustainability and environmentalism to reach out to students by gathering in the Student Union to display their products and to explain their services. Many of the organizations that will be featured promote being green and sell eco-friendly products. “We have environmental activist organizations, electric companies, organic and local food businesses, transportation companies, and UB environmental groups signed up to attend, [and] we’re expecting approximately 20 organizations in total to participate,” said Emily Gibson, a junior communication major and the student representative in the communication and outreach subcommittee of the environmental affairs department. “Some of the participating organizations are Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Go Veggies Inc., Habitat for Humanity ReStore, McCullagh Coffee and NFTA.” All kinds of businesses will be represented, many of them hailing from the Western New York area. Many offer different types of merchandise, such as food and clothing, and students will be able to sample their products and get a taste for the green life. They will also be providing information about what they do, and there will be plenty for students to see. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to network with leaders of many local sustainable businesses,” said William Becker, a junior environmental design major and the research, teaching, and public service committee representative of the Environmental Stewardship Committee. “If that’s not enough motivation for students to stop by, there will also be free homemade granola, cotton candy, and other fun snacks.” Many students are not aware of all the things they can do to become more environmentally friendly, and this event provides an opportunity to learn more about them. The bazaar will help students to realize that even the little things can make a difference, and attendees will be able to expose themselves to the changes that they can make. “Through the bazaar, we wanted to inform students of the more creative ways that they can be green, such as volunteering at environmental non-profits such as Buffalo First, learning about renewable energy from energy companies, and eating local and organic foods,” Gibson said. Students can come to the Sustainability Bazaar to learn about new ways to be green, try out some new products, or to make connections with local businesses. “I believe that sustainability is the issue that will define our generation,” Becker said. “The more we know about sustainability, the better prepared we will be for the future.” The Sustainability Bazaar will be held on April 8 in the SU. g
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All the Colors of the Razor Wind NICOLAS PINO Video Game Correspondent Grade: AIn 16 years, this generation has seen more monsters than any generation previous, and it’s all thanks to one Japanese commodity: Pokémon. This year, the pokémaniacs at Game Freak have chosen two more colors to add to the evergrowing collection of monster-
enslaving Nintendo games. Pokémon Black and White represent a transitional time in pocket monster history – as the original fanbase ages, a new one must take its place – but to do so, the company would have to produce a game like its original hit while making it feel distinctly new. Thank the great Charizard in the sky; the developers have done just that. They created a game so fresh out of old material that Tide should look into hiring Game
West Side Bazaar Celebrates Buffalo’s Diversity REBECCA BRATEKStaff Writer It only takes one drive down Grant Street on Buffalo’s West Side to see how culturally and economically diverse this city is. Signs in Italian, Spanish, and Chinese advertise different local businesses selling clothing, meat, and everything in between. For years, there hasn’t been a single business that united the spectrum of cultures. The West Side Bazaar, a market that hopes to “Bring the World to Buffalo,” opened its doors on March 3, becoming the city’s first world marketplace. Comprised of seven vendors from the Middle East, South Africa, and Asia, the market brings together cultures from all corners of the world. Nearly two-and-a-half years ago, David Rivera, the Niagara District’s Common Council member, reached out to local West Side community leaders to address issues troubling the area. Rivera brought together local community groups – including the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. (WEDI), People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), Jericho Road, Journey’s
Players begin, as every Pokémon game has for the past decade, in a small rural town inhabited by a world-renowned professor, three incredibly weak Pokémon, and a friend who one can’t help but hate. Choosing a companion will be one of the hardest parts of this generation, as all three starting monsters have admirable traits. Players choosing the grass starter, Snivy, will have the toughest time of the three, as many of the region’s eight gyms have an advantage over the player’s grassy intentions. After introductions, the player begins his adventure fighting Pokémon vastly similar to those in the original games, and before long, his elemental arsenal of monsters will grow larger than an Onix introduced to a metal coat.
This time around, battling is perfect. The game processes move faster, and the battles move along at a Pokéball-breaking pace. The only downside to this year’s monochrome adventures is that elemental advantages have been toned down in this game, so having superior strategy won’t matter to an opponent six or seven levels above the player. The game, as it is intended for a new era of Pokémon masters, attempts to placate players by having random trainers heal their teams after a battle. This playercoddling continues until after the first few gyms, as the game gifts players with the appropriate Pokémon to use in that town’s gym. This additional help can be unwanted for battle-hardened gamers, but does little to detract from the overall joy this game brings. Game Freak is taking the route less traveled and attempting to imbue this children’s game with a deep philosophical premise, abandoning the iconic Team Rocket in exchange for Team Plasma. These new adversaries explain that forcing animals to fight one another is immoral, and
therefore must quest to liberate all of the Pokémon in the world. While this unexpected exploration of poké-morality is a step in the right direction, it can, at points, make the player skip all the verbose dialogue the game’s developers wrote for Team Plasma. By far the greatest addition to the title is the implementation of the C-Gear, a device that lets realworld Pokémon trainers communicate wirelessly. This serves as the perfect utility for densely populated zones such as malls, airports, or even college campuses. Introduced in Diamond and Pearl, players will be able to trade globally for the game’s most elusive monsters, instead of spending hours of their own time searching. The various tweaks to an already perfect role-playing game is the icing on this monster-latent cake, and without a shadow ball of a doubt, these versions are the closest pokéfanatics will ever get to their beloved elementary school days. g
End, and concerned citizens in the area – to come up with ways to unite and better the community. After several meetings and debates, the idea for an international marketplace that showcases the diversity of the community was born. This marketplace could help refugees, immigrants, and other community members start small businesses in a safe and economically feasible location. “The West Side is probably the most diverse area in Buffalo,” said Bonnie Smith, economic development director of WEDI and the bazaar’s lead organizer. “There are something like 30 languages spoken. Therefore, the bazaar, in a very small way, reflects the diversity of the neighborhood it is in.” The market is located in a small building on the corner of Grant and Lafayette Streets. Though it is a small presence in the community, the bazaar hopes to serve as a launchpad for local vendors, giving them a small start in hopes that they will move into their own storefronts in the future. Julienne Nyiranjishi is an immigrant from Rwanda who sells hand-carved goods from her home country and is using the bazaar as a way to get involved in her new community. Martha Sosa is a trained chef from Peru who hopes to grow from the marketplace and open the first Peruvian restaurant in Buffalo. Munir El Hairi came to Buffalo from Sudan through a refugee program and sells handmade baskets from Darfur refugee camps. He hopes to open his own storefront on the
West Side, while helping others back in Sudan by sending 10 percent of his profits to refugee camps. These vendors all hope to start a new life on the West Side and share their culture with the community. “Ideally what’ll happen [is] they’ll outgrow that space [in the market] and we can have more storefronts that are occupying GrantFerry Street,” said Kirk Laubenstein, legislative assistant to Rivera, who has been involved in the project from the start. “You’ve got power in numbers; more people want to come together. It’s an incubator space where people can grow businesses and hopefully eventually move back out [into the community.]” The location on Grant Street is intended to be only a temporary space for the bazaar. With the help of HEAL International, a nonprofit organization that provides health care, microfinance, and health-related education to resource-limited communities, the bazaar is currently working on renovating a larger location on West Ferry Street that could hold up to 30 vendors.
The market hopes to revitalize the area and bring citizens of the West Side, as well as people from other areas, together to celebrate the diversity of the community and provide goods from parts of the world that many would not normally have access to. “[We want to] repopulate Grant Street with businesses, and if you have a really strong commercial district, it can change the neighborhood around it, kind of like Elmwood Avenue has done for the Elmwood Village,” Laubenstein said. “We don’t certainly want it where it’s only affluent folks that move in; we want to create a diverse – both ethnically and economically – neighborhood, which is the great thing about the West Side. Hopefully the bazaar could do that for the area.” The West Side Bazaar is currently located at 242 Grant St. and is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the bazaar, visit www.westsidebazaar.com or contact Bonnie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. g
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In Defense of All Americans JAMES BOWE Staff Writer We’ve seen this before. It’s become an old hat in this nation – a comfortable and ugly hat that we put on over-and-over again, even when we see how ridiculous it is in the mirror. We tore Americans from their homes and sent them to internment camps because their families came from Japan, and we look back in shock and disgust. We watched Joseph McCarthy destroy the lives of innocent Americans over fabricated accusations of treason, and we look back in shock and disgust. Now our government puts the hat back on, and it’s still as comfortable as ever. We now see American citizens fighting for the right to be Americans. Not in a sense of literal citizenship, but in true American spirit. We now see them being cast as the “other,” trying to defend themselves against charges of “terrorism” and “extremism.”
We see our government again dividing us rather than bringing us together, and we see the consequences it has. We see Americans having to justify building a house of worship because of the actions of non-American fundamentalists. We’ve recently seen a Sikh man killed because he was mistaken for a Muslim. This dividing of people, casting them out as the “other,” has a serious affect on not only our discourse, but on the real lives of American citizens as well. On March 10, the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Republican representative Peter King, held hearings on “Islamic Extremism.” It’s easy to see how this so-called “investigation” into radicalization is a sham simply by the title. King titled his farce “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community’s Response.” From the outset, the House has rigged the game. The committee has already deemed Muslims guilty and wants show the world just how guilty they are. These people are Americans, and they deserve the respect that every American is afforded.
Being Muslim is not the same as being a terrorist, but apparently the Republicancontrolled House disagrees. In the wake of these hearings, conservative commentators like Sean Hannity often ask why the Muslim community would object to them if they have nothing to hide. This question, however, is the ultimate affront to our system. In America we aren’t supposed to believe in guilt by association. We are embedded with a sense of wonder at our justice system. We love to quote the sacred maxim “innocent until proven guilty,” without actually practicing its sacred power. Worse, still, is the effect that this propaganda is having on the discourse of recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Glenn Beck has called them a “threat to the U.S. way of life,” and many others have urged “caution,” believing that they will be set up by radicalized Muslims. The situation has degraded to the point that we are now arguing about whether or not Muslims can set up a government without it being an Islamic fundamentalist government. This is bigotry in full force.
Apparently only some of us hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Apparently some of us have to justify ourselves to a group of power-hungry white men as to why we all deserve to be Americans on an equal capacity with every other American, rich or poor, black or white, Muslim or Christian. This is McCarthyism all over again, and as we watch our fellow Americans toil under the crushing weight of propaganda that demeans them as citizens, we must ask ourselves if we will stand for this. Will we stand as the rights of our fellow countrymen are called into question? Speak out against all forms of hate, whether it is against Muslims, gays, or anyone. Speak out against a government that, in its infinite desire to retain control, will destroy people who are easy targets. g
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Brown Fails to Hit the Mark EDWARD BENOITStaff Writer Artist: Chris Brown Album: F.A.M.E. Label: Jive Release Date: March 18 Grade: D Say what you will about hip hop and R&B singer Chris Brown, but the man certainly knows a thing or two about beats. If you need any convincing, look no further than Brown’s fourth studio album, F.A.M.E. The album begins with a song titled “Deuces,” which starts with a smooth, somewhat groovy beat. Though the R&B bass lasts the whole song, things get messy when Brown brings in not one, but two guest performers to rap the last two verses. While Brown has generally been good with this kind of thing before, his use of Tyga’s and Kevin McCall’s vocal stylings ruin the song. Next on the tracklist is “Up to You,” which features more of Brown’s signature sound. A slow R&B groove sets an intimate and sensual mood, and evokes the same circumstances under which many of Brown’s more famous beats occurred. The fast and furious tempo of “Say It with Me” will likely make the song a big hit in the clubs, while “Look at Me Now” will practically knock listeners out with its frenzy of dif-
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ferent beats. Also of note is “Yeah 3x,” which boasts perhaps the most intense rhythm of the whole album. Despite Brown’s established reputation as an artist without peer, F.A.M.E. falls short in most other departments. Brown’s lyrics are insipid and craftless, and have all the subtlety of a slap in the face. The instrumentation and arrangements of F.A.M.E., meanwhile, practically assault listeners with how boring and generic they are. In the end, F.A.M.E. is a forgettable album despite the notoriety of its artist. Most songs are about as fun as six months of court-ordered community service, while the album as a whole is about as original as making jokes about Chris Brown’s domestic abuse history. To finally hit the point home, avoid this album like Rihanna avoids Chris Brown. g
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From Bieber Fever to Ferreira Hysteria AKARI IBURIStaff Writer Artist: Sky Ferreira Album: AS IF! Release: March 22 Label: Capitol Grade: C+ Brace-faced teeny boppers nationwide will drool over the first EP of up-and-coming 18-year-old pop sensation Sky Ferreira. AS IF! offers a variety of sounds comparable to the playful style of Cobra Starship meets 1980s synth-pop beats. With songs like opener “Sex Rules” and “Haters Anonymous,” Ferreira is like a younger version of Ke$ha. Ferreira’s spunky personality oozes through “Sex Rules” as it loudly rings in with pop-reeking synthesizer chord progressions followed by a smooth and mature alto voice. Though the rhythm and melody is mindlessly catchy, the lyrics in the chorus are a bit strange. Ferreira blends the popular slogan of Mr. T with teenage wisdom. “I pity the fools/ Who realize too late/ Love, sex, and God are great,” sings Ferreira. The second track, “Traces,” slows down the dance-trance pace with a chiming of dramatic piano and a crescendo of strings to deliver a perfectly cliché break-up song. The five-song EP kicks back into party gear with “Haters Anonymous,” an attitudeinfused track bound to become an anthem for frustrated high school girls. With a
sassy “whatever” echoing throughout the track, Ferreira performs a form of spoken word against rumors and “posting” gossip anonymously. The album ends with the poppy “108” that sounds a bit Lily Allen-esque with the use of voice dubbing threaded over exhausted beats. Though the album is a small collection of decently catchy tunes, it is not anything new or unique that the mainstream scene hasn’t already digested. Ferreira’s mature voice awkwardly overpowers her teenage messages and antics. Perhaps with experience and cultivation, a potential following album will sound more polished and less cliché, allowing Ferreira to move forward in her singing career. g
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Disaster in Japan Ripples to Buffalo
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Continued from Page 1 enough supplies. They have to line up at 5 a.m. to get one single cup noodle.” According to Ishida, the economy has been enormously affected. Toyota and Honda have temporarily suspended production, and the Bank of Japan, Sony, and Toshiba are currently enduring the disaster, also. “Japanese economy is in panic right now… it takes a long time to go back to normal,” Ishida said. UB’s department of international education services has worked with a number of international students who have endured natural disasters in the past, but Ellen Dussourd, director of international student and scholar services, believes this has been the worst in recent history. On March 12, international education services contacted each of the UB Japanese students in the Tohoku region in northern Japan. Many reported that their homes had been damaged, but their families were fine, according to Dussourd. In the past, the department has worked with students to deal with tragedies on a case-by-case basis. According to Dussourd, the best way for others to assist with the disaster is to donate to a charity such as the International Red Cross. She admires the Japanese people’s resilience, composure and selflessness in such a time of despair. g
Baseball The Bulls (5-11) traveled to North Carolina to go up against North Carolina State (10-10, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) and East Carolina (16-4) in hopes of ending a four-game losing streak before their three-game series with N.C. Central. Buffalo couldn’t hold back its opponents’ late-game surges and lost 7-5 and 8-3, respectively. Freshman pitcher Cory Folk pitched an outstanding game against the Wolfpack. Folk only allowed four runs and struck out five batters in his seven innings of work. His performances put the Bulls in a prime position to pull off an upset, until N.C. State’s Harold Riggins blasted a grand slam home run to put them away. Freshman Michael Burke held the Pirates down in his 5 1/3 innings. The Bulls subbed in four more pitchers to continue the defensive effort, but East Carolina’s five-run rally sent the Bulls into a six-game losing streak. g
The Bulls (16-16, 8-8 Mid-American Conference) made their first postseason appearance at the Women’s Basketball Invitational this past week. They fell early and were ousted in the first round by Wright State (20-13, 11-7 Horizon League), 82-79. In the second half, the Bulls found themselves down by 16 points after a Raiders’ 21-6 run. With 7:57 remaining in the game, the Bulls fought back to stay within striking distance. Wright State was able to hold Buffalo’s late-game surge to escape with the victory. Senior forward Kourtney Brown finished the game with 21 points, putting her in fourth place for most points in a season (708) in the MAC. She also had five rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
The Bulls (20-13, 8-8 Mid-American Conference) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament last week. Buffalo first beat Quinnipiac (22-10, 13-5 Northeast Conference) in a 75-68 contest. The Bulls then went on to defeat Western Michigan (21-13, 11-5 MAC), 49-48. Buffalo benefited from a wellrounded performance from each of its players in the two games. Junior forward Mitchell Watt stood out by totaling 24 points and ten rebounds. Junior guard Zach Filzen once again proved to be crucial for the Bulls. Filzen hit what proved to be the game-winning jumper in the game against Western Michigan. He also led the team with 17 points against Quinnipiac. g
The game was also the final contest for guard Ashley Zuber, forward Bridgette Kendricks, and forward Jessica Fortman. g
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Archie Versus the World Continued from Page 12 Archie has been an important component for Buffalo since he joined the track and field team. In his two years as a Bull, he has established himself as one of the team’s hardest-working members. When he’s not competing, he is actively cheering for his teammates when they need him most. Steve Esler, a track and field coach at UB, is especially appreciative of Archie’s dedication. “It was obvious early that [Archie] had straight goals,” Esler said. “He already had all the motivation he needed to achieve them. We knew he was going to be special when he walked in. He’s got an excellent [reputation] with the team.”
The Bulls earned their first sweep of the season against N.C. Central.
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That hard work has had detrimental effects. Archie’s continuous training put a strain on his body, resulting in an IT band injury during last year’s outdoor season. As a result, Archie has yet to put up spectacular numbers, but the sophomore views this season
as a new beginning. He is determined to make a statement in the upcoming track meets. Archie had a promising start to this year’s outdoor season with an eighth-place finish in the long jump at the Wake Forest Open. While the result is a good confidence builder, Archie won’t be satisfied until he makes it to elite status. “I’m inspired to do track because I want to be the best,” Archie said. “I want to showcase that even though I’m shorter than the other guys I still can jump as far. I don’t want people to say ‘he’s too short to do this or that’ because I’m just as strong and fast. It’s been a dream of mine to excel in track as much as I can.” These aspirations are definitely something Bulls fans can be proud of and something his family can take pride in. g
Big Weekend in Carolina for Bulls Big Hitter BRIAN JOSEPHSAsst. Sports Editor The baseball team has been on the wrong end of lopsided games this season. Last weekend, it decided to turn the tables and scored 39 runs over the course of three games. Buffalo (5-11) turned it up offensively in its three-game weekend series against North Carolina Central (1-18, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). After scoring six runs in the series’ first inning, the Bulls never looked back and swept the Eagles 19-7, 11-6, 9-2. Senior designated hitter Eric Bryce had a big week, batting .615 in the weekend series, hitting five home runs. He was the main offensive force in the series opener, going 3-for-5. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named Bryce one of its National Players of the Week. Head
coach Ron Torgalski thought the senior deserved the honor and was impressed with his play in the series. Sophomore catcher Tom Murphy continues to be a dominating force at the plate for the Bulls. Murphy showed why he was named the Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week with his .571 batting average and six RBIs in the series against N.C. Central. He also hit a career-high three home runs in the second game.
throughout the series, totaling 30 runs in the first two games over the weekend. The runs stopped flowing in the final game, as the Bulls were held to just one run in the first six innings. A strong performance by the pitching staff saved the series sweep. Senior pitcher Josh Edwards didn’t give up any earned runs in the seven innings he pitched. He struck out eight batters in the process, the most by a Buffalo pitcher this season.
“Murphy has had a great year so far,” Torgalski said. “He’s handling the pitches very well and his approach at the plate has been fantastic from day one.”
The Bulls’ lineup drew off of Edwards’ command of the plate. Junior outfielder Daniel Scahill hit a leadoff home run to put the Bulls ahead. Sophomore Alex Baldock and Murphy took advantage of a fielder’s error to extend the lead. Junior infielder Andrew Smietana’s RBI triple and Bryce’s solo home run put the game out of reach.
Torgalski felt that the pitching was one of
Torgalski is excited about Murphy’s recent success.
the main reasons why the Bulls were successful against N.C. Central, despite the large number of runs in the series. “I thought we pitched it much better than we have the previous couple of series,” Torgalski said. “Something we stressed from the start of the season was that if we threw the strikes and made plays behind them, we were going to have a chance to win.” The Bulls will start conference competition in a three-game series against Eastern Michigan (11-7) this weekend. The first game will start at 3 p.m. on Friday. Check Friday’s edition of The Spectrum for coverage of Tuesday’s two-game series against St. Bonaventure (6-10). g
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Bulls Will Bounce Back in MAC Next Season
AARON MANSFIELD Staff Writer If you’re graduating this spring, allow me to extend to you my deepest sympathies. The men’s basketball team will never win the Mid-American Conference championship while you’re attending UB.
Archie Versus the World UB sprinter has had to beat the odds off the track
But brace yourself for a wild ride if you’re coming back next year.
BRIAN JOSEPHSAsst. Sports Editor
The Bulls’ main contingency will return next season, minus two seniors: guard Byron Mulkey and forward Jawaan Alston.
Drugs and violence can derail even the most talented of people. Falling in with the wrong crowd and succumbing to peer pressure is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. The Niagara Falls gang world was standing between Brian Archie and UB, but it turns out he is too fast for both his opponents on the track and on the street. Archie is a jumper/sprinter for the track and field team at UB. He stands at fivefoot-four in a sport that demands long, powerful limbs to get ahead of the competition. He is working his way back from a major tendon injury that has hindered him throughout his college career up to this point. The injury isn’t because he is weak. Archie, 19, is so determined to excel as a UB athlete that he often pushes his body past its limits. Because of his strong work ethic and natural physical ability, his name may be ringing out in future track meets. Archie’s path to UB veered off course when he entered elementary school. The glamour of the streets took a hold of a young boy trying to figure out who he was going to be in the world. It wasn’t until the summer of 1999 that he figured it out.
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Brian Archie has high expectations of himself as a UB athlete, which may have never happened if he didn’t make the right decision. “Like every mother, I didn’t want him to fall [into gang violence],” Glasco said. “I didn’t want him to go down the road with drugs...So I made sure he kept up with his schoolwork.” Since his decision to avoid the street life, Archie has focused his efforts on working his way out of the harsh neighborhood he grew up in. In life, people are forced to make difficult decisions all the time. In the case of Archie, he had to choose between his future and his friends.
of high school. Although Archie was apprehensive about being a father at first, he became more invested in his new role quickly because of the absence of his own father. He is a proud father. “Jayden is my life,” Archie said. “I love him to death. I can’t lie and say I don’t regret having a child at such a young age, but I do what I got to do. He’s just growing up in front of my eyes and I love it.”
Archie and Jayden’s mother work together to “[A lot of my friends] got caught up in trying to raise him even though the two are no longer be that thug,” Archie said. “I tried to help them in a relationship. Archie appreciates this beout, but they just didn’t want it. I miss them, cause it allows him to focus more on his college With the third grade quickly approach- but that’s life.” career, something he tries his hardest at for ing, most children were out playing hop The circumstances of his early childhood Jayden’s sake. scotch or riding their bikes; Archie found served to make Archie stronger as he made his himself in the middle of a street feud transition from high school to college. Archie “Everything I do revolves around my son,” Arbetween the east and west side gangs of considers his strong relationship with his fam- chie said. “I just try to excel in everything I can Niagara Falls, N.Y. His mere association ily as one of the main reasons for his success. so that I could give him a better life. I just stay with the west side got him into numer- Archie’s choice to go to UB was due in large out of trouble, stay in school, get my degree ous physical altercations with warring part to its location and the fact that members just so I could give him the life that I didn’t have when I grew up.” rivals. While he was able to hold his own of his family had also attended. in the fistfights, he found himself conArchie wasn’t always the track star that he is stantly being ambushed and going home While Archie is close with everyone in his fam- today. He started his athletic career by playing ily, the bond between mother and son is some- running back for Niagara Falls High School. He all bruised up. thing that he cherishes. Over the years, the Archie has a hard time rehashing the in- support his mother has given him is something decided to try out the sprints during football’s offseason to stay occupied. cidents that took place that summer. that’s helped him to where he is today, and he The time investment proved to be for the best. “It was one of the worst experiences of continues to be thankful for it. my life because I got involved in some- “My mother always has my back,” Archie said. Archie started earning acclaim during his juthing I had nothing to do with,” Archie “I even help her out when she needs something nior year with his spectacular numbers in the long jump and sprint events. By the time he said. “It was just a bunch of pointless from me. She’s like my best friend.” graduated, he set school outdoor records in fighting.” These days, Archie has an inspiration that is the 55-meter dash, the 4x200-meter and 4x100The constant fighting forced Archie to more important than anything that’s motivat- meter, long jump, and triple jump. Archie also become the person his mother, Olympia ed him in the past: his son, Jayden. holds the distinction of being his high school’s Glasco, envisioned as she guided him first male indoor state champion. through his childhood with a watchful Jayden was born during Archie’s senior year eye. Continued on Page 11
Season Ends for Bulls in New Rochelle AARON MANSFIELDStaff Writer Many students were unaware that the men’s basketball team’s season was still going after its loss in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Unfortunately for the squad on Tuesday night, every member not named Javon McCrea looked like he didn’t know either. Iona (24-11, 13-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference), the MAAC runner-up, proved to be too much for the Bulls (20-14, 9-8 MAC) to handle down the stretch, and the Gaels bested Buffalo, 7863, in an Iona home game in New Rochelle, N.Y. Following a disappointing loss to Kent State (25-11, 12-4 MAC) in the MAC Tournament, the Bulls were invited to play in the Collegeinsiders.com postseason tournament. It marked the third time the Bulls had ever competed in postseason play. After two wins in the opening rounds, the Bulls looked to advance to the semifinals. Tuesday’s matchup was the 34th game for Buffalo this season— the most ever played by a UB team. McCrea has had a remarkable season. The freshman forward’s 397 points this year are the most by any Buffalo freshman in team history. With 29 points on 13-of16 shooting and 10 rebounds, McCrea was the best player on the court the entire game. The Bulls couldn’t follow the star
freshman’s lead. Buffalo looked overwhelmed early as Iona jumped out to a 6-0 lead. After a jumper by junior guard Zach Filzen, Buffalo settled down and went on a 10-2 run of its own.
The squads appeared to be evenly matched throughout the first half, as neither team managed to pull away. The teams’ stats were virtually indistinguishable at the break. With 10 minutes remaining, Iona pulled away for good.
Freshman guard Jarod Oldham averaged less than two points a game this season, but as the season winded down, Oldham was as consistent as any guard. In the past three games, Oldham has averaged 22 minutes, five points, and 5.3 rebounds per game as head coach Reggie Witherspoon has gained trust in the young guard. He is known as a defensive stopper, but his offensive game is developing over time. It may take Oldham a while to transition into the role of starting point guard next year, but the other four starters should be as good as any four on any team in the MAC. At shooting guard, the team’s leading scorer will be back. Junior guard Zach Filzen (15.4 points per game) just finished a record-breaking season in which he made the second-most threes in the NCAA, shattering UB’s all-time single-season record for 3-pointers. Junior forward Dave Barnett emerged as a solid contributor for the Bulls this year. Barnett takes the challenge of guarding the other team’s best player every game, and he also provides consistent 3-point shooting and rebounding. Barnett is one of the team’s best athletes.
Robinson, sophomore guard Tony Watson, and freshman guard Auraum Nuiriankh should provide solid depth off the bench.
Center Mitchell Watt was a nonfactor, finishing with two points and two turnovers in only 12 minutes of action.
I’m not saying the team isn’t going to miss Byron Mulkey, but I am saying the team can win without him.
Senior guard Byron Mulkey had his usual game in what now was his last game in a Bulls uniform, putting up 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Turnovers played a large role in Buffalo’s inability to mount a comeback. Seemingly every time the Bulls closed in on Iona, the Spectrum File Photo Gaels had an answer, and the Senior guard Byron Mulkey (2) played his final game for UB on Bulls would respond with a turnTuesday in the loss to Iona. over.
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Someone else is waiting to emerge, but his progression shouldn’t be a shock to anyone.
Am I forgetting anyone? Does the name Swatt ring a bell? Junior center Mitchell Watt will be sending opposing shots into the rows of Alumni Arena and throwing down thunderous dunks yet again next year.
Filzen was unable to finish the year on a strong note, finishing with five points—10 lower than his average. With the team’s leading scorer struggling, the Bulls needed someone else to step up.
Turnovers and assists were the Gaels’ only noticeable advan-
His last hurrah has been impressive, but Mulkey wasn’t on the active roster last year, as he waited behind John Boyer. Mulkey seemed to come out of nowhere.
Junior forward Titus Robinson started at power forward this year, but anybody who heard about freshman forward Javon McCrea’s MAC tournament performance knows that McCrea is expected to be the starter when he comes back as a sophomore. One of Akron’s assistant coaches sat next to me at the MAC Tournament. The coach said there is no doubt in his mind that McCrea will be the best player in the MAC by his junior year. McCrea put up 28 points and 13 rebounds in that game.
The teams traded baskets for the remainder of an extremely competitive first half, which ended in a 41-36 Iona lead.
“[Iona] shot the ball extremely well, especially from three,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “I thought our guys played really hard, but our decision making wasn’t good. You can’t defend the turnovers. When we made errors, they made us pay.”
Some wonder if the Bulls will be able to win without Mulkey, Buffalo’s all-time steals leader. We’ve all fallen in love with the thief this year. How could we resist? Mulkey is a local kid who sat out his fourth year of college to help the team and then came back this year as the squad’s unchallenged leader. He was the player dancing with the student section after every home win this year.
tages on the stat sheet. The Bulls had 20 giveaways to Iona’s 13, and 13 assists to Iona’s 21. Witherspoon incorporated youth early and often as freshmen McCrea, guard Jarod Oldham, and guard Aurum Nuiriankh contributed solid minutes for the Bulls throughout the game.
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It’s easy to sit and complain about everything that went wrong this season and call for the firing of Witherspoon. And that’s just what many fans are doing. But when it comes down to it, Witherspoon brought in the highest-touted recruit UB has ever landed in McCrea. Those two men will be back next year, and so will the team’s plethora of other young talent. The vast majority of the Bulls team that looked poised to win the MAC this year appears to have an even better shot at it next season. g
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The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the university at buffalo. March 23rd, 2011