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Volume 62 No. 43

Monday, January 28, 2013

Violinist Tim Fain delights CFA

Beloved physics professor Gasparini earns SUNY honor Story on page 5

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In wake of Sandy Hook, gun control affects UB Students react to new NY gun restrictions

LISA EPSTEIN Asst. Life Editor Student Association President Travis Nemmer, a former member of his high school rifle team and part of a family who owns and actively shoots guns, believes the latest New York State gun law regulations are counterproductive. He believes the focus should be on the mental health of all Americans instead of focusing solely on gun laws. To him, the answer lies in eliminating the problems before they become problems. The New York State Senate passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act (NY SAFE) on Jan. 15, approving a new set of changes to gun regulation. Some New York Republicans in both the Senate and Assembly warned against moving too quickly to pass the new set of laws following the recent shootings that took place around the country and in New York State. Some UB students are also apprehensive about the stricter policies. NY SAFE changed the maximum rounds of ammunition a magazine can hold from 10 to seven and the new law requires universal background checks for all gun sales, even if they are private person-to-person transactions. New York became the first state to pass tougher gun policies after the massacre with an assault rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14. Nemmer thinks bad policy comes out of poor planning, and politicians want to make a name for themselves by being the first to make laws after a tragedy. “[Politicians will] jump on the latest event and they’ll try to legislate something about it and they’ll ram that law through as quickly as possible, to the detriment of all people involved,” Nemmer said. “I don’t think we should make laws directly in relation to Newtown. What the U.S. does


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law during a ceremony in the Red Room at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Also pictured from left are Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (DManhattan) and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). Behind Cuomo is Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.

need is a very serious conversation about mental health.” Nemmer believes mental health is the most important issue for America’s youth. He believes there should be more funding for school psychologists and more access to the drugs or therapies people might need. “How about we make sure school psychologists aren’t the first ones on the chop-

ping block when the budget cuts come?” Nemmer said. “How about we spend less money building multimillion-dollar football arenas for high schools when we have guidance counselors who are ignored, underpaid or don’t exist in some schools?” Michael Calliste, a sophomore political science major and communication director for the College Democrats, doesn’t believe in elimination of the Second Amendment

Hot-topic human trafficking hits home at UB Tambo, IVCF bring sexual exploitation awareness

LISA KHOURY Senior News Editor UB alum Rugare Tambo was molested at knifepoint at the age of 12 in her native Zimbabwe. At 14, she was cornered and raped by her boyfriend. When she was 16, Tambo left Zimbabwe to study in Argentina on a studentexchange program. One of her host fathers molested her. UB student Bahati Thambikeni grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. One of her most vivid memories of Africa is visiting Rwanda, shortly after the genocide, as a young girl. She recalls walking into a school filled with skeletons. She’ll never forget one skeleton – it was a mother clutching onto her child. Thambikeni could still see the rosary around the mother’s neck; she felt the woman’s despair in that moment. Both girls were affected by tragedies in Africa. Their pain and passion brought them together on Friday night at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) event UNBOUND, where members promoted standing up against human trafficking, the world’s fastest growing crime, and sexual exploitation. Thambikeni, a junior biology major, is the co-president of IVCF at UB and helped organize UNBOUND. Tambo came to the event as a representative of iOppose (International Organization to Promote Prevention of Sexual Ex-

rights of Americans. Although he thinks guns are powerful, he doesn’t think all guns need to be banned – only the more powerful ones like assault rifles. “We should have some weapons and some hunting guns,” Calliste said. “But pragmatically, you have to understand that lower guns means lower homicide and that’s all there is to it. Continued on page 2

UB receives $59,031 cancer research grant ERIC CORTELLESSA Staff Writer


UB alum Rugare Tambo spoke Friday night on raising awareness about sexual abuse and exploitation. Her abusive past led her to dedicate her life to social justice.

ploitation, Inc.) – a 3-year-old organization started by UB alumna Carol Conklin, who was also at the event. The two spoke about how to prevent people from becoming sexual predators or victims. Tambo and Conklin urged the crowd of approximately 70 students and non-students to take what they learned from the evening and “be the change they want to see in the world.” But it is Tambo’s past that led her to the stage. The 24-year-old graduated from UB in 2012 with a degree in communication and a concentration in public relations. She’s a joyful and optimistic young woman with a warmhearted smile. But her deep brown


eyes tell a story of a darker past. Her anger of the past came back when she witnessed a male in her co-ed fraternity escape conviction after raping a female member. Her friend’s sexual abuse instantly turned into secrecy. It reminded Tambo of when she was molested at age 12. She was on a vacation boat with her family, and one of the boat cooks followed her downstairs. He cornered her with a knife and molested her. She told her mother what happened, and for a reason Tambo is not sure of, her mother told her not to tell her dad. Sexual abuse and secrecy became analogous to Tambo. Continued on page 2

Representative Brian Higgins of New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes Buffalo and Niagara Falls, announced last week UB was given a federal grant of $59,031 for cancer research by the National Cancer Institute. The project will be overseen by Janet Morrow, a chemistry professor and UB researcher, who will use the funding to work on developing less expensive anticancer treatments. She will use new iron-based agents to keep surveillance on tumors that are being treated with alkalinizing therapies to determine their overall efficacy. “We are very pleased with the grant and thankful for Congressman Higgins’ continued support of the university and its researchers,” said UB Spokesman John Della Contrada. “The funding will help professor Morrow continue her important work.” Higgins, a member of the Congressional Cancer Caucus – a bipartisan effort – has been a vigorous supporter of significant government involvement in cancer research and has long been active in trying to procure funding for the work happening at UB. “Cutting-edge research is happening right here in Western New York with the help of talented UB scientists,” Higgins said. “Federal research dollars invested in this community are delivering better treatments, detection and advancing the ultimate goal of bringing us closer to a cure.” Continued on page 6




Monday, January 28, 2013

Continued from page 1: Hot-topic human trafficking hits home at UB

“Seeing that injustice in a relationship right next to me, right here at UB, really outraged me,” Tambo said. Tambo was hungry for justice. When she joined IVCF in 2011, she began to realize she could take her passion for social justice and turn it into action. She decided to make the prevention and awareness of sexual abuse her career. Shortly after Tambo graduated, Conklin hired her as the public relations spokesperson for iOppose. UNBOUND was the second event Tambo spoke at as an iOppose representative. Tambo finds breaking the barrier of closed communication about sexual abuse therapeutic. Though she didn’t get into detail in Friday night’s presentation about her own experiences, she mentioned in passing she was a victim of sexual abuse and rape. She believes by consistently bringing it up, going around and talking about the estimated 39 million survivors of sexual abuse in the world, she can spark action. “It’s a release, I think, to do it positively and give back to a community of people who couldn’t do it without you,” Tambo said. “Because, I think about if somebody had been there to tell me what the warning signs were, I wouldn’t have been molested at knifepoint. If somebody had been there to tell me that I was beautiful or support me, and if I had known about how important it is to have community and not keep secrets, I think it would have helped me not end up getting raped.”

Tambo and Conklin told the crowd their purpose isn’t to solely counsel victims of rape. Sexual exploitation is a “cultural issue,” and they want to prevent people from becoming both victims and abusers. They discussed many influences that cause people to become offenders, like the $3 billion child pornography industry that exploits more than 1.5 million children worldwide on over 100,000 websites. They said 97 percent of sexual abusers are men. Conklin also pointed out women in college are four times more vulnerable to sexual abuse than the general public, especially freshmen in the first six weeks of college. She told the audience that 90 percent of all abusers are known to the child and the child’s family and are trusted by the parents. Tambo was part of the 10 percent of children who get abused by strangers. Tambo and Conklin are currently trying to team up with UB to do research in preventing sexual exploitation. Adam Jeske, a representative of IVCF from Wisconsin, also spoke at UNBOUND. He said human trafficking’s continued acceptance in the world makes every person aware of the crime, who is not doing something to stop it, evil. At UNBOUND, IVCF presented feasible ideas to promote change to the audience at the event’s close. Julyann Pagán, a first-year transfer exercise science major, attended UNBOUND. She said every time a person hears about something bad

in the world, they feel the same – something must be done. However, Pagán appreciated the viable options presented at the event. “Usually in informative things to raise awareness they give you, ‘This is happening and you can get involved by donating money,’” Pagán said. “As college students, we never have any. So they gave different options also aside from donating money, so I thought that was good.” Thambikeni and Tambo hope to take their awareness one step further. They ultimately want to return to Africa to improve the quality of life. Both are beginning their crusades for justice in Buffalo by raising awareness and pushing for prevention. Tambo wants to set up a social welfare system in Zimbabwe so children who are abused, workers who are unemployed and those who become disabled at work have a place to seek help. She’s planning on coming back to UB in the fall to pursue her dual Master’s in law and social work, then get her Ph.D. Thambikeni is enthusiastic about studying biology at UB. She wants to grow the health industry in Africa, but her heart is mostly with the children who find themselves in difficult living situations. She wants to help them have an equal opportunity at a good education, grow their talents to know their full potential and wants them to “know of God’s grace and mercy.” “There is a strong and unrelenting desire inside me to rescue people, specifically children,” Thambikeni said in an email. “I hope to

be successful one day and to use that for good. I do not just want to look into desperate eyes and walk away having only been able to pray for them; I want to be an answer to their prayers.” Tambo and Thambikeni turned past tragedies into optimism, and both attribute their revelations to God. Both found an intimate faith in God and don’t look back on their past in anguish. They see their experiences as blessings, because without them they could never help others. “The wisdom that I have now can help somebody else,” Tambo said. “And so again it comes back to that thing where I know it’s not going to be wasted, and I look at it now and I’m like, ‘thank you, God, for the privilege to be that light for other people who wouldn’t know unless I was to speak out about it.’” Now when Tambo and Thambikeni recall their memories of Africa, they aren’t upset. They smile. “It would’ve been my decision to stay in that self-pity, but it’s been my decision now to use what’s happened to me to help other people,” Tambo said. “I’ve had this pain, but I don’t want to let it go to waste.” IVCF plans to push for legislation to raise awareness for human trafficking at its next meeting. Email:

Continued from page 1: In wake of Sandy Hook, gun control affects UB We need to understand this is a thing we can do very simply if we have political capital and political will.” James Ingram, a sophomore political science major and the communication director for the College Republicans, believes firearms are a major part of American history and culture. “[Gun culture is] part of what makes us American,” Ingram said. “There are many people – 90 million gun owners – who are using them legally for hunting or sport. I don’t think that’s the problem because we’ve always had a gun culture in America.” They all agree the major underlying issue is mental health treatments available for people of all ages. The NY SAFE bill also makes changes for mentally ill individuals. If a mental health professional decides someone is a potential risk to others or themselves, they would be required to alert the authorities, who would then have the ability to confiscate any firearms that person may own. Calliste feels the guns available in today’s society are incredibly dangerous and should not be as readily available to people. NY SAFE also includes a “Webster provision,” which is a mandatory life-without-parole prison sentence for anyone who murders a first responder. The provision was included following the Christmas Eve shooting in Webster, N.Y., in which two firefighters were shot and killed while responding to a fire.

“These things [like the Newtown shooting] happen,” Calliste said. “They’re aberrations, and they do happen. But we can lower the lethality. We can lower the frequency of them happening by stricter legislation, having less powerful weapons on the street, preventing access to military-grade weapons, as well as increasing mental health care.” Calliste believes the current state of mental health in America is stigmatized. He said, as a culture, the American people believe it’s not OK to seek help. But he also believes the media is partly to blame for their coverage of events like the Newtown shooting. “I find the media to be, at times, at least the mainstream, to be a little sensationalist,” Calliste said. “There is definitely a gun control issue here. There are definitely questions we have to ask moving forward, but at times, the media kept moving footage of the kids crying and of the school. It’s just a little insensitive at times. But they’re a business, and that’s how they do it.” Under NY SAFE, the state will have one year to set up an instant background check system for all ammunition purchases and law enforcement would be alerted to large purchases of ammunition. Alana Barricks, a junior political science major, does not own any guns but believes the Second Amendment is not about hunting but defending liberty from tyranny.

“People are failing to realize that more gun laws are not going to solve the issue; it is only oppressing our Constitutional rights,” Barricks said. “Gun-related violence is not committed by legal weapons. Making a type of gun illegal doesn’t mean anything to someone conducting violent activity because these guns are already criminally obtained.” New York Sen. Thomas O’Mara, R-Big Flats in Chemung County, told USA Today he cautioned against a vote for the bill. O’Mara believes Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State simply want to be the first in the nation to adopt tougher gun laws. “It’s certainly very frustrating, but the governor has made this his priority issue and I think the No. 1 concern of his is to get it done first, before anybody else does anything,” O’Mara told USA Today. “When we’re dealing with issues of Second Amendment concern or any Constitutional concern, we should be taking a greater and more thorough look at it with the opportunity for discussion amongst all interested parties.” Ingram thinks exposure to violent video games, movies and television affects the way kids think about violence. “I think that what we have in this country is a sort of fascination with violent movies and violent video games,” Ingram said. “I think that people have the right to play those games and enjoy those games … But what I think is

a problem is that kids are playing these games from such a young age that it desensitizes them to what they’re seeing.”’ Nemmer believes in looking closer at the underlying causes of poor mental health and into better social services for all Americans, instead of making gun laws stricter. “The most important issue here is mental health and caring for the mental well-being of America’s school children,” Nemmer said. “Not armed guards, not armed teachers, which is absurd, but the answer certainly lies with eliminating these problems before they become problems.” While the new law has sparked debate between citizens and government officials, the laws have gone into effect immediately. Although the long-term effects are unknown, they have already made an impact on the American gun culture. Additional Reporting by Asst. News Editor Sam Fernando Email:

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Letter to the Editor

EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF Aaron Mansfield SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR Brian Josephs MANAGING EDITOR Rebecca Bratek EDITORIAL EDITOR Ashley Steves NEWS EDITORS Sara DiNatale, Co-Senior Lisa Khoury, Co-Senior Sam Fernando, Asst. Rachel Raimondi, Asst. LIFE EDITORS Rachel Kramer, Senior Lyzi White Lisa Epstein, Asst. ARTS EDITORS Elva Aguilar, Senior Lisa de la Torre, Asst. Nathaniel Smith, Asst. Max Crinnin, Asst. SPORTS EDITORS Joseph Konze Jr., Senior Jon Gagnon Ben Tarhan Markus McCaine, Asst. PHOTO EDITORS Alexa Strudler, Senior Satsuki Aoi Adrien D’Angelo Nick Fischetti, Asst. PROFESSIONAL STAFF OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Helene Polley ADVERTISING MANAGER Mark Kurtz CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brian Keschinger Haider Alidina, Asst. ADVERTISING DESIGNER Joseph Ramaglia Ryan Christopher, Asst. Haley Sunkes, Asst.


Roe v. Wade memorial: “Pro-choice” rhetoric examined CHRISTIAN ANDZEL Both sides say they fight in the name of freedom. Both sides say they fight on behalf of a civil right. Both sides have been using rhetoric that needs to be looked at more carefully and analyzed. We must ask the tough questions when we look at everyone’s positions and their coinciding rhetoric. Rhetoric matters and can easily influence one over the other just because of a 10-second sound clip or snap shot of a protest sign. I believe this hurts the dialogue and debate, especially on this issue. I want to find the truth and make sure others are not deceived. We are seeing Planned Parenthood Federation now shifting away from the titles as “pro-choice” and “prolife.” Why? Because they are losing the war on abortion. Polls show that more and more people identify as “prolife” rather than “pro-choice” and so now those who believe that mothers should have the right to end their child’s life while in the womb have to blur the lines to create ambiguity on the subject. What I find fascinating is how people on the “prochoice” side use rhetoric such as “freedom to choose” and insinuate abortion care is health care, as well as the ever popular, “my/her body, my/her choice.” These are just a few examples of the rhetoric used by those who advocate for the continuation and broader rights for women to “terminate” or “end” whatever is in them. Embryology and fetology proves what is really inside of the mother, but that is for another discussion. I hear time and time again the elementary slogan of “I believe in a woman’s right to choose!” First, I totally agree! I wish for all human beings, both men and women, to be able to have freedom and choose what is best for them and their lives. Second, when it specifically pertains to the quote above, we must ask, “to choose what?” That “what” could be a job, partner, doctor or where to eat that evening. We must ask specific questions and get specific answers. Too many times those who advocate for a woman’s right to end the life of the preborn inside of her want the conversation to then end. They assume they are right and do not have to further the conversation. Dead wrong – pardon the pun. So then we will hear the pregnancy, ball of cells or fetus should be able to be terminated, killed or ended because it is a woman’s right or freedom to do so.

Before I agree or disagree with them, we must all ask, “what is going to be ended, killed or terminated?” That question must be asked because unless the subject – in this case, the preborn – is not a human being, then I would agree with them! But if it is a human being, then we must treat the preborn as if it was a one-week infant, 3-year-old toddler or any other born human being. Being born or not does not determine the value of the human being nor does it determine whether or not you have the ability to be killed at any moment for any reason. Freedoms of one person should never infringe, prohibit or end the freedoms of another person. When have we as a people ever had the right or had a fundamental freedom to destroy someone else’s life, liberty or property? Any law that prohibits the fatal victimization of another person is, by nature, a just law because it protects and preserves every human being’s life. I know science and philosophy will show which side of this debate is right; now you just have to find which side science and philosophy backs up correctly. Do not fall for such simple rhetoric that just does not hold up in a debate. Both women and the preborn deserve better than the dumbing down of such an important issue. “Abortion is health care.” Let’s undress this slogan you may see on bumper stickers or signs at a rally. First, health care is supposed to fix something or make someone heal from an injury or sickness. Abortion, which is the intentional and direct killing of the preborn baby, is certainly not positive and usually no woman is jumping for joy after such an invasive procedure. Nor is the intentional killing of the preborn healing the mother from sickness or injury. “Abortion is health care” is an oxymoron because at the end of the abortion, someone’s life has surely stopped and usually the other’s – as testified by those who have had one – heart is broken of emotion and sadness. Even if you do not subscribe to the fact the preborn are human, there is still no common sense dispute abortion does not end whatever life there is developing. Health care should never end in the death of any human being. Why even have prenatal care if inside of the womb is just a bunch of unimportant pieces of tissue? Why be told not to drink, smoke or do damage to what is inside the woman if it is nothing but a clump of cells? When performing surgeries on the preborn or woman, why then should the doctor even waste anesthesia on just blobs of tissue? These are the necessary questions I ask those human beings who then advocate for the right to

kill other human beings after they dehumanize the fatal victim: the preborn. Usually their mouths are agape with no words coming out at that point and so I say, “now just put your thumb inside your mouth and that is what the preborn baby can do at just nine weeks after conception.” Talk about breaking the ice and putting out some truth at the same time. “Her body, her choice.” Like I said for the first quote, you need to ask the question, “what choice?” I would agree with that person but to an extent because that choice or freedom, like any other, stops when a choice or action inhibits the freedom of someone else. This certainly applies when that choice endangers someone else’s life. The main question we must ask is, “are the preborn human beings?” Also as it pertains to the “her body, her choice” empty slogan, we must make sure that although women have many biological responsibilities for the preborn, it would be scientifically dishonest to say the preborn do absolutely nothing toward this own advancement of fetal development and later birth. Don’t take my word for it, research what the preborn does on its own. I now want to focus on the fiscal issue of this statement and how it relates to today’s politics. If it really is “her choice,” why are people mandated to paying on her behalf to kill her preborn child? Abortion rights advocates, men and women, usually scream and shout for state funded contraception, which is really paid for by the taxpayer. We must point out the hypocrisy once again because they just told us it was their body, so why not have them pay for it? If it truly is your body and you have a responsibility to yourself, how can you mandate and expect others to pay for your services? If it is really your pill, shouldn’t it then be your bill? So we now see the how the “pro-choice” claims and rhetoric are as empty as Manti Te’o’s head. If it all does not make sense at the moment, that is fine because we are so used to giving both sides a pass when it comes to rhetoric on the abortion issue. I always welcome a respectful debate on the pro-life rhetoric and I believe the majority of it can actually live up to criticism. This is not an essay to say what side to choose. That time will come in April for the second part of the “abortion debate.” This is to prompt those on the fence of this issue and even those who advocate for rights to end the lives of the preborn to re-examine the rhetoric used in this heated conversation from the “pro-choice” side, because it comes up quite short in the truth test.

All’s fair in war

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Shedding light on the torture in Zero Dark Thirty Some of this year’s major films have garnered more attention than just the casual Oscar buzz. Many have called the slavery spaghetti western Django Unchained offensive and superfluously vulgar, serving no other purpose than to fuel director Quentin Tarantino’s sadistic sense of entertainment. Now, Kathryn Bigelow’s war flick, Zero Dark Thirty, a dramatized timeline of the hunt to kill Osama bin Laden following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, is the latest in the line of fire. From seemingly endless editorials across the globe to anti-torture protestors picketing the film’s Jan. 8 premiere in Washington, D.C., it has been the subject of major criticism for its inclusion of torture interrogation. And with each passing remark, the points of the film and calls for change are missed, ignored or scoffed at. The controversy revolves around the film’s main CIA character, Maya, obtaining key information about the identity of bin Laden’s courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, by torturing a detainee until his delirium causes him to give up the name, eventually leading to the location and murder of bin Laden. The conversation of Zero Dark Thirty has transformed into the questions of “does torture work” and, more parochially, “did torture help to find bin Laden or not?” Multiple politicians, including John McCain and Dianne Feinstein, have called the film “grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information.”

McCain, a survivor of wartime torture, asserted that, unlike the movie suggests, the use of enhanced interrogation techniques played no part in getting information that led forces to bin Laden. Not once has any of them said torture was not used, though – they couldn’t possibly even try. All they’ve said is the torture did not contribute in the hunt for bin Laden. That point is still up for contention – some, like McCain, continue to argue vehemently that torture served no purpose; others, such as CIA director Michael Morell, tiptoe around a definite answer as to whether or not enhanced interrogation was the most effective way to obtain important information. Bigelow has stated many times in response that depiction isn’t the same as endorsement, but critics are claiming the mere portrayal of torture in the film is immoral. They’re not talking about if it was integral to the plot; they’re complaining that it’s in the film to begin with. It’s not the sadistic “torture porn” that multiple people have referred to it as nor is it pro-torture. Through characters professing their need for vacations to escape the sight of naked bodies, the discomfort of Maya in the initial torture scene and a majority of the film dedicated to both the need and efficiency of the CIA’s extensive detective work, it shows that torture, whether it works or not, is wrong and why it’s wrong. Even with the “based on true events” disclaimer at the beginning of the film, it is unmistakably fiction, fit to serve no other purpose than to entertain and excite. Do you think if Bigelow and Mark Boal, the film’s screen-

writer, decided to omit the scenes of torture, nobody would be complaining? Or would the angry voices be even louder, questioning where the whole story – namely the illegal operations and tactics employed by the CIA – was? Would the artistic intent be misinterpreted even further, and what would that mean? Would the harsh truths of reality be censored, and would the accuracy of the portrayal even matter? The current critique is the relevance in the plot, not its portrayal, and as a result, accountability for the actions of our government doesn’t make it on the radar. Whether people like it or not, the film opens up a very important conversation about enhanced interrogation that we’ve proved is almost too difficult to carry out civilly. It happened then, still happens and will continue to happen if we don’t question what is around us, pointed out through the inconsistencies of multiple presidential administrations. It’s revolting, it crosses moral lines and that’s our reality. Incorporating the scenes of torture means it’s something that cannot be ignored, and that’s what should be focused on. The truth lies behind the walls of our government institutions, and trusting our politicians and officials to deliver it to us isn’t exactly a game of high odds. We must rely only on what we know and what we can deduce. Email:

All we can be

Open combat policy for women brings great uncertainty At the beginning of December, we called for the end of the military policy barring women from combat. We’re pleased that just one month later, we can discuss the open combat policy as a very present reality. The Pentagon formally opened combat to women on Thursday, creating approximately 230,000 jobs with the possibility of future openings in special-operations units and ending a 19-year-old Pentagon ban. This is all following a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Defense Department early last month as four servicewomen and the American Civil Liberties Union demanded combat equality. A Gallup poll taken the same day the ban was ended showed 74 percent of American adults polled believe women should be given equality in military combat. But despite the overwhelming support, there will always be debate, criticism and discomfort. As the new combat policy is ushered in, it brings uncertainty with it.

With the end of the Combat Exclusion Policy, the typical age-old excuses and debates have re-ignited – casualty and illness rates, physical endurance and strength limitations, pregnancy rates and sexual attraction, just to name a few. In addition, the military has a major problem to worry about, which it needs to address immediately: a sexual assault epidemic. In 2011, approximately 19,000 sexual assaults were estimated from the 3,200 reported cases. But the criticisms are not isolated to a single gender – men and women of all ages have found reasons to oppose it, some debatable and others completely primeval. Last summer, a female Marine officer went as far as to state “we are not created equal” and that putting women in combat would not improve national security. Over the weekend, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called to Conservatives to not be pressured by the war on women and should resist the new order.

Many looking for a reason look to last year, when women were allowed to engage in combat training, and only two signed up, neither of whom completed it, leading to a concern of how many women actually want to join combat. And what has many people at a crossroads is a hypothetical situation: the possibility of a draft. Selective Service law is currently written as “male persons” are required to register following their 18th birthday. However, with the combat ban overwritten, there’s a high possibility the exemption will be removed from requirements, and women will, too, have to register as part of the Selective Service System. So if a draft is ever forced upon the country again, is it fair to assume women will be a part of said draft? And if so, how many people will be just as supportive to that kind of implementation as they were to the idea of it?

less we drop the assumptions and take a chance. Of the 1.4 million active-duty personnel in the U.S. military, women make up 14.6 percent and total more than 10 percent of those sent to war zones. In the past, women have slipped through loopholes and ended up on the front lines but have not received the combat credentials or recognition required for promotion. There is one woman in history to receive a Congressional Medal of Honor (Dr. Mary Walker, 1865) and two to ever become four-star generals (Ann Dunwoody and Janet Wolfenbarger). We now join eight other countries that send their women to combat and can now give more women the opportunity to be recognized. For this, we have so much to be proud of. The effects of war have no discrimination, but neither should the rewards. With uncertainty comes optimism, and that’s a risk worth taking.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Life, Arts & Entertainment

Portals delivers a cure for our longing

Violinist Tim Fain’s performance offers a modern twist to audience members TIM ALLMAN Staff writer Let the naysayers be damned – classical music still speaks to us today. Last Friday, violinist Tim Fain delivered titillating imagery while also portraying beautiful classic music in his multi-media concert at UB’s Center For the Arts. Fain’s show delivered an evening that nourished the soul. Fain’s concert, Portals, ‘a multi-media exploration of longing and connection in the digital age,’ invited the audience to ponder our technological times and how we try to remain connected to one another, though we may be miles apart. Fain draws on the works of many modern composers like Lev Zhurbin, Nico Muhly and long-time collaborator Philip Glass. While incorporating video images to accompany the music, which played behind him throughout the duration of the concert, Fain turned the traditional concert setting into a theatrical event. While Fain was the only live performer on stage, he was accompanied by many. The synthesis of being completely alone while simultaneously being surrounded by others made the show unique. Fain didn’t worry that so many pre-recorded segments in his show would upset UB audience members. Fain holds that Portals is an intermingling between media and style. “I thought the interaction between the performer and the TV screen was very interesting,” said Lian Ye, a junior music theory major. “It was certainly nothing I’ve ever seen before.” Ye also thought the concept of technological longing was very pertinent to our times. “Instead of having real people around us, we just have our phones,” Ye said. The performance was in no way hindered by the digital images. In fact, Fain attests there are moments he doesn’t feel alone on stage at all. For instance, piano player Nicholas Britiell, appeared in a pre-recorded video, but Fain played as if he were right on stage with him. The show began with a video of actor Fred Child sitting in front of his Apple computer, recording himself reading from an old book of Leonard Cohen’s poetry. This synthesis of old and new – contemporary technology, like the computer, and the more antique pieces, like the book of poetry – mix together to encapsulate the message of the show.


Violinist Tim Fain captivated the audience at the CFA on Friday by fusing multi-media and classical music together in his concert, Portals.

There was a great moment during “Honest Music” by Nico Muhly, where Fain appeared pre-recorded on screen with himself, live on stage. The piece was so cinematic and choreographed that at times it was difficult to tell which violin was playing. Fain delivered the powerful moments on his own, like in the Philip Glass finale, with no special effects and just his violin playing.

“I thought the show was well done,” said Steve Finley, a graduate violin performance student. “There was no emotion that wasn’t touched.” Finley added that Fain’s work with Glass was the best part of the show and he asserted it is hard to keep the audience’s attention through concerts like this, but Fain did a great job incorporating a lot to keep the audience well entertained.

Finley didn’t think the technological components deterred from the music. “It was interesting how they incorporated the technology,” Finley said. ‘It gives us gateways into different interpretations of the music.” Fain own a very impressive resume and has been acclaimed by countless media outlets, such as The Boston Globe. Fain debuted with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under conductor Marin Alsop at the Lincoln Center’s Mozart Festival, and he has worked with the Oxford (UK) Symphonies and the Brooklyn Harmonics to name a few. He has built a strong rapport with Glass as a featured soloist in the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. Most listeners will know Fain’s work from the Black Swan soundtrack, of which he was a featured performer. Now on his own, Fain travels the world delivering Portals, a conceptual concert incorporating different multimedia in the hopes of communicating, as Fain puts it, a “digital culture in a live performance.” He went on to say technology has not yet reached the point in which we can view a performance and feel a sense of seamlessness, but he asserts it is almost there. It is both “intriguing and unsettling,” according to Fain. For instance, the violin he used to perform with during the concert was made in 1717, though he performed pieces by contemporary composers. The juxtaposition between old and new makes the show what it is. Philip Rehard, Slee Hall’s concert hall manager, believes greatly Fain’s work, seeing his Portals project as a means to making a statement – how we communicate differently in the age of Skype or Facetime, and how could this translate into live music. “He just thinks about things differently than most people,” Rehard said. Rehard said there are always dangers when it comes to adding elements like computers to performances, but Rehard assures audiences they will walk away from the performance with a new perspective. The UB Department of Music will next be hosting Michel Bouvard for its organ recital series on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m.


Students band together to stop cute, cuddly couples around campus LYZI WHITE Life Editor Carolyn Molina, a sophomore English major, spent the majority of her Saturday night dropping obvious clues about her discomfort, dismay and overall annoyance about her living situation, while her roommate and her roommate’s boyfriend made out and blissfully ignored Molina’s general well being. Because Molina’s roommate, Lucille Irvin, a sophomore history major, has ignored Molina by putting her fingers in her ears and shutting her eyes tight while screaming, “nah nah nah nah, I’m not listening,” Molina has sought the advice of the on-campus support group where students come together and complain about the obnoxiously cute and nauseatingly adorable couples around campus. The group, aptly named “Screw All the Hand Holders,” stays true to its slogan, “If

you listen to music with while sharing ear buds and say things like, ‘my love for you knows no bounds,’ then screw you!” Molina has taken to wearing a printed Tshirt with the slogan on it. But her roommate (which includes her actual roommate and the boyfriend – she refers to them as a single entity because they literally never detach from each other) has yet to take the hint. They are too busy “fooling around in the shared room, making noises resembling those of a water slide.” “As much as I hate falling asleep to the sounds of them sucking face, I’d rather hear the kissing than the uncontrollable farting coming from her boyfriend,” Molina said. “I don’t know if I should sleep with ear plugs or nose plugs.” The worst part about the winter months, according to Jonathon Walden, a senior mechanical engineering major and founder of “Screw All the Hand Holders,” is walking through the couple-filled Student Union, dorm lounges and library.

Walden relishes the days when everyone kept their hands to themselves because “if I’m not getting any, nobody should be getting any.” The lonely senior even went so far as to attempt to ban any form of PDA, or public displays of affection, from handshakes to pecks on the cheeks to accidental bumps in the crowded hallways, from UB’s campus. Unfortunately for Walden, Daniel Oaks, secretary of the Student Response Center, simply patted Walden on the back and said, “you’ll lose your virginity one day, kid.” Although Irvin’s boyfriend lives in the Villas on Rensch, with his own room and a lock on the door, the “lovely-dovey and nauseating” couple likes to spend the majority of their day within Molina’s dorm room. When asked why, Irvin stated it was because her room “feels like a little slice of home” – her home, not Molina’s. Irvin muttered under her breath, Molina “can screw herself.”

Sadly for Molina, suffering through gross sexual shenanigans doesn’t stop when she leaves her own room. Short of pouring bleach in her eyes – which she’s been debating over the recent days – Molina is forced to see couples listening to “a song that represents a love that will never ever die” while they share headphones and couples who walk with their hands in their significant others’ back pockets. Molina is waiting impatiently for spring to come because when college kids can brave the weather and walk to the bars without getting frostbite on their appendages, they’ll go back to hooking up with strangers somewhere around South Campus. Molina can’t wait. Email:

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Accomplished, beloved physics professor receives SUNY distinction ALYSSA MCCLURE Staff Writer Dr. Francis Gasparini sits in an office on the first floor of Fronczak Hall, surrounded by hulking silver tanks of liquid nitrogen and bulletin boards covered with published articles. His desk is neat, and his calendar is color-coded; he is organized and committed. This physics professor, whose research is focused in the field of quantum fluids, is one of three professors at UB who has recently been named a SUNY Distinguished Professor. According to the SUNY website, the Distinguished Professorship is awarded to faculty members within the SUNY system who have been a full professor for over five years, achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within the recipient’s field through significant contributions to research and scholarship. Gasparini’s research has earned him worldwide honor. He has been a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) since 1990 – an accomplishment that recognizes the significance of his research. He has also been invited to speak at 24 national and international conferences and has given lectures at 39 universities. Additionally, Gasparini has been a recipient of funding from the National Science Foundation for over 38 years. Gasparini’s influence in the field of physics is pronounced. Recently, a Japanese group rediscovered a phenomenon Gasparini and student Bidyut Bhattacharyya first published 30 years ago. This discovery has been documented in the magazine Physics Today, a notable publication in which short articles and physics discoveries appear. Gasparini was struck by science from a very young age. He was in the fifth grade when he decided he wanted to become a physicist, and his mind never changed. Quantum fluids, his primary research focus, are fluids that remain liquid to the absolute zero temperature and have so much kinetic energy that they never quite stay still long enough to freeze. These fluids become super-fluids and flow without viscosity or resistance. The study of these properties is of interest because they manifest new phases, which challenge theory and can be applied to other systems, according to Gasparini.


Francis Gasparini, a UB physics professor, was recently named one of the three SUNY Distinguished Professors. Gasparini is described as a hard worker and helpful advisor by his students.

“From day one, [when] I was introduced to his lab as a fresh-out undergrad to when I left I was continually learning from him,” said Mark Kimball, an aerospace engineer at NASA who worked with Gasparini as a Ph.D. student. “It was never a dictatorial relationship; it was always a partnership where he valued your input as well as his own.” Gasparini has been teaching at UB since 1973 and is a Moti Lal Rustgi Professor of Physics. The recipient of this endowed professorship – set up by the Rustgi family in honor of Moti Lal Rutsgi, a faculty member in the physics department – must be voted for by the faculty of the department and approved by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the provost. In 1996, Gasparini won the Chancellor Award for Excellence in Teaching. He enjoys interacting with students one on one, using dialogue and soliciting questions to get his students engaged. “He’s clearly interested in and enjoys what he does and he’s actually genuinely concerned with sharing that knowledge and you getting it,” said Justin Perron, a postdoctorate student at the National Institute of Standards and Technology who worked in Gasparini’s lab as a Ph.D. student. “We’d be having discussions on things that he more

than understands and, without ever making you feel like you’re wasting his time, he’d go over them in every possible way until you caught up and finally understood them.” Gasparini works primarily with Ph.D. students and over the years has advised 14 Ph.D. candidates. He also teaches a sophomore class for physics majors in thermodynamics and special relativity. The course he most enjoys teaching is in the field of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, which is taken by physics majors during their senior year. Gasparini tells his Ph.D. students to always be honest with their research and to be cautious about over-interpreting data. He advises never to underestimate the importance of publishing, which lets others in the field know that one is active and conducting serious research. “He’s ideal as an adviser,” Perron said. “He lets you do your work, guides you through it, and is there for help when you need it. You don’t just sit there … [like] some monkey turning knobs and doing what he wants you to do.” Gasparini has three passions in his life: his family, his laboratory work and teaching, according to Kimball.

Outside of the classroom and the lab, Gasparini enjoys the outdoors. He is an avid bike rider and has completed several riding tours through places like New Zealand, New Mexico and Yellowstone National Park. Between graduate school and his post-doctorate work, he competed as a bike racer and earned a bronze medal in the Minnesota State Road Championship. He has also participated in Ride for Roswell through the physics department. Gasparini, who enjoys traveling, has visited Australia and has toured nearly every national park in the western part of the United States with his wife and two children. He is also fortunate to attend international conferences to present his data and results. This has enabled him to visit Lancaster, England; Grenoble, France and, if he attends the conference this year, Japan. Perron described Gasparini as “scrumtrulescent,” an adjective from a Will Ferrell skit that, although invented, means so great that to use any other word would be insignificant to describe Gasparini. Perron also said that while working in the lab, Gasparini would often select a piece of data and ask for a rough estimate of something that would occur later in the experiment. While Perron punched the data in his calculator, Gasparini would perform the same calculations in his head, but faster. “He would blurt out the correct answer four steps before my calculator got there,” Perron said. Even after so much experience in the classroom, Gasparini can be found two hours before a class going over his notes and making sure he knows exactly what he will say to his students. “[Gasparini] works hard all year round; he reviews papers, writes papers, helps with the experiments, teaches … and is still doing that and is really good at all of that,” said Stephen Thomson, a current graduate student working in Gasparini’s lab as his research assistant, in an email. Gasparini enjoys his profession and, as long as interesting things keep happening to him, plans to continue to teach and conduct research in the future. Email:




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Monday, January 28, 2013

From anatomy to astrology: A Prospective Glance


A love of animals, the recollection of a painful past and a fascination with polar ice caps after falling in love with a photo inside a National Geographic magazine brought together three vastly different lives. These three exceptional artists, Dara Gildner, Yingri Guan and Erin Kuhn, were featured last Thursday in Noncommittal: A Prospective Glance #4. The annual art exhibit features the work of outstanding recent graduates from the Department of Visual Studies at the UB Art Gallery in the Center For the Arts. “I thought it was a phenomenal show,” said senior photography major Jeanette Chwan. “The work is way beyond student level. All of them.” An intersecting theme found throughout all of the artists’ work was the artistic portrayal of scientific phenomena, which were displayed in this exhibit in the form of horse anatomy, data visualization and astrology. Gildner’s work mainly consists of largescale drawings in charcoal and pastel. Her 10-square-foot piece, “The Young Trained Horse,” exudes a sense of calmness through its soft charcoal background while also emphasizing the strength and power of a black stallion with stark contrast and deep shading. Animals are an important aspect of Gildner’s life. Growing up next to a Native American reservation and her experience as a horse trainer exposed her to a lot of wildlife at a young age. Gildner’s intimate knowledge of animals has played a large influence on her work. Through her artwork, Gildner hopes to demonstrate her life as a horse trainer in an artistic manner. “Horse training can be gentle, natural, [calming] … it can be beautiful,” Gildner said. Guan found inspiration for her work in a National Geographic photograph. The photograph illustrated how oxygen and carbon dioxide bubbles trapped in ice were reservoirs of information about climate change over time. Guan decided to investigate further and used scientific data for her artistic work. One of Guan’s most intriguing pieces used different colored gels inside clear plastic tubes to illustrate the levels of carbon dioxide in an ice sample over a period of time. The colored gels were placed in the tubes by hand, a tedious process for the artist.


The vastly different works of artists Gildner, Guan and Kuhn can be viewed at the CFA Art Gallery until Feb. 23.

However, the color allows the viewer to understand Guan’s concept more clearly: the visual representation of scientific data through artistic and aesthetic means. In addition to her art degree, Guan also holds a degree in mathematics and she always looks to combine the two in her work. Guan’s mathematics degree has allowed her to deal with the perplexing data she uses in her artwork. Guan uses her artistic vision to interpret data in simple, artistic ways. For Guan, the pieces in the exhibition are a starting point for her ambition to become a mathematician-artist-designer. “Scientists work so hard to do research, but only a few people understand it … I’m just playing that middle role of translating [the data] visually,” Guan said. Kuhn’s work in the exhibit is deeply personal, which is reflected in her artist statement at the show. “Before I began sketching and planning [the project], I took a trip down memory lane to a childhood filled with abuse and neglect,” Kuhn said. In spite of her dark past, Kuhn portrays her work quite beautifully through drawings and sculptures with an astrological aesthetic. Kuhn’s most emotional pieces were her drawings that hid behind concealed cabinet doors. Mounted on a black wall, the cabinet doors open to images of a disheveled and injured child. Many of the child’s faces were hidden behind images of the moon, waxing and waning, to illustrate changing emotions

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that are felt in the life of an abused and neglected child. While the viewing experience can be painful, the artwork is beautiful and highly detailed, with each strand of hair drawn carefully and exact. Kuhn has used her artwork as a way to come to terms with her past. She uses the astrological imagery as a way to connect her emotions with something scientific. “I wanted to philosophize my being, [to know] that there’s a reason for this. There’s a reason why I am here for this,” Kuhn said. Kuhn also helps to reach out to others by showing such emotional pieces of work. “I want people to come in here and feel that their pain can be something beautiful … they can learn from all the pain, the hurt and the struggles,” Kuhn said. The work of the three artists drew a large crowd that appeared pleased with the students’ work. Kyle Cocina, a senior media study major, is familiar with the artists’ work. “To see when they were seniors and to see their work now, a year later … it’s a really great departure,” Cocina said. “To see their work evolve – it’s extremely impressive.” Noncommittal: A Prospective Glance #4 will be on view at the CFA until Feb. 23. Email:

Continued from page 1: UB receives $59,031 cancer research grant Alkalinizing therapy is considered an alternative cancer treatment offered as a substitute or addition to standard medical treatment such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Morrow wants to monitor tumors that are being treated with alkalinizing therapies, specifically using the new FDA-approved oral bicarbonate, which she hopes will lead to new insights into how it can be used as a less expensive anticancer treatment. The treatment intends to reduce metastasis – the growth of cancer throughout the body – and directly treat malignant tumors while minimizing possible negative side effects. Funding for the project is coming from the Cancer Detection and Diagnosis Research Program at the National Cancer Institute, which was established by Congress in 1937. It is now a part of the National Institute of Health and is one of the 11 agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of the main objectives of the institute is to conduct and support cancer research and circulate important information about detection and treatment of the illness. Higgins said he is thrilled he has been able to play a role in the continued effort to find a cure for cancer and recently testified in front of the Budget Committee in the House of Representatives advocating for an increased investment in cancer and biomedical research. “I’m here to urge you in the strongest possible terms to double the nation’s commitment to cancer research,” Higgins told the committee. “Funding for the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health are fundamentally important to tackling this disease that kills so many of our fellow Americans.” The congressman also stressed the importance of continuous, uninterrupted work on this endeavor. “In order to be successful, cancer research must be sustained over the long term,” Higgins said. “It doesn’t work when you stop and start. The only failure in cancer research is when you quit or you’re forced to quit because of lack of funding.” Higgins, a native of Buffalo, is grateful – like many others – that important work is happening within the community. The grant will support the cause of maintaining that work. Email:

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You're likely to get some advice today from someone who has been there before. It would be unwise of you to reject it out of hand. CANCER (June 21July 22) -- It's a good day to pick up the pace, turn up the heat and give it all you've got. Those around you have been waiting long enough! LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You've been feeling pressured to do things in a manner that doesn't come naturally to you -- but today you can settle into an acceptable routine. VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22) -- What seemed routine and even boring to you only yesterday is likely to be much more interesting and engaging today. Perspective is the key.

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Monday, January 28, 2013


Defensive intensity, controlled play lead Bulls to fourth conference victory

63 44 OWEN O’BRIEN Staff Writer After turning the ball over 31 times on Wednesday, the women’s basketball team needed a different demeanor on turnovers and defense on Saturday night. The Bulls (6-13, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) got it. Buffalo allowed a season-low 14 points in the first half and forced Western Michigan (6-13, 2-4 MAC) to turn the ball over 19 times in the Bulls’ 63-44 victory. Freshman forward Mackenzie Loesing led Buffalo with 15 points and center Christa Baccas recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. “After the last game, we came out with a fire,” Baccas said. “We wanted to recover from that. We worked hard on our defense in practice and knew what they were going to run. We wanted to make sure we could stop them and not let them do what they wanted to do.” The first half was a story of runs for both squads. The Bulls jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after baskets from four different players, but Western Michigan responded right away with a 12-0 run of their own over the next six minutes. The Broncos’ stretch of offense came to a screeching halt after they led 12-9 with a little over 10 minutes remaining. The Bulls scored baskets on their next four posses-

sions, which sparked a 19-2 run to end the half, giving them a 28-14 lead. Head coach Felisha Legette-Jack credited the Bulls’ first half scoring runs to the defense. “Our goal was to lock in on defense and they did a good job,” Legette-Jack said. “They talked to each other, took chances, missed them and their other teammates were there to back them up.” The Bulls maintained their lead throughout the second half and the Broncos never came within 13 points for the remainder of the game. Their defense held the Broncos to shoot just 24.6 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from behind the arc. In the Bulls’ four wins in conference play, they are allowing a stingy 46.8 points per game. “It was embarrassing the way we played the game before, but you have two choices,” Legette-Jack said. “Either drop your head or you change. And we changed.” A dramatic change came in the turnover department. The Bulls nearly cut their turnovers in half on Saturday as they gave the ball away just 16 times. Sophomore forward Kristen Sharkey continued to haul in rebounds. She had nine points and 10 boards, giving her 34 rebounds in her past three games. Junior guard Margeaux Gupilan chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Cherridy Thornton was the third Bull to reach double figures, adding 11 points off the bench. Six of the Bulls’ next eight games will come on the road. “It is a big deal for us to come back even stronger than we were,” Baccas said. “The three-game win streak didn’t mean anything. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day.” The Bulls will now travel to Miami Ohio (12-6, 4-1 MAC) for a Thursday afternoon meeting. Game time is set for 12 p.m. Email:


Nicki Hopkins (5) played a career-high 40 minutes as the Bulls beat Western Michigan 63-44 in conference play on Saturday.

Numbers never lie

An in-depth look at the budget behind the UB Athletics department BEN TARHAN Sports Editor UB has a huge financial undertaking every year. The school’s administration consistently has to deal with huge figures and find a way to give students the most for their money while saving for the future. Balancing the athletic budget is a huge part of that. In the 2011-12 academic year, the school made $1 billion and spent $870.8 million. Athletics alone accounted for $27.5 million in revenue and expenses, breaking even by only $2,000. Although the breakdown of that money can look daunting, The Spectrum will be running a series of articles on the athletic budget to help you better understand where the money that runs varsity teams comes from and goes. All numbers below are from the 2011-12 academic year unless otherwise noted. Football Despite the football team’s lackluster 2011 season, it still led all sports in ticket sales. The squad raked in $776,597, almost $600,000 higher than the next highest total. Student tickets are not counted in that number because they are given to students as a part of their student fees.

Other numbers include: $1.2 million from student fees (the athletic fee seen on your bill) $1 million from participation in away games $31,755 “directly from individuals, corporations, associations, foundations, clubs or other organizations that are designated, restricted or unrestricted by the donor for the operation of the athletics program.” This number includes “dealer-provided automobiles, apparel and soft-drink products for use by staff and team.” $2.5 million in direct institutional support $70,876 from revenue of game programs, novelties, food, other concessions and parking revenues $206,733 from “corporate sponsorships, licensing, sales of advertisements, trademarks and royalties” $7,196 from sports camps and clinics The total operating revenue for the football team adds up to $6 million while total expenses add up to $5.9 million. The football team made just $21,025 in the 2011 season. The football team splits $1.2 million between 12 coaches: $338,000 for head coach Jeff Quinn and $901,738 for 11 assistant coaches.

Men’s and women’s basketball The men’s basketball team makes the most money out of ticket sales for any team besides football, while women’s basketball leads all women’s sports. The men’s team received $191,610 in ticket sales in 2011-12 while the women received $85,345. Student fees: Men – $235,437 Women – $624,734 Revenue from away games: Men – $147,453 Women – $48,000 Contributions from individuals: Men – $8,782 Women – $0 Direct Institutional support: Men – $577,748 Women – $313,349 Concessions and parking: Men – $11,847 Women – $4,817 Royalties, licensing, advertisements and sponsorships: Men – $118,694 Women – $118,694 Sports camp revenues: Men – $43,133 Women – $5,987 Total operating revenue: Men – $1.4 million Women – $1.2 million Coaching salaries:

Men – $518,146 for four coaches. ($269,605 for head coach Reggie Witherspoon, $248,541 for three assistants.) Women – $352,459 for four coaches ($160,814 for former head coach Linda HillMacDonald, $191,645 for three assistants) Other notable numbers Revenue: Total ticket sale revenue – $1 million Student fees – $7.8 million Direct institutional support – $10.2 million NCAA/Conference distributions – $1.6 million Expenses Athletic student aid – $6.3 million The average cost of a full athletic grant for an in-state student is $18,747, while the average cost for an out-of-state student is $27,527. In-state grants are $2,875 less then full tuition, while out-of-state grants are $1,669. Coaching salaries – $3.7 million Coaching compensation paid by a third party – $158,325 Support staff/administrative salaries – $4.4 million Continued on page 6

Zipped then Zapped

Bulls watch first-half lead, upset bid disappear in conference loss JOE KONZE JR. Senior Sports Editor The men’s basketball team was on the brink of spoiling a 10-game winning streak and undefeated home record as Buffalo traveled to Akron on Saturday night, but an ice-cold second half halted the Bulls’ magic. The Bulls (7-13, 2-4 Mid-American Conference) watched a 20-point

lead evaporate in a hurry as they suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Zips (15-4, 6-0 MAC), 68-64. Buffalo jumped out to an early 30-10 lead with nine minutes to go in the first half, sinking their first nine shots from the field. However, the scorching offense cooled off as the Zips went on a 21-7 run to end the first half and cut the lead to 37-31. Nick Harney drained a three with 13 minutes left to ignite a 19-0 run to claim the Akron lead for good. Despite the disappointing loss, freshman point guard Jarryn Skeete continued to penetrate the defenses of conference opponents and finished the game with a career-high 19

points and five assists. “[Skeete] is growing,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “He’s getting there. You’re going to have your ups and downs. There are some things that we wanted to run that we can’t really run because we have so many new guys. Guys like [senior guard Tony Watson] are looking around saying ‘let’s run this’ or ‘let’s run that,’ and I said ‘[there] is some stuff they don’t know.’” Sophomore Will Regan knocked down a three to open up the second half as Buffalo jumpstarted a 14-6 run to regain momentum, but Akron would not back down. The Zips’ late switch to zone defense left the Bulls looking puzzled.

“[Akron] has not played this much zone and we have a lot of work to do with our approach and attack to the zone,” Witherspoon said. “We are just starting to get a little better with it man to man ... We have to get better.” Akron shot 16.7 percent from threepoint range in the first half but shot 54.5 percent in the second. At one point in the second half, the Zips held the Bulls scoreless for six minutes. Junior forward Javon McCrea, who scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards, was held to 3-for-11 shooting from the field. Continued on page 6

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The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. January 28, 2012