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SBI Health Education offers support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month ELVA AGUILAR Staff Writer
Take Back the Night began as an attempt to recognize the fear and anxiety that women face when they walk alone at night. UB’s SBI Health Education is hosting its annual Take Back the Night event to spread awareness and prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse. The theme for October’s
Harvard. NYU. Yale. This is the company that UB was associated with when national doctoral program rankings were released. A total of 34 UB programs were included in a study conducted by the National Research Council (NRC). This year, the NRC categorized programs in certain ranges and percentiles rather than with a vague numerical system. Many of UB’s doctorate programs have received high distinction in these rankings. The rankings were split into “S” and “R” designations. “S” refers to survey-based
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is empowerment. Take Back the Night is a campus and community-wide event that offers support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. According to SBI Health Education Assistant Director Nicole Sweeney, the event is a tradition celebrated internationally by organizations and schools since its launch • see NIGHT | page 2
rankings, which required program faculty to rate the importance of their individual program’s characteristics. The “R” rankings were formulaic and regression based, using analyses of 19 to 20 specific criteria for each program. The American studies doctorate program received high rankings alongside Ivy League universities in the “R” category. Also placing highly in the top quartile of the “R” system were communication, geography, aerospace engineering, comparative literature, civil engineering, chemical engineering and linguistics. N RC’s comprehensive report can be used in a number of ways. Students • see RANKINGS | page 6
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The Buffalo Bar Crawl will give Buffalonians and local students the chance to visit over 20 Chippewa venues without the additional cover charge.
10 BUCKS, 20 BARS KATIE MERTENS Staff Writer
Friday, the sixth biannual bar crawl will bring countless Buffalonians to Chippewa Street, known for its plethora of clubs and bars. From 8 p.m. until 3 a.m., $10 will give participants access to over 20 different venues without an additional cover charge. Bars will also feature $2 to $3 drink specials. The registration fee will also provide the estimated 4,000 participants with a beer stein and a scorecard to keep track of what bars they enter. Everyone who makes it to all 20 bars will receive a free T-shirt.
Although everyone is encouraged to try some of the drinks offered, drinking is optional and is not required to obtain the free shirt. People simply have to enter the bar in order to get scorecards stamped. Peter Altholz, UB alumnus and CEO of Best of Buffalo Promotions, accredits his years at UB as an important tool in preparing him to plan events like the bar crawl. “My experience at UB allowed me to cultivate the event production and promotional skills that I learned in high school and take it to the • see BAR CRAWL | page 6
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The Merchants of Bollywood showcased dazzling outfits and spectacular dance numbers that were executed to perfection.
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“The Ocean isn’t just rocks and water …It’s Alive!”
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under water world a nd more than 400 expeditions worldwide, Earle continues to explore the unknown 95 percent of the ocean. While 250,000 species of ocean life have been named and researched to date, Earle estimates that there are likely over 10 million living together in the deep blue sea. • see EARLE | page 4
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Mary Alice Coffroth, a professor of geolocical sciences, is researching ways that reefs can recover from bleaching
Evidence mounts on coral reef extinction Staff Writer
Bollywood has finally arrived in Buffalo, and it has brought its world famous art and spectacle. On Tuesday, UB’s Center For The Arts presented the international hit The Merchants of Bollywood in the Mainstage Theater. Directed by Tony Gough and featuring over 20 performers and dancers, the Bolly wood musical lives up to its reputation by creating a visually compelling and exhilarating performance. Founded in Mumbai, India, Bollywood is one of the world’s largest producers
Sylvia Earle, affectionately known as “Her Deepness,” enriched Alumni Arena’s stage for UB’s second Distinguished Speaker Series event of the school year on Wednesday night. Hailed as one of the greatest American oceanographers, Earle was the first woman to be named the chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1990, and in 1998, she was named Time Magazine’s first ever “Hero for the Planet.” Earle is an accomplished aquanaut, who holds the record for the deepest women’s solo dive. She also co-founded Deep Ocean Engineering Inc. and was recently instrumental in adding a new ocean display feature in Google Earth 5.0. Currently logg ing over 6,000 hours in the
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Protecting the blue heart of the planet KATIE ALLEN
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According to the results of a recent UB experiment, the future of the ocean’s coral reefs is uncertain, and the beauty of the ocean floor is not the only thing in danger. Mary Alice Coffroth, professor of geological sciences, has conducted a study focused on the question of whether coral reefs would be able to adapt to rising sea temperatures caused by global warming and live on in the future. Coffroth and her collaborators are looking for possible natural solutions to coral bleaching, the process by which coral reefs lose all of the algae they carry. Coral bleaching is a common consequence of increased water temperature. Because coral reefs and the algae they carry are traditionally thought to be arts & life — 5
dependent on each other for survival, Coffroth has investigated possible ways that coral reefs could naturally recover from bleaching. Two such recovery options were explored. The first possibility considered that corals would be able to replace the algae lost to the bleaching process through the reproduction of algal symbionts remaining in their tissues. The second considered whether corals could acquire new, different algal species from the environment after bleaching. The experiment consisted of collecting various types of coral reef samples from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. After the researchers had bleached the samples by increasing the water temperature, they tested them to see if they took up new forms of algae.
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Best in the West? The San Francisco 49ers were everybody’s sexy preseason pick. With fiery coach Mike Singletary at the helm, an aggressive defense featuring linebacker Patrick Willis, a high-powered running game led by Frank Gore and offseason addition
Brian Westbrook, and downfield threats Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, the 49ers looked like they would trample over the rest of the weak NFC West and make the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Right now, though, they are one of only three winless teams in the NFL, sitting at 0-5 after Sunday night’s loss to the Eagles. Crazily enough, 49ers owner Jed York sent a text message to ESPN the following morning, which read, “We’re going
to win the division.” You know what’s even crazier? I believe him. It really wouldn’t be all that miraculous – just look at the remainder of the 49ers’ schedule. Their remaining non-division opponents include Oakland, winless Carolina and Denver, and they have only played one division game so far (Week 1 versus Seattle). The best cure for a 0-5 record? Two games against Arizona, two games against St. Louis, and a grudge match against the Seahawks, who surprised the Niners with a beatdown in the opener. Sure, the Cardinals made the playoffs last year, but their quarterback is Max Hall. Who, you ask? Exactly. And though rookie Sam Bradford
has been somewhat impressive at quarterback for the Rams, he and his squad did just get beaten 44-6 by Detroit. Additionally, it’s not like the 49ers have been getting blown out by everyone they’ve played. They’ve lost three of their five games by a combined eight points. If not for a last-minute drive by Drew Brees and the defending champion New Orleans Saints, a fluke of a play by Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons, and five turnovers against the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco could very well be 3-2. Those excuses might be enough for fans and media, but they won’t help the team dig itself out of the 0-5 hole. Turnovers have been a problem for the 49ers in almost every game, and the team needs to take care of the ball for York’s prediction to have any hope of coming true. The fact that York could be right is almost frightening – we might see
a team with a losing record make the playoffs for the first time ever. Teams with an 8-8 record have reached the postseason eight times, but we have never seen a sub-.500 team accomplish that feat. In 2008, the New England Patriots missed the playoffs with an 11-5 record. And now in 2010, a team might get in with only seven wins? It might be time for the NFL to reconsider its structure. The NFC West is 7-12 combined right now. Six of the remaining seven divisions are either 9-9, 10-9, or 9-10, and the AFC South is 12-8. Every year, the NFC West seems to be the worst division in football, which raises two questions: 1. Is it really that crazy to think that the 49ers could still win the division? 2. Can the Buffalo Bills join? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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in Philadelphia in October of 1975. According to the national Take Back the Night website, citizens of Philadelphia rallied together after the murder of Susan Alexander Speeth, a young microbiologist who was stabbed by a stranger a block from her home while walking alone at night. The event reached over 2,000 women, representing 40 countries, in its first year, hosted in the streets of Philadelphia in 1975 and in Brussels in 1976. Each organization chooses how it wants to plan its respective event. “There’s not a script as to how Take Back the Night needs to look, because it means so many things to different people,” said Jane Fischer, SBI Health Education director. Some organizations plan their event in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. However, UB chose to host the event during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “Statistics show one in four college women are sexually assaulted in their college career,” Sweeney said. “It happens a lot; however, it’s not reported.” The official opening event for Take Back the Night began on
Wednesday with a showing of the documentary “Finding Angela Shelton.” The story follows director Angela Shelton on her journey to find women with her name who coincidentally share the same experiences of abuse that plagued her childhood. The official UB Take Back the Night event will take place on Wednesday at 105 Harriman Hall on South Campus at 6 p.m. The event will feature the Royal Pitches, UB’s women’s a cappella group, who will perform songs exclusively for the event. Katelyn Murray, president of UB’s Domestic Violence Task Force, will be the featured speaker of Take Back the Night. Once the festivities end, the microphone will then be turned to the audience, and anyone affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse is welcome to “speak out.” The “speak out” portion of the event becomes the most intimate and powerful part of the night, according to many attendees. SBI Health Education hopes that silent victims will realize that it is never too late to address their incidents. According to the Dating Violence Resource Center website, 88 percent of victims of sexual abuse report the violence to a friend, but only 20 percent report the incident to the
police. “[The speak out] is any words of support, concern, empowerment especially, about reclaiming nonviolence in relationships and ending sexual violence and anything in the culture that feeds sexual violence,” Fischer said. Kristina Onishchuk, a sophomore legal studies major, believes that high profile cases of domestic violence among celebrities have helped bring awareness to the issue. However, the frequency of domestic violence does not justify the crime. “It’s not acceptable under any circumstances,” Onishchuk said. “Problems should be discussed through words, not through violence.” The centerpiece event of Take Back the Night is a candlelit march down Main Street led by UB’s Korean Folk Art Club drumming group. “A lot of people light candles,” Fischer said. “The darkness represents shame or the fear and the candle shines through.” All attendees are encouraged to wear purple in an effort to “Go Violent Against Violence” on Wednesday. E-mail: email@example.com
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The five-week observation period after bleaching showed that most of the coral reefs did not acquire new algae. In the few cases where that did happen, the algae were gone in two weeks, leading the researchers to hypothesize that newly acquired algal species are incapable of being maintained by coral. This obstacle to the survival of coral reefs could have drastic environmental consequences. Apart from their contribution to underwater beauty, corals serve as an important food source for sea animals and form protection for the shoreline as barriers against natural disasters. “They also contain a lot of organisms that we haven’t explored that could be very important in medical research,” Coffroth said. “There have been a lot of anti-cancer drugs that have been produced from marine organisms.” According to Coffroth, the effects of coral extinction would be felt by the ecosystems where coral
exists and the economies of nations around the globe. “A lot of these small nations [in the Caribbean] solely depend on the reefs for a food source and for income,” Coffroth said. “They provide protection from surges in coastal areas such as Florida and Hawaii and are economically important as a fishery’s resource and a tourism destination.” The next step in the scientific process is for Coffroth’s experiment to be repeated and retested by others in the scientific community. In the meantime, UB researchers have teamed up with the Aquarium of Niagara in hopes of receiving a Pepsi Refresh grant to create a living coral reef exhibit that will educate children of all ages. Dan Arcara, supervisor of exhibits at the Aquarium of Niagara, expressed his hope that the exhibit would spark increased awareness about the importance of the coral reefs. “Coral reefs are comparable to rain forests,” Arcara said. “They are just as important to the environment as rain forests; they are their
underwater counterpart.” Arcara’s vision for the new exhibit includes an interactive 800-gallon tank that would feature soft and hard coral and a variety of indigenous fish. For the researchers to obtain the grant, the proposal for the new exhibit must receive enough votes to put it in the top 10 of all the projects being considered. “The most important thing is to get people to vote every single day to help get us to the top ten so we are guaranteed a grant,” Arcara said. “It’s very important [to have this exhibit], because the reefs are in serious danger of disappearing in the next 50 years.” To help the effort to get votes into the petition, send a text to 73774 with 102344 in the body of the text. Also, anyone can vote online by going to www.refresheverything. com and searching for Niagara. Additional reporting by Amanda Jonas, Asst. News Editor E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Paladino’s opinions on homosexuals turn heads
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Unapologetic fighting words burden his campaign
In the realm of current political gaffes, Joe Biden takes a big bite of the pie, having most notoriously told a man in a wheelchair to stand up and take a bow while he spoke publicly on the campaign trail with President Obama. But Carl Paladino’s comments on homosexuality, made earlier this week in response to fellow gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo participating in a gay pride parade with his family, seem to go beyond something that we can simply set aside as a campaign hiccup. As an editorial board, we would like to believe that his remarks were brash efforts to accommodate the politics of a conservative group of Orthodox Jewish leaders. In other words, we think Paladino simply said what a conservative constituency wanted to hear in order to gain their confidence. On the 2010 campaign trail for New York governor, Paladino has certainly taken the foreground with his loquacious public behavior, riling up New Yorkers to promote change in Albany. Retaining an energetic fighter for a Republican New York is like choosing the big kid to play on your ailing kickball team. But many Republicans are now scratching their brows and shaking their heads at the mounting collection of the candidate’s inexcusable public bloopers, as much of the registered right wing wants the chance to vote Lazio again. And in a year during which Republicans have witnessed a reasonable conservative revival and promising numbers from right-leaning moderates, disappointment stems from their current candidate’s inability to publicly
handle socio-political issues with tact. Entertaining the opinions of a small crowd while speaking on the record nationally was where Paladino made the mistake of roguishly condemning an important social group of New Yorkers. Some may try to call it politicking, but there is a line. Consider if a candidate for New York governor addressed a group of white supremacists and admitted agreement with their bigotry in the presence of the press. It just shouldn’t happen. In other words, we must hold Paladino accountable for his compulsive statements, as this gaffe adds weight to his heavy stock of shortsighted public statements. Arguably, performers at gay pride parades display themselves in ways that may be inappropriate for young children to see. And it might have seemed radical to a conservative that Andrew Cuomo would bring his two young daughters to a parade that risks visual contact with male near-nudity. Still, concluding that proponents of gay rights have been “brainwashed” is not the best way for a prospective New York governor to win confidence. Though it may be extreme to claim that Carl Paladino hates homosexuals, he has certainly helped to plant the seed of doubt, and many New Yorkers have lost enthusiasm for Paladino’s ability to handle political discrepancies diplomatically.
Wind power turbines too noisy for sensitive ears Opponents place lucrative resource second to their comfort
As many countries scramble to find a plausible solution to the global energy crisis, many individuals across the United States find themselves unable to deal with the side effects of renewable energy resources and their means of production. A popular form of renewable energy, wind farming, seems detrimental only to those who live in proximity to the insistent hum of the turbines and within eyeshot of offshore wind farms. Though only measured at a noise level just above that of a humming refrigerator, wind-power turbines often frustrate residents of rural areas that have agreed to host wind-power facilities, as many of the dissenting voices claim that the turbines mar the otherwise natural vista and that the noise disrupts the area’s otherwise noiseless tranquility. To city residents, such an enthusiastically negative reaction to a little bit of white noise seems absurd, as main road residents train themselves to sleep through fire truck sirens and street sweepers. As Buffalo student residents, we scratch our heads at such curious opposition to something that is much quieter than the constant drone of city noise. With the environmental benefits of wind energy far outweighing the drawbacks of its minimal emissions, noise and visual appeal should be non-factors, and dissenting voices should save their wind. It is foreseeable that wind turbines will become, one day, like lighthouses, which have lost most of their practical use, and exist mostly for their aesthetic charm. The modern turbine design is not ugly,
and in a relatively young environmental enterprise, it is not unreasonable to expect advances in the prototypal design. Understandably, an oceanfront view from a beach house on the Cape probably looks better without a series of giant pinwheels grinding clockwise over the horizon, but conventional means of producing electricity via fossil fuels are on their way out, and it is important that we all make sacrifices for the greater good of the next generation. Not all residents in earshot of the noise consider it a nuisance, as it sometimes rarely raises itself above the sound of the gusting wind or the crash of the ocean at high tide. Some even welcome the turbines, as they claim to enjoy lower energy costs and new area business endeavors. Many recognize that wind power is constantly building a new and lucrative economy, in which environmental sciences, environmental law and engineering will all have a stake in the ultimate prize. They are the true team players. Aesthetic appeal holds little basis under the shadow of necessity, and as the demand for energy remains steady and resources continue their constant depletion, our collective need for renewable wind energy comes second to an individual’s Nantucket ocean view.
Texting ruining relationships When was the last time you were able to go through a day and not touch your cell phone or have someone text message you about absolutely nothing? In today’s society, cell phones are attached to consumers’ hips and sometimes even their hands. They are the go-to device for the average person and serve as the instrument used to connect to the rest of the world. With all of that being said, cell phones, text messaging and even BBMing –BlackBerry Messaging – have brought relationships with others to a whole new level.
And that isn’t a good thing. Sure, it’s great to have instant contact with group members when you have an assignment due, and yes, it’s convenient to get e-mails straight to your phone when you’re waiting on a response from a teacher or employer. But I draw the line there. Girlfriends and boyfriends who know that their significant others are able to receive messages all the time relentlessly try to stay in contact. They send messages all the time, eagerly awaiting a response to satisfy their need to know what their loved one is doing at that exact time.
This, however, is not how it’s supposed to work. I would say “back in the day,” but it wasn’t even more than a decade ago that instant-conversations weren’t taken for granted. People didn’t always have cell phones within arm’s reach, and locating a person took far more effort than a text message. Thanks to technology, what should be a quick conversation now turns into an hour-long texting frenzy simply because people need to feel connected at all times. BlackBerry may in fact be the biggest culprit. In a BBM conversation – which is much
Now 25 percent less evil Wal-Mart is probably the most polarizing corporation in America. Some people love it for the low prices and the simple fact that you can buy just about anything you want there. Other people have much more negative opinions of the department store conglomerate. Over the years, Wal-Mart has been criticized for just about everything, from destroying small town businesses to paying workers low wages to building a store two miles away from an ancient pyramid in Mexico. As all of this has been going on, Wal-Mart has done very little to help its reputation. After all, for the most part, it didn’t need to. People still buy items from Wal-Mart in droves, so, no matter how many people protest it, Wal-Mart probably doesn’t have to worry about losing customers. Luckily, that hasn’t stopped the corporation from making a welcome change to their policy. On Thursday, Wal-Mart announced a new sustainable agricultural policy that will attempt to increase the income of medium-sized farmers by 10 to 15 percent. Wal-Mart will also be providing training to one million farmers – half of whom will be women – and buying $1 billion worth of produce from these farmers by 2015. Why is this important? Well, for one, it’s the first time Wal-Mart has shown something resembling a conscience. No matter how many people ripped it to shreds for its poor treatment of employees and elimination of small business owners, it did nothing to change that perception. As long as the masses were still coming in to buy cheap merchandise, Wal-Mart didn’t seem to care that it was perceived as evil. Wal-Mart has effectively changed that with this new plan. For the first time ever it is reaching out to small businesses and trying to make life better for the “little man.” It doesn’t fix all of the problems, but it does show that Wal-Mart isn’t entirely heartless and evil. This could do wonders for improving the company’s reputation. Many people simply refuse to shop at WalMart due to its problematic promises. Among them is my mother, who has steadfastly avoided it ever since it popped up in Cheektowaga a while back. She prefers to shop at the Target or K-Mart stores that also populate that stretch of Walden Avenue. Maybe now that Wal-Mart is making an attempt to help struggling farmers and using its standing in the industry to help those who can’t help themselves, people like my mother will have a more favorable view. I suspect she’s not the only person to boycott Wal-Mart, and if the company sends out the message that it is on the side of small businesses, it could get a lot of those people to start shopping there. As a result, their already large empire would expand. The corporation is still far from perfect. Its hiring practices still frequently come into question, and not everyone will be able to look past that. Still, for a corporation widely known as being evil, this is an excellent start. E-mail: email@example.com
like an AOL instant message – the sender is able to see when the receiver gets the message and also when the message is read. Some people take it as a personal attack when they see that the other person has read their message but did not respond within an acceptable amount of time. “[People] need to know where you are 24/7, and the personal space that used to exist in relationships has been hindered by instant communication,” said Danielle Schwartz, a senior business major. “It doesn’t make it personal.” Furthermore, I hate it when I’m in an in-person conversation and the other person is busy texting someone else. Not only is it impolite, but it’s insulting, too. Does my friend want to be at the dinner
table with us, or would he rather keep staring down at his phone while his fingers move at a rapid pace just to continue fighting with his girlfriend all day long? Fifteen years ago he would have had the fight with his girlfriend, left upset, but been able to go about the rest of his day without continuing the pointless argument through text messages. The breathing room may have even allowed both of them to cool off before acting irrationally. Next time you think about blowing up your boyfriend or girlfriend’s phone, take a second, sit back and say to yourself, “Is this a worthy conversation to start, or am I going to look like an obsessive partner?” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Today, Earle serves as an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society and serves on the board of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute. Senior Life Editor Katie Allen was granted an exclusive interview with Earle. KA: What sparked your interest in the ocean that generated all your lifetime successes and accomplishments? SE: I found my love for the ocean
when I was just a little kid on the beaches of Southern New Jersey. It was life in the ocean that really excited me. I love the sensation and power of the waves; one knocked me over when I was just three years old. It was frightening at first, but then when I realized that I could get to my feet and step out of it, I thought it was really fun. I think throughout my entire life, the fact that my parents allowed me the freedom to wander and explore, what kids should be Call for Low Low Rates!!
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next ones to come in my future. I’m always excited to go to some place I’ve never been before and that is pretty easy because 95 percent of the ocean has never been seen at all by anybody, let alone by me. So there is a lot of ocean yet to be explored and I really look forward to filling in some blanks for myself and for the world. But I do like going back to places like the Gulf of Mexico, Dominica, Bermuda and the Galapagos, to name a few. Diving in a place repeatedly gives perspective compared to just diving it once. Currently only five percent of the ocean has been seen and explored; we haven’t even begun to dive into the mud or the water column itself, where most of the life actually is. It is a drastic understatement to say that only one million species inhabit the water of our world. I estimate that there are closer to ten million species out in our planet’s waters. I have a friend that dives in the circle twilight zone at about 300-500 feet down, and he finds, on the average, fifteen new species of fish per hour. On one hand it is amazing. On the other, it represents a world undiscovered, an area too shallow for submarines to go but too deep for divers to consistently dive. The result has basically been ignored and unexplored territory.
all my goals. Every so often, 10 or 15 more always pop up in my mind... I want to try and encourage... to treat the natural world with respect and dignity, because if people can do that, then they will start to treat one another with respect and dignity. I, of course, want what everybody else wants: world peace. We can’t do that unless we make peace with the natural world. We haven’t made peace with the natural world. Water is in short supply, food is coming in short supply and food is gone. People are desperate, they are hungry, and that is where conflicts occur. Think about where wars do occur and what they occur about. It’s about things you need to survive. One of the great miracles I became aware [of is] that every fish is different. No fish is the same, every freckle is different, every shape and size. I challenge one to see a Parrot fish and find a same in the same species. You won’t [think] the diversity of life is unreal. All the fish are behaviorally different as well. If you think about it, [humans] are a lot like fish. We are all one species, but not one of us is the same. I do have hope for world peace, but we must start by knowing that natural systems keep us alive. We are losing species before we can identify and explore them. We must remember that our mind and spirit gives us an edge, not just intellectual ability – it’s our will.
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of cinema today, turning out well over 100 films per year. That growing industry provides the basis for the play. The Merchants of Bollywood is famous for its energetic and opulent dance numbers, sets and costumes, which enhance a plot that is rudimentary at certain points. It showcases the traditional Indian style of dance, known as Kathak. The Merchants of Bollywood sets out to explore the deep history of this Indian art form. The plot focuses on Ayesha Merchant, granddaughter to legendary choreographer Shantilal Merchant, and her dream of following in her grandfather’s footsteps. Ayesha, portrayed by Carol Furtado, must seek redemption from her grandfather for entering into a career that he believes has become a commercial wasteland. He believes that Bollywood has become devoid of the traditional aesthetic, beliefs and honor that he perpetuated in his famous films. After leaving home to start her career, Ayesha also becomes disappointed with the modern state of Bollywood and decries the fact that those days will never come back. After tragedy falls on the Merchant family, Ayesha sets out to reform Bollywood and pay homage to Shantilal by using the same beliefs that he saw as the most important aspects of the art form. There are some very interesting concepts floating around in the play, including the idea that Bollywood is not just a cheap imitation of Hollywood but rather something integral to Indian culture. Since the
performance is a musical equipped with Bollywood-style dancing, these ideas are sometimes relegated to the background. The performance was comprised of over 20 expertly choreographed dance numbers, and all the dancers moved in complete synchronicity. The intricate wardrobe choices amplified the dances’ effect; upwards of 16 dancers, each moving rapidly on stage with precise control and execution and wearing sparkling costumes, created an almost surreal atmosphere. In short, moments such as these were breathtaking. Linet te Ga rcia , a jun ior undecided major, thought the performance was outstanding and praised how energetic the performers were. Garcia said that it left her interested in pursuing classes in the city that teaches the Kathak style of dance. The dancers were the centerpieces of the show; the stage design and props took a back seat. The only set pieces ever to appear on stage were an elevated platform and a large statue of the deity Shiva. Other than that, the set was surprisingly dull, and this was not by accident. The dancers themselves, and how they expressed Indian heritage, were most important. By showing the city of Buffalo a new cultural insight that some residents of the city may have never experienced before, The Merchants of Bollywood provided an invigorating experience to many.
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Konami’s history of lukewarm, “almost got it” failures changes with the triumphant release of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Anyone who has paid attention to video games in the past 23 years has heard of Konami’s venerated action/ adventure series Castlevania. The series’ first release hit the NES in 1987, and sequels have been pleasing gamers ever since with their signature 2-D, side-scrolling action and dark, gothic fantasy settings. While many of Castlevania’s oldschool 2-D peers smoothly made the transition to 3-D, its own outings in the third dimension have, until recently, failed to capture the adventurous vampire-slaying spirit of their side-scrolling brethren. Lords of Shadow is a third-person action/adventure title in the vein of games like God of War and Devil May Cry. Whereas Kratos of God of War has his Blades of Chaos and Dante of Devil May Cry his Rebellion Sword, Gabriel Belmont, the protagonist in Lords of Shadow, has his own signature weapon: the Combat Cross. The weapon, also known as Vampire Killer, is a brutal chain-whip that brings back fond memories for fans of the series. With it, Gabriel can lash out from great distances, unleashing destructive combos, devastating heavy hits, gravitydefying air juggles and satisfying grabs that often end gruesomely for his demonic foes. Thanks to the ability to unlock new combos for the Combat Cross, obtain new powers and find a variety of side arms throughout the game, combat rarely feels stale. Throw in an impressive variety of enemies that range from werewolves, vampires,
In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, players guide Gabriel Belmont in destroying an unstoppable evil.
and zombies to towering monstrosities the size of skyscrapers, and the result is a triple-A action title worthy of standing side-by-side with the blockbuster titles that developer MercurySteam takes inspiration from. With that being said, Castlevania has never been solely about combating the evil spawn of hell, and Lords of Shadow is no exception. The game paces itself expertly with brain-teasing puzzles, heavy doses of exploration, and platforming gameplay between the action. The puzzles provide plenty of “A-ha!” moments once finally solved. Exploration and platforming have always been integral parts of Castlevania, and Lords of Shadow is easily the best 3-D translation of the series. While the levels themselves are fairly linear, the game rewards players for going back to explore previously unreachable areas with newly obtained powers, offering replay value not found in similar games. All of that exploration wouldn’t be fun if the levels weren’t interesting to look at and navigate.
Thankfully, Lords of Shadow’s art style is second to none. The wide variety of stunning vistas will simply blow away players with aweinspiring detail, and the deep, dark dungeons will leave players shaking in their boots. The platforming gameplay sends Gabriel swinging over deadly pits using the Combat Cross as a grappling hook, frantically climbing along narrow ledges and making desperate leaps to safety as decaying structures crumble away beneath his grip. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is an action romp that will satisfy both longtime fans of the series and newcomers looking for an epic, dark and brutal gaming experience. The game combines tight combat and solid platforming exploration with amazing visuals and a gothic-fantasy story voiced by an all-star cast, including Robert Carlyle (Stargate Universe) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Hamlet). The result is a world-class game worthy of the esteemed legacy of Castlevania. E-mail: email@example.com
Darlene Volmy may love wearing heels, donning a beautiful evening gown and dreaming of sparkling crowns, but there’s more to pageants than the glitz and glam for this junior exercise science major. In August, Volmy competed against 250 other young women for the title of Miss New York in the National American Miss competition, and she received the crown. “I was so shocked when I won,” Volmy said. “In all of the photos my mom took of me I’m just crying and overjoyed.” The competition involved participating in an opening number, giving a personal introduction, answering an interview question, performing a talent, showing physical fitness, and demonstrating poise in an evening gown. Contestants are also expected to be involved in their communities and set an example for others. Volmy has volunteered with Upstate New York Transplant Services, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Erie Niagara Area Health and Education Center. Most recently, she has volunteered at Buffalo General Hospital and has been invited to give a speech at the Boys and Girls Club on self-esteem and self-confidence. “I spend about 10 to 15 hours volunteering a week,” Volmy said. “It is possible… to go to college, to have a social life, and to be a pageant girl. With hard work and determination, anything’s possible.” Volmy, who has been participating in pageants since she was four years old, disagrees with the pageant culture presented by TV shows such as Toddlers and Tiaras. “I think it makes little girls grow up too fast, and that’s why people have a negative connotation
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Darlene Volmy of pageants,” Volmy said. “The pageants I participated in encourage contestants to stay in school and do better for ourselves. Beauty fades away and education is something no one can ever take away from you.” Volmy feels that she is prematurely judged when people learn she participates in pageants. “The pageants I do prepare you for the real world. I show people my beauty, intellect, and set a good example by being involved in the community,” Volmy said. “I wish people could understand there are certain pageants I think are bad and others that actually empower young girls to believe in themselves. They’re worth it.” Volmy’s brother, David, a sophomore occupational therapy major with a specialty in orthopedics, agrees that there is a negative stereotype surrounding pageants. “I think people believe pageant contestants are dumb and ditzy,” David Volmy said. “[My sister] graduated in the top percentile of her graduating class of 2008 with high honors and still manages to maintain an outstanding GPA [at UB].” Darlene Volmy will be competing in November in Anaheim, Calif. against the other 49 state winners for the title of National American Miss. • see VOLOMY | page 6
Weekend in Buffalo Who: James Twigg | What: Pat Metheny When: Saturday, 8 p.m. | Where: CFA
Why: This Grammy-award-winning jazz guitarist is sure to provide UB with one of the best shows in a long time. Who: Nick Pino | What: Buffalo Comicon
When: Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Where: The Marriott
Why: Local artists, special guests, graphic novels and action figures galore. Avengers assemble!
Kid Hates the Raiders This child’s tears are the product of years of conditioning – he likes a terrible NFL team.
Koopa Gets a Star Invincibility is a blessing and a curse. Mario gets the last laugh.
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This is what happens when they cancel Jimmy Neutron. The lesson here is not to mess with a redhead; you never know when they’re packing heat.
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Who: John Connelly | What: Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. | Where: HSBC Arena
Why: The Sabres haven’t gotten off to the greatest start at 1-2-1, but maybe they can turn it around against the 1-1-1 Canadiens.
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bar crawl | Be ready rain or shine in this city.” The event allows bar crawlers to experience a wide variety of venues. For instance, Buckin’ Buffalo Saloon, one of the lesser-known participating bars, is home to Western New York’s take on the mechanical
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next level,” Altholz said. “Without UB, I would have never even stepped foot in Buffalo, and thanks to my experiences at the school, my eyes were opened to opportunity that lies
bull – “the mechanical buffalo.” Some of the more popular venues include Bottoms Up, famous for its eight different half-gallon fishbowls, and Social, a new venue with a Vegas vibe. “The most fun aspect of the event is the challenge. Can you make it to all 20 bars in one night? It’s fun to be doing it alongside thousands of other people,” Altholz said. “It creates a cool social dynamic. Everyone is walking around with their beer steins and scorecards; it’s like everyone’s in it together.” In addition to drink specials, the Bar Crawl will be providing a taxi service to combat drunk driving. Zoladz Limousine will be offering limo transportation both to and from
the crawl. Round trip transportation is $19 per person for those who can get a group of at least eight people together. Many students from UB and surrounding Buffalo colleges attend the fall and spring events with the hopes to visit every participating bar. It gives students a chance to relax and steer their focus away from schoolwork for one night. “I’ve been attending the bar crawls every year and it’s always a good time. Everyone’s drunk and falling all over the place; it’s definitely interesting,” said Ryan Griffin, a senior digital media major. This year, the first 3,000 bar crawlers will receive a coupon book
featuring 20 offers from businesses such as tanning salons and bars. According to the website, participants should be ready for rain or shine. The event will take place no matter what the unpredictable Buffalo weather may bring. Registration will begin at 8 p.m. at the Buffalo Bar Crawl tents located between Soho and SubZero. As an alternative to waiting in line, people can also purchase tickets online and receive special VIP “skip-the-line” privileges. These VIP tickets will only be available to the first 1,000 buyers. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tim Fain, violin Cory Smythe, piano Performing works by Beethoven, Kernis, Bach, Fauré and Sarasate
the team, but he continues to rank fourth on the depth chart. Senior running back Ike Nduka has the only rushing touchdown for the Bulls this season but was only able to jump one spot on the two-deep since his performance against the Falcons. Quinn maintains that it is difficult to manage so many talented
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Volmy’s sister, Donna Volmy, a junior occupational therapy major and Miss New York 2008-2009, believes Darlene has what it takes to win. “What makes my sister stand
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guys. If we have a lot of good ones, we’ll play them all.” The game against the Huskies is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Huskie Stadium.
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players at one position, but he will continue to play the best players when possible. Freshman running back Branden Oliver is still the team’s starter because of all the attributes he brings to the table. “They’re all starters in their own right,” Quinn said. “And they’re all key backup starters from that standpoint. They’re all quality young men and we’re going to play the best
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out during her competitions is her passion for helping others… and her unique personality and confidence within herself,” Donna Volmy said. Darlene Volmy looks forward to her upcoming competition, where she will sing Martina McBride’s song “Anyways” for the talent
competition. “I feel so empowered when I sing it,” Volmy said. “It tells you despite the obstacles in life, if you believe in yourself you can overcome anything, which is one of the models I live by.”
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can see what programs best fit their needs for a graduate degree. Faculty can see exactly where they can improve. Administration can determine which programs are already strong or which need help in the future. “I think we’re doing quite well,” said John Ho, vice provost for graduate education, dean of the Graduate School and leader of the UB assessment team. UB programs in the top quartile of the “S” ratings are aerospace engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, industrial engineering, geography and comparative literature. The American studies program again ranked among the highest in the country, along with Harvard, Yale and NYU. In order for any school to be admitted to this examination, a field has to have produced 500 doctorates within the five years prior to the 2004-05 academic year. Moreover, the field had to be offered by at least 25 universities. The study dwindled the thousands upon thousands of universities to 212 of the most successful ones. UB is focusing on several ways to maintain its standard of excellence and also improve in the future. UB 2020 remains a viable goal and, along with other specific areas, investment in faculty is also important. “Faculty is the key,” Ho said. “They bring new capabilities and areas of research.” Students have noticed the difference that a dedicated faculty can have on their education. “I think a lot of professors [at UB] are a lot more qualified than some out-of-state colleges’ [professors],” said Josh Gordon, a senior
photography and political science major. “When I have some professors that are really qualified they influence me more.” With the number of cuts to program funding, the need to maintain or improve UB’s doctorate programs may clash with the limited finances. “There is no question that the state’s financial situation has made it difficult to carry out our plans at UB,” Ho said. “All we can do now is become more efficient. Do more with less. The hope is that the economy will improve and increase momentum.” The methodology of the NRC studies tries to encompass a broad range of criteria that may or may not be relevant to everyone who looks at the results. “I don’t think that the number of students that get doctorates is accurate enough,” said Alyssa D’Alessandro, a sophomore biological sciences major. “Students should get more one-on-one [experience] with their professors to increase the communication between the two.” Ho explained that even though there are uncertainties, the UB departments would use the data to stay on top of the rankings and improve any weaknesses. “It depends [on] where the data shows that we [as a university] need to do better,” Ho said. “For example, if the faculty publication rate isn’t adequate, the department has to make plans to improve its research accordingly.” The review is the first set of rankings released by NRC since 1993. A complete national list of universities and programs can be accessed at the NRC’s website. E-mail: email@example.com
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Bulls head west to battle conference leader MATTHEW PARRINO Senior Sports Editor
Figuring out how to stop a mobile quarterback has become a theme for the football team this season. And things don’t get any easier this week. The Bulls (2-3, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) travel to DeKalb, Ill. in search of their second conference victory in Saturday’s game against MAC West leader Northern Illinois (4-2, 2-0 MAC). Buffalo is coming off a win in its conference opener against Bowling Green (1-5, 0-2 MAC) two weeks ago. Although the Bulls came away with the victory, the team committed six turnovers and allowed Bowling Green to hang around and come back to almost steal the game. Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn utilized the bye week to work on fundamentals to help prepare his team for the Huskies. “Northern [Illinois] is a 2-0 football team [in the MAC], and they had a big win against Temple,” Quinn said. “This is
going to be a great opportunity for our football program to go out and play one of the better teams in the MAC.” In order to beat the Huskies, the Bulls have to figure out how to stop Northern Illinois junior quarterback Chandler Harnish. Through six games, Harnish has thrown for 927 yards and completed 71 percent of his passes. He has tossed eight touchdowns and has thrown only one interception. If his passing statistics aren’t impressive enough, Harnish ranks second on the team in rushing with 425 yards on the season and is tied for the team lead in yards per rush with a 6.7-yard average. He has also rushed for two touchdowns. Harnish has won the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week award twice this season. He is part of an NIU rushing attack that is thrashing opposing defenses for an average of 236 yards per game. The battle between the Huskies running game and a Bulls defensive unit that held Bowling Green to nine yards rushing last week could end up deciding the outcome of the game. The
Bulls defense has forced 28 threeand-outs this year (5.6 per game), which places them third in the country in that category. This game will be the best indicator so far as to how good the Bulls defense really is. Quinn is excited to see how his players respond. “We like the matchup between our defense and their offense,” Quinn said. “It’s an opportunity for our defense to see where they stand…You have to prove yourself each and every week…It’s going to be a great challenge.” Behind center for the Bulls, sophomore quarterback Jerry Davis has had an erratic start to the season. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns, which is tied for 23rd best in the country. But the first-year starter also leads the nation in interceptions with 11. Davis and the rest of the Bulls offense will look to eliminate turning the ball over against the Huskies. Junior wide receiver Terrell Jackson thinks that the chemistry between Davis and the receivers is coming along nicely. “We’ve made giant strides these past couple games,” Jackson
said. “The win last week was big for us. As a receiving corps, we feel just as responsible when an interception is thrown as the quarterback does. It’s not all Jerry Davis… The chemistry is definitely there.” Quinn has decided to make a change at backup quarterback. He moved redshirt freshman Alex Dennison to tight end from quarterback to allow him to contribute more to the team. Freshman quarterback Alex Zordich will move into the number two spot on the depth chart. “It���s not an easy situation,” Quinn said. “But Alex Dennison understands his role and he’s accepted it, and we’re going to continue developing him…We felt like we could find a better place for Dennison on the field… I like the things that [Alex Zordich] brings and we’re going to continue working with him to be that next Bull in.” The running back situation for the Bulls continues to be a strange juggling act. On paper, sophomore running back Jeffvon Gill has the best yards-per-carry average on
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Jerry Davis (4) will have to take care of the ball against Northern Illinois to give the Bulls a chance for a huge upset.
NBA Preview: Southeast Division MATTHEW PARRINO | Senior Sports Editor
The NBA season is rapidly approaching and The Spectrum is getting you ready for the season with our six-part division-by-division preview. We’ll cover everything that has happened over the summer with your favorite teams and let you know what to expect this season. There’s no better place to start than LeBron, South Beach, and the center of the media circus. MIAMI HEAT
Additions: LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Zydrunas Ilgauskus, Mike Miller, Eddie House, Juwan Howard, Da’Sean Butler, Dexter Pittman Losses: Michael Beasley, Daquan Cook
The Heat became the most talked about team in sports once King James announced he would “take his talents to South Beach.” The reaction following the shift of power in the Eastern Conference caused a line to be drawn in the sand. Most people either hate the Heat or love them, and there isn’t much room to stand in the middle. Miami has jumped to the forefront of the NBA as one of the teams to beat. Those who saw the “New Big Three” play together in the Olympics know how potent they can be on offense. What people aren’t really talking about, however, is the job that Pat Riley did in surrounding them with some really solid role players. Mike Miller is a lights out shooter, and with defenses keying in on the other weapons the Heat have assembled,
Miller could be the “X-factor” for the team. Mario Chalmers is still developing, and with opposing defenses focusing on other players, he could become a solid option for Miami. It’ll be fun to see Orlando and Miami battle four times this season, but I don’t see the Magic being able to edge out the Heat. Prediction: First in the Southeast (69-13)
how much Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis have left in the tank. The development of J.J. Redick will also be key for the Magic, but the team’s fate rests on the shoulders of Jameer Nelson. If he can raise his points per game (12.6) and assists per game (5.4), the Magic have a shot of competing for the Eastern crown. Prediction: Second in the Southeast (60-22)
Additions: Jordan Crawford, Josh Powell
Additions: Chris Duhon, Quentin Richardson, Malik Allen Losses: Matt Barnes, Adonal Foyle
The Magic fell apart in the playoffs last year, and I don’t know if they did enough to add veteran leadership in the offseason. The loss of Matt Barnes also makes them more of a finesse team, and the acquisition of Quentin Richardson is a serious downgrade at the position. Dwight Howard is still the best center in the league, and he is a year wiser and continues to get better every season. A lot will depend on
This team has been on the verge of “the next level” for three seasons. Joe Johnson is not a superstar, and he proved that last season when he and the Hawks folded in the second round of the playoffs. Marvin Williams was the second overall pick in 2005 but has yet to live up to expectations. Al Horford and Jamal Crawford are very solid and are the reason this team will be able to win some games and grab a playoff spot. But Mike Bibby is too old, and youngster Jordan Crawford is too
young to make an immediate impact. Prediction: Third in the Southeast (47-35)
Additions: Kwame Brown, Shaun Livingston, Sherron Collins, Erick Dampier, Eduardo Najera, Matt Carroll Losses: Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton
The Bobcats made the playoffs last season, but with the loss of Chandler and Felton, I don’t feel like they’ll be able to compete in such a stacked division. Kwame Brown is back with the man who drafted him, Michael Jordan, but Erick Dampier is in the twilight of his career. I don’t see where the rebounding is going to come from on this team. Collins could make an impact, but it’s not going to happen right away. Additionally, Gerald Wallace is injury prone and probably fed up with the situation in Charlotte. Larry Brown could work another miracle with the Bobcats, but I don’t see it happening. Prediction: Fourth in the Southeast (34-48)
Additions: John Wall, Hilton Armstrong, Kevin Seraphin Losses: Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Javaris Crittenton
The biggest obstacle facing the Wizards this season is getting rid of Gilbert Arenas. The guy has been a cancer to this team for years, and his presence will stunt the growth of Wall. With that said, Wall is a phenom and should really show why he was taken first overall this season. The biggest change needed in Washington is the culture. Wall immediately makes the Wizards watchable and gives them that essential building block for the future. If they can get rid of the distractions and accumulate some talent, they can be a factor in the future. Prediction: Fifth in the Southeast (30-52)
T h e S p e c t r u m S p o r t s P u l s e Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Atlanta falcons vs. Philadelphia eagles Sunday 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sunday 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Wisconsin Badgers
New York yankees vs. Texas Rangers
Saturday 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday 8 p.m. (TBS)
San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies Saturday 4:30 p.m. (FOX)
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND
Auburn Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Texas Longhorns
Sabres vs. Chicago BlackHawks Saturday 8:30 p.m. (MSG)
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers Friday 7 p.m. (MSG)
Saturday 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Graphic: Aline Kobayashi / The Spectrum