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Local transformation makes lasting impact on West Side community

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition becomes catalyst for energy-efficient projects LAUREN NOSTRO Senior News Editor

Delores Powell sat awake at 3 a.m. in her hotel in Disney World. Back home, more than 6,000 community members were working day and night to rebuild her dream home and transform her entire community. H o w e v e r, P o w e l l ’s thoughts were focused elsewhere. Instead of worrying about her home at 228 Massachusetts Ave., Powell was concerned with the family whose renovation was put on hiatus, and that local contracting company David Homes was leaving the business of a paying customer on hold. “The contractor that [was] building my house has a business and he must have had work going on when they contacted him [to work on my house],” Powell said. “He’s doing this for free. That’s losing money for him and for his employees. [I realized] this is all love and I’m really grateful for everything that has happened.” Powell, who raised by

her mother in Jamaica, has always considered herself a butterfly trapped in a cocoon. Even after a change of luck, Powell’s altruistic personality left her concerned with how her fortune affected the lives of others. ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition arrived in Buffalo last November with high hopes of helping Powell and her family re-build their demolition-worthy home into an energy-efficient dream. The reconstruction of Powell’s residence sparked cast members to incorporate other neighborhood homes and empty corners into a transformation of Buffalo’s West Side. Close to one year later, the week of hard work has become a catalyst for current and future energyefficient and beautification projects in the neighborhood. Over 6,300 Buffalo community members put in 53,544 hours of dedicated hard work, breaking the show’s record for volunteers. Program executives turned the onehour episode into a two-hour special to display how community power can transform an entire neighborhood. Western New York’s branch of the national organization Americorps teamed up with People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH), David Homes, Buffalo-ReUse and ReTree WNY to help organize the flood of volunteers. Patrick

Metzger, director of integ rated communications at WNY Americorps, was among the staff to manage the volunteers. “We needed to make sure people were in the right places with the right skills,” Metzger said. “During that week, people showed up en masse. The week was just top-notch insane. There were thousands of people serving hundreds each day. We relied on our members and staff to pull it together, along with other organizations. Our guys clocked in over 100 hours that week, and, with the support of the organizations, we really made it happen.” The “extreme zone,” a block of Massachusetts Avenue deep in Buffalo’s West Side, became the site of Extreme Makeover: Neighborhood Edition. Volunteers and local organizations affected 71 homes by fixing houses, landscaping properties, building community gardens, and planting trees, among other projects. In November 2007, Powell applied to the A BC-TV program and waited until February 2008 to learn that her application was filed. Powell, however, struggled to maintain hope that she would be chosen for the popular show. During the long application process, Powell thought about what she had • see MAKEOVER | page 8

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Delores Powell’s home at 228 Massachusetts Ave. is the first in New York State to become certified as an Emerald Level Green Home by the NAHB Research Center. The house is regulated by The Energy Detective, a real-time in-home electricity management system.

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Delores Powell alongside her children Joel, Anschell, Debbie and Gabby were chosen by ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition last November. The transformation of their home became a catalyst for future energy-efficient and beautification projects in Buffalo’s West Side.

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2010 New York State Gubernatorial Debate:

Candidates from the “Rent is Too Damn High” and “Anti-Prohibition” Parties graced the stage on Monday evening to debate at Hofstra University alongside five other candidates for governor. The 90-minute debate covered a variety of audience and voter-provided questions, ranging from corruption and environmental issues to gay marriage and unemployment.

Charles Barron Freedom Party

“We need progressive tax reform.” Barron told the audience at Hofstra that it was time to make the rich in New York start contributing to the welfare of the state. He suggested a tax increase that would tax the rich progressively based on income. Barron also insisted that an important issue for the future governor is the racism across the state, stating that less than one percent of state contracts are given to African American males. Barron urged for the abolishment of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and for a costcutting single-payer health care system.

Andrew Cuomo

Democrat/Working Families Party

“We didn’t inherit the earth from our parents, we are loaned the earth from our children.” Cuomo urged that New York should return to its glory days when it was a model for an efficient and effective state government. Cuomo acknowledged that New York voters no longer have any faith in Albany and promised to cut fraud and spending. Cuomo stated that his number one priority was unemployment, saying that over 800,000 New Yorkers are currently unemployed. Cuomo also supports the development of green jobs and renewable sources of energy.

Kristin Davis

Anti-Prohibition Party

“The key difference between the MTA and my former escort agency is I operated one set of books and I offered on-time and reliable service.” Davis, who claimed that it was her escort service that supplied Eliot Spitzer with prostitutes, kept her platform simple, supporting the legalization of marijuana and casinos. Davis argued that legalizing marijuana and casinos would not only raise millions in new revenue for the state but also add new jobs that New Yorkers desperately need. She promised that if elected, she would highlight the “inequity” in Albany and end corruption.

Howie Hawkins

Jimmy McMillan

Green Party

“The Green New Deal.” Hawkins described himself as a teamster who unloads trucks for a living and a Green Candidate for radical reform. Hawkins promised that if elected, he would support free tuition at all SUNY and CUNY schools and pave the way for statewide proportional representation. Hawkins added that rural schools, like those in his hometown, are severely underfunded and asked Albany for equity in educational funding.

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Carl Paladino

Rent is Too Damn High Party

Republican/Conservative/ Taxpayers Party

“If you want to marry a shoe, I’ll marry you.” McMillan’s main issue can be summarized in one statement that he reiterated throughout the debate: “rent is too damn high.” He proposed making New York an independent state and following in Obama’s footsteps to establish racial equality. McMillan suggested that a dramatic cut in rent would lead to an additional three to six trillion dollars in consumer surplus, solving the deficit and stimulating the economy.

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“My critics, they want to say I’m angry. No, I’m passionate about saving New York.” Paladino urged for greater transparency in Albany, citing rampant corruption by career politicians like his opponent Cuomo. Defining himself as “not a career politician,” Paladino supported dramatic cuts to the Medicaid budget and ending “faceless” education mandates from the state. One of his main concerns was the unemployment rate, which he attributed to debilitating state taxes. He suggested across-theboard tax cuts to stimulate the economy.

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Warren Redlich Libertarian Party

“Stop the waste.” Redlich told voters that as a Libertarian candidate, he favored a smaller government with less power and urged that it would lead to less bureaucratic corruption. Redlich cited that one of the main reasons for the state’s deficit was the wasteful spending on bureaucratic jobs and pork-barrel spending across the board. Redlich urged that by cutting the pay for state workers, privatizing the MTA and keeping a close watch on Albany officials, the deficit could be eliminated.

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Rent Is Too Damn High candidate dominates debate coverage Gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan spoke to The Spectrum LUKE HAMMILL Managing Editor

“If you want to marry a shoe, I’ll marry you.” Those were some of the most

memorable words spoken at Monday night’s New York State gubernatorial debate, and they didn’t come from frontrunners Andrew Cuomo or Carl Paladino. In fact, the speaker, Jimmy McMillan, does not hail from the Democratic or Republican Parties. “The Rent Is Too Damn High” is both the name of McMillan’s party and the mantra that he repeats almost every time he speaks. According to his official campaign website,

rentistoodamnhigh.org, “There is nothing else to talk about.” McMillan, who is also known as “Papa Smurf,” founded the party in order to break into the political system on his own terms. “I had to become a gubernatorial candidate by coming through the back door and creating my own party to incorporate democratic values,” McMillan said earlier this month in an interview with The Spectrum. “The democratic process is so flawed and so corrupt and so crooked and so misleading.” Despite his party’s relatively unknown stature, McMillan remains confident. His official online campaign states, “McMillan can win this race for Governor without a single vote from up-state NY [sic].” Travis Nemmer, vice president of the UB College Republicans, referred to McMillan as a “go-nowhere candidate.” “I’d be a lot more amused by Mr. McMillan if he didn’t actively avoid campaigning in upstate New York and be willfully ignorant of issues affecting Buffalo and the upstate region,” Nemmer said. “Things other than rent are too damn high – drug costs, tuition, spending. There are other issues.” McMillan, a self-proclaimed “karate expert,” plans on using his previous military experience to shake things up in Albany if he is elected. “I’m a war vet,” McMillan said. “I spent two and a half years in Vietnam. I took a lot of lives. I don’t want [any] punk to be my governor. I want somebody to stand up and talk trash.” He stayed true to his philosophy by offering some harsh words for

“I don’t want [any] punk to be my governor. I want somebody to stand up and talk trash.” - J i m my M c M i l l a n

several prominent politicians. “I don’t need the President Barack Obama for nothing,” McMillan said. “If we can get the people to stop thinking that a rich man is going to come to the state and be our salvation… [They did it] in 1983 with Mario Cuomo. They’re about to make the same dumb mistake again with

his dumb-ass son [Andrew Cuomo].” McMillan has made it clear that though he is no longer in Vietnam, he will not back down when faced with conflict. When the New York City Board of Elections attempted to remove the word “damn” from his party’s name (whether to use “2 Damn High” or “Too Damn High” also remains a discrepancy), McMillan fought until he had his way. His website still documents that process. A graphic of The Incredible Hulk with McMillan’s head superimposed on it reads: “They Took ‘DAMN’ Out My Party Name. Pay Back Time. Don’t (F@%K) With Jimmy McMillan [sic].” An additional graphic, below the first, proclaims McMillan’s victory: “We got it back.” McMillan, a retired post office worker and former stripper who cites Ronald Reagan as his hero, is hoping that his win over the Board of Elections won’t be his only victory come Election Day. If elected, he plans on declaring an economic state of emergency. “My agenda in 1994 is the same as it is in 2010,” McMillan said. “Nothing has changed… People say, ‘Mr. McMillan, do you have any campaign literature?’ I say, ‘Yeah, your mortgage payment and your rent receipt.’” McMillan acknowledges that he isn’t a typical candidate for governor of New York State. “I’m not a politician like these other guys,” McMillan said. “I’ll tell you anything, like Paladino, to get you to vote for me.”

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Rash argument begins with a misunderstanding Reaction to controversial editorial was technically illegal Unfortunately, student athletes and athletic communications are thoroughly reticent when it comes to commenting on a teammate’s involvement in off-campus incidents. Such was the case when The Spectrum tried several times to get basic information on the Scott Pettigrew stabbing from the incident’s few primary witnesses. Kept in the dark, the editorial board was left to its questions, all of which were unanswerable but fair, and several of which many UB students were asking themselves, as well. Two specific points in the editorial, which had attempted to make a larger point, seemed to stick out to some student athletes. They took the sentences out of context, and one disgruntled athlete came into newspaper office to voice dissent. When one reads an editorial, he or she must remember that it expresses an opinion and is not a hard news story. We did not accuse anyone of anything, so we are not subject to libel. An editorial is a collectively transcribed opinion piece on how a newspaper feels about a divisive issue. So to put it all together, we decided that the important questions, which student athletics refused to answer, were worthy of print, and we only regret that they were taken the wrong way. But on the day following that issue of The Spectrum, a student athlete informed us that a number of fellow student athletes were taking action against the editorial

by removing stacks of The Spectrum and throwing them in the garbage. Indeed, last Thursday afternoon, The Spectrum was nowhere to be found in the Student Union. Not only is such behavior immature and immoral, but it is also a crime. Both censorship of the free press and newspaper theft in this manner can be prosecuted as criminal and civil offenses, as violators constrict freedom of speech and cost the publication a good bit of money. The Spectrum dedicates an entire section of each paper, as well as a full staff of writers, to the Buffalo Bulls. We also spend hours of time and thousands of dollars putting out hard copies of the campus news. The contentious editorial was as reasonable as an opinion piece can be. It pointed no accusatory finger at anyone; it only explored the possibilities and asked necessary questions. Such a disrespectful and spiteful reaction was undeserved, as we are entitled to our opinion as a news staff. It was an intelligent conversation that raised important topics. It helps to read a newspaper article, column or editorial in its entirety in order to gain a sense of its context. The editorial, along with the sensitive sentences that created such tension, posed legitimate questions that may have inadvertently forwarded our united opinion, for which we need not apologize.

Driven by money, Proposition 19 will be a good test run California might show us how it is done It seems that, ultimately, whether or not California decides to pass its nationally anticipated Proposition 19 will come down to money. The Golden State expects to earn over a billion dollars if and when they tax marijuana. It seems to us that such thinking is a fair and reasonable incentive to finally legalize the “drug.” But we are interested, as New Yorkers, to see how it turns out for California, as the proposal remains in the air before the November vote. If California turns out to be a successful control experiment, its success may prove a viable catalyst for the remainder of the United States to follow suit. New York State is still years behind California in terms of how liberally it views the prospect of state regulated and taxed marijuana, as the drug’s interstate trade remains a federal crime. And people here have tired from the same argument over whether or not marijuana is unhealthy or morally acceptable. It has finally come down to more practical means of compromise, as the implications of marijuana legalization do not hold weight when compared to its plentiful monetary benefits. Although it shows less promise for decreased crime than it had originally expected, Proposition 19 could still contribute to creating more jobs and, possibly, more taxes, as liberal intrigues flock to the state in order to exercise a new freedom. But, acknowledging the unforeseeable negatives that may come with legalization, we can only hope that things do not get out of hand. We cannot claim to know that Californians will not abuse their new right to possess marijuana for personal use.

But we can assume that legalization will not promote use far past its current rate of consumption in California, where possessing marijuana is as severe a crime as a speeding ticket, and we can certainly expect a multitude of parameters for what is considered responsible use of marijuana. Probably, private companies will continue to drug test their employees for marijuana, as professionals who work with children and heavy machinery will still be expected to stay sober for the entirety of their workday. We can expect that marijuana will follow the same professional policy as on-the-job alcoholism. Some people fear that marijuana will be made readily available to children with the new law, but for many secondary school-aged children, it is easier to obtain a bag of marijuana at school than to somehow purchase alcohol at an establishment. Perhaps the proposition will ultimately decrease the amount of adolescent smokers if personal identification is heavily scrutinized at a taxpaying establishment, where employees will suffer the same wrath for underage sale of marijuana as the same offender suffers for selling alcohol to a minor. So, it would be unreasonable to think that California will turn into some lawless land of chaos if Proposition 19 passes, but it would also seem unbalanced to assume that the new freedom will not come with some form of unexpected consequence. Again, we are eager to see what happens. We are safe from the drawbacks here in New York, yet its potential benefits are within eyeshot. The proposition will be just as exciting a time here as it will be on the West Coast.

T h e Wo r d A r o u n d C a m p u s Although not quite as raunchy as Generation’s personals once were,

these are voices of UB students who have something to say. If you want to be heard, too, write us a blurb online at ubspectrum.com. Some of the wittiest remarks will appear in the paper in no particular order. (Edited for grammar.)

> My beloved UB students, I understand summer is behind us. I understand the cold weather means we now have to worry about sinus infections instead of sweating our balls off. What I don’t understand is why you people think it’s acceptable to NOT wear deodorant just because it’s no longer warm out. You still sweat. Some of you more than others Make my Stampede ride every morning a bit sweeter by please remembering to apply some deodorant (Speed Stick, spray, baby powder, DRYER SHEETS, I DONT CARE) before making your way to campus. For everybody’s sake. Thank you :)

NICOLAS PINO

Asst. Arts Editor

The circle of strife A passion for video games is the definition of my life, though more recently, I have found a new love for the pen and panel art form: comic books. However, it appears as though my passion for the artistic medium is coming at a time that is rife with hardship for the industry. An aging fan-base, a lack of interest in reading, and the vilifying of comics as a medium are all problems the comic industry faces today. Nearly one in four comic book patrons is older than 65 years of age, leaving young readers in the wake. Sadly, this older generation of ink lovers doesn’t have as much disposable income as it once did due to the incredibly widespread impact of the 2007 recession. The youth, however, have taken to comics in a different way; they manifest their love for the medium in the form of movies. While Christian Bale isn’t the first to don the cape and cowl, he is certainly the most successful. In 2008, The Dark Knight grossed more than $500 million in the U.S. alone, putting it at number three in the top 10 grossing movies of all time. The educational system in this country has slipped in recent times, losing ground to its international competitors. By no means am I advocating that reading comics produces a more intelligent population, but putting more reading material into the hands of American children can’t be a bad thing. Also, let it be said that children need heroes. No, scratch that. People need heroes. Someone who is of upstanding morality, has a sense of honor and integrity, and ideally, keeps the world from harm. In a society so engulfed in violence, hypersexualized media, and mind-numbing entertainment, shouldn’t we, as a society, push for higher standards for ourselves? I digress. Comic books are in danger; they are only as strong as their readers, and while there is still a fan base of a respectable size, its numbers need bolstering. Next time you feel the urge to watch some of this decade’s more reputable comic-gone-mainstream movies: Jonah Hex, Red or X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I implore you - no, I challenge you - to read their ink equivalents and not be impressed. Adversely, my other passion is thriving in ways like never before. Video games are invading homes and changing the minds of skeptics at every turn. Games like Brain Age, Wii Fit and Professor Layton challenge their players both physically and mentally, proving to parents and politicians that games are perhaps a constructive use of their children’s time. While some games do push the limits of what is socially acceptable, there are a multitude of choices that can be played instead. Sadly, this is the paradox of these two historically outcast forms of media. While one thrives the other is failing, though one must stay optimistic that over the course of time, both may see another “golden age.”

> The Center for the Arts box office is way out of my way, but those girls who work in the window are SMOKINNNNG HOT. > Yesterday at the bar I saw a guy throw up in his hand and eat it. Dude, that’s gross.

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The ink invasion NICOLAS PINO Asst. Arts Editor

Last Sunday, Buffalo Comicon invaded the Marriott on Millersport Highway near North Campus,

bu f fa l o c om ic on carpeting the area in inky goodness. Sponsored by local comic book haven Queen City Bookstore, the event was the nerdy pinnacle of the fall. Fans dressed as heroes and villains alike were drawn to the vast library of issues as well as the wide array of memorabilia fit for a Kryptonian. Equipped with their trade materials and ready to turn any everyday citizen into their ink and paper equivalent, up-and-coming artists from around Western New

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York lined the tables that filled the spacious banquet hall. With such a large and unexpected turnout, one would think that there would be no room to maneuver through the Marvel and DC-inspired fanatics. However, the Marriott’s perfectly spaced banquet hall served as the ideal spot for the event. Chris Rupert, a sophomore biology major, thought that this intimate setting was more suited to Buffalo than a large convention would be. “It’s a small convention, but I

think I like it a little more because of it,” Rupert said. Students from far and wide showed up for the event, and for good reason. The convention served as a phenomenal location for friends to meet and converse about their favorite pen-and-ink crusaders. Eric Fahy, a senior English and video production major at SUNY Fredonia and president of Fredonia’s Comic Culture Forum, brought part of his club with him to the convention.

P o l i c e 10/10 — The bumper of a vehicle was keyed by an unidentified subject in Fargo Lot. 10/11 — A student was harassed and followed by an unidentified subject on Putnam Way. 10/12 — Kevin P. Diver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .17 % on Audubon Parkway. 10/12 — A glass vending machine was broken at Wilkeson Quadrangle by an unidentified subject. 10/12 — A student was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Capen Hall for feeling faint. 10/12 — A vehicle was keyed by an unidentified subject in Governors Lot. 10/12 — The seat of a vehicle was damaged by an unidentified subject in Sherman Lot. 10/12 — A student was given first aid at the Natural Sciences Complex after fainting. 10/12 — An unattended UB Card was stolen from Capen Hall from an unidentified subject and used. 10/12 — A student was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for marijuana possession at Wilkeson Quadrangle. 10/12 — A fire alarm was pulled at Spaulding Quadrangle. 10/12 — A student was given first aid at the Center for the Arts after falling on the sidewalk. 10/12 — A lock was stolen from a cabinet in Allen Hall by an unidentified subject.

“[Buffalo Comicon] has a wide selection of comics that can’t be found anywhere else,” Fahy said. “I had to pick up ‘Superman Kal.’ It’s Superman but in a Medieval time setting; I couldn’t resist.” Indie comics were in abundance at the event as well, adding diversity to the stereotypical tight-wearing titans. One in particular that stood out from the rest was Weapon Brown, a series that follows the fate of the • see COMICON | page 7

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10 /12 — Two laptops were stolen from Fronczak Hall by an unidentified subject. 10/13 — Katrina N. Burton was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .11% on Millersport Highway. 10/13 — A student was given first aid at Howe Building after hitting their head on a post. 10/13 — A student was given first aid in Capen Hall after falling from a chair. 10/13 — A student was taken to Erie County Medical Center from Fargo Quadrangle for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 10/13 — An unattended laptop was stolen from Knox Hall by an unidentified subject. 10/14 — A student was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for marijuana possession at Wilkeson Quadrangle. 10/14 — A student was taken to Erie County Medical Center from Fronczak Hall for an emergency psychiatric evaluation. 10/14 — A student was taken to Erie County Medical Center from Goodyear Hall for alcohol poisoning. The student was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary. 10/14 — An unattended wallet was stolen from Capen Undergraduate Library by an unidentified subject. 10/16 — An unattended bag with a UB Card inside was stolen from Clark Hall by an unidentified subject.

10/16 — Anthony M. Palmiere and Kareem M. Khalil were arrested and charged with loitering at Michael Lot. 10/16 — A window was broken at Millard Fillmore Academic Center by an unidentified subject. 10/16 — A student was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for harassment at Spaulding Quadrangle. 10/16 — A student was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for marijuana possession at Wilkeson Quadrangle. 10 /17 — A non-student was taken to Erie County Medical Center from the Main Circle Bus Stop for alcohol poisoning. 10/17 — A non-student was taken to Erie County Medical Center from Core Road for alcohol poisoning. 10/17 — An iPhone was stolen from Goodyear Hall by an unidentified subject. 10/18 — A vehicle was keyed by an unidentified subject in Hochstetter Lot. 10/18 — A student was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from the Student Union after having fainted. 10/18 — A student was taken to Erie County Medical Center from Spaulding Quadrangle after having fainted. 10/18 — A student was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital from Creekside Apartments for back pain. 10/18 — A Verizon telephone line fell down at the corner of Millersport and Coventry. 10/18 — Alvin L. Henderson was arrested and charged with weapons possession at Main Circle.


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AMANDA ISEPPON

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Poli-what? When asked about politics, a typical Buffalo student may respond with “Who cares?” Well, mothers on welfare care. A working father with cancer whose health insurance will not cover his treatment cares. Marines stationed in Iraq care. These people are politically aware, so why isn’t everyone? Most people just want to watch reality TV and argue over who should have won American Idol. Those selfish people have the power to change that. “I am not involved in politics whatsoever,” said Ryan Mctigue, a junior undecided major. “I didn’t even vote in the past election. It just isn’t [of] any interest to me.” It is something called voting. It is a right guaranteed in something called a constitution, with which everyone should be familiar. Voting is how democracy functions. Educated voters are key to a functional democracy. Andrew Fried, a junior in the School of Management, said, “I voted in the last election. Did I know what I was voting for? No clue.” Fried’s view unfortunately echoes the sentiments of many other people. The majority of those who actually do vote have no idea what they are voting for. This concern for lack of voting may sound a little outdated. However, I have watched people struggle with analyzing a political cartoon. It was astounding to me how little students know about politics. This generation just doesn’t care. We were raised to be too sheltered, too apathetic and too lazy. Even on a much smaller scale, UB’s student government is ignored. Many UB students have no clue about the Student Association, Senate or Assembly. “I mean, I always see people in suits in the union handing out flyers about voting, but usually I just walk past them because I actually have no clue what they are doing,” said Christine Fuchs, a junior undecided major. Let’s fill this school with debate and true two-sided arguments, not all liberal opinions. I want to see students get angry during school debates; at least if you’re angry, it means you care. It’s time to take action: vote, debate, get involved, do anything to stem the flow of our political oblivion. There are so many excuses for not paying attention to school news or student government. What’s happening in the world outside of the usual sheltered bubble is important, whether students like it or not. In my English class this past week, we were asked if we knew about the student government or any other form of student involvement. Very few students were able to contribute. It is crazy how few UB students know what goes on to maintain the school. “I do not have any idea about how decisions are made within the school; I guess I just assume they are what they are and are not discussed,” Fuchs said. “I didn’t even think of the process until this conversation.” If every eligible student voted or attempted to ensure that all of his or • see ISEPPON | page 7

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STEVE NEILANS Asst. Life Editor

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Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and the rest of the gang are back for more laughs in Jackass 3D.

Jackass delivers laughs in 3-D ANGELA VIZZI Staff Writer

Movie: Jackass 3D Release Date: Oct. 15 Grade: A

With the recent increase in 3-D films being released, audiences have been disappointed to notice that many of them use the technology as a gimmick to attract moviegoers but do not fully explore its possibilities. Those moviegoers will be excited to see that Jackass 3D has changed all of that. All the Jackass boys whom audiences have grown to know and love are back for the third cinematic installment based on the popular television series. Johnny Knoxville has returned to gallantly pilot his dim-witted brigade, which includes fan-favorites Steve-O, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Ryan Dunn, Jason “Wee-Man” Acuna, Preston Lacy, Dave England and Ehren

McGheghey. Not since Avatar has a film used 3-D in such an interesting way. Granted, director Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Number Two) dealt with volcanoes of fecal matter rather than the sprawling landscapes of an imaginary utopian world. Nonetheless, Jackass 3D gives fans of the popular series just what they want – stupid tricks, gratuitous male nudity and abundant bodily fluids – and thrusts it right in their faces. What makes this film different from its predecessors is that while the content is largely similar, it is spectacular to look at. The opening and closing sequences of the film, shot in 3-D and in slow motion, are exciting and visually entertaining, not to mention hilarious. Between sex toys, bodily excretions, and a swarm of angry bees coming toward viewers in all directions, audiences will be sure to be entertained by the striking visual

fun of the film. Led by the goofily enthusiastic Knoxville, the Jackass boys gained popularity in the early 2000s with their relentless willingness to put themselves through ridiculous, disgusting and often-dangerous situations in order to get a laugh. Audiences have been returning again and again for the past 10 years just to see what crazy stunts and gags the guys will bring next. Judging from their newest installment, they clearly haven’t lost the enthusiasm for their work. As with the previous two installments in the Jackass series, Jackass 3D has no plot or real narrative flow. Rather, it is comprised of a randomly strung-together series of stunts, gags and idiotic tricks that the popular band of brothers plays on each other and themselves. Like the television series and previous films, the charm of Jackass • see JACKASS | page 7

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Before the end of this week, there will be a queen of the Queen City. Ten students are competing for the crowns of Homecoming Court this Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the annual Homecoming Forum. A Homecoming committee, which has yet to be finalized, will be interviewing candidates to determine which students are most suited to claim the thrones. The Committee will be primarily made up of students with a possibility of some administration being involved as well. In the past, administrators like Dennis Black, vice president of Student Affairs, have helped judge the event. Before the Homecoming Forum even began, the Homecoming Committee handpicked candidates through an application process. The Homecoming Forum is the second stage in determining a Homecoming King and Queen. The forum will be held in the Student Union for all students to watch. “We’re looking for creative answers, school spirit, and students who can think on their feet,” said Kathryn Pryzbyla, a senior communication major and SA entertainment director. “Some of the questions are serious, and others are just fun and random. It’s all about seeing people’s personalities on stage.” The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the football game against Temple on Saturday.

Homecoming King candidates John T.C. Roberts a junior sociology major Josh Sommer a senior in the School of Management

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Artist: Die Antwoord Album Title: $O$ Label: Interscope Records Release Date: October 12 Grade: D-

Did College Humor release some sort of spoof video of neo-Nazi kids? Did The Hills Have Eyes franchise try to release a musical in which the Salvation Army provided the costumes? Die Antwoord’s latest album is quite possibly a pungently tacky and disturbing mix of the two. South Africa has the burden and responsibility of claiming the relatively new rap group, Die Antwoord, as their own. The album, $0$, features a blend of cheesy and weird attempts at beats crafted by DJ Hi-Tek (not the same Hi-Tek known for his work with Talib Kweli) and so-bad-they’rehysterical rap lines spewed from the front man, infamously named Ninja. Not to be forgotten is the extremely creepy auto-tuned voice of their

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South Africa’s Die Antwoord may make headlines, but they haven’t made a good album.

female backup vocalist, who goes by the name of Yo-Landi Vi$$er. This strange lot proudly reps being part of a new South African local musical and lifestyle movement called “Zef,” which is interesting, to say the least. This album is actually a semi rerelease of their self-released version of $O$. While some songs on the original mix made it to the major label debut, there are a handful of new ones. The re-release comes after they somehow got signed to Interscope Records, a major label. Their songs boast of Ninja’s badboy lifestyle of guns and getting his pasty-white body tattooed with tough guy sayings. They also explain

that Yo-Landi wants him to be her samurai. One song, called “Wat Kyk Jy,” which means, “What are you looking at,” aggressively insults listeners for looking at Ninja the wrong way. “Zef Side” is another song that aims to look into the South African subculture, but it only makes it look stranger than it already seems. The only bright spot of the album is the track “Fish Paste,” which is the only song on the album that isn’t an assault on the word “music.” Die Antwoord is true evidence that if you are wacky and ambitious enough, you just might make it. E-mail: arts@ubspectrum.com

Homecoming Queen candidates Loren Fields a sophomore undecided major Jenelle Jones-Mitchell a senior communication major JoAnna Datz a senior in the School of Management Katie Allen a senior communication and psychology major Meredith Cleeton a senior psychology major E-mail: features@ubspectrum.com


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for the many loyal fans of the series, the men of Jackass have shown, once again, that they have exactly what it takes to tickle the funny bones (and gag reflexes) of audiences.

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A convention wouldn’t be complete without its share of cool swag, and Buffalo’s event was certainly not lacking. Raffle prizes, action figures, hand-drawn comics and unique wall posters were all available for purchase. Even the more obscure forms of the ink world were covered. Vendors dealt copious amounts of Asian-influenced comics that are commonly referred to as Manga. There was something there for everyone, from the most knowledgeable comic book historians to the beginning readers who were picking up a comic for the first time. Sunday’s event has a far-reaching impact, as it has affected the University at Buffalo’s SA club lineup. Students can find a nerdy refuge in one of UB’s latest clubs, UB Comic


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gone through and considered the struggles of the West Side. “I started thinking about my neighbors and thinking that if Extreme Makeover comes, and if they make changes in my house, I would want them to do something in the neighborhood,” Powell said. Over a year and a half later, Powell and her family were chosen for the show. The excitement didn’t stop there. After seven days of demolition, the Powell family arrived home in a stretch limo and thought the executive producers had made them wait on the wrong street. Just before moving the bus that blocked the visibility of her home, Powell realized that her entire block had been transformed. Project crews created a community garden on Massachusetts Avenue, which was one of the first projects to show the effect that Powell’s experience had on the West Side. The garden, which was constructed on the site of a former building that burned down, contained a simple plaque remembering a neighborhood resident that had been shot. “The memory of what it was before and what it is now [makes] you realize the changes they brought to the neighborhood,” Powell said. “It seems as if [the garden had been] there forever. It was like something not made with hands, it was really beautiful.” The project affected the community at large but also created the home that Powell had dreamed of for years. After moving to Buffalo from Manhattan in 2002, Powell purchased a six-bedroom house for a mere $12,000. The seller failed to disclose that the house was on the city’s demolition list. For years, Powell and her oldest son Joel tried to make the house a home. Local community leaders who have known Powell for years noticed her leadership and dedication upon meeting her. “We knocked on [Powell’s] door a few years ago, and when we told her about the work that PUSH hoped to do when it was still a small group, she brought us right into her house,” said Eric Walker, director of organizing for PUSH. “[Powell] toured us around her home to show us the work that she and Joel had done. The point-by-point touring let us know that she was a self motivator, she wasn’t going to wait for the opportunity to fall out of her lap. She was a real working person who was struggling with things that Western New York struggles with.” Powell became a board member of PUSH and has been a leader at every level of the organization. From cooking food at summertime cookouts, to hosting people in her home, to organizing PUSH circles, Powell has helped the West Side community and its members in many ways. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project even went beyond national borders. When Powell received her first paycheck as a home health aide in Manhattan over 22 years ago, she sent half of the money she had to provide shoes for her family in Jamaica. During the makeover project, Soles4Souls assisted Powell in sending hundreds of shoes to Powell’s grade school in Jamaica. Powell remembered the effect that walking shoeless had on her self-esteem as a child and realized how the donation affected hundreds of little girls. “We grew up with a love inside of us,” Powell said. “I remember being a teenage girl, but boys were never interested in us because we were always shabby. A teenager walking barefoot wasn’t something very pleasant.”

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Over 6,300 Buffalo community members teamed up with local organizations including People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), David Homes, WNY Americorps, Buffalo ReUse and Retree WNY to rebuild Powell’s and 71 other homes on the West Side.

Nearly one year later Powell’s home has become a catalyst for beautification projects and the creation of more energy efficient homes on Buffalo’s West Side. The house at 228 Massachusetts Ave. has become a sanctuary for Powell. Her bedroom is adorned with butterflies to represent her personal transformation from a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon to a gleaming butterfly. However, the house has become more than aesthetically pleasing. Constructed by David Homes along with the help of volunteers and organizations, Powell’s house is the first in New York State to become certified as an Emerald Level Green Home by the NAHB Research Center. The home has become a medium for the development of similar energy-efficient projects in Buffalo’s West Side. Powell’s home is regulated by The Energy Detective (TED), a real-time in-home electricity management system that keeps track of the

“The memory of what it was before and what it is now [makes] you realize the changes they brought to the neighborhood” - Delores Powell

amount of electricity, gas and water used and projects the exact dollar amount for the month. According to Powell, TED has helped her maintain her home. “The cost of our gas has gone down from $1080 a month in the winter…the most I’ve paid since the makeover is $250 a month,” Powell said. According to Walker, whose organization helped Powell during the application process, PUSH has worked with the City of Buffalo to level off any incremental assessment increases on Powell’s home. “We just want to make sure the house maintains its affordability as a jewel of the neighborhood,” Walker said. “We are also working on a netzero house that we hope will also be a beacon of what energy efficiency looks like.”

The transformation of Powell’s home has served as a starting point for other projects in the area. According to Walker, PUSH hopes to develop 20 more units of energy efficient affordable housing on the West Side. The organization plans to also implement a statewide program, Green Jobs Green New York, with the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority. PUSH is bringing media attention to National Fuel’s improvement of its conservation incentive program to meet the development of low-income pairs and invest in job training and employment through that program. “The [Extreme Makeover] project really put the spotlight on our development work that we have been doing,” Walker said. “In the year before, we were actively acquiring [empty] lots across the neighborhood unbeknownst to the whole neighborhood. Now, people see us in the streets doing vacant lot management and they know us. We’re branding the reclamation of the neighborhood as a PUSH project.” The Extreme Makeover project has brought PUSH more volunteers and more members, and has helped the organization become more visible by solving community issues in the neighborhood. “Going green isn’t just a lifestyle, it’s about survival,” Walker said. “That’s really what guides our thinking about how we bring neighborhood and community led economic development to places where people can see it.” PUSH strives to solve the “big-ticket” problems in the neighborhood. “How do we make sure that community members have access to healthy food?” Walker asked. “How do we make sure that they’re not exposed to indoor or outdoor contamination, and how do we think, as a community, to reuse vacant spaces in a neighborhood? Our green jobs effort is meant to do that by employing people in our neighborhood.” Powell has helped with various PUSH and WNY Americorps energyefficient projects in the past year. The Extreme Makeover project has affected a city, a neighborhood and a very grateful family. “The entire change has given me new hope,” Powell said. “It put new meaning to my life and made me feel that all things are possible… All the things I’ve ever been through in my life – the disappointment, the broken dreams – all of that has been mended.” E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com


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Bruce Wayne: The Long Road Home: Batman and Robin The dynamic duo of Damian Wayne and Dick Grayson is put to the ultimate test as tensions boil over between the two. Ever since Bruce’s mysterious retirement from the cape and cowl, these two have served as perfect stepins for the job. xxxOpening wit h a confrontation bet ween the Dark Knight and a gang of assassins known as the Hangmen, Batman’s methods are questioned as he intentionally lets one villain escape. Damian, brash in his youth, declares that his father would have never let that happen, though Grayson always has a good handle on the situation. Tracking down their prey leads them to an abandoned warehouse, where an unexpected foe helps the killer escape. It turns out Damian’s father is closer than he thinks. The Bruce Wayne: The Long Road Home series is just beginning, and so far, it is riddled with more questions, mysteries and plot twists than Edward Nigma would care to solve. Before long, the situation turns into a regular family affair as Red Robin enters the scene near the end of the comic’s conclusion, making this a reunion of the heroic variety. While it will be interesting when the mystery surrounding Bruce is cleared up, this first issue feels rather lacking at points. For fans of the Dark Knight and those who are familiar with his “family” history, this issue has a lot to love. Adversely, those who can’t tell the difference between Red Robin and Nightwing may want to stay away from this issue.

Iron Man: Titanium xxxFor those patrons who go to a comic book shop and ca n’t decide what they shou ld pick up, this is their comic. Wit h four seemingly

unrelated stories, “Iron Man: Titanium” features at least one Tony Stark that everyone will love. The first issue in this behemoth of a comic is “Railguns, Power Ties, and Titanium Men,” which follows the suave protagonist as he goes up against a near-perfect incarnation of himself in female form. Her name is Huang Qiaolian, and she is the chief of a seemingly perfect company, A.I.M. Using this company’s prominence to capture some of the world’s wealthiest investors, she puts her diabolical plans into effect. Admittedly, the first story is a bit too dialogue-heavy, pushing a lot of the extremely well inked panels behind a massive amount of text. Still, the plot is interesting, and enough of the exceptional artwork still shines through to make this a cool issue. “Killer Commute,” the second story to be told, changes the tone and art-styling completely. Pepper Potts is attacked on her daily commute, and as her assailant will soon find out, Potts is not to be trifled with. This story has a rather lackluster plot, but after seeing the accompanying artwork, that part of the story is irrelevant. Areas of sunlight are vibrant while the dark depths of the subway are heavily shaded panels, depicting an excellent adventure from start to finish. The remaining two stories are not anything special, but the strength of the first half of the comic makes them bonus issues, in effect. This issue is thick, and for its $4.99 price tag, it should be. That isn’t a bad deal for four stories – everyone will find something to like in this issue’s multitude of pages.

Turok: Son of Stone This first issue by Dark Horse is a retelling of the Turok origin story. Without a shadow of a doubt, this issue does justice to the video game’s 64-bit gameplay. This is not the first time the dinosaur hunter has seen an ink and panel interpretation; in fact, very few people know that Turok is actually a story from the early 1950s. For those who haven’t played the classic N64 games, Turok is an American Indian brave who gets lost in the land before time with his side-kick, Andar. This story has been told so many times that the origins

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freshman keeper Ryan Aubrey replaced Fetterman. Aubrey made three saves in the final 27 minutes of the match. To put the game into perspective, the Bulls had no shots on goal in the match and didn’t record a shot until the second half. Though Astudillo wasn’t happy with the loss, he understood the

level of competition his team was up against. He feels these types of games will strengthen his team. “I think in the future, knowing that we have taken on three or four teams that are in the top 20, not being able to get the results but being able to play with them, the confidence is there,” Astudillo said. “Whoever else we play can’t be as good as Akron.”

The final stretch gets a bit easier for the Bulls. They play the first of their final four games on Friday night against Northern Illinois (6-52, 0-3 MAC). In addition, Buffalo’s last four games will be played at UB Stadium. Kickoff against NIU is set for 7:30 p.m. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

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had success in New Haven. The twosome defeated Princeton 8-3. Much like their teammates, the pair was eliminated by Harvard’s Felton and Nguyen in the second round, 8-4. . The Bulls were less successful in singles play. Marcelo Mazzetto scored a first round win (7-5, 6-3) over Jonathan Schroeder of Boston College before falling in the second round. Sophomore Vusa Hove bounced back to win two matches in the consolation bracket after being beaten for the first time this season in singles play. The most shocking loss for the Bulls came when Princeton’s Dan

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Bulls junior Dylan Conway held a great pace during the entire event, which allowed him to finish in a very respectable 86th place with a time of 26:51. The Bulls next four men’s finishers stuck together through the whole race, finishing within just seven seconds of each other. Senior Jacob Hagen finished second for the Bulls as he clocked in at 27:10, putting him in 122nd place. Rounding out Buffalo’s top five was graduate Mike Gillis (124th place), freshman Zach Ahart (128th place), and senior Ryan Bloom (132nd place). The women’s race held 304 runners and took place in a 6k format.

Buffalo’s top finisher was sophomore Katie Sanders, who placed 87th in 22:28. Sophomore Emma Denton crossed the finish line shortly after Sanders, which put her in 131st place with a time of 22:59. The rest of the top five finishers for the Bulls were sophomore Sam Beim, who finished in 142nd, and seniors Christine Sprehe and Brittany Chilson, who grabbed 162nd and 166th, respectively. For their next matchup, the Bulls travel to Cornell on Friday for the Reif Invitational.

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Richardson upset Starakiewicz in the second round in a three-set match (7-5, 3-6, 6-4). Starakiewicz had earned a fourth seed and a first round bye. The time off may have been more of a detriment than a blessing. “He just ran into a guy that was playing very good tennis,” Nickell said. “He wasn’t quite as ready to play after having the bye. It was just a slow start and it ended up coming down to a few points in the third set.” The Bulls will close out the fall season at the Cornell Invitational on Oct. 29. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

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University teams. However, the strongest showing of all the UB teams went to the Novice 8 Boat, which took first place overall in the novice division of the race. With a race time of 19:21.93, the novice crew beat out competing crews from the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. The Bulls will continue their fall schedule on Nov. 6 in Syracuse, where they will compete in the Syracuse Invitational.

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right back up in the second half, and I think it was just a matter of playing the full 90 [minutes], instead of just playing parts of it.” The Bulls stopped the bleeding, however, and picked themselves up to force overtime. Buffalo regained momentum in the overtime period, outshooting the Cardinals three to two. But they were still unable to put away the winner. The game ended after two scoreless overtime periods, but head coach Michael Thomas was pleased with his team’s effort. “Having been in a goal scoring drought, it is nice to see the kids come out and battle so hard to create those chances,” Thomas said. “It would have been really easy to fold up and go home after going down 2-0. I thought the team showed a

bit of backbone by regrouping and making it a soccer game again.” The Bulls didn’t carry their performance over into Sunday’s game, as they dropped a 2-1 battle against conference leader Toledo (12-2-2, 8-0 MAC). Although they were outplayed for the entire first half and outshot 9-2, the Bulls limited the damage by allowing only one goal, which came on an unassisted blast by senior forward Erin Flynn. The Bulls have largely relied on the performance of freshman goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon to keep them in games this season. On Sunday, however, she had to leave the game in the first half with an injury. Wheldon was replaced by junior Danielle Quigley. “Quigley started the season as a starter, so we have all the confidence in her that we need,” Thomas said.

Freshman defender Natalie Jurisevic had a chance to put the Bulls up in the 80th minute. She ripped a shot from 30 yards out, but the shot was punched away by the Toledo keeper. “We always want to get our backs up at the attack,” Thomas said. “Natalie is such a fantastic athlete that when she covers all that ground she covers it well, and she was about a quarter of an inch from a potential game-winning goal.” The game-winning goal came in the 83rd minute when Rockets forward Brittany Hensler knocked a cross into the net. The goal gave the Rockets a lead they did not relinquish, extending their winning streak to nine games. The Bulls will play their final home game this Friday against Ohio at 5:30 p.m. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com


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Akron Zips Buffalo Scorecard TROY HAIMOWITZ Staff Writer

On Saturday night, the men’s soccer team not only had to play against the best team in the Mid-American Conference, but they had to deal with the No.1 ranked team in the country. As expected, the Akron Zips (11-0-1, 4-0-0 MAC) bullied the Buffalo Bulls (5-7-1, 1-2-0 MAC) from start to finish in a 4-0 victory. Bulls head coach John Astudillo thought the effort from the Zips was top notch. “I think from almost every aspect on the field, Akron was quite a bit better and more efficient than we were,” Astudillo said. The Zips came roaring out of the gates, led by freshman forward Darren Mattocks. He posted a hat trick, scoring three of Akron’s four goals. Overall, Akron outshot the Bulls 22-2 in the match. “Mattocks is an outstanding guy once he gets inside the

18,” Astudillo said. “He has outstanding speed…He’s quite clever, quite tricky, and did a good job on the night.” While it doesn’t show up on the score sheet, Akron dominated the Bulls in the match on 50-50 balls. Buffalo lacked poise and control at

midfield in the match, leading to Akron’s complete domination from the opening whistle. Goalkeeper Nick Fetterman was tested throughout the game. After Mattocks completed his hat trick, • see MSOCCER | page 10

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Senior defensman Casey Derkacz (11) and the Bulls were outshot 22-2 as they came up short against number one ranked Akron.

Searching for consistency

wom e n ’s s o c c e r

ANDREW BELLAFLORES Staff Reporter

The women’s soccer team had two opportunities over the weekend to win its first match since early September. However, they couldn’t put it together for a whole game and dropped a pair of home matches. The Bulls (1-13-2, 0-6-2 Mid-American Conference) hosted two conference opponents this weekend at UB Stadium. While striking out in the win column, the team broke its scoreless streak that stood at four games. In a hard fought game on Friday night, the Bulls fell just short of victory in a 2-2 draw with Ball State (6-8-2, 0-6-2 Mid-American Conference). The scoreless streak was ended in the 29th minute of the game when sophomore midfielder Natasha Arana put the Bulls on the board with her third goal of the season.

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The Bulls finally ended their goal draught, but could only muster a tie and a loss over the weekend.

Sophomore defender Shannon Algoe followed suit with a long-range goal in the 43rd minute to give the Bulls a two-goal lead heading into the break. “It was sick,” Algoe said. “I was pretty excited about [scoring a long-ranged goal]. I did it all the time in high school, but I have not been able to do it since.” However, the Bulls failed

to hold their lead in the second half, as the Cardinals posted two goals early in the half. Algoe was happy to see the early improvement but felt her team needed to keep focus and try to finish off the Cardinals. “We came out as a team in the first half, and after the two goals we sat back a little,” Algoe said. “I know we picked • see WSOCCER | page 10

NBA Preview: Atlantic Division JACOB LAURENTI | Sports Editor

BOSTON CELTICS

NEW YORK KNICKS

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

NEW JERSEY NETS

TORONTO RAPTORS

Additions: Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, Delonte West

Additions: Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Roger Mason Jr., Kelenna Azubuike

Additions: Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, Andres Nocioni, Darius Songolia

Additions: Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Travis Outlaw, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar Losses: Chris Douglas-Roberts, Courtney Lee, Yi Jianlian

Additions: Leandro Barbosa, Linas Kleiza, Ed Davis

Losses: Rasheed Wallace, Tony Allen

With Shaq and Jermaine O’Neal alongside Rajon Rondo and “The Big Three,” the Celtics look poised to make one final run at a ring. The two big men should be more than enough to replace Wallace, who spent most of his time at the 3-point line last season. Boston had an improbable playoff run, defeating both Dwayne Wade and Lebron James in consecutive series. Now, they will have to compete against the combination of the two. However, the Celtics do look like the team with the best chance at taking down the “New Big Three.” They are a veteran team, and as long as they stay healthy they should have no problem winning the division. Prediction: First Place in Atlantic (64-18)

Losses: David Lee, Chris Duhon, Al Harrington

The Knicks will be one of the most exciting teams to watch this season, adding the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph and Raymond Felton. Felton should be a major improvement from Chris Duhon, who made Knicks fans cringe at times with his poor 3-point shooting. However, New York still remains a mediocre team. Danilo Gallinari is still developing, and Wilson Chandler needs to work on his decision-making. The Knicks, with added shooters and scorers, should be a better fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system and should contend for a playoff spot in a weak Eastern Conference.

Losses: Samuel Dalembert, Willie Green

The Sixers quietly made a few great moves this offseason, adding solid role players to their roster. Evan Turner is the most NBA-ready of the rookie class and should form an exciting young backcourt with Jrue Holiday. With Samuel Dalembert gone, Elton Brand should have more space to operate down low, and driving lanes will open up for Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young. The Sixers should improve from last year’s disappointing season and come close to a .500 record. Prediction: Third Place in Atlantic (38-44)

Even though the Nets completely retooled their roster, it doesn’t look like it will make much of a difference. Derrick Favors isn’t expected to do much in his rookie season, and the frontcourt of Troy Murphy and Robin Lopez won’t be very formidable defensively. I don’t think the Nets will be as bad as they were last year, and Murphy will help them out with rebounding. His 3-point shooting should open up space for Devin Harris to drive. Despite these minor improvements, their poor defense will result in the Nets being one of the league’s worst.

Losses: Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu

The Raptors are devoid of any serious NBA talent. The departures of Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu have relegated the Raptors to the bottom of the NBA. Andrea Bargnani is not a franchise player and will struggle if Toronto looks to him as the first option for scoring. Barbosa’s talent only fits into a system like Pheonix, and Demar Derozan is not a great wing player. His inexperience will show during the season. One thing the Raptors won’t lack is a top pick in next year’s draft. Prediction: Fifth Place in Atlantic (17-59)

Prediction : Fourth Place in Atlantic (20-62)

Prediction: Second Place in Atlantic (48-34)

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Crossing the finish line

Doubles teams strong at ITA Regionals

Bulls impress in inaugural showing

VINNY LEPORE Staff Reporter

On Saturday, the cross country team traveled to Penn State’s Blue and White Golf Courses to participate in one of the largest tournaments of the year. The tournament had some of the best competition in the country, making for a tough weekend for every squad. The lineup included defending NCAA Champion Villanova, a team that ran four All-Americans from last year on Saturday. The field also included 15 of the top NCAA

finishers from last season. The UB men and women’s squads both fared well against the country’s top competition, as both squads finished in the middle of the pack. Buffalo’s men grabbed 503 points in a 27-team race on the 5.2 mile course, which was good enough to place them 18th overall. The men’s race also fielded a total of 266 runners. The women’s team also put up a good fight against the top teams, placing 20th in a 31-team field with 592 points. • see CROSS COUNTRY | page 10

STEVE CARR Staff Writer

The men’s tennis team took to the courts this weekend to claim regional supremacy. The USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships ran from last Thursday to Monday and showcased top talent from schools such as Princeton, Harvard, Boston College and Dartmouth. With such prestigious names on the schedule, many opponents would be

intimidated. The Bulls, however, were confident. “We came in having really high expectations,” said head coach Lee Nickell. “Everyone was fired up to go play in that tournament. We expected to make some deep runs in singles and to get far in doubles as well.” The most successful team of the week was the tandem of seniors Marcelo Mazzetto and Mitch Zenaty. The two made it to the fourth round, downing Holy Cross (8-2), • see TENNIS | page 10

MEGAN LEACH Staff Writer

Racing in its first event of the year, the rowing team used discipline to gain successful results at the Head of the Genesee Invitational on Saturday. The Bulls’ Varsity 8 “A” boat finished 45 seconds after the race winner, Duke University, and took second place with a race time of 32:36.56. Headed by junior coxswain Alison Sheehan, the eight-member crew beat out

competing teams from Cornell and Syracuse. Coming in only three seconds behind Syracuse, the Bulls’ Varsity 8 “B” boat finished the race with a time of 33:09.22 to take fifth place in the invite. The Lightweight 8 Boat also competed for the Bulls, joining the main competition group and finishing in eighth place. Sophomore Taylor Drozenski led the team to a 33:49.48 finish, sliding ahead of the two Duquesne • see ROWING | page 10

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