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Andrew Cuomo wins New York State Gubernatorial Race
LAUREN NOSTRO Senior News Editor
New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo was elected governor of New York State on Tuesday after a remarkably vicious race against Republican/Conservative candidate Carl Paladino. MSNBC and the Associated Press announced Cuomo as the projected winner just two minutes after polling sites closed at 9 p.m. “The mandate tonight is to clean up Albany and to have elected officials who represent the people of this state and not the special interests and not the lobbyists,” Cuomo said in his victory speech. “The people of the state of New York want a government that they can trust, a government that they can be proud of once again, a government that they deserve, and they are going to get it.”
The Search Begins Presidential Search Committee Listens to Community Opinions BRENDON BOCHACKI Asst. News Editor
The search for UB’s 15th president has officially commenced, and the search committee, made up of several members of the administration and the UB Council, wants to hear what the UB community would like to see in their next president. On Monday, the committee held the second of three open listening sessions in the Center for the Arts Screening Room. After giving a brief overview of the process and progress so far, the committee opened up the floor to questions and comments from the audience. “What’s certainly important for me is to hear from the community about your aspirations for the campus and university, what you think some of the challenges are on the campus, and what are the traits and qualities that you are seeking in the [president],” said Scott Weber, professor of civil structural and environmental engineering, vice provost for undergraduate education, and a member of the search committee. As Weber explained, the primary motivation for the listening sessions was to help the committee in forming the position profile for the presidency that details the responsibilities and expectations of the job. Not surprisingly, a large portion of the audience comments focused on the financial struggles of the • see PRESIDENT | page 4
Andrew M. Cuomo Cuomo now joins the elite club of father-and-son governors. His father, Mario, held the position of governor for three-terms during the 1980s and 1990s. Cuomo, 52, led in the polls from the start against Paladino, 64, a Buffalo-based businessman who has received heavy support from the Tea Party Movement.
As of press time, Cuomo had 58 percent of the vote, with 10 percent of votes reported. In Erie County, Paladino had 64 percent of the vote, with 2 percent of votes reported, while in Niagara County, Paladino had 70 percent of the vote, with 40 percent of votes reported. Travis Nemmer, vice president of the UB College Republicans, responded to Tuesday’s election results. “Paladino lost. I’m not shocked,” Nemmer said. “[It was a] good effort, but Paladino shouldn’t have become distracted [by threatening to take out New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker] and [by his comments made in regards to the LGBTA community in early October]. However, we’re really excited about the [Republican] pick-ups in the House. In the Senate, the 52 seats [Republicans] could get doesn’t really get us much.” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
W EDN ESDAY EDI T ION November 3, 2010 Volume 60 Issue 27
A Gala for a Cause DANNIELLE O’TOOLE Staff Writer
“Opening Doors” is the fitting theme of the 2010 UB Scholarship Gala, which enables students, regardless of financial need, to attend the University at Buffalo. This year will be the fifth annual Scholarship Gala, an event which raises funds for undergraduate and graduate student scholarships. It helps open doors for those who hope to attend UB or students who are already enrolled but need financial assistance. “President John B. Simpson initiated the Scholarship Gala in 2006 as one of the university’s premier events to raise funds for student scholarships,” said Ann R. Brown, senior director of development communications. UB raised around $650,000 for scholarships through the past four galas. Simpson attends the gala with hundreds of university and community supporters.
“Our students are, very literally, our future – the future of UB, and of the larger communities we serve, here in Western New York and across the globe,” Simpson said. Scholarships, including those made possible through funds raised at the gala, help guarantee that top students continue to choose to attend UB. The UB 2020 strategic plan has been designed to transform the institution into a model 21st century public university. To achieve this, the university seeks to attract the best and brightest students. More than half of UB underg r a du at e s t udent s r e cei ve financial need-based scholarships or grants, and almost two-thirds of students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree have loans averaging $29,000. The Scholarship Gala is just one of many efforts to help ensure that every promising student has the opportunity to pursue a first-rate • see GALA | page 9
UB Drinking Underage JENNIFER HARB Senior Life Editor
College is the first time that many students are out of their parents’ direct supervision. Parties, bars and alcohol usually serve as icebreakers for those meeting hundreds of new people. However, drinking under the age of 21 is illegal under federal law and is thus not allowed anywhere on campus. Many times when students break the rules, University Police get involved. Last year, according to the University Police Crime Statistics, there were 853 liquor law violations; 821 of these occurred on campus, inside residence halls. The decision as to whether or not the UPD is called to the scene is largely under the Resident Advisor’s discretion.
“I think there is zero tolerance [when it comes to] drinking,” said Richard Linde, assistant chief of police. “We don’t necessarily get called on every instance… but they are referred to Student Wide Judiciary or the Residence Hall [Association] if they get caught.” When students are referred to SWJ, they could face a number of punishments. According to Marize Ayob, a university hearings representative for the SWJ, punishments may require a student to complete community service hours, write up to a five-page paper about what he or she learned from a specific incident, attend a four-hour educational program called UB Safer about what alcohol and substances do to your body, or, if the offense is severe enough, attend Clinton Hodnett /The Spectrum
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Underage students who visit bars wash the Xs off of their hands.
Voices of the ADA Generation LAUREN NOSTRO Senior News Editor
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is compiling an anthology of stories to explore the experiences of the ADA Generation. The ADA is a civil rights law that protects the rights of disabled people. The AAPD are seeking creative non-fiction essays from young people (ages 13 to 30) with disabilities. People with all types of disabilities are able to submit their stories. All proposals are due by Jan. 15. The UB Disability Services staff is encouraging students to submit their stories for the AAPD book-length anthology that will record the stories
of disabled young people on what it is to grow up with a disability in this generation. Catherine Scharf, a Division I athlete on the women’s swimming and diving team and a senior health and human services and sociology major who is legally blind, is in the process of writing an essay for the AAPD anthology. “My essay is a picture window into my life with a disability,” Scharf said. “It has given those around me a way to see inside my life and [has given me] a way to see outside of it. It is so important for students with and without disability to participate with reading and writing these submissions.” According to Scharf, the essay submission is a step toward a social change of what disability is and more importantly, what disability is not. “You begin seeing human beings,
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not disabled people,” Scharf said. Disability Services and the Intercultural and Diversity Center will be holding a roundtable discussion about disability this Wednesday at 6 p.m. in 240 Student Union. The discussion is open to anyone from the ages of 13 to 30 interested in sharing their experiences. The roundtable discussion is hosted by members of the Office of Disability Services, including Dr. Mike Rembis, a visiting scholar in the Department of American Studies and the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame. Rembis is also the inaugural fellow and visiting scholar in the Center for Disability Studies and the UB Department of History. According to Dr. Susan Mann Dolce, a counselor in the Office of Disability Services, students interested in submitting an essay can partner up with a staff member at opinion — 3
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Disability Services who will mentor and help them with the writing process. The roundtable discussion will provide students with an informal, enjoyable experience where students can feel safe discussing their personal experiences. “[At Disability Services] we work with an accommodation model, but we are interested in creating programming where it would not be as much about accommodating students but [giving them] the mechanisms to explore their identity, develop skills, participate with peers and to interact and have fun,” Dolce said. Disability Services currently offers students with disabilities one-on-one counseling services. However, the program is working on • see ADA | page 4 classifieds — 11
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HUMAN RIGHTS IN PERSPECTIVE
The Woman Behind the Scholar-Activist: Perspectives on the Life of Alison Des Forges
A TRIBUTE TO ALISON DES FORGES
Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Fund Committee Thursday, November 18 • 3:00-4:00 p.m. Student Union 210
KEYNOTE LECTURES Monday, November 15 • 3:30 p.m. • Student Union Theater
Rwanda, Darfur and Guantanamo: The Struggle for Human Rights and Justice
Challenges of Justice in Central Africa
Richard Dicker, Director
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary African Politics, Hampshire College
International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch
FILM SERIES Pray the Devil Back to Hell Tuesday, November 16 • 7:00 p.m. Student Union Theater
The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court Wednesday, November 17 • 4:00 p.m. Natural Sciences Complex 220
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mandated counseling. Some students don’t think that such strict enforcement is necessarily the best measure. “I do think it is a problem that students are forced to drink in cramped or secluded places where there is little supervision if anything goes wrong,” said Chad Burlee, a senior political science major. “The harder authorities crack down, the harder students will find ways to drink, and it will not always be the safest way.” According to Linde, when police ask students how they obtained their alcohol, most say they used a fake ID or got it from a friend who is over the age of 21. “I’ve had people get me alcohol before and have occasionally [gotten] it for others now that I’m 21,” Burlee said. “What’s the worst that can happen? [Liquor stores] just won’t sell it to me. I highly doubt I’ll get slapped with a ‘serving a minor’ charge.” Other students feel differently about supplying alcohol to minors. “I wouldn’t buy [alcohol] for a minor because it’s illegal,” said Robert Royal, a senior communication major. “The longer [underage students] wait, statistically, the less likely they [are to] become alcoholics.” Even if a student doesn’t have a friend of legal age, some believe that obtaining alcohol isn’t a difficult feat. “I think bars and liquor stores know about fake IDs and kind of turn a blind eye toward it so they can benefit from the sales that underage drinkers bring in,” said Jordan
“The harder authorities crack down, the harder students will find ways to drink, and it will not always be the safest way.” - Chad Burlee Stewart, a senior communication major. The stretch of Main Street right by South Campus hosts a number of bars that many college students feel are lenient in their admission of underage students. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, claims she just has to push up her chest and smile at the bouncer in order to gain entrance to bars on Main Street. A freshman exercise science major added that many bars allow 18 to 20 year olds in with a mark on their hands to indicate that they are underage. However, many patrons simply wash the mark off of their hands in the bar’s bathroom. Sometimes, however, getting into a bar isn’t as simple as one may believe. “I’d say, with a fake [ID], you probably have a 50/50 shot at getting in underage. I’ve never used one before, but I hear it just depends on the bouncer,” Burlee said. “Sometimes they’re really smart and can spot the smallest details that are incorrect.” If underage students are caught drinking off-campus, campus enforcement is more difficult.
“If we find out about it, we would refer them to SWJ,” Linde said. “We obviously don’t know of every instance unless they’re involved in something [for which we’d typically] get notified.” More problems arise when intoxicated students decide to leave the parties or bars. Unfortunately, both non-students and students drive drunk on campus, which is a hazard to other students on the road. “Year-to-date, there were 60 [DWIs]. I would say… a little less than a third were probably students. Otherwise, it was people who just wandered on campus,” Linde said. When students are arrested for DWI, they are typically sent to the Amherst Town Court and are reported to SWJ, according to Linde. According to Michael Hilburger, chief hearings representative for the SWJ, punishments for on-campus DWIs are typically tailored to the individual incident rather than applied to a strict and unchanging established disciplinary system. Underage drinking may not be solely an issue on the UB campus, but instead a widespread trend on campuses nationwide. “I think that underage drinking has become really acceptable in our society,” Stewart said. “It is viewed as just a part of life when you are in college, which in turn leads to more underage drinking. It’s a vicious cycle.”
Additional reporting by Annie Schneider.
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Zach Galifianakis blows smoke rings in the face of ignorance Bold television statement makes a valid point Not many will be surprised to hear that actor/ comedian Zach Galifianakis recently guest starred on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Fewer will be surprised that the young actor decided to light up a marijuana cigarette on the air. The theme of Maher’s show was the legalization of marijuana, a topic that Galifianakis said is contentious only because of a fixed taboo against the drug and a popular mythology about the effects on the smoker. In order to demonstrate the stigma, Galifianakis pulled out a joint from his inside pocket and lit it nonchalantly. To the apparent surprise of the audience and to the other panelists on the show, the young actor dragged from the joint in indifference to the cheers and gasps. The other panelists, now uncomfortable, avoided contact with the little white cylinder, clearly horrified for their careers if they were to follow the lead of Galifianakis. He jokingly screamed out in horror at several dragons, hoping to demonstrate the ridiculousness of the perceived effects of the drug and poking fun at propaganda that continues to support the prohibition of a manageable drug. Galifianakis’ point was to show that people’s misconceptions about marijuana are based on myth and that such ignorance still has an effect on people that know the truth about the drug’s mild temperament. The experiment went quite well; the other panelists reacted just the way that he wanted, and it proved his point.
In many ways, it is a good thing to make the issue a public spectacle, and a celebrity’s attention and opinions about controversy are always met with a considerable allowance of credibility. Though typically dedicated to making jokes, Galifianakis made a valid and intelligent point and proved its worth with a simple controlled experiment. Indeed, those that are afraid of pulling the same stunt on television advocate such a move to break the ice. Perhaps people will now be bolder off the air and will wake from propaganda-fueled disillusionment. But in other ways, it was not the best move for Galifianakis to make in support of California’s Proposition 19. For those that are opposed to the plan and to the drug, it seems like his actions will turn few heads. One can only take a comedian as seriously as one can take his jokes. It seems, to some, that this was just another one of his actions in character, not to be taken as seriously as the political current for the proposition, which takes a more hard-hitting stance on how much money marijuana regulation can make for a financially suffering state. Many will condemn Galifianakis for his audacious behavior, but it seems that such a bold move could only help the cause, as the discord against his actions only adds credence to his argument. We salute Mr. Galifianakis for his boldness, and we hope that this anti-hero’s point is taken well by the less-than-accommodating media.
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It is becoming an exhausting conversation: the topic of whether or not the Buffalo Police Department can handle its job. Doubts about its leadership all the way down to its passenger seat officers are frequently discussed in and around the University Heights. After the recent events on Lisbon Avenue, students are concerned about their safety on South Campus, not so much because of crime, but because they feel their police do not effectively protect and serve. To briefly recap, a number of students were gangassaulted at 211 Lisbon Ave. on a weekend night. It took the police 30 minutes to arrive at the scene, having changed the call’s priority three times. In a recent meeting at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, police spokesmen took turns denying the late reaction time and assigned blame to the students for the incident. They held fast to their argument, which basically stated that the students should not have had a house party and that the crime was brought upon themselves as a result of their irresponsibility. But it is a heinous crime in itself to blame a victim for a wrong done unto him just so that BPD can feel justified in their sluggish punctuality. That would be like blaming a rape victim for wearing a skirt, as one of the parents at the community meeting stated. Granted, there may have been other things in the Heights that required attention over a priority-three call for a fistfight. Police claimed that there was a stabbing off of South Campus that had priority over the Lisbon complaint.
Being understaffed is an understatement. Also, Buffalo Police precincts are shoddily placed: jurisdictions in the Heights are split down the middle via Main Street. But redistricting seems like the obvious solution that the city has not yet addressed. Despite their having felt attacked by bad press, the Buffalo Police should not have said that the students were “victimizing themselves,” or made allusions to how house parties are the cause of the problem. That defies basic logic and takes a headlong plunge into the absurd. These fully-grown police spokesmen attempted to irresponsibly direct blame away from BPD. But pointing fingers after the event is rather fruitless. It is easy to blame and to think about what could have happened if things had gone a little differently. The main thing is, even if the police had shown up within five minutes of the attack, most of the damage would have been done anyway. Several house parties occur each weekend in the heights; you also can’t blame the students because trouble found their one party. We think that the Buffalo Police made a huge error in the heat of the moment when they blamed innocent students for a crime that happened to them. Though it may have been an unavoidable delay that stopped them from arriving at the scene directly, it would have been more responsible of the police to own up to their tardiness than to throw it back in the bruised faces of assault victims.
THE WORD AROUND CAMPUS 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.)
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more interesting to me this year.” Your writers’ lack of a high school level vocabulary makes The Spectrum a parody of an actual newspaper.
> I love when some of the money I put toward this school goes toward new TVs to display the food I eat. I do not want to watch food; I’d rather eat it!
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Senior Life Editor
Buffalo needs a splash Untapped potential, underdeveloped land and numerous possibilities are all phrases that can be used to describe the current situation of Buffalo’s waterfront. Recently, Buffalo City Councilwoman Bonnie E. Russell of the University District urged lawmakers to entertain a new idea for the Queen City’s inner harbor: a “world-class aquarium.” I think this is a great idea and could lead to great things for Buffalo. The idea to build a new aquarium is stemming from the National Aquarium, located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The National Aquarium is one of Baltimore’s premier attractions for both residents and tourists, drawing about 1.6 million visitors each year. Every time I visit the aquarium, it is always booming with visitors, and it offers exhibits that educate and entertain. Russell is envisioning a Great Lakes-themed Inner Harbor Aquarium at the Memorial Auditorium site. She is lobbying for it to become one of Buffalo’s premier attractions and believes it will jumpstart the revitalization of the entire waterfront. Buffalo can benefit greatly from an aquarium, but it can’t solely focus on the Great Lakes. It needs to feature ecosystems, plants and animal life from around the globe. The Georgia Aquarium, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, has drawn more than three million visitors every year since it opened in 2006. The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium, and Buffalo doesn’t have the funds, sponsorship or room to top Atlanta’s aquarium. But it would be wise for the Common Council to realize that Georgia’s is so successful because of the variety of animals it holds. I do agree that it is important for Buffalonians and visitors from around the globe to learn about the Great Lakes, but as an ocean and water enthusiast, it is my belief that people will want to see more than the freshwater fish that inhabit the murky waters of lakes. Vice Chairman Larry Quinn of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. wonders how effective a prospective inner harbor aquarium might be with the Aquarium of Niagara already in Niagara Falls. Having previously volunteered at the Aquarium of Niagara, I believe that the facility is run down and in need of extreme updating and better habitats for its animals. Squirt, the most popular sea lion at the Aquarium of Niagara, was euthanized just last month because of a deteriorating health condition. Perhaps with a better facility, better veterinary care could be provided for the animals. Having worked at premier marine park facilities such as SeaWorld and Gulf World Marine Park, I can assure that if the aquarium is done right, people will visit and pay for a place where learning can be educational and fun for the whole family. The Aquarium of Niagara is a joke; it’s small and old, and it doesn’t excite Western New York residents to revisit year after year. I agree with Quinn that it doesn’t make sense to have two aquariums in a small region, but the current one is less than acceptable. Building a premier site on the waterfront would solve a lot of problems. Mayor Byron Brown says Niagara Falls doesn’t want to lose its aquarium, but the city isn’t expanding it and doesn’t have the funding to complete necessary updates, which is unacceptable. Brown believes that people would travel to differentiated fish-related attractions, but he couldn’t be more wrong. Russell is spot on with her belief that a state-of-the-art aquarium with both fresh water and salt water would attract visitors. Buffalo’s aquarium would have a specific niche catering toward the Great Lakes, but it should also house many others in smaller exhibits. An inner harbor aquarium would also spur the development of hotels, restaurants, and new retail complimenting the existing inner harbor attractions. City Council members need to wake up, stick with a plan, start development and realize that an aquarium will provide the splash of success this city really needs to get back on the map of great tourist destinations. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pol ice 10/25 — A golf cart was taken from Alumni Arena and was later recovered. 10/26 — A subject suffered a left ankle injury at the Center for the Arts and sought his own aid. 10/26 — A subject was taken to ECMC from Richmond Quadrangle for an evaluation.
10/26 — A subject was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital from Putnams for a water burn.
10/26 — A subject passed out in Hochstetter Hall and was taken to ECMC.
10/26 — A subject suffered an asthma attack at Clark Hall and was taken to ECMC. 10/26 — An unattended textbook was taken from Capen Undergraduate Library.
10/26 — Pills were found and confiscated by an RA in a Spaulding Quadrangle room, and the subject was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary.
10/27 — Two subjects were involved in a dispute at Flint Loop and were referred to the Student Wide Judiciary. 10/27 — A bicycle was taken from Abbott Hall by an unknown subject.
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10/27 — A subject was taken from Schoellkopf Hall to ECMC for groin pain.
10/27 — A vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle at Governors B lot.
10/27 — A subject was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Wilkeson Quadrangle for feeling ill. 10/27 — Edward J. O’Hern was arrested and charged with marijuana possession at Wilkeson Quadrangle and was also referred to the Student Wide Judiciary.
10/28 — Unattended clothing was taken from a Red Jacket Quadrangle laundry room. 10/28 — A vehicle door was damaged at the Special Events lot. 10/28 — Three subjects were referred to
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10/28 — A subject was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Spaulding lot for muscle pain. 10/28 — Unattended clothing was taken from a Red Jacket laundry room.
10/29 — A subject fell and suffered a head injury at Farber lot and was taken to ECMC. 10/29 — An iPhone was taken from O’Brian library by an unknown subject.
10/29 — A UB card was stolen from Norton Hall and later used.
10/29 — A subject was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Porter Quadrangle for a knee injury.
10/29 — A subject was referred to Human Resources for workplace harassment. 10/29 — A vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle at Alumni Arena lot.
10/29 — Christopher Thomas was arrested and charged with shoplifting at the Commons and was also referred to the Student Wide Judiciary. 10/30 — A subject was taken to ECMC and referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for alcohol and other drugs at Lee Road.
10/30 — A subject was taken to ECMC and referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for alcohol and other drugs at Porter Quadrangle. 10/30 — An intoxicated subject from 380 Wilkeson Quadrangle was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary.
10/30 — Two subjects were involved in a dispute at Wilkeson Quadrangle and were referred to the Student Wide Judiciary. 10/30 — A subject was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from the Natural Sciences Complex for flu symptoms.
10/30 — A bat was found in a Fargo Quadrangle room and an exterminator was notified.
10/30 — A subject was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital from Hadley Village for a diabetic reaction . 10/30 — Graffiti was found on a vehicle in Fargo lot. 10/30 — A sign was painted with graffiti at Pritchard Hall.
10/31 — A subject was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for underage alcohol possession in Richmond Quadrangle. 10/31 — A subject was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for violating rules and regulations at Townsend lot.
10/31 — Vehicle tires were slashed in the Main Bailey lot.
10/31 — Four subjects were referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for marijuana possession at Goodyear Hall. 10/31 — Two juveniles were arrested for attempting to steal a bicycle at Main Circle.
10/31 — Christian M. Legg was arrested and charged with marijuana possession at Wilkeson Quadrangle and was also referred to the Student Wide Judiciary.
10/31 — Jacob R. Hall was arrested and charged with marijuana possession and was also referred to the Student Wide Judiciary. 11/1 — A hole was put in a wall by an unknown subject at Millard Fillmore Academic Center.
11/1 — Alex J. Swiderski was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated at Webster Road and refused a blood alcohol test. 11/1 — A subject was referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for an off campus assault on Englewood Avenue. 11/1 — A vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle by Jarvis A lot.
11/1 — Two subjects were referred to the Student Wide Judiciary for disorderly conduct at the Commons.
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developing peer support groups on campus. The roundtable discussion is one of the first steps in allowing students to open up about their experiences in a safe and welcoming environment. “We are just trying to create programming that allows students to have a voice, and this Voices of the ADA Generation project has been developed by the [AAPD], but [Disability Services] thought it would be a great opportunity for our students and we can provide support for them,” Dolce said. According to Angelica Soto, a
graduate assistant in the Office of Disability Services, the roundtable discussion is open to all students who want to participate. “We want to keep in mind that [for] the people who do come to participate, we want it to be a safe and welcoming environment,” Soto said. “Regardless of whether or not [students] decide to write an essay, they can at least come and tell their story or hear others’ stories because there’s not many other opportunities for students to publish essays like this.” Disability Services is also offering a $100 prize to the essay with the “Greatest Impact.” Staff members of
the Office of Disability Services will read essay submissions anonymously and vote on each work. Dolce hopes the roundtable discussion will encourage students to submit essays and be able to talk about their experiences with disabilities. “A lot of students spend a lot of time not talking about their experience because they’re trying to fit in with what [other] students might act like,” Dolce said. “We’re really happy that [AAPD] has decided to develop this program.”
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university. “I hope that the new president will have a sincere and strong interest in raising money for this university,” said Deborah Mckinzie, associate vice president for constituent development for the College of Arts and Sciences. According to Mckinzie, the president’s support in trying to solicit donations internally and externally is absolutely crucial. “It makes a world of difference in the kinds of relationships we can develop,” Mckinzie said. “We tee it up. It’s very hard to close it without good leadership. There are just people who simply will not give unless they are asked by the president.” Cayden Mak, a graduate student in media studies, commented on the importance of preserving the spirit of UB as a public institution, a spirit he felt was being threatened by
recent administrative decisions and components of the UB 2020 plan. “One of the things that concerns us is that the approach to privatize what is essentially a public institution has not been shown to be successful,” Mak said. “I think that there’s been a bit of a failure in this idea that we can create these partnerships with private corporations, and that we can break away from state funding and state oversight that I just think are really irresponsible.” In response to state budget cuts, committee members noted that the university has been forced to look elsewhere for financial support and that the new president will likely continue this effort. “There is one problem with the concept of state university - how state is a state university when the state keeps cutting its funding to the university?” said Robert G. Hoeing, associate professor of linguistics, chair of the Faculty Senate and a member of the search committee. “Sometimes we’re forced to look
for alternative funding sources.” Laura Mangan, coordinator of civic engagement and public policy in the Office of Strategic Strengths, stressed the importance of having a president who understood and supported the university’s commitment to community-based research. “We are a public research university,” Mangan said. “We’re looking for someone who understands the value of research that is taken outside of the ivory tower.” Throughout the session, committee members made it clear that while they have a few candidates of their own in mind and expect to receive many applications, they are completely open to considering nominations for the position from members of the community. The third listening session for the committee will be held on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in 105 Harriman Hall on South Campus. E-mail: email@example.com
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With Great Power Comes Great Comedy Animated film Megamind provides audiences with plenty of laughs VANESSA FRITH Asst. Arts Editor
As two planets lie on the brink of destruction, hopeful parents launch their kids toward Earth. One boy lands in a rich home, while the other crashes into a prison. No points for correctly guessing who turns out evil. Raised by some of Metro Cit y ’s f inest criminals, Megamind (Will Ferrell, Everything Must Go), the Smurf-colored villain, is continually upstaged by the winsome heroics of Metro Man (Brad Pitt, Inglorious Basterds). Following the pattern of most dastardly masterminds, Megamind continually plans, and fails, to take revenge. That is until his most recent kidnapping of the Lois Lane-esque reporter, Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey, Date Night), leads to the untimely death of everyone’s favorite defender of justice. With Metro Man deep-sixed, Megamind is free to become the supremely evil overlord of Metro City. However, uncontested reign turns out to be a tad too boring for Megamind. To make life a bit more
Restoring Sanity With Insanity A cramped bus, little sleep, sunburn and a crowd that was so packed it didn’t leave enough room for me to scratch my nose may not seem like a great combination. However, it all came together for one of the best events of my life. The highlight of the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” in Washington, D.C. last Saturday was not the lineup, though seeing Ozzy Ozbourne and Yusef Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) share a stage was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It wasn’t even the jokes and speeches from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. It was rather the surprising sense of instant camaraderie that I felt with the enormous crowd of about 203,128 Americans. College students, aging hippies talking about past rallies, libertarians, moderate Republicans and Democrats and those who were simply drawn by the large crowds were all in attendance; it was all in the name of moderation and sanity. Many of the signs portrayed the vast diversity, with messages on signs reading, “People for the Responsible Use of Hitler References,” “Lazy People For…,” and “I Support This Sign.” There were signs bashing the Tea Party and hyperbolically making proclamations about eating babies. There was even
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interesting, he and his sidekick, Minion (David Cross, The Legend of Secret Places), harvest Metro Man’s DNA to create a new hero to battle. Yet Megamind’s incompetence is beyond all levels of comprehension, and he accidently administers the DNA to Ritchi’s love-struck cameraman, Hal (Jonah Hill, Get Him to the Greek). To make it all the more complicated, Megamind also masquerades around as Hal’s (now the superhero, Tighten) “space father” in order to train him to battle Megamind. All the while, he also poses as Bernard (Justin Theroux, John Adams) while he dates Ritchi. However, since Megamind is a bumbling fool, the Tighten project goes awr y a nd Megamind must become the
hero, showing that heroes are made, not born. It’s a big story packed into a small amount of time. Director Tom McGrath (The Penguins of Madagascar) doesn’t waste his precious screen time with long-winded discussions or ceaseless montages. The witty banter is quick and to the point while action rules the plotline. Hilarity is the main staple of the film, which can be seen from the cast selection. From Megamind’s mispronunciations and miscalculations to Ritchi’s sighs of exasperation, comedy is written into every line and every action. With most of the story riding on the character of Megamind, Ferrell has control of the audience. As he morphs from character to character, Ferrell’s vocal expressions
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Brian Eno, legendary producer of Coldplay, U2 and Talking Heads, has graced the Warp record label with a brand new solo outing entitled Small Craft on a Milk Sea. Excitement for the album will hit hardest for fans of the electronic/ambient genre that he helped create, and for good reason. After so many years, Eno proves quite able to deliver a gorgeous, moody and occasionally fearsome listening experience. The album begins with an ambient suite that spans the first three tracks. “Emerald and Lime” sets the slow, emotional pace with warm piano and ringing guitar notes, which are further mutated into a dark, sad place by “Complex Heaven” and the title track. From there, the album
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picks up into a dark, energetic and claustrophobic section of songs, beginning with “Flint March.” The electronic swells and tribal percussion sets the stage for the album’s most impressive highlight – the one-two punch of “Horse” • see ENO | page 9
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one memorable sign that had Barack Obama wearing a Marvin the Martian helmet and asking where he was really born. The main purpose of the rally was to show the country and the world that there are many people stuck in the middle in between the two extremes that tend to duke it out. This aim was achieved. Another purpose of the rally was to have the proceeds of all the merchandise go toward the restoration of the very mall that the rally was held on. This really says a lot about the state of America when a national landmark like the National Mall is falling into disrepair and a comedian that more Americans trust for news is the one to stand up and do something about it. Signs, jokes, musicians and entertainers aside, this rally did indeed help to restore sanity. It was a huge relief to see people from all over the country come together to fight back against the rhetoric and craziness that has gripped the political process on both sides during the last decade. I, for one, despite being exhausted from 16 hours spent on a bus and 10 hours touring D.C., am extremely glad that I went, restoring my sanity and all.
and personality are seamlessly transferred, which is probably one of the best accomplishments of the film. Another major achievement of the movie is its ability to mask actors’ identities. Too often, viewers of animated films are left with an easy recognition of a character’s voice. Instead of sitting there and just seeing Metro Man on the screen, one would be acutely aware that it is Pitt speaking. The director of Megamind, though, has managed to sidestep this pitfall, crafting characters that own their voices. Although Fey’s role is one of the most important, it is decidedly unmemorable. She might have half of the lines in the movie, but they are
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ollege campuses are hotbeds for entrepreneurial activity. The best time to start a business is during college for many reasons. Firstly, most students are bootstrapped, putting them in spending positions where only necessary dollars are spent. Necessity is the best way to innovate, and a low budget can be a blessing in disguise. Furthermore, on a college campus, students are surrounded by beneficial resources that can help new ventures succeed. Friends, professors and university departments are just a few of the places to turn to for support. Here is a list of business ventures that any student can start from his or her dorm room.
Grocery Delivery To Dorms / Apartment Difficulty: Easy Startup Cost: $0 to $100
This concept is rather simple. Being a student is time-consuming, and it’s sometimes tough to run to the local grocery store to fill up the mini-fridge. Help fellow students by creating a service that delivers groceries to campus dormitory complexes, on-campus residences and off-campus apartments. Go to the local grocery store to start compiling a menu of items to be offered. Make sure the menu includes essential items that students want. Snack packs, fruits, beverages and desserts are all things that should be included. Put the menu online or even distribute it in the form of a take-out menu. Make money by marking up the prices at a conservative rate to cover basic expenses and turn a profit. A small delivery fee can also be charged to offset costs. Orders will rush in if this service is publicized around campus and on Facebook.
Dorm Room Cleaning Business Difficulty: Medium Startup Cost: $100 to $500
An apartment or dorm room needs a good cleaning. after a night of partying or several weeks of neglect. Offer an affordable cleaning service around campus. The service should include vacuuming, cleaning private bathrooms and kitchens, window washing, and garbage cleaning. Basic cleaning supplies can be purchased nearby at Target or Wal-Mart, which are both located close to campus. Create different cleaning packages – a basic level, a premium level, and a pro level – and charge accordingly. The service can be advertised to college students through flyers and on Facebook. Get student testimonials to encourage more business, and give the first few customers a discount to get some easy word-of-mouth advertising. Once established, increase revenue by offering additional services, such as closet organizing and setting up study spaces. For optimal success, be sure to price the service affordably, advertising it as a necessity instead of a luxury. The need is already present, but a demand for the service can be quickly developed.
Difficulty: Medium Startup Cost: $0 to $100
Everyone on a college campus has to get laundry done somehow, except, of course, the smelly kid in the back of the class. For that reason, a college campus is the perfect place for a new laundry service to thrive. Laundry can be picked up from a meeting point on campus or directly from a student residence. Laundry can then be washed, folded and returned. Price the service per pound and provide students with a standard laundry bag to pack their clothes into. This service will not only save students time, but it will also relieve them of a huge inconvenience. Look to price such a service at $1 per pound, if not higher. This should leave ample room to cover any costs involved. If done correctly, happy customers will quickly spread the word to friends. A happy customer is the best possible form of advertising.
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A Week In Ink Issue No. 8 | NICHOLAS PINO | Asst. Arts Editor
Bruce Wayne – The Long Road Home: Ra’s al Ghul Ra’s is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the scariest and most powerful men alive in the DC universe. The man has his own criminal syndicate; now that’s true power. With that said, give any man 500 years, the secret to eternal life and a vast fortune of wealth, and see if he doesn’t become the only person to make Bruce Wayne feel a little uneasy. In “The Long Road Home” series, Ra’s plays a crucial part in testing the second of Batman’s padawan learners, Tim Drake, as Drake takes the helm of Wayne Enterprises. In this one shot of the 700-year-old terrorist, he actually tries to be helpful in his own twisted and predominantly vile way by attempting to kill Vicki Vale. Vale, as it turns out, has discovered Bruce Wayne’s disappearance and intends to publish what is certain to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning article that investigates how Batman went M.I.A. Ra’s burns down Vicki’s apartment and raises a blade against the young reporter’s life. Before the despicable demon casts his blow, the Caped Crusader busts onto the scene, saving Vale’s life and revealing that Bruce Wayne is back to restore order to Gotham. The plot line of this issue won’t turn any heads, nor will its twist ending have any lasting impact on its readers. Overall, this story is a mediocre read in a week that is rather lacking in the DCU department.
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Captain America No. 611 James “Bucky” Barne’s bloody history was thought to be behind him when he took up the shield and fought in the decked out red, white and blue spandex. His former life as the Winter Soldier, a brainwashed assassin controlled by Soviet Russia, has been discovered. Now it’s up to the U.S. government to decide the fate of the American hero. The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, is back from the land of the dead and must aid his fellow compatriot by clearing his name. Proof of a psychological takeover is tough to come by, and without any, Rogers’ only advice for his brother in arms is to run before the U.S. government seizes him. In this issue’s conclusion, Bucky, being a man who is dedicated to the American way, refuses to evade the law and now stands trial before the country he’s worked so hard to protect. The panels depicting Bucky’s life as the Winter Soldier are absolutely phenomenal. True to action hero form, the Winter Soldier has his back turned to a scene of mass chaos engulfed in flames, which is essentially the pinnacle of the word “cool.”
Star Wars: Blood Ties has been consistently surprising every issue, and this week’s release is no different. For those who missed “A week in ink: issue No. 5,” this ongoing tale of legendary bounty hunter Boba Fett has become one of the best stories on this side of the Outer Rim. Jango Fett was contracted by Count Dooku to kill a masked individual who was a spy of the Republic on the planet Atzerri. Making this a family outing, Jango brought his beloved clone son, Boba, on the excursion. As Jango ends the spy’s life, it is revealed that he shares a face with the bounty hunter. This was a clone from Kamino, who had gone rogue. Years later, as Boba takes the helm of his father’s business, he is contracted to kill Connor Freeman, a drunk wanted by a bloodthirsty crime lord. As Boba swoops in for the kill, he sees that he too shares a face with Freeman. Freeman was the name of the Republic spy Jango killed years ago. The hunter and his prey are half-brothers in the most abstract of ways. Family, as Boba discovers, is tough to kill. This issue has one of the coolest fight scenes in the series thus far, as Boba, outnumbered 10-to-1, faces down a coalition of rival bounty hunters. Underestimating a Fett is a severe miscalculation; one that often costs others their lives. The issue concludes with Connor stolen away and Boba facedown on the ground with a burning hole in his Mandalorian Armor. Visually stunning and mentally stimulating, “Star Wars: Blood Ties No. 3” induces a feeling that can only be described as “nerdy euphoria.” Take the nearest T-16 to the local literature outlet and pick up this comic, and don’t shoot any womp-rats on the way. They’re endangered.
Also, getting the chance to see the two shieldbearing Captains interacting with each other again brings back the nostalgic feeling that everything is right in the Marvel Universe, at least for now.
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Punk Goes Horribly Wrong From then on, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3 spirals steadily downward toward self-destruction. Track after track, listeners are dragged through the waist-deep muck of poorly constructed music.
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The Punk Goes… series has earned itself a reputation for putting out original and mostly well-received cover compilation albums. With the latest release, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3, however, listeners may want to just stick with the originals. The album starts things off on a rather unimpressive and mediocre note with Breathe Carolina’s cover of Jay Sean’s “Down.” With the exception of a failed attempt at a techno-inspired breakdown, the electrorock duo is unable to take the song and make it its own. Virtually the only difference in Breathe Carolina’s version is pitch. The vocals and background beat are all done on a higher note, but apart from that, the two versions sound identical. Overall, the song sounds like it would have if Jay Sean had done it before hitting puberty. The album then switches gears and goes on to a cover of Katy Perry’s “Hot N’ Cold” by Woe, is Me. The cover is a jarring mixture of heavy breakdowns, brutal vocals, and poppunk chorus sections. While all the style flip-flopping
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can seem a bit unbalanced, it works surprising well with “Hot N’ Cold” and makes it the best track on the album, especially since it features original lyrics from Woe, is Me’s vocalist Tyler Carter: “You change your mind/ like a psycho b**** but the sex is good so I think I’ll keep you around.” If the album had ended there, it might have actually been considered decent. But unfortunately for the bands’ reputations (and the listeners’ ears), it doesn’t.
Ranging from Artist vs. Poet’s cover of “Bad Romance” to This Century’s butchered rendition of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3 murders the concept of music and spits on its shallow grave. Amidst the slew of feces that is Punk Goes Pop Vol. 3, there is, in fact, one golden nugget to be found. Sparks The Rescue takes Lady Antebellum’s “I Need You” and actually puts an original spin on it in lieu of regurgitating the original, like so many other artists on the album did. This, however, isn’t enough to save the album from being a total disaster.
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easily forgettable. Even though the character is pivotal to the plot and does garner some laughs, she is the yin to Megamind’s yang and thus the dull voice of reason. Like many of the recent animated films, Megamind is offered in 3-D. However, creators avoid the shockand-awe tactics so often preferred by others, concentrating instead on
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competition. Seven teams of students were assigned to develop creative marketing plans to raise money for student scholarships. Students have decided to use homemade cookies as their product to raise funds. Their ultimate goal is to use their marketing skills to convince the audience that a donation to student scholarships is a worthy investment. Students will be fundraising before and during the Scholarship Gala. “I am excited to have been given the opportunity to give back to the UB community. This project has helped to further develop marketing skills while helping your peers,” said JoAnna Datz a senior business and communication major and MFC 274 student. “Our group is collecting donations from alumni, friends, family and community members who care about the success of UB students. Our marketing slogan is ‘Help S’more Students Get an Affordable Education.’” The 2010 Scholarship Gala will be held on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility in Alumni Arena on North Campus. Attendees are encouraged to wear UB “creative blue tie” attire. Andrew and Helen Cappuccino, longtime supporters and alumni of UB, are the 2010 co-chairs. Sponsors of this year’s gala are BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Turner Construction. Tickets are $200, with sponsorship opportunities and tables starting at $2,500.
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and “2 Forms of Anger.” The former works with dirty, organic sound effects and IDM beats, sounding at times like an update of Pink Floyd’s “On the Run.” Meanwhile, “2 Forms of Anger” spends time building up like an old, unpredictable machine until finally bursting into an all-out rock and roll release, steadily going out of control. “Paleosonic” signals the end of Small Craft’s middle section with a bang. It’s a propulsive, schizophrenic piece that qualifies as the most interesting track. The album’s third section brings a return to dark, chilly ambience,
save “Emerald Stone,” an endearing reprise of the album opener. The finale, “Late Anthropocene,” is the longest track, at 8:09, and closes the album with a soothing ambient mood. With four tracks of a similar sound before it, fans may wish Eno had saved something more special for the ending. Though it is no Another Green World, Small Craft is sure to satisfy fans of the genre and of Eno. While some of the tracks seem to end too soon and the last third closes the album with more of a whimper than a bang, Small Craft on a Milk Sea is an essential listen for 2010. E-mail: email@example.com
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Starakiewicz did not drop a set in the entire competition. He clinched the title by defeating top-seeded Max Haskin of Cornell, 6-2, 6-4. The win puts Starakiewicz in a good position to see his name in the national rankings at some point this season. “I think he still has a long way to go,” Nickell said. “But still, I think he is one of the top 50 players in the country.” Victories would not come so easily in the other brackets. Sophomore Vusa Hove finished
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joined with Custers to win the B doubles consolation bracket with an 8-1 victory against Fairleigh Dickinson’s Manuel Kaire and Guillermo Paiz. The team’s performance at the Cornell Invitational was a solid ending to what was a harsh fall season. “We were snake bit in the fall with injuries and sickness,” Nickell said. “But overall, for what we had to deal with, we did an exceptional job facing our obstacles and overcoming adversities.” Despite the moderate improvements throughout the season, Nickell
believes his players are a little behind in their progress. “I don’t think we’re where we need to be, and I don’t think the team [thinks so either],” Nickell said. “We still got a lot of work to do if we’re going to make another run at the MAC title and establish ourselves as one of the top teams in the country.” The men’s tennis team begins its championship defense this winter when it starts dual competition.
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yards this season and rushed for 371 yards. The senior quarterback is the MAC’s version of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson. The most important factor in the game against the Bobcats could be the ability of the Bulls to move the ball. Zordich will rely on his running game to step up their game against Ohio. It’s been three games since the Bulls have hit the 100-yard plateau in the rushing category. To have a shot against Ohio, they must find a way to move the ball on the ground. Freshman running back Branden Oliver has struggled to find consistency in his running this season, and it shows on the stat sheet. He is
averaging only 2.8 yards per carry and has yet to record a touchdown this season. Quinn thinks that when everyone on offense figures the system out, it will be more effective on a consistent basis. “We don’t ask players to win the game [on each play], we ask them to do their jobs,” Quinn said. “When 11 men on offense collectively do that, you’re going to see results that are important for this offense.” Quinn is hoping his receiving corps is able to make an impact in the game as well. The Bobcats frustrate wide outs at the line of scrimmage with their press coverage. Zordich will attempt to get junior wide receivers Marcus Rivers and Terrel Jackson more involved this
week. In spite of his team’s struggles, Quinn feels that there is hope for the future because his team continues to stick together. “Our kids play hard,” Quinn said. “They’re still providing the effort. We got better as an offense [last week]. And I know people will say, ‘that’s crazy coach, you didn’t win the game.’ And I get the winning and losing, but we’re trying to get consistency with our offense and start moving the chains.” Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night at Peden Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPNU.
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Bulls look to bludgeon Bobcats
MATTHEW PARRINO Senior Sports Editor
It would make sense that the football team’s first game after Halloween will be against a team led by Boo Jackson. It would also stand to reason considering how scary their offense has been at times this season. The Bulls (2-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) took a giant step forward last week, albeit in a 21-9 loss to Miami (Ohio) (5-4, 4-1 MAC). The offense protected the ball for the most part and even had a few promising drives under the direction of freshman quarterback Alex Zordich. The development of Zordich is something that Bulls’ fans have to look forward to in a down season. “The past few weeks have been nice,” Zordich said. “I’m [slowly] getting a feel for the game and as each week goes by it slows down even more.” In three appearances (two starts) this season, Zordich has completed 47 percent of his passes (a point improvement from sophomore quarterback Jerry Davis) for 327 yards. Although Zordich has yet to throw a touchdown pass, Bulls head coach Jeff Quinn thinks he is on the verge of really grasping the offense. “He didn’t feel comfortable throwing the ball and creating a turnover [against Miami],” Quinn said. “That’s a sign of maturity and he’s getting more comfortable with the offense. He’s in [the film room] late at night watching film…[We need
2010 Record: 6-3 (4-1 Mid-American
2009 Record: 9-5 (7-1 MAC) Last Meeting:
Nov. 10, 2009 Ohio 27, Buffalo 24 All-Time Series:
Ohio leads Buffalo, 10-7 THREE BOBCATS TO WATCH: QB Boo Jackson- The dual-threat
quarterback has done everything for the Bobcats this season. He is tied for second in the conference with 12 touchdown passes, leads Ohio with six rushing touchdowns, and has even hauled in a 42-yard reception. If Buffalo wants to win on Saturday, it will have to start by containing Jackson. Alex McCrossen /The Spectrum
Freshman running back Branden Oliver and the running game need to play a big role on Thursday night to take pressure off of freshman quarterback Alex Zordich.
Alex] to bring others along.” As far as this week goes, the Bulls have a very difficult task on their hands - slowing down the Ohio offense. The Bobcats offensive attack is unlike any other in the MAC. The duel threat of Jackson and junior
quarterback Phil Bates presents another difficult challenge for the second-best pass defense in the MAC. Quinn has been impressed with the play of the Bobcat quarterbacks this season and thinks Ohio is very well coached.
Bulls Strong at Cornell
Old Ball Game
The Bulls could not catch a break these past few months due to injuries and nationally ranked competition. Last weekend, the men’s tennis team looked to end this difficult fall season on a high note. The Bulls competed in the Cornell Invitational at the Reis Tennis Center, where they went against Navy, Duquesne and Fairleigh Dickinson. Despite strong performances, Buffalo found out that it must improve to achieve its goals for the season. Junior Wojciech Starakiewicz posted a marquee performance over the weekend. With his flawless play on Sunday, Starakiewicz won the A-1 singles title. “I think he is at a level [higher] than… last year,” said head coach Lee Nickell. “In the last three weeks, he made steps that improved the way he competes, and we’re seeing him play his best tennis right now.” • see MTENNIS | page 10
graduate student Christine Sprehe, whose time of 22:40.2 put her in 45th out of 105 runners in the women’s 6k. Sophomore Sam Beim was the Bulls’ second finisher with a time of 22:49.4. Sophomore Katie Sanders didn’t race up to personal expectations, but it was due to outside factors. “Sanders had a really tough race,” Mitchell said. “She was pretty sick, so I felt bad that she could not perform on the level that she wanted.” The team is now focusing on recovery. The Bulls will have some time off, as their next race will be at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Madison, Conn. on Nov. 13.
I just turned on my computer this morning to find out that the Giants won the World Series. And… I don’t care. Unfortunately for Major League Baseball, neither does anyone else outside of San Francisco and Arlington/Dallas. For me, baseball season has been over since July because I’m a Mets fan. But I would have watched the World Series if the Yankees or Phillies were playing. Shoot, even the Rays. As a sport, baseball has been struggling to maintain a solid fan base in recent years. The game is slow; it’s not as exciting as basketball, nor is it as violent as football. Where’s the draw? There isn’t one. So when the only teams that bring in viewership, like the Red Sox or Cubs, aren’t playing, nobody is interested. For the most part, baseball franchises have regional fan bases. You can count on a single hand how many teams have fans outside of their home city. So when you have two teams with small fan bases - like the Rangers and Giants - playing on the game’s biggest stage, the game is only hurting itself. Personally, I can watch any NBA playoff game regardless of the teams. I will watch any NFL game, even if the Bills are playing. But baseball just doesn’t do enough for me if it’s not a relevant team playing. Baseball needs to fix this problem immediately, or the game I grew up
• see RAHN | page 9
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The men’s tennis team traveled to compete in the Cornell Invitational this weekend.
Bulls Run for a Championship The cross count r y tea m impressed this weekend at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday. The Bulls traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich. to compete against the best that the MAC has to offer. The men placed sixth out of nine teams and the women finished 11 out of 12 MAC squads. Both the men’s and women’s teams impressed their coach with their performance this weekend. “Overall, I was very pleased with how the men and women ran,” said head coach Vicki Mitchell. “I thought that the women exceeded what my expectations were in most cases…and all of the guys really ran
• see FOOTBALL | page 10
Asst. Sports Editor
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“It’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us, going into [Ohio],” Quinn said. “I told the team yesterday that we simply need to find a way to win.” Jackson has thrown for 1,302
the best race of the season.” The men were led by senior Ryan Bloom, who finished 13th in the field of 75 in the men’s 8k with an overall time of 25:09.4. His performance earned him All-MAC second team honors. This marks the third consecutive year that the Bulls have had a runner receive all-league honors. “Bloom had a phenomenal race,” Mitchell said. “[Making all-conference] is something that he has worked really hard for; it was a very special achievement for him, especially as a senior.” The rest of the men’s squad also turned in excellent performances. Junior John Inzina missed an allleague second honors by two seconds with a time of 25:15.7. The women’s team was paced by
WR Terrance McCrae- The 6-foot-4
senior receiver is a big-time redzone target for the Bobcats. He leads the MAC with seven touchdown receptions this season. The Bulls will have to keep an eye on McCrae around the goal line. S Donvan Fletcher- The senior cap-
tain leads Ohio and is second in the MAC with his five interceptions on the season. Freshman quarterback Alex Zordich will have to think twice before throwing in the direction of this ballhawking safety. THE BULLS WILL WIN IF…
The offensive line can step up and give Zordich enough time to find his playmakers. The offense has to play flawless and make no mistakes, while the defense will need to contain Jackson and the Bobcat offense. It will be nearly impossible to stop him, but limiting his production will go a long way for the Bulls. THE BOBCATS WILL WIN IF…
They can score in the 20s. The Bulls offense has struggled all season and with a freshman quarterback on the road, mistakes are bound to happen. Ohio will need to put pressure on Zordich and force him to make quick decisions. PREDICTIONS:
The Bulls offense showed signs of life in the second half last week against Miami (Ohio), but they will need to be good from the beginning in this one. They’ve got into the habit of falling behind early in games. If the Bulls want any chance on Thursday night, they will need to put points on the board early. Unfortunately, they haven’t shown the ability to do this. Look for Ohio to jump out early behind their star quarterback Jackson and stop the Bulls offense from keeping it competitive. Bobcats 35 | Bulls 10 Chris Rahn | Sports Editor
The Ohio Bobcats are competing for a MAC East crown this season. Led by a stout defense, the Bobcats will undoubtedly provide problems for Alex Zordich and the Buffalo offense. Buffalo needs a fast start at Peden Stadium on Thursday. I don’t think it will happen, and Buffalo will end up with its fourth-straight loss before a stretch of three winnable games. Bobcats 38 | Bulls 13 David Sanchirico | Senior Managing Editor
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