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Monday, February 22, 2010

Volume 59 Issue 56

An independent student publication of the University at Buffalo T H E A F T E R M AT H O F T H E LO C K WO O D S C A R E

UB professor sheds light on campus violence By CAITLIN TREMBLAY Campus Editor

What drives someone to commit an act of violence in a public place like a college campus? Students were asking this after the attack on Virginia Tech in 2007 and raised the same question last Tuesday, when there was the threat of a potential gunman on campus. While it hasn’t yet been determined if there even was a suspicious person with a gun in Lockwood Library, students are clamoring for concrete answers as well as more psychological ones. If there was a gunman on campus, what would cause him to bring his weapon to Tim Ho / The Spectrum LEFT: Increased police presence

is key because it’s impossible to predict when campus violence may occur, according to a UB professor of psychiatry.

campus? Why do seemingly don’t have religious pretenses. ordinary college students “It’s not people who are become driven to acts of vio- defending themselves against lence that could put thousands imaginary threats. It’s genof people at risk? erally a person who is just D r. S t e v e n angry and has a L. Dubovsky, a very low frustraprofessor and tion tolerance,” chairman of psyDubovsky said. chiatry in the UB “They’re indiSchool of Medividuals with a cine, has some history of violent answers, but not behav ior who all of them. He take [their anger] points out that out on people in situations like “They’re individuals who can’t fight that of Virginia with a history of violent back.” Tech and the behavior who take [their Dubovsky said potential threat anger] out on people that despite pop of last Tuesday, who can’t fight back” culture references t here a re no and urban legends concrete expla- - Dr. Steven L. Dubovsky made famous by nations and the crime shows, the answers to “why” questions individuals who resort to viooften come with disclaimers. lence are typically what society One thing Dubovsky can would call “normal.” They say for sure is that a majority don’t exhibit any alarming of those who commit violent behavior in the public realm. crimes are not mentally ill and They have a history of violence

but are good at masking it from their peers. These individuals have what Dubovsky calls a “defective characteristic.” They can’t properly showcase or deal with stress, which leads them to violence. “It’s people who feel that they don’t have power, but they have fantasies of having power,” Dubovsky said. By planning violent actions against their peers, these individuals fulfill their fantasies and, in their minds, attain a powerful position within the society that they couldn’t adjust to. “These are ineffective people who are poorly adjusted to society,” Dubovsky said. There are some students on campus who feel that if a threat can come from a relatively normal student, then they should be able to protect see GUNS page 2

Overtime buzzer-beater lifts Bulls By CHRISTY SUHR Asst. Sports Editor

Senior guard Sean Smiley had a flair for the dramatic Saturday against Saint Peter’s College. First, he made a poor out-of-bounds pass that led to a turnover and a Nick Leon game-tying 3-pointer with one second left in regulation. But Smiley capped the back-and-forth contest with his second game-winning basket of the season, extending Buffalo’s winning streak and increasing the team’s momentum. With the game tied and 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime, senior guard John Boyer fired a pass to Smiley. Smiley took a couple dribbles to get past his defender, rose, and fired the game-winning shot along the baseline. Smiley’s heroic shot gave Buffalo (16-9, 8-5 MidAmerican Conference) its fifth-straight win and a record-setting eighth road win in the narrow 77-75 victory over the Peacocks (15-12, 10-6 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in an ESPNU BracketBusters contest at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. A key factor in the game was the Bulls’ play on the glass. Though they were out-rebounded by the Peacocks 36-35, Buffalo collected 18 offensive rebounds. Senior forward Calvin Betts recorded six offensive rebounds and sophomore forward Titus Robinson

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Sophomore forward Titus Robinson scored 13 points and helped Buffalo extend its winning streak with a 77-75 overtime victory at Saint Peter’s College.

Molding the future of virtual reality By NATHAN FULK Staff Writer

Research conducted at the University at Buffalo has led to groundbreaking new software that literally puts the virtual world at our fingertips. P rotea n , a 3 -D clay sc u lpt i ng applicat ion released this month, was developed by Tactus Technologies, Inc. in Getzville, N.Y.,

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added five of his own. “[We knew that] the outcome could be dictated by how well we performed on the glass,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “I thought we did a better job in the second half… [Saint Peter’s] tried to trap us and move us off of what we like to do offensively, and I think by and large, we were pretty good.” Excessive turnovers led to a Saint Peter’s downfall. The Bulls logged a season-high 13 steals and forced 23 turnovers. Buffalo scored 22 points off turnovers, compared to the 11 converted by the Peacocks. The Peacocks went 11-for-21 (52.4 percent) from the field, 5-for-9 beyond the arc, and 6-for-10 at the line in the first half. The Bulls, on the other hand, struggled coming out of the gate, going just 11-for-31 (35.5 percent), 3-for-11 and 3-for-4 in comparison. Buffalo held the lead one time in the first half and trailed by as much as 11 points. However, a late threepoint play by senior point guard John Boyer pulled the Bulls within five to end the half. The Bulls picked up right where they left off to begin the second half. Buffalo went on a 10-0 run to take a 38-35 lead with 16:38 remaining. The Bulls gained their largest lead of the game a few minutes later by extending their lead to six points. Saint Peter’s utilized a 7-0 run to regain the lead,

just outside of UB. With this software, the user can take a block of virtual clay and manipulate it as if with a human hand. He or she can build virtual sculpting tools to twist, pull, smooth, scrape, and otherwise transform the model in a more intuitive way than ever before. The new software has see VIRTUAL page 2

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A better use for campus trash By JESSICA TUFTE Staff Writer

Tom Ludtka’s enthusiasm about UB’s recycling program is well placed. As the Service Center Manager for UB’s Campus Dining & Shops, Ludtka is expected to take care of all of the waste generated by all of the UB Campus Dining and Shop locations. Walking into Statler Commissary on North Campus past the “authorized personnel only” sign, it is clear that

SUCCESS STORY Story of the Year’s effort shows off the band’s continuing talent. See Page 5

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In efforts to lessen waste pileup on campus, Tom Ludtka of Campus Dining & Shops is trying to make a difference by decomposing food waste.

S O F T B A L L S TA R T S The softball team saw its first action at the Sleep Inn Classic. See Page 12

this job is no easy task. Multiple rooms in the facility are stacked high with buckets full of food waste, such as chicken bones, the tops of pineapples, eggshells and food that people didn’t finish eating. Ludtka, however, faces this imposing scene with contagious optimism. UB purchased a food waste decomposer from South Korea this past fall. Every week, 350 to 450 full buckets of food see GREEN page 2

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Could be used for medical purposes

February 22, 2010

Someone better step up

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many potential uses besides sculpture; according to the company’s Web site, Protean “is exceptionally suited for designing organic as well as inorganic models, from toys to knee joints.” In fact, Protean could ostensibly be used to better create any object not based in simple geometry. Protean acts more efficiently than many other applications because it requires fewer steps to make complex shapes such as curves and lumps. Thenkurussi Kesavadas, director of the UB virtual reality lab, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-founder of Tactus Technologies, gives an example of a medical application for the new software. “Say [the doctors] want to make an implant that fits into a specific part of the body – for example, a bone implant,” Kesavadas said. “You can shape it to fit exactly to the body.” Protean’s development began on North Campus in the virtual reality lab. “The idea of taking a lump of virtual clay and getting 3-D shapes out of it was something that we did here,” Kesavadas said. UB’s Virtual Reality Lab and expertise in real-time computer simulation were invaluable in the new software’s development. At first, the research team created an input device designed like a

waste arrive for Ludtka and his workers to dispose of. “That’s 350 buckets that don’t end up in the landfill,” Ludtka said. “We put [the food waste] through and this is what comes out … an organic soil amendment that community gardeners can use to fertilize their soil,” Ludtka said. “Everything that comes from the earth goes back to the earth.” The great thing about it is that it’s kept about half a million pounds out of landfills since June 1. “We want to show people what goes on,” Ludtka said. “[As for recycling], someone better step up. Let’s make it us. One person is a whisper, 100 people are a song.” Ludtka offers tours at the Statler Commissary on the first Wednesday of every month and encourages anyone who is interested to come check out the facilities, including the new food waste decomposer. The recycling associated with UB Campus Dining & Shops is only a part of the recycling effort happening at UB. Erin Moscati, a UB Green environmental educator, is teaching the people on campus about composting, recycling, alternative transportation, and carbon impact – to name a few. UB Green is also trying to make an active effort to get students

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New research into virtual reality has helped make prosthetic joints and limbs more life-like.

glove to register hand gestures and translate them to virtual movement. However, this device soon proved impractical. Instead, Tactus Technologies adapted the software to work with a normal computer mouse. Furthermore, Protean can be used with a haptic device called Falcon, produced by Novint Technologies, Inc., which Kesavadas describes as a “3-D mouse.” With Falcon, “you can feel the clay when you touch it,” Kesavadas said. In other words, the device resists movement when virtual tool meets virtual clay. Tactus develops products that

make the virtual world more accessible and intuitive. Other products offered by Tactus Technologies include V-Frog, virtual dissection software that the UB biology department uses to teach about frog anatomy in an environmentally friendly way. Tactus’s other ambitions include virtual, interactive models for microscopic organisms and subatomic particles. More information on Protean, including an image gallery of models produced by the software, can be found at www.proteanclay.com. E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

involved in recycling on campus by encouraging participation in the “Recycle Mania” competition. This is a 10-week competition of colleges and universities around the country. “We receive real time data that pick up the stats on garbage and recycling on campus. Each week we submit the data and are ranked for how much we’ve diverted … UB wants to be ranked number one among SUNY and one of the top schools nationwide,” Moscati said. Another activity associated with UB Green is something Moscati referred to as “Caught Green Handed.” Every Tuesday between noon and 2 p.m., people on campus seen with reusable water bottles or recycling might be told that they’ve been caught green handed. There are a variety of prizes being handed out, such as tickets to Lasertron, Sabres paraphernalia and gift certificates to restaurants. John Stillman, a senior history major, says the program doesn’t alter his lifestyle. “UB Green isn’t making my choices any different; it really hasn’t affected anything,” Stillman said. Many students may sympathize with this notion, but Moscati is hopeful that her recycling peers will influence the percentage of students who are indifferent about recycling. “By pushing our messages, we are hoping that enthusiasm for recycling will push that extra group of people to recycle. It’s like a stop sign – you don’t need a cop at every corner. People will give you dirty looks,” Moscati said. Recycling might seem like something that is not important, or something that is easier to do tomorrow, but everyone is capable of making the decision to better the environment. “UB Green is doing incredible things for the limited resources that they have,” said Raphael Rosenbaum, a senior environmental studies major. “UB Green will meet us halfway, but us students have to take the step to put recyclables in the recycling bin.” E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

Gun-free GUNS from page 1 themselves, especially on a campus as large at UB’s, where the police to student ratio is low. Mark Webb, leader of UB’s chapter of the Concealed Campus movement, feels that students should be able to carry weapons on campus in case they ever feel the need to defend themselves against a threat. Webb was more than disappointed in the university’s response to Tuesday’s incident. It was this response that led him to mobilize this movement on campus. “UB’s response … as far as getting information [to the faculty and students] was poor. Social networks were much faster,” Webb said. “It took cops 35 minutes to clear out Lockwood. If this was a real shooter, he would have already finished his business and we would have had a body count by then.” Webb feels that having a gun-free campus is really just an invitation to those who want to be violent to carry out their plans. “[The violent people] don’t need to worry about their victims being armed,” Webb said. Dubovsky feels that this is dubious logic, due to the fact that it is, more often than not, impossible to detect or predict when tragedy might strike. “These things happen for many different reasons. These aren’t mentally ill or unstable people. They’re just people who can’t properly deal with anger,” Dubovsky said. “It’s too hard to predict; all you can do is prepare.” E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com


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February 22, 2010

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Editorial Board Editor in Chief Stephen Marth Managing Editors Jennifer Lombardo Matt Mosher David Sanchirico Editorial Editor Jacob Shillman Campus Editors Caitlin Tremblay Brendon Bochacki, asst. Amanda Woods, asst. City Editors Jennifer Good Chelsie Hinckley, asst. Lauren Nostro, asst. Arts Editors Christopher DiMatteo, senior Eric Hilliker Jameson Butler, asst. Vanessa Frith, asst. James Twigg, asst. Life Editors Adrian Finch, senior Shane Fallon Rachel Lamb Jessica Brant, asst. Jessica DiGennaro, asst. Sports Editors Andrew Wiktor, senior Matt Parrino Joe Paterno Luke Hammill, asst. Christy Suhr, asst. Photo Editors Katie Carlett, senior Samantha Hicks Clinton Hodnett Norbert Ogiba, asst. Rob Schulz, asst. Copy Editors Forrest John Crawford Meghan Farrell Laura Neese Graphics Designer Rafael Kobayashi

Professional Staff Business Manager Debbie Smith Administrative Assistant Helene Polley Advertising Manager David Vogt Advertising Designer Christopher Lonzi Web Editor Andrew Muraco Creative Directors Christopher Caporlingua Adam Cole, asst. Daniel Tcharnyi, asst. The views expressed — both written and graphic — in the Feedback, Opinion, and Perspectives sections of The Spectrum do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board. Submit contributions for these pages to The Spectrum office at Suite 132 Student Union or spectrum-editorial@buffalo.edu. The Spectrum reserves the right to edit these pieces for style or length. If a letter is not meant for publication, please mark it clearly as such. All submissions must include the author’s name, daytime phone number and e-mail address.

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Early to leave High school students can graduate early In the near future, teenagers might be sprung even earlier from high school. Next year, eight states will implement a program allowing high-achieving 10th graders to earn their diplomas early and enroll in community colleges after passing a series of exams. We understand the thinking behind the idea. The educational system in this country needs to be reformed. American students don’t measure up to their contemporaries from abroad. But this isn’t the reform needed. The theory of it works: allowing high-achieving students to move on from high school and be challenged by college classes. Yet the practice is flawed. Students who pass these board exams would be allowed to move on to junior colleges. However, those students who don’t pass the 10th-grade boards are eligible to try again at the end of their 11th and 12th grades. This new system is largely based on models from nations such as Denmark, England, Finland, France and Singapore. All of these nations perform better on standardized exams, according to a Department of Education study on international math and science scores. The National Center on Education and the Economy is organizing the new program; its intended goal is to have students master the basic requirements while reducing the number of students who need remedial courses when they enter college. It also aims to provide students with a more clear outline of what they need to study in order to succeed. School systems like Singapore’s tell students that if they work hard in their studies and follow the syllabus, they will do well on exams.

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Opponents argue that skipping the last two years of high school can have detrimental effects on the emotional maturity of students. Essentially, students would be giving up rites of passage such as prom or even participating in high school sports. It may seem trivial, but trading academic achievement for mental maturity is a losing combination on any level. Clearly, American students need to achieve higher standards in the classroom, but not at this price. There must be some sort of balance. Perhaps the program would work better if it were altered to allow only students in 11th and 12th grade to take the exams, as they might be more emotionally mature and ready to handle the rigors of college coursework and the college environment. High school students will begin the new coursework in the fall of 2011 in states such as Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The education commissioners in each state have pledged to get 10 to 20 schools to participate in the program. For the past two decades, education reform has consisted of vague aspirations with no action plans, timelines and in the end, no results. Education reform needs to focus on better teachers and better pay for those teachers. Asking students to leave high school early doesn’t solve any of these problems. Students may receive a false sense of intelligence, or even worse, a false sense of maturity. It needs to be a balancing act. Strange as it may seem, the last two years of high school are the first two years of development into the adults students will become. There is no way to measure it. So far, education reform gets a failing grade.

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Stop blaming the cheerleaders Blame the fans who don’t come to games To the editor, It was brought to my attention that the cheerleaders were in a [column by Andrew Wiktor in Friday’s issue of The Spectrum]. This [column] was talking about how to get the fans more involved in the game and be more legit as a sports college. There comes a point in the article where it says, “The only drawback to moving the bleachers closer to the floor is that the 200-pound cheerleaders probably won’t have enough space to flop their bellies around. As shallow as it sounds, hotter cheerleaders actually make a difference. They should be enhancing the game, not blocking fans from watching the action.” Now being an active cheerleader for the University at Buffalo, I’m very offended by this comment. No girl on our team is close to near 200 pounds, me being one of the farthest from it. For your information, I work out everyday and spend countless hours in the gym weightlifting, running and practicing my flips so I can stay in shape and increase my skills everyday, as do my teammates. I am horribly offended that you would put something in The Spectrum like this. Did you know that many cheerleaders suffer from anorexia because of comments like this? I’m glad you have now contributed to that. Just for your information, most collegiate colleges have weight limits for female cheerleaders and it is extremely hard to get to that weight and maintain it.

A property owner’s duty I don’t have a car. My parents have three, but they’re the kind of people that want me to work for what I get, and aside from my tuition, I don’t get any monetary benefits. I’m sure that I’ll appreciate it someday, but right now I’m living off campus in one of the coldest and windiest cities in New York, and I have to walk to the bus every morning. Well, not walk. What other words can I use? Trip. Skid. Slip. Crash. The sidewalks in my neighborhood aren’t shoveled. Buffalo weather is fickle, but it usually seems to go like this: it snows, the sun comes up for a few hours, and the snow melts. Then the sun goes away, it gets cold, the water freezes, and it Rachel Lamb snows again. I can’t see the Life Editor ice under the snow, and guess who’s on the ground? I can deal with the cold and the wind most of the time. But I start to get annoyed when I walk out of my house and have to play vertical Slip ’n’ Slide for half a mile on my way to South Campus. Let me start off by saying that I’m not a very coordinated person to begin with. I can’t walk in high heels, I trip over my own two feet and watching me try to catch anything that is thrown to or at me is pretty hilarious. Add ice to the equation? Forget it. I chose to live in Buffalo, knowing the snow and cold were to be expected in New York. What I didn’t choose is to live in a neighborhood where no one shovels his or her sidewalk. Why is that? It’s not even residential streets. I’ll walk past see LAMB page 4

The great forty days

Sincerely, Justine A. Grosso

The same dilemma arises every year around this time and it never gets easier. I see people walking around with charcoal smudges on their foreheads and am suddenly reminded of the day. Ash Wednesday comes out of nowhere and with it, the Christian season of Lent begins. So, what’s the problem with this? I have no idea what to give up for Lent. I do not mean to sound “preachy” with what I’m about to say or use this as a chance to force my religious beliefs on anyone. I am not a devout Christian, but I was raised Catholic and I went to Sunday school for ten years, so I have something to say in regard to this holy Christy Suhr holiday. I apologize if anyone Asst. Sports Editor takes offense. Traditionally, Lent is the 40-day period prior to Easter in the liturgical year, when Christians devote time to prayer, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. According to the Bible, this time denotes the forty days and nights Jesus fasted in the desert and refused the temptations of the devil. Most students I know seem to focus on one aspect of Lent: self-denial. When Lent rolls around, everyone tries to think of what they can sacrifice for forty days. Typical ideas include sweets such as chocolate or ice cream; caffeinated beverages like coffee and soda; taboo things like sex, alcohol, and cigarettes; and in recent years, Facebook has even made the list. All are good choices, but they are overdone and sometimes hard to stick to for long. How can you expect a college student to give up, let’s say coffee, for forty days? Maybe the ridiculous line at Tim Horton’s would finally be shorter for those of you not partaking in Lent, but I know I’ll still drink

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Well thanks. Thanks a lot. Let me ask you a question. Do you even come to the games? Have you ever seen the cheerleaders? As far as I know, I spend everyday with them and am also with them at every practice, where sometimes we practice in spankies and sports bras. Never have I ever seen a 200-pound belly flopping around. I’m glad that that’s what Buffalo thinks of their cheerleaders. If you want to make the game better and more collegiate, stop blaming the cheerleaders. First off, one of our teams attends every game and we support every Buffalo team. Instead, put the blame on the fans, the college students that don’t show up for the games, the students that even when asked personally by the Buffalo Girls Basketball team to stay for their game got up and left right after the men’s game. Please do not blame us for your own actions. We cannot make more fans come to the game and I’m sure we are not the reason that people don’t come to the games. And also for your information, I do not recall us blocking any fans view because the fans sit the opposite side of us and the band sits behind us. So please, please next time you feel like making your Buffalo teams look bad in front of the student body, remember that this comment and any future comments like this will not help your case, nor contribute to making the games better or involve more crowd involvement, but instead inhibit it. Thank You Buffalo! You’ve truly made an amazing impression to all college students and most of all your Buffalo cheerleaders.


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Outrageous and ridiculous The only place guns belong is in the hands of authorized law enforcement officers To the editor, I do not intend to be insulting, but the idea in the opinion piece titled “Don’t bring a notebook to a gunfight” in Friday’s issue of The Spectrum was one that I found to be absolutely outrageous and ridiculous. Essentially, it suggested that the best way to solve the issue of gun incidents on college campuses was to have more people with guns, and concealed guns at that. While I do not see any likelihood of guns being permitted on campus at any point in

the near future, I still feel necessary to respond. UB ground to a halt when a person was possibly sighted on campus with a gun - so the suggestion that is that everyone should have a gun to protect themselves from everyone else with a gun? To me, this will have the adverse affect of that suggested and create a much more trigger-happy, anarchic society. It is true that guns are meaningless without people to use them, but arming a college campus of students cannot possibly be a positive policy.  The implied assertion that allowing students to carry guns would have stopped the horrors that occurred at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois is quite frankly preposterous. It would not have stopped the situation from occurring in the first place, and more students in such situations attempting to act heroically with guns that they are

almost certainly not fully trained to use would only have added more potentially deadly bullets to the situation. The only place that guns belong on a college campus is in the hands of authorized law enforcement officers, who have been exhaustively trained in how to properly use their weapons as a method of last resort.  One of the most important aspects of college is learning how to deal with other people respectfully - not at gunpoint. While there have occasionally been incidents of campus violence, I fail to see how permitting more deadly weapons on campus in the hands of students will solve that issue in any way. Indeed, I believe it would make that problem worse.  Sincerely,  Brad Hahn Freshman undecided major bradleyh@buffalo.edu

February 22, 2010

Let’s be realistic SUHR from page 3 my coffee. I might have given it up in high school when I hardly drank the stuff, but now my body has tricked itself into believing that I need coffee to function on a daily basis. And if I’m pulling an all-nighter to study for a test or write a paper, then I definitely need it. So let’s be realistic. Instead of completely denying yourself the things that you love, why not set a goal that you can actually achieve without making yourself and everyone around you miserable? Rather than abstain completely from something you enjoy, why not set limits? I know that it kind of defeats the

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purpose in a way, but I don’t think Lent is a time to concentrate solely on self-denial. One should focus on the other parts of the holiday, like prayer, penitence and charity. Lent is a time for self-reflection and improvement. It’s a time to be a better person, as cliché as it sounds, and to help those in need. The purpose is to inspire a permanent change. This does not happen when people set unattainable limits on themselves. It happens when they seek to make small changes in their everyday lives that may lead to larger changes in the world around them. As the great Indian philosopher Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Think of something that leads to a lasting change and impacts a number of people, and do it. If you really want to do something meaningful for Lent, come up with something better than giving up chocolate. Volunteer time at a nonprofit organization, or offer to tutor other students free of charge. Do something that affects more than just you personally. E-mail: christy.suhr@ubspectrum.com

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stores, bars and other establishments that have steady streams of customers during the weeks and weekends – why are those sidewalks not shoveled? There was a meeting held on Friday with Buffalo city personnel, including Richard M. Tobe, who heads inspections for the city of Buffalo, and Mayor Byron Brown concerning shoveling issues. “The main focus has been on snow-clogged sidewalks along commercial districts, near schools and around parking lots. Crews have been less forceful in issuing shoveling summonses on streets that are primarily residential,” Tobe said. Really? How come the sidewalks outside of Amy’s Place aren’t shoveled? How come I nearly face-plant when I cross Main St? How come a car owner had to use his emergency brake to avoid hitting me when he skidded across the sidewalk coming out of St. Joe’s Church driveway? According to Brown’s message on the City of Buffalo’s Web site, individual property owners are responsible for getting their sidewalks cleared. In fact, people who neglect their shoveling duties can be charged up to $150 after multiple offenses. Brown also claims that there isn’t a lot being done to enforce these laws because there hasn’t been an “abnormally high” amount of complaints. What is “abnormally” high and what constitutes a normal amount of complaints? Does this mean that the city ignores most complaints that it gets until cases get extreme? I hope that people start reinforcing these laws so that sidewalks will be clear. It’s true that shoveling is timeconsuming and a little bit of manual labor, but it has to be done. According to the Web site, property owners have until 9 a.m. the morning after a snowfall to clear their sidewalks or they will get slapped with a notice – if I don’t slap them first. Please shovel your driveways. You’ll save some money, and you’ll save me some money, too. My jeans are pretty torn up over this. E-mail: rachel.lamb@ubspectrum.com

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February 22, 2010

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AR T S & LI F E Eco-friendly attire By SHANE FALLON Life Editor

Amanda Woods Asst. Campus Editor

The predictable world of Disney I created “a whole new world” for myself as a child – one beyond the kindergarten classroom and weekend play dates. I was sucked into the power-hungry, image-centered world of Disney movies. I danced around my bedroom singing “A Whole New World,” “Under the Sea” and “Beauty and the Beast,” imagining that I was a young, beautiful princess with a handsome prince and a fairy godmother who would grant my every wish. Little did I know that Disney movies were giving me a skewed representation of the world. Usually, the “evil” characters were ugly or deformed and the “good” characters, or “heroes,” were the most beautiful or handsome people in the land. Beauty not only indicates the “goodness” of Disney characters, but it also proves to be an asset. Whenever a naïve, innocent princess is trapped in a dangerous situation, her beauty attracts a gorgeous male figure, a “knight in shining armor” to come to her rescue. Rarely does a Disney princess save herself by her intellect or her personal strength. She knows that she is beautiful and trusts that her “prince” will take notice and save her. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the evil stepmother is angry because her mirror told her that Snow White is more beautiful than she is. Beauty is all that matters to the stepmother, and if she isn’t beautiful, she’s nothing. So she orders a huntsman to kill Snow White. The huntsman doesn’t have the heart to commit the act, so he tells Snow White to escape. Once the stepmother finds out that Snow White is alive in the dwarfs’ home, she disguises herself as an old woman and brings her stepdaughter a poisoned apple. Poor Snow White falls to the ground dead, but is brought back to life when a prince visits her coffin and kisses her. Cinderella is equally as helpless as she faces see WOODS page 8

A plant commonly known as the food source of the panda bear is now being used to revolutionize the T-shirt industry. Bamboo U is a T-shirt company based out of Brentwood, Tenn. that makes T-shirts from 70 percent bamboo and 30 percent synthetic cotton. “Right now we’re a women’s T-shirt company geared towards the college crowd,” said Jeff Fulmer, founder of Bamboo U. “All of our designs are geared towards bamboo awareness.” The company recently debuted its panda shirt and hopes to create other designs and styles.

“We’re hoping to expand to men’s and children’s shirts in the future,” Fulmer said. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth. There are over 1,500 species in existence; it is found on every continent and can grow up to three feet a day. Since its introduction as a clothing fabric, the results have garnered universal praise. “The shirts are very soft – much softer than a regular T-shirt – and very comfortable,” Fulmer said. Fulmer came across the prospect of bamboo as a business venture several years ago. In his mid-twenties, he owned a T-shirt company that made cotton shirts, but wanted to use

Asst. Arts Editor

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Chicken Soup for the Soul

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1967) A book about everything and nothing – birth,

by Jack Canfield and Victor Hansen (1993) This oldie-but-goodie about life, love and learning

death, family, war, peace, companionship and of course, isolation and solitude. In a way, a book about life itself. -Shane Fallon, Life Editor

is sure to melt your heart and give you a fresh perspective on things. It is a selection of both true and fictional stories that reassure readers that although life is not always fair, it’s still good. -Rachel Lamb, Life Editor

feeling of loss and despair. However, it’s not long before the instrumentals kick in and the song molds into the SOTY sound fans have come to know and love over the years. Despite the post hardcore instrumentals that encourage listeners to bang their heads to their heart’s content, front man Dan Marsala’s lyrics carry a somber message. “The after thought is staring back on bad days/ Because our daughters and sons will live to pay/ Through every mistake that we have made/ Through every conviction we’ve betrayed/ So let the children sing,” Marsala sings. “I’m Alive” is the first single to be released from the album. Compared to past SOTY singles, this song leans towards the softer side. The song finds a good balance between hard and soft and showcases the band’s ability to throw down, while showing that they still have meaning and heart behind their work. Although SOTY chose to open up The Constant with a slower and more see STORY page 8

S P E C T R U M WAT C H L I S T February is Black History Month. Today, we look at two films of great racial strides, breaking down the color barrier, and the definition of cool.

Glory (1989) The film is a moving Civil War drama about the first formal army regiment made up of entirely black soldiers. It includes amazing performances from Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. THEN:

Zodiaque springs into action

By JOHN HUGAR

Staff Writer

Staff Reporter

Going on 36 years of existence, the Zodiaque Dance Company presented its first round of 2010 spring semester concert shows last weekend. The dance company showcased eight brief dance skits featuring a wide range of music and rhythm. “The show was interesting, but the music didn’t really match. It was more like it was tied together by the dancing. They were all different, some really slow and others fast and so on, but they all had the same sort of sweeping motions around the stage, and jumps and drops. They used the whole sleeping on the floor thing a lot,” said Mariely Ann Ortiz, a junior environmental design major. The show utilized a lot of different

House music has enjoyed quite a renaissance lately. Artists like LCD Soundsystem, Justice and Simian Mobile Disco have shown that house need not be cold and indifferent. Rather, it can be just as cathartic, involving and creative as any other genre. Unfortunately, Morgan Page never seemed to get the memo. Believe, the debut album by the popular progressive house DJ, is full of enough house music clichés to make up Saturday Night Live’s “Deep House Dish” sketches. It’s an album nearly devoid of originality. Granted, there are some decent numbers on here. The album begins with a surprisingly strong cover of Pete Yorn’s “Strange Condition.” Normally, a house cover of a folk

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Upbeat moves and uncannily fluid dancing filled the Zodiaque Dance Company’s performance.

Black Dynamite (2009) A hilarious tribute to the outrageous films of the ’70s. Over-the-top, gratuitous, and one of the coolest films of the past year. NOW:

Not worth believing in

By ADAM WILLMAN

see ZODIAQUE page 8

been using it for years. The clothing aspect is what intrigued me and led me to test it out.” Fulmer was surprised at bamboo’s many uses. see BAMBOO page 8

Story of the Year showcases their post-hardcore talents once again with a new album, The Constant.

FROM THE DR AWING ROOM One Hundred Years of Solitude

material that was more positive and eco friendly. “I’d never heard of bamboo and was intrigued when I came across it,” he said. “Bamboo is used for hardwood floors and other types of furniture; the Chinese have

Story of the Year constantly surprises

By JAMES TWIGG Since forming under the title of Big Blue Monkey in 1995, the posthardcore boys of Story of the Year have been carving a name for themselves into the music scene. With its headbang-inspiring instrumentals and lyrics that listeners can’t help but scream back, SOTY has made its name known. In 2003, the band garnished its five minutes of fame with its big label debut, Page Avenue. Since falling out of the limelight, SOTY has returned to the underground and has been met with open arms. The Constant is the band’s fourth studio album and the follow up to SOTY’s 2008 hit album, The Black Swan. The album mixes heavier tracks with several slower and more sentimental numbers throughout, displaying the bands musical range. “The Children Sing” is the first track on the album and kicks things off on a rather eerie note. A distant sound of children laughing open the song, followed shortly by children chanting that radiates a

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Bamboo U’s eco-friendly T-shirts are popular among many university students.

Morgan Page Believe

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track would be a recipe for disaster, but somehow, it manages to work. After that, however, the good vibes vanish almost completely. The next see TECHNO page 8


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February 22, 2010

Centuries of controversy By JENNIFER HARB Staff Writer

“Coming out” is not an easy thing for homosexuals to do. Society has slowly begun to recognize and accept the homosexual, bisexual, transgendered and queer, but religion continues to be used as a tool for oppression and exclusion for the LGBTQ community.

Ben Fabian, an intern for the Wellness Education Center and a graduate of Canisius College, sought to address this disconnect between religion and individuals of LGBTQ orientations. “I was looking to connect with the LGBTQ community here,” Fabian said. “Spiritual resources weren’t something we had done yet.” In a conversation-style dialogue,

six pastors and two students sat to engage in a constructive dialogue outlining the challenges each has faced and to set goals to further religious acceptance for their homosexual lifestyles. Cathy Dempesy, an assistant pastor at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, had much to say about the challenges she faced as a homosexual. “I was asked to speak at a panel talking to the Episcopal Church women about what it was like to be an outcast in a church,” Dempesy said. “I was heckled [and] I was prayed over against my will. It was horrible. I walked out of the Episcopal church for ten years.” Although Dempesy recalls this experience as upsetting, she recognizes the importance of advocacy and never feeling ashamed because of her sexual orientation. “I don’t regret the things that have happened to me because of my sexuality,” Dempesy said. “The people that were trying to be very open and affirming hadn’t thought it through.” Ellen Brauza, an Episcopal pastor at Saint John’s-Grace Episcopal Church in Buffalo, supports the experiences Dempesy spoke of. “For a long time, the internal culture [of the Church] was to not talk about sexuality,” Brauza said. Dempesy admits that instead of widespread acceptance, denial seemed to become the norm. “[Members asked] ...‘Why does anyone need to be out?’” Brauza said. “Many were pulling their purity coats around them, saying, ‘Well, we can’t have that here.’” However, some advances have been made toward religious freedom, despite such blatant opposition.

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Cathy Dempesy, a homosexual pastor, in her church Saint Paul’s Cathedral.

Ruth Snyder, a pastor at the Church of the Nativity in North Tonawanda, had to leave the Lut hera n Church a f ter she announced her homosexuality. Fortunately, she found the Church of the Nativity and was welcomed to be a pastor, despite her differences. The Church of the Nativity created a “diversity statement” that outlines the church’s stance on the LGBTQ community. “Some people [were asking] why … we have to bring attention to it, but because people have rejected [homosexuality at other churches], we have to be clear,” Snyder said. The statement outlines the Church’s acceptance of the LGBTQ community, explaining that the message of love and compassion is at the core of the life and ministry of Jesus. John Scarafia, a pastor at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, explained the process of

change in his parish. Recently, the ordination of homosexuals was deemed acceptable. Despite this, resistance remains strong. However, giant steps of acceptance have been taken. “Every two years … [approximately] 1,000 pastors congregate to make a decision,” Scarafia said. “[Opinions] differ geographically in the nation. The South and West are very unhappy.” Many parishes offer services tailored to the needs of the LGBTQ community. “The battle has largely been won in many of our congregations,” Brauza said. There are numerous churches in the Buffalo area that welcome the LGBTQ community. For more information, contact one of the churches in the United Church of Christ. E-mail: features@ubspectrum.com

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Any time during the Consultation Process (Feb. 15-26, 2010), visit:

Every year, UB asks students for feedback about the coming year’s plans for the Comprehensive Fee. Our goal is to get as much feedback from students as possible before the fee is finalized.

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February 22, 2010

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Local organizations present concert series

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A new concert series, similar to Thursday in the Square, will take place at the Marcy Casino for cheap entertainment during the winter months.

By LAUREN NOSTRO Asst. City Editor

While Buffalo anxiously awaits the commencement of the legendary Thursday in the Square concert series every summer, local businesses have teamed up with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to bring a winter concert series to life this year. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Dent Neurologic Institute present a series of six music events with local bands which began on Feb. 11. “Music at the Marcy” will run every Thursday through Mar. 18. Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has chosen the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park as its venue for the upcoming concert series. Listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places, the Olmsted system in Buffalo is the first of its kind in the nation, designed by America’s greatest landscape architect.

According to Joy Testa-Cinquino, director of Institutional Advancement at Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the venue for the concert series was not difficult to choose. “Although there are six Olmsted Parks, we chose the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park because historically and aesthetically, it would be the best location for the event,” TestaCinquino said. “The casino overlooks Hoyt Lake and can accommodate the most people.” The major Olmsted Parks in Buffalo are Cazenovia, Delaware, Front, Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside and South Parks. Marcy Casino, located on the western end of the lake, was constructed in 1874 and served originally as a boathouse. Through the years, the structure was redesigned by Buffalo architect E.B. Green and was later “restored” to a style that reflected Olmsted and Green’s simpler designs. Its restoration and maintenance

City of Tonawanda adopts safety program By JEFF PELZEK Staff Writer

Last week, the Tonawanda Police Department announced that it joined a Florida-based non-profit organization called A Child is Missing, a missing-person program which makes automated phone calls to alert citizens about a disappearance in their area. A Child is Missing uses satellite mapping and local telephone calls to spread word of a disappearance over 1,000 phone lines every minute. Once a person has been declared missing by a local police department, an officer calls in the information to the Florida office. An operator, using satellite mapping to triangulate an area likely to hold the missing person, directs a mass phone message to every household and business in the mapped radius. “Though we haven’t been able to use it yet, we want to get the word out through public media release so that when people get an automated call, they won’t hang up,” said Capt. John Ivancic of the City of Tonawanda Police Department. A Child is Missing is different from the Amber Alert system in that it helps find more than just victims of abduction. Cheektowaga’s program sends out alerts for sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease who disappear or if a student goes missing in the nearby college towns. The service has existed since 1997, but it garnered extra enthusiasm from parents with college-age children when former president George W. Bush signed Suzanne’s Law in 2003, after a SUNY Albany student went missing in 1998. The law requires that any missing person between the ages of 18 and 21 be entered into the National Crime

Information Center (NCIC). “Though the policy has not been used yet, officers in the department are fully prepared and trained to send out an alert for any missing college student at UB, especially after Suzanne’s Law,” Ivancic said. Though the policy has been adopted by the City of Tonawanda Police Department, A Child is Missing is not limited to a finite jurisdiction. Any police department can call in a report for mile-radius searches of young children, or even countywide lockdowns in the event of a prison break. A Child is Missing has been used widely and in great statistic success from Albany eastward, but it still has a few drawbacks. The service only alerts business and household landlines that are listed in the telephone directory, neglecting cell phones. As a consequence, students will not be notified by the alerts, even on their landline phones in the dormitories. “I can see how some people could consider it a nuisance,” said Matthew Barrett, a sophomore anthropology major. “But the benefits, I’m sure, outweigh the drawbacks.” Despite its possible annoyances, the program is growing in popularity; it has received government funding in Florida, and the New York State legislature is currently considering contributions as well. “I feel safer knowing that the program protects college students,” Barrett said. “People will be thankful for it when they are confronted directly with a dire situation.” To receive alerts, student residents of the City of Tonawanda can register their un-listed phone number and address at www.achildismissing.org. E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

would not have been possible with- every Thursday in the Square for out the enduring support of the years now and I thought it would Conservancy. be a great idea to have some sort of In 2004, through a City-County- concert series during the winter Conservancy agreement, the Buffalo months,” Liberti said. “The Marcy Olmsted Parks Conservancy became Casino is the perfect setting for the the first not-for-profit organiza- event and I hope the concert series tion in the nation to manage a park will gain enough support and recogsystem. The Conservancy strongly nition to become a Buffalo tradition.” relies on the commitment of the True to the community dedication local community to maintaining the of the event, the bands performing globally renowned park system. at the concert series are all native to Maria Caserta, director of market- Western New York. The local bands ing for Dent Neurologic Institute, performing include Outer Circle hopes the event will bring even more Orchestra, Skiffle Minstrels, The awareness and support to the Buffalo Sportsmen, Stone Country Band, Olmsted Parks. Fools Like Us and Party Squad. “[Dent Neurologic is] hoosing 2010 as our year to give back to the community,” Caserta said. “The event will benefit the Conservancy and support them in their endeavor to maintain the beauty of our local parks.” According to its Web site, the DENT Neurologic Institute is an academic private practice comprised of multiple neurologic sub-specialties providing the highest quality, comprehensive and compassionate patient care, integrated with clinical research, education, and state-ofthe-art neurodiagnostics within Western New York. Dent Neurologic Institute is the main sponsor of the concert series. Local law firm Cantor, Lukasik, Dolce and Panepinto has joined the event as well. However, the event would not have been possible without the planning and support of local defense attorney, John Liberti. Liberti, a faithful enthusiast of the celebrated Thursday in the Square concert series, has been working on the idea of a winter concert series since last summer. CV Puzzle:Layout 1 2/12/10 7:10 AM Page 1 “I have been loyal in attending

“The bands we have lined up for the concert series are all local to Western New York and have won awards for their musical talents in the past years,” Testa-Cinquino said. “Every band participating in the concert series will perform music people can dance to, watch and enjoy.” Testa-Cinquino, along with the rest of the Conservancy and its sponsors, hope the event will bring out people of all generations to support the beauty of Buffalo’s local park system. E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

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Differing dance styles can appeal to all ZODIAQUE from page 5 colors and unique clothes to add to the theme of each dance. Colors ranged from a dull skin color, which made the dancers appear naked, to bright red and green, which highlighted the speed of the dance. Each of these colors was carefully chosen to contrast each other as well as represent the styles of the dance. During the slower dances, the performers wore less vibrant colors, while bright colors added to the quick movements and upbeat pace of quicker dances. The performance opened up its almost two-hour show with “Portage,” a dance which highlighted jumping and freedom of the dancer. Although the dance was choreographed and rehearsed, the movements of each dancer almost seemed improvised. “Portage” was perhaps the most unique of all the dances, offering a style not generally seen onstage. The show quickly changed directions with the next dance, “Abyss.”

This display was the fastest dance of the show. Dancers pranced around the stage in frantic motion, picking up the pace significantly from where the show had previously been. Fancy dresses and fluid movements were the highlights of the upbeat dance. The slowest of all the short performances was “Miserere.” As the lights came on, the dancers’ slow music started to fill the theater. The dancing was based around slow movements and the performers often posed. Overall, it was the least exciting point of the performance. The dull colors, slow music and dim lights made it challenging to pay attention. After returning from intermission, the show did not stay slow as it continued with “Bolero,” a Latin style dance that featured a more ballet-style feel and more spins then the other dances. The movements of the dancers seemed more energetic and matched better with the brand of music they were presented with. The performance ended with “Somebody’s Gonna Luv U.” This was the only dance that featured

Won’t disappoint fans

the better known modern dances, which even included an attempt at break dancing. The change in style of dancing and wardrobe stuck with the theme of the show. The best attribute about the way the Zodiaque Dance Company changed up its styles is its mass appeal. Even if a certain dance doesn’t appeal to a viewer, there will soon be another style with new colors and beats for a change of pace. The show did, however, have one drawback. Often, moves would seem repeated and unoriginal. Almost all the dances were circled around the group dropping to the ground and then members getting up and moving around one at a time. Besides this one downside, the show was exciting and appealing. The show returns next weekend for three more performances beginning Friday.

E-mail: arts@ubspectrum.com

Story of the Year The Constant

STORY from page 5 meaningful track, it’s certainly not how the album ends. “Eye For an Eye” shows off the more hardcore side of the band’s post-hardcore style. Between the heavy guitar riffs and Marsala’s brutal vocals, this is one song that’s sure to get the pit moving. “Eye for an eye, bring your heart to the fight/ ’Cause we’ll take the

whole world down with us tonight/ Eye for an eye, leave your weakness behind/ Burn down the lies/ Eye for an eye,” Marsala sings. Overall, the album is a testament to SOTY’s lasting appeal and ability to blend the heavy and the light. For longstanding fans of the album, The Constant does not disappoint. E-mail: arts@ubspectrum.com

February 22, 2010

Promote environmental awareness BAMBOO from page 5 “Bamboo is much better than conventional cotton for a number of reasons, mainly because it doesn’t use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers,” he said. “There are a lot of carcinogens in those pesticides and bamboo is a cleaner, safer and hardier plant.” Fulmer and his customers vouch for the line’s durability and comfort, compared to conventional cotton shirts. “Once I tried on my first bamboo shirt, I knew I was on to something and I haven’t taken it off,” Fulmer said. “I felt other people would feel the same way.” In addition to making durable clothing, the company wishes to promote environmental awareness. “[I want to] educate people on the environmental side and get them to try great clothes on. [I am trying] to raise the consciousness level and [have people] make a choice they wouldn’t normally make,” Fulmer said. “If more people explore the road not traveled, slowly but surely, there can be a change. I hope we can play a small part in [creating] environmental consciousness and providing [easy opportunities for

people to make] their own small difference.” Fulmer’s T-shirts are UV protected and have an antibacterial agent built in to prevent staining. They stay cooler and are more comfortable than standard cotton. “We use water-based inks because chemicals are sprayed on regular T-shirts which are water soluble and less environmentally friendly,” Fulmer said. “[It is just] another step we take to produce a great shirt all around – comfort, look, and environmentally wise.” When asked what expectations he had for the company in the future, Fulmer was both eager and humble. “I’m really trying to let it grow organically and not worry too much about it. It’s most reasonable now to take one shirt at a time and find a really good design,” he said. “If we were to make it to the big department stores, that would be great, but for now I’m happy getting my product out there and seeing where it goes.” For more information on Fulmer and Bamboo U, visit his personal Facebook page or Bamboo U’s Web site at www.bamboo-u.com. E-mail: features@ubspectrum.com

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WOODS from page 5 the vengeance of her ugly evil stepmother. (Notice a trend of evil stepmothers in these films?) When her stepmother tears her ball gown to shreds, her fairy godmother appears and makes her a new one. When the stepmother finds out that Cinderella attended the ball, she locks her in her bedroom. Count on the mice to find the key and free Cinderella from her imprisonment. Only handsome heroes, magic and strange turns of events can free these damsels in distress. Typical. Why do these beauties never foresee the danger that’s coming their way? Why don’t they defend themselves? Why are the female characters stereotyped as weak and helpless? It’s obvious that many Disney characters want power, and they know the deviant things they can do to obtain it. The bad guys want power and they know the only way at it is to push the innocent princess out of the way. Good and evil are so black-andwhite in these movies as well. The evil characters are always brutally evil, with no real justification behind their actions except, “She’s more beautiful than me, so I have to kill her” (or something equally as trivial). The good characters, either the helpless females or the handsome male heroes, are always good and never slip up. They never

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even accidently do something bad with their good intentions. It’s so unnatural. Granted, these are fairy tales geared toward children, so the plots need to be simple. Kids want to see the good guys winning and the bad guys defeated. But the plots are so predictable: a villain (typically a stepmother) wants power or beauty but can’t get it because a beautiful young girl stands in the way. The villain tries to kill off or somehow jeopardize the girl. The girl can’t help herself, so she either lies dead or cries in distress until a handsome prince or fairy godmother comes to save the day. As a child, I didn’t mind the predictability, but I certainly was conscious of it. I always knew there would be a happy ending. Today, though, it annoys me that there are hardly any unexpected twists in the plot. Once in a while, the female character should solve her own problems. Maybe – gasp – she could even save the handsome prince for a change. Maybe the good-looking characters could be the villains and the ugly ones could be good. Maybe the villains could actually have something admirable about them, and the good guys could have a fault or two. It’s time for a Disney revolution.

E-mail: amanda.woods@ubspectrum.com

Too weak to recommend TECHNO from page 5

three tracks are dull and lifeless, and sound nearly identical. Even the lead single, “Fight or You,” is a rather drab number, with uninspired beats that hardly seem worth dancing. In the context of the club, it could be decent, but on a home stereo system, it’s nothing special. Admittedly, things pick up a bit as the album goes. The soaring operatic vocals in “Agnus Dei” are quite compelling, and “Traces Remain” has a synth riff that might inspire a little

toe-tapping. Still, nothing is said here that hasn’t been said by stronger artists like Hot Chip or Goldfrapp. This album is simply too stale and derivative to be interesting. There are some undeniable high points on this album, and with a little more effort, it could’ve been a strong effort. As it stands, this album is cluttered by too many dull track. The best songs are worth downloading, but the majority of this album is too weak to recommend. E-mail: arts@ubspectrum.com


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February 22, 2010 Aaron was one of the most kindhearted people I’ve ever met in my life. He literally radiated happiness. Aaron had nothing bad to say about anyone, and no one was ever unhappy to see him. I’m going to miss him. It’s truly a shame that he was taken so young, but he’ll surely keep everyone smiling wherever he is now.

Moe was one of the most genuine human beings I have ever met. I never saw him get mad and now every time I get cranky and complain, I just think about his stoic nature. Even with a cloud of frustration looming over The Spectrum’s office, he could make us all laugh and make the best of any situation. I may have only known him for a short time, but people as caring as Moe are so rare that it’s hard to forget them. May he find peace and may God bless his family and friends. Don’t ever forget how short life can be. – Tim Monahan

– Bryan Engelmann

Aaron was going places – that, if anything, was for sure. I will miss you, buddy, and I’ll never forget the good times we had on our CUSA trip to New York City, at Oozfest, in the office, at the Bisons game and what a privilege it was to be your friend. I know your bright smile is still lighting up the world. Just send some of that light our way, Moe, we could sure use it right now. Rest in peace, my friend.

There are many things that I’ll remember about Aaron Moe, but the two attributes that stick out most in my mind are that he was always there to lend an ear, offer an arm or simply just make you smile. The other is that Aaron’s heart was always open and ready to let others in; he accepted everyone for who they were and truly appreciated the good in all. I consider myself extremely lucky to have worked with him and have him as a friend. – Caroline L. Huftalen

– Matt Mosher

Aaron’s love, support and personality were contagious. A hopeless romantic and truest of friends, Moe never spoke a word of negativity or showed any sign of discontent as he spent his days locked in the office spreading his sweet eMoetion. Every second with Moe was spent sharing a smile and trading laughter. He so deeply loved his friends and family, cared for the elderly and warmed the heart of every life he touched. My heart goes out to his family and the new friends he surely made so much happier in Florida. I will miss my friend greatly, but will hold the memories I have of him as closely as he kept his finger to his smile switch.

February 16, 1986 – February 19, 2010

In memory of

Aaron Moe

– John Ranic

When Moe first joined my desk, he’d always hang out in the newspaper’s office and just wanted to be around us. He was the only one who’d stick around after Monday meetings and just hang out with Sports Desk. I got to know him this way, and I saw that the big body frame Moe possessed was made that way to support the huge heart he had. It’s very cliché to say, but he’s the nicest person I’ve ever met. He was a good writer who was getting better with every piece written, but a much better person who would have embarrassed himself if it meant that his friends would smile. I’ve said this before: I’m broken because Moe was destined to do great things, and now the book is shut with some special pages in it, but not enough. Regardless, that book will always be one of my favorites, and I’ll keep it memorized wherever I go. I’ll always miss Moe and am devastated by this loss. – David Sanchirico

It is terribly unfortunate that I never had the privilege of meeting Aaron Moe personally. Yet in these early days of his passing, I feel his loss just the same in the sad looks of my coworkers and friends. It is a pain in my heart that is surely only a fraction of what they feel. From everything that has been said about Moe, the unanimous opinion is that he was a funny, kindhearted guy, someone who greeted everyone with a smile and listened if they were having a bad day. Meeting him is an occurrence that can, unfortunately, never occur. Rest in peace, Aaron Moe. Hopefully we’ll be introduced to each other in the next round. – Shane Fallon

Aaron, I’ll never forget your never-ending smile, your unwavering kindness, and joyous personality. You’ll forever be missed, Aaron. – Garrett Carlson

Aaron was one of those rare people who smiled openly and plainly at everything without a trace of cynicism. He had a good heart and was the sort of person one aspires to be like. His death darkens the world and he will be missed terribly. – Ben Mumford-Zisk Aaron was one of those truly kind people who always had a smile on his face. He was an amazing person who deserved all the best things in life. But more than that, Aaron was a great friend who I feel lucky to have known. – Stephanie Sciandra

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Aaron Moe, former Asst. Sports Editor of The Spectrum and beloved friend to many Buffalonians, passed away Friday night from complications due to pneumonia. His sudden death has had a huge impact on many. Moe, who was managing editor of the Crow’s Nest at USF St. Petersburg at the time of his death, was a graduate student in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He graduated from UB in 2009 with a degree in communication. His positive attitude in life was his greatest trait, which he shared with anyone who was in his path on a daily basis. This could be seen through his Facebook account, where he wrote, “God loves me, so it’s only right that I share some of that love with you!” Moe leaves behind family, friends, professors, colleagues and acquaintances who will love him for the rest of their lives. May he rest in peace. “We are born for a higher destiny than that of earth; there is a realm where the rainbow never fades, where the stars will be spread before us like islands that slumber on the ocean, and where the beings that pass before us like shadows will stay in our presence forever.”

When I first started working at The Spectrum, I felt so intimidated. I was walking into an office full of people that I didn’t know; all of them were friends with each other, and I was the newbie trying to make my way in. As I sat down at my desk, unable to shake how shy I felt, Moe rolled his chair over and said hi. At that moment, I knew that he was like no one I had ever met before. Moe was my sunshine. Whenever I had a bad day, he was the first person there to offer a smile and a big bear hug. Moe was the epitome of a teddy bear. I loved going to the office every day because I knew I would see Moe. And he would usually propose marriage to me, and I would say no, and then he would ask me if it was because he was black. Moe was a part of my life that was so special to me. When he moved away from Buffalo to attend grad school, it was hard to say goodbye. But we always talked about seeing each other again, and it’s so hard to know that this is a goodbye that we can’t fix with a plane ticket. I will love you forever, Moe. You were an amazing friend, an incredibly talented writer and a symbol of all the love in the world. I will never forget you and the effect that you had on my life. Whenever the sun shines, I’ll be thinking of you. – Adrian Finch Aaron’s happy nature and bigheartedness will always be something that I remember about him. On top of it, he was always very approachable. I could talk to him about anything from sports to dating, and gave me his honest opinion. I sure will miss the big guy. – David Jarka

— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

I met Moe last year when I was just starting out at The Spectrum as a copy editor. I regret that I never got a chance to really get to know him, but I will always be grateful to him for making the office atmosphere so much fun. Moe was one of the few to always come over and say hello to me. His loving personality was evident even from a distance. Thank you, Moe. Rest in peace. – Jennifer Lombardo Moe was one of the most genuinely, consistently nice people I’ve ever met. He had a knack for making you feel welcome, like somebody was there to say hi to you, even if you felt out of place sometimes. I got to see him over the summer in LA at a media conference, all of us talking about journalism and cracking up over nachos and margaritas. We’ll all miss you, Moe, but we’ll see you again someday – and when we do, we’re getting more margaritas. – Keeley Sheehan I started working at The Spectrum after Aaron Moe graduated, but the way people talked about him made it feel like he never left. Anything that I have ever heard about Moe has been wonderful. I wish that I got to see his face and feel his warmth in person, not just through photographs and stories about his time here. I never got to meet him, and I feel so sad that I’ll never get to. Moe is already missed terribly, and it’s evident that he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. – Rachel Lamb Aaron, we all loved every minute with you and we’ll miss you always. You always have, and always will, make us smile. – Dan Mecca

Every time that Moe came into The Spectrum, he always said hi with a smile! His presence was infectious. A young life taken too soon. God must have needed him more, and I can only think of Billy Joel’s lyrics, “Only the good die young.” He will be missed! R.I.P. MOE! – Debbie Smith There were times last year when The Spectrum was like a powder keg. Luckily for us, Aaron Moe and his luminous personality were on hand to diffuse any of our petty problems. Aaron was charming, hysterical and warm. He shared his love through gigantic hugs, scooping up as many people as he could fit into his arms at one time. There’s a chance I’ll be living in Florida later this year and I was hoping to reunite with Aaron. I’m devastated that it won’t be possible now. I’ll miss you, buddy. – Ren LaForme At first glance, Moe was intimidating, as he was one of the biggest guys I have ever met. However, after talking to him for just a few moments, you learned he had the biggest heart out of anyone you would ever meet. And it was not his size that made him dominate the landscape: it was his personality. He had a big, beautiful smile that was contagious and could brighten up anyone’s day, no matter the circumstances. Any time I was on campus, I knew I could go in The Spectrum office and see Moe goofing around and making someone laugh. Whether it was hitting on all the girls in the office or pulling out the “Is it because I’m black?” card when it was completely out of context, Moe could make anybody laugh. He was an amazing kid and can only be described as one of a kind. He will be greatly missed and always remembered for the huge impact he had on people’s lives. I feel lucky to have known him. I will miss you, Moe. I love you, buddy. – Christopher Di Matteo Aaron Moe was the most genuine person that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was hired to be our assistant sports editor, but instead we hired a great friend. Aaron always had a smile on his face. He could have lost everything in his life, yet he would have walked proudly and with his head held high. And he rubbed this attitude off on everyone. If you were having a bad day, Aaron would make sure it wasn’t for long. Just looking at that silly smile he had would make you the happiest you could possibly be at your worst. He was truly a gift that we couldn’t have for long. During this tough time, I try to understand why our dear friend was taken from us. He had so much promise as a journalist. I comfort myself by knowing that God needed someone to cover sports in Heaven. I know he hired the right guy. We’ll miss you, buddy. Take care. We’ll be seeing you. – Stephen Marth


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Last day’s game cancelled SOFTBALL from page 12 In the third game of the tournament – the first game on Saturday – Buffalo’s bats were absent once again as they lost to Arkansas (5-4), 6-0. The Razorbacks accumulated nine hits, while Buffalo only managed two for the game. Freshman Hope McLemore threw a gem for the Razorbacks as she threw a complete-game shutout. Only five batters reached base for Buffalo in the loss. Teague attributed the two games where the Bulls were shut out to early season jitters. “I think it was mostly nervousness,” Teague said. “It was our opening weekend and I think the girls were honestly just nervous as heck.” Game four of the weekend pitted the Bulls against the North Texas Mean Green (2-3). The Buffalo bats finally woke up in the final game of the weekend. After only scoring one run in its first three contests in Texas, Buffalo managed to rally for five runs and a 5-3 victory. Buffalo struck in the top of the third for three runs as it capitalized on a North Texas error that started the inning. Franich reached on a pitcher’s throwing error and ended up on

second base. Junior second baseman Kristen Gallipani then drove Franich in with a hard hit double to left. Waldron followed with an RBI single and freshman catcher Alyssa Ward followed with an RBI double down the right field line. In the win against North Texas, Buffalo’s two, three, and four hitters combined for a .600 average, three RBIs and three runs. Everything seemed to click, which Teague claimed was a product of their hard work in the offseason. “We really focused on our hitting in the preseason, so it was only a matter of time until things started clicking,” Teague said. “We finally made adjustments versus North Texas. We came back from our loss in the morning, played a lot better defense and made the adjustments at the plate that we needed to.” The Bulls were scheduled to finish off the tournament against the Colorado State Rams, but the day’s slate of games was canceled due to inclement weather. The team will hit the road again this weekend to compete in the McNeese State Tournament. The first game is scheduled for Friday against L.A. Tech at 1 p.m. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

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Buffalo faces Akron on Wednesday MBBALL from page 1 47-46, with 10:09 to go. Buffalo mirrored the Saint Peter’s run with seven unanswered points of its own to take another six-point lead, 53-47. The Bulls held a narrow lead until the final seconds of the game. With just 20 seconds left, Smiley hit a jumper to put the Bulls up 63-58, but Ryan Bacon landed a quick bucket to bring the Peacocks within three. Saint Peter’s would not quit without a fight. The Bulls only needed to hold onto the ball for eight more seconds to win the game, but the Peacocks forced a turnover and Leon hit the 3-pointer with one second left to tie the game at 63-all and force overtime. Smiley and the rest of the Bulls knew, once again, that it was anyone’s game. “We knew we had the game won in regulation and we just let it slip away,” Smiley said. “They made a nice defensive play and [hit] that big shot in regulation, but we knew what we had to do. We knew we were in good position and it was just 0-0 from then on.” Much like in regulation, the game was back and forth in overtime. The Bulls took a hit when senior guard Rodney Pierce fouled out with 2:29 on the clock, but Smiley lifted the team and sank a free throw with 1:03 left to give the Bulls a two-point lead. Bacon followed with a layup to tie the game at 75 with 44 seconds remaining. On the ensuing Bulls possession, Smiley went for an open 3-pointer and missed, but senior forward Calvin Betts’s offensive rebound gave the Bulls another possession with a fresh shot clock. On the following play, Robinson’s layup was blocked out-of-bounds. Witherspoon called a time-out and drew up a play that got Smiley the ball. Smiley hit the shot and sent the Bulls home with their winning streak intact.

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Senior guard Sean Smiley connected on his second game winning shot of the season against Saint Peter’s College Saturday afternoon in Jersey City.

“It felt good right away,” Smiley said. “My eyes were on the basket and it took forever to get there, but if felt good coming off.” Smiley ended the game with 14 points. Pierce led the team with 22 points and added three steals. Betts earned his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Robinson rounded out the double-figure finishers with 13 points and five rebounds. Boyer added a game-high eight assists and two steals. The Peacocks were led by Leon’s 25 points, followed by Wesley

Jenkins with 21 points. Buffalo resumes conference play Wednesday night as it travels to Rhodes Arena to take on the Akron Zips (20-8, 10-3 MAC), who are tied for first in the MAC East. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. For $10, transportation and tickets will be provided to students who want to travel to Ohio to cheer on the Bulls. Students can claim their spot on the coach bus in Alumni Arena at the student ticket window. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

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apologies cannot fix this mess. It will take a good chunk of my near billion-dollar bank account to make this thing go away. Financial terms will be discussed between only Elin and I, but I can guarantee she is going to take me for all I’m worth – and that’s a lot. Statement three: Woods: “I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.” Translation: There’s more to me than a five-iron driver, a sack of golf clubs and multi-million dollar

endorsement deals. Behind the scenes, I’m one horny guy. I knew my actions of infidelity were wrong, but I’m Tiger Woods and I can do whatever I want. Without Elin on tour with me, I got lonely. Every man needs some loving, and when you have cash money seeping out of your pores, it’s easier to find a piece of a** than to take a breath of air. I’ve worked my tail off to get to where I am today, and if I want to have multiple women in bed, I’m going to have multiple women in bed. Statement four: Woods: “Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them that I am truly sorry.” Translations: I am the man, the myth, and the legend. I know that children around the world hope to one day be just like me. A word of advice to all of you kids out there – wrap it up and don’t get caught. Do whatever you want in life, despite who you may hurt in the end. Let this

be a life lesson to hold your secrets as close as possible because once they are revealed, all hell breaks loose. Statement five: Woods: “In therapy I’ve learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me – my marriage and my children.” Translation: I never intended for my personal life to interfere with golf. I need to get this thing smoothed over so I can get back on the golf course and continue on my path of becoming the richest man in the world. I recognize my marriage is over and I’ve lost my children, but the more money I can make, the quieter they’ll be. “I’m sorry” is not good enough. But look at the bright side, Tiger. At least you haven’t become the next John Daly – yet. E-mail: joe.paterno@ubspectrum.com

Olympics weed out traitors TREMBLAY from page 12 Olympics weed out the true American patriots from the traitors. They separate the Thomas Jeffersons from the Benedict Arnolds. If the CIA studied who was rooting for which country, we could have an entirely fact-based blacklist. We’d be out of Iraq, we’d be done searching for Bin Laden in a hole — all without the drama of a McCarthyist hunt.

That kid in your history class who thinks Alexander Ovechkin is the greatest thing to happen to hockey since Wayne Gretsky? Un-American. The kid making mashed potatoes in the Student Union who says Ilya Kovalchuk is not only the best New Jersey Devil but far superior to Thomas Vanek? Unpatriotic. The Olympics bring people together and let you know whom you can trust. They give you two

weeks of sports entertainment, and I can’t get enough. I can’t get enough of the events, the smack talk, the national anthems. At this point I might need a 12-step program, but I don’t care. I’m having a blast rooting for MY home team. Hail Marty Brodeur! Go Canada! (Just don’t tell the CIA.) E-mail: caitlin.tremblay@ubspectrum.com


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February 22, 2010

SP O R T S Joe Paterno Sports Editor

Tiger-lations Time froze for 15 minutes on Friday. For a quarter of an hour, the world was locked in on Tiger Woods’s first public appearance in nearly four months. With a prepared speech in hand, Woods came out of hiatus and addressed the country in the first of many stages to clear his name of his wrongdoings. All we wanted were some answers. Why did you back your car into a tree on that late November night? Why did Elin shatter your car window with a gold club? Why did you commit adultery with over 10 women? Why, Tiger, why?! But all we got was a prewritten, half-hearted speech that made Tiger sound more like The Terminator than an apologetic man. Sigh. The whole event was staged from the get-go. Woods spoke in front of a hand-selected audience of friends and family members and refused to take questions from the media. The speech was a joke. Tiger did nothing but dig himself a bigger hole. He answered nothing that I wanted to hear and continued to hide behind his lies and deceptions. He reiterated cliché after cliché and occasionally appeared to almost break down emotionally. Almost. Woods is lucky he had a speechwriter. But it’s unfortunate Tiger didn’t get to express his true feelings. In that case, I will do Tiger the honor of transcribing what he really meant to say on Friday morning. Statement one: Woods: “Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly – I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.” Translation: I know you are all surprised at what has happened during the past few months. I’m sure you didn’t peg me as a sleaze-ball. After all, I’m the untouchable Tiger Woods. I’m the greatest athlete to ever walk our planet. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly – I got caught. I can’t believe it happened, but you’ve uncovered my deepest secrets. Damn. Statement two: Woods: “Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss; however, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.” Translation: Elin and I have begun to discuss how I’m going to get myself out of the doghouse. There’s virtually no chance we will remain married after what I’ve done. Elin has pointed out that my see PATERNO page 10

Bulls split despite slow bats By MATTHEW PARRINO and CHRIS LAW Sports Editor and Staff Reporter

After a record breaking 25-win performance last season, the softball team traveled to Denton, Texas to start its 2010 schedule at the Sleep Inn Classic. The Bulls (2-2) had their high and low points over the weekend, splitting two games on Friday and then again on Saturday. In game one on Friday, the Bulls’ bats were non-existent. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that Buffalo got its first hit, which came off the bat of senior Sharon Barr, who broke up the no-hitter with a double. The hit by Barr was one of the few highlights in the game, as the Bulls only managed two more hits and fell to the Drake Bulldogs (6-3), 5-0. Sophomore starting pitcher Terese Diaz, who won 14 games last season, struggled

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Senior pitcher Sharon Barr got the start on the mound for Buffalo against Arkansas.

against the Bulldogs. She lasted less than two innings and walked four Bulldogs before being pulled. After a quick turnaround, the Bulls rebounded in game two, beating Missouri State (0-7), 1-0, in dramatic fashion. It was in the top of the sixth inning in the scoreless contest when Bears pinch-hitter Alaina Burkhart tripled to center field. In a gutsy move, Burkhart attempted to stretch the triple to an in-the-park homerun as the ball trickled

past Bulls freshman centerfielder Taylor Franich. In the first game of her Buffalo career, Franich collected the ball and threw a laser to home plate, where sophomore Kristin Waldron applied the tag for the out. The play saved the game for the Bulls and really impressed second-year head coach Jennifer Teague. “Taylor recovered the ball as the girl was rounding third base,” Teague said. “She just really made a great throw. It

was one of those all or nothing throws and, lucky for us, she made the play.” In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulls capitalized on their good fortune. Freshman first baseman Jessica Griffin led off the inning with a line drive single to centerfield. She was then removed by pinch runner Dominique Carcone, who was bunted along by junior shortstop Alex Bejarano. With one out and the winning run in scoring position, junior right fielder Candice Sheehan stepped up to the plate. Sheehan hit a grounder to the pitcher, who turned and threw to third to try to throw out Carcone, but overthrew her target. Carcone bolted for home plate and scored the lone run in the game, giving the Bulls the victory. Barr dominated the game, pitching a complete-game shutout. She finished the outing with six strikeouts and only one walk. “Her drop-ball is working really well for her,” Teague said. “She’s throwing her dropcurve for strikes and a lot of the batters this weekend were swinging and missing. She was definitely one of our strongest players this weekend. She really kept our pitching anchored.” see SOFTBALL page 10

Bulls come up short against Cornell By JUSTIN DIXIE Staff Writer

The men’s tennis team went to Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend, looking to make history. It left just short of its goal. The match came down to the wire, but at the end of the day, Buffalo remained winless against the Big Red. Though the Bulls (2-2) had never beaten Cornell (4-2), they came within a tiebreaker of accomplishing that goal. However, they were ultimately defeated. Buffalo fell to the Big Red on Saturday morning, 4-3, for its second consecutive loss. Head coach Lee Nickell couldn’t believe how competitive the match was between the two teams. “This was the closest match I’ve ever been a part of,” Nickell said. “That is what college tennis is all about.” The Bulls managed to get a victory in the opening doubles match as sophomore Wojciech Starakiewicz and senior Kirill Kolomyts defeated Andy Gauthier and Jeremy Feldman, 8-4. The initial success was short-lived. Junior Marcelo Mazzetto and freshman George Tibil fell in the No 2. contest, and junior Mitch Zenaty and sophomore Alex Kalinin lost the No. 3 matchup. Both of these decisions helped Cornell win the doubles point. Next up was the singles

portion of the match. Starakiewicz continued his strong play by recording a straight-set win over Jonathan Jaklitsch, 6-4, 7-6, in the number one contest. George Tibil took the No. 5 match for the Bulls, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, over Evan Bernstein. In the No. 6 contest, freshman Vusa Hove competed in his first collegiate match against Jared Karson, and came away with a straight-set victory, 6-1, 6-2. Nickell was satisfied with Hove’s performance in his first outing. “We finally got Vusa eligible,” Nickell said. “He did very well. I’m proud of the way he performed.” Unfortunately for Buffalo, the Big Red took the next two matches to even things up, 3-3. In the No. 2 match, Gauthier defeated Mazzetto in straight sets, 7-6,6-1. Then, in the No. 3 matchup, Jonathan Fife overcame Kalinin in a contest that lasted three sets. Fife took the match 4-6,6-2,6-1, and the winning team was decided in dramatic fashion. It all came down to the No. 3 match between Kolomyts and Feldman. Kolomyts got off to a great start by dominating the first set, 6-0, but Feldman rebounded in the second set and claimed a 6-4 victory, setting up a third set that would decide which team would leave the Reis Tennis Center victorious. The two ended up tied at

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Sophomore Wojciech Starakiewicz defeated Cornell’s Jonathan Jaklistch in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6.

six games apiece and went to a tiebreaker. Kolomyts and Feldman went back and forth as they both reached match point in a grueling contest. Ultimately, Feldman clinched the match for Cornell. The Bulls have been struggling as of late, but Nickell, who is in his first season as head coach, sees some positives in the situation. “We’re looking to change the culture here,” Nickell said. “This is the toughest schedule we’ve ever had and we’re going to be better for it.” Buffalo has only played in four matches since the calendar turned to 2010, but it is headed into the heart of its schedule and Nickell thinks the team will be ready. “ We’ve played some

good opponent s. Pen n State, who is ranked 55th nationally, and Cornell are very good,” Nickell said. “I expect that we will be very prepared for Mid-American Conference play.” Nickell said that he is not a believer in moral victories, but that doesn’t mean that he was disappointed in his team. “The crowd there was all over us,” Nickell said. “It was a very hostile environment and I’m proud of the way my team fought.” The Bulls will finally have their first home match of the season at the Miller Tennis Center on Friday. They will go against Niagara at 6 p.m. E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

Caitlin Tremblay Campus Editor

Why the Olympics rock Hello. My name is Caitlin and I’m an Olympics addict. It’s been roughly 13 seconds since I last checked the medal count. It’s been two seconds since I watched an event. I need help. I don’t care if it’s something as boring and anti climactic as curling or as exhilarating as hockey, I’m glued to my T.V. as often as I can be. I have a problem and I can’t stop. NBC could broadcast Olympic basket weaving and I’d watch it. Thank Yahweh this only happens every four years (and I have a slacker senior schedule), otherwise my GPA would certainly suffer. “Where’s your paper?” my English professor would inquire. “Oh, well, Olympic ice fishing was on and then they switched over to the women’s snowball fight. I got distracted.” It would be bad news if I actually had responsibilities. The horrors. Even though they give me something to do at night while I’m putting off journalism ethics homework, I still feel like the best thing about the Olympics is the sense of community they create. Now, I’m not talking about the metaphorical sense of community that the Olympians like to wave their flags to. None of that “every country comes together for two weeks of peace and sportsmanship” BS really does it for me. We all know that every other country is hoping the other eats it. Don’t you think that Apolo Ohno was secretly ecstatic that the two Korean speed skaters collided with one another so he could skate his way to a silver medal? Obviously. The sense of community I’m talking about is the fact that for two weeks, everyone is a sports fan, and everyone is a sports expert. It’s not like football season, where seasoned fans will call your bluff when you spout off a made up statistic. During the Olympics, you can pretty much say whatever you want and get away with it. “Yeah, her triple toe loop landing was shaky. She’s going to lose at least two-tenths of a point,” is a valid, yet inaccurate statement. “This is Vladmir So-andSo’s first gold medal for Russia since the Bolsheviks took over,” is totally untrue (and historically inaccurate), yet no one will say anything. It’s great. You can say anything you want and no one thinks twice. The other amazing thing about the Olympics is that it’s an, as of yet, untapped resource for the CIA. The see TREMBLAY page 10


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