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Volume 59 Issue 72
An independent student publication of the University at Buffalo
Patriotic barbequing By ADRIAN FINCH Senior Life Editor
Chris Irwin isn’t an average 22-year-old college student. He’s a veteran. Last August, he returned home to Horseheads, N.Y. after a year spent in Iraq with the United States Army. While other students were packing their clothes
and preparing for a new year at school, Irwin was unpacking his uniform and embracing the family that he hadn’t seen in 12 months. Two days later, he arrived at the University at Buffalo to work towards a mechanical engineering degree, and slowly began to make the transition from a sergeant in the military to a student in civilian life. Like most veterans, Irwin found
Courtesy of Chris Irwin Left: Veteran and University at Buffalo student Chris Irwin is
working with the Military Members Association to raise funds for a Veteran memorial on campus.
the change to be difficult, but manageable. “When you sign that line on the contract, you know what you’re getting into…they could pull me right now and I could be on a plane going somewhere…you have no choice – I’ve just adapted to it,” Irwin said. As Irwin took his first step onto campus, he realized that he was just one student out of 27,000, and was just one Veteran out of the roughly 600 that attend UB. “I got home from Iraq two days before classes started [and] moved up
to Buffalo to a new apartment. It was a new place, I knew absolutely nobody and I was trying to get into the swing of things with classes,” Irwin said. However, Irwin quickly found a niche in the overwhelming Buffalo community with the Military Members Association. “The group invited me in and it gives you that military feeling without being in the military anymore. It kind of gives you that camaraderie that you don’t get with just your see VETERANS page 8
Blitzer reflects on time in Buffalo By CAITLIN TREMBLAY Campus Editor
With his fluffy white hair, piercing blue eyes and a beard so famous that it has its own Twitter account, it’s not surprising that the UB Alumni Association honored CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on Friday. Blitzer received UB’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his exceptional career accomplishments and service to the UB community. Blitzer was honored with a dinner and award ceremony in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on North Campus on Friday. Blitzer was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1948 and raised in Buffalo. Blitzer spent his childhood in Kenmore and attended Kenmore West Senior High School. He visited his alma mater on Friday, speaking with current students about careers in journalism and media while posting his pride on his Twitter account: “Thrilled to be at Kenmore West Senior High School. I love this place. Remember: West is best; East is least.” Blitzer received a bachelor’s degree in history from UB in 1970 and said the degree and courses helped him pursue a career as a journalist. Rob Schulz / The Spectrum “When all is said and done, what is journal- UB alumnus Wolf Blitzer returned to UB on Friday to ism? It’s a first draft of history,” Blitzer said. accept a Distinguished Alumni award for his career advancements and continued service to the community. “So we write that draft and then others come along and polish it and revise it and make it better based on more information. The history If you had a high number, you were drafted; education I received in Buffalo was fabulous.” if you had a low number, you weren’t drafted. Blitzer continued to speak fondly about My number was very low, so I wasn’t drafted his time at UB – he attended the university in and I didn’t have to worry,” Blitzer said. the midst of the Vietnam War, one of the most Blitzer finished out his degree without the turbulent times in American history. This threat of the Vietnam War looming ominously turmoil extended to UB’s campus. over his head, which allowed him to focus on “It was a really politically his career and life after UB. charged period, the anti-war He said that the unimovement. The Vietnam versity played an integral War was going on. I spent role in getting him where four years here, 1966-70, he is today. right in the middle of all the Blitzer attributes much activity in Buffalo,” Blitzer of his success to UB’s activsaid. ist students and faculty. Blitzer also remembers Despite not quite underthe tension on campus felt standing the full impact that by the male students, who the anti-war movement had were worried that once their on the ’60s and ’70s, he said — Wolf Blitzer student deferrals expired that the movement led to a after graduation, they would certain inquisitiveness that be sent to Vietnam in the eventually took him down draft and perhaps never make it home to start his current, politically charged career path. their careers. “It was a great experience, all in all. I can’t During Blitzer’s senior year, a draft lottery complain,” Blitzer said. “As I look back today system was put into effect. on my career, those four years helped inspire “They only needed about a third of those eligible. Your birthday was put into a lottery. see BLITZER page 7
“When all is said and done, what is journalism? It’s a first draft of history.”
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Roughly 200 runners gathered together on North Campus to honor Nicholas Orrange and raise funds for the Nick Orrange Scholarship Memorial Fund.
In memoriam By RACHEL LAMB Life Editor
Nearly 200 runners met at Baird Point Sunday morning for the Nick Orrange Scholarship Memorial 5K run in memory of a University at Buffalo student who died in a car crash on Jan. 14. The event was put on by the Student Association, of which Orrange was the special interest service and hobbies
coordinator before his death. According to Katherine Ruiz Meneses, the assistant race director and SA sports club coordinator-elect, the event was a huge success. “We raised over $2,500 in admissions,” Meneses said. “There are also a lot of donations which [as of press time] have not been counted yet.” Race participants paid $20 until April 9 and $22 on the day of the event. The fee
included a T-shirt and admission to a post-race party, where there was food, beverages and raffle prizes. Supporters who did not race were asked to donate $5 to attend. All proceeds will be sent to the Nick Orrange Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was set up by his family at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. see ORRANGE page 8
Dancing into spring By STEVE NEILANS Staff Reporter
Build an event where there is dancing and loud music, and the students will come. Students were able to escape the looming cloud of final projects and exams to celebrate in style at the annual Student Association Spring Gala at Samuel’s Grand Manor in Clarence. “Tickets were sold out faster than we all anticipated, which was a pleasant surprise,” said SA President Ernesto Alvarado. A ppr ox i m at el y 1 , 0 0 0 tickets were sold, with most tickets gone well before see GALA page 6
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Almost 1,000 students gathered together on Friday during the annual Spring Gala.
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Nutrition racket Eating lots of fruits and vegetables doesn’t prevent cancer There is always a new fad in healthy living. Not too long ago, red meat was horrendous for the public. Later, with the Atkins diet, red meat was bigger than ever. Healthy eating fads change more than Facebook redesigns. For a very long time, many health experts believed that eating large quantities of fruits and vegetables had a sizable effect on cancer prevention. Many Americans believed that those extra greens gulped down at dinner would keep cancer at bay – until now. A new study by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has found that the link between cancer risk reduction and consuming fruits and vegetables is far weaker then originally thought. Many past studies have claimed that eating more healthy foods will reduce cancer risks by as much as 50 percent. Yet if it sounds too good to be true, it normally is. Recent studies have reduced this number to around 4 percent. This is still a significant, though much more modest, number than previously estimated. Many of these previous studies found that fruits and vegetables having a tremendous effect on reducing cancer risks were skewed due to other unaccounted for variables. According to Walter Willet, chairman of the Nutrition Department at the Harvard School of Public Health, “Earlier investigations were more likely to [survey] health-conscious people.” The reason why it’s a significant find is that people who are generally healthier types are more likely to agree to be interviewed about their habits than their couch potato cousins. This doesn’t give you a free pass to eat whatever you want. The most recent study only looked at the
contributions fruits and vegetables make toward fighting cancer, disregarding their effects on other health issues. There is still sound evidence supporting the idea that eating fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, the most recent Mount Sinai study shows that eating five servings a day of fruits and vegetables decreases the chance of heart disease and stroke by 30 percent. It also shows that some vegetables, like tomatoes and broccoli, have nutrients that help prevent certain kinds of cancer. Millions of Americans have known this for a long time. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard and doesn’t require cutting out whole sections of foods. The fact is, doing so makes the weight loss more difficult and can actually result in weight gain as these foods are reintroduced. The key is moderation. Don’t overindulge with anything; mix in some veggies with your meat. Stay away from fried or pan-seared food on a regular basis and you’ll be eating healthier already. Another major factor the study overlooks is exercise, which is a significant component to a healthy lifestyle. Many Americans overlook this factor by just saying eating healthy is enough – but it isn’t. Americans should incorporate some cardiovascular activity every day. And no, walking upstairs doesn’t count. Hit the gym for 20 minutes and use the stationary bike or treadmill. Everyone has 20 minutes a day, most days, to work out. A healthy lifestyle simply entails eating in the right proportions with a balanced diet and exercising. No gimmicks, no miracle pills. Fruits and vegetables actually can keep the doctor away.
Jihad long gone Obama administration removes hostile language for National Security Strategy President Barack Obama has issued another major shakeup to the United States foreign policy by dropping threatening language. The current administration is removing such terms like “jihad” and “Islamic extremism” from the United States National Security Strategy in an attempt to bring more Muslim countries into the good graces of the United States. Basically, the United States government is no longer looking at Muslim nations solely through a counterterrorism lens. It definitely follows previous decisions by the president to repair America’s image within the International community. Developing solid relationships with Islamic states is actually the correct way to combat terrorism, not waging wars in distant lands. The United States handed out roughly $26 billion dollars in foreign aid in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. About 150 countries receive money from the United States. The five leading countries are Israel, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Kenya. Much of the money goes to programs that are humanitarian in nature. The goal is to promote more goodwill. Many Americans have no clue as to what the National Security Strategy is. It isn’t just a simple initiative. The document is the framing policy of protecting the United States. Many who are against this policy shift equate removing the language with the United States ignoring terrorism. That isn’t the case. The policy shift signals to other nations that being allies with the United States has many benefits. After all, the United States does have an economy worth $14 trillion. America can move some serious weight in terms of products. The only true weapon against terrorism is marginalizing the terrorists from safe havens. Many who join radical Islam movements have no education and certainly no opportunity for bettering their lot in life.
This policy shift also doesn’t mean that the United States won’t analyze threats against its interests and neighbors. The goal here is to give Muslim nations an opportunity to be viewed as members of the international community, rather than rogue nations that harbor terrorists. Former National Security Adviser Anthony Lake believed in four processes to foster democracy and peace across the globe. First, strengthen the community of major market democracies. That means developing and nurturing relationships with the United States’ major allies such as France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Second, foster and consolidate new democracies with free market economies. New democracies like India and China are emerging democracies with huge economies. Third, America should counter aggression by supporting the liberalization of states hostile to democracy and free markets. That isn’t saying America should make regime changes against Islamic nations that are hostile. Take Iran – President Obama was in support of the Green movement when it protested the most recent elections. Lastly, the United States must pursue a humanitarian agenda not only by providing aid, but also by working to help democracy and free markets take root in the regions with the most humanitarian concern. These tenets are all good ideas. By promoting ideals that make this country the envy of the world, America would be able to marginalize radical movements across the globe. Major wars have largely been averted with our allies who have significant economic ties with the United States. The reason is because it doesn’t benefit either side because too much is at stake. The goal of the new directive is to bring more countries into the fold and avoid alienating them.
Appealing to the English gods above I’m an English major. It is part personal choice, part lifestyle and part destiny. Since as long as I can remember, I have eaten, breathed and pooped books. If it were possible to have literature pumped into my veins, I would be first in line to do it. Since I arrived at UB in the fall of 2007, there was never any question of what my major would be. My working relationship with the English Department and its staff at the University at Buffalo has been second to none. I believe from the bottom of my soul that UB has one of the most distinguished and brilliant English staffs, which has inspired and showed me how to become the teacher and writer I Shane Fallon want to be. Life Editor That being said, here are a few constructive ideas and suggestions for the UB English department, for both the course selection and the major requirement itself. Number one: Make more English courses, especially prerequisites, exclusive to English majors. Right now, there is only one course that is solely available to those registered for the major: ENG 301, Criticism. The wide availability for any student, ranging in majors from communication to mechanical engineering, to register in upper-level English classes is silly. These classes are usually very small and required by English majors for graduation, and unnecessary lack of seat availability causes a lot of drama and panic every semester for those who want to graduate on time. Number two: Expand the infamous Earlier Literature and Author courses into two course sequences. At the moment, the only course offering a two-part sequence is Shakespeare, taught by the incomparable Barbara Bono. Many students cringe at the thought of having to take other literature courses before 1830 on authors such as Chaucer or Milton, due to the excessive amount of reading, which leaves people more resentful than appreciative of the material. Personally, I loved my Milton course with Professor Hammill, but would have appreciated the content see FALLON page 4
UB bucket list Dear Seniors, In less than a month, we will walk across the stage to receive our diplomas. Some of us cannot wait for this moment so that we can finally get out of Buffalo. Some of us fear it because we are not ready to enter the real world. Still, we must move forward into the next stage of our lives. But before this happens, we need to find the time for one last hurrah. I created a Senior Bucket List of things to do before leaving UB. This is in no way a complete list because there is so much to experience here. This is just a highlight of some of what made my experience here great – and what may help you make the most of your remaining time here. 1) Participate in intramural or club sports and/or join a student club or organization. With an array Christy Suhr of sports to choose from, Asst. Sports Editor there is essentially something for everyone.Why not give it a shot? If sports aren’t for you, then join a club. It’s a great way to meet new people and broaden your social network. 2) Attend a Bulls game. As part of the UB marching band in 2008-2009, I stood on the sidelines as Naaman Roosevelt made the game-changing catch against Bowling Green, and when the fans rushed the field after the win in overtime. I also traveled to Detroit for the Mid-American Conference Championship game and to Toronto for the International Bowl. It’s times like those that make you proud to be a UB student. 3) Attend a Bills/Sabres game. I hear there is nothing like it. It is certainly something I wish I had done in my four years here. 4) Play football in the snow or skate on Lake La Salle. Alright, so maybe you’re afraid of falling through the ice or you cannot skate. At least play football in the snow. The weather sucks up here most of the time. Why not make the best of it with a leisurely scrimmage among friends? 5) Attend a distinguished speaker event. I saw the Dalai Lama my freshman year, but we’ve had many great speakers in my four years – Stephen Colbert see SUHR page 4
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Please offer more creative writing classes FALLON from page 3 a lot more if we had had more time to discuss the author’s work over another semester. This same suggestion goes for author courses on such literary leviathans as James Joyce. A semester of Joyce’s earlier work, followed by another semester focusing on solely Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, would be divine. Number three: Diversify the course offerings and the curriculum. Milton, Shakespeare, and the Bible are great, but what about the international lovelies and giants
of literature? Where is The Tale of Genji – a Japanese work thought to be the world’s first novel, in UB’s whole English catalog? Where is a course on the fabulous Russian writers, with an author’s course on Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy? What about the delightful Thousand and One Arabian Nights? the fairy tales of Hans Christan Andersen? the fables of Aesop? Number four: Please offer more creative writing classes. The creative writing workshops currently offered by UB, usually taught by husbandwife team Professors Milletti and Anastasopoulos, are fabulous, but they are offered once a week and
usually in the evening. I took courses with them both and had a great time, but would have loved it if more writing courses were offered at different times and different days of the week. With that in mind, I’m ready to take the next step in both my personal and academic life. The last thing I hoped to do when I wrote this column was discourage anyone from pursuing an English degree; I’m simply offering my hopes to the department for future generations.
See what you can do before graduation SUHR from page 3 and Bill Nye, to name a few. Take advantage of these amazing free events offered to you, because you may never get the chance again. 6) Attend Fall Fest/Spring Fest and other performing arts events. All I can say is Jack’s Mannequin, All-American Rejects, and Jason Mraz. Too bad Incubus never came. Maybe next year. I have also attended most of the Buffalo Chips concerts and never left disappointed. If you have not heard them, you are missing out. 7) Go to a party on South Campus, stop at University Hots (a.k.a. U-Hots), and ride the “drunk bus” back. I don’t know why so many people go to South Campus to party. It is almost like some sort of rite
of passage. Be sure to grab food at U-Hots on the way back to the bus stop. There’s nothing like a plate of good, greasy food after a long night out. 8) See Niagara Falls. It may not officially be one of the seven wonders of the new world, but it is beautiful, especially in the fall. 9) Go to Duff’s or Anchor Bar and the Taste of Buffalo or Wing Fest. Buffalo is known for its chicken wings. You cannot go four years here without trying them at least once, unless you’re a vegetarian like me, in which case I recommend a Veggie Burger at Cheeburger Cheeburger or the “Instant Friend” from Moe’s Southwest Grill. 10) Experience Oozfest. If you did not sign up to play, at least go watch your fellow students fall
on their butts and get covered in head-to-toe mud. It’s sure to be a good time. It may be too late for some of you to accomplish these things, but there is still time left. And if you’re an underclassman, why not start working on your list now? Make a list and see what you can do before graduation. Senior Week begins April 18. Take part in Senior Rose Day and Carnival Day, Senior Brunch, Oozfest 2010, and Sign-a-Buffalo. Try to take advantage of what the school offers in your last month here. UB has made its mark on you these past few years; now leave your mark on UB. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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AR T S & LI F E By SHANE FALLON Life Editor
Student volunteers were scattered across the University Heights area Saturday morning for the bi-annual event UB Gettin’ Dirty. The event, ran by the Student Association, involved dedicated students picking up garbage and other litter spread around the South Campus region. Jennifer Harb, a community engagement liaison to the Student Association and a staff writer for The Spectrum, coordinated the event. “UB Gettin’ Dirty is a [bi-annual] event to clean up University Heights and this was the first year it was held [in the] spring semester,” Harb said. “[The event] started at 9:30 a.m. Students signed in at the Main St. Circle and spread out in opposite directions from Main Street to Bailey Avenue … to Kenmore Avenue.” Chad Burlee, a junior political science major and club services coordinator, explained UB Gettin’ Dirty works. “We supplied garbage bags and gloves and worked to pick up the trash for about two and a half hours,” Burlee said. Harb explained that the trash-gathering volunteers covered locations such as Englewood and Winspear Avenues, as well as Heath, Flower and Tyler Streets. “We wanted to expand [the event] to new places this year,” Harb said. “[So] we contacted Minnesota block clubs and worked with them,
Taking out the trash
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along with Buffalo Reuse, the United Way and the Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement.” Harb was very pleased with UB Gettin’ Dirty and the efforts by UB students and community members to make the South Campus neighborhood more beautiful. “I thought we were very successful – we had a great turnout and the clubs are always very enthusiastic about participating in [the event],” Harb said. Harb estimated that some 150 to 200 volunteers turned out for this year’s grimy work, and hopes the numbers will only increase when the event is held in the future. “It really served our purpose to see [the 150 volunteers] working together – it was great,” Burlee said. Even the turnout this semester was considerable, Burlee admitted that having UB Gettin’ Dirty scheduled the morning after SA’s Spring Gala might have affected attendance. “This is the second time I have been involved in this event and you can see the difference with [the number of] people showing up, when compared with the Gala schedule,” Burlee said. Mary Monahan, a sophomore business and international studies major and intern for Student Affairs, agreed. “There was reduced attendance because of the busy event schedule [such as Gala
A group of UB students gathered together to clean up the University Heights area during UB Getting Dirty on Saturday.
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A magical gathering By JAMES TWIGG Asst. Arts Editor
Nations engaged in a bloody war, witches and wizards cursing each other and, to top it all off, braincraving zombies running amok. Who knew all of this could happen at UB? The 21st annual UBCON kicked off last Friday and ran nonstop until Sunday. With hundreds of fans in attendance, dozens of events taking place and violent battles fought throughout, this year’s UBCON was an impressive sight to behold. For those who put so much time and effort into this event, nothing was more important than providing the fans and attendees with the best weekend that they possibly could. “This is a big thing ... [Strategies and Role Players Association] and Anime Club, all together to give all these people here a really fun weekend. There’s a reason why people stay here all weekend without getting a single hour of sleep,” said Christopher Wood, a first year graduate student.
There was no shortage of interests at UBCON over the weekend. The staff went out of its way to arrange enough events to cover a wide and varied range of personal tastes. This way there was plenty to see and do for everyone in attendance. “There’s a lot of magic playing, there’s [Live Action Role Playing], people play board games, people play video games. It’s a fun place,” Wood said. Though the card games, board games and costumes were as striking as they were numerous, for many it was the infamous Nerf War that drew them to UBCON. For both Friday and Saturday night, UB’s Student Union played host to one of the largest Nerf Wars in North America, according to UBCON’s Web site. The game lasted over six hours and was comprised of over 100 players. However, there was more to the war than just point and shoot. “They choose 10 people to start off as zombies. Literally everyone else, which is almost 100 people, has to kill
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Players went toe to toe in the intense and full contact sport of Dagorhir at UBCON.
Dozens of warriors from all over gathered to battle one another in the full-contact sport of Dagorhir on North Campus. “There are groups of us all over the country that do this,” said Ben Jackson, a senior Spanish education major from Buffalo State. “Basically, it’s a full-contact combat simulation sport … We try to be as realistic as we can while still being safe.” The battlefield was filled with players garbed in multicolored uniforms and armors, brandishing weapons.
While the weapons themselves were harmless and created out of foam, the armor was as real as could be. “You’re allowed to wear armor, which has to be authentic, meaning that it has to be made out of real materials that historically people made armor out of … If you wear armor, you feel it. It’s a lot heavier; its limits your mobility. But it gives you an additional shot in any portion of your body that’s wearing it,” see UBCON page 6
A mediocre return for Halifax
them. But if you get killed by a zombie once … then you turn into one. There’s also a team death match, which is self-explanatory, and capture the flag, which is also self-explanatory,” said Ben Fox, 18, of Amherst. But even if attendees did not come prepared to play, UBCON had them covered with the Dealer’s Room. Inside SU 145, attendees could find a marketplace brimming with everything any anime or gaming fan could ever want or need. One wall had dozens of board games for sale. Another boasted a collection of various jewelry and clothing. Also for sale were cards, drawings, weapons, action figures and assorted candy from across the globe. The Dealer’s Room was a conglomeration of everything that brought UBCON fans together. Even more impressive than the amount of items for sale inside the Dealer’s Room, however, was the everlasting battle for glory taking place on the field right outside of the Student Union.
In a day and age when pop punk bands fail to distinguish themselves, it is hard for a band to maintain a sound that its fans can call their own. Halifax is still searching for its unique hook. The California pop-punkers have been on a four-year hiatus since their last album The Inevitability of a Strange World. Last April, the band released two songs that hinted towards a possible return
for the scenesters. Fast-forward a little more than a year and the band has returned to the spotlight with a six song EP, Align. With its fans anxiously waiting weeks for the release, the band, ultimately, fails to deliver on their latest effort. Halifax struggles to create a sound that has not been heard before. Even after seven years experience, Align is just another generic pop-punk album. In a genre that is so competitive, it is essential that a band finds a niche to call its own.
S P E C T R U M WAT C H L I S T Spring Fest 2010 is this Saturday and this year’s lineup has let some students down. To bring spirits up, we decided to look at the biggest movie busts in Hollywood. PAST Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) The day this film was released, the cries of millions of fan boys could be heard across the world. Many hardcore Star Wars fans still do not recognize the first of the next three “installments” of the Star Wars saga as an actual installment of the story.
PRESENT Spider-Man 3 (2007) It doesn’t matter if you’re a spidey fan
or not, this movie is just terrible. Emo Peter Parker, crappy plot, and the terrible visualization of one of the best villains of all time (Venom) destroyed Spiderman’s credibility. There is a reason they have scrapped the current story to do a reboot after this catastrophe.
Any traditional fan of the band, or just the pop-punk sound in general, won’t hate the EP. The one bright spot of Align is probably “Breathe”, of all the songs on the album, this track showed the most originality. Although it sets a high bar for creativity and uniqueness, the rest of the album fails to follow suit. What set the band apart when Inevitability of a Strange World came out was that it was still working in a time where the scene was being formed. It could easily stand out. But four years and thousands of
pop punk bands later, Halifax is destined just to fade into the sea of mediocre pop punk bands. It is sad to see a band that has been around for so long fail to rise to the occasion with their latest release. Align just goes to show that just because a band hangs around a scene for a while, does not mean that it can still make music. With the EP being only 20 minutes long, it is quick and easy to listen to it, but don’t expect to be blown away by these “veterans.” E-mail: email@example.com
FROM THE DR AWING ROOM This week: Trials
Twelve Angry Men BY REGINALD ROSE A teleplay that became first an Oscar-nominated movie starring Henry Fonda, and then a Broadway production. This intense man-to-man screamfest has it all. Innocence, guilt and objectivity all become horrifically muddled in the jury’s deliberation, before a climactic finale that the viewer will find hard to forget.
To Kill a Mockingbird BY HARPER LEE This eighth-grade classic is the epitome of struggles: race, gender issues and social class drama. This delightful tale eventually ends up in a courtroom where democracy is finally recognized in the South. Well, at least the idea of it.
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UBCON from page 5 said Jackson. For fans of cards, board games, anime or just beating up someone else, this year’s UBCON had something for just about anyone. UBCON will return next year, but it’ll take some magic to make it better than this year’s event. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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and the Nick Orrange run], but it was still inspiring to see kids help out around the Heights,” Monahan said. Despite the reduced attendance when compared to other semesters, Burlee was pleased with what UB Gettin’ Dirty stands for and the benefits it brings to the city of Buffalo. “I was really [happy] with things and how it turned out. It’s really great to work for a good cause and give back to the community,” Burlee said. To reward their hard work, SA provided volunteers with free pizza and T-shirts to commemorate the event. Harb hopes that the ideals promoted in the UB Gettin’ Dirty campaign will continue and that it will be an event student volunteers can look forward to in the future. “I hope [that UB Gettin’ Dirty] will become a mainstay on campus and that participation remains [high],” Harb said. E-mail: email@example.com
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These days, it seems like there is talk about taxes on many commodities that were never thought of as taxable. Some taxes, however, might be beneficial to the general public’s health. Dr. Leonard Epstein, a distinguished professor of pediatrics and social and preventive medicine at UB, has found evidence that when junk foods are taxed, mothers tend to buy less of them, which could result in some degree of prevention of childhood obesity. The study Epstein conducted had various mothers go grocery shopping in an analog grocery store where the prices of products were altered in one of two ways: food considered to be junk food was taxed by either 12.5 percent or 25 percent, or the food considered to be healthy was subsidized by either 12.5 or 25 percent. “People bought fewer junk foods with less fats, less carbohydrates and lower calories,” Epstein said. “When you tax, people buy less. It’s common sense.” A less expected result occurred when the healthier foods were subsidized. “When the healthy foods were subsidized, we found that there were more healthy foods [in their baskets], but there was also more junk food,” Epstein said. People like subsidies since it’s like being rewarded with money rather than having to pay more, as in the case of taxes. “Subsidies are always looked at as a great idea … people might have the idea that they spend $100 on groceries a week and then with a subsidy, they think it’s extra money towards that and want to buy more Oreos,” Epstein said. The public has seen the result of what happens when the government has taxed something unhealthy. Once cigarettes began to be taxed, people bought less. The same would be true
for things like candy bars and soda pop if the government ever decided to tax such unhealthy items. “The reason for doing this [study] is to inform public policy,” Epstein said. Other measures, in addition to a tax, could have an effect on the types of food people buy. Another implementation that has become more common is that the nutritional facts are posted for consumers to see. This policy has had an effect on consumers’ buying habits, but not universally. At Starbucks, for example, “customers with higher incomes were influenced by the number of calories in a product and people with lower income were influenced less,” Epstein said. This means that when people have the wiggle room associated with having plenty of money, they are willing to pay more for the product that is healthier. Something customers can be aware of to reduce the amount of unhealthy foods they buy is the variable of shopping while hungry. It is not the best idea to shop for food while hungry because the food in front of someone might take precedence over how much money is in his or her pockets when he or she is hungry, according to Epstein. Not everyone agrees with instating taxes in order to influence decisions as personal as what goes into people’s mouths, but at the same time it can be argued that people do not always know what is good for them. This really becomes an issue when it comes to children because they generally do not choose what they eat, and it is mom that makes their nutritional decisions. Epstein believes the tax would be helpful because it takes a lot less willpower to just not purchase junk food for the hour that someone is in the grocery store, rather than to resist eating junk food for the days or even weeks that it is in the house. “If the food isn’t in your house, you can’t eat it,” Epstein said. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds other SA events GALA from page 1 the event Friday. “The money made from Gala is used to replenish some of our budget lines and solidify our reserves for the following academic school year,” Alvarado said. “This money is imperative because the [ticket sales] are then used for other large events such as Winter Gala or [Fall or Spring] Fests.” Students stormed the dance floor as the music began, but the highlight of Gala for some was the open bar and dinner. However, for Alvarado it was something else. “The best part of Gala for me is getting to enjoy a night with staff and friends outside of the office environment,” said Alvarado. “Getting to meet students and actually putting a name to a face is always great as well because it’s so much easier to show them that you are just another person.” With the promotional efforts of Lauren Skompinski, SA’s public relations manager, the night was a huge success. “Gala really runs itself,” Skompinski said. “The most hectic thing is usually sitting down with a graphic designer and getting the advertisement the way I want it - and of course, picking out a dress.” According to Skompinski, Spring Gala holds special significance for certain students. “Spring Gala really belongs to the graduating seniors,” Skompinski said. “It’s your last time to all be together all dressed up and having a great time. This year was particularly special because I am finally one of those graduates.” Sam Burstyn, a senior health and
human services major, felt the same way. “My favorite part was being able to have one last major hurrah with all my friends before graduation,” Burstyn said. The evening began with a threecourse meal, catered by Samuel’s before students hit the bar and dance floor. The University Police were on hand making sure things went smoothly and when the dance ended at midnight, shuttle busses provided students with a safe ride home. The night wasn’t only a success for college students; SA’s professional staff could also be spotted on the dance floor enjoying the evening. Gala was one of the final events that the outgoing Alvarado administration will host for this academic year. It also symbolized the transition into next year’s E-board with Alvarado introducing Nischal Vasant, Shervin Stoney, and Antonio Roman as the 2010 - 2011 SA leadership. “For the most part, we try to keep the event as traditional as possible and reach out to as many students as possible with the outgoing and incoming executive boards,” Alvarado said. The evening was bittersweet for everyone involved. Gala marked one of the last times for students to get together before summer break, and for other graduating students, their last SA formal. “I thought Gala was very successful this year. There were no major issues and everyone had a good time,” Stoney said. “The best part was the sheer volume of people who attended to make the event even better.” E-mail: email@example.com
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April’s here, check yo nutz By CAITLIN TREMBLAY Campus Editor
April is the month to grab life by the balls. Well, at least that’s what Canisius College and Roswell Park Cancer Institute are saying. Canisius and Roswell have teamed up to create the first comprehensive testicular cancer awareness campaign on a Western New York college campus. According to Eileen Herbert of Canisius College, the campaign, called “Check Yo Nutz,” promotes testicular selfexamination in men between the ages of 15 to 40 “through clear, informative, accurate, relatable and humorous messages.” Testicular cancer is one of the lesser-known cancers that poses a threat to those in the college demographic. It’s most often found in men between the ages of 20 and 39 and is the most common cancer seen in men from 15 to 34. According to Roswell Park, there were 8,400 estimated new cases and 380 deaths from testicular cancer in the United States in 2009. Testicular cancer is not common; a man’s lifetime chance of getting it is about 1 in 300. A small increase in risk still makes the chance of ever getting it low. The risk of dying from this cancer is about one in 5,000. More than 95 percent of testicular
cancer cases can be cured, especially if it’s caught early. Self-examination plays a big role in surviving testicular cancer and the Check Yo Nutz program aims to help men help themselves when it
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comes to developing it. “Almost every man with testicular cancer should be cured of this disease, regardless of how much the cancer had spread when discovered,” said Dr. Donald L. Trump, president
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and CEO of Roswell Park. “Early detection is still very important — detection of testicular cancer at an earlier stage means cure is possible with less aggressive treatment, and that means fewer side effects.” The program will hold events throughout the month of April to raise awareness of the importance of early detection, especially because some of the treatments can cause irreversible damage to the reproductive system, such as infertility. Men who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer should consider freezing their sperm for later use before receiving treatment. “Early detection directly improves the quality of a patient’s life,” Trump said. Beginning at age 15, men should perform a monthly self-examination to see if they can feel any odd growths on their testicles, such as a painless lump or swelling in a testicle, pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum, any enlargement of a testicle or change in the way it feels, a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, a dull ache in the lower abdomen, back, or groin, or a sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum. If an unusual lump is discovered, they should seek a medical opinion as soon as possible. Testicular cancer
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Thankful to the city for all the opportunities BLITZER from page 1 me even though I didn’t appreciate or understand what was going on at the time. I think that it built up a curiosity factor in me and got me into this field.” Blitzer is currently the host of “The Situation Room” on CNN and is CNN’s lead political anchor. He began his career in political media after receiving his master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University in 1972. He was inspired to apply to the program by one of his Buffalo history professors, Clifton Yearley, who saw his potential. After graduating, Blitzer landed a job with Reuters news agency in the Tel Aviv bureau and soon after became the Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Report, an English-language Israeli newspaper. Blitzer spent much of his early career asking the tough questions about the state of Israel and its relations with other nations, including the U.S. and Egypt. He was the first person in news media to ask Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat about the tensions between Israel and Egypt. Some sources credit Blitzer with making the peace talks between the two countries possible. According to Blitzer, his UB education taught him to ask those tough questions. “[The classes at UB weren’t] just open your book and read it. The lectures were thrilling and knowledgeable,” Blitzer said. “I loved history and I still do. I think it’s one of the reasons I went into journalism.” Blitzer moved to CNN in 1990, while many current UB students were still in diapers. From there he rose in the ranks from a military affairs reporter to a White House correspondent, and eventually hosted a series of news programs. He won an Emmy for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1999. Even with his massive amount of success, Blitzer has still found time to give back to UB. In 2003, he endowed the UB David Blitzer Lecture Series in Jewish Studies in honor of his late father. This year, the lecture series features a number
of influential Jewish activists and scholars, including Kenneth Seeskin, a professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. Blitzer often visits Buffalo and is thankful to the city for all of the opportunities it gave him and his family when they first came to this country. “Buffalo was a fabulous community for my family and for me. Some of my best friends today are young people I met in Buffalo,” Blitzer said. “I just think Buffalo is a warm community that took my family in and welcomed them and gave us a lot of opportunities. I think I miss
that the most [when I’m away].” With all of the paths he’s followed on the road to becoming one of CNN’s most influential anchors, Blitzer has only two pieces of advice for those hoping to follow in his footsteps: ask questions and practice. “Ask lots of questions and you’ll have a front row seat to history,” Blitzer said. “Also, practice. If you want to be a reporter, go out and report, just like if you want to be a tennis player, you go out and play tennis. Practice.” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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typical friends,” Irwin said. Irwin had difficulty relating to students who hadn’t been through the same challenges, the successes and the adventures he had in the military. “[In the club], you can share your experiences that you’ve had. Whether it’s some hard times or some type of stress with being deployed or combat related, it’s the place that you can talk about it because you can’t just talk to your normal friends about it…they have nothing in common with that,” Irwin said. Soon after joining the Military Members Association, Irwin noticed that the club was struggling. Formed in 1997, the association attracted many veterans, but once the war in Iraq began in 2003, it slowly unraveled. “Right when the war started, a lot of people just became [unsupportive of their troops]… a lot of people looked down upon the club, and from there, it was just about [finding people to join],” Irwin said. Last February, Irwin asked the Student Association if it would recognize the Military Members Association as an official SA club. “The SA was very supportive in keeping the club active, but there was no one who was active in taking charge of the group because over the years…you’re being deported or with your family…[and] there was no one really ready to step up to the plate,” Irwin said. Irwin decided to become president of the club and work towards accomplishing the member’s goals of a stronger Veteran’s community, recognition and presence on campus.
Under Irwin’s direction and dedication, the club has expanded to over 60 members and continues to be more active, both on campus and in the community. Currently, the club’s ultimate goal is to raise funds for a memorial to be erected on campus. “[We’d like to] really establish a veteran’s memorial on campus...I really think that there’s got to be some type of patriotism added to the campus because I feel right now that it’s not veteran friendly at all,” Irwin said. Past club president and pre-health student Nick Hoffman is finishing his eight-year contract with the military. When he arrived to UB, he too felt that there was not a steady support system for Veterans, and decided to become involved with the Military Members Association. Hoffman has been a member of the club for two years, and is in full support of raising funds to keep the association active and build a memorial. “I don’t think [veterans] are represented very well on campus. In terms of UB recognizing military commitment and members here for educational purpose, it’d be nice to see some recognition from the school for members who are coming back from war,” Hoffman said. “[Many] have given up a lot when they come back to campus and to not be able to find the veteran’s office or find a helping hand, is [disappointing]…I think we’re providing a [guiding] hand, and that’s encouraging.” Irwin hopes that the memorial will become a centerpiece on campus in the Flint Loop area or around the Student Union. He explains that it would be a tribute to all Veterans, specifically fallen alumni soldiers. Veterans from the Military
ORRANGE from page 1 “It was a nice mix of students and outside runners,” said Shervin Stoney, the race director, current SA sports club coordinator and vice president-elect. “On Friday, there were only about 50 people signed up, but we got about 70 people [on Saturday] and then about 75 more people showed up [on that day].” Stoney says that there were approximately 300 r unners,
volunteers and supporters on Sunday. The course started at Baird Point, went around Alumni Arena, looped through the Academic Spine and finished at Baird Point. Along the way, there were over 70 volunteers with water and cheers for the runners as they went by. “Having those extra voices [of encouragement] really helped,” said Kathy Fretthold, 49, winner of the 46-55 age group. “And the
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Members Association will be grilling hot dogs outside of the Student Union Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to raise funds for the memorial. If it rains, the event will be pushed to Thursday. According to the events Facebook page, for $4 students and faculty can purchase a hot dog meal with chips and a drink, and can also buy a baked good for $1. During the barbeque, club members will also hold a raffle. “It’s a great way to get some exposure on these beautiful, sunny days…I think a barbeque is a fun way to do that because everybody – especially when you’re in the military – enjoys a good barbeque,” Hoffman said. Irwin plans to transfer to the University of North Carolina in the fall while he finishes the last two years of his military contract. He remains certain that new members will continue to work towards the completion of the memorial. “It doesn’t stop with just me – the other members of the club are very supportive and I’m very confident that they’ll keep all of this going,” Irwin said. The Military Members Association meets on Tuesdays in room 145E in the Student Union at 4:30 p.m. Irwin encourages all students to join, even if they’re not veterans. For more information, prospective members can reach him by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. “I think that by coming by and supporting us as a group, you’re saying ‘Listen, I believe in what you do and…it’s good to see that you’re here in school trying to better yourself and become part of society,’” Hoffman said.
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fact that they had water [and aid stations] was [helpful].” The run was open to not only UB students, but any other interested parties. Medals were awarded to the top three winners in each age group – 17 and under, 18-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56-65 and 65 and over. The first runner to complete the course was John French, with a time of 15:56.00, while the first female runner to complete the course was Caitlyn Curry, with a time of 20:17.00. Other runners included Thomas and Wendy Zuch, who estimate that they run in 30 races a year. The Zuchs admitted that they did not know Nicholas, but Thomas worked with a member of Nicholas’s family, who he saw at the run. In addition, many members of Nicholas’s family ran for their age groups. David Orrange, Nicholas’s biological father, won third place in his age group. “This was a very nice outcome,” David said. “[I’m so glad] that Nick has a legacy [at UB].” David hopes that the race will be come an annual event for people to compete in, and hopes to be in better shape next year so that he can get a higher position. “The family was very touched by the event,” Meneses said. “They seemed happy because there was such a huge [amount of support].” According to Meneses, the Buffalo-native rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will be playing at Darien Lake this summer and plan to donate over $100,000 to the Nick Orrange Memorial Scholarship Fund. “We’re excited about that; it’s a big deal,” Meneses said. She also stressed the importance of continuing the tradition in the coming years. As the sports club coordinator for next year, Meneses expects to make the 5K an annual event. “Nick wasn’t a show-horse; he was a very humble guy,” Stoney said. “I think that he would have found [the event] amusing, more than anything.” E-mail: email@example.com
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Rowing team impresses at Knecht Cup By LUKE HAMMILL Asst. Sports Editor
Buffalo’s rowing team had an extraordinary afternoon of competition on Saturday as the squad won nine of its 11 races and placed six of its seven boats in Sunday’s Grand Finals at the Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J. The Bulls proved they were worthy of receiving 15 votes in the latest national poll as the Varsity Eight boat won its opening heat by more than 10 seconds with a time of 6:46.2. Led by sophomore coxswain Alison Sheehan, the crew improved its time by 10 seconds in the semifinals, beating Boston College by six seconds with a time of 6:36.72. Alongside Sheehan were seniors Sam Masucci, Kate Garofalo, Cathleen Streicher, Tara Rudkowski, Francisca Nwoke, Alana Sharpe, junior Sasha Bailey and sophomore Brittany Ronald. The Varsity Eight boat boasted the second-fastest time of all 18 boats in the semifinals; Duke edged the Bulls by only six-tenths of a second. The Bulls advanced to Sunday’s grand finals for a matchup with Drexel, Duke, Temple, Boston College, and Rutgers.
Buffalo’s Second Varsity Eight boat of sophomore coxswain Kate Evely, juniors Ashley Hanhurst and Lindsay DiCosimo, sophomores Dakota Smith, Alexandra Condon and Jacklyn Postulka, as well as freshmen Rosa Kemp, Shannon David and Danielle Carlino, were also very impressive after posting the top times in both the opening and semifinal heats (6:52.69 and 6:55.17). They also advanced to Sunday’s final to face Drexel, Temple, UMass, Duke and Rutgers. The Novice Eight boat picked up a pair of wins as well after recording the second fastest time of the opening heats, 7:01.21. In the semifinals, the Bulls defeated Colonial Athletic Association-rival Delaware and finished with a time of 6:56.54. The Novice Eight, consisting of freshman coxswain Kara Buchheit, sophomore Jamie Varble, and freshmen Melissa James, Kylie Lewis, Lauran Benz, Deborah Garth, Bethany Cross, Elizabeth Murphy and Katelynn Hentz advanced to Sunday’s final against Delaware, West Virginia, Wisconsin, UMass and UConn. The Bulls’ Varsity Four boat also qualified for Sunday’s finals. After see ROWING page 10
Promoting awareness NUTZ from page 7 is diagnosed through blood tests and ultrasound or biopsy. Testicular self-examination is easy to do and works best in the shower, while the scrotum skin is relaxed. First, hold the penis out of the way so each testicle is in view. Next, examine each testicle separately by holding it between both hands with your thumbs and fingers and rolling it gently between your fingers. Look and feel for any hard lumps or
changes in color, size and shape. Events promoting testicular cancer awareness will be held through the end of April on the Canisius College campus, including a “Don’t Forget Your Buddies” ice cream social, a “Dodge These Balls, Not Yours” dodge ball tournament, and a “Check Now Luau.” For more information on testicular cancer, self-examination or these events, visit checkyonutz.org. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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ROWING from page 9 winning its opening heat, the Varsity Four posted a time of 7:44.51 – less than a second behind first place finisher Villanova – for a secondplace finish. The Bulls advanced to Sunday’s final for a race against Colgate, Lafayette, Miami, West Virginia and Villanova. The Second Varsity Four boat only raced once on Saturday and clocked
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Times are changing in Buffalo PATERNO from page 12 was awarded the Hall Trophy award as the U.S. Army National Player of the Year and was named by USA Today as the Offensive Player of the Year. Clausen had an up-and-down three-year career as the face of Notre Dame football in South Bend, but has come out as NFL-ready as any other quarterback in the upcoming draft. Working under former Fighting Irish head coach Charlie Weis, Clausen has played out of a pro-style offense his entire career. He has experience working from under center and out of the shotgun – something rare nowadays with college quarterbacks. He is a highly competitive and outspoken signal caller who has a keen sense of commanding the huddle and line of scrimmage. For a young player, Clausen knows how to effectively read defensive coverages, make adjustments at the line when
he sees fit and manages the offense with precision. The 6-foot 3-inch, 222-pounder is an athletic specimen. He possesses a live arm with a quick release, and displays impressive accuracy in the short passing game. He has the ability to escape the pocket and can make plays on the ground with his feet. What I love most about Clausen, however, is his swagger. He has been in the eye of the media his entire career and has carried himself with his head held high. Like a young Philip Rivers, he has that love me/hate me kind of persona about him, and I think it’s exactly what Buffalo needs in its locker room. Many are concerned that Clausen doesn’t have elite arm strength and a nagging toe raises questions about his durability and drop-back technique. But if St. Louis is willing to spend the top overall pick on a quarterback with a surgically
repaired shoulder, I think Clausen’s toe is the least of our worries. The Edwards, Fitzpatrick and Brohm experiments have expired. Times are changing in Buffalo and it’s time for a fresh face to take over the team. Clausen has the skill set, confidence and arrogance to become the leader of the franchise for years to come. To Mr. Nix and Mr. Gailey: I know you need offensive linemen, but the franchise needs an identity. Do Bills fans and me a favor and draft Jimmy Clausen with the ninth overall pick. You’ve given us nothing so far this offseason to look forward to regarding the Bills’ future. Make Clausen your quarterback and give me a reason to be excited for Buffalo football once again. I’ve given up my season tickets already. Do me a favor and make me regret my decision on April 22. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MAC Championships the main goal TRACK from page 12 set two new records. His throw of 59-11.75 (18.28m) set a new Bucknell facility record and broke the Buffalo all-time record. Seniors Jake Madonia (57-7.50 [17.56m]) and Alex Stamatakis (57-6.50 [17.54m]) finished right behind him to complete a Buffalo sweep. The women’s team found success on the field as well. Sophomore Shante White won the hammer throw with a seasonhigh distance of 187-8 (57.20m). Sophomore Kristy Woods collected another shot put victory for the Bulls with a throw of 51-9.25 (15.78m), a new facility record. Junior Kim Black won the triple jump with a jump of 40-8.25 (12.40m) in her first and only jump of the day. “[The success] was a combination of a lot of people stepping up today,” said men’s head coach Perry Jenkins. Junior Shaun Brummert gave Buffalo another victory after finishing
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with a time of 1:52.54 in the 800meter race – a full second ahead of runner-up sophomore Isaiah Mask. In the women’s 800-meter race, sophomore Jackie Burns finished in third place with a time of 2:13.16, her season’s best. Freshman Brooklynn Ventura came in second in the 110meter hurdles with a time of 14.55, and also finished fourth overall among 32 entries in the 400-meter hurdle. Freshman Jamiee McClary recorded a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash. “Brooklynn’s 400IH was an excellent start to the season,” said women’s head coach Vicki Mitchell. “She’s excited for even more.” The relay teams found moderate success near the end of the meet. The 4x800 meter relay team of senior John Bauman, freshman Michael Pressler, Brummert and Inzina finished in third place with a time of 7:45.69. The women’s 4x800 team of freshmen Aimee Hopkins and Leah Wightman, as well as Burns and Taylor, finished in second place
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contest. Even when the Bulls were challenged, they came out on top. Wojciech Starakiewicz defeated Ivan Mojsejev 6-2, 7-5 in what was the closest contest of the day. In the only doubles match, Mitch Zenaty and Alex Kalinin defeated Ivan Mojsejev and Jerrick Boone by a crushing 8-1 deficit. UB will finish its weekend in the Prairie State with a MAC match at Northern Illinois on Sunday following up with a visit to Ball State next Saturday.
Playing out of the No. 1 singles position, Harijanto defeated Friedman in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, for her third MAC victory this season. She improved her record on the season to 14-13. Petrova followed suit in the second singles match to defeat NIU’s Emily Rogers, 6-1, 6-3. Popescu shut out Brittni Fausett of the Huskies, 6-0, in the first set and breezed through the second set, 6-3, to take the third singles match of the day. The Huskies captured their first singles match of the day when McLaughlin defeated Toia, 6-0, 6-1, out of the No. 4 slot. Markovic bounced back for the Bulls as she defeated Phillips, 6-3, 6-0, for the last Buffalo victory of the
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with a time of 9:13.21. The performances of the relay teams capped off a successful meet for the Bulls. “We are very pleased with the results,” Mitchell said. “This meet was the perfect meet for us to compete at. The competition was solid, the venue was nice and the weather cooperated.” As the season continues through April, Jenkins recognizes that success at the MAC Championships continues to be the main goal for the team. “We were not looking to break records,” Jenkins said. “We’re looking to do well at the MAC championships and try to get as many people to the first round of the NCAA [Championships].” The Bulls will host the UB Invitational Saturday morning at UB Stadium. The first event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
day. The Huskies’ Martina Schnapp defeated Anna Subenkova, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to close out the meet. NIU head coach Ryun Ferrell was rather impressed with Buffalo’s top performers. “We fought hard today, but came up short in doubles,” Ferrell said. “Buffalo had a very strong showing at the top of its lineup in singles play.” The Bulls look forward to a weekend at home against conference opponents Miami (OH) (11-6, 3-0 MAC) and Ball State (7-10, 1-3 MAC) on Friday and Saturday. The backto-back matchups will wrap up the Bulls’ regular season home schedule. The first match against Miami is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday. E-mail: email@example.com
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SP O R T S Bulls sweep Cougars and remain perfect in MAC
Joe Paterno Sports Editor
By MATT McGUCKIN Staff Writer
Calling Mr. Clausen The Bills and I have a lot in common. As I prepare to turn 22 years old at the end of the month, it’s time to start planning my future. I’ve called Buffalo my home for two decades and it’s time for a fresh start – a change of scenery. Much like myself, the Bills are in need of a fresh start. As the old saying goes, it’s out with the old and in with the new at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park. It’s time to start planning for the future at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Management has already made moves by naming Buddy Nix its first general manager in three years and lured in the relatively unknown Chan Gailey to succeed the malnourished Dick Jauron. Ok, good. It’s a foundation to build upon. But we’ve been through this before. Since Marv Levy retired from the sidelines in 1997 and John Butler left for San Diego in 2000, the franchise has cycled through five head coaches and three general managers. During that time period, the Bills have qualified for the postseason just once. They haven’t won an AFC East divisional crown since 1995 and have beaten the New England Patriots only once since 2001. No matter who is calling the shots in the front office or on the sideline, you can’t win football games without the right personnel on the field. Buffalo has failed to recognize that. Enough is enough. Buffalo is in need of a savior, someone to put the Bills’ back on the map and restore football tradition in the Queen City. Clouds have loomed over the Ralph far too long and it’s time for the sun to shine down over 80,000-plus crowds on Sunday afternoons again. Buffalo is in need of Jimmy Clausen. The team has lacked the presence of a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly was under center. Todd Collins, Rob Johnson, Doug Flutie, Alex Van Pelt, Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have all had their shot to become the next Kelly in Western New York. All have failed. When I look at Jimmy Clausen, I see a young man with the attitude off the field and ability on the field to turn the franchise around. At just 22 years old, the former Notre Dame quarterback has lived in the spotlight as a highly recruited quarterback since his high school days. In his junior year, he was dubbed by Sports Illustrated as “The Kid with the Golden Arm.” After his senior year he see PATERNO page 10
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Senior Kirill Kolomyts defeated Chicago State’s Michael Chew in straight sets to help the men’s tennis team shut out the Cougars.
Although it was cold in Buffalo on Saturday, the men’s tennis team stayed hot. After defeating four-time defending Mid-American Conference champion Western Michigan University for the first time in school history last weekend, the Bulls continued to coast in conference play. With a win on Saturday, the men remained undefeated in the MAC and shut out Chicago State 5-0. The Bulls (10-5, 3-0 MAC) dismantled their injury-ridden rival Cougars (0-9, 0-1 MAC), recording four singles wins without dropping a single game. The Cougars were undermanned due to injuries, and the two teams played only six of what should have been nine matches. UB won one doubles contest and five singles matches. The Cougars did not have much of a chance at any point in most of the matches.
1 Mitch Zenaty/Alex Kalinin (UB) d. Ivan Mojsejev/Jerrick Boone (CSU), 8-1
SINGLES 1 Wojciech Starakiewicz (UB) d. Ivan Mojsejev (CSU), 6-2, 7-5 2 Marcelo Mazzetto (UB) d. Jerrick Boone (CSU), 6-0, 6-0 3 Kirill Kolomyts (UB) d. Michael Chew (CSU), 6-0, 6-0 4 Vusa Hove (UB) d. Morris (CSU), 6-0, 6-0 5 Kristof Custers (UB) d. Worley (CSU), 6-0, 6-0
In four out of five singles matches, Marcelo Mazzetto, Kirill Kolomyts, Vusa Hove, Kristof Custers defeated their Cougar opponents in Rodger Federer fashion; they didn’t allow the Cougars to win a single game in any of their matches. Mazzetto, Kolomyts, Hove and Custers picked up the wins 6-0, 6-0 in each see MTENNIS page 10
Bulls reach .500 with win over Huskies By CHRISTOPHER FULLER Staff Writer
After a week off, the women’s tennis team rebounded from a loss last week when it met up with Northern Illinois on Saturday. The Bulls (6-6, 2-2 MidA mer ica n Con ference) defeated the Huskies (7-10, 1-5 MAC), 5-2, and did so in impressive fashion, as they never trailed in the match. Buffalo opened the afternoon by taking two of three doubles matches from NIU to capture the opening doubles point. The duo of senior Denise Harijanto and junior Aleksandra Petrova, who are currently ranked regionally, defeated the Huskies pair of Brooke Forsberg and Emily Rogers, 8-4, out of the No. 1
doubles spot. The Huskies quickly responded as Kathryn Friedman and Sara McLaughin took the second doubles match, 8-5, over the Bulls combo of freshman Tamara Markovic and senior Anna Subenkova. In an 8-4 victory, the Bulls pair of junior Diana Popescu and senior Diana Toia topped the Huskies team of Kelly Phillips and Stephanie Okuma to clinch the doubles point for Buffalo. The Bulls used the momentum they built during doubles play and converted it in their singles matches. Harijanto, Petrova and Popescu took the first three singles matches in convincing fashion to take a commanding 4-0 lead in the match. see WTENNIS page 10
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Dallas says goodbye to Texas Stadium Sunday afternoon, approximately 20,000 people gathered at the former home of the Dallas Cowboys to celebrate the memories made at Texas Stadium one last time. A dynamite explosion brought the structure down after 38 seasons of play in the stadium in which “America’s Team” won five Super Bowls. ESPN’s Chris Berman headed the festivities as the master of ceremonies and 11-year-old Casey Rogers, through an essay contest, won the honor of pushing the button. Last May, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones opened the doors to a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art stadium with an 80,000-person capacity. The new Cowboys Stadium hosted the 2010 NBA AllStar Game and will host Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.
Roethlisberger will not be charged with sexual assault According to sources in contact with ESPN, embattled Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not be criminally charged after being accused of sexual assault by a 20-year-old woman in Georgia. A lengthy investigation followed the accusations and District Attorney Fred Bright will announce on Monday that he will not bring charges against Roethlisberger. Ed Garland, Roethlisberger’s lawyer, hired his own team to investigate and has disputed the charges. “I want everyone to realize that Ben Roethlisberger has never been accused of any criminal conduct by any law enforcement agency in his life,” Garland told the Associated Press. “We believe the correct decision by the district attorney in this matter should be that no criminal charges will be made against him.”
Silva defends UFC title despite bizarre antics
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In its 5-2 win at conference rival Northern Illinois, the women’s tennis team won four singles matches in straight sets.
Success at Bison meet By BRIAN JOSEPHS Staff Reporter
After a couple of trips through North Carolina and a stop in Florida to begin the spring season, Buffalo’s track and field team made one final road trip to Pennsylvania this past weekend before it makes its home debut at UB Stadium this upcoming Saturday. Friday afternoon, the men and women opened up competition at Bucknell University for the Bison Outdoor Classic, a two-day event. Despite windy conditions, the field team posted strong results on the first day of the meet as sophomore Chris Davis won the men’s long jump with a season-best jump of 23-6.75 (7.18m). On the track, junior Gillian
The Bulls jumped all over the competition at the Bucknell Bison Classic as both the men and women found success in the long jump and triple jump, respectively.
Taylor won her heat in the 1500-meter invite, clocking in at 4:41.97. In the same event on the men’s side, freshman John Inzina won his heat with a personal best time of 4:04.87. Buffalo also prospered in the longer distance events as freshman Katie Sanders finished 16th out of a field of over 70 runners. Sanders’s time of 17:43.15 qualified her for the USATF Junior National Championships. With the sun shining down on Lewisburg on Saturday, the Bulls were rewarded with better results and a recordbreaking performance. The men’s throw team put together another strong showing in the shot put as sophomore Rob Golabek see TRACK page 10
At UFC 112 “Invincible” Saturday night at the Ferrari World Concert Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Anderson Silva defeated Demian Maia in a unanimous decision victory. However, Silva’s win was quite controversial due to his behavior during the fight. After dominating Maia for the first 10 minutes of the fight, Silva resorted to clowning and taunting from the third round forward. Silva did little more than circle Maia, prompting referee Dan Miragliotta to threaten to penalize Silva by a point in the fifth round. “Demiam actually surprised me with some of his punches, and I apologize to everybody,” Silva said through his translator, Ed Soares. “I don’t know what got into me tonight. I wasn’t as humble as I should have been. It was just the ring rust and a little bit of everything. I’m really sorry.”
Flyers grab final playoff spot Eastern Conference Standings 1 - Washington Capitals- 121 pts. 2 - New Jersey Devils- 103 pts. 3 - Buffalo Sabres- 100 pts. 4 - Pittsburgh Penguins- 99 pts. 5 - Ottawa Senators- 94 pts. 6 - Boston Bruins- 91 pts. 7 - Philadelphia Flyers – 88 pts. 8 – Montreal Canadiens- 88 pts.
Mickelson wins The Masters in Augusta Phil Mickelson shot a -15 to edge out Lee Westwood for the Masters title.