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Volume 59 Issue 76

Construction noise angers students By CHELSIE HINCKLEY Asst. City Editor

Some st udents liv ing in Fargo Quadrangle are petitioning for monetary compensation. They believe their living environment this year has been unsatisfactory. John Collins, a sophomore accounting major and Fargo resident, is fed up with the University Residence Halls and Apartments. For the past

year, his dorm room, as well as others on his side of Building One, have dealt with the inconvenience of the noise from the construction on the future William R. Greiner residence hall. “The noise is not conducive to living,” said Owen Eichensehr, a junior accounting major and Fargo resident. “Fifty to 60 people have had to put up with this all year.” Angered by the constant

interruptions, Collins decided to take action and form a petition to compensate Fargo residents for their disruptive living environment. He acts as a representative for the students listed on the petition see NOISE page 6 Right: Some

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students aren’t pleased with the amount of noise coming from construction work ouside of their dorms.

The Oklahoma City Bomber, Timothy McVeigh, stuck to his Western New York roots when deciding who to share his story with.

By CAITLIN TREMBLAY Campus Editor

Most current UB students were still wearing Pull-ups Training Pants when Timothy McVeigh detonated an explosive-filled truck and left a gaping crater in the side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His actions resulted in the deaths of 168 innocent people and injured over 500, many of them children from the daycare located inside the building. Monday was the 15th anniversary of what is arguably the most infamous act of domestic terrorism on American soil. “We commemorate the Oklahoma City Bombing because it was such a horrendous event and perhaps the first act of domestic terrorism,” said Phillips Stevens, Jr., an associate professor of anthropology at UB. “A misguided young man was driven by pure anger and evil and committed mass murder.”

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15 YEARS LATER On April 19, 1995, McVeigh changed the course of American history forever when he drove a 7,000-pound truck bomb in front of the Federal Building and set it off. In 2001, he paid for it — he was executed by lethal injection. In Buffalo, there is a special connection to the tragedy. McVeigh was born in Lockport and grew up in Pendleton. He was an intense Buffalo Bills fan who truly respected the people of the Buffalo area. Two Buffalo News reporters became the only people to interview McVeigh in person, one-on-one and in depth about why he chose to murder hundreds of people. McVeigh hand-picked Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, both of whom still work at the Buffalo News, based on a

Timothy McVeigh recommendation from his father. “Dan [Herbeck] and I became experts on the McVeigh family, starting in 1995 after the bombing,”

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Michel said. “We researched their roots, how they flourished along the Erie Canal after they came over from Ireland and England.” After months of research, Michel began visiting McVeigh’s father, Bill McVeigh, at home. “I lived near Bill and I would stop by and visit. I treated him fairly and like a human,” Michel said. “I befriended him and I don’t think he ever forgot that.” McVeigh was constantly harassed by the news media for interviews. The public, who had cast him aside as a monster, still held on to lurid curiosity about McVeigh as a person. McVeigh ignored media attempts at contact. He wouldn’t talk unless it was on his own terms. By 1999, McVeigh was ready to tell

his story and asked his father if he knew any trustworthy journalists. His father suggested Michel, his visitor of many years. McVeigh soon wrote a letter to Michel. “It was stunning [to receive a letter from McVeigh],” Michel said. “He wanted to come off as a human and talk to local people, people he grew up with. We treated him like a human but never lost sight of the monstrous thing he did.” Over 45 hours, Michel and Herbeck learned more about Timothy McVeigh than perhaps even his father ever had. “It was a very surreal experience to hear him graphically describe making a 7,000 pound bomb. At times, Dan and I would leave numb,” Michel said. McVeigh explained to the reporters his motives, his tactics, his mindset — nothing was off limits. “Tim claims that he didn’t know there was a daycare in the building see TERROR page 11

Incarcerated nature By DAVID WEIDENBORNER

By AMANDA WOODS

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Jasmine May’s father died from brain cancer, but his passing did not hinder her studies; instead, it was an inspiration for her to research better treatments for the disease. May, a sophomore medicinal chemistry major, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious award given to 278 undergraduate students in the U.S. who are pursuing degrees in engineering, mathematics and the natural sciences. Through this scholarship, May will receive

$7,500 per year for her final two years at UB, covering tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

Most people wouldn’t expect the Buffalo area to have its own secluded oasis. But the town of West Seneca recently received a donation in the form of a relatively pristine 14-acre wetland. As part of the University at Buffalo’s Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange program, UB researchers and graduate students will specifically be utilizing the wetland area. This area provides researchers with the opportunity to study

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THEY’RE BACK Still drawn. Still together.

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This marshland serves as a research area for many UB students.

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Bears have seen better times at The Buffalo Zoo.

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Ashy delays Iceland’s volcano shuts down air travel over Europe What event can shutdown thousands of commercial flights over Europe and even make the President of the United States avoid air travel? Eyjafjallajökull. This isn’t gibberish, but rather a volcano in the southern part of Iceland. The skies over Europe have been absent airplanes since late last week. Plumes of volcanic ash have billowed into the sky and many commercial flights have been cancelled since March 16. The scary part is that on Monday, a group of European airlines asked the European Union for compensation for losses suffered because of the cancellation of 22,000 flights, according to Bloomberg News. The airlines believe that because the EU didn’t consult with them about closing down the air space, they feel that they have the right to be compensated. It almost seems that the airlines wanted to fly into dangerous ash, risking the lives of thousands of paying customers. Here is a crazy thought: how about if the airlines knew how much dangerous volcanic ash there is? Currently the European Aviation Safety Agency doesn’t have a clue. And if flights were to occur and crash, there would be a lot more damage done than just flowers dying. Many carriers, such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France, have reportedly lost close to $200 million a day. But airlines aren’t the only groups losing money as a result of the no-fly zone. Kenya has had to destroy 400 tons of flowers to be sold in England. Pharmaceutical companies have had to dispose of medications that have a very short self-life due to the restrictions in shipping.

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On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court annulled a federal law that made it a crime to create or profit from dog fighting videos and other animal cruelty acts by a vote of 8 to 1.

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Ships, rather than airfreight, transport 98 percent of the world’s goods. Many of the airlines are citing the United States government bailout of its airlines after 9/11. And it is a pretty safe bet that cargo ships are available because of the global downturn. It seems like a money grab by the airlines. Things haven’t been going well for the airline industry. After all, when companies need to start charging for pillows and blankets, things cannot be good. The major issue at play here is that neither the governments nor airlines had any idea of what to do in case a scenario should occur. Not much is known about how to deal with such situations. The last big eruption from Eyjafjallajokull, in 1821, spewed ash for over a year. But the bigger problem may be Kalta, Eyjafjallaokull’s neighbor volcano, which could erupt as well. Archeological evidence shows that Kalta has been even more destructive. The impact of the eruption has been small, except for its effect on the airlines and travelers. But if a prolonged shutdown occurs, Europe’s economy will slowly grind to a halt. Tourists will fail to arrive, business meetings will be delayed and supplies will dwindle since airfreight cannot arrive.

United States Supreme Court voids law disallowing animal cruelty videos The recent Supreme Court rulings are starting to become troubling.

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The Supreme Court has gotten it all wrong yet again. First, it let corporations have rights as everyday citizens, and now videos of dog fighting aren’t illegal. What a country America is. The case comes from the prosecution of Robert J. Stevens, an author and film producer who presented himself as an expert on pit bulls. Although he maintains that he never participated in dogfights, he did compile and sell videotapes showing dog fighting. Isn’t that still participation? It would be like saying that the guy who is driving the getaway car during a bank robbery didn’t rob the bank. The federal law banned all profiting from dog fighting. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, “The law created a criminal prohibition of alarming breadth … the government’s defense of the law was both startling and dangerous.” The assumption is that the United States Congress would pass a law with a more focused scope that would be allowed under the Constitution. But with Congress seeming more like a traffic jam on Interstate 290 everyday, that is a pretty big assumption. The government argued that such depictions are of minimal social worth and that they receive no First Amendment protection.

The rulings of the Supreme Court are troubling. The chief justice, during his vetting by the United States Senate, called himself merely an umpire of the law. The umpire is blowing the game. Dog fighting and other forms of animal cruelty are illegal in all 50 states. The law applies to any recording where a living animal is intentionally maimed, harmed or tortured. The intent of the law is pretty clear, regardless of what role the accused had in the video, if it depicted illegal cruelty. The government even tried to make the analogy that animal cruelty is similar to child pornography, which gets no First Amendment protection as ruled by the Supreme Court in 1982. The chief justice responded that child pornography is a “special case because the underlying market is intrinsically related to underlying abuse.” But animal cruelty videos are related to underlying abuse. This Supreme Court has been making horrible decisions recently. The only dissenter is Justice Samuel Alito, writing in the minority opinion, “The majority’s opinion was filled with hypotheticals and serves to protect depraved entertainment.” The First Amendment was created to allow the free exchange of ideas, not promote depraved acts. The scope of the federal law is not too broad; in fact, it’s pretty explicit. The majority in this case is plain wrong.

TO OUR READERS In Monday’s edition of The Spectrum, there were many factual errors in the article titled “Simpson announces grading policy changes.” A corrected copy of the article will be running in a future issue of the publication and on our website. The Spectrum regrets the errors.

The true meaning of “Happy Birthday” Lay down the red carpet and hold the doors open for me. Bow down to the ground I walk upon and treat me like a king, because today is my day. Today is my birthday. Clear your schedules and meet me at the bar. Line up the food platters, buy me drinks and feed me cake. I expect to be treated like President Simpson and be loved like Dennis Black. While most 22-year-olds automatically tune into this egotistical mindset when the clock strikes midnight on their birthday, I have a different frame of mind. To be honest, I could care less that it’s my birthday. Today symbolizes nothing more than that I’ve successfully made it through the last 365 days, thus Joe Paterno leaving me with one less year to Sports Editor live. The only thing that makes today special for me is that I share it with my dad. Happy Birthday, Dad. Birthdays give your most despised enemies a reason to wish you an insincere wish. They give old friends a reason to say hello and strangers a reason to post on your Facebook wall. They give ex-girlfriends a reason to remember why they hate you so much and new girlfriends a reason to shower you in gifts and get you in bed. Damn, it’s too bad I’m single. So what does a birthday really mean? From the hospital to the cemetery, I introduce to you the true meaning of the birthday.

The Past Day of birth: Congratulations, you’ve made it to life’s starting line. It’s the happiest day in your family’s life as you exit your mother’s womb and receive your very own birth certificate. For the next few months, your crying, puking and pooping will make mom and dad regret that fateful day they failed to use protection. Age 1: You made it through your first 12 months and are no longer considered an infant. You’re on your way to taking your first steps and speaking a few small words, but you continue to puke and poop freely. The best part of it all is that you will have absolutely no recollection of your first few years on Earth. see PATERNO page 6

Pay your way to a higher GPA? On Monday, the New York Times released an article based on a study that stated that students who go to a private college receive a higher GPA. According to the article, the study tested 160 private and public schools and found that their 80-year historical data claimed an average of a 3.3 GPA at private schools, compared to an average of a 3.0 at public schools. Although I don’t doubt these numbers, I find them to be misleading. One point to consider is the class sizes at colleges. For example, public schools, such as UB, have a current undergraduate student enrollment of 19,022, while Canisius, a nearby private university, has a student enrollment of 3,196. Everyone affiliated with UB Rachel Lamb knows that lectures, which stuLife Editor dents are required to take at least a few times here, can go up to almost 500 students. Canisius’s average class size is 17, as confirmed by the Office of Student Records at Canisius College. It’s much easier for students in a class size of 17 to get a better grade than in a class size of over 600. First of all, the professor actually knows your name. Secondly, I’m sure that it’s much easier to get an appointment with your professor if you need help when the professor has a few hundred less students to deal with. The admissions requirements for incoming freshmen are lower for Canisius than UB: Canisius’s scores are an 87-94 GPA, 1020-1220 SAT score and 22-27 ACT score, whereas UB’s are 89-95, 1100-1240 and 24-28, respectively, according to each college’s website. Yet, it’s a fact that private schools charge much more money to attend than public schools do. For example, Canisius charges $29,512 for one semester. UB charges $4,970 for in-state students and $12,870 for out-of-state students. Therefore, UB students are supposedly more intelligent when they enter our university (based on GPA and SAT scores), but pay far less to go to a public school. I fully believe that students can have an equally high GPA and get the same quality of education at a public school then see LAMB page 12


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LI F E & FE A T U R E S A donation of life Waiting list has 106,000 people who need an organ By AMANDA JONAS Staff Writer

Eighteen people will die today waiting for an organ transplant. University at Buffalo students enrolled in the COM 441 Advanced Public Relations course are hosting a special carnival-themed event in the Student Union on Wednesday, in hopes of changing this number. “The goal is twofold,” said Karen Swierski, the course professor and executive director of the Western New York chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “The first is to create more awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation, and the second is to sign people up for the NYS Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.” The students from the COM 441 class will be partnering with Upstate New York Transplant Services today in hosting the carnival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Swierski, who has taught COM 441 for the past seven years, believes that having her students organize a real public relations campaign, where they have an actual budget, deadlines and a clearly defined goal, teaches them in a way that supersedes what they could learn in the classroom.

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Students enrolled in the Advanced Public Relations class will join together today in the Student Union to encourage others to join the NYS Organ and Tissue Donation Registry.

“[The students] get to experience what working in public relations in ‘the real world’ is like,” Swierski said. “It helps them define their career objectives more clearly.” Danielle Keller, a Donate Life Education Coordinator for UNYTS, discussed with the students the importance of their assistance to her organization. “I would like to encourage them to think about the waiting list that has over 106,000

people who need an organ,” Keller said. “And on the blood side, knowing that one out three people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life reminds us all that blood donation is crucial.” Keller also introduced the class to her daughter, Lexi, a young lady who was given a second chance at life because of an organ donation. Lexi was born with a congenital heart defect and has struggled with this life-threatening

condition since she was born. Lexi was in a medically-induced coma when her family finally got the news that they had been praying for – the doctors had found her a heart. She received the heart transplant in 2004 and woke up from her coma less than two weeks before her fifth birthday. Now in fifth grade at St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Sanborn, Lexi is a happy, healthy and vibrant example of the power of organ donation. Inspired by stories about the thousands of people who are waiting for a transplant, Swierski’s students used the promotional skills they learned in class to increase awareness about a worthwhile cause, and they have found that the experience has been truly rewarding. Rebecca Hoy, a member of the campaign’s special events team, encourages all students to stop by the carnival. “It’s a fun day we have planned for everyone,” Hoy said. “But while you’re having fun, you can also help a good cause. Who doesn’t love a bouncy castle?” The COM 441 course will try to persuade students to commit to organ donation through their slogan, “If I Only Had a Heart,” which Keller believes is an appropriate name for the campaign. “I am so inspired by the work and dedication from Karen and her students,” Keller said. “It is so moving to see young people embracing our mission and helping to raise awareness. As a mom of a transplant recipient, I am personally touched by these campaigns.”

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Running out of time Bears at The Buffalo Zoo disappearing for many reasons By RACHEL LAMB Life Editor

Fred, a 20-year-old grizzly bear from the Buffalo Zoo, was euthanized on April 9 due to age-related neurological problems. As of now, the Buffalo Zoo only has seven bears left, six of which are nearing the end of their life spans. “Bears typically live [to] between 20 and 25 years old,” said Jennifer Fields, public relations coordinator for the Buffalo Zoo. “Some may live longer, but those numbers are the average ages. Our bears are [in that range] right now.” Fred came to the Buffalo Zoo in 2002 from the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in Montana. He was removed from his native Alaskan habitat after he became dependant on human garbage. For the safety of both Fred and the people around him, the bear was moved to Montana and then later transferred to the zoo. As of now, the zoo only has one young bear, Anana, a 9-year-old female polar bear. The zoo has decided to not acquire any more bears for a few years because it is planning to build a new state-of-the-art polar bear habitat, which will become the focal point of the bear exhibit. “We felt like taking on new bears when we are going to be renovating the exhibit would be pointless,” Fields said. “There is no use getting new bears when we will have to relocate them soon after.” However, the remaining male polar bear, Nanuq, may not be around to live in his new

home. According to a press release from the Buffalo Zoo, the 22-year-old male polar bear is in the last stages of his life. Age is certainly a problem; the other bears in the exhibit are showing signs of age and illness and may not be around for much longer. Diana is a 31-year-old spectacled bear and is the third oldest spectacled bear in North America. However, signs of her age are apparent. “[She] has developed some age-associated changes, including hair loss and arthritis,” Fields said in a press release. Furthermore, Hannah, the other spectacled bear, has just been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and will be undergoing chemotherapy. Although dying in captivity is a normal occurrence, the Buffalo Zoo underwent scrutiny in 2007 when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called to revoke the Zoo’s membership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums after the deaths of at least three polar bears, a hyena and a sea lion in that year. “PETA’s request [came] after the group examined U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection reports,” said PETA’s website. “The violations cited in the reports describe trash-strewn enclosures, a negligent and incompetent staff and judgments by decision makers that led directly to animal suffering.” PETA has become aware of the recent deaths of the zoo animals and Lisa Wathne, the PETA captive exotic animals specialist, believes that the Zoo does not have a good track record when

FROM THE DR AWING ROOM Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The book that ignited the modern environmentalist movement, Carson’s descriptions of the horrifying chemicals that were ravaging nature and harming people shocked the public. The book was especially successful in getting the chemical DDT completely banned as a pesticide in the United States.

Boy meets tree. Tree and boy love one another. Boy grows up, takes everything off the tree, cuts it down and moves away. Tree is now a stump. Boy eventually comes back. Boy and tree rekindle their love. It’s a typical coming of age story. Yay, Earth Day!

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The Buffalo Zoo lost a 20-year-old grizzly bear named Fred earlier this month. His death leaves seven bears in the exhibit.

it comes to the safety of its animals. “As far as [Fred] goes, his death seems reasonable because [20] is old for a bear,” said Wathne. “However, if it so happens that [the Buffalo Zoo] is culpable for [the deaths of more animals] … then [PETA] will ask the United States Department of Agriculture and the AZA to revoke the zoo’s accreditation and license,” Wathne said. However, the Zoo feels protective of its animals and plans to relocate the spectacled bears to the Vanishing Animals Exhibit, featuring endangered animals, while renovations for the polar bear display are underway. Anana will most likely be able to enjoy her new habitat, but her considerably older mate,

Nanuq, will probably have passed away by the time the exhibit is finished. The Zoo plans to get another male bear and will also have room for whatever offspring they may produce. “The bears are incredibly special animals and are beloved by our staff and visitors,” said Dr. Donna M. Fernandes, president/CEO of the Buffalo Zoo, in the press release. “While they are certainly showing signs of age-related issues, the Buffalo Zoo remains committed to providing high quality care for them for the duration of their lives.” E-mail: features@ubspectrum.com

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White noise machines don’t work NOISE from page 1 he created. “I had no idea the construction would be happening when I picked my room in March of last year. It wasn’t until August that I found out,” said Collins. “We are paying $5,928 a year for rooms just like everyone else but we are not getting the same product. We are owed some compensation.” Collins isn’t the only Fargo resident upset by the constant noise from construction. Close to 50 people have signed his petition for compensation so far and Collins believes this is the only way to get through to the residents hall about this irritating problem. “The only contact [with URH&A] prior to this petition was in the form of two e-mails, one of which I found offensive,” Collins said. “They came up with ideas but never executed them, and when they did with the white noise machines, it was a joke.” Collins is referring to a machine that releases noise from a fan, which is about four inches high and is the

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size of a bowl. “It just makes more annoying noise that doesn’t cancel the noise from construction,” Collins said. “They also gave us hours of all the study spaces available on campus.” Eichensehr agrees with Collins that the white noise machines do not help. “[URH&A’s] idea of how to fix the problem with the white noise machines was not well thought out. They don’t work, and we were never informed they were available. You have to put in a special request to get one.” This petition, residents hope, will prompt RH&A to monetarily compensate those students negatively affected by their living experience. Brett Wymer, a sophomore international business and finance major, feels as if compensation is necessary. “This consistently has been going on all year and has significantly affected the amount of sleep I’ve gotten,” Wymer said. “The construction makes all kinds of ridiculous noise and it doesn’t seem like anyone is helping us with this. I hope the

university would do something to compensate us for this because it was been an awful experience and one of the worst sleeping and living environments.” University Residence Halls and Apartments addressed this issue in an e-mail sent in December. In the e-mail, Joseph J. Krakowiak, director of URH&A, stated that his organization was “…concerned with the impact the South Ellicott construction project may have on [residents]” and that they would like to minimize the disruption students may experience.” But, residents claim little to nothing has been done. URH&A Senior Staff Associate Kevin Ahuna met with Collins regarding this issue and according to Collins was “very understanding about the student situation,” but could make no promises until Krakowiak returned to the office. URH&A declined comment to The Spectrum until Monday. E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

The true meaning of the big birthday PATERNO from page 3 Age 4: Say goodbye to life inside the confines of your home because it’s time to go to school. Shove your face full of cake and have fun with your latest toy, but at the end of the day, kindergarten is calling your name. Get use to the feeling of imprisonment because for the next 12-plus years, the classroom is your holding cell. Enjoy.

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Age 13: Here we go, let the rebellion begin – you’re a teenager. Time to ignore the rules, disobey your parents and cause some ruckus. Let the hormones run wild because you’re about to discover the opposite sex. Pitch your first tent and if you just so happen to wake up in the middle of the night to a wet, sticky mess – don’t fret. It’s natural. Age 16: You’ve made it to the life’s first true milestone. Make your way to the DMV, get your permit and be rewarded with a license shortly thereafter. It’s time to take control of the wheel and hit the open road. It’s not all fun and games, however. Grab a dictionary and look up the meaning of “responsibility.” For the first time in your life, it’s time you take it into your own hands. Age 17: Hit the snooze button. There’s not much to be excited for. Age 18: You’re a legal American and it’s time to experience the beginnings of adulthood. Remember when you turned 13 and immature was your middle name? Not anymore. It’s time to grow up. Age 19: Oh Canada, your new best friend. For those living along the border of our friends to the north, it’s time to cross the border and get crazy. Order your first legal beer and take a stroll into your first strip club. For those without access to Canada, hit snooze.

The Present Age 20: You’re nothing. No longer a teen and it’s still illegal to drink alcohol. For the next 364 days, you’ll be referring to yourself by the name on your fake ID and will get used to the feeling of rejection at the local town bar. Sorry. Life sucks. Age 21: Crack open the bottle and drown yourself in booze – it’s time to party. Life’s second milestone has arrived and you couldn’t be more excited. Get wild and get crazy. Turning 21 is your one free pass to wear your party pants for seven days straight. You’ll remember this day for the rest of your life.

Age 22: A good friend once told me that it’s not so much a birthday, but more so a one-year anniversary of turning 21. Regardless, hit the snooze button again. Age 25: You can finally rent a car. Wow.

The Future Age 30: The fun is over. It’s time to settle down, find a mate and bang out some kids of your own. Your career and family are top priorities. The best days of your life are officially behind you. Age 40: Life is going downhill. Accept the fact that you’re getting old. The kids are growing up and everyday seems to be going by in the blink of an eye. Work sucks and the wife is nagging you for not spending enough time with her. Your 20’s seem like a lifetime ago. Age 50: Mid-life crisis alert, mid-life crisis alert. Ages 60-70: It’s almost time to get off the road. Your driving skills are deteriorating faster than your mind. By this time, you’re starting to forget how excited you were to start driving, but I assure you, other drivers have that same feeling for you to get off the road. Age 80: Time’s a-tickin’. You’ve seen everything life has to offer and time’s running out. The prescription drugs keep the heart beating as you share stories of your younger years to the grandkids. Enjoy what’s left. Age 100: Pat yourself on the back; you’ve made it to the century mark. You likely remember very little from the past 100 years and are probably are wondering why God hasn’t accepted you yet. The end of the road is near – hallelujah. So there you have it – the true meaning of the big birthday. Thank you to all who wished me a good one. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s not always all that happy of a day. E-mail: joe.paterno@ubspectrum.com

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Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) is surprised when she locates President Hassan in the “7:00 - 8:00 AM” episode of 24.

Fans of the hit television show 24 were shocked last Monday as former FBI agent Renee Walker was killed off in the shows final season. A Russian operative shot Walker, played by Annie Wersching, after a passionate love-making scene with Jack Bauer. She later died in the hospital. Walker, who was introduced into the world of 24 in Day Seven, was a by-the-book character when first introduced to the audience. As her relationship with Bauer began to blossom, she, too, evolved into an entirely different character. Walker was a different type of character on the show for a variety of reasons, specifically because she was nearly a mirror image of Bauer. Because of this, many people would refer to her as “Jacqueline Bauer.” “Obviously, that’s quite an honor to share that title,” Wersching said. “I got that a lot last year when [Walker] first came on the scene. It wasn’t something we thought about or said when we were filming [Day Seven], so it was interesting to hear that it was the fan reaction.

Again, he’s a tragic hero, and, obviously, that’s sort of ended up happening to her.” While a lead character’s death from the show isn’t new to anyone, in the past, some stars have actually complained to Executive Producer Howard Gordon after reading the script and seeing their character’s dying off. While Wersching initially wanted to plead for a chance for survival, the reasoning behind her character’s death held her back. “At the top of the season they don’t usually know all that much of what they want to do, so the fact that the one big thing they knew they wanted to do was to bring her back damaged, to have Jack have to sort of save her in more ways than one and have them finally get together and then have her be taken away from him, which leads to his path for the end of the series. I knew that that was pretty set in stone, a big thing that they wanted to do overall for the season,” Wersching said. “I didn’t beg too much. Obviously, they knew that I was very sad about it and upset, but those are the moments that make 24 so great.” In Walker’s final episode, both actors and actresses, along with producers from the show, wanted to make her final moments as strong

as possible. For Wersching, Walker’s death felt right, but it still brought about many questions in her mind. “Simply because I love the character so much, you always think of other ways that things could have happened. I kind of wish that the Jack/Renee love story-making would have maybe had its own episode to resonate and then maybe she got shot because that was a pretty huge deal,” Wersching said. “There’s a little part of me that was like bummed that those both happened in the same episode because that’s really kind of getting overshadowed by the fact that she died. That was a huge moment for the show.” According to Wersching, one major question was how long Walker and Bauer would spend in bed making love. Because the show is in a real-time format, decisions such as this have to be considered carefully, unlike many shows on the air today, because of the assumptions people could make simply due to a timing error. “Because he’s Jack Bauer, there can’t be like an eight-minute adventure, but we went through many different ways that it was see CLOCK page 8

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Sam Fisher’s bad side.

Conviction, is not for everyone. In fact those still entranced by Infinity Ward’s latest work, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, will perhaps be turned off by the distinct difference between their beloved run-and-gun shooter and this stealth-laden series. The game does revamp what made their old games good in order to make this chapter of the franchise great in order to appeal to a much wider audience. For many gamers, Conviction is worth renting just to get some hands on experience with the incredible “Mark and Execute” feature. Imagine, Fallout 3’s V.A.T.S. without specific body part targeting, but can be extended to multiple enemies. A few clicks to mark the targets, press the execute and voila, up to 4 enemies are on the floor.

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and in DVD sales, Comedy Central approached creators Matthew Silverstein and Dave Jesser (who currently work on The Cleveland Show) about doing a movie. “At first we were scared, we didn’t trust them, and then we decided if we come up with the right idea, then let’s do this,” Silverstein said. “We sat around and we used real life as an example, [so] we did the movie about being canceled and about people criticizing the show for not having a point.” Using the story of how Silverstein found out the show

Rugged, stealthy and most likely a quasi-ninja, Sam Fisher is the essence of man. The Special Forces operative once again sneakily takes away hours of player’s game time in the latest addition to the franchise, Splinter Cell: Conviction. Solid Snake’s American counterpart has once again seen major success in the latest iteration of the Splinter Cell series. Yet, while this game has a lot to offer in the areas of stealth and assassinations, the length of this blockbuster makes the game a questionable buy at best. Below: You don’t want to get on

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Nowhere Boy), who, after much contemplat ion , decides to start a career as a superhero. Add a wetsuit, Timberlands and an ambitious teen and what results is Kick-Ass. Although he may not be a black belt or a kung-fu master, Dave just wants to help the human race. However, in his second attempt at crime fighting, he is caught on camera and becomes an Internet sensation. The wanna-be hero catches the attention of a father/daughter duo that happens to be much more efficient at stopping the bad guys. The mysterious Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Year One) seeks out Kick-Ass to become his sidekick. But being the son of gangster see KICK-ASS page 12

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It was a great honor CLOCK from page 7 going to be. We weren’t even sure if were able to actually get them to the place where they were actually making love because of the realtime,” Wersching said. “ But they figured out finally sort of a way to do it, and it was interesting trying to see to, like, because they knew she was going to get shot right afterwards, so Jack couldn’t be naked when he was carrying her to the hospital, so there had to be a way for him to sort of get a little bit of clothes on, but yet make it look like they were still going to go back and have more fun. The specifics were very interesting to figure out, but we were very aware that it needed to have the right amount of time.” While the timing was a serious issue for those involved, the lovemaking scene itself was somewhat tough for Wersching and Kiefer Sutherland, who plays Bauer, because of the relationship they built throughout the past two seasons. But Walker’s death made the scene somewhat easier to act. “Since I knew it was coming, I knew that I was pretty prepared for all of this,” Wersching said. “However, we shot the lovemaking and the death, sort of both of those things, together over the two days, so it actually helped take away – Kiefer and I were so nervous about the love scene – that it sort of helped tame down the ‘oh, that Renee was getting shot’ part. The whole thing was bittersweet. It was bittersweet to be able to shoot scenes with Kiefer where they finally get close and then straight into covered in blood. It was all pretty bittersweet.” Throughout the entire series, episodes end with a clock ticking from the end of the 59th minute to the beginning of the next hour. In a majority of the episodes, beeping occurs in unison with the time changing. In few episodes, however, there is silence, which producers do in honor of lives lost by a main character, or if some other powerful moment occurs. Walker’s character

is the only character in the history of 24 to receive two silent clocks – other than Jack Bauer. The first clock occurred once in Day Seven after she was buried alive, and in Day Eight when she died from her gunshot wounds in the hospital. Wersching believes that this is a big deal for anyone who has acted on the set of 24. “It was a great honor, obviously,” Wersching said. “Besides Jack, she was actually the only one to ever get two silent clocks, because there was a silent clock, with a little bit of breathing for Renee after she was buried alive in Episode 5 of Season 7, and I didn’t even think about that. A complete honor, because I’m a fan of the show and I know the significance of the silent clock – a complete honor.” Wersching was sucked into 24 for a variety of reasons prior to getting the opportunity to be a part of the show’s universe. Specifically, how the show is presented to viewers is one reason why Wersching feels that it has succeeded for so long. “Well, definitely in the beginning, it was such a groundbreaking show, and there was nothing else like it on television. It’s really like a little feature film every week with the ticking clock and the real-time aspect,” Wersching said. “There’s such an intensity to the show that at the end of the episode, it just leaves you wanting more which is how I think every television show should be.” While most fans are upset following March 26’s announcement that the series was officially ending, Wersching felt that all is not lost. “There were always sort of rumors going around through the crew,” Wersching said. “We knew it wasn’t necessarily looking great, but everybody had high hopes. I think the fact that the movie is sort of lurking out there in the future was something that at least was something sort of to look forward to, knowing that you will at least see Jack again.” E-mail: arts@ubsepctrum.com

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was canceled as its inspiration, the film certainly draws on many real life events. “I put it in my TiVo and it said ‘no results found.’ And that is how I kind of found out,” Silverstein said. “That was a real sobering moment there.” The rest of the movie follows the characters’ magical trip to “MakeA-Point-Land” to get back on the air. “That was always the most annoying thing. A lot of our episodes actually had a point – not all the time, sometimes we just wanted to be funny. We just didn’t have a character look into the lens of the camera and spoon-feed [the point] to the audience, and then we were always criticized for not having a point,” Silverstein said. “So … that is kind of the point of the show, we decided in the movie, but ultimately we do what we think is funny and that is the only thing that interests us.” On the cast’s journey to get its much-needed point, there are plenty of offensive jokes (like a robot named I.S.R.A.E.L.), jabs at other cartoons and action to keep the audience entertained for the entire film. If not, then the 3D cartoon sex scene will at least help. The series premiered in 2004, but the creators had been developing the idea for a while before it actually hit the small screen. “We did love reality TV shows and we do love animation, [so we

thought], ‘You know what would be cool? If we actually did an animated reality TV show with eight different cartoon characters from all over the animated universe and just put them in a house together like the Real World and we had their lives taped,’” Silverstein said. “Then we called our agent, who immediately told us it was a terrible idea and that we could never sell it, and we put it aside for like a year and a half.” Silverstein and Jesser met an animator from The Simpsons that was looking to become a writer, they took on the upcoming talent to draw up some examples of the show and spoke to networks. Soon after that, the duo’s agent called them to say they had been picked up. Throughout its four seasons on the air, the show had moderate success, and the creators feel that the show never became a part of the pantheon of adult-cartoons for a number of reasons. One of the biggest problems was reaching a good audience, despite having 90 percent of South Park’s audience when it first aired. “The problem is, we haven’t figured a way to reach out to … people that will turn on the show, and enjoy it,” Silverstein said. Not caring about offending an audience could be one of the reasons the duo faced this problem. “On other shows we have worked on, there were a lot of discussions in the room about not upsetting the fans. We never had those discussions, which made that a problem. I


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media experts don’t even remember the attack, the Oklahoma City Bombing still has an impact on society. “Its major impact lies in its timing,” Stevens said. “It was domestic terrorism and it came … before the impact of foreign terrorism.” Stevens also said that its impact is changing as time progresses. “People will attach a different meaning to it based on events of the time. ” Stevens said. “Everyone takes different meaning from the event, but the fact is that everyone is affected by it because it happened on our own soil.” Michel and Herbeck still haven’t come to grips with this impact on modern history, but they’re working on it. “Sometimes Dan and I can’t believe we have a part in this tragic moment of history, but it was important to learn more about Tim, despite his murderous acts,” Michel said. “I truly believe it’s to the detriment of our society if we don’t pay attention to the causes. What drives a smart young man to spiral down and become a mass murderer and terrorist?” Michel and Herbeck published a book called American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing in 2001 and recently, all 45 hours of their tapes have been donated to the Russel J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communications at St. Bonaventure University. Michel is glad that these tapes are available for research, as McVeigh can serve as an interesting case study to hopefully prevent future acts of violence.

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Mortez shows off her great potential KICK-ASS from page 7 Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes), his motives are questionable. Not only is Strong a creepy villain, he delivers the snappy quips that

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storyline. Each member of the audience feels every punch that Kick-Ass receives, and Hit Girl’s story could make even the most cold-hearted audience member want to cry. The stylized action is beautiful and makes watching the fight scenes fun and engaging. That being said, the movie is not for someone with a weak stomach. There is a decent amount of gore, but it isn’t overdone. And let’s be honest, it’s not good action without some gore. Kick-Ass incorporates almost every comic book movie stereotype, while creating something that has never been done before. From the cheesy costumes to the dozens of Batman references, Kick-Ass pays tribute to the comic book world throughout. Vaughn and company have created one of the best comic book movies of all time. And with an obvious set up for a sequel, there should be more to come very soon. E-mail: arts@ubspectrum.com

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‘Oxbow wetland serves as a natural filter’ WETLAND from page 1 a natural habitat surrounded by a manmade environment, sometimes referred as “incarcerated nature.” Ultimately, the program aims to maintain or restore the quality of the West Seneca ecosystem, as well as others. “The area is an oxbow wetland,” said David Blersch, Ph.D., a UB research scientist and coordinator of the ERIE program. “Other areas in Buffalo River watershed are mostly developed, filled in or drained.” An oxbow wetland occurs when the course of a meandering river is changed and results in an isolated wetland independent of the river. The isolated area will often form a habitat thriving with wildlife, which is the case with the one in West Seneca. This specific oxbow area was formed off of the Buffalo River. “The Buffalo River was a fairly polluted watershed and is recovering,” Blersch said. “This oxbow wetland serves as a natural filter.” Pollutants from runoff water include soil debris, nitrogen, phosphorous, metals and oils from parking lots. Instead of finding

their way into the Buffalo River and eventually Lake Erie, the pollutants are taken out of the water system by the oxbow wetland. Along with providing a valuable service to humans, the wetland also serves as a home to a number of species that may otherwise be at risk. “Amphibian populations are dropping worldwide. This area is not connected to the river, so eggs and young are safer from fish,” Blersch said. Blersch and his group were surprised by the plant life of the oxbow. In this region, exotic and invasive species are fairly common. These types of plants can take over and infest an area, decreasing the biodiversity and overall health of the habitat. “The plant community is relatively untouched. We would have expected more of an effect from these invasive and exotic species,” Blersch said. The ERIE program is unique in its hands-on approach that combines research from various departments, such as civil and environmental engineering, American studies, biology, chemistry, geography, geology and ecology, and evolution and behavior.

Through their collaborative work, a thorough plan can be put in place, accounting for nearly every aspect that may affect the wetland. “Restoration techniques are sitespecific. All aspects of the watershed need to be understood,” Blersch said. “For a stream, water quality and nutrient levels are checked, as is the structural stability of the stream. Upstream development may alter flow conditions and increase erosion, which can impact stream stability and health, which can be repaired and restored.” This multidisciplinary approach plans to take everything into account when studying the area. Geographers may map the area while biologists monitor species. The philosophy of the watershed is even considered when deciding what the ethical choice would be in the restoration process. In the fall, the ERIE program will have 14 graduate students from the eight different fields. Funding for the program and fellowships are provided by the National Science Foundation.

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‘Dedicated and hardworking’ SCHOLAR from page 1 May’s research focuses on developi ng non-i nva sive c a ncer therapies using silicon nanoparticles, as opposed to surgical treatments. Her interest in this research developed gradually, and it wasn’t until she got involved in UB’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entrance Program (CSTEP) that she became excited about the field. “I did a summer research program through CSTEP… and it kind of gave me a little bit of experience as to what real research would be like, so after that I got involved in the actual lab and from there [I decided] this is probably what I really want to do,” May said. May is thrilled to see her hard work paying off and views this scholarship as only the beginning of the opportunities she’ll have throughout her collegiate career. “I heard about [the award] when I was in the O’Brian Law Library, so unlike most normal celebrations where there may be some sound coming out, I had to be really quiet with mine,” May said. “It kind of turned into flailing. I was really excited and aside from the monetary award, this award opens up new doors to more scholarships, fellowships, other things I can … feel more confident in applying for.” From May’s early childhood, her father was always a source of inspiration and motivation for the budding researcher. “When I was younger, he would buy me these games called Jump Start,” May said. “They went up by year, so if I was going into third grade, he would buy me the third grade one so that I could do it in preparation for that following academic year.” Douglas May was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Clarkson University, and Jasmine is using his success as a model. May found another mentor among the UB faculty – Kenneth Takeuchi, a SUNY distinguished teaching professor of chemistry. Takeuchi taught May’s Chemistry 105 and 106 classes – the honors version of chemistry 101 and 102 – and he has been a source of encouragement for her ever since. Takeuchi believes May stands out as a unique student and completely deserves this honor. “Jasmine was a very good student. She did well in both classes, but the thing that separated her from a lot of students is that she really made an effort to be attentive in class

and interactive,” Takeuchi said. “I’m happy for Jasmine, but I’m also looking forward to what her other accomplishments [will be] because I think they’re going to be even greater.” In Takeuchi’s class, May discovered applications for her studies beyond the textbook and class lectures. “[Takeuchi] has been a wonderful mentor in the fact that he’s always wanted to see me succeed and he’s never told me that I can’t do something,” May said. “He was very good at not only teaching the material, but showing how that material can actually be applied to real life situations, which I feel is a very important connection that some professors miss when they are teaching a subject.” May learned about this real-world connection during her internship in Takeuchi’s lab in the fall and her current research at UB’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics (ILPB), where she works alongside Paras Prasad, a distinguished professor and executive director of the Institute. “Research can be very surprising. It’s different from school in the sense that with school, there’s always an answer,” May said. “With research, we don’t know the answer, so we’ll try to find it. For lab, you must always be the first one there and the last to leave if you want to be successful. It takes a lot of time and effort.” Prasad is also pleased with May’s strong work ethic. “Jasmine is dedicated and hardworking,” Prasad said. “She really has a great mind to analyze things in the lab on her own. She has a pleasant personality to accept suggestions.” Sometimes May’s workload becomes a bit overwhelming, and that’s when she needs to take a break and rejuvenate. “Whenever I do seem to crash, a lot of times my boyfriend is always there to be like, ‘Okay, let’s just hang out. Let’s watch a movie. Let’s play some video games and just relax,’” May said. But burnout never prevents May from moving ahead with her schoolwork, for fear that she will fall behind. “I’m a very competitive person,” May said. “If I’m not putting in the work right now, someone else is, and I don’t like that. I don’t want to be behind anyone. In this race that everyone’s a part of, I don’t want to be the last one. I want to be the first in my field, I want to be successful,

and I want to have a good life, and if I want all of that, I have to work hard now and that’s what keeps pushing me to do all this.” After graduating with a B.S. in medicinal chemistry, May plans to get a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and become a tenured professor at a well-established research university affiliated with the Cancer Institute where she can teach and continue her research. Before May is handed her diploma, she wants to leave her personal mark on UB – one of dedication and accomplishment. “I want people to remember me for the work that I’ve done and for what I was able to accomplish,” May said. “It would be cool if my kids could come back here one day and they’re like, ‘You’re Jasmine May’s daughter or son.’” E-mail: news@ubspectrum.com

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Flat-out screwing up WIKTOR from page 16 many NFL players have had run-ins with the law lately. Roethlisberger has been accused of rape and all signs – plaintiff’s testimony, resignation of the police officer who was at the bar and Big Ben’s less-than-genuine apology – lead me to believe he’s guilty. Oh yeah, and the quarterback from Miami (Ohio) was previously sacked with a sexual assault lawsuit in Nevada. Weird. Santonio Holmes will be missing the first four games of the season without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It’s a good thing the Jets stacked their roster in the offseason and can do without the 2009 Super Bowl MVP for a quarter of the season. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers tried to sneak a loaded gun through an airport. Linebacker Joey Porter was recently suspected of driving under the influence. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison may be involved in setting up a murder. Across the board, NFL athletes are flat-out screwing up. They either

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can’t keep it in their pants, don’t know what a designated driver is, or assault their wife/ girlfriend/ baby’s mama/ random guy at the club. It’s the same sad story and I’m sick of it. Most recently, Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Eric Foster allegedly committed a sexual assault in the team’s hotel in the early morning before the AFC Championship game. It’s good to know players take their jobs seriously. What more can Goodell do? Do players need to be kicked off teams, or worse, out of the league? I think the answer is simpler. Instead of holding professional athletes to higher standards because they’re celebrity figures, we should lower our expectations and assume every pro will screw up. This way, when a Peyton Manning comes along, we really have someone to look up to.

BASEBALL from page 16 Still hoping to capture the school’s first win over the Cardinals, Torgalski and company went into game three confident that they could take the final contest before heading home. Down 4-1 going into the top of the sixth inning, Agustin hit a two-run home run to right field to cut the lead to 4-3. The Bulls took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth inning after Cochrane singled through the right side of the infield. The Cardinals got one back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run. The Bulls regained the lead in the top of the ninth inning by scoring

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two runs on a pair of RBI hits by Agustin and junior right fielder David Neff. True to nature, the Cardinals came back and tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings tied at seven. In the top of the eleventh, Agustin continued his torrid day as he gave the Bulls a 9-7 lead with a two-run single. Senior left fielder Bobby Pizzuto followed up with a two-run homer to extend the Bulls lead to 11-7. Senior pitcher Brian Pullyblank shut down the Cardinals for good in the bottom of the eleventh inning to earn his second victory of the season over three innings of work. It marked the first ever win for

the Bulls over perennial contender Ball State. In the victory the Bulls pounded out 23 hits, including five homeruns. “I thought we were aggressive at the plate today, we had some clutch hitting with guys in scoring position with two outs,” Torgalski said. Agustin went 5-for-6 in the series finale with five RBIs and hit his sixth home run of the season. The Bulls begin a five-game home stand on Tuesday as they face local rival Canisus at Amherst Audubon Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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SP O R T S Bulls and RedHawks split doubleheader By CHRISTY SUHR Andrew Wiktor Senior Sports Editor

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Never Fear the Law Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, has done just about everything he can to better the NFL. Maybe he needs to start kicking players out of the league to set an example for the rest of the knuckleheads who we religiously watch on Sundays for seven months of the year. Or maybe we should just stop looking at professional athletes as role models. I’m not sure what it is, but recently something has gone terribly wrong with NFL players. Every week there seems to be another meathead familiarizing himself with the justice system. I’m convinced that either (1) the police are out to get all professional football players, (2) playing with pigskin makes you innately dumber, (3) NFL stars see that concussions pose a serious threat and they want to familiarize themselves with the law in case they have to make a career change, or (4) these superrich athletes just don’t care about their role as community figures anymore. I know that scenario one can’t be the case. I wrote an entire column on how Donte Stallworth killed a man and only served 24 days in jail, not to mention that the recent Ben Roethlisberger debacle proves that some police officers would rather buddy up with pro athletes than do their job. Option two – playing football lowers your IQ – doesn’t seem too plausible, but we can’t entirely rule it out. Many NFL players spend three to four years in college, and although they probably don’t take the most rigorous courses, they do receive some sort of education. Plus, according to a Sports Illustrated survey, offensive tackles, centers, quarterbacks, guards and tight ends all have IQs higher than 100. Sure, the NFL may not be home to the next Albert Einstein, but at least we know there is some brainpower in the league. Still, football is a hardhitting game and too many shots to the head may finally be catching up to some of these players. With all of the concussions that have plagued the league recently, having a back-up profession would seem like a good idea. Going to jail, however, is probably not the wisest way to familiarize oneself with the judicial process. They have law school for that. Option three, therefore, is completely implausible. This leaves us with choice four – selfish athletes ignore their young fans and arrogantly live above the law. This has to be the case. It’s almost embarrassing how see WIKTOR page 14

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After recording consecutive losses against Ball State on Friday, the softball team looked to turn around the rest of its weekend when it took on the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in just their third home game this season. The Bulls (14-24, 4-6 Mid-American Conference) started out strong as they took down the RedHawks (20-19, 5-5 MAC) in Saturday’s opener at Nan Harvey Field, 4-1. Assistant coach Jessica Jones thought the Bulls performed well. “We played well against Miami in both games, and we actually had an opportunity to win the second game as well,” Jones said. “Any time you’re in both games, you have to be proud of your kids. Obviously we can do better, but we’re improving every game.” After a scoreless first inning, Buffalo struck in the bottom of the second. Senior pitcher Sharon Barr reached first base on a walk and she advanced to second on a single to right field by freshman infielder Alyssa Ward. Freshman infielder Andi Saucier then drove a single to center field to bring Barr home, giving the Bulls an early 1-0 lead. Miami answered back. Freshman Taylor Rice tied the game up with a homerun in the top of the third inning, however, the RedHawks would be unable to plate any more runs for the remainder of the contest. In the bottom of the third inning, freshman infielder Kristin Waldron singled down the middle. Freshman infielder Jessica Griffin followed up with a double to right-center field to drive in Waldron and regain the lead for the Bulls. Buffalo struck again in the bottom of the fifth as junior outfielder Candice Sheehan drew a walk to reach first before senior outfielder Kristen Gallipani came in to pinch run. Freshman infielder Ashley Bertot reached first on a fielder’s choice and Gallipani moved to second.

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The softball team split its doubleheader with Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, winning its first game and losing its second.

Both Gallipani and Bertot stole a base, putting two runners in scoring position. Gallipani then scored an unearned run on a fielding error by Miami’s shortstop to put Buffalo up, 3-1. The Bulls finished off the RedHawks with a late homer in the bottom of the sixth. Saucier knocked one over the center field fence for her first collegiate home run to secure the victory. Barr pitched a complete game and earned her 12th win of the season. She struck out six batters over seven innings and allowed only three hits

and one walk. Game two of the doubleheader began much like earlier in the day as the teams closed out a scoreless first inning. But the Bulls once again jumped out to an early lead following a solo home run by Barr in the bottom of the second. A series of wild pitches in the top of the third allowed the RedHawks to take the lead. Sophomore Daniela Torres hit a single down the middle to take first and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Jordan McElroy took first on a walk before a

second wild pitch moved each player ahead a base. Jones said that the RedHawks’ runs were not a direct result of the wild pitches. “There were a lot of different factors that fell into [the RedHawks] scoring in that particular inning,” Jones said. “Barr obviously threw a phenomenal day; she threw both games. With them scoring in that particular inning, they kind of had her number. She was trying to throw around them a little bit. It got away from our catcher and also they had some timely hits. It was just unfortunate that it moved the runners into scoring position at that moment.” Miami junior Meghan Mawn brought home both Torres and McElroy with a double to left field to give the RedHawks a 2-1 advantage. Down one, Saucier started the fifth inning for Buffalo with a single to third base. Gallipani took first after being hit by a pitch and Bertot laid a sacrifice bunt to advance Gallipani and pinch runner Lindsay Hampton. Hampton was called out at home on a fielder’s choice as Waldron took first base and Gallipani advanced to third. With two outs and two runners on base, the Bulls could not convert in their final at-bat. The RedHawks held on to the narrow 2-1 lead to seal the victory. Barr pitched another complete game and recorded five strikeouts for Buffalo. The Bulls face the Niagara Purple Eagles (11-13, 4-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) in a non-conference doubleheader today at Nan Harvey Field. Game one is set to get under way at 3 p.m. “Niagara is a hitting team, so we’re going to have the pitchers do a pretty decent workout to make sure that they’re prepared for hitting their spots and trying to shut down their defense,” Jones said. “But our whole team is going to be focused on offense.” E-mail: sports@ubspectrum.com

Bulls on the ball in series finale By CHRIS RAHN Staff Writer

After dropping the first two contests of a three-game series, the baseball team was able to rebound with an extra-innings win to salvage the weekend series and top a conference foe. The Bulls (16-17, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) traveled to Muncie, Ind., for a weekend series with MAC West leaders, Ball State (16-19, 9-3 MAC). After dropping the series opener 11-5, the Bulls fell just short in game two, 6-5. In game three, however, Buffalo would take the Cardinals to the brink. In an 11-inning affair, the Bulls pulled away with an 11-7 victory for the program’s first ever win against Ball State. “With the tradition that they have and the way they win every year, to be able to go down there and take one, and come that close to taking two out of three from them on their field says a lot about the way our kids played,” said Bulls head coach Ron Torgalski. In game one on Friday afternoon, the Bulls had to battle inclement weather as the game was delayed 90 minutes due to rain. When officials ruled field conditions playable, Torgalski sent senior pitcher Chaz Mye to the mound for his eighth start of the season. The southpaw struck out six Cardinals over five innings in the loss dropping his record to 3-4 on the season. Shortstop T.J. Baumet led off the game for the Cardinals with a home

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Although they lost the three-game series two games to one, the baseball team beat Ball State for the first time ever over the weekend.

run to right-center field. The Cardinals tacked on another run in the inning, making the score 2-0. After a scoreless second frame, the Bulls cut into the deficit as senior second baseman Brad Agustin scored a run on an unassisted ground out to the first baseman. That was the closest the Bulls would get, as Ball State went on to score four runs in the bottom of the third to

extend their its to 6-1. After a five-run outburst in the sixth, the Cardinals extended their lead to 11-1. The Bulls scored a run in each of the final three innings, but it wasn’t enough as Ball State held on for the victory. In game two on Saturday afternoon, the Bulls came out seeking a win after suffering a loss less than 24 hours before.

The game remained scoreless after the first inning before senior center fielder Adam Skonieczki gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead with solo home run to right field at the start of the second inning. With two outs and runners in scoring position, Agustin cleared the bases with a single up the middle to give the Bulls a 3-0 edge. Two batters later, senior designated hitter Brad Cochrane hit an RBI single and Agustin scored to extend the Bulls a lead to 4-0. The Bulls pushed across another run in the top of the third to make it a 5-0 game, but the Cardinals stormed back with three runs in the bottom half of the third to cut Buffalo’s lead to two. The Cardinals then scored one run in each of the next three innings to take a 6-5 lead after six innings. Skoneiczki had two chances to bring the Bulls back and each time was reminded why baseball is the game of inches. With runners on second and third in the seventh inning, Skonieczki hit a shot down the line that just bent into foul territory. In the ninth inning, Skonieczki again found himself at bat with runners in scoring position. With two outs on the board, Skonieczki made solid contact and the ball looked to be heading over the fence. Unfortunately, Skonieczki’s shot fell just short and landed in the outfielder’s glove on the warning track to end the game. see BASEBALL page 14


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