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W EDN ESDAY EDI T ION November   10, 2010 Volume   60     Issue   30

Greek Life Demands Safety in Heights JENNIFER HARB and LAUREN NOSTRO Senior Life Editor and Senior News Editor

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University District Common Council Member Bonnie E. Russell sits alongside Alpha Epsilon Pi President Brett Berman and other Greek Life members at the open forum on Monday.

In response to the overwhelming number of students in attendance at the Oct. 28 Heath Street Block Club meeting at Gloria J. Parks Community Center, University District Common Councilwoman Bonnie E. Russell held an open forum on Monday in the Student Union Theatre to discuss safety issues in the University Heights. Mayor Byron Brown issued a statement at the Community Center meeting roughly two weeks ago, saying that while there is a perception of a rash of crimes in the Heights area, statistics show that robberies, assaults, burglaries and other crimes have instead decreased. Regardless of what numbers have shown, the Oct. 22 Lisbon Avenue incident involving students and local teenagers was not the only violent incident involving students in the Heights this past month. On Halloween weekend, two UB students were walking • see SAFETY | page 7

Buffalo Takes Manhattan Several of Buffalo’s leading artists will host exhibits at the event. DJ LoPro, Rabbi Staff Reporter Darkside and Kevlar will be performing, along with Buffalo’s alternative burlesque troupe, Buffalo is a city that knows how to throw The Stripteasers. a party, and on Saturday, New York City will A moment of silence will be held to honor learn to tailgate Buffalo-style the Buffalo Bills, focusing on right in Times Square. positive energy in hopes that Buffalo Takes Manhattan, the team will receive its first an event hosted by People win against the Lions the folUnited for Sustainable Houslowing day. ing (PUSH Buffalo), is the Prizes highlighting Buffalo fourth annual party thrown culture – including a prize in Manhattan to benefit Bufpack containing CDs and falo’s neighborhoods. other memorabilia signed by The event will celebrate local musician Ani DiFranco – the achievements of the City will be auctioned throughout of Buffalo and focus on the the night. positive changes in Buffalo’s The event will also honor neighborhoods in the past and pay homage to Olymyear. pic gold medalist and world Buffalo Takes Manhatchampion bobsledder Steve tan will include a variety of Mesler, a native of Buffalo. food, entertainment and art Mesler, a graduate of City to highlight what makes BufWorld Champion Bobsledder Honors School, got involved falo such a unique place to Steve Mesler with PUSH Buffalo through live. The menu for the night a high school friend, Aaron will include pizza shipped from Buffalo, chicken wings and local beer Bartley, who is the executive director of the favorites from Labatt Brewing Company organization. “I grew up on the West Side, and the and Flying Bison. The night will begin with a screening of two short films that highlight work being done [by PUSH] is a mile from my the city and Buffalo-based organizations that work to better the community. • see MANHATTAN | page 4 REBECCA BRATEK

Tea Time with Mortenson KATIE ALLEN

Senior Life Editor

Greg Mortenson, a philanthropist, worldrenowned author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will enlighten the Western New York Community about his quest to change and impact the lives of children in Middle-Eastern countries Wednesday night at Alumni Arena. The co-author of Three Cups of Tea, a New York Times best-selling novel and the 2010 UB Reads selection, has been striving to promote peace through books while bringing both education and hope to communities. Mortenson has established over 131 schools to date in various remote regions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Providing an education to over 58,000 children, Mortenson has co-founded the not-for-profit Central Asia Institute and currently serves as its executive director. He also founded the Pennies for Peace organization. Time Magazine selected Three Cups of Tea as the Asian Book of the Year, and it has been published in 41 countries. Mortenson was awarded the Sitara-e-Pakistan (“Star of Pakistan”), Pakistan’s highest civil award, in 2009 for his constant dedication and philanthropic efforts in promoting education and literacy for underprivileged children for over fifteen years. “Greg is a tireless champion whose sacrifices have taken him where many outsiders dare not go,” said California Congresswoman Mary Bono in an interview with Parade magazine. “His vision reinforces America’s ideals of compassion. He is an American hero.” Mortenson will take the stage at 8 p.m. in Alumni Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the Alumni Arena box office or at any Ticketmaster location. Free tickets are available for students at the Student Association office. E-mail: Inside:

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UB Students Do Big Things Curtis Stedge Creates KineoLab Dance Studio in Downtown Buffalo DEMIRE COFFIN Staff Writer

Curtis Stedge, a student in the Arts Management Program, has big plans for the dance scene in Buffalo. While completing his master’s degree, Stedge is also taking steps to create a prominent dance community in Buffalo and has set his vision in motion by creating the KineoLab dance school in Buffalo’s Downtown Theatre District. “My intention with KineoLab [are] to build community,” Stedge said. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Dance and Business Administration from Potsdam College, Stedge chose to attend UB after considering graduate programs at York University in Toronto, Boston University and New York University. With the assistance of Ruth Bereson, an associate professor and director in the Arts Management Program, Stedge chose the master’s program in Buffalo. “I had a chat with Dr. Bereson and she had me attend a conference where I met people from all over the world,” Stedge said. “That was the day of my [graduate school] interview. It really enticed me and, as it turns out, the best program was right in my regional backyard.” According to Stedge, KineoLab happened “out of the blue” when he considered teaching dance classes in Buffalo and was introduced by a fellow SPoT Coffee employee to a local resident who owned a space downtown. After just a few months, KineoLab became a registered dance studio. Stedge holds classes twice a week at the KineoLab studio. Each dance class follows the same basic structure, and throughout the class, students join Stedge in an improvisation. After the improvisation dance, students participate in a center combination, a short dance that Stedge creates to further facilitate his lesson, and the class ends with an “across the floor combination.” The KineoLab mission is to “reestablish dance as an integral and visible part of societal health and expression.” This idea allows students the opportunity to participate in an unregulated framework to combine personal stylistic choices to create a one-of-a-kind dance routine. Students that have participated in Stedge’s dance classes at KineoLab agree that Stedge • see KINEOLAB | page 4

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People United for Sustainable Housing will host the Buffalo Takes Manhattan event in Times Square on Saturday to benefit Buffalo’s neighborhoods and promote the city.

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performances Poongmul Percussion Performance Korean Folk Art Club Monday, November 15 • 12:30-12:45 Student Union Entrance (UB Commons)

Debkah Performance Organization of Arab Students Monday, November 15 • 12:45-1:00 Student Union Lobby

presentations Anthropology Without Borders “Research of Climate and Culture Change in the Past and Present” Prof. Peter Biehl, Dept. of Anthropology, UB Tuesday, November 16 • 2:00-3:00 Student Union 210

MBA Cultural Forum Nigeria and Tanzania Ore Ajakaiye and Rahul Chopra, UB MBA Students Tuesday, November 16 • 5:00-6:00 Alfiero Hall 205 RSVP at: ormEvents/public/register.cfm?eid=148

ISSS Cultural Workshop “Holidays Around the World: Korea” Korean Students at UB Wednesday, November 17 • 12:00-1:00 Capen Hall 31

Middle Eastern Dance Performance

Filipino Cultural Dance Performance

Nadia Ibrahim Dance Troupe Monday, November 15 • 1:00-1:15 Student Union Lobby

Filipino Student Association Tuesday, November 16 • 1:00-1:15 Student Union Lobby

“Volveré” Salsa Dance Performance by Alma Nanichi

Tae Kwon Do Demonstration

Latin American Student Association Tuesday, November 16 • 12:30-12:45 Student Union Lobby

Tai Chi Demonstration Tai Chi World Champion Bob Gott, Red Dragon School of Martial Arts Tuesday, November 16 • 12:45-1:00 Student Union Lobby

“Asia after Graduation” Prof. Thomas Burkman, Asian Studies, UB and UB Alumni and Faculty Wednesday, November 17 • 3:00-4:30 Baldy Hall 200G

Social Work Without Borders “Supporting Victims of Sex Trafficking in Macedonia” Stephanie Vroman, UB Alumna Thursday, November 18 • 12:30-1:30 Student Union 210

Fulbright Scholar Program Informational Session Prof. Sasha Pack, Department of History, UB Thursday, November 18 • 2:00-2:30 Student Union 210

Asia at Noon & ISSS Cultural Workshop “Understanding International Cultures: China” Chinese Students at UB Friday, November 19 • 12:00-2:00 Clemens Hall 120

Master Chong’s Tae Kwon Do Friday, November 19 • 11:45-12:00 Student Union Lobby

International Fashion Show

“Employment in the U.S.: Tips from UB International Alumni” Sponsored by the UB Alumni Association Friday, November 19 • 4:00-5:30 Clemens Hall 120


Study Abroad Programs, UB Thursday, November 18 • 4:00-6:00 Social Hall, 2nd Floor, Student Union

Commentary by Prof. Melinda Adams, James Madison University Tuesday, November 16 • 7:00 p.m. Student Union Theater

Origami Instruction and Japanese Calligraphy Japanese Student Association Friday, November 19 • 11:00-2:00 Student Union Lobby

Commentary by Prof. Claude Welch, University at Buffalo Wednesday, November 17 • 4:00 p.m. Natural Sciences Complex 220

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Buffalo Tango X Friday, November 19 • 1:30-1:45 Student Union Lobby

Profs. Susan Nochajski and Janice Tona, and UB Students: Andrea Chmiel, Kelly Kamm, Sagar Puri, Dawn Sagerman, Purti Varma, School of Public Health and Health Professions, UB Friday, November 19 • 2:30-3:30 Farber Hall 144, South Campus

“World View: Study Abroad Photo Contest & Exhibition”

“The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court” (2009)

Argentine Tango Performance

Public Health and Rehabilitation Without Borders “Global Health Research and Rehabilitation in Resource Poor Settings”

Tuesday, November 16 • 11:30-1:30 Student Union Lobby

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell” (2008)

Indian Student Association Friday, November 19 • 1:15-1:30 Student Union Lobby

SA International Clubs Friday, November 19 • 12:00-12:45 Student Union Lobby

International Market: Both Your Hands & Dovi and Girls African Market

keynote films

Indian Fusion Dance Performance by UB Zeal

Global Coffeehouse & International Games Night Intercultural & Diversity Center and Wellness Education Services, UB Friday, November 19 • 7:00-9:00 Social Hall, 2nd Floor, Student Union

keynote events KEYNOTE LECTURES

Monday, November 15 • 3:30 p.m. Student Union Theater

“Rwanda, Darfur, and Guantanamo: The Struggle for Human Rights and Justice” Richard Dicker, Director International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch

“Challenges of Justice in Central Africa”

Susan Thomson Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary African Politics, Hampshire College


“The Woman Behind the ScholarActivist: Perspectives on the Life of Alison Des Forges” Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Fund Committee Thursday, November 18 • 3:00-4:00 Student Union 210

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American Prostitution Will Probably Remain Illegal Moral and legal deterrents do not cross U.S. borders Prostitution, one of the oldest professions, is a practice that varies in legality from country to country and varies in morality in respective cultures. The world is split between countries that allow the exchange of government-issued currency for sexual intercourse and those in which it is completely illegal. Except in Nevada, sans Las Vegas, no state in America recognizes the oldest profession, some administering criminal punishment for monetarily soliciting a woman or man for sexual acts. In many respects, the laws make sense, as do most laws that protect citizens from the dangerous collateral that comes with things that seem safe. Keeping prostitution on the illegal side of the law helps to prevent human trafficking, sexual slavery, child prostitution, and violence against prostitutes in each country that has outlawed its practice. But it seems that in the U.S. there is an inconsistency with the legal status of prostitution and the general attitude toward its decriminalization. Even with marijuana, crime seems to be the most drastic deterrent from use and proliferation. Generally, it seems that prostitution raises fewer blood pressures. Everyone has a vice, and almost everyone has sex. Perhaps that is why when the two things conjoin themselves, people generally look on with less disapproval than on someone who is a hard drug user. And why should they? Delicate soupçons of prostitution integrate themselves into modern sex culture despite laws that attempt to regulate their prohibition. Aspects of chivalry hint at favors for women in exchange for intimacy, and buying that

girl a drink at the bar could count as paying toward sex. Perhaps it is illegal because the government loses out on taxes; this kind of work is obviously off the books. Yet some countries administrate regulated prostitution as a taxed and government subsidized profession. In places like Amsterdam, ladies of the game earn a taxed wage, perhaps even commission, and participate in government-accounted sexually transmitted infection tests. In places where law enforcement protects prostitutes as it would any other employee, it seems that crimes against sex workers would decrease under its watchful eye. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and many countries dislike the idea that their police are essentially carrying out a pimp’s job. The moral deterrent and the legal consequences of prostitution are what seem most pressing from the American standpoint. Violent crimes that come with prostitution, as well as what many see as a more hygienic attitude toward sex, are what keep many Americans on the side of their government. But the American non-amateur porn industry sells a product that pays its actors and actresses to have sex. It is another gray area that adds to the list of inconsistencies of the American policy toward prostitution. It is not an uncomfortable subject so much as it is a touchy legal conundrum. As far as we can tell, prostitution will remain illegal in most of the United States, but American tourists will enjoy the benefits of more lax policy in other countries while on holiday.

Head Injuries in Football Gain Attention Injury prevention is on the NFL

Since Austin Collie’s most recent hospital run from the field and the countless annual injuries owing to the brutal game that is football, many Americans have reassessed their attitudes toward how the game should be played and how athletes and policymakers can help to prevent serious injuries in professional football. Innovations in football helmet design manifest each year with equal enthusiasm and promise for reducing cranial injuries, yet players in professional and scholastic football are still carried off the turf in greater numbers each year. Other long-term effects from head injuries are of major concern for the sport, as medical investigations into Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (C.T.E.) continue without conclusive ends. Some people attribute erratic behavior and depression in athletes to the repeated impact and jarring to the skull in football. Most proposed solutions to the problem seem to fall short of a totally satisfying an innovative policy for safety on the field. A SportsCenter spokesman boldly suggested that the National Football League remove the facemask on the standard issue football helmet. Though seemingly ridiculous, he explained that players will be less aggressive and that they will tackle with proper form. We would see, for a few years perhaps, an increase in broken noses and eye sockets, but eventually players would be gentler in their hitting. Perhaps it should be on the NFL to remedy the uproar. The league is notorious for grimacing at the

thought of drug testing for illegal strength enhancers and steroids; players keep getting bigger each year, and we can only assume that it is not from the Gatorade. The NFL wants, it seems, to resurrect gladiator entertainment, where players that are pumped with chemicals can tear at each other for the crowd’s pleasure. Also, the league’s new and hypocritical policy toward safety, where it attempts to prevent head collisions on defensive plays with monetary fines, launches parallel to its other plans to extend the season to 18 games. Obviously, the league thought that such contradictory sneakiness would fly under the radar of American fans. Maybe more important than the health of current professionals, the media circus surrounding football head injuries has raised the question of child safety, from Pop Warner to high school football. Kids, many say, should have increased protection, as their brains are still in development in the little league ages. Though nothing new, some child-athletes are forced to retire from football at age 12 because their most recent head injury requires that they spend the next few years taking drugs for adequate brain regrowth. The issue raises many more important questions than it produces intelligent answers. But it seems that the NFL’s policymakers retain the most clout when it comes to how to prevent barbaric injury and on-the-field deaths. This trickle down effect will influence younger leagues that idolize their NFL heroes, and as a result, it will change the way we all play and watch a national pastime.

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The Bush is Back Ever since Barack Obama became president, I’ve tried to think about George W. Bush as little as possible. After all, no one wants to think about bad memories. For the same reason that Bills fans might try to repress the first eight games of the 2010 season, I’ve tried to push the 43rd president as far out of my head as possible. Unfortunately, some things can’t be avoided forever, and the junior Bush president is one of them. With his memoirs about to be released, everyone is talking about Bush again. Specifically, whether or not he was such a bad president. I’ll spare you some time: yes. Even before Bush wrote his memoirs, people were trotting out the idea that Bush’s presidency was better than it was given credit for. As far back as summer 2009, billboards of Bush featuring the slogan “Miss Me Yet?” were appearing throughout the country. Suffice it to say, anyone who misses Bush is suffering from a severe case of memory loss. Perhaps after two years of yelling at Obama for not being able to fix everything quickly enough, we’ve forgotten about the man who got us into this mess. The vast majority of problems that Obama is dealing with were started by the Bush administration. So, why are people starting to view the Bush years in such a kinder light? Quite simply, it’s because people love to take shots at whoever’s in charge regardless of whether that person deserves it or not. The idea is simple: Obama is president and America is going through hard times, so therefore Obama must be a bad president. Unfortunately, this is terribly short-sighted logic. The simple fact is, Bush created the vast majority of the problems that Obama is being raked over the coals for not solving quickly enough. Bush deserves the majority of the blame. Despite all this, I am looking forward to reading Bush’s memoirs. See, I’m not one of those people who think that George W. Bush is or was evil. He was just a bad president. I don’t doubt for a second that the guy meant well, but it always seemed like he was in over his head. As a result, I think his memoirs could be very illuminating. They could let us know what was going through his head during some of his most embarrassing moments. What was he thinking during Katrina? What was running through his head when he read My Pet Goat on 9/11? These are things America should know. There have already been a few interesting revelations. Bush seriously considered dropping Cheney from the 2004 ticket, and when Kanye West said he didn’t care about black people, he considered it to be the low point of his administration. This has already changed my view of Bush. It made me realize that he was very insecure about being in charge, and he cared a lot about how the American public perceived him. He wasn’t quite the cowboy he made himself out to be. If his book is full of revelations like this, it could make me see him in an entirely different light. Perhaps I’d look at him as a poor, misunderstood soul instead of the man who ran America into the ground for eight years. With that said, he is to blame for America’s current predicament, and no book can change that. E-mail:


P. 1: In Monday’s piece titled “Mass Appeal Brings Its Own Spin of Fashion Week to Buffalo,” the following was left out or stated inaccurately:

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- Erin Habes, a faculty member at Buffalo State College and buyer for Krudmart, was the producer of Mass Appeal. - The $10 standing ticket was not offered this year due to the overwhelming demand. Thirty dollar tickets and 200 VIP tickets at $125 each were offered, instead. - Morgen Love is not a world-renowned fashion designer. She is, however, a Buffalo native and contributes to the emerging Buffalo fashion scene.

Congratulations to Monday’s Winners Michael Kayam and Arik Kayam! When you see them in their sharp new T-shirts high fives are mandatory.

P. 5: In the article about Drew Kerr, he was paraphrased incorrectly. The article reads: In Kerr’s opinion, UB offers students great jobs skills, but not the skills required to find those jobs. Kerr believes that UB provides students with the necessary skills to hold jobs, however, many of those students lack the knowledge of how to attain employment after graduation.

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Prison Riot in Brazil Leaves 18 Dead Rival gangs at the Pedrinhas prison initiated a vicious riot in which at least 18 inmates have been reported dead. The rebellion started after inmates forcefully took one of the guards’ guns. This guard and five others were then taken hostage. One guard has been released from the hospital and the others were unharmed. Security forces were eventually able to retake control from the inmates. Violent riots like these happen frequently in Brazil, a country with an overcrowded prison system. At one point in the Pedrinhas riot, victims were reportedly decapitated and thrown out by cellmates. Inmates were adamant about receiving better living conditions. The Pedrinhas prison was built to house 2,000 inmates and is currently holding 4,000.

Homeland Security Announces New Bans

A United States air cargo ban has been extended to include Somalia and Yemen. The change comes after last month’s failed bomb plot. Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano met with officials in Yemen to discuss enhancing security. This signals that the ban could be lifted at some point in the future. Somalia was included, as it has become a haven for al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic militants. Ink and toner cartridges on passenger flights are also being handled differently. After bombs were found hidden in cartridges, the U.S. will no longer allow any printer cartridge over 16 ounces on a passenger flight. High-risk cargo will also be receiving additional screening, and parcels must be certified to have come from a verified shipper.

Buffalo to get first look at Palin’s TV show Sunday night is the premiere of Sarah Palin’s new television series on TLC, but Buffalo residents won’t have to wait any longer. The series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” will be shown Wednesday at the Regal Theaters Walden Galleria. The screening, courtesy of TLC, will begin at 7 p.m. Buffalo is one of only eight markets in the U.S. that will be presented with this sneak peak. The show is to focus on Palin, her family, and their life in Alaska. There has already been controversy about the television series influencing any presidential prospects that Palin has. Tickets for the event must be reserved online, as walk-up guests without tickets will not be admitted.

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provides dancers with a new opportunity to express themselves. “I like that [Stedge] is doing something new,” said Tina Zhai, a student in attendance. “Most dance teachers I have learned from only teach you to move your limbs. [However], Curtis wants you to understand the concept [of dance] and I think that is very valuable.” The specialization of the dance classes that Stedge hosts also attracts local dancers to the studio. “What I enjoy about the classes are the [Rudolf Laban] and [Irmgard Bartenieff] base [KineoLab] is using,” said Nancy Hughes, a dancer, choreographer and KineoLab student. “It’s not very common to have a [dance] class that is so focused, and it’s special to find that in Buffalo.” According to the KineoLab website, Rudolf Laban was a visionary, humanist, teacher and theoretician whose revolutionary ideas bridged the gap between performing arts and science. Irmgard Bartenieff, a student of Laban and one of the earliest proponents of Laban’s work in the United States, applied developmental principles and Laban’s theories to originate a physical education method known as the Bartenieff Fundamentals. For Stedge, KineoLab is a

springboard and has seen the potential for growth in Buffalo’s dance scene since the studio’s beginning. Stedge has also been the Associate Director of Box Office Operations for Geva Theatre Center (N.Y.), Artist Liaison for Community Performance Series (N.Y.), Marketing Administrator of The National Centre for Early Music (York, United Kingdom), Marketing Coordinator for Downstairs Cabaret Theater (N.Y.) and the Executive Director of Projective Kinetics/Geomantics Dance Theater (N.Y.). Through his time at Geomantics Dance Theater, Stedge has trained in modern dance and Laban Movement Analysis. “Dancing with Geomantics has greatly formed who I am as a dancer and choreographer,” Stedge said. “Being the executive director of Geomantics and being in the Arts Management program [at UB] has prepared me as I look to the future to potentially start my own dance company and a dance service organization.” Stedge said that he has always been a visionary, and the Arts Management program has helped him to apply a critical lens to his ideas and become realistic about them. For more information, visit E-mail:

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parents’ home,” Mesler said. “It’s a humbling experience.” Mesler began as a track athlete at City Honors and continued on at the University of Florida until he was injured. After his injury, Mesler turned to bobsledding. He moved to Calgary with his coach in 2003. There, he had no job, car, or money, and he spent his time training for the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he finished in seventh place with his team. In 2010, Mesler became the first Western New York athlete to receive a gold medal in the winter games. Along with being the night’s honoree, Mesler will also be auctioned off – one lucky attendee will win a dinner date with the Olympic gold medalist. Mesler is excited to be honored at an event that showcases Buffalo in a positive light. “Buffalo is a blue-collar town that works hard,” Mesler said. “Buffalo has a bad rep around the whole country, [but] everyone is social and everyone is friendly.” The money raised from this event will benefit PUSH Buffalo’s general operations. PUSH Buffalo, founded in 2005, is a grassroots, non-profit community organization founded to rebuild the neighborhoods of Buffalo’s West Side. The organization’s mission is to “mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, expand local hiring opportunities, and advance economic justice in Buffalo.”

According to Whitney Yax, public education and green space coordinator for PUSH Buffalo, this organization allows community members to work together to actively change their neighborhoods for the better. “[We] talk to people about their issues and see how we can better their neighborhoods,” Yax said. “[The organization] is membership-driven and we look to create a neighborhood that is sustainable and community-oriented.” Buffalo Takes Manhat tan expands on PUSH Buffalo’s mission by helping former residents reconnect with Buffalo, and it is a way for people to celebrate their hometown. The event is not just directed at former Buffalonians, but it is also a way for other New Yorkers to see Buffalo’s potential. “Buffalo is a really special place, and people really have such an affinity for this city,” Yax said. “[Buffalo] is a city of friendly and kind people, [and we’re] bringing them together in New York City.” The event will be held at the SEIU 1199 Building, located at 330 West 42nd St. (33rd Floor) in Times Square. The party begins at 7:30 p.m., and anyone who comes dressed in Buffalo tailgate apparel will receive a free drink. Tickets can be pre-ordered online for $25 and will be available at the door for $30. For more information about the event, or to order tickets, visit E-mail:

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Faces of Deception UB Professor Researches Microexpressions STEVE NEILANS Asst. Life Editor

Don’t try telling this professor that the dog ate your homework. Dr. Mark Frank, a professor in the communication department, has been analyzing lies and nonverbal communication for most of his life. His research in studying unconscious and conscious cues in deception have taken him from being a bouncer to appearing on Oprah. Frank is now in his fifth year instructing at UB. “It started when I was a bouncer when I was an undergraduate here at UB back in the early ’80s,” Frank said. “I thought I got good at reading people. You know, kind of observing them. Who might be underage, who might be trouble.” Frank carried this interest into his graduate studies at Cornell. He decided to do his dissertation on how effective humans are at reading other people, specifically when it comes to expressing something that they don’t necessarily feel. Frank discovered that there are certain groups

who routinely do well on various lie-detecting tests. Frank finds that the secret service does very well on these kinds of tests, largely because they have developed skills in detecting nonverbal communication. “They’re very attuned to body language, because they have to be. [When] you’re protecting the president or a dignitary, you’ve got to look for potential threats,” Frank said. “When it’s a crowd, you can’t hear anything, so you have to be completely nonverbal then.” Interestingly, children who have been physically abused or raised in institutions and people with left hemisphere brain damage (which renders humans unable to process speech) appear to be better than the average person at detecting lies. These people learn that nonverbal communication is more significant, and, as a result, become highly attuned to detecting things like deception, according to Frank. Frank doesn’t believe that deception is necessarily a bad thing. In some cases, it would be unethical to tell the truth. Frank cited the classic philosophic dilemma of St. Thomas Aquinas, where a murderer comes to a person’s house asking if a brother is home. In this case, it would be accepted • see LIE | page 10

Conan O’Brien has had a busy year. Between emceeing Bonnaroo, recording a live album with Jack White, and growing his monstrous beard, it was easy for some people to forget that Conan, at heart, is a talk show host. After a 10-month absence from television, Conan has returned with his all-new selftitled talk show Conan, which the host joked was chosen so he’d be harder to replace. In June 2009, Conan replaced Jay Leno on NBC’s Tonight Show, as Leno moved into the primetime slot. Due to poor ratings for both Conan and Leno in their new timeslots, NBC prepared to move Leno back to 11:35 p.m. and push Conan back to 12:05 a.m. Cona n took t his a s

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Comedic talk show host Conan O’Brien is back with a new show on a new network.

somewhat of an insult and rejected the proposal, which ultimately led to his firing. Conan had some choice words for his former bosses, noting that they have had difficulty finding successful programs in recent years. “It’s not easy doing a late-night show on a channel without a lot of money that viewers have trouble finding – so that’s why I left NBC,” Conan joked. The show opened with a segment parodying Conan’s downfall over at NBC. In the scene, Conan pokes fun at both himself and his situation. “You want me to move ‘The Tonight Show’ to 12:05? Forget it, I’m not doing it.

What can they do to me?” Conan said. Using a scene right out of The Godfather, Conan pulls up to work only to be gunned down by NBC goons. There isn’t a much better metaphor for what happened than hitmen showing up where he worked and firing shots at him with no sympathy. The first half of the show mainly made jokes and puns about his firing, while the second half of the show was just plain old Conan. The first-ever guest of the show was Arlene Wagner, founder of the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. While she did not occupy the stage for too long, the music

playing in the background was priceless. Guest Set h Rogen (Knocked Up) was in attendance to crack a couple witty jokes and tickle the crowd’s funny bone. “I’m so glad that everybody more famous was busy right now,” Rogen joked. Rogen talked about his upcoming movie, Green Hornet, which is a major change of pace for him. Going from comedic genius to action movie stud is no easy transition, but fanboys worldwide are excited for Rogen’s new venture. On top of plugging his new • see CONAN | page 9

Crawl to a Free Tuition JOHN CONNELLY Asst. Life Editor

What if UB offered an opportunity for a student to win up to $13,000 this weekend? Would that be something you’re interested in? UB Fall Crawl: Last Bull Standing gives students the chance to win a semester of tuition, a semester of books, two Lady GaGa tickets, pizza for a semester, and $100 in campus cash. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Pick up a stamp card from the entrance of any of the first three home games this weekend and attend four of the six events. Then, return the card to the same station with the four stamps to enter your name into the drawing. The first 500 students to hand in their stamp card marked with four of the six home game stamps will receive a plastic “UB Fall Crawl” mug. From Friday to Monday, there are six UB athletics events. These start on Friday, with wrestling at 3 p.m., football at 6 p.m., and women’s basketball at 7 p.m. The events continue on Saturday with men’s basketball at noon and swimming and diving at 1 p.m., and they finish on Monday with women’s basketball at 7 p.m. This is the first time that True Blue has tried anything like this. This year, the

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event has a number of sponsors. The free tuition, paid for by UB Athletics, will not include room and board. The free semester of books, sponsored by the UB Bookstore, will be the average that a typical student spends on books; the winning student will keep any leftover money. The free pizza will be from IncrediBull pizza, and students will receive coupons to get two large pizzas per month throughout the course of the semester. “[It is a] fun event on campus to promote athletic events [and] get students out to multiple games to not only see our football games but some of the other [non-ticketed] sports… It’s for students to witness them and cheer them on,” said Paul Hutchings, manager of University Awareness and Special Events. “Why not combine everything and put together a good promotion so students can have a full, fun weekend of events going on?” The winners will be drawn at the women’s basketball game on Monday, and students do not have to be present to win.

This is a great opportunity for students, whether regular or first-time attendees of UB sporting events, to support the UB athletics department and try to win prizes at the same time. The athletics department is using this event as a trial, so if it there is a good turnout, there may be more giveaways in the future. The prizes are all well suited for UB students, and they should entice even those who are not sports fans. The seats for the Lady Gaga concert are lower level, general admission tickets in front of the stage and would normally cost upwards of $100. Tickets are no longer available to be purchased in pairs. “I think it’s going to be great… I wanted these prizes to be what students want because that’s who we want to come out to the games. The students are what make the environment fun,” Hutchings said. “Maybe, for instance, someone that really wants to go to Lady Gaga, but doesn’t have tickets, might do this. The person might not be a sports fan, but now coming to these events to try to get the Lady Gaga tickets, they might become fans. That’s what we want.” For students who win, this is sure to be an unforgettable event, and those who don’t win will still get to see their sports teams compete against some tough opponents. E-mail:

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Listen online at

For those of you who are unaware, the iconic first-person shooter Goldeneye 007 that was originally made for the N64 has been remade and re-released for Nintendo DS and the Wii. In celebration, here’s a list of top songs to help you relive your favorite childhood memories and get your spy on.

“Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”

“Another Way to Die”

“Secret Agent Man”

“Undercover Lover”

– Rockapella

– Johnny Rivers

– Jack White and Alicia Keys

– .38 Special

“Spies Like Us” – Paul McCartney

“Undercover Agent for the Blues”

Take a Look Around”

“Double Agent”

“CIA Man”

“Call Me, Beep Me

– Rush

– Tina Turner

– The Fugs

– Limp Bizkit

(The Kim Possible Song)” – Christina Milian


The Spectrum Wednesday , November 10 , 2010

A Week In Ink Issue No. 9

Superboy No. 1




Asst. Arts Editor

Iron Man/Thor No. 1

Scarlet No. 3

Conner Kent’s hometown of Smallville is unlike any suburb in the American Midwest, mostly because in any given week there are two or more extraterrestrials duking it out in the streets. High school is tough enough with its advanced placement courses, in-crowds and retrospectively irrelevant popularity contests, but the genetic mutation of the Man of Steel has to deal with merciless space invaders to boot. Superboy, for those who don’t know, is the product of splicing Superman and Lex Luthor’s DNA together. This unorthodox “birth” puts Conner in a strange position in life, somewhere in between the role of world-class superhero and bringer of the apocalypse. Suffice it to say, Kent has a lot on his plate. Artistically, the comic has a few panels worthy of the Man of Steel title, though much of this issue’s art is rather bland. Superboy No. 1 is both witty and humorous, surprising many as the typical high school demographic is pushed to the backburner in order to flesh out more of Kent and his plotline. As Jeff Lemire takes the reins of this series, the DC Universe holds its breath for what could be the perfect reboot for the quasi-embodiment of Supes.

Tony Stark, the egotistical demigod, teams up with the actual god of thunder to take down two completely unrelated supervillains in one of the most pointless comics in recent history. The city of the Norse, Asgard, has fallen on hard times. So hard, in fact, that adventure capitalist and philanthropist Tony Stark is called onto the scene to oversee the reconstruction of the ancient city. Cue an irrelevant Norse throwback, the separation of the two protagonists and two utterly nonsensical villains, and that wraps up the issue. One would think that when two of the world’s most powerful superheroes get together, at least something monumental would happen. This comic proves that theory dead wrong. As the comic concludes, Thor is entrenched in a fistfight with Ulik the Stone Troll, while Iron Man has his gauntlets full fighting his soviet nemesis, Crimson Dynamo. In this heroic fail of a fight, the only real losers are those who spent the $3.99 on an issue whose plot is forgotten before the comic is even put on the shelf.

Losing a loved one is always tough, though homicide is rarely an acceptable way to cope with the loss. This is the premise of Icon Comic’s latest femme fatale, Scarlet. Scarlet has a vendetta against the world and intends to crumble the foundation of society as she mercilessly assassinates those who have abused their positions of power. This issue follows the madwoman on her path of destruction as she finally unveils her plan to the world. Before she can make those who abuse others pay for their crimes, she will need someone behind the scenes to capture every gory detail of this one-woman revolution. With her dead boyfriend’s best friend behind the camera and a sniper rifle in hand, she takes to the rooftops to start what she hopes to be the end of injustice. While this comic isn’t the first to follow such a heroine, it has its own unique nuances that accurately depict the struggle and mental anguish that Scarlet is going through. Done mostly in black, red and white, the comic indicates to its readers any other important detail in the drab world with vivid color. This exceptionally artistic plot device is not only aesthetically pleasing, but when used correctly, it almost conveys a plot within a plot. Scarlet is a woman with a mission: a bloody, deranged and definitely illegal mission. Though for a comic book junkie, that mission makes for a really spectacular read. E-mail:

Revel in the Pit

Courtesy of GWAR


Gwar has seldom employed sonic or lyrical innovation beyond the hulking mass of thrash and doom metal bands since Black Sabbath, and with Bloody Pit of Horror, the legendary metal outfit continues the trend. Thrash metal fans can join in bullhorns for Gwar’s 12th studio effort. The album’s 11 tracks consume 37 minutes of nonstop rocking and pummeling. A beloved and unique trait of the band shines clearly throughout. Gwar completely ditches self-seriousness and opts for a near parody version of over-the-top metal ethos. Fans may argue that the band’s true appeal lies in its infamous live performances, but Bloody Pit can endure while blasting through home speakers. The gate to hell is kicked open with “Zombies, March.” “We’re so glad you could attend/ come and die/ come and die,” lead singer Dave Brockie (or Oderus Urungus) snarls in loving reference to Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Karn Evil 9.” At no point, however, does Gwar attempt anything like progressive rock. The songs are only separate heads being kicked in, each one stuffed with breakneck riffs and brooding power chords. Each song has at least one moment of true bloodpumping excitement, even after 25 years of the genre’s stagnation. Evidence of the band’s sense of humor comes through strongest on “You Are My Meat.” Though dark, the song opens with acoustic guitars and actual singing. “You are a woman/ I am a man/

Artist: Gwar Album: Bloody Pit of Horror Label: Metal Blade Records Release Date: Nov. 9 Grade: B

You are my meat,” sings Brockie in an approach reminiscent of Gene Ween or even Jack Black. In between verses, the song erupts into slower doom riffs. With titles like “Beat You to Death,” “Sick and Twisted” and “Hail, Genocide!” the lack of surprises is obvious. Despite this, they all rock quite competently. “The Litany of the Slain” is a gift for the band’s biggest followers. The song lists off the many staged deaths of past characters during live shows. As well as a fan service, the song is a self-referential invitation to new fans. “And that’s what this song is for/ the creatures that were killed by Gwar/ that’s what this song is for/ so check in on the next Gwar tour,” Brockie sings. With Bloody Pit of Horror, Gwar continues to slash, mutilate and maim their way through the metal scene, leaving a trail of desecrated bodies and hard-rocking metal in the wake. E-mail:

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down Highgate Avenue and were assaulted by a number of men who allegedly possessed brass knuckles and a possible shotgun. Jake*, a senior international business major, along with his friend, were taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after they were assaulted shortly after midnight on Oct. 31. The incident was reported to the Buffalo Police Department and is under investigation. According to Ja ke, BPD responded within two minutes, but the case was not open to investigation for another week after the incident due to a detective’s absence at the local station. Jake addressed the need of increased safety in the neighborhood for students and community members alike. “What I’d like to see happen in the [University Heights] is to heighten security,” Jake said. “It’s understandable that there are young adults partying and that there may be crime…but I’d like to see an increase in security and an increase in the response time of police officers. I think the [BPD] do a good job of responding and the officer we dealt with was professional [and punctual].” Although Jake was not in attendance, his opinion was stressed by a number of other students at Monday’s open forum, a majority of whom participate in Greek Life at UB. Russell, in conjunction with Alpha Epsilon Pi President Brett Berman, hosted the forum to give students an opportunity to speak about personal experiences of living in the University Heights, the issues they have come across, and the resolutions they hope to find. Berman, whose fraternit y


“More than an area we go and party [in]”

brothers were injured near an AEPi house on Lisbon Avenue, voiced concern for the neighborhood and the safety of its residents. “It’s time that University Heights should be more than an area that we go and party [in],” Berman said. “We put up with the risk of being robbed or mugged or having people invade our homes. I think we have the right to ask the community around us to help us…make it safe.” The two-hour long forum opened up issues regarding the safety of students living in the Heights. Members of the Minnesota Block Club, along with Mayor Brown and Chief of University Police Gerald Schoenle, were also in attendance. Students opened up the discussion and representatives of Greek fraternities and sororities sat center stage. “Our houses are robbed morning, noon, and night,” said a representative of a UB sorority. “No one asks for these things to happen, and it’s to the point that when we move into our houses – I live on Minnesota Avenue – I was not going to introduce myself to all my neighbors. We don’t want [our neighbors] to know we’re there. We don’t want them to know where we live…because they target us.” Students offered suggestions including having a Greek row of housing that University Police would have jurisdiction over. An AEPi brother offered the example of Syracuse University and its zoned area for Greek life. In a sanctioned zone, the neighbors would also be Greeks and the campus police would be able to deal with students directly, leaving issues outside of the zone to the city police. Local landlord Richard Park was in attendance and confirmed the fear that students face when moving into

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“Things were effective the way they were during the last two years, so we were going to run with it, simple as that,” Mulkey said. “We were pretty senior-heavy last season. Along with me being in the same class, we would have had another senior gone this year had I played a year ago. Me coming back and giving the team another senior along with Jawaan Alston gives it another player that holds that leadership role and eases that bump of losing so many seniors and so much experience.” It also provides Mulkey his time to lead, which he’s been patient to attain. “A lot of preparation went into this season, starting last year and going through the summer and preseason,” Mulkey said. “My anticipation is very high.”

Vying for time The 6-foot guard came to UB in 2006 as an undersized walk-on with no Division 1 scholarship offers. Witherspoon planned to redshirt Mulkey and allow him time to develop, but he was forced to play Mulkey after injuries crippled the point guard position. Mulkey made his debut on Jan. 31, 2007 and, to the surprise of many, impressed immediately. He became a staple in the lineup and averaged 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game. Just like that, Mulkey became a player Bulls fans hyped up as a future All-MAC point guard. Some went as far as calling him the next Turner Battle. He played in all 30 games in 2007-08 and was expected to compete for the starting spot the next season. But a position switch nullified that plan. Witherspoon moved Greg

the University Heights district. Park, a landlord for a property on Minnesota Avenue, also rents properties in Boston and argued that there is a great difference in the mindset of property ownership between the two cities. “I look around and see windows that don’t even have locks on them, that don’t even shut,” Park said. “When was the last time you asked yourself [when your front door lock was last changed]? How many people do you think have a key to that door? How many of your bedrooms have locks on them?” Park suggested that Russell and UB should orchestrate a meeting with a real estate lawyer and students to discuss the rights that students have as tenants to ensure the safety of their homes. Resolutions to safety issues were thrown at Russell, who promised to “connect the dots for [students] with the city government.” “If I cannot answer your question, I will tell you who can and I will make a note to have that person come back with me, to see all of you up front,” Russell said. “You can meet them one-on-one. The City of Buffalo is reaching out to you to let you know that we want you here and we want you to stay here.” Minnesota Block Club members went on to recognize the work that the Greeks have done around the neighborhood as well. “Every time we need some help, there’s a few people that we call that get the Greeks together,” said Tito Malick of the Minnesota Block Club. “Don’t think the community doesn’t support or appreciate you guys. We appreciate you guys more than you think, and that’s why we’re here trying to support you today and get things straightened out.” Malick advised students not to

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“Every time we need some help, there’s a few people that we call that get the Greeks together. Don’t think the community doesn’t support or appreciate you guys”

- T i t o M a l i c k of the Minnesota Block Club. give up on the University Heights. Russell did the same and voiced that she, in return, was not giving up on the students. “I’ve been in the University District in my house for 26 years, but you know what? It’s not going to get better if you don’t keep trying,” Russell said. “And I’m not giving up, I’ll tell you right now. It may not be today, it may not be in a month, but we won’t have a solution if we don’t get any input.”

Russell will be reporting the issues raised at the forum to Mayor Brown, the Buffalo Police Commissioner, and other city officials to come up with a resolution. Russell hopes that within three weeks, she will be able to hold a second meeting to offer resolutions to students. *Jake withheld his last name as a safety precaution E-mail:

Forgotten man on a forgotten team

Gamble from small forward to point guard, pushing Mulkey to third on the depth chart for the 2008-09 season. The Bulls went 21-12 and found success with Gamble leading the team, but Mulkey found himself as a rarely used reserve. After averaging 32 minutes a game as a freshman and playing every game as a sophomore, Mulkey played in just nine games, averaged 5.6 minutes a game and scored a total of 16 points in 2008-09. “It was obviously tough not playing. We decided to move Greg [Gamble] to the point, and it proved to be effective,” Mulkey said. “My job was to continue being a vocal leader and make players better on the practice court. I just accepted my role knowing that we were getting better day in and day out, and those results showed on the court.” Mulkey came into last season with a refreshed attitude but was notified that he would redshirt before the season initiated. Witherspoon knew it was hard for Mulkey to ride the bench while his fellow classmates played and graduated, but he believes Mulkey took it extremely well. “He’s a very competitive person who loves challenges,” Witherspoon said. “That’s how he took the whole notion of redshirting.”

Mulkey’s Time Witherspoon’s decision to redshirt Mulkey wasn’t arbitrary. With seven seniors on last year’s roster, the 12-year head coach faced the possibility of having one senior, reserve Jawaan Alston, leading a team of neophytes and inexperienced players this upcoming year, which begins Saturday with a game versus Navy. The coach reflected on previous seasons and knew his team would

not succeed with such limited leadership. “The two years we’ve had difficulty in the last seven seasons have been times when our players were all young all at once. It was sort of the blind leading the blind,” Witherspoon said. “Those have been the most difficult times, and having Byron helps us because we still only have two seniors, but we still have some semblance of leadership.” Mulkey was ambivalent about the redshirt decision: he dreaded the thought of another season on the bench but knew that 2010-11 season would be his year to lead and succeed. And he’s taken that role to heart. Not one practice goes by without Mulkey raving after a made 3-point shot or yelling after a defensive miscue. Mulkey is more vocal than he’s ever been, despite holding the position of vocal motivator the last two seasons. “It’s critical for me to be vocal to prevent bad things from happening before they do so we can limit the learning curve,” Mulkey said. His lessons and teachings have helped the younger players. Nine of the 15 players on the roster are underclassmen, resulting in Mulkey constantly encouraging and instructing the roster. “If I had to give Byron a nickname, it’d definitely be Big Brother,” said sophomore point guard Tony Watson. “He’s been a role model to me on the court and helps me out with every aspect of my game.”

Silver Lining Mulkey’s court time was limited the last two seasons, but he used the time in a productive manner. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with two

Byron Mulkey concentrations (human resources and marketing) during the spring semester and is currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Education on the administrative track. Mulkey came to UB as part of the school’s Daniel Acker Scholars Program, which paid for his tuition freshman year. Once Mulkey dazzled on the court, he earned Witherspoon’s trust and a full athletic scholarship. That didn’t mean education changed priority levels. He worked endlessly to complete his degree on time, impressing the head coach who relegated him to bench player. “It was a big-time challenge for him to accept the fact that the guys that he came in here with were going to go play and graduate, and that he wasn’t going to play,” Witherspoon said. “He did graduate and he did a terrific job managing that whole situation. He’s in graduate school now, he’s taking these guys under his

wing, and we’re excited about that. For Mulkey, he considers it a blessing to attain his degree while playing basketball, but his limited playing time didn’t mean he wasn’t working hard to improve as a player. During every game, he made mental notes and learned from Buffalo’s point guards. He worked tirelessly during practice to improve his jump shot and ball-handling abilities. Now, during practices, few of Mulkey’s shots trickle out of the basket, and every opponent seems a step behind the reenergized and matured player. “It’s amazing how much you can learn just by watching. A lot of things opened up to me these past couple of years,” Mulkey said. “I picked up a lot of things just from being able to watch and evaluate guys like Greg Gamble and John Boyer. I’ll be able to display them this year.” His coach noticed the development as well. “I think the competition that has occurred in practice and all the things that go along with that have helped ignite his development,” Witherspoon said. In a way, Mulkey is a forgotten man on a forgotten team. His situation is a microcosm to how every player is approaching this season, partially because Mulkey has instilled this mindset into his fellow Bulls. “Day in and day out we go in with the mindset that everyone’s forgotten about us. We lost a lot of seniors last year, we have a lot of freshmen this year, but that’s no problem to us because we step into the gym each day, we work hard and we hope people have forgotten about us,” Mulkey said. “We plan to surprise and be extremely competitive.” E-mail:

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Bulls Trounce Wildcats in Opener BRIAN JOSEPHS Asst. Sports Editor

After an unsuccessful 2009 season, the women’s basketball team needed to make an early statement this year. The team did so in commanding fashion in its first exhibition match of the season. On Monday night at Alumni Arena, the Bulls routed the Daemen Wildcats 86-48 with dominant post play and smothering defense. All of Buffalo’s players contributed to the winning effort. Senior forward Kourtney Brown started the assault by scoring the team’s first four field goals of the game, leading to a promising 15-0 run to start the contest. Buffalo never looked back as its early lead turned into a 35-9 run. The Wildcats could not find any answers, as the Bulls continuously found open lanes toward the basket. On the other end of the court, the Bulls defense took the wind out of the Wildcats attack, holding them to a .269 field-goal percentage early on in the game. “I think it was the entire team

Would It Kill You? Brings Your Ears to Life GORDON DUBOIS Staff Writer

It’s been four years since Hellogoodbye last awed the music world with their pop-synth melodies. Now they’re back with a new sound and a new crew with their latest release, Would it Kill You?

effort [that allowed us to win],” Brown said. “Everyone contributed to this win, and everyone did her part.” The Bulls did not let up in the second half, coming out of the break with a 17-0 run. Daemen didn’t score until the 10-minute mark. Brown, an All-Conference preseason selection, had a team-high 23 points and 13 rebounds. “I think [my performance] had a lot to do with my teammates,” Brown said. “They were able to give the ball to me where I was able to be successful.” The Bulls out-rebounded the Wildcats 48-34 and held them to a 30.8 field-goal percentage over the course of the night. Senior guard Ashley Zuber and junior guard Ephesia Holmes each added 11 points in the victory. Holmes also recorded four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Junior guard Teresa Semalulu added 12 points. The Bulls were not flawless, however. The Wildcats were able to force the Bulls into mistakes, leading to fast break points late in the second half.

“We have to take better care of the basketball,” said head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald. “That’s the biggest thing.” After being down by as many as 47 points, Daemen hit a stride late in the game. The Wildcats found enough small holes in Buffalo’s defense to strike with some quick offensive combinations. Daemen closed the game with five-straight points. Overall, the game gave the Bulls helpful preparation for their regular season opener against Howard. “I think we were able to [experiment with] a lot of [player] combinations on the floor,” HillMacDonald said. “We got everybody in the game at some point… and everybody got on the scoreboard tonight. So that’s huge and I think that’s a great tune-up for us.” Buffalo and Howard will play on Friday at Alumni Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Their debut album, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, hit number one on the U.S. independent albums chart. Following the album’s release in 2006, however, Hellogoodbye largely disappeared from the music scene. Since then, the band’s lineup has undergone significant changes, leaving the lead singer Forrest Kline as the only remaining founding member. Hellogoodbye now sports a much different lineup. On keyboard is former The Early November member Joseph Marro. Travis Head has taken over responsibilities on bass, and Andrew Richards is now the band’s guitarist. The recording drummer for the album was Hellogoodbye’s original drummer Aaron Flora; however, Mike Nielsen has recently replaced him.

Artist: Hellogoodbye Album: Would It Kill You? Label: Rocket Science Ventures Release Date: Nov. 9 Grade: A-

Would It Kill You? reintroduces Hellogoodbye and deviates from the straightforward pop that fans remember from 2006. Here, Hellogoodbye shows a new, mature pop-rock vibe.

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The women’s basketball team got a warm up game in against Daemen College in preparation for its season opener on Friday.

Hellogoodbye still manages to keep their upbeat tone, as most of their songs are about love, girls and heartbreak. Admittedly, many other bands cover these topics, but few put as entertaining a spin on the topics as Hellogoodbye does. Kline’s voice is the heartbeat of this band. In addition to his catchy lyrics, Would It Kill You? has captivating instrumental work, such as the ukulele in “The Thoughts Gave Me the Creeps.” This track opens with a dark-sounding piano that cuts into a mellow love song with a melodic chorus. “Oh what if I never knew your name/oh my God, the thought’s insane/ what if your love is not the same/ as it seems inside my brain/ what if you’re not really in my sheets/ oh just the thought gives me the creeps,” Kline sings.

This track is just one highlight that shows the new fully-rounded band that has formed over the last four years. Would It Kill You? has other highs as well. The album bursts into life with the energetic opener, “Find Something to Do,” while “When We First Kissed” will bring you back to the memories of first encounters with a loved one. Hellogoodbye creates a new identity that will keep their aging fans loyal and also create new fans. Although it delves into new territory, Would It Kill You? is a home run that is worth a listen from anybody.


Show me The Money KATIE ALLEN

Senior Life Editor

Negotiating salary and benefits when landing a full-time job can be a daunting task. Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., various industry professionals will speak to UB students about various salary negotiating strategies and show them the proper tools for the start of successful careers. A panel of experts will expose the techniques that are vital in obtaining the best offer possible when landing a job. Joe Kuchera, a human resources representative from Unifrax, Michelle Plesh, a human resources representative from Goodyear Dunlop, Susan Stamp, the V.P. of Human Resources from IIMAK, Bonnie Sugrue, a human resources representative from M&T Bank, and Susan Was, a talent acquisition manager from Curbell, Inc. will all be present to offer advice and guidance. The workshop will take place 145A Student Union.


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However, help is on campus. The Bulls will replace these six seniors with possibly the best recruiting class since the 2001 group that came within seconds of winning the Mid-American Conference Championship. “I feel like this class is really good. We’ve been compared to Turner Battle’s class,” said guard/ forward Auraum Nuiriankh. “The way that everybody in the class can play… I know we’re freshmen and we’re going to have some bumps along the road, but talent-wise it won’t be a let down.” The incoming freshman class features a well-rounded group, adding depth at every position. Nuiriankh will be joined by center Cameron Downing, forward Javon McCrea, and guards Corey Raley-Ross and Jarod Oldham. The contribution these players can provide for the Bulls will determine the success that the squad can achieve this season. Former point guard John Boyer led the entire country last season in assist-to-turnover ratio. Replacing the leadership that Boyer provided will go a long way in helping the Bulls rebuild, and Oldham is exactly the type of player who can take on this role. When asked who would take on the leadership role for these freshmen, McCrea answered “Oldham” without hesitation. And Oldham is more than willing to take on this challenge. “I kind of took on the lead role ’cause I’m a point guard,” Oldham said. “Point guards have to take on that lead role.” The 6-foot-3 guard hails from

Eisenhower High School in Decatur, Ill., where he served as team captain for two seasons. Oldham prides himself on his defense, hard work, and competitiveness. Joining Oldham in the backcourt will be Raley-Ross. The 19-yearold guard comes to Buffalo from Charlotte, N.C. Raley-Ross was a three-year captain for Harding University High School and a threetime All-State selection. His decision to come play for the Bulls was aided by the recruiting of fellow North Carolina native and current Bulls assistant coach Turner Battle. “[The team] started recruiting me in my junior year at a local event back home called Carolina Challenge,” Raley-Ross said. “I talked to Coach Battle and we had a lot in common. Coach is from North Carolina, too, so that helped a lot.” Raley-Ross was a scoring machine in North Carolina. He averaged 25 points per game in his senior season. He will be part of the solution in trying to replace the offensive production of former Bulls guard Rodney Pierce. Nuiriankh will be contributing to the team in multiple areas. He is currently listed as both a guard and forward, and his versatility has been evident ever since he played as a child. Prior to playing for the Bulls, Nuiriankh attended Arundal High School in Baltimore, Md. In his senior season, he averaged a doubledouble with 22.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Unlike the rest of the freshmen, Nuiriankh did not come straight to Buffalo from high school. He first attended Charis Prep in Wilson, N.C. He helped lead his team to a

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In his senior season at Newark High School (N.Y.), McCrea averaged 22 points, a shade under 15 rebounds, and eight blocks per game. And if his stats weren’t impressive enough, he led his team to a 23-2 record and a conference championship. Even though he was the 2010 AllGreater Rochester Boys Basketball Player of the Year, he feels that he will need to work harder to earn respect at the next level. “[It will take] a lot more work,” McCrae said. “Practices are more intense. You’ve got to go hard every day.” Success may not come quickly

for these five. Their leader, Oldham, didn’t want to make any predictions, but he was confident that this group of players can fill the holes left by its predecessors. “I think if we keep working as hard as we will… I think we will be successful,” Oldham said. “[The former players] contributed a lot. Those are some big shoes to fill, and I think it’s going to take some time to fill them, but I think we’ll get the hang of it.” E-mail:

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movie, he informed all of America about his less than flattering way of proposing to his new fiancée. Apparently, Rogen thought it was T.M.I. Friday. Lea Michele from Glee also stopped by Conan’s first show to answer some questions about her new photo shoot. The provocative photos in GQ have caused an uproar among the parents of her underage fans. Although the guest of the evening was the talented Jack White, it came as no surprise that Conan came out to shred alongside White, since the guitar god let Conan use his venue to record his live album and played alongside him on the record. The two performed Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock.” What was surprising about the performance was how amazing Conan’s

voice was. He sounded as if he had been a star when rockabilly was big back in the 1950s. Many have wondered if Conan will bring back characters created over at NBC, such as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog or the Masturbating Bear. Conan joked that they are still being reused over at NBC but his fans need not worry. In his final week at NBC, Conan’s ratings for the Tonight Show were through the roof. Obviously, Conan has an audience that was in attendance for his departure. TBS hopes that this audience will stay loyal to its master, as Conan moves to the new network at 11 p.m. (30 minutes earlier than Leno and Letterman). Hopefully, TBS can attract a fresher, younger audience of Conan followers with this new timeslot. E-mail:

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offensive production and Betts’ grittiness and rebounding prowess gave the Bulls an identity and two guys the team could depend on when times got tough. While Witherspoon doesn’t expect one guy to replace such important players, he thinks that a team effort and the opportunity for several guys to contribute will. “We’re going to have to [replace them] collectively,” Witherspoon said. “When we do it with balance we could have a different guy on each night [step up]. That’s an exciting process and I think we can grow into a team that does that.” While it’s easy to be excited for the beginning of a new season, the Bulls also have several question marks. Senior point guard Byron Mulkey is taking over for former point guard John Boyer. He was redshirted last season and is expected to be a big contributor both offensively and defensively for the Bulls this season. Sophomore Tony Watson III didn’t get many minutes last year but will serve as the sixth man for the Bulls this season, a role previously held by former guard Sean Smiley. Watson has worked on his shooting over the summer and Witherspoon has seen an improvement in his game. If he is able to perform consistently, he can be a huge factor for the Bulls off the bench. Boyer’s and Smiley’s shooting abilities will be missed this season; their long-range accuracy kept the team in games at points last year. Junior shooting guard Zach Filzen is expected to fill that void and has shown flashes of his range during his short time at UB. Something Bulls fans have to be excited about is the team chemistry the Bulls have developed in the wake of the mass departures. The guys have developed a bond and it

starts with Witherspoon. He is constantly coaching the young players and trying to get them ready for the college game. “They’re trying to learn how we do things, but they’re also learning how to work at this level,” Witherspoon said. “They’re very talented but they’re not used to working this hard. I said this a lot when I was with USA Basketball in the summer: kids can be a victim of their own talent.” One of the biggest knocks on freshman forward Javon McCrea has been his tendency to take games off. He was so dominant on the high school level that he grew accustomed to doing what he wanted whenever he wanted to. At the Division I level, the game is faster and tougher, and it requires full mental focus whenever a player steps onto the floor. Witherspoon is expecting at least one of the freshmen to step up and really help the team this season. “If you’re a fan, you’re going to come and say one of these five guys is going to come out and blossom,” Witherspoon said. “But you don’t know which one it will be. It’s like what is behind door number three. If they keep playing hard and keep coming back from instances where there is turbulence they’ll be fine.” There are several intriguing matchups this season for the Bulls. On Dec. 4, Buffalo travels to Olean, N.Y. to take on St. Bonaventure. It will be the first matchup between the two schools since the 1998-99 season. BYU and guard Jimmer Fredette visit Alumni Arena on Dec. 30. The Bulls also battle local rivals Canisius and Niagara again this season. The first game of the year is on Saturday when the Bulls host Navy (0-1) at Alumni Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for noon. E-mail:

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playing his position. “Well, as a point guard, you’re always the floor general and the leader on the team, so it’s just part of being the point guard where it causes you to be outspoken,” Watson said. In addition to being one of the more outspoken players on the team, Watson spent the offseason consistently working to earn his minutes and a more demanding role on the team. Head coach Reggie Witherspoon was impressed with Watson’s work ethic over the summer. “Tony was in the gym in early hours of the morning, getting a lot of shots up with various people,” Witherspoon said. “I think that has certainly ignited his development.” Even more significant to Watson’s maturation as a leader was his summer job. The job, which was in sales, required the sophomore to make calls to people he didn’t know and then go out to their houses and

effectively present a product. Watson learned a lot about responsibility and accountability from the experience, and it helped him become acclimated to the idea of being a leader. With the loss of six seniors, this leadership experience will be very important and has already proven to be a great help to the incoming freshmen. “Tony, being in his second year here, has helped by telling me some of the things he went through as a freshman… His experience also helps because I learn from mistakes that he made,” said freshman point guard Jarod Oldham. Watson was a highly regarded member of the 2009 recruiting class. He averaged 19.4 points, 11 assists, and five rebounds in his senior year at Palm Beach Gardens High School in Florida. The sophomore has proven to be a very good shooter, and he handles the ball effectively. Witherspoon looks to encourage him to use that

ability in the increased minutes that are now available to him. The coach sees the ability on the court and believes that it is translating into leadership. “I think that [leadership role] is evolving for him,” Witherspoon said. “He and Byron [Mulkey] need to work together and find the best way to provide that leadership.” The blog allows Watson to not only reflect on the team throughout the season but also to give something back to the fans. He has already made two entries, and it gives fans an insight to the Bulls and keeps them updated on things that go on behind the scenes. This quote from the blog best sums up the goal of the men’s basketball team this season: “The entire coaching staff has made it their goal to not only prepare us for the season, but also make us men.” E-mail:

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to lie because it would mean that a life is being saved. “Say you have a 10 year old at home, alone, and mom has run to the corner store just for a moment, and some stranger comes to the door. Sometimes it may be prudent to say ‘Mom’s busy right now’ instead of ‘I’m 10 years old, I’m here alone by myself,’” Frank said. In Frank’s opinion, it doesn’t make much sense to have a list of cues set in stone when it comes to lie detection. For example, many people wrongly attribute a person’s inability to stare someone in the eye with lying, according to Frank.

In some cases, this may mean that they’re lying, but in other cases, it may just be a sign of nervousness. Although there isn’t a concrete list, Frank is still able to train people to detect minute details of how people act while they are telling a lie. A certain facial movement may be harder to perform while telling the truth, or a certain smile may be indicated as a lack of honesty. “At least half of what the average person knows about detecting lies is wrong,” Frank said. “There is no human equivalent of the Pinocchio response. In Pinocchio’s case, his nose only grew when he told a lie. His nose did not grow when he was nervous about giving a big oral presentation to advisors.” Lie-detection techniques, many of which Frank has studied extensively, can be effective for secret service or police officers because it frequently has a place in keeping people safe in precarious situations. “[My research] has enabled me

to interact with really important people who do very, very difficult jobs, whether it’s cops or it’s people in the counter-terrorism world in the military,” Frank said. Frank enjoys the opportunities he has to train these people, as well as learn from them. He feels refreshed by witnessing people who are doing these high-stake jobs with such intelligence, enthusiasm, and care. “I think that sometimes when you read the media accounts you don’t see this,” Frank said. “That has been an eye-opener, and an eye opener in the literal sense. Sometimes it keeps you up at night realizing the stuff that some of these folks are trying to wrestle with – the fears, the concerns, and the things that they’re trying to prevent to keep us all safe. I have nothing but admiration for these high stakes jobs.”


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Byron Mulkey is the forgotten man of the men’s basketball team. When the team made its run to the MidAmerican Conference Championship during the 2008-09 season, Mulkey, currently a senior point guard, rarely stepped on the court. His production came as a vocal motivator from the bench. Last season, Mulkey assumed a similar inactive position, but wore a button down and slacks to every game as a redshirt. He sat near the end of the bench and was essentially a frontrow spectator. Byron Mulkey It’s been a long time coming, but Mulkey will once again be a productive member of the basketball team. He is now the team’s leader. Mulkey played a vital role during his first two years as a Bull but took a backseat during the last two seasons. He fell victim to a numbers game and backed up point guards Greg Gamble and John Boyer during the 2008-09 season. The following year, head coach Reggie Witherspoon redshirted him in order to provide this year’s inexperienced team with senior leadership. Despite unfavorable circumstances, Mulkey has taken everything in stride and has been an asset to the team throughout his tenure. • see MULKEY | page 7

chemistry binds

young team together Bulls May Be Better Than Expected MATTHEW PARRINO Senior Sports Editor

As the final seconds ticked off the clock and the realization of defeat crept into the heads of six graduating seniors, it became clear that the Bulls let another opportunity slip through their collective fingers in last year’s Mid-American Conference

men’s basketball tournament. The second-round exit was heartbreaking for a group of six seniors who would never again don the blue and white. But that was last year; it was a different team, and every player that remains a Bull learned from the defeat. “Last season was really disappointing,” said junior forward Mitchell Watt. “But we’re coming back with a lot of firepower. We’re ranked really low in the MAC [preseason polls] and people are underestimating us… This is probably the most cohesive

and team-oriented team I have ever played on.” It’s been an exciting month for Watt after his performance at Midnight Madness landed one of his dunks on the front page of Yahoo! While head coach Reggie Witherspoon is excited to see what the youngsters can do, he admits that the team will have to find a way to replace the guys that graduated. Former guard Rodney Pierce and forward Calvin Betts were the leaders of the team last season. Pierce’s

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replace that production, right? This is exactly what the 2010-11 men’s basketball team will have to overcome. • see FRESHMEN | page 9

• see WATSON | page 10

• see MBBALL | page 10

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The freshman class is a good one, but will they be ready to contribute this season?

And imagine that three of these players were the three best from long range and that five shot above 75 percent from the free-throw line. It sounds impossible to


“Wats Up?” That is the name of sophomore point guard Tony Watson’s season-long blog about the men’s basketball team. The blog was passed down from former Bull Sean Smiley, and not just because it could be given this clever title. With the departure of six seniors, Buffalo is now one of the youngest teams in the Mid-American Conference, and the sophomore guard has emerged as one of the leaders of the squad. Due to the large Tony Watson group of seniors on the team, Watson only averaged 4.2 minutes per game during the 2009-10 campaign. However, the lack of playing time did not discourage Watson; rather, it allowed him to adjust to college basketball and learn from the older players. “Being a freshman last year was good for me because I was able to learn a lot,” Watson said. “I was able to be picked on in practice and I got better, so this year I’m able to step up and play like more of a junior or senior than a sophomore.” The sophomore guard has proven to be hard-working, and, more importantly, he sees being a leader as something that comes with

Five Fresh Faces Look to Fill Void

It is tough to rebuild a basketball team when it loses six players to graduation. Especially if five players were responsible for 67 percent of the total minutes played, 74 percent of the team’s scoring, and 80 percent of the team’s assists from the previous season.

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The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the university at buffalo. November 10, 2010

The Spectrum, Volume 60, Issue 30  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the university at buffalo. November 10, 2010