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SA Senate Postponed UB’s Mid-Year Tuition Hike Delayed; Now Effective Spring 2012 Intervarsity Decision Christian Fellowship remained suspended over break LUKE HAMMILL Senior News Editor This article is an update to "Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Suspended," from the Dec. 5 issue. An earlier version was published online on Dec. 11. In a Dec. 11 meeting, the Student Association Senate decided to give its investigative committee more time to determine whether the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship violated legal or university statutes, effectively extending the club's suspension until the beginning of this semester, at least. The Senate committee, established Dec. 4, was originally slated to present to the Senate during the Dec. 11 meeting. The presentation was supposed to recommend to senators a course of action regarding the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). IVCF came under public scrutiny after its former treasurer, Steven Jackson, accused the club of pressuring him to resign because he is gay. IVCF has required its executive board members to sign a faith-based agreement (which Jackson had become at odds with) upon being elected, raising anti-discrimination issues because of the club’s receiving $6,000 in mandatory student activity fee money from the SA at the beginning of the fall semester. The Senate committee members feel they still have more work to do before deciding whether to tell the Senate to further discipline the club. Engineering Coordinator Dan Pastuf was added to the committee to replace People of Color Coordinator Anabel Casanova, who had stepped down. continued on page 2
Over break, students were told they'd have to pay more for the semester they'd already completed, before SUNY stepped in.
LISA KHOURY Asst. News Editor After UB unsuccessfully tried to retroactively raise students’ tuition for the fall semester after it was already over, it will have to settle for a tuition hike that takes effect this semester. On Dec. 12, UB informed students via email that they would be billed a new Academic Excel-
lence fee ($37.50 per semester for full-time students and pro-rated for part-time students) for both the fall 2011 semester and the spring 2012 semester.
Seven hundred out-of-state undergraduates and 1,600 international undergraduates would have been charged an additional $670 for the fall semester.
In addition, the email said tuition for undergraduate out-of-state students would increase by 10 percent for the entire 2011-2012 academic year even though classes for the fall semester had already come to an end.
However, on Dec. 20, the Office of Student Accounts sent UB students another email, saying the charges for the fall semester would no longer be billed, and the new tuition fees would instead be effective for only the spring semester. The same statement was
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posted on the Student Accounts website, but there was no explanation as to why the retroactive fee was revoked. John Della Contrada, UB’s assistant vice president for media relations, gave The Spectrum this explanation in an email: “The new fee and tuition increases were authorized under the rational tuition plan adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees,” continued on page 2
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Zipping Back Home
Big Boom for Chiddy Bang
TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor The latest road trip was certainly not what head coach Reggie Witherspoon and the men’s basketball team had hoped for. Back-to-back losses to divisional foes Ohio and Miami (Ohio) soured the start to MidAmerican Conference play. Thankfully for the Bulls (8-6, 1-2 MAC) they are returning to the friendly confines of Alumni Arena Wednesday night, but the schedule doesn’t get any easier. The defending MAC champion Akron Zips (11-6, 3-0 MAC) are coming to town, and they are bringing their perfect conference record with them. Two of the Zips’ latest conquests have come against the same MAC East Division opponents that Buffalo fell to this past week. Buffalo certainly has a lot to prove against one of its biggest rivals Wednesday night, but one Bull in particular is looking to get his season back on track. Senior guard Zach Filzen was at one point this season leading the nation in 3-pointers made per game. That torrid start to the season has come to a screeching halt; and the Bulls backcourt has been noticeably missing from the scoring column. “[Filzen] needs to be willing to work as hard as it takes to get open shots,” Witherspoon said. “That means he has to set really good screens and force his man to help and I think that’s something he’s coming to grips with.” With the exception of the game against Buffalo State, Filzen has not made more than one shot from the field since a Dec. 20 loss against Temple. Filzen is still the
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SA recently announced Chiddy Bang as the headliner for the SA Small Concert on Feb. 4.
BRIAN JOSEPHS and VILONA TRACHTENBERG Arts Editor and Asst. Arts Editor Akron center Zeke Marshall goes up for a block, one of over 200 in his career. Courtesy of Jeff Harwell
team’s third leading scorer, but failing to find open looks recently has drastically hampered the team’s scoring options. Senior forwards Mitchell Watt and Titus Robinson, as well as sophomore forward Javon McCrea have done more than their share to put up points as of late. But Buffalo is finding it hard to survive with limited scoring outside of the paint – and that will only get tougher, especially against Akron’s 7-foot center Zeke Marshall.
After Fall Fest was announced, students covered the Student Association Facebook page with negative comments. As 2012 begins, SA has a chance to redeem itself. After early feedback, it looks like SA is on the road to redemption in the eyes of students. Hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang was announced as the headlining act for the SA Small Concert next month.
“We’ve seen a very positive initial Marshall has developed quite a reputaresponse,” said SA President tion around the MAC for contesting shots Continued on page 12
JoAnna Datz. “Within minutes of posting the information on the show, we began receiving phone calls from people who were excited to see that Chiddy Bang would be performing. We are very happy that students are excited about this concert. The response is already better than we ever expected.” Chiddy Bang is a hip-hop duo from Philadelphia consisting of Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin. The pair is most known for its hit radio single “Opposite of Adults,” in which it samples music from MGMT’s single “Kids” while adding their own catchy lyrics. Their other songs draw from a diverse musical wellspring – covering a range of
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influences such as the electronic band Passion Pit and the eclectic tones of Radiohead. “Chiddy Bang received a rewarding response from the students in the Support Act section of the Spring Fest survey,” Datz said. “Using this information, we felt that Chiddy Bang would be an artist that students would enjoy for the Small Concert.” The SA Small Concert was held in the fall semester in previous years and featured popular hip-hop acts such as Kid Cudi and Asher Roth. However, SA had to postpone the concert to the spring semester due to limited venue availability and university restrictions, according to Datz. continued on page 2
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Page 2 Continued from page 1: SA Senate Postponed Intervarsity Decision The committee is now expected to present at the SA Senate’s first meeting of this semester, which has not been scheduled yet. And though the Senate heard pleas from IVCF members to lift the suspension until after winter break, senators did not appease them.
Continued from page 1: Big Boom for Chiddy bang SA was also at odds with the university while scheduling Fall Fest, as SA struggled to find a time slot where it could host a concert at Alumni Arena. The venue was also under scheduled construction last semester as well, further hampering SA’s efforts. Due to these factors, Fall Fest was poorly attended: just 1903 students and 297 paying non-students attended.
Much of the Senate’s discussion regarding IVCF took place in a closed-to-the-public executive session, which lasted for over an hour while reporters, IVCF members, and other students waited in the hallway.
According to Datz, scheduling events will only get harder as UB continues to expand. SA met with UB afterward to ensure a smoother scheduling process.
The Senate left the decision to lift the suspension to the SA’s executive board, which suspended IVCF in the first place. The executive board did not lift the suspension; the SA as a whole is concerned about setting a precedent that would allow all clubs facing possible disciplinary action to evade suspensions in the future, according to an SA senator who wished to remain nameless.
“The biggest issue that we face, is a more crowded schedule each year,” Datz said. “Over the past decade, the arena has gone from being used several times a week to being utilized almost every minute of every day. The biggest issue that we now face in regards to scheduling is an ever-growing UB community, and expanding programs that all have to share the space.”
As a result, the IVCF remained suspended over the winter break, which prohibited the club from holding official meetings, using the money in its budget, or holding club events.
SA will be able to use Alumni Arena’s newly installed sound and lighting systems for the concert. Datz says the enhancements will cut production costs for the event, and she anticipates that they will make the concert one to remember for UB students.
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The SA Budget showed that the Small Concert is allotted $50,000: $30,000 for talent and $20,000 for production. SA treasurer Sikander Khan explained that the listed price is only an estimate, and costs will fluctuate because of marketing and requirements on the artist’s rider. Chiddy Bang will perform at Alumni Arena on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., just in time for Spring Fest eagerness to set in. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 18, 2012
Continued from page 1: Ub’s mid-year tuition hike delayed; now effective spring 2012 Della Contrada said. “The adoption of this plan under the NYSUNY 2020 bill authorizes UB and other SUNY schools to implement the new fee and new tuition. “We received clarification from SUNY regarding the timing of the increase last semester,” Della Contrada continued. “As a result, we did not bill students for the tuition increase and academic excellence and success fee for the fall semester. We notified students about this decision as soon as it was made and worked to answer any questions they had.” Della Contrada said UB thought it was allowed to implement the new fee and raise out-of-state tuition for the fall semester after Governor Andrew Cuomo approved UB’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant in December. This led to the initial email to the student body. SUNY then clarified to the university that it could not raise tuition for the fall semester and directed UB to implement the changes for the spring semester, according to Della Contrada. Paul Stephan, a junior urban and public policy studies major from Ohio and the Student Association’s environmental director, was displeased by the lack of notice UB gave students, although his tuition is covered by scholarship. “Charging students ex post facto for a semester is ridiculous,” Stephan said in an email. “I’m glad they retracted the Academic Excellence and Success fee for the fall, but it’s shocking that they tried it in the first place. “I’m also upset by the lack of transparency,” Stephan continued. “Before we get slapped with another tuition increase, I’d like to see UB’s budget. Is our money going to hefty administrative salaries and the UB Foundation, or is it actually being spent for the betterment of the university?” Delaney Marsco, a senior history and English major from Ohio, was also bothered by the tuition increase. She uses student loans to fund the costs of her education, and she feels this tuition increase is targeting out-of-state students. “I feel as though imposing such a charge for out-ofstate students demonstrates how poorly out-of-state students are treated – despite the fact that a part
of UB 2020 is to augment out-of-state enrollment,” Marsco said in an email. “It seems as though the school is attempting to increase its prestige by upping tuition, but the reality is that this fee is working against the democratization of higher learning.” The tuition fee increase will have many outcomes, including adding more faculty members, extending library hours, maintaining current bus schedules, improving cleanliness in hallways and classrooms, improving technology in classrooms, increasing online course options, increasing amount of scholarships to students with financial need, and increasing internship opportunities, according to the Provost’s Office. Steven Jackson, a sophomore history major and the speaker of the SA assembly, pays for his own tuition and supports UB’s tuition increase. “UB is definitely trying to increase the value of the education they offer, and we shouldn’t be too overwhelmed by this,” Jackson said. “UB is still tremendously cheap as far as fees go, compared to other schools…The way they delivered the news was perfect. A great use of email communication.” Under the old tuition policy, revenue from tuition increases was kept by the New York State government, instead of being directly given to the campuses, according to Della Contrada. Della Contrada said the new policy will provide new and predictable tuition increases that will remain on the campuses and will be invested in students’ education; not only will campus-wide services be affected, but the revenue will be used to fund financial aid for needy students. Programs will be created to help students who need immediate or emergency financial assistance, he added. “We did receive some negative feedback, but many students said they understand that the tuition increases are being used to improve their education and to improve UB,” Della Contrada said. “They appreciate the fact that SUNY’s new tuition policy allows UB to keep tuition revenue and invest it in students’ education.”
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Killing in the Name
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Murder of Iranian scientist should be condemned Well before the story of Moses bringing the tablets down from Mount Sinai, murder has been regarded as one of the most heinous acts that a person can commit. It spurs laws that demand the murderer be killed, tortured, and maimed. Certain murders recently, however, have some people cackling with delight. During the morning hours of Jan. 11, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan got in his car to make the commute to his job as deputy head at Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility. A motorcyclist had placed a magnetic bomb underneath his car, which killed Roshan immediately. His driver died later in a hospital. This story is not entirely uncommon in the bizarre world of the Iranian nuclear agency. Since 2010, three other nuclear scientists have been killed in similar circumstances, but there has been absolutely no backlash. Quite the contrary, in fact many are nearly cheerful at the prospect of innocent people being gunned down and blown up as long as they’re working for an unsavory government.
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“On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead,” said Rick Santorum on a campaign stop in South Carolina back in October. “I think that’s a wonderful thing, candidly.” Santorum is not alone in his sentiment. Like pseudo-Machiavellian paragons, people ranging from an Israeli military spokesmen to historians to the average Joe have shown that they’re happy with this, as Iran getting the bomb would be much worse than losing the lives of some random Persian scientists. If in fact the Republican Guard of Iran were to acquire a thermonuclear weapon, it would undoubtedly be extremely dangerous. All nations should work together to prevent it, but the killing of these nuclear scientists is not the way to do it. Although it sounds callous, those that have been killed were not irreplaceable, and the assassins know this. The point wasn’t to just temporarily cripple the Iranian nuclear program but to intimidate anyone working for it. Nothing sends a message quite like a murder. These scientists committed no crime. They weren’t on the battlefield fight-
ing against American forces. They didn’t sponsor terrorism, they were the victims of it and it’s sickening to see undisguised happiness over what is little more than murder. Soon after Roshan’s death, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied any involvement in the violence that occurred, which was reiterated by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Sure, the U.S. or the CIA might not be involved. It’s not unreasonable to think one of the numerous nations that are not exactly friendly with Iran, say Israel or the U.K., may be responsible, but the blood is on our hands just the same. Governments will continue to think that this kind of deplorable action is reasonable and justified as long as there is praise and no backlash for it. The world doesn’t work like a James Bond flick. The people who die aren’t nameless goons that overact after being shot – they’re real people with families. It’s a simple decision, really. Are we against terrorism, no matter who it hurts or kills, or are we willing to accept it as long as it serves a purpose that we deem noble?
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Increasing tuition mid-year is underhanded
Imagine this: While shopping around for a new television you spot a deal in the newspaper for a nicely priced model. You get to the store and for some reason they don’t have what you’re looking for but they do have another, much more expensive model. It’s one of the oldest sales frauds there is, the classic bait-and-switch. Simply put, you advertise a great deal that you don’t intend on honoring in any way. Retail is not at all the only area in which this proves to be a shady, albeit useful, technique. Hotels use it to milk more money out of you by charging fees after you book your room. Apparently, our college also takes part in this. Back in December, the school sent out an email detailing a tuition hike for out-of-state students, which in itself wasn’t the worst thing in the world to do, but how they were doing it was ridiculous. They were actually applying the hike retroactively to the fall semester that had already taken place.
This harebrained plan wasn’t implemented in the end, a welcome relief for many students, but it wasn’t out of the kindness of their hearts. No, the administration stopped the retroactive hike because they were too late. Yes, you read that right. The Administration would have charged out of state students an extra $670 for a semester they already completed and paid for, and in state students an extra $38 fee, but SUNY told them they couldn’t. We should all thank SUNY for doing something in our interest, for once. Next semester is apparently still fair game, and the $670 jump has been implemented for the current semester. The defense is apparently that we already knew that there would be a fee increase eventually, and that we should have expected it to come. Freshmen draw the short straw with this deal. They came to this school thinking it was going to be one price, and then in between semesters the price gets bumped up. At least upperclassmen had an inkling that something was coming.
Just because we knew something was on the horizon, however it’s unfair for everyone to have his or her education increase in price in the middle of the year. The great majority of us cannot leave; we’ve contracted to live here for the two semesters and have registered for classes in the spring semester. Money is obviously important to keeping the school running smoothly, and reasonable tuition hikes are not the problem, as long as it goes to making the school better. The amount charged isn’t exactly exorbitant either; it’s all about how the changes were implemented. UB decided to do it in the most shady, underhanded way possible. We’re ATM’s that can be poked at to give more money instantly when the school needs it. Every year, many of us have decisions to make about the school we attend, and denying us that right by changing the price in the middle of a school year is ridiculous. If the school wanted to tell us that they unequivocally care more about the almighty dollar than the students they could have at least taken us to the Olive Garden, because most of us like to be wined and dined before we get screwed.
How To: NYC SARA DINATALE Asst. News Editor
Subway maps, numbered streets, seas of taxis, and buildings that attempt to reach the sky make up an atmosphere all too familiar to UB’s high population of New York City natives. The roar of the city that literally never sleeps is a definite culture shock in comparison to the timid streets of Lancaster, my home and quiet Buffalo suburb. After toiling over textbooks, staying up late writing papers, and trudging my way through my first set of college exams, I decided to reward myself with a trip to New York. I received no support for this somewhat spontaneous decision. In fact, I was told many times by multiple people, “You’re going to die.” My friends (except for the one who decided to take the risk and accompany me) and family had no faith in me. I not only survived my first independent venture to the “Big Apple,” but I also had an amazing time. Not to get down on myself, but I will say: if I managed to pull off this trip, anyone can. This wasn’t my first time in the city, and through a few years of observation I have picked up a few tips that can help ease some of the worries of a trip to the intimidating city. If you’re not working from budget, a flight from Buffalo into the city is definitely an appealing option because of the quick travel time. But – to avoid the hefty price tag, annoying security screenings, or a crammed, smelly bus – opt for Amtrak. A round trip on the train from Buffalo to the city will run a little over $100, a price that can be knocked down if you’re a “AAA” member. The eight-to-nine-hour trip can be a little bit of a drag, but it’s definitely the most comfortable and sleep-friendly traveling option. Your first mistake in spending a weekend in New York would be actually spending a night in New York. If you’re loaded, go for it. But for a girl on a budget, New Jersey was the obvious answer. Hotels in the city are ridiculously expensive, and the cheaper options (which are still outrageous) typically don’t stretch much bigger than the space allotted to the inmates at Attica Prison. I’ll be honest – I super bummed it this trip and took advantage of a free room at a relative’s in Montclair. But a simple Google search can bring you to a New Jersey hotel that’s walking distance from a bus route that runs into the city. The bus fare – under $10 each way – paired with a hotel outside the city is the best way to get the most for your money. It simply isn’t a trip to NYC if you don’t see a Broadway show. Although, spending well over $100 on a ticket isn’t an investment everyone is comfortable making, and waiting in line at TKT’s booth in Times Square is a waste of precious time. The best way to snag discounted tickets is on broadwaybox.com. I was able to score Billy Elliot tickets for $65 – a performance that was in the last weekend of the show’s run.
An Unwrapped Gift: Say No to Unprotected Sex KEREN BARUCH Life Editor We’re past that age where we see an unwrapped lollipop on the ground and still pick it up to suck on it, right? So why am I still seeing girls that are foolish enough to get down and dirty with unwrapped candy? I know this might be rough news to some, but using protection while having sex is crucial. The fivesecond rule does not apply when it comes to a penis. Depending on his endurance, five seconds can be all it takes for his little fishies to start swimming toward your eggs. It’s understandable that you just want to get it in when you’re horny and the moment feels right. It is imperative, however, to fight the urge to spread your legs and to stay strong when he says: “come on, I’ll pull out.” Let’s be real, even Snapple bottle caps know the importance of returning something with a broken seal. Our society always second-guesses unwrapped and opened items, so our mindset should be no different when dealing with the baby maker. Whether he is your long-time boyfriend, a friend with benefits, or even long-time acquaintance, you must understand that you never know anyone’s full sexual history. You can never be 100 percent positive about which diseases he has or how quickly he’ll be able to pull out when he reaches his peak.
Having unprotected sex can lead to unwanted pregnancies and STIs that have the ability to change a life forever. Some girls think it’s OK to have unprotected sex because they can easily obtain Plan B in the morning to prevent a fetus from emerging in their uteri. Plan B works effectively for seven out of eight women and it only works when you use it within 72 hours after having intercourse. Although it helps prevent pregnancies, it won't protect you from an HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases, according to www.planbonestep.com. Boys, or I should say pigs, that let girls become highly intoxicated before they attempt to insert their unwrapped straws into their juicy drink need a serious reality check. When a girl is really drunk and just wants your dick inside of her, it’s going to ‘slip her mind’ that she’s not on birth control. You do not want to deal with the constant text messages when her period is late or the tears when she throws up one morning and convinces herself she’s carrying your child. Moreover, there is a false idea that getting it in without protection is “cool.” Many girls actually find it weird when a guy continuously begs to have raw
sex after the idea has been rejected several times. “I asked one of my guy friends if he was concerned about not wearing a condom and he said it’s a risk he’s willing to take,” said Noelle Zinn, a junior nursing major. “I just think he can’t get hard otherwise.” There is a simple solution to the problem we face when we’re in the moment and it’s time to make the decision about how desperately we want to get it in. Always carry condoms. You never know when you’re going to have a chance to get it on like rabbits and you don’t want to spoil it because of your inability to remember the glove. Condoms are available free of charge in the Health and Wellness Center in the Student Union. Those who have had unprotected sex may think it feels much better to thrust when there’s nothing separating our privates, but I believe the paranoia that comes after letting your vagina get the best of you is not worth the pleasure you felt the night before. Lastly, be safe, be smart, and always wrap your present before you give the gift. Email: email@example.com
Two huge mistakes tourists in the city make are either confining themselves to a few-block radius around Times Square or wasting gads of money on taxis. The subway is a foreign concept to most and definitely not something Buffalo’s metro prepared for me for. While I’m sure the map’s letters, colors, and many squiggly lines make sense after continual use, the subway isn’t something that is going to be completely comprehended in a single weekend. However, I encourage the weary to utilize the mass transit system, especially if you have a “smart phone.” There truly is an app for everything, including how to navigate the subway. Simply type in the desired destination, and the app provides idiot-proof instructions. The trains aren’t anything to scoff at, and despite being asked if I wanted to buy body oil, the underground system provided smooth and cheap travel. I was able stroll through Strawberry Fields in Central Park, drool over my dream graduate school, Columbia University, and snag a pair of “Fay-Bans” (knockoff Ray-Bans) on Canal Street thanks to the subway system. Despite the harsh rep the city gets and all my naysayers, I had a trip that went without error. So if, as a Buffalo native, you have never taken advantage of our proximity to the city, I urge you to book your Amtrak ticket to the center of the universe. While a city swelling with a population of over 8 million is easily intimidating, it’s nothing any Buffalonian can’t handle.
UB Ph.D. Receives National Recognition SARA DINATALE Asst. News Editor Dr. David Dietz, a researcher and assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, ranked fifth in a notable top-10 list of research advances of 2011.
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Dietz, who recently became a part of the UB faculty, completed this research primarily at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. “It is one of the biggest accomplishments you can have as a researcher,” said Professor Margarita L. Dubocovich, chair of the department of pharmaCourtesy of Douglas Levere The research of Dr. David Dietz, of UB's department of pharcology and toxicology. “Having such recognition macology and toxicology, was recognized as one of the top 10 – considering the amount of the hundreds and mental health projects of 2011. hundreds of researchers who get funding by the National Institute of Mental Health – it’s a great “[The susceptibility to depression] isn’t totally accomplishment. We hope that Dr. Dietz will in the genes; it is in fact due to some interaccontinue on the same path here at UB.” tion with the environment,” Dietz said. “It is something in way the dad is perhaps interacting Dietz’s research project, “Epigenomics: How with the mom, or something like that. We don’t Experience Alters Behavior,” traced depression have the answers, but we know when we totally between generations of mice, exploring whether removed the environment we failed to see the a father’s mental status could be passed on to his depression passed on.” offspring. Dietz’s research has added further commentary to the “nature versus nurture” debate. Scientists in the field tend to subscribe to one side of the argument, according to Dietz. At his experiment’s start, he looked for a genetic component to passing on depression. The results showed one.
What sets apart Dietz’s research – and what Insel recognized – is the focus on behavioral traits passed from the fathers to their offspring, one of the first of its kind. In the past, most research emphasized the relations from mothers to offspring, according to Dietz.
“There is a genetic component,” Dietz said. “However, what’s important to note [is that] it isn’t all genetics; there is clearly a role for the environment and the nurture of it.”
In his blog, Insel cites Dietz’s research as potentially impacting future practices, writing, “Understanding the nature of epigenetic changes opens possibilities for therapy.”
Depression-like symptoms were mimicked on the male mice through repetitive bullying by another dominant male, and then these depressed males were bred with females. The results showed that the mice offspring did indeed have a susceptibility to depression.
Dietz and Dubocovich alike emphasize the importance of continued research, especially when looking at mental health treatments and risk factors.
But epigenetic mechanisms – factors outside of underlying DNA sequences – also played some sort of role.
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The director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas R. Insel, posted what he considered to be the year’s 10 biggest events that “changed the landscape of mental health research” on his blog on the NIMH website, and Dietz made the list.
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The service will be provided free-of-cost to students, individuals, and families with annual incomes lower than $50,000. Student volunteers will offer the free services through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax (VITA) program. “We try to provide free services to those who couldn’t afford to file a return,” said Anna Qu, an accounting student and one of the program’s co-chairs. “[We] aim to get as much refund money into the community as possible.” The free tax preparation – which can typically cost anywhere from $100 to $300 – will not only save its beneficiaries time and money, but it will also help them receive the income tax credits they’ve earned. The credits can reduce or eliminate their income tax by refunding earnings already withheld from wages – refunding up to $5,028 for a family with two children. Students and other individuals can take advantage of the service on a first-come-firstserve basis in 100 Allen Hall (on South Campus) from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout February, starting Feb. 4. Additionally, the service will be offered in 106 Jacobs Management Center on March 3, 4, and 31; and April 1, 7, 8, and 14. Required documents include: proof of identification; original social security cards of filers
and dependents; date of birth of self, spouse, and dependents; wage and earning statements (W-2 and 1099 forms) from all employers; interest and dividend statements; and a copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if available. Provide bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit. Students and individuals who fall under the low-moderate income level, but are capable of preparing returns from standard and itemized returns to limited schedule Cs, should take advantage of these free services, Qu said. But they still must make less than $50,000 per year. The program is coordinated through the UB chapter of Beta Alpha Psi – an international organization for accounting and finance students – with help from the UB Accounting Association. The volunteers, who consist of mostly accounting students and local business volunteers, are all IRS-certified and trained to prepare basic tax returns in communities throughout the country, according to Qu. “[These services] provide tax experience to accounting students – many where tax is a career path,” Qu said. “[They are providing] a public service to the community.” Non-resident aliens require special tax preparations and processing beyond the scope of the free services; international students or students on a non-immigrant visa will not be eligible for these services and should contact UB’s International Student and Scholar Services for more information, program coordinators said. “[The program] was a great success last year,” Qu said. “We brought back over $1 million for the community from our site alone.” Email: email@example.com
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Homosexual Christians: Paradox or Plausible? AARON MANSFIELD Senior Life Editor
I’m a modern-day Christian college student, born and raised in a Christian home with two loving, heterosexual parents. I hate the homosexuals, and they’re all going to hell. Wait…isn’t that what I’m supposed to say? Believe it or not, Christianity and heterosexuality aren’t as synonymous nowadays as they were 10 years ago. A huge debate was sparked last semester when The Spectrum published an article about UB student Steven Jackson. He had felt pressured to resign from his position as treasurer of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and stepped down because he felt judged for his sexuality. Guess what? Jackson’s a Christian and so is his boyfriend. To the Christians out there who just read that sentence and thought ‘there’s no way that’s true’: You are the reason that some people hate Christians and you are the reason that I can’t stand a lot of Christians, though I do believe in and worship God. Does that seem contradictory? It shouldn’t. I think many Christians have lost sight of who Jesus is. Try to stick with my explanation here. I love my friends – they’re all talented people that bring something positive to my life. I wouldn’t want to hang out with someone shunned by society and most of you probably wouldn’t either. Naturally, people in our society like to associate themselves with friends who make them look good and have a positive reputation. Jesus wasn’t like that. The man that Christianity centers around embraced outcasts. He loved people who weren’t viewed as ‘normal’ by society. Ever heard the name Mary Magdalene? She was a prostitute in the Bible, and people believed she contained ‘seven demons.’ Jesus loved and accepted her even though she was looked down upon, and eventually she became one of his most loyal followers. Back then people classified those who were ill as ‘unclean.’ The mentally challenged, disabled, etc. were separated from society; they lived alone outside of the city. A leper came to Jesus at one point in the Bible and leprosy was viewed as one of the worst diseases.
Jesus didn’t ignore him; rather he reached out and touched him, healing the man of his disease.
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Children were looked down upon in Jewish culture. Even the disciples disliked children and considered them inferior. Jesus? He loved ‘em.
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So you ate too much over Christmas break, eh? I’m with you. Those cookies are just too hard to resist. You “Anyone who will not receive the kingdom slept in a couple of times instead of God like a little child will never enter it,” of hitting the gym? Understandhe said. able, but now it’s time to right those wrongs. Everybody wants to look Are you still with me? Okay, now that we’ve good at the beach, but you have to established that Jesus was all about hanging put in some work if you want to out with people who were different, we can improve your body by spring break move forward. and ultimately by the summer. Does the Bible outlaw homosexuality? Yup. Some boast that the Bible only bans it in two verses in Leviticus, but that’s verifiably untrue. Check out Genesis 19, I Corinthians 6, and Romans 1.
This section is here to make getting fit a little simpler for you. Here you go: one workout tip and one healthy eating tip that’ll help you get that So while the vast majority of Christians don’t body you’re striving for. agree with homosexuality, they also disagree with drinking, premarital sex, and numerous other sins many young Christians frequently commit. The key here is hypocrisy.
I never drink, always read my Bible for an hour a day, vote Republican in every election, and I’d rather go to church than a party. I only listen to worship music, wear a cross around my neck, and never let an unholy curse word cross my clean lips. While the world preaches pride, I despise vanity. That’s the front a lot of Christians put up. Check out a couple verses: Matthew 23:13 – “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.” Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” If you believe the Bible and subsequently those verses to be truth, then wouldn’t you rather a Christian homosexual come out of the closet than stay in it? Would you rather people pretend to be perfect, or admit they aren’t quintessential Christians? Honesty is always the best policy. It’s unfair for me to say a homosexual can’t be a Christian because I go against the Bible sometimes, too. I can’t say whether or not they were ‘born this way’ because I’ve never had those feelings. But who am I to judge? More importantly, who are you to judge? John 8:7 – “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them: ‘if any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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at night. I know it’s tempting to get a bunch of tacos or pound a bag of chips when you’re watching TV, but consider whether or not you’re really hungry, or if you’re just eating for the sake of eating because you’re bored. I’m not telling you to starve yourself or to just drink water and eat a banana, but there are other alternatives to junk food. Instead of cookies or pizza, eat a couple handfuls of Wheat Thins, a few whole grain Fig Newtons, or a bag of Smart Balance light butter popcorn.
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Warming Up to the Buffalo Winter LYZI WHITE Life Editor
It’s that time again. Snow is falling, wind speed is rising, and students are trading in their sweatshirts for parkas. Of all the things that Buffalo is known for, the city’s weather is among the most notorious. Trudging from class to class and campus to campus, students attending UB are forced to deal with the frigid winter and treacherous winds. Those coming from outside the city have to learn to adapt. Despite an uncharacteristically temperate December, the first month of 2012 is starting to look a lot like typical Buffalo winter. Already, there has been a recordbreaking snowfall on Jan. 13, reaching 6.3 inches, breaking the old record of 5.1 inches set back in 2000, according to the National Weather Service. UB provides its students with multiple ways to escape the harsh outdoor environment. Almost all of North Campus has connecting indoor hallways, and the UB Stampede has stops all around the university, so students don’t have to hike through the snow.
“I had my doubts about coming [to UB] due to the weather,” said Amy Gallagher, a sophomore communication major. “I mainly heard there was a lot of snow here, and to make sure [I was] prepared.” Nikki Alben, a first-year social work graduate student, has spent a total of five years in the Queen City, the first four at Buffalo State. The most essential thing for surviving Buffalo, according to Alben, is a real winter jacket. Unfortunately, she has yet to purchase one even after spending half a decade in Buffalo’s notorious weather. “I hate winter. I hate snow. I hate coldness. I really hate when it’s cold and windy and I hate that the snow ruins my Uggs,” Alben said. “[But] I love Buffalo the city.” With the sporadic, harsh weather that Buffalo is known for, problems arise, especially when bringing automobiles into the picture. “The buses are greatly affected by the snow and cold weather,” Gallagher said. “I think they need to be more on top of getting people where they need to be, while taking precautions.”
Accidents happen, bus schedules get delayed, and streets need to be plowed, so it’s important to plan ahead and be ready when things take unexpected turns. Many students learn that certain things should always be on hand, like shovels, ice scrappers, salt, and extra tires. Fortunately for those who like to party, Buffalo’s nightlife does not take a pause when the streets turn white. According to Gallagher, if she wants to go out, she’ll go out. No amount of snow is going to stop her. Furthermore, Alben said if she has a coat, she’s all set to go out at night and party. While some hide in their dorms until the cold passes, many students like to make the most out of the weather. People snowboard, ski, ice-skate, and even participate in events such as snowball fights, and snowmen making contests. A winter in Buffalo can be overwhelming at first, but after learning how to battle the cold, it’s just as pleasant as the Buffalo summer. Email: email@example.com
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A Week in Ink: Issue No. 40 NICOLAS PINO Senior Arts Editor
Green Lantern No. 5
Cobra Command: Snake Eyes No. 9
The New Avengers No. 20
In all of DC lore, Sinestro’s switch from heroic, but mal-intentioned officer to the scourge of the universe and back again has to be one of the most exciting team changes of all time. But what mythos-master Geoff Johns needed to bring to the panel was the great wit and skill to take the rogue-turned-Lantern to the next stage of his evolution. His latest Green Lantern story arc does just that.
Cobra Command has launched a preemptive strike on the Southeast Asian nation of Nanzhao, and once again it’s up to America’s elite to stop it. Yet again, their attack plan includes America’s greatest mute-ninja, Snake Eyes.
Brian Michael Bendis consistently produces some of Marvel’s most beloved and sought after comic properties. Typically, his stunning story arcs and intricate character creation weave a tale of wonder and whimsy that all can appreciate. Unlike his previous works, this issue of The New Avengers series just doesn’t meet the aforementioned criteria.
As armed Korugarians fight off the growing swarm of Sinestro Corps., it’s up to the Red-skinned rogue and briefly-reinstated Hal Jordan to quell the amber horde. With the dust barely settling on the war-torn planet, Johns manages to take a brief pause to portray the anguish of a villain whose original intentions of control over Korugar now fully seem to impact Sinestro’s typically bullet-proof hide. Johns’ team at DC manages to make this issue shine like its gemstone namesake. The title and splash page starkly contrast, highlighting the highly powered rings and setting a standard in beauty for issues to come. There’ll be plenty more monumental moments in John’s rebooted Lantern run, especially with Jordan’s private life rekindling the hot coals of love. This issue, like every other in the series, follows the age-old pattern of explosive openings and endings geographically overpopulated with cliffhangers, and it is worth a read for Oan guardians and Lantern initiates alike.
Every author that gets a hold of the property typically takes the characters in the direction laid out years ago, and very rarely strays from the beaten path. Writer Chuck Dixon keeps the best of what worked in previous arcs and discards the rest, even though his plotlines are unoriginal. For example, the latest Cobra Commander to bear the title still follows the winning formula as a conniving, predictable, treacherous terrorist – a decision which is appreciated an era of remakes and reboots. Similarly, Snake Eyes still takes center stage, and while the setting of war changed, Snake Eyes’ standoffish approach to warfare has not as he manages to take out squad after sullen squad without managing to break a sweat. The issue really comes into its own with its highly exceptional artwork by series vet Alex Cal. From the vast, colorful canopy of the Southeast Asian jungles to the craggy, rugged outcrop of Cobra Commander’s Nanzhao outpost, this issue’s artwork is absolutely phenomenal. Cal’s attention to detail is masterful, and the use of eye-catching palettes and subtle blacks create an almost cartoonish version of war that’s just as nostalgic as it is beautiful. While Dixon’s GI Joe series hasn’t rounded the corner into the realm of popularity, IDW’s continued foray into the world of spec-ops and real American heroes is always a welcome addition to any reader’s generally super-powered comic book backlog.
Bendis finally brings together Earth’s mightiest heroes and their Norman Osborn-created, evil alter-egos; while this should have been Clash of the Titans, it ended more akin to the 2011 flopbuster Immortals – a whole lot of hype and a whole lot of nothing. In his defense, Bendis brought the rage-induced, hyper-powered Luke Cage in direct combat with an oddly overwhelming Norman Osborn with some unexpected results, and still managed to produce an issue as directly frenetic and actionoriented as the genre can go. But for all the potential this inconsequential brawl should have had, Bendis brought a knife to a literary gunfight. While this issue lacked the proper plot enhancements that previous issues have seen, Osborn’s slight-of-hand at the issues end at least attempts to compensate for the less-than-appreciated combat between the two increasingly apocalyptic forces. With Strange and Mockingbird standing on their last legs, and the possible threat of Victoria Hand being a double agent growing ever more apparent, the team is left high and dry for an exciting upcoming issue. So as long as this plot-quarantined issue remains to be a one-time thing and not a trend, Bendis will surely rebound back to his generally marvelous groove. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Finder Struggles to Find Footing
Geoff Stults searches for a missing father in FOX’s new show The
VANESSA FRITH Senior Arts Editor Walter Sherman’s life was devoted to the military until an explosion took it all away. Once known as a solider who could find the most elusive of insurgents in Iraq, Walter (Geoff Stults, J. Edgar) finds himself taking up residence at the End of the World bar in sunny Florida to start a new life in FOX’s Thursday drama, The Finder. His pre-accident talent of rooting out insurgents receives a braininjury-induced upgrade and transforms him into a man who can find anything from missing people to trinkets lost decades ago. Don’t worry though, it’s not as mystical as it sounds – it’s just another eccentric detective working outside the system and asking the right questions.
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In the super-saturated market of sleuth dramas, The Finder’s creator, Hart Hanson (Bones), roots around the Florida Keys to put together his very own island of misfit toys. Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan, Green Lantern), a once heartless lawyer turned gentle giant, serves as Walter’s right hand man while Deputy U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn, Common Law) adds the obligatory sexual tension. Meanwhile, gypsy and juvenile delinquent Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson, God Bless America) wrestles with the idea of serving out her court-ordered parole work at End of the World or disappearing back into the criminal underworld. Although introduced in last spring’s self-titled episode of Bones, Finder should not be viewed as an uncreative knock-off of its relative, as is the case with the CSI and Law and Order franchises. Instead, Hanson creates a new universe that relies on an intellect different than that of physical anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones.
Despite similarities in character personality between the two shows – Walter now plays the quirky social inept and Isabel embodies the justice seeking agent – Finder relies less on standard procedure and tangible evidence. Stults brings to life the unique character of a man marred by a past life he can never recapture who uses a combination of intellect, illuminating dreams and reckless fearlessness to find a new purpose for living. Hampered by a slow-moving initial episode, The Finder must rely on the lure of its complicated character’s slowly unraveling personalities to keep potential fans tuning in. Entering the line up midway through the standard season, the series only has a short time to establish the rating needed to hold onto its competitive time slot. With a basic premise that has seen the screen before, Hart Hanson needs to trawl the depths to turn this detective drama into a more compelling series. Email: email@example.com
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New Year’s Eve Drops the Ball JAKE KNOTT
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Echoes of Excellence BRIAN JOSEPHS Arts Editor
Staff Writer Title: New Year’s Eve
Album: Echoes of Silence
Release Date: Dec. 9
Artist: The Weeknd
Studio: New Line Cinema
Release Date: Dec. 21 Grade: B+
Never has a worldwide holiday been so disgraced. Courtesy of OX
New Year’s Eve shamefully creates plots that are parsecs away from being either interesting or believable. At the film’s conclusion, any remaining spectators will shuffle away mournfully, regretting spending hardearned cash on such an atrocious film.
Singer Abel Tesfaye enters 2012 as less of an artist and more of an enigma. The artist, known as The Weeknd, grasped the attention of many listeners when he released his critically acclaimed debut, House of Balloons, last year. People knew little about the Toronto native’s origin, but his blunt tales about promiscuity and loss kept his fans interested.
Classic holiday movies serve as tributes to the particular celebration at hand. A Christmas Story told the tale of how young boys praise Christmas while The Nightmare Before Christmas blends a mixture of many holidays with unique, yet firm success. New Year’s Eve vandalizes the very holiday it’s titled after. With the cast and crew acting as though they have never celebrated New Year’s before, or even know what it is, whatever truly defines the meaning of the New Year fails to make an appearance anywhere in this senseless debacle. Crammed with roughly two-dozen first-rate actors, Eve treads brain-less through the intertwining lives of NYC residents in preparation for the notorious New Year’s balldrop. These characters resemble nothing of how actual people would – or should – behave, and trample through their ludicrous hardships in the guise of A-list actors trapped in the bodies of underdeveloped, soulless characters. The film reaches its apex of absurdity when two married couples race to have the first baby of 2012 in order to win a bit of cash. Even though contests like these might actually happen, the characters involved don’t earn any respect from an unconcerned audience. Instead, the scene comes off as downright pathetic. Also sent to plague this nearly two-hour catastrophe are the tales of unfulfilled romantic interests. As a broken-hearted rock star (Jon Bon Jovi, Pucked) risks his career for a past love (Katherine Heigl, Life As We Know It), two strangers, Randy (Ashton Kutcher, No Strings Attached) and Elise (Lea Michele, Glee), are trapped in a broken elevator, while Sam (Josh Duhamel, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) attempts to reunite with a girl he met a year ago to the day.
In New Year's Eve, the best part of the film is when the end credits roll. Courtesy of Warner Bros
The ringleader of this torture is director Garry Marshall (Valentine’s Day), who has sadly traveled down the wrong path since his great work on 1990’s Pretty Woman. Just because that film gained a decent audience doesn't grant him the power to enslave two-dozen movie stars for a two-hour devastation. This begs the question: how is he able to cast that many stars, and not able to give any of them anything interesting to do? A large portion of the blame falls onto the shoulder of the writer, Katherine Fugate (Room In Rome), who also wrote Marshall’s similar holiday movie Valentine’s Day. After 15 years in the business, Fugate has only been hired to write five movies – perhaps one movie too much. At this rate, her resume will be in every director’s reject pile, if not through a paper shredder. New Year’s Eve really put a damper on this winter’s movie lineup. Theaters have been blessed with great December films like Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, War Horse, and even The Adventures of Tintin. To enter 2012 on a solid note, do not watch the movie about entering 2012. Email: email@example.com
Echoes of Silence is the final piece of his 2011 mixtape trilogy, and fans know almost as little as they did about The Weeknd as they did in his debut. Even the release itself was shrouded in darkness – it was quietly released well into a December night. Perhaps what is most impressive about Echoes of Silence is that it’s still a captivating listen, even though it revisits the same themes as his first two mixtapes. Once again, the narrator finds himself in an endless cycle that involves lust, sex, drugs, and abandonment. His latest effort doesn’t capture the same intrigue as his debut, but the fact that he can still find ways to surprise listeners with the same subject matter is an achievement in itself. The Weeknd’s first track, “D.D.,” is a prime example of this. The song starts with baby-like vocal samples accompanied by ambient sounds, until about 36 seconds into the song when he sings, “You’ll never make me stay, so take your weight off of me/I know your every move so won’t you just let me be?” It’s a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana,” and an excellent one at that. The cover and similar themes may lead
some to believe that he’s being campy at first, but it’s clear the Tesfaye is pushing himself. In Echoes of Silence, listeners will hear less of his blunt, sometimes violent lyrics featured in his first two efforts in exchange for a more poetic approach. Tesfaye’s deceptively vulnerable vocals and lyrics bring the album to a head in “XO/The Host” and “Initiation.” The Weeknd talks his target into a false sense of security in a story of manipulation and a possible gang rape. The voice-altering effects in “Initiation” make the moments that much more demented. Tesfaye’s journey is helped by excellent production. The instrumentals are lush and variant; not a single element feels wasted on any of the tracks. The eastern flavor of “Outside” and the sorrowful piano of “Echoes of Silence” feature some of the best production of 2011. The Weeknd does tread some tired territory in “Same Old Song” and “Next.” Tesfaye scolds his sexual partners for wanting him only for his fame. These songs are far too predictable and contradict his appeal. But a hilarious surprise appearance from rapper Juicy J at the end of “Same Old Song” makes the missteps forgivable. Echoes of Silence closes out The Weeknd’s mixtape trilogy on a high note. As his voice slowly vanishes at the end of the final track, there’s still a sense that he still has much more to say. Is there more to The Weeknd than sexual deviance? Even if there isn’t, listeners should be coming back for more. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Week in Ink: Issue No. 39 NICOLAS PINO Senior Arts Editor
Batman: The Dark Knight No. 4 Thankfully competing writers resolve quarrels using their pens and wit opposed to duking it out in the ring. Because if on-going Batman writer Scott Snyder went up against The Dark Knight writer David Finch, it would be the literary equivalent of Mike Tyson fighting an infant. Snyder’s Batman is cunning, deep and brooding – pretty much everything that David Finch’s Batman is not. “Batman: The Dark Knight No. 4” attempts to place Bruce in the position of a man pushed to the edge of a crumbling world. An aging Alfred, battered Gordon and a failing Flash all depend on the Dark Knight’s abilities to save them, and even with the stakes so high, Bruce is left to rise to the challenge or die trying. Finch does well to set the stage for a quasiBatman epic, but too little attention is given to the details and opposed to drawing out the consequences of failure Finch heavily-handily pushes through the comic haphazardly. Readers and fans may stop to admire Bats forced to live on the edge of a knife, but lackluster plot-development and remedial character exploration will have many switching over to other Caped Crusader story-arcs. Finch leaves readers and critics alike to question “if the Dark Knight strikes and no one is around to read about it, does anyone care?”
X-Men Legacy No. 260 For all its subtle nuances, explosive arguments, and fond farewells, Marvel’s Schism story arc has been downright spectacular. If all of this year's X-Men emotion could be boiled into a single issue, “X-Men Legacy No. 260” would be it. Mike Carey's era-ending final issue, in a lot of ways, symbolizes the tremendous strain placed on the team after Scott Summers and Logan divided the X-camp. Early in Schism’s issues, lines were drawn in the sand and, at last, the one true neutral party, Rogue, has found her place – a fitting conclusion for a historically nomadic character. Carey, joined by his exceptional art team, created an endearing work with the issue, and while it lacks the explosive plots of earlier issues, serves as an ideal bookend for the author to graciously walk off stage with. It does warrant mentioning that the gratuitous fan-service and overtly drawn-out nature of the issue may not please every ink-laden palette, but longtime readers should be pleased with the comic's almost tear-jerking conclusion. As 2011 comes to a close, so too does one of the greatest chapters in X-Men history, but as one door closes a brand new on-going story, in the form of Kieron Gillen’s Uncanny X-Men, is born, completing the circle and placing the mutants at the top of every reader's 2012 must-own issues.
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Uncharted No. 2 At this point there's not much left that the Uncharted series hasn’t explored. In the past five years alone, developer Naughty Dog created a blockbuster trilogy, won numerous 2009 Game of the Year awards, and managed to create a universe as expansive and intriguing as Spielberg’s classic, Indiana Jones. So when comic scribe Joshua Williamson approached the studio with the premise for an exclusive six-issue run with DC, the answer was most likely an emphatic “yes.” Taking place years before the events of the first game, the series follows Drake and his treasurehunting cohort, Sullivan, in their quest to uncover the mysterious “Amber Room.” But if Drake’s future experiences are any indication, heists and discoveries are never without an antagonist out for Drake’s blood. Williamson’s plot is actually very well composed. He manages to make a comic that is both true to form and enthralling enough to entertain those gamers easing into unfamiliar territory. Drake is written both as a suave smooth-talker and deviant thief in perfect amounts, and while Sullivan makes comical quips from time to time, intelligently Williamson decided to keep the action in the Uncharted universe revolving around its brightest star. Fans of the series will find a lot to love in Williamson's completely original plot, but apart from the fan base, Uncharted’s chest of literary gold may be nothing more than an old wives’ tale. Email: email@example.com
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UB’s out-of-state students woke up to a nasty (and perplexing) surprise in their university email inboxes Monday – not only would they be subject to yet another tuition increase, but a retroactive one charging them an additional $670 for the fall 2011 semester that, by my count at least, is already over. Needless to say, this is poorly timed, insanely unnecessary, and massively dickish. Without delving too much into the one obvious point to be made here – that retroactively charging someone for services already rendered and paid for is the sort of thing that even call girls and gang-bangin’ drug dealers have the common courtesy not to do, and that our upstanding public institution for higher learning is evidently not above breaking this one and only faux pas of capitalistic economic exchange, ostensibly because every single member of the school’s administration is a massive, massive asshole who doesn’t give one single, solitary s*** about the students – let’s examine the rationale behind this decision. According to the email sent to, I imagine, pretty much every UB undergrad, this latest charge forced upon out-of-state students is due to the “approval of the NYSUNY 2020 application.” This application gives the school the ability to charge additional – but ultimately unnecessary – tuition. I say ‘unnecessary,’ because the university was evidently able to get through the fall 2011 semester without imploding under the massive financial strain of not charging a few thousand people an extra $700 and change. And speaking of the university’s finances, just how much difference can squeezing an extra few hundred dollars out of a few thousand people possibly make for an institution with a $500 million endowment and an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 20,000? Not much. What it will do, though, is piss off a bunch of people. The university both obviously knows this and evidently doesn’t care. Why our fine university feels the need to continually do this is beyond me, especially to out-of-state students, given how low out-of-state enrollment already is. I can only imagine the pitch UB representatives give at out-of-state college fairs: “If you’re a resident of California, Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, Washington, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Maryland, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, Minnesota, Colorado, Indiana, Alabama, Delaware, Vermont, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, or Tennessee (28 states, for those who haven’t kept track), not only is the flagship state university in your home state more highly ranked than UB, but it’s also less expensive, so you have literally no reason to come here. Also, if you do decide for whatever reason to attend UB, you’ll be subject to random hikes in your tuition, sometimes even retroactively, for no good reason, because f*** you.” Yeah, that doesn’t sound very enticing to me, either. If UB really wants to increase out-of-state attendance – and from my admittedly incomplete understanding of the matter, it does – it should probably stop treating out-of-state students like second-class citizens from whom it can extort increasingly large and unnecessary sums of money, especially since no one outside of upstate New York or South Korea gives a s*** about UB or whatever it might have to offer anyway, so treating those few who do with flagrant disrespect probably isn’t the best way to recruit more in the future. Just a thought. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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around the rim. In the Zips’ most recent game the junior became the eighth player in conference history to record 200 blocks in his career.
with the Akron Zips and they always wanted to do something and he wanted to bring more of a rivalry between Akron and UB so I thought this would be a good idea.”
“We’ve got to attack [Marshall],” Witherspoon said. “We need to make him defend in other areas than just around the basket.
Last year the competition was hosted by Akron at one of the teams’ bi-annual games. This year Alumni Arena will be the host for the event. Each side will donate the items to its local food bank after the game.
The Bulls will have their hands full guarding the Zips, to go along with their challenges on the offensive end. Balanced scoring has been the ticket to success this season for Akron. Forward Nikola Cvetinovic has been their go-to player on offense, leading the team in shot attempts. However, there are a number of players who can take over a game for Akron. In fact, six different players have led the Zips in scoring in games this season.
The main attraction at the game is the stateof-the-art video board that was installed over break. The video board will give Alumni Arena a professional feel to it. One of the main features of the new board will be its ability to show instant replay. “I would always get distracted in games,” Burglund said. “I remember last time I missed two of McCrea’s dunks I was like, cool if we had a video board I could have seen this.”
“They’re a very balanced team, and we have to be locked into our defensive principles more than anything else,” Witherspoon said. “Everybody [on Akron] is going to try and attack, so [Buffalo players] have to be ready to defend.” Defense has been one of the strong suits from the Bulls this season, showing more zone looks than ever before. In conference play, opponents are averaging less than 60 points per game. The Bulls will need to continue to play strong defensively if they want to snap their two game losing streak against the first place team in the conference. Tip off is slated for Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Alumni Arena.
Another feature is the video board’s animations. When a player is shooting free throws his stats appear on the 3-foot board underneath the main screen. The Bulls and True Blue also helped each other make an introduction video for the basketball team that is similar to the introduction video that the football has. The video board also provides the average fan a better experience. Fans are given chances to participate in many contests throughout the game. The video board allows everyone in the arena to read a question and see the person answer the question or perform the task live. Burglund also praised the new speakers in the arena that have been upgraded. The game is also a “Wing Wednesday” game. The first 200 fans will receive free wings. The game starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night at Alumni Arena. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 16: bulls fall to bowling green, still winless in mac the visitors up by six. The Falcons used that momentum to start the half with a 7-0 run, and later put the game away with a 14-0 run. “We came out [after the half] and didn’t perform the way we needed to and Bowling Green maintained their level of intensity and execution,” Hill-MacDonald said. “They took full advantage of our tentativeness.” The Falcons shot 42 percent from the floor, and their eight baskets from behind the arc were the difference against the Bulls. There was balance in their scoring, led by Alexis Rogers’ 19 points. Jessica Slagle had 18 points, and Matthews added 14. Chrissy Steffen rounded out the double-figure scorers with 12 points.
Going forward, Hill-MacDonald wants the team to focus on the fundamentals and consistency. “We’ve played like a one-half team for most of the year.” Hill-MacDonald said. “That consistency over the two halves is really important.” The Bulls look to put their first mark in the win column of 2012 when they hit the road to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes (2-12, 1-3 MAC) at the MAC Center. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, December 18, 2012
Dwayne Wade Turned Me into a Heat Fan The Miami Heat should be America’s team
MATTHEW PARRINO Editor in Chief An interesting question was posed to me recently: How could I root for the Heat? My initial response was to list the reasons why I like Miami – which are all valid and I will talk about those in a minute. But instead I came up with another question, a sort of rebuttal: How can anyone not root for the Heat? So let’s take out people that actually have a hometown team. I don’t expect lifelong Celtics fans to go out and buy a LeBron James jersey. But for the rest of us – NBA fans without an actual favorite team to call our own – the Heat are a fine team to call your own. Let’s start with “The King” himself, LeBron James. Are you still bent out of shape because he left the city of Cleveland high and dry? Too bad. With the divorce rate as high as it is in the U.S., you’d think people would be used to public breakups. We just witnessed the most embarrassing divorce in history when Kim Kardashian kicked Nets forward Kris Humphries to the curb. Compared to that debacle, James’ exit from Cleveland seems so much less jolting, doesn’t it? If not, get over it. If you spent as much time looking into how much good LeBron does for kids and young people across the country, you’d be hard-pressed to go on disliking him so vehemently. He’s never broken the law and is said to be a great father to his two sons. Another thing about LeBron – he’s the best player in the NBA. I don’t care what you think about him personally, nobody has the skills he possesses or is able to do the things he can on the court. Fans should at the very least appreciate the fact the league has such a talent.
I’ve never seen a superstar player treated as poorly as Sidney Crosby. People hate the dude. I don’t ever hear anyone – especially in Buffalo – discussing what a treat it is to witness his greatness. No, all anybody wants to do is talk about how much they think he is overrated or that he’s injury-prone. Give me a break. News flash: It is beneficial to have superstars in the sport you like. What would hockey be without Wayne Gretzky or basketball be without Michael Jordan? Those two icons are revered. James and Crosby are treated like villains. I don’t understand this phenomenon. They’ll never be Jordan and Gretzky, but they could be great in their own way. Isn’t that worth watching, and maybe even enjoying?
Dwyane Wade is the key to the championship dreams of Heat fans everywhere. Courtesy of Keith Allison
as the Celtics tried to come back and steal a win. Those are a few reasons why I think it’s perfectly acceptable to root for the Heat, but let me tell you why I like Miami. Two words: Dwyane Wade.
The next reason to like the Heat is the newest member of the squad, Shane Battier. The epitome of class and work ethic, Battier brings another dimension to the Heat on the floor and off it. He has always been one of the gentlemen of the NBA, and the way he gives everything he has on a nightly basis has always endeared him to fans.
It was 2003 when Wade became one of my favorite players. It was before he won an NBA championship, was named NBA Finals MVP, helped Team USA recapture gold, almost reach the Eastern Conference Finals in his rookie season with big shot after big shot, and before he won the scoring title in 2009.
What’s not to like about Udonis Haslem. The guy is an old school baller. He bangs down low with the best every night, and always seems to make the plays that don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet.
I fell in love with D-Wade’s game when he played at Marquette. I never quite saw a guy play basketball like him. He was so quick, but what really amazed me was his allusiveness. Nobody could guard Wade and he was spectacular in the tournament in 2003.
Norris Cole is only two games into his NBA career and he already has positioned himself for a possible run at rookie of the year. He was the 28th pick in last June’s draft but he is playing like a lottery sensation. Cole is a true underdog story coming out of mid-major Cleveland State. He’s averaging 13.5 points and two steals per game, and on Tuesday night he electrified American Airlines Arena. He scored 20 points, received “M-V-P” chants, and was clutch down the stretch, hitting shot after shot in each big moment
Wade almost singlehandedly brought the Golden Eagles to the Final Four for the first time since 1977. He was special. Did I mention that Wade has been named to the NBA All-Defense second team three times? So to wrap up this tirade, it’s OK to be a Heat fan. They’re fun to watch, have some of the best players in the world, and any team that can shut Kevin Garnett up can count me as a fan. Email: email@example.com
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, At the last Student Association senate hearing the main issue up for discussion was the ongoing investigation of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, covered in the final issues of The Spectrum [in Fall semester]. The hearing began officially at 3:19 p.m., inside the large lecture hall in Knox 104. Besides the dozen or so members of the SA Senate present, about 30 to 40 students filled the room, which fell silent as the hearing commenced. About ten minutes into the hearing, a motion was passed which granted an extension to the Senate committee appointed to investigate the issue. Shortly following this, another motion was made to move the hearing into “executive session,” which meant that the discussion over the investigation would continue in a private session, closed to the public. In a majority decision, the Senate approved the motion, and all students were asked to vacate the lecture hall until further notice. Thinking they would only be gone a couple minutes, many students left their personnel belongings behind as they sauntered up the stairs to make their exit. Little did they know, it would be almost two hours before they were invited to come back into the Senate hearing.
During the unexpected recess, I and many other students lingered in the expensive hallway on the second floor of Knox, sharing laughs, frustrations, and our thoughts on the IVCF controversy. Below is a brief narrative of my conversations with individuals during this time. The first student I spoke with was an ambitious sophomore, double majoring in political science and history. Sporting a sharp looking white dress shirt with a cross necklace spilling over the collar, he explained to me that he had written a research report in which he compared an analyzed six recent court cases bearing semblance to the IVCF controversy. According to his analysis, apparently none of the Christian organizations under trial were found to have discriminatory clauses in their constitutions, and were thus exempted from further legal ramifications. When asked about why he chose to attend the SA Senate hearing, he explained that as a Christian he felt a strong responsibility to defend the cause of IVCF as a legitimate student group, and see it continue holding events on UB’s campus. Not long after my first meeting, I ran into a familiar face, a classmate of mine, who was perusing his laptop to pass time during the recess. When questioned about his presence at the hearing, my classmate informed me that he was the current boyfriend of Steven Jackson, the person at the center of the Senate Investiga-
tion of IVC. Surprising as this was to hear, I asked him what his opinion on the issue, to which he replied that he sided with Jackson’s original claim, that he was unfairly pressured to resign from his position as treasurer of IVCF. Despite his feelings about Jackson’s dismissal, my classmate also voiced that he, along with Jackson, hoped that IVCF would still be allowed to continue its on-campus operations. The last of my encounters involved an undergraduate computer science major, who I had met once before at the beginning of the semester. He told me that he was attending the hearing to lend moral support to his friends that were members of the Sa Senate. Thought he had not been there for the purposes of most other people I talked to, he did share with me some of his opinions on the IVCF controversy. Most prominent in his remarks was his notion that IVCF should not be allowed to receive more than $6,000 in sate funds that it has received in the past as a member of SA. He reasoned that the IVCF’s faith-based contract for its executive members conflicts with the constitutional principle of separating church and state. Aside from those remarks, he maintained he position of most other students I talked to, that IVCF should be able to keep functioning as a student group at UB, only adding that its status as a publicly funded SA group be revoked. In addition to my conversation with students, I also spoke briefly with a non-student leader of IVCF, who expressed his belief that the Christian group could indeed survive without the
support of public funding from SA. He explained that because IVCF is under the auspices of Christian Ministry Association (CMA), that it is able to maintain its right to exist and operate on the UB campus, even without recognition and sponsorship of SA. He said that IVCF could survive on a tighter budget, acknowledging that it will need to supplant its funding with private donations. To make his point, he cited the example of International Students Inc. (ISI), an on-campus Christian-based group for international student, which operates under CMA and is not financially supported by SA funding. After hearing all of this, I found myself somewhat pleased at the outcome of the SA Senate hearing, not because I heard the Senate disclose some ground-breaking news regarding the IVCF investigation, but for quite a different reason. I was able to listen to what my peers had to say. Their different viewpoints provided me with a fuller understanding of the IVCF issue, and helped me recognize what students shared in common, namely the belief that IVCF should not be allowed to maintain its intended function at UB. In saying all of this, I would like to thank the members of the Senate for indirectly granting students, like myself, the two-hour period to have these discussions. Next time I hope to be able to hear what all of you have to say. Christopher Amico firstname.lastname@example.org
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Crossword of the Day It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a…weather balloon. While many students spend their weekends partying, studying, and hanging out with their friends, one club at UB spent its weekend studying the outer realms of Earth’s atmosphere. UB Students for the Exploration and Development Space (UB-SEDS) is a club that sets its ambitions skyward to generate interest and activism in the community for any and all space-related topics, according to Sean Lyons, a senior aerospace engineering major.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your assessment of a situation may not be completely accurate today; take the time for a second look -- or a third, if need be.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You'll be putting the pieces of a personal puzzle in place all day long. Don't let yourself be distracted by what another calls important.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Underestimate someone new to the game and you're sure to see recent winnings go right out the window. Take all challenges seriously today.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Questions of policy are likely to arise, and only you can solve what others consider insoluble. You have a unique point of view.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Explanations will not be necessary today -- though at the right time they are certainly signs of good manners. Do what is right.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may be worried that you won't be taken seriously when you engage in an endeavor that is usually reserved for another type of person.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Prepare yourself for news you hoped you would not hear. You can reverse any ill fortune, however, but it is likely to take time.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You'll find yourself gravitating toward those who share more than your outlook. An issue important to you is certainly worth pursuing.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You are likely to see things from a perspective of perceived superiority for a time today -until someone shows you your real self.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may have a run-in today with someone who is nominally in charge. It may take a compromise on your part to ease tensions.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You're likely to make a personal discovery today that makes certain things you are about to do easier for you.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -You've been cultivating something of a cavalier attitude of late, but today you'll find yourself caring more than you should.
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Davis’ Emotional TD Validates Our Love for Sports
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 “With the new additions to Alumni we now have one of the best basketball arenas in the MAC conference. The new video board will only help in boosting the level of excitement and energy during games. With replays of big plays, video animations and cameras panning the crowd; students and fans will now feel more involved in the game. I get goose bumps when the lights go out and the intro video comes on. I really think the students are going to love it.”
Video board info:
A comprehensive project that included structural reinforcement, new sound system, new lighting system, and the video board.
Senior News Editor
The majority of the planning took place beginning around May, 2010. The project committee included people from Athletics, FP&D, Center for the Arts, Conferences & Special Events, our project managers, outside consultants and subcontractors.
I often feel guilty for being such a sports fanatic.
The total investment by Athletics was $2.4million.
Really, there are many things in today’s world that are far more important than the trivialities of throwing a ball through a hoop, kicking one into a net, or hitting one over a fence.
It took Daktronics and Toth Sports approximately 10 days to assemble the board. The control room construction and installation is about 60+ days. The displays measure eight feet high and 14 feet wide and will be accompanied by an LED ring underneath which measures 3 feet high and 52 feet in diameter.
I often ask myself: Why do I devote so much of my time watching grown men wrestle with each other in various ways, competing for the chance to say they are the best…What, kickers-of-balls-into-nets in the world? Why do I find myself running to the television at 5:30 p.m., desperate to hear two bald old men on Pardon the Interruption yell at each other about the sports news of the day?
– Paul Hutchings, manager of university awareness and special events coordinator.
A control room is currently being designed by Sports Display Systems and Audio-Video Corporation to support the new technology.
Athletics, True Blue Ready for Visiting Zips Scouting Akron Current Record: 11-6 (3-0 Mid-American Conference)
And finally: If I must waste precious time by rotting in front of a television, wouldn’t I be better off at least watching something educational, like The History Channel, or something that would inform me about issues affecting the world’s citizens, like CNN?
All-Time Series: Akron 27-18 Last Meeting: 73-70 Buffalo win (Jan. 16, 2011 at Alumni Arena)
Well, I’m happy to report that all these questions were answered on Saturday afternoon, when San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis ran off the field in tears after catching a playoff game-winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints.
Two Zips to watch C-Zeke Marshall: The seven-footer recently became the eighth player in MAC history to eclipse the 200-block plateau, and he did so as a junior. He has played in all 17 games, and is currently averaging 2.9 blocked shots per game. Marshall is also an offensive threat as he leads the Zips with 10.8 points per game and 3.2 free throws made per game.
Macho frat-boy sports fans need not read on. If you are one of those “no crying in baseball” types who think Davis is a wimp and a weakling for crying on the field, this column isn’t for you. Davis’ performance on Saturday is why sports are about more than kicking a ball into a net or carrying one over a line. As he ran off the field in tears and embraced his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, I realized Davis had done more than score a touchdown, amass a ton of receiving yards, or beat the Saints. He’d just made an entire lifetime of hard work, sacrifice, and focus worth all the trouble. He’d shaken off the demons of being sent to the locker room at halftime in 2008 by then-coach Mike Singletary, prompting Singletary’s infamous “I want winners” speech, and being subsequently designated across the NFL as a locker-room cancer. He’d lived up to the invigorating speech he gave his team at halftime on Saturday, showing leadership and commitment and setting an example for the Niners to rally around. And he’d done it all with love for his co-workers – his teammates, coaches, trainers, and front office people – and the fans that cheer for him. The overwhelmed expression on Davis’ face and the sincerity of the moment he shared with Harbaugh and the rest of the team on the sideline made it evident that Davis was not thinking about how many yards he had, how much money he’d just made through football and endorsements, or how famous he’d be. You see, he probably wasn’t thinking at all. Though they sometimes seem like they do, the greatest athletes don’t play for money or fame. They’re chasing the feeling that Davis had on Saturday – the feeling of love, of reaching a hard-earned goal, of teamwork – things that can surely be applied to the rest of the world. The lead changed hands four times in the final minutes of Saturday’s game – the sort of thing that would make a Hollywood sports movie seem implausible. And Davis’ game (7 catches, 180 yards, gamewinning TD against a favored opponent, unbelievable show of emotion and dedication) would make for a role that Brad Pitt or Leo DiCaprio would die to play. So, no, I’m not crazy for being addicted to this stuff. I think you’re crazy if you’re not. Email: email@example.com
True Blue hopes to “blackout” Alumni Arena Wednesday night. A change from it’s normal sea of blue.
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the blackout will go well along with the new team entrance, which includes turning out the lights. The goal is get to as many people at the game as possible to help give the Bulls (8-6, 1-2 MAC) a home court advantage; one that the players have enjoyed.
between Akron and Buffalo. The two teams and their supporters are holding a canned food drive at their respective arenas. The items will be totaled up for each side and the winner is announced at halftime. The winner receives a banner: while the loser must have two representatives wear the winning team’s shirt and sit in the opposition’s section for the remainder of the game.
BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor The athletic department installed a new state-of-the-art video board and sound system in Alumni Arena over winter break. Not to be outdone, True Blue has also been working hard to get everyone ready for the men’s basketball semesteropening game. True Blue will give out black T-shirt’s to the first 600 fans attending Wednesday’s game against Akron (11-6, 3-0 Mid-American Conference). It also encourages everyone to wear black for an arena wide “blackout.” True Blue hopes
“They love us,” said True Blue president Kelsey Burglund. “They always say to us ‘thank you so much for doing things with us.’ We did [an introduction] video with them. They definitely really appreciate seeing us and having the cheers for them.” Wednesday’s game also marks the second annual “Food Fight”
The competition between the two schools feeds the rivalry while also feeding the less fortunate. “Brad Anhouse was the vice president [of True Blue] last year,” Burglund said. “He was kinda close Continued on page 12
Bulls Fall to Bowling Green, Still Winless in MAC happens to be a player that can create her own shot. When other people aren’t hitting, she wants the ball in her hands, and knows how to get open. She can create off the dribble, she can hit from three. She’s really a very complete offensive player.”
NATHANIEL SMITH Asst. Sports Editor The Women’s basketball team, which was still searching for it’s first Mid-American Conference win, looked to land a big upset against the seven-time defending MAC champions.
Hedderson can’t do it all herself though, and coach Hill-MacDonald stressed the importance of getting some players to step up and help out Hedderson.
The Bulls (5-13, 0-4 MAC) fought hard early, but could not keep up with the Bowling Green Falcons (14-3, 4-0 MAC) and fell 79-59 on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Arena. It was a single digit game throughout the first half. The Falcons took a 19-11 lead early when the Bulls went on an 8-0 run, led by a pair of 3-pointers by junior guard Nicki Hopkins and sophomore guard Margeaux Gupilan. That would be the closest the Bulls would get, as the Falcons dominated the second half. The bright spot on the team continues to be the play of senior guard Brittany Hedderson. She played every minute of the tilt, finishing with 28 points. She continues to bulldoze through the MAC portion of the schedule, scoring more than 20 points in each of the Bulls’ four conference games. She was all over the stat sheet, adding six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block.
“We need to have multiple scorers on offense.” Hill-MacDonald said. “We can’t put all our eggs in [her] basket. Part of the problem is that her teammates depend too much on Brittany to do all the scoring, and that’s a lot of pressure. Other players on this team are very capable, they just have to go out there and perform.”
While disappointed with the loss, head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald continues to be happy with Hedderson’s play.
That didn’t happen Sunday, as Gupilan was the only other Bull to reach double-digits. She ended up with 10 points on the afternoon. Hopkins also added six points, and was perfect from the floor. She made both her attempts from three-point range.
“She is definitely our go-to player,” Hill-MacDonald said. “But we don’t put the pressure on Brittney to have to do the scoring, she just
The Bulls were within three points at the end of the half when Falcons’ guard Jasmine Matthews hit a three with 40 seconds left to put
Brittany Hedderson’s game high 28 points were not enough to propel the Bulls past defending MidAmerican Conference champions. Courtesy of Paul Hokanson
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The 6-foot-8 forward is the only other member of the Zips with at least 10 points per game. He also leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. Cvetinovic is in the top four on his team in all five major statistical categories. The Bulls win if… they use the home court to their advantage. The Bulls are 6-1 at home while the Zips are just 4-4 on the road. True Blue will be giving out T-shirts for an arena-wide “blackout.” In addition, the athletic department introduced a new state-of-the-art video board in Alumni Arena to get fans excited. The Zips will win if… they win the battles down low on defense. The Bulls’ guards have struggled as of late and they have been relying on their big men to score inside. If Akron can keep Javon McCrea and Mitchell Watt in check they will be successful. Prediction BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor On paper, Akron may have the advantage because they are a well-rounded team. But I think the Bulls can pull off a victory in front of a rowdy home crowd. The Bulls do have a slight size advantage and they will have to use that to get around the 7-foot Marshall. Akron-66 Bulls-68 TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor In order to be competitive in the gauntlet that is the MAC East, you need to win games at home. Buffalo has done a pretty good job of defending its home court in recent years and I expect the trend to carry through Wednesday night. Buffalo-71 Akron-66 NATHANIEL SMITH Asst. Sports Editor Akron is playing better than anyone else in the MAC right now, but the Bulls are a very good team at home. The True Blue section will be rocking, and it should be enough to help the Bulls end their skid. Also, look for Zach Filzen to step up his game at home. Bulls-75 Akron-71 Email your game predictions to sports@ubspectrum. com for Wednesday’s game for a chance to be printed in the next issue of The Spectrum and win a T-shirt.
The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. January 18, 2011.