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UB Alert on Robbery Turns Out to Be Drug Deal Between Students the party’s hosts.

LISA KHOURY Asst. News Editor UB students were notified Thursday morning of an armed robbery, but what actually happened was a drug deal gone wrong between six students. Three students in Spaulding Quad, on the North Campus, called the University Police at 1:55 a.m. and lied, reporting that three males randomly entered one of their rooms and demanded cash, one with a gun. After a full investigation, UPD determined that the three students who reported the robbery were having a party and selling drugs. Police think that after the party, three other students who attended came back and stole drugs from

The three students who initially called lied several times to UPD officers, repeatedly changing their stories. The story they settled on was that they had a party earlier that night and three students came back to the dorm to rob them of drugs. “It probably wasn’t a really good idea to call us to report the robbery when they were doing something wrong themselves, selling drugs,” said Gerald Schoenle, the chief of UPD. “I guess their hope was they were going to get these other guys caught, but that’s still unclear to me because they’ve lied to us several times.” The three students who reported the initial robbery had possession of marijuana, as well as

an unidentified controlled substance, which is still being investigated by the UPD. They were arrested for and charged with making a false written statement (a misdemeanor), criminal possession of a controlled substance (a misdemeanor), and unlawful possession of marijuana (a violation), according to a UB Alert Update. In addition, all three students will be referred to the university’s Student-Wide Judiciary. In the alleged robbery, one suspect pulled up his shirt and displayed what appeared to be a gun, according to the initial UB Alert. However, UPD officers say it is now uncertain whether or not anyone had a gun due to the several lies the three students told them. “We’re still investigating that,” Schoenle said.

The three students who stole the drugs from the three students who reported a robbery left the area on foot, and they still have not been identified. “We have a few leads already, and we’re asking anybody that might know [who they are] to come forward,” Schoenle said. UPD officers are glad that the robbery was not a random act of violence on campus. “It’s nice to know it was a targeted act, so there is no danger to anyone else on campus,” Schoenle said.


Bobcat Beatdown

The Big, The Bold, The Bouncers

“They came out and said ‘get out of the way,’ and we didn’t respond.”


On Main Street last Friday night, a group of hulking men stood outside a bar. Their muscles bulged and their breath hung visibly in the cold air as they surveyed the scene: a long line of people against the building’s side, most of them students with hopeful looks in their glassy, inebriated eyes. Suddenly, there was a commotion. One of the huge men took a college student by the arm and dragged him away from the bar. As the rejected boy walked away, he rambled to himself angrily, and finally called out loud as he retreated: “these bouncers are f***ing dicks!” While Bouncers are notorious for their bad attitudes and oversized muscles, the Buffalo nightlife looks different through their eyes. Though they may seem like “spoilsports,” standing silently and glaring at drunken college kids who are trying to enjoy themselves, they actually like to have fun, too, and many of them took the job in order to do just that. There is a side to these men that students do not often have a chance to see, and their stories and inside information provide a new perspective on the “guards of the bars.” Ivo Baltic slams home two of his nine points in Ohio’s 88-77 win over Buffalo on Wednesday.

The angry castaway student is not alone in his sentiment that the bouncers are not the sweetest guys around.

AARON MANSFIELD Senior Life Editor

“One time, I saw a kid get knocked out [by a bouncer] that wasn’t even doing anything, and just dragged out of the line at Northside,” said Adam Wachler, a senior finance major. “It was really f***ed up, and way too much to do to a kid who wasn’t even inside of the bar.”

A once-animated crowd filed out lifelessly with two minutes to go, heads hung low. Alumni Arena’s student section stood in silence, demoralized faces illustrating demolished spirits.

There are exceptions, however – not all bouncers are out to bring misery and frustration to the kids who go out. One of the biggest issues that causes continued on page 2

knocking down jumpers and the Bulls got battered on the glass, leading to an 88-77 defeat, Buffalo’s third straight. With the loss, the Bulls fall into a three-way tie with Ohio and Kent State for second in the MAC. Star sophomore forward Javon McCrea said his team simply didn’t have its usual edge.

The cause: 40 minutes of pure, unadulterated domination by the Ohio Bobcats.

“We’ll fix it,” McCrea said. “Trust me, we’ll fix it.”

Those Bobcats (22-6, 9-4 Mid-American Conference) preyed on the descending Buffalo Bulls (16-9, 9-4 MAC) in a crucial late-season conference brawl. Buffalo was incapable of consistently

Ohio won the game on the offensive glass. The Bobcats snared 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 20 more shot attempts (75 to 55) than their opponents. Overall, Ohio snatched 42 boards to

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Buffalo’s 34. The Bulls entered averaging 8.1 more rebounds per game than their competition. “When a team takes 75 shots, we’re in trouble,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “When we get in a situation where we can’t get a rebound, we’re in trouble. Tonight we were in trouble. They came out and said ‘get out of the way,’ and we didn’t respond.” The Bulls shot just 7-for-25 from 3-point range as their sharpshooters couldn’t find their stroke. Senior guard Zach Filzen and junior guard Tony Watson – the team’s biggest threats from downtown – combined to shoot 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. At times it looked like there was a lid on the continued on page 2

Mysterious, Alternative Publication Cleared to Lawn(ch) LISA DE LA TORRE Staff Writer As they crept around the premises of an abandoned Lockport warehouse, the only audible sound was of snow crunching beneath their feet. Though signs warned against trespassing, three UB students were too intrigued by the post-apocalyptic scene to back away from the debris and decrepit mechanical parts littering the floor. It was in the midst of these parts that they found an old Ferris wheel car. The trio instantly knew what to do: the two boys present rolled it to the center of the room and garnished it with scraps they found, while the girl looked on, her joy uncontainable. This was not just the decoration of a hunk of rejected metal – this was a defining moment in their quest to create. Contrary to what one may assume, Rocket Lawn Chairs is not a group that transforms outdoor furniture into projectiles. It is the brainchild of an elusive English major whose adventurous nature (and

Nyeri Moulterie /// The Spectrum Bouncers in Buffalo are commonly considered “spoilsports,” just out to ruin a good time. However, they have a different way of seeing things – they want to have fun just like the students, and they’ve seen some crazy things at work.

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request to remain anonymous) is part of her allure, according to her friends. For the past year, she has been excitedly discussing plans to create an on-campus publication open to submissions of all sorts from all UB students. This past month, Rocket Lawn Chairs finally released its first issue, described as a “serial modge-podge of loosely connected art and writing,” and featured a picture of the friends’ warehouse creation on the cover page.

The students in charge of Rocket Lawn Chairs hope that people will take advantage of the freedom to submit anything they like – as long as what they want to submit is printable, it’s suitable for the journal.

How students can get in the publication, however, is a bit abnormal. continued on page 8

I N S I D E Opinion * 3 Life * 5 Arts * 6 Classifieds / Daily Delights * 9 Sports * 10

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continued from page 1: the big, the bold, the bouncers people to think otherwise is IDs. Some bars, like Mojos, even require patrons to produce their college IDs before they can enter the bar, in addition to their legal IDs. Patrick Eck, a junior legal studies major at UB, works as a bouncer at Mojos every Friday and Saturday night. He said the bouncers don’t enforce these rules just to be annoying. “We’re not here to be dicks or hurt anyone’s feelings or ruin anyone’s night,” Eck said. “At the same time, we have to be able to protect ourselves. Because of the neighborhood, we get a lot of people that would like to come in and cause problems, so we try to use the college ID policy just so we keep the college kids in here and keep it a fun place to be.” While Eck insists that he and his fellow bouncers have no bad intentions, sometimes the bar gets out of hand. In such situations, it’s his job to keep things from escalating out of control and to diffuse the scene as quickly as possible. Of course, when talking doesn’t help, sometimes the bounc-

ers are forced to rely on their muscle. “Week before last, a kid got thrown out and he was talking s**t, and then he made a bad comment about the owner…he got in [another bouncer’s] face,” Eck said. “[The bouncer] told the kid to walk, the cops told him to walk, but he didn’t… and then he started throwing punches, and [the other bouncer] put him down on the ground – his face was bleeding and gushing.” Though the big, bloody altercations don’t occur that often, the bouncers are always prepared for bizarre situations. A bouncer at The Steer, who didn’t want his name published, recalled the night last year when UB football player Scott Pettigrew was stabbed. Though it happened outside of Northside, this bouncer ended up playing a larger role in the situation than he expected. “The kid who stabbed him came in here…they told us there was a kid in the bathroom wiping off blood everywhere, and then he tossed a knife out of his pocket,” the bouncer said. “We caught

James said. “I went to a sorority house one night and I walked in the house and they all knew me, and being able to sit with them and hang out with them was one of my best memories.”

him and brought him outside to the cops. That was pretty much the craziest thing I’ve been a part of.” Though it’s usually the dramatic nights that stand out in the bouncers’ heads, the best nights are the ones where they get to see their friends. Their job allows for them to see the friends they already have, and also introduces them to new people on a nightly basis. Rasheed James, a bouncer at Northside, attributes his love for the job to the friendships he has made over the six years he has worked there. He refers to the kids he sees frequently as his family and dismisses any rowdy behavior by comparing it to the family squabbles everyone encounters. He is extremely popular among the bar’s patrons, who greet him affectionately and can often be seen taking pictures with him or casually chatting with him throughout the night. “Honestly, it’s like, from freshman year to their senior year, you get close to them, and then you get to know what type of individuals they are,”

Regardless of which bar they work at, it seems that the bouncers all have the same wishes for the people who frequent their establishments: to enter and have fun. The bar owners and bouncers are all aware that the crowd is college-aged, and therefore bars like Mojos and Northside are more lenient. According to their bouncers, there really is no reason for the problems that students face when trying to use fake IDs, since the bars are open to people 18 years and older, even though patrons obviously must be 21 to drink. “We say just keep it real with us and we’ll keep it real with you,” James said. “We love all of the students, and all we want everyone to do is to bring the proper ID. Let’s have fun. We’re only here for a certain amount of time, so let’s enjoy the time that we have.” Email:

continued from page 1: bobcat beatdown basket, and every Buffalo shot appeared to go half way down before bouncing out. Ohio all-everything guard DJ Cooper was taunted mercilessly by the student section as he is every year, but Cooper silenced the crowd with a 20-point, eight-assist, four-steal performance, including a couple jaw-dropping passes that got the Ohio bench on its feet. Cooper said the crowd always makes wins in Buffalo taste a little bit sweeter. The game’s most controversial moment came with seven minutes left. After trailing 60-45, the Bulls narrowed the deficit to 62-55. Senior forward Titus Robinson snared a missed shot out of mid-air and threw down a mammoth put-back dunk. However, Robinson slapped the backboard after releasing the rim and was dealt a technical foul.

At that point, the Bulls trailed 62-57. Ohio guard Nick Kellogg hit both free throws and guard Walter Offutt knocked down a three right away. Just like that, it was a 10-point game again. Buffalo didn’t get any closer. Offutt finished with a career-high 23 points (including 5-of-7 from downtown) and seven rebounds. The Bulls made copious mistakes and the Bobcats seemed to capitalize on every one, as Ohio scored 11 fast break points to Buffalo’s 0 and outscored the Bulls 24-10 in second chance points. “Right now, I don’t think we’ve raised our desire up to a level that matches what time of year it is,” said senior forward Mitchell Watt. McCrea and Watt quietly put up practically the

same numbers they have all year, as McCrea amassed 15 points and five boards and Watt put up 19 and seven. The two went a combined 13-of-15 from the floor, but Ohio packed in its defense on the two bigs and surrendered open looks from three – which the Bulls just couldn’t capitalize on. Interestingly enough, Ohio shot just 38.7 percent from the floor while Buffalo totaled 47.3 percent shooting. Buffalo just couldn’t connect from long range. The Bobcats shot an astonishing 20-for-21 from the free throw stripe, and the Bulls turned the ball over 14 times to Ohio’s eight. The Bulls trailed 37-32 after the first half, but they came out scorching, tying the game at 39. However, Buffalo never got on even footing again, and it seemed every time the Bulls would get a stop, the Bobcats got an offensive rebound and took more time off the clock.

“We got our hands on [the rebounds],” Witherspoon said. “We weren’t men about it and they were.” Buffalo has dropped three straight games since winning eight straight, dating back to an emotional 76-71 loss at Kent State last week. This was just the Bulls’ fifth loss in their last 33 games at home. Ohio now leads the all-time series, 24-8. Buffalo’s next chance to right the ship is another pivotal MAC skirmish – this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Alumni Arena versus Miami (Ohio) (9-17, 5-8 MAC). Miami’s record could be deceiving – the squad beat Kent State earlier this week and the Bulls lost a nail biter on the road to the RedHawks, 52-51, on Jan. 14. Email:

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UB Research Shows “Digital Divide” Widening

UB is one of The Princeton Review’s top 75 “best value” public colleges and universities in the company's latest national survey of American schools.

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The many students seen using electronic and digital devices like cell phones, iPhones, iPods, and laptops across campus may create the impression that the number of Americans using the devices is increasing across the board.

The survey was based on student opinion polls and other institutional data. UB was chosen for its cost, financial aid, and quality of undergraduate academics. UB offers “more academic programs per dollar than any other university in the state. UB is able to provide great education at a low price. And at a fraction of the cost of comparable private colleges and universities, a UB education is also an exceptional value,” according to The Princeton Review. Like most public universities, UB has a much lower cost than many private schools. For example, UB has a cost of $6,690.00to $7,795.75 for full time undergraduate students for one semester (not including room and board). A private college like Canisius College is around $15,356.50 per semester for undergraduates, according to Canisius’ website. “UB’s programs are all of the highest quality, translating into a best-value education for students,” said UB students quoted in the review.

A recent study by university faculty has discovered that the opposite is true. There is an ever-increasing “digital divide” between those who use digital electronics and those who don’t. The research project was led by Associate Professor Debabrata Talukdar of the School of Management and Assistant Professor Dinesh Gauri of Syracuse University. They used the research polls from the Pew Research Center on the usage and availability of the Internet and related media.

The 75 schools were selected from 650

The UB Law School is conducting a study to make sure that the federal government and counties in Ohio can provide the best care for orphaned children with the most effective spending. The school just received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for $207,269. The funding will be used to research the efficacy of foster care in Ohio. UB Law Professor Susan Mangold, who is also the co-director at the Program for Excellence in Family Law, is leading the research. Dr. Catherine Cerulli, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester, is leading the statistical analysis team. They also have two community-based partners in Ohio with the Public Children Service Association of Ohio (PCSAO). Currently, the counties of Ohio have mixed polices of handling child welfare. Half of Ohio’s counties have a tax levy for child welfare, while the others are dependent on funding from the state.

The researchers discovered a paradox. While the nation as a whole experienced increased technology access, with the national average The objective of the research is to see if between 82 and 88 percent, there is a “digital flexibility funding is having a positive impact divide” forming. on the health and development of children in foster care awaiting adoption. The research measures the success of the programs The divide is forming between those of high with three metrics – the children in care, and low income levels, with the higherrecurrent maltreatment, and days awaiting income people having the advantage. Rural adoption. areas are on the lower end of the scale, and

UB has over 400 degree programs in the sub- urban areas have more Internet access. jects of arts, science, business, and medicine. Of the 75 schools listed, only the top 10 colleges are ranked one to 10. UB is listed in alphabetical order along with the remaining 65 colleges and universities.

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Talukdar said that the data could indicate a problematic situation, since society is becoming more technologically advanced and demanding. She used a car analogy to describe the “digital divide”: two cars are moving, but one car is moving much faster than the other.

Professor Mangold enjoys her work with family justice and hopes the research will help children in foster care by influencing public policy.


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Stand Up, Corasanti Deadly doc should admit to wrongdoings and stop wasting our time Nothing hurts more than seeing a young life filled with potential snuffed out. It happens entirely too often in an advanced society like ours, with motor vehicle accidents leading the causes of teenage deaths in the U.S. Dr. James Corasanti probably knows this fact all too well by this point. Last July he was driving home from a golfing event when he hit something in the road. Alexandria Rice was in the bicycle lane on her skateboard, coming home from a party. At that point, if you take Corasanti’s word for it, a terrible accident transpired. She was “crouching down” and not wearing reflective clothing, and he couldn’t see her. She was also high on marijuana and had posted some depressed comments on Facebook. Of course, if you’re drinking that brand of Kool-Aid, you’re not taking the facts into account. What Corasanti and his snake of a lawyer don’t say are the facts surrounding the doctor’s relaxing late night drive.

thrown 60 feet onto someone’s lawn. He then sped off, fleeing the scene of the accident. Arriving home, he decided that the smart thing to do would be to wipe off the blood and flesh from his car and delete text messages. Why delete text messages, you ask? Well the messages he was deleting were sent while he was speeding down the road, so they would be awfully incriminating. Corisanti did call the police, only after waiting 90 minutes. As many EMTs will tell you, when a life threatening injury is involved, every minute is vital. Why would a doctor, who surely knows this, wait so long to get help for someone he smashed into? His meeting with the cops later tells that story. Officers on the scene noticed he smelled of booze and had glassy eyes. Corisanti refused to take a blood test to confirm his alcohol levels, and was forced to do so by court order. The reading came back at .10 BAC. Most people in the state of New York know that the legal limit is .08, and

After Corasanti hit Rice, she was

All Corisanti had to do was call an ambulance right when he hit Rice, and a life might have been saved. All he had to do was call a cab and a life would have been saved. The people who saw him leaving the party completely trashed could have stopped him from leaving. Any number of things could have happened and an 18-year-old girl would be at college right now instead of in a grave. Without a doubt, Corasanti should have his license revoked for the rest of his life, regardless of whether he gets significant prison time or not. It doesn’t matter that he might need his car to get around; he’s proven that he’s not fit to drive, especially considering this isn’t even his first time drinking and driving. Dr. Corisanti, stop blaming the innocent victim of your criminally reckless actions and stand up like a man and stand in front of judgment. It’s the least you could do for the memory of the person you killed.

More needs to be done with the $1 million raised from student fees, quickly

If there was a pie chart of what people would do with that much cash, most people would go for the “keep it” slice. Although the “give it to charity” slice seems like a good candidate for the smallest percentage of the chart, another decision would probably beat it. The “do nothing with it” slice would probably be smaller than a split hair. Right now, UB is among the group choosing to do nothing with a million dollars, but they didn’t win it. No they took it from you, as part of a fee instituted during the 2005-06 school year. It was a $3.50 increase to your health fee, which is part of the mysterious comprehensive fee. Money collected was supposed to be used for a new student health center on North Campus. We need this pretty badly, as anyone who got sick and had wait outside for a bus to South while doubled over in stomach pain knows.

When our Assistant News Editor Sara DiNatale went looking for the money, she turned over some disturbing info: nothing has been done for this proposed health center. Literally nothing. After waiting a week to respond, Vice President of Student Affairs told us that a committee was “just being formed” to review whether or not the Richmond Cafeteria would be a suitable place to put a health center. Kind of sounds like when you forget to write an essay and you tell your professor that you’re in the process of beginning to brainstorm an idea after you’ve had seven weeks to prepare. Looking around our campus, it’s hard to believe that it would take seven years to just figure out the very first aspect of a plan. We have a brand new Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering building and a brand new dorm that went up very quickly. Then, to add insult to injury, when we go looking for information about how much the comprehensive fee and health fees were in past years the SRC, more specifically the administrative assistant of student records and financial service Brenda Reed,

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Corisanti was well over that level five hours after the incident. Estimates put his BAC at the time of the accident near three times the legal limit.

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go What would you do with a million bucks? By all accounts, if you’re smart with investments you can live well for the rest of your life if you put it away, but many of us would probably buy ourselves a nice new car, or a big ass television.

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refused to hand over a simple piece of information. Their reason: because we’ve “burned” them too many times. Maybe the SRC forgot that our university is a public institution. Not only would that information help us provide a more complete picture of the health center project to students, but we are entitled as citizens of this state to that information. We don’t want to think that the school cares more about advancing UB 2020 than actually looking out for the students, but what else are we supposed to think? Buildings that are designed to keep the student population growing go up as fast as can be, but a project intended to make our stay here better and more healthy is almost instantly forgotten about. All we would have liked to see was a plan that could be set in motion. We’re not expecting a miracle, we know it’s not easy to build and create new things. But, come on: there is nothing done? Just an idea of where it might go that probably won’t work. Yet the money keeps coming in.

BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor

The NHL proposed a new realignment that would put the teams back into four conferences. The proposed structure is very similar to the four-division set-up that was replaced with the current system in the 1998-99 season. However, the NHLPA denied the request by the league. The union said the league did not give it a formal proposal that would take into account important factors like travel. But what’s wrong with the current system? Right now Dallas is in a division where all the other teams play two time zones over. This means that its road games don’t start until 9 p.m. at the earliest. This cuts out a lot of viewers for a franchise that is struggling in a non-traditional hockey market. The other, more obvious issue is the Winnipeg Jets are currently playing in the Southeast division because they recently moved. One solution may be to move Nashville or Detroit to the Eastern conference and then Winnipeg to the Central division, which is part of the Western Conference. But Mark Chipman – the principle owner of the Winnipeg Jets – says it’s not that simple. In a press conference, he said that Minnesota is closer to the Central division, so its team should go. Which means at least three teams are swapped. The bigger problem is that smaller-market teams like Columbus and Nashville rely on Detroit coming to their arenas three times a year. If Nashville went to the Southeast it would lose 15 years of rivalries. So what did that new realignment look like again? Four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each. Pretty much Carolina and Washington join the Atlantic teams, Florida and Tampa Bay join the Northeast teams. Winnipeg, Dallas, and Minnesota join the Central teams and Pacific and Northwest merge minus Minnesota and Dallas. Seems about right. Except one thing, Tampa Bay and Florida with the Northeast teams? One major reason for the change was to reduce travel, especially for teams in smaller hockey markets and this totally contradicts that. So what’s my plan? Keep the two Western conferences as proposed [they are seen as four separate conferences, similar to the NCAA]. But, change up the two Eastern conferences. I would keep the five teams from the Northeast together and then put in the Rangers and Islanders with them. The other conference would be the four remaining Southeast teams plus Philadelphia, New Jersey and Pittsburgh. But hey, what about the Atlantic division rivalries? With this alignment the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry will heat up with additional meetings as well as original six matchups like Rangers against Montreal, Boston or Toronto. Don’t forget the battle of Pennsylvania is still intact, and the Islanders-Rangers rivalry still simmers. But what about playoffs?

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The plan the NHL put in place was to have the top four teams in each division play two divisional rounds with the four winners criss-crossing after that. The only problem I could see would come if an eastern conference team had to play a team on the west coast. But, if you win your conference you should have a strong enough fan base to travel for four games in a seven game series. If all else fails go to the 2-3-2 format that basketball has – and hockey used to have – for such occasions. But, we have to wait at least one more year. However, with the Islanders lease up in 2015 I think we will be discussing this again in a few years.


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AARON MANSFIELD Senior Life Editor

Imani Choudhury, a senior health and human services major, starts her day by praying at 6 a.m. While most other students slide on jeans and a hoodie, Choudhury picks out a kameez – a colorful, traditional Bangladeshi tunic. Long and fullsleeved, it extends down to her hips, accompanied by a pair of skinny jeans. She makes sure to cover every inch of her body, including her hair, which she covers with a scarf.

What: Mardi Gras Party When: Friday at 10 p.m. Where: Student Union Lobby Why: Buffalo Bar Crawl is going on Friday night, but if you want a “PG version” of Mardi Gras, check out LateNight UB’s Mardi Gras Party. There’ll be free Mardi Gras-themed food like ziti and gumbo, mocktail drinks, mask making, T-shirts, and competitions for Campus Cash.

Choudhury has been a member of Bangladeshi Student Association since her freshman year. The BSA is a cultural organization that promotes the history and traditions of Bangladesh through various oncampus events. The club has been making changes recently. This spring semester, the BSA has elected a new e-board.

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That new board includes Noorul Gazi, a junior occupational therapy and psychology major and the new Pakistani president of the BSA. Gazi has been a member of the BSA since her freshman year, when she was first introduced to the BSA secretary. The two became fast friends. For the last three years, Gazi has witnessed the BSA struggle with finding its identity on campus. Last semester, when the BSA president was stepping down, Gazi decided to take charge and redefine the goals of the club, even though she is not Bangladeshi. “Before coming to UB, I didn’t know what Bangladesh was; I didn’t know a lot of things about the culture,” Gazi said. “Coming here, I have learned so much more, being exposed to such diverse culture.” Gazi wants the BSA to become a more prominent club with more diverse members. “I didn’t think about me being Pakistani when I was taking over. It didn’t really matter. What’s important is saving the culture and promoting BSA,” Gazi said. Gazi has learned the Bangladeshi culture, values, and customs. She aims to plan events that will allow students to accept and embrace the Bangladeshi ways. “Every culture has something unique about itself; it’s interesting to know about it,” Gazi said. “It’s rewarding, as you know something about a different culture. You feel better about yourself too, as you want to learn about your culture too. You get out of your daily life and learn something new.” Getting involved in a different heritage’s student association is a simple way for students to broaden their cultural horizons. For the BSA, it was the beginning of a series of changes to improve the club. “I have been a part of BSA since my freshman year and this semester I see so many changes. There are more events,” said Rauwolfia Mannan, a sophomore

Courtesy of Imani Choudhury The Bangladeshi Student Association has an entirely new e-board, including a Pakistani president. That group aims to spread diversity, acceptance, and Bangladeshi culture.

biology major. “We have a Pakistani president, but I don’t think it matters because she is doing her job right and everybody is working hard.” Famous for their henna (a red-brown floral design that is tattooed onto the skin using natural plant paste), the members hope to raise awareness of aspects of their culture, like their traditional foods like dal bhat and pheerni, which is a variety of rice pudding. “Not a lot of people here know where Bangladesh is,” said Irteza Hossain, a junior business administration major and the treasurer of BSA who wanted to bring his culture to college. “BSA is a great way for them to learn about our culture and what it’s like.” The members of BSA work hard to maintain their cultural individuality as students at UB. Society in America is vastly different from the traditional values and customs of Bangladesh, and finding common ground can be challenging. Some BSA members struggle to find acceptance and live in fear of being rejected by their peers. But by embracing their culture rather than insults being thrown at them, the members receive many questions, according to Choudhury. “Your culture did not come of itself,” Choudhury said. “Cultures have been borrowed. The number system, where do you think it came from? A lot of the foods we use, where do the spices come from? The shoes they have, the jewelry they have, and the cars they have. So, honestly in this society you cannot be ignorant of other cultures, especially at UB, where you have such diverse cultures.”

What: Buffalo Bar Crawl When: Friday starting at 8 p.m. Where: Downtown Buffalo Why: Celebrate Mardi Gras this weekend down on Chippewa and revel in the opportunity to see thousands of girls show off their hooters for neon necklaces. Only $10 gets you free cover at over 15 clubs and bars, a beer stein, and if you make it to every participating venue they give you a free T-shirt.

BSA is collaborating with Muslim SA, Pakistani SA, the Organization of Arab Students and Indian SA for future events to promote diversity and continuous education of other cultures. The BSA will also Elva Aguilar be working in collaboration with the environmental Asst. Arts Editor club to promote awareness about the hardships and flooding that are going on in Bangledish, which are What: Seth Meyers affecting the people and economy. When: Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. Where: CFA BSA wants to be known for aspects of Bangladeshi Why: Seth Meyers serves culture, like Pohela Boishakh – the Bangladeshi as Saturday Night Live’s New Year. BSA is planning on celebrating the New head writer as well as Year by having henna artists, lots of traditional the lone anchor on the food, and various popular Bangladeshi games show’s longtime news parsuch as ludo (a board game), and carrom (finger ody, Weekend Update. His experience in news satire and billiards). uncanny impressions are the foundation for an unforgettable night this weekend. Be prepared to laugh until it By hosting these events, Gazi hopes that the hurts with one of comedy’s most noted personalities. students at UB will learn about the Bangladeshi people and show interest in learning about other Vilona Trachtenberg unique cultures. To her, it’s important to gain an Asst. Arts Editor understanding of the background of her peers. What: Zodiaque Dance Company When: Feb. 23-March 4 Where: CFA Why: Zodiaque Dance Company, the pre-professional dance company at UB will present its compilation of eight dances strewn with passion this weekend. This show reflects the talents and hard work of many BFA and BA dance majors at UB, and will reveal diversity through dance. The many dance styles portrayed by the dancers and choreographers alike will help the audience gain more exposure about the talents of the dance students, and the creativity and communication that dance purports.

“Every place has their unique vibe,” Gazi said. “When I go back to Pakistan, it has its own vibe. If I go to Bangladesh, it would also have its own unique vibe. So I want people to know that and be aware of that.” Gazi, Choudhury, and the rest of the new BSA will continue praying and hosting events to promote diversity and Bangladeshi recognition until word is fully spread.



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is Ray Carrigan (Johnny Whitworth, Limitless) and his squad of amateur goons. Why the ruler of Hell would require the help of mortal criminals to capture a teenager is beyond comprehension, but in a comic-based movie these types of questions can be ignored.

Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance surpasses its predecessor with a more action-packed plot, more in-depth characters and a great performance by Nicolas Cage.

JAKE KNOTT Staff Writer Movie: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Release Date: Feb 17 Studio: Columbia Pictures Grade: B It must be a scorching inconvenience to have a head made of fire. It’s probably also a nuisance to have a urinary disorder that involves shooting out a string of fire. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance gives a surprisingly delightful demonstration of such dilemmas in a sequel that smolders its predecessor in almost every way. After the lack of content from the first film, Spirit of Vengeance – based on a Marvel comic – replenishes the story of the flaming super-

hero, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage, Trespass), who, at night, is possessed by an entity known as Ghost Rider – a flame-headed skeleton who torches people with guilty souls. When the flaming hero rose in the first film, he was never given well-rounded depth. He only rode around on his hellish motorcycle and set stuff on fire. In the sequel, the representation of the Rider is given a more precise, edgy feeling. He is given more character dimensions, with his flaming skull more convincing and a lot less obviously CGI. The plot: The Devil has taken human form as the looming Roarke (Ciarán Hinds, Tinker Tailor Solder Spy), and is hunting for his human son Danny (Fergus Riordan, El sueño de Iván). Aiding in the pursuit

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It would have been fascinating to get a back-story on how Nadya became attracted and hooked up with Roarke. Did he mention his secret satanic identity before, after, or during? The Greek gods have always been successful at seducing mortals to make demigods, but making a demi-demon is a bit less common. The majority of the runtime involves the three protagonists fleeing the clutches of Roarke and his henchmen. Although chase scenes can become tiresome when cluttered together, Spirit of Vengeance makes it watchable. The action isn’t perfectly choreographed, but the good use of Ghost Rider and his powers will keep the viewers’ interest. The film is directed by the team


Movie: This Means War Release Date: Feb. 17 Studio: 20th Century Fox Grade: B-

Lauren, played by Reese Witherspoon (Water for Elephants), receives help from her outspoken best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler, Are You There, Chelsea?) to get her back in the dating scene after a recent slump. Unbeknownst to her, the two men she happens to meet are also best friends and partners at the CIA. Tuck (Tom Hardy, Warrior) is the sensitive, nice guy, counterbalanced by the suave, but cocky, FDR (Chris Pine, Unstoppable). After coming to the disappointing conclusion that they are chasing the same woman, the duo come to a gentlemen’s agreement to keep dating and let the lady choose.

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Like every year, certain movies, actors, actresses, etc., are favorites in each category. This year’s Oscars has nine Best Picture Candidates, but the public only sees three that are in contention for the prize: The Artist, The Descendents, and Hugo. None of those films earn my vote. Don’t misinterpret me, all three of these films are outstanding. The Artist is an authentic, black-andwhite portrayal of how film has transform from its silent era. It’s basically a non-musical version of Singin’ in the Rain. The Descendants is the best George Clooney film I’ve seen to date, and in it he plays an irresponsible Hawaiian father coping with the destruction of his family. Hugo – the best out of the three – is Martin Scorsese’s latest masterpiece, showing a nostalgic view of film and its origins. But even with these three sluggers nominated, none of them deserve the win over The Tree of Life. This is probably one of the best films I’ve ever seen – if not the best – and deserves more than a nomination. Never has a film better illustrated the value of life, and how its value varies to each person. It was a nice surprise to see The Tree of Life get an Oscar nod, but nothing would satisfy me more than to see it go all the way. Are all nine Best Picture contestants even worthy of a nomination in the first place? I would say so for all the films except Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – a film about an autistic boy who loses his father in the 9/11 attacks and seeks a secret left behind after the tragedy. The premise of the film can easily win the audience’s hearts, but the idea of having the 9-yearold protagonist roaming the streets of NYC with a stranger struck me as absurd. Otherwise, I’m relatively pleased with this year’s decisions: Moneyball is the best sports movie I’ve ever seen, War Horse is the best Spielberg creation since 2005’s Munich, the cast in The Help is a great ensemble to watch, and Midnight in Paris is, well, a Woody Allen movie.

It has action for the guy, romance for the girl and comedy to bring it all together. This Means War has the perfect fixings for a couple’s movie night out.

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Whether or not Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is canon with the Marvel comics will be up to the viewer. Some comic fans will no doubt be furious, but others will be able to see past the differences and look at the film as a good representation of what the heated hero can do. This is how a Ghost Rider film should be made.

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This time around, the screenplay from Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead) and Seth Hoffman (House M.D.) provides Cage with the space he needs to burst out in his usual quirky mannerisms that give the film the silliness that it needs.


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Cage also showed up with high spirits this time around. In the first movie his persona was limited to a depressed and lonely southerner because the screenplay didn’t allow Nicolas Cage to be Nicolas Cage. He is the type of actor that can act well in a good movie, and somewhat save a bad one.

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Bonnaroo Playlist The Bonnaroo festival drew near-unanimous praise when the lineup was introduced last week. There’s the critically acclaimed rock band Radiohead, the legendary Beach Boys, and the Grammywinning Bon Iver. The selection isn’t just limited to alternative acts, as more than 60 artist from varying genres have been announced for the festival – with some yet to be announced.

On cue, Ghost Rider saves the boy from capture early on. Also in peril is Danny’s mother, Nadya (Violante Placido, The American). Instead of being presented as a sexy damsel in distress, Nadya portrays herself as a gal who can take a punch and hit back.

of Mark Neveldine (Gamer) and Brian Taylor (Gamer), who are responsible for atrocious action debacles such as Crank, Crank: High Voltage, and Gamer. They might have finally found their niche. Neveldine and Taylor took good advantage of the wasted story in the first Ghost Rider and successfully upgraded the franchise from worthless trash.

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Courtesy of 20th Century Fox Pine and Hardy use their spy skills in order to win Witherspoon’s heart in This Means War.

In their efforts to try and win over Lauren, it becomes a battle of the spies as the partners bug her apartment, track her movements, and sabotage each other’s attempts at romance.

The competition for the Best Actor award should stir up some debate as well. I believe the Academy is choosing between Jean Dujardin for The Artist and George Clooney for The Descendants – who both won awards at the Golden Globes.

Witherspoon’s great performance comes as no surprise as her charm and rom-com experience give her the confidence to act beside the generally acidic Handler, creating humorous and enjoyable interactions thanks to the instant on-screen chemistry between the two.

I have to disagree with the organization’s picks, however. These two performances were terrific, yes, but Demián Bichir stole the show in A Better Life. Bichir provided humane beauty in his role as a single father working extreme hours as a landscaper to provide for his ungrateful son.

Although Handler is known more for her comedic career than her acting, she surprises the audience with her sensitive role, a fact that almost masks the awkwardness that comes with her inexperienced acting skills. Despite this layer of sensitivity, Handler is her typical self, embodying a role that was clearly written for her. She is loud, crude, and obnoxious, all in her signature fashion.

Meryl Streep, as always, is in contention for the Best Actress statuette, this time for her unparalleled impersonation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Her portrayal of the former English Prime Minister is uncanny, but not nearly great enough to save the film’s horrible execution. I will be rooting for Viola Davis to upset the crowd for her portrayal as an African-American maid in The Help.

Type casted into the attractive but powerful roles of Tuck and FDR, Pine and Hardy play their roles well for the script they were given.

The Best Supporting Actor category should be a no-contest. The obvious winner will be Christopher Plummer’s playful presentation as a gay man in Beginners. How actors like Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, and Max von Sydow earned a nomination is beyond me, especially when candidates like Albert Brooks in Drive would’ve been more understandable.

While Pine’s toughness should be accentuated to highlight Hardy’s emotional, sensitive side, the distinction isn’t apparent until half way through the film. Characterization fails, and there’s really not much that sets the two characters apart. Lauren might as well be choosing between the same guys in different body suits. Each genre the film covers is only halfrealized. The scenes are enjoyable and humorous, but they aren’t hilarious. Little giggles could be heard in the theater, but not the boisterous laughter that fills theaters during high profile comedies. Although the movie opens with a bang and ends with an even longer action sequence, the middle fizzles out as action falls to the wayside in exchange for tried-and-true romance. Despite the romantic slant, the audience never falls in love with either Pine or Hardy. Viewers should be crushed when they find out whom Witherspoon ends up with, but instead they’re left with feeling rather apathetic, as the choice could have gone either way. The lack of emotional attachment to the characters shows that the film does not even scratch the surface of what it could be as a romantic comedy. This Means War is an enjoyable collaboration of genres, although it is lacking in a few aspects. A strictly action-comedy or action-romance mix would have made for a stronger film. But it just might be worth it to see how this mission plays out and if Lauren has actually fallen for either one of the confident agents. Email:

There isn’t much to criticize about the nominees for Best Supporting Actress. To me, this is the harshest competition of the Oscars this year. Octavia Spencer deserves the victory, however, because her role in The Help is so memorable. The Academy yet again robbed Andy Serkis of a nomination, as he won’t be recognized for his impeccable talent portraying the CGI Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. To me, an actor/actress should be based on how inclusive he/she is to a role. I want to see von Sydow attempting to be as good of a CGI ape as Serkis is. Also surprisingly absent from the list are Cars 2 and The Adventures of Tintin for Best Animated film. Although I wasn’t a fan of Tintin, I thought it was a lock for sure. Instead, foreign animated films A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita awkwardly rest in their place. My pick would have been Cars 2, but in its absence I believe Johnny Depp’s Rango destroys its competition. The 84th Academy awards will air this Sunday at 7 p.m. on the ABC network.


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any loss at this point in the season would be detrimental to the team’s chances of getting itself one of the top two seeds.

“I’ve been watching him since high school, and I’m glad that he came in [to the program],” said Jenkins. “He’s one of our top sprinters in the conference, and he’s got a good chance to be in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He’s got two and a half months under his belt here and come this weekend he’s going to surprise some people.”

Buffalo is guaranteed a bye to the quarterfinals if Bowling Green (14-13, 7-6 MAC) loses Saturday. However, Buffalo is still right in the middle of the hunt for a top two seed meaning it would go right into the semifinals and this is certainly a must win if it wants to keep pace. The Bulls will have to eliminate the mistakes that plagued them in the first matchup. “We turned it over a lot,” Witherspoon said. “I think both teams are playing better offensively than they were at that point. We had a lot of unforced turnovers and we were completely out of rhythm in everything that we were doing.” Buffalo had 20 turnovers in that contest. Watt led the way with 16 points. McCrea and senior forward Titus Robinson followed with 15 and 10 respectively, but no one else on the Bulls roster was able to record more than one made field goal. Buffalo will look to avenge that loss Saturday at 3 p.m. in Alumni Arena. The game also has an interesting sub-plot, as this could be the alwaysentertaining Charlie Coles’ last trip to Buffalo. It’s said that the RedHawks’ longtime coach is mulling retirement.


For the women, junior Brooklynn Ventura has had a tremendous season at the women’s 60-meter hurdles. She is the top seed going into the weekend, and has set a new Bulls record at 8.57 at the SPIRE Division-1 Invitational, which is a better time than rivals Iris Campbell from Western Michigan, and Roneisha Frye from Northern Illinois. To Mitchell, she is another person that is expected to dominate this weekend. “She’s been on fire,” said Mitchell. “Every time she comes out, she has a great time. Just like Becky, she looks forward to the opportunity to get up against good competition and run fast times.” Both teams are looking to finish at least in the upper half of the conference in team

scoring. The women, who have finished as high as sixth three separate times, are looking to make history. “They were disappointed after last year, and they worked hard to set up some new priorities for themselves,” said Mitchell. “We make sure our women are focused, ready to go, supporting each other, and ready to surprise other people out in the conference.” The men finished fourth last year, and with all the new faces on the team, they’re still looking to exceed the success of last year. “We are young, we lost 15 guys from last year’s team,” said Jenkins. “But it’s up to our men’s team to show up and win this championship.” The weekend’s events at the University of Akron’s Stile Fieldhouse will start at 11 a.m. on Friday and run through Saturday.


continued from page 1: Mysterious, Alternative Publication Cleared to Lawn(ch) Submissions can be made via email (magic., or in a different fashion – via library book. On the last page of the first issue, instructions inform readers that students who wish to submit their work can place their submissions in “any random book” in Lockwood library. All they must do to complete the submission is email the title of the book and the call number to the publication’s email, and the editors will find it and run it in the following month.

“I think I did what I had to do to win, I didn’t play my best but I played to win.” David said.

Though the creator was unavailable to talk, her fellow editors acknowledged that she is responsible for many of the ideas that fuel Rocket Lawn Chairs, like the idea to focus on a different theme each issue (along with the idea of the publication itself). According to her peers, the editor’s dedication to her vision is the reason it finally came to fruition.

Starakiweicz easily took care of Yannick Goossens 6-1, 6-2 to help add to the Bulls rally. The consistent play of the top three, (Hove, David, Wojciech) is what kept the Bulls clinging to life every match.

“[She] wanted to do Rocket Lawn Chairs for a really long time…and she was part of a club, but the officers of the club didn’t want her to have so much control over it,” said Jacob Kassner, a junior media study major. “She was like: ‘Fine, I’m gonna go do my own thing.’”

The Bulls will go on to face Penn on Saturday, and Princeton on Sunday.

With nobody looking over her shoulder, the ambitious editor approached friends and classmates with the idea for a student-run arts publication. She looked to fellow English majors, members of clubs she was in, and willing friends to submit their own creative work to the magazine. According to Kassner, the initial plan was for Rocket Lawn Chairs to be focused on more visual art than anything else, “like the funnies in the newspaper.” However, when people started submitting literary pieces, the editor was flexible with her vision; she was happy just to create something artistic and different, regardless of the focus.

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“We’re going to change our squad a little bit, we’re going to change our travel roster,” Nickell said. “We’re going to give guys who haven’t had opportunities an opportunity, and this week is going to be a ‘hell’ week.”


Kassner is not just a stranger who submits work – he is one of the friends whose help the mysterious entrepreneur initially sought out. He is responsible for the artwork in the magazine, including comics and even the cover work. Though Kassner personally is indifferent to who looks at his work and how they react, he still submits art and puts time into the publication – mostly in order to support his friend. “I don’t really care about the audience, I [submit comics] because my friend asked me to,” Kassner said. “I just create a lot of media over the course of a month, and I feel like: ‘Well, if it’s within my ability to draw a comic for [her], then I should do that.” Some students, like freshman communication major Nicole Faerman, are intrigued by the “unorthodox” way that the magazine runs. “At first, I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not,” Faerman said. “But after reading through [the publication], I think that the people in charge just genuinely enjoy thinking outside of the box. It makes me feel like they want people who write for Rocket Lawn Chairs to have as much fun just giving in their work as they probably do putting it together.” In addition to hiding submissions in books, the paper itself instructs readers not to discard the magazine, but to “Leave it in your chemistry class…stick it in a random mailbox…pass it on.” According to the assistant editor (who also requested anonymity), a junior philosophy and linguistics major, they must get creative with distribution because of the small number of copies that are actually printed.

try to put them in places people will see them, like Clemens Hall.” The assistant editor is another of the editor’s close friends. When the time comes to put the publication together, it is the two of them who spend hours in the Lockwood Cybrary printing out pages and tweaking the layout of each issue. Because it is new and relatively underground at this point, the staff relies on donations from students’ leftover print quotas in order to print all of the work. The assistant editor acknowledges that print quota donations will only last for a limited amount of time, and looking forward, he plans to enlist help from UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities to obtain money for production. Though there is still much work to be done, he believes Rocket Lawn Chairs will be worth it, as it will provide an outlet for those who otherwise would refrain from sharing their poetry or artwork. “In any given community, no matter how small, there’s always some kind of talent that just doesn’t get out,” he said. “I feel like this is a good opportunity for people to get anything out there that they’re working on, just to show people, so they can see what is in the community around them.” Just how far the publication will go is unknown, but the editors do know one thing: they’re doing something different and exciting, and for them, the mystery is worth it.


“We have a very small amount that we put out. One hundred twenty-five copies…[it’s] a very small operation,” he said. “We give them to strangers and

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- A routine development may mean more today than expected, thanks to the involvement of the new kid on the block.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- The predictions that others share with you may get you thinking -- but you'll stop short of making any predictions of your own.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- An accident of some kind may change the course of your day more significantly than you are able to anticipate. Be ready to adjust.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Someone can help you from afar today thanks to technological advances -- and a little good luck. Keep lines of communication open at all times.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Studying will help you get through a tough time today. After that, you can use what you know to help someone else in need.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may want to let things settle down a bit before you speak your mind -- especially at the workplace.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You cannot believe what your dreams have been telling you -- and yet every day you are faced with more evidence that confirms them.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may be surprised by how quickly the hours pass today, even though you are not as involved as you expected to be.

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Scouting Miami (Ohio)

Current record: 9-17 (5-8 MidAmerican Conference) All-Time Record: 20-8 Miami Last Meeting: 52-51 Miami (Jan. 14, Miami, Ohio) Two RedHawks to Watch: F- Julian Mavunga: The talented forward averages a double-double with 16.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Standing 6-foot-8, he is able to use a myriad of low post moves to befuddle opposing forwards. He is also a workhorse, as he averages 37 minutes per game, and brings it night in and night out. G- Brian Sullivan: He’s only a freshman, but the six-foot guard is making a major impact in the MAC. Averaging 10 points a game, he is very deadly from beyond the arc, shooting an unbelievable 48 percent. He can and will burn the Bulls if left open. The Bulls will win if… They can regain their swagger on the defensive end. In the past three games the Bulls have allowed more than 75 points with Ohio scoring 88 on Wednesday. Buffalo has to force teams to take tough shots, especially when its playing zone defense. The RedHawks will win if… They can continue their hot 3-point shooting. Miami is second in the conference, shooting 36 percent from downtown. Aside from Sullivan, forward Jon Harris and swingman Josh Sewell are guys that are not afraid to let it go from deep. NATHANIEL SMITH Sports Editor The Bulls have found themselves at a pivotal point of the season. After a home loss Wednesday to Ohio, Buffalo needs to regain its confidence against a team that is very tough to beat, home or away. Surely the Bulls can’t lose four in a row…right? Buffalo-74 Miami (Ohio)-70 TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor The Ohio loss hurts badly and the team is now in a position where it can’t afford to drop anymore of its remaining contests at home. After seeing how mad sophomore forward Javon McCrea and senior forward Mitchell Watt were with their most recent performance, I don’t think coming out with a lack of intensity will be an issue like it was on Wednesday. Buffalo-78 Miami (Ohio)-74 BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor The Bulls have lost three straight and are in need of a win to keep their hopes of a bye to the semifinals alive. The RedHawks are one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, and the Bulls need a strong game on the glass after Wednesday night’s game. They lost in Miami (OH) by a point earlier in the season, so the home court will help the Bulls. Buffalo-71 Miami (Ohio)-60

Then There Were Three will on the conference,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “For a guy his size that can have that kind of stamina, endurance, and can sustain that will power for the duration of the game, it’s an unusual thing.”

TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor The men’s basketball team is in the middle of a three-game losing streak after having one of the most successful starts to a season in school history. Now it sits in a three-team tie for the second spot in the Mid-American Conference standings.

Mavunga’s rebounding prowess might be the most influential aspect of the game. He pulls down more than nine rebounds per contest and, Buffalo will need to make sure to stop him from dominating the boards after the past two performances on the glass.

A win on Wednesday, when they played Ohio (22-6, 9-4 MAC), would have put the Bulls (19-6, 9-4 MAC) in control of their destiny. But now Buffalo is tied with Ohio and Kent State (19-8, 9-4 MAC) heading into an important final three games that will determine how the tournament pairings will play out. That stretch gets underway on Saturday when Miami (Ohio) (9-17, 5-8 MAC) visits Alumni Arena. Although the RedHawks currently sit in last place in the MAC East, their record doesn’t indicate the amount of quality wins this team has been able to pull off. They already beat Buffalo 52-51 in January, and just topped Kent State 62-60 on Tuesday with the help of a pair of free throws from senior forward Julian Mavunga.

For a team that came into Wednesday’s game ranked third in the nation in rebounding, the Bulls have looked absolutely lost in the paint their last two contests. South Dakota State outrebounded the Bulls by three, and Ohio snared 21 offensive rebounds in the latest tilt.

Courtesy of Miami (Ohio) Athletics Julian Mavunga dunks over two Eastern Michigan players. Mavunga will be the Redbirds’ top threat when they come to Buffalo on Saturday.

Mavunga is a guy the Bulls will have to slow down if they want to get their season back on track. The 6-foot-8 forward is a

big body to handle on the interior. “[Mavunga] is imposing his

“We gotta get a body on a body,” Witherspoon said. “We’ve got to get guys away from the basket. It comes down to desire. It’s not like we don’t know how to do it anymore, it just comes down to desire.” If desire is the problem then Buffalo better find some before Saturday, because with only three games left, continued on page 8

Bulls Drop Close Match to Cleveland State JOE KONZE JR. Staff Writer After a long, tense, and traumatic day for the men’s tennis team, the deciding factor wasn’t a powerful overhand shot, a slick backhand, or a sneaky drop shot. It was cramps. Buffalo (1-3) fought hard, but eventually fell to Cleveland State (1-3), 4-3 on Sunday at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville, NY. The resiliency of the Bulls was not enough to hold off the Vikings. It all came down to two singles matches to determine the outcome of the event. After a tiring match that came down to a final, tie-breaking set, muscle cramps became the downfall for senior Alex Kalinin. The pain in his right quad was too unbearable, as he eventually fell to Cleveland State’s Matt Ford 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. “No one can sit back and say they did all they can do,” said head coach Lee Nickell. “That being said, it was unfortunate that Alex had suffered dehydration.” The match leading up to the finale wasn’t without drama as well, as junior Vusa Hove held off Matt Kuelker in what was an intense 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Friday, February 24, 2012

A 10-Year Decision JON GAGNON Staff Writer

The Indianapolis Colts are on the verge of one of the most important offseason decisions in NFL history. Do they keep legendary quarterback Peyton Manning or let him go? Peyton missed all of last season due to a serious neck injury. Three surgeries later, it appears Manning may be ready to go for the 2012 season but even that much is unclear. He has been medically cleared to play and has reportedly been making great strides in his comeback. To add to the controversy, the Colts finished dead last this season and have obtained the number one pick in April’s draft. You would assume the Colts could upgrade at another position, Peyton will come back, and they will once again emerge as one of the best teams in the NFL behind one of the best quarterbacks in football history. But things are a little more complicated than that for Colts’ president Jim Irsay. For starters, the Colts will owe Peyton a $28 million bonus on March 8. A bonus that they are reluctant to pay, seeing as how it is unclear whether Peyton will even be able to resume his NFL career. Manning proved his worth to the Colts more than ever this past season when he didn’t play and the Colts only won two games.

victory. Momentum swung wildly on both sides of the pendulum as the two players traded games, as well as insults. Hove’s triumph improved his overall singles record to 8-4.

To add to the turmoil, this year’s NFL draft provides what many scouts consider one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of college, Stanford’s Andrew Luck.

“[Kuelker] kept bringing the energy, [so] I had to step up my energy and my game,” Hove said. “When it came down to the third set, it came down to controlling my nerves and playing the crucial points well. That is one of the tougher opponents I have faced. I have had a lot of three-set matches, and I am more experienced now.”

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper has been covering the draft for 28 years now. He was quoted saying, “Luck is the highest rated quarterback to enter the draft in the last 35 years.” So you would think the Colts’ decision would be easy, right? Release an injury-rattled veteran quarterback that is owed $28 million and draft the next savior of NFL quarterbacks.

That success did not transition into the next match, and Nickell’s frustration with the Bulls’ mental preparation was very apparent. “I don’t feel we were the better team,” Nickell said. “They showed more resiliency in tough spots and that’s the key to beating a better team; being resilient when the pressure’s on and right now we are finding ways to lose matches.” Although the match as a whole came down to that final set, the Bulls struggled in doubles play, as the Vikings swept Buffalo in three matches. Kalinin and freshman Damien David headlined those struggles, as the Vikings pair of Matt Kuelker and Jorg Van Der Vloet defeated the Buffalo duo, 8-3. “Our top three [Hove, David, and senior Wojciech Starakiewicz] are consistent, however down low we have

But, football isn’t that simple. Peyton Manning was the LeBron James of Indianapolis, except he actually won them a ring. Peyton is considered to have single handedly revived the Colts’ franchise after their move from Baltimore to Indianapolis. seungyup shin /// the spectrum Senior Alex Kalinin runs up the court for a backhand. Buffalo lost to Cleveland State on Sunday.

zero consistency,” Nickell said. “I’m really happy with the way Damien is playing, but he could be better with doubles.” David also improved his singles record to 14-4 with a big win over Ali Shabibb. David won both sets 6-3, 6-2 to help the Bulls remain in contention to win the match. continued on page 8

Bulls Gear Up for MAC Indoor Championships NATHANIEL SMITH Sports Editor As the winter season winds down, the indoor track and field season is starting to heat up for the men and women’s teams. The Bulls head to Akron, Ohio to take on the best the MidAmerican Conference has to offer as they compete in the MAC Indoor Championships this weekend. Both teams are looking to finish at the top of the conference after stellar seasons in many different events. Buffalo has two teams that are the odds-on favorites in the shot put. Senior Becky O’Brien is the defending champion and the number one seed coming into Akron. She has already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, as well as the Olympic trials late June in Oregon. She is not worried about losing that edge in Akron, however. “In all honesty, I think she is ready for that extra pressure,” said women’s head coach Vicki Mitchell. “Every meet she’s

been at, she’s been the number one thrower and there’s always pressure to win. She’s been accustomed to being in that situation and she rises to the occasion.” The men have a stud as well. Senior Rob Golabek is also the defending champion, and his throw of 63 feet and-3.50 inches set a Buffalo and MAC record in the event two weeks ago at the SPIRE Division-1 Invitational. With the successes of the two athletes, men’s head coach Perry Jenkins sees the healthy competition that comes out as they both try to be the best. “They’re both competitors, and they want to be the best in their event, and sometimes [their success] rubs off,” Jenkins said. “It’s fun to watch, when you see Becky and Rob compete – they don’t settle for number three or two, they want to be number one.” On the track, redshirt sophomore Miles Lewis has been making a huge impact in his first year, entering the weekend as the second-fastest in the men’s 60-meters and thirdfastest in the men’s 200-meters in the conference, according to Jenkins. continued on page 8

He won 10 or more games in 11 of his 13 years with Indy. The NFL is a business, but at some point you have to feel a sort of moral obligation to a player, right? Luck could only benefit from learning on the bench behind arguably the most intelligent quarterback of all time if Peyton was to return fully healthy. Remember when the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers and let him ride the pine for three seasons behind NFL legend Brett Favre? That seemed to turn out fairly well for them. But who is to say Andrew Luck will pan out like everyone expects? Sure, he is considered to be the most can’t-miss prospect of the last quarter century, but the NFL draft is as big of a crapshoot as any sport. Jamarcus Russell, David Carr, and Tim Couch were all number one overall picks in the last decade or so and look how they turned out. Is it likely Luck will end up like these first pick duds? Probably not, but you certainly can’t rule it out completely. The transition from a college quarterback to an NFL quarterback is the toughest in all of sports and nothing is a guarantee. Peyton likely has only three or four more seasons left in him, so is $28 million worth that when you could draft what most consider will be the next Peyton Manning? The Colts have to make a business decision. The clock is ticking and they have about two weeks to decide to pay up or saddle up without Manning. Email:

The Spectrum Volume 61 Issue 58  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. February 24, 2011.

The Spectrum Volume 61 Issue 58  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. February 24, 2011.