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Vol. 61 NO. 71

Inside The Spectrum


Commission Finds UB Lacks Gender Equity Among Faculty LISA EPSTEIN Staff Writer UB’s commitment to women’s equity and diversity fell short of expectations during a recent evaluation by a school-sponsored commission, and faculty and staff are not happy about the poor results.

Remembering Matthew Scarpati On July 20, 2009, at approximately midnight, three state troopers knocked on Lynn Scarpati’s front door bearing news that shattered her heart and ultimately altered the rest of her life. Story on Page 8


At Tuesday’s Faculty Senate Meeting, university faculty spoke about the Commission on Academic Excellence and Equity’s finding that UB lacks appropriate gender equity. The commission was established after the Ad Hoc Task Force on Gender Equity in Promotions recommended in 2009 that UB exercise greater fairness in the hiring, promotion, and tenure of women. The group is made up of scholars and teachers at UB. Professor Athena Mutua, chair of the Commission, said the group was charged in 2009 with making decisions about how the university community can support the culture of academic excellence and sustain scholarly accomplishments. “We tried to identify what we call the best practices, with a focus on AAU institutions, and then we looked at reports issued by other universities,” Mutua said during the meeting. “We also looked at a lot of association reports, so associations with subjects like political science, law, and physics. Those help us identify best practices.”

The commission set out to work on issues like tenure review, recruitment, advancement, mentoring, and work-life balance support for UB’s female staff. The report noted that UB is not nearly as diverse as it should be, nor as diverse as it should become to remain competitive as a university in the future. Prestigious female faculty will not come to UB if it has a reputation for not promoting and granting tenure to women.

staff despite their differences and across their diversity: It must ensure equity across diversity,” the commission’s report reads. Those at the meeting discussed briefly the entire report and the commission’s findings. The Senate voted on discussing the report in more detail at the next meeting. Mary Bisson, chair of the recruitment committee, agreed with the decision. “It’s a very substantial report, and I have to agree with the Senate, that they really didn’t have time to deal with any substantive issues,” Bisson said. “There’s going to need to be a lot more discussion about [the report], and I hope we get the time to do that.”

The 2009 task force also found that UB falls below the standard it set concerning diversity and equity. “Thus our faculty needs to be, in a word, diverse – diverse in perspective, intellect, and culture…[UB] must then ensure that its norms, structures, and systems are fair, and that these facilitate, as opposed to hinder, the success of all faculty, students, and

The commission’s goal is to spread the report to as many faculty members as possible, so that

Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum Faculty Senate: UB's faculty lacks gender equality, according to the findings of the Commission on Academic Excellence and Equity.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Will Not Remove ‘Basis of Faith’

A Week in Ink: Issue No. 49 DC’s The Fury of the Firestorm series has often recycled trite story ideas and blended them into a mediocre nuclear smoothie, and admittedly Issue No. 7 does little to alter the tried and true blend.

Risks derecognition by Student Association

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MARK DAVIS Staff Writer Today (Wednesday) marks the deadline for the UB chapter of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to submit an amended constitution to the UB Student Association, but the group won’t yield to all the SA’s stipulations, thus risking derecognition and a possible court battle.


Offense Goes Missing in Buffalo Senior pitcher Cameron Copping pitched 10 scoreless innings on Friday. Most days that would be more than enough for a win, but not this weekend. The offense couldn’t push runs across when it needed them most.


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Opinion s 3 News s 4 Lifes 7,8,9,10 Arts s 11,12,13 Classifieds & Daily Delightss 19 Sports s 20

Weather for the Week: Wednesday: Mostly Sunny- H: 53, L: 37 Thursday: Mostly Sunny- H: 45, L: 33 Friday: Sunny- H: 51, L: 35

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31 Candles Out, 31 Lives Lost Courtesy of flickr user isafmedia Students gathered on South Campus to light candles memorializing 31 victims of racial profiling and police brutality.

LYZI WHITE Life Editor The crowd was scarce but its voice was heard. The wind forcefully blew the candles those assembled held out, but the candles’ symbolism was still felt, even if their warmth was not. Fight the Power UB held a candlelight vigil and march through the University Heights Monday night, memorializing 31 victims of racial profiling or police brutality. The club previously held a rally raising awareness for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black teenager shot to death in Florida. Martin was the 31st name to be read aloud on Monday. The crowd looked up toward William Richardson, a senior sociology major, and his younger sister as the two read the 31 names, followed by the causes of each death. “Orlando Barlow: shot by a Las Vegas PD officer as he was on his knees surrendering.” The rally was not held only to raise awareness of the Trayvon Martin case, although that was an important aspect. It was also held to shed light on the racial profiling and discrimination that occurs throughout the entire nation as well as in Buffalo on a daily basis, according to Richardson.

The walk was about being part of a beginning – not just another small moment where people get frustrated but do nothing, according to Richardson. “This [rally was] important because it exemplifies that racism and profiling people, it still exists, it’s still alive,” said Jade Lewis, a junior environmental design and political science major. “Even if it may not be as blatant, in your face as maybe back in the civil rights era, it’s still here.” These young people had their lives taken. Whether they were guilty of a minor crime or just assumed to be guilty, their families were destroyed and their communities were shattered, according to Lewis. “Jean Charles de Menezes: 27-year-old Brazilian male mistaken for a bomber, killed by police.” It seems unfair to Lewis that many of her friends are unable to feel safe walking down their own streets. It’s unfair, in her mind, that no matter how much they might excel in school, how far they travel down a career path, someone might be there judging them – looking at them as though they were criminals. “It’s not fair just to be targeted because you are born a certain way,” Lewis said. “You can’t decide who you are, you’re just born.” Continued on page 17

Quentin Hall-Lochmann Van Bennekom, the outreach coordinator for the ministry, said the IVCF has prepared changes to its constitution. Yet according to Van Beenekom, the ministry will not be altering the primary portions of its constitution concerning its “basis of faith” clause. “We did make all the changes that the SA asked us to, with the exception of asking our leaders to ascribe to the statement of faith and purpose statement,” Van Bennekom said. “The club voted unanimously to keep that clause of the constitution because we believe that all clubs should to be able to expect that leaders hold the same core values as the group.” IVCF’s refusal will likely result in the Senate derecognizing the club at the next meeting (date not yet determined), and numerous SA officials have said they expect a lawsuit to ensue. Continued on page 2

Filling the Void Buffalo searches for next Athletic Director TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor On Feb. 13 Warde Manuel left UB to take the athletic director position at UConn. Fifty-two days later the school is still searching for his replacement. If the school adheres to the deadline set by President Satish K. Tripathi, there will be less than 40 days before the new AD is hired. Tripathi named co-chairs to the search committee – vice-president for university life and services Dennis Black and vicepresident of the UB Foundation Francis Letro – and gave them until commencement to fill the position vacancy. To do so, Buffalo has hired Parker Executive Search to conduct the process narrowing in on candidates. It was this firm that aided in bringing head football coach Jeff Quinn to Buffalo. Continued on page 17

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Continued from page 1: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Will Not Remove ‘Basis of Faith’ SA suspended the IVCF in early December amid allegations that the club’s constitution was discriminatory. Specifically, its “basis of faith” stipulation, which requires elected officers to affirm belief in Christian doctrine, was deemed by the SA to be in violation of its and the university’s antidiscrimination policy. The SA suspended and investigated IVCF after its openly gay treasurer said he was forced to resign because of his sexual orientation. The club maintains that he agreed to resign because he no longer fulfilled the “basis of faith” – specifically, he didn’t support the entirety of the Bible, including verses that condemn homosexuality. In December, the SA Senate formed an investigative committee to inspect details of the club’s constitution and to determine a deadline for IVCF to make appropriate changes. The committee determined that IVCF was in violation of the Student Association Constitution and “applicable UB policies.” SA’s first deadline for the club to change its constitution was originally scheduled for Feb. 25, but the SA Senate agreed on an extension, announcing that the IVCF had until today to change its constitution. Meanwhile, the IVCF continues to act as it did before the suspension, using donations from churches in place of the SA funding that was taken away. “Members of IVCF are in talks with members of the Senate, both voting and non-voting, attempting to gain a better understanding for both IVCF's side and SA’s view of the situation,” Van Bennekom said. “We hope that we can find a resolution by communicating with the Senate and our members.” IVCF leaders have been adamant that current club policy requiring officers to subscribe to a basis of faith is imperative to their integrity as an organization. Regular members of the ministry are not required to sign a faith-based pledge.

In February, IVCF President Aaron Boucher told the SA Senate that the club “deemed it necessary that [the basis of faith] be in [the constitution] to ensure that our leaders for future generations… could represent adequately what IVCF believes in…We felt that by taking that out, we over time dilute our leadership and essentially our identity as a club.” The national body of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, known as IVCF/USA, has come out in support of its UB chapter. On March 26, IVCF/ USA Senior President Alec Hill published a letter on the organization’s website, entitled “Reflections on Campus Access,” in which he praised that UB’s IVCF is standing its ground while still respecting and cooperating with the SA. “It pleases me no end to observe the Christ-like responses of our student leaders, faculty advisors and staff towards university administrators and student body officers,” Hill wrote. “Instead of being hostile, our chapters build relationships. Instead of being paranoid, they dwell in the Lord’s sovereignty.” Andrew Ginsberg, vice president and director of advancement at IVCF/USA, told The Spectrum that the national organization has refrained from contacting or discussing the issue with SA or UB administration. “Our posture in this kind of situation is to let the local chapter lead as much as they can and want to,” Ginsberg said. “It’s a UB conversation, and there’s no need for the national group to insert ourselves more than is necessary.” The conflict between the IVCF and SA has significant legal precedent. In 2003, IVCF/USA filed a lawsuit against Rutgers University after the school suspended the InterVarsity Multiethnic Christian Fellowship based on its anti-discrimination policy and imposed a $1,200 sanction. The suit was settled out of court, and the IVMCF of Rutgers was required to alter its selection process of group leaders.

At Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, the InterVarsity’s Graduate Christian Fellowship was placed on provisional status in January when the school found that the group was not in compliance with a nondiscrimination policy. The IVCF/USA issued a statement on its website regarding the Vanderbilt dispute, declaring, “We believe such a policy not only flies in the face of common sense but is also contrary to the spirit of the Freedom of Religion protections in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” In 2010, the Supreme Court heard the case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. The Christian Legal Society of the Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, a public law school, filed suit after officials of the college suspended the group based on a similar anti-discrimination policy. The CLS had required all voting members to disavow “unrepentant participation in or advocacy of a sexually immoral lifestyle.”

Continued from page 1: Commission Finds UB Lacks Gender Equity Among Faculty change will happen among the university. Mutua ultimately wants to see equal treatment among all people at UB. “When we’re talking about equity across diversity, were talking about fairness across diversity,” Mutua said. “We’re pushing for excellence, not just average.” Email:

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Court determined the school was not in violation of the First Amendment. The SA expects a lawsuit from IVCF, and Ginsberg said that litigation has not been ruled out. But he added that at the current stage of discussions between SA and the IVCF, it seems unlikely. “We’re just not there yet. We’re really hoping and working to make an amenable solution,” Ginsberg said. “It’s very rare that we do that kind of thing. We’re willing to, but it’s not very helpful. What we really want to be is a group on campus that is of value and helpful and of the marketplace of ideas, not one that is in lawsuit.” Email:


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Déjà Vu Outrage

If Fracking Isn’t Bad, Why Is SUNY Trying to Hide It?

Spring Fest lineup causes backlash Here we go again. This year’s Spring Fest lineup has been announced, and the backlash has begun. International hip-hop stars Rick Ross, Fabolous, and Tyga will be performing at this year’s concert, much to the chagrin of the Facebook masses. As opposed to every other year in its history, the Student Association set up a system that allowed students to vote on potential performers. While students have been clamoring for such a system for quite some time, implementation has proven to be less than simple. Of the top 10 artists, seven are not available and one needed to be booked before December. Needless to say, this frustrated many students, and with good reason: It’s never enjoyable to be disappointed when you think that someone is coming when they weren’t even available. While we agree that at least some more research needs to be done ahead of time so that at least bands that aren’t available won’t be on the ballot, nothing is really ever that simple. According to a reliable source, SA was on the track to booking the number one student choice, LMFAO, but the deal fell through. On SA’s Facebook page, it says that LMFAO is cancelling its entire tour because of family troubles. This could not be confirmed. After going down the rest of the list of headliners, Rick Ross at number eight was the next available act. Then there are people complaining about the show’s content. One student sanctimoniously commented about being in a minority of people who liked “decent” music; others complained about there not being any rock groups on tap.

Firstly, Fall Fest was already a rock show. It may not have been a rock band that you liked, but The Fray is most certainly not a hip-hop act. Also, the people that voted overwhelmingly wanted hiphop acts to come.

LUKE HAMMILL Senior News Editor

Last issue, we ran an important editorial cartoon. I hope you noticed it.

Next, it’s unfair to call the lineup a “bad” lineup. Each of the artists the SA procured is a popular act, and has a number of big hits. We easily recognize that popularity doesn’t necessarily mean that the music is good, but it does mean that there are a lot of people out there that like it.

Drawn by Spectrum Creative Director Nicole Manzo, the cartoon depicted the environmentally controversial hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” method being used to pump natural gas to campus via an underground pipeline. Above the ground are UB’s new and highly touted solar energy panels, which stand next to a “UB goes green” sign.

It’s very important to remember that any person’s taste in music is completely subjective. You might not like the lineup, but your perfect show would probably irk just as many people as the current one does.

That cartoon is basically true. Last week, Artvoice reported that SUNY bought natural gas for five campuses – UB, Buffalo State, Fredonia, Alfred State, and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University – in a $22 million deal with local business EnergyMark LLC. The gas “will be transported by pipelines direct from shallow vertical wells in New York and Marcellus Shale – horizontal wells in Pennsylvania,” according to an EnergyMark press release.

Each year we watch the cycle of announcement and rage occur again, we can’t help but think that there is no possible way to make the students happy with Fall and Spring Fest.

The fracked gas started flowing on Sunday, according to a report at trade website Gas Business Briefing.

If SA has a survey, people will be mad when their picks aren’t selected. If SA doesn’t have a survey, students will complain about not having a voice in the decision process. In essence, they’re damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

There is a statewide moratorium on fracking in New York State because of its controversial nature and because of evidence suggesting it could be environmentally harmful. But fracking is allowed in Pennsylvania. And EnergyMark Vice President Tim Wright confirmed to Artvoice that the Pennsylvanian gas is indeed “fracked.”

To that end, maybe there should be more effort put into the concerts that people enjoy – the Small Concert series. Last year during spring semester, we were able to see Kid Cudi. This year Chiddy Bang came to put on a great show.

“A big source of that now is gas that has been recovered through a fracking technique,” Wright told Artvoice.

If the choice is between a bunch of good concerts or a big one that only a few people are satisfied with, then maybe it’s time to rethink how we’re spending these entertainment dollars.

But that’s not all he said.

After all, that money is our money.

The Final Frontier

Spending more on science is our path to the future At one time in our history, Americans were the greatest dreamers in the world. We looked to the future with wonder and excitement, thinking about the cities and technology of the future.

unclear future, and politicians are looking for quick ways to get votes. Many people can’t see the value of exploring other planets, and for good reason. The benefits from putting a rover on Mars aren’t immediately tangible.

That was the era of space exploration, when science was still a wonderful mystery to many people – something to be looked upon with awe. From the early ’50s to the early ’70s, we were the global leaders in science and technology.

But to Neil deGrasse Tyson, famed astrophysicist and this generation’s Carl Sagan, the problems of our economy can be directly linked to the damage that not treating science with wonder has done. He has suggested to Congress that doubling NASA’s budget would help push our economy forward.

Today, we’re slipping. Ever since the end of the space race with the Soviet Union, NASA has been steadily atrophied. Now, the current agency is but a shadow of its former self. Earlier this year, Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2013, and the damage to some NASA programs was crippling. While some parts saw increased funding, like earth science and heliophysics, some of the most important programs were gutted. Education outreach by NASA was slashed from $136 million to $100 million, and Mars exploration was smashed with a 38.5 percent cut. It’s easy to see why government views NASA as expendable. We’re in the middle of economic hardship with a high national debt and an

While it is irresponsible to simply double the budget without having any idea where the money is going, the idea that we should increase funding NASA’s current projects is a good one. The value of spinoff technologies and science arguably exceeds the input cost for space programs. Thousands of different inventions have spawned from NASA for all aspects of science, not just space exploration. From artificial hearts, devices for easily testing water quality, effective thermal insulation, to machines that create microgravity conditions for cell cultures that allows for better cancer treatments, NASA has its hands in almost every aspect of scientific discovery.

April 4, 2012 | VOLUME 61 NUMBER 71 | CIRCULATION: 7,000

EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF Matthew Parrino SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR James Twigg MANAGING EDITOR Edward Benoit EDITORIAL EDITOR James Bowe NEWS EDITORS Luke Hammill, senior Rebecca Bratek Sara DiNatale, asst. Lisa Khoury, asst.

ARTS EDITORS Nick Pino, senior Vanessa Frith, senior Brian Josephs Elva Aguilar, asst. Vilona Trachtenberg, asst. LIFE EDITORS Aaron Mansfield, senior Keren Baruch Lyzi White Rachel Kramer, asst. SPORTS EDITORS Tyler Cady, senior Bryan Feiler Nathaniel Smith PHOTO EDITORS Meg Kinsley, senior Alexa Strudler Satsuki Aoi


The jobs created by these technologies are not ones that can be simply outsourced, and become valuable assets to our economy. An equally important aspect, however, is the power NASA has to instill citizens with a desire to become scientists and engineers. As our world moves forward it becomes more and more apparent that the economy of the future will be based in science and technology. Using NASA as a tool to convert our economy into a crown of the modern world is an invaluable investment in our future. We can’t do that without strong numbers of scientists and engineers. Yet NASA is not the only government agency that pushes science forward. There are many groups, like the National Science Foundation, that do equally valuable work. Those groups need funding as well to continue sponsoring and developing the technology of the future. It’s probably an unrealistic dream. Democrats are walking on eggshells trying not to seem fiscally irresponsible, and spending money on exploring Mars doesn’t exactly ring well with fiscal conservatives, who are only interested in cuts. But, in the words of Tyson, “How much would you pay for the universe?”

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“What we don’t want to put in the press release – and we talked to SUNY about this – is that this is specifically gas from a fracked well. SUNY said they were fine with a press release as long as we didn’t emphasize any fracking,” Wright told Artvoice. And I think that’s because of the political nature of fracking versus the physical nature of the supply source. And frankly, there’s no way we can tell once the gas is put into a pipeline system.” First of all, it’s humorous and astonishing that Wright said that to Artvoice. What was he thinking? I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last deal SUNY makes with EnergyMark. More importantly, though, it’s telling that SUNY didn’t want the public to find out that the gas will be obtained through fracking. There is substantial evidence suggesting fracking harms the environment and raises health concerns – so much so that state politicians introduced the moratorium – but I’m not even going to get into it all, because I don’t want to turn this into a debate about fracking. The point I want to make is that SUNY bought a product with over $22 million in public money and then tried to hide the true nature of that product from the public. And when an Artvoice reporter asked why SUNY was trying to hide it, a spokesperson responded thus: “The word ‘hydrofracking’ – who said it, and who didn’t – is irrelevant to what this story should be about.” Well, the journalism classes I took at my SUNY university taught me that reporters shouldn’t let public relations people shape their stories. And I think a lot of taxpayers would find it “relevant” that SUNY isn’t being totally forthright – some would say SUNY’s being downright dishonest – with $22 million in public money. Why would SUNY hide that its newly bought natural gas is fracked? After all, it lets its universities join and pay tens of thousands of dollars in annual dues to business lobbying groups like the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP), which actively supports fracking. It also lets them establish programs like the “SUNY Fredonia Shale Research Institute,” a pro-fracking “educational resource” that just so happens to be bankrolled by oil companies like Shell. The next time you hear about “UB Green” and its new “strand” of solar energy panels along the Flint Loop, remember that fracked natural gas is traveling to campus under the ground, and consider that UB pays almost $50,000 per year to the BNP, an organization that lists “Defeat of the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011” in a document called “2011 Advocacy Wins.” One step forward, two steps back. Email:

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Acclaimed logician John Corcoran is retiring from teaching at UB after over 40 years here. He wrote a farewell letter to his students for publication in The Spectrum.

A look into The Spectrum’s archives

Dear Students,

April 4, 1973 No arrests made Investigation Aimed at Reported Nazi Action on Campus

Mr. Griffin noted that campus police had not arrested the individuals involved because of the great difficulty in ascertaining what the court-defined interpretation of the statute would be. The literature collected by Campus Security was blatantly anti-black and contained several derogatory innuendoes about Jews.

University officials are attempting to downplay reports that the National Socialist White People’s Party (NSWPP, formerly known as the American Nazi Party) has been active on campus. However, charges leveled by eight University students are being investigated both on and off campus to determine if actual physical danger to black students exists.

Mr. St. John met with Albert Somit, executive vice president, and Richard Siggelkow, vice president for Student Affairs, on Friday “to warn us about what was going on,” reported Dr. Siggelkow.

One of the students, Terry St. John, said that the group did not wish to discuss the details of their charges at this time.

Also at the meeting were Roosevelt Rhodes, director of Minority Student Affairs, and Carol Raynor, director of the Norton Hall division of Sub-Board I, Inc., as well as other administration representatives.

“We have a lot of delicate negotiations going on,” said Mr. St. John. “We don’t want to upset them.” Nevertheless, investigations of incidents both on the University and in local Buffalo high schools have been initiated. Representatives of the Temporary State Commission to Study the Causes of Unrest (the Henderson Commission) were on campus last week to listen to the group’s claims. Additionally, officials of Buffalo schools have asked the FBI and Erie County District Attorney Michael F. Dillon to investigate the distribution of “hate literature” at Kensington High School and Emerson Vocational High School last week. One prior incident Campus police records show only one incident on campus involving members of NSWPP, which occurred in Norton Hall on November 11 during a session of Israeli folk dancing in the Fillmore Room. Leon F. Griffin, assistant director of Campus Security, reported that two individuals wearing Nazi armbands and brown shirts were at-

“We were talking about something we can’t really anticipate,” said Dr. Siggelkow. “I was impressed with the way students at the local high schools handled the literature. Our students are even more sophisticated and aware of the problems involved,” continued Dr. Siggelkow. “I am sure they will react as intelligently.”

tempting to distribute “hate” literature when they were surrounded by participants in the Israeli folk dancing, carrying an Israeli flag. “We suggested they go to another part of campus,” said Mr. Griffin. “We said that we couldn’t offer them any protection.”

Ms. Raynor reported that Mr. St. John had warned University officials of a supposed incident, which was to occur last Friday night involving members of NSWPP. The incident failed to materialize.

The individuals voluntarily left campus, but later complained to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) about violations of their rights. After a telephone call to Campus Security, the ACLU decided not to initiate a court action.

Mr. St. John has also met with Buffalo City Councilman George Arthur to seek Common Council action in this matter. The Council was to have discussed the problem at yesterday’s session.

Mr. Griffin also reported that it is a Class A misdemeanor in New York for any person to appear in a public place “in any uniform similar to that worn by storm troopers of Nazi Germany…or any distinctive part or parts… or to assemble with other persons similarly attired…” He quoted section 238 of the Military Law as his source for the statutory prohibition.


I am saying farewell after more than 40 happy years of teaching logic at the University of Buffalo. But this is only a partial farewell. I will no longer be at UB to teach classroom courses or seminars. But nothing else will change. I will continue to be available for independent study. I will continue to write abstracts and articles with people who have taken courses or seminars with me. And I will continue to honor the LogicLifetimeGuarantee™, which you earned by taking one of my logic courses or seminars. As you might remember, according to the terms of the LogicLifetimeGuarantee™, I stand behind everything I teach. If you find anything to be unsatisfactory, I am committed to fixing it. If you forget anything, I will remind you. If you have questions, I will answer them or ask more questions. And if you need more detail on any topic we discussed, I will help you to broaden and deepen your knowledge – and maybe write an abstract or article with you. Stay in touch. I want to take this opportunity to say something about my intellectual development and to leave you with some advice. In the four years I was a graduate student, I went to almost every philosophy colloquium. I met several famous philosophers. I asked each of them: “What is your one piece of advice for a philosophy graduate student?” Only Paul Feyerabend said anything memorable. His advice was to find some fundamental problem that could serve as an anchor or focal point for a lifetime of philosophizing. Sometime later I realized that I had already had such a problem: What is proof? This question gives rise to a series of epistemic, ontic, linguistic, logical, mathematical, and historical questions that still energize me. Although I had had creative spurts and productive learning experiences even from childhood, as I look back I feel that for the first 25 years or so of my life I was being hindered by something – it felt like driving with my brakes on, or carrying useless baggage, or slogging through a muddy swamp. What set me free was overcoming my inclination to be loyal to the beliefs I happened to have. I had been afraid to doubt. I remember discussing my fear of doubt with two of my high-school pals. But it wasn’t until graduate school that I saw how destructive that fear was and only then did I overcome it. I now realize the power of creative doubt. I now see that doubt is not to be feared and shunned; stubborn belief is the scary thing. Thinking that I was mysteriously and gratuitously granted belief in the truth was a terrible burden. Continued on page 15



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He is Risen Easter is the celebration of the death and the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. We believe Jesus died and rose again, offering us forgiveness, peace with God, and eternal life.

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Drunk Driving Awareness Hits UB MEGAN DRESSEL Staff Writer It’s Saturday night, the bar is loud with live music, people are crowded together sipping on beer and liquor – anything to get drunk. As the clock ticks on, intoxication levels get higher, and the ability to operate a motor vehicle completely disappears. But some try anyway. Drunk Driving Awareness Week will take place from April 2-7 in the Student Union. Using a student-to-student approach on the topic, those involved are hoping to expose the truth about drunk driving, educate students, and encourage them to make the right choice when it comes to getting home from a long night of drinking. This week is the brainchild of Allison Funk, a senior psychology and theatre major who is also the external affairs liaison for the student affairs department. She was a friend of Matthew Scarpati, a UB student who lost his life to a drunken motorcyclist. After almost eight months of planning, the week has finally arrived. Student affairs, Greek Life and Greek Affairs, Wellness, SubBoard, Inc., Student Senate, Liberty Cab, BuffEats, Designated Drivers of Buffalo, and a variety of other student clubs will be advocating the message of safe driving all over campus.

show that 55 percent of students say that they do not drink or have not consumed alcohol in the last Students who choose to attend certwo weeks, and about 15 percent tain events will be asked to write of students are drinking moderdown their experiences with alcoately. This leaves about 30 percent hol on a postcard. It can be a few of students who are engaging in words or an entire story, depend“high risk drinking.” This means ing on how much students are willthat they are consuming five or ing to share. These postcards will more drinks, depending on gender, then be anonymously displayed in in a two-hour period. the Union for the rest of the week. the bookstore.

Mark Sterner will talk in Student Union Theatre on Thursday night about his experience with driving drunk: he killed three of his best friends and served time in prison for manslaughter. Sterner has been to UB before as part of the Save a Life Tour. He is the best college speaker she’s ever seen, according to. “I can’t describe the impact that [Sterner] had,” said Pam Jackson, Assistant Director of Greek Affairs. “It wasn’t so much that the message was ‘don’t drink,’ but to drink responsibly, and don’t put your rules aside at any point in time. I would challenge any student to sit through his presentation and not be affected.” Both Jackson and Funk believe that the student-to-student aspect is critical to the success of the event. When an adult comes to speak it can sound condescending and students will not listen, according to Funk. “It can feel like an alcohol abstinence program,” Funk said. “That’s not the idea here. We are acknowledging that we are on a college campus and that students drink. But we are also noting that there are other options one can take at the end of the night that could potentially save a life.”

The week is packed with events that raise awareness of drunk driving. Students who attend events will receive a punch card. Once a student has three holes punched, his or her card will be put in the raffle. The winners will be picked Incoming freshman are surveyed this Friday and have the chance to through AlcoholEDU six weeks receive a breathalyzer, a multitude into the semester. These results of gift cards, or a gift basket from

According to Marla McBride, Assistant Director of Wellness Education Services, these “high risk drinkers” affect students in many different ways. Getting in a car and harming yourself or someone else is the worst-case scenario, but other complications can arise: noise complaints, students losing sleep, roommate issues, or vandalism. The wellness department will have a table set up every day of the week informing students on binge drinking, including how to reduce this behavior, the facts about alcohol consumption, and fun substancefree alternatives. “It’s all about options,” Funk said. “You have the choice not to drink and drive every single time [you consume alcohol], and you are never bound to a situation where you have to. But also you have options of other things to do. You don’t need to go out and drink in Buffalo to have a good time. There’s restaurants that have great food and deals, the theatre district, museums, the zoo, the aquarium, Niagara Falls – tons of stuff.”

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Courtesy of Lynn Scarpati The site of Matt Scarpati’s death - he will forever be remembered by his friends and family as a happy and fun loving teenager.

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Courtesy of Lynn Scarpati Matt Scarpati is remembered at UB by a brick on the Memorial Wall i the Student Union with this name on it.

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On July 20, 2009, at approximately midnight, three state troopers knocked on Lynn Scarpati’s front door bearing news that shattered her heart and ultimately altered the rest of her life. The troopers requested that her husband, James, get out of bed. Together they braced themselves for what would come next. They learned that a drunk driver had hit their 19-year-old son. Lynn knew that her son was going out for a bike ride that evening; he had been doing the same nighttime ride for several years. She was a bit concerned when she called his phone and the call went straight to voicemail, but she wasn’t too worried because she knew that the bike path he rode on was through a safe, calm area. For the five seconds after Lynn heard about the accident, her eyes were filled with tears but her heart was filled with hope. She wanted the next words out of the trooper’s mouth to be that her son was being taken care of in the hospital. They weren’t.

“They said that he did not survive,” Lynn said. Matt was changing the flat tire of his bicycle when James Ryan, a 46-year-old motorcyclist, raced down the bike path at a speed somewhere between 85 and 100 miles per hour. With a blood alcohol level of .10 and cocaine in his system, Ryan struck the teen with his Harley Davidson. Both were flown by helicopter to the Nassau University Medical Center in NY for urgent care.

Ryan’s reckless act. The lives of the members of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity here at UB were altered as well. Matt was their brother. To honor Matt’s memory, the brothers of the fraternity get together every year to host a walk on campus. This year, due to scheduling conflicts, the walk could not be on North Campus where it usually is, according to Pamela Jackson, the assistant director for Greek Affairs.

Ryan ended up in a coma with a traumatic brain injury, but he survived.

This has not prevented the brothers from raising awareness and hosting the annual walk.

Matt did not.

“It’s something that’s very close to us,” said Kyle Berninger, a senior mechanical engineering major and President of Pi Lambda Phi. “Every brother knows about what happened. I don’t think it’s something that that’s easy to forget; I can’t say that I will. I watched the boy pledge, then he became one of my best friends, and he was just taken from me. That’s not something I can ever forget.”

Matt was one of the 33,808 people who died from a drunk driving incident in 2009. This statistic doesn’t comfort Lynn; it horrifies her. Since the accident, Lynn has taken a stand to educate others about the importance of refraining from drunk driving, and she aims to raise awareness about the tragedy that is drunk driving. It was not just Matt’s and his family’s lives that were affected by

On Saturday, April 7, the Matthew Scarpati Memorial Walk will take place at 11 a.m. on the Ellicott bike path on North Cam-

pus. The boys believe it will be a perfect closing to the awareness week and they look forward to memorializing their departed brother and best friend. The Scarpatis’ efforts to raise awareness and protect lives will never stop. They established The Matthew Scarpati Endowed Scholarship Fund, which offers annual awards of about $1,000 to male students who have completed their freshman year at UB and have chosen to be an economics major, like Matt. The proceeds from the walk go to this scholarship fund. Money is made through a registration fee of $5 and the selling of raffle tickets at the actual walk. Free snacks and water are provided along with T-shirts and wristbands.

Courtesy of Lynn Scarpati The guardrail that was built in hopes of preventing future accidents where the accident occurred.

The brothers want to make this memorial walk as positive as possible. They know Matt would have appreciated the smiles on the participants’ faces as they walk two miles to honor him. The first year of the walk, approximately 300 people attended; the second year there were about 500. The numbers are continuously increasing as the walk gains recognition. Pi Lambda Phi has raised approximately $5,000 for

Courtesy of Lynn Scarpati A new guardrail was built after a drunk driver killed Matt Scarpati while he was changing the tire of his bike.

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Statistics courtesy of (last updated in 2009) - In 2009, there were 10,839 fatalities in crashes where the driver had a BAC of .08 or higher That accounts for 32 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year - In 2009, 16 percent of all drivers involved in fatal car crashes during the week were alcohol impaired, compared to the 31 percent on weekends - Highest percentage of drivers with BAC of .08 or above (2009): - 21-24 (age in years): 35 percent - 25-34 (age in years): 32 percent - 35-44 (age in years): 26 percent - 2009: 5,851 passenger vehicle drivers killed had a BAC of .08 or higher - Out of the percentage in which restraint-use is known, 72 percent were not wearing a seatbelt - Alcohol Related Deaths in the US since 1982:

“I was at home when I found out,” said Trevor Titley, a senior communication major. “And to tell you the truth I thought it was just some sick joke. I never imagined hearing such terrible news. I felt devastated. It’s the loss of a friend. He was taken too soon.” Titley reminisces about a time when Matt was pledging. He was known for rap battling everyone around him. Titley said Matt was a terrible rapper, but he put his heart into it, like everything else he did. He describes Matt as: “the ideal kid, very intelligent, and a family kid.”

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“Any time we were all together and he was in the room, his personality and character would just brighten it,” Berninger said. “Whether people were having a good time or not, just him being there would make it that much more enjoyable. He made the environment more pleasant. He always had a positive outlook on everything.”

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Lynn agrees. She said that she doesn’t know of many teenage boys that liked hanging out with his parents the way Matt did. Through her tears she remembers him. “He was a great, great person, he really was,” Lynn said. “And he can’t speak for himself, and now we have to do that. For him and for all the other people that have lost their lives to something that they shouldn’t. There is a cure to drunk driving, there really is: Just don’t do it. Call a cab. Do something so you can avoid being in that situation. Matt was an outstanding person. He was above average in intelligence but he wasn’t Einstein. I don’t know if he would have ever rocked the world, but I know he rocked his family’s world, and his friends’

world, and he was a great friend to a lot of people. I think he could have made an impact in his own way.” The Scarpatis have attended Pi Lambda Phi’s walk every year. Lynn finds it fantastic that the brothers of the fraternity continue to raise awareness and help her situation. Although it’s impossible to know whether the walk will actually save a life, the fact that it has the ability to is what keeps her enthusiasm up during the rough times. Lynn was unsure as to whether or not she wanted her son to pledge a fraternity but she trusted his instincts and allowed him to become a part of the brotherhood. She now sees how much they care about honoring and memorializing her son. “I really do appreciate that they honor him, and they honor themselves,” Lynn said. “It really shows the character of not only Matt, but Matt’s choices. Matt made good choices. He made good choices in friends and that has been very apparent to me. I mean, I knew it before, but I really know it now.” Each year approximately 11,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Lynn joined MADD after the accident. This year UB is hosting Drunk Driving Awareness Week from April 2 to April 7 to inform the community about the risks of drunk driving and to encourage people to think twice before entering a car with an intoxicated driver. Ryan is serving three to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter and other charges. The Scarpatis will continue to memorialize their son and attempt to help families in similar situations. They will never stop bringing awareness to their son’s devastating situation, and with the help of Matt’s friends at UB, his existence and impact will never be forgotten. Email:

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Redemption or Repulsion? Spring Fest: The Student Association’s last chance to end on a high note ELVA AGUILAR Asst. Arts Editor

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Between the election results and the revealing of the Spring Fest lineup, UB has been buzzing with end-of-the-year commentary, all of it DeadMau5 revolving around the Student Association. Chris Brown Students who attended the Comedy Series show last Saturday night received the Spring Fest lineup of rappers – Tyga, Fabolous, and Rick Ross, first. Immediately following the show, Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds erupted with reactions to the news. On the surface, it seems SA made sure students knew to voice their opinions. However, some say SA didn’t deliver on the level it was expected to. According to the survey results given by SA, headliner Rick Ross was voted eighth by students with 1,014 votes, only 5.4 percent of the total 18,587. Supporting acts Fabolous and Tyga only gained 6.8 percent and 5.1 percent of the 17,576 votes for supporting acts, respectively. According to SA President JoAnna Datz, the artists mentioned in the surveys are determined by the SA’s budget and whether the artist is touring sometime in the upcoming months, which in this case was mid-November. The first seven acts, ranging from crooner Chris Brown to British folk band Mumford & Sons, were listed as unavailable to perform but reasons why were excluded. “This survey can never be perfect because artists and [tour] managers are consistently changing their plans…this survey had a fair representation of tangible [options] for the SA, but unfortunately some acts…already had other commitments,” Datz said. “We did have another act that was higher on the list lined up, but unfortunately, they became unavailable as we were going to contract.” As to be expected with a school as diverse as UB, not everybody was pleased with the full roster of rappers. However, efforts by SA to please students were definitely acknowledged, as this semester’s lineup has not caused the same uproar it did for last semester’s Fall Fest featuring The Fray, White Panda, and 2AM Club. When news of Fall Fest’s lineup was revealed in September, students immediately took to the SA’s Facebook and backlash ensued. Last semester, The Spectrum reported 75 percent of posts following the Fall Fest announcement were negative. Fortunately for SA, any negative student reactions this time around were buffered with opposition from their counterparts. “For starters, this video [from UBTV] is hilarious. Having said that, the capacity people have

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to complain is astonishing. Hate on the lineup, hate on the video for the lineup, hate on the SA. Trust me, I like a good SA bashing from time to time just like the average UB student, but you gotta pick your battles,” said one student commenting on the announcement video featured on SA’s Facebook page. Last semester, surveys sent to students via email and Facebook resulted in approximately 3,000 votes, a miniscule amount considering UB has about 19,000 undergraduate students. According to Datz, SA’s Entertainment team set up tables around campus and encouraged students in person to vote in order to gain a better sense of what the entire student body wanted. Social media and campus-wide emails were also distributed during the three-day voting window, Nov. 14-17. Along with the 18,587 votes submitted for the headlining acts, other questions asked in the survey concerned preferred musical genres, which gained a total of 12,876 votes, and possible supporting acts, which received a total of 17,576 votes. Another notable change from last semester’s shaky Fall Fest was the reestablishment of moving the concert back to Baird Point, which explained the delayed show date. “[April 29] was the most preferable date we could have had. It is leading into artists’ summer touring dates [and] maximizes our chances of having an outdoor show when you consider Buffalo’s crazy and unpredictable weather,” Datz said. Spring Fest will take place April 29 at Baird Point at 7p.m. Non UB-undergrads can purchase tickets at any Ticketmaster location for $30.

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Fail of the Titans JAKE KNOTT Staff Writer Film: Wrath of the Titans Release Date: March 27 Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Grade: C+ To say that Wrath of the Titans – the sequel of the pitiful 2010 Clash of the Titans remake – is better than its predecessor would be a truthful statement. But that’s one of the scarce upsides found in this blood-splattered, sweaty, barbaric enterprise. Although some scenes deliver scrumptious CGI eye-candy in the form of mythical beasts, mobile labyrinths, and volcanic underworlds that would leave Mordor trembling in fear, this film isn’t enthralling enough to keep the audience entertained for a full 90 minutes. There was just one exploding fireball too many. Wrath follows the life of the demi-god, Perseus (Sam Worthington, Man on a Ledge). A decade

has passed since his Kraken-slaying days and, after the sudden passing of his wife, Perseus becomes the cliché movie dad who single-handedly raises his son – Helius (John Bell, Tracy Beaker Returns) – to live a simple life instead of taking over the family’s sword-swinging business. However, the family harmony only lasts for 15 short minutes of screen time. To save a kidnapped Zeus (Liam Neeson, The Grey), Perseus is forced out of retirement and is given the recurring action hero task of rescuing his captured father, who is chained to molten rock by Hades (Ralph Fiennes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) and Ares (Édgar Ramírez, Saluda al diablo de mi parte). The battle scenes are actually captured decently. Worthington has proven that he could hold his own as a macho action star since working on Terminator: Salvation and Avatar. His footwork flows naturally, as if he supervised the film’s choreography himself. The film eventually crosses the line, however. While the CGI effects are intriguing to look at, there is no hiding the inevitable fact that the fancy technology outweighs the human characters Continued on page 14

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Mirror Mirror’s Reflection Fails to Translate point where she is convincingly horrible. Her lines are intended to come off as comedic, which undercuts any amount of evil there might have been to her character.

Courtesy of Relativity Media Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management Inc. TAO: The Art of Drum brought a piece of Japanese music culture to the CFA last Wednesday.

TAO’s Toned Performers Stir Up the CFA ADRIEN D’ANGELO Staff Writer The typical drummer’s responsibility is to attend band practice, not run 10 kilometers a day, sprint uphill, or do hundreds of pushups. For the drummers of TAO: The Art of Drum, that’s only a small portion of the daily routine. The performers use their hard, military-style conditioning to gather the stamina, energy, and precision needed for the physically draining show that includes wide range of disciplines. With a sound like a stampede, these entertainers showcased their musical skill and toned physiques for over 600 attendees at the Center for the Arts on Wednesday. This was no drum recital – it was a high-energy mish-mash of entertainment that reverberated through the theatre. Arisa Nishi, a 16-year-old TAO veteran, explained what it took to put on such a performance. “Motivation, power, and energy; the first thing is motivation,” Nishi said. “We’re not only playing drums, we also have to make it entertainment, so it’s visual, like acting.” TAO derives from a traditional Japanese drumming style known as Taiko (Japanese for “wide drum”). The cast uses monstrous

instruments – with some as high as eight feet – to produce a huge sound that reaches into an ancient culture. But those who witness TAO attest that the show goes far beyond the traditional. Lavish costumes, savvy choreography, and humorous crowd interactions allowed TAO to stand out as a modern force of entertainment with savoir-faire of mighty beats. “The music itself is so different,” Nishi said. “We do use [traditional] melodies, but we edit them in our own modern way… Most of [these songs] are original, right out of the box.” The contemporary music brings rhythm and showmanship together in a way that hasn’t banged up a stage since Stomp, and TAO may soon gain recognition comparable to international sensations like Cirque du Soleil. Japan-inspired backdrops made Nishi feel at home on stage as the silhouette-encased performer swayed before a red sphere, while beating a six-foot drum – its rhythm resembling a pulsing heart. This was a drastic contrast to her flute playing, which brought out her elegance, subtlety, and warmness. Nishi, like several TAO members, is a multi-instrumentalist. She and her cast use exotic equipment like the shamisen (which resembles a banjo), the koto (a harp-like Continued on page 14


There are numerous details of Mirror Mirror that Singh uses to bring the fairytale up to date. Nicknames are the norm today and in the film, Snow White becomes just “Snow.” The dwarfs, called rebels because they fight against both the village and the Queen by stealing what they can, have names far removed form out childhood tales. Rebranded as Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub, Grimm, Wolf, Butcher, and Chuckles, these seven little men are reinvented. The magic mirror that the Queen uses to fulfill her vanity is no longer just a talking mirror. It is now an alternate dimension that transports the Queen into her very own hut in which she can see her alter-ego in any mirror.

Movie: Mirror Mirror Release Date: March 30 Studio: Relativity Media Grade: C Snow White returned to film form and this time she isn’t just a helpless princess. Armed with martial arts moves and the confidence to match, Snow White has been transformed into a modern-day action hero.

Another added detail is that there is now another evil force to contend with – a forest dwelling beast. Created by the Queen to rid the realm of undesirables, this addition turns out to be a pleasant twist that makes the ending more memorable than the original tale.

Snow White is an extremely proactive character rather than the helpless girl that she was once known as. She wields a sword and does flips rather than relying Lily Collins (Abduction) stars as Snow White in Tarsem on a man to rescue her. The film originally starts as the Singh’s (Immortals) adaptation of this well-known fai- Queen’s story, but is shifted to Snow’s as she tries to rytale. Mirror Mirror follows Snow White on her quest take over the kingdom meant to be hers. to return her father’s kingdom to the singing and dancing home she once knew and she enlists the help of the visiting Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer, J. Edgar) to take One downfall to the film is that it is visually conflicting. The costumes are amazing while the scenery and down the evil Queen (Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne). staging fall short. The women wear beautifully crafted dresses with the Queen always clothed in gold and Roberts, Hammer, and Collins were, for the most part, red to reflect her royal, yet evil persona. Snow White well cast for their characters. Collins portrays the sweet, opens the movie in soft pastels to compliment her quiet innocent Snow White before smoothly transforming and obedient nature. Later she joins the rebels in battle into the kick-butt, day-saving hero she becomes half- dressed in a bold blue top with black pants. way into the film. The charming and handsome Hammer makes being a prince look as easy as taking off his shirt, which is how he is seen most of the movie. His character is somewhat pathetic in this version, and the rebels (better known as the seven dwarfs) manage to rob him of his clothing twice. The Prince also easily falls for the Queen’s spell and needs to be rescued by Snow White and her rebels, a rather pathetic situation that greatly diminishes the toughness of his character. However, Hammer fulfills this role well as he doesn’t appear to be too proud to lose a battle every once in a while.

The castle is elegant, yet simple and it feels as though something is missing with its visual construction. There is little complexity to the scenes which ends up giving the film an overall eerie feel. One scene in particular appears random and out of place. The Queen’s alter-ego comes out of her mirror to pursue an attack on Snow and the rebels. She does so by controlling puppets that magically show up at the rebel’s home in the woods, which is odd because there is no prior indication in the film that gives the alter ego such power.

Mixing a modern day tone and the innocence of the original creates a muddled concept that, combined with the drawbacks of the setting and confusing action, disRoberts is the only character in question. She is more rupt the overall vision that Singh has tried to portray commonly seen with a sweet persona, and this notion with this film. is hard to shake when she becomes a wicked queen. The Queen’s character is tough and mean, but not to the Email:

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A Week in Ink: Issue No. 49

NICOLAS PINO Senior Arts Editor

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Artist: Pentimento and Young English Album: Pentimento/Young English Split EP Label: Panic Records Release Date: March 27 Grade: A JAMES TWIGG Senior Managing Editor Brimming with brutally honest lyrics, impressive instrumentals, and a level of heart rarely heard in punk rock, the latest split EP from Panic Records is one no one should pass up. Last year, punk acts Pentimento of Buffalo, NY and Young English of Orange County, NY released individual EPs that garnered each act some worthy buzz in the punk rock community. Now, with the release of their powerful split EP, each band proves why every punk rock fan should know the names Pentimento and Young English. Pentimento opens up the split with “L’Espirit De Escalair (The Spirit of the Stairs),” a perfect intro song for anyone who missed out on the EP Wrecked and is unfamiliar with the band’s style. It eases the listener in with soft guitar chords, lulling him or her into a false sense of security before exploding into a slew of violent vocals and hearty punk rhythms. The follow-up, “No Apology,” is a bit softer and, with more pop punk elements, it’s incredibly infectious. Heartfelt lyrics and a catchy melody combine with an acoustic interlude to give the song a genuine, almost sincere feel while retaining the band’s melodic punk rock styling.

DC’s The Fury of the Firestorm series has often recycled trite story ideas and blended them into a mediocre nuclear smoothie, and admittedly Issue No. 7 does little to alter the tried and true blend. For those unfamiliar with the exploits of the atomic adolescents, Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch have acquired powers that would make even Oppenheimer shake in his shoes. But far too often, instead of fighting crime, the team meanders about their unremarkable tales of growing up and facing foes foreign and extraterrestrial. Writers Ethan Van Sciver and Joe Harris have made marked strides since the series’ former issues, fixing many gripes about the characters lacking depth and the completely visible motives of the “mysterious” Zither. Unfortunately, for every issue the team has fought and fixed, there’s another that takes its place. The team just hasn’t hit its stride yet, and while that’s not a terrible place to be, with DC line-up changes right around the corner, there’s little stopping the editorial team from placing Fury of the Firestorm next on the literary chopping block. Artistically exciting and atomically unstable, the series continues to be at the bottom of many readers’ pull-lists and for good reason as the comic’s cost of $2.99 is better spent elsewhere amid DC’s dwindling weekly offerings.

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Avengers vs. X-Men No. 1 Lines in the pages have been drawn and the two most iconic forces in comic fandom stand opposed as the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Hope Summers, long hailed as the Mutant Messiah, is in for a bit of bad news as the Phoenix Force – the universal harbinger of destruction that killed Jean Grey over 30 years ago – has set its sight on the so-called savior. Written by an all-star cast of Marvel’s most competent craftsmen, the team of Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Matt Fraction has some major spandex to fill, as Marvel’s summer event has been a hurricane of hype. And for the most part, Issues No. 0 and 1 don’t disappoint. The team writes incredibly high stakes and does well to sculpt the beginnings of another epic saga. Either Scott Summers and co. repopulate the mutant race through the Phoenix Force, or the celestial embodiment rips the planet to shreds. Though Marvellites put the Phoenix Force to bed years ago, and the move by DC to revitalize old properties has thrown down the gauntlet between the two iconic camps. Artistically enthralling, the art by John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna drips off every panel, as fiery reds engulf the entity that will surely test the heros’ mettle. Beautiful and deadly like the Phoenix itself, the art in this issue is truly some of the highest quality in the industry. Titans collide in the coming issues as the Marvel event of the season may turn out to be just as epic as the enemy the comic writes about.

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Continued from page 11: Fail of the Titans in relevance, which makes for a boring story. The camera spends twice the time panning around lava behemoths and chimeras than on the protagonists themselves. Which leads to another Achilles’ heel within the film – Perseus’ two companions –Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike, The Big Year) and Poseidon’s demi-god son Agenor (Toby Kebbell, War Horse). But what are their personas? How do they react in certain situations? The answer will not be found here, because the film focuses on the surrounding objects rather on the basic elements of these characters. Director Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles) has yet to show that he can make a worthwhile film. So far his resume includes abominations such as Darkness Falls and The Killing Room. It’s probably not in Liebesman’s interest to claim Wrath of the Titans as his best film, so hopefully he can buckle down and direct something worth seeing in the years to come.

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Continued from page 12: TAO’s Toned Performers Stir Up the CFA instrument), bamboo xylophones, and several distinct drums in order to add spice to an already dazzling display.

“They added something new, something fresh,” said Henry Lu, a senior art history major. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” TAO performers left Akakabuto, their large training ground located in the Aso-Kuju Japanese National Park, for their second U.S. tour. Nishi said there’s a great deal of musical training, but physical conditioning is greatly emphasized. Performers sprint uphill in what is called “the sagamichi dash,” drum without breaks for up to an hour, and work the stage-specific muscles that help these entertainers look like drum gods and goddesses.

While Wrath of the Titans contains occasional entertainment, there’s not a lot of awe-inspiring material. All that’s here is another unnecessary sequel with yet another uncreative title that only has one mission – to finance the studio’s better movies.

The group’s first show in Buffalo was outwardly intense and vigorous, and they received a standing ovation, as well as many impressed looks from the audience.

Do the sensible thing and patiently wait until July 20 when Warner Bros. releases The Dark Knight Rises.


Continued from page 13: Two Great Acts, One Amazing EP “The Bridge,” the Pentimento’s third track, offers up lyrics as gut wrenchingly honest as they are catchy. This is one of those kinds of songs that is guaranteed to have you singing along full force in public without caring who sees. Closing out their section of the split is a cover of Dashboard Confessional’s “The Things You Have Come to Fear the Most.” It was an interesting choice on the band’s part to cover a softer acoustic number, but it doesn’t disappoint. The guys of Pentimento let their own influences bleed through without attempting to stay overwhelmingly true to the source material and succeed in making this rendition completely their own. On the second half of the split, Young English takes up the reigns. From the first chord that’s struck on “Woke Up Under Water,” it’s apparent that the second half of the EP will have slightly lighter fare and it’s a surprisingly refreshing change of pace the first time you listen to the full split.

The two follow-ups to their opener keep listeners on their toes. “Old Wives Tale” is a slower and more melancholy number, whereas “So Long, Connecticut” is a fast-paced, bouncy tack that’s damn near impossible to sit still through. The closing number on the EP is Young English’s cover of “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins. The band will undoubtedly take some flak for choosing to cover such an iconic song, but it will mostly come from those unwilling to give it a try. Believe it or not, they more than do it justice. While Young English’s portion feels inherently more upbeat than Pentimento’s, at no point does either band outshine the other. The two groups could go toe-to-toe and it’d be tough to predict the outcome, but one thing is for sure – these are the future faces of punk rock. Email:


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Continued from page 4: John Corcoran’s Farewell Letter It was only after working on the problem of proof that I came to discover that doubt is often productive: without the ability to doubt, some kinds of knowledge are made more difficult or even impossible. Doubt is often a prerequisite for knowledge. In order to find a proof of a given proposition – even one believed to be true – it is sometimes useful or even necessary to doubt it. This is also the case when one wants to determine whether a given argumentation is a proof. Are the premises really known to be true? Does the chain of reasoning really show that the conclusion follows from the premises? The most direct method for verifying that a given argumentation is a proof starts by doubting the conclusion. A crucial property of proofs is their capacity to remove doubt; if one lacks doubt, detection of proof is inhibited. But how can one doubt what one believes or even knows to be true? It seems paradoxical to say that people can doubt propositions they believe or know or believe they know to be true. But mathematicians do this every day, and so do non-mathematicians. Maybe the frequency of creative doubt in mathematical beliefs was one of the reasons Plato found mathematics so important in philosophical training. In mathematics we often prove propositions that “do not need proof.” The experience of creating a doubt and the experience of having a doubt removed are both empowering – like the experience of grasping an ambiguity or detecting an implication or perceiving a non sequitur. Experience of this sort produces self-knowledge, self-reliance, and self-confidence, and it overcomes alienation, especially the debilitating alienation generated by indoctrination or by loyalty-motivated self-deception. Once I grasped the creative role of doubt and freed myself to employ it, instead of putting energy and emotion into protecting preconceptions that had been imposed on me from outside, I was free to investigate anything and to follow any path wherever it took me. I could formulate questions and hypotheses and deduce consequences from any hypothesis and from the negation of any hypothesis. I became an autonomous member of the community of investigators and thereby became collegial with people who had been ideological enemies. This train of thought pervades my signature piece “Argumentations and logic”

and it continues the advice formulated in my two instructional articles: “Critical thinking and pedagogical license” and “Inseparability of logic and ethics.” As I have related elsewhere, I discussed this theme with Alfred Tarski. He said that the biblical motto “Truth sets one free” was almost exactly backward: a better motto would be “Be free to find truth.” One of my former students said that “Truth sets one free” should be replaced with “Doubt sets one free.”

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Continued from page 1: 31 Candles Out, 31 Lives Lost Richardson feels that what happened to Trayvon Martin could have easily happened to him. It could have been his name. It’s not as though these problems are not present in Buffalo, according to Richardson. Although the Martin and Zimmerman altercation occurred in Florida, Richardson wanted to connect something that might seem disconnected to UB students and transform it into a local issue. While Fight the Power UB held a rally for Trayvon Martin and 31 victims around the nation, the organization is also making noise for the unspoken people in this area that have been affected by the same problems. “Fred Hampton: In 1969, the 21-year-old leader of the Black Panther Party was killed in his bed by Chicago Police in a raid while he was sleeping next to his pregnant wife.” As the small group marched down Main Street, it wanted its purpose and presence felt. They wanted their voices heard. The group is just beginning its journey to making a change in Buffalo, starting at UB. Richardson wants to start by working on issues of abuses concerning authority figures.

In the near future, Fight the Power UB will be holding their first social justice commentary – various groups at UB will come together and have a discussion on racial profiling and police violence. One group attending will be conservatives who, Richardson believes, will talk about their perspective on these issues and sustain a productive conversation. During this commentary, Richardson hopes to lay down the foundation for a student-controlled council that will allow students to report issues that the UB police aren’t addressing well, or just strictly ignoring. It’s not just racial profiling and discrimination that the club is concerned with, but hate speech and sexual assault – all problems that UB students are faced with. “If a professor says something that is racist or sexist or homophobic in class, we will come to your class with you and show them that students will not stand for it, whether you had a ph.D or not,” Richardson said. “If you have been involved in sexual misconduct [or] sexual crimes and if you feel you can’t go to anybody, we will come out there and make sure the UB police take up your case.”

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Everyone deserves to feel safe on his or her college campus, Lewis said, and they also deserve to feel safe in the city in which they live. One of the main problems with crimes on campus is that they aren’t being solved, instead their being swept under the rug, Lewis said. Students shouldn’t come to college and fear victimization. “Aiyana Jones: 7-year-old child killed when police mistakenly raided the wrong house.” Another issue that the club shed light on was UB as part of the Buffalo community. That’s something that students need to remember when they see other members of the Buffalo community – not to alienate them and make them feel criminal for walking around their own city, according to Lewis. John Washington, a member of the Buffalo community, attended the rally. He wanted to highlight how the Trayvon Martin case related to everyone as individuals and as U.S. citizens. “This issue really brings to light the larger infrastructure of injustice in this country and the fact that we [need to] pay attention to what our government is doing,” Washington said. Eighteen thousand children were suspended in the Buffalo school system last year for nonviolent offenses, Washington said. One 15-yearold black male, Jawaan Daniels was one of those suspended after wandering the halls of his High School. As he waited at the bus stop, Daniels was shot and killed. “Everyone came out today because at the bottom line, it’s humans that we’re talking about,” Lewis said.

According to the company website, schools like Notre Dame, Georgia and Tennessee have also hired Parker to find athletic directors. Most recently former Ohio head basketball coach John Groce was brought to Illinois using a Parker search. Once the search firm identifies the candidates, they will go through a screening process and the top candidates will be presented to Tripathi. The screening committee is a mixture of Buffalo student-athletes, coaches, and staff members, as well as members of the UB Foundation and community members. Junior football player Alex Neutz and senior volleyball player Abby Niekamp are the only two athletes on the committee. They are joined by men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon, tennis coach Kathy Twist, and associate athletic director Anucha Browne-Sanders, who represent the athletics dept. Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon, and Dean of Undergraduate Students and Vice-Provost A. Scott Webber also highlight the list. Starting Wednesday, information on the search will be made public on the university’s website, and an email address will be set up to solicit questions and nominations regarding the search process. There still remains some uncertainty within the athletic department at Buffalo. While interim athletic director John Lambert is handling the day-to-day operations, important decisions loom for the next person to take the job, and those affected are waiting.

Head coach of the women’s basketball team Linda Hill-MacDonald is a prime example. Her contract expires prior to the start of next season, and a decision needs to be made about her future. The school can part ways, or resign her, but either way something has to be done by the start of the next school year. The Spectrum reached out to Hill-MacDonald to ask her about the strain of dealing with an uncertain future. She declined to be interviewed but issued a statement: “I have a great deal of faith in the search committee to identify the best possible candidate for our next athletic director. At that time I will address my situation, but right now my focus is helping this team get better each and every day.” While other coaches may not be waiting on their job statuses, there still is a sentiment of anticipation for who the next boss will be. Head football coach Jeff Quinn is in that camp as well but he has full faith in the people heading up the search. “We have a lot of competent people, very sharp individuals that are heading up the search,” Quinn said. “They will make the right decision that’s in the best interest for this university.” Whoever the next AD is he or she will have a solid foundation created by Manuel to build upon. Email:

Whether you’re from the African-American community or not, the Trayvon Martin case is something that affects everyone, Lewis said. The crowd might not have all been of the same race, but they were all human. As the rally drew to a close, Richardson concluded his speech by calling for the members of the crowd to blow out their candles together. Each candle represented someone who could not stick up for themselves, Richardson said, and Fight the Power UB will continue to work toward social change to ensure that they never have to blow out another candle again. As the lights blew out, their message stayed burning bright. “Trayvon Martin 17-year-old male killed in Florida by community watchman.” Email:

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Continued from page 20: All-Stars, No-Hearts Win NCAA Final It may be because I go to a Mid-Major school that actually graduates players, but I’d rather a program that develops players win the National Championship. Butler had five seniors in 2011. They were coming off a title game appearance and made it all the way back again. That’s team I can root for. Kentucky is filled with guys that will play professionally after one year. How can anyone really appreciate their school or college basketball as a sport if they play on an All-Star team and win in it all in their first year? There’s no suffering. There’s no redemption from being knocked out the year before. Most importantly, there’s no monumental facial expression. That moment when a senior puts his hands on his knees and stares into space, thinking about what the last four years have meant to him. Tears fill his eyes because he knows his collegiate career is over. Many try to contain themselves but are forced to hide in their jersey until they reach the locker room. For most there’s no signing bonus, no agent, and no NBA. Vanderbilt senior guard Jeffrey Taylor had to be taken out of his final home game because he broke down in tears in the final moments of a 77-67 win over No. 13 Florida. I promise you will not see any freshmen reacting that way. Ten times out of 10 I’d rather see a group of guys that have played together for four years and won because of the

bond they had over a dream team. Kentucky won on talent, not much more. How much heart did they really put into the season? Yes, they played hard, but did they play hard for Kentucky or NBA scouts? All this season was to them was a stepping-stone to the NBA and a year they aren’t making money. If they truly cared about their school they would want to stay and win another, or three. And I hope you didn’t want them to win it for coach “Cal.” All he has to do is sit his players down at the beginning of the year and say “pretend that you can be a team player and keep your grades up for six months and it’ll get you a fatter contract next year.” He has as much power as the Queen of England. You might say that he is a great coach – he is the first coach ever to take three different schools to the Final Four. But, he is also the first coach to have Final Four appearance vacated from two different schools. I guess schools in the NCAA are going by the old saying: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I’ll pay you $4,500,000 a year.” Kentucky won because they were the best team, few can argue that. But I find it hard to cheer for players who spend mere months at a school.

“We didn’t swing the bats like we’re capable of,” Torgalski said. “I don’t know if guys are putting a little extra pressure on themselves and being a little tense. It’s got to be nine innings of aggressive hitting, and we’re just not doing that.”


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There was no area that the Bulls shined over the three games. On Friday, Buffalo couldn’t keep opposing runners off the base paths, and on Saturday the Bulls couldn’t get themselves on them. Central Michigan’s pitcher Kara Dornbos mowed down the Buffalo batters with ease on Saturday, tossing a three-hit shutout. Buffalo only had one runner get past second base on the afternoon. “I thought we hit pretty good [Friday], and we had them watch some video to learn about themselves,” Teague said. “I think they learned about themselves but didn’t put it into practice. We hit the ball, but we didn’t hit it with force.” Although Buffalo was lackluster at the plate against the Chippewas, it was poor pitching that lost the game against Eastern Michigan. Buffalo fell victim to the mercy rule in the first game of the weekend with the game ending after five innings

with the Bulls down by nine, 13-4. Three of the Bulls’ pitchers saw action in the game, but none of them were able to stop the Eagles from circling the bases. Senior Holly Johnson picked up the loss, giving up four runs in two innings. “Holly is great when she wants to be great,” Teague said. “That’s really all I can say. When she comes to the field pumped up and ready to play she’s great. But it’s flipping a coin when she’s going to come to the field ready to be great.” The pitching woes wouldn’t end when Johnson left the mound, as Tori Speckman only lasted 1 1/3 innings and allowed the Eagles to tack on another three runs, leading to an early end to the contest. Buffalo responded by scoring in the first inning of the next contest, but three runs in the top of the second put a quick end to the Bulls’ momentum.

Johnson struggled in that contest as well, giving up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Senior Haylee Land came in and slowed down the Eastern Michigan offense enough for Buffalo to get back in the game but it wasn’t enough to get the win as Buffalo fell 6-5. “The movement on [Land’s] ball is great,” Teague said. “If we can get her and [Johnson] on the same page with some offense we’ll be alright, but that’s what we’ve got to figure out.” With the rainout Sunday, Buffalo wasn’t able to respond to the challenge that Teague laid out to her squad. That opportunity will come on Wednesday at Ohio State (21-11, 5-1 Big Ten) in the form of a double header. First pitch will be at 2 p.m. Email:

Continued from page 20: Number One of All-Time? This season they suffered only two losses, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer against a streaky Indiana team, and a loss in the SEC championship game to Vanderbilt proved to be a wakeup call to its youthful squad heading into the NCAA tournament. Throughout their breathtaking season they produced victories over North Carolina, Baylor, Louisville, Kansas twice, and Florida three times – all teams who at least reached the Elite Eight.

Continued from page 20: Offense Goes Missing in Buffalo Tom Murphy, junior second baseman Jon Mestas, junior outfielder Matt Pollock and senior outfielder Dan Scahill hit a combined .210, and only knocked in one run over the two games.

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Davis won Naismith player of the year, and broke Kentucky’s singleseason blocks record at the season’s midpoint. His performance throughout the season was arguably one of the best for a freshman ever. All five starters chipped in for at least 10 points per game, and three averaged at least seven rebounds a game. Kentucky’s lone spark off the bench is no slouch either. Senior Darius Miller averaged nearly 10 points a game as well and is expected to be drafted.

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Even with that, there are a few other programs in the past 50 years that would love to give Kentucky a run for their money. The 2009 North Carolina crew has a firm argument. They returned three potential first round draft picks to compliment Tyler Hansbrough, but although he is widely considered to be one of the best college players ever, he is no Anthony Davis. Nor was Wayne Ellington or Danny Green comparable to Jones or KiddGilchrist. So what about the ’76 Indiana squad (32-0), which is the most recent team to have an undefeated season and win the title? The dominance was there, but was the NBA talent? Scott May, Kent Benson, and Quinn Buckner are only lingering memories in the mind of a true sports guru. Now we are left with any of the 10 UCLA Bruins teams to win a title. The Bruins’ 1968 squad is considered to be the best my most and more specifically legendary coach John Wooden himself. That Bruins team had what I consider the greatest player in college basketball history,

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Bizarre Briefs

Bulls’ bats simmer down as Western Michigan sweeps series

BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor Fast Food Run Florida senior guard Erving Walker was arrested for stealing a $3 taco from a street vendor in Gainsville, Fla. at 1 a.m. early Friday morning.

Nick Fischetti /// The Spectrum Senior pitcher Cameron Copping pitched 10 scoreless innings on Friday, but the Bulls would drop both games over the weekend. Their third game was cancelled due to rain.

NATHANIEL SMITH Sports Editor Senior pitcher Cameron Copping pitched 10 scoreless innings on Friday. Most days that would be more than enough for a win, but not this weekend. The offense couldn’t push runs across when it needed them most. The Bulls (7-14, 1-4 MAC) were unable to get the big hits last weekend, as they were swept by Western Michigan (13-10, 5-0 MAC) in the two-game series. They lost 2-0 on Friday, and fell 6-4 on Saturday at the Amherst Audubon Field. The game that was scheduled for Sunday was called in the third inning. The two losses put the Bulls’ losing streak at four games. Buffalo was looking for a solid outing from its starting pitching, and it delivered, especially Copping. The Broncos’ bats were stymied by Copping, as he allowed only three hits, struck out seven hitters, and walked one batter.

“I was on with everything,” Copping said. “My pitches were working and I had a great defense behind me. Everything was just going smooth.” Head coach Ron Torgalski was also very impressed by Copping’s outing. “Cam threw his butt off,” Torgalski said. “I thought he threw a great game, the best I’ve seen in a few years. He was pitching ahead, and he had them on their heels. It was a great player stepping up, knowing that we needed a good pitching performance to get back on the winning track.” Copping’s gem wasn’t enough, as the Bulls could not find a way to score a run despite nine Bulls hits. Buffalo left 13 men on base and, in two crucial moments in the fifth and ninth innings, were unable to manufacture a run and left men in scoring position. In the top of the 12th inning, the Broncos took the lead for good on first baseman Troy Forton’s two run single.

Senior pitcher Jeff Thompson followed Copping’s lead on Saturday, as he allowed two earned runs over five innings of work. The Bulls’ bats did wake up briefly in the sixth, as they scored two runs off junior outfielder Jason Kanzler’s single to tie the game at three. But Forton once again played hero, as he had another two-run hit, this time a triple, and the Bulls were unable to get any closer. He was the only guy that gave the pitching staff trouble, hitting 4-for-9 over the weekend and knocked in five of the eight total runs that Western Michigan scored. Despite Forton’s success, Torgalski was pleased with the pitching staff this weekend. “We have pitched well enough two games in a row that we should have two victories,” Torgalski said. Over the weekend, the guys who have led the Bulls in hitting all season were quiet. The topfour hitters in the batting order, junior catcher Continued on page 18

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Softball goes winless in home opening series TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor

After Saturday’s 7-0 loss to the Chippewas in which the Bulls only recorded three hits, a fiery head coach Jennifer Teague questioned the leadership of her squad.

Nick Fischetti /// The Spectrum Leadoff hitter sophomore outfielder Holly Luciano swings away during one of the softball team’s three loses this past weekend. It falls to 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference. Its fourth game was cancelled due to poor weather.

accountable for our actions and make sure we bring energy to the field.”

But the Bulls wouldn’t get the chance to respond to her challenge on Sunday due to a rainout. Continued on page 18

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Buffalo was only able to hold a lead for one inning all weekend.

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Walker is the all-time leader in assists at Florida but this could be the dish he could be most remembered for.

Meanwell allegedly called Cashman and his wife multiple times to try and blackmail Cashman into paying her thousands of dollars.

Buffalo (7-15, 0-3 MAC) dropped a doubleheader on Friday to Eastern Michigan (14-18, 3-1 MAC) and a Saturday game to Central Michigan (14-13, 1-2 MAC). The cold weather seemingly sent the Bulls into hibernation, as they lost contests in a myriad of ways.

All-Stars, No-Hearts Win NCAA Final

Walker was charged with petty theft and resisting an officer without violence. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 19. The taco, which is still trying to recover from the dramatic incident, has not been asked to appear as a witness. To protect the innocent, the police have not reported what type of taco it was. Speculation is that it could be steak.

Thirty-six-year old Louise Meanwell has been charged with perjury, harassment and grand larceny in connection with harassing Yankees GM Brian Cashman, then lying to the grand jury about it.

It was an ugly weekend for the softball team; struggling bats and inconsistent pitching spoiled its first series at home and has forced it to play catch up in the Mid-American Conference.

“It’s tough, as a coach you prepare them as best as you can, but at some point your leadership and competitiveness need to take over,” Teague said. “Our leadership on our team needs to get better. We need to make sure that we’re

After receiving his order, Walker fled the scene with his taco in hand and a twinkle in his eye. A nearby police officer told him to stop but he continued running and the police caught him a few blocks from the incident. Walker said he was “just playing around,” and there are no reports that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Kentucky, is from Lexington, or picked the Wildcats in his or her bracket. Freshmen that come in for a year and leave with a national title don’t fully appreciate the world of college basketball. Love it or hate it, the one and done rule exists. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could very well go one and two in the NBA Draft this year. They also have 3 or 4 talented players that will end up on NBA rosters next fall. I just don’t understand why anyone would cheer for them. First of all, I love upsets. I’d rather see a team that has gone through some adversity rise up when it matters most and knock off a top team. Unless you are a fan of the best team don’t root for them. It’s called being a bandwagon fan. Continued on page 18

Number One of All-Time? JON GAGNON Staff Writer

Monday night No. 1 overall seed Kentucky defeated Kansas to win its first National Championship since 1998, and head coach John Calipari earned his first ever title. He has been shuffling around college basketball for years now, bringing under-the-radar teams into the spotlight with his aggressive recruiting techniques.

She was charged with four counts of perjury because she lied to the grand jury. The grand larceny charge is being brought up because she lied about needing subsidized housing. According to the report she stole $50,000 in the incident. I guess Louise didn’t mean very well when dealing with Cashman. Email:

But this season was his most explosive class yet. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague joined the likes of Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb to form a starting lineup of all potential lottery picks. With the common belief that Calipari’s attempts to win it all with a team monopolized of freshman would never work, his group of underclassmen proved doubters wrong. No longer is it a question whether or not this group is the best in the nation. But is it the most talented team in college basketball history? Yes. When was the last time a team had an entire six-man rotation made up of first round draft picks? Two of which will likely be in the top five overall (Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist). Continued on page 18

The Spectrum Volume 61 Issue 71  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. April 4, 2012.

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