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Monday, September 10, 2012
Inside the Thunder of the East
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Thought-provoking clothing line burgeons in Buffalo LYZI WHITE Life Editor It all started with a name. During his sophomore year at Buffalo State College, Isaac Acevedo started to think about his future. He thought about his ambitions and his goals. He thought of clothing – Acevedo always had a thing for clothing. It was a childhood dream of his to be involved in the fashion world. He sat down and refused to stand up until he came up with a name. After four hours, Universal Mind F**k was born. Universal Mind F**k (UMF), a clothing line founded in 2007 by Buffalo resident Acevedo, is unique in both name and purpose. Rather than looking for inspiration from larger brands that “don’t truly help anybody,” according to Acevedo, UMF wants people to look at its clothing and ask questions: What is that? What am I seeing? The brand wants people to ask questions and search for answers.
The name, like all UMF clothing pieces, doesn’t have a single meaning. There are layers and those layers contain “subliminal messages,” he said. “It’s universal,” Acevedo said. “When you think of universal, you think about everything and essentially it’s what you’re supposed to think of: everything. And then ‘Mind F**k’ is the confusion that’s brought to you whenever you watch TV or whenever you go online, whenever you even talk to people in the street.” The “Mind F**k” is the noise constantly thrown at you to confuse you, Acevedo said, the noise that takes you off your real thought process. It was the name and the meaning behind it which sparked the attention of Jevin Gonzalez, senior mechanical engineering major at Buffalo State College and designer of UMF. Continued on page 7
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Isaac Acevado, left, and Jevin Gonzalez hope their clothing line, Universal Mind F**k, will inspire a new way of thinking.
Historic performances from Oliver, Neutz lead UB in rout BEN TARHAN Asst. Sports Editor From the opening kick off on Saturday night, the stars were out and shining brightly. They donned their normal fluorescent whites, with a noticeable shade of blue. Junior running back Branden Oliver and junior wide receiver Alex Neutz shone brightest for the Bulls (1-1), setting school Division I records as they routed FCS school Morgan State (1-1), 56-34, Saturday night at UB Stadium. Oliver did what he does best, pulverizing the Bears early and often. He ran for 92 yards in the first quarter on his way to a school record 238 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Oliver was arguably the most impressive player on the field, almost impossible to take down at times. It seemed to take at least four defenders to take him down. “I like to pound the ball,” Oliver said. “That wears the defense down, so I wasn’t getting frustrated.” The Alex-to-Alex connection was flying high yet again Saturday. Junior quarterback Alex Zordich built on the momentum he received from the Georgia game last Saturday and carved up the Bears’ secondary. He finished the game 16-for-21 with 237 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target stepped up big time, as Neutz caught eight passes and a career-high 154 receiving yards. He also tied a Buffalo record with four touchdowns.
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Junior running back Branden Oliver celebrates one of his two touchdowns against Morgan State. Oliver is currently ranked second in Division I in rushing yards.
After the first quarter, Neutz toyed with the Morgan State defenders, scoring 21 unanswered points on his own. Between Oliver and Neutz, the Morgan State defense could not keep up with the Bulls’ offense, leading to some incredibly quick scores that led to Morgan State doubling Buffalo’s time of possession – 40:10 to 19:50. There were a few mistakes on the Bulls’ part on the offensive end. Last weekend the Bulls showed incredible discipline, committing only three penalties all game. Against the Bears, they committed five in the first quarter. “There were 20 penalties in that game. It was kind of sloppy from that stand point,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. “But we’ve got to work on some
things. We’ve got to get back at it tomorrow. We give them 24 hours.” Oliver and the offense more than made up for the penalties, scoring 14 unanswered points after falling behind 3-0 early on. Buffalo’s defense did not look nearly as good as its offense, giving up 34 points to an FCS team. The ‘D’ played inconsistent all game, allowing the Bears to drive down the field at some points, and then other times shutting them down completely. Much of the Bulls’ defensive struggles could be attributed to poor tackling. “I didn’t like the way they scored late in the game,” Quinn said. “But we had a guy right at the point of attack and he didn’t make the play. It’s not a structural error. It’s our kids being able
to break down, play square and be able to make tackles in open fields situations.” The game changed for the defense when Morgan State pulled quarterback Seth Higgins and put in quarterback Robert Council. The defense appeared to have settled in to a rhythm against Higgins, who was sacked four times for a loss of 32 yards in the game. Council proved more elusive for junior linebacker Khalil Mack – who amassed 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss – and the Buffalo defense. Council passed for 161 yards and a touchdown and extended plays for the Bears. Running back Travis Davidson was an even bigger threat, rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown exposing some large holes in the Buffalo rush defense. Mack returned to the field after a one-game suspension and had an immediate impact. On Morgan State’s first drive of the game, Mack burst through the line for a key sack that held the Bears to a field goal. “It was a great feeling to be back with my brothers,” Mack said. The offense showed potential to be one of the best in the Mid-American Conference this season. The Bulls get a chance to prove it next Wednesday when they welcome Kent State (1-1) to UB Stadium for their conference opener. Buffalo has 11 days to prepare for the Golden Flashes, as the game is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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There is hope for The Heights Housing Blitz continues, students come together to improve South Campus welfare LISA KHOURY Senior News Editor Last weekend, the streets of University Heights were covered in red cups. Beer bottles and their respective dirt-incrusted boxes – accented with unfinished McDonald’s French fries and Tim Hortons coffee cups – littered the residential streets. On Sunday, Sept. 2, a nun at Main Street’s St. Joseph University Parish told parishioners, “We welcome you back to the neighborhood, but please keep your cups in your house.” The Student Association e-board and two other students went to Winspear Avenue to help clean up the messy aftermath of UB students’ opening weekend of partying. Kelly Donaher has lived in her Winspear home with her husband and children for eight years. She opened her door when she saw the boys cleaning and shouted, “Great job.” “Over the weekend it was just crazy,” she told The Spectrum. “There was so much garbage all over the place. I came out today when I took my garbage out and I picked up all the way down to that second tree over down there,” she pointed two doors down from her front door. The major problem in the University Heights isn’t mess outside of the houses, though. The houses themselves are hazardous, according to Dan Ryan, director of off-campus student relations. Saturday was the first “housing blitz” of the semester, as Ryan and four inspectors from the City of Buffalo Office of Permits and Inspection investigated the safety of the centuryold houses students rent on South Campus. The housing blitz started in April 2011. Continued on page 7
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We did that… but we don’t want to
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There are better ways to spend that convention money
Senior Managing Editor Brian Josephs Managing Editor Rebecca Bratek Editorial Editor Ashley Steves News EDItors Sara DiNatale, Co-Senior Lisa Khoury, Co-Senior Lisa Epstein, Asst. LIFE EDITORS Rachel Kramer, Senior Lyzi White Keren Baruch ARTS EDITORS Elva Aguilar, Senior Adrien D’Angelo Duane Owens, Asst. Lisa de la Torre, Asst. SPORTS EDITORS Nate Smith, Senior Joe Konze Jon Gagnon, Asst. Ben Tarhan, Asst. PHOTO EDITORS Alexa Strudler, Senior Satsuki Aoi Reimon Bhuyan Nick Fischetti, Asst.
In case you were curious as to how much it costs to put on the national conventions of the last two weeks, here’s a number that’ll leave a sour taste in your mouth: $136 million. Here is a breakdown: $100 million – $50 million for each party – was set aside by Congress for security. The remaining $36.5 million was contributed directly by taxpayers (that’s over $18 million attributed to each party, up almost $1.5 million from 2008). That $36.5 million was once your money. You did that! Before you start sighing heavily and going into a political rant mode akin to those your father gives at Thanksgiving dinner, you agreed to it. Each year, the Federal Election Commission gives you the option to give $3 of your federal tax to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund. The federal government then receives $3 less in tax revenue that could be used for other spending. Sure, $3 isn’t a lot of money for one person, but total it up and then consider what those three dollars are being used for – to help foot the convention bill for expenses from facilities to floral arrangements. There are few rules to how the cash is spent, as long as it’s legal and used for the convention. So, for instance, if the Republican Party wants to use the $18 million to pay for an ice sculpture
of Mitt Romney, it is well within its rights. Those rights also include bringing in Eva Longoria to talk about the middle class and Clint Eastwood to talk to the furniture. It’s great entertainment if you care enough to watch the entire show from your couch, but voters are basically just paying for a pompous parade. Besides seeing the softer side of Mitt Romney and seeing that failing teleprompters aren’t going to stop Bill Clinton from bringing down the house, nothing new was learned. That’s not to say there isn’t any purpose to them. Back in 2004, a nearly unknown Illinois Senator named Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the DNC. The cost is rising, and the viewership is declining. 35.7 million people tuned into the president’s speech on Thursday night, and 30.3 tuned into Romney’s. In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama pulled in at least 40 million during his speech; 39 million watched John McCain’s address. The support for the checkoff is, too, dwindling, with a 6.6 percent participation rate in 2010. It’s all a game, of course, to get the biggest bump in supporters. Polling by Rasmussen Reports had Obama one point behind Romney (46 percent to 45 percent) prior to his speech on Thursday night; the President now leads 49 percent to 45 percent.
Obama will need to continue to ride the bump to win. The weeks that follow have far more of an impact, especially as national short-term memory loss kicks in and those poll numbers start to close in again. Major parties are more than capable of funding their own conventions through private donations. Why not allocate the PECF money to better prepare for the coming weeks? The national conventions are the set-first priority for the fund distribution, but the convention is never the most important part of a candidate’s campaign. In fact, there hasn’t been a brokered convention since the 1952 Democratic Party. Since then, both parties have chosen their nominees during primaries and caucuses. The great irony is that so much of the focus of this political season is getting the economy back on track and focusing on the middle class. Surely a country that’s $16 trillion in debt can find a better use for that fund than to pay politicians to bump elbows and celebrate their greatness. We’d be willing to put money on it. Email: email@example.com
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Herding the Bulls Excessive security measures will drive the fans away It seems some Bulls football fans went home at the end of this weekend’s game bluer than they came in – that is, if they even made it to the end. Event staff at Saturday’s home opener was flexing its muscles for the students who had found comfort in the lower bowl sections, forcing students outside of designated student sections – 329 through 331 and end zone bleachers – to relocate or leave. This would have been an understandable decision if the sections were full, but they weren’t, and at no time during the game was there a swarm of general public sales that required those students to leave. Instead, security picked the home opener – the game most people would be likely to attend, the one where team spirit is palpable – to trample the Bulls’ fans. Everyone can agree that the students make up the largest part of the fan base attending the games, one of the most important parts of the experience according to Athletic Director Danny White. So how are you going to continue to encourage students to come out to the games if you alienate them once they get there, forcing them into the upper decks and endzones? The student sections were packed for the game because they wanted to come. But that’s not going to be the case for every game if they don’t have a reason. They’re going to be forced out of their seats, and they’re not going to stick
around to move up to the upper deck or stand. Patience will dwindle and so will attendance. If you don’t consider it to be a problem now, it’s going to be, especially as the Bulls continue to build and improve. The next home game versus Kent State is going to be televised on ESPNU. How is that going to look on national television when fans don’t want to come to the game and you have sections empty? It’s going to look like nobody cares. But they do care – just not enough to be harassed. The Spectrum received three complaints after the game, but we wouldn’t doubt that for every one student that hits send, 100 more are angry and feel alienated and just don’t feel like complaining about it. Instead of complaining, they’re just not going to deal with it again. It’s sad to see on a day where everything else was done right: packed student sections, excited fans, and an impressive win from the home team. You had a busy True Blue Avenue and brand new pregame festivities, open air music and fewer cops patrolling tailgating parties. It doesn’t matter what you do to bring the students in if you’re going to enforce such excessive measure and herd the fans in the sections they “belong.” Soon you won’t have any fans to fill them. Email: email@example.com
Gas, grass or ass: no one gets bands for free ADRIEN D’ANGELO Arts Editor On stage, it’s a glorious hazard. The shake and rattle of strings as precise increments of wavelength dictate the harmonic spurs and groove pockets. The struggle to hear a single note while siphoning 120 decibels of sound in the opposite direction. The careful attention of 20, 40, or 24,000 apprehensive ears as the spotlight destroys any possible subtlety. And then comes the sweat. The porous rainfall that envelops the bare backs that carried 500 lbs of accoutrements to and from their designated turf. It’s only after fingers are blistered and shoulders are weighed down by maple and ash the band is ready for sound check. To put it simply, music doesn’t just happen.
Though bands practice 20 or more hours a week, spend thousands of dollars on equipment and place the core of their very being in their music, many musicians still play for free. It’s time to stand up for the notion of just pay for just work. I’ve been to shows with less than 12 people in the audience that have been more impressive than nationally touring acts at packed stadiums. So I’m a bit confused as to why venues believe promotional management dictates whether or not its talent deserves payment. Besides, it’s the venue’s job to promote and to have a built-in crowd. (Without naming names, there have been a few venues in Rochester that my friends have refused to step into.) If the band’s friends are the only people in the audience, the venue is not doing its job. I’ve also seen up-and-coming musicians take a serious financial hit to play a show, sometimes driving 80 miles only to owe the venue money
at the end of the night. Yeah, they paid to provide a service. What other industry sees this type of backwards payment? “You did a really great job on this haircut. Do you have $20?” What’s even more depressing is the idea that playing music is fun and thus should not be compensated for. Playing music can be fun; we know this. That’s the whole reason we decided to be musicians in the first place: to make a living doing what we love. There are people in every industry that genuinely enjoy their jobs. But there is a clear difference between volunteering and being exploited. The music industry sees much more of the latter. If a band wants to volunteer to play a gig, then right on, that’s totally cool. There are many charity events to provide entertainment for, and altruism is always a good investment. I would also gladly play for free at my best friend’s wedding or my girlfriend’s house party. Hell, I don’t mind sitting on the street with an acoustic guitar and playing for the Continued on page 8
Murder and music in the inner city BRIAN JOSEPHS Senior Managing Editor Poetry. Black Music. Trash. The Black CNN. These monikers all refer to one thing: hip-hop. At least through the ’80s and ’90s, hiphop gained quick notoriety for bringing violence, drugs and other similar epidemics to mainstream attention. The grime that was tucked away by Regan’s “War on Drugs” was finally exposed by abrasive rhymes and aggressive samples courtesy of acts like Public Enemy and N.W.A. Hiphop truly became the CNN for the inner city, a reporter for the voiceless who had no other way to tell their stories. Eventually, the news flashes turned into a glorification of the same epidemic (police brutality, homicide rates) it sought to criticize. The thought-provoking tales of guns and the supposed struggle shifted into calling cards to the dance floor. Some fans – including me – became addicted to the thrill of these celebratory live large or die stories. Sure, the trend may have angered many critics and fans. But with beats that catchy, it was here to stay. This is especially apparent in Chicago’s “Drill” (or Trap) genre, a form of hip-hop which combines aggressive, threatening lyrics with addicting hooks and beats. It started getting national attention when superstar Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music record label remixed 17-year-old Drill artist Chief Keef ’s “I Don’t Like.” Some of the lyrics are violent, but who could blame these artists? A lot of them came up from Chicago’s crime-infested South Side. These artists are building something from shams, and of course, the major record labels are buying it up (Keef singed with Interscope over the summer). It’s twisted, but that is essentially the American Dream: using opportunity to build oneself. The rappers are carving that dream in their own image. As a result, they’re finding a way out of poverty while giving us thrill seekers something to dance to. But what has changed while the cash is flowing, the dance floor clears and iPods steadily run out of battery? This summer has shown us not much has. The number of Chicago youths who have been killed this year more than doubled the U.S.
troops killed in Afghanistan. Additionally, homicides are up by more than 38 percent from last year, according to The New York Times. Unfortunately, the homicide rate shows no signs of slowing down. Rapper Lil Jojo was shot and killed while riding a bicycle after exchanging insults on Twitter with Chief Keef. I think a large part of this rising epidemic in Chicago and Drill rap has to do with our apathy. Places like Inglewood, Brownsville, N.Y. and Compton, have been bad for so long that they seem to be doomed – like violence is an accepted way of life around these parts. We also may’ve been accepting the competitive nature of the genre as well. As one artist rises, especially in Chicago, one has to fall. Someone has to be at the bottom for an artist to be considered at the top of the food chain. In Chicago, verses against the powers that be are traded in for shots at rival gangs or unnamed enemies. Petty insults traded through rap lyrics too often result in violence, as was the case with Lil Jojo. Is this really how things are supposed to be, especially when this has been going on for so long? I’ve been fortunate enough to never see this violence firsthand, but my closest experience with it was in last year’s excellent documentary, The Interrupters. The film follows a team of ex-delinquents who seek to protect Chicago from violence by directly mediating with the belligerents and victims. The film shows what the regretful cycle of violence can do to a city. Countless families are torn apart, hopelessness spreads and, worst of all, far too many youths (some innocent bystanders) have their lives taken. If this is how things ought to be, there’s something wrong with the universe. The Interrupters’ most important aspect is how it shows what the effects of active intervention can do. It sees violence as a disease, and as such, it will ravage the body if nothing is done. Our accepting views have allowed the aggressive Drill scene to spread into the mainstream, and likewise, it’s partially what allows such violence to spread in the cities. It’s unfortunate that it’s all tied to hip-hop. The genre is at its greatest when it seeks to liberate and empower, not exploit and promote conflict. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Student confused why he didn’t get laid this weekend LYZI WHITE Life Editor Jonathon Myers, a freshman communication major, felt a severe blow to his confidence over the course of Labor Day weekend, due to what he believes is UB’s general female population’s complete and utter lack of taste. Myers – standing at six foot two, with a stocky build, brunette hair and mountain of acne – spent the majority of his extended weekend visiting bars on Main Street, usually Northside, in the hopes of wooing a fellow freshman girl with his “charm, wit and debonair demeanor.” Unfortunately, Myers was unsuccessful. “Oh hey girl, nice dress, I bet it would look even better on my dorm room floor. You know, because we’re going to have sex tonight,” Myers said. “That’s my go-to pickup line, and it didn’t even work. What’s with these chicks?” Myers’ plan of attack, according to him, “was nothing short of miraculous,” and his pick-up technique: “innovative and fool proof.”
He would wait until a girl separated from her friends, he would “sweep in for the kill” and then he would hit her with a line like, “Oh hey girl, I really like that shirt you’re wearing. The see-through fabric really lets me see your tits.” The girl he approached promptly left his sight, and left Myers broken hearted and covered in beer. “One girl told me that if I ever came near her again she would call the police,” Myers said, shaking his head. “Another girl said that she was going to buy a Taser just in case she ever saw me, or another guy like me, again. What the hell? Seriously. What. The. Hell.” Myers insists that back in high school, girls flocked to him by the dozens and he had to beat them off with a stick. No high school friends could be reached for conformation or denial of his claims. “In high school, I’d say: ‘Oh hey girl, I might not be the best looking guy, but I’m the only guy talking to you.’ They’d eat that s**t up,” Myers said. “Girls like when you’re mean to them, and they like when you’re straight up. I got my first Old Fashioned because of that line.”
At Northside on Saturday night, Myers honed in on one girl in particular. He described her as being not too attractive, but still pretty enough with the right amount of alcohol – which he had his fill of. She was with prettier friends, according to Myers, so he circled the group (as best he could on the dance floor filled with drunk and gyrating teenagers), until he finally slipped behind her and started grinding to Cherr Lloyd’s “Want U Back.” Then he screamed in her ear, “Oh hey girl, you totally look like this girl I saw in a video last night. I hope you’re as good at bending and banging as her.” Although Myers said the girl seemed to be happy about the “compliment,” the girl – Kelly Ryan, a freshman undecided major – clarified she did not hear him correctly. “That’s what he said? I thought he said I looked like Kim Kardashian,” Ryan said. “I’m never drinking tequila again.” The two continued clumsily swaying back and forth on the sweat-filled and smelly dance floor, until Myers noticed his partner looked thirsty. He pulled her by the hand toward the bar.
“Want to know what that douche bag said to me?” Ryan said. “He said, ‘Oh hey girl, I’ll buy you a drink but I’m gonna need a blowjob later.’ Who in their right mind says that to someone?” Ryan promptly kicked Myers in the shin and returned to her friends, while Myers was left rolling around on the alcohol-soaked floor. Many didn’t notice him on the floor, and one girl (wearing incredibly sharp high heels, Myers said) apologized when she accidently stepped on his groin on her way to the bar. Myers, seeing his chance replied: “Oh hey girl, I’d love you to take you out to dinner. Do you like dining hall food?” When the girl looked at him incredulously, he went on, “No? Damn you have expensive taste. All right, what about Just Pizza?” Myers went home from the weekend alone, due to what he considered every single girl he’s encountered having “no taste, no sense and no chance with him ever again.” Email: email@example.com
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The band kid AMI DIALLO Staff Writer
Reimon Bhuyan /// The Spectrum
UB’s marching band, The Thunder of the East, entertains and supports the football team and its fans at the squad’s home opener.
Marching band beats: a day in the life JACOB GLASER Staff Writer From the time they wake up and prepare for their big day to a friendly competition with their marching band rivals, UB Marching Band members Remo Apuzzo and Michelle Skillman follow a specific schedule on opening game day: 12 p.m. - Relax before the game; get together with other band members and fill up on an early lunch 2 p.m. - Every marching band member gets ready and dressed for the festivities 2:45 p.m. - Every member of the band meets at Slee Hall 15 minutes before the start of their game day events. There’s generally a group “tune up and warm up” session and a time for final preparations. Then it’s go time. 3:30 p.m. - Walk to victory parade with the football team filled with UB pride
4:00 p.m. - Arrive at stadium, set up instruments in rehearsal arc 4:15 p.m. - Eat with Morgan State Marching Band in the East Concourse 5:15 p.m. - Warm up and tune up 5:30 p.m. - Play for True Blue 5:40 p.m. - Set up pregame 5:50 p.m. - Pregame – Star Spangled Banner Presentation – Tunnel Entrance 6:05 p.m. - Kickoff Postgame fun with Morgan State Marching Band After the game, the band plays a few songs they have been working on in front of Morgan State’s marching band. Following their performance, Morgan State does the same in a friendly, competitive environment. Email: email@example.com
With her backpack in hand, hair tied in a bun, and a navy blue fraternity shirt, she walks through the UB’s halls with confidence. Chelsea Monroe is an assistant drum major for The Thunder of The East Marching Band. Monroe, a fifth-year senior communication and French major, is the leader of UB’s band. She waves her hand in the air at football and basketball games instructing the band to do one simple thing: “have fun and be the best they can be.” Monroe became involved in the world of music at the age of nine. She began by playing the flute and progressively dabbled into other instruments as she grew up. Music became Monroe’s “thing.” Her family and friends started calling her “The Band Kid.” Today she wears that title with pride. “When I’m on the field conducting, I really don’t feel anything because I’m focused on the goal: give the audience the best show we can,” Monroe said. “But once the show is over it’s one of those moments that I can’t help but smile. I love what I do and it’s one of the best feelings.” In high school, Monroe got involved with other hobbies such as softball, but it was the marching band that really spoke to her. It was on this band that she met her band director, who became the inspiration and trigger for her love for competitive marching bands. “He pushed us to be the best we can be,” Monroe said. This love led her to exclusively apply to colleges with marching bands. She knew her life after high school couldn’t exclude being part of a marching band. Thunder of the East prevailed in her pool of T:10.625”
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Chelsea Monroe looks on at UB’s football game against Morgan State on Saturday. Monroe is a proud member of The Thunder of the East marching band.
college options and became her first choice. She traveled from Arizona to be a part of the Thunder of the East. Before joining the band, Monroe attended band camp. UB’s band camp included 10-day camp for band members to practice together and play music. Band camp was where Chelsea met her soon-to-be band members, who she would later be leading into the field. “It was hard opening up and welcoming UB as my new life,” Monroe said. “The band helped in [making new friends].” When she started out at UB, she played the piccolo. After advancing her skills, she learned to play the mellophone, which is the marching version of the French horn. From there, she gained knowledge of music and marching, as well as a family away from home. “I’ve enjoyed myself and I can’t picture myself doing anything else at UB,” Monroe said. Since the marching band here is larger than the one at Monroe’s
high school, she is constantly gaining more experience – more than she could ever ask for, she said. Her third year at UB, though she was still young and relatively new to college marching band, Monroe took on the challenge of auditioning for drum major. The students auditioning were given a piece of music and were evaluated on how well they were able to instruct and lead the members of the band. She was unsuccessful. That didn’t put her down. The next year, though, she knew what to expect. She auditioned again her fourth year and achieved her goal: the title of drum major. This is one of her biggest accomplishments in college, according to Monroe, and she loves being such an essential part of the band. “[Band] has made me who I am today,” Monroe said. “Seeing the many years of hard work in band pay off is a great accomplishment.” Monroe’s daily duties of being a drum major include supporting the section leaders, choosing Continued on page 8
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I want to be an American Idiot SARA DINATALE Senior News Editor
Last Saturday, while students filled UB Stadium, fans clad in black eyeliner, plaid and band-tees settled in at the CFA for Green Day’s American Idiot. This event brought the punk rock scene to Broadway from 2010-11 and is now the touring company that continues to advocate theaters’ need for ruthless rock musicals. The show’s aggressive tone and sneering lyrics make the score a stunning example of how to bring radio tunes to the stage. American Idiot isn’t a jukebox musical; it stands far away from the likes of “We Will Rock You” and “Mama Mia.” “American Idiot” is a concept album turned into a fluid piece of theater. Its shot of blunt commentary on American culture makes it bold and refreshing. Act one began with the resounding boom of the familiar guitar chords of the show’s title song. On stage is an eight-piece band, seamlessly intertwined with the set, cast and show’s action. Billy Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s lead singer, and the show’s producer Michael Mayer wrote the script for the show. Mayer also produced the Tony Award-winning best musical, Spring Awakening. American Idiot definitely has the same teen relatability and torment apparent in Mayer’s other production. But overall, it’s a rock concert first and a show second. The intensity and brilliance behind Billy Joe Armstrong’s lyrics and Tom Kitt’s (composer of Next to Normal) stunning orchestrations make the plot seem cliché and somewhat weak in comparison. American Idiot follows the lives of three suburbanites and best friends that feel trapped within “Jingletown” – the ambiguous representation of the typical suburb. They all struggle to navigate through the post-9/11 world. The show has a constant air of chaos as it jumps around between the three relatively simple on-going plots.
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Alex Nee (Johnny) and Thomas Hettrick (Tunny) rocked the CFA over the weekend in Green Day’s musical, American Idiot.
The progression of the characters, and mainly their emotional journey, is apparent in the score, but not in the quick quips of speech that take place between songs. Johnny (Alex Nee), and Tunny (Thomas Hettrick) escape suburbia for the city, while Will (Casey O’Farrell) is stuck at home with a new baby and a less-than-satisfied girlfriend (Kennedy Caughell). Tunny, not fulfilled by the city, joins the army. Johnny narrates the show, primarily through letters he sends home. Nee plays the tormented, angst-ridden Johnny with the appropriate amount of desperation and torment. He’s snarky and sarcastic, but his passionate performance makes you root for a character whose disdainful decisions would otherwise make you hope for his demise. He falls for the sensual and ambiguous “Whatsername,” (Alyssa DiPalma) as well as to the thrones of heroin. Johnny and his friends are lost and troubled, left to figure out how to handle a world they’re not proud to be a part of. Around them sits a set
reminiscent of Rent. It’s dark and dirty, properly reflecting the characters’ resent and hopelessness. On the back wall, varying TV screens are placed to project scenes from the media or images relevant to the ongoing plot. The lighting of the show, most notably in the haunting rendition of “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” makes it obvious why the show snagged the Tony Awards for best lighting and best scenic design in 2010. But the impeccable high-energy choreography of Steven Hoggett and the exhilarated young cast provide an authentic portrayal of a complicated era. Any Green Day fan will be in awe of the added depth to songs like “Are We the Waiting” and “We’re Coming Home Again” from the addition of a powerful chorus of 20 voices. The American Idiot tour is slated to end in June 2013. The closest the show will come near Buffalo again is Hershey, Pa. in March 2013. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from page 1: Thought-provoking clothing line burgeons in Buffalo “Throughout my whole life, I thought of the universe,” Gonzalez said. “I thought of life in general as a whole big miracle, as a whole big experience that humans have to go through in order to be something greater than what we are right now, and [the name] is what sold me.” About a month and a half after Acevedo had launched the company, Gonzalez – who learned of UMF through his girlfriend – contacted Acevedo and told him he was an artist. That wasn’t the first time Acevedo was approached by someone claiming to be an artist or a model, so it was only after Gonzalez came back with three sketches that their partnership began. Those sketches ended up being part of the following season’s collection, and Gonzalez and Acevedo have been working together nonstop ever since. UMF has grown quicker than Acevedo expected. In February 2011, the first T-shirt was sold. From selling to people on the Buff State campus and to his friends, UMF is now in multiple stores and on a various websites. “I went from selling four T-shirts to 25 T-shirts,” Acevedo said. “From 25 to 90, from 90 to probably 150, and that was within the first six months of my company.” Each season, UMF releases clothing based off a central idea. This past summer, the theme was patriotism, aliens and a universal take over. Whether it’s a shirt featuring Uncle Sam with the words ‘brainwashed in the USA,’ a Health Ledger edition for the recently released Dark Knight Rises, a Mighty Ducks Tshirt or a childhood cartoon with his head cut off – each shirt has its own message. Many of the designs are inspired by graffiti and urban artwork, something that sparked Gonzalez’s interest in middle school. “[Graffiti], that’s just the roots,” Gonzalez said. “That’s where we started from the beginning of time. The cavemen writing on walls, from the Egyptians carving their stuff in the pyramid walls, and all of that is just straight culture.” The purpose behind the company is not to get people to buy clothing; it’s about evoking thought. At the end of the day, it’s about showing the designs to people and allowing them to create their own opinion, according to Acevedo.
UMF is reminiscent of the early ’80s movement, when seeing art evoked feeling and drove people to act. “Whether it be think, whether it be walk out and clean your streets, whether it be help a lady across the street, we’re just trying to get people to think differently from what they’re used to,” Acevedo said. It was Gonzalez’s parents who instilled the values he has taken with him not just through his life, but that would be transferred into the message of UMF as well. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” –his father told him when he was in sixth grade. They stuck with him. The saying became his first priority in life, pushing him to become the first person in his family to attend college. The Universal Mind F**k logo encapsulates the entirety of the company’s message. The UMF logo, which features a brain with an eye and the UMF acronym, represents everything, according to Acevedo. “It’s an enigma and a confusion,” Acevedo said. “But when you look at it closely, you will see the UMF in there, you will see the eye – which is your mind’s eye or your conscious eye – and the lines in it represent the paths that you might take. Everything is contained [but] it doesn’t really stop in there.” Currently, the company is working on its fall drop, which will be a dark season as opposed to the bright, colorful pieces of its previous seasons. UMF looks to the world for inspiration for its clothing. According to Gonzalez, the owners look for themes that would be going through someone’s mind, confusing them – or “mind f**king” them – subliminal messages in the media, or subliminal messages in life itself. “The images that I put down, the images that I put on a shirt, they’re not just images to look cool [or] to dress in a way, but it’s an image to reflect on,” Gonzalez said. “It’s an image to look on and inspect your life upon and it’s in general just to think. At the end of the day, thinking is never bad. Thinking is never something that you shouldn’t want to do. It’s [something] that you should always want to do.” In the future, Acevedo hopes to sell his brand in various stores and eventually open up a small location in Buffalo. For now, UMF clothing is available on its website.
Continued from page 1: There is hope for The Heights Students’ lives are in jeopardy by living in some of the houses, according to Ryan. Ryan and the inspectors covered 15 to 20 houses on Minnesota Avenue and Highgate Avenue on Saturday. All of the students let them in for an inspection upon request. “Some of [the students] complained to their landlords, and the landlord was either unresponsive or slow to respond, so they were happy that someone was there that might help get the landlord’s attention,” Ryan said. Donoher owns her home on Winspear, but described one of the landlords some of her neighbors have as “God-awful.” Ryan said no houses were condemned during Saturday’s housing blitz, but many issues were found, like: unsafe porches, windows that didn’t lock, faulty electrical problems, porches with no railings and garages in the bridge of collapse. One house on Minnesota Avenue had people living on the third floor, which is illegal if there is only one staircase to exit from, Ryan said. After each housing blitz, the inspectors write letters of violation to the landlords, and they have 30 days to address the problems in their homes. In some of the worst cases – like the house on Minnesota without railings on its porch – will give landlords 30 days to go directly to housing court and stand in front of a judge. Ryan fears students renting some of these houses will experience tragedies, like similar houses have in other areas. On Sept. 3, Buffalo State students’ porch collapsed at their rented home. A group was standing on the porch at a party when the incident occurred. Some students suffered minor injuries, according to WGRZ.com. Amherst, the suburb that UB North Campus is in, was included in the list of America’s Safest Cities in 2010, according to PRWeb. Yet the students on South Campus live in unsanitary Buffalo neighborhoods that are shrouded with crime and violence. Brad Parker, a senior communication major, helped the e-board clean Winspear Avenue on Wednesday. He moved to South Campus for the first time this year for a new living experience with his fraternity brothers, but was disgusted by the mess around his new home – something that was never an issue when he lived on North Campus.
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Continued from page 10: Bo O., this offense is magic, you know I know some people out there are saying, “I’ve seen this before.” Last year, the Bulls opened their schedule by playing a big-time school (Pittsburgh) tough on the road. Then they put a hurting on an FCS school (Stony Brook) at home. It seems to be déjà vu in 2012 (Buffalo played surprisingly well at No. 6 Georgia last week). There is a big difference, though, and it might not be noticeable unless you see the guys off the field. The difference is in their self-assurance, in the way they carry themselves. Last year, the team’s leader was essentially an outsider – a newcomer who had just transferred from Cincinnati, fifth-year senior Chazz Anderson. Head coach Jeff Quinn (who coached Anderson at Cincy) loved the quarterback, but the rest of the offense looked uncomfortable. Anderson had tons of athletic ability, but the offense had no chemistry. Zordich, who is in his third year in Quinn’s system and selflessly took a backseat to Anderson last year, looks like a seasoned veteran. He has shown remarkable poise in the pocket and a running ability that can’t be understated. He’s been accurate, too, and Saturday he went 10-for-10 in the first half. Oliver is the best college football player who nobody has heard of – though they’re
starting to learn his name. It’s tough for him to get publicity like guys from SEC schools, but Oliver is one of the best tailbacks in the country. He will not be satisfied with fewer than 100 yards. Ever. He probably won’t be satisfied with fewer than 150. His father – who travels to every game from his home in Miami, Fla. – told Bo after the last game, “we could’ve had 300 [yards].” Neutz said he once caught four touchdowns in high school (he went to school 15 minutes down the road from UB), but he’s never played with this kind of confidence. I don’t think it makes sense to doubt a guy who is catching every pass in his direction. Neutz was on the cover of The Spectrum the day before the game. Coincidence? Not a chance. The Spectrum has become the reverseMadden curse. Get on the cover and you’re headed for a dynamite performance. The Bills didn’t give us much reason for optimism on Sunday. Get to a UB game and you’re going to see some blue and white offensive fireworks. Book it. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 5: The band kid the music the band will play and helping the band members on game day tune their instruments. She is in charge of over 100 band members, including other section leaders. Throughout the past two years, she has learned to not only be a leader, but a friend to the members of the band as well. According to Monroe, leadership means being able to adjust to any situation and being a friend, not just a dictator. “Over time you get a better understanding of how everyone responds to messages and passing it on to their section members,” Monroe said. “It’s really hard at first not knowing how people work together, but then you realize that person A responds better to B and you adjust.” Monroe’s leadership extends beyond the Thunder of the East. She also holds the title of vice president of service in the coed fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Kappa Kappa Psi aims to develop and support the leadership and enthusiasm that is a major part of being in a collegiate marching band. This fraternity also sup-
ports the growth of the Thunder of the East. Her sister, Michelle Skillman, who is also a member of the band, describes Monroe as “a really good leader.” “She does more than what is really required of her to do because she really values the band and I find myself wanting to try just a bit harder whenever I see how much she’s doing,” Skillman said. Monroe looks forward to taking on her final year at UB as drum major. Though she’s saddened by the reality of graduating in May and leaving the band behind, Monroe said this is the close of a chapter in order for a new one to begin. After graduation, she hopes to stay in the Buffalo area to remain close to her friends and family. Her music career will not end at UB, she said. She hopes to stay involved with music in community bands and one day hopes to inspire her children to join band as well.
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Continued from page 10: Turnovers derail spirited effort in season opener “Our strategy was to try and to win up front physically,” Hodgins said. “In the first half they gave us quite a bit of pressure on our forwards. They did a good job of getting us out of the game.” In the 50th minute, Buffalo turned the ball over in a ruck after driving to midfield. It proved costly, as Bonaventure scored off the turnover. Within the same minute, Bonaventure added another try and successful conversion, pushing its lead to 18-0. Shortly after the score, the Bulls finally found an answer. After kicking off, the Bulls forced a Bonaventure turnover. Buffalo then used several passes to drive the length of the field and power through for a successful try in the 52nd minute. Bonaventure’s scrum-half was pivotal. He was constantly around the ball, locating it in scrums and putting his team in good field position with his punts. Bonaventure would go on to score in the 67th and 75th minute and would possess the ball for the final two minutes of the game before kicking the ball out of bounds to end the contest. This is the first of three ranked opponents that the Bulls will face to start the season. Their next game will be at Rutgers next Friday. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 6: Wub a Dub Dub Sampling has always been a part of the electronic music genre, and it’s not looking to go away any time soon. Mellody takes musical queues from video games, Internet memes and other electronic artists/producers – often cutting his own remixes of other popular songs. While some may feel irked over the lack of complete originality, the production and arraignments on The Dead Symphonic EP feel original and deserve praise. If you call yourself a fan of the unique style of synthetic musical insanity now commonly known as dubstep, this is one album not to miss. The Dead Symphonic EP is now available at beatport.com.
Continued from page 3: Gas, grass or ass: no one gets bands for free shadows if you catch me on the right night. But when I invite my friends to a venue, force them to pay and then I don’t get a dime to put toward making the next performance better, I get annoyed. Many music managers will avoid talking about payment to attempt to get a free show or write up a contract that forces the band to pay the crew. Remember: promotion is not the band’s job and is not worth the worry. And honestly, after 14 posts on Facebook about the same show, no one is going to care. I recommend searching for the right venue with the right price. After a few successful shows, a weekly slot may open up. Oh, and don’t try to over-charge. Charging as much as possible is not what this column is about. If you’re trying to get $3,000 for your no-name trio, let this be a reminder that venues are even more frugal and greedy than you. Respect your fans by keeping tickets cheap. Email: email@example.com
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I found plenty to do while remaining sober. There were face and body paint stations set up, as well as poster making. Hundreds of students were standing on the lawn and the conversations were endless. A basketball hoop was set up in the street and there was also a football throwing station. Music was playing constantly, a mix of deejaying as well as a live band. I had no problems entertaining myself while I waited for my friends to join me later on in the afternoon. I was able to chat with True Blue President Vincent Buttimer. During our conversation, I realized just how much work goes into getting everything together to throw this party for UB students. “We want to have a tailgate party similar to ones at schools like Ohio State and Penn State,” Buttimer said. Do I think this will happen? No, but I admire the effort. We simply don’t have a big enough football program to keep up with prestigious football universities like Ohio State. However, with Buttimer as president, I think UB students will be more than satisfied with what is experienced at the tailgates. The main attraction is always the “March to Victory.” The football team walked out to a screaming crowd of about 200 fans. The team came down the street to a roaring crowd of fans, who supported them every step of the way. But the true highlight for the fans was yet to come. True Blue premade 500 water balloons in what will now be a True Blue tailgate tradition. In the distance came a student wearing shorts, a helmet and a plain white tee with “Morgan State” written on it. He came down to a chorus of boos and after the first water balloon was thrown, he took off sprinting. Seconds later, he was soaked and even a little bruised. Junior Andrew Toenniessen was the victim of the attack. He came out of it smiling and laughing. “It hurt me way more than I thought it would. I basically wanted to get through there as fast as I could,” Toenniessen said. His parting words left a clear message: “Go Bulls.” One of the highlights of the tailgate was a grill made by the Society of Automotive Engineers, which was pulled by what appeared to be a go-cart. In two days, they built the grill specifically for True Blue. It will be at every tailgate cooking up food. Dozens of students were socializing and checking out the design of the grill. The design won the club seventh place in a competition of 115 in Wisconsin. It would be a crime not to mention anything about the game itself. Buffalo came out firing and the crowd was just as intense. If you had problems finding a seat, you weren’t alone. All I can say is, this is a problem I hope to deal with for the rest of the year: an environment of winning and excitement. Spanking around a FCS school 56-34 in the home opener doesn’t hurt either. I can’t wait for our next home game. Buffalo’s next game will be a Wednesday night meeting with Kent State on Sept. 19, which will be broadcast on ESPNU. I can only imagine what True Blue will have up its sleeves for this party. I wasn’t at our last televised game, but from the stories I’ve heard, it was a raucous crowd and it all begins on True Blue Avenue. I pray that Buffalo is spared that night, and we can have a clear, warm evening with hundreds of people partying both inside and outside of the stadium. Circle Sept. 19 on your calendars, boys and girls. It’s going to be a hell of a night. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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53 What a doctor might ask you to say 55 Feature of old quarters 59 Make a decision 64 Below, to a bard 66 Clint's "High Plains Drifter" co-star 67 Shout of disgust 68 Washing machine phase 69 Archie's better half 70 Alphabet concluder 71 Motion-picture spools 72 Los ___ ("La Bamba" band) 73 Slip up
36 Asset at the card table 38 Winter precipitation
1 Breadcrumbs, in a children's 41 Bard's "always" story 42 Telecom giant 2 Japanese cartoons 43 Fleet cats 3 Title for a lady 4 Freedom from hardship
48 The may be left in stitches
5 Big smile
49 Cry of derision
6 Vatican tribunal
51 Apply makeup
7 Middle East leader
54 Dumpy digs
8 Country music's Tucker
56 Surgical dressing
9 Not delayed 10 It is measured in ears 11 Straight up, on a compass 12 German spa Bad ___ 13 Bit of body art, for short 21 Part of TGIF 22 Hamper part 26 Upstate New York city 27 Second Hebrew letters 29 It divides the court 30 Sailors 31 Clown's height-enhancer 33 Wharton conferral 34 Drained of color
57 Hybrid whose father is a lion 58 Upper regions of space, figuratively 60 "___ be over soon" 61 Alter the appearance of 62 Bed in a nursery 63 "Do ___ others ..." 64 Big mfr. of point-ofsale terminals 65 Get a good look at
VIRGO (Aug. 23Sept. 22) -- You may not have the "get up and go" feeling that you were hoping for today, but once you're in the thick of things you'll be revitalized. LIBRA (Sept. 23Oct. 22) -- You'll be watched by those who have the most invested in a current project; you're doing things the right way -- but perhaps not fast enough. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You may be the only one to realize just how important a factor safety really is today. You can keep others from endangering themselves. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -You'll receive instruction from someone you have long admired. As a result, your confidence will increase greatly.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You can put something behind you today that has been causing you sleepless nights. A friend is able to help you move forward. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You'll want to work closely with those who are on the same page -- but it may be difficult, at first, to determine who that is exactly. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- It will be lucky for you to have a certain few friends close at hand today; each can provide something currently in short supply. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You'll want to get back to the basics today, but it may be difficult to persuade an old friend that everything can be as it was.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Sharing knowledge with others is one of the best ways to open the door to something you don't yet know much about -- but should. GEMINI (May 21June 20) -- You may be feeling restless and unsettled today; this is more emotional than physical -- something is worrying you, and you don't yet know what. CANCER (June 21July 22) -- Now is no time to put yourself, or anyone else, in danger. You'll want to follow a familiar path, and have safety measures in place. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You can shake things up a bit and make decisions about what to do tomorrow based on what you see when the dust settles.
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Game in review: UB (1-1) 56 Morgan State (1-1) 34 Buffalo flexed its muscles against FCS foe Morgan State, dominating on the offensive end. The Bulls ran up and down the field at will, with an aerial assault and a pounding running attack to pummel the Bears. Two players set new Buffalo FBS records on Saturday. Junior running back Branden Oliver torched the Morgan State defense, running to the tune of 238 yards on 25 carries. He was consistent, without any runs over 34 yards. Oliver was not to be outdone, as junior wide receiver Alex Neutz also had a career day. The local product out of Grand Island High School snagged four touchdown passes, as he dominated the Bears’ secondary. Although the Bulls gave up 34 points to an FCS team, there were some positives. Junior linebacker Khalil Mack returned and made eight tackles, 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. But there will be work to be done as conference play begins. Player of the Game There were many players who we could attribute this to, but Neutz simply conquered the Bears on Saturday. He made Morgan State standout cornerback Joe Rankin look terrible, as he was powerless against Neutz when the ball was in the air. Aside from the four touchdowns, Neutz caught eight balls for 154 yards, all-single game records for the junior receiver.
Turning point of the Game After a 38-yard touchdown run by Davidson to bring the score to 28-13, the Bulls decided enough was enough. Two quick drives by the Buffalo offense, sandwiched between a three-and-out by the Buffalo defense shut the door on Morgan State near the end of the first half. Neutz caught both touchdown passes while climbing over the top of Bears defenders to snag in two of his four touchdown receptions. He said what? “He said: ‘Man, if we didn’t have all those penalties, we could have had like 300 [yards]!’” -Oliver on what his dad thought of his record-setting performance against Morgan State
Nick Fischetti /// The Spectrum
Junior wide receiver Alex Neutz celebrates one of his record-setting four touchdowns with junior tight end Alex Dennison.
Unsung Hero The Bulls’ offensive play calling was on point Saturday. Offensive coordinator Alex Wood had a masterful game plan and was aggressive with the play calling. The plays called near the end of the first half led the Bulls to muster two scores late to end the half with a 35-13 lead.
Bull Killer Running back Travis Davidson had a field day against the Buffalo defense, rushing for 136 yards and a score. His running style made fools of the Buffalo defenders at times, as his shifty moves in between the tackles frustrated the Bulls. The home team survived this battle, but against tougher MidAmerican Conference foes, this might come back to haunt them.
Looking ahead Buffalo will have a little over a week to prepare for its conference opener against MAC East rival Kent State (11). The Golden Flashes come off of a 47-14 drubbing at the hands of Kentucky (1-1). They have a playmaker in Dri Archer, who is featured at running back, wide receiver and can return kicks. Archer has a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown already on his resume this season. Kickoff for the game on Wednesday, Sept.19 will be at 7 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Turnovers derail spirited effort in season opener BRANDON BARNES Staff Reporter The rugby football club has been one of the most successful club sports at UB over recent years. In its home opener on Friday, the team was in the national spotlight – one it may not have been ready for. In front of a home audience, the Bulls (0-1) welcomed Big Four rival St. Bonaventure (1-0) to Kunz Stadium to open the season. The Bonnies started their season ranked as the 18th best team in the nation by the Empire Rugby Conference. Buffalo was looking to beat the Bonnies for the third time in the past three years, but failure to execute on scoring opportunities proved costly for the Bulls, as they fell 26-5. The Bulls dictated the action early in the match, putting pressure on the Bonaventure defense. However, Buffalo turned the ball over close to the goal line and Bonaventure had no problem making Buffalo pay for its mistake, driving down deep into Buffalo territory. The Bonnies used their forwards and powered through several Bull players before Buffalo stiffened near its own goal line, forcing Bonaventure to settle for a conversion attempt. The attempt was good and Bonaventure took a lead it would not relinquish throughout the contest. The Bulls attempted to answer instantly after the Bonnies’ conversion. In the eighth minute, freshman wing Elijah Cole got the team in position after a long run down the middle of the field. Cole was electric, making several forwards, props and backs grapple as he got the ball to the nine-yard line. The effort was wasted, as the Bulls missed the conversion attempt
Bo O., this offense is magic, you know AARON MANSFIELD Editor in Chief Just a home win over an FCS school, a team you’re supposed to beat handily. We’re talking about the second week of the season, anyway. Not buying in. Nuh uh. That was last year, a sad offense that couldn’t get the job done. Take it from a skeptic: this 2012 UB (11) football team – the team that won 56-34 over Morgan State (1-1) in front of a bluedout UB Stadium on Saturday evening – is one to watch. Defense may win championships, but offense wins fans – something the Bulls desperately need. Nobody came to games last year, and frankly I couldn’t blame fans. Who wants to watch a 3-9 team that consistently underperforms? This year, though, things are different. The squad’s offense is one of the most electrifying in the nation. A trio of juniors is lighting up scoreboards and stat sheets. Mr. Reliable, Branden “Bo” Oliver, is second in the country in rushing yards (and first in the Mid-American Conference) with 349. Wide receiver Alex Neutz, who may have had glue surgically implanted in his hands this summer, leads the country in receiving touchdowns with five. The most surprising of the bunch is a Tim Tebow clone: quarterback Alex Zordich, who won a position battle with redshirt freshman Joe Licata this summer. Zordich has the top passer rating in the MAC (170.8), which is good for 16th in the nation. (All stats according to ubbullrun.com.) In Saturday’s game, Buffalo racked up 571 yards of total offense on 19:50 of possession (that’s less than half the time Morgan State had the ball). If that’s not reason enough to get to a game, the Bulls scored 56 points – fifty-six! – which marks a school Division I record, even though they slowed it all the way down and mercifully let up in the fourth quarter. Before the fourth, Buffalo put up quarters of 14, 21, 21, respectively. Continued on page 8
True Blue shines despite cloudy weather OWEN O’BRIEN Staff Writer
Reimon Bhuyan /// The Spectrum
The men's rugby team fell hard at home to St. Bonaventure in Buffalo’s season opener on Friday, 26-5.
and turned the ball right back over to the Bonnies. Failure to finish on scoring chances was a recurring theme for Buffalo. The team finished with 15 turnovers on the night. “[It was the] first game for both teams, a little bit stop and go for us because of the penalties and mistakes,” said head coach Mike Hodgins. “But it’s early in the season and we can straighten that out.” Bonaventure added to its lead in the 32nd minute, scoring a try and successfully converting the conversion after the try, making the lead 11-0 heading into halftime.
Although there was not much scoring, there was plenty of action in the first half. When Buffalo’s junior scrum-half Sam Kim tackled a Bonaventure forward, the Bonnie walked back to Kim and repeatedly stomped on the back of his head, but the referee did not see the foul. The Bulls, along with the entire stadium, were outraged by the referee’s no-call. The Bulls looked to cut into the deficit at the start of the second half. They came out aggressive with their passes and penetrated deep into Bonaventure’s territory, before eventually turning the ball over to the Bonnies before they could reach the goal zone. Continued on page 8
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What began as a cloudy afternoon turned into a beautiful sunny day with plenty of sports, drinks, food, activities and entertainment to keep students partying all afternoon. This was the first True Blue tailgate I’ve ever been to, but I can guarantee it will not be my last. I arrived at True Blue Avenue at 3 p.m. and saw what I was expecting: a small crowd in gloomy Buffalo. I decided I better give it some more time; I stopped over at South Lake for about 30 minutes and then made my way back. When I returned, the party had begun. Hundreds of students, and even some adults, were outside UB Stadium with the music blasting, including a giant inflatable play pit. I could smell the two grills wherever I was, cooking up an endless supply of burgers and dogs. Students were throwing footballs, shooting baskets and kicking soccer balls all afternoon. It was the ideal environment to prepare for a football game with fellow students, partly in thanks to the presence of alcohol. Alcohol was of abundance on True Blue Avenue. There was the popular Frisbee throwing game, Kan Jam, about six beer pong tables and enough thirty-racks to supply a fraternity party. Students were playing games like flip cup and dizzy bat up until kickoff; some even continued to party. The sound of a vuvuzela alerted the rest of the party that someone had just won a funnel race. Continued on page 8