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The S pectrum

Volume 62 No. 6

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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Art breathes new life with City of Night

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Remembering and contextualizing

the events of 9/11

class studies 9/11 and its evolving impact BEN TARHAN Asst. Sports Editor On Tuesday night, students gathered in the small clearing between Bell Hall and the Student Union; they assembled around small flags staked in the ground that read “USA” and “9/11.” Thirteen students stood in remembrance, sharing their memories and experiences from Sept. 11, 2001. The candlelight vigil was hosted by the UB Conservatives to honor the tragedy’s victims. But the way Americans choose to remember this tragedy is changing beyond memorial services, and professor Tyler Williams and his AMS 375: 9/11: Event & Memory class epitomizes the ongoing shift. The class serves as a semester-long remembrance of one of the most difficult days in American history. It gives space for students to learn about Sept. 11 from the perspective of many different people. “The point of this class is to study these narratives that attempt to give meaning to Sept. 11,” Williams said.

“But in order to do this, the class must refrain from instituting or endorsing its own system of memory.” Williams said in order to successfully study 9/11, individuals have to keep their minds open to all the ways the events affected people around the globe. He strives to make his students put aside their own experiences and view the tragedy from all possible perspectives. Williams leads his small class in analyzing novels in the context of 9/11. The class doesn’t take place in a lecture hall of 300 students, but an intimate group of 8. The atmosphere allows for deep class discussion; Williams talks with students, rather than at them. “The ways in which the events are remembered are constantly changing,” Williams said. “By reading literature, it makes that change obvious.” Students in the class are exposed to elements of 9/11 they probably wouldn’t have previously considered. Students from Buffalo, the New York City area and even the United Kingdom come together to discuss the tragic event within their Fillmore classroom. Continued on page 7 Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum

On Tuesday evening, 13 students gathered in the small clearing between the Student Union and Bell Hall in remembrance of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. They shared memories and said prayers for those lost in the attacks.

Rintamaki talks sex KEREN BARUCH Life Editor Students looked to the front of the class. Some judged her, while others grew embarrassed as they realized why she looked so familiar. A porn star was standing in front of the over crowded lecture hall. Lance Rintamaki, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Behavior, found the secret to attracting students to his class. Rintamaki taught his first sexual communication course (COM 492) last fall at UB. It was a huge success. Where it all began Rintamaki was at dinner with his advisor from the University of Illinois, where he got his Ph.D. in speech communication. His advisor, Dale Brashers, whom Rintamaki considers to be one of his biggest role models, made a suggestion that altered Rintamaki’s career. He suggested they write a book about sexual communication together. Rintamaki thought about it for days. It was when he thought about his roommate from Illinois that the decision was made. His roommate, Wesley, was a wrestler and was incredibly buff. He graduated in the top 5 percent and was very smart. He owns two businesses and is financially very well off.

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Lance Rintamaki teaches sexual communication in honor of his mentor and second father, Dale Brashers. Brashers was supposed to teach a similar course of his own, but he had a heart attack before he had the chance.

“You put this all together and you think this is someone who’s going to do really well in social situations,” Rintamaki said. “But if you put Wesley in front of a woman that he thinks is attractive, he can’t string words together into a sentence.” Wesley would call Rintamaki every other month and say things like, “All right, I just read this new book and this one’s called ‘Pimpology.’ You have to do this and then do this and then be mean to her, and then she’ll like you!”


Wesley’s desperation to find advice on how to improve his sexual communication skills inspired Rintamaki to say yes to Brashers and to begin writing the book about the science behind all of what Rintamaki calls “nonsense” that most published books explain about relationships. On July 5, 2010, Rintamaki suffered a tragic blow. Brashers had a massive heart attack in his office. He didn’t survive.

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Rintamaki is continuing to write the book on his own and hopes to use the proceeds to fund a scholarship in Brasher’s name. He wants to title it “Sexual Communication,” because he just wants a simple title to get the point of his writing across. “I quite literally think of [Brashers] as my second dad,” Rintamaki said. “We referred to him as my gay dad because he was a flaming gay man. He was very different from my biological father but they both had tthese major influences on me. “Dale was so funny. Whenever he was around everyone was happy. It’s just really sad that type of presence is gone from the world. He’s the reason why I’m moving forward with this book.” In Sept. 2010, Brashers was supposed to teach the first ever sexual communication class at Illinois. After his death, there was no one to teach the class 500 students had already enrolled within in the first two days of registration. Rintamaki quickly helped one of his graduate students from UB, who was attending Illinois at the time, draft up a class structure. She became the new sex communication professor. Although she was overwhelmed and had no experience in teaching the course, her class of 500 students ended up being 1,000 – half the students just stopping by to hear the interesting lectures. Continued on page 7

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EDITORIAL BOARD Editor in Chief Aaron Mansfield

Passing on the importance of September 11

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, Asst. Nick Fischetti, Asst. PROFESSIONAL STAFF OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Helene Polley ADVERTISING MANAGER Mark Kurtz CREATIVE DIRECTOR Aline Kobayashi Bri an Keschinger, Asst. Haider Alidina, Asst. ADVERTISING DESIGNER Joseph Ramaglia Chris Belfiore Ryan Christopher, Asst. Haley Sunkes, Asst.

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Let this sink in: our generation is the last to remember what it was like to live Sept. 11, 2001. On that day 11 years ago, we remember where we were and what we were doing. We watched the towers crumble to the ground, the smoke billowing from the Pentagon, and the panic that unfolded in a field in Somerset County, Pa. As a nation, we sat in horror, in confusion, in fear. We cannot and should not forget, and it’s on our generation to make sure that doesn’t happen. Here’s something to put things in perspective: anybody younger than the children that are in fourth grade was not alive on that day. The current freshman class was only in second grade. It’s safe to say that anyone younger than that won’t remember what happened. It’ll soon be reduced to history books and 20 seconds on the evening news. But those who witnessed it remember, and we feel it every Sept. 11. We’ve grown up in the aftermath, in the war, witnessing the best and the worst of a nation. For some, the memories are still enough to evoke panic; for others, it brings anger.

It should never bring apathy, though. For our generation, it was the first event of its nature for us. We never witnessed the Kennedy assassination or Pearl Harbor. Like our parents trying to put those events into perspective for us, we will someday have to put 9/11 into perspective for the next generation. Yes, it will be difficult for us to make future generations feel as we feel. We felt and hurt as a whole that day, and there aren’t enough words to replicate that emotion. But we can find ways to try. Nearly 3,000 people died from the crashes. The number of first responder deaths nears 1,000. Illnesses related to the attacks have passed the 1,000 mark, and tens of thousands more are being treated or monitored. The attacks had an impact on 90 countries from all corners of the world. Brothers, mothers, uncles and daughters all perished. We owe it to every single one of them to keep their memories alive. Sept. 11, 2001 was not just a day that came and went; it wiped the slate clean. We found ourselves cautious, even anxious. The thought of fly-

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Anti-Grisanti ad crosses the line of political slander How far will a politician go to get in your pants? There are hundreds of punchlines like that, especially with the thought of Twitter pictures and stained blue dresses in the back of your mind. Instead, that’s the question being asked in a mail flyer paid for by the Committee to Save the Erie County Republican Party, and it’s hit the national spotlight in the last few days. This anti-Mark Grisanti ad is being called the most anti-gay piece of political mail you’ll receive this year, featuring two black and white pictures pulled from a gay pornography website. The pictures are only half of the controversy, though. The mailer itself reads: “How far will a politician go to get in your pant$? For his gay marriage vote, Mark Grisanti received over $750,000. Sometimes they’re political whore$.” On the back: “Make sure your Son says, ‘Thank you, Mark Grisanti.’” At last, there is an answer to the question “how far is too far” in political attack ads. There have been a lot of claims in the last two days about where it’s coming from, and multiple people have linked it to Matthew Ricchiazzi, a Buffalo native and failed mayoral candidate. Supposedly, the committee is Ricchiazzi’s one-man smear campaign, and this isn’t the first time it’s been after Grisanti. It’s a laughable attempt. Think about it: a not-so-subtle ad opposing marriage equality that claims those in favor of it are trying to legislate what happens in the bedroom. Straying away from the irony of it, though, if the point of the mailer was to humiliate Senator Grisanti on his decision to vote in favor of the

Cold pizza ELVA AGUILAR Senior Arts Editor

Eleven years ago, nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and into a field in Shanksville, Pa. Eleven years ago our country was blindsided by a terrorist attack, and although the mastermind behind this heinous tragedy is long gone, the sting from those images both on TV and in real life still brings chills down America’s spine. Aside from families affected by 9/11, I hadn’t seen much talk about this year’s anniversary. It isn’t usually until Sept. 10 that the time of year dawns on me, and this year it literally slapped me in the face. Monday morning, a shared post of a “9/11 pizza special” coupon came across my Facebook timeline. The image read that on Sept. 11, a large cheese pizza would only cost $9.11.

N.Y. marriage bill last year, then it failed its goal. Instead, you have an important social issue being reduced to sex. It reads like this: “You supported marriage equality for money, which means you’re no better than people who have sex for money, like these two gay men right here! Oh and parents, don’t forget your son is gay.” It’s past the point of being politically predictable and has crossed the line into just plain insulting. Politicians are free game, of course, and there have certainly been a slew of questionable campaign ads this season. But pandering with irrelevant shock and slander is where you can draw the line. If Ricchiazzi is the creator of the mailer, it’s hard to exactly figure out why. Rumor has it the wannabe politician is openly bisexual and only developed harsh feelings toward the senator following his altercation at the Seneca Niagara Casino this past February (and – according to the blogosphere – possibly after Grisanti failed to give him give a job). It’s all perfect timing for Grisanti, who is only a day away facing Republican challenger Kevin Stocker in Thursday’s primary. Stocker, who has made his opposing stance on marriage equality quite clear, didn’t need help from the ad to make his case, but he now has to worry about the negative effect that is bound to come from its national appearance. If his campaign ends in victory, Mark Grisanti should make sure to remember to thank the committee. Email:

At first, I thought it was a Photoshopped image pulled from a satirical page on Reddit or Tumblr, but when I learned the coupon came from local pizzeria Riva’s Pizza’s Facebook page, I felt the blood rush to my head. For a New York establishment to try and capitalize off of a tragedy that affected not only our nation, but also our state, so harshly is an abomination. The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 represent a time when our country was emotionally vulnerable. It represented a time where thousands of families had no idea where their loved ones were, and others who knew their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters were never coming home. It does not represent saving a couple dollars on a large pizza. This time of year is extremely sensitive for people, especially those from the tri-state area who witnessed the attacks. I live 45 minutes away from Manhattan and I remember the smoke from the towers in the air that afternoon. I remember the chaos that my middle school teachers couldn’t control and the confusion my classmates and I experienced from watching them react to a situation we weren’t aware of. I remember the calls from my grandmother in El Salvador, barely able to talk because she thought we had been hurt.

It’s rumored the pizzeria’s advertisement was an attempt to raise money for families of victims from 9/11, but regardless, their execution was insensitive. To dwindle a day in history that will live in America’s memory like Pearl Harbor did is the perfect way to misrepresent what America stands for. We are a country of resilience and we have bounced back and will continue to bounce back when tragedies like this strike. We will not capitalize off the grief of our fellow Americans. We will not make a play on a day that makes our hearts heavy and our days solemn. We will show respect. The coupon was taken down along with a status update on Saturday that teased the upcoming savings a few hours after the original post. What I, as a proud New Yorker, refuse to accept is any type of disrespect, not only to the victims that died on Sept. 11, but the troops who have since fought to keep this country safe. And that goes for anybody capitalizing on the corpses of 3,000 people and countless others. Email:

ing elicited fear too great to go through with it, and we watched what we said and who we said it to. We had new approaches to life, new opinions. It created love, and it also created a lot of hate. America wasn’t this indestructible red, white and blue symbol of strength and freedom after all. It was the first time many saw how vulnerable we really are. We woke up. Everybody goes at doing so differently. Media organizations all have their individual takes on how the anniversary should be covered, some choosing to re-air the full real time coverage, others reducing the memory to a couple of paragraphs in the middle of the publication. Candlelight vigils are held and memorials are visited; scholars study its cause, and authors work it into their plots. But no matter how we approach it – be it through flags strewn on the fences at Ground Zero or just by thanking your men in service – don’t forget to remember. Email:

Tears for the Twin Towers REBECCA BRATEK Managing Editor I ’ v e only seen my father

cry once. It was a quiet, almost secret response – one I wasn’t supposed to see. I was 10 years old, not entirely sure what was going on, despite the late hour and constant flow of news, and I had left the room only for a moment to grab a teddy bear; the TV broadcast was starting to make me feel sad and I needed something to hold onto. I tiptoed back into my living room, and I know my father must’ve seen me – I was completely in his line of vision – but his eyes were locked on the screen. His gaze didn’t falter as the stream of information quietly filled our small living room. And then I saw the tears. I’ve never told my father about this moment nor have I told him that it’s one of my most vivid memories – it remains unspoken, as if it were a moment I had violated. My father – strong, stoic and rugged – was not a man who cried. He was the one I was afraid of if I did something wrong or who held it together when our female-dominant household got too emotional. He wasn’t a man who cried, I thought. Yet I saw him cry for his country. That day was September 11, 2001. A day that changed American life as we know it. I woke up that morning and got ready to go to school, as I always did. Fifth grade was nothing exciting, and I can’t tell you anything else about that year. I remember sitting in class – math class, to be exact – when one of the sixth grade teachers poked her head into the classroom and told Ms. Haderer to turn on the TV. She stopped teaching, and we watched. Silently, we watched the towers fall without really understanding what was going on – not just the students, but the adults, too. I remember the newscasters talking about how it was an attack on us as Americans, an attack on our government, and we didn’t know what “they” would target next. Who were they? Why were they doing this to us? What did we do to them? Isn’t America supposed to be the safest country in the world? What happens now? I saw the world as any 10-year-old should: a happy place where war didn’t exist, at least not within my little world, and I

thought I was a radical sticking it to the man when I mouthed the words to the Our Father instead of actually reciting the prayer. Surely no one wanted to attack my family or me – I lived in Buffalo, an irrelevant city on the other side of New York State. New York City is an 8-hour train ride away – far enough away to feel like you’ve left the state when you visit, but close enough to make it a weekend getaway destination. Yet on September 11, it seemed as if the Twin Towers had fallen in my backyard. My mother works for the VA Hospital – a government job – and I remember the newscasters talking about how all government facilities were now terrorist targets. My 10-year-old brain was quick to decide my mother’s building was next. Once the towers had fallen and it seemed like the damage was done, we turned off the TV, said a few prayers for those suffering and tried to concentrate on our studies. Yet I couldn’t shake the feeling my mother’s building would be hit next – the towers had fallen, a plane had slammed into the side of the Pentagon, and passengers tried to take a plane back from hijackers before crashing into a field in Pennsylvania. Three attacks, three different places, and I thought Buffalo was the only probable next victim. I went home from school, relieved and overjoyed that my family was safe (after trying to devise a plan to contact my mother, but it was before cell phones were a wide-spread thing), but I still didn’t understand what had happened. I just knew it hurt. A lot. And it still does. I know someday I will be telling my kids and my kids’ kids about 9/11, and everyone I know has a story far more moving and personal than the history books will write. It’s been 11 years, but it seems just like yesterday. I will remember how itchy my uniform skirt was, how the TV in the classroom was so ancient and we could barely see, how we gathered in silence and expected our teachers to give us all the answers to the unending list of questions in our heads. I will remember my father’s tears. Tears shed because of patriotism, because of fear, because American life had changed forever and even the toughest men now had heavy hearts. A quiet secret I will forever keep. Tears I hope to never see again. Always remember. Never forget. Email:


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


UB, Google and Sprint work to improve smart phones SAM FERNANDO Staff Writer

Vaibhav Krishna Irugu Guruswamy /// The Spectrum

UB professor Sarbajit Banerjee is one out of only 35 innovators chosen in MIT Magazine’s “TR35” for his technological innovations.

UB professor ranked one of the world’s top innovators LEAH RAIMONDI Staff Writer

of his greatest accomplishments. “I’m usually more proud of my students’ awards than my own,” he said. It took Banerjee years of research to finish his most recent innovation. He developed vanadium-oxide nanomaterials to go inside window coatings to block out infrared radiation from the sun on hot days. Banerjee said this form of energy replacement could cut down air conditioner costs. His innovation will be useful in the winter, too, when the coating becomes transparent and allows warm rays into the room. “He’s a rising star, someone we want to keep at the university,” said Alexander Cartwright, vice president for research and economic development. “He’s the type of faculty we are looking for.”

Technology Review Magazine named a UB professor as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. Sarbajit Banerjee, an assistant professor of chemistry, was included in MIT Magazine’s “TR35” for his technological innovations – specifically for his research in developing vanadium-oxide nanomaterials. Banerjee is among 35 recipients of the award. Past recipients include Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerburg, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Apple, Inc. Chief Designer Jonathan Ive. While Banerjee acknowledges the award as an honor, he regards working with his students as one

Banerjee specializes in materials chemistry and nanoscale electronics at UB. He also works in research areas of analytical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Banerjee focuses on technological innovations that are practical and functional. He researches common items, such as computer chips, and works on developing materials like coatings to prevent rusting. If perfected, the coating can be used on consumer products like motor vehicles. “He’s always thinking about how the material he is developing can be applied commercially,” Cartwright said. In 2004, Banerjee received his Ph.D. in chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook and went on to complete his postdoctoral research at Columbia University in 2007. That year, he was hired at Continued on page 8

UB’s department of computer science and engineering gave out 200 free smartphones to help researchers create a new type of infrastructure to conduct experiments. The new campus-wide project mainly aims to improve smartphones. Starting at the end of August, about 170 students who chose to partake were given an Android Samsung Nexus S, with an additional 30 given to various staff and faculty members. Geoffrey Challen and Steven Ko are assistant professors in the department of computer science and engineering and are taking the lead in the project, which they named “Phonelab.” They clarify that Phonelab isn’t an experiment itself; instead, it is a test bed that makes experimentation easier. “What we are doing is essentially building a scientific instrument that can be used for various research studies,” Ko said in an email. “We are building this infrastructure so that researchers from both inside and outside of UB can use it.” Phonelab was made possible because of support from Google and Sprint and a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Google helped fund the first Phonelab prototype application, and UB was able to negotiate a discounted price with Sprint in order to continue the project. Participants will only be asked to take part in experiments for a few hours each month. These experiments can range anywhere from taking surveys to testing apps. In exchange for participating in the project, members also received the first year of service from Sprint for free, which includes unlimited voice calling, unlimited messaging and unlimited data. After the first year, the participant can receive discounted service at under $50 a month, only if he or she chooses to continue to partake in the project. Phonelab will also allow researchers to transparently collect data from the smartphones. For example, they will be able to study software performance and network

stability and then find ways to improve this and other issues like the user interface and smartphone security. “The nice thing about test beds like this is that they are nonspecific,” Challen said in an email. “They enable us to do a really large variety of projects and let students go off in their own direction.” Challen also assured participants that they would have complete privacy in using the phone and they can choose which experiments to participate in at their own discretion. “We want people to use the phone normally as their primary device,” he said. An Institutional Review Board at UB will approve each experiment. This will ensure the application is safe and only collects necessary data. According to CNN, over half of all cell phones in use in the United States are smartphones. Phonelab is the first largescale test bed. Bhaavyaa Kapoor, another member of the Phonelab team, is working toward her master’s degree in computer science at UB. She is excited for the project to take form and knows how important this test bed is. “Phonelab provides a great infrastructure for researchers to deploy the application at a very large scale,” Kapoor said. “Previously that was not possible.” Before this initiative, getting realistic information from smartphone users was nearly impossible because of the cost and difficulty of finding a significant number of participants and having any control over them. “By developing Phonelab, we are accelerating smartphone experimentation by providing experimenters access to a large group of users that already have phones and an incentive to participate,” Challen said. Phonelab separates itself from other similar projects because of its network of people. Having a test bed of real smartphone users allows for more accurate data that could lead to more practical solutions.

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Bianco’s benevolence CALEB LAYTON Staff Writer

The Take Out Girl KEREN BARUCH Life Editor What is a college student’s budget? It’s what makes me eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all three snacks in between. It’s the reason I am the dollar store’s most devoted customer. It’s why I cringe every time my Starbucks drink rings up to $5. It’s why “splurging” to me means getting a baked ziti pizza slice instead of a regular one on those special occasions. Lastly, it’s why I worked as a take out girl this summer. While we study hard for whatever it is we aspire to be, most of us are forced to work jobs we don’t necessarily love. To bring in that extra cash, we apply for jobs like waiting on tables, working in libraries or wiping smelly sweat off machines at the gym. These jobs suck. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from them. Below are the things I’ve taken away from being a take out girl. When calling a restaurant for a delivery there is actually a human on the other side of the phone. I don’t know why I always assumed people who answer phones at restaurants have the ability to translate speech at 100 words per millisecond. Do not rush through your name, phone number or address when placing an order because your food will not get to you. I repeat: your food will not get to you. It’s so easy to hear “214th street” when in reality the customer said “213th street.” Trust me, the delivery boy is never a happy camper when he’s forced to repeatedly ring a doorbell, only to hear people shouting, “I didn’t order anything,” through the intercom. And you won’t be a happy camper when he comes back to tell you about it. While on the topic of delivery boys, let’s discuss lesson number two. Never offer to be a delivery boy, like, ever. If you have no sense of direction, an inability to drive faster than 10 mph on a highway where the minimum speed is 40 mph and you gag from the smell of take out food, do not do what I did: offer to be a delivery boy. If for some reason you offered and your first day on the job happens to be in a few hours, I have one piece of advice: don’t wear mascara. I can’t guarantee there won’t be tears, makeup and BBQ sauce streaming down your face by the end of the night, when you can’t find the elevator in one of the buildings and for some reason the stairs only get you to the garage. P.S. There are very few air refreshers that can get rid of the smell of take out food – I have yet to find any of them. Although they don’t tell you this during your interview, take out is actually in charge of portioning food. So if you’ve never chopped up 50 pounds of broccoli with a butcher knife or rolled bags of rice and caramelized onions, brace yourself for the job. You will learn a handful of noodles weighs 9 ounces and you will feel fat when you realize your idea of a serving size was 10 times larger than what a serving size actually is. Continued on page 7

Typically, professors don’t play Frisbee with their students over the summer or host Christmas parties for them at their homes during winter break. Piero Bianco is not a typical professor. Bianco, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology with a lab in Cary Hall on South Campus, has a reputation for possessing an unfiltered enthusiasm for lab research and teaching. He’s also known for being open to allowing undergraduate students to work in his research lab, a position ordinarily given to graduate students. Bianco is close with his students; during summer sessions, he would take his students Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum out of the classroom and into the field – a Piero Bianco, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, is known for allowing his playfield, that is. While the weather was nice, on Friday afternoon, Bianco and his students undergraduate students to work in his lab. would have lunch outside and play Frisbee. He aims to accept undergraduate stu- pretty much the way I would a graduate stuHe called it “Frisbee Friday.” dents to help him with his research. dent. I work with them one on one but also “It is important to have a good relation“It’s uncommon for undergraduates to give them the independence to make misship with students,” Bianco said. “Work and be working in the lab here,” said Christopher takes and learn from their mistakes.” play need to be incorporated into a healthy Cohan, a professor in the department of paIn order for undergraduates to work in environment.” thology and anatomical sciences. “He’s will- Bianco’s lab they must agree to work there Bianco also hosted a Christmas party at ing to offer that opportunity to them. Work- 20 hours per week for two semesters. If his house for the students who worked in his ing in a research lab provides an important they are not committed, Bianco will not take lab. To make sure the students without cars part of [an undergraduate’s] educational them, he said. could attend, he picked them up from North experience, and I think it hasn’t been develThe reward is more than worth the Campus and then dropped them back off oped so well. work, according to his students. Phadke disafter the party was done. “Our faculty has not been so aware [lab covered Bianco’s lab when he spoke in her “He really talks to you more like you’re research] is a popular thing with undergrad- honors cell bio course. She worked with Bihis friend than his student,” said Shruti uates. Using universities that are research anco from fall 2011 through last summer. Phadke, a junior biotechnology major and based and have research labs as educational She said Bianco’s teaching style alone justitools and opportunities for undergraduates, fies the amount of work. one of Bianco’s students. “It’s really nice.” “He really takes the time to make sure A South Africa native, Bianco moved has really not been taken advantage of very to the United States by himself when he much because the people that come in to do you understand the lab work, while most was 18. He entered the biology program at research in colleges and universities are the other professors have other research, which takes up their time,” Phadke said. “As an unAbilene Christian University in Texas and graduate students.” Bianco’s contact with undergrads stems dergraduate working in a lab it’s really hard later attended the University of Texas at from working with the Center for Under- and [the experiments] don’t always work Houston medical school. “The first couple of weeks [in America] graduate Research and Creative Activities … [Bianco’s tough] and he’ll tell you if you were wild because you feel like you’re walk- (CURCA), presenting his work to under- messed up but he’s also very encouraging ing around in a movie because it’s all you’ve graduates in the biochemistry program, and is always telling you to go back and look seen of America,” Bianco said. “The first speaking in honors classes and news of at something that happened.” song I heard on the radio was this Huey his undergraduate-friendly lab spreading by Lewis song, “I Want a New Drug” and I word of mouth. “Not only do they work hard but they Email: went, ‘Wow! 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Arts & Entertainment Art breathes new life with City of Night ADRIEN D’ANGELO Arts Editor

Inside the grain elevators, orange wires sling past concrete walls as work lamps cast uneasy shadows across the massive hoppers that extend down from above. Metallic beams reach over and fix themselves above an electrical box that reads “Cross Belt.” Dripping after the day’s rain, the sound escalating to the top of the exhausted silos, dragging itself across the 12-story concrete cylinder, bounces in a nearly endless movement of reverberation. Other noises are unable to escape, such as yells, the clack of boots and an uneasy hum that delivers like a two-ton generator. But these grain silos have been inactive for 50 years. On Saturday, the sights and sounds of these sleeping giants were resurrected with The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo’s (ELAB) art celebration City of Night. Over a dozen installations, 25 art vendors and 15 cultural artists were featured in the event. “This is not something that you would normally get to do,” said Marcus L. Wise, visual arts coordinator and president of ELAB. “The opportunity to just kind of wander freely through these spaces that are these hulking mammoths that were once the lifeblood of our industry and are now kind of strange creatures that we get to crawl around on the inside of.” The experience certainly varies from formal galleries like the Albright-Knox. Three buildings in the Old First Ward were opened up for indoor art installments, art booths and multimedia audio-visual performance art: Perot, the Malthouse and Marine-A. Over 2,500 people were in attendance according to an estimate from Wise. As people move through the shaded Childs Street toward the silos, a lighthouse is one of the first visible works. Max Bernstein, a 2009 UB alumn in media studies, used a projector and some intricate software to produce this giant lighthouse, which was projected directly onto the Marine-A silos. This piece, called “Elevators by Night,” was an interesting draw for the event and the projector was also used by a separate group to create a mixture of shadow puppetry and dance. Bernstein suggests he shares a common ground with many of his colleagues. “Like most artists, I have no idea what I’m doing,” Bernstein said. “But I have a good deal of stubbornness in my character that keeps me after the aspiration, which most of the time is an impossible thing to hit. I believe strongly in failure as part of my creative process.” Works by several other artists incorporated projectors and light, including a string of LED lights on a shimmering reflective surface, a documentary projected onto a hopper and a considerable number of installation pieces. One projected film called “Cycle of Life” by Seth Tyler-Black, a 2011 UB

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Onlookers enjoyed the night atmosphere at the grain elevators in Buffalo, which were full of arts music and performances.

alum, contained swirling colors and images reminiscent of a Tom Wolfe novel. Birth, learning, passion, addiction, rebirth and death all encompassed the life cycle. According to Tyler-Black, the film was meant to represent the aesthetic feeling of the struggle and renewal that Buffalo is going through. “When I initially saw the call for work, they were looking for pieces that symbolize the reemergence of Buffalo as a city of force,” Tyler-Black said. “Silo City is jaw-dropping when you first see it, so getting that many people out there has to have made some impact on its future.” The future of Buffalo was clearly considered in the planning of the event. Sustainability was promoted with a group bike ride from Shea’s on Main Street that ran on the half hour between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Bike valet and sustainability demonstrations also supported this theme. Visual artist and graphic designer David Koszka, 25, Yosemite, Calif., set up his booth next to a green metal door that read, “Boiler room, keep door closed.” His framed animals etched into wood gave away his quirky consciousness that was apparent in his lively mannerisms. The canvases, according to Koszka, were all recycled from other places where their potential was not being fulfilled. An untitled piece he was in the process of drawing at the event was pried off of the top of a wooden dresser using a crowbar. “In the kind of world that we have, we consume so much material but we never put anything back really,” Koszka said. “What I like to do is I like to go into houses now in Buffalo when they’re being abandoned and I look for palates.” In fact, many of the places Koszka grabs used items from are historical buildings. “I take things that are from historical sites and I try to breathe new life,” Koszka said. “I don’t like talking about where I get things ’cause it’s kind of illegal when I get most of this stuff, but it almost feels like a

shame to leave that [canvas] behind.” On top of the visual gravity of the artwork and multimedia presentations, live music was another medium to enjoy. Electronic, jazz, psychedelic, pop and R&B all had their place on the stage throughout the evening. Hopefully this truly eclectic display of art in Buffalo will return in the near future. Members of Buffalo’s art community are already planning future ideas for the silos, according to Tyler-Black. The success of this event may ensure its reappearance next year, but art enthusiasts will have to wait to find out. Email:

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Continued from page 1: Remembering and contextualizing the events of 9/11 “It takes away from a personal perspective and gives a well-rounded view,” said sophomore business major Trevor Sokolowski. “We are trying to come to one singular meaning instead of thousands and thousands of people’s personal opinions and meanings of it. We are trying to find one standard meaning of what we all can come to terms with for 9/11.” Sokolowksi’s view on the class doesn’t stand alone. Senior psychology major Jonathon Spiegel is from New York City and appreciates hearing the opinions of those who were not able to see the impacts of 9/11 firsthand. “I’ve always wanted to know what people thought about 9/11 who weren’t from New York City, and this allows me to get a different view of events,” Spiegel said. Jack Gaches, a junior American studies major and international student from the United Kingdom, brings a unique view to the class. In the United Kingdom, the coverage of 9/11 was romanticized, highlighting those most affected and not those indirectly affected, Gaches said.

Gaches didn’t realize how much Sept. 11 affected “normal people,” and the class is deepening his understanding of the tragedy. The class serves to change the way that its students remember 9/11. Instead of “Never Forgetting,” all those involved are challenging themselves to find how the events of 9/11 affected the world, not just individuals. “We watched a documentary last week that really brought to term that all these pictures – that you see that are so romanticized – are actual people,” said senior American studies major Ryan Mik. “That was a person’s life that was ended that day, this was a person’s life that was permanently changed that day and it just puts into perspective how many people had some part or their whole life changed that day.” By keeping an open mind to the events of Sept. 11 and how it has affected America and the world, Williams and his students are finding new ways to memorialize and remember the estimated 3,000 people who died 11 years ago. Email:

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Continued from page 1: Rintamaki talks sex Rintamaki took her class as a foundation and knew he could improve it for the UB community. Last semester, he was proven correct. He said he’s never had a learning environment as great as the one in his COM 492 class last fall. Before the semester started, several students talked to him just to say how excited they were for his class. Inspiration from his past Rintamaki loves what he does. He was originally studying genetics at Michigan State, which was a very solid and financially satisfying subject of study. When he decided to switch to communication, which was more vague and unsettling, his father was nothing short of excited. His biological father had just as strong of an impact on him as his “gay father,” Brashers. “My father grew up very, very poor,” Rintimaki said. “Their home was the size of a conventional garage. Half of what they ate they either shot or caught in the river or the lake, way up in the peninsula of Michigan. His parents died young. He was taking care of his younger sisters when he went to college and worked his way up. He did really well for himself and I really admire him.” Although Rintamaki is 39 years old, his father continues to tell him he is proud of all his achievements. Rintamaki is thankful for having a family that openly supported all of his endeavors. Support from a partner & working together On days life becomes stressful, Rintamaki has a partner to turn to. “It was Nov. 9, 2007, when I was first contacted by my now-partner, who was a medical student at the time, about one of my articles,” Rintamaki said. “It was about why African American senior citizens aren’t getting the flu vaccines and how there’s a huge disparity between all of the other racial groups when it comes to getting the vaccine. “He was working in New York City at Jamaica Hospital at the time, doing clinical rotations. So this was an issue for him because he had been receiving a lot of resistance from this population and he was poking around to find information and my paper had just come out.” Rintamaki’s partner emailed him asking a couple of questions. His response was: “Bring it on.” After emailing back and forth for six months, the two met in person and hit it off. They are together on and off long distance and fall asleep talking to each other on the phone at night. They both have fairly

busy academic careers and use Skype to stay in touch and see each other. Rintamaki’s research correlates with and helps his partner’s work, and vice versa. Rintamaki’s partner had a patient who had knee problems. He thought what was wrong with her could have been related to the quality of her orgasms, but was unsure as to how he could openly discuss that with her. Rintamaki’s current research is highly involved with open communication between physicians and their patients, and thus he was able to talk his partner through successfully discussing his patient’s sex life without making her feel uncomfortable. Spreading knowledge & love Thomas Feeley, chair and professor of the communication department, considers Rintamaki to be a rock star on campus. “My first memory of him was his energy and excitement for research and teaching during his interview for a faculty position,” Feeley said. “Faculty members aren’t typically that animated, and he was elated about being a professor. It was great to see and his positive energy is contagious.” This summer he taught the sexual communication class in Singapore, where prostitution is legal, and said that an extraordinary prostitute lectured to his class. This semester Rintamaki looks forward to bringing in more guest speakers, such as lawyers, prostitutes and porn stars, for his UB students. Feeley said he’s never seen such a positive student response to a class, like the responses Rintamaki has received, in his 10 years of working at UB. He knows expectations of his class are set incredibly high and hopes to meet all of the good anticipations. He hopes to spread the lessons he’s learned: love from his partner, a good work ethic from both of his fathers and happiness. “There are things about the ways in which [Dale] looked after his grad students that I try to emulate,” Rintamaki said. “He’s a really generous person. He would take people out to dinner or lunch all the time. There were times where I would feel really uncomfortable because he just wouldn’t let me reciprocate it. The deal we made was that I just had to pass it forward when I became a professor. I do the same with my students.” Rintamaki is following up on his end of the deal. Email:


Continued from page 10: Upperclassmen unable to dig Bulls out of Cleveland State troubles need to outhustle teams and out-defend teams, and we didn’t do that. When we understand that this needs to be our foundation for the program, I think things will change for us.” Buffalo’s best chance to win came that same evening against Eastern Kentucky (36), a team the Bulls swept last weekend. Eastern Kentucky took the first two sets, 2523 and 25-18. But the Bulls wouldn’t go down without a fight as they overcame the deficit and won the next two sets, 27-25 and 25-18. The match pushed to a fifth set, but the Bulls couldn’t complete the comeback and lost 15-12. The downfall was their 18 service errors in the match. “[We had] too many unforced errors,” Kress said. “I

felt like [Junior setter] Dani [Reinhert] had an off weekend setting the ball or getting it where it needed to be. She wasn’t making any decisions distributing the ball, and when she did make a decision the location was off. So we lost some confidence there.” Junior outside hitter Christine Fritsche landed a season-high 15 kills. The defense was lights-out, Svoboda led the team with 17 digs and junior hitter Dana Musil and Scott also reached double digits in digs, with 14 and 10 respectively. Reinhert finished the match with 47 assists. Going to five sets was inexcusable for the girls who swept the same team last weekend, according to Kress. “A different team showed up this weekend,” Kress said. “We played with much more

confidence last weekend than this weekend. We had a lot of errors. We need our upperclassmen to do their job and lead the way. They didn’t do that in that match. “That match should never have gone five sets against a program that we pretty much dominated at Notre Dame, and this weekend was completely different by our teams.” Next week, the Bulls play at home for the Blue and White Classic. Kress said the girls are excited to finally have a weekend at home. Buffalo will open the tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. against Dartmouth (1-5). Email:

Continued from page 10: The family business White’s past has affected his future, as he tries to teach his kids the same lessons that were taught to him. He has three young kids: a smart, analytical 7-year-old son named Aiden; his middle daughter, Molly, a 5-year old girl who has a laid back personality; and the youngest daughter, Caitlin, 2 years of age, whom Danny simply calls ‘crazy.’ A fourth, a boy, is due on Oct. 1. The lessons he’s learned from his children stretch into his job today. “I think parenting makes you a better leader, a better manager,” White said. “You can’t really have success without accountability.” He considers himself lucky to have a partner, his wife Shawn, who is just as involved as he is in terms of raising the family in the same way he was raised. “We had to have that conversation before we got married,” White said. “She’s been very supportive. We look at it like it’s our career, not just my career. She’s done and is doing a great job at raising our children, but it’s a team effort. College athletics is an emotional enterprise, and we look at it as a family. That’s how I learned it. She’s very much and will be involved in the work that we will be doing here to advance UB athletics.”

Although the boys have various travel and work schedules, it’s the holidays that give the White family a rare chance to be together. “We don’t have opportunities to get together as much these days, although we celebrate every other Christmas together, because of our time constraints and geographical hurdles,” White said. “When we do though, we try to spend more time reminiscing about our upbringing rather than talking about meetings, budgets or ball screens.” As for the rivalry? It’s dead now – at least to White. “There’s not [a rivalry],” White said. “When we get together it’s more just looking to relax. The advantage to working in college athletics is that I feel like I’m not working, but the disadvantage is that you’re never really off the job. The hours are long, and the days off are hard to find, so we try to get together as a family at least once a year, and try to relax.” Collegiate sports are often looked upon as a business enterprise, but to White, it’s all in the family. Email:


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Continued from page 4: UB professor ranked one of the world’s top innovators UB as an assistant professor of chemistry. His career path into chemistry has been straightforward from the beginning; he knew he wanted to be a scientist in high school. Despite his young age, Banerjee’s coworkers value his knowledge and passion for scientific research. Banerjee can add the TR35 to his long list of awards. In 2011, he won the UB Exceptional Scholars-Young Investigator Award; in 2010, he won the Cottrell Scholar Award; in 2009, he won the National Science Foundation Career award; as well as many other awards in previous years. “What distinguishes this award from a lot of other scientific awards is that this recognizes scientific achievement that has the potential to change the world,” Banerjee said. The award also brings recognition to the science programs at UB. Banerjee’s most recent innovation with vanadium oxide has garnered interest worldwide and has even brought him into the early stages of forming business deals, the details of which he couldn’t disclose to The Spectrum. Banerjee said the vanadium oxide could develop a new type of energy that could support structures of the future and

therefore has a global appeal. His work with grapheme, which is one of the strongest materials known to man, as well as one of the most conductive, has great potential. “We are researching how grapheme interfaces with other materials.” Banerjee said. “Using grapheme to come up with some interesting coatings to prevent rust formation.” While he is currently being recognized for being less than 35 years old as an accomplished innovator, Banerjee has always been impressive to his colleagues. “When I first met him during the interview process, I thought he was someone who was incredibly sure in his scientific theory,” Cartwright said. “His breadth of knowledge and understanding of the field was impressive even at that time.” One of Banerjee’s many goals for the future is to develop a room temperature superconductor, a task many innovators want to accomplish. Banerjee sees this award as “recognition of the trajectory of this university and where it is headed, as well as a recognition of the students who go here.” Email:

Continued from page 4: UB, Google and Sprint work to improve smart phones Anudipa Maiti, a Ph.D. student who is working on the project, points out that most smart phone research is all based on assumptions, but with Phonelab, research can be based on collected data. “In most research papers we make assumptions and based on those assumptions, we create solutions,” Maiti said. “Those solutions may be great theoretically, but in the practical world they don’t make much sense. But when you have real users, you get real data which is important in developing real solutions.” Although this is the first semester of the operation, the project began a year and a half ago when Challen, Ko and their team began to create the Phonelab software. With the first round of experiments to begin next month, Phonelab will begin its journey to improve the smartphone.

Challen sees this project as a great opportunity, and he doesn’t understate the importance of smartphones to the world of innovation and technology. “Smartphones already constitute the most pervasive deployment of computing technology we have ever accomplished, and the technology is just starting to come to fruition,” Challen said. “I think in a decade we'll look back on this technology as being more important than the Internet and more transformative than the cloud.” Challen and Ko plan to add an additional 250 phones to the test bed next year, and another 250 in 2014. They hope UB and Phonelab become the center of smartphone innovation. Email:

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The family business

AD Danny White comes from family of athletic administrators NATHANIEL SMITH Senior Sports Editor

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Upperclassmen unable to dig Bulls out of Cleveland State troubles MEG LEACH Staff Writer The defense stood tall at the net, but the offense was absent again for the volleyball team at the Cleveland State Invitational over the weekend. The Bulls (3-6) were defeated in all three of their matches and only won three of 12 sets in the tournament. They opened the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Cleveland State (6-3). The Bulls won the first set 26-24, but were unable to top the Vikings, losing the final three sets of the game. “I thought we played our best match against Cleveland State,” said head coach Todd Kress. “Despite what the scores say we could have been 3-0 instead of 0-3. We had a few opportunities where we just weren’t finishing.” Junior libero Kelly Svoboda made her first start of the season in the game against Cleveland and was an immediate impact, recording 18 digs and tying for match-high honors. The entire weekend showed promise for some upperclassmen. Sophomore hitter Liz Scott and junior blocker Carissa McKenna led the team with 11 kills in the first game of the weekend. Kress believes there is a lot of work for his upperclassmen to do, especially when it comes to closing a game. “We were really looking for upperclassmen to take advantage of that and take charge when it comes to closing,” Kress said. “We’re putting ourselves [in situations] where we can be successful, but not sealing the deal. That’s kind of the way it’s been for a couple years with this group. They have to learn to finish when they put themselves in that situation.” Last week’s UB Athletics Athlete of The Week, freshman hitter Megan Lipski, was the star of last weekend’s Shamrock Invitational. Lipski contributed to the Bulls’ offense and defense in the first game, finishing with nine digs and seven kills. The Bulls started Saturday with a heartbreaking sweep by Oakland (5-4). The Golden Grizzlies broke open the first set early with a five-point run that led to a 25-15 loss. The Bulls would never fully recover after being punished in the first set; they dropped the next two sets 25-23 and 2521. Oakland kept the Bulls hitting to a meager .157 throughout the match. Kress said the defense could have been better, and it should have stepped up to be the difference maker. “Our defense was just average the entire weekend,” Kress said. “Each of the teams we played had a go-to hitter and a big outside that they could use. Right now we don’t have that and we Continued on page 8

It’s typical for kids growing up near Oreno, Maine to play hide-and-go-seek or ride bikes. Stuff adventurous, thrill-seeking children usually do. One kid around those parts was different. He was often found by his siblings having lengthy conversations with older neighbors. It’s no surprise considering this kid, Danny White, UB’s newest director of athletics, comes from a family of coaches and athletic administrators. His curiosity molded him into the person he is now: personable, competitive and motivated to take UB to a new athletic level. It wasn’t always easy. Moving from place to place was routine in White’s family. His father, Dr. Kevin White, is currently the athletic director at Duke University. Kevin and his wife, Jane, have five children – including Michael, who is the men’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech, and Brian, who is the associate athletic director at the same school. White’s childhood was a journey that The University at Buffalo / Douglas Levere stretched between multiple time zones, from Left to right: Shawn White; her husband, Danny; and his father, Kevin, pose at Danny’s introduction as UB’s Arizona to Maine, and many points in benew athletic director in The Center for the Arts on May 8. Family has played a big role in Danny’s ascension to tween. the top of UB’s athletic department. “We’ve always struggled telling people where we are from,” Michael said in an email. detached from the world and are reluctant to “Danny is as competitive as anyone I “It usually opens a can of worms and ends in make new friends due to the constant fear of know,” Michael said. “Whether it’s basketa long answer.” moving. ball, a video game or Cornhole, Danny is not It was all part of the family business. That’s what makes this family so special. playing for fun. He’s playing to win. I’ve seen several days ruined for him after a loss. He Kevin started out as a track and field coach “The adversities that arise with moving doesn’t take them well.” at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Fla. His coaching travels led him to Central Michi- across the country strengthened our sibling There were some unfortunate casualties. bond,” Michael said. “We learned to be adaptgan and Southeast Missouri State. able to different environments and cultures, “We went through several broken NinAfter starting his athletic administrative and also how to build new relationships at tendo controllers in the White house,” Micareer at Loras College in Iowa, Kevin and his every stop. chael said. family moved to the University of Maine, Tu“Dad is relentless and passionate with reDespite White’s views on losing, his culane, Arizona State and Notre Dame, where gard to his profession, and our mom works riosity about his father’s profession is what Danny eventually enrolled and played college equally as hard holding everything together helped him later on in life. basketball, graduating in 2002. on a personal level. Needless to say, work eth“Danny has always been mature beyond “Five kids with strong personalities ic was a given in our household as a product his years, so his rapid ascension in the athletic brought daily adventure,” Michael said. “It of the example given by our parents.” administration ranks comes as no surprise dewas always a competitive environment, as all Of course, growing up as a member of spite his age,” Michael said. “He’s very bright, of us were athletes, including our parents, but the White family meant sibling rivalry was and he’s very familiar with the family business. we were extremely close at the same time.” a constant theme, and Danny was one who Like our father, his motor never slows down, Danny’s parents made sure they kept fo- never liked to lose. and he operates with the utmost amount of cused on their dreams, despite the constant integrity in work and life.” distractions of moving. Many kids grow up Continued on page 8

Bulls’ losing streak extends to four MARIA MANUNTA Staff Writer The men’s soccer team has possessed the ball well lately, but it has failed to put a tally in the win column in the past four games. The University of Detroit (2-3) traveled to UB Stadium to face the Bulls in the last game of Buffalo’s four-game home stand on Friday. The Titans’ backbreaking back-to-back goals in the second half were too much for the Bulls to overcome, as they were defeated by a 2-1 score. On Sunday, the Bulls looked to end their three-game skid against undefeated Cornell (40). The Bulls (1-4-1) had trouble countering the Big Red’s attack and failed to score a goal, losing 4-0. Detroit and Buffalo were both unable to capitalize on scoring chances, as the defenses ruled early. The first half was slow for both sides and ended with a 0-0 tie. That slow pace continued for most of the second half until Detroit’s Adam Bedell snuck a goal past Bulls senior goalkeeper Jonathan Viscosi in the 73rd minute.

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Bulls junior forward Marek Albert scored his first goal of the season against Detroit, but Buffalo fell 2-1.

The offensive fireworks were just beginning. A mere five minutes later, the Titans’ Matt Harkema added another goal for Detroit. “I think our boys did a great job tonight,” said head coach David Hesch. “We fought hard; we did what we needed to win; it just didn’t go our way. This is a tough one to swallow, but the boys should be proud. They played well.”

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With 12 minutes to go, the Bulls exhibited a new mentality and finally took advantage of a scoring chance. Less than two minutes after the Titans’ second goal, Bulls junior forward Marek Albert found an opening at the top of the box and scored his first goal of the season. “It really feels good,” Albert said. “Our team stuck together, we all worked together, we put one in the net. It was probably one of the most aggressive games we’ve played. If we keep up the

level of soccer we played tonight, I don’t see why Sunday we can’t score one, two, three more.” Time ran out before Buffalo could put one more in the net to tie the game. Cornell dominated Sunday’s game early and often, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Big Red matched its offensive output in the second half and tacked on two more goals. “We were playing well enough to win,” Hesch said. “We were doing a good enough job holding the ball, but we are just having big mistakes, big blunders during the game. “Our build-up is not helping us so we’re losing the ball and they are coming down our throats. So we’ve just got to eliminate certain mistakes back on offense so it doesn’t hurt us on defense.” The team will travel to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) (2-4) on Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Email:

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