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Monday, September 24, 2012
Circle K: building a better community, one step at a time Story on page 5
Men’s basketball schedule unofficially released Check out page 10
A UB dance reunion SHU YEE RACHEL LIM Staff Writer
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Professor Robert Wagmiller – an associate professor in the Department of Sociology – commutes every week from New Jersey to Buffalo.
UB professor maintains university relations despite long commute CALEB LAYTON Staff Writer Airport security procedures have become second nature to Professor Robert Wagmiller. He barely notices the pressure change in his ears as the plane takes off and lands. It’s no big deal to him; he does the same thing every week. He has to since he commutes to class from New Jersey. Wagmiller, a professor of sociology at UB since 2003 and resident of New Jersey since his wife
took a job there in 2007, commutes to Buffalo every week from Mountain Lakes, N.J. – a small town a half hour outside Newark. He takes a 5:30 a.m. flight out of Newark on Tuesday, stays at an apartment near the Buffalo Zoo until Thursday night and flies back to Newark that same night. This way of commuting is less time consuming than driving, but much more expensive. An average round trip flight from Newark, N.J. to Buffalo, N.Y. can be anywhere from $200 to $330, according to expedia.com.
Prior to this semester, Wagmiller would drive for five and a half hours – 341 miles – to UB from his house every Tuesday and drive home every Thursday. Since the average car in 2012 gets 23.3 mpg – according to a study done by Truecar.com – and the average gas price from Mountain Lakes, N.J. to Buffalo, N.Y. is $3.75, the average amount of gas Wagmiller would spend commuting one way is $59.15. This commute costs, on average, $3,783.35 per academic year. Continued on page 7
Student-run website aims to change presentations LISA EPSTEIN Asst. News Editor Six UB students are trying to change the way faculty and students present PowerPoint presentations through a new website. Presvo, a new presentation tool designed by second-year graduate students Manoj Chandrasekran, Dinesh Ravi, Micheal Benedict, Sean Zawicki, Magizharasu Thirunavukkarasu and Vishwa Srikanth. Courtesy of Dinesh Ravi Inspiration for the program came Five UB graduate students are constantly looking improve their UB Hackathonfrom the widely used Prezi system, which is used and taught to professors winning invention: the presentation tool Presvo. at UB currently. The team has created The home screen is a simple a program that can run on PC and Ap- been set apart from Prezi. Benedict believes the ease of use and free serwhite layout, which opens up to a ple products, including Droids, iPads and iPhones. The program doesn’t re- vice sets Presvo apart from other pre- layout that can upload pictures from a URL, a file on a computer or difquire Adobe Flash Player to view the sentation tools. presentations, which allows viewing “[Presvo] doesn’t need any spe- ferent colors and fonts for each slide. on any device. cial software to run,” Benedict said. The slides automatically save every 10 seconds. Presvo was created at the UB “At the end of the day, it can run “It’s a combination of execution Hackathon, held during the end of the through a browser. If you view a Prezi Spring 2012 semester. Sponsors of the on an Apple device like an iPad or an along with ideas,” Ravi said. “We’ve first-ever event included companies iPhone, you [won’t be able to access it] churned out quite a few things from such as GitHub, SendGrid, Twilio, Sy- unless you have the app for [Prezi]. In how it started. Currently it’s looking our case, our main goal was to simplify totally different from how it was on nacor and Iror. creating presentations and sharing Hackathon night, and that is to suit The six students won the 24-hour [them].” certain other requirements which inevent, which granted them a year of clude the use of experience, apart The group launched the new and free server space, among other things, updated product last month and cur- from its functionalities.” which totaled at a value of $24,000. rently has a couple hundred users regThe goal of the site is to make The site has changed from the istered for the website. They’ve cur- presentation preparation and sharing original prototype made on the day of rently closed registration to work out easier for both the user and audience. the Hackathon, but Presvo has always problems still popping up. Continued on page 8
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The stage last saw them as eager young students. They returned as dance professionals and brought the experience that led them to success. At last Saturday’s Back to Buffalo 4, An Alumni Dance Concert, eight former UB graduates returned to their alma mater to showcase their professional talents on Center for the Arts’ stage. The most thrilling dance of the night belonged to Sarah Jean Kaye in “Bouchee.” Her number began and ended while a hoop suspended her approximately 3 feet above the stage floor. The audience cheered at her aerial work as she pivoted her body weight on the hoop. She teased the audience by maintaining a smile on her face, as though these feats were no challenge. She ended her number by dangling dangerously by the arches of her feet with her arms on her waist like a bat. Performers like Kaye go to great lengths in the name of dance. “I haven’t worn lotion in four years … I have the legs of an 80-year-old woman and shave 365 [days] a year,” Kaye said. Katie Heintz’s “Perseverance” was visually intriguing. Her dance consisted of leaping, balancing and, on occasion, tumbling. She had many push and pull movements against the air, presenting an imaginary obstacle she wanted to overcome. She ended her set with both feet firmly on the stage with one shirt’s strap around her arm – a sign of her struggle. Heintz’s choice of string music was appropriately dramatic in that it complimented the tensions she portrayed while fighting her inner demons. “Perseverance” was received well by the crowd, but she wasn’t the only highly anticipated act. “The dancer in ‘Perseverance’ was good, but I know my sister is going to be the best one,” said Emily Jacob-Zysman, 32, a UB alumna from Rochester. “My family came in just to see her.” Her sister, Claire Jacob-Zysman, paired with Sara Senecal to perform “a single dot of light.” They looked like a yin and yang that conspired harmoniously with each other – reflecting each other’s movements and supporting each other. “They were beautiful and so grounded in their movement … it was very affecting,” said Tamara Hopersberger, 40, of WilkesBarre, Pa. Jacob-Zysman and Senecal ended their piece rolling on the floor in a figurative loop. Alireza Bakhtiar, a senior business administration major, said an image clicked in his mind when he saw Jacob-Zysman and Senecal perform. “I saw two friends who could support each other in their emotional lives and how that support continues in life,” Bakhtiar said. The use of props and lighting were essential to the majority of
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UB alumni showcased their talent and experience at Saturday’s Back to Buffalo 4: the UB Dance Alumni All-Star Concert.
the performances. One performer who used these elements well was Nicole Calabrese. Calabrese started her dance perched on a chair in the shadowed part of the stage with a waterfall spotlight to the her right. She progressed in fear of the light and tested its boundaries before finally leaping into the lighted circle and embracing the brightness. Even her breath was in tune with the beat of the music as she blew her tangled hair out of her face. “It gave me the feeling of someone who wanted to break the rules of her life and enter a new stage,” Bakhtiar said. Gina Pero used her shimmery costume and a rose to bring out the flirtatiousness of her piece, “Wrapt,” as she danced to a jazzy double bass, saxophone and piano ensemble. Current dance students also performed “Hearth.” With earthcolored blowy dresses, their movements were very lyrical, and their port de bras were fluid. The dancers resembled birds of a flock dancing together. This graceful harmony was only interrupted when the dancers’ claps were not in-sync. But they were quick to recover, just like birds do when one flies out of formation. “It made you feel like you just wanted to get up and dance with them. They made it seem so easy,” said Michelle Ballaro, a UB graduate and retired dance teacher. “It’s very nice to see people from Buffalo do very well in their chosen profession; their personalities really shine through their pieces.” That night, the dance profession did not look as risky as some current dance students feel. When asked how she knew dance was the right path for her, Pero replied while pointing to her heart: “It’s this. It’s here,” Pero said. Email: email@example.com
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EDITORIAL BOARD Editor in Chief Aaron Mansfield 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 Brian Keschinger, Asst. Haider Alidina, Asst. ADVERTISING DESIGNER Joseph Ramaglia Chris Belfiore Ryan Christopher, Asst. Haley Sunkes, Asst.
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Comforts of home Breaking (more than) Bad Universities should follow suit on UB’s gender-neutral housing Every student has experienced or has heard some kind of horror story about random roommate selection: thefts, lack of personal space and frequent “sexiles.” The college housing experience can be miserable if you haven’t found somebody of the same sex you want to share your living space with. UB provided a solution this fall: gender-neutral housing. Starting this semester, two floors in the Ellicott Complex and several apartments in the Hadley and Creekside Villages, have been set aside for genderneutral housing. Not only should the university have begun this sooner, they should further expand it and other schools should follow suit. The decision allows college students who are closer with friends of the opposite sex, or students who don’t like the option of being thrown together with a random stranger, to live with someone they’re actually comfortable with – despite that person’s gender. In addition, it benefits the LGBTQ community, providing a safer and more at-ease living situation than what you would get with random selection. It seems like such an obvious choice. But UB is only the first school in Western New York to allow this living option (SUNY Geneseo – which is located outside of Rochester – does as well). According to the Transgender Law & Policy Institute, at least 88 other colleges and universities in the U.S. have signed on.
The university has taken a step up and said, “These students are adults and should be treated as such. They’re perfectly capable of making the decision of who they want to live with, so let’s let them.” The new housing option has many parents nervously wringing their hands, though. After all, how will two adults of different sex possibly share a living space for a few hours a day without having sex with each other? UB ignored such a condescending attitude and the move wasn’t made with the intention to promote couple’s housing; it was made to make students feel more comfortable and safer – a step that should already be a goal for university housing. If college is supposed to be the gateway into “the real world,” then shouldn’t students be able to make decisions about whom they are going to live with without having their hands held by the system? If it doesn’t work, then at the very least students learn what they are mature enough to deal with and can move on from there. That’s for them to figure out, though, on their own – as adults. UB Campus Living’s decision is applaudable, and it’s good to see a choice made that puts students first. People should be comfortable with who they’re living with. There’s no reason gender should make any difference in that fact. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Money for nothing Financial aid system needs a revamp – again Money will always be a cause for complaint, and this time of the year, students have every right to do so. Last fall, UB’s Office of Financial Aid implemented a new financial aid process where students saw their financial aid credited after the drop/add period concluded. Prior to this, financial aid was distributed before the school year started and refund checks were handed out immediately. The goal was to line up the process with the academic calendar like other colleges. UB doesn’t need a system that works for other colleges; it needs a system that puts its own students first. When UB restructured its system at the beginning of last school year, many were outraged and left in the dark. One year later, not much has changed. Financial aid and scholarships both came late this year, and federal and state aid is still pending. The most that has been offered are new financial aid advisors, which most students don’t even know exist. Students on a tight budget get hit hard at the beginning of every semester, relying on their checks to pay for food and textbooks. Instead of cashing in before classes start up or the rent is due, they now have to wait at least two weeks after classes start. Financial aid doesn’t get distributed until after the Financial Aid Census date, which for the
fall semester was scheduled for Sept. 4. Disbursement is listed as on or after Sept. 6. Instead of a system, we have a vicious circle. You can’t add a new class with an unpaid bill hold on your account, but you can’t pay your bill until your financial aid is dispersed – after the add/ drop period ends. It was a good theory – wait until after the add/drop period so financial aid wouldn’t have to be recalculated and papers wouldn’t have to be re-filed. It would be great if it actually focused on the students instead of the people working in the office. Last year, in response to the changes, the office of financial aid told The Spectrum that students in need of extra money should start seeking jobs. You can’t change the system and then just tell the students that rely on it “good luck.” Many of the students who were ignored by the system change are already working jobs and coming up short – the students who rely on the financial aid to be distributed promptly. UB’s financial aid system needs another revamp and this time with the actual students in mind. After all, efficiency and transparency is really all that is asked for, but earlier refund checks would be even better. Email: email@example.com
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I’ve got it bad. Real bad. I’m completely infatuated with a cancer-ridden, 51-year-old high school chemistry teacher. But it’s fine, because so are 2.8 million other people. Actually, I probably have even more people on my side than that. Almost 3 million people tuned in for the midseason five finale of AMC’s hit Breaking Bad on Sept. 4, but that doesn’t include the millions of people who have “BrBa” on their Netflix instant ques. If you have Netflix and have never watched Breaking Bad, you’re doing it wrong. I’ve never watched an episode of Breaking Bad on television – same goes for almost every fanatic of the show I know. How Americans view TV is changing and our generation is leading the way. My dad always tells me “patience is a virtue.” But you know what? When it comes to my favorite meth-slinging drama, saturated with cliffhangers and intricate plot twists, “patience” can bite it. But as much as I love the show now, I didn’t know anything about it when it premiered in 2008. I started hearing the name bounced around once it received attention at the Emmy Awards, but I never turned on AMC to catch an episode. Then I got Netflix and everything changed. Breaking Bad will steal your life. You will go on what I call, “BrBa Binges.” This involves sitting around in your underwear, completely submerged in Walter White’s bald head, while munching on Doritos and frozen pizza, losing chunks of your life in front of your glowing computer screen. Four seasons of the show are on Netflix, most of them 13 episodes long. I finished, on average, one season per week over the month of August. I’m pretty sure the only thing more addicting than methamphetamine is a show brilliantly crafted around making and selling it. If you disagree, you’ve clearly never watched the show. Or you have a weak stomach and couldn’t get through the first few episodes – which
is totally understandable – but not really, because the first season is just as brilliant as the most recent one. Season five isn’t on Netflix at all. If you’re inspired by the main characters’ criminal lifestyles, you can find it pretty easily pirated online, or buy it the legal way off of iTunes (which Jesse Pinkman would think is totally lame, yo). The thing is, new episodes of the show don’t come out until the summer of 2013. I can’t do that. That reality does not compute in my impatient, young adult brain. It sounds selfish and horrible, but I’m used to getting what I want when I want it. That’s what Netflix has done to me. I had hours of my favorite show at my mercy. Now that luxury is gone, and I’m not sure how I am going to struggle through until the summer. But it’s not like having my favorite things instantly and all at once is unusual. I don’t have to go to the store to get the new Mumford & Son’s album on Tuesday; it’s already slated to automatically download to my iPhone the moment it’s released. When I’m hungry, I can get food shoved at me through a window without leaving the driver’s seat of my car. Want to talk to someone while I’m writing this column? No need to fumble with my phone, I can send them a Facebook message that will go directly to their phone if they’re not on the Internet. Easy. Everything is instant. I never realized how unfamiliar I am with waiting for things until Breaking Bad. It may be totally pathetic, but I know there is an army of people who feel my pain. Netflix has 23 million subscribers. I see more of my friends plowing through five seasons of How I Met Your Mother over a few months on Netflix than I do catching its reruns on TBS. We’re all spoiled. The days of watching a show sporadically are over. We all want to watch shows in their entirety, in the proper order and completely at our personal convenience. We’re breaking the old television rhythm. Cable is expensive; Netflix is $7.99 a month. It’s what college students can afford and the medium to watch television we’ve gotten used to. We watch our shows on our time, and while the Nielsen ratings may suffer from it, everyone will be too engrossed in their instant queues to notice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The highest of fives for the return of a classic show REBECCA BRATEK Managing Editor It’s going to be legen – wait for it – dary. How I Met Your Mother returns for season eight tonight, and I couldn’t be more excited. Some may say it’s sad that I’ve based a lot of my life around this show – all some of my friends and I do is talk in quotes and obscure references from the show – but I argue HIMYM has taught me some of life’s best lessons. Ted and his crew have taught me more about love (and the lack thereof) and what true friends mean than anything else. And I think if you just listened to Ted’s incredible story, you would agree: 1. Don’t chase after the wrong person. The right person could be just around the corner. We all know how it feels: unrequited love. We all love the chase, and we all at some point will want someone we can’t have or someone who isn’t right for us. Ted Mosby knows this better than anyone. This is now season eight, and we’re still no closer to knowing who the mysterious mother is. Ted has spent the past seven seasons chasing boring and crazy girls while hung up on his best friend and a girl who left him to chase her dreams. Has he met his wife? How often do we see that evasive yellow umbrella, wishing for her to show her face to end Ted’s misery? How many of us are just searching for our yellow umbrellas while settling
for what’s easy and what’s right in front of us? Chase your yellow umbrella; don’t settle for less. 2. Nothing good happens after 2 a.m. Seriously, think about it. Any decision you make after this hour will be a bad one, and you will regret it. Ted Mosby did. His girlfriend at the time, Victoria, had moved to Germany to chase her cooking dreams. Ted was anxious about them being apart so early in the relationship, so when she failed to call one night and Robin (his best friend with whom he shares a romantic past) calls, Ted goes over to her house. The pair end up kissing, and their relationship is strained. Life lesson: just go to sleep and make your decisions in the morning with a clear head. 3. Your best friends are the people you share a bar booth with night after night. Lovers come and go, jobs are lost and nothing is static within this group, except for one thing: the bar booth at MacLaren’s. Ted, Barney, Robin, Marshall and Lily share their best times in that booth, kicking a couple back and sharing memories. No matter how awful life may be for any one of them, there is one constant place where they can just have each other. I think everyone needs that type of group of friends in his or her life – the group you can always count on to be there and suit up when you need them. Which leads me to the next lesson… 4. When in doubt, suit up. Always dress to impress and it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. Barney Stinson even has suit pajamas. Continued on page 8
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Circle K: building a better community, one step at a time ADAM LEIDIG and LYZI WHITE Staff Writer and Life Editor They are a close-knit group of college students who devote their weekends to making the Buffalo community a better place to live. They are Circle K. Circle K International (CKI), founded in 1936, started as a project to provide young men with the means and finances to gain a college education or part-time employment. When the concept was recognized, community service was introduced. Now the largest collegiate service organization, CKI has membership on more than 500 college campuses – UB is one of them. Circle K, a Student Association club, performs community service all across Buffalo. Circle K is built on the premise of building a better society and developing leadership qualities, and members provide community service while maintaining their busy college schedules. Circle K provides a variety of services around the Buffalo community, from attending sporting events to help fundraise for money to spending time with less-fortunate children and helping clean up with Habitat for Humanity, Denzel Mac-Ocran, a senior nursing major, first joined Circle K during his freshman year. He wanted to get involved and decided community service is something everyone should participate in. Anybody can attend the Circle K meetings or attend its charity or community service events. However, in order to be interna-
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With clubs on over 500 college campuses, Circle K is the largest service club in the country.
tionally recognized as a member of the club, there is an $8 fee. Mac-Ocran was involved with community service throughout high school and plans on continuing into his nursing career. “I’m lucky enough to have been raised in a great environment,” Mac-Ocran said. “But others don’t get to choose whatever situation they are born into, so [lending] a helping hand is always nice.” The first event Mac-Ocran attended was Wheels Around The Park – a carnival and walk
for families with kids who have Down syndrome. The most rewarding part of the event was taking time out of his day to make a “lifetime of difference in someone else’s,” according to Mac-Ocran. “The families were so thankful for what we were doing, and things like that keep you going,” Mac-Ocran said. “The kids were so genuinely happy.” Mac-Ocran also said the club has allowed him to meet a lot of people with similar interests, some of whom he will stay friends with for life.
His favorite event was when Circle K went to Louisiana. They worked on a farm, which provided food for the soup kitchens in the area, helped restore a camp for volunteers and aided in the rebuilding of an elderly woman’s house that was falling apart from Hurricane Katrina. He helped set up a carnival at a local museum that was rebuilt in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Circle K got a first-person look at the damage from the natural disaster, and Mac-Ocran even expanded his culinary horizons by eating alligator. “It’s hard finding community service on your own,” MacOran said. “Circle K presents a lot of different events in the Buffalo area. It’s also a weekly meeting with email reminders and friends so you won’t get complacent with doing an event every couple of months. You get into a good routine of doing community service, so it seems like second nature.” It’s not about monetary awards for Circle K’s members, like Kim Bui, the vice president of Circle K. It’s about helping people and finding leadership experience in the process. “The club keeps me in check and teaches me how to serve. [It teaches me how to] be a leader and be a fellow volunteer,” Bui said. “I just see it as a part of my life, like meeting with friends and learning, which we all do in Circle K.” Whether it’s an event on campus or an event miles away, Circle K strives toward making the Buffalo community a better place for themselves and for others. Email: email@example.com
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Cute Is What We Aim For packs Mohawk Place FELICIA HUNT Staff Writer It’s typical for bands to break up after excessive confrontation and leave their fans heartbroken. However, one local Buffalo power-pop band was up for the challenge and decided to host a comeback show in their hometown. A show that completely sold out. Cute Is What We Aim For performed at Mohawk Place last Friday after being on hiatus for four years. The comeback was a benefit show to raise awareness for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and due to being sold out, After Dark Entertainment collaborated with the blog Property of Zack to stream the concert live online. The line outside the venue wrapped down Washington Street. Fans were excited even outside the venue – some donning vin-
tage Cute Is What We Aim For T-shirts that they had saved for this very day. Frontman Shaant Hacikyan recognized fans were anxiously awaiting the return of Cute Is What We Aim For and acknowledged it after playing an acoustic show in August. While that show did not sell out, it emphasized how desperately fans wanted the band to return and to make new music. “We had just been sitting around for years and it just seemed like something that was undeniable,” Hacikyan said. “We all wanted to get back together and [show] how we all grew up as individuals. It was something we couldn’t fight anymore.” Bands Fictitious Ray, The Stellar Life, Canoe and The Daydream Chronicles (formerly The Mixtape) opened the show and could not have agreed more that the reunion was long overdue. All of the openers were honored to be able to share the stage with Cute Is What We Aim For – a band they grew up with.
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Justin Juzdowski, guitarist of The Daydream Chronicles, said the band had previously played at Club Infinity with Cute Is What We Aim For and it was an incredible show. “We’re very grateful that they offered us a spot on this show, especially seeing they’re back to their original lineup and it’s our first show back as an established band,” Juzdowski said. When Cute Is What We Aim For finally took the stage, the crowd could not be contained. Piercing screams echoed through Mohawk Place and people began shoving towards the front as they saw Hacikyan emerge with his band to kick into “Newport Living.” The band was blown away by the audience response. Hacikyan did not even have to sing most of the songs as the crowd screamed the words to hit singles “The Curse of Curves” and “Doctor.” But when he did sing, it was as though their album was playing. Hacikyan’s vocals matched the record almost perfectly, minus a few riffs that enhance the live experience. The set list contained tracks from both the debut album The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch and their second album Rotation, which balanced the show and pleased the audience. Drummer Tom Falcone, after playing with The Daydream Chronicles earlier, did not even seem to be exhausted. His drumsticks pounded each note in time and the sweat pouring onto his kit did not bother him at all. While Hacikyan danced around, bassist Fred Cimato and guitarist Jeff Czum commanded their sides of the stage by spinning and jumping in circles while maintaining their chord progressions. During the final song of the night, “There’s A Class For This” from their debut album, Hacikyan took a moment to thank all the fans and to thank his band mates for forgetting the past and reuniting for the love of music.
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After a four-year hiatus, Cute Is What We Aim For came back on stage Friday.
Cute Is What We Aim For is currently writing demo tracks in the studio and hoping to tour soon to reunite with their patient fans. Hacikyan expects the album to be complete within the year. Hacikyan could not keep the smile off his face the entire night and was grateful for the energy his fans brought. The band reportedly stayed at the venue until 1 a.m. to meet all the attendees. “It’s been overwhelming but great that people are still interested in us,” Hacikyan said. I wake up every morning still surprised this is all happening for us again.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grizzly Bear pulls another ace BRIAN JOSEPHS Senior Managing Editor Album: Shields Artist: Grizzly Bear Label: Warp Release Date: Sept. 18 Grade: A Courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music
G.O.O.D. God ELVA AGUILAR Senior Arts Editor Album: Cruel Summer Release Date: Sept. 18 Label: G.O.O.D./Def Jam Grade: A Numerous record labels have attempted to release the ideal compilation album. In 2009, Lil Wayne and his Young Money crew presented We Are Young Money, which received lukewarm reviews from critics. Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group released two collaborative albums in 2011-12, Self Made Vol. 1 and Self Made Vol. 2. Both were successful but didn’t reach the masses they were set out to grasp. Even Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne (WTT) wasn’t an undisputedly flawless album, but West has learned from his last effort and brought together all of his G.O.O.D. Music artists for their first joint project, Cruel Summer. West took a similar approach to WTT by taking a step back to allow his protégés and peers shine. But it’s knowing how to merge all of these artists, as well as his featured artists, in a cohesive manner which carries Cruel Summer. Fans have had all summer to enjoy tracks “Mercy,” “New God Flow,” “Cold,” “I Don’t Like (Remix)” and most recently, “Clique,” but having a track with the resurfacing of R. Kelly hit listeners with a surprise they weren’t prepared for. R. Kelly hasn’t been in the mainstream eye, so a feature like this is definitely a treat – a treat Kanye West makes sure his listeners are aware of. “R. Kelly and the king of rap/ S******* on you, holy crap,” West raps. There’s no question the G.O.O.D. Music roster is phenomenal; artists like Big Sean, Common, Kid Cudi and John Legend have reigned supreme for years. Cruel Summer gives G.O.O.D.’s newcomers an opportunity to prove why Kanye signed them, as well. On “The Morning,” West introduces singer D’Banj and fuses his reggae-influenced sound with the rawness of Pusha T and WuTang member Raekwon’s lyrics. West also gives rookie Teyana Taylor the chance to sing alongside John Legend on “Bliss.” The Harlem native was also given the hook to “Sin City,” which incorporates her soft, soulful voice well. She can also be heard as a background vocalist on “To The World.” “Higher” features singer/producer TheDream, who uses his production knowledge to make his voice an instrument itself. This combined with stylistic opposites Pusha T and Ma$e somehow makes sense. Similar to R. Kelly’s feature, fans will be elated to hear the infamous bad boy rap. “One, two, guess who back again/Harlem in this?/Yeezy let Manhattan in,” raps Ma$e. Although Cruel Summer barely made the season deadline, there is no question that this is the rap album of the summer and will probably continue to shadow over competition for the rest of 2012. Email: email@example.com
One trait that some of the best indie/alternative rock acts have in common is the ability to convey a similar, constant range of emotions while constantly changing their sonic direction. Bands like Radiohead, TV on the Radio and Grizzly Bear all work off those feelings of existential angst, yearning and silent aggression but still release high quality albums without sounding monotonous. Grizzly Bear showed its versatility when it followed up the fantastic Yellow House with the equally impressive Veckatimest. But instead of going further into the experimental rabbit hole, the quartet brings a more expansive – and perhaps more accessible – sound with Shields. Veckatimest sought to surround listeners with waves of densely expressive instrumentalism and vocals. Shields stabs at that same hollow sphere of emotions with the same level of intricacy. Shields doesn’t build the expansive mausoleum Veckatimest does, but sometimes a collection of vivid, masterfully painted pictures does just fine. Grizzly Bear paints some of its best pictures to date in this 2012 standout. The production aesthetics are toned down slightly this album to draw attention
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to the raw instrumentation. Shields has a bit more guitar play than Grizzly Bear’s previous efforts, so the toned-down studio effects gives the album more of an authentic feel. The change subtracts some of the breadth the quartet had in previous efforts, but the added depth more than makes up for its absence. Those guitar riffs, abrasive horns and intense rhythm section sound much more emotional. Sequencing is one of Shields’ greatest assets. There’s no question this album has its standouts – “Yet Again” and “Sleeping Ute” are some of this year’s best tracks – but each track fits together extremely well. “Yet Again” deserves to be heard after the dystopian majesty of “Adelma,” and the pseudo doo-wop of “gun-shy” begs to be heard after the creepy “What’s Wrong.” The songs are structured in a way which allows the album to blend easily. Grizzly Bear’s best songs steadily build to a climax and vanish just as they reach their
peak (see “Two Weeks” and “On a Neck, On a Spit”). The songs on Shields mostly have varying crescendos and peaks, which adds to the album’s consistency. Even though the LP sounds cohesive, each band member is given a chance to shine. Vocalist Daniel Rossen said, in an interview with The New York Times, the band wanted to, “write and make music that is as collaborative as possible, so that we have a product that we all feel a sense of authorship over as a collective.” Nobody can say Grizzly Bear doesn’t sound completely in-sync on Shields, but it’s hard not to praise drummer Christopher Bear’s energy on “Speak in Rounds” or compliment Rossen on creating that addicting riff on “Sleeping Ute.” Rossen still maintains his highpitched vocals throughout Shields. Some argue the style is a bit repetitive, but it’s crucial because it helps tie the whole album. His vulnerability provides the emotional center of Shield’s constantly shifting instrumentals. The chemistry peaks in the album’s closer, “Sun In Your Eyes.” Here, a clichéd phrase turns into an empowering moment. “Stretched out/fallen wide,” Rossen sings. “The light has scorched the same/ So bright, so long/I’m never coming back.” It’s strange to know beautiful music could come from such pain. If it takes three years to deliver an album of this caliber - there was also a three-year gap between Yellow House and Veckatimest - who’s really willing to complain? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The illusion that is Mirage Rock MAX CRINNIN Staff Writer
Album: Mirage Rock Artist: Band of Horses Label: Colombia Release: Sept. 18 Grade: D The newest release from indie-rock super power Band of Horses has had loyal fans saddled up and waiting in line at the stables for a ride down memory lane. Much to their dismay, the excitement of a new album proves to be a mirage. The latest collection of songs gallops in a direction that had fans worried after their 2010 album Infinite Arms. While the latter maintained some of the awesome guitar tones and blood-pumping emotion that filled the band’s first two stellar albums, Mirage Rock feels weak and boring. Infinite Arms seemed to move the band in a more sentimental direction. Songs like “For Annabelle” and “On My Way Back Home” lacked the power and driving riffs that marked earlier work, but they had something else. The dreamy guitars and the far more personal lyrics showed a softer side of Band of Horses that felt new but cozy at the same time. Mirage Rock proves to be a loss of all force the band once had. The sound resembles that of classic Southern rock, but it doesn’t pack the punch those legendary
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names like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young carried to form the genre. Weak guitar sounds and whiny lyrics lacking real emotion make up most of the tracks on the new album. There are twangy guitars and some nice harmonies on this album, especially in “Dumpster World,” but a closer listen to the lyrics will leave fans wanting something deeper from the album. Band of Horses’ powerful side worked wonders on their first two albums, but their latest work proves that sentiment is something they have yet to master. Lyrics on “How to Live” try to carry emotional force, but they don’t do so successfully. “Guess what? I lost my job, it’s just my luck,” Ben Bridwell sings. “Guess what? You’re gettin’ old. Still gotta grow up.” Rather than teaching fans how to live, Band of Horses seem to be teaching them how to delve into classic rock genres with
weak material. What remains in this latest collection are lead singer Ben Bridwell’s unmistakable vocals. Even with weak lyrics, Bridwell’s voice reaches some beautiful places on the album, especially in “Slow Cruel Hands of Time.” Band of Horses’ albums always sounded like the soundtrack to a perfect road trip. Songs like “The Great Salt Lake” from Everything All the Time and “Laredo” off of Infinite Arms are prime examples. In this respect, Mirage Rock never puts the pedal to the floor and fails to carry us anywhere. Truth be told, be prepared to ride off into the sunset on your band of ponies, not horses, with this sad release from an old favorite. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 1: Wagmiller’s travels But Wagmiller isn’t complaining. “If I were to work in New York City I’d spend an hour getting there and an hour or an hour and a half getting back every day,” Wagmiller said. “So me driving [to Buffalo] once a week really saves time.” Wagmiller said the commute has grown on him, and he is beginning to see its hidden blessings. “At first [the commute] was tough, especially when I was driving it,” Wagmiller said. “But after a while I got used to it. It became the routine. Like my students have heard me say, I’m more popular in two places than I would be in just one. Because this way people don’t have to deal with me every day.” Wagmiller initially considered leaving UB for universities closer to his home but his affection for UB, particularly his colleagues in the sociology department, convinced him to stay. His wife supports him the most when it comes to his job. She convinced him to stay by saying, “You love where you work, you love the people you work with, they work with you to succeed and celebrate success. Who knows if you’ll find that somewhere else?” Since then, Wagmiller has led a double life while school is in session. He jokes around about one life where he lives alone and is a professor and another life where he has a wife and a dog and stays at home.
The distance hasn’t stopped Wagmiller from being active at UB. As of this semester, he is the director of graduate studies for the sociology department, and he recently organized a 5K charity run benefitting cancer research. Professor Robert Adelman, head of the sociology department, said Wagmiller is thoroughly dedicated to UB and his students. “Graduate and undergraduate students often talk about how much time Professor Wagmiller spends with them and how much energy he devotes to them,” Adelman said. “The distance he lives from Buffalo has made no difference in his ability to connect with students because Professor Wagmiller is the consummate professional." Wagmiller is relieved the university had been so supportive about his commute. He makes sure he is always involved in campus activities in his department. Wagmiller manages to stay active in the university by keeping a hectic schedule while in Buffalo. In one day, Wagmiller will go to a three-hour graduate seminar, meet with his hiring committee (which he is the chair of) and make sure to meet with his students. The commute from New Jersey hasn’t prevented Wagmiller from connecting with his students. Professor Elizabeth Gage, a former student of Wagmiller’s who recently collaborated with him on a grant proposal, said both as student and colleague Wagmiller’s distance from UB hasn’t been an issue.
“He lathers attention on his students, and he pushes students to go outside their comfort zone,” Gage said. “When I was a student I guess he was commuting [from New Jersey] but I didn’t notice. He was on my dissertation comittee which is a pretty close relationship, and I didn’t even know [he was living in New Jersey] or if I did know it wasn’t like a big deal. “In some ways because he commutes he makes a bigger effort to connect with colleagues when he’s in town than the rest of us. He’s not always here so he definitely makes a point of making interactions happen when he is.” Wagmiller attributes his ability to connect with students to his effort to make his course work as interesting as possible. He tries to make the content of his lectures relatable to his students. He wants to develop close relationships with them, even though he isn’t available every day of the week. “When I first started out, I wanted to be serious and I gave boring lectures,” Wagmiller said. “But after a while I got more comfortable and was able to tell jokes and my lectures got better. Now I do things which, I hope, are more interesting for the students. Like right now I’m doing a study on movies, because students, at least most students, enjoy watching movies.” Wagmiller hopes to continue teaching at UB for years to come, despite his unconventional commute. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 3: The highest of fives for the return of a classic show Dressing up will always make you feel better – if you think you look good, you feel good because of the confidence you have and you instantly look better to all those around you. Go for the suit; you never know what you might encounter. 5. When you’re feeling sad, stop feeling sad and just be awesome instead. Barney had it right – only you control your happiness. You alone control your emotions, and everything and everyone else are just bystanders.
If you’re having a bad day, you can change it around with just simple positive thinking. Don’t be sad; be awesome. Above all the funny lines and misfortunate events, How I Met Your Mother teaches you more about life’s little pleasures. It teaches you not to sweat the small stuff and how family doesn’t always mean blood. True story. Email: email@example.com
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Continued from page 1: Student-run website aims to change presentations Presvo is also an interactive tool for classes. Students viewing a presentation on Presvo have the ability to add questions to the link provided and a new slide is made at the end of the presentation to be viewed and shared with the entire class. “The ideas like sharing should be really simple whether it be on social network, like Facebook, Twitter, et cetera,” Benedict said. “Just put that one link out and boom, it’s just there. It could be there in your website, it could be there on your blogs, it could be there in your Twitter stream – that’s kind of our goal. We don’t want any special software.” The group is looking to update the UB education process and test out the product on the university before sending it out to other companies and schools. It is currently asking for feedback from the students to try and change whatever problems currently exist. “We want students at UB to use it, and the whole idea is that we want as much feedback as possible, about the product ideas and whoever wants to contribute ideas to us in many ways,” Benedict said. “Hey, if you’re a hacker and you want to sit down with us and show us some things – great.” Shounak Gore, a fourth-year computer science Ph.D. student, thinks that Presvo’s ability to have different layouts and easy sharing makes it a valuable presentation tool. “I myself have a MacBook and I use [Presvo] pretty comfortably because it’s directly online and I don’t have to worry about the technology,” Gore said. “I can use it on a Mac, and I can use it on a Windows [computer].” Steven Ko, an assistant professor in the computer science department, has worked with the group as students in his own classes and has given his own feedback on the new website. Ko has experience with each version of the Presvo website and sees great progress compared to the newest version of the software.
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“There’s a lot of presentation software out there that is really widely used, like PowerPoint, Keynote and Open Office,” Ko said. “But I think this one has great potential to reach out to a bigger audience.” According to Ko, the group is looking at the website from the point of view of the users and trying to think of ways to make a better tool to allow users more freedom in their presentation. One of the biggest strengths of the site is not having to follow an exact format, according to Ko. “They’ve been looking at this education space and trying to come up with a better way to encourage students and faculty members to interact with each other,” Ko said. “I think this tool is a particular implementation of a concept that they’ve been thinking of for a while now.” Benedict said by the end of the month, Presvo should have more capacity to the servers and expanding the network, so they can collect as much information as possible about user data and product data. “The product is in the budding stages, and it’s quite usable right now with the basic features of adding text and pictures,” Benedict said. “Moving forward, we’ll be adding a lot more features to it like themes, sound and music.” The group has been in touch with companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter, while trying to gain attention and gain feedback about the site. “[We’re] putting [Presvo] out to people to try it out and give us feedback because we really want to make it good before we actually put it out to the masses and they can start using it,” Benedict said. “We want it to be good, we want it to be interactive and really simple [and] that’s our goal.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 10: It’s time for Licata I don’t think so. After next season, Zordich will be gone and the Bulls will have to find a new quarterback. By starting Licata’s learning process now, at least Quinn would be setting the Bulls up for the future. Shouldn’t it be about who the better quarterback is? Can’t we see Licata play so we know for sure what we have? After Wednesday night’s embarrassment and sloppy passing attack by Zordich, I have joined “Team Licata.” I feel as
though a talented arm could bring much success to an offense that already has a leading rusher in Oliver – though we don’t yet know how long he’ll be out – and two solid back-ups. By adding a defined, accurate passing quarterback like Licata, the Bulls will eventually be scary good. Email: joseph.konze@ubspectrum
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Led by Kowal, new-attitude Bulls end losing streak MARIA MANUNTA Staff Writer After six straight losses, it turned out all the Bulls needed was a new attitude and a dominant leader. The Bulls (2-6-1) brought both to the field Saturday when they hosted Albany (2-6) and came away with a 2-1 victory – their first win in the month of September. Buffalo had struggled mightily since starting the season 1-0-1, scoring only three goals in an 0-6 stretch stretch. Head coach Dave Hesch instilled a new attitude in his team this weekend as the Bulls attempted to break their losing streak. Nick Fischetti /// The Spectrum “We came out in a different system; we came out flying,” Hesch Forward Maksym Kowal scored two goals to help the Bulls stop their six-game losing said. “We just forgot about the oth- streak, beating state rival Albany 2-1 Friday evening. er team. We just worried about our- His aggression paid off in the 22nd Hesch plans to focus solely on selves and it all clicked at the end of minute when senior forward Pat the upcoming game. He explained the day.” Ryan found Kowal with a through he does not want to look further The first half held all the excite- ball. Kowal cleanly possessed the than Sunday; he wants a second conment and scoring for both teams, as ball and struck it past Allen. secutive win that will put the team the Bulls wasted no time getting on Kowal’s second goal proved back on track. The Bulls will play an the board. to be the difference, as the Danes offensively anemic Robert Morris (2Senior forward Maksym Kowal scored only one goal, which came in 5-1) team that has only scored four goals all season. found an opening in the seventh the 41st minute. minute when junior midfielder Jesse “I think we have a lot of mo“I think it was a great team efAndoh made a swift cross from the fort and everybody was working mentum coming for the next game,” right side of the field into the front hard,” Kowal said. “It looked like Kowal said. “I think it should be an of the box. Kowal volleyed the ball we were all a unit today, finally. We easy win for us. If we keep the same toward the net and past goalkeeper bought into what the coach said and spirit, same hard work, we will get an Tim Allen for the opening score. easy result.” planned. We got the job done.” “It was a relief because we just The Bulls will looked to end The Bulls edged the Danes in have been struggling so much in almost every statistical category, but their non-conference schedule with front of the goal,” Kowal said. “So not by much. They had two more a win against the Colonials on Sunthe first one meant a lot personally shots, but only one more shot on day at UB Stadium. See coverage on and to the team.” goal. They also led Albany in corner ubspectrum.com. Kowal did not let up his relent- kicks. less pace after his first goal, as he Email: email@example.com continued to press Albany’s defense.
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The men’s basketball team has yet to officially release its schedule for the 2012-13 season, but its opponents have done so. This is what the men’s basketball schedule looks like, according to the folks at UB Bull Run: Among the notable games: The Bulls start off with a home game versus Princeton on Nov. 10. The Tigers are coming off a 20-11 season in which they finished third in the Ivy League. The Bulls then travel to Tallahassee to play Florida State as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament. Buffalo will once again play its Big Four rivals, Canisius and St. Bonaventure, on the road and Niagara at home. The Bulls also continue their home-and-home series with Temple, as Buffalo hosts the Owls on Nov. 28. During the holiday break, the Bulls will have two challenges on the road: Pullman, Wash. on Dec. 21 to take on Washington State, and Tulsa,
This year, the MAC schedule is different in that the first 11 games will be mixed between MAC East and West foes – a change to help balance out the schedules. Buffalo will once again be a part of ESPN Bracketbusters, and this year the game will be at home. The opponent will be named at a later date, as will the time of the game. UB’s home finale will be played on senior night against reigning MAC champ Ohio. The Bulls will Nick Fischetti /// The Spectrum finish off the regular season on the road against Bowling Green. Tony Watson and the Bulls look to im- The non-conference portion of the prove on an impressive 2011-12 cam- schedule is due to change, as Buffalo paign. They are set to begin their season may add another game to fill out the Nov. 10 at home against Princeton. schedule – possibly a home matchup during the holiday break. Okla. on Jan. 2 to take on Tulsa. Buffalo looks to improve in The game in Oklahoma will be 2013 after a stellar 2011-12 camthe last before the Bulls make a run paign, in which the Bulls went 20-11 for their first ever Mid-American and ended up in the Collegeinsider. Conference title and automatic bid com Postseason Tournament for the to the NCAA Tournament, as they second straight year. start conference play at home versus Miami Ohio. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t bench Zordich yet JON GAGNON Asst. Sports Editor His father starred at Penn St. and with the Philadelphia Eagles and his brother currently plays at Penn St. In high school, he led his football team to a 15-0 state championship season. Junior quarterback Alex Zordich has football in his veins. At the start of the 2012 football season head coach Jeff Quinn had made up his mind: Zordich was going to be his starting quarterback, but it wasn’t an easy decision. Redshirt freshman Joe Licata is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Western N.Y. high school history, and many will attest that he is in fact worthy of the starting role for the Bulls. But the marriage between Quinn and Zordich has interrupted the highly anticipated college career of Licata. If any quarterback was ever put in a better position to fail, it was Zordich in the Bulls’ first game of the season against No. 6 ranked Georgia. But he rose above and beyond expectations. In his first two games, Zordich completed 66 percent of his passes, threw for 385 yards, rushed for 93 yards and amassed six total touchdowns. Last Wednesday’s game against Kent State was disastrous enough for fans to demand Licata’s presence in the game. Zordich ended up completing 4 of 22 passes, throwing for 92 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The touchdown and half of the yards came on a miraculous Hail Mary catch at the end of the first half by junior wide out Alex Neutz. Simply put, the Bulls’ offense was completely immobile throughout the entire game. Is this poor performance worthy of a quarterback controversy? Zordich has been highly acclaimed at UB since starting for the Bulls as a true freshman in 2010 – the first true freshman to start since Drew Willy did so in 2005 (Willy led the Bulls to their first Mid-American Conference Championship in 2008). After suffering an injury that ended his freshman campaign as the starter, he rode the bench as the No. 2 guy in his sophomore year. But his junior year, he was ready to take the reins. Up until the abysmal Kent State game, which was unfortunately broadcast nationally on ESPNU, he had been playing like the quarterback he was expected to be. Most argue if Licata is going to be next in line, they might as well throw him in the fire this year with all the weapons surrounding him on offense. If Quinn made this decision at the beginning of the year, I wouldn’t have much of an argument, but at this point they’ve wasted precious time for Licata and the rest of the offense to develop chemistry. Quinn made the decision to go with Zordich early on, and now he’ll have to live with it. If Zordich posts anything similar to the stat line he produced against the Golden Flashes when he plays UConn next week, then Bulls’ fans will have every right to call for his head. But not after one bad game. Give the kid a chance. Email: email@example.com
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It’s time for Licata JOE KONZE JR Sports Editor Kent State versus Buffalo, lights on, cameras surrounding the stadium, countless Twitter feeds hashtagging #SeaOfBlueOnESPNU. A perfect venue for junior quarterback Alex Zordich to shine. He choked. And the worst part about it? It was against an average team in Kent State, the same team that once ran the wrong direction while defending a punt. Kent State, which ranks seventh in passing defense out of 13 teams in the Mid-American Conference. Zordich finished 4 for 22 for 92 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against the Golden Flashes. That’s mediocre against a mediocre passing defense by a mediocre quarterback, if you ask me. The Bulls can’t run the ball every play. Although they were without junior running back Branden Oliver for the second half, they still have talent in junior Brandon Murie and freshman Devin Campbell. Kent State knew the Bulls’ passing game was worthless without Oliver. The Golden Flashes stacked the box on every play, making it difficult for the Bulls to run the ball and forcing Zordich to beat them through the air. So what kind of quarterback would be most effective against this type of defense? An accurate passing quarterback. That is what the Bulls have in redshirt freshman Joe Licata. At 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds, Licata demonstrates the persona of a pure passing quarterback. He may not be able to run read options as effectively as Zordich, but he has been known to accurately hit receivers. Licata was a superstar at local Williamsville South High School under head coach Kraig Kurzanski. He broke Western New York records with 492 yards in a game, 2,573 yards in a season, 6,671 yards in a career and 87 touchdown passes in his career. Accurate? No doubt. Just think of the Bulls actually having a quarterback who could throw a nice deep ball to Alex Neutz or a healthy Fred Lee. Zordich was 30 for 45 for 385 yards and 5 touchdowns through two games. So what? Four of the five touchdowns came against FCS school Morgan State, which had a much more exciting marching band than football program. In that same game, Licata, on the first pass of his collegiate career, found Neutz in the end zone for a score. He showed poise in the pocket and acted like he had been under center for years. Why does all that matter? Because it is evident head coach Jeff Quinn is too concerned about his status on the hot seat; his record is 6-21 as the Bulls’ head coach. He doesn’t have time to invest in the future. He wants immediate success, and Zordich provides experience. But is that necessarily the right decision? Continued on page 8