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UPDATE: Five students from 86 W. Northrup arrested BPD finds students selling drugs in West Northrup Place twice in two weeks LISA KHOURY Senior News Editor Five students were arrested on Tuesday when police seized three guns, cocaine, marijuana, pills, $800 in cash and other illegal drugs from their University Heights home. Exercise science majors Cameron Hom, John Marchant and Jared Eder; School of Management student Ethan Mirenberg; and undecided major Michael Daley were arrested from their 86 W. Northrup Place home after Buffalo Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday. Witnesses on the street saw the students sitting on the street curb in handcuffs on Tuesday afternoon while police searched the house for over an hour. They were charged for criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and unlawful possession of marijuana, among other charges. Detectives said the 19-year-olds accepted a controlled delivery of illegal drugs. In the past two weeks, BPD found two West Northrup Place student houses that organized illegal drug sales. Sources said students from each house are in illegal fraternities – a violation of the UB Student Code of Conduct that puts students at risk for suspension and/ or expulsion.
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Janet Harszlak, an ethics and communication professor, traded in her binoculars and fake identities for a school ID and lecture halls -- she is a former private investigator but decided her calling was teaching.
Private investigator turned professor
CHELSEA SULLIVAN and JOE KONZE Staff Writer and Sports Editor Gunshots were firing all around her. She could hear the “ping” reverberating from the bullets bouncing off the rows of aircrafts in the hangar. She ran for cover in high heels and a skirt. Janet Harslak made a beeline for the closest shelter available with her partner at her side. She spotted the man she was looking for: the man who was shooting at her. Harszlak, now a communication professor, worked as a private investigator for a private company. For years, Harszlak played the role of various characters, using dif-
ferent aliases and personalities to make ends meet. She traded in her fake identities for a school ID and eventually decided what she ultimately wanted to do was teach. Before she became a private investigator, Harszlak performed many odd jobs. “I sang for so many weddings and played for so many events and store openings,” Harszlak said. “I had reached a point where I was like, ‘It’s time to get a real job and decide what I want to do with my life.’” That was when Harszlak answered an ad in the newspaper to be a midnight dispatcher. After being hired, she was instantly promoted from dispatcher to the midnight shift for the firm’s security desk.
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She was in charge of overseeing the security guards in the Buffalo area. The job only lasted two weeks. The company had more important things for her to handle. “They had some investigation that [they] needed, and they needed someone to go undercover. So not only did it last two weeks, [but] I had to go undercover,” Harszlak said. “Think about it, I had a couple years of college, was fit and no one would have ever suspected me of being a private eye.” Harszlak’s first day as a private investigator was not easy. When the manager of a company was poisoned, she was asked to uncover the culprit. The company wanted to discover who was trying to kill off its manager.
Harszlak went undercover as a regular employee on site with the company. Because of her knowledge, she did not want to take a chance of being poisoned while investigating. “So I go to the lunch room with everybody. There sitting on this table is a beautiful plate of chocolate chip cookies, and everyone is looking at them,” Harszlak said. “Nobody knew where they came from. As hungry as I was, I did not have a cookie.” This was not the only thing she would struggle with. She would soon find herself spending countless hours on rooftops and endless nights sitting in cars. With such inconsistent hours and an unpredictable life, dating was no small feat. Continued on page 6
Despite opposition, Students for Life recreate tribute AARON MANSFIELD Editor in Chief
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Students for Life planted 300 crosses and several signs in the Special Events Field between The Commons and Clemens Hall.
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Students for Life President Christian Andzel (third from left) and Vice President Matthew Ramsey (fourth from left) pose with club members in front of their “cemetery of the innocents” display.
One year ago, the UB Students for Life set up 300 miniature wood crosses only to find them defaced differently five times. The club’s “cemetery of the innocents” reflected the roughly 300 daily abortions in New York, according to club President Christian Andzel. The club members re-erected the monument each time despite students kicking the crosses, throwing them away and aligning them in messages like “LOL babies.” On Sunday – National Life Chain Day, the largest public pro-life day in the world – the group set up the display once again. Vice President Matthew Ramsey, a sophomore economics major, said the Students for Life will not back down. “If you want to do something and your mind is set, and someone comes and says: ‘you’re not going to do that,’ it depends on what type of person you are if you’re just going to back down,” Ramsey said. “That’s
on you. That’s on the person you are inside. So for me, I’m not just going to back down because one person or group doesn’t like it. “I’m not trying to impede other people. I’m just saying this is a free speech thing; it isn’t to get people mad.” Club members took 1 1/2 - 2 hour watch shifts after the first few incidents last year. Once three vandals had been reported and arrested, University Police kept an officer on site throughout the day. Andzel, a junior history major, said the club built the cemetery for the first time in April 2011. Some tell Andzel while assembling the cemetery is his right to free speech, taking it down is theirs. “I guarantee if this was done to a racial group, LGBTA, I guarantee this would never be considered free speech,” Andzel said. “My friends who are pro-choice think we should be able to do it.” Andzel said he’d rather have his opposition build its own monument than deface his.
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“We welcome it,” he said. “I would so much rather have that than for them to destroy the presentation that we have every right to do.” When the club set up the crosses for the first time, Andzel went back the day after and found two rows of crosses had been uprooted. “They spelled out ‘pro-choice’ with it,” Andzel said. “That was a watershed moment where I said: ‘This isn’t going to be as easy as I thought it was going to be, just voicing our opinion.’” The club members set up the crosses two more times only to find them arranged in different messages. The next time, all the crosses were gone. The club got more crosses and set them up again at night, this time calling the press to come the next day. But everything had disappeared by the time local television stations had arrived. The crosses were set up in the courtyard between Bell Hall and the Student Union. A camera caught four people converge in different directions and uproot the shrine within Continued on page 6
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Playing by numbers Both candidates need to approach new unemployment numbers with caution Mitt Romney’s recent bump in the numbers has been replaced by a small bump in the road following Friday’s September unemployment report. Despite plotting to basically take down the full staff of PBS, the nation’s rate of unemployment unexpectedly fell to 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent last month and marking the lowest it’s been since President Obama took office in Jan. 2009. After a weak debate performance, Obama needed something to get him back on track, and this is unquestionably the boost he was looking for. But both candidates need to take a step back before unleashing their new strategies. A fall of 0.3 percent is not a lot, but it definitely has its importance. Truly for the first time in an election – running on questions such as, “Are
we better off than we were four years ago?” and “Can Obama turn the economy around?” – is there a tangible number of improvement for the campaign. The answer to those questions just might be “yes” after all. Not only that, but Romney’s run has been able to hit hard on “chronic unemployment,” using it as a consistent criticism in interviews and even noting in his closing statement at the debate that “we’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above eight percent.” The president now has the economic upturn as a defense and can polish up his heels a bit after Romney stepped all over them, but he has to be careful not to crow too loudly. The numbers are not going to ruin Romney’s chances, especially since he is beginning his post-nomination shift to the center and still has plenty to run on.
Total jobs for the month rose by 114,000, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who are classified as “part time for economic reasons” increased by approximately 581,000. Additionally, only about half of the 8.8 million jobs lost during the financial crisis have been restored, and the labor force participation rate has declined to 63.6 percent from 65.7 percent in Jan. 2009. In Romney’s humble opinion, “this is not what a real recovery looks like.” The economy is moving in the right direction but not as fast as either candidate would like it to, giving neither a clear advantage. Today’s numbers have a different feel when you go back to 2009. The energetic, wide-eyed Presidentelect Barack Obama (sans salt-andpepper hair) had much bigger plans. On Jan. 9, 2009, a report entitled “The Job Impact of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Plan” was released and promised unemployment would never rise past 8 percent and would steadily decline to around 5.6 percent by the end of his four years if the stimulus passed. Even without the stimulus, the report predicted it would peak around 9 percent in the third quarter of 2010 before declining to around 6 percent. Today, a rather lethargic Obama is probably shaking his head at those premature goals, but it is progress – the same progress his campaign has been crooning about all season. Romney just has to prove that when it comes to those numbers, he can out-progress the president. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning to fish Buffalo homeless shelters should take precedence over permanent housing There’s that old saying that goes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” On Friday, the Homeless Alliance of Western New York released “Opening Doors: Buffalo and Erie County Community Plan to End Homelessness,” a planto eliminate chronic homelessness by 2017. The report claims the community could save as much as $8,893 per client providing immediate and permanent housing for chronically homeless persons (defined by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as being without a home for one year or longer or four or more times in a three-year period). Money is the universal language, though. While homelessness in Buffalo is definitely not an issue that should be ignored, the city should focus on providing more shelter care rather than immediate permanent housing. Homeless Alliance determined that 436 people in Erie County fell into the “chronically homeless” category. The organization stated that it “just makes too much sense not to [provide
more permanent housing for the chronically homeless],” but there are many questions left unanswered. Will that $4 million be a consistent savings for taxpayers or will they have to continuously deal with whatever costs come up? If lawmakers decided to address the issue, the immediate question of where the city will house them is raised. Will new housing need to be built – housing that will inevitably increase tax dollars – or will they be thrown into some of the city’s more dangerous neighborhoods? An older report from the National Housing Institute notes that some public housing communities have a high rate of violent or drug-related crime. Isolation of the public housing neighborhoods can create a hostile environment and segregation can result in a concentration of negative influences on the residents. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2006 showed the outcomes of permanent housing programs for the homeless, mentioning the participants that left HUD-funded programs. Fifty-three percent of the leavers went on to rentals or homeownership. The other half ended up living with family, in emergency
shelters, back on the street or in a jail, psychiatric hospital or inpatient substance treatment. Permanent housing would require the city to gamble on a 50-50 chance of success. According to the Homeless Alliance, the homeless are more likely to treat their addictions and other health problems once put into permanent housing over a shelter. It would require the housing include extensive supportive services for counseling and treatment, as well as the costs of living food, and utilities that will inevitably be paid for by working taxpayers. As one of the nation’s poorest cities, Buffalo cannot afford to take the risk, but the city should not push aside the problem entirely as it has been doing. There is a need for more options for shelter care, addiction counseling and volunteer services (which Crisis Services provides 24/7). Permanently housing the homeless will remain the ideal, but there’s only so many fish you can provide when the sea is empty. Email: email@example.com
You can’t spell apathetic without pathetic LISA DE LA TORRE Asst. Arts Editor Last Wednesday night was one of the most important nights of the year for our country. At 9 p.m., for the first time this election season, the two presidential candidates finally squared off in person for the entire world to see. They finally had the chance to directly question each other’s motives, ideas and platforms in front of citizens across the country. Yet, while this monumental occasion aired live on television – on at least five of the major news channels and live-streaming websites – my roommates gathered in the living room to chat loudly, surf the Internet and watch The X Factor. I watched the debate by myself in bed. If you’re reading this and you’re surprised by my anecdote – you shouldn’t be. Since this election season began, I’ve heard too many people whose opinions I respect state they don’t plan to vote in the upcoming election. I’ve basically developed an aversion to social media after witnessing one too many people brag about their apathy, claiming they’re “sorry, not sorry” for not voting.
To these people, I’m officially stating that I am sorry, so sorry, for you. The ability to vote is essentially our country’s “claim to fame.” People in other countries die every day fighting for the right to voice their opinions, while their respective government abuses them and takes advantage of their powerlessness. Our country fights to try and “protect democracy,” but doesn’t the effort seem kind of futile if people in our own country don’t even value their rights? It especially kills me when I hear females claim they don’t plan on voting. In 1913, Alice Paul was imprisoned for protesting for the right to vote – hell, the woman went on a hunger strike in jail as a symbol of her passion for the cause. Something tells me that if she were aware that she starved herself all those years ago just so women today could spend election day “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” she’d have been a little more likely to nibble on something. The worst part of it all is that virtually none of the arguments against voting are legitimate. If you’re not at home and you need to apply for an absentee ballot, the process of attaining one is really not that excruciating. The most effort it requires is physically sending your ballot in the mail and if sending mail is too intense for you to handle,
you have bigger problems than voting in an election. I have the least amount of sympathy for this argument because, most often, the people who complain about this “inconvenience” would gladly jump through hoops for the noble cause of attaining a fake ID in order to buy alcohol illegally. Don’t think you know enough about the candidates to vote? I have one word for you. Google. In a world where our lives are so dependant on the Internet, I think the problem isn’t that people can’t find the information necessary to educate themselves about the candidates – the problem is that it would require a little extra effort and a couple of minutes off Facebook (a painful thought, but I promise it’s not life-threatening.) The most understandable reason for not voting is the sentiment that one’s vote really won’t make a difference in the election. I understand New York is pretty much destined to vote Democrat for the remainder of time, but please don’t fight me on why you think Mitt Romney is the solution to our country’s problems and then refuse to get off your couch and show your support for him in the only way that actually matters. You live in America. You have the ability to do something that people in other countries literally kill for. Your vote matters and even
if not on paper, it matters in theory. It could be argued that my vote as a Democrat won’t matter either in New York, since my candidate will most likely win regardless of whether I show up to the polls. But helping my candidate win is half the reason I plan on going. I’m going to vote because I can. I know that political banter seems too dense to understand at times – trust me, as far as knowledge ability, I’m no Rachel Maddow or Sean Hannity either. I may have a lot to learn, but the point is that I know these candidates’ decisions will affect me if they don’t already, and I think it’s important for our generation to be aware of our surroundings and of the climate of the country we live in. Once upon a time, UB was a turbulent campus. Ellicott Complex was designed specifically to prevent riots from forming. Yet today, I can’t imagine anything that would incite even partially riotous feelings from my peers. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, you owe it to yourself to voice your opinions. And if you don’t take advantage of the right to do so on Nov. 6, I kindly ask that you keep your opinions to yourself for at least the next four years. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts & Entertainment Matt & Kim hold a show for the fans
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The pit in front of the stage turned into a sea of arms and bodies jostling in pure excitement as Kim Schifino’s fans lifted her spirit both figuratively and literally – the crowd was holding up the drummer as she walked on its hands. Last Saturday, Matt & Kim made one of their first stops for their national tour in Buffalo. The duo left fans in awe with their dynamic performance and didn’t even allow technical difficulties to hinder their show. Oberhofer managed to get the crowd hyped for the main act with their infectious melodies and fun pop aesthetic. The opening act melded wonderfully with the jagged yet quirky sound, similar to the one Matt & Kim have become famous for, while including sophisticated spurts of syncopated drums into their performance. “I didn’t know them too well but everything they played sounded amazing,” said Daniel Haeseker, senior international trade major. “Honestly, I’ve got to check out more by them.” When the Brooklynite duo took the stage, the fan-filled Ballroom was thrown into a frenzy. The two performed the hits they’re known for, including “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare” and “Yea Yeah,” setting a scene for their fans that sent them into hysterics, as well as songs from their new album, Lightning, which took them six months to produce. The majority of the songs from their new record were well received because the music stayed true to
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Matt & Kim brought their jagged and quirky sound to Town Ballroom when the duo stopped in Buffalo on Saturday.
what the band is known for: fun. They also incorporated tracks from other artists to keep the crowd on their toes. Bodies were tossed around to the point where security had to contain crowd surfers, a clear indicator that Matt & Kim accomplished their goal. During “Cameras,” the duo broke into a cover of rapper Ludacris’ “Move,” drawing a violently pleased reaction from the crowd, resulting in mosh pits and screams. Schifino’s almost spastic drumming flowed through the venue and provided an ample groove for fans and newcomers. However, the show was not without problems. There were numerous occasions where the band experienced technical difficulties, such as notes being played when they shouldn’t have and instruments not being tuned. At one point, one of their new songs, “It’s Alright,” turned into a bit of a mess when Schifino lost the rhythm. The two members had to stop playing mid-song and change tactics.
But for every miscue and every note the band tripped over with their fresh material, no one ever seemed to mind. Matt & Kim then took the time to hand out balloons to the audience and instructed them to inflate them and wait for their cue. “When I say go, we’re going to turn this mother f*cking up,” said Matt Johnson, keyboardist and vocalist for the group. Notable techno track “Better Off Alone” by Dutch Eurodance group Alice DeeJay then came through the speakers and smoothly transitioned into Matt & Kim’s “Daylight,” drawing screams, jumps and pandemonium from the crowd. “It was probably the most fun I’ve had at a concert this entire year honestly,” said Dave O’Hare, 33, of Buffalo. Although upon exiting the venue, everyone was sweaty and tired, there wasn’t a face that didn’t have a wide smile on it. Email: email@example.com
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Flying Lotus’ new frontier MICHAEL POWELL Staff Writer
Album: Until the Quiet Comes Artist: Flying Lotus Label: Warp Release Date: Oct. 1 Grade: AFlying Lotus ventures out into new territory as he attempts to make his mark and redefine what can be considered hip-hop. However, there are so many facets and levels of articulation happening in Until the Quiet Comes that it would be a disservice to the record to simply label it as hip-hop. Until the Quiet Comes, released on Oct. 1, is Flying Lotus’ fourth studio album. It’s been two years since his last album, the critically acclaimed Cosmogramma. Flying Lotus, also known as Steven Ellison, picks up where he left off and showcases his ability to pack a record full with an eclectic repertoire of sounds and textures for the pleasure of his fans. Until the Quiet Comes begins its journey with the opener “All In,” which sets the tone for the rest of the album. The track is filled with sharp percussion and a driving bass with an enchanting mix of synth and piano that floats over the top of the entire production, giving the track a dream-like quality. The transition into the next track, “Getting There,” is seamless. It feels like a continuation of “All In,” flawlessly transitioning as though they share the same nucleus. The two tracks differ mostly in the use of Niki Randa’s guest vocals on “Getting There.” Much of this record follows in a similar manner, with tracks mixing and contorting elements of jazz, hip-hop, electronica, dream pop and even parts reminiscent of a subdued drum and bass. Ellison even manages to fit in other guest vocals from Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu and Thundercat.
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Ellison does what he can to balance all of these different musical elements. There are some moments when tracks that are complete opposites bleed right into one another. The track “Sultan's Request” is a slow-paced and meandering song, with ultra thick bass and heavy synth, bringing to mind something off Justice’s ✝ LP. This song then fades into its elemental opposite, “Putty Boy Strut,” a song much lighter in tone and mood that borders electropop. Flying Lotus somehow finds a way to make these two contrasting tracks fit together perfectly. If the record contains a flaw, it would be that it tries to do too much at times. There is such a large collection of sounds and genres being used together. There’s never a point when the record seems weighed down with filler, but the edge of its finely tuned production is dull with so many different elements trying to compete as the most important. Like an overly sweet treat, Until the Quiet Comes can be overwhelming at times in how lush and rich all of the different elements are. Even so, this is a record that demands to be devoured for breakfast, lunch and dinner – stomach ache be darned. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Four finalists for engineering Kicking cancer’s butt dean speak at UB UB raises cancer awareness through kickball tournament
SAM FERNANDO Staff Writer The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has narrowed its search for a new dean to four finalists. The search committee has chosen Liesl Folks, Hossein Haj-Hariri, Fotis Sotiropoulos and Joseph Hartman as the top candidates for the position. One of these four will replace Harvey G. Stenger Jr., who stepped down last March when he was chosen as president of Binghamton University. Rajan Batta, an industrial and systems engineering professor, has served as the acting dean since Stenger’s departure. The search committee – co-chaired by Venu Govidarju, a computer science and engineering professor, and Bruce Pitman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences – privately interviewed the candidates. Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, the committee held a public forum where the candidates discussed their goals for the position with the UB community. Pitman has high hopes for the future of the SEAS. He said the financial situation of UB has stabilized and the future is looking bright, so the position of dean is a highly influential one and there are numerous possibilities. “Together with the faculty, the next dean needs to develop a vision for the School [of Engineering and Applied Sciences], and a pathway to increase the prestige and reputation for SEAS,” Pitman said. Folks is a nanotechnologist in the magnetic data storage industry in Silicon Valley. She is an internationally recognized leader in Scanning Probe Microscopy. Folks received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from Cornell University. She said that in addition to supporting Tripathi’s vision of the future, the dean should take an active role in enhancing the reputation of UB. This would attract both “higher caliber people” and funding to UB and SEAS. She also describes herself as a “non-traditional candidate,” but she believes her 15 years of experience in the high-technology industry sector can be an asset to the position. “It is my expectation that I can leverage my experiences to bring a fresh perspective to the goals and challenges that SEAS must address,” Folks said. “There is a tremendous resonance between my career experiences and skill set and President Tripathi’s guiding principles, the ‘Three E’s:’ excellence, engagement and efficiency.” Haj-Hariri is a professor and chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Virginia. He received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Haj-Hariri is impressed by the upper administration and planning at UB and hopes to help improve the state of SEAS. He believes UB is on the right path to success. For continued success, he plans to direct the focus to large, collaborative re-
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search programs. He believes UB and the surrounding community can benefit with the help of a successful dean. “Having spoken to a large number of potential colleagues and students, I have every confidence that the university will be moving ahead at an enviable pace,” HajHariri said. “A strong SEAS will help UB lead the revitalization of Buffalo.” Sotiropoulos is a professor at the University of Minnesota in mechanical and civil engineering, and he is the director of two prestigious laboratories at the university. He did his undergraduate work in mechanical engineering at the National Technological University of Athens, Greece. He received his master’s from Penn State and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, both in aerospace engineering. Sotiropoulos believes UB and SEAS is heading down the right path and sees UB on the verge of becoming one of the elite engineering schools in the country. As dean, he would try to grow faculty size, expand research, encourage collaboration and strive for innovation.
“My vision is to position the school in the upper echelon of engineering programs recognized by peers as a leader in 21st-century education and for major contributions in tackling societal challenges of global importance through cuttingedge scholarly research, a translational research mindset and entrepreneurial spirit,” Sotiropoulos said. Hartman is a professor and chair of the department of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Florida. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in general engineering and received his master’s and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He published a textbook about one of his research interests, economic decisions analyses and dynamic programming. President Satish Tripathi and Provost Charles Zukoski ultimately make the decision of who will become the dean of SEAS. As co-chairs, Govindaraju and Pitman will report their findings to Tripathi and Zukoski to assist with the decision. Email: email@example.com
It was a brisk Saturday morning as hundreds of students stood in anticipation – teams formed and were ready for a full day of kickball. This was the start of the fourth-annual Save Second Base kickball tournament, sponsored by the organization UB Colleges Against Cancer. The event began in 2009 and has since gained more recognition each year. This event is one of several held across campus to raise awareness and money for diseases such as breast cancer. Last year alone, UB Relay for Life raised over $87,000 and seeks to almost double that amount this year with $150,000. Every dollar raised last year went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, according to Seda Donmez, a freshman pharmacy student and member of the E-board for UB Relay for Life. Save Second Base has continued to grow every year. With new organizations signing up to participate each year, event volunteers and Eboard members continue their efforts to recruit more people and promote the event as much as possible, according to Yasmine Gohary, a student assistant for New Student Programs and an Eboard member for UB Relay for Life. “I’ve been working with UB Relay for Life since my freshman year and we’ve definitely come a long way,” Gohary said. “To see the people with the diseases that we’re raising money for and what they go through is really hard, but to know were doing something positive for them is so great.” As the fundraising kicks off, the members of UB Relay for Life promote the club and try to give every member of the UB community a chance to get involved with the various charities. UB Relay for Life hopes to get more faculty and staff involved because, according to Donmez, people aren’t aware it’s not just a student event. Many fraternities and sororities were present for the event. Other organizations also participated, such as the men’s and women’s swim teams. Kelsey Barbour, a member of the women’s swim team and junior speech and hearing science major, attended the event for personal reasons. In the summer of 2011, Kelsey was diagnosed with and treated for cancer. “I kept being told the chance of this being cancer is .1 percent, so don’t even worry,” Barbour said. “I tried to keep my mind off of it with swimming and school but I was definitely stressed and overwhelmed at the time.” After her experience, Barbour said she now has a new outlook on charitable events such as Save Second Base and tries to help out in any way she can. In addition to raising money for breast cancer, UB Relay for Life holds events to raise awareness for lung cancer. “There is GASO – or the Great American Smoke out – where pharmacy students educate both smokers and non-smokers on the harms of judicious smoking,” Gomnez said. “Also Bowling for Boobs, an event held at Tonawanda lanes that includes bowling for two hours as well as food for just $10.” The organization’s advocacy has not only reached financial goals but also goals outside the university, Gomnez said. Last year, the group sent various petitions to President Obama in pursuit of regulations on recreational tanning – tanning can lead to skin cancer. The group aided in banning girls under the age of 16 from going to tanning beds, according to Gomnez. “Every month is devoted to a different type of cancer, so we’re just trying to put on as many events as possible to let everybody know that we’re here and that it’s so easy for students to band together to do something big,” Gomnez said. Gomnez and the other E-board members are attempting to make UB Relay for Life an instrumental force not just raising money for breast cancer, but for all major forms of cancer. “Within the past month of school, we’ve already raised about $1,000 for the organization so we’re really optimistic about this year and really trying to reach that goal of $150,000 before the year is out,” Gomnez said. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Mormonism and the Jews” Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:00 PM University at Buffalo, North Campus 120 Clemens Hall-Open to the public
Over time, the relationship between Mormonism and Judaism has become more complex. In recent times, they have clashed over the Mormon practice of the proxy post mortem baptism of Holocaust victims. In this lecture I will discuss some of the historical and theological elements of the relationship between Mormonism and Judaism. Sponsored by: Institute of Jewish Thought and
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Continued from page 1: Private investigator turned professor “[Dating’s] kind of funny,” Harszlak said. “It’s not like Charlie’s Angels. You don’t just meet some guy on an investigation and you click and you two ride off into the sunset. It’s never who you really are, so trust is always an issue.” Harszlak was never herself on the job. She was constantly switching identities based on her current situation. Although Harszlak enjoyed her profession as a private investigator, it was too financially inconsistent. In the field, companies would only pay investigators after you get the information they’re looking for, so sometimes she wouldn’t get paid at all. Harszlak decided to go back to school after her stint as a private investigator was over. She attended Buffalo State College and later went to UB for graduate school, where she became a professor. Harszlak considers herself to be an analytical person. She has the ability to analyze her life experiences and turn them into lessons for the classroom.
“The person you see is a wonderful actress and I’m playing the role of a professor,” Harszlak said. “The real me is just a genuine, sensitive, quiet individual. I’m not the social butterfly that you think I’d be. So when I teach about multiple selves and multiple roles, I’m the perfect example of that.” She also gives personal examples and uses them to help make the concept easier for the students to understand. “If you are only comfortable with traditional professors and a typical classroom, I will make you extremely uncomfortable,” Harszlak said. “Every class I teach is different and I do it purposely, because every student I teach is different.” She tells all her students to do what makes them the happiest. At the end of the day it’s happiness that makes up success, not money. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 8: Bulls cough up upset shot at Ohio “[The turnovers] added to the outcome, but I don’t think it changed our attitude,” Zordich said. “We were out there trying to win every play, but you just can’t have mistakes like that. You have a hard time winning a ball game like that.” The Bulls’ second half was highlighted by another trick play dialed up by gimmick-prone Quinn. A double reverse during their first drive of the second half resulted in junior receiver Alex Neutz catching a 55-yard touchdown pass from junior tight end – and former quarterback – Alex Dennison. The touchdown was Neutz’s seventh of the season, and it ended a 24-0 Ohio run. With 6:30 left in the game, the Bulls desperately needed a defensive stop as the Bobcats had possession up by a touchdown. But on the second play of the series, Ohio’s Ryan Boykin ran it in from 51 yards out, giving the Bobcats a two-touchdown lead that proved to be insurmountable for the Bulls. “There are a lot of positives,” Neutz said. “We know we’re a good
football team and we can compete with the best teams in the MAC. We feel confident in ourselves. We’ve just got to put it all together for a whole game now.” Although the Bobcats racked up 38 points, the Bulls’ defense was the first of the season to prevent Ohio’s star back, Beau Blankenship, from rushing for over 100 yards. He finished with 88 yards. Blankenship entered the game as the nation’s third-leading rusher. “I really feel like our kids have been through a lot and they’re going to continue learning and were going to continue doing what we can to help them win,” Quinn said. The Bulls have just one win on the road against MAC opponents during the Quinn era. They’ll look to get their first win in the MAC this season on Saturday on the road at Northern Illinois (5-1, 2-0 MAC). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from page 1: Despite opposition, Students for Life recreate tribute nine minutes. The cameras didn’t capture their faces. This year, the crosses are displayed on the Special Events Field between The Commons and Clemens Hall – “right out in the open,” according to Andzel. The club’s aim in all of this? “Awareness,” Andzel said. “Abortion isn’t just a word. There are two lives involved: the mother and the pre-born child. These add up every single second. We want to get the student body to realize that.” “We’re getting the word out and our message about how abortion is wrong,” Ramsey said. “We’re not trying to stir up problems. We’ll rebuild it, put it back up and not let other people stop us
from spreading our message.” The club has also planted signs with messages like “abortion stops a beating heart.” “I think the UB community should understand that, no matter what people think, every group should have a right to express themselves,” said Andzel, whose group has 13 active members. “We don’t have to be accepting, but we should be tolerant of other people’s right of expression.” The club will not be guarding the crosses this year until something happens or they are defaced again. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 1: UPDATE: Five students from 86 W. Northrup arrested On Sept. 21, BPD arrested Andrew Pawluk, a media study major; Anthony Argiros, a geography major; Mark Harding, a School of Management student; and Ruben Abramov, a sociology major – along with non-UB students Brennon Hall, Joseph Mruk and Jonathan Ho from 51 W. Northrup Place. BPD searched the house and found $64,000 in cash, 9 pounds of marijuana, 8 ounces of ecstasy and a half-ounce of cocaine. The students have since moved out of their home, according to Jason Jeffrey, a permanent resident of 48 W. Northrup Place.
The suspects of 51 W. Northrup went to Buffalo City Court on Thursday, Sept. 27 for an attorney appearance and felony hearing and will return on Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. BPD has jurisdiction on the surrounding streets of South Campus, including West Northrup Place. Chief of University Police Gerald Schoenle and UB Spokesman John Della Contrada were not available for comment.
Continued from page 8: Licata, Campbell show promise: it’s mm, mm good This isn’t the year – the athletes are still raw and learning – but next year, after Licata and Campbell have a year of experience, should be. That hinges, of course, on Licata getting experience and Campbell staying involved in the game plan when Oliver returns. If next year isn’t the year, with these players on the roster, there’s only one place for the blame to fall: coaching. Head coach Jeff Quinn has made some sage coaching decisions this year, showing much improvement compared to previous years. It will all be for naught, though, if he doesn’t give Licata the reins and keep Campbell involved. Coach Quinn, it’s time to make moves. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 8: Retaliation “Taylor Thompson did a fantastic job of running down the loose ball to draw the penalty kick,” Thomas said. “It was nothing more than pure effort, and it was a very big moment for her and our team.” The Bulls’ back line defenders – junior Natalie Jurisevic, sophomore Shannon Algoe, freshman Kristin Markiewicz and sophomore Sophie Therien – played the entire 90 minutes, helping keep the Ohio offense scoreless.
“I don’t think enough could be said about our back line today,” Thomas said. “They did a great job of containing a very potent Ohio attack.” Ohio was only able to fire three shots on goal, none of which got by Wheldon, who secured the 14th shutout of her Buffalo career – tying her for second in school history. Ten of the Bulls’ 16 shots were on goal, led by junior midfielder Courtney Gross, who had three shots on net. Ten different Bulls had
shots in the match. “I was really proud of the team’s effort today,” Thomas said. “We came out and fought to make this result come to fruition.” The Bulls look for their first win streak of the season when they travel to Bowling Green (2-11-1, 0-4-1 MAC) on Friday. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Email: email@example.com
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Bulls cough up upset shot at Ohio Buffalo plagued by turnovers, falls to Bobcats JON GAGNON Asst. Sports Editor
AARON MANSFIELD Editor in Chief
UB had a chance to dethrone the MidAmerican Conference’s last unbeaten team, its unquestioned forerunner. The Bulls out-dueled their opposition in almost every statistical category – except the one that ended up being most influential: turnovers. The Bulls (1-4, 0-2 MAC) accounted for 501 total yards of offense, including a bruising 313 yards on the ground, but they surrendered three fumbles, two of which directly resulted in Ohio (6-0, 2-0 MAC) touchdowns. The Bulls couldn’t hang on to an early 14-0 lead, as the Bobcats capitalized and won 38-31 Saturday at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. Buffalo came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. After electing to receive, the offense pounded the ball through the Bobcats’ defense on a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive – all via the ground game – to open up the game. In the first start of his collegiate career, freshman Devin Campbell ran the ball 30 times for 160 yards and a touchdown. Junior quarterback Alex Zordich complemented Campbell’s career game with 110 yards on the ground himself, becoming the first quarterback in Buffalo’s history to rush for over 100 yards, but he struggled through the air – totaling 97 yards and one touchdown and completing 13 of 25 attempts. Campbell got the nod over junior running back Brandon Murie, who broke out for 109 yards of offense in last week’s game against UConn (3-3, 0-1 Big East) but failed to record a stat against Ohio. Campbell dominated the playing time. Standout junior running back Branden Oliver sat out for the second consecutive game after being injured during the Bulls’ loss to Kent State (4-1, 3-0 MAC). “It gives me a lot of confidence,” Campbell said. “I’m pretty sure it gives the coaches a lot more confidence to know that when Bo [Oliver] is not in, that I can go in or Murie can go in. Now
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Freshman running back Devin Campbell (21) filled in admirably for injured star Branden Oliver. Campbell set a UB record for rushing yards by a freshman (160) as the Bulls’ offense scrapped to stay in the game.
we have three dangerous people in the backfield and not just one.” The Davey O’Brien Award – presented to the best collegiate quarterback – candidate Tyler Tettleton, Ohio’s leader, entered the game as one of only six quarterbacks in the country to throw for at least eight touchdowns with zero interceptions. He hadn’t thrown a pick in his last 161 pass attempts. On his first drive against the Bulls’ defense, which had only forced one turnover this season, junior cornerback Najja Johnson picked him off. Fourteen plays and 93 yards later, the Bulls took an early 14-0 lead after a 10-yard touchdown pass from Zordich to sophomore wide out Devon Hughes. The Bulls’ momentum was short lived, as Ohio’s Daz’mond Patterson returned the fol-
lowing kickoff 100 yards to put the ’Cats on the board. Buffalo’s offense didn’t return to form the rest of the first half. In its next six possessions, Buffalo punted the ball four times and lost two fumbles. “The reason we weren’t able to secure a victory today was the turnovers, penalties in some in-opportune time and obviously they made a big kick return for a touchdown,” said head coach Jeff Quinn. The turnovers didn’t help defensive coordinator Lou Tepper and his defense, who were given a short field to defend. Ohio’s first two offensive touchdowns came on drives that started on the 14- and 15-yard lines. The field position miscues left the Bulls trailing 21-14 at half. Continued on page 6
Game rewind: UB (1-4, 0-2 MAC) 31 – Ohio (6-0, 2-0 MAC) 38 For the second straight week, the Bulls were dominant at times as a road underdog. For the second straight week, it didn’t matter. Buffalo fell short to the undefeated Bobcats, who became the first team in the NCAA to become bowl-eligible. UB’s run game was especially effective. For the second straight game, a running back other than injured junior back Branden Oliver rushed for over 100 yards. It was the freshman’s turn on Saturday, as Devin Campbell made his career debut as a starter memorable. He rushed for 160 yards on 30 carries with a score. Junior quarterback Alex Zordich continued to be one of the best running quarterbacks in the Mid-American Conference, as he ran for 110 yards. He struggled at times with his accuracy in the passing game, completing only 13 of 25 passes. He was briefly replaced by freshman Joe Licata, who finished 5 for 10 for 36 yards. On defense, the Bulls held powerful running back Beau Blankenship and dominant quarterback Tyler Tettleton in check. Blankenship finished the day with fewer
than 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. Tettleton struggled with his consistency, as he had a completion percentage under 50 percent. He came into the game without an interception – a streak that ended quickly when junior cornerback Najja Johnson picked off a pass, his second of the season, in the first quarter. However, the Bulls were victimized in the turnover and special teams departments once again. Buffalo coughed up the ball three times, two of which were converted into Ohio scores. UB also struggled with covering kickoffs, as Ohio’s Daz’mond Patterson returned a kick 100 yards for a score. Player of the Game What a debut for Campbell. In his first career start, he surprised many with a 160-yard performance on the ground. It was a welcome surprise, considering the Bulls were without their top three options at the tailback position: Oliver, sophomore James Potts and junior Brandon Murie. Bull Killer(s) As easy as it would be to say the Bulls shot themselves in the foot with all of the turnovers, this
honor goes the Ohio defense. Although the Bobcats gave up chunks of yards on the run, they really buckled down and came up with big stops when they needed to. Linebacker Keith Moore, one of three defenders with double-digit tackles, led the team with 16 tackles. Three Bobcats forced fumbles on the afternoon. Turning Point Peden Stadium was silent after the Buffalo touchdown that made it 14-0. Patterson put an end to all of that, as his 100-yard kick return for a touchdown put a jolt into the Bobcat faithful. Momentum shifted dramatically, as the next six drives for the Bulls went punt, fumble by junior wide receiver Alex Neutz, fumble by Zordich, punt, fumble off the leg of Derek Brim and punt. In that time, a 14-7 lead turned into a 24-14 deficit. He said it “We came out hot, 14-0, our special teams has to do a better job, giving up that 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. We can’t allow that. We just gotta keep on pounding it and taking on the lead.” – Junior cornerback Najja Johnson
Looking forward The Bulls end their grueling three-game road stretch with a trip to Dekalb, Ill. to take on Northern Illinois. The Huskies, last year’s Mid-American Conference champions, have one of the most potent offenses in the MAC, averaging 35.5 points per game. They are the only team in the conference better than the Bulls in rushing, as they are the top dogs at 245.7 yards per game. They are led on the ground by Jordan Lynch, who is one of the leaders in the MAC in rushing with 789 yards and nine scores, which is the best mark in the conference. Last year’s game between Buffalo and Northern Illinois was a thriller at UB Stadium, as the Bulls almost came back from a 31-10 deficit with three fourth-quarter touchdowns. However, after the final score put the Bulls within one at 31-30 with 14 seconds left, former placekicker Peter Fardon missed the extra point. The Huskies escaped Buffalo with the victory. Kickoff for this year’s game will be at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Email: email@example.com
Women’s soccer gets first MAC win, splits weekend OWEN O’BRIEN Staff Writer
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Sophomore forward Courtney Mann notched her second goal of the season against Ohio, as the Bulls came back from a 1-0 loss to Kent State on Friday to defeat the Bobcats 1-0 on Sunday – marking their first Mid-American Conference win of the season.
Licata, Campbell show promise It’s mm, mm good
The women’s soccer team spent its weekend in Ohio and – after two intense games – crossed back into New York with its first victory since Sept. 14. Buffalo (3-9-1, 1-4-1 MidAmerican Conference) dropped its first of four straight road matches to rival Kent State (7-3-2, 2-2-1 MAC), a 1-0 defeat on Friday night. The squad fought back, though, with a 1-0 Sunday afternoon victory over Ohio (76-1, 2-3-1 MAC). Kent State entered the match ranked second in the MAC with 20 goals. Forwards Jaclyn Dutton and Stephanie Haugh had combined for 14 of Kent State’s 20 goals. The two showed up to play against Buffalo, firing three first half shots. However, junior goalkeeper
Ainsley Wheldon – who returned to the field for the first time following her Sept. 28 injury – stopped every shot in the first half. Buffalo had the first opportunity of the second half with a corner in the first 90 seconds, but the team couldn’t capitalize. That’s when Dutton showed why she is one of the most feared players in the MAC. She scored the lone goal of the match in the 49th minute. Dutton received a pass from midfield and shot it to Wheldon’s right. It was was Dutton’s 11th goal of the season and Haugh’s seventh assist, which leads the Golden Flashes. Dutton extended her MAC lead in points, upping her total to 25. “[Dutton] is a talented goal scorer,” said head coach Michael Thomas. “We did a good job at not giving her chances today, but we gave her that one chance and she punished us for it. We made a mental error on the play.”
After being held to one goal in their previous four matches combined, the Bulls’ offensive fortunes finally turned around versus Ohio on Sunday. The Bulls were able to capitalize early on a foul and hold on for a 1-0 victory thanks to a penalty kick. This was Buffalo’s first victory in league play and its first road win of the season. Buffalo came out strong, challenging the Ohio defenders early and keeping them on their toes. In the 18th minute, senior forward Taylor Thompson chased down a loose ball in the box and was fouled hard, resulting in a penalty kick. Sophomore midfielder Courtney Mann put this kick in the back of the net to give the Bulls their first lead since Sept. 21. It was Mann’s second goal of the season. Continued on page 6
I saw the future on Saturday. I saw conference championship rings and bowl wins. I saw national respect, big-name recruits coming to town and UB’s annual pro day drawing NFL scouts in masses. I saw two freshmen who looked ready for their chance in the Bulls’ 38-31 loss to Ohio. Yes, freshmen. Athletes with four years left to play. Imagine the possibilities. Running back Devin Campbell rushed 30 times for 160 yards – a UB record for a freshman – and a touchdown against the highly touted Bobcats. Redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Licata only played one drive, going 5 for 10 for a meager 36 yards, but he looked more in command than any UB quarterback has this year. The youngsters showed incredible potential, igniting hopes of what could be. That’s the taunting thing about daydreaming, though – it isn’t the present, and to make your dreams into reality you “must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy,” as T.S. Eliot has so eloquently put it. Campbell had power – notching a couple truck-stick, so-much-determination hits on Ohio defenders. He also displayed tremendous speed – injured junior running back Branden Oliver said Campbell might be the fastest player on the team. But Campbell’s vision was most impressive, as he ducked and weaved between blockers for consistent big gains. “Devin ran hard for us,” said junior quarterback Alex Zordich. “It’s just unfortunate we had so many guys play great, and we just don’t come up with the outcome we want.” Licata was poised in the pocket, accurate and efficient; his stat line would have looked a lot better barring a couple drops. Head coach Jeff Quinn is the man who must go the way of no ecstasy. There is no bliss in benching someone who has sold out for his team, but the vision of future success does not include the hard-working junior quarterback. It does include two young guns – Licata and Campbell – complementing an established superstar, Oliver, to form the best offense in the MAC next year. Licata has the cannon and intelligence to manage an offense without hitches – he just needs the experience. Oliver is the best player in the conference when he is healthy. On Saturday, Campbell proved he, too, could be one of the best runners in UB history. Think of how he’ll play next season after a full year of world-class training with strength coach Zach Duval – the same man who helped build Oliver into the tank we see today. “At first it was a little weird,” Campbell said. “I was a little nervous because, you know, it was my first career start. But once I got comfortable after the first drive, I just went in and did what I was supposed to do.” Picture Campbell and Oliver in the same backfield. The scenario looks a lot like the Bills’ duo of Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller. “He was just coaching me up, trying to keep my head in it, just reminding me telling me what I needed to do,” said Campbell of Oliver. “He was just my support.” The Buffalo Bills analogy is flawed for one reason, though: UB’s quarterback will be more reliable. Scary. Licata can open up the field. While Zordich is the far superior runner – his 19 carries for 110 yards against Ohio are a testament to that – his passing ability leaves much to be desired. We’ve seen his ceiling. He’s never going to be an air-it-out, 250- or 300-yard-a-game quarterback. It’s not the kind of guy he is, but it’s the kind of guy this offense needs to open lanes for its excellent runners. The defense is already on its way, with some of the best young performers in the conference – sophomores Cortney Lester and Lee Skinner – emerging beside established juniors Khalil Mack and Colby Way. Continued on page 6
Published on Oct 7, 2012