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INSIDE SARPA hosts Zombie Walk Page 5 Silo City in spooktacular photographs Page 8 Professor Hwang builds home for bats Page 9 Buffalo’s terrifying Central Terminal Page 10 UB PARA - UB’s paranormal club Page 12 UB’s haunting past Page 12 The most haunted places in Buffalo Page 13 What to wear to get laid on Halloween Page 13 Buffalo’s FrightWorld: feature and review Page 16 Paranormal Activity 4 review Page 19 Best sports costumes Page 22
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The not-so-great debate Obama wins final debate, but no one shines Horses and bayonets got a lot of buzz, but aside from that, Monday night lacked luster. The final Presidential Debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney wrapped up Monday night on what was supposed to be a riveting, 90-minute discussion on foreign policy. It was more of the same instead, but without the same shine. There was still the same old catty back-and-forth of calling each other wrong, the zingers (“The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back”), the aggressiveness and still the same amount of ambiguity. And maybe that’s the best of things. With only two weeks to go before Election Day, candidates and voters alike have seemingly moved past the passion and are now officially onto politics. It was the last time these two candidates will face each other, and any chance they’ve had to directly call each other out on falsifications and ambiguity is now gone. Now they have to rely solely on their own talking points. Now more than ever, the issues matter. Maybe that’s why last night was still so vague. Romney had a point to prove after Olympicsized gaffes about London this summer and immediate moves to jump on the Obama administration for its handling of the Benghazi attacks, but he never really made that point. Instead, a debate about foreign policy seemed rath-
er focused on issues on our own soil. It was a good move for Romney – he’s already proven he can talk all day about the poor economy, factually correct or not – but despite foreign policy not really topping voters’ priority lists this election, it didn’t slip by anyone. As for style, both were confident, but Romney was more cautious where Obama was aggressive. Obama criticized his contender for wanting to do the same things but just say them more loudly; Romney went after the president for attacking him in place of discussing the issues. But overall nothing was that loud, and nothing was that aggressive of an attack, leaving voters to at least make an attempt to focus on what was said or not said. And because of all that aforementioned dodging, there was much left unsaid by both candidates. There was a lot of agreement on issues that didn’t get much airtime and a lot of unclear plans on the issues that did. Two instant polls made the president the victor, though – CBS News respondents ruled in favor of Obama 53 percent to 23 percent with 24 percent saying it was a tie. He led in CNN’s snap poll 48 percent to 40 percent. So Obama won the debate, but what does this mean in the next two weeks? It means voters need direct plans on the issues and not just the incessant economy talks. Even with a sweeping debate, the presi-
dent is still tied with Romney in most polls and within only a couple of percentage points in the rest. The lack of razzle-dazzle in the third debate only reaffirmed that. This election race has seen swinging poll numbers, indecisiveness and piqued interest in the issues. People are really invested in this elections, and it’s made for an incredibly entertaining season. The polls have been tight, though, meaning whether or not President Obama gets reelected, this race should be an eye-opener for him. People are unsure about reelecting him – unsure they can trust him to turn things around despite his cries that it takes more than four years to repair the damage he inherited. The proximity of the numbers should inspire him to make some changes in office, even if he doesn’t get to run again when the term is concluded. Moderator Bob Schieffer ended the evening with words of advice he took from his mother: “Go vote – it makes you feel big and strong.” The blinders are away, the debate hype is nearly gone and the podiums are packed up. It’s time to focus on direct issues so that all voters can feel big, strong and confident when they make their decision on Nov. 6. Email: email@example.com
It’s not about the bike Armstrong’s fall from cycling stardom shouldn’t erase his advocacy
It seems UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series is cursed. In 2010, UB hosted author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, who went through a yearlong investigation on allegations that major portions of his books were inaccurate and that he was mismanaging assets at his Central Asia Institute. Last year, the series brought forth Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor. Rather, former seven-time Tour de France winner. Armstrong was officially stripped of his titles yesterday, the result of overwhelming amounts of evidence of him leading a doping conspiracy since 1999. The cyclist refused to continue to fight the allegations, stepped down as chairman of The Lance Armstrong Foundation (better known as Livestrong) and received a lifetime ban from the sport. For over a decade, Armstrong has been the definition of the American hero. Everybody knows his story: diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, overcame the illness to win seven Tour de France titles and chaired the Livestrong Foundation, which is the largest athlete charity in history and has raised $470 million since its startup in 1997. He’s been the face of one of the most taboo cancers, speaking unabashedly across the country of his journey, inspiring people and changing lives. Lance Armstrong the athlete has fallen. He leaves behind a legacy of disregard and dishonesty.
It’s disappointing to think of him in such a way, but he is a phony who lied and cheated for the majority of (and at the peaks of) his career. On Tuesday, Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union (ICU) said, “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and deserves to be forgotten in cycling.” But cycling is not the only legacy he will leave behind and that can be proved with every yellow band you see on someone’s wrist. Forget him in cycling, but there’s another half to Lance Armstrong, and that side should definitely not be forgotten. We build our heroes up to be infallible, but there should be some separation in how we idolize people. Armstrong’s advocacy and career cross only because his celebrity was able to propel and strengthen Livestrong, but otherwise they are separate facets of his life. If one is to end, the other can still continue on its own, and in this case where his cycling career is ending, that shouldn’t erase the work he has done for cancer advocacy. Even in the sport, Armstrong should not be so quickly brushed aside, especially by the ICU. His impact was so great in cycling. It became relevant (how many people outside of the sport and its fandom can name a cyclist that’s not Lance Armstrong?) and people tuned in to watch each stage. Fan or not, everyone knows who Lance Armstrong is, and he became something important to the world. He turned his illness
into a catalyst and into a story, and he was someone that made people say, “If he can do it, so can I.” And with that story, Armstrong created one of the most successful charities to date. Livestrong now has that stigma around it, and now that he has stepped down, some of that credit will be taken away. But it’s important enough to Armstrong that he did step down and let what he built continue to flourish without his name being topbilled. At the organization’s 15th anniversary celebration last week, he promised it would not be deterred and “the mission absolutely must go on.” And that passion is believable. With Armstrong leading the pack, Livestrong has proven to be a real force. Who hasn’t owned a Livestrong wristband at some point in their life? Those little yellow bands alone have generated $100 million to the charity. The organization provides for grants, for research, for advocacy – the fact there are people currently asking for their money back from it because of the scandal is a disgrace. This is all so much bigger than Lance Armstrong, but he is the one that made it so big. Fan or not, everyone knows who Lance Armstrong is, and only half of that reason is because of his cycling career. What he did in the sport was illegal and he should be punished accordingly, but don’t forget his other work. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A childhood Halloween goes to college KEREN BARUCH Life Editor “Trick or treat, smell my feet; give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care; I’ll pull down your underwear.” I was raised in a religious Jewish home. I attended an all-girls private school, where I drowned in a skirt that went to the ground and a buttoned-upto-the-neck shirt. I rocked the Amish look. My parents tried to keep me from straying from my Jewish path. I keep kosher both inside and outside the house, I spin the dreidel on Hannukah and I dip the apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. I light candles on Shabbat. So you must understand their dismay when I transferred to a public elementary school and came home one day in October singing, “trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat.” Halloween is not a Jewish holiday. Candy means cavities, tummy aches, high cholesterol and a sugar rush. Dressing up is meant for the Jewish holiday of Purim (and only Purim). Even when my mom did dress me up for Purim, she never let me be anything cool. While everyone else got to be a princess or ballerina, I got to be a clown. When I learned all my new public school friends would be dressing up in cool costumes and knocking on doors waiting to receive candy, the stubborn, friend-absorbed, curious fifth grader in me decided to ignore my parents’ demands. I went trick or treating for the first time as an 11-year-old. I dressed as a “Hollister princess” – I’ll pause so you can laugh. I wore a Hollister polo shirt with a Hollister skirt and a crown from Claire’s. I may have also bought the perfume for additional effect. I discovered the world of running away from immature boys who throw eggs at the girls they like and cover those girls’ houses in toilet paper. I felt that rush of excitement when people who weren’t home for Halloween left buckets of candy outside their doorstep, giving my friends and me a freefor-all as we grabbed handfuls of our favorite sweets. I felt like the coolest child on the planet. It’s safe to say I was deprived of a normal childhood and that night in October changed my reality. To my surprise, I felt the same alteration of reality when that day in October rolled around my freshman year of college. Rather than becoming excited about the endless amounts of candy and the fun rhymes that come along with ringing doorbells, I was thrown into a less innocent type of world. Once again, I felt naïve. “If you don’t, I don’t care; I’ll pull down your underwear.” This portion of the rhyme has a different meaning in college. It’s no longer a threat to people who don’t give out candy. Instead, it seems more like a positive slogan. “You’ll pull down my underwear? Promise?” That’s what I assume people are wondering based on the costumes I usually see. Dressing in little-to-no clothing was the new cool way to spend Halloween, I discovered. So one night I dressed as Amy Winehouse, wearing a corset and leather pants. The second night celebrating Halloween, I was a zebra (because all zebras wear fishnets, leather skirts and tank tops with holes in them, right?). The final night, I went for some hippie look, basically rocking a tie-dye bra, flowery skirt and large headband. To all you freshmen who have prepared your costumes and are wearing less than you do in the shower, congratulations: you’ve let college Halloween get the best of you. In a couple of years, you may laugh at how naked you “dressed.” It’s OK, though, because it Continued on page 20
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Raising more than the dead SARA DINATALE Senior News Editor With blood dripping, the allusion of open wounds and gruesome looks that made a little boy outside the Student Union cry, the Strategists and Role-Players Association (SARPA) had one thing on their mind Friday night: brains. The group of student zombies boomed through the Union, stormed the Promenade, crept around Capen’s corners and crashed the homecoming carnival. Between their walking-dead groans, they had one request: spare change. In the fourth-annual SARPA zombie walk, the Student Association club raised just over $100 for brain cancer research. “What do we want?” one of the lead zombies would call out, to which the crew of students in their deadly garb responded with a dragged out, “Braiiiiiiins.” “When do we want them?” “Brains.” “How do we want them?” “Brains.” This year is the first Halloween for international student Md Fahad Hossain, a sophomore engineering major from Saudi Arabia. “This was kind of pretty shocking to see it for the first time,” Hossain said. “When they were down in front of Capen coming through the Rebecca Bratek /// The Spectrum hallway, with all the actions trying to The participants of Friday's zombie walk creeped and crawled up the stairs of Capen grab at you at once, it was like Resi- Hall, reaching for victims who stood in their way. dent Evil.” He was in awe of the zombies to the Capen Library, as onlookers behind students and “screaming as they made their way through the caught the spectacle on their camera bloody murder.” university and decided to follow the phones. Rabbitt and her friend, Kaitland mob for the duration of their camSome students involved used Flak, also a junior animation mapus crawl. The zombies went onto disrupt Richmond Dining Hall in the the walk as an opportunity to dress jor at Villa Maria, came dressed as Ellicott Complex before ending at up and were excited by the prospect a zombie prom couple. Rabbitt had of scaring other students. a blood-soaked princess dress she the carnival. took four hours to strategically tear. Kayleigh Rabbitt, a junior The zombies crept on their Flak sported a tattered shirt and tie. hands and knees up the stairs leading animation major at Villa Maria Col- The couple spent two hours perfectlege, looked forward to sneaking up Continued on page 15
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UB’s gaming clubs come together to have fun as one collective organization. They spend almost all day, every day in their shared office in the Student Union.
UB’s gamers find their niche SA’s gaming clubs become a community RACHEL RAIMONDI Staff Writer A student threw down his controller, lunged across the couch and punched his opponent in the face. Last fall, a virtual Super Smash Bros. fight turned into reality in 303 Student Union (SU). His rage came from losing one stock of life. Students pulled the two apart and called the police. It wasn’t the first fight, though. Things get pretty heated within UB’s gaming community. The gamers host tournaments and open play throughout the semester. It can get competitive, but they say it’s friendly unless otherwise advertised. There are several gaming clubs at UB, including Pokemon, Super Smash Bros., Magic: the Gathering, Anime and Dance Dance Revolution. Though each game has its own club, they all share one office, membership and equipment. They view themselves as one community.
Joe Steet, a graduate student in chemistry, said when he isn’t working in the lab, teaching or grading, he is gaming. He said it’s a stress reliever and a way to have some fun with people who enjoy playing as much as he does. The members say it’s a way of life. It’s just who they are – gamers by nature. “Members support each other and are a unit for socialization and community involvement,” said Mark ‘Spike’ Okrasinski, a secondary education graduate student. “That’s what makes the club for me.” Asked if they’re involved in other UB clubs, the gamers struggled to answer. “What else is there?” they asked. The self-described nerds are in the office from 10 a.m. until 12 a.m. or until the SU staff kicks them out for the night. The office is filled with table, board and video games – so many that one student found a Sega Genesis on Tuesday, which several members had no idea existed. Continued on page 8
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Political science professor calls debate a “draw” Professor Campbell talks about Monday’s debate and its implications LISA KHOURY Senior News Editor Forty-eight percent of registered voters who watched Monday night’s debate said President Obama won and 40 percent said Romney did, according to a CNN poll. Distinguished Political Science Professor James Campbell said that isn’t the consensus to pay attention to. “The president was more aggressive in the debate, but in terms of really helping win the election, I think both helped themselves about equally,” Campbell said. “Because that question about who are you more likely to vote for after seeing it, that was about dead even.” In fact, the CNN poll found little impact on swing voters, 24 percent of whom said they were more likely to vote for Obama and 25 percent for Romney. In past elections, the undecided voter poll was linked closely to the election’s outcome, according to Campbell. The two candidates sat across from each other during Monday’s third and final debate on foreign policy at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., one of the key swing states in the election.
The table setting didn’t stop Obama and Romney from aggressively disputing America’s role in the world, its war in Afghanistan, changing the Middle East, the new face of terrorism and the rise of China. The overriding issue of the foreign policy debate, which some students criticized the candidates for, was the American economy. Campbell said the most interesting part of the debate was how similar Obama and Romney’s views are on foreign policy. Both reaffirmed America’s alliance with Israel and took hard positions against the Iranians getting nuclear weapon capabilities. Both took a position of the use of force as the absolute last alternative; neither was “hawkish” in that respect, Campbell said. He explained Romney differed a little more when he emphasized fostering governments in the Middle East and helping Middle Easterners reject radical Islamic appeals. Obama said the Middle East can govern itself, which highlighted his “peaceful foreign policies,” according to Lauren Carrow, a senior psychology major. “Overall, I think Obama was successful in portraying Governor Romney as more of a war hawk, willing to spend money to expand the army, which many voters may equate with added spending that we can’t af-
ford,” Carrow said. Joseph Freiert, a freshman math major, said Obama’s plan in handling Libya and Syria isn’t “getting us much progress.” “I like how Romney wants to make sure we keep our allies in the area and make sure they are armed,” Freiert said. “[Our allies] have our support if they do decide to act, so that we don’t lose funds over there that we desperately need for our oil resources to try to make that place more stable.” While some students criticized the candidates for spending so much time on the American economy – discussing topics like Obamacare, Romney’s 5-Point Plan and job creation – Campbell said it was relevant. The overriding issue of the election is the economy, according to Campbell. He said the economy affects the United State’s posture toward its ability to deal with foreign policy, and in many ways foreign policy is about the economy. He also said the country is in a stronger position in almost every respect if it has a prosperous economy. “At least Obama can rationalize how he plans to bring jobs to America, giving concise examples like investing in alternative energy and rewarding domestic job providers,” said Stephen Denny, a sophomore chemical
On Sunday, Oct. 21, the Student Association Senate met in Student Union 378 at 5 p.m. The senators granted a total of $3,418.50 to six Student Association clubs. Each club had five minutes to present why they believed they should receive additional funding beyond their allotted budget. Senators granted the money from one of two lines: either the New and Innovative Programing line of $12,500 – for new projects or programming – or the Co-sponsorship line of $17,500 – for trips or re-occurring club events. The Student Association of Speech and Hearing (SASH) requested $1,000 to help fund their trip to Atlanta, Ga. for an American Speech-language and Hearing Association Conference. Seven students from the club are going on the trip. Senator Michael Calliste said granting the club the money was a “nobrainer” and stated it would help build up UB’s image as a research institute. The $1,000 grant was passed in 14-2-1 vote. The money is coming from the Co-sponsorship line. The Multicultural Nursing Association is going to Nicaragua to help educate and care for the country’s citizens. Six members of the club are going on the trip; they requested $1,000 to help defer the cost of airfare. The Senate decided to give $568.50 to the club because that amount equals giving each member going on the trip “back” their student activity fee of $94.75. The $568.50 came from the Co-sponsorship line and passed with 13-3-1 vote.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space is holding SpaceVision 2012 from Nov. 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event is held in a different city every year and is a national conference expected to draw 400 attendees. The club requested $1,500 and received $1,000 from the New and Innovative line in a 17-0-0 vote. UB Sailing requested $720 to buy new pinnies – the ones they currently use are borrowed. They have 20 members but wanted money to buy 30 new pinnies. The club’s performance allowed them to be eligible to go to more competitions than in previous years. This causes them to stack two events in one weekend, and they currently do not have enough pinnies to do so. The Senate granted them $450 from the Co-sponsorship line in an 11-6-0 vote. The African Student Association requested $500 toward an annual banquet. The group was granted $200 to help supplement their budget to fund their Membership Appreciation Banquet. The $200 grant passed in a 12-5-0 vote from the Co-sponsorship line. The Creole Student Association is throwing a Taste of Haiti on Nov. 17 and requested $200 to help fund the event. The group is a temporary club and therefore doesn’t receive a budget from SA. The event will require guests to bring school supplies to send to Haiti. The $200 grant from the New and Innovative line was passed in a 17-0-0 vote. Email: email@example.com
Take Back the Night Rally to take place for 37th year RACHEL KRAMER Senior Life Editor Many victims of domestic violence think they are the only ones who feel pain and are affected by their attackers, according to Ashera Buhite, a senior global gender studies major. They have trouble coming out of their shells and, as a result, isolate themselves from the world. UB is taking steps to help these victims speak out and open up. This year’s Take Back the Night Rally will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Student Union as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The rally started in 1975 for citizens to voice their frustrations over crimes against women and start a movement for change. “[Take Back the Night] is a space for people to reclaim the places that are denied to them,” Buhite said. “Especially women, we are told to stay away from certain places at night, so we come out, make a lot of noise and make it known we don’t want to feel unsafe in any place, ever.” Domestic Violence Awareness Month has evolved into a stand against all types of sexual violence. At least one out
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engineering major. “He wants to expand the manufacturing industry and provide employment to more Americans.” Campbell’s biggest concern about the debate was the candidates’ failure to fully address the terrorist attack in Libya. “I thought it was fascinating that it did not make an appearance throughout the whole debate,” Campbell said. “And I think it requires explanation for why it wasn’t part of the debate.” He said so much was devoted to the Middle East and then almost nothing was said about Europe’s economic problems. Either way, both campaigns are seeing the race narrow. CNN said: “Americans will wake up on Election Day not knowing who their next president will be.” Campbell thinks the first debate went decisively to Romney and helped change the course of the campaign. The second and third debates were draws, although Obama had slight wins in both cases. But in terms of “what really matters,” the debates were draws – which Campbell said makes it anybody’s game.
of every three women worldwide has been beaten, forced into sex or abused in her lifetime by a partner, friend or stranger, according to takebackthenight.org. This is the 37th year the Take Back the Night Rally is taking place nationwide, according to uncgcarolinian.com. Aaron Maracle, assistant director of SBI Health Education, said the event becomes larger every year. He expects there to be at least 200 students marching through North Campus this year. The event will kick off with keynote speaker Grace Brown in the union. Brown has started a photography project called Project Unbreakable, through which survivors of a sexually violent crime write down something the attacker said and take a picture with it. These photos are then displayed on Brown’s website. She and Buhite aim to promote awareness. “It dismantles the stories we hear about sexual violence, about who is affected and why it’s really important work,” Buhite said. “We could broaden what the sexual violent culture means, and that’s really useful so we could break it down and focus in the right places.”
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Continued from page 5: UB’s gamers find their niche Some funding from SA goes toward buying new equipment, but most of the games and consoles belong to the club members. They have a Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 2, two desktop computers and other consoles. When it comes to choosing the best game to play, no member agrees. However, they said this season’s trend is League of Legends. The games aren’t always the biggest draw. For some, it’s the camaraderie. The gaming community currently has 80 active members and counting, though as many as 300 people have shown up at club events. “We’re one of the few offices that is constantly open throughout the day for people to just come in and join,” said Jeff Wakefield, a senior communication major and president of the anime club. “You walk around [the union] and you see a lot of closed doors.” In the ’80s, the gamers developed UB Con – a three-day convention where gamers, cartoonists, authors, actors and fans celebrate their shared interests. The tradition is still celebrated amongst gamers at UB today. Last April, approximately 1,000 students and community members attended, according to the
event’s website. Lisa Lu, a sophomore English major, enjoys UB Con because it has a community feel to it. However, she said she hates comic-con because too many people go for “free swag,” goody-bags, water bottles or other party favors, rather than the festival. This April, she plans on celebrating UB Con by going as a character from Homestuck, a webcomic. Like other SA clubs, the gamers give back to the community. On Friday, the gamers – in association with the Strategists and Role-Players Association – hosted the fourth annual Zombie Walk on North Campus to raise money for brain cancer research. Members painted themselves in fake blood and makeup to scare students by walking around the Academic Spine and the Ellicott Complex in the early evening. The gamers who meet in 303 Student Union don’t just meet to play games anymore. Two members are now dating; many hang out with one another outside of the club’s walls. The gamers wanted to find a place to play against those who love games as much as they do, but in the process formed their own family.
Maracle believes Brown’s project has encouraged more men to speak out as victims of some form of sexual violence, too. One in six men will be sexually assaulted in his lifetime, according to 1in6.org. Maracle believes it is important for men to know their stories matter. Maracle founded the UB Men’s group in 2006 while he was an undergraduate student at UB. The group is a rape and sexual assault prevention program that strives to recruit men as allies against sexual violence. Now Maracle works to provide a safe environment for survivors of abuse. He educates others on how to do the same. “If someone does disclose to you, you have to listen, support and believe; the number one thing is to believe,” Maracle said. “Because how the first person they tell reacts will affect who else they tell. If that number one person doesn’t believe them, they most likely won’t tell anyone else.” The rally has been held on South Campus in past years. The crowd would loudly march down Main Street at night. Buhite recalls people leaving the bars, wondering what the marching was about and asking about domestic violence.
Silo City in photographs UB professor portrays Buffalo’s abandoned grain elevators
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The Queen City Gallery is currently hosting a Silo City photography exhibit by UB associate professor of philosophy and geography Thomas Bittner.
Continued from page 6: Reclaiming the night She expects this year’s event to be a stepping-stone in the healing process for many survivors. “I know this event makes [victims] come out of their shell in a way and feel connected and step up,” Buhite said. “Then that starts a chain of comfort in which anyone could speak out against their attacker.” The Royal Pitches, the female a cappella group at UB, wrote and prepared a song specifically for the rally. Buhite said it is sure to be inspiring and tear jerking. Buhite believes everybody needs to take a stand of support in order to stop sexual violence. “It is our compassion that will destroy the structures that make sexual violence so prominent in our lives and lead us into a brighter future,” Buhite said. “Each of us has the power to help, to notice and care about what is happening in the world around and break the cycle.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SHU YEE RACHEL LIM Staff Writer It was still two hours from dawn’s break as a lone car rolled into the gas station. The warm, dark air surrounded 49-year-old Thomas Bittner, associate professor of geography and philosophy at UB, who stepped out of his vehicle to get coffee. This was his morning ritual before heading off to photograph the ghostly remains of what was once Buffalo’s life source – Silo City. Silo City, a photo collection of Buffalo’s abandoned grain elevators, opened last Friday night at Queen City Gallery, and it is Bittner’s first photography exhibit. In one photograph, early morning light shines through shattered glass windows – the cracked and jagged edges reached out to the sun. In another, blackened ladders climb atop each other, evoking a kind of metallic and jaded strength worn through years of disuse. Cobwebs, dust and dirt take the limelight in others. According to Bittner, the architecture, lines and different shapes of Silo City make the abandoned landmark an ideal photographic experience. Bittner is a man of detail. The elements used in his photographs – natural and man-made – are given such special attention that they almost seem to have a life of their own. And yet, in all this photographed energy, a hollowness and sadness about the silos’ past glory can still be felt. “His pictures show the outside approaching into Silo City and what’s inside,” said senior social sciences major Elizabeth Collins. “It is almost like you’re walking through it – you’re walking through a story about Silo City.” Bittner felt drawn to the haunting beauty of Silo City after a journalist friend introduced him to the people who were in charge of it. “They were very passionate about this space, and this influenced me immediately. So I could im-
mediately relate to that,” Bittner said. “Not everyone can tell a story [about Silo City] with that kind of light in their eyes.” After he was granted permission to take pictures, Bittner visited the Silos 10 to 20 times over the summer, with each visit lasting around three to four hours. Bittner used a Nikon D3 to capture the silos. “I got tenure last year, so this is my tenure present to myself, so to speak,” he said. Michael Mulley, 49, the owner and curator of the Queen City Gallery, strongly admires Bittner’s photography. Bittner is also a member and contributing photographer to Mulley’s other art space, the coop College Street Gallery on Allen Street. “[Bittner] really does have a keen eye to not make things too artificial,” Mulley said. “His work is really strong. He has a great eye for composition, and that’s the biggest thing: composition and exposure.” Bittner has never had any formal training in photography, but he has been creative in pursuing the skill by using the Internet as a resource. He started taking photos after moving to Buffalo from Germany in 2006 and claims photography was his way of keeping memories alive. “If you’re a scientist or in academics, you get to travel a lot,” Bittner said. “You go to all these fancy places and you just forget it after a while. That’s why I started taking photos, just in order to have memories of those nice places.” Silo City is now one such place captured on Bittner’s lens that will always be remembered. Silo City will be on Queen City Gallery’s walls till Nov. 9. Email: email@example.com
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Batwoman Begins Professor Hwang aims to keep bats healthy and safe RACHEL KRAMER Senior Life Editor Joyce Hwang doesn’t mind living with bats. Hwang, an assistant professor in the department of architecture, has made it her life’s mission to design and build a socially acceptable home for bats. Hwang hopes one day, sharing a wall with a bat won’t be considered a crazy idea. Hwang emphasizes the importance of appreciating wildlife because every animal does something. She thinks bats are one of the most underappreciated animals, even though they contribute so much to nature. “People just think of them as scary and you don’t want to see them in your house,” Hwang said. “But they are dying out.” White nose syndrome is the main disease that has been killing bats. It is named for the white fungus that appears from an unknown cause on the nose of hibernating bats, which wakes them up and causes them to tire out and starve to death, according to whitenosesyndrome.org. Bats are able to squeeze through spaces as small as half an inch wide, which is why they are often in the attics of people who don’t necessarily want them there, according to Hwang. She said they are just looking for a warm home. “It’s not popular in the U.S. right now because people don’t accept the fact that you could have wildlife living in the cavity of your wall,” Hwang said. “It’s seen as disgusting in most places, but I think if you think about it holistically and realize there is no place for them to live outside, the only place they will go is inside.” Hwang hopes her projects become a stepping stone for this process to start in America. She started her first project, the Bat Tower, in 2010. The Bat Tower stands 12 feet tall in Buffalo’s Griffis Sculpture Park. After receiving a $10,000 grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, Hwang went straight to work construct-
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.Joyce Hwang, associate professor of architecture, has found a way to combine her love of wildlife with her passion for architecture by constructing habitats for bats and giving them a home.
ing the tower. The interior is grooved and designed so bats can climb throughout the structure comfortably. With soil and plants at the base, it attracts all sorts of insects for the bats to consume. “The idea is to make something that could also make [bats] visible, or make their presence visible,” Hwang said. “I want to make a sculpture for people to look at and think, ‘Wow what is that thing?’ And when they find out it’s for bats, hopefully it will spark their interest and spread awareness.” Her second project, Bat Cloud, started in Sept. 2011 and was funded with help from the School of Architecture and Planning. The handcrafted individual bat sanctuaries which she promotes cost $2,000 each. Each contraption is constructed by bending together pieces of steel mesh mixed with insulation foam, aluminum and plastic.
The mesh interior provides a space for the bats to cling to, hang on and climb around on. They take around four hours to construct. These two-foot tall, one-foot wide “clouds” each weigh 25 to 30 lbs. and hang from a steel cable in Tiff Nature Preserve in Buffalo. Rather than seeing these projects as individual and exclusive, Hwang considers them experiments and prototypes for her ultimate goal: incorporating her structures into the designs of buildings. She aims to construct exterior walls to enable wildlife to live in the structure if the animals need to. “If you think about a house or most buildings in the city, and if a bird is building a nest on a ledge, people don’t usually like
that,” Hwang said. “What you end up with is bird crap everywhere. That’s why people are worried about the look and presence of birds and other animals on buildings. A problem with this mentality is that if they can’t hang out on the outside of the building, they end up getting into the building.” She has been attempting to design an internal structure disguised in the external walls of a building that would make the wildlife sanctuary seem natural and even invisible. One problem Hwang addresses is the noise a bat may make while crawling around the structure. While it will mostly depend on the material the building is made out of, thickness and design also play a role in ensuring the bats aren’t heard. Currently, there are structures that get attached to existing buildings, but in Hwang’s opinion, they look like pizza boxes. They are two pieces of wood stuck together that a bat can land on and live in. “I’m always asking myself, ‘How can you make a house or a building where you provide the same function, where it looks more natural and part of the design of the house?’” Hwang said. Some companies have already started designing materials for cohabitation between bats or small birds and humans. Schwegler, a company in Europe, has been producing nest boxes and other types of nesting aids for birds, bats, insects and many other creatures for over 50 years, according to schwegler-natur.de. Schwegler produces hollow, cement bricks that can be used in the construction of buildings so bats have a place to live that won’t bother the people of the area. Hwang loves her work with bats because it enables her to combine her loves of design, architecture and wildlife. She hopes her work with bats will enable them to stay healthy for a long time. Email: email@example.com
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Terminal termination ADAM LEIDIG Staff Writer A distinct, unsettling chill lies in the air. Debris from the ceiling and chipped walls can be seen all over the building. Years of abandonment create a feeling of isolation throughout the halls, though no one is ever really alone within the Buffalo Central Terminal. Built in 1927 and opened to the public in 1929 for travel, the terminal is an abandoned railroad station that stopped its service in 1979. Now, the terminal is remembered for paranormal reasons – many believe the building is haunted. Suspicions were confirmed when Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson from the Syfy channel show, Ghost Hunters, investigated the terminal to confirm any supernatural activity in Sept. 2008. Throughout the investigation, flashlights mysteriously flickered on and off, voices stating their names could be heard on audio and thermal imaging revealed beings that were something other than human. Wilson’s only explanation was ghosts. This is just one example of paranormal activity evidence. The Ghost Hunters are not the only people who have seen or heard supernatural phenomena. An anonymous source tells of an instance when his friend went to the terminal for a party. As the source and others were
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The Central Terminal, an art deco-style train station built in 1927, is now abandoned. According to those who have been inside its walls, the terminal is haunted by paranormal activity.
drinking and playing music in one corridor of the building, dozens of people started walking down the hall. At first they thought the people were drug addicts because the homeless commonly use the terminal as a shelter. But as the anonymous man looked closer, he saw the ghostly figures leave through the windows. Another terminal visitor stated during one afternoon, a member from one of the many tours was taking pictures of an old restaurant inside the main hall. Later, she found one of the pictures contained a light that was not from the camera. As she looked closer, she discovered it was what a paranormal expert would call the “energy of a spirit.” Many witnesses claim to
have seen ghostly figures within the terminal – objects that move without a human touch and other eerie occurrences. Some believe looming spirits legitimately haunt the building. Others believe it is a figment of the imagination due to the bare insides of the building. The expensive and elegant features that once filled the terminal, such as the golden lining on the walls, have been stripped away by the previous owner. Now, most of the rooms are in disrepair after years of neglect. The building has also been ravaged with graffiti. The terminal changed owners a handful of times until the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) purchased it in 1997 by the hands of Scott Field of the Preservation Coali-
tion for Erie County. The building cost $1. The CTRC is currently attempting to restore and revitalize the building with constant cleaning and decorating. Volunteers from many different organizations come to help out in the hopes that sometime in the near future the building can be restored and used for local and regional travel. The overwhelming goal of CTRC is to “restore the building to its former glory,” according to members of the group. This, however, will be an uphill battle because one of the main concerns is funding for the project. Another problem CTRC faces is the lack of workers for each aspect of the renovation. There is no telling how many people believe in the supernatural that supposedly haunts the abandoned terminal, they said. Although official plans to restore the building were officially released in 2011, there is no definitive time on when the building will be restored to its original status. The terminal is hosting upcoming events: candlelight tours from Oct. 18-27, a VIP Ghost Hunt on Oct. 19 and 26 and Halloween Ghost Hunts on Oct. 20 and 27. Check out the website for more information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Throw together a last-minute costume RACHEL KRAMER Senior Life Editor Seven days – exactly one week until Halloween. If you are one of those people who haven’t thought about a costume since last November, it may seem impossible to decide which character to be. You only have one week left to throw together some clothing, accessories and makeup to transform yourself. Good luck. As much as you may want to be a sexy Ninja Turtle or a bottle of ketchup, those costumes are expensive. Here are some simple costumes that can be thrown together quickly and should be easy to find: Sports Star What you need: jersey What you may want: sports equipment, face paint, hat/helmet This has to be the most boring Halloween costume in existence. However, if you are in a bind and have no time, throwing on your favorite sports jersey will suffice. Make sure to add some black lines under your eyes and carry around some sports equipment so people don’t judge you for being too lazy. Continued on page 15
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We’re not alone Some students believe UB has a haunting past RACHEL RAIMONDI Staff Writer
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Treasurer Andrew Schop (left) and Vice President Liz Hennessy are two of the most active members of UB PARA – the university's Paranormal Activity Research Association.
Real life Ghostbusters UB PARA hunts for the paranormal BEN TARHAN News Editor A seemingly lifeless box emitted a single word: “Georgia.” Students and ghost investigators huddled around a “ghost box,” a device that cycles through AM radio channels, as they believed the word was a paranormal response to their question “Where are you from?” According to the UB Paranormal Activity Research Association (UB PARA), this was only one of many encounters they had with ghosts around North and South Campus. The group is a temporary club in the Student Association. Members have been ghost hunting around campus for the last two years, and although they share a love of the paranormal, members’ curiosity has been peaked by different motives. In the instance with the “ghost box,” the club went on an investigation of South Campus with Beyond Ghosts, a local ghost-hunting group. They were in an empty classroom, which had a heavy door, an elaborate locking device and walls that tier down to a drain at the center of the room. Most students don’t wander UB with iPhones and Maglite flash-
lights in hand, waiting for a blip on their ghost radar application or their Maglites to flicker on and off. The members of UB PARA aren’t most students. “I guess you can compare it to soccer because you are just kind of sitting there waiting and waiting and waiting,” said Nicole Davis, a senior anthropology major and the club’s president. “Some people might think that’s boring, but when there’s a goal, everyone goes crazy.” Andrew Schop, a sophomore business management major and club treasurer, has been interested in the supernatural since he was a kid. He said his first paranormal encounter came when he was 8 years old. His family was invited to a bonfire out in the woods, and he wandered from the fire while playing hide and seek. “I hear something behind me and I’m not sure what it is so I turn around,” Schop said. “And I look and I see this giant black shadow. It’s not human, it’s not animal, I’m not sure what it was and it’s reaching out to grab me. So I was like ‘I’m done’ and bolted back and just spent the whole night by the fire.” Schop has a unique view on ghosts even compared to other members of the club. He said he had multiple encounters with ghosts, including one he believes attached itself to his brother. Schop said one of the previ-
ous owners of Schop’s home was contacting his brother through his dreams. The previous owner had a brother who looked similar to Schop’s and was attempting to contact him because of his familiar features, according to Schop. That experience still stays with him. Davis also has a lot of experience with the paranormal. Since she was a little girl, her grandmother encouraged her to believe in and pursue paranormal occurences. In her freshman year, she was invited to go on ghost investigations with a local group. Then she co-founded UB PARA. Although Schop and Davis have backgrounds in the paranormal, not all the club members do. Senior environmental engineering major and Vice President Liz Hennessy came to UB with almost no first-hand paranormal experience. Hennessy enjoys the sciences and dealing with facts, but she also enjoys things that cannot be proven or disproven. Because of her engineering background, she tends to lean more toward paranormal occurrences that have to do with UFOs or zoology. She also enjoys the spiritual facet because she can experience it first hand. “With spiritual paranormal stuff, there are so many stories that you hear and photos and footage that you see that doesn’t have an Continued on page 20
Pentagram chalk drawings on the wall. A desk. A chair. A blue ball of light. After ducking under the ceiling and crawling beyond the pipes, this scene awaited UB’s Paranormal Activity Research Association (UB PARA) in the basement of O’Brian Hall. It wasn’t the first time UB PARA worried there was a demonic presence on campus. The group, which investigates buildings on North and South Campus, believes UB is haunted. “There’s just something not right about this place,” said Andrew Schop, a sophomore business major and treasurer of UB PARA. Ghosts or not, some feel UB has a spooky past. Before the university bought the land between Main Street and Bailey Avenue, the property housed the Erie County Almshouse and County Hospital. According to Erie County records, UB bought the land in 1909 and formally integrated it into the school in 1919. In the 1920s, the school continued moving students in and patients out. Hayes Annex D, Hayes, Wende and Townsend Halls were originally used by the hospital to house patients and staff. Now they serve as classrooms, laboratories and libraries for the students on South Campus. The hospital used South Campus land for a cemetery. In March, construction on Clement Road discovered approximately 300 skeletal remains. According to Joseph Brennan, the associate vice president for University Communications, some asylum patients didn’t have families to contact postmortem and were buried on the property. In some cases, patients of insane asylums were identified by numbers and were forgotten. Schop believes because of the pervasive sadness in insane asylums, there are a lot of restless spirits who inhabit the area – even the dorms.
“Over the summer, before anyone moved in, I was putting up door decorations and it felt like people were here,” said Usamah Afzal, a sophomore chemical engineering major and Goodyear Hall resident adviser. At the time, only the RAs were allowed in the building. In Wende 114, UB PARA claims to have seen two shadow figures sitting in each corner of the stadium seating-style lecture hall. Schop said he shined his flashlight in that direction, and the apparition disappeared. When he stopped, it came back. Hauntings have been reported throughout South Campus, but the hotspot is Harriman Hall, according to UB PARA. “Flashlights turn on and off on command when we ask them to,” said Nicole Davis, a senior anthropology major and club president. “The [radar] will spin. I’ve never had such rapid responses as I have on South Campus.” The experiences on North Campus have been comparable. UB PARA said by using an Apple application called Ghost Radar, they were able to communicate with a ghost in a classroom in the basement of O’Brian this semester. Words relating to the medical profession consistently appeared on their devices, so they named the spirit “Nurse Sally” and continued to communicate with her until recently. “Last time some words were ‘get out’ and ‘angry,’” Schop said. “And on that side of the room, there was a dark presence.” The club members feared that if they stayed, the spirit would become “attached” to one of the students. According to Schop, spirits like this one are “more tied to the occult.” They’re only interested in destroying the life around it, he said. The treasurer warned all to stay away. This wasn’t the first time UB PARA abandoned a mission. While exploring Clemens Hall, the group said they experienced a powerful feeling of depression and angst and said it became physically harder to breathe. Continued on page 20
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Grim tales of the City of Light Buffalo’s haunted hot spots JACOB GLASER Asst. Life Editor Halloween is in the air and that means ghost stories. Tales of deranged, hitchhiking, axe-wielding psychopaths awaiting their next victims are some of the most common scare stories I heard when I was a child. But I laughed off the stories as if they were nothing. What kind of idiot stops their car in the middle of the night on an abandoned highway during a thunderstorm and then allows someone with a Mike Meyers-esque stature into their car? “Puh-lease,” I would say. Even if that were real, I wouldn’t pick him up. Wham-bam, there you go. Ghost story ruined. I could crawl under my covers without staining the bed sheets after that tale. Those childhood depictions of scenes out of Freddy Krueger’s nightmares weren’t the ones that left me shaking. It was the tales of all the supernatural experiences occurring around Buffalo that struck my nerves with the force of a freight train. In honor of All Hallows Eve, it is my delight to present you with the three most haunted places in Buffalo – sites that have generated nightmares and movie ideas, places that have been nationally recognized for their otherworldly and unwanted tenants. Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane This monstrous, castle-like structure is located next to Buffalo State College on the corner of Elmwood Ave. and Forest Ave. It dates back to the 1800s. This facility has been shut down for over 50 years, but according to theshadowlands.net, the complex is swarming with the phantasmal presence of the clinically insane and dangerous patients. During the asylum’s days of operation, the mental patients were subjected to unspeakable, cruel and unorthodox methods of treatment in attempts to repair their damaged
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souls. According to paranormalghostsociety.org, students at Buffalo State College have reported hearing screams and slamming doors coming from the grounds. They also reported seeing demonic figures in the windows of patient rooms. Underneath this hulking menace of bloodstained stone, there is a network of subterranean catacombs, which is where the most horrid patient treatments were prescribed, according to theshadlowlands.net. Rumor has it the asylum’s patients were beaten, raped and murdered. Society sent those individuals deemed unworthy of life among us – the twisted and maimed, the mentally instable, even the drunkards and dopers – to the asylum. Now they wait. Their shackles still dangle from their chaffed, bloodied wrists as they search for some poor fool to enter their dark grounds, wanting to spill some blood of their own. If you want a really scary Halloween, make your way to the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane and good luck to you.
Buffalo School No. 61 According to theshadowlands. net, in 1975, a boy who went to school decided to slip away unnoticed and walk up to the second floor of the building, where the pool was located, for a nice, relaxing swim. The boy never made it home that day. He was found dead in the pool. Every year since his death, ceiling tiles crash to the floor in the classroom that is located directly beneath the pool where he drowned. After the dust settles and people are able to look at the damage, they see the same word spelled out with the tiles, year after year. The tiles scattered about the floor always read “HELP.” Holiday Inn on Grand Island Have you ever seen the movie 1408? Do you remember when the main character picked up the ringing telephone and screamed into it, “hello, hello?” All he heard in response was the deranged laughter of a little girl. Although I am unsure of the room number at this Grand Island hotel, according to theshadowlands. Continued on page 20
There are a select few times every year when it’s completely OK to walk around outside with almost no clothing. That’s right, kids – get ready for the girl wearing a bra and panties matched with a $1 set of animal ears, a pin-on tail and stilettos out in 50-degree weather. It’s every college kid’s wet dream: Halloween. So if you (like almost every other college student) are hoping to wear a costume that wows someone enough to want to rip it off, here are some suggestions: It’s pretty easy for girls to dress up. But do you really want to be that predictable black cat, wearing a corset, booty shorts and a cheap pair of ears? Or one of the 100 other slutty nurses walking around the University Heights? The goal is to stand out. If you’re going to join the walk-of-shame parade the morning after, you want the kids watching from their porches to think, “at least that girl got creative.” You’re in luck if you’re looking to attract someone who’s into the gaming scene. Spirit Halloween has a great section of sexy costumes. The store has a ton of options, from the Avengers to Street Fighter characters. Instead of just being a slutty black cat, step up your Halloween game and get a Catwoman leather jumpsuit – give Anne Hathaway a run for her money. There’s always the nostalgic costume. Go as the pink Power Ranger – let’s be honest: she was everyone’s favorite. Or get your friends together and be Disney characters. No one can resist Jasmine. There are some costumes you should avoid: ones you might think are hysterical that your friends all like, but ones that just won’t register with a man’s libido.
If you really are looking to get laid, do not dress as Snooki or any of those other Jersey Shore characters. I don’t know what’s more unattractive, a pregnant Snooki or a regular Snooki. If you’re a Mean Girls fan, please don’t go as a zombie ex-wife. We all saw how that turned out. Guys, take one of two routes: ultra sexy or cute and clever. Want to show off that killer body of yours? I have the perfect suggestion – Khal Drogo. If you don’t know who this sexy beast is, that means that you have not been watching HBO’s Game of Thrones. Even if girls aren’t fans of the show, they’ll just think you’re Conan the Barbarian or something. But if a girl does know who you’re dressed as, she’ll know you have good taste in television and a great body. She might start imagining the two of you doing it Dothraki – Westerosi style – if you get my drift. If you don’t have the money, time or patience to make a costume, just tie a white towel around your lower body, grab some body wash and be the Old Spice guy. Same premise: you’re showing off that six-pack without having to go buy some leather armor. But don’t try to take your sex appeal too far. While you might enjoy seeing girls in next to nothing, one of the highlights of doing the dirty on Halloween is shedding your costumes. If you have nothing to shed, it kind of lessens the excitement. If you want to wear a costume that is more on the adorable side, here are a few ideas: I remember seeing some guys dressed as Legends of the Hidden Temple contestants and I gave them mad props. My panties did not drop for them, but I’m sure some girl’s did. Grab a hat, jacket and whip. Girls love Indiana Jones. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to use one part of that costume later in the night. Continued on page 15
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The zombies inched and wriggled through Knox Hall during their parade across campus on Friday. Onlookers were spooked and some let out gasps as the zombies shouted refrains of "braiiiiiiiins."
Continued from page 5: Raising more than the dead ing their frightening make up – Flak’s face looked like it was turned inside out. For students who wanted to get involved and weren’t versed in zombie make up, Mark ‘Spike’ Okrasinski, a secondary education graduate student, was there as the walk’s make up guru. Selftaught from YouTube, Okrasinski was in the Union for the two hours leading up to the walk helping participants get ready to terrorize the campus. Jason Sutton, a senior business major and president of SARPA, credited Okrasinski, a former vice president of SARPA, for creating the walk. Okrasinski came up with the idea to do a zombie walk at UB but said the idea to connect it with brain cancer “fell into place” – zombies and brains go together, he explained. Okrasinski started doing the make up at 3 p.m.; the walk started at 5 p.m.
He applied liquid latex to students in three layers, and it was once dry, he pulled and peeled it as if it was that individual’s own skin. He was able to create open sores, even one in the shape of what he described as a “zombie tear drop.” Okrasinski was able to fashion multiple ghastly zombie looks using black eyeliner and different shades of paints to darken the created gaping “flesh.” Before setting out to wander the campus, Okrasinski did a shot of fake blood he let spill out of his mouth and onto the rest of his body. Once complete with his fake dangling eyeball, the zombie walk veteran set the ground rules for the 40 student participants. He reminded them to terrify students but not touch them or anything else – they needed to keep their blood to themselves. “[The walk] is one big rush,” Sutton said. “When there’s a
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What you may want: suspenders, pens, calculator, books Halloween falls on a Wednesday night this year, so if you want an excuse to carry around your books and get in some studying while celebrating, dressing up as a nerd could be your excuse. Make sure to go slightly over the top by adding tape around your glasses or carrying a protractor in your pocket. Superhero What you need: cape, underwear, tight pants What you may want: superpowers You can fashion a cape out of a bed sheet, towel or blanket and just tuck it into your shirt or tie it around your neck to ensure it flows behind you all night. Add a tank top and a pair of pants that are way too tight, with your tighty-whities out for everyone to see; you will become the invincible superhero you have always wanted to be. The best part: you could be a Marvel character such as Superman or Ironman, or you can make up your own fictional conqueror. Workout Girl What you need: leggings, oversized plain t-shirt, bright tank top What you may want: bright headband, leg warmers, sweatbands The ’80s workout girl is a classic costume that is comfortable and identifiable. Add a slightly too-high side ponytail and you won’t have that awkward moment of people asking you what or whom you are dressed up as. Plus, leg warmers will keep you toasty during the chilly October evening.
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FrightWorld – a screampark that opened in 2002 – is one the country's scariest Halloween attractions, according to a 2010 Travel Channel special.
Scaring the piss out of you LYZI WHITE Life Editor
The sound of an axe beating against the battered walls mirrors the sound of each individual’s heart slamming against his or her chest. Cackles, screams and the faint revving of a chainsaw can be heard ahead. Lunatics with murder and insanity in their eyes stare at children through the darkness. Each person’s fears are realized and manipulated. Some even wet their pants. That’s a normal night within FrightWorld. FrightWorld – which opened in 2002 – is located on Sheridan Drive and was featured as one of the country’s scariest Halloween attractions during a Travel Channel special in 2010. Now, FrightWorld hosts five separate and unique attractions: Grind House, Raven Hill Asylum, Wicked Woods, Death Trap and Phobiaz. FrightWorld is not just a screampark because of the variety it offers, according to Stephen Szortyka, the general manager. It’s an experience – one that is meant to instill fear from the moment customers walk through the doors until they exit. Many do so wishing they brought an extra pair of pants.
“Once a week we have somebody that wets themselves,” Szortyka said. “At least once a week, I usually get a text message, ‘Hey we got a pisser.’” For Szortyka, these extreme reactions let him know FrightWorld is doing its job and doing it well. “We’ve had people hyperventilate; we’ve had people faint,” Szortyka said. “We have had people throw up; we’ve had people go number two in their pants … We’ve had people cower in the corner until somebody came and got them.” Each individual haunt within FrightWorld has it’s own theme and is set to be scary to a wide variety of customers. Grind House is home to serial killers in a bayou setting and Raven Hill Asylum is an old, decrepit institution that consists of insanity and torture. These two houses always get the most compliments from patrons because of the chainsaws, Szortyka believes. Raven Hill Asylum does not just scare customers, according to Szortyka. Within the attraction, there is one specific corner that even gets the actors and workers “a little queasy,” even when the lights are on and FrightWorld is closed. “You just get that weird feeling like somebody’s standing there watching you,” Szortyka said. Continued on page 17
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Terror-ifically a decent scream SHELBY L. MILIZIA Staff Writer Rating: 3/5 stars A rust-bucket ice cream truck. A chainsaw-wielding madman. Countless teenagers shrieking in fear. This is just a regular experience at FrightWorld. Since Sept. 21, Sheridan Drive has been home to FrightWorld Screampark, an indoor scream-a-thon guaranteed to frighten and thrill guests. From 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends until Halloween, FrightWorld hosts a spooky atmosphere that will amaze lovers of the grotesque with its fanatic attention to detail. There are five haunted houses to add to the terrifying adventure: Wicked Woods, Grindhouse, Raven Hill Asylum, Deathtrap and Phobiaz. Unfortunately, though, the scare is left for the younger audience. Though the houses are creepily decorated, nothing in the houses compare to the high-pitched screams of cracked voices resonating through the smog. Speed walking
is just not fast enough to escape from that teenage horror. Phobiaz gives those with the courage to confront their deepest fears an opportunity to face them. Due to the adrenaline high many feel when afraid, employees make sure to point out a sign near the doorway that reads, “If you punch our monsters, you will go to jail,” before allowing patrons to enter. According to one employee, a mother and her child got into a fear-fueled confrontation in Phobiaz when the child began hitting an employee inside the haunted house. The mother choked the worker, which led the duo to be banned from the park. One of the few flaws of the experience is how the over-inflated walls of Phobiaz limit moving space for customers. The inner tube walls push the patrons back and forth, causing hearts to panic – claustrophobic or not. Haunted Woods is another masterfully crafted house. Patrons are made to feel like campers lost in the wilderness as they walk through elevated tree houses, across bridges and through a corn maze while being chased by the walking dead. The handcrafted environment alone is impressive enough to enjoy. Continued on page 19
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The Dead English shocks and delights MICHAEL POWELL Staff Writer
Remakes of classics seldom do their predecessors justice. But tucked in a church in the Allentown district, a group of young people took a legendary story and made it their own. Last Thursday, the musical The Dead English premiered at the American Repertory Theater. Written by Buffalo natives Justin Karcher, 27, and Steven E. Sitzman, 25, and directed by Drew McCabe, the production offered a distinctive mix of punk and gothic aesthetic and even featured gypsies. Based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the story deals with Count Dracula (Anthony Alocer) and his dissatisfaction with life in Transylvania. Together with his gypsy servants and lackey Renfield (Jacob Albarella), Dracula sets his eyes, fangs and magical proficiency on London. Before he can depart, however, he meets young Jonathan Harker (Steven Brachmann), who has travelled to Dracula’s castle to finalize the purchase of the count’s estate in London. Dracula learns about the people of England and makes it his mission to destroy and seduce them. “It followed the [original] plot very, very well,” said Maura Nolan, 22, of Buffalo. “I liked the take on all the different characters. Making Van Helsing a drunk, which was hysterical. It stayed true to the original while at the same time modernizing it for a newer, younger audience.” The music for The Dead English includes elements from different genres mixed together into one satisfying and captivating experience. It consists of only an acoustic guitar, electric bass, violin and drum set; the accompaniment to the singers is not your typical musical fair. The songs incorporate elements of punk, folk, indie rock, gypsy music and pop sensibility in some places, which keeps things light and upbeat. Songs like “Another Drink Please,” in which the audience was introduced to the charming and affable Van Helsing (Steve Copps), have a quick tempo, infectious rhythm and upbeat tone with catchy
Courtesy of The American Repertory Theater of WNY Anthony Alocer stars as Count Dracula as the American Repertory Theater of WNY hosts The Dead English, a remake of Bram Stoker's Dracula.
lyrics. Copps does a marvelous job of balancing the whimsy of his character with slaying vampires. Instead of approaching Dracula as a dark and brooding piece with deep and somber orchestration and overwrought characters, The Dead English twists and morphs these elements into something fresh and different. The music never feels out of place to modern ears, and the dialogue is often colorful and poetic, but never too dreary. The production’s previous experience in music helped blend the difference in tone between the gothic vampire theme in music throughout the play. “I used to play in a punk band, so a lot of the music comes from that punk rock mindset,” Sitzman said. “But done in this space, I wanted to make it more gypsy, so we do acoustic guitar, bass, drum set.”
The cathedral hall at the Church of the Ascension set the mood perfectly. Its gigantic, pointed ceiling and abnormally large stained glass windows depicted images of the archaic, all during a heavy rain. The performance hall’s perfect equilibrium to test out this boldly unique take on a horror classic proved to work flawlessly in showcasing some of Buffalo’s aspiring thespians. “Buffalo is full of young talent,” Karcher said. “This whole production, from top to bottom, is people under 30. We want to try new things and we just want to show that Buffalo is the perfect venue to try out these opportunities. And A.R.T. really allowed us to explore our creativity.” The Dead English continues through Nov. 10 at the American Repertory Theater at 16 Linwood Ave. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 16: Scaring the piss out of you One of the builders once believed Szortyka was working in the corner with him, and believed they had an entire conversation. But when he turned around, there was no one there. He was talking to himself. A worn-out cabin and a tree house with decrepit vegetation and sporadic air blasters that attempt to envelop the customers in Wicked Woods brings the outside world inside, Szortyka said. Death Trap plays on the terror of being buried underground, according to Szortyka. The walking dead surrounds customers, and a cemetery with tombstones and dirt hangs above customers’ heads. If it’s a fear of spiders, a fear of the dark, a fear of small spaces, a fear of electricity or a fear of fire, Phobiaz is the house that brings them all to fruition. Phobiaz uses Plexiglas to attack the sensation of falling by pushing against the customer, giving them no option but to plummet. Szortyka has worked at FrightWorld for three years since the screampark merged with his previous company – another haunted attraction named Dark Raven Manor. Szortyka started as an actor before becoming the general manager. To scare others is “an adrenaline rush that you won’t get from anything else.” “Acting at FrightWorld is fun,” Szortyka said. “It allows you to be somebody that you can’t really go out on the streets and be.” Although no longer an actor, Szortyka still loves working there. Szortyka spends a lot of time building and designing each attraction, and he always feels a rush of adrenaline when the doors open. Customers scream, laugh and sometimes even fall on the floor. Szortyka feels accomplished when he sees the customers having a great time. While Szortyka spends most of his time scaring others – he always makes sure to put a fog machine and strobe lights on his front porch for Halloween – being scared is not something he enjoys. Scary movies “scare the crap” out of him, as do dark basements.
His friends always ask why he won’t see movies with them when he spends each year building houses to scare others. The only time he’ll suffer through a horror movie is when he works with the crew to find new ideas. The most important thing to Szortyka is to continually “wow” his customers. The crew works full-time, all-year round to design amusement parks overseas and across the country to continually find new concepts to add to FrightWorld. One idea involved black light reflectors and invisible paint. The crew painted a checkered room, so that when the light switch flips, the black and white colors on the wall reverse so that “the tiles are jumping and moving all over the place,” Szortyka said. FrightWorld also puts a lot of effort into making sure its actors prepared for the season by putting them through “scream school” before the haunted attraction opens each year. They discuss character creation, prop utilization and how to become a different person (or dead person). FrightWorld is very stern when it comes to company policy, Szortyka said. “Never once do these actors break character,” Szortyka said. “Even if they’re leaving a house to go on break, they’re still in that character.” Even when actors are attacked, they stay in character. People have natural reactions when they go through FrightWorld. Some jump, some spit, others kick and take swings. Szortyka, as an actor, has gotten punched in the chest, kicked in the legs and even punched in the face. It all comes with the territory of working at a haunted attraction. From “a parking lot attraction under a tent” to a haunted attraction with five separate buildings and a two-story waterfall, FrightWorld has progressed into something bigger and better every year, according to Szortyka. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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JAKE KNOTT Staff Writer Would you rather watch a movie that periodically startles you or a movie that lodges so deep into your skin your blood cells quake? That’s a substantial difference, and it takes special skills to choose the right scare. Listed here will be the do’s and don’ts for your Halloween movie night – from choices in the theater to Netflix. Theater Great Scare Film: Sinister Definitely one of the dangerously original horror films of recent years, Sinister benefits from an ingenious plot, stellar patience and superb acting. Horror directors normally aim for looks instead of talent in the leading role but not here. Ethan Hawke (The Woman in the Fifth), who’s sound in all of his roles, plays Ellison Oswalt: a riches-to-rags novelist seeking inspiration for his next book. He discovers vintage home video tapes from a previous family and spends many sleepless nights fighting against more than he prepared for. Decent Scare Film: House at the End of the Street Movies like House at the End of the Street perfectly define an average horror movie – we have seen this formula countless times before, and yet it still gets us a couple of times. Elissa Cassidy (Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games) forcibly moves into a new house with her mom (Elisabeth Shue, Hope Springs). And, of course, the house at the end of the street has a suspicious teenager living inside of it. This won’t truly scare you, but it’ll occupy your mind for 90 minutes. Not Scary Film: Paranormal Activity 4 I’ve watched lingerie advertisements that are scarier than Paranormal Activity 4. Why should we care about any of the people involved?
It’s obvious directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3) have signed up solely for their paychecks instead of taking part in actual filmmaking. There’s not much more to say about it. This is one of the worst movies of 2012.
Netflix Great Scare Film: The Grey When I first saw The Grey in theaters, my heart dropped to the theater floor. I felt constantly challenged – the action is constantly engaged at the characters and the audience. Ottway (Liam Neeson, Taken 2) leads a band of airplane crash survivors against snowfall, wind chill and bloodthirsty wolves. This premise sounds conventional at first. But trust me, you won’t see this one coming. Decent Scare Film: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Guillermo del Toro (Rise of the Guardians) never disappoints, as he assumed writing credit for this little-known horror gem. A family moves into an old mansion, only to discover small demon monsters that try to claim the family’s young child as one of them. Guy Pearce (Lawless) and Katie Holmes (Jack and Jill) stay human in character, while the monsters are relentlessly creepy. The film might have been scarier without revealing what the evil monsters look like, however. Not Scary Film: Paranormal Activity 3 Just to make sure you don’t become tempted to see the fourth movie, PA3 isn’t much better. The only memorable difference between PA3 and its cohorts is its use of plot. If anything, PA3 is the absolute cutoff point for watching the series. It’s still a watchable film – for free, that is. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Doom 3 BFG Edition: A nostalgic trip to hell MATT BENEVENTO Staff Writer Game: Doom 3 – BFG Edition Developer: id Software Platform: Xbox/PS3/PC Release: Oct. 16 Grade: ARating: M If Wolfenstein 3D is the grandfather of the first-person shooter genre, then Doom must be its psychotic, deranged son. Doom is back, but unfortunately its newest offering – Doom 3: BFG Edition – lacks what everyone was hoping for: a number four attached to the title. It is instead an updated version of Doom 3 with some additions. While this may be somewhat of a disappointment for fans, this re-mastered version has plenty to offer. Doom 3, originally released in the summer of 2004, set the standard for survival horror games and laid the framework for games like Dead Space and F.E.A.R. Doom 3 is set in a massive facility built on the unforgiving surface of Mars. The Union Aerospace Corporation has uncovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization and discovered the secrets of teleportation. The protagonist is a silent, nameless Marine who has just transferred to Mars in the wake of strange occurrences and mishaps at base. The game begins painfully slow but quickly devolves into demonic chaos.
Hell has been unleashed on Mars. The latest experiments in the research labs have set loose hordes of demonic monsters from another dimension. The BFG (big f***ing gun) edition’s most notable addition is a new chapter to the Doom 3 saga, “The Lost Mission.” This additional chapter features seven new levels packed with hordes of the deadliest monsters. The game’s story centers on the only surviving Marine of the ill-fated Bravo team that was featured briefly in Doom’s original story. The episode revolves around a mysterious, long-range teleporter constructed in hell that has the potential to launch an invasion force to Earth. As the chapter clocks in at about two to three hours, depending on the difficulty, “The Lost Mission” is relatively brief. Despite this, id Software did an incredible job loading the campaign with a dense and diverse population of demons. In the second half of the story, the environment contrasts the narrow corridors of Mars City with larger open spaces. The game becomes a cavalcade of powerful demons at every turn and feels more like classic Doom than the survival horror elements found in the original Doom 3 campaigns. The best aspect integrated into the remake is the new armor-mounted flashlight. In the original release, players were forced to choose between holding their gun or flashlight. Doom 3 introduces revolutionary lighting effects that create dark, impenetrable shadows and wreak psychological havoc on Continued on page 19
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Avoid this activity JAKE KNOTT Staff Writer Film: Paranormal Activity 4 Release Date: Oct. 18 Studio: Paramount Pictures Grade: F There is one incredibly alluring shot in Paranormal Activity 4: the colossal image of the Paramount Pictures mountain logo as a fleet of shooting stars scurries across the night sky to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary. Those stars are about as bright as this film gets – both in lighting design, originality and intelligence. Calling Paranormal Activity 4 terrible is an insult to the eight-letter word; pronouncing its title is abusing the English language. This is an empty shell of a horror film that lacks distinctive characters, a tangible storyline, suspense, effort, artistic vision and aptness of thought. As the fourth entry of a brutally drained series, PA4 not only beats a dead horse but axes off the head. The original PA was a breakthrough for the horror genre, refurbishing what The Blair Watch Project began a decade prior. Most importantly, the first film was an original concept and therefore frighteningly effective on its audience.
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But that train has long since derailed. Alex Nelson (Kathryn Newton, Bad Teacher) is the central victim this time around. As mandated in the PA series, Alex carries her camcorder everywhere in hopes to capture proof that an entity lives in her house. Because of this, there are many vacant shots with nothing much happening, except walking around the house. Half of the runtime could be cropped out and the movie would
Continued from page 18: Doom 3 BFG Edition: A nostalgic trip to hell the player as he or she creeps through the suffocating corridors of Mars City. This system leads to an unrealistic, cheap sense of tension and fear as well as vexing deaths. A short, reasonable recharge time is the only drawback of the new armor-mounted flashlight. The BFG edition boasts sleek updated graphics and sound. New lighting and rendering give Doom 3 a polished image that looks great on HD screens; 5.1 surround sound capabilities accentuate the eerie groans and demonic screams that help bring the environment and tension to life.
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still have the same result. There are countless scenes that give Alex no reason for using the camcorder, except to convenience the plot. Ben (Matt Shively, True Jackson, VP) is Alex’s conventional Hollywood boyfriend who resents the possibility of an entity; he would rather persuade Alex to flash him on a webcam. He obviously isn’t getting any; just disregard these two are about 13 years old and watching them flirt is abominating.
And then there are Alex’s parents – who probably go on record as the most useless characters in the history of movies. May the great lords of cinema forgive the performers playing these pitiful parents who argue instead of responding to their daughter, even moments after a chandelier nearly lands on her. An empty sub-plot of the arguing parents adds zero dramatic effect and only prolongs the audience’s suffering. There are some other characters involved, but their contributions to the film are few. Evil henchmen in James Bond movies have made greater impacts in a film than these do. PA4 might have even benefited by having one of these henchmen in the lead role – at least the audience could laugh instead of restraining themselves to an emotionless state while watching this garbage. Hollywood has a bizarre fetish for milking overrun horror franchises – Friday the 13th tacked on 11 sequels, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween each added eight, Saw added six and Alien added four. Paramount is now the proud new owner of a wasteful franchise. But nobody cares because teenagers will always pay to watch other teenagers become disembodied by natural forces. If you can avoid watching Paranormal Activity 4, do so. Even die-hard fans of the franchise should at least do the honorable thing and illegally download it. Or go see Sinister, which is still playing at Regal and is one of the best horror movies of the year. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 16: Terror-ifically a decent scream The Grindhouse and Deathtrap houses are filled with the smell of diesel fuel as the fan-favorite chainsaw-wielding man runs around, swiping and revving his chainsaw around the contours of screaming bodies. The Asylum is more disturbing than scary. An elevator ride, creepy walk-through bathroom stalls and a frustrating mirror maze showcase FrightWorld’s dedication to authenticity. The designers spared absolute-
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Continued from page 12: Real life Ghostbusters immediate way to debunk it on first investigation,” Hennessy said. “I like the idea of being able to go myself and personally see how everything is done, what tools are being used and what people are actually experiencing.” The club regularly hosts ghost investigations. They walk the grounds of North and South Campus looking for spiritual activity. Some hotspots for ghosts include Clemens Hall, Harriman Hall, Hayes Hall and the basement of O’Brian Hall, according to the club members. The members said they found the ghosts first and later discovered related urban legends. They start their investigations around 8 p.m. on various days and will be out as late as 12 a.m., depending on how much activity they find. They will spend as little as 20 minutes in one place before moving on if they do not get any readings but are willing to stay longer if they find a responsive spirit. The club recognizes a difference between human spirits and other malicious spirits that want to hurt people. “When there’s a spirit and it’s human and it’s a ghost, you want to help it,” Schop said. “You want to say, ‘Go to the light, you’re dead, you need to move on.’ When it’s something more demonic, more tied to the occult, it’s not human and based on lore and mythology. They’re not interested in being helped, just hurting people.” Ironically, Schop can’t stand scary movies like the Paranormal Activity series because he believes they aren’t realistic representations of ghosts. Schop said most ghosts are friendly and just searching for company. They have been alone for a long time and are not maliciously seeking out living souls the way they do in Paranormal Activity, he said. The club recommends people do not seek ghosts only to pester them. “These are people without bodies,” Schop said. Although they feel strongly that some ghosts are people, they fear those that are not have the potential to harm students.
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Continued from page 12: We’re not alone The students left immediately. UB PARA believes during construction in the 1970s, a worker fell down the middle elevator shaft and died; however, no documentation for the accident was found. According to Schop, the club can only speculate the origin of the hauntings because of a lack of information. Davis credited some mystery to UB and said she believes the school may have chosen to withhold a few tragic reports
from the public. Some students, however, feel this makes the sightings, or claim of sightings, unbelievable. “I wish there were ghosts here on campus, but I haven’t seen any or heard of anything,” said Xiao Zheng, a junior electrical engineering major. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 13: Grim tales of the City of Light net, there have been several instances in which people have rented a room at the hotel (which is now closed up and no longer available for rent) and claimed to receive a phone call in the dead of night. When they went to answer the phone, the only sound they heard was the highpitched laughter of a little girl. Pretty spooky stuff, huh? That’s not all, though. There are countless sightings of a little girl running through the halls, never making a sound as she frolics and disappears into thin air. If this isn’t enough for you to believe in the haunted halls of the Holiday
Inn, take a trip next door. You’ll find the Whitehaven Cemetery. The little girl has been seen running amongst the graveyard and her gravestone glows at night. So there you have it, folks. Three of Buffalo’s most well recognized haunted establishments. Be sure to visit them on a dark, foggy evening to prepare for the spookiest night of the year. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though. You don’t want to end up like those mental patients, the little boy who drowned or the little girl whose gravestone now lights up. Email: email@example.com
Continued from page 3: A childhood Halloween goes to college happens to the best of us. Sophomore year, I did a total 180 and dressed in something completely opposite from the half-naked freshman Keren. I was Stuart from Mad TV – wearing a onesie and a wig, walking cross-eyed all night – and I emphasized being different and steering away from the slutty costumes that many college girls wear. Now that I’m a junior, I’ve found the perfect balance. I understand it is acceptable to be promiscuous on a college Halloween and wearing a bra in public may never be socially acceptable otherwise. I also value the humorous friendship aspect of Halloween that I appreciated so greatly when I first discovered the holiday as a fifth grader. Halloween teaches me a new lesson every few years. I’ve experienced the sugar rush as I rang doorbells and sang
rhymes with my best friends, and I’ve felt the sexiness of being someone other than myself – someone more naked than my usual self. I’ve also worn the wacky and totally foolish costume that made everyone chuckle a little but guaranteed no boy would come within five feet of me. This year, my childhood Halloween is going college. My four best friends and I are coordinating costumes, combining my 11-year-old attitude with my Amy Winehouse impression. Tune in to my Instagram (kerenbee) or Facebook to find out what I’m being this weekend and email your costume ideas or Halloween epiphanies. I’d love to hear from you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from page 24: The scariest players in sports ous as any man on the ice. And oh yeah, he can shoot, too – harder than anyone in the world, in fact. Last year, he recorded a 108.8 mph slapshot in the NHL skills competition. Enough said. Konze: Chara looks like a giraffe on ice skates. However, he is not slow footed by any means. He is a powerful skater with size and a slap shot that has been recorded well over 100 mph. I would never want to take a shot in the face from him. 5-1-5-0 somebody call the po-po. How could we forget his borderline dirty hit on Montreal Canadians forward Max
Pacioretty that later involved a police investigation? Chara lined him up and sized him up, causing Pacioretty to suffer a severe concussion. The only way you could possibly take Chara down is by using a blunt force object or pretty much kill him. Although I feel like trying to do that would be like hunting a bear, you would have to strike through the layers of thick skin to even have a chance at taking him down. Chara wins this one easily.
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Continued from page 24: TWINNING Donna recalls the day Courtney and Gillian were having an argument and it got pretty heated. It resulted in one sister calling the other “ugly.” Donna couldn’t hold in her laughter. “If you’re calling your sister ugly, you are calling yourself ugly,” she said. Their competion comes out most when they play soccer. It is in the blood of the Gross family. Marissa played Division I soccer at Towson. The sisters spent hours on the soccer field watching Marissa tear up the competition, and they trained to be able to compete with her. “When we are all home together, we train and run together,” Marissa said. “We usually make it a fun competition to see who gets to run to certain spots first, who can do the most sit ups, who can sprint the fastest. I think that definitely brings the competitive edge out of them. They work hard during the season and the offseason, which I see during breaks, to get them where they are now.” Marissa now considers the twins to be her inspiration. “They now inspire me, that when I play for fun, I play with that competitive edge every time just like they do,” Marissa said.
“They have told me in the past that I’ve inspired them to be the players they are now, [and now it’s the opposite].” Courtney and Gillian had dreams of becoming Division I soccer players like Marissa. The only question was: where would they play? Courtney had always dreamed of playing and going to school with Gillian. “I had always imagined that I would be going with my sister and we’d be going to school together and it would be fun, but I think she didn’t want to be with me at all,” Courtney said with a laugh. “She’s like: ‘I want to be my own person.’ She fell in love with [Akron].” Gillian saw college as an opportunity to not be a “Gross twin” for four years. “For me, it was more of an opportunity to be an individual for once,” Gillian said. “We’ve always grown up as the Gross twins; no one thought of Gill and Courtney separately, so I thought it was my opportunity to break away.” Gillian chose Akron before Courtney picked a school. Akron and Buffalo were the only schools that did not recruit both
sisters. Courtney fell in love with Buffalo during her visit. “I just loved the campus and when I came to visit, the girls were great and it did help that my sister made her decision first,” Courtney said. “I thought it would be pretty cool to play in the same conference.” The two will play each other Thursday when Buffalo hosts Akron in the final game of the season. Proud parents Donna and Allan will be looking on, cherishing the opportunity to see their daughters compete against one another at UB Stadium. Courtney and Gillian are excited to be playing each other. Although this is their junior year, it is the first real opportunity that they’ve had to go head to head as they are both major contributors on their respective teams. “Playing against her is a lot more fun,” Courtney said. “We’ve always been competitive. Now that it means something, we can truly battle it out. We are always rooting for each other, but we are still always competitive.” The Akron players have dubbed the game “The Gross Bowl”. The twins have very different ideas as to how it will play out.
“There might be extra shirt tugging,” Courtney said. “But yeah, I’m going to get by her.” Gillian disagrees. “I’m going to take her down and then laugh because it will be kind of funny, but yeah, I’ll beat her,” Gillian said, echoing her sister’s diction. Gillian is looking for revenge after last year’s 1-0 Buffalo victory. After that match, according to Allan, Courtney ran over and slyly said to Gillian, “I’ve got bragging rights for a year.” On Thursday, you will find the two proud parents sitting at the 50-yard line, wearing both Akron and Buffalo attire, rooting for a quality soccer game. Although the game means much more for UB, as this game determines whether the Bulls will play in the MAC tournament, it will be hard for the parents to pick a side. “I feel like the Manning family watching Eli and Peyton play against each other,” Allan said.
Continued from page 24: Monster match “The back line came out and played near perfect today and I think the shutout constitutes that,” Thomas said. “Ainsley handled all the routine stuff today, but I don’t know that she had to make a big save all day, and that’s a testament to the back four of [senior] Shannon Algoe, [freshman] Kristin Markiewicz, [sophomore] Sophie Therien and [junior] Natalie Jurisevic, who all played 90 minutes today.” The Bulls have one more match to try to secure a postseason birth. They will host rival Akron (5-11-1, 1-8-1 MAC) Thursday afternoon. The Bulls still hold their destiny in their hands, as a victory would secure a ticket to the MAC Tournament. They continue to battle with Ohio (8-8-1, 3-5-1 MAC) and Northern Illinois (7-8-2, 3-5-2 MAC) for the final two postseason bids. Ohio is set to take on Kent State (11-4-2, 6-3-1 MAC) on the road, while Northern Illinois will take on the defending MAC champion Toledo (7-101, 5-4-1 MAC) in Toledo, Ohio. Kickoff for the Bulls’ battle with the Zips is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon at UB Stadium as the Buffalo looks to extend its season.
Continued from page 24: The NFL’s five most haunted houses No. 3: Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Imagine being in the world’s largest domed stadium and also the world’s largest column-free interior. A stadium that cost $1.15 billion and holds over 110,000 people. Now all of a sudden the lights go out. They are never going to find you; you could be walking around that place for hours, making no progress. Even with the light on, this wouldn’t be the ideal place to be. The Dallas Cowboys have gone only 1311 over their first three seasons playing there – far under the expectations and investment made by owner Jerry Jones. Maybe Jones should start using this place for haunted hayrides – at least horse feces will be picked off the field, instead of the latest Romo-blunders.
No. 2: Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.) You want to see some crazy, pissed-off fans? Look no further than an Oakland Raiders game. The freaks come out in thousands and wherever you look in the stadium, people will be dressed anywhere from a demon to a gladiator. Spikes sticking out of helmets, shoulders, stomachs – you name it, they wear it. The section behind the end zone is known as the “Black Hole.” If you’re an unemployed head coach, stay away from the Raiders’ frequent vacancy at the position. You’ll be out of there before you hold your introductory press conference. The Raiders have gone through seven coaches since the end of 2001 – only one has lasted longer than two seasons. The last successful Raiders coach was John Gruden, who earned the nickname “Chuckie.” If you ask me, this guy has put
a curse on all future coaches who take the job. Gruden left for Tampa Bay following the 2001 season and went on to win the Super Bowl. Who did he beat? Oh yeah, the Oakland Raiders. Coaches and fans hoping to root for a team and not become terrified, veer away. Curse of the Chuckie. No. 1: Ralph Wilson Stadium (Orchard Park, N.Y.) Where do I begin? I guess with the most hated right leg in Buffalo sports: Scott Norwood. Some of you may want to drop the paper now, but for Bills fans, it’s haunting. For those unfamiliar with Norwood, let’s summarize. Mr. Norwood is the origin of Buffalo heartbreak. No, he’s not a quarterback, linebacker or head coach. He’s a field goal kicker. Yes, a field goal kicker who has cursed this city. In Super Bowl XXV, the Bills played against the Giants inTampa Bay, Fla. The
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What to wear for Halloween: Sports edition NATHANIEL SMITH Senior Sports Editor Halloween is a fun time of the year to be something you’re not. Tons of college kids will go out trying to prove you can dress as a nun and still look good. To those still looking for that perfect costume, I have some sportsrelated ideas on what to wear to be the life of the party … and get laid. Isn’t that what Halloween is all about? Tim Tebow – The Jets’ backup quarterback/savior of mankind will be a trendy pick this Halloween season. To accentuate the look, add either a cape or a crown. When talking to people, just say whatever it is they want to hear. Be a quote machine! When talking to the ladies, occasionally take off your shirt and run around in slow motion to attract them, but try not to hit on them. This will be the toughest task, but you must stay in character. After all, you are the leader of the football world and a virgin! You can’t fall into such temptation, as those things are below you. Ryan Fitzpatrick – This can be a pretty popular pick for Buffalonians. Of course, it’s important to have a hearty beard (real or fake). To make the look complete, make sure you hide your right arm (tuck it in your shirt). When people ask where said arm is, just tell them you don’t have one. When socializing, make sure you add in quips about string theory and Schrodinger’s cat, even if no one is talking about those topics. Remember, you graduated from Harvard. Image is important with this costume!
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Gary Bettman –Bettman, the dictator leader of the National Hockey League, is one for those people who want to simply have a good time at the expense of others. Important accessories include: a suit, a good comb over and dollar bills falling out of your pockets, while claiming you don’t have any. If you are hosting a party, make the buildup spectacular, luring people to come over to the “Party of the Century.” Then, without warning, moments before the party, lock the doors and don’t allow anyone in. When conversing with the ladies, be super nice to them. Pretend you know what they’re talking about at all times, even if you have no idea. Disregard that last statement if they’re Canadian. They suck and don’t deserve the same rights as Americans. Hey, gotta stay in character! Kim Khardashian – ‘Kim K’ is the perfect choice for all the females out there desperately looking for a costume. Having a big posterior is a plus, but for those lacking in that department, find a way to make your waist look smaller. Make sure you have a Reggie Bush, Miles Austin or Kris Humphries jersey, as her affiliations with those athletes are notorious. If you don’t have these handy, any other jersey will do. She’ll bang anyone eventually. When out and about – and this is very important – try to be the center of attention AT ALL COSTS. Accidentally spilling drinks, running into people and saying crude things to people are perfect ways to stay relevant and make sure no one forgets you. Is she an athlete? No, but she’s very involved in the athlete world, so it applies here. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the point in dressing up for Halloween? To look terrifying, menacing and frightening. A lot of professional athletes exhibit this persona without a costume. Flagrant fouls, bone crushing hits and fights after the whistle are the common stigmas of the biggest and baddest. So who are the best at making their presence felt in their respective sports? NFL: Ray Lewis, middle linebacker, Baltimore Ravens Gagnon: This one is obvious. Could it be anyone else? Ray Lewis may be one of the most intimidating people on the face of the earth. For the last decade or so, the Baltimore Ravens have had one of the best defenses in football every year, and that can largely be attributed to Lewis. At the end of his career, he will go down as one of the best defensive players in NFL history. And he hasn’t done it quietly. The “Sunday Soundtracks” on ESPN, which Lewis is often a part of, send chills up my spine, and I’m not even on the field playing against him. Plus, in 2000, Lewis was indicted on murder and aggravated assault chargers for the stabbing and deaths of two people after Super Bowl XXXIV. The charges were eventually dismissed, but I think it goes without saying: Ray Lewis is one scary mother f***er. Konze: No. 52 has haunted my wildest dreams since 1999. I am deeply scared of the 6-foot-1, 240 pound linebacker who mans the middle of a defense that has tormented the AFC for over a decade. From his intense pregame speeches to his hard-hitting mentality on the field, Lewis has exemplified the true meaning of a hard-nosed linebacker. Like Jon said, his indictment on murder and assault charges is what placed him on this list as the “scariest” in the NFL. Although the charges were dismissed, Ray Lewis is a bad ass and will always haunt the dreams of quarterbacks around the NFL.
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Even though he is injured, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is one of the fiercest players in the NFL.
NBA: Kevin Garnett, forward, Boston Celtics Gagnon: On the court, Garnett is a sure Hall of Famer. He has dominated the paint for the better part of two decades, and he often lets his opponents hear it when he crams drunks and rejects offensive players at the rim. He may be the most infamous trash talker in all of pro sports. Garnett’s feuds with fellow NBA players ring across the league. Tim Duncan apparently hates KG due to an elongated battled on the court, which was capped off with KG going to places that most would consider out of bounds even for KG’s loose mouth. As the rumor goes, Garnett whispered to Duncan, “Happy Mother’s Day, mother f***er” while Duncan was shooting free throws in a game back in 1999. It was well known at the time that Duncan’s mother had died from breast cancer. KG is willing to say anything to get in his opponents’ heads. I’m not here to promote this ill behavior; I’m just here to point out KG is undeniably the most frightening opponent an NBA player can face. Konze: Any person who has the cojones to tell another NBA player that he looks like a “cancer patient” scares me. Why? Because it demonstrates the guy has no heart. Garnett allegedly said this to Charlie Villaneuva, who suffers from a rare dis-
ease that leaves with him no hair on his entire body. The cold-blooded Garnett will do anything and everything at all costs to gain the upper hand. Is it always respectful? No. Does it work? I couldn’t tell you. All I know is this free-spirited player will never let up. He makes Charles Barkley’s trash talk look like an episode of Jersey Shore. Hands down, Kevin Garnett wins this. He deserves it because he is going to hell. MLB: Justin Verlander, pitcher, Detroit Tigers Gagnon: It’s hard to be a menacing presence on the baseball diamond, a sport where physical play is rare. But Verlander promotes the opposite of this generalization. He’s won an MVP as a who that only sees the field once every five days and he’s thrown three no-hitters in the last two seasons. The best thing about Verlander is that he only gets better as the game goes on. In the latter part of the game when most pitchers are replaced by the bullpen, Verlander throws the ball harder than he did in the first inning, leaving opponents dazed and confused by his freakish velocity. Konze: Swing and a miss is all I ever see when I watch Verlander. There must have been something in the water where he grew up because a miserable performance by Verlander is more rare than me taking a girl home for the night. Over the course of his eight-year career, the Tigers’ ace has posted a record of 124-64. What is most impressive, though, is his career ERA of 1.17. And we share a stat: strikeouts. Verlander has 1,454 in 8 seasons. I have 1,454 in a month with the female gender. NHL: Zdeno Chara, defenseman, Boston Bruins Gagnon: There’s a dominant athlete in Boston who is 6-foot-9 and 255 pounds, and no, he’s not a Boston Celtic. Chara is the biggest and arguably the best defensemen in the NHL. The best part of Chara’s game? He’s actually good. There are a lot of tall defenseman in the NHL who offensive players can get around easily with their speed and quickness. But not Chara, there’s no getting around him. His combination of size and skill make him as dangerContinued on page 20
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57 Prefix with "bacterial"
68 Baby deliverer of legend
21 In the open
58 Someone who's looked up to
69 Pulpit of yore
22 Absorb, as a loss
59 Like some circumstances
70 It can come after "no one" or "someone"
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60 Luggage tag datum
26 Texas shrine to remember
61 Part of a military band
27 Ancient pyramid builders
62 Out of work
29 Came down and settled
63 Space shuttle agcy.
30 Pi, for instance
64 Peeping Tom
71 Chip arrangements 72 Number on many an almanac 73 Not distant
32 Small salmon
31 Puget Sound seaport
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33 Antipasto goodie
36 Scandinavian royal name
2 Davenport's state
34 Bird with a harsh voice
38 King of the comedians
3 Inn time
35 Electronic bracelet site
40 "The Dark Knight" director 4 "The Clock" composer Franz Joseph 37 Grape place Christopher 5 Common lunch holder 39 Societal standard 41 Exaggerating greatly 6 Sad ending for "love" 42 Overdoes the criticism 44 Certain Arabian Peninsula na- 7 Muffin spread 43 The guy next door tive 8 Dead ringer 48 Wasn't left standing 45 Get bushed 9 According (to) 50 Winning X or O 46 Egg-shaped 10 Eye layer containing the iris 53 "Without delay," facetiously 47 Reds used by painters 11 Contented cat's sound 55 Bygone, like days 49 Remember to forget 12 Styptic pencil stuff 56 Cindy Brady's impediment
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You may have to engage in some practices that might otherwise be avoided because they are very near the boundaries of acceptability.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You and a friend have each other enthusiastic and energized at this time; each has clear strengths, and together you are a powerful force.
CANCER (June 21July 22) -- You may not be as satisfied with your performance on the job as you usually are -- and you know why. It's time to make a few subtle changes.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -One or two errors are to be expected today, given the complexity of the project you are working on -- but you must work to keep it to that.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You'll be presented with a few ideas toay that are unusual but certainly compelling. Do you have the time to experiment in a productive way?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- It's important to keep the past clearly in your rearview mirror today -- even as you pick up the pace and roar into the future.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You can show off some of your more unusual knowledge today; others are impressed -- but take care that you're not coming off the wrong way.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You are likely to uncover a few key opportunities today that someone else, perhaps, was trying to keep from you in some way.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Your execution may not be as strong as it has been -- but you can win positive results simply on the merit of your ideas.
GEMINI (May 21June 20) -- Remain open-minded and tolerant today and you'll surely have more to work with than the competition. You know how to inspire others to excel.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You require more information before you can step out of your comfort zone and do what demands to be done. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may feel as though others are encroaching on your territory at this time. Don't become defensive; your reactions will be scrutinized.
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The Gross sisters are identical by genetics, but different in almost every other regard OWEN O’BRIEN Staff Writer One spends her time stalking bands and one spends her time cooking. One scores goals and one defends them. One is a Buffalo Bulls and one is an Akron Zip. Courtney and Gillian Gross are identical twins from East Meadow, N.Y. They are junior soccer players in the Mid-American Conference. Courtney is a starting forward for Buffalo, while Gillian patrols the backfield of the Akron defense. To the naked eye, it’s hard to tell the Gross sisters apart. But talk to them for five minutes and the differences jump out. You will never confuse one for the other again. The sisters, who grew up on Long Island, haven’t been able to escape the “Gross twins” title. From the days of playing for the Albertson Fury, a youth soccer travel team, to playing for East Meadow High School, that title is how they were known. As youngCourtesy of Gross Family sters, they would dress in the same Even though Gillian (left) and Courtney (right) Gross are twins genetically and both play soccer in the MAC, this is where outfits but wear different colors. their similarities end. Courtney, who plays for UB, and Gillian, who attends rival Akron, are as different as can be. They even had their own lingo with each other. teams, switch jerseys, switch posi“I kind of stalk bands,” than sit down and cook a meal.” Twin shenanigans were ram- tions and see if anyone would no- Courtney said. “When I fall in Like any siblings, they’ve pant in the Gross household. tice. Quite honestly, I don’t think love with a band, I stalk them. If I had their share of arguments and Courtney and Gillian shared a anyone would.” could, I would travel around with fights. Gillian is a minute older room and one night, they switched Personality-wise, the twins them. I just know where they al- than Courtney. The two have one beds before their mother, Donna, are different as night and day. ways are and where their concerts older sister, Marissa. came in to say goodnight. She did Courtney is quiet and laid back, are.” not realize they had switched. “I do think I have the middlewhereas Gillian has a more inGillian likes to spend her time “We tried to play tricks on our tense persona. She’s outgoing and baking, something Courtney isn’t child syndrome having both an older sister and a younger, like I parents; it worked maybe once or independent. Courtney spends very interested in at all. get treated like the middle child,” twice,” Courtney said. “We used most of her off time patrolling “I love to bake and cook and Gillian said. “Everything gets to switch pajamas and beds. We the Internet and stalking bands. used to trade cleats. My parents The current victim of her Inter- my family always makes fun of blamed on me, no matter what it always wanted me and my sister to net prowling is The Summer Set, her because she hates doing that is. Princess Courtney and Princess switch jerseys. To this day, my dad an American pop-rock band from stuff,” Gillian said. “She’d rather Marissa don’t get the blame for make Kraft macaroni and cheese anything.” [Allan Gross] wants us to switch Arizona. Continued on page 21
Monster match Velez’s ghoulish goal sets up do-or-die battle versus Zips
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With its back against the wall last weekend, the women’s soccer team came out and played some of its best soccer of the season. In a must-win game, Buffalo (5-11-2, 3-6-1 Mid American Conference) defeated Western Michigan (5-8-4, 1-4-4 MAC) 1-0 on Sunday. The lone goal came on a free kick from senior forward Stephanie Velez in the 86th minute to keep the squad’s postseason hopes alive. The Bulls were awarded a free kick from the 50-yard line one minute before. Upon putting the ball in the box, a foul was called on the Western Michigan defense. The Bulls’ attack then huddled up and formulated its game plan for the ensuing free kick. Velez wanted the shot. “We were working too hard for it not to come out with a win for us.” Velez said. “I stepped
Reimon Bhuyan /// The Spectrum Senior forward Stephanie Velez (9) scored in the 86th minute to give her UB squad the win. The Bulls now need to defeat Akron at home Thursday in order to advance into the MAC Tournament.
up and said, ‘I want to take it.’ I haven’t been able to shine as much this season, and as soon as I scored I was happy that we still have a chance to be in the playoffs.”
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Velez put the ball in the left corner of the net – a shot Western Michigan keeper Michelle Watson had no chance of stopping. It was a breakthrough performance for
OWEN O’BRIEN Staff Writer With Halloween a week away, it got me thinking about what scares me. Paranormal Activity movies, spiders and that feeling of knowing there’s no bacon left in the house. Yeah, this stuff is pretty scary. I’ll do you one better. Does any of this even compare to a stadium filled with 80,000 fanatics – many of whom are intoxicated – taking out all their frustrations of the week over the course of a threehour period? Now imagine they lose the game, and they’ve been losing for 40 years. Now that is skin crawlingly horrifying. So here’s my list of the five most haunted houses in the NFL: No. 5: Veterans Stadium/Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, Pa.): Talk about a place that breathes evil. Keep in mind, this is the same city that booed and threw snowballs at Santa Claus. These are the same fans that threw snowballs at the Cowboys’ players, which resulted in the stadium going two weeks without selling alcohol. If the Bills (don’t worry, you’ll get your turn), thought losing four straight Super Bowls is bad, at least they made it there. From 2002-04, the Eagles lost three straight NFC Championship games. Two of them were at home, one at “The Vet” and the other at Lincoln Financial Field. But don’t worry, Eagles fans, you guys finally made it to big show the following year – only to lose to Tom Brady while McNabb was busy puking up a lung in the middle of their potential game-winning drive. This cursed franchise has yet to get its hands on a Lombardi Trophy, but it did celebrate an “NFL Championship” in 1960 – the pre-Super Bowl era. To top it all off, both of the Philadelphia stadiums had a jail in their basement. Yeah, scary stuff. Stay away. No. 4: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.) This 72,000-person stadium gives opposing NFL quarterbacks nightmares. There’s no trick or treating – only tricks. You can assume it’s only the Seahawks and there won’t be an issue rolling over them before flying out of their rainy, awful city. But there’s one problem: the 12th man. It gets so loud in this stadium, it’s as if there’s another defender on the field (a ghost perhaps?). Just ask Tony Romo – he would rather walk through a zombie parade than step foot back in that stadium. This is the house that hosted his dropped field goal hold, which would have advanced the Cowboys to the divisional round of the playoffs. He was clearly spooked when he returned to Seattle this year, losing 27-7, while throwing an interception and fumbling once. Romo’s not the only quarterback who has felt the wrath of the 12th man. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have had days they would like to forget as well. This year, Brady threw two interceptions and lost to the Seahawks in the final 90 seconds of the game, thanks to a deep touchdown pass from Russell Wilson – something that has become Wilson’s trademark. In week three of Monday Night Football, Wilson helped defeat the Packers on a dual possession Hail Mary as time expired. The dual possession call by the replacement referees was asinine. It’s almost as if the refs were possessed by the powers of the 12th man. Continued on page 21
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Velez after a tough past couple years. “Steph [Velez] has fought through a lot of adversity and injuries since she’s been here, and it’s a testament to her confidence and mental fortitude that she could step up in that moment and hit that shot,” said head coach Michael Thomas. Buffalo outshot Western Michigan 16-12 in this contest and much of the match was spent with Buffalo attacking the net. The Broncos are one of the teams fighting with Buffalo for the two final playoff spots, which made the win all that more important for the Bulls. “The team came out and showed what we were capable today, and it’s exciting to give ourselves a chance going into the final game,” Thomas said. The Bulls had an opportunity to take the lead in the 63rd minute as Watson committed a handball outside of the box. Sophomore forward Megan Giesen fired a shot on net, which bounced off the crossbar and went out of play. Giesen and sophomore forward Courtney Mann combined for seven shots for the Buffalo attack. Junior goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon had seven saves and picked up her 15th career shutout, which moved her into sole possession of second place in Bulls history. Much of the shutout was credited to Buffalo’s defense. Continued on page 21
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