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More than a Quarterback Chazz Anderson is finding his way in Buffalo
AARON MANSFIELD Senior Sports Editor On Buffalo’s first home football game of the season, a virtual unknown stepped in under center. The squad’s new quarterback – the back of his jersey read “Anderson” – took the first snap and bombed a 57-yard touchdown pass. No. 7 pumped his fists. But still, fans were left with one question: Who is the new man under center?
UB Carnival Night
Saving students from Saturday morning hangovers Students enjoyed a night of food, fun, and games in the Student Union this past Saturday. Yeo Jung Lee /// The Spectrum TAHSIN CHOWDHURY Staff Writer
The carnival is one of Late Night UB’s larger-scale events. This year, it drew in well over 700 students.
For students that were interested in changing up their Friday night routine, Late Night UB offered more than what alcohol might provide. Instead, students were given a fun atmosphere; alcohol, drug, and regret-free.
However, due to the large amount of students in attendance, things became chaotic
Nikita Sidana, a junior communication major, attended UB Carnival Night in the Student Union on Friday night. While other students were piling onto the bus to South Campus disguising their vodkas in water bottles, Sidana was in the SU enjoying the carnival fun, leaving the beer goggles for partiers to wear. “I wanted to check out the carnival since it sounded interesting. I wanted cotton candy and I loved the photo booth, and the fish that I won,” Sidana said. More and more UB students are attending Late Night UB events instead of boarding the ‘party bus’ to South Campus on Friday nights. “I don’t need to drink to have fun, I don’t like frats. I was tired and too lazy to go out.” Sidana said. Eziije Kanu, a junior nursing major, also participated in the alcohol-free festivities. “How often will [there be] a carnival right there in the Union? I can always go partying but things like this don’t come around too often,” Kanu said. Students filled the Union, waiting in huge lines for a chance to play free games and win prizes. There were dartboard balloons, a fish bowl toss, slap shot, golf, and face painting games at the event. According to Daniel Ovadia, a junior business major and member of Late Night UB, this year’s carnival was different from ones held in the past. “We rented some very official carnival games. It made the night more authentic and even more fun than ever,” Ovadia said.
“It was really loud and hot, and [we had to] work around the crowd. I think they could make the [location] bigger to [accommodate the number of] students,” said Daniel Calzadilla, a freshman chemical engineering major. Many students however, preferred the craze of carnival night to the crowded scenes of downtown Buffalo. “Standing in the lines here beats standing in the lines to go to clubs,” said Melinda Kuwik, a freshman exercise science major. Despite the large turnout for Carnival Night, there were still buses full of students who chose to go out to party instead. One consistent misunderstanding is that weekend nights must be devoted strictly to drinking and partying, according to some students. “[Most freshmen] expect college to be something [completely different] from what it is,” said Hank Lin, a senior biochemistry major. “They go out instead of doing things the school offers.” Many students chose not to go because of a misnomer. “I know students who don’t go to events just because of the name. They’ll… see [the name] of the event and think it’s stupid just because it’s a UB program,” said Kelley Gifaldi, a sophomore fine arts major. Carnival Night gave students an alternative to the media’s depiction of college life. All of Late Night UB’s events offer students a different way to spend their Friday nights.
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That man is Chazz Anderson. Onlookers only needed that one play to recognize that he can play quarterback, but to truly understand Anderson, there are a few things you need to know. He wants to be a pastor. He’s only 22 years old, but he’s engaged to marry the love of his life. His family means the world to him. And his whole life has prepared him to be the leader the Bulls desperately needed. Faith and Football On Saturdays in the fall, you’ll find Anderson on the football field. But on Sunday, regardless of how the game turned out the day before, Anderson leads his teammates in a different arena – his church. Last year, the Bulls struggled to find leadership at the quarterback position. It’s only taken Anderson two months to unite his team. On his first night in town, he met with senior safety Josh Copeland. The two bonded over dinner. “It was weird,” Copeland said. “I don’t know how, but we just clicked. The first day he got here, you could just tell he was a leader. He had that aura and charisma about him that guys cling to.” There’s a reason Anderson is so effervescent, and it’s not because he’s a standout athlete or a college grad. Anderson plans on becoming a pastor when he graduates from college. Though he has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cincinnati, he plans on going to seminary to achieve a master’s of theology and a master’s of divinity. At UB, Anderson is working on a master’s of education, because he also wants to teach at a Christian school some day. “My life is dictated by my love for Christ and my love for others,” Anderson said. “I’m a firm believer in enjoying every moment, loving the people you’re with, and honoring God.” Anderson’s mother, Rochelle, said she saw his future unfolding when he was just a kid. “I knew that he always loved church and loved the Lord as a child,” Rochelle said. “Looking back, I see it now. When he would go to the neighborhood bible study next door when he was in the third grade, he’d come back and be super excited about what the lady talked about – besides her waffles that he really liked.”
Chazz plans on becoming a pastor. Meg Kinsley /// The Spectrum
The Making of a Quarterback A five-year-old boy stands in his backyard in Pickering, Ohio. His hand protects his heart as his mom sings the national
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Canceled Classes Harm Department Enrollment STEVEN WROBEL News Editor It’s one thing to not want to go to class. It’s another thing to be unable to. This past summer, as many students were registering for classes for the fall semester, they planned out strategic schedules that balanced their academic, extracurricular, and social lives. However, many students were forced to rush to find an open spot in other courses, because the original class they hoped to take had been canceled due to under enrollment. Many classes are canceled every semester – despite there being over 28,000 students from many different academic disciplines – because there is a lack of interest from students in registering for particular courses. “Decisions about whether or not to not offer a particular course are made on a case by case basis by individual academic [departments] or units,” said John DellaContrada, director of media relations. “These decisions vary from one semester to the next.” While many science and general education heavy
departments have normal enrollment, many liberal arts and specialized departments face smaller class sizes and class cancellations that are nuisances to both students and teachers. The issues lead to all sorts of problems with workload, and assigning teachers and teaching assistants to classes, according to David E. Johnson, chair of the comparative literature department. In his past few years as department chair, Johnson has faced several difficult decisions, but relies on the input and feelings of the teachers when determining class cancellations. He attributes the lack of student willingness to enroll in comparative literature classes to a variety of different reasons. “Comparative literature courses are not required for any major,” Johnson said. “In addition we have no courses that are required as ‘general education’ courses, as do history and English. I have had to cancel several courses in the last few years, occasionally more than one per semester.” The problem with under enrollment, however, has not been limited to the comparative literature department. Classes from the department of romance languages and literatures, which include many of the Western European languag-
Underenrollment has caused more than a few classes to be cancelled.
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es, have faced low enrollment and cancellation, according to Johnson. The departments of Jewish studies and media studies have also faced these hardships.
“I’d be really upset [if it were for my major],” said Dolly Goodman, a freshman anthropology and communication major.
Although many students may seem unaffected by these cancellations, the principle alone is seen as troubling.
Johnson believes that there are many different routes that can be taken to find ways to figure out some of the issues that result in under
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Apparently, none of the anti-welfare brigade has looked at any research regarding welfare and drug abuse. Statistically there is no significant difference between people receiving benefits and those who aren’t, but it’s easy to feed into a false image junkies getting on welfare and then running down the corner to get a hit of smack from their dealer.
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Supporters will tout the law’s cost saving potential. By refusing benefits to drug users, they argue, they cut down significantly on spending for welfare.
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Most damning of all is the cost. Of the first 40 people tested under the Florida law, only two were denied benefits. For a savings of $240, the state spent over $1,000 to test those who came up positive, not to mention the huge cost of defending the law in court.
The Sunshine State turned itself into a battleground of law when it passed a new rule for welfare that requires a drug test for recipients to start or continue receiving benefits. Florida Governor Rick Scott didn’t have to fight hard to keep this campaign promise, which passed easily through the state’s legislature. The real fight is on the way, as the American Civil Liberties Union has filed lawsuit on behalf of a navy veteran claiming the law violates constitutionally protected rights. Scott’s law requires applicants to the state’s welfare program to pay for their own drug test, about $35. The state then reimburses all applicants who test positive and those who test positive are denied benefits for a year, and must pass another drug test. Many other states are considering a law like this. Indiana now requires a drug test to take part in their state jobs-training program, and Louisiana Senator David Vitter is proposing federal legislation that would require all 50 states to drug welfare beneficiaries. It’s easy to see why lawmakers would jump on this bandwagon. Not only does it have a wide populist appeal, it taps into deep-seeded stereotypes about “undeserving poor.” Alabama state representative Kerry Rich summed up the argument by saying “I don’t think taxpayers should have to help fund somebody’s drug habit.” What a perfect line to get reelected on. Laws like this are little more than a smokescreen. Although it has a big pretty tagline that can be spewed around like verbal vomit by talking heads on Fox News, the law and any like it are extremely flawed.
When you take out the cost saving potential, you are left with one conclusion; lawmakers are trying to make villains of the poor for political gain. No other group that receives government money has been singled out for drug testing. No CEOs of failed banks that received bailout money, no farmers who get crop subsidies, no state workers who receive pensions, and no companies that get contracts from the state have to test for drugs. The better way to solve this problem is to deny benefits to people who have been arrested on a drug charge within the last year, and to require drug and alcohol counseling before getting benefits again. Just to add icing on the cake, the law is blatantly unconstitutional. The Fourth Amendment protects us from unlawful search and seizure, and simply being on welfare does not imply criminal drug use. What’s next, a law that requires a camera in the house of welfare recipients to make sure they aren’t doing construction without a permit on the precious taxpayer dollar? Lawmakers would line up for wonderfully idiotic quotes like “We’re not paying them to install new carpets in their ritzy welfare mansions!” With poverty levels at an all time high, it’s time we stopped promoting simplistic stereotypes about the people who are on welfare, and those who are unemployed. America is a nation built on hard work, and people on welfare are by far and away good people working hard to get their lives back on track and need help. It’s okay to care about people who have hit hard times.
Render Unto Caesar…
Atheist group sues over religious tax breaks God might not be able to stop death, but it seems pretty good at getting taxes down for the clergy. For over 60 years now the IRS has had a “parish exemption,” that allows “ministers of the gospel” to deduct the housing allowance that their church gives them from their taxable income. The exemption, dating back to 1954, has its roots firmly in anti-communist rhetoric, like fighting the “godless” and ministers’ “courageous fight against this foe.”
Supporters may say that religion provides a valuable service to communities, but not all religious groups are engaged in kind and charitable acts. There are groups like Westboro Baptist that continue to receive tax breaks and spread hate around the nation with their moronic picketing. Let’s push it a little further. Could al-Qaida receive tax exemptions under this section of the tax code? What about Scientology? The massive business often refers to itself as a “religion,” so it might be entitled to tax breaks as well.
Not for me. I’m going to give you a small snippet of my life story. I come from the land down under. No I don’t have a pet Kangaroo. No I don’t wear a cork hat, and no one actually cried when Steve Irwin died, sorry to disappoint. I've come to Buffalo on exchange. I came for all those cliché reasons; to grow as a person, to expand my horizons, to challenge myself. You know the drill. I also came because I wanted the real American college experience, just like scenes from Animal House and Van Wilder. So here I am at UB, a long way from Skippy and the big red rock. So far on my exchange I’ve been confused multiple times for a Canadian, something that concerned me since Canada is only a stones’ throw away. I’ve listened to countless failed attempts at an Australian accent, been told that Australia is nothing more then a heap of Kangaroos running around a hot sunburnt desert, and had to explain to a boy that I’m not lying when I say Australians celebrate Christmas in the summer time. While for many of you I've dismantled the typical portrait of Australia, to my surprise and delight, American college life has lived up to the pop culture stereotypes projected in films. There have been several significant Hollywood moments in my few weeks here at UB thus far. Moments when I feel as though I am walking the sets of a classic college film. The first set I entered was one filled with the blue and white pallets of UB pride. The college spirit here is like nothing I have ever seen. Back home, you go to classes and then go home. No one cares about the athletic teams, the student association or college council, and we don't have a cheerleading team, and even if we did no one would really pay that much attention. We don't have a college mascot, partly because no one wants the job of dancing around in a whimsical costume that causes perspiration from a lack of air circulation, but mainly because yet again no one cares.
I had another American college moment when sitting on a beer-soaked couch clutching the glossy red coating of a Solo cup. They may just be a piece of plastic to you, but these red drinking cups are symbolic to the college party portrait and are themselves a tourist attraction. I've had friends at home beg me to send them packets of these plastic cups. Even I got pathetically over-excited when I consumed the contents of my first Solo cup. I blame this enthusiasm on scenes from American Pie.
FFRF’s co-presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor and President Emerita Anne Nicol Gaylor all receive a housing allowance just like many members of the clergy.
Churches already pay their ministers in tax-free dollars. Leaving this law in place, they can claim a myriad of costs associated with home ownership on their taxes: a down payment on a home, mortgage payments, real estate taxes and property taxes to name a few. They’re even allowed to claim costs from home improvement against their housing allowance.
Just another college day.
Back home students seen walking around in college apparel are often ridiculed for their lack of fashion sense, but here at UB, buy me a Buffalo shirt and I'll wear it with pride.
Now, the law is getting flipped on its head. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging that its presidents should be able to claim the same tax exemptions that the “ministers of the gospel” receive.
Compared to the amount of money handed out to large banks and the tax breaks given to wealthy businessmen, a tax break for ministers is hardly a great money saving option. But there are tricky situations that are not taken into account by the vague wording of “ministers of the gospel.”
Yet another college football game. Nothing new for you. Cheerleaders to the left, footballers to the right, some crazy mascot running around fist pumping, and footballs flying everywhere.
There are really only two solutions to this issue. Either the FFRF and its presidents should get the same benefits as a religious group, or the law is an unconstitutional infringement on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The FFRF is clearly, in a manner of speaking, a religious organization. Their sole purpose relates to religion, and they work as a non-profit organization. Giving the exemptions to those who promote religion instead of irreligion is preferential treatment to a particular belief over another. In the eyes of the law, we should all be considered equal. That’s why we have the Constitution, to not only protect us from government power running amok, but to put everyone on a level playing field so that no one person is afforded more opportunity by the government than another person in the exact same situation. The Establishment Clause is beautifully concise. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” It’s time to start taking it seriously.
Beer-pong is like a national sport here. You take pride in your ability to get a ping-pong ball from a to b, and why shouldn't you? Especially if the person is intoxicated at the same time. Back home our drinking games require no craft or skill. We usually get enjoyment out of making our friends do something humiliating and shameful, something we can later use for blackmail. Greek Life is another aspect of college that I only knew about through movies. In Australia, anything even remotely similar would be categorized as a cult and its members as freaks. Similar acts of brotherhood are usually reserved for drunken monologues at the end of a beersodden night. And wearing matching t-shirts with letters embroidered on them was something your mom made you and your siblings do when you were young enough for it to be cute. Every day here I feel like I am walking on a movie set. I didn't anticipate college life to be so similar to the images I have grown up with through pop culture. I assumed that because the image most people have of Australia is so far from reality, America must be the same. But UB has lived up to my Hollywood expectations. Although I am not sharing the corridors with Stifler or blowing Michelle’s flute, at least I can say I've walked the stage of an American College.
Step into the International Office in 210 Talbert Hall and you’ll find maps of the world, a souvenir from Istanbul, and brochures on local attractions for international students to explore while in Western New York. Countless tiny pins on a map mark the distant places that students have traveled from to display UB’s diverse international population. International students make up a moderate percentage of UB’s student body: out of 26,989 students in fall 2010, 14.27 percent were international students, according to Ellen Dussourd, assistant vice provost and director of International Student and Scholar Services. Students leave the comfort of their own homes and familiar surroundings to be totally immersed in American culture – all while earning a degree. “In my country, the quality of education offered is not good at all compared to what the United States of America has to offer,” said Raulwolfia Mannan, a sophomore biology major from Bangladesh. “I wanted to become independent. If I choose to go back to my country, I will get a job very easily.” UB is ranked in the 12th percentile of international students enrolled among all U.S. campuses, according to the Institute of International Education. Under new president, Satish K.Tripathi, the university has further plans to expand globally: the goal is to not only attract more students from overseas, but to also promote domestic students to study abroad. For many students, studying at UB is their first exposure to American culture and education. The new environment can be challenging, but UB provides the services and tools they need to succeed. The English Language Institute provides a program known as the Chat Room, which is a conversation program where UB domestic students are matched with international students. Although many international students have studied English in their home countries prior to arriving in Buffalo, the language barrier can be tough to cross. “Studying English in Indonesia didn’t necessarily mean I used it back home,” said Steffany Irawan, a graduate student in the arts management program. “Here I have to use it for everything I want to say. Sometimes it’s difficult.” Although classes in their native countries have
provided a basis for understanding and speaking English, some students find themselves needing extra help and enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Adeline Kwak, a senior communication major from Singapore, was raised speaking English. The only differences she has noticed in the U.S. are distinct accents that she did not experience in Singapore. Irawan also noted the difference.
“I have [difficulties] in money and banking,” said Yasuhiro Abe, a junior business major from Japan. “The professor speaks so fast so usually I cannot understand [the] lecture at that one time but, she has been to Japan before. She knows about Japanese. It’s really helpful for me.” The university attempts to make the transition into American life as easy and enjoyable as possible. “I have an advisor and I also get invitations to attend special workshops,” said Hugo Gonzalez, a senior mechanical engineering student from Mexico. “They teach us how to understand American culture and how to interact with American and non-American students.” The Office of International Student and Scholar Services also frequently organizes trips and activities around Western New York that make it possible for students to discover local treasures, from the beauty of Niagara Falls to the art-infused culture of Allentown. In addition to these workshops, living directly on campus is a significant aspect of their adjustment to the university. “It’s very nice to live on campus. I like that I can live with other students. I like the fitness center, swimming pool – it’s attracting,” Gonzalez said.
“I’m enjoying being friends with all these different people from all over the world here. I get to learn a lot of things not taught in books,” Mannan said.
Pharmacy School Celebrates 125 Years
The 22nd annual Linda Yalem Safety run will be held at UB’s North Campus on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m.
The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences celebrated its 125th anniversary this weekend with a series of educational and social events.
Yalem was a sophomore when she was raped, beaten, and killed while running on the university’s bike path in 1990.
The pace of American speech seems to be a common frustration among international students.
Other students revel in the social and communal facets of UB.
Linda Yalem Run to be held Sept. 25
Each year, over 1,500 runners and walkers participate in the 5k race to promote personal safety and remember UB student Linda Yalem.
“There are still adjustments I have to make. Your accent is one of the things,” Irawan said. “There are some classmates that talk so fast. I need more time to understand what they are talking about.”
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International Students: Putting UB on the Map NATALIE LICATA Staff Writer
The Yalem Run is an official qualifying race for the Buffalo News Runner of the Year series. Online registration will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 21. On-site registration is available on race day. Race proceeds benefit rape prevention programming at UB. For UB students, pre-registration is $18 and on-site registration is $20.
The celebrations involved keynote speeches from alumni and faculty that reflected upon the school’s history while also focusing on its future. Activities included tours of John and Editha Kapoor Hall on the UB South Campus. The state-of-the-art building, scheduled to open in spring, will unite the pharmacy school with the other health science schools that comprise UB’s Academic Health Center. UB’s pharmacy school is the only such school in the SUNY System and is a nationally ranked leader in academic health care. It was the second official college established at UB, founded in 1886.
Man Dead After Van Hits Restaurant A vehicle crashed through the front of Cheeburger Cheeburger, 1593 Niagara Falls Blvd., Saturday night, killing a patron and injuring three others, according to Amherst police. Joseph Bennett, 56, of Dansville, was killed. His wife, Kathryn, 52, suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). Their son, Matthew, 13, was also taken to ECMC with what were described as “nonlife-threatening” injuries. A waitress, Kelly Weber, 20, was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital with minor injuries.
The white van struck the family of three and one of the restaurant’s waitresses at about 9:30 p.m. when Beverly KasmoreTorbet, 74, of the Town of Tonawanda, was entering a parking space and her vehicle accelerated, jumped a curb, and smashed into the building, police said. A passenger in the van, Walter Miller, 79, of Tonawanda, was uninjured. Police used one of their vehicles and a towrope to pull the van out of the restaurant. Police are still trying to sort out what caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle.
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Continued from Page 1: More than a Quarterback anthem. He requests that she sings it every time he goes outside to play. His eyes are closed. The grass is taped with yard lines. Ten, five, end zone. His feet are right where they belong – on the football field. It’s been evident that Anderson is different from most athletes ever since he stepped foot on campus in July. “Even though he’s the rough and tough football player that you see on the field, he really has a caring and sensitive side,” Rochelle said. “You always see an exterior and you think of a certain stereotype of how football players are supposed to be – and he is, when he’s on the football field – but off the field, he has a big heart.” The priorities in that heart are clear: Faith, Family, Football. In that order. Next to his relationship with God, Anderson’s family is most important to him. He’s extremely close with his mother, father, and younger brother. Anderson’s brother, Kane, is a freshman receiver at Kentucky Christian. Kane says Anderson is his role model. They always call each other after their games. As kids, Anderson forced Kane to play catch. “Even when I got to the phase when I just wanted to sit around and play video games all day, he would come into my room and make me go outside and throw the football with him,” Kane said. “He would throw it at me and I’d have to run and get it,
because he threw too hard for me to catch.” Outside of Anderson’s mother, there’s only one woman who knows nearly everything about him – his fiancée, Chelsea Rickenbacker. Now that Anderson is in Buffalo, he generally doesn’t see Rickenbacker for weeks on end. They’ve been dating since Anderson was a sophomore in high school. “Every time I leave him, I just cry the whole next day,” Rickenbacker said. “I’m miserable. I’m not myself. He’s my other half and my better half. The long distance is extremely hard.” Though Anderson struggles with the distance, he told his family and his fiancée that he knew he needed to move to Buffalo because he needed to have a shot to start at quarterback. Sitting in Cincinatti Anderson’s father, Gary, gave his love for football to Anderson, who passed it on to Kane. “I used to take Anderson with me to two-a-days when he was three or four years old,” Gary said. “He would sit there and watch me coach and go home and try to do what I did to the kids in the neighborhood. Football’s been a part of his life since he’s been able to walk.” Anderson has excelled on the field for as long as his father can remember. Gary was the head coach of Anderson’s six-year-old football team. Other teams complained and asked Gary to sit Anderson on the
bench, because Anderson generally scored six or seven touchdowns before halftime.
and I firmly believe that we can win the MAC championship.”
Anderson gained his skills by playing football with the neighborhood kids every day.
Though his demeanor in the locker room was positive, he was still devastated.
“He was the head coach, the quarterback, and the official,” Gary said. “It was mind-boggling. He’d have the parents out there sitting on chairs, pretending they were bleachers. He took speakers out onto our deck and played music on the field. He’s always been a leader.”
“I was frustrated after the loss and I was sitting with my family,” Anderson said. “A woman came over and she said, ‘I just want to tell you that True Blue is behind you, win or lose.’ That meant the world to me. Those are the type of people I’ve been around in Buffalo.”
However, Anderson’s football career hasn’t always gone as planned. In 2010, he expected to be the starting quarterback at Cincinnati. He was groomed to be the starter after Tony Pike graduated, but Zach Collaros was named the starter following spring camp.
The Man Today
So Anderson sat on the bench.
The scene is different when Anderson hears the national anthem before games nowadays, but that young, devoted spirit lives in him to this day. And that spirit will remain with Anderson after his final snap.
“It was a great opportunity for me to experience humility,” Anderson said. “I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world.” The memory is painful for Anderson, but he said it taught him to be a better teammate. That experience has come with him to Buffalo. Following a heartbreaking week one loss to Pittsburgh, Anderson proved his leadership. He delivered one simple, fundamental message to his teammates: “I love each and every one of you guys in this room
When Gary and Rochelle watch from the bleachers (one travels to every game, while the other goes to Kane’s game), they still see that 5-year-old boy who loved football, bible club, and waffles.
He’s more than No. 7. He’s a prospective minster, a leader, son, brother, fiancée, and a role model. That’s Chazz Anderson – your starting quarterback. Email: email@example.com
Continued from Page 1:Cancelled Classes Harm Department Enrollment enrollment. He suggests a divisional committee between all of the language and literature departments. By creating a literature “think-tank” to share ideas and implement policies, he believes that all of the departments involved would flourish and enable them to create more comprehensive foreign language departments.
ter,” Johnson said, “I think intensive courses of this sort, which have been successful at other, comparable universities, have the potential to attract students and – because their fluency increases more quickly through the increased exposure – retain them for the major, which means retaining them for more advanced courses.”
“I think there should be more ‘intensive’ language courses offered, courses in which a student could complete 10 or more credit hours of French and Spanish or Italian in a single semes-
By having departments work more closely together to determine how to fill their programs, the problems related with under enrollment would be alleviated as more students, possibly outside
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…Does Anybody Hear? Creativity shines through at Buffalo’s Music is Art Festival. Meg Kinsley///The Spectrum
Small City, Big Talent VILONA TRACHTENBERG Staff Writer Saturday, Delaware Park was changed from one of the state’s best parks to one of Buffalo’s largest art exhibitions. Thousands of culture-awed attendees assembled at the ninth annual Music is Art Festival to partake in some of the best artistic talent Western New York has to offer. The festival featured about 50 artists, dozens of dance groups, DJs, and several bands that had the chance to display their talent in a festival of artistic display and awareness. Goo Goo Dolls member Robby Takac founded the Music Is Art festival. He wanted to create the event to help reveal other local Buffalo talents. “I think it’s important to show people what goes on in the city, to expose people to [art],” Takac said. Hoyt Lake provided the backdrop for local vendors to display their wares. With pieces ranging from masks to photographs, there was a diverse range of indie and abstract artists represented. The circus theme works of Jason D’Aquino speaks to the uniqueness of the piece. “I’m very undisciplined when it comes to my subject matter. I like to do whatever strikes Hip-hop group Old Dub brought contagious beats and expressive lyrics to the stage, with the power to have the majority of the crowd swinging their arms and dancing with them, while local rock outfit, Free Henry!, elicited cheers from listeners. Although each of the many bands only had 15 minute set times, they had enough time to rope concertgoers in with their talent and leave them wanting more.
The Earth Liberation Front ensures fallen trees have a voice.
EDWARD BENOIT Asst. Arts Editor Daniel G. McGowan does not look like a terrorist. But the mild-mannered, affable-looking social and environmental activist – and, now, federal prisoner – has been labeled just that. McGowan was a member of the Earth Liberation Front – a group that combats what they view as environmental exploitation by corporations and the government through meticulously planned arsons – during its most active period in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Daniel’s story has been told in the award-winning documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which was shown at Buffalo’s own Squeaky Wheel Media Art Center on Sept. 14. Introducing the film was activist, author and Buffalo native Leslie Pickering, who was part of the Earth Liberation Front Press Office during some of the group’s most active years. In a talk he gave before the screening,
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Pickering emphasized the importance of social ecology as a practical resistance movement and the exigent nature of the environmental crisis.
themselves by the powers-that-be, If a Tree Falls does an excellent job of getting its audience to sympathize with the soon-to-be “terrorists.”
“[The] annihilation of [nature in the name of] short-term economic gains for the extremely wealthy is…unacceptable to posterity,” Pickering said. “I didn’t grow up wanting to burn down buildings, but the longer I lived in this society and kept my eyes open, the more I realized that was a logical, reasonable option.”
“[Expletive] working within the system,” says McGowan at one point early in the documentary.
The film itself focuses primarily on McGowan – from his formative years as a student on the east coast to his subsequent radicalization and move to the west coast – and the formation of his ELF “cell” in the mid-1990s. Through numerous interviews and archival footage, the film paints a vivid picture of the burgeoning “radical” environmental scene in mid-’90s Eugene, Ore. By presenting the failure of peaceful environmental protests, the unnecessary brutality of police sent to respond to those protests, and the utter marginalization of the protestor
From there, the film follows McGowan’s ELF “cell” through some of its most notable actions, from the arson of an Oregon Ranger station in 1996 to the disastrous fire at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture in 2001. The film takes special care to remain balanced in its portrayals, and it highlights the practical failings – as well as the high-minded idealism – of the “eco-terrorists” it follows. Much of the later portions of If a Tree Falls are even dedicated to the federal manhunt for McGowan and his colleagues, with the government agents being presented in the same fair manner as the members of the ELF. The real star of the show, though, is McGowan and the human drama of his
Many fashion students created sculptures and art installations that reflected the “Dress to Express” theme. Laura Piccirillo, a fashion student at Buffalo State College and Angela Yang, erected a spaceship-themed sculpture embellished with purple velvet, plastic, powdered sugar, and paint symbolizing “alien language.” Their work was illuminated under the stars as a final showcase of art before the festival came to an end. “It’s a real city vibe experience,” said Lesley Mucha, 60, of Lockport. “If you live in a city you think is cooler, this steps up Buffalo.” While the festival might be over till next year, the impression the festival left on the attendees will be a lasting one.
The evening of Sept. 14 was also taken as an occasion to spread the word about the newly-opened Burning Books bookstore – an establishment Pickering had a hand in creating as one of its co-owners. “We’re a book store focusing on freedom struggles,” said Nate Buckley, who co-owns Burning Books with Teresa Baker and Pickering. “[What we want is] an active, educated movement to bring about change.” If a Tree Falls is in the middle of a national tour of small, intimate screenings like the one at the Squeaky Wheel on Sept. 14 – a full list of these screenings can be found at www. ifatreefallsfilm.com/screenings.html. On Sept. 27, the film will be shown on the local PBS station at 10 p.m., with a viewing event planned at Merge on Delaware Avenue for 9 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of the Darkness Walk one of the leading causes of death among U.S citizens, which is also one of the most preventable, by involving schools like UB and Buffalo State.
Supporting the country scene was the Andrew J. Reimers Country-Punk Extravaganza, whose upbeat and instrumentally strong sounds furnished a backdrop for their song “Small World, Smaller City.” The song reflects Buffalo, and shows that even though the Queen City is small, it harbors enough passion, talent, and artistry to contest with larger, better known cities. Along with the music, many dancers had a chance to perform, among them the belly dancers from Ilya’s Bellydance studio, who lit up the stage and were accompanied by the sounds of exotic auxiliary percussion to keep the dancing upbeat.
story. Intimate scenes of McGowan’s house arrest, court proceedings, and last days as a free man before being sent to federal prison serve to humanize a potentially polarizing narrative.
Lynda Battaglia, co-chair of the Out of the Darkness Walk in Buffalo for the past four years, believes that this fundraiser is an important way to raise awareness.
Loved ones of suicide victims banded together at the Out of the Darkness Walk in Delaware Park. Meg Kinsley///The Spectrum
LIZ WHITE Staff Writer The air was crisp, the sky was grey, and the mood was somber. Inspiring quotes from Peter Pan creator James Matthew Barrie and Chinese proverbs were scattered against the trees in the small field. Families and friends all gathered on Saturday to honor their loved ones lost to suicide and to raise money to prevent it from happening to others. Though the situations that brought them there were different, the purpose they stood for held them together. For the past five years the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has held the Out of the Darkness Community Walk at Delaware Park, just a subway ride and quick
walk from South Campus. The AFSP is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy. Not only do they fund independent research, but they also hold events to give the loved ones of suicide victims the chance to honor the departed. All of last week, the Student Wellness Team at UB was sponsoring Suicide Prevention Week. Out of the Darkness Walk was the final event, and through the UB Walkin’ fundraiser the team raised the most money for the charity, well over their goal of $3,500. By the time the walk started, the entire event surpassed $55,000. Having such an event for the community helped bring a large group of people together to honor the deceased. The AFSP raises the awareness of
“Suicide is a national health problem,” Battaglia said. “There is still so much stigma associated with suicide and mental illness. [It’s important] to promote awareness of suicide and to help survivors. Let them know there is help out there; that they are not alone. That they don’t have to go through it alone.” Since its first year, when just 200 people attended, the Out of the Darkness event has, “grown exponentially,” as the area director for Western New York of AFSP, Eric Weaver said. This year, the number has drastically increased now that over 1,000 people showed up this past Saturday to honor their loved ones and support Suicide Prevention. As the participants began their walk around Delaware Park’s Ring Road, the clouds scattered, providing the supporters with sunlight and a warm breeze.
Before the walking began, Randy Haveson, whose life was seriously affected by suicide, took the stage to address the crowd. Haveson’s speech was powerful and filled with emotion as he spoke of his own struggle with alcoholism and how he had to cope with his son’s suicide. “Life is short. Sometimes we kind of get so wound up in our little things in life, that we forget that we’re not alone,” Haveson said. Being in college or just starting it affords new and exciting opportunities to students, but also comes with piles of homework and, at times, incredible amounts of stress. According to the AFSP, the biggest cause of suicide among college students is when they suffer from a mental illness, usually depression. “Those of us left behind, it���s our duty to let others know that there is a way, there is hope, there’s help.” Haveson said. If ever a student needs help dealing with stress, handling a crisis or even coping with the transition to college, the UB Student Wellness Center offers free counseling services; individual, group, and couples therapy sessions. The Out of the Darkness Walk showed just how a community event can bring people together.
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Marching Through The Stereotype SOPHIE TRUTER Staff Writer UB’s marching band, Thunder of the East, has stomped the stereotype associated with most marching bands. According to typical pop-culture, students that participate in bands are often misconstrued as outcasts. Their Saturday nights don’t consist of blowing saliva down metal instruments, at least not all night. Instead, they prove that music, school spirit, and college pride can be as cool as Marty McFly. Christine Szafran, the band’s commanding officer, says that labeling the band as little more than a bunch of musical misfits is misguided. “Honestly, as soon as you get to college, the ‘band geek’ label goes away. I think it's because there’s a wide variety of people in the band, there’s not really a specific ‘type’ of person we all are. We all have different interests and hobbies,” Szafran said. The band is comprised of a unique range of individuals who come together to form one immense rhythmic sound and spirit. Kelsey Leach, a junior studio art major and a flute
player in the ensemble, recognises this shared identity. “As I suited up for my first UB football game, I was absolutely terrified,” Leach said. “By the time the pre-game show was over, I realized that no one was actually focusing on me as a single unit, it was the band as a whole that grabbed the crowd's attention.” The band’s solidarity is not something that comes easily. Behind the scenes, these musical marvels spend hours practicing and perfecting their craft. On Monday and Wednesday nights, Kunz Field on North Campus is taken over physically and musically when the band comes together for rehearsal. The musicians, staff, dazzlers and color guard all migrate there to ensure their act is as strong as it can be. Add to this the time they spend individually rehearsing, attending camps and other music programs, and it becomes clear that their hard work pays off. According to Leach, this precision and discipline creates a sense of family and is the staple behind the formation of such strong bonds. “When a rookie or a freshman comes in on the first day of band camp in August, they can easily feel lost, overwhelmed or intimidated,” Leach said.
“After spending 12 hours a day for a total of nine days together, the people that surround you at every practice, become the people you rely on and trust. They become teachers, mentors and support, every aspect of a family.” This group of musicians extends beyond just a few instruments. The color guard and dazzlers also contribute to the formation of Thunder of the East. According to UB Dazzlers’ coach, Korinne Sullivan, the separate groups work in conjunction to provide quality entertainment for student crowds. “As a visual component of the marching band, the dance team expresses through movement, the sound and rhythm of the Thunder of the East,” Sullivan said. “The UB Dazzlers Dance Team has been tastefully designed to reflect the pride we have for The University at Buffalo.” If one took the time to look at the faces behind these instruments, they will begin to see that the marching band is much more then just a heap of kids in uniforms and instruments walking in unison. They take pride in the UB spirit and work hard to ensure you do too.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You can trust in that which has served you well in the past -- and one of your old friends is likely to come through in a pleasing way.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may have to work quickly -- and perhaps very late in the day -- in order to meet a deadline or satisfy a superior's special request.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You've positioned yourself in such a way that good things come to you in far more abundance than bad. There will be an exception, however.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may have to step forward into the fray and keep others from making worse a situation that is already bad enough.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Negative emotions can only lead you to a decision that you will regret in the near future. Listen to a friend who tells you to forgive.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Be positive, forward-thinking and polite at all times and you'll be surprised to see how many doors are opened to you.
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Bulls go 2-1 in Blue and White Classic
EDWARD BENOIT Asst. Arts Editor
In a historic first week of NFL football that saw 14 passers eclipse the 300-yard mark, the most valuable quarterback of all was one who didn’t even take the field. I’m talking, of course, about Indianapolis Colts quarterback and TV commercial mega-star Peyton Manning – a player that demonstrated his status as the league’s most valuable player by not playing at all last Sunday. This may seem like a totally backwards, fallacious argument, but I’m being totally serious. Indianapolis put up 54 points against the Texans between their two meetings last year. The first game this year? The Manningless Colts barely managed to get on the scoreboard at all, scoring a meaningless garbage time touchdown against a Texans defense that seemed almost bored with harassing Kerry Collins by the time the score happened in the fourth quarter. Doubters will say that it’s only natural for a team to struggle without its starting quarterback. This might seem like common sense, but recent NFL history begs to differ. Remember when the Pats lost Tom Brady half a game into the 2008 season? Bill Belichick and the Patriots were so daunted by the loss of their reigning-MVP quarterback that they went on to win 11 games and just miss out on a playoff berth. Or how about the beginning of last season? The Steelers were without Ben Roethlisburger for the first month of play due to a league-imposed suspension for the quarterback’s offseason sexual misadventures. The disastrous result? Pittsburgh went 3-1 over that span. Of course, the 2008 Patriots and the 2010 Steelers were teams made up of more than just their quarterbacks: New England had what was probably the league’s most talented roster at that point, while last year’s Steelers boasted the best defense in all of football. The same can’t be said about the Colts of late. Last year, Peyton Manning took a Colts team with no defense, no offensive line, no running game, and a depleted receiving corps to the playoffs, setting a career mark in passing yards in the process. He wasn’t just the most important player on the team – he was the team. Manning didn’t have – and, evidently, doesn’t need – an elite defense, an impenetrable offensive line, or a squad of game-breaking big-play receivers to win football games. No offense to Bill Polian and company, but they haven’t exactly done a good job of giving Manning those things in recent years, and now it shows. Manning’s absence has been felt in a big way just one week into the season. (Two weeks, actually – Indianapolis lost to Cleveland while I wrote this.) While you may not agree with me now, 15 weeks – and, at absolute most, three or four wins for a Colts team without Peyton Manning – from now, it’ll be hard to disagree.
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The volleyball team took two out of three in the Blue and White Classic. BRADLEY PARKER Staff Writer The volleyball team has been inconsistent of late, and carried a 5-5 record into this past weekend’s Blue and White Classic at Alumni Arena. Coming off a 3-1 victory over Niagara last week, the Bulls (7-6) looked to continue building momentum as they played host to their annual weekend-long tournament. In Friday night’s opening match, the Bulls would need every advantage they could get to outplay a strong Syracuse (8-4) squad. The Bulls brought a high level of intensity, and that mindset led them to a tough, five set win – one of their most impressive of the season. “This game was probably our best team effort of the weekend,” said head coach Todd Kress. Each game was a nail bitter. Three out of the five sets were decided by three points or less, leading to a pivotal fifth set in which the Bulls ousted the Orange, 15-7. Sophomores Dana Musil and Christine Fritsche led Buffalo with an astonishing 17 and 15 kills, respectively. Fritsche also tagged on 14 digs, while freshman Alessandra Jovy-Heuser had a career night with a personal best 11 kills. Sophomore Kelly
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Svoboda’s season-high 28 digs came up clutch in the victory, and sophomore Dani Reinert orchestrated the offense, posting 55 assists. Saturday morning’s match pitted Buffalo against the Cornell Big Red (2-8). After defeating a powerful Syracuse team, it was clear that the Bulls had a new air of confidence. Reinert’s 53 assists led a strong team effort, as four players finished in double figures in kills. For the second straight game, Musil and Fritsche took first in the kills department, each tallying a match-high of 15. Svoboda grabbed 23 digs, giving the sophomore her fourth straight 20-dig match. Jovy-Heuser added a career-high 6 digs. The Bulls took the match 25-20, 21-25, 25-16 and 26-24. The victory improved the Bulls’ record to 7-5 on the season. Kress described his team’s play as “sloppy” despite the victory. The Bulls would need to clean up their act fast as they faced Dayton (6-5). The Flyers had also gone 2-0 on the weekend entering Saturday night’s showdown. Unfortunately for Buffalo, the Bulls couldn’t continue their impressive play, as the winning streak
was cut short by the Flyers. The numbers did not lie as Dayton dominated Buffalo in hitting percentage, blocks, digs and aces, leading to a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of the Flyers. “Tonight really showed that we’re just not ready to take that next step as a program yet,” Kress said. “At some point, we’re going to have to decide to step up and compete and fight on every single point, especially when we play teams that are better than us.” Musil’s seven kills and Svoboda’s 11 digs highlighted some bright spots for the Bulls. Jovy-Heuser added a team-high three blocks. Kress reiterated that the Bulls simply did not fight as a team like they did in the previous two matches. “Dayton’s a Top 25 program and for good reason,” Kress said. “They’re bigger than us and they’re more physical than us. But on the other hand, you can’t just put your tail between your legs and run off the court. You’ve got to go out there and compete.” Despite the loss, Reinert and Svoboda took home AllTournament Team honors. The Bulls will look to put their talent on full display as they travel to Akron to take on the Zips on Thursday.
Bulls Fall in Heartbreaking Fashion to Ball State Buffalo’s Mid-American Conference losing streak extends to eight
BRIAN JOSEPHS Sports Editor The vibe around UB Stadium has been different this season; seemingly everybody has noticed it. A new quarterback, a better offensive line, and a few defensive playmakers tend to make life a little bit happier. On Saturday night, the Bulls (1-2, 0-1 Mid-American Conference) were just over six minutes away from securing a comeback victory that would have removed the lingering hangover from last season. But on the final drive in a game they led by four points, the Bulls couldn’t stop Ball State (2-1, 1-0 MAC) on fourth down – twice. The Cardinals got the ball after what felt like a predestined turning point for the Bulls. After being dominated for most of the first half, the team captured the lead for the first time since the first quarter. The feeling didn’t last long. Ball State methodically marched down the field into Buffalo territory on the ensuing drive. On fourth-down and 14 yards to go at Buffalo’s 37-yard line, victory seemed within the Bulls’ grasp. Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning dropped back to pass and found Cardinals wide receiver Briggs Orsbon. Bulls fans have seen this movie before. Against Bowling Green last season, Buffalo led going into the fourth quarter, only to allow 13 unanswered points to fall late in the game. The Bulls forced Ball State into another fourth down situation deep in their own territory, and once again failed to make the stop. Sophomore linebacker Khalil Mack came off the edge for a potential game-clinching sack, but running back Jahwan Edwards’ last second cut block on Mack gave Wenning just enough time to find wide receiver Jamill Smith for another conversion. Wenning would cap off his 226-yard, two-touchdown performance with a four-yard touchdown pass to Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead. The touchdown came with 29 seconds remaining in the ballgame, and the Bulls’ offense couldn’t muster any magic in the game’s final seconds.
Mack had a career-high 11 tackles on the night. The two-time MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week lamented on the defense’s missed opportunities. “It’s a heartbreaker,” Mack said. “They’re a good team, but at the same time we had a lot of mistakes tonight and we have to bounce back from this loss.” On the game’s first drive, senior wide receiver Terrell Jackson took a handoff from senior quarterback Chazz Anderson and tossed the ball 27 yards to senior wide receiver Marcus Rivers to open up the scoring. Things went downhill from there. After allowing three unanswered touchdowns, the Bulls trailed 21-7. The combination of senior quarterback Chazz Anderson and sophomore running back Branden Oliver brought the Bulls storming back in the second half.
The Bulls fell to Ball State on a last-minute touchdown.
It appeared the Cardinals were doomed for defeat after the Bulls posted 18 unanswered points. But the Bulls never could recover from a poorly played first half. Their offense looked anemic after the opening 60-yard scoring drive, as they totaled just 109 yards of offense in the first half. The Bulls’ defense could not make up for the offense’s lackadaisical play. The defense was exploited in nearly every play during the half. Ball State consistently found holes in coverage and took advantage. Head coach Jeff Quinn was highly critical of his team’s slow start. “I didn’t feel like we were playing nearly at the level we were capable of playing in the first half,” Quinn said. “I told them at the end of the game that we did not play four quarters of football tonight and the end result showed it.” Oliver turned in another outstanding performance, running for 118 yards in the loss. His third quarter, 10-yard touchdown run was the fifth of the season for the Bulls
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featured tailback. Senior kicker Peter Fardon had the extra point blocked after Oliver’s touchdown, which loomed large for the Bulls for the remainder of the game. They would have to attempt a two-point conversion after the following two touchdowns, with neither one being successful. The three points lost proved to be the difference in the game. Anderson finished the game with 149 yards passing and 59 yards rushing. He scored a touchdown through the air and on the ground. He cited Buffalo’s below-average first half play as the key factor in the loss. “When you score early like we did, you have to stay poised and continue to play great football,” Anderson said. “That’s what we didn’t do offensively. We hurt ourselves.” The Bulls will head back to UB Stadium to face Connecticut (1-2) this Saturday for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org