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Passengers await the UB Stampede, which has been the source of numerous complaints early this school year.

Students have had to pack into Stampede buses this year and, at times, wait over an hour.

Passengers peeved with sluggish Stampede

Frustrated students pay involuntary $171.75 transportation fee every semester AARON MANSFIELD Editor in Chief

When he went back the next day and waited two and a half hours, he’d had enough. “It’s not acceptable,” said Pathirage, a senior chemistry major, who was left waiting Aug. 25 and 26. Students called the transportation office both days but nobody answered. “It’s not a charity. It’s paid for entirely.” UB students pay an involuntary $171.75 every semester for a “transportation fee,” the majority of which goes to the Stampede. The 28-bus fleet runs 24 hours a day. Many feel they haven’t been getting their money’s worth this semester; students say the buses

Don Salinda Pathirage was in a hurry to get from his Winspear apartment to North Campus and thought he’d hop on the UB Stampede, which is supposed to run every 20 minutes. He waited two hours – the time in which six buses were supposed to come – and no bus showed up. Pathirage, an international student who doesn’t drive in Buffalo, gave up and walked home.

have been running far behind schedule. UB, however, insists everything is normal. Chris Austin, assistant director of parking and transportation services, said there were three buses servicing campus the weekend of Aug. 24-26, which is standard for a weekend during daytime hours. Austin said the Stampede will have more buses available for that weekend next year. The late buses weren’t just a problem during opening weekend, however. Four passengers tweeted complaints to the @UBSpectrum Twitter account last week.

“It’s a time-of-day issue,” Austin said. “On weekdays, we go back to that peak period of classes – that quarter to each hour, that 10 to each hour. Those are our peak points where students may need to wait a couple of buses before being able to board one.” Some passengers, however, aren’t satisfied with being told they just have to wait. Pathirage said it seems one bus has disappeared from the schedule. “On average, the buses have been 20 minutes late,” Pathirage said. “It’s been really intolerable wondering when it’s going to Continued on page 7

The high cost of cheap housing ERIN ELLIS Staff Writer A sump pump hose snakes out of a broken basement window. That house’s foundation is cracked. This is the reality to the residents of 195 Englewood Ave. Last Saturday, UB had its second Housing Blitz of the 2012-13 academic year. One of the houses selected for inspection had a buckling, nearly collapsing wall. The troubled house was one of 20 inspected during the blitz. Most of the houses had what the present building inspectors described as common violations. It was evident from the poor condition of the Englewood home the house was subjected to years of neglect, according to Keith Davies, a city building code inspector, who was at the blitz. “That whole wall needs to be rebuilt,” Davies said. “Eventually the house will buckle and cave in.” He went on to say if the landlords don’t attempt to make the required repairs soon, the students living in that home are in danger of being homeless. On Jan. 9, 2011, 63 Montrose Ave. – another home in

Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum

Students vote to mandate or abandon the activity fee This week, undergraduate students have the power to decide whether or not the mandatory student activity fee will continue for the 2013-14 academic year. The referendum vote occurs every two years. The fee funds the Undergraduate Student Association, its clubs and other campus activities like the Distinguished Speaker Series, Fall and Spring Fests, comedy series, film series and its day-today operations as the largest student government in the SUNY system.

Erin Ellis /// The Spectrum

This is the attic in 195 Englewood Ave., which was one of several houses investigated by the housing blitz on Saturday.

The Heights district – was damaged because of a serious electrical fire. That home is owned by BRoS Properties. Bradley and Shawn Engel manage the company and own 17 apartment houses in The Heights, according to their website. The Englewood home with the collapsing wall is also one of these houses. The basement was consumed in black mold after groundwater penetrated through a gaping crack in the wall. Although the Englewood Avenue residents were hesitant to speak up against the property

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management, they did express serious concern. The numerous violations noted by city building inspectors will not be made public until sometime next week, according to Lou Petrucci, assistant director of the department of permits and inspections services for the City of Buffalo. The students in the neglected home were not willing to speak on the record with The Spectrum. More than half of the houses inspected had hasp locks – a type of padlock. These locks are

a building code violation when installed on any interior doors. The lock, located on the doorframe, makes it easier for an individual to be trapped in his or her room during a fire and more difficult to be rescued, according to all officials present at the blitz. Other common violations in many of the homes include upholstered furniture outdoors, outdoor grills under covered porches and the use of common areas (like a living room) as a bedroom. Most students living in The Heights aren’t aware of what to check for before signing a lease for one of the homes in the area, according to Dan Ryan, director of off-campus housing. Sub-Board, Inc., which provides free legal advice and representation to UB students, has a website that contains a search engine for potential rental properties in Buffalo. “Right now it’s not much different than Craigslist,” Ryan said. Student Affairs is interested in changing the current system, according to Ryan. Sub-Board has a disclaimer on its website stating that it is not responsible for any inaccuracies posted about property listings by students or landlords in the search engine. Ryan wants Continued on page 7


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You’re bound to hear it the instant you walk into the Student Union the next few days: go vote for the referendum. This week through Thursday, the Undergraduate Student Association has opened polling for a referendum on the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, and you should care. Out of SA’s $3.8 million budget and all the fees that students are required to pay, the Student Activity Fee is the only funding that students have direct control over. Each semester as part of your tuition and fees, you pay forward $94.75 to SA. For some, it might be too much money – money that could go into a savings fund so students can finally buy their textbooks or eat. What else does it get you, though? Those events that are so heavily voted on, attended and praised (or criticized) every

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September 19, 2012 Volume 62 Number 9 Circulation 7,000 The views expressed – both written and graphic – in the Feedback, Opinion, and Perspectives sections of The Spectrum do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board. Submit contributions for these pages to The Spectrum office at Suite 132 Student Union or The Spectrum reserves the right to edit these pieces for style and length. If a letter is not meant for publication please mark it as such. All submissions must include the author’s name, daytime phone number, and email address.

That apathy is going to be far more embarrassing come fall of next year when you have to explain why the school’s Fall Fest is a no-go. Given the option to say, “I don’t want to shell out money for an extra fee,” that account is quickly going to dwindle. As long as student money is being used correctly, there’s no reason to not vote yes to keep the Student Activity Fee mandatory. If transparency is what you’re looking for, then every dollar is accounted for in SA’s general ledger on its website. It takes a minute to vote. Take advantage of your right to do so or don’t complain when if the Childish Gambinos and J. Coles disappear and you have an empty stage. Or worse, The Fray. Email:

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semester: Fall Fest, Spring Fest, Distinguished Speaker Series, Comedy Series, just to name a few. It also pays for student clubs, student government and apparently the university pharmacy. This is why it’s important to check the ballot and vote yes to keep the Student Activity Fee mandatory. Let’s be honest: there’s still a lot of ill feeling toward SA after Sikander Khan was playing with students’ money last semester. Students want to put their money in the hands of someone they can trust, and they want to know their money isn’t going toward hoaxes or fine dining. And if it’s not animosity, it’s indifference. Of course, it’s difficult to combat student apathy on campus, but you’re going to get out what you put in. If you want to have a good Spring Fest, it’s not going to pay for itself.

Romney comments won’t have any lasting effect Romney’s “shoot first and aim later” strategy has been perfected in the last few days with a series of “not elegantly stated” comments and bad headlines. His latest masterpiece came from a leaked video of the nominee at a private donor dinner earlier this year, quoted as saying the 47 percent of people guaranteed to vote for President Obama are people who are “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims [and] who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.” Despite insistence from the media the race is over, this is not the end of Romney’s campaign. It’s not something Romney hasn’t done before: an off-therecord remark that seemingly alienates part of the country. At this point it’s starting to become routine. So the surprise is more surprising than the comments themselves. Romney has made his stance on the class system and the economy quite clear in the past, claiming he wouldn’t cut taxes on

the rich and remarking that he’s not concerned with the very poor (which makes sense considering the “very poor” are part of that 47 percent). For that to be the remark to ruin Romney’s run, it would have to be powerful enough to turn all his supporters against him. What Romney attempted to say was the people who don’t pay taxes aren’t going to be interested in his plan to make tax cuts, a view most Conservatives share. The people left attacking his comments are those on the left, who are already not going to vote for Romney and the “leaners,” who, according to Rasmussen Reports, are tied between the two candidates at 48 percent. If the focus of this year’s campaign season is going to continuously be gaffes and off-thecuff remarks, it’s safe to say Romney should probably throw in the towel.

Even Obama had his own series of slip-ups in 2008. Who could forget such gems as his “57 states” comment or that small towns cling to their guns and religion, another “decision maker” of a comment? “90 percet of ‘game-changing’ gaffes are less important in retrospect than they seem in the moment,” according to New York Times blogger Nate Silver. If that’s the case, then this is just another distraction in an election year that’s running on the country’s short attention span and shortterm memory. Look forward to the next few weeks of Romney continuously backing and campaigning off the comments. And if you’re looking for a real distraction, don’t ask him how he feels about “dependence upon government”; ask him what he intends to do about it.

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Letter to the Editor disregard the toxic effects of secondhand smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, “Secondhand smoke is classified as a ‘known human carcinogen’ (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization.” The illnesses associated with secondhand smoke include asthma and asthma-related problems, heart disease and lung cancer (all in people who are current non-smokers). According to UB’s National College Health Assessment Survey (2010), 88 percent of our students do not smoke. We are working to create a campus culture that eliminates exposing them to the cancer causing chemicals in tobacco.

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I’d like to start off by saying that I intend this to be completely positive and objective feedback to the article about UBreathe Free in your Sept. 5th edition. I just want to present you with a different student perspective. I currently intern for Sharlynn Daun-Barnett in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Program at Wellness Education Services and I’m an active participant in UB Against Cancer. We’re best known for organizing Relay For Life, and most recently had a great success with banning the purchase of tobacco products with Campus Cash – limiting the sale of cigarettes to students at CVS and some Tops stores. UBreathe Free, UB’s smoke free, policy was created for two main reasons. First and foremost, it’s geared to help non-smokers stay healthy. Many students and staff still

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Secondly, the smoke-free policy is part of UB’s greater sustainability plan. According to UB Facilities, when the designated smoking areas still existed, there were hardly any cigarettes in the ash receptacles. People constantly disposed of their cigarette butts on the ground. With the UBreathe Free policy in action, people are less inclined to be spotted smoking near the buildings and littering there. We also have community service events throughout the year, such as “Kickin’ Butt,” to rid the campus of the cigarette butts littered on the ground. The purpose of the UBreathe Free policy isn’t to force smokers to quit. Although we definitely support those who have the initiative to quit through our weekly walk-in clinics and monthly workshops, since it is a serious health problem. Also, the pun-

ishment geared towards those who smoke near the buildings is a common misconception throughout the campus. The policy isn’t about punishment at all. In fact, there is no formal enforcement mechanism at this time. UBreathe Free is really about respecting others around you and the environment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at I would be happy to meet with you! Best, Yasmine El-Gohary ATOD Intern, Wellness Education Services Vice President, UB Against Cancer Letters to the Editor are only edited for AP Style.



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Odd jobs pay the bills RACHEL RAIMONDI Staff Writer It’s only a month into the semester and you’re pretty much broke. All the money you saved up this summer has gone to partying, clothes and maybe some books. It’s time to start looking for a job, but you’re not eligible for work-study and you don’t want to work for Campus Dining and Shops or the Residence Halls. Luckily, there are plenty of fun and unusual things to do to make some extra money this semester: 1. Participate in paid psychology and communication studies These are great because the majority of studies take only an hour and can pay up to $40. The tasks range from answering questions about past experiences and taking emotional tests, to being read adjectives while choosing their similes in three seconds. You might even have to agree to an electroencephalography, but hey, that’ll make quite the story of how you got your new iPad. Maybe you’ll learn something. Check campus bulletin boards for flyers or sign up on 2. Model for an art class Are you too sexy for your shirt? Try modeling for ART 223: Figure Drawing 1 or an open community drawing session through the art department. You have to be naked, but it’s a professional environment where artists are more concerned about their masterpieces than what you actually look like. For two, 2.5 hour sessions once or twice a month, you could earn up to $75 and the bragging rights of being a model in your twenties. Inquire at Center for the Arts room 202 for more information.

3. Take notes for a class You’re already going to every single class this semester – or at least that’s what you’re telling mom and dad. Maybe getting paid to take notes will put your attendance rate back on track. Accessibility Resources will pay student note takers based on the course credit hours. All you have to do it go to each class, take accurate notes, photocopy them for free through the department and then deliver them to the Accessibility Resources office after class.



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Part of the mandatory student activity of $94.75 each semester paid by each undergraduate student also goes to fund the salaries of those working for SA. Below are some of the stipends of the SA staff. In total, they add up to be about $250,000 based on documentation given to The Spectrum by SA. This total does not include what will or has been paid to SA photographers, ushers, sound tech or projectionists, who receive hourly pay of $7.50 - $8.50.

5. Recycle your empties We all know if you don’t go to a frat party, you have to buy your own beer this weekend. You already pay the five-cent deposit when you purchase your booze, so why not get it back through recycling? If you and your friends go through two 30 racks every weekend for a month, you can get $12 back when you return the empties. That’s another 15 beers. Bottle and can collection machines are located at UB. On North Campus they are in the Student Union, Greiner Hall and Knox, Capen and O’Brien buildings. South Campus has just one, located in Harriman Hall.

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Continued from page 1: Students vote to mandate or abandon the activity fee But there are students that don’t see the value in SA. “I’m voting ‘no’ in the referendum because I think SA has a lot of waste,” said Andrew Seier, a fifth year biochemistry and Spanish major. Seier sides with students who believe in a “Darwinist approach” to the club system. He thinks clubs could still exist without the fee by having members pay dues. He feels that instating dues would cause students involved in their respective club to participate more because of their financial stake. “As for clubs that don’t have a stable footing for their members, and they’re really just floating by on SA money, I see that as sort of like SA running a club-welfare program,” Seier said. “So, I imagine there would be a lot students that – if they really knew what was going on – wouldn’t be in favor of a ‘yes’ vote to this referendum.” He said there is no reason for SA to be as big as it is. SA President Travis Nemmer said individual members paying dues would not work because SA provides not only funding, but also centralization for clubs. If the referendum fails, SA will no longer exist; there would be no collective-bargaining body for the students. “We advocate on behalf of the students, and we are the only group this size and the clout that is able to do that,” Nemmer said. Without SA, UB administration would have no sole student body to communicate with, and clubs wouldn’t be to exist “under one roof,” according to Nemmer.

Sophomore philosophy and psychology major Dan Yarger believes all students are positively impacted by the fee, whether they know it or not. “If you’ve gone to Fall Fest or Spring Fest, if you’ve ridden the bus from South Campus at 2 a.m. on a Saturday, if you’ve used your credit card at any one of the places in The Commons or any one of the campus dining facilities, then you’ve been impacted,” Yarger said. Yarger said some students lost confidence in SA because of last year’s scandal. Former Treasurer Sikander Khan signed a $300,000 fraudulent contract for a mobile application. Yarger feels the scandal only represents the bad choices of a couple people who were in SA, and not the organization as a whole. “We’re all pretty young, none of us have been in politics before other than, like, model senate at our high schools, so we’re bound to make mistakes,” Yarger said. Simultaneously to the referendum vote is the vote for this year’s senators. Students who live on campus and students who live off campus can vote for their respective representatives. There are six off-campus and six on-campus senators, as well as the six club coordinators. When students go to the polls, the referendum and Senate elects are on one ballot. Polls opened on Tuesday Sept. 18 and will close on Thursday. The polls are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, and the results will be available Thursday evening. Email:

Continued from page 1: The high cost of cheap housing this changed. If Student Affairs puts pressure on Sub-Board, Ryan believes that they can be required to have a “certificate of occupancy.” “The only [landlords] who will have a certificate of occupancy are people who will let an inspector come through and take a look to certify that the electrical is up to code and the rest of the place is not in violation of the housing code,” Ryan said. The next Housing Blitz is on Saturday, Sept. 22. Both landlords and tenants are notified by email if their houses are on the

inspection list. After the email, tenants have the right to deny entrance to the building inspectors. Most participants encountered on Saturday allowed inspectors to access the inside of the houses. “[The Housing Blitz] is a good program,” Petrucci said. “We’re not gauging on cleanliness; we don’t care about beer bottles or anything else. We check the basics, make sure [students in The Heights] are safe and then move on.”


Continued from page 1: Passengers peeved with sluggish Stampede show up. One just went to The Bermuda Triangle, it seems.” On the opening weekend he was left waiting, Pathirage was headed to Capen Library to use Python – a program his computer won’t run – for homework. But faculty members have also run into problems with the Stampede. Andrew Stott, director of the honors college, takes the bus every day. “I’m from London, where nobody owns a car because it would be crazy to,” Stott said. “I want to use as much public transport as possible, but coming home, specifically, it’s very frustrating to stand there and watch the full buses go past one after the other while the bus stop fills up with hot, sweaty people who just want to go home because it’s the end of the day.” Austin said a bus will only drive by without picking up passengers if a driver is done with his shift for the day, in which case another bus should be there a couple of minutes later. “I don’t understand why there aren’t more buses to South Campus at peak times,” Stott said. “I’ve never really had a problem with it before. It seems to me there are just too many full buses – whether it’s more people on campus, whether they’re not running enough.” Pathirage took action; he left a complaint immediately on the parking and transportation website, but nobody responded until he emailed again two weeks later – calling the Stampede’s early-year service “appalling and unprofessional” – and carbon-copied UB President Satish Tripathi. “I think the [parking and transportation office’s] apology was involuntary,” Pathirage said. Michael Twum, a junior business and communication major, rides the Stampede three to four times a day, five days a week. “I seriously think they should see when classes are and see when optimal times are for the need of transportation,” Twum said in an email. “I mean classes in the morning seem like a time when you need to have a lot more buses than 9 p.m. I remember one day last week, when I tweeted about the issue, a bus driver told everyone on the bus

to complain because there are not enough buses coming. So if bus drivers are telling students to complain, it seems like a serious problem to me.” Stott said he typically has no qualms with the Stampede. This year has been different. “It is a busy time and I understand that, but still,” Stott said. “You’d think they’d put more on. The roads aren’t that busy. It’s not like they’re snarled up in traffic.” UB got new Stampede buses this semester. The new buses have four fewer seats but can hold more weight. Austin said the new Stampedes can transport more students during peak periods than the old buses. There are also 28 buses in the new fleet – four more than last year’s fleet. Austin said the buses transport around 24,000 passengers each weekday. “I’m not saying students are exaggerating at all,” Austin said. “I give much validity to each comment that we have. “We’ve received 14 complaints this semester so far. While we’d like to receive none, we take each and every complaint very seriously. We look to reconcile it. In the scope of a number of ridership experiences we have each day, we feel the number of complaints is at minimal level.” The Stampede costs $3.8 million annually and the transportation fee totals $7 million per year, Austin estimated. He tracks the buses during the day and said his office has strict enforcement ready if it is alerted to more problems. “If [the buses] just weren’t in the vicinity of where they were supposed to be, we’d quickly follow up with that driver and put them through additional training on the route and on the timetable,” Austin said. “We certainly rely on students and others who rely on the UB Stampede to be the eyes and ears. It is paid for by students, it services students, 90 percent of our ridership are students.” Ninety percent of the Stampede’s ridership is waiting to see if its $3.8 million will deliver buses on time. Email:


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From professor to farmer AMI DIALLO Staff Writer Twenty-five years ago, on her way home from work, Geri Hens had no clue she was living her last day as an outdoor sciences college professor. Her life changed in a split second. She was hit by a drunk driver. She suffered injuries to her neck and back, and it was in the hospital that she had an epiphany. She knew it was time to make a career change. It was her strong love for the environment that influenced her decision to start her first bee colony. Twenty-five years later, the bees have taken over Hens’ life. She now sells the honey her bees make at UB’s Farmer’s Market. Before the accident, Hens was working hard toward her career as a professor. She attended UB during her graduate study, but ended up finishing her course work at Canisius College. She began teaching as a middle school teacher and eventually received her tenure. She then went back to school for a Ph.D. to become a college professor in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The change has allowed her to discover and embrace her passion. “[The accident] has allowed me to go out in life and do some different things and to me that was a gift,” Hens said. For 22 years, Hens’ company, Hens Honey Bee Farm, has become the only New York State producer of USDA Raw Organic NY Native Wildflower and Tree Varietal Honey. Producing over 16 varieties of honey, the company not only sells honey for consumption, but skin products as well. Hens sells her products in seven different markets including the UB Farmer’s market, Clarence, Lockport, Elmwood and shops in Williamsville, N.Y. It took months of training for Hens to become a master beekeeper through Cornell University. She still goes back to the university as a host of many events and workshops to help raise environmental awareness in organic products and negative changes in the ecosystem.

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Her bee colony became stronger as she recovered from her accident. Her colony continued to grow, allowing her to build the honey business she has today. Hens’ bees are able to produce honey year-round, despite Western New York’s brutal winter. This allows her to maintain her only source of income. One of Hens’ many customers, Ashley Cercone, a sophomore anthropology major, started to eat organic foods with her family a year ago. They taste better, according to Cercone. Hens was one of the first farmers to join the UB market. She loves being a part of the UB Market because she is able to meet many different types of people from all over the Buffalo area. One of those people is Barbara Keating, an Eastern European baker from Slovenia, who owns the Sweet Temptations du Jour stand at the market. “This is my favorite market,” Keating said. “I really enjoy meeting people from all over the world and one of my favorite things is to talk about food.” Besides managing her farm and bee keeping, Hens volunteers with non-profit

organizations as well as mentors and consults farmers in organic beekeeping. One of her biggest achievements was holding the vice president title of the Western New York Honey Producers’ Association from 1999-2009. However, sometimes she misses her past career as a teacher. “To me, I’m still teaching,” Hens said. “It’s just in a different environment now outside of the classroom.” Hens continues to share her love for the environment with people through her various workshops and programs at different schools. She’s currently working with other local farmers in the Western New York area to start a winter market for UB students and other Buffalo residents in order to make organic products accessible year-round. “Because none of us know how much time we have, we need to use it wisely while we’re here,” Hens said. “I try to do positive things that help people every day and that’s what keeps me going.”

When asked the ever so frightening question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my response was the same from kindergarten until high school: lawyer. Television talk show host: my response to that same question, from high school to last week. Even before kindergarten, children are asked what they want to be when they grow up; most respond with jobs like “ballerina” or “astronaut.” When I was five years old, my typical Jewish mother engraved the thought of becoming a lawyer into my head. Did I know what a lawyer was? Probably not. What I did know was that “lawyer” was the appropriate response when anybody asked me about my future, because entering the field of law means money in the bank. And money in the bank – of course – means happiness. It was when I got to high school I had the epiphany: money cannot buy happiness. I have never taken a law class so why on earth am I assuming law school is for me? I love to entertain. I love to write, I love to make uncomfortable jokes, I love people and finding out their stories and I love attention. Aside from my spontaneous forehead breakouts and the glare from my four-eyed glasses: this face belongs on television. So for all four years of high school and for my first two years at UB, I was thoroughly convinced the day after college graduation I was moving to L.A. I was mentally preparing to become a starving, struggling waitress and


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Continued from page 8: Can money buy happiness? work in the mail room of a company like E! Entertainment until some agent discovered me and agreed there’s no one as qualified as me to be the new Oprah Winfrey or Chelsea Handler. Problem: I need money to even book a flight to L.A. and do what makes me happy. So now my epiphany is challenged: can money buy happiness? A week ago, my crazy Jewish mother took me back to kindergarten days and used her screwdriver mechanism to re-drill the thought into my brain: “you are going to be a lawyer. I cannot afford to support you moving to L.A. and let you be jobless.”

According to a survey done at the Kenexa World Conference, hosted by, only 16 percent of adults are currently living out the dreams they conjured up when they were younger. People grew up and decided their dreams were unrealistic. Going to med school cost too much money; some fell in love, got married and had no time to go after their dreams while raising a family, or others were simply too scared to stray from the convenient path. Parents often tell their children to follow their dreams. When we actually attempt to make our own decisions, though, they step in and tell us

those decisions are simply not good enough. There are approximately 30,000 undergraduate goals and dreams lurking around campus. How many of the 30,000 undergrads will be a part of the 16 percent and have what it takes to strive for their true passions? How many will take the easy path – the one that guarantees more money, a stable income and the ability to easily get married and raise a family? There’s the dream and then there’s reality. If you’re lucky, the two are essentially the same. If you’re not, then let the decision-making process begin.

At this exact moment in time, I have no clue as to what exactly my life’s blueprint looks like and I’m sure most of you don’t either. My mother truly believes that becoming a lawyer and making a lot of money will bring me happiness. I believe she’s crazy. I would love more than anything to be on television and share my enthusiasm with the world. I also started taking law classes last year, and I am growing to love that field of study. I will begin to study for the LSATS this year. Am I caving in and following my mother’s dream instead of my

own? Will I regret it if I don’t chase my television host infatuation? Will I graduate and book a spur of the moment ticket to L.A. to follow the road my heart is ever so requesting me to follow? Life is scary, but I have faith I’ll figure it out and so will you. Email me your aspirations and whether or not you’re choosing to follow them. I’d love to hear about your #DeepThoughts. Email:

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Segway through history RACHEL KRAMER Senior Life Editor Norman and Brandon Jonas invested their entire life savings for the sake of Buffalo tourists. There are 63 Segway tours available across the U.S., according to Thanks to Norman and Brandon Jonas, there are now 64. The father and son duo opened a Segway touring business in the northern Buffalo area in Aug. 2011 called Buffalo Touring Company. The idea to bring Segways to the streets of Buffalo started when the family took a trip to Pittsburg for Norman’s birthday. The pair took a Segway tour of the city. Both agreed using a Segway enabled them to see the city in a new light and gave them an opportunity to experience parts of Pittsburg they wouldn’t have seen if they had only toured the city on a bus or in a car. When the Jonas’ got back to Buffalo, they tried to look for a Segway tour in the Queen City. Their search came up empty, so they took it into their own hands to bring the Segway business to the city. The pair does not regret spending so much money to help their idea flourish. “We thought this was something that the people of Buffalo would not only love, but it was something they deserved,” Norman said. “There is so much to see in Buffalo and so much to do. They needed a different way to see everything Buffalo has to offer. You can miss so many things when touring only on the roads.” The tour starts off at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society in North Buffalo. A half hour training session gives the members a sense of how to ride a Segway and allows them to gain confidence the machine won’t let them fall. Norman remembers his first time on a Segway so he understands his guests may feel

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Father and son duo Norman and Brandon Jonas opened a Segway touring business in North Buffalo. This business enables tourists to see the city in a new light and allow the father and son to show others a side of Buffalo that can’t be seen by car.

uneasy about riding the twowheeled machines. “I just didn’t want to be the one to fall off; a lot of people feel the same,” Norman said. “What usually happens in a group is they will all point to someone else saying put them on first and then they will all watch to see what they have to do. It’s a matter of trusting us to teach you and trusting the machine and knowing you will not face plant.” The use of a Segway is simple. To move in any forward or backwards, the rider has to move his or her body in the desired direction. To move sideways, he or she must turn the handlebar. The machine works on the concept of balance. Brandon leads the tours at an average speed of 8 mph. This is fast enough to enjoy the thrill of riding on the machine and also slow enough to absorb the history and information he presents while on the tour.

“There is a lot of history packed into a great little area but unless you get to walk it, or Segway it, you don’t really get to experience the history and you miss out on a lot,” Brandon said. After departing from the Buffalo Historical Society, the group heads all over North Buffalo. One major stop on the tour is the place where President William McKinley was assassinated and Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated on Sept. 14, 1901. The groups are limited to four or five people. Norman likes to keep his tours small and personal. He thinks this allows the guests to become more comfortable and absorb more information. “Not only do they get a great experience and they get to see the beauty of the city, but all along the way we are giving a ton of history, including the War of 1812 and the Pan Am Expedition,” Norman said. “People are just thrilled that this stuff really happened here. People sometimes don’t believe that where

that thruway is running right now, boats were built there to defend our nation.” To Brandon and Norman, the tour is more than just showing tourists how great of a city Buffalo is. It is about the preservation of history and making sure that people know Buffalo is more than just the home to the Bills and the inventor of wings. “I think people need to understand how cool Buffalo is and I think people just get into the mindset of we only are a city that lost four Super Bowls, eat chicken wings and pizza and live year round in snow,” Brandon said. “I think people develop these, in a way, negative perceptions about Buffalo. But when you actually go and show people how cool the city we live in is, we have so much history and if you actually take a look at what you have, it will bring a different perception to the city of Buffalo.” People have come from all over the world to take a tour of Buffalo on a Segway, including Spain, Russia, England and all across the U.S. In the future, they hope to expand their business and include different locations in the greater Buffalo area such as the waterfront or the UB bike path. Since the reception of the North Buffalo tour has been so great, according to Norman, they are eager to see how the rest of the area will respond to the Segway tours. The tours will run as long as the weather agrees. Normally the winter is a cause to close down the outdoor business, but if this winter is as mild as last year, Norman hopes to continue running tours into November. “One thing about Buffalo is we are hearty people,” Norman said. “If you could get people to watch a football game in 10 degree weather, they will ride a Segway in 50 degree weather.” Email:

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Art majors like senior Gero Eaton struggle to afford lab fees and supplies for their course works.

Arts on loan SHELBY L. MILIZIA Staff Writer Hey, heard this one? Two students walk into a bank – To afford art supplies. Students frequently hear about the $200 organic chemistry textbook or the $100 physics manual, but it’s interesting to see how art majors weigh in when it comes time to pay in. With fees for limited lab time, expensive but crucial computer programs and pressure to acquire professional grade supplies, the starving artist is no joke on campus. With science-oriented courses, student labs have rented beakers and minerals to share and only pay for damages that occur during the semester. The university has less to give for its array of art majors who don’t expect to receive more than one thing. “The classroom [is all the school supplies,]” said Caraline Stocker, a senior fine arts major. “You pay for your paints, canvases, brushes, etc.” Students may be given extra supplies lying around depending on their professor, but

they are limited and insubstantial compared to the semester requirements. Stocker explained that her first two years were financially brutal. As freshmen, students start with nothing but a few basic tubes of paint left over from high school. Now as a senior, she has built a small reserve of supplies she can lean on. Spring semester and final project estimates, however, are already in the air. “I heard two girls the other day talking about getting a student loan for their senior thesis portfolio,” Stocker said. Professors have high expectations that heavily weigh on students financially. To achieve gallery quality work, materials can set a wallet back a few hundred or more, and professors aren’t afraid to call a student out for using cheap paints – poor materials reflect poor grades. According to Caitlin Chojecki, a senior former music major now minor, while an additional $100 lab fee gives the student access to necessary programs for their studies, the labs themselves can be difficult to access. “[The labs are] usually locked, [have] time limits or [are occupied by] a class,” ChoContinued on page 13

This special edition of Adrien’s Audio Den is designed specifically with a low budget in mind. The products in this list may not perform as well as their professional grade counterparts but they do still serve their purpose and will save quite a bit of moolah while music-lovers pay off their college tuition. Product: Behringer Xenyx 802 Mixer Company: Behringer Price Tag: $60 Use: Live sound, DJ, radio/podcast, personal line-out, Karaoke, and more The Xenyx 802 sounds much fancier than it actually is, so if you’re not audio inclined you may want to give this a look. Even those who aren’t avid performers

may have a guitar amp or two lying around. It would sure be nice if you could take a guitar, a keyboard, a microphone or an iPod, and put all of those into that guitar amp simultaneously. This is what a mixer does. It takes multiple inputs and directs them all to the same output. The Xenyx 802 is one of the cheapest mixers out there, but it can be your best friend no matter who you are. If you’re a fan of karaoke you can connect your iPod/laptop and a microphone into the mixer and plug the output into guitar amps or PA speakers. The Xenyx 802 has two microphone preamps so if you have another mic, sing with a friend. Keyboardists tend to have two, three or even six keyboards on stage at a time. It would be much more convenient to have all of those come out of one amp. This mixer has eight inputs, and runs stereo out with two busses. So all six of those keyboards will run to your single amp and to the sound guys. Making both of your lives much easier. For computer-only DJs who still want to talk to the crowd, plug your rig into this mixer along with a mic and sound more professional. Continued on page 13

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Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:30pm (Richmond) A semi-structured group for students who want to change a particular habit or behavior and have found it difficult to identify or take the necessary steps to do so. This group will explore factors interfering with students’ ability to change, assessing their desire, need, confidence, and reasons to change, and identifying the steps needed to make and maintain that change.

Finding Life Beyond Trauma

Tuesdays 3pm-4:30pm. (Richmond) This is not a group that will ask its members to disclose the details of traumatic events from their lives. Rather, the group is intended to provide a safe place for members of all genders to learn skills to manage the effects of trauma(s), whether the trauma(s) happened last week or many years ago. The group aims to break the cycle of one’s past haunting the present. Our intention is to accomplish this by utilizing skills that allow group members to live a life dictated by the individual group members’ values rather than dictated by symptoms created by events from the past. This group can be helpful to individuals who have experienced any type of trauma(s), including (but not limited to) childhood abuse, an accident, domestic/relationship violence, an assault, etc.

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Peaceful Mind

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Coping Skills Training Group

Thursdays 1:30 pm. - 3:00 pm. (Michael Hall) Fridays 1:30pm - 3:00pm. (Michael Hall) A structured group to increase coping skills including mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and distress tolerance.

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Resident Awful ETHAN PUTNAM Staff Writer Film: Resident Evil: Retribution Release Date: Sept. 14th Studio: Constantin Film Grade: D Hopefully Resident Evil: Retribution will be the headshot that puts down this abhorrent zombie film series for good. The latest release from husband and wife writer/director team Paul W.S. Anderson and star/model Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Afterlife) is the latest release in the cavalcade of horribleness that is the Resident Evil film series, and Retribution is just as unapologetically bad as was expected. Retribution starts off with absurdly overpowered protagonist Alice (Jovovich) locked in a secret underground facility owned by the Umbrella Corporation, an evil conglomerate making millions selling biological weapons. Umbrella’s master computer system, named The Red Queen, will stop at nothing to destroy all of humanity. From the opening scene, it’s clear this film has problems. As the opening credits roll, the audience is treated to a slow-motion shot of an action scene, but shown in reverse. At first this was an interesting directorial decision, but any hopes for a halfway decent film were shattered when the same scene is shown again, only this time, normally.

The film opens with the main character clearly alive, to then show the action scene that precedes this removes all tension and conflict. Since the audience knows that the main character is safe, any potential drama in the scene instantly vanishes. It becomes immediately obvious that Retribution has no interest in creating a cohesive plot and instead only concerns itself with action scenes, which would be fine if they could even do that right. The number of good action scenes in Retribution can be counted on your crotch; there’s only one of them. In fact, the whole plot is just an excuse for large-scale, yet predictably stale action scenes. The testing facility where Retribution takes place has holographic versions of major cities such as New York City, Moscow and Tokyo where biological weapons are tested. Naturally, Alice and her team of poorly developed characters have to blast their way through an assortment of set pieces just to get to a predictable sequel bait ending. There is no sense of drama or tension in any scene in the film; all the actors wear completely wooden faces no matter what obstacle faces them. There is neither fear nor compassion in the eyes of protagonist Alice, whether she faces an endless zombie horde or an innocent young girl, and this often-hilarious lack of acting talent is sadly present throughout the entire film. This film was just bad in every sense of the word. Stay as far away from this one as you can. Email:

SHU YEE RACHEL LIM Staff Writer Parked cars lined all of the narrow Fuhrmann Boulevard. Fans waited in their vehicles, their feet dangling out of their trunks in quiet excitement. A few stragglers treaded the wet asphalt roads with signs that read “Desperate, will buy ticket.” On flat grassland leading up to the quarry, the stage was set against a backdrop of sun-gold setting into the blue water. Dropkick Murphys, a punkrock band from Massachusetts, played at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor last Friday as part of the After Dark Entertainment Series. Though the concert was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., the show was delayed two hours due to the rain. People braved the chilly breeze as they waited for the concert to begin. “You know at first, this was kind of a bummer,” said Megan Tomassian, a senior speech pathology major. “But it ended up being okay because you got to walk around and enjoy the harbor more, which you probably wouldn’t have if the concert started right away.” Local hardcore band Snapcase entered the stage with a burst of energy that was commendable, but their opening act came as little relief to the eager crowd. “I’m not quite sure about the lyrics, because I can’t quite hear them,” said Cheryl Stevens, 41, of Buffalo. Characterized by screaming vocals and thick electric guitar riffs, Snapcase’s set was definitely geared toward fans of angst-ridden rock. In response to the hard-rock sound, some younger teens began crowd surfing and wind milling near the stage. However, the band’s heavy sound lost some crowd members, such as Buffalo resident Damon Rose, 58.

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Boston band Dropkick Murphys rocks the stage of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on Friday.

“I was a little confused about the static between the songs, where it… never ended, just noise,” Rose said. When Dropkick Murphys finally took the stage, the crowd’s energy drastically escalated. During “The State of Massachusetts,” Celtic and Irish rock engaged audiences who cheered and raised their beers, chanting along with every audible “Hey!” Fans in the crowd tossed their own shirts around and on to the stage. Others sung and danced along to the band. Stevens, who described herself as a Dropkick Murphys fan for many years, had been waiting to hear the band since 4:30 p.m. Her 20-year-old and 17-year-old children, who are fans of the band, also accompanied her and didn’t mind the wait. “Yes my oldest, he’s very much a big fan,” Stevens said. “He was like ‘I don’t care. I’m [going to] be there. I don’t care what it takes. I don’t care if it rains or not.’” More dedicated fans donned green garbs, shamrock-shaped badges and other Dropkick Mur-

phys merchandise purchased from the band’s makeshift store in the concert arena. At one point, the Dropkick Murphys members returned their fans’ love by performing a song they had not practiced for a long time. “We’re gonna f*** it up,” a Dropkick Murphys member exclaimed. The audience was hardly bothered. They just threw more rock hand signs into the crisp night air. The Dropkick Murphys drew a wide range of people to the concert, from young children to adults and die-hard fans to people who never knew the band existed. “I didn’t really know any of their music before I went, I actually just went with a friend,” Tomassian said. “And once I got there I was pleasantly surprised. I actually think they sounded a little better live than they do on their albums.” Email:

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leave students to fend for themselves when requiring lab programs that aren’t accessible on the average campus computer. Some studio spaces can be rented for extended periods of time, according to Chojecki, but spaces can average about $80 an hour. In order to get projects finished on time, most students are forced to buy the programs to continue working outside of class. For example, Chojecki paid her mandatory $40 lab fee to use Pro Tools, a recording/production software that is difficult to use on anything but a Mac op-

lab hours, school, and a full-time work schedule. This expensive inconvenience is a common occurrence on campus. “The Adobe Creative program online costs about $1,300,” said Kitty Lee, a senior graphic design major. “Though incomplete sets go for cheaper online and UB Micro previously sold it for around $300.” Lee, who in one day spent $200 on materials for one class, says that it’s just realistic to own programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, which is required for her coursework instead of con-

stantly dealing with the difficulties that come from on-campus labs. It’s not just the programs; books aren’t cheap either. According to Lee, a book for her “History of Photography” course was barely thicker than her finger, yet cost her $120. While students in science or humanities have the luxury to sell back books despite high costs at the beginning of the semester, art majors will find themselves surrounded by empty matte and broken-in paintbrushes by the time finals come around. Less than a month later, they’ll have to do it all over. Email:

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Continued from page 16: Can’t State looks like it can’t play football Oliver and company attempt to embarrass them on national television – you can already tell that they need work. Kent State failed with its admirable attempt to go with white on white two weeks ago. Not only did they lose, but they looked pretty bad doing it. The major problem here is the helmet. It’s dark, too dark to wear every game, especially if you aren’t going to wear dark pants. Their logo doesn’t help – there’s too much going on. A simple “K” would suffice, but instead they have a “K” with an eagle coming out of a lightning bolt surrounding it. I don’t get it. Kent State’s jerseys are its next biggest problem. Continuing on the trend of trying to do too much, the jerseys are just too busy. The piping that separates the shoulders from the body of the uniform is a Nike template design and even though it may be recent, it looks old. The Golden Flashes’ jerseys didn’t stand up against a Kentucky team that had their uniforms freshly rebranded last season. They looked muddled and sad compared to the fresh blue and white of Kentucky, very similar to what will happen tonight. Kent State’s home jerseys aren’t much better. Although the dark helmet looks better with the navy jersey, the piping still muddles the look. The only difference is that the piping on these jerseys is gold, which looks even worse than the navy piping on the white jerseys. The gold numbers are a darker shade of gold, which doesn’t help things much. The jerseys are just plain dark. There is no element of the jersey that pops off, and that is the main factor in what ends up as a cluttered look. There are no defining lines of color and the whole thing blurs together. It’s pretty easy to hate on MAC teams, considering the Bulls’ recent record against them. But when you look as bad as Kent State, it’s almost too easy. Even if the Bulls can’t beat Kent State tonight, fans can take a little comfort knowing Buffalo is the far-better looking team. It clearly spells more future success if uniforms are as large as a recruiting factor as we are led to believe. Email:


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Continued from page 16: Fans lift Bulls to Blue and White Championship “I think it was a great team effort. I think defense won it in the end,” Scott said. “In the fifth set we knew we had dragged it out too long and we had to get it done. We worked hard and got it done.” The Bulls jumped out to yet another two-set lead against Hartford (5-10). There was no comeback this time, as Buffalo took a commanding 8-0 lead in the third set and didn’t look back. Buffalo continued to take control of the match, winning by a dominating score of 25-5. “We just didn’t make many errors,” Kress said. “We kept the ball off the ground defensively and when you don’t make many errors you are going to put yourself in a nice position.” Buffalo would get some much needed few hours of rest and recovery before the night cap match with a tough Syracuse squad. “We just wanted to get back, eat, rest and get back in here and prepare for tonight,” Kress said. “We need to continue to get better. They’re good. They just beat the No. 18 team in the country this past weekend in Iowa State. They are good on all levels so we need to be ready to go.” The first set pushed the Bulls to the limit and forced them to fend off two set points. Buffalo had the opportunity to slam the door shut on Syracuse but failed to convert. A sizzling left side shot by junior hitter Dana Musil barely missed the court as it skimmed inches wide of the line. “It was a highly, highly competitive first set,” Kress said. “Both teams had opportunities to win that set and we had a couple overpasses we didn’t put away. We had a couple swings to win the set that we didn’t put away.” The set continued to wind down a twisting path as the set pushed past the 25-point mark. With the set at 29-28 in favor of the Bulls, Buffalo put home a kill that deflected off a Syracuse player and went sail-

Junior hitter Dana Musil spikes the ball for a point against the Orange. The Bulls beat Syracuse in straight sets, winning the Blue and White Classic.

The fight was there; the defense was there. They went at it on the block and that’s what we’ve been challenging them all year to do. Tonight was solid.” Junior setter Dani Reinert and junior libero Kelly Svodoba were both selected to the all-tournament team. Musil achieved the highest honor, earning the Blue and White Classic Tournament’s most valuable player. Buffalo gave the home crowd what it came to see – a championship. “It was incredible. Absolutely incredible,” Kress said. “If we can keep this venue like that for home matches this will be a tough place to come in here and win for an opponent. I just know that this weekend we are better than we were last weekend, and hopefully next weekend were better. We’ve got three days to practice and then we’ll be ready to go at it.” Buffalo will start up MidAmerican Conference play later this week as they travel to Ohio to take on rival Akron (75). The game is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. Email:

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ing over the top of press row and into the stands. “I was a little concerned,” Kress said. “When you get that many opportunities to finish a set and you don’t take advantage of it usually comes back to bite you. So I was very proud of this team that we were able, after the missed opportunities, to come back and find a way to get that [set]. That was a huge, huge momentum boost for us.” In the second set, Buffalo went on a 7-3 run before Syracuse came roaring back. But the Bulls, backed by True Blue and the record-setting crowd, pulled away and won 25-20. With momentum on their side, Buffalo seemed to relish the moment and take control of the match in the third set. Syracuse gave the Bulls all they could handle. But in the end, the crowd and superior Buffalo play was too much for the Orange to handle. Syracuse folded, losing 25-22 to end the match in straight sets. “The match could have gone either way, but tonight was our night,” Kress said. “We got some breaks, and I thought that our kids fought when we needed to fight. I don’t question their fight tonight at all.

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The Bulls wound up losing 41-10 and were overpowered in total yards, 541-264. As Bulls fans, you might be sitting there wondering why would smaller Division I schools want to play a team they know they will not beat? Start looking at college football from all angles. Big schools schedule small schools to help increase their win totals. Small schools accept the battering for a payout. As much as we want to think it is all about football, it’s truly about business – not for the athletes, but for the colleges. At the beginning of this season, Buffalo traveled to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs of the prestigious Southeastern Conference. Although the Bulls battled their way through the game, they were not able to overcome the strength and speed of a clearly superior Georgia team. They would receive yet another hefty paycheck to make up for their loss: $975,000. Next season, the Bulls will continue to collect money as they head to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Buckeyes, a prolific Big 10 team, for $1 million. In total, the Bulls will accumulate about $2.9 million between 2011-13.

The same could be said for the FCS schools that get paid to come to UB Stadium with slight hopes of pulling off an upset. From 2010 to 2012, Buffalo paid Rhode Island, Stonybrook and Morgan State a total of $785,000. Games with scores of 31-0, 35-7 and 56-34 aren’t the most exciting to watch, but so are three of the Bulls’ six wins in the past three years. Also, it gives smaller Division I and Division I AA schools the opportunity to fulfill lifelong dreams of playing in stadiums where they once attended football games. A player could catch the eye of an NFL scout in hopes of playing in the league someday. You get players like Branden Oliver, Alex Neutz and Alex Zordich shining against nationally ranked opponents in hostile environments. The fact Buffalo was within a touchdown at the half in Sanford Stadium was enough to silence 90,000 red-clad fans, is a huge confidence boost for a huge MidAmerican Conference school. So when you turn on the TV next season to watch Buffalo play against the Buckeyes, just remember that no matter what the score, the Bulls are winning on one level: money. Email:

Continued from page 16: Wednesday night fight Key Matchup: Kent State running game vs. Buffalo run defense This will be the most important matchup for the Bulls. Archer is well known, but his compliment, Trayion Durham, is the guy who takes most of the carries. Durham is a solid compliment to Archer. They will try to exploit a defense that has given up rushing yards in bunches, allowing players to rush for 100 yards in both games. Overall, the Bulls have given up 214 yards a game on the ground, a number that has to be smaller if they want to control the Kent State offense. They said it … (Money Issue edition) “If money grows on trees, I’m branching out.” – Kent State punter AJ Rotella (@ ajrotella12) via Twitter Number(s) to watch: 0

The Bulls have yet to force a turnover in their first two games of the season – one of only two teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision yet to force one. The other? Southern Mississippi. Prediction: With a Wednesday night primetime slot on ESPNU and the “Sea of Blue” at UB Stadium, the fans should be jacked up for this game and so should the players. Getting over their nerves and starting off strong will be key. A prolific pass attack led by junior quarterback Alex Zordich against a defense that has had trouble stopping the pass will be the factor that leads to an eventual Bulls win. Stopping the run game is also very important, as Kent State doesn’t scare many teams with its pass attack. Special teams will play a role, as the Bulls can’t afford to surrender any big plays or squander any scoring opportunities in the kicking game. This should be a high-scoring affair, with a late touchdown deciding the game. Bulls 34 Kent State 30






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Wednesday night fight Bulls, Golden Flashes will battle in Buffalo

NATHANIEL SMITH Senior Sports Editor Let the MAC games begin. After two weeks of playing non-conference opponents, the football team will finally get a chance to back up the comments made by senior defensive end Steven Means, who promised a Mid-American Conference championship before the season. The Bulls’ (1-1) first conference opponent is Kent State (11). UB will showcase its talents in front of not only Buffalo, but the entire nation, as this game will be broadcast on ESPNU. This game marks the first time Buffalo has had a home game on national TV since 2009, when the Bulls beat the Golden Flashes 9-6. Playing in this type of environment will be a big test for the Bulls, but it won’t change their game. “It’s very exciting for us knowing that we’re the only team on TV at that time,” Means said. “But like coach [Jeff Quinn] said, we’re just going out there to play. [We’ll be] playing hard like we always do.” On defense and special teams, the Bulls will have one primary objective – stop Dri Archer. The sophomore running back has only carried 16 times in two games, but with eight yards a carry on the season, he is a change-of-pace back who can explode for a game-breaking run at any time. Archer has shown his ability to change the game on special

Can’t State looks like it can’t play football BEN TARHAN Asst. Sports Editor

The action was tense and the stands were packed for a weekend slate full of hard-hitting, fast-paced volleyball action. The lights were on center court of Alumni Arena Friday and Saturday, as fans held their breath with every serve, set and spike. Buffalo (6-6), in front of a record setting crowd of 1,010 fans, grinded its way through the weekend to go 3-0, capping off the weekend with a stunning straightset victory over in-state rival Syracuse (76) in the Blue and White Classic. “I can’t thank our student section and the other student athletes that came out enough,” said head coach Todd Kress. “[There] was so much student athlete support tonight, and I want to thank the students, each and every one of them.” The Bulls got the weekend going right away as they jumped out to an early two-set lead against Dartmouth (1-8). Buffalo would falter in the next two sets, allowing the Big Green to creep their way back into the match. The Bulls dropped the third and fourth sets both by a score of 25-20. “We came out of the locker room flat,” Kress said. “We didn’t execute. [There] were a lot of unforced errors and some real sloppy play.” Buffalo rallied and put away Dartmouth, 15-11, in the fifth set because of its strong defense. Sophomore hitter Liz Scott had the final kill of the match.

W e ’ r e three weeks deep into the best 14 weeks of the year: full of football, playoff baseball, basketball and (hopefully) hockey. But I could really care less about the scores – the BCS will find some way to pit Alabama against LSU again this year, in the “who really cares anyway” championship game – I want to see what Oregon will wear, or which uniform combination Arizona State, Oklahoma State or Maryland will wear. I want to see the throwbacks Wisconsin and Nebraska are planning for next month. I want to watch crisp-looking teams play close, exciting games. Thus far the Bulls have gone toe-to-toe with a college football powerhouse and a team with one of the most entertaining college marching bands in the country. The results would be much as you imagined. Buffalo played Georgia tough on the road, but failed to pull the upset. The Bulls then put up one of the most prolific offensive games in school history against Morgan State. But the battle for best-looking team has gone a little differently. The Bulls went with their all-white uniforms against Georgia, who has some of the best-looking uniforms in the country, and looked fit to play a Southeastern Conference opponent. I still maintain this the Bulls crispest look. The Bulls even elicited a few boos from the Georgia faithful, which I like to believe is because they just looked that much better than the Bulldogs. The Bulls routed Morgan State, both on the scoreboard and in a fashion sense. Buffalo wore their best home look, blue over white. Not that there is anything wrong with the mono-blue look, but it just doesn’t look as crisp as blue and white do together. And don’t even get me started on those black pants. Morgan State, however, dressed like an FCS team. Morgan State’s biggest mistake is being outfitted by Russell Athletic. Russell just doesn’t do many big-time college programs, and you can tell when you look at the Bears’ uniforms. Morgan State’s helmet looks good enough incorporating its school logo with both its school colors onto a white background, but once you get to the Bears’ jersey, it’s all downhill. If they had simply stuck with orange and white, maybe this look would have been salvageable. But they decided some sort of odd faded checkerboard pattern had to be added to the shoulders, and it looks terrible. Junior wide receiver Alex Neutz didn’t need any help looking totally dominant over the Bears secondary, and he certainly managed to look significantly better than his opposition while doing it. Next up, Buffalo begins their conference schedule, in which they will look to prove that they are not only the best team in the Mid-American Conference, but also its best-looking team. Kent State is as much of a uniform cupcake team as you can find. The Golden Flashes’ biggest problem is their gold on navy color scheme; it’s a hard combo to make look good. Their second biggest problem is they seem to be the only team in the country to not get a modern look from Nike with their latest rebranding. As recently as 2009, New Balance outfitted Kent State. The Golden Flashes switched to Nike in 2010, and although they certainly look better now than they did before, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Starting with their away jersey – since that is what they will wear when Branden

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Dri Archer will be the one to look out for when the Bulls tangle with the Golden Flashes on Wednesday night to open up MAC play.

teams, too, as he has already returned a kick for a touchdown – a 98-yard scamper against Football Championship Subdivision team Towson (1-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association). On offense, the Bulls will continue to do what has worked in their first two games – run a balanced offense. Buffalo’s offense has dominated its oppo-

nents, as junior running back Branden Oliver and junior wide receiver Alex Neutz are among the MAC leaders in rushing and receiving statistics, respectively. Things will be tougher for the Bulls this week, as this is the first game without sophomore running back James Potts, who left last week’s game against Morgan State (1-2) after a 49-

yard touchdown run. Potts is out for the season with a torn ACL. Finding a solid backup for Oliver will be one of the keys to beating Kent State. The passing game should be an advantage for Buffalo, as the Golden Flashes are third worst in the MAC in terms of defending the pass, giving up 300 yards a game. Continued on page 14

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I’m cashin’ out JOE KONZE JR. Sports Editor Being outscored 139-0 seems a bit lopsided, but the Savannah State program sees it differently. To the national spotlight, the Tigers looked like a laughing stock, but they should be the ones laughing. They made $860,000 in eight calendar days. Sounds like a wonderful paycheck, right? What would you do with $860,000? I wouldn’t even need financial aid with that kind of money. I see this as a positive for college football programs. However, this doesn’t even compare to the generous amount of the money the Bulls get for

playing nationally known teams like Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio State. It helps showcase your football program in areas where football may be more popular than in Western New York. Secondly, if a smaller school were able to pull off an upset, it is on the national stage against top-notch competition. Last season, Bulls fans watched Tennessee carve up the Bulls’ defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. The Bulls’ dream of winning drowned in a sea of orange and white and succumbed to the pressures of Neyland Stadium. The Bulls were awarded $900,000 to travel to Knoxville, Tenn., which was a controversial late replacement road game for Tennessee at the University of North Carolina. Continued on page 14

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