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Volume 62 No. 32

Dental Dean Glick receives national recognition, local praise Story on page 4

International students find home for the holidays Foreign students discover new ways to spend American vacation time LISA KHOURY Senior News Editor During Thanksgiving, winter and spring break, most UB students leave campus and go home. Campus Dining and Shops closes 35 shops. The Stampede follows the Sunday bus schedule. Students in non-break housing are mandated to leave their dorms, and those staying in break housing must pay a fee for staying during winter and spring break. The 5,500-plus international students whose homes are thousands of miles away from UB are, for the most part, on their own during breaks. Many international students who are on student visas use their time during break to see various American cities and parts of Eastern Canada. Chinatsu Matsui, a junior economics major from Japan and president of the Japanese Student Association, spent her first Thanksgiving break in Chicago watching the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, eating authentic Chicago food, indulging in shopping and visiting museums. Kaori Fujimoto, a junior international business major from Japan, went to four museums in Washington, D.C. for her first Thanksgiving break in 2010. That year, she spent winter break touring New York City – visiting Wall Street, watching Mama Mia on Broadway and going to the Statue of Liberty – and will be returning this Thanksgiving.

Matsui said when she goes back to Japan, she won’t have a chance to travel like this again. Matsui is looking forward to this Thanksgiving. She’s deciding between going back to Chicago, one of her new favorite cities, or visiting Montreal. Other international students are looking forward to experiencing the American Thanksgiving with friends. Harsh Agarwal, a sophomore computer science major from India, is spending his second Thanksgiving in America at a dinner table with his internship supervisor. Last year, he went to another friend’s house. He said his family in India rarely celebrates holidays, and he had few family dinners with them in general. “I felt really happy [last Thanksgiving],” Agarwal said. “I felt like I had a family of my own for that one day.” Kevan Darmawan, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Indonesia, is looking forward to experiencing Thanksgiving for the first time. A friend from UB invited him to his home in Rochester for the extended weekend, so Darmawan won’t have to stay in an area lounge. “I always wondered what Thanksgiving was like, so it was a good thing he invited me,” Darmawan said. “I appreciate it.” However, Matsui doesn’t think UB gives international students who stay in Buffalo fair options.

Students who live in dorms are urged to leave during Thanksgiving, winter and spring break, according to senior associate director of Campus Living Michael Koziej. All dorm residents must pay a fee during winter and spring break if they don’t leave – even in the breakhousing dorms in Red Jacket, Richmond, Clinton, Clement and Greiner. A student in a non-break house can sleep on a cot in a closed lounge in one of the break areas for free during Thanksgiving break and $12 per night during winter and spring break, according to Koziej. Students in break housing pay a daily rate if they stay, depending on their room size. A resident of a quad is billed $25 per day; a double is $29 per day; and a single, the most expensive, is $33 per day. “The reality is we don’t want you to stay during winter, spring or fall recess because we have very few staff available, resources available, there’s just nothing for the university to support you while you’re here,” Koziej said. Koziej said he realizes some students don’t have the luxury to go home, and Campus Living designates break halls for those residents. “And we will staff those buildings,” he said. “But we can’t do it for all 7,600 students who live on campus because then we’d have to keep a full staff.” Continued on page 8

Courtesy of Kaori Fujimoto

Kaori Fujimoto and her friends Yuki Abo, Hiroka Ohnishi and Eri Ohashi (left to right) visit the Statue of Liberty during Fujimoto’s winter break in 2010.

A new reason to give thanks Student won’t let Hurricane Sandy ruin Thanksgiving RACHEL RAIMONDI Staff Writer When damage from Hurricane Sandy caused Jesse Nagel’s parents, grandmother and two dogs to move out of their home and into a one-bedroom apartment in Borough Park, Brooklyn, he did not think he was going home for Thanksgiving. Recently, a family friend set them up with a two-bedroom apartment nearby. Nagel, a junior nursing major, made his travel plans immediately. He’s going home for Thanksgiving with a new understanding of the holiday. “We’re not too worried about Thanksgiving – that’s not the issue,” Nagel said. “We’re more focused on everyone being safe.” When Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast on Oct. 26, loved ones were lost, homes were destroyed and cars were swept away. Many UB students went hours without hearing from their families and fearing the worst. After a text from Nagel’s mother said, “The ocean is coming up the block,” the Rockaway Park resident didn’t hear from his parents for another 12 to 15 hours. His brother, who lives in Manhattan, told Nagel fires started in towns near their parents’ home, wiping out entire blocks. He remembers barely sleeping and crying with his girlfriend, Jaimie Scott, a junior health and human services major and New Jersey resident.


Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum

Jesse Nagel's Brooklyn home was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. He is going home for Thanksgiving with a new understanding of what he has to be thankful for.

When Nagel finally got in touch with his family, he received the bad news – his house was uninhabitable. The basement flooded with eight feet of water, destroying his bedroom, the basement appliances and the car that he and his dad were working on in their free time. Now all that remains are the support beams and concrete steps to the first floor, Nagel said.

Witness recounts one of weekend assaults in University Heights BEN TARHAN News Editor

The ordeal is far from over, and he is unsure if the reconstruction of his childhood home will be completed in weeks or months. He does know it won’t be done in time for Thanksgiving. Every year, the Nagel family hosts the holiday dinner for 15 to 20 family members in their spacious two-family home. Relatives come from as far as Syracuse to eat the 25-pound turkey and celebrate the joyous year. This year won’t be the same, but Nagel is not concerned. This Thanksgiving will be about celebrating everyone’s safety and his ability to see his family and dogs, Roxy and Cleo, for the first time since the summer, Nagel said. He is thankful the National Guard patrolled the area day and night to keep looters away and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) insurance has been approved. He is also thankful people took action quickly to bring relief to the affected area. Volunteers from the local churches and temples helped the family drain the floodwater and clean out the basement. “You couldn’t see the difference between the beach and the street,” Nagel said. “There was sand everywhere.” Jenna Perrone, a junior communication major and Atlantic Beach resident, said her neighborhood experienced the same devastation. The businesses on the beach were boarded up, but no one thought the hurricane would be as bad as it was, she said. By the end of the storm, a building on the beach collapsed.

Jennifer witnessed one of three assaults that took place late Saturday evening in the University Heights. She was walking with two of her male friends on Winspear Avenue when two men confronted the group and attacked her two friends. The assailants were confrontational and told her friends to empty their pockets before punching one in the face, knocking him out and knocking the other to the pavement with blows to the face and ribs. Three assaults occurred near South Campus on Saturday night. Six students were attacked. “I think [the suspects] just heard about a college party and came down thinking they were going to pickpocket a couple people,” Jennifer said. Jennifer, a sophomore psychology and communication major who did not want to share her last name, said the victims were a freshman mechanical engineering major and a sophomore visiting from Finger Lakes Community College. Jennifer met up with a UB student after he left a party on Northrup Avenue. He told her people’s phones were being stolen out of their pockets. They were walking to their friend’s house “less than a block away from the Mobil station” on the corner of Main Street and Winspear Avenue.

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In too deep Return to sender Petraeus affair goes beyond the average sex scandal General David Petraeus’ resignation on Friday came without warning, but it should come without regret. Despite an impressive and honorable career, his highly publicized affair went beyond the stereotypical political sex scandal and into the realm of national security. The former CIA director disclosed his affair in a letter on Friday after having been advised by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to resign. Petraeus wrote, “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours.” The scandal comes at a difficult time (not like there is any good time for this, though). Just a few days after the national election and in a particularly challenging time for intelligence, the CIA is without a director. But it ultimately became avoidable with the proximity of Petraeus and Paula Broadwell’s relationship and the ongoing investigation of her email account. The timeline of the relationship shows he was carrying on the affair for the majority of his time with the CIA. While she was penning his biography, the two spent countless hours in interviews in Tampa and Afghanistan. There’s always a question of where a line should be drawn when it comes to someone’s personal life versus his or her professional life. What is the difference between an average banker and lawyer who gets caught in an affair and a major member of the government in the same situation? What makes one a scandal and not the other? In this case, Petraeus’ personal life directly reflects who he is in his professional life, and it doesn’t exactly look great when the leader of our nation’s spy agency has his extramarital affair unraveled through a personal email account. The separation of personal and private life is very unclear, but the way this particu-

lar situation – from everything to the information possibly attained by Broadwell during their years together to an email investigation that has, at the very least, temporarily distracted Gen. John Allen – was conducted makes it hard to believe this is a man who can be trusted in a commanding position. There is no greater indicator of the relationship between Petraeus’ personal and professional life, though, than the immediate concern for national security in the midst of all of it. While analysts have found no evidence that a security breach occurred as a result, the discussion that Broadwell may have gained access to classified information over the course of the two years of research and recreational activities continues. The New York Times reported classified documents were discovered on Broadwell’s laptop during her investigation, but the former director has denied giving her access to them. There’s been no necessity to approach this as a criminal case, and time will only tell if the controversy goes any further. What is unfortunate is the origin of the scandal – a minor investigation into a harassment conflict between Broadwell and Jill Kelley, a friend of Petraeus. A series of emails and a couple of women led to the downfall of a man who was considered one of the nation’s most popular military leaders and was ranked among the best of the best. But feel no remorse for the outcome, especially if the information Petraeus passed along to Broadwell went far beyond just the details of his childhood. If it’s anywhere in the conversation that national security has been compromised – and it obviously is – there should be no remorse for the decision.

SUNY Oswego student’s email shows importance of journalism etiquette

Alex Myers should be able to teach his fellow journalism students a few things about ethics and etiquette now. Last month, the SUNY Oswego journalism student and Australia native was required to write a feature for class on a public figure. He chose Ed Gosek, the school’s hockey coach. Myers sent out an email to hockey coaches at Cornell University, SUNY Cortland and Canisius College, looking for the opinions and feedback of rival coaches for his piece. It took two mistakes to get Myers nearly kicked out of school. First, Myers identified himself as a staff member of the Office of Public Affairs (he is, but this had no relevance to the piece he was writing) and then insisted the coaches, “Be as forthcoming as you like, what you say about Mr. Gosek does not have to be positive.” It’s not clear if email etiquette is part of the journalism curriculum at Oswego, but perhaps it should be. Relationships within a single school can be quickly repaired and brushed aside, but the email went out to coaches at multiple schools requesting opinions on Gosek. There’s a much bigger relationship to deal with here, and while there will probably not be any hard feelings that linger over the mistake of a single student, Myers’ go-ahead email clearly struck a harsh chord. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) reported that Myers received a letter from Oswego President Deborah Stanley informing him that he was being placed on interim suspension, was banned from all campus facilities and was required to evacuate his dorm by the next night. After the suspension was reversed, he had to write a piece to share with other students in journalism classes that tells what he learned in his experience. It does raise questions about the authority figures in the school. The university cited a section in its code that covers “harassment, intimidation, stalking, domestic violence, or creating a hostile environment through


discrimination or bias toward any individual or group of individuals” to justify its punishment for the student. It isn’t clear what part of the email falls into any of those categories. What you have is an inexperienced student journalist who doesn’t know the protocol of contacting sources – somebody who should have gone through the schools’ media relations departments to talk to the head coaches and make sure things were worded correctly. But Myers deserved the first charge against him. While he never directly claimed to be working on a piece for the Office of Public Affairs – which is why the school charged him with dishonesty – why would you refer to yourself as a staffer for a piece that you’re working on as a student? Maybe he thought he would be looked on as less important if he was “just a student” as opposed to a school employee, but honesty is the best policy. Myers made it clear he was not looking to write a fluffy piece praising a public figure for his contributions to society. He was looking for the goods, hoping somebody would give him his big break. But whether or not the punishment was too severe, the way in which Myers went about obtaining his information was a question in ethics. Journalists – from amateurs to seasoned veterans – need to stop playing the “it doesn’t have to be positive” card in hopes that it will land them juicy, scandalous details. It’s not a witch hunt, and those facts will fall into their laps naturally if they know how to ask the right questions. That’s the art of the craft – not just asking questions, but also knowing which questions should be asked, and Myers instantly violated that. Without question, there was no reason for the harsh punishment he originally received in regard to his “harassing” email, but it’s a learning experience. He can walk away now knowing that he did make a major error in judgment and can take something away from that. Email:

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The freedom of speech, but the responsibility of getting things right. CHRISTIAN ANDZEL UB students and community members of the 26th and 27th districts of New York State were exposed to an article that I believe was filled of false claims, petty arguments and untruthful assertions. I have no intentions of attacking the author of the article, “A Collins Catastrophe;” I just want to take the time to clarify and rebut the false content. I am speaking on behalf of a frustrated group of 50 high school and college students, along with Western New York residents, who supported and voted for Congressman-elect Chris Collins. I want to take the time to clear up the some of the assertions and mishaps that were published in the article. While reading the article, I found three troubling facts about the assertions the author stated. First, the author said: “Whether or not this is true is beside the point; the real issue is that Collins used his then-office as county executive, located in the Erie County-owned Rath Building downtown, as a meeting place.” I believe this is a concerning and very serious matter – when any writer of a newspaper discounts the validity of the entire premise. Second, when I read the online Artvoice article, there is a hyperlink to the story because Artvoice claims the link is evidence. The most disturbing part of the claim and hyperlink is Artvoice states: “No one has taken responsibility for the website.” Artvoice used that to assist with evidence. I would like to ask the author why she would cite Artvoice, which cites a website that not even a single person has claimed responsibility for. This is a direct microcosm to this entire editorial. Third, Chris Collins is a man who works extremely hard for his constituents. Any claims that he had private business meetings in public buildings can be explained by the fact that he works long hours and spends much of his time trying to achieve great things for the people and for his family. Collins received his financial success in the private sector. I find it very unique that he hasn’t spent his life in government, unlike many of the

public servants in today’s society. The article and Artvoice blog accused Collin of ripping Buffalo investors. In an effort to find the truth, I conducted research. I found there was no other reliable news outlet that covered that story. It surprised me that the author would cite Artvoice as a source because that news outlet is heavily biased. Many people, including myself, find it hard to even consider that a news outlet. In Friday’s editorial, Collins was also accused of leading and being the boss of facility workers who, “basically … were mistreating inmates – whether it was beating or raping them and driving many to commit suicide – making Erie County’s jails the worst in New York State.” I want to be clear in that after several hours of researching this assertion, I found it mostly false. In fact, I went to a very biased account, the Buffalo Record, whose founders were or still are heavily involved with Artvoice. In the Buffalo Record, there is a column dedicated to smearing Chris Collins’ reputation as a person and public servant for Erie County, and it was called, “The Chris Collins Record.” After reading Friday’s editorial and “The Chris Collins Record,” there were some eerily similar attacks. The only difference was in the latter, there were links of “proof ” from the writers of the Buffalo Record. Unfortunately, those links linked back to previous Buffalo Record blogs, reports or opinion pieces. We must ask relevant questions when reading because the integrity of the content is in question, especially when this source was one of the few that tackled this issue as well. Its claims are backed up with its own previous slanted opinions. The Buffalo Record’s hyperlink to the claim about the rape incidents even contradicted the author of The Spectrum’s claim. The hyperlink of the rape claim in the Record criticized the mistaken release of inmates. The Record, again heavily affiliated with Artvoice, claimed one of the released prisoners “committed a rape.” The truth is that the prisoner, not the facility worker, committed rape and was let go. In my research, I was only able to find one rape case where an officer had sexual

relations with an inmate and I believe that should be condemned. This tragedy occurred once and did not happen to “many” as the author stated on Friday. I believe to put that one on Chris Collins, or to write as though it was frequent under his administration, is politically incorrect. The article in The Spectrum also mentioned the illegal donation from UB’s Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE). While I do believe that was wrong, the author wrote the article as if the Collins administration was wrong for giving the center $449,250.12 over two years for its services and it being part of the donation scandal. I believe there was a double standard because the author criticized Collins for cutting programs that forced “many families back on welfare,” making him look insensitive and negligent to the working class – yet implicating his giving of money to a great community advancer as part of a scandal. Why is the double standard important? It is important because Collins, being an engineer, understood TCIE is invaluable to the Erie County community because it trains future leaders here in Buffalo proficiency in eliminating waste, improving business cash flow and overall greater efficiency. Those goals set by the organization are important for community development. We want those leaders in Buffalo eliminating waste and helping out the taxpayer while running an efficient system that will lift everyone in society. I understand we all have different opinions and believe in different value sets. Freedom gives us the opportunity to voice our opinion, but we must find the truth and be consistent in our claims and findings, even when writing an opinion. After showing people throughout campus what was written and how it was written, people knew they were not getting the full story. I consistently say: don’t believe me or other authors because we wrote something in the paper. It is up to each of us as individuals to hold writers accountable on all levels and with all issues. Thank you.


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Dental Medicine Dean Glick wins national award, moves dentistry forward CALEB LAYTON Staff Writer In 1988, when HIV awareness was in its infancy, more than two-thirds of dentists reported feeling “uncomfortable” when treating people with HIV. Michael Glick wasn’t one of them. Glick, UB’s School of Dental Medicine dean since 2009, established a clinic designed to provide dental care for patients who were HIV-positive. In its first year, the clinic treated over 2,000 people with HIV. “I think it’s our creed and our duty as medical professionals to provide care for all patients,” Glick said. “We cannot deny them that.” In October, the American Association of Dental Education (ADEA) awarded Glick with the Editorial of the Year for the third consecutive year. He has also received the Samuel Charles Miller award, which is the highest academic honor given by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Glick serves as editor in chief of The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), the premier academic publication in oral health. Glick, a native of Sweden, has become internationally known for his work to expand the scope and role of dentistry. “[Dean Glick] has a national and global reputation,” said Ed Morrison, the chief marketing officer for the dental school. “And the goal for [the school of dental medicine] is to define excellence in international oral medicine and education. We want to be the standard by which all else is measured, and we have a real chance to do that because of the collaboration Dean Glick has on a global level.” Glick received his degree in oral health from the Hebrew University Hadassah School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem before coming to the United States to complete his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lost in translation

The tale of a half-Jew, half-Catholic LISA EPSTEIN Asst. News Editor

Alec Frazier /// The Spectrum

In addition to being dean of the UB School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Michael Glick is the editor in chief of the American Journal of Dentistry.

In his time as dean, Glick has worked to expand UB’s impact on the Western New York community. On Nov. 9, he helped unveil UB’s new dental van, a mobile dental clinic that will give free dental examinations to underprivileged elementary school students. “[UB’s] community outreach is second to none,” Glick said. “We treat 150,000 patients a year. Only 50,000 are treated in the clinic.” And for UB’s dental patients, a trip to the dentist may mean a lot more than getting their teeth cleaned. Glick is an outspoken advocate of expanding the duties of a dentist to areas more traditionally associated with physicians. Oral health professionals have an obligation to take a more active role in their patient’s health because of the growing health epidemic in the United States with obesity, according to Glick. He said if current

obesity trends continue, the next generation will have a lower life expectancy than the previous generation for the first time in American history. Glick said dentists are in a unique position to stop this from happening. “Last year, 70 percent of adults visited a dentist; only 30 percent visited a physician,” Glick said. “[Dentists] are in a position to give medical advice or refer to people to the right physicians, and we can provide other services like screening patients for diabetes or testing for HIV. We should be health care professionals who specialize in oral health.” On top of his responsibilities as dean and editor in chief of JADA , Glick is also currently authoring two textbooks, adding to three he has already co-authored. He also teaches a class once a week on oral health. Continued on page 8

Do you wear that funny hat? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you get double the presents? How does that happen? Does this mean you’re good at math? When I used to tell people from my small, predominantly Catholic high school I celebrated Jewish holidays, they would immediately ask me questions that seemed irrelevant and often ridiculous. In a school district where everyone was the same, to admit my family wasn’t like theirs made me an oddball and a spectacle. Truthfully, I’m not actually Jewish and although I am Catholic, I don’t even really associate with that religion either. Until I was about 4 years old, my parents couldn’t decide whether or not to baptize my sister Rachel and me, as the Catholic Church does, or follow the Jewish faith. My sister and I didn’t know any different, either. Celebrating Rosh Hashanah and Easter, Hannukah and Christmas, was normal for us. My early holiday memories include my Jewish father decorating the Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols, and my Catholic mother cooking potato latkes and lighting the menorah, singing the Menorah Kindling Blessings with us. When I got to middle school, I started hearing side comments and jokes made on my behalf – all because I was different than the other kids in school. None of them actually hurt my feelings, but it started to get annoying to be the weirdo who celebrated Continued on page 8

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Minimum patience for minimum wage BRIAN JOSEPHS Senior Managing Editor When my family and I were living in our small apartment in Flatbush, Brooklyn, my father (and sometimes my mother) was always working late nights to support the family – even during the holiday season. My mother would stay in her bedroom to rest after her work shift and watch the NY1 news channel in her bedroom, while I lay in my full-sized bed watching Cartoon Network’s Christmas specials. Both of my parents were nurses who worked hard to pay the bills and give us the stuff my brother and I wanted. Our 6- and 7-year-old selves didn’t mind they were slaving for hours at a time. As long as we got our Sega Dreamcasts, pinball machines and Mega Blocks – my family didn’t have Lego Blocks money back in the day – all was well. My parents are still working the same jobs a decade later, while every year I work holiday jobs to try to pay them back for what they gave me when we didn’t have much. Every day after work, I’d come back to the dorms and talk to either Facebook or my roommate to complain about my sassy boss, the management’s frugality with working hours and that customer who had four huge loop earrings in each ear. But in the back of my mind, I knew I was being pretty weak for complaining. If my parents could work eight-hour shifts at their hospitals for more than 20 years, then surely I could handle five hours at retail stores like Hollister or Aeropostale. I was young and fully functioning; they were in their 50s. However, after my last night working at Hollister – which paid minimum wage – I thought to myself: is this really worth it? I didn’t have to do much soul searching during my walk back from the Boulevard Mall to conclude that it didn’t. I doubt there are many seasonal retail jobs that are worth it, either. Holiday retail jobs take your goodwill intentions, flip them for their profit and throw those intentions back at you. They take your yule time cheer and transform it into fake smiles to greet customers for profit. Additionally, you have these managers who’ve been putting on this façade for so long that it feels like it wore into their very being. I guess this is why they seem so

emotionally dead or unnecessarily cruel. Folding and hanging clothes, greeting customers who may not want anything to do with you and dealing with self-centered co-workers will wear you down mentally even if the job generally lasts for a little over a month. I eventually started counting time by cents rather than minutes. I’d make a recurring joke that I was being paid 60 cents for the five-minute bathroom breaks I took while on the pay clock. What bothered me the most while taking the walk home that night, though, was that I sort of knew working at Hollister was going to be an irritating experience. The hiring manager was pretty upfront about the low hourly wage, and Hollister was already known for the shallow nature of its consumers. I thought college seasonal workers like me didn’t necessarily need much else for such a job. I could talk about how shallow and materialistic the retail environment was, but at the same time, the very reason I took the job was a materialistic one as well. I took the job to buy my family gifts – mere things. I brought my mother a scarf, my father a shirt and I forgot what I brought my brother. I’m sure they appreciated the presents, but within months time my mom stopped wearing the scarf completely, and I never even saw my father wear his shirt. My parents never really cared about the presents; they were concerned about me finishing college and making sure I didn’t get anybody pregnant. I applied the same logic to seasonal retail jobs and realized that no one really gives a damn about the workplace as much as they’d like to think. Most managers and co-workers only care about their own paychecks and job security, while customers just want to get the clothes and leave. The work environment becomes a second priority during the hectic holidays, which leads to a generally stale and sometimes tense atmosphere. Fixing the environment will probably never be a focus, because half of the staff is going to be gone in two months anyway. We get the paycheck. The company gets its cheap labor. Everybody wins. It’s a shame these seasonal jobs lack holiday cheer, but such is the system we work in. Email:


An extremely frustrating Black Friday REBECCA BRATEK Managing Editor I hate coupons. I hate people who use coupons. I hate sales. I hate Black Friday. Think lining up at a door in the rain or snow at midnight is stressful? Try standing on the other side of the cash register. For the past three years, I’ve worked in retail and for the past three years, I’ve worked Black Friday. It’s the one day of the year I wish didn’t exist, and I hate it so much that it almost ruins Thanksgiving. It’s a day that glorifies American consumerism, and I really don’t get why it’s fun to line up at a store after ingesting too much turkey and pie. Why do we have to have that TV or pair of shoes that will probably be cheaper in a week? (And yes, it really will be cheaper in a week or two.) Most years, I’m stuck with the closing shift and left to deal with piles upon piles of clothes to fold, 100 comforters to put away, and stragglers complaining they can’t buy that Keurig for grandma because the last one sold by 2 a.m. Really, working Black Friday is hell on earth. Last year, though, I was lucky to start my day at 2 a.m. My store opened at midnight, so I was thrown right into the fire upon arriving at work. I barely had time to put on my reindeer ears and finish my coffee before getting bombarded by hundreds of people waving coupons and fliers in my face. No matter how much you mentally prepare yourself, you can never be ready for this type of job. But the biggest surprise? My store was one of three in the mall participating in a special segment of TLC’s Extreme Couponing. Extreme Couponing is a reality show that follows “extreme couponers” through their shopping escapades where they try to “save” as much money as humanly possible. At its most basic level, it’s a bunch of stayat-home moms who spend their time clipping coupons and thinking of ways to make retail employees’ lives hell. This particular taping was a Black Friday “Midnight Madness” special. This

woman, her husband and eight children declared themselves an “army” that planned to attack my mall. All the coffee in the world couldn’t have prepared me for that morning. Camera crews surrounded my quad, consent forms were shoved in my face, people were yelling about how we should act on national television – plus the never-ending line of customers wanted my undivided attention. Holiday hell. Then comes April. Armed with sheets upon sheets of our coupons, though our company’s rules only allow one per customer, she cut the line. Black Friday shoppers don’t really appreciate that. She began piling her stuff on our counter, and my coworker Michelle started to become flustered as cameras were taped to the register and she was told where to look, how to scan things and what to say. I silently bagged all the junk and tried to hide my makeup-less face and unbrushed hair from sight (I found out later the camera catches everything). Oh, and not only did we let her use the coupons over and over again – and real customers screamed because we kept apologizing and saying only people who are on TV get that kind of deal – she didn’t use her own money. Her commercials for the show bragged about how she wanted to buy presents for her whole family on $120 budget, but TLC gave her gift cards for the store, preloaded with probably around $300. So she cheated the system, and I couldn’t help the real customers. After I directed many eye-rolls at her too-peppyfor-this-early attitude, I just wanted to hand her the purchases so I wouldn’t scream how much she epitomized every American stereotype. Then her gift card malfunctioned. Our store manager – known for being a hardass who will rip up coupons in the face of a customer while she casually says, “This is expired” – didn’t know what to do, and she clearly hated this woman as much as we did. Our store wasn’t gaining anything from this visit – I don’t think the show even mentioned our town name – and she definitely didn’t want to give this crazy lady more free money. But to appease TLC and get this woman out of our store as fast as possible, she relented and gave her $100 on a gift card. Continued on page 8

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Continued from page 20: Team mom knows best ery week. That’s how we keep this weight on, with some home-cooked food.” She doesn’t just provide a place for the holidays. During the school year, she keeps on top of their studies and makes sure they don’t get behind. Education is something that is a very serious topic for Nash, and McCrea knows that firsthand. Growing up under her rules has made him the person that he is now, and he is happy to share that with his fellow teammates. “She takes care of me a lot,” McCrea said. “And she takes [looking after the other guys] very seriously, like they’re her kids. She asks them about their grades, makes sure they’re good, too, just like she would with me.” There’s usually no trouble on that end, but Nash has a warning for them if they slip up. “I’ll probably kill them,” Nash said jokingly. She gives tough love to the boys – but where does it come from? Nash said the motivation comes from her own childhood. Her parents gave her the structure to not only succeed, but to pass it on to a young Javon growing up. “With my mom, she instilled education in me, and with my brothers we saw how important it was to her, so we just had no other choice but to follow suit,” Nash said. “But I saw when kids become teenagers, they tend to gravitate toward whatever is popular. I have to reel them back in and teach them what life is like without education.” Head coach Reggie Witherspoon truly appreciates Nash. As a coach who is a family man himself, he understands having an extra voice doling out love and support is important for his student-athletes. “She’s been great, just really being there not just for Javon, but his teammates,” Witherspoon said. “Being there to provide a family atmosphere and support, that’s the thing I look at the most with her. We talk about a family atmosphere a lot, and it’s something that we value. It makes being on a team special. It’s something that we have a tremendous amount of appreciation for.”

Her presence isn’t only limited to Western New York. No matter where the road takes them, whether it’s Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana or anywhere in between, chances are she will be right there with them, providing that same support that is needed in tough road environments. She cheers on not only Javon, but also her other ‘sons’. It’s also an opportunity to meet up with the other moms, as combined, they give road trips a touch of home. “It’s great when you have that encouragement when you travel,” Witherspoon said. “When you go into those hostile places and you see them and you hear that kind of encouragement, it’s tremendous, because you don’t get that. Our games are so far away and we seen her in arenas that are very long trips, so it’s great to have that kind of support.” This Thanksgiving, Nash will have to set a few extra placemats to the dining room table. Two new freshmen will get a chance to experience Nash’s cooking, games and life in Newark. Guard Jarryn Skeete and forward Andre McPhail are learning on the fly how to deal with the pressures that come with being studentathletes, as well as the pressures of dealing with Nash. “I’m sure they had to prepare them for me because there’s a lot of things that I don’t tolerate,” Nash laughed. “And I’ll just say that, regardless of how they feel about it, they had to prepare the freshmen for me.” It’s tough love, but Nash feels it is needed. She aims to give that extra push they need to succeed in whatever it is they do – on and off the court. To her, it’s completely worth the extra potential stress. “These kids, I love them just like they’re my own,” Nash said. “I told them when I met them that I won’t let nothing happen to them as long as they continue to be productive individuals. They’ve exceeded that by becoming great men. It’s easy to help them and take a liking to them because they’re just great kids.” Email:


Students suffer injuries in two incidents Monday evening BRIAN JOSEPHS Senior Managing Editor On Monday evening, two UB students suffered injuries that occurred within two minutes of each other. At approximately 6:55 p.m. on the rainy evening, a student fell and broke his leg by on a grassy hill by Rensch Road after slipping on the wet terrain. Soon after, a small Toyota SUV struck a female who was by the Cooke A and B lots on her way to class. She was released from the Erie County Medical Center after being treated for her broken leg. While the weather was to blame for the first incident, there was no concrete reason given for the vehicular case. The driver was

issued a summons for not yielding to the victim at the crosswalk, according to University Police Department (UPD) Lieutenant David Urbanek. The  Getzville  Fire Department and UPD were at the scene for both incidents. Students were at both sites to provide aid. Students stayed by the first victim’s side as firefighters carefully excavated the injured man from the site. A different group of students was equally helpful with the vehicular accident victim. “They were talking to her dad on the phone and comforting her,” Urbanek said. “They talked to the girl that hit her and had her stand to the side. They were very nice about the whole thing.”

This is the second on-campus car accident within the past three weeks. On Oct. 28, 18-yearold Anna Schimpf drove into a body of water near South Lake Village on UB’s North Campus. However, Urbanek said the rate of vehicular incidents has remained relatively the same as last year. Urbanek advises pedestrians to wear light or colored clothing while walking at night to remain visible to drivers. This precaution is crucial during harsh weather conditions, he said. Email:

Bulls finish season with emotional victory OWEN O’BRIEN Staff Writer Saturday was a packed day for UB Athletics, as the men’s basketball team, football team and volleyball team were all in action at home. Fans that completed the tripleheader were given a treat in the finale. The volleyball team finished its season with a victory in arguably the most emotional game of the day. Following a 3-0 loss to Ohio (19-9, 14-2 Mid-American Conference) on Friday night that head coach Todd Kress described as “flat,” the Bulls came out full of energy on Kress’ birthday. Buffalo (10-18, 4-12 MAC) defeated Kent State (6-22, 3-13 MAC) in four sets on senior night. Though the Bulls have no senior players, it was the last match for two members of the coaching staff. Buffalo’s assistant coaches, Jenni Horvath and Andreza Santos, coached their last game from the Buffalo bench. Following the match, the two received flowers

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The volleyball team ended its season this past weekend with a four-set victory over Kent State. The Bulls reached double-digit wins for the fourth straight year, which had not been done since the 1996-99 era.

and hugs from the players as they cherished their final moments as a team. “With our coaches leaving, there was a lot of emotion in us thinking ‘this is it,’” said junior Carissa McKenna, who had seven kills and seven blocks for the Bulls. “We had a personal connection with them and they are more than just

coaches; they’re friends; they are like family.” The Bulls’ play on the court echoed McKenna’s emotion. Buffalo took the first set 25-17 behind five kills from sophomore hitter Liz Scott and 12 assists from junior setter Dani Reinert. The Bulls were 15 of 35 on the attack, Continued on page 8



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Continued from page 4: Lost in translation the holidays of two religions. Even teachers, in often the most awkward fashion, would apologize that their classrooms were only decorated for Christmas when the holiday season rolled around. The strange questions felt like people expected my life to be like Fiddler on the Roof, rather than something “normal,” like The Cosby Show. In high school, my close friends thought calling me “HalfJew” would be an appropriate name. Others, to my serious alarm, thought Judaism was a nationality – which was almost as embarrassing as asking me if I celebrated Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. Instead of openly admitting I was different than everyone else, I often shied away from it because the awkward stares and questions just got to be a little too annoying for me. I didn’t want to be the center of everyone’s fascinated attention. I didn’t think anything was out of place. But I’ve always loved being able to celebrate extra holidays with my family. This holiday season, like every year before it, I’ll be lighting the menorah with my father’s side of the family, singing the Menorah Kindling Blessings and eating potato latkes. I’ll also be spending Christmas day enjoying the company of my mother’s family, eating turkey and watching A Christmas Story. I love sharing these experiences year after year with the ones I love the most. What religion I follow doesn’t define the person I am, and it never will. The older I get, the more I appreciate the extra holidays I celebrate because of the quality time I spend with my loved ones. I’ll never be able to recreate these precious memories once these people are gone. I’ve embraced being the oddball that I am, and I wouldn’t want to change that for anything. Email:

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Continued from page 4: Word of mouth “It’s an eight-day-a-week job,” Glick said. “[But] there is something that needs to happen in the oral health care profession, and I have an opportunity to do that. I don’t want to squander that opportunity.” Despite the heavy work load, Glick manages to stay involved with students in the dental medicine program. “It’s hard, really hard to be a student in dental medicine,” Glick said. “They’ll take 30 credit hours a semester. So students know that when it comes to seeing me they have [freedom to do so any time]. Whenever my door is open, they can come in and talk to me.” Glick meets with each class at least twice a year and keeps an open-door policy for students to visit with him – it’s necessary because of dental students’ tough work load, he said. Glick’s involvement is appreciated by the often-overwhelmed dental students.

“[Glick] is great,” said Matt Valerio, a third-year dental student who takes over 30 credit hours. “He makes it a priority to meet with students every semester, and we’ll see him in group settings with seven or eight of us a few times a semester, too. Last week, I was at a conference for dental students in Chicago. He was there and he made a point of meeting with all the UB students who were there, too. He took us out to dinner.” Currently, Glick is overseeing the school of dental medicine’s strategic-planning process, an initiative that will recommend changes – like updated equipment and infrastructure – based on the needs of the school. Glick’s staff said UB’s dental school is in good hands with the dean in charge. “Being the best isn’t just a slogan here,” Morrison said. “[Glick] has a platform without orders. His best work is yet to come.”


Continued from page 1: International students find home for the holidays Students must sign up in their area hall in advance, so staff knows how many students will stay in the dorms. If students sign up and do not stay, they will still be charged. Matsui said as an international student, she pays about three times the cost residential students do. When she lived in a dorm during her freshman year, she paid about $9,000 in tuition and $3,000 for her dorm per semester. Her bill was about $12,000 – almost three times the amount of a residential student’s bill. “I think it’s kind of expensive considering the dorm fee and they still charge extra to stay for the winter and spring break,” Matsui said. “I understand winter break, but I don’t really like they charge for the spring break because still

the fee for the semester is really expensive.” Koziej explained the dorm rate was created based off the days students live there, not including holidays. Residence hall rates are based off staff, heating costs and other resources, and Campus Living does not expect students to stay on campus during breaks. That’s why students must pay a daily rate – Campus Living must pay for the extra resources. Campus is mostly shut down during breaks, but some international students will still be around – making their own memories in and around Buffalo. Email:

Continued from page 5: An extremely frustrating Black Friday I still think TLC purposefully created the situation for good, drama-filled TV. The episode aired in January – just enough time passed since the fateful day, and I did not want to watch it. But then the texts and Facebook comments started pouring in. Most of The Spectrum staff gathered around a computer to replay the episode just yesterday morning. I guess my friends are bigger TLC fans than I thought. I learned a lot from that day. I learned just how scripted reality TV is, how the camera does not lie, and how prevalent materialism is in our society. I learned that coupons really don’t save you money and Americans are just psychologically brainwashed

to believe they’re getting a deal when prices are just so hiked up to begin with. I learned that people will do absolutely anything to use a coupon – shameless, horrifying things – and I learned that Christmas really isn’t about the gifts. I’ll be spending my Black Friday behind a cash register for 16 hours this year, and I’m extremely grateful I won’t see coupons for eight of those hours. My fingers are crossed no cameras are there to film it. Email:

Continued from page 7: Bulls finish season with emotional victory finishing with a hitting percentage of 31 – a significant improvement from their 13-percent performance the night before. “We came out with a different attitude tonight,” Kress said. “We wanted to end the season strong. We wanted to put an exclamation point on the season.” Buffalo dropped the next set 26-24, despite rallying from a 23-20 deficit and earning a game-point opportunity. The third set was a back-andforth affair that featured eight lead changes and 13 ties. Buffalo was able to take the set thanks to its great defense, as the Bulls had four blocks in the set and 11 in the match. The Bulls secured their victory in the third and fourth sets, winning 25-22 and 25-18, respectively. Junior Dana Musil led the team with 13 kills and Scott rattled off 11. Reinert had 48 assists in the match, including 13 in the fourth set. Junior libero Kelly Svoboda had 22 digs for Buffalo. “It was a great feeling to get a win and finish off the season the way we did,” Musil said. Although the season was a disappointing one for Buffalo, the young squad showed signs of im-

provement. The Bulls won two of their final four matches and battled an 18-win Bowling Green (18-10, 13-3 MAC) squad to five sets on Nov. 2. “We took [Bowling Green], who is about to win the conference, into five and I think that we really know what we have to do this offseason,” McKenna said. “We have to jump higher, get more physical and I think tonight ended it on a great note. We know we can go so many places if we play together as a team. I’m really excited for what next season’s going to hold.” Buffalo had one of the youngest rosters in the conference this season, playing with six freshmen and no seniors. The Bulls look for the experience to pay off next season. “We had so many people involved this year and we got some experience for some of our younger ones,” Kress said. “We really want to turn this thing around going into next year.” The victory secured Buffalo’s fourth consecutive double-digit win season. Email:

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Continued from page 1: A new reason to give thanks

Continued from page 1: Witness recounts one of weekend assaults in University Heights

She heard a boat was forced into her friend’s pool in Bellmore. Perrone worried about her family, but knew if her dad was there, they would be safe. He would protect them from anything, she said. The family is doing fine, but the home still does not have electricity or heat. Thanksgiving plans are uncertain due to the conditions of the house. Perrone is hoping that within the next week, the power will be back and their tradition of hosting the holiday will continue. She is thankful she is able to go back to Long Island. When Sandy initially hit the area, her parents told her she shouldn’t come for the holiday. As the conditions improved, Perrone made her travel plans and intends to be at home spending the weekend with her family with or without utilities. Being able to spend time with loved ones after the storm is what Perrone and Nagel are most thankful for this holiday season.

As they walked down Winspear, Jennifer said there was a group of four or five college-aged people saying things to her. One of her friends was yelling back at them and being “overly friendly,” she said. At that point, two other men on the other side of the street began yelling as well, and when Jennifer’s friend yelled back, the men appeared to take it as provocation, Jennifer said. The men approached them, one of them sprinting across the street directly approaching Jennifer’s friends. They tried to assure the men they didn’t want any trouble and were only trying to go to a friend’s house. The men then demanded her friends empty their pockets. When the victims didn’t comply, the assailants punched them – knocking both down and one unconscious. The two robbers then took $40, a cell phone, an ATM card and a UB student ID from the unconscious victim’s pockets. The victim who was punched in the ribs was not robbed. The suspects fled when they saw cars coming down Winspear Avenue.


Jennifer’s friend who retained consciousness said one of the men might have had a knife. “The whole time there were four or five guys on the other side of the street and they’re just laughing and yelling stuff out,” Jennifer said. “They’re just watching this whole thing happen.” With the help of her conscious friend, Jennifer dragged her unconscious friend down Winspear Avenue to a friend’s house – their intended destination. They contacted the police when they arrived. Jennifer said it took the police less than five minutes to respond and someone followed up on Sunday and asked her to describe the men again. She said the police told her an hour before her group was assaulted, two men fitting the same description stole a wallet and phone near the same intersection and assaulted three women. In one of those previous incidents, the male suspect left his bronze-colored Chevrolet Blazer and approached the victim with a knife. The suspect searched the victim’s pockets and wallet, stole an iPhone,

went back into his vehicle and sped north on Main Street, according to The Buffalo News. University Police said in the third incident, one of the three females who was assaulted also had her cell phone stolen at a house party. No one was seriously injured in any of the incidents, according to University Police (UPD) Chief Gerald Schoenle. Despite the incident, Jennifer said she will still spend time around South Campus. She thinks the assailants did not know the area well because they were less than 1,000 feet from a gas station where police often patrol on the weekends. She thinks the suspects came to the area to exploit college students’ naivety. At the time this article was printed, UPD had no new information regarding the incidents. Buffalo Police Spokesman Michael DeGeorge could not be reached for comment despite several attempts. Email:




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The fairest of them all

Accessibility Resources aims to ensure fairness amongst all students CHELSEA SULLIVAN Staff Writer

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Administrators Laurie Faso (in black) and Grace Clark (in gray) help students in Accessibility Resources.

Making an impact Disability studies at UB adds master’s program SAMANTHA OLIVIA YUEN-MAK Staff Writer Faith Douglas couldn’t find her ideal academic program in her home of Jamaica or in New York City. But she found it in the City of Good Neighbors. She packed her bags and moved to Buffalo to make a change. Douglas is one of the few graduate students at UB in the two-year master’s degree program through the Center for Disability Studies. The Center for Disability Studies program was founded in the spring of 2009, when People Inc., an agency that provides a variety of services for the disabled in Western New York, opened its museum of disability history. People Inc. realized UB did not have a program for disability studies, so

the university worked with People Inc. to get the program started. The Disability Studies program is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The program’s objective is to offer graduate students a master’s level degree in disability studies. Disability services are not readily available in Johnson’s home of Jamaica. She was forced to take care of her cousin who was born with multiple sclerosis. Douglas considers her cousin to be her best friend, someone who she spent most of her time with. In Jamaica, people with disabilities are ridiculed, dishonored and hidden from the public, according to Douglas. She was pleasantly surprised when she came to America. When she arrived in the United States, she realized America had many disability resources that Continued on page 13

On Thanksgiving 2011, Sarah Carroll spent her day in the emergency room after her vision disappeared because of a virus that spread to her eyes. It took away her vision. “Lights were so painful,” said Carroll, a second-year graduate student in social work. “I couldn’t see anything. That’s when my friend took me to the emergency room.” Originally doctors thought it was just pink eye but later realized the virus had infected her eyes. Even though Carroll was treated for the virus, she is now visually impaired and requires special accommodations in the classroom. UB strives to make sure every student has a fair chance at learning through Accessibility Resources. Previously known as Disability Resources, Accessibility Resources coordinates services and accommodations to ensure everyone has access to and can use all of the school’s programs, services and activities. Alexandra Caspi, a sophomore accounting and business major, is glad they changed the name. “I feel like it gives it a more positive name because I don’t have a disability; I just need a little help,” Caspi said. “I’m not that much different than everyone else and I didn’t like the fact that I had the title of having a disability.” The change in name was caused when many students resisted the disability label. With the shift from Disability Resources to Accessibility Resources, it allows students to feel more comfortable and less stigmatized, according to Sue Mann Dolce, assistant director for consultation and research.

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Students are now able to earn a master’s degree in the field of Disability Studies.

However, the new title does not appeal to everyone and is misleading to some. “I think the name is deceiving. I feel that accessibility sounds more for people that have actual physical disabilities,” Carroll said. “It threw me off and made me not want to go because I don’t belong in that category.” Regardless of the name, about 500 students take advantage of the services the Accessibility Resources office offers each semester. “They have enabled me to read easier,” Carroll said. “Holly [Johnson, auxiliary aid and services coordinator for Accessibility Resources] converts notes into larger fonts so I can actually see and read them.” Additional accommodations include providing extra time for tests, note-takers, American Sign

Language interpreters in the classroom, text-to-speech textbooks and administering tests in separate rooms for any student in need of these services. It’s difficult for Carroll to find required textbooks in e-book format, she said, but Accessibility Resources has been a great help finding them for her. “We want the students to be able to participate in all the classes and be competitive,” Johnson said. “It’s our job to provide the accommodations for students so they can have equal access to classes, activities and all the resources on campus.” Many students who have had learning or physical impairments throughout their lives have experienced accommodations similar to those Accessibility Resources provide. However, those students who have not received any accomContinued on page 13


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Sending smiles to children in need AMI DIALLO Staff Writer

Survive Black Friday Get in loser, we’re going shopping RACHEL KRAMER Senior Life Editor Besides turkey, stuffing and endless leftovers, the best part of Thanksgiving break is being home for Black Friday. Also known as the Friday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday is when the Christmas sales and specials officially start. This major shopping day kicks off the holiday season with major bargains starting in the early hours of the morning. It can get crazy. I went Black Friday shopping for the first time last year, and I was not prepared. My friends and I went to two of my favorite stores (Target and Macy’s); I didn’t buy a single item because I was too overwhelmed. We looked around in awe of the great deals but when it came time to pick gifts out, I drew a blank. As an avid shopper, this was embarrassing to say the least. This year, I’m going to be prepared. Just in case you’re experiencing your first Black Friday or even if you’ve done this a few times, here are some tips to get you through the best shopping night of the year. Plan ahead Think of all the stores you want to go to this week. Start mapping out a route for the optimal shopping experience as soon as possible. You are not going to want to think of where you should shop next as you’re leav-

ing the Walmart parking lot and avoiding getting hit by a soccer mom in a mini van. Take note of the times those stores open. Target starts its Black Friday-palooza at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night while Dick’s Sporting Goods is more traditional and starts its door buster sales Friday at midnight. Besides the stores you want to go to, write down a shopping list. You don’t want to get to Walmart at 2 a.m. and realize you don’t have a clue what to buy your mom for Hanukkah. All of this planning will benefit you in the long run when it comes to holiday shopping. Now you can laugh at those scrambling for gifts late in December. Prioritize This one is serious. You may think you will have the shopper’s stamina to last from 12 a.m. until 6 a.m., but four hours fly by and you are going to have to fight the urge to keep your eyes on the price. When you go to your favorite stores first, with your focus and adrenaline at their highest, you ensure you will score the best deals on your favorite products. Start with the gifts that require the most thought or decision making. Save the DVD box set of The Vampire Diaries you’re getting for your sister for last, as it doesn’t take much thought or effort to pick out. Cut your coupons Not only are the in-store deals amazing but also if you do some research online, you could Continued on page 12

This holiday season, malls will be crowded with people running around buying gifts for friends, family and significant others. But not everyone will share in the joy of unwrapping presents surrounded by loved ones – there are some children who have never had the opportunity. Students at UB are changing that. Brothers And Sisters in Christ (BASIC), a Student Association club, is involved with Operation Christmas Child. The club’s goal is to provide gifts for underprivileged children who live in third-world countries every year during the holiday season. Operation Christmas Child began as a part of the philanthropic organization Samaritan’s Purse in 1990 when founders Dave and Jill Cooke were watching news broadcasts of orphans in Romania. They wanted to reach out and help the children, who in their eyes are were the real victims of the conditions in Romania at the time. They filled nine trucks with supplies, food, clothing and gifts and presented them to children in Romania. Since then, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been delivered to over 135 countries, according to the group’s website. BASIC wants to raise these numbers. “It’s a really awesome cause, and being able to change a child’s life for Christmas while only spending $15 to $20 on a college budget is the best thing about it,” said Eric Ennis, a senior environmental design major and BASIC’s vice president. “College students get a chance to make a global impact and change someone’s life without having to spend that much money.” Operation Christmas Child is one of the easiest ways for students to give back this Christmas holiday, according to Ennis. The first step is to purchase the gifts. Ennis encourages students who want to participate to go out to CVS on campus or the dollar store to pick something out.

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC) aims to bring happiness to underprivileged children in the form of Christmas gifts through the philanthropic organization Operation Christmas Child.

From there, students can come with their gifts Friday, Nov. 16 to Knox Hall, room K4. They can join BASIC and help package the gifts in the shoeboxes being provided. Students may include a variety of items in the shoeboxes. Some acceptable gifts include but are not limited to: soap, crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals or any luxury item children may not have in third-world countries. However, there are certain things that are not acceptable to send. Gifts such as perishable items, war toys or any hazardous material cannot be packaged. But hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers is acceptable, according to Ennis.

Operation Christmas Child has made an impact on many different nations around the world. The program has sent shoeboxes to Haiti during the earthquake disaster, areas in Africa like Sudan and Kenya, China and many other countries, according to Ennis. “Usually when [Samaritan’s Purse] delivers the boxes, they’ll talk to the children about the story of Jesus and explain the meaning of Christmas, because some of the kids have never heard of Jesus, so it’s an opportunity to educate them on Jesus as well,” Ennis said. One of BASIC’s main goals is to continue its contribution to Operation Christmas Child every year. Continued on page 17


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Student excited to go home and be a complete waste of space to his parents LYZI WHITE Life Editor With another holiday season just around the corner, Manuel East, a freshman undecided major, is just gleeful for Thanksgiving break – during which he plans on eating his mother’s cooking after smoking a “ton of weed,” masturbating and buying the most useless and thoughtless gifts for his friends and family. East has already provided his parents with a list of things he will do while at home – watching TV, sleeping until 2 p.m., hanging out with people from high school to illustrate how “badass” he has become and detailing his hookup history (which sounds suspiciously like a catalog of James Deen porno videos). He then explained his list of what he won’t do, which includes being generally pleasant, spending any extended time with his family, cleaning of any kind or spending a cent of his own money.

“I had to tell my mom before I came home so she was aware of how this break is going to go down,” East said. “I told her, ‘I’ve had a stressful time at school. It’s been my first extended time living on my home. So I really need this time to relax and get some well-deserved me time.’” East failed to mention the majority of his time this semester was spent attending basement fraternity parties, smoking “dank-ass weed” he purchased from the random guy who stands outside the Mobil station and trying his hardest to convince girls he actually is “that dude you met that one time that you made out with and probably should again.” “I’m so excited to have my baby back,” said Mariah East, Manuel’s mother, as she stood in the kitchen, surrounded by chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cupcakes and baby back ribs – her son’s favorites. “I know he’s really busy at school, studying for his anatomy final with his tutor. Or at least I think that’s who I heard in the background.”

His roommate expressed joy that East will be leaving. His only regret is that East has to come back. East is also “pumped” to see his former high school girlfriend, Lori Howell, a freshman at Columbia University, who he has not seen since leaving for Buffalo. “I’ve been keeping up with pictures, and man does she look smokin’! College has done her well,” East exclaimed. “See in high school, she was about a four, but now she’s at least an eight. I can’t wait to hook up with her when I get home.” Howell, when asked, stated that her high school years were her “dark years,” and she would rather stick a plastic fork in her eye than ever allow East’s mouth near her again. When East isn’t lying around his house or making up stories about his time at college, he plans on going to the mall. This Black Friday, he plans on spending as little money, emotions and cognitive processing as possible.

“Yeah, so I totally have to get so many gifts this year,” East said. “There’s my roomie – we’re the best of bros now – and there are these three girls that I’m, you know, hanging out with. And then there’s my besties from home and my ’rents. That’s a lot of dough!” Because of the limited amount of “dough” East actually has, he decided the best course of action would be to grab the cheapest sock packages he could find at Target and wrap them with countless free newspapers he finds around campus. Then, with all of the money he’ll be saving on buying the generic white tube socks, East plans on buying himself Call of Duty: Black Ops II, because he “really deserves it.” Email:

get even more savings by clipping coupons. Websites like offer scanned circulars from stores ranging from Kohl’s to PetSmart. These catalogues offer some bonus savings that may be overlooked on the big night. If you print them out and put them in your wallet ahead of time, you won’t forget to save the extra $15 on Nike Apparel at Dick’s. Rest Don’t exert yourself that day. After you eat, your extended family leaves and all leftovers have been sealed and put away, take a nap. You are going to need to be as well rested as possible for the night ahead of you. Be healthy Both mentally and physically. If you’re sick, sit this one out. You have to be in top shape for an all night shopping extravaganza. There is no time to stop and blow your nose when you have to fight the woman next to you for the last in stock iPad at Best Buy. That night While you prepare for Black Friday, make sure you have your coupons, list and battle plans ready – it’s go time. Drink some coffee, do some stretches, grab your sneakers and get ready for some power walking. You can’t be browsing and perusing the shelves with ease on Black Friday. It’s a war out there – get in and get out as quickly as possible. But no matter what, remember to be nice to the employees working Black Friday. They have sacrificed their night to help you, the consumer, get into the holiday spirit and get a jumpstart on your gift list. So be nice, and have fun. Email:

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Jamaica did not. She decided to start her career as a care worker and just as she loved caring for her cousin, she came to appreciate and love the field she worked in. Douglas started out as a respite care worker providing care for disabled children while enabling the children’s families to take a break from the hardships of caring for a disabled family member, according to Douglas. She is currently expanding her education in the field of disability studies at UB and looks forward to what the program will offer her in the future. Michael Rembis, the director of the Center for Disability Studies, said the main idea of the new program is to study disability from a social and cultural perspective rather than from a traditional medical, rehabilitation or nursing perspective. Rather than defining a person only as a medical term, the faculty aims to express disabilities through a social perspective. Since the program’s arrival at UB, courses and faculty members are constantly being added to broaden the spectrum of fields. Once UB and People Inc. supported the initial idea, there were many faculty members who stepped forward to become involved in the creation, according to Rembis. “Some of the faculties have been doing work at UB for many years that relates to various aspects of disability and the lives of disabled people,” Rembis said. “[The program] took off really quickly.” Many of the master’s students work full time in the field of disability services throughout Western New York, according to Rembis. The graduate program is a way for students to expand their knowledge and gain hands-on experience that will help them advance their careers. Recent graduates who hope to pursue careers in the advocacy for the disabled or who wish to work with non-profit organizations also apply for the program, Rembis said.

modations in the past must follow a few steps in order to receive them at UB. According to Johnson, the first step is going to the Accessibility Resources office, located in 25 Capen Hall, and going through an intake interview. The intake interview is where the student discusses what his or her disability is and how it affects his or her life and learning abilities. Typically, medical documentation is required. “The accommodations are based on the needs of the student,” Dolce said. “Every situation is individualized and based on their narrative and documentation, we figure out what are the appropriate and reasonable accommodations to the campus experience, academically and otherwise.” Carroll emphasized Accessibility Resources are a huge help in her academics. “Don’t be afraid to go to them,” Carroll said. “That’s what they’re there for – to help you.” Because these resources are available for all students who may have a learning or physical impairment, it is important to be informed about the possible accommodations offered. Accessibility Resources is working toward a more social outreach in order to have a better public persona around campus, according to Johnson.

Nicole McCullough, a first-year graduate student, got involved after she wasn’t accepted into the education program. Because she wanted to pursue a career in youth counseling, she sought out Disabilities Studies. McCullough was given a year to try out the program, and so far, she likes it. Douglas has learned a lot about a disabled person’s rights. She also learned about the organizational setting of disability agencies. She noticed there were people working in the field of disability who didn’t know the history and who didn’t know how to handle policies and individuals. They only took care of paperwork, according to Douglas. Douglas doesn’t view individuals with disabilities any different from anyone else. “I look at a lot of people with disabilities and I am in awe because there are such little things that they can do but they are more content than you and I are,” Douglas said. “There are things that you can learn from them. As long as you are able do and function as people, life is not as bad as people make it seem.” Douglas hopes the knowledge she gains from the program can be used to open an independent living home for people with disabilities. Unlike a group home, an independent living home is where individuals have their own room and own space, according to Douglas. “I’ve noticed that there was a long waiting list for people with disabilities to get into an independent living home,” Douglas said. “I would really like to purchase a house in Buffalo and work with disabled people and give them a home of their own.” There are still a lot of steps and policies Douglas has to learn before she can open her own independent living home but in the meantime, she is attending school and working at an agency that works with autistic children. Email:

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Professors are encouraged to include a note in their syllabi about UB’s available services and to make announcements at the beginning of each semester, Dolce said. “The students that use our services typically tend to do very well,” Dolce said. “We get letters and notes from parents and students showing their gratitude. If they aren’t doing well, we try to do everything we can to make it better.” The Accessibility Resources team is dedicated to making sure each student can be at a level playing field, according to Johnson. “I wish everyone could be more informed and more aware and then realize that they can be a part of the solution by just being informed and aware,” Dolce said. Even though Dolce loves being part of the Accessibility Resources team, she hopes one day there won’t be a need for accommodations. She hopes campus will be adequate for everyone naturally, such as the new Stampede buses. The Stampede is now accessible for everyone, even students with a physical impairment. Greiner Hall is also handicap accessible. Email:

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Play: A Christmas Carol Where: Alleyway Theatre When: Dec. 6-16 There may not be another holiday show that encapsulates the holiday spirit as well as A Christmas Carol does. The Dickens classic tells the story of the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge, who realizes the value in celebrating the holidays after getting a glimpse into the past, present and future of Christmas. This year will be an especially important performance at the Alleyway Theatre because it marks the 16th and final year of playing Scrooge for actor John Smeathers. Tickets are currently on sale and range from $17- $30.

LISA DE LA TORRE Asst. Arts Editor In the midst of the holiday shopping frenzy, it’s important to take time to reflect on why we’re doing all this running around in the first place. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, Buffalo is offering variety of holidaythemed shows that are sure to help you forget the stress and embrace the happy holiday spirit.

Play: The Nutcracker Where: Shea’s Performing Arts Center When: Nov. 24-25 A classic holiday production with an instantly recognizable soundtrack, The Nutcracker is a perfect way to kick off the 2012 holiday season. The score was created by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1892, and the show has been considered one of the most well-known ballet productions of all time ever since. The story revolves around a young girl named Clara and her nutcracker, which was given to her as a Christmas gift. As the play progresses, Clara learns there is more to the Nutcracker than just wood and paint, and as the magical journey progresses, audiences will find themselves happily along for the ride. Ticket prices range from $40- $85 and are available online.

Play: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays Where: Shea’s Smith Theatre When: Nov. 7-18 Actor Steve Solomon will return to Shea’s Smith Theatre this winter after a successful showing of his My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy in May 2010. Solomon will take the task of portraying not only himself dealing with his dysfunctional family during the holidays, but his family, which includes his Uncle Willie, demented Cousin Kenny and his own therapist.

Play: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Where: Theater of Youth When: Dec. 7-16 The Theatre of Youth will be holding its rendition of the popular children’s book this December. The story revolves around Grace Bradley as she directs her church’s annual Christmas pageant, which includes a cast of unruly children in the starring roles. The boisterous Herdman children steal lunches, beat up other kids and even smoke – a feat Bradley hopes to conquer.

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Jingle-hells LISA DE LA TORRE Asst. Arts Editor I believe in the build-up. Most of life’s best activities are made even sweeter by the anticipation that precedes them. Birthdays, vacations and even hot dates: the unspoken rule is the more time we spend preparing for things, the more fulfilling the payoff. But there is a line regarding what is and isn’t acceptable in terms of building anticipation. And when this line is crossed, my God, does it make me want to throw something. In this case, it might be a tree ornament. I love holiday music as much as the next person, but it has no business on the radio until all Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten and fully digested, and even then I greet it with a wince. After 21 years of life, I’ve grudgingly come to accept December as “Holiday Music Month,” but my patience extends no further than that. And this past weekend, my patience was tested. I strolled into a local diner looking to cure my headache with a bacon, egg and cheese. What I wasn’t expecting was the auditory assault I was about to endure. Instead of the Top 40 tunes that provide the usual soundtrack for my morning-after meals, the opening riff to “Jingle Bells” flooded my eardrums and, quite honestly, set my pulse racing. It was Nov. 10. That is a solid 12 days away from Thanksgiving and 45 days away from Christmas. As far as I’m concerned, we’re still recovering from our Halloween candy comas at this point – must the holiday music begin already? Contniued on page 17

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ASHLEY STEVES Editorial Editor I just can’t put it off any longer. ’Tis the season to once again to whip out the Christmas decorations and blast a playlist of such merry songs as “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Winter Wonderland.” Yes, I’m aware it’s the middle of November. I’ve gotten a lot of criticism – past and present – for how early I start my Christmas season. For me, it’s never too early to deck the halls, and it’s especially never too early to start listening to Christmas music. I’ve been good for the last couple of weeks, secretly tuning on with headphones in, but now, the radios have begun their own playlists, and the stores have started their sales. I am ready. Christmas season has always begun with the first snowfall of the year, and I grew up in Chautauqua County. Ever heard of “lake effect snow?” Oh boy, do we get it. The first snow used to show up every year right before or on Halloween for a while. I’d see my neighbors rip down Halloween decorations the morning of Nov. 1 and immediately get back on the ladder to hang up twinkle lights and wreaths. But it’s Nov. 14, and I see no snow. I’m getting very impatient. It’s hardly my fault I basically turn into Buddy the Elf around Christmastime. Like almost everything else in my life, I’m perfectly willing to put that blame on my mother, a woman who hunts Christmas shops in the summer Contniued on page 18

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The Holiday Den Gift ideas for musicians ADRIEN D’ANGELO Arts Editor

The most anticipated quarter of the year for gamers has arrived. This holiday season offers everything from first-person shooter blockbusters to expertly crafted cult classics. If you are a fan of epic adventures or modest puzzle solving, there is going to be something for everyone on your Christmas list this year.

Those pesky musicians are always the hardest people to shop for. Music gear is so expensive and precise that it makes loved ones afraid to buy anything other than a Guitar Center gift card. While this would be better than buying the wrong thing, gift cards never seem quite as thought out – it’s the thought that counts, right? Let’s break it down so you all become expert gift-givers. (I sure hope my parents read this.) Product: Hohner 32O Ocean Melodica  Company: Hohner Price: $70 For: Keyboardists/pianists/singers Buying a grand piano or a Hammond organ for your cousin might not be in your price range and understandably so. But keyboard players really just want something they can play on the go to free themselves from the piano bench. Your cousin will be feeling groovy up on stage with a handheld cool-blue keyboard that sings like the ocean. The melodica is a wind instrument similar to a harmonica, but with a keyboard that controls the pitch. It’s often used in reggae and indie styles but can fit in with most other genres. The Hohner 32 Melodica has 32 keys, a case, an extension hose and a tasty color scheme. Not to mention, it’s relatively cheap. Product: Key-tuned djembe Company: Remo Price: $100-$250 For: Drummers/Percussionists/world music enthusiasts There’s always that family member who likes to cause a ruckus and bang on things. It’s an addiction for some, but instead of getting them help, we usually just get them another drum. A djembe (jem-bay) is a great gift for drummers because it’s another portable instrument that’s still stage-applicable. Djembes, an instrument made popular in West Africa, are created in all shapes, sizes and styles. So finding a design that describes your loved one won’t

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Game: Halo 4 Developer: 343 Industries Price: $59.99 Platform: Xbox Microsoft’s legendary sci-fi, first-person shooter returns. Explore the enigmatic world of Requiem and take the fight to a new and terrifying enemy: the Prometheans. With lighting fast gameplay, cutting edge graphics and a masterful soundtrack Microsoft’s flagship ticks all the boxes. Halo 4 features split-screen, online competitive multiplayer and co-op.

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Game: Call of Duty: Black Ops II Developer: Treyarch Price: $59.99 Platform: Xbox/PS3/PC Release Date: Nov. 13 One of the most anticipated games of 2012, Activision’s juggernaut reignites just in time for the holiday season. Call of Duty: Black Ops II sets the bar for military first-shooters as it combines relentless breakneck action with stunning graphics and an arsenal of weapons. Black Ops II returns with Call of Duty’s signature competitive multiplayer and the wildly popular zombie mode. Retailers like GameStop and Best Buy offer rewarding preorder bonuses, as well as the season pass ($49.99) that allows access to all four DLC packs that will be released in 2013.

Game: Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 Developer: Game Freak Price: $34.99 Platform: DS/3DS Keeping it simple. The next generation of trainers has arrived and it is once again time to “catch ‘em all.” Explore new areas of the Unova region populated with over 300 unique Pokémon to pelt with an arsenal of Pokéballs. Black and White 2 features a new movie-making studio and The Pokémon World Tournament that allows players to combat powerful gym leaders from previous Pokémon entries.

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Game: Mark of the Ninja Developer: Klei Entertainment Price: $15/1,200 Xbox points Platform: Xbox/PC One of the most acclaimed downloadable games of 2012, Mark of the Ninja combines classic side scrolling gameplay with inventive and polished stealth combat. Master the shadows and uncover the secrets of the mysterious tattoos that empower your quest for vengeance.

Game: Assassin’s Creed III Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Price: $59.99 Platform: Xbox/PS3/PC/Wii U Release Date: Oct. 30 for PS3/Xbox – Nov. 18 for Wii U – Nov. 20 for PC Join the battle for independence as the Assassins Creed series brings the fight to the Revolutionary War. Combining elements of action and stealth with a healthy dose of Parkour this third-person perspective adventure brings history and fiction to life. Assassins Creed III features solid competitive multiplayer that pits assassins against each other in online combat. Email:

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What to buy for him and her ELVA AGUILAR and DUANE OWENS Senior Arts Editor, Asst. Arts Editor Thanksgiving is around the corner, which only means one thing – you need to hurry up and buy your girlfriend/boyfriend a gift for Christmas. Between finals and dealing with Buffalo’s unpredictable weather, you might be stuck last minute thinking of a gift, so here are a few tips.

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If your boyfriend loves music, then volume is the primary attribute that he’ll care about, which is why a pair of Beats by Dre is the perfect gift. The new headphones that Apple spent seven years doing research on aren’t going to satisfy the ears like a pair of Beats will. Noise cancellation, comfortable ear cups and that iconic red Monster cord will keep your man occupied while you watch Girls on HBO.

A gift card to Chipotle is probably the most important and clutch item on this list, especially for those of you who are still getting to know him but still want to be thoughtful. You can sometimes go wrong with a gift card, because it kind of comes off as lazy, but food is everything and you can’t gift-wrap a burrito. Fifty dollars at Chipotle takes quesadillas de pollo a long way, and the fastest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Plus, there’s your potential lunch date.

Air Jordan 11 “Playoff ” ($180) Come up with the highly sought after “Playoff ” 11s so he knows it’s real. If history serves correct, these limited edition Jordans will be sold out 35 minutes after initial release on Dec. 21, and that’s a promise. With the numbers running so scarce in quantity, the resell value will easily be doubled in case he doesn’t end up keeping the sneakers. Show him you care about his footwear this year, especially if you’ve been together a while.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II ($59.99) Look, no woman enjoys when her man gives more focus to video games than her, but you might have to bite the bullet this holiday season. Call Of Duty is back and it’s embedded in male DNA to play shoot-’em-up games and talk trash to 12-year-old kids through a headset. Divert any negative energy he has into these video games and the holidays will be worry free.

Pharrell: Places And Spaces I’ve Been ($34.99) Open the creative space in his mind by giving him the opportunity to flip through the pages of rapper, producer and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams. This book will look great on his coffee table and could possibly lead down a path of new ventures for him. It’s inspiration for him and potential eye candy for you.

Big face watch For example: Marc by Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors ($150+) This is a gift strictly for long-term relationships. Do not buy this for a girl you haven’t been dating for more than a year, unless she’s worth at least $150. Big face watches are a timeless trend and a weapon every woman needs in her jewelry box. They add a classic touch to any outfit and it’ll eliminate the chances of her being late on date nights.

iPad Mini ($329) Apple’s latest installment of the iPad is perfect for ladies, simply because a 7.9-inch display would look silly in a man’s hands. Once again, an iPad mini is strictly for the girl you met freshman year in Capen or the CFA and have been with for an extended period of time. Priced at $329, the iPad mini’s A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, iSight camera with 1080 HD video recording and the endless apps will eliminate any complaints while you watch basketball or football this season.

Zumba for Nintendo Wii ($33.96+) The quickest way to stop your girlfriend from insisting you accompany her to Zumba exists in retailers like Walmart and Best Buy. Buying your girlfriend any of the Zumba fitness games will keep her in shape for you in a way she enjoys. It’s also something you both can enjoy because Zumba burns up to 1,000 calories in an hour.

Printed leggings ($40+) For example: Married to The Mob “Purple Haze” Leggings or anything on Most men steer clear of buying their girlfriends clothes, but for those in relationships where fashion is a common interest, printed leggings will be the cheaper alternative to big face watches. Printed leggings are slowly creeping into mainstream fashion and are seen in stores like Forever 21 and H&M, and clothing label Married to The Mob has already sold out of their prints, which means these are in high demand. If your girlfriend has different taste, visit sites like and simply search “printed leggings.” It might be hit or miss, but if you’re confident enough to buy your girlfriend clothes, I’m sure it’s because you can.

Gift cards ($50+) Where: Sephora, Victoria’s Secret or the store of her choice Let’s be realistic: some women are difficult to shop for. They can be picky or ungrateful, so your best bet for a girlfriend like that will be a gift card from one of her favorite stores. Make-up chain Sephora will satisfy your girlfriend if she has makeup bottles and mascara scattered around her dorm room, and if you want to be self-indulgent you can buy her a card from Victoria’s Secret to buy some new bras, panties or lingerie. Gift cards will all vary by stores, but make sure its no less than $50. Show her a good time.


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Continued from page 15: The Holiday Den be a difficult task. Now what makes a key-tuned djembe a good choice is the fact they are rope-less. Tuning with rope can be a difficult task to learn to do correctly – unless you’re a boy scout – and most drummers will have a drum key already, so they can tune the djembe just like they would a snare drum on their drum kit. Product: Guitar strings Company: Ernie Ball, D’Addario, Martin, Dean Markley etc. Price: ~$15 For: Guitarists/bassists It may seem obvious, but guitar strings are always a good gift for loveable string players. With consistent use, strings should be replaced about once a month, depending on the guitar. And the saddest moments in performance are when a broken string arises with no replacement available. That’s awkward. You can save the day with a simple $10 gift. Just don’t be intimidated by the different types of strings. You just need to know if your loved one’s instrument is an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar or a bass guitar. This is absolutely crucial to buying the right strings. There are also different gauges or string thicknesses, but if you don’t know what your stringed guy or girl prefers, you’re pretty safe with medium gauge.

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Continued from page 14: Contiued from page 14: Jingle-hells Now, before you start calling And speaking of Black Friday, Curtains up for me “Scrooge,” know that I am no I can’t help but think that the eagermiser. I grew up celebrating both ness to prematurely flood the air Christmas Hanukkah and Christmas and one waves with Christmas carols has to

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of my favorite parts about the holidays has always been the soundtrack to the holiday season. In fact, one of my fondest Christmas memories involves sitting around a beautifully lit tree with my sister and father, sipping eggnog together while listening to Christina Aguilera’s gorgeous rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” That scene for me is the epitome of Christmas cheer and family bonding. The reality is, though, that I don’t think that moment would have been half as special for me if it had been the four-thousandth time I’d heard the song that month. Isn’t the point of holiday music to embrace the loving spirit of the holidays? I find it hard to believe that radio DJs are thinking this way when they press play on “Jingle Bell Rock” before Black Friday has even rolled around.

Play: White Christmas Where: Shea’s Performing Arts Center When: Dec. 4-9 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will finally make its stop in Buffalo this December. The play tells the tale of two friends who stage a show in a Vermont inn and find love in the process. The show is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago), choreographed by Tony nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street) and written by David Ives and Paul Blake. The show should be nothing short of amazing.

do with the money people will spend subsequently. Think about it: the sooner people hear those songs, the sooner they think of all of the gifts they haven’t bought yet. And while it can be argued that radio stations have nothing to gain from this particular situation, their compliance still helps to make holiday music less sentimental. I’m not against these spirited tunes in the slightest. When December rolls around and the snow starts falling, you’ll find me happily sipping hot chocolate to the Drifters’ “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” But until then, let’s keep the carols off the air – if nothing else, for the sake of avoiding overexposure. Email:

Continued from page 11: Sending smiles to children in need Members want to increase the involvement of UB students with the program and increase the number of shoe boxes sent out every year. “We are a Christian club, but this event is open to everyone and even at BASIC we welcome everyone and people from any religion,” Ennis said. “We want to get a diverse body of students and get everyone to be a part of a good cause.” Ennis is not new to Operation Christmas Child; he knows the importance of giving back. He’s been involved with the program for the past 10 years. He has continued to



do his part throughout his college career as well. “Our club really wants to promote the growth of Operation Christmas Child and give students an opportunity to be a part of something big,” Ennis said. “It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you spending so little goes a long way and you can just picture the kids opening the box and the happiness you’re bringing to them.” Email:

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Continued from page 20: Beasts of the Feast a wall of defense so I can taste each individual element of the plate without the foods running together. I’m from Rochester. I’ve eaten enough garbage plates – but not on Thanksgiving. The tight ends provide us with the gravy. They’re that extra flavor on top of an already delicious meal. Not only can they block, but they can also catch passes. As for gravy, it tastes good and complements the mashed potatoes, just like the tight ends complement the o-line. Wine Award Joe Licata – You know the old saying, “it gets sweeter with time?” Well I have to say this award goes to freshman quarterback Joe Licata, who has had a solid two starts this season. Licata has 55 completions on 103 attempts with five touchdowns, and he continues to improve. In his first start against Miami Ohio (4-6, 3-3 MAC), he threw for 127 yards. This past weekend, he threw for 285 yards. He can only get better from here on out.

Stuffing Award Khalil Mack and Colby Way – Linebacker Mack has 69 tackles this season while defensive lineman Way has 42 total tackles. What better way to plug the holes on the defense and “stuff ” the run? Think of these players when you are stuffing your turkey this holiday. However, the defense as a whole ranks fifth in the MAC in rushing defense. Not too shabby. Pumpkin Pie Award Lee Skinner – The sophomore linebacker has impressed fans with his play this season, posting 72 total tackles with a forced fumble. He is a great complement to the defense – kind of like pumpkin pie is a great dessert to have after a delicious meal. Cranberry Sauce Award Devin Campbell – The freshman running back has done well this season filling in as Branden Oliver has been injured. Campbell has compiled an impressive 476 yards on 109

attempts this season with two touchdowns. I’ll give him the cranberry sauce award because like cranberry sauce you can put it with anything and it compliments well. Campbell has been that compliment to the Bulls offense and their success this season. The Turkey Award Branden Oliver – The standout junior running back gets the turkey award for being the main course. You can’t have Thanksgiving without the turkey, and you can’t have Bulls football without Bo. Oliver gets this award for his outstanding performance in six games this season. He has rushed for 801 yards and five touchdowns on 139 attempts despite injuries this season. Tofurkey? Heck no. It’s Bo-turkey. Email:

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Continued from page 14: It’s the most wonderful time of the year looking for whatever she can add to the winter wonderland that is our house. I even distinctly remember a year we kept our Christmas tree up until July (don’t even ask how it survived, but it was alive and well). My family is one of repetition when winter rolls around. We watch Christmas Vacation enough times to be able to recite Clark Griswold’s Christmas Eve rant, bake cookies and pfeffernüse until we get fat(ter) and haul out the holly far too early every year. Christmas has always had a very special place in my heart, and the music only enhances that. If anything less-than-perfect was going on at home, it seemed to be erased with Frank Sinatra’s or Johnny Mathis’ albums playing from the dining room while we decorated the tree. I spent a lot of time learning how to drive during the winter months while the 24/7 Christmas cycle was playing on the airwaves. And you can be sure I’ve done all of my early shopping running through malls with it playing overhead.

You’d think I would be sick of it all after spending nine years in school band. There are only so many times you can play “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” surrounded by squeaking clarinets and saxophones without wanting to rip your hair out, but I’m perfectly fine with hearing Dean Martin croon once November rolls around. I’m one of the few, it seems, but I don’t get sick of it. Months of marketing and runs to the mall to grab last-minute gifts only make it that much more fun for me as the day gets closer. Hearing the first strains of Christmas songs on the airwaves is what gets me excited for the rest of the season. And on Christmas morning, my small heart grows three sizes that day. So even though it’s a few weeks early, Scrooges beware: I’m already spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear. Email:

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Team mom knows best

McCrea’s mother, Shannon Nash, helps players deal with pressures of being a student-athlete NATHANIEL SMITH Senior Sports Editor There’s an old African proverb: “It

takes a whole village to raise a child.”

Shannon Nash defies that saying every single day. No doubt about it, Nash – the mother of Javon McCrea, the star junior forward on the men’s basketball team – is the team mom. She is one of the many moral fibers who provide the thread of the men’s basketball program – she lends support, discipline, even food and a home for athletes who are unable to go home during holiday breaks. Even though she primarily deals with the people closest to McCrea – including “the five,” which consists of McCrea, junior guards Jarod Oldham and Corey Raley-Ross and junior forwards Auraum Nuiriankh and Cameron Downing – she spreads her wisdom to everyone on the team. It’s much-needed relief for players who come from all over the country and all walks of life. “With myself, coming from Illinois, coming all the way to New York, it’s pretty far for my parents to always come out,” Oldham said. “My mom can’t come here to talk to an administrator or a professor if I have any problems, so my ‘New York mother’ would help me out. “Javon’s mom opened her arms to all of us, and it just clicked. You can’t go wrong with that.” Nash makes sure they are well taken care of during the holidays. For kids who don’t have the opportunity to go home during break, she brings them to McCrea’s hometown of Newark, N.Y. It’s an opportunity for the guys to unwind and relax from the stresses of the daily grind of school and basketball.

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Junior Cameron Downing, sophomore Xavier Ford, and juniors Corey Raley-Ross, Jarod Oldham, Javon McCrea and Auraum Nuiriankh (left to right) are major parts of the family Shannon Nash has adopted as her children.

“We have a little bit of fun,” McCrea said. “We only have a few days, so we use that time to relax.” Last Thanksgiving, the guys had an intense game of Pictionary. The players, competitive in everything that they do, tried to outdo each other. Hilarity ensued. “It got very comical when they were trying to draw,” Nash joked. “But that’s how they are. Those are the silly moments you’ll get with them.” Nash has a special touch in terms of her culinary prowess, according to the players. When she cooks, the guys drop everything and chow down.

They each even have their own special dish that Nash will happily prepare, turning holiday meals into a potluck-type feast with a multitude of tastes to fit the multitude of palates. “They have their own requests, but they’ll eat whatever,” Nash said. “For example, Cameron will request shrimp, and no one else will want shrimp, until I make it for Cameron. Then they’ll eat Cam’s shrimp.” Even though she brings out her best during the holidays, Nash is always ready, willing and able to provide a meal for the guys when they need it most. “Its not only Thanksgiving or Christmas,” Oldham said. “She throws down evContniued on page 7

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Star forward Javon McCrea, a native of Newark, N.Y., poses with his mother, Shannon Nash.


Bulls struggle to hold onto ball in blowout loss to Seminoles NATHANIEL SMITH Senior Sports Editor

Photos by nick fischetti /// The Spectrum Photo illustration by haider alidina /// The Spectrum

Beasts of the Feast The Spectrum hands out Thanksgiving awards to the football team JOE KONZE JR Sports Editor Thanksgiving feasts are one of my favorite meals of the year. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, etc. You name it, I love it. What better way is there to get in the spirit of the holidays than to compare my love for food with my love for football? Here are the Bulls to complete a successful Thanksgiving feast. Bread and Butter Award Alex Neutz – The junior wide receiver wins this award for being the “go-to” player in the Bulls’ offense. Neutz has 50 receptions for 847 yards and 10 touchdowns. This dynamic wideout gets the Bread and Butter Award because

he is one of the Bulls’ key players on offense and a consistent deep threat. Bread and butter are the main support of any meal. He’s “Mr. Reliable” – the one who provides the main support to the Bulls’ outstanding running game. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy Award The offensive line and tight ends – Let’s start off with the mashed potatoes: the offensive line. First off, we have center Trevor Sales, whose beard is longer than any pilgrim I’ve ever seen in a history book. Trevor, I love it; “Fear the Beard.” Second, we all know the offensive line is very important to the offense. Without them, no one would be blocked and the Bulls would not be able to move the ball. I don’t know about you, but I use my mashed potatoes as Contninued on page 18

On Monday night, two teams with similar circumstances met in Tallahassee. Both had subpar efforts in their season-opening games after highly successful seasons. Both had a lot to prove in front of a nationally televised audience. The Bulls (0-2) were unable to control the ball, as they fell on the road to an angry Florida State (1-1) team in a 95-68 rout at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The loss marks the first time Buffalo has dropped consecutive games to open the season since the 2003-04 campaign. After being shocked at home to start the season, a 76-71 upset by South Alabama (1-0), the previously ranked (No. 25 prior to the loss) Seminoles came out firing on the defensive end and put pressure on the Bulls. FSU raced to a 20-9 lead. Buffalo, victimized by the turnover bug in Saturday’s loss to Princeton (1-0), suffered a repeat performance in its game against the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions. The Bulls coughed up 25 turnovers Monday night, which led to 34 points, including 12 in transition. “It’s hard to win a game when you give up 34 points on turnovers,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. After a 17-point deficit to start the second half, the Bulls tightened up on the defensive end and clawed their way back to an eight-point deficit. But with the score at 64-56 and 10:34 left in the second half, Florida State put the pressure on Buffalo and forced key turnovers to finally run away with the game on a 31-12 run. The Seminoles finished the game shooting 59.6 percent from the field, something Witherspoon attributed to the Bulls’ multitude of mistakes. “When you keep turn the basketball over, you can’t defend the breakaway dunk,” Witherspoon said. “You look on paper and it says that they shot about 60 percent, but if they shoot that many breakaway lay ups they’re going to shoot a high percentage.”

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Senior guard Tony Watson hit five 3-pointers in the Bulls' 95-68 loss to Florida State Monday night.

A few Bulls players shined despite the large margin of defeat. Sophomore forward Xavier Ford started for the first time in his career and had a breakout performance, scoring a career-high 16 points and grabbing four rebounds. In his home state, senior guard Tony Watson put on a show for his family and friends, who traveled from St. Petersburg to Tallahassee to see him. He led the Bulls with a sharp-shooting performance from three-point range, making 5-of-7 and scoring 17 points. The rest of the team went 1-for-10 from beyond the arc. Watson added four rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes of play. Junior forward Javon McCrea continued his impressive play to start the year, adding 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting. He converted in the paint over a tall Seminoles lineup, which features three players over 7 feet tall in the rotation.

The Bulls shot exactly 50 percent despite the loss, as they capitalized on multiple opportunities off backdoor cuts. “If we completed passes, after three or four passes, we would get easier shots,” Witherspoon said. “And we did. And we missed some easy shots. We probably missed five or six lay ups. We looked at what they did and didn’t think it would keep us from getting good shots. But it was the basic passing and catching that got us in trouble.” The matchup was the first game in the NABC Coaches versus Cancer tournament. Tournament play heats up in Evansville, Ind. as the Bulls will now play three games in three days. The first will be Thursday, as they take on host Evansville (1-0). Tip off will be at 8 p.m.


The Spectrum Volume 62 Issue 32  
The Spectrum Volume 62 Issue 32  

The Spectrum, an independent student publication of the University at Buffalo. November 14, 2012