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Friday, March 2, 2012
Sweep Dreams, Akron! Second-half run keeps Bulls alive for number one seed
NATHANIEL SMITH Sports Editor
Saturday. 6 p.m. Alumni Arena.
It started out as a festive senior night in Akron, Ohio. The home fans were packed into a hot James A. Rhodes Center, ready to cheer their team to a historic victory. They were looking to clinch their first-ever number one seed in the men’s Mid-American Conference tournament.
Student attendance at Division 1 college basketball games is something that simply gives the home team an advantage. Four seniors - the most successful group in school history - will play their last game at Alumni Arena. True Blue is challenging every student - freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate - to come support the men's basketball team this Saturday at 6 p.m. Warde Manual will be honored at halftime as he's a few weeks away from taking over the AD duties at the University of Connecticut.
They came in having never seen their team fall to a MAC opponent at home this year. They left utterly shocked and disappointed. The Bulls (18-9, 11-4 MAC) fought fire with fire, using a scorching second half performance to shock the MAC-leading Akron (20-10, 12-3 MAC) again with a thrilling 74-70 victory Wednesday night. It was the first time Buffalo swept a season series over the Zips since the ’03-’04 season. “It’s been a while since we swept them,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “It’s a great program with a lot of resources. Our guys did a great job of
Courtesy of Jeff Harwell Buffalo pulled off one of the biggest wins in program history on Wednesday night at the JAR center. The Bulls upset conference-leading Akron putting themselves in position to control their own destiny within the Mid-American Conference.
persevering and coming in here and taking them on in front of a senior night crowd. They locked in and played with great energy, and they really had great poise down the stretch.”
Red Alert at Red Jacket Students treated for burning skin, eyes
Many different Bulls players stepped up big time under tremendous adversity. Junior guard Tony Watson was hurt and did not practice for the last couple of days, but he came
Filzen Looking to Help Team Cement Legacy Bulls fans prepare to say farewell to Filzen and company on senior day When Zach Filzen arrived on campus after transferring from Northern Arizona in 2008, nobody had a clue as to how good of a player he would turn out to be.
Meg Kinsley /// The Spectrum One student had to be transported to a local hospital after Red Jacket residents smelled a foul, unidentifiable odor, and six students experienced burning eyes and skin. Students sat outside for nearly three hours as firefighters and police investigated the situation.
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I have to admit that even I thought he’d never amount to much. He played 20 games his sophomore season and seemed like too much of a defensive liability to ever play significant minutes for a coach in Reggie Witherspoon who puts a lot of emphasis on defense. Man was I wrong.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Thursday night, students received an emergency alert text message stating: “UB Police are evacuating Red Jacket Residence Hall on North Campus because of an unidentified odor in the building.”
It’s no secret that Filzen is the most deadly shooter in the Mid-American Conference, but I’ll argue that his play has been even more impressive this season than a year ago.
Firefighters and police burst onto the scene as Red Jacket Residence Advisors hustled to evacuate students from the quarantined dormitory.
Surprising? It shouldn’t be.
Just what was the scent? Nobody seems to know. “Firefighters have gone through numerous times with sophisticated detection equipment and they’re not picking up anything,” said Joseph Brennan, associate vice president for university communications. Students were allowed back into their dorm at 1:03 a.m., after sitting outside for nearly three hours. Continued on page 2
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True Blue guarantee's you will not want to miss another game on the Bulls' run to a MAC Title and beyond! It's senior night and not only will all the seniors on the team be honored, but the event is a celebration for all seniors on the verge of graduation. We must come together as a university to support this team that has given everything it has all season. It's not often we get to watch a possible MAC champion. So come out on Saturday! You won't regret it!
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Let’s just look at the numbers, shall we? Last season, Filzen was unconscious from threepoint range, making 110 three’s which was good for the second best total in MAC history. Last year was an incredible one for Filzen, but he played in 34 games and averaged 3.23 triples per contest. Compare that with his 82 3-pointers this season in 27 games good for a 3.03 average, and you’ll notice there’s barely been a drop off.
Filzen has heard the whispers, wondering what’s happened to his shooting stroke. He’s even his own harshest critic. “I have a lot of high expectations of myself and I’m not real happy with the way I’ve been shooting the ball, especially during the conference season,” Filzen said. How bad is he shooting in conference, you might be wondering? He has 39 3-pointers, good for second best in the MAC. Most guys would give almost anything to shoot as well as Filzen does on his worst day. It’s also noteworthy that senior forward Mitchell Watt has doubled his scoring average from last season, going from eight points a game to nearly 16 this year. He has 289 field goal attempts in 27 games this year compared to only 220 in 34 games last season. Continued on page 2
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After UB’s win on Wednesday night, senior forward Dave Barnett posted this on Facebook. The UB basketball team needs your support on Saturday – you won’t regret it.
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Continued from page 1: Filzen Looking to Help Team Cement Legacy
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What makes Filzen’s game more impressive this season is the way he’s adapted to how teams play him, and the way he has stepped up on the defensive end of the floor. He went from being a 19-yearold defensive liability to someone that has been a factor at times this season against good offensive guards.
through when the Bulls needed him most. He scored a careerhigh 14 points, with nine of them being the team’s final points of the game. That included a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, as Buffalo’s best shooter from the line sealed Akron’s fate.
“On the defensive end I think I’ve gotten a lot better,” Filzen said. “I’m making plays whether it be for a teammate or by going to the basket. Teams are always going to be focused on me taking jump shots…so I have to mix it up…When I struggle to shoot the ball I try and find other ways I can help and that gets me going a bit.” Filzen’s work ethic is what makes him a guy that fans can root for. He’s a player and a person that you cheer for because you know how much he cares and the quality type of individual he is off the court.
he wants to be at his best at all times.” Filzen’s best has been a treat for Bulls fans to watch throughout his career, especially at Alumni Arena. He’s brought the fans to their feet consistently in the past two seasons and on Saturday evening he hopes to do it one last time. On the bus ride home from Akron after one of the biggest road regular season victories in UB history, Filzen talked about the final game of his career at Alumni Arena with his teammates. They talked about how amazing it would be to see a packed house because of how much energy the team gets from True Blue and the sixth man. “I think we have a team worth watching with a lot of talent,” Filzen said. “It’s a special group that works really hard and plays together…I hope it’s loud and it’s crazy because we need that.”
Witherspoon saw that Filzen was a tough competitor early on in his Bulls career. “He is very quietly competitive,” Witherspoon said in February 2011. “He really has an innate desire to do really well…
No matter what happens this season on the court, Filzen will leave Buffalo with a place in Bulls fans’ hearts forever. He did it the right way and he has no regrets. He’ll remember the school, but more importantly the people he’s met – including his fiancé – that have had an impact on his life.
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“It’s an experience that I will never forget,” Filzen said. “I’m hoping to finish it strong. That I can finish strong individually and I can get it going and play up to the best of my abilities. If we can reach our goal it will be an amazing finish to my time out here.”
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Sweep Dreams, Akron!
For the first time in his college career, senior forward Mitchell Watt’s parents attended one of his games. He made his family proud, delivering another dominant performance: 22 points, six rebounds, and a block. This is his sixth game with at least 20 points on the season, and in the last five games Watt has become a physical force on offense. He’s making a strong case for MAC player of the year, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds over the last five games. Sophomore forward Javon McCrea and senior forward Titus Robinson also had solid performances against the fierce front line of the Zips. McCrea had 13 points, and five rebounds, despite spending a good portion of the game in foul trouble. Robinson had eight points, three rebounds, and a block. On the offensive end, the Bulls had no problem taking it to the MAC’s leading shot-blocker in Zeke Marshall. “They went right at him, and that’s what you have to do to a shot blocker,” Witherspoon said. “We got some good looks at the basket. I thought when we moved it and didn’t worry about what was going to happen and didn’t try to make individual plays and played together as a team we did a tremendous job.”
I can’t think of a more fitting farewell for Filzen.
Friday, March 2, 2012
On defense, Buffalo once again locked down the talented Akron bigs. Although they had a few players, like Marshall and forward Nikola Cvetinovic score 10 and 11 points respectively, they struggled to get their shots. The other forward, Quincy Diggs, was left scoreless.
Brennan said six students had symptoms of burning eyes and skin. Those students began coughing and panicking while the RAs smelled an unpleasant odor they couldn’t identify.
The starting front line shot a combined 38 percent from the field, and it totaled only eight rebounds combined. The Bulls did their job, and made life hard for the Zips in the paint.
“She has a history of asthma,” Brennan said. “It might have just been the stress of the incident.”
“I thought Javon, Titus and Mitch did a tremendous job rotating, keeping each other fresh, and staying locked in defensively,” Witherspoon said. In contrast, Buffalo shot a scalding 52 percent from the field, with a vast majority of those points coming in the paint. The Bulls were able to outscore the Zips down low by a 40-36 margin. With the win, the Bulls have clinched a top four seed and with that, they get a bye into the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Looking ahead, the Bulls can earn a MAC regular season title if they beat their final opponent at home in Bowling Green (16-13, 9-6 MAC), and if Akron loses its finale to its hated rivals, Kent State (20-9, 10-5 MAC). Buffalo will be celebrating their seniors on Saturday against the Falcons. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
One student was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to an area hospital, but Brennan said the move was solely precautionary.
When the fire alarm first went off, residents brushed it off as another drill. “To me it was kind of scary…Usually when there is a fire drill, we’re like: ‘Oh, we won’t have to go outside, it’s just construction-related. Not that big of a deal,’” said Victoria Largo, a senior psychology major. The odor came from the fourth floor of Red Jacket building two. Students who were evacuated were hosed down as a precaution in case they had anything on their skin. They were then covered in disposable blankets and transported to the ground floor of Greiner Hall. Students who live in the dorms were left with worries. “I feel like: how long has this been going on, how long have we been inhaling this gas? We’re finally just now smelling it, so how long has it been lingering around us?” said Amber Miller, a sophomore nutrition major. Brennan assured students and parents that there was nothing to worry about. “We’ve ruled out natural gas, we’ve ruled out chemicals,” Brennan said. “Nobody was seriously harmed. We apologize for the disruption that it caused tonight, but it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.” Brennan stated that the harmful odor wasn’t related to a previous construction project – the Red Jacket Dining Hall had undergone renovations for the past year, and students thought the situations may have been related.
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A Blunt Amendment Politicians need to stop fighting false battles Occasionally, we get to witness someone running for public office buck his or her party and take the side of reason. John McCain used to be the man ready to run against the grain, until his campaign ran his moderate image into the ground. Now there are very few politicians left willing to break party lines. That’s why it was so refreshing to hear that Mitt Romney, the pseudo frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, came out against the Blunt amendment, which has almost unilateral support from GOP leaders. Sen. Roy Blunt’s legislation is probably one of the biggest examples of overkill in the last decade. After the laughable outrage over Obama’s decision that religiously affiliated employers were not exempt from the provision of his healthcare bill that forced businesses to carry contraception coverage in their insurance packages, Republicans have been on the warpath. Beyond simply undermining Obama’s (correct) decision and allowing religiously affiliated employers to deny contraception coverage, the Blunt amendment drinks the whole vat of Kool-aid and allows all employers to
implement any type of coverage based on religious beliefs.
an insane piece of legislation from making it through the pipeline.
Hopefully your employer isn’t a Jehovah’s Witness, because under this bill it would have every right to refuse coverage for whole blood transfusions during a life-saving operation. If you’re one of the 99% of American women who use contraceptives, you should probably make sure your employer wouldn’t deny you coverage for it because he or she is a Catholic.
Yesterday, the amendment was defeated in the Senate, but the fight will continue. Sen. Blunt has told many people that he is dedicated to continuing the fight against imaginary attacks on religious liberty.
Considering his strong religious background, it’s hard to believe the Romney took a stance against this bill. A few hours later, though, he made onlookers say “told ‘ya so” when he “clarified” his position, saying that he actually supported the amendment. In the course of an hour, Romney demonstrated how to fall directly on your political face and still end up on the wrong end of an issue: pretty much par for the course at this point for Romney. Had it not been for Sen. Olivia Snowe, the Maine Republican with a conscience, the bill would have cruised through the House of Representatives. Luckily for the U.S., Snowe’s ability to break party lines prevented
Let’s break it down. Your religious rights are not being attacked. You have every right to choose not to use contraception, get a blood transfusion, use diabetes medication, or whatever else your crackpot is against. Businesses, however, all have to play by the same rules. You don’t get to be exempt from the same laws that all other businesses have to deal with just because of your personal beliefs. You might not agree with the Pill, but the person underneath you doesn’t share your ideas and doesn’t have to. We know it’s an election year, and the GOP needs an issue to rally its base around, but it’s about time these “culture warriors” took a hint and shut up about this inane garbage for a little while. We need to continue helping this nation on its road to recovery, and arguing about false issues will only slow it down.
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Monday’s edition of The Spectrum ran a letter from IVCF representing the club’s opinion on its flagrant violation of SA rules, subsequent suspension, and outright refusal to amend its constitution despite being given months to do so. The letter’s ending paragraph says, among other things, “We look forward to your thoughtful response,” and “We desire continued dialogue.” Whelp IVCF, you asked for it. In the interest of continuing dialogue with and about the only openly prejudicial SA-affiliated organization, I present the following. First off, I found the rhetoric of the letter rather curious. There are a number of appeals to campus diversity and “opposing viewpoints” and why these are good things. Direct quote: “For many years university campuses in the U.S. have made space for opposing viewpoints and lively discourse on a variety of ideas.” Yes, I agree, despite the fact that sentence sounds like the introduction to a high school issue essay. Nice use of rhetoric and vague sweeping statements, IVCF.
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Secondly, there’s not one mention in the IVCF’s overlong letter to the fact the club actually broke SA rules. That there’s still some gray area in this matter is ridiculous. The issue of whether or not “leaders” within a club are also “members” of said club is something a 6-year-old could ascertain. The issue of whether a club can bar certain members from holding certain positions based on things like sexual orientation is textbook discrimination, plain and simple. The fact that other SA-affiliated clubs – even other religious clubs like MSA – have never attempted to implement similar “doctrinal” (read: discriminatory) policies should tell you 1) how clear cut the SA rules are about these things, and 2) how stupid IVCF is for trying it.
Every election year it comes back like a bad villain from a horror film. You thought it was dead, you thought it would never come back but every year another crappy sequel comes out to reap the guaranteed benefits.
What could possibly give doctors this power? As long as they were withholding the information to prevent the mother from getting an abortion, they are given blanket immunity except in the event that the mother dies.
This year, the abortion issue is on its 39th sequel and still going strong as a perennial talking point to rile up fights between the pro-choice and pro-life camps into getting the vote out.
Just cross your fingers, and hope you don’t die.
As a rule, sequels are usually continually worse than their predecessors and abortion debates follow suit. Now, less than a year before the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, one of the most ugly pieces of legislation against abortion has grabbed the baton and ran. Kansas’s lawmakers introduced a bill earlier this month that promises to be the most sweeping anti-abortion legislation passed in recent history. Among the provisions detailed in the bill is one that would make doctors exempt from malpractice suits if they withheld information from their patients that could have prevented a health problem for the mother or child.
As if to add a cherry to the top of this lunacy sundae, the bill also requires women to be told that abortions cause breast cancer. This is completely untrue and is unsupported by evidence. Leave it to conservatives to ignore science and facts. None of that is the scariest part of the whole issue. What’s most disturbing is what Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said after declaring he would sign the bill as soon as it met his desk. Brownback made it perfectly clear that he hadn’t even read the bill, and would still be willing to sign it just because it’s pro-life. Since he’s pro-life as well, he would just give it a rubber stamp. No matter what side of the debate you’re on, there’s a big distinction between being against abortion and plainly against women’s health, and
this bill clearly crosses the line. Allowing a doctor to provide you with inadequate information just to prove a political point is a disgusting measure that no sane person should support. For a political point with their base, however, many otherwise normal people with full use of their mental faculties will publicly support this measure. It’s just that thinking that’s poisoning the well for serious debate. Pro-life groups shouldn’t be surprised when this kind of rhetoric turns moderates away from their ideals. Rather than actually tackling the issue at hand, it shames the people on the other side and threatens their health in the process. Both sides of the pro-life and prochoice argument need to remember this. While we have differences of opinions on this, we shouldn’t be throwing each other under the bus just to make a political point. Rubber-stamping a dangerous bill just because you’re part of a group is a terrible way to govern, and belittling your opposition is a surefire way to lose your credibility.
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However, the fact that IVCF is using the notion of campus diversity to defend its own refusal to allow for diversity within its own club is hypocritical, sanctimonious, and weapons-grade stupid. I shouldn’t have to explain why.
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Letter to the Editor Ryan Guilaran University at Buffalo 3435 Main St 519-B Clement Hall Buffalo NY 14214 email@example.com 845.705.4655 Junior in Biological Sciences What has RHA done for you? Do you even know what RHA stands for? Well, first of all, RHA is the Residence Hall Association which, as the mission statement reads, “[RHA] represents all students who live on campus. The purpose of RHA shall be to provide the means by which its members may create a constructive and positive educational and social environment in which to live.” With that excerpt of the mission statement in mind, it would be interesting to hear what I think of RHA. Formerly, I was the Clement Hall Council Treasurer before my abrupt decision to resign from said position. One may ask the reason for my resignation – it is quite simple. My main concern was the budget. According to a budget presentation dated October 18, 2011, $4500 was allocated solely on senate dinners. This may not seem like a large amount to some, but one should think about it this way: of the $47,350 allocated to RHA, the dinner budget counts for 9.5%; in relation to the total amount allocated to the halls/village ($18,675), this amount is roughly 25%. I could not continue to ignore this appalling fact, therefore I resigned. The RHA Senate meets once a week in Goodyear X, located on South Campus, at 5 PM. I personally have not attended a senate meeting, but from what I have gathered, dinner is the highlight of the night. When reasoning this out one can argue that this incentive is unnecessary if the representatives chosen to represent a hall are dedicated. If a senator misses a certain amount of meetings, the budget of their hall council will be frozen – that seems incentive enough. I was always under the impression that public office was something that was done for the people, and not one’s own agenda.
I know I may sound unreasonable about this issue and am overdramatizing, however, for a meeting that may last two hours, is food really necessary? If the senate dinner budget had been rejected earlier in the semester, more money could have been allocated to the general fund used for programs. How do these dinner expenses benefit the student population that resides on campus? The simple answer is: it does not! If one were to examine the budget presentation mentioned above, $4500 is the second highest amount for a single line. This waste of money is one thing that I cannot commend. RHA is an integral part of campus life, and they have many positive contributions; however, this is one of their major flaws. Do not get me started on my opinions on South Campus and their close-to-none existence in the grand scheme. The only way to change RHA is to make one’s voice heard. Even if you cannot be bothered to do that, just the very knowledge of how they spend your money is something to ponder. A final clarification is that it would be reasonable to have one dinner at the end of each semester thanking the senators for their service, but a dinner every week? It should also be noted that each hall council is assigned a certain amount of money based on the amount of residents that they house. I am suggesting that the money for weekly senate dinners be transferred to the general programming line used for the benefit of all students on campus. I am no expert on the constitution of RHA, but constitutions can be amended. I was not, in any means, the ideal hall council member; however, I cared about my hall. My resignation should not be interpreted as newly found indifference, but rather a call to action for change outside of hall council membership. At the very beginning of my term, I did my best to better serve my hall – now I am beginning to think that RHA is more of a joke than anything. I hope they prove me wrong. -RG
Also conspicuously absent from the IVCF letter are the words “gay,” “homosexual,” and “homosexuality.” IVCF is still framing this as a “doctrinal” issue, not a gay rights or discrimination issue (and it’s pretty easy to see why). Well, IVCF, because you insist so vehemently on the doctrinal purity of your organization’s leadership, I would like to call for a full investigation of the IVCF’s e-board. I strongly suspect that there are members within it who have, at some point, eaten shellfish (forbidden Deuteronomy 14:9-10), eaten pork (Leviticus 11:7-8), worn clothing of two different fabrics (Leviticus 19:19), shaved or cut their hair (Leviticus 19:27), or gotten a tattoo (Leviticus 19:28). There are also, from what I understand, women on IVCF’s e-board. In the name of doctrinal purity, I’m calling for them to either resign or for the members of IVCF to force them to do so, as 1 Timothy 2:12 (which is in the New Testament, for those of you who pull that “Old Testament doesn’t count” BS, even though for IVCF the Old Testament clearly does count, at least when homosexuals are involved) clearly states: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Because everything I’ve just called for obviously won’t happen any time soon, and what IVCF did clearly was based on Jackson’s homosexuality more than any sort of doctrinal fidelity, I’d like to end with a few words about being gay. Being gay isn’t a choice. If it was, it would mean either 1) you have, within your conscious control, the ability to start being attracted to and sexually aroused by members of the same sex, or 2) you’re always aroused by and attracted to members of the same sex, and you just choose not to act on those impulses. I posed that same argument in a column at the end of last semester, and followed it by offering the homophobes in the audience a night of gay sex with yours truly. I still haven’t received any takers. Not one Evangelical Christian was willing to bite the awkward boner bullet to forever prove his own rectitude, which is curious given how convinced of their own rectitude IVCF, its members, and its supporters seem to be and how insistent they are that those who aren’t convinced of said rectitude accept it. (Of course, this is due to the fact that no one, not even Evangelical Christians, have conscious control over their sexual yearnings, which sort of throws a massive wrench into the whole “it’s a choice” argument.) Homosexuality is also perfectly natural, despite (often religious) insistence to the contrary. Hundreds of species – everything from monkeys to elephants to dolphins to giraffes to dragonflies to penguins to ducks – have been observed engaging in same-gender non-procreative sex. Homophobia, however, has only been observed in one species. You tell me which one is unnatural. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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UB Officially Sells Students Raise Over $3 Million in Mock Debt Telethon WBFO to WNED BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor
Giving the current economic state, and with tuition on the rise, students did the unthinkable: give the university administration a check for over $3 million.
Buffalo’s chapter of New York Students Rising – the Defend Our Education Coalition – wrote the check to raise awareness about the amount of debt students at UB will graduate with. The $3,063,876 on the fake check was raised in a mock telethon where “donations” were “given” in the form of debt that students have accumulated. Candace Weng /// The Spectrum On Thursday, WBFO merged with WNED after UB agreed to sell WBFO for $4 million.
MARK DAVIS Staff Writer On Thursday, WBFO-FM 88.7 became part of WNED Buffalo-Toronto, the largest distributor of public radio programming in the Buffalo region. The Western New York Public Broadcasting Association announced the merger in July after UB agreed to sell WBFO to WNED for $4 million. While nationally syndicated National Public Radio programs will remain, The Buffalo News reported Wednesday that four local programs from WBFO and 16 programs from WNED are scheduled to drop. The merger also includes two stations serving the Southern Tier of Buffalo – WUBJ-FM 88.1 in Jamestown and WOLN-FM 91.3 in Olean. All three stations will retain their call letters and frequencies, and they will continue to provide radio and television services to their 90,000 weekly listeners. “We have great services, but they are all independently budgeted, so we won’t be taking money away from WBFO for WNED,” WNED President Donald K. Boswell told The Buffalo News in an article on Tuesday. “They must each sustain their costs.” UB is set to use the $4 million proceeds on a number of scholarships and faculty positions, university officials have said. The school will use $1 million to set up an endowment fund supporting students majoring in the arts, humanities and social sciences, according to Joseph A. Brennan, interim station manager at WBFO-FM and associate vice president of university communications.
“[We wanted to] draw some attention to student debt at UB,” said Cayden Mak, a media studies graduate student and leader of the Defend Our Education Coalition. “Especially because I think there is kind of this myth that because we are a public university, people don’t owe a lot of money, and clearly that is [to] the contrary.” The mock telethon started at 11 a.m. Thursday and raised over $1 million before 1 p.m. The event concluded at 3 p.m. with a police escort to President Tripathi’s office to deliver the check.
Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum Vice President For University Life and Services Dennis Black accepts a fake check for over $3 million from the Defend Our Education Coalition to symbolize the amount of student debt.
Tripathi was not in his office, but Dennis Black, the vice president for university life and services, was available to accept the check. Mak and a few supporters of the cause sat down with Black to discuss their goals for the
telethon. For Mak, the meeting was a success, as Black plans to meet with them at a later time to discuss any resources or policies that could be altered to help decrease student debt. Black is aware that student debt has become a major problem at both Buffalo and on a national scale. Continued on page 9
First Steps Made Toward New School of Medicine Shibley is leading the competition for the new medical school’s downtown design.
reduce the expensive operating costs of the current building, because the facility is out of date related to our current needs. It will allow for a more logical and coherent campus.”
SUSHMITA SIRCAR Staff Writer Five shortlisted firms are competing to design a building for UB’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which will be located in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo.
Five firms – Cannon Design, Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Gensler, Grimshaw Architects, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, and Rafael Vinoly – will be presenting their proposals at the end of March, and a final selection will be made on March 29. A completed design is slated for 2013, and construction will begin soon after.
The new campus, which will be built as part of UB 2020’s comprehensive plan, will house a number of premier healthcare and research institutions. The first phase of construction will be completed by 2016.
Once a design is selected and executed, the current medical school on South Campus will be demolished.
“Some of the medical school activities will remain on South Campus,” said Suzanne Laychock, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and facilities. “Such as the laboratory research activity in the Biomedical Research Building and perhaps some of the research in newly renovated space in other buildings.”
“This will allow the completion of the Hayes Loop and allow all the academic buildings on South Campus an address on the loop,” said Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning. “Further, this will
“We were looking for an architect of record, who had experience, especially with medical schools,” Shibley said in reference to the criteria used in the selection of five out of 19 firms for the design of the new school. Continued on page 9
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Ying Lin /// The Spectrum UB is currently searching for the firm to design the new downtown Medical campus. Once the new campus is completed, the South campus facilities will be demolished.
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Friday, March 2, 2012
Reunions, Reactions, and Real Passion Bright LIGHTS ELVA AGUILAR Asst. Arts Editor
you could know,” said Escamilla in Spanish as she held back tears.
Colombia is home to a rich and varied culture – a culture that Ballet Folklorico De Antioquia, Colombia is proud to showcase for the rest of the world.
The crowd lost interest as the vocalist shared her personal accomplishment, however. “I don’t mind that she wanted to speak in her native language,” said Adam Cunningham, 52, of North Tonawanda. “They should’ve considered the demographics of where they were performing. That would be my only complaint.”
The group brought Colombia’s traditional dance and music to the CFA Tuesday night. Drawing inspiration from various areas of its homeland, the company presented two hours of unquestionable athleticism combined with passion and pride for its culture. “I know some of [the audience] hasn’t been to Colombia in a long, long time. So I’m bringing a piece of our country to you,” said Christina Escamilla, the group’s female lead vocalist. The Ballet Folklorico De Antioquia, Colombia dance group had little dialogue in its show Tuesday night at the CFA due to language barriers. The few who could understand knew why the ballet’s first stop in Western New York was momentous. “San Agustin,” the opening piece, included contrasting elements between dance and set – a common theme in the overall presentation, titled “Mapale.” Replicas of statues that lie in San Agustin, Colombia set the scene as 12 performers gracefully danced around the stage. The elegant movements were accompanied by stern, longlasting facial expressions. The music was a traditional folk tune common in the southern Colombian city, and it complemented the dance perfectly. Flutes, faint guitars, percussion, and ballet set the tone for the night. The audi-
Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management Inc. The Ballet Folklórico de Antioquia dance group had an explosive performance last Tuesday night at the CFA’s Mainstage Theater.
ence, however, had no idea how drastically the momentum would pick up. Soon, sound exploded in the Mainstage Theatre when the company began their title piece. It opened as a male and female duo that progressed into a full company performance. The scantily clad group raised eyebrows not only with its costumes, but also with their movements. The traditional Mapale dance originated among Afro-Colombian communities and soon became a staple of the country’s folk music and dance. The group incorporated the traditional aspects of the dance by mixing smooth hip motions with intricate overall body movements
accented by the band’s drummer and percussionists. To contribute to the contrasts, a male modern dance solo ended the piece. “I enjoyed the high energy and the chance to experience a different Latin American country’s culture,” said Isabel Ortiz, 44, of Buffalo. “I’m pretty sure my husband enjoyed the costumes and ladies hip shaking more than anything.” During one of several breaks in the performance, Escamilla took the chance to acknowledge the families that traveled from all over the East Coast to support family members they hadn’t seen in months. “Today’s a big deal for me. My brother is in the audience and this is his first time seeing me sing. It means more to me than any of
Ballet Folklorico’s only other offense was the unfamiliarity with the venue they performed in. The group introduced every upcoming piece with a voiceover and greenscreen images behind the band. To Folklorico’s dismay, the recordings were sporadically inaudible and the green-screens also experienced delays. Despite the two shortcomings, the dance troupe amazed its audience with Colombia’s hidden dance gem: El Garabato. The dancers’ homage to Barranquilla, Colombia was the best received performance of the night. The attire could best be compared to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival festival, with women in tall, feathered headdresses and men in neon green pants. The music was high volume, high energy, and was accentuated by horns and percussion. The night concluded with the audience on their feet yelling, “Que Viva Colombia (Long live Colombia)!” People spilled out of the Mainstage Theatre imitating the moves they just saw, smiling from ear to ear. Email: email@example.com
Jeers, Cheers, and Music they invited the audience to skank in front of the stage with the horn section. The band ended their six-song set on a high note with their cover of The Jackson Five’s “I Want you Back.”
BRIAN JOSEPHS Arts Editor On Wednesday evening, junior pre-pharmacy major Raphew Fahm and senior film studies and media studies major Wyatt Maker playfully hosted a lively SU theatre audience. The hosts’ quips were deceptive, as there was some serious talent to be heard.
Lords of Antarctica and The Beginning. The End were also considered standouts. The former’s guitarist, Cody Kedron, amazed the audience with his skill while donning a gas mask and a winter hat – a fashion choice the hosts were quick to quip about.
The SA held its eighth annual Battle of the Bands competition that night. Eight bands performed in the competition in hopes of winning the $500 grand prize. The three-hour event saw solid performances, an opinionated crowd, and some awkward debacles. The judges crowned pop rock group K-Ride, the contest’s opening act, the winner.
The Beginning. The End had no vocalist, but guitarist Tyler Gagliardi’s use of effects made up for the lack of personnel. Gagliardi made the extremely difficult technique of string tapping seem natural, which contradicted his robotic head movement while playing. Breakdown of the Century also attracted attention, albeit negative. Just before coming on stage the band realized its guitar pedal, a needed component of the band’s performance, was missing. The band attempted to perform without it, but the lack of distortion and sound from the lead guitar ruined the performance. The animated crowd taunted the quartet as it struggled.
The contest covered a wide-range of music and the audience was receptive to each genre. Octazooka, a duo composing of bassist/producer Ian Bick and guitarist Chris Kosz, specialized in dubstep-infused rock. Breakdown of the Century, a quartet headed by lead singer Mike Townsend, was a hardcore metal band. The competition was diverse in experience as well. Alternative bands CrashFuse and Lords of Antarctica were only a few months old, while the Eric Van Houten band – the third place winner – had years of performing experience. The band’s drummer, Tom Espo, had more than 30 years under his belt. Eric Van Houten, the guitarist and singer for his band, felt that each band had an equal chance of winning regardless of their genre or experience. “We’re fans of the local music scene,” Van Houten said. “We appreciate any [band’s] music whether they’ve been together for four days or four years.” The judges scored the contest based on originality, overall performance, talent, and stage presence. K-Ride had no problem satisfying any of the criteria. The band’s three-song set started off with its original “Read All About It,” exciting the crowd. The quintet then segued into “Love Like You,” an original song that had a riff reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac’s classic “Go Your Own Way.” Tim Britt, a solo musician and one of the judges, was an admitted Fleetwood Mac fan. However, he noted that the sound was still original. “Nowadays you can’t write something that hasn’t been written before you,” Britt said. “You’re just sort of rewriting it. There are only so many chord progressions and power chords [you can use]… You just have to do it your own way. If it sounds similar it’s never really a rip-off.” Their final song choice, a cover of Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” was met with jeers at the start of the performance. However, senior audiology major Katie Bryant’s singing eventually won the crowd over. K-Ride was originally an acoustic duo named J-Ride, but Justin Rizzo – the band’s backing vocalist and guitarist – thought the “K” was necessary because of Bryant’s charisma. “Last year we brought Katie in the mix and she’s such a dominating force in the group,” Rizzo said. “The “J” had to become a “K” in honor of
Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum The eighth annual Battle of the Bands featured a wide range of talent, but K-Ride’s performance trumped the competition.
Katie.” Bryant’s singing combined with her band mates’ solid instrumental backing made it easier for the judges to declare K-Ride the winner. “They’re just very talented and well put together,” Britt said. “The music was tight, well rehearsed. No hiccups, no off-rhythms. They knew what they were doing when they came in and they were well-prepared.” The win comes despite the fact that Wednesday was K-Ride’s first performance as a group. Nicastro believed that the first place prize could’ve gone to anybody. Nicastro said that K-Ride’s preparation, rather than their raw talent, was the key to victory. “We carefully calculated our performance,” Nicastro said. “To be structured for 15 minutes we needed all kill, no fill. We had to cater to the audience and we had to figure out how to best represent this group in a 15-minute period.” K-Ride beat The Steakouts, the Battle of the Bands’ defending champions. The ska band featured a horn section to complement the energetic performance of lead singer/guitarist Mike Jacobs, drummer Tyler Rzemek, and bassist George Hart. The band’s distinctive shtick wasn’t as big a factor this year because of the diversity of the competitors. “I was surprised,” Jacobs said. “Not because we didn’t win, but because we placed.” The audience praised the band’s performance. The Steakouts instantly grabbed the crowd’s attention by opening their set with a cover of The Blues Brothers theme song. A few songs later,
During the band’s second song, Mike Townsend, the lead singer, rushed off stage to find the missing pedal. Fortunately, he returned with it just in time for the third and final song. Breakdown performed their closer at full force, but the audience was unsupportive of their comeback attempt. Townsend bitterly responded to the crowd’s comments at the end of the competition. “For you to insult us, we must first value your opinion,” Townsend said. Judge Gagan Singh, a senior computer science major, took the Breakdown of the Century’s technical problems into consideration when judging, and he praised the band for recovering in the third song. Nicholas Appenheimer, 22, of Buffalo, was less sympathetic. “If you’re going to break down, get off the stage or rock out,” Appenheimer said. “They didn’t rock out enough, that’s my personal opinion.” The Steakouts experienced some difficulty in their set as well. Rzemek recalled that the misplaced cymbals on his drum kit and the volume problems with Hart’s bass slightly threw off their performance in the beginning. Nicastro was thrilled to compete at the Battle of the Bands. However, he thought the main prize was being able to represent UB as its premier band rather than the money. The Steakouts, on the other hand, greatly needed their $250 second place prize to be able to finish recording their upcoming EP. “To play at a really cool, big stage with a whole bunch of different bands was really cool,” Rzemek said. “But thank God we got the money, because I don’t know how we were going to pay for a recording.”
Peter Barth /// The Spectrum LIGHTS kicked off her American tour in Buffalo last Wednesday, appealing to both her longtime fans and new fans alike.
FELICIA HUNT and VANESSA FRITH Staff Writer and Senior Arts Editor As Club Infinity plunged into darkness, the crowd began a steady chant, calling out for LIGHTS. Moments later its wishes were granted as the Canadian import took her place by the keyboard, immediately kicking into her newest single, “Banner.” Fresh off the release of her latest full-length album, Siberia, LIGHTS performed the first leg of her American tour in Buffalo on Tuesday night. No longer pixilated, LIGHTS has jumped off the comic book pages and produced a follow-up to her bittersweet lyrics of 2008’s The Listening. Despite the new, upbeat energy of Siberia, the tracks on this album seem to have excited her fans just as much as the last time she came stateside. As the production lights pulsed with the electro beats, LIGHTS’ infectious energy spread to the crowd during “Everybody Breaks a Glass” and “Siberia.” “The lighting show is awesome,” said LIGHTS. “You can feel it, see it, and hear it. It’s definitely an experience.” However, the change in sound from The Listening to Siberia is evident. Her latest album features a dubstep influence intertwined with pop beats and fluid vocals – a product of LIGHTS’ collaboration with Holy F***, an electronic band from Canada. “Holy F*** brought this grit and this grunge to Siberia that wasn’t in The Listening,” LIGHTS said. “A lot of the songs were recorded live so Siberia has a degree of life to it that makes the record really special to me and the fans.” With these live recordings in mind, what one hears through his or her headphones is the same quality that he or she can hear in the pit. A strong performer, LIGHTS brings intense emotional connections to her music. Once named Valerie Poxleitner, the musician felt music to be too personal a medium to be branded with a stage name. “Names hold a lot of power,” LIGHTS said. “Having to go through life with two different names would be a disservice especially with music, which draws so much from your personal life. It shows I’m committed to what I do.” But LIGHTS never forgets her past. Old fans rejoiced as The Listening’s “Ice” came over the speakers. “LIGHTS has such a unique sound that separates her from other female artists,” said Brian Saeger, 21, of Depew. “Siberia transformed her onstage presence from Mohawk last year.” Her exceptional performance style shone through as the night started to end. All eyes focused on LIGHTS as she performed a slow-tempo rendition of “Heavy Rope,” bringing a real and raw experience to the unbounded energy of her show. All too soon, the crowd found LIGHTS exiting the stage as it begged for a longer set. Obligingly, she returned to the stage for a two-song encore, pleasing old fans and new with “Toes” from Siberia and “Second Go” from The Listening. Although several people wanted more from her debut album, it is clear The Listening era is over. “When I wrote the first album I had just moved away from home. With Siberia, I’ve gotten to know myself better and improve as an artist,” LIGHTS said. “You write what you’re going through at the time. You can’t really write something if you’re not feeling it.” Opening for LIGHTS was indie-rock group Ambassadors, from Brooklyn, providing the perfect complement of electronic rock. Fortunately for LIGHTS, her new material and performance value can gain her new fans and allow her to keep her old ones.
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All around her she could smell the mouthwatering food – the steak, the french fries, the pasta. She could almost taste it – almost. It was surrounding her, enveloping her. Her friends talked. She smiled at the right cues and nodded at all the right times. She perfected her ability to make people believe she was listening to their every word, but she didn’t hear a single one– she was stuck inside of her own head.
Thoughts raced through her head, faster and faster until they became relentless and deadening. Finally she couldn’t take it anymore; she needed to purge.
In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58 percent felt pressured to be a certain weight, according to www. anad.org. College students are more at risk for developing eating disorders, according to Carissa Uschold, a counselor and adjunct instructor at UB. Being on their own for the first time, thrown into new environments, dealing with new pressures and demands they are not accustomed to – all are forces that could cause someone to develop an eating disorder.
Courtesy of Slice of Life Many UB students suffer from eating disorders, but help is available on campus for all.
Body image is everywhere – in the movies, in magazines, even walking around campus. Simply talking to her friends was a huge help for Pasch and they didn’t even know it. “When I first started losing weight people would come up to me and be like: ‘Oh my god, can you like, go eat something?’ And they thought that was a compliment,” Pasch said. “Girls say [stuff like] that to each other all the time, like, ‘Oh, you skinny bitch.’ [Things] that we think of as being cute and complimentary but it’s f***ed up if you think about it.” Her friends did not know she was secretly suffering from all of their comments – in fact, her friends did not know she was suffering at all. Her body image consumed her. It controlled her entire life.
Uschold has been the coordinator for UB’s Eating Disorder Treatment Team for three out of the four years she’s been a member. She specialized in eating disorder treatment for the past 10 years, but her interest in helping others started long before that.
The lowest 5 percent of women fall into America’s percentile of “ideal beauty,” according to Pasch, leaving 95 percent to feel insufficient about their bodies. From watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show to watching movies or television, Pasch sees the potential for the development of body issues everywhere.
With both professional and personal exposure to the issues of body image and eating disorders, Uschold – along with the Student Wellness Team – strives to provide education, decrease the negative stigma, and offer hope to students.
“We have a multi-billion-dollar diet and beauty industry because the bottom line is that there’s money to be made when people are made to feel insufficient about themselves,” Pasch said.
“Eating disorders have unfortunately continued to increase due to the media and the fact that society often sends the message that we as individuals should pride ourselves on what we look like rather than who we are,” Uschold said. “My hope is to continue to change that message and guide others toward body acceptance and positive sense of self.” Twenty-five percent of college-aged women engage in binging and purging as a weight-management technique, according to anad.org. For Chandra Pasch, a senior psychology major, it all started with a diet. She began to watch what she ate, count calories, and think about what food she would stay away from, but it all escalated when the purging cycles began. It wasn’t a big deal, she would tell herself after forcing herself throw up – it wouldn’t progress into anything. She thought she didn’t have a problem. She was wrong. Calorie counting became a calming experience when Pasch was anxious, and even purging cycles produced a physiological response that felt great for a short time – although it did leave her feeling horrible after realizing what she did. Still, Pasch had no idea she suffered from an eating disorder. It was only after taking a survey on the Wellness Center’s website that she realized what she was doing to herself was a big deal. “I took it and I remember just staring at the screen after I had finished that said: ‘you have many symptoms of an eating disorder,’ and being like ‘f***, where do I go from here?’” Pasch said. “So that’s when it kind of clicked, like okay, I need to get help.”
Sink or Swim: Honors College Life Raft Debate
this isn’t something that I inflicted upon myself. It’s something I can work to overcome.’”
MAX CRINNIN Staff Writer
Just knowing someone was there who was not judging her in the slightest was a great help for Pasch. After judging herself so harshly and intensely for months, she finally opened up to the idea of seeing herself from a different, healthy perspective.
The Honors College is under nuclear attack and only one professor can save the surviving members that remain. Their struggle: recreating a civilization.
This was the inaugural UB HonFinally she could hear what people or’s College Life Raft Debate. The were saying – she was out of her head. event was held on Feb. 23 in Capen 107 and called for five professors to argue in front of a group of “[Many] eating disorders are often misper- students for their respective disciceived as a disease of vanity and some- pline’s worth in a post-apocalyptic thing that the individual can control,” situation. Uschold said.
Does it look like I’m eating normally? Will this salad make me gain weight? How will this affect my “progress?”
In the U.S., there are approximately 24 million people battling an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). For the past six years, the Student Wellness Team has hosted National Eating Disorder Awareness Week with hopes of spreading the message that a person’s worth is not measured by body size or weight, but by who they are inside and what they fill their life with.
Control is another major factor in the development of an eating disorder. When someone feels control slipping through their grasp in other aspects of their lives, controlling their weight is one thing they’re able to hold on to, according to Pasch. Every second of every day, the eating disorder was on Pasch’s mind. It was debilitating and it was frustrating. Pasch deliberated any crumb that entered her body. How would it affect her body? How will she look in the mirror? How will others see her? No matter where Pasch was, she was alone. Whether she was out to eat with friends, with her family, or sitting among the mass of students in the Student Union, she felt isolated from those around her. She felt guilty, she felt ashamed, and most of all she felt judged. She was her biggest critic and her biggest enemy. It was only after reaching out for help and contacting the Wellness Center that Pasch began her road to recovery. “I started working with a counselor at Wellness Services and with our nutritionist on campus and with a medical team to make sure I hadn’t done irreparable damage to my body,” Pasch said. “Little by little, [I] slowly started to break the habits that had really taken hold of my life for so long.” It was through her sessions with an oncampus therapist that Pasch overcame her belief that it was all her fault. At first, she couldn’t grasp the concept that there was a way it couldn’t be her fault. “[My therapist asked]: would you look at something with lupus or cancer or something and say it was their fault for having that?’” Pasch said. “Once I had that in my mind I sort of started to think: ‘OK, maybe
She added that new neuroscience research has suggested otherwise. The research found that there are both genetic and biological influences on a person that impact whether they will or will not develop an eating disorder. The consequences of a prolonged eating disorder are much more than children of vanity. If someone is depriving his or her body of the calories they need, bone density can decrease and their heart can actually irreversibly shrink in size. With purging they can permanently ruin their throat or their vocal cords. Also, throwing up disrupts the body’s homeostasis, therefore causing a chemical imbalance, which could lead to heart attacks or strokes, according to Pasch. Along with working with her therapist, Pasch joined the on-campus support group where she was able to meet women facing the same problems.
The professors who participated were Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld (Electrical Engineering), Dr. Alfred D. Price (Urban and Regional Planning), Dr. Gregory Dimitriadis (Education), Dr. Andrew Stott (English), and Dr. Thomas Barry (Classics), while Dr. A. Scott Weber, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education, served as the moderator. In the end, it was Price who sailed off into the horizon with the survivors. The UB Life Raft Debate is the brainchild of University Honors College Program Coordinator Megan Bragdon. Bragdon started to plan the event in her mind three years ago after an episode of talk radio show “This American Life” on NPR. The show featured a story on the University of Montevallo’s annual life raft debate, which was in its 14th year at the time.
There are people suffering from eating disorders that would never be suspected, Pasch said. They could be a straight A student with a boyfriend who’s active on campus and appears to have a great life on the surface, but on the inside they’re plagued by an eating disorder. No one would be the Bragdon had to wait for a proper wiser. work environment to enact her plan, and her new role as program Without the help from UB’s campus ser- coordinator at the Honors College vices, Pasch would not have recovered. was the perfect opportunity. She’s learned that control does not have to come from unhealthy behaviors, that she is a person of worth regardless of weight – “I’ve been carrying this little gem just as everyone else is. with me for awhile,” Bragdon said. “This event is special because it “Food is just food. It’s shouldn’t be this all- offers a twist on a classic debate consuming fact in your life,” Pasch said. “[I which might normally seem dull realized] I don’t have to live like this. This and static. The element of the life isn’t any way to live.” raft with students vying for their own survival makes it dynamic Now in remission, Pasch does not eat with and fun. It’s still an academic proincessant thoughts in the back of her head. gram, but also a lighthearted way Now eating isn’t nearly as scary to her as for students to look at why they’re it used to be. studying what they’re studying.” With the help of the Wellness Center, Pasch has a whole new outlook on the future. She no longer feels stuck obsessing over what she ate and what she will eat. Because of the tools and support she received at UB, Pasch can proudly say that she’s on the right track.
The evening began with an introduction from Weber, who was specifically chosen for his dynamic and entertaining personality, according to Bragdon. After this, each professor was allowed 10 minutes to present their argument While the Wellness Center sees approxi- before time was allowed for rebutmately 50 students with disorders per tal from the others. year, according to Uschold, there are most likely many more students suffering. As Pasch said, the nature of an eating dis- Professors finished speaking and order is that you don’t share it with other then students were encouraged to people. Both women urge those who are – ask questions and challenge the or think they might be – battling an eating arguments of each professor. This disorder to reach out to someone. Confide process went on for 45 minutes in a friend or contact someone on-campus. before a vote marked Price as the winner. “[Know] that no one is going to judge you for having this problem,” Pasch said. “The best thing you can do for yourself is to “I had never heard of this kind of tell another person and to not just let it an event before, so it was all new be your secret and I know that that’s the to me,” Price said. “It was my absolute hardest step.” maiden voyage. If this hypothetical catastrophe hit, you would All week the Wellness Center has hosted want someone whose knowledge events – from the screening of a documen- would be helpful in that situation.” tary to an open discussion taking place Friday – to spread their message. Maiden voyage or not, Price used his expertise in utilizing miniAcknowledging the problem might be the toughest step, but UB offers a variety of mal resources for designing and resources that allow students to open up sustaining human environments without revealing their identities, without coupled with his emphasis on a forcing them to open up to others if they collective effort toward survival to don’t feel ready, and without charging sway the crowd to vote in his favor. them a cent. There are people on campus that won’t judge, and will offer support, “My argument to the student care, and hope, according to Pasch. group was that the discipline of
environmental design is concerned with the design of all aspects of the human habitat,” Price said. “Here we are with nothing, so it seems to me you’d want someone with some knowledge and skill in devising how we would survive. The whole essence of the ‘survival problem’ as we would treat it in urban and regional planning is very much germane to the theme of this event. The designing of systems where everything must be thought of for shelter, food, etc.” Even those students who didn't vote for Price recognized the authority of his argument. “I voted for Dr. Barry because I like that he operates without too much use of technology and his true understanding of past societies and history made a lot of sense to me for the purpose of the debate,” said Nick DiRienzo, a freshman computer science major. “In the end, Dr. Price gave a really good argument and deserved to win.” Although many professors attempted to explain that history, humanities, and other fields would benefit a new society, Price had strength in keeping his enemies close within his own proposal while highlighting his major points at the same time. His argument was based around skills in survival but also the integration of other disciplines seen in urban and regional planning. “I’m not against art, I’m not against beauty, but if we were in the life raft and everyone needed shelter, I’m not sure I’d want to be sitting around quoting Cicero,” Price said. “I agree that all of that is very important, but environmental design also takes into account the principles of many disciplines to better understand our work.” Students and teachers alike agreed that the event was wellattended and filled with jokes and laughs, many of which came from the charm of Stott. “I voted for Dr. Stott basically because he made me laugh and his argument was really funny,” said Sarah Smith, a freshman mathematics major who also helped plan the event. “He charmed me into voting for him, but Dr. Price made really good points and deserved to win.” Stott based his argument around the Franz Kafka quote, “Literature is the axe that breaks the frozen sea within us,” but ultimately found himself on thin ice after Price was finished with the crowd. Stott jokingly claimed that Price ‘cheated’ but later admitted that he, in fact, intimidated the opposition. “The event had a very good turn out. It went really well and it was a fun evening with lots of laughs,” Stott said. “I think they should make it a tradition here at UB.” Plans for next year are already in the works after this year’s success, according to Bradgon. She was happy with the 40 or so students that showed up this year, but hopes to one day extend the event to all UB students, and in five years would like to host it in the Student Union Theater.
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Bulls Look to Lock Horns in MAC Championships JOE KONZE JR Staff Writer
Soria was off to a fast start this season, quickly beating his first five opponents but he struggled midway through the season. Soria was able to finish strong, but looks to redeem himself in the MAC championship.
The wrestling team looks to sneak up on the Mid-American Conference, after a regular season filled with injuries and disappointments.
“When he did struggle we had a tremendous amount of confidence and belief in him,” Beichner said.
As a team, the Bulls (7-14, 1-4 MAC) finished the season strong with a pair of wins over SIUEdwardsville (5-15) and Northern Illinois (8-9, 0-5 MAC). The expectations of the wrestling team are high as it heads to Athens, Ohio for the MAC championships.
Junior Mark Lewandowski is looking to help bolster the Bulls’ chances of making a name in the tournament. Lewandowski has struggled with a knee injury most of the year but is now at full health and has found his groove as of late. The dominant force wrestled his way to a 31-6 record.
Training and mental preparation will be key for each wrestler as they try to exceed the expectations of a young, inexperienced team. Senior Kevin Smith who is nationally ranked at No. 22 looks to cap off a remarkable season. His overall record of 28-7 makes Smith a target for others in his bracket to take down. Many wrestlers stand in the way of Smith, but one provides a huge problem, Kent State’s Tyler Small. Smith was defeated in each of their last three meetings. Exercising his past demons against Small would be necessary if Smith plans on reaching his goal as a national champion.
The key to Lewandowski’s success will be how well he prepares himself for his matches and if he can stay healthy.
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Bulls look to take down the competition in MAC Championships.
“I don’t expect [Kevin] to carry the team through the tournament,” Beichner said. “He’s just one of the 10 guys that trained with our team everyday that we want to wrestle hard.” True freshman Jake Waste finished with an overall record of 22-8. Ranked No. 31 in the nation, Waste’s consistent production on the
team has provided a reliable spot in the starting lineup. “[Waste] has improved over the year, and is getting better,” Beichner said. “We want more, I always ask my guys are you satisfied? They answer no.” Waste like Smith will have to mentally and physically find a way to battle his way through
the competition. Throughout the season, not many expected redshirt freshman Max Soria to be a success. Soria’s 20-15 record has been a bright spot for the Bulls. “His success hasn’t been a surprise, when he wasn’t doing well that was a surprise to us,” Beichner said.
“Right now we look good, our training habits are good, they look good, they feel good, they are well rested,” Beichner said. “The most important thing is to make sure that [the team] goes to the MAC championship healthy.” The tournament runs all day Saturday, and wrestlers are looking for automatic berths to the NCAA tournament. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulls Crumble Late in Season Finale JON GAGNON Staff Writer
Continued from page 12: The Other Mascots The members of the group have kept their identities secret with the exception of a few floor mates and close friends. Their anonymity is crucial to keeping the illusion the way it is. “It’s like we are different types of mascots than Victor E. Bull,” UB BlueGroup said. “So we have our identities concealed so we can do whatever. Being anonymous really helps. I don’t think anybody would try to do any of this as a normal person.”
A win on Tuesday would have earned the women’s basketball team its third-straight victory before entering the Mid-American Conference tournament. With 40 seconds remaining the Bulls trailed by only three points, but a wide open look in the corner for three would prove to be the dagger to shatter their late season hot streak.
Being a part of the UB BlueGroup isn’t as easy as it looks. The morphsuit comes with some handicaps. Although it is easy to drink and breathe in, it creates some visual problems for the men inside them.
The Bulls (9-21, 4-12 MAC) rode their win streak into Akron, Ohio Tuesday night only to be denied by the Akron Zips (12-18, 7-9 MAC), 78-69.
“It definitely gets hot,” UB BlueGroup said. “There’s a little loss of vision, you can see a little bit. That’s the worst part about the blue suits, is sometimes you miss certain things in the game because it’s blurry.”
The Bulls took a 41-35 lead into the second half. However, the Zips started the second half strong, outscoring 43-28 in the final frame. The inability to maintain a lead near the end of the game is something head coach Linda Hill-MacDonald has seen all too often this season.
Also, going to the bathroom is a project in itself. The men must go to a stall in the bathroom and the group estimates it takes about 20 minutes to perform the task.
“We stopped attacking, we started to walk the ball down and we got very, very tentative.” Hill-MacDonald said. “Our passes and cuts weren’t crisp and that’s when Akron was able to really intimidate and force us out of our offense.”
The group plans to expand to other sports in the coming years, including volleyball, wrestling and football. But the UB BlueGroup is ready for its first experience with a cold November game at UB Stadium.
Hot three-point shooting and strong defensive prowess gave the Bulls the lead throughout much of the game. They held the Zips to 9-of-27 from deep, and countered with a stronger outing, going 9-of-19. Their demise appeared to be rebounding. The Bulls were dominated on the glass, 51-37.
the free throw line. “All we needed to do was execute,” Hill-MacDonald said. “We had the game secured and we got tentative.”
Sophomore forward Nytor Longar was one of the only Bulls to help clean up the boards. She had an impressive double-double, dropping in 13 points and snagging 14 rebounds.
Senior guard Brittany Hedderson had a typical outing, leading the Bulls in scoring with 16 points. She also contributed five rebounds and four assists to add to her stat line. But with her last made field goal coming in at the 15-minute mark, the Zips were able to shut down the Bulls leading scorer.
A 3-pointer with a little under five minutes left gave the Bulls a 67-66 lead. That shot would be the last field goal of the night for the Bulls, with their only other two points after that coming from
The bright spot on the evening for the Bulls was junior sharpshooter, Nicki Hopkins. Hopkins’ minutes off the bench are generally scarce, but when she enters the game she is an immediate threat
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“[We are going to] suck it up and deal with it,” UB BlueGroup said. “Personally I [prefer] the cold than it be 90 degrees in these, you can see the sweat.”
The Bulls have had a less than stellar season thus far, but a late season spurt has given them high hopes entering this weekend. Back-to-back wins over Kent State and Ohio were impressive, but they’ll need to play cleaner then they did last night to have any chance at success in the tourney.
The group plans to attend this weekend’s men’s basketball game. They also plan to go to any post-season trips if there is bussing to the games. The four hope someone will continue what they started after they graduate.
The no. 11 seed Bulls will look to avenge their loss to no. 6 seed Akron on Saturday in the first round of the MAC tournament. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.
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Continued from page 12: One Time for the One Seed thing. It’s a tribute to how hard he works to get his body healthy and to get strong. His game is better, he’s been doing things on both ends of the court and he’s sustained that kind of quality for quite a while.” On the other side of the court will be another player vying for that honor. Falcons’ Forward A’uston Calhoun is a player that can light up teams offensively. Buffalo got a taste of this the last the two teams met, as he torched them for 29 points and eight rebounds. “I’ve said all along that he’s one of the best players in the conference,” Witherspoon said. “The most important thing you can do with a player like that is to try to make whatever he does as difficult as possible. You don’t want to give him easy shots.” The Bulls defenders will have a tough task outside of Calhoun. Forward Scott Thomas has been the best 3-point threat for the Falcons this year, making 39 percent of his attempts. Guard Dee Brown is another guy that has had a number of 20-point performances in MAC play. Stopping that trio will not be an easy task for the Bulls. “We are going to try to keep them out of the lane,” Witherspoon said. “With guys like Thomas and Brown, they have so many guys that have gone off in big games. We have to make things difficult for them, and that’s a challenge, because they can make it look easy.” For the Bulls offensively the effort from the second unit has been a real plus. Whether it’s timely scoring from Barnett and junior guard Tony Watson or defensive efforts by Robinson and sophomore forward Cameron Downing, it is crucial that the backups raise the level of play and make a positive impact on the game. “I don’t think you can go through such a long season and think that you can depend on five or six guys,” Witherspoon said. “You need to have guys – and I’ve said this all along – but it’s not who’s going to start. We need people that are going to come off the bench, evaluate the game from the bench, and be able to recognize a fire and put it out, or start a fire themselves.” In these senior games, it can be a challenge to start the game off strong. A game can quickly get away from a team, especially in an arena packed with parents and eager fans for senior day – Akron knows this all too well. But Witherspoon doesn’t have doubts about this group of players. “It’s been a challenge all year long for us to maintain a level of poise and savvy and not let your adrenaline dictate your decisions offensively,” Witherspoon said. “We don’t want to be a victim of our own adrenaline but we can use those things defensively and that’s what we have been going over with our guys all season long.” The Bulls look to make history and earn a bye into the semifinals Saturday at Alumni Arena. Tipoff for the senior night game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Continued from page 5: UB Officially Sells WBFO to WNED Local listeners have yet to seem too upset about WNED’s purchase of WBFO, according to Brennan. “WBFO’s listeners have not raised many concerns,” Brennan said in an email. “I think that’s because all of the most popular programs are continuing, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air. Fans of blues music made it clear that they wanted the new owner to continue these programs, and that will happen.” One of the most popular local music programs in Buffalo is Jazz on WBFO, and it’s set to retain its current schedule and content. Discussion concerning the sale of WBFO began in 2009. Brennan said that “strengthening public radio in our community” was a major reason for the sale.
Continued from page 5: Students Raise Over $3 Million in Mock Debt Telethon “I think there is a growing awareness of the difficult path that we’re on,” Black said. “Increasing higher education costs, the economy that doesn’t support the debt that is being accumulated…So it’s not a second floor Capen Hall Buffalo discussion, it’s a discussion at the national level.”
“I just feel delivering the check to the president was a good idea because he has been such a supporter of the rational tuition [increase] policy and that kind of thing,” Mak said. “But it seems like he might not be clear on just how much money is coming from the students.”
The increasing debt crisis is having a negative effect on students. Students are less likely to go to graduate school because of the cost, and it has affected students in the classroom.
The university released a statement on student debt to coincide with the telethon. Part of that statement included:
“I think [professors] are seeing that there’s a big issue with the way their students are performing and the way students feel about being in school,” Mak said. “People are stressed out and it’s not a good educational environment. So it’s important to a lot of people.” Marion Werner, an assistant professor in the geography department, noticed the negative effect in her classrooms due to student debt, and she said the protest was a necessary tool for students.
“We wanted to find ways to respond to the challenges facing public broadcasting in our community, which include a shrinking population, a sluggish economy, and declining taxpayer support,” Brennan said. “UB agreed to [WNED’s] offer because we felt that this provides the best opportunity for WBFO to grow and thrive in the future.”
“I think students really need to [fight for their] quality of education, and if students aren’t doing that, then no one will,” Werner said.
WNED’s purchase of WBFO required FCC approval, which was granted in January. Since WBFO was state property under UB, the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the State Comptroller were needed to sign off on the purchase.
Mak wanted to deliver the check to Tripathi to show him how much his students were accumulating in debt while he collects his $650,000 salary.
WBFO started in 1959 by UB students and faculty, back when the school was private and not a part of the SUNY system. WBFO became a charter-founding member of NPR in 1970. The Allen Hall studio on South Campus, which houses WBFO, will be dismantled. Notable alumni of WBFO include NPR’s Terri Gross, host of Fresh Air, and Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday. William Simmering, who went on to create NPR’s All Things Considered, was general manager of WBFO through most of the 1960s.
The biggest issue the Defend Our Education Coalition has with the disbursement of the money is the amount of money that the administration is receiving.
“On average, UB students who take college loans enter their professional lives with loan debt that is, according to our research, 23 percent lower than the national average among four-year institutions.” Buffalo is the most affordable school in the MidAmerican Conference, as tuition and fees are $7,482 per year, the statement said. Defend Our Education Coalition members believe students need to protest the way their money is being distributed despite Buffalo having a lower cost. “I have seen what can happen…when [students] take a command of an interest in their future and they recognize how the structures of society that are in place threatened that future or straight out rob it from them,” said Adam Drury, an English graduate student. “And I have [seen] what can happen when students come together to fight for change, and its just one of the most inspirational things I’ve ever seen.”
Continued from page 5: First Steps Made Toward New School of Medicine The new building’s location has not been determined. Currently, three sites are being considered, according to Laychock. The move will offer many benefits to the students of the medical school, according to UB spokesman John Della Contrada. In accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, more faculty will be hired after the new medical school is built. “It will allow the medical school class to grow from 140 to 180, so that more physicians will graduate from UB and stay in the Western New York area,” Della Contrada said. “The medical school will expand into 20 more clinical service areas, which will make it more attractive to students. They will also be closer to the region’s other research assets such as UB’s new Clinical and Transnational Research Center and the Educational Opportunity Center.” The intent is to integrate the school completely with the surrounding campus and “place it in the appropriate context of the surrounding community,” according to Shibley.
“The new School of Medicine will be integrated with the Buffalo General Hospital, the Gates Vascular Institute, the Biological Sciences Incubator and The Women and Children’s Hospital,” Shibley said. When the first phase is complete, the new building will be 520,000 gross square feet and will hold the dean’s functions, biomedical education, the basic sciences’ departmental space, and most of the research and faculty, according to UB 2020’s website. “Moving the medical school downtown also will significantly improve and enhance the region’s medical care, benefitting people throughout Western New York,” Della Contrada said. “The goal is for Buffalo to become a destination for outstanding, innovative health care and medical research.”
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As Big as It Gets
One Time for the One Seed Buffalo looks to clinch double bye, send seniors off with win
TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor
After going on the road and ending one team’s senior day with a thrilling four-point win, the men’s basketball team looks to turn from hunter to hunted, preventing another team from doing the same to it.
Did that really just happen? Did Buffalo just sweep the season series with Akron? Did it hand the Zips their only conference loss at home – on senior day no less? Wednesday’s win won’t lead off the highlights on ESPN, but make no mistake, that was a mammoth win for the Bulls and I can’t remember one that was bigger. A win Saturday gets Buffalo to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Meaning two wins gets the Bulls to the Mecca of college basketball, the Holy Grail, the Big Dance: March Madness. That is why it get’s no bigger than Wednesday’s win. I’m always a glass half full guy when it comes to Buffalo’s sports teams, but even I predicted the Bulls to lose by 14 in Wednesday’s edition of The Spectrum. The odds were stacked against Buffalo and it blasted right through them. Buffalo has only won once in the past eight seasons at Akron, and the Zips have one of their most successful squads ever assembled. They were near dominant in the conference, losing to only Ohio on the road besides the pair of losses to Buffalo.
Everything is at stake as the Bulls (18-9, 11-4 Mid-American Conference) host Bowling Green (16-13, 9-6 MAC) on Saturday evening. A win, combined with an Akron (20-10, 12-3 MAC) loss on Friday, will clinch just the second regular season conference championship in men’s basketball history. Almost as important are the group of seniors that will be gracing the floor of Alumni Arena with their presence for the last time. That quartet – consisting of forwards Mitchell Watt, Titus Robinson, Dave Barnett, and guard Zach Filzen – are a special group. It has won more games (77) than any other senior class in program history. “They’ve been great for the university, and in the classroom,” said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. “They’re great ambassadors to the community and they’ve been great on the court. Now, the interesting thing about them is that none of them are point
Current Record: (16-13, 9-6 Mid-American Conference) All-Time Record: 16-7 Bowling Green Courtesy of BGSU Athletics Buffalo prepares for the game that will determine its fate in the conference tournament’s seeding. The Bulls are in the drivers seat of their destiny.
guards, and they have done it with four different point guards. I think that’s unheard of, I don’t know if you can find anywhere else in the country where you can say that. That’s a pretty remarkable achievement.” Perhaps no senior has meant more to this team this year than Watt. He has played outstanding of late, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds in his last five games. Over the course of the MAC season, he has averaged 15.9
points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks – numbers that are strong enough to warrant MAC Player of the Year consideration. “Well I think we are fortunate enough to have not one, but two candidates for MAC player of the year,” Witherspoon said. “But [Watt] has had a tremendous run, a tremendous senior season, and the things that he’s overcome are pretty well-documented. He’s been remarkable. He’s gotten better at everyContinued on page 9
The Other Mascots
Junior guard Tony Watson, a player who rarely gets his due, scored the final nine points of the game including a 6-for-6, ice in his veins performance from the free throw line. The often ragged-on senior forward Titus Robinson played like a giant down the stretch, with consistently solid defense and some massive rebounding efforts. The passed over senior forward Dave Barnett came through with nine points, and what can you say about senior forward Mitchell Watt’s 22 point performance other than that he should be a frontrunner for MAC Player of the Year. Buffalo went into a hostile environment, sacked up, and proved to the naysayers that they are for real. There’s still one game left and the conference tournament looming, but this team is peaking at just the right time and it’s fun to root for them. It’s a bunch of likable guys who all came together to accomplish something great – and beating Akron at the JAR was just that In the MAC, Buffalo is an all but forgotten place, the people who run the conference rarely talk about teams outside the state of Ohio and at this point I think everyone understands there is an Ohio bias within the conference.
So screw impartiality and go Bulls!
Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum Alumni Arena has seen a quartet of new men in blue uniforms this season. The “UB BlueGroup” has developed quite a following around campus.
BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor The men’s basketball team is one win and an Akron loss away from clinching the number one seed in the MidAmerican Conference tournament. But another group of men in blue uniforms are getting the fans on their feet. UB BlueGroup is a foursome of freshmen that met at orientation and through mutual friends. The group dresses in blue morphsuits to support Buffalo athletics, most noticeably, the men’s basketball team. The group has become a consistent landscape on the arena floor in front of the student section. The morphsuits were made famous by the character Charlie Kelly on the television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and was mimicked by two fans of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, who mock opposing players in the penalty box. The four bought the morphsuits and four hats – a sombrero, chef hat, crown, and bullhorns hat – as Halloween costumes. From there, they would run around the dorm rooms at the Ellicott Complex taking pictures with random students. Now, the foursome can be seen at most home men’s basketball games and even made the trip to Akron on Wednesday night. The group has even developed a fan base of its own. Buffalo fans cried out to the group’s Facebook page – which has over 100 friends - when it missed a game earlier in the season. The younger fans walk over from the other bleachers to them to get a high five or a picture with the group.
I’m all in and hopefully you are too.
But its biggest compliment comes from the Buffalo players.
“They love us,” UB BlueGroup said. “Ever since the beginning when Dave Barnett had that shout out for the first
game, when they made the video. He was like ‘the first thing I saw was the four guys dressed in blue suits and I knew it was going to be a crazy year.’ So that was the one time I was like, we going to be something, because the basketball players are noticing.” The group’s goal is to help the team anyway they can. It often sets the tempo for the entire student section to the point that True Blue looks to them to get the fans into the game. It also does everything it can to get into the opposing players’ heads. “It has to be some kind of mental game,” UB BlueGroup said. “[There] definitely has to be some distraction to the players, especially when they are taking free throws and we are right by the basket and you see four guys [in] all solid blue suits just waving around.” The members of the group jump, wave their arms, and yell at the players. One of their recent targets was Ohio guard D.J. Cooper. Pictures surfaced on the Internet of him in a bikini and UB BlueGroup made sure he knew it saw them. The group has some signature moves to go along with the constant harassment of opposing players. The four dance around one of the member’s sombrero during True Blue’s cowbell victory celebration for what has been named “The Mexican Hat Dance.” They have since added the 3-point salute. The group does the 3-point goggles then rotates and gives a salute to signal a Bulls’ 3-pointer. The group has even had imitators. Two people dressed in different color morphsuits with bicycle helmets came to one of the games but were quickly shunned by the original foursome. Continued on page 8
Getting to Know Tony Watson: Junior guard Tony Watson has been big for the men’s basketball team this year. But nothing even compares to his clutch performance in Wednesday’s 74-70 victory against the Mid-American Conference leading Akron. Watson had a career-high 14 points, including the final nine points for the Bulls. The Spectrum spoke with Watson to get his thoughts on Wednesday’s game, as well as some other things you should know about Tony. Games Played/ Games Started: 26/0 Minutes Per Game: 18.8 Points per game: 5.8 Field Goal Percentage: 37.3 Three Point Percentage: 34.8 Free Throw Percentage: 91.4 You had the final nine points for your team. What set you off and what does it mean going forward to you?
Spectrum File Photo Tony Watson’s career-high 14 points played a huge role in the team’s win against Akron on Wednesday.
Last Meeting: 68-66 Buffalo (Jan. 21, Stroh Center) Two Falcons to Watch: F-A’uston Calhoun: The 6-foot-7 forward is the teams’ leading scorer, averaging just under 14 points per game. The junior shoots almost 50 percent from the floor and can get it done around the basket. He’s a big force inside, averaging 5.9 rebounds per contest as well. The only knock on his game is that he’s not a great outside shooter, making only 25 percent of his shots from behind the arc. But he plays well against the Bulls, as he dropped 29 in the last meeting between the two teams. F-Scott Thomas: Another 6-foot-7 forward that head coach Louis Orr loves to utilize. So much so that Thomas plays almost 35 minutes per contest for the Falcons. He’s the team’s second-leading scorer behind Calhoun, averaging 12.8 points per contest. He’s also the team’s leading rebounder at 6.5 per game. The Bulls will win if... They shut down the leading scorers from Bowling Green. They are an incredibly top-heavy squad, and in the last contest between the two teams 54 of the 66 total points came from Calhoun, Thomas and senior guard Dee Brown. Buffalo will also be playing with a lot of emotion as it’s senior day so forwards Mitchell Watt, Titus Robinson and Dave Barnett, as well as guard Zach Filzen will be suiting up in Alumni for the last time, with a possible number one seed on the line.
But it wasn’t just that Buffalo beat the top team in the Mid-American Conference – it’s more about how they did it.
Working in media we’re supposed to remain impartial and not play favorites. But I can’t help but root for this team and the things head coach Reggie Witherspoon and Co. have accomplished this year.
Scouting Bowling Green
NATHANIEL SMITH Sports Editor
When the buzzer sounded there was only one word that came to my mind: wow.
That’s just another thing that this team has stacked against it.
Friday, March 2, 2012
“Our team has multiple weapons and all year Coach Witherspoon has talked about always being ready, because any night any one of us could go off and last
night down the stretch was my time to step up.” Normally Filzen is in at the end of games. Can you talk about the confidence Reggie had in you last night? “Coach Witherspoon has confidence is all of us and towards the end of games, he goes with his gut feeling and who at that time will give us the best chance to win. Last night, Akron gave us a great challenge and when the coaches are confident in me, it just gave me the extra confidence I needed to help the team pull out the big win. How do you keep yourself mentally in the game coming off the bench?” “Imagining what I would do if I was already in there. Also, breaking down the game as far as how the game is flowing and which aspects do we need to improve on at that moment or continue to build upon.”
Your career-high coming into this season was 11 points. You have hit double digits five times this season, what has changed? “My career high is 14 points this year and playing with confidence and not worrying about when and where my shots are going to come from has helped me stay focused. Also taking what the defense gives me keeps me from taking bad shots and taking the team out of rhythm.” What made you leave the nice weather down in Florida to come to Buffalo? “I always get this question and the biggest reason is the opportunity. The opportunity to play for a great coaching staff, the opportunity to play in a great atmosphere, and the opportunity to experience a real winter. And now that I have had three winter experiences, I can say I enjoy the mild Florida winters more.”
Bowling Green will win if... They come to play early on. More often than not in these types of senior night games it takes a while for the home team to settle in. Once Buffalo does it is the better team, but the Falcons have a chance to catch it napping early on in the contest. Predictions: TYLER CADY Senior Sports Editor The Bulls are coming into senior night and the final regular season contest fresh on the heels of the night where all the stars aligned. Buffalo beat the top team in the MAC and the teams that needed to lose did just that. With a shot at the conference title possibly on the line, Buffalo will be saying goodbye to its most successful senior class ever. With all that at stake I don’t see them dropping this game. Buffalo-78 Bowling Green-62 NATHANIEL SMITH Sports Editor Boy was I wrong about the Akron game. The Bulls have shown that they are just about ready to make a run in the MAC tourney, and possibly clinch their first trip to the dance. They host a team they barely beat on the road, and Calhoun is a gamer. But with this senior class of Filzen, Barnett, Watt and Robinson playing their last game at Alumni, I doubt they let this team ruin their special day, especially with a MAC regular season title at stake. Barnett’s Facebook quote says it all. Buffalo- 80 Bowling Green-68 BRYAN FEILER Sports Editor The Bulls are playing to their potential and with an Akron loss on Friday will playing for the number one seed in the MAC Tournament. But, Bowling Green is trying to clinch a double-bye. The Bulls have that locked up so Bowling Green will playing to avoid two extra postseason games. Buffalo won at Bowling Green earlier this year by two and I think this will be a barnburner as well. Bowling Green-69 Buffalo-71