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THE SPECTRUM VOL. 68 NO. 26 | DECEMBER 6, 2018

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DEC. 6, 1995 - Roughly 20 students spent the night on the Ellicott Complex South Terrace and raised $700 for The City Mission, a non-profit charity organization serving the homeless population in Buffalo. UB students organized a “Night Under the Stars” event and spent the night sleeping on cardboard while wearing their heaviest coats.

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HANUKKAH AWAY FROM HOME How Jewish students are celebrating the holiday at UB

BOWLING IN BUFFALO

Bulls look to conquer Troy Trojans in the Dollar General Bowl

A testament of faith Music faculty, students concerned with Music Library’s future UB Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences decline to comment on plans for library’s space BENJAMIN BLANCHET SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

ALVIN ENGLISH | THE SPECTRUM On Monday, St. Joseph’s University Parish held a panel on how Catholics and the Diocese can move forward after the sexual abuse scandal. The Roman Catholic Church is in the midst of a sexual assault crisis, which has affected Catholics around the world and right in Buffalo.

UB’s Catholic community looks to religion, forums to grapple with Buffalo Diocese’s sexual abuse scandal BENJAMIN BLANCHET, JACKLYN WALTERS, THOMAS ZAFONTE SPECTRUM STAFF

Monsignor Patrick Keleher of UB’s Newman Center does not want Catholic students to lose faith, despite the reemergence of a

17-year sexual abuse scandal that has again rocked the Catholic Church. He’s been in the church for half a century and knows worshippers in the Buffalo Diocese, which has in the past year been consumed with a new string of abuse accusations and calls by prominent Catholics for Bishop Richard Malone to resign. He knows Catholics worldwide are undergoing a crisis of faith. But Keleher believes the 2,000-year-old Catholic Church will find its strength again. “We pray that the church can change,” said > SEE TESTAMENT | PAGE 7

Rooting for Renuka Ramanadhan Students recognize friend’s remarkable resilience after hitand-run injuries TANVEEN VOHRA ASST. FEATURES EDITOR

International student Renuka Ramanadhan bought a Calvin Klein winter coat last summer to help her survive her second Buffalo winter. But she hasn’t shown it off to her friends this winter. On Nov. 1 a car hit Ramanadhan near her Hadley Village apartment. Ramanadhan sustained traumatic brain injuries to her skull and pelvis and is still in the hospital, according to Zoya Atiq, a sophomore biomedical engineering major and Ramanadhan’s close friend. Today, the beige winter coat sits unworn in Ramanadhan’s Hadley Village apartment and her friends are looking forward to the day Ramanadhan can finally wear it. Atiq and other friends have regularly visited Ramanadhan in Erie County Medical Center and are hopeful she will return to UB soon. Ramanadhan, an only child, was born in India, but moved with her parents to Singapore at a young age. She spent most of her life in Singapore, attending Global Indian International School and Singapore Polytechnic institute. She moved to Buffalo last fall to complete

her undergraduate degree in the School of Management. Her friends, who refer to Ramanadhan as Rayne, talked about her gregarious personality and devotion to her school work. They said she amazes them with her ability to balance a full social life and still maintain straight A’s. “She always used to say to us, ‘Sleep is temporary, your GPA is forever,’” said Mridu Moitra, a sophomore biomedical engineering major. Ramanadhan’s friends bought a gray stuffed owl to perch near her hospital bed. She’s a night owl, said her friend

James Currie is worried about the future of UB’s Music Library. Since he came to UB 15 years ago, he said, he has seen dramatic changes to the library. Back then, Currie, a musicology professor, said the library had three staff members and a circulation expert. Now, the staff is down to one librarian. Currie isn’t the only person who wants a clear answer about the library’s status, he and others in the music department told The Spectrum. The 51-year-old collection –– comprising some material that can only be found at UB –– holds 224,000 scores, LPs and more in Baird Hall, and UB Libraries has recently been tracking how many people use it. Faculty members say the library’s resources are dwindling and believe the historic collection has seen better days. Interim Vice Provost for University Libraries Elizabeth Adelman declined to comment

Amrita, a sophomore business administration and finance major. Dancing is one of Ramanadhan’s longtime passions, Amrita said. She is classically trained in Bharatnatyam, an Indian dance form. In Singapore, she performed at the Bhaskar’s Arts Academy. Aside from classical dance, Ramanadhan also enjoys dancing to hiphop music, her favorite genre. Her favorite artist is J. Cole. Ramanadhan also enjoys listening to Korean pop music and watches YouTube videos of her favorite K-pop artists from her hospital bed. Ramanadhan loves to watch YouTubers like Manny Mua, who does makeup tutorials and reviews, according to Amrita. When she woke up from her coma in the hospital, she complimented > SEE RAMANADHAN | PAGE 5

COURTESY OF AMRITA Renuka Ramanadhan, a business administration major, is currently recovering in the hospital after being hit by a car outside her Hadley Village apartment.

on UB Libraries’ specific plans for the Music Library space. But Adelman, in an email, wrote that UB Libraries has discussed possible changes to library operations with the music department. “There’s no official statement on the intended objective for the Music Library and yet, resources have repeatedly been withdrawn,” Currie said. “It’s kept the library on hold and kept [the department] from being able to properly respond and defend the Music Library.” Currie is the chair of the Music Library Committee, which acts as a negotiator between the music department and the Music Library. He said issues with the Music Library began before this year, as UB Libraries began to “whittle away” at staffing. Currie said UB Libraries is “perfectly aware” that the music department has concerns over the library. “They’re aware that we have grave misgivings about their practice, and what they have decided and not decided to inform us about regarding the Music Library,” Currie said. “We’ve had this out in meetings before, quite fractured meetings between us and the faculty, in general, and the upper-level library administration.” > SEE MUSIC

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University Police interview final candidates for chief of police Current interim chief of police is one of three candidates JACKLYN WALTERS ASST. NEWS EDITOR

University Police are holding forums this week, where three chief-of-police candidates will present their visions to the UB community. A search committee comprised of five university administrators started a national search for candidates in September. UPD formed the committee after the previous chief, Gerald Schoenle Jr.. retired in January. UPD is holding three days of community forums for each candidate to discuss their goals for the department and explain why they’re a good fit for the position. During each day, one of the candidates will present three times to members of the community who are interested in learning about their proposals. The first candidate, Chris Bartolomei, the current interim chief-of-police and only internal candidate, presented on Wednesday before two others present Thursday and Friday. He touched on the highlights of his resume and said his three main initiatives are “implementing the best practices, building > SEE CHIEF

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CHIEF CANDIDATES better relationships with the community and recruiting for diversity.” During his 11 months as interim chief, Bartolomei said he felt withdrawn from students and campus life. He said as chief, he would try to build one-on-one relationships with students in order to establish a better overall connection to the UB community. “I’m most excited to break chains and be part of the campus community again,” he said. “If [students] trust us, they know what our intentions are.” Attendees of the forum said they were impressed with Bartolomei’s 22 years of experience working for the university, the last year of which he has acted as the chief of police. Aaron Maracle, assistant violence prevention specialist at UB, said he was glad to hear Bartolomei’s proposals for increas-

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11/29 1:45 a.m.: A custodian notified UPD of a homeless woman sleeping in the Flag Room in the Student Union. UPD advised the woman she couldn’t stay there, escorted her out of the building and gave her directions to Harbor House if she needed a place to stay for the remainder of the night. 3:12 p.m.: A student called UPD regarding a mental health emergency. An

NEWS ing interaction with students. “I’m really looking for a chief of police who is very student-centered,” he said. “[I’m looking for] somebody who is visible and is willing to answer questions and put them out there. That transparency [and] visibility is very important.” Doris Corley was also optimistic about Bartolomei’s initiatives for increasing connections with the community. Corley, senior legislative assistant to council member Rasheed Wyatt, said it would be nice to see a chief of police who attended community police forums in order to be better connected to our surrounding areas. “The police interact with a lot of community besides students and building those relationships are very important,” she said. “The Buffalo Police have community meetings once a month and it would be good every once in a while to have someone from UB police attend these meetings.” The two remaining candidates - whose

ambulance arrived on the scene and UPD filed a report. 3:57 p.m.: A CVS employee called UPD to report a customer who has been repeatedly stealing from the store. She said she had footage of the thief on multiple occasions. UPD filed a report. 7:18 p.m.: A woman notified UPD someone stole her belongings from a locker in the Alumni Arena. UPD took her information and filed a report. 11:29 p.m.: A student reported his phone was stolen from the first floor bathroom of Capen Hall. He received an email that someone tried to unlock the phone,

LEONARDO ROMERO | THE SPECTRUM Chris Bartolomei, interim chief of police (left) and Mark Coldren, chair of the chief of police search committee (right) talk during a community forum Wednesday. Bartolomei is one of three candidates being considered for the position. The other two candidates will speak at forums on Thursday and Friday.

names cannot be released until they speak, according to committee chair Mark Coldren will present their proposals Thursday

and Friday.

but the device was turned off and he could not track it. 11:32 p.m.: A caller reported his wallet was stolen from his vehicle in the Hochstetter parking lot. UPD filed a report and the caller later reported he found the wallet.

stole her rug and slippers from her room in Clement Hall. UPD filed a report. 11:56 p.m.: UPD responded to an alcohol overdose report at the Fargo Quadrangle. UPD called an ambulance for the unconscious male student who vomited and smelled like alcohol. UPD transported the student to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

11/30 8:04 a.m.: A caller notified UPD of a loose dog in front of Kapoor Hall. UPD determined the black lab was with its owner, but not on a leash. Patrol advised the owner to leash their dog. 8:33 a.m.: UPD checked on a disabled motor vehicle on Millersport Highway while on patrol. UPD assisted the driver. 2:09 p.m.: A student reported his laundry was stolen from the Spaulding laundry room. Patrol met the student and filed a report. 5:16 p.m.: A caller reported his car had been hit in the Governors C parking lot. UPD filed a report and checked surveillance cameras but the location of the vehicle was not visible in the footage. 6:32 p.m.: A student reported someone

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12/02 12:26 a.m.: A caller notified UPD her dog went missing near South Campus. She said the dog was small, brown and white and responds to “Callie.” UPD filed a report. 12:38 a.m.: UPD witnessed a possible hit-and-run at the Lee Loop on camera. UPD determined the victim was skateboarding and fell when the black pickup truck pulled over to ask if they were OK. 11:05 p.m.: An RA called UPD reporting she was with a victim of harassment via Snapchat. The victim spoke to an officer and UPD filed a report. email: news@ubspectrum.com

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Letter to the editor: This year, the African American Studies department at the University at Buffalo inaugurates its 50th Anniversary. What was anticipated to be a momentous and celebratory year has instead become a year filled with fear and disappointment. The department continuously faces relentless attacks from the university administration. The department is familiar with facing resistance from

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You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Jody, I know, you hate clichés, but let me have this one.

‘Blue’s Clues’ is an egregious depiction of gender and higher education in America

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Coming into my last semester, I was ready for it all to be over. Three classes stood in the way of me and my diploma. I knew I already got into my dream master’s program at Syracuse University and only had to make it through 16 more weeks of undergrad. I figured I’d spend the least amount of time working on those classes as possible and focus what little effort I had left into The Spectrum. But as the semester started to pick up, I found myself counting down the days until I didn’t have to wake up early on Sunday mornings and miss watching the Bills game in order to crank out the day’s article. I was finally senior news editor, but running the desk alone placed a lot of stress and expectations on my shoulders. I was

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sity prides itself on its efforts to increase diversity yet its continuous mistreatment of this department is proof that to the university, the word is just an empty promise. Instead of providing the department with the funds and resources necessary to grow, the university chose to inconspicuously starve the possibilities for better opportunities. We, the students at the University at Buffalo stand with the African American Studies Department. With the political cul-

ture of the university, the need of this department is exponentially greater than it has ever been. We recognize its importance and we’re willing to do whatever is necessary to fight with them and for them. For we will be the change the future calls for at the University at Buffalo. -The University at Buffalo’s Black Law Students Association Pre-Law Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association

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the university. The department, along with many African American Studies departments across the country, was established at a time when Black Studies wasn’t welcomed or appreciated. But, it is especially disappointing that in 2018, an African American Studies department in supposedly one of the most liberal states in America would have to fight so hard simply to exist. The univer-

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SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

The following is a satirical column*

Some people live in a house. Other people live in an apartment. Steve, the main protagonist of “Blue’s Clues,” lives in a picture book. The setting of Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues” is just one of the early signs of the hit children’s show’s anti-conformist agenda. In the ‘90s and ‘00s, Nickelodeon marketed the show toward children, but its target lied on the unknown lives of single, heterosexual straight white men. But there’s a catch: Steve isn’t just like the millions of other white men overly represented on mainstream TV. Oh no, he’s different. The man obsessively talks to a cartoon dog, a coffee table and a comically large bar of soap every day. The show is a Kidz Bop ver-

getting burnt out. Sometime after midterms, I got a message from the senior editor I wrote for during freshman year. He asked how things were going and I explained to him my excitement to graduate and finally get a break from the paper. He stopped me in my tracks and called me an “idiot.” He said if he could travel back in time and sit through one more Monday meeting or one more production day and write one more story, he would in a heartbeat. I brushed it off and continued pressing my nose to the grindstone. I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. But here I am, on the night before my last production day bawling my eyes out as I type this, realizing that I don’t want

it to all be over. Suddenly it all came back to me: memories of our office Super Smash Bros tournaments, getting into meme wars in our Snapchat group chat, late night editing sessions and all of the other shenanigans I got into with my colleagues over the last three years. Sure, there were bumps in the road, and at times, The Spectrum was the last place I wanted to be. But seeing an article published after editing it all night and the impact some of them had on the university is priceless. The Spectrum is my family. It was my entire college experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Through writing for the paper, I got to travel the country,

sion of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” combined with the detective series “Columbo,” as Steve has to conform to domestic pressures while solving meaningless mysteries. The show provides the classic set up for early ‘00s entertainment, too, completely glossing over the Iraq War in favor of celebrating the “birth” of a paprika shaker. But it’s not the show’s fault, it’s the viewers. Their docility compels them to follow Steve’s command to “come on in” to the picture book from the very beginning. And once inside Steve’s fantastical world, the viewer is chained to a destructive misreality. Anytime Steve wants to do something, for instance, he asks his imaginary cartoon dog, Blue, for advice. Blue then jumps to the screen, slapping the viewer’s peripheral with a dark blue paw print.

“Blue said she wants to play ‘Blue’s Clues,’” says Steve, who is apparently bilingual in English and dogish. Steve, who appears to be unemployed, then sings a song and serenades the viewers he locked into his house. “We are going to play Blue’s Clues, we are going to play Blue’s Clues, we are going to play Blue’s Clues because it’s a really great game, yeah!” From here on out, the mind control begins. He then sings yet another song, doubling down on the contortions he’s enwrapped viewers inside, before he aimlessly searches his house for an unrealized answer. But Steve’s answer won’t come from peeling back his illustrated house, layer by layer. Instead, it comes from his tedious notes and etchings in his “handy, dandy” notebook. Whether or not Steve needs to take notes while looking for

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Hanukkah away from home

How Jewish students are celebrating the holiday at UB JACKLYN WALTERS ASST. NEWS EDITOR

Chabad of Buffalo is working to ensure that Jewish students have a place to call home while they celebrate Hanukkah during the last week of classes. The organization held an event Monday, the second night of Hanukkah, in the Student Union with traditional food and games and lit an oversized menorah for all to see. The event raised $500 in cash donations in addition to toy donations for children with cancer in Buffalo. Roughly 2,000 Jewish students are celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday honoring the rededication of the Second Temple, according to Rabbi Sara Rich of Hillel of Buffalo. The holiday is celebrated Dec. 2 to Dec. 10 this year, during the final week of the semester, which means many students couldn’t go home to celebrate. Chabad gave students menorahs for their dorms and staff travelled between North and South Campus to cater events around students’ busy schedules. Rivka Gurary, wife of Rabbi Moshe Gurary of the Chabad House, helped organize the event to give those who can’t see their families a “sensation of home” during the holiday. “We made homemade donuts, homemade latkes, it’s what they’re used to at home,” she said. “Students tell me, ‘I’m so sad I’m not home,’ so I tried to make it the best I could [for them]. And we have a bunch of small parties so it fits

everyone’s schedules. Everyone should be able to celebrate and take part.” David Landau, a freshman accounting major, is happy to be celebrating his first Hanukkah away from home with Hillel and Chabad. “I found my family here [with Chabad] and my family at Hillel and they kind of substitute the family I’m missing back home,” Landau said. Jordana Chazan, a sophomore communication major, said she is celebrating Hanukkah with her roommates by lighting their menorah together and sharing gifts each night. She said events like Chabad’s are comforting and help students who may be less religious celebrate with their community. Chazan said she believes it’s important to celebrate Hanukkah openly, given the historical context of the holiday. Legend has it, after years of war with the Syrians, Judah Maccabee rebuilt the altar of the Second Temple, but did not have enough oil to keep its menorah lit for seven nights. When the menorah’s candles lasted for eight nights, the Jewish sages were inspired to create the annual eight-day celebration. “It’s always been important [to celebrate openly] because you can’t always be so outward about being Jewish,” Chazan said. “The people I know from Chabad and Hillel are always so proud to be Jewish and it doesn’t matter who’s looking or watching.” Chazan said she’s glad the event and candle lighting were held in the Student Union instead of at Chabad or Hillel because it allowed more people to see how Hanukah is celebrated. email: jacklyn.walters@ubspectrum.com

SHUBH JAIN AND PRANAV KADAM | THE SPECTRUM Students celebrated Hanukkah in the Student Union Monday with Chabad of Buffalo. They ate traditional food, played games and collected toys and money for children with cancer in the Buffalo region.


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RAMANADHAN her nurse on the contour on her cheekbones, Atiq said. The night of the hit-and-run, Ramanadhan was preparing for a competition the next day in which students solve real-world business issues. Ramanadhan was running a fever that day, Atiq said, and she wanted to stay in her apartment to feel better. It was quite a shock, Atiq said, when she found out a car collided with Ramanadhan. “When I first heard about the [collision] I was confused, like, ‘Wasn’t she staying in?,’” Atiq said. It was not uncommon, however, for Ramanadhan to go out for walks, her

friends said. On Nov. 16 University Police arrested UB student Hannah Christensen, a sophomore biological sciences student, and she was charged with with leaving the scene of a serious injury without reporting, a class E felony. Christensen was arraigned on Dec. 3, where she pled not guilty. Atiq and Moitra said they think the charges for whomever hit Ramanadhan should be more severe and that the perpetrator should serve jail time. “Quite frankly, a girl almost died,” Moitra said. She added the punishment should include payment of medical expenses by the perpetrator. Moitra said she was shocked someone could leave a person on the street after

hitting them. Ramanadhan’s parents came to Buffalo from Singapore to help care for her. They decorated her hospital room with photos, including of Hindu leaders like Guru Sivananda, who teaches meditation and spirituality in Delhi, to make Ramanadhan feel more at home. The same picture of Sivananda also hangs in Ramanadhan’s room in Hadley Village. Despite her injuries, Ramanadhan has a will to move forward. Her friends said she is restless and asks doctors every day when she can go out again. Ramanadhan’s mother was planning to visit in December, Atiq said, and Ramanadhan was excited to spend time with her mother.

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Particularly, Ramanadhan has been saving up to take her mother shopping and buy her a Michael Kors handbag. Ramanadhan’s parents plan to stay in Buffalo for the duration of their daughter’s recovery, Atiq said, and UB is providing accommodation to her parents. Ramanadhan belongs to the UB Women in Management club and members created a GoFundMe page to help pay medical expenses. Her friends are happy with the university community’s response and they say they are thankful club members, faculty and the School of Management have shown support. email:tanveen.vohra@ubspectrum.com

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BLUE-SKA things during a 14-minute episode is beyond me. Still, his cartoonish depictions might reveal his backwards views and inherent biases. He often heads to his kitchen, to talk with French-speaking condiments like Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper. He hides all the European characters in the back of his house, out of plain sight, so Steve’s anti-imperialist, nationalistic views are on full display. Also, during every episode, Steve waits for his mailbox to bust through his window to proclaim his bond with Steve, a bond called “mail time.”

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GOOD THINGS interview prominent figures, photograph concerts and tell the stories of UB students who didn’t have a voice. I’ve

Perhaps, the mailbox is really saying “male time,” as if his time with Steve relies on “male” men delivering “male” to the parcel-carrying “male” box. What results from “male time” is a broken uni-gendered world, which ignores female-focused needs of canines such as Magenta and Blue. The mailbox delivers dozens of letters to Steve each day, but there’s no basis to how the letters got to Steve’s house. Every postage simply reads “stamp,” and written addresses are replaced by stick figure drawings of Steve and Blue. And in case Steve’s unlearned mindset toward the U.S. postal system isn’t enough, he decides to add another layer to his trouble. After “male time,” Steve

jumps into yet another picture book, which is a picture book inside a picture book. He calls this veil for escapism his “blue-ska-doo.” In the ‘doo, Steve winds himself up and gets lifted into a world within a world. Steve, clearly, wants to escape from his life of household chores and unemployment: a life — as “Blues Clues” so accurately depicts — of struggle, heartache and misery. He sits down into his “thinking chair” to contemplate his failures, but whimsically clears himself of all social responsibility. And if doing nothing wasn’t enough, after roughly 100 or so episodes, he decides to abandon his animated sorrows.

He parades in another undistinguishable white male — Joe — to take his place in the home, and he sails off on his way to college. If public institutions are now letting in people for solving “clues” within their home, taxpayers may want to start protesting any free SUNY tuition proposals. Steve, however, is a matrix breaker. He single-handedly constructed a world in his head and used it to get back on his own two feet after years of idleness. After all, as Steve puts it, “we can do anything that we want to do.”

met some of my closest friends at the paper, took some of the scariest risks at the paper and learned more than any other class or professor could have ever taught me.

I realized that I wasn’t coming to school every day to go to class or work. I was going to school and doing all that in the background, so that I could be a part of the newspaper. The Spectrum completely changed me as a person. It transformed me from the quiet, dissociated commuter student looking for his place in the UB community as a freshman into the confident, risk-taking person I am today. Before joining the paper, I had selfconfidence issues and would much rather have jumped off a bridge than approached a total stranger in the Student Union and ask them questions for a story. A goodbye column wouldn’t be complete without thanking the people who shaped me into the journalist I am today. First and foremost, I have to thank the paper’s faculty advisor Jody Biehl. From the late nights editing pieces to romping the streets of Berlin, I am forever in your debt. You taught me how to be fierce, how to ask all the right questions, how to stand up for myself and most importantly, how to be a journalist. Before joining The Spectrum, I’d never written an article or interviewed someone, let alone taught others how to do those things. But somehow, without me even noticing sometimes, you taught me everything I know about journalism. One day, I hope I can come close to the journalist that you are. When I write articles for other outlets, somehow I find myself thinking, “What would Jody think of this?” Is that a nightmare or a blessing? I don’t know, but I sure am glad you’ve ingrained your ways into my brain. Brian Windschitl and Ken Thomas, my arts editors freshman year, I love you two more than you may realize. Thanks for taking me under your wings and showing me the ropes. You guys started my career at the paper and ended up being two of my best friends. From crazy nights in New York City to nailbiting games of Smash and tag-teaming concert coverage, I’m grateful to have worked with two of the best. Tori Roseman and Gabriela Julia, nothing made me look forward to production day more than knowing I could

hunker down in either of your offices and talk about literally anything. The two of you inspire me every day. Whenever I’d come into your offices to edit a story together, I was amazed at how much you could teach me. Brian, Brent, Ben, Tom –– you guys are some of my best friends. Whether it’s bickering at each other in a “Curb Your Enthusiasm”-esque manner, jamming out to tunes or talking about the next “runaround,” I think I’m going to miss you guys the most. What’s a Sunday going to be without the Blanchet brothers and their unique thrift fits, Tom making fun of my passion for Buffalo sports and Brian screaming “FRESH POTS?” Jacklyn, you have totally surprised me this semester. Very rarely would I feel comfortable passing on the senior news editor torch to someone who became an editor just a few weeks ago, but you’re going to rock it, kid. From our sassy Sunday morning conversations to teaching me what “stan” meant, I had a lot of fun working with you and have complete faith that you’ll bring a lot of good to the paper. To everyone else who will return next semester and all the new faces who will walk into the newsroom as I did a few years ago, thank you. Thank you for continuing this awesome tradition that I was blessed to be a part of. When I entered UB as a pre-dental student, if you would have told me I’d drop everything to become a journalism major at a school where there isn’t even a journalism major, I would have said you were crazy. But here I am, in my final moments as a UB student, happy that things played out the way they did. Cheers to three successful years at The Spectrum, and here’s to many more.

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MUSIC LIBRARY John Bewley, music librarian and archivist, declined to comment for this story. Staffing changes are common and “reflect what is going on libraries-wide,” according to Adelman. She wrote in an email that UB Libraries has launched a “master planning process” for looking at future library needs for the university. The planning process is ongoing and a “series of options are under consideration for reimagining physical library spaces,” according to Adelman. Adelman wrote that it would be may not reflect accurate library activity. Any premature to discuss “anything specific at this student or member of the public can manually enter library gate counts on the UB webtime” about the future of UB library spaces. “We do know that the plan will focus on site and the gate count is sent to UB Libraries ensuring that our students have the best en- officials. The Spectrum decided not to publish vironment for learning, and that includes library gate count statistics because they can continuing to provide access to the Music Li- be manually entered by anyone in the public. Currie said there are two ways to enter the brary’s collection,” Adelman wrote. Music Library, one of which has a gate that Although Adelman did not confirm any plans for the Music Library space, UB Librar- tracks how many people enter and exit. The ies has made unique efforts to track Music Li- other way does not have a gate that tracks entries and exits. He said brary activity. he brought this up to The Spectrum found UB Libraries admintwo data sets pertain“If we think a istrators, but they’ve ing specifically to the ignored the problem. Music Library on UB university is just “The problem is Libraries’ Tableau STEM with a when we get into data statistics page. little bit of liberal broader questions on The Music Library what constitutes reldata covers two to arts stuff on the evance,” Currie said. four years worth of side, then that’s “Is it when there are library circulations 1 billion people in the and entrance/exit gate fine, it should room or is it somecounts. go. But if there’s thing else? That’s alThe data, titled “foranything else to most impossible to CAS” and described argue about.” as being for a “CAS a university, then Jonathan Golove, master space plan,” is a place like the chair of the music the only public data department, said the for one specific liMusic Library has library is important for brary at UB. “CAS” to be considered.” the department’s peris a commonly used formance majors to abbreviation for the - James Currie, access print material in College of Arts and musicology professor the collection. He said Sciences. Robin Schulthese materials, such ze, the dean of the as the library’s range of college, declined to say whether CAS had any specific plans for the Beethoven sonatas, can add to a performer’s technical competence and interpretation. He Music Library. The Spectrum found that library gate counts said some of the library’s value isn’t captured

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THE SPECTRUM The Music Library is a collection of 224,000 scores, LPs and more in Baird Hall, is a 51-year-old collection located in Baird Hall.

by gate counts or circulation statistics. “We just had a researcher from France come and spend two weeks in the library. He was looking at materials that are only here,” Golove said. “So he didn’t check out a single book in two weeks because he was looking at archival materials that aren’t circulating. So there’s a lot of ways to look at it.” In terms of the future of the Music Library, Golove said it’d be a huge disadvantage for the department to not have it in Baird Hall. He said UB has developed the library in a unique and reputable way. “The library can’t be the Library of Congress, it can’t be a repository of every scrap of everything that’s printed but, at the same time, it’s been a destination for scholars as well as an asset that’s oriented in the way that our [department] is, which is for modern classical music,” Golove said. “The longer you allow that to be rudderless, the more it becomes a time capsule, because then there’s a gap in caring for that vision that you can’t really fill in. You’ll never be able to fill in for the time period that you decided to suspend that. It may be a very beautiful time capsule, it may be interesting, but it’s not the same as a living archive.” Adelman wrote that UB Libraries has discussed with the music department a possible transition from print to electronic subscriptions in the Music Library. She wrote that they discussed not having the Music Library open during winter break due to “reduced usage of the library during this time period,” but UB Libraries has decided to keep it open for limited hours over break. Adelman wrote that UB Libraries remains “committed to support faculty and students from the Music Department,” but after UB

Libraries’ planning process “is complete,” she can comment further. Nick Emmanuel, a Ph.D. candidate in historical musicology, said the Music Library is the most valuable resource for his research at UB. Emmanuel said the Music Library’s circulation is an “incredibly limited” datapoint in terms of its value. “Most of the resources I consult for research are resources I don’t wind up checking out; there’s no need to because I don’t want 600 books in my apartment,” Emmanuel said. “Many of the scores I consult are orchestral works, with sometimes 90 parts, and they might be three feet tall. They don’t fit in my backpack or any bag I could carry, so as a rule I won’t check those out.” Alex Huddleston, a Ph.D. candidate in music composition, said he uses the Music Library more often during the winter and summer. Huddleston, who has an office on the second floor of Baird Hall, said the library’s location is an advantage. “I think it’s so reasonable to have a Music Library to be in the music department’s building –– it’d be weird to do anything other than that,” Huddleston said. “Music materials are really different. There’s a whole different history for [a] cataloging system that’s different from literature. My question for the university administration would be, ‘Why this library?’ if they plan to close it, and, ‘What else would you put there?’” Currie said if UB Libraries were to end the maintenance of the Music Library, it poses the question, “What do we think a university is?” “If we think a university is just STEM with a little bit of liberal arts stuff on the side, then that’s fine, it should go. But if there’s anything else to a university, then a place like the Music Library has to be considered,” Currie said. “I think it’s a great resource for the university and one — with minimal thought — the administration could use to their advantage for selling the university and for increasing student enrollment on all sorts of levels. To take away these things and just have STEM and technology is so short-sighted historically, it is extraordinary to me. It is writing the university out of existence.” email: benjamin.blanchet@ubspectrum.com twitter @BenjaminUBSpec

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TESTAMENT Keleher, the director of the Newman Center, which has served Catholic students since 1936. “We need change and we’ve had too much secrecy, too much clericalism, all of the things we hear about all the time.” UB’s Catholic community wants to bring believers together to help them maintain their faith and discuss how the church can change moving forward so such acts won’t happen again, local religious leaders told The Spectrum. Community churches like the Newman Center and the St. Joseph University Parish near South Campus are coming to terms with the abuse scandal through forums and discussions, as priests are opening their doors and listening to students’ and community members’ concerns. This year, the Buffalo Diocese was revealed to have helped hide dozens of child sexual abuse accusations against priests, according to reports by The Buffalo News and WKBW-TV (Channel 7). Malone, the leader of the diocese, reportedly knew about sexual abuse cases involving priests in Western New York but allowed them to remain in ministry. Malone and the Buffalo Diocese released a list of 42 “credibly accused” priests, but the number of accused priests was later revealed to be 100. Buffalo isn’t the only place where the scandal, which first came to light in 2002 after reporting by The Boston Globe, has reemerged. In August, a Pennsylvania grand jury found Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic Church covered up child sexual abuse. The grand jury report named more than 300 priests over a 70year period, according to The New York Times. Washington, D.C.’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl also resigned this year amid criticism of how he handled abuse complaints. The Globe’s 2002 reporting, which won the Pulitzer Prize for public service and was the subject of the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight,” detailed multiple instances of sexual abuse by priests in the Boston Diocese. The report showed wrongdoing in the handling of accused priests by high-ranking members of the Boston and Roman Catholic Diocese and led to more accusations against the church surfacing around the world. Most UB Catholic community members interviewed by The Spectrum said there needs to be change within the church. “The model of the Catholic Church is a monarchy,” said Monsignor Greg Jakubowicz, campus minister at St. Joseph University Parish. “It’s a monarchical system, and there’s

An institution like the Roman Catholic Church doesn't change on a dime. It can't turn that fast. I realized that, but I struggle with that.” Monsignor Greg Jakubowicz, campus minister at St. Joseph University Parish. some value to that. … The people at the top aren’t necessarily the only people that God works through. I think the leaders get that, but don’t reflect that yet. That’s where the change has to come. But it takes a while because one thing that people have a hard time with giving up once they have it is power.”

A community’s response

Keleher, known as Father Pat, is the campus minister at the Newman Center in addition to his duties as director. In the past few months, community churches have hosted forums to discuss the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal, and on Oct. 15, the Newman Center hosted one such discussion. Keleher said he was moved by the honesty of his ministry members at the forum. Keleher said openness is an important part of the church’s healing process. “I bring it up in my preaching,” he said. “Obviously, you have to have secrecy for some things in life, but not the secrets that

hurt. The secrets from this scandal have hurt people, and the church should have done something other than how they responded, but we have to work on being more honest, being more helpful and reaching out to these victims.” As churches in the diocese grapple with the scandal, other worshippers have connected it to other power dynamics in the church. Roy Bourgeois, a former priest who did missionary work with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, spoke Sunday at UB’s Center For Tomorrow to 80 Buffalo community members about ordination of women in the church. Bourgeois said the scandal is due to the patriarchal structure of the Catholic Church. The Vatican notified Bourgeois in 2012 that he would lose his priesthood for supporting the ordination of women in a letter that stated, “Only men are the authentic teachers of faith and morals of the church.” Bourgeois said the letter was “ironic” in light of Catholic Church leaders transferring priests who were accused of sexual abuse. He said bishops transfer priests to avoid “scandal in the church,” which has created the worst crisis he has ever seen in the church and tested devout Catholics’ trust in their leaders. “[Bishop Malone] should resign immediately. He should not wait,” Bourgeois said. “If he had any integrity, if he was a person of true faith and really concerned about the victims, he would volunteer to step down.” St. Joseph, the campus ministry for UB students near South Campus, held a panel Monday on how Catholics and the diocese can move forward after the scandal. Roughly 100 community members attended the event. The panel featured Buffalo Diocese members, local Catholic university staff members and local Catholic journalists. Panelists and audience members said they support sexual abuse victims, more transparency, allowing priests to be married and larger roles for women in the church. Audience members said the panel format was not the best choice for the event, comparing it to a St. Joseph open discussion forum event held in September. “It was more like listening to a lecture as opposed to having an opportunity to speak,” said St. Joseph congregation member Mark Mattle. “But I believe that was the design of it and I look forward to what comes from here.” Audience members had different opinions on Bishop Malone still holding his position. One audience member said the Buffalo Diocese should remove Malone. Roughly 50 peo-

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 7 ple applauded and agreed with the statement. Jakubowicz said the panel’s purpose was to respond to a “hurting” community. Known as Father Greg, Jakubowicz said the Catholic Church must make an effort to restore trust. Jakubowicz said St. Joseph will continue to run events similar to the one held Monday. “An institution like the Roman Catholic Church doesn’t change on a dime. It can’t turn that fast,” Jakubowicz said. “I realized that, but I struggle with that.”

A difficult conversation

Andrew Mattle, Mark Mattle’s brother and a member at St. Joseph, said they each have children who go to UB and “do not have much interest” in being Catholics. Mattle said the panel asked how many attendees were under 40 years old. Only two people raised their hands, he said. “We’re getting older. We don’t have time to wait for a revolution,” said Andrew Mattle. “It’s the younger people who really need to lead it who are not here. It is has to be people our age that need to start this. Otherwise, it’s just not going to happen.” Community members aged 40 and over talked to The Spectrum at the St. Joseph panel. Most students, however, did not. In a span of 30 minutes, The Spectrum tried to interview 50 students, but only two felt comfortable talking about the scandal. Most students declined to comment or did not know enough about the scandal to comment on it. Elizabeth Vennari, a senior economics and music major, said Bishop Malone helped her and her family as they planned her father’s funeral two years ago. “It’s hard to see the people who have done good things for you, that have reached out to you in a personal, humanitarian way, come to light as someone who’s covered up these really awful things,” Venarri said. Still, Vennari said she doesn’t want Catholics to be afraid of the church. She said this is an opportunity for the Catholic Church to be more vocal about what is wrong with the leadership. “This is not going to be over fast,” Keleher said. “It’s going to take a long time to heal this. … This is a crisis. Now, we have to pick ourselves up.” Isabella Nurt contributed reporting to this story. email: features@ubspectrum.com

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GRAPEVINE Your monthly collection of Buffalo’s sonic selections

Pop singers like Justin Bieber-protégé Madison Beer and chart-topper Lauv open the annual show and bring a little something for everyone.

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CHINGY & YING YANG TWINS THE RAPIDS THEATRE

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Winter break is a time for relaxation, but not all students travel home or leave the Buffalo area. Luckily, for those individuals, Buffalo has a thriving music scene that doesn’t take any breaks. Between large venues like the KeyBank Center to smaller, more intimate venues like Town Ballroom, there is a wide range of acts throughout the next two months.

MARSHMELLO - KEYBANK CENTER - THURSDAY, DEC. 6 EDM DJ Marshmello will be bringing his bass-driven sound to the KeyBank Center for a night of fun and dancing at Kiss 98.5’s annual Kissmas Bash. The performer draws comparisons to Daft Punk in sound and appearance, donning a custom helmet to distinguish him from other DJs. The artist has multiple Billboard top hits including “Happier” featuring Bastille and “Friends” featuring Anne-Marie. “Friends” appeared on Spotify’s top songs of 2018 playlist. His live performances often feature intense lighting designs and animated visuals.

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The high-energy hip-hop performances from rapper Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins are sure to make the inconvenient drive to Niagara Falls more tolerable. Chingy is known for his work as a rapper and an actor, appearing in “Scary Movie 4” and the remake of “Psycho.” His hit “Right Thurr” established the slant use of “thurr” and other words in the hip-hop community. The Ying Yang Twins also established their careers during the early 2000s. They often collaborated with big names on popular songs throughout the decade. The musicians produce high-energy tracks with the classic 2000s vibe. The performance is bound to be full of throwback songs made for dancing.

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Folk singer-songwriter Jewel has been performing music since the ‘90s. Her music has topped Billboard’s country chart. The versatile

star has also published poetry and has appeared in films. She continues to dominate the country genre with her “Handmade Holiday Tour” and she is bringing the tour to Buffalo. Jewel’s songs “You Were Meant for Me” and “Foolish Games” reached the number-two spot of the Billboard chart. Her powerhouse vocals coupled with her operatic training are sure to invoke a feeling of comfort and poetic nostalgia.

FEMMES OF ROCK - CENTER FOR THE ARTS THURSDAY, DEC. 13

Those living on campus won’t have to travel far to see Femmes of Rock, the electric violin quartet. The group is composed of four women who combine classic rock with intense violin performances. The quartet is backed by a drummer and bass player. Together, they have covered songs by Queen, Metallica and David Bowie. The performances are accompanied by dramatic lighting cues and sparklers throughout the show. The group is known for covers of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

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Justin Timberlake spent the last decade proving himself to be a jack of all trades. Timberlake has multiple acting credits in popular films and a discography that spans across boybands, a satirical group and a solo pop-music career. All of his solo albums have gone platinum and have culminated in multiple Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and American Music Awards. His “Man of the Woods” tour demonstrates his ability maintain his musical career throughout his time. The pop star will likely combine his new al-

bum with his older, critically acclaimed work. His songs “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Suit and Tie,” “SexyBack” and “My Love” are among a few of his hits that the audience could expect to hear.

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One of Hot Topic’s favorite rock bands will be coming to Buffalo. Panic! at the Disco is known for upbeat, pop-rock. The tone shifts through the band’s different albums, dabbling in deeper themes through the lyricism. The group has been producing music for over ten years and has accumulated a large fanbase. The “Pray for the Wicked” tour promotes the group’s new album. The group has won an American Music Award. It’s songs “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Death of a Bachelor” and “Nine in the Afternoon” all topped the Billboard charts.

SHORELINE MAFIA - TOWN BALLROOM - TUESDAY, JAN. 29 Shoreline Mafia is a relatively new trap ensemble working under Atlantic Records. They’ve only released two mixtapes but are steadily growing a consistent fanbase. Their Soundcloud-rapper vibe draws in a younger audience. Lyrically, the group writes about their lives and about the trap culture. Their performances are bound to be full of dancing and partying. Although they may not be well known, they’ve performed at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival and the Rolling Loud Festival. email: samantha.vargas@ubspectrum.com twitter: @SamVargasArts


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UB winter semester games to watch

won close games while finding their shot from the court. Howard had 45 points against Kansas State and averages 22.4 points a game. With Buffalo playing both sides of the ball strong and senior guard CJ Massinburg being sensational scoring, the Bulls matchup against one of their toughest opponents this season.

The Dollar General Bowl (Dec. 22)

ALVIN ENGLISH | THE SPECTRUM Senior guard CJ Massinburg dives through the lane against Daemen. Men’s basketball plays games against Syracuse and Marquette during the winter break.

The best match ups during a busy winter season THOMAS ZAFONTE SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR

Buffalo in the winter is when the arctic comes to Western New York. The brutal cold mixed with lake-effect snow guarantees anyone here will be stuck inside. Luckily, UB’s biggest sports programs have Buffalonians covered with championship and high-level games to watch. The Spectrum compiled the games that will keep Bulls fans busy as they wait for more classes at the end of January.

Men’s basketball vs. The Syracuse Orange (Dec. 18)

The Bull’s (8-0) have a last-season rematch at the Carrier Dome, when head

coach Nate Oats looks to lead his team past the Orangemen (6-2). The game will decide the best college basketball team in New York, with the No. 17 Bulls currently riding their best Division I season start. The Orange have looked solid with junior guard Tyus Battle, who averages 17 points a game. Head coach Jim Boeheim is 13-0 against Buffalo as a coach, with Buffalo’s last win against Syracuse coming in 1963. The Bulls will have a better chance at an at-large bid if they can beat the Orange.

Women’s basketball vs. The Stanford Cardinal (Dec. 21)

Buffalo (6-1) has a number of key nonconference matchups, but the only major game at home is against No. 11 Stanford (6-1). The Bulls have started the season strong, picking up big-conference wins.

Buffalo’s only loss was to the No. 3 Oregon Ducks (7-0), losing 102-82 on the road. The Bulls have shown their ability to score when it matters, with senior guard Cierra Dillard being a reliable scoring option for the team. The Cardinal will come in as the favorite, having beaten ranked teams this season. Still, Buffalo has what it takes to pull off the upset at home.

Men’s basketball vs. The Marquette Golden Eagles (Dec. 21)

Oats and company will follow up the Syracuse game with a road meeting with the Marquette Golden Eagles (7-2). The Golden Eagles have come into their own, recently beating the No. 16 ranked Kansas State Wildcats (6-1). The Golden Eagles, led by junior guard Markus Howard, have

Football (10-3) will play in its first bowl game in five years when the Bulls take on the Troy Trojans (9-3) at the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Buffalo comes in off a heartbreaking 30-29 MAC Championship loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies (8-5). The Bulls used their strong passing game all year to become bowl eligible and win the MAC East Division. The Titans used a strong defense to earn their wins, holding their past eight opponents to less than 25 points. The game should be tight, with the teams having clashing strengths for the nationally broadcasted game.

Women’s basketball vs. The Ohio Bobcats (Jan. 5)

Mid-American Conference play starts for Buffalo right after the new year, when the Bulls meet the Ohio Bobcats (5-3) at Alumni Arena. Ohio has started the year strong with a 6-0 record. The Bobcats have used their great shooting to make the most of scoring opportunities and chances at the free-throw line. Both will most likely come in with two of the conference’s best records, so expect early MAC Championship seeding to be in play. email: thomas.zafonte@ubspectrum.com


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Bulls go Bowling Buffalo look to conquer Troy Trojans in the Dollar General Bowl NATHANIEL MENDELSON SPORTS EDITOR

The Bulls play in the Dollar General Bowl on Dec. 22 against the Troy Trojans. The game takes place in Mobile, Alabama at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. It is Buffalo’s first bowl game since 2013. The Bulls (10-3, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) earned the right to play in the Dollar General Bowl after reaching a program record for regular season wins and an appearance in the MAC title game. Buffalo has one of the best offenses in the country, with multiple playmakers that should lead it to their first-ever bowl victory. At quarterback, junior Tyree Jackson has been one of the best to lace it up this season. Jackson completed 55 percent of his passes for 2,857 yards, while starting every game for the first time in his career. He was named the MAC offensive player of the year while breaking the school record for most touchdowns in a season with 32. Redshirt-sophomore Sawyer Smith started all 12 games for Troy (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt) amassing just 1,349 yards. Smith is not utilized in Troy’s offense. The Trojans run the

ball the majority of the game and Smith is not a mobile quarterback, having less than 200 yards rushing. The Bulls struggled against mobile quarterbacks all season. Ohio’s Nathan Rourke and Northern Illinois’ Marcus Childers burned the Bulls defense with their ability to run. With Smith remaining in the pocket, it puts less pressure on Buffalo linebackers senior Khalil Hodge and freshman James Patterson to seal the edge. Both teams boast impressive running attacks. The Bulls have had a freshman running back score in every game this season between Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks. Buffalo averages 195 yards on the ground and had 142 against Northern Illinois’ topranked MAC run defense in their most recent game. Troy allows 130 yards per game. The Trojans can destroy teams on the ground. They are a top team in the country, averaging nearly 180 yards each week. Sophomore B.J. Smith rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 5.5 yards per carry was more than any Bull this season. The ground game is where Buffalo has got itself into trouble this season. The Bulls run defense has struggled, allowing 164.8 yards. Senior defensive end Chuck Harris has missed games since suffering a neck injury and the Buffalo pass rush has been crippled. Harris led the Bulls with sacks this

Triple double, triple threat

LEONARDO ROMERO | THE SPECTRUM Senior forward Nick Perkins defends against a driving Le Moyne player. Perkins had 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench for the Bulls.

Massinburg, Harris and Caruthers prove invaluable in win over Le Moyne THOMAS ZAFONTE SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR

Senior guard CJ Massinburg led a second-half rally Wednesday night with UB basketball’s second triple-double in school history, to help No.17-ranked Buffalo earn a 89-55 win over the Le Moyne Dolphins. Massinburg was one third of Buffalo’s triangle threat against the Division II Dol-

phins, alongside fellow senior-star Bulls, guard Dontay Caruthers and forward Jeremy Harris. Caruthers earned the first player-of-the-game honors with 20 points and 5 assists; with Massinburg taking an impromptu second honor for his historic 13 point, 10 assists and 13 rebounds. “I’ve been close to a [triple-double before],” Massinburg said. “I can get the rebounds and the points, but it’s hard to get the assist.” Harris continued his recent hot streak from Ireland going 4-of-5 from three and finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The Bulls (8-0) led in rebounds, assists, steals, field goals and free-throw percent-

JACK LI | THE SPECTRUM Junior wide receiver K.J. Osborn rushes past defenders in the 2018 MAC Championship game. Osborn and the Bulls will have another championship chance, when they play in the Dollar General Bowl on Dec. 22.

season and was top five in the NCAA before his injury. Sophomore Taylor Riggins has stepped up in place but cannot replace his impact. The Bulls’ secondary failed to adjust to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game but will have an easier time against Troy. Trojan junior quarterback Kaleb Barker only played in six games this season before an injury ended it. Smith cannot play at the level Barker can. Buffalo will not be able to control Troy through the air. Senior wide receiver Anthony Johnson re-aggravated a leg injury in the MAC title game and was seen in a walking boot after the game. Before the injury, Johnson had two touchdowns and was on

his way to one of the best performances of his career. The Bulls will have All-MAC team selections junior wide receiver K.J. Osborn and junior tight end Tyler Mabry to pick up what is lost with Johnson potentially not playing. Head coach Lance Leipold needs to abandon field goal attempts and kicking in general. The Bulls have not had a reliable kicking game all season with struggles from both freshman kicker Alex McNulty and senior Adam Mitcheson. If Buffalo can convert two-point attempts and keep fourth downs to short yardage, they will win.

age, in what was a game they were expected to dominate. Buffalo had a quiet night from three, being out-shot from behind the arc 12-to-5. The Bulls did most of their work in the second, outscoring Le Moyne (5-4) 52-18. “I thought it was night and day from first half to second half,” said head coach Nate Oats. “I thought our defensive effort stunk in the first half. … I thought we came out in the second half as a much mature group of guys.” The Bulls started by smothering the Dolphins’ offense and forcing steals. Buffalo’s shooting was not as sharp, with less than 50 percent, making it a 7-2 game a little under five minutes in. Some sloppy Buffalo passes and turnovers led to UB misses and a Dolphins comeback. Both teams exchanged the lead, with Le Moyne finding more success from three. Graduate student guard Tyree Chambers led the charge going 2-of-3 from three. The teams were tied 23-23 with 7:41 remaining in the first. Following some bad free-throw shooting from the Dolphins, Harris made his first three of the game to make it 28-28. After another Harris putback, the Bulls had a 3028 lead with less than five minutes in the first. But Le Moyne’s perimeter shooting tied the game 34-34 with about 90 seconds in the half. After a Le Moyne three, Buffalo found itself down 37-34 with 39 seconds in the first. This happened against a Division II team. “We never look down on a D-2 or D-3

team, but you can tell our step wasn’t there,” Caruthers said. Harris came in with a corner three to end the half and make it 37-37. Harris finished the half with 8 points, going 2-of-2 from three and 4 rebounds. Massinburg was threatening a double-double with 7 points and 9 rebounds at the half. The Dolphins went 8-of-12 from the perimeter, with Le Moyne junior guard Zay Jennings leading the game in scoring with 11. Junior guard Davonta Jordan opened the half with a quick layup, then drove the ball in for a one-handed slam after a fast break to make it 42-37. After a Perkins layup and some back-and-forth basketball, Jennings made a three to make it 44-42. The Bulls picked up their largest lead of seven with 14:59 remaining. Massinburg made a layup with 12:48 remaining to make it 55-45 Buffalo. From there, Buffalo was out for blood. It took the Bulls three and a half minutes to make it a 66-49 lead. 90 seconds later, Buffalo was up 74-49. With four minutes left in the half, the Dolphins still had 49 points. Caruthers’ ability to finish at the rim, Massinburg’s overall play and Harris on the perimeter made it so Le Moyne couldn’t last as the final ten minutes rolled on. Caruthers was deadeye accurate in the paint going 7-of-8 from the court and 6-of-7 on free throws. The Bulls play next on Saturday in an away game against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (4-5), with tip off set for 4 p.m.

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