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UB law school alum sues for UB Foundation’s Housing Corp. to release records

The hallowed history of Halloween Students discuss relationship between the holiday and religion

In 2010, Michael T. Quigley petitioned the State Supreme Court for access to the UB Foundation’s records. Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer dismissed the petition and Quigley, a local writer for the alternative weekly newspaper Artvoice, never appealed the decision. The Foundation has relied steadily on NeMoyer’s ruling ever since; however, there is not a strong precedent for these cases in New York State. For instance, before NeMoyer’s ruling, two other State Supreme Court justices ruled that the SUNY Research Foundation and the Empire State College Foundation – two entities similar to the UB Foundation – were subject to the state Freedom of Information Law. The State Assembly and Senate considered several bills that would have required more transparency from entities like the UB Foundation. The bills never went past committee, in part because of UB lobbying efforts, according to The Buffalo News.

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Clemens Hall fully reopens Monday

When most people think about Halloween, candy, spooky costumes, haunted houses and trick-or-treating come to mind. But few think about the connections between Halloween and religious traditions. Modern-day Halloween originates from various harvest festivals, including Samhain, the beginning of the spiritual new year and the Feast of the Dead for Pagans. Contemporary Halloween festivities vary greatly from the holiday’s Pagan origins, however. Some people of the Jewish faith believe it is wrong to celebrate Halloween due to its Pagan roots and connections to idolatry, according to Jordan Einhorn, president of the Jewish Student Union. Halloween celebrations are prohibited in Islam because they support idolatry and Paganism, according to Hamza Aamir, vice president of the Muslim Student Association. Jessica Addesa, outreach coordinator for Brothers and Sisters in Christ believes that Halloween lends

A local lawyer is suing for access to UB Foundation affiliate’s records and meetings SARAH CROWLEY SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

A UB alumnus is asking a State Supreme Court justice to decide if a student-housing nonprofit linked to the UB Foundation should make its records and meetings public. John N. Lipsitz, an alumnus of the law school, requested records from the FacultyStudent Housing Corp. in January 2017, and then again in March. Ed Schneider, executive director for the UB Foundation, denied the requests, citing a 2011 State Supreme Court decision that said the UBF and its affiliate organizations were not subject to open government laws. Lipsitz hired another lawyer, Sean Cooney, of local law firm Dolce Panepinto, to represent him in the matter.

UB maintenance crews will continue to clean and repair the building throughout the week NEWS DESK

All classes in Clemens Hall will return to their regularly scheduled classrooms beginning Monday, Oct. 23. A ruptured water valve caused significant flooding on Oct. 17 and led to more than 90 scheduled classes being displaced or cancelled over the following week. UB Communications reported on Friday that conditions have improved: UB Facilities and maintenance crews removed all standing water from the building. Crews will

work to clean, dehumidify and sanitize affected areas of the building throughout the next week. Clemens Hall will continue to undergo maintenance; as it is expected that tiling and parts of the ceiling require repair. UB officials caution students and faculty to “be aware of surroundings” and exercise caution in the coming weeks, since there will still be equipment, extension cords and other materials throughout the building. “Lingering odors” can be expected, the alert said, but the smells are not hazardous or harmful and should be gone within the week. All elevators are returned to their full function, according to the release. email: news@ubspectrum.com

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itself to worshipping demons and “deceitful,” “fallen divine beings” due to the holiday’s Pagan connections. While both Halloween and Samhain occur on Oct. 31, they are not the same holiday, according to Katrina Digennaro, president of UB’s Pagan Student Association. “Samhain originated as a festival that took place to celebrate the end of the harvest season and to welcome in the cold of winter,” said Digennaro, a junior psychology major. “Many people recognize Samhain as the beginning of the spiritual new year. Long ago, Pagans also saw it as a festival of the dead or fire since the old crops were dying and what was left was burned to return back to the earth.” Modern-day Pagans observe Samhain with ceremonial bonfires, feasts, gatherings, rituals and time dedicated to self-reflection, according to Digennaro. “Personally, I celebrate by holding a Dumb Supper, which is also known as a Feast for the Dead,” Digennaro said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4


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In the past several years, haunted asylums have become a popular Halloween attraction. These haunted houses, which in some cases take place in actual former asylums, such as the former Pennhurst State School and Hospital in Pennsylvania, depict mental hospital patients in straitjackets, receiving lobotomies and electric shock therapy and living in cages. While this might make for a fun and spooky time for haunted house visitors, these attractions ignore and disrespect the fact that they are based on actual traumatic experiences that real people suffered. This trend is happening locally. Tonawanda’s Frightworld Scream

Everyday HORROR Halloween is outdated; adult life is scary enough

DAN MCKEON COPY CHIEF

Halloween, among other things, is a time for scaring yourself senseless; how is it any different than regular life? The appeal of haunted houses or paying to have people dressed as zombies chase you through a cornfield is lost on me. Everyday chores, preparing for the future, getting by in classes and trying to socialize are all horrifying enough. Have you seen my GPA or how dirty my bathroom is? You can’t

Park features an attraction called the Eerie State Asylum, which urges visitors “escape from the lunatics” and survive the attack of “demented doctors and patients.” Part of the appeal of visiting former asylums is that they are supposedly haunted by former residents and patients. Visitors go, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of these ghosts. By reducing these historical sites to funhouse attractions, visitors disrespect the memory of those real people who lived, suffered and died in these institutions. Their very real, very painful lives should not be fodder for entertainment. When mental hospital patients are depicted next to chainsaw wielding murderers, brain eating zombies and Satanic spirits, the implications are clear: mentally ill people are violent and should be feared. Public fascination with mental institutions dates back to the 18th and 19th century. During this era, patients were often treated like animals and housed in cages. A visit to the asylum was treated like visiting caged animals in a zoo. It only cost a shilling to see “the beasts” in London’s Bedlam Hospital. You would think in 2017 we’ve progressed beyond treating mentally ill people like zoo animals to

be gawked at. But these so-called haunted asylums are one of the hottest Halloween themes. Just last year, UB hosted a haunted asylum in Greiner Hall. Pennhurst State School and Hospital—formerly known as the Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic—closed in 1987, after a 1974 federal lawsuit found that residents were subject to cruel, inhumane conditions and abuse. Adult patients at this facility spent days and nights confined in cribs. Nurses beat their patients. In 2010, the institution was reopened as a haunted house, billed as Pennsylvania’s most haunted attraction. Turning the former hospital into an entertainment attraction is a slap in the face to the real people who suffered and died in this institution and others like it. Willard Psychiatric Center in Ovid, N.Y., which is typically closed off the the general public, offered tours in 2015. The tour was meant to be a historical, educational experience. But historians and scholars were turned away when they arrived to find thousands of visitors had swarmed the grounds, damaging the property and sneaking into closed-off ar-

possibly frighten me more than the idea of graduate school. If you aren’t convinced of the terrifying nature of simply living in the world, here are some examples.

face as much of the dread as the rest of us. If you’re like me and only clean up when the mountain of laundry requires an oxygen mask to climb over, you know the helpless feeling that comes with staring at the task at hand. Shirts and underwear mixed with handouts from classes that never found a folder, all with a light sprinkling of whatever else was mindlessly thrown into the mix; it’s a scary sight. To my roommates: I’m sorry. The upstairs bathroom is a true horror show I have not found the strength to yet deal with. I do not know what’s going on in there and I’m not sure modern science has the answers yet. One day, I will find the strength.

Making small talk with strangers Having to wake up every day and live in the world is a scary prospect in and of itself. Statistically, the world is where all bad things happen. Most days, we manage to get home, look death in the face and say “not today, my friend.” But even on solid days where everything’s peachy, there is the likelihood of small talk. It can happen anywhere: an elevator, the line at Tim Horton’s, before or after class, on a bus, in a cafe. Nowhere and no one is safe from a friendly stranger. Small talk has many variables to grapple with; what topics are popular enough to bring up? Who is this person? How long is this going to go on for? Outgoing personable people can interrupt our blissful solitude, holding us verbally and socially hostage for three or four minutes to the whim of someone who just wants to chat. Cleaning the house People are generally messy. Whether it’s a large-scale pollution epidemic or a layer of clothes coating our bedroom floor, we don’t really tidy up until we absolutely have to. If you clean regularly – bless your heart – you probably don’t

Calling anybody about anything marginally important Apps like Skip the Dishes allow us to order food without having to actually talk to anybody, avoiding the odd anxiousness of simply speaking to another person over the phone. Maybe it’s simply the prevalence of texting in our generation, but we just don’t like calling. We go to great lengths to avoid it; we search websites thoroughly for any online, non-verbal way to get something done. I once dealt with not having a debit card that could’ve been unlocked with a simple phone call to my bank. You want me to speak to a strange person through a rectangle about anything at all? Sure, ok.

eas. The tour was intended to be educational, but attendees who believed the institution was haunted were hoping to catch a glimpse of a ghost treated this institution where real people suffered under inhumane conditions like some kind of party. While modern day asylum tourists may just be running from actors, not actual mental health patients, the implications remain the same: that mentally ill people are inherently violent and a source of entertainment, ostracism and fascination for non-mentally ill people. The academic field of disability studies struggles to gain access to resources and ADA compliance is often denied based on financial concerns, but meanwhile the “commercial playground of fetishized disability thrives,” Emily Smith Beitiks, Associate Director of Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability pointed out in her essay “The Ghosts of Institutionalization at Pennhurst’s Haunted Asylum.” People are fascinated by the mentally ill and disabled only as far as these groups provide them with thrills and entertainment. Beyond that, these groups are largely ignored and underfunded. When mental hospitals are portrayed as frightening, haunted institutions, it further stigmatizes not only mentally ill individuals, but also discourages people from seeking help if they think this is what mental hospitals are like. You have a choice to not give your money to these offensive attractions. You can choose to avoid the horrors within — a choice that the patients who once lived in these institutions never had. email: maddy.fowler@ubspectrum.com

Just cooking Almost every aspect of cooking can go so horribly wrong that it kills you. And yes, I am incompetent enough of a cook that this is a deep concern. I’ve burned my hands cooking ramen noodles more times than I care to admit. From 2010-2014, fire departments in the U.S. responded to an average of 166,100 fires caused by cooking, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To make you and I even more nervous, an average of 480 people die and 5,540 are injured per year by those fires. But let’s say you’re really good at not burning down your house making a simple meal. No fires for you; you’re Mr. No-Fire. Fires shake in their boots when you come to town. Well, Mr. No-Fire, the FDA estimates one in every six Americans a year get sick from a foodborne illness a year; a truly terrifying average of 48 million cases annually. And the real kicker with cooking and eating is you’ve got to do it every day. Yes, the idea of eating being a requirement for living is not exactly a huge revelation. But with the multitude of things that can go wrong, how does anybody just cook casually? Debt, finding a job, paying bills, looming nuclear war, fascism, fear of being alone, etc. Truly spooky. email: dan.mckeon@ubspectrum.com


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The hallowed history of Halloween CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2

r A Dumb Supper is a celebratory meal that m features several courses of autumnal-ins spired cuisine. “For the dinner, guests sit around the ta, ble with an empty seat with a place setting for ancestral spirits to come and sit with us as we eat,” Digennaro said. “This seat is dedicated to our ancestors and usually decorated with memorabilia and pictures of deceased loved ones.” Guests eat in silence while wearing masks over their eyes. Pagans believe the masks will keep spirits from entering their bodies. This stems from ancient Pagan practices and is one of the reasons people wear masks on Halloween in contemporary sociy ety, Digennaro explained. o Pagans observe Samhain on Oct. 31 because they believe the veil that separates e the living world and the spirit world is the e thinnest on this day of the year. This allows both the living and the dead to visit one ant other easily, Digennaro said. Digennaro emphasized that Pagans do e not worship the devil. This idea stems from the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Jue daism and Islam, according to Digennaro. “Negative stereotypes aside, it is absolutely e wonderful to be a practicing Pagan in 2017,” Digennaro said. “There are so many more ree sources and forums, and it is now easier to s build a community of people to share, discuss and practice our rituals and beliefs.” e Digennaro believes celebrating Halloween as Pagan in 2017 is no different than how “every normal American” celebrates Hale loween. m “Not all Pagans will recognize Halloween and only partake in Samhain activities,” Dio gennaro said. “But since I didn’t grow up Pagan and still have strong cultural ties to Halloween, I do take part in Halloween practices.” d

This year, Digennaro is throwing a Halloween party for her friends the weekend before the 31st and on Samhain she is holding a Dumb Feast for her Pagan friends. Addesa, a graduate student in the biomedical engineering program believes Halloween conflicts with Christian beliefs due to its Pagan background. “Halloween has more than just a few Pagan roots,” Addesa explained. “When ancient people—and many people today— worship gods other than Yahweh, they are actually worshipping demons and these fallen divine beings that deceive them.” Activities such as séances and gatherings of Wiccans aren’t just club meetings, according to Addesa. She recognizes that much of the modern Halloween celebrations have evolved beyond its Pagan origins, which allow some Christians to partake in the festivities. “Many people use Halloween as a day to talk to and summon evil beings,” Addesa said. “Although many Christians do celebrate Halloween, but not in this sense. In the U.S., Halloween has become more of a commercialized and cultural celebration than a time to

worship demons.” In this sense, Christians may allow their kids to dress up and receive candy, but merely as a “cultural expression,” Addesa explained. She chooses not celebrate Halloween because she does not want to “draw near to demons” and believes she is more familiar with the holiday’s Pagan roots than the average Christian. Celebrating Halloween is frowned upon in Islam, according to Aamir, a junior psychology major. “There is no way to celebrate Halloween in an Islamic point of view,” he said. “The only things we celebrate as holidays are in the Quran. Halloween…is just not something we do.” Sadman Talha, a freshman biological sciences major, said there are only two celebrations permitted by the Quran: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. “The key ruling of Islam is that it is not permissible to follow the Pagan rituals or any celebration associated with it,” Talha said. “During the time of Prophet Mohammed, there were many celebrations but he only permitted Eid al-Fitr and Eid alAdha.”

“I don’t think there’s necessarily anything wrong about going out and observing [Halloween] if it’s a fun and meaningful experience for you that will create positive memories. I just think it’s important to be aware not only of the present context but also the historical context of this holiday,”

Einhorn said it’s difficult to provide a singular Jewish perspective on Halloween because he feels Judaism is such a large and varied religion. “Judaism as a whole is a giant ocean of thought with hundreds of conflicting streams that exist, and with anything that’s being going on for thousands of years, you will create different views on things,” Einhorn said. He believes that trick-or-treaters going out and demanding candy creates an imbalanced power dynamic, which creates an ethical conundrum for Jewish people. “So the question is, how do you engage with that as a family and a community and still instill the Jewish values of generosity and charity,” Einhorn said. Because Halloween did originate from Pagan rituals and festivals and has roots in Christianity as well, there’s “absolutely no” Jewish origin to to the holiday, he explained. “And the fact that it has these Pagan roots means that there’s some implications of support of idolatry,” Einhorn said, “But another thing we know is that in October 2017 Halloween is a ubiquitous social institution in America and I don’t think anyone in the city of Buffalo or state of New York goes out trick-or-treating as a way to engage in Pagan worship.” Ultimately, Einhorn does not believe there is anything inherently wrong about Jewish people observing Halloween, as long as they are cognizant of the holiday’s context and roots. “I don’t think there’s necessarily anything wrong about going out and observing [Halloween] if it’s a fun and meaningful experience for you that will create positive memories,” Einhorn said. “I just think it’s important to be aware not only of the present context but also the historical context of this holiday.” email: maddy.fowler@ubspectrum.com

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More than 1,500 UB students receive Excelsior Scholarships this semester Out of 19,951 undergraduates, 1,500 received Excelsior Scholarship in 2017-18 SARAH CROWLEY SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

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arship this year, according to The Buffalo News. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Excelsior Scholarship in April of 2017, as a “last-dollar” initiative to help lower-income students attend college and universi-

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10/14 7:20 p.m. A person called to report that someone had used her personal and credit card information to set up a profile and make several purchases with her debit card. The victim was able to cancel her purchases and wanted the issue documented. 10/15 1:38 a.m. An RA from Goodyear Hall requested police check on an intoxicated student. Police arrived at 1:46 a.m. and requested an ambulance for the student. The student was transferred to Erie County Medical Center at 2:33 a.m. and issued a SWJ notice. 5:50 p.m. A person fainted at Sizzles in the Ellicott Complex and hit his head. Sizzles’ manager called police to request first aid. The subject was conscious but disoriented upon UPD’s arrival at 5:54 p.m. He was transferred to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and police filed a report. 9:45 p.m. A student reported her intramural soccer team was harassed by a person who approached them; put his hands on their shoulders and told them he would have “people coming on motorcycles” if they didn’t leave.

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or other indirect costs. Students attending SUNY campuses with higher tuition and fees do not receive additional coverage through the scholarship. UB estimates one academic year for a NYS resident will cost $26,230; leaving Excelsior recipients to cover a $20,730 gap. Of the 22,000-plus students who received the Excelsior Scholarship this year, one-fifth attend colleges and universities in Western New York. email: sarah.crowley@ubspectrum.com

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For instance, in 2012, UB spent thousands of dollars on lobbying in the first half of the year, while the legislature considered a bipartisan bill subjecting university-affiliated foundations to freedom-of-information laws, state records show. A state report listed the bill under a section documenting subjects UB expected to lobby. Separately, the UB Foundation paid a lobbying firm $20,000 to represent its interests in Albany during the same period. The transparency bill was also on the UBF’s radar, state records show. The Foundation’s lawyer, Charles W. Malcomb II, said this case is simply re-litigating the Quigley investigation, The Buffalo News reported. Lipitz and Cooney disagree. They argue in their court papers that fees managed by the Housing Corp. are public funds, paid by students or their parents to live in the on-campus residence halls. Quigley’s 2010 petition did not address the Housing Corp., according to The Buffalo News. The UB Foundation is the largest university foundation in the SUNY system and considered one of the most powerful nonprofits in the Western New York area. Members of the Buffalo community have been clamoring for the UB Foundation to open its books for years. The matter

is gaining heightened scrutiny after the federal convictions of former UB administrators Dennis Black and Andrea Costantino, who oversaw various realms of the Faculty-Student Housing Corp. Black and Costantino embezzled over $330,000 in public funds, while managing the Faculty Student Association, they admitted in court. The Housing Corp. formed out of a lack of public funding for dormitories, Schneider said in his affidavit. The auxiliary organization is able to leverage its assets and borrowing capacity to finance, develop and construct student housing without relying on taxpayer money, Schneider said. But Lipsitz argues that the crossover between the Foundation’s public and private dealings should place their dealings in the public domain. For example, UB can withhold grades and transcripts from students who don’t make housing payments, Lipsitz pointed out. Justice Diane Devlin will hear oral arguments on the case Thursday, Oct. 26, according to The Buffalo News. email: sarah.crowley@ubspectrum.com

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Stories to read in the dark

Spooky short stories to break out this week JAKADA STONE CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Aside from trick-or-treating, nothing will bring you back to the Halloween of your childhood than reading scary stories in the dark. After gathering around your friends and breaking out the flashlight, it’s guaranteed that someone will be spooked. If you’re looking for a classic way to celebrate the upcoming holiday, make sure to turn on your reading lights and check out some of these scary stories. “The Haunting of Hill House” A ghost story by author Shirley Jackson, this 1959 story has earned its place as the definitive haunted house novel. It chronicles the summer that a supernatural investigator and three guests rent Hill House to investigate rumors of psychic disturbances. At first, the narrative appears to be a run of the mill story about an unexplainable phenomenon. Jackson subverts expectations by relying on psychological terror as opposed to horror to elicit fear and build suspense. Instead of taking center stage, the titular house looms in the background as its central characters slowly come undone. “The Haunting of Hill House” is the perfect story to set the mood before checking out UB’s own haunted house in the Student Union. “The Monkey’s Paw” In this 1902 supernatural short story by

W.W. Jacobs, the White family has come into possession of a magic mummified monkey’s paw. The paw can grant three wishes but comes with a horrible price for interfering with fate. The White family and the reader are warned from the beginning that nothing good can come from using the paw. That knowledge does not protect from the depths of which their lives come undone. Jacobs took an age-old adage, “be careful what you wished for” and crafted a hauntingly compelling story. It comes as no surprise that its premise is still being adapted in books, movies, music and television today.

“I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” This post-apocalyptic science fiction short story by American writer Harlan Ellison takes place 109 years after the complete destruction of human civilization. The Cold War escalated into a world war, fought mainly between China, Russia and the United States. In an effort to secure victory, each of the three warring nations created a supercomputer capable of running the war more efficiently than humans. One of the three computers becomes self-aware and absorbs the other two before carrying out campaigns of mass genocide, killing off all but four men and one woman. The novel follows the remaining four humans’ struggle to survive. They also struggle to maintain a sense of control against the vengeful computer. The novel, although written in 1967, manages to feel more relevant than ever as it poses questions about artificial intelligence and war.

“The Grownup” “The Grownup,” a ghost story thriller by Gillian Flynn, follows a sex worker who struggles to make ends meet. The worker becomes an aura reader and is hired by a woman to purify her Victorian home. The situation becomes more than what the young woman expected as she, the homeowner and her teenage stepson find themselves in a battle to escape against the evils lurking in the home’s foreground. For fans of “Gone Girl,” “The Grownup” is the first fictional work to come from Gillian Flynn since her breakout hit. All the psychological twists and compelling characters that made “Gone Girl” the biggest literary phenomenon of 2012 are at work here to create a short story to leave you on the edge of your seat. “Black Eyed Woman” “Black Eyed Woman” is one of many short stories featured in Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new collection of short stories, “The Refugees.” The story follows an unnamed ghostwriter who one day finds herself being haunted by her brother’s ghost. Unlike most ghost stories, “Black Eyed Woman” is less about invoking fear in the reader and more about discussing trauma and how people deal with it. Nguyen’s prose is great at creating vivid imagery and atmosphere. By the end, the reader is left with the same chilling yet comforting sensation the ghost presence seems to provide. “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” No Halloween list is complete without a story by one of the founders of American

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Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” is a definitive haunted house novel, a story which relies on psychological terror to build fear and suspense. The story is just one spooky story that you can tell in preparation for Halloween weekend.

gothic fiction, Edgar Allen Poe. “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” is a short story about a mesmerist who puts a man in a suspended hypnotic state at the moment of death. After being originally published in 1845, there was no indication given about the story’s fictional nature and many readers at the time took it to be a factual account. This is one of Poe’s more gruesome stories and his talent for imagery is put to work. This story is not recommended for those with a weak stomach. email: arts@ubspectrum.com

wife is going to leave with his son and plots to kill her. He tries to cover up the murder from the local sheriff, but finds the law to be the least of his worries as he believes his wife is haunting him as revenge. HISTORIC HAUNTS “Saw” - The Olympics of survival games brings up the ultimate question: would you be willing to kill to stay alive? A serial killer forces two men to play along with his games, pushing them to set aside morals and participate to remain alive. Repeatedly looking away is almost a necessity as you wonder to yourself what you would do in their place.

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As you get older, Halloween becomes less about tricks and treats and more about flicks and screams. These movies and series on Netflix will make you close your closet door and check under your bed once you turn off the lights. FOR THE KID IN YOU “Coraline” - Henry Selick gave us this instant classic in 2009 and brought the audience to a world of animated action, filled with trickery and turns. Coraline Jones, a young adventurous girl, stumbles upon a secret door in her new home that leads to an alternate universe with button-eyed doppelgängers of her parents. Other Mother and Other Father are noticeably warmer and

more attentive than her actual parents, but may he hiding a dark secret. This gorgeously animated film is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and puts a fantastical spin on the frights of adolescence. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Another Henry Selick joint – no, Tim Burton did not direct this – “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is a classic film that combines the joy of Christmas with the horrors of Halloween. Jack Skellington, a resident and “Pumpkin King” of Halloween Town, learns about Christmas for the first time and decides to bring the Yuletide season to the land of perpetual fright. “Corpse Bride” – In a film he actually directed, Tim Burton tries tugging at your heartstrings. Victor runs away from his arranged marriage and is stunned when he accidentally finds himself married to a dead body. This tale of lovers from two different lives – or lack of lives – is the “Romeo and Juliet” of Halloween.

NEW FILMS, NEW FRIGHTS “Death Note” - Based on an anime series, this Netflix original brings you a “Final Destination” feel, but with an actual plot behind it. Light Turner finds a notebook that allows him to write down any name of a person and how he wants that person to die and it will come true. With the help of a demon and a girl in his class, Light finds himself straddling the line between good and evil. “Gerald’s Game” – In this Stephen King adaptation, what starts as a fun sex game to put an ailing marriage back on track becomes an ordeal for Jessie Burlingame. Handcuffed to a bed, Jessie must fight against threats both external and internal to survive. Dark secrets and visions hold the chance for life. The graphic nature of this film will have your eyes glued to screen, while simultaneously wanting to look away. “1922” – Another King adaptation – that alone should tell you this film is not for the faint of heart. Wilfred, a farmer, is afraid his

“Zodiac” - A serial killer stalks the streets of San Francisco and sends clues of his murders to the local newspaper. If this sounds far-fetched, know that this film by David Fincher is based on actual events. This chilling film depicts one of the most notorious killers in American history and is sure to have you think twice before you get into your Uber for your taquito run to 7-Eleven. “Sleepy Hollow” - Another Tim Burton classic, Johnny Depp stars as Ichabod Crane, a New York detective, investigating a series of deaths in Sleepy Hollow. Each victim is found beheaded and Crane soon finds himself in the killer’s sights. Reviving the myth of the Headless Horseman, this film brings you mystery, romance and horror. SPOOKY SERIES “American Horror Story” - Need to get out all the Halloween spooks? Look no further than this twisted series. 73 episodes of horror at every turn are available for streaming and each of the six seasons introduces a new story line that is best enjoyed with someone by your side to take the edge off the scares and appreciate the camp sensibility creator Ryan Murphy is famous for. email: Jeremy.torres@ubspectrum.com


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Halloweenin’

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Halloween can be expensive. If you’re one of those people who go all out on holidays, Halloween might not be in your budget. Decorating is one thing, but when it comes to your attire for the night, costumes can get pretty pricey. Party City is great for its accessibility and variety, but there’s no need to go in debt just so you can dress as Batman for one night. Sure, we all want to be Batman at some point but saving Gotham City is a $50 investment. For creative minds and those looking to try something new, thrift shops offer affordable options that every Great Value Bruce Wayne can get behind. The Spectrum visited a couple local thrifts and came up with costume ideas. These are for those hoping to still afford an Uber ride home on the 31st. STEVE JOBS

Not everyone can afford an $80 inflatable Godzilla suit, but for $7, just about anyone can be a different pop culture icon.

Steve Jobs is undoubtedly an important historical figure. The Apple head-man made some pretty easy-to-use technology and his signature look is also pretty easy to mimic. Jobs was known for his iconic black turtle neck and glasses. Both pieces can be purchased at Savers for dirt-cheap. An average black turtleneck will run for about $4, while the glasses should cost roughly $3. All you’ll need is your own pair of jeans to add to the mix. For those of us with longer hair, there’s no need to worry. Young Jobs had quite the flow in his day, so don’t bother shaving your head just to get some free candy. ^ KENNY MCCORMICK FROM “SOUTH PARK” ^

Nothing screams “Halloween” more than dressing as a character who dies in every episode of a TV show. Kenny from “South Park” has been creating laughs since 1997, and his look is an important aspect of his likability. In the show, he wears an orange hoodie tightened all the way so all that’s visible is his eyes. To be Kenny for the night, all you’ll need is a blank orange hoodie and mittens. That’s it.

The hoodie shouldn’t cost you more that $5 at the Salvation Army. Although mittens aren’t the first thing you’d look for in a thrift shop, the average person should have a pair laying around in their closet. This costume does come with a catch though. Friends will constantly harass you all night, screaming “You killed Kenny!” at each other. If this doesn’t bother you, this quiet character is the perfect budget Halloween option. ^ BART SIMPSON ^

There’s no need to fear if “South Park” isn’t your go-to cartoon. “The Simpsons” has a variety of characters with simplistic and do-able Halloween looks. Bart Simpson’s attire is especially easy to replicate on a budget. The 8-year-old menace wears an orange shirt, blue shorts, white socks and blue kicks. Assuming you already own the shoes and socks, the shirt and shorts should cost under $10 at your local thrift shop. For believability, try bringing a skateboard or slingshot along with you during your Halloween festivities. If you don’t have a board lying around, just pull a stick off a tree and

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. These are three things you have to be fully aware of in order to rock this “Office”-inspired costume. It gets pretty expensive dealing with the aftermath of Jim Halpert’s pranks. A Dwight costume, on the other hand, shouldn’t cost you more than $15 at a local thrift shop. Dwight’s signature look includes a tie, thin-framed glasses, a middle part and of course, a mustard-colored button up. Dwight wouldn’t go anywhere without his mustard shirt and if you can’t come across one, you’ll never be a believable Dwight. CAMPUS DINING AND SHOPS EMPLOYEE

Why try hard on Halloween when you can just go as one of your peers? The Salvation Army on Niagara Falls Boulevard offers a wide range of Campus Dining and Shops Shirts for those of us looking to dress in a UB-oriented costume this Halloween. There’s no need to sit at home and pout about how expensive Halloween is when you can legitimately dress as your friend at their workplace for the low price of 99 cents! These shirts are plentiful, too. There’s an entire rack full at the shop, and nobody is taking advantage of the incredible offer. email: brenton.blanchet@ubspectrum.com


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Greater Western New York Paranormal Society, said the terminal is a hotbed for paranormal activity. Klaes was able to get a picture of a spirit on the second floor, he said. “We picked up a lot of noise in the lobby,” Klaes said.

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Halloweekend is notoriously one of the best weekends for going out, but don’t miss out on the scary action because of that. Break out the flashlights and experience the unsettling history of Western New York this Halloween. For those looking for a spooky Halloween night, here are several spots in the Buffalo-Niagara region sure to make the hair on your neck stand on end.

Buffalo Central Terminal On the East Side of Buffalo stands a 17-story vacant train terminal. Built in 1929, the station lasted through the Great Depression and is arguably the most haunted place in Buffalo. The last train to depart from the station was in 1979. The station eerily awaits its visitors, calling those that dare to enter. Ghost Hunters, a ghost hunting group, stayed an entire night at Central Terminal. There are $20 ghost tours every night until November, according to the Buffalo Central Terminal’s website. Dan Klaes, co-founder and CEO of the

Less than 40 minutes north of UB stands a fort in Youngstown, NY. Fort Niagara resides on Lake Ontario. The fort was used during the War of 1812 and according to the Assistant Director and Curator of Fort Niagara, Jerome Brubaker, people have felt chills go down their spines while walking its grounds. “There are reports of people sensing something. Those people sense something happened in that area of the fort,” Brubaker said. “I believe a ghost will show themselves to someone who has interest.” If you have interest in ghosts, there’s great potential for a run-in with a ghost. Fort Niagara is extremely active, according to Klaes. “We got a picture of a full-body apparition,” he said. “We heard people talking and walking in underground tunnels.” Tours of the fort are given daily.

Town Ballroom The Town Ballroom on Main Street looks like just another concert venue in downtown Buffalo, but the building has a history many may be unfamiliar with. The Ballroom was the town casino during the early 20th century, according to assistant Jeremiah Pauly. It acted as the premier entertainment hub and at the time Buffalo was bigger than New York City and Toronto. Visitors included Al Capone and Frank Sinatra, according to Pauly. “It is definitely an interesting building and there have been some reports of some unknown activity,” Pauly said.

cording to Michelle Wazbowski, a staff member of the Radisson Hotel, guests and cleaning workers have reported seeing and hearing some “unknown noises and phenomenon.” Spend a night at the Radisson Hotel and you too could experience what the cleaners reported.

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park The Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is home to multiple decommissioned Naval vessels and possibly ghosts. Amanda Yauch, a staff member of the naval park, believes the park is haunted. “There’s plenty of reports,” Yauch said. “This park is 100 percent haunted.” She has experienced “unknown phenomenon” herself. “I work in the main building of the park and most mornings the elevator will open on its own,” she said. “Upstairs doors will open and close all by themselves.” Yauch also had an experience on one of the ships, the USS Little Rock. “I saw something in the galley that I can’t explain,” Yauch said. The naval park offers two ghost hunts per month. Klaes and the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society also investigated the naval park and heard a “growl-like” noise on the USS Sullivans, he said.

Statler City Statler City may be one of Buffalo’s premier wedding venues, but the building also has a creepy side. “We have evidence of rocks being thrown on certain floors,” Klaes said. “We actually close down rooms during tours because they are dangerous for tourists to enter.” Klaes said there’s a lot of history in the hotel, pointing to famous guests like former President John F. Kennedy. email: news@ubspectrum.com

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Bare bones: building the Haunted Union Students prepare for 18th annual Haunted Union MAX KALNITZ SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

The Student Union’s conference rooms are typically filled with presentations, therapy dogs, club events and meetings. They will soon be replaced with strobe lights, costumes and frightened students. Late Night UB’s 18th annual Haunted Union will take place Friday Oct. 27-31. This year’s attraction will be open Friday and Monday night and all day Tuesday to ensure that students have a chance to participate. The theme for this year’s event is haunted carnival. The team prepared by taking trips to local haunted attractions and seeing the movie “It.” In addition to the haunted house, there will also be “haunted” food trucks outside of the SU. The first 600 students will receive a free $5 voucher to be used at a food truck of their choosing. The Haunted Union takes roughly two weeks to set up. Students began building on Friday the 13th, appropriately kicking off the Halloween season on campus. By Friday the conference rooms will be converted into 11 different rooms, each with their own twist on the classic clown theme. Campus Life’s Student Programing Board designs and builds the haunted house. The board consists of 10 to 12 students who work most Friday nights and Sundays to finish the build in time for Halloween. In addition to students who are paid to work on the project, there are 80 to 100 students that volunteer. Kerry Spicer, Associate Director of Student Unions and Activities, helps her students plan and orchestrate the event. They are in the pro-

cess of finishing the framework of the haunted house and decorating each room. “We order pipe and bases from a local rental company and that’s the framework for the whole build,” Spicer said. “We buy flame retardant black plastic from California for the walls, it’s the only place we can find the specific kind that we need.” After configuring the electrical work for each room, the walkway’s ceiling will be placed, which creates a dark, claustrophobic space perfect for scaring students. Each room is built by two students, including lighting, decorations, color schemes and slits in the wall where staff wait to scare students as they walk by. Megan King, a junior psychology major, is on the Student Programming Board in charge of the Haunted Union. This is King’s first year working on the event and she enjoys the sense of community amongst all the students working on the project. “It’s a really big event and we all come together. This is our chance to show our creativity,” King said. “We’re basically building this whole thing from scratch and it’s really cool to see what direction the house goes in.” King feels that this is a great opportunity for students to explore what Late Night has to offer students. She acknowledges that Halloween is a holiday where a lot of students party, but encourages them to come to campus. “I like what Late Night stands for. It gives you something productive to do,” King said. “I think it helps you become more engaged on campus and the opportunities the school offers. Events like this bring students together, it’s another opportunity to fall in love with UB.” Spicer says a big part of the event’s success is SA club participation. A large portion of volunteers come from clubs looking to help build the haunted house and scare students, according to Spicer. “We reach out to clubs [to participate]

EMILY LI, THE SPECTRUM Students set up for Late Night UB’s 18th annual Haunted Union. The attraction opens Friday Oct. 27.

… this year our marching band is creating a room,” Spicer said. “They did one last year and it turned out great, so they’ll be returning to help us out again.” Students get the full effect of working at a professional haunted house. There’s a makeup artist on set to prepare anything from clown to zombie makeup and there is a vast collection of decorations and special effects props. The positive reception of the event is a big factor that allows Campus Life to hold the event every year. “Students seem to really enjoy it and we love doing it because it’s hilarious,” Spicer said. “You watch students go in the front and some of them are like ‘oh I don’t get scared’ and by the end they’re running out yelling.” Students are excited about the return of the Haunted Union and are happy that Late Night is including things like food trucks to expand the event. Brandon Gonzalez, a freshman aerospace and mechanical engineering major, says he is thinking about attending after learning about the event. “It sounds appealing. The occasion gives campus some dynamics, which fits the hol-

iday season,” Gonzales said. “It’s cool that UB does something for each major holiday, they don’t just brush something like Halloween off and I appreciate that.” Ditue Paul, a junior nursing major, has attended the haunted house in past years, but isn’t sure if she’ll be attending this year because of exams. She encourages students to try the event if they haven’t yet. “The Haunted Union is really fun if you go with a group of people, it’s free so why not go?” Paul said. “It doesn’t really stack up to the more professional haunted houses in the area, but for something that doesn’t require transportation or students paying, it’s pretty cool.” Spicer thinks that the production her team puts on is equal to that of any bigscale haunted houses in the area. “What we love about the Haunted Union is that it’s free. If you’ve ever been to a haunted house in the area, they’re great but they’re expensive,” Spicer said. “[At UB] You don’t need transportation and you don’t need cash. If you’re a UB student you can come and go through for free.” email: max.kalnitz@ubspectrum.com

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Halloween cocktails: shaken with fright, not stirred A list of hauntingly delicious Halloween-themed cocktails DANA CASULLO FEATURES STAFF WRITER

For those over 21, there can be nothing scarier than ordering a drink. You approach the bar and hope the bartender doesn’t roll their eyes at your fruity concoction or even worse, tell you they “can’t make that.” This Halloween, leave the scares behind by making your own seasonal cocktails free from the judgment of the person behind the bar who tells you that your order of “whiskey, straight, on the rocks” is “not a thing.” Candy Corn Cocktail Candy corn is perhaps the most iconic candy of Halloween. Whether you ate across the three, multi-colored layers to discern if the colors tasted different, applied them to your canines to look like vampire fangs or ate them as God intended, the candy no doubt played a huge role in your childhood. To make a candy corn cocktail, combine candy corn and vodka in an airtight container. Set aside for at least three hours, then

strain the candy corn. Add four ounces of the vodka, orange liqueur and lemon to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for at least 30 seconds. Strain into martini glasses. Top with whipped cream and finish with the vodka-infused candy corn on the bottom of the glass. ^ HOT APPLE PIE ^ Halloween night is forecasted to be chilly. As the classic ’90s film “American Pie” taught us, there’s nothing that can warm someone up like that titular dessert. Start by making homemade hot apple cider. In a small pot, heat 4-5 cups of apple juice over medium heat. Once it’s hot, add in a half teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg and two cinnamon sticks. If you’re feeling lazy, store-bought apple cider will work as a substitute. Pour into a glass until it’s half full. Combine with Licor 43, or your favorite liqueur, and stir to make sure it is distributed equally. Top off with some whipped cream to garnish. Vampire Kiss Martini Like any good makeout session with the undead, this cocktail is sweet and delicious with a surprising bite.

Start by putting a rim of strawberry syrup and sugar on a martini glass. Drizzle the syrup on the inside of the glass so it drips down. Pour three ounces of chilled Pinnacle Whipped Vodka or Vanilla Vodka into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a prepared martini glass. Add plastic teeth on the side of the glass as a garnish. Caramel Mule Mules are a popular drink, known for being served in a special copper mug. As a result, they stand out and make for a good conversation starter. Unless it’s the end of the night and the bartender is too lazy to clean one out and decides you’ll be OK with a Styrofoam cup – looking at you whoever served me at Falley Alley on Allen Street. Avoid this disappointment by making your own in a fresh mug you washed yourself. Drip caramel syrup on the sides of the mug and fill with ice. Fill the cup halfway with apple cider. Pour two shots of caramel vodka and top it off with ginger beer. Garnish with an apple slice. Black Magic Margarita They may not celebrate Halloween south of the border as they have their own Day of

the Dead celebration, but there is no reason you can’t add some of that Mexican flavor to your holiday. Rim two glasses with a lime slice and dip in black sanding sugar. Divide four ounces of tequila, two ounces of Triple sec liqeur and a half-cup of lime juice between two glasses and stir to combine. Add red, blue and green food coloring to the drink until desired black color is achieved. Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime. Bloody Orange Cocktail It’s not Halloween without some fake blood. You don’t have to go full “Carrie” with a bucket of pig’s blood. A fake syringe from any party store filled with a fruity syrup should do just fine. Take two cups of fresh raspberries and put them in a food processor. Press the puree through a mesh strainer to remove the pulp and discard the seeds. Then place the puree in a small saucepan with a quarter cup of sugar. Heat the oven to medium-low and stir until it’s thick and dark. Cool for about 10 minutes. Fill the syringe with .75 ounces of your raspberry syrup. Add vodka and Licor 43 to a shaker with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds, add Orangina and stir. Finally, pour into iced glasses and place filled syringes in drinks. Top with an orange and serve. email: features@ubspectrum.com


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The ultimate Halloween showdown Ultimate Frisbee team coming off a strong win in Danse Macabre tournament THOMAS ZAFONTE SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR

ROCHESTER — Hustling isn’t easy. This was the motto for Buffalo Ultimate, UB’s club Frisbee team, this past weekend. They played all their games dressed as ’70s era hustlers, wearing zoot suits, fur jackets and canes. The Frisbee team is one of UB’s many serious club sports, playing in the fall and spring, but for one weekend, they throw all that out the window. The team dressed up in costumes and played in the Danse Macabre tournament at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Danse Macabre tournament is a two-day ultimate Frisbee Halloween costume tournament. This year they hosted 20 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams on Friday and Saturday. Buffalo Ultimate’s most exciting games were against SUNY Cortland and Clarkson University. The tournament was played round-robin, each team played every other team. The teams were not ranked. UB played Knight Life, the Clarkson University team, on Saturday. When they noticed that they were taking the game seriously, they beat them so badly that no one knew

the score: just that UB had won. “It is a dumb, fun tournament but I love it,” said Frisbee team member Steven Bennett. “It’s meant to be taken lightly while everyone dresses up like complete goofs. The whole thing is a blast and a really good way to take away the stress of recent midterms for a weekend.” The team went as zookeepers, bananas and Harambe for last year’s Danse Macabre. This marks the third time the team went to the tournament. The team plays several games throughout the weekend, but only some matchups are memorable, according to Bennett, a junior computer science and math double major. The highlight game of the weekend was on Saturday when the Cortland Frisbee club came dressed up as pirates. One member of the pirate team did a bit too much pillaging the night prior, as he spent the whole game throwing up in the bushes. “You can never be too careful with pirates, I have always said that,” Bennett said. “Definitely the deadliest opponents I have ever played in a Frisbee game, I see they have swords but we have canes so let’s see what happens.” It was an epic, swashbuckling affair as the teams exchanged long distance hammer tosses and almost nothing else. Both teams would deflect the Frisbee in mid-

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THOMAS ZAFONTE, THE SPECTRUM

A hustler tries blocking a pirate during an ultimate frisbee game. Many dream match-ups happened this past weekend at the Danse Macabre frisbee tournament.

air with their canes and swords. At one point, one of the UB players changed teams and proceeded to score a touchdown for Cortland. Even with the pirates’ weapon advantage, the hustlers proved too much for Cortland, moving on in the prestigious tournament. “It’s wins like this that you will always keep with you. This was a win for more than hustlers, it was for everyone,” Bennett said. Teams are inclined to “take some liberties” with their performances as the games have a very small impact on the whole season. These games are played almost entirely for fun, according to club member and junior biomedical major Nick Lenhard. “Sometimes you get a team that is taking

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Traveling to Miami of Ohio, the Bulls came up short against the RedHawks (3-5, 2-2 MAC), losing 2414. The Bulls have now lost three straight games and have not been able to recover since the loss of starting quarterback Tyree Jackson. True Freshman quarterback Kyle Vantrease made his first career start and ended with 202 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Bulls’ offense was lackluster all night and had their second lowest output of the year.

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The Bulls hosted the Ball State Cardinals (9-6-4, 7-1-3 MAC), losing a tight game. The cardinals struck first just before halftime. Senior midfielder Julia Benati was able to tie things up in the seventy-seventh minute. But two minutes later, the Cardinals put in what became the game-winning goal. Goalkeeper Laura Dougall set the all-time MAC record during the game with the most minutes played as a keeper, appearing in 7,109 minutes of action.

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It took overtime to score a goal, but the Bulls came through with a win against the Miami (OH) RedHawks (2-13-2, 2-6-2 MAC) to avoid a two-game skid. This pushed the Bulls closer to .500 on the season and above .500 in the MAC. Senior midfielder Moira Petrie scored the lone goal on the Bulls’ Senior Day. The goal came on an assist from sophomore midfielder Kara Daly. Buffalo outshot the RedHawks 26 to five. Buffalo had nine shots on goals compared to the RedHawks’ three. Senior goalkeeper Laura Dougall had her sixth shutout of the season.

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Freshman quarterback Kyle Vantrease looks down field for a receiver. Vantrease finished Saturday’s game 17-of-41 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

the sideline…We’ve got to keep moving forward and I know Kyle is going to learn a lot from this game and we’ll be better from it.” The Bulls struggled in this game and failed to get much going offensively. Buffalo punted on their first three drives. The three drives consisted of 17 plays for 45 yards. The team totaled 271 yards in the game, their second lowest offensive output of the season. Fourteen points is their third lowest score of the season. The run game failed to reach 100 yards for the fourth time this season. They have lost all four of those games. Redshirt sophomore running back Emmanuel Reed finished with 56 yards in the game. “We prepared for them really well,” Vantrease said. “I thought the game plan was really good, we just didn’t execute on

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some key plays throughout the game. It’s a game of inches and comes down to the little things that become big things.” The only other points for the Bulls came with three minutes left in the game when Vantrease connected with sophomore tight end Tyler Mabry on an 11-yard touchdown. Vantrease connected with sophomore tight end Tyler Mabry on an 11-yard score. It put the Bulls within 10 and they kicked an onside kick on the following play. Buffalo was able to recover, but failed to produce a first down on the possession. The RedHawks kneeled three times on the following drive to run out the clock and end the game. “Disappointing is a good way to say it, [we] didn’t play very well, not very clean, not very smooth,” Leipold said. “Unfortunately today we didn’t do a very good job and that

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Saturday marked the third different quarterback to start a game for the Bulls this season. Kyle Vantrease came to Buffalo this past spring and was supposed to redshirt the year, but when both the Bulls’ starting and backup quarterbacks got injured, he was forced to forego his redshirt status and make his first start on Saturday. Vantrease and the Buffalo Bulls (3-5, 1-3 Mid-American Conference) went on the road this week to face the Miami RedHawks (3-5, 2-2 MAC). Buffalo lost 24-14 at Yager Stadium. Vantrease finished 17-of-41 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Junior running back Kenny Young led the way for the RedHawks and finished with 125 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. “[Vanrease] competed hard, he didn’t seem to ever get rattled,” said Bulls head coach Lance Leipold. “On the other side I think he played a little bit like a freshman at times, but he hung in there and did some good things and never seem to be flustered or confused about what was happening, and Jim Zebrowski did a good job with him on

this seriously and boy does that suck,” Lenhard said. “We are all here trying to have a good time and take it easy, but it just takes one team to cramp the mood. After that the only thing to do is beat them.” The UB team never has an issue playing in these games as the team mentality is rather laid back. They take games seriously, but more than anything are looking to enjoy themselves. The club plans to return for next year’s tournament, in brand new guises. “Really if you have ever been around the team, it is no surprise we always do this tournament, I love it and I think the team will participate as long as we can,” Bennett said.

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After beating Central Michigan, the Bulls swept the weekend, beating Eastern Michigan Eagles (1115, 3-7 MAC) easily, 3-0. The Bulls tied a school record with six victories in the MAC on the season. Freshman outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic brought her weekend total to 26 kills. Senior middle blocker Cassie Shado was second on the Bulls with 10 kills.

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The Bulls took a tour through Michigan this weekend, first squaring off with the Central Michigan Chippewas (11-11, 3-7 MAC). They dominated the game, sweeping the match 3-0. With the win, the Bulls elevated to over .500 in conference play. Sophomore outside hitter Polina Prokudina and freshman outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic both finished with double digit kills, 10 and 13 respectively.

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comes back to me…We battled till the very end and we had possessions but never really fully got into any rhythm offensively today.” The defense got burned on a 57-yard reception to open the game, but then they managed to hold the RedHawks to three yards on three plays and force a field goal. Miami came back out on the next possession and marched 61 yards in five plays. They finished the drive with Young’s first touchdown of the day. Young averaged 6.9 yards per carry, but Buffalo was able to hold the RedHawks to four yards per carry as a team. Miami is also dealing with injuries at the starting quarterback position. Junior Gus Ragland hasn’t played in two weeks. Ragland became the starter in game seven of last season when he took over for junior Billy Bahl. Because of Ragland’s injury, Bahl has taken back the reigns of the offense for the last two weeks. Bahl finished 13-of-20 for 177 yards. This is the fourth time Buffalo has held a quarterback under 200 passing yards in a game. “We knew the circumstance coming in but our game plan was still the same,” said junior linebacker Khalil Hodge. “We still expected to win this game and the defense wasn’t able to hold them off. We didn’t do enough at the end of the day, so if we’re not doing enough of course we’re going to be disappointed.” Hodge finished the game with 14 tackles. He has double digit tackles in all but one game this season and is currently tied for first in the nation in tackles. Buffalo is back on the road again next week when they face the Akron Zips (4-4, 3-1 MAC). Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 28. email: daniel.petruccelli@ubspectrum.com

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