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THE SPECTRUM VOL. 68 NO. 15 | OCTOBER 22, 2018


UB alumni speak at TEDxBuffalo: Locals discuss their strides to make a better Buffalo

Goo Goo Dolls offer intimate show for hometown crowd

Top Dogs: Men’s basketball expects another magical season




Student Association Senate did not comply How It’s Made: with Open Meetings Law, according to a Distinguished top open-government official Speakers Series In its 32nd edition, Office of University Events prepares UB for more guests of honor BENJAMIN BLANCHET SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

STOCK PHOTO | THE SPECTRUM The SA Senate talks in a meeting last academic year. The Senate did not contact The Spectrum or other news media before the Oct. 11 SA Senate meeting. New York’s top open-government official said SA’s precedent of not alerting news media did not comply with the law.

SA officials change position, agree to alert Spectrum reporters ahead of all Senate meetings BENJAMIN BLANCHET SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

The Student Association didn’t notify The Spectrum or other news media in advance of its last Senate meeting, a public meeting where students move and distribute student activity fee money. The SA President Gunnar Haberl, chairperson of the SA Senate meeting on Oct. 11, said he was following SA’s past “precedent” by only posting the event on SA’s events calendar and sending an email to

Indonesian students upset after devastating tsunami hits their home country


senators. For at least two-and-a-half years, the SA Senate has not notified The Spectrum about upcoming meetings, according to email records. Haberl said SA notifies the public five days in advance via its website and its SA Senate listserv, an email group for SA Senators. But New York’s top open-government official said SA’s “precedent” is not adequate and is not compliant with New York’s Open Meetings Law. Robert Freeman, executive director of New York’s Committee on Open Government, said the media must be notified before public meetings. The Spectrum reached out to Haberl and > SEE SA


For William Regan, the UB Distinguished Speakers Series is all about the process. Regan, director of the Office of University Events, said some event preparations may not hold a lot of glamour, but the behindthe-scenes brunt work by his staff and other UB units makes it all possible by showtime. “Every service on this campus is going to be involved in one way, shape or form in these events,” Regan said. “We have a pretty well-oiled machine and we’ve got a great team on this campus to support a program like this.” On Thursday, UB will kick off its 32nd edition of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the undergraduate student-choice speaker and will speak in Alumni Arena at 7:30 p.m. The annual lecture-based series invites politicians, entertainers, scientists and a number of other innovators to UB every year. The series is sponsored through money from the Donald L. Davis Lectureship Fund and entities such as the Undergraduate Student Association, the Graduate Student Association, the UB School of Management and more. Over the past three decades, the series has featured five former presidents and vice presidents. Former Vice President Biden will be the sixth of his background to speak in > SEE SPEAKERS




Professor collects cigarette butts to bring to President Tripathi

Bulls shatter glass bowl UB holds Toledo scoreless in the second half NATHANIEL MENDELSON SPORTS EDITOR


On Sept. 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The earthquake triggered a roughly 10-foot-high tsunami. The tsunami struck land and hit Palu, Indonesia. The official death toll, as of Oct. 17, is 2,100, according to a report by the World Health Organization. Six hundred eighty people are missing, according to the report. A number of Indonesian students across UB are upset by news of the disaster. Givary Muhammad, a junior finance major, is the president of the Indonesian Student Association. He comes from Java, an island in Indonesia. He lived with his family in the suburbs of Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia. An Indonesia native, he lived there > SEE TSUNAMI | PAGE 4

SAI SEETHALA | THE SPECTRUM Professor Jessica Kruger talks about her project to collect cigarette butts from on campus to bring to President Tripathi’s office. She hopes the university will be inclined to enforce UB’s no-smoking policy after showing President Tripathi physical evidence that the rule doesn’t work.


If you walk across campus, it’s no secret that the Smoke Free UB Policy isn’t enforced. Outside Lockwood Library, Capen Hall or pretty much any building on North Campus, countless students, faculty and staff smoke cigarettes throughout the day. Since UB is technically a smoke-free campus, there

are no receptacles to throw away butts and thousands of finished cigarettes are littered across campus. That’s why community health and health behavior professor Jessica Kruger decided to collect cigarette butts from across campus to show administrators that UB is in fact not smoke-free and that something needs to change. > SEE CIGARETTE


“Don’t invite stones into a glass bowl,” said strength and conditioning coach Lewis Caralla to the Bulls locker room after their 31-17 victory. The Bulls’ final first-half drive ended after three plays for for a loss of seven yards. Buffalo headed to the locker room down 10 points to the number one offense in the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo hasn’t won in Toledo since 2007, and it looked like that streak would continue. Junior quarterback Tyree Jackson looked off, the offensive line allowed more sacks than it had all season and the potent running attack was limited to 44 total yards in the first half. > SEE GLASS



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UB alumni speak at TEDxBuffalo Locals discuss their strides to make a better Buffalo SHARON RUDY STAFF WRITER

TED, the nonprofit organization bringing industry leaders to its world-famous stage, is making its mark in Buffalo one speaker at a time. Buffalo’s eighth TEDx event –– “x” standing for an independently organized event sponsored by the parent company –– attracted fans of all ages Thursday night at Asbury Hall in Babeville. TED –– Technology, Entertainment and Design –– held six speakers who presented on topics ranging from a local judge’s approach to dealing with opioid addicts to a modern-day inventor whose family has been in the industry for generations. Four of the speakers were UB alumni. Roughly 500 people attended the event and there were more people than seats. Volunteers worked during the night’s first intermission to add more seating, and handed out cupcakes to attendees as they

waited to be seated. Arguably the most popular lecture of the night came from Daemen College graduate Annie Brady. Brady is a writer, YouTube sensation and blind activist, who compelled the audience with her first-hand account of what it’s like to live as a blind person in a world meant for the sighted. According to Brady, only 28 percent of blind adults are employed full-time in the United States. “If the national unemployment rate was that low, politicians would be falling all over themselves to fix it,” Brady said. Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah, a graduate of the UB School of Law, opened up to the audience about his lifelong struggle with addiction during an intimate interview with Emmy-winning reporter Pete Gallivan. Hannah’s changes to the drug court system have been viewed by New York State as effective and there are plans to proceed with trial runs in different cities. “The second you come to our court, we give you the help and assistance that you need. We put the criminal case on hold

while we focus on your medical needs,” Hannah said. “We don’t want to lock up an addict because there is no way you can lock up an addiction.” Hannah said his court has seen a decrease in reoffending as he treats addicts like victims instead of offenders, giving them resources to prevent further runins with the law. He sees the recent rise in overdoses in Erie county as a direct result of doctors over-prescribing pain medication for entire generations of people. Audience members said they liked the variety of lectures TEDxBuffalo offered and how each speaker connected their area of expertise to Buffalo. Dena Puglisi, a senior communication major, attended TEDxBuffalo because she watched TED videos online and found them captivating. She felt the night’s speakers were engaging and did a good job of covering a wide array of topics. “My favorite speaker was Judge Hannah because he made the opioid epidemic seem more like a medical condition than I have ever heard from law enforcement,” Puglisi said. “The fact that he opened up about his own addiction made him seem approachable even though he’s a judge.” Other speakers discussed more scientific topics instead of personal anecdotes, like UB alumni Michael Script, who has more than 10 patents and a citation from NASA. Script made a footprint in the world of innovative technologies. His inventions range from artificial intelligence to private communications. One of his most progressive inventions, an infant respiratory heart rate monitor that withstands wiggling babies, came directly from his time studying child development at UB. “I invent things in areas I’m not specialized in, it’s just a learning curve to each. Inventiveness is inside you,” Script said. “UB gave me the in-depth knowledge about child development that I needed in order to complete the respiratory heart rate monitor.” Julie Palmer, a UB alum, founded People Against Trafficking Humans in 2015. It provides support services for individuals affected by human trafficking. Palmer emphasized that human trafficking is more than sexual slavery as it encompasses all types of involuntary workers being exploited for monetary gain. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that affects an estimated 32 million people around the globe. That is double the African slave trade in its entirety,” Palmer said. “[Trafficking affects] every state, city, town, rural area. No one is immune.” Audience member Joe Buttino, a sophomore social sciences major, said he learned a lot about human trafficking from the presentation. He said Palmer touched on a lot of areas he’s discussed in his classes and found the information to be relevant to his own studies. “I’m glad more attention is being drawn to this very important and life-altering practice by traffickers,” Buttino said. “Palmer was especially interesting, her talk touched on a very obscure but unfortunately ubiquitous issue of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking.” email:

SHARON RUDY | THE SPECTRUM Buffalo City Court Judge Craig Hannah speaks with WGRZ reporter Pete Gallivan about his struggles with addiction and what the city of Buffalo is doing to prevent putting addicts behind bars. Hannah was a presenter at the eighth-annual TEDxBuffalo.




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SA Chief of Staff Jacob Brown about New York’s Open Meetings Law on Friday morning. Haberl responded that SA will begin to notify The Spectrum about meetings via email. “It is my hope that The Spectrum is doing their due diligence to hold all University at Buffalo student governments and on-campus organizations to the same standards,” Haberl wrote in an email. The SA Senate is by no means the only governing body at UB –– or even across western New York –– to violate New York’s Open Meetings Law. In fall 2017, The Buffalo News reported that the UB Council had moved its meetings behind closed doors for years, and earlier this month, The Spectrum reported the UB Council did not allow members of the public into its meeting, a violation of Open Meetings Law according to Freeman. Because the Senate can allocate student activity fees as a legislative body, its policies have to comply with open-government laws, Freeman said. “The law requires that notice be given to the news media, posted in one or more designated, conspicuous public locations and, when possible, notice is supposed to be given on the entity’s website. It doesn’t matter if it’s precedent, what does matter is what the law requires,” Freeman said. The Open Meetings Law requires public bodies, such as the SA Senate, to provide news media with the time and place of a meeting scheduled at least a week in advance. The law also requires SA to post the meeting time and place in “one or more designated public locations at least 72 hours before such meeting.” For all other meetings, the law requires that public notification of the time and

place “shall be given or electronically transmitted, to the extent practicable, to the news media and shall be conspicuously posted in one or more designated public locations at a reasonable time prior thereto.” The law requires SA, if it “has the ability to do so,” to post meeting information on its website, which it’s required to do at least five days in advance, according to the SA constitution. SA posted the Oct. 11 meeting time and place online. Haberl was the Senate chairperson on Oct. 11 because that day’s Senate meeting was the first of the school year, and the Senate had not yet decided on a chairperson for the year. SA’s constitution states when the office of Senate chairperson “is vacant,” for instance, the SA President “shall chair any meetings of the Senate during such absence or vacancy.” Haberl said he has tried to improve the Senate’s compliance with open-government laws by removing a rule from the club handbook that last year allowed senators to remove club members from meetings. He also said upcoming SA Senate minutes, once approved, will be on the SA website. “I’ve also asked the Senate chair to work with senators to come up with a common meeting time,” Haberl said. “In the past, [meetings] have just been random days, there hasn’t been a set day for senators to meet so I asked the Senate chair to contact all the senators for their availability to come up with the best meeting time.” SA emailed The Spectrum about the next SA Senate meeting. The meeting will be on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in 378 Student Union. email: twitter: @BenjaminUBSpec


THE SPECTRUM Monday, October 22, 2018 Volume 68 Number 15 Circulation: 4,000

EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Hannah Stein MANAGING EDITOR Brenton J. Blanchet CREATIVE DIRECTORS Phuong Vu Chase Wilcoxen, Asst. Anh Phuong Tran, Asst. COPY EDITORS Savanna Caldwell Cassi Enderle Lauryn King NEWS EDITOR Max Kalnitz, Senior Jacklyn Walters, Asst. FEATURES EDITORS Benjamin Blanchet, Senior Kirsten Dean, Asst.

ARTS EDITORS Brian Evans, Senior Samantha Vargas, Asst. SPORTS EDITORS Thomas Zafonte, Senior Nathaniel Mendelson

UB Football is Winning: Now it ‘s time to focus on the fans EDITORIAL BOARD

UB has a winning football team and students are starting to get excited about games. On Sept. 29, 23,671 fans packed into the stadium for the Army game. Last weekend, 19,506 fans came. That’s 4,494 more people who came to the 2016 Akron game. At this time in 2016, UB’s record was 2-6. Today it’s 7-1. The Bills, by contrast are 2-5. And, we have Anthony Johnson, who’s garnering first-round NFL buzz. Students and fans are enthusiastic, but it will take more than winning games and star players to pull us into the stadiums. We need to feel appreciated and wanted, and we, the fans, are part of the games and the environment it creates. Right now, most students feel the games cater to a family-

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For two summers in a row, I worked in the Great Neck Parks Department. Basically, it comprised of five parks that served the community of Great Neck, New York. The job really enlightened me on a key aspect of government: wasteful spending. It became so clear to me how accurate “Parks and Recreation” was about how much parks departments waste taxpayer money.

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As I walked through the Student Union on a weekday, I noticed a colorful flyer posted on one of the bulletin boards. The small piece of paper most likely would never have caught my attention had it not displayed the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBTQ pride around the world.

he does go to the NFL –– as we expect him to –– we can continue to root for him and know where we saw his face before. That’s how you build a brand and loyalty to a college team. Last Friday’s SA Homecoming Carnival hosted a bonfire and members from UB’s football team took to the stage to hype up the families and students who came out. This should happen all the time. We want to see quarterback Tyree Jackson in the Union and we want to see his face on posters on the Stampede. This is how we gain a connection with players. We also want tailgates planned for us –– not for families. As much as several of our editors enjoyed the free Eddie Money show before a 2016 game, this doesn’t appeal to most students. We want to have fun. We need a separate area

for students to mingle aside from Stampede Square, which is mainly flooded with families. A place like the field between Ellicott and the Student Union would work, or even the 200 acres of unused land east of the Millersport Highway, but we wouldn’t be picky. Our pre-games are dull in comparison to massive football schools like Penn State, where the pregame rituals attract even more students to the games. Many Bills fans consider the tailgate an integral part of the game. UB needs something more to attract students, but we don’t have to smash through tables. UB Athletics has a lot going for it. It has a winning football team and will likely have another winning basketball team. It has standout stars and a city known for its fans. It has 30,000-plus fans eager to have fun and feel appreciated. It even has UB Naked Guy. What it now needs is a push for student engagement. email:

Don’t get me wrong, I still feel parks are an essential part of a good community. But the seasonal workers are the problem here –– and yes, I’m partly at fault. My first year, I was a rookie, always going the extra mile and trying to show what a great employee I was. A couple of weeks in, my boss was the one who showed me the corrupt ropes of the parks department. He taught me the lesson of doing the bare minimum. Any project we’d work on, we’d work on as a team, so we could get the bare minimum done and the full timers can take their smoke break. If I got one thing out of my time there, it was that everybody smokes. The designated “smoke cabin” was smokier than the intersection between Capen Hall and Norton Hall. Luckily, the full-timers leave at 4 p.m. sharp. They could have been in the middle of cutting down a tree, but the second 4 p.m. hit, they left faster than LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers after J.R Smith’s foolery. This opened up a world of scheming opportunities where

My reflections after safe zone training


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friendly environment, rather than revving up student involvement or making going to the game part of the UB college experience. Students need to feel invested in the team and the players –– like all of Buffalo feels about the Bills. This isn’t happening when games are geared more toward families. UB has the potential to grow great teams and bring out stadiumfilling crowds of 30,000. But winning isn’t the only goal. It’s also about creating a sense of identity, community and a place where students feel involved. This starts with making its players known to students. We need to feel invested in the individual players in the process. UB should hype up the team and have the players do meet and greets with the students. Students should know what Anthony Johnson looks like now so that when

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“Safe Zone Training,” the flyer read, “Learn about sexual identities and issues within the LGBTQ communities so you can become a better ally.” I, along with 12 other students, joined the training session on Oct. 9, where we learned about the challenges faced by LGBTQ people, terminology pertaining to LGBTQ, and how to be supportive when speaking to someone either coming out as gay or transitioning to another gender. While I recognized definitions pertaining to sexual orientation, the terms used to describe gender identity were new and, admittedly, confusing to me. The concept of the gender-neutral pronouns is especially hard for me to wrap my head around. Nevertheless, the most important lesson I took away from safe zone training is the principle of being supportive of those who are mistreated by society and, in worse cases, their families. Forty-two percent of LGBT youth say that their community is

my good high school friend and I would spend the bulk of our time there after 4 p.m. Our activities included sleeping, playing football and eating food. The job was so easy that I came back the next year. The following year, I called up my old boss and he delivered the news that I would be working at the pool complex rather than the park. The complex had multiple pools, a slide and a recreation center. Sounds good, right? Now imagine all that but the seasonal workers are composed of college and high school kids who never have any idea what to do. Now imagine working with those people. I – like Brent – came into the maintenance crew not knowing what it entailed. Fortunately, we were comprised of the most competent people at the complex. We went through the first couple of weeks pulling weeds and cleaning up the pool once someone dropped a stool. Then we got smart. The full-timers would make us whack the weeds, but they would never check the job. So I got a bucket, filled it with weeds once then hid it. Every time they would ask if we did the weeds, we would get our pre-filled buckets and say “yes sir.”

The worst part of our job is dealing with fecal matter. But one advantage of it is if someone fulfills his call to duty in the pool, it gets shut down for two hours. We took full advantage of that rule when the dreaded camp kids came to the pool. On normal days, our job was very laid back. If not many people came to the pool, it meant not having to do much work. The worst day of the year was the last day of camp. The damn kids would come and play this game where they lathered a watermelon with Vaseline and threw it around in the pool. Inevitably, it makes a huge mess. So we decided to bend the rules. We bought a Snickers bar and shaped it to look like a turd. We froze it and waited for the camp kids to come. While they were doing warm-up exercises in the pool, we slipped in the fake turd and waited for one of the counselors to yell “POOP.” We fished out the “poop” and the boss said to shut the pool down. I retired the very next day to work for a non-profit camp. Nonetheless, I know my time at the parks department was brief. I left a legacy, however, and a workforce of schemers who could continue my scheming tradition for years to come.

not accepting of them, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Compared to their peers, those who are LGBT are twice as likely to say they have been physically assaulted, kicked or shoved. Twenty-six percent of youth say their biggest problem is not feeling accepted by family, as well as trouble with bullying and being afraid to come out. Attending the safe zone training made me reflect on how I became more accepting of people who were different from me. Growing up, I never lived with anyone who identified as a part of the LGBTQ community. Some in my family looked upon it with disdain while others saw it as no big deal. The concept of being gay was constantly stigmatized in my middle school. The only time I heard the word “gay” being used was when my fellow classmates picked on their peers. Being picked on myself, I associated the word with something negative and, as a result, picked on other kids in the same way. This is the life of a child living in a sea of troubles. I matured out of that phase when I entered my high school years. It was there where I interacted with more people who flew the colors

of the rainbow flag. I never learned about transgender issues until I came to college. I suppose that was the reason I attended the safe zone training, as well as mere curiosity. I also was curious how growing up as a Catholic brought me to be more accepting of those who are LGBTQ when Christianity is ironically used to discriminate against those in the community, too. The principle that I learned to follow was to love one another as we love ourselves. Homophobic and transphobic Christians are notorious for using the Bible to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, using passages like “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination” and “they shall surely be put to death.” While I haven’t examined it myself, it didn’t take me long to know it is teeming with contradictions. This is possibly due to numerous translation differences. When thinking about homosexuality, I often think of a discussion I had with my mother. We were driving at night listening to George Michael on the radio, who at the time had recently died. While listening, she suddenly




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CIGARETTE BUTTS Kruger told her Introduction to Public Health class that she’d give them extra credit points if they went around campus, picked up cigarette butts and brought them in to class. She had a mason jar she wanted to fill and bring to UB President Satish Tripathi to prove that the policy needs an update. “I saw [students smoking on campus], but I didn’t know the impact. So I thought it would be a good idea to collect data on cigarette butts on campus,” Kruger said. “Frankly, many of my students were really jazzed by this. The first day, the jar was half full, and I thought we might fill that one jar. As they started coming in, I had to put them all in garbage bags and then buy more jars to fill them. I was completely blown out of the water with how many butts students actually collected.” Kruger now has five mason jars filled with butts. She even had a friend at SUNY Fredonia make an app to track the data. Using geographic information systems, the app lets students check into a location on campus and enter how many butts they found at the location. The app then creates a heat map showing which areas on campus have the highest density of littered butts. She plans on bringing the jars and some students that participated in the survey to Tripathi’s office later this semester to present her findings and discuss possible revisions to the policy, which turns 10 years old next year. Sophomore environmental engineering major Grace Sheckler was shocked when Kruger said she would present her findings to Tripathi. Sheckler collected 11 butts for Kruger’s class. She hopes bringing them to the president’s office will highlight the issue and be a catalyst for change FROM PAGE 1

TSUNAMI for 16 years before moving to the U.S. in 2014. When Muhammad heard the news of the disaster back home, he was devastated. “As an Indonesian myself, I am sad and upset because I couldn’t offer my help to them due to [my] distance,” Muhammad said. “I have a number of my friends back there and they readily assist the disaster relief and I’m here, thousands of miles away, just to see my fellow Indonesians suffer from the disaster.” The National Disaster and Mitigation Agency said the tsunami was the main cause of death for many, apart from other causes such as building collapses, according to The Jakarta Post. The Central Sulawesi administration declared a 14-day state of emergency, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 11. The Indonesian government pledged relief funds, equivalent to $37.6 million U.S. dollars, according to The Jakarta Post. Joseph Imanuel, a junior business administration major, said although he’s well aware that Indonesia is highly prone to natural disasters, he was surprised by the scale of damage to Palu. “I just did not expect this much damage happening to Palu. All I could do was to give my prayers to the families,” he said. Imanuel is from Tangerang, Indonesia. He

FEATURES “Picking up the cigarette butts is good because the system isn’t working and if taking them to the top of the food chain is going to make the school recognize that, then that’s what [Dr. Kruger] will do,” Sheckler said. “By doing something that’s shocking like this, maybe we’ll see some changes and our campus will progress towards what it should be –– smoke free.” UB created its smoke-free policy on Aug. 1, 2009, prohibiting smoking in all buildings and on all grounds — including parking lots and green spaces — on the university’s three campuses. UB revised the policy from 2009 to 2010, allowing smoking in areas of the parking lots that were more than 100 feet from buildings. The policy states: “The University at Buffalo is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable, and safe smoke-, vape- and tobacco-free environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors.” But during the last eight years, the university has taken little initiative to prevent people from smoking. And the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and Juuls has presented a new set of issues for the Breathe Free UB Committee –– a group of more than 40 faculty, staff, students, alumni, union leaders and community health experts trying to enforce the policy –– to deal with. The lack of enforcement disappoints Kruger from a public health standpoint. She said almost no policy is followed 100 percent, but thinks UB has room to grow when it comes to enforcing the policy. “I worry about people that have asthma. I personally have allergies so breathing in cigarette smoke really bothers me,” Kruger said. “But also, people could be pregnant, people could be going through other health issues and we have to think about them. We have spent 17 years of his life there before coming to the United States, in 2016, to pursue his associate’s degree in Washington. He said the area where he grew up in is not prone to natural disasters, so he and his family did not experience any while living there. Muhammad said members of Indonesian SA have prayed for people back home and have helped raise awareness for the disaster on Facebook. He said members have unitedly searched for GoFundMe pages and charity websites for the disaster. “We, the Indonesian SA, as a representative of Indonesians in UB, would like to express our deepest condolences. We hope a speedy recovery for the survivors. We will try our best to share a little bit of what we have,” Muhammad said. “It is heartbreaking that we couldn’t help our fellow Indonesians directly. We felt the call to help rebuild and to send relief efforts. We felt that we have lost someone we loved. Unfortunately, we couldn’t be physically there. Our prayers are with all the survivors.” UB’s ISA is a part of the Indonesian Student Associations of the United States, which is translated from the Bahasa Indonesia name of the group: “Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Amerika Serikat.” Muhammad said ISA is in contact with Indonesian diplomats and embassy workers in New York City and Washington D.C. He said he is constantly contacting presidents from

SHAMINI PRIYA GOPALAKRISHNA | THE SPECTRUM Givary Muhammad, a junior finance major, is the president of the Indonesian Student Association. Muhammad, who is from the Indonesian island Java, said he is contacting presidents from other Indonesian student groups across the country, to help give as much aid as possible.

report after report that secondhand smoke causes disease, and we’re still learning about the health impacts of vapes. So it’s important to protect the community.” UB put up 40 new “no smoking” signs, placed in “hot spot” areas across its three campuses this year, according to a letter from President Tripathi. But Kruger and her students don’t think the signs are effective. Hannah Mechanic, a senior health and human services major, is a student in the class. She said University Police should hand out citations when they see people smoking on campus. She said if students are afraid of having to pay a fine for smoking on campus, she thinks less people would smoke. “It’s like parking in an illegal spot. People are afraid of getting a ticket so they don’t do it,” Mechanic said. “When it comes to smoking, it should be the same. You’re harming people with secondhand smoke, so they

should be held accountable.” Mechanic said the university shouldn’t tell people to stop smoking outright, especially if people are addicted or come from another country where smoking is integrated into people’s lives. She suggested a designated smoking area far removed from the academic complex so people don’t have to breathe in secondhand smoke. “We can’t force everyone to quit, so there should be a designated area, but it should be an inconvenient area of campus,” Mechanic said. “I mean that in the best way possible. By forcing people to go out of their way to smoke, maybe it would help them quit. Even still, we wouldn’t be a smoke-free campus, but at least that would be an improvement.” email: twitter: @Max_Kalnitz

SHAMINI PRIYA GOPALAKRISHNA | THE SPECTRUM Givary Muhammad, a junior finance major, is the president of the Indonesian Student Association. Muhammad, who is from the Indonesian island Java, said he is contacting presidents from other Indonesian student groups across the country, to help give as much aid as possible.

other Indonesian student groups across the country, to help give as much aid as possible. While Muhammad was fortunate enough to not have lived near volcanoes, he said that he experienced the horror of earthquakes. He said that since Indonesians are not trained in disaster-preparedness for earthquakes and do not receive real-time warnings from authorities, it is usually a scene of panic when an earthquake strikes. Indonesian authorities have called off search operations, according to an Oct. 11 CNA report. This has angered many residents, CNA reported, as they have yet to find their loved ones and do not want to give up searching anytime soon. As of Oct. 17, at least 686 remain missing after the disaster.

Indonesian students such as Immanuel, said they believe the Indonesian government has been doing a good job in handling this issue. Imanuel said he’s glad the country is focusing on post-disaster relief rather than politics. “Indonesia was in the middle of a presidential campaign and I was so happy to see my president prioritize the evacuation and support for the people, rather than campaigning for his re-election,” Imanuel said. email:


GLASS BOWL But, the Bulls (7-1, 4-0 MAC) rallied to defeat the Toledo Rockets (3-4, 1-2) 3117 after scoring 24 unanswered points. It was the best performance by the Bulls’ defense in a game this season. In the second half, the Bulls defense allowed just 65 total yards, forced two turnovers and did not give up a third down conversion. “There wasn’t any panic at half,” said head coach Lance Leipold. “I told them, ‘if you clean a few things up we’re close to where we want to be.’” It’s a different year for the Bulls. They’re 7-1 for the first time since 1959 and the first time they have ever swept the MAC West. The game today wasn’t all cheers for Buffalo. Senior kicker Adam Mitcheson missed two kicks from 32- and 33-yards away that would have put the Bulls up an additional six points when the game was tied in the second half.

After Mitcheson missed his first kick of the game, Toledo completed an 80-yard touchdown on the very next play to go up 17-7 with 3:22 remaining in the second quarter. Toledo’s defensive front seven played the best it had all season, pressuring Jackson more than any other team this year. They finished with 5 sacks and 9 solo tackles for a loss. “As long as we win, I don’t care anything about statistics,” Jackson said. “It was a great team win. Everyone played well.” Unfortunately, Toledo’s aggressiveness would get the best of it. Buffalo was gifted opportunities again and again. The Rockets defense finished with 12 penalties for 148 yards. The Bulls stepped up without senior defensive end Chuck Harris. Leipold has preached the whole season that the Bulls need players to step up when other’s went down. “They’re starting to play as a unit and understand what we’re trying to do,” Leipold

said. “It’s a hell of a job because Chuck Harris isn’t there, Joey Banks isn’t there. We’re down and having guys step up. Right now this entire group is playing with a ton of confidence” Sophomore defensive end Taylor Riggins made an immediate impact with a sack on Toledo’s first drive, but it was freshman linebacker James Patterson who had his best game. Patterson finished with nine tackles, one for a loss and a pass break up. The only player with more tackles was senior linebacker Khalil Hodge with 13. “We’ve walked into a lot of sad locker rooms and a lot of down locker rooms,” Leipold said. This group has kept working and it’s just great when you’re able to see some of those things and see them rewarded for that type of success.” The defense as a whole allowed two first downs to Toledo the entire second half. It flipped the field and gave the Bulls’ offense multiple opportunities inside the 50 to drives. Then Jackson and the running backs

went to work. Jackson had 152 yards passing in the second half while the freshmen running back duo, Kevin Marks and Jaret Patterson, did the bulk of their work in the fourth quarter. Patterson finally found the edge in the fourth to seal the victory with a 25-yard touchdown. Senior wide receiver Anthony Johnson is back to full health and scored twice on Saturday while junior tight end Tyler Mabry had a career-high 6 catches. Saturday was a season-defining victory. Leipold discussed in past weeks how he wants to turn Buffalo into a Toledo-like program. Buffalo has a chance to be the new champions of the MAC. The Bulls have won 10 of the past 11 games, currently boast the number one defense in the conference and have NFL-caliber talent at multiple positions. email: twitter: @NateMendelson


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Write it, send it, forward it, disclaim it

UB email disclaimers aren’t legally binding, according to a law school professor BENJAMIN BLANCHET SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

Faculty, staff and students across UB, a state institution, use a public email server. Yet email disclaimers, which describe messages as “confidential” and warn users about sharing emails without “authorization,” float under a number of messages from Campus Living administrators to communication department professors. The disclaimers lurk at the bottom of a number of messages sent by state employees across the university. The Spectrum found disclaimers under Millard Fillmore College emails, Undergraduate Student Association student body listserv emails, SA e-board emails, communication professor emails and Campus Living administrator emails. The disclaimers are not legally binding, according to law school professor Mark Bartholomew, but the disclaimers pass the eyes of UB community members every day. A number of administrators and professors use disclaimers. In the communication department, for instance, one professor’s disclaimer claims the email is the “exclusive property of the intended recipient” or the property of the professor who

THE SPECTRUM Email disclaimers hide under messages sent by administrators and professors, but they don’t always legally bind senders and receivers.

sent it. The disclaimers are in contrast with UB email policies, which state that university communications “may be subject to public access under NY State [Freedom of Information Law] and federal & state ediscovery rules.” “Email[s] may contain official University correspondence as well as non-official correspondence, attachments and forms transmitted electronically,” UB’s policy states. “It is important for all users to note that copies of email messages, including personal communications, may be released to the public under the New York State Freedom of Information Law.” FOIL allows people the right to access information and documents from the government. UB is a property of the State University of New York, which is a fraction of the state government. Kate McKenna, UB spokesperson, said many organizations use email disclaimers for a variety of reasons and in cases such as Campus Living, some employees use disclaimers and “the purpose for this is two-fold.” “The disclaimer serves to communicate and protect the potential confidential nature of the email, and also warns recipients that they might not have been the intended recipient and, if so, they should let the sender know,” McKenna said. “It is there to reinforce to the receiver that the sender considers the contents

confidential, and they should to handle the information provided with care.” McKenna said the disclaimers also show the sender “has taken reasonable steps to protect information that may be confidential or privileged, in the event it is disclosed inadvertently.” She said the disclaimers don’t “generally create a right or contract that is enforceable by the sender.” Lawyers from around the United States agree that most disclaimers are not legally binding contracts, but there are cases where disclaimers may be binding. In 2012, Scott Talkov, a lawyer with Reid & Hellyer, wrote on disclaimer legalities. Talkov mentioned two court cases, 2010’s Mattel, Inc. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc. and 2010’s Sunny Corral Management, LLC v. Zurich Am. Insurance, Co. In the Mattel case, a U.S. federal district court determined an email beginning with a disclaimer informed the recipient of the sender’s legal advice and confidentiality needs. In the Sunny Corral case, a federal district court determined a disclaimer clarified an insurance agent couldn’t authorize an insurance company to bind to a policy without review, according to Talkov’s blog. Still, UB is a public institution and these court cases involve private transactions. Bartholomew, a law school professor who focuses on cyberlaw, said he sees email disclaimers “all the time” and thinks people tend to ignore them.


SPEAKER SERIES the series. Regan, a UB ‘92 and ‘80 alum, started working at UB in 1980 and joined the Office of University Events (then the Office of Special Events) in 1988. The office started the series in 1987, when Regan said it was a simpler gig than it is today. Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate on the National Party ticket, kicked off the series over 30 years ago. In the series’ first years, politicians and political journalists were the program’s beating heart. By its second year, the series featured former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. “The series started out as a program that focused on the power of the presidency, and you can only run that for so many years before you have to open it up,” Regan said. “Both in terms of direction and quantity, we have expanded the focus of the series to be more broad and not limit our speaking events. Not to say we don’t continue political thinking, it’s inescapable, but you certainly want to celebrate the arts, to feature business [people] and changemakers.” When it comes to getting ideas for speakers, Regan said his office can’t do things in a vacuum. He said he wants to hear from outside sponsors but also UB sponsors, including the Student Association, Graduate Student Association and the Minority Faculty and Staff Association. Regan said finding speakers for the series is a process of exploration and an intersection of ideas from his office and other people. “Invariably, there is an intersection, there are people who fit the profile as far as what I know will be successful and what is possible with what they want,” he said. “If there is one word that is definitive about how this all comes together is it’s a process. There’s a lot of communication, there’s a lot of back and forth, there’s hit and miss because you aren’t always going to get your first choice but you got to have an attitude where you’re stepping up to the plate.” Before the speaker appears on stage, a backlog of behind-the-scenes transactions

COURTESY OF MEREDITH JOE CASCIO William Regan (left) hands Distinguished Speakers Series posters to Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai. Regan’s office, the office of University Events, has hosted the lecture-based, educative series for over three decades at UB.

are made by the Office of University Events. On one level, Regan said, it’s about the business side of things but another side is the series’ long-standing history in bringing distinguished visitors to campus. “When you’ve got a track record that goes past 30 years, there’s a confidence factor that allows speaker agencies to put our bid on top or to notice that this is a good request,” Regan said. “With a speaker agency, their first allegiance is with the speaker. That’s their bread and butter so they want to deliver to their speakers speaking opportunities that are going to be successful and we bring that level of success that makes us dependable. We’ll get the yesses more often than the no’s because we’re a good event.” For some speakers, Regan said, there’s a waiting period between UB’s request and an answer. But for others, such as Ronan Farrow or Lisa Genova, the Office of University Events gets an answer in a matter of days. After the informal agreement, the speech then comes down to a contract. “There’s a lot of that that goes on, but once the ink is on the contract it’s just again another process of getting the logistics lined up, the ticketing operation together, fulfillment of our series subscriptions and so on,”

Regan said. Regan recognizes the number of offices and departments that dedicate their time to make the series possible, from Athletics and the Center for the Arts to Parking and Transportation. Regan sees the series as a “labor intensive, resource intensive” program, but he said his accounting department’s support and oversight ensures the university doesn’t regret the series’ costs. As for Biden’s visit on Thursday, he will add his name to the list of presidents and former vice presidents who have visited UB. The last time a former or sitting president visited UB was in 2013, when then-President Barack Obama spoke at Alumni Arena (not part of the Distinguished Speaker Series). When political figures such as Biden come to campus, Regan said the biggest difference from other events is the level of security detail. Still, Regan said UB has handled speakers such as Biden in the past and UB has developed a set of practices to best host the series’ events. “But you do have to be vigilant, there’s always new wrinkles at every event and that’s part of what makes my job exciting,” Regan said. “Even though one speaker event to the next is seemingly routine, there are enough differences from one event to the next that

As for administrators and professors who use disclaimers toward students, Bartholomew said, there generally has to be an agreement to terms before someone accepts them. “So just sending something out like ‘Hey, by the way this has to be confidential, you can’t share it’ — that in itself isn’t enough to legally bind someone to that,” Bartholomew said. “It wouldn’t bind the recipient of the email, and I think it’s even more insinuated if you’re The Spectrum and you get it through other means such as a FOIL request.” SA President Gunnar Haberl said he has used email disclaimers since he was a freshman, but the disclaimers aren’t associated with SA. “When I became a school board member [at the Iroquois Central School District], it was associated with my emails so I copied and put it in my UB email,” Haberl said. “I use it just as a reminder because I do send confidential information, whether it’s academic conversations with professors or not, I like to have it there for comfort. Knowing that an email is addressed to a certain person and if another person got that email, I would like to know.” Haberl said in all of his emails, he tries to avoid including damaging or harmful information. He said he respects FOIA law and even though disclaimers are not legally binding, he’ll continue to use disclaimers as a student for his own support. Bartholomew said although students may not be legally bound to observe disclaimers, he advises students to think about why senders want their emails confidential. “Perhaps the department is being overly cautious or there is a good reason to consider this sensitive information that shouldn’t be broadcast around,” Bartholomew said. “I would recommend looking at it from the other perspective, if you are going to share it, you could always inform the person who sent it.” email: twitter: @BenjaminUBSpec

make them all unique. They’re all bringing something different that will require a different aggregate of attention and details.” Regan said it’s hard to single out one or two speakers at the expense of the one-hundred-plus other speakers who have spoken at UB. Still, he remembers Cornel West’s on-stage shoutout to him, Elie Wiesel’s intense and profound speech at the Center for the Arts, and magician David Blaine’s attention to detail in preparing a water tank for an act at UB. And although the series is getting older, its in-person presentation is continuing to change. On Nov. 14, Peter Diamandis’ speech at the Center for the Arts will be live streamed to audiences in Buffalo and beyond. The stream marks the first of its kind in the series’ history. The event is sponsored by TIAA, a financial service organization celebrating its 100th anniversary. Regan said he sees the stream as adding more value to the program. “Diamandis’ speech is about a convergence of interests where we saw this opportunity and we’re partnering with TIAA on this program,” Regan said “His talk, his vision and his take on the future will be very valuable as far as demonstrating TIAA’s clientele, to [see] what are the emerging technologies, what do we need to know about them and how disruptive are they going to be.” With Biden’s visit just days away, Regan said the UB community can anticipate a speech on the number of political strifes going on in Washington, D.C. “I think what is going to be important is him asking how we can restore collegial government, and get people talking to one another - mainly, leadership,” Regan said. “I think that’s what the students seem to want to see, what his folks have talked to us about: about finding common ground and civility again.” email: twitter: @BenjaminUBSpec

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Johnny Marr remains vibrant at Buffalo’s Town Ballroom Guitarist mixes Smiths’ classics with solo cuts Saturday night BRIAN EVANS SENIOR ARTS EDITOR

A Johnny Marr show is an evening of the past, present and future of the guitarist-turned-singer-songwriter who continues to push on 40 years into an exceptional career. The legendary Smiths founding member and guitarist performed at the Town Ballroom on Saturday night. Marr hardly remained centered throughout the evening, jumping around the stage with haste and moving closer toward the crowd with each heavy riff and solo. Marr’s current tour is in support of his third solo album, “Call the Comet.” A sold-out crowd welcomed Marr to the stage after the opening notes of “The Tracers,” a cut from “Call the Comet.” Marr set the tone for the 20-song set with echoing, distorted guitars mixed with heavy drums. He wasted little time jumping into the set and performed the first three tracks seamlessly without interruption. Marr followed his newer work with a Smiths’ classic “Big Mouth Strikes Again.” Lifelong fans made themselves known from the beginning of the track, as cheers and shouts of joy reverberated throughout the venue. But Marr was willing to give the crowd

SHUBH JAIN | THE SPECTRUM Johnny Marr held nothing back at the Town Ballroom on Saturday night. The legendary guitarist and Smiths founding member played both classic tracks like “The Headmaster’s Ritual” as well as newer cuts from “Call the Comet.”

more. The crowd responded well to the entirety of the set and gave strong applause to newer works as well as classics. Marr maintained a demeanor of comfort with tracks he has either performed on or penned himself. Identifying a Johnny Marr riff is easy from the first listen. Marr became one with his guitar riffs, as each track showed off his impassioned facial expression and focus that made Town Ballroom’s capacity feel twice as large. Patrons were energetic throughout the set

and often requested their favorite track to which Marr replied at the end of the show “Has anyone got any requests?” Marr didn’t deviate from the setlist, despite crowd pleas to play “This Charming Man.” The set took several turns away from Smith’s or Marr’s solo discography. The guitarist performed disco tracks “Getting Away With It” and “Get the Message” from Marr’s first solo venture following the dissolution of the Smiths. Tracks like “Hey Angel” added depth to

Goo Goo Dolls offer intimate show for hometown crowd

SHUBH JAIN | THE SPECTRUM The Goo Goo Dolls played their first of three sold-out shows Friday at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit album “Dizzy Up the Girl.”

Goos stop home for three sold-out shows on national tour MAX KALNITZ SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

It was nothing but smiles from Goo Goo Dolls’ founders Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac Friday night at their first of three sold-out shows at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The band celebrated the 20th anniversary of its quadruple-platinum selling album “Dizzy Up the Girl” with a national tour. Of course, the Goos took some time to stop back home and thank their fans for making it all possible. Over the course of a two-hour set, the band played its hit album top to bottom while revisiting deep tracks and hits from

other records. A giant framed picture of the “Dizzy” album cover hung behind the band as members jumped around the stage. Backed by Brad Fernquist on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Jim McGorman, on keyboards and vocals; and Craig Macintyre on drums, the band delivered an energetic yet intimate show for hometown fans. Walking out to a standing ovation, the band kicked things off with “Dizzy” and transitioned into the Billboard top-10 hit “Slide.” Before starting the third song of the night “Broadway” –– Rzeznik’s reflection of growing up on the East Side of Buffalo –– Rzeznik took some time to reminisce about the album. “It has been 20 years since we put this record [out] and that’s cool. On one hand we made a record that’s pretty durable, on the other hand we got f–––––g old. It’s

OK, I don’t feel old, I’m not acting old, I just want to play my f–––––g music,” Rzeznik said. Rzeznik then passed the mic to Takac for the garage band grunge hit “January Friend.” Takac –– who has added to his local fame with the creation of the Music Is Art foundation in 2003 –– got fans jumping up and down while rocking out to the up-tempo jam. Fans rejoiced as the band played its first ballad of the night “Black Balloon,” which found the crowd singing along and tossing black balloons around the theater as they fell from the ceiling. A local string section joined them on stage, giving the song an extra emotional punch. During the song, Rzeznik tried to get the crowd to sing along, shouting “Look alive guys, we’re filming this!” indicating the band is making a concert film. The Goos continued to play through the album, eventually playing their muchanticipated hit song “Iris.” Once again, backed by the string quartet, the band members poured their hearts out into the performance and engaged in an epic calland-response with the audience. After finishing up the album, Rzeznik took to the stage alone for a gimmicky performance with a virtual version of himself pre-recorded on a TV screen. After acoustic versions of “Better Days,” “Can’t Let It Go” and “Two Days in February” Takac and the band rejoined him on stage to finish out the night with more hits and the occasional deep track. Before playing 1995 breakout hit “Name,” Rzeznik recalled living in an apartment on Norwood Avenue, turning 30-years-old. He described wanting to do anything possible to get out of Buffalo, the set. Marr amped up the strength and volume of his vocals, projecting a hardrock sound to the majority of tracks off “Call the Comet.” Marr barely addressed the capacity audience with words throughout the night but eased into a narrative as the evening progressed. He began with simple anecdotes, and thanked the crowd for “making the trip.” Instead of talking all night, he let the music speak for itself. Smiths tracks “The Headmaster’s Ritual” and “Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me” were standouts in the set, giving fans a strong showing of Smiths’ tracks. Marr’s shift toward singer and front man of his current solo project shows signs of adjustment. Morrissey’s absence gave each Smiths track something to yearn for, even as Marr put his own spin on the tracks with extended solos. Marr saved the quintessential “How Soon is Now?” for last. The track was without introduction as Marr effortlessly jumped into the masterly tremolo-driven riff that echoed throughout Town Ballroom. Marr stayed true to the original composition, while finding time to boast exceptional chops with extended medleys that turned into solos. Marr thanked the crowd before asserting “[I’ll] see you real soon, hint hint.” Marr and company quickly returned to the stage for several encores, beginning with the enigmatic “Rise.” Marr closed the evening with tracks “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby.” email: twitter: @BrianEvansSpec

and ended up writing the fluke hit that shot them to stardom. “I was sitting on a third-hand couch on a fourth-hand carpet in an attic on Norwood Ave. praying to get out of this s–– thole,” Rzeznik said. “Then I wrote this song and suddenly I had some cash, which I used to pay off my student loans. I don’t think we started looking any better but a lot more girls started showing up to our shows ... Thanks for keeping the gas in the tank for this band.” After “Name,” the band belted out “So Alive,” a more-recent single with a music video shot entirely in Buffalo. The song, which has been featured in local commercials, was once again supported with a singalong from the crowd. With the deep track “Notbroken,” Rzeznik reflected on his 2010 flop-of-analbum “Something for the Rest of Us.” Although record producers didn’t want to release the album, Rzeznik said he insisted on releasing it regardless of whether it was a success or not. “Well they were right … it was a flop,” Rzeznik said. “But we’re still here playing music for you guys and that producer, he’s gone.” The Goos closed the performance with “There You Are” before being called back on stage to continue playing. With a red “716” flag in hand, Rzeznik and Takac thanked their fans for supporting them for more than 30 years. They closed out the night with “Big Machine” and “Flat Top” before packing up until their second performance of the weekend. As fans left the theater, many stopped to pose under its giant illuminated marquee, which read “On stage tonight Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Girl 2018.” email: twitter: @Max_Kalnitz


SAFE ZONE started talking about how Michael was gay, yet people like him are still treated with contempt by those on the right. It was when I mentioned the use of religion as an attacking mechanism when she let out

her speech. It went something like this: “The Bible says that God said you should love your neighbor as you love yourself. It also said that God made man in his own image. If you believe God is the ultimate good, you cannot say… that God made a mistake.” “It’s people who decide people are differ-

ent than others. God put different people on earth as a challenge.” I was speechless for the rest of the car ride. The impact of that conversation made me grow to accept people for who they are and the safe zone training I attended taught me to be supportive of people who are different

from me. Mistakes and slip-ups are inevitable, but working to show genuine appreciation of people, regardless of their identity, is what I can do to become a better person. email:




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Buffalo vs. miami (OH) A position-toposition breakdown for football’s key conference matchup


Buffalo football is looking strong as the Bulls remain undefeated in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls will look for their fourth-straight win when they take on the Miami (OH) RedHawks in one of Buffalo’s last home games Oct. 30. The Bulls (7-1, 4-0 MAC) are coming off a comeback 31-17 win over the Toledo Rockets (3-4, 1-2 MAC) this past weekend. Buffalo beat one of the MAC’s best offenses in Toledo. The RedHawks (3-5, 3-1 MAC) come in off a 31-30 nail-biter loss to the Army Black Knights (5-2) Saturday. With Miami giving the team-to-beat Bulls a run for its money, don’t expect Buffalo to take Miami lightly. With the RedHawks currently second in the East Division, this will be the Bulls’ chance to secure the division with a win.

Quarterback- Pick Em’ Junior Tyree Jackson may not have had his best game against Toledo, but he still threw for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even with Jackson throwing 3 picks in the game, he still had a 54 percent completion rate. Jackson is quickly approaching 2,000 passing yards this season, currently having 1,869 yards and 20 touchdowns over the past eight games. Jackson will need to do his best work when the dangerous RedHawks passing unit comes to town. RedHawks’ redshirt senior Gus Ragland has been consistent in the pocket all season, coming in off 329 yards and 4 touchdowns passing performance against Army. With Ragland having 1,769 yards passing already this season, Jackson will be up against one of the MAC’s best for the second-straight game.

REceiver- pick em’ The Bulls have a deep receiving group when senior Anthony Johnson is healthy, giving Jackson multiple high-level passing options. The Bulls’ biggest problem against the RedHawks is that Miami has depth at the receiving spot, too. Miami has a four-player passing unit lead by redshirt sophomore Jack Sorenson who can earn big gains on any team in the MAC. What makes Miami’s passing unit so dangerous is that Ragland distributes the ball equally amongst his unit. The Bulls will have to be alert in the backfield if they want to stop Miami from scoring quickly. With both receiving groups having strong numbers, there is no clear advantage at the spot.

Running back - Bulls The key advantage for the Bulls this week is the run game. With freshman Jaret Patterson and redshirt freshman Kevin Marks having great debut seasons, they have a chance to exploit the RedHawks’ biggest weakness on defense. The RedHawks are a pass-first team when their run game can be stopped. If the Bulls can get some early stops, expect the RedHawks to pass often as the Bulls switch between both their offensive weapons.

Coaches - bulls Miami head coach Chuck Martin has been solid in his brief tenure at the position since 2014. Martin has turned the RedHawks into a consistent MAC team year-in and year-out. Head coach Lance Leipold has turned the Bulls from last in the MAC to the conference powerhouse this season and it only took him three seasons. I’m not saying that the amount of time it takes to make a good football team is the measure of a coach, but the numbers don’t lie. Expect Leipold to continue his strong coaching year while making the proper adjustments the team needs come game time.

Defense - Bulls The Toledo game was a highlight performance for the defense, holding a strong offensive team to no points in the second half. The RedHawks have had trouble against strong offensive teams, with the Bulls touting a strong pass and run attack for the Miami game. The Buffalo defense is first in the MAC right now and has the momentum and


Top dogs

JACK LI | THE SPECTRUM Basketball’s senior guard CJ Massinburg looks to break through the defense with help from senior forward Nick Perkins. Massinburg tied the school record for points in a season last year and looks to beat it this year.

Men’s basketball expects another magical season NATHANIEL MENDELSON SPORTS EDITOR

Associate head coach Jim Whitesell tells his players to stay low as he watches them play fiveon-five. The next play, sophomore guard Jayvon Graves turned the ball over and immediately walked off the court. A tick mark went next to his name on a white board and Graves lifted and carried a 30-pound sack up and down the court. It was a reminder to not make the same mistake. Men’s basketball is the No. 1 team in the Mid-American Conference after last year’s program-defining season. The Bulls broke the school record in wins and recorded their firstever NCAA tournament win. With less than a week to the Bulls’ opening exhibition against Daemen College, head coach Nate Oats is ready to repeat. “We expect to win the MAC again,” Oats said. “It’s not going to be easy. We have a big bullseye on our back, but that’s what our expectation is. We got the one tournament win under our belt and hopefully we can take that experience and translate [it] into multiple wins and get into the second week of the tournament. None of it’s easy.” Some of those challenges may be easier than others. The Bulls return their core group of players including three seniors who each averaged over 15 points per game last season. Back-to-back MAC Sixth Man of the Year and senior forward Nick Perkins looks bigger than ever and will finally take over a starting role for Buffalo. Buffalo’s projected opening night lineup will see four seniors get the start with junior guard Davonta Jordan being the only one not a part of that group. Perkins and senior guard CJ Massinburg are the only players to be on the Bulls roster for the past four years. Oats wants all his players to leave the program in a better position than when they got here. They have already done

that, according to Oats. “This season is going to be pretty special since it’s [Massinburg’s and Perkins’] last one,” Massinburg said. “We’ve been improving every year and our numbers have been getting better, our leadership skills have been getting better and now it’s on us. We’re going to try to display everything we’ve been learning and just put it all together this year.” Last season, Massinburg tied the school record for most points in a season with 611. The Bulls boast depth at every position, which gives them the advantage over many teams. When Jordan and Massinburg get a break, the Bulls send former MAC Defensive Player of the Year and senior guard Dontay Caruthers and Graves, who led the team in blocked shots last season. When senior forward Jeremy Harris sits, the Bulls bring in freshman Jeenathan Williams; the 20th best small forward in the country for the class of 2018 by Rivals. The Bulls also added sophomore transfer Tra’Von Fagan and sophomore center Brock Bertram looks to excel in his second year to add depth to the frontcourt. Key to the Bulls’ success this season and for the future will be the development of Williams and freshman point guard Ronaldo “Rondo” Segu. Unlike past seasons, the Bulls spent little time working on fundamentals in the pre-season and were ready to jump right into executing their offense because of the team’s experience. This leads to a higher learning curve than normal for the two freshmen, but each senior has taken them under their wing, according to Segu. “Just to do whatever the team needs me to

Home court disadvantage Volleyball head coach upset after home loss NATHANIEL MENDELSON SPORTS EDITOR

Just one night after securing their first home Mid-American Conference win of the season, the Bulls fell flat against a last-in-the-MAC Central Michigan team. The Chippewas (4-18, 1-9 Mid-American Conference) are the latest team to celebrate at Alumni Arena. The Bulls (13-9, 5-5 MAC) have been outscored in sets 13-to-4 in conference play at home. The Bulls’ home debut for the conference season was a pair of three set sweeps, while not winning a set at home until Friday against Eastern Michigan. Head coach Blair Brown Lipsitz is as confused as anyone. “I thought they played really well last night,” Brown Lipsitz said Saturday after the Central game. “I thought they had a lot of heart, it was back-and-forth it was a crazy match we had really good energy in the gym from the fans. It was a really good win at home. Coming into tonight, we had one of our best practices this morning that we had all year. So to see the effort we had tonight was a little rough.” Brown Lipsitz was very short with her responses after the game and visibly upset with her team’s performance. “Errors, we had a ton of errors,” Brown Lipsitz said. The Bulls had 10 errors in the first set alone while the Chippewas had 11 errors for the whole game. Sophomore outside hitter Andrea Mitrovic had the worst performance of her career. She had 19 kills and 16 attack errors for a .050 kill percentage. Point after point, Mitrovic kept missing the outside corner. Mitrovic also led the team with 3 service erskill to send another message with its performance this week. If the Bulls can force third-

rors. “That’s a really bad night for her,” Brown Lipsitz said. “What we’re missing right now is the depth to be able to help her out when she is having a bad night.” Brown Lipsitz was asked about other players needing to step up. “Also a possibility,” Brown Lipsitz said. There were limited bright spots on the night but Brown Lipsitz pointed toward junior libero Hannah Watson and junior outside hitter Polina Prokudina. Watson brought “a ton of energy” and Prokudina had “great swings” from the right side of the net, according to their coach. In the fourth set while down 21-13, Watson subbed off for Prokudina and told her to play with all her heart. Playing with heart has been a point that Brown Lipsitz has emphasized all season. In a loss earlier this year to the Ball State Cardinals (17-6, 8-2 MAC), she raised her concerns about the team’s lack of heart. “I think we have another level in us but it’s just that belief system that we’ve been talking

do,” Segu said. “Try to elevate the team and just be very positive this year and try to be open and learning from the people that have been here before me, and making the program better and improving.” In a closed exhibition against Albany, Williams showed flashes and scored 19 points in a game where Buffalo dominated, according to Jeff Goodman at The Bulls will continue to play a blue-collar style of basketball this season. It is something that suits the city of Buffalo, Oats feels. Oats wants his players to fight for loose balls, offensive rebounds, take charges and emphasize the hard work it takes to win. Buffalo will need to work hard and capitalize on its non-conference schedule. The Bulls play West Virginia and Southern Illinois for two of their first three games this season. Both teams are expected to make the NCAA tournament. The Bulls will also travel to Syracuse, Marquette and St. Bonaventure to round out their non-conference schedule. “I think it’s better to play the best competition than some non-Division I’s. We’ll get to test ourselves early,” Oats said. “I think it’s better to find out all your weaknesses and get exposed early and get them fixed rather than wait until conference play to do all of that.” The Bulls are ready to dominate the MAC again and become the mid-major team to beat this season. “We can’t be complacent,” Massinburg said. “Last year is over and that team is done with, in the history books. Now we got to make a new destiny, make a new ceiling and reach new heights.” email: twitter: @NateMendelson

about all year,” Brown Lipsitz said. “They’ve got to believe it and got to want it. I think at times they really do and we see that.” The Bulls played their best in the second set. In the middle of the set, the Bulls got hot and rallied off four-straight points to build an 14-10 lead. Later in the set, a kill by senior right-side hitter Megan Wernette pushed the lead up to six points and the Bulls would secure the set 25-21. While Brown Lipsitz was disappointed with her team she was very happy to see the support from the community on the night. The Bulls hosted spirit day on Saturday with presentations from the LGBTQ community between sets. Brown Lipsitz encouraged them to come back for what would hopefully be a better performance following the Central game. With three home games left on the season, the Bulls need to figure out their problems fast. Brown Lipsitz does not want teams to be able to come into Alumni Arena and think they can win. The Bulls have their next game on the road Friday at 7 p.m. against the Miami (OH) Redhawks (17-5, 9-1 MAC). email: twitter: @NateMendelson

WAYNE PENALES | THE SPECTRUM The Bulls get ready to return the ball at Alumni Arena. Buffalo had 28 attack errors against Central Michigan on Saturday night leading to a poor .200 kill percentage.

down stops early, it may be all Buffalo needs to take an early lead and run with it.

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