At the end of each semester, professors wait in the halls while their students shade in bubbles to criticize or praise aspects of the course including the quality of the professor's instruction, the relevance of the assignments and the degree to which they were challenged.The efficiency of UB's course evaluation process is currently under review by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
I'm having trouble sorting out a serious contradiction in the Sept. 26 issue of the Spectrum. Under the editorial heading of "Our Mission, Our Operation, Our Responsibility," I read the following - "This year, our goal is to provide the students and staff with sound, ethical reporting that addresses major issues and events related to the University at Buffalo."On the front page, I see an article entitled "Fun and Profit From Computer Gaming" and read the following from Assistant Feature Editor Jamie Lynn Perna:"For those ready to dedicate their leisure - and possibly class - time, but unable to part with the necessary funds, UB's vast residential network, along with an extensive unofficial search site, offers almost every game available on store shelves for free."What we are talking about here, obviously, is software piracy.
UB now has one more technological achievement to add to its growing list. In a recent study of 1,300 colleges and universities, completed by the Internet service giant Yahoo!, UB was ranked the 10th most wired university in the nation.
At UB, with its large commuter population, parking is a major difficulty for students, faculty and administrators alike.
At the height of their performance, Sonic Youth lead singer Thurston Moore and guitarist Jim O'Rourke mesmerized the audience in Buffalo State College's Rockwell Hall with a mind-blowing cacophony of psychedelic tones, plucks, piercings, screeches, and other inexplicable sounds along with their poetry last Thursday.Sonic Youth's signature is their composition of songs that gracefully blend soft melody and synthetic, spacey violence.Wires, switches, petals, knobs and buttons weaved across the stage floor.
For some students, the fourth hour of dungeon exploring and bomb defusing comes all too quickly.Students in campus residences, with high-speed Internet connections and easily available software, often fall victim to the latest crop of hot computer games, such as this year's "Diablo II" and the "Half-Life" add-on "Counter Strike." Along with other top selling games such as "Black & White" and "The Sims," students have a wide variety of choices when it comes to avoiding school.Although the games range in price from $19.99 at K-Mart for Counter Strike to $34.86 for Diablo II at Wal-Mart, some addicts have found a way to justify their cost and even profit from the numerous hours mastering the games demands.Cosmin Banciu, a sophomore computer science major and avid Diablo II player, has made $120 by auctioning four 'items' used in the game, such as swords and weapons necessary to advance to the higher levels.