"Today In UB History: April 7, 2004"
As the world looks toward Athens and the 2004 summer Olympics, some U.S. Olympic swimmers are looking toward UB for the latest in high-tech swimwear. Two UB professors from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, along with the men's swimming coach, have designed a new swimsuit called the "Turbulator" that increases swimming speed by decreasing drag. Professors David Pendergast and Joseph Mollendorf and men's swim coach Albert Termin teamed up with swimwear company TYR to design, create and distribute the new suit. "TYR were partners in this with us providing the basic design and them making the actual suit," the two professors stated in a joint email.
Light materials mark spring fashion
While spring weather has been fickle, spring fashion is in full bloom in stores and boutiques throughout Buffalo.Many popular clothiers have laid out their fashions for the season, revealing a clear transition from bulky materials to light, soft materials like linen and cotton.Rob Egan, who works for the Gap in the Boulevard Mall, said that cotton and linen are trendy during the spring season because they are breathable, comfortable materials.With a line of fashion that reflects natural surroundings, Gap has drawn its inspiration from the atmosphere of the beach, and offers many different shades of blue to choose from in the store.Gap also attempts to bring back the elegance of simple black-and-white patterns, while providing a variety of tops designed to be worn in layers."The idea of layering is making it work for you," said Egan.
Family matters for UB students
Twenty-two year-old Jenna Raetz walks at a brisk pace towards the Student Union, book in hand. She is the image of a typical college student except for one accessory, a small child skipping by her side.For Raetz, a junior business and finance major, bringing her daughter to school with her has become as normal as bringing her books.Although many UB students can be easily overwhelmed with homework assignments and part-time jobs, there are some students with the added responsibility of raising children.While Raetz attends class, her daughter is cared for at the Early Childhood Research Center on North campus, a program run predominantly by the graduate education department.A high school student with plans to enter the military and travel upon graduating, Raetz's life was thrown into chaos when she became pregnant before her senior year."I did not plan to start a family," said Raetz.
A memorable trip to Israel
Students who choose to make a trip to Israel with Hillel of Buffalo, courtesy of Birthright Israel, will spend a portion of their summer in something of a cultural classroom.Hillel offers all Jewish students an opportunity to take advantage of the Birthright Israel program, which gives them the chance to visit Israel at least once in their lifetime.
Experts examine the rewards of undergraduate degrees
With the countdown to senior commencement drawing to a close, seniors are making plans for their future.But just where will the degrees some of these seniors receive take them?Daniel Ryan, the director of Career Services in 259 Capen, separated the graduating student body into three sections according to their motive for finishing college."Some people come to college to expand their minds, to read and gain experiences.
'Kafka on the Shore'- Haruki Murakami
"Cause if you take every single person who lacks imagination seriously, there's no end to it," says Oshima, a genderless character from Haruki Murakami's acclaimed new novel, "Kafka on the Shore."Go to a local bookstore, browse the shelves of new fiction and see if Oshima's observation isn't correct.
"African Student Association, past and present"
The African Student Association has been in existence at UB since 1967. With events like Jambo, a Hair and Fashion Show and weekly meetings to discuss happenings in Africa and the United States, they have made their presence felt by educating members and non-members about African culture.ASA owes their existence and their focus to the vision of one man in particular.During the 1960s, Simeon W.
UB's Joyce Collection Ends Major Exhibit
A small room on the fourth floor of Capen Hall houses one of UB's best-kept secrets: a prestigious collection of James Joyce's letters and manuscripts that is the largest in the world.This summer, UB featured "The Centennial of Bloomsday," a James Joyce exhibit in the Poetry and Rare Book Collection Library, which was displayed from June 8 through September 22.For the centennial, UB displayed the full collection, which included Joyce family portraits, early writings before the author's celebrated "Ulysses," scraps of notes on which he would write ideas, and first editions of books such as "Portrait of the Artist," "Exiles," and "Dubliners.""We were very lucky to have the foresight to buy these (artifacts)," said Samuel Slote, the collection's curator.Slote added that the entire UB James Joyce collection is valued at $100 million.According to Slote, when the Joyce items were auctioned off between 1949 and 1950, UB was the only university to place a bid on any of them.Slote said after Joyce died, some of his belongings were recovered, but most were sold in Paris, and because no European universities joined in the bidding process, the Joyce collection easily made its way to UB.However, there is a bit of mystery within UB's Joyce collection.
Local Calls Now Free in Dorms
For students living on-campus, dialing locally has become easier and affordable this semester.Through a free local calling plan provided by AT&T, UB students can now dial just nine and then the number, rather than using an authorization code that charges for local calls.According to Marian Tetreault, senior staff associate for University Residence Halls, 32 percent of students didn't even use the university phone services at all last semester.
A Message Through Silence
Members of UB's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance took a vow of silence Wednesday to highlight their opposition to discrimination, homophobia and violence.From 9 a.m.