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I very much enjoyed the article on the South Campus and its environs (“Welcome to the neighborhood,” fall 2008). I earned both my degrees on the Main Street campus; to me the South Campus is UB. I was a student who commuted, and my commute was so long that it precluded participation in campus activities. I owe the pleasures of campus life to the homes that directly bordered the campus where my friends had apartments. These homes provided a place where we could relax between classes and talk about courses, professors and ideas. Just the word “Winspear” in your report flooded me with nostalgia.
MSW ’80 & BS ’68
New York, NY
The 2008 UB Bulls football season provided all the action, drama and tension one can dream of. The 1958 team’s story has been chronicled nicely. Now it has come full circle with Turner Gill’s 2008 team being granted a bowl game. The significance of these two teams should not be overlooked. Coach Gill said right after clinching the Eastern Division title, “I just thank God, I thank God. A favor was done here, no question about it.” A favor has been granted. The final script is yet to be determined at this writing, but for now the circle is finally complete. We have come a long way as a university community. Now it’s time to celebrate and to cherish this miracle.
I am proud of my university and grateful for all that it has accomplished, both on the field of play and in the display of conscience and character, in 1958 and today. I am a former UB football player—and a forever UB Bull.
Tom Brill, BS ’82
When the 2008 Bulls football team won the MAC Championship and appeared in the International Bowl, they did so on the 50th anniversary of the remarkable Lambert Cup team. In 1958, UB received a bid to the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, FL, but turned it down when confronted with racial discrimination. To read ESPN’s account of these events, go to sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=buffalo58.
The publisher of Shades of Justice, a 2008 memoir by Paul Krehbiel, MS ’79 & BA ’75, was misstated in our last issue. It is Autumn Leaf Press.
The New York Times looks at communities, such as Buffalo, that have benefited from an influx of refugees, and interviews Mohsen Daghooghi , an Iranian student who rejects the president's suggestion that he or other Iranian students are dangerous.
An article in Politico Magazine about UB alumnus Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed , who was elected president of his native country, quotes Don Grinde who said they discussed the different models of democratic governance, warlordism and religious extremism.
David Schmid tells USA Today that it is not unusual for the president to have a hostile relationship with the press. But Trump's description of the press is unprecedented, he says.