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Spring 2012

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in my OPINION

Michael Gelen, JD ’88

Fill in the blank: You know you went to UB if...

Your love of mazes started when you lived at the Ellicott Complex.

David Swan, BA ’81
Greensboro, N.C.

You are still wearing the 2008 MAC Champions sweatshirt.

*David Ariel, BA ’10
New York, N.Y.

You stalk your co-workers for their parking spot.

Ben Loeffert, BS ’10
Buffalo, N.Y.

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A bluebird to you is a bus.

Dana Louttit, JD ’86
Washington, D.C.

You remember how many people gathered in the area outside the old student union (Norton Hall, now Squire) on the first warm, sunny day in the spring.

Leonard Goerss, BS ’77
North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Names like Red Jacket, Ellicott and Richmond make you think of housing, not history!

Sarah Ruchalski, BA ’06
Buffalo, N.Y.

You still have the same down parka you bought for the first winter you spent there because the spine at the North Campus was like a wind tunnel!

*Tom Trinchera, MLS ’96 & BA ’94
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

You went to the “Library” for a drink (not to study or read). And you remember negotiating to get wings for $.05 at Miners Ten.

Michael Williams, BS ’77 & AAS ’77
Buffalo, N.Y.

You still can’t feel your toes.

Larry Rosenthal, JD ’07 &
MBA ’07
Brooklyn, N.Y.

You excel at solving complex multiple-choice questions, meaning very involved, “shades of gray” questions.

*Jeffrey Raugh, BS ’95
Williamsville, N.Y.

Your favorite lunch was Buffalo wings at the local bar or deli.

Marilyn Gross, MS ’79
Downingtown, Pa.

You started wearing your snow boots in October.

Chuck Schwartz, AT
Southampton, N.Y.

You remember traveling the underground tunnels on the Main Street campus between academic buildings with the wind whipping the snow above, and sat on the grass in the springtime under tall trees by Hayes Hall, the squirrels scampering about as you read your assignments. If you remember this, you also know you’re old.

Karyn Vampotic, JD ’84, EdM ’75 & BA ’72
Oro Valley, Ariz.

You know how to work a bus system like a professional.

Dakotah Forell, UB biomedical sciences major
Buffalo, N.Y.

Playing volleyball anywhere but a mud pit seems just a bit too sterile.

Robert Wilder, BFA ’02
Buffalo, N.Y.

You went to Chemistry 101 at 8 a.m. in shorts and sandals, and walked out at 9 a.m. to three inches of snow.

Vicki Yeager Caravelli, BS ’74
Palatine, Ill.

You were involved in an epic snowball fight with the dormitory next door. One winter storm evening in the late ’80s or early ’90s, Richmond (where I lived for my UB education) went against Red Jacket for a snowball fight of the ages. Must have been a good 100 or more students out there tossing snowballs from all directions. The sky was filled with snowballs, and it was almost impossible not to get hit. I, of course, thought I was going to be the one to slap several Red Jacket foes down, only to get nailed myself a few times and one of them square in the forehead. Great times, great memories!

Joseph Zaraszczak, MS ’94 & BS ’92
Stephens City, Va.

*Asterisk indicates UB Alumni Association member.

UB in the News

"Finish in 4" in the national spotlight

8/24/2016 The Time Magazine article offers the program as an example of innovation among higher ed to improve on-time graduation rates.

UB science-fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor wins Hugo Award

8/20/2016 NPR interviews Nnedi Okorafor, associate professor of English, who dicusses her prize-winning novella, "Binti."

Does your baby cry a lot? Then it's more likely to be fat

8/19/2016 England's Daily Mail reports on a UB study that found that babies that get upset more easily and take longer to calm down may be at higher risk for obesity.

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