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People etc.

Published: October 7, 2004

Breast cancer brunch to be held

The facts are harrowing:

  • Every three minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2004, it is estimated that about 216,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed, along with 59,390 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. Forty-thousand women are expected to die from the disease this year.

  • Breast cancer is the leading cancer among white and African-American women.

  • The incidence of breast cancer in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today.

  • Eighty-five percent of women who develop breast cancer have no known family history of the disease.

To increase awareness and educate members of the UB community on the topics of breast cancer and testicular cancer, the fifth annual Breast Cancer Brunch will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 in the 10th floor dining room of Goodyear Hall, South Campus.

The cost is $2 and all proceeds will be donated to the WHYME (Where Healing Yourself Means Everything) House Foundation, Inc.

The brunch is sponsored by Health Education and Human Services, a division of Sub-Board I.

For further information, contact Health Education and Human Services at 829-2584.

Scholarships for study in Germany available

Student scholarships for study and research in Germany are available from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the academic year 2005-06.

The fellowships carry a monthly stipend of 715 to 975 Euros ($872-$1,190), and include tuition, fees and a travel allowance. Applicants in the arts, humanities and social sciences should have a good command of German—the equivalent at minimum of two years of college instruction. At least one UB applicant is funded each year.

Graduating seniors may apply for a Study Scholarship to study at the German university of their choice from Oct. 1, 2005 to July 31, 2006.

Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from all areas of the university—except medicine, dentistry and pharmacy—may apply for a Graduate Scholarship for Study/Research to support one to 10 months of study and/or research in Germany between Aug. 1, 2005 and July 31, 2006.

Graduate students may be at any point in their studies.

To apply, review the information and application forms available at, then contact Patricia Mazon, Department of History, at 645-2181, ext. 584 or at The application must be submitted through Mazon.

The campus application deadline is Oct. 18 for students in music/performance/fine arts, and Oct. 25 for all others.

Feldman to read from latest book

Irving Feldman, a poet whose work has brought him recognition as a MacArthur Fellow and SUNY Distinguished Professor, will read from his latest book at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 in 250 Baird Hall, North Campus.

The reading by Feldman from "Collected Poems, 1954-2004" (Schocken Books, New York, 2004) will be free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, it is one of more than 50 inaugural events being held in October in conjunction with the investiture of John B. Simpson as UB's 14th president on Oct. 15.

A UB faculty member since 1964, Feldman plans to retire in January.

The book's publisher refers to him as "a master chronicler of our collective experience and an overlooked treasure of American poetry." The body of his work, it adds, is "singular in its lyric, visionary, even prophetic intensity; its extravagant wit; its powerful storytelling; and its variety of voices and range of feeling—playful, tender, ardent, biting, enthralled."...Your city shall not burn...

"Collected Poems, 1954-2004" is the first book to include all of Feldman's work and embraces his broad range of styles and subject matter—many with Jewish themes—from the Coney Island of his childhood to Bohemian postwar New York to his contemporaries in the literary and plastic arts.

Here are the narrative, dramatic and personal lyrics that have won him awards from the Academy of American Poets, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill, Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, among others.

Feldman's work appears regularly in such publications as the Partisan Review, the Yale Review, Poetry Daily and The Atlantic Monthly.

His collections of poetry include "Beautiful False Things: Poems" (Grove Press, 2000); "The Life and Letters" (1994), a finalist for the Poets' Prize; "All of Us Here" (1986), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; "Leaping Clear" (1976) and "The Pripet Marshes" (1965), both finalists for the National Book Award, and "Works and Days" (1961).

CFA to present "Spinning Into Butter"

The Center for the Arts and the Department of Theatre & Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences will present "Spinning Into Butter" Oct. 14-17 and 21-24 in the Black Box Theatre in the CFA, North Campus.

Performances of Rebecca Gilman's award-winning play, which will be one of more than 50 inaugural events being held during October in conjunction with the investiture of John B. Simpson as UB's 14th president, will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Directed by Maria S. Horne, associate professor of theatre and dance, the play also is being presented in conjunction with the International Artistic & Cultural Exchange (IACE) Program of the Department of Theatre & Dance. Founded in 1994, IACE fosters a better understanding of multicultural heritages by bringing artists of multicultural background from around the world to UB and the community.

Set on a Vermont college campus, "Spinning Into Butter" explores the dangers of both racism and "political correctness" in today's American universities.

IACE has been invited to present this production of "Spinning Into Butter" at the International Theatre Festival of the Université de Liège, Belgium, in February 2005. The students in this production have been selected to be part of Horne's Creative Research Lab, and have been conducting extensive research on the subject of race in American universities.

Under the sponsorship of Uday Sukhatme, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and in collaboration with the National Conference for Community and Justice, the 26th Annual Fall Youth Leadership Conference will focus on "Spinning Into Butter." As part of IACE's community outreach, about 125 high school students will convene with the actors Oct 21 on the North Campus to examine their own attitudes and perceptions through dialogue and experiential activities.This event will bring young people of diverse backgrounds together to increase awareness of diversity in lives, schools and communities.

Tickets for "Spinning Into Butter" are $15 for general admission and $6 for students. The performance at 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 will be free. Seating is limited. Tickets may be obtained at the CFA box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster locations.

For more information call 645-ARTS.

Architect Alsop to speak

His avant-garde and strikingly odd-looking buildings have made Will Alsop something of a maverick on the British architectural scene.

He once was dubbed "architecture's Mr. Blobby" by the press because his buildings feature eclectic, ad-hoc designs that result in a riot of bright colors, blobby pods and spindly supports. Not only do these structures bear no resemblance to their environments, they often don't look like buildings at all.

Alsop will present a slide lecture of his work at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Crosby Hall, South Campus. The talk, sponsored by the School of Architecture and Planning, is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow. The event will be one of more than 50 inaugural events being held during October in conjunction with the investiture of John B. Simpson as UB's 14th president.

Alsop is one of a group of British architects who studied in the Pop Art era and were encouraged to look beyond existing buildings for inspiration. He says he has derived inspiration for his designs from pop music, science fiction films and even comic books.

His greeny-hued design for London's $8 million Peckham Library and Media Centre, for instance, is notable in part for the giant red tongue on its roof. Whereas many architects attempt to blend their designs into their buildings' neighborhood environs, the nifty, jollied-up centre sits in a run-down corner of London, where it is the height of incongruity. Dotty or not, it won him Britain's 2000 Stirling Prize in architecture.

His winning, but controversial, design for the "Fourth Grace," an 18-story residential building on Liverpool's waterfront, has been called "stunning" and "ugly." The other "Three Graces"—the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building—have overlooked the Mersey River for more than a century, symbolizing the city's international reputation and commercial success. Alsop's "Fourth Grace" is a massive, melon-shaped structure whose edifice is a continuous garden of light, flowing wavelike along the entire length of the waterfront site.

Unlike most architects, Alsop puts his ideas into a painting first, working from the outside in, rather than the other way around, then determines if his painted structure could actually be built. He consults the local community about his proposed buildings before construction begins—"a democratic approach," wrote one critic, "at odds with the 'vanguard' image modernists often ascribe to their social role."

Despite his British citizenship, until now, nearly all Alsop's big commissions have been in mainland Europe. He designed government offices for Marseilles, for instance, which are painted a garish blue and attract one million visitors a year, despite the fact that they are the French equivalent of a county hall.

Tickets for "Rent" now on sale

Tickets for the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning landmark American musical "Rent," which will come to the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, for two performances on Feb. 22 and 23, are now on sale at the CFA box office and at all Ticketmaster locations.

The CFA box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are $49, $43 and $37.

Inspired by Puccini's "La Boheme," "Rent" is a joyous, breathtaking and often bittersweet musical that celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today's world.

Considered by many to be the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in a decade, "Rent" has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway and is taking the country by storm.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on Feb. 13, 1996, to ecstatic reviews. It rapidly became a sold-out hit. The show moved to Broadway on April 29, 1996, and continues to play to standing-room-only audiences. On Feb. 10, 2004, "Rent" surpassed "Fiddler on the Roof" to become the 10th longest running show in Broadway history. The most honored musical since "A Chorus Line" in 1976, "Rent" is only the fifth musical to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award.

PSS to hold mentoring meeting

Professional staff members interested in either being a mentor or protégé may attend brown-bag lunch informational meetings to kick off the Professional Staff Senate Mentoring Program. The meetings are scheduled for noon on Oct. 13 in the Student Union Assembly Hall, 330 Student Union, North Campus and Oct. 14 in the Academy Room in the lower level of the Health Sciences Library, Abbott Hall, South Campus.

Staff members who already have served as mentors and protégés will discuss their mentoring experiences. Members of the PSS' Mentoring Committee will answer questions, as well as discuss the program in further detail.

Actual mentoring partnerships will begin in the spring semester.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Janiece Kiedrowski at or 645-2944, ext. 261.

Next Meet the Author set

Neil deGrasse Tyson, coauthor of "Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution," will give a reading from his book at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the theater in Allen Hall, South Campus.

The reading is being presented by WBFO 88.7FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate, as part of the station's "Meet the Author" series.

The reading also will be broadcast live on WBFO.

The event will be free and open to the public. Bert Gambini, WBFO music director, will serve as host. A book signing will take place immediately following the reading and light refreshments will be served.

"Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution," written by Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, explores cosmic science's stunning new insights into the formation and evolution of our universe—of the cosmos, of galaxies and galaxy clusters, of stars within galaxies, of planets that orbit those stars and of different forms of life that take us back to the first three seconds and forward through 3 billion years of life on earth to today's search for life on other planets.

Homecoming events planned

The UB Alumni Association will present a series of activities during Homecoming Week 2004 to be held Tuesday through Oct. 16.

Among them will be a tent party prior to the homecoming football game in which the UB Bulls will take on the Red Hawks of Miami University of Ohio, defending Mid-American Conference champions, at 1:30 p.m Oct. 16 in UB Stadium, North Campus. The tent party, which will begin at 11:30 a.m., will feature autograph opportunities with former Buffalo Bill Kent Hull and members of the College Football Hall of Fame Road Show.

Activities on Oct. 15 will include the second annual Pillars Society Luncheon honoring alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. The luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will be held in the UB Anderson Gallery on Martha Jackson Place. Special recognition will be given to members of the Class of 1954.

Following the luncheon, members of the society will march in the procession at the investiture of John B. Simpson as UB's 14th president at 3 p.m. in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts, North Campus. Leading the group will be Marion Simms, Ed.B.'51, and Charles M. Fogel, M.A.'38, B.A.'35. Other alumni marching in the ceremony will include those representing chapters of the Alumni Association.

Along with the Division of Athletics, the Alumni Association will cosponsor UB's annual Midnight Mania event kicking off the first practices of the 2004-05 Bulls men's and women's basketball teams. The program, starting at 11 p.m. Oct. 15 in Alumni Arena, North Campus, will include games, music and other activities.

Other events during Homecoming Week will include a presentation by Lauren Fix, B.S. '86, one of the leading automotive experts in the country and a frequent guest on national television and cable network shows, that will open the UB at Sunrise Downtown speaker series at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Hyatt Regency, 2 Fountain Plaza. The cost will be $12 per person, $10 per person for members of the UB Alumni Association. Reservations must be made by calling 829-2608 at least five days prior to the talk.

At noon on Wednesday, Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss "Our Fascination with the Evil Witch" as part of the UB at Noon for Distinguished Alumni series. His presentation will follow a lunch at noon in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus. The cost will be $14 for Alumni Association members and $16 for non-members.

CFA to present David Sedaris

The Center for the Arts will present humorist David Sedaris at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Mainstage theater in the CFA, North Campus.

This event is sponsored by WBFO 88.7 FM, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

The great skill with which Sedaris slices through euphemisms and political correctness proves that he is a master of satire. Everywhere he goes, Sedaris delights his audience with his irreverent style and great humor. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have since made him one of National Public Radio's most popular and humorous commentators.

In addition to his commentaries on "Morning Edition," Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers "Barrel Fever" and "Holidays on Ice," as well as the collections of personal essays, "Naked" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day," which immediately became a national bestseller. His most recent book, titled "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," was released on June 1.

Sedaris was named by TIME magazine as Humorist of the Year 2001, and in September 2001 he became the third recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Tickets for David Sedaris are $28 and are available at the CFA box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster locations.

For more information, call 645-ARTS.

"Roaring 20s" to be theme of ball

The Center for the Arts will celebrate its 10th anniversary season with "The Roaring 20s," the sixth annual masquerade ball presented by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The event, to be held on Oct. 30 in the atrium of the CFA, North Campus, will be one of more than 50 inaugural events being held during October in conjunction with the investiture of John B. Simpson as UB's 14th president.

Simpson and Katherine L. Gower are honorary chairs. Marilyn Ciancio and Carol Greiner are event chairs. Proceeds from the celebration will benefit the introduction of children to the live performing arts through the center's Schooltime Transportation Fund, Dance Outreach Residency and Explore the Arts Summer Program.

Stefan Mychajliw of WGRZ-TV and Sue O'Neill of Star 102.5 will host the event, the theme of which will be "The Roaring 20s." The CFA stages and backstage areas will be transformed into a 1920s speakeasy. Costumes or creative black tie are encouraged, but not required. Costumes will be judged for prizes.

A special performance presented by the Zodiaque Dance Company in the Department of Theatre & Dance will be a highlight of the evening's festivities. Patrons will dance to the music of Lance Diamond. The event will include a live auction and silent and theme-tray auctions featuring furniture, theater tickets, original art, Scanlon's jewelry, autographed memorabilia, weekend get-a-way packages and much more.

Tickets for the event are $65 per person and may be obtained by calling 645-6774. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on the Drama Theatre stage with an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and silent and theme-tray auctions. The event will move into the Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. for dinner, desserts, cash bar and auctions. The menu, prepared by Daffodils, includes carving, pasta, stir-fry, potato bar and dessert stations.