ELMS 1985

Volume 74

State University College at Buffalo

Just one of the many A student passes by one of the most recognizable build– ings on the Buffa lo State campus. Rockwell Hall, cur– rently under renovation, has had several generations of students pass through its halls since its dedication in 1928.

A Bengal break Most students found it difficult to re– main indoors during Bengal Pause. The noontime siestas on Tuesday and Thursday provided the campus com– mun ity a chance to unwind from classes and talk to a friend or two.



Hanging in the· game room One of the more popular spots on campus was the bowling alley/game room. The numerous video games, foosball and pool tables as well as bowling alleys helped to break up the monotony of. the books.

Where the boys are An individual flair in dress seemed to encompass the cottege as mOdeled by this group of rugby players. The latest styles from New York were ever popping out around campus as stu– dents returning from back east brought samples with them. Ballet, co-ed style As individual tastes go, Buff State stu– dents varied to the extremes. A cooed dance course seemed to satisfy the dreams of this Barishnikov look-alike. Watch the birdie Recreation became an important as– pect of the student's life on and off campus. During midterms and finals, students especiaUy needed an outlet to release the anxiety of hours spent in the library. Here, a student gets in– structed on the finer points of badmin– ton.

Style With Flare I t was a case of mistaken identity, or more realisti– cally, of unknown identity. Students at Buffalo State arrived on campus at the beginning of Sep– temO'er with an unwritten code in mind, that of nonconformity. This unique style, with the only fostered rules of being yourself, became the predominant force around campus. Individuality in dress, pasttimes and study led to a bond among students of allow– ing each other the freedoms that they desired.

Seeping the scene An abundance of both local and na– tional bands were presented through– out the year at various locations about campus . Nearly every type of music was heard echoing through sse's halls. A show by Graham Parker inter– ested this group of fans during last year's busy concert schedule.

Set for Action T he social life on the Buffalo State cam– pus became diversified from the very be– ginning of the fall semester. The school's unique location in the hub of the city gave students the opportunities to experience a variety of activities. On campus, the more studious people could be found in the Butler Library or Fire– side lounge which provided a quiet and com– fortable atmosphere to study. When classes finished and the books were packed away, the Pub was the place to be. Other campus refreshers, including The Parlour, Cookery, andPlaza helped bring the student's bodies a bit closer. A revitalized Elmwood strip enticed the crowd to spend time and money in various shops and bars. It seemed there never a dull moment on or near the BSC

A fountain of knowledge

A "different" use of the Butler fountain is utilized by this studious person. As the semester unfolded, less room be– came available for study as students crammed the library and lounges pre– paring for exams. Taking aim A wide range of recreational courses and clubs gave students the opportu· nity to gain insights and pleasure of "their" interests , Here , an archer takes aim at his hobby.

Tennis everyone Tennis remained to be a popular fad at State among students and faculty alike This superimposed photo shows one stu~ dents view of the crowded courts beside the New Gym. Taking in the essentials The~e two students received the two es– sentials of college life simultaneously, notes and food. The Cookery remained the top spot for congestion on campus as student~ preparing for all-OWhters, or sim– ply craving Some munchieS; stocked up.





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That's entertainment Before the curtain rises, the make-up must be added. Casting Hall brought a taste of culture to the Buffalo Slate campus with several plays throughout the year. " Co-education", a play written by Stale graduate Rick Jenkins, opened the theatrical season with rave re– views

Students Fro Around the World

cultural mixture was ever present on campus when'students from "",r;""" states and even countries fl'\rm<.rl

What resulted was a give and take atmosphere. The various student organizations brought speakers from their homelands, parties with an international flavor and an ideal inner world that helped reduce culture shock. In return, a highly diversified and inter– esting social and academic atmosphere arose. Many new Sights were witnessed such as a Viet– namese student trying Buffalo's own chicken wings for the first time; and a local student receiving help in reading a Spanish textbook from a naturally Spanish– speaking foreign student. It was obviously a mutually beneficial situation.

A world apart

For many international students, . life at Buff State has opened up a new world. The differ– ences between cultures and locations led to a transfer of opinions and customs among the campus community.

Float Internationale Participants of this years inter· national students' homecom– ing float enjoyed themselves prior to the parade's start. An increase in students from for– eign lands has created a more visible group around campus.

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A lways active with people and happen– ings, the BSe campus hosted a very inspired and busy environment. Activity was eV,er present, whether it was buming the midnight oil cramming for a test or letting loose at one of the ever present parties or nightspots. Organizational and college sponsored affairs such as happy hours, plays, musi– cal guests and specialized galas like the Good Times Festival and Homecoming evened out the everyday life on campus of classes, jobs and other involvements. The division of commuters and campus dwell– ers remained intact, yet both sides began to develop an understanding of the com- Those cruel shoes

mon interests between the two groups. Quad parties helped, but the general alli– ance grew from the various organizations that students from all over were active in. The experience of the Student Union's mad rush during Ber;)gal Pause, relaxing in the Pub with a few friends after class, or simply studying with someone new in the library provided a socially accessible at– mosphere for the students to learn and grow. There was always something new, something different, something to be ex– plored, discovered; the creative channels of over ten thousand students helped to contribute to the diversity of campus life. Everyone's "every day" was different

Play ball rher favorite team on prepared to ct'l,ee a Tau sister. Alarge is this Alpha Sl~~or the 3·day Home· campus lurn ou made this year's fes– coming events helming success. Var– tivitias an ?~erw nd fraternities, as well joLlS sororitieS ~s organizations p~rtici­ as other camP de weekend parties Ig apoint nee rapped for being Buffalo Slata, 0 school, has turned a strictly a par Y resent students have neW leaf. The Parious with their stud– beCome. mo re t SbY todays educational ies due In par d high tuition costs, requirements a~r makes a point duro Here, a professsstudents take notes. ing hiS lecture a . Stress n ated in the para ' ~nd alumni events.

A longstanding tradition at State has been the students defiance of the tra– ditional. Whether it's an avant garde film festival, a New Wave concert or.a fresh way of dress, the sse student was usually at the front of the line. The different ·styles of modern footwear were modeled in front of the Student Union.

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There were occasions where the campus community came together. A record number of entrants for the Home– coming parade gave the students a dose of their self-acclaimed theme, Spir– it Galore. The football team's victory over Division III powerhouse, Mercy– herst, became the climax to a fun-filled weekend. Another such event, the annual Dance Marathon, united a student effort in manpower and financial aid. Nearly every campus organization, local store and private contributor worked hand In hand to make the 30 hours seem a bit shorter for the dancers and profitable for the beneficiary, the Leukemia Society. It was a year that saw a national elec– tion which students stressed by getting other students to vote. NYPIRG, the statewide public interest group, run by interested students, organized a cam– paign in signing unregistered eligible vot– ers up. Their hard work paid off in the realization of 3,000 new voters for the November election. - In all, the economic and social pres– sures of the 1980's appeared to catch up with "tomorrow's leaders", today's students. A much more serious attitude remained in the classroom, club meeting room, and even the cafeteria. The good times were still to be had, but the obliga– tions and consequences were also tak– en into account. This world awareness, national concern and college interest made this year's students unique, infor– mative and full of variety. 0

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from anyone else's. The unpredictability of one day to another while in school is quite surprising. For one thing, with an enrollment the size of Buffalo State's, one is meeting new people all the time, and from these new people come new insights and experiences. It was no dif– ferent for State's students. Different outlooks were made known by way of discussion and, primarily, de– bate. An ill-effect of such debates could be seen in the classrooms as well as on any campus walkway. Arguments could be heard in dorms and in parking lots, as today's students took the pressing is– sues and questioned them head on. It was by this transfer of opinions, from people of varying walks in life, that made Buffalo State a unique place to learn. However,_ this urban campus was not all work with no pleasure. Social events, at times in the area of five to six a week, allowed the students to practice up on their social etiquette. One such presti– gious event, occurring in the Perry Quad, featured a "Get Leid in the Quad" extravaganza. It certainly was no place for black tie and tails, but an appropriate excuse for students to get reacquainted with some old friends and an opportunity to meet new ones. Various happenings, most on the milder side, ran throughout the year. Guest speakers, such as Dr. Ruth and her sexual repertoir, to as different a ce– lebrity as Walter Mondale's son, Ted, who spoke to students in the Student Union's lobby for obvious reasons, in– formed students on today's issues. When it was all said and done, though, it became apparent that the Buf– falo State student was out for his or her personal interests. The individualistic qualities were brought out in full. For the first time in quite some time, several events taking place simultaneously ~:m campus were successful. The Hallow– een parties (like the one in the Social Hall and the one in the Assembly hall and the one in the Pub ...) drew varying sized crowds, but no one complained of hav– ing a poor time. Costumed workers around campus just added to the festive mood.


Home of the Bengals In this arti stic photo, the campus' track and name are superimposed to give the photographer's indi– vidualistic point of view. Besides the numerous art courses and degree programs offered at sse, many students enjoyed to work on free-lance projects for their hobbies. A sun bum Known for its abundance of snowfall, Buffalo has become the butt of many severe winter weather jokes throughout the country. Howev~r, :t~e climate on campus is not always that of a Siberian-settle– ment. Students were able to enjoy a late Indian sum– mer into the beginning of November which provided scenes like these throughout the various quads. Let's go crazy When left to themselves, students became produc– tive, serious and down to earth . But when the chanc'e~ came to let loose, nearly all joined in on the fun. Here the sse Homecoming crowd went wild over mini ~t ure footballs being dispersed during half– time activities.

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Homecoming Celebration A Weekend Filled With Fun and Cheer

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T here was a nervous hush that came over the crowd in the stands at Coyer Field during this year's Homecoming game against Mercyhurst. The Bengals were down by 5 points with time running out. Nobody has really giv– en Buffalo State much of a chance against the powerful Lakers. The fans were beginning to relinquish the thoughts of victory and were about to concede a loss at the hands of a superior team. It seemed the 1984 ver– sion of the annual were destined to fail as those other Homecorning games in the past. Suddenly, a wave of emotion lifted the BCS fans from their seats. The Bengals special tearns' had broken through the Mercyhurst defense to block a punt and recover it in their endzone for the win– ning touchdown. The crowd of over 2,000 came to their feet in appreciation of a job well done, not only on the foot– ball field but also behina the scenes of this year's Homecoming festivities. The excitement and electricity were in the air since mid-week as everyone rea-

noon with the traditional Pep Rally, spon– sored by Student Lrte. The psyche build– up was just starting, though. Later in the 'day a TGIF party was held to continue the strongly enthusiastic atmosphere which made this year's events all the better. The Inter-Residence Council and FSA participated by holding a dinner for alumni and parents that evening. After dinner, Casting Hall's production of "Co– Education" premiered in the Upton Hall auditorium in front of a packed house. Meanwhile, WBNY-FM; Buff State's ra– dio station, celebrated its anniversary with a nighttime bash in the Student Un– ion's Social Hall, lasting into the early hours of the morning. By Saturday, Homecorning was in full motion and promised non-stop fun for those who refused to let their hangovers get the best of them. The annual parade began the day's festivities with entrants as well as spectators arriving as early as 10 arn . Many clubs, organizations and dorm paraders had stayed up all night to finish their floats by the morning's dead-

died themselves for Buffalo State's 1984 Homecorning. Students flocked to this year's gala occasion to not only take a break from the rigors of college academ– ics, but to also show support and back– ing for their school. The theme of the festivities was de– cided upon " Spirit Galore" which stu– dents found easy to adapt to. Everyone enjoyed themselves as they partied and whooped it up on behalf of the college. Students, as well as faculty and ad– ministration, joined in the fun to help make the weekend such a hit. Atten– dance surpassed that of any previous year which gave an overall picture of the improved morale and pride of the stu– dents for thernselves and for BSC. The agenda bragged a veritable host of activities and happenings to kick off and keep the three-day festivities rolling. Numerous organizations associated with State sponsored each part of the carnpuswide celebration. It became possible for BSC goers to choose from a wide array of things to do. The weekend began on Friday after-

A royal crowning Part of the halftime activities during the Bengals Homecoming was the annual crowning of the royal couple. His year's winners were Pam Pendl and Andrew De 18 Roche, The two finalists were picked out of a record number of entrants who displayed excellence in academics, campus participation and personal interviews, A crushing defense The 8engals defensive line were practically impen– etrable against their Homecoming opponents, the Mercyherst Lakers. Besides allowing only 10 pOints for the entire game, the defense won the game for the 8engals by blocking a punt and recovering it for a touchdown.

Final preparations

A little bit of dixie

The Union quad exploded with color and song at Friday's events. A.dixieland band performed for the younger generation as alumni also looked on . Completing the stage was the introduction of the football team's members and cheering squads.

This Bengal cheerleader put the finishing touches on their float just prior to the start of the parade, The orange and black wave caught on to produce a highly spirit– ed weekend.

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Bengal in a cloud Alpha Sigma Alpha's heavenly float por– trayed the Bengal spirit inan afterlife man· ner. This Bengal's morlal escort helped spread the "spirit" throughout the parade and afternoon.

Kickline cutles

Another cheering squad besides the cheer– leaders were the Ben Gals, a kickline unit that performed throughout the season during half– time festivities . Here , two members are shown in their Homecoming float during the parade.

Bengal fever A crowd of over 2,000 fans showed up for this year's Homecoming game . Enthusiasm, loyally and a party mood were all sparked with the an– tics of this year's Billy Bengal.

Neuman victory yell This year's parade lured a number of fl oats , including man Hall. RA's and residents all i to make best. Wh,en ~;alurdall ar rived, it was . celebrate and tet efforts and spir it known . The victims The sign says it ait in games final result the weekend's the popular "m loslbus ters" motto porated it into a wide cheer. On the i the footba! 1

Homecoming continued line. An early morning fog lifted to reveal brilliant sunshine which remained through the day. Perry Hall's float was chosen as the one which gave the best interpretation of the weekend's theme. Throughout the parade route, the dorm celebrants could be heard cheering the loudest and showing the greatest amount of school spirit. A tailgate party pre-empted the foot– ball game scheduled for later that after– noon. Revelers downed a few more beers and carried on with the spirit that had been snowballing since the Rpre– viousday. The football game against the Mercyhurst Lakers proved as exciting as its finish with both teams locked in a heated battle. The surprising and enjoy– able finish led to a 12-10 victory for BSC and yet another reason for its fans to celebrate. During the halftime show, Buffalo's City Honors band performed for the crowd. In addition, the naming of the Homecoming court took place as were the crowning of the King and Queen. 1984's Homecoming King was Andrew C. De la Roche and Pamela Pendle was named his queen. The Post-Game party, immediately following the game, celebrated the Ben– gals Homecoming victory, as did a con- ' gratulatory reception held later for the

proved themright last-second victory Mercyhersl.

tured a day-long fest of food , beverages and entertainment including live music. Dorm competitions were held in such fields as volleyball , egg tosses and tug– of-wars. Porter Hall received the trophy, donated by Tower 2, for winning the Block Party dorm competition. And so, Buffalo State's 1984 Home– coming, which had started off fast– paced and had gained momentum throughout its three-day span, closed as a success and left everyone looking for– ward to Homecoming '85.

players and their families. Concluding the day's activities was the much at– tended Victory Dance. Partiers once again demonstrated their skills of social– izing by dancing and drinking through the start of Sunday morning. BSG's Homecoming day was now history, but the celebration continued. After a slow start Sunday, with many students still passed out in bed, a Conti– nental Breakfast sponsored by FSA served the few early risers. With mid-day now fleeting. the Tower'S presented their contribution to the Homecoming cele– bration. The first annual BlockParty fea-

Registration Headaches A Bureaucratic Welcome Back

Checking out The Assembly Hall became the final pit Slop for students where cards and forms were filled out and signed.

All smiles After an average hour and a half wait in line, this student is relieved when he reo ceived his course card.

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ome have referred to it as the next worst thing to finals. Others simply shudder when they hear the words. But whatever the reaction, BSC 's students must endure the long process of manual registration. The endurance test begins , as most students know from their first encounter with the system during Freshmen summer orientation , with pre-registration during the previous semester. Freshmen have the misfor– tune of having the last pick of only a handfull of remaining open classes . However, whether you're a senior or a first-year student , it is very sel– dom that anyone had received the ex– act courses they desired. Hope still remains that a needed class will be available during manual registration , held only days before the semester begins. This year's series of days for manual registration were held in the new gym as in previous years. During these days, students wit– ness a sea of undergrad humanity breaking from one line to another as classes are opened and closed wi thin minutes. Course add and drop cards are seen waving in the air, ready to be used when an opportune time be– comes available for an improvement in a student's schedule. Almost as quickly, though, the realization of a worsening schedule is felt by the stu– dent. It's time to get out of the gym and regroup . The line outside the gym has now increased to a few hundred people and you now understand what col– lege life is all about. Without any further improvement of your schedule, school begins and you discover that somehow during manual registration you dropped three classes. As your intro to under– water basketweaving class comes to a close, you regain the necessary strength to begin the attempt of force registering into a class . The lecture halls are filled to ca– pacity with some students taking to the aisleways with their own lawn chairs. Conversations with the profes– sor become a bidding war with fellow students also attempting to force into the class . Miraculously you pilfer a presigned approval slip to enter the class and your worries are· over. Sorry, but it's not that easy. There 's still Drop/Add day the following week.

No way but up It was meant to give students a last-chance to change their schedules, but it turned into a hectic race before the lines closed. These students made their way half-way up the Student Union's main stair– case in an attempt to finalize class schedule prob– lems during drop day.

Almost there These students finally arrived in the Social Hall where registration blues were coming to an end. Lines like these were seen throughout the the two day affair.

Final frustrations Once the head of the line was in sight, students' probfems just began. Finding appropriate classes to add became a game of chance as students were forced to drop unneeded courses the previous Tues– day. Here, a portion of the crowd waits in hope their new classes will become an adequate substitute.

The last resort Oelaware Lake, behind the art gal– lery, became commuters last avail– able haven to park their cars. Al– though the long walk to campus didn't excite drivers, the relief of not receiving a ticket far outweighed their momentary discomlort.

On the Road Again 8 Out of 10 Students Commute for an Education

T here seemed to be a two dimen– sional view of Buffalo State by its students. When the resident stu– dents thought of the campus, visions of dorm rooms, cafeteria food and the same faces came to mind. However, if you ask the majority of BSCers what their fondest memories of college life were, stories of rush hour traffic, high gas prices and the agonizing venture of finding an open parking spot would be mentioned during the conver– sation. Why the two versions of the same place? It's simple. The second group mentioned were the most popu-

lous yet often forgotten students of the school, the commuters. Coming from places called Lacka– wanna, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda and Depew, these early risers lacked the same benefits of being able to sleep un– til 15 minutes before class. Due in part by long distances to travel for an early morning class, or the fact that all parking lots were filled by 9:30 AM, the full-time commuter student was up by 6 and out the door by 7. Once on campus, dorm dwellers,off– campus residents and commuters blended into a large melting pot, one

looking like the other. But by 3 in the afternoon, a sudden exodus had taken place with students rushing to their cars on their way to an evening job. It's at this point where many resernblance of the groups were shattered. For while the 10,000 plus students could say without guilt that they all belonged, at least in part, to an educational institution called Buffalo State College, commuters left the campus behind. They also made col– lege only a part of their lives. Even the parking lot insanity couldn't lessen the joy of freedom each felt. ...

Adding to the problems Parking problems on campus caused some students to leave their cars at any available clearing in order to make class on time. Public Safety ficials took exception to their disre– garded signs and led a blitz of traffic tickets on illegally parked cars.

Waiting for a ride Not all commuters were fortunate enough to have their own cars to take to school. Students waiting for rides or buses could be found wait– ing in various sports throughout cam- pus including in the lower lobby of Ketchum Hall. Follow the leader The Kensington Expressway was continually crammed with cars dur– ing peak hours, primarily when stu– dents would be arriving at or lea.ving school. Buffalo's miserable winter weather added to the nasty driving conditions. Returning home After a full day of classes, commuter students had to contend with rush hour traffic on their way home. Jammed highway lanes were a com– mon sight at all campus exits during the past school year.

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The walls are crumbling down As worked continued inside Rockwell Hall's auditorium, the once elegant showcase resembled that of a WWII bomb site. Once complet– ed, the new auditorium will house a more complete and modern learning center.

Strike one SSC's President O. Bruce Johnstone officially began the renovation by ceremoni– ally sledgehammering one of the walls. A full program including an.appearance by Assemblyman William Hoyt marked the auspicious oc– casion .


Campus Renaissance Continues

Rockwell Gets a Facelift

T he $1 0 million renovation of Rock– well Hall began at 12:30 p.m., on Thursday September 20, 1984 in the lobby of the 53 year-old building. BSC President D. Bruce Johnstone and Assemb lyman Wil liam B. Hoyt took sledge hammers to the auditorium wall, symbolizing the beginning of the "Rock– well Renaissance." Hoyt was instrumental in persuading

the New York State Legislature to ap– prove the funding necessary to save the deteriorating landmark building, which is the frontispiece of the col ege. Both Hoyt and Johnstone spoke briefly, as did Thomas Yaeger of Kideney, Smith, Fitz– gerald and Laping, the architects for the restoration project. There was a display of the architectur– al plans for the restored auditorium

which included an orchestra pit and add– ed dressing rooms. A dance stage, mu– sic library, and lounges, as well as ren– ovated classrooms and offices provid– ing quarters for the Burchfield Art Center and the Art Conservation Department were also indicated in the drawings. Music for the gala reception was pro– vided by college musicians.

Rockwell demolition After years of attempting to ascertain monetary back– ing , Rockwell Hall became the target for a full-scale renovation this past fall. Slow removal The balcony steps of the old auditorium have been destroyed in plans of creat– ing a new seating area . Here, workersput the finish– ing touches on the balco– ny's demolition.

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The Student" Union This is how the Union looks today after a complete reno ovation nearly 20 years ago. The building has become the campus' center for activity over the years.

An early look This is what the Student Union looked like during the mid·1950's. Otherbuild– ings standing at the time were the old library. Cassety, Perry and Bishop Halls . Campus renovation The original Union (center) was the campus ' center point in the early 1950·s. Construction had just been completed on the original library. far right. The cost of the original Union was $1 .5 million.



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The Student Onion Buffalo State's Nerve Center

W hether you're a commuter, dorm student oroff·campus resident, you've no doubt been in the Stu· dent Union during your travels at BSC. The building itself is of average size but the services provided within are as im· portant to every student as any class· room. The $3 million structure was built around the old Student Union for which ground was broken on December 6, 1948, and a cornerstone laid on May 5, 1949. The old Union was dedicated on October 27, 1950. As college enrollment increased and student activities out· grew the old Union, ground was broken

for the new building on October 21, 1965. The main entrance opens into a large area from which a hanging staircase as· cends to .the upper two floors. It con· tains 10 activity rooms of various sizes and offices for Union staff and the U.S.G. On the third floor is the Fireside Lounge, featuring its namesake, a huge fireplace, reading and listening rooms as well as the Cornmuter Services office. Also on this floor are the Assembly and Social Halls for student activities of vary· ing sizes. The Social Hall is two stories high, has a stage, dressing rooms, and its own

kitchen facilities. On the outside perim' eter of the two halls, more lounging areas have been set aside including campus·line television sets where view· ers may watch a variety of shows includ· ing campus shows, such as Bengal Magazine and Buffalo State Update. The second floor offers an information desk, the cafeteria, banking services and the school's radio station. In addi· tion, the new pool hall/laundry facilities, Fitness Food/Ice Cream stand and game room/bowling alleys are also 10' cated on this level. The most visited spot on campus, the Pub, is on this floor as is the ELMS office.



Browsing over With the arrival of a new semester, came the deluge of student book buyers. During the rest 01 the semester, the Bookstore offered students many other materials such as magazines, school supplies and other campus paraphenalia.

Student Onion \ Continued ~ The lower level contains the Campus Post Office and the Bookstore, Students • find their text book needs as well as other school supplies here, Besides the many services and con– veniencesoffered in the building, the Student Union has become the campus' focal point of activity, Meeting with friends, arranging a luncheon date with an old buddy or selling your wares were common occurrences, During Bengal Pause, campus organizations would get together in one of the fourth floor meet– ing rooms to discuss their group's plans and to simply talk to each other, But the major use of the Union for all students was its source of relaxation be– tween classes, Lounge areas on the main floor were found to be nearly al– ways full of students conversing amongst each other, grabbing a quick bite or taking a midday snooze, Even at night, the Union was bustling with some sort of activity, BSC's Student Union, tru-

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Having a few The Pub remains the top among Union facilities in dance. The alcoholic loung vided students with a place away from books and the r school's responsibilities. Asking a question The newly remodeled infor desk supplied important fa questioning BSe students. S more Rob Weinstein was o~ to answer any inquiries duri~ weekend shift last year


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Money magic Modern technology has given all of us many conve– niences. Here, graduate student Jennifer Page makes a withdrawal at one of the Union's automatic banking teUers.

Nutrition center One of the marked changes in the Union this past semester included the remodeled Fit· ness FOOd. Customers appeared to enjoy the improvements 'and experienced staff mem– bers including junior, Ed Blonski.

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Edward H. Butler Library A Look at Its Past and Present

W hen most students enter the Ed– ward H. Butler, Sr. Library, their thoughts usually entail term pa– pers or last-minute studying for an up– coming test. The history of the building, all of the many changes and great ex– pansion, never enters their minds. The library, a part of an historically ex– pansive college, became a reality on– May 16, 1952. Construction had begun several years earlier on what is now the Reference and Circulation rooms. At that time, the T-shaped, two story build– ing was all that was appropriated for the much smaller school. Prior to this time, Rockwell Hall had been used to house the 40,000 books the school owned. The librarian at the time, Frances Hepinstall, recruited about 2,000 students and faculty to help move the books at a rate of about 5,000 per hour. In addition to the library, other build– ings were erected on campus including

Home Economics Department from 1919-1938, costing $1.165 million. Three buildings previously completed were dedicated at this time also. Neu– mann Hall, a dormitory named for the late Dr. George Bradford Neumann, one time dean of men, was opened at a cost of $653,000. As mentioned, Bishop and Perry Halls were also dedicated at this time though they were completed back in 1959. With the influx of money and available through its 40 years on campus. Bottom picture shows how the library first looked under original construction in the early 1950's. Picture inset is the original building fully constructed. This room remains somewhat intact today as the card cata– log/circulation room. The balcony remains today used as a microform viewing area. Opposite page: The library being expanded in April of 1967. The original library was left as a central core for the renovation. Picture inset shows further-construc– tion in August of the same year. Bottom picture is rebuilt reference room. 40 years in the making The Butler Library has had a unique history

Perry and Bishop Halls. The two dormi– tories were expected to attract more students to the school as is what oc– cured during the following decade. By the time the 1960's arrived, the college was in a brick and mortar phase. The culmination of the phase took place during "Dedication Week," April 24,28, 1963. Ceremonies began on Apri! 24, with the laying of the cornerstones of eight buildings completed or under con– struction in a 10-year expansion pro– gram begun in 1953 at a cost of $12,653,000. The new buildings included: Upton Hall, named after the school's third prin– cipal, Daniel Sherman Upton, at a cost of $3.35 million; the New Gym, costing $1.8 million; three unfinished buildings; the New Science Building ($2.23 million), the high -rise dormitory (Porter Hall) which cost $2 million; and Caudell Hall, the Home Economics Building named after Myrtle Viola Caudell, head of the

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Cross-reference Senior Rhudine Seward and graduate student Lois 0 Young make use of the Ii: ~rar'y's large card catalog in finding references to work from .. The But ler Library contains over 250,000 vol– ~mes in numerous sub– Jects.

library continued ~ ~assroom space, student enrollment ;) creased dramatically. In September cf 1958, total enrollment was 2,879 aompared to 6,814 a little over a de c - de later in 1969. The college had out– grown Its present library. The SUNY system coordinated a new bUilding program in which $3 1 . 5 ~lllion was allotted for further cons trUC - . Ion. In February of 1967, the $2.4 mil– lion Communication Center was dedi– cated and two and a half years later, the long-awaited enlargement of Butler Library was completed. August, 1969 Was the official date the three-story building opened. It was dedicated on April 14, 1970 while Dr. Lucian E pal– mieri was its director. The renovated building was built in four quadrants wrapped around a cen– tral core which was the old library· A SpeCial subject or group of subjects

assigned to each quadrant. The ~~~onditioned, 450,000 square-foot li– was designed to accommodate ~~7 500,000 volumes directly avail– bl to users on open shelves. a ~ost of the operating. facilities are te d on the first floor, Including the loea t . I t· d f r enee departmen , wcu a Ion e- re e I·b I artm ent , inter! rary oan, reserve p k room, current periodicals and mi- bOO I · d· .. form s technica services IVISlon, cro' II t·d · d staff offices (a con alne In the :~me floor space of the original library). The remaining space IS filled with nu– meroUs facilities Including an outdoor race at the second floor level. The ter rked improvement and additional rnam that the Butler Library received ~os since been enjoyed by thousands of Bse students and others in the com- munity.


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~earching through the files Along with the thousands of w~itten material contained within the library's walls, students may view micro– forms of past newspaper and magazine articles and the ErUe documents for Criminal_Justice major~ . Snowy terrace The typical Buffalo winter prC:hibits library users from uSing the outside terrace during part of the year, but the warmer months finds students studying in the open air.

Copy cat Every student knows one trip to the library is usually not enough to take the nec– essary amount of notes. Graduate student Melinda Foran prepares some mate– rial to .take home with her.

Faun.tain of knowledge The first ye.ar anniversary of the Butler Ice fountain had an unfortunate turn of events this past fall. The all– weather art work had plumbing problems as well as structural difficulties.

After many alterations and expansion, the current ref– erence room is located in t.he same area the original library stood .

Campus Life 29

Handicapped Students The Overlooked Minority on Campus

T he following article was written by Mark Mann, a Buffalo State student confined to a wheelchair. When the Elms staff approached him to relate his unique experiences on campus, Mark was reluctant to do so. He eventually agreed to write his story on the condition that he was not speaking for the two other handicapped individuals on campus. He a/so stressed that the feature was intend– ed to benefit future handicapped stu– dents at esc.

when it is cleared off, there is usually a car parked illegally over it. But that you'll find not only in winter, but anytime of the year. Speaking of ramps, there are two of them in the Student Union that are very steep. There are certain specifications that a ramp must be and the two ramps in the Union far from meet those qualifi– cations. Sometimes I think that the only reason they are in there is for decoration. There are other inconsistencies in the College's thinking, too. Only two floors in my dorm (Tower 1) are deSignated ac– cessible. Why not make all the floors accessible in every building? They say that the reason these floors are accessible is because you can get into the bathroom on a level entrance, where as the other bathrooms have little "curbs" to get over just to go to the bathroom. This being the case, then, the Class– room Building is inaccessible too, be– cause it has those same little curbs to get over to go into the building, it is also inaccessible. There is actually not a little curb there, but a big one. If I wanted to enter the building from the back, I COUldn't do it unless someone else was around. Let's see a ramp back there, huh fellas. To all this, I must give the administra-

his has been quite a year for me. Many'ipteresting things happened that opened my mind. The fore– oSt of these eye openers was the andicapped accessibility issue. hrough this I have learned to stand up r what I believe in. I've never been one to really speak out n anything. But this time, it must be one . There are two situations that must e dealt with when talking about the ac– essibility factor on the Buffalo State ampus. First, there is the problem that there is ally no way to get into Cassety, Chase nd Bishop Halls if you're a person in a heelchair. It's all steps. Cassety Hall is where The Record of– es are and I happen to write for The ecord. It's time somebody did some– ing about it like move the facilities to nother building or build a ramp. Oh, I [got. Our administration is too cheap do something like put a ramp in those uildings. Bishop Hall is no "knight in shining rmor" either. I'm a journalism student d the curriculum offices are located in is hall. Whenever I want to see my ad– isor or something, I'd have to get my– elf upstairs or, if I'm lucky enough to ave somebody nearby, I ask them for elp. I wouldn't have to get up the sec– nd set of stairs because the advisor ould be nice enough to come down to reet me. But, that isn't the point. This uilding should be accessible. Another building of major importance Chase Hall, the Public Safety building. 1ever had to get in there for something, OY, would I be in trouble. This brings me to the second situa– on. Besides the fact that Cassety, Bish– p and Chase Halls are inaccessible to egin with, the problem is compounded y the fact that getting around in the inter is " hell." Granted, we had a blizzard this winter, ut the main wheelchair routes were not hoveled or cleared long after the bliz– ard, so that one using a wheelchair ouldn't easily get from point A to point . There is a ramp over by the New Gym, ut during the winter that, too, goes un– hoveled. And on those rare occasions

An uphill battle One of the most commonly over– looked ramps on campus are the two which lead directly into the Union's cafeteria. For a handi– capped student, the steep angle makes it a near impossibility to climb without the aid of others. A necessary aid An electrical door has provided help to handicapped students en· tering the Communications Build· ing for years. Further installations would increase accessibility to handicapped students through· out campus.

Stating his point Mark Mann decided that enough was enough when he wrote about the handicap accessibility problems around campus. He wished his ~iew- . points would be taken under serious conSideration by the powers-that-be.

tion's side of the story. They say that this campus is very accessible, under the law. Well, let us be the first one to tell you that in this case the law doesn't cut " " - . The law isn't the one that has to deal with the campus every day for two se– mesters a year, and sometimes over the summer. They come in maybe once a year and "evaluate" the place. The peo-. pie that should be eV.illuating this place ~re the people that go here, not some ureaucrat with red-tape. But Who can blame the law when our ~wn .Buffalo State College Public Safety fflclals don't know the system. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the "escort ser-

vice" that is provided. Well, one day dur– ing the winter months I called Public Safety to ask them if someone could come by and take me through the snow because I hado a hard time doing it my– self. All they told me was, "I'm sorry, sir. We don't do that kind of escorting." Well, after I and a few authority figures in my dorm got done with them, they do it now. There are still many things that I haven't mentioned, but will hopefully be taken care of by future USG Senators and Presidents. This campus is inaccessible, don't let anybody fool you. And if you don't be– lieve mil, just go out sometime and I guarantee that sooner or later you're go-

ing to see one of us struggleto get into a building. Then that may open your eyes and also make you "stand up for what you believe in."

Limited pavement During the winter months, walkways become clogged with snow and ice multiplying the problems for disabled students. Though this year's blizzard didn't help matters, the slush is near· Iy constant during mild winters. A natural obstruction Even after the snow melted, stairs such as these caused inaccessibility for those in wheelchairs. The Stu· dent Union provided ramps for en· trance but this was not the case in Bishop, Cassety and Chase Halls.

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Experimental Protoe,,1 City of To""nn·ow l

Beach driving Daytona Beach gave an interesting al– ternative to driving around a parking lot looking for a space. Here, it was commonplace to drive and park right on the beach.

Spring Break '85 The Annual Pilgrimage To The South

This view of Spaceship was the newest edition Disney empire. students visited the

was in for a shock as BSC headed south. Unfortunately, there were many for whom Florida would have to wait. For those students, spring break provided a perfect opportunity to put in some extra hours at work, catch up on some much needed sleep or just relax and get to– gether with family and friends. For the seniors, spring break 85 was their last chance as students to get away with friends and become momen– tary "sun bums." But no matter how the BSC popula– tion chose to spend their spring break, it was a memorable time for all.

A fter three months of hard work, a blizzard and numerous term pa– pers most BSC students were mor61 than ready for a vacation by the time late March rolled around. Plans were being made as far back as Decem– ber for the vacation to beat all ... Spring Break. Those who went to Florida spent most of the second semester saving their pennies, sacrificing nights out and avoiding all unnecessary expenses in anticipation of the sun and sand in places like Daytona and Fort Lauder– dale. Posters monopolized the BSC bul– letin boards with great deals to the Sun– shine State via bus, train, and jet. Florida

Justice for All

Y ou're driving home after eight hours of work and the radio announcer has just told you the temperature is 85 degrees in Daytona Beach. As your thoughts turn to your friend who is vacationing in Fort Lauderdale, you accidentally miss the turn into your driveway and run over the mailbox. As you attempt to stake the pole back

into the ground, the mud oozes over your ankles and onto the two year old Nikes you've been meaning to get rid of. Among the spilled letters that have been knocked over on the soggy ground is a postcard from your vacationing friend . Just before you're ready to tear it to shreds, you notice the last line. After rereading the card, you begin to smirk. Even the thunder and lightning which is rolling in doesn't seem as bad . . .

14A'-I' N6'A GREAT TIME IN THE Flo Pi'll SUN. TI\€ \E:MPS ~ '+APR~; SEeN IN TH-E. 00'5 '/985~ ALL W-ecK. \N 6 A LL wag. To ~SNE-'i -.No J2..LD TUES~- EPCoT WAS A p-\OTI : . TOO BAD WE '..lAD TO~ L.EAVE EAR.L,/ - 6C5TA ~ BAD CASE. oF-SoN i fb 'SO NOJ6/ !

DuSk in Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, Florida was a popular spot for BSe students this spring break . The Button, Elba Room and Penrod's on the strip became packed with college students from all over the country as well as Buffalo Daytona hotspot Many sse students spent their spring break in Daytona, Florida, Most hotels along the beach came fully equipped with a pool giving everyone a choice Cinderellas Castle This famous castle was the backdrop for some fun filled days for students who visited the Magic Kingdom. The magical tourist spot is located in Disney World in Orlando, Florida.



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The Final Push

T he last couple of weeks of a se– mester usually trigger great anxiety among students. Finals anxiety. The two words themselves can send waves of panic through your gut, fol– lowed by excessive amounts of nervous sweating. But there's no real cause to fear since upperclass BSe students have learned to deal with the finals syn– drome. For the more resourceful student, studying has begun two weeks to a month prior to the test. At first, they will get together with classmates or a dis– cussion group and talk over the material in the Pub. Three weeks before the exam you and your friends will move your study group to the Bengal Burger. When the countdown has reached two weeks, it's time to pair-off and Xerox each other's

notes. Finally, the dreaded week is upon you. You start to study intensely on your own. As the hour draws closer, the caffeine pills begin to dwindle in your medicine cabinet. Those eight hours of sleep would be so greatly appreciated but re– main a thing of the past. The night before the big exam it's time to cram. Industrial size sodas are bought beforehand and stay chilled in the refrig– erator at the ready. Text notes, lecture comments and various other study aids are arranged in an orderly fashion on the kitchen table. But all is for naught when you are rudely awakened, notebook still in hand, twenty minutes after your exam was over. You now take your first lesson in stu– dent-teacher communication.

Fireside studying A popular spot among co-eds was the comfortable Fireside Lounge during finals' week. When studying became too much, the all-night crammers could close their books and catch a few winks.


Relaxing reading

Making marks

At times it becarne necessary to mix studying with sleep. Stu– dents used many objects for pillows such as coats, knap– sacks and fellow students.

Resourceful BSe students worked throughout the semes– ter in staying up with their read– ing. Even after tormenting themselves in last minute cram– ming, true procrastinating BSe students found themselves be– hind in chapters and sleep once it was time for final ex– ams.

Term paper,bl ues Besides the 1Inal exa:u~: students had to encdil19 ter semes ter ~~enes te rm papers . IllrTl on like these were COt feW

dUring the laS weeks of the year.

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