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1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Womens Basketball

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1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Womens Basketball

Front row: Gail Wallen, Arlene Norman, Cynthia Anderson (coach), Shirley Goldin, Sue Patterson
Second row: Kathy Maichrzak, Diane McMahon, Sue Glanville, Leslie Simmons, Holly Hite
Third row: Mary Ellen O’Malley, Deborah Widzieczny, Alice Gayles, Kay Richard, Emily O’Neil, Shannon Manry



1970-1971 Buffalo Bulls Women’s Basketball Season

Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
Buffalo  19 – 47 Genesee Community College L Buffalo, NY
Rochester  49 – 46 Buffalo L Rochester, NY
D’Youville College  31 – 37 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
Brockport State  56 – 32 Buffalo L Brockport, NY
St. Bonaventure University  39 – 32 Buffalo L Olean, NY
Buffalo  43 – 26 Buffalo State College W Buffalo, NY
Canisius College  35 – 46 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
Buffalo  37 – 17 D’Youville College W Buffalo, NY
Buffalo  46 – 24 Fredonia State W Buffalo, NY
at New York State Tournament  Unknown Unknown W Unknown
at New York State Tournament  Unknown Unknown L Unknown
FINAL RECORD: 6-5

Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Cynthia Anderson

 

Bayard Rustin on University at Buffalo Campus – 1961

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Bayard Rustin - August 1963 - Library of Congress photo

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, non-violence, and gay rights. Rustin was a leading strategist of the civil rights movement from 1955 to 1968.

On October 27, 1961, he spoke in Norton Hall (now Squire Hall) on the University at Buffalo’s Main Street campus. (see “Rustin Speaking Today in Norton; Folksongs Will Highlight Program” Spectrum Newspaper, 27 October 1961)

Civil Rights – During the event, Rustin discussed civil rights issues.  He clarified the purpose of CORE, the committee on racial equality. It was established, he said, not to alleviate the problems between “the white man and the black man, rather to do something about man’s injustice to his brother.” (see “Core Program Discussed by Rustin at Rally” Spectrum Newspaper, 3 November 1961)

Cold War – Before the Rustin lecture, the U.B. chapter of SANE (the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy) held a demonstration on the steps of Norton Hall condemning Russian nuclear testing. Mr. Rustin spoke briefly on the problem of disarmament.

Three days later, on October 30, 1961, the Soviet Union detonated a 58-megaton yield hydrogen bomb known as Tsar Bomba over northern Russia, in the largest man-made explosion ever.


Rustin Speaking Today in Norton; Folksongs Will Highlight Program Rustin Speaking Today in Norton; Folksongs Will Highlight Program

Bayard Rustin will sing folk songs and speak on “Civil Rights and Non-Violent Mass Action” today at noon in Norton auditorium. Mr. Rustin is currently executive secretary of the War Registers League.  He will also be available for discussion with students and faculty until 12 at a table in a private dining room in Norton.

An early advocate for non-violent mass action for civil rights, Mr. Rustin studied the Gandhi movement in India in 1948-49.  For five years he was advisor and secretary to Martin Luther King. He has traveled widely in Africa, working with Nkrumah in Ghana, Azikiwe in Nigeria, and was arrested 22 times in race struggles. Mr. Rustin had recently returned from three months in Europe where he did preparatory work on the San Francisco-Moscow Walk for Peace.

Traveling under the auspices of the American Friends Service Committee, Mr. Rustin’s appearance at the University is sponsored by the Student Christian Association. Norman Whitney, national director of the peace education section of the American Friends Service Committee will also be available for conversation that morning in the private dining area.

—The Spectrum, October 27, 1961

Core Program Discussed by Rustin at RallyCore Program Discussed
by Rustin at Rally

by Joan Flory

Bayard Rustin, executive secretary of the War Resisters League, and advocate of non-violent mass action for civil rights, spoke last Friday in Norton.

His appearance was sponsored by the Student Christian Association, and the Student Senate Committee, and the Student Senate Committee on Segregation.  A SANE sponsored demonstration on the steps of Norton preceded the lecture. Mr. Rustin spoke briefly on the problem of disarmament.

Richard Fey, vice-president of the Student Senate, read Senate President Les Foshio’s message condemning the Russian nuclear tests. There was also reference to the Soviet threat to explode a 50 megaton bomb. President Foshio was unable to attend the session.

Carl Zietlow, president of the SANE executive committee also addressed the students before the group entered Norton to hear Mr. Rustin speak on “Civil Rights and Non-Violent Mass Action.”

Initially Mr. Rustin clarified the purpose of Core, committee on racial equality. Core was established, he said, not to alleviate the problems between “the white man and the black man, rather to do something about man’s injustice to his brother.”

Core hopes to do away with injustice wherever it exists. First, said Rustin, man must erase the injustice in himself. The meaning of the Negro sit-ins and freedom rides was also discussed. They exist, the civil-right stated, to “make the nation face the facts…we desire integrated schools or no schools.”

When asked about non-violence as a part of their policy, Mr. Rustin said the “non-violence is important to us, for it is the only method capable of challenging and destroying an institution while simultaneously creating a better one.” This type of action was advocated by Gandhi, the Hebrew prophets, and the religious cults of the east.

Commenting on the plight of the Negro, Mr. Rustin recalled a quote from his boyhood: “Son do not worry about the white man, the hunter, being better off than you are. For keeping a man in the gutter you must sit on him, and you are in the gutter too.”

A question period followed in which the speaker elaborated on the civil rights issue in the south, the outbreak of violence, and the conditions prevalent in Harlem schools.

—The Spectrum, November 3, 1961

1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

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1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball

The 1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls basketball season was Mal Eiken’s 10th year and last season as head coach of the basketball Bulls.  On February 7, 1956, he announced that it would be his last year in Buffalo.  After 10 seasons, he was heading back to his native Minnesota to enter into private business.

Although graduation took a heavy toll on the 1955-1956 team, the undersized Bulls surprised many.  One of the highlights in the successful season was a 70-66 upset win over a towering Akron squad. (see “UB Defeats Akron, 70-66, for 12th Victory of Cage Season” Buffalo Courier-Express, 18 February 1956)

It was hoped that the win over Akron would propel the Bulls into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament. The NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 small-school teams playing in a single-elimination format.  Unfortunately, the NAIA invite never came.

The Bulls finished the season 17-3.  Mal Eiken’s career record at Buffalo (1946-1956) ended at 140 won and 73 lost for a .657 winning percentage.

For more information on basketball at the University at Buffalo, visit the UB Sports History Collection website.


1955-1956 Buffalo Bulls Basketball Season

Date Home Team Score Visiting Team W-L-T Location
12/1/1955 Brockport State 57 – 65 Buffalo W Brockport, NY
12/3/1955 Cornell University 83 – 73 Buffalo L Ithaca, NY
12/7/1955 Buffalo 83 – 72 Hobart W Buffalo, NY
12/10/1955 Alfred University 78 – 80 Buffalo W Alfred, NY
12/14/1955 Buffalo 66 – 46 Buffalo State College W Buffalo, NY
12/16/1955 St. Lawrence University 82 – 68 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY
1/6/1956 Buffalo 74 – 88 Cortland State L Buffalo, NY
1/9/1956 Buffalo 73 – 44 Toronto W Buffalo, NY
1/11/1956 Buffalo 77 – 63 Puerto Rico W Buffalo, NY
1/13/1956 Buffalo 65 – 66 Colgate University L Buffalo, NY
1/18/1956 Buffalo 68 – 60 Brockport State W Buffalo, NY
2/4/1956 Buffalo 67 – 65 Western Ontario W Buffalo, NY
2/10/1956 R.P.I. 67 – 58 Buffalo W Troy, NY
2/12/1956 Buffalo 98 – 61 McMaster University W Buffalo, NY
2/17/1956 Buffalo 70 – 66 Akron W Buffalo, NY
2/22/1956 Hobart 46 – 50 Buffalo W Geneva, NY
2/25/1956 Rochester 71 – 73 Buffalo W Rochester, NY
2/28/1956 Western Reserve 86 – 88 Buffalo W Cleveland, OH
3/1/1956 Buffalo 86 – 60 Alfred University W Buffalo, NY
3/3/1956 Buffalo State College 68 – 58 Buffalo W Buffalo, NY

FINAL RECORD: 17-3
Home Court: Clark Memorial Gymnasium
Coach: Malcolm S. Eiken

CE-2-1956

UB Defeats Akron, 70-66,
for 12th Victory of Cage Season

Annable And Levitt Star For Buffalo

The University of Buffalo basketball team won one for its coach, the retiring Mal Eiken, as it nipped towering Akron, 70-66, in a tingler last night in Clark Gymnasium.

Bill Annable, senior center from Middleport, played the game of his career to help make the Bulls’ record 12-3. He made 18 points and swept the boards against opponents three and four inches taller. Next highest scorer for UB was Kurt Lang, with 17 before going out on fouls with five minutes to play.

A most significant contribution was that of Dave Levitt who came off the bench for a 12-point night. During the final 1:50 Levitt dribbled magically and went six for six from the free throw line. Akron, coming in with a 17-2 mark, was led by Dick Ondecker, a clever forward, with 16, and sharpshooting Joe Wood, with 15.

UB trailed 6-0 against Akron’s zone and was down 11-3 when Art Cholewinski tapped a rebound. Annable followed suit, Lang hit two free throws and Chuck Daniels found the mark with a jump. The Bulls went on to a 38-34 advantage at halftime.

Zippers Rally

Akron, which closed the gap to one point in the second period, called time when trailing 57-47. and closed in again on Wood’s leap and Larry Ondecker’s two free throws. The Zippers had abandoned the zone by this time.

The Bulls slashed the man-for-man setup with drives off the post by Daniels, two by Lang and another by Roy Fowler, with only Wood’s side push shot as an answer.

Akron rallied a bit later on a push by Johnny Economou and a jump by Wood, but the Bulls protected the ball well to hold their margin the rest of the way.

The victory enhanced UB’s chances of competing in the NAIA regionals next month. An invitation would be a fitting climax to Eiken’s career. He will leave UB in June.

 

Buffalo Courier-Express, February 18, 1956

Duke Ellington in Buffalo, NY – 1943

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Duke Ellington in Buffalo, NY - 1943On Friday, February 19, 1943, the 22nd annual University of Buffalo Junior Prom took place at the Hotel Statler main ballroom in downtown Buffalo, NY.

Duke Ellington and his orchestra were the musical entertainment for the event.

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. In 1943, he was one of the most popular musicians of the day.

At the time, he was considered the most outstanding musical figure to ever appear at the U.B. prom.

Due to war time conditions and a travel ban on pleasure driving, formal dress for the prom was optional.

For details, see “Duke Ellington To Play For Jr Prom” Buffalo Bee, 29 January 1943. and “Memorable Jr. Prom Features Queen, Duke” Buffalo Bee, 26 February 1943.

The Buffalo Bee is a part of the University at Buffalo Student Newspapers, 1921-1950 digital collection.