The University at Buffalo's North Campus is not all "doom and gloom," as portrayed in the March 12 article headlined "Alienation U."
No other center of education in Western New York offers the variety and range of services and activities found at UB.
The large number of students and facilities at UB, as well as its size, can make some feel uncomfortable at first. However, we feel that its size and diversity -- there are more than 20 different undergraduate international student clubs alone -- are among UB's strengths.
With the numerous activities put out by the various international clubs, students and other members of the UB community have the unique opportunity to be able to see first-hand what other cultures are about.
The newer buildings on the North Campus are state-of-the-art, people-friendly structures. The Commons, the Student Union, the Center for the Arts and the new Natural Sciences and Mathematics buildings are part of a trend that is moving away from the stoic older buildings and are helping to spice up the campus.
The most beneficial building, in our viewpoint, is the Student Union, which opened in the summer of 1992. For the first time since the 1980s, the students at UB had a central building where student governments and organizations could be located. This has made it easier for interactions to occur between students and organizations. This has definitely helped to bring a feeling of unity to the students.
The vast lawns give the campus a country-like atmosphere. The forests surrounding the Ellicott Complex help soothe the students living there, and Lake LaSalle, with magnificent Baird Point, is serene. The campus is beautiful and offers a great location for panoramic photography. The Amherst bike path tracing Ellicott Creek, the tennis courts and racquetball and handball courts ringing the Ellicott Complex, and the facilities at Alumni Arena offer a great fitness setting.
When we first came to the university, our freshman year was spent sorting through the various pieces of information that we gathered during our summer freshmen orientation. Both of us quickly found our places at UB. We cannot ascertain whether our involvement was a result of our outspoken personalities or the impressions made on us by student organizations, but we do know that because of our involvement we have never felt alienated. If students do not participate in campus events and feel alienated, they only have themselves to blame.
NAVIN K. JAIN
and ANN L. WHITE
University at Buffalo