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UB President William R. Greiner frequently used humor to season his speech to the voting faculty on Tuesday -- even cracking a joke about a lawsuit against the university.

While showing his audience the drawings for what will be the fifth housing project built on the North Campus in five years, on Skinnersville Road, Greiner plugged his public-radio call-in show.

"The first time I ever got sued off of my radio show was over this project," Greiner said, drawing laughter.

He was referring to a lawsuit filed by Rita Forman, who owns a condominium near the site of the Skinnersville project in Amherst and who wants to block its construction.

Before suing, she criticized the project during Greiner's September show. Forman so far has failed in her effort to temporarily restrain construction work at the site.

For his part, Greiner said he hopes changing the name of the project to Creekside Village will forestall any future legal problems.

Rosemary G. Feal, a professor of Spanish, has been named chairwoman of the modern languages and literatures department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Peal, the senior editor of Latin American Literary Review, received her doctorate in Spanish from UB in 1984 and joined the university's faculty in 1999. She is a Buffalo native.

The Zodiaque Dance Company will present a performance titled "Wine, Women and Dance" at 8 p.m. today in the drama theater of the Center for the Arts.

The performance will be repeated Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the same time and place. For information, visit or call 645-ARTS.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $12 for all others.

The University Council, an advisory panel of civic leaders and one UB student, will meet at 10 a.m. Friday in the Flint Village Community Room on the North Campus.

Greiner and Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi are scheduled to make reports, and Kerry S. Grant, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, will discuss the evaluation of teachers.


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