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And the Winner is…

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Ben ShawUB student, Ben Shaw, a senior mechanical engineering major, is the winner of the UB Libraries’ 2014 Oscar Contest! We received 218 entries in this year’s contest, and ten students guessed all eight categories correctly.  The ten names were entered in a random drawing, with Shaw’s name selected as the first-place winner.

“I’m very happy that the UB Libraries sponsored this contest,” Shaw said when notified of his prize, a Canon PowerShot A1400 Camera, “because if there are two things I know I love in the world, it’s movies and prizes!”

Shaw, along with second-place winner, UB graduate student, Paul Zwirecki (history), and third-place winner, grad student Brad Hamm (social work), also received a $25 gift card to AMC theatres.

Planning a movie night? The UB Libraries Multimedia Collection offers a wide selection of past Oscar-winning DVDs – check one out soon and pass the popcorn!

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Book & Film of the Month – March 2014

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The University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies are pleased to announce our “Book & Film of the Month” selections for March:

FILM:

Social-Network-3The story of Mark Zuckerberg and his creation of Facebook, the global social network and revolution in personal communications, The Social Network is compelling viewing. Zuckerberg has become the youngest billionaire in history. But for this young entrepreneur, as this film laced with scathing wit and aching sadness vividly illustrates, success can also lead to dramatic personal and legal complications.  Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network was also Roger Ebert’s selection for the best film of the year. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three: Best Adapted   Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. Available in the Silverman Library Multimedia Collection (DVD 2698: PN1997.2 .S63 2011).

BOOK:

WestThe emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the 19th century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the 20th century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last?

Ian Morris’ Why the West Rules-For Now: the patterns of history, and what they reveal about the future is a timely selection reflecting today’s headlines. The book won several literary awards, including the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, and was named as one of the books of the year by Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy,The New York Times, and a number of other newspapers. It has been translated into 13 languages. Available in the Lockwood Library Book Collection (CB251 .M68 2011) and also on circulating Kindle e-readers.

Both selections are part of our 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films initiatives; titles on these lists were chosen by UB faculty and staff members of the Undergraduate Academies Council to reflect the themes of the five Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. Think of them as “unrequired” reading and viewing suggestions.

All 48 Good Books and 48 Good Films are available in the UB Libraries.

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Libraries-Supported Poetry Awards

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The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 7, 2014.

THE FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES UNDERGRADUATE POETRY PRIZE

Sponsored by the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, Office of the Vice Provost of the UB Libraries, and the Friends of the University Libraries. For the best poem or group of poems submitted by a UB undergraduate student. The prize is $200.

Entries should consist of one or more word-processed, double-spaced poems, no more than five pages. The student’s name should not appear on the entries. The typescript with a cover sheet mentioning the name of the prize, the writer’s name, address, e-mail, and telephone number, should be sent to Linda Gould, 227 Capen Hall. 

THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE

Administered by the Poetry Collection with support from the Office of the Vice Provost of the UB Libraries. For the best poem or group of poems submitted by a UB undergraduate or graduate student.  The prize is $200.

Entries should consist of one or more word-processed, double-spaced poems, no more than five pages. The student’s name should not appear on the entries. The typescript with a cover sheet mentioning the name of the prize, the writer’s name, graduate or undergraduate status, address, e-mail, and telephone number, should be sent to Linda Gould, 227 Capen Hall.

THE DAN LIBERTHSON POETRY PRIZE GRADUATE STUDENT PRIZE

Sponsored by the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries for The Academy of American Poets. For the best poem or group of poems submitted by a UB graduate student. The Prize is $100.

The typescript with a cover sheet mentioning the name of the prize, the writer’s name, address, e-mail, and telephone number, should be sent to Linda Gould, 227 Capen Hall.

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UB Libraries Sponsor Oscar Prediction Contest

2014 University Libraries Oscar ContestThe 86th Academy Awards Nominees have been announced!

Did your favorite movie from 2013 get nominated?  Who will win an Oscar?

The University Libraries invite all UB Students to enter our Oscar prediction contest. Guess who the winners will be in our selected categories and you might have a chance to win a Canon PowerShot A1400 Camera!

Entries will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.

One entry per student.

Visit our 2014 University Libraries Oscar Contest page for detailed instructions & rules.