BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In line with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ban on state-funded travel to the state of Indiana, University at Buffalo officials say they’re canceling upcoming games there.
UB’s tennis and softball teams each had upcoming games at Ball State University, but will no longer play the games at Ball State’s campus. UB’s Assistant Athletic Director Jon Fuller says they will attempt to instead find neutral ground to play the games this coming weekend. On Thursday, Fuller said the tennis match had to be completely cancelled because a neutral court wasn’t located.
Fuller says the cancellation is in line with Cuomo’s Executive Order banning all state travel which isn’t deemed essential or necessary to travel to Indiana.
Fuller said UB will continue to support Cuomo’s order and follow it wherever possible.
UB put out a statement saying in light of the executive order and in solidarity with its intent to promote fairness, UB employees and students are prohibited from conducting state funded or state-sponsored travel to the state of Indiana while the ban remains in effect.
Students News 4 talked to were mostly supportive. UB student Claudio Sinchi is all for it.
“We have to boycott the law that they passed, it’s discriminatory,” Sinchi said. “I feel it’s a step in the right direction because that law opens up for discrimination against a lot of people.”
Anthony Lopez also doesn’t feel it’s right to discriminate.
“But at the same time, they had nothing to do with it,” Lopez said. “If it’s the way he’s trying to get his message across, I think it’ll be effective but at the same time, these teams have nothing to do with the issue, so I don’t feel it’s right to punish them at the same time.”
UB Club Sports Coordinator Jane Truesdell is surprised at speed this is all happening.
“I’m surprised because I didn’t think that our generation and our society that we live in could move so quickly and react so fast to something that people often don’t really talk about, so I’m kind of proud I go to a school that doesn’t really accept that and embraces the LGBT community,” Truesdell said.
UB’s Athletic Director will also not be traveling to Indiana to watch this weekend’s Final Four NCAA Basketball games, according to a UB spokesman.