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Spectrum’s recap of 59th Grammy Awards


On a night full of fair performances, the Grammy Awards took a political turn toward when A Tribe Called Quest took a stand against President Donald Trump.

The hip-hop group, joined by Grammy-nominated singer Anderson.Paak, began their performance on Sunday night with a medley of classic hits. After a pleasant mixture of hip-hop, legendary rapper Busta Rhymes joined the performers with a mission to shut the show down.


The Weeknd aims to dazzle

11/30/16 9:03pm | By ANDREW SAFE

Since his debut mixtape in 2011, Abel Tesfaye has created a place for himself among pop music’s most popular stars. The Weeknd has invariably watered down his unique style and replaced it with one more tailored for the radio along his journey to stardom. But that doesn’t mean this album isn’t unique.


The Hypnic Jerks chase stardom on their own terms

11/21/16 9:50am | By MICHAEL AKELSON

Lydia Macaluso was sitting in her Psychology 101 class freshman year when the teacher started lecturing the class about hypnic jerks, an involuntary twitch in your sleep.

“She was like, ‘today we’re gonna talk about hypnic jerks,’ and I said ‘the Hypnic Jerks, wouldn’t that be a great name for a band?’” Lydia said.


From misunderstood to modeling

11/15/16 12:51pm

Growing up, I always felt the need to express myself through the way I dressed.

In the eighth grade, I switched schools and thought it was time for a new look.

I began to wear Air Jordan sneakers and the reactions I got from my classmates made me feel like an absolute king. I kept buying more and more shoes from Plato’s Closet and one pair of shoes turned into a collection.


November movie guide

11/12/16 11:32am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

A handful of decent-looking movies – none of which look even remotely as scary as the 2016 Presidential Election – are coming out throughout the rest of November and the beginning of December, ranging from a desperate “Harry Potter” spinoff to an attempt to make Disney inclusive again (they’ll still get a lot of hate no matter how hard they tried).


UB students weigh in on seeking political refuge in Canada

11/07/16 11:56am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Dustin Perez has thought about fleeing to Canada after this year’s presidential election.

A senior psychology and business major, Perez favors neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump. He doesn’t feel he would be welcomed in the country if Trump were elected because he is a minority, and doesn’t plan to vote for Clinton because he doesn’t “trust her words.”

Whatever the result, Perez is not the only student who’s considered leaving. The idea of fleeing to Canada has been considered a means of coping with either candidate’s win and it is a possible option for UB students.


Donald Trump is a real-life supervillain

11/07/16 11:52am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

While many have compared Donald Trump to a cartoon character, they should have said comic book character – in particular, Lex Luthor, supervillain and arch nemesis of Superman who in the comics launches a successful bid for the US presidency despite his past misdeeds.


Social structure: UB students discuss where they get their election news

11/07/16 11:50am | By Max Kalnitz

The 2016 election has been extremely reliant on the media to address candidate platforms as well as campaign slip-ups.

From leaked emails showing government cover-ups to scandalous tapes released, each candidate has had his or her campaign and poll popularity affected by the media.

Millennials and college students in general make up an important number of voters this year.


Lady Gaga’s Joanne album ditches the decadence and loses its charm

11/01/16 2:15pm | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

In the three years since her last solo album, the extravagant Artpop, Lady Gaga has reinvented herself.

Along with establishing her acting on television by winning a Golden Globe for her performance in “American Horror Story” – Gaga has been nominated for an Academy Award for her song “Til It Happens to You” and released an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett.


The Grapevine

The grapevine: Your weekly collection of Buffalo’s sonic selections

11/01/16 2:11pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Elvis Costello & The Imposters - Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Music legend Elvis Costello is taking a quick stop through Buffalo. The English singer-songwriter is most famous for new wave albums such as My Aim Is True, This Year’s Model and Armed Forces.

His pioneer punk rock/new-wave status not only led to success at award shows but has also led to his worldwide appreciation.


Behind the scenes of UB’s Haunted Union

10/30/16 9:40pm | By Miranda Albini

The Haunted Union is a transformation of our everyday space into a spooky, terrifying maze.

“It was actually scarier than I thought it would be,” said Austin Nagelhout, a sophomore media study major. “I thought since it was a low-budget school event it wouldn’t be that fun, but I really enjoyed it.”