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Berlin street artists turn swastikas into art

03/15/18 12:06pm | By MAX KALNITZ

BERLIN ­­–– Ibo Omari is a swastika hunter.

He travels Germany, searching for swastikas sprayed on walls and obliterates them.

He’s removed the symbol –– once an ancient sign of luck and prosperity, now synonymous with Nazis –– from playgrounds, backyards, public transportation buildings and elevators.


Buy it, use it, break it, fix it

03/15/18 2:36am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

If it was broke, it could be fixed in the Student Union on Monday.

Close to 30 volunteers repaired small appliances and educated students on managing waste at the Points of Intervention tour in the SU. Repair stations were scattered throughout the SU lobby, along with educational tables for DIY-home goods, DIY-sewing kits and proper wire rolling instructions. The UB-hosted tour runs with the Post Landfill Action Network.


Local SPCA president speaks at UB

03/07/18 8:47pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Law school students discussed their concerns, with puppy mills, in O’Brian Hall on Monday.

The discussion, hosted by the law school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, featured Gary Willoughby, the CEO and president of Erie County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


UB club gets cryptic

03/07/18 8:30pm | By WANLY CHEN

Cryptocurrency –– digitalized money or assets –– has a unique stance in the financial market: its value will not be backed by any banks or government.

With a current frenzy for cryptocurrency, UB Blockchains & Cryptocurrency Club is bringing interested students together. Members of the club are taught cryptocurrency’s financial impact and the technology behind how the currency obtains its value.


A glimpse into Berlin's eco fashion scene

03/05/18 12:36am | By ELIZABETH ROTH

BERLIN – From outside, the former industrial power station looks blocky and unappealing. Inside, it teems with life as vines cling to the walls and ceilings, and packs of 30-something fashionistas and 60-something fashion insiders comb makeshift stands for Berlin’s next big trend.


International love

03/01/18 4:26am | By MAX KALNITZ

Love is a universal language, but everyone views and forms relationships in different ways. UB’s international student body represents more than 110 countries, each with its own dating culture.

Many Asian countries have traditions and values when it comes to dating, marriage and sex and more often than not, domestic students have misconceptions about how international students date.


Battle-bots, roll out


Forget about Optimus Prime, Megatron and Starscream.

UB engineers made Cybertron a reality in the middle of the Student Union.

Ben Coleman, a sophomore electrical engineering major, represented the robotics department during this year’s Bot Wars competition. Part of Engineering Week, Bot Wars is an annual battle of student metallic creations.


Abbott Hall boasts rich history of medicine, architecture

02/22/18 5:11am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

The library at Abbott Hall is still in operation over a third of a century since it opened, preserving its history in its collection and architecture. The building features vintage woodwork study areas, like the Austin Flint Reading Room’s carved interior lit up by chandeliers. The library houses students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as well as dental students and others.


Art of a revolution

02/19/18 1:17am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

The Albright-Knox rewrote history on Saturday, celebrating black female artists.

The gallery opened its latest exhibit this weekend, “We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85.” The exhibit, curated by the Brooklyn Museum, highlights over 200 pieces that encompass a time where black women artists were often underscored, devalued or overlooked.


The talk

02/12/18 2:34am | By WANLY CHEN

When Sankara Daly told his dad he wasn’t sexually active, he was ready for an open discussion about sex. Instead, his father handed him a book.

Parents typically don’t have a calendar with a date circled for the talk, but many parents anxiously anticipate this interaction. This conversation varies among families, but can cover a range of topics from sexually transmitted infections (STI) to consensual sex.


Anal-ize this

02/12/18 2:21am | By ERIK TINGUE

For Sofia Rapatsouleas, analingus is a routine part of sex.

Analingus is the oral sex practice where a person stimulates another’s anus by use of their mouth, including lips, tongue or teeth.

Forty-four of 356 students polled indicated they have participated in analingus during sex, according to The Spectrum’s Sex Survey.


Diving into deepfakes

02/12/18 2:13am | By HARUKA KOSUGI

You could be the star of a porno without even knowing it as the result of an alarming new trend that has raised legal and ethical concerns in the U.S.

Deepfakes, named after the redditor who first started face-swapping celebrity faces onto porn performers’ bodies, are becoming more popular with the rise of user-friendly applications like FakeApp, which allows people to create their own realistic face-swapped videos using machine learning and artificial intelligence.


Problems with porn

02/12/18 2:12am | By MAX KALNITZ

It won’t make your hands fall off and it won’t make you go blind, but watching too much porn can screw up your sex life. Erectile dysfunction, issues with body image and full-blown addiction are just a few of the symptoms of over-watching porn.

A 2011 survey by Italian researchers at the Italian Society of Andrology and Sexual Medicine surveyed 28,000 men who categorized themselves as being addicted to porn. The results showed that many men, some as young as 14, suffered from “sexual anorexia.”