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UB English Department co-sponsors marathon poetry reading event

04/24/17 12:45pm | By VICTORIA HARTWELL

Emily Dickinson enthusiasts drove from Dickinson’s birthplace – Amherst, Massachusetts – to be a part of a Buffalo community marathon reading and express their love for the late poet.

The UB Department of English, Just Buffalo Literary Center and community literature lovers came together at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday to read Dickinson’s collection of roughly 1,800 poems.


Mythbusting the Unicorn Frappuccino

04/20/17 12:05pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

Starbucks officially released its limited time Unicorn Frappucino on April 19 in stores across the U.S., Canada and some parts of Mexico. The Unicorn Frappuccino will be available in participating Starbucks stores until Sunday, April 23. The coffee chain describes the blended drink as “flavor-changing, color-changing, and totally not-made-up.”


A taste of Uruguay: UB student cooks traditional Uruguayan meals in his dorm to keep roots alive

04/13/17 11:36am | By TOUSSAINT CHEN

Gabriel Pereira stood on his tiptoes, barely tall enough to see the grill in front of him, and could tell that his asado was ready just by the savory fumes emerging from the large slab of beef. Pereira, a sophomore computer science major, left Uruguay when he was six years old. Now in the U.S., he cooks Uruguayan meals to de-stress, keep in touch with his cultural roots and give others a taste of his homeland.


UB's women in STEM summit helps women navigate workplace

04/07/17 1:15pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

Katie Sember thinks twice before saying something too “assertive” or using a tone that might be seen as “intimidating.”

After two years of working as an engineer for local company Liazon, Sember is used to navigating the engineering workforce. She said she always keeps in mind that the rules for her are slightly different. Sember said she takes any chance she gets to attend a conference aimed toward women in the workplace.


Housing gripes: a Q&A with UB Campus Living

03/30/17 12:05pm | By ANDREW FITZGERALD

Hadley Houck received her housing appointment and noticed that the one-hour window she was assigned to fell in the middle of her class.

Frustrated, Houck realized that as soon as she would be able to choose her housing for next year, a new wave of students would begin their selection process, cutting her off from some options she was interested in.


University Heights welcomes new coffee shop, Grateful Grind Coffee

03/21/17 11:09am | By DANA CASULLO

Beetroot lattes. Nitro-infused coffee. Tacos.

After working for 20 years as a coach and mentor, Angela Kunz is looking to shake things up with her new coffee shop, Grateful Grind Coffee.

Kunz constantly told people to live their lives to the fullest when she worked for the non-profit organization, People Inc. She couldn’t help but wonder if she was doing the same for herself.

Kunz took her own advice and fulfilled a dream she’d long wondered if she would ever get around to.


BrainGo! offers students a natural energy boost

03/13/17 2:34pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

Mikael Holcombe-Scali brought BrainGo! to UB last fall when he distributed over 500 samples in the Student Union. Scali, a senior business management major, is the brand manager for BrainGo!, his godfather’s company. Apart from the product’s bitter taste, students who have used it so far report feeling energized and more focused.


Park by Karma: UB students create app to solve parking problems

03/10/17 11:26am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Patrick Kearney’s lunch break was never long enough.

He had one hour to drive from his full-time sales representative job to his software engineering class and no time to play the “parking game.”

That’s when he decided he needed to solve the parking problem.

Kearney, a nontraditional student in computer science, teamed up with senior computer science majors Jaskirat Singh and Andrew Mingola last fall to create an app that would allow students to park without having to “stalk” students to their car or circle parking lots.


UB students create storage company to solve summer storage dilemmas

03/05/17 7:08pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

In the fall of 2016, Kuruvilla, a junior financial analysis and marketing major, teamed up with Kittikawin Cheecharern, a senior communications major, to create a new company called Storbnb. The website is a platform for students to rent or lease empty space for storage. Students can earn money by renting out their space and renters can store their belongings cheaply. The team also hopes its website will foster a sense of community by allowing people to rent from their neighbors instead of traditional storage facilities.


Muslim UB students react to Trump’s travel ban

02/02/17 2:41am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Since President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim nations, protests have broken out in airports around the world. Green-card holders who live, teach, work, or attend school in the U.S. have been detained at airports and border crossings.