The Spectrum Logo

Governor Andrew Cuomo signs Middle Class Recovery Act at UB

04/19/18 8:18pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Middle Class Recovery Act in front of over 300 people at UB’s Downtown Medical Campus on Thursday.

In a 20-minute speech, Cuomo addressed the act, which funds $32 million toward a UB “Innovation Hub.” The grant, approved Thursday afternoon by the Empire State Development Board of Directors, allows access of incubator space to house technology startups on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.


Former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden kicks off UB’s Space Week

09/20/17 9:41pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Over 100 people gathered in 101 Davis Hall on Monday evening to hear the former NASA Administrator speak. Students packed the room, filling every seat, spilling into aisles and crouching in back corners. Bolden served as the keynote speaker for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Space Week. Bolden discussed the components of NASA, Mars exploration, plans for future expeditions and the possibility of life in outer space.


Malala Yousafzai speaks at UB Distinguished Speaker Series

09/20/17 2:49pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

Malala Yousafzai called out the Taliban, climate change deniers and world leaders who need to do more for girl’s education.

Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate and leading human rights activist, brought the audience to its feet with roaring applause before she even took the stage at Tuesday night’s sold-out lecture in a sweltering hot Alumni Arena.


Back to school blotter: 9/1-9/11

09/18/17 11:55am | By News Desk


11:19 p.m. A resident advisor (RA) in Wilkeson Quad reported she was in a room where students had been drinking. The RA confiscated the students’ IDs, got rid of the alcohol they were drinking and requested police.


University Police identify suspect in dorm burglaries

09/18/17 11:51am | By SARAH CROWLEY

University Police named their suspect in a string of residence hall burglaries. Darnell Cleveland is 20-years-old and is not affiliated with UB. Cleveland has been named as the suspect in seven on-campus burglaries since July. Police are sharing his identity with UB students to prevent any more students from becoming burglary victims.


Faculty and administration conduct joint gender equity study

09/18/17 11:43am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Faculty and administration are looking to find out once-and-for-all whether UB’s female faculty members are paid less for equal work.

Provost Charles Zukoski and Faculty Senate Chair Philip Glick charged a gender equity salary committee in March 2017 to determine if gender bias exists for tenured and tenure-track professors.


News briefs: What to know locally, nationally and globally

09/18/17 1:24am | By News Desk

UB launches website showcasing new medical campus

UB launched a website to promote the new downtown home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The site is intended to bring regional and national awareness to the school’s new building, according to a UB press release. The site includes pages detailing the school’s community impact, research and patient care and more.


University Heights Collaborative members and student representatives discuss late-night busing

09/14/17 12:58pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Molly Poremski can finally sleep through the night without fear of having her fence torn down or a rock thrown in her window.

Poremski, a digital collections librarian at UB and the secretary of the University Heights Collaborative neighborhood group, was one of 30 neighborhood residents who gathered at the Gloria Parks Community Center on Thursday evening to discuss recent changes to UB’s late-night busing schedule with student representatives.


Counseling Services to host suicide prevention training on Friday

09/14/17 12:31pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

Counseling Services invites students to attend a Suicide Prevention training session on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Union. The Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training session will cap off a week of programming in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.


News Briefs: What to know locally, nationally and globally

09/11/17 10:42am | By News Desk

Two former UB officials plead guilty to felony charges

Former UB vice president Dennis Black pleaded guilty to two felony counts on Thursday morning in the Erie County Court. Black admitted to stealing over $300,000 in state funds for personal use, as well as using state money for charitable donations he improperly claimed on his taxes. Black will pay $320,000 to UB and $22,000 in back-taxes to NYS.


UB students and faculty react to Dennis Black and Andrea Costantino's guilty pleas

09/11/17 10:12am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Alex Poland has lost confidence in UB and where his tuition dollars are being spent. Black and Costantino’s criminal actions have left him feeling worried and skeptical about how UB administration handles money.

UB students, faculty and alumni are feeling shocked and concerned after former Vice President Dennis Black and former director of Campus Living Andrea Costantino pleaded guilty to over $300,000 of grand larceny.


Dennis Black and Andrea Costantino plead guilty to grand larceny


Former UB Vice President Dennis Black plead guilty to two felony charges and former Campus Living Director Andrea Costantino plead guilty to grand larceny in the fourth degree in front of Judge John L. Michalski Thursday morning at the Erie County Courthouse.

Black will pay UB $320,000 from stealing hundreds of thousands from a UB bank account. Black also plead guilty to falsifying tax information and will pay and will pay $22,238 back to New York State Taxation and Finance Department.


Tropical storm Harvey falls into a depression: A Q&A with UB Geography Associate Professor Chris Renschler


Tropical storm Harvey touched down in southwest Louisiana around 4 a.m Wednesday morning near the town of Cameron, LA, according to The New York Times. The storm has now lasted six days and experts are not sure when the rain will stop as the storm was expected to continue through Wednesday. Certain areas of the city set national records for rainfall from a single storm. Local officials have confirmed 30 deaths from flood-related issues.