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Harvey Weinstein wrote about attacking women in The Spectrum in 1971


Harvey Weinstein wrote about attacking women who refused his advances while he was a UB student and occasional Spectrum columnist in the 1970s.

In 1971, he penned a fictitious column in which a hustler named Denny tries to aggressively coerce women to spend time with him. “‘Denny the Hustler’ did not take no for an answer,” he wrote in one February piece.


Dean Robert Shibley faces possible censure

10/19/17 10:50am | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB’s Faculty Senate will decide next month whether or not to publicly censure Dean Robert Shibley after a faculty subcommittee found he mishandled an associate professor’s dismissal in 2016.

Several administrators gave emotional appeals on the dean’s behalf to remove the public censure resolution at the Oct. 17 Faculty Senate meeting. Those who support the dean said he never violated official policy and did not act alone or unethically in his decision.


​Vice President Mike Pence visits Buffalo

10/19/17 2:18am | By News Desk

Vice President Mike Pence visited Buffalo on Tuesday to meet with Rep. Chris Collins and discuss Trump’s tax reform plan with local businesses.

More than 200 supporters greeted Pence at the airport upon his arrival around noon, according to The Buffalo News. Pence greeted the crowd and shook hands with Collins, an early supporter of the Trump campaign and then left for a Republican fundraiser at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.


Classes in Clemens Hall cancelled Tuesday due to flooding; extent of damage unknown

10/16/17 9:44pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

A ruptured water valve on the fourth floor of Clemens Hall caused extensive flooding from the basement to the fourth floor, according to University Police. Facilities were notified about the flooding at approximately 8:00 p.m. Monday. Facilities staff members turned the water off and university police activated the fire alarm to alert people to evacuate the building.


UB eliminates Student Readership Program

10/16/17 11:14am | By MADDY FOWLER

UB has eliminated its Newspaper Readership Program, which provided students, faculty and staff with complimentary copies of The New York Times and USA Today.

The program was eliminated because it was costly and had a “poor distribution process,” according to UB Spokesperson John Della Contrada.


DifCon series tackles ‘Taking a Knee’

10/16/17 12:50am | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB will begin the year’s Difficult Conversations series with “Taking a Knee,” a talk centered around kneeling for the national anthem, culturally offensive mascots and language in sports.

“Taking a Knee and Other Issues of Speech and Expression in Sports” goes from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Oct. 18 in 10 Capen Hall, presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the School of Law and the Division of Athletics.


News Briefs

10/16/17 12:29am | By News Desk


UB working with NFTA to make public transportation more accessible

A research partnership between the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access is working to make buses in Buffalo more accessible for disabled riders, according to UBNow.


Man commits lewd act in Alumni Arena

10/13/17 4:08pm | By News Desk

A man reportedly committed a lewd act in front of a 14-year-old in the Alumni Arena men's sauna at approximately6 p.m.Thursdaynight.

The incident was reportedon Friday. The victim described the subject as a balding white male in his 40's with colorful tattoos on each arm and significant body hair, according to a UB Alert. 


News Briefs

10/12/17 1:37am | By News Desk


Terra cotta mailboxes, winning design in-house competition, installed in Hayes Hall

UB set up a series of architectural competitions for students in an effort to “further beautify” the space with student designs following the reopening of the newly renovated Hayes Hall last semester, according to UB Now. The most recent effort was a faculty mailbox redesign.


The bones of Buffalo: human remains offer insight into the Queen City’s forgotten past

10/12/17 1:21am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Their names were Michael and Frederica.

Michael was an Irish immigrant who worked on the docks unloading lumber, before an injury rendered his leg useless and his family impoverished. Frederica was the wife of an alcoholic, who beat her and cursed her every time he drank.

UB researchers called these people Michael and Frederica, but even tireless community research efforts were not able to name the 372 people whose remains were discovered in unmarked graves on UB’s South Campus.


​UB to revoke Harvey Weinstein’s honorary degree

10/11/17 3:07pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB will revoke the honorary doctorate it awarded Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2000 , after an investigation by The New York Times revealed Weinstein had settled multiple sexual harassment charges over the course of his career.

Female actresses, reporters and employees of Weinstein told the Times he had a practice of cornering women under the guise of “business meetings,” then making unwanted sexual advances.

“The university is well aware of the allegations involving Mr. Weinstein,” said spokesperson John Della Contrada in an official statement. “The university has initiated the process, pursuant to the SUNY Board of Trustees policy, for the revocation of a SUNY honorary degree.”


UB students hold candlelight vigil for Las Vegas shooting victims

10/10/17 11:03pm | By MAX KALNITZ

Students gathered Tuesday night outside the Student Union for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

On Oct. 1, a shooter opened fire on concertgoers from the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. At least fifty-eight people were killed and close to 500 were injured before the gunman shot and killed himself. The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. modern history, according to CNN.


News Briefs

10/09/17 12:06am | By News Desk


Steering committee seeks student input on Global Market Cafe

Students and faculty are invited to share their input on the global market cafe with members of the steering committee, according to UBNow. The focus groups are open to the campus and will take place at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.