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More than 1,500 UB students receive Excelsior Scholarships this semester

16 hours ago | By SARAH CROWLEY

More than 1,500 UB students took advantage of the New York State Excelsior Scholarship this year, according to The Buffalo News.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Excelsior Scholarship in April of 2017, as a “last-dollar” initiative to help lower-income students attend college and universities tuition-free. The Excelsior Scholarship covered up to $5,500 for students in 2017-2018, acc


UB students discuss struggle to pay for textbooks and class materials

09/10/16 12:10pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

Dalia Garcia, a senior environmental design major, changed her major from architecture as a freshman because she could not afford the cost of the materials.

Students majoring in architecture, engineering, media study, art and science must pay unique fees for labs and equipment. These high fees place an extra burden on some students who are already stressed about their academics. Some students, however, are able to find cheaper options for class materials.


UB Student Association club budget breakdown

09/08/16 12:56pm | By ASHLEY INKUMSAH

The Student Association has access to roughly $4 million of UB student money. A large sum of that money is allocated for SA clubs to put on various events throughout the semester.

SA is made up of over 130 clubs. Its $4 million budget is collected through the mandatory student activity fee, which is $104.75 per semester for each UB student.


UB SA announces new ticket policy for Fall Fest

08/29/16 12:15pm | By EVAN GRISLEY

UB students will now have to reserve a Fall Fest ticket online due to the Student Association’s new ticket policy.

SA announced last week that tickets will only be given to undergraduate students and no tickets will be sold to the general public for the Sept. 10 concert. 


Berlin bars still smoking, despite bans

07/26/16 6:52pm | By Rui Xu

Laws enacted in 2007 and 2008 have made smoking illegal in most German bars and restaurants, but – in typical fashion – Berliners have creative ways to skirt the justice system and indulge in their favorite habit. At night, dozens of bars in each of the city’s 12 districts have named themselves “smoking bars.” After 9 p.m., the bars close their curtains, stop serving food and allow customers to smoke inside the bar.


A look at Berlin's art scene

07/26/16 6:41pm | By Cathleen Draper

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, international artists flocked to Berlin, drawn by its allure as a Nazi stronghold turned Cold War capital and by the availability of hundreds of decrepit and abandoned buildings that make perfect artist colonies. Today, more than 20,000 artists live in the city and more than 6,000 of them have galleries representing them, according to Berlin Visitor Center statistics.


Graffiti artists use Berlin as their canvas

07/26/16 5:38pm | By Christina Dunn

Indeed, across Berlin, former law-breaking street artists and taggers are increasingly finding ways to turn their passion to profit. Dozens of new businesses that include graphic design, mural painting and teaching tagging to youth have blossomed in the German capital in the past 15 years. Tour companies offer “graffiti” tours by former taggers and artists and even the city’s senate hires former taggers to lead graffiti workshops as a way to engage disenfranchised youths.


UB vice president Dennis Black resigns

07/07/16 4:55pm | By News Desk

Dennis Black, vice president for university life and services, has resigned.

President Satish Tripathi did not give a reason for Black’s departure. His resignation is effective July 7 and a search for a vice president will commence in the next weeks, according to the university’s news memo.


Third floor of UB's Capen library set to reopen in fall 2016

07/06/16 5:31pm | By ASHLEY INKUMSAH

The library, affectionately dubbed “Club Capen” by students, closed down on Dec. 16, 2014 for renovation. The reopening was originally scheduled for November 2015, but after a few setbacks it was ultimately delayed. These setbacks included construction concerns and asbestos fibers in the vinyl floor tiles of the library in April 2015.