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Man sentenced to 60 days jail for sexually abusing former UB student in dorms

03/12/18 12:51am | By News Desk

Jhon Castiblanco, 36, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 10 years probationary supervision for sexually abusing a UB student in her dorm in 2015, according to The Buffalo News.

A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office told The Buffalo News the victim had been drinking the night she was assaulted and returned to her dorm alone. She woke to find Castiblanco on top of her.


University police hold active-shooter training session

03/12/18 12:43am | By HARUKA KOSUGI

University police discussed what to do when an active shooter is on campus during two active shooter training sessions held last Wednesday and Friday.

UPD began conducting “walk-in” training sessions last year to teach students and faculty how to react in an emergency shooting event. The training, conducted by interim Chief of Police Chris Bartolomei and Officer Scott Marciszewski, went over “Run, Hide, Fight,” active-shooter protocol based on the Department of Homeland Security’s response model.


Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood charms UB community

03/12/18 12:34am | By ANNA SAVCHENKO

Margaret Atwood said she understands why people are concerned about the future of the humanities.

Atwood’s sold-out keynote address, “An Evening with Margaret Atwood,” kicked off the “Humanities to the Rescue” weekend on Friday in the Center for the Arts. Her speech was part of a UB’s Humanities Institute project that aims to illuminate the importance of the humanities in the current socio-political climate


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03/07/18 8:39pm | By News Desk


UB to hold free ‘repair fair’ next Monday in Student Union

UB STEM is hosting a free repair fair next Monday from noon to 3 p.m.


Graffitied hate-speech found in residence halls

03/07/18 8:31pm | By News Desk

Campus Living reported “racist graffiti” found in both Goodyear and Spaulding residence halls.

The racist graffiti in question is a combination of “racial slurs” directed at African Americans and “hate images” like swastikas, said UPD Chief Deputy Joshua Sticht.


Fossil Free UB students honored at third annual shared governance day

03/07/18 8:31pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

Students of Fossil Free UB were awarded Tuesday for their commitment to working with faculty and administrators across the university throughout their divestment campaign.

For the last two years, the student-led group has pressured the university and specifically the UB Foundation to divest all fossil-fuel related holdings to live up to UB’s sustainability goals.


News briefs

03/05/18 12:03am | By News Desk


New partnership provides HIV and hepatitis C research opportunities for UB students

UBMD Internal Medicine has partnered with Evergreen Health to serve patients with HIV and hepatitis C, according to UB Now. Students and residents at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will research the diseases, looking at ways to improve patient care and outcomes.


On-campus food pantry proposal to tackle food insecurity at UB

03/01/18 4:18am | By ANNA SAVCHENKO

UB students are partnering with Student Life to create an on-campus food pantry, after a National College Health Assessment report showed 25 percent of UB students experience some degree of food insecurity.

Sub-Board I, a non-profit corporation owned by the seven student governments, sent a proposal to Student Life on Feb. 25 to create a university-funded, on-campus food pantry. While the initial budget proposal of the pantry indicates an annual cost of $25,000, SBI officials said it will become self-sustainable in regard to food costs


State comptroller's report raises questions about UBF spending

03/01/18 4:08am | By SARAH CROWLEY

SUNY officials failed to provideadequate financial oversight of the system’s 30 campus foundations –– whose combined assets total more than $2.1 billion –– state watchdogs concluded in a report released Tuesday by New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

The report details a number of questionable expenditures at the UB Foundation in particular, including salaries paid to individuals also earning a state salary and contract awards handed out without competitive bidding.

Among the comptroller’s findings: SUNY has not audited 16 of the 30 campus foundations –– private, nonprofit entities that control fundraising, property management and other capital investments for the universities –– in at least a decade.

The report also found UBF, the largest campus foundation in the SUNY system with more than $1 billion in assets, was one of 10 SUNY foundations operating without an active contract.