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

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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.

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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. 

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

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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.

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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.

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​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.”

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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.

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

Campus

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.

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UB to hold re-burial ceremony for remains uncovered by construction

10/08/17 11:31pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

A reinterment ceremony will be held on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. in the Newman Center that will culminate nearly a decade worth of research into the remains of late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century persons buried in the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery on Bailey Avenue. The ceremony commemorates the lives of 372 people buried in the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetary on Bailey Avenue.

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Male points handgun at woman on Winspear Avenue

10/08/17 1:36pm | By News Desk

Two women reported they were approached by two unknown males at approximately 1:10 a.m. Sunday near South Campus, according to a UB Alert.

Buffalo Police are investigating the incident, which took place on Winspear Avenue near Rotary Road. One of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at one of the women. The suspects reportedly fled East toward Bailey Avenue.

The victims described subject who brandished the gun as a male, 18 to 20 years old and roughly 5 feet 2 inches tall. The victims were unable to describe the second subject.

The alert urged members of the university community to stay alert, always travel with other people and report on unusual activity or suspicious persons to UPD.

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Global-inspired dining hall to open in 2020

10/05/17 3:45pm | By MADDY FOWLER

A new dining hall featuring a variety of authentic international cuisine is set to open in spring 2020.

The Global Market Café is the third and final phase of the Heart of the Campus initiative, which was established in 2012. The new dining location will serve as a “front door” to North Campus, connecting Flint Circle to Hamilton, according to Vice Provost for Graduate Education Graham Hammill, who is directing the project.

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UB engineering alum donates $4 million to School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

10/05/17 2:22pm | By MADDY FOWLER

President Tripathi announced at a news conference Thursday morning that UB alum Stephen Still has donated $4 million to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The funds will go toward the Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics, which has been re-named the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics. 

ISTL is a cross-disciplinary initiative led jointly by the engineering and management schools.

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Sexual assault reported to University Police

10/05/17 10:30am | By SARAH CROWLEY

A sexual assault was reported to University Police last Friday, Sept. 29. A Resident Advisor who was told about the sexual assault reported the incident to police. The student did not want to speak with police. This is the third sexual assault reported to UPD in 2017.

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GSA elects new vice president

10/05/17 10:27am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Wednesday evening’s GSA Senate meeting did not have the anticipated fireworks that have recently sparked turmoil in the GSA’s student government.

Students voted to recognize three new student clubs, approved funds for various student group activities and voted to approve the proposed 2017-18 budget

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Graduate Student Employees Union negotiates two percent pay increase

10/04/17 7:53pm | By News Desk

The Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) negotiated a two percent increase in pay for all UB graduate employees in the GSEU, according to an email UB Human Resources sent to graduate student employees Wednesday night. The increases will be processed starting with paychecks dated Nov. 1, 2017. Minimum salaries for GSEU employees on full assistantships have been increased to $9,673 for the 2016 to 2017 academic year and $9,764 for the 2017 to 2018 academic year. 

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