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A letter from President Tripathi

09/14/17 12:45pm

As university president, I share in your sheer disappointment and deep anger over the crimes committed by two now-former UB employees. It is only natural that we, as a campus community, would feel a collective sense of betrayal upon learning that two of our own longtime employees abused their trusted role as public servants by stealing university funds for their own selfish purposes. Their actions demonstrated a brazen disregard for our university, our students, our faculty, our employees and the many communities we serve.

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Let's talk about suicide

09/11/17 10:22am | By DAN MCKEON

World Suicide Prevention Day was September 10. In the United States as well as in most of the world, cultural squeamishness over discussing mental illness can lead to feelings of isolation. For someone going through a strong period of mental illness, isolation can significantly worsen the symptoms. 

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Letter from the editor

08/31/17 3:02am | By HANNAH STEIN

Where were you in 1950? What were you reading? Harry S. Truman was the thirty-third president. Gas was 30 cents per gallon. A loaf of bread cost 10 cents and on November 17, 1950, The Spectrum, UB’s only independent student newspaper was born. Our first editor in chief was Jack Keller.

I’m Hannah Stein, the sixty-fifth editor in chief of The Spectrum. I am honored to fill this important and historic position during such a volatile time in our country and our campus’s history. Students at universities across the country are at the center of debates about campus free speech, historical naming rights on campus, how sexual assaults on campus are handled, how to handle immigration and transgender rights. Our country is angry, afraid, politically divided and worried about what comes next.

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Letter to the editor: On the elimination of the UB late night weekend bus service

08/13/17 9:52am | By Mike Brown

Eliminating late night weekend busing was a decision the university made without any student input.

The same day the story broke, I met with Interim Director of Parking and Transportation Christopher Austin and learned that contrary to what was reported in the news, the changes to the bus schedule mean that after 1:30 AM on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be no official UB transportation between campuses.

As University Council Student Representative for all 30,000 students at UB, I’m committed to ensuring safety for students at all times.

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Surviving your first year

07/29/17 9:09pm | By Max Kalnitz

You’ve made it. After years of schooling you’re finally in college. Remembering back two years ago when I was at my orientation, I was so excited for the school year to start.

Like many others, I had a warped idea of what my college experience would be. Of course, I’d seen movies like “American Pie” or “Blue Mountain State” and thought my time at UB would mimic what I saw on TV.

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Letter to the editor: English TAs express concerns over stipends

05/11/17 2:23am

What does it cost to live in Buffalo? This is a question Teaching Assistants in the Department of English here have been asking. There are different measures for what a living wage is in New York. One could turn to the Coalition of Economic Justice’s estimate that a living wage for full-time work is $15 per hour, adding up to a $30,000 annual income, a number that New York governor Andrew Cuomo has also embraced.

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Letter to the editor: Response to Spectrum’s ‘UB’s Black Faculty: Dwindling and Isolated’ article

05/11/17 2:22am

I read the front-page article “UB’s Black Faculty: Dwindling and Isolated,” with great interest, as I am a black faculty member at UB myself. And as a senior administrator charged with ensuring UB’s diversity, I thought the article was fair and balanced. Ironically, it was published the day before the Chronicle of Higher Education released a list of AAU member universities with the greatest diversity among tenure-track hires in the Fall of 2015. UB is listed at #33 of 60 universities, above Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, UC-Berkeley, and Stony Brook University.

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Life run by medication

05/08/17 1:11pm | By VICTORIA HARTWELL

Anxiety? Take a pill. Nausea? Take a pill.

A pill gets thrown at me for every feeling I have throughout the day.

Gabapentin, Venlafaxine, Xanax, Ondansetron.

It’s a never-ending cycle of taking pills and waiting for my body to feel “normal.”

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Letter to the editor: UB alumnus feels defrauded after donating to swimming and diving teams before Athletics' cuts

05/08/17 1:58am

I agreed to become a Sponsor Level Donor with the expectation of donating up to $50,000 to the University at Buffalo men’s swim/dive program, because I was led to believe that I was investing in the future of this program, a program which supported kids, like me, who spent much of their childhoods training 3-5hours a day on a pool deck in order to be able to pay for college. As this warming altruistic thought went, a nobler investment could not exist.

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Going beyond the cookie cutter

04/30/17 6:32pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

When I was 10 years old, my great grandmother would tell me “you’re so tall, you could model, if only you were a little thinner.”

I spent years of my life staring at models, wanting to look exactly like them. They seemed perfect; with toned bodies that by some miracle looked good in everything they wore.

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