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Celebrities retain enormous power in the political conversation

02/02/16 3:16pm | By Luke Heuskin

With a sizable portion of the nation tuned into their every utterance, celebrities often use this inexplicable fascination to become activists, transcending their roles as entertainers by lending support to various political issues. The past decade has shown that a celebrity endorsement can be the factor that puts an unsung cause on the map.



I’m a Barbie girl

01/31/16 6:34pm | By MARLEE TUSKES

As I was growing up, Barbie was my favorite toy. I loved the fact that depending on what Barbie I was using, she could transform into anything: a doctor, an astronaut or even a businesswoman. She inspired girls to make them believe they could be anything they wanted to be.

But when some girls played with Barbie, they might not have been able to see themselves when they looked at the doll.


Applications increase can only mean good things for UB

01/31/16 6:31pm | By Editorial Board

This can only be positive for UB – more students and students of a wider range are being drawn to the university. It’s a comment on the university’s success as a whole and how it works to cater the needs of its students. The increase in opportunities that have been presented to students, including the amount of clubs and majors available, can also be accountable for the increase in applications.


Albany incident shows there’s still work to be done on campuses

Albany incident shows there’s still work to be done on campuses

01/31/16 6:29pm | By Editorial Board

Three black female students at SUNY Albany say they were assaulted and harassed on a city bus Friday night by about 10 to 12 white men and women. The students allege their attackers used racial slurs during the attack, which occurred after an argument. The Albany Police Department said it is looking into the incident as a possible hate crime and SUNY Albany President Robert Jones released a statement to the campus that he was “deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident and would return to the campus to address the issue.


#OscarsSoWhite – again

01/27/16 5:40pm | By Editorial Board

While there’s debate over whether any black actors deserved nominations, the outrage seems to be geared towards the Idris Elba snub. It appears there weren’t a slew of actors that were ignored for their award-winning performances, but rather there were less to choose from for the nomination. This could be a statement about Hollywood itself, and how fewer opportunities are presented to black actors therefore providing fewer opportunities to win awards.


Protecting or enabling?

12/11/15 12:38am | By Editorial Board

It’s the mindset some parents have when it comes to their adolescent children and drugs like alcohol and marijuana. The feeling is that it’s safer for a child to do drugs in their home and company of their parents, rather than behind their parents’ back without supervision and in an environment they’re unfamiliar with.


President Satish Tripathi

UB President Satish Tripathi gives update on art project policy

12/10/15 5:28pm

President Tripathi: an open letter to UB students

December 10, 2015

Dear Students:

As the semester is quickly coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment to provide our campus community with an update regarding activities related to the continuing dialogues, programs, curricular discussions, and policy development in response to the controversial student art project from earlier this semester.


Not-so-triumphant Trump: Trump’s comments about Muslims have crossed the line

12/09/15 12:54am | By Editorial Board

These outlandish comments aren’t funny anymore. They’re not indicative of Trump’s wild approach to politics. They’re outright offensive and it’s time we take his words more seriously. Masses are supporting his provocative words, defending his position that in reality should never feasibly happen. Trump is encouraging racism and religious intolerance across the United States and putting our country in danger.


UB Bulls on the right track despite losses to Duke, Iowa State

12/08/15 4:33pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

On paper, the results weren’t pretty for the Buffalo men’s basketball team last week.

The Bulls (4-5) have lost three in a row, including a closer-than-you-think game against No. 5 Duke and a first half back-and-forth affair against No. 2 Iowa State. Buffalo is now under .500 for the first time this season.

But if you watched the games, you saw the Bulls begin to make strides as they head into the final stretch of non-conference play.


Dani Guglielmo

The unusual Buffalo weather

12/06/15 11:11pm | By DANI GUGLIELMO

Being a senior, it’s weird to be in the month of December without Buffalo being covered in snow and the weather still reaching the 40’s and 50’s. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to still wear a trendy and lighter fall coat as opposed to my oversized, puffy and heavy winter jacket.



I stand with Planned Parenthood

12/06/15 3:29pm | By MARLEE TUSKES

I was used to seeing the much-talked-about organization frequent the top-20 trending list, especially since it has been a common topic among the presidential candidate hopefuls. But I quickly went from nonchalantly scrolling through the tweets to reading in horror as I realized the enormity of the situation: a gunman was terrorizing a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.