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Starbucks' red cups should not define your Christmas

11/11/15 12:51am | By MARLEE TUSKES

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. There’s a magical feeling that comes with the holiday season that doesn’t occur at any other time of year.

As someone who was raised in a Catholic household, for years I went to religious education where other kids and I learned about the history behind our religion, including the history of Christmas.

Not once did I learn that the true meaning of Christmas should be defined by how mega-corporations choose to advertise.


Letter to the editor

11/04/15 11:07pm

In reply to your article “The Buffalo News’ irresponsible coverage of the Heights must end.” I find the unprofessional ones are the Spectrum Editorial Board thinking they have a right to comment on another paper’s writing. Your staff has shown it is not capable of accurately reporting facts, misquoting almost every person you do interview, and additionally sending questions to interviewees via text message. You are students, remember that. You are still learning, and from the articles I have read this semester you need continue to go to class. You do not have the knowledge and the experience to tell professional journalist what is irresponsible. When you all get your paper in order, then, and only then can you even think about commenting on another paper.


Down and dirty

11/03/15 9:20pm | By GABRIELA JULIA

Get your workout playlist poppin’ and grab a yoga matt for an intense home workout that’ll leave you feeling sweaty and satisfied.


The end of Grantland and what the site meant to me as a sports writer

11/02/15 12:11am | By QUENTIN HAYNES

At 14 years old I decided I wanted to enter the world of sports journalism and spend the rest of my life covering sports at the highest levels. And Grantland, ESPN’s sports and pop-culture blog, has given me motivation to continue to pursue that goal and represented the pinnacle of sports writing.

So when ESPN announced on Friday that it was shutting down the site immediately after four years of production, I was crushed.


Are the UB Bulls ready to go bowling?

10/27/15 8:22pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

Last Saturday’s game against Ohio (5-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) is everything you want to see from the Bulls: A good defensive performance, a balanced offensive attack and success in the red zone.

If the Bulls (3-4, 1-2 MAC) are going to make a run toward a six or seven-win season, that type of play needs to be present every game.


A Greek row would improve Greek life and the UB experience

10/27/15 7:35pm | By Editorial Board

Greek rows – fraternity and sorority houses donning letters lined up on one street, making parties larger and the appeal of Greek life greater – can be seen in entertainment and at large universities across the country. That may finally become a reality at UB, with Standard Ascension Tower Group Corporation planning to build a $60 million Greek village near North Campus.


Letter to the editor

10/25/15 12:54pm

Faculty Editorial to the Spectrum 10/16/15

The UB art project incident and follow-up conversations are dichotomized into questions of art versus racism.


Letter to the editor

10/24/15 7:02pm

The UB art project incident and follow-up conversations are dichotomized into questions of art versus racism. But—as others have noted—the project and responses to it seem more like social experimentation. As an education researcher, I’ve been asking myself, “What if Ashley Powell’s art project had been a research experiment?” The research concepts of external review, informed consent, and debriefing—none of which exist in the art world—have helped me interpret the incident and the varied reactions.


Let’s chill with the 'Netflix and Chill'

10/23/15 12:51am | By JAMES BATTLE

The Internet, and by extension social media, links humanity together like never before. It has gone beyond sharing information and ideas into a shared, online consciousness thanks to memes and other ideas that were born on social networks.

One of the most recent social phenomena is “Netflix and Chill,” a way for men to ask girls out without actually asking girls out.


Letter to the editor: SA Senate Chair Dillon Smith resigns

10/20/15 9:59pm

I, Dillon Michael Smith, the current serving Senate Chair of the Undergraduate Student Association of the State University of New York at Buffalo, who is acting in sound mind and reason, in order to advert any misrepresentation of the SA government in light of current events, which if perceived incorrectly threaten to tarnish the dignity and impede upon the timely execution of duties of the office of SA Senate Chair, am hereby putting aside any personal interest for the sake of responsible governance and therefore resigning the office of SA Senate Chair effective immediately, 10/20/2015.

Dillon M.