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.read more >>
Dennis Black has embarrassed and betrayed the entire student body.
Not only did he steal funds, but he also stole our faith in administrators.read more >>
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.read more >>
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.read more >>
On Aug. 9, the UB administration announced changes to the Fall 2017 weekend Stampede that reduces late-night busing between North and South campuses on Friday and Saturday nights.read more >>
The Bulls are coming off a two-win season, a defense that ranked in the bottom five in the nation in rush yards allowed and an offense that ranked in the bottom five in points scored. Win or lose, this year head coach Lance Leipold has to be held accountable for the results this team produces.read more >>
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.read more >>
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.read more >>
Dear students, faculty and administration of the University at Buffalo:
On Monday night, a mass murderer killed 22 people and injured 59 at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
The perpetrator was a man named Salman Ramadan Abedi, a man whom friends described as a “devout” Muslim who had memorized the entire Qur’an.read more >>
As student government leaders, we are concerned with the lack of support and the manifold access barriers that students who are parents face, especially in light of the freedom from discrimination based on familial status, marital status, and gender that UB promises under Title IX.read more >>
I didn’t think I would make it. I wasn’t supposed to make it.read more >>
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.read more >>
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.read more >>
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.”read more >>
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.read more >>
If LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA finals this year, James will be the greatest NBA player of all time.
However, if he loses, he will never be in the same breath as Michael Jordan.read more >>
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.read more >>