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Is secrecy and corruption UB's new normal?

12/07/17 4:59am | By Editorial Board

For our final paper of 2017, we at The Spectrum want to reflect on our stories –– the stories we kept thinking about weeks after they left the shelf.

As student journalists, we look for trends. We try to understand the way the university works.

And we cannot ignore the recent trend of obfuscation and unanswered questions.

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Pepsi ad trivializes civil rights protests

04/05/17 4:44pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Pepsi’s newest advertisement could not be more off the mark.

The new ad features model Kendall Jenner clad in a blonde wig at a photo shoot as a protest hits the streets in the background. It is unclear what this protest is even about; demonstrators carry cheesy signs with messages like “spread love” and “join the conversation,” that don’t indicate what the group is fighting for.

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We want peace, geese

04/04/17 1:01pm | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

There was once a time when I thought the snow was the coldest thing on this campus.

It was a simpler time, before I encountered the most diabolical, cold-hearted creatures on planet earth: the geese.

When I say “the geese,” I’m not referring to any goose. The UB geese are far from your average birds.

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Baby, put that phone down

04/02/17 10:08pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

I’m proud to be from the “tech generation.” The access to constant information, entertainment, resources... life has never been easier or more complicated.

And to think it hasn’t always been this way; a world once existed without Uber, streaming TV or Instagram.

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Finding my journalistic calling in New York City

03/21/17 11:02am | By MADDY FOWLER

During her speech at the College Media Association convention in New York City this past weekend, Ann Shoket, former editor in chief of Seventeen, emphasized the importance of honoring your childhood dreams and the limitless aspirations that you dream up sitting in your teenage bedroom.

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Balancing act

03/13/17 1:21pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

I’m a huge fan of motivational, self-improvement advice.

I’ve Googled “how to not be scatter-brained,” I highlight every day, I make lists for fun, save Pinterest articles about improving memory – it’s practically in my LinkedIn bio.

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Life with fibromyalgia

03/13/17 8:59am | By MADDY FOWLER

On any given day, I experience widespread, chronic pain that ranges from mild to debilitating.

I have fibromyalgia: a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread muscle pain, heightened pain response to pressure, extreme fatigue, altered sleep, poor memory and impaired concentration

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My eating disorder recovery story

03/06/17 1:46pm | By MADDY FOWLER

I can remember hating my body as far back as eight years old. I remember reading my mom’s diet books late at night in middle school.

By age thirteen, I had tried South Beach, Atkins and Weight Watchers.

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Tori Roseman

How my determination led to success

03/05/17 7:40pm | By TORI ROSEMAN

For a student, nothing is more frustrating than thinking you’re done with homework, or a project only to figure out you messed up and need to start over.

After about a semester of reporting, this is exactly what happened with my article, “Isolated: International Students not Integrated.”

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Is Melania Trump the modern-day Marie Antoinette?

02/27/17 1:14pm | By MOLLY DIETZ

Melania Trump is featured on the cover of February’s Vanity Fair Mexico in diamonds – a must see.

The First Lady is wearing diamond rings and bracelets and posed as if she is “eating” a bowl of stringed jewels like spaghetti. Inside the issue, there is another photo of Melania drinking a jewel-laced cocktail through a straw.

Her cover photo is being criticized as insensitive and out of touch, coming at a tense time between Mexico and the United States.

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Trans rights are human rights

02/27/17 1:02pm | By MADDY FOWLER

On Sunday, I was one of roughly 100 people who gathered in Niagara Square to rally for transgender rights and protest President Donald Trump’s administration’s recent legislation on trans bathroom rights.

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Bronchitis woes

02/22/17 9:46pm | By MADDY FOWLER

It started with a cough – nothing out of the ordinary for someone with allergies and asthma. I brushed it off; I was not about to let a tickle in my throat foil my Saturday night plans.

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