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Letter from the editor: The Spectrum stands with The Capital Gazette

06/29/18 1:37pm | By HANNAH STEIN

On Thursday afternoon, a gunman broke through the glass at Maryland’s Capital Gazette daily newspaper and killed five reporters. This was a targeted attack, an act of distinct hatred -- a tragic attack on our society.

The five staff members went to work for the sole purpose of serving the public and will not return home to their families, will not return to their duty of telling the stories to the public or live to see justice.

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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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Letter to the editor: UB should stand against hate speech

04/30/17 6:11pm

As your student government leaders, we do not condone hate speech. Speech is power, and that means that speech gives the power to hurt others. We encourage an atmosphere where everyone feels safe. We call on UB to continue fostering in their community members an understanding of the responsibility of speech, and the ramifications of all forms of violence. When a specific group of people are singled out to be threatened based on a shared characteristic, such as religious affiliation, the power of speech can quickly turn into targeted violence.

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Letter to the editor: Response to The Spectrum's article, ‘Questionable business practices cast shadow over UB donor’s pharmaceutical legacy’

04/30/17 6:03pm

As a friend of Dr. John Kapoor’s and as someone who has spent the last 20 years in the field of substance abuse prevention (currently chairing one national organization and another state-based organization dedicated to those issues), I wanted to respond to Sarah Crowley’s April 26 article, “Questionable business practices cast shadow over UB donor’s pharmaceutical legacy.”

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That girl with the red lipstick

04/26/17 11:13pm | By MADDY FOWLER

For me, fashion and makeup are more than just a superficial means of expression.

They are the tools of my survival.

When I was in high school, I never wore makeup, and did not give much thought to fashion. I dismissed makeup and fashion as a superficial waste of time, as something “other girls” wasted their energy on.

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Letter to the editor: Robert Spencer's views cause concern

04/24/17 1:35pm

I am writing in response to the article on the speaker Robert Spencer, invited to campus on May 1st.

I share the concerns expressed for free expression even by those whose views I might find abhorrent or discriminatory. I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment, and, though I'm not a legal expert, it seems that the university may have little basis for barring the speaker. Also, since Mr. Spencer regularly portrays himself as a righteous victim of thought-policing I am wary of giving him any more ammunition for this position.

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It’s time to fix the NHL

04/24/17 1:44am | By JUSTIN BYSTRAK

Playoffs are the time of the season where every sport should shine.

Then there’s hockey.

Instead of moments to reflect and absorb the magic that the postseason brings, a plethora of issues are brought up. Declining viewership, branding issues and new review policies are some of the problems that plague the NHL.

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Celebrating vegetarianism

04/20/17 1:36pm | By EMA MAKAS

The start of this year marked five years since I decided to start living a vegetarian lifestyle. I've always said that it's been one of the best choices that I've ever made.

Becoming a vegetarian has given me a sense of accomplishment, a triumph of willpower, a contribution and sacrifice of my owneffort toward a greater good.

This major lifestyle change was completely spontaneous.

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Come out on your own terms

04/20/17 11:25am | By MADDY FOWLER

Even if you’ve known that you are LGBTQ since you were five years old, it can take years—decades even—to make sense of your unique identity and how you wish to label (or not label) yourself. I’ve known that I was bisexual since I was at least 11, but I didn’t start sharing this information until I was 18 years old. And even then, I only came out to close friends. I didn’t publicly and formally come out until last fall, when I wrote a column about coming out as bisexual for The Spectrum.

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Letter to the editor: UB’s smoke-free policy

04/13/17 11:34am

In 1994, UB put into place a smoke-free campus policy. This is well before I came to the University, however, in my three years at the school I cannot think of a time that I have seen this policy enforced. I have lived in the dorms, the on-campus apartments, and now off campus, I have had classes on North and South campus, in Ellicott, the spine, and at nearly all of these places, I can point out cigarette butts and the places smokers go to smoke.

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Moving seven times is the charm

04/10/17 9:25am | By CATHERINE CAMPBELL

My favorite show to watch as a kid was “Recess.”

The cartoon was based around a group of kids – Spinelli, T.J., Gus and more – who played together but ended up getting into more trouble than they should have.

One character stuck out to me: Gus.

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