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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.


UB Athletics’ announcement to cut four teams was insensitive, unprofessional

04/06/17 2:14am | By Editorial Board

We are grateful UB Athletics has decided to take a look at how it is spending our student fee money. But we are shocked at the callous way administrators chose to announce $2 million cuts and the disintegration of four UB teams.

They lined 120 student athletes up in a room at 8 a.m. Monday and collectively slaughtered their college dreams. Is this UB’s definition of providing an education?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.”


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.


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.