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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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Jordan Grossman

If UB wants to become New York’s college team, it must start recruiting from New York – like Syracuse

04/02/16 7:22pm | By Jordan Grossman

But UB Athletics must understand Syracuse will always be New York’s college team. People know about Syracuse athletics, despite the fact it’s located in a city with a population of less than 150,000. Most people around the country have no clue about UB Athletics, despite the fact it plays in a city with a population of more than 250,000.

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UB President Satish Tripathi’s statement on anti-Semitic incidents on campus

04/02/16 3:06pm

However, recent events – nationally as well as on our campus – are a sobering reminder that much work remains to be done. I am chagrined to note that these include a recent and deplorable act of anti-Semitic graffiti in one of our academic buildings. After a very thorough investigation by our UB Police Department, who responded immediately to remove the graffiti and increase campus patrols, we believe this to be an isolated incident. Regardless, this incident has been a source of pain and deep concern across our university community.

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How lack of cooperation for a Supreme Court nomination is hurting the justice system

03/31/16 1:44pm | By Editorial Board

The confusion lies here – if the Senate is not actively looking to balance the Supreme Court, how is this doing their jobs? One job of the government is to enforce and apply justice, which is difficult to do with a split court. It is the Senate’s job to confirm Obama’s nominee and their avoidance of the topic means that they aren’t doing their jobs or abiding to their constitutional duty.

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Why I’m leaving Buffalo

03/30/16 2:19am | By JOHN JACOBS

I decided to live in Buffalo partially because of peer pressure as well as the safe feeling of the decision. I don’t particularly like Buffalo’s weather – it was 65 degrees on Sunday and 40 degrees on Monday, and in a week it’s supposed to be 30 and possibly snowing; no thanks. I also went through some pretty bad depression at this school that I still struggle with some days.

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American League predictions: Royals return to defend crown, Astros appear to be best team in league

03/30/16 2:00am | By QUENTIN HAYNES

The Major League Baseball season will start on April 3 with the New York Mets facing the Kansas City Royals. To kick off the baseball season, I wanted to provide some predictions on who will make the playoffs, who will win the major awards and who will ultimately walk away with a World Series championship.

Let’s start with the American League playoff teams.

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Jordan Grossman

American League predictions: Yankees take the East, defending champs Royals take the Central

03/30/16 1:24am | By Jordan Grossman

If you predicted Josh Donaldson to take home MVP honors or no-name Dallas Keuchel to win the Cy Young, you are probably lying.

Last season was one of the most unpredictable years in the MLB’s American League in quite some time. Players that weren’t even on the radar before the season now enter as some of the hottest storylines to follow for the 2016 season.

There will always be fresh talent ready to amaze the baseball crowds. It’s just a matter of whom.

Here are my predictions for the 2016 AL playoff teams.

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Tori Roseman

How Sweethome became my home

03/28/16 2:22am | By TORI ROSEMAN

Since fall of 2013, I’ve called Building 7 in the University Village at Sweethome my home. I have struggled with the room – initially, it put distance between my peers and me. It quickly became a scene in which my other friends were interested in participating in and they moved in with me.

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Dan Emmons for UB Student Association treasurer

03/28/16 1:50am | By Editorial Board

It’s the position that deals most directly with SA’s budget and finances of student funds, and SA is really all about dispersing student funds, collected through the mandatory student activity fee, back to students in the best way possible.

Therefore a treasurer must be someone who is smart, experienced, professional and responsible, and that person is Dan Emmons of the Progress Party.

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Spectrum endorses neither UB Student Association president, vice president ticket – and here’s why

03/28/16 12:57am | By Editorial Board

So instead we have come to the decision to allow you to know what he like – and do not like – about this year’s presidential and vice presidential candidates in the hopes of informing you as best we can before you head to the polls. We feel it is better to lay out our issues with each party than to mask our uncertainty with a hollow endorsement. 

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Jordan Grossman

It would be best for Donyell Marshall and the UB Bulls if he stays put

03/25/16 12:05am | By Jordan Grossman

And it should be the only rumor he wants to hear as well.

I don’t understand why Marshall, even with his rich résumé in the NBA, would leave Mid-Major Buffalo just yet. I’ll say that again. Marshall, a 15-year veteran who has played with some of the NBA’s greatest, should stay at a program that reached just its second-ever postseason appearance.

You bet it.

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Diverse Spring Fest lineup the right choice for UB Student Association

03/22/16 10:14pm | By Editorial Board


This year’s Spring Fest will feature headliner The Chainsmokers, as well as Mac Miller, Icona Pop and Coleman Hell – a combination of electronic music and dance (EDM), hip-hip-hop and indie music and a clear effort to please as many students as possible.

And for that effort we applaud the Student Association. Every undergraduate student helps shells out $104.75 a semester to help fund the concert, so although we’re sure there are some disappointed students out there, incorporating as many acts as possible is the right move.

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UB women’s basketball is ahead of schedule

03/19/16 11:16pm | By QUENTIN HAYNES

My first reaction was shock that Buffalo, fresh off a successful conference tournament run, could look barley competitive. Then I stopped and remembered just how far this team had come from the start of the regular season – how we started to see some of its strengths and how players you didn’t know about five months ago stepped up in moments you could’ve never imagined.

I remembered this team is ahead of schedule.

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Tom Dinki

Legette-Jack and UB women’s basketball’s Cinderella run was long time coming

03/17/16 6:31pm | By Tom Dinki

Felisha Legette-Jack is without question the most intense coach on UB’s campus.

It’s hard not to leave one of her Buffalo women’s basketball practices or postgame interviews – where she is always both animated, passionate and even a little intimidating – not feeling a little motivated yourself, even if you’re from being a Division-I women’s basketball player.

So when Legette-Jack said she wanted to build “the village” or community of support to help grow her young Bulls team this season – it was hard to dismiss it as the campy and cliché coach speak that it would be if 99 percent of coaches said it.

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Tori Roseman

3/10/15: Dealing with the love, loss and regret

03/11/16 3:37am | By TORI ROSEMAN

On March 10, 2015, I lost someone who was really important to me. One year later, I have grown significantly as a person. I have learned to appreciate those around me, not to waste time on the petty things but to indulge and enjoy life. I have learned the value of a human life and how the loss of one could impact hundreds.

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‘Yelp’ for people is a hotspot for bullies, judgment despite changes

03/09/16 1:07am | By Editorial Board

A lot of changes were made to the app before it was brought to North America. You can’t post about someone who doesn’t have a profile and you can’t make a profile for someone else. Accounts can be deleted at any time so if you’re sick of the service, it’s easy to step away from it. These measures were taken to improve the experience and prevent bullying, but completely ignore the larger issue with creating an app like this.

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Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, should split amicably

03/09/16 12:22am | By MICHAEL AKELSON

Anthony was the Knicks’ biggest superstar since Patrick Ewing departed the team in 2000. He was also one of the faces of the league and was expected to be the positive face of a franchise that had never quite recovered from the negative stigma created by Isaiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury.

Yet, neither goal ever seemed within their grasp. The returns have been less than stellar on both accounts, with both the team and Melo having only modest successes and a lot of disappointment to show for it.

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