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Starting up the start-ups

07/05/18 6:11pm | By KIRSTEN DEAN

Benjamin Corbett started out his collegiate career at the University at Pittsburgh in 2015. He planned on joining the university’s ROTC program to give back to the community, but officials discovered a scar on his back.

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Bagel appraisal

04/12/18 4:11am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Over 400 miles separate New York City and Long Island students from one of their go-to food options: bagels. While the breakfast-bread product is available in Buffalo, students from downstate do not consider them on par with the bagels from home.

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Rewriting the college menu

04/12/18 4:08am | By WANLY CHEN

Quick, cheap and unhealthy meals have long plagued college students’ diets. We put our obligations as students before our health, from easy macaroni and cheese boxes to Domino’s pizza.

Students who eat healthier have a better academic performance, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. If you’re looking for easy, healthy dishes to get you started, here are a few ideas.

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23andMe and You

04/05/18 3:30am | By KIRSTEN DEAN

People share more in common than they know.

Around 99.9 percent of human DNA is the same with less than one percent of genetic differences, according to National Human Genome Research Institute.

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Movin’ out: UB students discuss annual Campus Living charges, fees

03/29/18 3:33am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

When Arielis Rosales removed a painting from her wall as a freshman in Wilkeson Hall, she said some of the wallpaper came off.

Less than a month later, she was charged $50.

“The damage was noticeable but not that bad,” said Rosales, a senior psychology and Spanish major. “The circumference of the hole in the wall seemed like it was less than a centimeter. It was small.”

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If it ain’t broke… thrift it!

03/29/18 3:14am | By MAX KALNITZ

Over the last two years, students have prevented more than five tons of material from being dumped into landfills.

UBReUSE, a student-run move-out program within the Office of Sustainability, collects and refurbishes unwanted appliances, furniture and clothing at the end of each semester.

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Berlin street artists turn swastikas into art

03/15/18 12:06pm | By MAX KALNITZ

BERLIN ­­–– Ibo Omari is a swastika hunter.

He travels Germany, searching for swastikas sprayed on walls and obliterates them.

He’s removed the symbol –– once an ancient sign of luck and prosperity, now synonymous with Nazis –– from playgrounds, backyards, public transportation buildings and elevators.

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Buy it, use it, break it, fix it

03/15/18 2:36am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

If it was broke, it could be fixed in the Student Union on Monday.

Close to 30 volunteers repaired small appliances and educated students on managing waste at the Points of Intervention tour in the SU. Repair stations were scattered throughout the SU lobby, along with educational tables for DIY-home goods, DIY-sewing kits and proper wire rolling instructions. The UB-hosted tour runs with the Post Landfill Action Network.

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Local SPCA president speaks at UB

03/07/18 8:47pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Law school students discussed their concerns, with puppy mills, in O’Brian Hall on Monday.

The discussion, hosted by the law school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, featured Gary Willoughby, the CEO and president of Erie County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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UB club gets cryptic

03/07/18 8:30pm | By WANLY CHEN

Cryptocurrency –– digitalized money or assets –– has a unique stance in the financial market: its value will not be backed by any banks or government.

With a current frenzy for cryptocurrency, UB Blockchains & Cryptocurrency Club is bringing interested students together. Members of the club are taught cryptocurrency’s financial impact and the technology behind how the currency obtains its value.

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A glimpse into Berlin's eco fashion scene

03/05/18 12:36am | By ELIZABETH ROTH

BERLIN – From outside, the former industrial power station looks blocky and unappealing. Inside, it teems with life as vines cling to the walls and ceilings, and packs of 30-something fashionistas and 60-something fashion insiders comb makeshift stands for Berlin’s next big trend.

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International love

03/01/18 4:26am | By MAX KALNITZ

Love is a universal language, but everyone views and forms relationships in different ways. UB’s international student body represents more than 110 countries, each with its own dating culture.

Many Asian countries have traditions and values when it comes to dating, marriage and sex and more often than not, domestic students have misconceptions about how international students date.

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