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Around town: April edition

04/01/16 3:18am | By JOHN JACOBS

If you’re looking for something to do to distract from gawking over the fact that the sun has started to exist again but you have to be stuck in the library, here’s a small portion of what’s going on in Buffalo this month.


UB Gospel Choir holds 'chill' open mic night

03/29/16 3:26pm | By Dalton Acosta

There was a lot to take in Friday night at the UB Gospel Choir’s Open Mic Night, held at the community building in South Lake Village. Choir executive board members and new participants alike performed for an audience after choir board members walked in to Hezekiah Walker’s “Hold Out,” which marked their entrance and initiated the event.


Frugal furniture shopping: The benefits of buying cheap furniture

03/29/16 11:35am | By Tomas Olivier

Falguni Bharadwha, a first-year computer science masters student, walked into her new home on South Campus last semester with her housemates and was met with a completely empty space.

It was then they knew that they had to turn that house into a home.

“We literally had to buy everything,” Bharadwha said. “We ordered a lot of stuff online from Amazon. We got the closet on Amazon [and] my study table is from IKEA. My cousins live around Ohio so they bought it and sent it to me.”


UB students have mixed reactions to Sweethome’s new electronic locks

03/29/16 11:31am | By JOHN JACOBS

Students living in the University Village at Sweethome returned home from Spring Break to find more than just week-old food in the refrigerator and a pile of homework to catch up on.

The University Village at Sweethome, an apartment complex down the road from North Campus, installed electronic deadbolt locks at the main door of every building and individual apartment during spring break, an upgrade from the standard deadbolt.

Sweethome officials wouldn’t comment on the price of the new locks or whether or not they make the buildings safer, but did explain why the locks were changed to begin with.

“We upgraded the locks because they used to be just normal keys and the electronic lock system is more convenient,” said Alex Rukaj, a community assistant for University Village at Sweethome.


UB holds 'Networking for introverts'

03/23/16 7:20pm | By TORI ROSEMAN

Networking is a necessary evil for many students looking to pursue a career as soon as they graduate. The small talk and the shameless self-promotion can be awkward for some, and Career Services' Networking for Introverts presentation is one method for students who need extra assistance.

Morrell, a graduate student, presented the Networking for Introverts program Tuesday in the Student Union to help others network.


Philosophical Society debates ethics of neonatal circumcision

03/03/16 8:38pm | By Luke Heuskin

On Tuesday night, Burke presented to the Buffalo Philosophical Society that the widespread application of circumcision to young boys and girls alike is an unethical practice that violates an individual’s right to consent and autonomy. The debate sparked strong discussion from both sides and ran a half an hour past its 9 p.m. end time.


Around town: March edition

03/02/16 1:14am | By JOHN JACOBS

March is a strange month. The weather enters a bipolar state where it’s snowing one day and then sunny and warm the next. The classes start to get very difficult but there’s no end to the semester in sight. It sounds terrible but that’s only because it is.

Buffalo can still be an interesting place this time of year, despite the weather and the course load. So take a break from “studying” – also known as watching cat videos on YouTube while contemplating whether you chose the right major – and explore the city you call home with these events.


‘I hate religion because …’

03/01/16 9:51pm | By JOHN JACOBS

A recent event at UB aimed for students to have a conversation about this controversial topic. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a UB Campus Ministry Association group that meets on campus every week, held an event called “I hate religion because ...” on Feb. 26 in the Student Union.


Spring break, past and present

02/28/16 7:01pm | By Luke Heuskin

Since its inception, spring break has become one of the great “extracurricular” aspects of the college experience. For a few wild weeks in March, hundreds of thousands of students are set to descend on beaches across the country in an annual tradition of bringing their penchant for partying to sunny locales all over the continent.