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Mental illness a growing problem among college students

11/20/17 2:07am | By MADDY FOWLER

Laura Aguilera’s depression came on slowly.

She started waking up feeling very tired her sophomore year. This unshakeable fatigue gave way to a diminishing appetite and a lack of motivation. She wasn’t interested in anything and wanted to sleep all the time.

Ninety-five percent of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with “significant psychological problems” is a growing concern, according to an Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors survey of counseling center directors


​Amherst Democratic Committee holds rally for local candidates

11/06/17 10:59am | By MADDY FOWLER

The Amherst Democratic Committee held a “Get Out the Vote” rally on Sunday where local Democratic leaders spoke to a crowd of energetic supporters on the importance of voting in the upcoming local elections.

State Senator Tim Kennedy was one of several local Democratic leaders who spoke, including the three Democratic candidates: Sheriff candidate Bernie Tolbert, Comptroller candidate Vanessa Glushefski and County Clerk candidate Steve Cichon.


UB law school alum takes a shot at unseating WNY congressman Chris Collins

11/06/17 10:14am | By SARAH CROWLEY

It was 2 a.m. on Nov. 9 and East Aurora native Sean Bunny was sitting up with his wife, who was crying.

Donald Trump had just been elected president in one of modern history’s most shocking elections. Bunny did the one thing he could think of to stop his wife’s tears––he promised to run against Republican Representative Chris Collins in the next Congressional election.


‘White Lives Matter’ signs posted throughout UB’s North Campus

11/03/17 10:38pm | By News Desk

“White Lives Matter” signs have been spotted on UB's North Campus and in the Allentown area.

The signs, which are satirical, immediately created a buzz on campus.

The posters are purportedly endorsing incumbent Sheriff Tim Howard. The posters read, “White Lives Matter. The Aryan Resistance is proud to endorse to endorse candidate Tim Howard to keep Erie county white.”


Nine months in office: A look at President Trump's impact

11/02/17 6:18pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

College students were not a key base for President Trump in last November’s election; 55 percent voted for Hillary Clinton versus 37 percent for Trump, according to Pew Research Center polls.

Many students remain critical of Trump’s decisions and appointments since he took office. We asked UB students and faculty to reflect on the most memorable decisions of Trump’s presidency so far.


A guide to the local ballot

11/02/17 12:06pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Andrew Weiner believes local elections are the most important part of government in America.

“What happens at the state and local level is more important compared with the federal government,” Weiner, a junior political science major, said.


Excelsior Scholarship spring application now available

11/02/17 11:51am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Students can now apply for the spring semester’s Excelsior Scholarship. The application is available online until Dec. 4.

The scholarship application is for eligible students who missed the fall application deadline; those already receiving the scholarship do not need to apply.

The Excelsior Scholarship, in addition to federal and state aid packages, allows students to attend SUNY or CUNY colleges and universities tuition-free. 


Pros and Con-Cons

11/02/17 11:31am | By SARAH CROWLEY

New York voters have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform their state constitution on Nov. 7 by voting “yes” to a constitutional convention.

If more people vote in favor than opposed, voters will have the chance to vote for delegates to the convention in 2018. The delegates will meet in April 2019 to begin reforming the Constitution.


UB removes beloved Dr. B

11/02/17 11:27am | By HANNAH STEIN

UB has removed popular African American studies adjunct professor Kushal K. Bhardwaj, known to students as “Dr. B,” from the classroom amid a swirl of rumors about inappropriate conduct toward a student and accusations of misbehavior.


Buffalo hosts seventh annual TEDx conference

10/30/17 10:42am | By HARUKA KOSUGI

Buffalo’s Asbury Hall hosted a sold-out TEDx conference that covered topics ranging from Syria to sexual education. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization that holds conferences and posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx Conferences are local, independently organized events that foster a “TED-like” experience, according to the TED website.


UB in the Weber era

10/26/17 10:35am | By SARAH CROWLEY

Scott Weber wants to be known as more than “the man who sends the emails.”

He knows his signature, “A. Scott Weber,” sign-off is how most UB students know their Vice President; but Weber has bigger dreams for students than cluttering their inboxes. Weber sat down with The Spectrum Tuesday to discuss his experience as Vice President for Student Life after he was appointed in January by Tripathi once Dennis Black resigned from the position. 


UB DifCon Series discusses cultural appropriation

10/26/17 10:31am | By ANNA SAVCHENKO

UB faculty, staff and students came together to discuss and share different perspectives on cultural appropriation in the Student Union Tuesday night.

DifCon, or Difficult Conversations, is a discussion series sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, which aims to bring members of the UB community together to engage in constructive conversations about controversial societal issues.


Communication professor appointed as new DMS chair

10/26/17 10:30am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

Robin Schulze, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, approached Feeley in “late September or early October,” to inform him that Böhlen would no longer be DMS chair and asked him to fill the position, Feeley said. Feeley is a communication professor since 2011 who chaired the communication department for six years until 2015.


UB police blotter 10/17-10/23

10/26/17 10:27am | By News Desk


2:10 p.m. A student reported his black, North Face backpack was stolen from the fourth floor of Lockwood Library after he left it unattended for a few minutes. The bag contained a laptop and several notebooks.


News briefs

10/26/17 10:24am | By News Desk

In campus news, UB is hosting a Halloween party in the Downtown Gateway building. Locally, Officer Craig E. Lehner's funeral was on Wednesday with more than 8,000 in attendance. Nationally, the Houston Astros won their first World Series game while in Europe, the EU Parliament tackles sexual harassment.