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Tropical storm Harvey falls into a depression: A Q&A with UB Geography Associate Professor Chris Renschler


Tropical storm Harvey touched down in southwest Louisiana around 4 a.m Wednesday morning near the town of Cameron, LA, according to The New York Times. The storm has now lasted six days and experts are not sure when the rain will stop as the storm was expected to continue through Wednesday. Certain areas of the city set national records for rainfall from a single storm. Local officials have confirmed 30 deaths from flood-related issues.


Andrea Costantino, former director of Campus Living, resigns

08/31/17 12:01am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

After over 20 years as part of the UB community, Andrea Costantino, former director of Campus Living, resigned from her position effective Aug. 18.

Costantino, a UB alumna and former director of Student Life, took the role in 2012. Following Costantino’s resignation, Elizabeth Lidano assumed the role of interim director of Campus Living on Aug. 18.


31st annual UB Distinguished Speaker Series lineup announced

07/19/17 4:27pm | By News Desk

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, former White House CIO Theresa Payton and actor Jesse Williams are among the selected speakers for UB's 31st annual Distinguished Speaker Series.

Yousafzai will kickoff the series on September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Arena as the Graduate Student Choice Speaker. UB undergraduate and GSA represented graduate students are eligible for free admission. Tickets will be available for purchase for the general public beginning August 1 for series subscriptions and August 8 for individual lecture tickets. Other speakers include Susan Rice, James Balog and Alan Alda.


Amidst slight delays, 1Capen construction continues into the summer

07/07/17 11:39am | By SARAH CROWLEY

The arrival of a 30-foot-long, glass, accordion-like wall may delay 1Capen completion into early August -- nearly a month later than the committee’s original July deadline.

Dr. Scott Weber, vice president of Student Life and other members of the Heart of the Campus steering committee, said the construction process is “evolving” but closer to completion than the area’s exposed electrical units, dust and debris suggest.


Malala Yousafzai to kickoff UB Distinguished Speaker Series

06/06/17 2:22pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

UB announced the first of this year’s 31st annual Distinguished Speakers series on Monday to be Malala Yousafzai. She is scheduled to speak at Alumni Arena on September 19.

The 19-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is a women’s education activist in her home country of Pakistan. Yousafzai is best known for her work in advocating for education of young girls, after she survived a gunshot wound the head while riding the bus home with friends at the age of 15. She has since written a novel, I am Malala in 2013, which was an international bestseller, translated into 40 different languages. In the following year, Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient at the age of 17.

She was also named one of TIME’s most influential people in the world from 2013 to 2015.

“Renowned across the globe for her courage and convictions, Malala offers our university and our community the opportunity to engage with one of the foremost advocates for the education of girls and young women,” UB President Tripathi said in an official statement. “Her visit to UB will mark the seventh appearance by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate in the Distinguished Speakers Series and will continue our proud tradition of bringing compelling public figures to campus to spark provocative discussions about the defining issues of our time.”

Tickets for the event are not yet available, but will be released shortly along with the entire speaker series.


News briefs: What to know locally, nationally and globally

06/05/17 8:17pm | By News Desk

President Tripathi and Johnson urge local congress members to oppose federal research cuts

UB President Satish Tripathi, along with President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute Candace Johnson, pushed for those in the Western New York congressional delegation to fight a cap on federal spending on costs that are critical to conducting research, according to UB Now.


UB College of Arts and Sciences honors 2017 outstanding seniors

05/11/17 1:42pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Kara Dunovant started a mentorship program for inner-city girls all while maintaining working two jobs and her 3.8 GPA.

Dunovant is one of 27 graduating UB seniors being recognized as an outstanding senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Every spring, the dean of College of Arts and Sciences selects graduating students with the highest academic achievement and most involvement in their department to be awarded the “Dean’s Outstanding Senior.”


Pass the Addy: Adderall black market thrives at UB and colleges nationwide

05/11/17 2:54am | By ASHLEY INKUMSAH

Kara Rodriguez* doesn’t feel smart enough to study for big exams without Adderall.

Erika Hussein’s* tight-knit family is strict about grades. She’s afraid to disappoint them and calls Adderall a “necessary evil.”

Alexa Smalls* mixes Adderall with caffeine pills she buys on Amazon for an extra boost while studying.

Candy-colored pills, often dubbed “addy,” fill the pockets of UB students and offer them the most elusive 21st-century promise – the ability to do it all.

Students who take Adderall say it allows them to focus on tests and still have energy to hit the gym and party over the weekend. The effect starts about 20 minutes after a pill is popped and the peak occurs about an hour and a half in.


News briefs: What to know locally, nationally and globally

05/08/17 1:19pm | By News Desk

College of Arts and Sciences to hold two separate commencement ceremonies

The College of Arts and Sciences will be holding two separate commencement ceremonies due to the high number of graduates, according to UB Now. In previous years, there was not enough room in Alumni Arena for students’ families and some had to watch the ceremony on a video feed in the Center for the Arts. To accommodate the growing number of graduates, this year’s May 21 commencement will hold one ceremony at 9:30 a.m. for students in the arts, natural sciences, mathematics and interdisciplinary programs and one ceremony at 3 p.m. for students in humanities and social sciences. Students can also request up to six tickets whereas in previous years they were only given four.


Donors demand answers: Men’s swimming and diving donors and alumni fight back against UB Athletics' cuts

05/08/17 1:47am | By MICHAEL AKELSON

A UB alumnus is threatening to sue UB over its April decision to cut four sports teams, particularly UB swimming, to which he has donated $15,000 since 2015.

Richard Lydecker, a successful civil litigator with offices in Miami, New York and Tampa, is outraged that UB solicited his pledge to give up to $50,000 to the men’s swim team, but then cut the team without warning.