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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


Clemens Hall fully reopens Monday

10/23/17 10:39am | By News Desk

All classes in Clemens Hall will return to their regularly scheduled classrooms beginning Monday, Oct. 23.

A ruptured water valve caused significant flooding on Oct. 17 and led to more than 90 scheduled classes being displaced or canceled over the following week. UB Communications reported on Friday that conditions have improved: UB Facilities and maintenance crews removed all standing water from the building.


The hallowed history of Halloween

10/23/17 10:09am | By MADDY FOWLER

When most people think about Halloween, candy, spooky costumes, haunted houses and trick-or-treating come to mind. But few think about the connections between Halloween and religious traditions.

Modern-day Halloween originates from various harvest festivals, including Samhain, the beginning of the spiritual new year and the Feast of the Dead for Pagans. Contemporary Halloween festivities vary greatly from the holiday’s Pagan origins, however.


More than 1,500 UB students receive Excelsior Scholarships this semester

10/23/17 10:00am | By SARAH CROWLEY

More than 1,500 UB students took advantage of the New York State Excelsior Scholarship this year, according to The Buffalo News.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Excelsior Scholarship in April of 2017, as a “last-dollar” initiative to help lower-income students attend college and universities tuition-free. The Excelsior Scholarship covered up to $5,500 for students in 2017-2018, acc


#MeToo social media movement raises awareness about sexual harassment and assault

10/19/17 11:25am | By MADDY FOWLER

Thousands of survivors of sexual assault and harassment are speaking up and sharing their stories to spread awareness through a five-letter phrase: “me too.”

The #MeToo movement originally started 10 years ago when black activist Tarana Burke created the phrase as a way to connect with other survivors, especially other women of color who had experienced sexual violence


Harvey Weinstein wrote about attacking women in The Spectrum in 1971


Harvey Weinstein wrote about attacking women who refused his advances while he was a UB student and occasional Spectrum columnist in the 1970s.

In 1971, he penned a fictitious column in which a hustler named Denny tries to aggressively coerce women to spend time with him. “‘Denny the Hustler’ did not take no for an answer,” he wrote in one February piece.


Dean Robert Shibley faces possible censure

10/19/17 10:50am | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB’s Faculty Senate will decide next month whether or not to publicly censure Dean Robert Shibley after a faculty subcommittee found he mishandled an associate professor’s dismissal in 2016.

Several administrators gave emotional appeals on the dean’s behalf to remove the public censure resolution at the Oct. 17 Faculty Senate meeting. Those who support the dean said he never violated official policy and did not act alone or unethically in his decision.


​Vice President Mike Pence visits Buffalo

10/19/17 2:18am | By News Desk

Vice President Mike Pence visited Buffalo on Tuesday to meet with Rep. Chris Collins and discuss Trump’s tax reform plan with local businesses.

More than 200 supporters greeted Pence at the airport upon his arrival around noon, according to The Buffalo News. Pence greeted the crowd and shook hands with Collins, an early supporter of the Trump campaign and then left for a Republican fundraiser at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.


Classes in Clemens Hall cancelled Tuesday due to flooding; extent of damage unknown

10/16/17 9:44pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

A ruptured water valve on the fourth floor of Clemens Hall caused extensive flooding from the basement to the fourth floor, according to University Police. Facilities were notified about the flooding at approximately 8:00 p.m. Monday. Facilities staff members turned the water off and university police activated the fire alarm to alert people to evacuate the building.


UB eliminates Student Readership Program

10/16/17 11:14am | By MADDY FOWLER

UB has eliminated its Newspaper Readership Program, which provided students, faculty and staff with complimentary copies of The New York Times and USA Today.

The program was eliminated because it was costly and had a “poor distribution process,” according to UB Spokesperson John Della Contrada.


DifCon series tackles ‘Taking a Knee’

10/16/17 12:50am | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB will begin the year’s Difficult Conversations series with “Taking a Knee,” a talk centered around kneeling for the national anthem, culturally offensive mascots and language in sports.

“Taking a Knee and Other Issues of Speech and Expression in Sports” goes from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Oct. 18 in 10 Capen Hall, presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the School of Law and the Division of Athletics.


News Briefs

10/16/17 12:29am | By News Desk


UB working with NFTA to make public transportation more accessible

A research partnership between the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and UB’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access is working to make buses in Buffalo more accessible for disabled riders, according to UBNow.


Man commits lewd act in Alumni Arena

10/13/17 4:08pm | By News Desk

A man reportedly committed a lewd act in front of a 14-year-old in the Alumni Arena men's sauna at approximately6 p.m.Thursdaynight.

The incident was reportedon Friday. The victim described the subject as a balding white male in his 40's with colorful tattoos on each arm and significant body hair, according to a UB Alert. 


News Briefs

10/12/17 1:37am | By News Desk


Terra cotta mailboxes, winning design in-house competition, installed in Hayes Hall

UB set up a series of architectural competitions for students in an effort to “further beautify” the space with student designs following the reopening of the newly renovated Hayes Hall last semester, according to UB Now. The most recent effort was a faculty mailbox redesign.