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UB holds Q&A on broad-based fees

02/19/18 1:14am | By SARAH CROWLEY

An open forum on broad-based fee increases marked a visibly tense two and a half hours of back and forth between students and administrators on Thursday. This was the first chance for students to meet in person with fee stewards before the March 7 deadline to send proposals to SUNY.


GOP tax plan to cut savings for grad students by $65 billion over next decade, report shows

11/20/17 2:13am | By SARAH CROWLEY

The Graduate Student Association will vote on a resolution to voice opposition to the GOP tax plan, which has been criticized nationally for its rollback on tax benefits for graduate students and universities.

Chris Rupert, a graduate student in biology, is drafting a resolution to present at the Dec. 6 Graduate Student Association Senate Meeting. The report will ask UB administrators to commission an official report looking at how the tax plan, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would impact UB specifically. 


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


Michael overhaul

11/20/17 1:56am | By DAN MCKEON

Michael Hall houses UB’s Student Health Services, a full-service medical clinic available to any student of the university, but it’s located on South Campus, away from most of the on-campus student population.

While there have been several plans in the past to move Student Health Services to North Campus, Michael Hall is still the primary medical clinic for many students. 


Q&A with Jesse Williams

11/19/17 2:28pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Q: Shonda Rhimes, the writer of “Grey’s Anatomy,” has spoken a lot about the importance of having a diverse cast and having representation of minorities. I know you’ve talked a lot about racial inequality in your activist work, so how do you feel your role on “Grey’s Anatomy”connects with your activism?

A: Well, in spaces that are reflexively and routinely reserved and quartered off just for white folks, sometimes just being there is activism. Being there is disruption. Normalizing what Shonda has excelled at is normalizing brownness, otherness. We’re just people. We don’t talk about race on the show. We just are. She just is Asian. She just is Indian. He just is black. And they’re human beings who have flaws and struggles and qualms, and that is one of the most effective forms of activism and demonstration which is you know, [showing] we don’t only exist in peaks and valleys and triumphs and failures. We don’t only exist as a heroic biopic character or a thug. We’re all in the gray. And I think that’s a big part of humanity that’s lost when people try to find a space to process blackness.


Jesse Williams participates in Q&A session as part of UB Distinguished Speakers Series

11/19/17 1:34pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Jesse Williams has come a long way from the young man with a “superb” afro stringing together jobs in corporate law, acting in commercials and waiting tables to make ends meet.

An energetic crowd packed Alumni Arena Saturday night, abuzz with chatter and letting out excited squeals even before Williams, an actor and activist best known for his portrayal of Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy,” stepped onto the stage.


Two sexual assault incidents reported to UPD

11/16/17 1:56am | By News Desk

Two instances of sexual assault were reported to UPD last week.

UB alerts were not sent out for these incidents, according to UPD Deputy Chief Police Joshua Sticht because he said they did not feel the incidents posed a serious threat.

The Clery Act is a federal law that requires college campuses to alert students about crimes that occur on campus with basic information, such as the date and location of the incident. Because these events occurred “a long time ago or off campus,” UB was not obligated to report them.


News Briefs

11/16/17 1:52am | By News Desk


UB ranked among top universities for international students

UB is ranked among the top 25 institutions for hosting international students. UB is ranked No. 21 by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the institute’s 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. UB had 7,252 graduate students as of 2016. UB has the third highest graduate student population in New York State and the highest number of graduate students among SUNY institutions.


Main Place bar conditionally approved

11/14/17 9:46pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Buffalo’s Common Council has conditionally approved Anthony Sordetto’s application to open a bar at 3144 Main St. near South Campus. The Council’s unanimous approval is contingent on Sordetto removing the black tint from the establishment’s windows and not marketing to those under 21. Sordetto has agreed to these conditions, according to The Buffalo News. The bar’s approval is good for two years so it can be monitored and reevaluated if it becomes a nuisance.


Censure resolution fails in closed ballot vote

11/14/17 9:31pm | By SARAH CROWLEY

The UB Faculty Senate voted against a resolution to censure Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning Robert Shibley, with 43 opposed, 15 in favor and three abstaining.

The Senate casted secret ballots after hearing from more than a dozen faculty members and administrators from across the university–– including President Satish Tripathi, Provost Charles Zukoski and Dean Shibley ––at Tuesday’s Senate meeting.


The loss of an ‘angel’

11/13/17 1:22pm | By HANNAH STEIN

Steven Jackson lost his son Solomon, a UB football player, nearly two years ago and the hurt still sits heavy. Sometimes, on his way home from work at UPS in Tucker, Georgia, he drives to Solomon’s former high school, parks in the parking lot and cries. He remembers driving Solomon, who had perfect attendance, to and from school for four years.


New Briefs

11/13/17 11:44am | By News Desk


UB students work together to address opioid crisis during Fall Interprofessional Forum

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences hosted “Confronting Opioid Dependence: An Interprofessional Strategy” as part of its annual Fall Interprofessional Forum on Thursday.


UB Wellness Education Services receives 2017 Prevention Excellence Award

11/09/17 2:39pm | By MADDY FOWLER

UB is one of five schools selected for the National Campus Prevention Network’s 2017 Sexual Assault Prevention Excellence Award.

Only schools that ranked in the top six percent of national Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory, an assessment that evaluates the strength of a school’s sexual assault prevention efforts, were eligible. Anna Sotelo-Peryea, UB’s violence prevention coordinator, believes UB was selected for the award because of its peer education programs


Black Student Union holds annual ‘Black Solidarity’ rally

11/06/17 7:29pm | By MADDY FOWLER

Roughly 30 students participated in a “Black Solidarity” rally Monday afternoon as part of UB's Black Student Union's Black Solidarity Week.

The rally started in the Student Union Lobby. From there, students marched through the Academic Spine. Demonstrators chanted “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud,” “No justice, no peace, no racist police” and “This is what democracy looks like.” Some students carried signs. One read “If all lives matter, what’s the issue with black lives matter.” Another declared “United we stand.”