SUNY officials failed to provideadequate financial oversight of the system’s 30 campus foundations –– whose combined assets total more than $2.1 billion –– state watchdogs concluded in a report released Tuesday by New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
The report details a number of questionable expenditures at the UB Foundation in particular, including salaries paid to individuals also earning a state salary and contract awards handed out without competitive bidding.
Among the comptroller’s findings: SUNY has not audited 16 of the 30 campus foundations –– private, nonprofit entities that control fundraising, property management and other capital investments for the universities –– in at least a decade.
The report also found UBF, the largest campus foundation in the SUNY system with more than $1 billion in assets, was one of 10 SUNY foundations operating without an active contract.read more >>
After being folded into the Transnational Studies Department for 10 years, Gender and Sexuality Studies is once again a standalone program.
Faculty Senate reinstated the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department’s independent status after a unanimous vote at the senate’s first meeting on Feb.read more >>
Givary Muhammad was shocked by the stash of guns in his Californian host-family’s home.read more >>
Susan Rice has worked with U.S. presidents since 1993.
She spent four years working closely with President Obama as national security adviser, five years as a United Nations ambassador and four years as assistant secretary for African Affairs under President Clinton.read more >>
As a force in the White House under two administrations, Susan Rice was present for some of the most combative times in modern politics.
Ahead of her Wednesday night appearance at this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series, the former National Security Adviser under the Obama Administration sat down with The Spectrum.
Q: Working for both the Clinton and Obama administrations, can you describe the transition?read more >>
Members of the Council of Advocacy and Leadership met on Wednesday night to discuss student concerns such as rising student fees and the enforcement of UB’s non-smoking policy. COAL is made up of the seven student government presidents, the Student-Wide Judiciary Chief Justice Joe Wolf and chaired by assembly speaker and UB Council student representative Mike Brown.read more >>
An elevator in Clemens Hall is still in need of repair, four months after a pipe ruptured, causing extensive damage to several floors in the building.
Elevators 1 and 2 needed new controls immediately following the flood after being directly hit by water, according to the University Facilities Office.read more >>
Students have until Wednesday to request a Comprehensive Fee Waiver, which would allow them to opt out of paying some aspects of the comprehensive fee for the Spring 2018 semester.
If eligible, students can be exempt from paying Health Services; Transportation; Campus Life; and Athletics and Recreation Fees. The university proposed a 2.53 percent increase of the Comprehensive Fee for the 2018-2019 academic year.read more >>
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board approved a $4.8 million study Thursday to extend metro rail service to UB’s North Campus.read more >>
Buffalo residents in a neighborhood dubbed a “food desert” will have healthier and affordable options to choose from thanks to a new partnership between the private sector, UB and community leaders.
Project Rainfall, a food system social enterprise in Buffalo’s Northland Corridor, was spearheaded by NeuWater and Associates chief executive Rita Hubbard-Robinson.read more >>
The social sciences float on
In Tuesday night’s hypothetical battle between the history, psychology and computer science and engineering departments, students placed the fate of humanity in the power of the human brain.
Clinical associate professor Wendy Quinton earned the psychology department’s first-ever win during the seventh annual Life Raft Debate.read more >>
GRoW to relocate to North Campus
UB’s GRoW Home, which stands for Garden, Relax or Work, will be relocated from its current location on South Campus to the Solar Strand on North Campus.
Seven graduate students in Martha Bohm’s fall studio spent the semester developing a vision for the siting of the GRoW Home. The winning proposal belongs to Zachary McCabe and seeks to “open new opportunities to better connect the UB community to the Solar Strand site via the GRoW Home,” according to UB Now.read more >>
The Department of Global Gender Studies will break away from the Transnational Studies Department and return to its former stand-alone status, after a unanimous Faculty Senate vote on Tuesday to create the new Department of Global Gender and Sexual Studies.
The Senate passed two other resolutions at its first general meeting of the spring semester on Tuesdayread more >>
Student Association insiders are questioning if SA President Leslie Veloz has been logging enough hours to merit the $15,000 stipend she receives.
The questions come after the resignation of former SA Vice President Jamersin Redfern.read more >>
The Student Association remains without a vice president after the Senate voted down President Leslie Veloz’s nominee at Wednesday’s meeting.read more >>
Graduate students in the English department aren’t satisfied with newly announced increases to their pay, which they say will result in their program shrinking and primarily benefit future students.read more >>
Tops Markets, the Williamsville, New York-based chain, which runs about 170 grocery stores with more than 14,000 employees in the Northeast, is preparing for bankruptcy filings in the coming weeks, according to a Bloomberg News report.
Tops Holdings, the owner of the supermarket chain, has come under fire in recent years for its high level of debt built up through a series of leveraged buyouts.read more >>
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.read more >>