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The coup against cars

04/22/18 10:41pm | By DAN MCKEON

  On Friday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference and on Twitter that Central Park would permanently be car-free starting in June, with the exception of the lowered roads that go through the park at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th streets.

As an anti-car citizen of Buffalo, I can’t help but dream of a car-free Delaware Park, which is currently cut in half by the hideous and hazardous Scajaquada Expressway.

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The best of the fests

04/16/18 2:25am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

I was a little upset when I found out Spring Fest fell on May 5, the same day another concert I was planning on going to.

I was even more upset, and slightly concerned, when I decided to sell my tickets to my show to attend this year’s fest without even knowing the lineup.

In years past, SA has been hit or miss when it comes to booking talent at UB’s festivals and I really didn’t want to sacrifice my seats for the breathtaking Jorja Smith -– emphasis on breathtaking –– and wind up seeing some hot rapper I’ll forget in a few months.

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'Queer Eye' inspired me to buy a cork board

04/05/18 3:28am | By HARUKA KOSUGI

Netflix’s hit show “Queer Eye,” the reboot of the early 2000’s Emmy-winning reality television series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” had me crying real tears after an eight episode binge-fest.

The program stars the “Fab Five” — not the legendary 1991 University of Michigan men’s basketball recruiting class — but a collective of trendy homosexual men who help unstylish men become their best selves.

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Makin’ my way (from) downtown

04/05/18 3:09am | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Summers in UB’s Ellicott Complex are terrible.

Remember freshman year, feeling like you’re sleeping in the devil’s attic after move-in?

Now imagine the devil expanded his duplex to a 56-story skyscraper. This was my reality last year and escaping the dorms was my only way out.

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DeVos' stance on student loan regulation will hurt grads

03/15/18 2:37am | By Editorial Board

Betsy DeVos thinks states should not impose regulations on student debt collection agencies, many of which have been accused of unfair consumer practices.

In a memo released by the Department of Education on Friday, DeVos said she believes state regulations on debt collection companies are inappropriate and “undermine” federal authority.

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Changes to academic integrity policy long overdue

03/12/18 12:56am | By Editorial Board

A faculty committee is recommending changes to UB’s academic integrity policy following a two-year long study that found students and staff think the current academic integrity policy is inconsistent and overly harsh.

The current policy is outlined at length on UB’s website, but the wording is confusing, and specific rules and regulations are not emphasized clearly enough.

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The Bulls at-large

03/12/18 12:42am | By THOMAS ZAFONTE

Historically, if you lose in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, your season is done. Every trip Buffalo has taken to the NCAA Tournament has been from winning the conference championship.

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Student journalism matters and must be protected

03/07/18 8:32pm | By Editorial Board

Within the past year, The Spectrum broke the news of former UB Vice President Dennis Black’s embezzlement. We reported on the UB Foundation’s investment in fracking, UB cutting four sports teams and revealed that our SA president is not logging sufficient office hours.

Our coverage of international students being poorly integrated prompted the university to conduct a study on how to improve campus life for international students.

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Come as you are

03/07/18 8:31pm | By BRETT ASHLEY

Editorial note: The following note contains sensitive information. The author’s name has been changed to protect her anonymity.

About a year ago, sex started to hurt.

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Finding my voice again

03/05/18 12:32am | By MADDY FOWLER

My mom says when I was a baby, I used to sing with the birds when I woke up instead of crying.

I’ve sung in choirs since the first grade, and by eighth grade, I had performed with my local symphony orchestra –– something I was doing a few times a year by the time I reached high school.

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Girl from Sarajevo

03/01/18 4:19am | By EMA MAKAS

I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996.

I was a little miracle war baby who made it. I defeated the odds of health complications, my mother's high-risk pregnancy and malnourishment. My family went without food, water and electricity for over four years. This was especially detrimental to my pregnant mother, who prior to having me miscarried twins.

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