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Gather ye rosebuds

05/10/18 6:59am | By Allison Staebell

In a very real way, I owe everything I have to Aaron Sorkin.

For those of you who don’t know, Aaron Sorkin is a screenwriter and director famous for successes like “The West Wing,” “A Few Good Men” and “The Social Network.” He’s got two Golden Globes, an Oscar and five Emmys but for me, his gift to the world were his two lesser-known shows, “Sports Night” and “The Newsroom.” These shows changed my life.


Learning to let go

05/10/18 1:18pm | By MADDY FOWLER

This year, I learned a lot about letting go of things that are no longer right for me, no matter how much I love them.

I have written for The Spectrum for two full academic years.


Letter from the editor

05/10/18 9:41am | By HANNAH STEIN

In today’s issue, we reported on our front page about a UB senior adviser in the Educational Opportunity Program who used his office to have sex with a student and text the student sexually suggestive photos and videos. We printed his name despite strong pressure from university officials who feel we should not have done so. We have thought deeply about the implications of including and not including his name, and believe printing his name is in the public interest.


Just a guy

05/10/18 7:06am | By DAVID TUNIS-GARCIA

I graduated from UB in December with a degree in media study and a journalism certificate, because I don't want to make any money, I guess. I’m still here because our editor-in-chief asked me to finish out the year as managing editor. I was hesitant, mostly because I was afraid of being just a guy.


Welcome to my screaming brain

05/07/18 1:18am | By MADDY FOWLER

Here are some places I’ve lost my keys in the past week: my refrigerator, my underwear drawer, my bathtub.

I have ADHD, a disorder marked by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.


Dear mama

05/03/18 4:32am | By ERIK TINGUE

My mom almost died giving birth to me.

She lost five pints of blood over the course of an hour.

Twenty-two years and five months later, she gets to experience me walking across the stage receiving my bachelor’s degree in communication.


The reunion tour issue

05/03/18 4:32am | By BRIAN EVANS

At first, I thought of the “Not in This Lifetime...” Tour as a typical money grab.

Putting aside my excitement for a Guns N’ Roses reunion, there were still plenty of questions needing answers, let alone how the band would work.

The 2016 reunion of Guns N’ Roses seemed to mildly satisfy fans.


UB development gentrifies Fruit Belt further, should support ethical development

04/29/18 11:48pm | By Editorial Board

The Fruit Belt neighborhood is being rapidly gentrified, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biological Sciences’ new downtown location is playing a big role in the process with minimal effort to deter it.

Gentrification raises the land value and economic status of a neighborhood, increasing its desirability for middle and upper class residents, but almost always leading to the displacement of long-time low-income residents.
The displacement of these communities is a nationwide problem.


Letter to the Editor: UB Giving Day

04/29/18 11:46pm

Regarding UB Giving Day:

Through either serendipity or a strange current of capitalist synergy, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Robin Schulze’s office sent the announcement “Coming Next Week: UB Giving Day,” soliciting donations from every underpaid graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within days of The Chronicle of Higher Education publishing “Want to be a ‘Volunteer Adjunct’? Southern Illinois U.


'My Beautiful Dark Twitter fantasy'

04/26/18 4:57am | By BRENTON J. BLANCHET

On April 15, Kanye came out of hiding and resurfaced on Twitter. He just ranted as per usual. He tweeted about his favorite t-shirt designs, consciousness, creativity and trends, finding ways to somehow make each tweet less transparent and more inspirational than the last. But even with inspiration coming from his fingertips, Kanye still managed to rile some fans up.


College newspapers are a vital part of campus communities

04/25/18 5:11pm | By Editorial Board

Student newsrooms are in danger. Southern Methodist University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, will dissolve in May. The University of Central Florida’s student publication, The Central Florida Future, shut down in 2016 after 48 years in circulation. Herriman High School students launched their own independent publication after administrators deleted an article on a teacher’s firing.


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.


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.