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The censure vote was fair, but was the decision just?

11/16/17 1:53am | By SARAH CROWLEY

UB can dismiss a pre-tenure professor without offering a single reason why.

A clause in the professors’ union-negotiated contract upholds this practice; it’s not just a rarely cited, last-resort clause, but rather a policy deans and administrators are specifically advised to follow.


Letter to the editor: On the elimination of the UB late night weekend bus service

08/13/17 9:52am | By Mike Brown

Eliminating late night weekend busing was a decision the university made without any student input.

The same day the story broke, I met with Interim Director of Parking and Transportation Christopher Austin and learned that contrary to what was reported in the news, the changes to the bus schedule mean that after 1:30 AM on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be no official UB transportation between campuses.

As University Council Student Representative for all 30,000 students at UB, I’m committed to ensuring safety for students at all times.


Surviving your first year

07/29/17 9:09pm | By MAX KALNITZ

You’ve made it. After years of schooling you’re finally in college. Remembering back two years ago when I was at my orientation, I was so excited for the school year to start.

Like many others, I had a warped idea of what my college experience would be. Of course, I’d seen movies like “American Pie” or “Blue Mountain State” and thought my time at UB would mimic what I saw on TV.


Letter to the editor: English TAs express concerns over stipends

05/11/17 2:23am

What does it cost to live in Buffalo? This is a question Teaching Assistants in the Department of English here have been asking. There are different measures for what a living wage is in New York. One could turn to the Coalition of Economic Justice’s estimate that a living wage for full-time work is $15 per hour, adding up to a $30,000 annual income, a number that New York governor Andrew Cuomo has also embraced.


Letter to the editor: Response to Spectrum’s ‘UB’s Black Faculty: Dwindling and Isolated’ article

05/11/17 2:22am

I read the front-page article “UB’s Black Faculty: Dwindling and Isolated,” with great interest, as I am a black faculty member at UB myself. And as a senior administrator charged with ensuring UB’s diversity, I thought the article was fair and balanced. Ironically, it was published the day before the Chronicle of Higher Education released a list of AAU member universities with the greatest diversity among tenure-track hires in the Fall of 2015. UB is listed at #33 of 60 universities, above Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, UC-Berkeley, and Stony Brook University.


Life run by medication

05/08/17 1:11pm | By VICTORIA HARTWELL

Anxiety? Take a pill. Nausea? Take a pill.

A pill gets thrown at me for every feeling I have throughout the day.

Gabapentin, Venlafaxine, Xanax, Ondansetron.

It’s a never-ending cycle of taking pills and waiting for my body to feel “normal.”


Letter to the editor: UB alumnus feels defrauded after donating to swimming and diving teams before Athletics' cuts

05/08/17 1:58am

I agreed to become a Sponsor Level Donor with the expectation of donating up to $50,000 to the University at Buffalo men’s swim/dive program, because I was led to believe that I was investing in the future of this program, a program which supported kids, like me, who spent much of their childhoods training 3-5hours a day on a pool deck in order to be able to pay for college. As this warming altruistic thought went, a nobler investment could not exist.


Going beyond the cookie cutter

04/30/17 6:32pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

When I was 10 years old, my great grandmother would tell me “you’re so tall, you could model, if only you were a little thinner.”

I spent years of my life staring at models, wanting to look exactly like them. They seemed perfect; with toned bodies that by some miracle looked good in everything they wore.


Letter to the editor: UB should stand against hate speech

04/30/17 6:11pm

As your student government leaders, we do not condone hate speech. Speech is power, and that means that speech gives the power to hurt others. We encourage an atmosphere where everyone feels safe. We call on UB to continue fostering in their community members an understanding of the responsibility of speech, and the ramifications of all forms of violence. When a specific group of people are singled out to be threatened based on a shared characteristic, such as religious affiliation, the power of speech can quickly turn into targeted violence.


Letter to the editor: Response to The Spectrum's article, ‘Questionable business practices cast shadow over UB donor’s pharmaceutical legacy’

04/30/17 6:03pm

As a friend of Dr. John Kapoor’s and as someone who has spent the last 20 years in the field of substance abuse prevention (currently chairing one national organization and another state-based organization dedicated to those issues), I wanted to respond to Sarah Crowley’s April 26 article, “Questionable business practices cast shadow over UB donor’s pharmaceutical legacy.”


That girl with the red lipstick

04/26/17 11:13pm | By MADDY FOWLER

For me, fashion and makeup are more than just a superficial means of expression.

They are the tools of my survival.

When I was in high school, I never wore makeup, and did not give much thought to fashion. I dismissed makeup and fashion as a superficial waste of time, as something “other girls” wasted their energy on.