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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.


My first Christmas tree: Non-Jewish things are harder than they look

12/07/16 11:30pm | By MAX KALNITZ

Around this time of year, everyone gets excited about going back home and doing festive “Christmasy” activities: decorating their Christmas tree, getting together with their family, going to church (whether they like it or not) and making cookies.

But, if you’re Jewish like me, you’ve probably never gotten a chance to do some of these things.


Protesting the president-elect

12/04/16 5:34pm | By MADDY FOWLER

When I finally gathered enough emotional strength to watch Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, I sobbed the whole way through.

One line in particular resonated with me: “Please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” I wrote that sentence in my journal over and over again and hung the page above my desk.

Even though the unimaginable had happened, I refused to accept defeat.


Not home for the holidays

11/30/16 9:05pm | By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

As part of the Office of Student Engagement’s Alternative Break program, I chose to co-lead a community service trip to Cleveland, Ohio. The trip is just one of many that the program offers to students who wish to volunteer their time for the improvement of communities in Buffalo and beyond.


Western Michigan Broncos need to be taken seriously

11/25/16 2:05pm | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

The Western Michigan Broncos (11-0, 7-0 Mid-American Conference) deserve to be playing in a “New Year’s Six” bowl game.

In the latest rankings released by the College Football Playoff committee, the Broncos were ranked at No. 21. That’s disrespectful to one of only two undefeated Division-I teams in the nation. The AP poll has been a little bit nicer, ranking the Broncos at No. 14. That’s still too high of a number to me.


NBA should change its one-and-done rule

11/17/16 1:53pm | By Editorial Board

Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, never wanted to be a college student. A 6-foot-10, freakishly athletic high school prodigy, Simmons would have been one of the first players off the board had he been able to enter the draft out of high school.


Not just a woman’s issue: breaking sexual assault stereotypes

11/14/16 10:29am | By MALLORY MAILEN

Sexual assault and rape on college campuses in the U.S. has become a common and important discussion in the media recently.

Young girls are afraid to walk home from classes alone, some are even worried they could be harmed in their own dorms.

UB recently added a mandatory seminar to their freshmen orientation requirements that involves attending an hour-long discussion about sexual assault and the importance of consent.


My experience and journey as a first time voter

11/10/16 3:14pm | By VICTORIA HARTWELL

As Election Day got closer and people’s strong views came out more, I realized how amazing politics truly are. I never realized how many people shared the same views as me and cared about the same problems. I felt like I was in a community of people who cared and wanted to make the country even better than it is now. And trusting a woman to do it all, made it even better.


Where are we getting our information, news sources or comedy on TV?

11/03/16 2:32pm | By Jimmy Corra

Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin have argued over these past few weeks as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the Saturday Night Live presidential debate parodies.

At first, the clips made me laugh, until I realized I should be concerned.

Why did I have such a sudden change of reaction? It dawned on me that this particular content was less a parody of the debates than a slightly exaggerated, self-deprecating version of exactly what is occurring in the political world right now.