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Is secrecy and corruption UB's new normal?

12/07/17 4:59am | By Editorial Board

For our final paper of 2017, we at The Spectrum want to reflect on our stories –– the stories we kept thinking about weeks after they left the shelf.

As student journalists, we look for trends. We try to understand the way the university works.

And we cannot ignore the recent trend of obfuscation and unanswered questions.


​I’m still a man…

02/09/17 9:59am | By DANIEL PETRUCCELLI

Lately, I’ve been having trouble shaving.

When I was a kid I used to watch a show called Family Matters (better known as the Steve Urkel show) every morning when I got ready for school.


Letter from the editor: A call to action

02/02/17 1:57pm | By GABRIELA JULIA

I understand. We live in a time of fear. Anonymity is safe.

And no one trusts the media.

It’s discouraging for someone like me, who wants to be a journalist and who believes in the value of a free press. If we can’t tell your stories, how will people know them?


My 2017 weight loss goal: stay exactly the same

01/22/17 10:09am | By LINDSAY GILDER

Instead of setting out to lose weight this year, my fitness goal is to accept my body the way it is. This isn’t me giving up on being healthier or in better shape. This is me learning to love myself along the way; everything from the tummy pudge to the thigh jiggle that nearly every girl privately shames herself for, no matter the size.


Live for tomorrow

12/07/16 11:59pm | By GABRIELA JULIA

We are young, but we are not invincible.

We are impulsive and daring because we can never imagine that right now is our last moment. We tend to forget that tomorrow is only promised for some.


Letter to the editor: Finding a focus, what kind of department are we?

12/07/16 11:52pm

Technique is coming after and coming through reading, thinking, and observing. It is aimed at weeding through all of those false intentions and hurried rushed reactive false starts, we're starting from noticing, considering the dynamics of our surroundings, before jumping to record what we don't yet understand.


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.