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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.


Money Talk: the cost of the campaign trail

11/02/16 9:07pm | By KENNETH KASHIF THOMAS

If there is one fact that holds true in each election, it’s that campaigns are expensive. A campaign requires constant fundraising to maintain its pace and candidates cannot continue without this funding.

Both candidates have raised more than $2 billion all together, leading up to Oct.


My Battle with PMDD

10/30/16 9:21pm | By LINDSAY GILDER

Around this time last year, I was feeling quite different regarding my academic career and my life in general than I am now.

Midterms were in full swing and the stress to succeed was hanging over my head.


Letter to the editor

10/26/16 8:30pm

[Monday’s] UB Spectrum contains an article by Ashley Inkumsah titled “Philip Glick and Domenic Licata speak out on UB Foundation transparency” (Oct. 24, 2016). It includes the following passage regarding a plan by Staff Senate Chair Licata and Faculty Senate Chair Glick to share UB Foundation secrets with a slightly larger group, including staff, student, and faculty representatives: “’I think I’ve read in other news organizations that there’s still some faculty members that are very unhappy about this,’ Glick said. ‘When you represent 1800 faculty members you just can’t make everyone happy, but this was an effort to try to make the majority of the people happy and to represent them.’”


Purpose in trauma: My victory over my traumatic brain injury

10/23/16 5:08pm | By ELIZABETH SILBURN

On July 23, 2010 I was in a terrible car accident. I was found wrapped around a tree, completely unconscious and turning blue.

Firemen extracted my lifeless body from the car and resuscitated me as I was transported to the nearest hospital. From that point on, I was transferred to two other hospitals.

According to the many doctors my family encountered, the details of my possible future recovery were a mystery.


Costume conundrum: culturally appropriated costumes are offensive

10/20/16 1:52pm

Halloween is the perfect time to show your creative side when it comes to costumes, but culturally offensive costumes aren’t creative – they’re downright inappropriate.

What you and your friends might think is cute and clever can be extremely uncomfortable to an entire group of people.


Letter to the editor: Shared governance will assist UB in leading the way in higher education

10/12/16 10:15pm

Shared governance is the name commonly given to the collaborative processes by which the students, faculty, staff, and administration express and exercise their governance authority and responsibilities in support of the institution’s mission. It is a distribution of authority based upon the law and its mandates. In essence, it boils down to effective, constructive, and timely engagement by the administration and trustees with the students, faculty and staff.


A lack of interest and information leads to uninformed decision making

09/29/16 12:37pm | By Editorial Board

In the age of information, our generation is incredibly misinformed and underinformed.

The debate Monday night between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is just one example of this – the highly publicized event was essentially a chance to Tweet the most notable and quotable phrases. Students were more concerned with drinking games and memes rather than the policy platforms the candidates discussed.


Money Talk: Ciminelli projects at UB

09/25/16 9:00pm | By KENNETH KASHIF THOMAS

Ciminelli is the CEO of LPCiminelli, which is the largest general construction firm in Western New York. Ciminelli is facing charges of conspiracy and bribery for winning public contracts, which raises questions about his trend of winning bids for UB construction projects.


Money Talk: Opportunity cost

09/21/16 6:34pm | By KENNETH KASHIF THOMAS

In life, we’re faced with situations that force us to make some kind of decision, one way or another. So how do you go about making the best decision for yourself when you find yourself at an impasse?

Thanks to the economic concept of opportunity cost, it’s easier to make such a decision while also giving yourself a long-term outlook. Opportunity cost forces you to evaluate what you should take into account, what you shouldn’t and how that will take you into the future.


Letter to the editor

09/21/16 2:09pm

On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 6, my office in Clemens Hall was found defaced with the phrases “Fuck Peter Clavin,” “Pussy,” “Bitch,” “Fagboy,” and “your class sux” scrawled on my door and a small cartoon of the late poet Amiri Baraka ripped off and tore into pieces.


Letter to the editor

09/20/16 9:43am

How does UB create the kind of community that will promote not just diversity and inclusion, but also wellbeing and justice? What are the best ways to move forward from the homophobic vandalism that appeared on a Teaching Assistant’s door?


Racist incident at Kansas State brings about diversity question at UB

09/20/16 9:34am | By Editorial Board

Last week, a Kansas State University student posted a Snapchat of herself and a friend in a dark facial mask with the caption, “Feels good to finally be a n****.”

The university expelled the students, which resulted in a massive outcry from the Kansas State Black Student Union. The organization petitioned to have the university implement an anti-racism policy, a multicultural student center, need-based scholarships for multicultural students and a “required cultural competency course.” This brought discussions about racism and diversity to open forums in which the school’s diversity was in question.


Fantasy football deep league starters for week one

09/10/16 1:31pm | By BRIAN LARA

Another season of football started last Thursday night and along with it comes something else everyone loves: fantasy football.

Whether you won your league last year or you were dead last, there are a few things to keep in mind so your team can make the playoffs.


Although First Amendment rights come first, trigger warnings serve a purpose on campus

09/08/16 8:25pm | By Editorial Board

Colleges, donors and students across the country are in an uproar about trigger warnings, campus safe spaces and freedom of speech.

The latest discussion began with a letter from University of Chicago Dean of Students John Ellison telling incoming freshmen that the university’s “commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called 'trigger warnings,' we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces' where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”