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Monday, June 24, 2024
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A letter to our readers and fellow graduating seniors: thank you

The Spectrum only exists because of hard-working student journalists and our loyal audience

<p>Assistant Managing Editor Moaz Elazzazi, future Managing Editor Xiola Bagwell, Editor-in-Chief Elect Ricardo Castillo, Managing Editor Ryan Tantalo and Editor-in-Chief Grant Ashley.</p>

Assistant Managing Editor Moaz Elazzazi, future Managing Editor Xiola Bagwell, Editor-in-Chief Elect Ricardo Castillo, Managing Editor Ryan Tantalo and Editor-in-Chief Grant Ashley.

Since The Spectrum’s founding in 1950 as UB’s independent student news publication, thousands of students have come and gone. But a few things remain the same: there are still student journalists who dedicate themselves to reporting on this campus, and there are still community members who read The Spectrum and recognize the important role it plays. 

For both of those things, we are grateful. 

To our graduating seniors: it is with sadness and pride that we send 10 graduates out of our windowless office and into the world. Some of us are going on to become professional journalists, and some of us aren’t, but we will all do great things and be great people. We will miss seeing you all around campus, but we can’t wait to see what you do next. 

To our audience: thank you for reading The Spectrum every week. Thank you for embracing our transition from print to fully digital: we hope the new email newsletter allowed us to inform you better than ever. Thank you for engaging on social media. And thank you for the value you place on journalism. The stories that we publish have an impact on this campus, and that is only possible because of support from our readers.

You can read our departing seniors’ goodbye columns here:

Grant Ashley, Ryan Tantalo and Moaz Elazzazi have served as editor-in-chief, managing editor and assistant managing editor, respectively, since fall 2023. This is their final column together.


RYAN TANTALO
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Ryan Tantalo is the managing editor of The Spectrum. He previously served as senior sports editor. Outside of the newsroom, Ryan spends his time announcing college hockey games, golfing, skiing and reading.


GRANT ASHLEY
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Grant Ashley is the editor in chief of The Spectrum. He's also reported for NPR, WBFO, WIVB and The Buffalo News. He enjoys taking long bike rides, baking with his parents’ ingredients and recreating Bob Ross paintings in crayon. He can be found on the platform formerly known as Twitter at @Grantrashley. 


MOAZ ELAZZAZI
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Moaz Elazzazi is the assistant managing editor at The Spectrum. He is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in studio art. In his spare time, he can be found drawing pretty pictures, taking pretty pictures or fixing obsolete technology.  

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