The biggest obstacle standing between underage students and alcohol is their age, a barrier many find easy to circumvent almost effortlessly with some careful smudging, a little computer savvy, or a trip to Canada.
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Three and a half years ago, the first thing I wrote for The Spectrum was an op-ed called "I Love You, I Miss You... What's Your Name Again?" The column was as long winded as the title, and I cringe today when I read it. The sentences are choppy, the grammar could use work and there are fragments galore.
A lot of colleges spend a lot of money on a lot of unnecessary things.
While I was staying at a friend's house last weekend, one of his roommates stumbled into his room. When I asked him how he got home, he - still staggering - said, "I drove."
Thursday, a feeding tube was removed from a Terri Schiavo, 39, who, according to CNN.com, has been in a "coma-like state" in Florida for 13 years. It may take up to two weeks for the woman to die. Schiavo's parents will likely appeal the decision, which was made by her husband and legal guardian.
Last month, an 18-year-old girl died of complications from taking the abortion pill RU486, marking the fifth death worldwide resulting from the use of the pill.
Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America sued Brianna LaHarra, 12, for $2,000. Her crime was downloading nursery rhymes and other songs using Kazaa. LaHarra, along with over 200 others who were sued, faced potential penalties of over $100,000 per song.
Welcome back, everybody, to another fun-filled UB semester. By this time, you all should have received your final flurry of syllabi, outlining which hoops you have to jump through for the next four months to get your three credits and - depending on how well you complete the required tricks - a decent grade.
On Monday, Scott Peterson, 30, was arraigned on two counts of murder. He pleaded innocent to both. He is accused of murdering his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant with their son. Laci, 27, disappeared on Dec. 24, 2002.
A pending Supreme Court case brought about by two gay men in Texas is bringing attention to states that maintain their intrusive anti-sodomy laws and strict homophobic beliefs, and illustrates the ridiculousness of certain laws in the United States - "the land of the free."
Constant coverage of the war in Iraq has driven some students to drink more heavily than usual, according to UB researchers.
Hungry - but broke - students were astounded yesterday when the Faculty Student Association unexpectedly lowered prices in all on-campus FSA-run eateries.
With the heated political climate that has taken the globe by storm, people all over the world are looking for a way to get their voices heard.
"Not long ago, a college dormitory was just a place to eat and sleep ... Now college students live in residence halls - vital, alive places that include lounges, study rooms, fitness areas and a feeling of community," states the 2002 to 2003 Guide Book to Residence Hall Living. "A significant effort is made to provide an environment that enhances personal growth and development."
Racial equality is a hot topic these days on scales as large as the challenge to the University of Michigan's admissions policies to as small as The Spectrum's foray into the dating world.
Fifty-two years ago, a nameless publication without a reputation began reporting the events surrounding and within the university to the UB community. Since then, the paper has overcome adversity, censoring and financial instability to become the publication it is today - The Spectrum.
This week, The Spectrum will be sending the winning couple of the Experiment in Romance contest on their first date. Steve and Carmen will be going to Game Zone on Sheridan for pizza and bowling followed by dessert at the Bubble Tea Caf?(c) in Piccadilly Plaza. Check back next Friday to see how their date went! The Spectrum would like to thank Game Zone and the Bubble Tea Caf?(c) for sponsoring this contest. Carmen Gaudinier, a freshman history major from Walden, N.Y., is The Spectrum's readers' choice for our Experiment in Romance contest. Carmen said she hopes her participation in our contest is a "fun and interesting experience," though she's "not looking for anything serious." "I just want to have a good time," she said. The 19-year-old said she knew she would have a good time at UB after visiting her brother AJ, a junior, during her senior year in high school. Now that she's here, Carmen is getting involved on campus by working with the office of Student Life promoting football games and pledging a sorority. "I really haven't found any close bonds yet here, and I think it would be a good opportunity to meet new people and hopefully get some life-long friendships out of it," she said. When it comes to romance, Carmen said she looks for men who are athletic, have a good personality and are taller than she is. Piercings and tattoos are not a problem for our bachelorette, who has a tongue ring, belly-button ring and tattoo of her own. Carmen said she tries to make it to the gym three times a week, where she "attempt(s) to work out." When she's not lifting in Alumni, Carmen may be found hanging out with friends or reading books by Stephen King. "I like to go out and have a good time, but I'm not into partying all the time," she said. A self-described "sucker for any reality TV," Carmen said she is also very into movies, with some of her favorites being "American Beauty," "10 Things I Hate About You" and "The Cube." Carmen also "love(s) all food," especially chicken and her favorite on-campus eatery is hUBie's. She's a Pepsi girl, though her drink of choice is pink lemonade, and she likes chocolate ice cream. Although Carmen received a modeling offer from her previous picture in The Spectrum, she hasn't let the attention go to her head. "It's kind of fun being the center of attention sometimes ... I like making an a-- of myself," she said. Spectrum readers chose Steve Paul, a junior digital media studies major, as their bachelor for our Experiment in Romance contest. This fun-loving 20-year-old said he hopes this contest gives him "a chance to meet someone new and have a little fun, while (he's at it)." Steve came to UB from Poland, N.Y., to pursue a major in computer science, but switched majors during his sophomore year. A romantic at heart, Steve said he "(doesn't) really have a type of girl, it just has to click," although he generally looks for girls who are athletic and have a sense of humor. Still, he is not looking for a long-term relationship. "Possibly in the future, but right now I'm just having fun," he said. Our bachelor doesn't mind body art, and although only his ear is pierced now, he used to have an eyebrow piercing. Our playful bachelor said he likes to have fun partying in Canada and here at UB with friends. "I have no problem making an a- out of myself, and having people laugh at me is just one of the perks," he said. Steve likes to get his exercise by playing indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. He also goes to the gym four or five times a week. Besides working out, Steve likes to listen to music, with alternative and metal being his favorite genres, and watching movies like "Boondock Saints," "Dude! Where's My Car?" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Although he said he doesn't like to read many books, Steve enjoys Maxim magazine. Steve also watches reality television, where Real World is his favorite show. "I like it for its entertainment value and not for what it is. The Bachelorette is just one big slut, and Joe Millionaire is about money grubbing," he said. A Pepsi drinker, Steve's favorite food is tacos, and he loves mint-chocolate chip ice cream.
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Last semester marked the first in which mandatory Web grading was put into effect for all professors, forcing them to leave bubble sheets and pencils behind and embrace the new method of entering grades previously used only on a trial basis.
Students unsure of where or when their classes were being held on the first day of classes were met with some difficulty Monday afternoon as they tried to access their schedules at MyUB.