The university's role as a consumer and institution of higher learning in influencing labor practices was a contentious topic on Monday night's "Talk of the University," WBFO's monthly radio show featuring UB President William R. Greiner.
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Sociologists call them "toxic neighborhoods," communities where the confluence of chronic poverty, drug trafficking, unemployment, violent crime and low educational levels create and sustain a perpetual underclass.
Hallways emptied and classes were forgotten as swarms of UB students waited in line from the Commons to Alumni Arena Wednesday afternoon to hear what was a "Student Choice Speaker" in every sense of the word.
The Student Association Elections and Credentials Committee ruled Thursday that the UB Students' Party violated SA regulations against the dissemination of false information pertaining to an election.
The Student Association's preamble, mirroring the eloquent flourishes and idealistic goals of our nation's Constitution, outlines SA's duty to "exercise the fundamental responsibilities and rights of a democratic society."
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shared his rule of thumb for constitutional interpretation with a crowd of lawyers, law students and faculty from the UB Law School Wednesday afternoon: the Shakespeare principle.
Politicians - and their loyal brigade of lawyers, consultants, advisors and spin doctors - are experts at locating loopholes in even the most tightly-constructed regulations, particularly when the stakes are high.
The issue of campaign finance reform has dominated legislative attention in recent weeks, as the hotly-debated Shays-Meehan bill passed the House of Representatives Feb. 14 with a vote of 240-189. The bill, sponsored by Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Martin T. Meehan, D-Mass., will soon be debated on the Senate floor.
Yesterday, as I angled my car between a Pontiac Aztek and a Lexus SUV in one of UB's student lots, I thought to myself, "There's something very wrong with this picture."
"A Beautiful Mind" is a beautiful movie. Growing up with an older sister who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder and manic depression, I saw echoes of my family's own experience in the onscreen hardships of mathematical genius and schizophrenic John Forbes Nash Jr. and his ever-patient wife Alicia.
The New Era Cap Company, the official manufacturer of Major League Baseball caps as well as UB Bulls apparel, has come under increased scrutiny in recent months by college activists, sweatshop foes and labor rights advocates who criticize the corporation's practices in the United States and abroad.
As a second-year columnist I have become accustomed to angry criticism levied from those at odds with my opinions. My personal e-mail account, the Spectrum e-mail account and my mailbox in 132 Student Union are often stuffed with comments from opposing readers, typically from conservative students attacking my left-of-center views.
While multitudes of eager bargain hunters crowded stores in search of stocking stuffers and after-Thanksgiving steals on Black Friday, the New York State Museum unveiled its latest exhibit showcasing the diverse terrain and regional cultures found within the state's borders.
Amidst all the attention focused on apartment expansion plans and the university's grand vision for a Lee Road complex, the Faculty Student Association has been quietly planning a $5 million renovation of the Ellicott complex food service operations, with construction slated to begin this spring.
Madeleine Albright traveled over 100 million miles to more than 100 different countries while serving as secretary of state under former-President Clinton.
My education in activism began before I was able to read.
Marching to the steady beat of homemade percussion instruments, a group of anti-sweatshop activists descended upon the academic spine Monday afternoon, awakening UB's often-sleepy campus with chants and cries for economic justice.
"An Interview with Charles Kernaghan, Executive Director of the National Labor Committee for Human Rights (NLC)"
Five years ago, Kathie Lee Gifford and sweatshops became inextricably linked in the public eye when Charles Kernaghan and the NLC revealed the deplorable working conditions in the Honduran factories where Gifford's Walmart-based clothing line was produced.
"This is a new business, and no one has any answers or any real plans on what's the best way to do it." - recently retired CIA senior intelligence official
The absence of a "college town" adjacent to UB with quaint bookstores, coffee shops, eclectic restaurants and specialty retailers is often noted by UB administrators as an obstacle to building a North Campus community.