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The Spectrum is consistently supportive of the SAFE Act, and gun control at large. But although keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and unstable individuals is of crucial importance, as is the prevention of gun violence in general, safety cannot come at the expense of civil rights and social equality.
Living next door to uncooperative or unpleasant neighbors may be an unavoidable experience, but residents of Tonawanda are doing all they can to prevent a crematory from reopening in their neighborhood.
The lights in the locker room suddenly shut off, and upperclassmen pinned down a freshman football player, lifted him to his feet while forcing a finger in his rectum – afterwards, the same finger would sometimes be pushed into the freshman’s mouth.
When 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez, an Iraq War veteran with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder, scaled a fence and made it into the White House, he could not have known his intrusion would become emblematic of the troubling failures of an agency, which, given its task, should never falter.
One out of every four children born in Buffalo’s East Side is the result of a teenage pregnancy. The area, which is home the highest concentration of students attending Buffalo public schools, is also host to a teen pregnancy rate more than double the nationwide average of 10 percent – and even the latter number is the highest rate among the developed world.
As UB expands its presence downtown with its much-touted medical campus, there is still a glaring omission from the university’s involvement in the city: The presence of undergraduates exploring and enjoying what downtown Buffalo has to offer.
Transforming sections of a historic church garnished with stained glass windows and Romanesque architecture into modern apartment units may seem unorthodox.
State governments are beginning to chip away at the economic inequality that plagues the country, at a painfully gradual pace.
Apparently Bills head coach Doug Marrone has forgotten there are 16 games in an NFL season. It’s about the long haul, not the short term.
With breweries, bars, wine trails and tailgates, Buffalo is a city with plenty of options for alcoholic indulgence (and considering the recent performances by the Bills and the Sabres, there’s no shortage of reasons to knock back a few beers).
Television producer, director and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes is arguably best known for the shows she’s created, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” but that’s not why she’s making headlines today. The newest show from Rhimes’ production company, “How to Get Away with Murder” inspired Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times’ chief television critic to profile the television maven.
Standardized testing in Buffalo could become a little less tedious for high school students, as New York’s Board of Regents prepares to votes on a proposal which would allow testing in a wider variety of subjects. Currently, students are required to pass Regents exams in English, U.S. history and government, global history and geography, science and math in order to earn a Regents diploma.
In an era plagued by a terrifying roughly $1.1 trillion in nationwide student loan debt, college graduates can’t afford to pay their rent, buy a home or start a small business. Just moving out of their parents’ home is a feat comparable to a doctoral degree or a promotion to CEO for millennial graduates.
In a move that threatens community safety and ignores the objections of the public and county officials, the State is allowing the establishment of a methadone clinic in a residential neighborhood.
A year ago, optimism abounded in Buffalo as the city’s School Board approved a much-sought partnership with Johns Hopkins University. The prestigious institution seemed like a lifeline for two of the district’s most underperforming high schools, East High School and Lafayette High School.
What began as a classic family vacation ended in tragedy, punctuated by the recoil of a submachine gun that ended one life and irrevocably altered another.
Dramatic change is in store for the Buffalo Board of Education. But as the newly elected members of the board settled into their seats on July 1, they joined a group still recovering from a nearly two-month transitional period mired in disagreement and debate.
In The Spectrum’s final issue of the 2013-14 school year, managing editor Lisa Khoury exposed a dangerous and unchecked phenomenon occurring just minutes away from UB’s South Campus. In her article, “Animal Heights,” Khoury outlined the organization and behavior of five illegal fraternities at UB: Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Sigma and Delta Sigma Phi.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 14, the city of Buffalo witnessed the worst crime it had seen in 30 years. Four people were killed and four more wounded by gunfire outside City Grill, a downtown restaurant.
Monday started as nonchalantly as the first day of classes possibly could. But some big and unexpected news was released around 3 p.m.: University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson announced his retirement, effective Jan. 15, 2011.