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On Thursday, SA President Gunnar Haberl said SA would do the “morally right” thing and work with other SA officials to recognize oSTEM.

Student Association president promises to work with SA officials to help recognize oSTEM

Less than 24 hours after The Spectrum’s article on SA’s denied oSTEM recognition, SA President Gunnar Haberl promised to “do the right thing.” Haberl said the SA e-board will work with the SA senate to do the “morally right” thing and celebrate oSTEM as an SA club. He said the senate, along with the e-board, would also look at current SA policies set for club recognitions.

Oozefest, UB’s annual mud volleyball tournament, celebrates its 35th anniversary on May 4. The event was created in 1984 as a way to help students bond and de-stress before exams.

'The Secret of the Ooze'

Jim Gerace wasn’t sure what he stumbled across on an overcast April day in 1985. His editor at The Spectrum needed someone to cover a mud volleyball game –– the second of its kind –– despite the cold Buffalo weather. Gerace flipped a coin with another photo editor to see who would be stuck with the task.

“Rent” retells the classic story of “La Bohème,” and explores the lives of artists during the AIDs crisis in New York City.

‘Rent’ rocks Shea’s

“Rent” is touring 20 years after it first opened and its themes are just as relevant today. From Tuesday to Sunday, Shea’s Performing Arts Center hosted a 20th anniversary touring production of Jonathan Larson’s rock musical “Rent.”

Pop star Ariana Grande shined at the KeyBank Center Friday night during the third stop of her "Sweetener World Tour."

Pop queen Ariana Grande moves the Queen City

 Ariana Grande, the Billboard record-breaking megastar, brought delightful notes and hits to the KeyBank Center on Friday night. Grande dropped her fifth album “thank u, next” last month but she didn’t limit herself to recent melodies in Buffalo. The singer reached back into her catalog and played deep cuts like “You’ll Never Know” and “Break Your Heart Right Back.” 

Hozier’s “Wasteland, Baby! Tour" opened at Shea’s on Sunday night. The tour is in support of the Irish singer’s newest album of the same name.

Hozier opens 'Wasteland, Baby! Tour' at Shea's

Hozier took a sip of his water after strumming the final notes for his song, “NFWMB.” He changed guitars and leaned into the mic to address the packed audience. “This is a new one, which I never sang in front of a crowd before,” Hozier said. “In fact, that’s true for a lot of songs this evening.”

Students filled the Student Union for this year's UBCon beginning on Friday. The fandom community gathered for a weekend of games, artistic showings and the classic NerfWar.

UBCon takes over the Student Union

The Student Union was bustling with cosplayers by 12 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s UBCon had something for everyone, from different takes on Marvel and DC characters like Harley Quinn and the X-Men to movie characters and pop-culture references. UB’s Strategists and Role Players Association planned the event, which began on Friday and ran through Sunday.

Rutuja Sawant celebrates the inclusion of her student film “Janitor Jay” into the PLASMA curriculum.

Culture on camera

Growing up in India, UB student Rutuja Sawant never felt like she could express herself. She struggled between the pressure to succeed academically and the lack of representation in media, but found a sense of identity through filmmaking.

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UB students bring ‘Julius Caesar’ show to campus

William Shakespeare is no stranger on a college campus, but students are taking his work one step further with UB’s newest reimagining. UB Theatre & Dance will present Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” at the Center for the Arts. Performances on Friday and Saturday are available to the general public. But the production isn’t without surprises.

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