On Sept. 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The earthquake triggered a roughly 10-foot-high tsunami. The tsunami struck land and hit Palu, Indonesia. The official death toll, as of Oct. 17, is 2,100, according to a report by the World Health Organization. Six hundred eighty people are missing, according to the report.
For William Regan, the UB Distinguished Speakers Series is all about the process. Regan, director of the Office of University Events, said some event preparations may not hold a lot of glamour, but the behind-the-scenes brunt work by his staff and other UB units makes its all possible by showtime.
I value every reader of this newspaper, and I also value every non-reader. Two weeks ago, I posted my first UB Secrets article on /r/UBReddit. The post received over 1,800 views, and 37 upvotes as a majority of users responded with rays of positivity. But some users were much more critical.
It’s a Sunday night, and Alexa Ringer just returned home from her three-day excursion in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park. But a weekend is nothing compared to her outdoor accomplishment two years ago before she came to UB.
Over a decade since its completion, North Campus’ radio tower still stands high above the student body. The 443-foot tower was built for WBFO, the UB-founded radio station from 1959-2012, and for additional tenants to improve their signal quality. After Buffalo’s public radio station WNED acquired the station’s rights in 2012, UB kept the tower, which houses six tenants today.
Fall is in full swing and with Halloween quickly approaching, there are a number of events students can enjoy throughout the Queen City. As the winds pick up, enjoy the autumn weather while it lasts and take advantage of a few of these events this week.
UB community members gathered this past weekend to discuss influential moments in local LGBTQ and feminist history. On Friday and Saturday, UB’s Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, the English department and history department, among others, hosted a symposium, street tour and archival tour of Buffalo’s queer, transgender and feminist milestones. The departments held the event on Friday and Saturday on South Campus, at Buffalo State College and throughout downtown Buffalo.
The Faculty Student Association says its 1964 land purchase for students came from a mixture of student activity fees and other organizational resources. For three decades, FSA, a UB-controlled nonprofit known to most students as Campus Dining & Shops, has claimed it had no idea how much money went into the $785,500 it used to buy a piece of land in Amherst in 1964. This month, FSA lawyer Terry Gilbride of the law firm Hodgson Russ wrote that a “portion” of FSA’s funds used to purchase the 1964 land “did originally come from student [activity] fees collected by FSA” and the “balance of the purchase price came from other FSA resources which did not derive from student activity fees.”
Before she founded New York Fashion Week in the 1990s, Fern Mallis built her artistic foundations as a student in UB’s fine arts department. Mallis, a ’69 UB alum and fashion icon, discussed her experiences in the world of fashion to a sold-out crowd in 403 Hayes Hall Thursday night. The event marked the beginning of the university’s new speaker series featuring alumni and the lessons they’ve learned in their respective fields.
If students, faculty or staff sense danger, they can connect with University Police with just a tap on their phone from now on.
There are some residents on South Campus who aren’t paying their Campus Living fees, but UB doesn’t mind. These feathered residents are peregrine falcons, a New York State endangered species whose presence on campus is both encouraged and monitored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Students, faculty and staff can tune in to the falcons’ moves too. A “Falcon Cam” near a nesting box on Mackay Heating Plant on South Campus records a constant live video of the resident birds and allows the DEC to actively monitor the nest and allows the public to do the same, without disturbing the birds.
Bobby Militello’s career is a destiny fulfilled. At around 10 years old, Militello flipped through 99-cent jazz records on the corner of Grant and Ferry Street.
For soft-spoken sophomore Felicia Vanier, style is about showing off statement pieces in subtle ways. Vanier, an environmental engineering major, said she is both reserved in her attitude yet outspoken with her words. The Queensbury, New York native’s personality informs her laid-back and eclectic style, as well. She puts a feminine twist on casual staples like jeans and t-shirts by adding floral prints and delicate jewelry.
If you are from Buffalo or have spent just an hour here, you know that the one thing Buffalo is best at –– other than having underperforming sports teams –– is chicken wings. From fans wearing chicken wing hats at football games to the annual National Buffalo Wing Festival held downtown, Buffalonians are passionate about their fried, saucy wings.
UB’s Experiential Learning Network kicked off its inaugural Global Partner Studio institute on Monday afternoon. Over 50 students, faculty and academics attended the institute’s opening event in the Student Union. The ELN provided insight into the partnerships UB has created and maintained with universities all over Africa and the Caribbean. The event was also live streamed for audiences from partner universities.
Former Campus Living director Andrea Costantino used $4,200 in state money for a personal home treadmill, her very own Landice L7 model. The same treadmill model currently sits, ready for use, in the Hadley Village fitness center.
I’ve spent roughly one-fifth of my life at UB. As a current graduate student, and a UB ‘18 alum, I’ve probably copped more free T-shirts and ate more Sizzles home fries than any of The Spectrum’s current readers. I know all about UB’s secret locations, too, and exposed them in Sept. to destroy anything left of my integrity. This is also my third year with The Spectrum, so it’s natural that WKBW and WGRZ keep syndicating my influential story ideas every week (if you guys want a fresh face on your staff, my email is below).
With midterms approaching, it’s important for students to remember to take breaks and prioritize their mental health. And sometimes, that means treating yourself with a frozen treat.
Selecting the perfect falafel in a city swarming with shawarma can be tricky, but The Spectrum has done the greasy work for you and found the five best falafel wraps in Buffalo. This Middle Eastern staple is making a statement in the 716 as there are now more than a dozen restaurants to pick from.
The next step toward global innovations and engagement is set to take place at the heart of UB. The Global Partner Studio, a platform through the Experiential Learning Network, will hold its first institute from Monday through Thursday on North Campus. The Inaugural GPS Institute will bring UB partners from around the world to share global innovations and discuss transformative ideas with the community.