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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
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Buffalo’s Grand Central Terminal, abandoned since 1979, has recently undergone efforts to restore the once-mighty train station. However, no amount of fixing-up can remove spirits from the station’s hayday that still haunt the spacious halls.

Buffalo Haunts

Buffalo is known for our unfortunate sports teams and our love of chicken wings. But embedded deep into the cold tundra are a number of frigidly haunted places. Here are just a few of the Queen City’s most spooky locations. Take a visit … if you dare.

The SA Senate talks in a meeting last academic year. The Senate did not contact The Spectrum or other news media before the Oct. 11 SA Senate meeting. New York’s top open-government official said SA’s precedent of not alerting news media did not comply with the law.

The Student Association Senate did not comply with Open Meetings Law, according to state top open-government official

The Student Association didn’t notify The Spectrum or other news media in advance of its last Senate meeting, a public meeting where students move and distribute student activity fee money. The SA President Gunnar Haberl, chairperson of the SA Senate meeting on Oct. 11, said he was following SA’s past “precedent” by not alerting media.

William Regan (left) hands Distinguished Speakers Series posters to Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai. Regan’s office, the office of University Events, has hosted the lecture-based, educative series for over three decades at UB.

How It's Made: Distinguished Speakers Series

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.

The golf tee on top of Baldy Hall is one of UB’s hidden treasures on North Campus.

UB Secrets II: The spooky unknowns

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.

UB’s radio tower, adjacent to the Millersport Highway, stands over 400-feet high. The tower hosts six tenants from around Western New York, including WNED/WBFO, Verizon and Transwave Communications Systems.

North Campus radio tower still used after WBFO sale in 2012

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.

From local restaurant week to after hours at the science museum, there is plenty to keep you busy in Buffalo this weekend.

Around town

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.

Panelists discuss UB’s and Buffalo’s “radical history” on Friday in Hayes Hall. Friday’s symposium featured a number of panelists who recounted the histories of feminist and queer cultures in the Queen City.

Radical queer histories rediscovered, remembered throughout Buffalo

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.

Nature View Park currently sits on land formerly owned by the Faculty Student Association (FSA). FSA claims the land, purchased in 1964 and sold in 1987, was purchased with a “portion” of student activity fees as well as other resources.

Faculty Student Association says $785,500 land purchase came from student fees, other money

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.” 

Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week and UB alum, spoke in Hayes Hall as part of UB’s new “Lessons Learned” alumni speaker series. Mallis spoke on Thursday about her successes in the fashion industry and time as a UB student.

New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis speaks at UB

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. 

A peregrine falcon incubates two eggs in the nesting box installed in Mackay [Heating Plant] on South Campus. This May, two eggs were laid by mother falcon, Dixie.

Flight school

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. 


Humans of UB: Felicia Vanier

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. 

Anchor Bar and Duff’s have been battling for decades over who makes the best Buffalo wings. The debate, like the wings, is only getting hotter.

Wing Wars

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.

Michael Boakye-Yiadom, a research fellow at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration at Ghana’s University of Cape Coast, speaks during the inaugural Global Partner Studio institute.

Global Partner Studio kicks off inaugural institute

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. 

The Center for Tomorrow bus stop, close to restaurants such as Zetti’s near North Campus, is just one of the many locations students can get to in order to enhance their UB experience.

Ben's declassified UB survival guide

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).


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