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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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Broke b---h gift guide

Students often struggle to find cute and creative gifts that won’t break the bank. But don’t fret, we compiled a holiday gift guide with cost-efficient, thoughtful and non-denominational gifts that show loved ones how much they are appreciated and won’t ‘sleigh’ your bank account.


The Disney+ takeover

Many UB students have invited a mouse into their homes. But they aren’t putting out traps, they’re making popcorn and getting ready for a nostalgia-binge.



Haley Sheehan stands at the podium in front of her public speaking class, notecards in hand. She’s the first to present all semester. She looks at her professor and the 24-person audience and nods, signaling she’s ready. She takes a deep breath. “I’m a stripper,” she says.

Shea’s Performing Arts Center hosted the national tour of “Jersey Boys” from Nov. 15th to 17th.

‘Jersey Boys’ takes Buffalo crowd back in a ‘time machine’ of its own

Audience members shielded their eyes as they were blinded by the same light 1960s rock band the Four Seasons experienced at its sold-out shows. The "Jersey Boys” cast members faced upstage, with their backs turned toward the audience as they shared the feeling of stardom with the nostalgic crowd, some of whom were fans of the foursome since their start.

Owners Jessica and Ashley Fox pride themselves on creating a safe-space for patrons and employees by prioritizing the hiring of minorities.

Putting new meaning to the phrase '2-in-1'

Oak and Iron is breaking boundaries in Buffalo’s tattoo community as the first tattoo shop with a full-service salon, priding itself on being one of the most inclusive studios in the area.  The shop’s slogan is “keep Buffalo beautiful,” and the owners do just that. Married owners Ashley and Jessica Fox created the shop in response to the “male-dominated” tattoo community, hoping to create a safe space for patrons and employees. They prioritize hiring artists and estheticians from marginalized communities and support the community through charity efforts.

UB’s Challah for Hunger bakes Challah for their 2018 hunger relief drive.

Hungry for change

UB’s Challah for Hunger is holding its annual Campus Hunger Awareness Week from Nov. 18-22 in response to roughly 41% of four-year university and community college students who “do not know where their next meal is coming from.”  Challah for Hunger, a national organization taking action against hunger, will be selling and delivering fresh challah, a Jewish pastry, for $3 throughout the Buffalo area. Chabad of Buffalo has offered its house and supplies for the cause. Students on the Chabad board and Greek Life volunteers will be baking the challah. Patrons must preorder challah through Challah for Hunger’s online form by Nov. 15 and the group will bake and deliver the orders on Sunday Nov. 17. All proceeds will go toward local hunger relief through FeedMore WNY, a collaboration between The Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

Snow covers the academic spine early this week.

There’s snow place like Buffalo

It’s only November, but “Barefoot Longboard Guy” Matthew Romanyk has to wear shoes again. Buffalo’s winter is quickly approaching and a thick layer of snow blankets UB’s campuses. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Western New York area on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday’s flurries resulted in a record 11.1 inches of snow for Nov. 11. Winter weather can be expected to last roughly until April and, while some students were ready for the abrupt weather change in Buffalo, others were less prepared.

BSU and CSA presented videos by Marianne Williamson and Dr. Umar Johnson speaking about reparations. The reparations discussion was held at Student Union on Thursday.

UB students weigh in on reparations for slavery

Jeffery Clinton says he can’t forgive or forget the injustices his family and community endured throughout U.S. history. Clinton, a senior English and African American studies major and president of the African American Studies Academic Association, is a descendant of slaves. 

Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau hopes to win back the support of Canadian citizens following his recent controversies, including brownface, corruption and alleged sexual assault.

‘Running through the six with my votes’

While Americans watched the umpteenth Democratic debate, a monumental faceoff was happening just a few miles north of Buffalo.  Oct. 21 marked Canada’s 43rd parliamentary election, complete with the drastic approval ratings, numerous scandals and controversial seat changes that make election seasons so exciting.

Juno and Paulie from the indie hit "Juno" are a perfect couples costume for Halloweekend.

Costume calamity

With spooky season in full swing and Halloween under way, many students have been planning their costumes for weeks, if not months.  If you aren’t one of these well-prepared, ahead-of-the-game people, don’t fret. You won’t have to be a devil, cat or witch for the third year in a row. Here are some last minute, cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas that you can throw together from simple, thrift shop finds.

The Albright-Knox will close on Monday for a two-year construction project which should add 30,000 square feet of museum space.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery to close for two-year construction on Monday

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will close its doors to the public for the next two years on Monday. The closure will allow workers to construct a new building on the art museum’s north end. This is the Albright-Knox’s third major expansion in 114 years since it’s had a permanent location and the gallery expects the various additions to add 30,000 square feet of museum space. The Albright-Knox intends to open a satellite branch in Buffalo’s east side in January. Professors and community members have contrasting opinions on how the museum’s absence will affect Buffalo’s art scene.

Harry is a one-year-old pit bull terrier that is available for adoption at the SPCA. Volunteers can apply to socialize and walk him.

The giving-back glow-up

Students often find themselves with extra time during the week but aren’t sure what to do with it.  Many join clubs or pick up extra shifts at their job, but some students need an extra sense of accomplishment.  That’s where volunteering comes in. There are many volunteer opportunities across Buffalo, ranging from helping out at food banks to spending time with animals.

Political science professor Shawn Donahue stands with Taylor Swift's mom during the St. Louis stop on the "Red Tour."

Pop stars and politics

A Natural Sciences Complex classroom is packed for a Cases in Civil Liberties class with Professor Shawn Donahue, who’s presenting his 17th slide on Allied Structural Steel Company v. Spannaus. Suddenly, the chorus of Taylor Swift’s “22” erupts in the background. Everyone is looking around to see whose airpods momentarily disconnected. 

Chef's On the Go is an Italian food restaurant that opened for business last Thursday. Customers can grab their favorite Italian specials located at 5483 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

Seize the cheese

Chef’s Restaurant regularly sold over 200 pounds of mozzarella cheese daily last year. Now, at its new location off North Campus, Chef’s is looking to double that.  Chef’s Italian restaurant opened a second location in Amherst, Chef’s On the Go, which functions as a to-go style restaurant with limited seating and a drive-thru, requiring customers to call in or order on the Chef’s app. Students are looking forward to getting their signature spaghetti parm on the go, and those who can’t make the four-mile drive from North Campus can order through DoorDash for a small delivery fee. 

Step Out Buffalo is holding its third-annual The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl on Saturday. Mac's on Hertel is one of the 17 participating venues.

Halloween on Hertel

On Saturday, hundreds of drunk adults wearing Halloween costumes will get lost on their way from Del Denby Tavern to Gramma Mora’s, and you could be one of them. Step Out Buffalo is holding its third-annual The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Halloween-themed bar crawl features deals at 17 bars and restaurants spanning 1.4 miles of Hertel Avenue. Ticket holders have access to a shuttle bus running up and down Hertel “all night long” and the tickets, which are $10 for pre-sale and $15 at the door, include free entry to all participating venues. The bar crawl features more than 60 exclusive deals spread throughout the 17 venues and a free slice of pizza from Bob and John’s La Hacienda.

Members of UB Solo pose for a group photo after their showcase on Saturday.

A new society for soloists

Manuel Pena Cruz has struggled to stay motivated with his music at UB. The senior psychology major was an active musician in high school and the president of his high school music club for two years. When he arrived at UB, Pena Cruz joined The Buffalo Chips –– UB’s male a cappella group –– but soon realized that the group wasn’t for him. He is more of a solo artist.

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