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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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The Renaissance Custom Tattoo storefront.

Think before you ink

Getting a tattoo is risky business.  There’s always the chance of getting stuck with a bad tattoo for the rest of your life, and unfortunately, it happens all too often. Roughly 23% of people with tattoos in the U.S. regret at least one of their tattoos, according to a poll by the Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic.

"[Releasing the album] was a weight off of me. I felt like I let off a spiritual load."

Artist spotlight: Mavi

Mavi was released from the hospital on his birthday last year. His illness and surgery disrupted his career, as the Charlotte rapper was preparing to take his “first big step onto the main stage.” This year, he celebrated his birthday to the tune of his debut album “Let the Sun Talk.”


Shoeless and shameless

Matthew Romanyk’s longboard is the only thing separating his bare feet from the pavement and a terrible brush burn when he weaves his way between students, down Putnman Way and toward the Student Union.  As he approaches the thick crowd gathered around the SU, Romanyk needs to come to a stop without using his feet to slow himself down. Instead, he jumps off, simultaneously flicking his board into his hands and lands on his bare feet –– not a scratch on them. 

Loaded baked potato soup.

Crockin’ out

Many students come to college without knowing how to cook for themselves.  The process can seem overwhelming, but the answer to salvation is sitting somewhere in a Christmas Tree Shop. The crock-pot has been around for over 70 years and it’s time to start making warm, hearty meals and accept slow cooking as one of the most rewarding cooking techniques. 

Daily Planet Coffee Company on Hertel Avenue.

Buffalo’s best cafes to hang out, do work

Getting out of the house –– and your sweatpants –– can do wonders for productivity. While Capen and Lockwood can get boring, and so can hanging out in your dorm, or anywhere on campus, Buffalo has some great spots to relax on a study break.  We’ve compiled some of Buffalo’s best cafes (in no particular order) you can go to for studying, meetings or just hanging out with your friends. 

Savers on Eggert Road is a great stop for cheap clothes and Halloween costumes.

Buffalo’s best thrift shops

There’s two types of thrift shopping. There’s “vintage” shopping, which essentially consists of going to high-end antique stores, spending Depop money on a worn-out denim jacket and running home to share your “gnarly experience” with your friends who aren’t cool or trendy enough to ever understand.

Tifft Nature Preserve is a five-minute drive from downtown Buffalo and located on the Outer Harbor.

Hella hidden hikes

Fall is underway and while it’s been surprisingly warm, we can’t expect the good luck to last in Buffalo.  Although the Buffalo area doesn’t boast tall, impressive mountain ranges, there are still a number of interesting hikes in the area to enjoy while the weather still permits. From rock cities and outdoor art exhibits to natural fireplaces under waterfalls, the area has many unique places to explore. 

Anthony Vargas smiles in front of the Student Union.

‘A light at the end of the tunnel’

At just 17 years old, Anthony Vargas didn’t know who was watching when he spoke in front of the United Nations on the International Day of Peace in 2014. His speech was internationally televised. He may have even been in the same room as President Barack Obama. He wasn’t sure.

Insomnia Cookies has opened a new location across from North Campus in the University Place Plaza on Sweet Home Road, and students can't get enough.

Cookie craze catches on at UB

Teeshan Udayakumar is a night owl. He likes staying up –– and eating –– late. But he didn’t expect to change his eating habits to accommodate UB’s meal hours when he arrived on campus this semester. “Having nothing to eat after 12 [a.m. some days] does not cut it for me,” Udayakumar, a freshman computer science major, said.

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence is a classic addition to the fall-season roster. The farm has hundreds of pre-picked gourds for patrons to choose.

Around town: Fall-ing in love with Buffalo

Starbucks employees knew it was coming. They’ve been training for this battle since they were handed their first green apron. They knew what they signed up for, but they were not ready for Aug. 27.  They weren’t ready for the return of pumpkin spice, but UB students were.

‘Boombox Guy’ in front of the SU Bull.

DJ AJ: The man behind the music

It’s mid-day, and the Student Union is swarming with students. Lines are long and tables are full. The building is noisy with chatter.  Suddenly, a deep bass riff starts to resonate throughout the building. The light buzz intensifies as its source leaves The Commons and heads toward SU. 

UB alum John Hannibal moves to Los Angeles this year to try to “make it big” as a pop musician.


John Hannibal remembers when he was 12 years old and the other kids would be playing video games, while he was home learning how to produce music.  He wanted to do something "cool" and "different." Music was his avenue to do that.

Jordan Nicholson discusses his unique tactics that set him apart from other DJs and where he hopes they will take him.

Running it back: Student DJ looks to expand business

Jordan Nicholson began DJing when he was 15 years old. But he had to “retire” for three years while he was a running back on Monroe College’s undefeated football team. Although an undefeated season is usually exciting, Nicholson and his teammates were bored. So Nicholson decided to borrow the baseball team’s speakers and change that.


Self-care through skincare

Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist. Make sure to patch test any new products to avoid skin irritation. (And check in with a professional.) Gone are the days of Proactiv and St. Ives apricot scrubs. Skincare has taken over in this new age of self-care and self-preservation. But as new companies and formulas continue to advance, approaching the world of skincare becomes more intimidating with each new buzzword-filled article. Acids? Retinoids? I’m getting an English degree! 

Jasmine To poses with her paintings.

Passion over profession

Jasmine To –– a junior psychology major –– left her paints at home to take classes for two years. She wanted to pave her way toward a practical, financially responsible career. Now, she realizes she’s been working toward a future she didn’t choose for herself. 

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