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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. 

UB alum Eugene Kennedy - G Premacy - performs at Music is Art on Saturday. He recently signed a deal with Equity Distribution, a branch of Jay-Z's label Roc Nation.

The rise of G Premacy

G Premacy remembers his first concert in Brooklyn. At the time, he was still a UB student.  Unlike Buffalo venues where the crowds were dominated by supportive friends, the rapper –– an ’11 alum born Eugene Kennedy –– looked out onto a crowd of unfamiliar faces. 

Florence Ayeni, senior health and human services major and BSU president, is a full-time entrepreneur and student leader who dedicates her time to helping others.

Florence Ayeni: a student entrepreneur with a desire to help others

Florence Ayeni’s father taught her that helping people can, in turn, allow people to help themselves.   When Ayeni was young, her father, a pastor, selflessly brought a homeless man into their home. He told her the man was her uncle from Nigeria who came to live with the family. And when Ayeni’s father was deported for four years and nine months in 2008, the man who she believed to be her uncle took care of Ayeni and the rest of her family.


Skirting unnecessary costs

Being a student is really expensive.  UB students might get a better deal than those who opted for private colleges, but in-state undergraduates still pay upwards of $7,000 per year on tuition alone. Out-of-state undergrads, graduate students and professional students pay significantly more. But tuition is only one aspect of the cost of student living. Housing, food and additional fees pile onto what is already a steep bill. 


No car, no problem

Are you tired of the same old food on campus and itching to expand your taste buds? Many students don’t own a car, and it becomes a hassle to access places off campus that aren’t in walking distance.  But there are a few great options off campus students can access without a car by using the UB Stampede –– a service most students pay for –– to get to restaurants around North Campus and on Main Street. 

Local musician BadMoodRude is no stranger to the music industry, but never expected to be negotiating contracts for her music to appear on television shows.

Songwriting and solidarity: Introducing BadMoodRude

BadMoodRude would have never considered a career as a musician two years ago. The local personality was known around Upstate New York as a music promoter and online mental health advocate, but she began producing her own music at the request of her late grandmother.

Sophomore Daphne Da Silva amongst piles of boxes.

Freshmen find friendship among boxes, rideshares

Cameron Reyes, a freshman chemical and biological engineering major, spent a month on campus for UB’s Access to College Excellence program over the summer, but that didn’t make saying goodbye to his mom last week any easier. “My mom was sad. Everybody else that came was sad,” Reyes said. “I’m the youngest [sibling] and also the last one to go to college so I guess she was proud but sad because I won’t be home with her anymore.” 

York prepares for a performance.

Queen of UB: Daphne York

Matthew Groth pouts into a vanity mirror in his bedroom, admiring his jawline and fixing his already-perfect hair. A 10-foot rack stands next to him, housing over 15 wigs and enough fake jewelry and form-fitting outfits to satisfy a production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” 

Alumni Arena during one of UB’s commencement ceremonies. Hours of labor go into each ceremony so they can happen right after each other.

Guardians of graduation day

Between sound, lighting, sets, multiple ceremonies, managing thousands of people, video graphics and more, UB employees have plenty to oversee during commencement season. Director of University Events Bill Regan and his staff oversee the logistics and most of the staging for every ceremony in Alumni Arena. Ceremonies fall on the same day at UB, giving UB Facilities and events workers only four hours to have the building ready between graduations.

Anyssa Evelyn, the SA vice president, is speaking at the first CAS commencement next week.

The voices of UB commencement

Mike Brown is ready for “the biggest honor” of his UB career. Brown was selected to be the student speaker at the undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences this year.

 UB Student Association President Gunnar Haberl looks out at campus from the Student Union balcony. Haberl reflected on his year as SA president and discussed his plans for the future in an interview with The Spectrum.  

Student Association president reflects on year in office

Gunnar Haberl remembers putting a sword through someone’s neck in front of at least 50 different crowds. The outgoing Student Association president isn’t a murderer, though. He was a child magician showcasing his favorite trick with a tape-measure sword. Haberl didn’t have to pull any tricks on anyone this academic year, but he admits he did his best to mend SA’s relationships with departments, not disclosing whether or not he used magic in the process.

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