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Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey allowed students to voice their opinions on the future of the Student Union with stickers. They held an event early Wednesday to get feedback on ideas for the future renovations of the SU.

Contractors ask for student input on future Student Union

The Student Union is undergoing a transformation that may include new lounge spaces and outdoor areas after this semester. The building’s future design was up for debate Wednesday in the SU lobby, as students gave feedback to an outside development advisory firm. Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey, who are tasked with the Student Union Master Plan, stood by the main entrance with posters set up to showcase their ideas. The master plan will dictate students’ future use of SU and South Campus’ Harriman Hall.

Speakers doing one-on-one sessions as part of UB’s Human Library event. The idea of the event is to have people share first-hand experiences.

The library of human perseverance

Logan Smith-Carlos, a Hamburg native and high school sophomore, recalled a time in middle school when he ran away from home and found himself sitting on a bridge watching a “beautiful” sunset.


Infamous alumni

UB has a very solid alumni record. From graduates like Wolf Blitzer, Khalil Mack and Terry Gross to dropouts like Ronnie James Dio, the school has plenty to be proud of when it comes to past students.

Fiona O'Loughlin talks about the benefits of thrifting for spring trends.

UB students share spring fashion trends

Fiona O’Loughlin is guilty of one fashion crime. “I steal stuff from my mom’s closet,” O'Loughlin, a sophomore English major, said while wearing a strapless top, army pants and leather Dr. Martens boots.

Campus Dining & Shops introduced Mountain Dew Baja Blast in early March and says the product is "flying off" shelves

The Blast comes to Buffalo

The pinnacle of Taco Bell is now right outside of your lecture hall. Mountain Dew Baja Blast arrived in campus vending machines and at The Elli convenience store in early March according to Raymond Kohl, Campus Dining & Shops marketing manager. Kohl wrote in an email that the popular soft drink, which Taco Bell introduced as an exclusive to the fast food chain in 2004, is already “flying off” The Elli’s shelves and requiring Vending Manager Dave Marotta to “constantly” fill vending machine slots.

Tattoo artist Marc Lavey admires his flash tattoo on UB alumni Rachel Robert at CowPok Piercing and Tattoos’ annual fundraiser.

Paws and pin-ups

Tattoo culture has gone to the dogs. Literally. CowPok Piercing and Tattoo hosted its third-annual fundraiser for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter on Saturday.

The Bar Bill stands as a local favorite when it comes to wings. It’s one of Buffalo’s most characteristic restaurants.

Around town: Buffalonian food favorites

Buffalo is known around the world for beef on weck and wings, but Buffalonians have so much more to say about local cuisine.  Where do Buffalonians like to eat? Not Anchor Bar. Buffalo is forever tied to the resturaunt for those spicy hot wings, but Buffalo offers more than the sauce. The Spectrum compiled five Queen City staples Buffalonians love. 

The Center for the Arts hall is filled with natural light and lots of seating, making this campus location one of the best places to have some healthy alone time during lunch. 

Eating in peace

If your lunch break is necessary “me time,” then you probably have searched campus for the perfect place to relax and eat your lunch uninterrupted.It doesn’t mean you’re unhappy and it doesn’t mean you don’t like people –– you just like your alone time in the midst of a busy work day. Luckily, The Spectrumcompiled a list of the six best places for some peaceful alone time on campus.

Director of Career Services Arlene Kaukus sits at a table in Capen 259. Kaukus said she wants to make changes to make Career Services more prominent among students.

Students unsure of Career Services' role

Students say getting a job is a top priority after graduation but less than 8% made an appointment at Career Services last year.  Roughly 52% of students, according to a Spectrum survey, don’t even know UB has a career office.

UB professor David Schirm enjoys a cheese and peanut butter cracker in his office. Schirm, a celebrated artist and tenured professor, is set to retire in 2020.

Art professor paints life story

The image of a fractured iceberg in a sea of blood leans on an office wall in the Center for the Arts. The piece,“End of Days,” symbolizes the ice caps melting under man-made forces causing environmental destruction.

The Theme Park Engineering Club visits Darien Lake to learn about amusement park design. The club provides students with the opportunity to learn about what goes into building the world’s roller coasters.

Adrenaline designers

Ian Buchman said he’s “kind of scared” of roller coasters.  Still, he works on them just about every day. He said he enjoys the planning aspect of them as secretary of UB’s Theme Park Engineering Club.

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