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The week of good eats

Drinks, music, food, large crowds and local businesses are offering deals throughout Buffalo for the next week. Buffalo’s Local Restaurant Week started in 2009, occurs twice a year and gives local restaurants the opportunity to show off their menus. There are more than 200 restaurants participating this week. Restaurants include the 189 Public House, Bravo Cafe & Catering and The Family Tree Restaurant.

O’Grady (right) at a party in 1974 with Provost of Arts and Letters, John Sullivan (left). O’Grady, who died on Tuesday, leaves a lasting legacy as the founder of the media study department at UB.

UB faculty remembers Gerald O'Grady

Gerald O’Grady was a man married to his work, and his work was revolutionary.  The founder and former chair of the Media Study department passed away on Tuesday. O’Grady came to UB during one of the most important historical periods for the university, and he leaves behind a legacy of profound impact in the Buffalo art world and beyond. The Oxford-educated scholar started several media organizations in Buffalo and his emphasis on experimentalism in media arts and film still influences how students are taught in the department today.

Spectrum editors sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow ahead of his Distinguished Speaker Lectures. 

Exclusive Q&A with acclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow has gone from a 15-year-old college graduate to joining a White House administration at 22. Farrow, now 31, has been heralded for his reporting on sexual abuse cases, winning the Pulitzer for his reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. Farrow had an exclusive interview with The Spectrum shortly before his speech in the Center for the Arts for the 32nd Distinguished Speakers Series. 

Residents of the Q3C Co-op sit in their community library. Co-ops offer an alternative housing option for many young people.

Co-existing in small numbers

The Nickel City Housing Cooperative holds its potluck dinner on Monday or Wednesday nights, where a mix of people sit around a large dinner table eating a vegetarian meal, almost like a family. 

Photos courtesy of UB Archives (Boxes E, H, I), Wikipedia Commons (Boxes B,F,G), Spectrum Archives (Box A), Geni (Box C), FindAGrave (Box D)

The name game

 Most students don’t know former UB President Clifford Furnas was an Olympian. Or that Carolyn Tripp Clement might have made the first local phone call in Buffalo. But, if you ask students where their buildings are, their last names roll off the tip of the tongue.


‘Riders on the storm’

Jacob Brill had “the best bad idea” on Saturday night. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning for Sunday and five sophomore students knew exactly how to take advantage of it. 


Around town: Best thrift stores

Thrifting — it’s like getting hand-me-downs —only they come from strangers and you pay for them. But thrifting is really the best way to update your closet while on the college budget. There are so many reasons to skip the mall and thrift. Buying used clothing is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Is it really necessary for you to buy those mass-produced faded mom-jeans from Urban Outfitters when there is a perfectly good pair at your local thrift store? Is there anything more satisfying than when someone asks you where you got your cool new leather jacket and you can say you found it at a thrift store? Take that, Sharon, I know you’re trying to cop my style, but you’ll never find this at Forever 21.

Anna Seidl stands in front of ice-covered Lake LaSalle. The theater performance student has built a local reputation for wearing shorts during the winter.

Feeling the breeze

The Buffalo winter is upon campus and students are shuffling through the slush and zipping parka coats up to their noses to stay warm.  But Anna Seidl, a sophomore theater performance and psychology major, said she never wears a coat outside during the winter.

A student reads a book inside the Music Library alone. Faculty and students still have concerns over the library's future, following the retirement of the library’s archivist.

Uncertain and understaffed

UB’s Music Library is now down to only one part-time librarian, which leaves the future of the library unknown.  Former music librarian John Bewley is no longer an active librarian, according to Elizabeth Adelman, interim vice provost for University Libraries. Bewley, who retired this January, was the only music archivist at the library, according to UB Libraries’ website. The Spectrum reported in December that music faculty and students were concerned for the future of the library, following cuts to the staff. Bewley was the last librarian working with a music degree at the library. 

Photo Illustration of students eating Sugar Babies caramels. UB students are finding life as a sugar baby as an alluring cash-making alternative.

Seeking broke girls

Krystina Minckal* was struggling.  Her minimum-wage job at FedEx was not covering her car payments last year. Single and broke, Minckal decided to look for a sugar daddy.

The logo to Sex Talk with my Mom, hosted by Cam Porter. From Porter’s own podcast to many others, there is a large variety of sex and love podcasts to choose from.

Best sex and love podcasts

You could have all of your sex questions answered while mindlessly walking to class.  All you have to do is turn off your tired daily mix and let your headphones transport you from the Baldy walkway to a Marvin Gaye music video. Last year brought us some of the best sex podcasts yet, and here are the ones you should be listening to.

The Career Services office space at 259 Capen Hall. UB’s new career program, Here to Career, will work alongside Career Services to give students a better experience at school.

Working for the future

UB is looking to transform the job search experience with a new program: Here to Career. The program, which works directly with Student Life and Career Services, will give students on-campus jobs and pair them with advisers from multiple UB departments. This semester marks the launch of the program.

Father Roy Herberger stands in the congregation space at the Newman Center. Herberger recently returned from a suspension from the Buffalo Diocese after being exonerated from a sexual abuse complaint.

Life after controversy

Father Roy Herberger, a priest at UB’s Newman Center, returned to active ministry in December. He returned to a warm welcome in light of a six-month suspension, caused by a sexual abuse claim.

Students taking notes during a large lecture in 170 Fillmore Hall. Students have extra time this semester to add a class to their schedule, after the add/drop period was pushed back following last week’s storm.

Best classes to join during add/drop period

Spring is here, but that doesn’t mean you’re not still panicking to figure out your schedule.  Most students may have a heavy workload already and are looking for classes that are more enjoyable rather than tedious. We’ve compiled some classes that are not only worthwhile to take, but won’t feel so burdensome once midterm and final exams season hits. This list should come in handy after UB extended the spring semester add/drop deadline to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

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