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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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A literary love affair

Some students turn to romantic date nights, chocolates and roses with their significant others during Valentine's Day. Others turn to books. UB's Literature Club has a goal of spreading literacy and their passion for books throughout the UB community. This Valentine's Day, the group is hosting its first "Blind Date with a Book" event.


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UB's Black Student Union celebrates Black History Month

UB's Black Student Union (BSU) has big plans for Black History Month, including birthday celebrations for Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two pioneers for black equality. BSU has several events lined up, such as a leadership conference for local high school students, its annual health fair with local health organizations, community service events that will be held every other weekend and a Valentine's Day candy-gram and raffle, according to Christina Dunn, an activities coordinator for the club and a sophomore sociology and communication major. To conclude the month's festivities, the club will continue its tradition of hosting Black Explosion. "It's a fashion and cultural show where we take any theme or idea that we want and run wild with it," said President Greg Bellonton, a senior psychology major.


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A winning culture

In the United States, celebrities roam the streets of Los Angeles, star in movies and make Billboard-topping records. In India, they play cricket. Cricket is so highly regarded in India that some consider it to be like its own religion.


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Lady Beronia Jackson

As a young boy in a London suburb, James Currie sat improvising on a piano, wearing his mother's clothing and referring to himself as "Lady Beronia Jackson." Today, Currie's passion for performance lives on in UB's Musicology department.


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Celebrating the snowy season

Munindhran N. Rao, a master's student studying electrical engineering, experienced snow for the first time on Saturday. Rao, who is from India, was one of 300 students who attended UB's fifth-annual Winterfest.


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Nutrition on the go

Nine thousand seven hundred and seven calories, 951 grams of fat and 32,713 milligrams of sodium - that's the nutritional value Kathryn Bridgwood, a freshman occupational therapy major, thought a Caesar salad from Sizzles had. Bridgwood, an admitted health freak since her senior year of high school, downloaded UB Mobile - a smartphone application that helps count calories and plan a diet on campus.


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Food Fight

A recent UB survey found one third of students are overweight. It revealed almost every student needs to improve his or her daily intake of fruits and vegetables to five or more times per day, according to Sherri Darrow, the director of Student Health and Wellness. Some students count calories and prepare balanced meals, while others fulfill the stereotypical college student diet of Ramen and Easy Mac.


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"Once told he'd never play again, Moss hits stride at UB"

Two years ago, Justin Moss was diagnosed with a heart condition and told he would never play basketball again. Wednesday night, he scored a season-high 14 points to help the Bulls (11-6, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) defeat Western Michigan (11-8, 4-3 MAC), 84-63, at Alumni Arena. Moss, a sophomore forward on the men's basketball team, is in his first season with the Bulls after transferring from Indian Hills Community College.


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The rush for sisterhood

Chelsea Sullivan, a junior English major, did not enjoy being around girls in high school. She had always preferred the company of a small, male group of friends. Now, Sullivan has a sisterhood. She is an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon (DPE) and is currently the vice president of special events for the Inter-Greek Council (IGC). She has been steadily involved for the past two years. DPE is one of the six sororities that form the Panhellenic Council under IGC.


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Comedic relief

Corey Reisman, a junior political science major, dreams of becoming the president of the United States one day, though he would settle for a senatorial seat. Alex Race, a senior philosophy major, just received a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Minnesota Law School. Ben Balderman, a sophomore biological sciences major, studies intensely and hopes to eventually work as a pediatric oncologist. Reisman, Race and Balderman are three of 26 students who have found a way to escape the pressure of pursuing a rigorous career.


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A different way to experience winter session

Kelli Leclair had always described herself as "ratchet." But because of the Cinematic Sociology in Singapore program, that term no longer applies. Over winter break, Leclair, a senior communication major, was one of two UB students who traveled to Singapore.


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A passion for the mind

In Dr. Shira Gabriel's world of psychology, she's seen people - in a sense - turn into vampires and wizards. The associate professor of psychology has done a variety of research and experiments - including one that consisted of participants reading passages from fantasy novels.


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The executive's daughter

Throughout her childhood, Claire Brady didn't see her father a lot and never understood why. They only ate dinner together when she and her family went to him. The senior speech and hearing and health and human services major would sit at a high table at Applebee's, eating chicken tenders and drinking an Oreo milkshake, while her father was hard at work. Upon attending UB, Brady began to comprehend why her father's schedule did not permit him to see her often.


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A harmonizing repertoire

Two years ago, Emi Ferguson stood on Ground Zero wearing all black. She had passion and sadness in her eyes as she confidently stood in front of thousands of people while the notes of "Amazing Grace" purred out of her flute. Audience members at the 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony of 9/11 cried and held each other as Ferguson made playing the patriotic song look effortless and let the music lightly sway her body.


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The musical mountain climber

William LaShomb isn't the average front man of a local band. The sophomore biomedical sciences major with a passion for adventure is currently struggling with the decision to pursue a career as a doctor or continue striving to become the next big musician. He compares the decision with "trying to rein in two different horses that are pulling in opposite directions." But the dilemma is not something LaShomb can't handle.


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A dynamic dream

It's a 70-degree September day and Kevin Lewis feels like he's in a dream. With lights illuminating the dark stage of the Ithaca State Theatre, Lewis peeks out from backstage and sees the first two rows of faces followed by shadows of people that look like they go on for miles. A bit of nervousness sinks in.


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UGA offers students new way to see the world

It's been a year since David Harary, Matt Adam and Josh Krause created a club for geography students to network in what they consider an "isolated department." And that isolation is starting to change. Founded in November 2012 by Harary, Adam and Krause, the Undergraduate Geography Association (UGA) provides a social forum for students interested in geography to network with one another and learn and discuss geography's effect on people's lives. Harary, a junior economics and international trade major, said there was once a undergraduate geography club, but it failed to achieve its potential.


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The new man in charge

When John Stutzman arrived in Chechnya, Russia, he, his wrestlers and assistant coaches were escorted from the airport by guards holding 9-millimeter guns. They were thrown into the back of armored limousines and driven away at 150 miles per hour down the road, ensuring they wouldn't be followed.





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