Katie Johnson, a freshman occupational therapy major, had her first cigarette at the age of 13. She started smoking cigarettes regularly when she was a freshman in high school, and it has been about a month since she quit. "[Smoking] is a temporary stress reliever, but I've found other methods to relieve stress in a healthier way," Johnson said.
While sitting in the peaceful atrium in UB's Center For the Arts, few would expect to hear casual chatter about drag queens and fake mothers - especially from the mild-mannered Sean Feiner. Feiner is a teaching assistant who co-teaches Gaming, Gender and Society in UB's Department of Media Study (DMS). The class focuses on social implications behind common video games and gender roles within them.
They wake up by daybreak - sometimes as early as 3 or 4 a.m. - arrive on site before the average college student wakes up, train physically and mentally for hours and still make it to their first classes. UB ROTC (Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps) cadets dedicate time, strength and discipline into their committed roles.
Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, calls a recent decline in employment of 16- to 19-year-olds a "Great Depression for teens." He said the percentage of teens out of work in the summer has "never been this low in our lives."
Gilbert Hammerman* paid his way through college. Not in the sense that he paid his own tuition or took out loans to receive his college degree. He paid his classmates and friends to write his papers, take his online courses and complete his projects. Hammerman spent $2,000 during his junior and senior years to graduate.
Running two and a half miles can give five meals to hungry people. Running 3.2 miles can provide roughly eight puppy and kitten vaccinations. Charity Miles, a free app available to iPhone and Android users, creates incentive to exercise by offering users an opportunity to give back to the community through charitable donations.
Madison Darling, a junior health and human services major, was covered in mud from head to toe and she loved every second of it. Approximately 10,000 females covered in pink and brown climbed, crawled and challenged themselves to complete the Dirty Girl Mud Run in support of cancer awareness in Buffalo suburb Lancaster on Saturday and Sunday. The participants organized in teams to take on various woman-themed obstacles at the non-competitive 5K race.
She could not verbalize anything. Laying in a hospital bed, hooked up to tubes and needles, bone-thin from not eating for five days, makeup blogger Talia Castellano held onto Lizzy Lenchner's hand. She opened her eyes for a few moments, looked at Lenchner and smirked.
Dylan Burns, a sophomore architecture major, spent his summer discovering the "sociology of architecture." Burns was the first UB student to be chosen for the Fulbright Summer Institute.
If a zombie apocalypse hits Buffalo anytime soon, one group of UB students will be prepared to handle the impending chaos. These students meet every Tuesday around a large seminar table in Capen Hall and are instructed by John Edgar Browning, an adjunct English professor and Ph.D.
There was loud music blasting through the speakers and the DJs on stage were spinning songs that made the entire crowd go wild.
Every Friday night, Rivka Gurary serves a $1,000 meal to her family. She spends two to three days preparing dishes of chicken, soup, challah, gefilte fish, rice, salads and desserts - from scratch. The meal is not only for her immediate family - her husband, Rabbi Moshe Gurary and their five children - but also the entire Jewish community at UB. The Chabad House, located at 2450 North Forest Road behind Wilkeson Quadrangle, is a home away from home to over 100 UB students and thousands of UB alumni, according to Rabbi Gurary.