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Thursday, June 20, 2024
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Nothing in excess

R. Lorraine Collins is known as a compassionate, groundbreaking psychologist, and recently, her accolades have surrounded two things: marijuana and research. Collins, associate dean for research in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, focuses on alcohol and marijuana use among 18- to 25-year-olds in her projects.

From left to right, Dante Iozzo, Andrew Harris, Nigel Michki and Kelly Coughlin, hope to create three separate primers - one for each of the three mandatory mathematics subjects in New York - and translate those primers into languages used by the English as a Second Language population of Buffalo.

Primed for success

Nigel Michki, a freshman computational physics major, and three other freshmen hope to change the face of bilingualism through primers - short guides or overviews to a subject or field - written as part of their self-started Primer Project.


"Improving transportation, improving life"

Adel Sadek grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and the pyramids and the ancient Egyptians always fascinated him. This fascination influenced his decision to pursue civil engineering - the field where "you build stuff," he said. In 1993, Sadek emigrated from Egypt to attend the University of Virginia for graduate school.


Not a gold digger

Don't call Douglas Perrelli a modern-day Indiana Jones. As an archaeologist himself, Perrelli sees the fictional character as nothing but a "fake" and a "borderline unethical artifact looter." Perrelli is the director and principal investigator of the Archaeological Survey within the Department of Anthropology at UB.


"Celebrate, remember, fight back"

As attendees slowly piled into Alumni Arena, there was a solemn sense of hope in the air. The crowd remembered those who lost loved ones while honoring those who overcame one of life's hardest battles. Relay For Life had begun. Students, faculty and the UB community came together on Friday for a 24-hour event to raise money for the fight against cancer.


Five kilometers of color

Students lined up to have their bodies painted with brightly colored cornstarch. With bright pink war paint under their eyes and battle lines down their arms, these students are ready to bombard the students walking through the Student Union. These colorful students are passing out flyers advertising for Color Me Rad, the 5K run taking place at Darien Lake Amusement Park on June 22.


"H to the izz-O, V to the izz-Ace"

It was a snowy night in January when Vusa Hove first set foot in the United States. Snow is not a common sight in Sub-Saharan Africa. "The first day I arrived was the first time in my life that I'd ever seen snow," Hove said.


Marvin the Martian and Costello: The Coffed story

Steven Coffed, a sophomore aerospace and mechanical engineering major, has a valedictorian certificate hanging in his bedroom, a mention in a Business First article that named the best scholar athletes in Western New York, a Presidential Scholarship - which is awarded to only 25 of the university's approximately 5,000 incoming freshmen - and multiple other academic honors. One of his most treasured possessions, however, is a Marvin the Martian watch. At first glance, the watch could be seen as a subtle but arrogant reference to his success because of its juxtaposition.


Around the World with UNYTS

UB students are saving lives. For the eighth consecutive year, students of Karen Swierski's COM 453 Advanced Public Relations class hosted an event in conjunction with Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) to raise awareness and gain support for organ, eye, tissue and blood donations. Swierski, an adjunct professor in the communication department, wants her students to have the experience of working with a non-profit agency before entering the corporate world.

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Follow me and everything is all right

@UBCrushes This popular Twitter account enables UB students to anonymously confess their love for other students or professors. After a UB student noticed other schools with "hilarious crush Twitters," this user searched for a UB crush page and after not finding anything, UB Crushes was born.


"More philanthropy, less party"

Many college students get a kick out of partying, drinking and going out. Michael Zhang, a UB alum, along with his fraternity, Lambda Phi Epsilon (LPE), doesn't. Zhang, who is still an active member of his fraternity despite no longer being a student at UB, said his involvement with LPE allows him to enjoy activities besides partying and drinking.


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