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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Snow covers the academic spine early this week.

There’s snow place like Buffalo

It’s only November, but “Barefoot Longboard Guy” Matthew Romanyk has to wear shoes again. Buffalo’s winter is quickly approaching and a thick layer of snow blankets UB’s campuses. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Western New York area on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday’s flurries resulted in a record 11.1 inches of snow for Nov. 11. Winter weather can be expected to last roughly until April and, while some students were ready for the abrupt weather change in Buffalo, others were less prepared.

BSU and CSA presented videos by Marianne Williamson and Dr. Umar Johnson speaking about reparations. The reparations discussion was held at Student Union on Thursday.

UB students weigh in on reparations for slavery

Jeffery Clinton says he can’t forgive or forget the injustices his family and community endured throughout U.S. history. Clinton, a senior English and African American studies major and president of the African American Studies Academic Association, is a descendant of slaves. 

Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau hopes to win back the support of Canadian citizens following his recent controversies, including brownface, corruption and alleged sexual assault.

‘Running through the six with my votes’

While Americans watched the umpteenth Democratic debate, a monumental faceoff was happening just a few miles north of Buffalo.  Oct. 21 marked Canada’s 43rd parliamentary election, complete with the drastic approval ratings, numerous scandals and controversial seat changes that make election seasons so exciting.

Juno and Paulie from the indie hit "Juno" are a perfect couples costume for Halloweekend.

Costume calamity

With spooky season in full swing and Halloween under way, many students have been planning their costumes for weeks, if not months.  If you aren’t one of these well-prepared, ahead-of-the-game people, don’t fret. You won’t have to be a devil, cat or witch for the third year in a row. Here are some last minute, cheap and easy Halloween costume ideas that you can throw together from simple, thrift shop finds.

The Albright-Knox will close on Monday for a two-year construction project which should add 30,000 square feet of museum space.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery to close for two-year construction on Monday

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will close its doors to the public for the next two years on Monday. The closure will allow workers to construct a new building on the art museum’s north end. This is the Albright-Knox’s third major expansion in 114 years since it’s had a permanent location and the gallery expects the various additions to add 30,000 square feet of museum space. The Albright-Knox intends to open a satellite branch in Buffalo’s east side in January. Professors and community members have contrasting opinions on how the museum’s absence will affect Buffalo’s art scene.

Harry is a one-year-old pit bull terrier that is available for adoption at the SPCA. Volunteers can apply to socialize and walk him.

The giving-back glow-up

Students often find themselves with extra time during the week but aren’t sure what to do with it.  Many join clubs or pick up extra shifts at their job, but some students need an extra sense of accomplishment.  That’s where volunteering comes in. There are many volunteer opportunities across Buffalo, ranging from helping out at food banks to spending time with animals.

Political science professor Shawn Donahue stands with Taylor Swift's mom during the St. Louis stop on the "Red Tour."

Pop stars and politics

A Natural Sciences Complex classroom is packed for a Cases in Civil Liberties class with Professor Shawn Donahue, who’s presenting his 17th slide on Allied Structural Steel Company v. Spannaus. Suddenly, the chorus of Taylor Swift’s “22” erupts in the background. Everyone is looking around to see whose airpods momentarily disconnected. 

Chef's On the Go is an Italian food restaurant that opened for business last Thursday. Customers can grab their favorite Italian specials located at 5483 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

Seize the cheese

Chef’s Restaurant regularly sold over 200 pounds of mozzarella cheese daily last year. Now, at its new location off North Campus, Chef’s is looking to double that.  Chef’s Italian restaurant opened a second location in Amherst, Chef’s On the Go, which functions as a to-go style restaurant with limited seating and a drive-thru, requiring customers to call in or order on the Chef’s app. Students are looking forward to getting their signature spaghetti parm on the go, and those who can’t make the four-mile drive from North Campus can order through DoorDash for a small delivery fee. 

Step Out Buffalo is holding its third-annual The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl on Saturday. Mac's on Hertel is one of the 17 participating venues.

Halloween on Hertel

On Saturday, hundreds of drunk adults wearing Halloween costumes will get lost on their way from Del Denby Tavern to Gramma Mora’s, and you could be one of them. Step Out Buffalo is holding its third-annual The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Halloween-themed bar crawl features deals at 17 bars and restaurants spanning 1.4 miles of Hertel Avenue. Ticket holders have access to a shuttle bus running up and down Hertel “all night long” and the tickets, which are $10 for pre-sale and $15 at the door, include free entry to all participating venues. The bar crawl features more than 60 exclusive deals spread throughout the 17 venues and a free slice of pizza from Bob and John’s La Hacienda.

Members of UB Solo pose for a group photo after their showcase on Saturday.

A new society for soloists

Manuel Pena Cruz has struggled to stay motivated with his music at UB. The senior psychology major was an active musician in high school and the president of his high school music club for two years. When he arrived at UB, Pena Cruz joined The Buffalo Chips –– UB’s male a cappella group –– but soon realized that the group wasn’t for him. He is more of a solo artist.

The Renaissance Custom Tattoo storefront.

Think before you ink

Getting a tattoo is risky business.  There’s always the chance of getting stuck with a bad tattoo for the rest of your life, and unfortunately, it happens all too often. Roughly 23% of people with tattoos in the U.S. regret at least one of their tattoos, according to a poll by the Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic.

"[Releasing the album] was a weight off of me. I felt like I let off a spiritual load."

Artist spotlight: Mavi

Mavi was released from the hospital on his birthday last year. His illness and surgery disrupted his career, as the Charlotte rapper was preparing to take his “first big step onto the main stage.” This year, he celebrated his birthday to the tune of his debut album “Let the Sun Talk.”


Shoeless and shameless

Matthew Romanyk’s longboard is the only thing separating his bare feet from the pavement and a terrible brush burn when he weaves his way between students, down Putnman Way and toward the Student Union.  As he approaches the thick crowd gathered around the SU, Romanyk needs to come to a stop without using his feet to slow himself down. Instead, he jumps off, simultaneously flicking his board into his hands and lands on his bare feet –– not a scratch on them. 

Loaded baked potato soup.

Crockin’ out

Many students come to college without knowing how to cook for themselves.  The process can seem overwhelming, but the answer to salvation is sitting somewhere in a Christmas Tree Shop. The crock-pot has been around for over 70 years and it’s time to start making warm, hearty meals and accept slow cooking as one of the most rewarding cooking techniques. 

Daily Planet Coffee Company on Hertel Avenue.

Buffalo’s best cafes to hang out, do work

Getting out of the house –– and your sweatpants –– can do wonders for productivity. While Capen and Lockwood can get boring, and so can hanging out in your dorm, or anywhere on campus, Buffalo has some great spots to relax on a study break.  We’ve compiled some of Buffalo’s best cafes (in no particular order) you can go to for studying, meetings or just hanging out with your friends. 

Savers on Eggert Road is a great stop for cheap clothes and Halloween costumes.

Buffalo’s best thrift shops

There’s two types of thrift shopping. There’s “vintage” shopping, which essentially consists of going to high-end antique stores, spending Depop money on a worn-out denim jacket and running home to share your “gnarly experience” with your friends who aren’t cool or trendy enough to ever understand.

Tifft Nature Preserve is a five-minute drive from downtown Buffalo and located on the Outer Harbor.

Hella hidden hikes

Fall is underway and while it’s been surprisingly warm, we can’t expect the good luck to last in Buffalo.  Although the Buffalo area doesn’t boast tall, impressive mountain ranges, there are still a number of interesting hikes in the area to enjoy while the weather still permits. From rock cities and outdoor art exhibits to natural fireplaces under waterfalls, the area has many unique places to explore. 

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