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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Anthony Vargas smiles in front of the Student Union.

‘A light at the end of the tunnel’

At just 17 years old, Anthony Vargas didn’t know who was watching when he spoke in front of the United Nations on the International Day of Peace in 2014. His speech was internationally televised. He may have even been in the same room as President Barack Obama. He wasn’t sure.

Insomnia Cookies has opened a new location across from North Campus in the University Place Plaza on Sweet Home Road, and students can't get enough.

Cookie craze catches on at UB

Teeshan Udayakumar is a night owl. He likes staying up –– and eating –– late. But he didn’t expect to change his eating habits to accommodate UB’s meal hours when he arrived on campus this semester. “Having nothing to eat after 12 [a.m. some days] does not cut it for me,” Udayakumar, a freshman computer science major, said.

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence is a classic addition to the fall-season roster. The farm has hundreds of pre-picked gourds for patrons to choose.

Around town: Fall-ing in love with Buffalo

Starbucks employees knew it was coming. They’ve been training for this battle since they were handed their first green apron. They knew what they signed up for, but they were not ready for Aug. 27.  They weren’t ready for the return of pumpkin spice, but UB students were.

‘Boombox Guy’ in front of the SU Bull.

DJ AJ: The man behind the music

It’s mid-day, and the Student Union is swarming with students. Lines are long and tables are full. The building is noisy with chatter.  Suddenly, a deep bass riff starts to resonate throughout the building. The light buzz intensifies as its source leaves The Commons and heads toward SU. 

UB alum John Hannibal moves to Los Angeles this year to try to “make it big” as a pop musician.


John Hannibal remembers when he was 12 years old and the other kids would be playing video games, while he was home learning how to produce music.  He wanted to do something "cool" and "different." Music was his avenue to do that.

Jordan Nicholson discusses his unique tactics that set him apart from other DJs and where he hopes they will take him.

Running it back: Student DJ looks to expand business

Jordan Nicholson began DJing when he was 15 years old. But he had to “retire” for three years while he was a running back on Monroe College’s undefeated football team. Although an undefeated season is usually exciting, Nicholson and his teammates were bored. So Nicholson decided to borrow the baseball team’s speakers and change that.


Self-care through skincare

Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist. Make sure to patch test any new products to avoid skin irritation. (And check in with a professional.) Gone are the days of Proactiv and St. Ives apricot scrubs. Skincare has taken over in this new age of self-care and self-preservation. But as new companies and formulas continue to advance, approaching the world of skincare becomes more intimidating with each new buzzword-filled article. Acids? Retinoids? I’m getting an English degree! 

Jasmine To poses with her paintings.

Passion over profession

Jasmine To –– a junior psychology major –– left her paints at home to take classes for two years. She wanted to pave her way toward a practical, financially responsible career. Now, she realizes she’s been working toward a future she didn’t choose for herself. 

UB alum Eugene Kennedy - G Premacy - performs at Music is Art on Saturday. He recently signed a deal with Equity Distribution, a branch of Jay-Z's label Roc Nation.

The rise of G Premacy

G Premacy remembers his first concert in Brooklyn. At the time, he was still a UB student.  Unlike Buffalo venues where the crowds were dominated by supportive friends, the rapper –– an ’11 alum born Eugene Kennedy –– looked out onto a crowd of unfamiliar faces. 

Florence Ayeni, senior health and human services major and BSU president, is a full-time entrepreneur and student leader who dedicates her time to helping others.

Florence Ayeni: a student entrepreneur with a desire to help others

Florence Ayeni’s father taught her that helping people can, in turn, allow people to help themselves.   When Ayeni was young, her father, a pastor, selflessly brought a homeless man into their home. He told her the man was her uncle from Nigeria who came to live with the family. And when Ayeni’s father was deported for four years and nine months in 2008, the man who she believed to be her uncle took care of Ayeni and the rest of her family.


Skirting unnecessary costs

Being a student is really expensive.  UB students might get a better deal than those who opted for private colleges, but in-state undergraduates still pay upwards of $7,000 per year on tuition alone. Out-of-state undergrads, graduate students and professional students pay significantly more. But tuition is only one aspect of the cost of student living. Housing, food and additional fees pile onto what is already a steep bill. 


No car, no problem

Are you tired of the same old food on campus and itching to expand your taste buds? Many students don’t own a car, and it becomes a hassle to access places off campus that aren’t in walking distance.  But there are a few great options off campus students can access without a car by using the UB Stampede –– a service most students pay for –– to get to restaurants around North Campus and on Main Street. 

Local musician BadMoodRude is no stranger to the music industry, but never expected to be negotiating contracts for her music to appear on television shows.

Songwriting and solidarity: Introducing BadMoodRude

BadMoodRude would have never considered a career as a musician two years ago. The local personality was known around Upstate New York as a music promoter and online mental health advocate, but she began producing her own music at the request of her late grandmother.

Sophomore Daphne Da Silva amongst piles of boxes.

Freshmen find friendship among boxes, rideshares

Cameron Reyes, a freshman chemical and biological engineering major, spent a month on campus for UB’s Access to College Excellence program over the summer, but that didn’t make saying goodbye to his mom last week any easier. “My mom was sad. Everybody else that came was sad,” Reyes said. “I’m the youngest [sibling] and also the last one to go to college so I guess she was proud but sad because I won’t be home with her anymore.” 

York prepares for a performance.

Queen of UB: Daphne York

Matthew Groth pouts into a vanity mirror in his bedroom, admiring his jawline and fixing his already-perfect hair. A 10-foot rack stands next to him, housing over 15 wigs and enough fake jewelry and form-fitting outfits to satisfy a production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” 

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