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Wednesday, August 04, 2021
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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.” 

Alumni Arena during one of UB’s commencement ceremonies. Hours of labor go into each ceremony so they can happen right after each other.

Guardians of graduation day

Between sound, lighting, sets, multiple ceremonies, managing thousands of people, video graphics and more, UB employees have plenty to oversee during commencement season. Director of University Events Bill Regan and his staff oversee the logistics and most of the staging for every ceremony in Alumni Arena. Ceremonies fall on the same day at UB, giving UB Facilities and events workers only four hours to have the building ready between graduations.

Anyssa Evelyn, the SA vice president, is speaking at the first CAS commencement next week.

The voices of UB commencement

Mike Brown is ready for “the biggest honor” of his UB career. Brown was selected to be the student speaker at the undergraduate commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences this year.

 UB Student Association President Gunnar Haberl looks out at campus from the Student Union balcony. Haberl reflected on his year as SA president and discussed his plans for the future in an interview with The Spectrum.  

Student Association president reflects on year in office

Gunnar Haberl remembers putting a sword through someone’s neck in front of at least 50 different crowds. The outgoing Student Association president isn’t a murderer, though. He was a child magician showcasing his favorite trick with a tape-measure sword. Haberl didn’t have to pull any tricks on anyone this academic year, but he admits he did his best to mend SA’s relationships with departments, not disclosing whether or not he used magic in the process.

Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey allowed students to voice their opinions on the future of the Student Union with stickers. They held an event early Wednesday to get feedback on ideas for the future renovations of the SU.

Contractors ask for student input on future Student Union

The Student Union is undergoing a transformation that may include new lounge spaces and outdoor areas after this semester. The building’s future design was up for debate Wednesday in the SU lobby, as students gave feedback to an outside development advisory firm. Representatives from Brailsford & Dunlavey, who are tasked with the Student Union Master Plan, stood by the main entrance with posters set up to showcase their ideas. The master plan will dictate students’ future use of SU and South Campus’ Harriman Hall.

Speakers doing one-on-one sessions as part of UB’s Human Library event. The idea of the event is to have people share first-hand experiences.

The library of human perseverance

Logan Smith-Carlos, a Hamburg native and high school sophomore, recalled a time in middle school when he ran away from home and found himself sitting on a bridge watching a “beautiful” sunset.


Infamous alumni

UB has a very solid alumni record. From graduates like Wolf Blitzer, Khalil Mack and Terry Gross to dropouts like Ronnie James Dio, the school has plenty to be proud of when it comes to past students.

Fiona O'Loughlin talks about the benefits of thrifting for spring trends.

UB students share spring fashion trends

Fiona O’Loughlin is guilty of one fashion crime. “I steal stuff from my mom’s closet,” O'Loughlin, a sophomore English major, said while wearing a strapless top, army pants and leather Dr. Martens boots.

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