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.”
Gianna Damico never plans on wasting time. For her, life is about making the most of competition, physical exercise, academic pursuits, painting, graphic design and more. Between school, sports and her passion for photo-realistic portraits, Damico is one of UB’s budding renaissance women.
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.”
Students in Ryan McPherson and Elizabeth Thomas’ “Climate Change and Sustainability” class had just eight weeks to partner up and achieve one goal. They had to reduce a local business’ carbon output by 10,000 pounds, roughly the amount produced by a year of driving.
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.
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.
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.
Seniors will still be able to continue UB’s tradition of signing a painted buffalo before graduating in May. The Student Association committed to host the Sign-A-Bull program last week after a student questioned Student Engagement’s choice to discontinue it.
Many UB students were shocked to hear about the fire that devastated the historic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday. The fire destroyed most of the Paris cathedral’s roof and middle spire after burning for over nine hours.