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There's Something Going on in the LAIRS Lab...

The Space Bulls are taking their education ? and competitive streak ? to new heights. Eleven University at Buffalo students (making up a team called the "Space Bulls") have been given the opportunity to collaborate on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace's (NIA) Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops (RASCAL) competition.


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Who are the Pronouns?

Not everybody will admit it, but poetry scares people. It's often difficult to understand, frequently brushed off as "boring," and hardly a popular weekend activity.


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Stressed-Out Seniors

As UB seniors finish the last months of their college careers, a wealth of concerns come with the package of their caps and gowns. The months before graduation become a time for some crucial decision-making, and many students stress over the unknown.


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UB Student Abroad Chooses to Stay in Japan

Kai Wasson, a senior anthropology major studying abroad at Japan's Konan University, will remain in the country to finish his program, despite the recent 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wreaked havoc on the island nation and caused explosions at various nuclear reactors. He is the only UB student currently in Japan, according to Stephen Dunnett, vice provost for international education. Dunnett said that with the choice to stay in Japan, Wasson agreed to sign a waiver that absolves UB of liability for anything that might happen to him for the rest of his time there.


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West Side Bazaar Celebrates Buffalo's Diversity

It only takes one drive down Grant Street on Buffalo's West Side to see how culturally and economically diverse this city is. Signs in Italian, Spanish, and Chinese advertise different local businesses selling clothing, meat, and everything in between. For years, there hasn't been a single business that united the spectrum of cultures. The West Side Bazaar, a market that hopes to "Bring the World to Buffalo," opened its doors on March 3, becoming the city's first world marketplace.


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It's Easy Being Green

Green is the new black. The movement to become more environmentally friendly has been going on for several years now, and many people are doing their part to make the world a greener place.


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In Defense of All Americans

We've seen this before. It's become an old hat in this nation ? a comfortable and ugly hat that we put on over-and-over again, even when we see how ridiculous it is in the mirror. We tore Americans from their homes and sent them to internment camps because their families came from Japan, and we look back in shock and disgust.


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UB Offers Support to Veterans

There are many avenues to support our troops while they're on duty, working, and fighting for our country, but there seems to be a disconnect once the troops return home. According to the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), "student veterans attending four-year colleges and universities in the United States generally perceive lower levels of campus support than nonveterans, and they also interact less often with faculty members." Although the resources are available, oftentimes veterans are unaware of the options and support available at the University at Buffalo.


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Don't Lose Focus!

If you take your eyes off the meaningful issue, don't be surprised when your meaningful rights disappear. I was puzzled by a string of posts that I saw on Facebook on Wednesday.


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Part-Time Jobs That Don't Suck

Part-time jobs may be both a curse and a blessing for struggling college students who are strapped for cash and time. However, balancing a part-time job with school doesn't have to be the drag that many students associate with working.


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Preservationists Run Amok

Imagine, if you will, a dangerous feature of architecture that is causing serious injury and death, but is being protected from alteration because it is considered historical. Across the nation, but more importantly right here in Western New York, deer have been getting impaled on or eviscerated by wrought iron fences that commonly surround cemeteries. Many deer have been found hanging from the fences at Williamsville Cemetery in Williamsville, N.Y.


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LASA Wins International Fiesta Competition

International Fiesta, the annual cultural dance competition that pits the international clubs on campus against one another, took the main stage at the Center for the Arts this past Saturday. The Latin American Student Association (LASA) took home first place. This year's show, with a "global kaleidoscope" theme, highlighted five different cultures and Student Association clubs: LASA, Filipino American (FASA), Japanese (JSA), Malaysian (MASA), and Indian (ISA). Each club danced an eight- to 10-minute routine that paid homage to its culture's national dance. "[This was called a kaleidoscope] to illustrate how International Fiesta has always been a channel for UB students to have a glimpse into different cultures, and to experience these cultures without even having to leave the campus," said Janice Tong, the international council coordinator and a senior social sciences interdisciplinary major with a concentration in international studies. The show takes about a year to produce, and the dancers have prepared for the last four to five months.


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A Call for Immediate Action

In Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, $20 to $22 million is projected to be cut from the University at Buffalo this upcoming academic year.


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A Fiesta of International Proportions

It's not every day that students can learn about several foreign cultures and be entertained with many different styles of dance ? all at the nearby Center for the Arts. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the International Club Council will put on its annual International Fiesta.





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