It's almost time to put away the pens and pencils and step into the holiday season, full of excessive eating, competitive shopping and elegant parties. UB's Student Association is holding its annual Winter Gala at the Buffalo Convention Center on Saturday from 6 p.m.
While many individuals associate the month of December with winter break and Christmas, a vast number of students hold many different meanings when it comes to the month. There are many different and interesting religions and traditions that are celebrated throughout the winter months by students from all over the world. In the Muslim religion, a festival called Eid ul-Fitr, meaning "festivity," is celebrated for a few days as a conclusion to Ramadan, the fasting period where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for a month. The holiday, commonly shortened to Eid, is spread out over three days, and large family gatherings usually occur on the first day.
UB students and faculty, along with other individuals from all over Western New York, threw on their wetsuits and bikinis and plunged into the freezing Hamburg Town Beach water on Lake Erie on Saturday for the annual Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge, which showcases a fun and different way of fundraising, raises money for the Special Olympics each year.
On Wednesday, condom-shaped balloons floated around the Student Union, but not for the purpose of making students laugh. Every 16 seconds, someone dies from AIDS, and SBI Health and Education Services participated in World AIDS Day to help students become more aware of this deadly disease and its effects. "This year, the theme was ?Facing AIDS,'" said Courtney Bauer, assistant supervising counselor at SBI Health Education.
Handlebar, Fu Manchu, Pencil, Walrus ? whatever form it's in, the mustache is making a comeback. Chris Balon, vice president of the Graduate Management Association (GMA), founded and decided to participate in "Movember," an international campaign to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG.
Students in COM 317 are bringing creativity to the lives of hundreds of elementary school children at Buffalo Public School 30 on Monday. "This is a night designed specifically for the kids and their families," said Adrian Finch, a senior communication major and team leader of the public relations and marketing team.
UB's campaign to reduce its environmental impact has been an ongoing movement in recent years. However, the office of Off-Campus Student Services, in collaboration with the Honors College and UB Green, took a very active stance by going door to door in University Heights last month to achieve its goals. The mission was not only to educate the residents surrounding UB's South Campus about recycling but also to increase the number of individuals who recycle.
Cris Johnson must shop at the big and tall store to find sleeves large enough for all of his tricks. Students cheered with amusement, bafflement and bewilderment as hypnotist Cris Johnson entertained students with an endless array of hypnotic spells Friday night at a packed Student Union Theater. Organized by Late Night UB, the laughter-packed event failed to produce a dull moment during its two-hour duration.
Students finally have something to cheer about. American Rugby News is reporting that the UB men's rugby team is currently ranked the number one club team in the country. UB Rugby competes in the New York State Rugby Conference (NYRSC) and is divided into Division I and Division III.
UB students who missed Cabaret's debut in 1966 can finally clear their consciences by attending the production of the classic Broadway musical at the Center for the Arts this week. From Wednesday until Sunday, The UB Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting a full production of Cabaret, an eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, in the CFA Drama Theatre on North Campus.
Amy Gerstler, whose themes range from sex and love to mortality and redemption, will present this year's Silverman Reading. Friday, students and faculty members can listen to Gerstler read excerpts of her award-winning poetry in 250 Baird Hall on North Campus at 8 p.m.