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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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The Bar Bill stands as a local favorite when it comes to wings. It’s one of Buffalo’s most characteristic restaurants.

Around town: Buffalonian food favorites

Buffalo is known around the world for beef on weck and wings, but Buffalonians have so much more to say about local cuisine.  Where do Buffalonians like to eat? Not Anchor Bar. Buffalo is forever tied to the resturaunt for those spicy hot wings, but Buffalo offers more than the sauce. The Spectrum compiled five Queen City staples Buffalonians love. 

The Center for the Arts hall is filled with natural light and lots of seating, making this campus location one of the best places to have some healthy alone time during lunch. 

Eating in peace

If your lunch break is necessary “me time,” then you probably have searched campus for the perfect place to relax and eat your lunch uninterrupted.It doesn’t mean you’re unhappy and it doesn’t mean you don’t like people –– you just like your alone time in the midst of a busy work day. Luckily, The Spectrumcompiled a list of the six best places for some peaceful alone time on campus.

Director of Career Services Arlene Kaukus sits at a table in Capen 259. Kaukus said she wants to make changes to make Career Services more prominent among students.

Students unsure of Career Services' role

Students say getting a job is a top priority after graduation but less than 8% made an appointment at Career Services last year.  Roughly 52% of students, according to a Spectrum survey, don’t even know UB has a career office.

UB professor David Schirm enjoys a cheese and peanut butter cracker in his office. Schirm, a celebrated artist and tenured professor, is set to retire in 2020.

Art professor paints life story

The image of a fractured iceberg in a sea of blood leans on an office wall in the Center for the Arts. The piece,“End of Days,” symbolizes the ice caps melting under man-made forces causing environmental destruction.

The Theme Park Engineering Club visits Darien Lake to learn about amusement park design. The club provides students with the opportunity to learn about what goes into building the world’s roller coasters.

Adrenaline designers

Ian Buchman said he’s “kind of scared” of roller coasters.  Still, he works on them just about every day. He said he enjoys the planning aspect of them as secretary of UB’s Theme Park Engineering Club.

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The week of good eats

Drinks, music, food, large crowds and local businesses are offering deals throughout Buffalo for the next week. Buffalo’s Local Restaurant Week started in 2009, occurs twice a year and gives local restaurants the opportunity to show off their menus. There are more than 200 restaurants participating this week. Restaurants include the 189 Public House, Bravo Cafe & Catering and The Family Tree Restaurant.

O’Grady (right) at a party in 1974 with Provost of Arts and Letters, John Sullivan (left). O’Grady, who died on Tuesday, leaves a lasting legacy as the founder of the media study department at UB.

UB faculty remembers Gerald O'Grady

Gerald O’Grady was a man married to his work, and his work was revolutionary.  The founder and former chair of the Media Study department passed away on Tuesday. O’Grady came to UB during one of the most important historical periods for the university, and he leaves behind a legacy of profound impact in the Buffalo art world and beyond. The Oxford-educated scholar started several media organizations in Buffalo and his emphasis on experimentalism in media arts and film still influences how students are taught in the department today.

Spectrum editors sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow ahead of his Distinguished Speaker Lectures. 

Exclusive Q&A with acclaimed journalist Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow has gone from a 15-year-old college graduate to joining a White House administration at 22. Farrow, now 31, has been heralded for his reporting on sexual abuse cases, winning the Pulitzer for his reporting on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. Farrow had an exclusive interview with The Spectrum shortly before his speech in the Center for the Arts for the 32nd Distinguished Speakers Series. 

Residents of the Q3C Co-op sit in their community library. Co-ops offer an alternative housing option for many young people.

Co-existing in small numbers

The Nickel City Housing Cooperative holds its potluck dinner on Monday or Wednesday nights, where a mix of people sit around a large dinner table eating a vegetarian meal, almost like a family. 

Photos courtesy of UB Archives (Boxes E, H, I), Wikipedia Commons (Boxes B,F,G), Spectrum Archives (Box A), Geni (Box C), FindAGrave (Box D)

The name game

 Most students don’t know former UB President Clifford Furnas was an Olympian. Or that Carolyn Tripp Clement might have made the first local phone call in Buffalo. But, if you ask students where their buildings are, their last names roll off the tip of the tongue.


‘Riders on the storm’

Jacob Brill had “the best bad idea” on Saturday night. The National Weather Service issued a high-wind warning for Sunday and five sophomore students knew exactly how to take advantage of it. 


Around town: Best thrift stores

Thrifting — it’s like getting hand-me-downs —only they come from strangers and you pay for them. But thrifting is really the best way to update your closet while on the college budget. There are so many reasons to skip the mall and thrift. Buying used clothing is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Is it really necessary for you to buy those mass-produced faded mom-jeans from Urban Outfitters when there is a perfectly good pair at your local thrift store? Is there anything more satisfying than when someone asks you where you got your cool new leather jacket and you can say you found it at a thrift store? Take that, Sharon, I know you’re trying to cop my style, but you’ll never find this at Forever 21.

Anna Seidl stands in front of ice-covered Lake LaSalle. The theater performance student has built a local reputation for wearing shorts during the winter.

Feeling the breeze

The Buffalo winter is upon campus and students are shuffling through the slush and zipping parka coats up to their noses to stay warm.  But Anna Seidl, a sophomore theater performance and psychology major, said she never wears a coat outside during the winter.

A student reads a book inside the Music Library alone. Faculty and students still have concerns over the library's future, following the retirement of the library’s archivist.

Uncertain and understaffed

UB’s Music Library is now down to only one part-time librarian, which leaves the future of the library unknown.  Former music librarian John Bewley is no longer an active librarian, according to Elizabeth Adelman, interim vice provost for University Libraries. Bewley, who retired this January, was the only music archivist at the library, according to UB Libraries’ website. The Spectrum reported in December that music faculty and students were concerned for the future of the library, following cuts to the staff. Bewley was the last librarian working with a music degree at the library. 

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