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Saturday, January 23, 2021
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Community members watched on as loved ones of the student, who died on Wednesday, spoke at UB Stadium.

Students remember, reflect on friend through march to UB Stadium

Students, faculty and staff gathered for a march to remember their friend, fellow band member and peer, who died on campus Wednesday.  The gathering came a day after the 20-year-old male undergraduate student died in what university officials believe to be a suicide. The march and reflection on the student*, a member of the Thunder of the East Marching Band, allowed community members to come together, grieve and show their support for one another.

Dennis Black at the SEFA celebration event in Davis Hall.

Dennis Black writing grants for Habitat for Humanity after stealing over $300,000 from UB

Dennis Black, UB’s former vice president for Student Affairs is now volunteering as a grant writer at East Cooper, SC Habitat for Humanity, after he pleaded guilty to stealing roughly $320,000 from university bank accounts and tax fraud in 2018. Bob Hervey, executive director of East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, said Black “absolutely does not” have access to any of their funds.

Passengers take their seats and eagerly await the train's departure to the North Pole.

All aboard the Polar Express

James Mitchell has over 22 years of experience as Santa Claus. To him, the experience of cheering children up with his $3,000 costume is “uplifting” and “refreshing.”

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office on the eighth floor of Clemens Hall.

College of Arts and Sciences maintaining number of funded Ph.D. recruits for fall 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences will recruit the same number of funded Ph.D. students for fall 2020 as it did for fall 2019, Dean Robin Schulze announced on Wednesday in an email to CAS. Schulze decided to pause recruitment of CAS-funded Ph.D. students on Sept. 19 due to a lack of funding for the Ph.D. stipend raise to $20,000. Students and faculty were upset with the decision, so Schulze granted the Ph.D. Excellence Bridge Committee additional time to decide the best solution. 

Interim provost A. Scott Weber speaks to an audience during a public forum at the Buffalo Room on Wednesday. Weber is one of five finalists in the search for UB's next provost.

A. Scott Weber emphasizes student retention, minority faculty growth in pitch to be next provost

UB has narrowed down its search for a new provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.  On Wednesday, UB’s provost search committee began a string of public forums, which end Dec. 11, for the five finalists for UB’s provost position. The forums will feature remarks from finalists and Q&A sessions for UB community members to speak with the potential second-ranking administrator at UB. Provost finalist A. Scott Weber, current interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, talked about the student government fiscal agent transition, budget models and hiring more minority faculty in the Buffalo Room on Wednesday.

Kafuli Agbemenu (left) and Shaanta Murshid (right) present two different yet connected perspectives on women's health during a Global Health Equity Brown Bag Seminar.

UB professors discuss ‘New Perspectives on Women’s Health’

Professors Kafuli Agbemenu and Shaanta Murshid discussed reproductive healthcare for African refugees and the health effects women face in regions experiencing conflict on Tuesday afternoon. Twenty UB community members attended the presentation, New Perspectives on Women’s Health, where Murshid and Agbemenu presented on the importance of minority women’s health at Hayes Hall. Murshid, a professor in the School of Social Work, discussed her recent research on the implications of microfinance, neoliberalism and violence on women. Agbemenu, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed her research on reproductive health practices among African refugee women and how language barriers and differences in education increase their vulnerability to poor healthcare, according to Agbemenu.

Freshman Nichole Mahler decided to withdraw from UB due to the fire at Dewey Hall where she says she lost nearly all her belongings.

Freshman withdrawing from school following dorm-room fire

Freshman Nichole Mahler plans to withdraw from UB following the Nov. 10 Dewey Hall fire, where she lost nearly all of her belongings including her ID, laptop and credit cards. The fire, which damaged only Mahler’s belongings, evacuated roughly 800 students in the Governors Complex around 11 a.m. UPD reported the fire appeared to be caused by a heater, but the cause is still under investigation, although Mahler says a UB dorm heater, behind her dresser, caused the fire in her suite. Still, UB’s Campus Living Housing agreement states UB is not responsible for any damages to students’ personal belongings in the event of a fire unless the student has renters insurance, which UB “strongly recommends.” 

Iranian students and their supporters stand in solidarity outside Student Union on Thursday. The students brought light to the situation in Iran.

Students hold candlelight vigil for Iran

Students gathered outside the Student Union Thursday for a candlelight vigil, illuminating the restrictions of the Iranian government.  Twenty-three students attended the vigil, which Hesam Ghodrat* said he coordinated not as a form of protest, but as a call for “basic human rights.” The Iranian government has placed “very big limitations” on its people, according to Ghodrat, such as restricting internet access and news censorship. 

A tour walks outside of Knox Hall Friday.

Racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic slurs, symbols found on Knox Hall bathroom stall

Students are concerned following The Spectrum’s report of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs and symbols found on a Knox Hall bathroom stall Friday. On Friday at 7 p.m., Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist University Police in investigating the graffiti, which included the N-word, two swastikas and a homophobic slur written in red marker. Cuomo’s announcement came six hours after The Spectrum notified UPD of the writing. 

Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair Chunming Qiao provides his opinion on the search for the next engineering dean.

Search begins for School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean

UB community members said they want a School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean who is “collaborative” and has previous academic experience. SEAS is searching for a new dean and the search committee, comprised of 14 professors and faculty members and one graduate student, held its first public meeting Monday to listen to community’s suggestions and questions.


Fire in Dewey Hall evacuates 800 students Sunday

Roughly 800 students evacuated the Governors Complex around 11 a.m. Sunday as four fire departments responded to a fire in Dewey Hall. The departments “quickly” knocked the fire out and it caused no injuries, according to Chris Kaplewicz, fire chief of Getzville Fire Company.

Jacklyn Walters (left) and Tanveen Vohra (right) won the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Award for Best Breaking News Story.

Spectrum editors win Best Breaking News Story at 2018-19 Pinnacle Awards

The Spectrum’s coverage of the fiscal transition from Sub-Board I to the Faculty Student Association won a national award for Best Breaking News Story last week.  The College Media Association announced that former senior news editor Tanveen Vohra and current managing editor Jacklyn Walters won the Pinnacle Award for the spring 2019 story in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

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