The photography of several contemporary African-American artists is on display in UB's Center for the Arts as part of the "Reflections in Black: Smithsonian African American Photography, A History Deconstructed," exhibit.
Three-man band Soulive rocked the Center for the Arts Monday night, bringing their jazz-funk music and two broken drums to life.Organist Alan Evans and drummer Neil Evans, both Buffalo natives, and lead guitarist Eric Krasno played a very laid back set for both old and new fans.
Recent legislative proposals to tighten immigration laws and student visa requirements have sparked concern in the world of higher education."Right now there are lots of unknown things about the legislation," said Steven Shaw, director of international admissions at UB.
Since UB was rated #1 for "dorms like dungeons" by the PrincetonReview's ranking of America's "331 Best Colleges" earlier this fall, many students and faculty have questioned the validity of the study, especially in light of the university's ongoing mission to create a large-scale community through increased on-campus housing.The Spectrum reviewed information and interviewed staff from UB's sisterSUNYs, as well as several private institutions, to gauge the living environment and see how UB's residence halls are measuring up.This is the second piece in a three-part series examining six aspects of that report.Part IIOn-Campus Residency RequirementsOut of the six universities contacted, including the four SUNY centers and two private universities, UB was the only higher-education institution that does not require its first- or second-year students to live on campus.According to Joseph Krakowiak, director of University Residence Halls and Apartments, there are two reasons UB has not implemented such residency requirements: first, UB cannot accommodate the number of students such a requirement would generate and second, the university believes students should have the right to choose where they wish to reside."If [living on campus] is not mandatory, that means we have to try harder instead of saying 'no matter what you want, you have to be here,'" said Krakowiak.
If you haven't seen the nine or so existing episodes of "Saturday Night Live's" "Celebrity Jeopardy" skits by now, you should do the following: get a box of Pop Tarts from the store, go onto Resnetster and type in "celebrity jeopardy," then proceed to laugh for about an hour as some of the funniest stuff ever to grace American television.Many a night the boys and I have squeezed into my neighbor's room, cramming for a spot near the computer to try to get a glimpse of Sean Connery bagging on Alex Trebek once again.
Since UB was rated #1 for "dorms like dungeons" in the Princeton Review's ranking of America's "331 Best Colleges" earlier this fall, many students and faculty have questioned the study's validity, especially in light of the university's ongoing mission to create a large-scale community through increased on-campus housing.The Spectrum reviewed information and interviewed staff from UB's sister SUNYs, as well as several private institutions, to gauge UB's living environment and see how or if its residence halls measure up.
Members of the New York State Student Assembly's Western New York Region and Executive Board met Saturday to tour UB's campus, discuss legislative issues and promote solidarity amongst representatives from schools in the region.According to George Pape, NYSSA vice president, the e-board decided to divide the assembly into four parts-Western New York, North Country, Capital and New York City-to encourage frequent meetings in addition to the assembly's general bi-annual conferences.The event, which was hosted by the Student Association, provided NYSSA delegates from UB and other institutions of higher education in WNY an opportunity to network with one another and promote cooperation between student governments.Delegates also discussed the possibility of forming an anti-tobacco coalition in which student governments under the SUNY system would join together and lobby against the state investing tax dollars into pension funds and stocks from the tobacco industry."It's not about smokers versus anti-smokers, it's about how the money should be invested," Pape explained.In addition, Pape said the e-board discussed holding the Spring 2002 NYSSA Conference in New York City instead of the usual Utica or Upstate New York area as a "show of support for our brother and sister colleges in the city." The WNY region voted unanimously in favor of the NYC-based conference; other regions have yet to be consulted.