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Blackboard Erases Obstacles to Online Course Materials

This spring, UB will make course-management software available to all its professors, putting them one click away from putting supplemental course material online.Starting next semester, the software, distributed by Blackboard Inc., will allow professors in every department to set up Web pages for their courses with course content, discussion boards, e-mail access and electronic assignment submission.Richard Lesniak, director of academic services at UB and project manager for Blackboard's implementation, said that after investigating other options over the course of several years, an Educational Technology Center taskforce chose Blackboard because "this is the one that's being used everywhere.


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Bottomless Pit

Although excited and optimistic about moving in to the luxurious apartment-style student housing of glorious Hadley Village, I did have some fears: My two stunning friends and I would have a fourth roommate we had never met, we had to decide who would bring what kitchen- and living-room accessories and none of us had ever been forced to endure one other's boyfriends for extended periods of time.


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Bulls Love Broncos for First MAC Win

Their effort has been evident in every on-field encounter the Bulls have had this year. Unfortunately, victors are not determined by the amount of energy expended or the blood lost in battle.Vince Lombardi once said, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing," and to this point, UB has a deficiency of W's and an excess of L's.


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Bulls Report Card

Passing OffenseFor the second straight game the offensive line had a solid performance in giving Quarterback Joe Freedy the time he needed to find the open man.


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Buffalo's Priorities

The state of Buffalo: a city with a weak economy, a shrinking population, a declining tax pool, an outmoded industrial base and an educational system on the edge of calamity.Facing a $28-million budget gap, the Buffalo Board of Education voted Wednesday night to lay off 557 employees, 433 of which are teachers.


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A Little Cul-chah

The Ukrainian Student Association has 30 members of Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian and Slovakian descent who "try to adapt and learn about each culture," said Maria Larisa Godenciuc, treasurer of the Ukrainian SA.Traditions:Wedding traditions are especially reflective of the Ukraine's struggle for freedom.


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Anthrax Letter

A letter possibly bearing anthrax was opened in The Buffalo News' downtown office Thursday morning.The envelope, postmarked in Glasgow, Scotland, contained a piece of paper with the word "jihad" written on it and "about a handful" of a powdery substance, said Robert Cassell, an executive vice president of The News.The letter was opened at about 10 a.m.


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Too Much Is Enough

"Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday ... The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production."- Ayn Rand.Every year, when the time comes for me to move all my stuff out of my room at home and up to Buffalo or from my room at UB back home, I'm amazed at the sheer quantity of what I own.It doesn't look like much, especially when it somehow gets squeezed into my cereal box of a dorm room, and yet it takes me two or three car trips to lug everything to where it's supposed to be.Why do I have so much stuff?


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Feet First

"Honk if you love justice!"- The TickIn a typical week The Spectrum receives, and I can say this without fear of contradiction because nobody fact checks this column, two or three letters to the editor.


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Stranger Neighbors

When I was in high school, I read Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" and daydreamed about hitchhiking west, getting to know fellow Americans through long road trips into the night and seeing all the little crevices of this great country.Then my friends helped me to realize times have changed.


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Just One More Puff

The highly-publicized health risks and the obvious effects on a person's appearance have done nothing to deter the many college students who crowd outside the university buildings from smoking daily and littering the ground with cigarette butts.A 1999 study conducted by Nancy Rigotti, M.D., Jae Eun Lee, Ph.D.


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Bin Laden on CNN

Osama bin Laden would like some airtime. In response to the offer of a man identifying himself as a representative of al Qaeda, CNN sent six questions to bin Laden and is currently awaiting his response.


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Herded Out To Pasture

Over the weekend the Thundering Herd played two of their best games this season against third-ranked Eastern Michigan, last year's league champion.


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Foster Outlines The Feminist Case Against Abortion

Serrin Foster offered a unique spin on the age-old abortion debate Tuesday evening at UB's law school, speaking from a self-dubbed "feminist" and "pro-life" perspective - what is viewed as an often contradictory combination.The president of Feminists for Life of America delivered a powerful and straightforward lecture titled "The Feminist Case Against Abortion" in which she advocated providing emotional, financial and educational support to women as alternatives to abortion.Feminism, according to Foster, embraces the rights of all human beings without exception.


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Letter To The Editor

In the Oct. 19 issue of The Spectrum, Fabio M. Albertin defended himself against accusations of favoring censorship and opposing religious freedom.


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Bulls Split Weekend Games

The UB men's soccer team played their final home game of the season Friday night, falling 1-0 to Canisius College, but won 2-1 over Bucknell Sunday in the first leg of a three-game road trip.


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E-Texts Threaten to Make College Bookstores Obsolete

As publishing companies increase distribution of learning materials online and through computer software, the demise of the middleman bookstore is becoming a realistic - albeit still remote - possibility.Downloadable materials students access online using PIN codes and digital video disks distributed through schools are two of the fastest emerging trends many publishers are hoping will eliminate the hassles and expenses of printing, packaging and delivering printed textbooks.UB's School of Dental Medicine is currently making the transition to digital content; it sells a DVD "e-book" to its students at cost that contains all required textbooks, videos and imagery.


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