Students are embracing their culture, their history and highlighting black excellence across campus this week. The Black Student Union organized events for Black Solidarity Week and celebrated the 52nd Black Solidarity Day with its annual Black Business Expo and unity rally Monday. Roughly 40 students marched from the Student Union down the academic spine carrying signs and chanting, “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud,” “No justice, no peace, no racist police” and “BSU.” Carlos Russell started Black Solidarity Day in 1969, bringing African-American communities together on the Monday before Election Day to discuss voting and combating racial inequality.
Students, faculty and tutors say they feel “heartbroken,” “betrayed” and “displeased” with the College of Arts and Sciences’ proposal to move the Math Place tutoring center from Baldy Hall to the Mathematics Building. CAS submitted the proposal asking for grant funding from “various funding sources” to create a new “Math Hub,” integrating the Math Help Center, which caters to upper-level math courses, and the Math Place, which caters to lower-level math courses.
International student Himangini Banwari came to the U.S. with “low expectations” of working here after graduation. Immigration and visa policies have made it increasingly difficult to do so, according to Paul Tesluk, dean of the School of Management.
UB recognized 54 faculty and staff members Thursday for accomplishments in research, teaching, mentoring and professional and workplace service. Roughly 100 UB community members came to the 16th annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence in Slee Hall. Interim Provost A. Scott Weber and President Satish Tripathi spoke at the beginning of the ceremony, congratulating faculty and staff receiving awards and acknowledging previous award recipients.
The Student Association collected 386 menstrual products, as of Wednesday afternoon, since starting a menstrual product drive on Oct. 21. The drive, which will last until Nov. 8, is part of a SUNY SA initiative to encourage all SUNY schools to participate, according to SA Chief of Staff Eric Rooney.
United University Professions held a public hearing with state legislators and the chair of the higher education committee to discuss accessibility and college tuition Wednesday. Roughly 40 people attended the event where New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Assemblymember Karen McMahon and Chair of the Higher Education Senate Committee Toby Ann Stavisky listened to SUNY administrators’ and students’ concerns.
Students marched to Davis Hall Friday demanding the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences end its partnerships with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.
Nyle DiMarco taught the Center for the Arts crowd how to sign “love yourself” in American Sign Language Wednesday night. He wanted everyone to embrace who they are and learn to “use their differences to their advantage.”
Local activists are upset with UB for its role in environmental studies on the former Tonawanda Coke plant. The plant, which manufactured coke –– a fuel made by heating coal or oil –– was convicted in 2013 for violating the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Nyle DiMarco can see the differences between himself and his deaf family members who didn't have the same access to language and education he had as a child. Now, he’s working to make sure children today have these opportunities.
Roughly 600 students reserved tickets to Fall Fest Wednesday during a two-hour unexpected ticket release, which left students confused and upset. SA planned on releasing tickets Sunday for the Nov. 8 show, which will feature rappers DaBaby and Gunna in the 1,748-capacity Center for the Arts, according to SA President Yousouf Amolegbe. He said the tickets for the student-funded show –– which cost SA roughly $190,000 and is paid for by 21,000 undergraduates’ $109 mandatory student activity fee –– released early because SA Entertainment didn’t confirm the updated release date with the UB Ticket Office.
Native American advocates taught UB community members about the lasting effects of genocide during a “Native American Conversation” event Friday. Thirty-two students and faculty members attended the four-hour “Witness of Injustice” seminar, hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Native American Community Services, at Goodyear Hall, where indigenous scholars and volunteers discussed the mass murder and removal of Native Americans during colonization. The seminar featured indigenous activists who discussed the lasting effects of displacement and genocide throughout history, and the importance of creating relationships of “peace and friendship” with Native Americans for the future.
The Muslim Student Association held “Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” a domestic violence workshop Friday, which featured guest speakers Sheikh Isma’il and April Arman. Muslim Women’s Council, a sub-group of MSA, organized the event as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Interim Provost A. Scott Weber confirmed Saturday that funded Ph.D. students will remain in assistantships, meaning they will continue to have benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance and retirement plans. Some students worried their roles would change to fellowships –– which don’t include these benefits –– when the August Ph.D. Excellence Initiative announcement stated first-year Ph.D. students will not teach classes.
UB’s new Tutoring and Academic Support Services (TASS) in Capen Hall has seen roughly 1,000 students since opening on Sept. 9. Cheryl Taplin, director of student success and retention, proposed the idea for a center to teach all undergraduates, as UB’s previous tutoring services only catered to select majors. Now, UB offers free hour-long tutoring sessions in 130 Capen Hall Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students can book appointments ahead of time through the Student Success Portal or walk in to the office, according to Vivian Jimenez, interim director of the Office for Tutoring and Academic Support Services. The 36 undergraduate and graduate tutors are paired with students based on subject.
Twenty-four students, including Latin American Student Association members, marched in the pouring rain Wednesday to demand UB celebrate its minority students. Protesters began in the Student Union and made their way, with arms linked, through the academic spine to Capen Hall.
The Student Association Assembly passed a resolution on Thursday calling on UB to “divest” from fossil fuels. Although there is no proof that UB is investing in fossil fuel industries, the resolution asks the UB Foundation, UB President Satish Tripathi, Interim Provost A. Scott Weber and the UB Council to direct “adequate attention and militant resources” toward “divesting” all UB funds from fossil fuel industries. SA Board of Directors Chair Hayden Gise introduced the resolution to the BOD on Sept. 25, but the board rejected it. Since the assembly passed the resolution, Gise said copies of the resolution will be sent “immediately” to those being asked to divest.