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A Strange Encounter at Sweethome

When students go to college, they accumulate housing stories about roommates, RAs, new friendships and the occasional roommate argument.  My strange encounter, however, dealt with the bookkeeper who opened my bedroom door unannounced. 


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The noncommittal mentality

I heard the sound of the band, the cheers of the crowd, the yelling from the coaches and I knew this was the place for me. I was fully committed. That can’t be said for UB Athletics admistrators and coaches.


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Retiring in college: saving ahead after 20 hard years

I know that I haven’t technically entered the workforce yet, but I can’t wait to retire.  I can already see myself on a senior booze cruise to the Caribbean. Laying on the balcony lawn chairs, with all the other geriatrics and their orthopedic shoes. Some people say that college is the best four years of your life. 


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Letter to the editor

The UB Faculty Senate and the UB Professional Staff Senate recently, jointly and unanimously passed The University at Buffalo Office of University Shared Governance (OSG) Doctrine of Shared Governance; it has now been sent to President Tripathi for promulgation. 


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Goodbye, Nate

We all knew Nate Oats wasn’t going to stay at UB forever. He brought Buffalo men’s basketball to new heights in the four years he was head coach. But did he have to leave the way that he did?  


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Letter to the editor

Lately, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee has found itself in quite a muddle. They’ve failed to pass a resolution to address the non-living stipends of graduate student employees on this campus.


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UB bone zones

What do you do when you when you decide to bring your Tinder date home but all three of your roommates are there?  Don’t worry kids, Charlotte Valentine’s got your back. 


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Letter to the editor

When my girlfriend showed me the letter from the editor of the Spectrum to its readership regarding its blank cover, I read it and said to her, “Here we go again.” 


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Letter to the editor

I am writing to express my displeasure with the publication of the "Letters From the Editors" and similar in the March 14 edition of The Spectrum. The choice to publish these pieces in place of secondary source coverage of Saturday's Fiesta is not only disrespectful to the winning KSA, but to the rest of the performers, Gunnar Haberl, Elise Helou and the entire student body. 


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Letter from the editor

Our paper had a blank front page on March 11. It was blank, but it contained a promise: We would explain why we couldn’t provide coverage of International Fiesta or document the dramatic win by the Korean Student Association. 


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Letter to the editor

To the Editor of The Spectrum: Many Americans do not understand anti-Semitism, thinking of it as just another form of prejudice. The truly dangerous thing about anti-Semitism is not merely the dislike of Jews. It is, rather, the belief that Jews are cosmic evildoers, ready to commit the worst crimes we can possibly imagine, whether to kill God on earth, try to lord it over non-Jews, or heedlessly exploit. It is such beliefs about Jews that have led to the Spanish inquisition, numerous expulsions, pogroms and then the Holocaust.


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UB Council should hold a limited public comment period

The UB Council went into executive session on Monday morning after a graduate student stood up and interrupted the meeting procedures.  We know the UB Council doesn’t have to listen to graduate students by law. But UB Council members, all of whom advise UB on its future, should sit down, listen and respond to future UB alumni.


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From scorching Singapore to a Buffalo blizzard

I was ready to give up after my first day at UB. I landed in Buffalo in the middle of a January snowstorm and just 33 hours earlier, I boarded a plane in 80-degree weather. I’m multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural and I’ve lived in two countries in different hemispheres. I am no stranger to adaptation and transition.  Still, nothing could have prepared me for that snowstorm. 


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Party(ing) in the USA

With American parties, it’s all fun and games until armed police bust down the door and shut the thing down. For those of you who grew up here, this is common knowledge. But as an international student, this is something I still have to remind myself when a basement DJ tells everyone to be quiet.


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UB administrators need to hear black students’ cries for help

UB says it’s a “diverse” and “inclusive” learning environment. But the number of black tenure-track faculty has decreased 44 percent since 2004. The Educational Opportunity Program’s future is in question. And the African and African American Studies program is struggling and virtually hidden on the top of Clemens Hall. UB administrators need to address and fix these glaring problems instead of pretending they don’t exist or making excuses.


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My journey back to harmony

I was under the impression for most of my life that I had to be a “good girl” and that I had to bury myself in order to fit into societal and cultural standards.  My parents sent me to an all girls high school under the guise that “all boys were the devil” and I didn’t need any distractions. The funny thing is that I wasn’t concerned with them. I studied, yes, but I was too busy looking at the girls. 





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