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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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Letter to the editor

Imagine That Last week the Faculty Senate Executive Committee voted down a resolution to support a living wage for graduate assistants. The 12-3 vote was largely based on two objections: that faculty should not tell the administration to fund something they clearly do not support, and that graduate students’ expectations for debt-free education are unrealistic.


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A hostless award show still perseveres

People expected little of the Oscars this year. The 2019 award ceremony, although hostless, still found moments of surprise and intrigue, ranging from Spike Lee’s long-awaited statue to one of the more heartwarming –– yet awkward –– moments between “A Star is Born” leads Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper where the two stars nearly kissed. But that wasn’t all.


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Help wanted: a sign for the times

If you’re looking for a job, you’re in luck because help-wanted signs seem to be strewn everywhere these days. I waited in line for 20 minutes at Tim Hortons drive-thru just the other day for an egg and cheese croissant.  When I pulled up to the window, a sweaty teenage boy handed it to me in a huff and said, “Sorry, we’re super low on people lately.” 


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Zion’s shoe debacle

The NCAA has used a false notion of amateurism as a way to siphon revenue that would otherwise be used to protect college athletes. Duke basketball player Zion Williamson made headlines across the internet, as his shoe literally exploded, and he sustained a mild knee injury. 


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Misgivings at the movies

Convicted serial killer Ted Bundy returned to public consciousness in light of the 30th anniversary of his death and the controversial biopic premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy have all previously been the topic of Hollywood biopics.






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