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Friday, May 14, 2021
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Letter to the editor

On behalf of the entire University at Buffalo community, my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of the shooting victims at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. As well, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ extended family among our Jewish students, faculty, staff and community members. Our hearts are very much with you as we mourn—along with the nation and world—this terrible and senseless loss. 


OPINION

Keep the coach, embarrass the school

Two and a half million dollars per year. That’s the amount University of Maryland football head coach D.J. Durkin will make this season. Seven hundred thousand dollars per year. That’s the amount Maryland athletic director Damon Evans will make this season.


The Spectrum explored the woods in the 200 acre land east of the Millersport Highway. There, we discovered a treasure chest, canned artifacts and mysterious ropes on trees.
OPINION

No man's land

This is a satirical column. Earlier this month, The Spectrum wrote about UB’s plans to not build or develop on roughly 200 acres of land, east of the Millersport Highway. The land is mainly used for recreation paths and a radio tower, but a majority of the land consists of woods, trees and plant life.


OPINION

Saying ‘Yes to the Dress’

Yes, I recently bought my wedding dress. No, I did not make the trek to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City to be on TLC’s hit show – even though I have watched “Say Yes to the Dress” religiously for as long as I can remember.


OPINION

Buffalo Bulls II

The Buffalo Bills are so bad that the only time they make SportsCenter is when their fans jump through tables.  Year after year, quarterback after quarterback, #BillsMafia has been let down. Our only hope was Josh Allen but for some reason, they let Nathan Peterman — who throws to the other team more than his own team — play.


OPINION

My reflections after safe zone training

As I walked through the Student Union on a weekday, I noticed a colorful flyer posted on one of the bulletin boards. The small piece of paper most likely would never have caught my attention had it not displayed the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBTQ pride around the world.


The Spectrum
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The blatant overlook within the #MeToo movement

In the wake of an influx of sexual assault allegations, Hollywood has taken a slackened approach to female-driven sexual assault allegations.  Although these allegations have come up less often, the number of female predators is not addressed nearly as vehemently as male allegations. This reveals one of the biases and pitfalls of modern society. 


OPINION

The power of the truth

“If you could have any superpower, what would it be?”  While watching the most recent episode of “My Hero Academia” –– an anime about a high school breeding the next class of super heroes –– I asked myself this question.  


OPINION

How to play dominos with Domino’s

As a college student, diet becomes our last concern.  The word “vegetable” becomes as dead as Vine (R.I.P.) and the options for food on campus aren’t the healthiest, nor the tastiest. 


The Spectrum
OPINION

Letter to the editor

In Defense of Clarity On Friday, at President Tripathi’s State of the University Address, members of the Living Stipend Movement silently stood and held signs reading: “Living Stipend?” “Are Poverty Wages Excellent?” “Is 34th Competitive?” and, of course, “UB works because we do.” In the otherwise well-written article covering the event, UB reporters mistakenly wrote that teaching assistants receive an average stipend of $38,000 for the nine-month academic year. The reporters’ confusion is more than understandable. UB administration has been less than clear in regards to TAs’ actual funding.


The Spectrum
OPINION

Letter to the editor

On Monday, Oct. 1, the UB Living Stipend Movement attempted to attend a supposedly public meeting of the UB Council to ask why graduate and teaching assistants at UB do not earn a living wage. They were largely barred from the meeting under the false pretense that allowing them in would violate university fire code. After, members of the Council meekly trotted out a back exit, shielded from the horrors of criticism and questions from less affluent folk by a locked door and a UB police officer. 


OPINION

Dining crasher: How I ate for free on campus for a week

Have you ever crashed a networking event on campus just because you saw a lavish refreshment table or attended a club meeting you had no interest in because it had pizza? Have you ever considered donating blood just for the free chips and cookies?  If so, you are not alone. I, too, am a broke and hungry college student.  So, for one whole week, I tried to survive entirely on free food. 


The Spectrum
OPINION

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: I wanted to take the opportunity to comment on the September 24 letter to The Spectrum by Professor Jim Holstun regarding University at Buffalo Foundation unrestricted funds. Professor Holstun correctly notes that UBF Consolidated Financial Statements for FY '17 report unrestricted funds of $277 million. However, UB cannot "spend those funds on anything it wants" as Professor Holstun states in his letter.


OPINION

My financial situation is a cat-astrophe

When my long-term relationship ended last summer, I did the most rational thing I could think of –– I moved over an hour away and got a cat.  In my defense, I was going to move to Buffalo from Rochester anyway for school. The cat just happened to be an extra bonus. 





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