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A not-so-happy holidays

Christmas, family, snow? More like finals, seasonal depression, no.  Winter welcomes some of the best, and worst, times of the year. Students especially find themselves caught up in the holiday hubbub, with 18- to 30-year-olds being the prime targets for seasonal depression.


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The Supreme Court needs term limits

In his Presidential farewell address, George Washington warned the country about the dangers of political parties. In his opinion, the “alternate domination” of one party over the other –– and the coinciding efforts to exact revenge upon party opponents –– can lead to “frightful despotism.” Given his strong opinion, I think Washington would be astounded — and even disappointed — at the current state of American politics.


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Ari and Mimi: A Buffalo beef squash

Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande are my two favorite vocalists in history.  They’re unbelievably talented and well-respected musical powerhouses who can do things with their voices that make listeners question the limits of the vocal cords. 


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UB should research, educate students on its difficult, historical past

James O. Putnam helped found the university, but he also considered black people “inferior.”  He wasn’t alone in his thinking –– many prominent people of his time held similar prejudiced views.   Still, Putnam’s is one of the most popular campus restaurants. More students probably know the name “Putnam” than know the names “Tripathi” or “Zukoski,” the UB president and provost or the name Kristina M. Johnson, the current SUNY chancellor. 


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Staying mentally fit for the holidays

I’ve lost 40 pounds since my freshman year of college. This makes every trip home a brouhaha of distant family and friends’ proclamations of “Look how skinny you are!” and “Do you even eat at school?” 


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New Era needs to re-examine its priorities

“New Era is not about conformity. It’s about personalization, true customization that offers literally billions of styles and sizes and looks. We don’t push our philosophy on you. We don’t require you to get inspired or seize the day. We don’t dictate. We encourage you to be you. We marvel at the maverick. And revel in the rebel.”


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Fall Fest Concert Series wasn’t a failure

Two years ago and just one week into my college career, I was taking elbows to the face on the floor of Alumni Arena. I could barely stand up, my now-regrettable oversized T-shirt was drenched in sweat and I was about three songs away from evaporating from dehydration.


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Letter to the Editor

Recently, The Spectrum carried an article informing us that UB is seeking a state liquor license to sell alcohol at sporting events in the UB Stadium. I am writing this letter to state that this is an incredibly misguided decision on the part of UB and that they should abandon this effort. 


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The Commons should follow UB’s environmental approach

UB has become more eco-friendly over the years.  Campus Dining and Shops introduced recyclable and reusable plastic cups last year, UB continues to promote UBReUse at the end of every school year so students can recycle their goods and UB isn’t building on the 200 acres of land east of the Millersport Highway to preserve the area. 


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Letter to the editor

What is the value of a graduate student? What work does a graduate stipend support? An Oct. 1 press release on graduate student stipends from the UB communications office offers facts and figures arguing that, contrary to claims made by the Living Stipend Movement, graduate students are already being paid not only well enough, but well period. A “key issues” news page from the UB News Center website, revised on Oct. 23, reiterates the arguments of the Oct. 1 press release without substantive change. 


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Let’s go dancing again

When former athletic director Danny White fired long-time men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon, it felt like a gut-punch to a program that was on the verge of being a consistent Mid-American Conference power. 


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The chance for a dynasty

Last year, the Bulls looked primed for a huge season. With guard Stephanie Reid, Buffalo had its most successful season in program history going 29-6. With a strong group of juniors and seniors, the talented team led UB to its first Sweet Sixteen appearance. 


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Letter to the editor

A recent opinion piece published by The Spectrum expressed that UB professors make students uncomfortable when they bring up their political opinions in the classroom because some students inevitably disagree with those views and fear retribution if they speak out. The columnist asserted that because of this, professors should keep their political beliefs out of the classroom. 


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Young voter turnout brought diversity, but there’s more reason to vote in future elections

Our polling places didn’t hand out “I voted” stickers on Tuesday, but our generation still made a difference.  Thirty-one million more people voted in Tuesday’s midterm election than in 2014’s election, according to The New York Times. Projections from CBS News suggest new voters made up 17 percent of total vote, compared to 3 percent in the 2010 midterm election. And ABC News exit polls show that 18- to 29-year-old voters are projected to be 13 percent of the overall turnout this year, up from 11 percent in 2014.





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