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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. 


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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. 


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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.


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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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Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing should create larger discussion on faults of two-party system

Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing is supposed to be about his sexual assault allegations, but instead it feels entirely politically driven.  We at The Spectrum are upset with how Kavanaugh’s hearing has panned out. Many of us stand behind the women who have come forward, and many also feel as if the nomination and the hearing are politically charged moves by both parties. We believe students should care about issues like this, regardless of political leaning.


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You’re from Buffalo, aren’t you?

At a recent work meeting, we somehow got on the topic of accents and a co-worker said: “God I hate how people speak in Buffalo, it’s like a drill straight to the ear.”  Now wait just a second. Did you just infer that Buffalonians have an accent?  This was bizarre to me. Growing up in Buffalo, everyone on my street and in my school basically talked the same way. I knew the Long Island accent; the New England accent; Southern accents; all the stereotypical ones you see on TV. But a Buffalo accent? Never heard of it.


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In Josh Allen we trust

It’s a tough job being a Bills fan.  We went to the Super Bowl four years in a row –– 1990 to 1993 –– and lost four Super Bowls in a row.  We’ve had seven coaches in the last nine years, failed to make the playoffs for 17 and invested in numerous failed “franchise” quarterbacks. 


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TA stipends are down but UB is finally good at football

Lebron James going to L.A., who cares? The new Labatt House, you call that news? Ryan Fitzpatrick’s fashion sense, does it matter? All of that is second fiddle now that UB is finally good at Division I football. The Bills aren’t the only team putting programs in the obituary. Now Tyree Jackson and company are hitting the field and ripping hearts out from other teams.


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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: During the last year, the whole UB community has become aware that we have a graduate stipend problem. After deducting UB’s sky-high mandatory fees, some graduate assistants (TAs, RAs, GAs) make under $8,000 a year. They average under $13,000. This is unconscionable.


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‘Ed, Edd n’ Anarchy’

For all intensive purposes, cartoons are strictly jokes. A cat chases a mouse and accidentally steps on a rake. A roadrunner drops an anvil on a coyote’s head. A giddy mongoose suspects an incoming real estate bubble so he’s forced to move back into his parents’ burrow in Cincinnati. Although the last scenario isn’t a show yet, cartoons can take on the traits of real life social problems. And what better example of this then “Ed, Edd n’ Eddy.” 


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Brenton for ‘Big Brother’

Most kids dream of the day they turn 21. In that sense, I am “most kids.” But my 21st birthday won’t be spent out at bars with buddies or forcing myself to drink 35 Bud Lights. Instead, I’ll be counting down the days until I’m locked in a studio with complete strangers for the entire summer. Since I was 11 years old, one of my dreams has been to make it on CBS’ reality show “Big Brother,” and next summer I’m finally old enough to compete.


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'Let’s get physical, physical'

Before my last two summers, the only manual labor I ever did was watching my dad build things as I smugly stood by him holding his tools. Those were easier times when I could grab myself a kiwi Capri Sun and hold up boards or something, as my dad would make a deck or whatever task his teacher-on-a-summer-break self desired.


OPINION

Pay the Mack

This past week Khalil Mack became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with a six-year deal worth $141 million. If you’re not already aware, Khalil Mack was a student athlete at UB. He became the highest-ever drafted pick for a player from Buffalo and earned the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.


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OPINION

Letter to the editor

The theme of this year's National Suicide Prevention Week is the Power of Connection. Although there is no single cause of suicide, one of the risks for suicide is social isolation, and there’s scientific evidence for reducing that risk by making sure we have strong connections with one another. It’s also about the power of having real conversations about mental health with people in our everyday lives. 


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Surveying your options

Over the summer, I completed over 100 tasks a day at my job. My hands were always busy, and every day required more and more of a laser sharp focus on my part.  But I didn’t work an internship, no sir, I sat on my bed and did surveys in my free time — and earned about $1000 in the meantime. After I completed my Bachelor’s in May, and after two companies declined me internships (to their loss), I jumped onto Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform for the second straight year. 


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SA Fall Fest’s new format raises questions

SA’s changes to this year’s Fall Fest have left many students feeling frustrated. While students voice their opinions of the Student Association’s Fall Fest lineup every year, SA’s format changes and lineup this year have raised many questions. The new SA e-board said it made changes it has considered for a while, but many students felt left out in the process.





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