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Welcome to my screaming brain

Here are some places I’ve lost my keys in the past week: my refrigerator, my underwear drawer, my bathtub. I have ADHD, a disorder marked by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.


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Dear mama

My mom almost died giving birth to me. She lost five pints of blood over the course of an hour. Twenty-two years and five months later, she gets to experience me walking across the stage receiving my bachelor’s degree in communication.


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The reunion tour issue

At first, I thought of the “Not in This Lifetime...” Tour as a typical money grab. Putting aside my excitement for a Guns N’ Roses reunion, there were still plenty of questions needing answers, let alone how the band would work. The 2016 reunion of Guns N’ Roses seemed to mildly satisfy fans.


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UB development gentrifies Fruit Belt further, should support ethical development

The Fruit Belt neighborhood is being rapidly gentrified, and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biological Sciences’ new downtown location is playing a big role in the process with minimal effort to deter it. Gentrification raises the land value and economic status of a neighborhood, increasing its desirability for middle and upper class residents, but almost always leading to the displacement of long-time low-income residents. The displacement of these communities is a nationwide problem.


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Letter to the Editor: UB Giving Day

Regarding UB Giving Day: Through either serendipity or a strange current of capitalist synergy, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Robin Schulze’s office sent the announcement “Coming Next Week: UB Giving Day,” soliciting donations from every underpaid graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within days of The Chronicle of Higher Education publishing “Want to be a ‘Volunteer Adjunct’? Southern Illinois U.


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'My Beautiful Dark Twitter fantasy'

On April 15, Kanye came out of hiding and resurfaced on Twitter. He just ranted as per usual. He tweeted about his favorite t-shirt designs, consciousness, creativity and trends, finding ways to somehow make each tweet less transparent and more inspirational than the last. But even with inspiration coming from his fingertips, Kanye still managed to rile some fans up.


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College newspapers are a vital part of campus communities

Student newsrooms are in danger. Southern Methodist University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, will dissolve in May. The University of Central Florida’s student publication, The Central Florida Future, shut down in 2016 after 48 years in circulation. Herriman High School students launched their own independent publication after administrators deleted an article on a teacher’s firing.


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The coup against cars

  On Friday, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference and on Twitter that Central Park would permanently be car-free starting in June, with the exception of the lowered roads that go through the park at 97th, 86th, 79th and 65th streets. As an anti-car citizen of Buffalo, I can’t help but dream of a car-free Delaware Park, which is currently cut in half by the hideous and hazardous Scajaquada Expressway.


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The best of the fests

I was a little upset when I found out Spring Fest fell on May 5, the same day another concert I was planning on going to. I was even more upset, and slightly concerned, when I decided to sell my tickets to my show to attend this year’s fest without even knowing the lineup. In years past, SA has been hit or miss when it comes to booking talent at UB’s festivals and I really didn’t want to sacrifice my seats for the breathtaking Jorja Smith -– emphasis on breathtaking –– and wind up seeing some hot rapper I’ll forget in a few months.


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'Queer Eye' inspired me to buy a cork board

Netflix’s hit show “Queer Eye,” the reboot of the early 2000’s Emmy-winning reality television series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” had me crying real tears after an eight episode binge-fest. The program stars the “Fab Five” — not the legendary 1991 University of Michigan men’s basketball recruiting class — but a collective of trendy homosexual men who help unstylish men become their best selves.


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Makin’ my way (from) downtown

Summers in UB’s Ellicott Complex are terrible. Remember freshman year, feeling like you’re sleeping in the devil’s attic after move-in? Now imagine the devil expanded his duplex to a 56-story skyscraper. This was my reality last year and escaping the dorms was my only way out.






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