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Saturday, May 25, 2024
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Until next time

The Spectrum has truly broken me out of my shell. This experience is something I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life.


Dear professors, use your passion to make us care

It’s baffling how many UB professors’ lectures contain blank slides, plain Arial font, black text and one stock image of a textbook diagram per slide. As an educator, it’s a professor’s job to deliver engaging lectures so their students retain as much information as possible. 


Letter to the editor: How Women in College Navigate Their Sex Lives

Fleeing out of dorm room 223, Olivia’s feet can’t keep up with her brain. Her phone slips out of her sweaty palms as she struggles to dial her roommate’s number. The date Saturday, March 5, hastily appears on her screen. As Olivia exits the building, her mind is in a daze. Vivid images of the night fill her head. The only thing forcing her back to reality is the whoosh of cold air that smacks her face. Her body is shivering. The sole fabric covering it, a sheer white lace dress. She questions the promises made the night before. 


Stoners can be productive too

With more research, I hope we will come to understand that “the devil’s lettuce” is a misnomer. There are many positive benefits to smoking. I just wish we’d stop generalizing marijuana users as a group and focus on individuals and their habits instead. 


Never stop saying gay

For years, I had to answer to a name that wasn’t my own. I avoided raising my hand in class for fear of being deadnamed or misgendered. I changed for gym class in the nurse’s supply closet, just to avoid a gendered space. At home, there was no escape. 


The fear of mediocrity

Running has provided me with some of the highest highs of my life. But it has also given me some of the lowest lows. All of these experiences have come together to forge who I am today. 

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