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Alexandra Moyen is a news editor for The Spectrum.


Pulitzer Prize winner Maggie Haberman discusses writing the ‘drafts of history’
Maggie Haberman said she had a “fairly traditional career” before Donald Trump’s presidency. And while she’s since been “attacked” by Trump and often faces the “corrosive effects” of fake news rhetoric, she still says her job is “amazing.”
Search begins for School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean
UB community members said they want a School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean who is “collaborative” and has previous academic experience. SEAS is searching for a new dean and the search committee, comprised of 14 professors and faculty members and one graduate student, held its first public meeting Monday to listen to community’s suggestions and questions.
‘Center for the Trap:’ Gunna, DaBaby turn Fall Fest into Trap Fest
When UB built the Center for the Arts in 1994, Jonathan Kirk was three years old. He was just a baby.
UB student heads marijuana legalization advocacy group
Jack Porcari pays over $200 monthly to treat his epilepsy, a chronic disorder of recurrent seizures. But the sophomore political science major said he would rather pay for an alternative treatment that works “just as well” and costs less.
Menstrual product drive open through Nov. 8
The Student Association collected 386 menstrual products, as of Wednesday afternoon, since starting a menstrual product drive on Oct. 21.     The drive, which will last until Nov. 8, is part of a SUNY SA initiative to encourage all SUNY schools to participate, according to SA Chief of Staff Eric Rooney.
Community upset with UB over Tonawanda Coke research study
Local activists are upset with UB for its role in environmental studies on the former Tonawanda Coke plant. The plant, which manufactured coke –– a fuel made by heating coal or oil –– was convicted in 2013 for violating the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Funded Ph.D. students keeping benefits, interim provost announces more funding
Interim Provost A. Scott Weber confirmed Saturday that funded Ph.D. students will remain in assistantships, meaning they will continue to have benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance and retirement plans. Some students worried their roles would change to fellowships –– which don’t include these benefits –– when the August Ph.D. Excellence Initiative announcement stated first-year Ph.D. students will not teach classes.
Diving into Buffalo’s waste
UB students were elbows-deep in garbage on Wednesday, searching for sustainable ways to manage large-scale waste and encourage companies to do the same.