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Alexandra Moyen is a news editor for The Spectrum.


Intersecting identities
Vaughn Law says they struggled to be open with their bisexuality while embracing their Hong Kong-Vietnamese culture.  Since their intersecting cultures have “similar values,” including a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to sexuality, they feared coming out. And today, only some family members know of their sexuality.
UB students, Amherst police officer in car crash identified
Amherst police released the names of the five UB students and the Amherst police officer involved in the Jan. 31 Sheridan Drive car crash on Friday.  APD identified the officer involved as John Rusch and the five UB students as driver Brenna Sullivan, passengers Cara Wojtach, Mary Devaney, Savanna Hinten and Sophia Calleo. 
Students search for common ground with College of Arts and Sciences dean
During a heated two-hour meeting on Tuesday, a group of Black Student Union members challenged College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robin Schulze on UB’s minority hiring and retention process, on the low numbers of black faculty and on the future of the struggling African and African American Studies Program.
UBIT explains Friday’s campus-wide network outage
Last Friday, UB experienced a campus-wide network outage which caused either a steady or complete loss of connection, according to UB Information and Technology.  The campus-wide outage was caused by the network’s core primary router hardware failing and rebooting, according to UBIT, then a “few seconds later” the same thing happened to its backup router.
Construction ‘confusion’
Navigating North Campus has left some students “confused” during syllabus week, as the on-going One World Café construction, which began May 20, has led to certain areas being closed off.
Students hold candlelight vigil for Iran
Students gathered outside the Student Union Thursday for a candlelight vigil, illuminating the restrictions of the Iranian government.  Twenty-three students attended the vigil, which Hesam Ghodrat* said he coordinated not as a form of protest, but as a call for “basic human rights.” The Iranian government has placed “very big limitations” on its people, according to Ghodrat, such as restricting internet access and news censorship. 
The Spectrum’s exclusive interview with the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman
Maggie Haberman knows her critical coverage of President Donald Trump “probably works at [her] disadvantage.” But she says she isn’t writing for the president’s approval.  Haberman believes if she wrote any other way, it wouldn’t be the truth.
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.