about the author

 Benjamin Blanchet is a graduate student and student journalist based in Buffalo, New York. Aside from The Spectrum, Blanchet has appeared in Brooklyn’s ARTSY Magazine and New York’s RESPECT. Magazine.


Students remember, reflect on friend through march to UB Stadium
Students, faculty and staff gathered for a march to remember their friend, fellow band member and peer, who died on campus Wednesday.  The gathering came a day after the 20-year-old male undergraduate student died in what university officials believe to be a suicide. The march and reflection on the student*, a member of the Thunder of the East Marching Band, allowed community members to come together, grieve and show their support for one another.
'Les Misérables' moves through pain, redemption and range during Buffalo stop
“Les Misérables,” the classic French novel turned musical, brought both emotion and precision during its opening night Tuesday at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.  The musical, which runs downtown through Sunday, is based around the redemptive tale of prisoner-turned-mayor Jean Valjean, the heartwarming story of young lovers Cosette and Marius and a student uprising that turns deadly.
A. Scott Weber emphasizes student retention, minority faculty growth in pitch to be next provost
UB has narrowed down its search for a new provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.  On Wednesday, UB’s provost search committee began a string of public forums, which end Dec. 11, for the five finalists for UB’s provost position. The forums will feature remarks from finalists and Q&A sessions for UB community members to speak with the potential second-ranking administrator at UB. Provost finalist A. Scott Weber, current interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, talked about the student government fiscal agent transition, budget models and hiring more minority faculty in the Buffalo Room on Wednesday.
Hot up in the six: UB basketball defeats Harvard in Toronto
  UB's trip to Toronto was a chance for the NCAA to showcase some of its brightest to an up-north crowd. While the trip up Queen Elizabeth Way wasn’t a long one for the men's basketball team, UB’s guards helped put an extra stamp on their passport Saturday: a big “W” against Harvard.
‘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.
Contractor’s Confederate Flag display causes student concern
Matthew Thornton typically walks by the Center for the Arts on his way to class. He’s well aware of the ongoing CFA construction project, which has fenced off part of the sidewalk between Alumni Arena and the Student Union.
State audit report finds roughly $900,000 of 'questionable' UB transactions
Roughly $900,000 in UB transactions between 2016 and 2018 are “questionable,” according to a 20-page audit report released by the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) Friday. The transactions primarily come from UB’s contractual relationships with the UB Foundation (UB Foundation Activities, Inc.) and Corr Distributors, Inc. (custodial equipment maintenance) between April 2016 and Sept. 2018. The report’s key findings criticize the university for its “poor monitoring of spending and contracting practices” which “resulted in potential lost savings and cost avoidance,” among other things. 
Build me up, buttercup, baby,’ post less pictures of buildings
Buffalo has no living residents, at least that’s what you would assume browsing anything related to UB. Think “A Quiet Place 2” except there’s no John Krasinksi, in fact, there’s nobody at all. But who needs ‘em, right? At least we have white columns, bricks from the 1980s and decades-old infrastructure.
Stampede Stats: Penn State downs Bulls after first-half thrill
 The Bulls football team (1-1) quieted roughly 104,000 Penn State fans and shocked a national TV crowd, leading 10-7 after the first half of Saturday night’s game. 
UB Libraries announces plan to move Music Library to Lockwood
 UB’s Music Library, a 50-plus-year-old collection of scores, LPs and more, is set to be moved to Lockwood Library, according to UB.