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.


‘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.
Patti LaBelle, Jake Shimabukuro shine in first weekend of Rochester Jazz Fest
ROCHESTER — At 75 years old, most veteran singers usually lose a step or two. They might drawback on their dancing or they realize the days of bringing 2,000-plus crowd members to their feet may be long gone.
UB students to take part in Sunday’s Juneteenth Festival
UB students in Guy Talk, a community series aimed toward assisting and enriching the lives of minority men, will perform at Sunday’s Juneteenth Festival on Buffalo’s East Side.
Black Student Union e-board to use history to enrich the present
The Black Student Union is one of UB’s oldest and the largest minority clubs. With thousands of students taking part over its 50-plus year history, BSU’s incoming e-board hopes to retain, grow and flourish its reach in the year ahead. The Spectrum sat down with its four student leaders to discuss what’s ahead, why they joined and the value of their organization in 2019.
Poetic problem solver
 Dr. Scott Williams has mastered just about everything he’s set his mind to.