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BENJAMIN BLANCHET

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Benjamin Blanchet is the senior engagement editor for The Spectrum. His words have been seen in The Buffalo News (Gusto) and The Sun newspapers of Western New York. Loves cryptoquip and double-doubles.


OPINION

And now, the end is near

Eighteen-year-old eyes. A future in business. It was all the luggage I needed for Grandpa’s 2005 Kia. And close to 300 miles later, some of the first mist I got on that luggage came from exiting that old car, too. 


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NEWS

Students face limited on-campus dining options during first spring-break weekend

After university officials announced Wednesday that “dining will be open for students who remain on campus” given a “distance-learning” shift at UB, students woke up to the contrary on Saturday. Security gates shut down popular on-campus food establishments Saturday and the only places open on campus were in The Commons, which does not accept student dining plans.


Kane Brown performing hits including Homesick, Heaven, and One Thing Right to a sold-out crowd at KeyBank Center. Photo: The Spectrum
ARTS

‘Mr. Brown can woo’

Kane Brown, one of the biggest artists in country music, touched down at the KeyBank Center Saturday as he secured another accolade: his song “Homesick” had just hit No. 1 on country radio. The song, dedicated to members of the armed forces, is a country ballad at its finest.


Community members watched on as loved ones of the student, who died on Wednesday, spoke at UB Stadium. Photo: The Spectrum
NEWS

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.


Joshua Grosso performs "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" in his role as Marius. Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Murphy
ARTS

'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.


Interim provost A. Scott Weber speaks to an audience during a public forum at the Buffalo Room on Wednesday. Weber is one of five finalists in the search for UB's next provost. Photo: The Spectrum
NEWS

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.


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UB’s Wellness Center task force is sending out a survey to students early next week to get input on a new health and recreation center on North Campus and integrating health and wellness on the other two campuses. BENJAMIN BLANCHET Photo: The Spectrum
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UB’s Wellness Center task force is sending out a survey to students early next week to get input on a new health and recreation center on North Campus and integrating health and wellness on the other two campuses.

Romanyk, who stopped wearing shoes at the beginning of the semester after noticing another student riding his longboard without shoes, says going barefoot empowers him by helping "build his toughness." BENJAMIN BLANCHET Photo: The Spectrum
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Romanyk, who stopped wearing shoes at the beginning of the semester after noticing another student riding his longboard without shoes, says going barefoot empowers him by helping "build his toughness."

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