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.


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. 
Liesl Folks to leave as School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean
Liesl Folks, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is set to leave her position on July 26, according to an announcement from Provost Charles Zukoski on Wednesday. The University of Arizona announced Wednesday it would make Folks the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost on July 29.
Buffalo native and radio host brings Grammy winner Kenny Garrett to Buffalo
Eulis Cathey knows the Queen City well. Cathey, a Sirius XM radio host and Buffalo native, understands jazz’s deep roots in the city’s history. Now he wants to help continue this tradition and bring Grammy-winning saxophonist and flutist Kenny Garrett to the Tralf Music Hall on Saturday.
UB Foundation paid Joe Biden $200,000 for October speech at UB, contract shows
The UB Foundation paid former Vice President Joe Biden $200,000 for his October 2018 speech in Alumni Arena, according to documents The Spectrum obtained Monday through a Freedom of Information Law request.
Fraternity members under UB judicial review following Thursday’s Spectrum paper disposals
Sigma Chi Omega members are under UB judicial review after allegedly throwing away hundreds of Spectrum copies which reported on the fraternity. Two Spectrum reporters found roughly 400 copies of the newspaper in Student Union garbage cans on Thursday. Reporters contacted University Police, which reviewed camera footage of people throwing out papers and contacted Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Pamela Jackson. Jackson identified a student who threw out the papers through photos from the fraternity’s banquet. The issue was The Spectrum’s last of the 2018-19 academic year and cost $850 to print.