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.


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.
Student Life, Faculty Student Association board doesn’t care about student radio
Last week, I stumbled upon a 1993 editorial cartoon in The Spectrum. It depicted the burial of student radio.  The tombstone read “student-run stations.” Underneath, a caption: “administrators’ plans for college radio.”
Black Student Union concludes year’s events with Small Keels BBQ
BSU hosted its annual Small Keels BBQ outside the Student Union on Sunday, celebrating the conclusion of the academic year and the lives of two former club members.
Student Association picks up Sign-A-Bull program after Student Engagement's discontinuation
Seniors will still be able to continue UB’s tradition of signing a painted buffalo before graduating in May.  The Student Association committed to host the Sign-A-Bull program last week after a student questioned Student Engagement’s choice to discontinue it.
UB student dies following possible Sigma Pi hazing
Eighteen-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazan was a dedicated student who kept a Post-it note above his desk that said “GPA goal 4.0.”
Lead to misdeed
When I was four years old, I told my teacher I wanted to be a Tin Man actor. Now I’m 23 and, well, an editorial role at The Spectrum is pretty dang close.
UB Commons owners seek $4.3 million property value reduction in court
UB Commons owners are in State Supreme Court with the Town of Amherst over its 2017 property assessment value of $7.5 million. The mini-mall’s owners claim its real property value is $4.3 million, or 57%, less than the assessment.