about the author

Brenton Blanchet is a junior communication major and The Spectrum's managing editor. His hobbies include collecting vinyl, jogging and meeting Mariah Carey.

The Spectrum elected Brenton Blanchet as editor-in-chief for the 2019-20 academic year. Blanchet has been writing for The Spectrum since 2016. 


Letter from the Editor: Help write our future
Hi class of 2023, welcome to my crib. I mean, welcome to your student newspaper.
An open letter to Western New York dweller John Krasinski
Dear Mr. Krasinksi, We get it. You’re on your national tour looking for a place to film your highly anticipated “A Quiet Place” sequel. You’ll stop in Buffalo for about a week, shake a few restaurant owner’s hands, kiss a couple babies on the forehead and be on your way, never to be seen again.
Blizzard Boys
Ben Meister, Ethan Pitts, Michael Herrick and their Jeep-driving friend Grady became the most popular guys on campus Wednesday; after Barstool Buffalo shared a video of them shredding across campus on Instagram. University Police reported three incidents of illegal car-rear skiing on Wednesday. The freshman group’s ski trip was a product of YouTube inspiration, 10 years of skiing experience and having a friend with a car –– something not all freshmen are used to.
Ari and Mimi: A Buffalo beef squash
Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande are my two favorite vocalists in history.  They’re unbelievably talented and well-respected musical powerhouses who can do things with their voices that make listeners question the limits of the vocal cords. 
Remembering Jerry
    “I didn’t go to the moon. I went much further.” Gerald, or Jerry, Finnegan would start his theatre classes at the beginning of each year by having his students recite this line from the memory play, “The Glass Menagerie.” The line comes from character Tom Wingfield, a shoe factory worker who doubles as an aspiring poet trying to escape from reality.
Harvey Weinstein wrote about attacking women in The Spectrum in 1971
Harvey Weinstein wrote about attacking women who refused his advances while he was a UB student and occasional Spectrum columnist in the 1970s. In 1971, he penned a fictitious column in which a hustler named Denny tries to aggressively coerce women to spend time with him. “‘Denny the Hustler’ did not take no for an answer,” he wrote in one February piece.
'Bob Dylan was not booed'
It’s hard to dismiss a 52-year-old story but Professor Bruce Jackson isn’t afraid to try. When Bob Dylan played his first-ever electric set at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, legend insists that the crowd booed him. Dylan’s decision to go electric infuriated the crowd, according to this popular belief.
Nintendo switches it up: UB student gamers take on new console
The Nintendo Switch, released on March 3, lets gamers take their favorite home console games on car rides, planes, to their jobs and classes. The hybrid console features a 6.2-inch screen, which allows portability and can be docked to hook up to a television.
Record resurgence: Vinyl record collecting, its comeback and its appeal to UB students
We live in a digital world where consumers watch movies instantaneously with Netflix, readers fight paper cuts with E-books and listeners discover new tracks just by exploring Spotify. The vinyl record has reemerged during this time of streaming and easily accessible media into the lives and dorm rooms of college students.