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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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Brian Josephs


NEWS

Back to Brooklyn

So this is it. Four years of writing for The Spectrum. Four years of college, ending with a brutal, 21-credit semester. In two weeks, I'll be sent off to the world in glorious, blue-cap-and-gown fashion to face a mountain of college debt.


ARTS

"Stay classy, Reebok"

You have to find Rick Ross' public relations skills severely lacking, when all is said and done. The rapper has been given numerous opportunities to apologize for his hellacious lyrics on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." Ross attributed the controversy to a public misunderstanding.


FEATURES

Marvin the Martian and Costello: The Coffed story

Steven Coffed, a sophomore aerospace and mechanical engineering major, has a valedictorian certificate hanging in his bedroom, a mention in a Business First article that named the best scholar athletes in Western New York, a Presidential Scholarship - which is awarded to only 25 of the university's approximately 5,000 incoming freshmen - and multiple other academic honors. One of his most treasured possessions, however, is a Marvin the Martian watch. At first glance, the watch could be seen as a subtle but arrogant reference to his success because of its juxtaposition.


NEWS

Disillusionment at the Sheraton

It felt like I was finally making it. After years of writing, I finally got my first scholarship. The money funded my stay at Time Square's Sheraton Hotel, where the College Media Convention - one of the nation's most well known learning events for college journalists - was being held. My 29th-floor room fit my youthful hubris.


ARTS

A cloudy Experience

Album: The 20/20 Experience Artist: Justin Timberlake Label: RCA Release Date: March 19 Grade: B The 20/20 Experience doesn't feel like a comeback album.


ARTS

The Bob Dylan Primer

Introduction by Max Crinnin, Asst. Arts Editor I can't write about Bob Dylan. I find there are not enough words, and at the same time, too few, as I am limited here to 1,600 characters for your reading pleasure. Bob Dylan is a legendary musician, and you'd struggle to find someone who doesn't agree.


News

Just your common doctor

Hong-biao "Hank" Liu, M.D. Ph.D., is a busy man. The doctor is currently splitting time as a house physician for Brylin Hospital, a primary physician for the Medical Care of Western New York at Buffalo and as a medical officer at the VA Hospital in Buffalo. He's losing hair at 45, but he still glows with excitement as he's talking about his latest innovation: his new medical center in The Commons. Last December, Liu expanded his medical clinic, Luna Medical Center, to a suite in The Commons.


ARTS

My Bloody Valentine amazes again after decades-long hiatus: m b v album review

Album: m b v Artist: My Bloody Valentine Label: Self-released Grade: B+ My Bloody Valentine's landmark achievement, 1991's Loveless, is full of stunning moments from its mind-altering opener, "Only Shallow," to the guitar-distorted fantasy of "Soon." However, there's a particularly stunning moment in the middle of it all where vocalists Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shield sing on "When You Sleep." "When I look at you/I don't know what's real," they sing. How can they be so self-aware?


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