Search begins for School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean
UB community members said they want a School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean who is “collaborative” and has previous academic experience. SEAS is searching for a new dean and the search committee, comprised of 14 professors and faculty members and one graduate student, held its first public meeting Monday to listen to community’s suggestions and questions.
Fire in Dewey Hall evacuates 800 students Sunday
Roughly 800 students evacuated the Governors Complex around 11 a.m. Sunday as four fire departments responded to a fire in Dewey Hall. The departments “quickly” knocked the fire out and it caused no injuries, according to Chris Kaplewicz, fire chief of Getzville Fire Company.
UB community upset with proposal to move Math Place
Students, faculty and tutors say they feel “heartbroken,” “betrayed” and “displeased” with the College of Arts and Sciences’ proposal to move the Math Place tutoring center from Baldy Hall to the Mathematics Building. CAS submitted the proposal asking for grant funding from “various funding sources” to create a new “Math Hub,” integrating the Math Help Center, which caters to upper-level math courses, and the Math Place, which caters to lower-level math courses.
School of Management dean co-signs letter asking for change in immigration policy
International student Himangini Banwari came to the U.S. with “low expectations” of working here after graduation. Immigration and visa policies have made it increasingly difficult to do so, according to Paul Tesluk, dean of the School of Management.
UB community members voice concerns to state legislators
United University Professions held a public hearing with state legislators and the chair of the higher education committee to discuss accessibility and college tuition Wednesday. Roughly 40 people attended the event where New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Assemblymember Karen McMahon and Chair of the Higher Education Senate Committee Toby Ann Stavisky listened to SUNY administrators’ and students’ concerns.
Activist Nyle DiMarco opens 33rd annual Distinguished Speaker Series
Nyle DiMarco taught the Center for the Arts crowd how to sign “love yourself” in American Sign Language Wednesday night. He wanted everyone to embrace who they are and learn to “use their differences to their advantage.”
Community upset with UB over Tonawanda Coke research study
Local activists are upset with UB for its role in environmental studies on the former Tonawanda Coke plant. The plant, which manufactured coke –– a fuel made by heating coal or oil –– was convicted in 2013 for violating the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Nyle DiMarco discusses advocacy and Twitter humor in Spectrum interview
Nyle DiMarco can see the differences between himself and his deaf family members who didn't have the same access to language and education he had as a child.  Now, he’s working to make sure children today have these opportunities. 
Funded Ph.D. students keeping benefits, interim provost announces more funding
Interim Provost A. Scott Weber confirmed Saturday that funded Ph.D. students will remain in assistantships, meaning they will continue to have benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance and retirement plans. Some students worried their roles would change to fellowships –– which don’t include these benefits –– when the August Ph.D. Excellence Initiative announcement stated first-year Ph.D. students will not teach classes.