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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Dennis Black at the SEFA celebration event in Davis Hall. Photo: Courtesy of Douglas Le / University at Buffalo

Dennis Black writing grants for Habitat for Humanity after stealing over $300,000 from UB

Dennis Black, UB’s former vice president for Student Affairs is now volunteering as a grant writer at East Cooper, SC Habitat for Humanity, after he pleaded guilty to stealing roughly $320,000 from university bank accounts and tax fraud in 2018. Bob Hervey, executive director of East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, said Black “absolutely does not” have access to any of their funds.

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office on the eighth floor of Clemens Hall. Photo: The Spectrum

College of Arts and Sciences maintaining number of funded Ph.D. recruits for fall 2020

The College of Arts and Sciences will recruit the same number of funded Ph.D. students for fall 2020 as it did for fall 2019, Dean Robin Schulze announced on Wednesday in an email to CAS. Schulze decided to pause recruitment of CAS-funded Ph.D. students on Sept. 19 due to a lack of funding for the Ph.D. stipend raise to $20,000. Students and faculty were upset with the decision, so Schulze granted the Ph.D. Excellence Bridge Committee additional time to decide the best solution. 

Freshman Nichole Mahler decided to withdraw from UB due to the fire at Dewey Hall where she says she lost nearly all her belongings. Photo: Courtesy of Maria Crane

Freshman withdrawing from school following dorm-room fire

Freshman Nichole Mahler plans to withdraw from UB following the Nov. 10 Dewey Hall fire, where she lost nearly all of her belongings including her ID, laptop and credit cards. The fire, which damaged only Mahler’s belongings, evacuated roughly 800 students in the Governors Complex around 11 a.m. UPD reported the fire appeared to be caused by a heater, but the cause is still under investigation, although Mahler says a UB dorm heater, behind her dresser, caused the fire in her suite. Still, UB’s Campus Living Housing agreement states UB is not responsible for any damages to students’ personal belongings in the event of a fire unless the student has renters insurance, which UB “strongly recommends.” 

Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair Chunming Qiao provides his opinion on the search for the next engineering dean.

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.

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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 students receive math tutoring for free in the Math Place located in 211 Baldy Hall on Tuesday.

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.

New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy, Assembly member Karen McMahon and Chair of the Higher Education Senate Committee Toby Ann Stavisky discuss higher education and tuition at the SUNY transparency bill discussion at the Center for Tomorrow on Wednesday. 

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.

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The Graduate Student Association held their first Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday. GSA still has no funds to reimburse clubs for another three to four weeks.



Josh Korman, Student Association’s attorney, attended the Board of Directors meeting on Thursday to discuss the changes to SA with it becoming a not-for-profit.

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