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Passengers take their seats and eagerly await the train's departure to the North Pole. Photo: The Spectrum

All aboard the Polar Express

James Mitchell has over 22 years of experience as Santa Claus. To him, the experience of cheering children up with his $3,000 costume is “uplifting” and “refreshing.”

Kafuli Agbemenu (left) and Shaanta Murshid (right) present two different yet connected perspectives on women's health during a Global Health Equity Brown Bag Seminar. Photo: The Spectrum

UB professors discuss ‘New Perspectives on Women’s Health’

Professors Kafuli Agbemenu and Shaanta Murshid discussed reproductive healthcare for African refugees and the health effects women face in regions experiencing conflict on Tuesday afternoon. Twenty UB community members attended the presentation, New Perspectives on Women’s Health, where Murshid and Agbemenu presented on the importance of minority women’s health at Hayes Hall. Murshid, a professor in the School of Social Work, discussed her recent research on the implications of microfinance, neoliberalism and violence on women. Agbemenu, an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discussed her research on reproductive health practices among African refugee women and how language barriers and differences in education increase their vulnerability to poor healthcare, according to Agbemenu.


Happy Columbus Day, not Indigenous Peoples’ Day

In fourteen hundred ninety-two,  Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Many of us have read, or even recited portions of the Columbus Day Poem in elementary school. And many of us did so proudly and confidently.  Unfortunately, a lot has changed since we’ve been in elementary school.

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan, It Happened to Alexa Executive Director Kate Fowler and former Olympian Bridie Farrell discuss the Child Victims Act at UB.

UB hosts panel discussion on Child Victims Act

UB held a panel discussion on Monday to raise awareness for child sex abuse and discuss New York State’s recent Child Victims Act. New York State Senator Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan) proposed the bill in January, but similar bills have been introduced as early as 2006 and continuously voted down. The New York State Assembly and Senate passed the bill early this year and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it into law on Feb. 14.

Donald Trump speaking at Laconia Rally. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Vadon

UB community doesn’t think president's removal is likely

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, announced on Tuesday the House began a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The inquiry came after Trump allegedly betrayed his oath of office by asking a foreign nation to provide information on a political opponent. Trump is accused of “pressuring” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate and release information on Democratic presidential front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

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