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Julian Roberts-Grmela is the features editor at The Spectrum


‘Your friendly on-campus Spider-Man’
On Nov. 26, as students began to leave campus for fall recess, Spider-Man appeared on the top of the bridge connecting the Student Union to the Commons. He wasn’t fighting any villains or web-swinging.
There’s snow place like Buffalo
It’s only November, but “Barefoot Longboard Guy” Matthew Romanyk has to wear shoes again. Buffalo’s winter is quickly approaching and a thick layer of snow blankets UB’s campuses. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Western New York area on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday’s flurries resulted in a record 11.1 inches of snow for Nov. 11. Winter weather can be expected to last roughly until April and, while some students were ready for the abrupt weather change in Buffalo, others were less prepared.
UB students weigh in on reparations for slavery
Jeffery Clinton says he can’t forgive or forget the injustices his family and community endured throughout U.S. history. Clinton, a senior English and African American studies major and president of the African American Studies Academic Association, is a descendant of slaves. 
Paying to pass
Students expect to pay for textbooks and supplies before the semester begins. But many were surprised to find out they’d have to start paying for UB’s new online testing system, ProctorU.
Erie County executive candidates: Who’s running in Tuesday’s election
Local elections have never been as popular as the presidential election, but local government has a tangible impact on the local community. Voters can decide on a lot of important issues on Tuesday during Election Day. 
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery to close for two-year construction on Monday
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery will close its doors to the public for the next two years on Monday. The closure will allow workers to construct a new building on the art museum’s north end. This is the Albright-Knox’s third major expansion in 114 years since it’s had a permanent location and the gallery expects the various additions to add 30,000 square feet of museum space. The Albright-Knox intends to open a satellite branch in Buffalo’s east side in January. Professors and community members have contrasting opinions on how the museum’s absence will affect Buffalo’s art scene.
Halloween on Hertel
On Saturday, hundreds of drunk adults wearing Halloween costumes will get lost on their way from Del Denby Tavern to Gramma Mora’s, and you could be one of them. Step Out Buffalo is holding its third-annual The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Halloween-themed bar crawl features deals at 17 bars and restaurants spanning 1.4 miles of Hertel Avenue. Ticket holders have access to a shuttle bus running up and down Hertel “all night long” and the tickets, which are $10 for pre-sale and $15 at the door, include free entry to all participating venues. The bar crawl features more than 60 exclusive deals spread throughout the 17 venues and a free slice of pizza from Bob and John’s La Hacienda.
A new society for soloists
Manuel Pena Cruz has struggled to stay motivated with his music at UB. The senior psychology major was an active musician in high school and the president of his high school music club for two years. When he arrived at UB, Pena Cruz joined The Buffalo Chips –– UB’s male a cappella group –– but soon realized that the group wasn’t for him. He is more of a solo artist.
Artist spotlight: Mavi
Mavi was released from the hospital on his birthday last year. His illness and surgery disrupted his career, as the Charlotte rapper was preparing to take his “first big step onto the main stage.” This year, he celebrated his birthday to the tune of his debut album “Let the Sun Talk.”
Shoeless and shameless
Matthew Romanyk’s longboard is the only thing separating his bare feet from the pavement and a terrible brush burn when he weaves his way between students, down Putnman Way and toward the Student Union.  As he approaches the thick crowd gathered around the SU, Romanyk needs to come to a stop without using his feet to slow himself down. Instead, he jumps off, simultaneously flicking his board into his hands and lands on his bare feet –– not a scratch on them.