about the author

Justin Weiss is the senior sports editor for The Spectrum. In his free time, he can be found hiking, playing baseball or doing both at the same time. His words have appeared in Elite Sports New York and the Long Island Herald.


Campus Living revises guest policy, reimbursement schedule
Students living on-campus will not be permitted to host guests in their rooms, according to the updated 2020-21 housing agreement released by Campus Living last week. 
Changes coming to meal plans, dining operations
A number of campus eateries will be temporarily closed next semester, including Seasons (CFA), Baldy Walkway Café, Whispers at Capen, Bert’s and NY Deli and Diner (Talbert), Mrs. Rich’s (NSC), The Bowl (Ellicott) and the Apothecary Café and Whispers at Abbott on South Campus. 
UB will transition away from Digication
UB will be employing a new ePortfolio tool for the fall 2020 semester, Director of UB Curriculum Danielle LaMarre-Smith announced on June 10. 
UB plans for modified campus reopening in fall
UB will reopen campus for the fall 2020 semester under a “modified in-person” format, President Satish Tripathi and Provost A. Scott Weber announced Monday.
‘I thought it was impossible:’ Maddie Norton makes leap from UB to NWHL
Growing up, Maddie Norton spent her days playing street hockey. But she didn’t play ice hockey competitively until the seventh grade. And she didn’t think she had a chance of playing professionally until her senior year of college, when she was starring for UB’s ACHA Division-II women’s club hockey team.
Recruiting roundup: COVID-19 and the NCAA ‘dead period’
COVID-19 has disrupted some of UB Athletics’ normal operations but it hasn’t prevented the school’s coaches from recruiting, within the confines of the NCAA mandated “dead period,” of course. The program’s 16 head coaches have been busy communicating with student-athletes via phone, email and social media. Some teams have filled out their 2020 classes; others still need to add one or two pieces.
Sports mailbag: NFL Draft, COVID-19, quarterbacks
Last weekend, the NFL Draft gave us a much-needed break from COVID-19. But after tasting live sports for the first time in over a month, our palate is even stronger for something — anything — to come out of the sports world. I don’t profess to know what comes next, but I do have the advantage of being around — metaphorically now — UB Athletics as a sports editor for The Spectrum. Here’s a brief look at the state of UB Athletics, and answers to some of your questions:
Meet Cheyenne McEvans, the academic athlete
Cheyenne McEvans was born into a basketball family. So it was hardly a surprise when McEvans asked her parents if she could pick up the sport at age five. It was all she knew at the time, bouncing around between the high school gym her mother coached at and family gatherings, where the only thing her cousins wanted to know was when they could go outside and shoot some hoops.
UB men’s basketball penalized for ethical conduct violation
The NCAA concluded Tuesday that a former UB men’s basketball assistant coach violated NCAA unethical conduct bylaws last year when he “fraudulently created and submitted documentation for an NCAA waiver” to UB’s Athletics Compliance Office, according to a press release from UB Athletics.