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Justin Weiss is the senior features 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.


UB has 107 active cases, 33 cases counting towards NYS threshold
As of Friday night, UB has 107 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 among students and employees, according to the university’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Men’s basketball player charged with second-degree assault
UB men’s basketball player Malik Zachery was arrested by North Tonawanda Police after allegedly stabbing a Canisius men’s basketball player during a pick-up game Wednesday.
No hand soap, $2 water, loneliness: Life inside the UB quarantine dorms
When Emily Thomas* arrived at South Campus’ Goodyear Hall for her mandatory two-week quarantine, she received: face masks, garbage bags, a muffin, two cookies, toilet paper, disinfectant, a bottle of water and a rotten banana.
Amherst Police take larceny suspect into custody
Amherst Police took a larceny suspect into custody near UB’s north campus Monday.
UB Police received 19 calls regarding COVID violations last week
The UB Police department received 19 calls regarding COVID-19 violations last week, according to a redacted complaint summary obtained by The Spectrum Friday.
COVID cases rise, students fear shutdown
Just four days after campus reopened for the fall semester, the school is already reporting 46 known cases of COVID-19. That number is expected to rise in the coming days, as UB begins surveillance testing and students continue to mingle with their peers. 
UB to begin COVID surveillance testing next week
With pressure mounting, UB announced Tuesday that it will begin random COVID-19 surveillance testing next week.