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Justin Weiss is the The Spectrum's managing editor. In his free time, he can be found hiking, playing baseball or throwing things at his TV when his sports teams aren't winning. His words have appeared in Elite Sports New York and the Long Island Herald. He can be found on Twitter @Jwmlb1.


Mental health is public health

We’ve all been affected by the mental health crisis in personal and profound ways. Maybe it’s a roommate, or a friend, or a family member, or a colleague, or one’s self, but everyone on campus knows somebody who is just trying to make it through the day.

The 9/11 Memorial in Jersey City commemorates the thousands of people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Photo: Partha Narasimhan / Unsplash

Twenty years later

When the second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center, the staff of The Spectrum knew where they needed to be: at 132 Student Union.

Students, faculty and staff — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear face masks inside all campus buildings this fall.

Students return to campus for in-person learning

Students can expect to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers at football games and walk around the Academic Spine maskless this fall, but a recent surge in COVID-19 cases may leave administrators weighing additional health and safety measures this semester.

Students, faculty and staff — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear face masks inside all campus buildings, effective Tuesday.

UB reimposes indoor mask mandate

UB is updating its indoor masking policy for the fall semester following a surge in nationwide COVID-19 cases and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to students at UB's 2017 Commencement ceremony. Photo: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki / University Communications

UB to hold in-person commencement for Class of 2020

UB will host the Class of 2020 for an in-person commencement celebration on Friday, Oct. 1. The festivities, which were initially pushed online last May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will potentially bring thousands of students, along with their friends and families, to campus.

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