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Reilly Mullen is an asst. features editor. 


Broke b---h gift guide
Students often struggle to find cute and creative gifts that won’t break the bank. But don’t fret, we compiled a holiday gift guide with cost-efficient, thoughtful and non-denominational gifts that show loved ones how much they are appreciated and won’t ‘sleigh’ your bank account.
My best friend, ‘Ana’
Thirteen-year-old girls are supposed to fawn over Justin Beiber. Instead, in eighth grade, I was counting the calories in a stick of gum.
‘Jersey Boys’ takes Buffalo crowd back in a ‘time machine’ of its own
Audience members shielded their eyes as they were blinded by the same light 1960s rock band the Four Seasons experienced at its sold-out shows. The "Jersey Boys” cast members faced upstage, with their backs turned toward the audience as they shared the feeling of stardom with the nostalgic crowd, some of whom were fans of the foursome since their start.
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.
‘Running through the six with my votes’
While Americans watched the umpteenth Democratic debate, a monumental faceoff was happening just a few miles north of Buffalo.  Oct. 21 marked Canada’s 43rd parliamentary election, complete with the drastic approval ratings, numerous scandals and controversial seat changes that make election seasons so exciting.
Pop stars and politics
A Natural Sciences Complex classroom is packed for a Cases in Civil Liberties class with Professor Shawn Donahue, who’s presenting his 17th slide on Allied Structural Steel Company v. Spannaus. Suddenly, the chorus of Taylor Swift’s “22” erupts in the background. Everyone is looking around to see whose airpods momentarily disconnected. 
Young the Giant brings high energy to indie rock Fall Fest
Fall Fest was Verzache’s first time performing for a live crowd. Ever.  And although Young the Giant has performed at UB before, Saturday was the first time students bowed at the lead singer’s feet. The night of firsts wasn’t shaky, however, as fans and newcomers alike put on a stellar indie-themed Student Association Fall Fest at the Center for the Arts.
Throwing SHAED: Budding group SHAED discusses rise to fame and Buffalo show in exclusive interview
SHAED hasn’t quite hit household name recognition yet, but that may not last much longer. The D.C.-based electro-pop group’s new single, “Trampoline,” overtook Billie Eilish’s “Bury a Friend” for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Alternative Radio chart this summer.  With a musical style that BlackBook described as “infectious, magnetic charisma,” the group’s elaborate sound design, whimsical tone and deeply meaningful lyrics leave listeners craving more.