about the author

 Samantha Vargas is an English/ film studies double major with a minor in media study. She spends her free time finding shows around buffalo and hanging out with her cat. 


Post-graduation gourmet
College graduation is a significant milestone for many students. Graduation parties are gone, but it is still a time for celebration. Buffalo is known for wings and beef on weck, but that doesn’t mean there is a lack of fine dining in the area. The Spectrumcompiled a list of restaurants that are fancy enough to convince your mom that you took care of yourself for the last four years.
May movie guide
The Spectrum compiled a list of what to look out for this month. 
April Movie Guide
Hollywood is gearing up for a summer full of blockbusters but that doesn’t mean April has any less of a selection. Audiences have been anticipating big-name films from superhero flicks to female-driven comedies. The Spectrum compiled a list of what to look out for this month. 
UB community upset but hopeful after Notre Dame fire
Many UB students were shocked to hear about the fire that devastated the historic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday. The fire destroyed most of the Paris cathedral’s roof and middle spire after burning for over nine hours.
Paws and pin-ups
Tattoo culture has gone to the dogs. Literally. CowPok Piercing and Tattoo hosted its third-annual fundraiser for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter on Saturday.
Symphony of the senses
Buffalo is known for its famous food.  But locals know that food isn’t the only thing these restaurants have to offer.  The city is also known for its famous music scene. Many restaurants are able to combine the two for the ultimate Buffalo experience. The Spectrum has compiled a list of restaurants that offer live music near South Campus. 
'Mean Girls,' 'The Band's Visit' and more traveling to Shea's
Buffalo theater-goers have a lot to look forward to next year. Shea’s Performing Arts Center announced its M&T Bank 2019-2020 season. This year’s lineup will include seven national tours, opposed to the location’s usual six. Highlights of the upcoming shows include “Mean Girls,” “The Band’s Visit” and “Come From Away”.
'Living the dream:' International Fiesta winners Korean SA reflect on journey to the top
Inha Jung remembers a time when her club did not have a set room. The Korean Student Association and Kasanova Dance Team had to travel around North Campus looking for a space to practice last year. The group would go from the Richmond Hall gym to the Student Union Flag Room looking for a vacancy.
Culture on camera
Growing up in India, UB student Rutuja Sawant never felt like she could express herself. She struggled between the pressure to succeed academically and the lack of representation in media, but found a sense of identity through filmmaking.
'Miss Saigon' presents love and heartbreak in the face of war
The classic Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” brought its renewed production to Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The story takes a critical look at the Vietnam War and the impact of Western interference. The performance offers vibrant set designs and elaborate choreography in the tragedy.