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SAMANTHA VARGAS

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Samantha Vargas is the senior features editor, 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. 


OPINION

The winner takes it all, and I have

It’s been almost two months since UB shut down campus, which means it’s been almost two months since I’ve been in The Spectrum office. Or since we’ve had a secret “girls room” meeting. Or since we’ve gone on a Tim Horton’s run, only to find out the line was too long. Or since we’ve bleached someone's hair in the conference room.


OPINION

Remembering you can’t ‘rescue’ them

Editor’s note: This column contains sensitive content about domestic abuse which may be triggering. The 911 operator knew who my roommate and I were when we called. We’d give them the address and they filled in the rest of the details themselves.


OPINION

Surviving the centipede

Let’s just get this out of the way. This is the column where I come out in support of “The Human Centipede.” After studying film for four years, I support its right to exist, people’s right to view it, to be critical of it, but most of all I support how director Tom Six was able to cross the line of the type of content that succeeds in the horror genre.


OPINION

Hell hath no fury like a pink tape measurer scorned

For some women across the U.S., clothes shopping is a cathartic, fun experience. For others, it’s a nightmare. Every day, women across the country find themselves facing off against an invisible assailant; one that slowly eats away at their body image and self-confidence.


“Christmas at the Tavern” explores the semi-autobiographical struggles faced by playwright Tom Dudzick’s family in 1959 Buffalo. Photo: Courtesy of Nick Occhipinti
ARTS

‘Christmas Over the Tavern’ brings comedy to Catholicism

Most locals think of the Pearl Street Brewery as Seneca Street’s preferred bar, but celebrated playwright Tom Dudzick prefers the memory of his father’s tavern.  Big Joe Dudzick’s Tavern, located at 770 Seneca Street, was the inspiration for Dudzick’s hit musical, “Christmas Over the Tavern.” 


Cole Hastings, a UB alumni, has established a personal training service through individual coaching, plant-based meal plans and personalized workout routines. Photo: Courtesy of Cole Hastings
FEATURES

Getting swole with ‘soyboy’

When people think of bodybuilders, most imagine spray tans, giant muscles and vain attitudes. But Cole Hastings wants to move away from the “meathead” stereotype. 


Owners Jessica and Ashley Fox pride themselves on creating a safe-space for patrons and employees by prioritizing the hiring of minorities. Photo: The Spectrum
FEATURES

Putting new meaning to the phrase '2-in-1'

Oak and Iron is breaking boundaries in Buffalo’s tattoo community as the first tattoo shop with a full-service salon, priding itself on being one of the most inclusive studios in the area.  The shop’s slogan is “keep Buffalo beautiful,” and the owners do just that. Married owners Ashley and Jessica Fox created the shop in response to the “male-dominated” tattoo community, hoping to create a safe space for patrons and employees. They prioritize hiring artists and estheticians from marginalized communities and support the community through charity efforts.


Snow covers the academic spine early this week. Photo: The Spectrum
FEATURES

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.


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Owners Jessica and Ashley Fox pride themselves on creating a safe-space for patrons and employees by prioritizing the hiring of minorities. SAMANTHA VARGAS Photo: The Spectrum
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Owners Jessica and Ashley Fox pride themselves on creating a safe-space for patrons and employees by prioritizing the hiring of minorities.

Tigger is a seven-year-old shorthair cat that is available for adoption at the SPCA. Volunteers can apply to work in their cat colony rooms or clean the kennels. SAMANTHA VARGAS Photo: The Spectrum
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Tigger is a seven-year-old shorthair cat that is available for adoption at the SPCA. Volunteers can apply to work in their cat colony rooms or clean the kennels.

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