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Monday, January 25, 2021
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Vindhya Burugupalli is the engagement editor for The Spectrum. She loves traveling and documenting her experiences through mp4s and jpegs. In her free time, she can be found exploring cute coffee shops and food spots.

 Senior architecture major, Alexander Sansolo at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Sanolo’s internship with Disney came to an abrupt end early March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pandemic derails students’ internship plans

Alexander Sansolo’s wishes were granted when he got the opportunity to intern at the Magic Kingdom. Three years of college and academics left him “burnt out” but the internship was his golden ticket to the Disney “imagineering” world and a way to find his true calling. 

Spectrum editor talks to Mingchen Cai, a sophomore media study major from China.

International students navigate travel bans and visa status amid COVID-19 crisis

Mingchen Cai went home to China over winter break to see his family. Upon returning to Buffalo, he had to self-isolate. But Cai never anticipated New York becoming a virus hotspot.  Now, he feels “trapped.” Cai is just one of many international students at UB who decided to stay in Buffalo as U.S. COVID-19 cases rose from 5,000 to more than 130,000 across the nation in the last two weeks. 

Residents of Chand Bagh in northeast Delhi leaving their homes amid the riots. Photo: Courtesy of Tiwari Prabhat

‘We’re a secular country and we’re all equally a part of it’

Salaah Khan says she feels sick and helpless watching the news about her home country, India. She says she is horrified by the lynch mobs, the burning neighborhoods and the religious intolerance that has spread across the country in recent weeks. In the country’s capital of Delhi, at least 53 people, mostly Muslim, were killed and 200 were injured during street riots initiated by Hindu nationalist mobs. 


Stop asking women to take precautions

We’re told to carry pepper spray, to check the child lock while getting into Ubers and not to leave our drinks unattended at parties.  I’m extra cautious while traveling alone. I look back twice while walking down empty streets in the dark. 

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