about the author

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.


UB anticipates financial challenges due to refunds, state budget cuts
President Satish Tripathi sent an unprecedented email to the UB community Monday night outlining the dire financial shortfalls the university faces as a result of the pandemic.
‘Under this administration, I know I’m not welcome in this country’
For a week, UB’s close to 7,000 international students and the administrators who supervise them hurried to understand and respond to a July 6 Trump administration directive to deport or deny entry to international students at U.S. colleges and universities offering virtual instruction only this fall.  
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. 
UB aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2030, 100% clean energy for electricity by 2025
UB is aiming to use 100% clean energy for its electricity by 2025 and to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 with its new Climate Action Plan.
‘Bored in the house, in the house bored?’
We’ve been stuck at home for a month and there is no end in sight.  But that’s where TikTok comes in handy.
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. 
‘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. 
Leading an eco-friendly life
Conversations and global movements surrounding climate change in the last few years have taken off.  Greta Thunberg, even at 16 years old, has taken the climate change movement by storm.