Late-night UB football

Last night the Bulls played a Wednesday night game televised on ESPNU against Northern Illinois. Fans were encouraged to “black out” UB Stadium by wearing all black in support of the Bulls’ black uniforms.

At halftime UB was losing 27-3. The Bulls did end up making a comeback in the second half, but still lost 41-30. If they had won the game, the team would have been deemed bowl eligible. UB has another chance to become bowl eligible by winning the next game on Saturday Nov. 21 against Akron.

Since the game started at 8 p.m., it was very dark outside. The stadium brightly lit the field and looked really cool from a distance. A cannon boomed whenever UB scored and there was a half-time fireworks display that lit up the entire sky. Even though it was quite cold, it was a cool experience to see the Bulls play at night. Despite the loss, good came from the game – senior quarterback Joe Licata became the All-Time Leading Passer in UB Football history!

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Linda Yalem Run

This past Saturday was the 26th Annual Linda Yalem Run. The event is a tradition at UB and students, faculty and community members alike join in to walk or run. It was my first 5K event and I have to say I had a blast. I ran on the University Honors College team, and other teams of students competed as well. Members of UB’s football team and volunteers from on-campus clubs and Greek life lined the race route and cheered on those participating. It was an amazing feeling to have strangers tell me to keep going and that I was doing great. I’m not the best runner, but I sure felt like I could run that race again.

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The run commemorates UB student Linda Yalem, who was tragically raped and killed on the Amherst bike path which runs behind the Ellicott Complex on UB’s North Campus in 1990. She was an avid runner who was training to run in the New York City Marathon. Her killer was apprehended by police and sentenced to 75 years in prison in 2007. The run promotes safety while exercising and the registration fee – only $20 for UB students – goes to rape-prevention and personal safety awareness programming at UB.

The route is a 5K USA Track and Field-certified course that starts behind the Academic Spine and wraps around the entire campus. There were post-race awards and food and the weather was gorgeous for an early fall morning. You can run or walk the race, so I encourage you to grab some friends and participate!

Welcome back, Fall Fest style

Hi guys!

Welcome back to another semester at UB! I can’t believe this is my senior year. I’m so excited for my last year as an undergrad at UB and I hope you stay tuned to my blog to see some of the new and improved events and features UB has to offer.

One quintessential fall-semester activity on campus is Fall Fest. Fall Fest is an annual concert hosted by the Student Association every fall semester. Each semester SA also hosts Spring Fest in the spring, so students can attend a FREE concert twice a year!

This year’s Fall Fest was rap- and R&B-themed and featured artists Tink, Isaiah Rashad, Jeremih and Big Sean. I only really knew Jeremih’s music and some of Big Sean’s, but I figured since it was going to be my last Fall Fest I would go anyway. The day of the concert it poured all day long. SA moved the concert inside Alumni Arena – it’s often held outside in the Baird Point parking lot when the weather cooperates – but the line to get into the Arena was so long so we did have to stand in the rain for a while. My roommate and I had a blast once inside, dancing and singing to songs we didn’t even know the words to. SA packed Alumni Arena to its capacity and I’d say it was a success!

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“Way up, I feel blessed.”
-Big Sean, Blessings

Game of Thrones preview

Hey all,

This past Sunday, UB students were able to watch the first episode of season five of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones two weeks before it premieres on HBO! Students entered into a lottery to obtain a ticket for the viewing, and there was a line that extended outside the Center for the Arts, where the showing was held, and wound around buildings and down the hill toward the Student Union. Over 1,700 students attended the premiere, and HBO campus representatives handed out Game of Thrones crowns and offered chances for students to win Game of Thrones prize packs. There was a live Twitter feed broadcasting tweets about UB’s premiere and the event planners blared the Game of Thrones soundtrack for an hour before the episode premiered.


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How awesome is it that UB students were able to see the first episode of a widely popular TV series two weeks before it officially airs!? It’s all due to the fact that UB Campus Living has partnered with HBO Go to make HBO free and available to all students living on campus or in on-campus apartments. This means that UB students who live on North or South Campuses, whether in the dorms or in apartments, can watch HBO for free, courtesy of UB and Campus Living! This is huge news for anyone who loves HBO shows like Girls, Game of Thrones, True Detective or The Newsroom. HBO also hosts comedy series, news, documentaries, sports and recent, popular movies.

So take a study break and enjoy HBO, courtesy of UB Campus Living and HBO Go!


UB’s law school kickstarts new program

UB’s law school recently announced a program in which it can admit up to 10 percent of its incoming first year classes without requiring LSAT scores. For anyone thinking of going to law school or currently studying for the LSAT (like me), this is huge news! The LSAT (Law School Admission Test) is a notoriously difficult admission test that is nearly always required to apply to law school. But UB has decided to allow some students to apply to – or be admitted to – its law school without having to take the LSAT.

Beginning in fall 2015, undergraduates attending UB who maintain a GPA of 3.5 of higher through six semesters at UB and who have scored in the 85th percentile on a standardized test such as the SAT or ACT won’t be required to take the LSAT. These students will also get priority consideration for admission.

Additionally, students in the Honors College will be guaranteed admission into the law school and also will not have to take the LSAT. The Honors College is also planning on crafting a stronger relationship between its college and the law school by allowing students who are interested in law to explore their options through topical seminars, visits to the law school and discussion with law school professors and faculty.

This is super exciting news for anyone who might be considering law school, especially at UB – which U.S. News and World Report ranked as the No. 87 law school in the country in 2015. The program seems comparable to some of UB’s early assurance programs, which exist for UB’s dental school, pharmacy school and medical school. These programs also have certain GPA and course requirements, which can be found on UB’s website.


UB men’s basketball team is MAC East Champs!

The very first UB men’s basketball game that I attended was this past Friday against Bowling Green University from Ohio. It was the team’s last game of the regular season, and senior night for two of its top players – Xavier Ford and Will Regan. I don’t follow basketball that closely, but I do know some of the players on the team from covering sports for the school’s paper, The Spectrum. I knew this was supposed to be a big game – not only because it was the season finale, but also because UB Athletics was trying to pack Alumni Arena and would be giving away a semester of free tuition to one lucky audience-goer who had also attended other UB basketball games this season.

The arena was definitely packed. The game was sold out, and more than 6,600 people attended the game. Everyone wore white to “white-out” Bowling Green, whose jerseys were black. The game was a nail-biter from the very beginning. UB and Bowling Green were going basket for basket, until Bowling Green pulled ahead about a third of the way through the first half. UB managed to tie the game at 35 at halftime, and came back on fire. The second half was so intense, and the atmosphere in Alumni Arena was electric. During the last five minutes of the game, the two teams were neck and neck. UB finally pulled ahead with a couple of epic three-pointers, and ultimately won the game – and the MAC East title – 77-75.

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I am so glad that I went to this game because the crowd was so engaged and everyone demonstrated a ton of school spirit. The cheerleaders and Dazzlers, UB’s dance team, both performed stellar routines, and the student section of the arena was filled past capacity. I ended up standing for the whole game because there was nowhere to sit! I really enjoyed the camaraderie in the arena and it was nice to take a break from working and studying. I hope that I can attend more games next season.

UB is part of Division I athletics and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). By winning Friday’s game, the basketball team won its second straight MAC East title and a share of the regular season MAC championship. The Bulls finished their season on a six-game winning streak and solidified a triple-bye in the MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, next week, which means they automatically go to the semi-finals of the MAC Tournament and only have to win two games to get a bid to the NCAA tournament. The tournament will likely be streamed online for anyone interested in watching!


“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and recenter ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Join The Spectrum

Hi all! If you are looking for a great way to get involved on campus and are interested in writing, photography, graphic design, video editing, advertising or being part of an amazing group of people, I encourage you to think about joining The SpectrumThe Spectrum is UB’s fully independent student-run newspaper. It doesn’t get any money from student fees, the university or the Student Association, which means that the editors and writers have a lot of freedom with what they are allowed to run in the paper. The paper publishes special issues throughout the year like a housing issue, food issue, sex issue, an orientation issue for incoming freshmen and a graduation issue for graduating seniors. The Spectrum prints 7,000 copies of its paper each production day – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It is really committed to expanding its presence across all of UB’s campuses as well as across various social media platforms.

Full disclosure: I have been involved with The Spectrum since spring semester of my freshman year, and am currently the copy chief for the paper. I absolutely love my job and the people that I work with, and we are always looking to expand our membership. The Spectrum is located at 132 Student Union on UB’s North Campus – stop in on any production day if you are interested in learning more!

Courtesy of The Spectrum

Courtesy of The Spectrum


“From journalism I learned to write under pressure, to work with deadlines, to have limited space and time, to conduct and interview, to find information, to research, and above all, to use language as efficiently as possible and to remember always that there is a reader out there.”
– Isabel Allende

In the ‘spring’ semester, it’s still winter

Hey guys!

Welcome back to the snowy arctic-like tundra that is UB and the Buffalo surrounding area. The ‘spring’ semester is now underway, but the ice and blowing, drifting snow that characterize Buffalo winters will be sticking around – at least for the next few months. But winter weather offers lots of opportunities for outdoor (and indoor) activities at UB and in the surrounding community, so don’t despair. Here are a few ideas to take a break from classes and homework that will get your mind off of the cold:


UB’s Winterfest

This year, UB’s annual Winterfest celebration will take place on Saturday, February 14. UB is proud of its winter traditions, and will host a broomball tournament and ice skating and ice bowling on UB’s own wintertime outdoor ice rink. There will also be a snowman-building contest and an igloo-building contest and also sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout campus! Activities will go on rain or shine, sun or blizzard and will run from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Winterfest is a great way to meet new people on campus and enjoy Buffalo’s infamous winter weather.



Ice skating at Northtown Center, Canalside or HARBORCENTER

Whether you’re an avid skater or new to the rink, there are lots of places in Buffalo to go ice skating, both indoor and out. At Canalside in downtown Buffalo, you’ll find an outdoor rink bigger than the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Visitors can ice skate, participate in curling, and rent ice bikes. Skating is $5 and it’s $3 to rent skates, and curling costs $15 for an hour of ice time and includes an instructor and all the equipment necessary. Ice bikes can be rented for $10 for 30 minutes. If you’d rather skate indoors, you can visit the Northtown Center, directly across from the Flint Entrance of UB North Campus, or the HARBORCENTER, which is located in downtown Buffalo across from the First Niagara Center. Skating costs $6 and $3 for rentals at both the Northtown Center and HARBORCENTER. Above is a picture of me and my friends skating at the Northtown Center. There are also other outdoor ice skating rinks scattered throughout Western New York, including the actual ice rink used in the 2008 Winter Classic NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins – located in East Aurora.


Hot chocolate

If you’d prefer to relax and take a break from physical activity, enjoy a nice cup of warm hot chocolate at any number of cafes in Buffalo. If you’re up for a drive, Taste in East Aurora is well-known for its hot chocolate and build-your-own s’mores platter. If you’d like to stay closer to campus, you can visit SPoT Coffee in the Elmwood Village or Panera Bread, whose signature hot chocolate boasts a whipped cream, drizzled salted caramel and chocolate chip marshmallows.


“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
– Hal Borland



Hi all! This past week has been absolutely crazy in Buffalo! A huge lake effect snowstorm descended on Western New York last Monday night, and buried our area with over 7 feet of snow over the course of 3 days. Driving bans were in effect for several days, people became stranded on the Thruway – which was shut down – and in their homes, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo called in the National Guard to help Buffalonians dig out of the snow. The Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Rangers hockey game was canceled Friday night, and the Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets football game was canceled Sunday after over 200,000 tons of snow fell on our outdoor football stadium. The entire Western New York area was paralyzed by this storm.

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Courtesy of Buffalo Bills

UB was not directly affected by feet of snow, but the surrounding suburbs were and many students consequently could not safely get to class. The university canceled classes Thursday and Friday as Erie County was in a state of emergency and the governor was calling for federal aid from FEMA to help pay for damages. Many students were unable to make it to class, or drove to campus and found themselves unable to make it back home. I had a friend stay with me for the entire week because it was unsafe to try to get back to her house in a small suburb south of UB. To make matters worse, after the snow stopped falling Friday, it started to rain, and flooding began in many parts of Western New York.


One thing that did come out of this crazy storm was the generosity and selflessness of the people of the City of Buffalo. Buffalonians joined together to combat the effects of the storm and helped neighbors shovel snow off of roofs which were harrowingly close to collapsing, trekked through blizzard conditions to the store to purchase supplies, and dug each others’ cars out of the snowbanks Mother Nature formed. UB students were able to witness firsthand how Buffalo doesn’t let a little bit of snow stop us.

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Phi Alpha Delta

Hi guys!

On Saturday November 15, I officially became a part of UB’s chapter of Phi Alpha Delta, a professional co-ed international pre-law fraternity. I have spent this entire semester getting to know current brothers and learning more about the field of law through their experiences preparing for law school. I have met some incredible people since I decided to join Phi Alpha Delta, and they inspire me to want to use knowledge of the law to change the world. Our fraternity participates in UB Relay for Life every spring, and holds other philanthropy and fundraising events throughout the school year, including volunteering at Habitat for Humanity in Buffalo. I am very excited to start my own preparation for law school and I think that belonging to an organization like Phi Alpha Delta will make my excitement grow that much more.

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Above is my class and our current e-board. UB has several professional fraternities, some centered around certain interests like law, pharmacy and business. If you are interested in these fields or meeting new people, I recommend thinking about getting involved!



“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.