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Jay Tokasz, who covers higher education for The Buffalo News, has spent 24 years in newspapers, writing on a wide range of subjects, from evidence-tampering cops to papal elections. He previously worked for the Ithaca Journal and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

A slick, wobbly ladder over muddy water swamped the Mathletes' quest for $250,000. A group of University at Buffalo students competing in the NBC obstacle course show "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" advanced to the semifinals on Sunday night along with five other teams. But the UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island, Zoe Herrick, of Rochest…

Erie Community College will begin installing new administrative computer systems later this month in a project that will take several years to complete. College officials anticipate spending more than $7 million over the next five years to implement new systems for administering human resources, payroll, finance, student registration, financial aid and other student ser…

University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi has slipped from being the 15th highest-paid public university president a few years ago to 35th on a new list compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Still, his recent $39,270 raise exceeds the median annual wage for jobs in Western New York. The raise in February boosted Tripathi's compensation to $696,970, …

Six State University of New York colleges and universities – including the University at Buffalo – ranked in the top 100 of Money magazine's latest edition of "Best Colleges for Your Money." UB came in at No. 98 on the annual list, which measures schools based on 27 factors that include graduate earnings, debt, graduation rates and a "social-economic mobility index.…

Opinions about whether colleges and universities are good for the nation depend largely on political leanings, according to a new Pew Research Center study. While nearly three-quarters of Democrats and people who lean Democratic believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the direction of the country, a majority of Republicans and those who lean Republic…

So many blisters dotted the feet and ankles of Geoff Peters that it looked as if he had a case of chicken pox. Mac Hartman lay on a couch with a neoprene sleeve wrapped around his balky right knee, delivering a soothing tonic of ice and compression. Bill Shaflucas hoisted himself onto a training table and showed off his recent collection of ailments. A deep ruby-purp…

Erie Community College will spend more than $7 million over the next five years to install and implement a massive overhaul of its administrative computer systems. ECC officials are now asking Erie County legislators to approve the new Enterprise Resource Planning software for the college. ECC trustees have chosen to replace the college's current Ellucian Colleague s…

A Buffalo man who already had a 2011 conviction for governmental theft admitted in federal court that in 2015 and 2016 he forged more than 50 stolen checks totaling $35,577, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Christopher Carriero, 38, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and identity theft charges in front of U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, according to officials. …

A 35-year-old Dunkirk woman was charged Friday evening with aggravated DWI following a stop by Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies in the Village of Silver Creek, according to authorities. Samantha L. Dloniak, of Dove Street, was trying to leave the parking lot of Valvo's Candies and Gifts at 1277 Routes 5 & 20 when deputies stopped her vehicle shortly after 8 p.m.…

A motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center on Friday, after hitting a guardrail on a highway off ramp and being ejected from the vehicle, authorities said. Emergency crews found Anthony J. Bevilacqua, 26, in a field on the side of an off-ramp of the Interstate 190 in Niagara Falls, according to authorities. The motorcycle remained on the road…

After nine years as president of Erie Community College, Jack F. Quinn Jr. will retire Friday, leaving the institution in the hands of incoming president Dan Hocoy. Quinn served in Congress from 1993 to 2005 and cast a pivotal vote in the 1988 impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the House of Representatives. Quinn also worked briefly as a Washington D.C. lobbyist p…

Jack F. Quinn Jr. has just a couple days left before retirement to clean out his office and say goodbyes to staff. His last official act as president of Erie Community College came on Wednesday at a lunchtime ceremony in the board room of the City Campus. Quinn honored Cory Stoczynski, a part-time clerk in the college's transportation office, with a President's Recognit…

William D. Reuter isn't railing against chargebacks anymore. As chief financial officer for Erie Community College, Reuter spent years arguing against the chargeback fees imposed upon counties for residents who attend community colleges outside their home counties. Community colleges largely benefit from chargebacks, which are meant to supplement their main revenues: tu…

The University at Buffalo team of math students have advanced to the next round of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," the NBC obstacle course show that features teams persevering through a series of physically grueling and often muddy challenges. The UB team of Chris Komin and Ellen Lutnick, both of Grand Island; Zoe Herrick of Rochester; and Trevor Bernard of Long Isl…

A new biotechnology developed at the University at Buffalo shows promise in helping to treat autoimmune diseases, and the State University of New York is investing $50,000 for more study of its effectiveness in gene therapy. Sathy V. Balu-Iyer, UB professor of pharmaceutical science, has invented a nanoparticle that can be used in conjunction with biologic drugs that of…