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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.

An expert in commercial and insurance law – who's also the daughter of two University at Buffalo alumni – has been named dean of the UB School of Law. Aviva Abramovsky, associate dean for international initiatives and Kaufman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University College of Law, will take over leadership of the law school in July, UB Pr…

Passengers who frequently use public transportation marched Sunday afternoon along Ridge Road in Lackawanna, calling for "transit justice" and urging the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority to improve service and offer more bus routes. About 60 marchers traced the steps walked by residents of Lackawanna's First Ward, who on Saturdays must hike at least a mile by foot to …

A finalist to become the next dean of the University at Buffalo Law School was indicted this week on federal fraud charges related to the alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars from investors in a company he helped run. The U.S. Attorney's Office District of Minnesota charged Edward S. Adams, 64, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, with eight counts of …

State University of New York auditors expect to have a highly anticipated audit of the University at Buffalo Foundation completed in May or June. "We've finished the field work. We've had preliminary discussions with both the campus and the foundation and we're in the process of writing our preliminary findings," said Michael Abbott, university auditor for SUNY. Abbo…

What would happen if you put the current Buffalo mayor on a basketball court with the former mayor, a former congressman, and the superintendents of Western New York’s two largest school districts? As it turns out, that’s a decent starting five. Mayor Byron W. Brown, former Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, Erie Community College President and former U.S. Rep. Jack F. Q…

The University at Buffalo Law School slipped out of the top 100 law schools in the country in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey of the top graduate schools and programs. The annual report was released Tuesday morning. The Law School fell to No. 106 with an overall score of 37, tied with Catholic University of America and Drake University. The UB law s…

Two reports released Thursday urged changes to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposal for free tuition at New York State's public colleges and universities – although for widely varied reasons. One report, from the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities, predicted enrollment losses of 11 percent at private colleges and universities across the state under Cuomo…

In life, Ruth J. Schwendler kept a low profile and enjoyed simple pleasures. She earned a modest wage for many years as a secretary and bookkeeper. She sometimes played bridge with a small group of friends, and she relished tending to the gardens around her tidy Eggertsville home. So no one could have predicted the grand statement she made in death. Schwendler left b…

Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek, under fire for emails that suggest he tried to influence the bidding process for work on the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls, will not be suspended while the college's board of trustees continues to investigate whether those bids were tainted. Trustees voted 5-4 against placing Klyczek on paid ad…

It was supposed to sprinkle ingredients of a revival for downtown Niagara Falls. But some current and retired faculty look at the $26 million Culinary Institute that opened in 2012 as a botched recipe by Niagara County Community College. College President James P. Klyczek and the college recently faced a federal lawsuit that accused him of misappropriating money to help…

Researchers from the University at Buffalo will explore better ways to prevent, recognize and report sexual abuse of elementary school children through a research project involving schools in the Greece Central School District, near Rochester. UB's Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention received a $500,000 grant from the Committee for Children to study and evaluat…

A series of emails suggest that Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek tried to influence what should have been an impartial bidding processes for hiring professional services on the construction of a $17 million Culinary Institute in downtown Niagara Falls. The emails from 2010 show Klyczek changing the bid process for legal work midstream and atte…

The HAWK is flying high again at Hilbert College. HAWK Radio, a web-based radio station that was grounded and silent for most of last year, is again spinning tunes for the Hamburg campus. The college station resumed webcasts this past January with new webcasting software and a new location inside Hilbert's Digital Media and Communication lab. The station plays modern…

First came the governor's proposal for free tuition at the state's public colleges. Then Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he intended to cut state grants at private colleges that he felt raised tuition too much. And now his comments as he crisscrosses the state promoting his ideas about higher education have stung private college presidents. "One of the things I don't un…

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will take a wait and see approach before saying anything critical about the newly confirmed head of the Justice Department, former Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. In heated confirmation hearings earlier this month, Democrats accused Sessions of taking extreme positions on issues such as abortion and criminal sentencing …