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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.


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Contributors have donated or pledged $107 million to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, exceeding a capital campaign goal of $100 million set in 2015. Bishop Richard J. Malone announced the final tally Monday evening in the Catholic Center on Main Street. "Raising $107 million by Western New Yorkers for Western New York has never been done before," Malone said in a sta…

Have you forgotten about a library book that was due back months ago? Are you afraid to return it because of the fines? The University at Buffalo Libraries understands. For the next month, the university is waiving its fines on overdue books that are returned to any circulation desk in a UB library. The so-called book amnesty will continue through Dec. 18. Fines will…

Two people canoeing in Cazenovia Creek in South Buffalo were reportedly rescued Sunday afternoon after the canoe overturned. Buffalo police and Buffalo firefighters were called to the scene near Southside Parkway, according to @ErieCoBlotter. Buffalo fire dispatchers received a report of a person in the water at 2:38 p.m. Air temperatures were in the high 30s at the …

It was as mild a start to the snow season as can be – but it counts in record books anyway. The fifth of an inch of snow recorded Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport added up to the first measurable snowfall of the season for the Buffalo metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service. "It is official," said meteorologist Aaron Reynold…

Education

The total number of international students at colleges and universities in the U.S. grew to a record 1.08 million in 2016-17, including 7,252 international students at the University at Buffalo. But data reported last week by the Institute of International Education also showed that the number of new international students – those enrolled at a U.S. institution for the …

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Few faculty members were as devoted to the University at Buffalo as Peter A. Nickerson. Nickerson taught in the medical school for nearly 50 years and immersed himself in the life of the university in leadership posts on the Faculty Senate and on a wide variety of UB and State University of New York committees. He retired from UB in 2015 and died this past February. …

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The University at Buffalo on Wednesday was given the green light to acquire the property on which its new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences building now sits. The building, under construction since 2013, is scheduled to open in January. Equipment already is being moved into the building. So how is it that the university only now is acqu…

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The University at Buffalo degree that took Harvey Weinstein nearly 30 years to earn was stripped away from the disgraced Hollywood producer Wednesday. The State University of New York board of trustees met in Albany for the first time since multiple published reports detailed allegations of sexual assault and harassment brought by dozens of women against Weinstein. T…

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University at Buffalo faculty members declined Tuesday to censure the dean of the School of Architecture and Planning over the 2016 non-renewal of an assistant professor's contract. Following lengthy debate, members of the university Faculty Senate voted, 43 to 15, against a resolution to publicly censure the dean, Robert G. Shibley. The resolution accused Shibley of…

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Overall enrollment at area colleges and universities remained flat in 2017, with half of four-year institutions showing small gains in the size of their student populations and the other half reporting declines. But the number of students enrolled at four-year colleges and universities in Western New York went down by more than 3,000 people from five years ago, a Buffal…

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An eight-year legal battle that helped expose deep strife within the University at Buffalo Law School is finally over. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a federal district court decision in favor of Makau W. Mutua, the law school's former dean.  The ruling marks the end of the legal process for a former professor, Jeffrey Malkan, who sued Mutua …

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Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islands residents displaced by hurricanes Maria and Irma may attend Erie Community College at the Erie County resident tuition rate for this year and next year. The ECC Board of Trustees agreed to the tuition break for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years as a way to help hurricane victims start, continue or finish their academic programs…

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Representatives of more than 50 colleges and universities will participate in the inauguration ceremony Friday for Dennis R. DePerro, who will be installed as 21st president of St. Bonaventure University. DePerro, a longtime higher education administrator, has been on the job at St. Bonaventure since June. 1. He succeeded Sister Margaret Carney, who retired in 2016. And…

Art

The painting looks like a hologram. Step a few feet away, and the figures – a helmeted soldier carrying a young girl over his shoulder – get darker and more defined. Inch closer, and the images soften. But view it from the side, and there's only emptiness. That's because the acrylic paint is applied to hundreds of strands of 12-pound test fishing line. The artist, J…

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The University at Buffalo Council for years has violated Open Meetings Law by improperly moving its public meetings behind closed doors. The Council, a public body charged with overseeing and advising the university president, has routinely run afoul of the requirements of state law when it comes to entering into executive session. It happened at the Council's most r…