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Jay Tokasz

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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Efforts to win larger stipends for University at Buffalo graduate students took on a new urgency this week, as Congress began negotiating a federal tax plan that proposes taxing students on tuition waivers. If the provision adopted by the House of Representatives stays in the tax overhaul bill, graduate students across the country will face hundreds and even thousands o…

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The mystical Yeti — aka the Abominable Snowman — has fascinated scientists and explorers for decades. Alleged sightings of a beast in the Himalayan mountains of Tibet and Nepal, grainy photographs, and discoveries of strange footprints in the snow contributed to the story of a mysterious half-man, half-ape creature. Now, researchers at the University at Buffalo say the …

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D'Youville College plans to build a $20 million facility on Buffalo's West Side to train health care professionals and provide clinical care in the community. The new health professions hub would be the first clinic in the country to include all of the health professions under one roof working in cooperation on behalf of patients, D'Youvillle President Lorrie Clemo said…

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The University at Buffalo Foundation used an offshore fund to invest in fracking and fossil fuels, even as university officials sought to portray UB as a national leader in climate-change and sustainability research. The foundation invested through EnCap Flatrock Midstream, a venture capital firm that focuses solely on North American oil and gas extraction and productio…

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Financial issues and other problems at Erie Community College have prompted the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to warn that the college's accreditation could be jeopardized if the problems aren't fixed. Middle States issued the warning in a Nov. 17 letter to ECC President Dan Hocoy. The college has a year to fix the problems or risk being placed on probati…

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The University at Buffalo has hired a new vice president to lead its fundraising efforts. Rodney M. Grabowski, former president of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and vice president of advancement at the university, was named vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement at UB. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the hire on campus Tuesday. Grab…

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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 Reynolds. …

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 fir…

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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…