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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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  SUNY or CUNY campus            Excelsior Scholarship recipients University at Buffalo                                                  1,576 University at Albany                                                   1,044 Binghamton University                                           …

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One out of every five students receiving an Excelsior Scholarship — New York's new free tuition program — attends a public college or university in Western New York. The University at Buffalo, the state's largest public university, enrolled 1,576 Excelsior recipients in the program's first year, the highest number in the state. The University at Albany and Binghamto…

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Parts of a large academic building on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo continue to be closed as a result of flooding from earlier this week. University officials relocated several classes in Clemens Halls for Thursday and Friday to other buildings or to other classrooms inside Clemens that were not affected by the flooding. Floors one through four were m…

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University at Buffalo faculty members are considering a vote to publicly censure a university administrator for alleged unfair treatment of an assistant professor whose contract wasn't renewed in 2016. Members of the university's Faculty Senate on Tuesday discussed a proposed resolution that would formally censure Robert G. Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture an…

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The remains of hundreds of men, women and children exhumed in 2012 to make way for a University at Buffalo construction project now rest in peace in the ground again. UB's Newman Center hosted an emotional service on Wednesday in memory of the 372 people who died more than a century ago and were buried originally at the former Erie County Almshouse cemetery, on grounds …

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It will look and sound much like a traditional funeral:  prayers, hymns, a Bible reading – even a bagpiper. But when members of the University at Buffalo community gather on campus Wednesday to pay their respects, the ceremony will be unlike any other. That's because the 372 men, women and children who will be remembered during the service are still unknown by nam…

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Oct. 4, 1955 – Oct. 7, 2017 As a maintenance mechanic, James P. Souter made sure the equipment at the General Mills plant operated smoothly to produce freshly baked cereal around the clock. He worked mostly behind the scenes in his primary job, which he held for more than 25 years. But he also had a highly visible presence in the community through his avocation as …

A man who ventured Sunday onto a large rock offshore in the Niagara Gorge had to be rescued by New York State Park Police when rising water prevented him from getting back to shore. Police received a call about 8:35 a.m. for a man stranded 25 yards from shore between Whirlpool and Devils Hole parks. Water levels in the Niagara River fluctuate due to power pla…

SILVER CREEK – Two men and a woman ended up in jail following a fracas Saturday with Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies. One of the men, Seth White, 30, of Irving was charged with punching a deputy in the face. The deputy sustained a facial injury, authorities said. Deputies were called Saturday afternoon to the scene of a disturbance on Central Avenue. As they …

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The University at Buffalo will launch a fundraising campaign in the spring to raise hundreds of millions of private dollars. UB President Satish K. Tripathi said Friday that the university must encourage and inspire more private philanthropy if it expects to climb into the ranks of the country's very best public research universities. With state investment in public …

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An engineer who helped run two successful transportation companies has made a $4 million gift to the University at Buffalo, his alma mater. Stephen E. Still of Reston, Va., credited the university with changing his life when he studied civil engineering and earned a bachelor's degree in 1976. "I have been blessed far beyond my expectation and the origins can be trace…

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The message wasn't getting through. State legislators kept pushing Canisius College President John J. Hurley on the high tuition rates set by private colleges and universities. Hurley, who was lobbying for more state funding of student financial aid, would point out that those high sticker prices didn't reflect the actual amount students and families paid at colleges like …

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ASHFORD – Volcanic explosions don’t occur in Western New York. But something like them happen in this rural town in Cattaraugus County, about 40 miles south of Buffalo. There’s no cratered volcano here. The nearest one is more than 1,500 miles away in Colorado. But University at Buffalo researchers are creating volcanic-like explosions by scientific design at a f…

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Dennis R. Black carefully hid his thefts from the University at Buffalo by using a special bank account that few others at the university even knew existed. But Black's fraud – over a period of at least nine years when he was a UB vice president – was made easier by a variety of deficiencies in the university's system of internal and external controls, a university off…

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The University at Buffalo again is tweaking weekend shuttle service between its North Campus in Amherst and South Campus in Buffalo – just five weeks after university officials introduced a revamped shuttle schedule aimed at putting the brakes on late-night partying in the University Heights neighborhood. The latest changes, prompted by student complaints, bring back …