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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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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 a…

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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, James…

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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…

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The billionaire founder and owner of a pharmaceutical company who also is one of the University at Buffalo's largest philanthropic donors has been arrested and charged in an alleged scheme to bribe doctors to overprescribe a highly addictive narcotic spray drug developed by the company. John Kapoor was arrested Thursday in Arizona, where his company, Insys, is headquart…

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Mental health counseling students at Medaille College will be eligible for $10,000 stipends to support internship placements in their final year of study, thanks to a federal grant aimed at improving behavioral health care services in Western New York. The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $1.46 mill…

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A Buffalo lawyer is challenging whether a nonprofit corporation that finances and develops residence halls on behalf of the University at Buffalo has the right to withhold records about its financial dealings and keep its board meetings private. John N. Lipsitz, a UB Law School alumnus and partner in the firm Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC, has asked a State Supreme Court j…

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  SUNY or CUNY campus            Excelsior Scholarship recipients University at Buffalo                                                  1,576 University at Albany                                                   1,044 Binghamton University                                                940 Stony Brook 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 Binghamton Un…

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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 name. …