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Nathan White sits back in his chair, head down, grinning at his creation. The result of months worth of button pushing and mix checking had come to this: "Mirage." The 14-year-old music producer from Amherst says it’s been exactly a day and a year since its official release. In that time, White has been able to build a name for himself in the crowded, ultra-competitive wo…

In 2017, it is virtually impossible to avoid offending one of the 323 million people residing in the United States. Christmas is about as traditional as it gets. With the holiday season upon us, the common debate over the use of "Merry Christmas" is one example of how a simple phrase is picked apart and pinned as offensive. Those who oppose the use of "Merry Christmas" d…

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The day was April 20, 1999. The location: Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire inside the building, killing 15 people, including themselves. While this event wasn’t technically the first "school shooting," it is one of the most famous in United States history. Since then, other school shootings include Sandy Hook Ele…

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Let me get one thing straight: I love Buffalo. Absolutely love it. I grew up here, hope to build my dream home here, and quite possibly, will probably die in the frozen tundra that is (not) Buffalo. But let me get something else straight: Buffalo is shortening my life. And it’s not because I’m throwing out my back shoveling feet of snow (I actually enjoy that activity) o…

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For a half hour every school day, Mehri Fakharzadeh’s mother watches her phone. She is hoping it doesn’t ring or buzz with a text. She is hoping that Mehri is OK. That’s because Mehri, who is a sophomore at Mount St. Mary Academy, has several food allergies. Along with trying to stay healthy by avoiding contact with the foods that can make her ill, Mehri is also trying to…

I’ve always considered the "Thor" movies to be the weaker entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and despite the sheer quality of most other films in the franchise, 2013’s "Thor: the Dark World" although not terrible, might’ve been the worst of them. So naturally, I was a little skeptical that Thor’s third solo outing would still come up short. As presumptuous as that w…

The D.C. cinematic universe films (aside from "Wonder Woman") hold up for a very short time. They appear good – or at least entertaining – at first, but when they’re actually thought about in any real capacity, they tend to wither under the lights. "Batman v. Superman" is overstuffed, confused and tries to rely on fans’ knowledge of the characters and plot points instead …

Every Buffalonian knows the saying. Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills. A strong performance from the Buffalo defense, who had been thrashed for an average of 45 points per game in their previous three match-ups, helped secure a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday. After three straight embarrassing losses at the hands of the New York …

When you see Jesse Williams on screen as Dr. Jackson Avery in "Grey’s Anatomy," what you notice first are his striking good looks. Then you notice the undoubtable charisma that jumps through the screen. Some might know him only from "Grey’s Anatomy," but the reason Jesse Williams was the student-choice for University at Buffalo’s Distinguished Speakers Series is his civil…

The holidays are not about the gifts we receive. They are about recognizing the blessings we have and helping others who are not as fortunate. Most of us know the larger, more common organizations around Western New York that raise money for charities around the holidays. Tops Friendly Markets has their "Little Brown Bag of Hope," where people can donate $5 to $20 in food …

Amherst Central High school challenges its students, as well as several other schools, to promote positive change. After the sudden and devastating death of Mike Brown and the civil disobedience in Ferguson. Mo., that followed, Amherst’s C.I.A. (Covenant In Action) club evolved into a new program: Challenge 2 Change. Taking its name from Rochester’s Rock 2 Change, which …

In today’s world, smartphones have become something of a necessity. They are a permanent fixture in society, but why? Through smartphones the world of social media was opened. The perpetual updates and connections created with social media bind people to one another in a new and exciting way, every single second of the day. People crave the fulfillment and the instant g…

Crew is a great sport to play in Buffalo. After all, Buffalo is right by the water. Two boathouses are located in Buffalo, the West Side Rowing Club (WSRC) and the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA). BSRA was founded in 2010 and its crews row right by Canalside, while WSRC was founded in 1912 and its crews row in the Black Rock Canal. These boathouses have clu…

The New England Patriots ... not necessarily an exciting topic for Buffalo Bills fans. As any loyal Bills fan knows, whenever these two teams face off, it seems to make for an action-packed 60 minutes of football. The two teams played their first regular season game against each other on Sept. 23, 1960, years before the AFL-NFL Merger in 1966. The Boston Patriots, as th…

It is no secret that movies play an incredibly important role in the lives of teenagers. ¶ It is astounding how much of the interaction among teens is through the filter of movies they have seen. Films are constantly referenced in conversation and certain movies have become staples in teenage culture. This is only aided by the fact that now more films are being made than e…