Politicians in Buffalo long have grumbled that UB has turned its back on the city's University Heights neighborhood.
Now a candidate for Amherst Town Board is arguing that the school neglects its suburban neighbor, Eggertsville, a tiny neighborhood just over the city line from the South Campus.
Republican Shelly C. Schratz said she wants UB to spend about $50,000 to buy a house at the corner of Main Street and Bailey Avenue and convert it into a joint welcome center for Eggertsville, Snyder and UB.
"We're trying to get people connected," she said.
Schratz said that a number of the town residents she talked to in her campaigning said the university is too detached from their community.
"I think UB's been UB, and Eggertsville has kind of been left in the lurch," she said.
Schratz spoke to UB President William R. Greiner this month about her hopes for improved ties between the school and the community. He was noncommittal, Schratz said.
Greiner, in his address to the voting faculty Oct. 16, mentioned Schratz's concern that Eggertsville feels abandoned by UB.
"That's a new one for me," Greiner said, adding sarcastically that he wondered if Batavia and Swormville will be next to ask what UB will build in their community.
"The best thing that we can do (to help Western New York) is to be the best university that we can be," he said.
A representative from AAA of Western and Central New York will offer tips on winter driving at a forum at 4 p.m. Thursday in 31 Capen Hall on the North Campus.
The session, sponsored by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, is free and open to the public.
The public is invited to two terrorism discussions Thursday at UB.
"Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.: Root Causes and U.S. Response," to be held at 4 p.m. in 112 O'Brian Hall on the North Campus, will feature four faculty members as panelists. It is sponsored by UB's Office of International Education and the Council for International Studies and Programs.
In the second forum, sponsored by the Campus Free-
thought Alliance and the Campus Crusade for Christ, two panelists will debate "Holy War and Terrorism" from biblical and secular points of view.
Edward Buckner of Amherst's Council for Secular Humanism and the Rev. John Rankin of the Theological Education Institute will debate at 7:30 p.m. in Woldman Theater, 112 Norton Hall on the North Campus.