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One might find it incredibly fitting that esteemed author Margaret Atwood came to University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts to deliver her keynote speech Friday during UB’s "Humanities to the Rescue" weekend, on an evening close to International Women’s Day. Atwood’s lecture was part of a UB’s Humanities Institute project aiming to call attention to the importance of th…

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In America, a big celebration is held on Jan. 1 – the day that begins the new year. But in China, they celebrate their own new year. Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or the start of the New Lunar Year, is a festival that happens usually in the month of February. This year, the new year – the Year of the Dog – began on Feb. 16. In China, New Year celebratio…

Anything is possible when we come together rather than tearing each other apart. And it has never been more important for all generations, especially youth, to understand our common threats and opportunities. That is just one of the points made by Susan E. Rice when she spoke at the University at Buffalo on Feb. 28 as part of the UB Distinguished Speaker Series. Rice cam…

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The Clarence High School Drama Club will present "Cabaret" next Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical tells the story of American writer Cliff Bradshaw and cabaret performer Sally Bowles in 1930s Berlin, during the Nazis rise to power. Centered at the Kit Kat Klub, where "life is beautiful," the show blends fun-loving musical numbers with the political history of Ger…

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Canisius High School recently renovated the Conners Mansion on Delaware Avenue into a new Center of the Arts building. The building was bought for $1.4 million from Hospice Buffalo. Students began classes in the center after Christmas break. According to Kevin Durkin, a music teacher at Canisius, "students are appreciative of the school’s significant investment in the a…

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After his debut in "Captain America: Civil War," a film starring Black Panther was imminent. Now that "Black Panther" has been released, we can see if it was worth the wait. The film is mostly set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, a country built upon the world’s only reserve of the rare, durable metal vibranium. This metal has a multitude of useful properties a…

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With the offseason underway for all 32 National Football League teams, the quarterback position is being evaluated for the Bills. It seems every year we have the same discussion. Keep our guy or move on? Every Bills fan has his or her opinion on Tyrod Taylor. Some love him, some hate him, and some are neutral. His statistics have been pretty steady since being signed in 2…

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When one thinks of sports in Western New York, the Bills and Sabres immediately come to mind. The two franchises are what keeps the blood pumping during the chilly fall, winter and spring months. It is rare that college basketball fever sweeps through the area and takes attention away from Buffalo’s beloved football and hockey teams. The University at Buffalo Bulls makin…

February is the month of love. It is easy to get swept up in the wave of chocolate, gifts and affection. However, it is important to address both kinds of love: the good and the bad. That’s why on Feb. 12, students from various schools across Erie County came together at the Buffalo History Museum during Respect Week for a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Summit. Respect W…

Stephen King is known for his horror novels, but some of his best work is that which goes outside the genre. "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," "The Body," and "The Green Mile" have become landmarks in pop culture, demonstrating King’s ability to write gripping dramas. His 2011 release, "11/22/63," is no exception. It is a beautiful, dark thriller: part drama, …

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It was, by most accounts, a typical July day. Summer had set in, but the dog days were still a few weeks in the distance. Los Angeles was its usual self. Sunny, warm and bustling, the entertainment capital of the world had just opened for another day of business. But this day would not be just another one at the office. Just as most people in Los Angeles were settling in…

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Lancaster High School students will bring the heat of the ’70s back in full swing with their production of "Sister Act." Based on the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the stage production lets audiences take a look into the disco scene, where Deloris Van Cartier, played by junior Dasia Cervi, is whisked away from her dream of being the next hot item when her gangst…

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It’s no secret that Alden High School takes risks when it comes to its theatrical productions. The ambitious group has been tackling shows that were never produced in the district’s history, including "Little Shop of Horrors" in 2015, "Tarzan" in 2016, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" earlier this year, and now "Seussical." Known as an abstract, fun-for-all-ages show with an…

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When people think of February, many different things come to mind; some people think of Valentine’s Day, others think of President’s Day, but a group of Nardin Academy students always think of Model United Nations. Last Thursday, 21 Nardin students flew to Chicago to spend a weekend discussing the world’s most pressing issues in committees resembling those of the United N…