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As the doors open to one of your favorite department stores, you make a dash over toward the handbags. There it is! A diamond in the rough, your sister’s dream purse. The elegant black handbag is decorated in intricate gold studs, and not to mention, it’s half off. Your boots click on the hard tile floor as you run toward it. A maze of people overruns the store. How are y…

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John Cleese heard about Buffalo wings in New Orleans, of all places. "I didn’t know there were buffaloes that had wings!" Cleese recalled Friday in his dressing room while meeting University at Buffalo President Dr. Satish Tripathi. Cleese, at UB as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series, pulled out all the stops. In a wide-ranging 90-minute speech, he liv…

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Warm-hearted teenagers often work with high school organizations to raise money for foundations that provide support for the medical field. Money raised by these hardworking teens and schools may go to research, prevention and treatment for a disease. Whether now or in the future, someone you love may develop a life-altering disease or illness, but if diseases receive …

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Fans chew up the dueling image of the English rock band The 1975. Listen casually and you’ll hear bubble-gum pop. Take a closer listen and you’ll hear the band try to pop that bubble. That’s why The 1975’s music is idealized in the minds of teenagers. It’s common for young adults to embrace lyrics in music or lines in film. They see themselves in the story; it helps the…

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As ninth-graders at Williamsville North High School filed into their algebra classrooms on the first day of school, they took their seats and got settled. But as these students looked around their math class, they noticed something that usually only exists in private schools: their algebra classes had been segregated by gender. Gary Collichio, the principal at Williamsv…

With its latest album, "Hardwired … To Self-Destruct," Metallica returns to its original style, reclaiming the throne as the kings of thrash metal. In the time since its last album, "Death Magnetic," the band also released a feature-length film, "Through the Never," which was a mix of live concert footage and a dark, fictionalized story revolving around the band’s perfo…

Teenagers are growing up in a much different world than their parents did back in the 1970s and ’80s. A prominent aspect of this generation gap is the widespread usage of modern-day technology. The internet, social media, and cellphones each play a significant role in a teenager’s life on a daily basis. Though it is convenient, relying on technology for numerous day-to-…

It’s 9 p.m. on a Tuesday and you’ve just gotten home from practice. You have two hours of homework plus a paper to finish, which will take another hour, and you haven’t eaten dinner yet. Your parents have been asking you to clean your room all week and your coach just gave you a new drill to work on. You glance at the clock and try to work out when all of this is going …

In August, the U.S. Olympic Team dominated the international sports scene once again, this time at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Even with all of the controversy and disorganization going into the Games, these superstars returned home with a total of 121 medals – 46 of them gold. In addition, they brought back for all sports enthusiasts a renewed energy a…

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A new season. A new team. A new hope. And a new name for the home of the Buffalo Bills – New Era Field. Since 1973, when Rich Stadium was built, the Bills have called Orchard Park their home. Over the years, there have been multiple renovations and changes to the stadium. On Sundays, the celebrations (and groans) can be heard for miles. And this season, New Era Cap Co…

Hot off of a 17-month Broadway run, "Finding Neverland" has landed at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for the premiere of its national tour. The cast and crew of the show, the first tour premiere Shea’s has seen in its 90-year history, took temporary residence in the theater district late last month. This Drama Desk Award-nominated musical tells the story of J.M. Barr…

"Storks" is a new animated movie from the makers of "The Lego Movie" (which I found to basically be a two-and-a-half hour commercial for Legos). "Storks," however, appears to be completely original and wasn’t based on a book or existing franchise, which is rare for modern movies. The movie features "Saturday Night Live" writer and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg…

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  It is a typical Monday night: You are the only one left waiting to get picked up after practice. You know your mom is minutes away. A van pulls up to you, but it is not your mom. The door slides open, someone reaches out, grabs you and struggles to pull you in. What do you do? Perhaps you are not alone. In fact, you are having fun at a long-awaited concert. You are dan…

Perhaps it’s appropriate that this story does not have a happy ending, much less a satisfying one. With the topic of rape, can there be a happy ending? Or a satisfying answer? In her novel "Wrecked," Maria Padian addresses sexual consent and rape in the setting of a college campus. By nature, this sensitive topic is not usually well addressed. How effectively do we ta…

In our digital world, images of beautiful, skinny celebrities are everywhere you turn. These images can make teenage girls believe they must have a perfect body to fit into society. It’s beliefs like these that leave teens with feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Yet, it is widely known that the very celebrities and models girls strive to look like often h…