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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n35 (08/30/2012) » Section: Week in Review

UB Faculty and Staff Call For Transparency

Last Thursday, August 23, the UB Reporter website published an open letter to the UB administration, signed by 83 members of the faculty and staff at the state school, calling for university leaders to come clean about the Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI).

The Peace Bridge and the Episcopal Church Home

The State of New York is in the process of buying the Episcopal Church Home property the Peace Bridge operators need for their plaza expansion plan for roughly $4 million. The announcement came in a press conference by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy here this past week. The previous week, the Public Bridge Authority settled for $1 million an $8 million lien encumbering the property. Eventually, the idea is, the state will hand over the property to the PBA.

WNED Sells AM970 to Wingnuts

When WNED president and COO Donald Boswell left his position on the UB Foundation board in order to dispel the appearance of impropriety just before the state university sold its 50-year-old radio station WBFO to WNED, who could have guessed WNED’s AM970 National Public Radio station would be sold only one year later to a right-wing Christian broadcasting company out of Colorado?

Odds and Ends

Robb Poloncarz, the brother of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, started a new job this past Monday ay the Erie County Water Authority. Traditionally, the authority is considered a dumping ground for patronage hires. Poloncarz’s press liaison, Peter Anderson, confirmed the hire, and said that Robert Poloncarz’s new employment was provisional upon his passing a civil service exam.

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