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On March 18, a more than nine minute video A chronicle of vandalism committed by UB students in a neighborhood near South Campus was uploaded to YouTube.

The video shows college-aged residents and guests of 67 Englewood Ave. throwing a microwave into their neighbor's garage, attempting (sometimes successfully) to tear down the fence that separates their backyard from a neighbor's, and a partially full Throwing a beer can at a neighbor's window and smashing up a neighbor's garage with boards and other objects. One of the video's many captions states that the “hooliganism” occurs “every weekend with rare exceptions.”

The video consists largely of footage from a Ring camera aimed at the students' backyard from the second floor of an adjacent home. According to a video caption, it was filmed between November 2023 and March last year.

There is evidence that the video was created by YG Lulat, a UB professor in the Department of Africana and American Studies. Records from the City of Buffalo Property Surveyor and Erie County Real Property Tax Services list Lulat as the owner of the only home behind 67 Englewood Ave. on. The video was posted on the YouTube channel “The elegant brain” that uses the name and logo as website Used by Lulat to share teaching materials with its students. The author of the video also identifies himself as a faculty member in a video caption.

“It goes without saying that this recurring weekly hooliganism, which is a form of harassment, is causing great stress among neighbors,” a video caption said. “I have been in this area for more than 40 years and have never seen or experienced anything like this before.”

Lulat, who is on sabbatical, did not respond to multiple inquiries from The spectrum in time for publication.

WIVB reported on the incidents However, days later, on March 22, he did not identify the creator of the video. A Buffalo Police spokesperson told WIVB that police have not been called to the property since October 2023, but police regularly break up parties in University Heights on weekends.

A video caption appeared to indicate that Lulat had called the police on previous occasions.

“If you were in our position, what would you do?” It reads. “No, calling the police didn’t help. When they arrive, the hooligans go quiet and disappear into the basement of their house, and the police just move on.”

UB spokesman John Della Contrada said in a statement that UB is aware of the YouTube video and has identified the students it suspects appeared in the video.

UB worked with the Buffalo Police E-District to hold residents and others involved accountable for their conduct,” the statement said. “We have also reached out to the resident affected by the behavior and informed them that the university, in collaboration with the Buffalo Police Department, is taking action to stop the disruption.”

According to Della Contrada, UB assumes that students are not currently living in the dormitory. He added that UB has developed a low-tolerance policy for students who disrupt the neighborhoods in which they live. Students found to have violated this policy could face consequences from the student – ​​including “long-term suspension and expulsion from the University.” -Behavioral process or the legal system.

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Sarah Owusu is deputy news editor at The spectrum. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, playing music, and (yes, shockingly) talking about politics. She will also be her own hairdresser when she needs a change.

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