First Look

UB Live

An annual tradition brings students together—in more ways than one

By Rebecca Rudell


Opening Weekend at UB is always a flurry of activity: In addition to moving in, students partake in breakfasts, dance parties, picnics, mini golf, Buffalo bus tours—and, of course, the ever-popular interlocking UB photo.

In an annual ritual that began in 2004, about 2,000 students dress in their UB blue T-shirts and file into formation on the Student Union field to create a 128-by-90-foot living UB logo. The entire process is shot from a helicopter high above the crowd.

Coming together as a symbol of their school helps new students feel like part of the UB community from their first moments on campus, and is just one of many memories they’ll share over the years.