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The red zone was empty, but there was noise, as the Undergraduate Student Government held its end-of-the-year concert in the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium for the first time in the history of Stony Brook University. But ticket sales were slower than usual for the show, which featured Indie band Grouplove as an opener for 35-year-old rapper Ludacris on April 27. “It took a little longer than the last few years but we were excited to have a sold-out show,” said USG VP of Student Life P.J. Abelein. According to Abelein, the show sold out on Thursday around 4 p.m., with 3,500 tickets sold. Abelein said the performances were “better than we expected,” and that he does not think ticket sales were affected by the fact that the concert was held the night before the Roth Regatta, rather than on the same day as per usual. Helen Chen, a senior majoring…

Update, 12:59 p.m.: According to an e-mail from President Stanley, the victim was a former Stony Brook University student.  The victim was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital and pronounced dead. Police are investigating a non-criminal death just outside of the graduate chemistry building at Stony Brook University. In an e-mail to the campus community at 6:55 a.m., Chief of Police Robert J. Lenahan said that there is no threat to the campus community. This was seconded by police on-scene. “Our homicide detectives responded to a non-criminal death,” a Suffolk County Police spokeswoman confirmed. The University Police department and Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Command have responded. Reporters looking down at the scene from the upper floors of the chemistry building could see a pool of blood and a defibrillator. Stony Brook University School of Journalism Professor Wasim Ahmad tweeted the following, including a photo from above.…

Color him mysterious. His voice is steady. He chooses his words carefully; he speaks as if he’s composing a written piece, with the absence of slang and the presence of well-constructed sentences. He agreed to a phone interview on the condition of anonymity — even to the reporter on the other end of the phone line. “I’m a student at Stony Brook, and I have a history of starting things on campus,” he reveals. He is the founder of Stony Brook Secrets — a Facebook page on which Stony Brook University students can confess their innermost thoughts and feelings. He is human, but he’d prefer it if people didn’t think of him that way. He says he does not want to be the object of anyone’s focus, or even to be seen in his or her peripherals, when they think of his creations. “It’s not about me, knowing who [the…

The protagonist is Hushpuppy and Wink is her father. They live in the Bathtub. An isolated island community off the coast of Louisiana, the Bathtub is on the wrong side of the levees protecting New Orleans. That’s okay, though; when a storm floods the Bathtub, the solution is as simple as blowing away part of the levee, which—like pulling the plug out of a bathtub—drains the water, exposes their submerged homes and returns the lives of the Bathtub’s residents to the way they were. Hushpuppy narrates the film with the simplistic musings characteristic of a seven-year-old. She sees a broken world. She looks up at adults and sees weakened people pretending to be stronger than the force of nature. She makes her best effort to understand the world around her, but all she knows is what she’s learned from schoolteachers’ cautionary tales and her father’s lessons in survival. Beasts of…

A Stony Brook University student was killed when a car filled with students collided with a police car at 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 30–the night that Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast–said a press release by the Suffolk County Police Department. Vishwaja Muppa, a graduate student studying biology, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, the press release says. The driver, student Amanpreet Dhaliwal, and three other female passengers were brought to Stony Brook University Hospital. According to Lieutenant Gail Marrero, who is in charge of investigating the case, there is “no apparent indication of alcohol involvement.” The crash took place at the intersection of Route 347 and Route 112. Those in the car were on their way back to campus, Marrero said. He didn’t realize he was in the intersection,” Marrero said. “He didn’t realize…

The changes to the Student Activities Board bylaws proposed by Undergraduate Student Government Sentator Kenneth Myers on Oct. 2 have been approved. Under the new bylaws, the name of SPA was changed to ASAB—Agency of the Student Activities Board—the SAB treasurer must maintain communications with the ASAB director, the director must also report to the SAB treasurer and secretary, as well as the other officers and the summer and winter activities committee laws were further detailed. “I decided to propose the changes because I was on SAB last year as the SAB treasurer and I realized that there were a lot of issues with it,” Myers said in a Facebook message. “Last year, I felt like a lot of our operations were a mess, which eventually led to my resignation from my position.” This “mess” included problems such as the board trying to approve allocations outside of open meetings, the…

I went to the job fair because I wanted to meet Katie Curcio, head of the internship program at CBS. I arrived at 12:20 p.m., expecting that there would be a line leading up to her table. Instead, I saw an empty rectangular table with a small silver stand hoisting a tiny sign that said “CBS.” But persistence is everything, so I decided to wait, I stood next to the table until I got tired and decided to sit atop it, waiting and hoping and telling myself that this was how to get an internship: by waiting around when no one else does. During my time on the empty table, I observed those around me. The scene was reminiscent of a primal mating ritual. Applicants lined up at tables to hand out their resumes and have a brief conversation, only to eventually receive the one line that matters. “Hope to…

Those who enjoyed eating in Roth Food Court will soon be exposed to an atmospheric change — Roth Regatta Café featuring Red Mango is set to open for business during the Spring 2013 semester, according to a fact sheet provided by Media Relations Manager James Montalto. The Faculty Student Association Board of Directors has approved the Campus Dining Resolutions Committee’s 2012-2013 meal plan proposal, which included plans to turn the side dining room, next to Wendy’s, into a new café. Red Mango will be the featured brand. “Over the last two years, student feedback received through the Faculty Student Association (FSA) and Campus Dining Services has told us that students wanted a yogurt/smoothie concept added to Roth and the brand they preferred was Red Mango,” the FAQ says. The facility, which will accept both meal plan and Wolfie Wallet, will offer three yogurt machines — six flavors — and the…

The Roth Pond Regatta is an event that has been taking place annually at Stony Brook dating all the way back to 1989. Cardboard contraptions disguised in paint and tape line the edges of Stony Brook University’s infamously mucky Roth Pond, set to sail across the glistening green liquid, past the string of red, white and blue plastic flags marking the finish line. But this tradition is much more than a university-wide phenomenon — it lies within the community’s history, which is laden with tales of the building and sailing of wooden boats. “We do live on an island, and we live in a maritime community, and people are interested in maritime heritage,” said Charles F. Kenny, a member of the original group of directors that created a traditional small boat building program in Port Jefferson in 1989. “There are a number of people that still sail and recreate on…