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On March 11, Justice Milton A. Tingling of the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan decided that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s limits on sugary beverages were “arbitrary and capricious,” stopping the restrictions in their tracks just one day before they were supposed to go into effect. Thank god. The only chance the ban now has is an appeal, which is Bloomberg’s plan. I wasn’t concerned about the “Super Big Gulp” disappearing or removing the option to make my soda at McDonalds the Xtra value size. I was most worried about how my cup of Starbucks would be affected. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry anymore. The original ban was also set to go beyond the oversized sodas and affect coffee sales in NYC as well. Those who go to Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds for their caffeine fix would have had to add their own sugar packets instead of having the…

The debate that video games are directly linked to increased aggression and a rise in violence has been getting a lot of attention recently due to the Sandy Hook Shooting, as well as the increase in shootings over the past year. The public, and even news organizations, have accused video games of being the cause of the increase in violence. This is not true, at all. Last month, President Obama submitted a $10 million plan for the Centers for Disease Control to focus research on the relationship between video games and violence. Up until recently, there hasn’t been a study that confirms that they have a cause/effect relationship with each other. There have been studies that say that people who played video games consistently were more aggressive, but they haven’t offered solid enough evidence because each individual is affected differently. Video games have always been accused of desensitizing children to…

Dead Space 3 retains the series’ reputation for being an unpredictable horror game, but loses the allure its predecessors developed with their unique storylines. The game opens with a scruffy and depressed Isaac Clarke. He’s lost his girlfriend, he’s still haunted by his nightmares, and he’s behind on rent. It’s understandable that he is unwilling to help when soldiers break down his door. They believe that there is a way to finally destroy all of the Markers, and only Issac can help do it. This storyline reminded me of Assassin’s Creed 3 in that it uses what giantbomb.com refers to as the “all story,” where the protagonist is the only one who can accomplish something that will prevent the destruction of a world, race, etc. It also contains a higher-up force that controls the situation and has been used in games like Assassin’s Creed and Halo 4. One cool aspect…

It was Monday, January 7th that the University decided to change the email policy. Emails that were once linked to Blackboard were erased and reset to the default University email address ending in “@stonybrook.edu.” It was on that Monday that it was decided that emails that professors sent to students were no longer vital in being received. The reason for the sudden switch that prevents students from submitting the email that they frequently use is the exact reason that it was once an option to students to change their email preference: “This change is being made to address a growing number of cases where important emails are missed and going unread which benefits neither the institution nor the individual,” according to the Division of Institute Technology website. Now, the DoIT people sympathize, saying that they “understand that users may already have a private email address that they “prefer,” but there…

“Warm Bodies,” based on the book by Isaac Marion, is a movie that does something that hasn’t really been done before: it’s told from the perspective of a zombie. This movie draws from multiple genres, drama, romance, comedy, and horror, and rolls them all into one. While searching for a meal, R (Nicholas Hoult) sees Julie (Teresa Palmer), a young member of her father’s scouting militia. Upon seeing her R decides to save her while his friends get shot by the militia by smearing blood on her face in order to hide her. Experiencing love at first sight, R begins to change, finding his humanity and making a connection with Julie. If not paying attention it would be hard to miss the “Romeo and Juliet” references that are nicely put into the movie. The movie takes the classical story and makes it interesting and funny enough that it doesn’t become…

Yes We Can! There has always been the misconception that women can’t do heavy labor because of their sex. It’s happened to me on numerous occasions, and, more often than not, I have to let it go. When the same kind of comments start to build up, however, I feel that they become necessary to address. First off, for context, I work in a grocery store. As part of my job, I have to gather carts in the parking lot, stock shelves and break down pallets of product on a daily basis. This job wasn’t my first choice, but it pays money, something a poor college student who is accumulating student loans desperately needs. With that said, I don’t mind the daily workout at my job: it’s like a free gym membership where I get paid to exercise. There are instances where I go and gather large amounts of carts…

I just spent 15 minutes chipping away pixels of a giant virtual cube. Why? Well because I’m curious. Peter Molyneux, with the help of developer 22Cans, created Curiosity. This experiment was created to test the limits of human curiosity. There are thousands, possibly millions, of people all around the world chipping away at the same giant virtual cube. Buried at the center of the cube there is a secret, but only one person will get to see it. This free-to-play game is available on Android and iOS with an in-app store where players can purchase items, with an in-game currency, that can help destroy larger amounts of pixels per tap. Besides the highly priced “chisels” that will help eliminate blocks quicker,  the gameplay is pretty straight forward. It takes place on a real-time server where all of the players tap the cube repeatedly. Some people draw things on the cube,…

Stony Brook University is in the process of a decennial review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a group that reviews institutions of higher learning for the federal government to make sure both research and loan funds are being spent well. Every 10 years, institutions that are part of the Middle States undergo examination “in order to promote educational excellence and ensure compliance with its outlined standards of quality,” according to a letter written by President Samuel L. Stanley to the members of the Stony Brook community. Stony Brook was first accredited by the Middle States in 1957. The process that the university undergoes involves self-review to make sure that it follows the 14 standards for accreditation. A planning committee consisting of six groups of faculty, grad students and undergraduates will review the “Self-Study Design Plan” which, according to Dennis Assanis, the provost and senior vice president for…

Stony Brook is in the process of a decennial review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a group that reviews institutions of higher learning for the federal government to make sure both research and loan funds are being spent well. Every 10 years institutions that are part of the Middle States undergo examination “in order to promote educational excellence and ensure compliance with its outlined standards of quality,” according to a letter written by President Stanley to the members of the Stony Brook Community. Stony Brook was first accredited by the Middle States in 1957. The process that the University undergoes involves self-review to make sure that it follows the 14 standards for accreditation. A planning committee consisting of six groups of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates will review the “Self-Study Design Plan.” According to Dennis Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, this plan is…