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Since the release of their self-titled debut “Varsity” back in 2015, indie rock band Varsity has spent much of their time honing their incredibly upbeat sound. The Chicago outfit — made up of lead vocalist and lyricist Stephanie Smith, guitarists Patrick Stanton and Dylan Weschler, bass guitarist Jake Stolz and drummer Paul Stolz — leans heavily on the side of positivity, creating an air of optimism wherever they’re played. Tracks like “Amanda” and “Turns Out” off of their debut feel like walking through a ray of sunshine with undercurrents of a cloudy day underneath. They effortless combine bright guitar riffs and lyrics, producing catchy earworms that stick with you the entire day. Recently, the singles they’ve been dropping in preparation for their sophomore outing “Parallel Person” signal a change in pace. Melancholy songs like “Krissy” and the end of “Must Be Nice” show they’ve found a good middle ground, retaining…

Alongside the dozens of students making their way around Stony Brook campus daily, you’ll find dozens of geese not too far off. They are a familiar sight and, you’d be hardpressed to encounter someone who hasn’t ran into the mostly docile, yet sometimes extremely aggressive, winged residents at Stony Brook. All across the lawn of Tabler to the edges of Roth Pond, they waste no time in leaving behind a trail of shit in their wake. While many try their best to avoid the scattered specks of avian excrement, one student has made it his mission to hunt out and bring a new lease on life to the widespread waste. “I think it’s kind of a rite of passage on campus to accidently step in some of that shit with some new shoes you just bought,” student Andrew Serrano said. For most of last semester, the senior Studio Art major…

Elaine DiMasi has officially hung up her lab coat — forgoing her position as a physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory to jump into the 2018 race for the congressional seat in New York’s 1st District. The 1st District, comprised by much of Suffolk County, has been held by incumbent Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). Cook Political Report puts Zeldin in a safe spot, with the 1st District likely remaining Republican in next year’s midterm. The 48-year-old Ronkonkoma resident joins a small enclave of Democratic candidates looking to take on Zeldin in a seat that looks hard to beat. But after almost a year of planning, DiMasi is done wading and is ready to take the plunge. “Are they going to say wow that’s great, a different kind of candidate that can get out the vote or are they going to say I want that seat?” DiMasi said. If successful, DiMasi would…

When you first meet Dewayne Wrencher you wouldn’t necessarily equate his sunny disposition with his seemingly poignant art style. “People say ‘who’s it for, like who’s your audience?’ You know, they’re really trying to put you in that box. I always tell them its for me first,” Wrencher explained, mulling over his artistic career here at Stony Brook. The 30-year-old Master of Fine Arts candidate and self-proclaimed “native born black” artist has spent the last three years on campus exploring themes of racial identity through his various works and exhibitions. His detailed depictions of black individuals in exhibitions like Black What? and Hair Theory keep your eyes wandering around the ebbs and flows of the line work. You only need to share a few words with him to get how an outgoing personality like his, gives way to such art. Born on the southside of Chicago, Wrencher’s passion for art…

Seawolves acted quickly this week in organizing a march, a rally and an immigration law forum on Wednesday following President Donald Trump’s executive order, which banned citizens of seven Muslim majority nations from entering the United States. The events were hastily put together after news broke of Graduate Student Vahideh Rasekhi being detained at JFK last Saturday as a result of President Trump’s executive order. Approximately 350 people braved the finger-numbing cold to show their support at the Seawolf Solidarity Rally Wednesday night. “I’m out here to support our campus community,” Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University, said. “What makes Stony Brook the university that it is, is the diversity.” The theme of diversity was a common one throughout the evening. Sister Sanaa Nadim, Chaplain of Stony Brook’s Muslim Student Association, called diversity the University’s “lifeblood.” Repercussions of the ban personally…

Senators from the Undergraduate Student Government convened Thursday night, to discuss new opportunities for students on campus in the form of improvements to two clubs and prospective changes to the annual Brookfest music performances. Members of both the campus Greenhouse and Gardening Guild and the Stony Brook Baseball Club were present at the night’s meeting, hoping to obtain more funding, along with dealing with some minor structural issues within their respective groups. “We just grow vegetables and teach students how to grow vegetables,” Gardening Guild member Serafina Margono said. The relatively new club can usually be found working in the greenhouses of the Life Sciences building. “Gardening requires everyday tasks like watering so members are encouraged to go there everyday to take care of their plants. Weed, compost, do whatever they need to do. It’s kind of like an ongoing battle.” After some brief questions on the organization of the…

Arguably one of the most devastating acts of terror that has afflicted this country, the 2013 Boston marathon bombing is just one of many incidents that has collectively scarred the nation. That level of infamy understandably leads many to explore the conditions that leads to these kinds of disasters. Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing, an HBO-produced documentary, written and directed by seasoned duo Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern, tries its best to dig deeper into the tragedy by following its survivors. From a storytelling perspective, Marathon follows a pretty standard format for a documentary of its type. The split-approach storytelling that you end up with isn’t anything unique. On one end, you have a group of survivors navigating their way through an emotionally charged journey towards recovery. On the other, you have a massive investigation unfolding focusing on possibly one of the biggest public crimes in recent memory. The real…