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Dalvin Aboagye

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Stony Brook University held its fourth annual TEDx event on Friday, November 4. The event, aptly named “Heads or Tales,” brought many of the school’s department heads and alumni on stage to talk about their own work in relation to the goings-on in the world today. The science and the arts merged that night as everything from techno-infused classical music to antibiotic-resistant bacteria was discussed and  graduate student   Lyl Tomlinson hosted the event. Practicing lawyer and 1985 graduate Nancy Burner was one of the  few alumni who took the stage.Self-identified as “super lawyer,” she spoke about the ways society will have to cope with an aging population. “Lots of times we look at the media and see a youth-obsessed society,” she said. “The fact is we need to find a different measure.” By coming to terms with her own age, Burner hopes to give others in what she calls the…

On Saturday, November 12, residents from all over the Setauket area gathered at the parking lot of the town’s train station to take part in the Three Villages March for Black Lives. In the early morning,  dozens of people stood bundled up in jackets, hoodies, and whatever else would help them withstand the chilly fall day. Gloved hands had homemade signs in tow. Standing not too far off from the rest of the pack was Barbara Coley, co-chair of the Racial concerns committee at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and one of main organizers of the event. While many in attendance were newcomers, for Coley and members of her congregation this wasn’t their first time around the block. In July of this year, Coley and the congregation made the decision to put up a Black Lives Matter banner in front of the church building. Within a few weeks, the gesture of…

One of the most eye catching science fiction shows to burst onto the scene in past few years belongs to the dystopian anthology Black Mirror. With a self-contained collection of seven well-crafted episodes, the British show managed to make a name for itself as a worthy successor to classics like The Twilight Zone (1959) and The Outer Limits (1995). With the talents and insights of its creator Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror managed to revive the spirit of the genre by prioritizing speculation over spectacle. Despite finding a new home on Netflix, the show still manages to be both thrilling and thought provoking with a stunning six-episode third season. As it did on its original run on British television network E4, each episode of season three introduces us to new cautionary tales revolving around our relationship with technology in the near distant future. Black Mirror holds nothing back with its warnings…

It’s no secret that the past few years at the box office have been dominated by superhero and fantasy films. As a result, there’s been a bit of backlash as to whether or not we should celebrate or condemn this trend. Little to no experimentation, a lack of originality, you name it. The opposing arguments will be the same in any think piece you’ll find floating around about the subject. Nowhere is the largely negative impact of this shift felt more than in the genre that has always been on the fringes: horror. The most recent crop of thrillers have been nothing but disappointing, to say the least. Historically, horror/thriller films have always been on the cheaper side of things, making it the home of ideas that usually border on campy than high brow. The current need to compete with larger fan fare has lead to convoluted CG-infused messes only…