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A red pickup truck gently pulls over to the side of a busy New York City street. The driver strains his neck to avoid jostling his fragile cargo—250 buzzing boxes. Curious onlookers approach the mesh lining the box. “Don’t worry, they won’t sting you,” a worker says. “Not yet at least.” On an early April morning, beekeepers from across the city are lining up to take home their boxes of bees—the honey bee season is about to begin. These beekeepers are at the forefront of urban beekeeping in New York City. Beekeeping is different in the city. Hives are peppered throughout the five boroughs on rooftops and in backyards. The city legalized urban beekeeping in 2010, and more than 400 hives have been approved by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Dallas and other major cities have all seen huge growth in their bee population,…

Moving from person to person, bike to bike, giving advice and getting her hands dirty, Jennifer Everhart never stays still at the dingy bike workshop in the Stony Brook Student Union basement. A small entourage trails behind her, like a flock of ducklings following their mother— they’re barraging her with questions, asking for help, but for every problem she solves, two more pop up. “Sorry, we’re just crazy busy tonight,” she says between breaths. “It’s spring, so we’ve got lots of students coming in to fix their bikes.” Everhart is the president of the Stony Brook Freewheel Collective, a campus club that teaches students proper bike repair and maintenance. The club has had a strong presence on the campus for more than a decade, but it got its start in a Huntington basement over 14 years ago. “A couple of grad students from the ecology department used to go dumpster…

No one cares. I mean that literally. Every time I finish reading a New York Times article, I check the comments section on Facebook, just to see how vile and putrid the dregs of humanity can be, and every time I’m surprised at the new lows of ignorance. But more than the content, I’m surprised at the effort put in by some people. Essays have been written in Facebook comments. Essays. More than an intro, body and conclusion. Why? To convince the two people who might skim through it that your stupid views are right? People don’t even read the articles before they start commenting. Why in the world would they read your misspelled and misinformed viewpoint on the forever war (until November) between Trump and Clinton? I tried to put myself in the mindset, I even tried to become one of those cretins who posts essays, but the effort…

I spent the past five years in an ivory tower made out of gold and pages from A Song of Ice and Fire. The Red Wedding? I knew that shit before the show even started. Aww, you liked Ned Stark in the first episode? Well sucks to suck cause I already dealt with the emotional trauma from his death years before Sean Bean ever got his head  chopped off. But season 6 is different. It’s akin to Neil Armstrong taking a giant leap on a soundstage made to look like the Moon. For the first time, I’m seeing Game of Thrones without already knowing what’s going to happen. Will Daenerys escape Khal Moro? What scheme will Littlefinger hatch next? When is Jon Snow going to come back from the dead (HE HAS TO THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION)? How will I study for my finals? Do my parents love me?…

Other photos by Andew Tetreault at http://fullyinvolvedmediagroup.com/ A small plane made an emergency crash landing into Setauket Harbor after an engine failure last night. Austricio Ramirez, 25, was the student pilot flying the four-seat Piper Archer aircraft from Fitchburg, Mass. to the Republic Airport in Farmingdale before he turned the controls over to pilot instructor Nelson Gomez, 36, when the engine started experiencing issues, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Gomez made an emergency landing in the harbor at approximately 11:05 p.m. At least thirty minutes passed between the 911 call and the police response. Fourteen fire departments, two dive teams and two boats helped execute the rescue. “You could hear victims calling for help so you had to get out there,” Lt. Michael S. Murphy said. The emergency response came from both ends of the harbor and initially had issues due to the remote location of the crash. “It was…

President Sam Stanley hosted a conference to relay his positions on several important campus issues to student media outlets. While more thorough articles are in the works, here is a snapshot of the most important topics discussed at the conference. Topic: Melville Library renovations Answer: Construction will be moved to the Central Reading Room over the summer after the North Reading Room is complete. The Central Reading Room is set to be done by fall but there isn’t a set date. Topic: Diversity initiative plan Answer: Stony Brook Administration is planning on releasing a diversity initiative plan sometime next week on efforts to improve recruitment for minority students, retention rate as well as an emphasis on broader sensitivity training. Topic: Improving student athlete experience on campus Answer: Stanley wants to use his position on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to help student athletes have more freedom scheduling their…

Multiple crews responded to a fire that broke out in the E wing of O’Neil college in Mendelsohn Quad Saturday night. The fire was called in at 7:05 p.m. and extinguished by 7:25 p.m., according to an emergency services dispatcher. The fire was contained to one room. Fire departments from Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Centereach, St. James and Nesconset responded to reports of heavy smoke in hallway E1 on the first floor of the building. After extinguishing the fire, the crew set up fans to vent the smoke from the building and cleared the debris from the room where the fire broke out. The entire building was evacuated and no injuries have been reported, as of yet. C-CERT volunteers and RSP walkers patrolled the surrounding area and, around 9:35 p.m., they were still blocking multiple entrances and preventing anyone from entering the building, including residents. “I was in my room watching…

Twelve locations on Long Island will be featuring haunted houses through the end of the Halloween season, taking part in the multi-billion dollar season of horror. “Halloween is a billion dollar business,” Tom Gibson, CEO of the Interchange Business Organization, said.. “So many people are into the whole mystique of the holiday. It makes it a great time of the year to open a seasonal store.” Haunted houses, like Darkside Haunted House, are just one of the many small business on Long Island benefiting from the seasonal market, Gibson said. Costume shops often rent empty spaces for a short period of time and run with part-time employees to keep the costs down. “The trick to running a seasonal business is to have limited to no cost” during downtime, Gibson said. “Haunted houses… need to pay for the property all year round.” Long Island haunted house businesses have found a way around this…

President Stanley’s Chief Deputy announced details for the campus tobacco free initiative at a Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting this Thursday. The university plans to inform incoming students about the change and help create programs to help student smokers quit. “The Student Health center has always had cessation therapies, but they’re stepping it up,” Chief Deputy Judith Greiman said. “The SHS will be providing free smoking cessation aids.” Senator Alexander Bouraad asked for clarification regarding policing the act, since many students are still unaware of who would be in charge of enforcement of the initiative. “This is something that on both faculty and student side, there is no extraordinary enforcement measure,” Dean of Students Timothy Ecklund said. “We don’t have UPD enforcing other policies that govern other faculty and staff.” RAs aren’t expected to enforce the act either, they plan on having “community-based enforcement,” Greiman said. Cultural differences for international…