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According to a January 28 email from Director of Student Activities Anthony LaViscount to members of Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government, the reason for the cancellation of Thursday’s USG January Concert featuring Streetlight Manifesto was due to a failure by USG to properly prepare the contract for the event. The show was set to be paid for via the Student Activity Fee with a five dollar ticket charge for undergraduate students who wished to attend. According to the email, with less than 24 hours to go before tickets were to go on sale for the show on Wednesday morning, the contract had not been signed. “We still do not have signed tech riders or USG Contracts for the concert tomorrow,” LaViscount said in the email. “I’m told that the band is unable to provide their equipment for the show and that will be an additional cost to us, which is unacceptable.”…

On December 4, 2014 The Undergraduate Student Government passed the My Senator’s Keeper Act with a vote of 15-2-0. The act, the brainchild of current USG Executive Vice-President James Alrassi, requires that senators take on at least one semester-long project outside of office hours and planned committee meetings. According to Alrassi, the act would have the 22 senators working on individual projects to improve issues affecting the campus community. Prior to the bill, senators were required to hold a minimum of two office hours per week, sit on a standing committee and attend senate-wide meetings every Thursday. “This typically amounts to between five and seven hours,” Senator for College of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Blazon-Brown states. There are additional, optional initiatives senators can take, such as signing up for University Senate Committees,along with other events, such as volunteering on the Roth Regatta or as semesterly concert staff. The act now…

A man walks past me, reloading his NERF Blaster. A group of resistance fighters discuss strategy: how to move around while avoiding the infected. The volunteer zombies are putting bandanas on their head. This is the group of test subjects for Stony Brook’s Humans vs. Zombies minigame, a way to get more people aware of the game’s existence, and a practice run for the longer event planned in October. Andrew Quaranto, a Senior Environmental Studies major, is one of the organizers for this semester’s HvZ events. He described the event as a “giant game of tag with NERF guns.” The organizers and moderators add missions as a way to “change things up for the game, and to advance the plot we have going.” Humans vs. Zombies is a weeklong event that’s taking place this semester between Oct 16 and Oct 22. Humans can use NERF guns, darts, and socks to…