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During the Golden Globe Awards, Meryl Streep took the stage to accept a lifetime achievement award. What followed was a moving speech in favor of diversity and journalism, against bullying, and perhaps most importantly against the president-elect’s attitude. Or in the words of MTV reporter Anne T. Donahue, “imagine you were such a fuck up that Meryl Streep used a lifetime achievement speech to tell the world how shitty you are.” “…This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing,” Streep said, referencing the time Donald Trump mocked a disabled reporter. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.” Of course Trump, who two years ago said Streep was one of his favorite…

Renowned mental health advocate, author and ‘Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher died Tuesday morning, having been drowned in moonlight and strangled by her own bra. She was 60. Carrie Fisher was best known for her role as Leia Organa, the feisty rebel princess from Alderaan whose boldness and mystique inspired millions around the world. As CNN noted, “the role positioned Fisher in the decades that followed as something of a feminist icon.” This reflected Fisher, a candid woman who broke barriers and never let anyone tell her the odds. “Although Star Wars is about space wizards, knights and an evil empire, she defied her stereotype as a damsel in distress,” said Noah Buttner, assistant culture editor of the Stony Brook Press. “I went in to watch her defy Han, kiss Luke (ew), rescue her scoundrel, and defeat an empire. She was a hero to me.” “To me, Leia/Carrie Fisher was…

My dad and I used to go to Yankees games together, despite having to spend $50 just to eat there. We made it a point to go together. Occasionally we’d lament the blue bombers performing worse than their multi-million dollar contracts warranted. But most of the time, we cheered them on, held out our hats for foul balls we knew would never reach us, and cringed beside 30,000 other fans whenever a batter swung at the dirt. The short version: it brought my dad and I closer together. But as the years went on, my love for baseball faded. Veteran Yankees like catcher Jorge Posada, shortstop Derek Jeter, closing pitcher Mariano Rivera and the like left. The team was beginning to perform poorly, too. I slowly, but surely, stopped watching. Simultaneously, I was going to college and kindling my love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with politics. This isn’t to say correlation…

Behold, the cries of a man who is losing: “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD,” tweeted Donald Trump, whose campaign’s chief executive officer is the former manager of Breitbart, a notoriously skewed conservative website. The only sad thing going on here is how wrong Donald Trump is. The amount of fear-mongering over nothing, and the possible consequences of nothing, is extraordinary. The Brennan Center for Justice found that voter fraud rates range between 0.00004 and 0.00009 percent- i.e. virtually non-existent. A Columbia University study found that the fraud that does occur can generally be attributed to false claims, mischief, and human error. Arizona State University’s 2016 study found zero prosecutions in five states where voter fraud was claimed to be rampant. Meanwhile, a 2014 Washington Post study found that out of 1…

Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 288,820 (age 12 and older) people were victims of rape or sexual assault in the United States annually, according to the Department of Justice. That’s equal to the entire female population of Wyoming— and Donald Trump may very well be guilty of contributing to that number.   I’m fortunate enough to say that I’ve never been a victim. It’s something I cannot imagine. But I know two people who have experienced it. Neither pressed charges. Both probably felt an overwhelming fear that they would be judged, blamed and/or disbelieved. Even if they were confident they’d be believed, it’s clear that sexual assault is not a trauma people enjoy reliving in a courtroom. But right now, Donald Trump supporters are proving fears like these to be well-founded. Fox News’ Lou Dobbs tweeted Trump accuser Jessica Leeds’ address and phone number because she might’ve had…

There has been no shortage of complaints about campus dining the last two weeks. There are over 4,000 members of the Stony Brook Dining Feedback group on Facebook, sharing countless photos and dining horror stories. An overwhelming majority of students lament the low quality, high prices and long lines. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet for the campus dining situation. Change does not come overnight. It comes with sustained pressure and awareness of the problems faced. However, let’s raise some ideas on what can be done. The root of the campus dining problem is mandating that residents buy into this system. Currently every student resident must have a meal plan, no matter how overpriced it may be. If this were no longer the case, it would create a domino effect of positive changes. Michael Sorrentino, a senior psychology major and commuter, said Stony Brook should consider adopting the policies of…

Finding hair in one’s soup, waiting a long time for food, and judging yourself for buying a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich for nearly four dollars is nothing new. Not to mention that eating healthy is almost impossible on this campus. But what is new this semester is the meal swipe and dining dollar system, which further restricts students’ options in every way imaginable. Together, the Faculty Student Association, Campus Dining and Sodexo made a groundbreaking discovery in how to evolve an already overpriced dining experience into an overcrowded and confusing hellhole. Meals are offered at places like Roth Café, West Side Dining and the Union, where you need a swipe just to enter. An “unlimited” meal plan accessing the aforementioned three places costs $2,400 while dining dollars are utilized at other places like the Student Activities Center and Jasmine. With other plans you have a limited number of…

Many people, Sanders supporters included, are lamenting Hillary Clinton’s near guaranteed position as the Democratic presidential nominee. Concerns span the alphabet: A for apathy, B for Benghazi, C for corporate interests, D for Democrat (in name only, depending on who you ask), E for e-mail scandal and establishment ties, F for flip-flopping and so on. These are all valid concerns.  Equally concerning, however, is that there are many Bernie Sanders supporters refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton in a general election — a movement that can be called “Bern or bust.” Sanders, after all, is the lone candidate fighting against Wall Street and the political establishment. Sanders is a birthday cake promising great things, while Clinton is a stale cookie offering slight flavor and Republicans (according to those on the left) are the muffin sprinkled with shards of glass. Not voting for a Democrat is basically a vote for the…

It seems like almost everyone knows billionaire business mogul Donald Trump. Trump has stirred conversation here and abroad, much of it negative. Many of the foreign students we spoke to found Trump’s politics shocking yet strangely familiar. He is employing tactics that have been used in many countries throughout history.   The potential endgame of a Trump presidency, however, seemed to concern them all. Brazil: “This Type of Leader Spreads.” Ana Ribeiro, Sasha Botello and Allan Franco, a group of Brazilian students, said they spent a whole night discussing the possible consequences of a Trump presidency. The American economy could collapse, they said, if Trump’s hostilities against immigrants reached a fever pitch. “The country attracts the greatest minds,” said Allan Franco, a chemical engineering major. “It would be really bad.” Donald Trump, known for misogynist comments, praising America’s strength, and saying he’s fighting for the country, reminded the group of…