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Jedidiah Hendrixson

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The end of the spring semester is the apex of the collegiate year. Countless all-nighters fueled by energy drinks and caffeine binges have led to this point. While you cram and cultivate all the information you can, only a few final exams stand between you and summer vibes. All students, those returning next fall and those moving on appreciate that three month hiatus where the brain can take some time off. It is meant to be a break, an opportunity for relaxation and regaining composure. For many at Stony Brook, it won’t be. On Friday, April 28, Sacha Kopp, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced that the Theatre Arts Department would be subject to widespread cuts in funding, becoming a service-only department. Current majors and minors will finish out their degrees, but no new students will be admitted, and many faculty members will be fired. The department…

Since the dawn of man, it has been exactly that. Men this; men that. “Stronger, smarter, better,” apparently. As a man myself I’ve gotta admit that I’ve benefitted tremendously in only 20 years from simply being born with a different anatomy, and that’s without mentioning race. In order to take a more objective view at gender, it might help to ignore human history. It’s a little man-washed. That being said, let’s take one big step outside the world of humans and see how other species are handling the trial of XX against XY. We’ll start small in the realm of those that buzz  and freak us the hell out. Insects. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. That has nothing to do with my point but it’s true. In the case of the honeybee, the female is literally the queen. But this isn’t a one woman show. Contrary to popular…

Dark skinned in complexion with bright green eyes, long tufts of curly tar black hair. An unkempt beard and mustache contour his worn but jubilant face. His garments are raggedy and yellowing but still fresh scented. Walking through the streets of Tel Aviv he blends in with the bustling, organized chaos of 21st century society. His feet are dirty from his long journey through the sand and dust.. He only has a pair of leather sandals but wears no socks. Passersby pay him no more attention than any other man they pass on the crowded streets. He makes his way to the marina of the city and gazes longingly at the glimmering Mediterranean. His eyes see thousands of miles away. His ears hear the cries of fear and hatred. The prayers of hundreds of millions of people bounce between his ear drums. Eyes shut, he lifts his jaw to the…

As if the world weren’t a dark enough place already when that orange Cheetos face got into office and decided to be as evil as possible in less than a week, the world has lost another champion. Gabe the dog, famous for his ability to bork through the darkest of times, has had his light snuffed out. On Jan. 20, the dark announcement came from his official Facebook page. I can’t fathom the loss of another great being from this universe. We lost so much in 2016 and now, with Mr. Tinyhands in office, we’re gonna keep losing, bigly. Although Gabe’s greatest borks will live on forever on this YouTube channel and tons of other assorted videos, it is impossible to ignore that his absence can already be felt throughout the internet. The ripples created from Gabe’s death in the great sea that is the Instagram explore and Facebook’s “trending”…

A sweltering Los Angeles sun. Cars packed into the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange bumper to bumper. A chorus of honks, radio and idling engines goes quiet. A woman in a yellow dress pops out of her sedan and bursts into song with the other Californians trapped in traffic. The musical number, Another Day of Sun, rises, falls and disappears with subtle crescendo like so many others that the film has to offer, setting the pace for La La Land. Damien Chazelle, known for Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) and Whiplash (2013), delves deeper in his desire to further intertwine music and film in this romantic musical by relying on the nostalgic nature of two young adults pursuing their dreams while falling in love. Mia (Emma Stone) works as a barista at a small cafe on the Warner Bros. film lot, pursuing a career in acting, and can’t…

Despite a tough ending last fall, the Stony Brook women’s soccer team is poised for a deep playoff run this season after several big changes. Senior striker Amy Thompson, a member of Luxembourg’s national team, arrived last fall and will play her first full season with the Seawolves. Brendan Faherty, the former assistant head coach of the University of Washington’s women’s team, was brought into the picture after Sue Ryan was relieved of her coaching duties following a 6-9-3 season. For Faherty, aiming down the team’s sights will be an important part of their season. “My biggest focus since arriving has been to focus on the present,” Faherty said, regarding his coaching style coming to Stony Brook. “I think my philosophy is always evolving, and I believe in always trying to get better myself and helping the team to improve.” Following Faherty’s arrival, the team went 5-0 in a quick…

Finding Dory sees everyone’s favorite fish back in the long awaited sequel to one of Disney Pixar’s greatest search and rescue stories, Finding Nemo. It’s time for another journey to find lost loved ones, and this time it’s on Dory’s (Ellen DeGeneres) side of the reef. Accompanied by her old partner in travel Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his titular son from the first installment, Nemo, Dory sets off to find her parents, whom she remembers briefly for the first time. Worried she may forget them as quickly as they popped into her head, Dory and her two clown fish sidekicks are off on another adventure faster than a 150-year-old sea turtle. Finding Dory does an excellent job of bringing the classic film to a new generation. First-film favorites Mr. Ray and the dentist’s tank crew make appearances, but aren’t the center of attention. That spot is reserved for the blue…

Despite eating alone most of the time, Barbara Werner has patented a way to make the most of her meal. “I started taking myself out to dinner, but restaurants don’t even realize what they do,” Werner, founder of Musical Pairing, said. “They announce to the room that you’re dining alone, and they clang the plates that aren’t being used so loud. So I started putting my headphones in at dinner.” Musical Pairing is one of the latest growing tech phenomena not only on Long Island, but internationally as well. Musical Pairing has been featured in a Japanese issue of Elle and is soon to be showcased on German television. The combination seems both ordinary and revolutionary. Music and food both play extremely significant roles in our everyday lives, so why haven’t they been paired sooner? Werner’s vision for her future business developed one night while eating a steak and potatoes…