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Born and raised in Pakistan, Isma Chaudhry has spent the last 20 years making an active effort to dismissing falsehoods associated with Islam. “Islam is for all of humanity, there is no religious hierarchy,” Chaudhry said. “Human life is sacred, and these recent current events are extremely sad. Extremism rises from a lack of understanding the tenets of Islam.” Chaudhry, a physician by profession, is the first female president of the Islamic Center of Long Island. She has dedicated the latter part of her adult life to interfaith work, attempting to dispel the perception that Muslims are terrorists. The recent terror attacks in Brussels, which is the headquarters of the European Union, as well as in Istanbul and Nigeria have continued the global bloodshed that terrorists groups rely on to spread their message. ISIS and Boko Haram have taken credit for the events. Both organizations claim their work is in…

In addition to his teaching position, Stony Brook Professor Joel Hurowitz currently serves as a deputy principal investigator for the Planetary Instrument for X-Ray Lithochemistry in Pasadena, which will be launched as a part of the Mars 2020 rover mission. PIXL will study the topographical environment of our closest planetary neighbor and analyze its chemical compositions in an effort to further understand if and how life on Mars occurred. Hurowitz explained his contributions to the study of the surface and climate of Mars during the Geology department’s Open Night series on Feb. 19 in the talk, A Rover’s Eye View of the Ancient Surface and Climate of Mars. “Many of us who are working in the field of Mars exploration are trying to answer this question: whether or not life ever arose on the surface of Mars,” Hurowitz said. The lecture could not have come at a better time, as…

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team was launched into the national spotlight after boasting an 18-1 regular season record, last spring, before falling to then No. 11-ranked Princeton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. This year they’re all set for another phenomenal season and poised for an NCAA title. Head Coach Joe Spallina enters his 5th season coaching the team, which will look to build on its 66-14 record in the last 5 years. The Seawolves exemplify the characteristics of both an offensive juggernaut and a defensive fortress, which they proved by outscoring their opponents by an average of seven points per game last season. Attack specialist and Tewaaraton award finalist Kylie Ohlmiller is coming off a spectacular freshman year composed of 42 goals and 44 assists. Alongside Ohlmiller on the offensive side of the field is junior Courtney Murphy, who led the Seawolves in goals scored with…

From the opening freeze frame of the Merc with a Mouth beating up baddies in the most unconventional ways tuned to the sound of Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning,”Deadpool is in every way an hour and 48 minute comic book adventure that does the character justice. Starring Ryan Reynolds as “God’s perfect idiot,” Ed Skrein as “a British villain” and Morena Baccarin as “a hot chick,” Deadpool introduces audiences to the titillating Wade Wilson and his origin story. Diagnosed with late stage cancer all over his body, Wilson reluctantly agrees to undergo a life-altering procedure not for himself, but for his fiance (queue heartfelt moment). But when the procedure succeeds at the price of his devilishly handsome complexion, Wilson goes into hiding to fix his fracked-up face and get back to his lover. Despite his violent and sarcastic tendencies, Wade does manage to make some friends along his journey,…

Stony Brook University isn’t exactly the most exciting campus in the country. In New York State alone, it’s ranked the 85th best party school in one rating system, falling behind SUNY rivals Binghamton and Albany. The Princeton Review named it one of the saddest colleges in America a few years ago. So what can make a Seawolf smile? A lot of the time, it’s Kevin Paray, aka “Unicycle Guy.” Paray, a sixth year engineering student, has been bringing random joy to University students since his freshmen year here. He began riding the unicycle for a carnival-themed dance his friend had gotten him into. He bought his first unicycle for $60, and the rest is history. “How hard could it be?” Paray said his initial approach was to the unusual hobby. Kevin now has four unicycles, all very different from each other, but they still only have one wheel a piece.…

When Stony Brook University athletic teams are discussed, oftentimes the football and baseball teams are the ones getting the most attention. Both are upper echelon programs that deserve the recognition they get, of course. However another team at SBU has been on the rise in recent years and is poised to become one of the university’s top programs. Stony Brooks men’s rugby team has become a dominant force in the northeast alongside West Point, Kutztown University and American International College. Former player and Head Coach  Jerry Mirro has trained this group of young men for several years now, and the dedication is showing. Despite being only a club team, they regularly face off against teams with full varsity standings. If the team is unable to get a coach bus to travel for a game, carpooling and rental vans do the trick. In addition to all the time the team spends…

CNN journalist Josh Levs stopped by the Simons Center at Stony Brook University October 8th for a Provosts’ Lecture on his own experiences as a father fighting for equality, fact checking and his love for internet gifs. “Men face derision, demotions and even loss of their jobs when they make family a priority,” Levs’ book, “All In,” reads. Only about 14-percent of companies in the United States have some type of paid paternity leave, which Levs believes is an astronomical gender inequality. Levs is optimistic that sometime in the near future American businesses will adopt a national paid parental leave policy, but there’s a long way to go. Levs worked  for both NPR and CNN over a period of 20 years, becoming a non-partisan fact and statistic checker for the latter so that he wouldn’t have to travel away from his family often. After two traumatic births that involved a…

It’s 1982. Ronald Reagan is America’s newly elected commander-in-chief, Joe Montana has just won his first Super Bowl and a copy of the New York Times cost 30 cents. It was that same year which saw a rare phenomenon that reoccurred Sunday, September 27th: a super moon lunar eclipse. Atmospheric science major and telescope enthusiast, Chris Stubenrauch saw an opportunity in this eclipse. So he created a Facebook event page appropriately titled “Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.”.Although the process was a bit bumpy, it was a huge success. “The goal of this program is to give students something to smile about and promote weekend life here,” Stubenrauch said while busily organizing the hordes of students arriving to his event. “Sometimes the weekends here can get a little lonely, and I wanted to change that this weekend.” He was successful in that, having close to 500 total participants gather on a chilly Sunday…

It has felt like a very short two months for rugby fans around the world, as the Rugby World Cup has dwindled down to a mere two remaining games left. In the bronze match for third place in the tournament, a surprisingly thorough Argentinian team will face South Africa, who recovered from their early loss to Japan but could not make it to the final. This year’s cup has seen its fair share of drama, so what other way to finish it than a classic match? The defending champions, the New Zealand All Blacks, play against their bitter rivals, the Australia Wallabies. The sides will face-off Halloween day in London at legendary Twickenham Stadium at 4 p.m. eastern. These teams have met hundreds of times before, but never in the championship game of the World Cup. Both will be in pursuit of their nation’s third RWC championship, and neither are…