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Four Stony Brook University Police officers restrained a shouting man as he lay face down on the floor of the Campus Recreation Center lobby Saturday afternoon, according to a video posted in the Stony Brook Strength Club Facebook group. In the video, the unidentified man can be heard shouting at the officers who appear to be handcuffing him. Unidentified man: SBU move back. . . Just chill! Yo don’t touch my (inaudible)…You do not put your fucking—get your hand off my.. Female police officer: What’s your name? A fifth police officer later arrived at the scene, where a flat-screen TV appears broken and shards of glass are strewn across the black tiles of the recreation center floor. A football also sits motionless among the shattered glass of a vending machine as the shouting continues. Nick Marcella, a coordinator at the facility, was present at the time of the incident but…

In a brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the Undergraduate Student Government, Luo Luo Fang, a former executive vice presidential candidate in 2015, presented an argument stating that the runoff election for the executive vice president position should be invalidated. At the heart of her argument was the inclusion of the “No Confidence” option, which helped create a runoff election since neither candidates were able to get the majority vote. Fang argues that “No Confidence” should not have been on the ballot and that because of its presence, the subsequent runoff election, which Fang lost, should be nullified. According to the document submitted on May 15, there are two key issues: 1) whether or not the “No Confidence” option violated the rules of candidacy in the 2015 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) election ballot, and 2) whether or not the “No Confidence” votes should be subtracted from the initial 2015…

Less than a decade ago, Professor Jan Diskin-Zimmerman, fondly known as Dini around Stony Brook University, met with her daughter, Catie, and the high-school guidance counselor. They went through the list of schools for Catie to apply to, but one specific college, surprisingly, had not been mentioned. So Diskin-Zimmerman, never one to keep quiet, made the suggestion. “I said, ‘How about Stony Brook?’ and the guidance counselor said, ‘Ugh. No. You don’t want to go there. You might as well go to Suffolk County Community College.’” Stony Brook University (SBU) has struggled to become, as some called it in the past, “The Berkeley of the East,” and it has tried to separate itself academically from lesser known public colleges and universities. SBU recently turned to professionals from SimpsonScarborough, a higher education marketing and communications company whose clients include American University in Washington D.C., Syracuse University and the University of California…

Dr. Rita Nezami’s students were losing sleep. “At 3 a.m., they were still e-mailing each other,” said Nezami, a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stony Brook University. After a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on April 25 killing more than 7,000 people, students from the Taandava crew and the Himalayan club leapt into action, organizing clubs and meeting with deans. Monday night was the culmination of their weeklong effort as a number of clubs and more than 200 people came together to raise approximately $3,756 for the United Nations World Food Programme and the International Medical Corps working in Nepal. “They really just needed a venue for the event and I just helped them with that,” said Catherine Duffy, associate director of student support. “It’s amazing the amount of students who have come together and collaborated.” Monday night’s event came together quickly, but it was another devastating event in December…

Islanders (Michael) There are several reasons why the Islanders are the better team than the Rangers when it comes to hockey in New York, both currently and historically.  While the teams are neck and neck in the standings right now, it’s not farfetched to think the Islanders will win the division when the season is said and done and do some damage in the playoffs. To start, the Islanders have one of the best players in the NHL on their team, John Tavares, who is better than any player the Rangers have on offense, despite Rick Nash being near the top of the league on goals.  The Isles captain has a very good chance of winning the Hart Trophy for the NHL’s MVP, and the Art Ross for leading the league in points. The team is continuing to win without their second best forward, Kyle Okposo, who had surgery on…

A previous draft of this story was uploaded earlier. Assistant Attorney General, Mark E. Klein, took another step Wednesday in the fight to have the civil lawsuit against Stony Brook University and State University of New York dismissed at a pre-motion conference at the White Plains Federal Courthouse. The conference is “about seeking permission to file a motion,” said Klein. “Are we allowed to file a motion to dismiss.” Former Stony Brook University student, Sarah Tubbs, filed a lawsuit against Stony Brook University (SBU), State University of New York (SUNY) and her alleged assailant on Jan. 23. The complaint filed alleges Tubbs was “sexually assaulted in her assailant’s dorm room” last January. Two days later, on Jan. 28, 2014, Tubbs reported the assault to the campus police. The complaint goes on to catalogue a series of alleged missteps on the part of SBU, including a hearing where Tubbs was forced to…

Results released today from a United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division  investigation into the Ferguson Police Department show deeply entrenched patterns of “racial disparities that adversely impact African Americans.” The investigation, initiated on September 4, 2014, found “discriminatory intent is part of the reason for these disparities.” Last summer, the killing of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb by police officer Darren Wilson sparked a fury of protests across the nation, questioning excessive use of force used by police officers, specifically targeting the African American community, spurred Attorney General Eric Holder to launch the federal investigation. The Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed over 35,000 pages of data and conducted investigations on site in Ferguson, involving ride-alongs with officers and interviews with half of the Ferguson Police Department’s (FDP) sworn officers, along with the cooperation of high-ranking city officials. The slightly-over 100 page document outlines…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today in an address to a joint meeting of Congress that the nuclear deal currently being pursued by the United States and Iran is “a bad deal” that would “spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet.” Netanyahu said, “Any deal with Iran would include two major concessions.” The first “would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure,” with the second “lifting restrictions on that program in about a decade.” The speech comes after Republican congressional leaders extended the prime minister an invitation without any involvement from the White House. This breach in protocol spurred bipartisan debate, causing some Congressional democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), to boycott the speech. The President has also cited Israel’s upcoming elections as reason to avoid meeting with Netanyahu. Secretary of State, John Kerry, who is in Switzerland to resume talks with Iranian…