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Kyle Barr

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There was a dead moon at the end of the interstate. It sat so low in the sky. From behind houses, buildings and trees it disappeared. On the straightaways it returned. Every slight turn on the road brought it across the car’s windshield in a broad arc. It was a stationary target on a long and unending range. It wasn’t a full moon, but less of a crescent. It looked as if something had torn pieces from it. It was fixed so stolid in position, jacked up to that loose space among the black of a starless, clouded night. A horror film without the dread. Like the moon, somebody had replaced it with melancholy. Sweet melancholy for the cars along that interstate, a stretch of pavement housing shells of metal and shells of people. Cooped up into hurtling boxes with their radios turned up high. There were so many ways…

Ross Barkan was once caught stealing a muffin from the SAC cafeteria at Stony Brook University, and he wrote over 1,000 words on why. It was April 2010, and the financial crash was still beating a hole in the nation’s collective consciousness. But only a college student, deep into student debt and conscious about nearly every purchase, could be so hot blooded about getting caught robbing a lunch tray. “Why shouldn’t a student struggling to pay for a meal plan and an education take a piece of food or a drink once in awhile to stave off the inevitable depletion of meal points?” he wrote in his piece in an issue of the Stony Brook Press. “…we are now told that we will be confronted with higher tuition, less classes, overcrowding, and a marginalization of our right to learn.” Barkan made headlines when  he left The New York Observer, owned…

The Gold Standard, a bronzed man in a black and gold mask whose mouth spreads into a pompous smirk, squares off against El Super Hombre, the down-home powerhouse in the luchadore mask. The Gold Standard takes Hombre to suplex city several times over; the crowd grows wild. Then the pins last longer and longer before finally Standard pulls Hombre down to the mat and taps him out with his patented 49er Arm Bar. In the next round, El Super Hombre comes back with a huge vengeance, hitting Standard with a flurry of strikes and pulls out a win by painfully pulling Standard’s arm across his back in his famous El Superhold finishing move. It sounds a little ridiculous, but anyway, that’s wrestling, and it’s only a game. The cards are moved back into the decks, then both are reshuffled. An even two matches took a total of 30 minutes. Steve…

Color Sergeant Daniel Blander caresses his 1861 Springfield rifle. It is a cloudless day in 1864. It is a bright, hot day in 2015. Blander is a young man now, and then. But time is irrelevant. He runs his hands along the polished wood stock and holds onto the butt. It’s a heavy weapon, all the way from its stock to its barrel, elegant and artistic in the way that only hand-made things are. It’s a front loading musket used in a time when to fire three or four rounds a minute meant you were a professional soldier. It still feels dangerous to hold. The 67th First Long Island Volunteers, Company K, have camped on the southern side of the Islip Grange for the reenactment. The confederate soldiers are parked somewhere out of sight. Their tents are pitched in long rows, and rise to waist height. While there are 25…

President Sam Stanley hosted a conference to relay his positions on several important campus issues to student media outlets. While more thorough articles are in the works, here is a snapshot of the most important topics discussed at the conference. Topic: Melville Library renovations Answer: Construction will be moved to the Central Reading Room over the summer after the North Reading Room is complete. The Central Reading Room is set to be done by fall but there isn’t a set date. Topic: Diversity initiative plan Answer: Stony Brook Administration is planning on releasing a diversity initiative plan sometime next week on efforts to improve recruitment for minority students, retention rate as well as an emphasis on broader sensitivity training. Topic: Improving student athlete experience on campus Answer: Stanley wants to use his position on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors to help student athletes have more freedom scheduling their…

The theater was filled to the brim. I was surprised. Yes, the tickets were sold out, but the theater had filled even more seats than the midnight premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens that I saw a month earlier. Thinking about it, the large crowd made sense. This would be the only day anyone would want to see Lazer Team in theaters. The day afterwards, The New York Times gave it a review, surprisingly. Usually, movies like Lazer Team wouldn’t even register on the Gray Lady’s radar but it was there, and it was panned. In his review, Neil Genzlinger writes “‘Lazer Team’ ends by setting itself up for a sequel, but that’s mighty wishful thinking. There’s not a big demand for laugh-free comedies.” People who don’t know about the movie wouldn’t even get to see it, as it is playing on limited screenings, with all tickets needed to…

As the sky turned from black to navy blue, a group of eleven people shuffled out of their cars parked near the Port Jefferson Yacht Club. Their bodies, wrapped in hoodies and spandex leggings, slowly gathered in front of the rack of long rowing boats. A couple of them carried out the oars first. A young woman put on a pair of headsets and gave directions to the groups of fours trying to haul the boats to the water. Their breath steamed in the air as they giggled and laughed while their legs trailed through the freezing water of Port Jefferson harbor. The Stony Brook Rowing Team was founded in 1957 when the university was known as the State University of New York, Long Island Center, in Oyster Bay. Since then the club has had a rocky history of maintenance and leadership as generations of rowers treaded the waters before…

Tucked away in a corner of the Stony Brook University Student Union building, where cracks in the open doors of a small hallway reveal the interfaith community in a subtle richness, a community soon to be moving from the Union once it closes. One open door lets gusts of wind, soft piano music and psalms drift down the hall from the interfaith chapel. Another door displays sights of young people sitting on the floor, hovering over notebooks, and laughing inside the Catholic chapel while just down the hall Reverend Zhe Huang can be seen advising young students from his office. Like a community layered on top of the larger Stony Brook constituency, the Union Interfaith Center is tight enough that they are their own fusion of faith. Like the now yellowed and faded construction plan pamphlet published in 1966 for the Union construction says, the building was built to house…

Small quantities of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the main chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects, could be engineered from yeast, according to a paper published in August  by  scientists at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany. With New York recently permitting five select medical marijuana companies to open dispensaries across the state, these companies, along with medical marijuana companies all over the nation, now have the question of whether this development could be used to supplement their supplies of conventional marijuana. PharmaCannis, one of the five companies selected to open up dispensaries in New York, will be required to open its doors at the beginning of 2016 in the counties of Hamptonburgh, Orange County as well as towns in the Bronx and Albany. For PharmaCannis, there does not seem to be a use for synthetic THC since the company grows a sufficient amount of conventional marijuana, said Patty Park,  an…