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On the evening of Sunday, November 22nd, some of America’s brightest stars in music shined bright for all to see. The lovely host, Jennifer Lopez, performed an opening montage that included her own “Waiting For Tonight,” Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself” and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Selena Gomez was shining, quite literally, as she performed her hit single “Same Old Love” in a shimmery sheer black outfit surrounded by a group of fit, scantily clad tuxedoed dancers. Take that Bieber! All eyes were on the young ladies like Ariana Grande, whose new single “Focus,” was a huge hit for the crowd after she performed it live. She was a vision in white, though there was not a whole lot of white to see as Grande was showing a lot of leg. As usual,she deftly jumped around the stage in white stiletto heels. Abel…

Taylor Swift had a ridiculous amount of success with her fifth studio album, “1989.” Myself, a die hard Swiftie since the beginning, am a bit biased, but was excited to listen to Ryan Adams’ distinctive version of the regular album I’ve probably played over a hundred times in full in my bedroom, while singing on my hairbrush full blast. I reviewed the songs as I listened to the album all the way through and wrote it as I listened. Welcome to New York There is definitely a more rock and roll/grunge sound to the Adams version that sounds similar to Aerosmith’s music. Adams did a great job of making this song that everyone relentlessly hated on a little less corny af. I’m not a huge fan of the original version (eek, sorry Taylor!), and this one is a little more bearable and interesting. How You Get The Girl This gives…

President Stanley’s Chief Deputy announced details for the campus tobacco free initiative at a Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting this Thursday. The university plans to inform incoming students about the change and help create programs to help student smokers quit. “The Student Health center has always had cessation therapies, but they’re stepping it up,” Chief Deputy Judith Greiman said. “The SHS will be providing free smoking cessation aids.” Senator Alexander Bouraad asked for clarification regarding policing the act, since many students are still unaware of who would be in charge of enforcement of the initiative. “This is something that on both faculty and student side, there is no extraordinary enforcement measure,” Dean of Students Timothy Ecklund said. “We don’t have UPD enforcing other policies that govern other faculty and staff.” RAs aren’t expected to enforce the act either, they plan on having “community-based enforcement,” Greiman said. Cultural differences for international…

Stony Brook University made a major move toward improving its programs with the grand opening of the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (ICAS). Faculty, students and parents gathered on September 18 for a ceremonial ribbon cutting by President Samuel L. Stanley. After the ceremony, attendees were given a tour of the newly constructed building. PhD student Daniel Elton, who studies physics, spent a lot of time understanding the light bending properties of water using computer simulation. Donald Willcox, another PhD student studying physics and astronomy, did his work on comparing different types of supernovae, the large release of energy that occurs when a star dies. The institute lists its mission as “…to make sustained advances in the fundamental techniques of computation and in high-impact applications, with a vision that by 2017 we will be an internationally recognized center having vibrant multidisciplinary research and education programs, and demonstrated economic benefit to…

As most of us graduate college and transition into adult life, we often find that it is not a very smooth transition; learning how to manage banking crises calmly when we get charged obnoxious amounts for overdraft fees and don’t have any money to begin with, or having our parents doubt our every move because they simply don’t think we can handle the insurmountable task of being an adult as good as they can yet, when they were 21-years-old, they definitely made way better decisions than you do now; feeling the pressure of student loan payment deadlines that threaten to ruin my credit score for life if I cannot pay them immediately on time. To add another fun activity to participate in during adult life, you receive the dreaded letter in the mail, one that you thought may never actually come: it’s time for jury duty. For a meager $40…

From records, to cassettes, compact disks, boom boxes, portable CD players, iPods, iTouches, iPhones, and now Bluetooth, there were always HitClips. The most inefficient and pathetic way to listen to music, but the hottest gadget for nineties kids. Who remembers car rides to their grandparent’s house on holidays with their newest fake CD HitClip? Now you too could listen to your favorite thirty seconds of a song on repeat for an hour and a half! Whether it was “Bye, Bye, Bye” by N’Sync, or “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears, I’m sure you could drive your sanity away by the end of the car ride. They first were distributed as McDonald’s toys to promote Timberlake and Spears, and earned Tiger Electronics an astounding $80 million dollars. Other popular HitClips artists included Smashmouth, Clay Aiken, Sugar Ray and, of course, Aaron Carter. After all, who doesn’t want candy?…

Coldplay is one of the few bands that continue to put out records that change the sound of their band, but fans continue enjoy. Despite the haters, Coldplay keeps topping the charts. Their last album, Mylo Xyloto, the band’s fifth studio album, introduced a more electric sound to their familiar alternative rock and current acoustic sound. Mylo Xyloto was created as a concept album, intended to be interpreted more like a rock opera rather than a regular studio album. Their newest single, “A Sky Full of Stars,” from their upcoming album Ghost Stories, sustains the electronic, layered sound. The song opens with a bold melody that echoes throughout the song. Coldplay lyrics paired with Chris Martin’s dreamy vocals are sure to melt any girl (or boy’s) heart. “’Cause you’re a sky full of stars, I want to die in your arms; ‘cause you get lighter the more it gets dark.…

As the long anticipated warm weather arrives, students will shed their mittens and parkas for tank tops and flip-flops. But watch where you step with those nice new sandals…the geese are back in town! The fall semester was filled with student complaints about the more than 360 Canada geese defecating all over campus walkways, clogging up car and foot traffic and being downright aggressive toward innocent students walking to class. What used to be an annoyance has now become a public safety issue and is causing hazardous driving conditions. Students are tracking fecal matter into residence halls and academic buildings making it more likely for them to become sick from the bacteria. Because the geese are overgrazing the grass around Roth Pond, the Pond will again face the problem it did during the fall semester when it turned a sickly, radioactive green due to the geese-induced algae blooms. The Roth…