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Undergraduate Student Government President Cole Lee announced that a free-laundry initiative for residents is a priority on his agenda at the senate meeting, last Thursday. “A change of this nature, with its enormous magnitude, the sheer scope of it is a undertaking that requires a massive amount of time and effort,” Lee said at the meeting. Out of the four SUNY university centers, Stony Brook is the only one that does not provide a free laundry service for its students. Although University of Albany and University at Buffalo have similar housing rates to Stony Brook, with a standard double room at UAlbany costing $7,732 and UBuffalo costing $7,798, Stony Brook charges $7,778 per school year and students pay $1.75 per laundry cycle.   “I do laundry maybe twice a month,” said Tabler resident Shalvi Ashraf. “So spending $6 once a month, it doesn’t break the bank, but it would be…

Kendrick Lamar won the biggest award at Monday’s Grammy Awards . He won an ideological battle for civil rights and the soul of hip-hop with his politically charged performance. In front of 24.9 million viewers, Lamar addressed mass incarceration, black pride and police violence in a fiery six minute performance. Lamar opened the performance inside a prison complex, where he was chained together with his backup dancers and stepped up to the mic to blast off the first verse of “The Blacker the Berry.” The set transitioned as Lamar and his dancers took off their chains and then were transported to Africa where he spat “Alright” in front of a massive fire. Lamar ended with an unreleased song and closed with an image of Compton marked on the continent of Africa.   The performance of his unreleased track known as “Untitled 3” was the most powerful moment of his set.…

“A Free Education on Bernie Sanders,” fostered civic participation among the Stony Brook community on Wednesday night in SAC Ballroom B. The event allowed college professors, local activists and former alumni to speak to anyone who wanted to learn more about the presidential candidate. The talk was attended by Stony Brook students and faculty who listened to guest speakers explain Sanders’ political beliefs. During the event, volunteers asked registered democrats to sign delegate petitions and speakers encouraged the political involvement of young people at Stony Brook. “Because all of you are young and are college students this is your opportunity to get involved and build the kind of world you want to live,” said Moumita Ahmed, a Stony Brook alumni and organizer of the New York City March for Bernie this coming Saturday.   The event was organized by “Seawolves for Sanders,” a group made up of Stony Brook University…