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It wasn’t exactly your regular, run-of-the-mill, punk rock band but when Shari, Nikki and Kate got together, responding to an advert on Craigslist by Nikki, the chemistry was instantaneous. They came together as the self titled “Girlwave” band. “I was dating this tall lanky guy at one point and he was like, ‘you’re so pretty and so thick,” Nikki said, explaining the band’s unusual name. “I was like, yeah, Thick. That works.” Nikki’s idea of naming the band “Garbage Ghost” didn’t work. It was a Saturday night and the band sat at a bar in East Williamsburg, just a block away from the location of their first show, after performing at this year’s South by Southwest at Austin, TX. “It was great, the crowd was very chill and we had a lot of fun playing at the show. We also ended up playing at a small show in Asheville right…

Zoya Vallari walked down the winding hall on the fourth floor of the Physics building and poked her head into a large classroom where two graduate students were chalking calculus problems on the board. “May I use this room for a few minutes?” she said. As we walked into the room, she said with a laugh, “They have no choice but to listen to me.” Vallari is a fifth year PhD student who is working on High Energy Physics Experiments at the Stony Brook Department of Physics. Her project is called T2K, which is located in Japan and deals with an intensive study on neutrino oscillation, a topic that is critical enough to befuddle the average reader. “When I went for my Masters at IIT Mumbai, one of the premier colleges in India, there were five women out of 40 students in the entire class,” Vallari said. “Most people were…

Reading is still one of those rare activities that retains the power to keep a man in check with reality. I do not recall exactly when I started reading classics, but I do remember how reading the unabridged version of “Little Women” made me feel. It was a domino effect from then on. I would finish reading a 300-page novel within four days and then borrow another classic from the school library so I could read it over the weekend and start a new cycle Monday. Within a very short time, I had read almost all major 19th century literary works, from Daphne Du Maurier to renowned writers like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens– most of them British, with few of them male. Classics have always succeeded in making the average reader revisit a concept or a personality trait through the characters that they construct. Reading “Pride and Prejudice” when…

This past weekend gave rise to the largest women’s march in Washington D.C and other major cities across the country and around the world. Here are a few voices of the movement along with images from New York City and Washington D.C., brought to you by members of The Stony Brook Press. https://vimeo.com/200763456

The dark room bathed in pools of blue, green and red lights adds an ambience that can be instantly related to an indie music venue; posters of past performances line one side of the mirrored walls, with an unclaimed section reflecting a marble topped bar; the random selection of couches and small square tables are placed haphazardly, facing a dimly lit black stage. Over 10 years of live music, beer and dancing is coming to an end this year as the University Cafe is set to shut down, along with the entire Stony Brook Union. “I love being in the Union in general and this space has a lot of memories,” Shari Cummings, secretary and public relations directors for WUSB said. Cummings also works as an audio engineer for the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), which runs the UCafe. One of Cummings’ favorite events is jazz night, where students…

When Mishell Ganchala was six years old, she moved from Ecuador to America with her mother and her sister. Despite the language barrier and the initial struggle of finding adequate housing , the 22-year-old is set to graduate college this spring with a major in Health Science. She will be spending the next two years in Burkina Faso, pursuing her lifelong passion of helping the underprivileged. Q) Why did you decide to join the Peace Corps ? A) I feel like it was programmed for me to be honest. When you travel, you meet new people and help a community that needs your help in any way possible and that’s how I found out I really like helping people. I went on two mission trips to Nicaragua and Honduras, so that’s my passion. I want to help people. I went to Nicaragua during my junior year of high school and…

Naveen Mallangada was looking forward to spending his day doing research inside the Division of Cancer Prevention at the Health Science Center before he entered the tunnel. The frigid February air was not enough to kill the excitement the sophomore felt as he walked towards his lab, but the decrepit grey walls that shape the underpass connecting Stony Brook University’s East hospital campus and West undergraduate campus drained his emotion. “I realized that this underpass is one of the only ways students and faculty get to either campuses,” Mallangada said. “It should be an entrance that inspires or at least invigorates people, not depresses them.” Mallangada decided to take matters into his own hands. He began Heartbeats of Stony Brook, a beautification project that aims to add color and vitality to a part of campus that students describe as lackluster, according to Mallangada. “A lot of people say that we…

A male student was slashed in the Music Library of the Frank Melville Jr. Library at Stony Brook University at approximately 2:52 p.m. Friday. “We heard a struggle outside the library in the hallway and two guys were wrestling and a girl was trying to stop them,” Matt Tilton, 23, who works at the library and witnessed the incident, said. The suspect, a slender male with black hair wearing a blue plaid shirt and dark pants, pulled out a knife and slashed the victim’s hand. “Blood was gushing from his hand,” Tilton said. “The one kid who got stabbed walked into the library and said ‘Help, I’m bleeding’.” The suspect fled the scene of the slashing and left the knife on the carpet of the music library. “The librarian called security when the struggle was going on,” Tilton added. The male who was slashed was escorted outside the library and put into an ambulance…

Dr. Frank Darras has a light meal on this kind of day. It has to be big enough to keep him going, but small enough to not to break his focus later on and add pressure to the knife of anticipation over his head as his patients wait for him in the presurgical area. This routine is familiar and has not changed significantly, even though Dr. Darras has practiced surgery for nearly 32 years.                   “No matter what type of surgery I’m doing, big or small, I always play the operation out in my head like a video tape,” said Darras in his 19th floor office inside the Health Sciences Center. “I play out the steps of what I am going to do, how I am going to do it and always with the thought of what I would do if something goes wrong.”   Dr. Darras is an older…