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All current Undergraduate Student Government election campaigns have been suspended “until the return of a functioning Election Board Committee,” according to an announcement today by the Justice Department of the USG. For the past three years, the USG Senate has not vetted Elections Board Committee members, Senator Maximillian Shaps said at a senate meeting on Thursday. “Election board members require confirmation by the senate and we have found that none of the members have been approved in three years,” Shaps said. The Election Board Committee is an independent agency which is responsible for overseeing that USG elections take place according to the Election Board Bylaws. Senator Shaps also proposed a bill to transfer the authority of the Elections Board Committee to USG Administrative Director Thomas Kirnbauer. He would be responsible for making “fair and impartial decisions,” Shaps said. Senator Alexander Bouraad called for an executive session, which required all non-USG…

“Alex, a 23-year-old Sunday school teacher and babysitter, was trembling with excitement the day she told her Twitter followers that she had converted to Islam. For months, she had been growing closer to a new group of friends online — the most attentive she had ever had — who were teaching her what it meant to be a Muslim.” ISIS and the Lonely Young American, NYTimes, June 27 2015. This excerpt is taken from an investigative piece that explores the depths of ISIS’s roots in Western society. The author, Rukmini Callimachi, took to the stage Tuesday night as the speaker of the School of Journalism’s My Life As series, which invites famous journalists around to country to talk about their work. Recounting her coverage of war zones, she said,“I had heard the term ‘raped’ and ‘killed’ more times than I can count. While I had heard those words, I really…

During a meeting with the student media on March 9, the Vice President for Finance and the Chief Budget Officer, Lyle P. Gomes, announced that there would be an overall increase in the broad-based fee for the 2016-17 academic year. Gomes announced that the fee had a small increase of 2.2 percent from the previous academic year. Gomes, along with several other student-based committees and university officials, proposed a fee increase of $22.50, which would bring the total amount to $915.25 per semester for full-time undergraduate students. “Psychology staff needs reinforcement,” Julian Pessier, the interim director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) said. “We want to make sure that students don’t have to wait too long to take advantage of our services.” CAPS proposed an $8 fee increase for supporting various services like the 24-hour helpline, CAPS After Hours, as well as Let’s Talk, Mindfulness Meditation…

Other photos by Andew Tetreault at http://fullyinvolvedmediagroup.com/ A small plane made an emergency crash landing into Setauket Harbor after an engine failure last night. Austricio Ramirez, 25, was the student pilot flying the four-seat Piper Archer aircraft from Fitchburg, Mass. to the Republic Airport in Farmingdale before he turned the controls over to pilot instructor Nelson Gomez, 36, when the engine started experiencing issues, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Gomez made an emergency landing in the harbor at approximately 11:05 p.m. At least thirty minutes passed between the 911 call and the police response. Fourteen fire departments, two dive teams and two boats helped execute the rescue. “You could hear victims calling for help so you had to get out there,” Lt. Michael S. Murphy said. The emergency response came from both ends of the harbor and initially had issues due to the remote location of the crash. “It was…

The Staller Center was the scene of an elevator malfunction today as University Police and Fire Marshals rescued 12 people. At around 1:15 p.m., University Police and Fire Marshal officers responded to an emergency call from Staller and immediately notified Setauket Fire Department and Schindler, the elevator company. The elevator was stuck between the basement and the first floor and the mechanics from Schindler were not able to move the elevator to the basement. The occupants were let out from a hatch above the elevator. “There were no injuries to the occupants and the cause of the malfunction is unknown at this time,”Assistant Chief of Police, Eric Olsen wrote in an email to the Press. “No Stony Brook students were involved,” he added. “I just found out when I got to work around 3:30 p.m.,” Emily Sobel, an employee at the Staller Center,.“The students were from the pre-college music program.…

Winter Storm Mars left nearly 250 Suffolk County children uncared for after snow storm warnings cancelled a free dental treatment event organized by the Stony Brook Dental School. The annual event was scheduled to take place on “Give Kids a Smile” Day and aimed to provide children up to 17 years old with free dental services including screenings, cleaning and fluoride treatments that help fight tooth decay. The event is accessible to anyone who registers, but the dental school’s goal is to help children who lack sufficient medical insurance to cover the cost of dental treatments according to Margaret Bakos, the Director of Community Outreach. The event is also designed to teach children about oral hygiene and provide parents with their child’s dental summary, a referral list of dentists and information about dental insurance. “I think it’s terribly disappointing,” Michael Forbes, a father of two who attended last year’s event…

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…

Multiple crews responded to a fire that broke out in the E wing of O’Neil college in Mendelsohn Quad Saturday night. The fire was called in at 7:05 p.m. and extinguished by 7:25 p.m., according to an emergency services dispatcher. The fire was contained to one room. Fire departments from Stony Brook, Port Jefferson, Centereach, St. James and Nesconset responded to reports of heavy smoke in hallway E1 on the first floor of the building. After extinguishing the fire, the crew set up fans to vent the smoke from the building and cleared the debris from the room where the fire broke out. The entire building was evacuated and no injuries have been reported, as of yet. C-CERT volunteers and RSP walkers patrolled the surrounding area and, around 9:35 p.m., they were still blocking multiple entrances and preventing anyone from entering the building, including residents. “I was in my room watching…

“I travel to learn,” Mottola said. Her eyes were shining with excitement as she smiled radiantly at the prospect of exploring new lands and going to new horizons. A psychology major at Stony Brook University, junior Megan Mottola has led the unusual life as an independent backpacker who has hiked across 25 states at the mere age of 24. When she was a budding freshman in the fall of 2010, trying to accustom herself to the perks of studying in an enormous hall like Javits and vying for the attention of professors amongst hundreds of students, Mottola realized that her life needed a change of great lengths. “I took my first year of college off and decided to travel parts of the East Coast,” Mottola recalled fondly. After her adventures were over, she made her way back to Stony Brook to study special education but decided again that being cramped…