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Raghava Lakshminarayana

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Hip hop heads often engage in lively debate about the genre’s best and worst. Some scrutinize lyrics endlessly while others judge rhythm and delivery, Some claim Kendrick Lamar is king while others cry for Drake as rap’s monarch yet both camps fail to realize that the crown really belongs to Miami native Lil Pump. King Pump has risen from the dark pits of Soundcloud into popular summer playlists, WorldstarHipHop and beyond. His 17-year-old charm has brought about a new sub-genre of rap rife with zoned-out pillheads, yet his geniusness has completely reshaped the genre’s look and sound. King Pump paints a very real picture of our generation’s existentialist paradoxes. On “Molly,” he tells the tale of a wild night out. “I’m on the molly, I’m on the bean,” he whines and raps about fucking your sister garbed in designer clothing. It is a precise commentary on the angst that millennials…

It all started when Stony Brook University’s Black Lives Matter movement stood with Mizzou in Nov. 2015. Stony Brook students requested a platform to voice their concerns on campus diversity issues. The school’s administration complied by providing a space for dialogue, Judith Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations, said. “[President] Stanley made a deep commitment to them that we would put together a broad-based plan and implement it,” Greiman said. In December, they released an initial draft of the diversity plan for the community to critique. It came back with approximately 130 comments, and was reworked around four key goals: To improve the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention. To expand educational, research, healthcare and other efforts to ensure that students are able to thrive on campus and as global citizens in a diverse society. To support…

Josafat Moreno likes to go by Josco, pronounced hose-co. He has the slender build of a 17-year-old but he’s actually 46. Josco’s mustache sprawls across his upper-lip. It matches a small patch of hair under his lower lip and his neat chin-beard. His black hair appears to have a mind of its own. Sometimes he tames it with a rubber band, which reveals a buzzcut on the sides. Otherwise, the long locks across the top of his head dance around freely. Based on his physical appearance, some may call Josco a “hipster” who lives in a newly gentrified part of Brooklyn. Others may assume that he’s just another European footballer with a trendy haircut. He thinks of himself as an artist. But out of the many things that Josco can be labelled, most people won’t guess that he came into America as an illegal immigrant. Josco doesn’t really flinch or…

Seawolves acted quickly this week in organizing a march, a rally and an immigration law forum on Wednesday following President Donald Trump’s executive order, which banned citizens of seven Muslim majority nations from entering the United States. The events were hastily put together after news broke of Graduate Student Vahideh Rasekhi being detained at JFK last Saturday as a result of President Trump’s executive order. Approximately 350 people braved the finger-numbing cold to show their support at the Seawolf Solidarity Rally Wednesday night. “I’m out here to support our campus community,” Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University, said. “What makes Stony Brook the university that it is, is the diversity.” The theme of diversity was a common one throughout the evening. Sister Sanaa Nadim, Chaplain of Stony Brook’s Muslim Student Association, called diversity the University’s “lifeblood.” Repercussions of the ban personally…

A Stony Brook University graduate student was released earlier today after being detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport for over 24 hours because of President Donald Trump’s latest executive order. Vahideh Rasekhi, who was coming back to the United States after visiting family and friends in her native Iran, was one of many of travelers detained upon landing due to an executive order signed by President Trump last Friday. The ban prevents citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen from coming into the US regardless of their valid visas or green cards. “I was scared,” Rasekhi said. “I was super scared that I was gonna go back, that I was going to be deported.” Rasekhi, the president of Stony Brook’s Graduate Student Organization (GSO), is studying for her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University, and news of her detainment spread quickly within the…

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) announced the commencement of a bidding process that could prematurely end current campus food supplier Sodexo’s five year contract with the University. Stony Brook University students received the announcement via email by new Executive Director of the FSA, Nadeem Siddiqui, on Jan. 9. “Unfortunately, our partner (Sodexo) continued to fall short of expectations as demonstrated by quality assurance reports and customer satisfaction data,” the email said. A quick scroll through the Stony Brook Dining Feedback page shows pictures by students of raw meat in burgers, sandwiches served without buns and strongly worded student complaints. There are a few posts about liking and even commending campus vendors for producing quality food, but the majority of posts are complaints. The decision to hold a new bidding process comes only three years after the university’s last bidding process that ended with leaving their previous dining partner, Lackman, Jason…

A group of 15 teenagers stormed out of Huntington station at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Some wore bucket hats and others sported oversized tie-dye sweatshirts. A couple of them rushed ahead and yelled at cars passing by on New York Ave. Others stayed back and sparked up fat joints and barked “zombies,” at each other. The Flatbush Zombies were back on Long Island and this group of teens was ready to witness it. On the two mile walk from the train station to The Paramount, the Zombies’ venue for the night, the group stomped, stumbled and smoked while reciting Zombies’ verses. At one point, one of the teens scaled up a three-story building out of pure adrenaline. “Jump you pussy,” one of them, on the ground, shouted. But he quickly came down when another member shouted out the time, 6:50 p.m. Doors would open in ten minutes at The Paramount. The…

In 2013, Kanye West famously claimed that “rap is the new rock and roll.” To some, this was simply a moronic statement from an ego-centrical loudmouth in the midst of an album promotion circuit. But to others, this spoke on the massive shift occurring in music culture. The first five months of 2016 can serve as primary evidence for West’s rash words. So far, the year has been shrouded by stellar hip hop releases that have mesmerized huge audiences. But where is the stellar guitar music? Why would anyone pay to go see a Guns N’ Roses reunion show over a high-energy Kendrick Lamar performance? Sadly, much like its aging superstars, rock music is currently dying. However, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are soaring above these aging rock bands. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the Gizzards may be one of the few remaining torch bearers for real rock and roll.…

Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government has successfully vetted nine students to the elections board last week, as all forms of campaigning were suspended on Tuesday, Mar. 26, after an unnamed candidate brought the vetting process issue to light. Malik Archer, the Chair of the Elections Board Committee, may choose the members of the Election Board but his choices must be approved by the USG Senate. The Elections Board is, “an independent agency, [that] shall ensure that all elections within the Undergraduate Student Government are operated properly and fairly, as according to established legislation, policy, and procedures,” according to the USG Constitution. A common concern among USG Senators was whether or not Election Board candidates knew about the Stony Brook constitutional bylaws. Senator Patrick Smith addressed this issue by asking Jalwa Afroz, a pre-med Election Board candidate, about weaknesses in current electoral bylaws. After a long pause, Afroz admitted, “Sorry, I…