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In the Undergraduate Student Government election bylaws, “there is nothing that’s stated that there couldn’t be a vote of ‘No Confidence,’” Will Hackett, a junior biomedical engineering major and the original advocate for this particular voting option on USG ballots, said in an exclusive interview with The Stony Brook Press. No Confidence is an option granted this fiscal year for the USG elections to vote not to vote. Several prominent positions, including president and vice president, are scheduled to proceed to runoffs. Runoffs are held between the top two candidates for a position, excluding any other candidates, in hopes that one of the two remaining can obtain a majority of the votes. “I didn’t even expect this,” Hackett said. “I expected people to see the idea and understand the idea I was getting, make active changes in themselves and also to the people that did get elected to say, ‘Hey,…

Some teams in the NFL have made blockbuster moves for the fate of the organization’s franchise. Some teams decided to start over and rebuild while others have the intention of becoming a contender for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. For these transactions and acquisitions, each team in the NFL will be given a certain letter grade depending on how beneficial or useless the new member will be to the team offensively and defensively. First is offense. Second is defense. AFC: Jim. NFC: Randy. Buffalo Bills: B; B- With a new head coach in Rex Ryan, The Buffalo Bills are looking to ignite their defense. While they did not acquire anyone defensively, they still have a powerful pass rush and secondary. Offensively, the Bills may explode this season with a solid TE in Charles Clay, a speedy and possible flex WR in Percy Harvin and an elusive and quick RB in LeSean…

Mets (Michael) Spring training is underway, which means regular season baseball is right around the corner. The Mets will be looking to have a better campaign than the Yankees and they have a very good shot to do so. The Mets not only have a better starting pitching staff than the Yankees; they have one of the best in the league.  The Mets’ ace, Matt Harvey will be coming back from Tommy John surgery to reunite with other young studs like Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese, as well as Bartolo Colon and last season’s Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom.  That doesn’t even include Dillon Gee, as well as prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz. I’ll take that pitching corps any day over the aging CC Sabathia, injury prone Michael Pineda, the underachieving Ivan Nova, Nathan Eovaldi and journeyman Chris Capuano.  They do have a gem in Masahiro Tanaka though…

Have you ever had one of those conundrums that you try to talk to people about, but nobody seems to really care? Like when you’re hungover on a Friday morning after that much-less-fun-than-you-thought frat party and the bus from Kelly Quad is too crowded so you feel even more nauseous? Or when you’re fiending for a cigarette, but class just started? Maybe the girl you’re into decided to cut you off completely, and you’re pissed that you bought her a teddy bear on Valentine’s Day so you vent on your Facebook status to anyone who will listen? Well you’re in luck! the Stony Brook Press’ research team has found a way to avert the Valley of Minuscule Woes! And it has become a widely used tactic! To perform this seemingly unimaginable feat, simply follow the directions as stated below. Unfortunately, there is no such magical trinket that can compromise the…

Stony Brook University continues to vary efforts towards encouraging students to embrace a tobacco-free lifestyle. Student Health Service alongside the Student Health Advisory Committee, a SUNY service that contributes toward agenda for SHS as well as Center for Prevention and Outreach and Counseling and Psychological Services, are advertising tobacco cessation support groups on and off campus. Nicotine patches and Zyban (Bupropion), a prescription medication that helps to quit smoking, are being distributed at the Student Health Center. SUNY’s push to ban smoking on its campuses in 2014, which failed, and SHAC’s SBU Kicks Butts 2014, an event held in the SAC Lobby on March 12 that aimed to inform students of Green Tobacco Sickness, stand out as recent measures to deter the community’s tobacco use. But fliers and brochures featured at several academic buildings on campus and distributed at an resident-assistant-ran event on February 6 at Toscanini College in Tabler…

Stony Brook students return to school after the tobacco age in Suffolk County was changed from 19 to 21 on Jan. 1. A debate has arisen about whether or not the law will serve as beneficial towards limiting teens’ abilities to acquire tobacco products. Mani Singh, 20, a junior here at Stony Brook from Queens, suggested that underage smokers would look to their 21-year-old friends to walk inside a 7/11 or gas station and get their fixes for them. Sixty percent of America’s users buy tobacco products from their friends, as opposed to directly from the vendor, according to the American Lung Association. However, the association also reported that 85 percent of US smokers start before age 21, and 99 percent start before 26. “Based on those stats, we believe it will have an effect,” said Michael Seilback, vice president of public policy and communications for the association. Jane Reardon,…

Pi Kappa Phi, a national fraternity that originated in 1904 at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, is in the process of extending its reach of influence to Stony Brook University. “We got officially installed as an associate chapter by the national fraternity,” said Josh Weinstein, the president of the chapter here at Stony Brook. The organization will be recognized as a “full and functioning” chapter by nationals for the fall semester of 2015, according to Weinstein. Weinstein, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, and five friends trekked to Binghamton University to visit his older brother. Weinstein’s brother is the president of the Pi Kappa Phi chapter at Binghamton, and that’s when the younger Weinstein and his crew started thinking about organizing their own chapter at their school. They saw how much fun the Binghamton brothers were having. “The idea was floating around in all our heads,” said Weinstein.…