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After his lecture on February 4, in which he talked about the roads to happiness, truth, and life’s big questions, The Stony Brook Press caught up with Rainn Wilson to talk about his pet zonkey named Derrick, the Baha’i faith and his latest (and arguably greatest) project, SoulPancake. SoulPancake is a multimedia movement to promote discussions of “big think” topics such as religion, art and philosophy. One simple piece of advice summed up the tone of his talk: “We’re always in the past, and we’re always in the future, but we’re never in the present moment.” He advised that the real rebellion of our time is “against the cultural materialistic, nihilistic standard, having hope and uplifting people.” SBP: I have literally one Office-related question, and that is: were Dwight’s glasses prescription, or were they fake? RW: (laughs) You know, I wear a prescription. I had the Dwight…

As the Stony Brook men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare for their 2013-2014 seasons, their progress and excitement is embodied in the near-readiness of the 40,000 square foot Stony Brook Arena, with a capacity of more than 4,000 spectators and bowl seating that will bring fans even closer to their favorite players. Anticipated to open in the fall of 2014, the arena has proved to be a popular selling point for future recruits and present players and coaches alike. “People are really excited,” said men’s basketball Head Coach Steve Pikiell. “The whole university campus has changed, with new dining halls, the Rec Center, and all these things help in recruiting.” The peak in excitement comes at a time when both the men’s and women’s basketball programs have made great strides, both on the court and off. In their 2012-13 season, the women finished with a 10-win improvement from the previous…

“Men love women, but even more than that, men love cars.” It may be said instead, after watching Rush, that men—at least those competing in Formula 1 racing in the 1970s—love to win. They would sacrifice even their lives to beat out the competition. Directed by Ron Howard, this biopic follows the rivalry between hotshot English playboy/cad James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his rigid and disciplined Austrian opponent, Niki Lauda, at a time when safety rules in racing were incredibly lax and successful drivers had status akin to superstars. The audience’s exposure to the gratuitous drinking, sex and drugs that Hunt indulges in is surprisingly minimal. Told and narrated from the conservative and focused perspective of Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl of Inglorious Basterds fame), the majority of the action is focused on the races themselves. Very tight shots of how the cars themselves are working, feet as they shift…

Following the release of their fifth studio album, AM, the Arctic Monkeys made the second stop of their North American tour at a sold-out show in New York on Monday, Sept. 16. The line from Webster Hall stretched around the corner, up a block and along 12  Street in lower Manhattan. The choice to go for Webster over Terminal 5 was curious—Terminal 5 holds almost double its capacity. But if they were aiming for a more intimate party atmosphere, that is exactly what they got. Scalpers strolled up and down the line, pitching their product and looking for any extra tickets they could get. While walking in, I saw no less than four people turned away with counterfeits. Bouncers combed the lines for those under 21, marking them with two big “B’s” on their hands, as one said, “B for baby!” DROWNERS, a local grime act based in New York…

Mother-in-law makes woman Hitler, and Kimberly Levaco makes cleverly akimbo. For a show whose premise revolves around the audience’s complete suspension of their reality, Kimberly Akimbo brings real life to characters that seem utterly out-there. The main character, Kimberly, was born with a disease that makes her age four (four and a half actually) times as fast as she should. Her mother, Patti, is pregnant with her second child and has just undergone surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in her hands, leaving her bandaged heavily and unable to feed herself. Her father, Buddy, is an alcoholic with big dreams trying to feed his family in Bogota, N.J., and keep them away from his sister Debra, a homeless “psychopath” who schemes as much as she loves her family. Deborah Mayo plays 16-year-old Kimberly with ease and a pink streak clipped into her white hair, and absolutely no grace—exactly what would be…

The reduction of individual carbon imprints is no longer a viable way to reduce the influx of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, said Wallace Broecker, the keynote speaker of Earthstock, on April 19. “Something bigger has to happen,” he said. “And that has to be political.” Broecker, known in the scientific community as the “Grandfather of Climate Science,” is often credited with the first use of the term “global warming” in his 1975 paper “Climatic Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?” in which he argued that the ocean can undergo very rapid, large-scale global changes in the way it operates. Based on observations of cyclical changes in ice cores drilled in Greenland, he predicted that a warming trend could begin rapidly due to fluctuations in winter sea ice. In 1976, the warming began. Though the basis for his predictions, changing carbon dioxide levels in the…

The marriage of two homosexual human beings is an abomination in the eyes of God, and uniting them in holy matrimony will result in the corruption of the entirety of American society. People will start trying to couple with their dogs, and children influenced by the gays will become gay instantaneously. Luckily, none of these statements are fact, but citizens of the United States of America have every right to believe them as such. Issues arise only when one person attempts to force his or her beliefs on another. Many people supporting the Defense of Marriage Act publically reference their Christian beliefs as evidence for their arguments. If this were a theocracy, which would probably fly. The United States is not a theocracy. It is not the role of the federal government to impose the sanctities of one religion on an entire population against their will. The First Amendment of…

The future of nuclear physics research and discovery science in the United States lies in the hands of Congress as they struggle to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year. With the fiscal budget for 2014 currently in limbo, deep cuts are expected in federal programs across the board and without exception.  A 2007 Long Range Plan released by the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) entitled The Frontiers of Nuclear Science, was based on the prediction that funding for the physical sciences would double between Fiscal Year 2008 and Fiscal Year 2018. In light of projected budgetary restraints, the US Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Physics and the National Science Foundation (NSF) charged the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee (NSAC) with updating the priorities of nuclear research in the United States. “The question that one had to ask is, in the short term and the long term, where do…

“What I wouldn’t give for the sweet sound of a jumbo jet,” Carol says, lamenting the quiet in a world that is devoid of technology. The Walking Dead returned on March 10 to reveal a group exhausted and burnt out by the stress of survival, clinging to the present and remembering the past. Many are haunted by the guilt they feel for people they believe they’ve wronged. Carl is absorbed with guilt for “being mean” to his mother before she died giving birth. When Merle Dixon, the violent and oftentimes unpredictable racist who was cuffed to a roof in Atlanta in the first season and forced to cut off his own hand to escape, runs into Maggie and Glenn (the last young couple on the planet) on a supply run and takes them captive, the memories of the first days of the outbreak resurface. He has to choose between his…