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After five years without a pool, Stony Brook’s Administration has decided to close its barely-opened pool, opting instead to build the largest on-campus Starbucks in the nation.. The University closed down the pool for renovations in 2012 and for years the pool room of the athletic center went unused and abandoned. The University finally reopened the pool at the end of the 2017 spring semester, but since then there have been some major changes. The University expected a huge rush of students to the opening of the much awaited pool. However, after so many years of being poolless, the University had inadvertently attracted a non aquatic student body. In short, Stony Brook students aren’t interested in swimming. Only six students showed up to the pool’s grand opening. Since then, pool attendance has been dwindling greatly.. There is however something else that students want more than aquatic athletic spaces. Coffee.. Stony…

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…

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…

When Michael Brasile first came to Stony Brook in the fall of 2014 as a Biology major, he was excited to be in college and eager to get as much out of his experience as possible. But he quickly learned that Biology was not for him, and for the spring 2014 semester, he planned his schedule with a computer science track in mind. “I didn’t realize how much I liked computers until I came here,” Brasile said. Brasile planned to switch from his biology major to a minor in Information Systems and double major in applied math and computer science. He did not officially declare these changes in his academic progress because students have to complete a certain amount of prerequisite courses before they can declare majors in computer science, applied math and information systems. Brasile was taking those prerequisite courses on top of his Biology courses during the Spring…

Fans of the self-declared fourth most popular folk band in New Zealand, Flight of the Conchords, will be happy to know the musical comedy duo is coming back together for a US tour this summer. The two piece band composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement has been inactive since the abrupt ending of their namesake HBO series in 2009. Since then, Clement and McKenzie only came together as Flight of the Conchords in 2013 when they were on tour with Dave Chappelle for the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival. Though the band describes themselves as a folk band, the only consistently folk quality in their music is the use of guitars. The two have tackled every genre of music from rock to R&B and even rap (yes two guys from New Zealand did acoustic rap).    The band’s show, Flight of the Conchords, is a musical mockumentary starring McKenzie…

Fads come and fads go. They usually don’t stick around for too long. Angry Birds, Temple Run, Flappy Bird, Farmville and Candy Crush have all lived through their fifteen minutes of fame before fading into oblivion. Sure, fads are short lived and superficial. It’s true they take away from time that would probably be better spent doing literally anything else, and your friends will most likely make fun of you for being so mainstream (until they also get sucked into the whirlpool tsunami that is Candy Crush, I mean have you not played that game? You don’t understand until you play it). But despite all of these obvious imperfections, we have to hand them one thing: fads are hella fun while they last and Yik Yak, has quickly become one such fad. Yik Yak is the latest addition to the arsenal of social apps on student smartphones. Launched in 2013,…