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Wolfie Tank, Stony Brook University’s local version of the hit TV show Shark Tank, brought together local inventors to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in the Student Activities Center Tuesday night. The judges included the Vice Chairman of the Long Island Angels Network, Andrew Hazen, Stony Brook alumni and member of Anheuser-Busch InBev—a multinational beverage and brewing company which is also responsible for testing and commercializing new technologies and business models—James Keane, Intelligent Product Solutions Vice President of Business Development Derek Peterson, and founder of PTJ Consulting Paul Trapani. “We received about 35 applications for this, but we could only pick seven people,” said Samiha Shakil, one of the event’s organizers. Brian Ton was the first of these seven to present his idea, the Selen Glasses, which are glasses that come with electronic tinting. “They’re affordable, auto-adjusting glasses,” Ton explained. Although Ton received positive feedback from the…

Experts, researchers and people with experience on both sides of the law discussed the evolution of mass incarceration at a conference titled ‘From the Color Line to the Carceral State: Prisons, Policing and Surveillance in the 20th and 21st centuries’  on Tuesday at Stony Brook University “We’ve moved from a system of prisoners of slavery to a slavery of prisoners,” Dr. Robert Chase, an assistant professor of history at Stony Brook University who is writing a book entitled Civil Rights on the Cell Block: Prisoners’ Rights Movements and Carceral States, said.      The carceral state refers to the overabundance of prisons and prisoners in the U.S., which contains a fraction of the world’s population yet accounts for nearly a quarter of the world’s prisoners, Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, an assistant professor of Africana Studies at SBU, mentioned as he paraphrased the data collected by the International Center for Prison Studies located…

25 years ago on a cool September day, my favorite journalism-related madman, Ted Turner, created a little show known as Captain Planet and The Planeteers.         This show was a product of the 90s: five teenagers from around the world saving the earth from pollution, a time when the millennium was coming to an end and a majority of people were finally growing a conscience about how the Earth should be treated.         We start off with Gaea, voiced by Whoopi Goldberg, handing out five magical rings of earth, fire, wind, water and heart to five youths from Africa, North America, the Soviet Union, Asia and South America respectively. You can’t see such a diverse group often anywhere on TV, let alone on children’s cartoons. And when their powers combined, just as if our nations combined, they formed Captain Planet, a Superman-esque hero who commands the elements of the rings…

It’s been 25 years since Goodfellas premiered, 25 years since we got a great gangster movie that wasn’t the Godfather and 25 years since Ray Liotta was relevant (he’s coasted on this movie for years). And here’s the most iconic quote and soul of the movie. “As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a gangster.” These words, spoken by Henry Hill, echoed in my head a whole lot more than the story of Tony Montana in Scarface. Why? Because even though I could never be a drugged-out, Miami gang leader, I could be a goodfella. In reality, we might all be goodfellas.    To be a goodfella meant you were the closest thing to being a gangster without being a gangster but, more importantly, it meant people liked you. Hill, played by Liotta, was definitely a likeable character. He was cool, charismatic, smart (to a certain…

I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Pope Francis drive through Central Park, and it was one hell (can I say that?) of an experience. And because the number 12 is thrown around inthe Bible a lot, I’ll be snapshotting my 12-hour-experience by the hour. 7:00 a.m.     I woke up like hell—that’s right, I said it again. 8:00 a.m.     I got on the N6, which is the type of bus you never want to get on again after you’ve gotten your license. The people on the bus looked as downtrodden as me, as we began our commute to the city. 9:00 a.m. My mother—who I gave my second ticket to—and I arrived at Broadway and Columbus Circle to take our place among the thousands waiting in line to enter Central Park. 10:00…

Disclaimer: I will not be explaining any terms, techniques, or characters because you should already know what I’m saiyan. Hah! I’m hilarious. Ok. I’m outta here. Peace! As heaven, hell, and Earth joined forces to provide Goku with enough energy to create the ultimate Spirit Bomb, I rejoiced at witnessing the incredible defeat of the universe’s greatest threat, Majin Buu. It’s been about 19 years since the finale of Dragon Ball Z, yet the Dragon Ball franchise continues on with countless video games, movies, cameos and Dragon Ball Z Kai, another television adaptation that sticks closer to the original source material. I won’t mention GT because it’s only redeeming value is Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta.   Unfortunately it seems that every game is just a constant repetition of the series, forcing players to repeat every fight in the Dragon Ball universe, including ones we never even cared about. The…

As she pours extra buffalo sauce on the customer’s cheese-steak sandwich, Jenna Marie is not exactly doing the work that is expected of someone with a political science degree. Although Marie’s ambitions go further than making sandwiches her entire life, she has become one out of every six graduates with a bachelor’s degree who was underemployed in the U.S. last year, a trend that continues to grow, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington. With the job market’s demand shifting to require more than a four-year degree, graduates are either embracing that demand by applying to graduate school or accepting a less-than-ideal job in order to pay off their student loans, which is now estimated at over $1-trillion by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its 2015 Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit. “I needed to start paying back in November.…

“I love video games. I love going back to them because they’re a good escape from normal life,” said Alice Quiros, president of Stony Brook University’s Gamers Guild club. Quiros is not alone in her passion for gaming. According to the 2014 Essential Facts report by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), an industry trade group of the video game industry, over half of all Americans play video games. However, U.S. computer and video game unit sales growth has continued to fall over the last five years and is nearly half of what it was in 2008. With growth steadily decreasing, computer and video games are now falling behind casual/social games that are being played on mobile devices and are now the most popular genre in gaming, according to the ESA report. “People are moving away from consoles, and we’re seeing a movement towards tablets and touchscreens,” said Anne Deger, 33,…

When Edward Snowden opened the folder to find a picture of John Oliver’s junk, it was clear that Oliver had made it. Oliver, the charmingly British political satirist, has overtaken the satire news genre by blending the perfect amount of humor and journalism. This was clearly evident when he not only interviewed Snowden, but also had him explain the NSA’s breach on the privacy of Americans by informing us that the NSA obtains the nude pictures that we send through texts and emails. With The Daily Show, The Nightly Show, and Last Week Tonight airing together, it seems like we have plenty to choose from to satisfy our need for news satire, but Oliver’s Last Week Tonight may be the only one worth watching anymore. Because Last Week Tonight is aired on HBO, Oliver has a lot more freedom than The Daily and Nightly Show. Oliver is freed from the…