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As Stony Brook University’s Undergraduate Student Government elections go into runoff during the last week of classes, the clear winner from the first election is No Confidence. In a never-before-seen spectacle of political might, No Confidence has acquired the positions of President, Vice President, Vice President of Student Life, Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Clubs and Organizations and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “No Confidence has basically taken over the USG,” said a university administrator who spoke on the terms of anonymity because he was not cleared to talk about the elections. Former USG members explained that No Confidence swept the elections because students knew he would actually deliver the change that the other candidates promised but would never deliver. “PARTY Party, HOUSE Party, Independents, who cares?” said another student who did not want to be named because she feared the USG’s wrath. “They all say the same…

Rutgers Professor Kevin Allred, who teaches a course titled Politicizing Beyoncé: Black Feminism, U.S. Politics, and Queen Bey, has a beanie, tattooed knuckles that read “Wild Seed,” and a whole lot to say about Beyoncé. “People assume I’m teaching Beyoncé dance moves in class, but this is a women’s studies course,” Allred said. When Stony Brook University’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance club invited Allred to teach the students what his course is all about, Allred found Humanities room 3018 was a room with only seven students in it, not a full class like the ones he is used to. Despite having two members of the Audio and Visual Services inform them that they did not have prior approval to use the room, the FMLA was allowed to continue hosting the lecture. Although Allred uses Beyoncé as a subject of study to help him attract students, what he really wants them…

After students crowded into and exceeded the lawful capacity of room 237 in the Union Building, after they unzipped their hoodies and unbuttoned their shirts because of the unbearable heat on the second floor, after Trevor Christian, the night’s moderator, opened  his laptop revealing a black and white cat as his desktop background, the debate over who would lead the Undergraduate Student Government at Stony Brook University commenced. With Cole Lee’s HOUSE (Holistic Opportunities Utilized for Student Equity) Party on one side, James Alrassi’s PARTY (Proactive, Accessible, Responsible, Transparent, and for You) Party on the other, and independents in the middle, all candidates stated their cases for why they should be elected. Nearly all of the candidates expressed frustration with the lack of student body involvement with USG, and nearly all of the candidates vowed to open pathways to promote communication between students and the elected representatives. “Last year’s election had…

They shouted: tits, knockers, jugs, melons, funbags, tatas, racks and milkshakes. Although there are over 99 words for breasts, the participants of  the USG-funded event Boobs and Bras 2015 pondered how many synonyms they knew while the crowd filed into Student Activities Center Ballroom B. In its second appearance, Boobs and Bras seeks to educate both men and women about the importance of breast health and early awareness towards breast cancer. Leading the event was Stony Brook senior Mallory Rothstein, 22 and junior Alexa Goldstein, 20, as they emphasized the importance of people being comfortable with their images and loving their breasts. “I rock a 32B. I don’t care what you say. It’s my body,” said Rothstein, who used to be made fun of for having small breasts to the point of being unofficially dubbed, “The Plains.” Jennifer Islam, who coined the idea for Boobs and Bras, could not attend…

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are on the rise as Forbes and Payscale, a company that acquires real-time information on job market compensations, constantly rank STEM degrees among the highest paying careers for college graduates. However, there continues to be a significant difference between the number of men and women in these fields, as men outnumber their female counterparts. “There is this mentality that women cannot do well in math and science,” explained Vivian Stojanoff, a physicist and executive board member of Brookhaven Women in Science, who is in charge of organizing speakers for BWIS-sponsored events. Through a united effort by Stony Brook University’s Women in Science and Engineering program and Brookhaven National Laboratory’s BWIS, Stony Brook University held a symposium centered on getting young women involved in STEM on the eve of International Women’s Day in the Charles B. Wang Center. This event, the second of its…

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, located by the northern end of Stony Brook University, is a haven for mathematicians and physicists, especially during lunchtime. Inside this $60 million building, one only needs to climb 24 steps in order to reach a restaurant brimming with sunlight, the aroma of savory meats, salads, coffees, teas and the simple yet satisfying fragrance of warm bread. The Simons Café has even caught the eye of Edible Long Island magazine, a local branch of Edible Communities, a company that  publishes and relays information about local foods and restaurants. Now the café has won Edible Long Island’s 2015 Local Hero Award in the category of chef/restaurant. This award winning location goes largely unnoticed by a large number of people on campus. “I didn’t know the Simons Café was open to students,” said sophomore Betsy Abraham, as she picked up her meal at the Wendy’s…