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Taylor Knoedl

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In the most ancient wastes in their modern facilities,  for over sixty years the Leakey’s et al have been the (arguably) lead in human origins research. Richard Leakey, a faculty member of Stony Brook University along with his colleagues established the Turkana Basin Institute and began its Origins Field School for undergraduate students in 2011. Of course, only a group of wayward undergrads the field school does not make. That’s what I sought–as one of the waywardest of the undergrads at the field school. I sought to know the archeological origins of humans that surrounded that facility. Eleven of us set out from John F. Kennedy Airport, then we met two more voyagers in Nairobi, Kenya; Linda Martin, director of the field school and geologist; and Abel Ang, Singaporean well-read to-be disillusioned post-undergraduate student. It was late, the air smelt a little less like America and the unfamiliarity of it…

Everyone around me has stepped through the sleek Start Menu into heaven: Windows 10. My girlfriend has it, my best friend has it, my best friend’s girlfriend has it, even my work computer has it. I’m not nostalgic. My computer still thinks it’s a tablet. It still has to be shut down from float right-screen corner->settings->fuck yourself. Looking back (as in, right now) I find the quaint, though tilted and slightly abrasive and not-so-little, Windows 8 icon resting at the bottom corner left of my screen, a once-sacred place where a vertical stack of all the important things on your computer were neatly accessible. But no. I land in a space of oblivion. This dank-ass spot (and not the good dank) where I find the ilk of the “Games” or “Music” buttons. These “features” bring you to big bright screens that do nothing. Nothing. How arrogant are you, Microsoft? Must…

In times of harsh winters, changing leaves and coffee, sweaters and all that dumb shit; you probably don’t have time to play video games. Well, many of us at the Stony Brook Press wish to offer some brief cop-out time that can be fulfilling. Below is a list of games that don’t take a heavy investment to enjoy. So enjoy. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons  – Taylor Knoedl It’s a multiplayer game between your left and right hand that demonstrates the importance of being whole not just in a video game, but in life. The wholeness isn’t within one person, but two people who must work together when they are put in a situation where they only have each other. Sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it? Crazy. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a brief A-to-B adventure game with puzzles that revolve around this separate hand/separate character…

In a brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the Undergraduate Student Government, Luo Luo Fang, a former executive vice presidential candidate in 2015, laid out an argument for why the run-off election for the executive vice president position should be invalidated. At the heart of her argument was the inclusion of the “No Confidence” option, which helped create a runoff election since neither candidates were able to get the majority vote. Fang argues that “No Confidence” should not have been on the ballot and that because of its presence, the subsequent run-off election, which Fang lost, should be nullified. According to the document submitted on May 15, there are two key issues: 1) whether or not the “No Confidence” option violated the rules of candidacy in the 2015 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Government (USG) election ballot, and 2) whether or not the “No Confidence” votes should be subtracted…

The Stony Brook Student Union has a long history of leaks, creaks and being old. But that’s because it is old, which explains the early portion of the aforementioned list. For these reasons, the Union is due to be gutted and rehabilitated. In 1969, the Student Union Building was built, and was described to contain “facilities designed to meet the cultural, recreational and social needs of the students” by the original construction plan pamphlet published in 1966. The Pritchard Gym formerly held this informal role, which made the Union the first building designated for student life. Norman Prusslin, the Director of the Media Arts Minor as well as a former DJ for the University’s FM radio station WUSB, shared an expanse of historical knowledge about the Student Union Building. “By the time of Fall of 1970—that was probably the first year that everybody who was going to be in this…

It was Valentine’s day and my father was going to see Fifty Shades of Gray with his 23-year-old girlfriend. I had to be out of the house for the night. Fortunately on this same day I bought Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for 3DS so I took my handheld and sorrowfully wandered the Lost Woods. Majora’s Mask is the third (fourth if you want to count A Link Between Worlds) HD remake from the Legend of Zelda series, proceeding Ocarina of Time 3D and Windwaker HD. The loose sequel to Ocarina had gained a cult following due to its dismal storyline and rich world-building. It has seen much anticipation for some sort of remake pretty much since Nintendo revived Super Mario 64 with Super Mario 64 DS. All was going well for me at first; I was the boy heartthrob and hero of time, Young Link. Getting women would be…

“It’s definitely going to be a new building,” President Stanley announced at the press conference. “I’m thinking something geometrical—like a cube, or rectangle.” Stanley wasn’t able to provide us any specifics about these shapes. “It’ll have doors,” he added. When pressed about whether or not the new building would include windows, Stanley wholeheartedly confirmed. “I’m not too sure about shutters or door knobs and all that jazz, though.” Construction of this new building is set to happen indefinitely. “Since we’ve begun, there have been intentions to finish this project.” President Stanley stated, while standing on the construction site while wearing a hard hat. “Isn’t this a funny hat?” he asks. An expert in the field notes on the project: “The project will probably require some tree removal. Typically in a construction project, tree removal is necessary.” The site of the construction project is confirmed to occur on campus, in a…

There are two things the Union Food Court Commons are known for: fried chicken and french fries. Each day they wait- as warm as their constantly-active heaters keep them before being whisked off as the most defaultist of lunches available in the Union. The chicken was a granted thing for goers of the Union Commons. It was but a quick snag that preserved meal enjoyers from the purgatorius burrito and potato bowl lines. The fried chicken of our past was soulless. A soulless soul food made simply without love. Snacking on these phlegmatic little tenders of heartbreak, you’d likely dream of better days, better meals, better chicken. But now is a different time, a different chicken. As was always, the Commons chicken isn’t a sort of grease-wetland. In its old form, it resembled the faint tan of the Atacama desert. But in its new herb and spicy glory, the chicken…

Meditation as a vague concept to me is an effective waste of time. You sit upright with an empty head and think nothing. This practice is far too contrary to my New York lifestyle to be anything viable for practical living. But when you hustle your life so hard that you don’t feel anything at all, you realize how useless you actually are without meditation. In this article, I present my humble and unprofessional testimonial experience with meditation and how it works for me. Maybe it can work for you too. – At times in your natural life, you experience moments of serious feels. These feels can be defined as vividness in your human experience at a given time. The things you do and the way you feel are all in relation to each other and, when their combination is right, refers to something I refer to as being in…