Female Acapella

In the fall of 2013, Erynn Mcleod spent her first semester at Stony Brook University behind a desk, memorizing facts about phytoplankton and marine mammals. Since then, the current music director of The Pipettes, Stony Brook’s all-female a cappella group, has ... Read More

Breaking Boundaries, Home and Abroad

Zoya Vallari walked down the winding hall on the fourth floor of the Physics building and poked her head into a large classroom where two graduate students were chalking calculus problems on the board. “May I use this room for a few minutes?” she said. As we w... Read More

Remember the Bridge?

Nowadays, the “Bridge to Nowhere” is something of a myth, a story told to freshmen about how absurd the campus they call home is. When new students are in their first semester or so, they are told about how Stony Brook University built half of a bridge, going ... Read More

Graffiti On The Island

At 60 miles per hour everything looks like a blur outside the window of a speeding Long Island Rail Road train. The Port Jefferson line cuts through the Island’s thick foliage and creates waves of green, with grey houses and highways cutting into the mix. B... Read More


My mother was a victim of domestic abuse. Except she doesn’t consider herself a victim. She survived 23 years of emotional, verbal and physical abuse while single-handedly raising seven children on her own. She is a survivor. Twenty people per minu... Read More

Chinatown Gangs

Once the grounds of a Chinese-Italian gang affair, the storefronts and doors of Bowery are crammed together in a wall of reds and greens. Jerry Wong first turns toward a storefront. He buys grapes, greets the grocer as he weighs them and makes a turn into a... Read More

The Upside Down

The tunnels underneath the academic mall at Stony Brook University have an almost mythical status. Most students seem to know something about them, but almost no one knows anything concrete.   Some of the more popular myths are that any student caug... Read More

Music and Medicine

It’s the sound of a brass instrument, a comatose patient and a miraculous re-entry into the world. Experiences like these are precisely why the members of Music & Medicine continue to perform. The club, run by students at Stony Brook University, was fou... Read More


Almost 20 years after releasing his first album at the age of 14, Andre Levins Jr. stops and looks at where it all began from the parking lot of the Adams Court projects in Hempstead, N.Y. Levins points to a small window on the second floor of one of the a... Read More