By Carol Moran  The world of athletics is a microcosm of society, says Evelyn Thompson, interim head coach of the women’s basketball team at Stony Brook. They test the limits of the human body—its coordination and agility, its litheness and strength— in activities designed just for that purpose. They exist in a world fashioned by society. People value the physical ability to dunk a basketball into a 10-foot hoop. They value the mental discipline that pushes a distance runner ahead in the last 200 meters of a 10k race. That much has been true since the beginnings of civilization when the first organized athletic competitions took place. But it wasn’t too long ago that women were given an equal opportunity to prove their athletic ability—from a legislative standpoint at least. Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX, the 1972 amendments to the Civil Rights Act…

By Vincent Barone  Over the recent months, construction workers undertook several major athletic renovation projects at Stony Brook, including complete makeovers of the university’s track and baseball field.…

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