It was with a great deal of self-confidence—hands thrust securely in pockets, feet firm upon the Wang Center’s floor—that Lawrence Martin, Dean of the Graduate School, faced the enraged graduate population of Stony Brook University on March 6. T
It was Wednesday the 9th when my friend Anna from SBU-TV stopped me in the Student Union lobby. We hadn’t spoken to each other in ages and decided to catch up and trade news. At one point, the subject of journalism minors came up. We compared our progress and our professors. Professor Greene’s name came up and it felt like speaking of good times, how Greene was this sentimental nice guy.
Provost Eric Kaler laid to rest rumors that 388 classes in the Arts and Science program were being dropped, and that numerous adjuncts were being replaced by graduate teaching assistants. The SUNY budget was passed a week ago, and despite a 2.9% budget cut for all schools in the SUNY system, Provost Kaler said he was pleased with the decisions made in Albany, as he had previously informed the Deans of Stony Brook to expect a 4 to 5% decrease in the budget.
Stony Brook is known to many as a commuter school with no student life and depressed students. One characteristic that doesn’t help is the fact that Stony Brook doesn’t have a strong music scene. In the 1970s, Jimi Hendrix played several times at Stony Brook and the Blue Oyster Cult actually formed here.
Recycling is a serious problem on the Stony Brook campus. One stroll through the academic mall in the middle of the day reveals a wasteland of plastic bottles, sandwich wrappers, and pizza boxes. Some of this garbage falls off of the top of overflowing garbage cans but other articles of trash are left or purposely thrown on the ground by fellow Stony Brook students.
Ever since the Charles B. Wang Center was officially opened in 2002, many have anticipated the opening of the gift shop across from the popular Asian restaurant, Jasmine. Well, finally, on April 1, 2008, the Wang Center’s gift shop was opened. At first, it seemed like an elaborate April Fool’s joke played by the ol’ rascals in Administration.