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Moving from person to person, bike to bike, giving advice and getting her hands dirty, Jennifer Everhart never stays still at the dingy bike workshop in the Stony Brook Student Union basement. A small entourage trails behind her, like a flock of ducklings following their mother— they’re barraging her with questions, asking for help, but for every problem she solves, two more pop up. “Sorry, we’re just crazy busy tonight,” she says between breaths. “It’s spring, so we’ve got lots of students coming in to fix their bikes.” Everhart is the president of the Stony Brook Freewheel Collective, a campus club that teaches students proper bike repair and maintenance. The club has had a strong presence on the campus for more than a decade, but it got its start in a Huntington basement over 14 years ago. “A couple of grad students from the ecology department used to go dumpster…

As we all know, Stony Brook offers hundreds of clubs on campus, therefore, we’re all bound to find at least one thing that we like. Over the various involvement fairs that we’ve had since the start of the spring semester, I happened to come across the Capoeira Club, and decided to give it a try. What is it? Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that was created by the African-slave population in Brazil, dating back to the 16th century. Similar to laws pertaining to American-owned slaves, Brazilian-owned slaves were not allowed to learn how to read, write, or practice combat as it was seen as a threat to their superiors. The most interesting thing about Capoeira is the idea that it is combat disguised as a dance, which made it easy for the slaves to practice it without getting caught. The movement of Capoeira is fluid like a dance,…