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The end of the spring semester is the apex of the collegiate year. Countless all-nighters fueled by energy drinks and caffeine binges have led to this point. While you cram and cultivate all the information you can, only a few final exams stand between you and summer vibes. All students, those returning next fall and those moving on appreciate that three month hiatus where the brain can take some time off. It is meant to be a break, an opportunity for relaxation and regaining composure. For many at Stony Brook, it won’t be. On Friday, April 28, Sacha Kopp, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announced that the Theatre Arts Department would be subject to widespread cuts in funding, becoming a service-only department. Current majors and minors will finish out their degrees, but no new students will be admitted, and many faculty members will be fired. The department…

Stony Brook has done it again. On Sunday, author Junot Díaz shared the petition to Save Hispanic & Latino Studies at Stony Brook University, responding to the administration’s decision to suspend the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies and to combine the undergraduate program with other units. “This sucks. Stony Brook, what the hell are you thinking?” Díaz wrote in his post. Díaz is a Dominican American writer who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. He’s also won a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He visited Stony Brook in 2010 when Oscar Wao was chosen as the freshman-reading novel and shared that he wrote the novel because he felt immigrant communities were unrepresented. This theme is persistent in his work. Díaz is also known for his laid-back personality and for being an all-around…

I signed the petition to save the Humanities and the Arts at Stony Brook University because I’m trying not to feel completely hopeless. Because when the university releases a new financial plan, I can guess what was cut without looking. Because the root of the word university means “the whole” and Stony Brook continually shows it cares only about a portion.   Because the Dean of Arts and Sciences is supposed be an advocate for the arts and the sciences. Because the university doesn’t think I do “research” because it happens in a library and not a lab. Because that’s ridiculous. Because STEM classes are held in the new Humanities building and humanities classes in the old Physics building. Because purposely making classes in certain majors difficult to enroll in and then claiming no one is enrolling is a blatant abuse of power. Because I want my degree to be…