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Artwork by Tess Bergman To the two pre-med students on the bus: I’m sorry you had no form of entertainment today — no interesting patient story to share with your pre-med friends. I’m sorry that no one was crazy enough for you and that you didn’t get to look on in amusement  while someone struggled to stutter a sentence, while someone paces and mumbles incoherently, while someone speaks in no order and makes no sense, while someone picks their nail beds until they bleed, or their hair, or eyebrows, or digs at their flesh. I’m so sorry that you had no patients with blood soaked in their clothes, and that there were no suicide attempts or self-harm injuries, no mania-induced decisions that led to the E.R. That you had no schizophrenic episodes or autistic meltdowns triggered by sensory overload. I’m so sorry that us “crazy” ones didn’t relapse today and that…

Shreeya decided to buy her own birthday cake. She went into a store in Queens and chose chocolatey “Black Forest,” invited all her friends over, and this time, unlike so many birthdays before, she ate cake and was happy. She remembers, “It tasted like freedom.” This was her 19th birthday, but from 10th grade through her senior year at Forest Hills High School, Shreeya Tuladhar had been starving herself.   Now, Shreeya is healthy, and she is hoping to help others down the long and difficult road she traveled from a girl struggling to love herself to an empowered, successful and healthy woman. In April of last year, she started Project BEaUtifull, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of body image issues. Years before Project BEaUtifull and her birthday cake breakthrough, Shreeya’s boyfriend of two years broke up with her. While doing so he told Shreeya she was worthless, disgusting…

“I’m gonna have a box of 200 condoms with my name on it,” Derrick Wegner, 19, said with a smile, “And that makes me happy.” As part of Wegner’s duties as a Resident Assistant for Dreiser College at Stony Brook University, he’s helping to coordinate Tabler Quad’s “sex week,” a week dedicated to sex education.   But there’s more to Wegner than just his job as an RA. He’s a biology major who wants to double major in chemistry, his favorite method of transportation is to dance, preferably to skip, wherever he goes, he loves to sing and do taxidermy in his spare time, and he’s also one of a handful of transgender students at SBU and will be a founding member of the new Trans Alliance club. Though he cannot be on the official e-board for the new club because he’s already involved in another e-board for the LGBTA,…

In a unanimous decision, Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Student Government approved funding for Active Minds, a nonprofit mental health advocacy organization, for the spring 2016 semester. Active Minds was established in 2003 as “the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide.” Alison Malmon, then a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, created the program in 2000 after experiencing a life-altering tragedy. In a CBS Cares campaign, which is a public service announcement dedicated to addressing a range of health issues, Malmon speaks of her brother Brian, whom she described as her best friend. “He went to college and struggled with depression. He felt alone,” Malmon said. She spoke about how her brother kept his emotions from everyone. He felt like everything he was going through was caused by his own actions and, because of this, no one would understand. After three years of experiencing this, Brian did finally share his…