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On Wednesday September 3rd, the Staller Center was filled with various patrons. Some were students and others, citizens of Stony Brook. These patrons shared curiosity, perhaps even concern, over an epidemic they’ve seen or read about in the news. The curiosity comes from wanting to know more about the epidemic, and the concern comes from whether or not that epidemic can cross the waters of the world. Fortunately, there’s a well-informed expert on the subject who happens to be the president of Stony Brook University. President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., addressed the moderately filled main theater of the Staller Center to talk about the potential threat of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. He walked out to an introduction from Kenneth Kaushansky, the Dean of Stony Brook’s School of Medicine. President Stanley opened up the lecture by reminding the audience of previous infectious diseases, like influenza and HIV. The mention…

Milton Glaser, designer of such iconic emblems as the ubiquitous “I love NY,” the green label for Brooklyn Brewery and Bob Dylan’s multicolored hair on a 1975 poster for Columbia Records, was also responsible for the compilation of circle, stars and rays that Stony Brook University wore over the last decade. Now, three years after Samuel Stanley replaced Glaser’s close friend Shirley Strum Kenny as university president, his logo has morphed into a red shield, and the legendary designer isn’t impressed with the new look. In a message to the campus community, Stanley, Dean of the School of Medicine Kenneth Kaushansky and Provost Dennis Assanis said, “As Stony Brook’s trajectory soars and our image thrives both nationally and internationally, we need to be strategic in the way we visually present ourselves to peer institutions, to current and prospective students and faculty, and to all key constituents.” The logo change is…

By Arielle Dollinger and Trevor Christian Stony Brook University has received a $150 million donation from “one of the world’s most accomplished investors,” Dr. James Simons and his wife, Dr. Marilyn Simons, along with the Simons Foundation, President Samuel L. Stanley announced yesterday. “It is a historic gift,” Stanley said, “the largest ever to Stony Brook University, the largest ever to a public university in the state of New York, and one of the top ten gifts ever given to a public university.” The Simons’ donation comes at a time when the university has suffered through more than 75 million dollars worth of budget cuts in a three-year period and lost the majority of the funding to its teaching hospital. It also comes after a plan to keep revenue in the State University of New York system while gradually raising tuition on its students. According to Stanley, the gift will…

The University Senate resolved on Monday, December 5 to halt the formation of shared service centers—the university’s method of increasing administrative efficiency and cutting costs by reorganizing existing staff resources rather than hiring when staff leave or retire. The Senate passed two separate resolutions both calling for more analysis and investigation into the success of shared services at other universities before they are further implemented at Stony Brook. As part of Operational Excellence, one prong of President Samuel Stanley’s future-oriented initiative Project 50 Forward, the centers would avoid layoffs while addressing the University’s budget shortfalls by joining together the administrative staff of departments with similar focuses and geographical proximity to make up for unfilled positions. But faculty has voiced concerns that the centers will relocate staff inappropriately and disrupt services available to students. “Chairs come and go,” said a professor in the Humanities Building who wished to remain nameless. “The Assistant to the…

The five SUNY campuses on Long Island made an appeal to the governor’s office for funding on Wednesday when a panel led by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and the campus presidents hosted the SUNY Showcase in the Wang Center. Long Island is one of the 10 regions that will be competing for, as Zimpher put it, “millions and millions of dollars” in funding as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s regional economic development plan. Zimpher and the five presidents each spoke on behalf of SUNY and Long Island, although Zimpher plans on holding similar events with SUNY schools in each of the other nine regions. Shaun McKay, Suffolk Community College’s President, said he was excited about the $135 million in new infrastructure coming to his campus. “That’s what it’s really about,” he said, “jobs.” McKay was joined by President Samuel Stanley of Stony Brook, President Calvin Butts of Old Westbury, President…

Friends, family and colleagues of the late John H. Marburger III, known to most as Jack, gathered September 24 in the Staller Center for a memorial service in remembrance of Stony Brook’s third president, a man described as truly selfless with an insatiable curiosity for science. Those who spoke at the service recalled in admiration Marburger’s adroit ability to remain calm in stressful situations, the ease with which he could explain the most complex workings of science to anyone who asked, and most unusually for a physics theorist, his level of manual dexterity, usually reserved for scientists in the experimental field. “Jack’s loss is terribly painful, and I don’t know how it could be any other way,” Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said from behind the flower adorned podium. “If we are able to emulate what Jack did in eliciting the best from others, then…

In a discussion with Stony Brook University students on Monday, New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle recounted the moment a bill that raised tuition at SUNY by $300 per year was born on a whiteboard in his office. According to LaValle, one of his first goals while standing in front of that whiteboard “was to create a rational tuition policy so the university and students would know exactly what their obligations would be” over a multi-year period. LaValle, the Chairman of the New York State Senate’s Committee on Higher Education, spent an hour fielding questions from Stony Brook journalism students in the newsroom basement on topics ranging from his stance on gay marriage to funding for the university’s teaching hospital. But a large portion of the conversation was dedicated to Stony Brook University’s policies and funding, especially NYSUNY 2020. “You as students are making an investment in SUNY. Now…

At his annual State of the University Address, President Samuel Stanley welcomed 66 new faculty to Stony Brook University. After years of operating under a hiring freeze, this was a big deal for the excited faculty in attendance. “The 2020 Act is a game-changer,” said Stanley of the bill that will increase tuition for this year and for each of the next four years. The bill will also put a stop to the budget cuts that have resulted in a 26.9 percent decrease in state funding in the last four years. A number of administrative cuts will still be necessary, especially in the short term. “Revenue increases will not offset the cuts until the fifth year,” said Stanley, who pointed to shared services and department mergers as some of his money-saving initiatives. Stanley also stressed that fundraising remained an important priority for the university, saying that it was something his staff…