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Stony Brook USG hosted its annual “Back to the Brook” concert this past Friday, September 22nd headlined by Post Malone. Post Malone’s 16-week, 21-city, ‘Stoney’ tour fittingly began here Stony Brook, where he jokingly told the audience in attendance that he “was enrolling” at the start of the spring semester. After learning what he made for this performance let’s just say tuition won’t be an issue, while I’m sure a few summer classes and prerequisites will be needed beforehand. The concert saw a very well attended audience, as students filed into the almost 4,500 seat capacity IFCU Arena. An opening performance from 20-year-old Los Angeles DJ ‘Slushii’ who came into the event under the radar, as many students were unfamiliar with the musician. Yet, by night’s end, the crowd found themselves very well aware. His set included an EDM mix of hip-hop, pop, classic rock and even country, appealing to…

State of the Union On Jan. 27, 2017, I parked my car in the Student Health Services lot behind LaValle Stadium—usually an area you’d be hard-pressed to find parking in, now nearly completely vacant. I made my way over to the back doors of the Student Union – a stoic grey building that looked more akin to a prison dining hall than a student space. There was a strange presence to it, sternly imposing itself into the landscape of the Stony Brook campus. Locked,  of course it was. Though the building had been officially “closed” for over a month now, WUSB was still broadcasting from the second floor – just as it had been doing for 42 years. As the campus radio station for over five decades, it’s hard to overstate its importance as an integral factor in developing University culture. Since 1962, WUSB maintained a staff of countless…

It all started when Stony Brook University’s Black Lives Matter movement stood with Mizzou in Nov. 2015. Stony Brook students requested a platform to voice their concerns on campus diversity issues. The school’s administration complied by providing a space for dialogue, Judith Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations, said. “[President] Stanley made a deep commitment to them that we would put together a broad-based plan and implement it,” Greiman said. In December, they released an initial draft of the diversity plan for the community to critique. It came back with approximately 130 comments, and was reworked around four key goals: To improve the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention. To expand educational, research, healthcare and other efforts to ensure that students are able to thrive on campus and as global citizens in a diverse society. To support…

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…

Naveen Mallangada was looking forward to spending his day doing research inside the Division of Cancer Prevention at the Health Science Center before he entered the tunnel. The frigid February air was not enough to kill the excitement the sophomore felt as he walked towards his lab, but the decrepit grey walls that shape the underpass connecting Stony Brook University’s East hospital campus and West undergraduate campus drained his emotion. “I realized that this underpass is one of the only ways students and faculty get to either campuses,” Mallangada said. “It should be an entrance that inspires or at least invigorates people, not depresses them.” Mallangada decided to take matters into his own hands. He began Heartbeats of Stony Brook, a beautification project that aims to add color and vitality to a part of campus that students describe as lackluster, according to Mallangada. “A lot of people say that we…

A male student was slashed in the Music Library of the Frank Melville Jr. Library at Stony Brook University at approximately 2:52 p.m. Friday. “We heard a struggle outside the library in the hallway and two guys were wrestling and a girl was trying to stop them,” Matt Tilton, 23, who works at the library and witnessed the incident, said. The suspect, a slender male with black hair wearing a blue plaid shirt and dark pants, pulled out a knife and slashed the victim’s hand. “Blood was gushing from his hand,” Tilton said. “The one kid who got stabbed walked into the library and said ‘Help, I’m bleeding’.” The suspect fled the scene of the slashing and left the knife on the carpet of the music library. “The librarian called security when the struggle was going on,” Tilton added. The male who was slashed was escorted outside the library and put into an ambulance…

Stony Brook University’s Psychiatric Epidemiology Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science received two grants from NASA seeking to investigate “asynchronous communication methods for developing behavioral health treatment during long duration space missions,” meaning that they’re trying to find different modes of communication that will be most effective for astronauts’ behavioral health. The grants for the three-year research project totals over $750,000. In early September of this year, NASA launched the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2015 program, calling for new proposals for its space program. With the recent discovery of flowing water on Mars, NASA is planning missions to Mars that will require astronauts to spend longer durations in space. During this time, astronauts will experience a forty-minute delay in real time communication. Without ample forms of communication with mental health professionals on Earth, astronauts’ behavioral health may be at risk. “Projective health risks include…

“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,…