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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…

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…

In the world of wrestling, adversity is par for the course. The Stony Brook University wrestling team is no exception when it comes to battling it. Over the course of the past few years, the club survived a serious financial setback that left it with a barebones budget. With that issue behind them, the team has moved on to the tasks at hand: working towards the emergence of its first All-American, and possibly producing a mixed martial artist. “To be an All-American, you have to really dedicate your life,” Dennis Kropp, a 22-year-old senior and All-American hopeful competing at 174 pounds, said. “It’d be amazing. It’d be huge. To be able to say that for the rest of your life would be unreal.” The road to becoming an All-American is a grueling one. In the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, the division in which Stony Brook’s team is affiliated, an individual…

In a chilly and thin-aired atmosphere at The Rinx ice skating facility, college athletes in black, red, blue and teal practice jerseys flew across the sheet of ice. Pucks crashed against the boards and glass, and the sound of skates scraping the ice accounted for the rest of the boisterous ambience. The Stony Brook ice hockey team was preparing for its upcoming season. While the team’s first game isn’t until Sept. 30, they’ve been practicing three times a week since the end of August. The squad will boast a new look this year; veterans forwards Tyler Underhill, Andrew Cetola and Matthew Gervasi have graduated, as have goaltenders Derek Willms and Todd Scarola. Forwards Ori Benyamini, Devon Palmieri, Nicolas Schlegel and Michael Kosina came in to fill their skates. These additions and subtractions will undoubtedly alter the team’s on-ice identity. “Our offensive is not as explosive as it was, but I…

Few conflicts on this Earth resemble the conflict that I’ve recently had with Stony Brook Housing. In my many conflicts in life, this has perhaps been one of the greatest. Fuck Toll Drive. Let’s rewind to last April. There I am, a Stony Brook junior, not in the market to socialize with people I don’t have to socialize with, happily enjoying my second year in a single room in the massive shithole of a residence hall called Stimson College. But then a light emerged. Toll Drive, in its modern and renovated glory, was given to me as an option. Eventually a group of three picked me up as their fourth, and my suite was made. My group became the first to claim a suite in Toll Drive, the Promised Land. Then trouble struck. I was sent an e-mail over the summer saying that Toll Drive “might” not be done in…

There has been no shortage of complaints about campus dining the last two weeks. There are over 4,000 members of the Stony Brook Dining Feedback group on Facebook, sharing countless photos and dining horror stories. An overwhelming majority of students lament the low quality, high prices and long lines. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet for the campus dining situation. Change does not come overnight. It comes with sustained pressure and awareness of the problems faced. However, let’s raise some ideas on what can be done. The root of the campus dining problem is mandating that residents buy into this system. Currently every student resident must have a meal plan, no matter how overpriced it may be. If this were no longer the case, it would create a domino effect of positive changes. Michael Sorrentino, a senior psychology major and commuter, said Stony Brook should consider adopting the policies of…

Good intentions pave the way for a cigarette-littered path. Does Stony Brook want less smokers? Obviously it’s just healthier, but banning them outright is just fucking dumb. It’s dumb because it doesn’t work, not every smoker will quit just because it’s a tiny bit inconvenient. Actually, it’s not inconvenient for the smoker, it’s inconvenient for the janitors who pick them up, the squirrels who eat them, and even the non-smokers who have to step over them. The smokers just dump the butt on the ground, rather than dumping it in the trays that used to be on campus. Banning smoking may have sounded good on paper, but it falls apart in practice. Once the initial plan was put in place a few people may have quit smoking, but for the most part it got worse because the smokers just lost the one place where they could dump out their butts.…

The Stony Brook University men’s soccer team is preparing for a strong 2016 season with a backbone of grit, commitment and strong team chemistry. Head Coach Ryan Anatol pointed to the team’s “spine,” or the players on the middle of the field, as his squad’s support system. That spine consists of the goalkeeper, centerbacks, central midfielders and the forwards. One of those key members of the spine is junior forward Vince Erdei, who scored a team-leading eight goals in his sophomore season. He feels that his hard working style meshes well with the rest of the team’s identity. “We’re a tough team that competes until the last minute and will never give up,” Erdei said. “We are working for each other, and that helps a lot. In soccer, you can’t individually have a good performance without a good team behind you.” In order to consistently have those strong team performances,…