Despite spending over $78 million dollars on the school in the last three years and over $3 million in LEED-certified buildings such as a brand new sustainable library, the decision has been made to cut financing for the Southampton campus in an effort to save $6.7 million a year.
Still reeling from President Stanley’s gut-punch announcement that the sustainability-centered Southampton campus will be mothballed to cut costs, outraged students are preparing to combat SUNY in court.
The situation at Southampton is indeed a tragic one. The campus, which represented an ideal in sustainability, is an enlightened haven of fresh ideas on energy and the environment … But what’s happening at Southampton right now is also the necessary evil that comes when the state dramatically reduces funding for the school.
In the wake of the Binghamton University basketball program’s fall from grace over the past year, a group of university faculty members are collecting signatures to press the school to drop its Division I athletics status.
Barely six months into their tenures as heads of their respective institutions, Stony Brook University President Samuel Stanley and State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher are on the verge of initiating the biggest fundamental shift in the way Stony Brook, and indeed all of SUNY, operates.
The Stony Brook campus severely lacks the activity that should be expected of a SUNY school under siege. Between budget cuts and tuition hikes, exploitative food contracts and private sector[...]