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It’s no secret that drinking is a huge part of college culture. This is something that is almost global and something I, personally, can attest to. Before coming to Stony Brook, I attended two other universities, one of which was in Europe. My freshman year I went to a school called University College Roosevelt in Middelburg, the Netherlands. Middelburg may be considered a city, but don’t expect towering skyscrapers. You would be more likely to find a group of elderly women biking than a businessman on his way to a meeting. The school itself was an honors college, and therefore only required three years and had about 600 students enrolled in total. Because of this, it was really easy to get to know your peers, and the school ensured you would during the “introweek.” Every incoming class had to take part in a week full of school-designated and -created activities…

“I travel to learn,” Mottola said. Her eyes were shining with excitement as she smiled radiantly at the prospect of exploring new lands and going to new horizons. A psychology major at Stony Brook University, junior Megan Mottola has led the unusual life as an independent backpacker who has hiked across 25 states at the mere age of 24. When she was a budding freshman in the fall of 2010, trying to accustom herself to the perks of studying in an enormous hall like Javits and vying for the attention of professors amongst hundreds of students, Mottola realized that her life needed a change of great lengths. “I took my first year of college off and decided to travel parts of the East Coast,” Mottola recalled fondly. After her adventures were over, she made her way back to Stony Brook to study special education but decided again that being cramped…

The game of kings is upon us as the FIDE World Team Championship 2015 will commence on April 18, and chess will be the only thing on the world’s mind. 10 nations will go in, but only one will come out: Egypt, Cuba, India, Israel, Hungary, China, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia and the U.S. Unfortunately, the U.S team is missing some of the nation’s top players like grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, the world’s number three and Wesley So, the world’s number seven. Without its top players, the US team is considered to not have a chance, which has forced the country to look for players outside their own land. The Press has come across several files that documented America’s attempt to build a team of extraordinary gentlemen, a venture led by Deep Blue, the first piece of AI to defeat a world champion. “IBM’s Deep Blue defeated the Russians before, and he…