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Zoya Vallari walked down the winding hall on the fourth floor of the Physics building and poked her head into a large classroom where two graduate students were chalking calculus problems on the board. “May I use this room for a few minutes?” she said. As we walked into the room, she said with a laugh, “They have no choice but to listen to me.” Vallari is a fifth year PhD student who is working on High Energy Physics Experiments at the Stony Brook Department of Physics. Her project is called T2K, which is located in Japan and deals with an intensive study on neutrino oscillation, a topic that is critical enough to befuddle the average reader. “When I went for my Masters at IIT Mumbai, one of the premier colleges in India, there were five women out of 40 students in the entire class,” Vallari said. “Most people were…

The year is 2015. The crowd of boys wait for their Kung Fu teacher, whom they don’t suspect is a woman. The classroom desks are pushed to the side, and the door is open for the teacher’s assistant, who walks in with a girl about five-years-old by his side. “Are you sure about this?” he asks. She nods affirmative. “You can just try it,” he says, seeing her hesitation. “If you don’t like it, you can always go back to dance.” At the Asian American Coalition for Education at Benjamin A. Cardozo High School, boys and girls from Kindergarten to the eighth grade are separated by gender into kung fu and dance. Martial arts require flexibility. The boys may hate holding the horse stance, each crouching and plying all the weight of his body onto his knees, but they seem to hate the pu bu stance more, sinking to one…

New York Fashion Week wrapped up a little while ago so I decided to evaluate some of the street style shots of the folks lurking outside of the latest fashion shows. In case you’re not too privy to the street style game, it’s a trend that picked up in popularity a few years ago.  Photographers snap photos of fashion insiders, celebrities and designers during Fashion Weeks but it gives you a more personal look into emerging trends. It might sound meaningless but everything important I learned about clothes and styling came from looking at photos of people who dress so damn well they happen to break every sartorial rule known to man.  I’m personally kind of tired of writing about the pretentious “runway shows” and “the new theme of the collection.”  It gets kind of repetitive and I know my job mainly consists of keeping things fresh while writing about…

“I love video games. I love going back to them because they’re a good escape from normal life,” said Alice Quiros, president of Stony Brook University’s Gamers Guild club. Quiros is not alone in her passion for gaming. According to the 2014 Essential Facts report by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), an industry trade group of the video game industry, over half of all Americans play video games. However, U.S. computer and video game unit sales growth has continued to fall over the last five years and is nearly half of what it was in 2008. With growth steadily decreasing, computer and video games are now falling behind casual/social games that are being played on mobile devices and are now the most popular genre in gaming, according to the ESA report. “People are moving away from consoles, and we’re seeing a movement towards tablets and touchscreens,” said Anne Deger, 33,…

As young women all across New York City prep for a Saturday evening out on the town, Taylor Davidson is discussing the gaping hole in her hockey skate with her male hockey team. The 29-year-old brunette from Kentucky grew up with gender normalcies that surround being a woman playing a male dominated sport. Disrespect from her team was not present whatsoever among the stench of old sweat and rubber. Those they play against differ in comparison. “More often than not I’m treated like a normal player out there,” said Davidson. “But you definitely get the guys who target you because you’re female.” Davidson said the aggressive types aren’t the only ones that treat her special. “You also get the guys who, I don’t know, you hit them in front of the net and they won’t touch you,” said Davidson. “You’re still a lady in their eyes.” Danielle Eberhart sympathized with…

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are on the rise as Forbes and Payscale, a company that acquires real-time information on job market compensations, constantly rank STEM degrees among the highest paying careers for college graduates. However, there continues to be a significant difference between the number of men and women in these fields, as men outnumber their female counterparts. “There is this mentality that women cannot do well in math and science,” explained Vivian Stojanoff, a physicist and executive board member of Brookhaven Women in Science, who is in charge of organizing speakers for BWIS-sponsored events. Through a united effort by Stony Brook University’s Women in Science and Engineering program and Brookhaven National Laboratory’s BWIS, Stony Brook University held a symposium centered on getting young women involved in STEM on the eve of International Women’s Day in the Charles B. Wang Center. This event, the second of its…