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During my first semester, the only evidence I had of WUSB’s existence was the enigmatic, perpetually closed door to the vinyl library in room 229 of the Union. I spent my weekends wandering around campus in search of the best spots and I felt that room 229 was the only place I hadn’t explored. As my luck would have it, it was always locked. Its mystique was its charm. I would hang out in the hallway outside of the door waiting for a key-bearing angel to descend from the heavens and unlock it, revealing the musical treasures behind the black painted glass that donned the lie “Open Tues & Thurs, 1-3PM”. My second semester I finally had a friend: Emily, our current Program Director and club president, to show around the campus and to share my obsession with. “It’s never fucking open!” I said as we approached the second…

The dark room bathed in pools of blue, green and red lights adds an ambience that can be instantly related to an indie music venue; posters of past performances line one side of the mirrored walls, with an unclaimed section reflecting a marble topped bar; the random selection of couches and small square tables are placed haphazardly, facing a dimly lit black stage. Over 10 years of live music, beer and dancing is coming to an end this year as the University Cafe is set to shut down, along with the entire Stony Brook Union. “I love being in the Union in general and this space has a lot of memories,” Shari Cummings, secretary and public relations directors for WUSB said. Cummings also works as an audio engineer for the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), which runs the UCafe. One of Cummings’ favorite events is jazz night, where students…