Students at Stony Brook University share a wide range of feelings on COVID. A small number of students and staff members can be seen wearing masks, while others have no fear of sitting shoulder to shoulder in large lecture halls, or on the bleachers at sporting events.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans can afford to lose a large number of seats with an evenly divided Senate and a narrowly-controlled Democratic House of Representatives. Our corner of Long Island has become a congressional battleground that could sway the direction of the nation for years to come.
“Sometimes it feels like events at Stony Brook are forced, but this did not feel that way at all,” rising senior Clare Dana said. “The Bash felt like the most student-led event I’ve been to; it felt like the people who put it together really cared about it and I think that’s what made it so successful.”
Perhaps one of Stony Brook’s most highly anticipated events of the spring semester, Brookfest finally made its return. Rapper Young M.A and R&B artist Capella Grey performed to a sold-out crowd before headliner Gunna took the stage for the first Brookfest in two years.
Damilola Oseni sat on a cushioned bench in the brand-new Student Union. Her braids swung as she examined the new building — the high ceiling, the glossy white floors, the prison-made furniture. Anger — maybe disgust, maybe disdain — crawled up her throat like hot vomit.
“I know they have money, they just built this whole building,” she said, throwing her arms up. The Stony Brook Union cost $63.4 million to demolish and rebuild. The university seemed to produce the money with ease. Her first semester cost only a little over $5,000. They had nothing to give her.
Tommy Rayis and his wheelchair are an iconic duo on Stony Brook’s campus — one you just can’t miss. In fact, the only thing racing faster than his wheels are his ambitions and thoughts about life. Upon graduating from Stony…
If you ask a Stony Brook University student about activism on campus, they’d likely have little, if anything, to say. To Mitchel Cohen, a student from 1965 to 1975, that reality is hard to swallow. Just half a century ago, Cohen’s days were punctuated with protests on what, according to him, was the most politically active campus on the East Coast. As it turns out, the history of Long Island’s “sleeper campus” is littered with smashed windows, smoke bombs and student arrests.
As Stony Brook continues to operate under COVID-19 prevention measures, students give their thoughts on the restrictions’ effectiveness.
For the first time since March, Stony Brook has reopened its facilities for in-person classes. Caroline Klewinowski details the precautions in place to prevent a new COVID-19 spike. The Press News Update has more!