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Senior football players Jawara Dudley, left, and Matt Faiella, right, shake hands with young fans before Saturday's Homecoming game on Oct. 5. The Seawolves defeated the Bryant Bulldogs 21-13, putting an end to Stony Brook's three-game losing streak.

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By Elsie Boskamp Contributing Writer

On Sept. 18, Shayna Stahl accepted the position of Director of Athletic Bands at Stony Brook University, completing a nationwide search to replace longtime music director and founder of the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band, John J. Leddy, who retired last year. “At the end of the day, and having searched all across the country, we found our future right here at home at Stony Brook with Shayna Stahl,” Jeffrey A. Barnett, assistant dean of students, said in a press release. “[She] has the perfect combination of experience to suit our program, [and] I am confident that the band will continue to experience great success under her leadership.” From marching with the Diamond Marching Band while working to achieve her bachelor’s degree in music education, Stahl said she is fully aware of the important position she holds within the campus. “While studying at Temple University I knew I wanted to be a music director, and coming to work here I could see myself doing so much more,” Stahl said. Stahl was involved with the athletic

bands at SBU since they were founded by Leddy in 2006. She originally joined as a graduate assistant, during which time she said she “collaboratively created a vision for the band” alongside Leddy. In 2008, Stahl accepted the position of part-time assistant director while maintaining a full-time position with Middle Country School District as music educator, band director, musical choreographer and later, administrative dean. Although Stahl received considerable credit for her work within the Middle Country School District, becoming the director of athletic bands at SBU has always been her dream. “Being the Director of Athletic Bands became my goal, and something I wanted to strive for here at Stony Brook University,” Stahl said. With her new role leading the marching band, she aims to “have musical and marching precision, a community feeling within the band, and an overall performance that entertains and that the students enjoy.” Stahl said that looking toward other athletic bands within the league drives her and the band to provide “a stronger and fuller sounding band

By Kelly Zegers Staff Writer


Stahl has been involved with The Spirit of Stony Brook since its inception in 2006. that looks sharp on the field with a clean, crisp and tight performance.” Within the upcoming weeks, students can expect to see the marching band appear at the all home SBU football games, the Columbus Day Parade in New York City, the SBU basketball tournament and many community outreach projects and events.

As the legislation that aimed to ban tobacco on New York State campuses by Jan. 1, 2014 was put on hold, the $1.50 fee increase per semester for Student Health Services will still cover nicotine cessation products, counseling and workshops for student smokers in addition to other programs, according to Program Evaluator for the Center for Prevention and Outreach Ahmed Belazi. “As a public health person, I would say that I’m always interested in being creative about the tools that I have available to me [for solving public health issues],” Belazi said. “And while policy and enforcement are an important set of tools, they’re not necessarily the most powerful in and of themselves.” For Belazi, campus culture is most useful in addressing public health issues. This includes supporting students who want to quit smoking or are in the process of doing so and letting non-smokers know that Stony Brook University has community expectations concerning tobacco

use. One way the university is providing support is by offering free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products for students who are trying to quit smoking.

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Food waste, the future of recycling at Stony Brook By Christopher Woods Contributing Writer

Stony Brook University may soon be converting its food waste into electricity thanks to plans for a new waste processing plant pending regulatory approval. On June 24, Long Island Compost announced plans for a $50 million anaerobic digester in New York’s metropolitan region. LIC claims the plant would turn 120,000 tons of food waste per year into energy and compost and could be operational by the end of 2014. Stony Brook’s Director of Sustainability & Transportation Operations, James O’Connor, is excited about the project but stresses that plans for the digester require environmental approval from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and other bodies. “Obviously if they receive [approval] and were compliant with the federal and state requirements, we would look to do something that innovative,” O’Connor said, adding that discussions on the plant are “a little premature.” Anaerobic digestion refers to

breaking down biodegradable material with microorganisms— a system that can turn food scraps into biogas energy and reduce methane, a strong global warming agent. According to LIC’s announcement, the digester would reduce greenhouse emissions by more than 500,000 tons per year, “or the equivalent of removing over 80,000 cars off the road.” “It’s good for the environment, it’s good for the community, it's good for the economy,” Charles Vigliotti, Long Island Compost President & CEO, said in the statement. “Everybody wins.” LIC came to an agreement with the DEC, the town of Brookhaven, the Citizens Campaign for the Environment and other public groups to begin plans on the digester, although the plans will require further approval once completed. The DEC is currently investigating a threat to Long Island’s groundwater from composting. According to Newsday, health officials have found that processors of vegetative waste, such as compost facilities, could be increasing levels of manganese in Long Island’s groundwater, which

currently accounts for all of Long Island’s water supply. Manganese levels of 49,000 parts per billion were recorded near a composting site in Yaphank, grossly exceeding the drinking water standard of 300 parts per billion. These high levels of manganese can damage the central nervous system, according to Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. The findings came as a surprise for Vigliotti, who said in a Newsday article that LIC has contributed to

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the lengthy approval process for the digester. “I guess the groundwater issue was the tipping point because we probably moved from debatable nuisance to something that needs to be seriously addressed,” Vigliotti said. The digester would reportedly convert compost in a mostly enclosed, air-locked compartment, which will reduce its potential to contaminate groundwater. These plans, and the inclusion of a groundwater monitoring plan, offer relief to Esposito, who supports the improvements and said the findings show that “unequivocally, DEC needs to change the storage regulations and these materials need to be on an impervious surface and covered.” The Office of Sustainability’s Recycling & Resource Manager Michael Youdelman strongly advocates food waste processing, referring to it as “low-hanging fruit.” Although he stressed the premature nature of LIC’s plans, he is a vocal supporter of the idea. “I hope that by the end of 2014, we’ll have the largest compost generator on the northeast right

in our backyard,” Youdelman said. He added, “I will contact them to move the process forward” when the generator is approved. O’Connor believes that, while turning food waste into energy is “the home run option,” the department is currently focused on expanding campus compost services. The Department of Sustainability’s website says the university’s only composter, located behind Roth Cafe, turns items such as “fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds and other pre-consumer food scraps” into compost. O’Connor is interested in expanding compost services from just pre-consumer content, or scraps disposed of in the preparation stages, into post-consumer content, which equates to leftovers. “Until the plant receives approval, we're looking more internally,” O'Connor said. “Can we look at more of our dining halls, and work out more of a logistics plan to collect the pre-or-post [consumer content] and ultimately bring that to a location to process it?’” “We know we can do more,” he said.

Campus making strides to improve energy efficency By Jasmine Blennau and Christopher Woods Contributing Writer

Located between Circle Road and the Simons Center is a field of mud, a collection of strangelooking offices and a building that emits smoke. This area is dedicated to the Office of Sustainability’s Facilities and Services division, tasked with providing Stony Brook University with reliable power, installing sustainable technologies and initiatives and monitoring the campus’s consumption of energy. James O’Connor, the director of Sustainability & Transportation Operations, oversees this effort, making sure different divisions

work together in this goal. O’Connor said one of the most important tools for campus energy is the cogeneration facility, which provides the majority of energy consumed on campus. The “big white elephant,” as O’Connor refers to it as, powers a generator by spinning natural gas through a turbine. The plant is capable of producing approximately 45 megawatts of electricity, and according to O’Connor, that is a relatively clean energy source the university is proud of – the cogeneration facility is one of the only facilities of its kind in the country. The Sustainability Office is also steeped in a never-ending battle

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The SUNY smoking ban has been put on hold, but efforts are underway at SBU to aid students in quitting smoking.

to smokers and non-smokers will be held from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17. Its goal is to provide “information about the health/environmental impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use with links to resources that are both on and off campus,” Valerio said. Valerio trained in the Suffolk County Department of Health’s “Learn to be...Tobacco Free” program, which included techniques and guidelines from the "Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence" United States Department of Health and Human Services program. This content is shared during the BASICs workshop. Campus Residences will also circulate flyers in efforts to cease tobacco use on campus. Belazi said these efforts are being made because the university does not "necessarily want to wait for the ban" before implementing the same changes.

over solar power implementation on campus. Days after Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute developed a world record-breaking solar panel of 44.7 percent efficiency, O’Connor lamented that while students appreciate solar power, the constant upgrades and multiple panel types make the field especially competitive. “Sometimes it’s frustrating as an institution; you can buy a system that sometimes is a dinosaur by the time it’s installed,” he said. “It’s not like buying a car every year– it’s actually worse than that, it’s quarterly.” O’Connor’s office additionally monitors buildings on campus to ensure they are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Ratings System, which certifies that buildings are mindful of sustainability features like water, materials, air and energy efficiencies. Examples of the LEED-accredited buildings on campus are West Side Dining and Frey Hall. Frey Hall was “totally gutted, and ultimately started anew” O’Connor said, a process that took almost two years. He also mentioned that if sustainability features and LEED requirements were to be worked into large buildings on campus like the Melville Library or the Student Activities Center, the work would have to be done in small sections that would not limit the building’s usage for long periods of time. Some efforts have already been made in these buildings, O’Connor said, such as Xlerator electric hand dryers in the bathrooms to reduce paper towel usage and water bottle filling stations to save plastic bottles. The installation of meters


The Office of Sustainability’s Facilities and Services division is located between Circle Road and the Simons Center. measuring consumption in all of the 200-plus buildings on campus is the Office of Sustainability’s latest large-scale project. O’Connor said the idea driving this initiative is that if the energy and resource usage of every building is more easily made available, the campus community might be more conscious of how to conserve resources. He showed interest in having a residence hallwide conservation competition in the future as an effort to educate residents on sustainable practices. Stony Brook’s long term goal, a result of the university’s involvement in The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, is to become carbon neutral, meaning the university would leave a zero net carbon footprint. The plan is to decrease carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020, compared to data from 2008, and ultimately to have a zero net carbon footprint by 2050. The Presidents’ Climate Commitment website described this initiative’s mission as “as highvisibility effort to address global

climate disruption … to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to restabilize the earth’s climate.” Campus Energy Manager Thomas Lanzilotta added that if the Sustainability department were to receive a sizable donation, he would “choose obviously energy efficiency projects,” continuing to say he “would use that money for the projects, have the projects pay themselves back, and reuse that money for other projects … it would be a revolving door.” Both Lanzilotta and O’Connor remain dedicated to working behind the scenes of all projects and implementations that go on regarding energy, sustainability and transportation. Some students at Stony Brook are particularly interested in ecofriendly projects. Environmental Club president Sheri Bossong said she thinks the administration is “doing a great job to decrease our energy consumption.”


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Under the microscope: The effect of loneliness on physical and mental health By Ruchi Shah Staff Writer


Homeowners attribute the major problems in off-campus housing to landlords who rent rooms illegally.

Stony Brook community cracks down on illegal off-campus rental housing By Kelly Zegers Staff Writer

Landlords are the main problem in off-campus housing conflicts. In the midst of the Town of Brookhaven cracking down on illegal rental houses used by Stony Brook students, residents do not place the blame for major problems on students. For Bruce Sander, founder of the group known as Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners, the issue lies with landlords who allow more than four unrelated renters to reside in a home, a policy which is against the town code. According to Sander, there are more than 900 homeowners who joined together “determined to legally fight these unscrupulous absentee landlords who line the pockets at the expense of the students' safety…” Their goal is twofold—SBCH wants to see the illegal homes sold to families. The group also wants to have designated off-campus housing built for students in properly zoned areas or as legal accessory apartments, which is a house where the landlord lives alongside the renters. He also explained that students are offered space rentals in homes that are not registered with the town or university. This means that those homes were not properly inspected for fire and safety codes, putting

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, police responded to a complaint at the Computer Science Building where there was chalk writing on the outside of the building. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, a male resident student reported to University Police that there were $6,000 worth of unauthorized transactions on his account. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, graffiti was found on a bulletin board in Sanger College. This is

students at risk. “This is not about the students (except those at the known party houses),” Sander wrote in an email. He described how absentee landlords are the reason why the same houses are repeatedly the sources of out of control parties that have resulted in “many cars everywhere, many underage drinkers, drunken drivers and walkers, loud music late into the night…broken alcohol bottles and beer cans strewn on neighbors’ properties….” Stressing that the homeowners are not against students who rent legal accessory apartments, Sander wrote in his email that “to some extent, the problem has reduced the number of students per home, but there are some landlords who insist on the tenants getting more students to rent as a requirement for getting a lease.” One house, identified in a Town of Brookhaven press release as 150 Christian Avenue in Stony Brook, had its rental license revoked last month as its use of 14 bedrooms for at least 14 Stony Brook students did not comply with town codes. In the same press release, the town listed rental policy changes: Rental permits or registrations may only be given after all violations in question are cleared up, landlords must sign a copy of town codes in order to apply for a rental permit, which will be

Police Blotter under investigation. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, a female commuter student reported that her wallet was missing, and when it was found, $50 was missing from the wallet. A male commuter student was arrested for stealing the $50 and was given a ticket to make a field appearance. On Thursday Sept. 26, three students were referred to the university after they were observed smoking marijuana. On the same day, two students at Eisenhower

immediately taken away if the codes are not adhered to, and landlords with rental permits will be listed on the town website along with their permit number and expiration date. Stony Brook’s Off-Campus Housing webpage includes the requirements for listing rentals. While the Office’s policy states that “the Off-Campus Housing Office provides a listing service only and does not control nor is responsible for privately owned off campus living units by students,” the website includes a letter from the Office of External Relations open to concerned residents. It explains that rentals listed with the university are to be cross-referenced with legal town listings. The letter also states that “…the University met with representatives of the Brookhaven Town Attorney’s office to discuss steps the University and the town can take jointly to educate students about compliance with the town code.” The Town of Brookhaven launched a mobile application last month that enables residents to report any housing violations that they witness. According to the press release, Town Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “This new mobile app provides a direct line right at your fingertip into our Law and Building Departments so we can take swift action when a complaint is filed.”

College were also referred after admitting to smoking marijuana. On Saturday, Sept. 28, a male with no affiliation to the university was arrested for DWI on West Drive On Saturday, Sept. 28, two males with no affiliation to the university were found in the basement of the Staller Center and were arrested for loitering. Compiled by Ashleigh Sherow

For decades, scientists and psychologists hinted at the link between mental health and physical health. While Stony Brook University Associate Professor of Integrative Neuroscience Dr. Turhan Canli explained the anecdotal evidence of centenarians being more social than their counterparts, his work focuses primarily on molecular characteristics of individuals with certain personality traits and the correlation of those characteristics with physical health. One of the major studies in Canli’s lab focuses on the link between loneliness and health. A study published by Dr. John Cacioppo found that collegeaged women who were lonely had reduced activity in the nucleus accumbens region when shown positive pictures of people in social groups, compared to their non-lonely counterparts. The nucleus accumbens region is a reward center in the brain that is activated by pleasurable activities. It is important to note that loneliness does not necessarily correlate with the number of people a person knows. Some people prefer to be alone while others can have a big social group but still feel lonely. Therefore, individuals are characterized as lonely through self-reports, corroborated by psychological analyses. Canli and his lab group aimed to further elucidate upon Cacioppo’s findings by studying gene expression in this portion of the brain. To do this, Canli collaborated with a brain bank in Chicago, which supplied him with post-mortem brain tissues from the nucleus accumbens of people who were and were not lonely. Most brain banks have a specific subset of patients that they use and they contact the patient’s family members for information after the patient’s death. The brain bank that Canli used is unique in that they recruit people while they are still living. Therefore, the bank is able to profile the patients via self-reported information and assessments. This allows scientists to conduct tailored experiments involving personality traits that were not possible before. Canli used a microarray with the tissues he received. Microarrays are chips on which various different tissue samples are placed. The microarrays are then analyzed using a wide variety of probes, resulting in a numerical quantification of the expression of different genes. After analyzing the raw data and comparing between the samples of both lonely and socially connected people, Canli found that when comparing expression in mRNA microarrays, there were


1,300 differentially expressed genes between the two groups. Focusing on the most differentially expressed gene, he saw no significant difference in the DNA sequence despite differences in mRNA expression. This difference in gene expression at the DNA and mRNA level may be puzzling at first, but can be explained by epigenetics. The root word “epi" means above. Therefore, epigenetics are changes that occur on a scale above the DNA sequence. Epigenetics involve the influence of nonDNA molecules, like a methyl group, on DNA. These changes are thought to be a product of environmental conditions. Thus, while the genes that would be expressed from the DNA sequence might be the same, epigenetic factors can alter the mRNA resulting in different gene expression. Therefore, it is


Turhan Canli studies loneliness and health.

likely that the role of epigenetics results in different gene expression in brains of lonely people compared to the brains of people who are not lonely. Even more interesting is the implication of the 1,300 genes that were expressed differentially. Among the genes that had different expression levels in the brains of lonely people are genes associated with psychological disorders like depression. The large set of genes also includes genes associated with health problems like cancer, increased inflammation and an increased likelihood to contract an infection. Loneliness appears to play a direct molecular role in emotional and physical problems. Canli even found that those who were lonely had a gene expression pattern suggesting an increased likelihood of dementia and a more rapid decline with Alzheimer’s disease. As Canli summarized, “loneliness precedes poorer health later in life.” Canli hopes to further examine the hereditary and epigenetic role of groups of genes that were differentially expressed. Canli said he hopes his work will spark interest worldwide and “begin a field devoted to the neurogenetics of behavior.”


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Fans enjoy tailgating tradition By Kayla Jimenez Contributing Writer

Despite recent speculation regarding the possible cancellation of tailgate festivities for this season’s Homecoming game, Kenneth P. Lavalle stadium’s parking lot was filled with open trunks, the smell of barbeque, blasting tunes and Stony Brook red this past Saturday, Oct. 5. Sunny skies glistened off the rows of cars in the lot and students enjoyed pre-game excitement in groups, including interacting with organizations like Stony Brook’s Alumni Association and Greek organizations. “It’s my first [homecoming] here, and I wanted to get the experience now that my university has a football team,” junior Aly Schirmer explained when asked why she tailgated this year. She brought her friend, graduate student Brittany Disanot, with her to enjoy the festivities as well. Sal Frarrujlia, a 30 year

Seawolf fan from Centereach, Long Island, said tailgating is a tradition within the surrounding community because “it’s a good get together.” Eddie Alajbegu, 2013 alumnus, added “it’s a good way to have fun with friends and get away from classes.” Tailgating at Stony Brook is not just an excuse to celebrate Seawolves pride with family and friends--it is also a way to meet new people. Pratha Kattai, president of Stony Brook’s Out of State Student Association, prides her club on involving “people who don’t have other friends from around the area to get together and have a group of people to hang out with before the game.” Seawolves of all ages and backgrounds participated in tailgate traditions this year, and the festivities provide opportunities for members of our community to come together and support our football team.


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Wolfstock tradtion attracts alumni By Nujbat Meraji Contributing Writer

Stony Brook University’s Homecoming weekend is the time of year when alumni return to reunite with friends while celebrating the spirit of Stony Brook. Sporting a red Stony Brook t-shirt, Thierry Cazeau, an alumnus from the class of 1991, was ecstatic to be around his college friends as they tailgated in the Stadium parking lot. Members of the group travelled from Maryland, Michigan and Atlanta to be there. “I love Stony Brook,” Cazeau explained when asked why he returns each year. “It was a wonderful experience, diversity, close to home, great opportunities for learning and growing and developing the man I am today.” Last year, around 700 alumni pre-registered for Wolfstock. The number doubled this year

to around 1300. According to the executive director of Alumni Relations Matthew Colson, about 2500 people were expected to show up at Wolfstock. “Success of the Athletics program makes this the largest spirit and pride event of the year,” explained Colson. “Everyone comes out wearing red to celebrate the University’s success as a whole which also brings excited Alumni back home.” Lori Knerick comes to Wolfstock to reconnect with her H Quad friends from the 1970s. Sitting around two red tables under a large white tent at the field, she laughed with old friends as they reminisced about their days at Stony Brook. Knerick was a resident assistant at Benedict College back in her time at Stony Brook and flew in from Florida on Friday. Some of her other friends came in from Texas, New Jersey and Philadelphia.

“For me Stony Brook was the time of our lives, we all lived in Benedict for four years,” Knerick said. “I believe the best way to give back is to cultivate these small groups, and Benedict was very close.” This group of alumni said that seeing each other and returning to the bonds they created years ago is what makes Wolfstock worth coming to each year. John Quinn, class of 1977, proudly explained how his group of friends brought football back to university in 1974 after the previous years’ team quit midseason. Wearing his old red Stony Brook Football Jersey with the number 83 in big numbers, Quinn came back again this year to cheer on the Seawolves. “Wolfstock helps resonate good feelings that makes you proud and as people feel good about something they want to give back,” Colson said.

Homecoming 2013 highlights

Saturday's Homecoming game showcased more than just the Seawolf football team--cheerleaders pumped up the crowd of students in the Red Zone in addition to other game attendees, the Spirit of Stony Brook opened the game and performed a mash-up of "Feel This Moment" and "Take On Me" during halftime and President Samuel L. Stanley crowned this year's Homecoming King and Queen. The game's first quarter brought the Seawolves two touchdowns, leaving fans on the edge of their seats until the final touchdown in the fourth quarter. Fireworks over Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium closed the night in a victorious display of school spirit.


Stony Brook's Cheerleading Squad performs during the halftime show to the band's rendition of "Good Feeling."


The Homecoming court gathers on the field of the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.


Stony Brook University students cheer on the football team from the Red Zone at the Homecoming game.



Principal Drum Major Katie Stockton directs the Spirit of Stony Brook marching band.

Homecoming Queen Olivia Cheng's crown falls off her head during the crowning of the Homecoming court.


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Homecoming court candidates bring on the diversity By Heather Khalifa Staff Writer

True to its title, “The Creative Explosion” event that took place on Oct. 3rd electrified the SAC auditorium to higher levels of excitement than in recent years. To choose one word that best epitomized the central theme of the night, it would be just that: creative. This year, there were no clichéd singing acts or dance rituals. Instead, there were remixes, rap songs, clever covers and skits that spoke to both individualized cultures as well as to the Stony Brook community at large. But while each skit was diverse in its attempt to stimulate the crowd and show off each candidate’s talents, there were in fact similarities in the dedication, planning and, of course, SBU pride among all 10 performances. “They’ve been practicing here for at least a week. They’re really committed to what they’re doing,” Chris Weber, first year master student of Computer Science and member of the homecoming planning committee this year, said. “This is all about who has the most school spirit.” Nominees were determined to

show just how much Stony Brook spirit he or she had in their years of being at the university. “Every year has been so different from the last, and every year I’ve joined something so different from before, and I wanted to embody that in some way,” nominee Iris Barre, a senior economics and sociology major, said. But Barre was not alone in her incorporating her personal Stony Brook experience into her talent. Gennaro Aliperti, a senior French major, found a way to bring in his experience of studying abroad in France to the table, literally. His skit took the setting of what appeared to be a large Sunday night dinner, where his main goal was to explain to his Uncle Vinny what a Seawolf was. After seeking advice from his own conscience and a trip down memory lane, Aliperti found a way to answer his uncle’s question of “What’s a Seawolf?” through his own hilarious experiences both at Stony Brook and abroad, finishing the skit with the traditional Stony Brook answer of “I’m a Seawolf.” Perhaps the most intimate of performances of the night came from nominee Adam Alas, a senior sociology major. Sitting on a red bar stool, Alas began spitting the rhythm of the song he wrote


Roushdy depicted Wolfie in a portrait using toothbrushes. .

slowly, making eye contact with the audience, engaging with both his song and his large number of fans in the crowd. Halfway through he stood up in a more upbeat rap that he wrote himself the day he received his Stony Brook acceptance letter. “I wrote that in the summer of 2011, the summer I actually got accepted into Stony Brook,” said Alas. “It was a time of celebration, of selfreflecting, and I just wrote it and recorded it in my house.” The audience also got a taste of different movie genres throughout the night, from senior psychology major Meghan Paquette’s “Grease” reenactment, which replaced the Pink Ladies with the SBU “Red Ladies,” to senior engineering science major Harshdeep Banwait’s “The Seawolf King,” embodying the central theme of Disney’s “The Lion King” to none other than Wolfie the Seawolf, played by Banwait himself. Joy Pawirosetiko, a senior biology major, revised the renowned “Cups” song from the movie “Pitch Perfect”

with her own specialized Stony Brook lyrics. Pawirosetiko wasn’t the only one to perform a song cover with Stony Brook lyrics. Olivia Cheng, a senior pharmacology and cinema cultural studies double major, took songs like “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall and replaced it with lyrics such as “Wolfie Is the One For Me,” while Chris Lombardo, a senior business major, had his band take songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and relate it to the experience of getting a burrito all the way across campus at 2 a.m. But the night wasn’t just dedicated to music and movies. Kareema Roushdy, a senior biology major, drew an upside down painting of Wolfie with just two toothbrushes (yes, you read that correctly) in less than four minutes. Mario Ferone found a clever way to show that while he may not have a definitive talent of singing or dancing, he would nonetheless try to discover a hidden talent and document it on

film. He tested out stack lining, belly dancing, the piano, soccer and even learning how to dougie, capturing his attempts to do all these things while poking fun at himself along the way. The diversity of this years act was evident amongst those who’ve been to past Creative Explosion events. "You saw a lot of the same stuff last year, and it was good things,” said Alas after the event was over. “But this year, people got caught off guard on multiple fronts. There was a lot of catching people off guard, whereas last year a lot of it was expected." Nominees for next year’s court will undoubtedly have high standards to work towards, given the creativity and diversity of this year’s court. With the school getting larger, Barre expects to see the event continue to be successful in its drawing in different talent and a large audience. “It’s cool to see it grow every year, and it’s only going to go up from here.”


Harshdeep Banwait applied "The Lion King" to Wolfie Seawolf for his Creative Explosion.


1) Pie Eating Contest

Operation Smile will be hosting a pie eating and pie throwing competition on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. in the SAC lobby. Donations are requested and will go towards helping children with a cleft palate.

2) Comedy Show

USG is bringing comedian Demetri Martin to the SAC Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at p.m. Tickets were available in the SAC ticket office last week.

3) Broadway Night

The Stony Brook Vocalists will be throwing their seventh annual Broadway night on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Tabler Black Box. There will be group numbers and solos to showcase new members and celebrate Broadway.


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Campus Spotlight: Alan Inkles’ and Staller's 25th season By Elizabeth Morgan Contributing Writer

Stony Brook’s Staller Center for the Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary of providing quality arts and entertainment for both the university and the surrounding Long Island community. Alan Inkles, the director of the Staller Center, is the man who has made it all possible. Inkles’ office is a life-sized scrapbook of his years at Staller Center, with a plethora of framed photos of famous artists arranged on every available surface. “I was an undergraduate here,” he said, pointing to a large black-andwhite picture on the wall, showing Inkles as a junior at Stony Brook acting in “When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder.” “I keep that picture opposite my desk to remind me to find the art,” he says. In Inkles’ line of work, he often deals with managing the logistics and financial aspects of bringing talent to perform at the Staller Center, but he knows that it is his passion for the arts that keeps him going. Inkles began his path to his position as Director of the Staller Center for the Arts after suffering a knee injury while acting off Broadway. He returned to Staller for a part-time job, which has turned into a full-time passion. Now, he devotes his time to finding new talent to bring to the Staller Center. One of Inkles’ major contributions to the Staller Center’s repertoire was the Stony Brook Film Festival. Inkles began his program to show unique, independent films to the Stony Brook community 18 years ago. The Staller Center’s movie screen, the largest on Long Island, measures 40 feet and has proven to be an ideal forum to showcase these movies, making the Stony Brook Film Festival an overwhelming success for two weeks every July. For this special 25th anniversary season at the Staller Center, Inkles has found a variety of talented performance artists to grace the stage. His goal was to provide the

best quality performances in a variety of artistic disciplines. Some of the artists to look forward to this season are Bill Cosby, Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis, The Salzburg Marionette Company and more. One of the biggest challenges Inkles faces when putting together a season program is bringing in new acts and talent that can’t be seen anywhere else. “I’ve sort of grown up in this place,” Inkles said, “and I’ve watched people’s interests change and technology take over a lot of things. It’s such a different world.” Appealing to the modern audience is, therefore, a different ballgame now from what it was when Inkles first began working at the Staller Center. His goal for the future of the Staller Center is to reach out to a younger audience. There are many ways that the Staller Center is already reaching out to university students. Inkles believes his job is to provide opportunities for Stony Brook students to experience art, and there are many initiatives in place to make the shows financially accessible to students. “First On Us” is a program that allows freshmen and transfer students at Stony Brook to see their first live performance at Staller Center free of charge. There is a $20 pass available for students to see every film in the Friday Night Film Series, which is run throughout the academic year. Additionally, on Oct. 30, 2013, there will be a free screening for students of “The Conjuring” at 8:30 p.m. in the Staller Center to celebrate Halloween. The “Met: Live in HD” opera showings are also available at a discount to students, with tickets available for only $15. The operas that will be shown at Staller this year include “Eugene Onegin” (Tchaikovsky), “Falstaff” (Verdi) and “La Bohème” (Puccini). The audience at the Staller Center is currently composed of around 15 percent students, but Inkles will not be satisfied “until 30 to 40 percent of the house is filled with students.” His favorite

Alan Inkles dedicates his time to finding bigger and brighter talent to the Staller Center.

For novices in the kitchen, baking chicken in the oven takes about 20 to 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven depending on the thickness of the pieces. Press a knife into the chicken to see if clear juices run out so you know your chicken is done. For the macaroni, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook and drain your pasta, and note that it is not necessary to fully cook the pasta. It will finish in the oven. Combine the cheese soup, hot sauce and milk in a bowl. This is the time to add the bleu cheese dressing as well. I realize many of us are on a tight budget so if you do not have bleu cheese or do not even like it, then it is safe to nix it. In a 9 by 13 inch pan, combine the cheese mixture with the noodles and chicken. Add bleu cheese crumbles on top, if you like.

This buffalo macaroni and cheese is easy to make and is great meal before a football game.

memories from his years at Staller are times when the students were really able to get involved at Staller. One such occasion occurred two years ago when he brought in the modern dance company Momix to do their show “Opus Cactus” for two nights at Staller. The second night was Inkles’ Gala Night, and open to the public, but the first night was free to all students. Inkles proudly remembers that 950 students turned out to see the show. Afterward, the students were impressed and mesmerized by the performance of acrobatics, visual art, dance, choreography and the like. Inkles is also proud to announce that Momix will be returning to Staller in November 2014, again with one night free for all students, to give a new generation of Stony Brook students the opportunity to experience this unique and artistic type of theater. Inkles’ attention to providing for students does not go unnoticed by others. Dr. Frances Brisbane, Dean of Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare, and contributor to the Staller Center, said she is always impressed by Inkles’ “sensitivity and understanding about different cultural groups and what they will

like and benefit from.” Inkles is also recognized for his great personality. “He is so genuine,” Dr. Brisbane said, “When he talks to you, you feel like you are the only person in the world at that time.” One of Inkles’ coworkers, Kent Marks, called him “the nicest guy on campus, and one of the smartest too.” In addition to his personality making him good at his job, Inkles maintains that it is his love for the

arts that keeps him going. “I went into this business because I was an artist and I love the arts,” he said, “The day I lose that passion is the day I have to retire.” However, with all the goals Inkles still has for the future of Staller, it does not seem like his passion for the arts will cease anytime soon. He will continue to bring unique, high quality performing artists to the Staller Center for the Arts in the future.


Inkles came to work at Staller after a performance injury.


College gal cooking: Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Meal

By Emily McTavish Senior Staff Writer

The National Football League’s season is underway, and Stony Brook Football finally has home games. To that I say, God bless America. This buffalo macaroni and cheese can fill up any football fan or player before the Homecoming game this weekend. Total time: 1 hour Servings: 6 to 8 2 cups cooked chicken breasts, cubed 1 16 ounce box of cavatappi pasta 1 can of cheddar cheese soup ¼ cup of hot sauce 1/3 cup of milk ¼ cup of bleu cheese dressing (optional) Bleucheesecrumbles(optional)


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Timberlake coasts on “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” By Jon Winkler Staff Writer

Momentum can really boost an artist’s confidence to take a risk now and again. If there is anyone who is riding high on momentum, it is Justin Timberlake. His return to music with this past March’s excellent “The 20/20 Experience” sparked huge excitement from the public and the music industry (the album currently sits on two million records sold in the US alone). His recent Legends of Summer tour with Jay-Z was a hit across the country, bringing the leading men of rap and pop together for one extravagant show. He has a supporting role as a bearded folk singer in a Cohen brothers’ movie this year. He is attempting a revamp of MySpace as an owner of the social media site. He was even nice enough to perform with those backup singers he used to hang around with at the MTV VMAs. Now, with a leading role in a movie coming out this Friday (“Runner Runner”) and about to embark on his own solo tour, Timberlake thought he might release some more songs from “The 20/20 Experience” sessions. So is this a victory lap for one of the best music comebacks of the last decade, or is just Timberlake cleaning out his closet of outtakes? The album should actually be

called “The 20/20 Experience – 0.5/2” because it is a step back from the lively R&B of the previous installment. Although part one of “20/20” was a throwback record mixed with the futuristic beats of Timberlake’s longtime collaborator Timbaland, it still was an impressive departure from the European flavored sound of Timberlake’s pre-hiatus hit “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” With part two of “20/20”, Timberlake and Timbaland made something that people would have expected from the duo after “FutureSex.” The songs still stretch out like in part one (the shortest song here is 4:30, whereas the longest song is 11:30), but they do not follow the classic groove. Opening tracks “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)” and “True Blood” sound more like outtakes from “Future/Sex.” The beats are undoubtedly modern, and Timberlake rides them with ease with lyrics about being “the gentleman that your mamma would love” and falling in love with a girl with skin “so white/the night looked like it had no expiration date.” Here, Timberlake seems more like a suave, single sexual deviant than a blissful married man. “Cabaret” shows him making a girl “say(ing) Jesus so much its like we’re laying in the Manger.” The smooth background falsetto of Timberlake, a mellow-funky beat from Timbaland and a guest spot from Drake keeps

the love for the dirty girls high. “You Got It On” is the prime love jam, with the falsetto on high, a rubber bass, flute section and funky guitar letting Timberlake be the charmer we all know him as. Timberlake tries to keep the retro feel of part one alive in certain areas. Lead single, “Take Back The Night” sounds like a prime Luther Vandross hit complete with string section and two-step dance groove. Timberlake tries to bring back his Memphis roots with the country-blues tingled “Drink You Away,” but it seems lost here on the record. The same can be said for “Amnesia,” which sounds like something Timberlake would sing after falling for a girl after a one-night stand while she looks for her clothes. “Only When I Walk Away” uses a cheap AC/DC-wannabe guitar riff to lead the story of Timberlake putting on the “hurting because she loves me, loves me not” attitude a bit too strong. “Not A Bad Thing” sounds cute and cuddly, but for a different and younger Justin to sing, not Mr. Timberlake. It is understandable that Timberlake is trying to give us a contrast of the headover-heels feeling of part one, but Timberlake put that image of himself too well into our heads. Hearing the man who brought sexy back would have been nice three to five years ago, but we know Justin as a different man now. When he does his pseudo-rap

Seawolves show off at Showcase


Timberlake's newest album banks on his previous records. sound on “Murder” with Jay-Z, it is a bit unsettling and does not sound fitting for him anymore. This can be seen as a transitional record for Mr. Timberlake. It is a fine record, for sure, but just not the one we would expect from the man endorsing Tom Ford tuxedos and

certainly not the one seeing the love of his life as a mirror. We are glad to have Justin back in the music business again, but he needs to leave behind the guy who had an unfortunate incident with Janet Jackson. He can sport a suit and tie, but he still needs to grow up a bit.

The Staller Center might be the haven for arts on Stony Brook campus but students gathered on its steps on Friday to see the best talent that the community has to offer. This year’s Seawolves Showcase had singing and different types of dance. JESUS PICHARDO/ THE STATESMAN

The High C's strut vocals.


Stony Brook Bhangra brings some culture to the stage.


The Ballroom Dancing team keeps it classy at the showcase.


The Belly Dancers shimmy.


The James College Dance Crew bumps and shakes.


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Preserving Stony Brook's reputation, while also growing a sense of student community It would be hard to argue that this year’s Homecoming celebration was not a success. With record breaking attendance, Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium was filled with students, alumni and other Seawolves fans who were there to support their team -almost all were wearing red. Our university is now in a fairly unique situation: Stony Brook is a well-known research center with professors at the tops of their fields, but a significant portion of state funds and student fees have been used to grow the university’s athletics program—money which some believe should instead be spent on the research that originally put the school on the map. As Stony Brook University continues to invest in new facilities to improve athletics programs, there needs to be a balance not only between research and athletics, but also on the accomplishments of all the departments on campus. Stony Brook prides itself on the strides it has made in scientific research, from the invention of the MRI to recent research on avian brain development. Now, with the growing athletics program, we hope the accompanying sports cultures does not grow to define our university. We’ve seen from numerous examples at other great institutions that student culture can quickly define a university and push academic

accomplishments into the shadows. Though Dartmouth is a prestigious Ivy league college, it is infamous for students binge drinking. The reputation of a well-respected university is tainted by stereotypical college activities. School spirit is a wonderful thing, but it can get out of hand.

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of both the size of the program and the lack of focus it receives. Hopefully, that will soon change. Last week, President Stanley promised $1 million in grants for the Humanities Department in his annual State of the University Address. Having the reputation of both an academically and athletically strong school is extremely beneficial to the university, and it is up to both the students and the administration of Stony Brook to ensure that one side of this dual-natured state of being does not take precedence over the other. We’re excited to see the school grow, both academically and in spirit. We hope it keeps going the way it’s going, with both the quality of academics and athletics increasing equally. The Homecoming events this weekend heightened the sense of community around our campus. It was refreshing to see such a large number of students come together to celebrate their school and, unfortunately, an all-toorare occurrence. We hope that as the athletics department grows, so too does that sense of community. After all, what are the accomplishments of a school worth without a proud student body to support them? Sincerely, The Editorial Board


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Art department lacks money while athletics flourishes The Magic By Jonathan Kline Contributing Writer

In our current era, there are so many musical performers and artists that winning an award is an achievement all on its own. However, there is a musical group that has released more than 30 recordings and has won Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year,” three Gramophone Awards, nine Grammys and the Avery Fisher Prize, in addition to having worked with many different famous musical artists over the years. Have a guess at what group this may be? If you guessed the Emerson String Quartet, then you guessed correctly. The Emerson String Quartet is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the entire nation, even around the world, and the quartet itself resides at Stony Brook University. Many people, including students, do not know that we have a group as famous as the Emerson String Quartet based right on our campus, yet know in advance when every single basketball game this season will be even though the season has not even started.

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The reason for this would be that the arts programs at SBU are not nearly as funded as the sports programs. The Staller Center for the Arts is able to function due to the philanthropy of many different families and people, while athletics programs continue to receive funding through the university and philanthropic donations. Take the new Stony Brook University Arena – which is currently undergoing a $21 million renovation – the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium or the Pritchard Gymnasium, all of which took a considerable amount of money to create, and still have money spent on their upkeep and maintenance. Or think about the amount of scholarships SBU awards for its 20 varsity sports, compared to the relatively small amount of scholarships awarded to musicians. The art programs at SBU are extremely underrepresented; when was the last time you saw people handing out Frisbees with concert dates on them? I’ve already received four free Frisbees with the Stony Brook University football schedule, multiple emails about the football games, flyers for volleyball games and a

card with the men’s basketball schedule, but have only seen one poster for an art course being offered at the Staller Center. Perhaps more initiative is required on the behalf of the art programs, or maybe SBU requires more funding for these programs, or perhaps more publicity is needed to get more people interested in these programs. Whatever it may be, people need to know that SBU holds many award-winning performances at the school itself

and there are many art and music courses offered should you have an interest in either of these fields. On another note, if you would like to see the Emerson String Quartet, they will be at SBU three times over the next two semesters; they will be playing at the Staller Center on Oct. 17, March 24, 2014 and April 17, 2014. Remember, though, that not every neighborhood has a world-famous quartet in their backyard like we do.

peers’ games of Candy Crush Saga burned into my corneas while I ignore the sounds of cell phones beeping from notifications that resonate within the walls of a large lecture hall. This frequent intermingling between our online lives and real lives leads me to ask: Why has technological communication become so advanced, only for us to abuse it? Perhaps the answer stems from the fact that our social lives have become harder to manage while we are forced to comply with the increasing demands of our education. The value of a student’s education relies on his or her daily performance in the academic arena. In a society that constantly demands perfection, we find our social lives neglected in our pursuit for scholastic excellence. This is where social media provides us with an appealing platform. With little to no effort, we can see everything our friends are up to on Facebook with one scroll of our newsfeed. Similarly, we can follow tweets of friends and celebrities over Twitter with a click or touch of a button. Unfortunately, the accessibility of this information entices us to spend more of our time posting, tweeting and uploading rather than learning. Arguably, large groups created over Facebook intend to provide members with assistance through exchange of information. Before long, the line between studious discussions and socializing becomes so blurred that we unintentionally lose sight of our academic focus. In a school as large as Stony Brook University, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram conveniently allow students to integrate into their enormous

collegiate setting one click at a time. Social media has simplified the process of creating friendships into a matter of exchanging messages and tagging other people in photos. At first glance, it may seem as if we are successfully forming bonds that will last a lifetime. But a more realistic view will assert that using Facebook, Twitter and other types of social media can never compare to reaching out and making friends face to face. Social media serve as windows through which we can observe others without the need to converse. Thus, we end up choosing quantity over quality, collecting friends to add to our list or to follow instead of directly interacting with them. In our mission to add the most friends, we forget the value in getting to know someone on a personal basis. The truth is that exchanging emoticons and typing “lol” and “omg” are not the same as seeing someone smile or seeing a person’s reaction. This type of beauty that we can only see when interacting with someone in person constantly escapes us. Since our friends are figuratively tucked away in our pockets, within the recesses of our smartphones, they are available to us 24/7, eliminating the need to see them. Paradoxically, as we connect more and more people, we become increasingly distant from those around us. To be fair, social media does have its benefits. If Facebook were to become a country, it would have the third-largest population in the world with over 500 million citizens. Therefore, it is undeniable that the scope of influence social media has reached is enough to define our generation and pave

the way for the 21st century. Nevertheless, we must come to the realization that the forefront of the most advanced technology in history is in the midst of our fingertips and should not be abused. The solution lies in finding a balance between spending time in the real world and online. As tempting as it is, students should not log into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. during class. It will most likely evoke unwanted attention from peers and serve as a distraction from class work. Moreover, social media should be used to create experiences, not fake them. Instead of merely joining study groups on Facebook, we can organize events to have study sessions. On a friendlier note, creating get-togethers is an easy task with the assistance of social media. SBU is a university with over

By Hillary Steinberg Contributing Writer


Many students do not realize that we have the famous Emerson String Quartet located right on our campus.

Social media's effect on society: a blessing or a curse? By Simran Gupta Contributing Writer

As students take their first steps into a new semester of college, they realize that socializing is a gradual yet significant process that can direct the course of their lives at Stony Brook University for the next four years or so. In the age of technological communication, we have never before seen a greater emphasis placed on knowing what’s what and who’s who through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media. Ask a typical student how he or she makes friends, and the immediate response will be “through Facebook.”

“Why has technology become so advanced, only for us to abuse it?” In a mere decade, technology has allowed us to share every moment of our lives as we experience them. Although Facebook offers networking opportunities, longterm problems remain hidden under a thick layer of status updates, likes, comments and tweets. Nowadays, it is nearly impossible to sit through a class without seeing people not-sosneakily take out their cell phones to check their newsfeeds. Usually, I find the piercing colors from my


“The solution lies in finding a balance between spending time in the real world and online.” 16,000 interesting students and a host to hundreds of events that take place on campus every year. It would be wise to try to network with people through conversation and interaction instead of reserving these actions to the online world.

There is an old piece of wisdom when it comes judging character. You can tell what a person is really like by how they treat people doing them a service. This includes waiters, cleaning staff, office clerks and bus drivers. Judging by some passenger’s behavior, there are a bunch of heartless students with poor character here. First of all, let me emphasize that anyone doing a service should be treated with respect. You are not any better (or worse) than them. You, a college student, have no entitlement above these people. Besides the basic humanistic approach that no person is inherently better or worse than any human being, many are more educated than you. One of them has a masters.

“First of all, let me emphasize that anyone doing a service should be treated with respect.” In my opinion, the majority of the drivers are very good at their job, which by the way entails navigating a bus with as many as fifty people, weaving around the minefield of bad drivers and construction sites. It’s a largely thankless job, that involves sitting in the same place all day without a lot of room for zoning out. So if they want to play the Christian rock station, or even the Rush Limbaugh, I’m not going to complain. They are entitled to their radio station because they spend their entire shift on a freaking bus. Also be communicative. I see people complain when the bus doesn’t stop at their stop when they haven’t pulled the cord. Fun fact: none of the bus drivers have publicly come out as psychic, and if they were, they would not want to work here and all of your minds, I promise. Bus drivers are people, not extensions of the machine. I personally endeavour to say “good morning” or “hello” or “thank you” when I get on and off the bus. I like having conversations with them. And this isn’t why I do it, but they are more likely to stop directly in front of me or let me on the bus when I’m running to the stop. You know why? Because I’m nice to them.


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There is more to life and Stony Brook than the pre-med track By Niveditha Obla Contributing Writer

There are a lot of traits that have come to stereotype Stony Brook University to incoming freshmen: “it’s a commuter school,” ”you are going to have to teach yourself your subjects” and, of course, the ever popular “everyone is pre-med.” Even students on campus add in “on the pre-med track” whenever someone mentions that they are a biology or chemistry majorpartially as a joke. And yet, there is a whole other world of studies on campus that a lot of us do not pay attention to. We all take Writing 102 and then some required DECs and yet seem to forget that there is more to our education than just organic chemistry. For example, Stony Brook is the only public university with

an undergraduate program in journalism, and it is a pretty fancy program, equipped with a broadcast news set, equipment for digital video and online editing and a control room. The big news surrounding the program right now is that Carl Bernstein, a Pulitzerprize winning journalist who uncovered the Watergate burglary in 1972, is coming to Stony Brook as a visiting presidential professor. SOMAS (The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences) was recently ranked seventh nationally for marine biology and third in physical oceanography. Four professors from this program were named as “co-winners” of the Nobel Peace prize that was shared with Al Gore for their studies on global warming. Some of the biggest news this year academically has revolved

Letter to the editor: On our Opinion piece regarding the Mac Miller concert On Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, thousands of Stony Brook University students picked up The Statesman and found an article titled, “Mac Miller concert: a reflection on our generation?” It’s curious that the article’s author, Tejen Shah, should propose his title as a question because he doesn't leave room for any conversation. Complete chaos. Tejen Shah’s one-sided commentary embodies everything I thought was slowly ceasing to exist in our generational consciousness. His article calls for forward thinking yet he resorts to belittling and vilifying Stony Brook students as well as an entire generation. This is both insulting and absurd. He draws upon a single event in our school’s history for which to base his cliché ‘kids these days’ diatribe and I would argue that it is in fact you, Tejen Shah, who needs to move forward in his thinking. Your belief that one person stormed the Staller Steps and we students all mindlessly followed is misguided. No one was following anyone that day, not into the Staller Steps, nor as a uniformly “sleazy” and “trashy” generation. The concert was a harmless, albeit powerful, testament to the influence college students have

timelessly proven to possess. You mention this influence, but discredit it by saying members of our generation “have nothing to fight.” As we speak, the government is shut down, a war continues, climate change is upon us, and widespread poverty plagues the globe. For these reasons and others, we do have cause to fight. I am sorry not everything is meant to leave you feeling “warm on the inside.” We stand on the shoulders of giants, yes, but we must keep climbing. We may only progress as minds open, not remain so closed and compliant. You claim Stony Brook students are futile and lack individuality. However, your idea of an individual is one who would allow a concert meant for them pass by unattended. It is one who would reject a genre of music because they don't understand it. It is one who is afraid to experience all that this life and earth have to offer. You are mistaken, Tejen. Do not try to hold us back because you will only be left behind. SincerelyBrian Sutton (Sophomore; Environmental Humanities major)

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around programs in the humanities like the outstanding donations for India and Hellenic studies. Dr. Nirmal Mattoo, the Indian American community and the Simons Foundation recently donated five million dollars for the India studies program here on campus. This allows the program to hire world-class scholars as professors and bring in conferences and symposiums directly to campus. The money will also be used to develop the undergraduate and

“I am taking an Indian Epics class this semester and it is a breath of fresh air in comparison to my other science and engineering courses.” graduate programs in India studies, and help to foster the growth of the study abroad program in India. On Sept. 16 of this year,


These donations will be used to promote Hellenic Studies. Mr. Peter Tsantes and Mr. George Tsunis donated $750,000 to create a “Professorship in Hellenic Studies”. This will go to advance the teachings of Greek language at the university and aid in research related to Greek language and literature, both for undergraduate and graduate students. I am taking an Indian Epics class this semester and it is a breath of fresh air in comparison to my other science and engineering classes. Breaking out of the “sample course sequence” we all seem to follow is liberating and it is an experience that I personally encourage. It is not life changing like studying abroad but, taking classes that do not pertain to just one subject area is a small but direct way to start thinking differently.

DECs give us the opportunity to dip our toes into the other realms of studies, but in the end, it is up to us to take that extra interest and enroll in these classes. There is always that worry that taking a “fun” class may come back and haunt us when it takes a toll on our GPAs, but there are now two different grading options that could prevent that. So sure, Stony Brook may have a reputation for being a science-based school, and yes, a good number of our student body is usually studying for or crying over BIO 203, but there is a whole other aspect to this university that many of us seem to be missing out on, and that part of the school is flourishing into a rich program. My advice? Branch out and take a class for fun, not because you need to.

18-24 year old voter demographic consistently represents the lowest demographic, in terms of turnout, in every election. This low voter turnout amongst youth voters, my peers, has drastic consequences. The biggest consequence is that we are underrepresented in local, regional and national politics. The interests and concerns of the young voter are dismissed as inconsequential in the halls of power in Washington D.C. and at home in the New York State Assembly at Albany. I don’t mean to sound cynical, but the reason for this dismissal is very obvious: we don’t vote. Our concerns don’t matter to politicians, because politicians don’t depend on

concerns of that demographic a weight and consideration that is not extended to the concerns of our age demographic. Over this past summer, Congress voted to double the interest rates on federal student loans from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Politicians callously decided to lessen the federal deficit on the backs of our best and brightest young citizens. Thanks to the intervention of Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Obama, a last minute bipartisan agreement was reached to lower the new interest rate to 3.9 percent. That’s still a higher rate than what we started at when the summer began. This kind of thing wouldn’t happen if young voters voted en masse. If we were to get out there and make our voices heard, then we wouldn’t be singled out by legislation such as this. I know it’s very cliché to say this, but voting is important. Voting is powerful. Voting is the great equalizer! Every citizen gets one vote and one vote only, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, occupation or socioeconomic status. It is high time that students start to actively participate in the politics that affect their lives, wallets and freedoms. 42 years ago, college students fought for the privilege of filing a ballot, yet nowadays students can’t be bothered to wait in line for an opportunity to make their opinions known. Stony Brook, we need to reignite the passion in our student body. The youth voter needs to be heard. We need a say in our government. The American people need your vote!

You have the right to vote, use it! By Danny Awalt Jr. Contributing Writer

The year was 1971 and the United States had been at war in Vietnam for the duration of the past decade. The draft was in full effect and able bodied young men over the age of 18 were enlisted into the U.S. military to serve in the war effort. Overseas, our soldiers, sailors and Marines were fighting a drawn out counter insurgency war against guerrilla fighters in the jungles of Vietnam. Meanwhile, our youths were fighting another battle back at the home front. Our students in the states were fighting against injustice. These students rose up in the streets to protest against the fact that at 18 years old, they could be drafted against their will to serve in the war effort, yet had no voice whatsoever with which to influence the very policies and politicians that served to engender the need for drafting them in the first place. They didn’t believe that being old enough to die in service to your country was also being too young to vote in its elections. On July 1st, 1971, the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted into law. The Amendment ensured that no state in the union was allowed to deny anyone over the age of 18 the right to vote. In the 42 years since its adoption, America’s youth has largely squandered this gift. Consistently, in nearly every election since 1976, less than 30% of eligible voters under the age of 30 have voted in any given election. The

“This low voter turnout amongst youth voters has drastic consequences.” us to keep them elected. When politicians speak of policies or laws that are untouchable, they refer to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. This is because the elderly are the highest amongst voter turnout. Any elected official who crosses them doesn’t remain in office for very long. So politicians give the

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2013 Stony Brook Homecoming game photos



Wolfie leads the Stony Brook Dance Team onto the field before the players


Malcolm Eugene had eight catches for 92 yards on Saturday.


Jameel Poteat (20) had six rushes for 49 yards in th Seawolves victory over the Bryant Bulldogs.


The Seawolves make their way onto the field before the game. YOON SEO NAM / THE STATESMAN

Devante Wheeler caught a 41 yard touchdown pass from Negron to seal the game. HOMECOMING GAME STATS: 260 YARDS



1st Quarter 10:18

Tyler Fredericks 8 yard run


1st Quarter 3:18

Ryan Barrett 2 yard run


1st Quarter 2:24

Adrian Coxson 63 yard pass 14-7










4th Quarter 13:12

Mike Westerhaus 13 yard run 14-13





4th Quarter 9:15

Devante Wheeler 41 yard pass 21-13






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Former Seawolf joins Chargers squad By Mike Daniello Sports Editor

UPDATE: Former Seawolf Miguel Maysonet has signed onto the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad a few days after his release from the Indianapolis Colts. It has been a busy few months for Maysonet, who bounced around from team to team. After going undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, Maysonet signed with the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of April. Just a few weeks later, he was cut from the team, but signed with the Cleveland Browns soon after. Maysonet spent the preseason with the Browns rushing for 30 yards on 13 carries. He also had 14 yards receiving on three catches. Maysonet finished his college

career as one of the top FCS running backs and was also a Walter Payton Award runner up in 2012. He was also named CFPA AllPurpose Player of the Year along with Big South Offensive Player of the Year. He ran for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Seawolves in 2012. His releases have been somewhat of a surprise. Maysonet was originally looked at to be drafted in the later rounds, but went undrafted. After being released by the Eagles, he found his way to the Browns, only to be released after the preseason. The Browns seemed like a good fit for him, as his only big competition was Trent Richardson.

Then with Colts, he seemed more likely to earn a spot with the team. After starting running back Vic Ballard injured his ACL, it seemed likely he would finally get a chance. But the Colts surprised everyone and traded for Richardson. Now with the Chargers, Maysonet may see a chance with the team. Their running backs Ryan Matthews, Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead have struggled a little bit, early this season.

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Maysonet (5) joined the San Diego Chargers after being released by the Colts.

A history of Stony Brook's Wolfstock By Jason Mazza Staff Writer

This week, Seawolves all over celebrated Wolfstock 2013, a week filled with homecoming festivities that culminate in a home football game and a Grucci Firework Show. Over the past few years, Wolfstock has risen in popularity among students and the community. In 2003, Stony Brook set an attendance record with 6300 fans at LaValle Stadium. Just nine years later, Wolfstock 2012 housed over 10,000 fans, over 5,000 of which were students, setting an all-time attendance record. Similar results were expected this year as Stony Brook hosted Bryant. A big reason for Stony Brook’s recent success with the fans has been due to football’s success on the field. For Wolfstock 2008, the Seawolves beat Charleston 20-19 on a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Dayne Hoffman. That win fueled a 4-1 run to end the Seawolves 2008 campaign. It was their first year as part of the Big South. Wolfstock 2009 hosted Big South foe Presbyterian. This time it was all Stony Brook all game as the Seawolves

went on to win 52-14. Quarterback Michael Coulter finished the game with 321 yards passing and two touchdowns. Wolfstock 2010 was the first year of the Miguel Maysonet era and the first year without Hoftsra on the Long Island football scene. It was a great opportunity for the Seawolves to garner Long Island support. In a business-like performance from Stony Brook, the Seawolves defeated Virginia Military Institute 27-9 on the strength of 190 yards rushing from Brock Jackolski and Maysonet combined. The number of fans entering LaValle that day was 7,432, which was 1,200 more than the year previous. Moving on to Wolfstock 2011, the Seawolves hosted Lafayette, a revenge match for the Seawolves because they lost the year prior 28-21 in Easton. A 37-20 Stony Brook victory was in large part due to 194 yards and four touchdowns from Miguel Maysonet. Attendance also jumped to a near sell-out with 8,278 fans. Last year, Wolfstock 2012 was the mecca of sporting events at Stony Brook to date. With 3:31 left on the clock, senior RB Miguel Maysonet busted through the line for a

1-yard touchdown, the third Seawolves rushing TD of the day to secure a 3231 Seawolves victory which was followed by a field storming and a fireworks show. LaValle was packed to the brim (a Stony Brook record) with 10,728 fans; roughly 2,000 more than LaValle’s reported capacity. The Seawolves defeated Bryant Saturday night by a score of 21-13. There was a record crowd of 11,224 in attendance. With the victory, the Seawolves improved to 2-3 overall. Senior Lyle Negron went 16-22 for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He led the team to a touchdown on the first drive. The team has also won eight straight homecoming games. Up next for the Seawolves is Colgate on Saturday Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

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Men's soccer kicks off Homecoming weekend with OT thriller

By Jason Mazza Staff Writer

To kick off homecoming weekend, Stony Brook men’s soccer hosted America East and SUNY rival University at Albany. Coming into Friday night’s matchup, the Seawolves were 4-4 coming off a challenging non-conference schedule that included a trip to Philadelphia where they suffered two loses to Villanova and Drexel. Friday marked the beginning of America East play for the Seawolves. In the preseason coaches’ poll, the Seawolves were projected to finish second in the conference. Although entering the game with just one win in nine games, Stony Brook Head Coach Ryan Anatol knew Albany would play tough. “They’ve played a lot of close games so their record doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality of their team. They just played an undefeated Dartmouth and lost by 1 so we knew we had our work cut out for us,” Coach Anatol said. Throughout the majority of

the opening ninety minutes, the Seawolves controlled the ball. However, it was a tale of missed opportunities as Stony Brook was unable to convert on their first ten shots. “Although we weren’t scoring, I liked the looks we were getting on the offensive end. If you keep putting yourself in position to score sooner or later you will,” Coach Anatol said. Despite an offensive surge by Albany in the closing minutes of regulation, the game was sent into overtime with a score of 0-0. In the 98th minute, Sophomore Martin Giordano connected with a cross from Mario Mesen, sending the ball out of the reach of the Albany goalie into the top shelf. The crowd of over 1,000 at Kenneth P LaValle Stadium erupted and players rushed to tackle Giordano. Stony Brook soccer alumni were also in attendance and greeted the players on the field after the game. “I’m really pleased with the result obviously….They may have had some extra motivation today with it being homecoming


Sophomore Martin Giordano scored the winning goal in overtime against Albany. weekend and playing in front of our home crowd. Even though there are a lot of young players were counting on to succeed I have high expectations for us this year,”

Coach Anatol said. Stony Brook improved to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The also improved their record to 6-0-2 against Albany in their last

eight games. On Tuesday, the Seawolves will travel to Morgantown to play the Mountaineers of West Virginia in a non-conference matchup.

Volleyball shuts down UMass- Women's soccer defeats UMass-Lowell 1-0 Lowell in straight sets By Cam Boon Staff Writer

By Zach Rowe Staff Writer

This Sunday, the Stony Brook women’s volleyball team capped off their three win week with a shutdown performance over the winless UMass-Lowell, sweeping all three sets. The win was a great team effort, with solid performances coming from multiple players. The first set was won by a score of 25-10, the largest margin of the three. The team hit .417, with 11 kills on 24 attempts. Senior Kaitlin Costello lead the team in this set with three aces, starting her great performance on the day. The second set was won 2511, and was arguably the best set of the three. The team attacked flawlessly, notching 16 kills on 26 attempts without a single error. The team finished off the third set 25-16, winning convincingly despite hitting only .185 on attacks. There were many positive individual performances from the Seawolves. Sophomore Melissa Rigo and Katie Costello lead the charge for them, with both putting up nine digs and nine kills, with Costello hitting a great .500. Setter Hannah Dolan was the only player on the court to put up a stat in double digits, accounting for 20 of the teams 34 total assists. Sophomore Stephanie McFadden also had a great day, with five kills to go with her team leading four aces. The team was pleased with their performance. “This was a team that we just had to go in

and fight hard and that’s what we did,” Kaitie Costello said. “We practiced real hard, we came back after going 0-1 in the conference last weekend against UMBC and I think this week we showed what we’re really made of, ” said Melissa Rigo. The coach was pleased as well. “I think we did a really good job. One of our goals was just to respect UMass Lowell, and do that by playing our game. I think we did a really good job of doing that,” coach Coley Pawlikowski said. “Consistency. I think that was one of our goals for today, and I think we were pretty consistent,” she stated when asked what the team did best. She felt the game was a great team performance. “I think today our whole team did a really good job, so I think today was a team performance. We were able to get a lot of people in who hadn’t seen the court all year. It was one of Cailyn Hart’s first games and Shelby (Tietjen) hasn’t been in in a while." The team will hope to build off of this great week as the go on a two game road trip, playing on Friday at Binghamton and on Sunday at Albany. Binghamton is coming off a loss to Hartford in straight sets. Hartford defeated them 25-23, 25-16 and 25-12 on Sunday. Albany is also coming off a straight set loss to Providence on Saturday. The Great Danes fell 25-21, 25-18 and 25-19 in the match. The Seawolves also play Albany and Binghamton backto-back at home in November. After this two-game road trip, the Seawolves return home on Friday to take on Providence.

The UMass-Lowell River Hawks came into their Sunday afternoon matchup with the Stony Brook

inside the box on the left wing and crossed it into Nysch, who flicked it towards the far post and the ball went off of it and into the net. It looked like it was going to be a rout, but was far from it.“We scored our goal and

Larissa got the worst of it. She walked off under her own power, but with her nose covered and had to be taken to a doctor. Both the weather and the game were sloppy, as there was a slight


The Seawolves improved to 2-0 in conference play after defeating UMass-Lowell. Seawolves losing their first 10 games of the season. But it was important for the Seawolves to not over look this game. “You have to learn very early how to fear no one but respect everyone” 29th year Coach Sue Ryan said after the game. “Our goal is to protect our home turf” she added, and that’s what the Seawolves did on Sunday, defeating the River Hawks 1-0 to improve to 7-3-1 on the season. The Seawolves are now 2-0 in conference play, which ties them atop the conference with Maine. The scoring was provided from a consistent source this year, Larissa Nysch, as she recorded her sixth goal and 13th point of the season, both of which lead all America East players. The goal was scored at the 8:25 mark when Shannon Grogan was just

then took our foot off the petal a little bit” Coach Ryan said.“Getting that second goal is very important. We want to put the game out of reach,” she added. The Seawolves outshot UMass Lowell 9-6 in the first half, and the game was competitive at 1-0. Coach Ryan told her team at halftime that they needed to keep their foot on down in the second half and finish them. “I think that gave us a different perspective going into the second half”. It definitely did, as the Seawolves dominated, outshooting the River Hawks 11-2, with six of those on goal. Stony Brook also had six corners in the second half, but the domination came with a price as Nysch collided with Seija Snorradottir as both girls went up for a header in the box and

drizzle all game and 22 fouls were committed by both teams, 15 of those by the Seawolves. “As a coach you love these games. You want your kids to play in all sorts of environments” Coach Ryan said. Ashley Castanio had a relatively easy day in net, only facing eight shots and making two saves for her second solo shutout of the season. She had a third earlier in the year when her and Danielle Singson combined for one against Fairleigh Dickinson. The Seawolves next match for the Seawolves is a rematch of the 2012 America East Championship, as they head to Hartford to take on the Hawks at 6:00pm on Thursday. Hartford was the preseason pick to win the conference, while the Seawolves were picked to finish second.


Negron, defense lead team to Homecoming night victory By Joe Galotti

Assistant Sports Editor

The Stony Brook football team put an end to a three game losing streak on Saturday, as they defeated Bryant 21-13. At Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium record setting 11, 224 people came out to see the Seawolves in their homecoming night victory. Senior quarterback Lyle Negron playing with an injured right throwing shoulder, threw for two touchdown passes in the game, and went 16-of-22 for 260 yards. Despite being limited in practice the entire week, he came up with big plays throughout the game. Negron’s biggest throw of the game came with 9:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Bryant quarterback Mike Westerhaus had just made it a one point game, with a 13-yard touchdown rush. With his team clinging to a 14-13 lead and the momentum seemingly have gone to the Bulldogs, Negron was able to find senior wide receiver and open Devante Wheeler over the middle of the field for a key 41-yard touchdown connection. “I was glad Devante was able to score, because he works so hard,” Negron said. “And it gave us extra energy for defense.” After the score, the Bulldogs responded with a 13 play, 47-yard drive, in which they converted on three different third down attempts. Bryant would eventually get to SBU’s 27 yard line, where they were faced with a third-and-six. This time the Stony Brook defense would make a stand, as senior defensive lineman Leston Simpson would sack quarterback Mike Westerhaus for a one yard loss. Then on the ensuing fourth down attempt Westerhaus would throw an incomplete pass out of bounds down the right sideline. “When we were on the sidelines coming out, coach was preaching ‘finish’,” said Simpson. “We just rallied as a defense, and came up


Aaron Thompson and the Seawolves defense were able to hold the Bryant Bulldogs to just 13 points in the game. with some big plays at the end.” With 3:40 to go, the Seawolves’ offense was able to kill off the remaining time on the clock, and hold on for the win. A third-andthree conversion, on a throw by Negron to junior tight end Will Tye, would seal the victory for Stony Brook. “We knew it would be a hard fought game, Head Coach Chuck Priore said. “And I thought we finished the game, which is important in the fourth quarter.” Finishing the game was a big problem for Coach Priore’s team the week before against Towson. The Seawolves took a 21-10 lead into halftime, but were outscored 25-0 in the second half by the Tigers. The win was a much need one for the Stony Brook, who had not won since their opening day 24-0 victory at Rhode Island. The

Seawolves now sit at 2-3 overall on the season, although still 0-2 in CAA play. For the second straight game, Stony Brook gave their home fans a lot to cheer about early on, as the offense came out hot out of the gate. Negron was particularly strong early on, finding his most frequent target in senior wideout Malcolm Eugene, three times on the team’s opening drive. Eugene’s three receptions were good for a total of 50 yards, and helped put the Seawolves on the Bulldogs’ eight yard line. It was there that freshman running back Tyler Fredericks found a hole on the left side, and ran the ball in for a touchdown, to give his team an early 7-0 advantage. Then, on Bryant’s first play on their next possession, sophomore defensive lineman forced a fumble by Bulldogs’ running back Paul


This was the Seawolves' eighth straight Homecoming win. Stony Brook dominated Bryant in front of a record 11,244 fans, surpassing last year's crowd of 10,279 people.

Canevari, which was recovered by Stony Brook’s Max Martinez. The turnover gave the Seawolves great field position on Bryant’s 18 yard line. After an incomplete pass, and a pair of short runs, Stony Brook was left with a 4th and 1 situation. Instead of going for the short field goal, Coach Priore decided to have his offense go for it. But junior running back James Kenner was stopped at the line of scrimmage for no gain on the play, forcing the Seawolves to turn the ball over on downs. The Bulldogs’ offense would ride the momentum from their team’s big defensive stand, and put together a 13 play, 91-yard drive that would end in a touchdown. Bryant tied the game up at seven with 3:18 remaining in the first, on a two yard touchdown pass from Mike Westerhaus to Ryan Barrett. Then with 2:24 remaining in the action packed first quarter, Stony Brook would retake the lead, on a 63 yard touchdown reception by junior wide receiver Adrian Coxson. Coxson caught a pass along the left sidelines from Negron at about midfield on the play. He was then able to use his quickness to cut by a pair of defenders, and get to an opening in middle of the field, where he would run for the score. But, despite the hot start, the offense failed to get much of

anything going in the two middle quarters of the game. After the Coxson touchdown, the Seawolves would end up punting on four of their next six possessions, with the other two ending in missed field goal attempts. Senior kicker Nick Ferrara continued his struggles of late, missing on his only two field goal attempts in the game. In the second quarter he missed a 28-yard attempt, and then in the third quarter, came up well short on a 53-yard attempt. The Seawolves defense never relinquished the lead after the end of the first quarter, and was tough the entire night. They gave up just 280 total yards in the game. Coach Priore was particularly impressed with how his team battled through injuries this week. Negron, linebacker Jaward Dudley and corner Ivan May all played big roles in the win, despite be held out of the majority of practice this week due to injuries. “We had some courageous efforts out there,” Coach Priore said, “and I’m most proud of that.” This Saturday, Stony Brook will head to Colgate, for their final non-conference game of the season. After that the Seawolves will play have critical CAA matchups against New Hampshire, Maine, Richmond, James Madison and Albany.

Flip to page 17 for more photos from the Seawolves’ eighth straight Homecoming win!

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