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An afternoon that would make most people Blush “I’m working my way through school.” As college students, many of us understand the financial pangs that come along with tuition, the cost of books and living expenses, which have us on a penny-pinching diet of ramen noodles and constantly balancing class assignments with internships that are little more than slavery and minimum-wage jobs that leave us depressed come payday. PAGE 5

Social media helps couples plug in to their relationships Two hundred and forty miles might be quite a distance for some, but for high school sweethearts Jaclynn Chen and Chris Carton, it might as well be nothing at all. PAGE 5

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Men's basketball winning streak snapped vs Vermont It had been a long time since the Stony Brook men’s basketball team was behind on the scoreboard at the end of the second half — nine straight games, dating back nearly a month to Jan. 14 at Boston University. PAGE 21

Stony Brook student follows in path of sibling, becomes a cheerleader Matt Schneyer is a junior at Stony Brook University. He is a health sciences major, studying nuclear medicine. He works at the Olive Garden. He is also a cheerleader. Schneyer, 20, is the lone male on the Stony Brook squad. He started cheering for the Seawolves after transferring from Suffolk County Community College last fall. PAGE 21


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Students learn about perverts, pimps and pills, oh my By Deanna Del Ciello Assistant News Editor

While sex becomes more prevalent in society, it is also becoming more prevalent in classrooms and Stony Brook University has not been left out of this trend, offering classes for students to study sex through

technology and film. In SOC 395 Topics in Science, Technology and Society: Perverts, Pimps and Pills, students study what sex means through technology. “We discuss the idea that there are a high number of sexualized messages in the media and that this certainly affects the young boys and girls who certainly use mediated technology,” Professor

Catherine Marrone said. While not discussing the physical act of sex during the class, sex and related topics are discussed throughout the class. “We discuss the way that we can, for example, as a society, track sexual predators in unprecedented ways, and at the same time, give sexual predators seemingly endless ways to make

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contact,” Marrone said. Along with sexual predators, Marrone also discusses online dating with her students. “We also discussed the use of online dating and ‘match’ sites used by different groups and how these sites have grown in number and become increasingly accepted as ways to make social connections that may potentially become romantic or sexual,” she said. According to Marrone, while the class does talk about sex and topics branching off of it, “students in the class are ultimately getting an opportunity to see the effects of the cultural change fueled by the growth in mediated technology and communication.” Adrienne Munich, professor at SBU, currently teaches a class titled Gender and Genre in Film, where the students focus on fashion and the “eroticism of clothes,” Munich said. “The body is not always erotic,” Munich said. “Clothing has a moral dimension and fashion shows who is good and bad.” Within the first three weeks of classes during this semester, students have studied the way men and women dress differently

in movies such as “The Women” and “Out of the Past.” “The Women” is a movie completely comprised of a female cast living in a femaledominated world. During a class session last week, Munich asked her students “If there are no men in the film, does it mean they’re not present? That the women are not dressing for them?” sparking a debate about the motivations for why women dress the way they do. Class discussion focuses heavily on symbolism, specifically those that represent masculinity and femininity, in the various movies the students watch throughout the semester. Munich said her favorite part of the class is watching the movies with the students, hearing their comments about the movie and then watching it again to see how it has changed for her. “It’s the teaching,” Munich said, that she enjoys. “Otherwise I can sit in my room and figure out what I think on my own.” Discussing sex and related topics in the classroom allows students to be more open on the issue and lets them study something that was once taboo in a safe and educational way.

Ten tips for successful Skype sex By Nina Lin Staff Writer

Well, it might not be the average couple’s cup of tea, but for those who want to try something new for Valentine’s Day (or for those who are looking for a new spin on the ol’ phone sex), dust off those webcams and let’s get started! 1) Check your comfort level. Are you and your partner comfortable with the idea of cybersex? A good starting point would be to discuss where the both of you stand in terms of what you will do in front of a camera. 2) Secure the parameters. Nothing spells disaster more than having a roommate (or your younger brother) walk in on a sexy interlude. Make sure that the door is locked, the roommate notified, and the “Do Not Disturb” sign hung up where younger siblings can see it. Tip: Make sure your blinds are closed too.

are no problems with it. Getting extra light into the headsets does the job just as well. room is also a plus – that way, your partner can see 9) Give feedback. Just as with everything else you easily. you do together, communication is the key to a successful Skype session. What looks fun? What 6) Action! Don’t know how to start? It’s ok to isn’t? take it slow. Chat with your partner for a while, or Tip: Bolster your partner’s self-confidence by maybe play a game to get warmed up. Give yourself praising the things they do for you. time to get used to the idea, and when you’re both comfortable, be sure to… 10) Have fun! Of course, the main point of trying cybersex with your partner is to have fun 7) Experiment. What does your partner like? and explore a new side of each other you might not What should you do? Play around to see what fits, have known before. and keep in mind what works for next time. Maybe Cybersex might not be a comfortable topic for he prefers a strip show? Or she likes to role-play? every couple, but whether you’re in a long distance Anything goes. relationship or just looking to do something different with your partner, what is most important 8) Get a microphone for a hands-free, hands- in the realm of virtual sex is comfort, novelty, and on experience. Don’t have one? A cell phone and fun. Give it a try!

3) Set the mood. Perhaps you might not notice the clutter around the desk, but your partner certainly will. Make sure to clean up your space before you start! A cluttered background will distract your partner and pull his attention away from you. 4) Relax. Take a deep breath, drink a glass of wine, meditate- getting relaxed instead of nervous will help with the first-time jitters. Make sure the room is not too warm or too cold, and place yourself somewhere with room to move around comfortably in. 5) Lights? Camera? Webcams have come a long way since their conception in 1991, but it’s a good idea to check your equipment and make sure there

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An afternoon that would Behind the striptease make most people Blush By Nicole Siciliano Staff Writer

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“I’m working my way through school.” As college students, many of us understand the financial pangs that come along with tuition, the cost of books and living expenses, which have us on a pennypinching diet of ramen noodles and constantly balancing class assignments with internships that are little more than slavery and minimum-wage jobs that leave us depressed come payday. Many of us are working our way through school. And yet, the idea has become a cliché and a joke associated with the young women who choose to take their clothes off in places that many of us would refer to as strip clubs. Maybe we think it is a lie, an excuse to justify why these women do what they do or a way to exude sympathy from customers in order to get tipped better. Maybe we have all stigmatized such a profession as a way to feed drug habits and daddy issues. We all know how hard it is to survive as college students, so why is it so hard for us to think that the young woman sitting next to us in Javits 101 takes her clothes off to pay for tuition, not drugs or alcohol? I wanted to meet a real-life college student who chooses to work as an exotic dancer. So, like any journalist, I swallowed my embarrassment of calling a local Gentleman’s Club and stammered my way through a request to speak to some of the dancers who are also students. To my surprise, the manager didn’t tell me off and hang up the phone. In fact, he was really nice and told me to come in whenever I wanted to. “Just two rules,” he said. “No real names and no pictures.” Fair enough. So on Thursday afternoon, I

pulled my hair into a bun, washed all the makeup off my face, button up a cardigan, wrapped a scarf around my neck and decided that I looked enough like a young professional to walk into a strip joint without being asked if I was looking for a job. It didn’t really work. I walked into Blush in Commack, N.Y. with my best business face. Five o'clock on a Thursday afternoon isn’t exactly a hot time of day for places like this, but one young woman danced in nothing but her panties in the middle of the room. A few patrons watched; some didn’t notice at all. After shaking hands with Jerry, a manager of the club with a well trimmed beard and salt-andpepper hair we made small talk and friendly formalities. “What are you studying?” he asked me. “Journalism and sociology,” I replied. “What do you do with a degree in sociology?” “Honestly, not much.” “Have you thought about dancing?” “Um … Not really, but, uh, trust me, you don’t want me I’m a terrible dancer.” “They all are when they start out.” Officially awkward? Check. Jerry gave up on the recruitment session and introduced me to Ivy. She sat next to the bar, drinking a diet coke with lemon. She didn’t chat up the patrons or really make eye contact with any of them. She was 19, a student at Suffolk Community College with short brown hair and rectangular glasses, which she left on when she politely excused herself to go dance after hearing the music come on for her set. I watched her for 10 minutes, half embarrassed, as she danced on the stage and climbed the metal poles, gracefully sliding down each one with her back arched

and simultaneously removing her pink bikini top. When she was done she went around to each patron, smiled, arched her back and unceremoniously accepted a tip. “How are you doing today?” she asked one patron. “Fine, you?” “A little tired,” she said with a laugh and walked away, moving around the bar to next man holding a $10 bill. When she sat back down, I felt this absurd need to smile at her and tell her that what she did was awesome. She brushed it off; maybe she didn’t really believe me. “I hate working here, but it’s better than minimum wage,” she said. “It’s not like I was 10 yearsold and was like ‘Mom! I want to be a stripper when I grow up!’” She’s just a typical 19- yearold kid, a young woman who babysits her neighbors, has had a boyfriend for the past six months who she met through a mutual friend, a 16 year-old sister and a Shakespeare quote tattooed against her ribcage. “I actually have really bad social anxiety,” she said. “But when you’re here, it’s like an alternative universe.” For Ivy, balancing a job, classes and a boyfriend became too much last semester and she lost her Financial Aid. “I have tuition to pay for. I have a car; I have to pay for gas,” she said. Her divorced parents pooled their funds together and helped her to pay for school this semester, but like many 19 yearolds, she’s semi-independent with her finances. What was supposed to be a serious interview turned into girl-talk. I wanted to know about her life, and she wanted to know about mine. In the end, we were both young women who grew up only a few miles from each other, went to school down the road from each other and both had sisters. I asked her about what she wanted to do when she grew up, and she became more animated and excited. She told me about how she wanted to study psychology, how she had originally wanted to go into drug counseling after she watched a cousin go through rehab, but she had a fascination with serial killers and wanted to be a forensic psychologist. “It’s crazy to think about what drove Hitler to want to kill six million Jews and create this ideal race of blond-haired, blue-eyed Germans, when he didn’t fit

Candy*, 24, is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University with aspirations of graduate school and a career in communications. Friendly and ambitious, she chats happily about her friends, studying for the GRE and an internship that keeps her busy. In many respects, she is a typical young woman on her way to achieving her goals. But unlike many of her peers, Candy does what many have stigmatized as degrading. She is a dancer at Blush, an institution commonly referred to as a strip club. However, instead of being embarrassed, Candy says that she enjoys what she does. Nicole Siciliano: How did you first get started? Candy: I love dancing. I love entertaining. I got into it because my roommate and I started at the same time. I was taking classes and I had an internship, and I really needed the money. I was supposed to be dancing for money and applying for grad school at the same time, but it turned into interning and dancing, and now I’m taking my GRE. NS: What was your first time dancing on stage like? Candy: I was really nervous but [dancing at Blush] wasn’t my first time. [My friends and I] went to Oasis one night, and we love to do crazy things. It was really crowded, and one of my friends was just like, "Why don’t you try it?" So I did and I had an awesome time. When I came to Blush, the new girls can get up on the stage with a more experienced girl, so I did. I felt kind of stupid at first. It’s really about taking your top off for money, and I really want to see it as something more. It’s an art form. NS: How often do you work and how much can you make on a good night? Candy: I usually work three or four nights a week. On Saturdays, I usually make $400, but yesterday I only made $150, and some nights I walk away without making any money because I might get a drink or order food, and then all the girls working the night shift have to tip the DJ and the bouncer. It all depends on how the customers

any of those characteristics,” Ivy said. I told her that as a sociology major, I was interested in the same things she was, but from a different perspective. It was the most interested she had looked all night. We were approached by two older gentlemen, asking me why I was taking notes. She didn’t even really try to chat them up; she didn’t really want to be there at all. They eventually left us alone, and I asked her why she stayed. She said that, on a good night, she can make up to $600 a night and that sometimes what she does is “invigorating.” Ivy’s music came back on. It had been two hours, and it was her turn to dance again. She invited me to come sit onstage and watch from a different perspective.

tip. I work with one girl who has her masters degree in comparative literature from NYU, and she just chooses to strip. She used to make a lot of money but things have been kind of slow lately. NS: What do you love about dancing? Candy: The money. I love dancing on the pole. I don’t necessarily like private dances. I love the girls I work with. NS: What do you dislike about dancing? Candy: Private dances are definitely uncomfortable. Sometimes you need to drink a little bit of alcohol to get through it. Sometimes I just close my eyes to get it over with. I once had a creepy customer pay me for two private dances, which is $150 for just 30 minutes plus he tipped well, and I could have made a lot more, but the way he was looking at me and acting, I had to get away. He ended up giving a lot of money to one of the other girls that night, and I could have made a lot more off of him but I didn’t care. NS: Who are your favorite kinds of customers? Candy: It’s a strip club. You’re going to have the scum of the planet there, but then you get some really cool people and I feel bad taking their money. [Blush is] extremely good about protecting you and kicking out the trash. My favorite customers are the regulars who know the rules and are just there to watch the girls. NS: When do you make the decision to tell people what you do? How do they react? Candy: We’re fun-loving people. All of my friends know. I’m a very open person. And they know that I don’t characterize myself as promiscuous; I’ve only had three serious boyfriends. My family still doesn’t know. NS: How about your boyfriend? How does he feel about it? Candy: He loves strippers. We love fun, and he loves the fact that I’m a dancer. He’s fine with it. Not every man is fine with it but I feel like if he didn’t like what I did, he wouldn’t be my boyfriend in the first place. *Name has been changed.

“It’s really great to see everyone’s faces when you’re up onstage—sometimes they’re not even looking at you,” she said with a laugh. I declined, too embarrassed. By now, the bar was full. There were some older men, some younger; some men even came in with their wives. I smiled and told that her that I’d be back to finish my story, like an old friend who said they’d stop by again. She smiled like she hoped I might. Ivy began to dance onstage again; I began to pack my bag, feeling like a guest who had somehow overstayed her welcome in someone’s life. To a lot of people, it’s a joke and a cliché, but for Ivy it’s a reality. She dances to put herself through school, but if I ever met her on the street, I would have no idea.


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Walking down the aisle before walking in graduation By Margaret Randall Staff Writer

While many students are focused on getting good letters of recommendation and internships in college, others might be planning a wedding. Even though the Pew Research Center has found that marriage rates are down and marriage age has risen, for both men and women, there are couples who tie the knot before graduating. CNN reported that educated couples, with at least a bachelor’s degree, are more likely to have a happy, stable marriage. At Stony Brook, couples and families can live in one bedroom apartments at Chapin and married graduate students and undergraduates can live at Schomburg. Couples with children can also take advantage of the day care. They can also send their older children to the Three Village School district, which transports children directly from Chapin. According to Zhang Shen, 27, the university treats married and single students the same but a couple’s social network shrinks. He and his wife Chen, 25, a graduate student, spend most of their time together. Michael Conrad, 25, also a graduate student said married life for him and his wife Joanne, 27, is different.

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“It’s awkward,” Conrad said. “When you’re married, you go around as a couple pretty much.” He also said there are less married couples and families at Stony Brook than at his old school, Montana State. At Stony Brook, it can be hard to mingle with single students. Many undergraduate students said they would not consider marriage before graduation, or even know anyone who has gotten engaged or married at Stony Brook. “I guess marriage is a time for when you graduate,” said Yaël SaintArmand, a junior. Some students hold off on marriage while in college because they are not ready to take on the bills. “If I was ready financially,” junior Myles Cambell said, “I would consider it more so.” But some people have a different perspective on money. “You’ll never be financially sound,” said married junior Steven Sternfeld, 24, who lives off campus with his wife Penina, 23. “I think it’s much better to get married at a younger age.” Sternfeld said younger people are “more malleable” and less set in their ways than those who get married in their late 20s or 30s. Students on campus are often surprised to learn about their marital status. “Usually people are shocked,” Sternfeld said.

CAMPUS NEWS BRIEFING Clubs Face Further Budget Cuts Clubs gathered yet again at the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting last Thursday to see the future of their clubs' budget after having their line budget status reinstated at last week’s meeting. According to the USG Financial Bylaws “a line budget is the account given to a funded organization for the academic year to be expended by it in accordance with the laws of the USG.” The line budget status allows clubs to request grants from USG for various events and materials the club might need. A club’s line budget status can be revoked if the club fails to host one Student Activity funded event or fails to register with the Student Union and Activities by the end of the first week of each academic year. Animated Perspectives, Meteorology Club and Kumdo Club all had their respective line budget statuses reinstated at last week’s meeting after having it revoked due to failing to comply with the new financial bylaws. All three clubs saw a five percent cut in their budget at this week’s meeting. The decrease in budget was proposed by Senator David Adams to “show some sort of responsibility on the club’s part.” Adams said clubs should face some sort of repercussions for not being able to follow the rules that USG claims to have effectively communicated to all clubs last semester. “I don’t want to see clubs annihilated but there were clubs that had no problem with following the rules,” Adams said.

Animated Perspectives and Kumdo Club’s budget cuts were approved with a unanimous vote. Meteorology Club’s budget cut was approved by a vote of 15 – 1.

USG Senate is Against the New Academic Calendar A new academic calendar has been created for SBU that would remove breaks for any holidays except those federally recognized. This new calendar has been published on the Registrar’s website and will be adopted beginning this fall. According to Senator Anna Lubitz, President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. secretly appointed four administrators to create the new calendar and those appointed did not consult with students, USG or InterFaith leaders. Because this calendar was created without permission of the senate or consulting students, USG voted to condemn the changes to the academic calendar in a 16 – 0 vote with one abstention. USG also took a vote to condemn the creation of the new calendar, but under Vice President of Academic Affairs Adil Hussain’s advice, the senate postponed the vote until next week’s meeting, allowing them time to talk to administrators first before condemning the creation process. Senator Lubitz, who presented condemning the creation of the new academic calendar to the senate at last week’s meeting, said “students need to be involved in the calendar making process” and "be an integral part of the committee” because “students should be heard in what they are involved in." Compiled by: Deanna Del Ciello

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Jana Larsen, 22, genetics biology Matt Rigoli, 21, engineering science

Most interesting place: “Car parking lot.” Where they would do it: “Top of the parking garage by the Administration Building, on the car, in the rain.” His reason: “I’m really into cars.”

Teddy Hueckel, 22, chemistry “I’ve just had sex in the dorms. I’m not really into that whole public display of affection.” Kaitlyn O’Toole, 18, marine science “My dorm elevator. It’s the risk of getting caught. My roommate and I have talked about this! Library stacks, too.” Janeé Johnson, 18, biology “Probably in the library because no one can really see you if you’re behind all the stacks.” Mehmet Nafiz Duru, 22, business “If I tell you I might get kicked off this campus.”

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Social media helps couples plug in to their relationships By Nina Lin Staff Writer

Two hundred and forty miles might be quite a distance for some, but for high school sweethearts Jaclynn Chen and Chris Carton, it might as well be nothing at all. “It has been almost three years,” Jaclynn, 21, said. “At first it was harder, but now I can manage.” Jaclynn and Carton, students of Stony Brook University and Binghamton University, respectively, are only one pair among many who will spend this Valentine’s Day with their significant others over the internet. Partners of long-distance relationships, those whose significant others live a county, a state or even a country away, have turned to using Skype and Facebook to keep contact with their loved ones. But just how effective is social media for keeping the distance problem easier? Anna Chen, a sophomore history major, said texting and chatting on the webcam made her long -distance relationship easier to bear. “You can’t always meet the other person, but Skype is free messaging and calling,” Anna said. “It makes it [our relationship] easier.” Anna, a resident of East Setauket, said she meets her boyfriend, Evan McArthur

once a month. For the days they do not see each other, Anna and McArthur would call, text or use Meebo, an instant messaging program like AOL Instant Messenger to chat. “Social media definitely helps you to know what they’re up to,” Chen said. “Kinda like stalking, but not. Just spying.” Facebook stalking, however, was not so funny for Jaclynn, who is a double major in biology and women’s studies. She had almost deactivated her Facebook account because of the comments she had see on Carton’s profile page. Neither was it a light topic for Tiffany Lay, a biology major. Facebook, she said, had been more of a curse than a blessing on her “first and only” long-distance relationship of two and a half years. “Facebook was a problem in our relationship,” Lay said. “His exes and other female friends would post inappropriate things on his wall, and he wouldn’t tell them to stop. And if I brought it up, he’d just tell me that I was being stupid. ‘They don’t mean it,’ he’d say.” Eventually, the lying and the distance that perpetuated it caused them to break up, she said. But what really determines the success of social media on a long-distance relationship, according to Jaclynn, is trust. “You’re just gonna have to learn to trust them, that you love them enough to trust

them,” Jaclynn said. “You have to learn to trust each other mostly, and not let those little comments bother you. [Carton] has no problem explaining things if things seem

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odd [on Facebook].” “It’s worth it,” she said. “If you have someone, those little things won’t really bother you that much.”

Medical Brigade spreads love

Stony Brook Global Medical Brigades raises money for service programs

By Gabrielle Dusharm Staff Writer

The Stony Brook Global Medical Brigade, or GMB, hosted its first “Spread the Love Gala” in the Student Activities Center this past Thursday. The event raised funds for the club’s expected trips to Ghana and Honduras in May. Since its start in 2004, GMB has been the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization, involving recruited professionals and thousands of student volunteers from more than 300 universities. The organization offers nine skill-based service programs, one of which is medical, to improve quality of life in under resourced communities. These other groups include architecture, business, dental, environment, law, microfinance, public health and water. The Stony Brook chapter of GMB was founded in 2010 by a group of dedicated students. Their first brigade to Honduras involved 40 student volunteers, five Honduran doctors, two Honduran dentists and one American nurse. Two years later,

GMB has grown to 85 student members and has expanded its involvement by planning to send two brigades this year: one returning to Honduras, and one to participate in the newly formed Global Brigades program in Ghana. GMB Treasurer senior Eric Ma said he joined SBU GMB after hearing of a friend’s experience. “I saw that this was a club that was so different from any other clubs on campus, more than e-Board meetings and informationals," said Ma, a first year Brigadier on Stony Brook’s Ghana Brigade. “Since this is my last year at Stony Brook, I really wanted to take advantage of this great opportunity and really do something extraordinary, something that I wouldn’t really have the opportunity to do once I graduated.” The evening began with a musical performance by the all-male a cappella group, the Stony Brook High C’s, as guests made cards that the GMB will bring to the villages they will be visiting. The South Asian and Western fusion a cappella group, YUVA, also performed. Guests participated in a free raffle with prizes such as a $25

gift certificate to Red Mango, coffee and other restaurant gift certificates. The dinner menu included a wide assortment of food from 13 local vendors

comedy club, the Comedians’ Guild, topped off the “dinner and a show” atmosphere with original stand-up routines. Vibin Parakkattu, president

“...other programs come and provide care also, but no one knows what happens to these villages after they leave.” Vibin Parakkattu President of Honduras Brigade

and restaurants, ranging from O Sole Mio’s pasta and chicken parmesan to sushi from Ssambap Korean BBQ. Stony Brook’s first

of the Honduras Brigade, said the GMB “did great for our first big event on campus,” and he expressed his hope in making

this an annual event. More than 200 tickets were sold, raising approximately $800 that will be used to buy necessary medical supplies and recruit medical professionals for both the Honduras and Ghana Brigades this year. Parakkattu added that GMB is a sustainable program. “[Global Brigades] goes to the same villages every three months, which is awesome because these people are getting continued care. [Other] programs come and provide care also, but no one knows what happens to these villages after they leave," Parakkattu said. GMB historian junior Ginny Mule said that the group is continuously raising money for their cause. Members have sold silicon bracelets that say “Let’s Play Dr.” as well as lollipops, but this is their main event. “We do coordinate with other [Global Brigade] groups for some fundraising, but everyone needs the money so we are basically on our own," Mule said. "We try to do awareness events together.” GMB hopes to collaborate with other clubs on campus in the future and aim to inspire new Brigade groups to form on campus.


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The magical world of Tiffany & Co. Why they are more than just a jewelery company By Anusha Mookherjee Contributing Writer

Tiffany & Co. will always be my favorite jeweler. As a world-renowned company since 1837, the company has built its name in American culture throughout history. The world knows its trademarked "Tiffany Blue”-colored boxes with the perfect white bows on top as a symbol of perfection. With Valentine's Day, there is no better way to celebrate than by giving someone a piece of American history that is ethically sourced. Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy

the United States. The Metropolitan Museum of Art carries many stained glass pieces that were restored by Charles Tiffany himself. The current designers for the various lines of Tiffany are world renowned in their fields, including famed architect Frank Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Paloma Picasso who is the youngest daughter of the painter Pablo Picasso. Today Tiffany jewelry is recognized around the world with iconic phrases on their hearts that say ,"Please return to Tiffany & Co New York".

Some may think that I seem spoiled saying Tiffany's is my favorite jeweler, so to clarify, I don't own half the store. I call it my favorite as the company despite globalization and the changing world, has managed to maintain the highest of standards from 1837 to today in their craftsmanship and their ethical sourcing of materials. To many in the world, the concept of conflict goods has no meaning. Sierra Leone is prime example of the use of conflict goods to support war. In 1991, Sierra Leone entered an 11-year period of civil war that led to the death

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Young founded Tiffany & Co. on Sept. 18, 1837. It started as a stationery store and later moved to jewelry. During the Civil war it supplied the Union army with swords, flags and surgical tools. To the New York Yankees fans out there, your precious logo also came from Tiffany's. As a logo that was inscribed onto a medal of honor for the first New York City officer shot in the line of duty; it later became the logo for the baseball team. The company creates many of the World Series rings, awards and the famous Vince Lombardi trophy. Among its most prestigious honors, it even redesigned the Great Seal of

The 1879 acquisition of one of the world’s largest canary (yellow) diamonds, which weighed 128.54 carats after it was cut, launched the company into the spotlight. Originally from the Kimberley mine in South Africa, this famous diamond is larger than the world- famous Hope diamond and is the largest diamond on display in the United States. The company produces all their jewelry in the U.S., with the highest standards for their minerals and gems. Tiffany found its fame in the diamond mines of Africa, which leads us to the magical side of the company: ethical sourcing.

of over 50,000 citizens and raised the global issue of conflict diamonds. As it so happens, many parts of Africa have vast diamond reserves, and in Sierra Leone are easily accessible. The civil war in Sierra Leone started with an attempt by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) to over throw the government of Joseph Momoh, and quickly gained momentum when the RUF gained control of the eastern and southern part of the country, which were extremely rich in alluvial (loose) diamonds. Continued on Page x


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Why they are more than just a jewelery company Continued from Page x These diamonds were worth alot in the market due to the loose state that they came in. Thousands were enslaved by the RUF to work the rivers that these diamonds were found in order to fund the civil war. These diamonds were smuggled out of the country in order to bring weapons and money back to the RUF. The movie "Blood Diamond" is an accurate portrayal of the war and of the illicit trade in conflict stones. Blood diamonds, which are the same as conflict diamonds, are illegal to buy in almost every country. The United States has banned rough

diamond trade from countries affected with civil war and illicit trading, and the United Nations sanctioned countries with known activities of diamond for gun trading. Diamonds are Africa's stable natural resource. The industry for rough diamonds brings in about $13 billion U.S dollars, and about 65 percent of that or $8.5 million, is from Africa. Currently there are two systems in place to help contain the diamonds, and stop their use in funding wars. The Kimberley Process is a certification system. It stops the rough diamonds from entering the global market legally. Each rough diamond must have a government issued certificate for it to be imported and

exported. Currently only 74 countries are members of this process, and only these countries can trade rough diamonds. Under the UN laws, it is illegal to trade rough diamonds without a certificate. The second system in place is called the System of Warranties, which was created by the World Diamond Council to add to the Kimberley Process to include polished diamonds. This allows diamonds to be traded with a stamp on the invoice that it was conflict free prior to polishing. By having both these systems in place, it makes sure that each diamond is conflict free from start to finish. Now after a huge history lesson, we can finally come back to the glamour of

Tiffany's. There is more than the shiny appeal of the polished silver, gold and diamonds that fill their stores. Yes, the blue boxes and the perfectly tied bows makes a girl's heart melt and smiles break out, but there is so much more to jewelry that we need to be aware of. Living in the United States, many people are immune to the problems of the world. Tiffany's isn't the cheapest jewelry, but when you buy their diamonds, the certificate they provide to insure the diamonds are conflict-free, is worth every penny. Diamonds are about love, not war. Tiffany jewelry is U.S -made. In fact, their flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City has a workshop right above the show room. There is more to the company

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than just the jewelry and brand name. Ethical practices in sourcing can get expensive when consumers want something cheap, and companies would rather cut corners. Before you buy jewelry, ask where it comes from and take a few minutes to check the company. People can roll their eyes and think I sound spoiled when I say Tiffany's is my favorite. To those people, how many of you have even heard of conflict diamonds, or conflict goods? Precious minerals and gems are limited, which in many countries have fueled war. I absolutely support Tiffany's for never cutting corners in ethical issues in sourcing, and believe whether you can afford it or not, you should at least respect the company’s strong stance on ethical sourcing and commitment to such high standards, and it's these reasons why Tiffany's is magical. Over 4 million people have died from wars for conflict goods such as diamonds. Think before you buy!

This is your obligatory Valentines day complaint By Lamia Haider

Assistant Opinion Editor

There are 150 million Valentine cards sent every year in the United States. During the week leading up to the big day, Americans spend $448 million on candy. This year, a flower delivery company spent over two million dollars on a Superbowl commercial. In the commercial, supermodel Adriana Lima seductively purred that men should have flowers delivered to their paramour for Valentine's Day, because that was obviously the best way to get sex. It's pretty obvious that the vast majority of activities associated with Valentine's Day are centered around money and the gratuitous spending of it in order to show your current mate that you have a fairly high tolerance of their presence. I'll admit that I have not spent all my formative years here in the U.S. , so when I started college here I had a very vague idea about the norms and social standards associated with Valentine's Day. My last memories of it were embedded in my childhood. These memories involved mass consumption of those heartshaped candies that taste like chalk and crushed aspirations, and the innocent exchange of hearts made with safety scissors and construction paper. My teenage years were not spent in America, so I think I missed something fairly crucial when it comes to what's expected on

Valentine's Day. Apparently there are usually two sides to this violently pink, rose-scented coin. The male is expected to pay tribute to the female in the form of an expensive gift, and possibly dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. If his service is satisfactory, he receives sexual favors, much like the long-tailed macaques of Indonesia. The other scenario that often occurs on Valentine's Day is that the male sees the holiday as an obligation and gets an overpriced, cookie-cutter gift for his significant other so as to not be a victim of her hell-raising wrath. These are the scenarios that I've heard of from quite a few heterosexual couples, but they are by no means the only way people commemorate a day that was once used to celebrate fertility in Ancient Rome. I'm sure many couples have an awesome Valentine's Day, one that isn't filled with insipid Hallmark messages. I just don't tend to hear about them. The essence of Valentine's Day is that you utilize a whole 24 hours to show how appreciative you are of your significant other. Lately, it's become pretty one-sided and more about mass consumerism than about showing adoration and affection. I'm not saying the two can't intermingle. However, you shouldn't need to get your partner something that is exuberantly shiny on a specific day every year for them to realize that they own every chamber of your heart. Sometimes simple

acts of affection say a lot more than a parade of gifts and fancy dinners. Cooking dinner for your partner, giving them a much needed massage after an arduous day of sitting in lecture halls, and playing board games or video games together are all activities that foster a stronger bond between partners without gnawing at a poor college

student's checking account. This shouldn't be reserved for just one day a year either. If you're in a functional relationship, you probably already show your appreciation for your partner on a regular basis. However, real life gets hectic and we often forget to make those little gestures that really reassure your significant other of

your feelings. The intention of Valentine's Day is a sweet one, but it's become warped and somewhat unrecognizable. I think it's time we began to use it again as a day to take a step back from the constant barrage of work and responsibilities, so we can dedicate our time to those we deeply care for.

to make the day memorable by displaying their love with expensive dinners, gifts and jewelry. Companies thrive on their consumers’ false belief that gifts are always purchased with love and not just a credit card. However, love shouldn’t be confined to a single day. Although cliché, the best gift one can give another is time

and attention. Natural emotion, shown through the most basic actions, is the best way to prove how much someone means to them. Instead of pouring a great amount of energy into manufacturing one day of magical romance, small tokens of love should be distributed every day. Valentine’s Day should

continue to be celebrated, but altered so that the focus returns to relationships as opposed to material items. Although those who are single sulk about their void love life or disregard the holiday completely, they should enjoy the event as well. By definition, Valentine’s Day is an annual celebration of love

between companions. Therefore, single men and women can take the opportunity to spend time with the friends and family that have always been there for them. Whether one takes a group trip to the spa or invites the boys over for a video game marathon, Valentine’s Day is the ideal opportunity to spend additional time with loved ones.

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Getting away from the commercial Valentines day By Holly Riordan Contributing Writer

Valentine’s Day is a time of affection, adoration and unrealistic expectations. The commercialized holiday has morphed from a pure tradition to an extravagant spending contest. Modern society feels obliged


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Who is to blame for sexual assualt?

By Jay Epelman Contibuting Writer

Statistics show that one in five women will be the victim of sexual assault in their college careers. Now, for those that don’t believe in statistics, think of that as a modest number based on research available, which is limited in itself, to be frank. Sexual assault, rape, harassment etc. is a serious issue on many campuses, and unfortunately Stony Brook is not exempt from this. Why is sexual assault such a big concern that goes largely unnoticed constantly across the country? Our culture not only accepts sexual assault as a common occurrence, but it also does nothing to discourage it among young male adults. That might be an outrageous statement, but what’s even more disgraceful is the lack of understanding and the stigma that surround sexual assault cases and what the media choose to divulge about certain ones. What people don’t seem to realize is that, when a women suffers through the stress of either a rape or sexual assault, the symptoms exhibited are similar to that of post-traumatic stress disorder including flashbacks, constant fear, anxiety and possible depression. The act of coming forward and admitting what has happened has the potential to be such a harrowing experience that most women say

nothing at all, often putting the blame on themselves. When a woman does come forward, she is usually met with such disregard, blame and even animosity that there is no reason to go all the way to press charges or even get a rape kit done. The media, however, have a tendency to highlight cases where the woman is either blamed for the instance or was lying all along, simply wanting to “seek revenge” on the alleged rapist for separate, personal matters. W h e n p e o p l e see these particular cases, it becomes lodged into their minds that if a girl comes forward, she must be lying and is therefore labeled a “whore,” “bitch” or “slut.” Apparently, if a girl dresses a certain way, she must have wanted to have sex, or else, why be so flirtatious? (This, by the way, is sarcasm, for those that read that and thought “Yeah, definitely.” Seek help.) What is this “blame the victim”

mentality and from where does it stem from? Could it be that our culture appreciates a woman who is beautiful more than a woman who is intelligent? If a woman does something that men do not like, why is she labeled a “dumb bitch,” even by other women? Hate to break it to some men out there, but if a girl doesn’t want to date

woman that sleeps with just as many men is called a “whore” or “easy”? There are certain facts associated with sexual assault that are often ignored or misunderstood. If a woman is sexually assaulted, the odds are very likely that she knows the assailant and has known them for quite some time. Being in a relationship or marriage also does not justify rape or assault. When a woman says the word “no,” it does not mean “Keep trying,” or “I really want to sleep with you; I just don’t want to come off as easy.” The absence of “yes” also does not mean “go ahead,” and the presence of alcohol doesn’t excuse anyone either, because, according to the law, (and yes, there are laws about this), consent cannot be given under intoxication. So whose fault is it that the statistics for women being assaulted is so high (and remember, it’s a modest statistic at best)? Is it the women who dress in a certain manner and might have a history of enjoying the company of

"There are certain facts associated

with sexual assault that are often ignored or misunderstood. If a woman is sexually assaulted, the odds are very likely that she knows the assailant and has known the for quite some time. " you, calling her names isn’t going to make you more likeable. No one can doubt that there are certain expectations and stereotypes attributed to each sex from the moment we ask a pregnant woman, “Is it a boy or a girl?” Why is it that a man who sleeps with several women is a “pimp” or “player,” proving his masculinity with every lay, while a

men, or is it the men who might not even know the definition of sexual assault, yet constantly make their dates, girlfriends or one -night-stands feel unsafe because their advances are forceful enough to suggest that, if they don’t get what they want, things might take a turn for the worse? Even many sexual assault prevention techniques focus on women, going through scenarios and situations dealing with how not to get raped, which might discuss things like, “Don’t dress provocatively.” Why should women be warned against rape when men aren’t warned not to rape? It seems to me that, if women are the ones suffering for actions at the hands of men, that blame should mostly be put on men. I realize this is a bold idea, and there are cases where men are victims, but if men stopped raping, the numbers would become a lot less drastic. This is as much a man’s issue as it is a woman’s issue, and while it’s true that most men do not rape, few are innocent in how they treat women, talk about women and view them in everyday life. So, come on men, who is masculine enough to take responsibility for how they treat women, the words they use to describe them and overall cultural expectations about taking a girl out to dinner and expecting something in return?

Doing Valentine's Day your own special way By Jen Chiodo Contributing Writer

Valentines Day really, are we going to keep hating on the holiday still? I mean, that was cool when we were 14 years old going through angst of not having puppy love in our lives. Besides, even if we don’t have someone to spend Valentines Day with, who doesn’t enjoy chocolate and candy and bright, girlish colors? Yeah, it might be considered to be this bought out, corporate holiday, but if you are in college and you are still hating on Valentines day, there are other things I feel you should be considering in your life. Like, how Valentine's day is about love! Who do you love right now? Is it your girlfriend? Boyfriend? Parents?

Sister? Is it your professor who gave you a break on last week’s paper deadline or the coffee girl who always puts the right amount of mocha pumps into your venti-triple-shot latte even if you don’t have to ask. Spreading the love is what life is all about. Throwing a compliment is all it takes to brighten someone’s day. This goes for every day. I don’t know about you guys, but I am excited this year for Valentines day. I’m excited because the labeling of Feb. 14th gives me a reason to make an ordinary day a funny or interesting one. It gives the opportunity to make a memory that I couldn’t otherwise get away with on any other day. It gives me the opportunity to be silly and be outgoing and work up the nerve to ask someone on gasp a coffee date. Maybe that’s just my single

little self getting carried away with what someone like me outside of a relationship could do to make the day special for myself (and others, too). That’s not to say you can't have fun if you are in a relationship. Most of us see couples — well, at least those that take part in them— treat Valentines' Day like an exclusive (meaning, no third wheels at Valentines Day dinner!) chore. Some approach it with stress and loathing, as if it is forcing them to do anything but enjoy spending time with that one other person. For one, here are a few unconventional ideas for Valentines Day 2012: Have your boyfriend (or anyone, for that matter) seductively feed you chocolate out of a Darth Vader Valentine's Box (available at Target)

while doing an interpretive saber dance to “I’m Qualified to Satisfy You” by Barry White! Buy three boxes of the elementaryschool SpongeBob—themed valentines, fill them out with Chinese fortunes, throw on a pink tutu and skip around campus showering your favorite (or least favorite people) with Valentines (All while having “Loves Theme” by Barry White playing on your shoulder boom-box)! Buy some washable pink and red paint, strip down to your underwear, douse you and whomever you love (friends or significant other) with paint and make an avant-garde Valentine's mural a to the song “Never ever gonna get enough” by Barry White (The mural itself with the intertwining paint as a symbolic “an ode to intimacy”).

Spray mistletoe pink and wave it over people for a kiss, telling them it is the new healthy-alternative to a box a chocolate! If you tend to be socially inept, but still want to get in the mood (you know, the ultimate Valentine's mood)…just download the "Best of Barry White" and blast it all day: in your car, in your headphones, over the loudspeaker in Stop & Shop.Yes, Tuesday is the day to do it! So ,my friends, as you see, there is no reason to create an anti-Valentine's day any longer. All it takes is a little creativity to make the holiday your own. I know I will definitely be doing, hmm, four or five of these. What are you going to do for the people you love? If anything, give them a positive attitude, because that’s what love is all about!

My best friend in college is caffeine By Krupali Chokshi Contributing Writer

As we ease into second semester, and work starts to hit us in the face, most college students find that their best friend is a cup of coffee. Trips to Starbucks become a daily occurrence, and you find yourself spending more meal points on drinks than food. Four out of five Americans drink coffee, and many start during their college years. But is all this caffeine worth it? Is it helping you stay up and focus on your work, or just making you jittery and

addicted ? Caffeine does, in fact, help some cognitive function. Studies have shown that caffeine aids in tasks that require “speed” but not “power.” These tasks include simple arithmetic, reaction time and more mundane, straightforward tasks. Therefore, caffeine would be very helpful to a student preparing for an exam using these skills. However, caffeine might not be helpful in intellectual tasks. Studies have shown that coffee may worsen performance for more complicated tasks,

such as long word problems. It’s therefore important that you take into consideration the type of work you have to do before you decide to run to Starbucks. Furthermore, studies have found that caffeine before an exam only helps if the test-taker is used to the effects of caffeine. Those that are not accustomed to these effects normally perform worse on exams. In general, a little bit of coffee can be good for the body. Studies by Harvard Medical School have shown that “coffee can help in the prevention and treatment of diseases and illnesses as varied as Alzheimer's

disease, diabetes, liver disease, skin cancer, Parkinsons's disease and more." Coffee contains powerful antioxidants that destroy free radicals, which can cause damage. While most students feel that the coffee helps them stay more alert in class, there are many negative symptoms of caffeine. Students often become dependent on caffeine and feel the need to have a few cups of coffee to keep them going. While the "coffee high" helps you stay awake, the “crash” that comes later might actually leave you feeling worse. Almost every addiction has withdrawal

symptoms, and the symptoms from coffee are not pleasant. Coffee is linked to increased blood pressure and heart rate, as well as irritability, headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. So next time you’re standing on that ridiculously long line at Starbucks, think about your caffeine habits. Do you drink in moderation? Once in a while, coffee can be good for you, and even a treat for some. However, making it an addictive habit has many negative long-term consequences that can severely hurt your health.


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Statesman Department of Sexology Survey The 2012 sex survey was directed toward people at Stony Brook University. This year, about 300 people submitted complete responses to the survey. People were asked several questions about their own sexual activities, their perceptions about sex at Stony Brook University and their views on sex. For more information from the survey check out www.sbstatesman.com (Layout design by Adil Hussain)

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Doggy style 48%

cowgirl/reverse cowgirl 19%

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Ever had a threesome? Yes (20.6%)

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life science vs. social science life sciences 36.5%

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What is the wildest or strangest thing you have ever done sexually?

had sex on the lacrosse field a quickie on my parents’ t bed when they were righ outside the door

Gotten a blowjob behind a police precinct.

Got railed against a pole that holds up power lines in the middle of a forest.

Friend’s mom in the kitchen.

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Threesome in the dugout of the baseball field on campus

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Pick-up lines that really work, SBU promises

“Shawty in the blue and orange lookin’ like the Mets! Let me spit a home run on you.” Me’Dina Cook, sophomore English major

“Are you a chicken farmer? Because you’re good at raising cocks.” Jackie Limprecht, freshman sociology major.

“At least I can die a happy man because I just saw a piece of heaven.” Edward Emono, junior health science major

“If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put ‘U’ and ‘I’ together.” Matthew Meagher, junior chemistry major.

*Throws ice on ground. Stomp on ice* “Now that I’ve broken the ice…” Roy Lotz, junior cultural anthropology major.

“Hi. My name is Tom. I think you’re hot. Can I have your number?” Thomas Kim, junior business major.

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Movie Vows to "...live within the warmth of your heart" By Jaclyn Lattanza Staff Writer

Life is about moments of impact. These moments of impact, the flashes of high intensity that turn our lives around, define who we are. It was a beautiful, snowy night, and silence filled the air. The couple was motionless in their small red car at a stop sign. There’s this theory that you are guaranteed to get preggers if you do it in a car. Paige and Leo leaned in for a kiss. Just as their lips locked, their lives changed forever. Blinding headlights lit up the street as a truck pushed the car at least 10 feet. The effects of slow motion as both bodies whipped forward and then back emphasized the severity of the crash. Paige’s head broke through the windshield, and her body lay prostrate on the hood of the car. Moments of impact define who we are, but what if one day you couldn’t remember any of them? “Paige. You know who I am, right?”

“You’re my doctor.” “No, I’m your husband.” Starring Rachel McAdams ("Mean Girls") as Paige and Channing Tatum ("Dear John") as Leo, “The Vow” is definitely a movie that will leave you appreciating your life and everyone in it more than you ever did before. It is based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who were involved in a car crash just 10 weeks after getting married in the fall of 1993. The crash left Krickitt with less than a one percent chance of surviving. “After 20 years, the Carpenters are ready for their close-up, with no memory of the last 18 months of her life, which included her marriage." The couple met in 1992, while making a business deal over the phone and then met in person a few months later. However, the movie portrays their moment of love at first sight by Leo catching up with Paige after spotting her at the DMV. He used their matching parking zone passes to initiate a conversation.

I vow to fiercely love you. It was obvious that the love between Leo and Paige was real, the kind that everyone wishes for. They got married in The Art Institute of Chicago, where Paige was a student, in Illinois. Kim and Krickitt got married in San Juan County, New Mexico. As Leo struggled to teach Paige how to live her life as a loving wife, dedicated sculptor and vegetarian, he was faced with Paige’s parents and sister Quinn, who had not been in the picture for as long as he had known Paige but suddenly wanted her back after the accident. He also had to deal with Jeremy, Paige’s exfiancé, who she remembered and believed she still loved. Leo fought to regain Paige’s trust because the only people she felt comfortable around were her family; she did not remember the events leading up to them not talking. “I figured I liked him before so I’ll get to know him again. It was one day at a time,” Krickitt told Amanda Goodman, a reporter for News 13, in an interview with her

husband. It was not that easy though. Paige did not respond well to living with Leo. In an attempt to return her to her normal way of living, but she could not remember anything about herself. She was acting significantly different from who she used to be. However, what may appear to be Paige’s tragedy turned out to be even more of a nightmare for Leo. Each of us makes up the sum total of all of our experiences. After a long and overwhelming fight, Leo had no other choice but to give up. He signed the papers to end it all and was left with only the memories of his life with Paige, as she tried to find herself by living with her parents. “The Vow” is a serious love story, but not all 104 minutes are tear-jerking and tragic. Besides the distraction of Channing Tatum’s extremely gorgeous face and sculpted abs and biceps (oh yeah, and his bare butt;) there are some humorous aspects of the film, as well. For instance, when

Leo wakes up after sleeping naked on the couch, he walks into his room, where Paige is changing her clothes without knocking. After six months, Paige started a new life in the city, near Leo’s place, to pursue her sculpting dream. It seemed like the story was going to end without any closure of her relationship with Leo’s, but the two were reunited in front of a café and walked down the snowy road together until the credits rolled. “I would love to say that I fell in love with him again because that’s what everybody wants to hear,” Krickitt said. “I chose to love him, and that was based on obedience to God, not feelings … I chose to love him because I made a vow,” she said in an online article for The Daily Times. Three years after their first marriage, Kim and Krickitt exchanged vows again in 1996. They now living in Farmington, New Mexico with their children Danny, 11, and LeeAnn, 8. Krickitt never regained her memory.


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Sex scenes in movies, a reenactment Compiled by: Atiba Rogers and Nicole Sicilliano

1. "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" Proof that hate sex is worth a roll in the debris with your worst (and incredibly attractive) enemy, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" shows a love like no other, literally. As Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie unload an arsenal of weapons, sparks fly and the assassins (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) hired by competing agencies to kill one another decide, instead of offing each other, they’re just going to get each other off. Some like it hot, but everybody likes it rough, and audiences are left to watch the two thrash against walls and knock over anything in sight.

2. "Black Swan" Rolling on ecstasy harder than the spin cycle on a clothes dryer, typically uptight ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) and her wild-child rival Lily (Mila Kunis) decide to take it to the bedroom in the Black Swan. Nina’s fragile and innocent White Swan demeanor is traded in for that of the sultry and seductive Black Swan, Odie, as she and Lily find themselves in a lustful struggle in her little-girl-pink bedroom. When two hot chicks get it on on-screen, it’s usually for a miniscule minute. But this risqué scene manages to stay sexy for a bit longer. The audience is left to watch Lily dominate Nina, pleasuring her like never before. But in a twist, we find that what Nina thinks was a lusty duet was actually a solo act between herself and her alter-ego.

3. "Original Sin" This is no PG-13 movie; it is for the eyes of the mature only. Who knew Antonio Banderas (Luis) was into The Plow sex position until watching the film Original Sin? The heat was turned all the way up as it should be when getting between the sheets with Angelina Jolie (Julia, Bonnie) on any day. Jolie has many titles in this movie, a con artist, prostitute and actress, to name a few. But Luis was in pursuit of a bride, and it was far from what he expected. Nevertheless, she sure helped his wildest dreams come true in the bedroom and let’s just say that Luis is no Noah.


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4. "Titanic" By the look on Jack’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) face, you can tell that the sex was amazing. He and Rose's (Kate Winslet) bare, sweaty bodies leads us to believe that things got sexy and heavy for more than just a hot second. Director James Cameron may have decided to keep things classy by leaving much to the audience's imagination, but that sweaty hand pressed against the fogged up window was iconic, to say the least. Not everyone has the opportunity to make it to the bedroom; sometimes you have to get it while you can. Please, just try not to stain the upholstery on the antique car.

5. "Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" Twihard fans have been dying to see Edward Cullen (Robert Patterson) and Bella Swan (Kristin Stewart) get it on since the saga’s premier in 2008, and few were left disappointed. Watching an indestructible, sparkling hottie tear a bed frame apart and rip pillows to shreds in the comfort of a private island might just be every girls’ new fantasy. Whether or not Bella enjoyed it was never really much of a debate as the audience was left to watch her beg for more while strutting around in revealing negligée for a drawn-out montage. But hey, apparently once you go blood-sucker, you never go back.

6. "The Notebook" The intimate and eternal love between Nicholas Sparks' characters Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams) has pretty much left a generation of women depressed about their own relationship realities. The sexual tension between the two culminates in a scene that is wet and sexy as the they rekindle adolescent love after being separated by Allie’s strict, wealthy parents. Noah, a carpenter, might not be rolling in the green, but you have to admit that the guy knows how to work with his hands as he gently (but firmly) rolls Allie’s stockings off of her legs. If the montage of moaning and images of ambiguous naked body parts wasn’t enough to let us know just how good the sex is, Allie ends the scene with the now famous line, “So that’s what I’ve been missing out on all these years.”

Aphrodite, aphrodisiacs and a thriving sexual appetite By Alycia Terry Staff Writer

Chocolate and red roses are unexciting and overdone. This does not mean, however, that it is okay to just send an e-Valentine to your love and be done with it — unless, that is, you want to be totally alone on Valentine’s Day. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of pleasure, joy, beauty, love and procreation; hence, the word aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiacs are substances or qualities that may excite desire. According to the Cambridge World History of Food, aphrodisiacs were first sought out as a remedy for various sexual anxieties, including fears of

inadequate performance. Not that anyone on this campus should be having such anxieties, but here are a few foods and recipes to ensure that your Valentine’s Day date goes smooth: The aroma of almonds is said to induce passion in a female. The Food Network has a great recipe for Almond Kisses. Try a little baking with your love; these sugar cookies suffused with almond extract and sprinkled with chopped almonds will have the girls begging for more. Basil also supposidly stimulates the sex drive; try with some with fresh mozzarella, tomato slices and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Garlic supposedly stirs sexual

desire. Sautee minced garlic with olive oil and drizzle over linguine. If indulging in this spice, make sure both you and your partner have it, for obvious reasons — garlic breath is less offensive when mutual. I take back what I said about chocolate — it really never gets old. Theobromine, a substance in chocolate related to caffeine, is found to affect neurotransmitters. The effect is particularly potent when combined with a small glass of red wine. Incidentally, both are also full of antioxidants. Ginger stimulates the circulatory system and gets your blood pumping. Try some fresh grated ginger with sushi.

Honey is a historic cure for sterility and impotence. Centuries ago, lovers drank mead, a draught brewed from fermented honey, on their honeymoon. For a modern twist, infuse homemade lemonade with honey and, if desired, mix with a drop of dark rum. The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. Mix 2 tbsp. vanilla extract with ¼ cup powdered confectioner’s sugar and trickle over a bowl of ripened raspberries and sliced strawberries for a deliciously light dessert. It’s said that Casanova ate 50 raw oysters every day for breakfast. Studies have linked zinc, a mineral that oysters

are rich in, with increased sperm counts and also a rise in testosterone levels. This hormone is said to stimulate women’s sexual desire. This may be one reason why kissing is considered to be excellent foreplay; men’s saliva contains high amounts of testosterone. However, watch out for food poisoning. Of course, not many aphrodisiacs have been scientifically proven to increase sexual appetite; however, the power of suggestion may be very strong. As one last piece of advice, it should be noted that whipped cream rarely fails to lead to a good time. So kids, just remember to be safe — in the kitchen, I mean.


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Red-hot professors at SBU chat about their own love lives Compiled by: Will Rhino, Megan Spicer, and Sara Sonnack

Will Rhino (WR): Describe your perfect date. Ann Marie Horbey (AH): It's been a long time. We [Professor Horbey and her husband] like to go hiking, camping and backpacking. WR: What's the most romantic thing you've ever done for a significant other on Valentine's Day? AH: Also been a long time. Way back, I went into his bedroom. I wrote on index cards the things I loved about him, and I put them up on his wall. It was a heart of index cards. An emblem of love. WR: Who's your celebrity crush? AH: Not applicable. WR: How does it feel to know students find you attractive? AH: That's just life. That's the nature of being a young professional. I was surprised. WR: How do you balance love and work? AH: It doesn't really require any balance. We have similar goals in different fields. We respecct what the other does and support each other in what we need. WR: How do you feel about being judged based on looks on ratemyprofessor.com? AH: I don't go on ratemyprofessor.com It was reported to me. I find it amusing. WR: How do you plan on spending Valentine's Day? AH: I don't know. It's a surprise. It's his turn. WR: Do you do anything out of the ordinary to make yourself look more attractive on Valentine's Day? AH: I wear red. WR: Have any students ever commented on your looks? AH: I taught high school, so yes. Now, I've been complimented on the way I dress. Most college students have more tact.

Megan Spicer (MS): Describe your perfect date. Frederick Grine (FG): It depends upon whether you are referring to an individual or an occasion. MS: What's the most romantic thing you've ever done for a significant other on Valentine's Day? FG: A surprise African Safari - flying from Cape Town, South Africa to the Okavango Delta of Botswana for a week of game viewing. MS: What's the most romantic thing someone has done for you? FG: Dinner on a private yacht in Dubrovnik, Croatia. MS: Who is your celebrity crush? FG: Courtney Cox. MS: How do you define love? FG: It is impossible to define, but you know it when you feel it. MS: How does it feel to know that students find you attractive? FG: I am blushing now! MS: How do you feel about being judged based on looks on ratemyprofessor.com? FG: As my father would have said, "Those than can, do; those that can't, teach; and those that can't teach can at least try to look good (or become an administrator)." MS: How do you balance love and work? FG: I don't! MS: How do you plan on spending Valentine's Day? FG: In the bush ... in the Turkana Basin of Kenya. MS: Do you believe in love at first sight? FG: Sure, but then I also believe that the Earth is flat!

Sara Sonnack (SS): What's the most romantic thing you've ever done for a significant other on Valentine's Day? Steven Reiner (SR): Write a special note. Say something special. Say something that, of course, is very private that I would not share with The Statesman. SS: Who's your celebrity crush? SR: There's so many. They change. I've always loved Kate Winslet. I prefer Jennifer Aniston to Angelina Jolie. SS: How do you define love? SR: I think love is the ability and the willingness and the desire to put someone else before yourself. SS: How does it feel to know students find you attractive? SR: It feels very good. Everybody behaves themselves. SS: How do you plan on spending Valentine's Day? SR: Unfortunately, my wife has to work. She's in the fashion industry and this is fashion week in New York, so I will be out in Stony Brook attending "My Life As..." with my colleagues. My wife and I will delay it a couple of days. Of course, I'll send flowers and a mushy card. SS: How did you become known as the "silver fox"? SR: Most years, the graduating seniors do a video at the spring journalism banquet. Four years ago, in that video, they talked about every professor, Selvin, Haddad, Ricioppo, Dean McGinnis. They were saying things like, "Oh they're so great," and so on and so forth. When they got to me, one of the female students said, "Ahh, the silver fox." That was the first time I heard it, along with like 75 other people. I didn't know if I should take it badly that they weren't talking about me as a professor. It was a little embarrassing. SS: Have any students ever commented on your looks? SR: No. Maybe the first year I got there. The first group may have mentioned that nickname that I got.

Easy, cheap and on-campus: Ideas for you and your sweetie By Will Rhino

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

It is Valentine's Day again. People either love it, hate it or are forced to agonize over it. No matter your view of Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 is going to

happen. Regardless of whether or not you are spending this Tuesday single or taken, there are ways to make the best of it. Because Valentine's Day falls on such an inconvenient day, some people might find it easier (and

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cheaper) to stay on-campus, and there are plenty of options available. Just be advised that, if you are getting stuff for meal points and low prices, the "cheese factor" is going to be pretty high. If you are going to be with your single friends, there are tons of things to do. You could all go out and get ice cream from Kelly or Roth and watch "The Notebook," wishing you could find a love as pure as Noah's and Allie's. Of course, this is going to be incredibly depressing, but it is so clichĂŠ it might be fun to actually try. On the flipside, you could always watch a horror movie. The final "Saw" movie, "Scream 3" and "The Exorcist" are on Netflix. Just because you are watching a horror movie does not mean you have to ditch the ice cream. Tuesday is a pretty decent night for television. "Cougar

Town" returns this Valentine's Day, so you and your friends could curl up with a nice glass of wine and watch the Cul-desac Crew reunite, regardless of whether you've missed the first two seasons or not. "Glee" is also going to be having a Valentine's Day episode as well. If you want to skip the TV and movies thing, you could always go to the craft center for some arts and crafts action. Sadly, campus is pretty dull this upcoming Tuesday. For all you couples out there, there are a few cute little romantic things to do on campus. You two could hit the Roth CafĂŠ lobster dinner; they are taking reservations. If you want to be stingy on meal points, you could always share a strawberry milkshake from Wendy's. If you're feeling extra cheesy, order the spaghetti from CPK and split it, "Lady and the

Tramp" style. After dinner (or a milkshake), take a walk around Roth Pond. It is actually kind of nice at night, when you cannot see how dirty it really is. If you want to buy that special someone in your life some chocolate or flowers, you can use your campus cash at Wolfie's Marketplace. You could also get some sandwiches from the Union Deli or the Student Activities Center and take it to the Staller steps and make a little picnic out of it. This is, obviously, by no means a comprehensive list. This is really just to get your imagination going. Even if you're stuck at Stony Brook, there are still things to do. Either way, make sure you spend it with the people you love. I warned you it would be cheesy.


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Stony Brook Men's basketball winning streak snapped vs Vermont student follows in path of sibling, becomes a cheerleader By Sam Kilb

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By Catie Curatolo Staff Writer

Matt Schneyer is a junior at Stony Brook University. He is a health sciences major, studying nuclear medicine. He works at the Olive Garden. He is also a cheerleader. Schneyer, 20, is the lone male on the Stony Brook squad. He started cheering for the Seawolves after transferring from Suffolk County Community College last fall. At football and basketball games, he can be seen flipping, tumbling and hoisting girls into the air, as well as performing the cheers on the sideline. Schneyer’s reason for being a cheerleader was a simple one: his older sister. “My sister has been cheering her entire life, and she’s three years older than I am, so I grew up around it the entire time,” he said. “I don’t know, it just clicked for me.” Schneyer has been cheering for a total of six years now. Although he did not cheer for his high school, Sachem East, he competed with an all-star team during those years instead. An accomplished gymnast, Schneyer became very passionate when dismissing the commonly held idea that cheerleading is a “girl’s only” activity. “Nothing in this world is simply just for one sex or another,” Schneyer said. “I think if [you’re] doing something you love — whether it is considered a girly sport or a manly sport — it doesn't matter. You are still doing what you love to do and that’s all that matters.” Head coach Lenee Passiglia is happy to have someone like Schneyer on the team. “Matt is one of the most talented, driven and athletic male cheerleaders I've ever worked with. He is determined to put his best foot forward at all times, and dedicates so much time to Stony Brook's cheer program,” Passiglia said. "He is awesome to work with both on the mat and off. I think he'll definitely help in taking this program to the next level throughout his college cheering career.” Continued on Page 19

It had been a long time since the Stony Brook men’s basketball team was behind on the scoreboard at the end of the second half — nine straight games, dating back nearly a month to Jan. 14 at Boston University. But that losing taste was in the Seawolves’ mouths again on Sunday, as the University of Vermont Catamounts wrenched the pole position in the race for the top seed in the America East championships away from Stony Brook with a 68-49 win in Burlington. If both Stony Brook and Vermont win their remaining games, they will finish with identical records at the top of the table, but the Catamounts will earn the top seed courtesy of the tiebreaker. The Seawolves (17-8, 12-2 AE) failed to make a single threepoint basket, going a combined 0-for-15 from beyond the arc. Senior Bryan Dougher was responsible for seven of those misses. Senior Dallis Joyner was the only Seawolf that did not have an off night, as he went 5-for-5 from the floor, contributing 13 points. Freshman Four McGlynn led the Catamounts (17-10, 11-2 AE) with 24 points. It was Vermont that got off to a strong start, pulling away

to an early 21-9 lead. But the Seawolves clawed their way back to within one point and went into the locker room down 2322. The second half was all Catamounts. Vermont went on a 13-0 run in the middle of the second to stretch the lead to 4830 with just seven and a half minutes to go. Stony Brook was unable to recover despite the best efforts of sophomore Dave Coley, who scored seven of his nine points in the second half. The Seawolves shot just 33 percent from the field and an icy 58 percent from the free throw line, and the visitors made just one field goal in the final 4:30. The loss came on the heels of Stony Brook’s ninth straight conference win, which was at home against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Thursday night. The Seawolves barely escaped with a win over the league’s second-worst team, beating the Retrievers 80-68. The score was tied about halfway through the second half when Stony Brook went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good. Four Seawolves scored in double digits, with sophomore Anthony Jackson leading the way with 17 points. Dougher had 16, while Joyner and Marcus Rouse had 14 each. Stony Brook has a week off before heading to Boston to take

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Joyner (#23) was the only Stony Brook player shooting well finishing with 13 points on 5-5 shooting. on Northeastern at 1 p.m. on Saturday as a part of the ESPN Bracketbusters series. The game

did not make the ESPN television package, but can be heard live on WUSB 90.1 FM.

Women's basketball drops two games this week

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Senior Tamiel Murray had five rebounds in Saturday's game against Boston University. By Adam Merkle Staff Writer

Not even the band’s thunderous chant to Kanye West’s “Power” was enough

to propel the Stony Brook women’s basketball team past a difficult University of Maryland Baltimore County opponent, as the Seawolves fell 63-51 in Pritchard Gymnasium

Wednesday evening. Senior guard Whitney Davis and junior forward Jessica Previlon led the Seawolves with 16 points a piece, shooting nearly 50 percent combined and

thus providing the bulk of the offense for Stony Brook. Senior Tamiel Murray also chipped in, dishing out seven assists in addition to eight rebounds. Dropping their 11th straight game, the Seawolves fall to 4-21 on the season and 1-11 in America East conference play. The UMBC Retrievers opened the game with a unanswered 13-0 run behind back to back wide open three-pointers from their guards. Stony Brook was finally able to get on the board with a baseline jump shot from senior guard Misha Forsey, who was able to release just as the shot clock expired. Despite UMBC powering out of the gates to an early doubledigit lead, the Seawolves did not seem flustered and responded with perfect 5-5 shooting in the last six minutes to cut the Retriever’s lead to a mere five points at halftime. An overzealous UMBC coach was hit with a technical foul in the waning seconds of the first half after giving the head referee an earful. However, the Seawolves were unable to capitalize as time ran Continued on Page 19


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Dougher looks to bring team to the "Big Dance"

By Mike Daniello Assistant Sports Editor

One would think that with being on the verge of becoming the alltime scoring leader in Stony Brook basketball history and having one final shot at making the NCAA Tournament, senior Bryan Dougher would be facing all types of pressure. But he is not. The point guard is looking forward to the challenges as he approaches his goals set as an incoming freshman four years ago. Coming from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, the 6’1’’ guard entered his Stony Brook career with two major goals: making March Madness and becoming the scoring leader. “It was a personal goal I set for myself when I came into Stony Brook,” Dougher said. “It’s all starting to sink in for me.” Also, with time running out, Dougher feels this team here could be the one to make it to the Big Dance. “We have a lot of confidence, especially the veterans, since we’ve known the system for a while. We have four seniors and we’re comfortable with each other. Obviously our goal as a team is to make the tournament, but we also want to win the regular season, league and conference titles. Anything less would be a disappointment for us." But as one might recall, Seawolves basketball was not always a contender and only won nine conference games in head coach Steve Pikiell's first three seasons. Since this senior class came in, which comprised of Dougher, Danny Carter, Al Rapier and Dallis Joyner,

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Senior Bryan Dougher, in four years as a point guard, has the most three-pointers in Stony Brook history. the team has won over 40 conference games. “We brought in four winners, and came in with a mission, which was to improve the program,” Dougher said. With these four seniors, the men’s basketball team has reached the National Invitational Tournament in 2009-10 and the America East Tournament finals just last season. Like the rest of the

Stony Brook family, Dougher and his teammates are ready for the final step: making the NCAA Tournament. Last season’s team fell just short of that goal, a gut-wrenching 56-54 loss to Boston University, with a win putting the Seawolves into the Big Dance. This year’s team has learned from its mistakes and looks to achieve its goal this season.

New look women's lacrosse wins in opener on Saturday By Adrian Szkolar Staff Writer

The Spallina era has started off with a bang. Playing in its first game under new head coach Joe Spallina, a re-hauled Stony Brook roster starting nine newcomers beat Colgate 13-10 in its season opener at LaValle Stadium. “It's very relieving,” Spallina said after the game. “People are going to say it's only one game, but it's not only one game, this is much bigger then that for us.” One of the newcomers, Adelphi transfer junior Demmianne Cook, lead the way for Stony Brook. The NCAA Division II midfielder of the year last season, Cook scored six goals in her Division I debut, one shy of the school's record for goals in a game. “I just went out there and played my hardest, like I do every day,” said Cook, who played under Spallina at Adelphi last season. After an evenly matched first few minutes that saw the score at 2-2, Stony Brook broke away on a 7-1 run over a 14 minute span to take a 9-3 lead with around seven minutes to go in the first half. Cook scored five of her goals during this run, three of them consecutively in a span of 1:51.

Freshman Michelle Rubino, who finished the game with three goals, chipped in with a goal and two assists during the run. “I had stayed back a couple of times to catch my breath,” Cook said. “Michelle Rubino

"I just went out there and played my hardest, like I do every day." Demmianne Cook was making plays through the midfield, she hit me with awesome passes and I just finished.” Colgate, however, would fight back, scoring three unanswered goals in the last five minutes of the half to bring the score to 9-6. “We changed our approach at the half,” Spallina said. “We went to a more deliberate, slow down offense, which really rested our defense, and when you're up, the clock is your friend.” Stony Brook would hold off Colgate in the second half, despite the Raiders' persistent Courtney

Miller, who scored three goals in the second half, each of them to get Colgate to within two. Goalkeeper sophomore Frankie Caridi, another Adelphi transfer, made five saves for the Seawolves in her program debut. Around the midway point of the second half, with Colgate down 11-9, the game's tempo slowed to a crawl. Stony Brook's Cook held the ball behind the net, and without any Colgate players pressuring her, did not pass the ball, killing off a few minutes. “Shocked,” Spallina said when asked about the play. “It was just one of those things where we were going to sit there as long as they allowed us to.” Spallina also said that they would be looking to get their feet back on the ground for Wednesday's game against Manhattan, adding that he hoped to use more of the team's bench players. “We expected to be 1-0 after today, and we're going to approach Manhattan like we approached this game,” Spallina said. “If the game is tight, then we're going to run with our big dogs, but if the game is up and down, I feel that we have able bodies on the bench.”

“We’re one of the best teams defensively, which has made us more comfortable as team,” Dougher said. “We all bought into what coach has preached, which was the defense. Defense has been a huge focus for us.” Also bringing back junior Tommy Brenton, who missed last season with an injury, is a major plus for this team. Dougher said “Getting back Tommy is great for this team. He does a lot more than the stuff on the stat sheet says.” With Dougher and the rest of the senior class graduating at the end of the year, it will be an end of a class that has transformed the program unlike any other before it. “I’m going to miss the overall team aspect, the gelling and our very high team chemistry. That is the reason we played as well as we did over the years,” Dougher said. “I’m also going to miss the guys I played with here at Stony Brook and the campus in general.” Anyone who has followed this team has seen how close they really are. They can be seen in the crowd for the women’s games and supporting the other teams on campus. Dougher also praised the administration for its role in helping to bring attention to the team. “The administration here at Stony Brook did a great job getting fans here for the games," Dougher said. "I know when I came here there weren’t that many fans, but since we’ve been winning a lot more fans have been supporting us.” With a career as great as Dougher’s, there are a lot of games that stick

out: the championship game against Boston last season, or the NIT game against Illinois in 2010, or maybe even his 30 point game against Boston on Jan. 2, 2010. But the game that Dougher felt was most memorable for him was the one against Vermont in February 2010. “The game against Vermont in my sophomore year was most memorable for me,” Dougher said. “It was for the regular season title and the gym was packed with redout. It was the first regular season championship for the school.” One of the things that has helped Dougher grow as both a basketball player and a person in general has been the help of his coach. Pikiell, a 1990 graduate of the University of Connecticut, was also a point guard and was captain of his team. “He’s done a great job teaching me, and we’ve spent countless hours going over film,” Dougher said. With his college basketball career nearing the end, Dougher looks to keep playing. “I’m still looking to play as long as I can. I am graduating with my business degree but I am looking at playing possibly playing overseas,” said Dougher. Those who have watched the basketball team since 2008-09 have seen the progress of a kid from New Jersey who will turn around the entire program and possibly become the alltime scoring leader in Stony Brook history. Dougher will definitely be missed by all in the Stony Brook community, not only for his basketball triumphs, but also for his off-the-court demeanor.

Stony Brook fullback Matt Faiella suspended by NCAA for offensive racial tweets By Sam Kilb

Managing Editor

The NCAA issued a public reprimand and suspension from Stony Brook’s next championship opportunity to junior Matt Faiella of the Seawolves football team, according to an NCAA release last week. Faiella, officially a linebacker on the roster even though he has seen most of his playing time at fullback, was found to have used “an inappropriate and offensive racial reference on his Twitter page to describe Towson University student-athletes.” Because both Towson and Stony Brook were participating in the FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) championships at the time of the tweet, it was considered championship misconduct, the release explained. Stony Brook appealed the decision, but the public reprimand and suspension were upheld by the Administrative Committee of the NCAA Division I Championships/ Sports Management Cabinet. As Stony Brook was no longer participating in the championships when the

process was completed, Faiella’s suspension will apply to the next championship in which his team is involved. “This was a very unfortunate incident, but racially insensitive characterizations are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” said Jim O’Day, chair of the Division I Football Championship Committee and director of athletics at the University of Montana. “The offensive language of this nature by Mr. Faiella, whether intentional or not, was unsportsmanlike and discredited the championship overall.” A Stony Brook athletics spokesperson said that the department was aware of the incident, but that no one would be made available for comment and the department had no statement to make. Faiella, a health sciences major, played in all 13 games for the Seawolves, starting in one. Stony Brook won an outright Big South championship and an FCS playoff game for the first time in school history in 2011, before exiting the championship at Sam Houston State on Dec. 3. Spring practice begins in March in preperation for the next season.


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Women's basketball falls to conference opponents UMBC and Boston U. fell 56-31 at Case Gym in Boston, Mass. out on the half. Davis led Stony Brook as the While Davis took some time only double digit scorer with 14 to find her stroke, shooting points. only 3-7 with six points in the Saturday marked her seventh first half, she came out in the game over the last eight where second half focused on hitting she scored in double figures. her shots and finished with 16 Senior Destiny Jacobs added points. four points and six rebounds. Previlon provided key minutes Senior Tamiel Murray had two off the bench to energize the points, two assists and five Seawolves on both ends of the rebounds for the Seawolves, floor, providing, in addition to who dropped their 12th her scoring, a defensive force on straight game at the heels of the the glass. undefeated in conference play She finished the game with Terriers. 11 rebounds, including six Caroline Stewart led Boston offensive boards, in addition University with a game high 15 to 70 percent shooting for 16 points, while Rashidat Agboola points, marking her first career had a double-double with 11 double-double. points and 15 rebounds to lead Ultimately, because of 16 the Terriers. Stony Brook turnovers and key While the Seawolves were 3-pointers down the stretch able to hold BU to 36.4 percent from UMBC’s Erin Brown, shooting, they shot just 24 who lead all scorers with 21 percent including 1-11 from points, the Retreivers sunk the 3-point range. Seawolves, who never lead in Davis was the only Stony the contest. Brook player to hit more than Head coach Beth O’Boyle one shot as BU’s storming was pleased with the good defense forced 15 Seawolf scoring off the bench; however, turnovers. in order to win games, she said, Boston University jumped “We need to get back to our out to a quick 14-5 lead in the intensity and help each other first half until a three-pointer more.” from junior Dani Klupenger cut The Seawolves opened the the deficit to six. second half with Whitney Davis The Terriers then pushed finding her shot and burying another run to extend the lead a deep 2-pointer, cutting the to double digits at 18-9, but a Retriever lead to just three pair of back-to-back jumpers points. from Davis put the BU lead at That was as close as the just five. Seawolves After would get to scoring cutting the gap, the next as UMBC was f i v e able to counter points by scoring 11 in the of the next game, the 14 points to Seawolves effectively close held BU out the game. scoreless T h e over the Retrievers last 4:33 continued to of the knock down half and uncontested trailed 3-pointers and only by force turnovers Head coach Beth O'Boyle eight at all game, halftime, fromeffectively 23-15. putting a win out of reach for They came out ice-cold to Stony Brook. start the second half as the While another loss for the shooting woes continued and women’s team continues the BU took control of the game. rough stretch, coach O’Boyle The Terriers opened the admitted that although the team second half by scoring the first is having trouble scoring, an 11 points to take a commanding increase in defensive intensity is 34-15 lead. Two free throws a top priority. from Destiny Jacobs followed “Our mentality has to be by four straight points for Davis to keep pushing and having brought the Seawolves to within competitive practices that will 14 with 10:50 remaining. allow us to keep getting better That was as close as they as a team,” she said. would get as the Terriers opened The team got a chance to up a 20-point advantage that rebound from yet another loss brought down the Seawolves, when it took on the top team 56-31. Stony Brook returns in the conference, the Boston home next Saturday to host University Terriers on Saturday. New Hampshire. The game is However, shooting woes scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. in continued, and the Seawolves the Pritchard Gym.

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Captain George Nicoles (#62) looks to lead the Stony Brook hockey team in the ESCHL playoffs against West Chester University next Saturday night. By Adrian Szkolar Staff Writer

In an important two-game series with a playoff bye on the line, Stony Brook ended its regular season on a high note, sweeping Rhode Island by winning 3-2 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to four games. “The guys just kept battling,” head coach Chris Garofalo said. “They're playing with a lot of confidence.” With the wins, Stony Brook maintained its hold on third place in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League standings with an 8-6-2 record, finishing five points ahead of Rhode Island. By finishing third, Stony

Brook will get a bye in the ESCHL playoffs. “One less game to play is beneficial,” Garofalo said. The ESCHL postseason is set to take place at West Chester next week, beginning with Rhode Island playing fifth-place Robert Morris on Friday, Feb. 17. First place Delaware will play the winner of the Rhode Island-Robert Morris game at 5:15 p.m, following with Stony Brook's playing host to West Chester University at 8 p.m. West Chester edged Stony Brook in the regular season series between the two teams, winning three of the four games and outscoring Stony Brook on an aggregate of 22-20. “If we play the way we have played lately, I feel

confident,” Garofalo said. “I never feel we never have a shot to win when we play them.” The final Athletic Collegiate Hockey Association rankings are set to come out next Wednesday on Feb. 15. In order to qualify for the national tournament, Stony Brook would need to be ranked at least 15th in the poll. In the last ranking, which came out on Feb. 3, the team was ranked 17th in the country, which would leave the Seawolves on the outside looking in. “I would say a 50-50 chance,” Garofalo said when it came to the team's chances of being ranked high enough to get into the tournament.

Schneyer, trailblazer for Stony Brook cheerleading Continued from Page 24 When not cheering for SBU, Schneyer coaches all-star teams at Gravity Cheer, a gym in Holbrook. Working with 5 to 17-year-olds, he teaches them how to tumble, his least favorite part of cheering. His favorite part, he says, is performing the stunts, like lifting the cheerleaders into the air. “It’s kind of like a workout. It’s more adventurous than like other things — lifting the girls and trying skills and everything, it broadens you a little bit more,” he said. “Tumbling I could do without; like I could

do it, but I prefer not to. It’s all mental.” Despite being described as co-ed on the athletics website, Schneyer is the only male cheerleader the team has. Several other guys were recruited for their gymnastics talents in the fall, but do not have the abilities required to be a “true cheerleader.” They are no longer with the team. Schneyer admits that the idea of cheerleading being a sport is a touchy subject. “Personally, I would consider it a sport, but other outsiders don’t,” he said. “I mean, if we’re running, we’re jumping, we’re flipping, we’re using all of our muscles

just like any other sport. If you want to compare it to other sports like football, they have all that padding, we have no padding.” Despite the non-sport status and the “girly” stereotype, Schneyer is not alone in his love of cheerleading. Nearly half of the teams competing in the United States on the college level have at least one male cheerleader. “I have seen girls play football, hockey, rugby and other 'male'sports but nothing has stopped them,” he said. “[People] can judge all they want, but . . . it’s what I love so I don't care if its just for girls, it's for me, too!”


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