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New center for masculine studies under fire By Nina Lin

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Sarah Chowske, a health sciences major, is starting her sophomore year as a resident in Roth's Mount College.

Wolfie Ride speeds into fall semester with minor bumps

By Kelly Frevele Staff Writer

Scrapes, damages and computer glitches are just a few of the recent negative reports regarding the semester-old Wolfie Ride Bike Share program. But the impairments are not as serious as they might seem. Sustainability Coordinator Greg Monaco, in charge of maintaining the bicycles, said the problems Wolfie Ride is experiencing are not out of the ordinary for such a program. “The bikes have been actively used so just like any bike it’s going to need repairs now and then,” Monaco said. He went on to say that although tires sometimes deflate and pedals sometimes fall off, these issues are not serious.

“This stuff gets fixed in a day and then the bikes are back out there,” he said. “Plus we have a whole room of bikes so it’s not really an issue of not having enough bikes.” According to the Office of Sustainability’s website, students are not responsible for damages such as a flat tire, but if damage does occur, students should return the bike to a share station and select the “repair/wrench” symbol, which immediately notifies the university about the inoperable bicycle. The only other major problem plaguing Wolfie Ride is the number of computer glitches. When asked about them, Monaco said that “the program is new but we are still learning how it works and it is getting better all the time. Plus, Continued on page 7


The Office of Sustainability says students are not responsible for bicycle damages but should still report them.

Affordable Care Act gives students more insurance options

By Nina Lin

Multimedia Editor

Spring 2014 looks to bring more affordable options than ever in health care coverage—for in-state students and faculty, at least. Come Oct. 1, New Yorkers at Stony Brook may find a chance to start shopping for their own health insurance sooner rather than later. Part of the new federal Affordable Care Act required states to open regulated health care exchange systems, or Health Insurance Exchanges, for uninsured residents. Packages from third-party insurance providers are submitted through these exchanges, ranked into tiers based on each plan’s overall coverage and are priced accordingly before they are presented to shoppers looking to purchase individual insurance plans. For a state like New York, well-known to have some of the most expensive premiums in the country, a health benefit exchange is a boon rather than a burden. Already, the state exchange is set up with participating insurance providers promising rates at half the price of current individual insurance plans. Since state legislation makes it so all applicants are accepted regardless

of their health and other identifying factors, premiums slashed in half are more affordable for most uninsured New Yorkers. According to the New York State Department of Health, residents can enroll in the exchange Oct. 1, with coverage to begin the following January. “New York’s health benefits exchange will offer the type of real competition that helps drive down health insurance costs for consumers and businesses,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release. “The opportunity to choose among affordable, quality health insurance options will mean improved health outcomes, stronger economic security and better peace of mind for New York families.” So far, 17 companies have had their submitted rates approved for the new exchange. According to a table of rates comparing provider plans by tier, premiums can range anywhere from MVP Health Care’s $153.45 catastrophic plan, to United Healthcare’s $913.99 monthly bill at the platinum level. Aetna Life Insurance—the company that provides coverage for the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) at Stony Brook Continued on page 7

Few college press releases have web notoriety like the one released in May on Stony Brook University’s new Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. Already, the internet is stacked with articles, comments and online petitions decrying the new center. Some authors were women. Most of them were men. Financed by a $300,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the fledgling center is meant to promote the study of men and the male gender through academic research and publications. Led by Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology at Stony Brook and bestselling author of “Guyland, The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men,” it is to be established by a 2015 international conference—followed by the world’s first Master of Arts program in the study of men and masculinities by 2017. The center and the program will be under the aegis of SBU’s sociology department. There are no plans, however, to consolidate Men and Masculinities studies into the graduate level Gender Studies program like the Women’s Studies department. Even if he uses “feminist theory and queer theory to understand the experience of men and masculinity” in his work, Kimmel maintains that the center, and the program, will stand apart from the current Women's and Gender studies program at Stony Brook. “All over the world there are people who are engaging men in gender equality,” said Kimmel in a phone interview. “The vision of the center is to bring together activists who are engaged in projects all over the world to engaging men with academic research with this issue.” It would certainly explain the center’s current advisory board. Rife


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NEWS: SUNY campuses approve governor's economic initiative Governor Cuomo's "STARTUP NY" economic initiative will bring new businesses to areas surrounding SUNY campuses. It will offer tax breaks and increase financial aid and academic opportunities. PAGE 5


Students find food and entertainment off-campus For those curious about things to do off-campus, the community surrounding SBU offers a variety of restaurants, bars and other entertainment options. PAGE 14

SPORTS: New center on campus advancing Parkinson's research

The new center, funded by the Thomas Hartman foundation, will promote research to improve treatment options and work on the search for a cure. PAGE 5

USG revamps webpage asking for more student input USG hopes to improve communication between the organization and the student body through increasing opportunities for students to voice their opinions. PAGE 7

Seawolves look to improve on first ever America East Championship After winning their first AE c h a m p i o n s h i p last season, the women's soccer team is looking forward to another successful year despite being chosen second in the preseason coaches poll. PAGE 23

Football begins journey into CAA SBU football has transitioned into the CAA conference for football, which will increase the level of competition and put more pressure on the team, whose first conference game is on Sept. 7 against Rhode Island. PAGE 24

ARTS: Canadian students' film Seawolves picked second makes American debut at in AE preseason poll Despite losing several key players SBU to graduation and having 16 Three Canadian university students spent the summer traveling through North America to produce their film "Soft Gun," which premiered at the SBU Film Festival. PAGE 13

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SUNY campuses approve governor's economic initative By Hanaa’ Tameez Assistant News Editor

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s plans to jumpstart the state economy are centered around SUNY campuses. And the university system could not be more elated. On June 19, Cuomo, along with Senate Majority Coalition coleaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver unveiled their agreement to the legislation titled, “STARTUP NY,” which stands for “SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate NY.” The economic initiative is designed to bring new businesses to the areas surrounding SUNY and other university campuses in

the state of New York by creating “the opportunity to operate completely tax-free – including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax – while also partnering with the worldclass higher education institutions in the SUNY system,” according to the governor’s website. “Tax-Free NY will put together all the positives of New York, the history, the geography, the diversity, the educated workforce and combine all we have to offer with a tax-free environment,” Cuomo said in a press release. “This proposal will make our state more competitive than ever before and supercharge our economic development efforts to rebuild Upstate New York.”

The bill states that companies participating in START-UP NY will be exempt from taxes such as business taxes, sales taxes and property taxes for 10 years and employees of participating companies will be exempt from income taxes for five years. It also says that for the next five years, “employees will pay no taxes on income up to $200,000 of wages for individuals, $250,000 for a head of household, and $300,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return.” In order for a business to participate in START-UP NY, it must not only “be aligned with the academic mission of the campus, college or university,” but it must also display a positive economic effect on the community, which


The bill requires universities to put any business revenue toward student financial aid.

“Years from now, New Yorkers will look back at START-UP NY as the game changer that returned New York’s competitive edge in the global marketplace.” -Andrew M. Cuomo

New York State Governor

includes creating and maintaining new jobs. Businesses are required to apply to the participating academic institution in order to establish their business and have until Dec. 21, 2020 to do so. Excluded from the list of eligible businesses are retail and wholesale businesses, restaurants, doctors and dentists, law firms, financial services, accountants and utilities. The bill also requires that any money the campus, college or university makes from a participating business must be used for “financial aid for students who are eligible to receive a tuition assistance award or supplemental tuition assistance … and to support additional full-time faculty positions.” Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. praised the governor’s ambitious plans at Cuomo’s Long Island “START-UP NY” bill signing. “Stony Brook University stands ready to implement Governor Cuomo’s vision to create new business in the high technology areas and utilize our experience

in advancing research into the marketplace,” Stanley said. “Years from now, New Yorkers will look back at START-UP NY as the game changer that returned New York’s competitive edge in the global marketplace.” Stanley partnered with other presidents of colleges and universities on Long Island to pen an opinion piece in Newsday, addressing some of the controversies surrounding the governor’s plan, which is said to be the first of its kind in the United States. With W. Hubert Keen (President of Farmingdale State College), The Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III (President of SUNY College at Old Westbury) and Shaun L. McKay (President of Suffolk County Community College), Stanley said, “Tax-Free NY offers a plan as innovative and exciting as the ideas it is designed to turn into economic growth,” the presidents continued. “We welcome the challenge it offers: Keep producing great innovations, and the state will help them grow and prosper on and near SUNY campuses.”

New center on campus advancing Parkinson's research By Steven Rossin Staff Writer

When Thomas Hartman, affectionately known as “Father Tom,” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he founded the Thomas Hartman Foundation as a way of using his illness as a gift to others, raising money to support research efforts to combat the disease. As Father Tom’s health began to fail, his foundation looked for a home where his legacy and goal to continue aiding researchers could be solidified. After his foundation raised over $2 million in conjunction with the Simons Foundation, Stony Brook University officially dedicated the new Thomas Hartman Center for Parkinson’s Research in June. “We were very excited when the Hartman Foundation decided that Stony Brook would be a great place for their center,” Craig Evinger, a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior and a leading researcher at the new center, said. “We think this is going to be very significant in the long run as we go forward researching the disease.”

Funding for the new center will help two leading researchers who were already studying the effects of Parkinson’s: Evinger and Professor Lorna Role, a co-director of the Institute for Advanced Neurosciences and a chair in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. In addition, 10 investigators new to Parkinson’s research have been added to bring different ideas, Evinger explained. University President Samuel L. Stanley said in a press release that together"their research covers new ground both in basic science and in clinical applications to increase the quality of life for those afflicted with the disease." The creation of the center comes at an opportune time for researchers. Evinger says it has always been a challenge trying to secure funds for research, but especially more so since the budget of National Institutes of Health (NIH) was cut. The NIH provides the majority of monetary support for biomedical research in America. “Even worse the sequestration is really making a mess of things at the moment,” Evinger said. “When

you apply for NIH grants they like to see some preliminary data, and it takes a little bit of funding to collect that data. “One of the things the center

has been doing is allowing people to get sufficient funding to collect this data so you can get the grants you need to run your lab for three to five years.”


Left: Doug Manditch, Joe Collins, Father Tom Hartman, Ernie Canadeo and President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. unveil the new Parkinson's Research Center at Stony Brook.

Evinger is currently working on a method called deep brain stimulation, which sends electrodes directly to the portion of the brain disrupted by Parkinson’s and electrically stimulates it. He says this treatment has a remarkable effect on movement problems in patients. Researchers have figured out how the method works but Evinger is conducting research to improve it so that deep brain stimulation can become a more effective treatment option. The university and researchers at the new center are hopeful that they can make significant breakthroughs by working together. “Parkinson’s disease is progressive and gets worse all the time and we would like to stop that progression and improve the quality of life,” Evinger said, “The center has the long term goal of finding the cure for Parkinson’s disease.” According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, an estimated 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year, with reportedly thousands of cases going undiagnosed. There are more than one million people in the United States who suffer from the disease.


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USG revamps webpage asking for more student input By Giselle Barkley Staff Writer

Last semester’s Undergraduate Student Government campaign ended in new leadership and initiated a new set of methods for USG to revamp their image, starting with their new website. In addition to the usual posts concerning amendments and budgeting information for USG recognized clubs and organizations, stonybrookusg. org now features an array of online surveys and their most interactive addition, SB Voice. According to USG’s Vice President of Communications Mario Ferone, SB Voice is an online forum available to all Stony Brook students, to voice their questions, concerns or even suggestions so that USG can best

serve the student body. The surveys are another means for USG to hear the opinions of students concerning potential ideas USG may choose to implement. This includes a survey regarding a possible late night bus route from Stony Brook to Port Jefferson or the AMC theatre. But USG is not only concerned with students getting home safely. It is also addressing the issue some students are having with Campus Residences and the overcharging for room damages. USG has provided students with a link from their website to a Facebook page where they can inform the student government of their charges. Ferone explained that student advocacy is one of USG’s main concerns this academic year


VP of Communications Mario Ferone says SB Voice will allow students to be in direct communication with USG. whereas “in the past [they have] been mainly focused on clubs and organizations.” USG holds annual leadership workshops for clubs. However, instead of one workshop for over

100 clubs and organizations, USG will now hold three separate workshops in the beginning of fall semester. USG hopes that the clubs and organizations have an easier time


acquiring and holding on to important information provided in these smaller workshops. According to Ferone the first leadership workshop will be for USG recognized sports clubs since Campus Recreation will also be involved. This year however, students should expect a more personalized interaction with USG in comparison to previous years, as their goals are to expand their communication beyond members of USG recognized clubs and organizations. “When we were doing our whole campaign…you just hear a lot of people who didn’t know what USG was or what we are there to do,” said Ferone. “We want to have it so that students can come to us if they have a problem on campus.”

Chief information officer looking to make changes Men's studies struggling By Rebecca Anzel Staff Writer

Dressed in black slacks, a white button-down and a tie, Cole Camplese settled back in a chair in his outer office, a large space at the far end of a hallway on the second floor of the Educational Communications Center. It was his second day in the dual role of both Stony Brook’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, and he already had a great deal of work to do. He let out an easy laugh, though, as he talked about his work, a notably heavier load here than at Pennsylvania State University. There, he served as the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology, where his job was to enhance technology use in education and learning practices. Here, Camplese’s two titles mean he is in charge of everything from Blackboard to payroll technology,


Camplese is also the VP for Information Technology.

SINC sites to SOLAR. But he is not worried. “We have great people in place here,” he said, “to make sure everything runs smoothly.” Camplese was recruited to work at Stony Brook, and sees his job as simply ensuring that the student body has a high level of learning services that it not only needs, but

wants—something he feels he can do with ease by relying on his staff. “I would love to see Stony Brook recognized as a center for students to be connected and for researchers to be able to develop new ideas,” he said. “A world class university and a world class hospital do a lot of teaching and learning.” While his attentions are currently focused on his role as an administrator who reports directly to University President Samuel L. Stanley, Camplese is a proud instructor of technology teaching techniques as well. That is a role he cannot begin at Stony Brook for another year or two, he estimates, because he first needs to get a comfortable handle on his duties. And until then, Camplese has a few goals, one of which is to help market the already-available podcast and blog services. He added that his chief ambition is to extend Stony Brook’s recognized status as a “leader.”

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I’m out there almost every day monitoring the status of the stations and the bicycles.” SBU’s Environmental Stewardship Office initiated the bike share program in the spring of 2011 when select students were chosen to try out 25 bicycles. Its goal was to promote healthier transportation on campus and reduce the university’s carbon footprint. The first round of feedback both showed the bike share program was successful and helped to increase the program’s overall effectiveness. Employees of the Environmental Stewardship Office are still learning about how to make the program more effective. New York University, for example, also has a bike share program, but there are different qualifications for those wanting to rent a bike. At NYU, participants have to receive safety training and sign liability waivers to rent a bicycle. There is no equivalent at


The Environmental Stewardship Office is still learning how to make the program more efficient for students. Stony Brook, but there are links to safety precautions on the Office of Sustainability website. On Stony Brook’s campus, there are four solar powered bike stations with 48 bicycles. The stations are located at the Student Activities Center, South P Lot and the West Apartments.

Students can use the program by purchasing a daily, monthly, weekly or annual subscription with rates ranging anywhere from four dollars to eighty-four dollars. The use of the bikes has been growing. In April, the bikes were used 286 times. In May it almost quadrupled to 1,573 rides.

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with political activists, big names like Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Carol Gilligan and Eve Ensler—four very prominent American feminists—it seems to jump out of the press release like a big, angry question mark. With the critics, at least. “Keep in mind, please, that this is a Center supposedly devoted to the study of men, not women,” said Bruce Bawer in his article “A Joke of a Men’s Studies Center,” published in Front Page Magazine. “Can you imagine a university press release in this day and age announcing the establishment of a new Women’s Studies Center and including more men’s names than

“[Men’s studies] is about fostering and nurturing serious research within the context of gender studies.” -Michael Kimmel

Professor of Sociology

women’s? Me neither.” It is not the emergence of men’s studies that Bawer, a Stony Brook alumnus and author of “The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind”, argues against, despite what his book title may say. Rather, it is the “unbalanced” advisory board that he and Newsday columnist Cathy Young see as a problem for men’s studies, rather than an asset. “The study of men and masculinities’ as conceptualized by Kimmel and his like-minded colleagues is, at bottom, an academic vehicle for a political attack on ‘white male privilege’,” said Young. “This is undoubtedly the brand of ‘men's studies’ that Stony Brook's new Center will promote.” Though the center has yet to hold any of its promised seminars and conferences, nor has it had the chance to present research funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Bawer, Young and many other netizens base

their opinions off of Kimmel’s own work and reputation. As an academic looking at men’s studies through feminist theory, he has experience butting heads with so-called men’s rights activists. “[Men’s studies] is about fostering and nurturing serious research within the context of gender studies,” Kimmel said in response to criticisms aimed at the center. “To my mind, these critiques by the MRAs are inevitable. They spend a lot of time trolling the internet and yelling at people. That’s not serious research.” Using highly recognizable feminists as advisors was key to banishing misconceptions of what the new center is meant for. Others, however, contend that such actions belie the true academic nature of male gender studies. A petition started by an anonymous dissenter circulated forums and messageboards, with posters urging members to sign. “No womens' [sic] programs of any kind permit male dominance of any type on their advisory boards, nor do they select men with a track record of antagonism toward and mockery of women and womens' issues,” it said. “We, the undersigned, urge the administration at Stony Brook University to create a more balanced advisory board for its new mens program, one that consists of five men and five women.” Outside of the message boards though, students see this as a nonissue. “I see the issue some people can have with it, but in all honestly, it doesn’t really create an issue for me,” said Ariel Kodis. “Isn’t the program advisor for the women’s studies program a man?” Kodis, a senior sociology major at Stony Brook University, says the idea of having feminists on the advisory board of a men’s studies center is a positive gesture rather than the frightening one so many seems to find it. “Just because some of the members are feminists does not mean that they don’t have valuable ideas to contribute to the program,” Kodis said. “If anything, I feel like it would have a mostly positive effect looking at the study of men and masculinities through different perspectives.”


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Clubs on campus: what to expect from student organizations By Caithlin Pena Staff Writer

Known as a large and diverse campus, Stony Brook University is the sort of place students-especially new students--may find to be intimidating, especially when it comes time to find a niche. But because of the university’s diverse student body, there are clubs that reflect diverse interests. RHA A good first step for students is to consider residence status. “Residence Hall Association is a student advocacy group which represents and protects the rights, views, and concerns of students living on campus,” RHA President Michael Duffy, a senior psychology major, said. RHA provides students with leadership opportunities and ways to get involved in campus life both inside and outside the organization. Outside organizations often participate in the general body meetings while they discuss events that cater to the interest of students all over campus. Every year, RHA holds a Block Party in the SAC Plaza during opening weekend. The organization attracts the interest of students each year through the infamous Ice Cream social, held at the beginning of the semester. And February brings RHA’s Superbowl Party, complete with free snacks. They also sponsor a Bone Marrow Drive with the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), National Residency Hall Honorary (NRHH) and Seawolves Against Cancer. CSA For those students who commute, Stony Brook’s Commuter Student Association might hold interest. “[CSA] strives to provide commuter students with opportunities to get involved in student life, to connect with other commuter students, and to gain access to educational opportunities,” CSA President Joy Pawirosetiko, a senior biology major, said. CSA understands that some events may be difficult for commuters to attend and thus, make some of the students feel somewhat disconnected from campus life. CSA takes into consideration these limits when holding events meant for commuters. The organization’s events, Pawirosetiko continued, “are more convenient for commuters, cater to commuters, or would be appealing to commuter students.” CSA’s most popular event is Relax-A-thon, held close to midterm week, where the group provides a relaxing environment for students complete with free massages, food and airbrushed hats and shirts. It also hosts a Welcome Back Breakfast, drive-on movies, outings, and community service opportunities. And in the spring semester, CSA holds the annual CSA Ball and Casino Night. OOSSA For non-New Yorkers, the Out of State Student Association provides a welcoming environment. New York


Every year, ASBO travels to a different state to help a community through either disaster relief or start-up projects. has plenty of activities to offer its residents and by joining OOSSA, out-of-state students will have the opportunity to make new friends while exploring Long Island and Manhattan. “The mission of our club is to help students get involved and make their time at Stony Brook University the best it can be,” Pratha Katti, a junior biomedical engineering major and president of OOSSA, said. OOSSA is an events-based club, but also gives its members an opportunity to give back to the community through service and mentorship. The club’s past events included trips to Manhattan to see Broadway shows like “Lion King” and "Phantom of the Opera,” t-shirt tiedyeing and Open Mic Night. They plan on hosting these events again along with a homecoming tail-gate, beach trips, bowling trips and a Thanksgiving dinner. Political Organizations For the political-minded students are the College Democrats and the College Republicans. The College Democrats is a chartered chapter of the College Democrats of New York and the College Democrats of America. Members of the club get the opportunity to attend state and national conferences every year. Their strong connections with these organizations aid in connecting members with internship and volunteer opportunities to help build strong resumes. “One of our favorite aspects of the

group is getting to build friendships with like-minded people,” College Democrats president Rachel Clark, a senior political science major, said. “We like to balance out some of the more serious work with fun events.” Their events in the past included trips to Manhattan for a taping of “The Daily Show,” canvassing and phone banking for President Barack Obama and Representative Tim Bishop, on-campus screenings of political movies and television shows like “Milk” and “The West Wing” and debates within the club and with the College Republicans. The College Democrats plan on holding similar events this semester. They will also be involved in local elections as well as attend another taping of “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report.” Of course, debates will still occur as well as meetings spent talking about current events. The College Republicans is also a politics-based club. The organization welcomes students who “are looking to getting connected politically, expose [themselves] to some really intriguing viewpoints, and meet well-known political figures,” College Republicans president Laura Doukas, a sophomore business major, said. The College Republicans welcomes and encourages students from any political spectrum to join meetings or attend an event, where they interact with other students and debate various topics and issues, even the controversial ones. In an event like “Meet the Senators,” for example, students get the opportunity to network with political officials and make impressive connections. “Our theme this year is collaboration,” Doukas said. “We realize the importance of openly discussing and implementing ideas that will advance our country without compromising its values.” So if politics and debate are your cups of tea, the College Democrats and Republicans are worth a look. ASBO


Ian Schwarz, a member of the College Democrats, speaks at a debate held last year.

Enjoy volunteering and helping the community? Stony Brook has clubs such as Alternative Spring Break Outreach (ASBO) that gives you the chance to volunteer in community service projects. Seniors and ASBO co-presidents Shanvil Bilal, a biology major, and Emily Torkel, a psychology and sociology major, describe the organization as “a student-developed,

student-run community service organization whose mission is to promote community development and growth.” In the spring of every year, the Friday before spring break, ASBO travels to a different state where they help out the community. They have two different groups who focus on different types of services like disaster relief and community startup projects. Last year, during Hurricane Sandy for example, ASBO helped out with Sandy relief almost every day, even heading out to Mastic-Shirley with a bus full of volunteer Seawolves. ASBO also welcomes nonmembers to join them in their weekly excursions where they work alongside organizations such as AmeriCorps, New York Cares, Long Island Harvest and Long Island Cares. So if you want an opportunity to make a difference in the community, consider joining ASBO in their mission to make the world a better place. Belly Dancing Club What if you’d like something more along the lines of recreation? Stony Brook’s Belly Dancing Club is one of the most well-known recreational

So if you’re looking to dance and to try and have the opportunity to perform on campus, give belly dancing a try. Your belly may be able to do things it could never do before. Quidditch Team If you’re an athlete with a secret love for the Harry Potter series, or if you’re just a huge Harry Potter fan in general, there is a club for you. Stony Brook University has its own Quidditch Team. Quidditch, a fictional sport in the Harry Potter universe, became an official sport in 2005 and Stony Brook’s team has already participated in various Quidditch tournaments since its establishment in 2010. Quidditch team President Ryan Sebade, a sophomore computer science major, describes the game as “a combination of rugby, dodge ball, and basketball, with a side game of full contact tag.” The game goes exactly as it do in the series, with chasers, beaters, keepers and a seeker. A deflated volleyball serves as the quaffle and dodge balls serve as the bludgers. But the highlight of the game is the Golden Snitch, a volunteer referee dressed in gold, who usually leaves the pitch, waiting for the seekers to find him.


The Belly Dancing Club not only performs at campus events, but also hosts a weekly class at the Campus Recreation Center. organizations on campus. They welcome the ladies, and maybe the few brave men, of Stony Brook to learn the basics of belly dance and give them an opportunity to perform in colorful costumes. “Belly Dance is a celebration of the body,” SB Belly Dancers president Kia Valkonen, a senior history major, said. “And it lets you forget about your stress and worry as you literally shake it off.” The club is composed of two parts. One part is the general weekly practices where any student interested is welcome to participate and learn the dance. They also hold classes through Campus Recreation. No experience is necessary, they only start with the basics, and, if you’re a little self-conscious, there is no need to show your belly. The other part is the performance troupe, consisting of ten students who try out for a spot in September. These ten members then train and work with a professional belly dancer on more complicated choreography. They perform in various SBU events such as the Multicultural Showcase and the Food Tasting event in the spring.

Sebade says that the members of the team can be competitive and whimsical at the same time and because “it came from Harry Potter, there will always be a bit of nerdyness in the sport.” Although the team has not hosted any tournaments since the spring of 2012, they still participate in tournaments in other schools such as Hofstra, Manhattan, Philadelphia and Rhode Island. They hope to host a tournament at Stony Brook this year. So if you see a band of students on brooms outside the Physics building during campus lifetime, that’s the Quidditch team. Join them and share your love for sports and Harry Potter. Of course, these organizations are not the only notable clubs found in Stony Brook. There are dozens of student government-based clubs, culture clubs, special interest clubs, religious clubs, sports clubs, music clubs, art clubs and even circus clubs to choose from. Your head might spin and ache from the indecision. But the presence of these clubs assures that you will find your place in a pack of Seawolves.

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Ankit Tyagi says the team is continually working to improve in order to place in the top five again next year.

Solar boat floats into fifth place By Sarah Elsesser Staff Writer

Stony Brook’s Solar Boat Team placed fifth and won the most improved team award at this year’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Solar Splash Competition in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “I think that being recognized as most improved team doesn’t really stop us from improving,” senior mechanical engineering major Ankit Tyagi, president of the Solar Boat Team, said. “This is because we already know that there are a few things in the boat that we want to improve so we can be in the top five again next year.” The Solar Boat Team is a “College of Engineering and Applied Sciencesbased club,” founded in 1994, “that works together to design, build, test, and compete a solar-powered race boat,” as described by the Stony Brook Website. According to the Solar Boat Team’s website, they accredit this year’s success to “improved drivetrain, solar panels, and the electrical system of the boat, improving endurance and speed.” Last year, they competed with a redesigned carbon fiber boat, which was 30 pounds and approximately 90 percent lighter than the 2010 hull. “The boat was handmade with a carbon fiber hull,” David Westerfeld, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical Computer Engineering and supporter of the team. “It was a design that was made last year for the first time and it did very well.” This year, they used this carbon fiber idea and improved it into a winning design. They used the carbon fiber and made it into a mold, which took three months to make. “We learned a lot of new

techniques as opposed to last year where we were just trying out new things,” Tyagi said. “We were thinking about making a new hull this year by making a new design. We are also looking to make our own solar panel.” When it comes to the competition the only “big rule” according to Westerfeld is “that you have to use solar cells to charge the boat.” From there, the boat’s overall score is totaled from their performance in a slalom course, where the team placed third, endurance and sprint challenges, and a qualifying round, where they placed second. Other factors that go into the score are a technical report, visual presentation and boat design. The competition usually is over a five-day period, but this year due to heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes the team only got to compete three days. This year the team also had the opportunity to test their boat on Lake Ronkonkoma before the competition and make improvements, which is a rarity due to usual incompleteness of the boat in advance of the race. Each fall the team starts working on the boat after they receive funding from industry supporters like the College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “At Stony Brook we have always done it differently,” Westerfeld said. “We always have a very passionate bunch of people working on [the boats] and each year the teams come up with the designs together.” As the fall semester commences, the club is hoping to recruit new members, whether they are engineering majors or not, to help with designs and building.


David Westerfield says solar cells must power the boats.

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health insurance for individuals, there are no signs of lower rates for SHIP. “Costs were elevated this year when Aetna implemented changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act,” she said. “At the same time, additional fees and assessments were mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Even if SHIP premiums rise above those offered by the New York Health Insurance Exchange, there are still other factors to consider when purchasing insurance, she added. Benefits packages vary between plans, and even more so between providers. According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, all plans under state health exchanges are required

to include ten “essential health benefits” at the very minimum --hospitalization, outpatient services, emergency services, maternity/newborn care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, prescription drugs, preventive care, rehabilitative services, outside lab tests and pediatric services. SHIP covers all ten, along with extra services like elective abortion, birth control coverage and dental injury services. “Health Insurance Exchange coverage offers a different benefits package than SHIP, which may not be as comprehensive as the plan offered at Stony Brook University,” Agnello said. “Students need to be informed about their coverage and what they are purchasing if they decide to enroll in a health exchange.”


With television rental services, students will be able to watch award-winning shows such as Modern Family starring Eric Stonestreet. SBU provides a cable service.

Resident students gain access to television rental service By Kelly Zegers Staff Writer

Stony Brook students are now offered access to CampusTVs, a flatscreen television rental service for college students for the school year. The service, as explained on its website, is meant to give students an option to avoid spending money on an otherwise “expensive amenity.” Students can split the cost of a high definition (720p HD) television with their roommates directly through the online checkout system. The rental is delivered to campus at the beginning of the fall semester and picked up at the end of the spring semester. Students have the option of renting a 32-inch LED television, a 32-inch LED Smart TV (“Smart” meaning it connects to the internet) or a 40-inch LED Smart TV. The cost of the rental is

broken down based on how many students are paying for it. A double occupancy rental would cost $89 per student, a triple $62.50, a quad $48.50, and a single $178. The package includes an HDMI cable for laptops, along with connections for DVD and

Rented televisions are delivered by CampusTVs at the beginning of the fall semester.

gaming systems. The website remarks on the ability to connect laptops: “Practice PowerPoint’s, watch lectures, or stream movies, all through the TV. Students can even write a paper on your laptop while surfing the Internet on your television!” The site also offers a guide to setting up available channels. As for other televisionrelated services for Stony Brook, students may soon have access to HBOgo. HBOgo gives its users online and mobile access to HBO series and featured movies. According to Campus Residences, the University is pursuing HBOgo as an IP-based video delivery. More information is said to be posted on the Campus Residences website as it becomes available.


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Sobrio app to help students find designated drivers By Rolyne Joseph Staff Writer

Sobrio, an application to help students find safe ways back to campus after a night out, is launching on Stony Brook’s campus on August 30 and has already been used at other schools. “We're providing an elegant platform for students to help each other out, and make their campus a safer place…through collaborative consumption,” Nadav Ullman, cofounder of Sobrio, said. The application is available through iTunes and allows a student to create a profile with his or her name, picture and a list of previous rides displayed publicly. To connect with a designated driver, the student simply enters his location, destination and the number of people with him requiring a ride. Designated drivers then receive a request from Sobrio on their mobile phones and can notify the passenger of their offer. “Once a designated driver offers a ride, the user is notified instantly,” Ullman said. “You press a button on your phone, and before long, a friend with a car materializes right in front of you. It's pretty magical.” Students then have the option of accepting or declining the ride. Ullman and his co-founder, Tom Bachant, launched Sobrio in September 2012 at the University of Connecticut to ensure student safety from drinking and driving.

They realized that students there did not have a way to connect with other students for safe ride, and are excited that since the launch of their application, according to Ullman, drinking and driving have been reduced by 40 percent. He and Bachant have plans to launch Sobrio at several other institutions, including the University of Rhode Island, University of Massachusetts, Ohio University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Ullman encourages students to use the application to receive safe rides, saying “Sobrio is a peer-topeer network for college students who would like to share rides with each other. It is an easy and fun way to get home safely.” The most exciting part, according to Ullman, is the cost. Sobrio is less expensive than getting a ride from a taxi because, he said, that price is determined by the designated driver, who suggests a price for his or her service. “With Sobrio, you are connecting to a peer in your own network, so it a more comfortable experience,” Ullman said. “Sobrio creates a peer-to-peer network that connects those who need safe rides to the designated drivers on campus.” Bachant added that the application already has more than 2,000 users, all college students. Stony Brook Compliments partnered with Sobrio with the


Designated drivers can earn up to $140 per night by working with the Sobrio app. goal of reducing the act of drinking and driving. Founder Daniel Ahmadizadeh, a junior business major, came across Sobrio’s website and “saw a...demand for this at Stony Brook,” he said. Ahmadizadeh added that “Stony Brook University Compliments is trying to impact the world in the community” and the partnership with Sobrio is just one part of that mission. Junior health sciences major

Sandy Ren plans to use the application when out with her friends, as opposed to a cab service. She resides on campus, and suggested her fellow Stony Brook students not only use a bus or shuttle to go somewhere, but to rely on Sobrio as well. “It’s all under an app and it’s safe to use,” she said, adding that she believes “students will use it more because it’s cheaper and more effective.”

Junior chemistry and economics major Alexander Benoit often uses taxis to reach his destination and thinks Sobrio will be more convenient for him. “The app will benefit me by getting me to places safely,” he said. “It can be very handy to students.” According to the Stony Brook University Compliments Facebook page, designated drivers can receive up to $140 per night.

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Staller Center Celebrates 25 Years With Big Names By Jon Winkler Contributing Writer

As Stony Brook University kicks off a new year, its students and staff have a reason to be thankful for the building with those big steps covered in grass, other than it being a good place to relax. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Staller Center, where all types of art and culture are expressed to the student body every year to wide acclaim. Since its inception in 1988, it’s been home to acts ranging from dance troupes and acclaimed jazz bands to musical theatre and other events for all ages. Originally called the Fine Arts Center in 1980, Stony Brook’s central hub of art and culture always had its doors open to students and the general public. This coming year will be no different, with Staller opening its doors to the likes of the Emerson String Quartet,

writer David Sedaris, violinist Midori, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre performing “The Sound of Music” and many more. The biggest name this year is comic legend Bill Cosby, who is set to appear at the fundraiser Gala. This year marks one of the most diverse lineups of performers to date. According to Staller Center Outreach Coordinator Paul Newland, the planning for the 25th anniversary included Alan Inkles, the director of the Staller Center, planning events and scheduling guests “at least 2 years in advance.” Newland also mentions how Inkles sought out talent. “Alan goes to showcases around New York and around New England to look for possible guests. He would always pay attention to the audience


Bill Cosby will be the feature performer at this year's gala. .

reaction,” Newland said, “If the act he saw impressed him and the audience, he would see that act as something the students would really like.” The Staller Center also sees that there is no need for a seasonal theme for their acts. They keep their lineup very diverse in order to reach a wide audience, but to a “younger generation,” as Newland mentioned. It’s a smart strategy, considering the wide range of interests that the students bring to the university. Theatre buffs will enjoy the return of Asylum Theatre with David LindsayAbaire’s acclaimed play “Kimberly Akimbo.” One of America's premier dance groups, Mark Morris Dance, will be coming this year, as will other returning events. The Staller Center also noticed something that students took a real liking to when it first debuted some years ago: The Starry Nights experience, which had been welcome to good fanfare when it was brought to Stony Brook before. Keeping with its diverse range of acts, the center is also welcoming the Kamikaze Fireflies and their acrobatic skills. That show is part of their Not Just for Kids series, meant to bring in families from around the area. These events do not have a common theme to them, but it is simply meant to reach the widest audience possible. Newland, Inkles and fellow professor Kent Marks always listen to what the audience has to say about events and guests. They listen to what audiences are interested in, what they have seen before and what they would like to see in the future. It takes many hours of scheduling and can be stressful to prepare, but it’s the passion for the projects that keep the staff going. They talk about having previous guests like Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Patinkin, the London City Opera and others with such excitement that it is easy to see how proud they are of having such talent come to our university. The names keep coming as the


Audra McDonald will be performing at the Staller Center. year goes on: Broadway favorite Audra McDonald will return to Stony Brook this November with a display of classic show tunes and movie songs. December comes with the Big Band Holidays with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Accompanied by Wynton Marsalis and Cécile McLorin Salvant, the band will be performing classics by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other memorable performers from the swing era. After the winter break, Staller will host an all-star, intercontinental guitar showcase. Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin will join jazz legend Stanley Jordan and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo to provide their own version of classic and jazz style. Dance is expressed by the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Jane

Monheit and Jon Batiste will further represent jazz when they take the center stage in the spring of this year. But the biggest draw Staller has to offer is their guest of honor at the 2014 Gala: comic legend Bill Cosby. A man whose work has been passed on from generation to generation, he will perform comedy and be present at Staller’s annual fundraising event. It may be the silver anniversary for the Staller Center, but the talent brought in makes it shine like a diamond. Being the cultural hub for Stony Brook is not the easiest task to manage on occasion, but it’s certainly worth it. Whether people come for music, dance, theatre or film, the longevity of Staller proves that it is an essential place for students and the public to see (and even suggest) a display of culture. Happy birthday, Staller Center!


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Come join Student Life on Aug. 26, from 7-9 p.m. in the SAC Ballroom A to play bingo. Students will be able to win prizes including textbooks for school and gift cards to the school bookstore. Campus Recreation is offering students a chance to experience some of the most popular fitness classes offered this fall, including zumba, yoga and boxing. Students can see these classes at the Campus Rec center on Aug. 27 between 4 and 8:15 p.m. Preregistration is required. On Aug. 30 from 2-6 p.m. at the SAC, students can enjoy nine holes of mini-golf, completely free. Hosted by the Student Life Council, students will also be able to play human bowling and bungee ball. Students who score a hole in one get a free T-shirt.

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Campus Spotlight: student recognizes others with compliments By Giselle Barkley Staff Writer

Every compliment or act of kindness is a small yet significant way to acknowledge an individual’s importance within a community. These gestures are not rewarding only for those being recognized but also for people like Daniel Ahmadizadeh, who show their appreciation. One night during finals week, what began as studying for organic chemistry evolved into checking Facebook only to find a post from UPenn Compliments. Ahmadizadeh, a senior business major, was inspired by the post and decided that day, on Dec. 20, 2012, to create the Facebook page Stony Brook Compliments. The site attracted many students upon its creation but according to Ahmadizadeh it was not really a platform for positivity and community building until Zamir Miah. Miah is a Dunkin Donuts employee who works from 10 p.m. until the early morning. In addition to his positive attitude towards customers, he refuses to accept tips from college students and may add some extra goodies to a student’s order free of charge. His generosity was greatly appreciated by the students he meets who shared their appreciation on Facebook. Once again Ahmadizadeh was inspired to do more and took the posts a step further. He held

an event for Miah. Around 60 students including Stony Brook Compliments creator went to Dunkin Donuts to show their appreciation for Miah giving him hand written letters and $400, which was doubled by Dunkin Donuts management. The money however, was not

Iranian background. Although coming to America may have been a struggle for his family he was brought up to make the most of any situation and of any opportunity. Ahmadizadeh, who is “mind boggled” by the billions of people who lack clean water and basic


Ahmadizadeh (left) surprises Miah (right) at his job at Dunkin Donuts.

and should not be the focus of that evening. “The highlight of the story is this act of kindness made by the students to show appreciation for a man who majority of times has not seen his fair share of recognition,” Ahmadizadeh said. After experiencing a variety of cultures and living in different countries he acknowledges the array of opportunities one has in America. Ahmadizadeh was born in France but is of an

health care, and the 800 million more who are illiterate, believes that “having the opportunity to change the life of someone else and not doing that I think is a disservice to humanity.” There was a time when medicine seemed like the only opportunity he had to make an impact. While he is still considering medicine, Ahmadizadeh’s goal is to make a positive impact on as many people as possible.

“A doctor can have an impact on an individual person, subsequently affecting the entire family, but at the same time I think there are some organizations and…people who are able to affect a ton of people via their platform and SB Compliments is a small example of that,” Ahmadizadeh said. For Ahmadizadeh, what it comes down to is doing things that make others happy. His definition of success has nothing to do with riches or power but rather the ability to be truly happy with everything one does in their lives. It is an outlook he hopes to impart on others, especially his nine year-old brother Darian. The 21-year-old does not only want to become a role model to inspire others but also to utilize the experiences of others as a source of inspiration “to make an impact on others on a global scale.” He is co-authoring a book set to come out by the end of this year or early next year. The book “2 Billion under 20” highlights 75 individuals from around the world. The book title stems from the fact that there are around two billion individuals around the world who are under the age of 20 and each of these individuals have their own story. Ahmadizadeh, knowing that each individual has their own stories and struggles, was brought up to show appreciation for what he has and to give back

to his community. Stony Brook Compliments has opened the door for Ahmadizadeh and a variety of initiatives as it is a platform that embraces positivity throughout the community. But the page will also make a global impact as they have partnered with various organizations that will expand the Stony Brook Compliments model. Such partnerships include that of non-profit organization Watsi, which believes that healthcare is a basic human right. Currently Stony Brook Compliments is trying to raise five thousand dollars to donate to the organization. Ahmadizadeh never imagined that the creation of the page would have led to partnerships with organization like Watsi or even to him landing an associates position at a venture capital firm in San Francisco this past summer. He did not desire recognition as the creator of Stony Brook Compliments when it was made, but rather to be a part of countless selfless acts of kindness towards people throughout the community. This is the reason why Stony Brook Compliments remained anonymous until recently. Despite everything that has occurred after the creation of the Facebook page he feels that he has a long way to go in order to create, be a part of or inspire the world changing initiatives that can impact people’s lives.

Canadian students' film makes American debut at SBU By Chelsea Katz

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

It was more than a journey across the North American continent for three Concordia University students. Traveling from Canada to Nashville to Johnson City and Texas definitely leaves time for car ride conversation about life and kids and especially leaves time for exploration and unexpected revelations. "Soft Gun," which had its American premiere at The Stony Brook Film Festival on July 24 at the Staller Center, follows two cousins on an impromptu road trip through the Deep South and up to New York City. Produced by three film students (Alexandra Bégin, Guillaume Collin and Jesse Kray) in Canada, the film was almost entirely funded by a Kickstarter campaign, an online money-raiser tool the students used where they would only receive

the money if they reached their goal. While filming, the crew kept donors up-to-date via social media and produced a documentary called “Fireworks.” “I think that was a way to sort of engage them [supporters and viewers] in production a bit more,” Bégin said. In addition, Collin said that the filmmakers were posting 10 to 12 images per week during production. After traveling and shooting across the States for the summer, the trio returned back to school for class. Bégin mentioned that none of their professors had approached them about the film to congratulate them but they have visited various classes as guest speakers. They sent their film to The Alaska International Film Festival where they won The Special Jury Prize and The Canada International Film Festival, where they won the Royal Reel Prize.


Bégin films a scene on the side of the road for "Soft Gun."

“It’s more for the industry than it is for the public,” Collin said before the film screened at The Staller Center. “We’re getting feedback from filmmakers. Montreal and, so far, Stony Brook were amazing experiences.” The film originally started as a summer project. As the film began becoming more of a possibility, they started a Kickstarter campaign. The team liked using Kickstarter because it kept donors wondering if the campaign would meet their goal. After receiving their funding two days before their self-designated deadline, the crew set off for Decatur, Ga. to start production. To keeps costs to a minimum, the crew also picked up locals on the road

to use in different scenes. They asked for more information about the areas were in and the locals’ names went into the credits at the end of the movie. A number of people would even approach the students when they saw the camera equipment. They included the names of donors and locals who helped production in the end-of-film credits. Kray and Bégin developed the script about five minutes before shooting each scene. When they were not in on the road, they were camping out in tents. The script slightly resembled John Hughes’ 1985 coming-of-age movie, “The Breakfast Club,” in that the “cousins” discussed the future in regard to kids and what lies ahead. For Collin, his favorite place

to capture film was in New York City. Unlike most productions, the team actually filmed the movie in chronological order. New York was their last stop. “It was all of us together before the film ends,” Collin said. And still the film cost less than a Spike Lee movie without big time producers. Some of the soundtrack came from Creative Commons, where artists allow users to download their content so long as they are credited for its use in the final product. In addition, the students found a band who agreed to play music for different scenes in the movie. “The fun part is having people together, watching it and having different reactions,” Collin said.


Concordia University film students shoot a lakeside scene for their summer movie project.


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Summer blockbusters: know which films were hot or not By Brandon Benarba

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

For Hollywood, the summer months are the time to push their biggest movies into theaters. With kids out of school, and families out on vacation, studios release their blockbusters hoping to draw in the more available crowd. While summer 2013 was no different in terms on quantity, this year movies quality dipped due to an overreliance on sequels and franchising, while original stories thrived. “Man of Steel” As a pure visual experience, Man of Steel is almost a masterpiece. Zack Snyder found a unique looking, washed out visual style that allows the film to transition from an alien planet to rural Kansas perfectly. Unfortunately, all this visual flair is wrapped around a nonsensical script that not only goes against Superman as a character, but actually detracts core aspects of the character in favor of mindless action. The story is a coming of age story for Superman (Henry Cavill) who struggles to come to terms with being an outsider. When his identity, and his planet come under attack thanks to Lois Lane (Amy Adams), and Kryptonian General Zod (Michael Shannon), Superman must decide his destiny, and

subsequently the fate of two races. Cavill and Shannon are phenomenal in their roles, but the script gives them little to work with. The film spends too much time raising moral quandaries about the value of life, only to completely throw everything away in favor of overdrawn fight scenes. While these scenes are fun, they completely disrupt the tone of the film and pull the audience away from the characters. Man of Steel may have its moments of brilliance, but are lost thanks to characters we simply cannot care about.

“Pacific Rim” Despite being one of Hollywood’s best directors, Guillermo Del Toro has never made a summer blockbuster. His films usually build a deep, expansive world that move at a methodical pace. Pacific Rim is Toro’s attempt at a summer blockbuster, and while the film has a great sense of scale and excitement, the film is a little too silly for its own good. After a seven-year war with aliens from another dimension, Earth is at risk of being overrun. General Pentacost (Idris Elba) brings retired Jaegar pilot, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam), back to link with rookie pilot Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) for a last ditch effort against the alien Kaiju. The film promises giant robots


Leonardo DiCaprio plays the titular character in "The Great Gatsby."

fighting giant monsters, and it delivers. The last hour of the film is non-stop thrill rides that are a visual delight. Although the bulk of the film consists of these fights, the rest of the film is a tonal disaster. Pacific Rim tries a little to hard to be a serious film, but when characters are throwing out sci-fi terms like “mental drift” and “the purge” the film just comes off as a joke. Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, and Ron Perlman do not help as painfully bad comic relief characters. Still, you would not come to Pacific Rim looking for a great story. It is a film that knows exactly what it wants to do, and does nothing less, making it one of the summers best.

“The Great Gatsby” Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is much like the parties the titular character throws, visual flair being provided by someone who clearly has disdain for those who are in attendance. Based off the popular novel, Gatsby is viewed from the perspective of Nick Carraway (Tobey Mcguire), as he allured into a life of luxury by Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio, who absolutely owns the role of Gatsby), a con man with questionable standards who wishes to reclaim his lost love Daisy (Carey Mulligan). Luhrmann is known for highlighting the past through modern culture- here comparing the jazz era of the 1920’s with modern day hip-hop- but this detracts from the film. He is so busy showcasing this comparison that actually watching the film is a mess. His cinematography is sloppy, directed most of the actors poorly, and relies too much on CGI. For a movie based around the decadent life style of the 1920s, Gatsby surely is not fun to watch. “The World’s End” Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost have a habit of

challenging film genres clichés with each of their collaborations. Shaun of the Dead against horror, Hot Fuzz for action, and now The World’s End for sci-fi. Luckily, World’s End not only succeeds in doing this, but also is their best film to date. A group of high-school friends, led by Gary King (Simon Pegg) all go out to try and complete the golden mile, a 12-pub trek they failed to complete in high school. Gary, who has failed to grow-up since high school, fails to accept that his friends are not only successful in life, but have grown up from his childish antics. Their friendships are pushed to limits, especially Andys (Nick Frost), but they have to work together when they learn aliens have invaded their hometown. The film is not as quotable as their previous works, but it has great characters that bring a lot of heart to the film. This comes from Pegg and Frost, who both breath new life into their careers by essentially switching

“World War Z” As a novel, World War Z worked because it gave a personal look at how multiple characters would react during the zombie apocalypse. As a movie, World War Z captures the excitement of being in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, but does not have any of the charm of the book. Director Marc Forster wastes no time getting the film started. Within minutes, Gerry (Brad Pitt), an exUnited Nations serviceman, and his family are caught the initial zombie outbreak. Eventually they get put on a military vessel, but in order to secure his families safety, Gerry must travel the world to search for the origin of the zombie virus. It is strange to see Brad Pitt in a zombie movie, but for the most part he gives a good performance. He seems to fit right in with the hightension scenes that make up most of the movie. Unfortunately, these


Brad Pitt and his family are caught in the zombie outbreak. the roles that made them. Pegg gives his best performance here, with him having to reach some pretty dark places for the part. These characters role off each other well, and keep the momentum moving until the credits role. It is not just a great comedy, or a sci-fi film, but just a refreshingly fun movie.

scenes mean nothing thanks to an ending that comes out of nowhere and doesn’t make sense within context of the film. World War Z has moments of pure brilliance, but like the zombies in the movie it eventually becomes a mindless husk of the film it started as.

Students find food and entertainment off-campus By Dahlia Ibrahim Staff Writer

It is that time of year when first-year students are welcomed to Stony Brook University to—as the banners around campus say—begin this “incredible journey” in their academic careers. And while SBU makes sure to keep the freshmen’s first weekend on campus chock full of productive activities, icebreakers and meet-and-greets, the same question arises, whether you are a socially seasoned senior or a new, shy freshman who is not (just yet) into the whole frat party scene. What is there to do off campus? There are a couple of options for those who are carless—or simply just lazy—or for those who would rather enjoy the walk to and fro on a warm, breezy autumn night. Popular amongst the students here on campus, Jake Starr and The Curry Club, are two nearby restaurants that offer the luxury of dining out at a reasonable price within walking distance.

Jake Starr offers contemporary American cuisine located in the neighboring town of Setauket, which is right behind the Long Island Rail Road station, roughly about a 10 to 15 minute walk from most quads on campus, placed conveniently right next to a 7/11 (a useful tip for future reference!) The Curry Club, located in East Setauket, resides within walking distance of the campus’ North Entrance. It is known for its Indian food and fun atmosphere. If you do not feel like eating out and are in more of a socializing mood, The Bench Bar & Grill, also located right behind the LIRR train station, has been a classic hangout spot to drink, dance and hang out amongst Stony Brook students for years—the 21 or older students, of course. Then, for those who have cars, are willing to take public transportation or simply are in the mood for some trekking and hiking around, the towns neighboring Stony Brook offer

a variety of activities and places for students to indulge in. The buses on campus extend a chance for students to get a ride to and from various places such as the Smith Haven Mall, which includes Macy’s, an Apple store and The

schedules every week at the stops. Approved by the of-age student body of Stony Brook University, there are several bars, taverns and lounges that are within a close driving distance of the campus—just ask Siri for directions. Popular venues of


The LIRR is located close to Stony Brook University. Cheesecake Factory, and even goes to shopping plazas that include Walmart, Walgreens and Target on certain days of the week—just check the bus

choice and hangout spots include the following: • The Checkmate Inn—East Setauket (7 minute drive)

• The Three Village Inn—Stony Brook (9 minute drive) • The Velvet Lounge—SetauketEast Setauket (5 minute drive) • The Country Corner—SetauketEast Setauket (8 minute drive) Having the LIRR on campus is a luxury in itself, though it often goes unnoticed. The neighboring town of Port Jefferson is a stop away on the train, and offers endless possibilities of fine dining, scenic walks and shopping at trendy and unique boutiques. Do not forget, the city of Manhattan, aka The Concrete Jungle, is about 90 minutes away by the LIRR, and is a small price to pay for a day of sightseeing and urban adventures. So the next time you hear someone say “there is nothing to do around this campus,” correct them - politely. There is quite a bit to do, see and explore around Stony Brook University, and all it takes is a little motivation, some bus fare, or maybe a tank of gas.

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The importance of joining organizations on campus By Keith Olsen Opinion Editor

One of the most obvious facts about Stony Brook University is its immense and intimidating size. Its huge size and population can make it extremely difficult to form strong bonds with other people, which makes it easier to deal with the stress of such an academically challenging school. Perhaps the best way to survive and prosper in this new and rigorous environment is to join something bigger than yourself, specifically an organization or club. With over 300 clubs and organizations on campus, it is so simple to become involved. Each group holds general body meetings, which are open to all students. Some clubs do have an application process, so it is good to stay on top of what each club requires. Every semester, on the academic mall, the school hosts an involvement fair. It is a good opportunity to walk around and

see what the school has to offer. Many sports have a club, which is a great way to stay active and stay involved. Other clubs range from arts, music, to language. These are all ways to create new friend groups, and expand one’s own knowledge and skills. Stony Brook is a large university and it can be easy to get lost in the fast pace of life here. Organizations also provide contacts for future employment and studies. Preprofessional societies bring in speakers and advisors to help with both employment and graduate school applications. It also creates networks with alumni and gives students an opportunity to figure out their own career path. One of the largest and most active organizations on campus is the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band, which now has over 200 members after starting only seven years ago. While the Athletic Bands are technically run by the University’s Office of the Dean of Students, it has a core

group of student leadership who assist in assuring that the band operates smoothly and efficiently. The long hours that the group puts in are rewarded by a strong sense of community within the institution. These intrepid students within the Athletic Bands play at all football and most basketball games and attempt to be a focal point for school spirit on campus. Being part of this organization has allowed me to meet amazing people and introduced me to opportunities that I otherwise would not have had access to. Known for being a predominantly science oriented school, the pre-med and prePA club bring in admissions counselors from the Stony Brook Medical School. These alliances only provide students more opportunities for getting their foot in the door earlier. Clubs also provide ways for students to find new talents, Continued on page 17

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The involvement fair is a fantastic way to learn about the various clubs on campus.


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Joining campus groups New Center for the Study of Men and and organizations Masculinity is a step in the right direction

Continued from page 16 hobbies, and also things that you previously enjoyed. Even at this newspaper, many staff members have a background outside of journalism, yet found a common

interest in writing. Leaving one’s comfort zone is what clubs and organizations allow you to do. The more you get involved, and find new passions, the more you will get from the ‘Stony Brook Experience’.

By Keith Olsen Opinions Editor

Considering its position as one of the world’s top research universities, it is only fitting for Stony Brook to have centers for many diverse topics of research. Just after the end of the past spring semester, it was announced that the University would open a new Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities. The center opens this semester, and will begin a Master of Arts program in the topic in Fall 2015.

“By expanding Stony Brook’s brand to this new development of feminist theory, the school will gain even more prominence.” -Keith Olsen Opinions Editor


The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band performs during the halftime shows at all home football games.

The only thing that surprises me about the opening of this center is that it took this long for it to secure funding. Stony Brook is home to "Men and Masculinities," which is the nation’s most prestigious


Michael Kimmel is the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities founding director. academic journal on the topic. The founding director of the project, Michael Kimmel, is the editor of the journal and is well known for his intense study of the subject. He has written eight books on the topic, one of which ended up being a best seller. Kimmel is obviously immensely qualified for this position. The opening of the new center eases many of the concerns that I have about the equity of funding a Women’s and Gender Studies department without an equivalent for the male persona. Many of the members of the center’s advisory board are extremely well known in the feminist field, which should give it even more credibility. By expanding Stony Brook’s brand to this new development of feminist theory, the school will gain even more prominence. This is a great direction for

the university to pursue and is a development that will greatly increase its image. While women’s studies uses the female gender to study history, politics and other social changes, the male gender should also have this equal opportunity. One major issue for many feminists is the topic of gender discrimination. By allowing students to study the origins of male dominance throughout history, a more informed opinion and view to the feminist movement can be established. A part of the education process is being open to both sides of the argument and learning the same history through different lenses. This is also a chance for SBU to collaborate work and research and develop ways to break down stereotypes and misinformation about both genders.

Medical Marijuana picks up steam By Anusha Mookherjee Assistant Opinions Editor

Recently, my home state of Massachusetts passed a law to legalize medical marijuana. The topic has raised many questions, especially if the substance even has medical benefits. CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, denied any medical benefits of marijuana until very recently. In a documentary, he focused on the story of a five year old girl from Colorado who had had over 300 seizures each week. The girl’s parents and doctors managed to relieve the symptoms of her illness with a specific strain of Cannabis that contains a low amount of THC, the compound which creates the high and a large amount of CBDs, the cannabinoid which has been found to have more medical applications than the other chemicals found within the plant. This allows the patient to enjoy the medical benefits of the substance without inducing a high. Most of the data collected on the effects of marijuana aren't

looking for benefits, but rather are digging for problems. Due to marijuana’s status as an illicit drug, it's hard to even get access to the drug for research. Currently, one of the leading universities in this field of research is Tel-Aviv. With a supportive government, researchers have found a wide range of uses for medical marijuana. Today, many use marijuana as a substitute to extremely addictive pharmaceuticals to treat various ailments, including the side effects of chemotherapy. Fortunately, it appears that the negative connotations about “Reefer Madness” have begun to subside. A Gallup research poll from 2010 found that a record high 50% of Americans are in favor of legalizing the substance. An even more recent Gallup poll found that even the people who aren’t in favor of legalizing the substance are in favor of a federal laissez-faire attitude towards the states who have begun the legalization process. The effects of exposure to the drug’s true effects are continuing to change the perception that the public has about this potentially useful

substance. Watching CNN's documentary got me thinking about why Stony Brook University can't start paving a new path for research in the United States. As a school that prides itself in

science and research, new fields and opportunities should start to be explored. Though it is a controversial subject, after seeing so many patients who benefit from the substance, the possible medicinal uses from the drug

must at least spark some curiosity within the scientists at SBU. With the resources and alliances the school has made to advance research, this is a field that is new, exciting and yet to be explored in depth.


Marijuana is shown on display at the River Rock Medical Marijuana Center in Denver, Colorado, on May 16, 2013. Cannabis was legalized in the state late last year.


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Welcome back to school, Seawolves! We are so happy to see you

For some this is the first issue of The Statesman you have ever picked up, while others consider us a weekly standby. Either way, we are glad to have your readership and hope that you stick with us. It is great to see everyone back and have life return to campus. We are very excited for this year with you and we cannot wait to see what the future holds. In many ways, the beginning of a school year marks a clean slate—new shoes, a fresh haircut and sharpened pencils. Here at The Statesman we are starting

again, too. So you may notice some changes in the way we operate this year. We are working to improve our web presence and will now publish new stories online every day. There will still be a new issue on stands every Monday, but not all our stories will be there anymore. You will not find all of our content in one place so be sure to check out both regularly. Our website will feature more videos and photos than in the past. We will post various hashtags that you can use to submit photos and comments

about campus life and events. We will take the best submissions and put them in the paper and online. We are also starting a “Campus Spotlight” column. Every week, a different student will be featured in the paper. This student will be someone who has caught students' attention and got the campus community talking. If you know of someone you think we should feature, let us know at More changes will come throughout the semester, so be sure to like our Facebook page

to stay up to date on everything Stony Brook and Statesman related. For those of you who are new to Stony Brook or unfamiliar with us, we are SBU’s official campus newspaper. We have five sections that work together to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of SBU: news, arts and entertainment, sports, opinion and multimedia. We cover everything from campus concerts USG senate meetings to the basketball and football games and are always working hard to bring you the latest information.

With all of these changes, we are going to need some help. We are always looking for more people to join our staff. There are no tryouts or application, just come down to the basement of the Union, Room 057, to meet the editors and find out more about The Statesman. If you have any ideas for stories or things you would like to see in The Statesman, send them our way at editors@sbstatesman. com. We would love for you to join us and are looking forward to meeting you. - The Editors

What The Statesman staff is looking forward to this year -Going to home games -Fitness classes -TedxSBU

-Graduating and getting a job -Spending all our meal points at Red Mango

-Seasonal drinks at Starbucks -Back to the Brook concert

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Moving back in and the excitement grows Students tell us what they are looking forward to this upcoming year “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and doing well in school. ” -Sharanjit Kaur

Sophomore, Biology


Sharanjit Kaur moves in with her family for her second year at Stony Brook.

“Not being a freshman. I hated not knowing what I’m doing and figuring everything out.” -Sarah Chowske

Sophomore, Health Sciences


Jessika Pineda stands with her mother in front of Lauterbur, where she will live for her last year at SBU.


Sarah Chowske, a health sciences major at Stony Brook, is excited to leave freshman year behind as she starts her second year in Roth's Mount College.

“I won’t say being done because I like it here. But I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and my professors. ” -Jessika Pineda

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A rivalry continues to take shape By David Vertsberger Staff Writer

Team rivalries are not spawned by players, but built over time by them. The NBA’s most historic rivalry – the Lakers and Celtics – is not what it was because of Wilt vs. Russell, Magic vs. Bird or Kobe vs. Pierce (this year: Olynyk vs. Hill!), but because of all of these matchups in combination with other factors. The NBA is a business, one where players are rarely in the same place for the majority of their careers. Therefore there are bigger roles in play in fuming rivalries, and in the grand scheme of time, player clashes are rarely significant. As we look back at last year’s Knicks-Nets rivalry beginning with a geographical and cultural friction, the same principle applies. However, Brooklyn’s acquisition of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are about as close as you can get to players cementing a team rivalry. Pierce hates the Knicks. In an article on, he said: “With a passion. Let's start it up right now. Let's start the beef,” Pierce said. “It's no secret that me and New York got history. It's no secret. This is no secret. It's already known.” He was answering the question: “Do you hate the Knicks?” in an article on Pierce hates the Knicks. It should come as no shock that Knicks fans hate Pierce. The imagery of elbow step-back jumpers finding the bottom of the net rings in Bocker fans’ minds like a never-ending migraine. The slew of late-game losses by Pierce’s hand goes on and on. Kevin Garnett is arguably the

bigger villain to Knicks fans – with his infamous choking of former Knick Bill Walker in the 2012 season opener and fair share of crushing blows in the final moments of games. It finally looked as if the Knicks fended off their demons once and

With the Knicks and Nets both sporting the “New York” team location, one of the teams had to make a change. The Nets ended up playing in New Jersey, with a smaller market, smaller fan base and smaller expectations.

The Knicks already secured then-superstar Amar’e Stoudemire before pulling the trigger for Carmelo Anthony later that season. The Nets were also in pursuit of Anthony, but the ex-Nugget was not willing to play anywhere other than New York City. The Nets

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The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are battling to be "the team" of New York. for all in last year’s postseason, defeating the Celtics in six games. As it turns out, their two archnemeses have found a new home – a 20 minute train ride from the Knicks home court. Pierce and Garnett did not just get traded to a team close to the Knicks, but one that has prided itself upon being the new king of New York and the cause of an impending Knicks downfall. The Knicks-Nets “rivalry” dates back to the seventies, when the New York Nets of the ABA merged into the NBA.

Over the course of the next several decades, the two squads shared but a glimmer of a potential rivalry – thanks to the location dispute and their closeness geographically. However, only rarely were both teams were successful at the same time and they were never contenders in the same season. Come the NBA’s arms race caused by LeBron James leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010, the Knicks and Nets made moves to solidify themselves future postseason appearances.

“settled” for point guard Deron Williams, who along with draftee Brook Lopez and later-acquired Joe Johnson built themselves a team that would too be able to see the Playoffs for the first time in several years. As destiny would have it, the Nets’ first season back in the playoffs after a gap and with the multiple time All-Star Johnson, was also their first season in Brooklyn. If there was ever a push for a rivalry, this was it. Suddenly the city of New York was divided. Nets vs. Knicks. Black

and white vs. blue and orange. Culturally, this rivalry took tangible shape in the streets of the Empire State. The Nets set out to symbolize Brooklyn, and a heavy amount of the borough’s born and raised took pride in the team’s representation of the BK. Loyalists of the Knicks proclaimed their squad the immortal king of the entire state of New York, and brushed off this new wave of black and white as a fad or fashion trend. The basketball was great too. The teams were only five wins apart and split their season series 2-2. It was a battle of the Knicks’ innovative small-ball against the Nets’ prototypical lineup, the young and improving center against the defensive anchor and championship-winning one and the battle of the nomadic superstars. This long-awaited rivalry – barricaded by poor showings by both teams and distance – was finally taking shape. Now, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Nets. The two deadliest “Knick-killers” are now donning the black-and-white colors of Brooklyn. The two teams are as talented as they have been in a number of years, and are projected by many to meet in the first round of the 2014 playoffs at the 4-5 seed matchup. The stage is set for an ultimate clash of the boroughs, with fate or divine intervention or the basketball gods or what have you putting together this scenario for us all to enjoy. While the Knicks and Nets may not have formed a true rivalry quite yet, the pieces are in place to do so in the near future.

Stony Brook Volleyball set to rebound for 2013 season By Mira Gor Staff Writer

Although the 2012 season, with an overall 11-14 record, did not turn out quite the way they wanted it to, the 2013 women’s volleyball team is more motivated than ever before. Junior team members Laura “Lo” Hathaway and Taylor Gillie share their aspirations for 2013, as does head coach Coley Pawlikowski, who is coaching the Seawolves for the first time. Undoubtedly, there is excitement brewing in all aspects of the organization, from players to coach, and on and off the court. “I’m pretty confident in myself and my staff, I’m pretty confident in what we have put together, and I think that we will be pretty successful,” an optimistic Pawlikowski said, as she embarks on this hopeful journey to the America East championships. Pawlikowski joined the Seawolves’ organization in January, and brought with her a strong coaching and recruiting reputation. Nothing but good things are

said about her coaching abilities, as well as her skill for seeing potential assets for her team. “We’ll be adding a couple of athletes in the 2014 class,” Pawlikowski said. “We’re excited about this fall, we’re excited that we were able to bring in one freshman and one transfer and just the group we have has improved a ton.” In regards to her stellar ability to seek out winners, the head coach added that “recruiting is one of my strengths. I’ve always been a recruiting coordinator, so we’re looking forward to continuing that here. I can tell you that it’s going pretty well.” The names behind this exciting news will be released in November. Not only are the coaches awaiting this upcoming season, but so are the players. Laura Hathaway, is a junior at Stony Brook. Serving as libero and a defensive specialist for the Seawolves, she is also captain of her young team. Although the 2012 season etched errors in almost every category of the game, the reason

behind their ultimate wins was simply “just wanting to score.” “We have so many weaknesses,” revealed an honest and confident Hathaway, “but we have gotten to know each other better and that is gonna help us. We really need to work on our ball handling. No one really handled the ball well.” Hathaway played in the BIP Southeastern team as part of the European Global Challenge this past July, while her teammate, Melissa Rigo, played for the BIP U.S. team, which was assistant coached by Stony Brook coaches Coley and Dan Pawlikowski. While on this memorable trip overseas, Hathaway documented her journey via Twitter, and on her “Lo Down” blog. “It was great. Playing with girls from across the world helps you see how other people play,” Hathaway said as she talked about her once-in- a-lifetime experience in Europe. Ironically, she ended up winning second place in the tournament, beating out her own coaches’ U.S. team. “That was great,” Hathaway said. “I’m sure the coaches were

happy that it happened to be me who did it.” Hathaway's teammate, Taylor Gillie agreed with the sentiment that the team needs to work on everything. “I think we have gotten to know how we play,” said Gillie, a plus point in such a collective sport as volleyball. Serving as a senior member of the team, Gillie presented herself as ready to take on the responsibility of being a guide for the younger players. Yet, it is also important to remember that neither Gillie, nor Hathaway, were on the court much last season. Therefore, this season is preliminary for them, as well as for their coach. “It’s really the first time for all of us. We’re playing with new coaches, and we’ve learned how to play with one another,” Gillie said as she optimistically shared how a new beginning for the team may actually be the key to making it to the America East championships. Gillie added, “I feel not many people know about Stony Brook volleyball, so we want to change that.”

As a former volleyball player herself, Coach Pawlikowski did want to add a few words of ending encouragement. She stressed the notion of embracing the opportunity: “Take advantage of every single day. There are days as a collegiate athlete where you say, ‘man I just can’t wait for this day to be done,’ and when it is done, you’re gonna want that day back. Just embrace every single practice, every single moment; always know you gave a 100 percent effort every time you stepped on the court. Enjoy it. Not many people get to be a Division I athlete. On your worst day, just remember that.” All in all, the entire organization’s excitement is evident. The lady Seawolves open their hopeful and renewed season on Aug. 30 vs. Sacred Heart. “We’re excited about the future, about the effort that our girls are putting in, and the results we are starting to see,” stressed a bubbly Pawlikowski. “We’re building a different culture here, effort is a huge part of that culture, and I think everyone is getting on board with that.”

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Seawolves look to defend first ever America East Championship By Catie Curatolo Assistant Sports Editor

After winning their first-ever America East Championship last fall, the women’s soccer team is looking to repeat the feat. With 20 letterwinners returning and a strong freshman class, coach Sue Ryan has high hopes for her squad. “As the reigning conference champions, we're looking forward to defending our title,” she said. “Any time you have a mix of good returning players who understand the core values of your team and do the right things on and off the field, and newcomers who can make an impact by adding depth to the team, I think you have a bright future ahead.” Ryan plans on anchoring her squad with many of last year’s core players, as the Seawolves only lost three players to graduation. "We have many returning players who are core players to our team, especially right through the middle with Ashley Castanio in goal, Ahriel Fernanez and Caitlin Pfeiffer in the back, Christina Casamassina, Regan


After taking the America East Championship last season, the Seawolves were picked to finish second this year. Bosnyak and Tessa Devereaux in the midfield and Larissa Nysch up front." Senior Larissa Nysch, who scored the winning goal against Hartford in last year’s championship game, led the team with nine goals in 2012. On her way to breaking into Stony Brook’s top ten all-time for goals scored, she is co-

captains with Caitlin Pfieffer. Last year, SBU was one of the highest-scoring teams in the conference. Although the loss of Sa’sha Kershaw, a four-year starter who is Stony Brook’s leading scorer since moving to the America East conference, is a tough one, the Seawolves have added new faces that Coach Ryan hopes will

more than make up for missing Kershaw. "We have several freshmen who have shown that they can make an impact right away,” she said. “Maxie New looks very dangerous going to goal and Leah Yurko provides us with a lot of speed. Lindsay Hutchinson has shown versatility playing up front and in the midfield." Ryan will be depending on freshmen to fill in where her core players can’t in the net and on defense as well. “Kim Comstock has been doing a great job in practice competing with Ashley Castanio and Danielle Singson in goal. Christina Fluman has also provided depth on the back line and the holding midfield spot,” Ryan said. The No. 6 seed in last year’s playoffs, the Seawolves were the underdogs. Even after winning the title and knocking off the top three teams in the process, Stony Brook is still fighting for recognitionSBU was chosen to finish second in the America East preseason coaches poll, behind Hartford. “Even our conference doesn’t think we can do it again, so

that’s really fueling us right now,” Nysch said. “We definitely have a different team than we did last year, but we definitely have a team that’s all on board and I’m foreseeing another championship run. It’s a lot of hard work and it’s going to be tough with a target on our backs but we’re figuring it out.” Co-captain Pfieffer agrees. “I think it’s good for us because it gives us a high standard to try and repeat again. It adds pressure where we expect from ourselves to win again and, maybe not from our conference, but also expectations from everyone around us.” The Seawolves have a challenging schedule this season, playing a mix of regional rivals as well as games in the always competitive America East. They will also travel to Colorado for the Omni Hotels Colorado Women’s Soccer Classic. This past weekend, they tied Seton Hall 2-2 on Friday and defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 6-0 on Sunday. Stony Brook’s next game is at home on Friday against Fairfield. Gametime is 2 p.m.

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University of Texas at El Paso and senior Reuben Johnson also from Cincinnati. The team also received another transfer, wide receiver Jahrie Level from Idaho. The football team is not the only team on campus making moves in the offseason. The men’s basketball team brought in 6 foot 6 inch, 230-pound forward Rayshaun McGrew. McGrew transferred from Cowley County Community College and will have three years remaining on his eligibility. McGrew will not be the only new face on the team, as six newcomers are on the roster for the 2013-14 season. McGrew will join Chris Braley and Roland Nyama, along with redshirt freshmen Ryan Burnett, Kameron Mitchell and Ahmad Walker aew also joining the team. Stony Brook brought in these new players to fill in the void left by Tommy Brenton, alumnus who graduated. Brenton also signed a professional deal with Link Togichi Brex, in the Japanese Basketball League. The men’s basketball 201314 non-conference schedule was also released, showcasing games against Indiana, Florida Atlantic, La Salle and VCU. The team’s home-opener will be on Friday, Nov. 8 against Marist. It will be the team’s final season in Pritchard Gymnasium, as they will soon move to Stony

Brook Arena. The women’s basketball team also saw a former member sign


There will be some new faces in Stony Brook Athletics this year.

a professional contract. Taylor Burner signed a one-year deal with Bnot Herzliya, a team in the Israeli First Division. The Seawolves were picked second in the America East preseason poll for women’s soccer. They finished two points and one first-place vote behind Hartford. This is coming off Stony Brook’s conference championship, where they finished in sixth place, but won all three road games. Stony Brook athletics has risen tremendously in the past few years, and looks to improve this year, starting with the fall sports.

season, had nine wins, four shutouts, and a 1.03 goals against average. But, with him gone, Coach Anatol is expecting the man who backed up Manz last season, to fill his shoes in the starting role. “Carlos is not only the guy we expect to be starting in goal, but he’s also one of our leaders," Anatol said. “We expect a lot from him”. Carlos Villa is a senior netminder, from Caracas, Venezuela. Villa started just one game in 2011, but was able to make more on an impact last season. He started four matches for the club, and recorded a shutout in two of them, posting 1.73 goals against average. Now head coach Ryan Anatol faces the task of getting all his new players acclimated with his system in just a few weeks time. “This group’s gonna be talented, but they’re new,” Anatol said. “For us the challenge is gonna be for guys to understand the way we want to play, and for them to understand the culture here, and to learn that in a very short space of time.” Last year Coach Anatol had a group of players who had been under him for a few years, and were familiar with his system. This year Anatol feels that the team need much training camp time as possible. “We’re looking forward to the games as a chance to test ourselves, but the practice is so important right now.” While the Stony Brook men’s soccer team may be lacking returning face, and preparation time, one thing they do not seem to lack is confidence. Despite all the questions surrounding this training camp, the Seawolves’ players are thinking the

same way as there head coach and do not expect any kind of drop off from last season. In fact many of them expect the team to go further. “I definitely think we can win the America East championship,” senior midfielder Shane Wixted said. Coach Anatol also believes he has a team capable of winning an America East Championship, but only if they put in the effort. “It’s gonna take a lot of work along the way to get there," Anatol said. “And the guys got to be committed to doing that on a daily basis.” Part of that work right now includes a large amount of running. The player’s fitness levels have been made a huge priority by Anatol this training camp. “We got a lot of new guys that don’t understand the demands of fitness in the games, and we got to put them in a good position to be successful,” said Anatol. While the players may not always like the running, they seem to have faith in their coach’s plan. “He’s a great head coach in my opinion,” sophomore midfielder Alejandro Fritz said. “He knows a lot about soccer. He’s a great evaluator. And both of our coaches are really helpful on the field. “ With so many new players, the Seawolves could find themselves getting off to a rocky start, if the group fails to mesh quickly enough. But, if there are some early season growing pains, it will likely not discourage Anatol.

Fernandes update

After wrapping up an outstanding collegiate career with the Seawolves last fall, Leonardo Fernandes has now found himself earning a roster spot on a Major League Soccer team. Drafted by the Philadelphia

Union in the third round of the MLS Supplemental Draft back in early March, Fernandes has since signed a contract with the Union and played six games with the team. His former head coach Ryan Anatol has been following Fernandes’ journey since leaving Stony Brook very closely. “I’m very happy for him,” Anatol said. “To go to someone, who wasn’t invited to the combine, to getting signed, to getting minutes and starting in games, I’m very excited for him.” In his four years at Stony Brook, Fernandes registered 31 goals, 17 assists, and 79 points in 74 games. His goals, assists and points marks were all program records. He took home the America East Midfielder of the Year Award three times, and also made the AllAmerica East team three times. Last season he helped lead his team to a spot in the America East tournament, by scoring nine goals, seven assists and 25 points. He also came up with many timely goals for his club, leading the team with five game winning goals. Since joining the Union, Fernandes started three games and played in 267 minutes. The club has a record of 10-78, and is currently fourth in their conference. He is just the third Seawolves player to make an MLS roster. Michael Palacio and Chris Megaloudis both made the Red Bulls roster back in 2008. Megaloudis appeared in one game for the club. While Fernandes already accomplished unprecedented feats for a Stony Brook soccer alum, coach Anatol thinks he is far from done. “He’s just starting off,” Anatol said. “We expect a lot more from him.”

Sports Football begins journey into CAA By Jason Mazza Staff Writer

CAA stands for the Colonial Athletic Association and it is the new home for Stony Brook Football who announced a football-only move to the new conference last August. Gone are the days of Big South foes like Liberty, Coastal Carolina and Virginia Military Institute. Get used to high profile games against the likes of Villanova, New Hampshire, Towson and Albany to name a few. Coming off a 10-win season, they brought SBU to the second round of the FCS playoffs. It is safe to say the Seawolves are ready for a challenge. “We’re looking forward to entering a new era in football and playing against a high level of competition. Our expectations as always is to compete and be successful,” Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore said. Priore enters his eighth year at Stony Brook sporting a 47-34 overall record. Not only will the level of competition increase, but the Seawolves also lost a number of key players to graduation. On the offensive side alone, they suffered the loss of NFL prospects Miguel Maysonet and Michael Bamiro. Maysonet capped a historic season last year, finishing with 1,964 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. Thanks to the phenomenal 2012 campaign, Maysonet was the runner up for the Walter Payton Award and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Miguel’s time in Philadelphia was short lived. Shortly after the spring semester ended, he was unable to attend rookie camp because of a technicality-he was still enrolled at SBU even though finals were over. Maysonet is currently playing for the Cleveland Browns. On the depth chart he looks to be the third or fourth string thanks to back-up running back Dion Lewis’ fractured fibula. So who will step up and replace

By Mike Daniello Sports Editor


The Seawolves look to bring their winning ways over to their new home in the CAA. Maysonet’s production? While that may be nearly impossible, senior transfer from Iowa, Marcus Coker looks to be the obvious choice. Coker rushed for over a thousand yards himself in each of the last two years (2011 at Iowa 2012 at Stony Brook) albeit while running behind Maysonet in 2012. “I’m not going to try to do too much this year. I’ll probably get 2025 touches a game. There’s no easy defense in the CAA but I think we have a lot of guys that can step up,” Coker said. Part of the offensive front that blocked for the pair of thousand yard rushers was massive OT, Michael Bamiro (6 feet 8 inches, 344lbs). Earlier in the summer the NCAA ruled Bamiro ineligible despite only playing three years of football due to his two years spent at a junior college in Pittsburgh that did not even have a football program. “Losing Bamiro was heartbreaking news,” Coker said. “He does so many things on and off the field that make a team better. We’re really going to miss him this year.”

The bright side for Bamiro was evident soon after the ruling when he was able to dodge both the NFL and supplemental Draft, allowing him to declare directly for NFL free agency where the Philadelphia Eagles signed him. Some options for Priore on the offensive line will be the red shirt junior Pitt transfer Arthur Doakes (6’6”, 350). It is clear that Doakes has embraced the power style offense Stony Brook plays. “I picked Stony Brook because I love the way they play. I’m a big guy so power football is right up my alley,” Doakes said. Doakes was not the only FBS transfer that Priore captured this offseason. Seven total FBS transfers will join the Seawolves this season. “When players get older they have different priorities when it comes to looking at schools. Stony Brook has become very attractive to the kids that want to be close to New York and get a great education. Also the past success we’ve had with transfers gives us a lot of credibility,” Priore said.

Adding the transfers will certainly give the Seawolves a fighting chance against the higher level of competition. In the CAA preseason coaches poll the Seawolves were placed in seventh place. The Sports Network ranked Stony Brook as the sixteenth best team in their latest FCS Top 25 Poll, which would argue with the CAA Preseason Poll as only four CAA teams came in front of them. Nonetheless, there is certainly a chip on the shoulder of the Seawolves who got ousted in the second round of the FCS playoffs last year against Montana State. Senior co-captain Davonte Anderson remembers last year’s playoff game all too well. “You work all year for that game so it’s real tough to lose. It was a great experience though and I think it will help us prepare for this year.” The Seawolves begin regular season play at CAA opponent Rhode Island Sept. 7. Stony Brook’s home opener will be Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. versus Towson who is coming off a 7-4 season.

goals, assists and points leader Leonardo Fernandes. Two other proven scorers, midfielders Raphael Abreu and Berian Gobeil, also graduated last spring. With those three having moved on, along with a few other key contributors to the offense last year, one of the biggest questions the 2013 Seawolves face is where they will get goal production. “They were special players, but we got a different group," said Anatol. “We probably won’t be leaning on one or two guys. It’s gonna be more of a collective effort. We’re gonna need a few guys to step up and contribute.” Sophomores Alejandro Fritz and Martin Giordano are the only two returning Seawolves who registered more than one goal last season, and will likely be looked at to pick up a large amount of the scoring load. Fritz was named to the All-America East Rookie Team last season scoring

five goals, along with six assists, and 16 points. Giordano also had a solid freshman campaign, scoring 3 goals and 7 points. But, after those two, there are a lot of unknowns. “We expect a lot of the new guys to have an important role," said Anatol. “It’s the reality of losing seven or eight starting guys. We have to have new guys step up.” One newcomer that coach Anatol expects to come in and make an impact this season is Jevaughn Vance. The junior midfielder is coming over from Wayland Baptist University, where he had 5 goals and 15 points in 16 matches. He made the All-Sooner Athletic Conference Second Team in 2012 for his play. Despite having 16 newcomers on their roster, the Seawolves still finished second in the America East preseason poll which came out last Wednesday. A lot this may be due to some of the veteran defensive players that will

be returning this year. Stony Brook’s defense was among the best in the conference last season, allowing the third least amount of goals in the America East. Senior midfielders Shane Wixted and Will Casey were a big part of that defense last year, and hope to continue their steady defensive play. Coach Anatol will also look to the two men for leadership on and off the field. “They’ve been around us now for a couple of years,” Anatol said. “These older guys, they know the expectations, and they know the demands.” The Seawolves defense did lose their starting goalkeeper from last season to graduation. Stefan Manz started 14 games for the club last season, had nine wins, four shutouts,

Seawolves picked second in A.E. preseason poll By Joe Galotti Staff Writer

The Stony Brook men's soccer team lost several key players from last year’s roster, including three of the team’s top four scorers. But, head coach Ryan Anatol does not plan on lowering his team’s expectations. “Our goal is to win championships," coach Anatol said. “That’s why we’re here. You’re not gonna set the bar any lower.” The club is coming off its second straight successful season under Anatol. After going 11-6-1 in the regular season, the Seawolves were able to make it to the second round of the America East Championship tournament, before falling to UMBC, by the score of 1-0. But, that was a different team. A team that included proven offensive players like the program’s all time

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It has been over three months since a Stony Brook team has played a game, but that does not mean it has been a quiet summer season for the Seawolves. Changes are taking place this semester, with some being bigger than others. Football is switching over from the Big South to the Colonial Athletic Association, men’s basketball will be playing different non-conference games and even some former Seawolves inked professional contracts. The biggest name from Stony Brook to sign a professional contract is running back Miguel Maysonet. Maysonet went undrafted, then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, was released just a few days later, but was soon picked up by the Cleveland Browns. In his first preseason game, he ran for 25 yards on nine carries in their win over the St. Louis Rams. Maysonet was not the only Seawolf to sign a pro football contract in the National Football League. Michael Bamiro exhausted his eligibility and therefore signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was guaranteed close to $250,000, which shows the Eagles are willing to take a chance on a guy who didn’t play collegiate football until his second year. Cedrick Moore signed with the Green Bay Packers and is in their camp on a tryout. Wide receiver Kevin Norrell was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, but later released. As far as 2013 Seawolves football is concerned, they are focusing on the new conference. A year after making it to the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision, the Seawolves look to start a new tradition in the CAA. Stony Brook will now be joining a division with Albany, Maine and New Hampshire, who are also in the America East for every other sport. Also in the CAA are Delaware, James Madison, Rhode Island, Richmond, Towson, Villanova and William & Mary. The Seawolves also added a few transfers including running back Jameel Poteat from Cincinnati, junior offensive lineman Arthur Doakes from Pittsburgh, senior Derrick Morgan from the Continued on page 23

The Statesman: Volume 57 Issue 1  

The Statesman in print for Monday, August 26, 2013

The Statesman: Volume 57 Issue 1  

The Statesman in print for Monday, August 26, 2013