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Volume LVII, Issue 3
Monday, September 16, 2013
Food prices increase while quantity decreases
A super long wait for another super storm By Katherine Kurre Staff Writer
Windows shook and trees fell. Power was out and streets flooded. Just under one year ago, that was the state of Long Island, New York City and New Jersey. Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29, 2012. It dumped massive amounts of water in NJ, NYC and LI flooding not only streets, but homes, cars and subways. Long Island residents lost power for days. The Statesman reported even the SBU campus had lost power for 37 minutes the night Sandy hit. Stony Brook canceled classes for a week. Students were stranded both on and off campus. Other Long Island colleges such as Hofstra University, Suffolk County Community College and Adelphi University also had disrupted schedules due to Sandy, The Statesman reported. Trees were uprooted all over campus and a balcony collapsed at Chapin Apartments. Now, as the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, some are trying to predict if there will be a repeat of the devastating storm. Sandy, which was barely a Category 1 storm by the time it
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Students wait outside of West Side Dining after being evacuated on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by the dining hall staff. Excessive smoke from cooking caused the staff to take precautionary measures. 714 years. Professor Brian Colle, a faculty member of Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SOMAS), said that estimates for storms can be given and updated for any given season. “It’s impossible to know if we’ll get one [Sandy-like storm] this year or next year,” Colle said. According to "Superstorm Sandy–How did it happen and are we prepared for the future?" by Malcolm J. Bowman, there were three factors that made Sandy acatastrophic and rare event. The first was the formation of extra-tropical characteristics. There was “a larger and more asymmetric wind field, with enormous dimensions–some 1,110 miles in diameter,” Bowman said in his
twice a month and it is the sun and moon working together on top of a typical tide, Colle said. The high tide paired with the storm surge, 9 feet according to Bowman’s paper, lead to extremely high water levels. The surrounding pressure systems also contributed to making Sandy a rarity. Colle said that in the cases of the 1938 hurricane that struck Long Island and Hurricane Gloria, which hit Long Island in 1985, the storms traveled up the East Coast. These storms then combined with a low-pressure trough that came in from the west. In the low-pressure trough, instead of winds blowing directly out to sea, they curve up to the northeast. Then they combine with the storm and push it to Long Island. Sandy followed this path and
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Last year's Hurricane Sandy decimated parts of Long Island, New York City and New Jersey. made landfall, had a huge impact on Long Island. This is because several factors came together to make one unusual and exceedingly rare circumstance: Sandy was so rare that it may not happen again for another
paper. This means that the size of the storm increased. Another factor was Sandy's timing. The storm hit at high tide. It also was not just any high tide, it was a spring tide. A spring tide occurs
would have been pushed into the Atlantic Ocean if not for one other feature. This was the added factor of a blocking high. A blocking high is a high-pressure system that sits in the northeast Atlantic. As Sandy
“It’s impossible to know if we’ll get one [Sandylike storm] this year or next year.” -Brian Colle
Professor at Stony Brook’ School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
was about to move off-shore, the blocking high swooped in and pushed Sandy straight into New Jersey. The combination of the magnitude, high tide and blocking high made Sandy an exceedingly atypical storm. A recent study by NASA states that it would be 600– 700 years before conditions would be right for another Sandy-like storm. Timothy M. Hall and Adam H. Sobel, authors of the paper, "On the impact angle of Hurricane Sandy’s New Jersey landfall," which gives the results of the NASA study, state “our best estimate of the return period is 714 years…for landfall by a hurricane of at least Sandy’s intensity.” This does not mean that Long Island cannot see back-toback storms, according to Colle. However, Colle also said that Long Island is due for a hurricane. The last hurricane to actually make landfall on Long Island was Gloria. The probability of a hurricane making landfall is “one in 20 years” and the probability of a tropical storm making landfall is “one in five to 10 years,” Colle said. So far, hurricane season has been “slow this year,” Colle said, due to strong winds and dry air blowing into the Atlantic from Africa. However, the winds are lessening as is the dry air, so it is likely that more storms will be seen soon.
The 1.7 percent increase in food prices this academic year may have been lower in comparison with previous years. However, students are more vocal now with the correlation between prices and the quantity of food than in the past. Among the dining halls, Jasmine in The Charles B. Wang Center was subjected to scrutiny as a result of noticeable difference between the cost of the food and the amount given to students. According to Angela Agnello, the Faculty Student Association's director of Marketing and Communications, Jasmine stations "are no longer under a single contractor, but instead by [...] different successful New York area restaurant owners." According to USG’s Vice President of Academic Affairs Steven Adelson, Jasmine is now under contract with the Lackmann Culinary Services. The company initiated these price and quantity changes in Jasmine. Additionally students no longer have Flex Points. In the past when students would either run out of meal points or eat at Jasmine, Flex Points would be used. Agnello claims that “Flex Credits […] were eliminated this year in favor of a single meal plan tender.” This means that students no longer run the risk of using up their Flex Points if they continuously eat at Jasmine. Students can also have greater flexibility with their Campus Dining points and can spend them where they choose. However, it also eliminates many students’ back-up plan after meal points are used. “People might get a little more laid back with how they utilize their meal points, and I encourage students to use their meal points how they’ve used in the past,” Adelson said. In addition to the issue with food prices and quantity, the Undergraduate Student Government is also working towards making prices in dining halls across campus more uniform. “The price inconsistencies is Continued on page 3
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Under the microscope: building bones in the laboratory By Mallory Locklear Contributing Writer
Every other week, Mallory Locklear, a graduate student at Stony Brook University's Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, will take a look at Stony Brook-related research and science news. When bone is injured, there are very few available treatments. One option is to repair the injury with bone harvested from another part of the body, which limits the amount that can be repaired. Another is to use bone tissue from cadavers, which stands a strong chance of being rejected by the recipient’s body. These limitations paved the way for the growing field of bone tissue engineering. Research in this field has produced an array of potential materials for repairing or replacing damaged bone, one of which is being developed by Dr. Balaji Sitharaman in Stony Brook’s biomedical engineering department. In a study recently published in the scientific journal "Acta Biomaterialia," Dr. Sitharaman reports his lab’s recent advancement in the field. Many of the materials currently being developed involve the same basic construct. A flexible, biodegradable polymer forms the basis of the material and when combined
with tiny structures called nanotubes, the polymer is transformed into a strong bonelike material. Gaurav Lalwani, a fourth year graduate student in the Sitharaman lab and an author of the study, compares this combination of materials to concrete. Alone, cement can only support a limited amount of weight, but when gravel is mixed in, forming concrete, its strength increases enormously. The nanotubes in this engineered material act as the gravel. Alone, the polymer base can only support a limited amount of force. However, the nanotubes, though only a fraction of the width of a human hair, are many times stronger than steel and support the force that the polymer itself could not. Previous versions of this material have typically been made with carbon-based nanotubes and these feature inherent limitations. When mixed with the polymer base, these nanotubes form aggregates, or “clumps.” Dr. Sitharaman explains that when the nanotubes are not uniformly distributed throughout the polymer, the resulting material will not uniformly support force, creating a material not strong enough to withstand extensive compression or bending–forces typically applied to bone. Additionally, when the nanotubes aggregate together,
they make fewer connections with the surrounding polymer, and have a tendency to slip against each other when applied with force. These materials are adequate for bones like those in the arms that do not need to withstand
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to sponsor a stripper pole,” Lambroschino said. The pole would be used for a pole dancing party in a “sexy fitness series” the club wants to hold. “We want to explore the athletic side of pole dancing. We’re not trying to become strippers or anything,” Ciara Ward, the president of Hairitage, said. Because pole dancing can raise safety concerns and may risk damaging the ceilings where the temporary pole is installed, Ward added the money could also be used to fund a trip to an off campus studio. Hairitage started as a way to promote natural hair, a movement that supports black African hair unaltered by ironing or chemicals. But it has expanded over its threeyear history to encourage general hair care and styling, as well as beauty and fitness. The club’s constitution states that it “caters to having natural, healthy and beautiful hair.” It was amended this semester to include, “We also encourage a healthy lifestyle to promote healthy hair.” In its budget, Hairitage also requested funds for a social event for new members, an end-of-semester dinner and fabric for an event called “Rock that Scarf,” which would
teach students how to properly make and wear head scarves. Though not included in the request, Ward said funding from USG would also help the club to expand its hair expo, the biggest event it holds. And though the club currently caters primarily to women, “With a bigger budget, we would be able to accommodate more people,” Ward said. Three other clubs presented requests for funding at Thursdays senate meeting. The Health and Nutrition Club received a $629 budget from the Special Services Committee to purchase healthy food for its lecture events and the Astronomy Club and American Chemical Society were approved for inclusion in next year’s annual budget. Each had budgets from the Special Services Council last year for $702 and $1040 respectively. The Health and Nutrition Club, Astronomy Club and American Chemical Society all had representatives who spoke during the meeting. The vote to approve or deny Hairitage’s budget will likely occur this Thursday at the Sept. 19 senate meeting at 7 p.m, in SAC 302. All students are welcome to attend meetings of the USG Senate.
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Dr. Sitharaman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering runs a lab that made several advances in bone tissue research. constant force, but for bones like those in the leg, they are insufficient. As Lalwani states, “They fail to take the load.” To resolve these problems, Dr. Sitharaman and his students created a material using different types of nanotubes. Rather than the standard carbon-based tubes, they used an inorganic material: tungsten disulfide.
Campus briefing: dance pole rental postpones USG senate vote
By Will Welch
Assistant News Editor
The $410 price tag to rent a dance pole gave the Undergraduate Student Government Senate pause at last Thursday’s meeting, postponing a vote to approve an $800 provisional budget for the hair and beauty club, Hairitage. After undergoing the required yearlong probation period, Hairitage is seeking a budget from the USG Special Services Committee, which provides temporary funding to clubs before they are eligible for inclusion in the USG annual budget. However, confusion about the club’s purpose and the inclusion of a dance pole in their budget prompted the senate to postpone approval until a representative from the club is available to answer questions. Immediately after the agenda item was announced, Senator Demoy Dobson asked, “What exactly is this club?” reflecting general puzzlement about the club's purpose. Though senators familiar with the club offered several explanations, the senate ultimately decided it wanted to hear from a club member, especially after Senator Angelo Lambroschino noted more than half the requested budget was appropriated to “Spicy Pole,” a dance pole rental service.
A small amount of these inorganic nanotubes, which to the human eye have the appearance of a fine, grey powder, combined with the polymer base, which has the consistency of honey, form a strong, solid material that can be formed into
a variety of shapes. The material can then be compressed and bent to test its strength. Dr. Sitharaman’s group found that not only do the inorganic nanotubes distribute themselves more uniformly throughout the polymer, they also form more connections to the polymer itself, compared to their carbon counterparts, and create a
stronger, more flexible material: a material much more suitable for load-bearing bones, like those in the leg. Bone tissue engineered in labs like Dr. Sitharaman’s is not meant to be a permanent replacement for damaged bone. Rather, the tissue is meant to provide a structure which bone can grow into and develop. While the natural bone grows and matures, the engineered tissue degrades, eventually leaving behind fully developed, natural bone. For this to occur, the engineered tissue must be porous in order to allow human cells to infiltrate and mature into natural bone tissue. According to Dr. Sitharaman, this is his lab’s next step. They will introduce pores into the inorganic nanotube construct and test the material’s strength as they optimize the balance between pore density and tissue durability. When asked how the lab will introduce pores into the engineered material, Lalwani explains that salt will be mixed in with the polymer and nanotubes. The resulting solid will be placed in water, dissolving the salt and leaving behind pores: a simple, elegant method for advancing an important biomedical development and moving this work one step closer from the lab to the clinic.
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The greatest food price increase is felt at Jasmine.
FSA eradicates flex points Continued from page 1
because there is a little bit of a disconnect between the person preparing the food and the person at the register,” Adelson said. On some occasions cashiers may charge for individual items that when put together should be discounted. For students, inconsistent prices in addition to expensive meals and the amounts of money provided by various meal plans leave many students struggling to find affordable yet nutritious options on campus that will not burn holes in their pockets. Comments on this issue can be found on SBU Chat on Reddit. According to Agnello the second phase of the West Side
Dining construction should be completed next semester and will provide more food options for on-campus students. Agnello states that students can become part of the Campus Dining Resolutions Committee to take part in future changes. Also students can view food prices and portions on the Campus Dining and Jasmine webpages. Students with concerns regarding these issues can get in contact with Campus Dining managers who are on duty during dining hall hours. They may also post their concerns on the Campus Dining Facebook page or may speak with FSA’s Customer Advocate Dawn Villacci.
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Former student operates tutoring service By Jasmine Blennau Contributing Writer
When students in a freshman seminar class are asked about their intended majors, an overwhelming amount answer biology and premed. Their first steps through the door in college are prerequisite classes such as general chemistry. At Stony Brook University, there are many resources and opportunities for chemistry students to get the extra help and review that they need. On Facebook, the Sbchem Tutor can be found on its own page as well as the on pages for the different SBU class years. He or she runs group review sessions and one-on-one tutoring sessions centered around concepts students have difficulty with at rates reasonable for their college budgets. Kate Reyes, a sophomore health sciences major, found the Sbchem Tutor last year in the Class of 2016 Facebook group. Reyes was skeptical of the legitimacy of the tutor because “there was no exact name to contact or listed [information] about their experience. It was kind of scary not knowing their name…” She needed help towards the end of the semester and contacted the tutor. “I should have used his tutoring earlier because it did help me out a lot. I was able to pass my final because of the tricks and shortcuts he taught me to learning the material,” Reyes says after the experience. The Sbchem Tutor is Daniel Weinstein, a May 2013 graduate with a degree in chemistry from Stony Brook. According to his LinkedIn profile, Weinstein is extremely involved within the field of chemistry whether it be assisting on-campus projects or interning off campus. Weinstein started tutoring chemistry during high school and
later, as a sophomore at Stony Brook, he got a job as a free residential tutor. He continued to work as a tutor with the Undergraduate Student Government's P.A.S.S. free tutoring program until the volume of student demand declined. In the Spring 2012 semester, Weinstein decided to take control of his situation and had his first session of about 30 students, composed of friends of friends and people who had heard about it through word of mouth. Its successes motivated Weinstein to promote his fledgling small business which he said was “a
Weinstein described the threats as “strange and cryptic,” and he later brought them to the Stony Brook Office of the Provost. Now, it does not seem necessary to have all of his personal information on his businesses page because he has his own personal Facebook page. Weinstein has expanded his interest in teaching chemistry into creating online methods of tutoring. He works at Rothman Media LLC and is a courseware developer and an independent contractor who makes lecture videos and slides for study materials. Weinstein uses old tests,
Police blotter Forged Check On Thursday, Sept. 5, a forged check with President Stanley’s signature was reported from the Research and Development campus. On Friday, Sept. 6, another forged check was reported from the Central Services Building. Both cases are still open.
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Students can find chemistry help at "rates reasonable for their college budgets" with the Sbchem Tutor. reliable way to make money senior year.” When asked about why he has not posted his photo or his real name, Weinstein responded that it was in his best interest to not make the tutoring business all about himself. When the Sbchem Tutor first originated, a student tutor began sending Weinstein messages online threatening to get him into trouble with the university for false accusations.
his own notes and practice questions to focus on areas that students get confused with most often. He says the reason his tutoring is so successful is because his method of teaching makes chemistry “understandable to people who aren’t scientifically minded.” When asked if he wanted to pursue education, like a Ph. D., Weinstein chuckled and answered, “If I can teach students now with a bachelors degree, why would I need a Ph. D. in education!”
On Friday, Sept. 6, an RA at Gray College called University Police about marijuana in the building. This report was unfounded. On Friday, Sept. 6, a male resident student was referred to the university by police for marijuana usage. On Friday, Sept. 6, police responded to the O’Neill College parking lot after receiving a report that an individual was smoking in a car. The individual was gone when police arrived.
Campus On Saturday, Sept. 7, a male student was referred to
the university by police for harassment at the Campus Recreation Center. The complainant, who works at the center, was spat on by the male commuter student after he was asked to leave the track area because the Rec Center was closing. On Sunday, Sept. 8, at 12:58 a.m., five people with no affiliation to the university were arrested for rioting at an African Student Union party at the Student Activities Center Ballroom A. On Sunday, Sept. 8, a male commuter student was arrested and referred to the university by police. The student, who was dressed in all black, was in the area of the bus stop and then entered a wooded area. According to police, he had no legitimate purpose to be on campus. On Sunday, Sept. 8, an exit sign was ripped down from the ceiling at Eisenhower College. The case is still open. Compiled by Ashleigh Sherow
New campus food pantry provides for students in need By Marvin Fuentes Staff Writer
To help alleviate the problem of poor diet and lack of food amongst college students, the School of Technology and Management partnered with Campus Residences to develop a campus food pantry open to students, faculty and staff with a valid Stony Brook ID. The pantry, which was proposed last semester, will attempt to provide for students suffering from food insecurity. The project staff assistant from the School of Public Health Technology and Management, Casey McGloin, defines insecurity in two ways: one is hunger from lack of food, the other is poor diet from unhealthy food choices. “Healthy is more expensive. I think it speaks to why students can’t afford to buy it,” McGloin explained. Instead, the pantry hopes to improve diets by working with the university registered dietitian, Leah Holbrook, on purchasing healthy choices like low sodium soups and whole grain pasta. They will also accept donations, especially during their
three planned food drives: two in the fall and one in the spring. These donations may be critical depending on demand because the pantry is stocked with $5,000 worth of food raised in last year’s “‘Tis the Season Fundraiser.” Money from the fundraiser will continue to be allocated to the pantry annually. “If demand is high we could potentially have our stock depleted in two weeks—we have no way of knowing,” McGloin said of the extreme case. However, what is more probable is that pantry demand and donations will spike toward the end of the semester, when meal plans run out and people donate more. “I just eat constantly, so I don’t really budget,” freshman biomedical engineering major Kevin Chang said. He added that he goes for the cheaper food in general. “While we certainly won’t turn away donations, we ask that people consider giving healthy donations. We don’t want the ramen noodles, we don’t want the cup of soup. We want better choices,” Beth McGuire, Quad Director of Roth Quad, said.
By simply allowing access with a Stony Brook ID card, the pantry operators recognize they open themselves to potential opportunists as opposed to the truly needy. The decision was deliberate—they cannot assume that someone is not needy. Instead, they will restrict access to food by only allowing their set volunteer staff to handle the process of giving it our. To receive food, visitors will have to swipe their IDs, talk to a facilitator to determine food needs through an order sheet and have food bagged for them by volunteers. At no point can a visitor simply walk in and take food. The accessibility the pantry allows was also made with the mindset that not having enough to eat can be difficult to admit to someone, which operators hope will not deter people from using their service. “We want to be conscious that there is a certain amount of shame that goes along with needing to utilize the pantry,” McGloin said. Chang says he would not have a problem using the pantry, but would not admit to anyone that he did.
Dominick Pastorelle, Residence Hall Director of James College, believes that beyond just shame, people do not realize college students actually go hungry because the perception is that if one can afford to go to college, one can afford to support oneself. “That’s part of the important part of making people realize that the food pantry is just for people who are financially disadvantaged, but it’s for anyone who is going through a
period where they don’t have the resources to support themselves,” Pastorelle said. As for the future, the College and University Food Bank Alliance, which has had a major influence on Stony Brook’s food pantry, will work with other schools in order to create a network of resources to help them start their own food pantries. The Stony Brook University Pantry will officially open on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Gray College ITS Center, room A09.
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Workers and volunteers at the new Stony Brook Pantry will assist students in need in obtaining healthy food options.
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New Campus Catering service for student groups By Kelly Zegers Staff Writer
Student groups now have to option to cater their events on campus with the new Campus Catering guide. At the end of the Spring 2013 semester, the Meal Plan Resolutions Committee discussed the first draft of the
guide. Angela Agnello, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Faculty Student Association, explained that the guide was created in response to requests from student groups, clubs and organizations who wanted lower-priced finger foods, sandwiches and snack items delivered to their meetings or events on campus.
According to Agnello, the committee also discussed adding healthier, vegan and vegetarian options. As a result of the Campus Dining dietician, Tina Tiernan, working with the catering staff, the menu features options to fit the needs of those looking for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items. The catering guide itself stresses
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The FSA now offers a catering option in addition to their on-campus dining spots at Stony Brook University. One location, the Union Commons, is shown above.
the purpose of the service and that it is not intended for individual students: “Our Student Catering Guide has been developed with SBU Students in mind and is available for Student Groups only. Orders cannot be delivered to a student's residence hall.” Certain menu choices, such as pasta and the hot dog bar, serve a minimum of twelve guests while the taco bar and picnic options serve a minimum of twenty-four guests. The service also includes a pickup menu for late night meetings, which requires orders to be placed twenty-four hours in advance. Between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., pizzas can be picked up at the Student Activities Center and from 7 p.m. until midnight sandwiches and wraps can be picked up from West Side Dining. Also, an Asian Appetizer Sample can be picked up from Roth Food Court. Student groups can place an order by calling Campus Catering or through the online CaterTrax system at stonybrookuniversity.catertrax. com. The site offers a tutorial on how to place orders. The online system asks for event information, checks to ensure that there are no conflicts with the selected event date and allows students the options of pick-up or delivery for the order. The website features options for breakfast, morning breaks, afternoon breaks, lunch, buffets and hors d’oeurves. In addition to the
variety of food choices, the site has a tab labeled “Additional Services.” Under this section, students can find details on a linen service, a china service, wait staff, a delivery charge, grill cook, liquor permit and floral arrangements. The site states, “We pride ourselves on our ability to meet any need with style and creativity, assuring the success of your event.” The system is new, having only been developed at the end of last spring semester with marketing distributed at the beginning of this semester. Orders are expected to be placed soon, giving Campus Catering the chance to truly show what it is capable of putting together. Members of the Residence Hall Association attended a tasting and demonstration for Campus Catering for the upcoming North East Affiliate for College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) conference, set to be catered by the new service. Mariah Geritano, a senior double-majoring in psychology and biology and vice president of the Residence Hall Association, remarked on the success of the event. She explained, “The food tasting went extremely well; the chef was very helpful and explained every dish he prepared, and was very open to feedback and requests for alterations of the dishes dues to food allergies/ special needs.”
Stony Brook remembers 9/11
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Above: Three male students place pinwheels for the Sept. 11 memorial on campus. Left: Students put memorial pinwheels in the grass in front of the Melville Library.
The university commemorated the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by holding a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. In addition, students and faculty were able to write memorial messages to create an American flag on the academic mall. Pinwheels were also placed in the lawn in front of the Melville Library. According to the campus calendar, the services "strengthen our resolve as a University community to foster the most basic ideals of freedom and equality."
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Italian Film Festival 10th anniversary neglects history By Brandon Benarba
Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor
The Italian Film Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary over the weekend in Charles B. Wang Center to spread cultural awareness, but this year featured little change from the previous years. The festival was organized through collaboration between The Center of Italian Studies and the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Culture. Festival Director, Gioacchino Balducci, a Stony Brook professor, conducted the
event with a Q&A session about the films shown. Balducci was also in charge of selecting the films to be shown at the event. “We got very lucky with our selection of movies we were able to show,” Jo Fusco, a member of The Center for Italian Studies program, said. “Balducci was able to call onto some contacts and get these films, which were never shown in America.” The films shown include “Un Giorno Speciale” (A Special Day), “Tutta Colpa Della Musica” (Blame it All On Music), “Tutti I Santi Giorni” (Every Blessed Day),
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Gerini stared in one of the Italian films shown at the festival.
“Comandante E La Cicogna” (The Commander and The Stork), “Una Famiglia Perfetta” (A Perfect Family), and “Il Rosso e Il Blue” (The Red and The Blue), all of which were released within the past few years in Italy. Each movie was filmed and produced in various locations across Italy, with English subtitles added. The cast of the films includes a mix of big named actors and actresses and some lesserknown actors. These include directors Francesca Comencini and Paolo Genovese and actors Roberto Infascelli, Frank Crudele, Claudia Gerini and Giuseppe Battiston. Compared to American movies, most of these films were more realistic experiences that focused more on small, dramatic stories. The selection of films was chosen to highlight the differences between American and Italian culture. Some of the topics talked about include religion, parenting and the
Italian work force. “Un Giorno Speciale” (A Special Day) follows Gina (Giulia Valentini) and Marco (Filippo Scicchitano) as they both meet on their first day of their jobs. Gina, whose dream is to become an actress, is assigned Marco as her escort driver, but an appointment delay puts them together for the entire day and possibly the rest of their lives. “Tutti I Santi Giorni” (Every Blessed Day) focuses on the importance relationships and parenting in Italian culture. Guido (Frank Crudele) and Antonia (Luca Marinelli) are a young couple with very little in common and opposing work schedules. Although they are both struggling with their relationship they come to the decision to try and have a child together. The final film shown during the film festival was “Il Rosso e Il Blu” (The Red and The Blue). Directed by Giuseppe
Piccioni, the film is a comedy showing the flaws of the Italian educational system and their effects on the lives of youth. While all the other films shown during the festival were serious films highlighting a certain part of Italian culture, “The Red and The Blue” ended the celebration on a lighter note thanks to the silly characters within the film. Unfortunately, the festival did very little in terms of celebrating the heritage of the film festival. Instead of showing films from the past 10 years, the films previewed were released within the past two years. “Originally we thought for the anniversary we would show historic Italian films, but we could not get access to those films,” Fusco said. Every year the Center of Italian Studies hosts the film festival in an effort to spread cultural awareness, but for the tenth anniversary, very little has been done to celebrate the festivals history.
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The Wang Center worked alongside the Center for Italian Studies to host this year's festival.
THREE ARTSY EVENTS
1) Drive In Movie: “The Great Gatsby”
Student Life is hosting a free drive in showing of “The Great Gatsby” in the South Parking Lot, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Free popcorn and Mr. Softee will be available for those who participate.
2) Bartending Classes
Starting Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Union basement, students interested in learning how to bartend can participate in Student Life’s Bartending Classes, which will teach complete mix drinks and bar management. A pre-registration cost of $80 is required.
3) “Kimberly Akimbo”
The Staller Center will be hosting their opening night of The Asylum Theatre's "Kimberly Akimbo" on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 and there will be eight performances.
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Campus Spotlight: Coordinator goes beyond the call By Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio Staff Writer
Janice Costanzo, coordinator of the Craft Center at Stony Brook University, recently earned the Beyond the Call Award recognize her tireless dedication to the Department of Student Activities. Costanzo, who has worked for the Craft Center for 12 years, always emphasized that it is very important for students to work on their creativity skills. This was one of the main reasons why she decided to join the Craft Center. “Many students don’t have the opportunity to be creative,” Costanzo said. “When they come here, they realize and see new things which make them realize that everything is doable.” The Stony Brook University community noticed Ms. Costanzo when she offered help to students on several occasions. During Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo she organized events to provide relief for students stuck on campus. “I was aware that the hurricane was very risky and that not all of the students would be able to come to my event,” Costanzo said. “I told them to come only if they could. We had craft events for students left on campus so they had some places to go, to chill out.” Costanzo won the prize primarily for her dedication to helping students during the various natural disasters that occurred last year. The prize was also given to her for managing the Student Activities Center Gallery and promoting the arts on campus.
“We have 22 students who are part of the SAC Gallery,” Costanzo said. “The students are very involved with the club and all the things that we organize, it’s nice to see them coming back every year.” Not only is Costanzo known for her work ethic and enthusiasm, but also for her fundraising work. “Last year, we collected stuffed animals and organized a big event in the ballroom of the Union where we sold the stuffed animals one to five dollars each,” Kate Schwarting, a graduate student majoring in art who also works at the Craft Center, said. “We then went to a children’s hospital and used the money we won to buy new things for the kids, this was a very innovative event.” Throughout the years, Costanzo’s reputation improved and more students are joining the Craft Center. “I’m part of the Craft Center since a year now and what I’ve
noticed about Jan is that no matter what she does, she always gives 100 percent,” Aminah Rasheed, a sophomore majoring in sustainability studies and employee at the Craft Center, said. “She is a great person who has a name, a face on this campus and she totally deserves this award.” It is clear that Costanzo has built a community on campus and has impacted the students in a positive way that has led to all of them describing her with only kind words. “The Craft Center is such a fun place to go to and it’s essentially thanks to Jan’s gaiety,” Sandy Hu, a junior majoring in biology and part of the Craft Center, said. “She is a very dedicated, enthusiastic and wonderful person,” Schwarting said. “I could not imagine this place without her, she brings such a positive energy and contributes a lot to the wonderful environment.”
MARIA ZAMBUTO / THE STATESMAN
Jan Costanzo helps two students on the pottery wheels.
In the past 12 years Costanzo has built and improved the students’ quality of life. The result, which is particularly encouraging, has
pushed not only her but also the students involved to move forward and make the Craft Center even better.
MARIA ZAMBUTO THE STATESMAN
Costanzo has worked at the Craft Center for 12 years.
Insidious 2 brings new scares at the cost of new viewers By Brandon Benarba
Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor
It is strange that “Insidious: Chapter 2” even exists, with director James Wan releasing a spiritual successor to the series earlier this year in “The Conjuring.” The first “Insidious” was a unique take on the haunted house genre that had a tightly knit story and believable characters. “Insidious 2” recaptures most of what makes for first film great, but at the cost of accessibility. This film is a direct continuation of the first, so the review will contain spoilers to the first film. “Insidious” follows the Lambert family as they move into a new house and begin to experience paranormal events. The family soon discovers it was not the house that was haunted, but their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins). They hire paranormal expert Elise (Lin Shaye), who reveals that years ago the same problem haunted the father Josh (Patrick Wilson). The film ends with Josh going into the “dark world” to battle the spirit and rescue his son. The sequel picks up directly where the first film ended, with the family trying to adjust to life
after the haunting, but something may have followed Josh out of the “dark world.” Meanwhile, a new team of ghost hunters is investigating the death of Elise and the history of the spirit who followed Josh back into the world of the living. If that synopsis sounds dumb, that is because it is. The film’s
script is comedic at best, but works for the tone of the film, which tries to showcase the clichés of the haunted house genre. However, the comedic story does not detract from the horror of the film. The cinematography for the film is masterful. Wan perfected the craft of holding a shot just long enough to build up the
tension then pull away to reveal a scare. It is a simple trick that works every time and results in a few great jump scares in the film. All of the actors return to their roles effortlessly, giving good if not great performances. Rose Byrne and Lin Shaye both give strong performances with authentic looks of terror. If there were one weak
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Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins and Rose Byrnes return for "Insidious 2."
link it would be Patrick Wilson, who is playing both a victim and the villain, but fails to reach a medium between them. Even though the film is scary, its story alienates new viewers because it is a direct sequel. “Insidious 2” expects that you are aware of how the world works and the mythology surrounding it, and wastes no time in explaining it to those who have not seen the previous film. This makes the film very confusing to watch, especially once the film starts jumping between different time periods throughout the series history. It does not really seem like there was a good reason to start this film directly after the first, except the fact that it means they could extend the story from the first. They tried to give a backstory to the spirit haunting the family, but in doing that they remove part of the terror. A big part of the fear comes from the mystery of what the monster is, but once revealed the spirit becomes a joke. “Insidious 2” is still a good horror film. It is tense when it needs to be and it is consistently scary. Unfortunately, these scary moments are a bit too dependent on your knowledge of the first film. If you have not seen the first film, “Insidious 2” does not give you any reason to see it.
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The proper and preppy life done right for college students By Leah Winfield Contributing Writer
Mention the word “preppy” and New England Preparatory Schools may come to mind, where blazers, chinos and loafers are worn on the regular; where cargo shorts are seen as unsightly; and wearing just a t-shirt seems to be infrequent. Or, you may think of Southern Proper, where ladies in Lilly Pulitzer and men in J. Press gather to sip sweet tea out of mason jars during warm summer evenings. Blazers, chinos, boat shoes, cardigans, Oxford shirts and gingham—and nothing but quality on quality on quality. But both images have something in common: the individuals are envisioned as a part of the upwardly mobile, wealthy class. “My argument is that there is a nonexistent connection between money and class (you can definitely have one without the other),” the young man behind the anonymous twitter account, Proper Kid Problems, said in an interview. His very philosophy, that being preppy is a lifestyle you live and not just a fashion statement, seems to be one of the main reasons he remains a cut above the rest and is increasing in popularity across all social media platforms. Proper Kid Problems, or PKP, as many refer to him as, was created with the purpose of not only maintaining his anonymity, but to “bring back the idea of ladies and gentlemen as well as to awaken the concept of chivalry.” Ultimately, his goal was to reach out to college and
high school students—people in his age bracket—to demonstrate to them the general ideals and morals that quintessential ladies and gentlemen uphold. His philosophy has nabbed him over 50,000 Twitter followers and over 17,000 Instagram followers, with
idea,” he said. PKP acknowledges that he too is imperfect and that anyone can live life with “class.” “I don’t want people to look at PKP [me] and think, ‘Wow. I could never do that/be like that.’ I want people to look at PKP and think, ‘Wow. Why am
University, it’s shown in a much more subtle way. Here it seems “preppy” takes on a different definition. It’s more so how you dress rather than the lifestyle that you lead: an idea that PKP is trying to reshape by debunking common misconceptions. Polo shirts and
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The author of Proper Kid Problems says being "preppy" is a lifestyle, not a fashion choice. countless other social media platforms having similarly high numbers. To Proper Kid Problems, it is about the proper, preppy life done right. “In retrospect, I think PKP was birthed because there was so many ‘preppy’ accounts that put forth this idea that you had to have money to be classy/preppy and I wanted to change that
I not doing that?’” “The Proper Life” has become a small movement, making use of the term “stay classy” as a tag line. But despite the apparent proliferation (and fascination) of the “prep” lifestyle that is cropping up across the country within the social media sphere, as represented by Proper Kid Problems, at Stony Brook
boat shoes can be enough to get you classified as “preppy.” At Stony Brook, it appears that “preppy” students are a rather small minority, especially in comparison to universities in the South. The “prep” that Proper Kid Problems emulates just isn’t the same. Rob Cavaliere, a student at Stony Brook University who
has plans to attend medical school next year, said that he used to go to school in North Carolina where people seemed to “literally dress up just to go to class.” Wearing a salmon colored Ralph Lauren button down and khaki shorts, he said he dressed that way because he liked to, not to fit into a style. “Virginia, North Carolina, states like that, they definitely go full out,” Cavaliere said. When asked how Stony Brook University matched up to schools in the South, Cavaliere said that they didn’t, “not at all.” He cites the make up of the student body as the reason for that. Though it is clear that the Proper Kid Problems “movement” is not a new concept and just a revival of old ways the 21st century has seemingly washed away, the nonexistent connection may still resonate simply due to regional culture, as demonstrated on campus. But PKP aims to break this unspoken “connection” down through his reach on the Internet. But in spite of everything he is accomplished on the web, he doesn’t see himself any more than a regular guy. “It’s great to have ‘inspirational’ people in our lives, but I don’t feel I’m as ‘inspirational’ as people make me out to be,” PKP said. “Maybe I’m just being humble, but I’m not exactly reintroducing the wheel here…” For Proper Kid Problems, it is just about being a gentleman, not wearing a polo shirt.
Stony Brook's craft night mania aims to relax students By Siobhan Barry Staff Writer
Buttons were made, fabric was cut and paint was dropping at Stony Brook University’s Craft Night Mania on Tuesday Sept. 10. The event was free for both undergraduate and graduate students and took place at the Stony Brook Union between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Students could create an array of custom jewelry ranging from buttons to earrings. There was also wood burning and sun catcher painting available. “The craft events are such a good place to meet people,” senior Angela Delise said. “It’s not intimidating because we’re all acting like kids!” There were fifteen tables where students could sit and do their crafts. The different tables included: Sun Catcher, Beading, Foam crafts, Color Your Owns, Wood Burning, Button making, Scratch arts and Jewelry making. Students and staff agreed these craft nights, held every Tuesday, are a great way for students to have fun, chill out and relieve stress from classes. Janice Costanzo, the coordinator for the Craft Center and SAC Art Gallery, encourages students to come down to the events, create
some crafts, hang out and just have fun. “Students can relax, unwind and forget their troubles,” she said. “You concentrate on what you’re doing, block everything out and it really clears your head.” As the night progressed, more and more students came down to Craft Night Mania. At some points there were around 50 students coloring, painting and creating jewelry. There were plenty of supplies for everyone to participate at each table. Food was also served at Craft Mania and ranged from chips and cookies to carrot sticks and lollipops. When asked about where the Craft Center gets their funding, Costanzo said, “Most funding comes from our for-pay classes.” These classes can include students, but also Stony Brook staff and members from the community. Having the for-pay classes helps purchase art supplies, pay the student-staff salaries, and pay for improvements as well as shows. Many students are glad that this event is free and hope to see it continue. The Craft Center’s primary focus is to make students happy. Before they leave, students are asked to fill out a survey that asks what they
liked, did not like and how the staff could improve the crafts. They are very concerned with making sure the students enjoy themselves and want to come back with their friends. “We love Craft Nightit’s fantastic,” senior Amanda Demenscu said. “My friends and I have been coming since we were freshmen. It’s one of our favorite things to do.” The Craft Center also has numerous fundraisers throughout the semester for various causes. For one fundraiser, stuffed animals
were donated, then decorated and offered for sale. The proceeds went towards the children’s hospital and about $350 was donated, according to Kate Schwarting. Schwarting started out as an intern at the Craft Center and now she is a studentstaff member and event coordinator. Costanzo says that for this semester, there are several fundraisers in the working. “Overall, our events are a success. In general, people are happy because we have a variety and something for everyone,” Schwarting said. There are many methods to get
the word out about Craft Night. Facebook, Pinterest, SB Life, fliers and posters are just some of the techniques used in order to get students to attend. Students said the Stony Brook Student Life emails also help attract them to this event. There was a general consensus that Craft Night helps students relax, have fun and is important. Creating crafts is just an enjoyable activity and helps get rid of stress. “It’s important for students to support their arts. It’s a creative outlet that is a part of our culture,” Costanzo concluded.
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The Craft Center's Craft Center Mania offered jewelry-making, wood burning and more.
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Mac Miller concert: a reflection on our generation?
By Tejen Shah
On Sept. 7, 2013, hundreds of Stony Brook University students rushed onto the Staller Steps, completely ignoring school protocol that made it mandatory to “swipe in” before attending the first concert of the school year. It was complete chaos. People pushed and shoved to get all the way to the front. Even if you had no intentions of rushing in, the stampede of students in front of and behind you made it impossible to do anything other than follow the crowd. When staff members kindly asked that the students move to the back of the steps to make it safe for the performance to commence, the crowd vehemently booed and jeered. There were periodic shouts of phrases like “you suck!” and, not surprisingly, the more people who shouted, the less the mob cooperated.
“But then I think about what we have to rebel against. In reality we have nothing to fight.” It seems like today’s generation wants to prove its superiority and that in some way, shape or form, it is better than the rest. I feel as though kids today, just as kids have throughout history, want to rebel. But then I think about what we have to rebel against. In reality we have nothing to fight. The world is at our fingertips and we have all that our predecessors had and more.
So what are we doing? We are making fools out of ourselves. We are letting the many control the few. The events of the Mac Miller and Cataracs concert at Stony Brook are just the latest examples of this behavior. The people most eager to attend the concert were, in my experience, primarily freshmen. This was the first big event of their college career, something that could not be missed at any cost. Some, regardless of their opinion of Mac Miller or The Cataracs, felt like they had no choice but to attend the concert because everybody else was going. Freshman Neil Gambhir admitted he only attended the concert because he felt he would miss out if he did not. Gambhir realized later, however, that there was no real appeal to the music whatsoever. “Mac Miller possibly spoiled my entire perception of rap music that day. The bass was overwhelmingly loud, the lyrics were unsophisticated and frankly quite disturbing. I should have thought twice before I attended that show because essentially it was a waste of time.” Gambhir, like many of his generation, followed his peers to the “edge of the world” but in the end realized it is better to make his own decisions. “Suck my (expletive) before I smack you with it.” Do these words not inspire you? Do they not make you feel happy, content and warm on the inside? Do they not foster feelings of bliss and love? Do you not realize that I am being my overtly sarcastic self? Well you better have. What irked me the most was not the melody-deprived music, nor was it the dreadful thumping of the bass that drowned out even the slightest hint of anything remotely close to music; what really got me going was the light the entire event cast on the current
generation of Americans. Aside from the lack of cooperation from the young
“More so now than ever, we base our actions and attitudes based on what others are doing.” crowd, the tasteless music and the peer pressure that almost everyone faced prior to attending the concert, whether or not they wanted to, the prevalence of marijuana was most disturbing. The smell of weed permeated the air, and whether you were smoking or not, you were by default put into a state of inebriation. How can something internationally regarded as against the law be so freely consumed, distributed and carried? Is it that there is power in large groups? Are we starting a revolution? Or is it that smoking marijuana at concerts is technically not punishable by law? Whatever it is, the behavior is making our generation look sleazy and trashy. If the masses control the few, it will only lead to chaos. To me, the concert was testament to the latest generation’s futility. We are becoming less and less individualistic when it comes to decisions. More so now than ever, we base our actions and attitudes based on what others are doing. We need to go forward in our thinking. Not backwards. We are the newest and most improved humans. It is about time we act like it.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Stony Brook Food Pantry focuses on wrong demographic By Christopher Leelum Contributing Writer
The new Stony Brook Food Pantry is not free food for the frugal. It is not satisfaction for the stingy and it is not contentment for the cheapskate. Under ‘Mission’ on the pantry’s website, you will find that it serves primarily to feed those “of Stony Brook University and the Stony Brook University community that are at risk of food insecurity.” I am not denying the existence of said members of SBU and its community, but this pantry is simply in the wrong spot and solves the wrong problem.
“Relief should start with those who need it most.” Let us start with the number 25,000. That is roughly how many brilliant, ambitious and talented Seawolves we have in the university. Now take the figure 283,700. That is an approximation of the number
of people on Long Island who need emergency food each year, according to LICares.org. The website also states that 74 percent of LI households that receive this emergency food are considered “food insecure.” Relief should start with those who need it most. Long Island contains many people just as brilliant and ambitious as we who bleed red– people that lack the opportunities we so often take for granted. The SBU Food Pantry should first and foremost provide for the penniless. In June of this year, our food pantry joined the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA). From its title, you can tell that this organization works nationwide to provide for those who are food insecure in higher education. Upon visiting CUFBA’s website, no statistics can be found that accurately depict, on average, how many students need a food pantry or food bank on campuses around the country. But it does give one story about how Michigan State’s University Food Bank “lessens financial burdens for students.” Of course, a food bank would help for a school with a tuition ranging from $21,000-$49,000 for two semesters in a state with about 12.2 percent of households being food insecure, a percentage relatively high on a nationwide scale.
But some perspective must be placed on all this. More and more often, we see the traditional college student as being without complete financial security at home. Many students nowadays have to contribute greatly to the family’s income by balancing work with school. With tuition rates rising and loans becoming harder to pay off, students of higher education often
find themselves short of affording a regular meal plan. With all that in mind, food pantries on campuses like MSU are sometimes a necessity. But ours should not be. Those worse off than us on Long Island should be getting our primary attention. For those of us in the affluent bubble, New York State is not some utopia without hunger. Hunger and food security
are real problems in our state and on our island. Stony Brook is a relatively inexpensive university; therefore, a food pantry is more of an expendable bonus than a necessary institution. No, we do not live in Michigan, and no, we do not attend Michigan State University. Long Island needs our food pantry more than the community of SBU does.
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The food pantry serves students at Stony Brook University that are "at risk of food-insecurity."
SUNY tobacco legislation should have a different goal By Paul Grindle Contributing Writer
As reported earlier by The Statesman, the Chancellor’s Task Force for a Tobacco-Free SUNY (CTFTF SUNY) called last year for legislation to ban tobacco use across all SUNY property. However, the legislation introduced into the state legislature took too long to vote, leading to the death of the bills. This is a good turn of events, and no efforts should be made to revive the bills. Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s CTFTF SUNY, while well-intentioned, is wrong in its attempt to prohibit the use of tobacco in the schools that make
up the SUNY system. Rather than establishing the prohibition of tobacco, all of the Task Force’s efforts should be put toward treating nicotine addiction and getting help for tobacco users. Prohibitionists generally make one of two claims. First, they argue that SUNY-wide tobacco prohibition will help prevent tobacco use, thereby increasing the health of SUNY students. This, however, flies in the face of evidence to the contrary on the national scale. Our war on drugs has failed to stop both the demand and supply of drugs in America. United Nations data shows that the drug trade is thriving despite years of international efforts to
quell it. Similarly, a SUNY-wide ban of tobacco use will not stop its users from consuming the substance. They will simply be pushed underground, similar to our university’s numerous weed smokers. The official proclamations of the SUNY Board of Trustees will not hold a candle to the urges of Stony Brook’s sufferers of nicotine addiction. As the goal of this prohibition is to “improve the health of our academic and social communities,” according to the minutes of the first CTFTF SUNY meeting, prohibition should not be the Task Force’s goal, for users will just keep consuming the drug out of sight as is currently done by users of illegal drugs. Marijuana, a nonphysically addictive drug, is used by students regularly despite it being a Schedule I drug whose supply and demand are actively under attack by the DEA. How much more will the physically
“Similarly, a SUNY-wide ban of tobacco will not stop its users from consuming the substance.” JESUS PICHARDO / THE STATESMAN
Legislation would have banned tobacco use on campus.
addictive drug tobacco continue to be used when it is only SUNY
that is restricting it through only going after demand? Second, they argue that nonsmokers should not have to suffer the negative health effects of second-hand smoke around them. They are right to state that; it is for that very reason that smoking is currently banned indoors at Stony Brook. However, the few seconds spent walking past someone smoking a cigarette outside have not been proven to be harmful to human health. In fact, the studies which rightfully label second-hand smoking as a health risk never studied the effects of outside second-hand smoke. A few studies have considered outside second-hand smoke; two of those studies conducted by UC San Francisco and Stanford suggest that modest distances of three to six feet (depending on wind direction) can drastically reduce the effects of second-hand smoke. Also, these studies assume that one is spending time near the smoker while they are smoking instead of just walking past them. Unless research can prove that outside second-hand smoke is harmful in minute quantities that are experienced for only a few seconds, the SUNY system should not be telling SUNY students what legal substances they can consume. And if the research does prove this, or if some student wiser than I dismantles my argument and presents a compelling case for the smoking ban, it should be remembered that Stony Brook University already has some antismoking rules in place. Despite the experiences of everyone on
this campus, there is a nominal ban on smoking within 25 feet of university buildings. Before creating any new anti-tobacco
“Prohibitionists mean well, and the goal of reducing the health risks that tobacco use causes is a laudable one.” rules, Stony Brook needs to be able to properly enforce the laws it currently has on the books. Prohibitionists mean well, and the goal of reducing the health risks that tobacco use causes is a laudable one. But with only the most minimal of possible effects resulting from outside second-hand smoking, a culture of underground drug use at Stony Brook and the clear example of our failed national war on drugs, the reality is that prohibition just does not work when trying to eradicate a harmful drug. Instead, we should be focusing on outreach to addicts, education on harmful effects and programs designed to help convince students to quit the habit. Banning tobacco on SUNY campuses will not convince anyone to quit, and until there is research showing outside secondhand smoke harms others, the Task Force should change its focus to helping addicts, not pushing them underground.
Monday, September 16, 2013
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State of the University Address
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
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Both Cross Country teams take third at the Wolfie Invitational By Catie Curatolo Assistant Sports Editor
The Cross Country team hosted Marist, Providence and Columbia at the annual Wolfie Invitational this past Friday, their second of two home meets. After finishing first and second, respectively, in last weekend’s Stony Brook Invitational, both teams took third at the Wolfie Invite, finishing behind Providence and Columbia. Providence women are ranked first and the men are ranked fifth in the preseason USTFCCA northeast rankings, while Columbia, who is ranked No. 17 nationally, is ranked third (men) and seventh (women). The defending America East champions, SBU is ranked 12th in both the northeast men’s and women’s polls. While junior Tyler Frigge took third place at the Stony
Brook Invitational, this week was Mitchell Kun’s time to shine. The sophomore was the top finisher for the men, coming in at 26:24.90 to take 24th in the 8K race. Despite missing some of their best runners, the women’s team posted two standout performances. Annie Keown, who took first at the Stony Brook Invitational, finished first for the Seawolves in the women’s 8K on Friday. The senior finished her last collegiate home meet with a time of 18:37.99, earning her fifth place. Sophomore Christina Melian crossed the line under three seconds later, taking sixth with a time of 18:39.61. Both teams will be back in full force next weekend, racing at the Boston College Invitational on Friday Sept. 27. The first race kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
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Senior Annie Keown finished fifth with a time of 18:37.99.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Late game header propels Villanova over men's soccer By Zach Rowe Staff Writer
Two days after their win over Rhode Island, the Stony Brook Men’s Soccer team hosted the Villanova Wildcats this Sunday afternoon. The first half was defined by strong defensive performances by both teams and neck and neck offensive production. Neither team allowed a goal, both limiting each other to only seven shots in the first forty-five minutes. However both teams had their chances to take an early lead, both stopped by solid team defense and fantastic goalkeeping from both sides. Redshirt freshman goalie Jason Orban made an impressive save on a Villanova strike in the middle of the first half, while Villanova goalkeeper Andrew Weakly made a diving stop to end a threat from sophomore defenseman Mario Mesen, who had beat his man with a masterful display of footwork. Perhaps the best chance Stony Brook had came in the early minutes of the first half, when an errant strike by Villanova nearly resulted in an own goal, with the ball both hitting the crossbar and narrowly crossing the goal line before it was cleared away. In the second half, however, the two days of rest began to take its toll, with Stony Brook failing to generate a single shot on goal in this time. Their defensive effort stayed strong, only allowing two shots, only one of which was on goal. Yet, one was enough for junior midfielder Hayden Harr of Villanova, who
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capitalized on a corner kick from the Ghanian midfielder Oscar Umar by heading it into the far right of the net thirty minutes into the second half.
“We’ve got to be more ruthless.” -Coach Ryan Anatol This proved to be enough to edge the defensively minded Stony Brook team, and the game ended with a
final score of 1-0. However, the final score does not reflect a poor performance of the Seawolves. In fact, when asked, coach Ryan Anatol said, “I thought this was the best performance of the season.” “We’ve got to get better in front of the goal.” he also said, addressing areas to improve. Overall, the team played great defensively and showed a lot of heart for the entire ninety minutes. There is definitely room for improvement, and coach Anatol put it best when asked how they can improve for their next game at Fordham on Friday, simply putting it, “we’ve got to get more ruthless.”
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The Seawolves fell to 2-3 after the loss to Villanova Sunday.
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Monday, September 16, 2013
Staller Center's season opener
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Featuring the Asylum Theatre Company Eight performances only
"Kimberly Akimbo is at once a shrewd satire, a black comedy and a heartbreaking study of how time wounds everyone." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
September 19-22 and 26-29, 2013 Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00 pm and Sun. at 2:00 pm Theatre 2 Tickets: $28
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Monday, September 16, 2013
This Week in Sports Photos
Compiled by Catie Curatolo, Mike Daniello and Nina Lin
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The Seawolves fell to Buffalo 26-23 after 5 OT. It was the longest game in their history.
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The Seawolves won titles in the 'B' and 'D' singles and the 'B' doubles in day three of the Stony Brook Classic.
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Sophomore Mario Mesen and the Seawolves fell to Villanova 1-0 on Sunday.
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The Seawolves defeated Wagner 2-1 after a long delay.
Seawolves Weekend Recap
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The men and women's cross country teams both finished third in the Wolfie Invitational
Football: BUFFALO 26 STONY BROOK 23 5OT Mens Soccer: VILLANOVA 1 STONY BROOK 0 (Sun) STONY BROOK 1 RHODE ISLAND 0 (Fri) Womens Soccer: STONY BROOK 2 WAGNER 1
Mens Cross Country: Mitchell Kun, 24th place. 26:24.90. Womens Cross Country: Annie Keown, 5th place. 18:37.99. Christina Melian, 6th place. 18:39.61 Womens Tennis: Won 'B' and 'D' singles, and 'B' double
Monday, September 16, 2013
Stony Brook Tennis: another Net great Jason Kidd's # 5 jersey invitational, another success
By Andrew Eichenholz Staff Writer
For the second week in a row, Stony Brook Tennis started off their season strongly, performing well at the Stony Brook Invitational. The weekend of Friday September 13th played host to the second tennis event of the year at the University Courts, just next to Lavalle Stadium. Welcoming back some teams from the Mens tournament including the likes of the ASA Avengers, Stony Brook also faced off with the Army Black Knights, Fordham Rams and the University of Rhode Island Rams. Double the Rams, double the success for the Seawolves. Although the breakthrough accomplishments of the young Seawolves from the Men’s team were great in their own right, the three titles were taken home by the Seawolves. Picking up where they left off as conference champions in the spring of 2013, the team
succeeded without their top two stars. Graduate Nini Lagvilava, who qualified for the NCAA Individual Tournament and Polina Movchan, a leader of the team missed the tournament. The winning wealth was certainly spread around as the Seawolves took the B Flight singles and doubles bracket, while also adding the D Flight singles to their collection. At B singles, Cassandra Dix beat teammate Adesuwa Osabouhien in a tough three setter. Much like the mens tournament where the victorious Seawolf played a teammate, the trend was the same in the D Flight, as Louise Badoche took the crown. The only doubles championship taken by Stony Brook during the fortnight was in the B Flight, by Sophomore Becky Shtilkind and B flight finalist Osabouhien. Both teams continue their fall season at various tournaments, the next home matches will be in March for the women and April for the men.
Volleyball swept in tournament a match-high 12 kills, while Rigo Continued from page 20 chimed in with 10. Hathaway and junior Hanna Dolan led the team against losses of last weekend. Tennessee Tech and Coastal “We unfortunately have not Carolina. Dolan totaled 66 yet moved past Tuesday,” coach assists against Coastal Carolina Pawlikowski said. “We have some while Lo recorded 13 and 12 digs individuals doing some positive in the matches against Tennessee things but struggled to get seven people going at the same time Tech and Coastal Carolina, today. Lo kept us alive at critical respectively. "We played our best match times tonight and is demanding of the weekend against Coastal her teammates give effort. Rigo Carolina,” coach Pawlikowski had one of her better matches said. “We just couldn't finish off today, and we hope that she can a set. Coastal hit some shots that build on this." we haven't seen yet and did a In the two last matches of good job pushing us. We have to the weekend, with Stony Brook refocus and be sure we continue playing against Tennessee Tech to stay the course and learn and Coastal Carolina, Costello through the growing pains.". and Rigo both notched their Stony Brook will play in second consecutive doubleits final tournament away doubles of the tournament next weekend at the Bryant when Rigo tallied 11 kills and 10 digs and Costello posted 10 Invitational. The Seawolves will kills and 13 digs in the five-set meet St. John's on Friday, Sept. loss to Tennessee Tech (3-8). In 20 at 6 p.m. before playing the second match with Coastal against Bryant and Princeton on Carolina (5-6), Costello tied for Saturday.
to be retired-during the preseason By David Vertsberger Staff Writer
Jason Kidd has been a part of this Nets organization as a player, just recently a coach and owner-and soon his name will be hanging upon the rafters among the greatest Nets of alltime. This honor is well deserved, Kidd solidified himself as one of the greatest point guards ever in his playing daysbeyond his stat-sheet stuffing in New Jersey. Kidd went on to make huge impacts past his prime in Dallas, winning a championship, and just last year in New York. Career-wise, Kidd’s numbers are astounding. 17529 total points, 8725 total rebounds and 12,091 total dimesnumbers matched by not a single other soul in the history of the NBA. Kidd is second alltime in career steals and assists, third in three-point field goals made, and first from 1986 on in career triple-doubles. Kidd’s career averages with the Nets were 15 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and just short of 2 steals a night. Kidd helped lead the Nets - then in New Jersey - to the NBA Finals in back to back seasons, 2002 and 2003. He could very well be the greatest New Jersey Net of all-time, a distinguished honor making his jersey retirement more of a remembrance than a validation. There is one odd distinction about Kidd’s jersey retirement compared to his peers’ though - it will be before a preseason game. The Nets announced his jersey will be hung from the rafters on October 17th-a preseason home match against the Miami Heat. This oddity stunned many at first, until things were made clear. It seems inevitable at the moment now that Jason Kidd will be suspended for the first
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Jason Kidd's jersey will be retired on Oct. 17, in a preseason game against the Miami Heat. portion of the 2013-2014 NBA season, because of his DUI a year ago. Kidd plead guilty to the charge just this past July, after initially pleading non-guilty immediately after the occurrence. Many experts believe the NBA will suspend him for at least a couple of games for his transgressions. Marcus Dupont, a sophomore here at Stony Brook University, agreed with the Nets’ choice to retire Kidd’s jersey during the preseason. “Better to save it (for the preseason) for the sake of his image.” A Nets fan himself, fellow sophomore Mike Siconolfi was “kind of disappointed”
Comeback win for women's soccer Continued from page 20 She found the back of the net on a free kick from thirty yards out, to put her team ahead. “Larissa’s goal and Stella’s goal were exceptional,” coach Ryan said. “They are both becoming cornerstones of our attack.” Junior Christina Casamassina played strong as well, but could not find the back of the net in the game. She instead had two of her shots hit off the crossbar. Freshman Lindsay Hutchinson had more luck on the night, picking up her first collegiate assist on Nysch’s goal. Stony Brook has now scored 13 of their 17 goals on the season
in the second half. The Seawolves also currently lead the America East in goals scored. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Ashley Castanio did not have a busy night in net, but still came up with three saves in the game. The Seawolves kept Wagner goalkeeper Katie Marcy much busier in the game. Stony Brook had twenty shots in the game, eight of which came from freshmen. Stony Brook will now head to Colorado to participate in the Omni Hotels Colorado Women’s Soccer Classic. The Seawolves will play against Colorado tonight at 6 p.m., and Northern Colorado on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Kidd, who is first in the NBA from 1986 on in career tripledoubles, helped lead the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
after hearing about Kidd’s jersey retirement being staged before an exhibition game.
“Career-wise, Kidd’s numbers are astounding. 17,529 total points, 8,725 total rebounds and 12,091 total dimes - numbers matched by not a single other soul in the history of the NBA” When explained why, Siconolfi understood, saying “it makes it more valid.” My question is this: What’s the rush? It’s an 82-game season, and Kidd will likely be suspended for 2-4 games. Why not retire his number during an actual game-just after the suspension? Seems like common sense applies here pretty easily -but alas the date is set, and even in the midst of a sleep-inducing pre-season match, the cementing of Kidd’s legacy will be a moment to remember for both Nets and basketball fans.
Seawolves lose heartbreaker in quintuple overtime, 26-23 By Joe Galotti
Assistant Sports Editor
The Stony Brook football team had multiple chances to come away with a tough and gritty early season road victory against Buffalo on Saturday, but could not finish the job. The Seawolves came back from a 10 point fourth quarter deficit, only to eventually lose the game 26-23 in the fifth overtime. The Bulls running back Anthone Taylor had the game winning 6 yard touchdown run, which ended the longest game in Stony Brook’s school history. The Seawolves fall now to 1-1 on the season. Stony Brook forced overtime in dramatic fashion, as senior quarterback Lyle Negron found senior wide receiver Malcolm Eugene for a five-yard touchdown pass with just 29 seconds left in regulation. The play capped off a 15 play drive that the Seawolves started on their own 20 yard line. In the first overtime both teams traded field goals, to send the game to a second extra period. Buffalo kicker Patrick Clarke successfully made a 42 yard field goal, after Stony Brook senior kicker Nick Ferrara made good on a 37 yard field goal attempt. In the second overtime, the Seawolves once again found their backs up against the wall, after Bulls quarterback Joe Licata delivered a touchdown pass to Alex Neutz to give his team a 2013 advantage. But the tandem of Negron and
Eugene would once again rescue Stony Brook. Eugene caught a ten-yard touchdown pass from Negron to tie the score at 20 and keep the game alive. In overtime number three, Negron had a pass attempt picked off by Buffalo’s Dwellie Striggles. The Seawolves defense was able to pick up the offense on the Bulls ensuing possession, by forcing a turnover of their own. Senior defensive lineman Junior Solace recovered a fumble on a poor handoff by Licata, to once again extend the contest. Stony Brook had their best opportunity to win in the fourth overtime. After the defense forced another Buffalo turnover, on an interception by senior defensive back Winston Longdon, the Seawolves got the ball only needing a field goal to win. After two short rushes by senior Marcus Coker, Ferrara was given a chance to end the marathon game, on a 37 yard field goal attempt. But his kick went well wide to the left, resulting in a fifth overtime to be played. Ferrara would somewhat redeem himself in the fifth overtime, giving his team a 23-20 lead on a 25 yard field goal kick. He finished 3 of 6 overall on field goal attempts on the day. But this time the Bulls would have a chance to respond, and the Stony Brook defense was unable to deliver a game saving stop. Licata put his team on the 6 yard line, after a 19 yard strike to Alex Dennison. And from there
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Junior Adrian Coxson had seven catches for 107 yards in SBU's loss against Buffalo. Taylor was able to find a hole for a game ending touchdown, much to the delight of the 24,000 at UB Stadium. Despite the loss, Saturday’s game was filled with many impressive individual performances. After a relatively quiet first half, Negron ended up throwing for a career high 301 yards, along with two touchdown passes. It was the first 300-yard passing performance by a Stony Brook player, since 2004, when T.J. Moriarty did so against Albany. It was not entirely a great day for Negron, as he threw the first two interceptions of his career.
Eugene also had a career day, finishing with 9 catches, for a personal high 110 yards. Junior Adrian Coxson had seven catches of his own for 107 yards. Coker was unsurprisingly heavily involved on the day, rushing for 115 yards on 34 carries. The defense was once again strong. A first quarter field goal by Buffalo put an end to the streak of 72:48 that the Seawolves defense had held opponents scoreless to start the season. Stony Brook struggled in converting on third downs on Saturday. They went 3-of-16 in
the game, with their only three conversions coming on the last drive of regulation. Despite coming up with some key plays late in the game, the team’s offensive execution left much to be desired. SBU scored just 10 points in regulation against a Buffalo team that had given up 110 points through its first two games. Now the Seawolves will close out their opening three-game road trip with a contest against a Villanova team that they defeated in the first round of last year’s playoffs. The game will be at 3 p.m. this Saturday.
After long lightning delay, women's soccer Volleyball goes 0-for-4 at delivers comeback win over Wagner, 2-1 Kennesaw State Owl Classic By Joe Galotti
Assistant Sports Editor
The Stony Brook women’s soccer team waited out a long period of inclement weather on Thursday night and came away with a 2-1 victory over Wagner. Second half goals by senior Larissa Nysch and sophomore Stella Norman were the difference for the Seawolves in a game that took four hours and 22 minutes to complete. With the win the Seawolves improve to 5-1-1 on the season, and also are 5-0 in there five home matches this season. And head coach Sue Ryan was extremely pleased with the mental toughness her team showed powering through the long delay. "In order to be successful, you have to win in many different environments and overcome many different obstacles and hurdles,” Ryan said. “Tonight was an example of that.” The Wagner Seahawks were able to take an early 1-0 lead in the contest, on a goal by Alyssa Azzinaro. Then shortly after, with 19:35 remaining in the first half, play was halted due to lightning flashes over the stadium. The game was put on hold for over two and
half hours, as heavy rain eventually began to pour onto the field. Play finally did resume, and Wagner would take a lead going in to the second half, despite being outshot 12-3 in the first 45 minutes. Stony Brook picked up their offensive play in the second half, and would finally get on the board at the 52:58 mark of the game.
Nysch scored her fifth goal of the season, on a great individual effort, which was capped off by a shot that found the top right corner of the net. Just over two minutes later Norman would give her team a lead they would not relinquish. Continued on page 19
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Freshman Lindsay Hutchinson assisted on the Nysch goal
By Lisa Setyon-Ortenzio Staff Writer
The Stony Brook women's volleyball team, which was hoping to get the season back on track with successes and victories, unfortunately suffered a pair of setbacks this weekend at the Kennesaw State Owl Classic Stony Brook, which played against Samford, Kennesaw State, Tennessee Tech and Coastal Carolina in a four-match weekend invitational, did not manage to escape from its downward spiral. Even if sophomore captain
Lo Hathaway, senior Kaitlin Costello and sophomore Melissa Rigo played a huge role over the weekend and managed to record a match leading and reach doublefigures in kills against Tennessee Tech and Coastal Carolina, the Stony Brook volleyball team did not win a single match. According to coach Pawlikowski, the reason the girls did not win a match this weekend is mainly due to the fact that they have not moved on yet from the Continued on page 19
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Melissa Rigo tallied two double-doubles on the weekend.