Budget Cuts Bring Class Cuts

It’s that time of year again, when students begin registering for next semester’s classes. However, students at Stony Brook University are becoming increasingly angered with the spring semester’s course offerings, or lack thereof.

Since Governor Patterson announced the SUNY-wide budget cuts, students have been encountering schedules devoid of classes needed to graduate with their majors. Both the POL and EST departments have urged their students to take needed classes over the winter or summer sessions, when less students are taking class. But as many students have pointed out, taking classes at these times is both costly and inconvenient.

“They charge extra,” said a business major, who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s irrational to think people can afford those extra charges and get here in the summer.”

Students who’ve sought out help, according to this source, have been told that the lack of classes is something departments can’t do anything about. The departments’ solutions involving both POL and EST have been highly advocating spending the breaks at the University.

With New York State constituents angry, as budget cuts threaten public elementary, middle and high schools as well, it is a hope that senators will fight harder for all public school funding and that Governor Patterson will finally see that education is not a place to cut corners. 

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Stony Brook Study Abroad Office

For many students at Stony Brook University, studying abroad is something they don’t know much about. For Journalism student April Warren, participating in the China Silk Road study abroad program last summer was one of the most rewarding experiences of her academic career.

“I took out of it a greater sense of adventure and quest for knowledge,” said Warren. “I was constantly asking our guides random questions and just always wanting to know more.”

Warren’s trip took her from Beijing to the West of China and back again. At the end of 10 days, the group had traveled the distance of New York to Denver, Colorado. Along the way, the Stony Brook University students and Chinese students studying alongside them discussed their cultural differences, Warren said.

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SBU Hilton Hotel: To build or not to build?

Last Friday I attended a debate between Stony Brook University Vice President for Facilities & Services Barbara Chernow and Professor Malcolm Bowman of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the SAC’s Auditorium. The issue at hand? Whether if it was right to proceed with the construction of a five story, 135 room Hilton hotel right at SBU’s Main Entrance. Continue reading

“I care”–A petition worth signing

 

“I care” petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/sbucares/petition.html

In early October the Statesman decided to include with their weekly publication an advertising supplement paid for the anti-choice organization called The Human Life Alliance. This supplement looks like a thin magazine, full of glossy, staged photos and text boxes. The problem with this October 8th supplement is that it is full of false and misleading information. The articles that are inside the supplement cite statistics  and studies that are either taken out of context, distorted or embellished. At first glance a student may not notice these things, but if you go a little deeper, you can see the wrongdoings.

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Seasonal Flu Vaccines


The Stony Brook University Health Services center distributed flu shots in early-November. Vaccines were available for “eligible students” at the cost of $10.

With flu season at hand, it’s important for students to receive the vaccine, which stimulates their body to produce antibodies that protect against the flu virus.

Students who are either allergic to eggs or are sick at the time of the vaccination should not attempt to get the flu vaccine, as there could be detrimental side effects.

The Center for Disease Control considers all college age students at risk for developing the flu and instead of being sick during finals, it may be a better idea just to get the vaccination before it is too late.

Side effects of the vaccination can include a stiff, sore arm as well as flu-like symptoms. Those with side effects should contact the Student Health Center if symptoms don’t subside within 24 hours.

Stony Brook has had several other flu shots throughout the semester including an H1N1 shot. To find out where to get the shot now you should contact the Suffolk County Department of Health at (631) 853-3000.

Stony Brook Students Should Study Abroad

Only five percent of students study abroad during their college careers according to transitionsabroad.com. With the current job market, it might be beneficial to have this experience. The Stony Brook study abroad office, located on the 5th floor of the Melville Library, is dedicated to helping students find the program to best suit them individually and to get financial aid and academic credits abroad.Stony Brook has the benefit of being a part of the SUNY system, meaning students here can choose from any of the programs offered by all SUNY schools. As a result, almost every country has an available program at SUNY tuition cost.There are winter programs in Ghana, Rome and Poland, plus many other locations. These programs last two to four weeks during the intersession break. Many students who cannot be away from campus for entire semester take part in these programs or in the summer programs.

 

Summer programs can range from a couple of weeks to months. Popular programs include study in Japan, Russia, Oxford, U.K and Tanzania. Students are accompanied by Stony Brook and SUNY faculty while abroad and take classes under their instruction.

If you’re interested in a longer stay abroad, the semester-long session is for you. Students can choose to study for fall or for spring or for both consecutively. Long term study abroad can range from four months, as is the case in the Florence program, to six months for Brighton, U.K.  While abroad, students are enrolled in different universities in their given country but remain Stony Brook students.

It is very important for students to attempt to study abroad if they are given the opportunity. Studying abroad not only opens up your access to the world, but also looks impressive on a job resume.

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Brookhaven National Lab: an incredible place for incredible people

 

All students here probably know that Stony Brook University has a partnership with Brookhaven National Lab, but we’re not quite sure what it is or what is its purpose.
I recently went on a field trip with one of my classes and I was surprised to learn so much about this institution.

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