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. 

Disability Support Services: A great resource at SBU

Krystan Lenhart, a senior psychology and political science student, had a rough semester this fall. Born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that permanently affects body movements and muscle coordination, Lenhart was able to control her disabilities for years through medication. Unfortunately, this past summer her condition drastically took a turn for the worse. Her body, not responding to the medication, started having a series of episodes where her muscles stretched painfully, leaving her momentarily incapacitated.  Due to this she couldn’t walk anymore and started moving around in a wheelchair, at least until her situation can be corrected. Continue reading

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.

Viva La Raza Event

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Viva La Raza at Stony Brook University is an event that has been celebrated for the last two years as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month that runs from September 15th to October 30th. This year’s event took place on October 7 from 7pm to 10pm and was fun, entertaining and educational. Most of the Hispanic Fraternities and Sororites on campus attended, as well as other students and guests from various nationalities.

Viva la Raza is an event hosted by the Beta Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha and the Alpha Delta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Senoritas Latinas Unidas. The theme for this year is Forgotten Roots, and will focus on African, Spanish and Native South American influences.

If you didn’t have the chance to attend, don’t worry about it, just check the slideshow. Also, don’t forget that there are a lot more events going on!

Fashion For Fridays

As many of you know Stony Brook University has Red Hot Fridays, where students, faculty, and staff are encourgaed to wear the signature Stony Brook red color at games and on Fridays to show support for our NCAA Division I Seawolves. Red is the color of success that represents us at Stony Brook. This is a tradition and is a nice way of showing school spirit. So visit the campus bookstore and see the variety of merchandise you can buy to show ur spirit. The Melville Library has a showcase of some of the sweaters and Stony Brook items for sale.      

Photo credit: Shop SB
Photo credit: Shop SB


HIV Vaccine: A Suprising Medical Breakthrough


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It is probably one of the most anticipated medical breakthroughs of all times… a possible HIV vaccine.  Researchers and scientist have finally found an experimental vaccine that has surprisingly prevented infection with the AIDs Virus. 

Last Thursday in Bangkok, researchers have stated that after experimenting with 16,000 volunteers involved in the world’s largest aids trial, that the vaccine cut the risk of  those being infected with the AIDS virus by more than 31 percent.

What I think:  I think this is absolutely amazing, especially when I never thought such a breakthrough in research could actually happen in my lifetime.  When considering how many people in Africa, and all parts of the world that lose their life over the deadly AIDS epidemic, daily, its a sigh of relief for me and I believe a few others.  With this new HIV Vaccine, more lives could be saved.  I am probably one of many people that though that such a vaccine for such a disease was just talk.  But now I truly commend and truly believe in the scientists and researchers that are really doing arduous work and constant research that will change the face of this planet for the human race.  To them: I will applaud.

What’s the deal with the swine flu?

As we all know by now, the misterious swine flue wasn’t as lethal as it was thought back in Spring, it’s just more contagious. Authorities are far more prepared this time and hopefully we will avoid the collective panic that overtook the country. At Stony Brook things aren’t any different. A new website has been set up just for the purpose of monitoring H1N1 and offering preventive guidelines to students. Basically, as with the seasonal flu, washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing, are at the top of the list. Other recommendations include staying home when sick and going to the hospital if fever doesn’t go down in two days. Also, the best thing to do once it becomes available, is to get the swine flu vaccine. Remember that is completely different from the seasonal flu vaccine. This year, instead of one shot, you’ll be getting two….

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