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

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A Very Bright Holiday Season for Stony Brook

By Raimundo Ortiz & Luis Gronda

Midway through December, college campuses across the country are gearing up to celebrate the holidays before finals are over and students leave for the winter break. Stony Brook University is no different, as it recently hosted the Festival of Lights on the West Campus and the Lighting of the Windmill on the Southampton campus.

As a school that includes majors in environmental studies and sustainability studies, the windmill at Stony Brook Southampton represents a big part of a small campus.

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“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.

Bone Marrow Drive At Stony Brook

DKMS and The Prevail Organization held a bone marrow drive at Stony Brook on November 10th. The drive was dedicated to finding potential bone marrow donors, as well as raising awareness about giving your bone marrow. DKMS held two previous drives at the hospital and at the health center, but this was the first one held on campus.

New Starbucks Card Program Out Just in Time for the Holidays

After having successful runs in two recent programs, the Starbucks Gold and Starbucks reward, the coffee giant has decided to combine both programs into one easily useable Starbucks card. The change comes after complaints from customers, as well as a push for customer and brand loyalty to the company that is suffering at the hands of lower priced competitors including Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds. The card will begin activation on Dec. 26, 2009, the day after Christmas.

For Starbucks, brand loyalty is everything. After a less than stellar showing with the VIA instant coffee brand, the company is hoping to court both holiday sales and loyal customers with this new program. The program will make both the gold and reward cards obsolete and replace them with a new card. This card will come with three levels: Welcome, green and gold.

At the welcome level cardholders will receive a free birthday drink. At the green level cardholders can gain hours of free Wi-Fi access, coffee beans and syrups. The gold level features all of the benefits of the other levels, plus a free drink every 15 purchases and a card with the holder’s name on the front. To become a gold card member, only 35 visits per year are required, which translates to less than three per month.

It is Starbucks’ hope that the popularity of its older programs will be reproduced with this new card. I expect to see a line of caffeineaholics in Starbucks the day after Christmas.

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Swine-flu vaccine

Last Monday you could get a H1N1-vaccine in the SAC. They distributed it from 9am until 5pm, but who knew about it? The event was neither announced in Blackboard nor Solar nor where there any posters. I heard from it because a friend went to the Student health center last week and they told her about it. I saw some people going to get the vaccine when I was at the SAC at 4.30pm so that means they didn’t run out of vaccines as people somtimes say that this could happen. It would be interesting to know how many students got it and what the others think about the swine-flu in general. Will we experience an epidemic? Or are there only some people panicing and it is just a different kind of flu?