Left: the last issue of the Sucolian, dated April 9, 1959. Right: the first issue of The Statesman, dated May 13, 1959. The 'the' was dropped in 1963.

Left: the last issue of the Sucolian, dated April 9, 1959. Right: the first issue of The Statesman, dated May 13, 1959.

The Statesman is a student newspaper serving Stony Brook University. It was founded in the fall of 1957 as the Sucolian , for the “State University Campus On Long Island” at Oyster Bay, which was the university’s name and location until 1962. The name was changed to The Statesman in February 1958. The Statesman Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1975. The paper is funded by both advertising and the Stony Brook University Undergraduate Student Government.

New stories are published online Monday through Friday. A print issue is published every Monday during the academic year and is distributed to on-campus locations, the Stony Brook University Hospital and more than 70 off-campus locations.

The Statesman and its editors have been recognized for their work by the Society for Professional Journalists, Newsday, the Martin Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism and the Society for News Design, among other organizations. Many of its editors have gone on to enjoy distinguished careers in journalism.

Correction Policy

The Statesman‘s policy is to promptly correct all factual errors and clarify confusing statements. If a story is corrected after being published online, a note will be made at the end of the story. Style and grammar errors are exempt, as determined by managing editors. If you have any questions, please contact us at editors@sbstatesman.com.

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The Statesman reserves the right to delete comments without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time. If you have any questions, please contact us at editors@sbstatesman.com.

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Michaela Kilgallen

Michaela Kilgallen


Michaela is a senior journalism and political science double major. She joined The Statesman as a freshman, became an assistant news editor as a sophomore and later became news editor. She has interned at Newsday, The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, New York and the Times Union in Albany. Reach Michaela at michaela.kilgallen@sbstatesman.com or @michaelakilg on Twitter.

Kunal Kohli

Kunal Kohli

Managing Editor

Kunal is a senior journalism major on the broadcast track. He joined The Statesman in his freshman year and hopes to one day direct documentaries. He calls Syracuse, NY his hometown and enjoys long walks on the beach, rap music and college basketball. You can contact him at @TheKunalKohli.

Chris Peraino

Managing Editor

Chris is a junior double major in journalism and English. He joined the Statesman his freshman year and hopes to one day make a living writing long-form feature news and political pieces. Hailing from south shore Long Island (the superior shore, but you already knew that), Chris enjoys anything on the water, Chuck Klosterman books and nonsensical sports arguments. Contact Chris at: sports@sbstatesman.com

Katarina Delgado

Katarina Delgado

Managing Editor

Katarina is a junior journalism major. She joined The Statesman during her freshman year and has written for the Arts & Entertainment section ever since. After spending a summer writing in Spain, she is sure journalism will allow her to wander the world and explore her love of alliteration. Contact Katarina at: arts@sbstatesman.com


Mahreen Khan

News Editor

Mahreen is the assistant editor for the news section of The Statesman. Feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns you may have: mahreen.khan@sbstatesman.com.

Rebecca Liebson

Assistant News Editor

Rawson Jahan

Assistant News Editor


Tim Oakes

Sports Editor

Gregory Zarb

Assistant Sports Editor

Raphael Tafuro

Assistant Sports Editor

Arts & Entertainment

Kayla McKiski

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Joseph Konig

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Thomas James

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor


Andrew Goldstein

Opinions Editor

Andrew is a junior journalism major also studying pre-medicine. He started writing for The Statesman in Fall 2014 and has since started a book review column, a science column, and written for News and Opinions. He hopes to incorporate writing and science into whatever career he ends up in. He also enjoys asking invasive questions. Contact Andrew at: opinion@sbstatesman.com


Aracely Jimenez

Aracely Jimenez

Multimedia Editor

Aracely is a junior sociology major from Brooklyn, NY. She joined The Statesman in the fall of 2015 and after a year of contributing as a photographer she is thrilled to join the staff as an assistant multimedia editor. For Statesman related business contact her at multimedia@sbstatesman.com

Luis Ruiz Dominguez

Assistant Multimedia Editor


Stacey Slavutsky

Stacey Slavutsky

Copy Chief

Stacey is a junior biomedical engineering major. She joined The Statesman Copy section the fall of her freshman year and is now the copy chief. For all your editing needs, contact Stacey at: copy@sbstatesman.com

Tess Stepakoff

Assistant Copy Chief

Tess is a junior English major with minors in Hellenic studies and creative writing. She joined The Statesman Copy section in the fall of 2016 after transferring from SUNY Geneseo and is on the Stony Brook Women's Swimming and Diving team. She enjoys petting puppies in her spare time. Contact Tess at: copy@sbstatesman.com


Brian Wong

Business Manager