About Us

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 (USG)The Statesman is editorially independent from Stony Brook University and USG.

New stories are published online Monday through Friday. Pre-pandemic, a print issue was published every Monday during the academic year and distributed to on-campus locations, the Stony Brook University Hospital and more than 70 off-campus locations. The newspaper is currently only printing special issues.

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 [email protected].

Comment Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but they are subject to moderation. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam will be deleted–comments and any links must be relevant. Comments including profanity will be subject to moderation and those containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will not be posted, nor will comments that attack a person individually.

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 [email protected].

Our offices are located at:
Stony Brook University
307F Student Activities Center
(P.O. Box 1530)
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Editorial Board: (631) 632-6479
Advertising Department: (631) 632-6480


Brianne Ledda, Editor-in-Chief

Melissa Azofeifa, Managing Editor

Alexa Anderwkavich, Managing Editor

Gabby Pardo, Managing Editor


Alek Lewis, News Editor

Maya Brown, Assistant News Editor

Claudia Motley, Assistant News Editor

Niki Nassiri, Assistant News Editor

Arts & Culture

Lajiere Blake, Arts & Culture Editor

Amaya McDonald, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor


Sara Ruberg, Multimedia Editor

Rabia Gursoy, Assistant Multimedia Editor

Will Shewan, Graphic Design Intern

Amber Lewis, Video Intern


Jocelyn Cruz, Social Media Editor

Annisha Wazed, Social Media Intern

Katherine Procacci, Social Media Intern


Juliana Slocum, Podcast Editor

Timothy Giorlando, Assistant Podcast Editor

Gabriel Chang, Podcast Intern

Simon Kang, Podcast Intern

Laurie Wang, Podcast Intern

Jennifer Choi, Podcast Intern

Justin Burns, Podcast Intern

Khushi Bist, Podcast Intern

Melanie Navarro, Podcast Intern

Minal Chawla, Podcast Intern


Cindy Mizaku, Opinions Editor

Fanni Frankl, Assistant Opinions Editor

Sam Lauria, Assistant Opinions Editor

Steven Keehner, Assistant Opinions Editor


Ethan Tam, Sports Editor


Karla Rios, Copy Chief

Sam Savvides, Assistant Copy Chief

Madison Lambert, Assistant Copy Chief

Audience Engagement

Stephanie Mach, Audience Engagement Editor


Francis Saw, Business Manager

Jaina Zhang, Marketing Intern

Jen Goldberg, Marketing Intern


Crystal Huang, Technical Supervisor

Jeffrey Zhong, Web Intern


Peter Lupfer, Archivist

Kelcie Eberharth, Assistant Archivist