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. For the first time ever, The Statesman has stopped printing and is only available digitally.

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


Viola Flowers, Editor-in-Chief

Jeremy Portnoy, Managing Editor

Lori Saxena, Managing Editor

Skylar Sena, Managing Editor


Sonya Gugliara, News Editor

Sky Crabtree, Assistant News Editor

Mariam Guirgis, Assistant News Editor

Arts & Culture

Jenna Zaza, Arts & Culture Editor

Clare Gehlich, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor


Brittney Dietz, Multimedia Editor


Sara McGiff, Opinions Editor

Christine Kelley, Assistant Opinions Editor


Mike Anderson, Sports Editor

Matt Howlin, Assistant Sports Editor

Kenny Spurrell, Assistant Sports Editor

Alex Streinger, Assistant Sports Editor


Olivia Erndl, Copy Chief

Sarah Aguiar, Assistant Copy Chief

Alyssa Pascocello, Assistant Copy Chief

Audience Engagement

Tim Giorlando, Audience Engagement Manager


Liam Cooke, Website Manager