Keith is a senior double-majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in China studies. He became involved with The Statesman in his sophomore year following his letter-to-the-editor regarding a previously published article and quickly became integrated into the organization. Following graduation, he plans on either pursuing law or returning to China in order to continue studying the Chinese language.
As former editors-in-chief and managing editors of The Statesman, we cannot imagine what must have changed so drastically at the paper to allow the atmosphere for this so-called opinion piece to be published.
Although there are a few establishments on the island that flourished from the recent interest in micro and local breweries, one of the most successful is the John Harvard’s Brewery. Located on nearby Nesconset Highway, this bar and restaurant hosts an in-house brewery where they make and serve seasonal beers and fantastic food.
However surprising it might be to the current students of Stony Brook University, our campus was once such an active base of operations for left-leaning political causes that many considered it the “Berkeley of the East.” After the end of the Vietnam War and the demonization of liberal ideals that came with Carter’s defeat, the political activity at the university quickly lost this identity. While liberal causes have continued to have a fairly muted presence on campus, the new drive toward allowing males who have had sex with other males to donate blood calls back to years past when students truly cared enough to change the world.
This is a great direction for the university to pursue and is a development that will greatly increase its image. While women’s studies uses the female gender to study history, politics and other social changes, the male gender should also have this equal opportunity.
One of the most obvious facts about Stony Brook University is its immense and intimidating size. Its huge size and population can make it extremely difficult to form strong bonds with other people, which makes it easier to deal with the stress of such an academically challenging school. Perhaps the best way to survive and prosper in this new and rigorous environment is to join something bigger than yourself, specifically an organization or club.
One of the most interesting details that has become public in the aftermath is the nationality of these perpetrators, which has enormous significance and could point us towards a motive. The two men immigrated to America from Chechnya, a region of Russia that has been the focus of an intense civil war and insurgency.
There’s hardly any place on campus where the signs of the university’s rapid expansion can be escaped. We should applaud the administration’s desire to mold Stony Brook into one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, but the current scope is going too far, far enough that it has become a burden to the current students.
It isn’t a rare occurrence for North Korea to threaten America and South Korea, but its threats have become oddly specific recently. It has stated its intent to fire nuclear missiles at Guam and Hawaii in addition to aiming at their southern neighbor.