In a close vote, Suffolk County voted to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. Currently, the age to purchase in Nassau County is 19, and the legal age to purchase tobacco will soon be going up to 21 in New York City. Lawmakers seem to believe banning substances is the proper step to stop teens from smoking, drinking and finding even stronger (and more dangerous) substances to use. However, it is clear through patterns we have seen in history, and even among friend groups, that the laws only promote crime and an illegal black market.
World War Two has plenty of stories for us to learn about as viewers. Though historically accurate, compelling and riveting, “The Monuments Men” did not do the story justice. For the dramatic plot of taking back stolen art from Nazi Germany, it was expected that the film would either stay focused on being a drama, or avoid hard-hitting subjects and remain a comedy.
As a senior ready to graduate, excitement has quickly been replaced by anxiety and stress. Somehow, without the help of pretty much any advisors, I have gotten here after three and a half years. Being an out-of-state student, I always grumble listening to in-state students complain about the few thousand dollars their tuition is. Hello! Out-of-staters pay around $14,000 per semester. But as per Stony Brook tradition, what would be graduation without another pit for us to throw money into?
Fortunately, it appears that the negative connotations about “Reefer Madness” have begun to subside. A Gallup research poll from 2010 found that a record high 50% of Americans are in favor of legalizing the substance. An even more recent Gallup poll found that even the people who aren’t in favor of legalizing the substance are in favor of a federal laissez-faire attitude towards the states who have begun the legalization process.
In a USG debate hosted by the Stony Brook Speech and Debate Society, this year’s candidates for President, Vice President and Treasurer debated for just over an hour on issues that affect students on campus. This election will put in many candidates that have control over the use of the student activity fee, along with providing many services to students. Voting will start Monday morning on SOLAR and will be open for the week.
Rape in India isn’t a new issue. It’s the brutality of the case of the unknown woman who died two weeks after being gang raped on a bus in New Delhi, the capital, that threw the case into the international media.