89 North, a bar in Patchogue, is typically a music venue built for a fun night out. But on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings, its dance floor and black wooden stage transform into the unlikely location of mass, held by a Christian-based group called The Harbor Church.
As students take their first steps into a new semester of college, they realize that socializing is a gradual, yet significant, process that can direct the course of their lives at Stony Brook University for the next four years or so. In the age of technological communication, we have never seen a greater emphasis placed on knowing what’s what and who’s who through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media. Ask a typical student how he or she makes friends, and an immediate response will be: “Through Facebook.” In a mere decade, technology has taken the form of a medium through which we can share every moment of our lives as we experience them. Although Facebook offers networking opportunities, long-term problems remain hidden under a thick layer of status updates, likes, comments and tweets.