Posts by Ali
- Demetri Martin @ SBU! on October 14th, 2013
SBU has this great tradition of inviting guest stand up comedians every once in awhile. 3 years ago- Aziz Ansari. 2 years ago- Kevin Hart. Last year- John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac. This year- Demetri Martin. For all of you that don’t know him, Martin had his own show on Comedy Central called “Important Things” and currently works on the John Stewart Show.
The Staller Center hosted Martin with around 1000 people showing up. The event was spectacular. Unfortunately, I could not take any photos during the event. Fortunately, I was able to google image something. Well just wanted to let people know about the type of guests SBU brings. Till later, peace!
- SHINE Gala on September 30th, 2013
I’m dropping by with a quick post this week. Last Monday, SB SHINE (the club I am current president of) hosted our first SHINE Gala. The event was free (but we accepted donations at the entrance).
The event was meant to raise awareness of our organization and raise funds for our upcoming mentorship project with Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading Rivers, NY.
It was a great event since we had over 20 entrees of food. The coolest thing was that we didn’t pay a dime- we were fortunate that over 2 dozen restaurants were able to donate food.
Worth mentioning, the super busy Anna Lubitz took time out to sing the national anthem for the event. She was wonderful!
The only down side of the event was that with 300 seating capacity and 120 people in the audience, we kind of looked empty. Either way, it was great we rasied $120 and most importantly, we did not pay for anything! We look forward to continuing great events and informing SBU students about our organization.
Till later, peace.
- Free Bike Repair at SBU! on September 11th, 2013
This week I want to post about our Bike Repair Center in the Union Basement. So for all of you that do not know, I am a commuter. However, on campus, sometimes I have classes very far away and its so much easier to have a bike around. It cuts travel time between buildings enormously. Unfortunately, I had left my bike locked here on campus the entire summer. As a result, leaving it out in the open weather resulted in significant damage to my bike. The front brake broke, the tube in the rear wheel got busted, the chain became extremely rusted, and both my pedals went missing.
Fortunately, a friend of mine told me that Stony Brook had a Bike Repair Center in the Basement of the Union. But what shocked me even more was that repair of my bike would be FREE. Yes you heard me!! Stony Brook has a free bike repair center! It was too good to be true. In fact, it gets even better: the bike specialists there (consisting of undergrads, grads, and faculty) teach you how to repair your bike. So you feed two birds with one piece of bread! (I prefer this over hitting two birds with one stone).
Prior to this experience I had no knowledge on how to repair a bike. But my bike specialist made me an amateur expert. I can now replace tubes in a bike, attach new peddles, and fix damaged brakes. What’s even more awesome is that they have so many parts, that if any part of your bike is damaged, no worries! They have a spare part. Once again for free!!
Another cool thing that I found out is that they have an “Adopt a Bike” program. Every year, dozens of damaged bikes are found around campus, left my previous owners, and collected by the police. Interested students can come in and fix the bike, and bam, the bike is their’s. When I went last week, there were several students repairing extremely damaged bikes and getting their bikes for free!
Anyone who is interested in learning more about this neat, resourceful, and free bike repair center- it is open every Wednesday in the Union basement from 6-9 pm. The only downside to this great and helpful place is that it is only open once a week, so you might have to wait on your bike repair for an additional week. However, you learn so much from these extremely nice specialists and once again, its free!! Another great thing about Stony Brook! (*I have attached photos of my damaged bike prior to repair. It is 90% fixed and I have been riding it this past week. I will attach more pics later this week, once I fix the pedals and replace rusted chains). Till later, take care!
- I’m Back (Part II) on August 28th, 2013
My name is Ali Syed and I excited to blog for my third straight semester! I am currently a senior in the Honors College here at SUNY Stony Brook. I am majoring in Biology (neuroscience specialization) and Sociology and minoring in International Studies and Adapted Aquatics. For everyone who is starting off at SBU, I wish that you have the same enjoyment that I did. As for all the prospective students out there, I hope you seriously consider applying to Stony Brook!
Since this is my first blog of the semester, I just want to talk about my summer and how Stony Brook made it great! During late May/early June, I went to Ghana as a volunteer with Stony Brook Global Medical Brigades, a student-run organization on campus. Every year, SBU GMB takes a a large group of students to two of the four countries of Ghana, Panama, Honduras, and Nicaragua. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the students to go to Ghana. We stayed there for two weeks and were part of a “mobile clinic” that went to a rural village that sought to provide sustainable health care and health awareness. I met a lot of great children there and hope to return next summer as well. Once again, this is a student-run group and this organization is just one example of the plethora of student groups on campus where students create initiatives to not just make an impact locally, but globally as well.
Speaking of student-run organizations, I am also looking forward to the future projects of an organization me and friends started, SB SHINE (Student Health Initiative to Network and Educate), a volunteer organization that seeks to promote health care awareness at Stony Brook and the neighboring community. Last semester we worked on certain projects including raising funds for Stony Brook Sunrise Fund, which seeks to help children with cancer, and we also started a partnership with Little Flower, an orphanage in Wading Rivers.
Another great part of my summer was that I was selected to be a recipient of the URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) Grant. I received a research grant to aid in my research thesis of breast cancer attitudes and awareness among South Asian immigrants on Suffolk County, Long Island. I think it is really impressive that our university provides undergraduate students with funding to aid in their research not just in the natural sciences but in topics of sociology and the humanities. I will be presenting my research at the Spring URECA research symposium.
Anyways, I just want to conclude with a short comment on the great advisors here at Stony Brook that are always here to help. Whether you are a new student or seasoned senior, these advisors truly commit their times into making our experiences at SBU wonderful. In all, I look forward to meeting new students this semester and look forward to blogging often. Till then take care!