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  • Stony Brook Homecoming 2013 on October 15th, 2013

    On Saturday, October 5th, Stony Brook University hosted the 2013 Homecoming Football game and Wolfstock. The football game was against Bryant University and ultimately SBU Seawolves came out victorious! We definitely got our “Red” on at this game.

    A historical attendance record was noted in LaValle Stadium- 11,224 fans flooded the seats in the stadium, where capacity in the stadium for seating is approximately 8,000. Additionally, this game was especially important to me since it marked my senior year homecoming experience.

    And what an experience it was indeed. I had the opportunity of singing the national anthem at this game. Was I nervous? You better believe it!!! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I love singing for Stony Brook- red runs in my blood, as some say. But overall, the experience was very rewarding, memorable and I was truly honored. Stony Brook made one of my dreams come true.

    And just a word to the wise- take advantage of all the opportunities SBU has to offer you- in academics and extracurricular activities (i.e. clubs and organizations).  Never wonder “What If?” and always strive to make a difference! Check out my national anthem performance here: SBU 2013 Homecoming- National Anthem

    Anna singing the National Anthem at the 2013 SBU Homecoming Game.

    Anna singing the National Anthem at the 2013 SBU Homecoming Game.


  • 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!

  • Stony Brook University Ice Hockey Home Opener!!!!!! on September 30th, 2013

    Do you like sports? More importantly, do you like Ice Hockey? Well, if you answered bot of these questions with a “YES” then you should definitely follow the Stony Brook Men’s Ice Hockey Team! This past weekend, the SBU Ice Hockey team triumphantly conquered the Buffalo Bulls (Buffalo University), in two games, Saturday 3-2 and Sunday 9-3. Both games were highly energized and interactive with the audience. On Sunday, the SB Hockey Band came out and played some great tunes to cheer on the team. Overall, the experience of watching the game, being a member of the SB Ice Girls, and showcasing Seawolf Swagger at the hockey game was wonderful! To find the next upcoming games check out the SB Ice Hockey website at or LIKE on Facebook at “Stony Brook Ice Hockey.” The next upcoming game will be Saturday, October 5th at 8:30pm at the Rinx. Come on out, get your Red on and cheer on your SBU Men’s Ice Hockey team!!!!!!!!

    2013 Men's Ice Hockey Team

  • SHINE Gala on September 30th, 2013

    Hey Guys!

    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.



  • Faculty Honor Wall in Melville Library on September 27th, 2013

    Ribbon CeremonyIt was a momentous occasion. On Wednesday, 9.25.2013, President Stanley introduced the Stony Brook Community to the Faculty Honor Wall, which is located in Melville Library. The dedication ceremony was held during campus lifetime and invited all students, faculty, staff, alumni and administration to honor the commemorative wall of accomplished professors. I attended this ceremony and participating as a current student was very inspirational. Political figureheads, including Senator John Flannagan, Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn and County Assemblyman Steve Englebright spoke about the accomplishments of Stony Brook University and truly honored the school and the faculty members. Provost, Dr. Assanis and President Stanley also gave very thoughtful remarks to the well accomplished professors who were honored on the wall. I strongly suggest, if you have not done so already, to check out the magnificent wall that if featured in the middle of Melville Library. I was truly inspired and I am sure you will be too!

    Ribbon Ceremony for Wall Dedication

  • Stony Brook Buses…where you didn’t know you could go on September 23rd, 2013

    Within the first few weeks of arriving on campus, most freshmen, transfers and even returning students find themselves forgetting to bring something with them when they moved in and want to find a spot off campus where they can buy it at a market more fair than that of the bookstore, 7/11 or Wolfie’s Marketplace. Most people will tell you to just take the Shopping Route bus or Mall Run bus that runs on the weekends to pick up what you need from the places the buses stop (i.e. Walmart, Pathmark, Target, Smith Haven Mall). And there it is, you’ve gotten what you needed and are on your merry way, but there’s a lot more out there to be explored if you just gather together a little bit of ambition and a friend to go along for the adventure.

    The first place that any student needs to explore is Middle Country Road. By hopping on the bus to Wal-Mart, you’ll find yourself stepping off on one of the main roads in Centereach, home to Suffolk County’s only White Castle, a Buffalo Wild Wings, Denny’s, and all you can eat sushi at Sushi Palace. If food isn’t what you’re exactly looking for, Tiki Action Park is hidden behind Burger King, just east of Wal-Mart on the south side of the street, and has go karts, mini golf and arcade games. Also in the area is a Chase Bank, Party City, JoAnn’s Craft Store, and Advanced Auto Parts, in case you’ve got any car troubles you need fixing.

    If you get off the Shopping Route bus at the Target stop, you can take advantage of Best Buy, Home Depot, Quizno’s, Chili’s, Stop and Shop, and a Teacher’s Federal Credit Union location.

    Get your friends together and spend your Saturday enjoying the community around Stony Brook, there’s a lot of adventure out there waiting to be enjoyed!

  • Big Dreams Start at Stony Brook University on September 11th, 2013
    Anna standing next to Mr. Claes Nobel, founder of the National Society High School Scholars, ringing in the NASDAQ Closing Bell.

    Anna standing next to Mr. Claes Nobel, founder of the National Society High School Scholars, ringing in the NASDAQ Closing Bell.


    Hello Everyone!

    I hope your first three weeks of classes are going swimmingly! This past Friday, I had the experience of a lifetime that I thought I would share with you.

    On September 6th, I had the amazing opportunity to ring in the NASDAQ Closing Bell with Mr. Claes Nobel, founder of the National Society of High School Scholars. His great-grand uncle, Alfred Nobel,  founded the Nobel Prizes. I was invited to ring in the closing bell on behalf of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since I serve on their Senior Student Council as the Stony Brook University Representative. In my role, I mentor high school students about life and academics in college by answering student questions, writing articles and attending member events.

    I am honored to be representing Stony Brook University at this level because I think it is important to spread the good news that Stony Brook University is always progressing in innovative ways with high school students. I boast and encourage high school students, who I meet via the NSHSS, to apply to Stony Brook University for their continuing education. Overall, Stony Brook gave me the inspiration and motivation to get involved and via the NSHHSS, I can serve Stony Brook University by representing Seawolves on all levels- even NASDAQ!


    If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to ask away!

    Have a great day!




  • Free Bike Repair at SBU! on September 11th, 2013

    Hey Guys!

    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!

    -          Ali

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  • College Life–Not just about life on campus on September 10th, 2013

    I have very few regrets from my time at Stony Brook, but there is one glaring mistake that sticks out from the first few years of my college experience: not venturing off campus to enjoy what Long Island has to offer! So this year, my friends and I have made it a point to get out and find things that can help break up all the studying I’m often caught up in.

    1) Bowling! Recently reopened after a full renovation, Smithtown lanes just down the Jericho Turnpike offers students the opportunity to bowl for 2 hours, rent shoes and a ball for under $15! With dozens of lanes to accompany large groups of friends from your residence hall or your study group from bio class that need a break, Smithtown Lanes is a great place to enjoy an afternoon with your crew.

    2) The Beach!! Being on Long Island’s North Shore, Stony Brook has a lot of beaches within close driving distance, but the closest, and even walkable beach, is West Meadow, just down the road from the Stony Brook School. With low tide bringing out sand bars that let you walk out into the sound, West Meadow is a great place to hang out and do homework in the fall and spring, and on hot days, even get a tan!

    3) Downport- Port Jefferson, nested on the waters of the sound just up 25A, is a hip village home to many unique shops and restaurants local to Long Island. Port Jeff plays anchor to the Port Jeff ferry that runs to Connecticut hourly and is just a stop down on the Long Island Railroad. With Port Jefferson Frigate filling your sweet tooth with their assorted candies and desserts, along with nice restaurants to take your parents out to that overlook the sound when they come to visit, or even Tara’s Inn if you’re looking for cheap food on a budget ($1 burgers with fries!), Port Jeff is a great place to hang out off campus and enjoy the culture of Long Island’s North Shore.

    4) Concerts on Long Island-Music fan that loves the thrill of experiencing your favorite artist with thousands of other enthusiasts? Long Island has a lot of music venues that play host to world-famous musical acts. The Paramount in Huntington and Nikon Theater at Jones Beach attract artists to the Island throughout the year, and of course New York City has dozens of venues your favorite artist is sure to stop by! Just a train ticket away, concerts are a great way to hype up your weekend.

    5) Smith Haven Mall-Accessible by Suffolk County Bus daily and a free Stony Brook bus on the weekend, the Smith Haven Mall is home to dozens of stores including Sears, Macy’s, H&M, an Apple Store, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many great restaurants like TGIFriday’s, the Cheesecake Factory, and California Pizza Kitchen, if you need it, the Smith Haven Mall’s got it!

    Though this is just a starter list, and one I’m going to be adding to when my friends and I venture out and try more new things, if any readers have suggestions of things to enjoy out here, I’m more than happy to try them out!

  • “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” at Stony Brook University! on August 30th, 2013

    A screenshot taken from the SBU website of a feature on the DDS Summer Scholar's Program.

    Stony Brook University has marvelous opportunities for you to sink your teeth into. Yes, the phrase “sink your teeth into,” applies very well to the opportunity that I want to share with you. For all of you pre-dental students, listen up!

    Although the fall 2013 semester festivities have already commenced and classes have begun, I want to share with you an experience that has changed my career path and outlook in the healthcare field. The Discover Dental School Summer Program opened my eyes to dentistry, and more specific, gave me the opportunity to get hands on experience and look into various paths in the profession. Two passions of mine have merged together from this program: animal dentistry and pediatrics- a slightly unusual combination for a focus or specialization, I know, but that is what makes a Seawolf standout! This program began its preliminary year this summer and lasted for a week. Fifty-two students from different universities across the United States attended this program. During this time, the participants, our mentors, and the faculty/staff at SB Dental School, became one big unit working together to explore and question the science in the field- we also became a close knit family too.  I remember working on my typodont, drilling and filling class I cavities, reading radiographs, as well as learning how to properly insert an IV that would be required for anesthesia. However, there was so much more that this program offered in addition to some of the examples I have listed. I reminisce since the program has ended, and I can only find myself putting a smile on, thinking about how much I learned from the program, including techniques and skills that are common in dental school and the career.

    Overall, this program was an experience of a lifetime that I encourage any pre-dental student to apply this upcoming May! You surely do not want to miss out on this opportunity!