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  • 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.



  • That Awkward Moment When You Go Off-Campus to Study and Wind Up Finding A Town Festival… on September 28th, 2013

    Long Island is great! There’s always so many things going on, it’s hard to keep track of. On almost any given weekend, there is a festival or something going on in a nearby town.

    Today, one of my suitemates and I decided to go off campus to study at this cute coffee shop we found a couple weeks back.

    Roast Coffee Shop

    Roast Coffee Shop

    It turns out, that there’s an Italian festival going on in downtown Patchogue! (pronounced: “patch-og”). So instead of doing homework first, we walked around, looked at the street vendor booths, bought some food, and watched the mini-parade!

    Here are some pictures from our spur of the moment adventure:


    The Parade!

    The Parade!

    Italian-American of the Year

    Italian-American of the Year

    Miss Center Moriches and Miss Patchogue

    Miss Center Moriches and Miss Patchogue

    Super cool old cars!

    Super cool old cars!

    Eggplant parm on a hero and two cannolis!

    Eggplant parm on a hero and two cannolis!

    Alright, now I guess I should get cracking on this studying stuff.  More adventures to come tomorrow in NYC with OOSSA! :)



  • Go Take a Hike! on September 28th, 2013

    Hey Stony Brook!

    Fall is the perfect time of year to get outside! Cooler temperatures make running, hiking, and biking in the great outdoors all the more enjoyable. And who doesn’t love watching the leaves change from green to yellow to orange to red to brown? The seasonal changes in nature are one of the joys of living on Long Island.

    SO, what are you waiting for?! Strap on your sneakers, hiking boots, or biking shoes, and get out there!

    3 Sweet Hiking Spots Near Stony Brook University:

    1. Ashley Schiff Preserve, Stony Brook: Conveniently located right here on campus, the Ashley Schiff Preserve is a rich wooded area wedged between Roth Quad and the Marine Science Research Center near South Campus. Named in memory of Dr. Ashley Schiff, a self-taught naturalist and an Associate Professor of Political Science here at SBU, you will find a rich variety of plants and animals to study and admire. Gaze up at magnificent White Oaks, Red Maples, and Sassafras Trees, and you may also see some Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead. Consider visiting the Preserve during your next break to clear your head and refresh your spirit. Entrance is free! Learn more here:
    2. Avalon Park and Preserve, Stony Brook: Visiting Avalon Park and Preserve is a bit like stepping into a fairy-tale…and it’s only minutes from SBU! An eight-acre area which was once an abandoned residential site has been transformed into a series of woodland gardens and trails. Once choked with invasive shrubs and vines, the park is now rich in plants native to Long Island, with thousands of native trees, shrubs, and grasses planted. Amongst the native flora, you will find intriguing art pieces, like sculptures, bridges, and sitting areas made from downed logs. There is no entrance fee to get into this wonderful park! Check out how to get there and more about the park here:
    3. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Smithtown: A bit further from campus, but definitely worth checking out is the vast and diverse Sunken Meadow State Park. Complete with beaches, a boardwalk, mountain biking/hiking/running trails, this park has it all! There is a $10.00 parking fee, though, but buying an Empire Passport will save you some dough if you plan on coming here (or to any other NYS park) often. BUT if you come before 8AM, entrance is free! Check out more here:
    Get out there!

    Get out there!


    Have fun and stay safe on your adventures :)

    peace. love. run.




  • 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

  • Tie Dye-ing with OOSSA (#superfunawesomeweekendactivities) on September 24th, 2013

    OOSSA, out of state student association, is the club I’m president of! Check out our website and facebook group. Basically, we host fun events on the weekends, both on and off campus!

    For example, on Sunday afternoon we tie-dyed t-shirts, and below are some photos of the pleasant afternoon!











    There were a lot of other pictures, but unfortunately the file sizes were too large to be inserted here :(


    The rest of the photos are all up in the Facebook Group though! So feel free to join it and check them out!



  • 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!

  • A Whole New Year! on September 19th, 2013

    Hey there!

    I’m Pratha and this is my third year blogging for the Undergraduate Admissions Department. I am a senior, biomedical engineering major from Massachusetts. I’ve also recently joined the 5 year BE/MS program biomedical engineering program so I’ve started to take some grad classes which is exciting!

    This year, I’m going to share with you all of the super fun things I get to do in my free time, that you can look forward to doing when you’re at stony brook :) If you want more advice-based blogs, feel free to check out my old posts!


    Let’s start off with one of my favorite off-campus places–West Meadow Beach. About 5 miles off campus, and it’s definitely a place everyone should check out.

    Roomies at the West Meadow Beach

    My roomies at the West Meadow Beach


    I went with some of  my roommates around sunset and it was really pretty and calming :)


    Until next time,


  • Sustainability Studies Spotlight: Dr. H.J. Quigley! on September 18th, 2013

    Hey Stony Brook!

    Whether you have spent just one (Freshman status) or more than 10 (Super-Senior) semesters here at Stony Brook, I am sure there is at least one professor that stands out in your mind as “THE BEST.” Maybe they were fair graders (phew!), offered lots of extra credit (yes!), or were just plain hilarious (because we all know that boring lectures…well, suck).

    Luckily there is a plethora of amazing professors here at ‘the Brook’! Even more luckily, I have had the opportunity to take classes with quite a few of them, across a wide swath of different departments, from Africana Studies to Art History. Among my list of “THE BEST” is an even smaller cohort of academic intelligentsia: a select few professors who I would consider to be “the cream of the crop,” if you will…

    Dr. H.J. Quigley is one of those once-in-a-lifetime professors!

    Whether or not you are involved in the Sustainability Studies Program, I’d like to introduce you Dr. Quigley. As director of the Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning (EDP) program here at Stony Brook, Dr. Quigley works to prime his students in environmental problem solving and policy so that they can try to improve the sustainability of the built environment.

    In which ways are resources being wasted here on campus? Have you ever seen a leaky faucet in a bathroom, a window cracked open during the winter (as the central heat pumps out at full blast), or a commuter bus carrying only two or three students? Dr. Quigley’s EDP students (enrolled in EDP 404) are currently conducting a campus-wide investigation into the sustainability of the built environment here at Stony Brook University.

    At the end of the semester, Dr. Quigley’s students will produce a comprehensive report and submit it to the University’s Office of Sustainability. The findings of the EDP students will hopefully influence our school to make smarter, more sustainable choices. After college, Dr. Quigley hopes that EDP graduates will go on to build “livable, walk-able communities that attract citizens, bringing people together rather than keeping them isolated and apart.”

    Dr. Quigley is the type of amazing professor who will truly change your life!

    Dr. Quigley is the type of amazing professor who will truly change your life!

    Dr. Quigley also teaches Introduction to Sustainability Studies (SBC 111), a required course for many students majoring and/or minoring in one of the various Sustainability Studies Programs. Personally, I have taken Dr. Quigley’s American Environmental Politics (SBC 308) course, which I totally loved! Dr. Quigley proved to be one of the most intelligent, passionate, and dedicated professors I have ever known.

    You will learn A LOT from Dr. Quigley: about the environment, about life, and about the place where life and the environment intersect. As Dr. Quigley tells his students, it is critical that the built environment (buildings, parks, walkways, etc) is created in a way that is as natural and sustainable as possible: for public health, environmental preservation, resource conservation, and providing people with a sense of community. Dr. Quigley will not only show you the facts; he will show you WHY you should care, WHAT you can do to change the world, and COMPEL you to act! It’s professors like Dr. Quigley who make college worth the time and effort; he challenges students to think BIG and apply newfound knowledge to make a DIFFERENCE in the “real world!”

    I highly recommend Dr. Quigley! His American Environmental Politics course counts as an upper-division DEC K, so even if you are not involved in a Sustainability Studies or SoMAS program, this course may still bring you one step closer to graduation.

    And hey, maybe you’ll decide that EDP or a Sustainability Studies Program major and/or minor is for YOU!

    peace. love. run.


  • Freaking Out About: Classes, Major, Life? on September 15th, 2013

    When thinking of Autumn, I always remember how I felt during my first semester at Stony Brook.   To most people’s surprise, I came in as an Environmental Studies/Biology and Political Science major and I had wanted to be pre-med but also focus on health and environmental policy.  Though I still have a passion for science and politics, I am extremely happy with what I changed my major to.  New and returning students should not feel pressured about their major choice – pick something you love and make sure that whatever you pick, you do your best.  When people ask me what my major is and I reply: “Comparative Literature,” I mostly get a blank stare and the response: “So…what can you do with that?”  Though some students know and are passionate about the fields of nursing, engineering, etc.  it is oftentimes difficult as a humanities, social science, or even science major to describe how you will be able to get a job.

    As an intern at the Career Center, I have learned that any student with any major can practically do any entry-level job out there (with the exception of intense computer science/medical/finance jobs).  Most companies do not care about your major, but simply care about what kind of skills you have: communication skills, teamwork ability, independence, writing skills, timeliness, neatness, organization skills, etc.  So while most people may tell you that majoring in “[Humanities/Social Science/etc.]” is a bad idea, let them know that you are in a good position because you have transferable skills that will allow you to obtain any entry-level job.

    When it comes to your classes and your major, you should only take courses that are interesting to you but also fill requirements.  Do not take random DEC’s or electives because this will often waste your time and cause you to be unhappy.  If you are concerned or have questions about your major or classes, remember that the “Academic Advising Day” will be this Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Academic Mall. Also, on October 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm there will be a workshop called “Freaking Out About your Major” at the Career Center.  At any point in your college career, issues of majors, career paths, and life in general will come up – make sure you look around at the resources you have to make the most out of your college experience.

    Comment or contact me if you have anymore questions or visit me during my office hours at the Career Center!

    All my best,