Women’s basketball falls on the road to St. Francis (NY) and Iowa State

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Brittany Snow (No. 20, above) scored 12 points in defeat against Iowa State. (ANDREW EICHENHOLZ / THE STATESMAN)

 

by Brandon Bennett and Kunal Kohli

The Stony Brook women’s basketball team picked up another two losses in the midst of their five-game road trip, falling to St. Francis (NY) 57-55 and Iowa State 74-64.

On Sunday, the Seawolves got off to a strong start in their game against Iowa State, but were unable to hang on to snap their losing streak.

Senior Sabre Proctor led the Seawolves with 16 points in the game.

Senior Jessica Ogunnorin picked up the slack after Proctor fouled out with 9:13.

Ogunnorin scored 15 points and collected eight rebounds.

Junior Brittany Snow also added 12 points in the defeat.

ISU senior Nikki Moody led all scorers with 24 points for the 5-1 Cyclones.

Connecting on six of their first seven shots, Stony Brook started the game with a 9-3 lead. The Cyclones bounced back and reclaimed the lead with 10:37 left in the first half.

Although Iowa State looked to constantly pull away, SBU managed to stay within reach.

Moody ended the half with 11 points, giving the Cyclones a 39-37 advantage at the break.

In the second half, we saw more of the Seawolves matching almost every Cyclone point. The back-and-forth affair would end at the 3:20 mark, when Iowa State was able to pull away for good.

Brynn Williamson hit a three -pointer and pushed the Seawolves deficit to five. Moody followed up with a three-point play to give ISU an eight-point lead.

The Seawolves closed the gap to four, but Moody answered with another three. Johnson closed the game with a 3-point play to give ISU the win.

In their previous game against St. Francis (NY), the Seawolves went down to the wire and lost in a heartbreaker.

With six seconds left, the Bulldogs had the ball up one. Senior forward Jaymee Veney put up a shot from the baseline, but missed.

Bulldogs junior guard Leah Fechko grabbed the offensive board and kicked it out to the three point line.

Freshman forward Alex Delaney caught the pass and launched a prayer from deep with just half a second left in regulation.  She hit nothing but net, handing Stony Brook a 57-55 loss.

The game started out rough for the Seawolves. After leading for a good portion of the first six minutes, the Seawolves let the Bulldogs go on a 9-0 run, making the score 15-9. SBU then went on a 6-0 run, led by redshirt junior guard Miranda Jenkins, who scored her first four points of the game during the run.

The tie did not last long, as the Bulldogs followed up with another 9-0 run, to take a 24-15 advantage. The Seawolves only put up four more points as the first half came to a close, with the Bulldogs leading 31-19.

In the second half the Seawolves were sparked by Ogunnorin. The senior guard scored eight of her 12 points in the second half. Senior forward Sabre Proctor also scored 10 in the half. The two seniors and Jenkins helped cut down the Bulldogs lead, and get Stony Brook back in the game.

St. Francis (NY) was still able to mantain the lead until Ogunnorin hit a layup with 21 seconds left to put SBU up 55-54. The Seawolves were almost able to pull off the upset, but were then defeated by Delaney’s buzzer beater.

Proctor lead the Seawolves with 20 points in the game. She was followed by Ogunnorin, who had 12 and Jenkins with 11 points. Jenkins also led the team with six assists. Junior forward Brittany Snow, led the team in rebounds with nine.

The Seawolves shot 50 percent as a team, but struggled from three-point land, making just one of five from behind the arc.

Stony Brook will finish of their road trip this Saturday when they take on Morgan State.

David Vertsberger contributed to this story.

How Stony Brook University handles Title IX

By Rebecca Anzel, Giselle Barkley and Hanaa’ Tameez

Amidst an ongoing federal investigation into Stony Brook University’s handling of Title IX cases, many students are unfamiliar with the law and the method by which SBU investigates sexual harassment/violence claims that occur on its campus.

“Title IX—it sounds familiar but I can’t say what it is,” Mark Szklonicki, a junior health science major, said.

Other students, like junior biology major Ava Cazabonnet, junior psychology major Trini Joseph and senior mechanical engineering major Yash Vardhan Sharma, did not know what Title IX was, nor had they heard about the law or the investigation process before.

Due to what seems like a general lack of information and understanding in terms of Title IX and reporting sexual assault and harassment at Stony Brook, The Statesman compiled its findings in relation to the matter.

As part of the 1972 Education Act, Title IX is a federal clause prohibiting discrimination based on gender at any federally-funded educational institution, including about “16,000 local school districts, 3,200 colleges and universities, and 5,000 for-profit schools as well as libraries and museums,” according to the United States Department of Education website.

Stony Brook is a member of the State University of New York system and receives monetary support from both the state and federal government. Therefore, the institution must follow the rules outlined by Title IX.

The United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation into Stony Brook on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Because the investigation is open and still ongoing, neither the University nor the OCR can comment on its progress or findings.

Reporting

Each year, university police departments are required to release an annual Clery Report. The report details all crimes that occurred on campuses and includes sexual assault-related crimes.

The 2014 Clery Report, which Stony Brook’s UPD released at the ending of September, states that on-campus rapes were reported six time in 2013. In addition, rapes that occurred in residential facilities  were reported five times last year. These reports have gradually increased over the last three years according to the Clery Report.

However, it is unknown whether reports have increased due to more rape or sexual assault related incidences at Stony Brook or because more victims are reporting these cases.

Despite the Clery Report and Stony Brook’s efforts towards educating students about Title IX, some students said universities are often hypocritical when they fail to disclose its own mistakes.

“The authority contradicts themselves and covers up what actually happens like incidences where Title IX is violated and [it’s] just for the sake of reputation,” Veronica Bognot, a junior philosophy and comparative literature major, said.

A university’s transparency regarding Title IX violations or sexual assault-related reports not only indicate its safety but also provides insight on how these incidences are handled.

“Telling the truth about high numbers makes a school safer, in my opinion, because it means they’re less likely to hide the truth, which is always a safer policy.  Schools with low numbers are dangerous because it means they are either discouraging victims from reporting and/or handling the cases under the radar,” Murphy said. “Both approaches put women at greater risk and send the message that violence against women is acceptable because the school will not take effective steps against offenders and or openly address and shame the behavior.”

The Process

Within the last year, SBU published on its University Community Standards website an interactive chart detailing to the process by which it handles all sexual harassment and abuse allegations. The process is broad and all-encompassing; it is not specific to sexual harassment and assault.

According to the chart, those making a complaint have 30 days to do so and can choose to go to the University Police Department, Office of Community Standards or the Title IX Director. From there, a University employee from the Division of Student Affairs office conducts an investigation into “whether further action is necessary.” This includes getting accounts of the situation from the alleged victim and assailant and any witnesses.

There are two possible outcomes at this point. In some cases, a written notice will be sent to the accused student notifying him or her of the specific charges and a hearing will be scheduled no sooner than ten days after that notice is sent. It is unclear if the written notice is sent out by post or by email.

The accused can “take responsibility” and waive the right to a hearing and accept the sanctions, according to the chart. If the student chooses to contest the allegations, he or she can appeal to start a hearing process. The type of hearing varies based on the severity of the accusation.

The second route is to hold a Disciplinary Counseling meeting, which will be scheduled between the student involved and a university official. It is unclear if the student called into the counseling meeting is the accuser or the accused.

The information presented in the chart seems to hold that any incident will always be between students but does not mention any changes in the process if one of the involved parties is, for example, a staff or faculty member.

Despite this lengthy process, many Stony Brook students are not aware of the initial steps of reporting a Title IX-related incident.

“I know that there is a hearing but, I didn’t know that it went through people who were running the Title IX stuff,”  senior psychology major Adil Ahmed said.

Many students, like Ahmed, said they would go to the University Police Department to report a Title IX-related incident. Although UPD conducts an investigation into a Title IX-related case after it is reported, they pass the information to the university’s Title IX office for further investigation.

Wendy Murphy, an adjunct professor of sexual violence law at New England School of Law who spoke at a Title IX panel at Stony Brook last April, said in an e-mail she does not know of any university that “complies fully with Title IX.”

Misconceptions

There are a number of misconceptions surrounding Title IX—chief among them is the idea the clause only pertains to athletic programs at federally-funded higher education institutions.

Three others, as defined by an ESPN article, are that schools to must cut a number of male teams; Title IX ensures opportunities for female and male players are equal; and the monetary resources devoted to male and female teams must be equal.

According to the article, “schools must decide where to spend their money. And often, when they decide to cut non-revenue men’s sports—such as wrestling, swimming and tennis—it’s not so they can fund women’s sports, but rather so they can pump more money into football.”

In terms of equal amounts of spending on men’s and women’s athletic teams, there is nothing in Title IX that explicitly states schools need to spend the same amount of money on their women’s and men’s sports teams. Instead, its language specifies the difference in spending cannot be as a result of any discriminatory acts. Most all higher education institutions spend more money on men’s sports programs than on women’s.

“Sports are important, but they’re not more important than safety and equality in access to academics and education,” Murphy said.  “Put another way, raped women don’t need more basketballs.”

Educational programs

Stony Brook’s Director of Title IX and Risk Management Marjolie Leonard said the campus community is also often unaware as to how sexual assault is classified and handled. She jointly oversees the SBU Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action.

“What a lot of people don’t know is that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination,” Leonard said during an impromptu interview with different Stony Brook media organizations on Wednesday, Oct.1, 2014. “In the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, we address all forms of discrimination so it makes sense that it would be run together.”

Leonard has not been available for an interview since Oct. 1.

Leonard also said she and her department use a relatively new online training “Know Your Rights” program to better educate students. “One of the things that is really important that we have been doing and continue to do with this online training is equipping our students and employees with information and knowledge because a lot of people don’t know what their rights are and responsibilities are,” Leonard said. “They might not know what options we have available to them if they should be the victim of some type of sexual harassment or sexual violence, knowing what resources are available to them.”

The deadline to complete the mandatory training was Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. A hold is placed on the SOLAR accounts of students who do not complete it.

According to Murphy, training is not what will solve these problems on college campuses.

“Schools don’t need training and ‘advisors,’,” she said via e-mail. “They need transparency, accountability and effective oversight by state and federal agencies and state and federal courts.”

“Schools don’t need “training programs” about consent, and silly experts who “teach” officials how to apply boondoggle policies,” she continued. “They need simple, short and easy to use and understand policies that make it VERY clear that sexist violence is the SAME type of harm as racist violence, and ethnic violence, etc. THIS message, alone, will change things overnight – and the training necessary to make this point clear should be a program where ALL protected class issues are addressed at the same time.”

Students who took the “Know Your Rights: Discrimination and Violence Required Training”—like Ahmed and Szklonicki—had mixed reactions about the survey.

“I thought…that it was kind of a waste to be honest,” Ahmed said. “You ran through 10 slides and at the end they gave you questions.” Ahmed said despite the fact that the slides provided students with information, he “could only imagine that most people didn’t really re-read them.” However, he mentioned the questions in the survey were “good.”

While the survey touched upon some students’ previous knowledge about sexual assault, it also provided new pieces of information.

“I can’t say I learned anything I hadn’t known before. But it cleared up a few things,” Szklonicki said. Prior to the survey, Szklonicki did not know a woman could rape a man. “It’s not something that you would think could happen.”

Seawolves show off their cultural roots

The theme this fall semester seemed to be “culture.” Many clubs and organizations showcased their cultural backgrounds and traditions through song, dance and of course, food. These events sold themselves to be culturally enticing, offering native dances served with traditional foods and cultural awareness on the side.

Check out our semester round-up of a handful of those events, including the first-ever Indian fashion show hosted at SBU.

 

What you missed this week on campus

(BASIL JOHN / THE STATESMAN)

An anonymous Yakker spread a rumor that the Wendy’s in Roth Dining was closing. The rumor was later proven to be unfounded. (BASIL JOHN / THE STATESMAN)

by Jonathon Kline, Niveditha Obla and Tejen Shah

YikYak strikes again. This week, an anonymous Yakker spurted the rumor that the Wendy’s in Roth Dining was closing. The panic that it induced goes to show the extent of the popular app on campus today and how obsessed the student population is with the greasy, fat filled meals trademarked by the fast-food chain. It also goes to show how students will initially believe anything they hear and take the word of unverified, unaccountable sources, i.e. the incredibly well informed people of the Internet.

And it would not be a week at Stony Brook (or on Yik Yak) without some complaint about Wolfie-net. The Wi-Fi on campus has never been secure or connected, and it certainly is the furthest thing from reliable. Even with the new and improved routers, students across campus constantly complain about the lack of access. We are on a college campus, living in the 21st century, and all of our education is online. If there is no Wi-Fi, there is no studying, there is no interacting, there is nothing. Stony Brook needs to up its Wi-Fi game.

Women’s basketball celebrated their first win…by themselves. The Stony Brook women’s basketball team won 56 to 40, blowing the Saint Peter’s Peacocks out of the water with almost no audience to cheer them on. Is it basketball, our team, or is it the general Stony Brook student attitude toward everything school-related that accounts for the lack of support? Maybe it was the students showing their discontent with the flop that was the free pizza sale.

The holiday season started Nov. 1, and we are already in the middle of all the depression stories. Stony Brook’s Dr. Turhan Canli published a paper on how depression could be an infectious disease, starting with a bacterial or viral infection. But look at it another way—if you surround yourself with depressed people, aren’t you bound to be depressed as well? At the very least, you have to become exhausted at some point trying to keep yourself and everyone around you cheerful. Or is it like social media, where the happier we see other people and the more successful we see our friends become, the more upset we are with our own lives?

Here’s to a warm welcome to the second “Humans of Stony Brook” page—unless, of course, you are the original creator of the first page. The original man behind the camera is rumoured to be furious with his unwanted predecessor. I may be playing devil’s advocate here, but shouldn’t he be flattered that someone is continuing the project that he started? “Humans of Stony Brook” is one of the most popular Facebook pages on this campus, and it brings together the student community on campus. If the original creator graduates, someone needs to keep the page going.

Club sports teams are still trying to get a storage center and bathroom facility made at the South P fields, as they still have to lug all of their gear from the Rec Center to the commuter parking lot. So why will Stony Brook not pay a minimal fee to have these basic facilities installed on campus? Does the administration fear that someone will break into these facilities? Who knows, maybe they just truly get off on the frustration of students and decided what better way to get more anger out of the students than by making them take a bus ride to a field a mile off the main campus. Clearly the whole ‘South P fields’ idea was not a very good one.

The Box Office

(PHOTO CREDIT: MCTCAMPUS)

“Big Hero 6″ made its debut in American theaters on Nov. 7. The animated film tells the story of an inflatable robot, Baymax, and his human friend Hiro Hamada and their quest to bring a masked villain to justice. (PHOTO CREDIT: MCTCAMPUS)

1) “The Theory of Everything”—English actor Eddie Redmayne will play theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in director James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything.” This drama/biography highlights the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane Hawking. The movie made its American debut on Friday, Nov. 7.

2) “Big Hero 6″—This animated fill details the story of plus-sized inflatable robot, Baymax, and his human companion, Hiro Hamada. The pair team up alongside a group of friends to form a team of heroes who will bring a masked villain to justice. The movie made its American debut on Friday, Nov. 7.

3) “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″—Protagonist Katniss Everdeen will continue her quest to destroy the games and save the nation in the next movie of the Hunger Games series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.” The film is scheduled to release in theaters on Friday, Nov. 21.

[GALLERY] Fall Fashion 2014

As the weather on campus gradually gets cooler, students are ditching the jean shorts and maxi dresses, replacing them with leather jackets and flannels. Fall fashion this year includes the classic combat boot, over-sized sweater look, but also carries the new trend of unique patterns, Timberland boots, statement necklaces and the latest Nike collection.

See what SBU students are wearing this Fall in our gallery here: