What you missed this week on campus

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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

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“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:

SUNY approves sexual assault prevention resolution

By Rebecca Anzel, Giselle Barkley and Hanaa’ Tameez

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged SUNY to pass a resolution outlining sexual assault prevention and response practices. (STATESMAN STOCK PHOTO)

The State University of New York is taking steps to better combat sexual assault and violence across its 64 campuses. At Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s urging, the SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution on Friday, Oct. 2 to create a uniform set of prevention and response practices.

“I don’t need to suggest, and it would not be accurate for anyone to suggest, that this is a SUNY problem,” he said. “It is not. This is a societal problem. This is Harvard and Yale and Princeton, Albany and Buffalo and Oswego. It is not SUNY’s problem by origination. I would suggest it should be SUNY’s problem to solve and SUNY’s place to lead.”

The resolution requires all SUNY campuses to adopt an identical definition of consent; a policy to protect victims of a sexual abuse crime from being punished for a student code of conduct violation like underage alcohol consumption or drug use; and the Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights, which would provide victims with his or her rights, a list of resources and steps for reporting the incident, according to the memorandum. The document also specifies SUNY will work to organize a training course for each campus’ police force and administrators to address handling sexual assault incidents as well as “a public campaign to increase awareness among students and parents.”

The resolution comes during the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) investigation into the way one of SUNY’s campuses, Stony Brook University, handles Title IX complaints. As part of the 1972 Education Act, Title IX is a federal clause prohibiting discrimination based on gender at any federally-funded educational institution. The investigation into SBU began on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

This is not the first time OCR opened a case into SUNY’s Title IX compliance. An investigation in December 2010 into the 29 state-operated SUNY institutions—including Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Purchase and Stony Brook—was closed in September 2013 after OCR and SUNY reached an agreement that detailed 13 improvements the SUNY system was required to implement, according to a Department of Education (DOE) press release.

One of those improvements is a mandate that each SUNY institution designate a Title IX coordinator. At Stony Brook University, Marjolie Leonard holds that position.  According to Leonard, her role is not only to get involved with sexual assault cases, but also to oversee the university’s risk management program.

“[My role is] also to have a pulse on the campus community and see if there are any trends or any things we need to address,” Leonard said, “whether it’s more training, whether it’s looking at our policy and does our policy reflect our practice, and does our practice reflect the need of the campus population.”

It is unknown what Leonard and the Stony Brook administration’s role will be in implementing the different aspects of the newly passed resolution, what the impact of these changes will be on the university or the how long it will take these improvements to be enforced across its campuses.

According to Stony Brook’s Media Relations Officer Lauren Sheprow, the new resolution lines up with similar programs that already exist on campus.

“The statewide policy introduced by Governor Cuomo and the new SUNY [Board of Trustees] resolution are aligned with many initiatives that are already underway at Stony Brook,” she said in an email.  “[This includes] awareness, prevention and education programs (i.e., Red Watch Band, CPO lesson during the 101 courses, Rape Aggression Defense [RAD] Programs, crime prevention awareness sessions about sexual assault, etc.); providing several types of training for students and employees; administering a campus-wide climate survey to all students that is systematically linked to our prevention work; and having a comprehensive definition of consent in our Student Code of Conduct.”

Sheprow added Stony Brook is anticipating further guidance from SUNY on the action items listed in the resolution but will also “monitor mandates and guidance from federal and state agencies.”

Wolfstock 2014

Wolfstock 2014, the highly anticipated SBU event of the Fall semester as it is widely celebrated throughout campus, kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the Homecoming King and Queen Creative Explosion and continued through Homecoming night on Saturday, Sept. 27. Annual SBU traditions such as the Hoopla Carnival and the Apple Market were held during Campus Life Time on Wednesday, and clubs and organizations got to show off their talent at the Seawolves Showcase on Friday night. See the entire week, leading up to Homecoming night, in video and photos.