(PHOTO CREDIT: ITUNES.APPLE.COM)

(PHOTO CREDIT: ITUNES.APPLE.COM)

311 app hurts more than it helps

Three-one-one—when put together, these three numbers signify information. For this reason, “311″ is the name of Stony Brook University’s newest mobile application.

Released on March 26, 2014, this app delivers a modern method of submitting work orders so that students can more easily resolve maintenance issues with their rooms. I applaud the university’s desire to modernize what they can, and I am glad they see the issue with the current work order system. However, they are trying to fix a problem where there isn’t one.

Cukrov earns Pitcher of the Week honors

Junior Allison Cukrov dominated her opponents this week, and in honor of this, the America East Conference decided to name her Pitcher of the Week. Cukrov went 4-0 this week and allowed a total of three runs in 26 innings, en route to the victories against Columbia, Hofstra and a pair against UMass-Lowell for the first place Seawolves.

Brookfest 2014: stadium flooring to cost 28K

Outraged students took to social media on Thursday, April 10 when the Undergraduate Student Government posted on Facebook and Twitter that the Athletics Department wanted a $40,000 semi-truck flooring to protect the Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium turf during the Brookfest concert. USG asked students to tweet at the Athletics account to express their disapproval.

Brookfest 2014: Securing the artists

Last year’s spring concert—newly renamed Brookfest—promised performances by Kendrick Lamar and Steve Aoki. However, both artists failed security checks by the Campus Police, who were worried about “slam dancing.” The resulting fallout from the artist change led to a vote of no confidence and near impeachment of then Undergraduate Student Government President Anna Lubitz.

Students deserve a university they can actually enjoy

I did not care much for the Kaku lectures simply due to my tendency to enjoy the social sciences, however I am finding myself overwhelmed with anticipation for Brookfest. That is why, upon finding out that some students who are in BIO 202 will be unable to attend Brookfest, I became outraged. Discovering that some students taking an Organic Chemistry midterm were unable to attend the Kaku lecture only furthered my anger.

Common Core initiative fails both students and educators

The United States, despite having a military capable of destroying the Earth 35 times over, is notoriously behind the times on a number of social issues. One of these areas of concern is education. American public school students are simply not being challenged enough. To address this problem, education officials have drafted a number of reforms in the last decade or so – most notably, No Child Left Behind – with the aim of improving education in the country. While most of these reforms have good intentions, many would argue they have created a bureaucratic quagmire that makes an incentive of “teaching to the test.”