Left: the last issue of the Sucolian, dated April 9, 1959. Right: the first issue of The Statesman, dated May 13, 1959.
The Stony Brook Statesman is a student newspaper servicing Stony Brook University on Long Island. It was founded in the fall of 1957 as the Sucolian , for the “State University Campus On Long Island” at Oyster Bay, the university’s name and location until 1962.The name was changed to The Statesman in February 1958. The Statesman Association was formed as a non-profit organization in approximately 1970 and was incorporated in 1975. The paper is funded by both advertising and the Stony Brook Undergraduate Student Government.
New stories are published online every day Monday through Friday. A print issue is published every Monday during the academic year and is distributed to many on-campus locations, the Stony Brook University Hospital and over 70 off-campus locations.
The Statesman and its editors have won several awards for student journalism, and several past editors have gone on to enjoy distinguished careers in the field of journalism.
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Rebecca is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in Middle Eastern studies. She joined The Statesman as a copy editor in her sophomore year after traveling to Turkana, Kenya with members of that year's editorial board, and has enjoyed her time here ever since. She hopes to become either a business reporter or a foreign correspondent when she graduates. (@rebeccaanzel)
Mike is a senior at Stony Brook University, majoring in journalism. He is currently a managing editor after spending the last two years as sports editor. He joined the paper during the fall of his freshman year and spent his sophomore year as an assistant sports editor. He also interned with News12 Long Island in the sports department, where he covered all sports from high school to professional. He got the opportunity to interview the Boston Bruins as an intern. Mike went to Omaha, Nebraska to report on the Stony Brook baseball team after it famously reached the College World Series. He has written about all sports, but enjoys baseball the most. When he’s not doing something sports related, he is working at CVS, where he is a shift supervisor and the store mentor. After college, he hopes to be a baseball writer.
Keith is a senior double-majoring in Political Science and Economics and minoring in China studies. He became involved with The Statesman in his sophomore year following his letter-to-the-editor regarding a previously published article and quickly became integrated into the organization. Following graduation, he plans on either pursuing law or returning to China in order to continue studying the Chinese language.
Former journalist and aspiring filmmaker Brandon Benarba has always been fascinated with the power of storytelling. Whether it is fiction or none fiction, the written word or film you can always find him thinking of new stories. He is a Cinema Cultural Studies major going into a senior year, but you can usually find him at the movie theaters. His favorite Muppet is Animal.
Hanaa’ is a journalism and Spanish major from West Windsor, New Jersey. She got her start in journalism working at her high school radio station where she interviewed local officials for her township beat. After coming to Stony Brook, Hanaa’ decided she wanted to explore print and online media. She joined The Statesman in the fall of her freshman year and became an assistant editor that spring. She hopes to use her language skills to travel and someday write for a Spanish-language publication in either Spain or Argentina.
Joe Galotti is a journalism student at Stony Brook University in his senior year. He started writing for The Statesman back in the Fall of 2012, and is now beginning his first year as the paper's Sports Editor. After graduation he hopes to one day be a beat writer in charge of covering a professional sports team.
Arts & Entertainment
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Giselle is a senior journalism major with a broadcast concentration. She joined The Statesman during her sophomore year and loves learning something new from each article she wrote. She likes spending time with her friends and family when she is not studying. While she hopes to secure a job with Vice in the near future, one of her dreams was to shoot video for National Geographic.
Niveditha Obla is currently a junior studying Chemical and Molecular Engineering at Stony Brook University. She joined the Statesman during her sophomore year, working as a staff writer for the Opinions section.
Heather is a senior journalism major with a concentration in online journalism. She first joined The Statesman as a staff writer and later joined the multimedia section as an assistant multimedia editor. She hopes to become a foreign correspondent and pursue documentary video and photojournalism.
Web and Graphics
Web and Graphics Editor
Will is a junior journalism major from New Hampshire who has a passion for website design and interactive media. Will joined The Statesman in spring of 2013.
Briana Finneran is a junior English major who intends on pursuing a career in journalism. She joined The Statesman during her freshman year and has found the process of producing a paper incredibly interesting. This year, she takes the helm of the Copy section as Copy Chief and looks forward to building the section to be bigger and better than ever.