About

Left: the last issue of the Sucolian, dated April 9, 1959. Right: the first issue of The Statesman, dated May 13, 1959. The 'the' was dropped in 1963.

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.

Correction Policy

The Statesman‘s policy is to promptly correct all factual errors and clarify confusing statements. If a story is corrected after being published online, a note will be made at the end of the story. Style and grammar errors are exempt, as determined by managing editors. If you have any questions, please contact us at editors@sbstatesman.com.

Comment Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on this site, but they are subject to moderation. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam will be deleted; comments and any links must be relevant. Comments including profanity will be subject to moderation and those containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will not be posted along with comments that attack a person individually.

The Statesman reserves the right to delete comments without notice. This comment policy is subject to change at any time. If you have any questions, please contact us at editors@sbstatesman.com

Contact us

Interested in working for us? Want to give us some feedback or write a letter to the editor? Drop us a line at: editors@sbstatesman.com

For advertising inquiries please contact: advertise@sbstatesman.com

Our offices are located at:
Stony Brook University
057 Stony Book Union
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Editorial Board: (631) 632-6479
Advertising Department: (631) 632-6480
Fax: (631) 632-9128

Administration

Deanna Del Ciello

Deanna Del Ciello

Editor-in-Chief

Deanna is a senior studying journalism and French with a concentration in public policy. There was never another option for Deanna besides becoming a journalist; as a child, she created her own newspaper and radio show. Since coming to Stony Brook, she has fallen in love with video storytelling and plans to become a multimedia journalist after graduation. Last semester, Deanna was an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Emily Heller

Emily Heller

Managing Editor

Emily is a journalism student at Stony Brook University. Since she was a kid, Emily knew she wanted to be a writer and sat at her kitchen table writing books. In high school, Emily excelled in writing classes but was unaware of what she wanted her career to be after college. A transfer student from Suffolk Community County Community College, Emily took News Literacy with Dean Schneider in her first semester at Stony Brook and was sold on being a journalist. To her, there is no better career than keeping the public informed through her writing.
Christine Powell

Christine Powell

Managing Editor

Christine is a journalism major with an online concentration and a business minor on her way to graduating in May. She is actively involved in many aspects of the journalism program and hopes to secure a job in Manhattan upon graduation, where she has always dreamed of working at a magazine. In her spare time, Christine enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family and friends, drinking coffee and eating anything with chocolate in it, exploring new places, practicing photography and reading books.

News

Hanaa’ Tameez

Hanaa’ Tameez

Assistant News Editor

Giselle Barkley

Giselle Barkley

Assistant News Editor

Will Welch

Will Welch

Assistant News Editor

Rebecca Anzel

Rebecca Anzel

News Editor

Rebecca is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in business and 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.

Sports

Catie Curatolo

Catie Curatolo

Assistant Sports Editor

Joe Galotti

Joe Galotti

Assistant Sports Editor

Mike Daniello

Mike Daniello

Sports Editor

Mike is a senior at Stony Brook University, majoring in journalism. He is in his second year as sports editor, after previously serving as an assistant in 2011. He joined the paper during the fall of his freshman year. 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. After college, he hopes to be a baseball writer and one day report on the New York Yankees

Arts & Entertainment

Chelsea Katz

Chelsea Katz

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Brandon Benarba

Brandon Benarba

Assistant Arts & Entertainment Editor

Nicole Bansen

Nicole Bansen

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Nicole is a senior majoring in journalism at Stony Brook University. She joined The Statesman fall semester of her freshman year and expects to continue writing for them until she graduates later this year. She couldn’t be happier being the A&E editor and looks forward to expanding her writers' involvement with the paper. Her favorite experience in the arts section was covering the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. While Nicole does enjoy the arts, she has a passion for international affairs. Currently, she can speak three different languages and doesn’t plan on stopping there. One day, she hopes to work for Al Jazeera or the BBC.

Opinions

Anusha Mookherjee

Anusha Mookherjee

Assistant Opinions Editor

Keith Olsen

Keith Olsen

Opinions Editor

Keith is currently a junior double majoring in Economics and Political Science. Although he isn’t a journalism major, Keith has always had a fascination with politics and current events which led him to The Statesman. When Keith isn’t wasting time in the Statesman office, he’s usually sleeping, reading an obscure historical book, or running. Following graduation, Keith plans to either go to law or graduate school.

Multimedia

Heather Khalifa

Heather Khalifa

Assistant Multimedia Editor

Basil John

Basil John

Assistant Multimedia Editor

Jesus Pichardo

Jesus Pichardo

Assistant Multimedia Editor

Nina Lin

Nina Lin

Multimedia Editor

Nina is a journalism major at Stony Brook University and The Statesman's first Multimedia Editor. Writing is her passion, but she tells more stories with a camera than a pen, having shot and recorded over 70 stories for The Statesman alone. Though her background is in information systems management, she aims to develop a career as a reporter and photojournalist after graduation.

Copy

Briana Finneran

Briana Finneran

Assistant Copy Chief

Maria Plotkina

Maria Plotkina

Copy Chief

Maria is a senior studio art and English double major at Stony Brook University. Though she is not a journalism student, she has always been interested in the field and has been copy editing for The Statesman since the spring of 2011. She also practices her editing skills as a tutor at the Stony Brook Writing Center. Maria hopes to one day work for a museum or arts organization, and her favorite things include napping, coffee and fantasy literature.

Business Manager

Frank D'Alessandro

Frank D'Alessandro

Business Manager