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Evolution of Disney princesses shows societal progress

David O'Connor April 29, 2013
One of the most interesting points to be made about these movies, and notably their heroines, is how the role of important female characters has evolved through the 20th and early 21st centuries alongside the societal role of the American woman.
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Impasses in Congress force states to take their own action

David O'Connor April 22, 2013
Despite close to 250 years of the federal government's growing more influential relative to the states, it is remarkable how much control each U.S. state has over its local affairs. In the last couple of decades, state autonomy appears to have had a revival.
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Chavez is still dead

David O'Connor April 17, 2013
This is not the Cuban Missile Crisis Part Two; the United States and Latin America are not sworn enemies for all time. However, the people and nations of Latin America have sent the United States a message: we are perfectly willing to do business with you, but as equals, not as pseudo-colonies.
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Keep strong separation between church and state without persecution

David O'Connor April 8, 2013
That being said, the separation of church and state has become one of the founding principles of our society. Though the interpretation of the law may vary, the belief in its legitimate standing in our body of law is generally unquestioned. But one has to be careful that their religious and moral beliefs do not subtly or bluntly become public policy. Governance is a difficult business, especially over a vast and diverse country like the U.S.
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German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been a leader of the debates to solve the European Debt Crisis. ( PHOTO CREDIT/ MCT CAMPUS)

Europe in a state of crisis

David O'Connor April 1, 2013

Europe is in a state of crisis, but not the one that is typically talked about. The continent is certainly going through difficult economic straits in the past few years; that is undeniable. What remains...

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Max Brooks Talks About Book, Movie and Zombies In Interview

David O'Connor March 28, 2013

Prominent author and zombie preparedness expert Max Brooks will be coming to Stony Brook University on Thursday evening to help prepare the campus should zombies ever strike as they did in his works...

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Football holds Pro day for NFL hopefuls

David O'Connor March 26, 2013

There wasn’t any noticeable amount of fanfare or cheers from fans, but Saturday morning into the early afternoon was one of the most important days in the sporting careers of several Stony Brook football...

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A protester offers free glitter outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Crystal City, Virginia, Friday, August 3, 2012.

Social change; slow and steady wins the race

David O'Connor March 25, 2013
It is apparent that we are coming to a turning point in American history. The issue of homosexual rights, the civil rights issue of our time, is hitting a crescendo that has manifested itself in the hearing of two Supreme Court cases this month: the case against the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 from California. There is reason to believe that the Supreme Court will tilt the balance in favor of marriage equality later this year, but this social change in American society must be handled delicately should we want it to last.
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Stony Brook men’s basketball falls to Iowa in second round of NIT

David O'Connor March 23, 2013

The Stony Brook men’s basketball team’s season came to an end on Friday evening in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, dropping the...

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Men’s Basketball wins first-ever NIT game, upsets UMass

David O'Connor March 20, 2013

Stony Brook secured its first ever National Invitation Tournament victory on Wednesday night against the No. 2 seed University of Massachusetts Minutemen, taking the game by a score of 71-58. The...

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is the featured speaker at the U.S.-China Economy and Trade Cooperation Forum, in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, February 17, 2012.

Tensions increase between North Korea and China after sanctions

David O'Connor March 11, 2013
The North Koreans are in a very precarious position. According to official statements by various governments, the North’s decision to a have a third nuclear test within the past few weeks has given reason for the United Nations Security Council to pass another round of sanctions against the east Asian nation, those measures being co-authored and approved by the North’s only ally, China.
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Albany fans storm the court after Stony Brooks Dave Coley missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.(EZRA MARGONO / THE STATESMAN)

Albany defeats Men’s Basketball 61-59 in America East semi-final, ends NCAA tournament hopes

David O'Connor March 10, 2013

The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team fell to the University at Albany Great Danes on Sunday evening, 61-59, in the semi-final game of the America East Championship. “This year they...

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