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News Editor Rebecca Liebson at a press conference with President Samuel L. Stanley. Liebson has been with The Statesman since her freshman year. ALEEZA KAZMI/THE STATESMAN

I’ve spent the past four years covering Stony Brook — their media relations is a nightmare for student journalists

Rebecca Liebson April 28, 2019
My meeting with Sheprow was not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern of university officials trying to suppress student journalists at Stony Brook — the only SUNY institution with a journalism school.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on campus in the Student Activities Center on April 11, 2019. Cuomo announced that all non-essential workers must stay home. GARY GHAYRAT/STATESMAN FILE

Governor Cuomo visits SBU to discuss NY state budget

Rebecca Liebson April 12, 2019
He went on to outline several infrastructure projects aimed at stimulating the local economy, including $10 million for downtown revitalization, $131 million for the Nassau Hub and $55 million for the Ronkonkoma Hub.
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Stanley said Stony Brook is not considering any plans to rename Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium despite petition. 

President Stanley responds to LaValle Stadium petition

Rebecca Liebson February 24, 2019
Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said the school is not considering any plans to rename Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The name became a point of contention last month after the state senator, whom the stadium is named after, voted against a ban on gay conversion therapy.
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Wolfie high-fiving the Stony Brook Seawolves as they enter Kenneth P. LaValle stadium for a game in 2015. Various students groups on campus are calling to remove Senator Lavalles name from the stadium. GISELLE MIRANDA/STATESMAN FILE

Students petition to rename LaValle Stadium

Rebecca Liebson February 13, 2019
Almost 500 Stony Brook students have signed a petition calling on the university to change the name of Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium after its namesake voted against a ban on gay conversion therapy.
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House of Shade meeting in the LGBTQ* Center on Tuesday, Feb. 5  EMMA HARRIS/THE STATESMAN

House of Shade provides safe space for black LGBTQ* students

Rebecca Liebson and Elisha Asif February 13, 2019
“We are here and whether or not you like us, we are here to stay,” they said. “We’re a prominent force to be reckoned with.”
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A judges gavel on a book. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Male student sues SBU for gender discrimination

Rebecca Liebson February 7, 2019
A male student at Stony Brook University is suing the school and two SUNY employees for gender discrimination and for violating his due process rights.
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A legal gavel and open book. BLOGTREPRENEUR/FLICKR VIA CC BY 2.0

Former grad student says she was unfairly expelled in new lawsuit

Rebecca Liebson February 2, 2019
A former Stony Brook student is suing the university and two of its employees, claiming she was unfairly taken out of her student teaching internship and expelled from the graduate English education program after she expressed concerns about her former student teaching supervisor.
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New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle represents the East End of Long Island. He was one of four state senators to vote against legislation banning the practice of gay conversion therapy. PUBLIC DOMAIN

NY State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle votes against ban on gay conversion therapy

Rebecca Liebson and Brianne Ledda January 27, 2019
Kenneth P. LaValle — the New York state senator who represents parts of Brookhaven and the East End and longtime supporter of Stony Brook University — is one of only four state senators who voted against legislation banning the practice of gay conversion therapy.
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SBU student reported missing

SBU student reported missing

Rebecca Liebson December 17, 2018
A missing persons alert has been issued for Stony Brook University student Michael McLaughlin.
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A GoFundMe for Noah Farrellys family.  SCREENSHOT OF GOFUNDME.COM

Stony Brook athlete passes away after being hit by vehicle

Rebecca Liebson December 6, 2018
A GoFundMe fundraiser has been started for the family of freshman Noah Farrelly, the Stony Brook University student athlete who is in critical condition after being struck by a car on campus this Tuesday.
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Emergency responders at the scene of the chemical spill in the Chemistry Building on April 5. Nitric acid was spilled in a fourth floor lab of the building around 8 p.m. GARY GHAYRAT/ STATESMAN FILE

Comptroller’s report cites Stony Brook for lax oversight of hazardous chemicals

Rebecca Liebson December 5, 2018
“Weak oversight of hazardous materials could jeopardize the health and safety of students and campus communities,” Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli stated in a press release. “SUNY needs to do a better job to ensure these items are kept under lock and key.”
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Public-private partnership will add 500 units of on-campus housing

Rebecca Liebson December 3, 2018
Stony Brook University has partnered with Gilbane Building Company to develop a 500 unit on-campus housing complex located between the LIRR station and Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
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