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Pumpkin spice madness needs to end

Simran Gupta September 16, 2014
Starbucks’ top-selling beverage has made an early return this year. The Pumpkin Spice Latte has come again, ushering in a wave of pumpkin-flavored products that have taken consumers by storm.
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International students an asset to university

Simran Gupta September 4, 2014
A quick glance at incoming students will prove that Stony Brook’s administration has directed greater effort toward promoting diversity by accepting more international students for the fall semester.
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USCB shooting highlights deep-seated misogyny in both shooter and society

Simran Gupta June 19, 2014
On May 23, Elliot Rodger took the lives of six college students and left seven others injured in a shooting rampage that took place near the campus of UC Santa Barbara.
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School spirit must increase across entire SBU student body

Simran Gupta May 8, 2014
School spirit at Stony Brook University remains abysmally low, even with an array of social programs and events popping up here and there.
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Meal points good for more than just food

Meal points good for more than just food

Simran Gupta April 29, 2014
Students may not realize it, but meal points symbolize a type of currency at Stony Brook that goes far beyond fulfilling the needs of acquiring food.
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Rumors persevere in university atmosphere

Simran Gupta April 3, 2014
If I am not a gullible fool, and you are not a gullible fool, then why don’t rumors die out as quickly as they should? Stony Brook University is a hub of conversation where the line between “rumors” and “news” is so blurred that people will seem to believe anything upon hearsay. Perhaps, one of the most pressing rumors I have heard so far are the ones revolving around who will perform at this year’s Brookfest.
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Cross-contamination: an unnecessary evil

Simran Gupta March 6, 2014
If you were ever adventurous enough to walk a mile in a vegetarian’s shoes at Stony Brook, you would immediately realize that eating out on campus is a lot like suffering through a game of “Where’s Waldo?” The other day, I visited the SAC to quickly conjure up a salad in the 30 minutes I had before my chemistry class. Once I reached the salad bar, all of my options were overwhelmingly laid out in front of me. There were as many toppings and veggies as figures scrambled into one page of “Waldo.” I grabbed a plastic tray while I reached for the tongs, and so, my game began.
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Increase in tuition changing the culture of the student body

Simran Gupta February 18, 2014
Stony Brook University, formerly praised as one of the most affordable gems in the crown of public universities, has slowly been losing its luster as tuition fees continue to increase. In the midst of an economic recession, Stony Brook has experienced a series of budgetary problems that have ravaged through the SUNY system like an epidemic.
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7Bus to offer round-trip service to New York City daily

Simran Gupta December 1, 2013
Two weeks from now, in December 2013, the new luxury commuter bus service, 7Bus, will begin offering roundtrip service directly between Stony Brook University and New York City everyday. The 7Bus system, named after it’s starting fare of $7, is famous for sending its large, green carriers around Long Island after replacing BoltBus on July 1, 2013. Employees of 7Bus have been advertising their services in the Student Activities Center, handing out pamphlets and making announcements to inform students about this imminent transportation change in Stony Brook. According to a 7Bus employee I talked to, 7Bus took years to implement at Stony Brook University. Luckily, through the efforts of the 7Bus company and cooperation of Stony Brook administration officials, 7Bus is extending its reaches onto the Stony Brook campus. Now, emphasized in a David Letterman-style countdown, here are 7 main reasons to be excited about 7Bus coming to Stony Brook:
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Consumer culture drowns out Christmas spirit

Simran Gupta November 21, 2013
Evidently, pre-seasonal marketing of Christmas products has become a common trend that has found its way onto television, radio broadcasts, social media and even onto the campus of Stony Brook University. Sadly, “The Christmas Creep” will keep inching in earlier and earlier with each passing year without our consent. Before long, we will be condemned to watch Christmas merriment engulf our communities by luring people in with “doorbuster deals” on stockings and “seasonal discounts” on flashing lights as soon as summer subsides into autumn.
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County Executive Bellone offers hopeful message

Simran Gupta October 10, 2013
On Tuesday night, County Executive Steve Bellone made a stop at Stony Brook University and shared some insights on the economic conditions of Suffolk County. After swimming through a series of discussions, Mr. Bellone silenced the room by addressing a problem that always earns our outrage, but never seems to be resolved: “The government is dysfunctional...they address issues that do not matter to you or the future.”
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Social media: a blessing or a curse?

Simran Gupta October 1, 2013
As students take their first steps into a new semester of college, they realize that socializing is a gradual, yet significant, process that can direct the course of their lives at Stony Brook University for the next four years or so. In the age of technological communication, we have never seen a greater emphasis placed on knowing what’s what and who’s who through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media. Ask a typical student how he or she makes friends, and an immediate response will be: “Through Facebook.” In a mere decade, technology has taken the form of a medium through which we can share every moment of our lives as we experience them. Although Facebook offers networking opportunities, long-term problems remain hidden under a thick layer of status updates, likes, comments and tweets.
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