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The silent struggle of living with undiagnosed mental illnesses

Sam Lauria October 17, 2021
My attitude, thought process and moods were always unstable compared to everyone else. People often told me I was too sensitive or over-reactive. At first, I thought everyone thought this way; I eventually realized that this was not the case. I was living with mental illnesses without realizing it. 
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Greek organization banners are displayed in the lobby of the Stony Brook student union. (Nina Lin / The Statesman)

The Onion Bagel: COVID fraternities want to recruit you

Sam Lauria August 22, 2021
#OnionBagel #OPINION: It’s that time of year once again: recruitment week. All the fraternities at USA University are looking for students to rush and become members of some of the most prestigious organizations on campus.
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President Trump’s recent executive order wrongfully condemns diversity 

Sam Lauria November 2, 2020
#OPINION On Sept. 22, Trump reversed the progress of diversity by issuing another executive order that combats racial and sexual stereotyping. Under a façade of “equality”, this executive order risks amplifying racism, sexism and homophobia.
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Addiction needs to be addressed as a mental disorder, not a weakness

Sam Lauria October 4, 2020
#OPINION Stigmatizing addiction is dangerous – it needs to be addressed that people with addictions suffer from severe substance abuse disorder. 
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Zoom University is cheating students out of a proper education

Sam Lauria September 19, 2020
#OPINION: Virtual schooling seems like a perfect solution that will allow students to continue their education while facing a global health crisis. Although online schooling provides students with an education, it is cheating them out of a proper one.
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History-related careers begin to bounce back

Sam Lauria March 8, 2020
Since the recession of 2008, the number of students looking to pursue careers in the humanities, specifically history, has decreased. According to occupational employment statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor, 3,700 people were employed as historians in 2008.
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Onion Bagel: The Window Art of Stony Brook

Sam Lauria February 16, 2020
Yes, students decorate their dorm room windows using post-it notes and cardboard cutouts. These colorful creations allow students to express their innermost thoughts and desires. These god-forsaken art embodies the ultimate trait of college kids: relentless nihilism.
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Charities can help the homeless more than government-funded shelters

Sam Lauria February 9, 2020
On Thanksgiving weekend, for the first time, I volunteered to help the homeless living in Manhattan for the St. Dominic's Outreach Program — a church that does a variety of charity work, including providing aid to the homeless.
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The Institute for Advanced Computational Science, located next to the Life Sciences Building. EMMA HARRIS/STATESMAN FILE

SBU professor will track ancient European tribes through DNA analysis

Sam Lauria November 30, 2019
Stony Brook University assistant professor Krishna Veeramah, a population geneticist, will be sequencing the genomes of an ancient European tribe in order to track their migration and how it affected medieval Europe.
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A screenshot of the constitutional referendum emailed to students on Nov. 9. COURTESY OF USG

Don’t let the USG vote for you — the vote is yours

Sam Lauria and Anya Marquardt November 15, 2019
The USG elections will directly impact us, as SBU students, so play your part by voting in the election.
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Teachers should not voice their politics during class discussions

Sam Lauria November 3, 2019
With Election Day approaching, political debates are becoming more frequent in schools. These debates, however, should only voice the sociopolitical opinions of students and not teachers.
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Janet Mock at Commons Day. GABBY PARDO/THE STATESMAN

Commons Day celebrates speaking one’s truth

Sam Lauria October 20, 2019
On Oct. 16, Stony Brook University hosted its annual Commons Day seminar for first-year students with guest speaker, writer and transgender rights activist, Janet Mock. Commons Day is a yearly event in which the author of the first-year reading requirement comes and speaks to students and staff.
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