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The U.S. House of Representatives could decide who becomes president in 2024

Joseph Patti November 28, 2023
The top candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties — current President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and former President Donald J. Trump — are not in favorable positions despite leading in their respective primaries. Come election day, if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes, the United States House of Representatives will elect the future president.
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The Helaman Ferguson Sculptor known as the Umbilic Torus in front of the Mathematics building at Stony Brook Univeristy

How Stony Brook University’s math department calculated their way to the top

Derek Zang November 19, 2023
Stony Brook’s Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) is ranked among the best applied mathematics programs in the nation. According to USA Today’s 2015 ranking, the department was named the third best in the country, with only Brown University and Harvard University ranking higher.
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A graphic depiciting mixed reviews on the online system used at schools around the world, Brightspace. ILLUSTRATED BY MACKENZIE YADDAW/THE STATESMAN

Brightspace: An easy-to-use option for simplified learning

Xingling Yu November 19, 2023
Among the many educational platforms, I see Brightspace as the better option for organizing and presenting course information compared to alternatives like Blackboard or Google Classroom. Even amidst faculty and student feedback, the recently implemented platform proves its worth.
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How harmful is 5G really?

Samantha Rutt November 19, 2023
An innovation in connectivity, the fifth-generation mobile network (5G) has generated excitement and controversy in equal measure. While it promises faster internet speed and a more connected world, concerns have arisen regarding its potentially harmful effects on life as we know it. 
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An AI generated artwork depicting a fascist robot leader in front of an angry crowd of protestors. BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

Can AI lead to the spread of fascist agendas?

Aloki Pandya November 19, 2023
Artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly become a prolific aspect of modern daily life, from AI learning tools like ChatGPT and Grammarly to embedded AI features in Google and Snapchat. As AI’s utilization becomes increasingly widespread, discussions should be held surrounding the implications of using such tools.
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A graphic showing a phone screen canceling the TikTok logo with the American flag in the background. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

There must be a complete ban on TikTok in the U.S.

Vinod Kripalani November 19, 2023
I have always firmly believed that ensuring the safety of American citizens and the national security of the United States surpasses individual liberties, and this is no different when it comes to my unwavering support for banning TikTok. 
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Letter to the Editor: President McInnis’ refusal to condemn Israel’s war crimes dehumanizes Palestinian people and hides the perpetrators

Doğa Öner and Letter to the Editor November 16, 2023
President Maurie McInnis’ attitude toward the violence against Palestinian people has been a devastating source of disappointment for many at Stony Brook University, especially for Arab and Muslim students.
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Letter to the Editors of The Statesman, re: “Israel, Hamas, and the importance of balanced coverage”

The Editorial Board November 15, 2023

Dear readers of The Statesman,  Mr. Portnoy’s perspective offers a glimpse into the diverse range of opinions within our community. It is essential to us that our publication serves as a platform...

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Letter to the Editor: Israel, Hamas, and the importance of balanced coverage

Jeremy Portnoy and Letter to the Editor November 15, 2023

Jeremy is the former editor-in-chief of  The Statesman and a Jewish-American student at Stony Brook. The views expressed in this letter are his alone. The Jerusalem Post recently ran an editorial decrying...

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Preseason predictions from CAA soccer coaches tarnish Stony Brook’s fanbase

Alex Streinger October 29, 2023
The unpopularity of Stony Brook University's soccer programs could be irreversible, so long as the coaches from its conference make disastrous preseason predictions. Despite significant roster turnover in teams in both leagues, the preseason polls are eerily similar to the 2022 men’s and women’s final regular season standings.
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A graphic depicting Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Biden, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Mitch McConnel. Many Americans are weighing the potential benefits and drawbacks of implementing age limits and competency tests for elected government officials. ILLUSTRATED BY MACKENZIE YADDAW/THE STATESMAN

Age limits and competency tests for elected officials are not democratic

Matthew Weir October 22, 2023
Discourse on social media platforms supports the rhetoric that the House of Representatives seems to be safe in the hands of younger politicians. A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center found that “only 3% of respondents said it’s best for a president to be in their 70s or older.”
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The Undergraduate Admissions office located in the Administrations building on Stony Brook Campus. BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook desperately needs to improve course selection

Vinod Kripalani September 24, 2023
Throughout my time at Stony Brook, I’ve strived to achieve academic success and have enjoyed my experiences. However, one issue has continued to pester me each time I plan my class schedule in anticipation for the upcoming semester: course selection.
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