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KEF Airport exit and to customs before entering Iceland.

A solo journey to Iceland

Xingling Yu February 4, 2024
Fresh air hit my face as soon as I stepped outside Keflavik International Airport (KEF). It was like I had been transported to a world devoid of human waste. The air was free of artificial scents and pollutants, starkly contrasting with the pungent air I had grown accustomed to in New York City.
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A graphic of a balance beam to represent balancing school and a personal life. GRAPHIC BY KAT PROCACCI

To incoming freshmen: Practice gratitude and balance in college

Sasha Kagan May 8, 2022
#OPINION: The best part of my first year in college was not the nightlife or the ideal relationships, but the acceptance of balance in my life. It was just as much coming to terms with my own individuality as it was meeting others.
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The Life Science building on Stony Brook campus. Within the building are many labs in which undergraduates can participate in research. KAT PROCACCI/THE STATESMAN

SBU must increase support and advertisement of undergraduate research on campus

Matt Venezia May 1, 2022
#OPINION: There are challenges that must be addressed by the University and society at large if issues — such as a lack of funding and low participation of underprivileged students — surrounding undergraduate research are to be addressed properly.
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Cartoon showing alternative splicing resulting in protein isoforms. AGATHMAN/CC BY-SA 3.0

Gene splicing: Why the past should be left behind

Sonya Gugliara April 24, 2022

With scientific advancements occurring at an unprecedented rate, tasks that once seemed impossible are now in arms’ reach. One of these not-so-impossible goals is recreating extinct species through...

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A graphic of the earth for Earth Day 2022. GRAPHIC BY KAT PROCACCI

Earth Day: In honor of an abundant planet

Sasha Kagan April 24, 2022
#OPINION: The creation of Earth Day alone stands for a powerful cause. It speaks to the social unity and activism that work together to strengthen a sense of community and reform our actions for the greater good. 
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(From left to right): Aria Nayoung Kim, Sonya Gugliara, Joyce Chen, Nethmi Withanage at the beach. SONYA GUGLIARA

To find home, look to your heart

Sonya Gugliara April 21, 2022
#OPINION: It is of utmost significance to remind ourselves of the homes that we’ve had, the homes that we have grown out of, and the homes that we will cherish forever.
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Ukrainian tanks during an Anti-terrorist operation. Nuclear weapons has been a hot topic due to the conflict in Ukraine. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE OF UKRAINE/CC BY-SA 2.0

Ukraine should never have given up their nuclear arms

Michael Cleary April 20, 2022
#OPINION: Right now, the U.S. is showing the world that we will allow our enemies to do as they please as long as they have nuclear weapons, and will do nothing to protect our allies who don’t. 
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Bei Bei, a giant panda male cub who lives at the National Zoo in Washington (DC).RON COGSWELL/CC BY 2.0

Let’s keep wild species wild

Sasha Kagan April 7, 2022
Despite the efforts that AZA-accredited zoos put towards animal conservation, depriving species of their natural habitats and rightful homes ultimately outweighs the limited pros. 
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A map of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia starting on Feb. 24 2022. PUBLIC DOMAIN

As fighting in Ukraine continues, the impact of the war is felt abroad

Xenia Gonikberg March 29, 2022
#OPINION: As Putin’s crusade continues, thousands of lives are irrevocably changed and altered by his actions. Thus, Ukraine’s pleas should not fall on deaf ears.
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As self-taken photo of Sasha Kagan. SASHA KAGAN

Navigating my Jewish identity in Brooklyn

Sasha Kagan March 20, 2022
#OPINION: I loved the diversity of my school, but I was delighted to come home to something more familiar. Having a dual lifestyle and living on two ends of the spectrum gave me a taste of our world’s lovely cultures.
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A graphic with vegetables suitable to consume for those following the vegan diet. J4P4N BY CC0

Veganism: perhaps the better alternative for a healthy body and planet

Sasha Kagan March 13, 2022
#OPINION: While veganism would certainly decrease carbon emissions and help to halt climate change, it isn’t necessary for everybody to resort to the diet.
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