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Zachary Davidson, Vice President of Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corp (SBVAC) and Nikhil Bamarajpet, the President of SBVAC stand in front of one of their three ambulances.

Student volunteers stayed behind to serve the community through the COVID-19 pandemic

Kelly Alvarado September 5, 2020

Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps' (SBVAC) president, Nikhil Bamarajpet, and Chief of Operations, Zachary Davidson, talk about their experiences working as emergency medical service (EMS) volunteers...

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Graphic of a home and bacteria. Many students around the globe found themselves confined to their homes this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. PUBLIC DOMAIN

How COVID-19 transformed my first summer back home from college

Minal Chawla September 4, 2020
Minal Chawla is a junior health science major who found ways to keep busy and stay happy while in quarantine. From self-care to Zoom sessions, Chawla recounts how she made her stay-in summer memorable.
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The New Campus Look

The New Campus Look

Rabia Gursoy September 4, 2020
The Stony Brook University campus takes new measures to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 precautionary regulations
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The President of Stony Brook Volunteer Corp (SBVAC), Nikhil Bamarajpet, talking to another member of SBVAC. SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

Student volunteer EMS continue serving the campus through the COVID-19 pandemic

Alek Lewis September 3, 2020
The Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps (SBVAC), the university’s collegiate emergency medical services (EMS) agency founded in 1970, is made up of 39 trained student volunteers. The organization, which usually responds to 900-1000 calls a year, including helping overwhelmed local EMS, became essential workers in a global health crisis.
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Lessons I learned in quarantine

Xenia Gonikberg September 2, 2020
After spending time in quarantine in both Palo Alto, California and Long Island, New York, a Stony Brook University journalism major shares lessons she learned from her experience.
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The Weekly Wrap Up podcast logo. HANYA GAO/THE STATESMAN

The Weekly Wrap Up Ep. 6

Juliana Slocum September 1, 2020
Today on the Weekly Wrap Up, editors give an overview of The Statesman's The Statesman's COVID-19 issue. Hear about news on new restrictions, how students adjust to mask requirements and an opinion from a student on science literacy in regards to COVID-19.
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The Stony Brook Pipettes performing at Stony Brook Universitys Seawolves Showcase in October 2019. This year, performance groups and other clubs will not get the chance to meet physically. SARA RUBERG/STATESMAN FILE

COVID-19 causes remote meetings and budget cuts for student organizations

Maya Brown September 1, 2020
Clubs and organizations thrive on interaction, community and events, all of which are a vital part of campus life. However, they are now forced to adapt to a remote experience and limited funds in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 
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The official banner for The State University of New York (SUNY). Jim Malatras was appointed as the fourteenth chancellor of the SUNY system on Aug. 21. PUBLIC DOMAIN

In-person classes may be canceled if student COVID-19 cases rise

Claudia Motley August 31, 2020
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Aug. 27 that in-person classes must stop for two weeks for any New York college with more than 100 cases, or if 5% of their on-campus population is infected.
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A sign put up on Staller steps in order to warn students to wear masks and to remain six feet apart. RABIA GURSOY /THE STATESMAN

What it’s like to live on campus with COVID-19 regulations

Sam Lange August 30, 2020
#OPINION A Stony Brook senior recounts their first two weeks back on campus amidst the global pandemic. They discuss not only the limitations of physical space and interaction, but the emotional strain the virus can have on students mentally.
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Masks of different colors and patterns. Face masks and coverings are required on Stony Brook Universitys campus. SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

SBU students adjust to campus mask requirements

Lajiere Blake August 30, 2020
As new campus policies insist on face masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, Stony Brook University students share their thoughts on mandatory face masks.
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The Student Health Center across from H-Community.  COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be required to attend classes starting this summer. BRIANNE LEDDA/STATESMAN FILE

COVID-19 has taken a significant toll on people’s mental health

Izzy Schlichting August 30, 2020
#OPINION The COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation have had a toll on the mental health of many. Thankfully, there are a number of ways one can find help, while also following social distancing guidelines.
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Boxes included in CDC’s laboratory test kit for SARS-CoV-2. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The American response to COVID-19 illustrates the importance of scientific literacy

Matt Venezia August 27, 2020
#OPINION From people refusing to wear masks to those with a mistrust of vaccines, the response to COVID-19 by the American people and government highlights the importance of scientific literacy.
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