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State of the University 2021


State of the University 2021: President McInnis talks challenges ahead for SBU

By Sara Ruberg and Steven Keehner / October 10, 2021

The world was on the edge of the deadliest pandemic in a century when President Maurie McInnis took office on campus.

Already grappling with a looming budget crisis, social unrest, housing challenges and other issues, Stony Brook also faces the pandemic, which has intensified their existing problems while also producing some entirely new ones Read the full story here


Survey results reveal lack of transparency from administration and general concern of campus conditions

By Maya Brown / October 6, 2021

The Statesman asked students to express their concerns and opinions about the University’s current state, including administration, students and professors, for our “State of the University” special issue. This will become a Statesman tradition, and is intended to give students a voice; 84 students accepted the challenge, and the results are below Read the full story here

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Students and parents raise on-campus housing concerns after complaints go unheard

By Sonya Gugliara / October 10, 2021

In her first two weeks at Stony Brook, freshman psychology major Allison Leverock struggled to breathe in the heat of her Benedict hall dorm room, a building famously known for lacking air conditioning Read the full story here


College of Arts and Sciences commits to diversifying faculty after internal review

By Lori Saxena / October 10, 2021

Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is working on enhancing diversity within the faculty.

In a recent post published on the school’s website, Dean Nicole Sampson and Associate Dean Amy Cook of the CAS addressed the lack of diversity and outlined some steps they are taking to combat this. According to Dean Sampson, the CAS faculty is currently 3.7% Black, 5.2% Latinx and 0.4% American Indian or Alaskan Native Read the full story here

As in-person teaching resumes, Stony Brook faculty harbor safety concerns

By Amy Sheldon / October 10, 2021

Shoshana Hershkowitz, a choral conductor in Stony Brook’s music department, ended her first in-person choir practice this fall semester with a mix of relief and exhaustion — feelings that she said were reciprocated by many of her 75 students Read the full story here

Reduced residential population sees SBU crime drop

By Sara Ruberg and Steven Keehner / October 10, 2021

Reported crime on Stony Brook’s campus decreased in nearly every category during 2020, according to the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report published on Oct. 1 Read the full story here


Stony Brook students of color recognize glaring lack of representation in faculty

By Amaya McDonald & Melanie Navarro / October 10, 2021

Ranked the ninth most diverse university in the United States by USA Today in 2020, Stony Brook University (SBU) has come a long way to ensure that they hear the voices of students of color Read the full story here


Students feel SBU lacks representation in the arts; artists don’t feel supported

By Skylar Sena / October 10, 2021

It might come as a shock to some of you that Stony Brook University (SBU) is not a school made for the arts. Perhaps the abundance of science buildings with the humanities packed in a corner, or simply its reputation as an internationally renowned research university Read the full story here


Despite President McInnis’ admiration for SBU, large disconnect between students and administration is unignorable

By Matt Venezia / October 10, 2021

Matt Venezia is a junior biology major and writing minor and is an assistant opinions editor at The Statesman.

This Friday, Oct. 8, The Statesman interviewed the president of Stony Brook University, Dr. Maurie McInnis. The interview began with a standard introduction and a discussion about the unexpected circumstances that COVID-19 has presented Read the full story here


To all arts and humanities majors, we aren’t outnumbered

By John Neri / October 10, 2021

John Neri is a sophomore journalism major.

Stony Brook University is, educationally, a very diverse campus. Being the first college campus I had ever visited, the unique buildings dedicated to each field of study amazed me. The pre-pandemic statistics of the university left me with the thought that SBU must be a densely populated, bustling campus filled with people studying dozens of majors. And I was right Read the full story here

It’s past due time to rename Sanger College

By Benjamin Joffe / October 10, 2021

Benjamin Joffe is a sophomore political science major and a USG Senator. 

Taking a walk around Stony Brook University’s campus, the steps taken towards fulfilling its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity are abundantly clear. The LGBTQ*, UNITI Cultural and Interfaith centers are just a few examples of resources around campus that aim to facilitate student inclusivity Read the full story here


Funding, attendance issues are keeping Stony Brook Athletics from capitalizing on recent successes

By Jeremy Portnoy / October 10, 2021

The Stony Brook athletics program is one made up of contradictions. Its teams in the America East Conference have won a combined 27 championship rings in the last 10 years, but the program lacks the private funding or national recognition to properly capitalize on that success. Its athletes have taken home a slew of MVP and Rookie of the Year awards, but they play for a student body that is largely apathetic towards those accomplishments Read the full story here

Stony Brook losing out on conference realignment would be humiliating

By Ethan Tam / October 10, 2021

Stony Brook University is one of only two public colleges in the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of the top research universities in the United States, that sponsors football at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, widely regarded as inferior to the top-tier Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Read the full story here


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Nayan Pasari contributed.

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