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Stony Brook University graduate students in a meeting.ANUSHA MOOKHERJEE/THE STATESMAN

#gradschoolproblems: Graduate students in need of a more competitive salary

The Statesman May 15, 2014
It is an exciting time at Stony Brook University. With the SUNY 2020 and Project 50 Forward initiatives coupled with the transformative Simons gift, Stony Brook is poised to grow by leaps and bounds.
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#gradschoolproblems: Got Advising? A lack of advising puts SBU grad students behind

The Statesman May 15, 2014
The average graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. spends around six years of his or her life working towards obtaining a doctorate.
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Tobacco legislation will not curtail smoking

Anusha Mookherjee April 8, 2014
In a close vote, Suffolk County voted to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. Currently, the age to purchase in Nassau County is 19, and the legal age to purchase tobacco will soon be going up to 21 in New York City. Lawmakers seem to believe banning substances is the proper step to stop teens from smoking, drinking and finding even stronger (and more dangerous) substances to use. However, it is clear through patterns we have seen in history, and even among friend groups, that the laws only promote crime and an illegal black market.
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The Monuments Men falls far short of its potential

Anusha Mookherjee February 24, 2014
World War Two has plenty of stories for us to learn about as viewers. Though historically accurate, compelling and riveting, "The Monuments Men" did not do the story justice. For the dramatic plot of taking back stolen art from Nazi Germany, it was expected that the film would either stay focused on being a drama, or avoid hard-hitting subjects and remain a comedy.
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Graduation robes are overpriced

Anusha Mookherjee February 6, 2014
As a senior ready to graduate, excitement has quickly been replaced by anxiety and stress. Somehow, without the help of pretty much any advisors, I have gotten here after three and a half years. Being an out-of-state student, I always grumble listening to in-state students complain about the few thousand dollars their tuition is. Hello! Out-of-staters pay around $14,000 per semester. But as per Stony Brook tradition, what would be graduation without another pit for us to throw money into?
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Medical Marijuana picks up steam

Anusha Mookherjee August 26, 2013
Fortunately, it appears that the negative connotations about “Reefer Madness” have begun to subside. A Gallup research poll from 2010 found that a record high 50% of Americans are in favor of legalizing the substance. An even more recent Gallup poll found that even the people who aren’t in favor of legalizing the substance are in favor of a federal laissez-faire attitude towards the states who have begun the legalization process.
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Undergraduate Student Government presidential candidates debate the issues relevant to the election at the USG Debate on April 2 in the Student Activities Center. From left to right: Adil Hussain, Yiufat and Anna Lubitz.

Candidates debate their way towards election

Michael Cusanelli April 8, 2013
In a USG debate hosted by the Stony Brook Speech and Debate Society, this year's candidates for President, Vice President and Treasurer debated for just over an hour on issues that affect students on campus. This election will put in many candidates that have control over the use of the student activity fee, along with providing many services to students. Voting will start Monday morning on SOLAR and will be open for the week.
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Rape: a crisis that India isn’t capable of fixing

Anusha Mookherjee February 7, 2013
Rape in India isn’t a new issue. It’s the brutality of the case of the unknown woman who died two weeks after being gang raped on a bus in New Delhi, the capital, that threw the case into the international media.
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Wednesday afternoon a fire broke out at the indoor sports complex. Four fire departments showed up to the scene. The exact cause is currently unknown. (Anusha Mookherjee/ The Statesman)

Construction related fire in Sports Complex

Anusha Mookherjee February 6, 2013
Early Wednesday afternoon, a fire broke out in the Indoor Sports Complex, which is currently under construction.
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November 6, making your vote count

Anusha Mookherjee September 17, 2012

I spent my first semester as a freshman becoming a U.S. citizen. To those who are given the privilege of becoming a citizen, it’s a huge change in your life. I never really understood how closed-minded...

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A case in favor of studying abroad

Anusha Mookherjee August 27, 2012
Studying abroad has always been something I wanted to fit into my years at Stony Brook. Taking advantage of the available short-term study abroad programs, I got to experience a three-week program in Ireland. It was by far the best way to get credits: studying under a wonderful professor and having all of Ireland as my textbook provided me with the hands-on learning experience I’ve always wanted. Yet along with my study abroad came some unwanted aspects of traveling with a group you don’t know.
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#Kony 2012: Yes, we can capture the worst living criminal

Anusha Mookherjee March 12, 2012
Joseph Kony has been a sick, violent, guerilla fighter for over 20 years. In the past few days his atrocities in Uganda have come into the spotlight through a film campaign by the organization Invisible Children. On April 20, Cover the Night will cover every wall with Kony 2012, throwing the warlord into the spotlight to be arrested this year.
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