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Aaliyah Barden selling her lip care line and sunglasses at the Sunset Market event on Friday, May 3. EMILY CHAO/THE STATESMAN

Student-owned small businesses crafting and creating connections on campus

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor May 9, 2024

In the Student Activities Center (SAC) and Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library, dozens of colorful flyers pinned to bulletin boards promoted an eclectic range of club events, even featuring a band’s...

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The official documentary poster for HBO Maxs Brandy Hellville & the Cult of Fast Fashion. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Brandy Melville exposé documentary isn’t wildly shocking, and that’s a bigger problem

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor April 28, 2024

Contains spoilers for the documentary film “Brandy Hellville & the Cult of Fast Fashion” (2024). With the popularity of some of the world’s largest fast fashion brands like SHEIN, Zara...

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On Friday, Apil 12, music journalist Jeff Benjamin gave a talk about K-pops rising popularity in America. Benjamin highlighted the significance of K-pop and emphasized the impact of Korean culture across borders. EMILY CHAO/THE STATESMAN

Music journalist Jeff Benjamin on the globalization of K-pop in the U.S.

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor April 21, 2024

A lecture hall in the Humanities Building was packed with students excited to hear from award-winning music journalist Jeff Benjamin on “Crossing Beats: K-pop’s Journey Into The American Heartbeat”...

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Skylar Sena recreates Olivia Rodrigos album Sour. ILLUSTRATED AND PHOTO BY STANLEY ZHENG/THE STATESMAN

Romantic relationships portrayed in music: a reenactment

Clare Gehlich and Emily Chao March 24, 2024
Love reaches every corner of our culture, especially the music industry. Throughout the years, artists have consistently released tracks centered on romantic relationships, exploring both toxic and healthy dynamics.
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New York City-based chef and restaurateur Hooni Kim speaking to the lecture hall of students about his career experiences and the globalization of Korean cuisines. PHOTO COURTESY OF HEEJEONG SOHN

The Center for Korean Studies hosts Flavors of Innovation event with speaker chef Hooni Kim

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor March 17, 2024

Advanced Senior Lecturer and Director of the Korean Studies program Heejeong Sohn greeted the audience at the Center for Korean Studies’ Flavors of Innovation event by welcoming New York City-based...

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The Japanese performance group DRUM TAO returned to the Staller Center for the Arts for a sold-out show on Feb. 3. wearing black, white and silver clothing for their encore performance. PHOTO COURTESY OF AMBER LEWIS/STALLER CENTER

Japanese group DRUM TAO mesmerizes a full house at the Staller Center

Emily Chao and Christina Marie Mariani February 25, 2024

Fusing taiko drumming and martial arts, the dynamic Japanese performance group DRUM TAO returned to the Staller Center for the Arts for a sold-out show on Feb. 3 as a part of their North American tour,...

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The official Korean TV show poster for season three of Unecpected Business. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Season three of Korean reality show “Unexpected Business” bridges cultures in an inherently American story

Emily Chao, Assistant Arts and Culture Editor February 13, 2024
Korean reality show “Unexpected Business” swapped the usual Korean countryside backdrop for coastal California scenery in its third season, showcasing stories of immigration and local communities through the Korean diaspora.
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Four thrift shops near Stony Brook University for a day out on the town

Four thrift shops near Stony Brook University for a day out on the town

Emily Chao, Arts and Culture Assistant Editor February 11, 2024
Thrifting has become a popular alternative to shopping firsthand from fashion retailers. Originally, its main purpose was to provide affordable clothing while sometimes raising money for charitable causes such as homeless shelters. There are a handful of thrift stores near Stony Brook University, providing an opportunity to support local businesses while enjoying a fun day out on the town.
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A headshot of Stony Brook University Joseph Pierce. PHOTO COURTESY OF STONY BROOK NEWS

SBU plans to offer a Native American and Indigenous Studies minor starting tentatively in fall 2024

Emily Chao December 23, 2023
Stony Brook University plans to roll out a Native American and Indigenous Studies minor in the fall 2024 semester with Joseph M. Pierce, a Cherokee Nation citizen, as the inaugural director of the initiative. 
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The LIRR. BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook’s LIRR station deforested

Emily Chao December 17, 2023
In mid-November, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Stony Brook station, usually surrounded by trees and vegetation, looked bare after the trees on the south side of the platform were cut down.
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One of the many clothing bins on Stony Brook University Campus located in front of Greeley Hall. Since 2008, SBU has collected donated clothing to help reduce clothing waste and promote eco-friendly practices. BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

Where do clothes from the Wolfie Clothing Recycling Bins go?

Emily Chao December 13, 2023
Given the environmental impacts of discarded clothing, the University’s clothing recycling program is commendable. But exposés of clothing recycling bins run by money-hungry companies can instill doubt in those participating in these recycling initiatives.
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The official cover art for fruitcake. Carpenters new EP features six new holiday-themed songs and offers a refreshing take on traditional carols. //PUBLIC DOMAIN

Sabrina Carpenter’s “fruitcake” serves witty and charming holiday spirit

Emily Chao November 28, 2023
Sabrina Carpenter’s holiday extended play (EP) “fruitcake,” released on Nov. 17, explores the emotional highs and lows of the holiday season with originality and a sense of humor. The release coincides with Carpenter’s appearance as the opening act for Taylor Swift's “The Eras Tour.” 
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