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A map of Stony Brook University marked with the locations of crimes that occurred on campus from April 9 to April 13. ILLUSTRATED BY MACKENZIE YADDAW/THE STATESMAN

SBU Crime Watch: April 9 – April 13

Mariam Guirgis, Assistant News Editor April 21, 2024

  All reports are taken directly from the University Police Department and cannot be independently verified by The Statesman.  On Tuesday, April 9, there was a report of a fraudulent check...

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A map of Stony Brook University marked with the locations of crimes that occurred on campus from Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 29. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

SBU Crime Watch: Jan. 25 – March 24

Mariam Guirgis, Assistant News Editor April 5, 2024

All reports are taken directly from the University Police Department and cannot be independently verified by The Statesman.  On Thursday, Jan. 25, there was a report of a missing Apple watch in...

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A map of Stony Brook University marked with the locations of crimes that occurred on campus from Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 29. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

SBU Crime Watch: Oct. 20 – Oct. 29

Mariam Guirgis October 31, 2023
All reports are taken directly from the University Police Department and cannot be independently verified by The Statesman.
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Left to Right: Sarah Baxter, Alexander Orlov, Leonie Huddy, Jonathan Sanders, and John Frederick Bailyn discussing the Ukraine conflict on Stony Brook Universitys campus. The panel was open to students, faculty, and the general public. VIOLA FLOWERS/THE STATESMAN

International panelists deliver teach-in on Ukraine at Stony Brook University

Viola Flowers March 27, 2022
Alexander Orlov, Stony Brook professor of material science and chemical engineering, held his mother close in his heart as he participated in the Ukraine teach-in panel on March 23, thinking of the war waging outside of her front door in Ukraine.
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Frey Hall during the day. KAT PROCACCI/THE STATESMAN

Fire marshals advise students to avoid area between Chemistry and Frey

Niki Nassiri February 12, 2022
Stony Brook University Fire Marshals are currently containing and cleaning a laboratory freezer between the Chemistry building and Frey Hall, according to campus safety department officials.
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USG President Shaheer Khan speaks at the town hall on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Frey. SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

Highlights from USG Town Hall

The Statesman livestreamed the event, which is currently posted on Facebook. Highlights from the conversation, edited for readability and clarity, are included below. A full transcript of the event is available here.
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The logo for Stony Brooks Undergraduate Student Government (USG). STATESMAN FILE

USG to host a town hall on constitutional referendum

Maya Brown and Samantha Robinson November 13, 2019
Major proposed changes to the USG constitution include abolishing the judiciary branch, changing student representation in the senate and eliminating required office hours for USG members.
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A window in the Student Activities Center adorned sticky notes about how disabilities have effected their life. GARY GHAYRAT/THE STATESMAN

Don’t make it tougher for people with disabilities

Joshua Blake October 21, 2019
I decided to look up “Disability Reporting Jobs” on Google, with hopes of receiving information regarding job openings for journalists with disabilities such as myself. The results that popped up were articles about employment issues involving people with disabilities and how Social Security can help if you have one. Although none of this was relevant to my situation, I did find one article intriguing.
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Students, faculty, and staff protest Stony Brook Universitys ADA violations on Wed., April 10. EMMA HARRIS/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook is segregating its disabled students and needs to be held accountable

Mike Adams April 28, 2019
Stony Brook University Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Richard Gatteau spoke at an Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting on Thursday, April 18, to address concerns about accessibility issues on campus brought to light by student activists. Gatteau claimed that every handicap accessibility button on campus had been repaired in the weeks following the student-led campaign.
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New club works to promote mental health care for students

New club works to promote mental health care for students

Brianne Ledda December 3, 2017
The group’s mission is twofold – to advocate that students with disabilities have access to necessary resources and to help destigmatize mental illness.
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Corey Flintoff (above, right) gives a talk at Stony Brook University. ANAMARIA SALOBO/THE STATESMAN

Former Moscow correspondent for NPR talks Russian politics

Antonia Brogna November 17, 2016
After spending four years as a foreign correspondent in Moscow, Russia, Corey Flintoff visited Stony Brook University to discuss Russian-American relations.
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After 16 years at Stony Brook University, Senior Vice President for Administration Barbara Chernow will return to her alma mater, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, as its executive vice president for finance and administration. 
“What’s challenging is that we are delivering a service 24/7, whether it’s police services, fire marshal services, or the bursar, human resources, construction, busing—making sure that the more than 10,000 students that live on campus are getting the services they need and want is a full time job,” Chernow said about her various responsibilities. 
In 1998, Chernow took on her first position in higher education by becoming Stony Brook’s Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurial Programs. Under this title, she worked on fundraising galas and developed summer camps for local kids and teenagers, both academic and recreational, to give students an opportunity to acclimate to college. These camps not only give local youth a summer activity, but also employ students from 
the university. 
Before becoming Senior Vice President for Administration, she worked as Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Services in 2003. She was promoted to Vice president for Facilities, Services, and Special Initiatives in 2006. From 2007 to 2013, she was president of the Faculty Student Association. 
After being appointed to the position of Senior Vice President for Administration in 2012, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. appointed Chernow to be the brain behind “Project 50 Forward,” an initiative that works to improve all facets of the university, and consists of three separate branches: operational excellence, building for the future, and 
academic greatness. 
“I am grateful for her assiduous efforts toward making Stony Brook University the outstanding facility it is, and helping us to move forward in many important areas,” Stanley said in a statement to the Stony Brook faculty 
and staff.
Chernow works with focus groups made up of students, faculty, and staff to help drive Project 50 Forward into the next 
few decades.
“Figuring out the best way to do it—not for them, with them—and that’s the fun part, working with students, faculty, and staff,” Chernow said about enhancing the school. She also said that without the voices of the students and faculty, it would not be possible to foster 
a united university.
One of the accomplishments that Chernow said she is most satisfied with is the decrease in crime on campus. Compared to 2007, the crime rate has gone down by 87 percent.
“We have a reduction in crime while promoting a culture of reporting, encouraging students for counseling issues or whatever’s bothering them, and to report,” Chernow said. 
Working with the Faculty Student Association, she made changes to the dining experience to give students what they desired. When students craved more diverse food, her team introduced Jasmine in the Charles B. Wang Center. When students sought faster options, they had food trucks come to campus.  
Chernow also worked to lower the university’s impact on the environment. In 2006, the university saved more than $34 million by tweaking things like light sensors and thermostat regulations, according to Stanley’s statement.
With 500,000 square feet added to the campus in the last four years, energy consumption has actually decreased. Chernow also oversaw the expansion of the energy-saving initiatives such as Wolf Ride Bike Share, biodiesel-fueled buses, vehicle-charging stations and solar powered parking meters—just a few ways in which the university 
decreases pollution. 
Even as Chernow packs up, her papers will be contributed to the “RecycleMania” effort on campus, as indicated by the massive recycling bin in her office. The university won the national competition for recycling the most e-waste in both 2013 and 2014. 
Stony Brook recently made the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, putting the university among the ranks of Harvard, Stanford, Cornell and Columbia. SBU was one of 24 schools that achieved a perfect score out of the 861 schools total. Additionally, Stony Brook received Tree Campus USA recognition 
in 2014.
Building for the future is executed through the Facilities Master Plan. Chernow oversaw the development of an extensive list of facilities, such as the Island Federal Credit Union Arena, the Simons Center, Joe Nathan Field, the Dubin Family Center, the Walter J. Hawrys Campus Recreation Center, West Side Dining, Nobel Halls, Frey Hall 
and West Apartments. 
In 2013, Chernow also pledged $25,000 to introduce the Carol Chernow Memorial Scholarship for journalism students on behalf of her mother, an advocate for improved language 
and writing skills.  
Chernow has a passion for working with other people and will miss the people she had the pleasure of working with. 
“I feel incredibly fortunate. I’ve had a great run here and it’s really because of the great staff and I’m really proud of them,” Chernow said. (PHOTO CREDIT: STONYBROOK.EDU)

Senior Vice President of Administration Barbara Chernow leaving Stony Brook

Kelly Saberi March 1, 2015
After 16 years at Stony Brook University, Senior Vice President for Administration Barbara Chernow will return to her alma mater, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
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