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Clippings of previous articles regarding the state of media relations with student-run publications. ILLUSTRATED BY TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook media relations has a troubled history with student media

Sara McGiff and Christine Kelley April 23, 2023
During Sheprow’s tenure at Stony Brook, she faced extensive criticism from the student media — including The Statesman — for her relationship with the student press.
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Map of the outbreak of the coronavirus. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Travel restrictions delay semester for about 40 students

Brianne Ledda January 29, 2020
Stony Brook University is working with students on a “case-by-case basis” and faculty has been alerted to not penalize late arrivals.
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Bernstein at the student media briefing on Dec. 4, 2019. GARY GHAYRAT/STATESMAN FILE

Interim President Bernstein withdraws candidacy from presidential search

Brianne Ledda January 25, 2020
“As he considered his future career options, he felt he needed the freedom to pursue external professional opportunities, without the complication of being an internal candidate at Stony Brook,” Lauren Sheprow, the university media relations officer, wrote in an email.
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The inside of the Educational Communications Center. SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

Students petition for improved accessibility at the School of Social Welfare

Samantha Robinson December 8, 2019
Students from the School of Social Welfare organized a petition titled, “Help Make the School of Social Welfare More Inclusive & Accessible” last month. Nearly 700 students have signed the petition to add handicap accessibility buttons to the two entrance doors to the School of Social Welfare.
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Bernstein at the student media briefing on Dec. 4, 2019. GARY GHAYRAT/THE STATESMAN

Student media briefing got questions answered, but we are still being limited

Gabby Pardo December 8, 2019
I had the opportunity to attend a student media briefing with Interim President, Dr. Michael Bernstein on Wednesday, Dec. 4 with Editor in Chief of The Statesman, Gary Ghayrat and Assistant News Editor, Maya Brown. The briefing consisted of other campus media outlets along with The Statesman, and other members of Bernstein’s team, such as University Media Relations Officer, Lauren Sheprow.
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A legal gavel and open book. BLOGTREPRENEUR/FLICKR VIA CC BY 2.0

Former swim coach sues SBU for discrimination

Brianne Ledda November 23, 2019
In a lawsuit filed on Nov. 19, Atkinson claims she did not receive the “same institutional support as male coaches of men’s teams,” and that she was “micromanaged” in a way that “male and/or white coaches and coaches of men’s teams are not.”
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New ‘public charge’ rule could affect status of student immigrants

New ‘public charge’ rule could affect status of student immigrants

Fanni Frankl September 29, 2019
On Aug. 14, the Department of Homeland Security published the “Final Rule on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility,” which can deny permanent residency status to immigrants if the government deems they are likely to become dependent on the United States’s public benefits.
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Stony Brook professor charged with stealing cancer research funds

Stony Brook professor charged with stealing cancer research funds

Brianne Ledda and Melissa Azofeifa September 12, 2019
A Stony Brook University Professor was arrested on charges of stealing from cancer research funds. He could be facing up to 20 years in federal prison.
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News Editor Rebecca Liebson at a press conference with President Samuel L. Stanley. Liebson has been with The Statesman since her freshman year. ALEEZA KAZMI/THE STATESMAN

I’ve spent the past four years covering Stony Brook — their media relations is a nightmare for student journalists

Rebecca Liebson April 28, 2019
My meeting with Sheprow was not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern of university officials trying to suppress student journalists at Stony Brook — the only SUNY institution with a journalism school.
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Wolfie high-fiving the Stony Brook Seawolves as they enter Kenneth P. LaValle stadium for a game in 2015. Various students groups on campus are calling to remove Senator Lavalles name from the stadium. GISELLE MIRANDA/STATESMAN FILE

Students petition to rename LaValle Stadium

Rebecca Liebson February 13, 2019
Almost 500 Stony Brook students have signed a petition calling on the university to change the name of Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium after its namesake voted against a ban on gay conversion therapy.
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Emergency responders at the scene of the chemical spill in the Chemistry Building on April 5. Nitric acid was spilled in a fourth floor lab of the building around 8 p.m. GARY GHAYRAT/ STATESMAN FILE

Comptroller’s report cites Stony Brook for lax oversight of hazardous chemicals

Rebecca Liebson December 5, 2018
“Weak oversight of hazardous materials could jeopardize the health and safety of students and campus communities,” Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli stated in a press release. “SUNY needs to do a better job to ensure these items are kept under lock and key.”
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Stony Brook School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shut down

Stony Brook School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences shut down

Joe McQueen October 14, 2018
Stony Brook announced that it would be shutting down the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences effective immediately.
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