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An image of distinguished professor and artist Howardina Pindell while displying her first exhibition at Stony Brook University in 1980. In her 41 year-tenure, the school has developed to become one of the most diverse in the nation. Tim Giorlando/THE STATESMAN

Diversity at Stony Brook University 41 years after being called a “racist school”

Mariam Guirgis February 19, 2023
In the 1980s, a Black professor at Stony Brook was the victim of a hate crime in her campus office. Forty-one years later, students and faculty members are reflecting on whether discrimination on campus has changed.
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Ohio individuals protesting in front of the Statehouse in January 2023. Recent instances of police brutality, particularly sparked by the death of Tyre Nichols, have reignited the conversation of race relations in the United States.By Becker1999 -, CC BY 2.0,

How a 1992 study influenced public perception of police brutality

Katherine Moquete February 19, 2023
OPINION: In the last 10 years, there has been increased attention toward police violence. But, coverage of these victims will often fixate on alleged criminal pasts or decry them as “no angel” without placing blame on police officers.
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A graphic displaying the majority of white-identifying people with a minority of Black-identifying people. GRAPHIC BY KAT PROCACCI/THE STATESMAN

Black students struggle to find community at universities

Amaya McDonald February 27, 2022
In the United States, universities and colleges are major hubs for cultural assimilation, as Black students have an experience that is unique to that of their white counterparts. 
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Students walking outside of Stony Brook Universitys Student Activities Center (SAC).SARA RUBERG/ STATESMAN FILE

Love, your public school: Defending success, for all cultures

Michelle Chen September 28, 2021
#OPINIONS: Public schools and universities should be embraced as equally rigorous institutions in ways that celebrate the academic value of skills departing from the capitalistic norm, and their acceptance of human potential from every background.
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Sending a message and being ghosted  PHOTO COURTESY OF Claire Bracken

Fellow gays, let’s stop ghosting each other

Mike Gaisser August 29, 2021
#OPINION: It’s common knowledge that ghosting is common, especially in the gay dating world. However, it shouldn’t be normalized anymore. 
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The official cover for Two Distant Strangers.

“Two Distant Strangers” shows the inescapable loop of racism and trauma

Tyler Rivers May 10, 2021
#REVIEW The 32-minute science-fiction drama, “Two Distant Strangers” written by Travon Free and directed by Free and Martin Desmond Roe won Best Live Action Short Film at the 93rd Academy Awards this month.
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An Anti-Asian violence vigil in April 2021 on Stony Brook University campus.  JOCELYN CRUZ/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook University hosts Asian American and Pacific Islander anti-racism forum

Alek Lewis May 6, 2021
Over 200 people attended “Breaking Silence: A Public Forum on Anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Racism” over Zoom on May 5, prompted by the national conversations around the increase in hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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Outside the School of Journalism Newsroom in the Melville Library. COURTESY OF STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Why newsrooms must reflect the public in order to properly serve it

Steven Keehner April 17, 2021
#OPINION: I preached how transparency was the way of the future for the industry, so I would be a hypocrite if I failed to mention how, as an opinion writer, I didn't do my last piece justice.
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A sign put up on Staller steps in order to warn students to wear masks and to remain six feet apart. RABIA GURSOY /THE STATESMAN

What a botched public health response can teach us one year after COVID-19 hit the U.S.

Benjamin Joffe April 15, 2021
#OPINION With all that happened in 2020, it's easy to overlook some valuable lessons we can take away from both our collective and individual experiences. We must understand how challenges that may seem independent from one another are connected. 
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The official logo for The Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO). PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PHILIPPINE UNITED STUDENT ORGANIZATION (PUSO)

Addressing anti-Asian racism: A letter from PUSO

Members of the Philippine United Student Organization (PUSO) at SBU share their thoughts on the recent surge of anti-Asian hate crimes. 
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Anti-Asian violence vigil April 2021 / Jocelyn Cruz

Stony Brook University hosts solidarity vigil for anti-Asian violence

Jocelyn Cruz April 7, 2021
The Stony Brook University staff and students joined a solidarity vigil on March 31, outside the Administration building to honor the lives of those lost to anti-Asian violence.
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Official logos of social media companies. People have taken to social media in order to spread information in the form of threads. RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

The myth of cancel culture: Why racists have bestsellers

Benjamin Joffe April 3, 2021
#OPINION The cancel culture preached by right-wing press is a fallacy. When it comes to causing substantial consequences for those who abuse their high positions, social media outcry often has no significant effect.  
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