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The silent struggle of living with undiagnosed mental illnesses

Sam Lauria October 17, 2021
My attitude, thought process and moods were always unstable compared to everyone else. People often told me I was too sensitive or over-reactive. At first, I thought everyone thought this way; I eventually realized that this was not the case. I was living with mental illnesses without realizing it. 
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SBU anti-mandate protest was a failure and a let-down to the University

Fanni Frankl, Matt Venezia, and Sam Lauria September 19, 2021
#OPINION: The Sept. 13 anti-vaccine protest on Stony Brook campus failed to do anything except damage the reputation of the university.
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The Onion Bagel: COVID fraternities want to recruit you

Sam Lauria August 22, 2021
#OnionBagel #OPINION: It’s that time of year once again: recruitment week. All the fraternities at USA University are looking for students to rush and become members of some of the most prestigious organizations on campus.
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Staff stories: What it means to “self love”

#OPINION: For a long time, I thought that self-love was something you "uncovered" and that it would always be there. I'm finding that — like so many other aspects of adulthood — it's not as simple as that.
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Staff picks: Our Black heroes

Steven Keehner, Sam Lauria, Cindy Mizaku, and Fanni Frankl February 20, 2021
#OPINION: The opinions editors at The Statesman describe Black figures who inspire them.
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President Trump’s recent executive order wrongfully condemns diversity 

Sam Lauria November 2, 2020
#OPINION On Sept. 22, Trump reversed the progress of diversity by issuing another executive order that combats racial and sexual stereotyping. Under a façade of “equality”, this executive order risks amplifying racism, sexism and homophobia.
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The Weekly Wrap Up Ep. 13

Juliana Slocum October 21, 2020
Stony Brook University Hospital is named a leader in LGBTQ+ healthcare. Arts and culture review the new Netflix series “Emily in Paris,” and opinions discuss President Trump’s executive order that stops diversity training in this episode.
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Addiction needs to be addressed as a mental disorder, not a weakness

Sam Lauria October 4, 2020
#OPINION Stigmatizing addiction is dangerous – it needs to be addressed that people with addictions suffer from severe substance abuse disorder. 
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Zoom University is cheating students out of a proper education

Sam Lauria September 19, 2020
#OPINION: Virtual schooling seems like a perfect solution that will allow students to continue their education while facing a global health crisis. Although online schooling provides students with an education, it is cheating them out of a proper one.
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The Weekly Wrap Up Ep. 7

Juliana Slocum September 9, 2020
Weekly Wrap Up: More students test positive for COVID-19 and former Interim President Michael Bernstein steps down from his position as provost. The Stony Brook film festival begins this week, and editors announce new changes at The Statesman this semester.
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Charities can help the homeless more than government-funded shelters

Sam Lauria February 9, 2020
On Thanksgiving weekend, for the first time, I volunteered to help the homeless living in Manhattan for the St. Dominic's Outreach Program — a church that does a variety of charity work, including providing aid to the homeless.
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