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The administrative block of Ossining Correctional Facility, also known as Sing Sing Correctional Facility, in Ossining, N.Y., circa 1970. PHOTO BY THREE LIONS/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

Corcraft: How the state profits from modern-day slavery

Sara McGiff May 1, 2024
Corcraft is a state-run program within the New York State (NYS) Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
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Campus demonstration raises awareness of unpaid prison labor

Aloki Pandya April 17, 2024
Students gathered in front of Stony Brook University’s Humanities building on March 25, 2024 to hear from professors and advocates about the University’s tumultuous history with Corcraft — a New York State entity that manufactures and sells products made by incarcerated people. 
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The Maui Contradiction

The Maui Contradiction

Sara McGiff August 25, 2023
#OPINION: The government doesn't care about the Hawaiian people; it cares about profit and voter ratings. As American citizens, we should be concerned. 
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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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Our pursuit for connections

Our pursuit for connections

Sara McGiff March 26, 2023
#OPINION: Looking around the university classroom at my younger peers, I found myself mute. How does a person start a conversation? It was a heavy transaction: a line of dialogue for a connecting thread. 
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On Feb 12. 2023, the commercials that played during the Super Bowl were lackluster in its usual standards due to an overreliance on nostalgia. ILLUSTRATED BY VIKRAM SETHI

Super Bowl commercials fumbled in creativity

Sara McGiff March 5, 2023

The adage “nostalgia sells” rings true when it comes to the 20-year fashion cycle or a network reviving a beloved old property. However, if this past Super Bowl showed us anything, it’s that...

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The official logos for the Democratic and Republican Parties. ILLUSTRATED BY TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Ranked choice voting can solve the two-party system’s issues

Sara McGiff October 16, 2022
#OPINION: For a capitalist country that promotes choice in its consumers, the lack of choice in our nation's representatives should be causing outrage across the aisle. New York stands to benefit from an alternative political system called ranked-choice voting (RCV), which can offer solutions to the state's problems.
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An illustration of books being covered in censored tape. Second ops sentence because I havent read it yet.  PUBLIC DOMAIN / ILLUSTRATED BY TIM GIORLANDO

Efforts to ban books are working, but why?

Sara McGiff October 3, 2022
#OPINION: In the past two years, there has been a social movement instigated by lawmakers, right-wing media, conservative parents and Christian nationalists to challenge books that tackle LGBTQ+ issues, racism, race and sexual assault.
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An illustration featuring social media influencer Andrew Tate. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Misogynistic YouTubers promote sexism to young men

Sara McGiff September 14, 2022
#OPINION: No content creator has had the influence and ability to incite outrage amongst the general public more than Andrew Tate. Tate’s removal from social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube has done little to deter his loyal fanbase.
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