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Earth probes create a laser plasma shield by colliding laser-beams to repel the excessive plasma of a dangerous space superstorm. REPELSPACETHREATS/CC BY-SA 4.0

The Onion Bagel: We need a giant space laser to shoot rich people who try to leave Earth

Michael Cleary March 3, 2022
#OnionBagel #OPINION: In order to keep the fear of God in our world leaders, I propose we build a giant space laser to shoot them down if they try to escape Earth without the masses.
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Ron DeSantis at the Everglades in Florida on August 03,2021. PUBLIC DOMAIN

The Onion Bagel: Ron DeSantis encourages passersby to spit in his mouth to prove COVID-19 isn’t scary

Michael Cleary September 5, 2021
#OnionBagel #OPINION: Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida announced a new public health strategy to combat COVID-19 concerns last Friday. "I will sit on my knees out on street corners for a few hours a day and beg residents to spit into my mouth,” he said. 
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The negative stigma attached to weed is the driving force behind biased misconceptions. STATESMAN FILE

Legalizing recreational marijuana is what we needed all along

Matt Lindsay April 20, 2021
#OPINION On March 31, Governor Cuomo signed legislation legalizing the use of recreational marijuana for adults in New York State. While I have never used marijuana, I fully support the legalization of it for several reasons.
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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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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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“Emily in Paris” Review: A “Sex and the City” spinoff, Influencer edition

Melanie Navarro October 18, 2020
From producer Darren Star comes “Emily in Paris,” a Netflix original cooked up with the same ingredients of its predecessors: fashion, love interests and friends to talk about said love interests with — but with the Eiffel Tower in the background.
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Students walking outside of Stony Brook Universitys Student Activities Center (SAC).SARA RUBERG/ STATESMAN FILE

Students lose their jobs in the midst of COVID-19 crisis

Maya Brown April 11, 2020
Spring break is usually a time when some college students go back home and work at their part-time or full-time jobs. In the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19), that was not the case.
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United States declares national emergency

Maya Brown March 16, 2020
President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in the United States as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country.
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Outside of the Stony Brook University Hospital. EMMA HARRIS/STATESMAN FILE

Stony Brook University Hospital temporarily suspends volunteer program

Maya Brown March 10, 2020
The hospital volunteer program at Stony Brook University Hospital has been temporarily suspended, according to an email sent out from Stony Brook Medicine on the afternoon of Monday, March 9.
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Onion Bagel: Babies will be our entertainment overlords

Alek Lewis February 9, 2020
As I stare into the endless void that is my Instagram feed, the one millionth Baby Yoda meme enters my view and catches my attention. I can’t stop my face muscles, as they mold into a big fat grin. This one, which shows a picture of the icon holding a cup of soup, reads “When you wake up feeling a bit cran
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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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We have to teach computer science students about maintaining algorithmic neutrality

Rohit Panda December 8, 2019
When someone says they are studying computer science (CS), you don’t normally associate these students with doing anything remotely political in the future. A stereotypical assumption would be that people in the field have no real influence on society beyond coding.
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