The Girl in the Blue Coat

Emily White is the girl in the blue coat. She was a staple at Nevada City, California, playing advanced violin concertos from the age of four, 18 years ago. With training at the Julliard school on the horizon, she suffered a debilitating jaw injury that soured all professional aspirations. This is her story and how she changed her tune.


Memories Destroyed by Sandy

Many Long Beach residents feel like they lost some of their memories along with sentimental objects like photo albums and collectibles.


Researchers target ‘Cancer Stem Cells’

Cancer researchers are studying a type of stem cell that allows cancers to spread throughout the body. Understanding the ‘cancer stem cell’ may lead to better therapies for patients.


Becoming Retarded Again

Vinnie Basso, known on the Howard Stern Show as “Vin The Retard,” was born with Cerebral Palsy, a neurological condition that causes chronic pain. Basso is not mentally disabled, but has embraced his “inner retard.”

Kasie Madden: Metal Worker

From Metal to Art

Kasie Madden, 21, is a metal working student at SBU. Using machines, she molds sheets of metal into pieces of art. It was the bond with her father, himself a metal-working hobbyist, that led her down this path.

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Reporting From Rockaway in Sandy’s Wake

The Rockaway region of Queens was one of those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. Four students share their thoughts on the experience of reporting from the scene of a disaster, as well as their photos.


Occupy Wall Street Turns One

By Nelson Oliveira

New York CIty police arrested 185 people on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, as protesters gathered in Manhattan’s Financial District to celebrate the Occupy Wall Street movement’s one-year anniversary.


Wild at Heart: Kelli Burke and her dedication to the Brookhaven Wildlife Center

By Alyssa Melillo

Goats hurry out of the barn in their enclosed pen at the Brookhaven Wildlife Center when they hear the jingle of Kellei Burke’s keys. She laughs when one of the goats props himself up on the wooden fence, his expression clearly asking for attention, or maybe just food. Burke rubs the animal’s head. “Say hi, Snickers,” she coos. Then she scrunches her nose. “You have bad breath.”


Building Tradition: The rise of Stony Brook’s Band

By Dani Klupenger

Stony Brook University’s athletic band is considered to be the “spirit of Stony Brook.” But, in 2006, John Leddy, Director of Athletic Bands, could only be optimistic as to how the success of his program would pan out.

Levy Lorenzo at work. Photo by Matthew Gerardi.

Engineering Music

By Matthew Gerardi

Levy Lorenzo, a 31-year-old Stony Brook University Doctor of Musical Arts candidate who also holds Master of Engineering degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University, designs and builds his own electronic musical instruments.

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The Chalk Drawers of Occupy Wall Street

By Alyssa Melillo

A man draws on the ground with a big piece of green chalk over by the granite steps entering Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. He looks disheveled with his light blue jeans dirty with chalk dust and his matted shoulder-length brown hair thrown up in a bandanna.

Occupy Wall Street featured image. Photo by Carrie Miller.

Occupy Wall Street : “It’s all about spreading the word”

By Eloi Kurzeja

Zuccotti Park looks, at the first sight, like a place full of turmoil. Lying in the shadow of Wall Street, hundreds of people are debating, shouting, cleaning, smoking, reading, sleeping under the watchful eyes of the NYPD. Journalists, tourists and visitors are trying to make their way through the colorful duvets, bags, and cardboard on the ground. If you linger long enough, it quickly becomes apparent that a little city within the City has emerged. Quite an organized one.


EOP Program Gears Stony Brook Students for Success

By Elvira Spektor

According to a recent PBS special, the number of minority graduates at Stony Brook exceeds that of any other public university in the country. Only 40 percent of minority students graduate from college. Stony Brook, however, graduates 65 percent of its Latino students and 70 percent of African American students within four years.

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Living the Battle, Teaching the War

By Najib Aminy

Civil War reenactors on Long Island don their uniforms and play their roles to preserve what they feel is the most important time in American history.

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Urban Beekeeping on the Rise

By Jie Jenny Zou

Beekeeping in New York City has been legal since March 2010. The department overturned the law after public outcry from city keepers and a study that showed that bee stings posed a minimal risk to the public.

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Standout: The Characters of Central Park

By Jason Van Hoven

For as long as New Yorkers and tourists have flocked to one of the city’s premier landmarks, street performers have themselves become concrete representations of the park and all its history.

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Graffiti Haven Faces Closure

By Andrew Zajic

5 Pointz in Long Island City, N.Y. has long been a safe haven for graffiti artists around the world. But now, the building’s owners are looking to tear down the building.