First Community Fridge Opens in St. Albans

By Kiara Thomas Dozens of Queens residents and community leaders gathered at the parking lot of the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans on April 24 to celebrate the opening of its first community fridge.  Rows of 135 cloth bags and 146 cardboard boxes filled with lentils, cabbage, apples, non-perishables and other fruits and vegetables, free of […]

The History Behind Aunt Jemima’s Rebranding

By Maia Vines Last month, PepsiCo and its subsidiary, Quaker Oats Company, officially changed the name of the Aunt Jemima brand to the Pearl Milling Company, after 131 years. New packaging is set to hit stores this summer. This comes as part of PepsiCo’s Racial Equality Journey, a series of $400 million initiatives, spanning five years. “The promise of our […]

A Steady Diet of Change

By Kiara Thomas Fifteen patties sizzle on a blue Coleman propane grill in the backyard of a house in Queens Village. Two feet from the patties, on top of a black table cloth, eight aluminum pans of food heat up under warming fuel cans. With each new order, two masked brown-skinned girls with their hair in a bun and wearing […]

SBU NAACP & Black Student Athlete Huddle Lead Campus Protest

By Maia Vines On Wednesday, students and faculty gathered at the Staller Center’s steps for a Black Lives Matter protest, many donning black shirts that read “United We Stand, Together We Rise.” Students marched around the academic mall with signs and chants of  “no justice no peace,” showing support for the movement.  “It’s discouraging to constantly do this and still […]

Stony Brook Celebrates Their 30th Hispanic Heritage Month with a Celebrity Chef

By: Augustus Fei In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), the Faculty Student Association (FSA) and the HHM Committee worked together to celebrate Stony Brook University’s 30 Anniversary Celebration with a dinner featuring Dominican Celebrity Chef Kelvin Fernandez. The event took place in the Wang Center Chapel on Wednesday, October 22. The dinner started off with a cocktail hour at […]

Racist Comments During Study Abroad Trip in Tanzania

On July 2, members of the Black Student Union met with Dean of Multicultural Affairs Jarvis Watson and will meet with Assistant Director of Community Standards Sandee Maung on July 11. On June 30, Stony Brook University students came back to the United States after studying in Tanzania, where students witnessed students, Claire Olsen and Cassandra Baldino, make racist remarks […]

Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

By Maria Cestero The Suffolk County Legislature Office in Hauppauge held a hearing on Friday, April 26 to discuss the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Farmworkers and employers alike attended the hearing to debate their views on the proposed bill. The backbone of New York’s massive agricultural industry, farm workers, are not entitled to fundamental labor protections. The bill proposes […]

Stony Brook Graduate Refused Entry at Harbor Grill For Wearing a Turban

By Kiara Thomas Stony Brook University graduate Gurvinder Grewal was denied entry at Harbor Grill, formerly known as Schafer’s, in Port Jefferson for wearing a turban early in the morning on Sunday, May 12. After Grewal had his ID checked by security, the manager refused him to allow him entry in the establishment due a policy barring head covering. Grewal […]

Take Back the Night

By Maia Vines Students from all over campus gathered at the Student Activities Center plaza on Monday, April 29, to march in support of victims of sexual, relationship and domestic violence. The march was entitled Take Back the Night, since statistics show many cases of sexual assault occur at night. It was hosted by Stony Brook University’s Feminist Majority Leadership […]

Black Business Bazaar

By Kiara Thomas The Black Business Bazaar hosted by the Black Student Union on April 4 allowed students the opportunity to buy from black-owned businesses on campus.  Vendors who sold food services, skin care, hair care and art lined the perimeter of the GLS Center. “A year ago I [burned] my face and my hands [with hot oil]. I didn’t […]