Every inch of the stage in the Student Union was crowded with the performers and instruments of the 40-student Stony Brook Live jazz ensemble. They filled the giant theater with sound, energy and the sheer force of their performance for an audience of seven people.

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Cheerleading: dangers of the sport

At schools like Stony Brook, during the football and basketball seasons, most parents, coaches and fans are focused on the players, and their safety. However, not many of them are aware that there is a sport that is more dangerous – cheerleading. Continue reading Cheerleading: dangers of the sport

Bonelle Pastry Shop; The Sweet Tooth of Forest Hills, Queens

On the corner of Ascan Boulevard and Austin Street, sits Bonelle Pastry Shop, a staple of Forest Hills, Queens for the last 23 years. In between the bustling, four-way intersection of brisk-walking New Yorkers and car horns, the smell of fresh baked goods greets customers as they walk through the doorway, a comforting aroma in these cold winter months.

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Wolfie: the growth of SBU’s mascot

Stony Brook University’s mascot, Wolfie the Seawolf, turned 20 years old this year. Stony Brook Athletics transitioned to Division I in the NCAA in 1994, and the name of the sports teams was changed from Patriots to Seawolves.

Today, Wolfie has a busy schedule. He can be found at anywhere from 300 to 500 events each year, according to Andrea Lebedinski, Coordinator of Annual Giving and Branding for Stony Brook Athletics. Lebedinski, who graduated from Stony Brook University in 2008 as an undergraduate and again in 2010 with a master’s degree, has managed Wolfie for the past five years.

Ten years ago, when Lebedinski began attending Stony Brook, Wolfie had a scarce presence. Wolfie would only make a handful of appearances per year, at major events such as Homecoming or championship games.

“I saw that Wolfie was an under-utilized representation of what we are about here at Stony Brook,” said Lebedinski. “For me that was a big thing. I’ve always been into school spirit.”

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