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The State University of New York Health Science Center at Stony Brook

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Stony Brook University is a hellhole located onQuite BrightAnthropology
Stony Brook University is a hellhole located on Long Island, NY, an area populated with obnoxious people. After attending other local idiotic universities, I expected something different from Stony Brook; I expected a real learning environment with intelligent people and challenging work. Instead, what I got was extremely leftist professors who are hell-bent on tearing apart anything and everything they disagree with, students who are either from Long Island or Queens and desperately wish to emulate the rappers they see on television, and awful food (the school is too cheap to afford real cheese so they use "cheeze" instead). The obnoxious, ignorant pricks who call themselves advisors are enough to make the Dalai Lama go on a shooting spree. Stony Brook's DEC system, a system of requirements, is an extremely perverse and twisted intention to confuse the living hell out of any rational human being. The school's Solar System does not keep track of the requirements I've met at my previous school or at Stony Brook in a logical and coherent manner. When you try to sign up for classes on the Solar System, 80% of the classes in EACH department say “1 AM to 1 AM” for the class time and “To be announced” for the room. Advisors refer you to other advisors instead of sitting down and helping you. My major is mix of different liberal arts fields involving Anthropology and Asian Studies. To this day, I am still not sure if my major is called "Interdisciplinary Humanities" or "Multidisciplinary Humanities" or "Interdisciplinary Approach to Multidisciplinary Humanities" etc., and the advisors at the school are not sure either, apparently. One time, I was told to speak to an absolutely obnoxious and pompous imbecile who was the head of a department that relates to my major. On this rainy August day, after telling him that a particular obnoxious female advisor had told me to speak to him, he said he could not help me. I asked him which classes would be offered the following month, September. The heathen told me that he had no idea as to what would be offered the following month. Therefore, it is correct to say that he had no knowledge in a field he was supposed to be running. Stony Brook also has sad and pathetic multicultural events. As a person who has long studied other cultures and religions and is certainly not close-minded, I can attest to the stupidity behind these events. Instead of urging students to take Spanish language classes or study Chinese philosophy or Italian art, we are given sugary lomein from the horrendous Deng Lee's, an on-campus eatery that students who have recently come from China or Taiwan must eat in an unfortunate attempt to eat cuisine they are used to , and we are made to listen to rap music at each and every campus event. Apparently this is "multiculturalism" and "diversity" at its best. To make things even worse, one of the school's newspapers, The Press, is an absolutely horrendous and effective attempt at causing the downfall of Western Civilization. The newspaper regularly has articles slamming various politicians. However, these complaints are not phrased in a constructive manner. Instead, the students running the newspaper regularly curse out politicians, actors, musicians, students in student government with whom they disagree etc., as well as insert pictures of animated women's vaginas, women in chains, tons of blatant homosexual references and pictures, vast and aggressive assaults against Christianity, Jesus Christ and the Pope (such as a drawing of a robotic Pope which hunts down homosexual men with his penis), a movie review that has the words "Ass" and the f-word about 10 times for a film that is titled "Brown Bunny" (?), various descriptions of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis as being "another Holocaust" (anti-Semitism is rampant in the newspaper), poems about a woman named Mabel drinking her own menstrual blood etc. On top of all this, one issue of the newspaper featured blurbs about the world's religions, and while the immature and immoral sheep who write for the paper claim to be peaceful, open-minded and educated about other people's belief systems, the paper described how all Native Americans (from Canada to the Caribbean to South America) have a single religion. Much-needed courses are ignored, and instead there are tons of classes on who is to blame for this and that and how everything is relative. Being interested in Asia, I took a class about Asian Americans. The writer of the book we read and my professor continuously talked about every bad thing that has ever been done to minorities by whites, yet the book failed to mention the inhumane treatment of the Chinese and other Asians at the hands of the Japanese, during the first half of the 20th century. My professor for this class also thinks that all people who came to the United States before 1776 were called pilgrims, and that the Japanese were herded into concentration camps (like the ones in Germany and Manchuria) in Oregon during World War II. In reality, they were placed in detainment camps and their possessions were stolen from them; this is bad but does not equate to mass genocide. If you have a brain in your head, do not go to this school. All programs are terribly under-funded except for scientific research. When you combine the stupidity of some professors here with the fact that the RA's allow widespread drug use and alcoholism with the terrible and overpriced food with the total lack of supervision on the part of the Dean with the arrogance and laziness of the advisors, it is not only not worth the money, but this school should be investigated by some sort of organization which monitors decency in the dorms and in the school newspaper. Students who arrived from foreign countries are constantly shocked by what goes on here. If you are a parent who wants your son or daughter to learn in safe and sane environment, do not send your child to this school. He or she would be much better off at a private school. Also, do not be fooled, ladies and gentleman: being gifted in science and having a high GPA doesn't mean that the Stony Brook students are intelligent; marijuana and alcohol consumption, as well as nastiness and ambivalence towards those who are different and especially towards kind professors, are regular happenings here at Stony Brook. As for the claims that many Stony Brook professors do not speak English well, this is probably true for many of the Math and Computer Science professors. However, some of the foreign professors speak English just fine but are not able to understand one word the students say due to the students’ lack of ability to form a proper sentence. English language skills are completely ignored at Stony Brook and science is pushed. Very few students know simple grammar or geography, and that goes for American-born and foreign-born students. In the end, perhaps my only decent memories of this school will be of my friends (which one must really pick and choose) and of some middle-aged foreign professors who are intelligent and probably feel terribly mistreated here.
1st Year Male -- Class 2006
Education Quality: C-, Scholastic Success: F
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Stony Brook is cheap, and you get whatQuite BrightSociology
Stony Brook is cheap, and you get what you pay for. If price is your primary concern, it's not a terrible choice. Most of the instructors are overworked and underpaid, and they teach like it. A large part of the faculty doesn't speak English. You become lost in the "machine". The architecture is poured slab concrete from the 1970's, similar to the designs used for the prisons of New York State. Many classes are unusually large, something out of "1984" with 200+ students in some lectures. It's not the safest, being in a suburb of New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, and Bronx. Inner city kids. There are many great private colleges in and around New York City which offer a better campus life, a better social atmosphere, and an equivalent or better eduation.
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
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The school has greatly improved the way itQuite BrightHistory/Histories (art history/etc.)
The school has greatly improved the way it looks and is working hard to remedy the old reputation it had as a school where nothing happens on the weekend. However, the administration sucks. But the academic programs are very strong, especially in sciences and engineering, and can be tough. If you work hard here, you will be rewarded.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2004
Extracurricular Activities: A+, Individual Value: D-
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