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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 31, Issue 9

The Stony Brook Press - Volume 31, Issue 9

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Vol. XXXI, Issue 9 | Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The Stony Brook College Republi-cans were amongst the record 10,000conservatives, libertarians and Repub-licans who met for the annual Conser- vative Political Action Conference(CPAC) in Washington, D.C. from Feb-ruary 18-20.This year’s conference focused onissues ranging from the size of govern-ment, the Federal Reserve and theObama administration’s healthcare ini-tiatives. Conservatives also used theconference to regroup for the 2010midterm election, where the party aimsto retake the majority in Congress.“It’s good to get away from liberalNew York and get excited about beingconservative again,” said Conor Harri-gan, a Stony Brook University alumwho attended CPAC.“The midterm elections will showhow upset the American people are,”said Karissa Povey, a sophomore whoattended her second CPAC conferencethis year. “I think that the outcome willbode well for conservatives, and I hopethey will at least come close to gettingthe majority.Speakers included former presiden-tial hopeful Mitt Romney, former VicePresident Dick Cheney, former Speakerof the House Newt Gingrich and thekeynote speaker, political pundit GlennBeck.Former Vice President Dick Ch-eney received a warm welcome from theconservative body upon stating, “I think Obama is a one-term president.”Cheney spoke as a surprise guestfollowing his daughter, Liz Cheney. Theformer Vice President responded tostickers reading “Draft Cheney” andcheers of “run Dick run,” by debunkingrumors of presidential ambition in2012. “This reception is almost enoughto make me run in 2012,” Cheney said.“But I won’t.”Other distinguished speakers in-cluded the newly-elected Senator fromMassachusetts, Scott Brown, who intro-duced the former Governor of thatstate, Mitt Romney. Romney used theconference two years ago to withdrawfrom the 2008 presidential election,freeing the nomination for ArizonaSenator John McCain. This year how-ever, Romney was cheered by conserva-tives and his speech was widely regarded as a stump speech for his po-tential run in the 2012 presidential cam-paign against President Barack Obama.Romney also took time to acknowl-edge the hits taken by the party in the2008 election, recalling the May 2009
Time Magazine
cover depicting a Re-publican elephant with the headline“endangered species.” However, many speakers noted increased registrationand geographic diversity in the confer-ence—an insurgency against this con-cept. This was the first time in CPAC’s37-year-history that there were atten-dees from of all 50 states.Making his way to address thecrowd past a man dressed in Revolu-tionary War attire who waved a yellowflag stating, “Don’t Tread On Me,” Gin-grich was one of the only speakers toshake hands with attendees. The formerSpeaker of the House is noted for hisleadership in the 1994 midterm elec-tions that brought Republicans victory in Congress during the Clinton admin-istration.College Republicans Secretary Ma-roof Ali saw Gingrich’s speech as one of the best he experienced during thisyear’s CPAC. “[Gingrich] gave a very compelling speech about how theObama administration is destroyingthis country through overspending,overregulation and overtaxing,” said Ali.“Gingrich used the slogan ‘2+2=4’ toidentify common sense the current ad-ministration clearly lacks.”A straw poll conducted at the con-ference named libertarian Ron Paul asthe candidate of choice among voters.This news inspired boos from thecrowd while libertarians rose to theirfeet and cheered.Erich Mauer, a graduate student inpolitical science and host of WUSB 90.1FM’s “Back to Reality,” said that Paul’s victory in the straw poll is a good signfor the future.“Paul has a zero chance of winningthe nomination but it shows that hissupporters are the most organized, de-spite being [such a small group],” hesaid. “This is good because it shows themajority of conservative and Republi-cans, people and candidates, are focus-ing on 2010—where the focus and re-sources need to be. America needs tohold the line.”“After hearing speakers like Rom-ney and Gingrich, it was hard not to beenergized about the elections,” saidPovey. “They made me feel like it waspossible that conservatives could takethe majority.Many speakers echoed each otherin their hope for the future and lookedforward to CPAC in 2011, when thepresidential election will be in fullswing. Given the lines that wrappedaround the venue, it seems a larger onewill be needed for next year to accom-modate the growing number of conser- vative activists attending the annualconference.“We just need to survive themonths until November,” said Mauer, of the Republican Party’s prospects in2010. “Then the people will continuesending the message to Washington likethey have been for almost a year. It’stime for real change.”With candidates such as MarcoRubio, a contender for senate in Florida,Michelle Bachmann, a congresswomanfrom Minnesota, and Col. Allen West, acandidate for Congress in Florida, it isclear the Republican party is diversify-ing its pool of candidates and bringingin new voters.“Everybody’s excited about the fu-ture,” said Ali. “It’s morning again. It’stime to take our country back.”
Republicans Forecast Big GOP Wins at CPAC
By Laura Cooper
Governor Paterson Plans To Run ForReelection
Governor David Pater-son announced recently that, despite pressureput upon him fromnearly everybody, hestill plans on run-ning for reelectionthis coming No- vember. Accordingto the
New YorkTimes
, “With littleformal support fromDemocratic officialsor labor unions, Mr.Paterson hopes to run asthe anti-establishment can-didate fighting for New York-ers against Albany insiders, despitethe more than two decades he spent inthe State Senate.” Widely unpopular formany reasons, including being a SUNYsupport-slashing scumbag, few hold outany hope for his success. Look forwardto our update this May, “Paterson Does-n’t Even Win The Primaries, Much LessThe Gubernatorial Race”.
March 3, Save the Date!
An unofficial coalition of studentactivists and student groups on campus,including
The Stony Brook Press
, areholding a day of student action againstthe proposed budget cuts and tuitionhikes. We’ll be gathering in the SACplaza during campus lifetime to exhibitstudent power in defense of publichigher education. “The goal is a sea of green-clad students and a number of powerful speakers that will spur thegreater student body to embrace theleverage they have and demand an endto the intolerable exploitation raineddown upon them by the state,” said oneof the event’s organizers, Nick Eaton. If you don’t want your education com-modified, join us on March 3!
Cancer Director No Longer Working At Stony Brook 
Following a number of investigatory articles pub-lished by 
The Press
be-tween 2008-09, Dr.Timothy Kinsella isno longer working atStony Brook Uni- versity, a university official confirmed.Kinsella, theformer Stony Brook Cancer Director washired amidst a num-ber of rising allegationsand a questionable pro-fessional background.Prior to being hired at Stony Brook, Kinsella was investigatedduring his time at the University of Wisconsin for improper medicalbillings and backdating notes. Kinsella,who at Wisconsin was the chair of theHuman Oncology department, with-drew his name from consideration anddid not seek reappointment.Shortly after, Kinsella was hired by University Hospitals in Cleveland,where during his time, he was chargedwith a lawsuit for medical malpracticeof a two-year-old with neuroblastoma.According to the deposition used in thelawsuit, which was mailed to
The Press
anonymously, Kinsella was made awareof a numerical error in dosageof radiation but had failedto correct the mistake.In a phone interview,Kinsella claimedresponsibility forthe care of thepatient, and saidthe issue hadbeen resolved.Kinsella washired in Fall2008 by Dr.Richard Fine,Dean of the Stony Brook School of Medicine, and Dr. Steven Strongwater,CEO of the Stony Brook Hospital.While at Stony Brook, Kinsella receiveda salary of $475,000 as a visiting profes-sor.The University would not commenton any other questions regarding Kin-sella or the hiring process other than toconfirm that he is no longer working atStony Brook.
Students Petition To Stop Hikes, Cuts
NYPIRG has organized a petitionsigning campaign at Stony Brook, col-lecting fifteen hundred student signa-tures, urging AssemblymanEnglebright to reject GovernorPaterson’s plan to cut studentfinancial aid, SUNY funding,and authorize systematictuition hikes. The petitionwas also sent to SenatorsSampson and Flanagan.Englebright has pledgedhis commitment to pre- venting cuts to the Tu-ition AssistanceProgram, saying, “TAPenables anyone with deter-mination and natural capa-bility of learning to be all thatthey can be and to ultimately maximize their lifetime potentialto contribute to the economic and cul-tural vitality of New York State. Thatis why TAP must not be cut andwhy I intend to fight for fullrestoration.”
Stony Brook StudentFound Dead In Triple-Murder Suicide
A 19-year-old Stony Brook student, YaniqueBailey was found deadalong with her 14-year-old sister, Yolanne Bai-ley, mother and father, ina triple murder-suicide in Queens, NYlast Monday.According to the
New York Times
, Bai-ley’s mother, Dionne Coy-Bailey, an as-sistant principal at A. Philip RandolphCampus High School in Harlem, hadmoved from her husband’s home aftershe found a handgun under his bed.Bailey’s father, Mark Bailey, a bus driveron Long Island in his mid-40s, allegedly shot his two daughters and his wife, andthen shot himself in the forehead.It is still unclear as to what Mr. Bailey’smotives may have been, with reportsranging from a dispute over possessionof a rifle to an argument over whetheror not to spend $1,500 onbraces for one of theirdaughters, accordingto
.According to the
New York Post 
, anote was on thekitchen tablethat read, “I’msorry. Love,Mark.”Yanique was asophomore Bi-ology major andBusiness minorwho belonged tothe National Society of Collegiate Scholarsand was a member of HandCollege Hall Council, according to anemail sent to students by PresidentSamuel Stanley.“In speaking with her friends andprofessors, we learned that she was very popular in her residence hall, alwayshad a smile on her face, was extremely upbeat, outgoing and one of the happi-est people they have ever met,” Stanley said in the email. “She helped her class-mates with homework, participated instudy reviews with friends and was abright and charismatic person.”
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