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Apr 12, 2010 8:23 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton students meet with Stony Brook president after protest march

Apr 12, 2010 8:23 PM

Scores of Stony Brook Southampton students set out from Rocky Point at about 7:15 a.m. on Monday and marched for 12 miles to Stony Brook University’s main campus in a demonstration against drastic cuts to their campus that were announced last week.

After the 5-hour march down Route 25A, students met with Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr., who announced on Wednesday, April 6, that the university would be discontinuing most undergraduate programs at the Southampton campus and allowing Southampton students to either be absorbed into the main campus or transfer to another school.

The students also staged a sit-in outside the administration building until about 6 p.m.

“I don’t feel that Dr. Stanley told us anything that we hadn’t already heard,” said Caroline Dwyer, 30, of Quogue, a student leader from Stony Brook Southampton who met with Dr. Stanley on Monday. “We did present him with a lot of options and alternatives—things that we were willing to do to keep our campus viable—that he pretty much dismissed, so I guess we’re back where we are.”

After about 100 students departed from the Kohl’s in Rocky Point Monday morning, they marched two-by-two down the sidewalk along Route 25A, holding signs. They met more students at a second drop-off point in East Setauket.

The students arrived at Stony Brook University at around noon chanting “S.O.S. SBS!” and congregated outside the administration building

After a few minutes, Dr. Stanley emerged and briefly addressed the students. Five student leaders went into his office and delivered a package of testimonials, letters and petitions written and compiled by Stony Brook Southampton students in recent days. Dr. Stanley reiterated what he told the campus last week: that mounting state budget cuts forced him to effectively shut down undergraduate studies at the campus.

“This has obviously been a very difficult decision for us,” Dr. Stanley said in a brief press conference after meeting with the students. “We had thought very carefully and long about what we could do in response to what’s been the worst budget cuts that Stony Brook and SUNY have every faced.”

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if he tought very carefully why did he turn down money????
By snuckomes53 (1), babylon on Apr 12, 10 9:14 PM
A terrible decision by President Stanley! As the University President, Stanley has the responsibility to allocate funds properly and make decisions regarding his school...He is not open to any suggestions regarding the vitality of the Southampton Campus....Stop blaming the state of NY and buying out football scholarships for Hofstra football players. Get your priorities straight!
By KerryB (1), Patchogue on Apr 12, 10 9:41 PM

Why actually discuss it in advance with those most affected, when you can just claim to have "thought about it?"

By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Apr 12, 10 10:00 PM
have I heard correctly that Dr. Stanley is spending 7 million to update the one marine science building since they didn't do that one when they spent over 70 million on the buildings that will now remain closed?? I would love to know if the other rumor that someone offered the 6 million needed to graduate this class that started 3 years ago and Dr S said no thanks?THis man does not seem to care about the students9 or his teachers lives)
and if it is not really a money issue what is his agenda ...more
By mustangrobin (3), westhanpton on Apr 13, 10 7:54 AM
I am not sure about the marine scince building but i do think that we need to really read more about the PHEEIA which makes this decision seem like it is based on much more than just budget cuts.
By pierce (4), Southampton on Apr 13, 10 12:00 PM
Just how many times do our local leaders have to step in and "save" this place? The first time, okay, blame LIU and Tim Bishop. The second time, blame "the state" and Dr. Stanley's "difficult decisions." What now?

We should take a page from our American president's book, General Motors style. If we bail you out, your university president better resign.
By BobbyH (44), Southampton/NYC on Apr 13, 10 10:04 PM
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