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Apr 21, 2010 11:42 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stony Brook Southampton students meet fund-raising goal

Apr 21, 2010 11:42 AM

Stony Brook Southampton students met their goal of raising $10,000 by the end of the day on Friday, April 16, thus ensuring that an anonymous donor would match that amount, according to students.

Students have been raising money to fund a lawsuit against Stony Brook University, which announced on April 7 that it would be closing most of the programs at the small satellite campus at the end of the summer due to drastic cuts in state funding.

Intensive fund-raising began on Thursday, April 15, according to student leader John Botos. Students were told that if they raised $10,000 by the end of the day on Friday, an anonymous donor would contribute an additional $10,000.

Students largely worked from home, making calls, sending out e-mails and contacting people using a Facebook page started last week to advocate for saving the campus. They reached the halfway point—$5,000—at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Shortly after 9 p.m., they reached the $10,000 mark, according to Mr. Botos. “We blew it away, thank God,” he said.

Mr. Botos could not say for sure on Saturday afternoon if the anonymous donor contributed the additional $10,000, but he did say that students called the donor late last Friday night to announce that they met the goal.

Students have declined to disclose the name of the law firm they are seeking to hire, or the nature of the possible lawsuit.

Mr. Botos said that students will continue raising funds, with the goal of garnering a total of $50,000 by early May, in order to pay for legal fees and to continue to raise awareness about the cuts to the campus and to education across the state.

“We’re not trying to do this just to make a verbal statement, but more so we want to show through the grassroots movement that Stony Brook Southampton is a viable business plan,” he said.

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This might sound too simple but why not use any money earned to organize a By the Sea style concert slotted for the summer? Maybe the biggest concert yet can bring in enough funds to keep the campus alive. To me it makes more sense than a lawsuit.
By SH Fan (7), Southampton on Apr 17, 10 9:56 PM
Kudos to those students. Proving to themselves and to us the pay off from detemination and had work.
By number19 (111), Westhampton on Apr 18, 10 6:38 AM
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and now our tax dollars will be brought to work in defending the state...and any politician will jump on he bandwagon to get themselves another vote.

By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 18, 10 8:47 AM
THEY RAISED MONEY TO PAY FOR THE LAWSUIT!!!
By Sad Student (3), East Hampton on Apr 18, 10 8:25 PM
yes, im aware of that....nice job.

who do you think is going to foot the bill to defend the lawsuit you people are bringing on the state? the taxpayer.

got it now?
By slamminsammy (104), East Moriches on Apr 19, 10 8:02 AM
So the local politicos who voted in Albany to cut Stony Brook University and the rest of SUNY by MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars are now crying because the university leadership had to make cuts as a result.

I thought SUNY was the STATE university of New York - how is an state university supposed to exist if the state doesn't fund it???
By noonespecial (1), Southampton on Apr 18, 10 8:56 AM
As long as "The Boss" Sheldon Silver is Speaker of the Assembly and is not in support of keeping the SH campus open, nothing will happen. Will a judge appointed by one of Silver's cronies rule against "The Boss?" Sounds far fetched? I wish it was. I am sure a well connected real estate developer is already in line to grab this valuable parcel. Good luck students.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 20, 10 11:41 PM
What happened to the Lavalle/Thiele lawsuit mentioned in earlier articles about this topic?
By nellie (451), sag harbor on Apr 20, 10 11:57 PM
There will be an update in the Southampton Press tomorrow, and further updates coming next week. Thank you.
By Will James (4), Southampton Press on Apr 21, 10 1:28 PM