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Fight to save college continues to unfold

Make no mistake when you read that the "evicted" Southampton students are registering for classes at the main campus. They have no choice. Either they register st Stony Brook or they dont go to school in September. Conducting a college search takes time - these students are currently gearing up for finals and do not have the time now to research other schools that might fit their needs. Besides that, transfer applicantion deadlines have long since passed, and students who are juniors and seniors cannot transfer to another school without having to start over. The timing of Stony Brooks decision to close this campus has left 500 students with very little choice other than registering at the main campus. They are not doing so because they want to - they are doing so because they have basically been hijacked. They now are forced into the position of enrolling and paying for a campus that they never asked to attend. They're suing over it. After an investment of $78 million tax payer dollars to re-establish Southampton, it's disgraceful that President Stanley will let this go so far as to cost the tax payer more money in fighting a lawsuit when he could simply post-pone the deicsion until other alternatives & funding could be explored. The fact that he has already said he will still close that campus even if the funding became available, leads one to believe this is not about funding at all & he has bigger, more lucrative plans for that real-estate." Apr 22, 10 1:28 AM

Officials want to use Southampton Town's Community Preservation Fund to save Stony Brook Southampton

The community should be concerned about the property at the Southampton campus. Recent comments have been made by both Stony Brook President & SUNY Chancellor referring to "collaborations with private corporations for scientific research" and using the Southampton campus for research facilities. Stanley's background in this and his connections with chemical corporations, like Monsanto, should put the community on guard. With passage of the PHEEIA that SUNY is pushing for, the university would be free to make its own leasing agreements with corporations. That campus could become home to chemical research labs, or an extensive of Stony Brook U's Brookhaven Lab - right in your own backyard." Apr 22, 10 7:55 PM

From Long Island Business News publication April 22, 2010
excerpt from "Alums rally for Southampton":



This fall, 800 students were already enrolled to attend at that campus & admissions were on track to reach 2000-2500 within the near future. The school is not a money-loser but the town will be when they are gone. This was a start-up and anybody with any business sense knows a start-up doesn't pay for itself in it's infancy & they dont expect it to. This college was right on track & just coming into its own when it was cut at the knees. On March 10, 2010 the Southampton Press printed the article "Students flock to Stony Brook Southampton as campus looks to expand facilities" Nothing from that has changed, but less than a month later, Stanley announced he was pulling the rug out from under it all. The sound bites he is giving about the budget are not the reason. I dont know what the best way to do it is, but this college must be saved, for the students AND for the community. I for one and very happy to see the legislators trying.

SOS-SBS
" Apr 24, 10 10:56 PM

excuse me - that was meant to read:

From Long Island Business News publication April 22, 2010
excerpt from "Alums rally for Southampton":

"According to national averages reported by StateUniversity.com, students spend an average of $13,000 a year in their local communities, which includes $211 per month in discretionary spending. Using that formula, the 500 students at Stony Brook Southampton campus pump some $6.5 million each year into the local economy".

My comment is that this fall, there would have been 800 students and eventually 2000-2500 pumping that kind of money per month into the local economy. While the current student body of 500 may be spending $6.5 million PER YEAR locally, the campus is being shut down to save a possible $6.7 million over THREE years. Makes no sense." Apr 24, 10 11:07 PM

There is no need to come up with other uses for the property. The $78 million was not wasted on establishing an environmental studies college there. The college IS viable. It was succeeding & growing. (see Southampton Press Article from March 10, 2010 "Students flock to Stony Brook Southampton). Stanley killed it all for a possible savings of about $2 million per year ($6.7 million over 3 years). It makes no sense - until you realize that he wants those students out of there in order to free up the property for other plans - the hidden agenda. There is more to the story than what is being told. " Apr 26, 10 12:53 AM

SUNY officials have since adjusted their statement. “Anticipated base savings from closing the residential campus at Southampton are projected to be $6.7 million,” said Daniel Melucci, Stony Brook’s associate vice president of strategy and planning. "... the realization of those savings will phase in over a 2 to 3 year period.” http://www.sbpress.com/2010/04/when-the-windmill-stopped-spinning/" Apr 26, 10 8:35 PM

The students had a demonstration on campus hours after they acciedntally found out their college was being eliminated. It forced the SB president to come to Southampton & face the student body where he made the official announcement. A few days later, the students had a car caravan to Rocky Point, where they started their police-escorted 12-mile march to the Stony Brook campus. There they held a 6 hr demonstration & sit-in. Again the president was forced to come out & face them. He then met with their student representatives in his office - and rejected every offer & alternative they came up with. He told them he will still shut down the college even if the needed funding is obtained. That should tell us all something about his agenda here. If a lack of funding is the cause for closing the college, why would the receipt of such funding not be cause to reverse that drastic decision. It makes one wonder.

Nobody is taking this new president's word as final.

THE STUDENTS HAD A FUNDRAISER LAST NIGHT AT THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE - AND ANOTHER BIG ONE IS PLANNED AT ATLANTIS AQUARIUM FOR MAY 20. YOU'RE ALL INVITED TO PARTICIPATE.

Go to http://savethecollege.org/events.html

Scroll to the bottom of the page for details & paypal link to purchase tickets.

Also, LIU Southampton College alumni certainly are involved. They re-established the non-profit organization that was used in the fight for that campus the last time it was threatened.

SO FAR THEY HAVE RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM ALUMNI EVEN GOING BACK TO AS FAR AS THE FIRST THREE GRADUATING CLASSES - 1967, 1968, 1969; and from basketball players, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters, class presidents, neighbors of the campus, businesses, community members and concerned citizens and parents.

DONATIONS CAN BE SENT TO:
SAVE THE COLLEGE AT SOUTHAMPTON, INC.
P.O. Box 1176, Southampton, NY 11969


" May 1, 10 12:04 AM

SAVE SOUTHAMPTON CAMPUS FUNDRAISER
May 20th, 2010 at 7pm - 11pm.

Enjoy the SAVE SOUTHAMPTON CAMPUS benefit dinner in a unique night at the Atlantis Aquarium. Come spend the evening with the sharks, fish, stingrays, seals and the monkeys!

FEATURING:
LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS
SILENT AUCTION SHOWCASING WORKS OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
AUCTIONS OF ITEMS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS

The event will feature keynote speaker
GORIDAN RAACKE
Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island

In 2007 Mr. Raacke was selected as a Climate Change Messenger to take part in a demanding training program led by former Vice President Al Gore to help spread the word about the dangerous threat of and solutions to global warming. We are extremely honored to have him support our cause and speak to us at our event!

Remarks also made by our local elected officials who have been fighting extremely hard for these students to KEEP OUR SCHOOL!

All SBS parents and members of the community are welcome to attend this event. This is going to be a spectacular evening for all to gather together and support this beloved cause, while enjoying each others company, in addition to those who are extremely successful within the environmental sustainability industry!

This is going to be a BIG ONE!!!

Purchase tickets at http://savethecollege.org/events.html

Scroll to the bottom of the page for details & paypal link

" May 1, 10 12:05 AM

SAVE THE COLLEGE AT SOUTHAMPTON, INC. is a recognized 501-3(C) charitable organization. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!" May 1, 10 12:10 AM

Stony Brook University officials to meet with lawmakers but offer no comment on initiative to save Southampton campus

Agreed, Highhatsize.
SUNY already said it wants to use the site for "research facilities in collaboration with private corporations". Stanley has a background in doing this sort of thing with Monsanto & Pfizer chemical companies. Since they also say they have plans to expand the campus' use with other SUNY colleges, did they have to throw these students out? Isnt there room for the 800 environemtnal students expected in the fall AND expanded SUNY use? Unless of course the expanded use is private chemical research corporations. He must have figrued that he cant have hundreds of environmentally-conscious college students living on campus with that. He would never get a moment's peace." May 5, 10 4:13 PM

Thiele: Stony Brook rejects idea of maintaining residential campus at Southampton

Will Long Island's Green Campus be shutting down. Watch this video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sllmZyUywWk&feature=player_embedded
" May 6, 10 6:02 PM

well SBU isnt the only SUNY college. If they dont want to run it for a few years before it can stand on its own, maybe another with more interest in the environment can. " May 6, 10 8:45 PM

ok so "no plans to SELL to developers". (Note the operative word). They didnt SELL the property to the developers that are building a Hilton Gardens hotel on the main campus either. " May 6, 10 8:53 PM

Come join us for an amazing night at Atlantis Marine World as we support the cause to Save the College at Southampton!!

May 20th, 2010 at 7pm.

Enjoy our benefit dinner in a unique night at the Aquarium.

FEATURING:
LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS
SILENT AUCTION SHOWCASING WORKS OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
AUCTIONS OF ITEMS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS

The event will feature keynote speaker
GORDIAN RAACKE
Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island

In 2007 Mr. Raacke was selected as a Climate Change Messenger to take part in a demanding training program led by former Vice President Al Gore to help spread the word about the dangerous threat of and solutions to global warming. We are extremely honored to have him support our cause and speak to us at our event!

Remarks also made by our local elected officials who have been fighting extremely hard for us students to KEEP OUR SCHOOL!

We would like as many parents and members of the community to attend this event. This is going to be a spectacular evening for all of us to gather together and support our beloved cause, while enjoying each others company in addition to those who are extremely successful within our desired industry!

This is going to be a BIG ONE guys!!!

Price of Tickets is a Tax-deductible charitable donation!

PurchaseTickets at: http://savethecollege.org/events.html

*Corporate Sponsorship Packages Available*
*AD’s Available in the Events Program*

Checks payable to:
Save the College at Southampton Inc.
P.O. Box 1176, Southampton, NY 11969
Please RSVP by May 15th
" May 6, 10 10:14 PM

Officials want to use Southampton Town's Community Preservation Fund to save Stony Brook Southampton

Come join us for an amazing night at Atlantis Marine World as we support the cause to Save the College at Southampton!!

May 20th, 2010 at 7pm.

Enjoy our benefit dinner in a unique night at the Aquarium.

FEATURING:
LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS
SILENT AUCTION SHOWCASING WORKS OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
AUCTIONS OF ITEMS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS

The event will feature keynote speaker
GORDIAN RAACKE
Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long ... more Island

In 2007 Mr. Raacke was selected as a Climate Change Messenger to take part in a demanding training program led by former Vice President Al Gore to help spread the word about the dangerous threat of and solutions to global warming. We are extremely honored to have him support our cause and speak to us at our event!

Remarks also made by our local elected officials who have been fighting extremely hard for us students to KEEP OUR SCHOOL!

We would like as many parents and members of the community to attend this event. This is going to be a spectacular evening for all of us to gather together and support our beloved cause, while enjoying each others company in addition to those who are extremely successful within our desired industry!

This is going to be a BIG ONE guys!!!

Price of Tickets is a Tax-deductible charitable donation!

PurchaseTickets at: http://savethecollege.org/events.html

*Corporate Sponsorship Packages Available*
*AD’s Available in the Events Program*

Checks payable to:
Save the College at Southampton Inc.
P.O. Box 1176, Southampton, NY 11969
Please RSVP by May 15th
" May 6, 10 11:49 PM

Thiele: Stony Brook rejects idea of maintaining residential campus at Southampton

BENEFIT FUNDRAISER at Atlantis Marine World to Save the College
May 20th, 2010 at 7pm.

FEATURING:
LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS
SILENT AUCTION SHOWCASING WORKS OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
AUCTIONS OF ITEMS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS

Keynote speaker: GORDIAN RAACKE
Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island

Price of Tickets is a Tax-deductible charitable donation!
PurchaseTickets at: http://savethecollege.org/events.html

Checks payable to:
Save the College at Southampton Inc.
P.O. Box 1176, Southampton, NY 11969
Please RSVP by May 15th

*Corporate Sponsorship Packages Available*
*AD’s Available in the Events Program*



" May 7, 10 1:02 PM

Stony Brook University officials to meet with lawmakers but offer no comment on initiative to save Southampton campus

BENEFIT FUNDRAISER at Atlantis Marine World to Save the College
May 20th, 2010 at 7pm.

FEATURING:
LIVE MUSIC FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS
SILENT AUCTION SHOWCASING WORKS OF LOCAL PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS
AUCTIONS OF ITEMS FROM LOCAL MERCHANTS

Keynote speaker: GORDIAN RAACKE
Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island

Price of Tickets is a Tax-deductible charitable donation!
PurchaseTickets at: http://savethecollege.org/events.html

Checks payable to:
Save the College at Southampton Inc.
P.O. Box 1176, Southampton, NY 11969
Please RSVP by May 15th

*Corporate Sponsorship Packages Available*
*AD’s Available in the Events Program*

" May 7, 10 1:06 PM

Thiele: Stony Brook rejects idea of maintaining residential campus at Southampton

The funds were offered from other sources and rejected. Did you notice the recent newsday article that reported "..Stanley's seeking other uses, such as fine arts, medicine and a conference center..." So who do you think is going to be paying for a new medical research facility and 'conference center' at Southampton? Im a medical professional. When we go to educational conferences, we need hotel accomodations - the conference center usually has those on site. The article also says "...and he's starting a center on sustainability studies at the main campus". WHY? When Southampton's campus is a state-of-the-art sustainabilities center, who is going to be paying to re-invent that wheel? It makes more sense to take the funding offers (any one of several) and move the main campus' sustainabilities programs to Southampton. No can do, though - because the guy wants more medical research facilities & conference centers. " May 7, 10 10:55 PM

BTW... the 5 story Hilton Gardens Hotel that is being built at the main campus is being billed by Stony Brook as an "academic conference center" too. If he's talking about putting "conference centers" in your backyard, you might want to get a look at the ramifications it's causing at main. Check these out:
http://www.sbpress.com/2009/12/will-there-be-continental-breakfast/
and
http://www.sbpress.com/2009/11/%e2%80%9chotel-motel-whatcha-gonna-do-today%e2%80%9d/" May 7, 10 11:19 PM

The way these students have been treated is disgraceful. Some, like my kid, turned down other acceptance and scholarship from other colleges because of the promises that were made to them about the education & opportunities they would have at Southampton. To lure them in last August, only to say oh never mind, & throw them out in April is reprehensible. Not to mention the financial losses that their families have incurred. But if you dont care about these students & the money they spent in your local businesses, care about your community.

People, open your eyes. Stop drinking SBU's Kool-aid. They keep saying the campus is not closing. Ok so they are keeping the front gate & 2 buidlings open. The property is not closing (although it will have very few people on it) but SUNY has already removed Southampton from its published list of campuses.

Closing down the 4 yr college at the Southampton campus is not about the temporary funding shortfall (one so relatively minor it could easlity have been made up had the offers of funding not been rejected by the SBU president). This is all about profit for SBU and politics for SUNY. You all need to wake up & get more informed & take action to protect that property. Do you think that SBU will respect the community any more than it has its own students? If you dont have this college and the students on that property, you will have something else not so desireable.

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" May 12, 10 4:22 PM

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" May 12, 10 4:29 PM

A few short months ago, I believed SBU's claims that SUNY was commited to growing the college at Southampton. I also believed the president's promises about the education my child would receive at Southampton. Look how that turned out. You may believe the SBU president's claim that there are no current plans to sell the campus property at this time. Seeing how they operate, only a fool would trust a word that comes out of mouths of SBU or SUNY.

"The future of the land is again at risk. SUNY is not going to close the college and sit on 82 acres of prime Hamptons real estate. The SUNY Strategic Plan does not even list Southampton as one of its campuses. The land is worth tens of millions of dollars. It is only a mtter of time before it is on the market to close the next SUNY budget deficit..."
http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=002&sh=story&story=37279" May 12, 10 4:43 PM

Mr. Nature, thank you for your comment. I do believe you may have misunderstood me. I did not mention CPF funds at all. I do not live in your community and I dont know if that is the right way to go to prevent the loss of the the college. I am not talking about CPF. There are other ways such as reorganizing. For instance, Southampton campus is the universiity's environmental sustainabilities center and also is where the SoMAS marine centers is located. So, instead of moving all these students to the over-crowded main campus & eliminating everything that has been created & accomplished on the Southampton campus, why not move the main campus' environmental & marine programs to Southampton. That would free up space on the main campus & in its dorms, consolidate programs and reduce costs.

The college is worth saving, the property is at risk, SBU is lying to your face when they say this is about funding shortages. I am not just "believing anything a politician says" - I believe what I have experienced and what I know to be true.

And I believe in the obligation that SUNY has to provide the education it guaranteed the 500 current students and 300 newly-accepted students that they recruited for Southampton even up until the day before the closure announcment. That education is not available at the main campus of the science, technology & research institution. If the community wants the college to be eliminated from the property - fine - but not until 4 years from now - not until after SUNY has completed its obligation to these students.

As for what goes in its place AFTER that - thats the business of the community. SUNY took the money from all NY tax payers to establish a 4-yr college, got all the nice new renovations, now throws the college out & keeps the nice new stuff for themselves to profit from later. I strongly object to that. They might as well be telling NYers "thanks suckers" and to hell with our kids.

Just a heads up: SBU is assembling its panel to decide what they will do with the empty campus property. The guy in charge of the panel is an assistant provost - who just also happens to be the vp at Brookhaven Labs.

Its your community." May 15, 10 8:42 PM

PHEEIA is a legislative piece called the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act that Gov. David Paterson had included in his budget. Its not a law yet.

If passed into law as curently drafted, it would allow the different SUNY universities to set their own disparate tutition rates, raise tuition at will without appropriation from the Legislature, and make their own leasing agreements offering up their public campus properties to private entities for corporate purposes at will - all with very limited oversight by the Legislature. It basically would give the public university free reign to do what it wants without much answering to the public or their elected representatives. There are serious concerns with that.

PHEEIA moves SUNY towards becoming more of a private university system and has the potential to result in the loss of access to the affordable college education that SUNY was intended to ensure for all New Yorkers.

For details:
http://www.nysut.org/cps/rde/xchg/nysut/hs.xsl/contactelectedofficials_14552.htm " May 22, 10 10:10 PM

What is currently happening at Southampton is an indication of what is to come if the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA) is ever enacted. PHEEIA would remove legislative oversight over most university transactions. This would lead to more unilateral decisions by campus officials and irrational changes to our public higher education institutions, without regard for the impact it will have on students, their parents and the college community, the local community, and the taxpayers." May 23, 10 12:08 AM

Activist makes fight for campus spiritual

While the possible loss of this college is being fought from several angles, Mr. Manisalco's expertise and efforts to heal the land on which it sits are very much appreciated." May 24, 10 7:31 PM

Stony Brook Southampton students file suit

the article says who the nonprofit is:
"...Save the College at Southampton, Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for the school." " May 25, 10 11:59 PM

Senator Stavisky questioned the idea of using public colleges’ land for private ends, along with the educational mission of some recent land-use proposals, from building a wind farm to housing for the elderly

“I have a major problem permitting the lease of SUNY property,” she said, “because it’s not SUNY property; it’s taxpayer property.”

Right on Senator! The way these 800 students were kicked off the property and their college is being put out of existence for the sole purpose of leasing or selling to the highest-paying corporation or developer is disgraceful. It is not SUNY property - it is the tax-payer's property and the tax-payer paid for a 4-yr college. They did not pay for sprucing up the property just so SUNY could hand it over to private entities for a bigger profit.

" May 27, 10 6:27 PM

Shinnecock tribe receives federal recognition

Newsday reported "While the tribe gains the right to open a casino on its reservation, it is expected to leverage land claims for some 3,000 acres primarily in Southampton, including the Stony Brook Southampton campus and Shinnecock Hills golf course, to negotiate a pact to locate a casino off reservation. Tribal leaders said they have approached Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) about the prospect of turning the recently mothballed Southampton campus into a tribal college, and noted their 3,000-acre legal land claim in Southampton includes the college grounds. Thiele confirmed the discussions. "I consider it to be a viable option to explore as we look at the future of that campus," he said. "For a long time, the Shinnecocks have had a special attachment not just to that land, but to the college."

Wouldnt it beat all if the Shinnecocks snatched back the campus right out Stony Brook Universitys hands.


" Jun 17, 10 4:54 PM

Actually, the land is public property owned by NY state & its tax-payers - not SUNY. The tax-payers paid to acquire & renovate the property. SUNY only has control of its use. But now with the Shinnecocks being recognized officially and having a legal land claim on the property, that may change since it seems the Shinnecocks are the ones who really own it." Jun 17, 10 8:12 PM

Shinnecock Nation explores opening tribal college at Stony Brook Southampton site

if this campus is till going to be used for educating college students whether they are from the tribe or other SUNY schools, why were the students who were already studying there kicked out? If any students are taught there, these students should be the first ones to be re-enrolled." Jun 24, 10 2:21 PM

By the time a tribal college can be established, Stony Brook/SUNY will have already sold the property to the highest bidder and the 800 students who were just kicked out to make the way clear for that will have been long forgotten. A tribal college seems like a good idea but will be a long time coming. In the meantime, the community needs to protect the property. LaValle & Thiele have petitioned the legislature to add language to the budget that would keep the college in operation & prevent its closure. You all should be contacting the governor to grant that petition." Jun 28, 10 2:42 AM

By the time a tribal college can be established, Stony Brook/SUNY will have already sold the property to the highest bidder and the 800 students who were just kicked out to make the way clear for that will have been long forgotten. Right now, the community needs to protect the property. LaValle & Thiele have petitioned the legislature to add language to the budget that would keep the current college in operation. You all should be contacting the governor to grant that petition.


" Jun 28, 10 2:45 AM

A one-woman plan to save sea life from fishing line

and she just graduated from the environmental sustainabilities college at Southampton. it will be a travesty if that one-of-a-kind college is allowed to be exterminated and that kind of education is lost to students like this." Jul 4, 10 10:57 PM

Stony Brook Southampton Dean Mary Pearl resigns

I agree with Mr Suffolk. Also, everybody is talking about the property. But what about the 800 students whose lives & educations have been disrupted - in some cases devastated - solely because the new president doesnt think the environmental programs are "academically significant" and he wants that property for his favored interests - biomedical research with private corporations for profit. The elimination of this college had nothing to do with funding. How the students are being tossed aside & this specialty college is being destroyed after so much has been invested is disgraceful. Yesterday the NYTimes just reported that Stony Brook U will be getting a gift of up to $150 million. They have plenty of funding. So now whats the excuse for what it is doing to these students & this college?" Jul 13, 10 8:05 PM

The task force deciding the future of the campus will be co-chaired by Diana Weir of Wainscott, the executive vice president of the non-profit Long Island Housing Partnership Inc. and Stony Brook University Provost Eric Kaler who also happens to be the vice president of Brookhaven Labs. Housing & Brookhave Labs. Interesting." Jul 13, 10 8:14 PM

I just dont understand how this president can come in, throw everything out, destroy all that has been created there, lie about it being due to "financial reasons", & get away with it. We shouldnt be talking about "re-purposing" the property for future uses. It already had an excellent use as an environmental college & was about to show a return on the investment. We should be stopping this president from throwing it out." Jul 13, 10 8:32 PM

Stony Brook Southampton committee discusses expanding arts, marine sciences programs

I agree with VOS -- especially since Diana Weir, head of the Long Island HOUSING Partnership is co-chairing that advisory panel to determine new uses for the campus & is talking about how Southampton Hospital needs affordable homes in the area to help it attract staff." Jul 29, 10 2:52 AM

In his 2009 inaugural address, SBU's president referred to the "SUNY REACH Program being developed by the four SUNY academic medical centers and the College of Optometry" for disease research and stated it would need "new facilities and shared infrastructure" to house that collaboration of the 5 SUNY colleges & whatever private corporations they would be working with. At the same time, he said "the SUNY plan may help us identify Stony Brook programs that might be better sited elsewhere". Closing the college & grabbing up that property for the new president's special interests was in the works long before the April 2010 closure announcement. The president made these comments in 2009.

The college was killed & the students evicted (or "sited elsewhere") -- not because of any lack of funding, but because of the lprofit SBU could make from public/private parnterships that could be housed on the spacious, newly-renovated campus property. So dont be surprised when that advisory panel "suddenly" comes up with the idea that a "new educational use" for the Southampton campus should be making it the "new facility and shared infrastructure" for the SUNY REACH disease research partnership program. Remember you heard it here first.

SUNY ambition and SUNY profit now comes at the expense of SUNY undergrad students. My daughter is a Southampton student being displaced to Stony Brook. She has already been told that her environmental major has been closed to anyone other than those who had already declared it as a major, and it is being phased out from the future curriculum. I am not anti SBU. I am only anti-tricks with my money and my child's education and academic plans.

What SBU has done to these 800 students is no different than a real estate agent selling you a house in Southampton. But after you signed the deal & moved in, he tells you that he changed the terms of the deal on his own & you actually bought a house in Stony Brook, so you have to leave. And the house that you really bought is one that you never would have considered. It doesnt suit you and doesnt have the ammenities that were sold to you and led you to buy the house in Southampton in the first place but now youre stuck with it.

Sounds inconceivable, doesnt it? It did to the Southampton students and their parents too.

" Jul 29, 10 3:00 AM

There is only one Southampton community resident on that advisory panel. The rest are SUNY and SBU administrators, planners and a private construction developer

STONY BROOK SOUTHAMPTON ADVISORY COUNCIL

Co-Chairs: Diana Weir (Executive Vice President Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc.), Eric W. Kaler (SBU Provost and VP for Brookhaven Affairs)

Members:
Richard D. Britton (Suffolk County Community College)
Lucia Cepriano (Farmingdale State College SUNY)
Barbara Chernow (SBU Vice President, Facilities and Services)
Steve Kenny (Community Resident - Remsenburg, NY)
David LaVallee (SUNY Provost and Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs)
Craig Lehmann (SBU Dean, School of Health Technology and Management)
Bob Martin (Former Chair of the Dean’s Council Stony Brook Southampton)
Laura Baudo Sillerman (Community Resident - Southampton, NY)
Richard E. Warren, (AICP President, Chair - Southampton Business Alliance)
Michael White (Exec Dir. Long Island Regional Planning Council - Syosset)
Kenneth Wright (Wright & Company Construction - Southampton)



" Jul 29, 10 5:23 AM

If this is till going to be an educational institution any students are going to be educated there, why kick out the students who already were being educated there? I dont see anybody saying this is just to get the rough financial time & once its all settled, those students can come back. All I see from this is SUNY getting those students out of the way so it can bring in other students. My concern is not for your property. My concern is for the havoc that has been wreaked upon my child & her classmates & the disruption that SUNY has caused to their education." Jul 30, 10 5:51 PM

THIELE AND LAVALLE PROPOSE LEGISLATION TO STUDY ESTABLISHMENT OF AN NEW INDEPENDENT SUNY CAMPUS AT SOUTHAMPTON
"...The State’s investment in the future of Southampton was prudent and must not be wasted. The social and economic future of the East End requires that it continue to have a 4 year college for its residents. However, based on the experience with both LIU and Stony Brook, it is clear that the business model of operating the college as a satellite to another institution will never properly serve the needs of the community. Our legislation will put in motion a process that will ultimately lead to the maximization of the State of New York’s investment in Southampton for higher education.” http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/thiele-and-lavalle-propose-legislation-study-establishment-new-independent-suny-campus" Jul 30, 10 9:37 PM

Shinnecock Nation explores opening tribal college at Stony Brook Southampton site

Good ideas. Stony Brook is putting together an advisory to decide what it will do with the campus property. How many Shinnecocks do you think it will include on that decision-making panel? I venture to guess none." Jul 31, 10 12:29 AM

Lawmakers want to explore independent SUNY school at Stony Brook Southampton

its about time. operating the college as a satellite to another institution that has a very different focus, mission, and agenda will never properly serve the needs of the students of the satellite. " Aug 4, 10 12:38 AM

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