Keep the Old Calendar
  • Petitioned Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University

Keep the Old Calendar

    1. Stony Brook Young Americans for Freedom
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      Stony Brook Young Americans for Freedom


Recently, Stony Brook University decided to change the academic calendar, eliminating certain days of observance.  This change was made behind closed doors, with no substantial input from any of the Interfaith Center chaplains on campus, faculty senate, or the student body.  In doing so, the SBU administration has put a large portion of its students in the position of choosing between personal obligations and their studies - a position that is insensitive to students and faculty on campus.


The calendar for Stony Brook University has always been one of compromise and cultural acceptance for its diverse student population.  These changes were made in the name of cultural equality.  In reality, the changes exacerbate the issue - instead of moving towards the acceptance of the full student body in all of its religious and cultural diversity, students of even the most secular backgrounds must now choose between strong cultural ties and their academic studies.  This fact was either overlooked or ignored by the Stony Brook University Administration to the detriment of its student body and their families.  In reality, the new academic calendar moves in the wrong direction – eliminating the recognition of cultural diversity that was previously included in the school’s calendar.  Instead, we should be moving toward a greater recognition of all faiths and cultures.


We, the students of Stony Brook University, want the calendar changed back to its previous form.  At that point, we feel that the Calendar Committee should be reconstituted to revise the academic calendar in such a way that recognizes the need for compromise with regard to academic excellence, cultural, and religious understanding.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Deborah Lynch-Webber LAKE GROVE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      As a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook I am ashamed to call myself an Alumni. I can't stand the President of the University and have not and will not ever contribute to the Alumni funds. You are a farce SBU! And by the way are no Harvard or Yale either so stop trying so hard. I will not allow my own children to consider SBU.

    • Mary Gallagher BAYSIDE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I rarely get to see my family aside from religious holidays due to distance

    • Raymond Flores HUNTINGTON, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      My four years as an undergraduate at Stony Brook University were some of the most formative years of my life. Numerous times, the school had prided itself on its unity within its diversity. Now, that is no longer the case, and I am very much saddened by the recent change in the calendar. I hope that the administration re-considers its position. Until that time, my donations to the school will go elsewhere.

    • Umar Zaidi FLUSHING, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      i barely get off during my Eid holidays

    • Shawn Hyms LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      This is an insult to the rights of the Stony Brook University Community. Once they take away these rights, what other rights will they take?


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