J School on the move: New bus wrap features School of Journalism

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Faculty and students gathered to celebrate the fact that the School of Journalism received its own Stony Brook University campus transportation bus on Oct. 23, 2013. Photo by Jason Geller.

Faculty and students gathered to celebrate the fact that the School of Journalism received its own Stony Brook University campus transportation bus on Oct. 23, 2013. Photo by Jason Geller.

The School of Journalism received its own Stony Brook University campus transportation bus on Oct. 23, 2013, joining the ranks of other departments like Stony Brook Athletics and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

“It’s one small step for the bus system on campus but a giant step for the School of Journalism,” Dean Howard Schneider said at the unveiling ceremony.

The Stony Brook University Office of Administration, which oversees Transportation Services, instituted the wraps in 2011. The wraps serve a dual function– they protect the buses from wear and tear and promote various aspects of the university.

“We thought it would be cool to work with schools, clubs and departments to highlight what’s going on on campus,” Senior Vice President for Administration Barbara Chernow said.

Chernow and Director of Sustainability and Transportation Services James O’Connor initially explored the idea of painting the buses. However, they found that wrapping the buses is more economical than painting them, as the wraps last an average of seven to 10 years.

The themes of the bus wraps are chosen in no particular order and added only to new buses for the sake of productivity.

“As we update the fleet there will be more canvases,” Chernow said.

Members of the faculty and student body of the School of Journalism took an inaugural bus ride around Circle Road and celebrated with cake in the Chapel of the Wang Center afterward.

“It’s fun and exciting to see for students to see,” Schneider said. “It’s a great way to create visibility for the School of Journalism.”


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