At Stony Brook, Purim falls during Spring Break every second year or so.
This year it came while classes were in session, and despite budget limitations and of course, no alcohol served on campus, Purim was celebrated in grand style.
Five megillah readings were held on the main Academic Campus and in the University Medical Center, hundreds noshed on knishes, egg rolls, and hamantashen while listening to a student klezmer band performance.
The kosher restaurant was converted into a gaming room with table games and Guitar Hero on a 60 inch screen and students competed for Starbucks gift cards for the best costume.
"The entire community came together to celebrate," commented one undergraduate student. "Despite the bleak economic situation, and Purim shows us that we can face adversity and still succeed."