This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

January 31, 1992

The early 1990s at St. Bonaventure University are most remembered for the dire financial times. In addition to nearly being bankrupt, the university did not have much money to spend on athletics, resulting in mostly very poor teams.

However, numerous building projects occurred. In 1992 alone, construction began for the Quick Center, the Post Office was demolished, the Mass Communication was completely realigned and numerous new programs were offered. Jim Baron was even hired as the new men’s basketball coach. 

But it was on this day that two of the most important events, at least to students living on-campus, occurred. Both the remodeling and updating of the library and the complete renovations of Robinson and Falconio Halls began. 

Needless to say, the university still didn’t have any money. The administration put in place a hiring freeze while it tried to get its fiscal house in order. That would take much longer than anticipated.

Soon after, the administration attempted to lay off up to 45 faculty members. The Faculty Senate had another idea. It proposed removing the university president, Fr. Neil O’Connell, O.F.M. (He eventually resigned in 1993.)

To make matters worse, the NCAA also investigated the women’s basketball team for violations.


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