Bonaventure adjunct’s actions speak louder than words

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By: M.K. Killen

Angela Reisner may not be on St. Bonaventure University’s campus every day, but her bubbly personality has made an impression on many students.

“Angela is adorable, engaging and passionate,” said Simmi Kalsi, a sophomore biology major. “She’s just such a fun and phenomenal person. She’s super understanding, and she even brings us a bowl of candy every class—and takes requests.”

Reisner teaches courses in American Sign Language (ASL) on Monday and Tuesday nights. Students describe Resiner as energetic, fun and kind-hearted.

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St. Bonaventure gears up for Super Bowl Sunday

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By Katie Tercek

As Super Bowl LI approaches, football fans at St. Bonaventure University will be tuning in on Sunday to watch the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.

The Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady, has lead the team to a 14-2 season which puts them ahead of the Falcons, whose quarterback Matt Ryan lead them to a 11-5 season.

Statistics may show that the New England Patriots are a better team, but that does not stop the hopes of Atlanta Falcons fans.

“I’m on the Falcon bandwagon because I am from Buffalo, and we have an integrated hate of the Patriots and Tom Brady,” said Max Weiss a senior and marketing major.

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Hip hop team develops Halloween themed show

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By Kelly Haberstroh

The SBU Hip Hop team collaborated with ASIA and LASO to host a Halloween themed show on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Peter Bertoldo, Emily Flynn and Meaghan Tederous came up with the theme and name for the event because they wanted to make each dance representative of a classic Halloween television show or movie.

The three had thrown around a lot of ideas for iconic Halloween films and decided on a select few. They all thought the name, “Halloween Through Your Screen,” would match the concept well and decided to show a trailer for each film depicted prior to the dances.

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Bona’s welcomes therapy animals on campus

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By Kelly Haberstroh

With an increasing amount of students diagnosed with anxiety or depression in the past couple of years, the need for a therapy animal on campus has become more essential.

Two students with therapy animals on campus were diagnosed with anxiety. Nathan Cass, a junior visual and performing arts major, said he was depressed and had been contemplating suicide a couple of times. RaeAnn Thomas, a sophomore psychology major, would avoid studying for tests because she was having panic attacks in her dorm room.

According to the students, both housing and disability services have been accommodating about the process of students moving a pet into their dorm.

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Dan Barry speaks on recent book

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By Amber Levias

Bona’s alum Dan Barry, spoke at the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center last Monday evening about his book Boys in the Bunkhouse, the story of 32 men with intellectual disabilities who endured harsh physical treatment and low pay working in a turkey processing plant for more than 30 years.

Barry, a current writer for The New York Times, found his inspiration for the story during a visit to Iowa when he happened upon a small news article detailing exploited lives of 32 men working in a nearby turkey plant in Atalissa, Iowa.

“I wanted write about the men, not around the men,” said Barry. “I want people to have to have an epithet that people with intellectual disabilities belong. This wasn’t Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. This happened a few years ago.”

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EDGE program prepares for second year

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By Kelly Haberstroh

As the EDGE prepares to start up for its second year, the Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) decided to make some changes to the program. In comparison to last year, they plan to have more interactive and hands-on seminars with more opportunities to practice the skills they’re learning how to improve.

The EDGE is an opportunity for sophomores, juniors and seniors to have an advantage when applying to internships, graduate school and the workplace. The CPRC started the program last year after students who went into internships and jobs found that, while they had a great foundation, they were lacking some professional skills.

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90’s night benefits Embrace It Africa

By Kelly Haberstroh

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Embrace the 90’s was a fun and nostalgic way to kick off Spring Weekend and donate money to help organizations involved with Embrace it Africa.

Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the event was hosted in the Rathskeller on April 28 by Embrace It Africa and Rotaract.

The idea for the collaboration came from Rotaract, who contacted Embrace it Africa to co-host an event together. Campus Activities Board later became involved after discovering the two clubs planned to have their event at the same time as their scheduled 90’s night.

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Carney reflects on time as president


By Jason Klaiber

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Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., who will step down from her post as St. Bonaventure’s president this summer, spoke in Hayes Conference Room in Doyle Hall on April 19, discussing her intentions after her tenure concludes and reflecting on her time here.

Carney assumed her position as the university’s 20th president in 2004, the year after its men’s basketball scandal. This transgression involved her presidential predecessor, Robert J. Wickenheiser, permitting an ineligible transfer student to acquire playing time.

“I helped the university recover by making clear that our goal as a university was to rebuild our reputation,” said Carney.

Holding degrees in historical theology, Carney studied the lineage and understood the importance of the Catholic Church worldwide, a perspective that guided her presidency.

“There’s 2000 years worth of homework that gets us to this point,” said Carney.

Within her 12-year span as president, she pinpoints her favorite memory as the 150th anniversary celebration, a series of events and activities held from March 2008 to May 2009 to commemorate the university’s growth over one and a half centuries.

“That anniversary gave us a chance to look back at our history and to realize that the university had survived all kinds of challenges over basically 15 decades,” said Carney.

Carney said these challenges included the Great Depression, a crisis during which friars worked without pay.

With Carney’s presidency coming to an end on July 31, the university plans to find an interim president in time to temporarily take her place.

Carney, 74, said she had no idea who her replacement will be. She said she only hopes the university won’t lose momentum during the transition.

“My biggest concern is that people think that an interim year is a year to just slow down. It’s not. It’s a bridge,” said Carney. “That person will have the authority to make the kinds of decisions a president needs to make.”

After she steps down, Carney said she doesn’t plan to secure another administrative post on the university grounds. Instead, she will take one year of sabbatical, a paid leave Bonaventure allows a faculty member to pursue every seven years.

In 20 years at St. Bonaventure, first serving as the dean and director of the Franciscan Institute before becoming the university’s president, Carney never took a sabbatical.

She said, however, that her first sabbatical will most likely be disrupted by medical procedures.

Diagnosed earlier this year with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, Carney still managed to continue doing her job through this semester.

“I tire a little bit faster at the end of the day, but I’m able to put in a normal working day,” said Carney.

Upon her announcement addressing her health via email, Carney’s friends and colleagues as well as current students and alumni sent her their support.

“Every get-well card that’s ever been printed in the last two years has been delivered to me,” said Carney. “Some days, I just can’t get over it. It’s been really beautiful.”

Soon after she leaves her post, Carney said she hopes the university will commence thorough renovations of both Plassmann Hall and The John J. Murphy Professional Building. According to Carney, the university doesn’t possess enough revenue to pay for the renovations, so it would have to raise the money, either from private donations or foundational grants.

As for personal goals, Carney said she intends to become more proficient with social media tools, such as Twitter. Additionally, she said she wants to catch up on her professional scholarship in Franciscan Studies, read more, complete any unfinished projects and make pilgrimages to Assisi.

In regards to what she would have done differently, Carney said she wishes she made steps to changing the way the university delivers the core curriculum. She said St. Bonaventure didn’t structure Clare College to make faculty members enthusiastic about teaching its courses.

“People assumed a lot of new faculty would be hired just to teach those courses, and that never happened,” said Carney. “It’s so hard to get people to teach Clare.”

In leaving the university, Carney said she’ll miss constantly being around students and their influence on her to stay current with pop culture through such experiences as her annual interview on WSBU’s airwaves.

“By living in a world where your focus is always on the new generation of people coming into adult life, it keeps you open to a lot of perspectives of what’s going on in the culture that, when you are always with people your own age, you’ve stopped paying attention to.”