When Dr. Donika Kelly of St. Bonaventure University’s English department is not teaching, she is traveling and reading her collection of poetry at various locations. The assistant professor recently published her first collection of poems, “Bestiary: Poems,” and has been invited by multiple venues to share her work with others.
“Bestiary: Poems,” was published and released in October of 2016. Since then, it has been named as one of The New York Times Book Review’s “Best Poetry Collections of 2016” and one of Buzzfeed’s “Best Poetry Book of 2016.” The collection has also been noticed by The Root, The Undefeated and Quivering Pen.
While it might be difficult for a collection of poetry to strike upon success, Kelly is happy with the reception that her own poems have received.
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.
[Image courtesy of Kathryn McTyre from the SBU Hip Hop Facebook page]
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.
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.
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.”