Students show solidarity for those affected by executive order

By Bryce Spadafora

Members of the St. Bonaventure University community gathered on the front steps of Plassmann Hall today to show solidarity for those affected by President Donald Trump’s recent executive order.

The executive order, released last Friday, restricts citizens from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq from entering the country. News outlets have reported that some United States citizens have also been denied entrance into the country.

According to the executive order, its purpose is to, “protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.”

Opponents of the order have argued that it targets groups of people who have never committed terror attacks in the United States and are of very little threat to national security.

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Students prepare for presidential election

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By MK Killen

Millennials have often been criticized for their apathy toward elections and lack of representation in the voting population, but at St. Bonaventure University students seem to be breaking this stereotype. There have been several opportunities for students to register to vote or apply for absentee ballots on campus so far this year.

First Year Experience hosted an event called Floats and Votes where students were rewarded with an ice cream float for registering. College Republicans hosted a voter registration drive the week of Sept. 19.

Rachel Pelsang, sophomore bioinformatics major and co-president of College Republicans, said, “We have registered about 50 students in the last year, and events like floats and votes get equally as many people. There is generally a steady stream of students registering to vote throughout the year.”

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Bonaventure appoints interim president to succeed Carney


By Jason Klaiber @J_Klaibs
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St. Bonaventure University named Andrew Roth its interim president, board of trustees chairman Robert Daugherty announced today.

Roth will remain in the post for the university’s 2016-2017 academic year.

Roth will succeed Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., who announced in January her plans to step down on July 31 after 12 years as the university’s president.

In February, Carney revealed she had multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

A nationwide search for the university’s president began in March, with a permanent president to be named in December and assume the role in summer of 2017.

Roth served as the president and chief executive officer of Notre Dame College, located in Cleveland, from 2003 to 2014, a time span during which enrollment at the college nearly tripled–from 775 to 2,270–and full-time faculty more than doubled.

From 1974 to 2003, Roth maintained positions at Mercyhurst College, first as a tenured faculty member in communications and later business. Roth then served as the director of admissions, the dean of admissions and financial aid before becoming the chief information officer and vice president for enrollment. Roth then served as the university’s vice president for academic affairs.

Roth founded Mercyhurst’s women’s soccer program, coaching the team from 1986 to 1990.

Before his time at Mercyhurst, Roth served as an English instructor at Gannon University.

Roth earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from John Carroll University in 1968; a master’s in English language & literature from Case Western Reserve University in 1970; an MBA in marketing & strategic planning from Gannon in 1980; and a doctorate in public policy & higher education finance from the University at Buffalo in 1999.



Student government constitutional faults test student trust

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Student government lacks communication and transparency, raising problems within the student body

By Emily Rosman

ST. BONAVENTURE (May 3, 2016) – The Student Government Association’s budget report projects about a $90,000 decrease for the 2016-2017 academic year. Armed with a constitution that has failed twice in the last six months alone and declining student support, student government at St. Bonaventure has a lot of upcoming responsibility.

Student government, also referred to as SGA, works as a liaison between the student body, university, faculty and administration.

SGA faces problems with leadership, finances, its advisor’s role and a faulty constitution. This has resulted in an increased lack of trust based on conversations with multiple students.

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Bonaventure hosts language festival for area students


By: Kelly Haberstroh and M.K. Killen

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St. Bonaventure University welcomed about 500 high school students and chaperones on Friday for a festival celebrating foreign languages and different cultures.

The attendees, from Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, arrived on campus at 8:30 a.m. for the day-long Festival of Languages & Cultures.

“This is the first event celebrating languages and cultures in a long time. There was something similar many, many years ago,” said Dr. Alva Cellini, leader and organizer of the event. “The event includes languages SBU doesn’t even teach.”

More than 40 Bonaventure student volunteers, along with numerous faculty and a committee of faculty and staff, helped organize and execute the event. The personnel involved set up language workshops covering Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Chinese and Hebrew.

Following registration and welcome ceremonies, the visiting students rotated through two different sessions. The first session about world cultures took place in Dresser Auditorium in The John J. Murphy Professional Building. Student athletes ran the second session, titled “Sports Around the World,” in the Richter Center.

By 11:30, the visiting student groups returned to the Reilly Center Arena to participate in song and dance competitions. Awards were presented to the winners of the singing, dancing and poster contests before the students enjoyed lunch and a meet and greet with current university students.

The day came to a close with a dance exhibition featuring students from the organizations LASO, ASIA, SBU Hip Hop, Dance Arts’ Flocking Forms Modern I & II, and Olean Area Irish Dancers.

At the second session, student athletes from softball, men’s swimming, basketball, rugby and soccer educated the visiting students about their respective sport. Each group took a different approach to educating the high schoolers. There were games, discussion groups and Q and A sessions.

Junior Imani Outlaw quizzed the students on their newfound knowledge at the end of the session, asking, “Where was basketball invented?”

Abby Cohen, who joined the committee to organize the event in Rob DeFazio’s absence, then asked the students several prepared questions about the upcoming Summer Olympics.  Four lucky students received SBU USB drives for their correct answers.

Cohen said the event promoted interaction with current and prospective students, serving as a fun and collaborative competition.

“It is important for everyone, especially young people, to be familiar with another culture or language,” said Cellini. “As a university, educating people about different cultures and promoting students attending Bonaventure are important tasks.”

Cellini said she hoped that after the event, students would realize they don’t have to go far away to learn about these things and experience a great university.

SBU Health and Wellness Center: bad reputation or bad service?

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By Whitney Downard

Students at St. Bonaventure University, a small college of 1,800 students in rural Western New York, have a few options when seeking medical care. MASH Urgent Care and Olean General Hospital, both less than four miles from campus, and the free, on-campus health services center diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for students in need.

The Center for Student Wellness, open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., has a medical provider on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Yet students still choose the costly and time-consuming alternatives to health services, either heeding a friend’s warning about the center or because of their past experiences there.

“I was bedridden for about four days. I couldn’t keep anything down – not even water – and could barely sit up,” said Kailyn Jennings. “I went to the health center and was so light headed I thought I would pass out there.”

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“What just happened?” A summary of the SGA Election controversy

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By:  Nate Discavage  @DiscavageSavage


As the 2016 presidential election continues to supply controversy around the nation, the St. Bonaventure University Student Government Association (SGA) presidential election had a twist of its own.

Shockwaves were sent through campus late Monday night when SGA Executive Vice President-Elect Jessica Laursen posted on her Facebook page:  “the results of the SGA Presidential Election of 2016-2017 were invalid.”

Laursen pointed to Article VIII, Section II, of the SGA Constitution states that election of the Executive “President…shall be chosen in the spring election by a majority vote.”

Although Laursen and President-Elect JW Cook earned the most votes (295 out of 721), they did not win a majority of 50% plus 1.

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Carney’s influence reaches beyond St. Bonaventure campus

By Jason Klaiber and Bryce Spadafora

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Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., will step down from her position as St. Bonaventure’s president on July 31, leaving behind a 12-year record of influence spanning not only this campus but also the surrounding western New York region.

Carney, 74, assumed her role as the 20th president of St. Bonaventure in 2004, following the university’s 2003 men’s basketball team scandal, which revolved around former president Robert Wickensheiser’s permission for an ineligible transfer student to receive playing time.

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