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.
Divisive, polarizing and controversial are all words used to describe the current state of social issues in our country. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh no, not another Donald Trump article! We can’t keep up as it is.”
However, this piece is not about our president’s voracious tweeting habits, or the always present dramas that seem to follow him everywhere. Rather, where does our First Amendment right to free speech end, and can someone take this expression too far?
But first, a look into some recent events. About three weeks ago, a well-known and liked ESPN host, Jemele Hill, took to twitter to voice her opinions on our current president. Using terms like “white supremacist,” “ignorant,” and “bigot,” her tweets gained notoriety very quickly.
It is every college baseball player’s goal to get drafted by a major league team. However, only about 10% of NCAA players nationally accomplish this, most of them coming from large schools in the south.
In the 9th round of the 2017 MLB draft, the San Francisco Giants made St. Bonaventure’s Aaron Phillips one of these select few.
A key part of the Bonnies for the past three seasons, Phillips excelled as an elite two-way player. A leader both on the mound and at the plate, Phillips was named a finalist for the John Olerud National Two-Way Player of the Year.
However, it is Phillips’ arm that got the Giants’ attention.
The Bonnies found themselves in another nail biter early against Hartwick, until two late goals by the Hawks sunk them in a 3-1 defeat Saturday evening at Marra Athletics complex.
The Hawks were the first to draw blood as senior, Mark Berry, found the back of the net in the 17th minute off of a beautiful assist by teammate Harry Morton.
The Bonnies had a frustrating first half on the offensive side, as they squandered chances to score. One of those chances came in the 28th minute when an offside call neglected Nicola Bonso’s potential equalizer.
“The future of hundreds of thousands of individuals now rests on Congress. Now more important than before to make our voices heard in unison and our constant commitment to protect our community,” Haylei John, Student Government Association executive board president said.
On Sept. 12, a group of students stood outside Plassmann Hall to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
John started off the protest to acknowledge the community coming together to show our unity and response to the decision to rescind DACA.
She assured students who themselves or their families may be affected by the DACA decision that we as a university stand with them to make a call for immigration reform that reflects a recognition and respect of human dignity. Change must be made to ensure to view individuals as people, not as numbers, outsiders, or burdens. Continue reading “Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision”→