Alumni comments don’t represent Franciscan values

By Hannah Vail

[Photo retrieved from sbu.edu]

On Nov. 19, almost 100 St. Bonaventure University students, faculty and administrators posed for a picture to stand in solidarity with University of Missouri students of color and allies who recently protested a series of racial incidents on campus that went unaddressed by administration.

The demonstration was met with a deluge of less-than-enthusiastic feedback, mostly from SBU alumni (and the odd troll who never even attended the university). Comments ranged from telling SBU students to “Get a life,” to lamentations of the university’s decline. There was even a declaration from one commenter that she would not hire SBU alumni anymore. (As many current students pointed out, we probably wouldn’t want to work for her anyway).

I could write a piece about why it is important to stand behind Mizzou and other universities protesting racial inequality, but I won’t. I could pen a diatribe about how out of touch older generations are with social and political climates, but I won’t. Instead, I want to talk about Franciscan values.

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This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

January 24, 1997

St. Bonaventure University’s roots are deeply intertwined with the Catholic Church. The land the campus sits on was originally given to the Church to start a parish. It was then turned into a Franciscan school, opening its door in 1858.

Former bishops and cardinals have held the title of president of the university before. Bonaventure’s current president, Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., is the head of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. She received her doctorate at the Franciscan University of Rome. 

Anyway, it is clear how connected the university and the Catholic Church are. This was further cemented on this day when the Bonaventure chorus took a trip to a place many Catholics only dream about going to – the Vatican.

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This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

November 28, 1817

Many stories have been written about Nicholas Devereux, the namesake to one of the dormitory buildings St. Bonaventure University’s campus.

But many people do not quite know his relationship to the school.

Devereux was the sole person who brought the Franciscan friars to Allegany in 1848, beginning the establishment of the university.

It was during one of his first trips to New York, however, that he met the family of Dr. Benjamin Butler. Devereux especially liked Butler’s daughter.

It was on this day that Butler’s daughter, Mary Dolbear Butler, married Devereux.

pinterjo11@bonaventure.edu