Student Government Association ends relationship with March of Dimes

By Nate Discavage @DiscavageSavage

Next fall semester, there will no longer be a March for Babies walk on the St. Bonaventure University campus. WSBU 88.3 the Buzz will not host their March of Dimes lock-in.  Students will walk through the Hickey Dining Hall without small purple posters promoting an upcoming march. Resident Assistants will not be decorating resident halls with posters asking students to go online and donate to the charity.

“We are switching charities,” St. Bonaventure Student Government Association (SGA) President Rose Brown said. “It’s definitely going to happen.”

Brown pointed to declining numbers in attendance for the university’s annual March for Babies campaign.

“We have had a problem with student involvement and student interest,” Brown said.  “We have decided that we should reach out to an organization without such a big name that may need our help.”

Instead, SGA will hold a meeting on Thursday Oct. 30 to create a list of four charities that the student body will then vote on. Continue reading “Student Government Association ends relationship with March of Dimes”

March of Dimes a success

By Joe Pinter, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Nov. 19) – March of Dimes Olean was declared a success tonight at St. Bonaventure University’s Student Government Association meeting.

Audra Distefano, March of Dimes community director, announced that close to $52,000 will be raised by the end of December. Bonaventure and its students contributed about $10,300 to the fundraising efforts, she said.

The event is already planned for next year. It will return on Oct. 4, 2014.

Sophomore class officers then announced a new campaign, ”Sideline Cancer.” The goal is to raise money for the Griffith Family Foundation. The Griffith family has dedicated the past few years to raising money for pancreatic cancer research after a family member died from the disease in 2010.

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Bonaventure hosts March for Babies walk for second straight year

By Rebecca Gunning, @Beck2142

The March of Dimes Foundation will be holding their annual March for Babies walk on Saturday, Oct. 5 here at St. Bonaventure University at 11a.m. The walk is on the Allegheny River Valley Trail and is a total of 3.2 miles long.

“The money raised from the March of Dimes Walk goes towards programming, grants, research projects and community projects,” said Audra Distefano, community director of the Western New York Division of the foundation.

The March of Dimes has been walking in the United States since 1970 and had brought the walk to the Bonaventure campus for the first time last year. In its inaugural go at Bonaventure, the community managed to raise just over $47,000, according to Distefano, who has been working for the foundation for about a year.

The March of Dimes has been walking in the United States since 1970 and had brought the walk to the Bonaventure campus for the first time last year. In its inaugural go at Bonaventure, the community managed to raise just over $47,000, according to Distefano, who has been working for the foundation for about a year.

“We decided to move it to St. Bonaventure because of how much the St. Bonaventure community was involved in the walk and we wanted to get the students more involved,” Distefano said. “Plus the trail is gorgeous this time of year!”

She estimates around 60 to 65 percent of the teams who sign up for the walk are Bona students with the community and businesses making up the remainder of walkers. Those students managed to raise $9,000 for last year’s walk.

Student Government Association (SGA) President Cody Clifford was extremely pleased with the participation of students in the walk’s first go-around.

“Personally, I think the turnout for the walk last year was great! We had over 20 clubs create teams and well over 200 students,” said Clifford, a senior. “In retrospect that may not seem like a lot, but for it being the first year we co-sponsored the event we had a wonderful turnout.”

On Saturday, Sept. 28, SGA will have a table at Bonagany, Allegany’s annual festival to celebrate the town and university, in order to raise awareness for the event.

“Our table is mostly for donations, and to get information about the event to people,” Clifford said. “However, we will be giving directions on how to sign-up at the table.”

Clifford encourages anyone to sign up for SGA’s team or to at least donate.

“So far our team, which anyone is welcome to be on, has raised over $100 and our goal is $500,” he said. “As of now I’d say our team has about eight people and we’d love to increase that number.”

Distefano expects there to be 500 walkers at the event. Their goal is to increase this walk’s donations to over $60,000.

This year March of Dimes also happens to be celebrating its 75th anniversary. Distefano says to expect something special the day of the walk to commemorate the foundation’s milestone.

There are a variety of ways to participate in the walk. One can sign-up with a business or club, with a group of friends or family, or as an individual.

Registration can be done in three steps through March of Dimes’ website, www.marchforbabies.org. Volunteers can also register the morning of the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m.

gunninre10@bonaventure.edu

SGA recap

By Joe Pinter, @jpinter93 

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Sept. 10) – St. Bonaventure University’s Student Government Association meeting was kept short in its first week, focusing on the upcoming March of Dimes.

Audra Distefano, March of Dimes community director, announced that 18 campus clubs participated in the walk last year, and she hopes to again increase that number. She also spoke about what the March of Dimes has accomplished in the past. In the 1980s, the March of Dimes raised money that went directly to polio vaccine research.

“Even if you don’t have children, you have all been impacted by the March of Dimes through the polio vaccine.”

This year’s walk, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m., will be the March of Dimes’ 75th anniversary.

Abby Harrington, SGA vice president, announced that the club that raises the most money will receive a $500 grant. $250 will come from SGA and $250 will come directly from Rick Trietley, vice president of Student Affairs.

Volunteers are welcomed at 7 a.m. Registration is at 9:30.

You can go to http://marchforbabies.org/ to register online.

Additionally, SGA would like to remind freshmen interested in running for class office that all forms must be in by Friday, Sept. 13. The election will run from Oct. 1-4 on my.sbu.edu.

Bonaventure and community walks together during the March of Dimes

By Danielle Clark, Assistant Features Editor, @ddaniellee11

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Oct. 16)—The crisp fall temperatures did not stop over 400 participants from walking in the March of Dimes fundraising event on the Allegheny River Trail Saturday morning. 

Upbeat music, food and a carnival-like atmosphere united local community members and St. Bonaventure University students, faculty and staff to fight for one common cause – healthy babies.

The March of Dimes is a non-for-profit charity that works to help mothers have full-term pregnancies as well as research the problems that threaten the health of babies, according to their website.

This year, the university teamed up with Olean General Hospital to become an official co-sponsor of the annual March for Babies event which was previously held in Olean.

“We recommended to March of Dimes that they considered moving [the walk] to the campus,” said Rick Trietley, provost for student affairs. “We have the Allegheny River Trail, and we thought we could get much more student and faculty and staff participation, and they were very amenable to that.”

The walk started at 11 a.m., but the festivities began long before then. Volunteers arrived as early as 6 a.m. to set up, while participants checked in one by one up until the walk. 

Volunteers shared their personal stories with the walkers, telling how March of Dimes has had an impact in their own lives.

Leah Brownstein, a sophomore history major, said that was her favorite part of the whole day.

“It was good to know that what we’re doing here is actually making a difference and hearing it right in front of us only reassures that,” she said.

The 5K walk circled the campus and ended on the Hickey Dining Hall lawn where it started. Participants stayed after the walk to take advantage of the plentiful food, inflatables, caricatures, face painting and music.

Paige Giammusso, a sophomore psychology major, said she enjoyed the scenic views along the walk.

“I thought the location was really nice,” she said. “It’s a beautiful trail so it was a really enjoyable walk.”

Julie Hall, director of field services in the school of education, said she participates in the walk every year to give back for what March of Dimes has done for her own family.

“The March of Dimes actually helped me when I was a baby,” she said. “I was born with three holes in my heart and had heart surgery as an infant, and March of Dimes supported my family through that.”

Robbie Chulick, executive board secretary of SGA, said he thought the day was very successful.

Chulick said as of right now, the event raised over $45,000, although the campaign runs for two more weeks after the walk itself.

According to Chulick, over 20 St. Bonaventure teams participated. The team that raised the most money was “Buzzed About Babies” with $787, closely followed by “The Bona Venture” with $775.

“Getting the Olean community to Bonaventure kind of unites us, so I think from here it’ll definitely grow,” Chulick said.

Treitley agreed and said it was great to see the community come together to do something that’s worthwhile.

“It’s a joint effort,” he said. “The bottom line here is that this helps children, and I think that fits perfectly with Bonaventure’s mission and our Franciscan values.”

 clarkde11@bonaventure.edu

SGA meeting recap, October 16, 2012

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Oct. 19) — During its weekly meeting, the St. Bonaventure University Student Government Association discussed five topics, including Brown and White Night and the March of Dimes.

 Afterward, SGA gave the floor to students presenting their campus club.

Abby Harrington, SGA vice president, led a discussion on the course evaluation system and whether it should be kept as is or changed.

“I sit in on the faculty senate, and they addressed to me that there is a problem that we don’t have enough participation in the course evaluations,” Harrington said.

Cody Clifford, SGA president, said that the participation has dropped from 68 percent to 42 percent within the past year. This trend coincides with all evaluations switching from in-class forms to online forms.

Some changes to the evaluation system were considered, including giving out evaluations the last day of class, making the evaluations shorter, giving students even more time to take them and the professors designating a time at the end of the last class of the semester when the students use their laptops to complete the evaluations.

When it was put to a vote, the SGA officers were even-split. But the two most favorable options were keeping the current system and having students do the evaluations on their laptops in class.

 In other business, the officers concluded the March of Dimes had been a success.

“We had about 20-25 teams participating,” said Robbie Chulick, SGA executive secretary. “About 15 of them were SGA clubs or student-oriented teams.”

Chulick also added that $45,000 had been raised. However, that number is likely to go up since the online fundraising will not end until next Friday, Oct. 26.

The four groups that raised the most money:

*The Buzz

*The Bona Venture

*SBU Resident Assistants

*SGA/Townhouse 25

Heather Pfeil, March of Dimes community director, said 300-400 walkers participated in the event.

The next item on the agenda was the introduction of the new Class of 2016 SGA officers.

They are as follows: Kelsey Koos, president; Megan Cutia, vice president; Kendra Worley, secretary; Diane Adegoke, treasurer.

SGA recently altered the duties of the freshmen officersto mainly watch and learn how SGA is run while still planning a few community events.

After the floor was opened for club presentations, five clubs presented while two clubs did not have a representative at the meeting.

Asian Students in Action (ASIA), Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Black Student Union (BSU), Voices, Step Team, Spectrum, SBU Hip Hop, and Bonacoustics all presented. Each club is chartered by SGA.

ASIA, LASO, BSU, Voices, the Step Team and the Hip Hop Team all spoke to the SGA officers and used PowerPoints to explain the goals and ideas their clubs have.

The highlights of this segment of the meeting:

 Voices helped pay for the speaker from Burma that was on campus on Wednesday. The officers were approached by SGA and decided to help bring the speaker to Bonaventure.

Voices will also be selling club t-shirts for $12 a piece starting next week.

The Step Team will host its seventh annual talent show on Nov. 7. This is just one of many fundraisers the club has planned.

The Hip Hop team announced that it performed to a sold-out Quick Arts Center crowd on Monday night, making $1,750.

According to team captain Caitlin Welch, the money goes to a special place. 

“We are donating to a family originally from Jamestown, now living in South Carolina,” Welch said. “It is for a couple married one year ago who are hoping to adopt a child with special needs from Uganda.  The child they are hoping to adopt is 3 years old and is struggling with cerebral palsy and epilepsy.  The grand total they need to raise in order to adopt is $25,000 and prior to our show they had raised $15,000 already.”

The team now has 43 members and the number is rising. The club is growing and will perform at halftime at almost every home basketball game. The team has been working with the Olean School of Dance to help the younger kids. Additionally, it will host a Christmas show from Nov. 27-28.

Spectrum and Bonacoustics were not present at the meeting.

pinterjo11@bonaventure.edu