Plassmann Hall welcomes Teaching and Learning Center

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By Caitlyn Morral

After about thirty years in the basement of Doyle Hall, the Teaching and Learning Center at St. Bonaventure University has moved across campus to the first floor of Plassmann Hall. This transition is one piece of big changes that have been occurring in the academic building.

The Teaching and Learning Center, also known as the TLC, has been a source for students to receive academic support for years. With tutors and additional academic support available to students, the center strives to help each student that comes in for help succeed in their classes and feel confident in their work.

Director of the TLC, Jean Trevaton Ehman, has been affiliated with both St. Bonaventure and the TLC for years and is excited that the move from Doyle Hall to Plassmann Hall has been a success.

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“Nobody” author discusses vulnerability in keynote address

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By Kelly Haberstroh

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill gave an impassioned address to St. Bonaventure University students on the importance of acknowledging social issues as the first step to solving them.Hill 2.jpg

On Sept. 26, Dr. Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, introduced Hill by referring to him as one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, who also worked on campaigns to end the death penalty.

His primary value is the poor and marginalized in our society. These ideas reflect what he discusses in his bestselling novel, “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint,” required for the freshman class, and his speech. Continue reading ““Nobody” author discusses vulnerability in keynote address”

St. Bonaventure community shows support for DACA: a photo series

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Members of the St. Bonaventure University community gathered in front of Plassmann Hall on Monday to show solidarity with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The program allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain in the country and work without threat of deportation.

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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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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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Sr. Margaret Carney discusses departure from SBU

By Liam McGurl

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The fourth longest serving president in St. Bonaventure University history, Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F., announced Tuesday that she will be stepping down from her position after the 2016 spring semester.

The Bonaventure community was first notified of Carney’s decision early Tuesday morning through an SBU News email.  Discussing her 12-year presidency, her discernment over proper timing for departure and plans for the future, Carney explained the thought process surrounding this decision.

…I felt it important that I directly communicate with you and make clear my reasons for its timing,” Carney said in the official announcement. 

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CPRC to kick off EDGE program on Monday


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By Amber Williams

The Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) will be introducing The EDGE program to St. Bonaventure University students, beginning the week of Oct. 5, to prepare students for future careers and graduate school.

“I first learned about the program while I was a mentor for the Freshman Leadership Program on campus,” said Catherine Eaton, a senior sociology major. “I knew it would provide me with continued leadership practice. I’ve worked with the CPRC before, and knew that if they were behind this program, it would be a worthwhile experience.”

The program offers six one-hour seminars in a variety of topics including professionalism, interviewing, networking and self-awareness. The topics reinforce skills that will help students become confident when seeking employment.

“It really helps students tailor what they need,” said Marie Wilson, career counselor at the CPRC and EDGE program administrator. “We’re trying to offer more skill-based seminars that way you can be prepare going into an interview or selling your personal brand…we want students to have a variety.”

Although the program provides topics that will benefit students’ futures, there are some seminars expected to be more beneficial than others.

“I think the workplace dynamics will be the most beneficial because every work atmosphere is different; students, especially seniors, need to know how to navigate all work atmospheres,” said Jasmine Foster, a senior journalism and mass communication major.

The EDGE program requires a minimum of six seminars to be complete by April; however, it does not require students to take each topic. Students may choose to learn about a topic more than once.

“Students do have to complete a professionalism seminar, and then they get to choose five [other seminars,]” Wilson said. “For example, if you feel like you need interviewing skills, you can go do two seminars on that.”

Some students are expecting the program to refine skills that they already possess.

“I am fairly good at professional communication. But sometimes I find myself wondering what exactly is appropriate to say in certain situations – which I hope EDGE will help me with,” said Hannah Vail, a senior chemistry major.

Even though The EDGE program has not yet begun, students are anticipating what they will gain from EDGE and how it will benefit them in the future.

“I hope that the program gives me more confidence in myself,” said Elyse Breeze, a junior journalism and mass communication and strategic communications and digital media double major.” I want to be able to show off my skills to future employers, and I think the EDGE program will give me that extra little boost of confidence I need before I start applying for jobs in my field.”

“From what I know about the program, I think that the topics being offered at the moment are a good starting point,” said Caitlyn Morral, a sophomore strategic communications and digital media and visual arts double major. “In the future, I am hoping that the CPRC will expand and offer even more topics to focus on.”

The program has high expectations for the participating students.

“I want them to become more confident and have these skills that employers are seeking…. they should take it all in, and have an open mind. If they start, we want to see them finish,” said Wilson.

The program will host a launch party for the students in the program on today in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The program will begin the following week on Monday, Oct. 5.