Live classes at Richter no longer require instructors

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By Emily Rosman

At the Richter Center, live classes have traditionally been held for workouts such as ab lab, yoga, or Pilates. If you have recently been to the gym, however, you may have noticed that some of these instructor-based classes have not been on the schedule.

The reason for this change has been unveiled this week, just in time for the center’s 10-year anniversary. A new fitness system was introduced, and will be another option for activity in the Richter Center in the future.

Rob DeFazio, director of Campus Activities, Recreation and Leadership (CARL), was scrolling through emails from vendors one day when he learned about this new system. Interested, he looked into the program and decided that it would be a great new option at the gym for St. Bonaventure University students.

Instead of instructors, a touch screen kiosk with a projector screen drops down when a work out class is chosen.

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SGA takes interest in SBU athletics plan

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Oct. 31) — “Your teams—our extraordinary future” became the main focus during the biweekly St. Bonaventure University Student Government Association meeting last night.

Steve Watson, athletic director, presented the St. Bonaventure University Athletic Department Strategic Outline to begin the hour- and fifteen-minute-long meeting.

“St. Bonaventure’s a special place,” Watson said. “We don’t need all those bells and whistles to be able to play at a high level; we’ve already proven that. But by putting a foot on the same level as our competitors, the sky is the limit for our teams, our coaches and for our school.”

Three separate athletic fields comprising of one complex makes up part of the strategic plan.

“Imagine looking behind the Reilly Center and seeing a huge, distinct athletic complex,” Watson said. “Three separate fields: baseball, soccer, lacrosse and softball. All with lights, press boxes, and seating for hundreds to come out and watch the Bonnies play in the Atlantic 10.”

The fields, all made of artificial turf, would also be used for more than just Division 1 athletics.

“Picture the students coming out to participate in intramural competitions, flag football championships on a Friday night under the lights, our rugby team competing on Saturday afternoon on artificial turf,” said Watson.

Watson envisions the complex also being used by area youth and high school teams.

In addition to the outdoor athletic complex, the plan calls for a pool to be attached to the Richter Center and also a renovated Reilly Center.

These plans include the natatorium to be used both for recreational and for competitive activities.

The Reilly Center would get a decent amount of renovations and most notably, a state-of-the-art video board to hang right above center court.

Increased enrollment makes up a major component of the plan. In order to successfully and properly accomplish these goals, the university needs to have more revenue. Generous donations from alumni and outside organizations will also be a component the plan calls for, said Watson.

All eight parts of the plan include:

                *NCAA & A-10 rules compliance

                *Academic performance

                *Athletics facilities and academic services

                *Annual revenue (sponsorships/ticket sales)


                *Athletic performance

                *Enrollment and retention

                *Staff compensation

While Watson expects fundraising for the outdoor complex to be completed relatively soon ($1 million towards the $2.84 million total), the total cost for the entire facilities needs is currently at $18.8 million.

The outdoor complex project is expected to begin in November.

Watson said one of the most disappointing parts of being a smaller school is watching a successful coach leave for another job that pays better and makes his or her job easier by offering more scholarships.

His goal is to have every head coach being paid full time. In addition, he wants to add 20 more coaches. Currently, the baseball team has two coaches whereas most A-10 teams have four or five.

The comprehensive plan is the result of years of research by an outside organization. Recently, the organization formed a committee of different administrators and staff from Bonaventure to come up with the a new direction.

The plan, a piece of the larger, “Becoming Extraordinary, 2015” was accepted by the Board of Trustees last June.

Watson hopes to maintain 240-250 student-athletes a year (14% of the student body).

A crucial part of finding these kids and keeping them at Bonaventure is the facilities. Watson said the majority of the A-10 has made substantial improvements such as George Washington—it paid $43 million for a new basketball facility. (The Colonials finished nine spots behind the Bonnies in the A-10 last year)

In addition to competing with other conference schools, Watson said Bonaventure has to compete with high school complexes that are becoming very expensive.

Watson said it is currently not known how significant the increase in student fees would be.

A significant obstacle spring teams have to continuously overcome is the fact that the players on the team have to fundraise for their own spring training trip down South and their own equipment. Watson said that is extremely rare for a Division 1 program.

“It’s not just about athletics,” Watson said. “It’s not even just about the university. It’s about the community. It’s about the alumni, bringing back support from our alumni. And not just the student-athletes but the students in general.

“What I’m trying to convey to you is where we see ourselves five years from now.”

Once Watson left the floor, the 2016 SGA freshmen officers were inducted. SGA president Cody Clifford led them during the swearing in.

Afterwards, six campus clubs presented to the SGA officers: SBU for Life, Mountain Community Leaders, Alpha Phi Omega (APO), Search Retreat Team (SEARCH), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and the Knights of Columbus.

In other news, Robbie Chulick, SGA executive secretary, announced that Brown & White Night will be Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:45 p.m. Immediately afterwards, Senior 200 days will take place in the Rathskeller.

Jenkins Serious In Role As Personal Trainer

By Sara Johnson, Contributing Writer, @sarajohnsauce 

Sweat drips down a student’s face as she struggles to keep her back straight and knees bent at a 90 degree angle. 

“Only fifteen more seconds to go,” said Jessica Jenkins, as she hands the student two, eight-pound hand weights.  

St. Bonaventure University students now have the opportunity to enroll with the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center to get personal training sessions with one of Bona’s own – Jessica Jenkins, member of the women’s basketball team. 

Jenkins, a senior marketing major, became a certified personal trainer this past July to help the Bonaventure community trim fat and learn new techniques for a healthier lifestyle. The program was an idea of Rob DeFazio’s, the director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership. 

“He said he would really like to take advantage of my certification,” Jenkins said. “I loved the idea so of course I went with it. I enjoy working at the Richter. It’s giving me valuable hands-on experience that I won’t be able to get after I graduate.”

In order to receive her certification, Jenkins went through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The academy, one of the top certification programs in the nation, specifically trained her to work in a setting like the Richter Center, she said.

“Any location can be different,” said Jenkins. “It’s important to know what machines, weights and rooms are available at the location you will be working out at.” 

The certification process took Jenkins approximately six months of studying and practicing, using the materials sent to her such as a textbook, workbook, DVDs and access to Internet materials including videos, articles and templates. After the six-month-long process, Jenkins took a multiple choice test and passed, starting her career in fitness. 

As one of the captains of the women’s basketball team, Jenkins incorporates what she’s learned from her four years on the team into her clients’ workouts. She also uses her knowledge as a personal trainer to help keep her, and the team, in shape. 

“Jessica introduced me to new ways to work my muscles,” said teammate, Armelia Horton. “She even got me to start doing yoga, which allowed me to become more flexible.” 

The fitness plans Jenkins teaches her clients come from various sources, including her basketball workouts, informational tools used during the certification process and from her personal experiences training with many different people. 

“Darryn Fiske, our strength and conditioning coach, has given me all the information I’ve asked for,” said Jenkins. “He gave me the opportunity to intern with him this past summer and has really helped me in every aspect of this career.”

According to Jenkins, having a personal trainer may be the key to some people’s success in the gym. 

“It’s tough to motivate yourself when you’re working out alone,” Jenkins said. “It’s tough to push yourself all the way to your limit where you’re getting the most out of your workout.” 

Because of this, each client gets a personalized workout based on their individual goals. Accepting only nine clients for the semester, a Notice Board post explained the free, first-come, first- serve basis service, she said. Jenkins is an employee of the Richter Center, but the program is a free service for her clients. 

Before training began, Jenkins had each client fill out paperwork. 

“I think it helps me and the client if we have met once before we start working out,” said Jenkins. “This helps to keep people comfortable in the gym environment. I ask every client to help me design a plan that is going to get the best results for them. It is important not only to know what the goal of a client is, but also why this is a goal.” 

Jenkins said she works with each client twice a week and also plans easier workouts for them to do on days not spent with her. 

“Some people want to tone up, lose weight or gain muscle mass,” said Jenkins. “You have to work with each person separately and make sure each person is working towards their goal.”

Jenkins hasn’t had a problem with clients missing appointments yet but believes, “not showing up shows that they aren’t as dedicated as they think they are. Constantly missing appointments is only hurting them in the long run,” she said.

After graduation, Jenkins hopes to use her certification to start a career in personal training in another setting like the Richter Center. 

“I can’t imagine not having fitness involved in my life in some way,” said Jenkins. “I really have a passion for fitness and helping people change their lives and achieve goals they set for themselves.”