CAB Continues to Prepare for Spring Weekend

By Cameryn Jones-Dutchess

Spring Weekend at St. Bonaventure University brings students together with lively music, activities that everyone can get involved with and amazing food. The weekend before finals is a time for students to unravel and enjoy campus prior to heading to the library and cracking down on school work.

While attendees of Spring Weekend are getting anxious about the event taking place April 27 and 28, the Campus Activities Board, or CAB, have been planning it since the beginning of the fall semester.

Robbie Chulick, assistant director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership, said, “this is one of the largest events each year,” which he explains that there are a lot of aspects that come with planning and organizing this big of an event. Ordering balloons, building a menu and finding a music line up are only some of things CAB needs to do to get ready.

Spring Weekend will cost roughly around $20,000 to $30,000, according to Robbie Chulick. This fund will take about 30-40 percent out of the Student Government Association’s (SGA’s) budget.

“Some of the money is used for tents, music equipment, the music lineup, food and other expenses that complete Spring Weekend,” said Chulick.

Fortunately, the Bona Bus vandal does not affect the amount of money CAB can spend for Spring Weekend. Since SGA has to pay for the repairs of the broken bus, CAB can focus on planning for Spring Weekend with the right budget to do so. A bus will be running during Spring Weekend during the day to bring off-campus housing students to campus.

Robbie Chulick also encourages any students that want to get involved or help with the planning of Spring Weekend to join CAB or SGA.

Along with Spring Weekend, the infamous Quad Party is also a staple that brings campus life together.

Students are upset by the news of the canceled Quad Party. Senior journalism/mass communications major Stefanie Podosek explained, “I think cancelling the Quad Party is a terrible idea because it is an unofficial tradition, along with Keg Klash and Rafting Down the River.”

Senior Haylei John, president of SGA, said, “Rob DeFazio stated at our last SGA meeting that a quad party would not be permitted this year.”

She also added, “this is not a SGA decision. It had already been decided by those in the student affairs and security departments and then relayed to SGA.”

There will be authorities around the townhouse area to ensure that any party will not ensue.

Even though a Quad Party will not be taking place this year, Spring Weekend will be a time for students to have an enjoyable experience before finals.

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.”

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