COLUMN: Uveino says goodbye to Intrepid, SBU

By Jeff Uveino

The weather matched the collective mood of the campus community.

As clouds leaked rain across the Southern Tier of Western New York, St. Bonaventure University sat in disbelief over the previous day’s decision.

It was a Monday, and the calendar read March 14, 2016. My first visit to SBU.

The day before, an NCAA selection committee decided to leave the Bona men’s basketball team out of its championship tournament field. Despite a 22-8 record and a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season title, the committee excluded the Bonnies from March Madness.

“The snub,” as Bona fans now commonly refer to the incident.

To my parents and I, however, the disservice done to this private, Franciscan university of about 2,000 undergraduates located 75 miles south of Buffalo didn’t matter much.

We were there to learn about the university’s journalism school. Not its basketball sob story.

Each person we met mentioned the snub. It was as if a hammer had been dropped on the head of the school’s soul. The pain radiated from each passer-by, a campus community dumbfounded over the exclusion of its beloved Bonnies.

It’s not that we didn’t care. We just didn’t understand.

Five years later, I spent March 14 sitting court-side at University of Dayton Arena.

There, the Bonnies played VCU for the 2021 A-10 men’s basketball championship and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The six-hour drive to Dayton to watch the game? A small ask for myself and the dozens of Bona students that will become lifelong friends.

After all, that dreary post-snub visit to campus had all but convinced me to attend the university’s Jandoli School of Communication. With that decision came an abundance of professional opportunities, including covering that A-10 final for student media.

The Bonnies beat VCU handily. 

On the outside, objectivity fueled my stoic demeanor from the media section. My heart, however, filled with a sense of pride that could only be matched by the hundreds of Bonnies fans that scrambled toward the court to join the celebration.

Five years prior, those moments would have meant nothing. Now, the image of the confetti-laden, on-court celebration will stay with me forever.

That’s the impact that St. Bonaventure University has on its family members.

It’s hard to find the words to describe the school’s dynamic to those who haven’t attended. SBU alumni refer to the community as a family, while outsiders often prefer the term “cult.”

I still remember the guide that led my parents and I through that rainy, downtrodden tour over five years ago. He and I shared a drink over the matter a few years later.

I could write dozens of cliches to convey my love for SBU, but have been taught better than to do so.

All I can say is that the best four years of my life have been spent in the Enchanted Mountains. Thank you to every single person who has made that statement possible.

Golden Griffins spoil Bonas homecoming

By Isaiah Blakely @IsaiahBlakely3

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies fell to its rival Canisius Golden Griffins, 2-0 on a chilly Friday night in its first home matchup at Marra Athletics Field Complex.

The first-half featured back and forth chances for both teams starting with Bona captain Paul Afful putting a free kick just over the goal.

Moments later the Golden Griffins missed a golden opportunity when midfielder Melvin Blair shot wide from about six yards out. They continued the pressure when midfielder Evan Walsh half-volleyed from inside the box, but shot over the goal.

The Golden Griffins came out in the second half with most of the scoring opportunities including forward Hakeem Milson putting a shot over the bar inside the penalty area. In the 57th minute, the scoring drought gave way as Alex Grattarola scored a header off a corner kick giving the Golden Grifffins a 1-0 lead.

The Bonnies tried to answer back with pressure of their own when Afful put a stingy shot on goal that was saved by Griffins’ goalie Marco Trivellato.

Bonnies goalie Luke Iacobellis made one of his seven saves on a Canisius counter attack to keep the Bonnies just one goal down.

Seconds later, after Iacobellis’s save, the Golden Griffins scored again off a corner kick from forward Filippo Tamburini.

The Bonnies couldn’t generate anymore offense losing 2-0.

Bonnies coach Kwame Oduro stressed the need to work on set pieces.

“Their two goals came from set pieces,” Oduro said. “If we take care of that, hey, it can be the difference.”

To get back on track, Oduro said the Bonnies needed to start scoring some goals as they only have two goals in their last three contests.

“We are too static in our movement,” Oduro said. “We have to start creating more dangerous chances in front of goal.”

Bonaventure continues to look for their first home win of the season Sunday at 1:00 against Albany.

SBU Health and Wellness Center: bad reputation or bad service?

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By Whitney Downard

Students at St. Bonaventure University, a small college of 1,800 students in rural Western New York, have a few options when seeking medical care. MASH Urgent Care and Olean General Hospital, both less than four miles from campus, and the free, on-campus health services center diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for students in need.

The Center for Student Wellness, open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., has a medical provider on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Yet students still choose the costly and time-consuming alternatives to health services, either heeding a friend’s warning about the center or because of their past experiences there.

“I was bedridden for about four days. I couldn’t keep anything down – not even water – and could barely sit up,” said Kailyn Jennings. “I went to the health center and was so light headed I thought I would pass out there.”

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Res Life hosts #RaceMatters discussion on ‘Whiteness’

By Kelly Haberstroh

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Dr. Anne-Claire Fisher of the School of Education led a talk on March 21 with Nichole Gonzalez, Executive Director for Residential Living & Conduct and Chief Judicial Officer, as part of the Civil Dialogue series for #RaceMatters. Both Fisher and Gonzalez addressed sensitive issues, such as whiteness, on our campus.

Gonzalez introduced the conversation by addressing the importance of having a safe environment for students to learn how to talk about these kinds of topics. “Until we make mistakes, we are not going to learn,” said Gonzalez. “No questions are off-limits. We want to make sure that everything is out there.”

Fisher has lived in many countries throughout the world, which she feels has had an impact on her views about race. Since she has moved around a lot, she had to constantly leave her comfort zones and reinvent who she was.

Fisher, who is half French and half English, was born in Africa and lived there until she was eleven years old. She has lived in multiple countries in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. “From a young age, I became aware of many different types of dissidences,” Fisher said.

Due to her diverse background and colonial ancestry, Fisher had been questioning her identity. “Early on, I started thinking about, ‘Who am I? Where do I belong?’ said Fisher.

Her response to this question was, “Africa is my country.”

Fisher also touched upon discrepancies between the children being taught and the people teaching them. Right now, the teaching population is white and middle class, while the student population is more diverse. Studies show that there are more kids in kindergarten who are racially diverse than there are white. This raises issues of inequity, such as disproportionality, according to Fisher.

Fisher believes white people have a difficult time talking about race because they are afraid, because it is not something they are accustomed to.

“In this culture, people here are just taught not to bring up controversial topics,” said Fisher. “The idea of civil dialogue is important and beneficial because there really is not a place here to have that conversation. We need more experience talking to one another. There is a huge fear of conflict.”

Jessica Laursen, junior and journalism and mass communication major, said, “Important conversations like these need to happen. Whiteness has been looked over and not everyone understands it.”

Laursen continued by saying, “We are a step ahead of a lot of universities, where we create a safe space for people to ask questions.”

Despite the fear of offending people and saying something incorrectly, Fisher pointed out that there has been more talk of these issues in light of recent events. “Since Trayvon Martin, people have really started addressing some of these issues publicly.”

Another issue that was also touched upon was the concept of whiteness as absence of color. Fisher felt that this was too simplistic. “Whiteness is more complex than just being non-black. Blackness is a lot more complex than just being non-white. We need to get away from binaries,” said Fisher.

The concept of people wanting to be colorblind by not noticing race and simply seeing a person was also mentioned. When asked about her thoughts on this, Fisher responded by saying, “I think it is insulting. I think we need to see the color.”

By failing to recognize diversity, you deny the person’s identity and they become invisible. “Being colorblind is not the solution. There is this illusion of equality, but there is no equality. There is equity, but equity is not equality,” commented Fisher.

JW Cook, junior and political science major, said, “There are a variety of students on campus and this impacts everyone. It’s important to heighten people’s awareness of these issues.”

On the topic of acknowledging whiteness and white privilege and whether or not it is discriminatory, Fisher said, “We have to embrace color and then try to figure out ‘what do I do with this?’ Then we can become an ally in an intelligent way.”

On the possibility of implementing ways to open up conversation between races, Fisher also said that it is important to create safe places with facilitators that would teach students how to have discussions on loaded topics. By doing so, people will become aware of what’s offensive or not.

“You cannot help where you are born and how you are raised,” Fisher said. “You need to start thinking deeper and questioning ‘what is?’”

Carney’s influence reaches beyond St. Bonaventure campus

By Jason Klaiber and Bryce Spadafora

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Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., will step down from her position as St. Bonaventure’s president on July 31, leaving behind a 12-year record of influence spanning not only this campus but also the surrounding western New York region.

Carney, 74, assumed her role as the 20th president of St. Bonaventure in 2004, following the university’s 2003 men’s basketball team scandal, which revolved around former president Robert Wickensheiser’s permission for an ineligible transfer student to receive playing time.

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SBU earns a spot on Kiplinger’s Best College Values

By Caitlyn Morral

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For the first time, St. Bonaventure has been named to the Kiplinger’s List of Best College Values.

Bonaventure ranked 96th in the top 100 private college values and 287th overall on the list of the 300 best college values in 2016.

The national list ranks colleges and universities based on academic quality, affordability and student success. Other factors, like the four-year graduation rate and the freshman to sophomore retention rate, are also taken into account.

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Wellsville A cappella group W.A.V.E. making a splash

By Kelly Haberstroh

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The Wellsville A cappella Vocal Ensemble known as W.A.V.E. will be competing in the International Championship of High School a cappella (ICHSA) on Feb. 27, 2016, in Guilderland, New York.

The ICHSA quarter finals features 150 high school A cappella groups competing across the country. If the group advances to the semi-finals, they will compete in Wakefield, Massachusetts, against two other schools. To advance to the final round in New York City, they must place first to represent the United States in the international competition.

W.A.V.E. performed as the opening act for Bonacoustics, St. Bonaventure University’s A capella group, on Nov. 18 during their second annual fall showcase.

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Current SGA constitution “null and void”


By Elyse Breeze

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The Student Government Association at St. Bonaventure University last operated on a legally ratified constitution in 2011.

Over the last five years, the SGA executive board has not consulted the student body with any proposed amendments to make to the official constitution.

The first SGA meeting of the spring 2016 semester opened with a report from president Rose Brown explaining that any and all amendments made to the constitution since 2011 have been “null and void.”

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