Bonnies’ Phillips opens up about draft day nerves and “the grind”

By Jeff Uveino @realjuveino 

It is every college baseball player’s goal to get drafted by a major league team. However, only about 10% of NCAA players nationally accomplish this, most of them coming from large schools in the south.

In the 9th round of the 2017 MLB draft, the San Francisco Giants made St. Bonaventure’s Aaron Phillips one of these select few.

A key part of the Bonnies for the past three seasons, Phillips excelled as an elite two-way player. A leader both on the mound and at the plate, Phillips was named a finalist for the John Olerud National Two-Way Player of the Year.

However, it is Phillips’ arm that got the Giants’ attention.

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Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision

By Kelly Haberstroh

“The future of hundreds of thousands of individuals now rests on Congress. Now more important than before to make our voices heard in unison and our constant commitment to protect our community,” Haylei John, Student Government Association executive board president said.

On Sept. 12, a group of students stood outside Plassmann Hall to protest President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

John started off the protest to acknowledge the community coming together to show our unity and response to the decision to rescind DACA.

She assured students who themselves or their families may be affected by the DACA decision that we as a university stand with them to make a call for immigration reform that reflects a recognition and respect of human dignity. Change must be made to ensure to view individuals as people, not as numbers, outsiders, or burdens. Continue reading “Bonaventure community takes stand against DACA decision”

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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67 percent of international SBU undergraduate students are athletes

By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

Before the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team faced Bucknell, the Bona sports information department found a creative way to tweet out the starting 11:

When you have five countries represented in your lineup, why not throw some flag emojis in there?

The team has 12 players who were born outside of the United States, or 41 percent of its roster. There are five players from Canada, two from England, and one each from Ghana, Nigera, Scotland, Spain and Hong Kong.

According to Tom Missel, SBU’s Director of Media Relations, there are 49 undergraduate international students at SBU and 33 are Division I athletes: 12 male soccer players, six male tennis players, five female tennis players, three male basketball players, three baseball players, three female soccer players and one female swimmer.

There were also 33 international undergrad student-athletes the last time we did a story on this in 2011, but there were 11 fewer total international students; only five were not athletes.

Men’s soccer coach Kwame Oduro, who was born in Accra, Ghana and grew up in Toronto, said the United States was the obvious choice for soccer players who want to go to college.

“Every good soccer player that wants an education wants to come to America,” he said. “There is no country in the world that combines athletics and academics like the U.S. So if you want the experience of playing high level soccer, receiving a degree and possibly playing in the Major League Soccer (MLS), America is the best place to go.”

Men’s soccer junior midfielder Kieran Toland, a Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland native, came to Bonaventure after completing a year of college back home. He wanted to keep playing, but going pro in Scotland is a tough proposition.

“One of my buddies actually came over before me, and he told me it was the best thing he’d ever done,” he said. “So I looked into it, found a company and I went and did the trial with them. Then I told my mom and dad about it after and they thought it was a great idea and loved the thought of it.”

Out of the D-I offers Toland received, Bonaventure stood out thanks to Mel Mahler, Oduro’s predecessor, who made it clear he really wanted him. When Toland started as a freshman, there were only four international players on the team. Now, that number has tripled.

“It’s a great experience and was the best choice,” Toland said. “There are so many athletes now who want to come to America and play for a school like Bonaventure.”

 

Column: Orange and Brown

(Photo Credit: Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports)

By Jeff Fasoldt @Jeff_Fasoldt

I was born in a small town.

Avon, New York is only about 15 miles from Rochester. But, jump on the thruway and 75 minutes later you’re in Orange country.

I am one of thousands (if not millions) of people who have Syracuse Orange flowing through my veins. My grandparents went to Syracuse, and my dad, uncle and aunt all grew up there. Today, I have more family that still lives in Otto’s land than anywhere else, and I was raised loyal to the Orange.

That being said, however, Syracuse University was not for me. Don’t get me wrong, if I had the opportunity to go to the Newhouse School of Journalism (probably one of the top three communications schools in the country with alumni that go by the names of Bob Costas and Mike Tirico) then I would’ve been there in a heartbeat, but I didn’t have the grades.

Instead, coming from a small town, I decided to focus on applying to smaller schools—Ithaca, Cortland, RIT, St. John Fisher and that little school in Olean, NY.

When I trudged through the snow on a tour of St. Bonaventure University’s campus,  I fell in love with the architecture of the buildings, the family like atmosphere and most of all the ability to cover NCAA Division I sports as a little freshman.

As an aspiring young sports writer, the opportunity to cover Division I sports was mesmerizing. St. Bonaventure University, it would be.

From the day I arrived on campus, I was swooped into being a fan of the Bonnies. I admired the way Charlon Kloof played the game with pure athleticism and how consistent Dion Wright was as a forward. It was clear to me, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt knew exactly how to build a good team at a small school with a small budget- impressive to say the least.

However, I also watched every single Syracuse game that year and went to the NCAA Tournament game at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo where the Dayton Flyers upset my beloved Orange.

And you know what? Not once did any Bonaventure faithful yell at me that year for wearing my orange and blue around campus. Not once did I get called out for rooting for both Bonaventure and Syracuse.

But this year, something weird happened. Something weird but predictable.

In my opinion the stars just happened to align in a strange way. First, the Bonnies traveled to Syracuse in November and played the Cuse to the bitter end, leading by as much as 10 points in the game but ultimately falling short.

I was not at this game, I was in Washington D.C. studying, but my mom wore a Bonnies t-shirt and a Syracuse hat to the game (she also noted many others were doing the same). Then, St. Bonaventure was left out of the tournament while the Orange, who limped to the finish line this season, celebrated when their name was announced on CBS.

Now even though it wasn’t Syracuse’s fault Bonaventure didn’t get in, you wouldn’t know that on campus.

Anger, sadness, depression. Trust me, I was angry too when Bonaventure lost to Davidson and lost out on a bid to get in the tourney. I went to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Brooklyn as a fan and could barely watch towards the end of regulation. And as the game went into overtime I was so nervous and afterwards, when the Bonnies lost, I was heartbroken. But, I was also extremely happy when Syracuse heard their name called the next weekend—and I’ll cheer for my Orange (who are now in the Sweet 16) till the bitter end.

Now, I’m not saying I expect the fiercely loyal Bonaventure fans to cheer for Syracuse, but for god sake, YOU ARE NOT GEORGETOWN. The Syracuse-Bonaventure rivalry did once exist but it has been over for a long time. The Atlantic 10 and the ACC are both exceptional basketball conferences but let’s not kid ourselves, they are two different types of basketball.

Bonaventure attracts many from the 315 area and not only that—Syracuse is the premier team of the northeast. Kids from all over will come to St. Bonaventure, and they will wear their orange and blue around campus with pride. Syracuse is New York’s team for sure.

So, when I walk around campus with my Syracuse gear on, if I continue to hear “f*ck Cuse!” It won’t make me hate St. Bonaventure and curse Mark Schmidt and it won’t make me stop rooting for the Orange and their Hall of Fame head coach. I’ll just continue to smile because I’m proud to be orange and brown.

Sr. Margaret Carney discusses departure from SBU

By Liam McGurl

Featured image: Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., and Board of Trustees Chair Robert Daugherty

[Photo courtesy of Liam McGurl]

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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Enough is Enough: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to SBU students and faculty

By Jason Klaiber

[Photo retrieved from syracuse.com]

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has traveled to college campuses throughout New York to explain the initiative for the New York State “Enough is Enough” legislation signed into law in July.

According to the press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, “Enough Is Enough” is a statewide policy designed to combat sexual violence between college students on and off their campuses through a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines.

Hochul spoke to an audience of 80 people at 1 p.m. Friday in the Doyle Hall Trustees Room at St. Bonaventure University to raise awareness of the policy.

During her 17-minute-long speech, Hochul said the legislation takes the place of the previous “patchwork,” or non-uniform, approach to dealing with sexual assault at colleges within New York borders.

“People weren’t acknowledging that [sexual assault] was going on right beneath our eyes,” said Hochul. “This is not limited to women only. If I say ‘women,’ I mean it more generically in covering both sexes.”

The first rule is to follow the conditions of affirmative consent—an agreement by both parties to “continue down the path” they’re on, she said.

“The law has changed,” said Hochul. “You cannot assume that someone wanted something without their consent. If she’s under the influence of alcohol or has been drugged, she’s really not in the position to say ‘no.’”

Hochul said the second rule is to allow amnesty toward a student’s more minor offenses against school policy, such as underage drinking or drug abuse, in an attempt to break any silence related to a sexual assault.

“Our view as a state is that a greater public good is served if we close our eyes to the infraction and look at the greater crime, which is the assaults on someone else,” she said. “You need to come forward. You need to be part of the solution.”

The legislation also contains a bill of rights—a guide on how to properly handle a sexual violence situation on campus for the victim’s comfort.

“Every single person on campus has to be trained,” said Hochul. “Everybody has to know what to do, because you don’t know who the first person is that’s going to see the victim that night, the day after or whenever she’s ready to talk. I want to make sure everybody in the infrastructure that’s built around protecting these students knows what to do.”

She said the victim’s on-campus community should empower them to know they have options.

“She may want to have [the assault] dealt with within the confines of her campus, where she feels more secure,” said Hochul.

She explained that a small percentage of serial rapists commits the majority of sexual crimes on college grounds.

“When they are penalized for this, the behavior will stop,” said Hochul. “We need to have that sense of disgust. I want to get to that point of public shame for anyone who dare cross the line when it comes to a college student.”

She expects the “Enough is Enough” initiative to be implemented in college orientation routines across New York State by next fall.

I would hope you feel that one year later, we have taken this issue, we have grabbed it by the throat and said ‘we own this,’” said Hochul.