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.


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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“What just happened?” A summary of the SGA Election controversy

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By:  Nate Discavage  @DiscavageSavage


As the 2016 presidential election continues to supply controversy around the nation, the St. Bonaventure University Student Government Association (SGA) presidential election had a twist of its own.

Shockwaves were sent through campus late Monday night when SGA Executive Vice President-Elect Jessica Laursen posted on her Facebook page:  “the results of the SGA Presidential Election of 2016-2017 were invalid.”

Laursen pointed to Article VIII, Section II, of the SGA Constitution states that election of the Executive “President…shall be chosen in the spring election by a majority vote.”

Although Laursen and President-Elect JW Cook earned the most votes (295 out of 721), they did not win a majority of 50% plus 1.

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Column: Students are not fairly represented by SGA in charity voting process

By Nate Discavage  @DiscavageSavage

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“We, the students of St. Bonaventure University, in order to provide an officially recognized student organization that identifies and represents student interests…”

That is the opening line to the Student Government Association’s (SGA) constitution.  Recently, it has been harder and harder for St. Bonaventure students to feel like they are being fairly represented by their student-leaders.

On Nov. 24, SGA voted for Embrace it Africa to replace March of Dimes as the official charity of St. Bonaventure for the 2016-2017 academic year.  While there are no issues with the selection of Embrace it Africa, the voting process should definitely be called into question.

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SGA Metting: New Inductees, Clare college, Aramark

By: Emily Rosman @EmilyRosman

The Student Government Association meeting on Wednesday night opened with a prayer said by Alexander Noguerola, SGA executive President. He then proceeded to invite the new freshman officers to come forward and repeat their promises as new inductees. Chief Justice Steven Kibbe was inducted after the new freshman officers.

After their induction, Dr. Imhoff came forward to speak as the Dean of Clare College about issues that have been previously discussed by both the SGA and students on campus. He addressed concerns about the Clare College common core, stating that the reason it is so disliked by students is because of their lack of understanding and also the lack of communications between the professors who teach the common core courses. He has met with the professors previously to discuss their approaches to their courses, and will continue to meet with them until one approach can be taken to prevent disparities between sections. Imhoff also stated that, “even seniors cannot explain what Clare College is” and he believes this to be a problem as well. He is reaching out to the Student Government Association to help him inform students about what Clare College really is. He hopes once students understand what it is, they will have less complaints.

Rumors about Clare College disappearing are inaccurate; it is evolving, but only by allowing more courses to substitute for some Clare courses. When he posed the question “How many people like their Clare College Courses” to the room, about half the people present raised their hands.

After this discussion, Alex Noguerola stood in for an absent Aramark representative and described what they are doing to improve. Having previously met with someone in charge, Noguerola informed us that Aramark is working on adding variety to the music selection, possibly allowing the Buzz to DJ more frequently. They are trying to update the online menu and improve its accuracy. Additionally, they are bringing back specials from 2-4 and 8-10 and will start promoting them more. They will also start promoting their new seasonal items, such as hot cider, donuts, and apples with caramel dip. Getting into the dining hall without a student ID is also being discussed in the future.

Attendance at sporting events was discussed, and the SGA is looking for ways to improve student interest. Suggestions were to break up prizes into smaller amounts in order to give more things out to students. A shuttle to Buffalo and Rochester for games over breaks was suggested as well; a shuttle was also suggested for during the school year for those who live off campus. Dr. Paula Scraba suggested getting the alumni more involved.

The statistics of the March of Dimes were shared, describing the grants that were distributed. The women’s lacrosse team received a grant for $300, and both CAB and the women’s rugby team received $200 grants for their fundraising accomplishments.

There is discussion about bringing the New York Times back to campus digitally by either sending out digital copies or to get academic site access at the library.

It was revealed that the Board of Trustees made a donation for $50,000 to support on campus activities. Noguerola stated, “We are thrilled they were able to give us such a big donation.”

The meeting closed with a speaker commending the SGA on their accomplishments thus far, especially concerning the donation. There was a reception following for the new inductees.

SGA meeting: New officers inducted

By Elyse Breeze

Tuesday night’s meeting of the St. Bonaventure University Student Government Association honored those who have served as officers, and those who are serving this coming fall. The ceremony began with an opening prayer conducted by Fr. Francis. Sr. Margaret Carney then inducted the newly elected SGA executive president, Alexander Noguerola.

Members of four years, one year, and a new officer for this fall spoke about their experiences with the SGA, how it has influenced their Bonaventure experience, and what they are hoping to gain as members now and in the future.

Previous vice president Abby Harrington, a senior childhood studies major, expressed her confidence and expectations of the newly appointed president and vice president.

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Samsung Galaxy tablets given to select prospective students

By Julia Mericle 

With enrollments down at St. Bonaventure University, the admissions department has recently had to come up with creative ways to entice students to enroll.

On April 3, admitted students who earned a provost, friars or presidential scholarship from Bonaventure received free Samsung Galaxy 7 tablets if they attended the Scholars Dinner hosted by the admissions department. The tablets were also awarded to any prospective students who confirmed their plans to attend Bonaventure on or before April 4. 

Emily Sinsabaugh, vice president for university relationssaid the gifts were to recognize the student’s academic achievement and celebrate their choice to attend the university.

According to Sinsabaugh, the university chose tablets as the gift because they are valuable tools for college students. 

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SGA Meeting: Rob/Fal renovations and The Laugh Pack

By Elyse Breeze, @ElyseBreeze 

The Student Government Association hosted a meeting on Tuesday, March 25 that would include a comprehensive, detailed explanation of the Robinson and Falconio Hall renovation project underway this summer; St. Bonaventure University’s in-progress comedy club The Laugh Pack; and a brief summation of the LGBTQ program for awareness, “Safe Zone.”

The meeting concentrated on the Rob/Fal renovations as the agenda called for Cannon Design, the team in charge of the freshman housing renovations, to come forward and give their presentation. The team explained that their site plan consisted of creating and expanding the ground floor common areas, mediation spaces, and private toilet/shower rooms in which you’re able to physically close the door to each room.

The Rob/Fal floor lounges will include a fireplace lounge, a kitchenette, loose and mobile furniture, a chalkboard wall and a Steelcase Media Scape Team Theater, which will have the capability of sharing up to four laptops at a time for streaming videos, homework or games. There will be card access to the building and to each floor; however, there will not be card access to individual rooms. Whether or not there will be access to the renovated lounge for all students is tentative.

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