University appealing $7,000 fine for WSBU

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Sept. 29) — The Federal Communications Commission has fined the university radio station $7,000 for allowing its license to lapse in 2006, according to a press release.

Rick Trietley, vice provost for student life, said in the press release WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz’s license is in good standing, and St. Bonaventure University is in the process of appealing the fine.

The fine was $4,000 for operating without a license, and $3,000 for not filling out the required license reapplication form on time.

WSBU buzzes over competition

A best-selling college campus guide ranks St. Bonaventure’s radio station as the nation’s best

By Tony Lee, editor in chief, @sHecKii

ST. BONAVENTURE (Aug. 6) — Shannon Shepherd bragged to her high school classmates she got accepted to the nation’s No. 1 college radio station.

If anyone thought she exaggerated, she could have picked up the 2007 Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges” and opened to the extracurricular rankings section to prove it.

Shepherd, now a senior, has seen the rankings drop to No. 2 in 2008 and 2009 and to No. 4 in 2010 in each of her three years being one of WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz’s board of directors.

In 2011, the journalism and mass communication major can again make the same statement she made in high school. According to Princeton Review’s 2011 rankings, St. Bonaventure University has become the nation’s No. 1 college radio station again.

“It is always in the back of your mind to rebuild the dynasty that came before us,” said Shepherd, WSBU’s sports director. “We had a very challenging year last year with different technical problems, but the board of directors, led by (senior) Kyle (Zappia), pulled together to make the station a gem again.”

Lee Coppola, dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said prospective students often tell him they visited St. Bonaventure because of WSBU’s reputation.  

Coppola added this ranking shines a spotlight on the hard-working WSBU staffers, who he said may be some of the most dedicated students he knows.

“Not only is their on-air work excellent, it’s what they do in recruiting, marketing and activities that benefit the community that impresses me the most,” he said.

WSBU staffers have impressed themselves, too. 

“I know I couldn’t be happier,” said Levi Trimble, WSBU’s public relations director. “We are proud to call ourselves the best.”

The senior journalism and mass communication major added this was a team effort — a view programming director Jess Rehac echoed. 

“There are so many people who put their time and energy into making sure that WSBU is running smoothly every day,” said Rehac, a junior education major, “and being able to watch all of those people celebrate the fact that their hard work put us in the No. 1 spot in the country is really amazing.”

The Princeton Review ranking are based on an 80-question survey sent to more than 122,000 students nationwide covering topics such as social life, fellow students, campus and community, according to

WSBU, founded in 1948, broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be streamed online at or on 88.7 88.3 FM.

“We were honored by being nominated and making the top 10 in the MTVu Woodie Awards (click here to read about it), but this recognition from the Princeton Review is truly the icing and the cherry on the cake,” Shepherd said.

Correction (Aug. 8): Twitter user its_me_spence notified The Intrepid of typing WSBU broadcasts on 88.3, not 88.7, FM.

Correction (Aug. 10): Levi Trimble’s last name is Trimble, not Tremble

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WSBU in the Top 10 

Campus radio station 88.3 The Buzz has moved on to the final round in the mtvU Woodie Award. 

Go to to vote.  

System Shutdown, Datatel and Informer will not be available Thursday from 2 to 8 a.m. due to a system maintenance.

BonaRespond Spring Break Trip

A $25 deposit is due Friday for BonaRespond’s spring break’s trip.

Total cost of the trip to Greenville, S.C. is $125 and due Feb. 23, but $25 needs to be paid in the business secretary’s office to Renne Chapman. If money is the only thing preventing someone from going, please see Jim Mahar.

For more information or to sign up online, go to

Washington Internship Representative Comes To SBU

A SUNY Brockport Washington Program representative will visit St. Bonaventure Monday at Reilly Center 211 from 12:30 to 1:10 p.m. to discuss applying for fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. 

Personal interviews with the presenter from 1:15 to 2:30 are available, but students need to e-mail for an appointment. Students should come with an updated resume in hand.

For more information, visit 

 Rugby Interest Meeting

St. Bonaventure’s men’s rugby team will host an interest meeting Thursday in the Reilly Center room 211 at 4 p.m.

Rathskeller Events

Students can come down to the Rathskeller today for Open Mic Night from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Ping pong, darts, billiards and board games are available Thursday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday is senior social from 5 to 8 p.m. and karaoke night from 6 to 11.