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Bonnies top Billikens at buzzer

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By Jonathan Sawyer
Sports Assignment Editor

The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball pulled out a nail biter 65-62 against the Saint Louis Billikens this afternoon, with a game winning three-point shot by sophomore guard Jaylen Adams. Adams lead the team in scoring with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The first half was dominated mostly by the Billikens. The Bonnies took their first lead with 1:23 remaining to go in the first half. The Bonnies were 2 for 13 from beyond the arc and just 11 for 29 from the field. Going into the half, senior guard Marcus Posley was the leading scorer with six points and three assists.

Coming out of the half, the Bonnies struggles continued, losing the lead and failing to move the ball anywhere around the court. The Bonnies trailed by as much as eight in the second half. But the Bonnies surged together a comeback and regained the lead with 26 seconds left in the game to make it 62-60. The Billikens drove the length of the court and tied it up with just 16 seconds left. After a timeout from the Bonnies, senior guard Marcus Posley took the ball down the court, pursued to drive the lane and kicked it out to Adams where he knocked down the buzzer beater.

The play was drawn up for Posley, but Adams finished it.

“We drew up a play for Marcus to go score and really for him to just make a play, and he kicked it out to me and I was able to hit it,” Adams said.

Head Coach Mark Schmidt said even though his offense was on and off today, defense is what won them the game.

“We didn’t play a great game today, and everybody is talking about how good our offense is and I have been saying this for a long time now, your defense has to be your staple,” Schmidt said. “If you don’t defend in this league you wont win. Our offense was really good at times today, but we won this game because we defended and we rebounded.”

The Bonnies extend their winning streak to three games and are 15-6 overall and 7-3 in conference play on the season. They look to head to Fordham University to take on the Rams on Wednesday night. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Buzzy Fund grants chances

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“Money shouldn’t be a barrier in the pursuit of what you love,” said Zachary Rodriguez, a student in the MBA program. “I think the Buzzy Fund recognizes that and offers the means for students to experience their career interests, whatever they may be.”

Rodriguez, a graduate assistant in the journalism department, spent the early weeks of 2016 in a village in Uganda, continuing work for the charity Embrace It Africa.

To help fund his 16-day trip to study microfinance in the country, Rodriguez applied for and received money from St. Bonaventure’s newly founded Buzzy Fund, which subsidizes some or all of the expenses for professional and career-building growth opportunities for students who lack financial resources.

Along with trips like Rodriguez’s, money from the Buzzy Fund can be used for graduate study entrance examinations such as the GMAT, the LSAT and educational seminars or conferences. Robert Daugherty, ’77, who currently serves as chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, created the fund in 2014 to honor his friend and former fellow trustee Bernard “Buzzy” Stoecklein, who lives by the motto, “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

Rodriguez said he learned of the fund from a university Notice Board message last spring, and he knew some financial help would allow him to continue the charity’s work.

“[The charity] works to develop and implement sustainable projects that address issues of poverty, public health and access to education throughout the district,” Rodriguez said. “I have been going to Uganda for the past eight years, as part of my work with Embrace It Africa.”

Rodriguez founded Embrace It Africa, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on encouraging community growth for the Rakai district in southern Uganda, in 2008, when he was an undergraduate student.

The fund requires a faculty member to sponsor a student’s project to give it validity, so Rodriguez spoke with Pauline Hoffmann, Ph.D, dean of the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Hoffmann thought Rodriguez’s research ideas — which will go into two papers he will co-author — were interesting and wrote a letter on his behalf, recommending him to receive some grant money, she said.

“I told him that I thought the trip would be a great idea,” said Hoffmann, who added Rodriguez could not have taken the trip without the financial assistance. “I’ve known Zach since the first Embrace It Africa trip to Uganda in 2008. I was able to accompany the students. Zach and I have been friends and colleagues ever since and have kept in touch. He is one of our graduate assistants in the Jandoli School, so I see him regularly now.”

Students who lack financial resources can receive between $500 and $2,500 for their projects, depending on the nature of the work and the amount for which they applied. Rodriguez applied for and received $1,600, enough for the round-trip airfare to Uganda and three nights in a hotel, he said.

He added he thought the process was simple, and he was given the money quickly.

While on the trip, Rodriguez, who is interested in pursuing a doctorate in economics, conducted research to evaluate the effectiveness of microfinance in the area and the continuing activities of Embrace It Africa.

“In order to measure the effects of microfinance on pro-social behaviors, the research uses what’s called a ‘Public Goods game’ in public economics,” Rodriguez said, explaining a study he conducted using a bucket and 500 shillings with individuals in a school. “The research will evaluate Embrace It Africa microfinance activities and the impact on client behaviors. The benefit of the research is that it can show the effectiveness of our microfinance activities and also identify areas of weakness and potential for success within our program.”

“I think anytime we have alumni willing to support students, we are incredibly lucky,” said Hoffmann, who added she would recommend more students for the Buzzy Fund in the future.

The application to apply for an award can be found at MySBU under Academics in the Academic Resources area. For more information, interested students should contact Dr. Carol Fischer at (716) 375-2092 or


Student sees her shadow

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Tuesday was Groundhog Day. A holiday where people from all over the world pour into a small town in Pennsylvania to stand in the cold all night waiting for the sun to rise and a groundhog to see his shadow, somehow ‘predicting’ when spring will come. Ridiculous, I know. But I’m from there.

Groundhog Day is an event that takes place every Feb. 2 in the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Local lore suggests that every year a groundhog by the name of Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow, located in the woods of Gobbler’s Knob, to predict the weather via shadow.

If Phil sees his shadow at daybreak there will be six more weeks of winter. If the famous woodchuck fails to find his shadow, spring will be right around the corner—no specified time period, just sometime soon I guess?

Perhaps you have seen the movie “Groundhog’s Day” starring Bill Murray? Yeah… that was not filmed in Punxsutawney, but it is based on the holiday that takes place there and continues to be one of the best advertisements for the event.

In honor of the holiday—and because the town needs to use the school buses to transport tourists—the students of Punxsutawney get the day off. The rare few go to Gobbler’s Knob to freeze with all the tourists, a handful of lucky kids go to the beach, but the majority of the students spend the day at home.

Staying home might not seem all that bad, however, when you’re home on Groundhog’s Day it’s the only place you can be because of the insane amount of traffic flooding the small streets. If the street isn’t blocked off by police in an effort to control the crazy influx of traffic, you are backed up for hours as pedestrians cross wherever they please.

Want to go to your friend’s house that is typically a 10-minute drive? Sure, if you want to spend an hour or more getting there. Need to go to the store because you forgot to stock up on food before the festivities began? You’re probably better off not eating that day than braving the storm of tourists trying to pack themselves into your town.

One can understand how this would especially frustrate the adults who do not get the day off for the holiday.

On top of this, groundhogs are actually a farmer’s nightmare. They burrow through farmers’ fields, eat their crops and their holes prove to be a real hazard to livestock. This wouldn’t matter so much if we were situated in a more urban environment, however, a significant amount of residents are involved with farming in one way or another.

For reasons like these, many of the citizens of Punxsutawney have an aversion to the holiday and high school seniors cannot wait to leave the town and the holiday behind.

However, like many of my former classmates seem to be doing, I have come to realize that being associated with the holiday is not always a bad thing. Economically, the holiday is very good for our town. Some spend a considerable amount of time making handmade crafts and souvenirs for the occasion, and it brings consumers that the town would not otherwise see.

And what other small town is actually on the map?

I had the opportunity to visit Australia, and as I was there I had a conversation with two Sydney natives. When the subject of hometown came up, they squealed with delight that they knew exactly where I was from and had actually visited my town once upon a time. This lead to a great conversation that I more than likely would not have had. Through this, I was able to ask and be asked about our home countries’ cultures and our own experiences in them.

Later, as I went off to college, I found that this not only served as a great talking point in a foreign country, but it also could fill lulls in conversations wherever I might be.

Meeting new people is hard and finding something to talk about is often times harder. However, I have been able to form friendships with many in the area through the off shoots of conversation that the standard ‘Where are you from?’ question has provided.

It also brings the town together in a way that not many small towns experience. You either love the holiday or you hate it, and there’s plenty of bonding and debate that takes place based on whichever side you are on.

So yes, laugh next year when you think of all the people standing outside for hours to see a groundhog at the break of dawn. The people of Punxsutawney are laughing with you as well. Just remember that there are benefits to this quirky holiday, and they do outweigh the inconvenience of a few days.


Black history in fashion

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In honor of Black History Month, many celebrate the lives of African American women who changed the face of music, film and runway and reset the tone of fashion, paving the way for our generation and those to follow.

Dorothy Dandridge

Legendary actress Dorothy Dandridge became one of the iconic black women of Old Hollywood. She was the first African American actress to be nominated for a leading role award at the Academy Awards for her role in “Carmen Jones.” Not only did her charm and talent win over the hearts of many, so did her glamorous style, which included her unique short, curly hair, elegant gowns and off-the-shoulder tops.

Grace Jones

Singer, model and actress Grace Jones is arguably the most iconic black fashion icon to ever exist. While becoming the queen of the disco scene, she paved the way for the leading pop stars of our generation. By dawning a square haircut and unapologetically rocking both feminine and masculine styles, including hoods, body paint and padded shoulder tuxedos, she became the first to make androgynous style a staple in pop culture.

Diana Ross

As the leader of the famous all-girl group, The Supremes, Diana Ross became the queen of Motown during the 1960s. Both a lover and student of fashion, Ross took her profound knowledge in the elements of fashion design to the stage. Her voluminous bob and lavish costumes, accessorized with bold feathers, sequins and lavish crystals, cemented her position as a classic fashion leader.

Tina Turner

With a powerful voice and unique costumes, Tina Turner became a fashion powerhouse and Queen of Rock and Roll during the 1970s. After entering a transitional period in her life, Turner traded in her simple frocks and retro-printed blouses for statement pieces that rocked the stage, including miniskirts, red leather dresses, bodysuits adorned with wings and her signature spiky blond wigs.

Naomi Campbell

With a fierce walk and looks to kill, Naomi Campbell redefined fashion in the 1990s. Campbell first broke down fashion barriers by becoming one of the top five supermodels in the world. She became the first black model to appear on some of the most prestigious international covers, including Time Magazine and Vogue Russia, France and Britain. She graced the stages of several fashion houses, including Chanel and Victoria’s Secret, creating an iconic walk that continues to make her the reigning supermodel of fashion.


Franciscan features: Sr. Elise Mora

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To many, she’s a soft-spoken Spanish teacher, but in her religious congregation, Sr. Elise Mora, O.S.F, lives fearlessly, accepting her moral convictions with complete willingness.

Mora, adjunct professor of modern languages, who began her religious journey at 19, said the religious life wasn’t a clear, instantaneous decision for her. Rather, a friend from New Mexico, where she was born and raised, who was also considering religious life, prompted her to join a local convent.

Mora added that her unfortunate living situation at the time and a recent breakup, made “convent life” a convenient safe haven.

“I was an orphan child, and I was raised in many, many households,” she said. “It was like foster care—but not exactly—because these were all aunts and uncles. However, it was not a very happy childhood…so, when I joined my religious congregation, I think I was really looking for a home…”

Mora said that while human beings don’t always do things for the right reasons, sometimes the reason becomes “purified” and that’s why people continue to do it.

According to Mora, her choice to join her order, which sprung from a desire to belong, has become a serious commitment, affording her the “privilege of serving others.”

“In the inner city or in jails, immigrant services too, had I not been religious, I probably would not have had those opportunities and the privilege of serving those people,” she said. “I know there’s lives I touch, and I think I get more from it than they did.”

Mora, whose self-proclaimed goal is to be a friend to others, added that her missionary work started far before her 2006 entrance into the Bonaventure community.

In the early 1980s, she said her work was centered in South Bronx helping drug addicts and AIDs patients, before relocating to Manhattan in the late 1980s, where she worked in immigrant services for the Archdiocese of New York.

Mora’s impressive mish-mosh of inner-city, Christian work came to a head in the early 2000s, when she founded her own prison ministry program.

As a part of the program, she would personally educate inmates about “the faith.”

Mora, with a petite stature and without a bodyguard said she was never frightened by the inmates, jokingly describing them as, “pussycats.”

While Mora added that she is unable to regularly visit the prisons—due to her full-time teaching position at the university—she still writes to the inmates, many of whom are still incarcerated.

Also, inspired by both love and people, Mora said she’s equally as captivated by nature.

“I worry about the world you’re going to inherit and the world your kids are going to come into,” said Mora, who keeps a small book of daily nature-related, inspirational quotes on her desk. “We just don’t know with all the things we’re doing to it right now.

Mora added that she uses a small paper towel to dry her hands and meticulously shuts off any unnecessary lights around campus because she believes it’s humans’ responsibilities to care about the planet, as she wrote in one of her order’s news releases.

“I believe, with all my heart, that as women who profess to follow the charism of Francis, our original founder, we are called to use all the energy and love we can muster, to heal and preserve our planet Earth,” she wrote in the quarterly publication. “I feel that the greatest injustice of our time is the continued destruction of it.”

Mora, who said she’s thankful that a habit-free life has made reaching out to others easier, said her goal is to be a friend to the people she meets—starting with the students she instructs nearly every day.

“I love Bona’s,” Mora said with a smile. “I really like young people—even the crazy ones.”


Revenant kills it

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Inspired by true events, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” has proven to be a box office slam, full of high-intensity action and emotional depth.

“The Revenant” bears the weight of internal struggle and survival with almost incomparable attention to detail. Leonardo DiCaprio provides his usual exceptional performance—this time as Hugh Glass, a member of a fur-trapping expedition in pre-Civil War Dakota Territory. Glass is attacked by a bear and left for dead after a member of his hunting team murders his only son.

DiCaprio is an actor who famously immerses himself into his characters, and “The Revenant” is no exception. He is notable for films like “The Departed” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but “The Revenant” allowed his dedication to shine even more. DiCaprio’s ability to create a likeable, emotional character out of very little dialogue further promotes his ability as an acting superpower.

Many DiCaprio movies capitalize on his performance, minimizing the need to create imagery and filmography. However “The Revenant” uses innovative wide-angle distortions that compliment DiCaprio’s performance and make for a well-rounded film. The movie is exceptional— both in terms of acting and cinematography.

DiCaprio’s acting, paired with the leadership of Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, creates an energizing, thought-provoking, cinematic experience.

Iñárritu, who directed the 2014 Best Picture “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” shows his impeccable storytelling ability throughout “The Revenant.” Through Iñárritu’s leadership, “The Revenant” proves that with proper direction, the artistic ability of film is much more than dialogue and acting.

The imagery throughout the film is exceptional and self-conscious. Ińárritu’s decision to incorporate photographic stills and nature segments throughout the movie further promote film’s ability to evoke emotion.

“The Revenant” is primal; it doesn’t require any attention to hidden detail or background knowledge. It implores viewers to simply evoke their human emotions.

This is a film that excels in every category from casting to filmography. Movies that don’t focus on heavy dialogue and plot rarely succeed at captivating an audience, but “The Revenant” is certainly an exception.


Bona’s across borders

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This semester, a few Bonaventure students have traded bus rides to Allegany for plane rides to Europe as international students. After a few weeks of settling in, these students have spoken highly of their transitions.

Arshia Mehra, a sophomore English major who is studying at Kingston University in Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom, credits her easy transition to her experience with prior international travel to India and the help of her friends. “Me and my friend Grace [Kendall] decided we wanted to go together and eventually Stefanie [Podosek] decided to study abroad, too,” said Mehra. “It makes it easier to have friends with you and helps you to meet other people.”

In a stark comparison to Bonaventure, Kingston offers students an urban experience with its close proximity to London.

“I’m in love with Central London. It reminds me of New York City, and I can’t get enough of the city life,” said Mehra. “The lifestyle here is so different, because there’s so much more to do.”

Mehra also adds that although she loves the London life, she prefers the learning style at Bonaventure. “Classes are so different from ones in the U.S. and a lot harder, because there are less opportunities to get your grades up,” she said.

Despite the learning curve, students say that Bonaventure’s study abroad office prepared them well.

“I think Bonas prepared us as much as they possibly could,” said Stefanie Podosek, a sophomore journalism and mass communication major. “I’m lucky to have Grace and Arshia here with me because it gives me peace of mind.”

In contrast to Mehra, who is living in a co-ed apartment, Podosek is living with a host family, which she believes has contributed to her feelings of security. “I’ve felt perfectly safe while traveling and while here, even coming home at three in the morning,” she said.

Although both Mehra and Podosek mentioned that they adjusted quickly, other students had a harder time. Khaleah Moore, a sophomore sociology major, who is studying in Barcelona, Spain, has had to break through the language barrier to become more acclimated.

“I live in a residence hall with 80 other students and most of them speak Spanish or Castilian,” she said. “All my classes are in Spanish, so they’re definitely harder. I never thought I’d say this, but it makes me miss Clare classes a little.”

In addition to her classes, Moore will also be participating in an internship, which she hopes will help her learn Spanish even faster.

Much like Mehra and Podosek, Moore also credits her peace of mind to her friend, sophomore journalism and mass communication major Lucas Sperduti, who is also studying abroad.

“There is always a small concern in the back of my mind about my safety, but knowing that Lucas was studying in London makes it easier. It’s nice to have a friend going through the same situation so you know you aren’t completely alone,” she said.

Moore and Sperduti plan to make the most of their time in Europe by traveling across the continent, they said.

“I’ve been all over London so far and Khaleah is coming to visit here and I’m going to visit her in Barcelona soon,” said Sperduti. The pair plan to visit Amsterdam next week and Switzerland next month. “I think Amsterdam is going to be a favorite of mine,” Moore said.


Seniors reflect on time at Bonas

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By Mikael Desanto

Staff Writer

The seniors of the St. Bonaventure University men’s swimming and diving team are at the end of their careers. The seniors have spent the last four years of their lives as members of the team and have experienced a lot.

Senior Thomas Caulfield reflected on his final season and knows that it won’t be the same for him when he is no longer on the team.

“I will truly miss the 5 a.m. mornings where your body is so broken down that you are clueless how you are going to get through it and most importantly my brothers who were right next to me the whole time helping push through it,” Caulfield said.

In his junior year, Caulfield finished in 17th place in the 1650-yard freestyle in the A10 championship meet.

As senior Matthew Schutt looked back on his time in the program, he sees how he has changed due to his past experiences.

“The best way I can put it is in the words of my coach: ‘the program is designed to take you in as a boy and leave you as a man who has the mentality that he can do anything,” Schutt said.

Schutt came in 13th place in the 200-yard breaststroke at last year’s A10 meet.

Senior Gregg Byrne said he knows how he wants his career to finish and wants to have no regrets when he is done.

Byrne finished in 16th in the 1650-yard freestyle for the Bonnies at A10’s last year.

“I want to end it knowing I couldn’t have done anything different,” Byrne said. “I don’t want to look back in a couple of years and think ‘what if.’ “

Alex Marra, the only senior diver, has learned that “becoming a leader” is an important thing for a senior to do.

“As you get through the three years, you learn from all the seniors who were ahead of you and how to lead,” Marra said.

Last year at A10’s, Marra finished first overall in the 1-meter dive, second overall in the 3-meter dive, and won the A10 Most Outstanding Diver award for the meet.

The Bonnies will swim their final meet before the conference championships at home on Feb. 5 against the State University of New York at Buffalo Bulls at 4 p.m. The Atlantic 10 Championships will take place on February 17 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Spire Institue in Geneva, Ohio.


Fire leaves building a “total loss”

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A fire broke out Wednesday night around 11:39 p.m. at the Emerald Hills Apartment complex on Main Street in Allegany.

According to Gordon Scott, communications and media officer for the Allegany Fire Department, “Heavy smoke (lots of it) and fire was visible. Chief Rick Stady immediately requested additional fire departments and manpower to the scene.”

Other fire departments called included Hinsdale, Town of Olean, Limestone, Knapp Creek and Westons Mills. According to Scott, Portville, Cuba and Killbuck were on standby at nearby firehalls for the duration of the situation. An estimated 90 to 100 personnel were called in to combat the fire.

Scott said one building in the complex, which was comprised of eight, occupied apartments, was engulfed and is considered a “total loss.”

While no injuries were noted, Scott said the department called the Red Cross in for assistance.

Fire departments left the scene at 4:15 a.m. Thursday.


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Buffalo Brief

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By: BV Sports Staff

Western New Yorkers love Buffalo sports.

While other areas of the country may ignore this great city, many locals are infatuated with its regional teams. So here it is: The BV’s take on all things Buffalo sports.


It is Super Bowl week, and the Buffalo Bills are once again not in the conversation. Another season filled with empty promises and sad losses. This past week, Tryod Taylor made another promise saying that the Bills will make the playoffs this coming year. Now, the Bills have their sights set on the 2016 NFL Draft, where the Bills will look to add to a team that is hopeful for a successful season next year.


The Buffalo Bandits are 2-2 on the season, and it is not a surprise, having one of the best players in lacrosse history behind the bench in John Tavares. Through four games, Bandits forward Dhane Smith leads the team in goals (13), assists (18), and points (31). The Bandits will look to get their third win on the season as they head to Georgia on Saturday to take on the Swarm.


The Buffalo Sabres are getting back into r egular season action now that the All Star break is over. The Sabres’ leading scorer, Ryan O’Reilly, was the team’s representative at the All-Star Game. He ended the weekend with an assist and came in second place, along with the rest of the Atlantic Division, in the All Star tournament. The team also learned that its rookie star, Jack Eichel, has just been honored as one of the NHL’s “3 Stars of the Week”. Eichel’s four points in two games led to his being honored alongside John Scott and Cam Atkinson who both made big impressions in the past week. The Sabres returned to play Wednesday night when they went to Montreal to face the Canadiens. Buffalo rallied with three goals in the third period to win 4-2. The Sabres will be back in action this Saturday when they face the Boston Bruins for the fourth and final time this season.


Search for provost halted

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St. Bonaventure has decided to halt the university’s search for a permanent provost, extending Joseph Zimmer’s tenure as interim provost to December 2017. Although Zimmer’s state his official title contract will be time limited, he will have full control of the office.

The decision was made to pause the search for a new provost in order to provide the university with some stability as it prepares to look for a new president.

“I was involved as a candidate in the search, so I was not in on all the discussions leading to the suspension, but after it was suspended by Sr. Margaret, she explained to me that it was important to have some stability in the provost’s office as we transition to a new president this summer,” Zimmer said. “As a 23-year faculty member, she believed my knowledge of institutional history was essential to the on-boarding of the new president.”

Zimmer will also continue to work with Sr. Margaret before any decisions regarding a new provost are made.

“I agreed to remain in the provost and VPAA (Vice President of Academic Affairs) position until December 2017 to provide that stability and to give the new president and me an opportunity to work together before we would take any further steps with the position,” Zimmer said.

Zimmer said he can’t wait to be a part of the new changes taking place at St. Bonaventure.

“I am excited to continue working with my colleagues on the challenges facing St. Bonaventure and almost every private college in our region. We have an incredible dynamic of tradition versus change that is pushing us to maintain our high quality education and branch out into new areas such and cyber security and online master’s degrees in business and J/MC,” Zimmer said. “It’s exciting being part of the creation of ‘Bonaventure 2.0.’”

Zimmer’s work (in positions such as Faculty Senate Chair, director of the graduate literacy program, dean of the school of education) at Bonaventure is something that has not got unnoticed by his colleagues, including search committee member Adam Brown.

“Dr. Zimmer has demonstrated for years that he is dedicated, hardworking, and willing to collaborate with faculty, staff and administration,” Brown said.

Although Bonaventure will soon start the search for a new, permanent provost, there is no set timetable for when the university will begin exploring its options.

“There is no set date, however the idea is to search and secure a new president. Presumably the new president will have some input on the provost position,” Brown said. “It is very important that the new president and the provost work effectively and efficiently.”


Francis dorms to remain closed

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Francis Hall, located on the east side of campus, will remain closed for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Our projected enrollment numbers at this point do not indicate a need to re-open Francis,” said Nichole Gonzalez, executive director for residential living and conduct.

The offices for university relations, advancement and alumni services will continue to be housed in Francis Hall next year.

Lindsay Weaver, a freshman sports studies major, said she has experienced the impact of low enrollment.

“Honestly, I’m not surprised by the low enrollment. Tuition is constantly increasing and while I love this place more than anything, I think what we pay to go here is ridiculous,” said Lindsay Weaver, a freshman sports studies major. “I understand why that would turn students away.”

Francis is remaining closed in order to keep expenses down.

“There are no particular plans at this time for alterations to the building. We are keeping residence expenses down by using mattresses and furniture from Francis to make replacements elsewhere, and we have reduced cleaning staff,” said Phil Winger, associate vice president for facilities. “We are not prepared to, nor do we have the need to, reopen Francis as a housing option with our current budget.”

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Trietley says SGA constitution valid

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The current Student Government Association (SGA) executive board discovered a major infraction with the organization’s constitution and now plans to correct the flaws, said Richard Trietley, SGA’s advisor.

Trietley, also the vice president for Student Affairs at St. Bonaventure, said while the basis of the constitution remains valid, any amendments made since 2011—the last time SGA correctly ratified the document—are invalid.

“The reality is the constitution is not invalid,” he said. “What’s invalid are the revisions made in 2013 and 2014, so the 2011 constitution is fully valid. That’s a key point.”

According to Danette Brickman, currently the advisor to the constitutional revision commission, in order for an amendment to become an official part of the constitution, the amendment must go through one of two processes.

The first option, she said, would require a member of SGA to propose and present the suggestion at a meeting, where the other SGA members discuss it. At a subsequent meeting—as amendments can’t be voted on during the first meeting—SGA rereads the proposed amendment and then votes. Should the vote pass with a two-thirds majority, two weeks later the amendment passes to the student body to vote —usually by an electronic vote. If two-thirds of the votes favor the amendment, then both Trietley and Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., university president, review the amendment before it becomes official, Brickman said.

The second option, she said, comes from a clause in the constitution, which states that every three years SGA forms a constitutional revision commission in order to review the constitution and make recommendations.

The commission includes members of a judicial branch, Brickman said. The SGA president nominates these members (the senate votes to approve the nominations). Then, as in the first option, Brickman said the proposed amendment(s) follows the same process from SGA, to the student body to Trietley and the university president. However, SGA must allow for a 60-day wait period before the amendment goes to a student body vote for this option, she added.

As announced by Rose Brown, SGA president, in the Jan. 29 meeting, while all amendments from 2011 until the present passed the SGA vote, they did not go to a student body vote and Trietley and Sr. Margaret did not view them to approve.
“When proper procedure for amending the constitution is not followed, then the amendment is not valid,” said Brickman. “But the constitution itself is still valid.”
Because the basis of the constitution remains valid, all SGA positions are valid because the elected members swore to uphold the constitution as a whole, not a particular revised edition, she added.

SGA leaders and Brickman discovered the errors while Brickman reread the document over the weekend of Jan. 23 and 24 in preparation of adding more amendments, she said.

“The executive branch met with me to discuss making amendments to the constitution,” Brickman said, adding at that time no one knew of any infractions with the document. “As I began reading through the constitution, I noticed things that I did not remember being in the constitution or being different from what I remembered when I worked with students in 2008 when the document was [first] written.”

On Jan. 25, Brickman contacted J.W. Cook, SGA executive treasurer, and asked him about when the student body had voted in the past years. Cook, a junior political science major, checked with Bonaventure’s tech services to see if electronic votes had taken place, Brickman said, adding no record of a vote existed.

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the executive board and Brickman informed Trietley of the situation, Trietley said. He added that none of the now-invalid amendments concerned any financial decisions.

At the regularly scheduled Jan. 29 SGA meeting, the board presented the senate and SGA-chartered club leaders with the problem and outlined the solution, beginning with Brown reading an explanatory letter.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our student leaders,” Trietley said. “I am happy that our leaders not only found this out, but that they’ve been absolutely transparent about this. Think about it— how easy would it have been for them to hide this?”

In her letter, Brown said she appointed one chief justice and five associate justices, who the senate would vote to approve that day. The goal of the newly formed judicial branch (required to have every three years per the 2011 version of the constitution) would be to assist in amending the document.

While many senators raised concerns about voting so quickly after learning about the problems and appointments, the executive board said in order for the commission to make amendments this semester, the process would have to begin almost immediately.

“In an ideal world, it would have been nice to have more time for the senators to talk about this,” said the board. “Unfortunately, we were under very tight time constraints to get the constitutional revision commission in place. The judicial branch is the core of the revision commission, so it was important that we get them nominated and confirmed by the student senate as quickly as possible.”

None of the procedures at the last meeting violated the constitution, said the board and Brickman, and the senate voted almost unanimously to approve the judicial appointments. Brown then swore in office Noah Burton as chief justice and Samantha Gier, Nate Discavage, Anthony Minchella, Bradi Hopkins and Colleen Corrado as associate justices.

Technically, Brickman said, the judicial branch has the power to determine whether the executive or legislative branch’s actions are in line with the constitution. The power does not reside with the executive board.

However, she added in order for the constitution to be amended at any point, SGA had to make a choice.

“Making the argument that since there was no judicial branch there was nobody to determine that the 2013 and 2014 amendments were invalid is a little short-sighted,” Brickman said. “What was the alternative? Individuals realized that there was a problem, but we don’t have the people who can determine that there was a problem, so we aren’t going to do anything? Would it have been better to just ignore the issue and go about things as though we didn’t know there was a problem?”

For the next two weeks, the revision commission (comprised of the judicial branch; Brown; SGA senators, Anneliese Quinlan and Jacob Everhart; and one non-SGA member, Geoffrey Broadbent, as voting members) will meet to discuss changes, the board said.

On Feb. 16, the commission will read the list of proposed changes at an SGA meeting. Two days later, SGA will vote on the amendments, the executive board said. Any amendments that pass through the senate will go to a student body vote on April 21, after the required 60-day waiting period, the executive board said.

The board added that amendments can also be added following the first ratification process, outlined above.

The board said it was unsure if the invalid amendments from 2013 and 2014 would be added to the new list of amendments because, except for Brown, none of the executive board members vote as a member of the commission.

However, Cook said he, along with SGA Vice President Trish Gould, Secretary Jessica Laursen, and senators Mike Padlo, Chelsea O’Connor and Jessica Ungaro, would serve as non-voting aids to the commission.

Chief Justice Burton, a junior political science major, declined to comment at this time on exact revisions planned for the constitution, but said he plans to make decisions objectively. As chief justice, Burton has no more power than the other justices, said Brickman. However, he will serve as chair of the revision commission.

On Tuesday afternoon, Brown and the rest of the executive board held an open-discussion meeting to discuss with club leaders possible changes to amendments concerning SGA-chartered clubs. The talk mainly focused on club chartering requirements and how often clubs must attend SGA meetings.

Trietley said a situation such as this emphasizes the importance of the student body reading the SGA constitution.
“As soon as we found out an error had been made we acted on it,” the executive board said. “We only had the best interests of SGA and the student body in mind.”

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Bonnies get ready for A10’s

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The women’s swimming and diving team dominated the Niagara Purple Eagles 154-79 during its final away meet before A10’s.

The Bonnies were led by freshman Rachel Taylor and senior Tanja Kirmse. Both women won two events during the meet last Saturday. Taylor won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke events. Kirmse finished first in both the 200 yard IM and the 100-yard freestyle.

Kirmse, whose hometown is Burghausen, Germany, was a member of the 800 yard freestyle relay team that finished in seventh at A10’s a year ago.

Senior Shannon Haberman, who won the 500-yard freestyle, knows the team has to be tired and sore as of late due to the team preparing for A10’s, but she was proud of her teammates’ effort, she said.

“We have been training hard this semester in preparation for the A10 meet so there has been very little rest,” Haberman said. “However, we were mentally tough and we fought in each event through the soreness in order to beat Niagara.”

As a junior, Haberman placed 20th in the 1650-yard freestyle at the A10 championship meet.

The Bonnies are heading into their final meet before A10’s when they face The State University of New York at Buffalo Bulls tonight at home starting at 4.

The seniors are beginning to realize how emotional this meet could be, because today is their final home meet as a Bonnie.

“It is a bittersweet feeling. I am feeling emotional as it will be my last time performing at Bonaventure with my teammates,” senior Kathryn Winterburn said. “But I am also excited for A10’s and to continue onto graduate school.”

“It is very strange knowing that this is my last meet before A10’s,” senior Adelyn Graf said. “It’s crazy to think that the season is almost over, let alone my swimming career.”

With A10’s on Feb. 17, Haberman is not only excited to take on her final challenge as a swimmer for St. Bonaventure, but she is also excited for the experience her freshmen teammates are about to have.

“The freshmen do not know what to expect, but the atmosphere at A10s is exhilarating,” Haberman said. “I know that they have all put in the hard work in order to succeed at this meet. Each of the freshmen have a different skill set, and I am excited to see how they use their strengths to conquer their first A10’s.”

Other seniors on the team include Taylor Anderson, Elizabeth Malone, and Alexa Scanlan
The women’s swimming and diving team has won three total meets with the last two coming on the road.

A10’s will go from Feb. 17-20 and will take place at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Great Scott!!

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The NHL All-Star Game was this past weekend, and people are already calling it one of the best NHL All-Star events in recent history.
For one, the new format made the game appear more competitive and fun for fans to watch. The 3-on-3 tournament format led to fans seeing back-checking, one-timers, big saves and actual effort out of the players chosen for the game.

The All-Star Game was almost boycotted by many fans because one player wasn’t going to be allowed to play. John Scott was one of the four players to be voted in by fans to captain his division’s team for the tournament. Of the four, Scott received the most votes overall. Scott is not a superstar. Scott is a benchwarmer who is brought on the ice to make hits and fight when needed. In the 285 NHL games he has played, he has five goals, six assists and 542 penalty minutes. But Scott won the vote, and he became an All-Star.

Scott was the captain of the Pacific Division during the All-Star Game, but two weeks before the game took place, he was traded from the Arizona Coyotes, a Pacific Division team, to the Montreal Canadiens, an Atlantic Division team. Following the trade, the Canadiens demoted Scott to their AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps. The thought was, if Scott wasn’t in the NHL, let alone the Pacific Division, he couldn’t be an NHL All-Star.

Then the fans erupted. People took to Twitter, Facebook and blog posts everywhere to voice their disappointment in the NHL. News broke out that both the Coyotes and the NHL contacted Scott, asking him to decline the All-Star invitation. When Scott refused, he was traded.

Scott has been one of the most controversial players in recent NHL history. He lacks the level of skill that most other NHL players have and has been suspended in the past for hits he has made. Scott was one of the most disliked players in the NHL for a period of time. Now he is one of the most respected.

Scott is in the NHL, living his dream every time he steps on the ice. He understands his role as a guy whose duty is to protect his teammates and give them a boost if needed; whether that comes from a big hit or a fight is his choice. People also realized Scott is a family man. He has two daughters that he loves to bring to the rink and a wife who is nine months pregnant with twins. The NHL punished Scott and his family because he was the punchline to an All-Star fan vote.

Due to the pressure put on the NHL by the fans and players from around the league, Scott was allowed to captain the Pacific division. He ended up not only scoring two goals during the All-Star Game, but his team won the million-dollar prize for winning the tournament, and Scott was named the MVP of the All-Star Game.

Dominic LoVallo is the Assistant Sports Editor at The BV. His email is

Finding the winning touch

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The men’s basketball team picked up its second straight win on Wednesday night when it took down the Saint Joseph’s Hawks by a score of 83-73. The win helps move the Bonnies to just one game behind the Hawks in the A10 standings.

Head Coach Mark Schmidt said when this team plays on all cylinders great things happen.

“When our offense is attacking and getting to the free throw line and Marcus (Posley), Jay (Adams) and Dion (Wright) are playing the way they are capable of playing, then we are a pretty good team,” Schmidt said.

Sophomore guard Jaylen Adams led the Bonnies with 29 points and senior forward Dion Wright pitched in with 18 points and 11 rebounds. St. Bonaventure is now 14-6 overall (6-3 in the A10), which is good for a tie for fourth place in the conference.

The Bonnies now have head-to-head wins against three teams (Saint Joe’s, Rhode Island, and Davidson) that are within two games of them in the standings.

Senior guard Marcus Posley said total team play is important to the game.

“We didn’t want to let up our pressure,” Posley said. “All of the things we did on the defensive end helped us on the offensive end.”
This past Sunday, the Bonnies were back at home after a week in between games. They faced off against the Richmond Spiders. After trailing for much of the first half and into halftime, the Bonnies, led by Posley, mounted a comeback and pulled away late to give them an 84-68 victory, snapping a three game losing streak.

Schmidt said the team struggled in man-to-man defense, which is why they switched to a more zone defense in the second half.

“Everyone knows how good Richmond’s offense is with all of their back cuts and dribble handoffs,” Schmidt said. “We had some problems in the first half guarding it, but we mixed it up and I thought our guys did a really good job in the zone keeping the ball in front of them and rebounding the basketball.”

St. Bonaventure is right in the mix for one of the top four spots in the A10. For the conference tournament, seeds one through four get two byes into the quarterfinals, and that is something Schmidt is pushing his players to achieve.

“If we want to compete for one of the top four spots in the conference, you have to win your home games,” Schmidt said.

The Bonnies will continue to push for a top-four seed on Sunday when they return to the Reilly Center for a game against the Saint Louis Billikens with a 2 p.m. tip off.

Bona’s alumnus to receive Gaudete award

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St. Bonaventure alum John G.  Berger Jr., ’88 alongside his wife Suzanne Berger are set to receive the 2016 Gaudete medal on April 28, 2016.

The award recognizes people in the Buffalo community who exemplify Franciscan values and do selfless service.


According to Monica Mattioli, executive director of alumni relations and campus facilitator for this year’s awards, the distribution of awards include one Bonaventure alumnus, and one or two community members that showcase the Franciscan spirit.


Mr. Berger credits some of the work he does now to the teachings and values he learned at Bonaventure.


According to Mr. Berger, he spent two years on the Franciscan values committee, and he has served on the Mt. Irenaeus board for twelve years.


According to a recent press release, Mr. Berger serves on the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Advancement Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Berger served as corporate co-chairs for Catholic Charities appeals in 2015, and served as chair couple for 2014 Lasallian “Bright Futures” dinner and auction.


The selection process has different steps. There is no set standard for what qualifies as an award recipient.


“A local committee surfaces potential candidates for the award, afterwards the committee makes recommendations among the various candidates of whom should get the award,” said Mattioli. “Finally the president of the school makes the final appointment of the award recipients.”


The positions of medal recipients in the past vary, ranging from philanthropists and corporate executives to journalist and religious officers.


“The one thing that stands out about each recipient is joyful service. They are not simply serving yet serving with great enthusiasm and joy,” said Mattioli.


Two others will join the couple in being awarded the medal.


Fr. Joseph Bayne, O.F.M is receiving the award as well. Mattioli refers to Bayne as the “fire fighter friar”. He helps men, women and children in crisis situations through outreach and counseling.

Jack Connors, father of two Bonaventure grads, is also set to receive the award. According to the press release he is the president and publisher of Business First and currently serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.


According to Mattioli, a list is being developed of students that will attend the event at Hyatt Regency Buffalo.


For information concerning tickets, sponsorships and event advertising, contact Monica Mattioli at, or visit







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Olean’s offerings

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I grew up in Olean. I try to withhold this information from everyone I meet, because every time I tell someone I’m from nearby, I get the ever classic, “No way, you’re a townie? You don’t look like a townie!” Or, “Hah! That must be awful!” One time, I even got, “Oh, so do you live in Wal-Mart?” Bonas kids are pretty adverse to the concept of “the townie,” and they often go out of their way to tell me that there’s nothing to do around here.

Okay, I’ll admit there’s not a whole lot to do here, but there’s more to do than a lot of outsiders think.

There’s tons of great hiking in the area, like Martini Rocks on Geiger Hollow Road, just off the Four Mile Road, past Randy’s Up the River. Take I-86 West for about 40 minutes, and you’ll end up at Allegheny State Park, with some of the most beautiful hiking trails I’ve ever walked (I’ve been to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Bryce Canyon, to give you a reference point of my hiking record). Pfeiffer Nature Center, about 5 miles west of Sprague’s, is a mountainous hiking area that even includes guides to the types of trees in the Center.

Besides hiking, there are plenty of other outdoor activities. Canoeing and kayaking on the Allegheny River is great in the summertime, and for all the Huck Finns out there, there’s plenty of great fishing to be done in the river, too.

There are also tons of awesome restaurants in the area, including Red’s and Trudy’s near Sprague’s, a homey diner that specializes in scrambled burgers. The burgers are cheap and delicious, and the cherry pie is just as good. El Mariachi in downtown Olean is an amazing authentic Mexican restaurant. I’ve gotten a full day’s worth of food there for $5 before. I would highly recommend getting their queso as an additional dip for their homemade tortilla chips. Just up the street from El Mariachi is Brother’s Bistro, which is a little on the expensive side, but is definitely great for date nights. Of course, the Beef ‘n Barrel is always a great option with its down-home atmosphere and incredible beef on ‘weck.

For activities, keep an eye out for once-a-year weekend events. Just last weekend was the annual curling tournament at Good Times, which featured live music, a bar and plenty of ‘townies’ sliding around big rocks on ice. Late in August, normally the first weekend students return to Bonas, is Olean’s India Fest, where the local Indian population comes together and celebrates their heritage with music, food and dance. The event features some of the best food ‘townies’ eat all year. Also be sure to keep an eye peeled for interesting lectures that take place at the Olean Public Library or at Jamestown Community College, too.

For those with an artistic side, the Cattaraugus County Arts Council on Main Street in Allegany offers classes on topics as various as basket-weaving, wildlife painting and jewelry making, among others, with varying fees.

This area might not be much, but I promise, if you look a little past Wal-Mart, Olean isn’t so bad.

Diana McElfresh is the Managing Editor for the Bona Venture.
Her email is mcelfrdh14@bonaventure.

Fight for fifteen

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As young adults in college, having a part-time job that pays minimum wage is normal in our society. We might want some extra cash in our pockets for the weekend, or we want save our money to pay for books. Research by the fightfor$, however, shows the average age of a person working a minimum wage job in this country is 36. The minimum wage job no longer symbolizes a stepping stone for a young adult’s future. A minimum wage job, now, sadly symbolizes someone’s career.

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour has been discussed in many of the Democratic presidential debates this past year, which Tyler Grudi criticized in last week’s newspaper. He believes that raising the minimum wage is not the right answer. Every American has the right to his or her opinion. However, as a nation, how can we let our fellow citizens live in poverty? There are many families in this nation in which both parents work more than 40 hours a week, who work two or three jobs, who are raising a family and still live below the poverty line. How can we let our neighbors live off of only $15,000 a year?

There was a time in this country when a person could graduate from high school and not go to college. A person could find a well-paying job, raise a family, work for 40 years, retire and receive a well-funded pension. Today, it is a different story. A person needs a college degree to find a well-paying job, if they can find one. College degrees are often difficult to earn, because parents can’t afford to send their children to school. The cycle continues, as their children are forced to work low-wage jobs and has resulted in 64 million Americans working minimum wage jobs, according to fightfor$ Of the 64 million Americans, 37 percent have a college degree.

Now, if you believe that raising the minimum wage would hurt corporations, decrease the demand of the commodity and raise prices, then let’s look at our beloved McDonald’s.

McDonald’s pays workers an average of $7.25 an hour. Last year, in 2015, McDonald’s gave its shareholders $9.4 billion. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would not put a dent into that figure. Prices on products rise every year, due to inflation, yet wages remain stagnant. Would the demand of McDonalds product ever decrease? I highly doubt it.

Raising the minimum wage will benefit this country more than it will hurt it. Millions of Americans and their families live below the poverty line. One in three children in this country live below the poverty line. It is an epidemic. All of the hunger and fatigue in this country can be reduced if we, as a country, stand up for our fellow Americans, our neighbors, and tell corporations that they must pay their workers a living wage or the cycle of more and more Americans living in the poverty will grow and grow each generation to come.

Denis Riordan is a contributing writer to the Bona Venture.
His email is

Don’t bet on it

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The Super Bowl is a spectacle widely regarded for the incredible amount of expense that goes into it. Millions of dollars are spent by the host cities of the event, in an attempt to turn a single evening event into a weeklong celebration of American football. But, for many Americans, the event has become more about illegally wasting money.

Not only do local governments spend inordinate amounts to host the event (which oftentimes is not a financial boon), but private companies spend extravagant amounts on commercial airtime. In fact, this year, the price of a 30 second television spot will reach five million dollars.

Yet with all this openly spent money on the Super Bowl, a large amount of the revenues for the Super Bowl are illegal. In last year’s Super Bowl, Americans spent nearly four billion dollars betting illegally on the game. Due to the nature of sports betting legislation in the U.S., this is substantially more than what was legally bet on the event.

There is one true way to prevent illegal gambling, and that is to remove the illegal aspect. Currently, only four states in the Union allow for legal betting on sports, despite the massive desire for it.

Websites like and have become top 1000 sites on the American Internet, according to, and reach into the top 500 during the peak of football season. These sites have created controversy, due to their nature as “daily fantasy” sites being a thin veil for gambling. The explosion of popularity these sites have shown that the American public desires a legal way to gamble on sports.

Continuing to bet on sports illegally does no good for anyone. It promotes organized crime, it creates income that goes untaxed, and it costs the government dealing with these issues. Citizens seeking out illegal channels for their gambling desires can create all kinds of personal problems.
One consistent defense against sports gambling is a desire to maintain the sanctity of sport; a sanctity most proselytizers on gambling do not realize went out the window decades ago. Every week, some new controversy springs up in the sports world, and fans betting on the game pales in comparison to most of these.

Creating more legal channels to gamble on sports will make things safer for everyone. The current legislation against it has proven to do nothing to stop it, and its ineffectiveness just makes it wasteful. Creating legal channels will limit the ties to organized crime in gambling, which helps keep gamblers safe. It will also benefit the government more, because the winnings will be taxed more often.

Corey Krajewski is Opinions Editor of the Bona Venture. His email is

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