By Nate West
News Assignment Editor
The Rathskeller showcased the Class of 2012’s senior gift during its grand re-opening last Friday, before the start of the men’s basketball home opener.
The class raised $11,500 through donations and fundraising. With the money, The Rathskeller was able to put in seven new flat screen televisions, SBU decals, two new couches, two new display cases for SBU memorabilia and new sound equipment. They also gave it a new Bona’s themed paint job, according to Class of 2012 secretary Courtney Cobb.
“We were impressed with the turnout at the re-opening,” said Class of 2012 officer Kelsey Brockenshire. “The Skeller was filled with students, faculty, staff and even alumni. Over 100 people were present before and after the game to enjoy the Skeller’s renovations, socialize and enjoy the food and drink specials.”
With the new renovations, the Rathskeller hopes to provide the Bonaventure community with a spirited atmosphere to enjoy sporting events, as well as a place for just hanging out and student programming, according to Steve Kuchera, assistant director of activities, recreation and leadership.
Sophomore psychology major Lauren Pechie, who works on the tech crew at the Skeller, says she likes the changes and is already noticing an increase in the number of people who come down.
“I like them (the changes), I think they make it a lot nicer,” she said. “I think the renovations are why more people go there during the day. A lot of people eat lunch there now.”
The Skeller will also have an opening ceremony during Alumni Weekend for all alumni to see the completed work, Cobb said.
Regularly planned events, such as Open Mic Night, will continue to be hosted in the Skeller, Cobb said. It will also be open for the Bonaventure community to come down and watch basketball games.
“The Skeller will be open two hours before every home basketball game,” Cobb said. “The away games will be displayed, in addition to the NFL games, weekly.”
Cobb said she’s excited that the renovations are ready for people to use.
“It’s the place to be,” she said. “We are very lucky to have this type of venue on campus, and it holds the perfect opportunity to show our Bonnie pride.”