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The problem with Twitter activism

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Positioning on Twitter always feels like helping a movement. I often find myself sharing my opinions on political issues, and joining in an echo chamber. Most of the people I follow — with some exception, of course — have the same political beliefs I have, so naturally the opinions they offer mirror my own opinions.…

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Burst the ‘Bona Bubble’

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By: Haylei John The “Bona Bubble” is a phrase often used with pride by students to describe feelings of community throughout the campus. I too used to think of the Bona Bubble as some fond description of life at Bona’s, but now I’m challenging this notion and hoping that others will as well. Not all…

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Opinions need more thought

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At the beginning of this week, I fashioned a quaint little article full of quips and satirical references highlighting the issues I see in the Opinions section of the BV—mainly that it’s such a “He-Man, Woman-Hater’s Club.” However, as much as I wanted to say, “men are better seen and not heard,” and as much…

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Mental health stigmatized

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Hip-hop artist Kid Cudi announced on Oct. 4 that he had checked into rehab due to his struggles with depression and suicidal urges. This is yet another example that shows how serious mental illnesses can be and that they can affect anyone around us. Kid Cudi’s work in the music industry is something that has…

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Bringing in a new semester

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I love The Bona Venture. When the time comes for me to look back on my time at college, The BV will be the first thing I think of as defining my experience here. I’ve spent countless hours in the basement of the RC, editing, re-editing and goofing off with my fellow BVers, who in…

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All lives don’t matter

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By Dominic LoVallo Managing Editor My name is Dominic LoVallo. I am white, male, straight and money was never an issue for my family. If I was Christian and not Agnostic, I would reside only in the majority. With all that being said, I believe in the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the first…

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The Great 8 demoted?

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In every professional sport, there is a vast amount of debate among fans, media and experts on who the best players are. Last week, a popular hockey magazine, “The Hockey News,” did their version of this with their annual piece that highlights the top 50 players in the National Hockey League. When looking at the…

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Respecting ethics in the market

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Tyler Grudi’s article last week in the Bonaventure raised interesting questions about discrimination. He argues that government should not force people into associating with one another, that free-market capitalism will work this out as people see best. However, Grudi and many others fail to note an important difference between forcing two individuals to associate with…

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Free-market Catholic

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I was at dinner the other day when my friend told me something his father use to say. “If someone tells you that he is a Republican and Catholic, you know one of those statements is a lie.” As a registered Independent, I can’t say I was greatly offended. However, this insinuation that Catholics can’t…

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Solving problems one shirt at a time

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It’s easy to look at global problems and pretend they are not your own. The easiest possible mentality to have about big world problems is, “Well, I’m one person. I can’t change anything.” I used to feel that way about the clothing industry. I was vaguely aware that a lot of my clothes were made…

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Travel coast to coast

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Over 75 years ago Woody Guthrie wrote one of the most seminal pieces of Americana ever produced, “This Land is Your Land.” While not a discourse on “American exceptionalism,” the song celebrates the vast beauty of this nation. Every day I hear my peers discuss how they can’t wait to escape the United States, that…

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Net-“work”ing

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Networking — it’s a dreaded word. Every time I hear the words “networking opportunity,” I am forcibly reminded that adulthood is coming up quickly, and with adulthood comes awkward conversations with people you don’t know. But that’s part of life, and if you look at it the right way, it’s a really cool part of…

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Supporting athletes is not an Olympian task

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In the 1970s, Steve Prefontaine and other Olympic athletes fought for a change in the rules about amateurism so they could make a living for themselves as athletes. It has been forty years since those changes, and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) is still fighting against its own athletes. The goal of the Olympics should…

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Discriminating isn’t distasteful

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“Discrimination is simply the act of choice.” This opinion is used by free market economist Walter Williams to advocate for an individual’s right to discriminate against others. It seems off-putting that someone could promote such a horrible practice. It becomes more alarming when you realize that Williams is a black man. Despite having experienced discrimination…

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Quit trippin’, stop skippin’

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Lying in bed nauseous and coughing. Reluctantly grabbing my computer, and typing that awful message to my professor: I’m sick. I can’t make it to today’s class. I’m so sorry. The Irish Catholic guilt takes hold as I fall back into a NyQuil induced set of strange dreams. Missing class, what will my professor think?…

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NBA playoff predictions

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It’s almost playoff time for the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA has been dominated by three teams this year: the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. These three teams have each single-handedly dominated the NBA. Each team has had a few rough patches but still seemed to come out with…

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Distressing accesibility

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St. Bonaventure University’s lack of proper accessibility for differently abled individuals is an affront to our Franciscan values. The lack of accessibility is shameful and disrespectful to the entire community of non-able bodied people. The best I can say is that Bonaventure does have elevators in most of its buildings, but the majority of them…

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Clare College is a clear success

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Years from now, long after graduation, when we look at the diploma hanging on the walls of our offices or sitting on the shelves in our homes, we look at one of the few tangible items that will remain from our college careers. However, a St. Bonaventure diploma means much more than simply that 8½”…

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The purpose of personhood

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Hillary Clinton, Presidential hopeful and longtime pro-choice activist, caught the attention of both pro-life and pro-choice advocates last week after her controversial comments on abortion. In an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, news anchor Chuck Todd asked Clinton when an unborn child has constitutional rights. Clinton responded that “under our laws currently, that is…

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The okay outdoors

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Many people are terrified of the potential effects of global warming; I would guess a typical Bonaventure student is not going to complain. A shorter, milder winter means more time in both semesters for students to enjoy the great outdoors and all that entails. Any student who has been through at least one academic year…

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