Unplug and shutdown with Tread Lightly
By Maddie Gionet, Co-editor in chief, @MaddieGNA
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Oct. 17) – The green may be disappearing from the trees scattered across St. Bonaventure University’s campus as fall sets in, but Tread Lightly is bringing the green back during Sustainability Week.
Starting Wednesday, Tread Lightly will work to promote sustainability and going green in an effort to reduce the university’s energy consumption by more than 25 percent (which it did last year).
“We would love to exceed the 25 percent energy reduction from last year, but meeting that number would be just as great,” said Alex Bulszewicz, a senior finance major.
Tread Lightly, started on campus by students a few years ago, focuses on promoting sustainability on campus through recycling and other green initiatives.
A reflection on Ashley Sandau
Ashley Sandau ran cross country for St. Bonaventure University. [Image courtesy of gobonnies.com.]
Co-editor in chief Maddie Gionet attended Wednesday night’s memorial service for alumna Ashley Sandau. She reflects on the night and what she learned about who Ashley was.
By Maddie Gionet, Co-Editor in Chief/Features Editor, @MaddieGNA
I use words for a living. And more recently, I’ve used words to tell stories and paint pictures.
But I have come to find, after tonight, that sometimes words cannot tell a story or paint a picture the way I would like them to.
Last month, 2010 and 2011 St. Bonaventure University graduate Ashley Sandau passed away after being hit by a car in California.
The St. Bonaventure family remembered her Wednesday night at 7 with a memorial service in the University Chapel.
I had the intentions of writing a news story on the event, highlighting the celebration of her, but I found myself intimidated by this task.
Student allegedly assaulted at off-campus residence
BY MARK BELCHER, NEWS EDITOR, @MARKBELCHERJR
ST. BONAVENTURE (Feb. 9) – A group of people allegedly assaulted St. Bonaventure University freshman Edward Caraccioli this past weekend, sending him to Olean General Hospital.
A news release from the Twin Tiers radio station, WVTT News Radio, reported the altercation at the intersection of Seventh and Union streets early Sunday morning.
A Bonaventure student close to Caraccioli, who wished to remain nameless, said multiple students randomly targeted Caraccioli at an off-campus house party. He said others who separated the crowd were also assaulted.
WVTT News Radio said police confirmed an ongoing investigation to the Olean Times Herald this morning.
Bonaventure officials are cooperating with police, but no arrests have been made at this time, the report added.
At press time, no contact could be made with Allegany police or Safety and Security Services. More information on the story is to come.
Any information on the incident should be referred to the Allegany Police Department at (716) 373-0873 or Safety and Security Services at (716) 375-2525.
Maddie Gionet contributed to the reporting of this story.
Hope for the Hickey
New residential dining manager takes student opinions into account
ST. BONAVENTURE – (Feb. 1) In the first St. Bonaventure University Food Committee meeting in two semesters, Hickey Memorial Dining Hall management took away a list of both criticisms and refinement points — and only two weeks later, students have already seen positive change.
“They’re really trying,” Matt Zaros, a sophomore history major who attended the meeting, said. “They did a good job at the meeting, and it definitely wasn’t for show.”
Q&A with Elyse Kosakowski
[Photo by Tony Lee]
It’s an honor no St. Bonaventure University student has been recognized for before this semester – being named a finalist for the Most Promising Minority Award given out by the American Advertising Federation. But now, senior Elyse Kosakowski can proclaim she is the first St. Bonaventure student to receive this recognition.
Named one of 20 finalists for the award, Kosakowski, a journalism and mass communication and integrated marketing communications dual-degree major, sat down with The Intrepid’s Features Editor Maddie Gionet, @MaddieGNA, for a Q&A.
Gionet: How does it feel to be the first Bonaventure student to be honored in this way?
Kosakowski: It’s such an honor. Not only as an individual but also as part of the Bona community that makes up AAF. This shows that Bonaventure can be nationally recognized for its students’ hard work.
Gionet: Can you give a little bit of your story? How did you get to the place you are now? When did you decide you wanted to do advertising?
Kosakowski: I wanted to go into PR since I was little. I came to SBU as a junior in high school and fell in love with the campus and the journalism school. My freshman year, I heard about the IMC program, got some information and decided I’d stay on a fifth year to do the program. And then last year, when I was in professor (Michael) Jones-Kelley and professor (Shelley) Jack’s advertising campaign class, I realized I no longer wanted to do PR but advertising instead. I liked controlling the message and controlling what outlets the message was sent out of.
Gionet: How did you come up with the personal tagline “Made in Korea. Imported to America. Branded Polish?”
From Zero to Hero
Women’s rugby team completes a dramatic two-year turnaround by capturing State title
By Maddie Gionet, Features Editor, @MaddieGNA
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Nov. 8) — It was a decision Kayla O’Keefe never expected to make.
“My freshmen year, I tried out for cheerleading, and the next day I was so sore,” she said. “I asked myself, ‘What am I getting myself into?’”
O’Keefe never found out what she was getting herself into. She gave up cheerleading and went to rugby practice with a friend the next day.
“It has seriously changed my life,” the junior journalism and mass communication major said.
O’Keefe’s life is not the only thing that has changed since her freshmen year. The St. Bonaventure’s women’s rugby team improved from a winless 0-5 record to an undefeated 7-0 in a two-year span.
Not only that, the Legends’ latest victory, a 12-0 shutout against Plattsburgh (4-2) on Oct. 29, was for the New York State Rugby Conference Division III women’s title.
“I can’t put into words how amazing this transformation has been,” said O’Keefe, a co-captain. “Everyone has stepped up, improved beyond anything we expected and really put their hearts into making this season great.”
On Saturday, the women move onto the quarterfinals of the National Small College Rugby Organization tournament in Northampton. The four regional winners advance to the Final Four in Cherry Hill, N.J., Nov. 19.
Meet the Professor: Fr. John Coughlin, O.F.M
The St. Bonaventure University and Mt. Irenaeus communities welcomed a new friar to their families this year.
Fr. John Coughlin, O.F.M., sat down to give The Intrepid an interview on how he became a friar and where this journey has taken him.
By Maddie Gionet, features editor, @MaddieGNA
Gionet: You entered the Franciscan Order in 1995. But describe your journey of becoming a Franciscan priest before that.
Fr. John: Well, religious life runs in my family … Some of my family members saw the priesthood in me before I even saw it! When I was at Hunter College as an English major, I really began to get into my faith. I wasn’t a practicing Catholic after I made my Confirmation at age 13, but somewhere in my 20s I began to get interested. I took some religious classes, and over time my personal reading became more and more Christian.
Gionet: After entering the order, where were you placed? What did you do?
Fr. John: I did an internship between my fourth and fifth years of theology in Anderson, S.C., where I did a lot of ministry with the Hispanic community. After that year, I was ordained as a deacon and considered working with the Latino community. I was attracted to one of the most Hispanic and poorest parishes in the country, St. Anthony of Padua in Camden, N.J. Utilizing my Spanish, improving on it and working with the poor were all things I wanted to do. When I was ordained as a priest in 2002, I became a parochial vicar at St. Anthony’s for nine years until I moved here to Mt. Irenaeus. While I was at St. Anthony’s, one of my favorite ministries was teaching English as a second language. I started an ESL class once I arrived, and it had a lot of success.
Gionet: What caused you to move to Mt. Irenaeus after nine years at St. Anthony’s? And what attracted you to the Mountain?