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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Think in “Jeopardy!” lingo. It’s sparked by a decrease in daylight hours. It’s found most commonly in the northern states where residents face harsh winters, forcing people into states of temporary seclusion. For the most part, symptoms normally begin appearing in late fall, increase during the holidays and lessen when the sun comes out of winter migration.

The correct answer is, “what is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?”

For St. Bonaventure students, preventing SAD during these frozen months -- lasting from about the beginning of January through the middle of March -- is no easy battle, but the battle can be won.

Jeffrey Baker, a freshman education major, uses skiing as his weapon against SAD.

“It’s a great form of exercise, but you don’t even really realize it while doing it. I just love going straight down hills for the thrill,” Baker said.

Holiday Valley in nearby Ellicottville offers college students a special discount price on night passes. From Sunday through Thursday, those passes sell for $25. For the Bonaventure skiers and snowboarders who cannot find a car to get to the resort, a bus leaves every Sunday from the parking lot outside the Richter Center around 3:30 p.m. and returns around 10 p.m.

When Baker can’t make the trip to Holiday Valley, he can be seen participating in the many intramural leagues held at the Richter Center on a nightly basis, fighting for a team victory.

Morgan Nyweide, also a freshman education major, avoids SAD by working out, staying in with friends and snow tubing at O’Dea’s, a tubing resort across the Allegheny River from campus.

“I've grown up in western New York, so I don't really let the weather interfere with my plans because I am used to it. The only way it ever interferes is if the roads are too bad to drive on and don't allow me to go anywhere,” Nyweide said.

Michael Vieyra is another student who gets the best of winter. For the past three years, Vieyra, a fifth-year graduate student in the management program, has created an outdoor pond/hockey rink with his friends. Unlike a majority of the students who look forward to a mild-winter day, Vieyra dreads the warmer temperatures that could potentially melt his rink.

“Skating keeps me entertained and the shoveling of the new snow keeps me busy,” said Vieyra.

It’s incredibly easy to fall into the SAD trap, but Bonaventure students have found solutions to escape winter’s wrath. Participating in the leagues offered at the Richter Center, playing games in the Rathskeller, trying new outdoor activities, such as tubing, skiing and snowboarding, or even creating an ice-skating rink can keep students out of the emotional hole or pull those stuck in it out.

A little snow never hurt anybody. The best thing to do is to not let the weather trap you indoors, unless, of course, it’s a blizzard out there.

-Kelly Jackson
Class of '08

There's plenty to do inside, too!

Despite its encouraging name, spring semester is often filled with snow showers and icy winds. Fortunately, St. Bonaventure students know how to keep busy indoors. The Campus Activities Board, Residence Life and some faculty members have put together an indoor entertainment schedule.

Every Thursday and Saturday night, the Campus Activity Board hosts dance parties in the Rathskeller, located in the basement of Hickey Dining Hall.

Sweethearts Dance.CAB is also sponsoring a “Pamper Yourself Night” in the San Damiano Room on Monday, Feb. 18, featuring manicures, massages and movies. The Counseling Center staff usually hosts monthly stress-free nights as well.

Acoustic musician Chris Cauley of Atlanta, Ga., is scheduled to play at the Rathskeller Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m.

Comedians Kelly Taylor and Jamie Lissow are scheduled for Saturday, March 29, and Friday, April 11, respectively. Both comedians will be in the Rathskeller for 8 p.m. performances.

And the CAB presentations are not the only entertainment available. A few of the journalism professors are dedicating some Friday nights to the entertainment and education of their students.

The “Friday Night Lights” programs started last year at the urging of some freshmen to provide students with weekend campus activities that were alcohol free, faculty member Chris Mackowski said.

Friday Night Lights programs are not limited to journalism majors. This semester’s programs include a talk by Dean Lee Coppola about the Mafia, a discussion about technology and its effects on the journalism industry and a night of faculty members reading their own written pieces. In the past, the Friday events included movie nights and “Dead or Alive” competitions.

The program gives the faculty a chance to hang out with students outside of the classroom, said Mackowski.

On a smaller scale, every resident assistant plans programs for his or her floor a couple of times a month. Activities such as movie nights, craft nights and floor dinners are common occurrences.

“These sorts of things [floor programs] reach out and bring us together more than regular day-to-day interactions would,” said freshman Abigail Morales, who lives in Robinson Hall.

Most events held on campus are advertised on the daily Notice Board e-mail and through fliers. If you look, there is always something to do, even when the weather outside is frightful.

-Brianne Rehac
Class of 2010


Movin' on up...

Current freshmen seeking new housing options for their sophomore years have many different opportunities to choose from.

Devereux Hall.While Shay/Loughlen and Robinson/Falconio halls will continue to be exclusive to incoming freshmen, sophomores will be able to choose to live in Devereux Hall, Doyle Hall, Francis Hall or possibly the Garden Apartments.

The first step for current freshmen is to pay their $150 room deposit to the business office by March 3. This payment secures students’ right to go through the room selection process provided there are no previous judicial restrictions placed upon the student.

Students select housing by class and credit hours, with seniors choosing first and freshmen last. Within the classes, students choose their housing based on a random lottery number.

A student’s lottery number is totally random, but an academic credit number is subtracted from the random number to come up with a student’s housing number. The academic credit number is a student’s GPA multiplied by the number of credit hours for the previous semester.

Students are then called by their lottery numbers and choose which residence hall they would like to live in. If students are not satisfied, they can write to Joe Stomieroski, director of housing, to be put on a waiting list.

Nichole Gonzalez, director of residence life, said current freshmen will have to make an important decision in regard to whom they will live with during their sophomore year.

“They now have the responsibility of finding that out on their own,” Gonzalez said. “We’re not placing them with somebody, so they need to really think hard about who they want to live with and not agree just because they’re afraid of saying ‘No’.”

Current sophomore William Bergin said the University’s current housing selection process is “for the most part” successful.

Gonzalez said that because of an increase in freshman enrollment for Fall 2007, some sophomores had no choice but to live in Francis Hall on the east side of campus.

She said the University remedied the situation by opening up an extra wing in Robinson Hall for sophomores to live in.

 “After we had more specific first-year student numbers, we were able to open a wing in Rob. We do not anticipate that being the case this year. If there’s space, we do try and accommodate. But we do try to avoid placing upperclassmen in those first-year buildings.  The only way we would do that is if we had a solid wing (for upperclassmen).”

Sophomore Marlon Brdar said many sophomores choose to live in Devereux Hall because “it is the most historic dorm at St. Bonaventure.” He also said the building was the most recognizable.

Other students choose Doyle Hall, which has larger rooms than Robinson/Falconio because it acted as the university’s friary from 1964 to 1985.

Another option is themed living, where a group of residents choose a common theme and get preferred choice of location.

“They let us know what it is they would prefer,” Gonzalez said. “We look at the numbers and it’s something we try to work out before room selection. It’s something we will try again this year.”

Daniel McCarthy, a sophomore currently living on 3rd Devereux, said he and his friends chose a sports theme for their floor.

“They gave us a block of rooms in ‘Dev’ for being in themed living,” he said. “It is cool because I get to stick around people I’m good friends with.”

Gonzalez said, “There has been a lot of success with the themed living.”

Gonzalez encourages students to be flexible when choosing among themed living, Devereux, Doyle and Francis halls.

 “Go into it with an open mind and have several different options,” she said. “If they are dead set on one thing, they may end up disappointed, so make sure they have an open mind and plan ahead.”

-Charlie Specht
Class of ’10


Academic honors

As parents, you encourage your student to work for academic excellence. When he or she reaches those goals, St. Bonaventure joins you in recognizing their achievements.

Students who have earned a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or above make the dean’s list. St. Bonaventure’s Provost, Dr. Michael Fischer, said approximately 38 percent of undergraduate students make dean's list every semester.

Dr. Fischer sends a letter to the students who made the dean’s list, which recognizes and congratulates them on their academic excellence. Parents also receive a letter noting their student's academic success.

The three professional schools carry those honors one step further by celebrating dean's list students at special gatherings.

Ann Lehman, academic coordinator for the School of Business, said their dean's list students are recognized at an annual luncheon. She noted students look forward to it, often stopping to ask for the date before it is announced.

The School of Education provides each dean's list student with a certificate honoring his or her accomplishments.

The Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication hosts an annual recognition dinner for its dean's list students along with induction for new members in to Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism and mass communication honor society.

To share the news about your student’s Students participating in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.achievement, the University’s Office of Marketing and Communications will send notification to your hometown newspaper.

The recognition of academic achievement continues at Commencement Exercises. St. Bonaventure students who attain a cumulative GPA ranging from 3.25 to 3.59 are graduated cum laude. Those earning a cumulative GPA of 3.60 to 3.89 are graduated magna cum laude and those who earn a GPA of 3.90 or above are graduated summa cum laude. Those achievements are listed with the student's name in the Commencement program and are announced during the ceremony.

-Christina Jackson
Class of '10

Upcoming events on campus include:
Wednesdays, ongoing - Craft Nights at the Damietta Center
Monday-Friday, ongoing - Language Tables
Friday-Sunday, 2/15-17 -
Homecoming Weekend
Saturday, 2/16 - Women's Basketball vs. George Washington
Saturday, 2/16 - Men's Basketball vs. George Washington
Friday, 2/15 -
Meet & Mingle: Alumni/Student Networking Event
Sunday, 2/17 -
SBU Band and Choir Concert
Soul Food Sunday & talk by visiting scholar Dr. David A. Anderson
Monday, 2/18 - Advice & A Slice: Backpack to Blackberry
Monday, 2/18 - Pamper Yourself Night
Friday, 2/22 - Women's Tennis vs. Buffalo
Saturday-Sunday, 2/23-3/2 - Midterm Break - Residence Halls close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23
Tuesday, 4/1 - 150th Anniversary Convocation

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