Buffalo Business First ranks Geneseo in the top 15% of U.S public colleges, 19 out of 73 in eastern public colleges

Geneseo ranked 65th out of 505 public colleges by Buffalo Business First for 2019. The college was also ranked 19th out of 73 eastern public colleges. 

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FIRE, a first amendment watchdog group, contacts college to protect student’s free speech

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a First Amendment watchdog group centered in Philadelphia, sent a letter to Geneseo on Friday April 19 criticizing how the college handled a pair of Snapchats a student sent on April 1 that referenced blackface. FIRE argued that the investigation the college announced could create a “chilling effect.”

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College updates medical leave of absence policy to aid students who struggle with mental health issues

The college recently revised its policy for students who require a leave of absence. The revised policy allows students who encounter medical problems to take a leave with greater leeway. 

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New York state finalizes budget affecting financial aid and facilities and planning

New York finalized the state budget at the end of March and according to an email sent by President Denise Battles on April 15, “direct tax support to state-operated campuses was accelerated by $109.5 million in one-time monies, with no impact on future funding.” 

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Poster covering abortion at GREAT Day divides student population

During the GREAT Day poster session in the College Union Ballroom on April 17,  political science and international relations double major junior Gregor Malkasian presented his research project titled, “Women’s Reproduction is Not a Right: Abortion Prevention Through Education, Insurance Expansion, and Foster Reform.” The poster sparked debate and exchange amongst the Geneseo faculty, student body and administration. 

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Vice President for College Advancement, K. Johnson Bowles, unexpectedly leaves college

As of Friday March 29, the college no longer employs Vice President for College Advancement and Executive Director of the Geneseo Foundation, K. Johnson Bowles. Bowles’s departure allegedly came after multiple years of complaints from staff members in the Office of Advancement regarding Bowles’s leadership style. 

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Petition asks that college provide "Cultural Awareness Training," following series of bias-related incidents

In light of the Snapchat posted by a student referencing blackface, a petition has been created as a response to the Snapchat user and college’s actions. The petition calls for “Cultural Awareness Training” to be introduced within the college community.

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Student Senate passes proposal to protect student freedom

The Student Senate passed a proposal two weeks ago to protect student academic freedom in the classroom. 

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Bias related incidents in Jones, Suffolk, Nassau Hall

Between March 29 and April 1, bias-related incidents were reported in Jones, Suffolk and Nassau residence halls. 

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College reorganizes Student Life to separate residential life, recreational activities

As of April 4, Residence Life has once again become a separate entity from the Department of Student Life with a new director, Sarah Frank. Residence Life previously functioned within the Department of Student Life under Senior Director of Student Life Chip Matthews. The Department of Career Development has also welcomed a new department head in director Jessie Stack Lombardo.

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Pipe leak in Merritt creates lack of drinking water for the building

For the past two weeks, the water pipe in Merritt Athletic Center was under repair due to leakage caused by old age. During the process of replacing the pipe, the water in Merritt was not drinkable.

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Data team earns award at contest, raises questions about computer science offerings

Five Geneseo students took part as a team in the American Statistical Association Datafest and were awarded second place among seven competitive teams in the category of “Best in Show.” 

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College Senate discusses intellectual property rights, tables further talks as committee revises proposal

Faculty, staff and students have started conversations about the rights of faculty regarding their intellectual property. At the Tuesday April 9 College Senate meeting, the college community discussed various proposals. 

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Norovirus spreads around campus, affects students in the weeks following spring break

Lauderdale Health and Counseling Center sent out an email on Thursday April 4 regarding the stomach virus that has spread throughout the college.

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College ban on WGSU mascot at sporting events leaves students confused, disappointed

Geneseo’s campus radio station WGSU was informed this semester that their squirrel mascot Genny will no longer be allowed at Ice Knights hockey games. Members of WGSU’s executive council have drafted a letter in response to Genny’s ban from the games and circulated a petition that has garnered dozens of signatures.

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Geneseo names alumna Vice President of Finance and Administration

The college hired Julie Buehler to fill the Vice President of Finance and Administration position and she will begin work on July 25. Jim Milroy used to hold the position and retired in November 2017. 

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Students hope addition to biology course offerings will help overall class variety

The biology department has announced the addition of three new experimental classes taught by two recently hired professors. Logan Peoples will be teaching the oceanography class and Mackenzie Gerringer will be teaching the marine biology and science communication class.

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Student Association updates “Whatsup” listservs for students who want to promote events, organizations

At the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester, the Student Association changed the policies regarding Geneseo’s Class of listservs, which students used to promote clubs or events. Student Association has since changed the “Whatsup” listserv, which all students receive, so organizations can use it to disseminate their information. 

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Despite presence of asbestos, Blake Hall will not undergo construction

Blake Hall is located on central campus and is recognizable to students for its iconic archway. The building is home to WGSU, Campus Auxiliary Services, the Communication department and the Knight Spot. Like many older buildings on campus, Blake Hall is also contaminated with asbestos. 

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Campus community roiled by student Snapchats referencing blackface

A pair of Snapchats posted to a student’s story that referenced blackface have created outcry from students at Geneseo. In an email from College President Denise Battles to the student body, the college called the Snaps “deeply disturbing, reprehensible, and wholly inconsistent with the values of this College.” 

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