Geneseo’s sustainability efforts explained, new initiatives recognized

As the country grows ever more environmentally conscious, a renewed interest in the recycling efforts on campus has spread through Geneseo. Director of the Office of Sustainability Dan DeZarn views students speaking out about Geneseo recycling as an opportunity to educate the entire campus about their efforts.

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Costas Solomou joins campus as new Vice President of Enrollment

The college has recently found a new Vice President of Enrollment Management, Costas Solomou, who previously worked as the dean of undergraduate admissions at The George Washington University. He joined the campus community on Aug. 8. 

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Understanding off-campus housing options, prices, lease agreements

After living on-campus for the required two years, most Geneseo students search for off-campus living that involves signing lease agreements and paying rent. Landlords and off-campus housing options have a lot of factors that influence where rent prices are set.

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Fighting Against Racial Injustice (F.A.R.I.) hosts documentary series, inspires discussion

In April 2019, a series of Snapchats were posted to a Geneseo student’s Snapchat story of a pair of students in charcoal face masks with the caption “blackface and sunsets with my bae.”  This sparked activism for students of color throughout the campus, with activist organizations still pushing for change this semester. One of these organizations, Fighting Against Racial Injustice is hosting a documentary series discussing whether or not the racial climate at Geneseo has changed in the past decade.

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Fraser and Sturges upcoming renovation to create more student space

Beginning in the winter of 2020, Fraser and Sturges hall will undergo a two-year renovation. 

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President Denise Battles hosts biannual College/Community Breakfast

President Denise Battles hosted the biannual College/Community Breakfast Meeting at the Big Tree Inn on Sept. 5. The meeting serves as a communication tool between the college and the town of Geneseo, providing town residents with relevant updates and announcements from the school. More than 50 people attended, including local business owners and members of the pPresident’s cabinet.

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Investigation opened for sexual and physical assault almost five years later

On Oct. 4 2014, a female student reported to the college that she felt herself to be the victim of what Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey describes as a “brutal, forcible sexual and physical assault” perpetrated by another student in a campus residence hall. The college did not notify any local law enforcement agencies and criminal charges were not pursued.

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Battles sends campus-wide welcome back email, details changes

President Denise Battles sent out a welcome email on Aug. 26 outlining changes that will improve the college and make the campus community more inclusive.

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New York State balloon festival attracts thousands

The New York State Festival of Balloons had another year of successful hot air balloon launches from Friday Aug. 30 to Monday Sept. 2 in Dansville. The festival is held annually over Labor Day weekend and attracts thousands of spectators every year.

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2018 alum Troy Keith passes, their impact remains prominent

An inspiring and caring member of the Geneseo alumni community, Troy Keith, passed away on Aug. 10. 

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Dash at the Commons, previously in the Saratoga Terrace, now closed permanently

Campus Auxiliary Services has decided to close Dash at the Commons, which has been open since 2016. 

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Lauderdale opens an additional satellite healthcare facility in South Village now open in South Village

An additional facility for health services, The South Village Health Center, is now open on the south side of campus in Onondaga Hall. 

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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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