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Save the View at SBU!

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We, the undersigned, object to the proposed placement of the new School of Business building on a site that will partially or fully block the beautiful mountain views that exist between Plassmann Hall and the Reilly Center. (Before-and-after images can be viewed on our "Save the View" Facebook page or our free-standing Web page--see "Links" in the right column.) We see at least four problems with the proposed location. 1. It will forever eliminate one of the most attractive elements of the SBU campus, one that has benefited countless students both past and present. 2. It will hinder student recruitment by blocking a scene that many students have cited as one of the principal factors that motivated them to come to SBU. 3. It will impinge heavily upon the sacred space of the Grotto, blocking it off from the Reilly Center lawn and effectively incorporating it into the Business School grounds. 4. It will undermine the university's Franciscan values that stress human interconnectedness with nature and resistance to the dominance of money and power. Several alternative sites exist that will require little or no redesign of the proposed building (see the map on our Facebook page or Web page). We urge the SBU administration to study these sites and choose one that will have less impact on the university community. NOTE: Your signature is needed to show the SBU administration how many SBU students, alumni, faculty, and staff are unhappy with their plan. Please indicate your relation to the university in the "Comments" box below (e.g., "current student '13" or "alum '98"), along with any other reactions that you might like to share.

Letters from alumni to Sr. Margaret Carney ( and the BV newspaper ( would also be very helpful at this point. Letters that speak of how the mountain views affected you during your time at St. Bonaventure would be ideal, but even a short paragraph expressing concern about the location of the building can make a difference.


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