From the retirement of the winningest coach in college football to the cancellation of the traditional Pines concert, CSB/SJU was witness to newsworthy moments this academic year.
Here is a look at the top 10 news stories for the 2012-2013 school year.
John Gagliardi closed the book on his 60-year career as SJU football coach in November. He holds the record of 489 wins, making him the all-time college football leader in coaching victories. Assistant coach Gary Fasching was chosen to replace him.
Cancellation of ’13 Pines
JEC and CSB/SJU administration cancelled ’13 Pines due to concerns with performer Sammy Adams, who was originally chosen by JEC. The cancellation upset students, prompting them to express their dissatisfaction through various ways. JEC planned alternative events on April 27.
Hemesath serves first year
Michael Hemesath ’81 returned to his roots this academic year to serve as president of St. John’s. He is the 13th president and the first non-clergy member in this position.
St. Joseph enacts new ordinances
St. Joseph passed three city ordinances that changed the landscape of social gatherings. The ordinances addressed limitation and registration of kegs, disruptive public intoxication and hosting parties; all three went into effect March 1. Students took their concerns to a City Council meeting on April 18.
Alumnus in the White House
Denis McDonough ’92 assumed the role of President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff in February. He graduated from St. John’s with degrees in history and Spanish, and he played football for the Johnnies.
Increase in sexual assaults reports
This year has seen a rise in the number of reported sexual assault cases. A total of six cases have been reported to campus securities. Campus organizations and clubs have taken action to increase dialogue and awareness about sexual assault.
Centennial Commons opens
CSB seniors had a new place to live this year with the opening of Centennial Commons. The townhome style residential facilities houses 124 students. It won the highest level of certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council for its energy and environmental design.
SJU student Adam Gott, class of 2015, passed away last summer in a dirt bike accident. The CSB/SJU community remembered Gott in a memorial service held in September in the Abbey. Gott was a member of the SJU lacrosse team.
Dance team wins nationals
CSB dance team captured the national title in the Pom Division at the 2013 Universal Dance Association College Championships in January. The team also took second place in the Jazz Division.
Rugby team sweeps nationals
SJU rugby team won the National Small College championship in April. The team competed against 211 other colleges.