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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

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SI Smiles

Liam Bischoff '15
Associate Editor 

With the start of a new school year comes an influx of new ideas, new programs, and new students (oh the freshman). However, as we settle into this new school year, we often forget to take advantage of the “newness” starting at the beginning of the year. As I strolled through the club fair, I found students signing themselves (and sometimes others) up for the traditional clubs that are featured on the announcements. However, something new caught my eye, a brand-new club founded this year--SI Smiles. The new club’s president, Sydney Soprepeña, was gracious enough to answer some basic questions for me.

Q: What is your club's mission or purpose? What do you hope to do, and what direction do you want the club to go?

A: SI Smiles's mission statement is to help people achieve their dreams by providing dental supplies and positive messages so that others can build self-esteem through their healthy smiles. At the end of November, we had our first big event. Our members collected and packaged toothbrushes, travel sized toothpaste, floss, sugarless gum, and positive messages. We then delivered them to St. Anthony's Church in Daly City where we helped with their Thanksgiving food drive. I hope that in the future, SI Smiles can not only provide dental kits to more organizations but find ways to help SI students smile as well.

Q: What inspired you to create this club?

A: Earlier this year, I felt that I had never really made an impact in my community. I had always said that I wanted to become more aware of the issues right in my backyard, but I never did anything about it. This year, I wanted to be a doer. Both my parents are dentists, and they told me that so many people do not understand the importance of dental health. I decided to take advantage of my resources so that I could help the people in my community who could not access the basic dental necessities. By helping them, they could also help me how to live the motto, AMDG.

Q: Moving forward what would you advise a person to do if they were on the fence about creating a club?

A: If you want to make a club, do not hesitate. The more people that get involved in our community, the better! Do not be afraid to put yourself out there because many people have started clubs before you, and they have all succeeded in one way or another. If you are truly passionate about your club, other people will recognize that, and they will be too!

So clubs are wonderful things. They are an outlook for some, a way to help people for others, and always a way to enjoy the company of your peers at SI. So go ahead get involved, see a new side of SI if you haven’t already--and do it with a Smile on your face.

 

Posted by on Sunday December, 15, 2013

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