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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.

Outside SI

 

Not all who Wander are Lost

By Brenna Smith’15,
Managing Editor

The act of traveling forces a person to break out of her comfort zone and challenges her to grow accustomed to changing atmospheres quickly. Traveling is a wonderful opportunity for a person to learn about different cultures and people, including those oh-so-distant Sacromentoions.

Journeying away from home can be scary, even if it is only for a couple days. However, the undeniable fact is that traveling helps one achieve great leaps of learning. If Leonardo da Vinci didn’t travel to Italy’s various bodies of water, we wouldn’t have our current understanding of plumbing and hydraulics. If in the 16th century, Galileo didn’t travel around Europe to study the positions of stars and planets, we wouldn’t know that the Earth revolved around the Sun. Traveling really does broaden the mind and expand intellect.

If further convincing is needed, English 103H’s own Mr. Isham weighs in on the subject: “Travel teaches us independence because it allows us to escape the familiar surroundings of home and forces us into strange places and often challenging circumstances.  We learn a lot about history and our world--but we also learn a lot about ourselves. We are taught to appreciate what we enjoy here at home, what we often take for granted.”

Several of Mr.Isham’s students that partook in his awesome Europe trip this past summer concur. “Going on Mr.Isham’s trip really helped me learn more not only about other cultures, but also about myself.” Maddy McNamara’15 confides. “Yeah, it really opened up the opportunity for me to look at things in a new perspective.” Sarah O’Halloran’16 agrees.

So while weeping the end of summer, stop and smile because next summer you can embark on an adventure of your own.

Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013

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