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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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SF Pride Celebrations 2013

By Helen Carey’14
Managing editor

On June 26th, 2013 the Supreme Court justices declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in the case United States vs. Windsor. On the same day, Prop 8 of California was determined unconstitutional in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, meaning that same-sex couples could now wed in the state.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the festivities were underway. With over 1.4 million in attendance, the 2013 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration is considered to be the largest in city history. Leading off the Parade was Dykes on Bike, a women’s motorcycle contingent whose mission is to act as a supporter for LGBT philanthropic efforts. The following 200 Parade contingents ranged from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to the San Francisco chapters of Girl Scouts. According to the organizers of SF Pride, to appear in the Parade a contingent must represent: “a cause, message, or belief in front of a diverse audience of Parade-goers.” From the enthusiastic responses of the onlookers, it is clear that every contingent did just this. According to Caroline Bertain’14, the best part of the Parade was not just the amazing floats and sites, but “how ecstatic everyone was to be there and how proud everyone was of who they were.” For many in attendance, this celebration represented their newly achieved victory in the war for marital equality. Many of the contingents showed their joy in the Supreme Court’s decision by waving signs saying, “WON” and “the Supreme Court put a ring on it.”  As Shannon Courtney’14 said, “I really liked the atmosphere, since gay marriage had become legal the day or two before...the excitement was palpable.” This year’s Pride Parade not only celebrated the triumph for same-sex couples, but the rejuvenation of hope for the United States’ goal for equality for all people. The 2014 SF Pride Celebration certainly has a lot to top.  

Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013

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