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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.

Op Ed

 

Cura: A "Fresh" Perspective?

Gabby Villadolid '17 
Contributing Editor  


As Ignatians, many of our values are based in Jesuit ideals, one of which we call Cura Personalis, or care for the whole person. Recently, Saint Ignatius added a program for freshmen based upon this concept. Launched at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, Cura was designed to ease the challenging transition into SI. This program was meant to create community amongst peers, pro- mote wellness, and educate students about Ignatian spirituality.

While its goals were based in good intentions, Cura was not an optimal ex- perience for some of those freshmen. Regarding the Cura program, Patrice Bau- tista '16 said, "Most topics were relevant to what we were going through, but I felt like people didn't really care about what you were talking about."

While last year's Cura was a work-in- progress, the planning committee bounced back this Fall with a series of games and activities designed to actively involve students in learning the importance of com- munity. When asked about the improved Cura program, Patrick Lynch, the Assistant Principle of Campus Ministry, said, “Last year was a wonderful pilot for our needed support. This past summer, we were fortunate to have a team of leaders built on what we learned in last year's program. They re- vamped 90% of the lesson plans to make them more relevant and focused on student engagement."

From my experience as a freshman this year, Cura has become a great pro- gram. Cura has helped to break the ice and allowed me to become closer to my peers.

Patrice Bautista '16 also added, "We all became comfortable with each other. Because of that, I had friends to hang out with during my resource period." Cura is a wonderful way to get to know the school and teachers better. Through interactive games, Cura has made learning about Ignatian values and members of our com- munity fun. The new program this year is very beneficial and fully lives up to one of the ideals Ignatians value most, Cura Per- sonalis.

Posted by on Thursday November, 7, 2013

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