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  • 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

 

Is there a gender bias in SI Sports?

Katana Collado '14
Contributing Editor

There is no doubt that SI prides itself on the spiritual formation and academic excellence of all its students. In line with this, athletics is a key component in helping to produce a more well-rounded student body. So why is it that, in this effort to produce the ideal well-rounded students, boys’ sports at SI seem to receive more recognition and attention than girls’ sports?

The epitome of our athletic endeavors at SI focuses on the Bruce Mahoney Games and the trophy that goes to the winner. While the school may be claiming to promote equality, these games are only for the boys, not the girls. Another example of the gender inequality that I witnessed came during my freshman year. I clearly remember the CYO bus leaving much later than scheduled because we had to wait for the baseball team to arrive be- fore we could finally take off. All the kids in the bus would plead with the driver to wait "just a few more minutes" because the baseball team was on their way. How- ever, when it came to girl's crew team, the bus could not spare an extra minute nor would the bus riders break a sweat trying to convince the bus driver to wait. Senior Nicole Barbieri voiced her own experience with the priority of baseball over softball, stating, "Softball has only been mentioned once on the SI website and I took a picture of it because I was so happy." Baseball has been mentioned on the website and the announcements far more than softball.

Some students feel differently about the issue, claiming not all sports favor men; in some cases sports are actually more supportive towards women. Providing his own example, Parker Glaessner '14 said, "I actually think it's the opposite for tennis. Men's tennis barely gets any people besides parents and few teachers coming out to games. The girl's tennis team gets many more students coming out to support them."

Most of the students I spoke to said they didn't wish to "make anyone angry" after stating their opinions on the is- sue. That may be an even bigger root of the problem: the lack of communication among those who feel under appreciated and unrecognized compared to the opposite sex of their sport. The gender bias will not change until the students. At St. Ignatius, "get off the fence" and do something about it.

 

 

Posted by on Thursday November, 14, 2013

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