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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

 

BART Strikes: Hindering or Helping?

Katana Collado ’14
Contributing Editor

After striking twice in the past five months and threatening to do so in the future, Bay Area Rapid Transit works have elicited both criticism and support from the general public.

Between longer commutes, backed up highways, and hours in traffic, no one comes out of the BART strike smiling but it does raise the question “are the strikers justified?” BART workers are among the highest paid transit workers in America, with good healthcare and pension packages, according to SF Gate. Knowing that, one would logically think, “what more could they want?” They want better safety measures, which, after the tragic death of two workers in November, seem reasonable. They are also calling for increased wages, which they have not been granted in five years. With the price of living in the Bay Area being as high as it is, the second demand does not seem too farfetched either.

However, BART's last strike resulted in chaotic traffic jams and added 25 minutes to most people's commute according to Marin News. BART's four day strike alone cost an estimated $73 million dollars a day according to the Los Angeles Times. BART is responsible for over 40% of the Bay Area's commuters so, when there is a strike, hundreds are left scrabbling to get to work and school on time. Strikes definitely provide BART workers with a useful tool to demonstrate their power and bring attention to their grievances but at what point do the costs start outweighing the benefits?  

Posted by on Tuesday December, 10, 2013

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