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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.

Features

 

The Muses of SI

Sarah Mulchand '14
Contributing Editor

We are SI. Students make up St Ignatius, a 150 year old Jesuit College Preparatory in San Francisco. As SI students, we strive for excellence both inside and outside the classroom. We find our passions and follow them, setting ever higher goals and fighting to meet them. But what is it that inspires and motivates an SI student? Perhaps, like the ancient Greek poets and musicians, we are inspired by muses – known in classical mythology as the personification of literature, science, and the arts. Poets would call upon or channel these goddesses of music, art or poetry to spark and guide their creative work. While our “muses” today may not be gods or goddesses, they continue to influence and inspire us in our daily lives.

 

The Muse of Tradition

Ignatius Loyola calls us to “give and not to count the cost...to toil and not to seek for rest.” We are presented with a clear goal: to become loving, aware leaders and citizens living “AMDG: For the Greater Glory of God.”

 

The Muse of Wisdom

Teachers have a considerable influence on each student. Beyond setting the academic bar, they impress us with knowledge and enthusiasm for their respective subjects. They challenge us not just to stress us out, but to stretch our brains and capabilities. Finally, when we hit a bump or a fork in the road, SI teachers’ doors are always open. They offer us words of wisdom to help us pick ourselves up and continue down the right path.

 

The Muse of Technology

With the recent introduction of SI’s one-to-one iPad program, technology has taken an even more prominent role in student life. Even if the new freedom these iPads provide can sometimes distract us, they are a new medium through which we can imagine, create and connect.

 

The Muse of Community

During that first Bruce-Mahoney game freshman year, each of us, perhaps for the first time, was drawn into a new community: hundreds of students cheering together, all on the same side. Yet, I believe our SI community runs deeper than just school spirit. Through our four years at SI, we come to know a community of teachers and students who share experiences and care for one another.

 

The Muse of Friendship

We depend on our friends to laugh, complain or cry with. They help us get through four influential years of high school. More than that, our talented and diverse friends and peers can demonstrate incredible hard work, generosity or leadership, and inspire us to do the same.

 

The Muse of San Francisco City

SI’s location plays a key role in our culture. We come together to cheer for the Giants and the 49ers, and have access to professional ballet, symphony and theater. San Franciscan ideas like recycling and composting or gay rights. And when we need a break from our day, we can walk out onto the piazza and gaze at a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean.

 

The Muse of Service

SI pushes us to be “men and women with and for others.” In fact, we are required to complete community service hours in order to graduate. Thank goodness for that requirement, because without it, even one student might miss out on the experience of serving others. Community service checks our perspective, and keeps us grounded. The people we meet can often teach us more than we could ever hope to teach them.

 

The Muse which Ignites

We channel these muses into our classes and our passions. We learn to push and challenge ourselves today so that, eventually, as St Ignatius once said, we may “go forth and set the world on fire.”

 

Posted by on Monday September, 16, 2013

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