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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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Black Friday: Pushing the US Over the Edge

Each year shoppers across the United States take part in the ritual phenomenon known as Black Friday. But these shoppers looking for the best deals find themselves in an impossible situation financially after they finish their shopping frenzy. Consumers spent a whopping $602.1 BILLION on Black Friday this year, but the numbers don’t stop there. Not only do Americans spend an average of $646 per person, but they have been spending an incredible 11% more on gifts each year since 2000.

The national average income is an unsustainable $42,693, only $3,557 dollars per month. Unfortunately, as Deedee Anderson ’15 highlights, “living in San Francisco and attending private school, we often have an unrealistic view of the average American income”. Removing the $646 spent on Black Friday leaves only $2,911 per person in the United States. There already is hardly enough money to get many struggling families through the holiday months.

The $602.1 billion we spend annually on Black Friday could be better spent on struggling families rather than ourselves. Patrick Dunne ’14 adds, “since the winter is a time to celebrate community and sharing, why don’t we assist those truly in need?” Corporations are creating a situational paradox that leaves the poor with the short end of the stick. Their endless cycle of bargains lures consumers into spending money they need in other parts of their lives. With rising prices and a rising percentage of money spent on Black Friday, is it really worth it to buy the new Xbox One if you’re forsaking a family at the same time? The easy answer is yes, but people should dig deeper into their soul and find a way to turn away from the commercialism. “And not kill other humans during Black Friday,” mentions Nick Sebastiani ’16. Otherwise, we are just like the common lemming following its brethren off a cliff to its demise. Don’t let this holiday season burden another family with hunger and starvation. Make a change.

Posted by on Wednesday December, 11, 2013

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