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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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Who Cares About the Girls?

Deedee Anderson ’15
Contributing Editor

 

Each year that SI continues without a lady Bruce, I sense the same message towards women's sports: Who cares? Who cares if we have a women's Bruce? Like many of the world's problems, the issue of a solely male Bruce will not be solved until people stop being indifferent.

 

 The only way to ensure that women's sports aren't pushed aside year after year is to integrate women's sports into our current Bruce-Mahoney competition. Even having a separate Lady-Bruce trophy will not work, because the majority of the attendees of male Bruce competitions will still say "Who cares?" when asked to cheer on their female classmates.

 

 The way to make sure everyone cares is by adding women's sports to the current Bruce-Mahoney competition. SI and SH need to add two women's sports to the current three male sports and make the Bruce competition a best-out-of five. That way, women's sports will "actually count" towards the current long-standing Bruce tradition, instead of struggling to establish a new tradition of female Bruce Mahoneys that will garner less attention than the current Bruces.

 

 This way, male and female sports will be united into one new tradition, and SI and SH can become more unified in cheering on both their male and female classmates. Having two separate Bruce-Mahoney competitions is a sure-fire way to divide the spirit of solidarity at SI.

 

 However, some athletes disagree. Many female athletes like Michelle Espiritu '15 don't want the added pressure of a female Bruce. "It would put way too much pressure on that sport.  Personally if it were me I would be freaking out because everyone would probably blame the girls for losing the Bruce trophy if we lost our Bruce games."

 

 But this begs the question, do male athletes like the pressure of the Bruce, or would they rather play their sport in a less-competitive environment?  Kristen Teupel '15 rebuts "The pressure is the same for the guys, so why shouldn't the girls face it?"

 

 So as our mission statement calls us to do, let us respond courageously to this challenge of our time, and bring our female athletes into our most beloved tradition, a tradition that should have become co-ed as soon as our school did. "An all-boy's Bruce made sense when this was an all-boy's school" Megan Gamino '16 asserts, "but it's not anymore. So let the girls join the Bruce."

Posted by on Monday April, 14, 2014

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