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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

 

Social Media

Katarina Churich ’15
Contributing Editor

 

If one goes to a party and no one posts an Instagram about it, did it really happen? With our world so engrossed in social media, we are contributing to a gradual decline in the revelation of our true identities.  What appears on someone’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram is most likely not the same image as their real self. Our generation is more caught up in how our lives look to others than how our lives feel to ourselves; therefore, we display the image that our lives are fun-filled and exciting by posting misleading photos of certain events. This craze of wanting to publish our social lives online has also led to a decrease in human interaction.

 

 I, too, have been a victim of this consuming idea when attending parties and taking tons of photos to share online. At numerous events and parties, I have seen people wasting up to ten minutes in order to take photos that the rest of the school will view online for merely a matter of seconds. So why are we so dependent on these fronts we create on social media? Because whether we like it or not, it is part of our human nature to judge people on first or singular impressions, and we desperately crave a positive image as well as general social acceptance.

 

 Now, this is a vast generalization. Obviously there are teenagers who are not as concerned with how people view their lives; therefore, they do not participate in this obsession. This is merely a reminder not to take others’ social media profiles too seriously. Someone’s photo, tweet, or status could emit a misleading notion that their lives are more interesting than yours. True identity lies in the flesh. People can create false information about themselves online, but it is much more difficult to mask one’s true self when faced with reality.

Posted by on Monday April, 14, 2014

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