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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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African American Association of Students with Camille Edwards

Ryan Szeto ’14
Associate Editor

 

RS: What motivated you to initially become a part of AAAS?

CE: To be honest, I did not jump at the opportunity my freshmen year. I didn't feel like I had much in common with the AAAS community at SI, since I'm from Marin, which is a pretty white-dominated culture. It wasn't until the end of last year when I felt more comfortable with myself and wanted to participate in the club. I've learned that my differences were strengths, because the club could learn from my experiences, and I learned from their experiences as well. For the longest time, I thought that being Black meant poverty, hardships, and economic challenges, so I didn't think that I belonged. But I realized AAAS is about unity, pride, and strength, so why wouldn't I fit in?

RS: What is your favorite aspect about being club president and why?

CE: I'd say my favorite part is being able to demonstrate that's it's okay to be a Black person who isn't involved in sports or music - typical "Black activities," but I still have ambitions and goals. I think we often associate Blacks with having certain talents, and I like being able to go against those norms and illustrate alternative paths for the younger club members.

RS: Name and describe some of the important activities and events that you're hosting this year, and perhaps in the upcoming future.

CE: I think the best activity we had was our Black social where we discussed what it means to be black. Mr. Guilbeaux and Mr. Jackson facilitated the discussion along with moderators Ms. FitzClarke and Mr. Delaney. We were able to discuss our concerns and doubts about being Black at SI, and I think it really strengthened the AAAS Club as a whole. 

Posted by on Monday April, 14, 2014

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