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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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The Saint Ignatius Ghost

Nat Granville’16 & Claire Fenerty’16
Contributing Editors 

 At SI, there have been numerous reports of supernatural activities in the classrooms. Nobody knows the source of these encounters, but upon further investigation, we have found evidence of a ghost. This ghost does not present itself in its physical form, but rather through subtle actions and unusual events.

One of the most surprising occurrences happened in room 303, a chemistry lab filled with dangerous substances. Mr. Stecher recalls the incident clearly: “Once we had a demo set up where we were going to blow up a balloon, and it was sitting in the back of the classroom, and it blew up all on its own before we had a chance to get to it.”

Mrs. Curcio has experienced the presence of this "spirit" as well. Horror movies often begin innocently with things that bump over in the night and shadows that lurk in the corner, and then escalate to scarier circumstances. She says, "When it's raining and really, really windy up in 309, the windows have a sound they make; I swear there's a gremlin in there, or there's a dead duck. A dying duck? Something like that." This sounds an awful lot like a ghost lurking on the outside of the school, ominously tapping on our windows, looking desperately for a way to get inside. We better keep our windows shut from now on just to be safe.

The most commonly reported act played has been ghosts tampering with technology. Ms. Dumas, room 321, stated, "Sometimes what happens is that the screen automatically goes up and down." Mr. Cecchin, room 322, agrees that this happens too, but he thinks, "Some kid has an override." Fr. Stiegeler has had similar problems in room 208. Many freshmen can recall the "devil" in the DVD player. "We have an evil spirit in here who likes to play tricks; the screen will go up, and the screen will go down without anybody saying anything. Sometimes the machines don't work when they are supposed to work, and you can almost hear the evil spirit laughing. It's fun to pretend there is an evil spirit out there doing bad things. It might even be a little angel trying to get a boring class to laugh,” says Fr. Stiegeler.

On the other hand, Mr. Castro, an AP Psychology teacher, wholeheartedly disagrees with the idea of a "ghost" in the school. He says, "AP Psychology is a science interested in understanding human thought and behavior. I have never seen anything odd or unusual; nothing is unexplainable by science. Everything is the result of known causes if you investigate enough, study enough, and know enough.”

There has been some controversy over whether or not there is an existence of some type of spirit at school. SI accepts new ideas and allows others to have their own. It is up to the SI community to decide for themselves whether or not there is a ghost in SI.

Posted by on Wednesday October, 30, 2013


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