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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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Billion Dollar Basket

Helen Carey '14
Managing Editor

What do March Madness and a conglomerate holding company have in common? Not much, unless of course, you’re multi-billionaire, Warren Buffet. Every year, 68 collegiate basketball teams from around the country play in the single- elimination NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship tournament, popularly known as “March Madness.” Millions of Americans involve themselves in the festivities, not only through watching the games, but also through betting on the brackets. Whether with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates, “Bracketology” is now considered a national pastime. Generally those who guess the closest to the actual bracket, or whoever guesses the winning team, wins the pot.

However, this year, Warren Buffet put a new spin on the “Madness.” Buffet’s multinational conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, partnered with mortgage lender Quicken Loans to offer $1 billion to whoever boasts a perfect bracket. Berkshire Hathaway will pay out the money in $25 million annual installments for 40 years, or $500 million right away. The rules are simple: starting on March 3rd and ending March 19th, anyone 21 or older can enter for free using the Quicken Loans url (to be released soon) and type in his or her bracket. However, only one person per household is allowed to enter and only the first 10 million applicants will be considered. Once the guesses are in, you sit back and hope for your 63 wins to occur.

Luck seems to be the only common denominator in past years and this year is no exception. The odds of creating a perfect “March Madness” bracket are 1: 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, or 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

Posted by on Thursday February, 27, 2014


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