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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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Facebook Purchases Oculus

Madeline McNamara '15
Contributing Editor 

According to a recent blog post released by Facebook, the company intends to purchase massive Israeli enterprise Oculus VR for $2 billion. Oculus' major product is the virtual reality headset, which allows the consumer to engage in life-like, virtual experiences. CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg explains his motivation behind procuring, saying, "Mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences." Facebook hopes that this new foothold in Oculus will revolutionize the manner in which users communicate online.

As Brenna Smith said in response to the purchase, "With new competitive social media enterprises emerging everywhere, it’s important that Facebook is constantly striving to evolve their company to appeal to the public. The technology Oculus possesses may give Facebook the edge that they need to stay on top."

Sara O'Halloran adds, "The avail- ability of virtual headset technology will definitely attract more users to Facebook and revitalize the interest of old-timers who have strayed from the site."

Additionally, Maggie Conaway responded to the event with interest, questioning, "How will Facebook utilize the tools of Oculus they nearly have at their disposal? How will this technology advance in the future?"

Oculus Rift immerses gamers by filling their field of view and tracking head movement.

Posted by on Saturday April, 12, 2014


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