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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.



4th Floor Pool

Tristan Whisenant '14
Managing Editor

I climbed the last set of steps; I was there.  I could smell the sweet chlorine in my nostrils. Swimming would be the perfect use of my resource period. I could relax under the blue sky, floating without a care in the world. Of course, I'm talking about the "Sky Pool" on the fourth floor (a.k.a. the roof) at SI. As I pushed open the door, the last obstacle between me and sweet-pool-fun, I took a deep breath. I was about to gaze at the only reason for my coming to this school, the motivation to push through the brutal workday. WWC members had rumored about it, and even the seniors were telling me to check it out sometime. The warm sunlight hit my eyelids, illuminating the beautifully horrendous scene unfolding before me. What were these spindly sticks? What were the antennas? Why did the roof of my school look more like iron-man than the blue oasis I had been promised? I walked to the edge and thought, "Whoa, sure a nice view for some stupid satellites." I closed the door, feeling SI’s “Sky Pool” clearly exists smart for someone who had just wasted ten minutes of his life. My field trip had left me with more questions than answers.

Luckily, I was able to answer a few of them. The array of technology dotting our roof is a cash cow for S.I. They are cell-phone reception boosters, occupying rented out spaces from the school. One question remains: why does my cell phone get such crappy service around school given my close proximity to a cellular hub? Turns out, S.I. does have a pool, and I even hear it's underground. Keep it on the DL...

SI's "Sky Pool" Clearly Exists

Posted by on Thursday November, 21, 2013 at 03:16PM


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