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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.



How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Tristan Whisenant ’14
Managing Editor

Students panic to meet their counselor. I should start off by saying what I will gripe about is nobody’s fault, especially nobody working in the Counseling Center. My counselors are great, but I fear they are stuck in a bad situation. Some doors in the center swing wide open, some are barred shut. The moment a door creaks open, a dozen or so seniors swarm in to hold the counselor inside hostage for the rest of the Resource Period.  Upper classmen, stressed by this turn of events, turn to the inviting door of a personal counselor. But when they try to ask for assistance with college applications, some counselors refuse. I know they couldn’t have forgotten about the college process that quickly! After all, they were basically college counselors, too, a mere eighteen months ago. They have been told (by “the man”) to push students to their college counselor for any questions. So we seniors return to the endless drove of panicked students, only to watch the rest of our free period rush by—but at least the couches are comfortable.  Still, sometimes I need a college counselor quickly. Most likely I have just dug myself into a hole and need some quick questions answered ASAP.  So I haul myself off the couch and wander the desolate Counseling Center, ready to get my fix from any counselor I see. Some call it “cheating” on my counselor; I say we have an open relationship.   After all, many seniors have resigned to do the same. The problem is, my counselor knows me best and gives me advice tailored to my status.  I’m not writing this to be negative, or say that the seniors have been woefully wronged—we probably shouldn’t have procrastinated so easily. I am writing this to help. Personally, I think a two to three ratio of personal counselors to college counselors is perfect (right now, there are seven personal counselors to the four assigned for colleges). It wouldn’t be all that hard either, just change some of the personal counselors back and scale the student groups accordingly. I know that I will never see this happen, but I love this school and the people in it, and even the ones whom I haven’t met yet. I want to see them succeed. Was that starting to get kind of serious at the end?

Sorry, it won’t happen again.

Posted by on Monday December, 16, 2013


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