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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.



I think I can, I think I can... I can’t

Tristan Whisenant ’14
Managing Editor


Over winter break I had the opportunity to go out to Salt Lake City for some skiing and other winter fun. Some of my family decided it would be frugal and wise to take the train back from this vacation. Unwisely, I agreed. We were much anticipating our 17-hour journey, which we assumed would be easy compared to our usual 13-hour drive in the Summer. Then, disaster struck. I’m not really sure what delays trains, but whatever it is, it happened. Our departure was moved from 11:00 PM to 3:30 AM.


 When we got to the depot in SLC, it Train travel never goes smoothly.smelled like a cigarette butt. There was a lady entirely clad in leather (Let’s call her the “Lone Ranger"). She stood next to her son who found great joy in picking the gum off seats. Then I fell asleep and woke up to the glorious sound of “I’m gonna put ya inna headlock so tight you’ll pass out!” Someone had struck up a conversation with the Lone Ranger and things were turning ugly.


 For breakfast, I had a cup of noodles. This proved to be a worse idea than playing two slow songs back to back at a Winter Formal. As I ventured back to my seat, I contemplated the intricacies of “The Impossible Road.” In my dreams, I ate candied waffles, candied ginger, and my candied feelings of despair. Hysteria set in. At that point, no amount of money could justify the torture. We crawled through Tahoe at an alarming 20 mph, and finally came to our destination. After “de-training,” I fell to my knees and kissed the sweet ground of Emeryville. Thanks, Amtrak.

Posted by on Monday February, 24, 2014


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