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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.



Quiet Study Spots on Campus

Katarina Churich ’15
Contributing Editor

Now that the school year has settled into its monotonous routine of heavy homework loads, quiet study spots on Weight Room campus are essential. The student center is obviously an ineffective study space due to social temptations and boisterous chatter, and the library has evolved into a common hangout spot where focusing on a simple task seems nearly impossible. How is anyone supposed to complete work at this school with such conditions? Thankfully, there are some locations where quiet studying is feasible:

-Learning Center: Although it is close in proximity to the student center and library, many students overlook this area when in search for study spots. Unlike the library, it never runs out of space and guarantees a quiet environment. Tutors are even available in case you need extra help! Carly Priest ’14 commented, “The Learning Center is great because I get really easily distracted and the library is so crowded! It’s quiet, but most importantly, [Coach] Harms is there, and when she looks up I’d better be working or I get the ‘look!’”

-Peer Assistance Room: The peer assistance room in the counseling center is one of my personal favorites. It is relatively empty and it offers comfortable couches and beanbags to sit on. Not only are you able to focus while studying, but you’re comfortable too!

-The Annex: One of SI’s best kept secrets, the Annex is located in the 400’s building next to the Choral Room. What may look like a set of double doors leading to a closet is really a hidden studio inhabited by performing arts students playing the piano or finishing homework. “I love the annex because it is very peaceful and quiet,” said Julie Olsen ’14, who is currently working on a set of vivid paintings to decorate the studio. “I go there when I need some alone time or need a stress-free environment to hit the books!”

Another need-to-know fact is where efficient printing spots are located. How many times have you needed to print a paper at the very last minute when suddenly none of the library printers seem to work? Spots like the beta lab on the second floor, the learning center, and even Ms. Denning’s classroom (room 119) are always welcome to students in need of a functioning printer.

There is no need to overcrowd the student center trying to study or praying that the printers in the library starts working before the bell rings. With these helpful locations, completing work at school will be much easier throughout the day.

Posted by on Sunday December, 1, 2013


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