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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.



Entitlement at the Grammys

Charles Keiser '14
Managing Editor 

The Grammys don’t want to be labeled a popularity contest, but they’re not doing much to discourage the label. These days, it seems like a Top 10 Billboard placing is required to compete; almost every nominee has one. The smaller categories also feel unbalanced. Imagine Dragons and Skrillex are the only household names in their fields, so they get Grammys. Newcomers find it hard to beat old favorites like Usher, Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, and any ‘70s rock band.

Basically, if you sing or rap and you’re rich and famous, you’re automatically entitled to a Grammy. Does it matter that “Single Ladies” won Best Song of 2010 despite coming out in ’09? People love Beyoncé, so just give her the trophy.

The award usually goes to a very popular performer of disputed quality, like Taylor Swift, instead of a clearly talented but less popular artist like Janelle Monáe. Monáe has been in the Top 10 and made one of 2013’s best albums, but she wasn’t even nominated.

It’s safe to bet on the song you’ve heard 100 times, like “Royals” or “Get Lucky.” Just bet on the album that shipped millions of copies, like Adele’s 21 or whatever Mumford & Sons did last year.

True, lesser-known artists aren’t entitled to exposure any more than street musicians are entitled to your money. Still, it’s hard not to notice favoritism, even dishonesty, in the Grammys. As long as the hit system keeps up, I wouldn’t expect the show to hold any real surprises.

The Grammy trophy itself!

Posted by on Sunday March, 2, 2014


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