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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.

Op Ed


Let’s Go Clubbing

David Bustillos ’14   

As a senior this year, I am a Big Cat. I received a sheet for my Little Cats listing all of the clubs allegedly offered at SI. With all of these options let’s go “clubbing.”

Like the clubbing of the older generations, students will follow their friends and flock to the popular clubs. Inevitably, there will be massive signups and little follow through. For example, last year a group of students started Project Impact and over 200 students signed up for the mailing list. I signed up due to a friend’s cajoling. Sure enough a few weeks later only ten students regularly showed up to weekly meetings. Admittedly, I am not amongst those ten students and choose to spend my time participating in other activities.

During their free time SI students have the opportunity to get involved in a multitude of activities. According to the SI website, “All freshmen are required to engage in at least one extracurricular activity, and many develop lifelong interests and skills thanks to their start at SI.” In addition to athletics and performing arts, there are 97 different clubs that a student can join. This overwhelming number appears to give students many options, but realistically about a third of the clubs are active. It is not humanly possible to participate in every club. Club junkies try but only succeed in creating a cluttered inbox and irate club presidents.

Clubs strengthen the SI community and expose students to new activities. The select group of clubs that function well have students that consistently participation. Clubs consist of four categories: affinity, academic, hobbies, service. Affinity clubs like ASC, AAAS, and ALAS celebrate the different cultures present at SI. Ryan Szeto ’14 says, “The three affinity clubs at SI [ASC, AAAS, & ALAS] give students of various backgrounds the chance to find a sense of community in a diverse learning environment, while at the same time educating others within the community about their respective cultures. They are most definitely an essential part to student life here at Saint Ignatius.” Other clubs like CSF center around academics and I strongly recommend joining if possible. Occasionally a group of students find a common hobby and start a club, but these often come and go as students graduate. Similarly, a multitude of service clubs has sprung up over the years. Andrea Vlahos ’14, one of the creators of Project Impact, states, “We wanted to create a club that not only gave back to our local community, but also brought attention to problems internationally. [Projects include] clean water, the orphanage in Mexico, and our local foster care system, all of which couldn't be done without establishing a new club where we would have the freedom to focus on our organizations.” Student initiative provides the force for successful clubs.

When clubs lose popularity, they die out. Remember the Kony 2012 movement? It’s ancient history by today’s standards. Clubs simply need people. Of the thirty or more functioning clubs, students should spend their time wisely participating in an activity they are passionate about. Be careful before clubbing at SI.

Inside SI is an excellent choice of a club. Contact me at

Posted by on Monday October, 21, 2013


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