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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


Miley Cyrus Makes Moves in the Modern World

Julien Ishibashi
Contributing Editor

Miley Cyrus now dominates the digital realms, having millions of followers on sites like Twitter and Instagram, making headlines worldwide, and breaking several records in the process. Out-stuck tongues and dancing teddy bears have come to define her resurgence of fame. Recently, her music video for "Wrecking Ball" broke the record for most views in a day at 12.3 million in just 24 hours and, later, shortest time to reach 100 million views (6 days).

Unfortunately for Ms. Cyrus, much of this attention is very negative. Detractors of her new image point to the immorality of "We Can't Stop", and its raunchy performance at the VMA's. Emilia Holl adds, "if she wants to come across as an adult, there are better ways to do it." Moreover, the record-breaking videos for "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" racked up many of their views from "haters," as Miley puts it herself. So, if she's receiving so much negative feedback, why does she continue doing such provocative things?

It's the same reason that so many of us constantly tweet, Instagram, and update our Facebook statuses. As humans we crave approval and recognition. Mr. Stanley posits that "checking your phone releases the same dopamine and endorphins," that doing drugs releases, a feeling that can become literally addictive. And celebrities aren't the only ones who do almost anything for a little bit of Internet fame. Perhaps Miley Cyrus is simply taking advantage of her large stage.

In spite of the critiques of her authenticity and taste, many defend the young songstress, claiming she doesn't have to live up to any particular expectation. Callie Welsh '14 suggests that if we hadn't known her as Miley Stewart in Hannah Montana, we wouldn't hold her to this high of a standard." Kyra Wong ’17 also comments that with Miley’s private life so publicized, especially the recently-ended engagement with Liam Hemsworth, "she has reason to be emotionally unstable."

From her racy videos, to her controversial TV performances, Miley has made it very clear that she is leaving behind her Disney roots. It’s hard to believe that her transformation from brown-haired sweetheart to punk blonde rebel was only a little over a year ago. However, in our modern world, these sorts of behavior aren't exactly surprising. With her expansive platform and freedom to do as she pleases, Miley's roller coaster doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Like it or not, Miley Cyrus is manipulating modern media in her favor. 

Posted by on Thursday October, 31, 2013


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