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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


Facebook: King Dethroned?

Julien Ishibashi '14
Contributing Editor


If you have Facebook, you know that little tone when someone messages you. Most of us probably have the app on our iPads and phones. Maybe it's even the homepage on some of our computers. But what once seemed a fancy new express lane into the fast paced internet realm now feels old and undesirable compared to its newer cousins.


 Once unparalleled, Facebook is now outdone by its competitors. Twitter is an invitation to post more frequently and less cautiously. Instagram is basically one big photo album, except you can filter and crop your digital persona to perfection. Both of the aforementioned media giants utilized the revolutionary “#hashtag” way before Facebook. Plus, you can post without fear of your grandma commenting and asking you about your life over the past three years.


 Henry Nibbelin '16 added, "I think Instagram and Twitter are becoming more popular than Facebook among teens because we look for instant gratification when it comes to the stuff we put online."


 Even microblogging platforms like Tumblr and Pinterest are beating Facebook; they allow their users to deliberately choose what content they see. For example, my cousin has a Pinterest that she only uses to find cutesy DIY projects, and she only uses Facebook to post pictures of her creations and discoveries. Tumblr expands that concept by incorporating extra social elements. With unique subcultures living within the behemoth blogosphere, each feed is even more personalised.


 But is Facebook really that bad? I mean, you can keep in touch with everyextended family member and middle school friend from however many years ago. It's like a hub for all of the major events of everyone you've ever met—or haven't.


 And therein lies the central problem of Facebook: I don't want to see all of that worthless junk. I haven't interacted with half of my Facebook "friends" online, let alone in real life. It gets annoying looking at all of those updates 24/7 when I just can't bring myself to care. And don't even get me started on all of the pages. Sofia Colosimo '15 explained, "When I feel obligated to friend everyone and like every page, I get bombarded with extra posts, whereas on Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr I typically only see the posts I want to see."


 I'm tired of seeing the same tasteless memes and Buzzfeed articles for the umpteenth time. I'm tired of the monotonous and boring pictures with only slight variations. I'm tired of sifting through the dumpster that is my news feed. I'm just tired of Facebook.  Facebook no longer reigns in social media.

Posted by on Friday February, 28, 2014


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