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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.



The Perfect Present

Maggie Conaway '15
Contributing Editor

As soon as you hear "It’s Beginning to look a lot Like Christmas," feel the weather change to a brisk cold, and see Christmas trees go up in every drugstore and mall, two feelings immediately hit: excitement for the upcoming season, and sheer and utter panic at the pressure to find the perfect Christmas present. I have definitely had a hard time shopping for presents, especially for my dad. I’ve tried everything from ties to personalized golf balls, but my dad has finally spoken the dreaded words: “A gift card would be fine.” I don’t see myself as a bad gift giver, but I’ll freely admit shopping for that perfect present can be difficult. Everyone appreciates the thought and effort, but I can offer a couple of tips that work for most people you will be shopping for:

1) Think about their interests. If your sister loves soccer, is there something worn out that you could replace or a new soccer ball or workout clothes she could use?2) Think if they’ve been continuously saying they need something.  Does your mom keep saying how needs a new sweater? Go buy a sweater!

3) Try subtly hinting at possible presents when you’re out. If you’re out shopping with a friend, and you see something you think they’d love, ask if they’d ever wear it.

4) Pitch in with someone. If your sister knows exactly what your dad wants, ask if you could split the cost and make the present from both of you.

5) Flat out ask what people want (my usual). People are sure to get exactly what they want if you directly ask.

 Overall, make sure whenever you give someone a present, it’s from the heart and you’ve put in a lot of thought and effort. Nick Solari ’16 said, “It has to be personal and thoughtful,” and Sarah McKeon ’15 agreed adding, “Make it meaningful.” Christmas isn’t a time to blindly spend money, but a time to show the people you love how much they mean to you.

Posted by on Wednesday December, 11, 2013


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