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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.

We Are SI


Puzzle Master Reveals his many sides

Jacqueline Boland ’14
Associate Editor

What can you do in 16 seconds? If you’re Brent Arimoto ’14, you can solve an entire Rubik’s Cube. He also beatboxes like nobody’s business and can be found on the football field as a defensive lineman. Sound like a well-rounded “Renaissance” man? We think so

Brent started dedicating time to the Rubik’s cube in middle school after watching kids in his class master it. “At first I’d mix up the cube, they’d solve,” he said, “but the summer before SI I was bored and decided to buy a Rubik’s cube packet on how to solve it. After watching a LOT of Youtube videos, I figured it out.” Brent admitted his parents were the most shocked at his newfound talent as he continued taking on bigger challenges with new cubes of all different patterns and solving strategies. Boredom resulting in mastery is not new for him: “One time I got so bored in 6th grade I taught myself how to spin a pencil back and forth and around my fingers during a class.” Don’t worry folks, Brent is not disinterested in school. In fact, he’s looking forward to Ms. Denning’s Mythology class in the fall and all the freedom that senior year brings. 

Brent Arimoto later added beatboxing to his list of talents. Freshmen year during orientation Brent remembers watching seniors John Antonio’11 and Nate Nuniez’11, perform. Brent  had to give the unique music making technique a try. He admits to constantly practicing and perfecting his style in his room, “Which, according to my parents and sister, was incredibly annoying.” In his gratuitous nature, Brent gave a shout-out to Max Schaum ’14, a fellow baseball player and beatboxer, who encouraged Brent’s efforts to master the skill and also to Jaboy Mauia ’14, who “practically nagged me until I gave in” about auditioning for SI’s Acapella group.

If you want to hear Brent beatbox, rumor has it he’ll be performing in the talent show. If meeting a mind-blowing puzzle maniac is on your bucket list, I’d suggest finding Brent ASAP. Who knows, he might even share one of his Rubik’s cube secrets?


Brent flaunts a many sided cube.

Posted by on Friday September, 13, 2013


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