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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.

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Freshmen Rich in Festivities

Sam Berstein '14
Associate Editor

As the class of 2017 concludes its first semester on 37th Avenue, I think we can all hear the freshmen exude a collective sigh of relief. Eager to find out how they feel now that the semester’s over, I painstakingly tracked several of our kittens down (Am I really that intimidating?) and learned that while hallway etiquette still baffles them, holiday cheer sure doesn’t.

Ah, Christmas! Santa, baby Jesus, presents, and— crab? For many families, especially in the Bay Area, a Christmas Eve crab dinner can be a defining part of the holiday season. Connor Clark ’17 explains that his family “goes to Half Moon Bay to buy crabs for Christmas Eve every year.” Meanwhile, some like Andrew Bailard ’17 worry less about any sort of tradition, thoughtfully elaborating, “It just tastes good.” Well, why do we indulge on crab instead of other classics such as ham, beef, or turkey? Extensive research shows me that practicality rules this decision, as Dungeness crabs are in season, convenient, and, might I concur, delicious.

However, even at a Catholic school such as our own, Christmas does not dictate all holiday proceedings. “We used to do Christmas, but not anymore,” explains Mark Hymowitz ’17. With half his family Jewish and half Christian, Mark felt pulled in two directions, but I suspect (with absolutely no basis in fact) that one fateful night several years ago may have made the choice for him. Mark recalls, “One time during Christmas I crashed into a mail truck. Last thing I remember was walking up a hill with a sled, then all of the sudden I’m in a hospital asking ‘Where am I?’.” Yeah, I’d choose Hanukah too. Yet some things transcend religion, as Mark says, “The entire [holiday] is good, but I guess my favorite part would just be getting able to open presents.” Spoken like a true teenager, Mark.

What did I miss? You guessed it, Kwanza! Or, if you’re like Jacqueline Harris ’17, you “don’t even know what Kwanza is.” Personally I couldn’t find any celebrants in the freshmen class, but if there are, please speak up to save your fellow Ignatians from both ignorance and a further reliance upon Wikipedia. And that’s only if, between all our crab and latkes, the rest of us (you’re not alone, Jacqueline Harris) even have the energy to look it up.


Posted by on Sunday December, 15, 2013


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