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THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 • VOL. 117, ISSUE 16
How USF is preparing for potential cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Matoma DJ’d the night away at the Warfield on Feb. 28.
Take a page from Clara Snoyer’s book and read a little.
Dons escape Lions for 20th win of the season.
A passenger is screened for COVID-19 at the airport. ITALIAN DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL PROTECTION/FLICKR
USF STUDENTS SENT BACK TO US FROM ITALY, SOUTH KOREA HAYLEY BURCHER, KATHERINE NA Staff Writers While the University reviews its pandemic procedures and prepares for the possibility of COVID-19 coming to campus, USF students studying abroad have been dreading their own return to the U.S. On Feb. 29, several USF students studying abroad in Italy and South Korea were instructed to return to the U.S. via email from the Study Abroad office. In an email, Sharon Li, senior director of the Center for Global Education at USF, said, “The host programs in Italy that our students were attending made the decision to close and sent all students in the programs back to the U.S.” Regarding students who had planned to
study abroad in South Korea, Li said, “The program in South Korea had pushed back their start date of their semester, so we had a few students who did not leave the U.S. yet, so we did not have to recall them.” According to Li, host programs in Italy assisted USF students with flight changes and covered any additional travel fees, while USF assisted a student already in South Korea with airfare so they were able to return home. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a guidance, last reviewed on March 1, that universities consider postponing or cancelling student international exchange programs, as well as asking students participating in such programs to return to the U.S. When asked about whether the Center for Global Education is considering changes
to study abroad programs in other countries, Li said, “The Center for Global Education continues to monitor the situation worldwide with the COVID-19 virus, and we are working closely with the University’s global security consultants [International SOS], local partners and other contacts on the ground who are providing first-hand updates. We are assessing the situation daily, taking into account the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, the U.S. State Department, and our security experts.” Lexie McNinch, a junior media studies major who is currently studying abroad in London through Boston University, expressed fear about her program potentially being cancelled. On March 2, she said, “[BU] has been communicating that the
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Some countries have started setting limits on screen time and video games. GRAPHIC BY HALEY KEIZUR/FOGHORN
KIDS DESERVE IPHONE AUTONOMY STAFF EDITORIAL Teenagers in the U.S. average seven hours of screen time per day, not including time spent on school and homework. Some adults spend as many as 12 hours a day staring at screens, nearly five times more than our counterparts 50 years ago. And the stats are on the rise — each year, average screen time increases. Screens have greatly inf luenced our generation, particularly during our teenage and young adult years. There have been numerous studies linking this increase of screen time to lack of focus in students, less emotional stability, and an increase in mental health issues, leading many to want to limit screen usage for young people. In November, China set a time limit for the amount of time youths can play video games. Those younger than 18 are no longer allowed to play video games past 10 p.m. and must play less than 90 minutes on weekdays, and less than three hours on weekends. The goal of this measure is to combat screen addiction since this affects the physical and mental health of minors. In Taiwan, parents are now legally obligated to monitor the screen time of children under 18. The goal of these measures are to combat screen addiction since it affects the physical and mental health of minors. The new law equates the consequences of excess screen time to smoking, drinking, and drug use, and parents can be fined up to $1,595. Many researchers have considered this as an option for the U.S. But the question is, would this be realistic or helpful for American youth? Those who spend more time on screens are more likely to have depression or anxiety, according to a recent study published in Preventive Medicine Reports. With the prevalence of mental health issues in our community, could stricter screen time guidelines improve the mental health of many of us college students?
Personally, we at the Foghorn believe that the government controlling screen time would be a little intense. Not only would it be difficult to monitor, but where would they draw the line between screen time for pleasure and for school? Although this might be appropriate for young children, teenagers and young adults should have more autonomy. Also, a ban could strike up rebellious behavior that could make the situation worse once people grow beyond the age ban upon turning 18. Oftentimes, taking something away makes teens want it more — it’s now a forbidden fruit, rather than a normal part of life. Instead, we believe it would be more suitable to encourage a decrease in screen time or to increase education about the negative effects. Most of us currently in college didn’t have smartphones when we were growing up, let alone when our brains were still developing — and we turned out okay. The limit on screen time could potentially be effective for future generations who grow up in the age of iPhones and tablets; however, because technology is embedded into our daily lives and education, we believe we need to change with the times as opposed to swimming against the current and rejecting technology as it advances. Imposing limitations seems like more of a parental issue than a federal issue. There should be more attention spent on the content of what kids are watching and looking at, rather than the exact amount of time they spend on it. For now, the government has no say on how many hours we can waste away in the abyss that is the Internet, scrolling aimlessly at Twitter rant posts or in the depths of our crush’s Instagram. However, students should ultimately be conscious of how excess screen time can affect sleep and attention and make efforts to find positivity and productivity in our screen time. ♦
DAY OF THE DONS SEES RISE IN DONORS, FALL IN FUNDS
MARDY HARDING Staff Writer Students and staff may have noticed the presence signage and promotional material around campus on walkways, jars, and windows promoting USF’s annual Day of the Dons fundraising campaign. The annual event took place on Feb. 25 and raised $639,287. While it broke records for the number of individual donors, the fundraiser also saw a decrease in the overall amount donated compared to last year. This year’s average individual donation was $248. The donated funds were either designated by donors for specific departments or, if undesignated, went to the general unrestricted USF Fund, according to Robin Dutton-Cookston, head of development communications. In an email to the Foghorn, Dutton-Cookston said some of the most popular designations this year were “Athletics, the USF Fund for Scholarships, the Data Institute, the School of Law, and Student Life.” Going into the event, the University established a goal of attracting 1,855 donors for the year the school was founded. The University easily hit this target and surpassed last year’s 2,550 donors by 32 individuals. By hitting the donor goal, the University unlocked a $300,000 “challenge gift” from the Board of Trustees. The gift is included in the total donations, which still fell short of last year’s amount by $83,000. The Foghorn reached out to the University for comment about the decline in overall donations this year, but did not receive a response in time for print. Alumni made up nearly a third of all donors, followed by those who categorized themselves as faculty and staff, friends of the school, then
parents and students. Some student organizations received direct donations through Day of the Dons. In an email, Marci Nuñez, director of Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE), said, “Of the 101 donors to Student Life (raising a total of $3,090), 22 donors made gifts specifically to Student Organizations for a total of $979.” The Division of Student Life will be transferring the donations to ASUSF Senate, and its finance committee will decide how to allocate the funds. “Senate wanted to have Day of the Dons give direct donations to student organizations because we would like to increase the amount that we have from the Student Activity Fee and our Reserves,” Senate Vice President of Finance Tiana Valerio said. “Due to the closure of Presentation Theater, Senate has had to bear the cost of what the closure has resulted in. This includes paying for other venues or reconfiguring venues on campus to fit our needs at huge costs. Since Senate is seeking support in paying for said costs, we felt that Day of the Dons was the best way for individuals to help us through that pain point.” “It is unclear to us as of right now when those funds will be available for use,” Valero said.
“However, the rough outlined planned for now to utilize the funds is to use it to subsidize the things that we may not have been able to pay for otherwise during budget season.” She said that
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A band member celebrates with a student during Day of the Dons. USF SLE/FLICKR
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Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of viruses. HAYLEY BURCHER/FOGHORN
HOW USF PREPARES FOR COVID-19 AS A NEW CORONAVIRUS STRAIN SPREADS AROUND THE WORLD, IS USF READY?
KALAN K. BIRNIE, HAYLEY BURCHER, HALEY KEIZUR, KATHERINE NA Staff Writers The global coronavirus event is constantly evolving. The information in this story is accurate to the afternoon of March 3. The city and county of San Francisco is in a state of emergency. There are 46 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus in California, with 27 reported in the Bay Area. At the time of print, nine people in the U.S. have died of the disease — all in Washington state. The virus, which is believed to have originated at a market in the city of Wuhan, located in the Hubei Province of China, has spread to over 75 countries. The majority of cases outside of China have oc-
curred in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. What exactly is COVID-19? COVID-19 is the official name given by the World Health Organization (WHO) to the disease currently causing the could-be pandemic. It is a respiratory illness caused by a strain of coronavirus, which is a family of viruses. How deadly is it? It’s unclear. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a complete clinical understanding of COVID-19 and its true mortality rate has not yet been reached. At the time of this story’s print publication, there have been about 90,000 cases of COVID-19 globally and approximately 3,000 deaths. A little over half of those confirmed to have the disease have since recovered.
How is USF preparing? On the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 27, the University sent a campus-wide email that outlined the basics of its preparedness and prevention procedures, most of which come from its Pandemic Influenza Prevention and Response Plan. The 50-page document, which was last updated in 2016 in response to the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus, presents step-by-step mechanisms linked to the severity of a pandemic and outlines the responsibilities of various departments in the case that one occurs. According to Kellie Samson, head of media relations at USF, the University is “leaning forward” in its response to take appropriate measures as the world learns more about COVID-19. During the last global health crisis, which was the swine flu H1N1 virus in 2009, USF estab-
lished the Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases and closely followed San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) guidelines. According to Samson, the President’s Cabinet has discussed COVID-19. What happens if there’s a case at USF? USF’s response to a case of COVID-19 would follow protocols put forth by the Pandemic Influenza Prevention and Response Plan and in accordance with the CDC’s Federal Government Response Stages. If a case were found at USF, a command staff would form to assist the designated Emergency Operations Director. The plan states that “if necessary, this group is responsible for the tactical control of
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CONTINUED FROM COVER program is still on, however, if it were to be cancelled, it would be extremely disruptive because there is no backup plan since we are in the internship phase with one elective right now and there would be no way to get school credit.” McNinch received an email from USF on Feb. 2 that stated that the University will support its students abroad who are considering returning home from their exchange programs. The email said, “We will work with your host program to find alternative means to complete your studies from the U.S.” Li explained that host programs in Italy have created online courses for exchange students who returned to the U.S. in order for them to receive ac-
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 the donations will help inform future budget decisions. Students also assisted in raising funds, such as Stefanie Pillert, a senior student supervisor in the University’s call center. Pillert said student employees raised nearly $10,000 in donations over the phone on Day of the Dons. “I believe that having the alumni speak with student callers allows for genuine conversation,” she said in an email. “Since the students are the ones benefiting from the gifts donors give, they are able to thank them personally and urge them to stay connected with USF.” Pillert said she raised $1,000 through her calls
An aisle formerly stocked with disinfecting wipes was wiped clean at the Target on Geary and Masonic, which USF students often frequent. ETHAN TAN/FOGHORN
ademic credit for the semester. Regarding students who were scheduled to begin their study abroad program in South Korea, she said, “We are working with CASA, Department Chairs and their Deans to create courses at USF that fulfill the requirements they were planning to take abroad.” According to Li, tuition will not be refunded for students whose study abroad programs were cancelled, as they will still be receiving credits for their alternate courses. Junior politics major John Iosefo was studying abroad in Rome, Italy through Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center. Iosefo originally intended to stay in Italy even after receiving USF’s email instructing students to return to the U.S. However, a few days later, he was informed that his host program would finish remotely and he would need to leave Italy. Iosefo, along with the other members of his study
abroad cohort, will be finishing his academic programming online. Prior to his program in Rome being called off, Iosefo noted that Romans seemed to be taking the outbreak in stride. “Pubs, bars, and restaurants are also still filled every night,” he said. While he was still in Rome, Iosefo told the Foghorn, “The common feeling, at least among my own friends, is that the international and US media are blowing the crisis out of proportion. Our parents read sensational headlines about the crisis and are automatically thrown into a panic. I understand that this outbreak, as with any outbreak, is concerning, but the amount of sensationalism and misinformation that has been spread is in some ways even more dangerous than the virus itself." As he prepared to leave Italy, Iosefo told the Foghorn that he is “well beyond frustrated” with the situation. ♦
alone. Pillert noted that there was extra exposure around campus this year for the event, as members of her staff were advertising on LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Other advertisements for Day of the Dons could be seen on the ground around campus, in online advertisements and videos, and emails that students received alerting them to the event. According to Dutton-Cookston, “Promotional material is produced in house in a partnership between Development and the Office of Marketing Communications.” Though the University didn’t hire external vendors, Dutton-Cookston added, “A nominal amount of campaign funds were allocated to paid digital advertising in order to expand awareness of the fundraising campaign.”
Peter Wilch, vice president of development, said in a statement to the Foghorn, “In addition to setting a donor record for a single day of giving, the Day of the Dons was also a big boost for the ‘Changing the World from Here’ comprehensive campaign.” The Changing the World from Here capital campaign, which has currently raised just over $221 million of its $300 million goal, began its public phase in June 2019. The campaign’s priorities include funding student programs such as the Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE) initiative, the upcoming engineering school, the Honors College, as well as scholarships and financial aid for students. ♦ Katherine Na contributed to the reporting of this story.
the incident rather than the strategic response.” In an email to the Foghorn, Samson said members of this team would be from Public Safety, Risk Management, and the Office of Marketing Communications. She explained, “Because an incident can happen at any time, there are multiple individuals who could serve in these roles, and role assignments would be made at the time of activation.” The Federal Government Response Stages are a 6-step strategy for preventing, containing, and managing pandemics. Currently, USF is operating at a stage 2, meaning that there have been no cases of COVID-19 at USF, but the University is working to maintain situational awareness and create policy regarding study abroad programs. A suspected case of COVID-19 at USF would result in a stage 4 response. Samson said, “Stage 4 is for significant local human-to-human transmission as well as cases at USF. Neither of those thresholds have been met. However, some departments have been looking forward to stage 4 — example being Facilities Management working with ABLE with cleaning priorities and schedule.” A stage 4 situation would follow medical pro-
tocol in which health care providers report suspected cases to the local county public health department. Samson said, “USF has provided SFDPH with all our contact information to ensure a rapid response to any suspected case.” In such a situation, student absenteeism would be monitored and tracked by professors in order to identify potentially affected students. Absenteeism for faculty and staff would be monitored by human resources. If there’s a confirmed case of COVID-19 at USF, SFDPH and CDC will review all information about the case, such as the classrooms and the living environment of the affected individual, to assess the risk to their contacts. The campus community would also be notified, while protecting the person’s identity per federal privacy laws restricting the release of medical information, and information would be posted on the University’s coronavirus resource page. Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) has identified rooms with private bathrooms where affected students could be sent for isolation, but these cases would be assessed on an individual basis. According to Samson, “SHaRE is also working with Bon Appétit to have a system where food can be picked up from the cafeteria and taken to any student isolation.” In the event of a student being isolated on-campus, Samson said, “The location of the rooms will not be publicly available to protect the confidentiality of the individuals.” ♦
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CHANGE THE WORLD FROM RIGHT HERE IN SAN FRANCISCO
MARDY HARDING, KATE SAGARA Staff Writers College students are busy, and you can’t argue that fact. However, we live in this incredible, vibrant city that offers exciting and engaging opportunities unlike any other. There are so many organizations around us committed to helping the world in different ways, so everyone should be able to find their niche. Although many of us are also working full time, buried deep in school work, or just completely swamped with life’s commitments, this stage in our lives is a great time to give back. Also, volunteering experience can add character to a resume. Here are just a few organizations, out of the dozens available, that are perfect for busy students to volunteer at. Reading Partners According to the Reading Partners website, only 31% of third grade students in the United States are reading at a third grade level. Volunteers at Reading Partners can help remedy this issue by providing one-on-one literacy tutoring for elementary school students. Although the primary goal of Reading Partners is to close the child literacy gap, Rosa Parks Elementary site coordinator Karen Zhang said, “Many of our students face challenges outside of school that we can't imagine, so a tutor who is a constant and dependable presence can really mean a lot to a student.” Reading Partners actively serves 12 schools in San Francisco and 16 in the East Bay. If interested, volunteers can choose from their numerous locations and commit to their requirement of just one hour a week, making this a great or-
ganization for students to help a great cause. Institute on Aging Day Center The Institute of Aging Social Day Program is an alternative to residential care where senior citizens can spend their days socializing with others, receive care, and participate in activities, all while being able to continue living in their own homes. According to the Institute of Aging’s website, the activities offered include, but are not limited to: musical performances, short story groups hosted by teachers in the community, interactive art experiences, visits from San Francisco schools, “laughter yoga,” and visits from therapy dogs. Located close to the USF campus, volunteers can interact with participants of the program, help facilitate activities, and gain a sense of fulfillment. Ariana Figueroa, a senior at USF and a former volunteer for the Institute of Aging, said, “Volunteering at the day center has allowed me to form connections with people I wouldn’t normally get to talk to. I’ve learned so much from their stories and each person I met there has impacted me in some way.” Figueroa added, “The staff is incredibly supportive and the hours are very flexible.” Their flexibility and close proximity to campus makes this an ideal program for students to volunteer at. 826 Valencia 826 Valencia is a creativity-based nonprofit whose multiple locations, diversity of volunteer opportunities, and thorough training makes it an ideal location for college students to volunteer. The organization works to help under-resourced youth and children improve their writing and storytelling skills. Volunteers have the opportunity to help a third grade class write
their own book at the pirate ship-themed center in the Mission or aid in creating podcasts in the Tenderloin. 826 Valencia also hosts after-school tutoring programs and college application workshops, and volunteers can even help out on location at schools where student writers need an extra hand on school assignments. The required (yet brief ) training, combined with your enthusiasm for writing and working with kids, will prepare you to be helpful and have fun. You can pick up volunteer shifts via an online calendar, and internships are available, too. Sunday Streets For 10 Sundays every spring, summer, and fall, Sunday Streets closes down one to four miles of road for seven different communities so residents can use the concrete space to walk, rollerskate, or bike. With no cars allowed, this small nonprofit brings together community resources, activities, food vendors, awareness projects, and more — all within walking distance. Volunteers can help the small nonprofit set up for and clean up after events, assist with vendors, act as crossing guards, or a number of other roles. They are also provided a free lunch and T-shirt. You can spend the day learning more about the unique communities of San Francisco by speaking to the people who live there, as well as learning what it takes to put on huge community events in a complex city like this one. A night of training will inform you of what needs to happen before the fact, and the energetic staff will happily sign off on your hours. Internships are also available. ♦ A writer of this story has volunteered with Sunday Streets in the past.
CHEF MICHAEL TWITTY SPEAKS TO USF ABOUT FINDING SUCCESS AS A BLACK, GAY, JEWISH MAN ELI RAMOS Contributing Writer
Michael Twitty cooks up a storm. READTHESPIRIT.COM
On March 1, Michael Twitty, chef and author of “The Cooking Gene,” was the guest speaker for the 10th annual Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice lecture. Twitty works in social justice, primarily by preparing African food and assisting other Black people in tracing their lineages. In the process of getting his book published, he was asked to cut his content about being Jewish — but Twitty values his faith and time teaching Hebrew to middle schoolers as some of his most formative experiences with social justice. In his book, he recounts a story of a young Japanese and Jewish student who he encouraged to learn about Jewish culture in Japan. He was visibly moved
when he recalled her saying, “I finally feel whole. I feel like somebody saw me. I can talk about every part of me without feeling like I’m alien, like I’m different, without feeling like I’m ashamed of something.” This sentiment is very much a part of our community here at USF; M.J. Abrams, a sophomore media studies major, said, “Being a trans man and passing… feels like I am finally accepted, but [I] somehow never belong. I often choose to keep that part of my identity to myself. While that may make it easier for me (and is no one else's business), it’s more important to be outward with my identity, to be a role model for someone who has not had the acceptance I have.” Twitty's next steps for his writing will be focused on queer food culture and how that relates to his experiences. ♦
MATOMA, TWO FRIENDS, AND WIN AND WOO DJ THE NIGHT AWAY
KATE SAGARA Staff Writer Tom Stræte Lagergren, professionally known
as Matoma, is a 28-year-old Norwegian DJ and music producer. His top song, “Old Thing Back,” a remix of “Want That Old Thing Back” by The Notorious B.I.G. which features Ja Rule and Ralph Tresvant, has almost 275 million plays on Spotify, where he also has more than eight million monthly listeners. On top of this incredible list of accomplishments, he has a degree in music technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and spent two years serving in the Norwegian army. Matoma performed at the Warfield Feb. 28, along with Win and Woo and Two Friends, and
the Foghorn was given the opportunity to attend. First, the Chicago-based DJ duo Win and Woo, comprised of longtime friends Nick Winholt and Austin Woo, performed. They energized the audience with an impressive amount of passion and enthusiasm, and for someone who probably doesn’t appreciate DJs as much as the rest of the audience, I was thoroughly impressed. They even roamed around the audience afterward, greeting fans and chatting as if they weren’t tired at all from their hour-long set, during which they never stopped dancing or smiling. Next, another duo of longtime friends, conveniently named Two Friends, performed. Two Friends is a Los Angeles-based DJ duo comprised of Eli Sones and Matthew Halperat. Although
I didn’t personally enjoy their sound quite as much as I did Win and Woo’s, their stage design featured incredible animations of maneuvering around a Microsoft computer, Guitar Hero in action, and a Twitter background. My personal favorites were a slideshow of pictures of Sones and Halperat’s friendship throughout the years and a shoutout from their moms. Finally, the main act, Matoma, came out. When I found out his set was not until 11:45 p.m., the old lady in me was like, hell no. But I managed to stay up — and it was incredible. The energy he created was electric. The audience filled in and people of all different ages (from teens to people who could be their parents) all danced wildly together to his intricate mix of fast and hard-hitting sound. ♦
LEFT: Win and Woo hype up the crowd. RIGHT: There was no lack of fun during Two Friends’s set. PHOTOS BY AMIE LU/FOGHORN
Matoma’s set was electric.
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Reading is a great way to relax, while also stimulating your mind. HALEY KEIZUR/FOGHORN
MY WEEKEND IS ALL BOOKED
Clara Snoyer is a freshman English major.
I n t h i s d ay a nd pa ge, it c a n fe el i mpos sible to i m a g i ne re a d i n g a s a pa r t of ou r d a i ly l ive s, e spe ci a l ly w it h e x a m s, a s sig n ment s, work, a nd ot her c om m itment s. S o, i m a g i ne it’s su m mer : f i n a l s a re over, you’re at you r f avor ite c of fe e shop or st re tc h i n g out on t he be a c h, a nd you’re f i n a l ly a ble to pic k up a good book . But, wou ld you e ven re a d t hen? How c a n you f i n a l ly mot ivate you r sel f to cr a c k open a book so t h at we a ren’t i nde f i n itely w a it i n g for t he per fe c t t i me, pl a c e, a nd c ond it ion s to do so? I’m not su re when I’ l l e ver be a ble to ge t t h rou g h a l l t he book s f i l l i n g up on my shelve s f rom i mpu l sive book store h au l s — but I c h ip aw ay at t hem e ver y n ig ht a nd d ay when I ge t a c h a nc e. But wh at’s t he pu r pose of re a d i n g du r i n g t he l it t le bit of dow nt i me you a lre a dy h ave ? Ou r l ive s a re so he c t ic t h at it’s muc h e a sier to w atc h a Ne t f l i x ser ie s t h a n spend t i me ge t t i n g to k now a novel. Howe ver, a s a n E n g l i sh m ajor a nd a h a rdc ore book nerd, I a m a st ron g a dvo c ate for re a d i n g a nd how n a r r at ive a nd i m a g i n at ion a re i ncre d ibly i mpor t a nt i n sh api n g u s. W he t her or not you’re a n av id
re a der, we a l l h ave a book i n t he ba c k of ou r he a d s or i n ou r A m a z on c a r t s t h at we he a rd a bout f rom a f r iend or w a nt to re a d be fore it s mov ie a d apt at ion c ome s out. S o here’s how to f it it i n a nd why it’s st ron g ly i n you r shelf inte r e st to stop a nd smel l t he pr ose s. Fi r st ly, re ad i ng i s to t he m i nd wh at e xerci se i s to t he body. R e se a rc h show s t h at re ad i ng f ic t ion helps i mprove ou r br a i n f u nc t ion, c apacit y for empat hy, a nd c ogn it ive i m a g i n at ion. I n add it ion, wh at a nd how muc h we re ad a l so d r a m at ic a l ly a ffe c t how wel l we w r ite. W hen I’m re ad i ng some t h i ng , I st a r t u nderl i n i ng i ntere sti ng sentenc e s a nd word i ng s I l i ke. T hen, when I’m w r it i ng a paper or cre at ive pie c e, I end up not on ly remember i n g t he word i ng f rom t he book, I remember t he c onc ept u a l a nd t a ng ible e f fe c t of how t he w r it i ng i nt r ig ue d me a s a re ader. I per son a l ly love it when a book helps me e sc ape re a l it y, i n spi re s me to w r ite some t h i ng of my ow n, or ju st pl a i n entert a i n s me i f I’m on a f l ig ht, r id i ng t he bu s, or ju st bore d . R e ad i ng i s a n i ntel le c t u a lly eng a g i ng ac t iv it y, so a s somebody who l i ke s a ment a l c h a l lenge, I a lw ay s fe el a sen se of pr ide a nd ac c ompl i sh ment a f ter I f i n i sh a book . It’s a fe el i n g f a r more re w a rd i n g t h a n how I fe el a f ter pa s sively st a r i ng at a scre en for t wo hou r s, wh ic h i s t he ne e d to ge t up a nd eng a ge my sel f i n some t h i ng more wor t h my t i me. S o i s scre en t i me a w a ste of ou r f re e t i me ? I don’t bel ie ve so si nc e I genu i nely enjoy t he t i me I spend w atc h i n g a n hou r or t wo of Ne t f l i x a we ek . Howe ver, I’ve re a l i z e d t h at I u se scre en t i me a s a pro cr a st i n ator y t i me bu f fer so I c a n f ig u re out how to ac t u a l ly de a l w it h my st re s s
a nd work loa d l ater. But wh at’s t he poi nt i n u nproduc t ively spend i n g ou r t i me procr a st i n at i n g i f we c ou ld be u si n g t he s a me a mou nt of t i me to en g a ge ou r m i nd s i n some more c on st r uc t ive a nd i m a g i n at ive e sc api sm? W h i le I a d m it te d ly w atc h Ne t f l i x some d ay s when I c a n’t de a l, on d ay s t h at I c a n, I f i nd a spot on t he l aw n (now t h at t he we at her i s so n ic e) or t u r n on my re a d i n g l ig ht be fore be d a nd i ncrement a l ly work t h rou g h my novel for ple a su re. You m ig ht t h i n k I’m look i n g at t h i s t h rou g h pr ose -tinte d g l a s se s, but i f you’re i ntere ste d i n pic k i n g up re a d i n g a g a i n, de velopi n g a rout i ne for when we c a n phy sic a l ly do so a c t u a l ly helps bu i ld sel f- d i scipl i ne a nd c on si stenc y i n se ver a l a re a s of ou r l ive s. I hope you’ l l g ive i n to t h i s S hake spea r e pre s su re a nd c on sider pic k i n g up a book for f u n. E xerci si n g a nd i ndu l g i n g ou r i m a g i n at ion t h rou g h re a d i n g i s i ncre d ibly i n f luent i a l to ou r hu m a n ly creat ive ment a l it y — a dd it ion a l ly, re a d i n g of fer s a mu lt it ude of bene f it s f rom i mprove d w r it i n g sk i l l s a nd st re s s rel ie f to e x pa nde d br a i n f u nc t ion a nd i ntel le c t u a l k nowle d ge. T he hu m a n c ond it ion i s sh ap e d by n a r r at ive a nd c on ne c t ion, so t he le a s t we c a n do for ou r k i nd i s l i s ten to w h at t he aut hor s a nd p o e t s of t he pa s t a nd pre s ent h ave b e en a n x iou sly w a it i n g to te l l u s. S o e ven i f you’ve A l cot t on you r pl ate, you’ l l ne ver h ave a D a hl moment i f you de cide to c ome out of you r S hel l e y a nd — k no c k on At w ood — m a ke t i me to s t r i ke Wil d e t he i ron i s hot a nd br i n g re a d i n g p er m a nent ly ba c k i nto you r l i fe b e t ter l ate t h a n n ovel . On you r book m a r k, g e t s e t , g o! ♦
DONS ATHLETICS IS BEHIND THE CULTURAL CURVE Kalan K. Birnie is a junior double major in politics and theater.
NO MONEY WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE CULTURE THAT USF, AND MANY OTHER INSTITUTIONS, IS CAPITALIZING ON. Sn a c k p ot ato c h ip s? M a de i n Wa s h i n g ton. H aw a i i a n Swe e t M au i On ion R i n g s? O w ne d by a c omp a ny i n Ne w Jer s e y. K on a Bre w i n g C omp a ny b e er ? Bre we d i n Ore g on, Wa s h i n g ton, Ne w H a mp s h i re , a nd Ten ne s s e e . Now, I c a n’t at te s t to t he s t ren g t h of t he A loh a Spi r-
a cro s s K a ho‘ol awe , bu r n i n g t hou s a nd s of a cre s. Fi re f i g hter s c a n’t do a ny t h i n g a b out it , b e c au s e t he ent i re i sl a nd i s s t i l l r idd le d w it h a n u nk now n nu mb er of u ne x plo de d ord i n a nc e s , m a k i n g it u ns a fe to bat t le t he f i re. Pre sident George H. W. Bu sh d i sc ont i nue d t he bombi n g s of
K a ho‘ol awe i n 199 0. T h re e ye a r s l ater, Pre sident Bi l l C l i nton sig ne d t he A polog y R e solut ion, a for m a l a d m i ssion t h at t he U. S. w a s a n a ct ive a gent i n t he over t h row of t he k i n gdom, a nd t h at t he Haw a i i a n pe ople ne ver rel i nqu i she d t hei r sovereig nt y. L a st ye a r, t he Un iver sit y of S out h Da kot a told it s St udent B a r A s sociat ion t h at t hei r “Haw a i i a n Day ” w i nter soci a l w a s c u lt u r a l ly i n sen sit ive. S o, t he st udent g roup ren a me d it “B e a c h Day ” a nd de cide d not to d i st r ibute lei, be c au se it wou ld be “ i n appropr i ate” to d i st r ibute item s of c u lt u ra l sig n i f ic a nc e. No sh a de to S out h Da kot a or a ny t h i n g , but I fe el l i ke USF shou ld be sl ig ht ly f u r t her a he a d of t he
I a bsolutely L OV E ‘Moa n a .’” It me a n s t he poke here on t he m a i n l a nd i s aw f u l. S er iou sly, it’s not ju st t he qu a l it y of t he f i sh — it’s t he ent i re pro c e s s. C a r rot s? S er iou sly? A l so, i f you’re goi n g to c apit a l i z e on c u lt u r a l appropr i at ion, at le a st spel l it c or re c t ly. I’m look i n g at you, “Pok i Ti me.” Wor st of a l l, bei n g here me a n s t h at you’re a n oc e a n aw ay f rom you r pe ople a nd you r c u lt u re. L a st ye a r, Nat ive Haw a i i a n s prote ste d t he c on st r uc t ion of a tele sc ope atop M au n a K e a , a s a cre d mou nt a i ntop. T he k i a‘ i, or g u a rd i a n s, for me d Pu‘u hōnu a ‘o Pu‘u hu lu hu lu, a c om mu n it y sit u ate d at t he ba se of t he roa d to t he cr ater, bloc k i n g c on st r uc t ion e qu ipment. T he
NO SHADE TO SOUTH DAKOTA OR ANYTHING, BUT I FEEL LIKE USF SHOULD BE SLIGHTLY FURTHER AHEAD OF THE CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS CURVE THAN SOUTH DAKOTA. c u lt u r a l c on sciou sne s s c u r ve t h a n S out h Da kot a . S ome of my c ou si n s re fer to s t udy i n g on t he m a i n l a nd a s “s t udy i n g a broa d .” On t he su r f a c e , it’s a p ol it ic a l s t ate ment a b out t he soverei g nt y of t he K i n gdom of H aw a i ‘ i. But c u lt u r a l ly, t he m a i n l a nd some t i me s do e s fe e l l i k e a d i f ferent c ou nt r y, or e ven world . B ei n g f rom Haw a i ‘ i a nd goi n g to c ol le ge on t he m a i nl a nd me a n s a lot of t h i n g s. It me a n s you r f a m i ly i s 2 ,50 0 m i le s aw ay. It me a n s you’re c on st a nt ly me t w it h que st ion s l i ke, “ You’re f rom Haw a i ‘ i? W hy t he hel l a re you here ?” or “Oh my G od, my u nc le took my f a m i ly to Haw a i ‘ i when I w a s a k id . I don’t remember where we went, but t here were, l i ke, w ater f a l l s by t he hotel. Do you k now wh at I’m t a l k i n g a bout?” S er iou sly. T hose a re d i re c t quote s. But bei n g a Haw a i i a n on t he m a i n l a nd me a n s a lot more. “ You’re Haw a i i a n? Wow ! I h a d no c lue, you r E n g l i sh i s so good ! ” a nd “Oh my G od,
movement spu r re d a re v it a li z at ion of Haw a i i a n c u lt u re, l a n g u a ge, a nd ident it y. T he l a st 12 mont h s h ave se en d r a m at ic g row t h i n u n it y a mon g Haw a i i a n s. T here’s be en t he g row t h of #K a n a k aTw it ter, wh ic h h a s be en de scr ibe d a s “a c ol le c t ive of soci a l ly c on sciou s Haw a ii a n s a cros s t he world who were h appy a nd e a ger to u se Tw itter a s a pl at for m to e duc ate t he l a rger publ ic a bout M aun a K e a .” T he K ū K i a‘ i M au n a movement e a r ne d re c og n it ion f rom ot her sovereig nt y move ment s worldw ide. Fl a g s were sent to M au n a f rom Pa le st i ne, C at a lon i a , A ote a roa ( Ne w Z e a l a nd), a nd c ou nt le s s i nd igenou s movement s. A g loba l movement h a s c ata ly z e d . A movement where t he i nd igenou s not on ly spe a k up, but w i l l st a nd up u nt i l t he y a re he a rd . But it se em s USF h a s not l i stene d . W h i le a se cond Haw a i i a n R en a i s s a nc e i s emerg i n g , I f i nd my sel f i n a pl a c e where my c u lt u re i s u se d a s a c he ap m a rke t i n g ploy to ge t but t s i n h a rd pl a st ic se at s on a We d ne sd ay a f ter noon. ♦
T he D on s ba s eba l l te a m w i l l b e ho s t i n g t he Un iversit y of H aw a i ‘ i Wa r r ior s on M a rc h 25 at B ene de t t i Dia mond . T he a c c ompa ny i n g promot ion for t h at g a me i s “B e a c h D ay L ei Give aw ay.” It i s t a s te le s s a nd s hou ld b e re c on sidere d . L e t me pre f a c e t h i s by s ayi n g t h i s i s not a not her h it pie c e on Don s A t h le t ic s. I’m a spor t s f a n, a nd I spent more t h a n a ye a r c over i n g spor t s for t he Fog hor n a nd st i l l enjoy posit ive profe s sion a l re l at ion sh ips w it h m a ny i n t he at h le t ic s depa r t ment. I a m one of m a ny USF st udent s f rom Haw a i ‘ i. It’s t he se c ond most repre sente d st ate at USF, beh i nd C a l i for n ia . I’m a l so Nat ive Hawa i ia n, a nd ye s, t here’s a d i f ferenc e — one i s a pl ac e of re sidenc e, a nd t he ot her i s a n ac t u a l e t h n icit y. USF i sn’t t he on ly one to m a k e t h i s m i s t a k e , but t he y s hou ld k now b e t ter. T he L ei D ay promot ion i s ju s t a not her p a i n f u l rem i nder of t he c om mo d i f ic at ion of H aw a i i a n c u lt u re . H aw a i i a n
it i n Ne w H a mp s h i re , but it do e sn’t e x a c t ly s t r i k e me a s t ropic a l. I wou ld be w i l l i n g to be t a subst a nt i a l a mou nt of mone y t h at t he c he ap t a c k y lei (t he plu r a l of “ lei ” i s “ lei ”) USF w i l l be g iv i n g out were m a nu f a c t u re d by some m a i n l a nd c or por at ion s, l i ke I mpr i nt Item s C ol le g i ate C onc ept s, wh ic h sel l s m a s s-produc e d g ive aw ay lei out of M i n ne so t a . No mone y w i l l go to sup por t t he c u lt u re t h at USF, a nd m a ny ot her i n st it ut ion s, i s c apit a l i z i n g on. T he e c onom ic e x ploit at ion of t he H aw a i i a n p e ople d ate s ba c k c ent u r ie s. T he f i r s t Europ e a n s e t t ler s r av a g e d t he i nd i g enou s s a nd a lwo o d fore s t s , c omp en s at i n g t he n at ive s w it h t he i nt ro duc t ion of g u n s a nd g er m s. One hu nd re d ye a r s a f ter t he f i r s t Eu rop e a n c ont a c t , t he Nat ive H aw a i i a n p opu l at ion w a s a tent h of it s pre - c ont a c t si z e. T he 1893 i l le g a l over t h row of t he H aw a i i a n K i n gdom w a s spu r ne d by A mer ic a n bu si ne s smen a n g l i n g to remove a t a r i f f on su g a r e x p or t s to t he Un ite d St ate s. A f ter t he at t a c k s on Pe a rl H a rb or, t he U. S . A r my c om m a nde ere d t he ent i re i s l a nd of K a ho‘ol awe to u s e a s t a r g e t pr a c t ic e for it s b omb s. O ver t he ne x t 50 ye a r s , t he U. S . d ropp e d t hou s a nd s of p ou nd s of T N T on t he i s l a nd , cr a c k i n g it s w ater t a ble a nd le av i n g it u n i n h a bit a ble for t he ne x t t hou s a nd ye a r s. A s t h i s pie c e i s b ei n g w r itten, a br u s h f i re i s spre a d i n g
PODIUM FINISH AT PACIFIC VALLEY
MARCH 5, 2020
JAMES SALAZAR Staff Writer
Mitch Johnson (left) catches his breath during doubles action during the Battle of the Bay tournament in 2019. DONS ATHLETICS/FLICKR
The USF men’s tennis team left Fresno, California with a third place finish at the Pacific Valley Tennis Championships. The three-day tournament featured eight schools from across the country battling for the tournament’s top spot. In their first match, USF faced the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors. Phuc Huynh secured the Dons’ first win of the day with a straight-set win over the Rainbow Warriors’ Simão Telo Alves (6-2, 6-2). Ori Maior stif led a first set comeback and downed Blaz Seric by a score of 6-4, 6-2. Johan Garpered was the first Don to falter in tournament play as he was bested by the Rainbow Warriors’ Tristan Martins in straight sets (63, 6-2). Though he dropped the second set, Paul Giraud avenged the loss with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Lucas Labrunie. Mitch Johnson won the first set of his match before dropping two sets in a loss to Axel Labrunie (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). Nitzan Ricklis was pushed to his limit in his first two sets of play, but he settled into a groove and overcame Andre Llagan by a score of 6-4, 5-7, 6-2. With Ricklis’ performance, USF walked away with a 4-2 victory over the Rainbow Warriors. Their next match on the day was against the Wichita State University Shockers. Wichita State jumped out in front with a 6-3 win over Garpered and Ricklis. The Dons evened the score as Huynh and Johnson survived a thriller to walk away with a 7-6 victory. Maior and Giraud fell in their match by a score of 7-5, and the Shockers claimed the doubles point to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Johnson took the first whack at singles action against the Shockers but fell in straight sets to Stefan Latinovic (6-3, 6-1). Giraud dropped a close first set before getting routed by the Shockers’ Elio Lago (7-6, 6-1). The Shockers completed their 4-0 sweep as Murkel Dellien held off Ricklis’ comebacks (7-5, 6-4). Day two of the Pacific Valley Championships saw the Dons go against the University of Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Dons took a 1-0 lead as they swept the doubles portion of the competition. Ricklis and Garpered cruised past Eric Hadigian and Theo Mcdonald (6-1). On court two, Huynh and Johnson came out on top with a 6-3 win over Matthew Hollingworth and Oliver Andersson. In singles action, Giraud put away Hollingworth by a score of 6-2, 6-1. Huynh pushed USF’s lead up to three points with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Vincent Rettke. Sophomore David Woodland was the first Don to feel the Bulldogs’ bite as he fell to Brandon Park in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). Maior put up a fight, but he ultimately succumbed to Andersson in two sets (7-5, 6-2). In epic fashion, Ricklis came to the Dons’ aid with a three-set triumph over Sam Feit (6-4, 6-7, 6-4). With Ricklis’ win, USF beat the Bulldogs by a score of 4-2 and secured their spot on the podium. On March 20, the Dons will return home to the Marin Tennis Club for a match against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers. ♦
DONS TAME THE LIONS, FINISH WITH 20 WINS ALEXANDER SEGOVIA Staff Writer
Jordan Ratinho (25) drives to the basket through a sea of players vs. Portland on Feb. 27. DONS ATHLETICS/FLICKR
out put s , a id i n g i n t he cr it ic a l w i n on t he roa d on t he l a s t d ay of t he re g u l a r s e a son. T h i s w i n set s up t he Don s a s t he No. 5 se ed for t h i s we ekend 's WCC tou r nament, net t i ng a f i r st-rou nd bye a s wel l. T he m atc h a g a i n st L M U m ay h ave be en a pre v ie w, a s USF w i l l play t he w i n ner of T he L ion s a nd Un iver sit y of Sa n Die go Toreros for t hei r f i r st m atc h i n tou rna ment play. T he good ne w s i s USF i s r id i ng h ig h c om i ng i nto tou r na ment play a s w i n ner s of t hei r la st t h re e g a me s i n a row a nd a f ter be at i ng some of t he c on ferenc e s tou g her opponent s ( BY U, Pepperd i ne, a nd Paci f ic). L a st ye a r, t he Don s c a r r ied a t h re eg a me losi ng st re a k i nto WCC tou r ne y play, a nd it re su lted i n a cr u sh i ng los s to t he Pepperd i ne Un iver sit y Wave s. T h i s ye a r’s w i n st re a k m ay be t he spa rk ne eded to m a ke noi se i n t he tou r na ment a nd add a l it t le m ad ne s s to Ma rc h. ♦
T he men’s ba sketba l l te a m w r apped up We st C oa st C on ferenc e ( WCC) re g u la r se a son play on t he e ven i ng of Feb. 29 i n L os A ngele s w it h a c onv i nci ng a nd c lose t wo -poi nt v ic tor y over t he L oyola Ma r ymou nt Un iver sit y L ion s. T he c onte st wa s c lose t h rou g hout, c om i ng dow n to one of L M U ’s be st 3 -poi nt m a rk smen m i s si ng a s t i me e x pi red. T he Don s wa l ked out w it h t hei r fou r t h st r a ig ht 20 -w i n se a son, t he f i r st t i me t h at t h i s oc c u r red si nc e t he late 1970 s to t he e a rly 198 0 s (197 7-1982). T he Don s fel l beh i nd e a rly to L M U but re sponded w it h a 14 -2 r u n to t a ke t he le ad 24 -23 a nd held t he le ad goi ng i nto t he h a l f 31-30. T he Don s were not s ho ot i n g t he ba l l pa r t ic u l a rly we l l a g a i n s t L M U, w it h 41% for t he Don s ver su s t he L ion s’ 55% . O f fen sive a nd de fen sive reb ou nd-
i n g were i n f avor of t he Don s (3 0 -2 6 ), w h ic h le a d to 16 s e c ond- c h a nc e p oi nt s , n i ne more t h a n t he L ion s c ompi le d . T he Don s were a l so a c t ive de fen sive ly, forci n g 15 t u r nover s w h ic h le a d to 2 0 more p oi nt s. L M U w a s on ly a ble to mu s ter s e ven p oi nt s of f t u r nover s f rom USF. T he Don s s en ior s du g i n de ep a nd h a d t hem s e lve s bi g g a me s , pa r t ic u l a rly Jord a n R a t i n ho, w ho p ou re d i n 16 p oi nt s a nd k no c ke d dow n t h re e 3 -p oi nt ba ske t s — t he si x t h t i me t h i s s e a son he h a s m a de t h re e or more ba ske t s f rom b e yond t he a rc (Don s a re u nde fe ate d i n t hos e g a me s). Ji mb o L u l l a l so p ou re d i n 10 p oi nt s , c ont r ibut i n g to t he Don s’ dom i n a nt pre s enc e i n t he pa i nt (3 0 tot a l i n t he g a me), w h ic h w a s cr it ic a l i n spa rk i n g USF ’s bi g r u n to c los e out t he f i r s t h a l f a nd ke ep t he Don s i n t he ba l l g a me. Ja m a re e B ou ye a a nd K h a l i l Sh a ba z z a l so h a d double - d i g it sc or i n g
MARCH 5, 2020
DONS DISMANTLE ST. MARY’S
JULIAN E.J. SORAPURU Staff Writer
Leilah Vigil (34) readies a pass vs. BYU on Feb. 29. DONS ATHLETICS/FLICKR PAID ADVERTISEMENT
For the first time in four years,
USF’s women’s basketball team beat Bay Area rivals St. Mary’s College. The win capped the Dons’ regular season, ending a rocky year on a high. “We started out 0-9 in conference, and then we tried to talk about learning from our experiences but not being defined by our experiences," said Dons head coach Molly Goodenbour. “I think this team really grasped that concept, because then we finished the last nine games 5-4, and that's a huge turnaround for us.” The contest started better for the Gaels than it did for the Dons; St. Mary’s jumped out to an early five-point lead by the end of the first quarter. But this trend would not continue; the Dons outscored their opponents 58-39 in the remaining three quarters. The Dons’ comeback was anchored by some stout team defense which saw USF hold the Gaels to just eight points in the second quarter. Sophomore forward Leilah Vigil’s scoring touch, 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds, led the way for the Dons. Junior guard Lucie Hoskova and graduate student forward Mikayla Williams also padded the stats, with both women reaching double digits in points during the afternoon. This win is certainly a momentum-booster for the Dons, who are going into the West Coast Conference Conference Championship ranked second-to-last at No. 9 after finishing the season with a 5-13 conference record. The Dons will take on their arch-rivals, No. 8 Santa Clara University Broncos. The Dons and the Broncos will face off in Las Vegas on March 5, with the winner advancing to the next round of the tournament and the loser having their season end. ♦
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