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EST. 1903<br />

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NEWS<br />


FOGPOD<br />

NEWS<br />

Students adjust to<br />

in-person learning amid<br />

a return to campus.<br />



THURSDAY, SEPT. 02 <strong>2021</strong> • VOL. <strong>119</strong>, ISSUE 01<br />


The most eye-catching,<br />

The untapped benefits of<br />

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mask-toting fashionistas<br />

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nursing students seeking<br />

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are back on campus.<br />

clinical experience.<br />



The Koret Health and Recreation Center will continue to offer activities and programs for students to participate in.<br />



Staff Writer<br />

USF fully reopened its campus this past<br />

week for the first time since the COVID-19<br />

pandemic forced the University to shut<br />

down in March 2020. Sophomore international<br />

business major Jocelyn Luciani is, for<br />

SPORTS<br />





EVENTS<br />

SEPTEMBER — <strong>2021</strong><br />

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one, “happy to be on campus.” She described<br />

a definite joy in the campus community for<br />

being together again. “People are very excited<br />

to interact with each other in classes.”<br />

However, despite the thrill of being back<br />

in person, she said, “I think in the back of<br />

everybody’s mind is a sense of fear that this<br />

could be taken away again.”<br />

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ALL DAY<br />

Reminder: No classes in honor<br />

of Labor Day.<br />

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Men’s and women’s<br />

soccer claim victories<br />

in their season openers.<br />

LookBook<br />

Name: Seref<br />

Year: Senior<br />

Major: Theology<br />

Style inspiration: “Lesbians.”<br />











New exhibit opens at Thacher Gallery<br />

inspired by artists’ relationship with<br />

the natural world, All that you touch:<br />

art and ecology. Open through Nov. 7.

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STAFF<br />


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Hello readers, old and new. My name is<br />

Lucia Verzola, and this will be my first year<br />

serving as Editor in Chief of the San Francisco<br />

Foghorn. I worked as a general assignment<br />

reporter in fall 2020 and moved to copy editor<br />

in spring <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

It’s no secret that our country and world<br />

at large has undergone drastic political, economic,<br />

and social change since the last time<br />

the USF community was together on campus<br />

in March 2020. As our lives move at an<br />

alarming speed, it can be overwhelming to<br />

decipher and distinguish accurate and transparent<br />

reporting.<br />

In the span of 18 months, we witnessed<br />

Black Lives Matter protests, President Joe<br />

Biden taking office, the insurrection of the<br />

United States Capitol, and our continued<br />

battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In<br />

this age of misinformation, it is the Foghorn’s<br />

goal to provide our readers with factual reporting<br />

that allows readers to make their own<br />

informed decisions regarding campus happenings.<br />

Much has also changed in our own<br />

microclimate here at USF. Many of us left<br />

campus as underclassmen (myself included),<br />

unaware that we would return as upperclassmen<br />

a year and a half later. For current underclassmen,<br />

this is the first time many have<br />

stepped foot on campus. We are learning (and<br />

relearning) what it means to be a college student<br />

at this moment. While it is exciting to<br />

reunite with our peers in person, we continue<br />

to navigate the ever-shifting protocols put in<br />

place by the University and the city of San<br />

Francisco. It can feel like we have been left<br />

with more questions than answers in how the<br />

University plans to address the uncertainty of<br />

the virus. As student journalists, it is the Foghorn’s<br />

responsibility to provide as much clarity<br />

as we can to all in the community through<br />

ethical reporting.<br />

While classes were held remotely, the<br />

Foghorn digitally reported on the happenings<br />

of the USF community and worked to keep<br />

its members informed, no matter the distance.<br />

Through my three years at USF, I have<br />

been reminded daily of how fortunate I am to<br />

attend a school that includes individuals from<br />

so many walks of life. As the current editor in<br />

chief, I recognize my responsibility to expand<br />

the voices and stories the Foghorn has included<br />

in its pages since its inception in 1903.<br />

It is the paper’s job to represent all in our<br />

community and this is something that must<br />

continue to be developed. Above all else, my<br />

staff and I are committed to producing work<br />

built on our motto: “Freedom and fairness.”<br />

This motto is often overlooked or forgotten<br />

by our university, but it is essential to what<br />

the Foghorn stands for.<br />

As we watch the current chapter of history<br />

unfold, it is our responsibility as student<br />

journalists to make sure these moments are<br />

recorded truthfully. It is my intention to ensure<br />

the Foghorn delivers this responsibility<br />

to the USF community to the best of its<br />

ability. I look forward to a new and exciting<br />

return to campus and a semester filled with<br />

news that brings us closer together as a whole.<br />

With respect and regards,<br />

Lucia J. Verzola<br />


Recently, the Delta variant has been dominating much of the country.<br />

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that all “FDA-authorized<br />

COVID-19 vaccines help protect against Delta and other known variants.”<br />

So, what are the latest practices USF is implementing to maintain a healthy<br />

campus community?<br />

On May 24, the University mandated that all “undergraduate and graduate<br />

students, as well as all faculty and staff employees, [must be] fully vaccinated<br />

for COVID-19 for fall <strong>2021</strong>.” However, exceptions have been made to<br />

this rule. According to Vice President of Student Life Julie Orio’s email, “With<br />

proper documentation, USF will accept medical and religious exemptions to<br />

the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.” All students are required to upload their<br />

proof of vaccination or exemption request through the Med+Proctor portal.<br />

The USF community does have access to see updated vaccination statistics<br />

via the University’s Vaccination Dashboard. At the time of writing, 89.3%<br />

of employees are fully vaccinated, 2.2% are unvaccinated, and 8.5% have not<br />

reported their status. Among students, 84.9% are fully vaccinated, 2.6% are<br />

partially vaccinated, 11.3% are under follow-up, and 1.2% were granted an<br />

exception.<br />

The expectation that nearly all campus community members are vaccinated<br />

coupled with San Francisco having one of the highest vaccination rates<br />

in the country makes students like Luciani feel “safe being back on campus.”<br />

However, senior biology major An Tran said she still has reservations<br />

about being on campus since students were able to opt-out of being vaccinated.<br />

“I understand their reasons,” she said, “but I wonder if enough people on<br />

campus are vaccinated to have reached herd immunity.”<br />

Additionally, in accordance with city guidelines, everyone who eats inside<br />

the University Center and Lone Mountain dining facilities or uses the Koret<br />

Health and Recreation Center is required to be fully vaccinated.<br />

The University is also complying with other local, statewide, and<br />

Students wear masks both in and outside the classroom as mandated by the University. SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN<br />

nationwide requirements such as the implementation of mask wearing inside<br />

regardless of vaccination status, increased sanitation and filtration services,<br />

no overnight guests in residential buildings, contact tracing, isolation, and<br />

self-quarantine.<br />

This past summer, all students were required to complete the “Staying<br />

Healthy in a Changing Environment for Students on Campus” EVERFI<br />

course by Aug. 24 or face a $100 fine.<br />

Campus community members are also instructed to complete symptom<br />

monitoring daily via the Dons Health Check before coming to campus. However,<br />

omitting the survey does not meet the same financial penalization or<br />

campus inaccessibility as the EVERFI course. Some students have acknowledged<br />

that they have forgotten to complete the form. “Recently, it has been<br />

hard to remember to complete,” Luciani said. “I understand its importance,<br />

but it should be enforced more.”<br />

While in his welcome letter to students President Fitzgerald wrote that<br />

the University is “monitoring public health data daily, and regularly updating<br />

our protocols and policies,” Tran said that due to the vaccine opt-out and the<br />

lack of social distancing in locales such as the cafeteria, she does not “believe<br />

that USF is doing enough to keep us safe.”<br />

Since Aug. 24, there have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the<br />

University of San Francisco community: one commuter student to the Sacramento<br />

campus, two non-residential students, and one residential student in<br />

isolation on campus.<br />

In the Aug. 19 university student update, Orio wrote that “USF continues<br />

to focus on doing everything possible to keep the entire university community<br />

as safe as possible.” She continued by saying, “Everyone will follow<br />

current guidance and expectations to ensure that we are all doing our part to<br />

keep our community healthy.”<br />

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NEWS<br />


Staff Writer<br />

As most students revert back to raising hands in class instead of unmuting<br />

their mics, and professors adjust to teaching through masks, some might<br />

notice there’s been a few notable changes to campus life since we last saw each<br />

other in March 2020.<br />

The USF OneCard has gone fully digital through the GET Mobile app.<br />

No longer can a plastic rectangle get you locked out of your dorm when you<br />

forget it. Students can now pay for food and access campus buildings with just<br />

the tap of their smartphone.<br />

“The switch to go mobile was a decision the university made as a whole,”<br />

said Mari Mabanag, an office assistant at the OneCard Office. The new mobile<br />

app lessens the contact between people that physical cards would necessitate,<br />

and moving forward, new students will no longer be receiving physical One-<br />

Cards.<br />

Additionally, any phone and battery-related anxiety won’t be necessary<br />

while trying to access campus. According to Mabanag, GET Mobile will continue<br />

to work and let campus community members tap in up to five hours<br />

after a phone battery drains.<br />

With the digitization of the USF OneCard, so too comes the mobile<br />

accessibility of the Muni pass. Once a sticker students had to replace every<br />

semester, now it is an unlimited mobile ticket via the MuniMobile app, which<br />

will last until the 2022 spring semester. Students do not need to scan their<br />

mobile passes, they can just hop on the bus as ticket officers are aware of this<br />

new policy for USF students.<br />

In addition, the 31-Balboa Muni route, which runs along Turk Blvd. and<br />

past Lone Mountain was also restored back on Aug. 14, after a long absence<br />

due to pandemic-related Muni service shutdowns.<br />

Meanwhile, to prevent any time-consuming switches between an in-person<br />

class to an online modality, the University announced on Aug. 20 that it<br />

made 38 study spaces available across campus for this fall semester that can be<br />

reserved online.<br />

However, these spaces will only be available to non-residential students<br />

with same-day modality switches within a 60-minute window. The University<br />

recommended, per the August 20 update that “Residential students should use<br />

their own rooms… or use the spaces that are available without any reservation<br />

requirement at Gleeson Library.” In order to accommodate students studying<br />

outside, USF is looking to improve the campus bandwidth.<br />

While USF will not be hosting third-party events or throwing “mega<br />

events” (5,000 attendees indoors and 10,000 outdoors), students can still look<br />

forward to their extracurriculars.<br />

The Koret Health and Recreation Center is continuing to offer self-care<br />

and recreation programs, both virtual and in-person, including intramural and<br />

club sports, outdoor adventure trips, and group fitness classes such as yoga and<br />

dance.<br />

The annual Involvement Fair by Student Leadership and Engagement,<br />

which was held virtually last year, will take place in Gleeson Plaza Thursday,<br />

Sept. 2, with over 100 organizations signed up to participate. Student organizations<br />

will be able to host events on campus, with public health-related<br />

limitations.<br />

Dining in-person has also returned to campus. However, the cafeteria has<br />

undergone some changes, with plexiglass barriers and plastic sheets set up to<br />

protect both students and staff. Apple Pay and OneCard tap stations are set up<br />

at each location to pay. Following the San Francisco mandate which requires<br />

proof of vaccination for entry to certain indoor businesses, there is a vaccine<br />

status verification table at the entrance, with campus community members<br />

needing to tap their OneCards upon entry or show their vaccine cards.<br />

“As the COVID climate is ever-changing, we continue to have an open<br />

dialogue with local SFDPH officials to make sure we are compliant with city<br />

and state regulations, while ensuring our USF students, faculty and staff still<br />

have an enjoyable dining experience,” said Crystal Chun Wong, resident district<br />

manager of Bon Appétit.<br />

Since the start of the pandemic, the University has experienced many<br />

changes. As the semester continues, COVID-19’s unpredictable nature ensures<br />

that these will not be the only adjustments at the Hilltop.<br />


Staff Writer<br />

After two and a half semesters of remote learning, USF students return<br />

to campus with renewed enthusiasm. Among them are freshmen, sophomores,<br />

and transfer students who are brand-new to the Hilltop. For them, living and<br />

learning amidst a global pandemic has become the norm, but being with their<br />

peers has been a hopeful experience.<br />

Freshman nursing major Sophie Cooper is still taking it all in. “It’s definitely<br />

a surreal feeling being here on campus and seeing everyone walking<br />

around,” she said. “Whenever I came to visit USF before, it was completely<br />

empty.” Besides adjusting to the fast-paced environment of campus, Cooper is<br />

trying to navigate her dorm life. “The hill between Gillson and the upper part<br />

of campus is a killer,” she said.<br />

Cooper is taking all of her classes in person this semester. However, the<br />

unstable reality of studying during a pandemic still weighs on her. “I’m worried<br />

about the prospect of classes going virtual again, but it is what it is,” she<br />

said. Cooper’s newfound love for the city has kept her positive. “Coming from<br />

a suburb, it’s just insane looking out at the view of San Francisco. I’m so happy<br />

to be here,” she said.<br />

Cooper is not the only new Don excited to be in the city. Fellow freshman<br />

and biology major Benjamin Mandzukic said living in the city was one of his<br />

main reasons for choosing USF and expressed a familiar sentiment among his<br />

peers. “Classes are a lot better in-person because I’m forced to pay attention,”<br />

he said. “I can actually learn now because everything is basically back to normal.”<br />

Kala Yamaguchi, a freshman design major, lives on the same floor as<br />

Mandzukic. “Living in the dorms is honestly awesome. We have the best view,<br />

and the coolest people on our floor,” he said. “I was so pent up during COVID<br />

so it’s really relieving to see so many other young people and be able to go<br />

explore.”<br />

Like others, Yamaguchi is tired of online learning. “It’s great having<br />

in-person classes, but having anything on Zoom is still frustrating,” he said.<br />

“Although, professors here do a really good job of making even the online<br />

classes easy to follow.”<br />

Along with the freshmen class, transfer students are finding their place at<br />

USF this week. Mariela Lopez, a junior environmental studies major, transferred<br />

to USF last semester from a community college in San Diego. “I had<br />

taken online classes at community college, but there was definitely a big difference<br />

once I started taking them at USF,” she said. “The professors here are<br />

genuinely engaged and care about their students.”<br />

Lopez chose to live off-campus this year in order to focus on herself. “It’s<br />

so great to finally be in SF and be able to go out and explore on my own,” she<br />

said. Being isolated from other students during the pandemic changed Lopez’s<br />

understanding of what is normal. “When I first got here, my brain had a little<br />

stimulus shock because of how busy it is on campus,” she said. Remaining cautious,<br />

Lopez said, “I’m a little worried that there might be another lockdown<br />

just because I would have to quarantine alone.”<br />

For many students, the college experience is just beginning, but it has<br />

already exceeded their expectations. With students adjusting to an in-person<br />

education again and finally socializing with their peers for the first time in a<br />

year and a half, they are finding the full college experience at the Hilltop.<br />

NEWS<br />

Freshman Sophie Cooper in her dorm at Gillson Hall. PHOTO COURTESY OF SOPHIE COOPER<br />

The University has introduced new campus features that will become routine for the foreseeable future, all in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN<br />

New students partake in the annual University convocation ceremony. PHOTO COURTESY OF USF OFFICE OF MARKETING<br />


GO Team provided campus tours for new students during the welcome weekend.<br />


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USF’s Back-On-Campus<br />

Lookbook<br />

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Students have been waiting for it and with the resumption of in-person classes, it’s finally here: a reason to put effort into what we wear everyday. During<br />

the first week back on campus, the Foghorn caught up with some standout students around the Hilltop to grab a photo and learn more about what inspires<br />

their style.<br />

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Espinosa hypes up the crowd at Dons Night Out. SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN<br />


Staff Writer<br />

Following a year of virtual events, the Campus Activities Board (CAB)<br />

helped bring life back to USF’s War Memorial Gym on Aug. 23 with Dons<br />

Night Out.<br />

The annual event is a part of the University’s New Student Orientation<br />

festivities. With the event being in-person again, CAB wanted it to be more<br />

interactive than previous years in order to foster connections between newto-campus<br />

students. City-themed mini golf courses were scattered around the<br />

gym and various arcade games, like Whac-A-Mole and Skee Ball, were lined<br />

up near the stage. There was also a photo booth set up for students to have<br />

their picture taken.<br />

“Instead of choosing one big headliner, we opted to go with three local<br />

artists and have a bigger focus on the interactive components of the concert,”<br />

said CAB President Jakob Zucker. “We wanted people to get to know each<br />

other because they haven’t really been on campus.”<br />

The three Bay Area performers included Ruby Ibarra, a rapper, music<br />

producer and community activist; DJ J. Espinosa, a San Francisco native and<br />

the youngest DJ to host two prime-time radio mix shows; and DJ LP Giobbi,<br />

a music producer and activist for gender equality in the music industry.<br />

Ibarra performed songs from her rap album, “Circa91,” and J. Espinosa<br />

and LP Giobbi both got the crowd going with electronic club mixes. However,<br />

it was not only their music and vibrant accompanying visuals that captured the<br />

audience’s attention, but also their stories.<br />

“I wrote that album to talk about how no one ever writes my story, no<br />

one ever writes my family’s stories,” Ibarra said during her set, which featured<br />

songs that sounded like spoken-word poetry about her experience as a<br />

first-generation Filipina-American and immigrant.<br />

“Ruby Ibarra tried to include the audience so people were really involved<br />

in her act,” said freshman biology major Leatitia Ngandu. “She included<br />

unique aspects of her culture that were interesting too, and I think some people<br />

could relate.”<br />

Although the other two DJs had less to say, they did get the crowd hyped<br />

up, despite the artists having to wear masks. In between sets, the VarCity SF<br />

dance team would pop up out of the audience and take center stage.<br />

“I think the performers and everything got people to come out of their<br />

comfort zones,” said Kristine Paule, a first-year nursing student. “I liked J.<br />

Espinosa, he really got the crowd going.”<br />

For the event to be in-person this year, masks and proof of vaccination<br />

were required, with a max capacity of 750 people put in place.<br />

“A lot of the things that we took into consideration had to do with what<br />

the city’s ordinances are, and the restrictions the administration is putting on<br />

the campus,” said CAB Special Events Director Kylee Gwillian.<br />

Social distancing, however, was not required. Attendees tightly crowded<br />

around the stage and at some points, small mosh pits flared up during the sets.<br />

“Masks made it so you couldn’t see people’s faces,” said Sophie Williams, a<br />

freshman international studies major. “But everyone was sweaty and bumping<br />

into each other anyway.”<br />

Even with the max capacity in place, some students were still apprehensive<br />

about the crowd.<br />

“I think the COVID guidelines are important and everyone did a good<br />

job complying, but I was actually shocked at the amount of people here,” said<br />

Sarah Wright, a senior psychology major. “Sure, there were a lot less people<br />

than previous years, but if this many people can be in the gymnasium, then<br />

why are half of my classes online?”<br />

Other students, however, saw similarities between the virtual events of<br />

last year and this year’s Dons Night Out. Some students attributed this to the<br />

lack of in-person contact last year which left many students feeling socially<br />

out-of-practice. Sophomores like psychology major Cameron Banks expressed<br />

that they feel like freshmen because their first year of online classes did not<br />

give them much room to socialize.<br />

“The concert this year had the same vibe [as the virtual event], even<br />

though it was in-person,” said Banks. “I think it’s because everyone’s social<br />

skills have somewhat deteriorated.”<br />

Though the crowd started filing out a bit early, stragglers stayed behind<br />

until the end of the show, dancing next to the dividers and matching the energy<br />

of the last performer, LP Giobbi.<br />

“I’m hoping that we can continue to have more in-person events,” said<br />

Gwillian. “Everything went super smoothly with this event, so I’m pretty happy<br />

with how it turned out.”<br />

Names: Makarim (left) / and Kate (right)<br />

Years: Freshmen<br />

Majors: Chemistry / Psychology<br />

Style inspo: “K-pop” / “Whatever’s comfy.”<br />

Name: Jazz<br />

Year: Senior<br />

Major: Advertising<br />

Style: “Japanese and New York streetwear.”<br />

Name: Yijie<br />

Year: Junior<br />

Major: Finance<br />

Style Inspiration: “Streetwear.”<br />

Name: Mike<br />

Year: Junior<br />

Major: Psychology<br />

Style inspiration: “Surfing magazines.”<br />

Name: Wyatt<br />

Year: Junior<br />

Major: Media Studies<br />

Style inspiration: “I like 70s-style.”<br />

Name: Samanda<br />

Year: Senior<br />

Major: Graphic Design<br />

Style inspiration: “Chucky.”<br />


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Cassidy Smith, photographed by Rida Jan.<br />


Pariya Rahni, holding up a skateboard with “BLM” spray-painted on the deck,<br />

photographed by Rida Jan.PHOTO COURTESY OF RIDA JAN.<br />

Kristina Rodriguez, photographed by Rida Jan.<br />



Clinical opportunities for nursing students,<br />

testing opportunities for students and staff<br />

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Staff Writer<br />

Rida Jan, self portrait. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIDA JAN.<br />



There are certain forms of creative expression that produce works of beauty<br />

from seemingly simple tasks, like taking a picture.<br />

Rida Jan, a junior biology major, is a photographer and videographer,<br />

who described her experience to the Foghorn.<br />

“Growing up I expressed myself [creatively] by playing piano and doing<br />

crafts often,” said Jan. These activities are some of what she had perceived to<br />

be the limits of what could be considered art.<br />

Eventually, as people began creating more videos through YouTube, Jan<br />

saw the possibilities of creating art through a new lens. “During high school<br />

my family and I traveled to Paris and I made a video showcasing my travel<br />

experience,” Jan said.<br />

Inspired by YouTube travel vlogs she watched before, the video featured<br />

a montage of Paris’ famous landmarks and attractions, as well as expressions<br />

she felt through the journey. After receiving positive feedback, including a few<br />

hundred views, Rida was inspired to further pursue videography as a passion.<br />

Audience interpretation of visual mediums are often driven by their own<br />

experiences. For Jan, the photo production process is up to the creative discretion<br />

of the photographer and can be a reflection of their passion and emotion.<br />

“Having a vision beforehand and seeing it come to life while doing the<br />

project is my favorite aspect,” Jan said. “It’s cool that I can envision a creative<br />

thing inside my head and put in all the work that brings this creativity to life.”<br />

When Jan works with her clients or models, she allows for creativity and<br />

expressivity on the part of the subject. Instead of displaying a preference for<br />

posed photographs, Jan exhibits aspects of naturalistic photography with the<br />

people she works with. Now that she’s back on campus, Jan hopes to work<br />

with USF organizations for photoshoots and promotional video projects. Her<br />

experience photographing graduation events, weddings, individual models,<br />

and more motivated her to further explore different creative avenues within<br />

her work.<br />

Jan also uses her photography as an avenue for expressing her values, like<br />

social justice. During the Black Lives Matter protests last year, Jan documented<br />

the historic demonstrations by taking photos and videos that she posted to<br />

her photography account on Instagram. These photos were reshared by others,<br />

especially by students from USF.<br />

“There's a lot of scope for creative individuals like myself to express themselves<br />

on campus and feel like they are in a welcoming and supportive environment<br />

amongst the student body,” Jan said.<br />

“As a pre-med student and a bio major, there is a lot of academic work<br />

that I have to commit to, and photography and videography takes me out of<br />

that world so I can express myself in a way that is not focused on academics,”<br />

she said.<br />

Ultimately, Jan appreciates this benefit of her work and even recommends<br />

that every college student find a creative passion, something outside of school<br />

to de-stress and feel inspired.<br />

You can see more of Jan’s work on her Instagram: @rsjanphotography<br />


a junior nursing major.<br />

As we begin our first in-person semester in<br />

over a year, all eyes remain on our ever-changing<br />

COVID-19 policies. Currently, the University<br />

requires proof of vaccination with exceptions for<br />

entrance into buildings on campus, mandatory<br />

masking indoors, and contact tracing and testing<br />

for those believed to be exposed to the virus.<br />

As one of many USF nursing students entering<br />

the hospital setting amidst a pandemic, I feel<br />

the impact of COVID-19 beyond the walls of our<br />

campus. For many students in my year, this will<br />

be our first time entering clinical sites, which allow<br />

us to have hands-on experience with patients.<br />

The USF School of Nursing and Health Professions<br />

(SONHP) is one of nine schools in California<br />

with a direct entry into the nursing program,<br />

meaning that most of us expected to start clinicals back in the beginning of our<br />

sophomore year, rather than waiting until our junior year.<br />

Some of us have not had any in-person experience, while others have spent<br />

very limited time at the bedside. For me and many of my peers, this feels like a<br />

huge disadvantage to our learning experience. I spent a semester without clinical<br />

experience while some<br />

of my peers were in clinicals,<br />

and I saw the discrepancies<br />

between how<br />

we were applying what<br />

we were learning. Imitating<br />

an injection on an<br />

orange is not the same<br />

as giving vaccinations to<br />

real people.<br />

And this isn’t<br />

unique to the students<br />

in my grade. Almost<br />

every nursing student<br />

has felt the impact of<br />

COVID-19 on our clinical<br />

opportunities. We<br />

are no strangers to the<br />

simulated patients on<br />

the computer that are<br />

supposed to be substitutes<br />

for real patients out<br />

in the world. There are<br />

certain things that cannot<br />

be learned through<br />

a computer. We need<br />

real-world opportunities.<br />

This is why I propose<br />

an on-campus, student-staffed,<br />

COVID-19<br />

testing site.<br />

For Junior 1 semester<br />

students like myself, the focus is on “community health.” USF is unique in<br />

that it meets the California Board of Registered Nursing requirements for a Public<br />

Health Nursing certification. The services of a certified PHN in part include,<br />

“control and prevention of communicable disease” and “outreach screening, case<br />

management, resource coordination and assessment, and delivery and evaluation<br />

of care for individuals, families, and communities.” Some of us are still left without<br />

clinical sites for the upcoming semester.<br />

Although the University is working to get everyone a site, it means we are<br />

stuck learning online through Virtual Simulations (Vsim) and meeting on Zoom<br />

with our clinical group. The School of Nursing tells us these methods of clinicals<br />

teach us critical thinking, but nothing compares to the on-the-floor thinking we<br />

learn in the hospital or community setting, working with real people. We are part<br />

of a community right here, one that could benefit from our students' presence on<br />

campus.<br />

In the past, USF has hosted COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics on campus.<br />

However, they tend to be run through partnerships with hospitals such as<br />

Kaiser, which sometimes limit the amount of people allowed to get vaccines to<br />

those with specific types of insurance. Similarly, the staff and faculty are required<br />

to get tested using their own insurance. They are recommended to refer to the<br />

San Francisco Department of Public Health’s website to find the closest testing<br />

site, many of which also require certain insurance—the closest one that doesn't<br />

require membership of a certain hospital’s insurance is Third Baptist Church on<br />

1339 McAllister St.<br />

However, if students both on and off-campus are exposed, they are then provided<br />

a COVID-19 test by the University to do on their own and are ordered to<br />

release the results of those tests to the University. The infrastructure is partly there<br />

with testing kits on campus ready to be used. In the past, the School of Nursing<br />

has sent out personal<br />

protective equipment<br />

(PPE) to its nursing<br />

students. This means<br />

that the University<br />

has had the means to<br />

pay for PPE to protect<br />

the students and other<br />

nurses that would<br />

be performing the<br />

COVID-19 tests on<br />

campus.<br />

There are also several<br />

companies within<br />

San Francisco and<br />

across the Bay Area<br />

that help run pop-up<br />

vaccination clinics.<br />

If the University was<br />

to partner with companies<br />

like Carbon<br />

Health, it would have<br />

the backbone that<br />

Kaiser had from their<br />

previous on-campus<br />

vaccination clinics.<br />

The idea is “Dons<br />

Helping Dons,” the<br />

new catchphrase the<br />

University has posted<br />

around campus in relation<br />

to on-campus<br />

COVID-19 policies. The testing clinic would provide students and staff with a<br />

quick and accessible way to get tested, as well as clinical opportunities for students<br />

who don’t have clinical placements yet. It would give Dons peace of mind in an<br />

ever-changing set of health regulations tied to the global pandemic, and would<br />

provide free and fair access to testing, regardless of the type of insurance people<br />

have.<br />

A USF nursing student administers a vaccine at the Koret Health and Recreation Center’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Spring <strong>2021</strong>.<br />



10<br />


SEPT. 02,<br />

<strong>2021</strong><br />




a junior history major.<br />

Remote learning was hard on me. Really<br />

hard. I’m an extroverted person who takes joy<br />

in being able to see my peers and instructors in<br />

person. I’ve found that the experience of being on<br />

campus and going about my academic routine is<br />

an important factor in my success as a student, as<br />

is being surrounded by people who are also engaged<br />

in academic pursuit.<br />

Interacting with USF through my computer<br />

couldn’t match the time I spent physically on<br />

campus during my first semester and a half. Being<br />

separated from the USF community and the<br />

support network I built up during my freshman<br />

year had a negative impact on my mental health<br />

and well-being. Attending online classes over the<br />

last two and a half semesters, and the negative academic<br />

performance I experienced along with it, made school into a chore and<br />

something I often dreaded.<br />

As we move into this new semester, it can be tempting to simply forget<br />

our time with remote learning. However, I think that it is essential that we as a<br />

community take time to discuss and reflect on our experiences at Zoom U, figure<br />

out what lessons this time has taught us, and note what the University and our<br />

community can do to improve as we make our return to campus.<br />

The main anxiety I experienced was that I was going to be left behind. Assignments<br />

piled up for me, uncompleted, until it became overwhelming. I became<br />

paralyzed with anxiety and withdrawn from the world. The act of checking<br />

my email, normally a mundane part of being a college student, became an anxious<br />

and even terrifying habit. I don’t know what exactly I was afraid of, but anything<br />

to do with USF suddenly caused me anxiety.<br />

I tried to maintain a connection with the school through student organizations,<br />

taking leadership positions in clubs and joining student government. Ultimately,<br />

it was too much for me, though. More responsibility proved to only add<br />

to my anxieties and difficulties. In the end, I couldn’t keep up with my school<br />

work or with my extracurriculars. I feel like I let both my professors and peers<br />

down.<br />

Logically, I know that I had depression and was severely limited in what I<br />

could accomplish, but I feel a sense of guilt regardless. If any of my professors,<br />

fellow College Players, or senators from the Zoom era are reading this: I’m sorry.<br />

I gave it my best shot but I couldn’t make it work.<br />

I wish that the University could have acknowledged in a more meaningful<br />

way just how difficult remote learning was for so many people, particularly because<br />

of students’ disproportionate access to resources when we were dispersed<br />

across the globe. People began having to contend with different time zones, poor<br />

Wi-Fi connections, and various living situations. The variety and disparity encountered<br />

in remote learning requires an even more individualized approach to<br />

each student and their needs than that which USF tries to provide in normal<br />

times.<br />

Online school requires a different skill set than traditional in-person classes.<br />

Students’ ability to reestablish the good time management and organizational skills<br />

they previously had while taking classes on campus could have been impaired by<br />

the new roadblocks to virtual learning: an inconsistent Wi-Fi connection, lack of<br />

a safe and quiet study space, and the addition of familial responsibilities at home.<br />

I’m sure students who experienced their freshman year via Zoom are now facing<br />

challenges as they participate on campus for the first time. Converts from Zoom<br />

to in-person schooling will have to learn how to do college all over again. Even<br />

physically showing up to class can pose challenges not found on Zoom where one<br />

just has to click a button to be present.<br />

USF needs to be more aggressive in the support it offers to students, both on<br />

campus and online. When a student is in crisis, whether that be mental, financial,<br />

or emotional, there needs to be better systems in place to stop that tailspin. Obviously<br />

if a student is taking Zoom classes, the University can’t physically check up<br />

on them. However, students provide an emergency contact to the school enabling<br />

ways of checking on the well-being and safety of a student remotely.<br />

There needs to be a way to reach students when they aren’t able to get help<br />

themselves. Professors should be able to inform a specialist of some kind when<br />

a student drops off of the face of the earth. There are still students taking online<br />

classes this semester, so it will be essential that those students are better accommodated<br />

while still remote. They are going to need more support than in normal<br />

times. No student should feel as if they’ve been allowed to fall through the cracks.<br />



11<br />

SPORTS<br />

Members of the <strong>2021</strong> USF women’s volleyball team pose for a team photo. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS<br />



Staff Writer<br />

The USF women’s volleyball team began<br />

their <strong>2021</strong> season with two competitive matches<br />

facing them: an Aug. 27 match against the<br />

University of Florida Gators and an Aug. 28<br />

match against the Sacramento State University<br />

Hornets. The Dons, coming off of a promising<br />

eight-win campaign a season ago through a<br />

shortened schedule, looked to build on the same<br />

momentum as they eyed their first winning season<br />

in six years.<br />

The Dons played in the Hornet Invitational,<br />

a tournament hosted by Sacramento State,<br />

against the nationally-ranked No. 6 Gators. It<br />

was a long night for the Dons as they lost in<br />

straight sets to the Gators (10-25, 12-25, 12-<br />

25). The Dons also suffered a loss in almost<br />

every statistical category, allowing Florida to almost<br />

double their amount of kills in the game by<br />

a margin of 35-18 and allowing 10 aces from the<br />

Gators. USF also committed triple the amount<br />

of errors (21-7) throughout the game’s entirety.<br />

The loss is primarily pointed to attack errors<br />

that were racked up, causing USF to hit -0.041<br />

on the day. That played against the Dons with<br />

a top ranked program such as Florida as they<br />

countered with 35 kills on 57 swings and hit<br />

.491 for the game. The Dons threw out a very<br />

young group to counter the Gators which saw<br />

nine freshmen out on the court with six of them<br />

being newcomers to the program.<br />

The Dons looked to avenge their loss the<br />

next day against the Hornets. This was a much<br />

more competitive game for the Dons, which saw<br />

them nearly match the Hornets in kills (56-57)<br />

and commit fewer errors than the Hornest (20-<br />

23). The Dons jumped out to an early 10-3 lead<br />

after a strong kill by sophomore Orsula Staka,<br />

and the team’s performance resulted in a convincing<br />

first set win (25-16). The Hornets did<br />

not go down without a fight as they roared back<br />

in the next set, responding with a win of their<br />

own (18-25). The Dons were not down for long<br />

as they responded with another set win which<br />

put them up by a score of 2-1.<br />

The Dons kept up their intensive play<br />

throughout the fourth set, but the Hornets ultimately<br />

prevailed, leveling the contest at two<br />

sets apiece (21-25). This set up a decisive fifth<br />

set which the Dons went into with impressive<br />

performances from freshmen Shyia Richardson<br />

and Letizia Aquilino, who recorded a team-high<br />

20 digs. Both teams were tied by a score of 9-9,<br />

but the Hornets ramped up their play and came<br />

away with a victory (13-15), Ultimately, the<br />

Dons lost by a score of 2-3.<br />

The Dons will head to Davis, Calif. to face<br />

the University of California, Davis Aggies Sept.<br />

3 in hopes of achieving their first victory of the<br />


12<br />


SEPT. 02,<br />

<strong>2021</strong><br />


Men’s and women’s soccer teams take season openers<br />

SPORTS<br />

Freshman Nonso Adimabua (#10) races to the ball against a Sacramento State University player. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS<br />


Staff Writer<br />

With the collegiate soccer season getting back into full swing, the USF<br />

men’s and women’s soccer teams donned new appearances with freshmenheavy<br />

rosters, featuring seven freshmen starters for the men’s team and six<br />

for the women’s team. USF men’s soccer started their season with a win,<br />

defeating the Sacramento State University Hornets by a score of 2-1 Aug.<br />

26 on their home turf at Negoesco Stadium.<br />

Freshman forward Nonso Adimabua carried the first half of the men’s<br />

game with a shot courtesy of a tackle-led assist by freshman midfielder<br />

Gabriel Bracken Serra, which built the Dons’ lead. The Hornets’ lone goal<br />

came courtesy of a penalty kick. However, a far launch down center field<br />

from Adimabua closed up the first half and sealed victory for the Dons.<br />

In their first away game of the regular season, the men’s team fell<br />

short Aug. 29 against the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins.<br />

The Bruins struck first in the contest, but senior Shayan Charlaghi<br />

tied the game at one goal each within the last five minutes of full time.<br />

An overtime goal from the Bruins sealed defeat for USF, and the Dons lost<br />

by a score of 1-2.<br />

Looking ahead, men’s soccer will travel to Santa Barbara for a Sept. 3<br />

fixture against the University of California, Santa Barbara Gauchos.<br />

Elsewhere on the pitch, the USF women’s soccer team tied with the<br />

University of Oregon Ducks Aug. 22. However, the team claimed a victory<br />

Aug. 26, blanking the San Jose State University Spartans by a score of 2-0.,<br />

In their home opener against the Spartans, freshman midfielder Elle<br />

Soleau and freshman forward Marissa Vasquez teamed up, allowing the<br />

Dons to strike first in the 11th minute. Soleau tapped the ball in the center<br />

of the penalty box, creating some leeway for Vasquez to launch a left<br />

corner kick from the top of the box.<br />

Sophomore defender Jasmeen Ward and freshman defender Gabby<br />

Rizzo also shined at the close of the first half with a fast break off the quick<br />

feet of Rizzo putting the Dons up by two goals, a margin the Spartans<br />

could not overcome.<br />

The women’s soccer team returns to the pitch Sept. 5 when they host<br />

the University of California, San Diego Tritons.

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