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Provost Oparah speaks

at first ASUSF Senate

Town Hall meeting.


Staff Writer



THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 2021VOL. 119, ISSUE 02


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The USF Part-Time Faculty Association (PTFA) and the administration

have officially entered contract negotiations as financial

articles under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement


In a Foghorn article back in May, PTFA President Jill Schepmann

previously stated that their team expected dialogue to be

drawn out similarly to the near 11-month-long negotiations in

2018 and 2019.

According to PTFA, among the issues in these ongoing negotiations

are salary, healthcare and retirement benefits, equitable

promotion for adjunct faculty members, and teaching development


Kellie Samson, spokesperson for USF, said “The administration

remains committed to engaging in a good-faith effort with the

PTFA to reach an agreement that acknowledges the dedication of

adjunct faculty to our students and is fiscally responsible.” Schepmann

said the arduous talks and many of the issues left on the

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Part-Time Faculty Association and administration

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USF Part-Time Faculty Association entered negotiations with the administration this past summer and have spent the semester gathering student support.


table have impacted their members’ work experiences. “Ultimately,

when we are fighting for a fair contract, our working conditions

are student learning conditions,” she said. “We are trying to find

more stability through the contract so that we as teachers can focus

on the important work in our classrooms.”

The University is currently only offering “a one-year economic,

two-year contract extension,” according to Samson.

Both Schepmann and PTFA Vice President David Masterson

revealed that aside from salary cuts, retirement benefits might also

be affected. “The administration is in concession bargaining, and

they want us to accept cuts, even though they haven’t given a fair

or thorough justification why,” Masterson said.

The administration defended its proposals and said, “The

University has proposed a salary reduction to the PTFA equitable

with other employee groups on campus. Administrators and fulltime

faculty have experienced salary cuts and salary freezes as a

result of COVID. The University Budget and Advisory Committee

(UBAC), which has two PTFA representatives, unanimously

recommended salary cuts/salary freezes for all employee groups,

including the PTFA for the fiscal year 2022 budget.”



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This week at the Foghorn, our staff discussed

the effectiveness of the Dons Health

Check, the University’s brief three-question

survey on COVID-19 symptom monitoring

that students and faculty are required

to complete each day before coming to

campus. Failure to fill out the Dons Health

Check does not actually disable students

from coming to campus because they are

granted access to campus buildings regardless

of their completion of the survey. Because

of this, the Dons Health Check is a

complicated piece in the toolbox of USF’s

COVID-19 prevention protocol.

Although the MyUSF app will advise

students to stay home if they answer “Yes”

to any of the three questions inquiring

about their symptoms, students can still use

their OneCard to access buildings and go

to classes, the cafeteria, and other parts of

campus even if they report that they have

symptoms or neglect to fill out the survey

altogether. While the University requiring

proof of vaccination at the cafeteria doors

has been a great measure to ensure that all

who enter are fully vaccinated, having one’s

vaccination status attached to their One-

Card doesn’t mean much unless their symptom

reporting on the Dons Health Check is

attached too.

Knowing that the USF community can

still come to campus, go to class, and unmask

in the cafeteria without having reported

their daily symptoms is discomforting.

The University, evidently, does not have as

much control over the situation as it would

like to advertise. In addition to the simplicity

of the questionnaire, the Dons Health

Check relies heavily upon students’ personal

accountability. Instead, the University must

institute a more constructive and effective

balance of individual and institutional accountability.

For USF’s campus to become a more

reliable and safe environment, students’

completion of the Dons Health Check must

be connected to their OneCards. While we

commend USF administration for doing its

best to monitor an entire student population

amid an ever-changing pandemic, expecting

all students to consistently comply with

symptom monitoring without consequence

for not doing so is regrettably unrealistic. At

the very least, the University’s improvement

of its COVID-19 prevention plan must be


In addition to reform of the consequences

to the Dons Health Check, accessible

COVID-19 testing is another way we

can ensure that the USF community remains

safe and healthy. On-site, regularly scheduled

COVID-19 tests would be much more

effective in preventing cases than the Dons

Health Check system currently in place, and

will aid in controlling the coronavirus on

our campus. Currently, it is difficult to get

an instant test in the city as most free sites

are heavily booked, and at-home tests are either

pricey or sold out in stores.

For the University to meet students’

needs, USF must provide on-campus, regularly

scheduled testing for students and

reform the way students are asked to monitor

their symptoms. In this way, forgetting

or lazily neglecting the Dons Health Check

will no longer be taken lightly, and both students

and the USF community at large will

be bettered by a more effective COVID-19

prevention plan being put into place.



The relationship between the two sides has been rocky. Two months prior

to official bargaining, the PTFA made headlines in the San Francisco Examiner,

where they alleged that USF was using a loophole to withhold payment

contributions to part-time faculty members’ healthcare reimbursement accounts.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors took note and unanimously

passed a resolution covering said loophole. This was later approved by the

mayor’s office on July 2.

Schepmann said that healthcare benefits have been an important issue in

the negotiations given the pandemic. “We realized that although we are one

of the lower paid groups on campus, our monthly [insurance] premiums are

higher than full-time faculty and staff.”

When asked if there were any plans on changing health or retirement

benefits, the administration clarified that the “University does not unilaterally

change employee health or retirement benefits.” However, they further added

that “The University looks to join with the PTFA and its membership to determine

whether, in the midst of pandemic-related financial crisis, the needs

of those members with access to retirement contributions or benefitting from

University-sponsored healthcare outweigh those related to salary and wages.”

The University did recognize the impact of COVID-19 on its budget

and labor relations. “COVID has reduced enrollment and increased expenses,

which has a direct impact on the operating budget. This is the first time in

over 40 years the University has proposed salary cuts to any of its unions,”

Samson said.

Masterson pushed back and argued that although the administration

claims strenuous economic times, “enrollment is basically on track from previous

semesters and the University did receive some federal aid from the CARES

Act that covered some of those shortfalls,” he said.

The current fiscal year 2022 budget is “based on enrollment targets, projections,

and revenue forecasts” from March 2021. Nevertheless, USF has

advertised that admissions for this fall semester were “the largest number of

applications in its history,” touting over 1600 admitted students according to

its latest announcement two weeks ago.

Since meeting at the bargaining table, the PTFA has reached out to the

wider campus community, including students, for support. Rebecca Mason,

Vice President of the USF Faculty Association (USFFA), who represents fulltime

faculty said, “USFFA stands in solidarity with the PTFA and we’re ready

to support them during bargaining in any way we can.”

The administration said they too have backing on their proposals. “The

University has similar support from students, full-time faculty, department

chairs, alumni, trustees and Deans on the vital issues central in proposals we

have advanced, such as increasing our ability to continue to diversify our faculty

and adjunct teaching excellence.”

Both sides indicated that there currently is not a clear timeline in resolving

the issue.

The University says it “seeks to reflect fair treatment across all employee

groups which have made considerable sacrifices during the economic repercussions

of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

However, Schepmann added “As members of the USF community, we

believe that changing the world from here starts here. When we ask for more

equity in our working conditions, we're asking the administration to walk

their talk.”

The University says it is committed to negotiating with the union at any time and in good faith until an agreement is reached. PHOTO COURTESY OF BEAU TATTERSALL/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN



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Staff Writer

With the fall semester in full swing, ASUSF Senate held its first town

hall discussion of the academic year. The Sept. 1 meeting marked the Senate's

first in-person gathering since spring 2020. The new provost, Julia Chinyere

Oparah, was their guest speaker.

The bulk of the evening’s agenda was dedicated to facilitating dialogue

with Oparah and student leadership, as it was the provost’s first in-person

discussion with the larger student body. “We want to be in community with

you,” Oparah said to the group. “Your perspective and experience is helpful to

us as we try to make change.”

Oparah began by asking the Senate what they hoped to get out of the

town hall. Some, like School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP)

Representative Sunshine Joyce Batasin, wanted to gain a better understanding

of Oparah’s background. “I’m looking forward to getting to know who you are

as a person,” she said. Others’ questions were more policy driven. ASUSF President

Marisol Castro expressed her desire to know what the new provost “envisions''

for the academic year and what, if any, changes she intends to make.

One of the largest points of conversation was the provost’s push for cooperation.

Oparah shared her plans for an intimate student council of less than

a dozen students, including members from the ASUSF Senate. This group

would work as a close aide to herself and Vice President of Student Life Julie

Orio in order to bring “together the ideas from the community with University

resources,” said Oparah.

The goal of the advisory council, she said, is to find the best way to provide

her support to the campus community “coming out of this,” alluding to

the ongoing pandemic and its aftermath.

Oparah also shared her upcoming plans involving transfer students. She

wants to create an online portal that would look and work in an “Amazon

style.” The goal of the site is to make the application process easier for transfer

students, particularly knowing what credits are eligible to transfer.

Additionally, Oparah shared that she is currently in communication and

developing relationships with various local community colleges in hopes of

making the process easier for students transferring to USF.

Oparah also briefly touched on plans of how to better distribute additional

federal aid that USF receives, specifically in assisting students facing financial

hardships brought on by the pandemic. She mentioned proposals of better

diversifying current University hiring practices such as looking at a professor’s

lived experiences in addition to their credentials.

One of the main topics covered by the ASUSF Senate was how to better reach the campus community at



Staff Writer

Following a shift to remote learning, job losses,

and unexpected changes in housing arrangements,

USF students were left grappling with financial

stress. In order to support these students, USF created

the COVID-19 Response Fund in the spring

of 2020. Primarily financed by donations from the

Board of Trustees and the USF community, the

University released an Aug. 11 general update on

how the funds are continuing to be utilized.

In the past year, some students were provided

additional support with the federal emergency

grant funding through the Coronavirus Response

and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRSSA)

Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic

Security (CARES) Act.

However, students were still left with anxiety

over expenses they could not afford, especially

those who did not qualify for federal aid. In addition,

the distribution of CRRSA funds by USF was

slower than other contemporary higher education


The COVID-19 Response Fund’s main objective

is to provide needed assistance to students

affected by the pandemic, including costs related

to housing, food, emergency travel, and remote

learning. The office of financial aid also determines

what pandemic-related needs qualify for assistance

from the fund.

“I heard about the COVID-19 Response Fund

through an email sent out by USF. I was too late to

apply in 2020, being informed there was no more

aid left to give,” said senior English major Lucia

Verzola. “After applying for the second round in

Spring 2021, I received an amount of $500 that

went toward my rent. Though it was something, it

wasn't as much as I was hoping, being a full-time

student who works three jobs to support myself.”

Students receiving this financial assistance

included, but were not limited to, DACA-identified

and undocumented students who are excluded

from grant eligibility according to guidelines established

by the U.S. Department of Education.

“By coupling CARES Act funding with

USF-funded grants, we are able to distribute financial

assistance equitably to our diverse community

in keeping with our mission,” said Senior Vice Provost

of Academic Affairs Shirley McGuire, in an

email back in May 2020.

According to Robin Dutton-Cookston, Director

of Development Communications, over $1.5

million has been raised for the fund as of Aug. 1.

This includes $1 million from the Board of Trustees

and 960 individual donations from members of

the USF Community.

Though the fund was intended to be widely

available to students, multiple articles featured in

the Foghorn, as late as May 6 of this year, have

reported on the financial aid office’s struggles with


“I don't think USF has been very supportive

of its students' financial situations during this pandemic,

but I don't think USF is very supportive of

that in general,” said senior English major Rebecca

Madsen in an email to the Foghorn. “I wasn't

aware of the COVID-19 Response Fund; it sounds

like a good program and it's frustrating that USF

isn't spreading the information about it better.”

When asked for further clarification, the office

of financial aid referred to the provost’s office, since

the provost is the “account owner.” Subsequently,

Provost Oparah’s office was unavailable to comment

at the time of this story’s publication.

Since the COVID-19 Response Fund’s creation,

the allocation of the donations has been expanded

beyond an individual student basis. Among

the issues addressed is the purchasing of equipment

needed to create hybrid-flexible classrooms “to support

in-person and virtual learning as the campus

has reopened,” said Dutton-Cookston.

Although the University maintains that students

“remain at the heart” of the fund, Dutton-Cookston

said, “At this time, the funds are

called unrestricted, which allows the greatest flexibility

to help Father Fitzgerald and University

leadership respond to this crisis, by allowing us

to quickly direct the funds where they are needed


Lucia Verzola, who provided comment for this

story, is editor in chief of the San Francisco Foghorn.


While masked, ASUSF Senate members and other students participated in its first in-person meeting in over a


In one of Provost Oparah’s first full-length conversations with the student body, she laid out her plans for better


Though primarily created for student use, some students said they have not been made aware of this financial opportunity. GRAPHIC BY SAMANTHA BERLANGA/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN



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Dons Tour Guide to The City

The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.


A snapshot of Thacher Gallery’s latest exhibit: “All That You Touch: art and ecology.”

Nicole Dixon’s mixed-media work lines a wall in Thacher Gallery.

Pieces included in “All That You Touch: art and

ecology” decorate the space within Thacher Gallery.




Contributing writer

Until just a few weeks ago, I had only

stepped foot in San Francisco a total of two

times. Living on campus for the first time

as a sophomore, I’m overwhelmed with all

there is to do in the city. Since then, I have

explored the city through trips during Second

Year Welcome Week and outings with

friends. Based on my experiences so far, here

are some places I recommend visiting for

other students new to the city.

Golden Gate Park. Though an obvious

one, Golden Gate Park is close to campus

with many free attractions. My favorite spot

is near the dahlias by the Conservatory of

Flowers. Fellow sophomore, accounting and

Japanese studies major Kayla Dailey, recommends

the SkyStar Observation Wheel.

Though it was foggy the day Dailey rode the

wheel, she was still impressed by the views.

General admission for the wheel is $18.

Haight Street. While the city is filled

with countless shops and restaurants,

Haight Street is another spot that is close

to campus. The historically significant street

runs through the heart of the Haight-Ashbury

District, a focal point of the counterculture

movement in the 1960s. Though

there are numerous tourist shops that capitalize

on “Summer of Love” nostalgia, there

are a variety of spots to browse including local

book shops, thrift stores, and plant nurseries.

Some stores are limiting capacity due

to COVID-19, but the few minutes outside

are worth the wait.

Japantown. Japantown is a neighborhood

where many generations of Japanese

immigrants settled and remains an important

part of the city’s history. It is also one

of only three remaining Japantowns in the

United States. The many restaurants and

stores invite visitors to immerse themselves

in Japanese culture. Enjoy delicious cuisine

such as authentic ramen and Mochi-flavored

desserts. Once you have eaten to your heart’s

content, stroll around the mall where you

can find an abundance of boutiques and


SFMOMA. The San Francisco Museum

of Modern Art displays many exhibits

and pieces all considered modern or contemporary

art. Those between the ages of

19-24 pay a ticket price of $19, but anyone

18 and under is free. You can also plan your

visit on a free admission day.

Land’s End. A lookout point overlooking

the Golden Gate Bridge, Land’s End is

located three miles west of campus and features

various hiking trails and scenic views.

Its location in the great outdoors aligns

with COVID-19 precautions. Go at sunrise

or sunset for a breathtaking start or end to

your day.

Bernal Heights Summit. This outing

is recommended by Corrina Smith, a San

Francisco native. Bernal Heights Park is a

lesser-known alternative for great panoramic

views of the city. “It’s one of the tallest

hills and has views of all of SF,” Smith said.

In general, there are a few things students

should remember when exploring

the city for the first time. Travel in groups

if you can. Not only is it safer, but it can

also make you feel less intimidated if you

get lost. Currently, San Francisco requires

proof of vaccination for restaurants and

some other indoor activities, so always

carry your card with you, whether

it be in the digital or

physical format. Take

advantage of being a

student and search for

places that offer a student

discount, especially


Finally, new students

shouldn’t be afraid to either

visit common tourist destinations

or try random places they

find on Yelp or Google. Those

unheard of and less popular spots

might just end up being your new

favorite find in the city.

A group of students explores the SFMOMA.


Haight Street includes plant nurseries and tie-dye shops.


The Japan Center Mall courtyard. PHOTO COURTESY


The SkyStar Observation

Wheel peaks out behind

trees in Golden Gate Park.



Barnali Ghosh’s photos on display in “All That You Touch: art and ecology.”


Contributing writer

Thacher Gallery’s latest exhibition, “All that you touch: art and ecology,”

features artists whose creative work is inspired by their link to the natural

world. As a whole, the exhibit focuses on artwork that symbolizes healing, personal

identity, and geopolitical awareness, seen through a natural lens. Most

of the artists brought these pieces to life during 2020, when the COVID-19

pandemic began.

Artist Nicole Dixon, an Oakland native and preschool teacher, expressed

how essential her connection with nature is in the creation of her art. “As a

Black woman and an artist, nature is both my teacher and my healer,” Dixon

said. She used natural imagery to depict her experience as a Black woman in

this world. Her piece, “The Axe Forgets, But The Tree Re-Members,” displays

two figures resting on a slab of redwood. One figure represents an ancestor,

and a gilded image symbolizes the tree of life above them. “I used a salvaged

redwood slab to highlight the redwood's process of growing new cells around

its wounds, as a strategy for Black people to continue thriving while bearing

scars and collective grief,” said Dixon.

A point of importance for Dixon is reframing the way Black people are

perceived in our society. “My work depicts Black identity, as I experience and

witness it, so I hope viewers can see Black people as we truly are: spiritual,

abundant, dynamic, powerful, brilliant, beautiful, rooted in culture, supported

by ancestors, and natural as can be,” Dixon said.

Similarly, many of the artists in the exhibit were influenced by their own

personal struggles. Barnali Ghosh, a landscape architect and activist, drew her

inspiration from flowers and her identity as a South Asian immigrant. In her

photographs, “Happy Poppy” and “Wild Iris,” Ghosh took photos of herself

wearing a traditional sari to symbolize the poppy and iris flowers.

She described how her identity as a South Asian immigrant not only led

to her activism but provoked another layer of meaning to her work. “It shocks




Linda Yamane’s pieces centered among other works in Thacher Gallery.

Katie Dorame’s framed collages.


you sometimes, when you’re standing at a bus stop and somebody walks by

and says ‘Go home’,”Ghosh said.

Experiences like the one Ghosh described illustrate her struggle with feelings

of alienation. “It’s not fun to live continuously with the feeling of being

othered, of being seen as a foreigner, of being stereotyped one way or the other

and never being heard for who you are as a person because what you look like

always comes first,” she said.

Ghosh’s artwork is an outlet and plays a significant role in her journey of

self-acceptance. She hopes that her art inspires similar feelings for audiences.

“I want people to walk away thinking that you can be joyful, even if you’ve

gone through pain, even if you’re continuously going through pain.”

Felicitas Fischer, a Bay Area dancer and USF alumna, wanted to create

greater awareness around environmental issues. This inspired her to create a

dance film, “Lungs of the Earth.” Fischer worked with Jaime Serra dos Santos

as the sound designer and Conni McKenzie as the film’s director in order to

bring the project to life. “Our piece is very much a call to action. We’re trying

to bring awareness to a very specific environmental problem happening in the

Amazon region of Brazil,” said Fischer.

Fischer emphasized the importance of being aware of issues that affect

communities across the globe. “It’s not just about the U.S. all the time,” said

Fischer. “There’s a very common tendency to stay within our nation’s own

problems but it’s important that we have a critical awareness that our problems

really affect the rest of the world.”

“Lungs of the Earth” samples a speech from one of the Kayapo tribe leaders

from the Amazon region, highlighting the value of uplifting Indigenous

voices. Fischer said that real human stories and experiences cannot be found

on Google when seeking awareness about these issues.

She added that to support Indigenous communities, society must uplift

and encourage them artistically “because that is the way we pass down our

stories. It’s the lifeline of our society, it’s how we function as people.”

“All that you touch: art and ecology” exhibition will run in Thacher Gallery

through Nov. 7.


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Zoe Binder

Staff Writer



Ijeoma Oluo, a writer and speaker on issues of race and identity in the

U.S., started her work late, publishing her first piece in her 30s. According to

Oluo, there was nothing more important to do.

“I started this work out of a place of desperation,” Oluo said during a

virtual talk hosted by the Cultural Center Sept. 7. The event was named after

her best-selling book, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” a popular read over

2020’s summer of social justice.

During the conversation, Oluo outlined the role of academia in the racist

history of America and what needs to change in order for academic institutions

to commit to the fight against racism. “Academic spaces are at the center

of the fight over white supremacy,” she said. “Books like mine have been

banned in certain cities and states around the country.”

According to Oluo, academia is most vital to the anti-racism movement

because of its power to shape society interpersonally and systemically. “Academia

has been a driving force behind much of our capitalism for the last

150-200 years, and it has been a willing participant in systems of violent white

male supremacy,” Oluo said. She went on to explain how capitalism and racism

are inextricably linked in university systems.

“We have seen opportunities for populations of color rise out of academia,

while at the same time we have seen the violent pushback to any change often

come from academia,” she said.

Oluo further argued that universities are often “willing to say the words

and not do the work,” in the anti-racist movement. Every decision made in

higher education, including which textbooks are purchased, which conversations

are forged, and which classes are chosen should be informed by the

anti-racist movement, Oluo said. “When you find where your privilege intersects

with someone's oppression, you have the greatest opportunity to make


As an introduction to finding individual power within the movement,

Oluo provided tips on being anti-racist. First, she said, “It is important to

understand that we don’t all have the same role in this battle.” She then added

that the university system disproportionately distributes power amongst students

of differing racial and ethnic backgrounds, and students will need to see

themselves within that context.

“Prioritize the safety and humanity of populations of color in doing this

work,” she said, “Prioritize the voices that have the most to lose in this battle.”

Equally as important to Oluo is the recognition of the work that is being

done in the movement. “Give credit where credit is due,” she said. At the same

time, Oluo says to stop crediting insufficient actions and “lip-service.” The

author contends that white people are often praised excessively for minimal

effort in the movement, and can “put up a Black Lives Matter sign and get


As the talk wound down, Oluo emphasized the importance of achieving

the right kind of success in the movement. “If you are successful in today’s

college campuses what you are successful in is white supremacy,” she said. “We

do not want a Black or brown version of white success.”

Besides achieving real change, Oluo said it is vital for activists to take care

of themselves and know that the successes are deserved. “If at the end of this

battle we are not nourished, did we win?”


senior politics major.


With the federal


mishandling of the

COVID-19 pandemic

and our ongoing

climate crisis,

I thought the current

political climate

could not worsen.

But the Sept.

1 passing of Texas’

restrictive anti-abortion

bill plummeted

many across the

nation, like myself,

into further disbelief

and devastation upon witnessing such an unconstitutional


As a direct attack upon the constitutional

protections of Roe v. Wade,

the Supreme Court’s approval

of the heartbeat bill, or Senate

Bill 8, will prohibit all abortions

after six weeks when

most people able to have children

often do not know they

are pregnant. In making no

exceptions for cases involving

rape or incest while also enabling

any private citizen to

sue all parties involved in the

administration of abortion,

the law stands as one of the

strictest pieces of anti-abortion

legislation to date. Just

like that, the conservative majority

of the Court, including

Justice Kavanaugh who has

been accused of sexual assault,

legalized sexual punishment

against the seven million

childbearing Texans.

How did we arrive at this


As a partial native of Austin who has observed

conservatives take control of the Texas

government, Supreme Court, and Congress,

along with the efforts of the Christian anti-abortion

movement, it was gut-wrenching yet unsurprising

that an act as unconstitutional as this

seeped through the judicial system. But for the

heartbeat bill to become law, it also required

corporations like AT&T, NBC, and Chevron,

which have long exploited women’s labor while

denying them access to paid maternity leave and


childcare, to donate to co-sponsors of the bill.

Students of oppression recognize how capitalism,

patriarchy, and white supremacy thread

the story of America to breed the merciless denial

of agency and structural demotion of people

into objects to be surveilled and controlled. The

sexual oppression of anti-abortion ideology has

perpetually intertwined these structures since

the height of white Angolo-Saxon Protestant

paranoia of demographic annihilation.

While I am worried the Court’s decision has

emboldened these oppressive forces, my fear lies

in its direct impact on my neighbors who have

long struggled for reproductive justice.

I am frightened for the Black women on

the east side of Austin who face high maternal

mortality rates; for brown undocumented women

in San Antonio who will not have the means

to travel out of state for care; for the non-binary

person in Dallas with a chronic illness who

cannot afford the cost of a life-threatening pregnancy;

for the young woman assaulted on the

University of Texas campus who will be forced

to bear the child of her assaulter.

What is most frightening is that these individuals

will still desperately seek abortions—

only now they lack access to their safest option.

They will be criminalized for exercising their

right to control their body, just as their fellow

feminists were from 1854 until Roe v. Wade was

decided when the Texas Senate effectuated obtaining

an abortion as a criminal offense punishable

by two to five years in prison.

Their suffering is now legitimized by a state

apparatus that adopts the guise of “pro-life” yet

chooses to let its foster care system crumble,

thousands of Texans die of COVID-19 due to

denialist policies, and millions of households

freeze amid a treacherous snowstorm. The Texas

state has tactically chosen to ignore medical

professionals, legal experts, and feminist advocates

to maintain social control upon millions

who exist in their purview as a lucrative item

for profit.

Indeed, “abortion is murder” is both a

talking point strategically employed by Republican

lawmakers and a firmly held belief among

conservatives. The millions of Texans who were

raised on such a notion are entitled to view

conception as the dawn of life, but they cannot

disrespect the sanctity of

life after birth by leveraging

their beliefs to chastise

millions who depend upon

abortions for survival.

Whether a fetus is a

person remains an ongoing

debate, but whether

a person who can bear

children is, is not. One’s

right to bodily autonomy

is as sacred as one’s right

to breathe air. Any and

all efforts to eradicate this

human right are abusive,

heartless, and immoral.

As the judicial dust

of the decision has settled

many of us feel powerless,

like we lack the capacity

to fight for reproductive

justice in a time filled with

endless conflict. But as this

moment marks a turning

point that may enable other conservative states

to follow suit, we must not sit idly by.

As USF students, the action begins on campus.

We must call out our administration’s financial

support of conservative candidates who

are a threat to reproductive freedom and join

clubs such as the USF chapter of the #ItsOnUs

organization to support student survivors of sexual


Our commitment to social justice demands us







SEPT. 16,





Women's volleyball drops two games in

Bay Area Invitational



Second-year USF students pose on Lone Mountain East after moving into their dorms. PHOTO COURTESY OF USF WIDEN


sophomore international

studies major.

The USF class of 2024 is not your typical

group of college students. After having spent our

entire freshman year spread across the world,

moving onto campus and finally feeling like

a real college student has been quite a strange


I had never stepped foot on the Hilltop

and spent over a year anticipating the move all

the way from my small hometown in Wisconsin.

Finally arriving in San Francisco was overwhelming,

to say the least. Everything felt weirdly

familiar, yet at the same time, I felt like a

complete stranger. I had no idea what to expect.

Attending USF’s Second Year Welcome

Week turned out to be the perfect cure for feeling

lost and clueless in my new environment.

USF hosted a number of activities for sophomore

students from Aug. 14 to Aug. 23, ranging from informational meetings,

trips around the city, and entertaining activity nights. Before coming to campus,

some of my main anxieties were about meeting people, getting comfortable, and

making USF feel like home; I was grateful that the University anticipated

students’ needs so well. I was able to get a headstart on meeting new friends,

learning my way around campus, and mastering the Muni before being thrown

into the hectic schedule of classes.

Despite feeling welcomed at the start of the semester, I’ve also partially felt

like a freshman, struggling with feeling like I’m a college student who doesn’t

quite know how to be a college student. Even the smallest things like stumbling

upon the many options in the cafeterias, learning how to use the dorm laundry

machines, wandering through the library to find a good study spot, and attending

in-person college classes for the first time are all completely new to me. Yet the

beauty of finally becoming a part of USF’s on-campus community is that every

other sophomore student seems to be facing the same feeling of disorientation.

After a year of isolation, everyone seems especially eager to reconnect and learn

about others' unique experiences.

Also unique to the class of 2024 is that a majority of us are living in the

new dorm, Lone Mountain East, myself included. The brand new suite-style

dorms provide its sophomore residents with their own kitchen and bathrooms

to be shared with their three suitemates. Living there has been a highly enjoyable

experience, and I feel lucky to have grabbed one of the limited spots available in

on-campus housing and in this building, especially with room occupancy being

topped off at doubles due to COVID-19. However, living up on Lone Mountain

often makes me feel a bit distanced from the rest of campus.

For one, having my own kitchen and lounge space doesn’t require me to

wander down to the heart of campus as often to use the dining hall or even just to

hang out. I also don’t have any of my classes on the lower campus, so when I do

go down there, I am often surprised by the amount of activity going on, feeling

as if I am not a part of it. I think that living steps away from the energy of main

campus is a crucial part of the freshman dorm experience that I missed out on.

The increased independence that a suite-style dorm grants is ideal for students

who aren’t first-years, but also turns it into a strange, sometimes isolating experience

for students who did not get the typical freshman dorm experience of having

to explore campus to grab breakfast and find quiet places to study.

To remedy this feeling of isolation on Lone Mountain, take on one of the

biggest challenges of being a college student: push yourself out of your comfort

zone. Remember the options lower campus offers and see what activities and

events you can find advertised across campus. If you don’t want to venture across

Turk Street, know that you’re probably not the only one feeling alone. Be brave

and talk to someone you see hanging out in a public space.

It’s incredible to finally be on campus and living out the college

experience after such a painfully long wait. This semester may still not be a “normal”

experience, as masks are required, some classes are still online, and there

are strict rules about visitors in the dorms, but while I work through my anxiety

about how much more of my college career will end up being affected by this

pandemic, I will absolutely not take any of it for granted.


Staff Writer

After playing their first four games of the

season on the road, the USF women’s volleyball

team returned to the recently renovated Sobrato

Center in War Memorial Gym to co-host the

Bay Area Invitational alongside the Saint Mary’s

College of California Gaels.

The Dons hoped to end their four-game

losing streak, but their homecoming celebration

was short-lived as they were swept Sept. 10 by

a score of 0-3 against the Utah State University

Aggies and lost Sept. 11 in four sets (1-3) against

the California State University, Bakersfield


USF jumped ahead to an early lead against

the Aggies, but their momentum was squashed by

a pair of 6-0 runs courtesy of their opponents. A

service error gave the Aggies the final point of the

first set and put them on the board (18-25). The

Dons led by as many as six points in the second

set, but the Aggies took the lead at 15-16 and

never looked back, ultimately winning a tightly

contested contest by a score of 22-25. USF trailed

throughout the third set and dropped the match

11-25, thus securing the Aggies’ sweep.

Freshman outside hitter Shyia Richardson led

the Dons with 9 kills while freshman setter Aylen

Ayub came in with 16 assists.

The following day did not bring about a

change in fortunes for the Dons.

The Roadrunners had a commanding 2-10

lead, but USF’s late offensive surge allowed them

to claw their way back into the game. A kill from

Freshman outside hitter Lana Kutakhina (#18) had one service ace against the Aggies. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS

the Roadrunners sealed the first set for them (19-

24). The second set was much more competitive

as both teams exchanged the lead on multiple occasions.

USF tied the game 24-24 and secured the

next two points to split the contest at one game


Despite attempts to keep their opponents

within striking distance, the Dons dropped the

third set by a score of 15-25. They trailed by as

many as 11 points on their way to a 16-25 loss.

Freshman right side Taylor Schein led the

Dons with 11 kills, and Ayub once again led her

team in assists with 17.

Looking ahead, USF will jet off on a road trip

to face the San Jose State University Spartans Sept.

17 before returning home to host the University of

California, San Diego Tritons Sept. 18.




SEPT. 16,





Artists BukueOne and Crayone collaborated on a mural in Lower Haight at Oak and Divisadero streets.



Staff Writer

The five artists in the campaign split four quadrants for the final mural in Oracle Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF


In the heart of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, the

word “resilient” is projected in an orange gradient throughout the stands

of the stadium. The word takes on multiple meanings, but in the Resilient

SF installation, it marked the start of an art campaign to acknowledge the

talent and resilience of the team, fans, and residents of the Bay Area.

Tion Torrence, known professionally as BukueOne, is a Bay Area native

graffiti artist and Resilient SF project ambassador in charge of gathering

local artists from the community to spread murals across the city

under the Giants organization. In addition to himself, Bukue chose four

artists to design five distinct works to be muralled in the Mission District,

Hunter’s Point, the South of Market (SoMA) neighborhood, and on Divisadero

Street. Each artist carries a connection to their neighborhood,

whether it be from their community work or their overall artistic style.

Bukue and first-generation San Francisco graffiti artist and firefighter

Rigel Juratovac, known professionally as Crayone, collaborated on a piece

in Lower Haight located at Oak and Divisadero streets that includes a

colorful San Francisco skyline, a Giants hitter, and orange letters that spell

out “resilient” central to the wall. Vanessa Solari Espinoza, professionally

known as Agana, and her portrait of local musician La Doña sit at 26th

and Mission streets, where Agana’s roots lie. The plain black letters reflect

the intensity of the singer’s image.

Lost, self-proclaimed as the biggest Giants fan of the artists, sprayed

the likeness of Bay Area native and Giants player Brandon Crawford half

a block from Oracle Park at 3rd and Townsend streets. San Francisco State

University graduate and present-day educator Kufue took to 3rd Street

and Thomas Avenue, an area he’s performed community work in, to spray

the Bay Bridge in an orange and pink sunset heart.

“You think it’s about painting this masterpiece but really it’s about

connecting with everybody, that’s the real fruitful part of this whole experience,”

Espinoza said in a statement on the Giants official website.

The murals captured the attention of San Francisco residents, and the

Giants organization decided to bring the campaign directly into Oracle

Park. Their goal was to harness the energy already generated by the project

into the stadium. This resulted in one mural split between the five artists,

as well as sustained momentum to continue recognizing the projects

through live performances showcasing the artist's other creative talents.

The latest event took place Sept. 10 as a pop-up with live music and entertainment

to celebrate Bukue and Crayone’s mural on Divisadero Street.

“When I was painting this wall, it was nice to have fellow natives

roll by and just have a conversation with [them],” Lost said on the Giants

website. “A lot of people don’t remember the doughnut shop up the corner

over here or how there used to be a lot of tents and homeless people down

the way where there’s now a lot of apartment buildings.”

The Giants rolled out their campaign this season to “pay homage to

the resilience of San Francisco through the pandemic but also just through

the times of change and evolution of San Francisco and the greater Bay

Area,” Torrence said.

“You look at the [Giants] team right now versus the Dodgers or the

Yankees — teams that are star studded — Giants don’t build that way,”

Torrence said. “You listen to sports radio, you hear Dodgers are in first

place, Dodgers are winning this and you’re like no one gives the Giants

love and that’s the perfect setup for a team to really rally around each other

because there is no outer fanfare.”

In the height of the Giants’ success after winning two of three games

against top team and rival Los Angeles Dodgers in early September and

finding a top seat in the Major League Baseball (MLB) standings, resilience

stands as a resemblance of change for a transformed team, as well as

a symbol of the hard front-line workers and communities off the field and

in the city of San Francisco.

“Sports is art, sports is a microcosm of life. The level of resilience,

determination, overcoming failure, teamwork, humility, reinventing yourself,

adjusting, adapting. [The] Giants are woven into the fabric of the Bay

so there’s so many lessons, rides, triumphs and failures that you can really

take from just being a part of the ride of living vicariously through these

athletes, their failures, their struggles, their injuries and all that,” Torrence


The murals can be found on the Giants website through an interactive

map that pinpoints each approximate location on Google Maps. Although

each artist completed their piece within the campaign, the mission and legacy

of Resilient SF will reach beyond each project as the title travels with

the Giants team in their progress through the remainder of the season.

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