Provost Oparah speaks
at first ASUSF Senate
Town Hall meeting.
THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
THURSDAY, SEPT. 16 2021 • VOL. 119, ISSUE 02
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LET THE BARGAINING BEGIN
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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USF Part-Time Faculty Association entered negotiations with the administration this past summer and have spent the semester gathering student support.
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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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STAFF EDITORIAL: STUDENTS'
INCOMPLETE DONS HEALTH
CHECKS GO UNCHECKED
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
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.
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LET THE BARGAINING BEGIN • Front Page
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,”
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 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
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
PROVOST OPARAH SPEAKS AT FIRST
ASUSF SENATE TOWN HALL
UNIVERSITY’S INCREASED COVID-19 RESPONSE
FUND LEAVES MUCH TO BE DESIRED
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
large. PHOTO COURTESY OF COURTNEY HOANG/ASUSF SENATE
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
year and a half. PHOTO COURTESY OF COURTNEY HOANG/ASUSF SENATE
In one of Provost Oparah’s first full-length conversations with the student body, she laid out her plans for better
campus engagement. PHOTO COURTESY OF COURTNEY HOANG/ASUSF SENATE
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
Dons Tour Guide to The City
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HANNAH NELSON.
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.
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
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
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LILY AZEVEDO.
Haight Street includes plant nurseries and tie-dye shops.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HANNAH NELSON.
The Japan Center Mall courtyard. PHOTO COURTESY
OF BEAU TATTERSALL/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN
The SkyStar Observation
Wheel peaks out behind
trees in Golden Gate Park.
PHOTO COURTESY OF
Barnali Ghosh’s photos on display in “All That You Touch: art and ecology.”
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
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
WONDERS IN THE
Linda Yamane’s pieces centered among other works in Thacher Gallery.
Katie Dorame’s framed collages.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF BEAU TATTERSALL/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN
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.
IJEOMA OLUO ENCOURAGES STUDENTS
TO FIND THEIR POWER
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?”
NATALYA BOMANI is a
senior politics major.
TEXAS ABORTION LAW CALLS FOR
With the federal
mishandling of the
and our ongoing
I thought the current
could not worsen.
But the Sept.
1 passing of Texas’
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
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
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
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GRAPHIC COURTESY OF SAMANTHA CADENAS-ARZATE/GRAPHICS CENTER
IT'S MY SECOND YEAR, BUT ONLY
MY FIRST TIME HERE
WELCOME HOME, DONS
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
HANNAH YODER is a
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.
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.
GIANTS UNITE SPORTS AND STREET ART
WITH MURAL CAMPAIGN
Artists BukueOne and Crayone collaborated on a mural in Lower Haight at Oak and Divisadero streets.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MAGGIE ALDRICH
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.