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Key positions see new administrative

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Women’s soccer takes

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(From left to right): USF’s three new administrators, April Crabtree, Pamela Balls Organista, and Dr. Patricia Pearce, are excited to implement new strategies to tackle the

University’s challenges and recovery efforts post-pandemic. PHOTO COURTESY OF USF OFFICE OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23 2021VOL. 119, ISSUE 03

This past summer, USF parted ways

with former administrators and made new

appointments in three key areas: Strategic

Enrollment Management (SEM), the Office

of Diversity Engagement, and Community

Outreach (DECO), and the School of

Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP).

April Crabtree, who was previously

hired in 2015 as the Director of Undergraduate

Admission and Recruitment, took

on the role of interim vice provost for Strategic

Enrollment Management, succeeding

Michael Beseda, who returned to his alma

mater, Saint Mary’s College of California.

Crabtree leads essential divisions for

USF’s enrollment process and financial resources.

“My role is to oversee and help facilitate

decisions to make sure we are meeting

service expectations for students,” she

said.

Under Beseda’s tenure, USF consistently

received high rankings in student

diversity and record admissions for this fall

semester, but the University also faced enrollment

challenges given the COVID-19

pandemic. Crabtree’s plan for this academic

year is to continue where Beseda left off.

“Particularly in the last three years, the

circumstances that we’re trying to work in

have changed,” she said.

One of Crabtree’s key responsibilities

will be to maintain and increase enrollment

of certain student demographics. “We are

super proud that all the work we’ve done

over these years has moved USF to sharing

the title of most diverse institution in the

country,” she said. “It was important for

me in this role that first-generation college

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students are still a priority, and Pell Grant

students, since those are personal to me.”

Crabtree is also concentrating on increasing

international and transfer student

demographics. “A major interest is regrowing

our international student population,

but that has been made very difficult during

the pandemic,” she said. “Transfer students

are also super important to USF, but we

also know that enrollment is down at community

colleges which has a direct effect on

us.” The pandemic has posed challenges for

the University’s enrollment, but Crabtree

ensured that projects are underway to accelerate

the process.

As an interim vice provost, Crabtree

will hold her position for one year. However,

she said, “This role would be something

that I would probably apply for permanently.”


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RECALL ELECTION AMOUNTS

TO NOTHING

GRAPHIC BY CLARA SNOYER/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

Though it was a foregone conclusion that

he would keep his seat in office, the recent gubernatorial

recall election of Gov. Gavin Newson

was pointless for multiple reasons. The

state wasted taxpayer dollars on an attempted

power grab, but unlike the last recall election

in 2003, which successfully ousted incumbent

Gov. Gray Davis, Republicans were unable

to turn California red. Additionally, the recall

election encapsulated the current state of

American politics as our penchant for culture

wars allowed political figures like Larry Elder

to step onto the scene and sow Trump-like

seeds of political discontent.

While he no longer holds office, the

ways in which Donald Trump overhauled the

Republican party are still being felt in state

politics. Since Trump lost his presidency, the

GOP has played into the idea of rigged elections,

a sentiment that undermines the democratic

process which is supposed to set this

country apart from every other nation in the

world. In other words, elections only count

when the GOP gets its way. Even before the

2020 presidential election votes were certified,

Trump planted mistrust among his supporters

by spewing unfounded claims of a rigged election.

Candidates such as Republican frontrunner

Elder tried emulating these tactics. Long

before the recall, Elder came prepared with

a team of lawyers and a voter fraud website

that would supposedly prove that Democrats

were continuing to steal elections. Regardless

of their political affiliation, party members

cannot cry foul when their candidate does not

win.

The recall election takes on another level

of absurdity when accounting for the approximate

$300 million California spent on the

recall election, an amount reported by the Los

Angeles Times. This money could have been

distributed back to communities that suffer

from lack of housing, little access to healthcare,

and jobs that do not pay enough, especially

as the COVID-19 pandemic continues

ravaging the lower class.

Some Californians tried to justify recalling

Newsom by pointing to his own inactions

toward the pandemic — he had been reckless

in his personal decision of evading his own

state public orders and spent a lavish night

with wealthy donors as opposed to implementing

real action that would exacerbate the

spread of the virus in California. However, Republicans

cannot claim that our current leader

is not doing anything to contain the virus

when their platform routinely downplays the

effects of the pandemic.

To make sure an election like this never

happens again, Californians have to show

up for themselves and, more importantly, for

each other. The thought of California turning

red seems far-fetched, but the state was not always

a democratic safe haven. To keep California

blue, we must vote with the urgency that

all of this could be taken away at any moment.

It is not enough to count on others to do work

for us, especially when they often come from

already disenfranchised communities.

Secondly, the state itself needs to examine

its political practices. While California was

one of the earliest states to modernize government

by establishing the recall election, we

now see it is far too easy to go through the

process and instigate a recall. 19 states allow

recall elections and specific grounds for recall

are required in eight of these states. California

needs to adopt a more concrete plan for what

is grounds for recall as failure to do so will lead

to an abuse of the system. This is why California

voters must not become complacent but

stay in tune with the ways in which they can

change or sustain the systems that govern us.

MIGUEL ARCAYENA

Staff Writer

WHERE TO PLUG? THE SEARCH FOR

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

According to the Department of Public Safety, there are currently a total

of 814 parking spaces available for the USF community to use on campus,

including the recently added 83 stalls under the new Lone Mountain East

dorms. Unfortunately, electric vehicle (EV) owners will only find three accessible

spaces with charging stations, and these are limited to only a select number

of faculty members.

“Why don’t we have more chargers? There’s clearly demand for them,”

said politics Professor Stephen Zunes. He drives a Chevrolet Volt Plug-In Hybrid

and often commutes from Santa Cruz. When he is unable to charge his

vehicle, Zunes must use gas to drive back home. Though a personal inconvenience,

Zunes says the lack of options to charge his vehicle outlines a bigger

issue of limited EV accommodations offered by the University.

David Philpott, assistant vice president for labor and employee relations,

handles the unofficial EV charging station program for USF. He wrote in an

email that there is actually “no formal policy” in regards to EV charging stations.

“The University established an Electric Vehicle charging station pilot program

in 2017. The first 25 faculty members and staff who signed up were

granted an opportunity to participate. A waitlist was established for other faculty

and staff members who expressed interest in the program,” wrote Philpott.

Since its introduction four years ago, the program has not expanded.

Zunes remains confused as to why station access is still limited to the

same 25 faculty members who signed up in 2017. “The bigger issue for me is

I never see all three spaces full,” said Zunes. “Why not expand it? Why not

have other people use it as well, given that they’re available most of the time?”

Philpott said USF does want to increase accessibility, but the issue has

been tied to recent University financial struggles. According to some estimates,

the current EVlink Charging Station that is used by the University costs from

$2,000-7,000. However, Philpott said “The University has always planned on

expanding the program. The University has applied for several grants to help

fund the expansion, and the budget cuts have prevented internal funding of

the project.”

Though only a few students commute with electric vehicles, some have

still expressed concern over the lack of charging stations on campus. When

transfer student Trevor Gross inquired about using the stations this summer,

he said it was made clear to him that students couldn’t have access and that the

University was working on expanding the program.

Similar to Zunes, Gross observed that the spaces were not often used. “If

there aren’t any faculty using them, I don’t see why they should be sitting there

collecting dust when students can take advantage of it,” said Gross.

Senior nursing student Danielle Hong, who drives a Tesla, agreed that

an expansion on charging stations would provide some relief for students.

Although she understands that it is limited to faculty use, Hong says what

interests her is the University’s discreet way of acknowledging its EV charging

stations. “I feel that there isn’t enough being done to even publicize the availability

of charging stations on campus.”

The issue of charging stations has also become a faculty bargaining issue,

given that its policy is led by a member of the University’s labor negotiating

team. Public Safety, which normally oversees campus parking operations, does

not handle this issue, nor does the Office of Sustainability, which leads the

University’s green and eco-friendly initiatives.

When asked why this issue is under the University’s general counsel’s responsibility,

Philpott clarified that “Labor Relations, which is under the Office

of the General Counsel, was part of the initial rollout and was asked to help

facilitate the communication regarding the program.”

According to Philpott, “In 2016, the topic of EV charging stations was

raised during bargaining with the USFFA.” Subsequently, the pilot program

was then introduced to faculty members in April 2017.

Since then, it has evolved into an issue of expansion. Karen Sawislak, general

counsel for the USF Full-Time Faculty Association (USFFA) said, “We are

hopeful that resources will be identified very soon to create new facilities and

that the University will look at creative solutions and partnerships to carry out

this important project. Most immediately, we are talking with the University

about opening up the existing program to more of our members.”

According to the USF’s Climate Action Plan, the University has a “moral

imperative to act now on climate change” and is currently working towards

a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. Though “driving less” and “reducing

carbon emissions” are some of the key strategies to complete the goal,

Philpott said that the University “has made numerous strides and continues to

implement various initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint.”

With only two charging stations that serve three vehicles, Zunes said,

“With our supposed commitment to reducing carbon emissions, we’re making

it difficult for something that would be so straightforward.”

Given that only a handful of faculty members and students drive electric vehicles, many of them are wondering how often these chargers at the lower level of the Koret Health and Recreation Center

parking lot are used. PHOTO BY MIGUEL ARCAYENA/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

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THURSDAY

SEPT. 23,

2021

NEW FACES IN FAMILIAR PLACES • Front Page

Newly named senior vice provost for Equity,

Inclusion, and Faculty Excellence, Pamela Balls

Organista, will now oversee the Office of Diversity,

Engagement, and Community Outreach. “I started

here many years ago in the psychology department

and I taught in the ethnic diversities program,” said

Balls Organista. “Having been a faculty member, I

am particularly interested in supporting faculty so

that they are able to provide good service.”

Balls Organista said her responsibility is “overseeing

and coordinating the intersections between

diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as holistic

faculty development.”

She said this “is a newly envisioned position...

there have been people who held different parts of

what I am holding now, but what I bring to the

role is my passion and values. The mission of this

university brought me here.”

Prior to teaching at USF, Balls Organista

worked in internal medicine at the University of

California, San Francisco and said she “spent a lot

of time studying race, ethnicity, and culture, as well

as looking at health issues in underserved populations.”

She wants to incorporate her background

into the work of her new role, working closely with

the McCarthy Center.

In addition to her diversity, equity, and inclusion

(DEI) work, USF’s Institute for Nonviolence

and Social Justice will now be under Balls Organista’s

office. She also will handle academic planning

at Star Route Farms, a property and brand purchased

by USF in 2017 for $10.4 million. “What's

so special about USF is that so much happens on

campus, but so much learning can happen outside

of the classroom,” she said. “Star Route Farms has

a lot of potential for student and staff learning.”

Academic planning in the SONHP will also

see new leadership as Dr. Patricia Pearce was appointed

interim dean of the program. Pearce, who

was a nurse for 40 years, was previously the director

of the School of Nursing at Loyola University New

Orleans and the interim dean of Loyola’s College of

Nursing and Health.

Pearce described her new role as “overseeing

faculty and collaborating with students and administration

on a regular basis.” Pearce is replacing

Margaret Baker, who held the position since 2016

and is now retiring. “We are both very much servant

leaders, so she and I have very similar ways of

thinking about a deanship,” she said.

In her first year of the position, Pearce hopes

to “keep things stable while gearing up to help recruitment

of students and staff.” She also anticipates

challenges that may arise from the pandemic.

“The challenges are always in resources; could be

time, money, human resources, space resources,”

she said. “As we put on new initiatives we have to

tap into new resources and stay close with our collaborators.”

While part of her role will be to help

find a permanent replacement, Pearce says she

would consider staying longer if the search is unsuccessful.

More than anything, Pearce is excited about

returning to campus. “I have really missed this energy,”

she said. “I went to a meeting last week with

nursing students who are getting their white coats,

and I thought, ‘Wow, this energy could just change

the earth.’”

Even as USF has adapted to a modified return,

the University still faces various challenges. Looking

ahead, Balls Organista offered a guideline for

the administration. “Our success will be how well

we are able to share knowledge with each other,”

she said. “To really affect change it has to be a collective

effort. That’s how we move through crises.”

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEEKLY SENATE MEETING

NEWS

Besides receiving an update from Dan Lawson of Public Safety, Senate is preparing for representative elections this week, including tabling at UC 1st floor.

PHOTO BY MIGUEL ARCAYENA/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

NEWS

As interim administrators, Crabtree and Pearce will be partaking in finding a permanent replacement, however, both are open to staying indefinitely.

PHOTO BY MIGUEL ARCAYENA/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

ANNIKA DAHLBERG

Staff Writer

During last week’s ASUSF Senate weekly meeting, Senate met with Senior

Director of Public Safety Dan Lawson, as well as new candidates for vacant and atlarge

senate positions prior to elections.

Lawson, discussed a few new safety devices to be implemented on campus. He

revealed that Public Safety has been working with the city to install a beacon light.

The new light will serve as a flashing warning to caution vehicles when students are

crossing the street.

Senate agreed that the beacon’s prospective location should be on Turk Street

and Roselyn Terrace, across from the new Lone Mountain dorms. This particular

street has heavy foot traffic, with students going between classes and walking to and

from the dorms. Lawson also mentioned details from a prior conversation about

purchasing and staffing new shuttles. Due to current issues with staffing and budgets,

the Department of Public Safety only has three shuttles in use.

Additionally, Lawson laid out possible future plans for his department’s presence

on campus in reference to the student-led movement to disarm Public Safety

Officers and reduce patrolling of dorm buildings. This issue was addressed by a

Senate resolution in September 2020.

“My vision has been and currently is to listen to the students,” said Lawson.

“We are looking at options currently of having one armed officer on campus but not

visible unless there was an emergency and then having two unarmed officers that

will rotate over 3-4 days.”

Afterwards, ASUSF Vice President of Finance Berklee Jimenez led a discussion

and vote over funding for the Model UN’s trip to Washington D.C. for the NCSC

XLIX Georgetown Model United Nations Conference. The funding would include

travel and boarding costs for 12 Model UN students and will require proof of vaccination.

Senate moved to approve the budget totaling $6,009.

With student representative elections taking place, a few applicants introduced

themselves to Senate. Running for the freshmen class representative position, both

Anagh Shetty, a finance-business analytics double major, and Julia Noel, a entrepreneurship

major, were present at the meeting. Other candidates for the position

include Akhnoor Sidhu and Rahul Pratap.

At-large applicant Jasleen Dhillon introduced herself and her plans as a prospective

Sikh Student Representative for Senate. Dhillon, a biology major, is the

co-founder of the Sikh Student Association on campus. As a Sikh Student Representative,

Dhillon expressed her goals of educating people on everything happening

in the Sikh community. Her initiatives included addressing the prevalence of hate

crime within Sikh and Punjabi communities. She also wants to pass a resolution for

religious accommodation for Sikh students during holidays and standing in solidarity

with Indian farmers during the farmers strike. Senate will vote for approval of

Dhillon’s position at next week's meeting.

Senate concluded their meeting and brainstormed possible topics of discussion

for the first ASUSF Town Hall taking place Oct. 27.

ASUSF Senate holds meetings every Wednesday from 5–7 p.m. via Zoom.


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THURSDAY

SEPT. 23,

2021

NEWS

AFGHANS IN USF COMMUNITY ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE

MEGAN ROBERTSON

Staff Writer

When the Taliban took back control of Afghanistan Aug. 15, Afghans

around the world felt the shock of the news. This impact stretched over 7,000

miles and was felt right here on the Hilltop.

While born and raised in California, freshman Adah Hakimi’s family still

lives in Afghanistan. “We’re on the phone with them every single night,” Hakimi

said. “And every night they keep saying the same thing, ‘Please get us out of

here.’”

The Taliban’s swift takeover of the country shocked and frightened Hakimi’s

family. “When you see that flag being taken down and replaced, you just feel

numb,” Hakimi said. “For not just my family but for Afghans everywhere, it was

a day of hopelessness.”

The political turmoil quickly initiated an international humanitarian crisis.

One of the largest predicaments for the United States government was to evacuate

nearly 300,000 Afghans who were associated with the American mission. The

U.S. airlifted about 130,000 Afghans to eight processing centers in the U.S., one

of the largest mass evacuations in history. Beginning Oct. 1, the Biden Administration

will raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000, with 35,000 coming

from near East and South Asia. However these undertakings are only the beginning

of a larger crisis as so few of the 300,000 are able to achieve refugee status.

For those who escaped, “you don’t know where you’re going,” said Hakimi.

“You could be going to Pakistan, Iran - you could be going anywhere.” Once

placed in a country, refugees have no notion of whether they will even be accepted

or how long they will be detained.

USF linguistics professor Dr. Sedique Popal also felt connected to this crisis.

During the Soviet-Afghan War, Popal said he was one of 5 million Afghan refugees

who fled the country. “I didn’t come here looking for a job,” he said. “I was a

professor in Afghanistan; I was very happy. I left the country because of [them].”

Like Hakimi, Dr. Popal has family members in Afghanistan still struggling

to leave. His nieces, now 21, “tried to make it to the Kabul Airport six times,” said

Popal, “and they were beaten by the Taliban six times.”

Under the Taliban’s rule, the lives of women have been threatened. Hakimi’s

college-aged female cousins can no longer attend school. Suddenly, “everything

has just stopped. They cannot go back,” she said.

Unmarried women between the ages of 12 and 40 are being forced into

arranged marriages with Taliban fighters, Popal said. For Popal’s sister-in-law and

nieces, this is a great concern. “They are so scared,” he said. “There’s no tomorrow

for Afghanistan if the Taliban are in power.”

Both Popal and Hakimi have been active in their local communities in response

to the situation. Popal, president of the Noor Islamic Cultural and Community

Center in Concord, Calif., started a relief effort for thousands of Afghan

refugees. His organization creates care packages, including clothing, toiletry, and

houseware items, to distribute to Afghans resettling in the Bay Area. Since July

30, over 200 Afghan refugees have relocated to the Bay Area and hundreds more

are expected to arrive in the coming months.

Over the past month, Popal’s team has received immense support. “People

were so generous,” he said. “We don’t have room for any more [physical]

donations.” However, he said, monetary donations are welcome via the center’s

website.

Hakimi also began taking donations that are rerouted to her aunt’s fiance,

and his efforts to aid displaced Afghan families, providing them with food, tents,

clothing, and other items.

In addition to financial support, Hakimi participated in various political

rallies, such as protests organized by the United Afghan Association. “Lately, I’m

trying to go to every single protest that I can and get as many people to go,”

Hakimi said. She encourages the USF community to march with her and “raise

awareness for the people that are struggling and dying” in Afghanistan.

Popal agreed that civic engagement is an essential tool to help Afghan refugees.

“The biggest help that students could give is to voice concern to politicians

to find a way to get these people out.”

Both Dr. Popal and Hakimi would like to see more student engagement and

discourse on campus regarding the crisis in Afghanistan. USF’s Middle East and

North Africa club recently held a fundraiser outside the John Lo Schiavo, S.J.

Center for Science and Innovation.

Popal and Hakimi strongly encourage the USF community to educate themselves

on the situation, to donate to relief efforts if possible, and to advocate on

behalf of the Afghan people. “We need more than just the Afghan community to

be talking about this,” Hakimi said.

If you would like to contact your U.S. representatives about the situation in

Afghanistan, text the word “CRISIS” to 52886. Message and data rates may apply.

A protest organized by the United Afghan Association. PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAH HAKIMI

Dr. Popal and the Noor Islamic Cultural Center have been making care packages to welcome

resettled Afghan refugees in the Bay Area. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEDIQUE POPAL

CALLIE FAUSEY

Staff Writer

MCCARTHY CENTER MURAL ILLUSTRATES

PATHWAYS TO A BETTER FUTURE

The Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

(LTMC) unveiled a new mural this week that encapsulates the center’s mission

and values by bringing together historical imagery and symbolism alluding to

a brighter future. Although USF and its students are not unfamiliar with some

of the murals decorating the city, the piece will be the first large-scale mural

project seen at USF in several years.

The design committee, which was made up of LTMC students, community

partners, staff and faculty, prompted the question: “Imagine waking up

tomorrow to a re-imagined, just world. What does it look like?”

For senior Priana Aquino, a public service and community engagement

minor through one of the center’s programs, being on the committee was exciting.

“Not only do I enjoy talking about art, I was able to be around a group of

people from USF for the first time in a year and a half,” Aquino said. “The idea

of community, specifically bridging community, was important to me. As we

come into a new kind of pandemic life, I wanted to reflect in our mural how

our concepts of community will remain the same no matter how isolated we

are from each other.”

LTMC partnered with Precita Eyes Muralists, a local mural arts organization

and artist collective, to assist in bringing their ideas to life. After brainstorming

various themes and multiple individual design drafts, the process revealed

a combined “vision of different pathways all leading to a path toward

equity that we are all traveling,” according to the center’s website.

Derick Brown, the senior director of the McCarthy Center, said the mural

captures the LTMC’s primary goal of preparing students for a successful life in

public service and the center’s emphasis on connecting USF to the broader San

Francisco community.

“We’re the heartbeat of USF,” said Brown. “When I look at the mural, it

really showcases the center, and what we stand for, what we believe in, some of

the work that we have been doing but then also what we hope for the future.”

The mural’s narrative according to the LTMC’s Director of External Relations,

Leslie Lombre, begins with “Native Ohlone patterns that point up to

Muralist Francisco Franco repaints the sky around the sun to highlight its rays. PHOTO BY CALLIE FAUSEY / SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

the night sky and the Golden Gate Bridge with an ominous glow of the moon

upon the fog, this representing the unknown or the lack of clarity that we all

have when beginning a journey.”

The viewer’s eye follows this journey from the foggy night sky to the Civic

Center lit up in a rainbow. Pouring out of the building is a peace parade made

up of a “rainbow of people” from all walks of life advocating for revolutionary

love.

The parade was one of muralist Francisco Franco’s favorite components of

the overall design. Franco described his work with Precita Eyes and LTMC as a

collaborative effort. His job was to take inspiration from the committee's ideas,

stitch them into a cohesive story, and make it visual.

“Creating a composition with all their ideas was the hard part,” said Franco

while taking a break from repainting the mural’s sun on Sept. 14. Despite

the challenges that arose, Franco ended up with a final design that he called

“Bay-Area-esque.” Franco said that the Bay Area tradition of making a difference

through grassroots efforts and community education, as depicted in the

mural, relates to how he got to where he is now as a self-taught artist.

The mural’s parade passes by a “tree of wisdom” filled with books and

reaching out in all directions. The tree also features a Black Panther to represent

“the Bay Area’s history of Social Justice movements and its fierce and powerful

influence for change.”

“There's gonna be a lot of roots coming down from the tree, to represent

native roots, and also people who come here and set roots down to make the

Bay a more beautiful and just community,” said Franco.

One of the last additions to the piece were jazz players who represent

the Fillmore’s musical history and invite the crowd to “go off the beaten path,

which is necessary to create change and in discovering new frontiers.” Many

pathways are featured in the mural, all leading into the light of a shining sun.

The sunrays represent enlightenment and success.

“Sometimes you have to go out there to stand for what you believe in, and

that's depicted in the mural, but it's also what we're teaching the students day

in and day out,” said Brown.

Aquino also said that the mural represents everything the McCarthy Center

stands for. “Everything we work for is done for those who came before us

and those who will come after us, fortifying a legacy of love that will pave the

pathway to equality and prosperity.”

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08 09

THURSDAY

SEPT. 23,

2021

THE MET GALA IS A MICROCOSM OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMES SALAZAR

Staff Writer

HOW I FOUND MY IDENTITY THROUGH

CHICANX LITERATURE

SCENE

For the pop culture savvy, the Met Gala is one

of the most publicized parties in America. Thousands

eagerly cycle through their Twitter timelines

and Instagram feeds as celebrities’ extravagant red

carpet looks make their rounds through social media.

However, this year’s gala was memorable for

all the wrong reasons: it highlighted the growing

dissonance between America’s elite and the rest of

the general population.

The event itself, which is a fundraiser for the

Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute,

has been referred to as “the party of the year” and

“the Oscars of the East Coast.” Designers, models,

and other Hollywood elite grace the red carpet

with over-the-top looks to celebrate the opening

of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

According to the Met’s website, this year’s exhibit,

“In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” is a “two-part

exploration of fashion in the United States in the

Anna Wintour Costume Center. It establishes a

modern vocabulary of American fashion based on

its expressive qualities.”

The gala is normally held on the first Monday

of May, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

forced the cancellation of last year’s event. This

year, organizers enforced COVID-19 protocols

such as a smaller guest list and requiring all attendees

to provide proof of full vaccination and remain

masked indoors unless eating or drinking.

Most pictures from the event showed celebrities

sans masks, but gala organizers justified this

by saying that the attendees were posing outside

on the steps of the famed Met Museum. Historically,

photography from inside the event had been

banned, as had social media for a brief period of

time. However, Anna Wintour, the head of the

event, changed the ban to only limiting selfies.

Essentially, once the celebrities make their way inside,

the party is over for the general public.

Many red carpet looks were the highlight

of the gala. Gemma Chan partnered with Nepalese-American

designer Prabal Gurung to put

together a strapless, black and silver sequin minidress

with a ruffled lime train, a nod to Anna May

Wong. In an Instagram caption, Chan wrote that

“this year we wanted to give a nod to and pay

tribute” to a person considered “the first Chinese-American

film star of Hollywood’s golden

era.”

Lupita Nyong’o dazzled in a Versace navy

and denim dress. Her makeup artist, Nick Barose,

spoke to Vogue and said, “I was so inspired by the

supermodels of the ’90s and Versace, so it’s something

that’s second nature to me. But we didn’t

want to do anything too on the nose. It's a different

spin.”

CL, a South Korean singer, songwriter, and

rapper, also appeared in a denim gown designed by

Alexander Wang. The gown was tied with a traditional

Korean Hanbok knot in the front, and CL’s

hair was inspired by a traditional Korean headpiece

worn by queens.

Other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim

Petras embraced the Wild West and its pinnacles

of American fashion. Lopez rocked a Ralph Lauren

gown with a wide-brimmed hat, faux fur cape,

and leather belt. Petras used her Met Gala debut

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met”), located in New York City, traditionally hosts the Met Gala. PHOTO COURTESY OF

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

to make a case for horse girls. She walked the red

carpet in a Collina Strada dress which featured a

3D horse head bustier.

Model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse

turned heads with a tribute to her Indigineous

American culture. She wore a Navajo turquoise

necklace and silver jewelry while also showcasing

her traditional tattoos. In an interview with Vogue,

the 19-year-old model said, “Reclaiming our culture

is key—we need to show the world that we are

still here, and that the land that everyone occupies

is stolen Native land.”

While the event’s looks should be acknowledged

and celebrated, the elitism of the gala cannot

not be ignored. Steps away from the event, a racial

and social justice protest took place and resulted

in some protesters being arrested by the New York

Police Department (NYPD).

A flyer from the protest referred to the group,

called #FireThemAll on Twitter, as an “autonomous

group of NYC abolitionists who believe that

policing does not protect and serve communities.”

The protesters’ objective was to interrogate why the

NYPD is being allotted $11 billion in resources

rather than distributed to Black and brown communities.

In a video on Twitter, a protester says, “Black

and brown people are on the brink of houselessness.

We cannot go back to normal. Where was

your rage last year?” The protester, later identified

as Ella, was one of the at least nine people who

were arrested. Ella continued by saying, “We demand

free housing, we demand all political prisoners

to be freed, we demand justice for our people.”

Attendees such as “Pose” actress Indya Moore

expressed regret over attending the event. On Instagram

Moore wrote, “Being at the Met this year

was cognitive dissonance. I entered and left feeling

confused. But before that I felt clear. Grounded.

People were protesting and arrested in the name

of what so many of us who attended, care deeply

about.”

Additionally, hosts like Naomi Osaka and

Amanda Gorman, two advocates for social equality,

were selected by Vogue to anchor the event for

their fashion contributions rather than their professional

work. Vogue touted both hosts as women

who made “their mark in fashion” through the embrace

of their individual styles.

This year’s Met Gala perfectly encapsulated

the United States, where the elite were rubbing elbows

and partaking in glitz and glamor, while the

country’s middle class was being punished steps

away in asking for a better and more equitable life.

MELITZA ORTEGA is a

sophomore English major

and Chicanx studies minor

Growing up Latina-American in the United

States was always challenging for me because

I did not know how to find my place in my

community. I often felt the pressure to choose to

identify as Mexican or American, even though

I had never felt that I strongly represented either

group. The root of this hardship often came

from where I was located at a specific moment.

If I went twenty minutes south of my home, I

was stared at and scolded for speaking English.

If I went only twenty minutes north, deeper

into Arizona, the same would happen if I spoke

Spanish. Sometimes I would be gawked at for

being too pale, and other times, depending on

where I was, people would glare at me for being

too dark. As a child, having to change my language and the way I carried myself

was confusing and frustrating.

While I was born and raised in Nogales, a small town in southern Arizona

bordering Mexico, where the majority of my community was Latinx, I had to

travel almost 1000 miles to USF to finally learn more about the culture I had

grown up with my whole life to find and embrace this part of my identity. The

public education system in Arizona did not find room in their whitewashed

curriculum to dedicate any time to Hispanic and Latinx history. Although my

family did the best they could to teach me what they knew about my culture,

learning how to simply survive in the United States was my family’s top priority.

For a long time, I had been unaware of the historical prevalence of the

Chicanx community. Because of this, I realized that it takes privilege for BI-

POC individuals to find fields like USF’s English department and Chicanx

studies program, both of which highlight their culture and include writers

from their community in the curriculum. For the first time in my life, I was

introduced to Chicanx history and powerful written works by members of my

community. As a freshman in the honors college, I took a popular rhetoric

course titled Rhetoric Across Borders, where our main objective was to learn

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how rhetoric works at the borders of cultures, values, and experiences as well

as age, race, gender, and ideology. The class was designed to explore and evaluate

“border-crossing” rhetoric, something that resonated deeply with me. In

Nogales, I was quite literally living in a world where I was constantly having

to cross the border.

Rhetoric Across Borders, taught by Professor Michael Rozendal, initially

introduced me to Gloria Anzaldua’s writing as we analyzed excerpts from her

famous book “Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.” This is also what

first sparked my fascination with the Chicanx community. As the year went

on, I was excited to see Anzaldua’s work reappear in my syllabus for my Literature

of Social Justice class taught by Professor Christina Garcia Lopez.

This class introduced me to various Chicanx literary writers who used

their words as a way to address various social inequality issues within the

community. From here, my fascination grew and I then discovered that USF

offered an entire minor dedicated to Chicanx Latinx studies. As I slowly discovered

Chicanx women activist writers such as Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga

through my classes, I learned that Latinx literature and performance are

accessible and meaningful devices to connect my community. Through the

substance of these courses, instead of feeling oppressed by having to identify

with only one nationality, I have learned to embrace my mixed heritage and

appreciate the freedom of my cultural identity.

Today, I feel great pride in being able to honor my culture after discovering

Chicanx literature and the powerful narratives my people share. I feel

driven to share my culture and my story with all who will listen so that generations

after me will know their heritage and be able to actively embrace their

roots. This is what inspired me to dive into this field of study. Not only is this

something that I wish someone would have done for me, but I now realize that

as part of the community, it is my active duty. We owe it to the generations

who come after us to keep the culture alive through stories, values, and activism.

This is what it means to me to be a member of my Chicanx community.

Fellow members of the Latinx community: as we celebrate National Hispanic-Latino

History Month, I urge you all to channel your roots and reimagine

what your identity and heritage mean to you.

OPINION


10

THURSDAY

SEPT. 23,

2021

DONS CRANK UP THE HEAT DOWN SOUTH

DONS WEEKLY ROUNDUP

11

SPORTS

JAMES SALAZAR

Staff Writer

USF women’s volleyball sought to end a seven-game losing streak

while the USF men’s and women’s tennis teams hosted twenty-three Division

I schools in their annual Battle in the Bay Classic. Here is your recap

of the week in Dons’ sports.

USF women’s volleyball welcomed the University of California, San

Diego (UCSD) Tritons to the Hilltop Sept. 17. Though the team battled

until the very end, the Dons fell to the Tritons by a score of 2-3.

The Tritons took control of the first set, but a kill from right side

Taylor Schein brought the Dons within four points (11-15). UCSD responded

with a 10-3 run, and the Dons dropped the first set by a score

of 14-25. Both sides traded points in the second set, but USF was on the

wrong end of another run that had the team staring at an 8-16 deficit. The

Tritons gradually secured another victory (19-25), and the Dons were on

the verge of being swept by their opponents.

Feeling the pressure, the Dons recorded five unanswered points in the

third set, including an ace by outside hitter Lana Kutakhina. In the closing

moments of the third set, Schein delivered yet another kill to finally put

the Dons on the board (25-12) and keep the team from being swept. Midway

through the fourth set, USF went on a 6-2 run that helped them win

the set (25-20) and tie the game at two sets each. Unfortunately for the

Dons, the Tritons found their offensive groove in the last set and downed

the Dons by a score of 8-15, putting a stop to USF’s momentum.

Looking ahead, the Dons will begin West Coast Conference play Sept.

23 when they host the Pepperdine University Waves.

USF men’s and women’s tennis hosted and competed in the Battle

in the Bay Classic Sept. 16-19. In the men’s singles main draw, Mitch

Johnson was eliminated in the round of 32 by Timothy Sah of the Stanford

University Cardinal. Phuc Huynh also made his exit in the round of

32 when he was defeated by Andrew Rogers of the Pepperdine University

Waves (5-7, 2-6).

In the men’s doubles main draw, Huynh and Nil Giraldez were eliminated

in the round of 16 by the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs,

losing to the tune of 2-8. Johnson and sophomore Stevie Gould were also

sent packing in the round of 16, losing to the University of California,

Berkeley Golden Bears (1-8).

In the women’s singles main draw, Chiho Mushika was eliminated in

the round of 32 after she lost to Maria Campos of the University of Colorado

Boulder Buffaloes (3-6, 1-6). Maria Martinez Vaquero advanced to

the round of 16 with a straight set victory over Roxana Manu of the University

of Kansas Jayhawks (6-1, 7-5). Rita Colyer also punched her ticket

to the round of 16 with an epic three-set victory against Isabelle Lee of

the University of Southern California Trojans (6-3, 4-6, 10-5). Martinez

Vaquero lost in the round of 16 to Abigail Desiatnikov of the University of

San Diego Toreros (2-6, 3-6), Colyer was also eliminated in the round of

16 after a straight-set defeat at the hands of the Toreros’ Victoria Kalaitzis

(2-6, 0-6).

In the women’s doubles main draw, Mushika and Martinez Vaquero

made it through the round of 16, beating the University of the Pacific

Tigers (8-7), while Colyer and Arianna Capogrosso routed the Trojans

(8-4). Mushika and Martinez were quickly eliminated by the University of

Georgia Bulldogs (0-8), and Colyer and Capogrosso also exited the quarterfinals

after being beaten by the Waves (2-8).

SPORTS

The Dons made their way down to Dallas and Waco, Texas to match up against the Southern Methodist University Mustangs and Baylor University Bears. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M.

LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS

MAGGIE ALDRICH

Staff Writer

While San Francisco is seeing warmer

weather due to change in season, the city’s

temperatures came nowhere near the heat the

women’s soccer team faced on their two-game

Texas road trip. The Dons first travelled to

Dallas to play the nationally-ranked No.

24 Southern Methodist University (SMU)

Mustangs Sept. 16.

The Mustangs carried the advantage in this

first-ever match up due to a free kick around

midfield within the first 20 minutes of the game

courtesy of sophomore Jasmine Vilgrain, which

put SMU on the board first. The Dons brought

the tempo up in the second half, where they had

ten shot attempts in comparison to their lone

attempt at scoring in the first half. Despite the

work put in by the Dons, the Mustangs came

out victorious by a score of 0-1, with their five

saves leaving the scoreline stagnant throughout

the remainder of the match.

Three days after acquainting themselves

with SMU, the Dons made their way out of

Dallas and into Betty Lou Mays Field in Waco,

Texas to test their fate Sept. 19 against the

Baylor University Bears.

Despite six attempted shots from the Bears

in the first half, the opposition was unable to

break through the Dons’ defense. USF took the

lead when sophomore Jamesen Ward assisted a

clean shot by senior Sydney Cooper. Within the

first four minutes of the second half, the Bears

connected with the back of the net and tied the

game at one goal each.

With a high game-time temperature of

almost 100 degrees, the tied game came to a close

due to a heat advisory. Regardless, the 1-1 score

will count towards both team’s overall win-loss

records since they fell within the 70 minute time

mark.

The Dons return home to Negoesco Stadium

Sept. 25 to face the Santa Clara University

Broncos.

Senior Caragh Courtney prepares to return a shot during the Battle in the Bay Classic. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS


12

THURSDAY

SEPT. 23,

2021

DONS' ROAD TRIP ENDS IN DEFEAT

SPORTS

(From left to right): Nik Kizerian (#19), Elias Thomas (#5), and Dominic Valdivia crowd in a huddle to raise the energy before their match.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS

JASON TITUS

Contributing Writer

In search of their first away win of the season,

USF men’s soccer came up short Sept. 17

against the California State University, Fullerton

Titans losing by a score of 0-1.

USF played defensively to open up the

game as the Titans tallied the first two shots of

the game. Freshman forward Nonso Adimabua

took the Dons’ first shot at the twentieth minute

of the contest, but he was unable to sink the ball

into the back of the Titans’ net.

Freshmen midfielders Ferdy Ghafury and

Rodrigo Bueno also fired off their own shots but

neither player was able to put USF on the board,

and the contest remained scoreless heading into

halftime.

Coming out of the first half, Bueno and Adimabua

did their best to string an attack together,

but their efforts were once again stopped by

Jose Espino, the Titans’ goalie. Bueno gave his

third shot of the night in the closing minutes

of the game, but he missed the go-ahead goal.

Freshman defender Filip Kanold took the last

and final shot of the evening for the Dons but

was unable to break the scoreless affair.

With less than a minute left in regulation

time, junior defender Kevyn Lo was charged

with a foul that awarded the Titans a penalty

kick. The Titans slipped a shot by freshman

goalie CJ Pycior and took the lead. The Dons

searched for an equalizer to no avail, and the Titans

hung onto their lead and victory.

On the pitch, Bueno recorded a game-high

three shots for the Dons, marking the third time

in his career he has recorded three-plus shots in

a single game. This match also marked the third

consecutive contest in which Adimabua recorded

at least two shots. He leads the Dons with 12

shots this season. Pycior also made his collegiate

debut as goalie and collected four saves on the

night.

USF’s losing-streak continued Sept. 19

against the University of California, Riverside

Highlanders. The Highlanders scored two unanswered

goals within the first fifteen minutes

to put themselves on the board. However, the

Dons responded in rapid-fire succession with a

goal of their own to trim the deficit back down

to one point. The Highlanders shuttered USF’s

comeback in the last three minutes of regulation

with another goal, and the Dons would lose by

a score of 1-3.

Looking ahead, the Dons begin West Coast

Conference play Oct. 2 against the Santa Clara

University Broncos.

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