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FOGPOD<br />

NEWS<br />

Title IX administrators<br />

speak at Senate fall<br />

town hall.<br />



THURSDAY, NOV. 4 <strong>2021</strong> • <strong>VOL</strong>. <strong>119</strong>, ISSUE 08<br />


USF hosts haunts and<br />

Learning a new language<br />

08 horrors in celebration 09 can inspire creativity 12<br />

of Halloween.<br />

and tolerance.<br />

Men's golf takes to the<br />

Bahamas for the White<br />

Sands Invitational.<br />




Staff Writer<br />

University claims it is owed almost $300,000<br />

SFUSD rejected the University’s claim that it had denied its reimbursement invoice. PHOTO BY MIGUEL ARCAYENA/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN<br />

USF recently filed a lawsuit for damages and declaratory relief<br />

against the San Francisco Board of Education, which represents the<br />

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The lawsuit claims<br />

that the board and school district have not fulfilled their agreement to<br />

reimburse the University $297,998.68 after it provided “emergency<br />

temporary funding” for the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program<br />

(SFTRP) back in 2017.<br />

According to San Francisco Superior Court filings, which are<br />

available online in the court’s docket finder webpage, the University<br />

filed its lawsuit back on Aug. 17. In the complaint, USF identified<br />

three claims: breach of contract, common count, and misrepresentation<br />

(Case No.CGC-21-594564).<br />

The two other defendants named in the case are the SFUSD and<br />

Superintendent Vincent Matthews. The case is still pending, with<br />

the court having issued summons to the board, school district, and<br />


Matthews on Sept. 10. This is<br />

the most recent online file on the<br />

docket webpage at the time of<br />

publication.<br />

When asked for a comment<br />

from the University, Kellie Samson,<br />

head of media relations,<br />

said in an email to the Foghorn,<br />

“USF essentially advanced<br />

SFUSD the money to pay for the<br />

program teachers' stipends when<br />

the district asked us to.” She added,<br />

“Despite its commitment to<br />

do so, and after several requests<br />

by us, the district has evaded its<br />

obligations to repay USF, which<br />

has left us no choice but to pursue<br />

litigation for repayment.”<br />

San Francisco school superintendent Vincent<br />



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The start of November marks the<br />

end of midterms for many students and<br />

the beginning of finals-induced stress<br />

for the next month. Our staff reflected<br />

on the toll that the intensity of this semester’s<br />

exam season took on our mental<br />

health and our ability to maintain a<br />

healthy school-life balance.<br />

Coming into this semester, we<br />

were aware that we would have to readjust<br />

our work habits to accommodate<br />

in-person classes and a more lively social<br />

life. However, this adjustment is<br />

ongoing and many of us are still learning<br />

how to schedule ourselves in order<br />

to be fully present for every aspect of<br />

our lives.<br />

As we split our time between<br />

schoolwork, studying for exams, dedicating<br />

ourselves to extracurriculars,<br />

and working one or multiple jobs, our<br />

staff found themselves feeling burnt out and overwhelmed.<br />

In a city as expensive as San Francisco,<br />

it is hard to find moments of rest as our time is<br />

spent making sure we can afford the cost of living<br />

while simultaneously keeping up with the rigors<br />

of higher education to the best of our abilities.<br />

For some, a factor that contributed to<br />

our sense of exhaustion was the return to living<br />

off-campus or out of the city. The commute to<br />

campus cut into valuable study time, as their<br />

schedules could no longer be planned around<br />

a two-minute walk to the library. Additionally,<br />

some of us lost the possibility of being on campus<br />

for a late-night study session. We had to factor in<br />

getting home while buses were still running or<br />

while it was safe enough to walk unless we could<br />

afford the cost of ride-booking services.<br />

While we as a staff are overwhelmingly happy<br />

to be back on campus for in-person classes, we<br />

feel that the community should continue being<br />

conscious of the pandemic. If being away from<br />

the Hilltop taught us anything, it is that sometimes<br />

all of us require much-needed mental health<br />

breaks, no matter the cost. Our goals and objectives<br />

lose meaning when we cannot show up to<br />

them with the utmost commitment.<br />

For some of us, professors have offered the<br />

option of not coming to class at all, or attending<br />

virtually through a hybrid system during stressful<br />

periods like exam week. These practices should not<br />

be seen as something reserved for the pandemic,<br />

and they should be kept when this turbulent period<br />

of time has passed. With the right support,<br />

students can continue meeting class expectations<br />

without having to be in a physical space.<br />

Additionally, we are continuously disappointed<br />

with the lack of support given to the University’s<br />

Counseling and Psychological Services<br />

(CAPS). While we appreciate having a psychological<br />

resource available to us and included in our<br />

tuition, we feel that these benefits are a missed<br />

opportunity. Due to a limited staff, CAPS is<br />


largely unavailable in times of high stress or crisis.<br />

This short staffing issue creates conflict between<br />

students and workers who are already spread entirely<br />

too thin.<br />

More attention needs to be given to mental<br />

health resources, and the University needs to plan<br />

for high-capacity weeks in accordance with exam<br />

schedules to be able to accommodate the volume<br />

of students in need of psychological assistance and<br />

mental health resources.<br />

While the University routinely promotes<br />

itself as one of the most diverse in the country,<br />

that label needs to be present in the faculty and<br />

staff as well as the opportunities created for Black<br />

people and people of color. Currently, nine of 14<br />

CAPS staff members are white. We feel this is a<br />

disservice to Black students and students of color<br />

as predominantly white groups cannot relate or be<br />

cognizant of the lived experiences that come with<br />

being from a marginalized community. This could<br />

be an issue as the department is at risk of treating<br />

everyone with a one-size-fits-all approach.<br />

In general, we feel that CAPS should be advertised<br />

more openly and made more widely available<br />

to students. Neither students nor staff should<br />

suffer due to circumstances out of their control.<br />

The supply has to match the demand for CAPS<br />

to be a truly meaningful resource. In addition to<br />

counseling through CAPS, the University could<br />

improve on its promotion of mental health related<br />

socials, activities, and workshops, especially<br />

around exam weeks.<br />

Since the CAPS staff is relatively small for<br />

a university with a student population of over<br />

11,000 students, we also feel that the University<br />

could improve on providing professors and other<br />

university mentors with the resources to aid<br />

students with their mental health. Having an informed<br />

faculty would help us as students to reach<br />

out to mentors that we trust. With the proper<br />

channels, we can ensure that students have the<br />

opportunity to tend to their mental health and<br />

avoid burnout.<br />


The central issue between the University and<br />

the city revolves around the SFTRP. Created back in<br />

2010, the training program was founded as an answer<br />

to the shortage of educators in San Francisco.<br />

Alongside USF, Stanford University also took part<br />

in the program. As consortium members, SFTR<br />

participants or “Residents” earned their credential<br />

requirements at both respective institutions, serving<br />

as a “staffing pipeline for SFUSD to employ qualified<br />

Residents as full-time SFUSD teachers after their<br />

graduation,” said the complaint.<br />

USF claims that during the 2016-17 academic<br />

year, the program had sent out admission letters<br />

to prospective participants which included benefits<br />

from the federal agency, AmeriCorps. The said aid<br />

consists of a “living expense monetary stipend of<br />

at least $12,000 and an education award of at least<br />

$5,500.” Those who accepted the letter took graduate<br />

classes at the University’s School of Education<br />

and USF additionally “would provide 40% tuition<br />

remission.”<br />

However, in April 2017, both the University and<br />

SFUSD chose to eliminate the AmeriCorps financial<br />

aid. Still, both parties agreed to continue funding the<br />

program for the rest of the year.<br />

The University claims that between April<br />

and May 2017, USF provided a total stipend of<br />

$105,103.68 to 33 Residents. In addition, it had also<br />

given out a total of $191,895 in education awards, as<br />

part of the admission letter SFUSD sent out.<br />

The University is chasing the school district<br />

for the combined total of $297,998.68 in stipend<br />

grants and awards it provided. In 2017, USF claimed<br />

that when SFUSD asked the University to “provide<br />

emergency temporary funding to cover SFTR payment<br />

obligations,” then-SFUSD Executive Director<br />

of Professional Learning and Leadership Chris<br />

Canelake wrote in an email that SFUSD “would fully<br />

reimburse the University if [USF] did so.”<br />

The school district’s Chief Financial Officer<br />

Reeta Madhavan also reassured the University in an<br />

email, which is included in the complaint, that they<br />

would present “an MOU [memorandum of understanding]<br />

to the Board of Education at the next available<br />

opportunity which sets forth the District's commitment<br />

to transferring approximately $297,000 to<br />

USF.”<br />

In May 2019, when Dominic Daher, the USF<br />

associate vice president of tax compliance and internal<br />

audit, sent a request for reimbursement to<br />

SFUSD, the University claims the school district “did<br />

not pay the invoice.”<br />

Further, in November of last year, USF said it<br />

directly presented its claim to SFUSD, but on Jan.<br />

6, <strong>2021</strong>, the school district “denied the University's<br />

claim.”<br />

The University says in the complaint that the<br />

MOU between them and the city included “indemnification,”<br />

a clause in which a party will compensate<br />

for any “liability, loss, expense.” The MOU between<br />

the SFUSD, USF, and Stanford was originally entered<br />

on Sept. 19, 2011, and subsequently renewed<br />

each year following it.<br />

Samson clarified that there are no precedents for<br />

a situation like this where the University had to sue<br />

but that “USF has made every attempt to avoid litigation,<br />

and it is our last recourse.”<br />

The first claim USF identified in the lawsuit is a<br />

breach of contract. Because of the MOU, USF claims<br />

the document “provides for SFUSD's responsibility<br />

to indemnify the University for any losses suffered<br />

by the University for SFUSD's acts and omissions<br />

(and those of SFUSD's employees) in relation to the<br />

SFTR MOU.”<br />

By failing to compensate them, USF claims<br />

SFUSD breached its contract as the University suffered<br />

compensatory damages.<br />

The second claim the University has is common<br />

count. USF claims that the school district “became<br />

indebted to the University when [USF] distributed<br />

payments to Residents from April to June 2017.” Additionally,<br />

USF highlighted that the funds provided<br />

by them were “upon SFUSD’s special request.”<br />

The third claim USF alleges is that SFUSD<br />

misrepresented its statements and “omitted material<br />

information that if known to the University, would<br />

have caused the University to behave differently,<br />

namely, that SFUSD did not intend to make the payment<br />

as represented.”<br />

When asked to comment on this lawsuit,<br />

SFUSD’s spokesperson, Laura Dudnick, repeated<br />

the Madhavan quote that the school district would<br />

present “an MOU to the Board of Education at the<br />

next available opportunity,” in an email statement to<br />

the Foghorn.<br />

She further refuted USF’s claim that the school<br />

district is denying the University payment and “in<br />

fact, the District presented an MOU to USF on several<br />

occasions but USF declined to execute it. The<br />

MOU would have enabled the District to seek Board<br />

approval to pay the requested amount.”<br />

The Vartain Law Group, which represents USF<br />

in the lawsuit, did not provide any comment when<br />

reached out to by the Foghorn.<br />

This pending lawsuit is not the first time USF’s<br />

relation to the SFTR program has been contentious.<br />

In May 2020, the University agreed in settlement<br />

to pay $2.5 million for claims that the “director of<br />

USF’s teacher residency program falsified more than<br />

1,500 timesheets and illegally certified approximately<br />

61 education awards from 2014 to 2016 to acquire<br />

more than $1.7 million in federal grants,” reported<br />

by the San Francisco Chronicle last year.<br />

The San Francisco Examiner noted back in April<br />

that “USF has called for SFUSD to pay for a portion<br />

of the settlement.” Around that time, it was revealed<br />

that the University had ended its partnership with<br />

SFUSD for the teaching program.<br />

Samson later confirmed that since March <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

USF no longer participates in the program. Despite<br />

the lawsuit, the University said it continues “to be<br />

engaged in constructive and reciprocal relationships<br />

with the district,” including the Our Educational<br />

Talent Search grant, a program that helps SFUSD<br />

middle and high school students for greater college<br />

accessibility.<br />

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This is not the first time USF has been involved in a lawsuit related to the San Francisco Teaching Residency program. PHOTO BY MIGUEL ARCAYENA/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

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NEWS<br />


Staff Writer<br />

Last week, ASUSF Senate hosted<br />

its annual fall town hall. The Oct. 27<br />

event invited Jess Varga, the University’s<br />

Title IX coordinator, Katrina Garry,<br />

deputy Title IX coordinator, and Lisa<br />

Quach, the sexual violence and resource<br />

advocate, for a discussion and Q&A<br />

regarding ongoing efforts in preventing<br />

sexual violence and ensuring safety<br />

within the USF community.<br />

Elizabeth Velez, vice president of<br />

public relations, estimated that the attendance<br />

was about 55 people, which<br />

is slightly less than what typical ASUSF<br />

meetings average. However, she said<br />

this was to be expected due to overlap<br />

with other organizations’ events on the<br />

same day.<br />

The meeting began with an update<br />

on resolutions and initiatives passed by<br />

ASUSF in the last year. Senate’s efforts<br />

in fostering a more inclusive community<br />

were highlighted, with each student<br />

representative detailing their progress.<br />

Muslim Student Representative<br />

Fiza Shaikh discussed her work in cultivating<br />

a more religiously tolerant environment<br />

on campus. Shaikh said her<br />

aim is for “USF to explore a broader and<br />

more encompassing religious exemption<br />

policy to provide an inclusive community<br />

for students of all religions.” As<br />

a result of her efforts, practicing Muslim<br />

students are now allowed to be excused from<br />

class at least 15 minutes early if it conflicts with<br />

prayer time.<br />

The event shifted to a discussion with the Title<br />

IX panelists as attendees wondered if the Sept.<br />

30 Sports Illustrated article, which detailed a<br />

longstanding history of sexual misconduct among<br />

the USF men’s soccer team, would be brought up.<br />

Vargas assured attendees that she and her colleagues<br />

have been working to address the demands<br />

made by both It’s On USFCA and the Rebuild<br />

and Trust Community Working Group, which is<br />

a group of students and teachers who advocate for<br />

victims of sexual violence prevention on campus.<br />

Additionally, Vargas informed attendees about the<br />

90-minute sexual violence prevention workshops<br />

that were presented to the 15 different athletic<br />

programs on campus within the first four weeks of<br />

the semester, as well the variety of workshops that<br />

are available upon request via the Title IX website.<br />

Additionally, the Title IX task force for sexual<br />

misconduct prevention and education commitment<br />

has been renamed to REPS, which stands<br />

for resources, education, prevention, and support.<br />

With this rebranding has come the development<br />

of several subcommittees and increased collaboration<br />

with different groups. Garry said, “There is<br />

a regular collaboration with cultural centers and<br />

About a month after the Sports Illustrated article, Title IX representatives Jess Varga and Katrina Garry were invited by Senate as guest<br />

speakers at this fall semester’s town hall event. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELIZABETH VELEZ/ASUSF SENATE<br />

sexual violence resource advocates to foster inclusive<br />

and intersectional programming and events.<br />

It is really important to acknowledge the role of<br />

privilege when it comes to confronting sexual violence.”<br />

As the Foghorn reported last week, there<br />

are 12 student representatives on this committee.<br />

Afterward, Quach organized attendees into<br />

six different groups for conversations about the social<br />

and sexual norms at USF, and this was led by<br />

students on the REPS committee. Student leaders<br />

assured the group members that they could speak<br />

honestly so that the conversations could be productive<br />

and engaging.<br />

The attendees sat in circles and shared personal<br />

stories and engaged in candid conversations<br />

about their experiences at USF. Students praised<br />

the tight-knit student community but suggested<br />

that the lack of campus social event options can<br />

push students to look for fun in dangerous places.<br />

Title IX representatives then opened up the<br />

final 15 minutes of the Town Hall for a Q&A<br />

panel. Despite initial hesitancy from the audience,<br />

an ASUSF representative began the proceedings<br />

by asking whether Title IX planned to instill mandated<br />

sexual violence education.<br />

Vargas explained that Title IX is currently<br />

hosting workshops upon request and is exploring<br />

the potential of implementing a mandatory sexual<br />

violence prevention Canvas module. As of now,<br />

Title IX educates around 2,000 students a year<br />

between orientation, mandatory reporting, and<br />

NCAA athlete training.<br />

Quach answered the question of whether Title<br />

IX could provide safe sex education and free<br />

contraceptives. Though not something they were<br />

considering at the moment, Quach said it was a<br />

potential idea to collaborate with other organizations<br />

in the future.<br />

When reflecting on the meeting, freshman<br />

psychology major Sindey Tran said, “The event<br />

was really informative and gave me a lot of information<br />

about how to reach Title IX and other<br />

resources.” Tran felt that these were especially<br />

important resources to highlight in light of the<br />

Sports Illustrated article, which she was surprised<br />

was not a more focal point of the meeting, “I was<br />

hoping that there would be more follow up,” said<br />

Tran.<br />

Likewise, senior entrepreneurship major, Julia<br />

Naing, gave props to both Senate and guest<br />

speakers for the amount of information they were<br />

able to provide and the conversations they started.“I<br />

appreciated how we discussed some topics I<br />

hadn’t considered. It was obvious the amount of<br />

work and research the students leading the discussions<br />

had gone through.”<br />


Staff Writer<br />

The College Players transformed the McLaren Center into a theater on Saturday,<br />

Oct. 30, as approximately 200 students gathered to see their first production of<br />

the school year, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”<br />

This production combined various mediums, having student actors lip-sync and<br />

dance while the 1975 cult classic film played behind them on a large screen. As the<br />

show progressed, cast members planted in the audience called out to these performers,<br />

creating an atmosphere where the viewers were just as involved in the production<br />

as the performers.<br />

In attempts to bring comradery and high energy to the group, the evening began<br />

with games such as charades and a dance competition between audience members.<br />

Being the day before Halloween, the crowd was dressed in costumes, and audience<br />

members mirrored the excitement the cast had toward the revival of the College<br />

Players’ performances on campus.<br />

Fen Wright, a sophomore psychology major, directed the show and said, “There<br />

is an air of excitement. This is the first production we’re doing, so people really want<br />

to make a splash, to bring College Players a revival.”<br />

Maggs Zuniga, a freshman performing arts and social justice major, played the<br />

role of Magenta. They said they were very excited to be acting again. “It feels like<br />

we’re stepping back into something. It’s like we just pressed pause, and now we’re<br />

back,” Zuniga said.<br />

Certain precautions were enacted to keep the event safe. Audience members<br />

were required to be masked and vaccinated against COVID-19, and performers had<br />

to keep their masks on while backstage.<br />

Sadiya Kazani, a sophomore history major, said she had come out to support<br />

her friends who were involved in the production. “I have been hearing a lot about<br />

it, seeing little sneak peeks of the dress rehearsals, so I am excited for sure,” she said<br />

prior to the performance.<br />

The classic shadow cast style of performance has served as the College Players’<br />

first show of the year for over a decade. It is seen as a fun way to acknowledge the<br />

history and livelihood of the LGBTQ+ community, which is a reason they come back<br />

to it year after year.<br />

“It’s important to look back on one of the first big movies that had any queer<br />

representation,” Wirght said. “We might consider it bad queer representation today,<br />

but it’s a really good glimpse into queer culture in a time where it has been covered<br />

up.”<br />

In addition to the LGBTQ+ representation in this show, the production team<br />

prioritized safety and trust when handling the sexual content of the piece. Prior to the<br />

Maggs Zuniga acts as Magenta from the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as the film plays<br />

in the background in McLaren Hall. PHOTO BY MEGAN ROBERTSON / SAN FRANCISCO<br />


blocking of any of these scenes, College Players Executive Producer Bex Brzostoski<br />

led consent in theatre workshops following guidelines from Intimacy Directors and<br />

Coordinators, a UK based organization leading training on intimacy and consent<br />

in the performing arts. “We wanted to prioritize each actor’s control over their own<br />

body and autonomy,” Brzostoski said.<br />

The group begins each run of the show with what they call “tapping in,” a process<br />

where they stand in a circle, take meditative breaths, and tap each others’ palms,<br />

signifying that they are “tapping in” to their character and letting their personal<br />

relationships with one another “tap out” until the show’s end.<br />

While the production team was intentional with many aspects of the show, like<br />

LGBTQ+ representation and intimacy work, one of the major challenges was something<br />

out of their control: the show’s location.<br />

With the Presentation Theater still under repair and the Lone Mountain Blackbox<br />

Theater occupied, the cast planned on performing in the Koret Swig Gym. However,<br />

the venue brought complications<br />

with lighting and sound.<br />

Brzostoski said McLaren was<br />

perfect for this show. “I hope that<br />

we can continue to use that space<br />

every year until the Presentation<br />

Theater is finally fixed,” they said.<br />

The production ended with<br />

standing ovation as Jasmine Bost,<br />

a junior playing the role of Frank<br />

N. Furter, ended her song with a<br />

pride flag draped across her shoulders.<br />

“By producing a queer show<br />

as the very first show, we’re saying:<br />

it’s okay to be whoever you<br />

are and be proud about it,” Brzostoski<br />

said.<br />

The College Players will be<br />

producing Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream” to be<br />

performed in December. More<br />

information can be found @collegeplayers1863<br />

on Instagram or at<br />

collegeplayers1863@gmail.com.<br />

The College Players’ shadow cast perform as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” plays on the screen behind them in McLaren Hall.. PHOTO BY MEGAN<br />



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Staff Writer<br />

The whistles of a $60 flute, the hefty thumps of a bass guitar, and the<br />

humming motor of a bubble machine. These were just a few of the sounds that<br />

filled Privett Plaza as media studies Professor Dorothy Kidd and her Popular<br />

Music and Communications class hosted a free concert on Oct. 28. The concert<br />

featured Uncle Chris, a three-piece student band formed at USF. The event<br />

was sponsored by the media studies department, while KUSF, the University’s<br />

online radio station, provided both the stage and equipment.<br />

Prior to introducing Uncle Chris, the event’s emcee, Sammy Berlanga,<br />

warmed the crowd up by inviting them to do the wave. Berlanga noted that the<br />

event allowed the USF community to come together and share their love for<br />

music, and her words were met with rounds of cheers and applause.<br />

Uncle Chris, which is composed of vocalist Sue-Ling Kaiser, guitarist Patrick<br />

Madden, and bassist Alex Wolfert, serenaded audiences for an hour with<br />

their own hits and even a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.”<br />

Wolfert said it “was cool to reconstruct a song [like that] and play it differently.”<br />

Madden and Wolfert channeled their Halloween spirit by performing<br />

parts of their set in a horse mask and a swamp monster mask. Wolfert’s mask<br />

“was hiding a little bit of the fright” that came with returning to the stage, and<br />

he jokingly told the audience that he was rethinking his fashion choices as he<br />

was sweating profusely under his headgear.<br />

This gig was the latest in the band’s return to in-person performances, as<br />

their first comeback show was a jam session in Golden Gate Park. “We got a<br />

generator, got together with other bands we’ve played with, and set up in the<br />

middle of Golden Gate Park and just put on a little show,” said Kaiser. She noted<br />

that this performance was the band’s third time playing on campus.<br />

The group occasionally traded the role of lead vocalist among its members.<br />

Wolfert said that the group’s new stripped back, acoustic sound is “quite nerve<br />

wracking, I’m not gonna lie. Not having a big, rhythmic beast to be pumping<br />

you along behind you is definitely daunting.” He continued by saying, “Aside<br />

from that, it’s been fun. It’s been really intimate, and it’s been cool. We just<br />

have a lot of songs that we’re performing that have a bunch of weird tuning, so<br />

there’s a new kind of development we have to learn in terms of how we make<br />

transitions a little cleaner and stronger.”<br />

In between songs, audience members were invited to a table in the back<br />

where they could make buttons with members of KUSF. Other tables had flyers<br />

which promoted the various minors and organizations offered within the<br />

department. Sophomore media studies major Ava Klubberud enjoyed the festivities<br />

and said, “I feel like USF doesn’t really have a lot of on-campus things<br />

during the day, so it’s cool to have one and actually be a part of it. I like music,<br />

and I’m having a good time. Plus there’s bubbles.”<br />

As dead hour wound down, Uncle Chris thanked those in attendance for<br />

taking a break from their school day to come out and listen to their songs. Guitarist<br />

Madden, sans the horse mask, said, “I always like playing these kinds of<br />

free shows because it’s always kind of low stakes, and you get better by playing<br />

live.” He continued by saying, “It would be fun to see more of a music scene at<br />

USF.”<br />

Kidd echoed this sentiment and said, “I hope we can do more. KUSF does<br />

a lot of concerts, but it would be good to synergize our energies and bring it<br />

together. Also, it’s just a good learning experience for students to see how something<br />

like this is set up.”<br />

According to Kidd, the concert allowed students in her class to understand<br />

media by becoming their own producers, and it also gave student musicians an<br />

opportunity to showcase their talents. Kidd also said that the event was simply<br />

“a good thing to do during the day. To do something joyful and realize that<br />

what we’re doing, making culture, actually brings people together.”<br />

Editor’s note: James Salazar and Sammy Berlanga are students in Professor<br />

Kidd’s Popular Music and Communications class.<br />


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The members of Uncle Chris perform in Privett Plaza on Oct. 28. PHOTO BY JAMES SALAZAR/ SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN<br />

KUSF had a button making station at the event in Privett Plaza on Oct. 28. PHOTO BY JAMES SALAZAR/ SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

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Gleeson Plaza was decorated with skeletons, lights, and pumpkins, and was shrouded in fog for Fright Night. PHOTOS BY BEAU TATTERSALL / SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN<br />


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Students paint pumpkins in Gleeson Plaza during Fright Night.<br />



Staff Writer<br />

CAB got USF students in the Halloween spirit by hosting the annual<br />

Fright Night event in Gleeson Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Whether it<br />

was the themed desserts table, the haunted house, or the pumpkin painting<br />

station, students could be seen anxiously waiting for their turn to join in on<br />

the festivities.<br />

Nika Bresker, a freshman psychology major, said that the event has been<br />

her favorite since the semester started. “I went to a few of the other events<br />

in the year, like the lip-sync battle and Dons Night [Out], which were great,<br />

but this was definitely the one where I felt the most comfortable and had the<br />

most fun,” said Bresker.<br />

The haunted house, held inside of an inflatable structure, was filled with<br />

flashing, colorful strobe lights that made it difficult to see what was lurking<br />

behind the next corner. Actors wearing scary, zombie-like masks jumped out<br />

at their victims and followed students while mumbling and groaning to further<br />

disorient and spook those who dared to enter. Shrieks and giggles from<br />

inside the haunted house could be heard by those waiting outside.<br />

Bresker waited in line for over 20 minutes, but she said, “It was totally<br />

worth it. I didn’t even realize there was going to be actors in there, I was<br />

pleasantly surprised by how scary it was.”<br />

Over at the pumpkin decorating station, students had access to a multitude<br />

of different art supplies and were able to create their own souvenirs<br />

from the night to take home. Many students showed off their creative sides<br />

at this table, such as senior nursing major Daisy Ho, who coordinated her<br />

pumpkin decorating with her roommate to paint matching SpongeBob and<br />

Patrick pumpkins for their apartment.<br />

Another popular station was the Tarot table, where students were given<br />

a glimpse into what the future might hold. Those brave enough to approach<br />

the candle-lit table were read their cards by an experienced reader, who gave<br />

them some insight into how to interpret the cards and their messages.<br />

Eugenie Turner, a sophomore environmental science major, said, “The<br />

event helped me get into the Halloween spirit because of the haunted house<br />

and clever foods which were made to look like pumpkins, mummies, and<br />

other spooky stuff.”<br />

The food table attracted long lines for the majority of the evening and<br />

the<br />

Turner and her friend, junior computer science major Angel Ramos also<br />

entered the costume contest together dressed as jellyfish. “Dressing up for<br />

the contest definitely gave me a good start on Halloween.” Said Ramos.<br />

CAB special events director, Kaylee Gwilliam, said that the main goal of<br />

Fright Night has been and continues to be “providing students at USF with<br />

a fun, free opportunity to be able to participate in some Halloween-themed<br />

activities in a safe space.”<br />


a junior biology major.<br />

Mother -“Ma” Father - “Baba.”<br />

Home - “Bari.” Throughout my life,<br />

these words have existed for me in<br />

dual forms. Born in the US to Bengali<br />

immigrant parents, English was<br />

the first language I learned in nursery<br />

rhymes, billboards, and in every<br />

encounter that my parents had outside<br />

in shops, offices, and meetings<br />

with friends from different ethnicities.<br />

And then my mother introduced<br />

me to Bengali, my mother<br />

tongue, a language spoken by people<br />

living in West Bengal and neighboring country Bangladesh.<br />

Sitting on the wooden floor of our dining room, my mother<br />

taught me the alphabets of Bengali, holding my hand, and giving<br />

instructions as the pencil tip glided over the page and formed<br />

letters with beautiful and curious shapes, opening a new world of<br />

expression for me.<br />

Short poems, known as “chchara,” rolled over my tongue like<br />

music, bringing joy and unconsciously instilling in me a life-long<br />

love for language. I soon realized the diverse ways that the world<br />

can be conveyed through different languages. Discovering a new<br />

way to express myself brought a different kind of joy, something<br />

that perhaps even words cannot fully articulate. A new language<br />

gave wings to my creativity.<br />

When I was six, my father’s work took us to Kolkata, a city<br />

in West Bengal, and I enrolled in a high school in the city. School<br />

gave me the best opportunity to fully explore Bengali through<br />

reading books, watching plays and movies, participating in debates,<br />

and becoming a member of the Bengali cultural club. I also<br />

formed a small group with a few like-minded classmates and together<br />

we composed short poetry, read and wrote plays, and pondered<br />

over synonyms which were very different from one another<br />

in terms of one or two syllables but carried the same meaning.<br />

The exploration of a different language gave enormous wings<br />

to my imagination. It helped me to fly to unknown wonderlands<br />

where I could form new words by just changing a syllable within<br />

a word or combining two words.<br />

Gradually, I ventured out and studied other languages such<br />

as Hindi and Urdu, incorporating them into my forms of communication.<br />

Pouring over dictionaries, dog-eared books with yellowed pages,<br />

and small black prints gave me immense satisfaction. It gave me something<br />

very elastic, peaceful, and mentally stimulating to pursue besides my love for<br />

biological and mathematical sciences. After reading a chapter on the central<br />

nervous system or successfully mastering a mathematical theorem, my hands<br />

went towards a Bengali novel or collection of poems and letters, whose magical<br />

spell took me to a wonderland of lyrical dance and a well-coordinated orchestra<br />

of grammatical twists and turns.<br />

Come 2019 and I entered USF as a biology major. Initially, I was<br />

excited by the new environment and cultural setting, and the joy of new surroundings<br />

swept me off my feet. However, this new environment made me<br />

temporarily forget the joy of looking at the syllables of my mother tongue or<br />

reading its lyrical beauty. It was almost as if I had forgotten my mother.<br />

Speaking in English everywhere, I was unaware where those beautiful syllables<br />

had gone. It was only during video calls with my parents that I used “Ma,”<br />

“ Baba,” and “Kemon acho” (“How are you” in Bengali). The language that had<br />

been one of my vehicles of creative expression was on the verge of drying up.<br />


But then came the pandemic.<br />

During the period of uncertainty, hopelessness, grief, and anguish, a popular<br />

Bengali poem by Rabindranath Tagore came to me- “Where the mind is<br />

without fear and the head is held high….”. Soon, I dug up my old chest of<br />

forgotten treasures of Bengali literature. The poems and short stories I revisited<br />

boosted my morale and reminded me of a very simple fact—no matter how<br />

dark the night is, there will always be a morning.<br />

Languages bring us close to our roots and also help us branch out. They<br />

help us to understand different cultures and become tolerant towards new ideas<br />

from diverse cultures. It opens new perspectives and helps us to make sense of<br />

uncertainties. Being multilingual also gives us the opportunity to read literature<br />

from different countries and be introduced to new ideas. Nowadays, I try to<br />

read Bengali dailies to keep up with my vocabulary and am also making plans<br />

to learn Farsi, Chinese and Latin. Learning these new languages will broaden<br />

my intellectual horizon and help me overcome limitations in terms of cultural<br />

knowledge. That is an ambitious list, but learning languages has given me the<br />

determination and courage to be ambitious.<br />


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Staff Writers<br />

For the first time in over two years, thousands<br />

of people flocked to Golden Gate Park for<br />

three consecutive days of performances and celebration<br />

at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.<br />

More than 75,000 people attended the festival,<br />

not including the over 60 musical acts that<br />

performed over the course of the weekend, leaving<br />

many to feel that pre-pandemic normalcy has returned.<br />

Music festivals of this size returned across the<br />

U.S. earlier this summer, with festivals like Bottlerock<br />

NapaValley and Rolling Loud attracting<br />

120,000 and 80,000 people respectively. For us,<br />

the event marked the first time since the start of<br />

the pandemic that we were exposed to enormous<br />

groups of largely unmasked people.<br />

While the festival’s website encouraged attendees<br />

to wear masks regardless of their vaccination<br />

status, it was not enforced as a policy, leading<br />

most people to remove their masks after having entered<br />

the festival grounds. However, attendees were<br />

required to either provide proof of vaccination or<br />

a negative test result within 72 hours of the event<br />

to gain entrance.<br />

Knowing that everyone at the festival was legitimately<br />

checked for COVID-19 brought some<br />

peace of mind when standing shoulder to shoulder<br />

with people in the middle of crowds. Yet, we can’t<br />

help but wonder how many COVID-19 cases will<br />

arise from this event, with the likelihood of infection<br />

being much higher in crowds of unmasked<br />

people.<br />

Since the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine<br />

booster shot was approved in late September<br />

and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen<br />

boosters were approved just at the end of last<br />

month, federal regulators have recommended it for<br />

the elderly, those with underlying conditions, and<br />

those at high risk of contracting the virus. Vaccine<br />

administration sites are not exclusive to these<br />

groups, however; anyone can attest to their own<br />

need for the booster shot in San Francisco.<br />

With the return of large gatherings like festivals,<br />

booster shots seem like a logical precaution<br />

for those who plan to attend such events. Though<br />

it is unrealistic to assume that all people have access<br />

to getting their booster shot now, it is not out<br />

of reach for events to require proof of both vaccination<br />

and a booster shot once it becomes more<br />

widely available.<br />

According to the CDC, those who received<br />

the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine should<br />

get their booster at least six months after their second<br />

shot. With proven lower effectiveness, those<br />

who received the J&J/Janssen vaccine should get<br />

their booster two months after receiving their initial<br />

vaccine. Individuals do not need to get the<br />

same booster as their initial vaccine; instead, they<br />

can “mix and match” between vaccines. However,<br />

there are caveats that come with each initial vaccine<br />

that should be considered when choosing<br />

which booster to get.<br />

For those who received the Pfizer vaccine,<br />

the first and second shot were spaced three weeks<br />

apart. Both the initial vaccine shots and its booster<br />

contain 30 micrograms of the vaccine. Moderna’s<br />

initial shots contain 100 micrograms, while the<br />

booster is approved at a half dose. According to<br />

Reuters, “a U.S.-government study of mixed booster<br />

shots found that people who followed a J&J shot<br />

with an mRNA booster had significantly higher<br />

levels of protective neutralizing antibodies.”<br />

As we each make our decision regarding boosters,<br />

Californians can receive their vaccine booster<br />

by making an appointment or finding a walk-in<br />

clinic through My Turn. One doesn’t have to receive<br />

their shot in the county where they work or<br />

live and might be recommended to get their shot<br />

elsewhere. If one is unable to travel for health reasons<br />

or lack of transportation, the California Department<br />

of Health will call you to set up transportation<br />

or an in-home appointment.<br />

Though it is unknown when COVID-19<br />

booster shots will become readily available to all,<br />

we must consider what it means to return to huge<br />

crowds like that at Outside Lands. USF students<br />

already have the opportunity to receive the booster<br />

with a simple explanation, and students who work<br />

for the university are eligible regardless.<br />

While standing in crowds felt relatively comfortable<br />

at Outside Lands because of the imposed<br />

safety guidelines, we cannot deny the increased<br />

chances of infection at the event. Receiving the<br />

booster shot will provide additional safety as large<br />

events like this continue to take place in the future.<br />

Considering the booster shot is essential as<br />

we continue to do our part to navigate the ongoing<br />

presence of COVID-19 in San Francisco.<br />


Staff Writer<br />

What Soren Lind calls a coincidence, others may call fate. Lind committed<br />

to playing on the USF men’s golf team only two weeks after being<br />

followed by a scout while playing on the Danish? national golf team for<br />

a tournament in Austria during his senior year of high school. Though he<br />

had never visited the HilltopUSF, Lind had the chance to check out the<br />

city with his older brother who came to the West Coast in his personal<br />

college golf search. Though he didn’t know it at the time, Lind’shis interest<br />

in the city would inform his future decision of committing to USF.<br />

“It's just so different.<br />

tThere are so many<br />

small neighborhoods<br />

all around., I mean,<br />

you can walk two<br />

blocks, and you will be<br />

at Haight Street, and<br />

then two more blocks,<br />

and you will be in a<br />

family neighborhood.<br />

sSo, there are so many<br />

cities within the city,”<br />

said Lind said, in describing<br />

his favorite<br />

aspect of San Francisco.<br />

“This is my fifth<br />

year, and I still have so<br />

many spots that I still<br />

need to discover. aAnd<br />

again, it's just such a<br />

melting pot of different<br />

nationalities, so I<br />

don't feel that different,<br />

because there are<br />

so many different nationalities.”<br />

Following his decision<br />

to commit to<br />

USF, Lind moved from<br />

Denmark to California<br />

and accomplished<br />

a range of achievements—,<br />

from seven<br />

top-10 finishes in his<br />

career on the men’s<br />

golf team andto a first<br />

place win at the Seattle<br />

University Redhawk<br />

Invitational his senior<br />

year. As a current graduate<br />

student, he was<br />

recently named to the<br />

<strong>2021</strong>-22 Preseason All-<br />

West Coast Conference<br />

Team.<br />

Lind’s interest in<br />

golf began at eight<br />

years old, as when he<br />

watched his grandparents<br />

take his older<br />

brother out to the<br />

course when he was<br />

eight and found himself<br />

longing to play at<br />

home. He would notwouldn’t<br />

start to take<br />


the sport more seriously until five years later. Together, he and his older<br />

brother foundwould find their shared passion on the links., where Lind’s<br />

brother would also committed to a university in the SouthU.S. university,<br />

Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.<br />

“Sometimes I forget when I was a kid and I was just running around<br />

on the course and just playing around having fun, and sometimes when<br />

we were playing tournaments now if you shoot a bad route you're like<br />

‘This is the worst,’ [but] I get to be out here doing what I enjoy,” Lind said.<br />

“Don't take [life] too seriously, you know, you've got to wake up every day<br />

and have fun with what you do.”<br />

Though studying across the world would become one of Lind’s greatest<br />

personal accomplishments, the transition from studying English in school<br />

to speaking it in an<br />

everyday context<br />

was a strain. “All of<br />

a sudden, I couldn’t<br />

say the things I had<br />

on my mind, like I<br />

really had to construct<br />

a sentence,”<br />

Lind said. While<br />

the language barrier<br />

and the cultural<br />

differences of the<br />

West Coast posed as<br />

an initial obstacle,<br />

Lind found that the<br />

openness of Americans<br />

to engage in<br />

conversation and<br />

talking to his roommate<br />

helped in his<br />

transition to San<br />

Francisco. “[It’s]<br />

just a melting pot of<br />

different nationalities,<br />

so I don't feel<br />

that different,” Lind<br />

said. “As kind of<br />

like when I learned<br />

the language, there's<br />

still a lot of social<br />

norms that are different,<br />

the way you<br />

interact over here<br />

compared to my<br />

culture, which I<br />

think is great. I always<br />

think it's great<br />

seeing different cultures<br />

and how people<br />

communicate,<br />

but in the first couple<br />

months it was at<br />

first a bit to take in.”<br />

In the 4 +<br />

1 program as an<br />

economics major,<br />

Lind is expected to<br />

graduate inpending<br />

graduation in 2022.<br />

From there, on he<br />

plans to play golf<br />

professionally and is<br />

open to moving internationally<br />

if need<br />

be.<br />

SPORTS<br />

The band Soul Rebels perform at Outside Lands. PHOTO BY BEAU TATTERSALL/ SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

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SPORTS<br />

Graduate student Alex Chin delivers a full swing shot. PHOTO COURTESY OF THERESA TRAN/THE OFFENSE<br />


Staff Writer<br />

The University of San Francisco men’s golf team returned to the green for<br />

the White Sands Bahamas Invitational which was held in Nassau, Bahamas<br />

on Oct. 29-31. The event featured 11 other Division I schools competing<br />

alongside USF, with the Dons finishing third overall by the tournament’s end.<br />

Jeff Raedle, founder of Global Golf Management and coordinator of the<br />

invitational, spoke with the Foghorn about his hopes for the event. “Sport is<br />

ingrained in the culture and the more we can provide a window to the Bahamas<br />

[through] the culture, the gastronomy, the lifestyle, what an incredible<br />

touristic destination it is through sport, that's our goal and the teams and the<br />

players and the parents and coaches that come down by their experiences here<br />

become great cultural ambassadors for the islands.”<br />

The Dons ended day one of the tournament in a three-way tie for third<br />

place with a score of 288, which was par for the course. Individually, Soren<br />

Lind led the Dons with a score of 71, and he ended the day in a 12-way tie<br />

for 11th place. Matthew Anderson and Toby Briggs tied for 23rd place with<br />

a score of 72. Alex Chin tied for 28th place with a score of 73, and Harry<br />

Brown rounded out the Dons in 36th place with a score of 74.<br />

Day two of the invitational was favorable for the Dons as they jumped<br />

to third place in the rankings with a score of 282. Lind earned a second place<br />

finish with a score of 68, moving up nine spots from the previous day’s finish.<br />

Briggs also made strides up the field as he ended the day in a tie for fifth place<br />

with a score of 69. Chin churned out an improved performance, as he finished<br />

in 15th place with a score of 70.<br />

USF closed out the tournament by tying for third place with the<br />

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans, the host of the event. Both<br />

schools finished with an overall score of 851. Briggs finished in second place<br />

with an overall score of 206. Lind ended the tournament with a score of 212,<br />

and his performance secured him a seventh place finish. Further down the<br />

rankings, Chin maintained his tie for 15th place with a score of 214. This was<br />

the third time this season that the Dons have finished in the top three of any<br />

tournament.<br />

Maggie Aldrich contributed to the reporting of this article.

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