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EST. 1903<br />

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FOGPOD<br />

NEWS<br />

The Black Student Union<br />

holds its second annual<br />

town hall meeting.<br />



THURSDAY, NOV. <strong>11</strong> <strong>2021</strong> • <strong>VOL</strong>. <strong><strong>11</strong>9</strong>, ISSUE 09<br />


Kasamahan’s annual talent<br />

University ranks above<br />

06<br />

show fundraiser brings<br />

10 average in civic engagement 12<br />

creativity and karate to<br />

the undercaf.<br />

and voter registration.<br />

The USF men’s and<br />

women’s basketball teams<br />

begin their seasons with<br />

a twist.<br />


Athletics Department and School of Engineering<br />

Get New Spaces<br />

READ ON PAGE 03<br />

USF is nearing full completion of new spaces at Harney Science Center and the Sobrato Center. ALL PHOTOS BY BEAU TATTERSALL/SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN

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Following a year of historic weather events<br />

across the globe, the <strong>2021</strong> United Nations Climate<br />

Conference, or COP26, began on Oct. 31,<br />

bringing together world leaders, environmental<br />

advocates, and key players in the fossil fuel industry<br />

to negotiate the planet’s future. The event,<br />

which is still in progress and taking place in<br />

Glasgow, Scotland, ends on Nov. 12. Our staff<br />

reflected on the ongoing results of the conference<br />

and on the role we all play in working to mitigate<br />

the effects of climate change.<br />

Nations attending this year’s climate conference<br />

are already making promises to protect vital<br />

aspects of the environment, such as forests. So far,<br />

over 100 world leaders have vowed to end deforestation<br />

and begin to reverse its adverse effects<br />

by 2030. Efforts will include directing funding<br />

toward developing countries to restore damaged<br />

land, tackling wildfires, and supporting indigenous<br />

communities. Some countries also committed<br />

to removing deforestation from the global<br />

trade of food and other products like palm oil<br />

and cocoa. This marks the first official deal made<br />

during the conference, with countries like Brazil,<br />

where stretches of the Amazon rainforest have<br />

been clear-cut, signing on to cooperate.<br />

Other results include a pledge by 45 nations<br />

to shift to sustainable methods of conducting<br />

agriculture and a promise made by 95 companies,<br />

including the World Bank, to become more<br />

“Nature Positive” by 2030. The “Nature Positive”<br />

sentiment has major companies agreeing to work<br />

on the affordability and attractiveness of sustainability.<br />

While these promises sound hopeful, we<br />

want our leaders’ promises to live beyond the<br />

summit. Without the cooperation of major industries<br />

and fossil fuel companies, which are<br />

responsible for most of the earth’s global carbon<br />

emissions, governments can make little progress<br />

in fighting to keep a habitable planet.<br />

The pledge by 95 companies to become<br />

“Nature Positive” does not match the urgency of<br />

the environmental crisis in the slightest. Having<br />

companies agree to begin to make sustainability<br />

attractive in the business world seems like a baby<br />

step in place of what should be a massive leap.<br />

Equally as alarming is the fact that 503 attendees<br />

of the conference have been identified as fossil<br />

fuel lobbyists. We assert that conversations about<br />

ending fossil fuel consumption cannot reach fruition<br />

with fossil fuel lobbyists present as some participants<br />

might operate with ulterior motives that<br />

benefit their agendas.<br />

Though we cannot directly influence the<br />

outcomes of this global event, COP26 brings up<br />

urgent conversations around climate change that<br />

need to be had on a local level, starting with our<br />

University.<br />

Since the start of this school year, the University<br />

has vocalized its commitment to combating<br />

climate change in various ways, mainly<br />

through widespread discussion. For example,<br />

this semester, the Honors College is focusing on<br />

the theme of “Voices for Environmental Justice,”<br />

hosting interdisciplinary student-faculty panels<br />

that are open to all students. Thacher Gallery’s<br />

current exhibit, “All that you touch: art and ecology”<br />

also centralizes environmental themes.<br />

Other tangible changes include Bon Appetit’s<br />

operations as the company now offers sustainably<br />

farmed meats and produce in all University<br />

cafes. Options like “mindful meats,” organic,<br />

non-GMO, project verified, pasture-raised beef,<br />

are being offered from Marin Sun Farms. The<br />

menus also have vegan and vegetarian alternatives<br />

to meat-heavy meals, and these options allow students<br />

to make conscious choices about their diet<br />

and their connection to the environment.<br />

Additionally, the University has promoted<br />

campus resources like the USF community garden,<br />

where students, especially those with food<br />

insecurity, can be provided fresh food for free.<br />

This space promotes sustainable agriculture at<br />

USF and gives students a way to directly interact<br />

with food at its source.<br />

Compostable boxes and utensils used in<br />

University cafes are also a significant step towards<br />

sustainability since it is estimated only six percent<br />

of university campuses compost. However,<br />

despite the signage on trash bins all over campus,<br />

we feel that students remain largely uninterested<br />

in how to properly separate their trash, with recycling<br />

rooms in residence halls often overflowing<br />

with uncrushed cardboard boxes, food scraps<br />

in the recycling bins, and plastic mixed in with<br />

compostables.<br />

We believe that the University sufficiently<br />

promotes a sustainable and environmentally<br />

conscious mentality. However, we find that more<br />

work can be done to highlight the efforts and resources<br />

put forth by the Office of Sustainability.<br />

Events like trivia nights, DIY interactive activities,<br />

and documentary showings are held weekly<br />

but the lack of advertising hurts attendance. The<br />

University should loosen its physical poster restriction<br />

and advertise these events in newsletters<br />

to create greater awareness and increase student<br />

attendance.<br />

That being said, while appreciating the work<br />

the University has done to promote sustainability,<br />

students also need to avoid complacency and<br />

embrace the opportunities provided to us to live<br />

a sustainable lifestyle while on campus. For instance,<br />

making the effort to eat in the cafeteria<br />

and use a reusable plate rather than paying for a<br />

to-go box is an accessible step that is right at our<br />

fingertips, yet many ignore it.<br />

Being proud of our University for its sustainability<br />

efforts while also demanding more<br />

requires self-accountability. With increased participation<br />

in sustainability efforts on campus, we<br />

can confront the enormous challenge of climate<br />

change knowing we are contributing to effective<br />

solutions in the ways we can.<br />

For more information on USF’s sustainability<br />

efforts and up to date events offered for students, follow<br />

@sustainabilityusfca on Instagram.<br />




Staff Writer<br />

New club level seating inside the War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center opened to guests on Nov.<br />

9, while a hall of fame museum dedicated to social justice remains under construction. PHOTO BY BEAU<br />


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After years of construction halted by the pandemic, the University<br />

has new spaces for students to visit as two donor-sponsored<br />

projects are moving toward completion.<br />

Opening its doors just in time for the college basketball season,<br />

the Sobrato Center is a new space on the West side of the<br />

War Memorial Gym that faces the University Center and will<br />

function as the gym's new main entrance for athletics and other<br />

events. During home games for women’s volleyball and men’s<br />

and women’s basketball, the space functions as a VIP area for<br />

guests. When not in use during game days, the space can be used<br />

by students and staff as a work space, lecture room, study space,<br />

and more. The space features TVs, projectors, and speakers that<br />

can be used by visitors. The design includes polished concrete<br />

and open painted ceilings as a cost-saving measure and features<br />

counters made from the recycled wood of the gym’s old bleachers<br />

that were removed during construction. This space leads into<br />

the new premium seating area for games and features cushioned<br />

reclining chairs. Soon, the entrance to the space will feature an<br />

interactive basketball-themed water feature. The project was<br />

sponsored by the Sobrato family, who donated a historic $15<br />

million gift in 2016 to launch the renovation project.<br />

Athletic Director Joan McDermott sees the renovation as<br />

a way to integrate the athletics department with the USF community,<br />

utilizing a shared space. “We really wanted to kind of<br />

be the center of campus in many ways. That's why we have that<br />

new entrance. I think it really draws students to the building,”<br />

McDermott said. “We don't want Athletics just to be this little<br />

group of students over here in the corner. It's important that we<br />

are involved with the University community as a whole. This is<br />

our way of inviting the campus community into the building to<br />

utilize it.”<br />

War Memorial's old entrance on Golden Gate Avenue is<br />

being turned into a Social Justice Hall of Fame that will tie moments<br />

in the University athletics’ history with the school’s social<br />

justice initiatives. “We'll start the social justice museum, and<br />

we're going to thread that through the building. We're going<br />

to have different places in the building where the story is told,”<br />

McDermott said. “Whether it's the 1951 Dons football team, or<br />

the ‘55 and ‘56 men's basketball teams, we are trying to tie it in<br />

over the years.”<br />

Elsewhere on campus, the Innovation Hive in Harney Science<br />

Center is now open, which provides two spaces for students<br />

to work. One space, situated at the building’s main entrance, is<br />

open for all and provides seating and whiteboards students can<br />

use for studying. The second space is located behind the public<br />

area. This space is for the new school of engineering students<br />

to design and build model prototypes and projects. The section<br />

features machinery including a laser cutter, 3D printers, drill<br />

presses, industrial printers, and lockers for students to store their<br />

designs. The space was a gift to the School of Engineering in<br />

celebration of the new engineering program.<br />

Director of Engineering Laboratories Sean Olson has played<br />

a vital role in getting the space ready for students. “My excitement<br />

for the Hive gets all wrapped up in my excitement for having<br />

students back on campus. My role has been to consolidate<br />

two main goals and share these needs with facilities who have<br />

been coordinating with the architects and construction for the<br />

design and build of the new lab,” Olson said.<br />

“My first role has been working with Dr. Julia Thompson,<br />

the faculty director of the hive, to look at how and with what<br />

equipment project classes will be taught in the Hive. The second<br />

is planning out how the Hive will be used by engineering and the<br />

rest of campus outside of the engineering project classes.”<br />

The new workspace, which used to be office space, is projected<br />

to be ready for classes in January 2022.<br />

NEWS<br />

James Salazar contributed to the reporting of this article.<br />

The space will be exclusively used by the new School of Engineering. PHOTO BY BEAU TATTERSALL/SAN<br />


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NEWS<br />


Staff Writer<br />

Following allegations of a prevalent culture of sexual violence within<br />

USF’s men’s soccer, the University’s Title IX office and its practices have become<br />

a frequent topic of conversation regarding how the school handles instances<br />

of sexual abuse.<br />

Since spring 2020, the office has implemented changes in policy and programs,<br />

including more prevention education for new students and athletic<br />

teams, improved student task forces, and increased community involvement.<br />

Title IX itself is a federal civil rights law that was passed in 1972, ensuring<br />

protections against sex-based discrimination in education programs and<br />

activities that receive federal financial assistance. According to their mission<br />

statement, USF’s Title IX office deals with all reports of sexual misconduct<br />

experienced by the campus community.<br />

In April, the office hired Katrina “Trina” Garry as the new deputy Title<br />

IX coordinator. Jess Varga, the Title IX Coordinator, controls most of the<br />

administrative tasks in the office, such as maintaining data and coordinating<br />

logistics of formal grievance processes while Garry was hired to be “out in the<br />

community, helping train our student leaders,” she said.<br />

According to Varga, Garry’s hiring by the selection committee “was resounding<br />

and unanimous.”<br />

Garry previously worked at Yale University for three years, where she<br />

headed their consent programs. She also worked in Yale’s Office of Gender<br />

and Campus Culture and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative.<br />

“From my experience working at Yale, supporting students and thinking<br />

about survivorship, I definitely am excited to be supporting survivors here and<br />

creating more opportunities for students to get involved,” Garry said.<br />

Garry is the point person for the office’s new Resources, Education, Prevention<br />

and Support (REPS) committee. This program, formerly a general<br />

Title IX committee, was created with aid from ASUSF Senate with a goal of<br />

eradicating sexual violence on the Hilltop. The committee of <strong>11</strong> students hosts<br />

events and workshops with various community groups to increase prevention<br />

education. With the REPS committee, “we’re trying to close the gap on student<br />

activism and opportunities for engagement,” Garry said.<br />

Garry’s hiring was directly related to the sexual abuse allegations and<br />

subsequent investigation surrounding the USF men’s soccer team. She was<br />

aware of the issue and excited to bring her experience as a former collegiate<br />

level athlete to the table as the point person between the athletics department<br />

and the Title IX office.<br />

Garry’s prevention plan does not stop with sports, however. “I am really<br />

excited to help create formative changes to our preventative education strategy,<br />

across campus, not just with student athletes,” she said. “That started this<br />

year with our orientation, the change in its modality.”<br />

This past August, students attending first and second-year orientations<br />

worked in small groups, facilitated by student orientation leaders, to discuss<br />

reactions to real scenarios of sexual misconduct. This was another change from<br />

the Title IX office, as they moved away from the large, lecture-style discussions<br />

of previous years.<br />

“I thought going through the scenarios was effective,” said Celeste Baird,<br />

a sophomore international studies major. “Having something where students<br />

could think about what they should do, instead of just being talked at.”<br />

Garry also led a first-year discussion of “So, You Want to Talk About<br />

Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, something which she said she was thrilled to do, with<br />

anti-racism work being important to her.<br />

“You can’t do sexual violence prevention and response work witthout<br />

considering intersectionality,” she said. “BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students are<br />

dispraportionatley affected by sexual violence.”<br />

As someone who “cherishes student activism,” Garry had the opportunity<br />

to work with Varga, Vice Provost Julie Orio, and Dean of Students Shannon<br />

Gary to coordinate the University’s response to demands from It’s On USFCA<br />

and the University’s handling of sexual abuse on campus.<br />

The responses combined “things that we’re already doing, and where we<br />

want to see ourselves go in the future, opening the door to allow for continual<br />

feedback and engagement,” Varga said.<br />

Varga said that all the replies were believed to be tangible and reachable.<br />

“I didn’t want any of those responses to be false promises,” she said. “We don’t<br />

want to just meet benchmarks, we want to go beyond for everyone.”<br />

Community involvement in sexual violence prevention is of great importance<br />

to both Varga and Garry. “While Jess and I are working at it from an<br />

institutional level, there are small ways that we can all get involved in this kind<br />

of work,” Garry said.<br />

“We care about our community,” Varga said. “That’s always centered at<br />

the forefront of what we’re doing.”<br />

The Title IX office can be reached titleIX@usfca.edu and the REPS committee<br />

can be contacted @USFCA_REPS on Instagram.<br />

Megan Robertson is a sophomore media studies and performing arts & social<br />

justice double major. She can be reached at mrrobertson2@dons.usfca.edu or on<br />

Instagram @megrrobertson<br />

USF’s Title IX Coordinator Jess Varga. PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF MARKETING &<br />


Title IX Deputy Coordinator Trina Garry. PHOTO COURTESY OF OFFICE OF MARKETING &<br />





Contributing Writer<br />

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The Black Student Union (BSU) held a town<br />

hall to amplify members’ opinions and concerns<br />

about various aspects and departments that affect<br />

the lives of USF students. Held on Nov. 3, D’Vine<br />

Riley, president of the BSU, called its second annual<br />

meeting a “brave space where we can challenge each<br />

other in a loving way.”<br />

Riley began the event with a statement of intent<br />

and poetry reading of Valerie Kaur’s “See No<br />

Stranger.” She then called forward Black representatives<br />

from various departments. These individuals<br />

introduced themselves and their departments to<br />

new members of the community and gave updates<br />

on existing and future developments that may directly<br />

affect students at USF.<br />

Secretary of BSU Amida Nigena and Director<br />

of Publicity De’Jena McClean led a community discussion<br />

on residential life. The two most repeated<br />

issues were Black students feeling uncomfortable<br />

in USF dorms and a lack of transparency regarding<br />

reporting Residential Advisors (RAs) for microaggressions.<br />

On the topic of discomfort and microaggressions<br />

in the dorms, one student in a living learning<br />

community commented on his feelings regarding<br />

leaving the safety of his community hall to attend<br />

classes on a daily basis. “As soon as I leave, it’s all<br />

eyes on me again,” he said. Other students outside<br />

of living learning communities repeated how isolated<br />

they felt on their own floors and the many small<br />

ways they are reminded of their differences from<br />

their peers. From overhearing alienating conservations<br />

about Black culture from non-Black students<br />

to witnessing inappropriate posters on personal residence<br />

dorm doors, students shared the multiple<br />

ways they have struggled in having USF feel like<br />

home.<br />

Students also shared what they believed to be<br />

a lack of transparency regarding reports to SHaRE<br />

about RAs and other members of USF’s residential<br />

community. Students were not only frustrated that<br />

they were not communicated with about the end<br />

result of their reports but that they weren’t involved<br />

in the restorative process. One student argued that<br />

“we shouldn’t be making complaints one day and<br />

then not seeing change a month later.”<br />

Although the majority of students agreed with<br />

the sentiment of more transparency, Assistant Dean<br />

of Students and Director of Community Living Dr.<br />

Aja Holmes disclosed that the end result of a report<br />

against a student becomes a part of that student’s file<br />

and to release any information from that file would<br />

result in a breach of the Family Educational Rights<br />

and Privacy Act (FERPA).<br />

Holmes and the attendees agreed to a possible<br />

confirmation email solution where those who filed<br />

the complaints would receive some sort of notification<br />

that SHaRE looked into their complaint and<br />

took the appropriate actions to resolve it.<br />

Black RAs also shared their apprehensions toward<br />

calling Public Safety on their residents. They<br />

want to restructure their relationships with residents<br />

to correct potential power imbalances. One RA in<br />

attendance called for implementing an unarmed<br />

taskforce to handle nonviolent transgressions like<br />

on campus drug use and mental health emergencies<br />

arguing that “guns aren’t necessary for a community<br />

like ours.” Holmes reminded the RA that they can<br />

Among the administrators that spoke at the town hall is the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Community Living, Dr. Aja<br />


specify that they need the assistance of unarmed officers<br />

but did offer to consider the RA’s proposal.<br />

Program Assistant and Secretary of the Progressive<br />

Policing Committee Advisory Board (PPCAB)<br />

Kahanu Salavea and Black Achievement Success<br />

and Engagement (BASE) seat Shiara Coleman introduced<br />

their goal to have PPCAB act as a liaison<br />

for students and staff to talk to Public Safety. Salavea<br />

and Coleman displayed the Public Safety Community<br />

Comment Form where members of the USF<br />

community can submit comments or concerns<br />

about Public Safety and its officers.<br />

Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor April<br />

Al-Shamma disclosed the work Public Safety officers<br />

have been doing to combat possible racial bias<br />

in their duties. The officers have been undergoing<br />

training that tackles racism, racial justice, and policing<br />

in higher education institutions. Additionally,<br />

officers and the USF community have been participating<br />

in listening circles where community members<br />

and officers alike can discuss their own relationships<br />

to and opinions about policing.<br />

BASE Administrative Intern Monzerrad Fierro<br />

reminded the town hall attendees that BASE aims<br />

to “holistically” help Black students by “aiding and<br />

empower[ing]” them. Aside from a living learning<br />

community, BASE also has resources like the Black<br />

Scholars Scholarship that provides free tuition to a<br />

select number of incoming freshmen, and a Black<br />

Resource Center, which hosts a variety of programming<br />

for undergraduate and graduate students. As<br />

Fierro summarized, “BASE is your base, your home,<br />

your core.”<br />

Holmes also spoke about her goals of supporting<br />

all USF students, regardless of their on-campus<br />

or off-campus residency through “edutainment”, a<br />

mixture of entertaining but educational programming.<br />

Aside from aiding students through the transition<br />

from residency halls to apartment life,there is<br />

also a push for expanding the USF food pantry and<br />

a search for a new space that best suits the pantry’s<br />

demand. Collymore brought up a possible collaboration<br />

with Counseling and Psychological Service<br />

(CAPS) for biweekly workshops catered towards<br />

Black and first-generation students .<br />

Shannon Gary, the assistant vice president of<br />

student life gave important updates on the continuing<br />

search for a new Black CAPS counselor Gary<br />

reassured town hall attendees that a position has<br />

been officially posted and that the listing specifically<br />

states that the University is searching for a Black<br />

counselor who will work with Black students.<br />

Gary noted that issues like the cost of living<br />

in San Francisco as well as the lack of Black people<br />

in the city may be standing in the way of possible<br />

applicants. To the dismay of some attendees, CAPS<br />

is only searching for one Black counselor despite the<br />

growing number of Black students at USF. Additionally,<br />

Gary mentioned a proposal where an agency<br />

would provide counseling when CAPS appointments<br />

are fully booked.<br />

Pamela Balls Organista, the senior vice provost<br />

for equity, inclusion, and faculty excellence, spoke<br />

on retention for Black faculty and staff at the University,ensuring<br />

that the end goal of hiring Black<br />

staff and faculty will be “to recruit but also to retain.”<br />


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NOV. <strong>11</strong><br />

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



SCENE<br />


Contributing Writer<br />

The basement cafe, also known as the undercaf, in the University Center<br />

is not often filled with screaming cheers, singalongs, and waving phone flashlights,<br />

but this is what students encountered on the night of Nov. 4. Kasamahan,<br />

the University’s Filipinx-American student organization, hosted GBM<br />

Jam, their annual Glioblastoma (GBM) research fundraiser talent show, and<br />

the talent showed up. The performances ran the gamut, from karate to spoken<br />

poetry. Raffle tickets were sold, and prizes included a variety of gift baskets,<br />

filled with everything from snacks to a cast iron skillet and Kasamahan merch.<br />

The undercaf overflowed with Kasamahan members, far too many to be<br />

accommodated by the chairs that were set up. Every single performance electrified<br />

the audience, and those who could not snag a seat danced nearly the<br />

whole night. However, performing artists weren’t the only ones who showed<br />

up. Three tables were papered with drawings, paintings, prints, and collages<br />

from USF students Andre Canta, Madeline Morales, Brynn Bangit, and Adrian<br />

Silagan. Kesem and Hui O’Hawai’i, two related clubs at USF, made appearances<br />

as well. Kesem, a support system for children of people with cancer,<br />

was represented at a table manned by Kesem representative Megan Fabriquer.<br />

Kesem holds a week-long summer camp, where, according to Fabriquer, kids<br />

have the “space to relate to each other and just be kids.” Hui O’Hawai’i, USF’s<br />

Hawaiian culture organization, had a table that included information about<br />

their upcoming events like their annual lu’au.<br />

In 2016, Kasamahan member Chris “Benjo” Carandang lost his life to a<br />

glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Kasamahan rallied around him and his<br />

family, hosting a talent show to raise money to help with the medical bills. The<br />

show became an annual tradition, and the money raised from the event now<br />

goes to GBM research.<br />

For performer Angelene Carranceja, a USF senior and karate black belt,<br />

all the chairs had to be pushed to the back. Carranceja soared around the<br />

room, expertly performing aerial moves complete with swinging nunchucks.<br />

Though she has not practiced much in the past few years, Carranceja said she<br />

grew up practicing in her uncle’s dojo alongside her siblings and later taught<br />

at that same dojo. She has competed on both the national and international<br />

level, and earned a spot on the U.S. Team for the World Karate Commission<br />

in 2019. The GBM Jam has always held a lot of meaning for Carranceja. “Everybody<br />

still comes together,” Carranceja said. “Even though he passed away,<br />

we still remember [him], not just to mourn but to do good.”<br />

Poets at the event shared stories of immigration in prose. Senior Brynn<br />

Bangit kicked off the night with a reading of her poem, “A letter to my immigrant<br />

parents.” Junior Jewel Yee used the spoken word to pay tribute to<br />

her ancestors and highlight the experiences of children of immigrants in the<br />

United States. She finished with the line, “I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams<br />

and their dream was to rest, so I will rest.”<br />

Musicians prompted the crowd to light up the room with waving phone<br />

flashlights and sing along, their voices echoing throughout the undercaf. Kiara<br />

Dioquino brought tears to attendees eyes as she performed an emotional rendition<br />

of her grandparents’ favorite Tagalog song about everlasting love, “Minsan<br />

Lang Kitang Iibigin '' by Ariel Rivera. Other musicians went with more<br />

lighthearted performances, such as Keren Oczon, who sang a hilarious original<br />

song on ukulele. Following Oczon, Kasamahan’s Cultural Director Sly Pellas,<br />

a senior communications major, led the Kasamahan dance troupe to the floor.<br />

The barefoot troupe entered the space dressed in maxi skirts that flowed<br />

with their movements. They performed two traditional dances: Pandango<br />

Oasiwas (Pandanggo translates to “Fandango with the Light” in English, as<br />

the dance is traditionally performed with oil lamps), a celebratory folk dance<br />

originating in Lingayen, the capital of Pangasinan. After a wardrobe change,<br />

they transitioned to the dance Itik Itik (Itik in Tagalog means "duck"), which<br />

the group choreographed themselves but is based off of a dance that originated<br />

in Surigao del Norte.<br />

The talent show boasted one common thread that tied the evening together:<br />

community. Each performer spoke at one point or another about how<br />

meaningful it was to have the Kasamahan community supporting them.<br />

The Kasamahan Dance Troupe performs the dance “Itik Itik '' in the undercaf. PHOTO BY KATARINA CACARNAKIS / SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN



07<br />


Contributing Writer<br />

Elim Utterback, a sophomore fine arts major, has an<br />

imaginative style that people can recognize just by looking<br />

at him. It is not just his painted sweatpants and laid-back<br />

demeanor. Utterback, a sketch artist, oozes creativity.<br />

Art has always been a part of Utterback’s life. When<br />

asked to recall his early works, Utterback thought back to<br />

being just two or three-years-old and drawing “potato people''<br />

on each page of his dad's yellow legal pad. Utterback’s<br />

art has come a long way since those first potato sketches.<br />

Much of his artwork is done in pencil, though he is always<br />

exploring new mediums.<br />

Today, Utterback’s work combines elements of social<br />

justice with psychedelic style. His piece titled “Manifest Reality,”<br />

depicts a woman in a futuristic space suit holding what<br />

one can only assume is a sci-fi space laser, standing before an<br />

alien wasteland.<br />

Kerra Hendrickson, Utterback’s classmate, describes<br />

him as one of the “most aesthetic people she’s ever known.”<br />

“He’s not only an artist,” Hendrickson said. “He considers<br />

philosophy and people's placement in society. He takes almost<br />

anything and applies it to creativity.”<br />

Utterback grew up moving all over the country, but he<br />

says the time he spent in Hawaii influenced his art the most.<br />

He explains that in Hawaiian culture, it is common to express<br />

emotion that opens up pathways for art of all kinds.<br />

In addition to sketching, painting, and working with oil<br />

pastels, Utterback also produces music, plays the cello and<br />

guitar, and makes clothes.<br />

“Now, I love oil pastels and s— that<br />

just throws down a lot of color,” Utterback<br />

said. This is no surprise, given that Utterback<br />

identified French cartoonist Jean<br />

Giraud as his muse. Giraud, who often<br />

went by the alias “Mœbius,” illustrated<br />

the “Silver Surfer’ comic with Stan Lee in<br />

the late 90’s and was best known for his<br />

cowboy cartoon “Blueberry.” While Giraud’s<br />

influence is evident in Utterback’s<br />

work, Utterback displays an undeniable<br />

amount of originality. His art includes<br />

sci-fi inspired landscapes and figures that<br />

invite viewers to a turbulent, intergalactic<br />

realm, but his sketchbook also reveals faces<br />

emerging from bewildering scrawls of color.<br />

There are figures with their eyes closed,<br />

as though they have just ended an exhausting<br />

day, and others full of anticipation, as<br />

though they are hanging onto someone’s<br />

every word.<br />

Utterback’s attention to detail and<br />

his pursuit of beauty is evident in all his<br />

work. Utterback says that while he’d love<br />

to support himself with his art, it isn’t his<br />

primary motivation. “I would be so limited,<br />

even if I loved [my work],” he said “I<br />

would like creative things I do to help others,<br />

this is a global community… I would<br />

like to create something that is definitively Sketches by Elim Utterback feature sci-fi themes and faces emerging from the page. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ELIM UTTERBACK<br />

good.”<br />


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NOV. <strong>11</strong><br />

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





a senior environmental<br />

science major.<br />

Gardening is more than just planting seeds<br />

and pulling weeds; it is nourishment for the mind<br />

and body. It is a place of growth, community, and<br />

pride. The people you meet, the knowledge you<br />

gather, and the experiences of both successes and<br />

failures provide a special bond between yourself<br />

and your crop.<br />

Gardening has different meanings for everyone.<br />

I began my gardening journey indoors with<br />

a passion for houseplants that grew into an obsession.<br />

Like any good hobby, I felt the need for<br />

its expansion. While registering for classes last fall,<br />

I stumbled across the course, Urban Agriculture<br />

Spring. After learning more about the course, I<br />

was excited to get to work in the USF garden and<br />

expand my knowledge on all things plants.<br />

When I first started gardening, I felt overwhelmed with all the particulars<br />

like which tools to use, and which steps go into planting. How do I plant? Am<br />

I watering too much or too little? I quickly learned that gardening comes from<br />

the heart. There truly isn’t a wrong way to do it. Your garden becomes a representation<br />

of who you are. The tools and knowledge help sculpt your vision of the<br />

soil you till. Of course, understanding some basics like how to germinate seeds<br />

and properly plant a newly sprouted seed are important, but with some basic<br />

knowledge, the garden is your canvas.<br />

Taking Urban Agriculture was a great first step in starting my gardening<br />

journey. I learned everything I needed to know to start my own garden including<br />

how to plant, weed, make compost, germinate seeds, graft trees, install drip<br />

irrigation, create herbal tinctures, and more. For myself and those with similar<br />

mindsets, it is comforting to know that as long as we are passionate and determined,<br />

we will not fail. Gardening gives me that sense of satisfaction, and it is a<br />

great outdoor activity where I can meet new people and destress from the rigors<br />

of the day. Not to mention that I get to do this in the beautiful USF garden.<br />

Your body will thank you for the freshly grown vegetables and fruits you<br />

harvest in the garden. It is also exciting to take the bounty you have extracted<br />

from your beautifully tilled soil and experiment in the kitchen. Gardening is a<br />

vehicle for a healthier diet and a sense of pride knowing that you created this<br />

diet, literally, from the ground up.<br />

Beyond physical health, gardening can have an incredibly positive influence<br />

on mental health. It is a boundless outlet to release stress and submerge yourself<br />

into a soothing environment. Taking Urban Agriculture classes has helped me<br />

destress, be absent from the chaos that my other classes bring, and recharge my<br />

body, mind, and soul. Whether I am pulling weeds or planting seeds, I always<br />

feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle my next academic obstacle.<br />

Gardening is also a path to connect to Earth and understand nature on a<br />

deeper, more personal level. Feeling the damp, cold soil fall through your fingers,<br />

watching your saplings come to life, and harvesting your creations is a way<br />

to experience the wonders of our planet and we become more mindful when it<br />

comes to how we treat it. Gardening promotes a more sustainable environment<br />

and reminds us that if we all do our part, Earth can provide for generations to<br />

come.<br />

My experience in the garden has also educated me about the issues that our<br />

food system faces. Not only do I now understand how much effort goes into<br />

having a healthy and sustainable garden, but I have the utmost appreciation for<br />

the workers in the farming industry. In the United States, being a farmer for<br />

a big producer is a demanding job accompanied by unjust pay and inequitable<br />

treatment. Through courses like Community Garden Outreach, I gained a<br />

greater understanding of the struggles farmers encounter and I'm determined to<br />

demand change in the industry. By urging us to create more urban gardens and<br />

accessible food, our reliance on big farming can be reduced. The Urban Agriculture<br />

department advocates for the just treatment of workers and believes that all<br />

people should have access to healthy food.<br />

Once I found out that USF offered an urban agriculture minor, I immediately<br />

added it to my coursework. The silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic<br />

for me was discovering gardening when I needed it the most. The pandemic has<br />

been stressful for all students. We had to shift away from campus and our daily<br />

interaction with loved ones and friends. Gardening has become my outlet to just<br />

let go. It has helped my mental health, and I have developed a sense of pride and<br />

passion in connecting with our Earth through its soil. I am now able to grow<br />

my own food, educate others, install drip irrigation, create herbal remedies, and<br />

continue to develop my gardening knowledge. I encourage students who have<br />

space in their curriculum to take a look at the urban agriculture minor and the<br />

classes that are offered to start their gardening journey. Or better yet, stop by the<br />

USF Garden and see for yourself what it means to be a gardener.


09<br />


junior biology major.<br />

Small droplets of water sparkling like diamonds<br />

on leaves. The strong, therapeutic smell<br />

of wet soil. A cool breeze. These are some of the<br />

defining elements of the rainy season stored in my<br />

treasure trove of memories. The recent historic<br />

rainfall in San Francisco brought back these poignant<br />

flashbacks, and I could not help but go back<br />

to my old routine on rainy days. I sat by the window<br />

with a cup of tea and some snacks while the<br />

rain splashed against the windowpane, forming a<br />

gray-tinted picture of swaying trees and drenched<br />

ground.<br />

Weather conditions, directly or indirectly,<br />

influence our lives profoundly and also decide the<br />

course of our daily lives. This influence brings ups<br />

and downs for everyone, and it's these weather<br />

conditions that keep us connected to nature and motivate us to maintain a harmonious<br />

balance with it as much as possible.<br />

Back in high school, rainy days were filled with jumping in water puddles,<br />

getting our uniforms dirty with mud splashes, and making paper boats<br />

and floating them in the puddles. They were all fun-filled experiences, touched<br />

with childhood enthusiasm. Rains were always a relief as hot weather was dominant<br />

in Kolkata, a city in West Bengal where I lived, and the heavy downpour<br />

brought the much-needed relief from the sweltering heat. The cool breeze and<br />

low temperature after the downpour was much more soothing than sitting in a<br />

room with an air conditioner.<br />

Besides the natural elements of the monsoons, my rainy day memories are<br />

also filled with literature, music, and art. During heavy rain and thunderstorms,<br />

we often had power outages, and the entire household would plunge into darkness.<br />

Immediately, my mother or grandmother lit candles, and we all huddled<br />

around with bowls of rice crispies and fried snacks in our hands, marking the<br />

beginning of a long session of conversations which we call “Adda'' in Bengali.<br />

The main attraction of the event were my grandparents, uncles, aunts, and<br />

parents narrating ghost stories while me and my cousins shivered in fear and<br />

excitement, not letting them pause even at the scariest parts. Apart from stories,<br />

we also had musical sessions where everyone sang their favorite songs or recited<br />

their favorite poems. Rainy days gave us an opportunity to come together as a<br />

family and everyone would pause their duties to sit down and relax together. The<br />

recent downpour gave me an opportunity to relive all these memories.<br />

But all that glitters is not gold. Though the rains are soothing, they also<br />

come with destruction. Flash floods, landslides, and cyclones are just a few natural<br />

disasters that cause havoc and destroy many houses and lives. The memories<br />

of some very destructive cyclones are still fresh in my mind as I remember how<br />

they raged through my city, causing torrential rain for two or more consecutive<br />

days. With climate change becoming more prominent day by day, I cannot help<br />

but feel worried about how natural forces are becoming more destructive than<br />

ever.<br />

For instance, the recent flash floods in Germany clearly show how too<br />

much intervention in the natural ecosystem is making innocent lives pay a hefty<br />

price with destroyed houses and lost lives. Hence, if we all don’t come together<br />

to protect our ecosystem in which we live in synchrony with nature, very soon<br />

memories of jumping into puddles for fun might turn unimaginable.<br />

Weather conditions closely mirror our lives, and each season - summer,<br />

rain, winter, fall, spring - closely resemble our moods. For instance, all of us have<br />

a rich harvest of success in our lives at some point just like the season of spring<br />

and a state of sorrow, loss, or stagnation like the winter season. The interpretation<br />

of each weather condition can be different for everyone. For some, summer<br />

can be a season of joy (especially in the West), while the same summer can be a<br />

source of pain, especially in tropical countries. It varies from person to person<br />

and yet unites us because we experience these weather conditions anywhere and<br />

everywhere. Weather conditions inspire us and sometimes devastate us. But in<br />

the end, they keep us rooted to the earth.<br />

Today we are living in an era characterised by climatic flux more than ever.<br />

Governments are holding climate summits (the ongoing COP26 summit) and<br />

making elaborate promises about plans to reduce climate change. But the beginning<br />

has to happen at the grass root level. Every citizen should make an effort<br />

to help protect the environment. Very small steps such as avoiding littering, not<br />

keeping the water tap open unnecessarily, and planting a tree in the backyard<br />

can be easily done. Every small step counts toward a greener environment and<br />

will help many like me to preserve monsoon memories.<br />



10<br />


NOV. <strong>11</strong><br />

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




Despite a global pandemic, USF remains a<br />

heavily civically engaged campus and in 2020, our<br />

voter turnout rate increased by nearly 20% from<br />

previous years largely in part to the student-led<br />

organization USFVotes in partnership with the<br />

Andrew Goodman Foundation (NSLVE). This<br />

data was shared with USFVotes and comes from<br />

the biannual release of the National Study of<br />

Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE)<br />

Campus Report published through the Tufts University<br />

Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life,<br />

KALLIE BARRIE is a which provides colleges and universities information<br />

on their student’s voting habits and builds a<br />

senior politics major.<br />

national database for research on students' political<br />

leaning and engagement in democracy.<br />

As one of two USFVotes Campus Leads, I was able to use this data to<br />

celebrate improvements in voter turnout on our campus as well as address<br />

ways in which we can strive to improve and continue to make voting more<br />

accessible to the USF student<br />

body especially as we prepare a<br />

campus plan for upcoming midterm<br />

elections in 2022.<br />

The report shared with<br />

USFVotes is a cause for celebration,<br />

as the student-led voter<br />

engagement initiative has a close<br />

partnership with the group that<br />

publishes it. Hearing that voter<br />

engagement rates have increased<br />

on USF’s campus is always welcomed<br />

news, but this report also<br />

helps narrow down specific areas<br />

that need improvement so that<br />

everyone can engage in democracy.<br />

There are still large gaps in<br />

voter turnout compared to registration<br />

rates and groups that<br />

are unregistered meaning that<br />

voting accessibility work on our<br />

campus is far from done.<br />

Although 2020 presented<br />


challenges, it resulted in making<br />

voting as accessible as ever in terms of wide usage of mail-in ballots and many<br />

states removing the ability to cast an in-person vote. It made voting something<br />

students could do easily between work and classes versus a potential all day<br />

event you have to wait in line for. Furthermore, many politicians promised<br />

ways to address the severe inequalities that were highlighted throughout the<br />

pandemic, so it finally felt like a difference could have been made with a vote,<br />

even though these promises have not been delivered yet as we approach a full<br />

year in office post-election.<br />

As registration is only the first step in exercising civic engagement and<br />

the right to vote, it is pivotal that we make voting as accessible as possible to<br />

those on our campus so our voter participation rates continue to increase as<br />

well. In past election years, USF made classes on election day optional to give<br />

students ample time to vote, but increasing the use of mail-in ballots and drop<br />

boxes throughout our campus would only make voting that much easier. The<br />

increase of accessibility in languages used on ballots is also huge in making<br />

voting more accessible, not just for students but for the entirety of the USF<br />

community.<br />

The NSLVE Report broke down voter turnout by race and ethnicity at<br />

each college or university. At USF, every race and ethnicity’s voting rate increased,<br />

with the most substantial increase being that of Native Hawaiian and<br />

Pacific Islander identified students going from 31% in 2018 to 70% in 2020.<br />

These rates ranged from 49% to 77% from Asian identified students and students<br />

who identify as two or more races respectively. While there was a substantial<br />

increase for every race and ethnicity, there are still eligible students<br />

who are not voting. This gap in voter turnout being so drastic is concerning<br />

and speaks to systemic issues such as voter accessibility and politicians running<br />

on campaigns that may not be inclusive or representative of the needs of<br />

various community members.<br />

It is hard to vote when you feel your vote may not matter or when the<br />

person you are voting for does not actually represent you and the issues you<br />

care about. Lack of representation in politics is a huge issue, and it directly<br />

affects students at our University as well as nationwide. While USFVotes is a<br />

non-partisan political club, we encourage students during election years to<br />

vote for people who are running on policies that align with issues that matter<br />

to them. Though it is important that everyone has the right to vote and voting<br />

is made as accessible as possible, it is understandable that students sometimes<br />

feel defeated and will not exercise that right.<br />

By sex, female identified<br />

students had a 70% voter<br />

participation rate while male<br />

identified students had a rate<br />

of 58%. The NSLVE did not<br />

include data on other gender<br />

identities. This lack of representation<br />

leaves out an extremely<br />

important demographic within<br />

our campus, and I hope that<br />

various identity groups will be<br />

included in the breakdown of<br />

campus engagement in voting<br />

in the future. Strictly keeping<br />

political engagement within the<br />

binary excludes many students<br />

on USF’s campus and prevents<br />

us from analyzing the weight<br />

that people may hold in national<br />

elections based on their<br />

identities.<br />

Finally, the methods USF<br />

students voted by were also reported.<br />

79% of USF students<br />

voted not in-person, meaning by mail or voting early. This rate had a 14%<br />

increase from 2016, likely because of the amount of students from out of state<br />

as well as the role of the pandemic during the 2020 election.<br />

Almost all of the University of San Francisco’s voter engagement rates<br />

increased, and as a University we submitted our institution for the All-In<br />

Campus Challenge for our high rates of civic engagement and voter participation.<br />

USFVotes continues to host registration drives, spread information on<br />

what is on the ballot in upcoming elections, and update the student body on<br />

what is happening on the national level in policies as well as in the local level.<br />

While work on our campus and nationwide is far from done in terms of<br />

making voting as accessible as possible, it is important to continue to celebrate<br />

small wins like increasing our voter participation rate by nearly 20%. In the<br />

meantime, there is a school board recall election on February 15, 2022 in<br />

which non-citizens can vote in San Francisco, a huge victory in terms of local<br />

voter accessibility. As a community, USF can keep up the good work of maintaining<br />

or improving upon our voter participation rates. If you are interested<br />

in joining USFVotes and promoting civic engagement on our campus, you can<br />

follow our Instagram and Twitter, @USFVOTES.


<strong>11</strong><br />



Staff Writer<br />

With the college soccer season winding down, the USF men’s soccer<br />

team hosted their final homestand of the season, with both matches ending in<br />

heartbreaking defeat. The Dons faced the Stanford University Cardinal, a Bay<br />

Area neighbor, on Nov. 4, and this marked the third time this season that USF<br />

played a team from the Pac-12 Conference. Both sides were scoreless until the<br />

90th minute of the match, when the Cardinal found the back of the net and<br />

sealed a 0-1 loss for USF.<br />

Offensively, the Dons were kept quiet as the green and gold did not<br />

record their first attempt at a goal until the 18th minute. However, Stanford<br />

kept defender Nathan Simeon’s strike from putting USF on the board. Despite<br />

both teams having opportunities to break the tie within the first 45 minutes,<br />

strong defense on each end of the field meant that the teams were<br />

deadlocked heading into the half.<br />

Forward Nonso Adimabua came out of the locker room with fervor and<br />

attempted his first shot at the 50th minute. However, the Cardinal’s goalkeeper<br />

had Adimabua’s number, and the game remained a scoreless affair. USF<br />

would not get another chance at scoring until the 67th and 70th minute, with<br />

both attempts once again coming from Adimabua. Still, the forward’s strikes<br />

were no match for the Cardinal’s unwavering defense.<br />

With a few ticks left in regulation, the Cardinal scored and subsequently<br />

shut down USF’s final attacking attempt, pushing the Dons’ losing streak to<br />

four games.<br />

USF returned to Negoesco Stadium Nov. 7 for the squad’s final home<br />

game of the season against the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Lions<br />

and, more importantly, Senior Day. Prior to kickoff, seniors Shayan Charalaghi,<br />

Ivo Neto, and Dominic Valdivia were recognized for their contributions<br />

to the team and received their framed jerseys.<br />

The Dons’ fate mirrored their last loss as the Lions scored in the final<br />

three minutes of regulation, handing USF another 0-1 loss.<br />

Both sides were fairly matched in the first half as the Lions recorded eight<br />

shots in comparison to USF’s five shots. Neither squad broke the tie, and the<br />

game was knotted up at the end of the first 45 minutes of action.<br />

The second half of the match told a different story for USF as the Dons<br />

did not get a single scoring opportunity. Alternatively, the Lions rattled off <strong>11</strong><br />

shots in the second half, with their lone goal being scored in the 87th minute<br />

of the match. At the end of full time, USF was outshot by the Lions to the<br />

tune of 5-19.<br />

The Dons’ troubles went beyond scoring as two players were given yellow<br />

cards during the match. The first card was given to midfielder Tamba Di Matti<br />

in the 73rd minute for unsporting behavior, and the second card was given to<br />

Valdivia in the 89th minute for the same offense. USF also found itself in foul<br />

trouble as the team committed 13 through both halves.<br />

USF’s latest loss pushed their losing streak to five games, and the team<br />

holds an overall win-loss-tie record of 2-12-1 with an 0-5-1 record in West<br />

Coast Conference play. USF will wrap up its season Nov. 13 and hit the road<br />

for a game against the University of Portland Pilots. These squads last encountered<br />

each other in April with the game ending in a 0-0 tie.<br />

SPORTS<br />

Defender Kevyn Lo (#21) attempts a steal. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS

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NOV. <strong>11</strong><br />

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



SPORTS<br />

Going by his stage name Lil Bazzy, redshirt senior Khalil Shabazz entertained the crowd at the<br />



Staff Writer<br />

What is a guaranteed way to get college students to pack the War Memorial<br />

Gym at the Sobrato Center to commemorate the start of the college<br />

basketball season on a Wednesday night?<br />

A 3-point contest and a slam dunk contest are promising incentives, but<br />

a $1,000 half-court shot contest is even better.<br />

A slew of festivities were on tap for Tipoff Madness, the USF men’s and<br />

women’s basketball programs’ spin on “Midnight Madness,” an event celebrating<br />

the upcoming college basketball season in which a team opens its first<br />

official practice to the public. Held on Nov. 3, Tipoff Madness featured the<br />

aforementioned contests, color guard and spirit squad routines, and a live<br />

performance from Lil Bazzy, otherwise known as redshirt senior guard Khalil<br />

Shabazz.<br />

“This year, especially coming off of COVID, we really wanted to try to<br />

get all the students and the campus energy back to the gym,” said Garrett<br />

Furubayashi, the director of men’s basketball operations. “Last year, we didn't<br />

have any fans in here. So, we just wanted to do something to kind of tip off<br />

the season and get people excited about coming here.”<br />

Ralph Ferrari, special assistant to the men’s basketball team, said that<br />

head coach Todd Golden “came up with the idea” of having Shabazz be the<br />

musical guest. “He mentioned it to Khalil, and Khalil was all about it. It's<br />

great for him. It's great for the students. It's great for the school. I mean, it<br />

feels like we're coming together as a great community right now,” said Ferrari.<br />

This was Shabazz’s first time performing in front of an audience.<br />

Shabazz, who sees rap as a creative outlet, did not start rapping until<br />

the ninth grade, and he finally got the chance to record in a studio during<br />

his freshman year of college. “Growing up, I would always just write rhymes<br />

and just write little raps and stuff in my little notebook. As I got older, I just<br />

found myself really knowing the lyrics to everybody's songs and stuff,” said<br />

Shabazz. He thought that if he knew “everybody else's lyrics, I might as well<br />

Sophomore Ioanna Krimili participates in the women’s 3-point contest. PHOTO BY JAMES<br />


just make my own.”<br />

Sporting a pair of free USF sunglasses that were given to the first 200<br />

students, Lil Bazzy entertained the crowd with songs from his recently released<br />

extended play (EP) “Working With What I Got,” including “1am in<br />

the Trenches” and “Time Away.”<br />

Aside from his performance, Shabazz was equally excited for the halfcourt<br />

shot contest. Ten students tried their luck at taking home a $1,000<br />

check, signed by Golden, but to no avail.<br />

As the player who set a USF single-season record for 3-point goals with<br />

a total of 97, it was only fitting that redshirt sophomore Ioanna Krimili won<br />

the women’s 3-point contest. Krimili, who was named the West Coast Conference’s<br />

(WCC) Newcomer of the Year, is looking forward to building on last<br />

season’s appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).<br />

“We have even bigger goals. We want to finish first in the conference this year.<br />

Why not go to the March Madness [tournament]? Everybody's really excited,”<br />

said Krimili. “We are working every day, really hard. We have one goal, to just<br />

win every game and play really good basketball.”<br />

In his first year with the program, junior guard Gabe Stefanini claimed<br />

victory in the men’s 3-point contest. Later that night, graduate student guard<br />

Jamaree Bouyea was crowned the winner of the dunk contest. Bouyea pulled<br />

Emmanuel Nwabueze, a former USF men’s basketball player, out of the<br />

stands. The 6’2” guard then jumped over 6’3” Nwabueze and finished off with<br />

a dunk so dazzling that Bouyea decided to not use the second chance given<br />

to all contestants.<br />

Ferrari is already toying with the idea of making Tipoff Madness an annual<br />

event. “We want to get the students to feel like they're part of the program,”<br />

said Ferrari. “We're ready to take this thing to the next level.”<br />

For Furubayashi, this season will be all about bringing the game day<br />

atmosphere back to the War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center. “Last<br />

year was so hard, just being in a dead gym. There was just nothing in there,”<br />

said Furubayashi. “You can only simulate so much crowd noise as opposed to<br />

hearing the actual fans go crazy when they see a cool dunk or someone hits a<br />

three or something like that. So, it's definitely very exciting.”

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