VOL 119, Issue 11—Dec. 2, 2021

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FOGPOD<br />

NEWS<br />

USF’s Counseling and<br />

Psychological Services<br />

expands services to meet<br />

students’ needs.<br />



THURSDAY, DEC. 02 <strong>2021</strong> • <strong>VOL</strong>. <strong>119</strong>, ISSUE 11<br />


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Staff Writer<br />

USF is off to their best start since the 1976-77<br />

season when they began 26-0 under head coach Bob<br />

Gaillard. That season, USF finished with an overall<br />

win-loss record of 29-2, and they also reached the<br />

first round of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball<br />

tournament.<br />

“That was nine years before I was born [and]<br />

that was back obviously when the team was fantastic<br />

and competing for national titles and [was]<br />

nationally ranked and that’s the goal of this club, I<br />

think we should have a chance to be a top 25 team<br />

come next week,” said men’s basketball head coach<br />

Todd Golden in a post-game interview with Pat<br />

Olsen that was uploaded to the USF Dons’ official<br />

Youtube channel following their eighth win of the<br />

season.<br />

The USF men’s basketball team had much to<br />

be thankful for this past Thanksgiving weekend as<br />

they were crowned the winners of the Continental<br />

Tire Las Vegas Invitational, a four team tournament<br />

featuring the Dons, the Towson University Tigers,<br />

the University of New Mexico Lobos, and the University<br />

of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers. The<br />

event was nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.<br />

Action began Nov. 25 as the Dons squared<br />

off against the Tigers. Both sides kept the contest<br />

fairly even in the first half, but once graduate student<br />

guard Jamaree Bouyea found graduate student<br />

forward Yahuen Massalski in the corner to sink a<br />

3-pointer for a 10-9 lead, the Tigers could not rattle<br />

the Dons’ momentum.<br />

At the end of the first half, the Dons led the<br />

game by nine points, and the second half began<br />

with the Tigers cutting their deficit down to five<br />

points through their efforts in the paint.<br />

Although the Dons made 14 points in the<br />

paint and the Tigers came close with 12 in the second<br />

half, Bouyea’s total of eight field goals, four<br />

3-pointers, and nine rebounds carried the Dons to<br />

a 71-61 win and gave USF the chance to go against<br />

the Blazers the following day in the championship<br />

game.<br />

USF’s opposition had eliminated the Lobos<br />

from the tournament, and the Dons found themselves<br />

on the wrong end of an 0-4 deficit within<br />

four minutes of the first half. Following two dunks<br />

and a layup by Massalski, the Dons evened the score<br />

and ensured that the Tigers did not run away with<br />

the contest.<br />

Redshirt senior guard Khalil Shabazz extended<br />

the lead with two back-to-back 3-pointers<br />

and gave the Dons their first 10-point lead of the<br />

game with a score of 22-12. The Blazers’ defense<br />

failed to stop shots from beyond the arc as Bouyea<br />

and Shabazz ran up the score 28-16. With another<br />

set of back-to-back 3-pointers, the Dons closed the<br />

first half going 6-9 from beyond the arc.<br />

Coming out of the locker room, the Blazers<br />

Women’s basketball<br />

embarks on first road<br />

trip of the season.<br />


63–61<br />


went on a 7-0 run against the Dons and trimmed<br />

USF’s lead down to a mere four points. Eventually,<br />

graduate student guard Gabe Stefanini broke the tie<br />

with a 3-pointer, and junior guard Julian Rishwain<br />

followed up with a pair of 3-pointers.<br />

Once again, the Blazers’ grit evened up the<br />

score at 43 points each with just over 11 minutes<br />

left in regulation. USF protected their lead by routinely<br />

converting on free throws, but the Blazers did<br />

not go down without a fight. Within the last 10<br />

seconds of the second half, the Dons went 3-4 from<br />

the charity stripe, and USF’s defense got the stops it<br />

needed to stifle the Blazers’ comeback. In the end,<br />

the Dons hung on to a two-point lead and won the<br />

tournament by a score of 63-61.<br />

Speaking with the Foghorn, Massalski said,<br />

“A lot of what people don’t see is how we’re interacting<br />

with each other behind the scenes and I<br />

believe that the relationship that you build with<br />

your teammates during practice and going head-tohead<br />

against each other is what really gets you those<br />

wins.” He continued by saying, “You don’t look at<br />

the fans, you don’t look at the opposite team, you<br />

really look at each other and you try to find that<br />

energy, that little spark, that something from the<br />

person next to you.”<br />

With their two wins, the Dons improved to<br />

an overall win-loss record of 8-0 for the first time in<br />

45 years. The Dons return home Dec. 4 when they<br />

host the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels at<br />

the War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center.

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DEC. 02,<br />

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

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As the fall semester comes to a close, production of the Foghorn is<br />

hitting pause until we return in January. For our last issue, our staff reflected<br />

on our first in-person semester since we went into lockdown<br />

almost two years ago.<br />

Given the circumstances, we managed to work well<br />

together this semester. Moving back to a mostly in-person<br />

work modality was a significant and challenging adjustment<br />

for everyone. However, we feel that our time online helped<br />

prepare everyone for this semester and equipped us with<br />

new tools to accomplish tasks and communicate with<br />

one another more efficiently and successfully. We<br />

were able to overcome challenges presented to us<br />

as a team. Though being in-person was an interesting<br />

adjustment to our new normal, students at<br />

USF seemed to have handled it well, despite the<br />

expected hiccups.<br />

All of our staff members are currently located<br />

in San Francisco, which gave us the highly anticipated<br />

opportunity to convene as a group both<br />

for work purposes and to get to know each other<br />

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have regained access to our office on the fourth floor<br />

of the University Center, where many of us spent late<br />

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from each other.<br />

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USF graduate, James Salazar, for leading our team<br />

with compassion, humor, and dedication.<br />

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USF will hold ceremonies<br />

for class of 2020 and <strong>2021</strong><br />


Staff Writer<br />

USF recently announced it will hold an in-person ceremony and celebration<br />

on April 8, 2022 for graduates of the class of fall 2020 and spring <strong>2021</strong>. As<br />

a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, graduates from these classes were unable<br />

to participate in the traditional walk-through at St. Ignatius Church. However,<br />

next spring, the recent alums will finally get their opportunity to cap off their<br />

college careers with the pomp and extravagance of a traditional commencement<br />

ceremony.<br />

Kellie Samson, head of USF media relations, provided further information<br />

about this announcement in an email to the Foghorn. The April celebration<br />

will include “traditional commencement ceremonies, complete with a platform<br />

party of administrators, faculty, and trustees, and students in regalia receiving<br />

their diplomas from Fr. Fitzgerald as their names are read,” Samson said.<br />

Carolyn Jatul, a spring <strong>2021</strong> graduate, said she is glad that there will be an<br />

in-person ceremony for her because “it means a lot to be celebrated on campus<br />

in the church and recognized and reconnect with professors and fellow classmates.”<br />

The ceremony is still in its late planning stages, but more details will be<br />

The last in-person graduation ceremony held in December 2019. PHOTO COURTESY OF USF OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS<br />

released by January once attending graduates have been confirmed by Dec. 15.<br />

The University said, “The number of graduates who indicate that they plan<br />

to attend will determine the number of ceremonies and the number of guest<br />

tickets available.”<br />

The University clarified that the ceremony will follow city and county<br />

public health guidelines, including proof of full vaccination for whoever will be<br />

in St. Ignatius Church.<br />

Jatul said she expects some form of social distancing and mask wearing<br />

while inside; however, the recent graduate said she is “going for sure and would<br />

love it to be as ceremonial and performed similarly to other years with guest<br />

speakers and individual departments.”<br />

“The promise made to these graduates was that the University would host<br />

in-person ceremonies for them when it is safe to do so,” Samson said. “We are<br />

delighted to now be able to welcome these alumni back to campus to celebrate<br />

their accomplishments and perseverance.”<br />

The University’s commencement working group, which includes faculty<br />

representatives and staff from all USF schools and programs, recommended the<br />

ceremony be held in April. Samson said numerous factors went into the decision<br />

to hold the ceremony on April 8, including the church’s availability, and<br />

providing enough time for event planning and for graduates and their families<br />

to make arrangements.<br />

The plans for an in-person, but scaled-back, commencement ceremonies<br />

will make their first return after two years with the upcoming winter commencement<br />

ceremonies in December for winter graduates.<br />

Guidelines and protocols for the December 16-17 graduation ceremonies<br />

have been released. As tradition, the commencement will also be held in St.<br />

Ignatius Church, but at a reduced capacity.<br />

Each graduate is only allowed to invite two guests and there will not be<br />

any overflow seating areas available at the ceremony. Guest tickets are not for<br />

sale or resale, and candidates found selling guest tickets will have their degree<br />

withheld until the next conferral period. Additionally, all guests are required<br />

to wear a mask at all times and show proof of vaccination status. Unvaccinated<br />

guests 2 and older are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test,<br />

administered within the past 72 hours, to enter the church.<br />

Senior psychology student, Kobi Miller, who will be graduating this semester<br />

said it has been a struggle to decide which family member gets to go given<br />

the limited tickets available. “It’s a bit unfortunate, especially for families of<br />

color and first-generation students,” Miller said. However, she added that given<br />

the circumstances, and with recent classes not having the opportunity to walk<br />

for graduation, “we’re grateful to even have one.”<br />

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DEC. 02,<br />

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





05<br />

NEWS<br />


Staff Writer<br />

Studies show that amid the ongoing pandemic,<br />

the mental health of college students nationwide is<br />

only worsening, and USF is no exception.<br />

Data from the Center for Collegiate Mental<br />

Health at Pennsylvania State University has found<br />

that out of 43,000 students who sought psychological<br />

treatment in the fall of 2020, 72% of students said<br />

that the pandemic negatively impacted their mental<br />

health.<br />

“During the pandemic, there has been a significant<br />

increase in demand in psychological services,<br />

not just on college campuses, but across the country,”<br />

Molly Zook, interim director and assistant director of<br />

operations for USF’s Counseling and Psychological<br />

Services (CAPS), said.<br />

These mental health concerns, while apparent nationwide,<br />

are being felt here on the Hilltop. CAPS has<br />

been met with an influx of students, and a shrinking<br />

amount of resources, as key staff positions remain unfilled<br />

and students experience wait times as long as a<br />

month. This has led to updated policies and a contract<br />

with the teletherapy service, Uwill, to meet demand.<br />

Sophomore USF student “S,” who wished to remain<br />

anonymous, spent their freshman year of college<br />

staring at a screen, trading classrooms and lectures for<br />

Zoom breakout rooms and emoticons. There was an<br />

air of suspense for them in the move onto campus<br />

this fall, as they left the virtual world for an in-person<br />

reality with the threat of COVID-19 looming in the<br />

background.<br />

“The move to campus was really stressful both as<br />

an environment change and through the fact that the<br />

risk of COVID-19 is much higher in student housing,”<br />

they said.<br />

While the possible exposure to COVID-19 is<br />

challenging enough, their on-campus housing assignment<br />

made them feel “repeatedly invalidated and uncomfortable<br />

as a student with disabilities,” they said.<br />

“S”’s roommates began to spread rumors about<br />

them, which led them to a mental health crisis. “I felt<br />

like I was a danger to myself if I were to continue to<br />

live in that environment,” they said. “I had to talk to<br />

someone.” So, they turned to the resource they had at<br />

their disposal: CAPS.<br />

CAPS offers a multitude of services to students,<br />

such as brief individual therapy, brief couples therapy,<br />

group therapy for marginalized communities, single<br />

session therapy, drop-in workshops, and, most applicable<br />

to “S,” an all-hours crisis line leading to a brief<br />

crisis assessment.<br />

“S” was able to get a same-day, emergency appointment<br />

with a psychologist after calling CAPS’ allhours<br />

crisis line. While “S” planned to simply have<br />

someone to confide in, they ended up leaving the<br />

meeting with an action plan to find different housing<br />

and resolve the issue.<br />

“I’m glad that CAPS has crisis appointments that<br />

are available day of,” they said. “It’s important that you<br />

are able to connect with someone as soon as possible<br />

out of concern for your own safety.”<br />

Many USF students are having similar mental<br />

health difficulties. According to Zook, CAPS has<br />

“conducted about 50% more intakes, seen six times<br />

Due to protocols, the CAPS front desk office requested the Foghorn not take pictures inside because they are not allowing<br />


the number of crisis clients, and conducted twice as<br />

many single session clients. Compared to this time last<br />

year we’ve seen 115 more students.”<br />

While the demand for student psychological services<br />

is greater than a typical year, CAPS’ resources<br />

have been dwindling. Students have seen wait times<br />

from two weeks to a month to be seen by a psychologist.<br />

Since spring 2020, three staff psychologists have<br />

left the office, and the positions have remained unfilled.<br />

Zook herself is working two different positions<br />

within the office.<br />

“We’re actually seeing more with less people,”<br />

Zook said. “I am so proud of our staff for how hard<br />

they have worked. I have never seen in any other year,<br />

people putting in the time and being there for students.<br />

It’s incredible how many students they’ve been<br />

seeing.”<br />

USF Counseling and Psychological Services Interim Director and<br />

Assistant Director of Operations Molly Zook. PHOTO COURTESY<br />


For “S,” the services received at CAPS were “extremely<br />

helpful.” But for others, CAPS’ lack of available<br />

counselors has left students like Gemmaly Boyd, a<br />

sophomore Japanese studies major, feeling “extremely<br />

dissatisfied.”<br />

After the wait for an appointment, Boyd met with<br />

one of CAPS’ therapists and found it to be surface level<br />

treatment and unhelpful for their own healing. They<br />

never attended a second appointment. “I wish they’d<br />

hire more people or open more lines,” Boyd said.<br />

Zook said that CAPS is aware of the dissatisfaction<br />

that many students are feeling. To combat this<br />

issue, CAPS has contracted the teletherapy company<br />

Uwill to provide another therapy option for students.<br />

Beginning in January 2022, this service will help<br />

CAPS “meet the demand for services and be able to<br />

provide more therapy sessions to students,” Zook said.<br />

CAPS plans on using their hiring search for the<br />

three, empty positions as a way to diversify the office.<br />

According to Zook, they are looking to hire a psychologist<br />

fluent in Mandarin and another who will<br />

address the needs of Black students. Dean of Students,<br />

Dr. Shannon Gary is conducting the search for both<br />

positions.<br />

In another update, beginning next semester,<br />

CAPS will implement what Zook calls a “triage intake.”<br />

As of now, when students call to make an<br />

appointment, they wait before receiving an initial<br />

assessment. With this new system, students will immediately<br />

have a 15 to 20 minute phone assessment “with<br />

a therapist so we can get more information about what<br />

their needs are and fit them into the right therapy service,”<br />

Zook said. “The wait times will come down, and<br />

students’ needs will be met more appropriately.”<br />

These updates to CAPS’ services and modes of<br />

operation work to further fulfill what Zook said is at<br />

the core of CAPS, that students will be “heard, seen,<br />

and understood for the distress they are experiencing,”<br />

she said. “We hope they can leave CAPS feeling supported,<br />

that they have new insights or ways of handling<br />

their struggles.”<br />

The performing arts and social justice department hosts its<br />

first outdoor in-person concert of dance, music and theater.<br />

Sara Ahmed<br />

Staff Writer<br />

The performing arts and social justice (PASJ) department ended a year-long<br />

hiatus and hosted their first in-person event of the year in Gleeson Plaza on Nov.<br />

20. The event marked the first time the fall concert was held outdoors and featured<br />

a combined performance of all three concentrations of music, dance and theater.<br />

Megan Nicely, the PASJ department chair, expressed her excitement about the<br />

many firsts of the show and said that “COVID and returning to campus unable to<br />

perform indoors led to us combining the efforts of the three classes and producing<br />

a shared event.”<br />

Nicely said that there was an added layer of emotion to the performances, a<br />

result of the pandemic’s effect on students’ work. “People are a little more sensitive.<br />

We’ve been through a<br />

lot so there’s this passion<br />

and expression, but<br />

also vulnerability and<br />

tenderness that’s on the<br />

surface.”<br />

Although the show<br />

was a fusion of the different<br />

art styles, the<br />

pieces all grappled with<br />

similar themes of social<br />

justice. “The mission<br />

of the department is to<br />

look at the arts through<br />

the lens of social justice<br />

and social justice issues,”<br />

said Nicely. “A lot<br />

of the works dealt with<br />

issues students are dealing<br />

with now.”<br />

Through expressive<br />

choreography and<br />

somber melodies, the<br />

performances encapsulated<br />

topics ranging<br />

from empathy, ancestral<br />

connection and love, to<br />

darker themes of suicide<br />

and loss. The Dance<br />

Generators, an intergenerational dance company based in the Bay Area, explored<br />

what it means to move forward as a community in their piece “Returning Forward.”<br />

Nicely highlighted the significance of not only bringing these themes to light,<br />

but the emotional forces behind them. “While we want to be entertaining, we also<br />

want to get at some deeper issues,” she said. “We want people to leave feeling to act<br />

or do or just reflect on how they are in the world.”<br />

Laynee Daniels, a senior double majoring in PASJ and psychology, is a vocalist<br />

and musician, and plays instruments such as the bass and the cajon, a box shaped<br />

percussion instrument. She showcased these talents in the concert.“I grew up in a<br />

musical environment. My mom and sisters were all musical people so it was just<br />

natural that I joined,” Daniels said.<br />

Daniels participated in the group piece, “No One,” a cover of the original song<br />

by Alicia Keys which included other music students. However, her most notable<br />

performance was a piece she composed this spring, titled “Everything Will Be Ok.”<br />

The composition served as a dedication to her grandmother who passed away earlier<br />

this May. Daniels said, “I wrote that song because, no matter what, she would say<br />

‘Everything will be ok.’”<br />

Daniels believes that music and social justice are indispensable to one another.<br />

“When we have protests and social gatherings that are done for a cause, and there’s<br />

chants, it’s all considered music.” Daniels stressed the unifying power of music, especially<br />

in large groups, saying, “Music has the power to change and unite people.”<br />

Kevin Sarmiento, a sophomore engineering major and the theater assistant stage<br />

manager, described the collective excitement around hosting the event back in person<br />

after two years of it being online. “Holding it outdoors presented its own set of challenges,<br />

but having not worked a show for almost two years made me feel motivated<br />

to take them on,” Sarmiento said. “Seeing all three concentrations there made me feel<br />

fortunate to have been involved in this process. Everyone came together and created<br />

a truly moving performance.”<br />

For Sarmiento, theater plays a crucial role in social justice issues. “Theater tells a<br />

story that can initiate a<br />

conversation in the audience<br />

and possibly motivate<br />

them to recognize<br />

and take action within<br />

their own community,”<br />

he said.<br />

Dancers perform "If These Corpses Were Poems, Would We Then Remember? (A Further Investigation)" choreographed by<br />


According to<br />

Nicely, the need to<br />

speak and perform is<br />

more pertinent now<br />

than ever. “The world<br />

has changed so much,<br />

especially in the last two<br />

or three years with a lot<br />

of racial reckoning and<br />

a lot of issues around<br />

labor and disparity.”<br />

She praised the transformative<br />

power of the<br />

arts in sharing our experiences<br />

with one another,<br />

saying, “With the<br />

pandemic, there’s that<br />

foundation of emotion<br />

that’s really starting to<br />

come through in all its<br />

complexity. There’s a lot<br />

of pain there, but also a<br />

lot of opportunity for connection and growth.”<br />

As the production manager, Beth Hersh played a major role in making sure the<br />

technical aspects of the concert came together. She was impressed with the flexibility<br />

of the performers in light of the technical difficulties that came with setting up the<br />

event outdoors. Such circumstances included acquiring stage permits and uncooperative<br />

weather between rehearsals. “I felt such pride in their ability to be professionals,<br />

to keep working even under unideal circumstances where things are changing that<br />

are completely out of their control,” Hersh said.<br />

Hersh was delighted to experience the students’ work in person again.“There’s<br />

just something that never comes across on a screen the way it does in a space,” she<br />

said. Applause and shouts of support from the audience were integral in creating the<br />

ambience of a live performance.<br />

Hersh emphasized that the most important thing was the collective joy of the<br />

students being able to create and perform together. “The real electricity that comes<br />

from live performance was a relief to experience again, and it was so gratifying to see<br />

the students get a chance to have that,” she said.<br />


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07<br />

J.P. Allen poses with “Jeopardy!” host<br />

Mayim Bialik. PHOTO COURTESY OF<br />


LUCIA VERZOLA // Staff Writer<br />

SCENE<br />

A completed chocolate meringue pie. PHOTO COURTESY OF DURANTE VERZOLA<br />

Ingredients<br />

Smitten Kitchen’s Pie crust:<br />

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour<br />

1 ½ granulated sugar<br />

½ teaspoon salt<br />

1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks<br />

¼ cup very cold water, plus an additional<br />

tablespoon if needed<br />

Grandma Tucker’s chocolate filling:<br />

1 cup sugar<br />

¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon corn starch<br />

¼ teaspoon salt<br />

1 ½ cups whole milk<br />

½ cup evaporated milk<br />

4 extra large egg yolks, beaten<br />

1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips<br />

2 tablespoons unsalted butter<br />

1 tablespoon vanilla extract<br />

Meringue:<br />

5 extra large egg whites, room temperature<br />

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar<br />

¼ cup sugar<br />

Method<br />

For the crust: Combine flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Work the butter<br />

into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a coarse meal and the largest<br />

bits of butter are the size of tiny peas. Add cold water and stir with a spoon until large clumps<br />

form. Use your hands to knead the dough together in the bottom of the bowl. If necessary,<br />

add a tablespoon of water to bring the dough together. Flatten dough into a disk and cover<br />

in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 48 hours.<br />

For the filling: In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually<br />

whisk in both milks. Cook, whisking constantly over medium high heat until the mixture<br />

comes to a boil. Boil for one minute, whisking continuously. Remove from heat and gradually<br />

whisk hot mixture into egg yolks. Continue to add hot water into egg yolks while whisking<br />

constantly until about ¼ of the mixture has been added to the egg yolks. Poor egg yolk<br />

mixture into the saucepan and whisk well. Add chocolate chips and cook mixture, stirring<br />

constantly over medium heat for three minutes. Remove from the heat, whisk in butter and<br />

vanilla extract, and cover and chill until cold.<br />

Baking the crust: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. On a floured countertop,<br />

roll the dough out into a 12-13 inch circular shape. Transfer the dough to a standard 9 inch<br />

pie plate. Fold the dough overhang under the edge of the pie crust and crimp decoratively if<br />

desired. Line the crust with foil and pour rice or beans over the foil to weigh it down. Bake<br />

for 20-30 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Cool completely.<br />

Assembling the pie: Fill cooled pie crust with chilled chocolate filling. To prepare meringue,<br />

beat egg whites, cream of tartar, and sugar with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form<br />

and sugar completely dissolves. Spoon the meringue over the top of the chocolate filling,<br />

decorating to resemble fluffy clouds. Keep the pie in the fridge until ready to serve.<br />


Staff Writer<br />

After 20 years of relentless auditions for the long-running trivia game show, “Jeopardy!”,<br />

USF professor of business and innovation J.P. Allen has finally found success. In<br />

September, Allen woke up to the call confirming his spot in “Jeopardy’s” upcoming, first<br />

Professors Tournament.<br />

“It’s kind of like the Nobel Prize calling you,” Allen said.<br />

The tournament, hosted by Mayim Bialik, will include 15 professors from colleges and<br />

universities across the country going head-to-head for a chance to win $100,000 and a spot<br />

in the upcoming Tournament of Champions.<br />

Despite the large grand prize, Allen said he is not in it for the money, a sentiment<br />

shared by the other professors competing in the tournament. He grew up watching “Jeopardy!”<br />

with his grandfather and has been hooked on the show ever since. Allen said he has built<br />

up “warm feelings around the show” and considers it a “part of his history.”<br />

Allen’s preparation for the show has been a process years in the making and said becoming<br />

familiar with the recurring trivia categories is a must. From there, it's all about<br />

“knowing your strengths and building on your weaknesses.”<br />

As a business professor with a Ph.D. in computer science, Allen’s strengths are, unsurprisingly,<br />

business, economics and technology. Having grown up overseas in Saudi Arabia,<br />

world geography is one of Allen’s strong suits as he attended high school in both Switzerland<br />

and Greece and boasts a knowledge of almost 200 world capitals.<br />

“I don’t need to study that stuff,” Allen said. “Canadian geography might be my dream<br />

category.” As a conversation starter during downtime between tapings, Allen inquired about<br />

the other contestants’ dream categories since most contestants also have a niche interest or<br />

two.<br />

Allen’s weaknesses? Pop culture, fiction and literature. In terms of the trivia categories,<br />

William Shakespeare is the Montague to his Capulet, otherwise known as a challenger he<br />

did not want to see in the tournament. However, he’s studied up on these weaknesses, taking<br />

notes from the 2019 Jeopardy champ, James Holzhauer, who subscribed to People’s Magazine<br />

and Entertainment Weekly to brush up on his pop culture knowledge.<br />

The instructors in the tournament specialize in a range of disciplines, with random,<br />

sometimes unexpected, hobbies sprinkled in. For Allen’s matchup, viewers will see him<br />

paired against a botany professor from North Carolina and an associate professor of French<br />

literature from Delaware, who he found were fun and interesting competitors to be in “hand<br />

to hand combat with.”<br />

“When you're dealing with your profs, you know that they're really strong in their<br />

particular area. But there's usually some other weird thing,” Allen said. “And then you find<br />

it, it comes out when they start answering these $2,000 clues like they're nothing and you're<br />

like, ‘Whoa, where'd that come from?’”<br />

Interestingly enough, contestants also have to practice hitting the buzzer and mastering<br />

this seemingly simple task is an important aspect of the contestants' success. Buzzing<br />

in, according to Allen, is harder to prepare for than the questions themselves. Luckily, in a<br />

tournament, contestants are granted more time to practice buzzing in and get feedback from<br />

coordinators, as opposed to regular tapings of the show.<br />

Jeopardy is taped weeks to months in advance of an episode’s airing, so Allen has<br />

already been to the studio and met and competed with the other contestants. According to<br />

Allen, his first taste of the “Hollywood lifestyle” on the set included a lot of downtime, strict<br />

COVID-19 protocols, and a sense of camaraderie.<br />

In addition to being tested for COVID-19 twice before being let on the studio lot and<br />

then again every two days while taping, Allen had to carry around a small zip-close bag to<br />

hold his mask and hand sanitizer. Before putting his mask on or taking it off, Allen had to<br />

first sanitize his hands. With the absence of a live studio audience, production crews took on<br />

the task of clapping when the applause sign lit up. “It’s kind of weird to be in that world,”<br />

Allen said.<br />

In a way, COVID-19 guidelines helped him secure a spot on the show. Allen thinks his<br />

previous rejections can be blamed on his height since he is a whopping 6’7’’ tall. This is an<br />

issue because the show’s producers try to even out the height of the contestants with the use<br />

of platforms behind the podiums. Since auditions for the tournament were online this time<br />

around, he felt his height could not be perceived as an obstacle.<br />

According to Allen, sometimes the contestants were able to watch other matchups, but<br />

most of the time, that was not the case because the others’ results affected their performances.<br />

Therefore, Allen spent a lot of time in the dark on the day of the quarterfinals tapings.<br />

“They would call people in, and say, ‘Okay, these are the next three Colosseum gladiators,’”<br />

Allen said jokingly. “And they were keeping us on the “Wheel of Fortune” lot. It<br />

was dark since they weren't taping and they’re like, ‘Don't touch that wheel. You're gonna<br />

die if you touch that wheel.’ I sat there for like six or seven hours, waiting for my chance.”<br />

While sitting in the unlit “Wheel of Fortune” studio, Allen and other contestants were<br />

not allowed access to electronics so as to prevent any potential cheating.<br />

“It's a digital cleanse at the same time,” Allen said. “You’re just stuck freaking out about<br />

your one chance to do this thing you’ve dreamed up, but that’s why it was nice to have a<br />

tournament, because everyone was really nice and supportive.”<br />

Although he hasn’t yet broadcast the information to his students to avoid distracting<br />

them from their lessons, Allen did tell his dean, Charles Moses. Moses, a longtime “Jeopardy!”-lover<br />

himself, was “pumped” when he learned the news, even offering to help train<br />

Allen for the tournament.<br />

Allen hopes to have a watch party organized when his episode airs on Dec. 10 for<br />

USF’s trivia fans, which includes students and alumni who take part in smaller-scale trivia<br />

nights around the city.<br />

“It’s fun to see representation from your own university in such a big tournament,”<br />

said Peter Lassalle-Klein, a USF alum who regularly attends trivia nights at The Bitter End,<br />

a bar on Clement Street.<br />

Although many USF students may not be as big of fans of the show as Allen, it is still<br />

a special moment to see one’s professor competing for academic glory on television.<br />

The tournament will air on weekdays from Dec. 6 through Dec. 17 on ABC. Check<br />

your local listings.<br />


08 09<br />


DEC. 02,<br />

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

SCENE<br />



Jordan DelFiugo<br />

Staff Writer<br />

With finals week just around the corner, many students can be seen around<br />

campus prepping for their upcoming exams. Some students have a set of headphones<br />

in their ears, which begs the question: what is on USF students’ study playlists?<br />

For AJ Langone, a freshman biology major, the answer is folk music from<br />

artists such as Caamp, KALEO, and Bon Iver. “I feel like it has a calming aspect to<br />

it that helps me focus better,” Langone said.<br />

While some may find the background noise to be an unwelcome distraction,<br />

many students, such as Langone, find that listening to music can help them focus.<br />

Morgan Brum, a junior media studies major and KUSF DJ, says she prefers<br />

listening to classical music and gentle jazz when studying. “I usually curate these<br />

playlists by listening through Spotify playlists or greatest hits albums and selecting<br />

my favorites,” said Brum. “If I need to be in the zone but want something different,<br />

I’ll listen to lullaby versions of my favorite songs because they won’t distract me like<br />

the original tracks might.” Artists like Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar and Sweet<br />

Little Band create soft, instrumental renditions of popular songs with production<br />

USF media studies major John Shepard listens to the USF Collaborative Study Playlist<br />


16 songs shuffle<br />

reminiscent of classic lullabies, which Brum says provides a relaxing form of background<br />

music as she studies.<br />

Freshman psychology major Nika Bresker finds classical music to be a soothing,<br />

less distracting alternative to the pop and rap music she usually listens to. “The<br />

lack of lyrics in classical music stops my mind from wandering when I need to<br />

concentrate,” Bresker said.<br />

In contrast, senior pre-med student Jorie Gabrysiak finds it easier to concentrate<br />

when listening to music that is familiar to her, rather than lending an ear to<br />

an entirely different genre. “I tend to gravitate towards rap and R&B when I study<br />

because I listen to it all the time and it’s just whatever is on my playlist,” Gabrysiak<br />

said.<br />

Freshman performing arts and social justice major Cecily Felice says that her<br />

genre of choice is lo-fi, which refers to a style of music with an emphasis on possessing<br />

a ‘home-made’ quality that produces subtly predictable, soft sounds. The genre<br />

includes elements of easy-listening, jazz, hip-hop samples, and more. “Lo-fi is very<br />

easy to listen to because it doesn’t have any abrupt or loud noises,” Felice said. “I<br />

know exactly what I’m getting when I listen to it.”<br />

Each student interviewed for this article was asked to suggest a few songs to<br />

help curate the ultimate study playlist. Here is what what was created:<br />

“All the Pretty Girls,” KALEO<br />

“Strawberries,” Caamp<br />

“Bloodbank,” Bon Iver<br />

“White Winter Hymnal,” Fleet Foxes<br />

“i’m closing my eyes,” Potsu<br />

“this girl,” Elijah Who<br />

“I’m on Fire,” Soccer Mommy<br />

“Normal Girl,” SZA<br />

“Can’t take my eyes off of you,” Lauryn Hill<br />

“Claire de Lune,” Claude Debussy<br />

“Moon River,” Emile Pandolfi<br />

“I fall in love too easily,” Chet Baker<br />

“Linger,” Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star<br />

“Dear Lord,” John Coltrane<br />

“Un Sospiro,” Van Cliburn<br />

“Plastic Love,” Friday Night Plans<br />


senior media studies major,<br />

film studies minor.<br />

In a few weeks, I’ll graduate<br />

from USF. Though I’m excited<br />

to finish school and move on<br />

with my life, I’ve loved the time<br />

I’ve spent as a student here. It’ll<br />

be hard to say goodbye.<br />

It’s been a journey full of<br />

crossroads and plot twists. For<br />

three long years, I was a student-athlete,<br />

living out my lifelong<br />

dream of playing college<br />

baseball. Looking back, it seems<br />

like I spent nearly every second<br />

of those three years on the field<br />

or in the weight room, pouring<br />

blood, sweat, and tears into a<br />

game that I’d worked to perfect<br />

since I first picked up a bat and glove at five years old.<br />

Growing up, I loved baseball, and was proud to be a baseball<br />

player. It was all I ever wanted to do. In college, the game<br />

became something different. With what was demanded of myself<br />

and my teammates, it became a job, and as a walk-on, I<br />

wasn’t being compensated for my work. It became increasingly<br />

difficult to justify the hours I was spending working on what<br />

had begun to feel like a child’s game.<br />

During my junior season, I began to wonder if I still<br />

wanted to be a baseball player. I felt disconnected from my<br />

identity as an athlete. Searching for motivation, I asked myself,<br />

“why do I play baseball?” and couldn’t find an answer. I had<br />

fallen completely out of love with the game. In a postseason<br />

meeting with my coaches, I told them I was hanging up the<br />

cleats and leaving the team. My baseball career was over.<br />

Up until the spring of my freshman year, I was undeclared.<br />

Taking Mark Taylor’s Intro to Film Studies class that<br />

semester inspired me to declare as a media studies major and a<br />

film studies minor. I’d been vaguely interested in film growing<br />

up, but Professor Taylor’s course cemented it as a pillar of my<br />

life. It taught me what it means to value and think critically<br />

about film, and more importantly, art.<br />

During my sophomore year, I learned the basics of video<br />

production in a class taught by Danny Plotnick, and began to<br />

create short films of my own. My passion for images continued<br />

to grow, and although I’d only been trained in moving pictures,<br />

I became interested in still photography as well. When I<br />

wasn’t working on a video project, I was taking photos, trying<br />

to teach myself the mysterious language of color, composition,<br />

and light that serious photographers speak fluently.<br />

Over the last few months, my video work has felt less<br />

significant as photography has become my primary focus. As<br />

I’ve become aware of the various genres of the medium, I’ve<br />

found myself specifically drawn to street photography. Some of my best memories<br />

from this semester are from long, aimless walks around our beautiful city with my<br />

camera.<br />

These walks, and my camera, have taught me a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I love<br />

my major, and I’ve learned a ton from my media studies classes, but I’ve always felt<br />

that the most valuable lessons are the ones that can be directly applied to my dayto-day<br />

life. I learn these lessons through photography every day.<br />

One thing I’ve realized is that beauty and nuance surrounds us at all times,<br />

available to us as long as we are present enough to see it. Photography has changed<br />

the way I move through space. It has transformed me from a passive and disconnected<br />

individual moving through the city to an active and engaged observer, inextricably<br />

connected to my surroundings.<br />

I recently read a book about Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer<br />

who did much of his work walking the streets and capturing seemingly trivial moments<br />

in beautiful ways. The book refers to the “visual rhythms” of which Cartier-Bresson<br />

so masterfully captured. His photos turn seemingly insignificant subjects<br />

and backgrounds into visual poetry, bringing order to the chaos of urban life.<br />

Deeply inspired by Cartier-Bresson’s photography, I’ve worked on training my eyes<br />

to work the way his did, aligning shapes and structures in ways that turn the city’s<br />

random visual cacophonies into well-composed and intentional works of art. This<br />

process has taught me that life itself is art.<br />




Lastly, I’ve learned that you can’t take your camera everywhere you go, and<br />

you shouldn’t. You can’t take a photo of everything you see that might be worth<br />

photographing, and that’s okay. If the photo you are about to take feels unoriginal,<br />

or boring, or meaningless, or shallow, it’s better to lower the camera and look at the<br />

world through the best lens you have: your eyes. To take a photo is to stop time,<br />

to freeze the constant motion of life in a frame that will live on after the moment<br />

has passed. Taking too many photos turns your present reality into a means to an<br />

end, the here and now becoming just another opportunity for a photo that will<br />

soon be buried in your camera roll. Learning to distinguish when to put down the<br />

camera has allowed me to become more aware of my level of presence in any given<br />

moment, whether I’m isolating myself from my surroundings or allowing myself to<br />

embrace the present and be here now.<br />

When I graduate from USF on December 17, I’ll bid farewell to the media<br />

studies department, and along with it, some truly incredible professors. People like<br />

Mark Taylor, who gave me the vocabulary to speak and write about film, and Danny<br />

Plotnick, who showed me that I could make my own. Leaving these people and<br />

countless other media studies professors who have challenged and inspired me is a<br />

tough pill to swallow. But as I leave behind my identity as a student of this university,<br />

I’m still very much a student of another school. My classroom is the world, and<br />

I can go to class any time I want. All I have to do is pick up my camera and walk<br />

out the front door.<br />


10<br />


DEC. 02,<br />

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



11<br />


SOFIA CHAVEZ is a junior<br />

international studies major<br />

In ancient Greece,<br />

the infamous philosopher<br />

Aristotle outlined<br />

a set of criteria that<br />

men (only men) had<br />

to embody to reach<br />

fame or “eudaimonia.”<br />

They had to be wealthy,<br />

respected, and, most<br />

importantly, virtuous.<br />

Fame used to be worth<br />

something. It said<br />

something about a person’s<br />

character. Nowadays,<br />

one only needs<br />

an internet connection<br />

and opinions to achieve what Andy Warhol coined<br />

as “fifteen minutes of fame.” With today’s technology<br />

and the rise of social media apps, it’s easier than<br />

ever to become famous. In the early 2000s we saw<br />

the rise of what we now call the influencer. People<br />

who are famous almost exclusively because they<br />

know how to sell themselves. Paris Hilton was a<br />

pioneer in the field, closely followed by Kim Kardashian<br />

and her family.<br />

Apps like Instagram and YouTube allow everyday<br />

people to create content that can be consumed<br />

by millions with the click of a button. Once influencers<br />

grow a following and attract dedicated fans,<br />

they monetize that by selling their followers their<br />

own products or products from a brand deal with<br />

a company. Currently, influencing or content creation<br />

is a career with seemingly limitless earning<br />

possibilities. Some influencers are millionaires, like<br />

Logan Paul, whose net worth is an estimated 19<br />

million dollars. These influencers sell whatever image<br />

they wish to portray to brands for profit. They<br />

give normal people a peek into their life where they<br />

do things just like we do, but so carefully curated<br />

and choreographed that it becomes readily consumed<br />

entertainment for us.<br />

The way I understand it, the trend of influencers<br />

came from a desire to see normal people represented<br />

in the media. Not everyone is ready to idolize<br />

figures, like traditional Hollywood celebrities, who<br />

are so far removed from the reality of most people’s<br />

everyday life. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic it<br />

was evident that performative activism would no<br />

longer be celebrated after the release of the “Imagine”<br />

video (a tone-deaf attempt to lift spirits where<br />

celebrities filmed themselves singing “Imagine” by<br />

John Lennon). While celebrities like Gal Gadot and<br />

Will Ferrell sang from their secluded mansions, people<br />

were losing their homes and getting sick. At the<br />

same time, random people on TikTok were getting<br />

famous for choosing outfits in front of a camera or<br />

sharing about their lives.<br />

The inherent problem lies in the fact that when<br />

someone is elevated into fame, no matter how “normal”<br />

they were before, they immediately lose what<br />

made them palatable: relatability. I would describe<br />

relatability as being able to connect with people,<br />

their humor, values, and aspirations on any scale.<br />

The more an influencer makes themselves vulnerable<br />

while maintaining a wall around themselves and<br />

what makes them unique and special, the more I’ve<br />

noticed they succeed.<br />

YouTube creator Emma Chamberlain manages<br />

to remain relatable because she has everything we<br />

want, the clothes, the relationship, the money, the<br />

fame —and yet she’s just like us. She films herself<br />

making coffee in the morning, chooses outfits to<br />

go grocery shopping, and delivers heart-wrenching<br />

moments of relatability when she opens up about<br />

issues many people face such as anxiety. The only<br />

difference between her and any other young adult<br />

is that she makes coffee from a brand that she owns<br />

in a house worth millions in Beverly Hills. This is<br />

not to say that it is a small difference. In fact, it is<br />

a difference of such magnitude that it is worthy to<br />

consider whether Chamberlain has lost what made<br />

people love her in the first place. While millions enjoy<br />

her content (myself included), it is important to<br />

understand that her career has surpassed the reach<br />

of her fanbase.<br />

At the opposite side of the spectrum is Kim<br />

Kardashian whose allure is due in part to the fact<br />

that she took control of her sexuality when it was<br />

exploited and somehow still found a way to profit<br />

off of it. The lifestyle she portrays is so far removed<br />

from that of the average person, having elevated<br />

herself to a state of a quasi-goddess with the help<br />



of luxury and good PR to present herself to her intended<br />

audience. She is extremely controversial because<br />

of how she attained her fame and what she<br />

does with it now. Sex tape aside, Kim’s brand has<br />

been beauty and luxury from day one. She has been<br />

constantly critiqued, along with her whole family,<br />

for promoting unattainable beauty standards and<br />

appropriating Black culture. She has a whole TV<br />

show based on family drama with every pixel covered<br />

in product placement. She is not relatable in<br />

any way but keeping up with her family makes us<br />

feel a bit more normal, or perhaps some can identify<br />

with their petty squabbles and handbag fights.<br />

The line between love and hate is a thin one.<br />

The normalization of parasocial relationships with<br />

celebrities has forced us to look within and contemplate<br />

what we as a society value and respect. Audiences<br />

now want people they can relate to enough<br />

to understand but different enough they can look<br />

up to. However, the question remains: can celebrities<br />

ever be relatable? Is what sets them apart what<br />

makes them famous? Will we ever truly admire our<br />

mundanity?<br />


Staff Writer<br />

Three and a half years ago, I came to the University of San<br />

Francisco determined to start a career in journalism. Throughout<br />

elementary school and all of high school, I told teachers,<br />

classmates, and anyone else who listened that I wanted to be<br />

something between a sports writer and a sports broadcaster.<br />

Admittedly, nothing in my life made me think I had a chance<br />

at excelling in this craft, but my perception changed when I<br />

signed up for the San Francisco Foghorn.<br />

Whether it be due to funding or a lack of interest, none of<br />

my schools had a student journalism outlet. Despite the lack<br />

of experience, I clung to the idea that my major and future career<br />

would combine two things that I love: writing and sports.<br />

Enter the plucky freshman who jumped at the opportunity<br />

to sign up for the school paper and write extensively for<br />

the sports section. My first piece recapped a women’s soccer<br />

game, and I felt a rush getting to utilize terminology that I<br />

had learned through playing and watching the sport. Unfortunately,<br />

my involvement was short-lived as I stepped away from<br />

writing for two months to focus on my academics.<br />

It was not until the end of fall semester that I returned<br />

with fervor and passion. My first op-ed dealt with the lack of<br />

fair wages given to WNBA players. At first, I was discouraged<br />

because the editing process was intense and made me feel like<br />

I did not have as much of a handle on my topic as I originally<br />

claimed. However, I quickly realized that edits are the nature<br />

of the business and within a few articles, my writing adhered<br />

to a journalistic style that still let me express my voice.<br />

What followed was a blur, as I spent my freshman and<br />

sophomore years determined to be the first one claiming a story<br />

from the weekly budget emails. I covered tennis, basketball,<br />

soccer, and almost every University-sponsored sport under the<br />

sun. More importantly, I realized that sports writing was in<br />

fact a field that I wanted to be a part of because every article<br />

left me feeling fulfilled with my work.<br />

Toward the end of my sophomore year, it was all but confirmed<br />

that I was going to become the Foghorn’s next sports<br />

editor. Finally, a lifelong dream of mine was about to become<br />

a reality. With every passing article, I dreamt of being a reporter<br />

on the sidelines who could speak to players and coaches<br />

alike about the triumphs and heartbreaks of collegiate sports.<br />

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans and<br />

quickly derailed the visions I had for myself as a section editor.<br />

Instead of interviewing people on the sidelines, I was<br />

holed up in my childhood bedroom watching Dons games<br />

when possible and pouring over stat sheets when I did not<br />

have the luxury of a nationally or regionally televised broadcast. It also became<br />

harder to recruit new writers, as telling someone to stare at a screen and<br />

write about a game as opposed to being at a venue in person was a hard sell.<br />

Still, I found colleagues along the way who helped out in more ways than they<br />

could possibly know.<br />

That said, my move toward sports editor unlocked growth in me that<br />

extended beyond the section I knew all too well. Throughout the course of<br />

the pandemic, I got to refine my reporting skills by working with the news<br />

section, and I got to display some of my colorful language in writing for the<br />

scene section. I gradually learned that there was more to me than just being<br />

a sports reporter.<br />

Despite all the restrictions one may encounter in a pandemic-confined<br />

box, I am proud of the work I did as sports editor. I worked with our staff at<br />

the time to come up with the Dons Weekly Roundup as a way to consolidate<br />

sports coverage and open up the section to other stories. I stepped out of the<br />

University bubble and got to profile the Oakland Roots Soccer Club and all it<br />

took was a gutsy Instagram direct message.<br />

My greatest work as head of the sports section came when I got to profile<br />

Jennifer Azzi. Originally, the profile started out as an assignment for my Magazine<br />

Writing class that I took with Professor Teresa Moore, a mentor whose<br />

James Salazar and Lucia Verzola commemorate their first Involvement Fair together. PHOTO COURTESY OF<br />


praises I will sing until the end of time. She encouraged me to submit the<br />

piece to the paper as a way of extending the profile’s shelf life beyond a class<br />

assignment. It was exhilarating to connect the dots when determining who<br />

could speak on Azzi’s career, and I found it even more exciting that I got to<br />

speak to a women’s basketball legend as a junior in college.<br />

I rode this high into this past semester when I became the Foghorn’s<br />

managing editor. It was hard stepping away from the sports section, especially<br />

when the allure of returning to campus and finally executing all of my visions<br />

loomed in the horizon. However, my editor in chief, Lucia Verzola gave me<br />

the push I needed to move up the proverbial ladder and for that I am forever<br />

grateful and indebted to one of the best coworkers I have ever had.<br />

In my four short months as managing editor, I was still able to work<br />

with the sports section. I covered the men’s and women’s basketball programs’<br />

Tipoff Madness event and got to write opinion pieces with a level of detail<br />

that seemed unfathomable when I first began writing.<br />

As I graduate, I want to say thank you to the freshman who stood in<br />

Gleeson Plaza determined to finally start their writing career. More importantly,<br />

I want to thank the staff and mentors along the way who pushed me to<br />

pursue my craft. Though I do not know what the future holds, I am certain<br />

that my tenure at the Foghorn has given me the tools needed to succeed as a<br />

journalist in sports and beyond.<br />


12<br />


DEC. 02,<br />

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


SPORTS<br />

Junior Jasmine Gayles (#11) tallied a total of 21 points in the Nugget Classic Tournament hosted by the University of Nevada. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS<br />


Staff Writer<br />

Playing their first set of away games this season,<br />

the USF women’s basketball team headed<br />

to the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada<br />

this past weekend to face off against the Drake<br />

University Bulldogs, the University of Idaho<br />

Vandals, and the University of Nevada, Reno<br />

Wolfpack in the Nugget Classic Tournament, an<br />

event which was hosted by the Wolfpack.<br />

The Dons’ weekend tipped off Nov. 26 with<br />

a match against the Vandals. Both sides opened<br />

the contest with a run in the first quarter, but<br />

the Vandals took the lead by four points going<br />

into halftime. USF outscored the Wolfpack in<br />

the third quarter 25-15, shooting 63% from the<br />

field and going 3-4 in 3-pointers. In the end, the<br />

Dons held on to their lead and won by a score<br />

of 77-70.<br />

Saturday told a different story as the Bulldogs<br />

routed the Dons on the way to a 24-point<br />

victory. USF found themselves trailing by 14<br />

points at the end of the first quarter, but they<br />

trimmed their deficit down to 9 points as both<br />

sides headed back to their locker rooms for halftime.<br />

Feeling refreshed and recharged, the Dons<br />

came swinging out of the gates in the third quarter,<br />

whittling their deficit down to five points.<br />

The Bulldogs were not shaken by the Dons’<br />

comeback, and USF was not able to regain the<br />

lead. They lost by a score of 60-84.<br />

The Dons’ time at the Nugget Classic drew<br />

to a close Nov. 28 with an afternoon matchup<br />

against the Wolfpack. The Dons kept it close in<br />

the first quarter, with a nine point contribution<br />

from redshirt sophomore guard Ioanna Krimili<br />

and five points from senior guard/forward Abby<br />

Rathbun ensuring that the game stayed within<br />

striking distance. The greatest deficit of the game<br />

came when the Dons were down by six points,<br />

but a quick 3-pointer from Krimili and a layup<br />

from sophomore forward Kennedy Dickie trimmed<br />

the Wolfpack’s lead down to a single point.<br />

Krimili tied up the game at 18 points a piece<br />

in the second quarter, 18-18 but the Wolfpack<br />

quickly answered back with two jumpers. Rathbun<br />

grabbed a defensive rebound and assisted<br />

senior guard Kia Vaalavirta for a fast break<br />

bucket, and before they knew it, the Dons were<br />

up by a score of 25-23 with the help of two free<br />

throws from Krimili.<br />

The score remained tight in the third quarter<br />

until redshirt junior guard Amalie Langer<br />

drained two back-to-back 3-pointers in the left<br />

corner, giving the Dons their greatest lead at 46-<br />

39.<br />

The Wolfpack held a 5-0 run over the Dons<br />

in the fourth quarter, but Krimili put up six<br />

consecutive points to keep the team up by a<br />

score of 55-48. In the fourth quarter, the Dons<br />

went 6-7 in free throws and brought the deficit<br />

down to a single point. Two successful trips<br />

to the charity stripe from Krimili put the Dons<br />

up by three points, but a last-second Wolfpack<br />

3-pointer forced the game into overtime.<br />

Though Langer and Krimili put up a total<br />

of six points, mostly through free throws in<br />

overtime, the Wolfpack’s 12 points pushed them<br />

to victory, and the Dons fell by a score of 67-73.<br />

The Dons now hold an overall win-loss record<br />

of 4-3 and will return to the court Dec. 2 to<br />

face the Washington State University Cougars.

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