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SF FOGHORN

EST. 1903

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SFFOGHORN.COM

FOGPOD

NEWS SCENE OPINION SPORTS

USF looks towards the

future after pulling out

of SFAI acquisition.

CHASE DARDEN

Staff Writer

@SFFOGHORN

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Say "hey!"with Michael

Franti & Friends.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

THURSDAY, SEPT 15, 2022 • VOL. 117, ISSUE 2

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Quiet quitting emerges

as a protest of corporate

exploitation.

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DYNAMIC DON: THE MANY

SIDES OF KHALIL SHABAZZ

Khalil Shabazz perfecting his craft in the studio. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KHALIL SHABAZZ

“They focused on results… I’m just focused on the route.”

— Khalil Shabazz, a.k.a Lil Bazzy, “Make a Way”

Khalil Shabazz has proven himself to be one of the best basketball

players to grace the Hilltop, but he is more than just a

star athlete.

When he isn’t knocking down threes or locking down his

opponent, Shabazz is focusing on building his brand and cementing

his legacy far beyond basketball. Shabazz is a rapper,

under the alias “Lil Bazzy,” and under his own label, iBall Records.

He also owns and designs for his clothing brand called

USF appoints new

athletic director Larry

Williams.

“iBall”, and he is starring in an upcoming docu-series about his

life called “The Book of Bazzy.”

Shabazz came onto the scene in the south side of Seattle,

Wash., where he attended Rainier Beach High School, a powerhouse

in the Seattle basketball circuit. He hoped to join a list of

alumni headed to the NBA such as Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford,

and Dejounte Murray. “I didn’t really take [basketball] serious

until the eighth grade, and then being able to attend Rainier

Beach solidified everything, seeing NBA guys and college coaches

in our gym every day just made it feel real and made me feel

like it was doable to go to college, and go to the league,” he said.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 11


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THURSDAY

SEPT 15,

2022

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STAFF EDITORIAL:

THE FOGPOD RETURNS: USF’S

VOICE OF CAMPUS NEWS

GRAPHIC BY AVA LORD/SF FOGHORN

This semester, we are reviving the Fogpod, the original Foghorn podcast. Started in 2018,

the Fogpod takes a deeper dive into our stories, gives us a chance to talk to our interviewees

and each other organically, and allows the USF community to hear directly from us. During

the two years of remote learning, the Foghorn staff produced podcast episodes that helped record

history by exploring topics like dating in a pandemic and the experiences of international

students studying remotely from abroad.

One of the purposes of the Foghorn as a whole is to help record USF’s history from a student,

insider perspective. We are excited to talk to students, staff, faculty, and administrators

in our three episodes this semester and talk to them about issues that pertain to the student

experience.

Today, nearly 80 million Americans are weekly podcast listeners and there’s no question as

to why. For one, podcasts adapt to your day’s schedule as the medium to listen to whether on

the go or at home. Hearing human voices tell a story rather than reading them off of a page

also creates an immersive and intimate experience for the listener. A podcast host can make you

feel like you’re on a facetime call to your best friend or a field-trip into a bustling news room.

The Fogpod opens up as a space that allows listeners to connect to our writers and break

the wall of print anonymity while keeping the community informed. Whether it be something

as major as who represents the student body in our government, or something as minor as

the University’s lack of toilet seat covers in campus restrooms — we plan to cover issues that

students want to hear about. The podcast will also give us space to dive deeper into stories that

might be too expansive for our limited word counts.

Though we take the Fogpod seriously, our professionalism will not come at the expense of

hiding our team’s playful spirit. So much of the culture of the Foghorn has not been captured

and shared with all of USF, and we want to expand our reach and personability with our

readers. We want to create an atmosphere that makes students look forward to our episodes

because it feels like a group of friends talking instead of just tuning in to hear a report of what’s

happening around campus.

Our first episode will drop at the end of September and it will highlight our first issue’s

initiative to change USF’s mascot, Don Francisco, to something that aligns with the mission

of the University and its student body. In the two weeks since its publication, the initiative

has generated discussion on the Foghorn’s social media and with students on campus. We will

continue this conversation by detailing the historical context of the initiative and inviting

community members to join us for an interview or send in their thoughts for us to discuss.

In early November, San Francisco residents will have the opportunity to vote on state and

federal legislation in the midterm elections. Our October episode will discuss these elections

as part of a Foghorn initiative to connect USF students to the political and cultural landscape

of San Francisco at large. The episode will outline ballot propositions, introduce candidates,

and speak with USF Votes and the McCarthy Center to help students who are able to vote in

these elections make informed decisions. Stay tuned for exclusive interviews in the works for

our November episode.

We look forward to sharing our voices and our work with you this semester, and we hope

to hear from you, too. Is there something you want us to cover or a campus personality you’d

like to hear on air? Let us know through the QR code on this page.

WORKERS UNITED: ‘HISTORICAL AND

UNPRECEDENTED’ CAMPUS UNION COALITION

MEGAN ROBERTSON

Staff Writer

Union shirts in blue hues read: “Bring it on.” Students and faculty discussed

the importance of workers over coffee and donuts. Local activists celebrated their

prior wins and looked towards the future.

Nestled in the walkway between the University Center and the Lo Schiavo

Science Center, the most prominent USF unions spent the last two days of

August tabling together to publicly debut the multi-union “Workers United”

coalition. This collection of unions consists of the Part-Time Faculty Association

(PTFA), the Union of the Full-Time Faculty (USFFA), and the Office and

Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), representing all program

assistants.

While these three unions were tabling in person, United Service Workers

West, the union for laborers and gardeners, and UNITE HERE Local 2, the

union for USF food workers, were absent from the tabling process but are both

members of the coalition.

“The amount of unity on campus with all of the unions is absolutely historical

and unprecedented,” said Nat Naylor, director of representation for OPEIU

Local 29.

Workers United began during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“People of various workers groups and unions got together to discuss safety concerns,

and to share those needs with management,” said Michael Hammond, the

president of PTFA. “It has endured as a space in which workers unions can get

together and share our experiences, support one another, and strategize how we

maneuver labor life here at USF.”

Since their foundation, the coalition has had a number of administrative

‘wins,’ such as petitioning the SF Board of Supervisors to close an SF medical reimbursement

loophole, overturning a policy that resulted in healthcare payments

for commuter workers, according to their press release. Further successes for the

group include causing USF to reinstate seven full-time residence directors in order

for them to maintain their benefits and winning the battle for reimbursement

of internet costs during online learning.

August’s event marks the first instance the coalition advocated for themselves

in person. “We’ve been conducting meetings over Zoom for a couple of years now

and it’s created this wonderful space,” Hammond said. “But to be together in

PTFA, USFFA, and OPEIU join together in solidarity between the University Center

and Lo Schiavo. PHOTO BY MEGAN ROBERTSON/SF FOGHORN

solidarity, literally side by side, has been really special.”

Jill Schepmann of PTFA said that community is the key to this coalition “A

lot of new relationships in our community were formed, with ourselves, OPIEU,

and other faculty,” she said. “We just found each other in this way that is forged

in fire, I guess.”

For Robert Boller, a rhetoric professor at USF, who was recently moved from

part to full time faculty, Workers United was the answer to a big problem he saw

in campus life.

“I’ve been here so long, I know the chief of police, the gardeners, the librarians,

the program assistants; I know people in lots of different organizations on

campus, and I want to see the university thrive,” Boller said. “So, making sure

that there are really good working conditions that are in alignment with what the

University espouses is really important to me.”

In the past, University administration has received scrutiny for what some

consider to be hypocritical behavior. In one instance, the Foghorn reported in

the spring of 2022 that University Administration walked out of negotiations

with PTFA.

University administration disputes this notion. “We work hard in the administration

to negotiate quality labor contracts with each of the individual unions

at USF,” said Assistant Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations David

Philpott. “The University reached a fair agreement with the PTFA last spring,

and our adjuncts continue to have one of the richest total compensation packages

of any of the schools on the west coast, if not the country.”

Hammond said that the coalition is “ happy with the contract we got,” and

that “no contract will ever be perfect, but we got a lot of the things that we

wanted out of that.”

As PTFA shifts focus following their successful contract, they are striving

to give back to their community. “For Workers United, I’m really excited for

[PTFA] to play a different role,” Hammond said. “Last year we were the recipients

of so much love and support from various unions as we had our events. This

year, we’re paying it forward. We’re going to be there for them.”

Sheppman added his thoughts for the future of the coalition. “Let’s talk

about what we’re doing in our classrooms, let’s create ways to get to know each

other, so the next time this comes around we are more aware. A big goal of ours

is to make sure our BIPOC faculty knows that they have a home here. We’re

making sure that all of our voices are being heard and that everyone feels they

have a space here.”

OPEIU and United Service Workers West both enter bargaining with the

University this semester. Being that OPEIU members last got a wage increase in

June of 2021, according to Naylor, the next phase of their union’s advocacy is

going to be for a wage increase due to rising inflation. “I just hope that if we do

need to engage in any collective action, that other unions and students will come

out and support us,” Naylor said.

“We are proud of the rich history of unions on the Hilltop and respect the

coalition of on-campus unions,” Philpott said. “The University looks forward to

working with the OPEIU Local 29 bargaining team to reach an agreement in the

best interest of all parties.”

Workers United’s focus is to shine a light on these two unions as they enter

bargaining. “I think a lot of our students barely know about these two groups of

workers,” Hammond said. “They pass by them, see them do their job, but they

barely get to interact with them, the way you would with faculty. The ALPPL

[Associated Law Professors & Professional Librarians], are also negotiating right

now.

“We want to show up for them, because they are essential workers who need

wages that are fair for them, they need working conditions that afford them safety

and respect, and I hope they can get that without having to scratch and claw

and fight for it,” Hammond said.

“This is community building,” Boller said. “This is a reimagining of the different

working groups on campus, seeing how we can work together to support

the University’s mission.”

Readers can follow @usfcasolidarity on Instagram for latest union updates.

The Foghorn will continue its coverage throughout the year of OPEIU, United

Service Workers West, and the ALPPL’s bargaining with the University.

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NEWS



04

05

THURSDAY

SEPT 15,

2022

FIRST FEMALE LEADER OF IRISH

OPPOSITION VISITS HILLTOP

USF PULLS OUT OF SFAI ACQUISITION,

ANNOUNCES NEW MFA PROGRAM

NEWS

TALEAH JOHNSON

Staff Writer

“A better, stronger, fairer Ireland is possible”

- Mary Lou McDonald

Irish politician Mary Lou McDonald spent her

first trip to San Francisco with various California

political leaders, top business executives, and visited

the Hilltop to deliver a keynote address. However,

the first woman to be the Leader of the Opposition

and President of the political party Sinn Féin arrived

during the recent heat wave, missing San Francisco’s

signature fog. “By God California,” McDonald

joked, “you are hot stuff!”

On Sept. 7, McDonald Teachta Dála, the galeic

“parliament member,” visited USF to discuss the

25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, a

treatise which ended nearly three decades of conflict

between Irish unionists and nationalists that caused

approximately 3,500 deaths.

McDonald is indicative of a revised Ireland. For

decades, two political parties – Fine Gael and Fianna

Fáil – have consistently secured the necessary

amount of votes to be the dominant parties within

the Oireachtas, Ireland’s parliament. During the

2020 Irish general election, Sinn Féin, the nation’s

Republican party, disrupted this long-standing pattern

and garnered enough votes to make it the second

largest party in the Oireachtas, securing Mc-

Donald as the first female Leader of the Opposition.

McDonald shared her party’s vision for a re-energized

Ireland with its potential road to unification.

The event was moderated by USF President Paul

Fitzgerald, S.J, and a Q&A featured questions from

both USF-affiliated guests and the San Francisco

Irish community.

Being that San Francisco is a hotspot for political

counterculture, McDonald advised students on how

to stay energized as young people in politics. “Some

things in political life can happen very quickly. Other

things really require stamina, and they require

you to dig deep and to be committed over a long

time,” she said in an interview with the Foghorn. “I

think the first and most necessary piece is to be very

clear as to what drives you, according to your passion

and politics. For some people, it’ll be the big question

of climate, just the environment. For others, it'll

be inequality issues, whether it’s their gender or race

or some other question.”

McDonald’s rise to power is not an anomaly. The

story of Sinn Féin is a part of a wave of Irish citizens

pushing forward progressive legislation. During her

address, McDonald said this shift was a “signal of

the people’s appetite for real progressive change.”

McDonald consistently reminded her audience that

this was a new, re-energized Ireland. “The people of

Ireland are changing their corner of the world.”

“Make no mistake,” McDonald said, “systematic

McDonald in conversation with President Fitzgerald. PHOTO COURTESY OF RORY CALLAHAN/USF

DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT

generational change is underway in Ireland.”

Unlike the ideals associated with the term “Republican”

in an American context, McDonald's

stance as a Republican is focused on the unification

of Ireland — the desire for the Republic of Ireland

and Northern Ireland to unite under one flag as a

united Ireland. “The people of Ireland are ready. We

are ready to be united again,” McDonald stated.

When asked about a timeline for the reunification,

McDonald suggested that the “first move needs

to be creating an official space for conservation to

happen. And then we need to figure out how to transition

into a united Ireland.” The discussion around

the re-unification of the state of Ireland still has its

hurdles, like that Northern Irish schools are still administratively

and culturally secular to the point of

religious segregation of their students. McDonald

maintains that an “integration model needs to be

supported,” but did acknowledge the popularity of

secular schools in the Republic of Ireland as well.

A member of the Irish community in SF, Mairin

Boyle, called the politician “an inspiration with

a progressive mindset and empathy.” Among the

audience was the Western U.S. Consul General of

Ireland Micheál Smith, a key leader in the Irish community

for the West Coast. Smith reflected on the

crucial Good Friday Agreement that brought peace

to Northern Ireland, “To see the peace progress and

flourish because of the American people – I can be

nothing but grateful.”

“I'm the first woman in Ireland to lead the opposition

in Dublin and that is an important milestone,”

McDonald told the Foghorn. “On a personal

level, I feel it's a matter of great honor and privilege

to be entered and to have the opportunities and the

life that I live. But I'm also very conscious that the

significance of that happening isn't really about me.

It's actually about women and girls, about females,

and our position within our society, and our ability

to smash through glass ceilings and to get to every

position that there's nowhere off limits for us.”

NIA RATLIFF

Staff Writer

In February of this year, USF announced its

intent to acquire the historic San Francisco Art Institute

(SFAI). The acquisition announcement came

after SFAI’s struggles with low enrollment and financial

troubles, reasons they previously cited when the

school decided to stop admitting new students for

the fall 2020 semester.

USF began a process of what it describes as “due

diligence” with SFAI, prioritizing how the acquisition

may satisfy both institutions’ values and intended

outcomes. Members of the community were invited

to a town hall on Feb. 8 2022 to discuss details

of the acquisition, and raise questions as they came

along.

In a May 2022 message to the community, USF

announced that the acquisition fell through due to

numerous concerns, such as SFAI’s “financial viability.”

“USF informed SFAI leadership that we would

not enter into a definitive agreement with SFAI due

to business risks that could negatively impact USF

students, faculty, and staff, effectively ending the

possibility of an acquisition of SFAI,” said Kellie

Samson, USF spokesperson.

Eric Hongisto, professor of fine arts at USF, and

SFAI faculty director for the acquisition, went into

more detail about the factors the school acknowledged

for not moving forward with the acquisition.

“The costs of retrofitting the building was one mitigating

factor. That requires earthquake retrofit, ADA

compliance for federal disabilities law.” There were

also “conversion costs to USF standards, such as the

infrastructure for ITS, and possibly changes for curriculum

and staffing,” Hongisto said.

For SFAI, the failure of this acquisition means

the institution is out of options; they graduated their

last class and they have announced that the institution

will no longer offer degrees. Current SFAI students

have been able to continue their education at

alternative accredited institutions.

For the current fine arts department, concerns

over a lack of resources and space have been raised

by the community, and when the acquisition was announced,

some felt excited at the prospect of acquiring

SFAI to have access to the institution’s campus

resources. With that, concerns about how USF was

supporting its own fine arts department were also

raised.

The dropping of the acquisition came alongside

an announcement of a new Masters of Fine Arts program

at USF, and a declared commitment to progressing

the fine arts department. The commitment

includes changes to the current curriculum in the Arts + Architecture department,

hiring of new faculty, and possible construction for facilities, though these changes

have yet to be solidified or implemented.

According to Eileen Fung, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, “many

works are in progress, such as identifying space and facilities, additional market

research and curricular revisions of these programs with the current programs in

the A+A [Arts + Architecture] departments. During this academic year of 2022-

23, we are also fortunate to host several distinguished visiting artists and Gerardo

Marin Post-doctoral fellows to continue the momentum and energy for the arts

programing at USF.”

GRAPHIC BY MILLY TEJEDA /GRAPHICS CENTER

Hongisto said that this new program will see changes for the better in the fine

arts curriculum as well. “We think the University administration will actually

help the current students based on the options for more studio opportunities, and

possibly new materials and spaces that will enhance the experience for current BA

students in fine arts.”

In addition, Hongisto looks forward to what the MFA students will be able to

bring to the table, and what the arts community will look like moving forward.

“We’re always excited to have more students, especially advanced students who can

help work with our undergraduates and enhance the overall arts on the campus.”

NEWS



06

THURSDAY

SEPT 15,

2022

'THE SOUND OF SUNSHINE'

07

SPREADS ACROSS

CAMPUS

Franti

Franti connects with his USF community by joining the crowd during

his performance. PHOTO BY ELISE EMARD/SF FOGHORN

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USF graduate student Khalil Shabazz wows the crowd in his opening for

Michael Franti. PHOTO BY ELISE EMARD/SF FOGHORN

SCENE

Michael Franti shares a sentimental moment on stage with his wife and son, on his

son’s birthday. PHOTO BY ELISE EMARD/SF FOGHORN

Third-years Lucy Lundell and Hannah Yoder munch on

school-spirited donuts waiting for the performers to take

the stage. PHOTO BY NORA WARD/SF FOGHORN

SERENA FINNEY

Contributing Writer

For the first time in USF history, the Benedetti Diamond baseball

Field was converted into a concert venue covered with colorful balloon

decorations to host reggae fusion artist and USF alum Michael Franti and

his band. Attendees enjoyed free boba, tacos, mini sliders, and green and

yellow sprinkled donuts — a perfect way to celebrate the end of a heatwave

and a successful first three weeks back on the Hilltop.

The turf was filled with free blankets handed out to the first 1,000

people to arrive at the field. A DJ played blissful tunes and the crowd

danced along, preparing for USF graduate student Khalil Shabazz’s opening

performance. Shabazz’s music style is funky and upbeat, just like his

performance. He goes by his stage name “Lil Bazzy” when he is performing

his music. “Basketball is my main thing, but in terms of music it’s more

of a therapy and outlet for me and I love making music and performing,”

Shabazz said.

Shabazz’s teammates came out to support him, cheering him on at

the front of the the crowd. Shabazz said he was extremely grateful for the

opportunity to perform. “It meant a lot, it was for sure an honor to perform

in front of the school and open for Michael. He's a cool guy for sure

and a talented artist.”

Shabazz left the crowd on a high, and they began to buzz watching

Franti come on stage barefoot and grinning. “I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m

alive!,” Franti cheered from his song “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like.)” USF

students, alumni, and community members joined together in harmony as

they sang along. Franti brought a strong sense of unity to his performance.

From students joining Franti on stage as they all sang one of Frantis top

billboard songs “The Sound Of Sunshine” to the artist jumping around in

the crowd with his fans. Hands in the air, smiles on faces — and even tears

Students tap into their inner child while marveling

at their colorful face paintings. PHOTO BY ELISE

EMARD/SF FOGHORN

in some eyes — as Franti showed a sense of vulnerability to his crowd

that resonated with them.

Franti began pursuing a music career in 1986. Influenced by his

time at USF and at KUSF, USF’s student radio station, Franti went

on to start his first band, “Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.” Looking

back on his time as a student, Franti described how his education

involved more than just going to class. Haight Street, counter culture,

and social justice led Franti to tell the truth in his music even when

it was hard.

During a 1998 San Francisco Chronicle roundtable moderated by

Teresa Moore (now a USF media studies professor and the Foghorn’s

advisor), Franti said that his identity as a Black artist “requires an incredible

amount of craft to make something out of something people

don’t want to hear.”

Franti’s impact on social justice issues was seen, and appreciated

by Darby Berry, a first-year psychology major. “I honestly feel empowered

as I leave this concert, and like Michael says, ‘I gotta do what I

love,’” she said.

There is something to be said about the strong sense of connection

Franti gives to the people surrounding him. In a time and society

where things can feel divided — it is even more crucial for USF

students to hear Franti’s message to follow your heart. As the concert

came to a close, the audience came together for one last song, singing

out, “I love you, I love you, I love you!”

SCENE



08

THURSDAY

SEPT 15,

2022

KUSF’S ‘ROCK ‘N SWAP’ PUTS UNUSUAL UP FRONT

QUIET QUITTING: TAKING BACK CONTROL

09

SCENE

ZOE BINDER

Staff Writer

What do the Beatles, a Baroque viola, and the

Butthole Surfers have in common? They were all

talking points for vendors at this year’s KUSF “Rock

‘N Swap,” San Francisco’s largest record fair. The

event, organized by KUSF, USF’s radio station, hosted

54 sellers in McLaren Hall on Sept. 11.

Vendors from all over California brought their

latest collections to the fair for the first time in almost

three years. Each table was stocked with hundreds of

records or CDs — an overwhelming sight to an inexperienced

record collector. While students, faculty,

and staff could browse for free, outside buyers could

stop by from 10 am to 3 pm with $3 admission, and

early birds could start shopping at 7 a.m. for $20.

Some shoppers made good use of the five-hour

event, lifting records up to check out their cover art,

inspecting them for scratches, and striking up conversation

about them. Others made it in and out of

the room in an hour, quickly fingering through records

and only stopping for treasure.

The selection at this year’s fair was right on the

money for Eva DeThomas, a second-year computer

science major and KUSF’s web director. “I really love

blues and jazz and literally every vendor here has a

huge jazz collection — it’s crazy,” she said. DeThomas

was shopping with Pie Paing, also a second-year computer

science major, who wasn’t quite finding what he

was looking for. “The metal I like is really peculiar, so

I haven’t found it here,” he said.

Life-long record collector and Oakland native

Jason Silverio’s collection might have tickled Paing’s

fancy. “I like to sell weird stuff,” Silverio said. “I was

just talking to an international student from Thailand

who’s really into Frank Zappa and I was like ‘right on,

I have lots of that.’” Silverio likes to keep his records

cheap, he said, because “too much talk about money

gets away from the music.” He had a whole box full

of $1-5 records, but his most expensive record, Duran

Duran’s “The Wedding Album” went for $100.

Mark Roman, a Los Angeles collector who has

been selling at the Rock ‘N Swap since the early

2000s, had a different view on prices. Displayed on

a separate rack behind him, the album “Phyllis” by

Phyllis went for $1200 dollars. “The record was printed

with a private press in the ‘80s, so it’s a gem you

can’t find anywhere,” Roman said.

Roman’s collection had everything from soul

to psychedelic rock, but nothing from after 1989

or 1990. “My music knowledge stops around then,

mostly because I can’t fit any more music in my garage,”

he said. Despite that, Roman said young buyers

were still interested in his collection, even though

they “know way more about music” than he does.

KUSF DJ and fourth-year advertising and design

double major Sydney Sharp had the chops Roman

talked about. As she placed the needle on a Rolling

Stones greatest hits album at KUSF’s turntable

station, she said that being a DJ is more about being

open to different kinds of music than it is about skill.

“I try to have a theme every week and make it niche,

like Japanese city pop one week or ‘90s college rock

another week to mix it up,” she said.

Other KUSF volunteers and DJs took shifts

manning the turntables as buyers scuttled in and out

of the building into the afternoon. Miranda Morris,

KUSF’s general manager, said she was happy with the

turnout. “We don’t make tons of money and the money

we do make is used to buy t-shirts for the station,

pizzas for staff meetings — all the money we make

comes back to the station,” she said. “It’s great to have

the show up and running again.”

RYDER CUCCIA is

a third-year political

science major.

FROM CORPORATIONS

“Quiet quitting” is a phenomenon that debuted

on Tiktok in March and has sparked conversations

about work culture on a national level.

A viral TikTok that garnered 8.2 million views

posted by @zkchillin in July defined quiet quitting

as “still performing your duties, but you’re no

longer subscribing to the hustle culture mentality

that work has to be your life.”

When someone “quiet quits,” they do not actually

quit their job, they simply do not put extra

effort into tasks that are not in their job description.

TikTok user @lookatmyfeesh boasted their

own success with quiet quitting: “I quiet quit six

months ago and guess what, same pay. Same recognition,

same everything but less stress.” Gallup

reported that 50% of the United States workforce

is composed of “quiet quitters.” Advocates of quiet

quitting encourage the inner reevaluation of

the accepted work life balance in an age of corporate exploitation and the mindless

subscription to capitalist structures and believe it to be a form of individual

employee empowerment.

Quiet quitting challenges the status quo of what work life balance has nationally

become. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 52% of the U.S.

workforce reports working more than 40 hours a week. Influenced by the disruption

of the traditional work environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

proponents of quiet quitting are adopting the movement’s mindset as a way of

freeing themselves from the induced stress and pressure of “being a good employee”

in service of relentless company growth. As quiet quitting empowers

workers, it also seems to be the beginning of a possible redefinition of corporate

culture.

Ideally, ceasing to put in extra effort for extra responsibilities would allow

people to explore who they are outside of the workplace. When workers start to

refuse tasks outside of their job description, leave work on time, and only answer

emails during work hours, their world begins to open up. According to Psychology

Today, setting such boundaries is proven to reduce the likelihood of burnout,

which is defined as an “emotional and/or physical exhaustion (often coupled

with a loss of, or significant reduction in,

motivation) brought about by prolonged

work stress.” In 2015, Deloitte surveyed

1,000 American professionals and found

that 77% of all respondents had experienced

employee burnout, while 84% of

millennials had experienced the phenomenon.

In the debate around quiet quitting,

older generations seem to find the trend

to be conducive to the laziness of younger

generations. For example, an older man

on TikTok (@chefkoumbis405) posted a

video stating, “When I was growing up,

you know what we did? We did whatever

it took. You get out what you put in.”

While quiet quitting might not present

a long term solution to a person’s dissatisfaction

in the workplace, it might give

them space to prioritize their wellbeing,

rethink their relationship to work, and

find a career that drives their passion to

go the extra mile.

Fed up with corporate exploitation,

quiet quitting is a simple way of protesting

the unrewarding atmosphere within

the workplace. The virality of quiet quitting

has the potential to force executives

to take notice of the culture they foster

in their companies. Management at

some corporations have addressed possible

solutions to quiet quitting. Trending

posts on Linkedin have proposed tactics

like better communication in the workplace,

more trust between varying levels

of employees, and giving people generally

more inspiring and engaging work.

In the meantime, quiet quitting allows

for employees the tools to reevaluate how

their personal values intersect with their

professional lives.

OPINION

Shoppers browse boxes of records. PHOTO BY ZOE BINDER/SF FOGHORN

GRAPHIC BY MADI REYES/GRAPHICS CENTER



10

THURSDAY

SEPT 15,

2022

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE ARTS:

CREATORS OR TOOLS?

CONTINUED FROM DYNAMIC DON: THE MANY SIDES OF KHALIL SHABAZZ

11

MEYA BLOCK is a

first-year media studies

major.

OPINION

It's the question that is defining

our century: are computers

taking over? For years pop culture

has predicted our society will head

into a technological frenzy, and the

rising popularity of smart-homes

and autonomous vehicles suggests

we are already in such a world. This

rise in technology also raises the

question of how to determine the

role of artificial intelligence (AI) in

the arts.

In the August 2022 Colorado

Fine Arts Competition, contestant

Jason Allen was awarded first place

in the category “digitally manipulated

photography” for his piece

titled “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial,”

rendered entirely with the computer

program Midjourney. Allen never

used a brush stroke or a digital

stylus; Midjourney created the art

by processing words that he typed

into an image searching algorithm.

The algorithm, known as a

“text-to-image” tool, sifts through

millions of images of pre-existing

art pieces and mimics their style

and features.

Online there was a wave of frustration at the result of the competition and

towards Allen for having an advantage. As the Washington Post stated, critics and

other artists at the competition compared this method to “entering a marathon

and driving a lamborghini to the finish line.” Critics also called Allen’s work plagiarism.

From Allen’s perspective, he did not have an edge, and he did not plagiarize

— he used Midjourney as a creative tool.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Allen defended his method.

“Where did you learn how to do your art? You looked at art,” he said. “You learned

their techniques, you studied their art, you added it to your repertoire.” He makes

the claim that all art draws inspiration from other art, and that Midjourney’s algorithm

only digitized this process.

But there is another debate to be had: should Midjourney be considered a

tool or a second artist of the piece? The program’s ability to create in-depth and

breathtaking visuals means it’s only fair that Midjourney itself gets partial credit

for the piece. It’s true that Allen directed the program on what to do and used it

like a paintbrush or pen, but Midjouney’s equal role in the piece’s creation can’t

be denied. With the acceptance of AI into so many facets of our lives, it makes

GRAPHIC BY SERENA JOHNSON/GRAPHICS CENTER

sense that computers deserve a place in the arts world as well, not as tools or mere

programs, but as co-artists.

This begs the question, does AI count as an artist? And does it belong at

events such as the Colorado Fine Arts Competition dedicated to human expression?

Some fear the domination of AI artists over human artists. However, the

emergence of AI artists does not mark the death of human expression, it’s a collaboration

between the two. They have the ability to co-exist and collaborate on

artistic creation as long as we agree that the beauty of art lies in its fluidity and

ability to adapt to modernity.

Another prominent trait of art is its ability to create conversation and reflect

the state of society. The DNA of Midjourney may be lines of code, but the tangible

piece its algorithm and Allen created reveals a new means to explore artistic

expression and humanity’s relationship to AI. Like groundbreaking artistic pieces

before it, “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” encourages audiences and critics to challenge

what we know to be creative expression, to push our moral boundaries, and cause

discomfort. It’s clear that the results of the Colorado Fine Arts Competition have

begun a conversation which will continue long after the buzz surrounding its 2022

finalists dies down.

Khalil Shabazz surveys the floor vs BYU at War Memorial Gym. PHOTOS COURTESY OF EDUARDO GARCIA/DONS ATHLETICS

He is no stranger to the bright lights and has victory coursing through his

veins. Shabazz and his brother Shadeed, who is a recent graduate, athlete, and

future Hall of Famer of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, have a combined

total of five Washington state championships, which is the most in state history

between brothers.

After a tough recruitment process, the six-foot guard did not draw much attention

from Division 1 schools despite his stellar performance that led his team

to nationals in New York. He took an 80 percent scholarship to Central Washington

University a month before school was supposed to start. After proving

himself at Central Washington and earning the title “Freshman of the Year” and

an honorable mention for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, he entered

the transfer portal and ended up taking an offer to join the Dons on the Hilltop.

Shabazz showed flashes of greatness coming off the bench for the Dons in

the 2019-20 season, being one of four Dons to finish the season averaging double-digit

points. He embraced his role, utilizing his high energy and defensive

tenacity to bring much-needed intensity to the game.

Shabazz is currently a graduate student at USF, and after a brief stint in

the transfer portal and entry into the 2022 NBA Draft in the offseason, he announced

his return to the Hilltop via his Instagram. “I felt like if I was going to

have my last year it had to be here, these are the guys that gave me a chance when

I had nowhere else to go. I definitely owe USF a lot and there is a lot I can still

give before I get out of here.”

In his years as a Don, Shabazz has become a leader. Since his arrival, he has

since been named to WCC All-Tournament Team, twice to All-WCC second

team, earned Division 1-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team honors, and was the 40th

athlete in USF history to eclipse 1000 points. Along with these outstanding athletic

achievements, Shabazz has also built an image for himself that showcases

more than just his athletic ability.

In August, he released his newest project “Finding Myself” which features

five tracks, and a bonus freestyle titled “Mo Money Mo Problems Freestyle.”

Shabazz said he gets better with every project and hopes to continue to improve

in his craft. “I called the EP ‘Finding Myself’ because my tape before that was

called ‘Working With What I Got’ and that was my first project, and I named it

that because I had a lot of friends and people in the music industry they didn’t

really want to extend an open hand and reach out and help me become a better

artist. So, I was working with what I had whether it was a makeshift studio in a

closet or working with people who don’t really have a sense of what they’re doing

when it comes to engineering, but I was still trying to put out good music.

“I chose ‘Finding Myself’ because this is more finding myself as an artist

and expanding my horizon and not just rap one-dimensional. I’m still trying to

find different pockets and bars, and a different way to really express myself as

an artist.”

Along the way, Shabazz has established a relationship with a local SF rapper,

Lil Bean. They became friends during the pandemic in 2020 when Shabazz first

started listening to his music and shouting him out on Instagram. “That’s my

dawg man… When he announced his tour dates I let him know I was coming

to the Oakland show and he invited me backstage and he put the whole thing

together. He even comes to the school to hoop too. He pulls up to open gym, he

comes to get shots up because he used to hoop for City College of San Francisco.

That’s all love bro, that’s my guy.”

Shabazz is still fully locked into his basketball career and understands that

it’s his priority, but he does not let that stop him from having fun. “In terms of

basketball, it’s the main thing and I don’t lose focus of that. We are reaching for

the stars, we got to get back to the tournament because that’s the norm now, we

got to win some games and make it happen. It takes a lot of work and effort but

it's doable and that’s the goal.

“I want to have people have a lot of stuff to talk about when it’s my time to

go, and I’m just trying to make it easy for them.”

You can keep up with Lil Bazzy’s music on all streaming platforms. The first

episode of “The Book of Bazzy” is set to release in October or early November, right

around the start of basketball season. His clothing brand iBall can be found on Instagram

@iballthebrand.

SPORTS



12

THURSDAY

SEPT 15,

2022

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL OFF TO A HOT START

JOHN PAOLO

Staff Writer

USF’s women’s volleyball team started the season with two stellar tournament

victories and a 6-0 record. Their season began on Aug. 26 against Montana State

in their annual Bobcat Classic tournament. After being down two sets, the Dons

fought back and won the next three, defeating the Bobcats. Later that day, the Dons

took care of the St. Thomas Tommies, sweeping them in three sets.

USF went on to defeat Grand Canyon University the following day, becoming

the Bobcat Classic champions. The team also acquired some individual accolades.

Second-year Maria Petkova led the team in kills at the end of the tournament and

was appropriately named tournament MVP. Along with first-year Abby Wadas who

was awarded all-tournament team honors thanks to her great defense.

A week later on Sept. 2, USF won both games of a doubleheader at the Fresno

State Invitational with a sweep over Louisiana Tech and a 3-2 win against Seattle

University. The next day the Dons defeated Fresno State 3-2, winning the tournament

in a back-and-forth battle. Dominant performances from graduate student

Claire Crijins and second-year student Shyia Richardson helped the team defeat the

Fresno State Bulldogs, with both players combining for 45 of the teams’ 63 kills.

After finishing last season without a win, the team’s impressive start shows how

much things can change in one year. When speaking with the Foghorn, fourth-year

Orsula Staka mentioned how the team’s bond has grown over the past year along

with the younger players becoming more comfortable now with one year under

their belts. When talking to Richardson, she too emphasized the great team chemistry

along with Wadas who said “it feels like a really good team. Like a family.”

The team's close relationship has them excited for the rest of the season. Staka

and Wadas both said that the team hopes to be fourth in the conference by the end

of the year. This year’s West Coast Conference is very strong with BYU, Pepperdine,

and USD being ranked in the top 25 nationally but Staka believes the Dons can

compete with them. Along with Richardson who hopes to cause some upsets this

year. With there being such a high amount of skill in the conference, the rest of the

season should surely be exciting.

The team will be traveling to Colorado for games against UC San Diego and

Denver on Sept. 16 and Air Force on Sept. 17 before coming back home on Sept.

23 for USF’s first conference game against Santa Clara.

Students can attend all campus games for free with the use of their One Card.

Chase Darden contributed to the reporting in this story

SPORTS

Maria Petkova slams one over the net against CSUN.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS

USF HIRES NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR LARRY WILLIAMS

NIYCREA SNIPES

Contributing Writer

USF announced the the hiring of Larry Williams as athletic director on Aug.

31. This announcement comes after the retirement of former athletic director Joan

McDermott over the summer. Williams previously served as athletic director at

three Division 1 institutions: University of Portland, Marquette University, and

University of Akron.

Prior to his career as an athletic director, Williams was drafted into the NFL

in the 1985 draft as an offensive lineman by the Cleveland Browns. He spent nine

years in the NFL with the Browns, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers before

retiring in 1993 while a member of the New England Patriots. Williams also earned

a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego Law School in 1992.

“It is a great honor to be selected as the University of San Francisco’s Director

of Athletics,” said Williams. “I am extremely excited to help build upon the university's

storied achievements and the opportunity to guide the holistic development of

the Don student athletes in the Jesuit tradition of pursuing excellence in all things,

which is especially important to me.”

Gabriel Barrett, a first-year pitcher on the baseball team, shared what his hopes

for the new athletic director. “I was pretty close with my last athletic director. I

played baseball for all four years of high school so I was able to connect with him

pretty well. I hope that our team is able to make it to the WCC championships and

this can only happen if our program gives us both the space and opportunity to do

so.”

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