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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2022 • VOL. 120, ISSUE 4


Tips from Public Safety

on staying safe amid recent

campus safety issues.

San Francisco nonprofits

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bring JFK Promenade

Is the pandemic “over”?

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Students strike a pose in front of colorful papel picados. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY IVÀN GOEI-VIDELA


Staff Writer

Former Don Jamaree

Bouyea signs with the

Miami Heat.

“The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!,” students sang in celebration

as a colossal congo line wreathed around the disco-lit dance floor

at the “Latinx Heritage Celebration.” Students and faculty filled their

bellies with empanadas, esquite, sweet concha bread, and cups of agua

fresca as they chatted with one another, watched live performances, and

partied into the night in McClaren on Saturday, Sept. 24.

In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Latina Unidas,

Latinx Undergrad Network of Activists (LUNA), the Latinx/Chicanx

department, and New Student and Family programs joined forces

to host an event for USF’s Latine community and anyone interested in

appreciating their rich cultural heritage. According to Latina Unidas

president and advertising major, Isabella Flores, the event was the largest

celebration of Latine culture in USF’s history.

The lights dimmed down, revealing colorful disco lights. A DJ

played Latin classics and people made their way to the dance floor.

Songs like “Suavemente” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” played as joy and

celebration filled the air. While some danced the night away, others

did arts and crafts. Students decorated tote bags, made their own papel

picados and paper flowers, and mapped their heritage on a giant map of

Latin America. Friends ran excitedly to take photos at a digital photobooth,

snapshotting a night they would never forget. “This is historic.

This has never been done before,” said fourth-year sociology major and

vice president of LUNA, Destiny Camarillo.

Director of the critical diversity studies major and the Chicana-Latina

studies minor, Christina Garica Lopez, was the first speaker

to take the stage. Lopez offered advice on how to navigate life as a

Latine student in white spaces. “Having a community is essential,” she

said. “If you are going to do anything hard in life, you need people to

lean on.”

Paul S. Flores, a performing arts and social justice professor also

emphasized the importance of community as he sang “Quimbara” to

introduce his set of spoken word poems that explored his identity as a

Mexican-Cuban American. Flores was glad to see Latine students in a

space made for them and by them — an experience he never had growing

up. “I always feel very honored to talk to Latino students,” he said.

“Love who you are and where you come from. Celebrate your family

and the stories of your people.”

Guests were also treated to a performance from Folklórico de USF,

a group of students performing traditional folk dance from Mexico. The

club performed three dances to upbeat Mexican music as the audience

cheered and jumped out of their seats, dancing and clapping along to

the beat.




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Patagonia, the outdoor clothing brand

founded by Yvon Chouinard, has captivated

environmentally conscious consumers for

decades. The company has centered the environment

by funneling a portion of all sales to

preserving and restoring the ecosystems and

making an effort to manufacture products sustainably.

In recent years, Patagonia levied their

wealth to sue the Trump Administration in an

effort to protect the Bears Ears National Monument

in Southeast Utah.

In a message on Sept. 16, Chouinard announced

his decision to give Patagonia, valued

at $3 billion, away to a specially designed

non-profit. “Earth is now our only shareholder,”

he said. “Instead of ‘going public,’ you

could say we’re ‘going purpose.’ Instead of extracting

value from nature and transforming it

into wealth for investors, we’ll use the wealth

Patagonia creates to protect the source of all


This gesture from Chouinard comes as

global climate change becomes increasingly

difficult to ignore. In August, flash floods

submerged one third of Pakistan. Earlier this

month, the Bay Area saw record temperatures

during a heat wave. Last week, Hurricane Fiona

landed in Puerto Rico and the Dominican

Republic, causing mass flooding.

Patagonia will be transferred to the

non-profit organization “Holdfast Collective,”

and the “Patagonia Purpose Trust” which will

be overseen by the Chouinard family. The

family’s transfer of their voting shares for Patagonia

into the trust demanded that they pay

$17.5 million in taxes allowing for the company's

profits to be funneled into combatting the

climate crisis.

By transferring his company, Chouinard

was able to shake off his billionaire title, which

he was always “reluctant” to have, and keep his

family in control of the company’s ethics, making

sure it still operates according to environmental

goals. Because of Holdfast Collective’s

501(c)(4) status, Chouinard does not need to

pay a capital gains tax, and neither does the


While some might be suspicious of Chouinard’s

motives, given the tax break and 501(c)

(4)s lobbying power, his decision is a model for

other companies, and wealthy individuals, to

follow suit and redistribute their wealth back

to the environment. In conversation with David

Gelles of the New York Times, the Inside

Philanthropy founder, David Callahan, highlighted

how Chouinard is an anomaly amongst

America’s richest. “This family is a way outlier

when you consider that most billionaires give

only a tiny fraction of their net worth away

every year,” he said.

Patagonia is a brand that both existed

in a capitalist system and spoke out against

it. The company ran an ad in the New York

Times titled “Don’t buy this jacket” around

Black Friday to dissuade people from shopping

Billionaire Yvon Chouinard signs over his $3 billion company,



mindlessly. In a statement on their website, the

company explains how even though they aim

for their products to be sustainable, producing

their apparel still emits greenhouse gasses, uses

water, and produces waste. Their initiative was

meant to ask consumers to think twice about

whether they really needed to buy something,

and to consider the environmental cost of

making the purchase.

The brand was accused of hypocrisy for

running the ad, but would it have been better

if it hadn’t? By acknowledging their contribution

to climate change and dissuading people

from buying their products, Patagonia accepted

the idea of losing profit for the purpose of

protecting something greater than itself.

Patagonia has already donated $50 million

to the Holdfast Collective, and they project

to double that by the end of the year. Chouinard

is a person who was successful under

capitalism, acknowledged his discomfort with

that success, acknowledged the shortcomings

of his company, and demonstrated that he was

able to put the health of the planet above himself.

Capitalism is about endless growth, and

Patagonia will continue to grow as it operates

under the nonprofit. However, the future success

of the company will be funneled back into

initiatives that help the planet, and Chouinard

has made the choice not to grow with the company.

To NYT's David Geller, Chouinard said,

“Now I could die tomorrow and the company

is going to continue doing the right thing

for the next 50 years, and I don’t have to be



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More than 300 members of the USF community

gathered for “Job Fest,” a biannual event hosted by

Career Services. Students were encouraged to dress

business casual at McLaren Complex on Sept. 20,

and could be seen speaking with recruiters from organizations

ranging from the San Francisco 49ers, to

KQED, and the FBI. 64 companies were represented

at the event, and 43 attended the virtual event hosted

the following day.

According to Yesame Kinfe, a career counselor

at USF, the primary goal of Job Fest was to introduce

students to new jobs and internships at organizations

from across the Bay Area.

In the weeks leading up to Job Fest, Career Services

invited students to two different workshops,

“Resume Rush” and “Job Fest Prep.” They helped attendees

edit their resumes and gave tips about how to

pitch their skills to prospective employers. They were

also given the opportunity to receive a $100 voucher

to buy professional clothing from the H&M location

at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Vouchers

were distributed on a first-come first-served basis, and

were given to 34 students. According to Career Services,

they were intended for those “who have limited

or uncertain access to appropriate clothing for JOB

FEST… and other recruiting events.”

Nam Tran, a fourth-year finance and business

analytics double major, explained why he decided to

attend Job Fest. “I’m interested in getting jobs in my

major, but I’m also here as another way of practicing

in a professional setting.” Tran also noted that for

many international students like himself, finding a

job has an extra sense of urgency, “I would say most

[international students] are concerned about getting

a sponsorship or an OPT [Optional Practical Training].

An OPT basically extends your stay in the U.S.

because you have a job or internship related to your


In addition to currently enrolled students, USF

alumni also attended Job Fest. Stefan Ramsey, who

graduated in 2022 with a degree in business administration

said: “I came to this Job Fest because I think

seeking every advantage that your school offers you is

the best way to further your career. I wish I came to

more of these as a student here.”

One employee from the Office of Alumni Engagement

distributed pamphlets that encouraged students

to sign up for NetworkUSF, USF’s online networking

platform. The pamphlets noted that members

of NetworkUSF received a 93.5% better response rate

than those on LinkedIn. This sentiment is consistent

with national data. According to a 2015 survey by

Pew Research, Americans who have searched for a job

in the past two years stated “professional contacts,

close friends or family, and/or more distant personal

connections” were the most “important resource” in

their job hunt.

While Career Services has hosted Job Fest for

Students and alumni mingle with employers. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEX HOCHMAN/USF CAREER SERVICES

over 30 years, Tuesday’s event did mark some notable

changes. According to Renni Collins, an employee at

Career Services and second-year student at USF, there

was an effort to make this fall’s Job Fest feel more

“modern.” Part of that effort meant adapting the dress

code to be more casual. “A lot of employers are realizing

their dress code isn’t as serious as it has been in

previous years,” she said.

She also noted that while in the past, Job Fest

was confined mostly to marketing and business management

positions, Tuesday’s event had opportunities

for all majors including STEM and education.

Cassandra Carvahal, a recruiter for Driscoll’s,

said “we’re looking to hire scientists as well as positions

in all departments for our consumer products.”

She also noted that recruiters like herself aren’t just

looking for impressive resumes. “We want everyone to

work in harmony and get along well because you can’t

teach personality or character. We spend time looking

for that as well,” she said.

In an email to the Foghorn, Julia Hing, director

of employer relations of USF’s Career Service Center

wrote that last spring’s Job Fest had 93 employers attend

the virtual and in-person events. Last week’s Job

Fest had 107 employers attend. Hing said that this is

likely due to a “tight job market.” She also added that

while Job Fest normally experiences higher student

turnout in the spring, Tuesday’s event recorded similar

numbers to the event held last March.

Many students left Job Fest with new contacts

and business cards, Kinfe said.






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Staff Writer

As California enters election season this fall, San

Francisco residents will have the opportunity to make

their voices heard by voting for representatives and

state and local ballot propositions.

In anticipation of this, the University’s largest

election advocacy group on campus, USFVotes, spent

Sept. 20 tabling on campus for National Voter Registration


National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan

holiday that celebrates and encourages voting. Since

its foundation in 2012, it has registered nearly 4.7

million voters, according to their website.

USFVotes, housed in the Leo T. McCarthy Center,

has been participating in this event for the past

five years, and has 30,000 partners. According to Angeline

Vuong, the associate director of public service

and community engagement at the McCarthy Center,

their goal is to make sure every eligible voter on campus

is informed and registered to vote.

National data is aligning with USFVotes’ mission.

USF was recently named one of the best colleges

in the United States for student voting by the

Washington Monthly, due to its voter registration and

turnout rates.

Student volunteers tabled for seven hours at US-

FVotes’ election 2022 “pop-ups.” They distributed

materials, voting guides, and shared QR codes where

students could register to vote or check their voter

registration status.

Jadia Johnson, a first-year psychology major, was

one of the students tabling. “We want to inform people

who might not know about the election, or might

not be registered, or maybe are a little hesitant because

voting is quite an intricate process that can seem

very intimidating.”

Johnson said that voting is the best way to create

societal change. “Regardless of whether the government

will be perfect, or perfectly aligning with

your views, I don’t think that would ever happen, but

voting is a way you can get involved and have a say

in what happens, holding your party accountable. It

concerns your own rights, what you do as a person

and how your society functions.”

Vuong found a similar purpose in her work registering

young voters. “Politics and policy are interwoven

into everything. Whether it’s the price you pay at

the cafeteria, how much money you pay for apartment

housing in San Francisco, it’s your MUNI route, it determines

how much scholarship and financial aid you

get at school, it’s about access to reproductive justice,

and I think all of these things affect young people. If

you are not engaged, I think that it is more challenging

to create the future that you want, if you don’t

start early on.”

Research from Tufts University finds that the

education young people recieve in regards to voting

is inadequate, leading to discrepancies in voting rates

by race, educational status, and other socioeconomic

USFVotes tables for National Voter

Registration Day

USFVotes volunteer table at Voter Registration “Pop-Up.” PHOTO COURTESY OF ANGELINE VUONG/LEO T. MCCARTHY CENTER


“I think that it’s important to make sure that organizations

and programs like ours reduce those barriers,”

Vuong said. “Young people, Millennials and Gen

Z, are the biggest cohort in this upcoming election,

so it’s really important to get young people engaged.

There’s research that shows that students who vote in

the first three elections when they turn 18 in the US,

become lifelong voters, lifelong civically engaged human


Students around campus are reflecting on what

voting means to them as the first midterm under the

Biden-Harris administration approaches.

Nisha Rupral, a fourth-year business marketing

major from Dublin, California, has known the importance

of voting from a young age. “Me and my family

all sit together and make sure that we vote, before the

day that it’s due,” she said.“We’ve always had the general

sense that we need to get our word out and we

need to get our opinions out there, even though it’s a

blue state here. Every vote matters.”

For other students from states where their political

party is not the majority, voting can mean something

else. Nadia Gonzales is a second-year chemistry

major, Phoenix, Arizona.

“Being from Arizona right now, it’s very on the

border. My voice truly matters. It really motivates me

to keep voting and do my research.”

Some students on campus recognize the importance

of voting but take issue with the systems in

which it exists. “We also have to acknowledge the limitations

of a representative democracy and realize that

the functioning of the political system is inherently

flawed,” said Celeste Baird, a third-year international

studies major from Portland, Oregon. “We need to

use this recognition to bring activism into the social

sphere beyond just annual elections.”

While the USF community continues to champion

comprehensive civic engagement, Vuong acknowledges

that voting is the first step.

“This is a really important, pivotal moment in

our lives, when there is so much polarization,” Vuong

said. “In order to live the motto of this University, it’s

important to encourage everyone in our community

to register to vote. If they can’t, encourage friends,

families, and communities.”

Students wanting to get involved with USFVotes

can email usfvotes@usfca.edu or message their Instagram

@usfvotes.The Foghorn will continue its coverage of the

midterm elections this fall.

Lidia Velasco-Robles, a second-year politics major and vice president of Folklórico

de USF, felt empowered after performing in celebration of her heritage and community.

“Folklórico is the epitome of our motherland — Mexico,” she said. “To have

a space for us in an institution that was not made for us is absolutely exhilarating.”

Although the event brought its organizers joy, it also revealed university shortcomings.

Some LUNA and Latinas Unidas members said that they felt a lack of support

from the University in comparison to other organizations on campus. Amid rush

week and the swirl of the new school year, they ran into difficulties coordinating with

Student Leadership and Engagement, as well as Bon Appetit, and felt that these organizations

and USF’s administration should make more of an effort to create a safe

space and promote their Latine students and organizations. “It felt like we were put on

the backburner,” said Flores, “This event was built on our backs.”

Camarillo echoed Flores’ frustration. “I would have expected that since Latino

students make up such a large portion of the student body, they would have already

made an event like this. But they didn’t.”

Despite roadblocks, Flores was determined to make the event a success. As a Latina

in the U.S., she never felt like she had a place in her schools growing up. She hopes

community empowerment at USF will eliminate that feeling for Latine students here.

“I want to provide for them what I wish I had,” she said.

First-year critical diversity studies major, Metzli Lemus, felt “at home” during the





Staff Writer

Public Safety disclosed this month that students

were robbed on two separate occasions near Arguello

Boulevard and McAllister Street. In light of these incidents,

director of Public Safety Dan Lawson cautioned

students to be vigilant, “[Let’s be] aware of where we

are, how late at night. That is not being on our phone,

[but] looking around and making sure that if something

looks unusual to us that we make sure that we go

out of our way to go around it.” Another thing Lawson

stresses is compliance. “If you do get involved, which

would be rare, give the property up, do not resist. Otherwise,

somebody could be injured.”

The robberies on Arguello and McAllister were

technically past Public Safety’s jurisdiction, which

only operates on the University’s campus. However,

Public Safety may still play a role in the aftermath of a

robbery if it is within a one-mile radius of campus. If

anyone is robbed off campus, but within the one-mile

campus radius, the first thing they should do is call

the San Francisco Police Department and then Public

Safety. Lawson says “We'll show up and help provide a

safety escort to [the victim] afterward.”

Public Safety takes a record of all incidents, both

on-campus and within this radius. Lawson explained

that Public Safety “need[s] to record that, because we

want to know. It's within our neighborhood, this happened

down at Arguello and McAllister. So that's definitely

within a one-mile radius, and certainly within

our neighborhoods.”

Public Safety has also introduced extra patrols after

they reported the presence of a “stalker” near campus

on Sept. 24. The individual has been seen “exhibiting

inappropriate behavior” to community members

on campus on three occasions. Encounters with the

same individual have also been reported in the Marina

and at Alamo Square. In a recent decision, the drivers

celebration. “It felt nice to see people older than me who are established here and have

made a place for themselves. I look up to them a lot,” she said.

The final speaker of the night, Antonio Cantu, a psychologist from the Felton

institute emphasized the importance of breaking generational cycles of poor mental

health habits and having difficult conversations with one another about racism within

the Latine community.

Third-year exchange student, Josefa Amanda Pasteus Jara, echoed this message.

Coming from Chile, she was pleased to see the diversity of the Latine community at

USF. “Events like these allow us to check ourselves,” she said. “There’s no one way of

being Latino.”

Latine students felt supported by their classmates of other cultural backgrounds

at the event. Second-year finance and computer science double major, Leonardo Yniguez

said, “It’s amazing that there are people of all different backgrounds here that are

willing to participate and share this culture with us.”

First-year biology major and Black Student Union member, Karimah Jalloh, said

“I am appreciative to be immersed in their culture. It’s very festive, colorful, and all

about community. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Students danced until around 11 p.m., leaving the event’s organizers impassioned

and proud of the resilience and excellence of Latine folks. “Tonight was so fun and upbeat,

but in the middle it really hit me. Wow, this is our community,” said Camarillo.

of the Public Safety shuttle are now strictly unarmed

Community Safety officers.

If students are feeling unsafe, they can make use

of the Night Safety Program, which provides a scheduled

shuttle service to and from anywhere within the

predetermined one-mile radius of campus. The program

is co-run by the Department of Student Leadership

and Public Safety. Depending on a “case-by-case

basis” students may also be driven to St. Mary’s Medical

Center and Kaiser Hospitals. The only thing the

program rejects are rides from bars. “Unless there's an

issue [where] a student is asking for help at a bar, we

generally don't pick up and drive to bars,” Lawson said.

The Night Safety Program has two shifts. The first is

from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday, with a

last call shuttle at 12:30 a.m. The second shift is 6 p.m. to

3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a last call shuttle

at 2:30 a.m. Students can call Public Safety at (415)

422-4201 to be connected to the service.





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Staff Writer


Aliann English struts her stuff in a black mini






Contributing Writer

Samantha Chan emulates a Monster High

doll with her frilly look. PHOTO COURTESY


Jose Santamaria serves ‘90s bad boy in his

leather jacket and blue jeans combo. PHO-


Sydney Farell brings Audrey Hepburn to the

runway with fitted black dress and matching



Fashion shows often follow a theme — but what happens when you leave the

theme to the models walking the runway? 20 models aced the runway like it was their

homework at USF’s school of management’s honors program (SOMHP) first fashion

show and fundraiser on Sept. 23. We saw everything from dynamic duos dressed in all

black, to hot pink high heels, and elegant outfits inspired by Audrey Hepburn.

The fashion show was a source of excitement for everyone involved. Fourth-year

finance major and organizer for the event, Max Chanthavornkjj arrived at 8 a.m. Despite

spending several long hours setting up, Chathvaornki remained cheerful. “It is so

special seeing an ordinary room turned into something beautiful — especially when

so much work went into it,” he said.

The catwalk flashed a red and green ombre sign that read “Walk Your Inner Self.”

Dynamic duo Aliann English, a second-year communications major and Samantha

Chan a second-year nursing major strutted down the runway in their 12 and a half

inch Demonia boots. English wore an all black mini dress, and added sheer tights to

spice the look up. Chan complimented her in a white timeless classic dress paired with

matching white hand warmers. Their runway walk brought sass, Britney Spears-esque

attitude, and nostalgia to the stage as their outfits were inspired by the 2010 doll

franchise Monster High. “Fright Song,” the theme from the Monster High TV show,

played as they rocked each step.

Another duo showed a more business casual look, with a spunky twist. Dressed

in white button-downs, jet-black glasses, trench coats, and corsets, models Yana Vaynshteyn

a first-year undeclared business major and Lara Sipes a first-year business major

came together as best friends to show their “business chic” style.

Sydney Farrel, a second-year hospitality management major, was the image of

pristine elegance rocking the runway in a black lace asymmetrical dress, a pearl necklace,

and diamond dangle earrings. Her look was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the

movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Farrel said that, “showing confidence and using fashion

as a creative outlet is a good way to separate school and passion.” The fashion show was

a good opportunity to incorporate both of these things.

Students were not the only ones walking the runway — professors also got their

glam on. Program directors, Nicole Nguyen and Frank Ohara, joined students on the

walk down the runway. Although Ohara said he was nervous, his friend, Nguyen,

helped him get through it. As they each took a turn down the runway their fear was

quickly replaced with confidence, as they shined on the runway. After an incredible

walk, they shared how proud they are of seeing their honor students come together

expressively. Nguyen said “this event is creative and out-of-the box,” SOMHP students

recognized the importance of creativity through this event. Professor Ohara said

“there's definitely a creative side to business.” No matter what role someone was in the

event, everyone saw the artistic expression through showing their inner self and being

who they are.

As the show came to an end, Idea Fatarida Phuwadonanon, a fourth-year psychology

and business double major, covered Beyonce’s “Love On Top.” The models took

the catwalk together, striking poses and smiling ear to ear as they took a final bow. The

SOMHP put on an incredible first fashion show fundraiser, and many of the people

involved hope to see this event in years to come.

Stroll down JFK Promenade in Golden Gate Park on any given day and you will

be joined by joggers, walkers, bikers, skaters, and roller-bladers, all making good use

of the 1.5 miles of car-free road. The promenade was closed off to drivers two years ago

and was made permanently car-free in April. However, a proposition on next month’s

ballot has the power to reverse that decision, reintroducing cars to the road.

If Proposition J is successful, it will uphold the “recreational use” of JFK drive,

while if Proposition I is successful, it will reintroduce vehicles on JFK Drive and the

Great Highway.

This month, local artists began painting 10 murals on the road as part of the

“Golden Mile Project” to showcase the value of a permanently car-free promenade.

Working on a six-month permit from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

and San Francisco Metro Transit Authority, art nonprofits Illuminate and Paint

the Void joined forces to bring the promenade to life.

Illuminate is responsible for many of San Francisco’s most recognizable art installations.

The “Bay Lights” on the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the colorful projected lights

on the Conservatory of Flowers at night, and the installation of the words “Lift Every

Voice” above the Golden Gate Park Bandshell are some of the nonprofit’s projects.

To David Hatfield, Illuminate’s chief of opportunities, the Golden Mile Project is

a chance to re-envision the road. “How do we make it not look like a road and how do

we make it feel like a place where people can hang out and just enjoy one of the pieces

that we’re adding?” he said.

Illuminate has temporarily installed 100 adirondack chairs, three Doggie Diner

heads (originals from the Bay Area Doggie Diner fast-food chain), and two grand

pianos along the promenade to transform the space into a whimsical playground for


Meanwhile, Paint the Void is responsible for contracting artists to paint the murals.

The women-led nonprofit was founded in March 2020 when many of San Francisco’s

businesses were closed and buildings were boarded up. Shannon Riley, a co-founder,

said Paint the Void stepped in to beautify San Francisco in a depressing time, hiring

local artists to paint over the newly blank spaces in the city.

In planning the murals for the Golden Mile Project, Paint the Void collaborated

with the American Indian Cultural District and the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone.

Riley said that the three organizations shared an intention to keep JFK Promenade

open to the public and to make it a space where all walks of life could come together.

One of the 10 muralists, Max Ehrman, wants people not just to enjoy looking at

his piece, but to interact with it. “I'm painting cubes that are two-point. If you’re standing

on them at the right angle, it’s like standing on an elevated block in the middle of

the street,” he said. Ehrman’s mural is located near Stow Lake and Crossover Drive and

is sure to stop people in their tracks.

Another muralist, Nicole Hayden, is painting the area in front of “Lindy in the

Park,” where free swing dancing lessons are held every Sunday near 9th Ave. Her mural

shows four dancing couples on the points of a brightly colored star. “I just think, why

not give this area some sparkle? You know, give it a little beauty and cheerfulness?” she


According to Hayden, the muralists decided to use exterior paint with an anti-slip

additive for their pieces. She doesn’t expect the paint to hold forever, especially if cars

are reintroduced to the road. “Something I painted today might look like it's 10 years

old tomorrow. I think it's just part of the life cycle,” she said.

Hatfield said that Illuminate is using the Golden Mile Project as an opportunity

to temporarily activate JFK Promenade. “If it needs to go away, it will,” he said. “But

while we’re here, you’ll go from mural, to live band, to coffee kiosk, to circus performer,

to doggie diner head and it’ll create this tapestry of hopefully just delight.”

Max Ehrman creating an optical illusion on the Promenade.


Nicole Hayden adds finishing touches to her swing dancers.



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SEPT. 29,







a second-year

psychology major.

Two years since COVID-19 was

first reported in the U.S., the virus has

reportedly claimed over 6.5 million

lives globally, including over 1 million

American lives. According to Johns

Hopkins research, it continues to kill

an average of 400 Americans per day.

Despite this, the American government

and much of the general public

have adopted a flippant stance on the

virus’s impact, the most recent example

coming from president Biden.

In a Sept. 18 “60 minutes” interview,

when asked by CBS correspondent

Scott Pelley if the pandemic was

over, Biden replied “the pandemic

is over, we still have a problem with

COVID, we’re still doing a lot of work

on it, but the pandemic is over.” He

went on to say, “If you notice, no one

is wearing masks, everybody seems to

be in pretty good shape.”

Biden’s position is echoed by

nearly one-third of Americans who,

according to recent polls, also consider

the pandemic to be “over.” The loosening

of mandates across the country

suggests that many Americans are eager

to move on to a post-pandemic way

of life.

Biden’s claim is hypocritical

when considering how Democrats

previously criticized Republicans for their passive response to the pandemic. In

August 2020, House Democrats even created a report titled “A Failure to Lead:

The Trump Administration’s Disastrous Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic,”

in which they argued that Trump’s rhetoric directly contributed to the rapid spread

of COVID-19.

Earlier this month, the CDC approved an updated booster shot that is said to

combat new, more transmittable variants. In order to secure these boosters as well as

treatment and personal protective equipment (PPE), the White House is reportedly

requesting $22.4 billion from Congress for the fiscal year of 2023. If Biden is publicly

declaring that COVID-19 is “over,” why should Congress feel any inclination

to approve such a large sum of funds for its relief?

Not only are his claims contradictory, they also ostracize those who are particularly

vulnerable to the virus. People of color continue to be at a higher risk regarding

COVID-19, with new CDC data revealing that Black and Latine people are

more than twice as likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 than white people.

Likewise, individuals over 65 and those with underlying medical conditions


are at an increased risk of death. The CDC found that the COVID-19 mortality rate

is 60 times higher for people aged 65-74 than those aged 18-29.

Biden’s claim does hold some merit given the strides the U.S. has taken since

the start of the pandemic: the majority of Americans are vaccinated, the unemployment

rate has shrunk, and the death rate has notably declined. According to the

CDC’s data tracker, approximately 67.8% of the general public are vaccinated with

the primary series of doses, and 79.5% of the U.S. population has received at least

one dose. Additionally, studies continue to legitimize the efficacy of COVID-19


While it's evident that today, Americans are in a far different position than

they were in 2020, the virus is still a very real threat. In 2022 alone, nearly 225,000

Americans have lost their lives to the disease, making it clear that while we may be

“done” with the pandemic, it is still most certainly not done with us. Writing off the

virus entirely is a careless move that complicates current efforts to stop its spread. A

premature celebration of the virus’s end endangers Americans and can reverse the

progress made up to this point.


MACE is a fourth-year

sociology major..

Earlier this month, I entered the Oakland coliseum

for Bad Bunny’s anticipated “Un Verano Sin

Ti” concert. The lights shut off and he began to

perform “El Apagon” (The Blackout), Puerto Rico’s

reggaeton anthem. In the sea of light blue flags and

bodies jumping, we screamed “Puerto Rico ta bien

cabron!” (Puerto Rico is f—ng great!) The beat split

and a hypnotic voice sang, “Esta es mi playa, esta mi

sol, esta es mi Tierra, esta soy yo.” (This is my beach,

this is my sun, this is my land, this is who I am.)

Two days later, Bad Bunny dropped the 22

minute “El Apagon'” visual featuring “People Live

Here,” a short documentary led by Puerto Rican

journalist Bianca Grailu. In the doc, Grailu reveals

how Puerto Rico’s standing as a U.S. colony has allowed

for mass gentrification and the privatization of

an already vulnerable public power grid.

On Sept. 18, Hurricane Fiona made landfall in

Puerto Rico.

For us in the diaspora, our protocol began. We

called our loved ones on the island, donated what we could and then waited. In

limbo, we waded through social media posts and grappled with the reality of an

island drowning. My Titi’s (aunt’s) text, sent from her home in Bayamon, read, “it’s

lonesome and scary but [we’re] doing fine.”

By 1 p.m. the same day, el apagon had begun.

Hurricane Fiona, predicted to be ranked a Category 3, or a major storm, triggers

painful memories of Hurricane Maria — the Category 5 hurricane that devastated

Puerto Rico in 2017. Between then and now, Puerto Ricans have learned that we

depend on each other for survival.

In the months following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans were left to battle

90 degree heat with no electricity. Bedridden people lacked access to medical treatment

and many elders on oxygen passed away. Puerto Rico’s

government undercounted deaths from Hurricane Maria and

announced the death toll at 64 people in December 2017.

One year later, researchers at Harvard, accompanied by

Puerto Rican colleagues, revealed an estimated death toll of

4,645 — making Maria one of the most deadly natural disasters

in U.S. history.

In October 2017, former President Trump visited the island

for a press trip. He stopped at Calvary Chapel in Guaynabo,

threw paper towels at the crowd, and later belittled the rising

death toll when he said, “I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but

you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack.” A subsequent

investigation revealed that the Trump Administration had purposely

blocked aid and delayed $20 billion dollars in relief to

Puerto Rico.

Two years later, Puerto Rico’s own government abandoned

its people. On the heels of the FBI arresting top government

officials for corruption, The Puerto Rico Center for Investigative

Journalism exposed 889 pages of sexist, homophobic, ableist,

and racist messages between Puerto Rico’s former Governor Ricardo

Rossello and cabinet members in what became known as

“chat gate.”

In the 14 days after, half a million Puerto Ricans took to

the streets and successfully demanded Rossello’s resignation.

Bad Bunny and Residente led the protests in song with “Afilando

los Cuchillos” (Sharpening the Knives).

In absence of leadership following Hurricane Maria, Puerto

Rican people on the island and in the diaspora stepped up.

Countless community orgs distributed aid and the Puerto Rican

Psychiatric Association provided mental health care as well as

physical aid to isolated communities in rural Puerto Rico.

To help with reconstruction, I traveled to visit my family

and volunteer in Yabucoa for the two summers after Maria. As

we worked, our conversations with neighbors revealed the level

of care it took to keep the community afloat.

Despite the joy of returning to Puerto Rico, the island’s reality confronted us.

At the 2018 San Juan Pride Parade, my mom and I weaved through a sea of Puerto

Rican independence flags and rainbow flags. But dozens of pairs of empty shoes also

lined the parade’s plaza, Parque del Indio, their presence symbolizing the lives lost to


The only difference Puerto Rico now faces resides in the U.S. decision last year

to privatize Puerto Rico’s power grid under LUMA Energy, a company with U.S.

and Canadian background. In a conversation with Politico reporter Carlos Polanco,

environmental attorney Ruth Santiago said: “History is repeating itself but now we

don’t have Hurricane Maria, but Hurricane LUMA.”

A historic number of blackouts have occurred under LUMA, sparking mass protests

throughout this summer in San Juan. Echoing the people’s demands this week,

Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress questioned why the 15-year LUMA contract

should be fulfilled when the country is seeing longer outages than before.

As of Sept. 26, 900,000 Puerto Ricans remain without power and 20 out of 68

hospitals in Puerto Rico are without power. Along with mass flooding and the loss of

homes, Hurricane Fiona has created a multi-billion dollar economic disaster, further

crippling an economy already buried in colonial debt.

Organizations on the ground are working and living within this reality. Taller

Salud, Techos Pa’ Mi Gente, and more have tirelessly distributed aid across the island

this last week. From the diaspora, grassroots groups like North Carolina for Puerto

Rico have organized fundraising events.

At my home in San Francisco, my family donates, we pray and we plan our trip

home to work in the reconstruction efforts once more.

In these times, Puerto Ricans shouldn't have to be resilient, we shouldn’t have to

solely rely on ourselves in lieu of U.S. imperialism, structural failure, and corruption.

Nonetheless we organize out of necessity, and we organize out of love. In light or

darkness, Puerto Rico is our island and Puerto Rico is who we are.

“Esta es mi playa, está mi sol, esta es mi tierra, esta soy yo.”



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Staff Writer


In his five-year tenure at USF, Jamaree Bouyea finished first in all-time

games played, third in steals, third in assists, sixth in three-pointers made,

and fifth in points scored — and he hasn’t taken his foot off the gas. In July,

Bouyea signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Miami Heat, who made it to

the Eastern Conference Finals last season and made an NBA Finals appearance

in 2020. His contract will allow him to compete for a roster spot with

the main team, while still maintaining eligibility to play for their G-League

affiliate team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, according to the Miami Heat.

After the 2021 March Madness tournament, Bouyea had 14 NBA

workouts and ultimately ended up with Miami. “After the draft, [Miami]

was the first team I went to… I know Miami has a great track record with

players that are undrafted and unsung heroes so that was definitely the first

spot I wanted to go to,” he said.

According to ESPN, four of the Heat’s top five players last season were

undrafted players. In a statement to the Foghorn, Heat team captain Udonis

Haslem, who has played 19 seasons in the NBA, spoke highly of Bouyea.

“He came to the right place for underdogs. We value the have-nots. Here

he’ll have a legit chance to showcase his talents and make an NBA roster.

Just check our resume.”

In two games in the Las Vegas Summer League, Bouyea averaged 8.5

points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.5 steals in 22 minutes of play per game.

Bouyea’s aggressive defense and offensive poise shined during games.

Bouyea and fellow Don, Frankie Ferrari, matched up against each other

at the California Summer League at Chase Center. Bouyea and Ferrari

played together for two seasons from 2017-2019 and came full circle when

they matched up professionally in the Sacramento Kings vs. Miami Heat

game. “That’s my brother, man, so to be able to share the court, in the

Warriors arena, with all our friends and family there, was something special,”

Bouyea said. “It’s a moment I’ll have in my life forever and I have that

picture of us [playing] together on the wall in my house, it’s something very


As the 6-foot-2-inch point guard enters his rookie year, he’s applying

much of what he’s gained on the Hilltop. “Coming into USF as a freshman

no one knew who I was, I didn’t play much, and I had to work my way up,”

he said. “I was getting better and improving every year and that’s what I’m

trying to do in Miami. I just want to make my way up the ladder and keep

improving and have a lasting career in the NBA.”

With training camp approaching, Bouyea is looking to put his best foot

forward and fit into whatever role the team needs him in. “As time goes on,

I want to be in the NBA for a very long time and I’m just really trying to

make this roster right now,” he said.

Bouyea expressed the love and gratitude he has for the fans on the Hilltop.

“Those are the best fans I’ve seen at USF in a long time. Seeing War

Memorial Gym sell out games again is very special and I’m very appreciative

[of the fans],” he said. “They should do the same for this upcoming season,

we got a good team and they’re going to make it back to the tournament.”

The Miami Heat start their training camp on Sept. 27 in the Bahamas.

Final roster cuts for the NBA regular season are due Oct. 17.

Jamaree Bouyea takes the court in the Las Vegas Summer League. PHOTO COURTESY OF


Women’s basketball prepares for their WCC tournament game in Las Vegas. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS


Contributing Writer

With the USF women’s basketball season coming up, head coach Molly

Goodenbour has made a few changes to her coaching staff. Goodenbour is

heading into her sixth season as the head coach for the Dons. Last season,

Goodenbour faced verbal and mental abuse allegations by two former players.

The lawsuit against the athletic department and Goodenbour is still in trial

and developing.

In July, the team’s former director of operations, Derek Saich, was announced

as the new assistant coach of the women’s basketball team. Goodenbour

said in a press conference that she was confident about Saich. “He

is personable and knowledgeable and the players enjoy having him in this

expanded role where they are able to interact with him daily in practice situations,”

she said.

The athletics department also added former USF women’s basketball player

Dolapo Balogun as the new director of operations. Balogun received a masters

degree in sports management from USF in 2020. “The players will have a

tremendous resource available to them and she will do a fantastic job of helping

develop and shape the young women in our program,” Goodenbour said.

Goodenbour isn’t the only one excited about these new appointments.

Lorena Anunciaco, a second-year advertising major who plays forward on the

women’s team was asked if she had any ideas for the coaching staff. “I think

that they should be more vocal and share all of their knowledge and expertise

with the group,” she said.

Anunciaco also shared her goals and aspirations for the team this year. “I

think with the basic terms our team has a lot of potential to be the best, taking

it game by game improving each week with a lot of accountability, resilience,

and trust,” she said.

Saich and Balogun have various experiences within the athletics department.

Therefore, they should adjust just fine with the help of Coach Goodenbour

and the players.

The women’s basketball team will be facing Loyola Marymount University for

their first home game of the season on Dec. 17.




SEPT. 29,





Staff Writer




Ken Hemmer prepares for the Benedetti Diamond. PHOTO COURTESY


Third-year infielder Ken Hemmer discovered his love for baseball growing

up in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up immersed in the rich baseball culture of Japan

and watching Japanese baseball-legend Ichiro Suzuki. But his inspiration to

play the sport came from family tradition.

“My Japanese grandpa was pretty big into baseball and unfortunately he

passed, but my mom wanted me to carry on the tradition,”Hemmer said. Hemmer

now finds himself here at USF, hoping to leave a positive impact in any

way he can.

During recruitment, Hemmer says he was fortunate enough to have a good

set of game film that could impress the coaches. In addition to film, Hemmer

also discussed how important it was to build a good relationship with the staff

and have a personal connection.

“The school definitely means a lot,” he said. “From a coach’s perspective,

I’m a huge gamble. I was an overseas kid that they didn’t really know much

about. But they were gracious enough to extend an opportunity for me. ”

Hemmer might be 5,000 miles away from home, but his dad is from Chicago,

so the move to San Francisco was not too difficult for him. Coming to

America to play baseball was always something he wanted to do. Hemmer said

he loves San Francisco and appreciates that the city has its own baseball culture.

Hemmer has been on the Hilltop for two years, one as a redshirt, and is

still waiting for his first collegiate performance. But with two years of training

and learning with the team, Hemmer said it's finally the time to show what he

is capable of. “For me, it’s more so proving myself right. I’ve always believed in

myself, and I think that confidence is amplified this year,” he said. ”It’s a different

mentality knowing that you’ve put in the work.”

Like any Division I baseball player, Hemmer would love to see himself

playing and putting up great numbers, but he’s much more focused on his

lasting impact on his peers and the team. “It’s more about the relationships

you build, and the connections you make. And lifting the people around you

up,” he said. He added that this way of looking at things is what helps build a

championship culture around the team. Hemmer also understands that some

things are bigger than baseball, mentioning that “baseball doesn’t last forever,”

but the relationships he makes along the way do.

An inspiration of Hemmer’s has always been Suzuki, the MLB superstar

who played in the league for 28 seasons and also grew up in Japan. Suzuki is

someone who is almost “like a God” to Hemmer. Being from Japan and making

such a huge impact on the game of baseball, it was natural that Suzuki was

Hemmer’s favorite player growing up. Still to this day Hemmer says he listens

to old interviews of Suzuki and podcasts with or about him, and says that “his

words are always just so impactful.”

Hemmer is looking forward to this upcoming spring season and said that

having lots of new players gives the team an opportunity to shock the world.

He’s excited for the friendly competition between himself and his team and

hopes they push each other to be the best they can be. With his positive mindset

and appreciation for the school, it is easy to root for Hemmer. With three

years left of eligibility there will be a lot more to see from him and he is certainly

one to watch this coming spring.

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