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THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2022 • VOL. 120, ISSUE 4
NEWS SCENE OPINION SPORTS
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”?
“LATINX HERITAGE CELEBRATION”
BRINGS CULTURE, HISTORY,
Students strike a pose in front of colorful papel picados. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY IVÀN GOEI-VIDELA
Former Don Jamaree
Bouyea signs with the
“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
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
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PATAGONIA LEADS THE WAY
FOR NEW CLIMATE-CONSCIOUS
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
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,
Patagonia. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA
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
DONS RUSH FALL 2022 JOB FEST
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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CREATING ‘CIVICALLY ENGAGED HUMAN BEINGS’
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
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
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
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
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 email@example.com 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
Members of Folklórico de USF perform. PHOTO COURTESY OF JEREMY IVÀN GOEI-VIDELA
STUDENTS LEFT UNHARMED IN RECENT STRING
OF UNRELATED INCIDENTS
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
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
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.
Aliann English struts her stuff in a black mini
dress. PHOTO COURTESY OF MADELINE
Samantha Chan emulates a Monster High
doll with her frilly look. PHOTO COURTESY
OF MADELINE LIU
Jose Santamaria serves ‘90s bad boy in his
leather jacket and blue jeans combo. PHO-
TO COURTESY OF MADELINE LIU
Sydney Farell brings Audrey Hepburn to the
runway with fitted black dress and matching
gloves. PHOTO COURTESY OF MADELINE
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
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.
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Nicole Hayden adds finishing touches to her swing dancers.
PHOTO BY ZOE BINDER/SF FOGHORN
IS THE PANDEMIC DONE WITH US?
PUERTO RICANS ORGANIZE TO SURVIVE
JORDAN DELFIUGO is
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WELCOMES
TWO NEW COACHES
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
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
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,”
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.
DONS PLAYER PROFILE: KEN HEMMER
Ken Hemmer prepares for the Benedetti Diamond. PHOTO COURTESY
OF CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS ATHLETICS
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.