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At the time of writing, we are

entering into the Nov. 8 general election,

which will decide, among other

things, the fate of the San Francisco

District Attorney office. Vying for

the position are four candidates of

varying experience and background:

Brooke Jenkins, John Hamasaki, Joe

Alioto Veronese, and Maurice Chenier.

Whoever is elected will bear the

responsibility of increasing public

safety, actively listening to the public,

and enacting criminal justice reform.

Given the immense influence of the

role, it is imperative that San Franciscans

hold the new DA accountable to

promises of criminal justice reform.

The Thurgood Marshall Institute

lists the DA’s powers, including

the power to investigate accusations

of crime and bring charges, as well as the power

to review old cases for possible wrongful conviction.

The DA can also create alternatives to incarceration

and create “specialized units” to address

“prevalent issues within the community.”

This means the DA can address the root causes

of crime, as opposed to defaulting to policing and

mass incarceration.

In 2020, under then-DA Chesa Boudin, the

DA’s office established the San Francisco Restorative

Justice Collaborative. According to their

website, the collaborative aims to “repair the relationship

between the Asian American and African

American communities in San Francisco,”

and to “generate long term healing, rather than a

band-aid response to high-profile incidents.” The

collaboration works with several youth outreach

programs and community organizations.

The role of DA is a tightrope of balancing

differing views on how to achieve criminal justice.

Despite the progress Boudin’s office made

with the collaborative, his term came to an

abrupt end with the 2022 special recall election.

Only 46% of San Francisco’s eligible voters

showed up to the polls for the recall, and of those

voters 55% voted in favor of ousting Boudin.

Mayor London Breed appointed Brooke Jenkins

as the interim DA in his place.

Jenkins is facing a mix of support and backlash

over the ambiguities of her stance on criminal

justice reform. Upon starting in the role of

DA, Jenkins said she was “progressive,” but in

the same breath advocated for policies known

to disproportionately penalize low-income folks

and people of color. These include giving prosecutors

the discretion to charge juvenile offenders as

adults and the power to request cash bail as well

as gang enhancements.

Given the blatant racial disparities within

San Francisco’s justice system, the city needs a

DA that prioritizes racial justice. According to research

conducted by the San Francisco City and

County Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation

Fund, the per capita rate of incarceration for

Black people in San Francisco is 17 times higher

than white people — with men of color typically

receiving longer sentences than their white counterparts.

Over this past year, we have seen the ways

voting and petitioning for recall has impacted

the DA’s office. Most recently, protestors at San

Francisco State University caused Jenkins to leave

a debate over her perceived decision to delay the

trial of SF police officer Chris Samayoa, who

is facing manslaughter charges for the death of

Keita O’Neil.

San Franciscans must stay committed to

holding the DA accountable and driving forward

change. While the conversation around racial

justice and criminal reform often ends in a stalemate,

we should expect the DA’s office to take

concrete steps to ensure equity.



NOV 3:

“USF announces new data ethics fellows:”

Savannah Dewberry conducted the survey of USF

students for feedback on data collection.

“ASUSF Senate resolution promotes menstrual

product accessibility:” Sofia Fontana, the social

justice chair of the Senate’s advocacy committee,

was misattributed as the Senate’s pre-medicine


OCT 27:

“Get to know Provost Oparah:” Erin Brigham’s

name was misspelled.

“Masks become optional on the Hilltop:” Morgan

Brumm’s name was misspelled.

“The world needs traditional ecological knowledge:”

information about Dr. Gregory Cajete’s

research was drawn from “Earthzine.”


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Staff Writer


Last Thursday, nursing students discussed

how they would go about working with queer patients

at an event put on by student club “Queer

Safety and Education for Nurses” (QSEN). The

club is made up of queer nursing students who

came together in July when they, “Saw a lack of

understanding of queer health or trans health in

general” media and publicity chair Loi Vo said. To

help educate their cohort, the club invited queer

healthcare advocate and veteran trans-rights activist

Willy Wilkinson to talk about queerness in the

healthcare field and working with queer and transgender


Wilkinson talked about Kyler Prescott a

14-year-old transgender boy who committed suicide

in 2015 after being misgendered by medical

professionals while seeking care for mental health

concerns. His case was recognized this year under

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which

“prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color,

national origin, age, disability, or sex (including

pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and

sex characteristics), in covered health programs or


The gender identity of transgender children

and their right to pursue medical transition and

gender-affirming care has been a subject of political

debate for several years. Arkansas passed state

legislature in 2021 banning gender-affirming care,

such as puberty blockers, for transgender minors.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of

Law reported that “More than 58,000 transgender

youth and young adults across 15 states are in

jeopardy of losing access to gender-affirming care”

in March.

Wilkinson said that a key to health and

well-being for transgender children is that they be

gendered according to their identity. “Trans kids

know who they are and what they want,” he said.

Diana Seelinger, a first-year biology student,

said the recent push to ban gender-affirming care

is “Scary as hell,” and a sign of the politicalization

of trans people. “Trans people are drummed up

as some incredible worry because of the fact that

somebody could transgress and change their status [assigned to them at birth]”

said Seelinger.

Wilkinson said that, of transgender and gender-expansive students within

the K-12 age range, “78% have experienced harassment, 35% experienced physical

assault, and 12% experienced sexual violence.”

In an interview with the Foghorn, Wilkinson said, “The opposition does

not realize that trans-care is medically necessary and just how devastating it is to

deny youth healthcare. We’ve seen suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, and suicidal

completion in response to these measures and these different states where

young people are being denied care.”

Speaking to his own experience as a transgender person, Wilkinson said,

“Because we have more visibility, we’re also experiencing a different level of bias,

harassment, and exclusion from opportunity.”

To close the event, the crowd was split into three groups and given a case

study pertaining to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data collection,

which healthcare providers use to provide trauma-informed and affirming

care to patients that are queer. The case study asked students to discuss what

policies health institutions need to implement to ensure gender affirming care,

Queer and trans health is not discussed enough, activist Willy Wilkinson said. PHOTO BY ELISE EMARD/SF FOGHORN

and how to know if a provider’s question is relevant to care or may be unnecessarily


Hanley Tran, a fourth-year nursing student, said “The problem with trans

healthcare for many providers is there’s this level of discomfort, there’s this level

of fear, of ‘I don’t know what to say, I don’t know how to respond, I’m going to

say the wrong thing’, right? It’s a learning process.”

Ashley Tam, the secretary for QSEN, said that she noticed homophobia

in her nursing cohort. “The nursing school has been around for a long time,

but there hasn’t been a lot of strides toward making a more equitable and equal

healthcare system,” she said.

Seelinger said, “When I’m [receiving care], I’m a person, and I don’t like

people tiptoeing around me. Most of what that comes down to is just being familiar

enough with queer people, trans and sexual minorities.”

“I think that by really centering our attention towards improving healthcare,

and improving the quality of care towards these individuals who are often

left behind, it ends up improving healthcare and outcomes for everybody,” Tam

said. “No matter who this person is, no matter how they identify, that is how

healthcare should be.”


Staff Writer

Kiannah-Nicole Karani, a first-year environmental

science major, traveled nearly 10,000 miles

from Nairobi, Kenya to get to the Hilltop. She has

just been elected the newest senator for the Associated

Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF)

Senate, and in her term in office, she wants to improve

campus safety and streamline communication

between students and administration.

“It is insane – it feels like so much has happened

already,” Karani said. “So far I’ve voted on the resolution

to accommodate Sikh identifying students

to carry their Kirpan with them, and the menstrual

product provision resolution too. We have held a

town hall, heard over six resolutions presented in the

senate weekly meetings, and I’ve attended my first Internal

Affairs meeting.”

Karani said that her desire to run for the Senate

started when her friends talked to her about issues

they saw on campus. “It was literally orientation

week, and there were already so many concerns,” she

said. Karani said a lack of awareness about campus

activities, worries about security, and dismay over the

absence of toilet seat covers were the most common


“I wanted to be in a position to hopefully bring

these concerns to people who could do something.”

The next step for Karani was to begin campaigning,

an experience she described as intense and intimidating.

“Printing posters and using social media was the

most stressful part of it all because it’s very much centered

around trying to stand out to the people who’ll

be voting.”

After registering to run for Senate, Karani was

allowed to begin campaigning, where she ran on a

platform of “For you, with you.” She said, “Because

I’m in the position of being a voice for the freshman

class, I can’t only consider my own opinion. I’m trying

to focus on gaining a collective understanding of

what students want to see and letting that be the message

I’m trying to push.”

Karani said that lots of students in her year specifically

are worried about public safety. “This is one

of the problems that us freshmen are especially concerned

about because we’re in a new environment and

being in this environment, having your safety compromised

is very concerning.”

As reported by the Foghorn in September, there

were two separate occasions of students being robbed

in a month as well as reports about an alleged stalker

near campus. Additionally, Karani said that students

have expressed frustration with transportation, specifically

the wait times with the Public Safety shuttles.

In addition to these issues, Karani said, “A lot of

the freshmen feel as though they don’t know what’s

happening on campus. The consensus I’ve heard is

that they just need a better way of receiving that kind

of information.”

Karani joined Senate to share her friends’ concerns with the administration. PHOTO COURTESY OF KIANNAH-NICOLE KARANI

Karani has proposed a new method of communication

between admin and students beyond just social

media posts. While SLE sends out the “Phoenix”

newsletter with campus events every week, Karani

wants another line of communication that is student-run.

“I’m currently in the early stages of working

on designing a mailing list, because while not all

students have social media, we’re all required to have

a USF email, so everyone would have access to it,”

she said.

The desire for this student-run newsletter, sharing

campus activities, stems from Karani’s struggle

to find community nearly 10,000 miles from home,

she told the Foghorn. “On a more personal level

though, figuring out how to survive so far away from

home was definitely more difficult than I previously

thought it would be.”

Reflecting on her experience campaigning, Karani

said “I am grateful for everyone who voted for me

because all of the candidates were literally so amazing

and it was just fun to be running against such smart,

capable people.”

While Karani said she still has a lot to look

forward to at Senate, she said she is grateful for the

community she has already found in student government.

“I feel as though the Senate is family. It feels as

though you can go to anyone and they’d be willing

to help you.”




NOV. 10,


The Show

MusT Must Go On





Staff Writer

Almost 300 USF students and San Franciscans took to campus

last Saturday in fishnet stockings and platform boots to watch the

College Players’ production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

The College Players, USF’s student-run theater company, continued

their yearly devotion to the film. For over a decade, they have

started their season with “Rocky Horror.”

The movie flopped when it debuted in the ‘70s, but queer communities

have since embraced it around the globe. “Rocky Horror

was one of the first movies to show complex LGBTQIA+ characters,

an aspect which has gained the film a kind of ‘ritualized worship,’”

reporting from the BBC notes. “It’s a love letter to queer history,”

said Fen Wright, a third-year psychology major and one of the show’s


Each year, theaters, performing arts troupes, and bars perform

a classic “shadow cast” version of the show. Fans watch the 1975 film

play on a large screen, while performers simultaneously lip sync and

dance to the musical. Audience interaction is one of the main components

of the show; throughout the film people in the crowd yell

responses to the movie’s dialogue.

“Rocky Horror is a really interesting movie because it’s a product

of its time, but revolves around whoever is performing it and their

identities,” Wright said.

While the College Players kept certain “Rocky Horror” traditions

like audience involvement alive, a COVID-19 case presented a

new challenge to cast members.

Two days prior to opening night, one of the lead actors playing

Riff Raff tested positive for COVID-19 and they did not have an


Sam Joon Fernandez, an ensemble actor, stepped into the role

with only two days to prepare — a challenging task for Fernandez’s

first theater production.

In an interview with the Foghorn on opening night, Fernandez

said the audience actually calmed his nerves. “The audience response

has been amazing, and it’s made my job on stage really easy. It was

really super fun to be able to do this role.”

“Putting Sam in a main role, he’s really come into his own,”

Wright said. “He got the blocking instantly, because he had watched

Taylor Griffin takes the stage as “Frank N. Furter.” PHOTO BY LEILA TSELNER/SF FOGHORN

the previous person do it so many times.”

The College Players are one of many theater groups around the

globe that have stuck to the “show must go on” spirit in coexisting

with COVID-19. In early 2022, NPR found that in one Broadway

show alone, producers canceled a week’s worth of shows due to a

COVID-19 outbreak. When the show resumed, more than 60% of

the roles on stage were performed by understudies.

Despite the COVID-19 induced challenges of the performance,

audiences enjoyed themselves. Elena Freiwald, a fifth-year performing

arts and social justice major, was excited to see the show for the

first time. “It was pretty crazy. I loved how into it the audience was.

Even though I had never watched the movie before I was able to follow

the storyline pretty well because of the callers and the actors doing

such an amazing job,” she said.

For Freiwald, “The Time Warp” performance stood out. The

20-person cast stormed the stage to dance along to one of the film’s

most iconic musical numbers. “It’s such a classic. The choreography

was excellent and everyone performed it with a lot of energy,” she


A lively, fun performance coexisted with more serious moments

in the show. In one instance, the College Players’ cast left the stage

entirely, as the scene in the film involved sexual coercion. Moments

like this have brought up larger arguments over the dated and problematic

nature of some of the show’s content.

Phoebe Perkins, a second-year politics major and a co-director of

the show, said that the creative team focuses on performer well-being

because the content can be intense. “We have our consent workshop

at the beginning of the production, essentially to establish that anyone

is allowed to say they are uncomfortable with blocking at any

time,” she said. “We check in with actors every step of the way.”

As the executive producer of the College Players, Wright supports

the company’s yearly return to “Rocky Horror.” The show continues

because of what it means to the queer community, especially in

San Francisco. “It is easy to make fun of it as a bad movie, but it’s also

interesting to watch it as a love letter to queer history,” Wright said.

The love for the film and its legacy of camp and queerness

brought together the audience and the cast that night. “I love theater

at the end of the day,” Wright said. “Talking to the cast and crew,

they also love theater and they can feel the love from each other. I

hope the audience can feel the love of theater through us.”

Left to right, Audrey Walker, Amogh Kaushik, Alex Zeng-Yang, and Gabriel true performing with USF‘s Classical Choral Ensemble. PHOTO COURTESY OF GAKU SHIMORA


Staff Writer

The Lone Mountain Studio Theater hushed in astonishment as Jasper Li

produced a song live on a synthesizer at Thursday night’s Fall Music Showcase,

presented by the performing arts department. Li started by pressing a couple of

buttons that produced simple beats, and it seemed like we were in for a DJ set.

But then, he began layering those beats with vocal, orchestral, and percussive

soundbytes. The audience gasped and exclaimed as Li strutted away from his synthesizer

and towards a grand piano to play over the song that he had just created.

“This was really different,” Li, a fourth-year performing arts and social justice

major (PASJ), said. “That was the loudest clap I ever received.”

Li was not the only performer to leave the crowd speechless. The showcase

featured 15 performances from students across the performing arts department

and other majors.

The night began with an eloquent performance of “Sonata a Quattro” by

USF’s Chamber Ensemble. The soothing hum of the violin, viola, bassoon, and

cello serenaded the audience. Their performance, led by music director Daria

D’Andrea, was a smooth start to the evening.

President Father Paul F. Fitzgerald, S.J. sat in the front row. Beaming with

excitement he said, “There is something so special about the students of USF.”

Some performers used the showcase as an opportunity to leap out of their

comfort zones. Cherrie Liu, a first-year performing arts and social justice major,

debuted her self-composed piece “Ashes” in her first ever live performance. Rocking

an electric guitar and a punk-chic look, Liu demanded the audience’s attention.

“My professor inspired me to perform tonight, even showcase my song,”

she said.

Returning performers came to the stage with fresh content they were excited

to share with the crowd. Mikayla Jazmyn, a third-year communications major,

flaunted her vocal talents through a debut of their soulful original “Before the

Fall.” According to Jazmyn, the song was inspired by “a summer of letting go” of

her own fears and negativity. Eliora Brown-Egue accompanied Jazmyn on piano

and Liu was on electric bass, adding an element of funk to the performance.

When Molly Bell, a first-year PASJ major, came on stage, she brought

the audience into her world. Basked under a golden spotlight, she played her

self-composed song “Jeremy,” on an acoustic guitar that she painted with hearts.

Bell said she wants to keep making music after college. “I want to continue editing

my music and focus on writing more original songs,” she said.

To close the evening, the USF Classical Chorus Ensemble came together for

an a capella performance of “Wanting Memories,” sending the crowd home in

good spirits.

“There’s something enchanting about listening to people sing as a group. It

really captivated me,” said Alston Georges, a first-year PASJ major.

The night left other PASJ students feeling proud of their peers and optimistic

about music and performance in their own lives. First-year PASJ major, Iman

Moaddeli said, “The show inspired me about the vast possibilities that exist in

the sounds and melodies we make. It’s always exciting to see what other people

are thinking and how they express themselves.”

Foghorn News Editor Megan Robertson performed in the Fall Music Showcase.


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fourth-year English and

environmental studies

double major.

When I was in ninth grade in Berlin, my history

class took a trip to Sachsenhausen, a former

concentration camp just north of the city. Every

year starting in middle school, our classes covered

the history of World War II, and our lessons got

darker as we got older. We visited the Holocaust

Memorial in downtown Berlin and interviewed

a Holocaust survivor to help us understand the

gravity of the history. But no experience was as

harrowing as standing in front of the wrought

iron gates that read, “Arbeit macht frei” or “work

sets you free” — the slogan used at concentration


Our guide at Sachsenhausen brought us into

the spaces that we had only come to know in textbooks

and worksheets. We walked through the

same narrow hallways that thousands of Jewish

prisoners walked through and were asked to sit

on replicas of the same hard beds that they were

forced to sleep in. We took turns standing at the

doorway of the camp’s gas chamber and looking inside.

Eighty-four years ago today in 1938, a year before the start of WWII, about

30,000 Jewish men were arrested by Nazi officials and transported to prominent

concentration camps, including Sachsenhausen.

The arrests were part of a series of pogroms, targeted massacres of an ethnic or

religious group, against Jews in Germany and its annexed territories. They began

after a 17-year-old Polish Jew, Herschel Grynszpan, assassinated a German diplomat

in Paris. Grynszpan’s parents had been exiled from Germany as part of a mass

expulsion of Polish Jews a few days prior.

Disguised as “spontaneous demonstrations,” Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Party’s

minister of propaganda, used the assassination to justify a public attack on

Jewish culture. The “Sturmabteilung” (stormtroopers) and Hitler Youth burned

synagogues, destroyed Jewish homes and hospitals, and looted Jewish shops and

businesses. Today, the pogroms are remembered as “Kristallnacht” or “Night of

Broken Glass,” referring to the glass shards that covered streets throughout the

country in its aftermath.

Germans have been trying to reconcile the past for decades now and my

school’s curriculum surrounding WWII is part of that effort. Obviously, people my

age weren’t involved with the Holocaust directly, but our identity as Germans urges

us to face the history of our country. To understand and remember what happened.

Some of us have grandparents or great-grandparents who were directly involved on

the wrong side of history, and that is something we have to acknowledge.

Despite efforts to establish a new national identity, Germany is not free from

antisemitism. The country’s far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD), whose

representatives have criticized Germany’s effort to remember the Holocaust, currently

makes up about 11% of government. According to the German news outlet

DW, AfD representative Björn Höcke said in 2017 that the country needed a,

“180-degree reversal on the politics of remembrance.” He also referred to Berlin’s

Holocaust Memorial as a “monument of shame,” criticizing its place in the country’s


The AfD is part of a swell of far-right politics in Europe, but their influence

in Germany pales in comparison with other governments like the newly-elected

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and the Brothers of Italy, which has roots

in the country’s neo-fascist party, the Italian Social Movement (MSI). In Sweden,

the far-right party Sweden Democrats won 20% of parliamentary seats this year,

(a three percent jump from the country’s 2018 election and an eight percent jump

from 2014).

American antisemitism has been spotlit recently as well. Last month, Ye, formerly

known as Kanye West, tweeted a series of remarks including that he is going

to go “death con 3 on Jewish people.” He later evoked antisemitic notions of Jewish

control and greed in an interview with Chris Cuomo when he said that he believes

in a “Jewish underground media mafia,” where “Black musicians signed to Jewish

record labels and those Jewish record labels take ownership.”

According to the New York Times, Ye’s tweets have garnered attention from

antisemites across the country, like a group who hung a banner that read, “Kanye

is right about the Jews” over an interstate in Los Angeles. The same message was

suspended over an interstate and

projected on the video board at a

football stadium in Jacksonville,


Growing up, I couldn’t leave

the house without being reminded

of the Holocaust. Berlin’s cobblestone

sidewalks are interspersed

with golden “Stolpersteine” (stumbling

stones) engraved with the

names, deportation dates, and

dates and locations of death of

the Jewish people that lived in the

area. The main train station in my

neighborhood was a major deportation

center during WWII and

has a large sign with a list of the

concentration camps it transported

people to at its entrance. I could

never escape the weight of my

country’s history.

Others, including neo-fascist

groups around the world, have held

on to that history to fuel their hatred.

They draw inspiration from

the Nazi Party’s rhetoric, appearance,

and beliefs. Antisemitism

is a global problem that is most

threatening when we choose to

believe it is a thing of the past.

On this Kristallnacht, we need to

keep history at the forefront of our

minds to confront modern attacks

on Jewish culture.

Nazi officials looted Jewish businesses across Germany and its annexed territories. Berlin, Nov. 10, 1938. PHOTO COURTESY OF



is a third-year

international studies


In his acceptance speech, Brazil’s newly

elected president Luiz Inàcio “Lula” da Silva said,

“There are not two Brazils. We are one country,

one people, and one great nation.” But his vision

has yet to come true — in the months leading up

to Brazil’s presidential election, the country has

been wildly divided. The results of democracy did

not settle these divides. Instead, it left one group

celebrating and one group enraged.

Lula was president of Brazil from 2003-2011

and won against current President Jair Bolsonaro

by a narrow margin of under two percent after a

second round of elections on Oct. 30.

Bolsonaro is a former army captain and apologist

for Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

During his time as president, Bolsonaro cut federal

education funding, threatened reproductive

and LGBTQ+ rights, stripped away protections

for Indigenous land, and contributed to mass deforestation

of the Amazon.

Lula served jail time in the ’70s

for protesting the dictatorship. He’s

a member of the Workers Party who

promises to work towards economic

and social justice by increasing taxes

on the wealthy, expanding social

housing, and tackling the hunger crisis.

He also plans to strengthen conservation

efforts in the Amazon.

While Brazil’s ousting of Bolsonaro

is an uplifting win for the world,

the reaction from far-right groups in

Brazil parallels the reactions to the

2020 U.S presidential election with

the raid on the capital. After Bolsonaro’s

loss, hundreds of blockades made

up of people, vehicles, and fire, caused

over 60 collective miles of traffic jams,

the cancellation of 1,400 buses, numerous

accidents, and the disruption

of the transportation of food and

goods. These protests were held to encourage

the Brazilian military to intervene

and stop the transfer of power

from Bolsonaro to Lula.

The Brazilian constitution does

not allow the military to intervene in

politics, and those in support of their

intervention are thus in support of

breaking apart Brazil’s democracy and

suggesting nostalgia for the prior military


Democracy only works when

members of both the winning and

losing parties recognize its legitimacy.

By these standards, democracy is not

being successfully upheld in Brazil, as

far-right voters refuse to accept Bolsonaro’s


During his presidency, Bolsonaro

decried the legitimacy of the electronic

polling system that the country

uses, instilling doubt in the integrity of

Brazilian democracy among citizens.

This may have strategically contributed

to results found in pre-election surveys

which showed that one-quarter of

the Brazilians who planned to vote for


Bolsonaro said that the president should not recognize the result if he loses.

The social division in Brazil is reminiscent of division in America. Social media

is littered with fights and neighbors rivaling because their yards advertised opposing

signs. Many of Trump’s ideals and political mannerisms are identical to Bolsonaros;

both have been known to make public racist, sexist, and homophobic comments.

Following their losses, both leaders hesitated to denounce the disruptions held in

their name, with Trump taking multiple hours to speak up and Bolsonaro taking

multiple days.

The same far-right Americans who protested Trump’s 2020 loss are now supporting

the protests for Bolsonaro. Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who organized

the “Stop the Steal” rally preceding the Capital riot, posted on social media, “Take

to the streets, brothers of Brazil! Military standby,” and went on to claim that the

Biden administration played a role in rigging Brazil’s election. Similar right-wing

U.S. activists, such as Steve Bannon, said on social media that Bolsonaro “Cannot


The similarities between protests in Brazil and in the U.S. demonstrate that

the threat to democracy is not limited to Brazil in this period of unrest. Election

denial is a dangerous, global, lasting trend that goes hand in hand with tearing

countries apart.


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Early on the morning of Oct. 28, David De-

Pape, 42, allegedly broke into House Speaker Nancy

Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, and bludgeoned

her husband Paul with a hammer. Pelosi received

care for his injuries, including a fractured skull, at

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and

returned home on Nov. 3. He is expected to make

a full recovery.

The nature of the attack against Pelosi is political.

CNN reported that during the intrusion,

the assailant asked Pelosi where the house speaker

was, implying that she was the intended target of

the attack. The attempted murder of Nancy Pelosi

— who is second in line to the presidency after the

vice president — is reminiscent of the insurrection

of Jan. 6, 2021, when far-right extremists stormed

the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results

of the 2020 presidential election. According to

AP News, on Jan. 6, rioters “roamed the halls and

shouted menacingly, demanding ‘Where’s Nancy?’”

The parallel between the attack on Pelosi and the insurrection at the capitol is


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a disturbing reminder of how extremism has ballooned over the past year. A report

from the Atlantic Council found that some far-right extremists have sought support

by pushing into mainstream conservative politics, reaching new, susceptible


DePape was subject to the rise of right-wing extremism online. NBC Bay Area

interviewed DePape’s boss, Frank Ciccarelli, about his employee’s extremist attitudes.

Ciccarelli has known DePape for six years, and said that his involvement

with extremist groups was “a gradual process,” and that DePape spoke about “Hillary

Clinton, Pizzagate, MAGA, the election was stolen — all of it.” Along with

speaking to people in his personal life about his theories, USA Today reported that

DePape ran a now-deleted blog with right-wing conspiracy theories and slander

targeting Black people and Jews.

Conservative social circles and sites with

similar rhetoric have had an unsettling reaction

to the brutality that Pelosi faced. The

Southern Poverty Law Center reported that

multiple conspiracy theories about the attack

have circulated, such as the theory that Pelosi

and DePape knew each other before the

attack and were involved in a romantic relationship,

or that DePape was a male prostitute

who Pelosi was soliciting. These theories

have turned an attempted murder against a

major political figure into a homophobic and

classist joke.

DePape’s recollection of the attempted

murder disprove the theories. Details of an

interview of DePape conducted by the San

Francisco Police Department (SFPD) are included

as evidence in the criminal complaint

submitted to the U.S. District Court by FBI

Special Agent Stephanie Minor. During the

interview, DePape told SFPD that his goal for

the morning of Oct. 28 was to “hold Nancy

hostage and talk to her,” and break her kneecaps

if she lied during their conversation. He

also reported viewing Nancy as the “leader

of the pack” of the Democratic Party. De-

Pape disclosed that after breaking Nancy’s

knees, he wanted to wheel her into Congress

to show other members of Congress what the

consequences of their actions were.

The claim that DePape was sexually involved

with Pelosi also reinforces the harmful

stereotype that gay men are predatory.

This stereotype is rooted in homophobia and

is pervasive enough to have dug its roots into

the U.S. legal system in the form of the “gay

panic defense.” According to the LGBTQ+ Bar, this defense is a strategy which asks

a jury to excuse violent crimes, up to and including murder, because of the victim’s

sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The conspiracy shifts the blame

from DePape to Pelosi: if Pelosi is gay and was having an affair, then he was in the

wrong. It removes political extremism from the context of the attack by suggesting

that DePape was motivated by a personal vendetta instead of political values.

By removing politics from the situation, conservative leaders and public figures

are free to pass off the attack as a personal issue of Pelosi’s instead of acknowledging

the systematic issues that have contributed to the rise of political extremism

and resulting violence. For example, in a now deleted tweet, Elon Musk, the new

CEO of Twitter, sent out a link to an article from the Santa Monica Observer that

reported Pelosi and DePape meeting and going to the Pelosi home together after

spending the night at a gay bar. The author of the article said, “Here's what really

happened early Friday morning in San Francisco. IMHO (in my humble opinion).”

Musk has 114.4 million Twitter followers, which gives him an enormous

reach. His decision to tweet false information about the attack on Pelosi was entirely

irresponsible. Many people lack the media literacy abilities to tell false information

from fact, and don’t go out of their way to fact check sources. According to

Brookings, Twitter is “perfectly tailored for the spread of misinformation” because

its algorithm promotes tweets with high instances of engagement. When figures

like Musk post misinformation, the high level of engagement that their tweets garner

means that more people will engage with and end up believing misinformation.

Regardless of the homophobia associated with the conspiracy theories about

the attack, Paul Pelosi is an 82-year-old man who was just assaulted in his own

home and has traumatic injuries. If he wasn’t married to a highly influential political

figure, it would be out of the question to insult him by speculating about the

circumstances of the attack.

By focusing on conspiracy theories and excusing extremism, we’ve lost sight

of what truly matters in the face of threats to the people who are the foundation of

our country’s democracy. In order to maintain the integrity of news and renew the

sense of empathy that should be afforded to all people, it should be of the highest

priority for those in power not to spread false information, and to encourage their

audiences to think critically about the information they take in every day.



Staff Writer


Dons athletics was in full swing this week. Women’s soccer held their annual

senior night as they finished their season against Saint Mary’s College of California.

Men’s soccer played their last road game of the season against Gonzaga University,

and women’s volleyball played the no. 2 ranked team in the nation, the University

of San Diego Toreros.

The women’s soccer team honored their seniors with a win against Bay Area

rival, Saint Mary’s Gaels. The Dons got the win with strong performances from seniors

Keanna Roth and Megan Nail. The Gaels played a strong defensive match, but

the Dons persevered. Senior defender Keanna Roth found the back of the net, late

in the first half, off a corner from star sophomore Marissa Vasquez. The Dons held

the lead as they went into the second half and took home the win behind the effort

of senior goalkeeper Megan Nail, who secured her third straight clean sheet this

season. The Dons finished the season with a six-game winning streak and finished

with their first winning record since 2019.

Aside from the win, seniors of the women’s soccer team were honored with leis

and flowers as they walked the field with their families before the start of the match.

Some of the honored seniors included forwards Tia Catalano, Marie Marlow, Kaylin

Lunsford, Ashley Jordan, defenders Samantha Curwood-Wagner, Catherine

Hill, and goalkeeper Megan Nail.

The USF men’s soccer team was on the road in Spokane when they took on

the Gonzaga Bulldogs. This was the Dons' final road match of the season, and the

Dons and Bulldogs battled hard for 90 minutes. For the first half of the match, it

was high-energy and high-tempo as both teams had many chances to score, with

the Dons outshooting the Bulldogs, nine to seven, in the first half, but both teams

went into halftime scoreless. The Bulldogs scored first, with a penalty kick in the

47th minute. Later in the match, senior Arjan Dosanjh notched his fourth goal of

the season in the 68th minute with a header assisted by Easton Harryman. Both

teams aggressively went for goal for the rest of the match, but ultimately ended the

game with a 1-1 draw. A star in this match was goalkeeper Eric Waltz who recorded

five saves and is now leading the WCC in save percentage at .758 for the season.

Men’s soccer will host their senior night on Nov. 12, on the Hilltop at Negoesco

Stadium when they take on the Toreros of the University of San Diego.

Women’s volleyball took on a tough opponent on the Hilltop, the University

of San Diego Toreros. The Toreros rank second in the nation with an overall record

of 22-1 and an undefeated conference record of 13-0. The Dons and Toreros battled

hard from the first whistle, with the Dons keeping pace as they were within one

point of the Toreros at 6-5. Later on, the green and gold continued to fight as they

capitalized on an attack error by San Diego and remained in distance with a score

of 12-9. San Diego would go on to win the first set 25-18. In the second set, the

Dons looked to even the score with kills from Maria Petkova and Orsula Staka. San

Diego took down the second set 25-19. In the final set, the Dons continued to chip

away at the lead, with the Dons down 14-12 midway through the third set. The

Dons eventually trimmed the deficit down to 18-17, but the Toreros didn’t let their

foot off the gas. The Toreros answered with a 7-1 stretch and would win the third

set and the match, 3-0.

The Dons will enter their final road trip of the season when they take on the

University of Portland and the University of Gonzaga in the Pacific Northwest on

Nov. 10 and 12.

USF students can attend home games for free with the use of their One


Seniors embrace each other before their final match on the Hilltop. Pictured front to back are Tia Catalano, Marie Marlow, and Kaylin Lunsford. PHOTO COURTESY of CHRIS M. LEUNG/DONS




NOV. 10,





Staff Writer


First-year libero Abby Wadas has already made an impact

on USF’s volleyball team. On Oct. 31, she was awarded the West

Coast Conference’s defensive player of the week following her

stellar performances against Loyola Marymount University and

Pepperdine University. She played a pivotal role in both games, recording

13 digs and three aces against LMU, and 19 digs and eight

assists against Pepperdine. Although this was her first defensive

player of the week award, Wadas has showcased her skills all season

long, averaging 3.78 digs per set with 363 total, third best in the

conference in both categories.

Originally from McKinney, a suburb outside of Dallas, Wadas

had to adjust to her new team and city. “Obviously it’s never easy

but the coaches have made me feel extremely confident,” she said.

“All the girls made me feel really comfortable to just step up and

take that role even as a freshman.” Wadas also mentioned that she

is no stranger to high-level competition. She has been competing

against Division 1 caliber athletes since she was 14 years old.

Even with the experience, the change has been a lot for Wadas.

“Going from high school to college, the level of volleyball is

very different,” she said. “So I want to learn how to adjust to that

and be able to take not only the physical stress but the mental

stress of it all.”

Wadas said that there is a risk of being treated differently as a

first-year when you’re entering a new program, but that she never

felt left out in the Dons volleyball locker room. “The team is amazing.

It’s genuinely the nicest group of girls I’ve ever played with.

We are all like best friends,” she said. “It was really nice going so far

away for college and coming into a program with built in friends, a

built in support system.” Surrounded by such a supportive group,

Wadas said she has been able to deal with the stress of going away

for college and performing exceptionally well.

Wadas is dedicated to the team’s four core values of hard work,

consistency, discipline, and team first. “You do everything to make

your teammates shine,” she said. “I don’t pass a good ball for myself

to look good, I pass a good ball so that my setter can set a good


Wadas also attributes her success to her dad, her biggest inspiration.

“I get my athleticism, my competitiveness and all of it from

him,” she said. She said that her father always pushed her to be the

best she can be, supporting her every step of the way. “He saw my

potential and he wanted me to go get it.” When she’s putting in the

hard work on the court, Wadas has her father in mind. “I do it all

thinking about him and making him proud.”

Aside from sports, Wadas hopes to pursue a career as veterinarian.

She is also looking forward to having some free time next

semester to explore the city she will call home for the next four

years, she said.

First- year Abby Wadas is already impacting the volleyball team. PHOTO


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