This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Top-ranking Jesuit meets with USF students during nine day tour of California
ratory School for lunch in Loyola House, the Jesuit residence. �e topic of Fr. Nicolás’ sermon was martyrdom, primarily because Feb. 4 was the feast day of the Jesuit martyrs of the missions. Of martyrdom, he said it was not something people should aspire for, but they should �nd inspiration in those who are martyrs and model their lives on the principles martyrs live by. He said that Christianity is not about suﬀering; rather it is about living, loving and giving to others. As an example of this, he noted the USF immersion trips where students visit a diﬀerent culture for a short time and volunteer to help the community. Sophomore Laura Gengler attended the mass and was immediately impressed by Fr. Nicolás’ friendliness and good humor. She was surprised to see him open his homily with a joke and a reminder for everyone: “You always have to keep a joke in your pocket.” Gengler was also one of the four USF students chosen to dine with Fr. Nicolás after the mass. �e luncheon was to help Fr. Nicolás learn more about Jesuit education in the U.S. USF’s University Ministry Executive Director Fr. Donal Godfrey was pleased that Fr. Nicolás chose USF as the largest stop on his tour. �ough Godfrey acknowledged that many in the Catholic community regard Jesuit universities — and USF in particular — as being too liberal, or straying too far from the Church’s doctrine, he seemed unconcerned. “I’m sure [Fr. Nicolás] hears an earful about Jesuit universities in the U.S. occasionally in Rome,” Godfrey said. “But we must be a good Jesuit university if the Superior General came to visit us.” Gengler enjoyed speaking with Fr. Nicolás in the more intimate setting where the USF students and the high school students spoke candidly about their diverse experiences with Jesuit education. Gengler told him of her experience at World Youth Day in Australia last summer, an event where Catholic youths from around the globe unite in a central location to meet and bond over their common faith. Junior David Alfaro was also invited to dine with the esteemed guest. Alfaro, who attended Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in a low-income part of Chicago, spoke with Fr. Nicolás about how going to a Jesuit high school completely transformed his goals in life. “Growing up in Chicago I wasn’t used to the idea of going to college and getting a degree and a good job. I just wanted to graduate high school, get a job, and have fun.” Now Alfaro says he has many goals, and is just more engaged in the community at large. He wants to become a teacher when he graduates, ideally at Cristo Rey. “I just want to give back,” he said. With the Saint Ignatius Church having a Superior General of the Society of Jesus within its walls for the �rst time, and four USF students having the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the highest ranking Jesuit in the world, Fr. Nicolás’ visit is one that USF will not soon forget.
Jesuit Superior General Nicolás Visits USF
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
RE: DEFinition Conference examines where commercialized hip-hop went wrong.
Alex Edwards and Michelle Doral were two of four USF students who had a private lunch with Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who visited campus on Feb. 4. LAURA PLANTHOLT Staﬀ Writer Opinion Editor Nicholas Mukhar discusses ADD diagnosis. �e University of San Francisco had the distinguished privilege of welcoming the Very Reverend Adolfo Nicolás, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, last Wednesday. As Superior General, Fr. Nicolás is the highest ranking Jesuit in the
Courtesy of Michael Collopy
McCarthy Center is Gateway, Not Only Jamba Juice Getting Squeezed Out Way to Study in Washington, D.C. After seven years, Jamba Juice will be leaving USF,
Asian studies minor. She no longer wants NICHOLAS MUKHAR to study �nance, though she found the inStaﬀ Writer Since 2002, USF’s Leo T. McCar- ternship to be very helpful. “It was a good experience but I’m no thy Center has been sending students to longer interested because it was a little bit American University in Washington D.C. as part of a partnership program between too boring,” she said. With opportunities through the Mcthe two schools, allowing students to purCarthy limited, some students have taken sue semester-long internships near the initiative outside of the program in order to nation’s capital that suit their major. �e program has been so successful that make the trip happen. Caroline Coleman, in 2006, a summer internship opportunity who was denied an internship by the McCarthy Center twice, contacted American was added in Sacramento. “Out of about 50 students that have en- University on her own and was accepted tered the program, we have had only two into a similar program. “I had the most fabulous experience. I say they didn’t have a positive experience,” worked for the EPA and got to travel to said program director Patrick Murphy. �e goal of these internships is to give South Africa,” said Coleman, who recomstudents real work experience, help boost mends that students search for alternatives their resumes and aid them in deciding if they can’t participate through USF. “If you can do it through school, great,” whether their intended major is the right she said. “But if not, don’t let that be your course for them, said Angela Mucci, the only option.” Coleman said the only difMcCarthy Center’s program assistant. “It’s good for students to get out of San ference in her trip was that she was not in Francisco for a little bit and get a real sense the same internship class with other USF of what they will be doing when they get students. “I got to meet so many other jobs after college,” said Mucci, who recruits people,” she said. “We would love to take everybody,” said students for the internships and servesits Murphy. “But if you can’t do it through us, on the selection committee. Mucci also helps students with their resumes and Caroline is a great example of someone handles the program evaluations when who took initiative and made things happen on her own.” students return to USF. �ere is more �exibility in the SacraIn order to qualify for the internships, mento summer internships because stustudents must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be at least second-semester sopho- dents who choose that track usually live mores. Each applicant must also submit a in the area. Expenses for USF are less and resume and write an essay explaining why the program is not done through another he or she wants to go. �e McCarthy Cen- school. �e McCarthy Center is able to ter looks for students with a little bit of send eight students to Sacramento. Vince Mahan, a senior politics major experience. who transferred to USF from San Francis“We don’t want the person for whom this would be their �rst venture in another co City College, interned in Sacramento last summer in Democratic Senator Lou environment,” said Murphy. �e McCarthy Center receives roughly Correa’s oﬃce of California’s 34th district. 15 quali�ed applicants each semester, and Mahan received a stipend to help pay for after that, decisions have to be made. While his living expenses in Sacramento. “�ey (USF) paid for everything,” said other schools send up to 20 students to the Mahan, whose main job was to �nd a Program at American University, USF is limited to just �ve because the school pays sponsor for Correa’s bill to increase privacy for most, if not all, of student expenses, rights for mobile home owners. “In the spirit of bipartisanship, I was including the two units that are earned able to �nd a Republican to sponsor the through the internships. Students interested in earning more units, up to eight are bill,” he said. Mahan said that the McCarthy Center available, must pay and work more hours. tried to put him in an oﬃce that matched Kimberly Steﬀen, a USF junior, went to D.C. during the spring 2008 semester his political aﬃliation. “I’m a moderate Democrat, and Senaand interned at Bennett Group Financial tor Correa is as well. It was a perfect �t,” Services, a private �nance �rm that manages company investments. Steﬀen said he said. Senior politics major and legal studies she got the internship through a business minor Evelyn Molina also interned last fair at USF before she left for D.C. Steffen is an international studies major and an INTERN: Continued on Page 2 2130 FULTON STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118
world. Nicolás visited USF as part of his nine-day tour of California, which he made to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the California province of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Nicolás gave the homily at the Wednesday morning Mass, and afterward he met with four USF students and four students from St. Ignatius College Prepa-
but will be replaced with a Bon Appétit 24-hour café
MORGAN BRIEF Staﬀ Writer
�e Foghorn staﬀ is searching for love in all the right places. Check out their personals in this week’s issue.
Bon Appétit has already begun the initial stages of developing a 24/7 café on the �rst �oor of the University Center to replace Jamba Juice, whose contract ends next semester. “Our main goal is to have a 24/7 business up and running as soon as possible,” said Holly Winslow, general manager for Bon Appétit at USF. But don’t worry, Razzmatazz-fans, there will still be a full juice bar. �e theoretical café boasts a take-out style with retail goods, a juice bar, all-day breakfast with assorted oatmeal and burritos, a variety of high-end frozen foods, and pizza. Students will be able to lie out on big, comfortable couches and keep up with current events by watching one of the large �at-screen televisions. “�ink of a cross between Crossroads and the caf,” said Winslow. Across the country from University of Washington to University of Pennsylvania, major universities are beginning to offer some type of 24/7 café to their student populations. “I do a lot of research at several of the big schools, and they are all moving towards these cozy, comfortable settings for groups of students to meet whenever. We need to supply students with other things to do on campus after 9 p.m. �at’s
where we need to be,” said Winslow. Alex Platt, student body president, whose oﬃce is right across from Jamba Juice, thinks the 24 -hour idea would be much more successful than Jamba Juice, whose hours are limited to 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through �ursday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. “People often come into the oﬃce here for their Muni passes and then just go oﬀ about how Jamba Juice is closed. I think students really want something that’s open around their schedule,” said Platt. �e biggest challenge facing the Bon Appétit planners will be creating a location that allows for 24/7 access yet is still exclusive to USF students. “Our top priority at Bon Appétit is to oﬀer a healthy, safe environment for the students and the workers while still providing a quality product,” said Winslow. “�e number of entrances currently throughout the University Center would make some people hesitant to allow students onto the premises at all hours of the day.” However, due to Jamba Juice’s size and position already on an outside corner of the building, renovating the location would actually be fairly inexpensive and speedy, according to Winslow.
JAMBA: Continued on Page 2
Women’s basketball loses back-to-back games against St. Mary’s and San Diego.
SAN FRANCISCO FOGHORN
Melissa Stihl/Foghorn The university s contract with Jamba Juice expires next year, and the plan is to replace it with a 24/7 café oﬀering juice and all-day breakfast.
NEWSROOM 415.422.6122. ADVERTISING 415.422.2657
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Adjunct Faculty in Negotiation Talks
CHELSEA M. STERLING News Editor health care. To qualify for health insurance bene�ts, adjunct faculty must be accepted in the preferred hiring pool (PHP). �e preferred hiring pool is similar to the tenure track that full-time professors are on. However, the tenure track has several steps that, when reached, provide bene�ts, like a salary increase or other bene�ts. �e PHP is the only promotional step that separates adjunct faculty from newer faculty members. �is is one of the key points that the part-time faculty would like to change in their contract negotiations. McGoldrick said that they would like a career ladder put in place that would mirror the tenure track of a full time professor in that there would be several steps that oﬀer a professor an incentive to improve his or her performance and be evaluated and rewarded for his or her merit. Once adjunct professors reach the PHP, there is no incentive in place to motivate them to improve their teaching and learning. Cassandra Millspaugh, an adjunct professor for the Spanish department, would like to see “a system put into place that makes sense and is fair.” She said that such a system should “value that they (adjunct faculty) stayed at the university.” Lily MacKenzie, an adjunct rhetoric and communications professor and vice president of the part-time faculty union, also said that she would like a career ladder or system of promotions established. She said that she has been teaching at USF for 20 years and earns the same amount of money as someone who has just entered the PHP earns. MacKenzie said, “We deserve to have promotional eﬀorts.” Mary Coombs, an adjunct professor for the School of Education, said, “�e community is not attending to the idea of fairness.” McDonald said that the salary increase is still being resolved. �e part time faculty contract will involve a raise, but the amount is yet to be determined. He said that the administration is oﬀering to expand the number of spots available in the Kaiser health insurance plan. Although there has not been a complete resolution, McDonald said that the negotiations have been extremely cordial and both parties are interested in signing a contract quickly. McGoldrick said that the most important part of negotiating is �nding mutual interests with the administration. McDonald said that the administration is very interested in reaching an agreement that the adjunct faculty are satis�ed with because this will provide students with a better experience at USF.
San Francisco Foghorn
Students Re-examine Hip-Hop
�e part-time faculty union and the university are discussing salary increases and changes to bene�ts this week as they attempt to agree and sign a new contract for adjunct faculty. Jake McGoldrick, an adjunct English as a Second Language (ESL) professor and president of the parttime faculty union at USF, said, “We are moving forward, in terms of pay increase. We would like to sign a two year contract.” According to assistant vice president for Melissa Stihl/Foghorn public aﬀairs and communications, Gary Students gather in Fromm Hall to learn about the culture and roots of hip-hop. McDonald, most contracts at the university are three years long. �e agreement that the full time faculty union signed last At the conference, fame came sec- November was a three-year agreement. ANDY LAUREANO ond. Wonway has performed with popular �e new contract for the part time faculty Staﬀ Writer performers such as MF Doom, ZION I, will aﬀect between 250 and 400 adjunct �is past weekend USF hosted its sec- Hieroglyphics, Immortal Technique and professors that teach about forty percent ond annual hip-hop conference. Over many more, but he was not here for rec- of classes at USF. In addition to the obvious desire for a 150 students signed up to attend the RE: ognition. “All that we know about fame pay increase to keep up with the economic DEFinition Conference in search of un- leads us to Hollywood,” said SPIE a local derstanding where hip-hop went wrong. bay area artist. Artists like SPIE invited crisis, the part time faculty union is seeking �e purpose of the conference was to re- students to develop a home grown sense an extension of bene�ts, like medical insurde�ne the four elements of hip-hop: DJ, of fame. Fame is associated with some- ance, retirement bene�ts and better workMC, break dancing, and graﬃti. At the body that does something better than we ing conditions. McDonald said that USF conference participants stepped out of this know otherwise, and SPIE demonstrated is unique because it is one of a few private “hip-pop” culture and took a look at what that there is a little fame in everybody. �e universities that oﬀer its adjunct faculty hip-hop culture was founded on. art of graﬃti and its originality dates back James Taylor, a politics professor at to the history books way back before the USF, noted the diﬀerence between hip- spray can was invented. hop and “hip-pop,” suggesting that the Much of the conference involved its music has fallen subject to commercial- participants being active, as a sign that evization. “Hip-hop used to be the CNN of erybody is a participant when it comes to the streets,” said Taylor. Now, commercial the hip-hop culture. Although commerhip-hop music is lyrically associated with cialization of hip-hop is still very much JAMBA: Continued from page one supporting consumerism, sexism and op- alive, some of the participants left with a Another issue involved with the planpression. A lot of new age hip-hop culture new sense of rede�ned music taste. Kirstyn has stemmed from the music, but as many Schilling, a sophomore at USF, said, “I try ning will be staﬃng the café. Due to the learned on Saturday, music was only one to really keep my ear to the ground for the massive increase in hours needed per week part of the hip-hop culture. �e four ele- more ‘underground’ artists... the artists to run the facility, some of the positions ments of hip-hop were broken down into that haven’t been commercialized and are will have to be �lled by non-students. presentations facilitated by experts in the still true to the roots…and make sure that “Having non-student, full-time workers �eld. when I spend the money, it goes to those will de�nitely add to the café’s accessibility and success,” said Winslow. Among the facilitators was Juan “Won- artists.” Jamba Juice, whose presence on campus way” Amador, a member of �e Secluded �e elements of break dancing and deebegan in 2002 when it replaced Taco Bell, Journalists hip hop group. Amador intro- jaying were also covered through separate duced many participants to the art of being presentations and ultimately integrated will be ending a seven-year contract with a master of ceremonies (MC). He gathered into a performance to demonstrate how all the school. When Bon Appétit came on students in a circle and challenged them four elements work together. While Won- in the fall of 2003 though, Jamba’s agreeto dig deep into their values and create an way was on the microphone, his band was ment was originally set for 10 years but inspirational rap. With instrumental mu- building beats and stimulating the audi- was shortened to seven. “Most companies sic in the background and pens on paper, ence. B-boys and B-girls jumped into cen- don’t even have 10 -year contracts anymore newcomers to the hip-hop culture became ter stage; they spun around and jumped to as it binds the business in for so long that masters of ceremony. Raquel Wiggins, a the �ow of the music. �e �ow of poetry it becomes susceptible to overpricing and volunteer, said, “I think the most valuable was alive, the people were participating, in�ation,” said Winslow. Many students hold some sort of nosthing I took from it was the realization of and a community was reborn. Since the the impact that hip hop has on the world, origin of hip-hop, the message was clear talgia toward the last franchise business on and the way it can in�uence almost every and at the conference resurrected; hip-hop the USF campus. “�ere are still days when the lines are aspect of a person’s life.” is here to stay.
Jamba Juice Soon to Be Replaced by 24-hour Café
Students intern in D.C.
INTERN: Continued from page one
summer in Sacramento. Molina was put in Senator Roy Ashburn’s oﬃce of California’s 18th district. “�e internship solidi�ed that politics is what I want to do,” said Molina, who wants to go to law school after �nishing her undergrad. “I would recommend it [the internship] to other students 150%,” she said. Some students are questioning the McCarthy Center’s methods in selecting applicants. Coleman, along with senior Rory Koznik, who went on the D.C. trip, both say they are still unclear uncertain abouton the selection process. Koznik was denied the �rst time he applied, and accepted the second time. “My quali�cations didn’t change,” he said. Murphy explained that applications are evaluated by members of the Career Center and student alumni of the program. If there are more quali�ed students than available slots, it comes down to how well applicants present their argument in their essays. “If we can’t take you, we won’t stand in your way of pursuing another way to make the trip,” said Murphy. “We will still try to help students wherever we can.”
just out the door,” said Willie Couther, head manager for Jamba Juice for the last two years. “I know all the prospective student tours go by here, too. So I’d like to think this is one of the �rst things a lot of students even see when they come here for the �rst time.” “Based on my experience at Crossroads, I am naturally skeptical of any student-run or Bon Appetit-managed café taking over Jamba Juice,” said freshman Daniela RicciTam. “At least Jamba has consistent products, even if the hours change daily.” Alia Al-Sharif, vice president of Social Justice for ASUSF, has mixed feelings about the juice joint departing. “I’m a vegan, so I always enjoyed their soy smoothies, but I feel like it was just too small of a location because they would always run out of soy, which I would have to buy from Crossroads and add myself.” No matter what happens in the future, though, Bon Appétit will still be serving Jamba Juice until all the arrangements are �nalized. “We are still only in the research phase, after all,” said Winslow.
JAMBA: Conntinued from page one
San Francisco Foghorn
New Business Program Oﬀers Travel Dons Dollars and Cents
based on their reputations as well as their respect for Jesuit values in education. Despite these similarities, the schools were also chosen for involvement based on their diﬀerences. While the sequence of courses remains coherent, even across three continents, the subject matter will vary from location to location. According to Professor Shenzaho Fu, chairman of the committee for the program, as well as Professor Dayle Smith, a member of this committee, the curriculum was divided to leverage the strengths of each partner school. IQS in Spain oﬀers a faculty capable of teaching students about the latest in development and technology because of its location within the European Union. While in Barcelona, students will take classes in technology appreciation, product development and cross-cultural management. Fu Jen oﬀers students a chance to explore the management and manufacturing of global outsource activities and trends. While in Taipei, students will take courses in operations management as well as a course entitled, “Global Competitiveness, Entry Barriers and Strategic Alliance.” �e University of San Francisco exists in a city that hosts a large number of global businesses. �e curriculum in San Francisco includes classes on cross-cultural marketing, leadership and a course entitled “Venture Capital, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Micro Financing.” While the curriculum remains intensive over the course of the year, students will be expected to venture out into the country in which they are studying. According to the program’s website, students will “visit start-up companies, research enters, venture investors as well as global corporations,” in each of the countries that they visit. Co-curricular activities vary from country to country: at IQS students will visit technology research centers and social service facilities; at Fu Jen, students will experience global outsourcing centers like shipping docks, warehouses and factories as well as call centers and job fairs; at USF activities include trips to Silicon Valley and venture capital �rms as well as trips to start-up companies and ad agencies. Upon completion of the program, students achieve a joint masters in global entrepreneurship and management from the three universities as well as a connection to a truly global alumni network. HUNTER PATTERSON Staﬀ Writer For the better part of last year, talk on Wall Street and in Washington on the topic of education centered around frozen credit markets and worry that student loans would be in short supply. Lenders were dropped out of federally backed student loan programs, and banks were hoarding cash amid widely held concern over �nancial turbulence related to free-falling housing prices. �is left some parents and students scrambling at the last minute to secure loans to pay for college. Yet, after initial concern it became apparent that there would be enough money to go around, although some lending would be under less attractive terms or with higher interest rates. However, as one crisis passes, another looms on the horizon for college students. De�ation, when prices go down instead of up as they tend to do, would cause a serious problem for all borrowers, including those holding student loans. As prices decline, the value of a dollar increases because it buys more goods; however this means problems for borrowers because declining prices also mean the real value of debt increases. For every percentage point of de�ation, the real value of debt students owe would increase by one percent. De�ation would signi�cantly increase the cost of debt to college students, just as the job market for new graduates looks bleakest. While the U.S. economy is not currently experiencing de�ation it is getting awfully close; prices rose by just 0.01 percent last year, the smallest increase since 1954. At
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
ANNIE STEIMEL Staﬀ Writer �e idea of globalization has become a prevalent topic in a liberal arts education, emerging as a necessary concept speci�cally in the world of business. �is year, it will reach even further into the sphere of academics here at USF. Beginning in the fall of 2009, USF, ISQ of Barcelona, Spain and Fu Jen Catholic University of Taipei, Taiwan will be hosting business students as they work towards a joint Master of Global Entrepreneurship and Management degree. �is new and unique program spans the course of a year, with students spending four months in Barcelona, Taipei and concluding their studies in San Francisco. Each school will provide one third of the students and one third of the faculty members throughout the course of the four months that it hosts students. �e three partner schools have many similarities, stemming from their Jesuit heritage and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), demonstrating their reputations as top schools in their respective countries. �e schools were chosen
New threat on the horizon: What the changing economic climate means for student loans
a meeting last �ursday, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard expressed his concern over de�ation and predicted that prices could “end up in negative territory” this year, as was reported by Reuters. While de�ation is bad for student borrowers, more in�ation is actually a good thing, at least for students with �xed interest rate loans like the ones issued by most federal loan programs. If, for example, a student owes $25,000 in debt, and in�ation is 3 percent per year, which is the long term average in the U.S. economy, then each year the real value of that debt goes down by three percent. Historically, increases in wages outpace increases in prices, so once a student hits the 9-5 circuit, he or she should expect their wage to increase by at least the rate of in�ation. Increases in wages due to in�ation coupled with �xed rate loans means that a worker will be making the same loan payment every month but earning a higher and higher salary, above and beyond any promotions or pay increases related to increased experience or responsibility. In the end, in�ation can reduce the real amount of money a student borrower pays back in the long run. Student borrowers have everything to lose from de�ation and those with �xed interest rate loans have everything to gain from in�ation. For these reasons students should champion in�ationary policies like the economic stimulus bill and other government spending as well as increases in the money supplied to banks via the Federal Reserve.
Senate Votes to Extend Crossroads Hours
CHELSEA M. STERLING News Editor In their �rst meeting of the spring semester, ASUSF discussed the logistics of a resolution that would extend Crossroads’ hours and talked about another resolution to amend the Gleeson Library guest policy. Sophomore class representatives Patrick Sudlow and Lansen Leu introduced the Crossroads resolution in December because they continually heard complaints that there was no place on campus to get food after Crossroads closes at 11:30 p.m. Sudlow, along with Leu, approached Holly Winslow, the general manager of Bon Appétit, about extending the hours to accommodate students’ needs. Winslow was receptive to the suggestion, but asked Sudlow and Leu to develop a formal resolution. After the resolution was passed by Senate in December, Sudlow began having follow-up meetings with Winslow to discuss worker safety and security during the late night hours. �e hours of operation would be extended until 3 a.m. on �ursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. �e logistics are still being discussed; Sudlow will be meeting with One Card and Dan Lawson, director of public safety, this week to discuss extra security measures. Sudlow suggested that the �rst and second �oors of the university center building would be locked after midnight and only be accessible through a swipe-card access system to ensure that only students are entering the building. He would also like public safety to do a walk through in Crossroads every hour and con�rm that they will provide rides for the Crossroads workers if needed. Shuttle service ends at 1 a.m., thus student workers would need public safety to escort them to their homes. Sudlow and Leu will also be meeting with Hailey Anderson, the general manager of Crossroads, to see how she will staﬀ the café for the late night hours. Sudlow mentioned that while some students are interested in working late hours, others are not. He said that Crossroads may have to hire outside, non-student workers. �e new hours will be advertised on Facebook, USFtv, and the Final Flush.
Ben Kerelian, senior class representative, proposed an amendment to the library guest policy in November, but the resolution was not approved. Senate members did not feel they had enough background information to approve the amendment. �e current policy reads that a USF student can have a guest in the library if the student calls 24 hours in advance and provides them with the guest’s full name. Alex Platt, student body president, said that while some librarians stick to this rule, others will allow guests with less than 24 hours’ notice. Platt said that the proposed amendment would allow a student to check a maximum of two guests in, and may require that person’s identi�cation to be held at the circulation desk, to ensure that the guest leaves the library. �is would re�ect the guest policy that the dormitories currently have. �e proposed amendment would prohibit students from checking in guests during midterms and �nal exams. Platt said many questions were raised about the amendment and that it will be voted on next Tuesday. Kerelian could not be reached for comment.
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
San Francisco Foghorn
��������������������� ����� ���� ���
������������� ���������� ��������� �������������� ������������� Program Features �������������������� ������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ��� Argentina Australia China Ecuador England France Germany Guatemala Ireland Israel Italy Mexico Morocco New Zealand Niger Peru Senegal Spain Switzerland USA ������������������� ������������������������������������� ������������������������� APPLY TODAY! Summer 2009 Application Deadline: March 1, 2009 Fall 2009 Application Deadline: March 15, 2009 �����������������������
�������� �������� � ����� �������� ����� �������� � ������� ��� ���� ����� ����� ��������� ��������� ������� ��� ����� � ����� ���� ������� ����� ������� ����������� ������������ �������� ������� ����� ��� ����������������������������������������������� ������������������
� ������������������������������������������� ������������������� �
�������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������
USF Challenges BW Ad 6.417x10.5.indd 1
1/27/09 7:49:25 AM
San Francisco Foghorn
2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 422-6122 Fax (415) 422-2751 Advertising (415) 422-2657
If You Can t Finish this Article, You May Have ADD
asked to write sentences, played some puzzle games, and went through several oneon-one interviews with diﬀerent doctors. Anyone who has gone through this testing knows what I’m talking about. I went in feeling like a patient, and came out four hours later feeling like a lab rat. I went through an initial interview during which I was asked basic questions such as age, education, family background, etc. �en I went through a second interview during which I was asked to describe speci�c instances when I felt like I couldn’t focus or felt restless. After that, the real testing began. I sat in front of a computer screen with a set of headphones on and was asked to press a button each time I heard a noise or saw a letter appear on the screen. �ere were roughly 20-30 seconds between each sound and letter, and my guess is that, if I had ADD, my mind was supposed to wander so far oﬀ that I wouldn’t catch the sound or the letters. Feeling like I had outsmarted the testing, I told the doctor that I had �gured it out but she just smiled at me and told me to �nish it. �is took about half an hour. �en a screen came up with a list of about 30 words, and I had 2 minutes to memorize as many words as I could and then another two minutes to write them down. I did this same test with diﬀerent word groups more times than I can remember. Next, I had to memorize a pattern and �ll in the blanks in the pattern. At the end of all three of these tests, about 2 1⁄2 hours had gone by. �en I went to my third and �nal interview that was more like the verbal section of the SAT. �e doctor would ask me to de�ne words and use them in sentences. �en she gave me a puzzle in which I had to connect dots with lines without overlapping lines or making too many.
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
San Francisco Foghorn
Editor in Chief Hunter Drew Patterson
editorinchief@sﬀoghorn.info (415) 422-5444
Managing Editor Laura Plantholt
Business Manager Erika Cariaga
News Editor Chelsea Sterling Opinion Editor Nicholas Mukhar
Co-Production Manager & Online Editor Heather Spellacy
Co-Production Manager Brenna McCallick Online Manager Michael Villasenor
onlinemanager@sﬀoghorn.info richmedia@sﬀoghorn.info copy@sﬀoghorn.info
Scene Editor Melissa Baron Sports Editor Matt Steinbach
Rich Media Editor Sky Madden Chief Copy Editor Daniela Ricci-Tam Advisor Professor Teresa Moore
Photography Editor Melissa Stihl Advertising Manager Mark Dondero
Professors Missing Classes Aﬀects Learning Experience
At the beginning of this semester, the Foghorn staﬀ has noticed there have been a number of professors absent from their classes for various reasons. Students have cited situations in which professors have been absent for more than a week because of conferences, personal issues, or prior engagements. Some professors have found substitutes for their classes during their absence, while others have simply canceled class until they return. Professors being chronically absent from their own classes is detrimental to the education of USF students who pay an incredible amound o––≠f money to get that education. �e cost per class at USF for a student who pays full tuition is $125, or $71 per hour. �ere are certain circumstances in which professors being absent from class is acceptable, and sometimes even an asset to the class. If a professor is going to a conference speci�cally related to the course they are teaching with the intention of bringing back information to share with the class, that’s an asset. �at is a situation that is acceptable in the course of a semester, though even in this case, being absent for a week or more is still excessive. What is most unfair to students is when professors are missing classes because of prior engagements. We all know when semesters begin and end. Students plan their extra-curricular activities around school schedules frequently, and professors are expected to do the same. When a professor is absent from a class, there should at least be a substitute professor present most of the time. It is unacceptable to cancel a class for an entire week or two weeks, as has been the case this semester. Assigning readings and papers is not a suﬃcient substitute for class. We can get information from any public library; we’re here for professors to teach us. Students expect some sort of guidance within the course, a discussion of course material in class, and professors to be available. �ese requests are reasonable. �ey are a few of the many advantages we have of attending a smaller, more closeknit school. USF prides itself in being a community, and professors are one of the most important parts of this community. �e USF community does not function properly without professors being active and available participants. In addition, students pay for these classes. Even if professors are being paid less for not attending all of their classes, which the Foghorn has not learned to be the case, USF students and families are not receiving refunds. Tuition is hard enough for students to pay, and we should expect to get all of our money’s worth from it. If USF continues to maintain its policy of dropping students for not paying tuition on time, our administration should be equally as quick to reimburse students for lost time. Many professors at USF have a strict attendance policy, with some going as far as lowering grades for poor attendance. Professors should be held to these same standards of attendance, and even higher. When a student misses class, that student is only hurting their chances of learning the material. When a professor misses class, that professor is taking time away from all of their students. If you are part of a class that has been canceled or has had a substitute for the majority of this young semester, please contact any member of the Foghorn editorial board and let us know the situation.
Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary de�nes Attention De�cit Disorder (ADD), as, “an inability to control behavior due to diﬃculty in processing neural stimuli.” If you have no idea what that means, my guess is you’re in the majority. At the risk of getting all “Health Corner” on you, I did a little research and learned that neural stimuli are hormones released directly due to stimulation of the endocrine gland by nerves. Basically, when you can’t process neural stimuli, it translates to an inability to concentrate and/or focus. I never had much of an interest in ADD or what it does to people until I went to Kaiser for a physical in early January. I talked to my doctor about losing my focus easily, and apparently I said some things that triggered ADD testing. I laughed it oﬀ and agreed to take the test, con�dent that if I were to be diagnosed with ADD it would have happened about 17 years ago. According to my physician, well over 70% of those diagnosed with ADD are diagnosed during childhood. I had no idea that agreeing to this testing meant sacri�cing an entire Saturday, the only day of the week that I have to myself. I was hooked up to machines,
NICHOLAS MUKHAR Opinion Editor
She asked me if I had any other questions, and then the testing was done. I walked out of there four hours later. I drove home by myself in silence, wondering what it was that I had just gone through. It was the same silence and thought I broke into when I got test results back, telling me that I had been diagnosed with “mild ADD,” whatever that means. I was caught somewhere between confusion and laughter. How could I be diagnosed with ADD after 22 years? How could so many doctors miss it? I always thought that all of my insignificant, weird idiosyncrasies were just things that made me who I am. �e excessive counting, identifying patterns in random places, and spacing out in class is Nicholas being Nicholas. How much of it really is just me being me? One of the biggest problems with ADD is over-diagnosis, according to the American Academy of Neurology. A lot of this has to do with the medication involved. �ere are many people who feel like they bene�t from the eﬀect of adderall so much so that they’re willing to trick a few doctors to get it. �ere is a debate within the AAN as to whether or not ADD/HD is diagnosable. Consequently, there are diﬀerent ways doctors diagnose it. �ere are other USF students diagnosed with ADD/HD that went through diﬀerent testing than I did. I decided that after 22 years, I’ve done just �ne for myself without medication. Whether I have ADD or not, my habits have become part of who I am and how I live my life. Spacing out in class isn’t that bad; sometimes it’s just too boring. Nicholas Mukhar is senior media studies major and journalism and legal studies minor.
Future Looming, What Do I Do After I Graduate?
Filling my days with such intellectual challenges and stimulation has truly been the most rewarding, joyous, and meaningful experience of my young life; I simply love learning. �e thought of leaving this environment behind is a painful one that leaves me with the fear of an empty future. Without classes to go to and learn from, like-minded people to talk with, knowledgeable professors to consult, and a total immersion in the world of the university, what will my life be like? I know how to be a good student, I enjoy being a good student; how will I de�ne my life and my self as a non-student? �ere is no doubt that my social life will be forever changed post-graduation. At USF I’ve been lucky enough to have found better friends than I ever could have imagined, but what will these relationships look like when we leave USF? �e scattering of people who were once so tightly knit not just by love but also common circumstances will certainly change the face of these friendships, perhaps even becoming nonexistent after a certain point. Even those who remain in San Francisco or the Bay Area at large face the challenge of keeping alive bonds that are no longer supported by the same classes, living situations, clubs and organizations, and jobs. Not only have my intellectual and social supports stemmed from my college experience, but also my “after-school” activities and sense of personal ful�llment have similarly depended upon the university setting. My involvement with the Ignatian Literary Magazine as well as the Foghorn has �lled up my empty hours and given me a sense of purpose, of importance.
An All-American Publication ad maiorem dei gloriam �e San Francisco Foghorn is the oﬃcial student newspaper of the University of San Francisco and is sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF). �e thoughts and opinions expressed herein are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily re�ect those of the Foghorn staﬀ, the administration, the faculty, staﬀ or the students of the University of San Francisco. Contents of each issue are the sole responsibilities of the editors. Advertising matter printed herein is solely for informational purposes. Such printing is not to be construed as written or implied sponsorship or endorsement of such commercial enterprises or ventures by the San Francisco Foghorn. ©MMIV-MMV, San Francisco Foghorn. All rights reserved. No material printed herein may be reproduced without prior permission of the Editor in Chief. 10 papers are allowed per person. Additional copies are 25 cents each. Columns for the Opinion section and Letters to the Editor are gladly accepted from students, faculty, staﬀ and alumni. All materials must be signed and include your printed name, address, and telephone number for veri�cation. Please include your university status (class standing or title). We reserve the right to edit materials submitted. All submissions become the property of the San Francisco Foghorn Columns of not more than 900 words should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before publication. Letters of 500 words or less should be submitted by 5 p.m. on the Friday before publication. Shorter letters which get to the point have a greater chance of being published than long, rambling diatribes. Anonymous letters are not published. Editorials are written by the Foghorn editorial staﬀ and represent a group consensus. �e San Francisco Foghorn Opinion page is a forum for the free, fair and civil exchange of ideas. Contributors’ opinions are not meant to re�ect the views of the Foghorn staﬀ or the University of San Francisco.
ANNA SHAJIRAT Columnist “What are you planning on doing when you graduate?” It’s a fair enough question, and indeed appropriate considering the fact that I will be graduating this semester. �roughout the course of my college career numerous people have asked me this same question and it never inspired the anxiety, terror, and dread that it does now. Even as recently as last semester I could tolerate the thought of coming up with some sort of answer to account for my post-graduation plans. �e time before May 2009 seemed in�nite, a far-oﬀ and theoretical shift in my life that I would eventually have to come to terms with. And now the time has come where I can no longer avoid the ever-looming reality of my impending graduation. Perhaps my greatest fear of graduating is the loss of the academic world that comes with being a full-time student. As an English major and student in the Honors Program in the Humanities, my mind has been stretched further than I ever thought possible. I’ve been taught by brilliant minds how to dissect a text, and by doing so, have learned about the world around me, and my unique role in that larger place.
HEATHER SPELLACY Cartoonist
Foghorn Funnies: Corn Dog Love
More than being in a classroom (although I feel it there, too), being part of a student group in a student-centered setting with a student-centered goal (producing a newspaper [Foghorn] or literary magazine[ignatian]) makes me feel connected to a global student experience beyond the bounds of USF. On a smaller scale, being a part of these student organizations gives me a chance to make my voice heard—I somehow doubt the Guardian or Chronicle would have any interest in publishing an article lamenting the woes of a young woman about to graduate college. So where does the lamentation of these woes leave me? Unfortunately not in any place of resolution or reconciliation. I feel no more assured about graduating than I did before I turned my internal fears into ink on paper. I wish I could say that confronting these anxieties head-on, working them out through writing, made me see my situation in a new and positive light. But it seems like the only comfort I can �nd within all of this is the solidarity amongst all the graduating classes of 2009. Even if a soon-to-be-graduate claims to be counting the days before graduation out of excitement, leaving the con�ned world of college for the “real” world marks a shift in all our lives; it is a point of no return. Whether we hated or loved college, went to huge universities or tiny colleges, majored in accounting or gender studies, graduation will be a seismic shock for us all. I feel certain of this despite all the uncertainty that looms before me. And that, although insuﬃcient, is comforting. Anna Shajirat is a senior English major.
San Francisco Foghorn
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Avid Russian enthusiast and literary genius seeks James Dean (or Franco) lookalike to traipse through New York City with dark clothing and a vintage single lens camera. B.A. from Ivy League school required, no business or science majors need apply. A Beauty and the Beast-style library with a plethora of dusty books is a big plus. If you meet the physical and educational requirements listed above and your idea of a perfect dinner is cheese and wine- you are hired! Contact news@sﬀoghorn.info.
Exotic animal enthusiast and novice jigsaw puzzler seeks companion to share the 45 mins of free time she has a week. Ideal candidate enjoys browsing thrift stores for antique animal �gurines, taking long walks through the Tenderloin, and scavenging through the piles of free stuﬀ people leave on the sidewalk. Consumers of Swedish Fish are encouraged to apply, as are those who enjoy the occasional dish of ice cream. Must be an avid Foghorn reader, and must not be over 68 years old. Contact manager@sﬀoghorn.info.
Bookworm, sci-� enthusiast and Star Wars fanatic seeks comic book lover of her dreams. Are you slightly overweight and bearded? Channeling essence of Silent Bob? You’re the man for me. Must prefer Marvel to DC, Star Wars to Star Trek. Have the inside scoop at Skywalker Ranch? You’re my man. Just looking for a man to talk “Walking Dead,” Nerf Herder, Wookies, Blade and super heroes with. Let’s be Jedis together. You love me? I know. Contact scene@sﬀoghorn.info.
SII nerd seeking shaggy-haired boy with artist’s soul to fetch libations, turn book pages and provide insightful and ful�lling conversations beneath shady trees. Willing to help me practice ballroom dancing. Perhaps the occasional stroll through Golden Gate park. Trekkies need not apply. Feel free to guiltlessly Facebook stalk me. Contat mccallick@sﬀoghorn.info.
I lead a terribly impressive life, you better be able to keep up. I enjoy climbing mountains, drinking copious amounts of coﬀee, �nger-painting and long walks on the beach (but only at midnight). I like to hypothesize about how to solve the world’s problems; North Korea and global poverty are on the to do list this morning. Oh yeah, and when I am not single-handedly �ghting global warming, I also enjoy defending small villages in West Africa and Southeast Asia from malaria by oﬀering them a glass of water and some crayons. Contact photo@sﬀoghorn.info.
Smart, sexy college student seeking someone to cuddle with. I like curly-haired girls with beautiful faces. Being smart and funny is a plus. I like to wine and dine so if you are looking to get spoiled I’m your man. I like sports and food so if you can cook then you’re perfect for me. And if you like sports and can down a beer than that’s a bonus. I’m just a man who wants a lady. Contact sports@sﬀoghorn.info
MISSED CONNECTION: Last Wednesday night around 7 p.m. you were on the Bill O’Reilly Show, passionately assailing the liberal media and its leftist rhetoric, and I was at home on the couch, crunching Doritos. You were wearing a black skirt that would make Sarah Palin jealous and I had on my Periodic Tables and Chairs T-shirt. You were making intense eye contact the entire time. It was a special moment; I hope somehow you felt it too. I’ve read all of your books and I completely agree liberals are assaulting America. Contact editorinchief@sﬀoghorn.info.
Closet geek seeks nerdy guy for late night D&D and LANs. Warcraft obsession a plus. Dungeon Masters preferred, must have own dice. Magic cards a necessity, must be willing to trade. n00bs need not apply. 1337 programming skills a plus. If you think Star Wars pwns Star Trek, you’re my man. Have Twitter? Tweet me: binaryis4lovers. Contact webeditor@sﬀoghorn.info.
I like girls who have a good sense of fashion and a good sense of humor, but there’s nothing sexier than a girl who can dance. If you can dance, it’s nearly impossible to be unattractive. My hobbies are going to clubs and being the center of attention, so I like girls who enjoy the spotlight as much as I do. If you’re a wall �ower you’re not the girl for me. Contact opinion@sﬀoghorn.info
Andro-boi seeking sleek, fast, sensitive automaton complete with external mother board design and oak wood �nishing who loves glitching, thumping and oscillating. Recently heartbroken by a Roland so a Korg or a Moog would be ideal. Authentic tubular warmth is hard to come by these days unless you’re analog in which case, I’m interested. Must be compatible with giving and receiving. No rebooting, crashing or Smart Cards please. MIDI interface and 11 octave plus arpeggiators are always a plus. A major plus. Contact richmedia@sﬀoghorn.info.
Photos by Melissa Stihl/Foghorn
I’ve been longing to meet my soulmate for so long, it’s like I already know him. In fact, I do. His eye color. His beliefs. His social security number... Babe, last night you were in my dreams. You were also in the Starbucks on Fulton , ordering a tall mocha without the whipped cream. You used the bathroom in the UC (you’re a middle-stall person too, huh?). You spat out your chewing gum outside Cowell (doublemint, I think, but the �avor’s mostly gone). And last night you left your window blinds open…yum. You know who you are. Make my dreams come true. Contact copy@sﬀoghorn.info.
@anygurl... like love at its best/ i seek nothing more than 150 characters or less/ a dtweet or a dm is more than enough/ i can’t say that i’m that buﬀ/ or that i don’t live in front of my computer, month-after-month/ but come join me and follow my friends/ my name is michael and my twittername is @pacotacomike. Contact onlinemanager@sﬀoghorn.info.
San Francisco Foghorn
What Should You do When He s Just Not That into You
MELISSA BARON Scene Editor By the time I’d hopped on the bus down to the Metreon for the press screening of “He’s Just Not �at Into You,” I already knew what my review would say. �e movie would be “clichéd,” “overdone,” “uninspired,” “sexist,” “a waste of time.” My snarky review would chastise the �lm industry for continuously shoving “chick �icks” laced with chauvinism and dated morals in the faces of women, especially around Valentine’s Day. Walking out of the theater, I realized my initial review just wouldn’t do. I actually, embarrassingly, liked the movie. �e �lm chronicles a group of ladies and gentlemen through the turbulence of romantic life. It’s structured as a narrative around a few major “ifs” that �ash in white font on the black screen during diﬀerent parts of the �lm. What to do: “if he’s not calling you,” “if he’s not marrying you,” “if she’s not sleeping with you,” “if he’s sleeping with someone else.” �e “ifs” almost seem to be forcefully inserted to adhere to the book (which I never read). �ey’re relevant, but not really necessary. �e narrative shows the lives of several couples and individuals incestuously intertwined in Baltimore, Md. It attempts to pro�le the diverse spectrum of relationships: cyber dating, promiscuity, a cheating husband, struggle to �nd the one, from friends to more than friends (and maybe back again), the boyfriend that won’t marry, divorce. �rough characters’ relationships, it attempts to evaluate the “exceptions” and the “rules” of love. It also boasts an all-star cast: Ben Aﬄeck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristoﬀerson and Justin Long. It’s not the cast or story that made the movie enjoyable. Instead, it was the hilariously relatable one-liners highlighting the painful world of romance. It tackles serious dating problems without taking itself too seriously. Every person knows how it feels to try to �nd love. �ere’s the uncomfortable world of dating – the awkward phone calls, but even worse are no calls and the misreading of signals. �ere’s the overana-
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
All-star cast brings surprising amount of humor and avoids the formulaic romantic comedy
lyzing of every word, movement and facial expression. In relationships there’s the terrifying attempt at trust and the evaluation of whether the relationship is really going anywhere. In life, these situations are stressful and upsetting. In the movies, we can all take a collective sigh and laugh at the misfortunes of others. Unfortunately, the �lm still suﬀers from a poor attempt at modern values. �e gay characters, all painfully �amboyant, play assorted small parts as romantic advisors to their heterosexual friends (and main characters). �ere are no people of color. Ultimately, the pressure is still on getting married. �e women have careers and independence, but still seek what the �lm prizes as the ultimate goal: marriage. It enforces the expectation that, in the end, men and women belong in committed relationships together: the Hollywood propaganda I expected on my bus ride down. While it may not be particularly progressive or sophisticated, “He’s Just Not �at Into You” is full of charming dialogue and quirky romance just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is ideal for jamming to old school tunes. �is week we abandoned our quest for new music and asked some USF students what they thought of the classic love song, “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille.
“I really liked the rhythm and it’s de�nitely something I would listen to. I could dance to it.” – Linda Szabados, sophomore, politics major
“It kind of reminded me of Stevie Wonder. If Stevie Wonder was a girl I could get intimate with.” – Chris Moore, sophomore, media studies major
“It has a lot of the word “love.” It was common. Formulaic. �ere are a lot of songs that sound like that.” – Matt Chalabian, freshman, undeclared
Photos by Sky Madden/Foghorn
CHLOE SCHILDHAUSE Staﬀ Writer
Five Best Romance Films
because it shows you what you want but will never have. “�e Wedding Singer” (1998) Some people hate Adam Sandler and yeah, he has gone way downhill since his “Billy Madison” prime, but this �lm is chock-full of cute romance and splendid ’80s music. Plus, better to spend Valentine’s Day with Sandler than thinking about all the hot USF guys out with their girlfriends. It also gives me great ideas for my future wedding—for example, walking down the aisle to an orchestration of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” �at’s a brilliant idea!
“It made me think about how naïve I get when I fall for somebody. �e beat made me wanna move. It’s sexy.” – Sam Finger, sophomore, performing arts and social justice major
For those of you who, like me, are sad and lonely creatures who cry in their pillow on Valentine’s Day (or maybe every day), there is hope! Entertain yourself with this list of must-see romantic �lms. �ey are guaranteed to make you feel even more bitter about the fact that nobody loves you and you are destined to be alone for the rest of your life. Hopefully they’ll be available to watch instantly on Net�ix. “Manhattan” (1979) �e black and white, Gershwinsoundtracked Woody Allen classic makes me pine for a signi�cant other. You know, someone to watch over me. I watch in wonder as Woody charms young woman after young woman. I wish I had a loved one whom I could sit with in a New York apartment eating Chinese food out of a box while we discuss really intellectual Woody Allen-esque stuﬀ. Or someone who would go in a horse drawn carriage through Central Park with me, or someone who would kiss me at the science museum! But alas, I am stuck here in my room just watching it all unfold in the ultimate romantic �lm. “�e Dreamers” (2003) It’s rated NC-17, but I would describe it as porn-lite. It features the gorgeous French actor Louis Garrel and the cute, but not as swoon-worthy Michael Pitt. It also features incest, full frontal nudity and tons more! When I watch this �lm, or any Louis Garrel �lm, I hyperventilate with excitement because he is that beautiful. It’s almost torture watching this �lm
MARGOT KENNEY Staﬀ Writer
Little Saigon Oﬀers Date Spot
�e temptation to stay in the USF bubble can be overwhelming for the typical broke student. I know that when I lived on campus the thought of bussing to another part of the city seemed like an unnecessary hassle. I have come to realize that our fair city is arguably one of the best cities in the world with one of the most incredible food scenes out there. Four years are all that some of us get here, so it is important to make the most of them and eat our way through the city. �is Valentine’s Day you may be looking for that special spot where you won’t run into the rest of the couples at USF. I am here to help! Bodega Bistro is a beautiful and delicious French Vietnamese restaurant. �e restaurant is located in Little Saigon, oﬀ the 31 bus line at 607 Larkin St. (at O’Farrell). �e ambience is very cool, with a moped in the front window and beautiful, brightly colored walls. It gives oﬀ an air of casual romance, but there’s no need to dress up for Bodega. An absolute favorite dish of mine is Bun Cha Hanoi ($13.60), marinated broiled pork served with vermicelli (rice noodles), a fragrant pile of herbs, a delicious sauce and lettuce leaves to wrap it all up. �e combination is breathtaking. Chef Jimmie Kwok has created a dish with �avors that go together in a perfectly exotic way. �ere’s something incredibly sexy about eating with your hands! My date ordered Chim Quay, a glazed roasted squab (toothsome little game bird) served with caramelized onions and raisins ($16). �is French inspired dish was juicy, tender and full of �avor. �e waiters are very sweet and helpful, but at times I felt a little bit rushed. Overall I felt well taken care of and relaxed. Bodega Bistro oﬀers cuisine showcasing the colonial hangovers left on Vietnam from the French Colonization. It is a cuisine which is completely contradictory: light Vietnamese food alongside heavy French oﬀerings. �e contradiction makes the food memorable and delicious. Bodega Bistro is full of romance and excitement, a perfect aﬀordable Valentine’s date for the adventurous USF couple!
Margot Kenney/Foghorn Brave and adventurous diner Margot Kenney ordered the exotic Bun Cha Hanoi, marinated broiled pork served with vermicelli noodles, herbs, sauce and lettuce at Little Saigon s Bodega Bistro. The romantic restaurant is a perfect Valentine s Day locale.
“Paris, Je T’aime” (2006) I want to be in love and have that love reciprocated. But even more than that I want this love to take place in Paris. “Paris, je t’aime” is a compilation of love stories from well-loved directors such as the Coen brothers, Gus Van Sant, and Wes Craven. Each segment takes place in a diﬀerent neighborhood and explores the diﬀerent wondrous emotions of love. I sigh a record number of times when watching this �lm. Added bonus:, “New York, I Love You” is scheduled to release later this year. More love, diﬀerent location. “Clueless” (1995) �is movie is very educational, and Cher is full of tips on what one should do to attain love. She is quite the matchmaker herself ! Watch as Cher falls for Josh, Dionne strengthens her relationship with Murray and Tai discovers her true love is Travis, not Elton! And poor Elton is left all alone. It’s a romance movie for the ages.
3) “Still In Love With You” by �in Lizzy oﬀ of “Nightlife” 4) “I Can Get Us Out of Here Tonight” by Lucero oﬀ of “Rebels, Rogues and Sworn Brothers” MELISSA BARON Scene Editor Valentine’s Day is the ideal time of year for a mixtape. Almost every band has at least a few songs devoted to love, heartache or gettin’ intimate. Whether you’ve got someone special or just want to celebrate being single and awesome, here’s my mix for you. It’s a little bit of every possible Valentine’s Day sentiment. 1) “Girl Is On My Mind” by the Black Keys oﬀ of “Rubber Factory” 2) “Close to Me” by the Cure oﬀ of “Head On �e Door” 5) “Girlfriend Is Better” by the Talking Heads oﬀ of “Speaking In Tongues” 6) “A Chicken With Its Head Cut Oﬀ ” by the Magnetic Fields oﬀ of “69 Love Songs” 7) “Always Leaving” by Spoonboy oﬀ of “I love you, this is a robbery” 8) “La La Love You” by the Pixies oﬀ of “Doolittle” 9) “Romance” by R.E.M. oﬀ of “Eponymous” 10) “Pretty In Pink” by the Psychedelic Furs oﬀ of “All of �is and Nothing”
MALLORY PARKS Staﬀ Writer
Valentine s Day Alternatives
It’s bad enough that Valentine’s Day is the most overrated and over-advertised consumer holiday. One look at those plush teddy bears holding a heart with the words “I Love You” tauntingly written on them and you feel compelled to push all the pink and red merchandise oﬀ the shelves. Still, Valentine’s Day is not just for the lovebirds, and San Francisco is the perfect place to go out for an alternative Valentine’s Day. San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight Grab a pillow and your friends and head to Justin Herman Plaza at 1 Market Street. Once the clock strikes 6 p.m., swing your heart out and free that Valentine’s Day aggression. For more information, check out http://www.pillow�ght.info/. Tainted Love Concert What’s better than watching a great cover band perform your favorite ’80s songs? Put on your dancing shoes and head to Bimbo’s to hear anything from Pat Benatar to the B-52’s. Performances are on both Friday and Saturday, 21 and over. Cover fee $23. For more information, check out http://www.bimbos365club. com/bands.html. �e Vagina Monologues If you’re looking to stay on campus, go
see the College Players’ annual rendition of Eve Ensler’s “�e Vagina Monologues.” It plays the 12-14th in the Presentation �eater (Education Building) at 8 p.m. and proceeds bene�t V-Day and the SF Women’s Building. It’s the perfect event to hang out with your girlfriends, teach your boyfriend a little about womanhood or channel your inner feminist. Go to the movies and see “My Bloody Valentine” if you’re feeling angry or “He’s Just Not �at Into You” if you want to watch other people in love. Movies you can rent that’ll take your mind oﬀ Valentines Day: “Ghostbusters,” “Super Troopers,” “Jaws,” “Kill Bill,” and “�e Professional.”
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
San Francisco Foghorn
Help the environment one purchase at a time at Goodwill
Visit our boutiques &
on selected clothing at these stores Monday, February 16th only!
West Portal 61 West Portal Avenue San Francisco, CA Menlo Park 711 Santa Cruz Avenue Menlo Park, CA
More information at www.sfgoodwill.org/boutique
00 $2 Sale
Saturday, February 14 th &Sunday, February 15 th
(Each clothing item is just two dollars!)
Brand Names. Unique Finds.
Bayview 3801 Third Street San Francisco, CA Burlingame 1215 California Drive Burlingame, CA
Clement 820 Clement Street San Francisco, CA Fillmore 1669 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA
Geary 822 Geary Street San Francisco, CA Haight 1700 Haight Street San Francisco, CA
Mission & 19th 2279 Mission Street San Francisco, CA Mission & Ocean 4631 Mission Street San Francisco, CA
Mission & Van Ness 1580 Mission Street San Francisco, CA San Mateo 28 W. 25th Avenue San Mateo, CA
San Pedro 7420 Mission Street Daly City, CA San Rafael 809 Lincoln Avenue San Rafael, CA
South San Francisco 225 Kenwood Way So. San Francisco, CA Novato 936 7th Street Novato, CA
San Francisco Foghorn
Health Corner: Food is the Way to the Heart
NICHOLAS MUKHAR Columnist If you’re looking for that special present for that special person in your life, let me tell you from experience that �owers and chocolate just don’t cut it anymore. �e right plan can be the diﬀerence between a friendly, afternoon goodbye hug and an intimate kiss goodbye the next morning. �ey say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but making a meal for your woman is not a bad idea either. �at brings up the constantly debated question; are aphrodisiacs a myth or a reality? Aphrodisiacs are said to boost your sex drive by stirring up sexual hormones. �ey are believed to improve sexual desire, performance and maybe even fertility in some cases. Some foods are said to be aphrodisiacs because of their shape, others for their aromas, and others due to a chemical basis. Doctors agree that there is some truth to aphrodisiac foods, but it is a psychological eﬀect as much as it is physiological. �e suggestive presentation of the foods is as important as the foods themselves. Many of these foods are probably things that you have in your home and eat every day without the intention of a sexual eﬀect. So if you have a meal in mind this Valentine’s day, here are some everyday foods that, with the right preparation, can cause sexual stimulation. Just when you thought the avocado couldn’t possibly get any better, here’s one more reason to dig in. Avocados have vitamin B6, which is said to increase male hormone production. It also has potassium
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Women s Tennis Loses to St. Mary s 4-2 Before Being Rained Out
that aids in regulating the female thyroid gland. As far as the shape, the Aztecs used to refer to the avocado tree as the “testicle tree” because its fruit hangs in pairs and resemble male testicles. Some say that this is as far as its aphrodisiac value goes. You be the judge. Basil, sweet basil in particular, is one of the few foods that is said to promote circulation, thus increasing both male and female sex drive. It also boosts fertility and causes a natural sense of well-being. �e scent of basil was so strongly believed to drive men wild that for centuries women used to dust their bodies with dried and powdered basil. As far as I know this practice has died down quite a bit, but it might be fun to try and gauge the results. Chocolate has so long been associated with love and romance that it really doesn’t matter anymore whether or not it actually has aphrodisiac properties because the sexual suggestion is already embedded in our minds. It was originally found in South America rainforests by the Mayans who worshipped the cacao tree and called it “food of the Gods.” �ere is an ancient rumor that the Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 goblets of chocolate each day to enhance his sexual abilities. A little less than that should do the trick. Remember that just throwing these foods on a plate won’t do you very much good. �is is a gift, so tailor your meal to your partner’s likes. Keep the meals light, as heavy meals decrease sexual desire. Try putting avocado in a salad and substituting your steak with �sh. No guarantees, but your chances will be signi�cantly improved. Be safe.
Jesse Mekpoh sets up her serve as Alana McMahon waits for the return last week against The Academy of Art.
Women s Basketball Falls to St. Mary s 59-47
An unexpected suspension of two USF players, senior center Necolia Simmons and junior guard Danesha Wright weakened the Dons’ starting line up. Simmons and Wright have been suspended for the remainder of the season due to a violation of team rules. Saint Mary’s Tomlinson won the tip oﬀ and the Gaels set the tone of the �rst half by scoring quickly and leading the Dons by as much as 14 points. With the Gaels in a man-to-man defense, the Dons had trouble making good passes and penetrating the defense. �e Dons also had trouble defending their basket from Tomlinson who scored most of her points in the paint, unrivaled by USF’s defenders. Sophomore Donnisha Taylor put the Dons on the scoreboard with a short jumper. Teammate Keating quickly followed up with a clean three pointer. Taylor continued to push the Dons ahead by stealing the ball from Tomlinson and the Gael guards. Sophomore Jakkie Boka-Timmerberg boosted the Lady Dons’ defense by rebounding and guarding Tomlinson. Toward the end of the �rst half, Rollins and Keating found a passing dynamic that broke through the Gael’s challenging defense and earned the Dons several more points. Keating hit a long three pointer and a long jumper and Rollins hit a few short jumpers to cut Saint Mary’s lead to three points. �e halftime score was 31 to 28, with Saint Mary’s leading by only a small margin. Hopes were dashed in the second half as Tomlinson, senior Maija Lahde and sophomore Erika Ruiz scored faster than Rollins and Keating could. �e Gaels’ lead increased as the Dons struggled to compete with this fast-scoring pace. Rollins scored several more points, sinking a three pointer from the side and Keating scored a couple more shots, but this was not enough to keep up. Lahde and Ruiz made appearances on the scoreboard as Tomlinson assisted. �e Lady Dons threw up several three point attempts to put a dent in the large lead, but the shots weren’t falling. In a biting gesture, Ladhe stole the ball from the Dons and dribbled down court and scored a backward lay up. �e Lady Dons lost to the Gael’s 59-47,
San Francisco Foghorn
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
which left their WCC record at 2-6. After the game, head coach Tonya Haave said, “�e big girl hurt us. We got hot for awhile but couldn’t sustain it.” Of the suspensions of two key players, Haave said, “�e bench is a lot thinner.”
Women s Basketball
Team Gonzaga Portland Loyola Marymount San Diego Saint Mary s Pepperdine San Francisco Santa Clara
WCC 7-1 6-2 5-3 5-4 5-4 4-4 2-7 0-9 PCT .875 .750 .625 .556 .556 .500 .222 .000 Overall 19-5 13-10 15-7 14-9 9-15 11-11 6-17 2-22 Overall 17-5 15-8 19-4 13-11 13-13 6-18 9-15 1-23
Men s Basketball
Shay Rollins drives to the basket against the St. Mary s Gaels. Despite her eﬀorts, USF falls short.
Courtesy of USF Athletic Dept.
CHELSEA STERLING Staﬀ Writer Despite a few scoring streaks, the USF Lady Dons basketball team lost to the Saint Mary’s Lady Gaels last �ursday night with a �nal score of 59 to 47. �is sets the Lady Dons WCC record to 2-6 and their overall record to 6-16.
Another Tainted Career Women s Volleyball Team Sends Four
whole career. Perhaps Rodriguez cheated to earn a big paycheck. At the time Alex Rodriguez was under the most lucrative contract in baseball history, earning 252 million dollars over 10 years. On Monday, Rodriguez confessed to the steroid use and stated the reasons why he used steroids. Rodriguez said that he felt a lot of pressure to perform at a high level every day and blamed the steroid era as a whole for convincing him to used banned substances. At least Rodriquez, unlike other baseball players who have been accused of steroid use, admitted his mistakes and publicly apologized. I have always been a huge A-Rod fan, since the days he played on the Seattle Mariners with Ken Griﬀey Jr. And I must admit that when I heard the news that he had taken steroids, I was upset. Alex Rodriguez has always been that type of player that some people love but others hate. He puts up amazing stats and plays the game so beautifully that it’s hard not to like him. I never would have thought that he would cheat, ever since he was a rookie, when he was putting up huge numbers. But honestly, is anyone surprised anymore about steroid use in baseball? Sadly, steroids have become associated and ingrained with America’s pastime. A game that was once so great has been forever tarnished in the last two decades, not just because of Alex Rodriguez but also because of great players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire who have also been accused of cheating. As a fan, this makes you question whether or not everyone was using steroids in the last 20 years. And over those last 20 years, players who have tarnished careers have broken numerous records. �ose players most likely won’t make it into the hall of fame because their careers will always have an asterisk attached. Hall of Fame votes are all about statistics, but if a player cheats then he will never be admitted to the Hall of Fame, just look at Pete Rose. �ese players have such amazing statistics, but they cheated, so they should not deserve to be recognized with great players that played the game fairly. Hopefully commissioner Bud Selig continues to crack down on steroid use because baseball is slowly losing credibility. �e MLB is already starting to lose one fan because I don’t root for cheaters. �e Lady Dons volleyball team will be sending senior middle blocker Carly Babin, junior libero Haley Carroll, red shirt junior middle blocker Anna Berger and sophomore opposite hitter Sarah Mandala to the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team tryouts. �e tryouts will help the USA Women’s Volleyball team to determine prospective athletes for various national volleyball teams; the teams include the USA Women’s Volleyball National Team Program, the USA Women’s World University Games Team and the USA Women’s Senior A2 Teams. �e USA Volleyball National Team tryouts will take place from February 20th to February 22nd at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gilad Doran, the head volleyball coach, told the USF athletics’ website that the USA Volleyball National Team tryout is a “great opportunity for these young ladies to spend a weekend competing with the best collegiate volleyball players in the country.” He hopes that the girls “return FRANCESCA CRUDO Staﬀ Writer re-motivated and demanding more of themselves and their teammates here at USF.” �is would also be a great opportunity to expose the nation to USF’s successful volleyball program. Babin earned All-WCC �rst team honors by posting 115 blocks, including 15 against Penn. She �nishes her career ranked in several career categories including tied for third in blocks (397) and seventh in solo blocks (67). Mandala was awarded All-WCC �rst team honors after she led the Dons with 413 kills; with the 413 kills, she �nished the season 11th alltime in single-season kills. Carroll earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors after she posted her third season with 500 or more digs; she �nishes the season with 1,563 digs, making her ranked second in all-time career digs. Berger recorded a career-high 20 kills at Loyola Marymount and she recorded a double-double against Saint Mary’s College. �e four players are eligible to join the Women’s National Team if they concluded their college eligibility or if they wish to train full-time. However, they have to
Stellar performances by senior guard Shay Rollins and freshman forward Katy Keating could not dampen the force that six foot- four-inch freshman Louella Tomlinson brought to the court. Tomlinson played the power forward spot and she was the big star for the Lady Gaels, scoring 22 of the team’s 59 total points.
Team WCC PCT #18 Gonzaga 8-0 1.000 Portland 6-2 .750 Saint Mary s 6-3 .667 San Diego 5-4 .556 Santa Clara 5-4 .556 Pepperdine 3-5 .375 San Francisco 1-8 .125 Loyola Marymount 0-8 .000
Players to U.S. National Team Try-Outs
be selected in order to do so. If Babin or Berger is chosen, she can start training in February, or they can start when the professional club season concludes. If Carroll or Mandala is chosen, she can participate in the program but they have to start later since they still have collegiate eligibility; they can start in the beginning of May or when their scholastic calendar ends. If Carroll and Mandala are not selected to the USA Women’s National Team, they may be invited to the USA Senior A2 Team. �e Senior A2 Team is for those who have collegiate eligibility for the 2009 season and for those not selected to the National Team. Twenty-four athletes will be invited to participate in the program, which will last from May 18 through May 27. If the four Lady Dons volleyball players do well in their selective programs, they can participate in the 2009 World University Games. �is will be held from Jun 30 to Jul 12 in Belgrade, Serbia. �e U.S. National Team staﬀ will choose the athletes; based on performances at tryouts and training with their selective programs.
MATT STEINBACH Sports Editor Alex Rodriguez is the latest great baseball player to have his career tainted as a result of cheating. A report came out last week that listed 104 players who were found positive for anabolic steroid use; among the names on the list was Alex Rodriguez. �e report shows that Alex Rodriguez used steroids during the 2003 season, a season in which he won the AL MVP as well as the homerun title. �is season should be erased from A-Rod’s career, and his other seasons in the surrounding years should be questioned as well. In 2007, after the Mitchell Report, which listed current MLB players who were found positive for using performance-enhancing drugs, was released, Alex Rodriguez was interviewed on “60 Minutes.” His name did not appear on the Mitchell Report. During the show Rodriguez was asked whether he had ever taken steroids and he responded, “I’ve never felt overmatched on the baseball �eld. ... I felt that if I did my, my work as I’ve done since I was, you know, a rookie back in Seattle, I didn’t have a problem competing at any level”. Players with great talent, like Rodriguez, shouldn’t have to use performanceenhancing drugs because they are already better than 95 percent of the competition. So why did Rodriguez use steroids? One reason athletes use steroids is to speed up recovery time from injuries. But Rodriguez has never had problems with injuries, he has been relatively healthy his
Lady Dons Lose to San Diego 68-49
ANDREA LENNOX Staﬀ Writer �is past Saturday the USF women’s basketball team played an unsuccessful game against the visiting University of San Diego Toreros at War Memorial Gym. �is was the second loss to the Toreros this season for the lady Dons, who couldn’t stop USD from a 68-49 point victory. �e Toreros charged ahead early in the �rst half of this West Coast Conference game, as they consistently played con�dently and aggressively. �e �rst half looked promising for both teams as the score early in the game was six to �ve in favor of the Toreros. However, the Toreros pulled through by scoring seven straight points, making the score 12 to seven with 15 minutes remaining in the �rst half. �e Toreros continued their dominance and extended the score to 20 to nine before the Dons responded with an 11 to nothing run to even things up at 20, with less than six minutes to play before heading into halftime. �e �nal �ve minutes of the half were intense, as the two teams fought for the lead; both teams struggled to gain the lead, as the score went back and forth going into the second half. After much �ght from both the Dons and the Toreros, San Diego took charge - making the scoreboard read 28-26 going into half time. �e Dons could not keep up in the second half as the Toreros went on a six to two run over the �rst minute and a half of action to take a 34 to 28 lead. Senior guard Shay Rollins challenged the Toreros with an impressive 20-point eﬀort, while also grabbing down nine rebounds, dishing out one assist, and getting two steals. Despite her incredible eﬀorts, San Diego went on a nine to three run that was sparked on a Kiva Herman jumper and capped oﬀ on a free throw to again give the Toreros a double-digit lead at 43-33 with less than 13 minutes to go. Herman �nished the game with 21 points, which was the game high in scoring. �e Toreros, now even more con�dent with their skills,
battled through the second half to victory with a 19-point win. Freshman guard Vania Singleterry played an extraordinary game, as she snagged her second double double in the past two weeks. Singleterry �nished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Heidi Anton scored three points for the Dons, as sophomore forward Donnisha Taylor gave the Dons six points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Rheina Ale scored three points for the Dons as well, being one of the �ve Don scorers of the afternoon. Rollins and Singleterry were the only Dons to score in the double digits. �e Lady Dons will face the Portland Pilots at 7 p.m. this �ursday for their last away game of the regular season this year. �ey go into the game with a season record of 6-17 overall and 2-record for the West Coast Conference, facing the Portland Pilots with a season record of 12-10 overall, and 5-2 in the West Coast Conference.