Hello, $2 Tacos!

Bon Appétit introduces value meals every day of the week

     Bon Appétit, USF’s exclusive meal plan provider, has introduced daily value specials in the cafeteria.The value specials offer a different discounted food item each day of the week, from $0.75 coffee on Mondays, to $2 half sandwhiches on Wednesdays, to $0.99 sliders on Fridays.According to Bonnie Azab Powell, the Director of Communications at Bon Appétit Management Company, Bon Appétit USF has been developing a number of initiatives to address student concerns with food pricing and quality.Such student concerns recently culminated in a boycott of Bon Appétit dining services, organized by ASUSF Senate, on Thursday November 21.

Though Bon Appétit USF was not available to provide comment on the boycott’s financial impact, the act did not go unnoticed.

Bon Appétit Resident District Manager Holly Winslow responded to the boycott in an interview with USFTv. “I love the fact that students want to voice their opinion,” she said. “I would have loved to have been involved in the process earlier.”

In addittion to the daily value specials, Bon Appétit wil provide a 25% discount on catering for all student groups — effective immediately — and an expanded traning process for cashiers to reduce transaction times and long lines, Powell said.

There will also be an online survey starting in December to include feedback from the entire student body, she said.

Winslow and Bon Appétit’s Executive Chef, Marco Alvarado, will also reinstate the student food advisory committee, which meets throughout the semester to address concerns and give feedback on how the food service program could be improved.

The changes will be incorporated throughout the remaining time of this semester.

While the specific menu for the daily value specials is still being developed, students can expect items such as $1 pizza slices, $1 grill sliders, and $2 Taco Tuesdays.

UPDATE: After this issue went to print, Anne-Marie Devine, USF’s senior director of media relations, shared this comment about how the boycott affected Bon Appetit financially:

“While specific sales figures are not released, we do know that there was a dip in sales on the day of the boycott. That was due in part to the food trucks scheduled by a sorority on Gleeson Plaza that day. We hope that the dip in sales translated into a positive for the food truck fundraiser, raising significant funds for the CASA program.”

Greener than the Grinch

If all you want for Christmas is a healthy, green planet, then USF is the place for you.

Indeed, throughout the year, USF’s Environmental Safety Office (ESO), an office within the Department of Facilities Management, works to provide guidance, service, education, and outreach in all areas environmental to create a safer and more eco-friendly university campus and community. Through full-fledged programs, like USF Recycles; student-to-student outreach, like Ecoeducation; and paid on-campus job positions, like the Neighborhood Clean Up Crew — ESO helps the University comply and supersede procedural requirements of city, state, and federal law, while educating (and perhaps, inspiring) students and members of the community to make a more conscious effort to take care of the planet.

Of course, the urge to splurge might override your steam for green this holiday and exam week season; so if you find yourself lost amidst the wrapping paper, egg nog, coffee cups and “Blue Books,” be sure to thank the fine folks from ESO, who are working to keep your wrappers and reciepts off of the streets and into the proper recycling bins!

USF Students Help Keep Campus Clean and Green Through on Campus Jobs

 

Don’t try tossing your soda can into the compost! Yayun Lu, a junior marketing and advertising major, works in the cafeteria as an eco-educator and will help inform students on the proper way to recycle. (Photo by Allison Fazio)

Don’t try tossing your soda can into the compost! Yayun Lu, a junior marketing and advertising major, works in the cafeteria as an eco-educator and will help inform students on the proper way to recycle. (Photo by Allison Fazio)

Yayun Lu, Eco-Educator    Yayun Lu, a junior marketing and advertising double major, helps promote sustainability in USF’s dining hall with her on-campus job as eco-educator. Lu spends her shifts monitoring waste bins and educating her peers about proper recycling during peak lunch and dinner hours.As eco-educator, Lu is responsible for guiding students on how to dispose of their leftovers and waste products in the correct bins: either compost, recycling, or landfill. Though she doesn’t have to intervene much, she said, a common mistake of caf diners is recycling greasy or oily take-out boxes, when they should be composted.

USF Recycles has teamed up with Bon Appetit, USF’s meal provider, to ensure that dining hall compost will benefit the University, according to the USF Recycle’s online recycling brochure. After being sent to a compost facility in Vacaville, CA, the compost returns to campus as landscape grounding and fertilizer for the Community Garden.

Katoa Ahau, freshman exercise and sports science major, dons his collection gear and protective equipment before every shift, as a part of USF’s meighborhood clean-up crew. (Photo by Allison Fazio)

Katoa Ahau, freshman exercise and sports science major, dons his collection gear and protective equipment before every shift, as a part of USF’s meighborhood clean-up crew. (Photo by Allison Fazio)

Katoa Ahau, The NeighborhoodClean Up Crew

A dual season athlete with a full load of courses, freshman Katoa Ahau, an exercise and sports science major, applied for an on-campus job with ESO’s neighborhood clean up crew (NCU) to take advantage of the flexible hours and to learn more about the environment.

As a student worker for NCU, Ahau spends his shifts collecting and sorting litter from the residential streets within and surrounding campus borders. The black canvas litter bag he carries along with him is divided in three parts (compost, recycling, and landfill) to ensure all items are disposed of correctly.

In addition to keeping USF’s neighborhood clean, Ahau has also mastered the do’s and dont’s of recycling. “I see styrofoam around, and I used to think it was compostable — but it’s definitely not. It’s not even recyclable yet,” he said.

According to Ahau, most of what he finds while picking up the streets between upper and lower campus are products from the cafeteria.

Inform yourself on how to recycle through USF Recycle’s online recycling brochure.

Jessie Ware returned to San Francisco for a sold-out show at the Fillmore on Nov. 18. She performed at Outside Lands earlier this year. (Photo by Mia Orantia)

British Phenom Jessie Ware Rocks the Fillmore

Before knowing who Jessie Ware was, I was told two things about her. The first was that she has worked with my favorite English electronic music duo Disclosure. The second was that she is “the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT, and Sade.” Instantly, I fell in love with the idea of Jessie.

Upon seeing her at the Fillmore mid-November, she surpassed my high expectations. Song after song, note after note, Ware hit every mark in front of a sell-out show crowd. She gave shine to many songs from different periods of her career, but mainly focused on songs from her most recent album “Devotion.”. Knowing the subtle sophistication of “Devotion,” I was happily surprised to find myself dancing along. Her smooth sensual voice soothed the soul, as all cares began to slip away.

More impressive than her flawless vocals was Ware’s glowing stage presence. Her charisma made me feel like I was reuniting with a long lost friend. Ware’s casual composure was shown throughout song breaks when she would play with the audience, calling herself a “good Jewish girl” and cheering out “L’Chaim.”

It was easy to forget that Ware is a world-renowned singer with an album that some called one of the best of 2012. However,  her stardom is something we cannot forget. In an age where revealing clothing and the selling of sexual appeal have become norms for many female musicians (I’m looking at you Miley,) one must not forget that there still are many women achieving incredible musical feats regardless of image. Jessie Ware may or may not be the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT, and Sade, but one thing is sure, this classy lady sure can rock a stage even in a pant suit.

Women’s and Men’s Voices performed the charming holiday song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” (Photo by Natalie Gallo)

ASUSF Voices Concert Delights USF

It was a week of performance – from dance, music, to a capella singing, PASJ hosted a variety of shows and events to celebrate all that the Performance Arts & Social Justice Major had done. On November 25th in the Presentation Theater, Voices, USF’s largest campus choir group, celebrated the success of their 25th season. With an almost full auditorium, the show garnered a great turnout and audience members showed enthusiasm and pride for their friends, classmates, and fellow students.

The introduction of the show began with an angelic entrance of over fifty Voices members. The concert included performances by different subgroups within the larger choir. Some standouts included the Women’s Voices second piece “Prayer of the Children,” led by student conductor Keala Frietas. This piece showcased the range and talent of the Women’s Voices group.

Freshman Adam Lange played a convincing Mr. Grinch during the Men’s Voices performance of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” (Photo by Natalie Gallo)

Freshman Adam Lange played a convincing Mr. Grinch during the Men’s Voices performance of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” (Photo by Natalie Gallo)

Another crowd favorite that received roaring applause was the Men’s Voices rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Not only did this fun piece bring the holiday spirit to campus, but it also brought laughter amongst the crowd as a choir member wore a Mr. Grinch mask and pestered the singers as they performed. Sophomore Dominic Lizama said, “After hearing all the Voices together, I thought the Grinch song was the best!”

A personal favorite of the night included a percussion piece featuring Francesca Rivera. By incorporating percussion from a different part of the world, the piece was unique, catchy, and danceable.

At the end, it seemed as if they saved the best for last when international student Mengyao Wang blew away the audience with her singing during the finale song, “All I Want for Christmas.” After her solo performance, the audience immediately began cheering and the enthusiasm for the upbeat number was kept until the end of the night.

After the show was over, Voices held a reception in the Education building and those interested in attending from students, family, to faculty, all enjoyed celebrating the success of the event. Altogether, PASJ’s Voices concert was festive and entertaining. We congratulate the Voices team on the show and the success of the 25th season!

The Convict Lease System is Real

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of reading an essay written by one of my heroes, Frederick Douglas. The essay was titled “The Convict Lease System” and was perhaps the most rewarding piece of literature I have come across since “All things censored” by Mumia Abu Jamal, or my favorite book, “Soledad Brother” written by revolutionary Black Panther George Jackson. All three of these works focus on the prison system within the United States of America and harshly critique not just our prison system, but more largely, our justice system as a whole. Perhaps most enlightening about Douglas’s work, was that it gave me a historical context I had so desperately been looking for.

In it, Douglas breaks down the red-headed step-child of American reconstruction, the Convict Lease System. This system, as Douglas describes was a bi-product of the end of slavery, essentially created to provide a justification for prisoners to be leased by several states to private industries for cheap labor. Their argument? The states did not have enough capital to afford keeping inmates within the confines of prison facilities. So they were outsourced to do work for railway contractors, mining companies, and large plantations in need of cheap hands for farming. Sound familiar? If it does, I am proud of you. It is happening today, across the country.

In fact, it may not sound all too familiar to many of you. If you are unaware of what is going on within America’s prison system, I do not blame you. Until my own cousin was incarcerated back in 2009, I knew very little about the workings of our prison industrial complex. In fact, even as a young black man (a group in which 1 in every 3 is predicted to head to prison in their lifetime) I remained ignorant to one of the greatest threats to my community’s functionality. Yet the more I reflected on my upbringing, the more things started to click. With the help of the aforementioned texts, I have developed a context for the mass-absence of fathers in my friend’s lives as a kid. I realize, perhaps political disenfranchisement is correlative to political apathy. The hatred I once felt for myself, for my own people and the criminality I stigmatized African-Americans with, was perhaps indicative of a systemically perpetuated ideology.

“But Kad, black people do commit crimes more than all other groups. It is a fact,” I would often hear from my friends, in the years following my disillusionment. No, it is not a fact. Black people are convicted of crimes at a higher rate than any other ethnic group in America. Committing a crime and being convicted of one, in our justice system, are most certainly not the same. If you think so, ask yourself how many of the criminals who were directly responsible for the entire countries economic collapse in 2008, are behind bars? How many wall-street elites who constantly break SEC laws are openly regarded as “good for nothing thugs” and “criminal-scum”?

But let me be clear, the increased reliance on a for-profit prison system is not exclusively a “black problem.” Oh no, while African Americans have felt the majority of the brute impact of this injustice thus far, if our increase in for-profit prisons continues at the trajectory it has over the last 20 years, we can expect prisons to recruit a new inmate population, across racial lines and moreso on the basis of class. It already has begun. Look at the effect of the war on drugs in Middle America, where methamphetamines have grown rampant in lower-class white communities, incarceration rates have increased significantly as well. I predict this trajectory will continue and those future inmates will be characterized as the apart of the infamous “47%”.

So what are we to do? That is the million-dollar question. That is the question that countless inmates who have been inappropriately sentenced, wrongly persecuted, and grossly abused within prisons are waiting for us to ask. We can continue to think of it as somebody else’s problem, until it is your cousin or your uncle sitting behind bars for a crime they did not commit or sentenced absurdly inappropriately to fortify the necessary numbers for prisons which require expansion as a part of their existence. Once you have had the privilege to learn of this injustice, you subsequently have the responsibility to act. In whatever way you deem feasible, I think it is fair to say in this situation, most actions will be better than inaction.

Kad Smith is a senior politics major.

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Staff Editorial: The Next USF President

We at the Foghorn have decided to contribute our thoughts and hopes on the next USF president. In an effort to keep the opinions diverse, we have chosen a few that maintained the general themes that were found throughout all the submissions:

“I hope the new president of USF is someone who listens to students: their ideas, concerns and feedback. I hope the new president is supportive of all students, specifically the student organizations on campus that do so much work for the USF community– not only by hosting events and providing entertainment, but as representing the voice of the student body.”
Madeline Vanden Branden, Editor-in-Chief

“I hope the next USF President runs the university like a university, and not like a business. I find that the Jesuit mission of supporting those in need translates to, in the educational sense, supporting scholarships and finding ways to keep welcoming a diverse student population to campus every year. I would love to see a President whose mission it is to create equal opportunity on campus. Lastly, for the sake of campus media and the community it serves, I hope the search committee finds a candidate who values and encourages transparency at our institution.” — Tanya Dzekon, Managing Editor

“I want the next president to be friendly, approachable, and enthusiastic about their profession. Their religious beliefs do not matter to me as much as their overall character and kindness as a human being. It would be great if they regularly interacted with students and listened to what we have to say about the school. I definitely hope that USF’s next president is committed to creating great experiences and opportunities for both students and faculty, and I also hope that they are dedicated to increasing awareness about USF and sculpting its image as an excellent school. I think we have made a lot of progress in those respects in recent years, so I would love to see that continue.” — Hayden Gehr, Deputy Sports Editor

“I hope the new president is personable and tries to get to know the community he serves. I hope the new president is attentive to student and faculty concerns, and open to improvement. I also hope the new president can uphold the expectation of “creating a financial model for the future that clearly places the academic enterprise at the core,” so that future Dons can afford a quality education.” — Mia Orantia, Scene Editor 

“I hope the new USF president will have a strong presence in student events on-campus, especially within the performing arts. Right now, there’s a big focus on the sciences at USF, and it would be great to see a focus on other departments at USF that might need attention and support. In my opinion, more departments should receive the level of resources afforded to the sciences. Additionally, financial aid and scholarship funds should remain a focus for the next USF President so that everyone who wants a USF education has a fair shot regardless of socioeconomic background.” — Matt Miller, Online/Rich Media Editor

“I want to see a president who makes an effort to be a personable, approachable figure on campus. We need a leader who helps to unite the students, someone who can walk around campus and wave hello to students, can greet some of us by name. Someone any student can feel comfortable discussing their ideas and concerns with. Beyond just personal traits,  I would like to see someone who, Jesuit or lay person, takes Pope Francis’s lead on modernizing the Catholic public opinions on social issues. I think that under the right leadership, USF can continue and further its position as a role model for progressive, accepting Jesuit education.”  — Heidi Patton, Sports Editor