If you’ve always wished you could spend your Dons Dollars off-campus, this semester might be your chance. USF students will soon be allowed to spend their Dons Dollars — but not their Flexi — on food delivery to campus. Jason Rossi, Director of One Card and Campus Security Systems, presented the program at last week’s Senate meeting, along with a list of potential participators, which included Nizario’s Pizza, Cinderella Bakery, and Uncle Boy’s.
On Feb. 8, the crowd at Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) annual spring concert was doing it right as they worked up a sweat and danced the night away. Swig Gym was converted into the complete dance party venue with massive green and golden lanterns, a large video screen and countlessbackdrops and lights.
DJ Devarock, the stage name of USF sophomore Royce Anies, brought the gathering to life as he pumped up the audience with his mix of popular EDM (electronic dance music) and hip-hop tracks.
“Opening for Krewella was absolutely insane,” DJ Devarock said. “I had a wonderful time opening for them. I felt a little bit nervous at first but calmed down about 20 minutes into the set.”
Following DJ Devarock’s set, the quintet St. Lucia hit the stage with their indie-synth pop music. The band opened with a gradual build up of guitar and drum instrumentals in the song “Night Comes Again.” To coincide with their ‘island’ sounds that extend beyond their tropical album cover art, lights illuminated the band with greens, blues, yellows and purple.
The euphoric performance featured groovy instrumentals and melodious vocals. “We Got It Wrong” took you on a rollercoaster of moods that resembled the ups and downs of a relationship, whereas “Elevate” brought high energy and made the crowd jump.
USF’s hip-hop dance club, VarCity SF, performed at the side stage while the main stage was prepared for Krewella.
“Co-founding VarCity SF my second semester at USF and helping bring the Performance Team to where it is now and performing at the CAB concert is truly amazing,” Edwin Sanchez, senior said.
After three opening acts, Krewella finally came on stage with an electric opening to the hit single “Live for the Night.” The audience surged to life in song and movement. Sisters Jahan & Yasmine Yousaf of Krewella held quite the vantage point of the sweaty dance party, and joined in as they head-bashed to it all from the stage. At one point, Jahan grabbed a bottle of water and poured it over her head in an attempt to cool off before resuming her bouncing.
There was no such thing as standing still in the crowd—even the floor was pulsating with the music’s rhythm and sound as the crowed moved closer and closer to the stage.
The concert ended with Krewella’s “Alive,” and the audience called for an encore. After a few minutes, students began leaving Swig Gym. To their surprise, Krewella returned to perform “Come and Get It.” The show finally ended with the group standing on top of the rail below the stage, taking countless numbers of selfies with the audience and praising the crowd. Later that evening, they tweeted “San Francisco, man what a crowd. Thank you for making it so much to perform. Felt like Six Flags tonight XO.”
Running back Ollie Matson had a magnificent 1951 season for the Dons, finishing first in the country in touchdowns. Matson would go on to play for 14 years in the NFL and compete as a runner in the 1952 Summer Olympics. (Photo featured in a 1951 Foghorn Issue)
USF students crowded around the three television screens on the University Center first floor on Sunday to watch “‘51 Dons”, an ESPN documentary covering the story of the 1951 USF football team that pulled off a 9-0 season and refused to play in a bowl game without its two African American players.
The screening event, which was held by Los Locos, USF’s student spirit group, was a popular place for students and other viewers to join together on a rainy afternoon. Los Locos provided food and beverages, and spectators were given shirts that read “I Stand With The ‘51 Dons” before sitting down to learn about a team that has a special place in USF history, and also had a profound impact on the movement towards racial equality in the mid-1900s.
The 1951 Dons football team was one of the most dominant of its era. Aside from finishing the season unbeaten, nine San Francisco players from the squad would go on to play in the NFL, and three would be inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame. While it is easy to list the Dons’ team and individual achievements from their illustrious season, even more impressive was the players’ choice to support their teammates and challenge racial inequality through their inaction.
After defeating Loyola University to complete their perfect year, it seemed certain that the Dons would receive an invitation to one of college football’s most decorated bowl games. Indeed, this turned out to be true, as USF was asked to compete in the Orange Bowl against Baylor. However, the request came with a catch: The Dons would be allowed to play in the Orange Bowl, but only if their pair of African American players, Ollie Matson and Burl Toler, were left behind. Upon hearing this, the band of brothers that made up the USF team immediately refused, making it clear that their close relationships with two of the team’s most talented and respected players meant much more to them than playing in the season’s defining game. Interestingly, USF’s decision was kept under wraps, and Georgia Tech was selected to play Baylor in an effort to make it look like the Dons were never chosen in the first place.
ESPN’s documentary, which was directed by Ron Luscinski, focuses on Matson and Toler, as well as star players Gino Marchetti and Ed Brown, as the Dons stormed through the 1951 season leaving all opponents in the dust. “‘51 Dons” also looks at the effect that the team’s decision has had on racial segregation in professional sports, as well as the aftermath of the 1951 season and the lasting friendships and bonds formed by the players. With a wide range of interviews, the documentary features insights from current USF staff, including President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. and Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones. Other voices include Bob St. Clair, an offensive tackle on the 1951 team, and members of Matson and Toler’s families.
The audience at the viewing party laughed at St. Clair’s jokes, stared in awe as Matson’s incredible speed was showcased, and became emotional upon seeing pictures from the final time that Matson and Toler saw each other before they passed away. The film’s end credits were met with a resounding applause, and students left having gained valuable knowledge regarding a memorable part of the school’s history.
Junior psychology major and Los Locos member Olivia Traina learned a lot about USF’s past from the documentary.
“[Before], I definitely didn’t know the details of the whole situation, of the dynamics between the players themselves and what a tight-knit team they were, and also how big football was at USF for a while and how it had to come to an end because of an event like this,” Traina said. “But it’s really amazing how this fit into the whole scheme of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Others found themes in “‘51 Dons” that they could apply to modern-day USF and use to view the school’s current position from a new perspective.
“It’s really great to be able to look back and see something so important and so inspiring that we can all share,” Los Locos President Laticia Lonon said. “For whatever reason, we all happen to come [to USF], and it’s easy to complain about a hefty tuition or not liking certain aspects of what’s going on at school. But, at the end of it we came here for a reason, and I think it’s really inspiring that we can see where we came from and where we’re going, and how these are being paralleled.”
Many people likely heard about the 1951 San Francisco football team for the first time when they watched “‘51 Dons” on Sunday. Regardless, the often overlooked story of a squad that valued its camaraderie more than anything and elected to stand above racial discrimination has been felt throughout the sports world for the last 63 years. The 1951 football team’s refusal to play in the Orange Bowl has played no small part in decreasing the presence of racism in professional sports and also in the United States as a whole, and the team’s decision still epitomizes USF’s core values to this day.
“We are a school that shows a lot about how diverse we are and how diverse our city is,” junior communications major Brittany Silveira said. “I think the slogan ‘Change the World from Here’ – how they showed in the documentary that they did it before all the Civil Rights movements were going on – it just shows that they took a stand for what they believed in, and followed what the whole mission statement of USF is about.”
Emergencies aren’t something to mess around with, but when an ambulance ride can cost up to $3000, it’s worth considering whether or not it’s really necessary. USF’s Department of Public Safety responds to all emergency calls on campus, including medical ones — but public safety officers are not trained paramedics, so triaging a medical situation can be difficult. Now, since the formation of USF EMRs (Emergency Medical Response services) last fall, that responsibility falls into the hands of professionals, who are capable of providing treatment and determining if a costly trip to the ER is really needed.
EMRs is a volunteer group of 13 students who are trained EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) who want to gain experience in emergency medical care. Last semester they responded to 14 calls on campus, over 80 percent of which were related to alcohol or drug use, according to faculty advisor professor Octavia Struve. They provided basic treatment, and in some cases were able to treat a patient that would have otherwise ended up in the emergency room.
EMRs operates from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Since most of the emergency calls are related to drugs and alcohol, EMRs wants to add a shift on Thursday nights — “Thirsty Thursday” is a popular night for drinking — as soon as possible. Because EMRs and Public Safety want students to feel safe asking for help, students who call EMRs with a drug or alcohol related emergency are not reprimanded — however, EMRs is considering starting some kind of alcohol education program and encouraging students to make safer decisions regarding drinking and drugs, according to Struve.
“We learned a lot last semester, this semester we are really ready to expand,” Struve said.
EMRs Public Relations office junior Marvin Huang believes he learned a lot and improved his EMT skills over the last semester. “During the emergencies that we get dispatched to, there is a lot to do in a short amount of time so we really learn how to get accurate information quickly and make decisions soon after collecting that information. I feel more comfortable under pressure and I’ve improved my ability to calmly assess the situation.”
EMRs hasn’t just been improving skills and expanding shifts; they’ve also added a new service: EMT standby services for campus events, meaning that they will provide first aid stations and do walk arounds to make sure everyone is safe.
The squad also performs a variety of other duties, including updating campus first aid kits and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), teaching CPR and first aid classes, and doing awareness campaigns for health issues like the flu prevention and proper handwashing.
So far, nearly 200 students, faculty and community members have been educated in CPR, first aid or both, but that’s not good enough for EMRs, whose ultimate goal is get every student trained. EMRs also helped the Jesuit residence, Loyola House, to get an AED and trained a resident on how to use it. They hope to eventually install an AED in every building, according to Struve.
In the event of an emergency on campus, EMRs can be reached at (415)-422-2911.
“No Vacancies”, on display until March 2 in the Thacher Gallery of Gleeson Library, is a series of photographs representing numerous San Francisco neighborhoods. One would say it’s a plain piece, but the colorful stills ingeniously disguise their political nature. In reference to an Edward Ruscha artifact, artist Sergio de la Torre exposes neighborhoods where immigration and customs enforcement raids took place. The “Google map” point of view engages the spectator as one recognizes their home, associating the political character of the piece to one’s personal life.
The purpose of STEAMED is to create an environment which promotes art as a determinant in building our world, and therefore an equal of science. Designed by USF’s art faculty, the exhibition explores the necessary, yet rarely acknowledged connection between art and the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The gallery includes works made not just by craftspersons but also by problem solvers.
Scott Murray’s “Geometric” explores the Sierpinski triangle—a fractal, or, a mathematical set displaying similar patterns, obtained by repeatedly removing smaller triangles from the original shape. Projected on a screen, the triangle responds to our movements, bringing geometry to life, while also aestheticizing it.
Our interaction with “Geometric” becomes quite playful and you may surprisingly find yourself dancing in front of the screen for a rather long time.
Whether it is a rock climbing wall, or look-a-like Lego bricks made out of mushrooms, STEAMED urges us to look at a world where art and science are one discipline.
Photo by Katie Butler
The Dons continued their three-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 8, visiting the Brigham Young Cougars. BYU was the West Coast Conference coming into the game with a per-game average of 86.7, but USF limited the Cougars to only 68. Unfortunately, the Dons only put up 63 points themselves.