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What’s Happening in April?

National Poetry Month

By: Madeline Vanden Branden

    Get your notebook, cup of black coffee and start writing – April is National Poetry Month! Poetry isn’t dead; it is alive and well on USF’s campus, and reverberates rythmically within the student body. Professer Dean Rader of USF’s English department, and a published poet himself, explains how poetry is relevant to USF students, and why he loves National Poetry Month:

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Ask the Students: What Are You Looking for in the Next University President?

 “I would like to see a president who embodies the Jesuit values of USF and listens to the community has a whole. It is my understanding that the job of  President of a University is to represent the school to others as well as lead in a responsible and respectful manner. It would be nice to see a president that listens to the students and creates an environment that allows for open conversation about issues that people care about.” -Megan Houston, sophomore, Psychology


“I want a President that will put students first, above anything else, ensure that education standards are top notch, and will help pave the way to make USF an even finer institution than it already is.” -Pranav Mandavia, junior, Communication Studies


“All we can really ask for in a University President is someone who is wide open to new ideas, understanding, and honest. If these qualities are on the table, we’re already headed in the right direction.” -Khuyen Do, junior, International Studies


“I would love to see a President that is in touch with student involvement on USF’s campus. It would be great to see the next President foster growth of campus life and make USF a destination of students who want to attend the University for the University’s sake, not just the destination for students who want to attend school in SF.” -Lauren Voss, junior, Nursing

“I would like a president who believes in equality for all.  Some one who is a hardworker and wants what is best for the students and faculty.” -Liz Beckerle, freshman, Psychology

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“Someone who is invested in the diversity of our campus is an admirable value to have as President.” -Hannah Villano, sophomore, Psychology

“I like the ‘whole person education’ standpoint that Father Privett used. I would like to see our President be someone who is equally interested in developing the mind as well as a good conscience.” -Liliana Robertson, junior, Psychology

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“I think it’s assumed that a university leader is one who is honorable and wants the best for the student body but an important value that’s overlooked is someone who is relatable. This role should be taken on by someone we can connect with on a personal level.” -Kelsey Gummow, senior, Communications

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“The university leader needs to be someone who has a presence on campus.” -Jessica Small, junior, Communications and Advertising

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“The next University President should be someone who is not afraid to rock the boat for change!” -Naudia Queen, senior, Communications

Maffei Stars as Dons Earn Series Win over Portland

Over the weekend of March 22-24, the USF baseball team went head to head with the Portland Pilots in a three game series. The games on Friday and Sunday were held at USF’s Benedetti Diamond while Saturday’s game was held at AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, as part of the Eighth Annual Dante Benedetti Classic. The Benedetti Classic is a day of baseball dedicated to the legacy of former USF coach Dante Benedetti in partnership with the Dante Benedetti Foundation, an organization that aims to “help kids through the game of baseball.” The Dons (11-12, 3-3 WCC) took two out of three games of the series and moved within a game of .500 for the season.

Game 1 of the series saw USF’s starting pitcher redshirt junior Abe Bobb in his fifth and best start of the season. The right-hander contained the Pilots’ offense, only allowing five hits, just one walk and striking out six through 7.2 innings. Bobb was stellar in his outing and held on to a shutout into the eighth inning, which eventually earned him his first win. While Portland’s sophomore starting pitcher Travis Radke pitched well too, the Don’s timely hitting gave them just enough to claim the victory in this low scoring game. Freshman catcher Kyle Anderson started the first rally when he smacked a double to left-center in the bottom of the fifth, his first hit of the season. He eventually came around to score on senior second baseman Jason Mahood’s groundout to give USF a 1-0 lead. Mahood also drove in another run with a two-out single to right field in the seventh that plated senior center fielder Justin Maffei. The California native went 4-for-4 and combined with Mahood to produce six hits at the top of the lineup. Senior closer Adam Cimber then came into the game and successfully completed his fourth save of the season. The Dons took the first game of the series 2-1.

The second game was held at AT&T Park as part of the Dante Benedetti Classic, The Dons lost 5-1, snapping their three game winning streak. Before the game, USF head coach Nino Giarratano was recognized for his 400th win since becoming a part of the baseball program on the Hilltop.

The Pilots broke open the scoring in the third inning with four runs off USF junior starting pitcher Alex Balog. The Dons were unable to retaliate and were held scoreless through seven, scattering five hits. USF’s only run came in the eighth inning with two outs, when Maffei singled to third base and scored on Mahood’s double to left field. Maffei continued his hot hitting and went 2-for-4 that day. Portland outhit the Dons 10 to 6 to ultimately take the win.

After splitting the first two games of the series, USF proceeded to win the series on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Pilots in 10 innings at home. Sophomore starting pitcher Christian Cecilio was exceptional for the Dons again as he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning for the second time in his three starts. Cecilio pitched 5.1 innings before senior reliever Haden Hinkle took over to complete the game. Hinkle earned the win, improving to 5-0 for the season. The top of the Dons’ lineup provided the offensive spark for the team again, with the leadoff batter Maffei going 3-for-5 and Mahood going 2-for-3. USF jumped ahead in the third inning with a RBI from Mahood and the Pilots responded with one run in the fifth. Though the Dons managed to log 11 hits on the day, 11 runners were left on base, which resulted in the game being tied at one run apiece after nine innings. During the bottom of the 10th, with two outs and runners on second and third, junior shortstop Josh Miller hit a slow chopper towards the Pilots’ third baseman. With the third baseman charging, he attempted to bare-hand it but failed to do so. The runner on third, sophomore third baseman Bob Cruikshank, crossed home plate easily to give the Dons the 2-1 victory.

USF will face Saint Mary’s of Moraga, Calif. in a three game series this Thursday through Saturday.

Letter: Pro-Life Alumna asks Pro-Choice Student Columnist what She is “Trying to Protect”

I am writing in response to Amanda Rhoades’ article, “40 Years Since Roe v. Wade Some Still Determined to Halt Progress.”  I am grateful for my USF degree in Psychology, and graduate degree, which have enabled me to become the woman and mother I am today.

It is not my business to judge Amanda nor her uterus.  Each of us has a right to our own opinion.  I do, however, take issue with her “facts” regarding the Walk For Life and the reality of abortion.

I wish to express my compassion for Amanda, and my hope that she might come to understand that the word “compassion” contains the Hebrew root, “rechem,” meaning “womb.”  To have compassion means to “love from the womb.”  Amanda refers to her uterus quite often.  While catchy, this circumvents the heart of the matter.  Do unborn girls have uteri?  If they could speak, would they want them to be preserved for their future?

My uterus and I joyfully attended the Walk For Life with my husband and three sons.  We were overwhelmed by thousands of diverse and open-minded people passionate about the dignity of the human person.

Amanda asserts “… abortion does not have a negative impact on mental health…” Yikes!  I wish she could have stayed and heard the courageous speakers from “Silent No More,” an organization of women and men who suffer greatly from their abortion(s).  I suggest Amanda study to be better informed.

I first studied post-abortion syndrome at USF, while writing a term paper in my Lifespan Psychology class.  My research was heart-wrenching.  I know that when speaking to someone who has experienced abortion, compassion and understanding are paramount.  Although some women and men are able to overcome their choice to end the life of their offspring, many suffer for deciding to flatline their baby’s heartbeat.  This is why WFL signs read: “Women Regret Abortion…I regret my abortion…I regret my lost fatherhood… etc.”

Amanda calls unborn human life “a microscopic group of cells.”  Amanda, please do your biology homework.  Our entire human DNA is present at conception, far from a random “group of cells.”  A unique, distinct, and unrepeatable human life trumps a uterus.  YouTube a 12 week, 4D ultrasound and if you have the stomach, learn how abortions are performed. I doubt you would consider penning “just a group of cells” in the future.

In all debates, one must discern what each side is trying to protect.  50,000 walked to protect a culture of life.  Amanda, what are you trying to protect?  The legal option to kill a preborn child is neither a humane nor progressive choice for a mother, a father, an innocent child, nor the cosmos in which the drama of life unfolds.  Empowering options exist for pregnant women, including adoption and numerous resource centers, whose raison d’etre is to truly love and support Mom and Baby.

Forty years of legal killing equals 55 million surgically aborted Americans.  Is that really progress for our country, or will it be our demise?

The human rights issue of abortion is far from a “squabble,” and I promise it will not go away.  If we do not protect and preserve the first right to life…liberty and happiness are moot.  Patriotic Americans are grateful that Abraham Lincoln persevered when slavery was legal.

Thank you for respecting my thoughts.  Please share them with Amanda, who will remain in mind, heart and prayer.  It is my hope that she will soon defer more to her heart and prefrontal cortex than to her uterus.

compassionate regards,

Colleen (McGuigan) France

USF Class of 1996