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Online Editor David Boyle says Farewell to USF Community

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In three weeks time I’ll be getting one of those pieces of paper that says I’ve completed my degree in Politics and African Studies at the University of San Francisco. You may be wondering how someone with that academic background became the online editor of the school paper and let me assure you, I’m still wondering the same thing.

It’s the Professors not the Building

A school that could allow that type of job placement is reflective of USF’s size and excellent staff that gave me the ability to follow my passions and interests no matter how far off they were from the normal curriculum path. Graduating in 2013, our class has experienced USF at an interesting time of growth- construction for a new science center, a new marketing campaign, and even a new logo and tagline. While all of these changes are positive ones, they are still just the bells and whistles to decorate the larger tenets that have continued to make this university a breeding place for great minds committed to social justice since 1855.

What truly makes USF isn’t the buildings but the teachers who occupy them. All of the professors that I interacted with throughout my four years were excellent mentors who profoundly changed the way that I think about the world and have helped to shape who I am today.

Joining the Foghorn team in my last year, I thank the Foghorn editors and staff for accepting me into their community. I also thank our advisor Professor Moore whose tireless dedication to truthful and relevant news has always made me feel like I’m apart of something larger than myself. I have full confidence in next years online editor, Matt Miller, who will be carrying the online paper on into the future.

The Future of The Foghorn

A question that come ups up regularly is whether the online could replace the print paper. If you asked me years ago, I would say ditch the paper; the Foghorn should be an online news subscription all the way. However, after sobering from the buzz of the social media cool-aid, I realize that online and print content are two different mediums that serve different purposes.

Print media is the final word. It has gone through series of editing and copywriting and serves as a physical manifestation of the happenings and conversations that have been going on in the USF community. Additionally, the ingestion of print media  fires the neurons in the left and frontal part of the brain more associated with internalizing and memorizing that information. On a lighter note, it’s pretty cool having your name up on the printed newspaper.

Digital media on the other hand is collaborative by nature and more up-to-date. It allows for ideas to spread (don’t make me say “viral”) and allows people to share news stories with their own opinions attached to them, thus fostering a stronger and more opinionated student community.

Print and digital media can’t be pitted against each other, but should be used as complements to better interact with the news and allow the Foghorn to serve as the student’s voice on campus.

Stewards not Editors

We call ourselves “editors” but really we are stewards of the paper. We’ve filled the positions of those before us, and now we pass it off to other students to do the same. The medium by which that content is distributed is important, but either way to core ethos remains: The Foghorn is a vehicle for serving as the student’s organized voice on campus.

Farewell USF Community, it was a pleasure to serve.


“90210” Actress Helps to Introduce H&M’s New Environmentally Conscious Fashion Line

On Wednesday April 3rd, H&M San Francisco launched their new conscious collection with a glamourous party hosted by “90210”’s Jessica Stroup. The conscious collection is a new party wear collection made from more sustainable materials, better benefiting the environment.

Stroup was wearing a lace high-low dress from the collection with cute cowboy inspired boots. Her character on the show, Silver, has inspired many girls to not be shy when it comes to fashion and expressing themselves. “My character silver would totally wear

this. She would totally match this with some crazy earrings or a belt.” SONY DSC

Since her character Silver is a hipster at heart, Stroup loves the fact that the fashion line supports the environment. “I think the collection is so smart. I think they’re the first fashion house to be able to do this. To be able to teach kids to sustain earth and save the environment. The clothes is beautiful, affordable, and conscious of our environment” she says.

If there are any differences with the new collection and other products at H&M, its that the line is very high-end and is a bit more costly. Stroup explains, “The style is more ‘LA’. It’s dressy and comfortable.” The inspiration for the new line was derived by old-hollywood glamour, channeling back to the Marilyn Monroe era where lace and grace played hand in hand. Stroup, though an admirer of classic Hollywood style, prefers the modern trend of mixing classic and modern pieces. “I like dressing in today’s Hollywood, since we have the resources to dress up like old hollywood if we want” she notes. “Plus we know what works and doesn’t work. I love vintage pieces so I feel like I can dress up with a old hollywood twist if I wanted.”

The conscious collection isn’t limited to women though, and there are great pieces for men. With such offerings as bow ties and slick vests, Stroup says “ A guy that today’s woman would want to be standing next to would be wearing this line.”

Stroup also offered some fashion tips for college students: “Don’t wear name brands on the front of your chest. I love a girl who can find and affordable piece and make it look great. I think it’s important to keep your body to yourself and not expose it too much.”

And on the last note she adds, “a spring fashion must would be lace: it’s subtle but sexy.”

Kappa Alpha Theta to host “Theta Touchdown” this Friday


Do you love football? Do you wish USF had a football team? Well then, you should join the women of Kappa Alpha Theta for their second annual philanthropic flag football tournament, Theta Touchdown! at Welsh Field on Friday, April 5th at 2:30-6pm.

The women will be hosting a flag football tournament to raise money for two charities: CASA, which helps foster children find security needed to reach full potential, and Theta Foundation, which provides financial hardship grants for Kappa Alpha Theta members.

There will be free drinks provided by Red Bull and Hi-ball energy, as well as free energy bars courtesy of KIND bars. If that does not motivate you enough, there will also be a food truck serving mouth-watering burgers and more! Winners of the tournament will get a trophy and their own personalized medals, and there might be a surprise performance…you will just have to come and see!

So if you are interested, check out the Kappa Alpha Theta Facebook event page or contact Kappa Alpha Theta’s Service and Philanthropy Director Elsa Medeiros at Gather seven of your friends or more and come out to support a great cause! $7 per person, $49 per team.


Ki Alpha Thetta presents:


Friday, April 5th 2:30-6p.m.

Welsh Field

Cost: $7 per individual, $49 per team

Neighborhood Profile: The Marina


The beauty of San Francisco is the diversity that lives within every district. We often categorize ourselves with a district’s persona, but it is always fun to get out of your usual district and try something new. This week we recommend the Marina district, where there is everything to do from boutique shopping to amazing night life.

During the day you want to be shopping on Chestnut and Fillmore streets. This is where you’ll find your chain stores like Brandy Mellville and Urban Outfitters, as well as cute boutique stores like Fawn and De Novo. For lunch stop by A 16 to fix your Italian craving. If you’re looking for something more meaty, there’s the always fabulous Super Duper Burger right next door. For dessert try Susie Cakes Bakery. The red velvet cake is delectable and their cupcakes are worth every calorie.

The Marina has grand night life. You can start your evening at De La Rosa, a modern italian restaurant. The pappardelle napoletana is highly recommended.  If you’re looking for something fun be sure to check out Tacolicious. Warning: their tacos are delicious and huge. Be sure to try their traditional carnitas taco.

If you want something more casual check out Perry’s on Union street. Perry’s is an American restaurant with hidden treasures. Start off your evening with the tuna tartatre tacos and end the night with the Old-Time Apple Brown Betty with vanilla ice cream! If it’s a rare warm night be sure to sit outside for some great people watching to go with your drinks!

As college students we have the natural urge to want to party. The Marina has some of the best lounges in San Francisco. We recommend starting your night off at KT’s on Fillmore street. KT’s has a pretty, young, and chic-casual crowd. The Saturday night DJ Marc never fails to play great songs. If you want to dance be sure to stop by.

From there make your way over to Matrix. Matrix is more of an older crowd with a slick ambiance. After you’ve had a taste of Matrix head on over to Circa. This is again a great place to dance and have a fun time. Circa has lots of seating areas which is convenient for you girls in high heels. Circa’s DJ Eddy spins some sexy songs and guarantees you’ll have a fun night out.

The Marina has a fun scene, with everything from preppy boys in their Ralph Laurens to pretty girls in their high-heels. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can’t go wrong in the Marina. Don’t go to your usual spot this weekend, and be sure to try something new in the Marina.

Habemus Papam — And He’s One of Us! Pope Francis Elected as First Jesuit Leader of the Roman Catholic Church

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church last Wednesday, taking the name Pope Francis. The Argentine national is the world’s first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas. His election was signified with white smoke coming out of the Vatican chimney, and the announcement of “Habemus Papam,” meaning “we have a pope.”

As a member of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius in 1540, Pope Francis took the Jesuit oath, which is a vow of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Father Donal Godfrey, S.J., associate director for faculty and staff spirituality, said a pope with Jesuit ideals will make a difference in the world. “I was very surprised by the election of the first Jesuit pope,” said Father Godfrey. “This is an exciting moment in the history of the church.”

Though he has only been in office for five days, Pope Francis has already exemplified the Jesuit ideal of social justice plays a big role in his leadership, mainly through his emphasis on helping the poor. “The pope is very focused on preferential options for the poor. You can see it in his policies, his statements, and his stories of the work he’s done even as Cardinal of Buenos Aires,” explained Don Crean, associate director of university ministry. According to National Christian Reporter, “preferential options” refers to the trend in Judeo-Christian religion to focus on the well-being and care-taking of the poor.

The pope chose his name after St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up his wealth and lavish lifestyle for one of poverty, religion, and peace. “Right away, with regard to the poor, I thought of St. Francis of Assisi,” Pope Francis told reporters the night of his election. The pope chose Francis, who happens to be the patron saint of San Francisco, because of his devotion to peace and because he was, in his words, a “poor man, a simple man, as we would like a poor church, for the poor.”
Crean said the pope’s calling to the church in serving the less fortunate is just a short step away from USF’s calling to its students in serving the Jesuit mission.

“Jesuits are usually grouped with education, but look at their mission — it’s about education with a purpose,” said Crean. “The Jesuit University teaches students to excel in their personal and professional lives for the purpose of creating a more positive world. Part of that is helping the poor and working for the marginalized.”

As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is also somewhat of a surprise. According to Crean, Jesuits are not historically linked to high positions, as St. Ignatius discouraged members of the order from holding positions of high office in order to keep the Jesuit community on the front line of the church — that is, in schools and in parishes.

Despite holding the ultimate religious position, the front pages of newspapers and magazines worldwide such as The Washington Post and Time Magazine are calling Pope Francis the “pope of the poor.” Perhaps because, on the night of his election, he refused the papal limousine and insisted on taking the bus with his fellow cardinals. He also paid for his own hotel bill, despite having it offered to him for free. Pope Francis also left the Vatican balcony to enter the crowd on the night of his inaugural mass on Sunday.

Father Godfrey said this is what makes Pope Francis so special. “I have been delighted to see the simplicity and warmth of Pope Francis,” he said. “[He] is so real, a real pastor, and I believe that we need such a person in this moment.”
Pope Francis can also add another first to his list. He’s the first religious leader to rule under the Jesuit motto of Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, which means “for the greater glory of God” in Latin.
“Pope Francis has an Ignatian spirituality which finds God in all things, and I think such a positive outlook — the understanding that God is already present in the world, including the world outside the Church — will change so very much,” said Father Godfrey.