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Arts + Architecture Students Team Up to Build New Arts Facilities Themselves

 After years of empty promises, USF students start digging on their own.

Art + Architecture students were caught dirty handed on Friday morning as they were carrying bricks and shovels and digging through the ground inside  XARTS with the hopes of creating a sunroof for their underground co-op.

USF students and faculty were aware of suspicious activity after cafeteria food and toilet paper rolls from bathrooms around campus started to disappear.

“USF has been promising a new arts building for years. It’s time we took matter into our own hands. Literally. We’re artists. Our hands are our tools.” said Henri Cubism, 5th year Fine Arts student.

Last year, USF promised to construct a brand new arts space but funding has gone towards the new sports and business facilities instead.

Architecture and community design students also drew the blueprint for the new building.

Entrance to the construction site requires a secret identification code that you have to draw before entering, restricting it only to XARTS students and faculty.

“To get in, you have to know how to draw a perfect circle without using a compass,” Cubism said. “Good luck, English lit students,”

Building plans include bigger classrooms, a lounge, a fireplace, wooden desks, a bathroom with showers, a jacuzzi, a built-in kitchen, futons, and a fully stocked fridge for those all-nighters.

Construction is scheduled to begin at 10p.m. on April 1. Students of the Art + Architecture major are inviting everyone to join.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bricks!)

DISCLAIMER: This piece was printed as part of The Foghorn’s April Fool’s Day issue on April 1st, 2014. This article is intended to be satirical.


Fine Arts Students Beautify Construction Site Green Walls

For some artists, a canvas that spans 700 feet can only be found in reverie. The green walls surrounding USF’s construction site have provided that space.

Over the summer, three students completed the “Urban Tranquility” mural. With help from Fine Arts Professor, Eric Hongisto, Seniors Sofia Gonzales and Katie Kinsey worked an estimated 100 hours to create the illustration. The mural spans on Golden Gate Avenue between the War Memorial Gym and Harney Science Center.

“I wanted to create a calming, yet inviting mural with both an engaging theme and color scheme,” said fine arts major, Sofia Gonzalez.

After being approached by Facilities Management to create art for the walls surrounding the Center for Science and Innovation construction site, Hongisto sought help from his Public Arts class to create the mural. Gonzalez proposed her idea to Facilities Management last spring semester and received approval for the project.

Drawing upon the idea of city and Bay Area wildlife, Gonzalez, Kinsey, and Hongisto created a design that blended in with the surrounding environment of trees, bushes and the beige tinge of the Harney Science Center.

“[The wall] is in nature, so why don’t we expound on that theme? We’re in the state of California, which gives location to new and incoming students,” said Hongisto. The trio did research on color scheming and paid close attention to the hues of buildings, shrubbery, and neighborhood homes that encompass the wall. Donning the mural is scenery of deer, plants and the Golden Gate Bridge in neutral shades of purple, yellow and orange.

While a three-month work period allowed ample time for the project’s completion, the team was greeted with minor inconveniences from San Francisco’s inconsistent summer.

“We spent many cold, foggy summer days hand painting all the curved lines of the landscape silhouette while large trucks passed us every four minutes to enter the construction site,” Gonzalez said. Despite a few disturbances, the group managed to complete the project just in time, painting until the first day of classes.

In addition to the theme “Urban Tranquility,” other Fine Arts students from the Color Theory and Public Art classes completed the period table of undergraduate majors. The table is located on the construction wall facing Gleeson Library.

Within the next two years, Fine Arts students will be creating murals for the walls near War Memorial Gym, Parina Lounge and the main walkway near the Cowell and Kalmanovitz buildings.

One of the design plans includes the creation of a mosaic wall derived from the art of the Alhambra palace and fortress in Granada, Spain.
The wall will also serve as a public posting wall for students. According to Hongisto, all projects will be student-generated. “I would never want to do anything myself. I always want to make sure students are involved. This is a USF process,” he said.

Hongisto is open to student suggestions for mural designs. He extends an invitation to students interested in joining the Public Arts class that will be running for the next two years. Hongisto said, “We’re not trying to change the world with our art. We’re just trying to make this place look better for students for the next two years.”

The Everything-In-Between Calendar

Ocotber 28

UN Plaza: SF Arts Market

24Th Street & Bryant—Bold Italic’s Halloween Mission Treat

Epic Party Warehouse, Oakland—Star F*** Hipsters / Koalacaust

Ocotber 29

City Hall – Halloween Ghost Walk

Paramount Theatres, Oakland –1931 version of Dracula

El Rio – Halloween Burlesque Show

16th & Mission – Zombie March & Prom @ El Rio

Cow Palace – Spookfest:Underworld/DJ Shadow/ MSTRKRFT/Booka Shade/et.al

Great American Music Hall –Deerhunter

October 30

Academy Arts & Sciences –Neighborhood Free Days

Cellspace – 24 Hours Halloween Movie Marathon

Justin Herman Plaza – Mass Halloween Zombie Tag

Arena Oakland – Gorrilaz/NERD/ De La Soul/Bobby Wom- ack/et.al

October 31

Free Luxor Cab ride for y’all
depraved Halloween partiers, say Berg Injuries is picking up the tab – no joke. Free AAA Tow Service for y’all zombie drivers

Sir Francis Drake Hotel – Free Classical Concert

Golden Gate Park Polo Fields – Alley Cat Bike Race & Scavanger Hunt

November 1

Fox Theatre – Godsmack

November 2

24th & Bryant – Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Fillmore – Gary Numan

Mezzanine –Bloody Beetroots

Concert, Show, And Museum Bargains For Students in SF

San Francisco’s vibrant culture offers many off-campus opportunities to enjoy the arts, but what is sometimes unknown is that students can get substantial discounts that make it affordable to attend these programs given their limited time and budget constraints.

The San Francisco Symphony’s season began this past week and offers college students 50% off of their ticket prices (up to two seats per student ID) to college students.  Students can learn more about the student series and how to save 50% by calling Ticket Services at (415) 864-6000.  In addition, a limited number of rush tickets will be sold in person at the Box Office window during regular business hours on the day of select concerts.  Rush tickets are $20 each and limited to two tickets per person.  For rush availability, call their Rush Information Hotline at (415) 503-5577. Availability information will be recorded on this hotline by 6:00 p.m. on the day before the concert or by 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before weekend concerts.

The San Francisco Opera season also just started this last week and offers a similar 50% discount on performances to students and teachers.  All that is required is a USF ID.  In addition, the SF Opera offers student rush tickets for $25, subject to availability, to anyone with a student ID starting 11 a.m. on the day of the performance up until 30 minutes before curtain.  Students are limited to two tickets per ID.  For more information about the SF Opera you can call their box office at (415) 864-3330.  Also, the San Francisco Opera is hosting a free Opera in the Ballpark show of “Il Trovatore” on Sept. 19 at the Giants stadium.

The Lamplighters perform a range of musicals that are a lot of fun.  This year they are offering student rush tickets one hour prior to their performances for $13.  This is a real bargain considering that regular tickets are normally priced at $50.  All  that is needed is a student ID.  The performances are usually held at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.  To reach their box office, call (415) 227-4797.

All of San Francisco’s major museums offer special days, usually around once a month, when admission prices are free or substantially discounted.  These free days are at the beginning of the month and usually the first Wednesday.  What follows is a brief summary of the museum deals organized by day:

Free 1st Tuesday of the Month

SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), located at Third Street between Mission and Howard.  This museum is dedicated towards modern and contemporary art and has photography, painting and sculpture, architecture and design, and media arts.  (Regular hours and prices: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Friday to Tuesday and 11 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. Thursday $ 15 adults, $9 seniors, $ 9 students w/ID).

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, 34th and Clement. This museum has a collection of ancient and European art and has unforgettable views of Golden Gate Bridge.  (Regular hours and prices: Tues – Sun 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $10 adults, $7 seniors 65+.)

Free 1st Wednesday of the Month

M.H. deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park.  Newly reopened museum with city view tower and with American art, native American, African, and Pacific art. (Regular hours and prices: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues to Sun. $10 adults, $7 seniors 65+, $6 students w/ID.)

Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon. Science museum with hands on exhibits and experiments that reveal the beauty of the universe.  (Regular hours and prices: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. $14 adults, $11 students w/ID, $11 seniors 65+.)

Free 3rd Wednesday of Every Month

California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park.  Newly reopened museum that has an acquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and a 4 story rainforest. (Regular hours and prices: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Thursday nights the museum opens up for Nightlife for adults 21 and up.  For admission to Academy of Sciences: $ 24.95 adults, $19.95 students w/ID, $19.95 seniors 65+,  Nightlife is $12.  $3 dollars off general admission for those taking public transportation or bike.)

These special offers for students and free days during the month are good options for students on a budget.  However, be aware that other people know about these deals and so it is a good idea to plan ahead.  Enjoy the art and music of San Francisco while you are a student at USF!

Eric Fischer is a graduate student in the Economics department.  He also plays violin professionally with the San Francisco Sinfonietta.