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Foghorn News Editor Bids Farewell

When I was seven years old, I wanted to be a prima ballerina and a writer like Harriet the Spy. Ballet classes were too expensive, but my dad managed to get me a purple diary with a fuchsia-colored tiger on the front. I was tied to that diary. I would literally carry it everywhere, from the school playground to the empty space under the house stairs. Writing became my passage—an escape—to my unfathomable realm of fantasy and imagination.

Over time I learned that writing was more than just a pastime. It had purpose. I could narrate, describe, persuade, teach, inspire—and most importantly inform. By twelve I knew I wanted to be a journalist. Fast-ward a decade, I never got to be a ballerina, but I can proudly say that I’ve had the honor of serving the San Francisco Foghorn as staff writer and news editor for the past two years.

After experiencing first-hand the business of college newsprint, it feels like I’ve seen everything that could possible go wrong on a tight deadline and lack of sleep. From incorrect bylines and misspelled names, to complaints of misconstrued quotes, or simply hearing angry criticism from people who were displeased because the story didn’t turn out the way they thought it would. Every week it seemed like when something new couldn’t go wrong—it did. But we’ve taken steps to apologize, fix it, and move on. After all, this is a learning experience for us at the Foghorn. I’d rather learn from my mistakes here than take my chances in the real world.

To our wonderful Foghorn supporters, you make all the madness worthwhile. Nothing has pleased me more than to walk by seeing you read the paper over coffee or hand it to a friend. Or, when you walk into the office asking for the latest issue even though stacks are posted all around campus. Your interest in the paper has made this job so gratifying and fulfilling. And if you’re reading this by the way, encourage others to do the same. This is where your activity fee goes (and Senate, I don’t agree with your raised stipends—there I said it).

Our motto is freedom and fairness, and we do our best to do just that. We work hard, maybe annoy some people along the way, but in the end we deliver a college paper with qualitative and interesting content. To my Foghorn staff, I’ve had great times bending over backwards with you to make the paper happen every week. I’ll miss you! (tear).

Although I’m leaving the Foghorn to end my undergraduate career at USF, I’ll be moving on into the School of Education’s graduate program to fulfill (my other) passion for teaching. In the future, I intend to reserve my summer vacations to pursue freelance journalism. So Harriet the Spy—you have nothing on me. Journalism or teaching, I’m all for any profession that educates others to make a difference in the world.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief copy-editor: Natalie Cappetta

News Editor: Ericka Montes

Spring Senate Elections Kick-Off

Spring ASUSF Senate Elections came back in full swing this week as students voted for Senate candidates. Students voted online from April 11 to April 14. The Electoral Governing Board (EBG) also provided voting booths outside Market café and Lone Mountain to increase voter turnout. EGB is the student-run organization that overlooks Senate elections.

Twenty students ran for positions in Senate. Only one position, Vice President of Public Relations, had two contenders—freshman Shashi Aryal and junior Nargis Shaghasi.

The remaining positions’ candidates ran unopposed, including the rest of the ASUSF Executive Board positions.

At the ASUSF Senate Meet the Candidates event in Parina Lounge last week, presidential candidate Lexington Wochner referenced the importance of Senate’s service to students during his speech.

Wochner described when the university administration wanted to move graduation ceremonies from Saint Ignatius Church to Memorial Gym last semester to acquire a larger seating capacity. In response, Senate sent out a student survey in which the majority of 700 students voiced they wanted to keep graduation ceremonies in the church. The administration ceased to change the location.

“This point illustrates just how important Senate can be in the lives of the individual student. You as the students empower us as the Senate to be your representatives to the administration. And that’s my goal moving forward next year,” he said.

This year Senate placed a referendum on the ballot for students to vote on a $20 student activity fee increase. The fee would jump from $82 a semester to $102 if passed.

In a letter to ASUSF funded account officers (see letter on page 3), ASUSF President Halimah Najieb-Locke wrote that Senate recognized a deficit in the available budget for funded account organizations that provide student services. Usually budget proposals submitted to the ASUSF Senate Finance Committee surpass the available funds by $100,000; for the incoming year, the proposed budgets exceeded resources by $200,000.

The activity fee funds total about $500,000. About $50,000 is reserved for student events hosted by clubs and organizations and about $20,000 for club funding. The remaining funds are   distributed among funded accounts like the Graphics Center, Foghorn, USFtv, ASUSF Senate, Greek Council, Electoral Governing Board, Go Team, College Players, and Campus Activities Board.

“This has forced the Finance Committee to cut back on much needed supplies, equipment, performances, events, and initiatives of funded account organizations. As a University that struggles with school spirit and engagement, this has been detrimental to our cause…the Finance Committee will have to make some extraordinary cuts this year in order to keep Funded Accounts afloat in the next academic year,” wrote Najieb-Locke.

As an incentive to vote, EGB entered participating students in a raffle for Giants baseball tickets, Lil’ Wayne concert tickets, and Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj concert tickets among other prizes.

Sophomore Brittany Dorn voted early in the week because “there are no negatives to voting,” she said.

As a baseball fan, the incentives motivated her to vote because “the voting wasn’t very competitive. There was only one spot that I could actually choose who got into. It was more like accepting people and so I knew they were going to win anyways.”

Dorn rejected the student activity fee referendum. “I’m just trying to save as much money as I can, it’s already very expensive to go here and to pay for housing in San Francisco.” She did agree that the increase was for a good cause. “Our school does provide so many events and they all have nice catering and good amenities, so it makes sense that they need more money.”

ASUSF election results will be announced Thursday, April 14 at 5p.m. in UC 402/403, the day that election polls close.

Foghorn went into print before winning candidates were announced.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

News Editor: Ericka Montes

Cracking the Man-Code: Author gives advice on dating and relationships

For those in a committed relationship, seeking a significant other, or blatantly “single and fed up,” best-selling author Mat Boggs explained his secrets of relationship-building in a seminar last Thursday called “Cracking the Man Code.” His seminar was followed by a man panel session that answered live audience questions.

Although the event was centered on understanding men, Boggs said the discussion-based seminar was to help people understand the opposite sex and develop longer-lasting connections.

Boggs said that everything in life comes back to relationships, from school to career choices to the money people make. Life is about “learning how to connect with people,” he said.

The main problem is that women expect men to interpret their “signals” like their female friends do, and vice versa.

Boggs said this problem of missing signals arises because of unfamiliarity with the biological differences between men and women. “As guys, often the big challenge is when men expect women to think and operate the way we do, and ladies you expect men to think and operate the way you do. Men and women are so different we couldn’t be further apart,” he said.

To demonstrate how women and men are different, Boggs discussed how women have superior senses compared to men, like having 30 percent more cones in the eye’s retina. Retina detects color, and that is why women make specific color classifications like mauve or ivory snow.

Boggs also said women have super hearing, 180 degrees of peripheral vision, and superior smell and taste. These senses can decode a man’s immune system within three seconds of a kiss. If his immune system is not compatible with that of the woman, the kiss will fall flat.

According to Boggs, the key to understanding the differences between men and women came down to three rules: the law of polarity, the law of chemistry, and the law of elasticity.

The law of polarity is the idea that opposites attract; masculine attracts feminine and vice versa.

Boggs said masculine qualities include goal-oriented, competitive, and efficient, whereas feminine qualities include emotional and intuitive. Both men and women can exhibit masculine and feminine features; the secret is knowing when to turn it on and off when pursuing a significant other.

Boggs said strong, independent women make this mistake by channeling their masculine side more than their feminine side, and they complain that they attract “feminine” men.

Boggs suggested that women partake in “joyful receptivity,” or simply appreciating the favors a man does for a woman.  Women should avoid “mistakes early on in dating that can deflate a man’s masculinity. Number one [mistake] is you pursue him, because whoever is the pursuer is masculine,” he said.

“Number two, you thinking chase means hard to please. We [men] want to please you. In fact, a man won’t ask a woman on a second date if he doesn’t think it could ever happen.”

Third mistake, “you try to give back. Now it doesn’t mean we don’t like this, it just doesn’t charge us up early in the relationship.”  Men can interpret receiving gifts as competition, Boggs said.

The law of chemistry is about the difference between men and women’s brains. A man’s brain is compartmenta. “Have you ever tried to get a man’s attention while he’s watching sports center?” He said men are usually unresponsive when watching television.

Boggs said that is why men “look like fools when they see women… if guy is a bubbling idiot, take it as a compliment.” Men can only handle one task at a time.

Women, on the other hand, have a corpus callosum that is 20 percent larger than mens’. The greater size gives women multitasking abilities and helps them connect everything in their life, and it’s all charged by emotion.

The downside is that female brains never shut off, whereas male brains have an “empty suite” that has no brain activity.

The third secret, the law of elasticity pertains to the different hormones in male and females. Men are charged up by the hormone dopamine, which makes him feel like a man. Dopamine is triggered by success, exercise, action movies, driving, or anything slightly dangerous.

Women are charged by the hormone oxytocin, which is triggered by talking, cuddling, or any form of communication and collaboration with people.

The law of elasticity is the idea that women’s oxytocin suppresses men’s dopamine, like when women talk too much and drive men away. If a man’s dopamine is running low, women should allow him to depart so that he could engage in an activity that raises his dopamine level (like playing video games).

Likewise for women, hunger depresses oxytocin; if a woman is grouchy, it just means they need food.

Between twenty to thirty students attended the event, which was well-received by laughter and responsiveness.

“I thought it was hilarious. I really enjoyed this. The tips are helpful so I can definitely use them for relationships,” Sophomore Yesenia Sanchez said.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

News Editor: Ericka Montes

Augustana Set to Headline Jammin’ for Justice Concert

The upcoming Jammin’ for Justice concert is sure to be a sleepless event—for concert goers and American Cancer Society supporters alike. In collaboration with USF’s Second Annual Relay for Life, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) is hosting a concert on April 1 while Relay for Life participants make their 24-hour walk on the second level of the Memorial Gym.

Relay for Life is a day-long walk that benefits the American Cancer Society and celebrates individuals who have battled cancer. According to Relay for Life, “cancer never sleeps,” so students who participate in the walk will endure a full 24 hours on the balcony level of the gym. “In the middle of that we’re going to have a concert,” CAB Concert Director Patrick Sudlow said.

Unlike CAB’s Fall Fest concert, the purpose of Jammin’ for Justice is to donate ticket sale proceeds to a non-profit organization of choice. This year CAB has chosen the American Cancer Society.

Jammin’ for Justice will headline Augustana, and will showcase opening acts Alma Desnuda, Kore Ionz and We Shot the Moon.

CAB chose the artists based on the highest requested music genres from student surveys. CAB distributes surveys after the previous years’ concerts to get an idea of what students would like to see in upcoming concerts.

The Fall Fest concert caters to Hip Hop music, which is the greatest genre demand for students. Jammin’ for Justice covers the second most preferred genre, rock alternative. By showcasing both music genres,“We’re trying to appeal to the entire USF community,” Sudlow said.

Students Taking Action Against Sexual Violence organized the first Jammin’ for Justice in October 2009. The concert, titled “Rock Against Rape,” brought awareness to sexual violence on campus while benefiting the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco.

“That event was such a success, it was moved under CAB. So this is the first year that CAB is doing the event but the second year that the university is hosting the event,” Sudlow said.

During the concert, a Relay for Life representative will speak on behalf of the American Cancer Society. A cancer survivor will join them on stage and commence a moment of silence.

Paper bags will also be available for purchase so concert goers can decorate then in honor of a loved one who has battled cancer.

Sudlow’s assistant and CAB’s Film Director Elizabeth Nye said, “I purchased one for my grandma because she passed away of cancer.”

The paper bags will be lined on the upper level of the gym where the Relay for Life lap is occuring. Candles will also be lit during the silent walk in memory of people that have passed away.

CAB announced its headlining artists at the Last Comic Standing event last week to make the concert more well-known among students. “Definitely with the Fall Fest concert, I think everyone knows that happens every year. So we’re hoping that soon the university community is going to know that CAB puts on these two concerts every semester,” Sudlow said.

Since Jammin’ for Justice is only on its second run at USF, Sudlow believes students are not as familiar with it yet. “Because it’s a new event, we have the ability to create how we want it to come about.”

Sudlow said CAB had a small budget to fund Jammin’ for Justice. “Artists as you know are … expensive,” he said. In acquiring a big-name artist, “That big artist took my budget and that was the cheapest I could get them.”

However, CAB received an additional $8000, leftover from Fall Fest.

The New Boyz who performed at Fall Fest last semester failed to meet contract requirements, so CAB kept part of their financial negotiation.

With the additional funds, CAB was able to add opening acts for the concert.

The first anual Jammin’ For Justice had an even smaller budget than what CAB was given.”We’re blessed that we get a budget for it but they [last year’s concert organizers] did a great job of utilizing the resources they had and drew a lot of people.”

In light of the two separate events that are simultaneously occuring, students can sign up for Relay for Life while enjoying the concert, Sudlow said.

If students are interested, they can form a team prior to the event. Each member in the team donates $10.

The top team that raises the most money will earn a meet-n-greet with the concert artists.

Sudlow said Relay for Life participants don’t have to purchase a concert ticket to take part in both events “beause they already made their donation and paid,” Sudlow said.

Walk-ins the day of the event will also be welcomed, as long as voluntary participants make their $10 donation.

Ticket sales for the concert will be $5 for USf undergraduate students, $10 for USF alumni and faculty, and $15 for the general public.

For more info about the event please go to usfca.edu/cab and click on the Jammin’ for Justice link.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

News Editor: Ericka Montes

Senate Briefings: Highlights From ASUSF Senate Meetings

Senate Seeks Posting Center for UC Fourth Floor

ASUSF Senate discussed the possibility of obtaining two posting boards for the UC fourth floor lounge, one on the wall adjacent to the restrooms and another on the wall next to the copy room. President Halimah Naijeb-Locke said she would like to see a poster board center similar to the one in the Kalmanovitz Hall staircase, where flyers are posted of upcoming events. The boards are estimated at $300 each. Although the university will not provide funding for the boards, Naijeb-Locke said she would like them to. The Graphic Center would oversee the project, since it is the organization that governs all posting.

Naijeb-Locke said there is still $14,000 worth of tasks to left unfinished. “But a lot of that has to do with issues internal to offices. It’s important but it’s not worthy of student funds,” she said.

University to Improve Advising Methods

Senate Wall by Emily Bogden

Two students post a flyer on a UC fourth floor wall. ASUSF Senate plans to place two poster boards on the floor so students can post notifications. (Photo Illustration by Emily Bogden/Foghorn)

Various departments and university representatives have brainstormed ways in which the One Stop Advising Office could be improved. One proposed idea is to establish a center where students can drop off add/drop forms, stop by for questions, and speak to their advisor. President Halimah Naijeb-Locke said a huge development would be training faculty who are unfamiliar with requirements for their department majors, since it has been a problem in the past. Senators addressed other advising-related issues, such as Providing an informational session for online registration to transfer students.

Sustainability  Committee  Launches

The Sustainability Committee, headed by VP of Mission of Kelly Cook, will begin meetings to discuss environmentalism on campus. “Students at large are very enthusiastic about its appearance, which is very exciting,” Cook said. She will also be collaborating with committees for Relay for Life and Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Student Leadership and Engagement Awards

The 16th annual SLE awards will occur this spring. SLE Director Greg Wolcott said, “It’s great way to recognize students. Many are for graduating seniors.” Awards in service and leadership will be available, as well as awards for every class. Scholarship opportunities will be offered for the first time. A freshman will be awarded a fully paid trip to Leadershape, and a junior and senior will be given a scholarship. Students are permitted to nominate themselves.

Wolcott also announced that applications for leadership roles in GO team and Magis 2 will also be out in a couple of weeks.

Off-Campus Website Underway

Off Campus Representative Estephanie Sunga announced that the reconstruction of the off-campus website is in progress. The project assistant, Sonia Camano, has drafted the revised site, but is not yet available to students.

Seniors to Petition for Graduation

School of Arts and Sciences Representative Alden Cruz voiced a reminder for seniors to fill out their application to petition for graduation by completing the online undergraduate exit survey and form.

Bookstore Relocates to UC First Floor: Location features more spacious setting, Crossroads and Outtahere renovated

Bookstore by Emily Bogden

Clare Pidot and Alyssa Aiuto check out the Apple iPads (Emily Bogden/Foghorn)

Those who have purchased textbooks from the USF bookstore may have noticed a distinct change this semester. The USF bookstore has moved to the University Center’s basement floor, adjacent to Crossroads Café, which underwent its own renovations over winter break.
The move was completed over two days in December, the week after classes let out. “I wished I would have taken a photo because it was a sight,” said store manager Carrie Kiryakakis. During the move, the lobby next to the bookstore was crowded with boxes and teams of people, she said. “After that, we just started the process of getting everything reset.”

The bookstore opened on Jan. 4, on the first day of intersession. “It was a very soft opening,” Kiryakakis said.
The new location features a more spacious setting than its previous location in the basement of Phelan Hall. Glass walls outline the entire exterior with various displays of merchandise.

Third year student Jessica Bush checked out the store during the first week of school. “I think it’s really great. I know the other bookstore was kind of shady-looking so this is a lot nicer,” she said. Although she hasn’t purchased anything yet, she thought the layout “looks very efficient.”
Graduate student Herman Ramirez feels indifferent to the entire change. “I thought the other one was okay. The only thing I think looks nice are the glass windows but other than that I see no difference,” he said.

Outtahere has also been conjoined with what was once Crossroads Café’s pizza and salad bar. The bar is still intact, but it is surrounded by Outtahere’s market stands. Additional seating and tables have also been added to the entire floor.

Bookstore by Emily Bogden

Amy Koch, Clare Pidot, and Alexa Pratt study in the remodeled Crossroads Cafe (Emily Bogden/Foghorn)

Now that the bookstore is located in the University Center next to Crossroads, Kiryakakis said, “It gives us a lot more opportunity to be available, to be more on-site. Not that we were far away by any means [in Phelan Hall], it’s just a bit more convenient if you’re grabbing your coffee and then you can get your blue book.”
Other benefits include avoiding the long lines that the old space inevitably produced. In the past, the bookstore staff had to clear out the clothing department during the beginning of the semester, to make room for the incoming lines of students. Kiryakakis said she would receive complaints from customers because of the crowded lines and the lack of clothing inventory. “It’s not that we wouldn’t have [the clothing], it’s just that we had to be more seasonal about when we would have things, Now we’re able to accommodate it on a more year-round basis.”

With a more spacious layout, the bookstore is able to display its entire inventory. “There’s a lot of things that we’ve always offered in the past and students didn’t even know we offered them, because during the busy seasons when everyone was here, we were actually pulling that stuff off the floor. Now we don’t have that.” Now, students can find merchandise that was once unnoticeable, like rain boots and jeggings.

Although Kiryakakis said they have not added any inventory, the bookstore no longer sells snacks and drinks because food service is already provided next door.
To avoid cramped lines this time around, the bookstore is utilizing the space on the side of the store to complete textbook transactions. Purchases will be moved inside the store once the busy season is over.

Those who purchased textbooks online now pick up their orders in a room near the floor’s elevator and stairs. The room is located outside of the bookstore. The old pick up room had a more cramped space, and lines ran into the information desk.

“Now we…let them have their own window and kinda keep things separated out there, its definitely functionality wise, it has made such a big difference,” Kiryakakis said.
Kiryakakis is also satisfied that the bookstore can highlight books published by USF professors. The space along the glass walls now feature these books. “In the past we had it, but it was kinda in the shelf in the back.”

As for entire change, Kiryakakis said, “I absolutely love it. It definitely has been lot of hard work getting it all done but its been absolutely amazing…Our goal is for it [operations] to run smoothly and in the old space it definitely was not conducive.”

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

News Editor: Ericka Montes