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Delta Zeta Hosts Dinner, Raises Funds For Lymphoma, Leukemia

Delta Zeta Sorority held their third annual “Ali’s Way” dinner last week, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in honor of Ali Facella, a member who lost her battle to leukemia in November of 2006.

“She had a neat personality,” Delta Zeta Alumna Jacqueline McCawley said. “She was always enthusiastic and she was just one of those people that had a great sense of humor; one of those sisters that everyone loved.”

Five months after being diagnosed in June 2006, Facella lost her battle with leukemia, a blood cancer caused by an abnormal increase of blood cells (usually white blood cells).

Her passing “came as a shock,” McCawley said, “no one really expected it.”

Roughly 100 people attended this year’s dinner, including Delta Zeta alumnae who knew Facella during her treatment.

Guest Speaker Heidi Wolcott spoke on behalf of LLS, providing information about the organization’s commitment to blood cancer research and patient services. Wolcott is the Special Events Manager for LLS’s Team In Training (TNT), a program that offers sports training for people participating in marathons, bike rides, and mountain hikes.

Last year Delta Zeta raised $1,300 that went directly to LLS, which donates money to researchers in pursuit of a cure. Since LLS was founded in 1949, it has contributed over $680 million to blood cancer research. LLS also provides financial aid to those living with blood cancer.

The organization estimates that 900,000 people have been diagnosed with blood cancer.

For the past two years, the benefit dinner has placed more emphasis on their late sister, but Delta Zeta philanthropy chair Minoti Mehta wanted this year’s dinner to have the same somber atmosphere, but focus on how people could get more involved, she said.

Spokesman for the National Bone Marrow’s “Be the Match” Program Jerry Quintana also presented at the dinner, providing information on how to become part of the bone marrow registry, which helps those seeking a bone marrow donor.

One form of treatment that leukemia patients undergo is allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, a procedure that transplants stem cells from a genetically-compatible donor, which may not always be the patient’s relatives.

“A lot of people simply died because people were not willing to donate bone marrow,” Mehta said, “[Be the Match] can get people to directly help.”

Be the Match compiles a registry of 7 million people willing to donate bone marrow if a DNA match is made with a patient. Quintana said that leukemia patients first look within families for a match, and if it is not possible, the program is their second option.

Quintana said that 4,000 people search for a match every day.

“It’s such a great thing because you’re saving somebody’s life,” Quintana said, “and [the program] is the last resort that they have.”

Delta Zeta designated a table for guests who wanted to register with the program that night, which included filling out an application and giving a sample cheek swab, a process that Quintana says takes only 40 seconds.

Registration was also available online, and anybody between 18-60 years old could fill out the online application and send a cheek swab through the mail. Quintana said the potency of bone marrow is best in people who are in their 20s and 30s.

During Facella’s 5-month battle, she was looking for a donor because her siblings were not a match, McCawley said. Facella did not continue attending school that fall semester, but when she spoke to people, she gave an update on her new treatments and mentioned she was going to beat cancer.

“She always felt like something could be done,” McCawley said.

When Facella began losing her hair, McCawley said she would post new pictures of her different colored wigs on Facebook. According to McCawley, “she always had tenacity.”

The USF community has supported Delta Zeta’s efforts since their first benefit dinner in 2006.

“I think it’s our continued effort to bring awareness and how it affects a lot of us,” McCawley said. “We do it for Ali, but also in recognition of everyone else that [has] fought the battle.”

Students Create Costumes, Flock to LovEvolution

A roller skater glides past City Hall at LovEvolution enjoying the electronic music.  Photo by Adam Ross/Foghorn

A roller skater glides past City Hall at LovEvolution enjoying the electronic music. Photo by Adam Ross/Foghorn

On Saturday Oct. 3, hundreds of USF students took to the streets in route to the sixth annual San Francisco love festival, this year entitled “LoveEvolution.” The festival has developed quite the reputation during its tenure in the city, and this year didn’t disappoint. However, some aspects of the festival, specifically changes from last year, have caused controversy among the USF student body.

LovEvolution is essentially a citywide rave, featuring techno and electronica music and is, allegedly, a celebration of love, peace, and human unity. The festival begins as a parade up Market Street and ends in the Civic Center Plaza, with the party starting in front of City Hall. In the past, it was always called “San Francisco Love Fest,” and was inspired by a love festival in Berlin. This year the name was changed to LovEvolution due to conflicts with an event in Los Angeles called “The Love Festival.”

The name change didn’t hurt USF student interest; however, the change in admission cost did. Previously, the festival was always free, with a suggested donation, but its continued growth resulted in the implementation of a ten-dollar entrance fee. This fee was meant to aid in security costs, but some USF students are skeptical. Freshmen Maria Palma wasn’t happy about the fee; “I don’t think that the ten-dollar fee was worth it for LovEvolution. It felt more like the ten dollars they were asking for was just a cop out to get extra money.” Other students, like Sophomore Cayden Berkmoyer, thought the chance to dance all day and enjoy the festival’s energy was entirely worth the sacrificial ten bucks.

Berkmoyer describes LovEvolution as a, “quintessentially San Francisco event, harkening back to the days of peace, love, drugs, and rock-n-roll.” He pauses, though, to re-iterate, “I suppose the rock-n-roll is now electronica.” In walking around the festival, a few things become increasingly evident. The first is the level of intoxication of the people in the crowd. By mid-afternoon plenty of hard partiers are out cold, passed out facedown on the pavement, or in the first aid tent. Security guards circle around the various parade floats and dance floors, coming to the rescue of those who have had a little (or a lot) too much to drink. This is not to say that LovEvolution is an unsafe event, though. Alcohol policies are strictly enforced within the walls of the festival, and no one can purchase drinks without an ID verifying their legality. Bags, however, are not thoroughly searched, so some minors do manage to sneak illegal substances in. Freshman Alison Janigian is critical of the festival, claiming that it is simply an excuse for underage girls to, “dress slutty and drink their troubles away.”

Another aspect of the festival unique to LovEvolution is the level of nudity amongst the crowd. People of all ages let their inhibitions go… as well as their clothing. Freshman Ashby Conwell, found the lack of clothing liberating, “There was a lot of nudity but it didn’t feel sexual, it just felt free.” Many other USF students agreed with Conwell, agreeing that LovEvolution is more about a celebration of the human body, rather than degradation.

Every year many USF students put together extravagant costumes for the festival, and this year brought costume making to a brand new level. With the tight economy, many students didn’t have the funds to buy their outfits and stuck to good old fashion arts and crafts. Conwell and her friends wore pre-owned brightly colored clothing and completed their costumes with body paint. Berkmoyer said he wore, “A baby blue long sleeve shirt, multi-colored 80’s shorts, matching sunglasses and glitter. Lot’s of glitter.” Though he thought his outfit was outrageous, it was nothing compared to some of the others, he said.  There were people wearing thongs made of feathers, others dressed in full fairy garb, and still others in leather chaps and go-go boots. After a few hours, the dance floor consisted primarily of body paint and sweat.

Along the march from Market Street to City Hall, some revelers stopped along the way to dance, hula-hoop, and educate themselves about safe sex.  Photo by Joanna Burlison/Foghorn

Along the march from Market Street to City Hall, some revelers stopped along the way to dance, hula-hoop, and educate themselves about safe sex. Photo by Joanna Burlison/Foghorn

For some, LovEvolution was a huge success. Freshman Ryan Laursen said the event gave him “really good vibes” and he plans to attend next year. While Palma and Janigian both found the festival to be too focused on drugs, and less about love. At the end of the day, swarms of USF students fought for a space on packed muni buses or braved the wind and cold as they walked back to campus. Some attended after parties, others immediately went to bed, and almost everyone had some sort of crazy story to tell about LovEvolution 2009.

The Ignatian Kicks Off the Year With Open Mic Night

Senior Dennis Walker plays the guitar at the Ignatian’s first open mic night.  Photo by Andrew Jimenez/Foghorn

Senior Dennis Walker plays the guitar at the Ignatian’s first open mic night. Photo by Andrew Jimenez/Foghorn

On Friday night, aspiring poets and musicians gathered in Hayes-Healy formal lounge for the Ignatian Literary Magazine’s first open mic night. The annual magazine is a compilation of student submissions including poetry, short stories, artwork, and photography. The open mic night was the first event of the year for the Ignatian, but editor in chief Chloe Schildhause guarantees there will be more to come.

Editors brought a variety of baked goods for the audience and those that took the mic. Several people read poetry, ranging from a few verses to several pages. Others incorporated their poetry into a musical performance and played guitar or sang.

A total of eight students took the mic to read or preform and each of them, along with the audience, were encouraged to submit their work to this year’s publication of the Ignatian. Those who preformed were encouraged to submit their work to this year’s publication of the Ignatian. Schildhause, a senior Media Studies major and journalism and art history minor, said her hope for the year is to get more unique submissions. She has been involved in writing for the magazine since her freshman year at USF and is very committed to the magazine’s success. When asked to describe the Ignatian, Schildhause responded thoughtfully, “In this day and age, where digital media is taking over, the Ignatian hopes to bring back the art of the printed word in a bound publication.”

The dedication of the magazine’s editor in chief reflects the style of the publication itself. In opening the Ignatian, the reader is guided by a table of contents that lists the different kinds of literary and artistic work presented in the magazine. Opening any given page could result in finding anything from thought-provoking prose to vivid, skillfully lit photography. Regardless of which page is open, the reader is in for a treat.

The Ignatian is printed during the spring semester and submissions are collected until November 30. All submissions must be made by current USF undergraduate students and each student may only submit up to six items.

More information about the magazine and can be found on twitter at http://twitter.com/the_ignatian.

37 Years and Counting, Hui’O Hawaii Has Another Successful Lu’au

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Hui'O Hawaii member Kristen Hara performs the traditional Hawaiian lu'au dance at the club's annual event last Saturday which included Hawaiian food and music. (Andrew Jimenez|Foghorn)

There are several signature events at USF, but perhaps one of the biggest standout events is the Lu’au that Hui’O Hawaii puts on every year. The 37th annual Lu’au consisted of great food, incredible performances, and an atmosphere focused on Hawaiian culture. This year’s lu’au drew a crowd of over 450 people including students, faculty, and students’ family members. One community member in attendance was University President Rev. Stephen Privett, S.J. who commented on how events like Lu’au add to the culturally diverse aspect of USF, “Every year I try to get to the Lu’au because we are able to see the richness of the cultures that are represented here at the University, he said. Different cultures have different ways of expressing themselves through movement and dance, and different ways of dressing. The more we can come to appreciate and understand these differences the better we are able to appreciate the richness of the whole human experience.”

The event has brought USF families together from around the Bay Area for many years. Some members of the Hui’O Hawaii organization had their family members in attendance to support them. Jocelyn Dumlao, USF alumna and 2007-2008 president of Hui’O Hawaii, has participated in lu’au since her tenure at USF. Dumlao said “It is really a family event, the whole club comes together. Especially for the kids from Hawaii this is a taste from home. It really makes you feel the aloha spirit and what Hawaii is all about.”

The food at Lu’au consisted of sticky white rice, roasted pork, cooked cabbage, Mochiko chicken, Lomi salmon, poke and pound cake. Sophomore Marco Santiago said the food was “delicious and better than last year.” While Santiago and others enjoyed the Hawaiian cuisine, the student performers prepared to go on stage and showcase their talent. The crowd was actively engaged in the dance performances and students cheered on their colleagues that performed on stage. A Hawaiian band that featured energetic rhythmic beats accompanied the dance performances.

Current Hui’O Hawaii President and Lu’au performer Kristen Ota said “There were about 45 dancers this year for Lu’au and we have been practicing for Lu’au for a little over a month.” The performers spent many late nights practicing to perfect their routines; the performances can last up to 20 minutes. Marlo Caramat was the kumu hula of the Te Mau Tamari’I, which is the Tiare dance group that performed. A kumu hula is the person who is responsible for teaching the routines to the student performers. Caramat said, “We did songs that were traditional and honoring some of the royalty families of Hawaii and did some songs that honored different gods of Hawaii. I try to keep it as traditional as possible because it was passed down to them in the traditional manner. What you saw here tonight was passed down to me from generation to generation.” On the final result of her hard work, Ota said, “It felt really rewarding and fun to be performing after all those weeks of practicing.”

Barrio Fiesta Highlights Filipino Culture in Style

The week before spring break, USF Kasamahan, the Filipino-American student organization, presented their 36th annual Barrio Fiesta – a performance filled with dancing, elaborate costumes and the underlying theme of social justice.

The performance featured dozens of students in seven dances spread across two acts and interlaced with skits that followed the story of a young Filipina woman who was tricked into leaving her family in the Philippines to come to the United States to work illegally in what she was told would be a glamorous modeling career, only to be enslaved in a house of prostitution.

The dances included the Linggisan, where the student performers wore costumes and moved in ways that were meant to mimic a bird in flight, and La Jota, a Spanish-influenced number which incorporates bamboo castanets. All of the dances included complex and visually stimulating costumes.

The students practiced for weeks before the performance, and could often be seen in the evenings in the McLaren center conference rooms learning and rehearsing dances and preparing costumes and making other arrangements for their widely popular show.

Barrio was performed in Presentation Theater on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 in front of a packed house both nights which included many Kasamahan alumni and parents of current members as well as students, faculty and staff.