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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.



San Cisco Takes on San Francisco

The Foghorn’s Lauren Burge interviews Jordi Davieson, lead singer for the Australian indie band touring in the United States.

San Cisco

 San Cisco,  the indie-funk beach pop band hails from Freemantle, Australia playing summer tunes by mixing old instruments with synths. The young and successful band released their first EP, “Golden Revolver” in 2011 and since then recorded their debut album (2012) and second EP “Awkward”(2012). The Aussie band is performing live at The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco the night of April 4th, be sure to check them out! Before the show the Foghorn spoke with lead singer, Jordi Davieson to chat about San Cisco’s current US tour, love for Nintendo 64 and plans for a new album.

FOGHORN: You are currently touring the U.S. What has that been like?

Jordi: There has been a lot of driving and seeing a lot of different places. It has been pretty cool. We have been on the road for three months now.

FOGHORN: You were recently on your first U.S. tour with “The Vaccines.” How was that?

Jordi: It was really fun! We played some really good venues and being a support band is good because you get there early and you leave early.

FOGHORN: YOLO. What does this word mean to San Cisco?

Jordi: YOLO—well you only live once. You just do stupid stuff and it’s okay because you only live once.

FOGHORN: San Cisco’s debut album was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Triple J. How did that make you guys feel?

Jordi: It was pretty amazing. Triple J has always supported us really well. It was a surprise to get that. It gives us the extra bit of confidence that helps a lot. We were very stoked to hear that recognition from them.

FOGHORN: So I heard San Cisco is a huge fan of Nintendo 64—what is your all time favorite game and what have you been playing lately?

Jordi: 007 Golden Gun or Mario Cart are our favorite games. Lately we have been on the road for three months so the band has an XBOX 360 so we have just been playing HALO.

FOGHORN: Did you ever imagine two years ago when your first EP, “Golden Revolver” was released that San Cisco would play at events like Groovin the Moo or SXSW?

Jordi: No, no way. We had no idea that it ever was going to take off—but it has. We also never thought that we would get to San Francisco so we didn’t think the name would matter that much. But it turns out we are going to be there so it will be pretty awkward.

FOGHORN: If you could choose any band to go on tour with whom would it be and why?

Jordi: We would really like to go on tour with Vampire Weekend or Haim—they are from California and they are great.

FOGHORN: Your second EP, “Awkward” was released on February 3, 2012 and has been quite the buzz in America. Any plans for a new EP or new album in the near future?

Jordi: There will be an album coming out in spring with Fat Possum Records.

FOGHORN: Do you have any Australian music suggestions for American listeners?

Jordi: Yeah, Snakadaktal—they are a really good Aussie band and The Preatures—great band especially on tour.

FOGHORN: Do you have any last words for San Franciscans?

Jordi: I really like your city, I think it is a cool place and come down to the show!

San Cisco is playing live @ The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco TONIGHT (Thursday, April  4th) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 



What the Federal Sequester Actually Means, and Why It Matters

A few weeks back, I had a casual conversation with my friends about the federal sequester. I noted that most of the discussion was dictated by speculation and fear-mongering rather than a real analysis of any of the proposed spending cuts brought about by the sequester.

For my friends, it was the first time they had heard of a budget sequestration. I, however, remembered the 2011 congressional battle over our nation’s debt ceiling. That gridlock of two years ago lead to a pledge to cut $2 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. $1 trillion of these cuts were clearly outlined in the 2011 debt-ceiling bill. The other $1 trillion cuts  were left to sequestration — undesirable automatic and gradual spending cuts aimed at deflating our $16 trillion national debt if no other spending reduction agreement could be reached.

Instead of negotiating as a Congress to agree on budgetary cuts to the departments the sequestration will directly affect, our legislators delayed those negotiations to 2013. Two years ago, they forewent any discussion into smart and sufficient reductions that might have been easier to brace for than the 2013 across-the-board cuts. For two years, this delay removed spending reduction out of the general populace’s attention, only to abruptly emerge around the March 1, 2013 budget deadline, when no budget reduction deal was reached and the painful sequester went into effect.

The result of not delaying the sequestration has forced our nation’s largest bureaucracies to make very difficult decisions. The results include the laying off of federal workers and the implementation and increase of unpaid furlough days. Other effects include substantial pay cuts for workers and decreasing efficiency at some of our already most frustrating encounters with federal agencies (yes this means longer lines at the airport).  Reduced funding for national parks, reduced funding for federal work-study programs, and fewer food inspections are also products of this legislative inability to work in a bipartisan and competent manner.

Fortunately, there are some sequestration exemptions. Social security benefits will not be affected, for example. Medicaid health insurance for low income recipients, child-nutrition programs, military pay (not including civilian workers) and even Pell Grants for us students are also exempt. Contrary to Internet propaganda, the sequestration will not bring about a government meltdown.

Knowing that sequestration will not result in an apocalyptic government shutdown will mitigate tensions generated by the media-blitz surrounding the topic. However, the very real consequences many Americans will feel in their day-to-day lives as a result of the sequester still remain. One can only hope that constituents will use the failure of the sequester as a clear reason to force our legislators’ hands and  to seek their assurance that as we move forward with reducing our deficit, the burden does not fall on those who are most unable to carry it.

Staff Editorial: On Controversial Topics Like Abortion, the Foghorn Mediates Rather than Self-censors

Even the most ideological members on staff recognize the importance of the diversity of voices that appear here. 

The idea that, because the Foghorn is the undergraduate paper of a Jesuit college, we should only run student opinions aligning with Catholic teachings is an un-Catholic call for destroying a pattern of fruitful, compassionate, respectful, and enriching dialogue with doctrines of worldviews other than that of the Catholic faith. It also assumes wrongly that the students and its newspaper are, by simple virtue of our association with USF, the spokespeople of Catholic or Jesuit values, which, despite popular belief or desire, is not necessarily the case.

One year ago, the Foghorn was in a position almost congruent to where we are today.

Predictably, after publishing a column by a student writing on a religiously charged social issue (gay marriage), the newsroom was at the receiving end of a series of critical letters and comments.

The staff replied with an editorial explaining the responsibility of a student newspaper on a Jesuit Catholic campus to be “a trusted forum for the civil, free, equitable, and productive exchange of ideas.”

The difference between the controversy of a year ago and the present point of contention— last week’s piece by Amanda Rhoades praising the legal right to an abortion outlined in Roe v. Wade— is that today’s Foghorn is answering for a perceived abandonment of a Catholic identity. Last year, while defending  the choice to run a student’s opinion in support of the Catholic stance against same-sex marriage, we answered to accusations of having a traditionalist bent.

We explained then that, even when the author of that marriage piece, Dylan Hull-Nye, touched on a very electric topic; our decision to run his contribution was justified because his commentary on the official Catholic teaching on marriage “introduced a relevant, if controversial, element to the ongoing discussion of ‘What does it mean to be a Catholic college?’”

Then, as today, the how and why behind what this editorial page publishes comes down to our role to sustain a conversation for this paper’s primary audience: the USF undergraduate student body. The Foghorn, particularly on the opinion page, seeks to mediate constructively between parties, perspectives, or “sides” of relevant issues that might otherwise never come to understand each other, much less talk to each other.

The featured rebuttal on this page from a USF alum to Amanda Rhoades typifies the type of strong, yet compassionate and level-headed exchange the Foghorn exists for. Though we run under the wing of a Catholic institution, the Foghorn’s primary responsibility is not to gauge how Catholic or un-Catholic our content may appear to readers. Even the most ideological members on staff recognize the importance of the diversity of voices that appear here. As long as we have a say in it, the Foghorn will continue to focus on perfecting our role as a “trusted forum for the…productive exchange of ideas.”


Note: the attendance at the 2013 Walk for Life in San Francisco, mistakenly identified as “hundreds” in “40 Years since Roe v. Wade, Some Still Determined to Halt Progress” is estimated to have reached 50,000 at the end of the march. Additionally, in that piece, Amanda Rhoades’ claims on the effects on women turned away from an abortion they sought are drawn from the “Turnaway Study,” a longitudinal and continuing project conducted by Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a research group from the University of California, San Francisco.

Get to Know Your City; Your Education Isn’t Complete Without it


Impossible as it is to miss the swarm of advertisements about USF on bus shelters, taxis, and streetcars, there are still students among us who don’t get the message that San Francisco is among the best cities ever.
Or maybe they do realize it, yet make the mistake of not taking advantage of everything the City has to offer.

A few weeks ago, the Foghorn wrote about the advantages of piling an undergraduate schedule with as many classes, activities, and obligations as humanly feasible—even for just a little while—to get the most outof undergraduate life at USF. One reason? What better time than college to try out so many things?

After graduation, it’s much harder in the real world to start being a renaissance woman or man.

The same applies to San Francisco; all work and no play in a city amazing as ours is a waste. The staff, full of hometown San Franciscans and transplants alike, can never exhaust telling what they think is great about their City.

For the USF student, a complete USF education should balance the demands of academics with a special effort to truly connect with, we think, the world’s best college town.

The recent win of the San Francisco Giants of only the second World Series since the team moved from Manhattan to the City in 1958 drives the point home. And although we’d be hard pressed not to be trilled for the Giants (have you seen our font and back pages?) the City is much, much more than a city-size tourist attraction USF is lucky to surrounded by.

San Francisco is a classroom that is second to none. The incredible diversity of the City, both culturally and economically, is something other cities even in California can only hope to acheive. Our is a City of contrasts, an anomoly within anomolies that heighten and concretize in a very immediate way the lessons we learn in the literal classrooms of USF.

The best thing a USF student—whether a budding freshman or a fifth-year senior—can do is to travel to as many San Francisco neighborhoods as possible, talk to as many strangers as possible, ride unfamiliar Muni lines as often as possible, shop as locally and as organically as possible, take as many pictures as possible, and volunteer at as many places as possible. The mission of working for the greater good begins at home, and for the USF student, what a home we have.

Ultimately, the Foghorn wants to ask this question: Do you know that you live/go to school here? If this question (or the 2012 Giants) doesn’t hit you with the epiphany that you live and study in an amazing town, please step away from the desktop and search for a Muni line whose route number you don’t recognize. You’ll be the wiser and better for it.

Have Some Integrity

We know movie tickets are , so let our movie columnist Jason Weiler give you the low-down on whether or not you should drop $11.50. This week he watches a movie with a theme that should strike close to home for many college students: plagarism.

If you find yourself ever in the mood for a film that will force you to re-examine your perception of consequence, then rush out to see “The Words”. From the fresh writing and directing team of Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, this film plays out like a book. This approach is sure to polarize several people, yet what is important about it is not its method of presentation, but its central message.

“The Words” tells the story of a struggling young writer named Rory Jansen (Cooper) who, while honeymooning in Paris, finds the manuscript of a novel in an old leather briefcase purchased by his bride (“Star Trek’s” Zoe Saldana).

Once he reads the manuscript, he is so mesmerized by its brilliance that he chooses to pass it off as his own work. Not surprisingly, it leads to much success, all of which is shattered upon the arrival of a old man (Irons) who accuses Rory of stealing his work.

The brightest spot of the film is the scene in Central Park in which Irons confronts Rory. The audience is fortunate enough that this scene is as drawn out as it is, because the interaction between the young Cooper and the grizzled Irons is downright brilliant. This is an important film for anyone who is or who at least calls himself or herself a “writer.” In the modern world of creativity, as the more cutthroat the industry becomes, the dying concepts of morality and honesty become more important. But what “The Words” reminds you of is that timeless adage: all actions have consequences, and almost never do you choose your consequences.

That is not to say that “The Words” is a perfect film in any sense. It’s written like a book, and is perhaps too short of a story. Yes, these are structural gripes, and they do affect the way you see a film, but in the case of “The Words”, they’re irrelevant.

The film is like a lecture, bursting at the seams with a crucial theme. Love or hate it as you please, but it is an important film to see. Whatever it loses in it’s choppy writing style, “The Words” more than makes up for with the profound lesson it teaches.

The Words, starring Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, and Zoe Saldana, is Rated PG-13. 97 minutes. FOGHORN GRADE: A-