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Bay Area teams such as Feel Projection, the Hungry Bumz, and Live SF joined VarCity on the dance floor. (Photo Courtesy of Margret Valdes)

VarCity Puts on Sizzling Show at Homecoming Showcase

Excited crowd members filled the seats in the Education Building’s Presentation Theater around 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, but the buzz they created was nothing compared to the energy that was about to be unleashed. The eruption came about 30 minutes later, when the VarCity SF dancers found their spots and ignited a flurry of music and movement. As Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” blared through the speakers to kick off the Homecoming Hip-Hop Dance Showcase on an upbeat note, USF’s official hip-hop dance club effortlessly eased into its rhythmic zone.

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Santa Clara Defeats Dons on Homecoming Night

On the 30th anniversary of their NCAA Championship, players from the 1980 squad as well as leg- endary coach Steve Negoesco were honored on Friday night as the Dons faced hated rival the Broncos from Santa Clara.

The alumni were presented with green and gold striped USF scarves, which came in handy on a cold, foggy night in the city. USF came out strong against the visiting Broncos looking to turn around an eight game losing streak.

As with any West Coast Conference game, both teams had lots to play for and couldn’t afford to make any mistakes. Santa Clara is in third place only three points behind Portland. San Francisco’s hoping to get their first win in conference and turn around their losing season.

Santa Clara had the first opportunity of the game with a volley in the 12th minute that rocked the crossbar and was nicely cleared by the Dons defense. No more than 20 minutes later, the green and gold responded after midfielder Vinny Caloiaro flicked on a throw-in from freshman forward Mauricio Diaz de Leon. The header went to the penalty spot where freshman Karl Kraft performed an acrobatic bicycle kick, flipping in mid-air and kicking the ball upside down, perfectly aimed at the back post. After the goal San Francisco controlled the pace of the game and played with more confidence. Kraft’s first career goal put the Dons up for the rest of the half.

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Vinny Caloiaro goes up for a header against Santa Clara Thursday night during a game in heavy fog. (Emily Boden/Foghorn)

Unfortunately the Broncos would respond right away in the start of the second half. The ref whistled for a foul 30 yards from the goal after a hard tackle on a 50-50 ball    from the USF defense. Bronco midfielder Wes Culver stepped up to take the free kick and fired a laser to the far post past goalkeeper Brendan Roslund. Roslund managed to get a small piece of the rocket shot but couldn’t make the save. Filled with confidence after the change in momentum the visiting Broncos started to apply more pressure on the Dons defense.

USF wasn’t able to keep their composure under the pressure and a failed clearance in the 82nd minute led to a ridiculously lucky goal for Santa Clara. USF defender Sam Najmeh looked to clear the ball from the right flank when SCU forward Keigo Kameya came out of no where, stretching out his foot to deflect the clearance. As usual of late, everything bad that can happen against the Dons happened and the deflection off of the bottom of Kameya’s cleat had just enough spin on the wet turf to slide past the goalkeeper and into the net. Devastated and with only eight minutes to play, the Dons started to scramble looking for a late equal- izer. The Broncos were able to close out the game and came out on top extending their unbeaten streak to nine games.

The Dons continue their season next Friday as they take on the Pi- lots form University of Portland. The Pilots defeated the Dons 3-1 last time they met in Portland and they are currently tied for first in the WCC with a record of 5-1-1.

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Homecoming Brings Hip-Hop to Campus

Virginia’s N.E.R.D put on a high energy concert for students at the fall homecoming concert in War Memorial Gym on November 6.  Photo by Nina Sasson/Foghorn

Virginia’s N.E.R.D put on a high energy concert for students at the fall homecoming concert in War Memorial Gym on November 6. Photo by Nina Sasson/Foghorn

Friday night’s concert in the War Memorial Gym featuring N.E.R.D and B.o.B. went off without a hitch. Both acts brought high energy into the crowd, and got students to their feet dancing, jumping, crowd surfing, and grinding till the house lights came back on.

Altanta native Bobby Ray, who on stage goes by the acronym B.o.B. opened the show with a high energy set featuring a full band playing tracks from his mix tape B.o.b. Vs Bobby Ray. After his set he gave an interview to the foghorn.

San Francisco Foghorn: How did you feel about the show tonight?

B.o.B.: It was a stellar show with a good crowd that made for a good show!

SFF: What does B.o.B. Stand for?

B.o.B.: B.o.B. Came to me three years ago and stood for different and pretty much any acronym I could thing of such as books over bullets or anything I could think of that was a party or political acronym.

SFF: How did it (B.o.B.) Come about then?

B.o.B.: Everybody used to call me Bobby Ray and I hated it so much and someone finally called me B.o.B. And that was it and I decided to go by that.

SFF: How did your career start out?

B.o.B.: I started rapping at 14 and I dedicated my life to rapping ever since. Between 14 and 15 recorded my first ep and ever since have been picking up instruments and since then it’s been a fairy tale Cinderella story.

SFF: So you’re 20 years old, do you have anything special planned for your 21st birthday coming up next week?

B.o.B.: Well nothing that I haven’t done already and to be honest I’ll probably be working.

Shortly after B.o.B.’s half hour set N.E.R.D Took to the stage playing tracks from their first three albums and a new song that got the entire crowd moving to the beat. Marijuana smoke could be seen and smelled rising to the ceiling as the drum beat to their track “Spaz” when suddenly a crowd surfer could be seen in the midst who singer Pharrel Williams yelled, “That’s how you enjoy an N.E.R.D. Show” followed by cheers of fans.

For the set’s climax with Star Trek signs in the air Williams blurted out the lyrics “all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom” to their track “Everyone Nose” that definitely made the concert well worth it.

The band also invited one lucky fan on stage telling the crowd, “She was singing every single word to every song” and then serenaded her to the track “She Wants to Move.”

For the finale, the band played a cover of the Snoop Dogg track “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” that had the gym popping their mouths to William’s accompaniment.

Outside the War Memorial Gym students gathered in clusters critiquing the show’s set list. Many said they felt it was a perfect N.E.R.D show.

N.E.R.D., B.o.B. to Perform at Homecoming

Campus Activities Board (CAB) announced last week that hip-hop group N.E.R.D. (No One Ever Really Dies) will perform at USF’s homecoming concert on Friday November 6th. B.o.B will open for N.E.R.D.

CAB chose these acts in response to a survey process in which they elicited student feedback and preferences on genre.  Hip hop has dominated the homecoming concert for a few years, with artists like Common, Wyclef Jean and Lupe Fiasco performing.

Linda Tran, sophomore business major and CAB promotions assistant, sat outside of the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) selling tickets on Monday.  In just an hour, she sold ten tickets.   Tran said,  “N.E.R.D has always been floating around as a choice. They are one of those groups that you just want to hear in concert.” Kim Mai, homecoming concert director, said CAB tried to book the group last year but could not afford it.  Mai said “Based on our surveys last year, 21% of the students asked for hip hop, 17% Alternative, and 16% for rock.” CAB surveyed 1,056 students.

In relation to homecoming, Tran said “Hip hop is always a popular genre.”  While the homecoming week generally takes place in February, USF decided to move it up so they could include it as part of the Fall Fest, a series of on campus events hosted by the Office of Residence Life.  The other events involved with homecoming, the dance and the pep rally, will still take place.  Although last year CAB charged an entrance fee to the dance, Tran said this year admission will be free.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. Prices are $5 for USF students/$10 the day of show.

Homecoming Concert Should be Interactive, Reflect San Francisco Scene

Two weeks ago, Lupe Fiasco performed at War Memorial Gym as part of USF’s Homecoming weekend.
While last year’s performer, Wyclef Jean, interacted with students and performed for more than two hours, Fiasco barely made an appearance before the concert began. He met students that had spent all day preparing the gym for the concert only minutes before he went on stage. Once the concert began, Fiasco only played for about an hour.

Lupe Fiasco’s background in social justice is well-documented, and USF is to be commended for seeking out an artist that falls in line with the University’s core mission. However, the terms by which USF brought Lupe Fiasco to perform at our campus should have been re-worked to ensure a more interactive student experience.

For the amount of money that was spend on getting Lupe Fiasco to USF, why did he only perform for one hour?

Why were meeting with students and spending more time at USF not worked into Fiasco’s contract?
Why did USF not come to an agreement with Lupe Fiasco to where USFtv and the Foghorn would be able to photograph and film the event? Both student media outlets were not allowed to cover the event as fully as expected.

Lupe Fiasco was brought to USF for the USF community, and USFtv and the Foghorn are a large part of what makes this community. Student media outlets should have full access to Homecoming events in the future, as well as all events on campus, and we hope that next year USF comes to an agreement with the chosen artist(s) before hand to make this possible.

There is also a larger issue to be had with the Homecoming music choice and selection process. San Francisco, and more specifically USF, has a deep, wide-spread and popular music scene in all genres, including hip-hop, which was the choice of the student body for this year’s Homecoming concert.
There are venues all over the city that host local bands almost nightly.

There are bands with San Francisco roots that perform in San Francisco and would gladly come to USF.

There are students at USF that are in bands and perform around the city.

The Homecoming concert seems to be more of an outside experience, rather than a part of the lively and diverse music scene in San Francisco that so many students at USF are fans of or a part of.

The Homecoming concert should reflect this popular and growing scene, which is why the Foghorn endorses bringing a performer next year that has both a social justice background and has roots in the San Francisco music scene, regardless of the genre.

For the money that was spent on bringing Lupe Fiasco to USF, we could have had more than one, slightly less famous, but far more interactive, San Francisco-rooted performers be a part of our Homecoming weekend.

This might attract more upperclassmen to the event who, for the most part, did not attend the Homecoming concert.

Students across the board, from freshmen, to seniors, to graduate students, can largely identify with some aspect of the San Francisco music scene.

It is a key aspect of what makes San Francisco the diverse, open, free-spirited city that it is, which is a factor many people consider when deciding to come to San Francisco, and specifically USF, to pursue their education.

Lupe Rocks Sold Out Homecoming Concert

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Lupe Fiasco, DJ Simon Says and drummer Baby Bam performed several of Fiasco’s songs and one of Kanye West’s songs at the crowded homecoming concert on Friday night. Over 2,000 students came to the sold out show in War Memorial Gym. (Chelsea Sterling|Foghorn)

Apathy was at a low Friday night at War Memorial Gym as students eagerly anticipated the arrival of hip-hop artist and performer Lupe Fiasco, at this year’s homecoming concert. Although Lupe Fiasco only performed for about an hour, approximately 500 students, alumni and staff crowded the basketball court to hear him perform. Even USF President Rev. Stephen Privett, S.J, made an appearance at the beginning of the concert.

President of the Campus Activities Board Courtney Ball said that there were 2,500 tickets available and that the concert was sold out. During the pep rally ASUSF directed students to the ticket booth, which may have contributed to the boost in sales. Attendance at the concert, however, ranged from 400-500 people. The doors opened at 7:30, but Fiasco did not come on stage until 9:15. Alex Platt, an event staff worker, said of the concert, “I thought it went pretty smoothly.” After working with Wyclef Jean, last year’s homecoming performer, on his music video “If I Was President,” Platt was disappointed that Fiasco did not have much interaction with students. While Jean let event staff and some students listen to his sound check before the concert, Fiasco made students leave and did not sign autographs or meet with students before the concert. Platt said, “He wanted to do his own thing. He didn’t really want to interact with students.” On the other hand, Platt said of Jean, “He was very into talking to his fans.” Platt pointed out that the way that both artists came on to campus was significant. Jean entered near Fromm Hall and walked through campus, shaking hands and greeting students as he made his way to the gym. Fiasco entered the gym through a side door, limiting his face time with student fans.

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Although most students enjoyed Lupe Fiasco’s performance at the homecoming concert, some wished he had played longer than his scheduled one hour show. (Chelsea Sterling|Foghorn)

Platt was in charge of the pep rally this year. When the band canceled and miscommunications occurred with the dance team, student turnout suffered. Next year, Platt proposes to hold the pep rally before the concert because students will already be gathered and waiting for the performer. If the basketball team was brought on stage before the performer, the audience’s excitement might transform into school spirit.The music seemed to resonate with students. Even students who don’t identify as hip-hop fans enjoyed Fiasco’s performance at the concert. Chet Bentley, a sophomore media studies major, said the music was not his style, but “it was energetic and appealed to the masses.”

Bentley liked the concert because Fiasco was cool and young. Fiasco played many of his popular songs like “Superstar,” “Daydreamin’,” “Go Go Gadget Flow” and one of Kanye West’s songs, “Touch the Sky.” Fiasco’s backup performers included DJ Simon Says and drummer Baby Bam. 2007 alumnus Ilya Fishman said, “I was really excited to see him. He is a real rap artist with great music. I was already a huge fan so seeing him live was awesome.”Ball said that some students were disappointed Fiasco didn’t perform longer, but Platt said that the concert time was previously established for one hour. Sophomore Katrina Valdez said that although the concert was shorter than Wyclef Jean’s, it was better. She said, “He [Fiasco] brought a good atmosphere.”