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Soccer Ties 2-2 Against No. 17 Santa Clara, Ending Streak of Nearly 30 Losses to the Broncos

An Interview with Senior Goalie Megan Conor

We noticed you were filling in at goalkeeper tonight. What happened to your ordinary goalkeeper? How many times have you played the position at USF? Do you have prior experience as goalkeeper (i.e., in high school)?

All our other goalkeepers are injured at the moment so I stepped in for the time being. I actually have never played goalkeeper until about a month ago. I have been a forward my entire life and I never would have thought that I would be ending my 17 year soccer career in a position I had never played before. I have played in goal for about 7 games now, all the WCC conference games.

How were you able to be so successful filling in against such a tough opponent?

I’ve always been pretty athletic growing up, so I think that has helped me a lot with learning the new position. Our coach Maite has done a great job at training me and teaching me the position in the past month.

Describe what it means to draw against such a high-quality opponent, especially on senior night.

It was huge! If you had told me four years ago that we would have a tie against Santa Clara, with me in goal, I probably would have laughed! So this tie is huge for our program and I think it is just the beginning for these girls and they are going to continue getting better and better and become a real threat in the WCC in the upcoming years.

What can you say about how you were able to storm back from an early 0-2 hole against Santa Clara?

Our team just had a lot of heart and a lot of fight and we never gave up and never lost hope.

What can you say about this first year under new head coach Jim Millinder?

Jim is an amazing coach. He really understands the game and has taught us all so much. I wish I could have played for him longer than just a year because I think he is really going to take this program to the next level and I can’t wait to see what the team has to offer in upcoming years.

What does the future hold for this team?

This team is definitely going to be a threat in the WCC next year and I can’t wait to see where they go. I think the next step for the team is getting into the NCAA tournament and making history for this program.

News Editor Says Adios and Shares Post-Grad Project

I tripped into journalism when I was sixteen. People in indigo cubicles scrolled through images of Latin America on their luminescent screens. Each blue box promised the adrenaline that comes from rushing to produce something unique and informative; rushing against the clock to make sure your piece is at its best before it moves onto the next person on the news assembly line.

A row of large screens flashed graphics and talking heads above a U-shaped icon with a cross dividing four purple, green, red and blue sections. Camera men helped themselves to the box of pan dulce (sweet bread) on the news desk. Luis Echegoyen, the Salvadoran Walter Cronkite, whose 6 o’clock news my mother and I watched religiously, entered the room and shook my hand. The Univision Spanish language news station seemed like Disneyland, except it was ten times cooler to shake Echegoyen’s hand than Mickey Mouse’s.
Alas, as a senior media studies and Latin American studies major, I do not find myself cutting the footage of a goodbye video for USFtv. I didn’t plan on doing print journalism during my time at USF, but being a staff writer and news editor for the San Francisco Foghorn has taught me to be more critical of what I am told, confident to approach strangers and to wonder about the larger context of particular issues.

The Foghorn also put me at the front of the line to meet people I would have never had access to on my own.
I was the only USF reporter allowed a one-on-one interview with Barbara Bush, one of George W. Bush’s daughters, my first year as a staff writer. I was instructed by USF media representatives to limit my questions to the health initiative she would be discussing later that evening, but I couldn’t help myself. I started the interview with, “You’re on a college campus, and I’m sure our student readers want to know what it was like to be a college student living in the White House when your dad was president. What was that like?” She rushed through her answer saying, “It was normal. A lot more than people expect.” I asked one more question about the scandals regarding drunk driving but she avoided the subject.

This interview encouraged me to be more persistent when asking questions, and explore issues that intrigued me.

Yet, the critiques I received for editorial mistakes I made (such as not paying close enough attention to the lack of perspective in a story) taught me to keep my head up under pressure, and to learn from my faults rather than dwell on them. My constant desire to improve led me to establish a more solid news team, work to help foster a sense of community among writers, and spread advice about avoiding the mistakes I’ve made.
Three weeks away from graduation, I am unsure about pursuing the T.V. medium that inspired my college studies. I’m not even sure journalism is what I see myself doing for the rest of my life. A typical college life crisis I presume.

However, I found a way to connect my interests in journalism and Latin America. I am currently developing a project that provides college scholarships to students in El Salvador who collect three minute audio recordings of their family’s war memories, and upload the clips to an online map that organizes the memories by themes and regions.

Senior Soul: Reflections of a Graduating Fashionista

Think of that one great pair of shoes that fit like a slipper. These shoes that keep your outfits grounded and are a recognizable asset to your overall look. Then after about four years of wearing them raw you realize that your sole mates are not going to last much longer and you will have to set them aside and start with a new, not entirely comfortable, pair.

Freshman YearAn unsettling feeling right? If you have ever experienced the apprehension of losing a fabulous broken in shoe, you know just how I feel about my upcoming graduation from college in less than a month. Just like my favorite pair of sneaker-boots that I found on the Haight during my school tour visit before Freshman year, USF has been the perfect fit for my time as an undergraduate student.

Throughout my four years as a Don, my style has been influenced by San Francisco flair, has been questioned (by myself and others), and has completely evolved. Reflecting on some of my greatest style accomplishments and a few questionable choices (such as buying an authentic four tailed coyote shawl and doing my best to defend its “cruel nature” to those on campus), I realize they all mark my time spent as a student-Don. I have been a contributing style writer for the Foghorn for more than three years. As I look back over the articles I have shared with you, I realize that my fashion aesthetic has shifted during my time spent with you in print.

One of the greatest things about personal style is the ability to not only to change and grow. In anticipation of my graduation date, I realize I have to break in new styles as I step into the work world. I wold like to offer my departing words on the ways to mature your most fabulous self through style.

Junior Year

The fashion she found abroad in her junior year

I am notorious for biting my nails down to bloody stumps. I have battled, what I consider is an addiction, for as long as I can remember. When I was a younger, I even found a way to get to my toenails (oh don’t judge, we all have skeletons in the closet). After years of being reminded this was an unladylike habit, it finally clicked that nail maintenance is an integral part of a polished look. For the longest time, grooming my nails just seemed like a waste of time and money to dedicate to my beauty regimen but it is now clear that manicures are an essential style component to both men and women.

After years of using my teeth as my grooming tool, I am handicapped in performing an adequate manicure on my own hands. I now dedicate about thirty minutes a week and eight dollars at Natural Salon to my nails, almost always opting for a dark shade to keep my fingers away from my mouth. No matter if your preference is colored, frenched, or buffed, having a well groomed handshake is a sign of confidence.

Mane Maintenance

Sophomore Year

Her Anna Wintour best in Sophomore year

Long curly, healthy hair tantalizes me with something I don’t possess, I must remember that the grass is always greener on the other side. The first day I moved into Hayes-Healy and met my freshman roommate, I remember thinking, “Oh that hair!” Caroline’s long, shiny, honey blonde locks were the perfect stereotype symbol for how a California girl’s hair should flow. That was the day I decided to grow my mane. After a year and a half of focusing my efforts on catching up with Caroline’s length, backcombing the nest on top of my head and applying all sorts of heat, I realized that my hair maintenance needed some work and it was necessary to start fresh. I chopped my ‘do’ up to my shoulders and embarked on a new hair routine early last semester. As my hair continues to grow healthy, I have a few new rules to maintain the mane.

I almost never apply heat to my hair in order to keep it as hydrated as possible. I wash it every other day, apply a hair mask once a week and apply leave -in-conditioner on my ends every time I exit the shower. I know it might seem that I am just suggesting what every beauty-interest writer would preach, but I have actually lived and learned that keeping true to this routine not only keeps my locks more lush it also saves on the personal upkeep budget as I don’t need to trim as often. While I will never possess naturally long bouncy curls, I believe that sticking to my new haircare routine allows me to feel proud of my fringe. The most stylish women have effortless and purposeful hair style. The first step to match this chicness is to realize that looking ‘effortless’ requires effort.

Personal Knack is the New Black

Becoming comfortable in your own skin can be a tricky task so I suggest that you start by finding comfort in the “u” in universal style. When I first arrived at USF, I remember thinking that I had a knack of putting clothes together that looked magazine worthy. I giggle when I think back to that thought process as I have come to realize that my style ‘knack’ is found in my ability to put pieces together that tell a story about who I am, not what Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar displays to wear that month. While fashion magazines provide inspiration and feature editorial and design artwork, it does not dictate what I wear anymore. I have found find this adornment habit much more refreshing than a game of trend follow the leader.

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the pulled-together, ready to graduate style in her senior year of college.

I will share another ‘unfashionable’ tidbit about myself. I truly do not like wearing stilettos. I am not even attracted to wear them. If you asked me about Louboutins three years ago, I would have told you how much I want the high red-soled beauties. Today, if I had a Louboutin fund, I would beeline to the studded sneakers or spiked loafers. Now that I think about it, I would totally go for those spiked loafers. (Graduation gift anyone?) The point is, don’t stumble through life in the wrong shoes. Four years ago, I was strapping on my then-cute four inch wedges for 8:00 a.m. class thinking that I was teetering above the rest in style. Now I find class comfort in my two pairs of Converse or Haight Street sneaker boots, even though the treads are wearing thin. Going back and forth from my work wear of, groomed and tailored classics at Saks Fifth Avenue, to my senior class style, donning denim and little makeup, gives me the opportunity to express the different sides of myself in a practical and non-fussy manner. To look the most comfortable in your skin, start with your style comforts and look for opportunities to express all sides of your personal knack.

Over the past several weeks, I have been emotional honest about how strange it is to be leaving college, my “fashionable experimental” years behind. However, I am realizing that one of the most beautiful aspects of personal adornment is that everyday in my future, there will be a new opportunity to experiment with what I put on each day.

One thing I know, I’ll always walk in a shoe that fits and is comfortably chic. The sole steps I have taken across our campus leave a mark of self growth on my inner soul. No person will ever graduate from finding excellence in self expression.

So it’s time to step up to the next adventure in life… I need to find the right shoe to don beneath my graduation gown.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief copy-editor: Natalie Cappetta

Scene Editor: Tracy Sidler

It’s Not too Late: Ten Things to Do Before You Graduate

1.  Work for the Foghorn.  Write for the Ignatian.  Shoot for USFtv.  Spin for KUSF.  You can garner some of the best experiences here for future work opportunities.  Learning and creating with a vast cross section of confreres who are serious about what they do at USF has allowed me to walk away this December with previously unknown and irreplaceable knowledge of how to work with others in order to make something I’m proud of.

2.  Do whatever you can to take at least one class with Professor Moore, Professor Green, Professor Goodwin, Professor Zeigler and/or Professor Pizutto.

3.  Make friends with someone who works in the Media Lab and during a dead shift watch a film like “Funny Games,” “Death Proof,” “Sunshine,” “Libertine,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “Das Boot,” “Water Lilies,” “Reprise,” “Let The Right One In” or any other film that is meant to be watched on a screen bigger than your laptop.

4.  Kiss a boy, kiss a girl.

5.  Change your major until your head feels screwed on just right and you’ve come to know what it means to have a constant challenging and seemingly endless pricking of the conscience that gives you daily satisfaction and hunger, simultaneously.

6.  Read “Rules of Attraction” by Bret Easton Ellis each summer that lies between each year.  Compare and your life with the page, with the transgressional fiction.  Perhaps gauge whether or not you are a Bateman (heaven forbid!), a Denton or a Hynde.  “Define crazy.”

7.  Start a bedroom band with other people who don’t know how to play any instruments.  Learn how to create and shape sound within space and time this way.  You might have fun.

8. Find a primary care doctor.  And fast.

9. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do (which isn’t saying much).

10.  Dance.