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Fun and Free Events Before Final Exams

In need of a study break? Here is a lineup of free upcoming events to check out this week.

Saturday, Nov. 9 — 2013 Leap Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach

  • Check out Northern California’s largest sand castle building contest. The theme is “Masterpieces in the Sand” and teams are encouraged to sculpt works of art from history.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday – Monday, Nov. 9-11 — Free National Parks Weekend 

  • All national parks will be free this Veteran’s Day Weekend. Escape the city and immerse yourself in nature this weekend at local national parks like Muir Woods and Yosemite.
  • Parking fees are waived.
  • All day

Sunday, Nov. 10 — KUSF’s Rock’n’Swap 

  • McLaren Hall, USF
  • KUSF is welcoming all music lovers and vendors to sell, buy, and exchange music related items at their second Rock’n’Swap.
  • Bring cash to purchase items.
  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 11 — Classical Revolution Chamber Music Jam

  • The Revolution Cafe in the Mission District
  • Enjoy live chamber music performed by local musicians every Monday.
  • 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 — Movie Night: The Gratitude Experiment 

  • Phelan Hall LL01, USF
  • The University Ministry is showing the film “The Gratitude Experiment,” which explores how showing gratitude can change your life positively. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.
  • 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15 – 16 — Indie Mart Mini Vintage Art and Fashion Party

  • Workshop SF between McAllister and Baker St.
  • Indie Mart is a hosting 12 vendors selling vintage and repurposed goods. There will also be food trucks
  • 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fun, Cheap, USF: A Student Events Calendar

Castro Street Fair October 2nd 11am-6pm FREE
Founded by Harvey Milk, the Castro Street Fair is an annual one-day trifecta of drag, equality, and did I mention drag? We all know the Castro as one of San Francisco’s most vibrant communities, so as we can only assume the streets are sure to be flooded by an array of characters, costumes, performances, and kissing booths for the willing. I urge you all to come out to Market Street this Sunday and revel in the celebration of freedom and diversity with our LGBT community and their counter parts. Be not afraid to let your true colors soar as you graze among our local delicacies and dance to the rhythm of your own beat!

Rebecca Solnit October 4th @ USF McLaren 252 12:30
Although the summer reading assignment proved itself very titillating, as those of you who progressed past the introduction would know, it is agreed that the insightful cartography is where our browsing lingered. Rebecca Solnit managed to reveal San Francisco’s hidden secrets, history, and sub-culture through twenty two colored maps in her brilliant reinvention of the atlas. In true Solnit form she has recently explored our halls, caf, harry potter room, and obscure trails for her USF map. Our very own treasure map will be unveiled during her lecture in which the first fifty students to arrive will receive a free copy.

12th Annual World Vegetarian Festival @ Golden Gate Park, October 1st – 2nd 10am-6pm $8
In honor of World Vegetarian Day, the San Francisco Vegetarian Society welcomes everyone to a world of veggie-centric festivities. Golden Gate Park is hosting this jam-packed weekend which promises chefs, food, vendors, speakers, entertainment, and much, much more. If you’re an early bird (or if you’ve been forced to be frugal) then arrive before 10:30am and your admission is complementary. As for the rest of you, casually show up at your leisure accompanied by an empty stomach and take part in all things vegan, vegetarian, and everything in between.

Open Mic @ Café International Every Friday 7:30pm FREE
There are hundreds of open mics in the city during any given week, so why go to Café International? Well, located in Lower Haight, Café International extends a welcome hand to all artists of all mediums. Solos, duos, poetry, musical performances, and brief yet ethereal interpretive dances have all graced their small stage. If you have yet to experience an open mic at all, now’s the time. Out of sympathy, I’ll save my “you’re missing out speech” for when you tell me you did not attend the Rebecca Solnit discussion. From personal experience the most riveting aspect of an open mic at Café International is sitting in the audience with an open mind, a large intimidating cup of coffee, wearing anything but a black turtle neck.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass September 30th – October 2nd 11am-7pm FREE
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is for all of us music junkies who live for free music in the sun. Strolling around campus this week I couldn’t help but hear the buzz and anticipation surrounding this shindig. Let just say names were dropped, blankets were mentioned, and attendance was not in question. With the harsh reality of winter already rearing its ugly head, this last summer music festival is boasting a lineup that may or may not send you into cardiac arrest. The only dilemma you will be faced with during these three day days is your endurance to run between each of the six stages.

Students Must Continue to Address Both On-Campus and Global Issues

It is now six weeks into the spring 2011 semester; in that time, the USF community has witnessed significant happenings both close to home and very nearly halfway around the world.     Noteworthy, important events are unfolding in what seem to be the parallel worlds of USF’s campus and the Middle East; the university’s student body has risen to the occasion on both fronts to engage with the world, whether it be locally or on a global scale.

This semester, the Foghorn has communicated to its readership the importance of student engagement, involvement, and awareness. Now, as we approach the halfway point of the semester, we would like to take the time to encourage and promote what we see as optimistic signs of increased student concern and subsequent action with issues they find important to them.

The level and variety of student initiative we have seen recently has been especially relevant and visible as in the following example.

In this last week alone, our campus hosted at least three rallies supporting three separate causes. First, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community leaders plan to demonstrate today in front of St. Ignatius church to inform the university leadership of their desire to keep to Upward Bound, a federal high school preparatory program for disadvantaged youth, on USF grounds. Second, the university’s radio station, KUSF, held a teach-in on Monday to discuss the transfer of the 90.3 FM signal which resulted in the station being forced off the air without notice days before the semester began; Finally, later in the evening that same day, another teach-in, this time focusing on the history-making revolutions in Egypt and the Middle East, in was held in Fromm Hall.

While the breadth if topics being covered this week in these student-led actions may only be the result of a scheduling confluence, we at the Foghorn view this as evidence of the strength and increasing momentum of  the student body. Students are being proactive about the condition of the world around them, and are realistically, practically tackling issues and challenges in the local and international community.

Internally, students are defending their freedom of speech and communicating their wish to have administrative decisions made collegially and transparently in the form of the KUSF discussion. Reaching out, students are realizing the university’s mission to be a catalyst for positive change in the world by raising awareness of the largely peaceful, people-led ousters of entrenched, repressive leaders in the Middle east. Within the Foghorn staff, there are as many opinions and levels of investment on each of these issues as there are editors and staff writers. What we do agree on, though, is that having proactive, student initiated discussions on many different issues at once is more favorable to having none.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

Opinion Editor: Vicente Patino