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The Great Schlep: Students at the University of San Francisco Have To Bend Over Backwards to Move In and Move Out

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

This is just one part of The Trek – can you see them all, laboring their borrowed carts up Lone Mountain going to where – a moving van somewhere near Geary in the Inner Richmond?

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Poor students!

Come to think of it, USF goes out of its way to avoid pissing off its neighbors on Moving Days

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I guess that’s the price you gotta pay when you’re an Urban University…

What’s This, the ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY Has a Scholarship “Raffle” But Only for Children of SFFD Workers?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

All right, let’s see here, let’s say I’m a Fire Inspector at, IDK, the SFFD Inspection Section of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and I’m a union member and I’m a breeder, with chil’rens, expensive ones, not-so-bright kids with so-so high school grades.

Now wouldn’t it just be a dream come true to enter my teens into the Great AoA Fire Union Scholarship Raffle? I hope I win, I hope I win!

And oh, what’s this, my job is to make judgment calls when I inspect Yet Another AoA Building? Mmmmm…

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Are these scholarships handed out each year? IDK. Does the 500-word essay matter at all? Not that I can tell. Is this a four-year free ride? I think so, so long as the yoots keep their grades up. But note that everything’s at the discretion of the AoA, so maybe if the AoA decides it doesn’t like the SFFD so much next year, it will pull the scholarships? IDK.

Hey, do DBI workers get a scholarship raffle for their kids too?

Oh, what’s that, you’re living in the projects and you’d like a shot at a free scholarship too? Well, let’s see, are either of your parents pulling down six figs as an SFFD firefighter? No? So, no soup for you.

Mmmm…

In other news, when will we change the name of Van Ness to Academy of Art Boulevard?

If You’ve Got $30k for Tuition: San Francisco Day School Open House May 2, 2015 – Oh, Scholarships Available

Friday, May 1st, 2015

One isn’t sure how one wins a scholarship at the young age of four years old, but anyway.

If you won’t go to Marin, Marin will move to you, at the crossroads of Golden Gate and Masonic

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Here’s the copy (that, I’ll tell you, I would have written differently, but anyway):

“Tour our school, learn about our academic program & meet our teachers! Fall 2016 applicants may begin scheduling events in September 2015. This event is intended for, but not limited to, our neighbors and those who are not eligible to join the admission events in the fall.”

I’ll tell you, there are other schools in town [cough, Presidio Knolls*] who’ll look you right in the eye and say, more or less, we don’t want you, we don’t want your kid, and we don’t want your money. Ouch.

(This whole process of getting your kid into a private school after rolling snake-eyes in the SFUSD “lottery” can be like joining a sorority, just saying. Welcome to San Francisco!)

Anyway, there’s an Open House, just saying.

*Located not in the Presidio, but in the flats South of the Slot, oh well. Also, not to be confused with Presidio Hill.

Drip Drip Drip – “SF Archbishop Star of Sea Emotional Abuse Priest Scandal Grows Bigger” – Drip Drip Drip

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Well here it is, a compendium, below.

I’ll tell you, right about now is generally when the board of directors of a typical organization would be holding an emergency meeting to assess, and then take action. But my experience in such matters is limited to non-Catholic orgs. Would these matters indeed go all the way up to the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, Italy? IDK.

On It Goes

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More Trouble for Bay Area Catholics – Unearthed Lawsuit Against Father Illo for Infliction of Emotional Distress

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

[UPDATE: Apparently, we’re talking about Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress [NIED] and not Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress [IIED], so I’ve deleted the word “intentional.”

Here’s today’s allegation:

“The facts of the 2005 lawsuit against Father Illo, which required him to pay $14,000 for therapy for the young girl he traumatized, are as follows:

An 11-year-old girl came to Father Illo in confidence to report an incident of sexual abuse by one of the priests in Illo’s parish in Modesto.

Upon listening to the child’s report of abuse, Fr. Illo responded by yelling at the child, calling her a liar and calling the character of the child’s mother into question.

Fr. Illo then invited the offending priest into his office, where the two of them further confronted the child.

It was only after Fr. Illo invited his secretary in the room and she found the child in a hysterical state that she was removed and the mother was called.

Fr. Illo has a sworn duty to immediately report all allegations of abuse to the police.

As part of the case, church documents detailing an internal canonical investigation were subpoenaed. This report raises questions about Fr. Illo’s leadership and referring to his personality as being “dictatorial, manipulative and insensitive.” The report recommended counseling for Fr. Illo. 

Controversy has dogged Father Illo since he was appointed by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to Star of the Sea Parish and School in late 2014.  After taking charge of the San Francisco parish he banned altar girls, saying only boys can be altar servers. The move sparked criticism along with his statements to parents that he planned on replacing the school’s teachers with nuns from Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist order the same nuns that walked out on students at Marin Catholic High School last week to protest an event to prevent bullying of LGBT youth.”

I’ll tell you, this school must look like a dream come true to a lot of parents who rolled snake-eyes in SFUSD’s kindergarten “lottery,” but signing your kid up there sure seems like it comes with a lot of baggage…

Good-Bye William R. De Avila Elementary, Now It’s “CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL, CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL, CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL”

Monday, March 30th, 2015

You know, back in the aughts, I was thinking that De Avila Elementary / Dudley Stone School was going to keep its name after it reopened to become a Chinese-language immersion school. But no, the name of this place, if you had to say it in just three words, is “CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL.”

See?

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It looks like a private school, non?

Now mostly, they prefer to teach Cantonese, as opposed to Mandarin.

The answer to WHY’S THAT has to do with local politics.

OTOH, if you want to get all nuanced, then:

Why Cantonese First?

I can think of a few other reasons, but anyway…

So there’s your branding, and now I know why nobody understands when I mention the de Avila school…

Harsh: USF Labeled the “University of Spoiled Foreigners”

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Our Urban Dictionary gets a little harsh:

University of Spoiled Foreigners

With over eighty countries represented in the student body, children of incomprehensible means from Latin America, Europe, and Asia attend this Jesuit institution, and pay tuition on par with Stanford or an Ivy League school. These students are frequently seen driving Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Porsches, Lotuses, and BMW’s, and carrying purses made by Prada, Jimmy Choo, and D&G. Instead of studying, they can often be found congregating in VIP sections of clubs such as Ruby Skye, running thousand-dollar-plus tabs on a regular basis. Spoiled is interchangeable with snotty or snobby, as in the University of Snotty/Snobby Foreigners.

Also known as the University of San Francisco.

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I’m not sure how current the brand names mentioned are, but the reference to Ruby Skye sounds a bit dated. (OTOH, maybe that’s where all the students are planning on going when they’re waiting to mob the #5 Fulton inbound on a Friday night.)

I heard this phrase back in the aughts, from Native Born ‘Mericans. And I’ve seen some exoticars parked around campus. Is that enough to merit this nickname?

I know not.

 

I Know the UCSF Police CAN Patrol Ashbury Street for Traffic Violations, But I Don’t Know WHY It Does So

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

There are some answers here, but this activity waaaaay off-campus still seems off-mission to me:

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A Most Unwelcome Headline for SF’s Giant Law School: UC “Hastings Slips Again in U.S. News List”

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

In-house legal reporter for The Recorder David Ruiz covers all the bases here:

Hastings Slips Again in U.S. News List

1. This is excellent coverage of what I used to consider an under-covered issue, with no paywall to boot. So huzzah for that.

2. The headline is a bit dramatic, but it gets to the heart of the matter. I already knew the new ranking number of 59*, but if I hadn’t, well that hed would have made me think the fall was to 80-something or, Heaven forfend, “Third Tier,” up (or down?) in Triple-Digit Country.

3. I”m not sure if this story is worthy of a general-interest publication, such as the now-frivolous(?) SFGate or the now-paywalled(?)-but-nevertheless-serious SF Chronicle. (Oh, but here’s a person who would be good for both: 3L student and Oak-Town resident Hali Ford on Survivor. That one would write itself. Yowzer.)

4. California law schools don’t appear to be the focus this year, since the punishment meted out by the Great Recession isn’t hitting all the Cali schools in one fell swoop the way it was doing the past few years.

5. I’m thinking maybe this post should have just been a Tweet, but it’s too late now, as I’m done already. Sorry for the nothingburger post. Anyway, here’s what the Tweet would have been, and I’ll repeat it for emphasis: This is excellent coverage of what I used to consider an under-covered issue, with no paywall to boot. So huzzah for that.

*US News appears to simply love it when schools tie in the rankings, so that’s why you’ll see 12 schools in the Top Ten and seven schools tied for 48th place, that kind of thing. It’s a kind of grade inflation for universities. Speaking of which, there’s a lot of pressure on school employees to game the numbers specifically for the US News rankings, so sometimes people get a bit … creative, oh well.

Gonna Go on an Escapade: JEFFERSON UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Car Far from Home, Illegally Parked in the 94104

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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Escapade
We’ll have a good time
Escapade
Leave your worries behind
Escapade
Well you could be mine
Escapade
An escapade

(My roommates in colledge used to dance on the floor, while seated, with arms flailing, to this song, and it wasn’t all that old at the time, that’s how old I am.)