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Hayen Gehr
Staff Writer



Tucker’s arrival at a Division 1 basketball school is clear evidence that size, in fact, does not matter. The five-foot-three point guard is four inches shorter than any other player on the Dons, but boasts a quickness and fearlessness that can make any height disadvantage seem unimpor- tant. Tucker spent her high school days at Brookside Christian and then McNair High School, both of which are in Stockton, Calif. As a junior at Brookside Christian, Tucker fully displayed her offensive explosiveness, averaging 29.6 points per game and scoring a ridiculous 73 points in a sin- gle game. This scoring output was the fourth highest individual point total in high school women’s basketball state history, and for good measure, she had two other games in which she scored over 50 points. Continue reading DONS FRESHMAN PROFILES: THE FUTURE OF USF BASKETBALL

Dons Freshman Profiles: The Future of USF Basketball

Nick Schebetta
Contributing Writer


For freshman walk-on Nick Loew, earning playing time and the trust of his coaches will come down to one thing: hard work.

“As a walk-on, I feel that I just need to show the coaches that I can play really hard and give a great effort,” Loew said. Continue reading Dons Freshman Profiles: The Future of USF Basketball

“If you Could Do Freshman Year Over Again, What Would You Do Differently?”

Pranav Mandavia

Staff Writer

Welcome to USF new Dons! Congrats on making it to your first day of freshman year. Once you move into your dorm, meet your roommate(s), and experience the hype of new student orientation, you’ll be wondering, now what?! As new students nationwide start a new adventure in their lives, the pressure’s on to make the most out of college, especially freshman year. So, how will you make the most out of your first year at USF?

Moving to San Francisco from New Jersey, I definitely was very nervous and anxious about my first year. Looking back, I now know that I definitely could have done things a little differently to make the most out of my first year, like getting involved with student organizations such as the Campus Activities Board my first semester instead of in my sophomore year. If I could give one piece of advice to new students, I would say to get involved as much as you can the first day. Go to all orientation activities, and try to meet as many people as you can.

To help give some insight into freshman year and what to expect, we’ve asked some experienced students here at USF to reminisce on their time as freshmen and give some advice on what to definitely do your first year and what they would do differently their first year if they had the chance.

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Sarah White,

Senior, psychology major:

“Be more involved. My freshmen year, I lived in Fromm and I felt really alienated. I’m really shy so I didn’t really reach out, which is why I think I don’t have many friends now and I’m a senior. Just get more involved. Everyone is in the same boat as you, so don’t be afraid to reach out and make new friends. Enjoy all the clubs you can.”

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Christina Seruge,

Junior, international studies major, Latin American minor:

“I would definitely spend more time socializing with people instead of studying all the time. You get to make more friends. I would join more clubs right away so you have seniority by the time you’re a junior. Get to know the people in financial aid and CASA because they will be the ones to help you when you register for classes.”

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Kevin Bachar,

Junior, nursing major:

“Taking advantage of office hours and your professors as a resource are the biggest things I would go back and change. You get so caught up wanting to do everything  that you never really sit back and say ‘oh hey, my professor can be the greatest resource I have.’ Because now, my professors from my sophomore and junior year, I have that kind of relationship with.”

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Caleb Banks,

Senior, psychology major:

“I wanted to be a lot more active. There were some things I really wanted to do in terms of helping and changing the school, or pursuing my own interests that I decided to step back from and not really take advantage of full-heartedly. I didn’t know much as a freshman and I was too naive. If I could do freshmen year all over again, I would be more ambitious and take advantage of the things I wanted to get done for myself and for the school.”

How Not To Gain the Freshman Fifteen….Without Ever Setting Foot in Koret

We’ve all heard of the horror that is the Freshman Fifteen, and we all spending some extra time in Koret is usually the best way to fight it off. But what if you hate working out? Never been to the gym in your life? Then these tips are for you!

1. Participate in Intramural Sports

USF offers nine sports in the fall that are open to all students! Not only is it a great way to stay active, it provides an opportunity for you to hang out with friends and even meet fellow students with similar interests.

2. Run up the Lone Mountain Stairs

Give yourself two minutes to conquer all 142 stairs. Best way to ensure that happens every single time? If you have classes up on Lone Mountain, leave your dorm five minutes before your class starts. Heavy backpacks and intimidating professors can be very effective in helping students stay active.

3. Avoid late-night pizza/burger runs to Crossroads

Being 10 feet from the University Center and armed with a copious amount of Flexi makes getting supper incredibly convenient. But is standing in line for over half an hour for a burger really worth it? And you leave smelling like smoke. If you get hungry at night, go for the fruits or yogurt parfaits. You don’t emerge with the lingering smell of smoke in your hair as you’re usually out of there in five minutes and won’t regret having a burger at midnight the next day.

4. Lose your MUNI Pass

Since you are only entitled to one MUNI pass per semester, if you lose it, you’re forced to pay for bus rides. Two dollars for a couple of blocks on the bus? Just put on a pair of comfy walking shoes and power walk your way to your destination! With the way the city is built, you’ll be fit without even trying to be. And chances are, with this cool weather, you won’t even break out in a sweat.

5. Make Flexi work for you

Flexi money isn’t monopoly money. It doesn’t mean you should go around buying chips and ice cream everyday just because you can. Go for the healthier food options like the salad bar. You can even walk up to Lone Mountain and buy food that you can make in the dorm kitchens. Making your own food means that you get to control what goes in it and the portion sizes. If you have friends that don’t have the meal plan, help them out! By sharing, you eat less and accumulate good karma.

Through eating smart and constantly staying active, you should be able to avoid the freshman fifteen without ever having to work out at the gym. If these tips don’t work for you, then maybe it is time to get yourself over to Koret a few times a week…

The Truth About Alcohol

Duh, it is illegal to consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21. Regardless of what U.S. law states, many college students participate in liquid recreation.

A student’s relationship with alcohol can vary greatly depending on one’s knowledge of the matter. In an attempt to create a more aware student body, the USF Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department held a Truth About Alcohol meeting last Thursday.

According to Michelle Montagno, the program administrative coordinator for CAPS, is that ages 18-25 are most vulnerable to alcohol abuse. One in 10 Americans has a drinking problem, she said, and for many, that problem begins with college binge drinking.

The largest proportion of binge drinkers, which is defined as those who intake excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, are college-aged, as reported by the Center for Disease Control. The consequences for excessive drinking include memory loss, vomiting, headaches, blackouts, depression, and addiction. While USF requires freshman to complete a My Student Body online alcohol education program during orientation, binge drinking is still present around campus.

“I have definitely seen people vomiting and passing out a ton. I’ve seen people at parties who have been foaming at the mouth and had to have an ambulance called for them,” said Michelle Bottarini, a senior nursing student.

Similarly, Joseph Emde, a front desk worker for Gilson Hall last year, walked into the men’s bathroom to find a girl passed out on the floor, in her own vomit. “She had to go to the hospital. She was never able to look me in the eyes again,” he said.

Despite these scenes, there are students who find educational awareness pointless. Ben Miller, a junior business major, took an online alcohol course after being written up for dorm room drinking his freshman year, and was less than inspired. “These meetings are meant for people with drinking problems, and the vast majority of people they are reaching don’t have drinking problems,” he said.

Others share his belief. Omar Avalos, a junior multicultural marketing student, agreed that alcohol education events hold little effect. “If the students are already drinking, then they know what they’re getting themselves into,” he said.

For students who don’t drink, however, alcohol education seems to be more beneficial. “It helps those kids who have no experience drinking. Especially since we will encounter situations with alcohol, and we will need to know what to do if the situation arises,” said freshman Myles Oliver. And, as it appears, there is a good chance that the situation will arise.

Miller recalled his sophomore year of high school when his friend, in attempt to keep up with the rest of the boys, drank more than he was used to. “He passed out and his body went full white. In hindsight, we should have taken him to the hospital, but we didn’t because we didn’t want to get in trouble,” he said.

Montagno made note in her lecture that one can be held legally liable for failing to help a friend with alcohol poisoning. The problem is that many students are not aware of when their friends are in need. The idea is simple but often forgotten: “alcohol poisoning is life threatening,” explained Montagno. “People think it’s funny that this guy got drunk at a party and passed out, but then he doesn’t wake up in the morning.”

If you notice signs of alcohol poisoning, which include having pale or blue-ish skin, low body temperature, slow or shallow breathing, and an inability to wake up from sleep, get help. Call 911 or USF Public Safety at 415-422-2911.

Everything in moderation: All measurements are based on a per-hour rate with a glass of water in between each drink.