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Pelosi, Newsom, Lee Will be at USF Presidential Inauguration

Sally Lee
Contributing Writer

The Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. asked that the focus of his inauguration be on  students, staff and faculty. University Historian Alan Ziajka who was responsible for coordinating the events  said this inauguration ceremony is slightly different from past ones  because there  will be “more emphasis on students.” The inauguration celebration began Wednesday, Oct. 29 with a reception recognizing student research, creativity and service.  A reception celebrating faculty work will be on Thursday, Oct. 30. A reception for staff will be on Friday, Oct. 31 after the inauguration Mass.  Continue reading Pelosi, Newsom, Lee Will be at USF Presidential Inauguration

Tuning Into KUSF’s Rock ‘n’ Swap

Lina Galeai
Contributing Writer

Vinyl enthusiasts and music connoisseurs alike gathered at KUSF.org’s first Rock ‘N’ Swap of the semester. Collectors and buyers came from all different generations and backgrounds, and arrived from various places for this all-day event. However, Rock ‘N’ Swap was more than just large collections of vintage records and oddities, crated and ready to be purchased. Both sellers and attendees shared exchanging stories of a mutual love for a certain record and playfully bickered over modern day music versus “the good old vinyl.” Continue reading Tuning Into KUSF’s Rock ‘n’ Swap

USF Community Reacts to Ferguson Shooting

Stefani Robnett
Contributing Writer

Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in daylight by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. on August 9.  In the days that followed, the tragedy evoked an onslaught of riots and protests within the Ferguson community and throughout the country.  Many people viewed the incident as a manifestation of the racial inequalities prevalent in the United States today.

The USF community has been reacting to what happened in Ferguson through a series of different events.  The Intercultural Center held a student-led discussion regarding police brutality on August 26.  The event, titled “What Do You Talk About When You Talk About Ferguson,” intended to provide a space for students to gather and process their initial reactions after Michael Brown’s death and the events in Ferguson. Continue reading USF Community Reacts to Ferguson Shooting

Koret Deli: The Best Eatery on Campus

For off-campus students like myself, buying food on campus can be costly without flexi for our disposal. Sure, a bowl of soup and bread from the Market Café may be the cheapest meal you can get there, but for about $5 it’s not much to sustain you for the afternoon. In looking for alternative dining options on campus, the Koret Deli can help stretch your wallet and fill you up.

First of all, for all those who don’t go to the gym (it’s ok, I think walking up Lone Mountain is equivalent to the stair master), did you know there was a deli in Koret Health and Recreation Center?

Photo by Natalie Gallo
Photo by Natalie Gallo

“I don’t think everyone knows about it because you kind of overlook it when you’re at the gym, but then there are some people I know who only go to Koret for the deli,” said Glencijoy David, senior.

Koret Deli doesn’t accept flexi so it probably doesn’t garner much attraction from on-campus students, but according to David, it certainly is popular with commuter students.

Sandwiches are a staple to my diet. They’re quick and easy to make, and portable to bring up to campus. Since I’ve eaten plenty of sandwiches in my three years as a college student, two years being a commuter, I’ve developed high standards for what makes a good sandwich, and Koret Deli makes a good sandwich.

The menu offers about eleven sandwich options, including vegetarian, with a choice of sweet roll, whole wheat, or dutch crunch bread. On top of that, they’ll even toast it for you, and that already makes a sandwich loads better. I opted for the New York Pastrami sandwich, rather than the usual ham, turkey, or chicken sandwiches. I paid $6 for a 6-inch sub, which is the average cost of Koret Deli sandwiches.

I went to the deli around 11 a.m. on a Monday, and there wasn’t a line at the time, hence the service was pretty quick. At first I was skeptical about how filling the sandwich would be, but after eating half of it, I was already satisfied. I got my pastrami sandwich on dutch crunch bread which added an extra crispness and balancing sweetness to the seasoned meat. Unlike the $6 pre-wrapped sandwiches at the Caf, Koret Deli sandwiches are packed with meat, and the right amount of  lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and sandwich spread.  I often find other sandwich places load on these toppings, causing the sandwich to fall apart, however Koret Deli neatly wraps their sandwiches to prevent this, and also makes it easy to take your sandwich to-go.

The deli also offers espresso coffee and drinks, salads, breakfast bagels, and smoothies, making it a great stop for breakfast to-go or to refuel during the day. I’ve been told by Koret Deli faithfuls that there’s usually a line, so arrive early before your next class. If you’re not in a rush for class, the deli is a spacious alternative for studying with their large tables, multiple seating, and a great view of  Inner Richmond district and Golden Gate Park.

Even though the price point of Koret Deli is not significantly less than the cost of sandwiches you can get at the Caf, it’s a winner for off-campus students in terms of portability, satisfaction, and getting more for your buck. It also beats the crowd and high noise levels of the Caf.

In London, They Pay Their Neighbors For Home Cooked Meals

Cyus Gill
Cyrus Gill

When it comes to vacation, travel and dining, the public often looks to established, dependable brands that deliver a consistent product time and time again. However, my fellow Generation Y’s and I are no longer impressed with consistency, and find that a dependable product or service must be dynamic to be timeless. With new consumers must come a new business model; one which creates a more inclusive business landscape.

Our interests, hobbies, and idle time are valuable resources that have yet to yield monetary rewards. After all the team-building exercises, lessons on sharing and social connectivity, this new globalized workforce is ready to share our talents and transform business with a shared economy. Not only by creating new business technologies, but by promoting a state of social welfare transcendent of politics and the stock market. Eatro, the community-based takeout company that has recently received considerable media attention in the UK, is a shining example of the shared economy in full service; the application takes advantage of a gap in the food market.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. Unfortunately, legendary home cooking calls for at least one devoted cook in the house. Lacking the culinary skill, time and funds necessary to successfully employ their own home kitchen, flat-mates Bar Segal, Daniel Kaplansky, and Zefeng Wei established Eatro, an ingenious food-sharing platform that matches home cooks with their hungry neighbors.

These three Londoners could not have found a better market to start their for-profit startup. According to a survey conducted by the Daily Mail New Press, Londoners spend £221.63 ($368.88) on conventional takeout every month, which is more than double the national British average. Charging a staggering 12% commission on each meal for the use of their technology, Eatro has huge earnings potential.

However, Eatro is doing more than just meeting supply with demand. It has married a classic community exchange program to the tech-savvy, cocooned masses. Eatro’s business model is one that hopes to revitalize communities and local economies by appealing to the undeniable desire that many have for healthy, home cooked meals. The same technology that by some was thought to sentence us to a 1984-esque mental imprisonment may be the very antidote to our apathy and social delusion.

Eatro facilitates mutually beneficial transactions enabling neighbors to get acquainted and to gain trust in each other. This neighborhood trust has been especially lacking in the US where, according to an online survey by Harris Interactive, 47% of American adults can identify their neighbors’ cars more than their neighbors’ first names. This is shocking, since 93% of Americans also consider it important for neighbors to look out for their safety.

Trust is a valuable asset in a chronically self-absorbed society, but perhaps more so are our personal food choices. A USA Today article on the benefits of home cooking states that people consume 50% more calories, sodium and fat when they are eating out versus cooking at home. After considering this statistic, Eatro seems as if directly sent from heaven, allowing the couch-ridden to fulfill their takeout lust while improving their diet.

Despite the massive social and economic opportunities that Eatro provides to its customers, there are naysayers who seek to write off the concept solely because these meals are not monitored by the government. Thankfully, Eatro is not the first company to garner government attention with community-based concepts, and it will not be the last. Airbnb, Uber, and every other shared economy endeavor had to find ways around conservative governmental policy.

Inevitably, Eatro will implement inventive insurance policies and quality ratings for their services, which will allow similar companies to enter the market. The momentum and productive potential of companies built upon individual responsibility and the building of a tech-based community is enormous, and regardless of what the critics say, it is irrepressible. Eatro has not yet toppled McDonald’s, Chipotle or the local pub, but they and other shared economy start-ups are shifting the landscape in a new and exciting direction.