News Updates on the Hilltop

On Campus Car Chase: 

Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Matt Dorsey, Supervisor Joel Engardio, Supervisor Catherine Stefani, and the San Francisco Republican Party supported Proposition E. Photo courtesy of @sfstandard on Instagram.

On Mar. 11, a car chase took place at approximately 4:45 a.m. on lower campus. An alert was sent to the USF community at 5 p.m. later that day, notifying students of the incident. The San Francisco Police Department chased a suspect who entered campus off of Golden Gate Avenue, later exiting on Parker Avenue. According to the campus alert, the entrance gate, which is located between the University Center and War Memorial Gym, was damaged. The chase comes less than a week after the approval of Proposition E, which expands the parameters of police chases in San Francisco. The proposition garnered an overwhelming 60% support among voters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The previous provision required officers to chase suspects only if they were suspected of a violent felony. Now, officers are allowed to pursue anyone suspected of any felony. The measure also allows for more extensive police surveillance, like the use of drones and security cameras on public property. The measure was heavily supported by Mayor London Breed and met with opposition by organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. 

Dr. Eileen Fung Appointed to Provost:

Prior to her role as Provost, Fung served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities from 2022-2023. Photo by Samantha Avila Griffin/SF Foghorn.

Dr. Eileen Chia-Ching Fung was announced as USF’s provost on Mar. 6 after serving as interim provost since June 2023. 

“In her interim role as our provost, Eileen has demonstrated her collaborative leadership, compelling academic vision, and depth of experience at USF, honed over 25 years of leading and serving our community in many roles across the university,” said President Father Fitzgerald, S.J. in the email announcing Fung’s appointment. 

In a written statement shared with the Foghorn on Feb. 21, Fung described her path to provost. “I was fortunate to be offered many leadership opportunities at USF. I learned a lot from each of these positions; they helped me to become more self-reflective, resilient and passionate about our USF community.”

Fitzgerald continued, “Please join me in congratulating Eileen. I greatly look forward to working with her, and I thank all of you — students, faculty, librarians, and staff alike — for your collaboration, ideas, frank and open conversation, and hard work, which are critical to the success of our Jesuit educational project in the days, months, and years ahead.”

To learn more about the provost’s achievements, read the Foghorn’s exclusive Feb. 29 interview with Fung, “Interim Provost Fung’s Influence on the Hilltop,”  on our website. 

Zoom Bombing at Global Feminist Forum:

The Global Feminist Forum takes place annually during Women’s History Month. Photo courtesy of @usfcagff on Instagram.

The Global Feminist Forum is an annual series of events and talks at USF every March dedicated to global women’s rights, with a specific focus on advocating for women from marginalized groups.

On Mar. 6, an event that was part of the Global Feminist Forum was “Zoom bombed.” A hacker joined the Zoom and subjected attendees of the event virtually, to racist, anti semitic imagery and audio. Though the presenters were able to take down the broadcast for those at the event in person, those attending on Zoom were additionally subjected to pornographic content.

Ella Brohm, a junior media studies major, was in attendance. Describing what happened after the Zoom bombing, Brohm said “Professor Jane Bleasdale spoke about how these types of attacks are the exact reason why they were there that day, and why it is so important to battle that type of violence.”

Brohm said, following the hack, the presenters facilitated a conversation about the incident. “I thought [the way they responded] was super admirable. The fact that they didn’t sweep it under the rug was the right move, I think if we didn’t spend a good amount of time after the incident talking about it, it would’ve caused more damage.”

President Father Fitzgerald, S.J stated on Mar. 8, “The ITS team reported on Thursday, March 7, that the perpetrator was not affiliated with USF, and gained access via a Zoom link that was posted publicly.” 

In a statement put out on social media, the organizers of the Global Feminist Forum said, “We want to thank our School of Education colleagues, who facilitated the panel; the educators; and especially the students, who mobilized immediately to care and support one another — and to recommit to the work of justice, equity, and liberation. Together, they modeled for all of us how to transform trauma into action and into sustained work. We recognize and regret that participants on Zoom did not have the benefit of gathering together to process this moment…We also know that this is a long-standing pattern: when we stand up and speak back to oppression and to systems of domination, we face violence, on- and off-line. This is why we started the Global Feminist Forum, and why we need to continue to build these spaces.”

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