Westmont in the city

Oct 15

Four-Day and the Clunie Mansion

Quite a bit of anticipation stirred in the Clunie house this week as Four-Day was drawing nearer, but before we get to Four-Day, let’s take a look at some of the other escapades this week.  One of our students, Timmy, works for a company which hosted a charity event for needy children in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Many of us went to the event which took place on Wednesday night.  It was filled with laughs, smiles, and plenty of food trucks.  On Thursday, our English class had Dr. Sharon K. Tang-Quan, Assistant Professor of English at Westmont, speak to us about the book Bone by Fae Myenne Ng.  After our internships on Friday, a group of our students went to see Cornel West speak!  Once the weekend finally rolled around, it was Four-Day break.  This Four-Day, quite a bit of students came to visit the Clunie house and enjoy our beautiful city with us, while others headed home for the short break.  Being the weekend of Columbus Day, there were parades and gatherings down by the wharf.  The Blue Angels performed three shows this weekend, and thanks to the absence of Karl the fog, we were all able to enjoy the show with clear skies.  As Four-Day came to a close and internships started back up again, the house seemed much more refreshed and ready to take on these next few weeks before the next break!  

Here are some photos from the week!

Above is a photo of Maddie with a whole bunch of Happy.  These are some treats that Dr. Tang-Quan gave to the class during our discussion of the book Bone.

The crew that went to see Cornel West on Friday night! Left to right: Juwan, Lanise, and Maddie.

A pic of Karl the fog chillin on the city’s favorite bridge this past Monday.

Oct 08

Here’s a quick midweek update for guys.

Some wonderful things happened at the Clunie house in the past few days.  Our Urban Studies class gave incredibly informative group presentations on some of the different districts in San Francisco.  After the presentations, Russell Jeung, the assistant professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University, spoke to our class about the writing of his new book, Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches.  Our rooftop garden began to receive a makeover headed by two of our residences, Lanise and Anastacio.  On Tuesday, some of our students took advantage of the free museum day and visited places such as the De Young Museum and the California Academy of Science.  We also were cooked a beautiful and delicious community dinner by three of our students, Anastacio, Chloe, and Maddie (Chad helped quite a bit too).  Let’s not forget that our SF Giants won their third playoff game, pushing them into the next round of postseason games—the National League Championship Series (NLCS).  Catch us Sunday for the next Clunie House blogpost!

Here are some pictures from the week so far.

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Above is a picture of Brian repping our first Mural Monday photo which you can find on the Westmont SF Instagram page.

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From left to right: Lanise, Timmy, Anastacio, Juwan, and Chad.  Timmy, Anastacio, Juwan and Chad are all giving their presentation on Chinatown!

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A picture of our house gardeners, Anastacio and Lanise, buying news plants for the garden.

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Westmont’s very own Capstone editor, Sam Crandall, came up to visit just in time for our first Tourist Tuesday.  You can catch future WSF tourists on the Westmont SF Instagram page.

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Last but not least, a photo of our chefs Tuesday night for community dinner.  Thanks Anastacio, Chloe, and Maddie!

Oct 06

Oh, hey there.

This week, the Clunie house did quite a bit, so let’s try to condense it as much as possible.  On Tuesday, our Urban Studies class visited the old San Francisco Mint.  The mint was only active for 20 years and hasn’t held any coins since 1874, but its beautiful architecture still stands true.  Outside of the building is the Mint Plaza which is home to some of the City’s iconic orange chairs.  Tuesday night, we ate some wonderfully constructed tacos for our community dinner which were cooked by our awesome chefs Brian, Cole, and Taylor.  On Thursday, our English class had Dr. Jacqueline Fulmer come to speak about Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison.  As the week drew to a close, the weekend blasted off with the Hardly Strictly Blueglass festival in our very own Golden Gate Park.  Did we mention it was free?  The festival was full of music, food, sweat, and packed Muni busses for three days straight.  Needless to say, it was a great week in the city!

Here are some pictures of our adventures this week.

Above is a picture of our students listening to architect Bill Worthen speak about the Mint Plaza outside of the old San Francisco Mint.

Two of our students, Cole and Taylor, sitting in the iconic orange chairs of Mint Plaza.

Molly looking out one of the gorgeous windows inside the old San Francisco Mint.

Our three wonderful chefs for community dinner this week—Brian, Cole, and Taylor.

Sep 23

Fall Semester!

It’s the Fall semester for the Westmont in SF crew, and this time around, I’ll be your host—Stephen Sutter.  As we finish up our third week in the city and our first week of internships, things are beginning to settle down.  We’ve all had some time to explore the city and see what the bay has to offer.  Some of the highlights of these past weeks have included viewing the city from the top of Bernal Hill, walking around the Mission district, having community dinner, going to the first Berkley game of the season, and volunteering at the Saint Anthony Foundation.  The city is full of life, and I think I can confidently say that we are all loving living it.

Here’s a slightly awkward photo of our group at Bernal Hills. I promise the quality of these photos are going to improve, just bear with me guys.

May 01

Today the last of us will leave the house to make room for the next group of students. It has been a wonderful semester, full of memories and new experiences, and I have a feeling we will all be back. So, until next time San Francisco!

Today the last of us will leave the house to make room for the next group of students. It has been a wonderful semester, full of memories and new experiences, and I have a feeling we will all be back. So, until next time San Francisco!

Apr 30

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When temperatures break 80 degrees in SF

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Mar 22

The other day we had an unexpected guest! In what one might call a true “San Francisco moment” George Hunter, a former resident of the Clunie Mansion, popped in for a visit. George lived here in the early Sixties while he was a member of the psychedelic rock group, The Charlatans, one notable member being Dan Hicks. He reflected on the tight-knit community of musicians at the time, his days spent developing strobe lights in the Clunie basement, and his affinity for making artistic concert posters. What a wonderful history our house has!

The other day we had an unexpected guest! In what one might call a true “San Francisco moment” George Hunter, a former resident of the Clunie Mansion, popped in for a visit. George lived here in the early Sixties while he was a member of the psychedelic rock group, The Charlatans, one notable member being Dan Hicks. He reflected on the tight-knit community of musicians at the time, his days spent developing strobe lights in the Clunie basement, and his affinity for making artistic concert posters. What a wonderful history our house has!