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  •  Santa Clara University School of Law Celebrates Diversity

    The seventh annual Diversity Gala was held Nov. 3 to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. The event was hosted by Santa Clara Law and the Law Career Services Office. Several law firms and businesses sponsored the event including Townsend & Townsend & Crew LLP, Intel Corporation, and title sponsor Cooley LLP.  

    Dean of Santa Clara Law, Donald Polden, gave the opening speech at the event. Dean Polden talked about the law school’s commitment to enhancing diversity at Santa Clara Law as well as within the legal profession. Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Cooley LLP, Mark Pitchford, also addressed the attendees. Mr. Pitchford acknowledged that recruiting and developing a diverse team was essential to a large, successful law practice. 

    Diversity Gala Committee Chairman, David Tsai, introduced to the audience a video that captured the history of diversity at Santa Clara Law as told by faculty and alumni. Participants included Professor Gerald Uelmen, Professor Margalynne Armstrong, Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Rolanda Pierre-Dixon, and Tsai. 

    Several awards were handed out during the event. The Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Awards were given to two Bay Area attorneys in recognition of their contributions to the legal profession in furthering the interests of minority groups. The award recipients were Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Edward Davila and Oracle’s General Counsel Dorian Daley. The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarships were also awarded during the event. The scholarship was created to honor and encourage first-year law students who have a commitment to eliminating discrimination based on ethnic or gender factors. Scholarship recipients were Eugene Lee, Antonio Raymo, and Hieu M. Tran.

     

  •  Learning the Tactics for Interfaith Activism

    Sophomore Tanushree Mondkar was one of only 200 or so students across the U.S. recently chosen to join a conference of college students working on promoting multi-faith alliances and dialogues on campus.

    The conference was the seventh annual leadership gathering of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). It was held partly in the Eisenhower Building of the White House, and partly at Georgetown Intercultural Center.

    The weekend featured guest speakers from the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and was kicked off by IFYC’s well-known founder, Eboo Patel.

    SCU Junior Ashley Ciglar was also accepted to join the leadership event, but was unable to make it because of her school obligations.

    The conference theme was “Better Together,” and discussed ways of empowering students not to be passive observers of objectionable acts, such as the planned Koran-burning by a Florida pastor. Workshops covered topics such as how to mobilize your campus around shared, faith-based values; how to recruit students who don’t have a religious affiliation to social action, and how to build a team for mobilization and activism.

    “They always say students are the future,” said Mondkar. “They were telling us we’re not the future, we’re the now.”  

    Mondkar says she became interested in IFYC through SCU’s own interfaith council, which she joined while trying to build membership in the flagging Hindu Student Union.

    “When I first came to SCU, I knew, yes, this is a Jesuit school, yes, they accept everyone of different faiths.” But other than a passing mention of the meditation room, adds Mondkar, she hadn’t heard about many events of interest, until she got in touch with Aimee Moiso of Campus Ministry. Since then, she’s attended dinners with Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic students, and felt very drawn to what she has learned.

    "I love traveling, going around and learning about different cultures and faiths. It expands your own mind and relationships beyond yourself,” she said, adding that she hopes that interfaith dialogue will be part of her career path in some way.

    Another former SCU student, Rebecca Hirsch is also spending time with IFYC. She is currently an intern for IFYC in Chicago, working with fellows who are spreading the IFYC message on dozens of campuses nationwide. Hirsch was formerly active in the Jewish Student Union at SCU and was the representative of the local Hillel on campus.

    For her part, Mondkar said her next steps are going to be identifying a campus issue that she suspects will have widespread meaning, and start building her team and working with others to rejuvenate SCU’s InterFaith Youth Council.

    “The U.S. is a pluralistic society,” said Mondkar. “There’s definitely potential for us to come together, not each do our own thing, but to find our shared values and compassion for one another.”

    Ciglar, who also continues to be active in interfaith issues on campus, agrees. “The direct result of this is students becoming a means for peace. We become less ignorant and less likely to persecute others.”

     

  •  Emily Burke Reflects on Bronco Career

    It all started in fifth grade. Emily Burke was moving to a new school, and her parents urged her to start playing volleyball as a way to acclimate herself to the new atmosphere. Volleyball evolved into more than just a path to new friendships, however, and Burke excelled at the sport, continuing to play all throughout high school and college.

    She transferred to Santa Clara after her sophomore year and continued to play the tough role as setter. But just as she had done in fifth grade, Burke used volleyball to help smooth the transition into a new school.  

    She instantly became an integral part of the Broncos’ success, and as a senior this year she averaged nearly 10 assists per set, 2.4 digs per game and posted a .243 hitting average.

    Burke brings more than simply statistics to the Bronco squad though; as one of the captains she also embodies leadership and maturity. She says, “I have learned so much about leadership and patience, and I appreciate everything I have learned from my teammates. We are all individuals who come together as a team to work toward one goal.” Read more.

     

  •  Scaling Up Good Ideas

    Santa Clara University will host the Tech Awards Showcase for the first time on campus on Nov 4. This exhibition will feature projects by the 15 Tech Laureates—the technologists, educators, scientists, and entrepreneurs who will be honored at the Tech Awards Gala on Nov. 6 for their innovations using technology to address global challenges and benefit humanity.

    “The Nov. 4 showcase is open to the public at no charge. People will have a chance to meet the laureates and see displays of their work. This is a great way for the community to learn about the work of these social entrepreneurs firsthand,” says Radha Basu, managing director of SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS). 

    The showcase will be part of a one-day conference, “Taking Social Innovations to Scale,” which will bring together the laureates, the University community, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors, investors, and corporate partners such as Microsoft, Accenture, and Intel. The event kicks off a partnership between NetHope (a collaboration of more than 30 information technology officers in leading NGOs and also a previous Tech Laureate) and CSTS, whose mission is to promote the use of science and technology through social entrepreneurship to benefit underserved communities worldwide.

    “The idea is to help these Tech Laureates, all of whom are social entrepreneurs trying to solve important problems like access to clean water, access to electricity, basic health care needs, to scale up their work in order to have a greater impact,” Basu says. “This year we’ll help them develop an elevator pitch so that they can more effectively explain their enterprises to potential funders and others interested in their work. They will have the opportunity to deliver these pitches during our conference.”

    Too often, she says, good ideas end up not reaching their full potential for impact. “It’s a shame,” Basu says. “At the Global Social Benefit Incubator we see this all the time. There are many innovative ideas for solving social and environmental problems, but they remain just very local solutions, because the entrepreneurs don’t have the network or the connections or the money to really scale them up. This conference will help facilitate a network that can enable these innovations to reach many more people.”

    Visit the STS website for more information about the showcase and the conference.

     

  •  Frugal Innovation Comes to SCU

    The School of Engineering and SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) are pairing up on a frugal innovation initiative, Radha Basu, CSTS former managing director, announced. “This could be a real differentiator for the University, providing us with a tremendous opportunity to innovate for social impact,” she said.

    Frugal innovation addresses the need for products and services in emerging, underdeveloped countries. Ruggedization, simplification, sparing use of low-cost raw materials, an emphasis on earth-friendly practices, and a philosophy that favors “good enough” over “perfection” in creating compassionate, use-centric design are features of frugal innovation.

    “What’s exciting about this field is that engineering or technology innovation for social benefit might seem like it’s something someone does for charity work,” said Basu, “but that is not case anymore. In the next few years, emerging markets such as China, Africa, Brazil, and India are expected to account for 70 percent of the world’s economic growth. For the United States to remain competitive, we must provide products and services to the growing masses, and we have to innovate to the needs of the billions of potential consumers at the bottom or middle of the income pyramid. Santa Clara, with its focus on educating for a just world, is the perfect place to locate these efforts.”

    Read more

     

  •  Remembering 100 Years of History

    Law school alumnus Rob Boyd walked around from between Bannan Hall and Bannan Building to the front of Bannan Laboratories in traditional Scottish garb to practice his bagpipe tune. Some passing students looked on quizzically as they passed by, noticing the large line of faculty in their academic robes and Boyd in his kilt.

    Boyd began his song, and the unique sound of the bagpipes rang out across campus. He marched under the tree outside Bannan Hall, with the law school’s faculty trailing him, two by two. The special guests and dignitaries joined the end of the line, led there by President Michael Engh, S.J., and Law School Dean Don Polden.

    Their procession continued up the main avenue, toward the cross and Mission Church, before turning right to navigate between the rose garden and O’Connor Hall. Finally, the group made it to the Mayer Theater and filed in to take their seats for the convocation, the beginning of Santa Clara University School of Law’s centennial celebration.

    The first law class was held in September 1911, and the school has plans for this entire school year, leading up to a reunion and gala in September 2011.

    Dean Polden opened the convocation by pointing out that, at the law school’s opening, the one-time matriculation fee was a whopping $15, while room, board, and tuition totaled around $200. Fourteen men graduated from that initial class in June 1914, and now the school has graduated more than 10,000 men and women of diverse backgrounds and perspectives as “Lawyers Who Lead.” Professor Emeritus Paul Goda, S.J., pointed out that he has “only” been involved with the law school for 41 years. He proceeded to have some good-natured fun with the lioness of the school, Mary Emery, the first female graduate of the law school and associate dean.

    Associate Dean for Student Affairs Cynthia Mertens mused on the growth and changes over the 35 years she has been with the school, specifically remembering the 1980s when three teachers applied for one computer and the wheeled table on which to push it around.

    After the SCU Chamber Singers closed the proceedings, a reception began outdoors. Dean Polden called the event fabulous and said that the years’ celebrations would serve to “honor the past and plan for the future.” Associate Dean Emery, optimistic after a half century with SCU Law, said that she sees “nothing but greatness in our future.”

    Watch a slide show of the convocation.

     

     
  •  Let the Sun Shine

    Santa Clara University’s 967.68 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system is up and running on campus. The system complements SCU’s existing solar array and is estimated to generate 1.42 million kW hours of clean energy in its first full year of operation. That’s enough electricity to power 129 average American homes for an entire year.

    The systems are located on the rooftops of the Leavey Event Center, the Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, and the parking garage. This was SCU’s second solar installation phase. In 2007, the University installed a 50 kW system on its main facilities building. According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), SCU’s system is currently the 13th largest solar installation among colleges and universities in the U.S.

    SCU entered into an agreement with Perpetual Energy Systems (Perpetual) that would allow SCU to host the solar installations without any capital outlay. SCU will purchase clean solar energy produced by each installation at a predetermined, fixed rate. The system is owned, operated, and will be maintained by Perpetual. Read more.

     

  •  Rebuilding the 2009 Solar House, Again

    One year after Santa Clara University won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon, the award-winning, solar-powered house is finally going up permanently. A concrete truck rolled onto campus on Oct. 19 to pour in the foundation next to the Malley Fitness and Recreation Center, where crews and students will piece the house back together again one last time. Some of the students are the famous decathletes who spent 18 months designing, engineering, and building the super efficient, solar-powered house.

    Tim Hight, chair and associate professor of the mechanical engineering department, has begun his initial outreach to freshmen engineers for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. He hopes they’ll be able to help rebuild the 2009 house, which would give them a taste of what the 2009 team endured and what they could expect in 2013.

    “Some 30 freshman engineering students expressed interest and wanted to learn more about the Solar Decathlon. We’ll hold an informational session in the coming weeks,” says Hight.

    He expects the house to be completely rebuilt by the end of the quarter.

  •  Time in a Capsule at the Donohoe Alumni House

    Picture this: 50, 75, or maybe even 100 years from today, someone from Santa Clara University’s Alumni Association opening a time capsule filled with items that could be foreign to them—a license plate frame, a set of keys, and a DVD. Who knows whether automobiles, key locks, and a DVD player will even exist in the future, but the Alumni Association hopes future Broncos will understand the significance of all 20 items that were sealed, buried, and encased in concrete behind the Donohoe Alumni House on Oct. 20.

    “The Alumni Association is about history and tradition, and this is a monumental time,” says Kathy Kale, executive director of the Alumni Association. “Renovations are underway at the Donohoe Alumni House, and when it’s finished in December, we’ll have the entire building for alumni outreach.”

    Among the important items is Fr. Paul Locatelli’s funeral mass program to remind people of his legacy and how the University would not be what it is today had it not been for his actions.

    A Pat Malley Wine Bottle commemorates 1953 alumnus and Athletic Director Pat Malley, who brought back football and served as the team’s coach. This particular bottle was from a special reserve for an event honoring Malley’s 25th year as coach.

    The Alumni Association couldn’t forget a wine glass from Vintage Santa Clara to remember a true tradition for families, friends, staff, and Santa Clara neighbors to enjoy vintages from top California wineries and food from Bay Area restaurants and vendors.

    As more editions of newspapers and magazines go out of print and onto the Web, someone opening the time capsule 50 to 100 years from now might be fascinated to find a copy of Santa Clara Magazine and The Santa Clara student newspaper, which were dropped into the air- and water-tight barrel.

    Copies of two documents detailing the evolution of the building from an infirmary to a dedicated alumni house are Kale’s favorite.

    “I think it’s important for generations to know that the Donohoe Alumni House didn’t come easy and that a lot of work went into making it what it is today,” says Kale.

    A plaque will mark the spot where the time capsule is buried. That will take place during a special open house after construction is complete.

    A full list of the items in the time capsule can be found at the Alumni Association’s website.

     

  •  fyi Exclusive: One-on-One with the White House Intern

    SCU political science junior Conor O’Brien is gaining valuable experience this fall as a White House intern in Washington, D.C. He and some 140 other college students were selected to work in several White House departments, including the Office of the Chief of Staff, the Office of Political Affairs, and the Office of the First Lady, the Vice President, and many others. O’Brien shared his experience exclusively with fyi:
     
    What prompted you to apply for the internship?
    I heard about the White House Internship Program through my uncle, who works in Washington, D.C, and my aunt. They referred me to a family contact who had participated in the program. She strongly recommended the program to me, so I decided to apply. I had originally planned on spending some time in Washington anyway, so I said, “Why not?”
     
    What was your reaction when you discovered that you were selected?
    I was shocked initially. I really didn’t know my chances of being accepted when I applied. I knew that the program was extremely competitive, and I wasn’t sure that my application would stand out. When I was accepted I was euphoric. I wanted to tell everyone, but first thanked my aunt and uncle, and told my family the news. They were all very happy for me.
     
    When did you start your internship?
    I started my internship in early September and the program concludes in mid-December.
     
    Which office are you working for and what are you doing?
    I am working in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. The office handles and responds to virtually all mail sent to the President. I help that process by coding mail so it can be entered into our electronic processing system. I spend most of my week coding and processing mail that addresses judicial, labor, and gay rights policy issues.
     
    However, there really isn’t a typical day or week for me, because our office is constantly changing and adapting. The staff here is dedicated to modernizing and improving how the White House hears from and responds to the American people.
     
    What’s it like working in the White House?
    I was a little intimidated at first, but after a few days, I settled into the office and got to know many of my fellow interns and the office staff pretty well. Everyone here has been great to me, and though I’m only here for three and a half months, I feel like I’m part of the team. If our office holds a universal truth, it’s that there is always work to be done. Each staff member has assigned tasks, and at the beginning of every day our entire division meets to discuss the day’s priorities and goals. My work for any given day depends on those priorities and goals.
     
    Have you met the President, First Lady, or Vice President yet?
    I have not yet had an opportunity to meet them, and I would be honored to do so.
     
    Do you have any political aspirations, and if so, what do you hope to do?
    All I really know is that politics and government interest me, and that I want to stay involved. I would like to work on some campaigns and work in a government or political office at some point. My experience as a White House intern has already guided my ambition in that direction, and I hope my future experiences will spur me to continue to participate in politics and government work.

     

  •  Meet the Student Bloggers of SCU

    From their favorite classes to the various kinds of food available on campus, BlogSCU is the place to go for prospective students and their parents who are hoping to get the inside scoop about everything related to Santa Clara University. This year’s bloggers are:

    Kelly Hee ’11 from Honolulu, Hawaii who’s soaking in every minute of her last year at SCU. Read her blog.

    Brianne Jones ’14 from Moorestown, N.J., who couldn’t believe that you could go to the pool in Oct. Welcome to California, Brianne. Read her blog.

    Mohit Kochar ’13 from our own backyard of San Jose, Calif., who’s considering adding sociology as a minor this year. Read his blog.

    Nathan Nichols ’14 from Seattle, Wash., who’s appears to be on a mission to try every on- and off-campus dining option. Read his blog.

    Molly Saint ’14 from Nashville, Tenn., who’s already learned the important lesson of getting involved in college. Read her blog.

    Allie Sibole ’14 from Eugene, Ore., who’s loving her new cross-country team. Read her blog.

    SCUBlog is a small glimpse into life on the Santa Clara campus: academics, student life and social activities. It describes the “Santa Clara experience” firsthand as the students write about being students at Santa Clara—studying for tests, trips to the beach at Santa Cruz, doing laundry, celebrating Halloween, life in the residence halls, making new friends, and becoming a part of the Santa Clara community.

     

  •  Senior Nate Mensah Comes Far in Four Years

    As many seniors at Santa Clara University can attest to, it's amazing how far a person can come in his or her four years on the Mission Campus. Just ask men's basketball senior Nate Mensah who walked onto the team as a freshman in 2007. Over the past four years at SCU, Mensah has grown and developed with the program, seeing the team, coaching staff, and himself take great strides.
     
    “Things were so different freshman year,” said Mensah. “Everyone was new – the coaches, the players. It took a lot of getting used to, and we weren't really sure how to do things, what was expected of us. Now that the majority of the team has been together for two or three years we all know one another and know what the coaches want from us. We've formed relationships – the players and the coaches – that have helped all of us improve."
     
    Aside from the development of the program in his time at Santa Clara, Mensah has also seen his role on the team change tremendously in four years. Read more.
     
     
  •  University Dedicates the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activity Center

    More than 350 students, alumni, University leaders, and key donors turned out Sunday to dedicate the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activity Center, named for the revered, late chancellor and former president of Santa Clara University.

    The 16,000 square-foot, two-story $7 million building was described Sunday as a “dynamic and handsome” symbol of Locatelli’s dedication to student success. The ceremony, which was at times celebratory and at times tearful, took place Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.

    “Father Paul Locatelli led this University for 20 years with boundless energy and consistent concern for students,” said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J., who noted that the building was the first new one in more than 40 years built specifically for student use. Read more.

    Watch a slideshow of the dedication.

     

  •  Grand Reunion Weekend

    Congratulations to faculty and staff for making Grand Reunion a success.

    Watch a slideshow of all the weekend events.

     

  •  Prospective Santa Clara Students, Families to Visit Campus

    An estimated 2,300 high school students and their families will flock to Santa Clara University to catch a glimpse of campus life. They will have the opportunity to explore 50 majors, more than 80 organizations, as well as tour campus grounds.

    View a list of events.

     

  •  fyi Exclusive: SCU's New Vice President of University Relations

    After four weeks on the job, Rob Gunsalus sits down with fyi to tell us how he's adjusting to Santa Clara University.
     
    How are you adjusting to the Bay Area?
    Great. My family and I wanted to locate to the Bay Area. We absolutely love it and all that it has to offer.
     
    What do you see as a difference between SCU and other universities?
    One difference is the intentional way Santa Clara lives out the conscience and compassion component of its mission. Most, probably all, universities focus on making their graduates competent. Santa Clara graduates are more than competent. They learn at SCU how to look at the world, their jobs, their neighborhoods, and themselves, through the additional lenses of conscience and compassion.
     
    What do you like most about SCU?
    In addition to its mission, it’s a well-run organization. SCU is blessed with exceptional leaders such as Fr. Engh, the vice presidents, and I’m finding that organizational strength extends throughout the campus. Santa Clara also seems to have an esprit de corps and camaraderie that is encouraging.
     
    What is/are your biggest challenge(s) this year?
    The biggest challenge is to live up to the expectations alumni and students have for the University and the expectations of the University’s emerging strategic plan. The level of philanthropic support will help determine how fast and how far we build on the mission of Santa Clara, and of course, that support depends on SCU’s strong reputation that has been earned over the years by our faculty and graduates. So, ensuring that SCU’s reputation is known and fully appreciated beyond the campus or local community will be another important challenge.
     
    What is the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
    I’m an embarrassingly rabid Oklahoma Sooner fan. I grew up in Oklahoma, so I grew up a Sooner. [Editor’s note: As a University of Texas graduate, I couldn’t help but question whether I could be a fair and accurate writer. Then, I realized that holding onto my job was important to me.] 
     
    How do you relax and relieve stress?
    Spending time with my family and playing with my children. They’re 8, 7, and 4 so I get to enjoy many impromptu recitals, dramatic performances, and of course the occasional wrestling match.
     
    How do you feel about social media?
    Social media are remarkable facilitators for social interaction. For example, the new students arrived already familiar with each other. They met during summer orientation, but that introduction was augmented by social media. And certainly it can be a powerful tool for learning. On the other side though, it can also drain precious time away, diminish the depth of personal relationships, and as Fr. Engh quoted in his convocation speech, it can contribute to the “globalization of superficiality.”
     
    I do have a Facebook account, but I use it mostly to find contact information or to find old friends. I don’t have a Twitter account, but since I now live in the Silicon Valley, maybe I will get one. I watch videos on YouTube but don’t post them, and I’m on Linkedin.
     
    Anything else you want people to know about you?
    I’m genuinely delighted to be here and to be a part of the University. I look forward to celebrating new achievements with the SCU community.

     

  •  Construction Begins on Eco-friendly Apartments for Santa Clara University Students

    Construction of a new student housing community at Santa Clara University is now underway. Upon completion in fall 2011, this new, eco-friendly residential community, designed by KTGY, will provide 400 beds for the University’s junior and senior students.
     
    “Santa Clara University is excited to have its first eco-friendly housing complex for students, especially since the University’s mission is to become more sustainable and climate neutral,” said Joe Sugg, assistant vice president of University Operations at SCU. “While we teach our students about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling, the best way to lead is by example.”
     
    The new student housing is located at 1260 Campbell Avenue on 5.18 acres of land spanning both the cities of Santa Clara and San Jose. The urban infill site is directly adjacent to SCU’s Stephen Schott Stadium and within easy walking distance to University classes and events as well as rail transit.
     
     
  •  A New Academic Year, New Agenda

    Santa Clara University has a fresh administration leading Associated Student Government (ASG). President Chris Mosier ’11 and Vice President Nhu-Nguyen Le ’12 are ASG veterans and cross-country teammates ready to help make SCU a better University.

    When asked about their platform, Mosier and Le immediately began describing a tangible effect of their platform of “creation.” Mosier pointed out the Adopt-a-Class program, where students are paired with faculty to help them find jobs in this rough economic climate. He also mentioned that the program was meant to make sure students were “more aware of the opportunities in Silicon Valley.”

    Le continued, pointing out their plan to emphasize sustainability across campus. He said that “ASG wants to maintain a standard of sustainability…this is something you can carry with you after college.” As a foundation to that standard, ASG has adopted an “Environmental Standard” with conservation-themed habits they pledge to strive for that are “directly harmonious with the Climate Neutrality Action Plan.” 

    Both students were also very excited about the potential of a new online program for all of SCU’s organizations. OrgSync, which Mosier calls “truly incredible…the next step in technology and networking,” is an online management website new to SCU (we join a group of over 125 campuses) that allows clubs and other student organizations to post announcements, events, and news. Through OrgSync, clubs can also manage their membership and maintain numerous aspects of official business. Mosier and Le voiced their intention to get all of SCU’s clubs and CSOs (Chartered Student Organizations) onto OrgSync, along with individual profiles for the entire freshman class of 2014. 

    Another priority is the launch of ASG’s website. “We’re getting rid of the old ASG website. It’s old, and frankly quite terrible,” said Mosier. Le says the new site will enable students to find more information about ASG and SCU. He also mentioned a new ASG Facebook page, which will be useable as another student resource.

    Though both Mosier and Le said that overall, students are very content, they had heard and did have some of their own complaints about SCU as a whole that they plan to address. As student-athletes, both expressed disdain for the lack of student participation in sports other than basketball and even in basketball, outside of big ticket games such as the annual derby against Gonzaga.

    Mosier spoke about the ongoing debate over Greek life on campus as another enduring issue, saying that, “I think it’s time to start engaging people.” Meanwhile, Le had a more direct challenge for his fellow students: “If students don’t like something, speak up. Be aware of what ASG does for you.”

    Finally, considering that Le is only a junior and, therefore, has a full year left after completing his full term as vice president of ASG, fyi was interested to know whether, in this very swift political climate we live in, Le had given any thought to running for president in 2011. He laughed, before saying “Oh, I don’t know…if I still have the energy. Hopefully I could carry the platform for another year.”

     

  •  Clarke Follows Good Practice

    Many freshmen enter Santa Clara University unsure of what they want to accomplish in their four years at SCU, and even more are uncertain about what they want to do after graduation. This, however, is not the case for new Bronco basketball player, Julian Clarke. Clarke, unlike many of his fellow students in the class of 2014, comes to Santa Clara with clear goals for his future both during and after his college years, on and off the court. This serious student-athlete from Toronto, Canada, has high expectations for himself in every aspect of life.

    “My biggest goals as a freshman are just to come in and work hard and earn as many minutes as I can. That way I can find my role on the team and contribute to the best of my abilities,” said Clarke about the upcoming season. “Everyone has high expectations this year, and I feel the same way. We have a lot of talent and versatility, and I can't wait to see what we can do together.”

    Moreover, Clarke hopes that the team will grow in his four years at SCU, with this season coming as the important first step. Read more.

     

  •  SCU Staff and Faculty Art Show

    A special exhibit featuring paintings, prints, and photography is hanging on the walls of the second floor at the Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library. The works of art reveal the incredible talents of SCU's faculty and staff, thanks to the Staff Senate who was interested in bringing the campus community together by showcasing their artistic expression. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 13.

    Watch a slide show.

     

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