Santa Clara Mag Blog
Santa Clara Magazine's blog, updated whenever the writing goblin visits the editorial staff of the magazine.
Monday, Jan. 31, 2011
Writer Ron Hansen heads a panel on historical fiction in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 4.
Folks in the Washington, D.C. area (or with literary-minded friends you'd like to steer in the right direction): Ron Hansen will be in town at the Associated Writing Programs Conference this week chairing a panel on "Finding the Story in History: Writing Historical Fiction."
Joining him are novelists Debra Bendes, Philip Gerard, and Speer Morgan.
When: 4 p.m. -- Friday, Feb. 4
Where: Washington, D. C. Marriott in Wardman Park.
More info on the conference here.
Readers of the mag know Ron Hansen's work well; he's our literary editor. He's also the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor of Arts & Humanities at SCU and known to the wider world as the author of the novels Exiles, Mariette in Ecstasy, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, etc., etc., etc.
He has a new novel due out this summer: A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion (Simon & Schuster).
Intrigued? All the more reason to head to the conference and ask him about it.
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011
SCU football star Brent Jones '85 and wife Dana Jones '86 help out a young boy in need.
After reading a story in the paper recently, Brent Jones '85 decided to buy a dog. A brown Lab by the name of Button. But not for himself.
The dog was for 9-year-old Louis Navin, whose family lives in San Jose.
Louis suffers from epilepsy, and he needed a specially-trained dog to protect him during seizures. The cost: $10,000.
On the gridiron for SCU, Jones helped revolutionize the concept of the pass-catching tight end.
He went on to don No. 84 for the San Francisco '49ers and played an illustrious career.
In his ring collection: four Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl beauties. Plus membership in the College Football Hall of Fame.
He retired from football in 1998 -- and that year the NFL named him Good Samaritan of the Year. He now co-owns Northgate Capital, an investment company.
The San Jose Mercury News ran a story about Louis and his family's hopes to buy the dog. When Jones saw the story about young Louis in the paper, he showed the story to his wife, Dana Jones '86.
Then the Joneses got out their checkbook and bought Louis a dog.
It's a wonderful story and one we like to share.
And give credit where due: Read Lisa Fernandez' article in the Merc here.
--Steven Boyd Saum
Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
Matt O'Brien '73 tells the story behind one of the epic bedtime (er, bedframe) stories of all time.
For our Flashback Friday we offer you a little backstory on a whimsical stackstory that readers of the print edition of the Winter 2010 mag particularly enjoyed. Read on. And don't try this at home.
-- Steven Boyd Saum
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Reading the winter print copy of the Santa Clara Magazine, I was pretty amazed to find myself and other members of the second-floor McLaughlin back on our bunk bed in the Spring of 1970 (page 8, “Santa Clara Snapshot: 1970”). And I mean our bunkbed, as to get it up to height of the third floor took all our beds, and all our bodies!
Thanks to a higher resolution of the photo [courtesy the SCU Archives], I and friends who were in the photo were able to discern seven of us on the bed: Jeff Miller, Jack Folchi, Tom Battle, Bob Wilson, Dan Rice, Matt O’Brien and Dave Adler. All of us were the class of ’73. Five of us were electrical engineers, Dan and Dave business majors.
All of us lived on the second floor of McLaughlin. My roommate Jack Folchi and I had been hosting some amount of parties and a resting place for “day students” in our room -- 210 McLaughlin. That had prompted us to procure a third level for our room’s bunk bed from a bed that had been abandoned in the hallway. This third bed was almost at the ceiling, allowing a person to slide in.
Those McLaughlin bunk beds were of the industrial sort -- heavy duty steel. Looking at our triple one day, we got to speculating how many beds one might stack. As this would take open space, we decided to build as tall as we might—outside. We waited for a quiet weekend day with no resident assistants or Jesuits in sight and built on the concrete walkway between McLaughlin and Walsh dorms.
As we went upward with the beds from our rooms, the bed developed a side-to-side sway. If you look at the picture, you can see two guy wires that we attached to the third story McLaughlin fire escape. There were two others attached to the Walsh fire escape, obscured in the photo by the sky. At that ninth level of bed, we decided we’d reached the limit of lateral stability, although the beds clearly could have supported more above!
Most important of all, we were not caught in the act. No authority figure ever arrived, and we disassembled and replaced the beds in our rooms without detection.
-- Matt O’Brien ’73
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
The top-10 most visited articles from deep within the online archive at SantaClaraMagazine.com.
One of the lovely things about the life of a magazine online is the ever-present archive: searchable (mostly), skimmable, printable, and permanent as long as the servers housing the digital repositories keep purring away. So perhaps not so permanent.
But point being: You, dear readers, roam through the past as well as the present on the SCM site on a regular basis, as Google Analytics tells us. What drew your attentions in the past year? The death of Chancellor Paul Locatelli, S.J. '60 loomed large -- just as his influence on the University over 20 years of leadership exerts a profound influence.
Explorers of the archives also came in search of the Spiritual Exercises and Jesse James, looking for photos celebratory and provoking, accompanying a bus that is taking family members to visit mothers and daughters in prison, traveling back to the founding of a college in Santa Clara and into the crossword puzzle pages. If you haven't read these pieces already, you might discover something illuminating yourself. Read on.
-Steven Boyd Saum
The long tail list for 2010
Photos from the book Filipinos in Los Angeles by Mae Respicio Koerner '97
By Elizabeth Fernandez '79
More than half the women in California prisons are mothers. Some go months or even years without seeing their children. But with a bus service dubbed the Chowchilla Family Express, Eric DeBode ’88 is trying to change that.
By Francisco Jimenez '66
An excerpt from the autobiography of Jiménez, who faced many challenges since he and his family entered the United States from Mexico when he was 4. Through work in the fields, to deportation, to struggles in English class, he persevered. And now he's a professor at SCU.
By Ron Hansen M.A. '95
Pastor, professor, mayor, and CEO are just some of the roles Paul Locatelli, S.J., plays in leading the University.
By Gerald McKevitt, S.J.
It was amid the dusty clutter of an old attic where I found myself first asking questions that it would take me four decades to answer, writes McKevitt. Follow him on the trail to the founding of Santa Clara.
By Adam Breen
While crossword puzzles may seem more the domain of a wordsmith than a math whiz, SCU Assistant Professor of mathematics Byron Walden has used his knowledge of number analysis to fashion a hobby as a creator of newspaper puzzles.
By Ron Hansen M.A. '95
The author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford writes about getting beyond coloring book heroes and villains to understanding a charming psychopath and his killer.
By Bridget R. Cooks
An assistant professor of art history and ethnic studies at SCU offers an ethical examination of art exhibits featuring images of lynchings.
By Ron Hansen M.A. '95
In his mid-20s, Inigo de Loyola kept an informal notebook of the consolations, graces, and inner wrechings he experienced while meditating on scripture. This Manresa notebook went on to become a practical manual that has helped escort countless others through mystical contact with their soul's deepest yearnings and thus with God.
By Robert M. Senkewicz
How has the presidency of Paul Locatelli, S.J., transformed the University‚ as a place, and as an idea?
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011
Snapshots from the post-war years: John Mason '48 and wife Evelyn, the Mission, and making the catch.
John Mason '48 and his wife, Evelyn, were among the married folks living on the Mission Campus in the years after World War II. He played ball, she painted. And we think they make a mighty handsome couple. Photos courtesy Roseann Bora.
-- Steven Boyd Saum
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Top ten Santa Clara Magazine stories read online in 2010.
As we file 2010 under archives, we took a few minutes to look at the most popular stories on the SCM website from the past year. Here, dear readers, are the stories you turned to most online. Pat yourselves on the back for discerning taste, breadth of interest, and a desire for stories with pop and bang (including a grand slam during a first at-bat in the majors), ebb and flow, laughter and tears, infused with the smell of baking focaccia and the ache for a home long lost -- with journeys that take you from the dark corners of the Internet to the top of Mt. Everest, from Bhangra dancing in the White House to paddling in the Sea of Cortez -- and coming home to the Mission Gardens for a farewell to Chancellor Paul Locatelli, S.J. '60.
Don't see your favorite story of the year listed here? Let us know the what and the why of what surprised and delighted in the year just past. And watch for an upcoming post on the stories from our previous years' archives (all the way back to 2003, since that's what's online) that you turned to in 2010.
Let the countdown begin...
10. (It's a tie!)
Ten truths about leadership
By James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
Context is constantly shifting. But over 30 years, the content of what makes for good leadership has not changed much at all.
10. (It's a tie!)
By Justin Gerdes
The tale of tax accountant and mountaineer Megan Delehanty MBA '90 -- and her long climb to the top of the world.
Bhangra Empire rocks the White House
By Mansi Bhatia
Two Broncos in an award-winning Punjabi folk dance. The Obamas' first state dinner. And the performance of a lifetime.
By Dona Leyva
For Claudia Pruett, it’s a family affair wrapped in love and tradition -- including 50 years of serving lasagna to SCU econ majors by her parents, Rose and Mario Belotti.
By Martha E. Stortz
An enlightening firsthand account of walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
A last goodbye to Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Thousands came to give their last farewell to Fr. Locatelli this summer. Here we bring you the homily by Michael C. McCarthy, S.J. and eulogies by Mario Prietto, S.J., and niece Lynn Locatelli.
Good, raw work: Writing, coaching, and Teens in Print
By Maggie Beidelman '09
Writing, coaching, and Teens in Print: a Bronco Profile of Kelly Knof-Goldner '90.
This place we call home
By Kristina Chiapella '09
Generations ago, Native Americans in the Bay Area lost their land -- and the land lost them. But that is hardly the end of the story.
Writing the island
Words by John Farnsworth; Photographs by Chuck Barry
A journey to the Sea of Cortez -- to paddle and dive, to hear the island speak, to look carefully, to write, to come home sunburned and transformed.
Internet, we have a problem.
By Sam Scott '96
One winter day, Dan Kaminsky '02 stumbled upon a hole in the Internet that could make for a hacker's field day. It wasn't a flaw with a browser or a piece of hardware. It lay in the foundation of the Internet itself.
By Scott Brown '93
A Bronco Profile of Daniel Nava -- who made his entry into Major League Baseball with a bang: by clobbering a grand slam in his first at-bat for the Boston Red Sox.
-- Steven Boyd Saum
Monday, Jan. 3, 2011
Fr. Richard Coz, a Jesuit who touched the lives of thousands, died on New Year's Eve.
We begin the new year with some sad news -- and with gratitude for a man who lived his life well and, in turn, touched the lives of thousands.
Fr. Richard T. Coz, 86, died of cancer on December 31, 2010 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was a Jesuit for 63 years, an ordained priest for 52.
Fr. Coz was born in Fresno on August 24, 1924. The family moved to Alameda, where Dick Coz attended St. Joseph’s High School, graduating in 1942. He then worked in defense plants in Oakland and Los Angeles before joining the Navy.
After his discharge in 1946, he attended the University of San Francisco for a year and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos on August 14, 1947.
Following studies at Los Gatos and Spokane, Coz was assigned to Bellarmine College Prep, San Jose, where he taught Latin and English.
He recalled, “That year at Bellarmine [1954-55] was one of the happiest years of my life. I still have former students as friends.” Theology studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos, and Coz was ordained to the priesthood on June 13, 1958.
Upon completion of his priestly training, Fr. Coz pursued doctoral studies in economics at the University of North Carolina. In 1963 he began a 32 year association with Santa Clara University as professor of economics and director of the Studies Abroad program (1970-92) based in Durham, England.
He was a very popular teacher (he was named Business School Teacher of the Year, 1990), a counselor, a rugby and soccer enthusiast, a photographer, a friend and mentor, and the priest who officiated at hundreds of marriages and baptisms.
In 2007, SCU alumni established a scholarship fund in honor of Fr. Coz. The “Pause for Coz” was wildly successful, an indication of the love and esteem in which he was held. (Here at SCM, we were at work on a story about the Pause for Coz effort for the spring edition.)
After retiring from university work in 1995, Fr. Coz returned to the high school classroom.
He taught religion and business ethics at Brophy College Prep, Phoenix (1995-98), followed by a nine year association with De La Salle High School in Concord, where he taught religion and served as campus minister to both the school and the Brothers’ communities.
“Our boys have a fond appreciation for Fr. Coz’s presence and ministry,” wrote an administrator, “He is truly a cornerstone of our Kairos retreat program…As an instructor, we are thankful for all he does every day and would be much poorer without his presence.”
Following a stroke in 2007, he went to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, where he kept in contact with former students and faculty colleagues through correspondence and a steady stream of visitors.
Fr. Coz is survived by numerous nephews and nieces and his countless Santa Clara and De La Salle friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 6 at 7:30 PM in the Mission Church, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara.
Committal service will take place at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery on Friday, January 7 at 10:00 AM.
Donations in memory of Fr. Coz may be made to the Fr. Coz Endowed Scholarship Fund at Santa Clara University.