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Time well spent
When we’re planning an issue of Santa Clara Magazine, we often set out to gather stories around a common theme, to shape a whole that is, we hope, much larger than the sum of its parts. On their own, the stories illuminate the world in different ways; together they offer something more audacious and surprising—even to those of us assigning articles and photo shoots, or interviewing alumni and scholars and brilliant young students (who perhaps were not born when the Berlin Wall fell but don’t blanch at the host of obstacles to overcome if they are to make the world a better place), or writing the words and taking the pictures and drawing the sketches, designing the cover and the layout of the features, pulling together campus news stories that are important and timely and funny too—yes, funny, because while this is a university magazine, and when it arrives spring, summer, fall, and winter in your mailbox, we hope it delights and educates, and that you feel the time you spend with it is indeed time well spent.We don’t want it to feel like homework. Not to disparage the value of homework—especially under the right circumstances (see Mission Matters for Santa Clara students’ take on the thrill of studying in a newly-christened place of light and wonder).
Instead, we want the magazine to offer up stories that say: You’ve got to read this. And the truth of the matter is, with the tens of thousands of women and men who have shaped this university and been shaped by it over the years, there are so many compelling stories—big and small, comprising grand gestures of sacrifice and small acts of kindness, showing creativity and stick-to-itiveness and grit, faith and works by folks with a sense of vision and humility and courage. And, in the case of this issue, solidarity.
After two decades of serving as president of Santa Clara, Paul Locatelli, S.J., was asked: What are you most proud of here at the University? When he gave his simple answer—shared with those gathered in the Mission Church for the State of the University address this spring—Locatelli’s voice cracked with emotion. “This community,” he said. “The people who are here.”
Amen. People with stories to tell. If you’ve noticed more of those stories—and perhaps a greater sense of variety and depth, as one recent grad wrote to us—that’s largely due to the fact that, with 48 pages in the print edition (and even more space here online), we have some more room for telling these stories. Which takes more planning and work with our sleeves rolled up and, naturally, a little more money. So in the center of the summer print edition you’ll find a donation envelope along with a gentle appeal for a financial contribution to the magazine. (You can make a donation to the magazine right here online.) You’ll also find a card to send in your class notes—which, naturally, you can do online as well. For those filling out the class note form, here's one more simple request: Tell us how you’ve been spending your time well.
Keep the faith,
Steven Boyd Saum