Winter 2014

Volume 55 Number 2



Steven Boyd Saum


Assistant Editor

Kristen Intlekofer


Associate Editor,

Clay Hamilton



Charles Barry


Editorial Interns

Leah Gonzalez ’14
Danae Stahlnecker ’15


Web Intern

Lucas Hapin ’15


Class Notes & Obituaries

Marisa Solís
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Clay Hamilton
Lucas Hapin ’15
Brian Washburn


Literary Editor

Ron Hansen M.A. ’95


Creative Director

Linda Degastaldi-Ortiz


Department Contributors

Jeff Gire
Deborah Lohse
Alden Mudge
Sam Scott ’96

Copy Editors

John Deever
Marisa Solís


Santa Clara Magazine Advisory Board

Margaret Avritt—Director of Marketing
Terry Beers—Professor of English
Michael Engh, S.J.—President
Elizabeth Fernandez ’79—Journalist
Rich Giacchetti—Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Ron Hansen M.A. ’95—Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Arts and Humanities
Kathy Kale ’86—Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations
James Lyons—Vice President for University Relations
Paul Soukup, S.J.—Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Professor of Communication



Winter 2014

Table of contents


Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters


Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.