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Santa Clara Snapshot: 1962

Santa Clara Snapshot: 1962
She led the way: Mary Somers Edmunds '62 becomes the first woman to earn an undergraduate degree from Santa Clara—despite the fact that more than a few of her classmates chipped in $1 each to pay her $250 not to walk in commencement. Photo courtesy Mary Somers Edmunds
by Holly Hanbury-Brown '12 |
  • 1st woman to speak at commencement at Santa Clara: Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • 15 percent is the limit for the number of freshmen and sophomores who can receive failing grades—until 1961­­–62, when the flunking limit is removed
  • 25 cents is the recommended donation for receiving anti-polio vaccine as part of the “K.O. Polio” campaign in September
  • 73-year-old Jesuit Bernard Hubbard dies. He earned the moniker "the Glacier Priest" for his explorations in the arctic—and exploits that included rowing the Bering Strait in a kayak.
  • $2,000 damage done to O’Connor Hall by “one fine, young freshman” who plugged all the drains of the 2nd-floor showers and ran the showers full force
  • 8,000 seats in planned Buck Shaw Stadium, with construction begun in summer 1962
  • $150,000 signing bonus for Bob Garibaldi ’64 to join the San Francisco Giants after his sophomore year—and after being named MVP in the College World Series
  • 350,000 volumes will fit in the soon-to-be constructed Orradre Library

 

Winter 2014

Table of contents

Features

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

Goooaal!

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.