history and traditions
Santa Clara Snapshot: 1912
- 1 billiard room, 8 large classrooms, and accommodations for 120 senior students in the just-completed O’Connor Hall.
- 3 degree programs offered in the new College of Engineering: civil, mechanical, and electrical.
- 30 cents for a dozen Eastern oysters to take home at the Santa Clara Restaurant and Oyster House. (California oysters are a much better buy, at 50 cents for 100.)
- 121 runners participate in San Francisco’s inaugural Cross City Race—now known as Bay to Breakers.
- 35,000 people attend the celebration on June 16—and 10,000 of them march in a parade—marking the transformation of Santa Clara College into the University of Santa Clara. Archbishop P.W. Riordan of San Francisco presides at commencement.
- 10,091,550 square miles of the sun will be affected by a “great solar disturbance” the first week in June, predicts J.S. Ricard, S.J., who is director of the college observatory and known as “Padre of the Rains.”
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.
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.
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.
Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.
The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.
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.