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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

 

Summer 2012

Table of contents

Features

The Makers

What does it mean to teach the arts—and to create art in all its forms—here and now? By that, we mean here at Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley, with threads reaching out to the rest of the world.

Respect the game

Now they're the subject of dreams-may-come true movies. But in the beginning, they were women who just wanted to play soccer.

Mission Matters

People, prosperity, and the planet

A new fuel cell design brings top honors to student engineers.

In the zone

First Julie Johnston ’14 was freshman of the year. Then All-American. Now the Under-20 World Cup is calling.

Truth, justice, and coping with atrocities

Legal scholar Beth Van Schaack tapped for State Department post tackling war crimes—from Cambodia to the former Yugoslavia.