Summer 2014

Volume 55 Number 4



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


Department Contributors

Justin Gerdes
Marika Krause
Mick LaSalle
Alden Mudge
Edward Rooks
Sam Scott ’96

Copy Editors

John Deever
Alicia K. Gonzales ’90
Marisa Solís


Santa Clara Magazine Advisory Board

Margaret Avritt—Director of Marketing
Terry Beers—Professor of English
Linda Degastaldi—Creative Director
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
Michael C. McCarthy, S.J.—Executive Director, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
Paul Soukup, S.J.—Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Professor of Communication



Summer 2014

Table of contents


A day with the Dalai Lama

High-spirited and hushed moments from Feb. 24: a day to talk about business, ethics, compassion.

The Catholic writer today

Poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia argues that Catholic writers must renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.

Our stories and the theatre of awe

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson speaks about grace, discernment, and being a modern believer.

Mission Matters

What would the next generation say?

Hossam Baghat, one of Egypt’s leading human rights activists, was awarded the 2014 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize for his work defending human rights.

Breaking records on the maplewood

Scoring 40 points in one game. And besting Steve Nash’s freshman year.

How's the water?

A lab on a chip helps provide the answer—which is a matter of life and death when the question is whether drinking water contains arsenic.