Greatest Hits of 2011

By Clay Hamilton

The top Santa Clara Magazine stories from last year, as well as from the vaults, keep online readers coming back.

One of the advantages of the online magazine is that readers are able to interact with our stories. And in 2011, interact they did. Whether it was to add a memory of life in Graham Hall, provide a thoughtful comment on a feature article, share a story on Facebook, or view photo galleries of the Peace Corps volunteers, readers came to more often and in higher numbers than ever before. So what were the favorites? Drum roll, please ...


10. Man in motion

When it comes to football, Rich McGuinness '89 is the force behind The Ride and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.



9. Serial start-up sensation

Diane Keng '14—a veteran entrepreneur at 19.



8. Law at 100

A century of legal education at SCU. See snapshots from across the years and look at the big picture of how the legal landscape has changed.


Summer 2011

7. Life cycle

A photo essay by Susan Middleton '70. Luminous beauty drawn from two remarkable projects—Evidence of Evolution and Spineless. And a sneak peek at a show by this Guggenheim fellow opening in April at SCU's de Saisset Museum.


Spring 2011

6. How can you defend those people?

As public defenders on the Homicide Task Force, Robert Strunck '76 and Crystal Marchigiani '78 have some 40 years between them representing accused murderers—many of whom faced the death penalty.


Fall 2011

5. Tradition shattered

Fifty years ago, Santa Clara admitted the first class of women to its undergraduate program. Gerri Beasley '65 shares some memories.


Fall 2011

4. Satellite Heart

For the first part of her life, Anya Marina '96 found her voice a source of embarrassment and ridicule. Now, with her third album on the way, it's her bread and butter.


Spring 2011

3. Change the world

The U.S. Peace Corps turned 50 this year and a few Santa Clara grads (and faculty and staff) recount their time as volunteers—and where it's taken them.

Fall 2011

2. Remembrance of things Graham

Thousands of SCU students called Graham Hall home over the past half century. The first residence hall built for women, it boasted a pool, the Pipestage club, and campus hijinks. The old buildings are gone to make way for the new but the memories live on.


Fall 2011

1. Revealed! The truth behind No Name!

On today's Rock Report: the story (and real identity) of a legendary bad boy disc jockey. It's none other than Mike Nelson '96, whose freshman thrash band was once booed off the stage at the Leavey Center.


Spring 2011

Our online readers also came in search of articles from previous years. So much so that we are working to make it even easier to find favorite stories and related content. What were the most sought after blasts from the past? Take a look—maybe you'll discover a gem you've missed.



10. Built by immigrants

Gerald McKevitt, S.J., looks at the lives of the early Californian Jesuits and the impact they had on the West.


Fall 2007

10. A century of Bronco basketball

The first basketball player ever to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, 11 NCAA tourney invites, a dozen All-Americans, a No. 2 nation­al ranking, and an alumnus who's changing the way the game is played in the NBA. Not a bad first hundred seasons.


Summer 2007

9. Filipeno Angelenos

Mae Respicio Koerner’s Filipinos in Los Angeles offers a remarkable glimpse of a century of Filipinos in Los Angeles.


Fall 2007

8. Going Global

They hail from around the world, but it’s Bronco red and white that brings them together.


Winter 2010

7. Be who you is

James Martin, S.J., reminds us that our own vocations lead to true happiness, not trying to lead someone else's life.


Fall 2007

6. Truth, legend, and Jesse James

Jesse James' exploits made him a legend even in his own time. Now the author of the novel The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford reveals what it takes to get beyond coloring book heroes and villains to understanding a charming psychopath and his killer.


Fall 2006

5. Justice delayed

Late last fall, the FBI concluded an 18-month investigation into the case of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy. What have we learned (and not learned) about civil rights in the 50 years since?


Spring 2006

4. Breaking through

Francisco Jiménez has faced many challenges since entering the United States from Mexico. Through work in the fields, to deportation, to struggles in English class, he persevered. And now he's a professor at SCU.


Summer 2003

3. What do we see when we look? Photography, lynching, and moral change

An ethical examination of art exhibits featuring images of lynchings.


Spring 2006

2. A puzzling professor

Byron Walden, an assistant professor of mathematics at SCU, draws on his knowledge of numerical analysis to create crossword puzzles for The New York Times.


Summer 2004 

1. Spiritual exercises

Iñigo de Loyola kept a notebook of the consolations, graces, and inner wrechings he experienced while meditating on scripture. It became a practical manual for others.


Summer 2006


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