Remembrance of things Graham

Graham Memories

Earlier this year, the Alumni Association asked alumni to submit their favorite memories of Graham. Here are the responses. Add your own memory using the comment box below.

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Vincent Newell

Putting our own pool in the quad, grilling out, Saturnalia, Lord of Misrule

Brian Norton

BBQs on the lawn, of course!

Emily Orbanek


Jeremy Schaaf

We threw flower on our RA as he was leaving the shower. he was pumped!

Logan Smith

Losing my shame competing in "Mr. Alpha".Coming out in a cheerleading outfit to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl"

Elizabeth Stillman

Playing sardines after CF formation in the basement!

Margaret Stockbridge

Saturnalia victories!

Test Test

Test test test testt

Victoria Troche

Lord/Lady of Misrule Competition! The entire year!

Karen Valenzuela

My friends and I went into the basement one night, took all of the furniture from the rooms. We then built a massive fort in the middle of the basement and slept there. Also, frisbee in the graham quad and firsbee tournaments on the library lawn!

Chelsea Verhasselt

Turning the Graham basement into a pirate ship! And all of the frisbee in the quad!

Andrew Victor

Freshman year I would cook breakfast after midnight for Graham 200. Another resident would read the "Red Hot" section from Cosmo- we called it Pancakes and Porn.


Mara Adler

My formative first year of SCU was spent in Graham 300. On my first day in California I met my freshman year roommates. My Meri roommate and I had our fist awkward "we are going to be living together for a YEAR" photo taken in our new abode, Graham 323. We immersed ourselves in the day to day life of an excited freshman Broncos. RLCA Alpha events, off campus exploring, and of course familiarizing ourselves with our college courses. We spent countless hours in our sweet corner room with the perfect view of Safeway and numerous off-campus homes getting a lay of the land. Graham was home. Hot spring days sent all Graham residents crawling outside into the quad for some relief from the stifling rooms. Looking back five years later at that first year of college, everyday I wish I could go back and do it all the same. Graham provided the perfect transition into a successful four year career at SCU. Being bonded in Graham is not something easily let go of. I live today in San Francisco with Meri and our next door Graham neighbor Morgan (Graham 321). The Graham spirit of community has kept us close for 5 years and will continue to be the foundation of our friendships for years to come. Far from little Graham 300, three Broncos celebrate their friendship formed, long live Graham.

Ron Alvarado

Taking the closet doors off and using them as a table to play beerpong in the dorm room/longboarding out the door every morning to go to class.

Jenna Choquette

-covering Morgan's entire room with post-it notes -Grey's Anatomy in the Graham basement

Kelly Esrey

Where to begin? Watching movies in the Graham basement, watching my friend accidentally light his hand on fire on the balcony of Graham 100, finding a tarantula in my bed... the memories are endless and unforgettable.

Christopher McNamara

There isn't enough space in the world to share the memories I had while living in Graham

Chris McNamara

Living with Jesse Dekens in room 313!

Chris Odfina

This place was my first home away from home in college. I'll never forget the friends I made as they are like my family to me.

Guillermo Portillo

I loved having movie nights in the Graham basement. I also will never forget out intense Super Smash Brothers Tournament!

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  1. Debbie Medeiros Carey
    October 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Memories . . . Steve Martin at Pipestage . . . what a deal! And who could forget the quesadillas . . . Wine and Cheese on Tuesday nights and the great dance parties that included doing the hustle in Graham 400.
     When I started at SCU I was a little disappointed that I ended up on the "upperclassman" side of campus, thinking I would miss the fun associated with Swig. Soon I realized that I I had the best arrangements - I mean a pool right outside my dorm? What a community we built. Thanks for the memories.

  2. Debbie Medeiros Carey
    October 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Forgot to mention I lived in Graham 300 for two years before moving off campus and then spending my senior year as a RA in Swig on the 8th floor. Debbie Medeiros Carey Class of 80

  3. Ralph Hipps, class of 1980
    October 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Graham 200 was the best dorm on campus, period!! Playing frisbee over the pool and off the sides of the dorm wall all afternoon was a great stress reliever! Some even made it into the open windows! Then there were the post finals jam sessions out on the pool deck, fun stuff!! Those were the daze...

  4. Tom Horan ('77)
    August 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I lived in Graham 100 and I remember seeing a poor quality b/w flyer for " A Wild and Crazy Guy" with a silly balloon hat affixed to the light post outside Graham 100. Would sure like to have that now! As I recall the Doobie Brothers also played Pipestage. I also recall Huey Lewis and the News playing for a Law School function. But the most memorable was being part of the inaugural class of the "Living Learning Dorm" where I was exposed to all matter of things, including about 30 people who all went to see " The Exorcist" and then were too scared to go to sleep!