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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Sarju Naran

My best friends to date and my other dorm-mates got together while I was studying in the library and moved my entire room to the inside of the pool area (bed, desk, chair, sign on the door.)


Nicolas Alvarez

I enjoyed my Freshman and Softmore years at the Graham complex.

Keith Anglin

Trying to solve the mystery of who stole the white boards off the girls doors. -It was Percy Tejeda

Graciela Lopez

The MCC in the basement of Graham 100 was my home for 4 years even though I only lived in Graham 300 during my freshman year. I hope the mural in the basement of Graham 100 will be removed and not destroyed. My freshman dorm room was on the second floor of Graham 300 on the corner that faces the street intersection, I remember that ROTC would run past super early in the morning chanting when the rest of us were trying to sleep and on the weekends the drunk students wouldn't help either--it wasn't very conducive to sleep, but I can look back and laugh about it now.

Katherine Puchi-Kozioziemski

Days of our lives in the lounge. Making my closest friends ever!


Kathy (Kneeshaw) McIntosh

I met my husband in Graham 100!


Susan Cabael

In December during finals week, my friends celebrated my boyfriend's (now husband's) birthday by throwing him in the pool... 2 years in a row!

Joseph Kirrene

I have several good memories of my Freshman year in Graham, but two memories stick out as my favorites. One occured at the beginning of the year when a girl, Ann Lu, came down from her room and knocked on my door. (We had talked a little to each other earlier that night while watching tv in the lounge upstairs.) She was checking to see if I wanted to take a walk. My heart pounded because she was pretty and had a beautiful smile. I remember walking around the campus with her, particularly around Mission Gardens. Freshman year was starting to look a lot better. Another memory is when Ann and I had started dating a few months later. We went on a double date to a dance in San Francisco with my friend Keith Palmer, who lived next door to me, and his girlfriend. I remember we all dressed up, and it was fun watching Ann come down the stairs wearing a dress, especially since she was a jeans and tee-shirt kind of girl. Some of her friends were embarrassing her by whistling and making other noises to show their approval. It was a very good night. The dance was fun, and all of us had a good time.

Joe Kirrene

I have a lot of memories in that dorm. I am still good friends with one of my neighbors from Graham 100. We were groomsmen in each other's weddings. I started dating one of the girls who lived upstairs from me in Graham. We continued dating for 6 1/2 years, and were are still good friends. I have only been back to campus a couple of times since I graduated in 1995, but I always thought I would have a chance to show my 3 kids where I lived when I attended Santa Clara. They are probably too young to appreciate it right now.


Preston Bynes

Dear Graham #200 1990. The Beginning I called you home from Aug - June ( I played football ) so I got to campus before most other freshmen. Getting my first phone ( under my roommates name ) he played a sport at SCU as well. The Middle Coming home(to Graham) after Christmas break. Having the phone shut off - lack of payment. To many long Distances calls ( I guess ) The End Using the hall phone( public phone ) because it was right outside our door. And the best memory I have is everyone is Graham 200 knew if the phone ( public ) rang to just knock on our door because it was for one of us. My mother got to talk to everyone in Graham that year because of the phone situation. Graham you will be missed... I also have one about the Pool.... but that can only be told over drinks at the


Ron Andre

As was the tradition, each resident got tossed into teh Graham pool on his or her birthday. It was very cold.

Joe Ryan

Watching Hans and Frans on Saturday Night live in the lobby, wrestling in the hallway, Graham poolside view and meeting my wonderful wife!


Quyen Lenshoek

Playing laser tag at the outdoor arena.

ken rohner

Sig Ep Mud Wrestling in 1988. Several unnamed wrestlers left the mud wrestling event at the Oreo House and jumped into the Graham pool turning it into a swampy mess. My roommate and I had both wrestled and had originally gotten blamed until we showed that we had gotten mud all over the dorm bathroom cleaning ourselves up and couldnt have jumped in the pool. The next day, people are sunning around the Graham swamp. Father (I thought it was Smolarski) walks through the complex and past the pool where he abruply stops as he notices the mud. He is audibly heard saying

Frank Taran

Good days nice people to be around


Loretta Nierat

Good memory of fellow students dorms were a home away from home


Lynnel Luciani

Chatting with dorm neighbors in the common area outside of my room.


Janice Benech

Getting tossed into the Graham pool on my birthday!! This was a great Graham tradition. And one can't forget running to the downstairs commen TV to fight over which soap to watch at lunch.


elizabeth fox

The pool and tv room. Blended drinks...


Andrew Lehane

Comedy nights in Graham central station.

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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!