Feature Contributors



took some fabulous pictures while making the “Walk Across California” with his fellow students, and some of that work is on display here. He’s studying communications at SCU.



(“In this together”) is the author of more than 30 books on Catholic themes, including The Rosary Handbook: A Guide for Newcomers, Old-Timers, and Those in Between and The Joy of Being Catholic.



(“The $1 million question” and “Blood. Sweat. Tears. Repeat.”) is a university writer/editor who, this time around, covers the Leavey Challenge, the grueling SWAT challenge, and Survivor.



(“Walk Across California”) has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, and other publications over the past 30 years on a wide range of music and art. It was his work on “The Makers,” for the Summer 2012 SCM, that hooked him on this story.



photographed “Walk Across California.” A longtime photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, he has won numerous awards regionally and nationally. His work has appeared in more than a dozen books, including Mystical San Francisco.



is the Chancellor of Santa Clara University and wrote the AfterWords for this edition, “The first Jesuit pope.”



photographed and illustrated people, places, flora, and fauna for “Walk Across California.” A naturalist and wildlife artist, he has served as consultant and instructor at SCU in art, environmental studies, and international programs.



(“Miller’s tale”) is the editor of this magazine and, by way of full disclosure for this article, hails from the vicinity of the Windy City.



(“Range of motion”) is a veteran reporter and editor with Bay Area newspapers. This is her first piece for SCM.



(“Keep the door open”) has taught at SCU since 1974. He is a senior lecturer in English, and his contributions to this mag include “Remembering 1968,” an AfterWords that’s been used by colleagues to teach history.

Spring/Summer 2013

Table of contents


Walk Across California

An epic journey whereby one foot is put in front of the other to discover, up close and personal, who and what and where is the Golden State.

Miller's Tale

To tell the story of Bob Miller ’67 is to tell the coming-of-age tale of Las Vegas itself. And it’s the chronicle of a man who served a decade as governor of Nevada. Quite a journey for the son of an illegal bookie from Chicago.

Blood. Sweat. Tears. Repeat.

Nina Acosta ’82 was a tough enough cop to pass the test for the LAPD’s SWAT team. Then she learned the hard way about gender discrimination. So how did she do on Survivor?

Mission Matters

When justice is kidnapped

The 2013 Alexander Law Prize honors Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese civil-rights activist and attorney who protested government abuses—including excessive enforcement of the one-child policy—then escaped house arrest to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Double trouble

Growing up tennis with Kelly Lamble ’13 and John Lamble ’14. And Bronco teams that are a force to be reckoned with nationally.

Keep the door open

For teaching and advising and a ministry that’s blessed this place for 48 years—paying tribute to Charles Phipps, S.J.