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  •  Luminous beauty ... and an award for photography

    Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011



    We like to think we know a beautiful thing when we see it. The photos in Life cycle (Spring '11 SCM) by Susan Middleton '70—like the Brittle Star above—enchant with a lumunous beauty and offer a delight of discovery in the world around us.

    And we're pleased when other folks—like the judges at the University and College Design Association—single out such marvelous images with an award for excellence, as they've done this year. See the photo essay in its entirety here and read an extended Q&A with Middleton here.

    As for Susan Middleton, she's in Hawaii at present—at a conference where she introduced U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin (who's written introductions for her work, in fact) and offered presentations on art, science, and conservation. Read about that in the Washington Post here.

    Steven Boyd Saum



  •  Bronco Buzz: Wave Warrior Plus

    Friday, Jul. 15, 2011

    Shana Bagley J.D. '93 takes the sea by storm. And that's not all.

    Bagley climbing the mast and sailing high

    Ocean racing, including sailing the Clipper Round the World Race, is probably the most “normal” sport Shana Bagley has taken up. Read all about that in a profile of her in the Summer 2011 edition of Santa Clara Magazine.

    Before she climbed into the rigging in gale force winds, though, she was already drawn to challenging and unusual sports—“the weirder, the better” she says. For starters, she’s on the U.S. Women's Eisstock Team (informally called Bavarian Curling) and competes in the World Championships in the Alps every four years.

    She played rugby on a men’s team at the USA Rugby Division III level for three years after law school. As a Highland Games national finalist in California, she tossed 18 foot cabers. And she was California State Strongman Women's Lightweight Champion in 2001. (In this case, “lightweight” means she towed a 70,000 pound fire truck, lugged telephone poles, and flipped a 350 pound tractor tire.)

    To keep up with Bagley’s adventures—including rappelling down the side of the Hyatt in San Francisco to raise money for the Special Olympics this July—you can also check out her blog at

    Emily C. Elrod ’05