Listening To: Dr. Dog “Cuckoo”

“Cuckoo” is off of Dr. Dog’s latest indie-rock album, B-Room, and employs a rough, patchwork sound with a blues-funk vibe. Though B-Room is rather eclectic, “Cuckoo” is a good representation of the wonderfully weird album.

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Hidden History: St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. IgnatiusLocation: Kenna Lawn

Inspiration: On June 4, 2002, SCU installed a statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola to embody the University’s Jesuit roots.

The book features a quote from St. Ignatius, “The more universal the good, the more it is divine.”

On the back, there is a figure of Christ with eight crosses, one for each of the martyrs killed in El Salvador in 1989.

Origin: Don’t assume it was your tuition money that paid for St. Ignatius – SCU alumni William and Janice Terry gifted it.

Factoids: It took about a year for the artist, Lisa Reinertson from Davis, Calif., to build the 600-pound statue in clay and cast it in bronze.

Although the statue is roughly eight-feet tall, St. Ignatius was actually five-foot three.

Christina Hoang

SCU’s Football Link with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers

49ers 2Santa Clara University’s gridiron glory days had a bigger influence on Bay Area football than you might think. In fact, the current San Francisco 49er jerseys directly inspired by the gold, red, and white of the Santa Clara University Broncos.

 scufootballThe founder of the 49ers, Tony Morabito, played for the SCU football team and graduated in 1931. After managing a well-known lumber company in San Francisco, Morabito created the first national football team on the west coast in 1946. In keeping with the Santa Clara tradition, Morabito hired Santa Clara football’s head coach, Lawrence “Buck” Shaw, as the first 49er head coach.

Even though SCU no longer has a team, the memories of Bronco football live on with the Niners jerseys.

— Hannah Tayson

Study Spots at SCU

As college students we have the the tiring task of studying on a semi regular basis. As rough as studying can be, it can be made a whole lot easier by finding just the right spot to get focused and work to the best of your ability. Sure, there is always the library. It is the quintessential study spot for most college students; however, it is not necessarily the best spot to study. It can get busy, a tad overwhelming, and also just sort of boring sometimes. So now the dilemma is where to go when the library is no longer an option? While, contrary to popular belief, there are actually a multitude of places to study!

Sky Lounge: 

Where:  11th floor of Swig.

The Sky lounge is one of the best places to study during the day. At night, it can get filled with people, but during the day it tends to be more vacant. It has tables, chairs and a great view! What more could you want from a study place? The only problem with this study place is getting into the building, but even if you don’t know anyone who lives in Swig, it is not that hard to just ask someone to let you in so you can go to the sky lounge!

Classrooms in the RLCs:

Where: Graham and Casa Italiana

The classrooms in the RLCs are perfect for students who love to use whiteboards! Lots of people like to use to whiteboards to work on a rough math problem or to just write out your ideas and see where your mind is going for an important paper. These classrooms are almost always empty and they are perfect if you want to study in a group or completely alone.

Upstairs of Comm Building:

Where: Upstairs of Communications building, in front of the business school

During the weekdays, this is not necessarily the best place to study; however, on the weekends its completely vacant and quiet. During the weekends this is the best place to study, because there no longer are the herds of students bustling to class, instead it’s just empty chairs awaiting you and your studies.

Courtyards:

Where: There are courtyards all over campus, but the best ones to study at are the ones near the mission church and art museum.

On the weekends, or during classes, this is a great place to study. You get the warmth of the sun, but the shade of the trees! If you love to study outside, and not be completely secluded, these courtyards are your best bet. You can bring a beach towel, or sit on the benches, either way, you are primed to study and get some vitamin D at the same time!

Shapell Lounge:

Where: Downstairs of Benson

This is a great meeting place for group projects or study groups. They have many chairs and tables that work perfectly to aid any type of assignment you may be working on. While there is noise that comes from the cellar and the other various rooms that surround the lounge, it is by no means over bearing.

Santa Clara offers its students a multitude of places to study and get work done. If the library is not for you, try one of these other various places on campus to study! With all these options, you are guaranteed to find the best studying spot for you.

Life After Studying Abroad

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Many of my friends studied abroad this fall, and a few of them have mentioned the “culture shock” they have felt after coming back to the United States. I interviewed junior Lauren McAndrews on her feelings after returning from Milan, and what she is experiencing back in the SCU community.

What kind of emotions were you feeling when you came home to the United States?

“I was happy to get home but I was also really sad to leave my host family, so it was very conflicting. I just didn’t say much, like on the drive back from the airport. I just kind of took everything in.”

What did your family say when they first saw you? 

“My family kind of understood. My mom thinks I’m one of the statistics because she has this chart from my program that says all the different emotions I’m supposed to be going through, but that’s kind of even more upsetting because she’s just like ‘Okay, now I know what you’re going to say in two months’ and I’m like mom, just stop it.”

What is it like to come back to the bubble of Santa Clara?

“Overwhelming—really overwhelming—because you’re used to seeing the same few people every single day. Then going from that to seeing hundreds of people every single day here, it’s overwhelming to say hello to everyone at first and try and catch up with everyone and you feel like you’re having the same conversations over and over again. That’s something I’ve found, that I don’t stop to make small talk with as many people as I used to before I left. I’m not exactly sure why. I don’t know, maybe because I feel like I’ve changed but Santa Clara hasn’t. And everyone really talks about the same things still, so that’s definitely part of it.”

Do you stay in touch with non-SCU friends you met abroad?

“Yes, I do. Snapchat is the easiest. But a couple of my other girlfriends I met abroad, we’re actually in a Facebook thread planning for two of them to come for Spring Break. Then I’ve kept in touch with other people mainly through Facebook, just because it is easier and you feel like you can respond when you have the time, rather than a text message where you feel like there’s more pressure.”

Do you talk to them about what you’re feeling?

“Yeah, mainly it’s not too deep of a conversation, compared to other Santa Clara students that went abroad and are now back—I have more meaningful conversations with them—but we do talk about how we really miss Italy and we miss the things that we used to do and it’s just a lot of nostalgia for the experiences we had.”