Efforts by Saint Mary's College to welcome nine students displaced from their Gulf Coast universities by Hurricane Katrina were the subject of an article in the Contra Costa Times.

The article read, in part:

Saint Mary's has asked students to pay what they can, but the college is willing to absorb most or all of the cost if needed, said Michael Beseda, a Saint Mary's vice president in charge of enrollment. Tuition, textbooks and room and board will be provided to students who need them, he said.

Several students and relatives at the Saint Mary's orientation said officials at the small Catholic school returned their phone calls promptly about the displaced students from Loyola, Tulane, Dillard and Xavier. Saint Mary's administrators worked through the Labor Day weekend to make arrangements, students said.

"These kids are going to need nurturing," Jacqueline Watson of San Leandro, whose daughter, Courtney, came to Saint Mary's from Xavier University. "I am appreciative of what they're doing (at Saint Mary's)."

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