On Feasts, Famines and the Strange World of Biblical Economic Values

By Michael Barram
Illustration by Tammy Stellanova

A Vast Store of Knowledge, and a Willingness to Share

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Toby Burditt

Darrell Corti '64.

Darrell Corti '64 arrived at Saint Mary's College in 1960 with something unusual for that era: a 3-foot-square refrigerator for his dorm room.

Talking Burgers, Fries and Organic Greens

By Erin Hallissy
Photography by Ben Ailes and Gabrielle Diaz ’11

Award-winning author Michael Pollan shares a meal — and his thoughts on food — with SMC students

Michael Pollan talks with SMC students.

No More Business as Usual

By John Grennan
Illustration by Chris Buzelli

Saint Mary’s professors teach economics and business during a financial crisis

With Wall Street wizards and Washington policymakers struggling throughout the fall to comprehend the most challenging economic paradoxes to emerge since the Great Depression, professors in the School of Business and Economic Administration (SEBA) would have been forgiven for canceling classes.

Letters to the Editor

Making History

Dear Editors,

What a great issue (fall 2008). The Saint Mary’s magazine is not only a class act, it is informative and a wonderful way to keep in touch with the College. I especially enjoyed the phone booth story since I was one of the 22 who stuffed the booth in 1959.

From the Editor

A Thin Line

Bread shows up in many places in the Bible in reference to both famine and feast. It is the minimum needed for survival — God rains down manna from heaven for Israelites suffering famine in the desert. Jesus teaches his disciples the Lord's Prayer, which includes the petition for "our daily bread," which can be interpreted as referring to food or spiritual nourishment.

Is the Honeymoon Over?

By Jennie Durant ’99 MFA ’06
Photography by David Tejada

Durant holds a hive smoker, used by beekeepers to calm bees down to harvest honey or examine hives.

It Started at Saint Mary's

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we asked alumni who met their spouses at the College to send us their stories, and we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love — and nostalgia.

Answered Prayers

Sam Hutkins '68

While attending the all-male Saint Mary's, I met my wife, Laura, at summer classes at Vallejo Junior College. She attended Cal Davis, and later Stanford.

In Ecclesiastes

By Marilyn Abildskov

No word, no thought, no knowledge,
no wisdom to com. So let me tell you
now what I love: the smell of coffee
from the other room. Fresh brown bread,
ripe pears, strong cheese. Wine in blue
glasses on a cold November afternoon.
Two logs in the fireplace, partly burned.
Small drawings of birds, the winter wren
arriving from the north in fall. Flannel sheets.
This sunroom. Rain falling through pines.
An ice storm this morning. Your voice,
clear then fading on the telephone.


By Kalicia Pivirotto

To make a song.

To stride over pastures and hills made green with rain,
to pass horses,
to have stopped for the sick,
lay a hand on the hot dry flank.

To turn and find only air by your side
where you had imagined breath.

Air too becomes a companion, a language,
words spoken and answered within the confine of these hills.

To approach the horse,
circle with a careful hand until you reach the long face,
look into horse eyes.

Human muscle and horse muscle.