Spring 2007

Visualizing Dante

By Debra Holtz
Photography by Allyson Wiley '02

As Ancient as Plato

By Theodora Carlile

Integral Program Celebrates 50 Years of Enriching Saint Mary's Liberal Arts Tradition

From the Editor


I first met Randy Bennett in his office in 2003, shortly after I arrived at Saint Mary's. He was relaxed, informal and unpretentious. He seemed in a mood to chat. Having been around a fair number of college coaches, my first impression was, this guy is different.

Revitalized Speech and Debate Team Comes Out Strong

By Jennifer Wake

John Macken ’62 was a self-professed introvert when he came to Saint Mary’s. The physics major asked two friends for advice on gaining leadership skills, and was told to join the SMC Debate Society. That experience changed him forever.

Science & Math Students Honored

Story by Kevin Damore MFA '07

Six SMC students received awards in November at the 2006 conference of Sigma Xi, an international honors society that promotes excellence in research.


Elektra: A Girl Who Loved the Color Red
by Kaya Oakes

It seemed to bleed you, every night
those walks past the chapel, just so far apart
that we meant nothing. Your back
against mine told me nothing but the color gray –

and gripping that I wondered if it hurt
to turn toward another voice
another round of questioning.

The Consequences of Chaos

By Hisham H. Ahmed

SMC Professor Examines the Middle East at a Crossroads

Coach for Life

Story by Erin Hallissy
Photography by Dan Rosenstrauch


Joan Peterson

By Jennifer Wake

Answering the Call

In the ’60s, teaching was considered a calling — a proud vocation respected by society and peers. For Saint Mary’s Professor Joan Peterson, who began teaching English at Clayton Valley High School in 1970, teaching simply fit. Seventeen years later, she found a new calling to use her experience to mentor new teachers.