Winter 2006


Night Gardening by Michael Palmer

A reader writes to complain
that there are no cellphones in my poems,
so here is one,

its body chrome,
its face a metallic blue.
It’s neither transmitting nor receiving.

A woman from Duluth requests
that I cease sending secret messages
to her in my poems.

This I will do forthwith.

And the blackbird at evening.

She says, You have misrepresented the river
there where it turns

Ten Reasons to Be Excited About Saint Mary's Hoops

10. McKeon Pavilion now sports chair-back seating behind team benches, leather seats in the VIP section (oooh), and a new sound system (better to hear the mellifluous tones of long-time announcer Dick Callahan).
9. Paul Thomas, whose teams have won two Division II national titles, was wooed from Cal Poly-Pomona to lead the Saint Mary's women's hoops program.

Catching Up With...Henry Sroka '78

Story by John Leykam

Still at Home on the Gridiron

 What do Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, wide receiver Terrell Owens and Henry Sroka '78 have in common?

Students Reflect on Service, Humanity During Summer Immersion Program

 During summer 2006, 12 Saint Mary's students spent eight weeks together as part of the Cummins Summer for the Common Good, living in community while working at several nonprofit agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


Fall is a season of beginning at Saint Mary’s, a time for meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends, of opening untouched texts and filling blank notebooks with questions, explanations and revelations. Students arrive ready to learn and eager to get involved in all sorts of activities on campus and off.