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The View from Here Looks Good
Thank you very much for the review
you did on View from the Tent [Bookmarks,
Winter 2010]. It came as a great
surprise as I concluded that [there]
might not be any interest on your/SU
Magazine's part. I love that it's in a
M. Barrett Miller, '68
'Making Her story' Revisited
FROM THE EDITOR
Earlier in the fall, I was visited by Mike
Brown, who had uncovered a letter to
the editor written by his mother, Mary
Miniter, but never sent. Going through his
mother's belongings following her death
last year, Brown came across the letter
tucked inside the Fall 2004 issue of Seattle
University Magazine. The cover story,
"Making Her story"—which focused on the
maverick women who shaped Seattle University—
was of particular interest to Mary,
who was among the first women to attend
SU when it began to admit women in the
early 1930s. Below is that letter.
It is great fun to read the Seattle University
Magazine and follow the changes
that have occurred since I first came
to the old Seattle College in 1933. I
read with great interest [the article
on] Jane Prouty in the Fall 2004 issue
about women, "Making Her story," at
Seattle U. Jane and I went through Holy
Names together. We were friends and I
was happy to see her name. I thought I
would fill in some of the missing pieces.
Seattle College had always been a
men's college. The only women were
the off-campus nursing students at
Providence Hospital and they were
mostly nuns. The college decided to
admit women as regular students for
the fall quarter of 1933. Five women
were admitted. They included me
(Mary Brandmeir), Betty McConnell
and Mary McMullen.
I don't know which of us registered
first, but there were five of us that first
quarter. The second quarter there were
eight. And by the third quarter, there
were 25 women.
There was some controversy about
admitting women. At first the 96 men at
Seattle College were not pleased that we
had invaded their territory, but that soon
changed. By spring quarter, we were all
getting along fine.
I had planned to attend the University
of Washington, but Father John Prange
met with my mother and explained how
that might not be the place for a young
graduate of Holy Names Academy. So my
plans were changed. As a result, I helped
make history at Seattle University.
Being in the first group of women at
Seattle College was quite an experience.
Truth be known, the ratio of men to
women was very much in our favor and
we had a pretty good time that year.
Mary B. Miniter
Cupid Strikes Again
Our winter cover story on love found at
Seattle University had special meaning
for a number of readers, who shared their
own stories online.
Here are some of those comments:
Jeremy Corwin, '93, and Laurie
(Roshak) Corwin, '93, met their
freshman year on the first day in
Winnie Guy's calculus class and married
six days after graduation. Nine
children later, Laurie says Jeremy "is
still my best friend. It was the best
thing that ever happened to me at SU!"
Butch, '69, and Marilyn Hrnicek, '68,
met at a sock-hop in the gymnasium
in November 1965, and married June
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