Name, image and likeness deals are injecting a new infusion of money into college athletics, with some athletes at top D 1 institutions looking at income streams of $25,000 to $30,000. How will the NIL years shape mid-majors like LMU?

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LMU Volleyball Faces No. 1 Texas

Trent Kersten, LMU’s new volleyball coach, starts his tenure with one of the biggest matches in program history: a face-off against the University of Texas, the No. 1 team in the country and reigning national champion. He’d have it no other way

AI’s Impact on Artists

AI technology now allows any user to generate an image of almost anything they like that copies the work of almost any artist, putting the livelihoods of painters, illustrators and photographers at risk.

Hollywood Standstill

No one knows how this story will end, least of all the Hollywood scribes whose fate hangs in the balance. On Tuesday July 18, the Writers Guild of America — representing 11,500 screenwriters — entered the 12th week of a historic strike. …

Tracking Fish With eDNA

Demian Willette, LMU biology professor, has patented a device to collect environmental DNA that helps detect fish fraud — the mislabeling of fish — as well as protect endangered species.

Ginni Rometty’s Path of Preparation

Ginni Rometty started working at IBM in 1981. When she retired in 2020, she did so as the company’s CEO — still a rare career path for a woman with executive abilities and aspirations. Here she talks about women’s leadership, economic anxiety and the economic imperative of diversity.

The Robin’s View

Richard Robin, S.J., stepped into his first job on campus in 1969. This year he is celebrating his retirement. Robin likes to say he always looks forward. But he has agreed to take this brief look back.

Eileen Schoetzow ’98, MBA ’07 On Planning Homeless Shelters

Eileen Schoetzow ’98, MBA ’07, an urban and environmental planner for the City of Los Angeles, is part of a team that constructs homeless shelters for unhoused people in Los Angeles. She talks about helping people get off the streets and into homes and why making a difference matters to her.

Kenneth Chancey ’15 on Youth Homelessness

School was one of the safest places he knew growing up, Kenneth Chancey says. For one thing, he knew, as a homeless youth, that he’d get a meal there. Today, he’s left behind life in a van, and he’s helping others do the same with the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority.

The Outsider President

“Jimmy Who?” people asked in 1976 as the virtually unknown James Earl “Jimmy” Carter came out of nowhere to capture the Democratic nomination for president, eventually winning the presidential election. Carter was able to accomplish this unlikely victory for one…

Ben Bolch on NIL’s Impact on College Athletics

Name, image and likeness (NIL) payments represent a new, large cash flow into college athletics. Much will stream toward athletes through sponsorships and endorsements. But some scenarios are deeply troubling. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times staff writer, describes a new era that is changing college athletics.

Shelves of Selves

To Lynell George ’84, every book on her shelves is a window into who she was, is and will become. How to live when a treasured one goes missing?

A Conversation with Justin Levitt

Election deniers now chair crucial committees in the U.S. House of Representatives. Justin Levitt, an expert in election law who has worked in the White House and the Department of Justice, discusses the future of election integrity.

Tara Pixley on Life By the Oil Fields

Oil drills and storage facilities are scattered across communities in the Los Angeles region. Tara Pixley, who teaches photojournalism in the LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, has produced photo essays of many of those communities. She describes the dangers experienced by people who live and work in proximity to L.A.’s oil industry.

Big City Oil

Oil used to be big in Los Angeles. In fact, it still is, and the industry’s impact on the region’s populations is far from equitable.


When the COVID-19 epidemic came to Yolo County, the disconnection between farmworkers and local government became its own health threat. Antonio De Loera-Brust ’17 describes what he witnessed.

A Well-Aimed Rock

Blake Pickens MBA ’19, a Chickasaw film producer and stand-up comedian, uses film and jokes to change people’s minds about Native Americans and people in poverty.

Title IX at 50

Title IX changed the landscape of university athletics. LMU women who have played, coached or worked in sports administration tell us how a federal civil rights law has shaped their lives.

Rebecca Delfino on the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis, which has killed as many as 700,000 Americans in the past 20 years, has fallen off the nation’s radar. Rebecca Delfino, clinical law professor at the LMU Loyola Law School, describes the overprescription practices and misleading marketing that fuel the epidemic.

Alvarado and 3rd

The United States meets Central America at L.A.’s Westlake intersection. Rubén Martínez finds that survival is one of the many stories found at this hemispheric meeting place.

Driving Ambition

Louis Foster is a first-year student with a reputation for fast driving. He’s been seen topping 160 mph. Not on Loyola Blvd. — this British speedster drives race cars.

Climate Chaos

Extreme California weather may bring chaos, but do we resist, mitigate or adapt to preserve the climate, our common good? David L. Ulin explores the path head and our responsibilities.


How does a Filipino family gradually transplanted in new American soil grow? For Oliver de la Paz ’94, ’95, carefully, surely, like a vine that rises along its trellis.

Behind the Scenes of a Race Driver’s Photo Shoot

Louis Foster, an 18-year-old first-year LMU student, has quickly made a name for himself in professional racing just three years since his initial full season. It’s not so surprising: He comes from a well-known British racing family. We interviewed Foster in the new issue of LMU Magazine. Take at our behind-the-scenes video of the magazine photo shoot.

Eric Strauss on Climate Change

The impact of climate change on Southern California — in heat, ocean temperatures and coastal damage — is now evident, with more on the way, says Eric Strauss of the LMU Center for Urban Resilience. The worst effects will likely be distributed unequally. Our goal, he says, is not climate change reversal but adaptation.

Stage Rights

In 1963, James Baldwin masterminded a tense nighttime meeting with Robert F. Kennedy to break down the Kennedy administration’s reluctance to act on civil rights. Baldwin’s summit changed RFK forever after.

Cougar Town

Native mountain lions risk their lives to cross the U.S. 101 freeway. A wildlife crossing, in the form of a bridge, could save them.

Amped Up

An executive producer with the Obamas’ Higher Ground Audio amplifies voices and stories that are too rarely heard. An interview with Mukta Mohan ’14.

The Bones of St. Peter

James T. Keane ’96, an editor at America magazine, recalls a trip he led with a group of students to the catacombs of the Church of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome.

California’s Catholic Browns

Pat and Jerry Brown — father and son — together governed California for a span totaling nearly a quarter century with their Catholic culture’s influence never far from the foreground.

Click Here For Open Democracy

When he was confronted as a student with misinformation about proposed laws, Patrick Utz started thinking about an app to improve transparency in the legislative process. It’s now in use.

The Afterlife

With a coronavirus vaccine now being distributed, we may be able to see outlines of what life and work will look like when the COVID-19 pandemic passes. In The Afterlife, our new department, seven LMU experts look ahead.

Losing Touch

A cost of the pandemic is loss of touch — bodily, physical contact. Brian Treanor says he’s learned again about “the richness of the tactile world.”

The Magazine of the Year

LMU Magazine wins the 2020 Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year Award, the top honor in university magazine publishing, in the annual CASE Circle of Excellence Awards competition.

Chaya Crowder on Black Voters and U.S. Elections

“The Republican Party has made little to no attempt to historically appeal to Black voters since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act,” says Prof. Chaya Crowder in describing why Black voters, especially Black women, are the backbone of the Democratic Party.

Troubling Calm

In the COVID-19 era, what was has changed, what is now seems uncertain, but will be may be ours to decide. L.A. writer Lynell George ’84 writes about life during a pandemic.

Fall in Love With LMU

This prayer, that has become synonymous with Pedro Arrupe, S.J., who was Father General of the Society of Jesus, describes the intimate connection of love to one’s truest identity.

Kate Pickert

COVID-19 has created a global medical crisis and a U.S. health policy crisis. Kate Pickert, who covered the U.S. healthcare system as a reporter, talks about the impact of a lagging governmental response on the medical community and health agencies.

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EPISODE 43 • MARCH 11, 2022

Kara Allen, Ed.D. ’14, CIO, on the Spurs’ Role in San Antonio

Kara Allen Ed.D. ’14, chief impact officer, is the San Antonio Spurs’ face in their community. Putting seats at the table where decisions are made — putting a Spurs voice at community tables but also adding community voices at the Spurs’ table.


Eric Strauss on Climate Change

The impact of climate change on Southern California — in heat, ocean temperatures and coastal damage — is now evident, with more on the way, says Eric Strauss of the LMU Center for Urban Resilience. The worst effects will likely be distributed unequally. Our goal, he says, is not climate change reversal but adaptation.

EPISODE 40 • FEBRUARY 16, 2021

Ernesto Colín ’99, M.A. ’01

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted far more than the day-to-day operations of America’s schools. “What happened here is that the pandemic has revealed the fissures that we have in education settings and amplified all of them,” says Ernesto Colín, LMU professor of education. Colín talks about what we’ve confronted and what we’ve learned.