Editor’s Blog

Building with Haze and Mist

On the second floor of University Hall hangs a photograph of the Loyola College groundbreaking celebration of May 20, 1928. A temporary stage hovers in the background, while benches and folding chairs, cars parked haphazardly and people fitted out in…

The Road From Flames to Freedom

Four African American men who helped change U.S. history and who live in Los Angeles testified about their experiences in the Civil Rights movement at a documentary screening on campus this past week: Robert Farrell, Michael Grubbs, Claude Liggins and…

Golden Years

This past Sunday, a woman who devoted 25 years of her life to LMU was honored when the Campus Ministry suite in the basement of Sacred Heart Chapel was dedicated. The suite has been named for Agnes Marie Schon, C.S.J.,…

Seasonal Change

During the past few weeks, I’ve become enamored with the films of Yasujiro Ozu, a Japanese filmmaker. He made seminal movies about post-World War II Japan, including “Late Spring” and “Early Summer,” two I’ve seen recently. I’m attracted to his…

Confession Time

I have a confession to make: I really don’t have a major problem with Saint Mary’s College. And while I’m at it, this: I used to be on their payroll. It’s true: I once was a writer for their university…

The Story Bronzed

Universities are considered places of texts and stories, but a foundational story was told in bronze this past week. A sculpture symbolizing the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary was unveiled Nov. 13 at the Marymount…

Pasts

The editor of this university’s magazine did not attend this university. The editor of this university’s magazine occasionally regrets that. He particularly feels it at the university’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which is occurring this very weekend. Last night, the…

A Welcome to the Lion’s Den

There were neighborhoods in this country in the ’50s and ’60s where no one’s kids went to Notre Dame University, yet, it seemed, everybody rooted for the Irish. Mine was one. In my Irish Catholic Philadelphia parish, you’d think we…

The Case of the Mysterious Gift

The black phone on my desk rang. I picked it up. “Is this Joe Wakelee-Lynch, editor of LMU Magazine?” a man asked. “I have something for you.” His voice sounded urgent. Maybe too urgent. An editor gets used to the…

A Jesuit’s Jesuit Guide

I’ve been reading the new book about Ignatian spirituality called “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life.” It’s by James Martin, S.J. Perhaps you’ve come across him or the very effective publicity campaign that’s getting him…