If the question “Why am I here?” is the most foundational question humans ask themselves, then “What is sin?” must be second. The Seven Deadly Sins have been with us for centuries. Their guise may change, but their appeal never weakens. Here we examine the Seven Deadly Sins — they’re still with us, as deadly as ever.
Lisa See ’79
Lisa See is the author of 10 novels and a nonfiction book that explore Chinese and Chinese-American experiences in the United States. Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch talks with See about her new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” and her days as an LMU undergraduate, when she was certain she’d never be a writer.
An alumna who came to the United States as a 10-year-old writes about the importance of the DACA program. To shield her from possible deportation if DACA is rescinded, her identity is purposely being withheld.
What You See
What happens to a representative political system when truth and reality become contested, or even subverted, by actors within the institution itself?
Lisa See’s“The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” is a story of separation in China’s Yunnan Province and its impact on lives thereafter. Read an excerpt here.
Adrienne Fedrick Newbold ’04
Adrienne Fedrick Newbold played a crucial management role in a $210 million redevelopment project at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s No. 1 container port.
Beast of Burden
Gerrymandering, the drawing of boundaries of electoral districts, is shaping up to be one of the most contentious issues in politics for the next several years. Here’s a quick guide.
Los Angeles may appear to be rich soil for the Seven Deadly Sins. But if you look closely, you’ll find their opposites around the City of Angels.
My Favorite L.A. Buildings
Kirstin Harper-Smith, senior project manager with Suffolk Construction, shares her thoughts about the L.A. skyline and her 10 favorite tall buildings.
Heart of Comedy
Jim McDermott, S.J., a Jesuit who has tried his hand at stand-up comedy gives talks about his top ten comedians who feed the spirit along with the need to laugh.
Lisa See ’79 spent lots of time in her grandparents’ family story in L.A.’s Chinatown. Here she remembers being entranced by Chinatown’s sights and aromas.
Origins: Meghna Singhvi
The origin story of Meghna Singhvi, professor of accounting in the College of Business Administration, started in Udaipur, India, and, after stopovers in Ohio and Kentucky, it brought her to her home in Los Angeles.
A Maltese Melting Pot
An alumna teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar in Malta finds cultures clashing at a Mediterranean crossroads.
Colton Plaia and Life in the Minors
Colton Plaia, who finished a stellar baseball career at LMU in 2013, was drafted by the New York Mets and now plays for Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate. Check out his thoughts on life in the minors.
A Conversation With Demian Willette
Demian Willette, a biology instructor in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, and his students study fish fraud — the mislabeling of fish species — as a way of improving the traceability of fish in the food supply chain.
A Conversation With Luke Bohuslav ’17 and Ryan Brown ’20
In which Luke Bohuslav and Ryan Brown prove that opposites do, indeed, attract, and make for a heckuva doubles team in tennis.
Assigned Reading: Linda Bannister
Summer is the perfect time for reading. We asked Linda Bannister, professor of English and a playwright, for her reading tips.
Midfielder: Sarina Bolden
Sarina Bolden’s standout play during the 2016 LMU women’s soccer caught the attention of U.S. Soccer and earned her an invitation to a U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team training camp this past spring.
Object Lesson: The Poet’s Lock
A lock of hair: symbol, simultaneously, of life and death. It will outlive you, and it may tell stories after you’ve gone.
When Bryant Verador ’06 proposed marriage to Shalimar Zabanal ’06, he devised an elaborate plan to turn the occasion into a unique game of hide-and-seek.
LMU’s five-year Scholarship Initiative, launched in October 2012, successfully ended earlier this year by topping its $100 million goal by $3 million, a “record-setting achievement,” said President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
A diagram of the path fish may take, from the moment caught in the ocean to processing, transshipment, port arrival, distribution, retail and the table of your favorite restaurant.
A Conversation With Marissa Montes LLS ’12 and Emily Robinson LLS ’12
Lawyers at the LMU Loyola Law School discuss immigration issues and fears of deportation among DACA registrants and others who feel at the mercy of ICE.
George H. Dunne, S.J., ’26 was a prominent voice in the U.S. Catholic Church for integration, ecumenism and economic development in developing nations.
Young alumni were especially responsive to the Raise the Roar crowdsourcing initiative, held on Valentine’s Day this past February.
Share your memories of the Jesuits who taught you, and we’ll publish some in the next issue of LMU Magazine. Email us at email@example.com.
LMU Announces Playa Vista Campus
LMU Playa Vista Campus will house graduate programs for the School of Film and Television and provide space for academic and creative activities and events. Opening in fall 2018, it will be located in The Brickyard Playa Vista.
Private: English Professor Paul Harris Reads His Poem Greed
His poem, Greed, is in a form of creative writing known as constrained writing, in which the author chooses to write within a constraint. Here, the choice to use only one vowel (called monovocalism) was suggested by the titular word — the long e sound of greed expresses its sense.
Dear LMU — Letters From Our Readers, Summer 2017
Dispatches Summer 2017
Catch up on some of the news and events in the lives of the alumni community.