Election Sing-Along

Music has long been part of U.S. politics, from campaign ditties to Civil Rights anthems. Evelyn McDonnell, professor journalism and expert on music, gender and politics, offers some of her favorite songs about voting.

Top L.A. Hiking Trails

When the summer months finally arrive, some of us head toward beach and ocean. But others dream of hills and hikes. The Los Angeles area is riddled with pathways through the woods and along the peaks.

Heroes and Villains

Joe August been an avid gamer for almost as long as he can remember, and he works in the field now. We asked him to tell us about his favorite video game good guys and bad guys.

Billy Traber ’01

Billy Traber was West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2000, and he followed that with a nine-year professional career, with five in the majors.

Melissa McCabe Navaroli ’05

Melissa McCabe Navaroli is co-owner of McCabe’s Nursery & Landscape Construction in Temecula, Calif.  We asked her to tell us about her favorite hardy, low-water and easy-to-maintain garden plants especially suited to Southern California.

Joslyn Shoop ’08, M.A. ’11

Joslyn Shoop is assistant coach of the women’s soccer team. We asked her to predict the outcome of the World Cup tournament, which will take place from June 12–July 13. Shoop was one of the best goalkeepers ever to wear an LMU jersey. She was twice named a First Team All-West Coast Conference selection and was the 2005 WCC Defender of the Year. She holds the top two single-season goals-against-averages in LMU history. In January 2007, she was invited to the U.S. Under-21 National Team training camp. After graduation, Shoop played professionally for the Pali Blues Soccer Club and had a stint with the FC Gold Pride Women’s Professional Soccer team. She is a member of the Cal South Olympic Development program coaching staff. Shoop lives in Mar Vista with her husband, Taylor Shoop M.A. ’11, a former LMU baseball player.