When Phoenix was overwhelmed with the needs of asylum seekers, a Jesuit high school put its Ignatian principles into practice.
When senior Griffin Guez hears a chorus of singers, he sees a rainbow of colors. Guez has synesthesia, in which stimuli associated with one sense trigger a response in another: He sees sounds; music sparks visual images; numbers have colors. Once thought to be a disorder, synesthesia has been increasingly researched in the past two decades and is now considered a neurological characteristic. This is Griffin Guez’s story, as told to Editor Joseph Wakelee-Lynch.
Van Partible has a success story that’s almost too successful to be true: college student creates animation for senior thesis, graduates, takes a job to get by doing day care, then becomes golden when his professor shows the idea to a friend at Hanna-Barbera. Partible’s idea became the Cartoon Network’s hit “Johnny Bravo.” Imagine our surprise when, after we asked if he’d write about the experience, Partible said he wanted to write about failure.—The Editor.
Matthew Campanella ’13 is an investigative reporter on “The Real Death Valley,” an immigration documentary hosted by reporter John Carlos Frey for The Weather Channel. The film focuses on Central Americans who make their way on a dangerous path through Brooks County, Texas, a throughway to U.S. cities to the north. While filming, Campanella and Frey also attempted the 40-mile sojourn. We asked Campanella to describe what he experienced while walking through Texas’ death valley.
For three decades, Professor Rubén Martínez, Fletcher Jones Chair of Literature and Writing in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, has described the intermingling of family, politics, culture and geography from Los Angeles to Zacatecas, El Salvador, and Guatemala City. His roots reach all of these places. In books, articles, interviews and a documentary, Martínez has drawn together the places of his and his ancestors’ lives, erasing borders that separate peoples and nations. When we invited Martínez to write an essay about political violence in Mexico, he gave us a story of his family.—The Editor