Although the U.S. men’s national soccer team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, fans around the globe of “the beautiful game” know there is still a lot to look forward to as 32 teams vie to lift the victor’s trophy. LMU men’s soccer coach, who himself wore the U.S. shirt on the biggest soccer stage, gives his thoughts about what to watch for in this year’s Copa Mundial.
No subject, or politician, is sacrosanct from a jokester’s wit, and some of the most memorable comedians have wielded the sharpest skewers. But among the funniest usually are those who see a human experience that they, we and their targets share. What’s funny tends to come the from heart and reside there long afterward. We asked Jim McDermott, S.J., screenwriter and comedy connoisseur who has taken his own courageous turn at stand-up, to share 10 of comedy’s best at feeding our spirits while seeing the lovely foolishness of our humanity.
Some of a new president’s most crucial decisions are those made between election day and inauguration day. We asked Tony Coelho, who has spent much of his public service career at some of the highest levels of U.S. government, to outline the 10 most important decisions to be made by a newly elected chief executive. Because of this issue’s deadlines, Coelho’s comments were written prior to the outcome of the November 2016 presidential election.
Voters and candidates make surprising decisions that only begin to make sense when we understand that our choices are often rooted in psychological biases. And beyond the decisions that political actors make, random events often occur and help determine whom we elect. The most predictable part of our elections is that the unpredictable will happen.
Access to the right to vote in the United States has long been contentious, and it has been conditioned on everything from property to race and gender. In recent years, states have passed or introduced legislation that some say is intended to restrict voter access, including photo ID requirements, proof of citizenship and limits on early voting. We asked Christopher Shortell ’97, a professor of political science, for a guide to some of the milestones in U.S. voting rights history.