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ABOUT THIS ISSUE Over the last 100 years, the United States has been through the Great Depression, two World Wars, 9/11 and several civil rights movements. We’ve seen people walk on the moon and the first non-white president of the United States. Through all of that, Loyola Marymount University has existed in various forms with its own history. With this issue, the Loyolan would like to commemorate and celebrate LMU’s past and promising future. Similar to the LMU at 100 celebration – from Commencement 2011 until May 5, 2012, Commencement 2012 – the Loyolan hopes this special edition will serve as a representation of this impresssive milestone. The Loyolan has been at the University for 90 of LMU’s 100 years, and therefore, the histories of both are closely linked. As can be easily gleaned from the content of Kevin Starr’s Loyola Marymount University history book, the Loyolan has chronicled the evolution of the University, and it only seemed fitting to honor this close relationship between the newspaper and LMU in this special edition. From our roots in St. Vincent’s College, through Loyola College’s move to Westchester in 1930, its merger with Marymount in 1973 and all the way up until its 100th year, LMU has been an institution for and with others, constantly seeking to develop the whole person. The Loyolan has been proud to represent a university with such a rich, strong history and looks forward to the next 100 years of LMU. Whatever direction the future of LMU takes – which is sure to be full of change and growth through the likes of the Master Plan – the Loyolan looks forward to chronicling each step. — Adrien Jarvis, editor in chief All designs by: Dol-Anne Asiru and Joanie Payne | Loyolan

LMU at 100: a year in retrospect

The celebrations to commemorate the centennial kicked off in May 2011 and will wrap up next month with graduation. LMU took advantage of this once-in-alifetime occasion and hosted many centennial-related events throughout the year.

At LMU’s 100th Birthday Party on Sept. 25, community members and alumni alike came together to barbecue and celebrate. President David W. Burcham ceremonially cut the birthday cake.

Approximately 1,200 students came together clad in white, navy and crimson to create a “human 100” during Convo on Aug. 30, 2011. The photo, taken by University photographer John Rou, has been used in multiple publicity materials advertising the centennial throughout the year.

Special LMU at 100 banners hung on the street lights on campus and throughout Westchester with three special series: One celebrating major LMU events, one honoring the past presidents of LMU and one with special centennial images. Photos: John Rou; Loyolan Archives; LMU Centennial


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The centennial came to a head with the 1911 Centennial Ball, which was hosted at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The event gathered 1,100 LMU students together for a celebration that included dinner and dancing. Students began bidding for tickets as early as September, and a low number of tickets led to high demand.

LMU men’s basketball chose to honor the centennial year by wearing commemorative gold uniforms on three occasions. At the first game, replicas of the gold jerseys were given out to fans. Senior dance major Aileen Moran was one of approximately 190 dancers that shocked Convo by performing in the Centennial Flash Mob on April 12. Dancers practiced for weeks to ensure that the flash mob was successful.

A $1 million prize was awarded to Lyn Lusi (center), the recipient of the 2011 Opus Prize which was co-sponsored by LMU.The money went towards HEAL Africa,which was founded by Lusi and her husband.Lusi passed away in March.

At this year’s Centennial National Day of Service’s Community Day celebration, LMU students interacted with children and adults from El Espejo. The children enjoyed cotton candy, face painting and other carnival festivites. Photos: Loyolan Archives


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LMU’s Rose Bowl Parade float was designed in collaboration with Phoenix Decorating Company.“I sent them some images of the campus – the William H. Hannon Library, and of course the chapel, and they came out and they took a tour of the campus,” said Associate Vice President of University Relations Sherrill Britton in an interview with the Loyolan.“And they said to us, ‘The beauty of your campus is so extraordinary that we think that is what we want to portray.’” Though the theme of the parade was ‘Just Imagine,’ according to Britton, the designers focused much more on the centennial.“It was really about the sense of pride that we hoped our constituencies would feel.”

For this year’s Rose Bowl Parade, LMU displayed a centennial-themed float that included mock versions of Sacred Heart Chapel and the bluff, as well as a statue of Iggy the Lion. President David W. Burcham and other community members rode the float.

After the Rose Bowl Parade was over, the statue of Iggy the Lion that had adorned the float retired to a position on display in U-Hall. Photos: LMU Centennial; Loyolan Archives

The centennial collage, which is a collection of photos, artifacts and mementos, now hangs in Von Der Ahe. It serves as a 3-D scrapbook that depicts the last 100 years of LMU’s history. Old photos, lapel pins and other mementos that signify pertinent events in the University’s 100-year history are collected within the frame.

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Q&A WITH SHERRILL BRITTON Sherrill Britton is the associate vice president of University Relations. She has been responsible for planning the LMU’s centennial celebration, starting preparation as long ago as three and a half years, when she began hosting brainstorming sessions with students, faculty and staff. She has been involved with everything related to the organizing of LMU’s centennial, and she was the chair of the centennial steering committee.

How do you think the centennial year has been successful in creating and fostering community? I think it’s wonderful. I honestly feel that there is closeness, an appreciation for these traditions. Seeing all of these great events at the Bellarmine Forum this year and the various things that we worked with faculty on – it’s been in some ways a by product of all the projects we’ve done and the things we’ve organized and how people have worked together to honor this institution and its 100 years. I hope that will continue – that’s what you hope – that it will continue. It’s been, in some ways, far more successful than I ever imagined. … I was invited to attend the 1911 Ball at the Biltmore, and I was just blown away. I looked at our students and there was such excitement, you could see how special they felt being there and how excited they were. It made me feel so good. I think that was a moment that the people who attended the ball are not going to forget.

Sherrill Britton

What event do you think has been the most successful and why? I’d have to say that the Rose Parade float was one of the really big ideas, and it paid off in so many ways. Both in the support that we received, the engagement – 1,500 people helped decorate that float, 1,500 students, alumni [and] parents. We had so many volunteers decorating our float that we finished early and we had to ask our volunteers if they would help decorate some of the other floats. We sold two grandstands full of tickets. [We] got great publicity; there was a level of pride that people had about seeing LMU in this kind of once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal. So while it was a ton of work – I won’t minimize the amount of work that it was – it was unbelievable. I had some great people that I delegated to. But it far surpassed the goals that we had set for it.

How happy are you with the outcome of the Centennial and is there anything you would have done differently? I’m very happy with the outcome. Honestly, I never imagined that so many things would go as well as they did, and in some instances, they went better than I ever imagined. So I don’t know if there’s anything I would do differently. I’m just so pleased that I had a role in making this happen. It’s been very gratifying.

One hundred years from now, what would you like to see celebrated during LMU’s 200th year and what traditions do you hope to see maintained? I’m not an LMU alum – I’ve worked here seven and a half years – but I’ve learned what a special place this is and how much the Jesuit and Marymount traditions mean here. This is a place that lives its mission. And that mission seems to be as important today as it was 50 years ago. There is something special about LMU. … So I guess [100] years from now, I want the heart and soul of this place, to be that same quality, that commitment to its mission – men and women for others, all of that. I can’t imagine that LMU will not be that same heart and soul [100] years from now. That’s what I would hope and they will be celebrating many wonderful moments as LMU continues to evolve. That’s one of the great things about [Kevin Starr’s LMU] history book – it shows how we’ve evolved over the last 100 years. Compiled by Michael Goldsholl, managing editor; Graphic: Dol-Anne Asiru | Loyolan

In addition to heading the Centennial, you were also in charge of leading the Opus Prize and Presidential Inauguration – how difficult was it to balance all three of those major events at once? I must admit there were days I wasn’t quite sure that I was going to make it. I’ve been given the opportunity to do some really challenging, but very interesting tasks. ... One of the things I think I’m really good at is drawing a group of people together, delegating tasks, managing a lot of people to get the job done. I couldn’t have done it on my own – no way.


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EVOLUTION OF LMU A California School of Law is Born The Groundbreaking

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Before LMU became the institution that sits atop the bluff in Westchester, it was St. Vincent’s College, the first Catholic college in South California. Looking to expand, when St. Vincent’s closed, the Society of Jesus took up the institution and Los Angeles College was born. Becoming Loyola College of Los Angeles in 1918, it moved to its present Westchester location in 1928 (pictured right).

The footings for Loyola Law School Los Angeles began in 1920 when St. Vincent’s College opened the St. Vincent College of Law at Loyola of Los Angeles. Loyola Law School would eventually become the first American Bar Association-approved law school in California that requires a pro-bono requirement in order to graduate.

Building a Place for Worship

A State-of-the-Art Library Lands on the Bluff

The $40 Million Investment in LMU’s Future Liliore Green Rains, an oil heiress, left $40 million of her estate to LMU in 1986. The Rains bequest of $40 million continues to support research grants for faculty and funds salaries for part-time professors.

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The Merger

On July 1, 1973, Loyola University and Marymount College joined forces to create Loyola Marymount University. It was a long road to the merging of the two institutions, who had shared campus grounds since 1968. Concerns abounded, for reasons like: what this would mean for the credibility of the institutions, how the three Roman Catholic orders would work together, whether or not this would actually save both institutions money, among others. An editorial written in the Los Angeles Loyolan on May 24, 1971 underscored the concerns that students had at the time: “The question which remains, then, is this… What justification is there for the maintenance of the complexities of the affiliation, in place of a coeducational Loyola?” Despite the long road to the merger, the community, under the guidance of President Fr. Donald Merrifield, S.J. of Loyola University and President Sr. Raymunde McKay, R.S.H.M. of Marymount College, the merger was made official in 1973. Merrifield became the first president of Loyola Marymount University.

Acquiring University Hall Fundraising and a $20 million pledge from the Jesuit community allowed LMU to purchase U-Hall, originally built by Howard Hughes, in 2000. In 2001, the University received permission from the city for permanent occupancy after agreeing to make the Lincoln Boulevard entrance the main campus entrance and to close the Loyola Boulevard entrance at night, as well as to limit the height of all future buildings on the Leavey campus. Historian Kevin Starr cited the realization of University Hall in his cenntenial history book as “one of the most dramatic acquisitions of existing usable space by a university in American academic history. Like the [purchase of] Leavey campus, it was another Louisiana Purchase, almost difficult to imagine.” The massive building contains more than a half-million square feet of floor space.

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The discussion of a new library on campus began in the 1990’s under the leadership of President Fr. Thomas O’Malley, S.J. who wanted to expand the campus and create a place where students would study, relax and hang out. It was clear that the former Charles Von Der Ahe Library wasn’t able to be expanded. Donors were sought but it wasn’t until William H. Hannon left $10 million that the library could be realized under the Fr. Robert B. Lawton, S.J. administration in 2009. At the dedication on August 30 of that year, Lawton spoke of the building’s significance to the community and retired from his post the following year saying that seeing the completion of the library signified the end of his term: “What this library says to us… is to have high ambition, have high aspirations, and aim for greater academic achievement. …But the building also speaks about another LMU quality: that great achievement is not simply for oneself but for the good of others.”

1953

It wasn’t until 1953 that students had a place to practice their faith on campus – congregations gathered instead in the on-campus Arts building, on-campus gym or a church in Hollywood to substitute for a chapel’s absence. Sacred Heart Chapel was formally dedicated on September 24, 1953, the same year that the campanile of Sacred Heart Chapel (or more commonly today referred to as the bell tower) was built. This came despite dissatisfaction from Howard Hughes, who feared that the tower would interfere with planes coming in and out of the Hughes Aircraft airfield located next to the University. In order to represent the deep Jesuit tradition that the University was a part of, the inside of the chapel is lined with stained glass windows, each depicting the coat of arms of each of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities within the United States.

Burcham Elected as First Lay President

2011

The first lay-president of LMU, President David W. Burcham, was inducted into office in March 2011. Chosen by a search committee that reviewed a pool of applications, the Board of Trustees ultimately approved Burcham as LMU’s 15th president in Oct. 2010. Being the first non-Jesuit (and non-Catholic) president was historic: “I am very sensitive that I am a first in this way, and I am absolutely committed to being successful – and by successful, I mean advancing LMU’s mission. ... I am keenly aware that my appointment undoubtedly raised eyebrows in certain quarters, but I am absolutely 100 percent committed to our mission that focuses on academic excellence and the service of faith and the promotion of justice,” he told the Loyolan on March 10, 2011, following his inauguration.

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EVOLUTION OF ATHLETICS 1930s Loyola vs. USC Hockey: In what might seem like the strangest place for it, the West Coast provided one of the most compelling rivalries of early collegiate hockey. Local rival USC was a powerhouse in the early days of the Southern California Intercollegiate Hockey League. After Head Coach Tom Lieb and the Lions first handed the Trojans a loss in 1932, but it wasn’t until the 1934-35 season that Loyola captured its first league title. Loyola went on to win conference championships the next two seasons before hockey was dropped in 1941 and West Coast collegiate hockey’s popularity waned.

Loyola Football: The story of the 1950 football team is something straight out of a movie. Leading up to a game between Loyola and Texas Western College, the University of Texas Board of Regents held fast to its longstanding rule that blacks could not play for or against football teams in its division. Having at least three black players on the team, Loyola canceled its plans to play Texas Western. That year, the Lions went on to finish 8-1, losing only in their second to last game, 28-26 to Santa Clara University. It is believed that without the loss, the Lions would have earned a spot in the prestigious Orange Bowl. The Lions once again finished 8-1 in 1969. Only two years after the previously disbanded team had reformed, the Lions, led by four All-Americans, finished as national champions of the National Club Football Association.

1986 Baseball team: Unlike other major National Championships, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Baseball College World Series does not rotate its location. Rather, every summer, teams battle to earn one of eight spots in Omaha, Neb. where the tournament finals are held. In 1986, LMU accomplished that feat for the first – and still only – time. After finishing below .500 the year before, the Lions finished with a school-best record of 50-15. At one point, they won 13 straight games and 20 of 21, a streak that vaulted them to the top of the national rankings. Upon arriving on college baseball's biggest stage, the Lions made a big first impression, beating perennial powerhouse Louisiana State University 4-3 on May 30, 1986. The Lions were knocked out of the winners bracket in their next game with a 7-5 loss to eventual champions, the University of Arizona. In an ensuing elimination game against Oklahoma State University, LMU ran out of steam, falling 11-5 and ending its season. The Lions offense was led by LMU and West Coast Conference (WCC) Hall of Fame inductee Billy Bean who hit a team-high .355 and scored 84 runs. Power hitter Chris Donnels led the team in slugging percentage (.681), RBU (91) and home runs (21).

1989-90 Basketball team: Far and away LMU's most recognizable team, the memories of the 1989-90 men's basketball team are synonymous with the Lions' athletics. Running Head Coach Paul Westhead's faster-than-up-tempo system, the Lions reached the NCAA Tournament three-straight seasons from 1987-90. Over those three seasons, led by Philadelphia-born stars Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble, as well as sharp-shooter Jeff Fryer, LMU torched just about every NCAA scoring record – some of which still stand today. The amazing part, however, came when tragedy struck the Lions. During a March 4 WCC tournament game in Gersten Pavilion, Gathers collapsed on the floor and was pronounced dead due to a heart condition on the way to the hospital. Continuing on in honor of their teammate, the Lions made a NCAA Tournament run that captured the excitement of the entire nation. LMU rattled off victories against New Mexico State University, defending national champs University of Michigan and the University of Alabama to put them in the Elite Eight. Here the magic stopped, as eventual champions University of Nevada Las Vegas beat the Lions 131-101. To this day, the most iconic image of the awe-inspiring run was Kimble shooting his first free throw of each game with his left hand. The tribute to his fallen partner, who had switched to shoting his free throws lefty all season to improve at the line, worked as Kimble made each shot, and the memory stuck with millions of people.

Two-sport star Edit Pakay: The only woman inducted into the LMU Athletics Hall of Fame for multiple sports, Edit Pakay '03, was a star in both tennis and cross country. As a freshman, Pakay recorded 19 wins in singles and doubles tennis play. She was selected as the LMU Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 and was a first team All-WCC selection in singles, while also earning honorable mention accolades in doubles. Pakay helped LMU women's tennis to its first WCC Championship. She finished her career in 2003 with another first team All-WCC selection in singles and another honorable mention selection on the doubles side. As a cross country runner in the fall of 2001, Pakay won the WCC Championship 5K with a time of 17:58.

Water Polo dominance and hosting NCAA Championships: The Burns Aquatic Center has been host to a number of LMU triumphs. After years of dominating the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) though, one of LMU's finest moments didn't even come with the Lions in the pool. In 2002 and 2006, LMU played host to the NCAA men's water polo championships. A record for the facility, 2,723 people packed into the additionally erected stands on the tennis courts December 3, 2006 to watch the University of California – Berkeley Bears defeat the University of Southern California Trojans, 7-6. The Lions have been a force in water polo, men’s and women's, winning 17 WWPA titles in the just over 11 years that Burns Aquatic Center has been open. Additionally, the Lions have competed in the NCAA Championships a number of times. When the women's team advanced to the 2004 National Title game, it was the first time any LMU team had competed in a championship game at the NCAA Division I level.

Record-breaking runner Tara Erdmann: Erdmann capped her illustrious college career with a fifth place finish the Track and Field National Championships in Nampa, Idaho with a time of 9:16.87 in the 3,000 meter race this March. The running star has amassed five All-American Awards in track and two in cross country. Erdmann has run twice as a representative of the United States. Information Compiled By: John Wilkinson | Loyolan; Photos: LMU Athletics and Loyolan Archives


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Though the Loyolan’s purpose – to record the spirit of the time – the news broken and the stories told, has remained the same throughout its 90-year history, the masthead on top of the paper has undergone many changes.

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April 23, 2012 Page 24 Since its beginnings as a 99-acre campus in 1911, the campus of Loyola Marymount University has expanded to include an additional 43 acres, 36 academic and administrative buildings and 12 residence halls. Named one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses by both the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, LMU’s Westchester campus will continue to develop in the coming years with the implementation of the University’s Master Plan.

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LMU’S CAMPUS THEN, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE

UNIVERSITY HALL Acquired in 2000 from Raytheon, U-Hall constituted “one of the most dramatic acquisitions of existing usable space by a university in American academic history,” according to Kevin Starr’s “Loyola Marymount University, 1911-2011: A Centennial History.” Originally constructed for Hughes Aircraft Company, LMU’s acquisition of U-Hall was made possible in part by a $20 million pledge from the Jesuit community as part of the University’s fundraising efforts. Upon receiving the 500,000-square-foot building, the University repurposed U-Hall for academic use in 2001. Home to the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, U-Hall’s 70,000 square-foot atrium has also been used as a set in several television series, including “Bones” and “Greek.”

WILLIAM H. HANNON LIBRARY Home to nearly 1.2 million volumes, the William H. Hannon Library is one of the newest additions to LMU’s campus. Construction on the $63 million project was completed in 2009, and the library’s doors were opened to the campus community that fall. According to lead architect for the project, Paul Danna, “The library functions like a bridge connecting the residential section of the campus to the academic.” In addition to housing the latest in modern libraries digital technologies, the Hannon Library was designed to function as a social space as well, housing Jazzman’s Café and Bakery, event venues and over 33 group study rooms.

SACRED HEART CHAPEL The spiritual center of LMU’s campus, Sacred Heart Chapel, was not dedicated until Sept. 24, 1953, 25 years after the University’s move to the Westchester campus. Before that time, LMU hosted religious services in the auditorium in the Arts Building, the Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood and, after 1948, in the gym. In order to build the chapel, the site at the end of Alumni Mall had to be regraded and the removed dirt was relocated to other areas of campus slated to be used as parking lots. It’s reported that Howard Hughes despised the chapel’s bell tower because he feared the height of the campus landmark would interfere with incoming and departing planes from Hughes airfield.

VON DER AHE BUILDING

William H. Hannon Library

Situated across from Foley Fountain, the building on the west side of Alumni Mall has served the LMU community as both a library and, presently, a student center. Prior to the opening of the William H. Hannon Library in 2009, the Von Der Ahe (VDA) Library housed the University’s collections in a three-story, open atrium model. After the opening of the Hannon Library, VDA was repurposed to house the campus bookstore, OneCard office and the Office of the Registrar, among many other student-service-oriented offices. Pieces of the original library’s exterior were maintained and included in the design of the new VDA student center.

VDA

SEAVER HALL

GERSTEN PAVILION Gersten Pavilion, or Hank’s House as it is affectionately called in memory of LMU basketball star Hank Gathers, was constructed in 1981 as a 4,156 seat multi-purpose arena. In addition to housing several of LMU’s athletics programs (men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball), Gersten also hosted the weight lifting competition during the 1984 Summer Olympics as well as the 1997 WCC tournament.

After 50 years of housing the departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics, the Frank R. Seaver Hall of Science will be remodeled as part of the University’s Master Plan in the coming years. The remodel will result in a modern science hall as well as an additional parking structure for the Westchester campus. Currently home to 22 research laboratories, Seaver boasts several large lecture halls, faculty offices and a computer lab. The new building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, keeping in line with LMU’s promise to achieve silver LEED certification (awarded to green buildings that meet certain minimum standards of eco-friendliness) on all new buildings constructed as a part of the Master Plan. Compiled by: Margo Jasukaitis | Loyolan; Photos: Kellie Rowan | Loyolan, LMU and LMU Archives and Special Collections


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CENTENNIAL CROSSWORD

Kasey Eggert | Loyolan

ACROSS 3. The first sorority founded at LMU was: 5. As a celebration of the University’s deep commitment to the service of faith and promotion of justice, Alumni for Others and the Center for Service and Action teamed up to form a national __________. 8. In celebration of the rich traditions that have developed over the past 100 years, the University has developed a new __________. 10. On January 2, 2012, students and staff got up and rode in the: 11. In 1969, this sport won the national champion title for LMU: 12. This centennial souvenir has been produced by vinters who are alumni of LMU: 15. There are special ___________ highlighting our rich heritage and history that hang on campus light poles. 17. The centennial ____________ displays the evolution of LMU over its first 100 years through collages of photos, people and quotes on each of its pages. DOWN 1. LMU understands ____________ and interculturalism as a fundamental aspect of its mission and identity where people of all backgrounds come together to speak, listen, learn, debate and flourish. 2. LMU’s theme is LMU at 100: Learn. Lead. ________. 4. In celebration of 100 years of Lion athletics, there was a centennial __________ game where centennial bobbleheads were passed out upon entry. 6. In 1929, this became LMU’s first service organization: 7. The University gathered in Sunken Garden to form a __________ “100” to be photographed from above. 9. Before the name Los Angeles Loyolan, LMU’s student newspaper was called: 13. Our current library, which was opened in 2009: 14. The name of the character for the centennial bobblehead this year: 16. In 1911, Los Angeles College (now LMU) was first an all-_______ school.


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“I hope the parking situation works itself out and that LMU continues to be known as a friendly place.” —Christine Kubeck, sophomore biology major

“Teleporting from dorms to class.” —Kerigan Kenny, freshman entrepreneurship major

“To get football back and to get a Greek Row.” —Maddie Tomey, freshman business major

“An intramural thunderdome and an actual resident lion roaming around campus.” —Aaron Meyer, junior finance and economic double major

“You don't have to go to class and you can just watch it from your computer. “ —Carolyn Crimi, sophomore business marketing major

“Jetpacks to class!” —Nick Lepore, freshman English major

“I want to have a dead week right before finals.” —Kevin Chin, sophomore business major

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Information compiled by Kasey Eggert, multimedia intern


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C E N T E N N I A L

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WORD SEARCH

Fr. Richard Rolfs, S.J.

Fr. Richard Rolfs, S.J, has lived in the Jesuit Community for nearly half a century. Rolfs celebrated his 88th birthday last year (pictured above).

11BURNING QUESTIONS

with a Jesuit who has lived in the Jesuit Community for over 50 years This issue, Senior Editor Laura Riparbelli sits down with Fr. Richard Rolfs, S.J. to chat about LMU’s past and present and what’s kept him here for so long.

1. How long have you lived on campus? I came here in 1963 as the Dean of Men at the time. … I’ve taught history and this is my last year. I’m retiring. I’m old enough to move on. 2. What has changed the most about LMU since you started on the bluff? A lot has changed. The administration has changed. The school always had a Jesuit president and this is the first time we’ve had a layperson. Another important change is student body size. From 1,600 to more than 5,000 students. And quality, we’re getting really good students now. These are what I would consider some radical changes.

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3. Why Los Angeles? I am a Pasadena boy. I [was in] Northern California for one summer. I didn’t want to stay there. I’m a Southern California boy. 4. Why have you stuck around for so long? I love LMU, my heart is here. I have so many connections down here, my family’s down here, I was raised here. That’s the reason I stayed here. Also, I love the University. I went to school here, came here in 1946. … I love the students, I really like to be here for that reason and help them if I can. I’ve developed great friends that have graduated – last night, I met up with a bunch of them and had a beer with some of them and we talked about the old days like when the merger came. 5. What did you think of the merger in ‘73, when Loyola University officially merged with the all-women Marymount College? The merger was a great idea. I wanted the girls on the campus. I wanted to see a women student body here. 6. Do you have a favorite centennial year event? I’ve gone to some and I’ve appreciated all of them. They’ve had some wonderful things go on. Bellarmine Forum was pretty good last year. I was very happy with the inauguration of President Burcham, I like him very much. He’s a remarkable man. He’s a Presbyterian but I think he’s more Catholic than the Jesuits. He’s a wonderful person, he goes to all our events. … He’s a wonderful man, just a really great guy. 7. What do you think of LMU having a layperson as president, as opposed to a Jesuit, which has historically been the case? The Jesuits gave up this university when they gave up separate incorporation. … When people say, “What do you say about having a non-Jesuit,” well I know people have protested about it and said you lose your Jesuit influence. But I don’t say we should have that kind of influence. Sure, we should have influence, we want our presence to be there. … On the other hand, I would have liked to have a Jesuit president if there had been one available. But I don’t think there was anybody, at least the search committee didn’t find any. … He has been appointed, I’m not regretting it at all. He’s connected with this University through the law school, he knows us, he’s a good presence for us. 8. Given LMU’s 100-year history, what kind of legacy does LMU leave? First of all, I think we’re in a very important city. It’s a big city, very diverse city. We’re the only Catholic university in Los Angeles. It’s a big center, economically, politically and socially. Having us here is a very important witness to what the Catholic education is all about. That witness continues on. ... We’ve put our stamp, our footprint on this city. 9. What do you see as your biggest accomplishment here? I hope I’ve left my imprint as a teacher. As a person, reaching out to young people to help them grow. To me, that would be the most important thing I could do. To help them grow and help them to realize their dreams. I hope that I’ve done that. 10. What do you hope the future of LMU looks like? My vision, first of all, is to have a good basketball team. … I also want to see our University keep getting good students. I want to see that continue. I want to see our faculty really become top notch-faculty. … I want to see professors who are dedicated to their craft and also dedicated to our students. … [Also] a larger endowment because I would like to see the tuition not keep rising all the time. 11. The University plans to grow substantially with the Master Plan. Do you approve? I like the Master Plan, that looks like it’s going to be great. … I think it’s a good idea, they did it right to get the approval in futurum. I think the Master Plan is showing the vision that they have and that’s a good vision. That’s something that we can look forward to.


SACRED BUILT: HEART 1953 CHAPEL COST:

$570,000

LMU TODAY 5,951

Current undergraduate students

19

Student housing facilities for

1,968

Current graduate students

3,210 students

15 Credential programs

1,315

Current law school students

60 Majors 57 Minors

1 Doctoral degree

142 Acres 127 Clubs and

16,408

Graduate Alums

21

Average undergraduate class size

11-1

Student to faculty ratio

19 Division 1

sports teams (10 women, 9 men)

45,213

Undergraduate Alums

15

Average graduate class size

38 Master’s degrees

organizations

ENROLLMENT PASSED 450

1,813

1960

1937

TIMELINE OF ATTENDANCE

1,700

Size of faculty and staff

1956

1,770

2012

5,951

Information compiled from Lmu.edu and Kevin Starr’s “Loyola Marymount University 1911-2011: A Centennial History” by Chris James, asst. A&E editor; Graphic: Joanie Payne | Loyolan


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