Narrators

Oral History Project Participants 

Bean, Billy
"I felt like there was a community there. It wasn’t just like I was on an island by myself and I was going to sink or swim and nobody would care if I was leaving with my tail between my legs."  
Beck, Thomas "The campus is obviously much more beautiful now than it was and it’s changed in so many ways. I think part of Loyola Marymount’s identity is the beautiful location, beautiful buildings, the beautiful campus. It also has become a more professional place with professional staff in alumni relations. It is I think markedly changed in all aspects for the better. It gained prestige." 
Bodkin Jr., Henry "And I know that before the war, Loyola had several fraternities.  And then the Jesuits clamped down on them.  And one of them accepted a Jesuit moderator and became what is—became known as the Aristonian [phonetic] Society." 
Bove, Lane
"Well, as we move into our second century I would really like to see LMU begin to reach its potential. I think this institution has phenomenal potential to be, as Father Lawton would say, one of the premier Catholic institutions in the nation. That's the big vision, that's the 50th floor vision. Some more concrete goals would be for us to have a very strong athletics department, both for men and women, and particularly for our men's basketball program to be consistently excellent."
Branconier, Dennis
"Student Workers is one of the most unique and rewarding student experiences available, and I’m surprised it doesn’t exist in more places, but a lot of it had to do with Father Titchener who I guess formally founded the Student Workers in the late '50s." 
Brown Dillon, Irma
"I think there were five identifiable African American females in my class of '85. ... It was a culture shock in many aspects. There was a level and degree of wealth that none of us had ever known. ... It was just sort of a mixture of learning about different cultures, different value systems." 
Bui, Tony
"Loyola’s emphasis, and I think this has to do with the Jesuit impact, a lot of it was about making films that have a human impact. ... It was more about, okay, what light can I bring to areas that may not have as much notice. That definitely helped my filmmaking." 
Busse, Barbara
"People were redefining gender role expectations, the women’s revolution, the black freedom movement, the Vietnam War, multiple assassinations of prominent political leaders in America; all of those things happened in the sixties. ... It was a very tumultuous time. And so consequently the campus was not immune to any of those things either. There was a lot of student activism."
Callinan, Joseph
"Well, in terms of student involvement, I was much more aware of it during the Vietnam War era.  Students were very actively involved.  And I marched in a march that went down Manchester Boulevard to downtown Westchester at least one time, you know, along with the students, and protested some issue during the Vietnam War."
Cantos, Ollie
"It's just like any family. There are fights sometimes but it's still a family. You know. And it's not some speech that it's a family, it really was. It was a real community and still is. And LMU will be that way forever." 
Chaves, Alex
"My experiences and my relationships, and my experiences here with meeting great people and professors and Father Mairfield and it's continued, and the relationships that I've made have been great.  I find LMU to be a home away from home, and I've tried to get and I have been getting more people involved that either I've graduated with or they went to school here and they seem to find the same way." 
Colín, Ernesto
"The things that were so rewarding for me were, you know, service-based. ... I was collecting these wonderful experiences, but just being sustained by them. They fed my soul, doing--being part of all of these things. I was rewarded a lot more than as they say--I received a lot more than I ever gave in these things." 
DeLeon, Rudy
"The history department had a very important impact on my professional development. The study of the American experience – its traditions, contributions, limitations – was at the core of the LMU history department." 
Delja Family
"During the 1970s it was supposed to be kind of a crazy time, but I remember it was like Alice in Wonderland because I came from a public school. So to go to a place where it wasn’t cool to be Catholic in high school, but it was at Loyola Marymount—to be able to go to mass on a daily basis, to go at 10:00 on Sunday nights, it was really a huge part of the campus for me, and something that’s never left me." 
Dreier, Chad
"Now that I’m chairman of the board, there are still old guys who are irritated that it’s called Loyola Marymount.  To my recollection, changing the name was the most contentious thing.  Instead of being Loyola University of Los Angeles, it was Loyola Marymount, and a lot of people were really irritated by that, and actually there are still people irritated by that.  I say, 'Get over it.  It was 45 years ago.'"   
Engh, Michael
"I remember during—as a freshman, our orientation, we had an evening gathering in front of what’s now McKay Hall, then it was the Marymount dorm, and part of the evening’s activity was singing anti-war protest songs, 'Alice’s Restaurant' and other different songs, against the war, and against basically most established authority." 
Fitzgerald, Bill
"Guidelines were to create in the Poli-Sci department on the campus, such as LMU, a working fulfillment of the social doctrines of the church.  Those were my goals and I believe we succeeded."
Flanagan, Lynn
"Classrooms were pretty basic; there was no audio visual action going on. It was pretty straight. You know, chalk board, dry erase board, type thing. I remember, because I started as a computer science major. I had a computer, but it was purely to work on programming. There was no Internet, there were no cell phones so, definitely different."   
Genovese, Michael
"Some people may feel that they’re kind of cocooned in a protective environment. I don’t like that. I think we should not be protected. We should be challenged. … I do know that I feel more confident, given that the mission of the University is one that I agree with, that I feel confident that the things that I’ve tried to do fit in very well. … I don’t think our mission is so dramatically different than most other universities. It’s the pursuit of growth and excellence. In our case, there is a faith component to it, which I am very comfortable with."
Girardi, Thomas
"I think that we, who have gotten so much ought to give back more... If you look at all these people who went through that institution—they were given such great ammunition how to go through life, that were taught how to persuade as a lawyer, that were taught how to calculate as a scientist, that were taught how to teach, that were taught all those things, then we have to say to ourselves hey, wait a minute, you know, I think we owe something."
Gonsalves McCabe, Kristi
"When I first came on campus I experienced something that just felt really different than what I had experienced at other campuses. There was just something about the spirit of the place and the people that I met when I was on campus that attracted me to it. It wasn’t anything that I could exactly put my finger on but it felt different—I could tell it was going to be a place where I was going to grow and where I was going to meet some amazing people." 
Grisby, Bill
"I tell you, there used to be some really Hell and Brimstone discussions on campus in the classrooms between the Protestant and non-Protestant, the Jewish students, and we used to have some really knock-down, drag-out discussions. Positive discussion, nothing negative. A good, positive, academic discussion about philosophy, religion, and those types of situations."
Gross-Schaefer, Arthur
"A lot of people understand that Judaism is a current tradition, deserving of respect and honor. And Loyola has done that. We have now a Jewish Studies program, just hired a Jewish Studies professor. We have other Rabbis come in to teach. I find that to be very supportive. We have a Jewish Student Organization. … I came here because, one, of the respect. I also love an institution that takes values very seriously. Ethics is my real love and I couldn't have that same focus at, let's say, USC or UCLA or UCSB. I love that part."
Harper, Daniel
"Well, I think our alumni -- like the students, like the place -- are great people. I get to work often with the best of the best. These are the people who give back of their time. They're on our committees and they're volunteering, and they're doing alumni community service, and I get to deal with really fantastic people in my job." 
Harrangue, Renee
"It was based on the Rotary principles of fair and equal to all.  We worked on it a year and the merger was accepted by all; nobody lost a job. ... The big stumbling block is what the name of this new institution would be and that's when they did not want Marymount in the main name.  This was LU not LMU so it would be all right to have Marymount of Loyola.  Sister Raymunde said to me 'No Marymount, no merger!'"
Herbst, David
"LMU taught me it is not necessarily the importance of grades but the importance of the whole package, so I used to always say, and it would irk the late Father Loughran, that at LMU you actually learn more outside of the classroom than you learn in the classroom."   
Huchting, Karen
"It wasn’t just I was an athlete on campus. It was I was a student athlete, where academics were a huge part. The athletic component was a huge part, and then the service part, I felt, was beyond what my other friends had exposure to. That piece of it, especially, I think, was what was so different and unique about LMU, the service component." 
Kerslake, Robert
"Well, it’s--the core part of my value system was the university and the association with the Jesuits.  And what they offered to me in building my life and my sense of values.  So you know, the connection with the priests that were here was just absolutely fabulous in terms of mentoring.  I don’t see as much of that now, because the numbers are down in terms of priests."
Koppes, Albert
"This has been considered in a lot of research one of the best mergers in the country, the most successful. Somebody wrote that, a major write-up about eight or nine years ago, where both identities have been kept. Because that's what happens in most places; one simply absorbs the other."
Lammersen Belt, Gail
"A typical day you’d be up by 8:00 or 9:00 and if you weren’t, this is different too. If you came back from your first class at 10:00 or any time and you hadn’t made the bed before you left, your room was locked. … You were supposed to be an adult and not be sloppy. If your room was left a mess you didn’t get back into it when you came back from your first class. You had to track down the Dean of Students. It was definitely different." 
Lang, Tamika
"I wasn't so much into the Greek system necessarily. But service organizations seemed to be something that I could—that resonated with me and my personality. So it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know 50 different women, different levels, different interests and doing service together and the experiences that we had." 
Lawton, Robert
"Why the Jesuits? I didn’t know what exactly I’d want to do as a priest, and Jesuits do everything. They’re in schools, parishes, missionary activity, and they help with publications. They do everything. So I figured whatever skills I developed or discovered, I’d be able to use them in the Jesuits."
Legaspi, Jose
"When I got into Loyola University, the Marymount College was here already.  It had already been here for a while and actually a lot of our classes, even though we were two different colleges—we were Loyola University and we were Marymount College.  And it had already been like that for quite a few years already prior to me coming here."  
Lower, Frederick
"Bob Cox, a basketball player, was an African-American.  I can't remember now the details, but there was a to-do when the team was going to go somewhere to play and some kind of restriction imposed. I don't know whether it was a restriction that wouldn't allow an African-American to be housed on campus where the team was supposed to be housed.  ... But it is my memory that Father Casassa, who was the University president, said, 'Then Loyola is not going to go and play.  We are not going to play into that."  
Marini, Dale
"We had a lottery system regarding the draft. Everybody had to have their number. Some students were drafted, and a lot of others weren't. We certainly had friends who served, and a good number died. It all affected us one way or the other, families going through war, just like now with Afghanistan and Iraq."  
Martin, Shane
"LMU has grown dramatically in the years I've been associated with LMU. ... I think the growth has been dramatic and absolutely spectacular. ...But it's not simply the physical size and the numbers, although those are impressive. I think more than anything, LMU has really been growing up." 
Miyawaki, Edison
"I think my experience is unique. ... The first Asian living in a dormitory, the first Asian to go on to medical school in the East Coast at George Washington, the first Asian sitting in a chemistry class at Loyola. And gosh, you know, it wasn’t easy. It was hard. ... And that’s why Jesuits say, 'do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.' And that’s what I became." 
Moret, Katherine
"We were getting that tradition. We were getting the education of the total person. It was eye-opening because I’d been taught by nuns all my life who scared me and guilted me and now I had the Jesuits opening up the world and talking about discernment." 
Neilsen, Kathryn
"I was involved in Belles, Loyola Belles. I subsequently have attended a lot of events on campus and presentations and things… I feel like my one involvement with the Belles was so minimal… But that was between school, and I worked on campus, and I had a part time job off campus, and Belles…[t]hat was as much as I could do. I loved the service."  
Page Family
"I walk the campus all the time and I marvel.  I agree with Steve, it is absolutely spectacular.  As our student guide said when leading our tour, her dorm room is probably the nicest place she’s ever going to live. I also have traveled to a lot of college campuses, and this is absolutely spectacular." 
Peters, Stephen
"Every day at work I see really smart people make bad decisions and I think, 'you know what, I wouldn’t have done that,' and the reason I wouldn’t have done that is because I get what it means to be a member of a community. I get what it means to do the right thing. I get what the Ignatian would tell you about serving your fellow man and serving God, and that helps me a lot."
Piumetti Farland, Lisa "My husband did not go here, although I think I can quote him. He says he married LMU since I have been here for so long. And so we got engaged at the Bluff and then we were married in Huesman Chapel."
Psomas, Timothy
"I think the college has matured very significantly, both in size and in terms of the kinds of programs. And I think the programs that are focused on multidiscipline and multi-perspective kind of approaches to problem-solving are the programs of the future. That's really where the future is."  
Quinn, Brian
"It was the best basketball team ever at LMU, at Loyola until Hank Gathers’ time. I mean, it was the only team that would go to the tournament, other than that. We were really, really good." 
Robin, Richard
"Well, it was more Catholic than today because we had a lot more Catholics then. Today we are about 50 percent Catholic. So a Sunday’s 8 o’clock mass in Sacred Heart would be full back in the eighties. Now it is not. However, I believe there is more going on today in Campus Ministry. Students are into retreats, CLC and other forms of prayer groups."
Schon, Sr. Agnes
"Well I think the constant threat of war for ourselves and for the people, our children.  You know, so many young lives and we were working with people that were young.  It seemed like their future was threatened and that, you know, to keep them encouraged and yet continue to educate themselves to prepare for what the future would hold."
Shields, Clarence
"My father was a carpenter and he was working building the UCLA Medical Center and he fell eight stories and survived when I was here at the end of my first year… I went to Dr. Cadner and I told him that I would have to drop out of school and he told me that I wouldn’t and he got a donor for me and I never knew who it was so part of my payback to the university is that I have taken care of the athletic teams for free since I’ve been an orthopedic surgeon."  
Silva, Christopher "[While running for ASLMU President my sophomore year,] one of my campaign slogans was, “Let’s put you in ASLMU” because at the time it had been ASLM and I’m the one who put ASLMU, I put the U in because I said “Associated Students of Loyola Marymount, we’re a University, it should be ASLMU,” so that was something I felt strongly about and so I pushed to add the U to ASLM."  
Simril, Renata
"I can remember a racial epithet was written on the Lion's Lair, and it was a big to do around campus. And I recall the University's reaction. One, getting that off and then really addressing it from a community perspective was very swift, and very, I think, appropriate, to say that we are very inclusive of all students here." 
St. Onge, Rosenia "The people that could afford to come, came. So as the years went on and we became more and more diverse, that's what's really made the university, I think, a well-rounded university. Not only for the city, but for the students. And an international population which we didn't have at the very beginning." 
Steed, Michael
"The United States was going through a transformation, civil rights was going through a transformation, politics was going through a transformation. An incredible period of time and Loyola Marymount was going through a transformation. The Jesuits were on the cutting edge of implementing many of the new changes that the church wanted to put into effect, sometimes to the dismay of the local cardinal." 
Tierney, Sean
"It would have been easy for LMU in the 21st century and with an economic crisis to have created some sort of survival pack for us. It would have been easy to go into LMU and given a set of things and skills that would—the end goal being making money. ... The difference though is that in my experience, LMU took it one step further and really gave me the ability and the passion to really go out and to shape the world." 
Young, Frances
"So there was a clear, almost socio-economic demarcation of the National Guard and LAPD making a tremendous effort to make sure no rioting and looting crossed Manchester and Sepulveda, in particular. I remember Sepulveda was the demarcation line. They were not gonna let anything get past that. ... And it’s an interesting psychological problem because you may not want to leave campus, but it’s a very different reality if you feel like you can’t."