From the Editor

By Erin Hallissy

Burning Desires

Over time, Saint Mary's magazine has been exploring the four classical Greek elements through the prism of our intellectual and spiritual traditions as a Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts college. We've examined water and earth in past issues, and in this issue we look at fire, a particularly rich subject.

Out of This World

By Erin Hallissy

Students Enjoy Rare Opportunity to Research the Galaxies

Courtesy of the NAIC - Arecibo Observatory, a facility of the NSF

Letters to the Editor

Ethics and the Bottom Line

By John Grennan
Illustration by Curtis Parker

Gaining a Deep Understanding

By J. Elizabeth Smith
Photography by Pauline Lubens

Middle Class Woes

Art by Mark Campbell

Putting Her Values to Work

By Erin Hallissy

The early 1970s were tumultuous at Saint Mary’s College. Women were admitted for the first time, affirmative action brought more black and Latino students to campus, and tensions among students, faculty and the administration boiled over when popular African American dean of students, Odell Johnson, was dismissed in early 1972.

Excerpts from Caritas In Veritate

Charity in Truth

From the Editor

By Erin Hallissy

The Working Life

More than 100 years ago, Pope Leo XIII issued the encyclical Rerum Novarum, which addressed the exploitation of workers during the Industrial Revolution and the rise of socialism. Pope Leo opened by noting, "The elements of the conflict now raging are unmistakable, in the vast expansion of industrial pursuits and the marvelous discoveries of science; in the changed relations between masters and workmen; in the enormous fortunes of some few individuals, and the utter poverty of the masses … "

Tribute to Sepehr Zabih

By Stephen Woolpert, Dean of School of Liberal Arts

Dec. 5, 1925 – July 11, 2009