Living in a Danger Zone

By Patricia Yollin

The 1991 East Bay hills fire killed 25 people and destroyed 3,000 homes.

The green hills around Saint Mary's will soon turn brown. Wildfire season is coming. It is a constant for anyone living in California, as certain and inevitable as summer giving way to fall.

Letters to the Editor

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.

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 … "

Letters to the Editor

Where's the Chapel?

Dear Editors,
I am concerned about the variations of the campus logo we seem to be seeing these days.  It seems to me that, as a Catholic and Christian institution, the logo including the College Chapel should be the official logo and used on all communications from SMC. We should be proud to be a College that is Catholic and Christian, and we should be both willing and proud to advertise this to others.

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