May | June 2008

Cover Story

“We Could Change the World”

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FDR’s Secret Weapon

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Accidental Activist

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Cover Story

“We Could Change the World”

The scene: Chicago’s west side, 1967. Drugs, lawlessness and violence rule the streets. In steps a young idealist named David Dawley ’63, who hopes to clean up the area—and its most notorious gang. What the heck was he thinking?

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Feature

FDR’s Secret Weapon

Basil O’Connor, class of 1912, was not only an intimate of Roosevelt but also a driving force in the eradication of the disease that paralyzed the president.

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Feature

Accidental Activist

It all started with a long letter to friends about her mother coping with Alzheimer’s. Next thing lawyer Ann McLane Kuster ’78 knew, she was an advocate for families dealing with the disease.

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Tribute

The “Prone Ranger”

After suffering a tragic gym accident as a student, James Boen ’53 maintained a letter-perfect attitude.

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PERSONAL HISTORY

Getting the Picture

Working as a production assistant for television and movies has given one recent grad an appreciation of life on the streets.

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CLASSROOM

Optimus Maximus

Skeptics told professor Paul Christesen ’88 his “Antiquity Today” class wouldn't draw students. Then it became the largest classics course in 25 years.

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FACULTY OPINION

Crossroads of the East

As China expands its economy and military, the United States needs to pay more attention to the region.

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ARTIFACT

A Mighty Tome

One of the greatest attributes of books is their portability. Not this one.

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Continuing Ed

Rob Saltzman ’76

L.A.’s newest police commissioner on why diversity matters

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BIG PICTURE

Canvassing the Campus

When Carpenter Hall opened in September 1929 the new building included an art studio for student artists such as the one pictured here (circa 1935).

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