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The Crimson Circle is a service organization at Loyola Marymount University under Student Affairs in the office of The Center for Service and Action.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private Jesuit and Marymount research university in Los Angeles, California. The university is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education.
Service, honor, brotherhood, tradition, and faith are the hallmarks of the Crimson Circle. Dating back to 1929, the Circle has always had a tradition of prestigious and diverse membership. The Circle dedicates their time and expresses many outstanding talents that contribute to serving Loyola Marymount University and the greater Los Angeles and World communities in a commitment to social justice. To be a Crimson is to be a man for and with others.
Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.
Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges. In Western as well as in older Asian cultures, the concept of social justice has often referred to the process of ensuring that individuals fulfill their societal roles and receive what was their due from society. In the current global grassroots movements for social justice, the emphasis has been on the breaking of barriers for social mobility, the creation of safety nets and economic justice.
The Crimson Circle was established at Loyola University in 1929 to assist the Jesuit Dean of Students with the enforcement of the Student Conduct Code at student assemblies and at athletic events. Appointed by the Student Council, they administered public punishment to those students found guilty of infraction of the laws and traditions of the University. It was composed of fifteen men from the sophomore, junior and senior classes. Father Lorenzo M. Malone, SJ, was the first moderator.
As Loyola University continued to develop and its needs changed, the purpose of Crimsom Circle also changed and developed. By the 1940s, Crimson Circle shed its responsibilities in enforcing the Student Conduct Code and became an honor society.
In the United States, an honor society is a rank organization that recognizes excellence among peers. Numerous societies recognize various fields and circumstances. The Order of the Arrow, for example, is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America. Chiefly, the term refers to scholastic honor societies, those that recognize students who excel academically or as leaders among their peers, often within a specific academic discipline.
During the 1960s, Crimson Circle began to resemble the organization it is today. Crimson Circle became a service organization committed to the University to promote programs of the Associated Students of Loyola University, the President's Office, University Relations, and Admissions.
Today, Crimson Circle's mission is to serve at Loyola Marymount University and the surrounding communities of Los Angeles. Since its foundation, members of Crimson Circle have been recognized for leadership, loyalty, generous service, good academic standing, and high spirit.
The uniform colors of Crimson Circle remain crimson and grey, reflecting the old school colors of Loyola University. Crimson Circle is composed of 35 sophomore, junior, and senior men.
Moderators of Crimson Circle have included: Fr. Al Kilp, SJ; Fr. James Erps, SJ; and Fr. Wayne Negrete, SJ. Fr. Richard Robin, SJ, has served as moderator since 1995.
Crimson Circle remains an important part of the Jesuit history and tradition at Loyola Marymount University.
In 2014 Crimson Circle has made a commitment to visit, tutor, and mentor students at St. Columbkille Catholic School and Urban Compass on a weekly basis. In the Spring of 2014, Crimson Circle was awarded the Riordan Community Action Grant to provide Urban Compass with an 8-week program focused on education of the whole person. Notable annual events served include the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles’ Buddy Walk, LMU’s Fright Night, and LMU’s Special Games. Crimson Circle continues to cultivate a growing presence at Midnight Mission to benefit the homeless population in Skid Row. In partnership with Belles service organization, Crimson Circle hosts the annual LMU Charity Ball which raises funds for their respective service placements. In addition, Crimson Circle has been a driving force of support for the successful biannual LMU Blood & Bone Marrow Drives done in conjunction with CSA and the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center.
The Midnight Mission is a human services organization in downtown Los Angeles' skid row. The organization provides basic subsistence to the region's needy, drug and alcohol recovery services, "safe sleep" programs, educational training, a mobile kitchen, and family housing with an emphasis on developing self-sufficiency.
Skid Row is an area of Downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2000 census, the population of the district was 17,740. Skid Row was defined in a decision in Jones v. City of Los Angeles as the area east of Main Street, south of Third Street, west of Alameda Street, and north of Seventh Street. Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations of homeless people in the United States.
The Crimson Circle has had many traditions throughout its existence. Most notably are as followed:
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Magis is a Latin word that means "more" or "greater". It is related to ad majorem Dei gloriam, a Latin phrase meaning "for the greater glory of God", the motto of the Society of Jesus. Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more for Christ, and therefore doing more for others. It is an expression of an aspiration and inspiration. It relates to forming the ideal society centered on Jesus Christ.
Rev. Robert B. Lawton, S.J., Ph.D. is an American Jesuit and the 14th President of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He also holds tenured professorships in both the Classics and Archaeology Department and the Theological Studies Department of LMU.
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Daniel L. Smith-Christopher is an American Biblical theologian and author. He is Professor of Theological Studies and Director of New Zealand Study Abroad Programs at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and is frequently quoted on the History Channel's religious programs. Dr. Smith-Christopher has particular interests in cross-cultural interpretation of the Bible, and was invited to write the entry on "Cross-Cultural Interpretation" for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation. He has also worked with Blues musician Bernie Pearl on a live presentation and program comparing Blues music with the Book of Lamentations, during which Pearl performs Blues selections, as well as working with Zydeco and Flamenco musicians on thematic comparisons between these musical forms and Biblical themes. Smith-Christopher was invited to write the entry on "Blues" for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts.
Joseph O. Jewell serves as the current chair of the African American Studies Department at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California. Jewell comes to the African American Studies Department following the lead of Dr. John Davis and Dr. Ronald Barrett. Prior to his position at Loyola Marymount University, Jewell served as associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M University. He also served as interim director of Texas A&M's Race and Ethnic Studies Institute. His research has included examining race and class in social and reform movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He published Race, Social Reform and the Making of a Middle Class: The American Missionary Association in Atlanta, 1870–1900,. He is also the co-author of "The Mis-Education of Black America: Black Education Since An American Dillemma" with Walter R. Allen in An American Dilemma Revisited: Race Relations in A Changing World.
Rev. Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Ph.D. is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology and professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, having received his doctorate from Duke University.
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James N. Loughran, S.J., Ph.D. was an American Jesuit who served as the 12th president of Loyola Marymount University and 21st president of Saint Peter's College.
Crimson Circle may refer to:
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Timothy Law Snyder is an American educator, mathematician, academic administrator and musician. He serves as the 16th President of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Brian Treanor is currently the Casassa Chair in Social Values, Professor of Philosophy in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, and the Academic Director of the Academy of Catholic Thought & Imagination at Loyola Marymount University. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College where he studied with Richard Kearney & Jacques Taminiaux. Dr. Treanor’s work takes its cue from the tradition of philosophical hermeneutics, but remains consciously interdisciplinary by engaging theology, literature, poetry, psychology, ecology, and other disciplines.