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February 23, 2012

St. Edward's University Magazine Winter Issue: The Stories We Tell

It’s always a bit of a gamble deciding what stories to include in St. Edward’s University Magazine. Choose too many happy stories, and we run the risk of glossing over important global issues. Too many serious stories, and the magazine might start to feel depressing.

So what were we thinking, putting together an issue that has features on both human trafficking and poverty?

I’m a firm believer in the power of stories. A good story — whether happy or sad — can shine a light on injustice and champion what’s right. It can help you look at the state of our world and maybe even inspire hope in the future.

In “Bound,” writer Hannah Hepfer brings you the story of Dawn (we’ve changed her name to protect her identity — you’ll understand when you read her story), who spent the better part of her life as a modern-day slave in the United States. This social-justice issue is so pressing that faculty and students from St. Edward’s are organizing classes, projects, study-abroad trips and student organizations to raise awareness.

In “A Dreamer in the Fields,” you’ll read the inspiring story of Anabel Rodriguez ’14 who grew up a lot different than many students at St. Edward’s. While her peers may have been playing Little League or youth soccer, a young Anabel was doing laundry and washing dishes while the rest of her family worked in the grape fields in California. It wasn’t long before Anabel followed them into the fields to help make ends meet for her family. But all of those experiences just motivated her, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated, grateful student. She’s doing some pretty amazing things at St. Edward’s, too.

But we left a few pages for the lighter side. In “Going Pro,” we bring you the story of eight photocommunications students whose amazing work was part of a six-month-long exhibit on Texas high school football at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. And writer Stacia Hernstrom racked her brain (and her Facebook contacts) to come up with 62 things that you absolutely have to do in Austin. How many have you done?  

When I think about what I want to fill the pages of St. Edward’s University Magazine, I want stories that serve the mission of a place that is dedicated to inspiring students with a global perspective to make a difference in their world. Stories that encourage us to ask the big questions and seek out the answers. Stories that give our readers a deeper understanding of humanity. If we can bring you stories that do any of these things, that’s a gamble I’m willing to take.

Copies are available around campus, or download a PDF version. Happy reading!

Frannie Schneider
St. Edward’s University Magazine