Say "Los Angeles," and many people conjure up images of catastrophic earthquakes, wildfires, and Rodney King. However, this city wears a variety of faces; neighborhoods change within miles, and many types of people occupy Los Angeles's vast territory. Los Angeles is not always synonymous with ghetto, nor is the entire city like Beverly Hills. In fact, the real charm of Los Angeles comes from the various cultures, classes, and people that form the city. Loyola Marymount University also wears multiple faces. The University prides itself on being simultaneously part of LA, yet separate from it. LMU is close to the culture and nightlife that makes LA so unique, but the University lacks the crime and concrete of the city. The University has a Los Angeles address, but the campus sits in Westchester, a quiet suburb in the western half of Los Angeles. Drive a few miles west of campus and enjoy the crashing waves of the Pacific; drive a few miles northeast and join the busy, crazy city. LA and LMU can satisfy any mood or any personality.
Los Angeles offers its visitors first-class shopping, food, and entertainment. Big spenders should check out the trendy shops on Rodeo Drive, a favorite haunt of celebrities. For more unique fare, Venice features tiny shops peddling one-of-a-kind clothing and antiques. Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, a huge pedestrian mall, houses the most popular chain stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, Armani Exchange, and Gap. While shopping, stop at any number of restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory or the Chart House in Marina del Rey. For less money, there is always a Johnny Rockets or Islands nearby.