A Piece of My Narrative

By Ayoola Akinlana Stories don’t have to be written; I am currently still living out mine. But here is a part of it. — I stared into space, discreetly scrawling letters in the air. A Y O O L A… I-YO-LUH. I-YO-LAH. This time, it was my name. I marveled over each letter as I … Continue reading A Piece of My Narrative

Sea Monsters, Pirates, Girls: A review of “The Abyss Surrounds Us”

By Charlie Robielos, Pearl Staff Sea monsters. Pirates. Girls. If you’re not sold on this book yet, you should reconsider your priorities. Emily Strutskie published her debut novel, The Abyss Surrounds Us, in 2016 while still attending Cornell University. If not for the spicy plot or just to support stories from diverse perspectives, you should … Continue reading Sea Monsters, Pirates, Girls: A review of “The Abyss Surrounds Us”

Dear Mother Africa: The experiences of African students at SUA

In this piece, Africa is addressed as 'mother' to signify her role as the birthplace of the human race. This piece explores what people think about Africa in a personal yet revealing letter to the personified African continent. The letter also includes African students' experiences at Soka University of America concerning certain stereotypes they encounter … Continue reading Dear Mother Africa: The experiences of African students at SUA

The Black Student Union and Student of Color Coalition Manifesto

This manifesto was written by Black Student Union and the Student of Color Coalition Addressed to Soka University of America Dated November 7, 2019    BLACK STUDENT UNION STATEMENT:  Due to the recent interruption of SUA’s erasure of Black Students’ lived experiences, which stemmed from a non-Black student using the n-word racial slur, has culminated … Continue reading The Black Student Union and Student of Color Coalition Manifesto

KA-BOOM: Breaking Language Barriers with Comic Books

By Kofi Gyamfi Sarkodie, Contributor I was born in a town called Agona. The only literate adults there at that time were the teachers who had been posted from the city to teach at schools in our town. Since Ghana has over 250 languages and dialects, learning the English language is crucial to breaking the … Continue reading KA-BOOM: Breaking Language Barriers with Comic Books

This One’s About Us: The Push for African and Ethnic Studies at Soka

By Christelle Inema, Victoria Huynh, and Jordyn Saito On behalf of the student group leading the push for African and Ethnic Studies Within the last year, SUA’s Black Student Union has spearheaded a strong and visible push for African Studies.  For many students, this demand may appear to be a recent one, however after archival … Continue reading This One’s About Us: The Push for African and Ethnic Studies at Soka

Critical Perspectives on Soka’s Lu’au

By Jordyn Saito, Freelancer In its 10th anniversary this year, the Lūʻau performance is one of our oldest traditions here at Soka.  The club which spearheads it every year is called “Ka Pilina Ho’olokahi” which, according to their facebook page, means “the coming together in harmony for peace” in the Hawaiian language. Growing up in … Continue reading Critical Perspectives on Soka’s Lu’au

Three Spanish perspectives on Spain’s upcoming elections

By Julian Nazar, Pearl Foreign Correspondent Julian is studying abroad in Granada, Spain Mariano Rajoy, a member of the moderate-right Partido Popular (PP), was elected as Prime Minister of Spain for a second term in the 2016 general election.  In the years that followed, his tenure had been marred with corruption scandals. The situation worsened … Continue reading Three Spanish perspectives on Spain’s upcoming elections

‘Many Embodied, One in Mind’: Reflecting on the National Youth Climate Strike

By Shelby Kohn, Climate Reality Club Committee Chair Photos by Tamy Nazha I was talking on the phone with my friend Gianna, a senior student at University of California, Irvine (UCI) when I first heard about the National Youth Climate Strike. We are both climate activists and met at a climate change training held by … Continue reading ‘Many Embodied, One in Mind’: Reflecting on the National Youth Climate Strike

2019 Energy Challenge: Results, Analysis, and Why This Matters

By Lauren Ng, Sustainability Educator As an institution of higher education, our fundamental purpose is to educate students who will enter the world as changemakers for a better future. If we want to see a more sustainable world, we must start by living it and speaking it. Energy is a finite, common good. Energy efficiency, … Continue reading 2019 Energy Challenge: Results, Analysis, and Why This Matters