ASB Fosters Connection Between Students and Houstonians

By Reina Strauss, Harumi Koga and Saori Konishi Alternative Spring Break is a service learning program for Soka students to travel and learn about a variety of human issues and engage and serve communities during spring break. This past year, students participating in ASB went to Houston, Texas to aid in disaster relief in the … Continue reading ASB Fosters Connection Between Students and Houstonians

Deported: A Story from the U.S. Immigration Crisis 

By Mercedes Corrales In January 2018, after living in the U.S. for 25 years, my grandmother Maria was deported to her home country of Mexico.   Her deportation was an unexpected one. In 2005, my grandma was detained and was going to be sent back to Mexico. However, her youngest son needed medical attention and required yearly surgeries until … Continue reading Deported: A Story from the U.S. Immigration Crisis 

Feeling the Heat: How Climate Change Hits Close to Home 

By Lauren Ng, Student Sustainability Educator  Over the summer, I had the opportunity to work on campus as a Sustainability Assistant. It was a fantastic experience. I received a great deal on summer housing, and my job allowed me the flexibility to create my own projects and do fulfilling work. However, I had to bring a winter jacket … Continue reading Feeling the Heat: How Climate Change Hits Close to Home 

Three slices of bread a day: Male athletes and eating disorders

By Connor Busby, Reporter  What is the picture that comes to most of our minds when we think of someone struggling with an eating disorder? A cheerleader? A model? Most of us tend to picture a woman, but actually there is another common victim of this affliction that rarely gets much representation: men. The National … Continue reading Three slices of bread a day: Male athletes and eating disorders

SEED club releases survey about freedom of speech on campus

Submitted by Zaw Lin Htet, on behalf of Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) Free speech is one of the core values of a democratic society. Across history (even in many countries today), the freedom of speech threatens and dismantles existing totalitarian regimes as it enables ideas of justice and equality to spread and helps … Continue reading SEED club releases survey about freedom of speech on campus

Campus sustainability updates from SUA’s sustainability committee

By Sami Bhusal, Freelancer As the academic year comes to an end, the Campus Sustainability Committee would like to update our campus community about some of our initiatives and progress. In June 2017, SUA submitted its first Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), and SUA was certified STARS Bronze. As the parent organization of … Continue reading Campus sustainability updates from SUA’s sustainability committee

Retiring economics professor reflects on her life and career

By Bikash Gupta, Reporter Hong-yi Chen is a professor of economics at SUA. She has been at Soka since its inception in 2000 and has seen SUA grow over the last two decades. This is her last semester at Soka. I sat down with her to interview her about her time at Soka, her passion, … Continue reading Retiring economics professor reflects on her life and career

Pearl Diver: An Inadequate History of the Black Experience at Soka

By Esat Tunager, Reporter The Pearl Diver is a series that combs through back issues of the Pearl, seeking a better understanding of the Soka experience through the insights and mishaps of students who have long since fled the Soka Bubble.  Black History Month: Dispelling the Myth. 2003. “Welcome to SUA’s first Black history month … Continue reading Pearl Diver: An Inadequate History of the Black Experience at Soka