‘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

Two recent public-safety incidents under investigation

PHOTO: Soka Public Safety Director Craig Lee in his office on February 27. During this semester, two events concerning public safety have had that effect: a man accused of a lethal hit-and-run was arrested on campus, and someone entered students’ rooms and rearranged their belongings without permission. The Pearl reached out to Director of Residential … Continue reading Two recent public-safety incidents under investigation

Local woman protests against Aliso Viejo city council partisanship

By Julian Nazar Following the November midterm elections, the Aliso Viejo City Council convened on November 9 for its bi-monthly meeting. At this meeting, similar to others, both local individuals and businesses were recognized for their outstanding service to the community. In this case, Kaylin Maddox, a graduate from St. Mary’s School, was awarded a … Continue reading Local woman protests against Aliso Viejo city council partisanship

Local Author Ties it All Together in New Book

Soka University featured in a chapter of Ties That Bind, by local author Suzanne Chun, the wife of Aliso Viejo city councilman and Soka Bistro frequenter Ross Chun, recently published a book Ties That Bind: Tales of Love, Family, and Friendship which contains several short nonfiction stories that represent some of her most treasured memories. … Continue reading Local Author Ties it All Together in New Book

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 

A Conversation with Newly-Elected City Councilwoman Tiffany Ackley

Tiffany Ackley didn’t expect to go into politics. After receiving her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, she decided to become an environmental attorney. Since then, she has advocated for stronger environmental standards on behalf of Orange County Cities and Water Districts. Nine years ago, she decided to move with … Continue reading A Conversation with Newly-Elected City Councilwoman Tiffany Ackley

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 

Freedom Writers’ Journey

The Freedom Writers Foundation emphasizes overcoming adversity – whether it be social, economic and interpersonal – through education and the promotion of an inclusive pedagogy. The foundation began with Erin Gruwell, an English teacher with a steadfast commitment to equality in education. Gruwell spent four years teaching a group of underserved students at Wilson High … Continue reading Freedom Writers’ Journey