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

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

We need more conversations about mental health on campus

  Mental health isn’t discussed a lot on campus. I know mental health might be scary to some, but the word shouldn’t drive us away from the conversation. Mental health isn’t just about sadness, depression, or negative emotions—it’s about the positive ones too. Understanding mental health is an essential step in promoting better well-being for … Continue reading We need more conversations about mental health on campus

Review: Solange’s new album is like a warm, breezy daydream

By Connor Busby, Pearl Staff A plain foam mattress pad – the concept of a bed reduced to its bare bones. It is just this kind of simple cushion upon which I lay, closing my eyes and listening to Solange’s new album, When I Get Home (WIGH), for the first time. A very fitting location … Continue reading Review: Solange’s new album is like a warm, breezy daydream

Review: “Captain Marvel” charms, but falls short of greatness

By Skyler Wolf, Pearl Reporter Captain Marvel is undeniably placed in an awkward spot within the Marvel movie slot. Off the wave of Avengers: Infinity War— which was insanely popular among critics and audiences alike, earning nearly $665 million in the box office—and released just a month before the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, Brie Larson’s … Continue reading Review: “Captain Marvel” charms, but falls short of greatness