Students protest Lions Roar admissions event

On Saturday, Soka welcomed prospective students and their families onto campus for the annual Lions Roar event, where high school seniors can learn about what the university has to offer.  But things did not go according to plan - a group of about 40 current students organized a protest of the university’s treatment of black … Continue reading Students protest Lions Roar admissions event

It’s about more than the n-word

By Abbie Malabuyoc & Casey Chaffin  Students at Soka University of America will be protesting the annual tradition of Soka Fest tonight in solidarity with the Black Student Union. Many still question BSU’s motives in dissenting from the yearly celebration. Racism on campus goes back far beyond a Facebook exchange over the use of the … Continue reading It’s about more than the n-word

‘Our curriculum has always been centered on white voices’: The student push for African & Ethnic Studies

Leaders from the Black Student Union (BSU) and Students of Color Coalition (SOCC) sat in the front row of Pauling 216 Wednesday, waiting for the meeting about African and Ethnic Studies classes to begin.  The meeting had been hastily called by the Dean of Faculty Bryan Penprase and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ed Feasel, … Continue reading ‘Our curriculum has always been centered on white voices’: The student push for African & Ethnic Studies

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

Black Student Union organizes protest of Soka Festival

Kristen Storms, co-founder of the Black Student Union, stood in front of a packed Fishbowl the night of November 5 to announce the BSU’s next initiative: a protest of Soka Fest.  Recent student unrest over non-black students’ use of the n-word has brought long-held frustrations over unaddressed racism to a head. The protest targets Soka … Continue reading Black Student Union organizes protest of Soka Festival

Straight from the Field: Soka vs. La Sierra Game Recap

On a breezy Saturday afternoon, we kicked off our match at home against La Sierra University. After losing our last two games, we desperately wanted to snap our losing streak and get back in the win column. We started the game strongly and made many interceptions all over the pitch. Besides a couple of speculative … Continue reading Straight from the Field: Soka vs. La Sierra Game Recap

Straight from the Field: Soka vs Providence Season Opener

On a brisk Thursday evening, we kicked off our season at home against Providence Christian. Pride Night had created a great atmosphere at kickoff. Building up to the game, our coach warned us that our opposition would start the match with a lot of energy and intensity. As our coach predicted, Providence started the match … Continue reading Straight from the Field: Soka vs Providence Season Opener

Straight from the Field: Soka vs. Hope International Game Recap

On a sweltering Saturday afternoon, we kicked off against Hope International. Prior to this game, we knew would be facing our stiffest test yet. Hope had beaten us comprehensively the last time we had faced them.  We started the game apprehensively and fell behind after only seven minutes when one of their midfielders skipped past … Continue reading Straight from the Field: Soka vs. Hope International Game Recap

Straight from the Field: Soka vs. Occidental Game Recap

As dusk began to set in over the horizon late Sunday evening, we kicked off against Occidental. Leading up to the match, we knew this game would be a test unlike any we had faced so far. The first five minutes of the match proved that notion. Occidental’s physicality and steel in the midfield initially … Continue reading Straight from the Field: Soka vs. Occidental Game Recap