A number of past Graphic articles bred controversy on campus, including ones on student DUIs, car crashes, Kenneth Starr and drugs. Three former Graphic reporters comment on approaching controversy with objectivity and a focus on telling all sides of the story.
Over the spring recess, 75 students moved on-campus despite the qualifications for hardship housing remaining unchanged. Recently moved-in students discuss the challenges and benefits of living on-campus.
Pepperdine holds off on making a final decision about the class of 2020 and 2021 graduation ceremonies until April 12. The University hopes improving COVID-19 conditions will allow for in-person ceremonies at Alumni Park as scheduled on May 21 and 22.
Facing your fears and trying new things can open you up to a more fulfilling life. News Assistant Editor Natalie Hardt shares her experience adopting this mindset and trying a variety of new foods and activities since mid-February, ranging from lollipops to skiing.
Pepperdine plans to keep Sodexo as Pepperdine’s food provider through July 2022 and resume the Request for Proposal process for a new long-term contract in the fall of 2021. Vice President and Chief Business Officer Nicolle Taylor discusses changes to the RFP process and dining experience resulting from COVID-19.
Songfest will continue this year as a virtual performance, with fewer weekly rehearsals spread out over eight weeks instead of two. Despite significant changes resulting from the virtual format, organizers and student leaders are hopeful they will develop a sense of community similar to the one found in person.
The Brock House underwent an 18-month renovation to update the property and increase its effectiveness for hosting student events. President Jim Gash discusses the renovation and expresses hope that the house will be a hub for student activities and spiritual life moving forward.
Students and staff breakdown how they stay connected to their faiths as Pepperdine begins a second remote semester. With in-person resources like Spiritual Life Advisors and convocation absent, students seek community and spiritual growth through virtual student-led ministries and interpersonal connection.
La Shonda Coleman discusses her promotion from Title IX coordinator for students to associate vice president and University Title IX coordinator. This role combines her existing duties with increased interaction and training with faculty and staff.
Although the spring 2021 semester is beginning virtually, more new students are currently enrolled than last spring. Spring admits and transfer students reflect on the digital start to their time at Pepperdine, hoping for a mid-semester reopening of campus and virtual opportunities to grow their faith.