As a private university, Pepperdine is under less obligation to reveal institutional information, but that should not be the standard. The University should empower its students and student-journalists in their pursuit of truth.
As the sun sets on Black History Month, there are still things people must remember year-round when it comes to Black voices. Black individuals — whether here at Pepperdine or across the nation — need to be supported, heard and not tokenized to make white saviors look good.
For some on campus, it seems like it’s easier to get punished for having consensual sex than it is for a student to get punished for possibly committing a Title IX offense.
The Freedom Wall received national attention about abortion-rights postings, prompting Pepperdine administrators to reconsider the wall’s guidance. The Graphic staff reminds the community of the written and unwritten rules of the Freedom Wall.
With Pepperdine students returning to campus, the Graphic staff encourages the community to acknowledge the unique challenges each class is going through and come together to support each other. Showing up for campus events and activities, including athletic games and performances, can be a big way we can cultivate a community with school spirit.
The prevalence of gun violence in the United States causes major political strife, as gun control is one of the most polarizing issues today. Despite this, politicians need to commit to making impactful changes, guided by facts and logic, to put an end to gun violence.
There has been an exponential rise in Anti-Asian hate incidents reported throughout the United States. The Graphic stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander community and our AAPI peers against anti-Asian racism and hate.
As students learn remotely and live geographically apart, the theme of “belonging” and a common shared Pepperdine experience seem impossible. Pepperdine is more than its Malibu campus, and University administration should reach out more to students who can’t be there in-person.
After the recent social justice movement, Black History Month is more than just remembering those who have paved the way for us. This Black History Month is about honoring lives that were taken too soon and being a Black ally.
The Black Lives Matter movement, the social media response to our By The Numbers special edition and the Jan. 6 insurrection strengthened the Graphic’s commitment to serving as an inclusive, unbiased news source. The Graphic’s senior leadership team reiterates their values for the spring semester and shares their plans for holding themselves accountable.