Following the dropped Convocation chapel requirement for upper-level students and the launch of the Hub for Spiritual Life, students explore their faith in different ways on campus. While some are involved in student-led ministries or meet with chaplains at the Hub, others find themselves struggling to make the time.
Words have significance in everything people do — they can change the mind of oneself and the minds of others. Effects of the rhetoric people use in daily life can be long-lasting, and some words, like the word “normal,” can have more meaning than many people realize.
As Omicron cases around the world rise, Pepperdine’s International Programs begin the spring semester under unique circumstances. Although the experience looks different from what students, like sophomore Florence participant Melanie Tadros, expected, they said they are finding the bright side to finally being abroad.
Stigmas surrounding mental health and therapy affect Pepperdine students in various ways. Breaking that stigma, both within oneself and for the benefit of others, is a challenge and a mission among students who aim to change the conversation about mental health on campus.
In a sculpture for the Junior Thesis Exhibition in Payson Library, junior Art major Luke Knox displayed a printer with money coming out of it, not expecting the money to be gone within hours. Following the return of the money and an investigation by DPS, the focus of Knox’s installation began to evolve.
Sophomore Elija Gatling said social media creates a trap for young people to constantly seek validation from others. He discusses his experience separating himself from an unhealthy obsession with social media and how others can do that too.
Hope Lockwood, a Pepperdine junior who identifies as non-binary, discusses the difference between gender and sex, as well as the importance of freedom to explore and express gender identity without the weight of societal constructs.
Not everyone is cut out for running marathons in under five hours — especially with little experience doing so — but junior Mikela De La Flore is. In just three years of training De La Flore ran two full marathons and does not plan to stop.
Pepperdine’s Cheer Squad is made up of 12 members who have a passion to promote school spirit on campus. Coach and Pepperdine (alumna ’20) Kaitlyn Garrison, said the community and dedication the women bring to the team makes it feel like a family.
The newly created Office for Community Belonging is a place for students and faculty to freely voice their experiences and opinions at Pepperdine. With a need for diversity and inclusion to hold a bigger space within campus culture, students and administrators hope for the community to transform for the better.