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.
A new partnership between Pepperdine’s Student Government Association and rideshare app Lyft gives students a $10 discount on certain rides. The program, along with a resolution focusing on campus accessibility, created a “theme of mobility” for SGA last semester.
Pepperdine’s Freedom Wall is synonymous with sharing opinions on campus. This timeline details the major displays throughout the wall’s history, from its establishment in 2003 through this semester.
SGA President and senior Chase Johnson discusses the importance of being able to disagree with others respectfully and have productive conversations. He said he believes that this was once possible but that individuals have lost that ability in recent years.
Social skills decline and anxiety rises as some students step onto campus. Pepperdine students are relearning the basics of creating relationships.
The University has long tried to push messages of LGBTQ+ inclusivity while maintaining traditional Christian values of marriage being between a man and a woman. With anti-LGBTQ+ companies like Chick-fil-A given freely to the Pepperdine community, statements of inclusivity seem to lose their value as a result.
Two Pepperdine seniors were the first recipients of the Fellowship for Equity and Social Justice. Jerry Calderon and Katelin Goño are student activists for diversity and inclusion within the Pepperdine community, and said they hope their efforts will have a lasting impact on students and administrators.
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.
The Class of 2025 elected first-year SGA class officers after a month of campaigning. With promises made and intentions set, President Michael Sugimoto and senators Myers Mentzer, Alex Clarke and Kate Ho said they are ready and excited to serve the Pepperdine community.
Pepperdine honored and remembered the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 by setting up 2,977 flags on Alumni Park that were open to the public for viewing. Several Malibu community members came to see the display, reflecting on the tragic events.