Eighty-three years after the Graphic published its first issue, the current leaders of the student-run organization reflect on their responsibility to do better, committing themselves to amplifying Black voices and pursuing the truth long after it is breaking news.
In a world where the white male view is made normative, being both a person of color and a woman alters one’s lived experience.
When I applied for my dream position of editor-in-chief of Currents, there was no doubt what my theme would be. Exploring gender equality and feminism was the only option.
This past semester, I have had the incredible opportunity to serve as editor-in-chief of Pepperdine’s Currents Magazine.
Currents magazine gave Seaver students the opportunity to share their perspectives on and experiences with gender inequality and feminism.
Pepperdine University explicitly affirms that “truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, must be pursued relentlessly in every discipline.” However, in recent weeks, the Student Government Association (SGA) has fallen short of the meaning of this quote, failing the institution and the students it is meant to serve and leaving its constituency in the dark.
Since the events of last November shaped our identity and unified us in new ways, it may seem challenging for the Pepperdine community to move forward into a year of recovery without forgetting the past. However, identity does not translate to limitation.
The Borderline Bar and Grill shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 12 people, including Pepperdine freshman Alaina Housley, was one of 340 mass shootings in the United States in 2018. Mass shootings in the past year killed 374 people and injured another 1,345, according to the Gun Violence Archive.