• College,  Stories

    7 Dorms, 7 Personalities

    Written by Dahlys Ang \Alpha, Blackstone, Hart, Hope, Horton, Sigma, Stewart: the faces of Biola’s housing options. While together they compile what 65 percent of Biola’s undergraduate students call home, according to Best Colleges U.S. News Rankings, each dorm has a different personality and aura surrounding its walls. The differences in community life, campus location and overall atmosphere of each dorm are what makes the seven choices of residential life at Biola so unique. Alpha The only all-girls dorm on campus, Alpha is located on upper campus in between Horton and Sigma. Built in 1966, Alpha was recently renovated and includes several unique amenities such as the rooftop sundeck as…

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    Ugandan Music As a Mirror

      Written by Santa Victoria-Perez “I’m using my art to create human mirrors where my country can see themselves.” I believe there is no greater way of influencing a thinking and feeling species than by causing them to think and feel … we feel the need to understand who we are as well, and the things that make us who we areI would like for us as a country to talk more about our art as it currently exists in our culture, the role it plays, but also the role it could play is a Ugandan recording artist and songwriter. Through her music she aims to bring awareness to the…

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    Prada: Bridging The Gap Between Vintage And Modernity

    Written by Sarah Elizabeth Jones PRADA, South Coast Plaza, CA—Curving glass windows and glass columns adorn the Prada storefront. A pale, fluorescent green light glows from within. Mirrors line the edges of tables and shelves: it is a place of reflection, of self-remembrance, for Prada orients itself towards fostering the individuality of its clientele. Being couture, its clientele are generally individuals of the elite, yet as I walked through Prada, looking at the pieces almost as if in a museum, I realized its audience is not its clientele—its audience is every individual with an eye and appreciation for artistry. The storefront is reminiscent of a mod style—retro, yet modern. From…

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    End of DACA Affects Los Angeles Residents

    Written by Jehn Kubiak President Trump rocked the world of 800,000 people—28.7 percent of those in California and 13 percent in Los Angeles—after he officially ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act on Sept. 4. The United States government stopped accepting applications on Oct. 5. Thousands of youth have lost protection since Trump ended the act according to United We Dream. According to a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services report, practically 40,000 DACA recipients have adapted to Lawful Permanent Resident status, but 760,000 do not have LPR status. The USCIS continues adjudicating requests for those who filed an initial or renewal DACA request and application before Sept. 5.…

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    California’s Identity as a Sanctuary State

    Written by Jehn Kubiak In a country with a president that openly vocalizes his resistance towards illegal immigration, one Democratic state stands with its non-citizen residents––through its identity as a sanctuary state. Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 on Oct. 5, in opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Sen. Kevin de León authored the bill, which will officially take effect in January. [sidebar title=”CAIR California legislative fact sheet lists the following purposes of SB 54″ align=”right” background=”on” border=”all” shadow=”on”] Prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments from investigating, detaining, detecting, reporting or arresting persons for immigration enforcement purposes. Prohibiting state or local law…

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    An Overview of the Immigrant Population in California

    Written by Jehn Kubiak Over 10 million immigrants call California home. While people from across the world have emigrated to the United States, the majority have come from Latin America, Asia and Mexico. The oil, agricultural and entertainment industries drew millions of immigrants to California in the 1920s and 1930s, thereby bolstering Southern California’s economy according to Calisphere states. Although Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics all settled in California during the 20th century, Hispanics were the dominant group of that time. Starting in 1769, groups of Spanish missionaries and soldiers came to California and built missions throughout the state’s southern region, a region which native peoples inhabited. After Mexico…

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    Hospitable for the Holidays

    Written by Kendall Jarboe On the eve of the holidays, our minds naturally turn toward traditions, family, friends, food, music and company. For some, the thought of gathering with their loved ones around the dinner table brings great joy. For others, the thought of an overcrowded kitchen and a house full of family members elicits fear. Whether one is feeling ecstatic or wary about the holidays, consider Biola student Michelle Nunez’s three reminders about a universal value one can foster this Christmas season: hospitality. IT’S ABOUT THE LOVE “Hospitality means to open up your home to people in a very gracious and welcoming way, to do it with love and…

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    Adopting Local Los Angeles

      Written by John Kay Within Los Angeles’s robust Echo Park, the Dream Center exists as a faith-based outreach and mission organization. Since 1995, the Center has been positively impacting lives affected by poverty, homelessness and addiction. From their ministry of providing warm meals to the homeless presiding in Skid Row and South Central to the 135 blocks that are now “adopted,” over 30,000 lives have been affected by the Dream Center. This latter program, called Adopt-A-Block, serves people in 16 housing projects from Watts to Pueblos located in South LA. Adopt-A-Block director, Alexa Duerest, oversees 30 weekly outreach programs. For her, Adopt-A-Block functions as an outlet for people to…

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    Four Tools to Lower Finals Week Stress

    Written by Jehn Kubiak You have stared blankly at a textbook for the last hour and feel even more stressed than when you started, thinking “I can’t remember anything.” Tears pour down your tired face, and it seems like the whole world could crash and burn at any given moment. This scenario is a prime example of an overly anxious student. Although some anxiety or stress is normal, too much can lead to significant health risks and poor academic performance according to Learn Psychology. Wishing anxiety or stress away isn’t enough sometimes, so psychologists and organizations have developed tools that can help reduce stress. Beat finals week insanity with these…

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    A Cure for Study Time Blues

    Written by Hailey Zendejas We know what you’re thinking—what can I do to cure my study time blues? Well luckily, we have two perfect ways: forming a rocking playlist and grabbing some delicious snacks. Here are some tips to help ensure you find the best tunes for a night of studying. Picking songs that you don’t have memorized is best. It’s hard to study when you want to sing along with Yoncé or weep while belting out Adele, since you already know all of the words. Don’t worry—we have plenty of suggestions. Some of the bands you can’t help but fall in love with are The 1975, The Lumineers and Duran…

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    Washing Out Hollywood’s Whitewashing

    Written by Jubilee Pham With the release of Marvel’s latest blockbuster “Doctor Strange” the term “whitewashing” has appeared in numerous examples of headlines alongside social media posts concerning the film’s casting choices. Tilda Swinton’s acting really isn’t relevant to the race/whitewashing issues of Doctor Strange. Like there aren’t good Asian actors? Sheesh. — Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor) November 6, 2016 doctor strange had so many opportunities to be a superhero movie with asian leads but here we are with eggs benedict and tilda swinton — Trang Dong (@tranganhdong) November 6, 2016 The issue also concerns the live-action adaptation of the manga series and anime “Ghost in the Shell.” Most recently, the…

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    “But You’re a Girl”

    Written by Rachel Bicha “But you’re a girl.” “We just need some strong boys to help us move this table.” “You’re so thin.” “Have you gained weight?” “You’re so emotional.” “You’re so serious.” “You seem angry. Are you on your period right now?” “Have you found any boys yet at college? Are you dating someone?” “So, tell me about your boyfriend. You are dating someone, right?” “I think boys would be more interested if you weren’t so intimidating.” “Are you sure you’re not gay?” They say words are less weighty than sticks and stones but I beg to differ. Words are weighty. They carry the weight of a dozen ideas.…