About Us

We are an independent, student-led publication at Soka University of America.

The Pearl @ SUA History

Our Mission

The Pearl strives to emulate slain Wall Street Journal Reporter Daniel Pearl’s efforts to bring out the human side of every story. Following his courageous model, The Pearl opens channels of communication in an endeavor to articulately and respectfully express differing opinions. The Pearl reports on issues of concern for the campus, the local community and the globe, aiming to unify the campus toward the realization of the mission of Soka University of America.

Our Staff

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Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Casey Chaffin
Managing Editor: Vanesa Hernandez-Rodriguez
Graphic Design:
Kristian Filip

Writers & Photographers

Connor Busby
Sofia Dugas
Bikash Gupta
Rosabelle Heine
Ellen Khan
Tamy Nazha
Dominique Ongaro
Charlie Robielos
Erika Trinidad
Kano Umezaki