Musings of a Mormon girl

Musings of a Mormon girl

Four-thirty a.m. I lean over the side of my bed. My arm lazily falls on the snooze button of my alarm clock. 5:00 a.m. I silently convince myself not to go back to sleep as I roll out of bed for early morning seminary. 5:55-6:40 a.m. I sluggishly grab a bowl of cereal and sit […]

The Real Terror: Islamophobia on campus

The Real Terror: Islamophobia on campus

At Virginia Tech, graffiti was written on the walls of a bathroom that read “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all muslims [sic].” At American University, threatening posters were hung with one that read “#StopTheJihadOnCampus” below images of knives, targets and blood. Incidents such as the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting and the November 2015 […]

Some students, faculty turn to atheism

Some students, faculty turn to atheism

Math teacher Kevin Weis was 12 years old when he realized he didn’t believe in God. He had stopped attending Sunday school church lessons several years before, but now he was ready to fully commit to atheism. He told his parents that he would no longer attend any church functions. Weis said he changed his […]

To celebrate or not to celebrate: Kwanzaa

What is Kwanzaa? In a poll of 388 Harvard-Westlake students, 59.5 percent didn’t know. “I’m not sure if it’s just for people from Africa or African-Americans in general,” Aliyah Daniels ’14, who identifies herself as an African-American, said. “It seems like an alternative to Christmas. I guess it’s time with family and friends and food. […]

Have a little faith

After eating her lunch fifth period, Mintis Hankerson ’14 treks from the lower quad to St. Saviour’s Chapel. The door opens with a creak, and in silence she takes a seat in one of the pews. Pulling out her iPhone, Hankerson opens Islamic Compass, an application that points her in the direction of Mecca, the […]

Following faith of her father

  By Susan Wang Every Saturday morning, Caroline Maeda ’12 makes the hour-and-a-half drive from her house in Northridge to Torrance for religious services. Maeda is a Buddhist — the only one in her Christian family. Maeda is half Japanese and was raised a Buddhist after her father’s religion. Maeda’s father died before she was […]

The Hijra balancing act

  By Sade Tavangarian It’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside and the football team is practicing during their second “two a day.” As the team breaks for water after practicing a play, something appears to be wrong in the picture. All the players run to take a water break while one player watches his teammates quench […]

Faith, not Religion

  By Jean Park My parents have never shown much interest in religion. Although my grandma is a Mahayana Buddhist, my mom has always told me that organized religion is just a human conception of something much greater than our own lives.   She tells me that people don’t need it to live a good […]

Annual service includes all faiths

   By Joyce Kim The annual Christmas Convocation: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols was held in St. Saviour’s Chapel on Dec. 13. Although this was a Christian service, members of all faiths were welcome to attend. The service has been conducted in St. Saviour’s Chapel for decades, even before the merger of Harvard […]

Questioning faith

  By Hana Al-Henaid and Michelle Nosratian For the past year or so, Robby Mack ’10 could not figure out what to put as his religion on Facebook. Many do not give much thought to the label, but for Mack, the inability to answer that particular question represents his difficulty identifying wholly with one religion, […]