Pros, Cons of Soka Campus

In response to the article by Alan Miller and Myron Levin, I would like to make a factual correction. Soka University is not facing any "legal problems in Japan," as the article states.

I would also like to add that Soka University is a nondenominational school. Admission is open to people of all faiths. It is our policy not to teach or proselytize religion on any of our campuses, including the Calabasas site.

Our academic plans call for the establishment of a liberal arts university for American and international students. The university, which will specialize in Pacific Rim studies, will seek American accreditation.

The university's lobbying activities are defensive measures aimed at preventing the taking of our private property through eminent domain. While we are pleased to donate a substantial portion of our 580 acres to the regional parks agencies, we have no intention of willingly giving up our home.

Soka University seeks very much to serve the Los Angeles community. We are open seven days a week, and we welcome curious visitors at any time. Should any of your readers like more information about the school, they may stop by or contact us at their convenience.

JEFF OURVAN

Ourvan is director of community relations for Soka University.

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