Stories by Courtney Ortega
Battling IslamophobiaInside his office in Beasley Hall, Yushau Sodiq's voice resonates off of book-lined walls as he talks about the need for greater religious tolerance and equality in America. There appear to be thousands of texts, but the professor of Islam and African traditional religions has lost count of the mostly Arabic and Islamic literature that encompasses half the room.
Where The Creepy Things AreA 15-foot saltwater crocodile suns his body on the rocks that line the bed of his watery fortress. His eyes tick as he observes his surroundings. In an instant, he plunges into the depths of the water. Not too far away a komodo dragon sleeps quietly, while a Burmese python slithers through the shrubbery, leaving behind a casing of scaly skin.