Indigenous People want to Remember the Past by Acting for the Future

Lupe Lopez-Donaghey presents a traditional breastplate to the crowd during her speech. Photo by Marcella Zizzo

Native American speakers, as well as the Cross-Cultural Center staff, stressed the importance of voter engagement during Chapman’s Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month kickoff event to a small group of people.

Only eight people attended the Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month kick-off event in Argyros Forum on November 6th. Festivities included crafts, traditional dancing, and politically charged speeches surrounding American Indian voter rights in the United States.

We were here before anybody,” said Lupe Lopez-Donaghey, a paralegal and American Indian cultural consultant who identifies as Native American.

Donaghey gave the keynote address titled “Culture and Legal Status of American Indians” – a fitting topic, given that the kickoff occurred on the day of midterm elections. The suppression of the Native American vote in North Dakota was a national topic in the run up to the elections.

While there was national outrage over the requirement of “tribal IDs” in North Dakota, Lopez-Donaghey said a lack of voter participation from the Native American community was also a problem.

“There is still a lot of voter apathy,” Lopez-Donaghey said.   

Many native people also have obstacles that prevent them from voting, such as the address requirement, said Victoria Gomez, a graduate student in the leadership development program.

“On the reservation, they don’t even have a P.O. box.,” said Gomez, who assists with Heritage Month Programming for the University and helped set up the event.

The voter registration rate for American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the United States is anywhere from five to 14 percentage points lower than any other racial demographic, according to the National Congress of American Indians.

“American Indians did not become citizens until 1924, but in reality didn’t get the right to vote until, like, the 60s. It’s not that many years that we’ve had voting rights,” Lopez-Donaghey said.

Native Americans were banned from voting until 1965, as those on Indian reservations were not considered natural-born citizens, according to the Native American Voting Rights Coalition.  

Consequently, Lopez-Donaghey has kick-started the California Native Vote Project.

The California Native Vote Project is an organization that encourages Native Americans to vote and participate in politics.

“How many of you guys have ever heard of [California Native Project] before?” Lopez-Donaghey asked of the audience.

After the silence, she affirmed that nobody in the crowd was aware of the organization.

“We’re pushing for that American Indian vote. It is our right. We now have that right, so let’s move forward with it,” Lopez-Donaghey said.

Throughout her talk, Lopez-Donaghey  referenced traditional music or dance from various tribes, including one dance that served as a symbolic healing dance for domestic violence against Native women.

“She dances in a prayer. With Native American women, four out of five will experience violence in their lifetime,” said Lopez-Donaghey

A Native American woman performs a spiritual dance in honor of healing. Photo by Marcella Zizzo

Lopez-Donaghey also addressed other community challenges, such as alcoholism and diabetes.

She blamed these problems on governmental interference, and the adoption of unhealthy  customs for the sake of convenience and assimilation.

Lopez-Donaghey argued that colonization and assimilation were imposed on Native American people, which resulted in the stripping of their values and the emergence of adversity.

“These people have suffered through a lot of things in their culture through colonization. I think it’s really important to recognize that as we go forward,” said Gomez.

It is the second year that the Cross-Cultural Center has celebrated Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month. Since 1995, each president has declared November as National American Indian Heritage Month.

“I hope that people want to come and learn more about who they are, but also about who these people are as well. This [event] is specifically for non-native students to come and learn,” Gomez said.

Poignantly, the issued discussed reached few listeners. Several Chapman students even entered only to grab snacks and refreshments before sneaking out.

But nationally, there was good news, as native people surged to the polls en masse: The North Dakota Secretary of State and local officials reported stunningly high levels of voter turnout on the Standing Rock and Turtle Mountain reservations.

Higher levels of Native American voter turnout will increase the likelihood that Native concerns – especially those involving the environment and education – will be heard,  Lopez-Donaghey said.


Polyamory advocate Phoenix Mandel discusses consent and honest communication in polyamorous relationships.

Phoenix Mandel’s biggest poly relationship or ‘poly family’ consisted of five people living under the same roof, sharing a makeshift bed that stretched from wall to wall to accommodate everyone. Photo by Leslie Song.

The core components of polyamory require “consent, honest communication, and agreement between all people involved,” sexuality educator Phoenix Mandel told a crowd in a Nov. 7 speech in Argyros Forum.

As a polyamorist, Mandel speaks to educate others on alternate relationship styles to make polyamory more widely accepted and understood. Mandel, who goes by the pronouns they/them, said that even people who practice monogamy can improve their relationships by incorporating advice applicable to polyamorous relationships.

Mandel has been practicing polyamory since freshman year of college and was at one time in a sexual relationship with four other people. Mandel is currently in a triad – a polyamorous relationship with two other individuals. Mandel has a nesting partner, who they currently live with, in addition to a girlfriend who lives elsewhere.

Polyamory is the practice of having multiple, open relationships at once. These relations can range from sex to meaningful committed relationships, they explained.  

“With romantic love, [monogamous relationships] can be very limiting,” Mandel said.  

In polyamory relationships, physical and emotional needs can be met by being with more people, Mandel said.

Debunking polyamory perceptions was a main focus in Mandel’s presentation.

Polyamorous relationships need to be structured in an ethical way with honesty, fulfillment of the needs of all parties and encouragement of personal growth, Mandel said.

Questions about cheating and jealousy are often raised, said Mandel, but the key to successful polyamory is candor, negotiation, and honesty.

Cheating and polyamory are not synonymous, Mandel said.

“People who cheat usually aren’t the best at polyamory,” because trust and transparency are still needed in polyamorous relationships they said.

Polyamory involves compromise, just as monogamy does, Mandel said. It’s important to remember that these are relationships with complicated human beings and consideration for each party’s feelings and desires must remain a priority, said Mandel. Coming to agreements and outlining expectations is crucial.

“Polyamory is the ability to talk about uncomfortable topics,” Mandel said. “There is no room for assumptions in both polygamous and monogamous relationships.”

Mandel stressed the importance of open, honest communication and consent among all parties. Breaking trust by seeing others or doing acts that were not agreed upon can lead to break-ups and unhealthy relationships, they said.

Jealousy can also afflict polyamorous people and must be addressed, Mandel said. The feeling of jealousy arises from unmet needs, insecurity and cultural programming, they said.

“You are not a jealous person, you have jealous feelings,” Mandel said. The idea of being jealous to show that you care or that you really love someone is “toxic nonsense.”

People who question the validity of polyamory may doubt an individual’s ability to love more than one individual at the time, but love is not a finite commodity, Mandel said. In familial relationships, for example, the amount of love for children does not vary, Mandel said.

“Don’t legislate the exact level of feelings for others,” Mandel said. “Not only is it not possible and not fair, it doesn’t give a relationship room to find its level and to express relationship growth.”

While love has no limits, time certainly does.

“Google Calendar is a poly person’s best friend,” Mandel said.

Mandel also emphasized the importance of an egalitarian approach when practicing polyamory. Though relationships can promote power play with the incorporation of bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism elements, Mandel believes that negotiations and agreement are key to a functional polyamorous relationship.

“Most heterosexual men think that they’re going to get a harem,” Mandel said.

Instead, polyamorous people can expect to get their needs met in a consensual way through negotiations and a high level of communication. Realizing practicality without having a ‘one true love’ mindset and emotional intimacy are among the many benefits, said Mandel.

Depending on the structure or number of parties involved, a polyamorous relationship can fulfill sexual and emotional needs that are not completely met in a monogamous relationship, Mandel said.

Journalists debate whether Orange County will go red, blue or purple

Democrats hope the “Blue Wave” will flip the House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Sheila Anne Feeney

The Democrats have the opportunity to flip the house in the upcoming congressional races on Nov. 6th and take back control in Washington D.C., making the districts in and around Orange County decisive players in filling House seats, said a panel of journalists at an election preview event on Oct. 30.

“This is one of the most consequential congressional elections any of us have ever gone through, “said Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the New York Times Adam Nagourney.

Nagourney, Voice of OC founder Norberto Santana Jr. and KPCC Senior Political Editor Mary Plummer discussed how the voting at elections are becoming less about political identity and more focused on particular, divisive policies. Along with this change in voter rationale, attention on higher-level bureaucracy is heightened, leaving decisions for local government behind.

“The congressional races have taken all the air out of the room,” Santana said.

Historically Republican districts such as Orange County are being examined due to a historical shift in which more Orange County voters identify as blue or “no party preference.”

All Republicans aren’t eager to be seen as connected to President Donald Trump. In a lot of Republican ads “Trump isn’t front and center,” said Plummer, a Chapman alumna. 

The private election preview event called “Blue Wave, Red Tide or Purple Haze?” was held at Chapman University. Though many attendees live within the 46th congressional district, it was Congressman Dana Rohrabacher of the 48th Congressional District that brought up much discussion.

Like the event name suggests, many of the questions asked by moderator Kristen Muller, Southern California Public Radio Chief Content Officer, came back to the current political climate of races and propositions.

 The panelists refrained from making predictions or speculating about outcomes. However, they did comment on past behavior and the known Democratic majority in the state of California.

“Trump has 25-35 percent of votes nationally – it’s not enough to win. Support varies district by district,” Nagourney said.

“The big game here is absolutely the congressional race,” Nagourney said. “You’re on ground zero of this fight for Congress,” Nagourney added.

Though Orange County has a history of strong Republican support, the Democrats in Orange County are growing in number and they’ve been outspending, Santana said.   

“[The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)] is playing in OC more than ever before,” Santana said.  

The DCCC, a political committee that supports Democratic House candidates, has spent thousands of dollars to support the Democrat candidates in Orange County. 

  Among the different social groups, young people and voters of color may contribute to a blue wave,  Santana said.

“In Orange County, there are young voters voting in large numbers,” Plummer said.

Young voters are likely to register as no party preference voters (NPP), Plummer and Santana noted. Their votes are expected to be critical in the outcome Tuesday.

Of the 200 people who attended, many asked questions about Latino and young voter groups that could produce massive policy changes.

One crowd member asked why it’s so important to focus on these groups.

“When we compare us as a whole to other other countries, there’s a lower voting rate. How come we don’t talk about that rather than specific groups?” asked Chapman lecturer Luis Ortiz-Franco.

Santana used this question to urge the importance of support from Latinos in the community.

“With immigration being bashed the way it is, if we saw a little more [support], policies would radically change,” Santana said.

In the 39th congressional district, moderate Republican candidate Young Kim, running against Gil Cisneros, has adopted a careful approach with immigration, according to Plummer.

In order for Republicans to win, California Republicans need to expand their appeals and acknowledge that Democrats have legitimate concerns, according to Nagourney.

“The old Republican playbook has to be changed,” Santana said.

As for propositions, only one garnered attention from the panelists.

Prop 6, which proposes a gas tax to fund road repairs, is a get-out-the vote tactic to get Republicans to the ballot box, according to Nagourney.

As of right now, this plan has not worked across the state.

“The Republican vote is failing,” Nagourney said.

Plummer noted that even in the gubernatorial race Republican John Cox, running against Gavin Newsom “hasn’t gotten the traction either,” Plummer said.

Newsom has nothing to gain by participating in another debate with Cox – he would only be giving a platform for Cox and increase liability for himself by misspeaking, according to Nagourney.

Candidates are increasingly going to the voters directly through social media, Nagourney said. 

Legacy media, “doesn’t have the power – for better or for worse – it once had for campaigns,” Nagourney said.

Candidates are restricting media coverage, Plummer said, noting that in one instance a debate was held in which audio and video recordings were banned, preventing anyone not present from seeing or hearing the candidates in action.  

Santana noted this tactic allows only one side – the politicians – to engage.

“It’s gamed outcomes that we’re seeing. That’s the scariest part,” Santana said. This idea of gaming elections…”There’s almost an intention to have a confused electorate running after shiny objects.”

Spooky Staff Talent at the Panther Pumpkin Pageant

A “bloody” pumpkin on an operating table won the “most original” prize at the ninth annual Panther Pumpkin Pageant yesterday morning in the Attallah Piazza.

26 departments across Chapman University – with many of their members in costume – participated in the pageant, which included Cinderella in her famous pumpkin-shaped carriage and a Miley Cyrus doll on a pumpkin wrecking ball. “Best Chapman Theme” went to Schmid College, which created a pumpkin Keck Center with Chapman President Daniele Struppa and others inside. The Miley Cyrus pumpkin won the “Most Humorous” award.

Costume prizes were also awarded.

Prizes for costumes:

“Most Creative” goes to The Great Gatsby from the Office of the University Registrar

The department brought us all back to the 1920s with their flapper dresses and dazzling headpieces.

Paula Pearl graciously accepts the award. 


“Chapman Theme” goes to Coco Familia from Dodge College

Also dedicated to the Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos. They served Día de Muertos inspired pastries as part of their costume.


“Most Original” goes to Wilkinson Hall

“The Haunted Memorial Hall” gave everyone a quick trip to Disneyland through their costumes.


Prizes for pumpkin carving:

“Most Humorous” was awarded to University Advancement

They came in like a wrecking ball!


“Best Chapman Theme” goes to Schmid College

The new Keck Center was the star of this pumpkin display.

They humbly accepted their prize.


“Most Original” goes to Crean College

A frightening scene of a poor pumpkin getting carelessly operated on.

The “mad scientists” leaped and cheered with joy when they heard they had won.


This year’s pageant was a smashing success!

All photos by Jasmine Liu.





Eight Random Holidays You Probably Didn’t Know Are Coming Up

There is a holiday for anything if you dream it. We found these random holidays on Holiday Insights and thought, there is always a reason to celebrate. Check out these eight upcoming holidays and come up with the ultimate excuse to treat yourself.

1: November 3rd – Sandwich Day

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Sandwiches are a staple in North America, from a PB&J to the Elvis Presley (peanut butter, bacon, and banana). Celebrate this day by branching out and making a unique sandwich you can call your own. Consider a mac & grilled cheese, B.L.T.A., or adding peanut butter on your burger.

2: November 12 – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

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This is a day to give back to yourself. It’s a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. We suggest doing things that make you feel like the best version of yourself, like taking a bubble bath, eating your favorite foods, or spending time alone.

3: November 13th – World Kindness Day

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Celebrate this day by donating your time to local charities. We sometimes forget how lucky we are to go to such an amazing school, so let’s put some gratitude in our attitudes and help others in need. Here are some volunteer ideas around Orange: 4Life Animal Rescue, Mary’s Kitchen, Surfrider Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.

4: November 16th – Button Day

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Buttons can be underrated; they come in all different shapes, colors, textures, and styles. Celebrate this day by jazzing up an old sweater or jacket with some buttons for a fun new look.

5: November 17th – Take A Hike Day

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Celebrate this day by literally taking a hike. Go down to Laguna and do the Top Of The World hike or road trip to LA for the day and hike the Hollywood sign. Any way you celebrate, grab some friends and get outside for that perfect Instagram worthy picture.

6: November 23rd – National Espresso Day

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Because there’s no such thing as too much caffeine. Go to Starbucks to get your fix, or venture beyond Chapman and explore some of the coffee spots in the Orange Circle. Just make sure not to say “ex-presso.”

7: November 26th – Shopping Reminder Day

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You know it’s going to be a good day when someone wants you to shop. This day falls on Cyber Monday, so put this one in your calendar to snatch up all those online steals and deals.

8: November 28th – French Toast Day

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Best. Day. Ever. This day gives attention to an often forgotten breakfast food. Celebrate by adding fun ingredients to your french toast to spice it up – consider cocoa pebbles, peanut butter and jelly, Nutella, or sprinkles.


Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta speaks on the importance of voting and taking a stance

Dolores Huerta discussing her activist work with President Daniele Struppa at Memorial Hall Monday night. Photo by Leslie Song.

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta spoke about her ongoing efforts for social change in a public discussion with President Daniele Struppa Monday night.

Huerta, a co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the organization that became the United Farm Workers, urged the audience to vote in the upcoming midterm election on Nov. 6.

“I always tell people, ‘election day is the most important day of your life,’” Huerta said. “If we don’t step up, then nothing changes.”

In the last election, there were more people who chose not to vote than those that did, she said. Everyone, especially young people, needs to exercise their voting rights in the upcoming election if they want their nation and world to improve.  

Huerta, 88, a mother of 11 and a grandmother of 10, is known for her advocacy of voter participation, her ongoing efforts to help women, children and the poor, and her fight for policy changes to prevent police brutality. She picked up that cause after suffering a life-threatening assault at the hands of police during a protest against Vice President at the time George W. Bush.

The evening took a surprising turn during the period of audience questioning when Brittany Bringuez, a senior integrated educational studies major, questioned Huerta about Chapman’s record regarding labor issues.

“It’s kind of ironic that your life’s work has been around worker’s rights and fairness and justice and I think it’s particularly interesting that Chapman doesn’t allow its staff to unionize,” Bringuez said. “How do you keep going against the big guys when you don’t have power?”

Struppa was quick to cut Bringuez off.

“It’s just not correct,” he said.  

In response to Bringuez, Huerta urged people to be persistent, have care, and not to waste their time.

“We’re empowering people. A lot of people are afraid to get involved,” Huerta said.

During the discussion, Huerta urged educators to broaden their curriculums to include the history of struggles for equality.  

“The way to erase the ignorance is to teach,” Huerta said. “We have to teach the true history of the United States of America. Starting at a young age, children are not taught of the injustices, such as how Native Americans were the original landowners and how, through slavery, African Americans were responsible for building the infrastructure of America.”

A video shown gave information on the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF), which demonstrated the lives of community members who received financial, emotional and professional help from the foundation.

Huerta condemned what she described as the continuing bias against minorities in high school. Namely, with Kern High School District, which lost a lawsuit against the DHF for mistreating students of color. She also urged reforms in the criminal justice system, advocating fewer incarcerations for minor misdemeanors and allowing people in prison the right to vote.

Increasing the minimum wage to one that matches the cost of living now and acknowledging unfair labor treatment also needs to happen, she said.

Despite the serious subject matter, Huerta drew laughter from the crowd with her witty remarks.

“Friends don’t let their friends shop at Walmart,” joked Huerta, referencing the giant retailer that has been the subject of many labor rights complaints.

“(Americans) are economic colonizers. We have to change our foreign policy to help other countries develop,” Huerta said.

Drugs, district attorney’s and the dark web: Rahul Gupta and “mystery man” address dangers of the dark web.

Rahul Gupta speaking in Argyros Forum Student Union, “Johnny” spoke from behind the white screen next to him. Photo by Mari Lundin

Chapman brought a special guest speaker to the Argyros Student Union Stage yesterday – a nameless drug smuggler whose face and body were obscured as he detailed ordering molly and other drugs off the dark web for eventual sale.

“Even though Johnny wasn’t on the street corner we still found him, we still arrested him, we still convicted him,” said Rahul Gupta, an Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney.

Gupta warned an audience of students, concerned parents, and staff members about the false sense of security many students have when ordering drugs off the dark web, believing their transactions to be anonymous and undetectable. His presentation also included warnings about buying cryptocurrencies on the dark web – a practice that is not illegal, but fraught with consumer risk.

“Johnny,” a self-described former finance professional and college graduate from Orange County, spoke from behind a jerry-rigged white screen. His hidden, disembodied voice told the audience how he lost money in risky cryptocurrency investments and wound up arrested for smuggling drugs he ordered over the “dark web,” a shadow internet that allows people to conduct transactions anonymously.

The dark web is data that resides on the internet but requires a special browser to access, such as Tor. Using Tor protects user anonymity and shields IP addresses so web behavior – and web users – can’t be tracked. Because of these shields, Tor is not only popular with investigative journalists who want to protect confidential sources but criminals who wish to escape detection for dealing anything from Ecstasy to child pornography.

While Gupta did not reveal the sentence Johnny received, he acknowledged “consideration” was extended in exchange for Johnny’s willingness to speak in public about his experience.

Johnny said he smoked weed and occasionally did molly and cocaine, but never considered dealing until stumbling on the dark web and concluding it would be easy to purchase large quantities for profit as an anonymous buyer.

His first flirtation was cryptocurrency. He withdrew money from his 401K to invest in cryptocurrency, expecting a fast profit. Instead, his investments tanked, and he turned to drug dealing.

“I went into a side hustle, I wanted to make big money, I wanted to live large,” Johnny said.

He started by ordering and distributing 50 ecstasy pills. That led to thousands more. Soon, he was spending five to six thousand dollars on a single drug order.

“[The expectation of making easy money] can be very enticing,” Gupta said. “It’s a lure when you’re on social media to want to live the fast life, and this is the hard way to make an easy living.”

The prime customers for narcotics imported through the dark web are college-aged students and a majority of people who sell them are around the same age, according to Gupta.

Undercover agents are on the dark web monitoring dealers and engaging transactions with the intention of making busts. Photo by Jefferson Santos on Unsplash.

“This is a relatively new phenomenon that is sweeping not only Orange County but the United States and it’s tremendously affecting young people,” Gupta said.

And it’s abetted by visual social media platforms that motivate young people to desire more materialistic things, Gupta said.

[Dealing] is like [when] you watch those movies where it’s all glamorous at the beginning,” Johnny said. “Then at the end, it’s the mug shot. All the flashing lights and [his fancy life] just ended.”

Before his arrest, Johnny lost around $12,000 in cryptocurrency to scammers who promised to send him drugs but vanished into the recesses of the dark web after he paid them.

“If you’re going to venture onto the dark web, just be aware of what the risks are out there,” Gupta said. “If you think ‘hey I can remain anonymous and maybe I can engage in something illegal, maybe I won’t get caught,’ just know that people do get caught.”

“Nobody thinks they’ll get caught,” Johnny said. “But in the back of my head, I knew I was playing Russian Roulette.”

Johnny’s package was flagged by Customs and Border Protection. When he went to pick it up from the post office law enforcement was waiting for him.

Undercover agents are on the dark web monitoring dealers and engaging transactions with the intention of making busts, Gupta said. And illegal drug orders are regularly intercepted by  U.S. Customs. The lure of dark web drugs “is ruining a lot of lives,” Gupta said. “Both in terms of the people who consume the product and those who are selling the product that get caught.”

Gupta also addressed the risky nature of cryptocurrency investments.

The rising use of cryptocurrency may make financial transactions untraceable – it’s why crypto coins are the currency in ransomware attacks – but that also means consumers are unlikely to recover any money they lose in deals gone bad, Gupta said.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be bought at Crypto ATMs, on the regular web, and at in-person exchanges. There are over 1800 types of cryptocurrencies to choose from, including Ethereum, ZCash, and Monero, Gupta said.

“Cryptocurrency is a whole new area in financial services and none of them, not a single one of these 1800, is backed by any type of government entity or any type of bank,” Gupta explained. “It’s just a risk you need to be aware of.”

Because there’s no central system backing up these currencies, their value fluctuates constantly, and they’re not insured. Yet, more retailers and merchants are beginning to accept bitcoin. In Orange County, a Tesla can be bought with enough Bitcoin, according to Gupta.

Cryptocurrency isn’t tangible but can be stored on phones, paper, and electronic thumb drives. But codes can be stolen, and with them, cryptocurrency.

“Cryptocurrency is legal, using the dark web is legal,” Gupta said. “There are some risks involved when you venture into these new areas of technology.”

Physical threats are also arising, like robberies of people for their cryptocurrencies during set up exchanges, ransomware, and blackmail.

What You Need to Know About Orange County’s Primary Elections on June 5th

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June is just around the corner. Whether you’ve been itching to get politically involved or simply want to be informed about the politics of Orange County, here is what you need to know about the Orange County Municipal Primary Elections.

What are primaries?

Primaries are elections held to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. Primaries occur on a national level but also take place locally in smaller counties, cities and states.

When will the primaries take place?

The Orange County primary elections will be held on June 5, 2018.

What positions are being voted on?

Orange County will be conducting primary elections for the board of supervisors, county assessor, district attorney-public administrator, county sheriff-coroner, county treasurer-tax collector, county superintendent of schools, county clerk-recorder and superior court judges. On a larger scale, there will be a primary for California’s governor, treasurer, lieutenant governor, Orange County’s representative for Congress and state Senate.

What do each of those positions entail?

Feeling lost? Don’t worry, here is a short breakdown of responsibilities for each role:

Orange County’s board of supervisors bear the largest authoritative role in the county’s government. This board is responsible for keeping tabs on the local government and the county’s special districts such as Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, and the Orange County Sanitation District. These districts determine the circulation, cleanliness, and safety of Orange County.
The county assessor is a local government official responsible for checking property values within county lines. This value is converted into an assessment, one component in the computation of real property tax bills. The county assessor is vital to Chapman students who are looking for affordable property as well as addressing the never-ending property value concerns that Orange County residents face.
The district attorney-public administrator oversees law enforcement, ensuring that the law is conducted and enforced in a moral and just manner.
Candidates for county sheriff-coroner will be found on the ballot as well. The coroner determines the cause, time, and place of deaths, and the job is much like what is seen on TV or in movies.
Money, and the management of money, must be in the hands of a trustworthy individual, hence the importance of a county treasurer-tax collector. The county treasurer-tax collector is responsible for financial management and tax collection in the county. A vital task of a tax collector is to manage, as well as provide funding for, schools, parks and roads.
Regarding education, the election of Orange County’s next county superintendent of schools is not to be overlooked by any means. A superintendent makes daily decisions about staff, student life and educational programs. A superintendent also holds a substantial role in the communication between the parents and staff of a given educational system, providing accommodations whilst keeping the system fair and balanced.
For long-term residents of Orange County, the preservation of privacy for records from real estate transactions is critical. The person in charge of a role like this must be responsible and extremely meticulous in order to ensure a feeling of security amongst the county’s residents. This responsibility lies within the hands of the county clerk-recorder.
Lastly, the superior court judges, members of the superior court who hold jurisdiction over the county’s cases. Whether it be a parking ticket or a criminal case, the people who make day-changing or life-changing decisions must represent the people and be just with verdicts.
While Orange County has not yet released its full list of candidates for the local primary election, many positions have already been endorsed and have gained traction. For example, candidates for governor have begun hostin campaign events and various fundraisers to promote their platforms. It is important for students to remain aware of the upcoming primary election, and stay tuned for more updates about candidates. The following candidates are the frontrunners for their respective party’s primary, and should be further researched by all voters.

National level representatives to be aware of:

Top Candidates for Orange County’s District State Senator

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Top Candidates for Orange’s Congress Representatives

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Main Candidates for Governor:
Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Amanda Renteria, national political director for Clinton’s 2016 campaign
John Chiang, California State Treasurer

Let your voice be heard! Register to vote in future elections online by following this link:

For additional information on the categories and what they mean in Orange County, check out these links:

General Information:

Board of Supervisors:
Orange County, California – Board of Supervisors

District Attorney:

Special Districts:

Orange County, California – Coroner

Tax Collector:
Tax Collector Duties & Responsibilities

Superintendent & Orange County’s Department of Education: – County Superintendent of Schools – About OCDE

Clerk Recorder:
Orange County, California – Clerk-Recorder – Hugh Nguyen

Superior Court Judges:
The Superior Court of California – County of Orange

Freedoms: House of the Arts and upcoming EP


The student band Freedoms is performing May 2, 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Lawn at House of the Arts. The event showcases many of Chapman’s top painters, fashion designers, photographers, entertainers and more. Members of the band, Brooke Harmon, Zach Salem, Matt Owens and Daniel Cole have been performing together at local backyard shows and university events over the past year. This March, Freedoms released their single, Cascade, on Spotify and are in the process of finishing up their first EP consisting of six new songs. The EP, Tasting Purple, will be available to download within the next two weeks on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.