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

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Antilla and Ela Suvak.

Photo courtesy of @Jestin4CASenate.

Top Candidates for Orange’s Congress Representatives

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Antilla and Ela Suvak.

Photo courtesy of By Russell Rene Lambert II.

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: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

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:
OCDE.us – County Superintendent of Schools
OCDE.us – 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.

Four DIYs you can make for Mother’s Day

Coming up with a gift to give your mom for Mother’s Day can be hard, especially when you’re on a budget. Here are four simple, and affordable DIYs you can make that your mother will love!

1. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs help smooth and get rid of dead skin. It’s perfect for a mom who loves to pamper herself!


Sugar – $1.97 (Ralphs)

Coconut and/or Olive Oil – Coconut $4.99 (Trader Joe’s), Olive $4.99 (Ralphs)

Essential Oils – $3.39 (Michaels)

Container/jar – $1.79 (Michaels)

Mix equal halves of coconut oil (or olive oil) and sugar into your jar.

Add a couple drops of essential oils.  

Now it’s ready for the shower!

2. Candle

If your mom always has a candle burning in each room, this gift is perfect for her!


Wax –  $8.99 (Michaels)

Wick – $3.99 (Michaels)

Essential Oils

Container/mason jar – $1.99 (Michaels)


Place wax shavings in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for three minutes.

Once melted, add essential oils.

In your mason jar, wrap the end of the wick around a pencil and place in center of jar.

Pour in your wax and let it sit until hardened.

Snip excess wick, and it’s ready for lighting.

3. Hanging Plant

If your mom was able to keep you alive, I’m sure she’s a pro at keeping plants alive too. This gift would look great hanging in her window!


Twine –  $3 (Michaels)

Planter or reused container – $3 (Dragonfly Shops & Gardens)

Plant –  $2 (Dragonfly Shops & Gardens)

First cut 8 equal pieces of yarn, twine, or rope to your desired length and knot them together at one end.

Separate the strings in pairs. Depending on how big your pot is, tie a knot a couple inches away from the end.

Then, tie the right and left strings together of each pair to create a net-like structure. Continue this pattern until you reach your desired length or until it can hold your planter safely.

Secure your potted plant into your macramé hanging and you are done!

4. Perfume

Your mom big on perfume? Instead of buying an expensive bottle, make her a custom scent you know she’ll love!


Coconut Oil


Essential Oils

Roll-on perfume bottle – $4.96 (set of three on Amazon)

Poor coconut oil into roll-on bottle and add a couple drops of essential oils.

Secure top and you’re set!

Happy Mother’s Day moms!


Photos by Sydney Druckman

What is Skit?

Alpha Phi placed first last year with their rendition of Hercules. Photo By: https://www.chapman.edu/students/life/greek-life/about/programs-events.aspx


Skit is one of the longest standing traditions here at Chapman. If you are thinking of attending, here are some commonly asked questions answered by Greek Life Coordinator and Accounting & Business Administration major, Cason McHose.

What is Skit?

It is a Greek wide competition where sororities and fraternities put on seven-minute performances that tell a story using music, choreography, and mouthing to dialogue. It can be anything; from a movie, a book, or a routine that they come up with all on their own. There never is a theme so it’s very open ended and up to the sorority or fraternity as to what they do, as long as it’s appropriate for students and family.

Do I have to join a sorority or fraternity to be involved or see the show?

To be involved in the show itself, yes. You must be in a sorority or fraternity to be a part of the performances. However, we are always looking for volunteers to help with ticketing and setting up the brunch for parents on the morning of the matinee.

To watch the show, no. We try to open it up to the community; friends, family, parents, and also other chapman students to get a taste of what the Greek life and chapters have to offer.


Delta Tau Delta performing their version of Wreck it Ralph. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.


If I’m in a Sorority or Fraternity, how can I get involved?

Your chapter will need to hold auditions and select at most 40 people for their skit. Then the chapter will need to choose those most capable to perform as well as those who have the best energy and attitude. Your chapter also should look for and scout members to help out with making props, costumes, and lend a hand backstage.


Kappa Alpha Theta won in 2016 with their skit Haunted Mansion. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.


When is Skit?

There are generally three shows. This year the first show will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m.,  in addition to the matinee show on April 28 at 1 p.m., which is open to the public. The last show will be held that night at 7 p.m., where the performances will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

Where is it held?

Skit this year will be held in Memorial Hall.


Beta Theta Pi performing Avatar in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

How much is a ticket?

Tickets this year are $7 for students, and $25 to $50 for parents. 

Where can I get tickets?

You can purchase tickets here at this link, and also through advertisements on social media. There are also flyers around campus to remind students, parents, and families to purchase their tickets quick before they sell out. Contact Greek Life at greeklife@chapman.edu for any additional questions or concerns.


One of the flyers on campus. Courtesy of Sydney Druckman


Why should people come out and support?

Skit is a really fun event. It’s an event that shines a positive light on Greek life and Chapman students, and it’s a wonderful way to bring the community together. While Skit is a competition, there is still a lot of camaraderie and appreciation for what sorority and fraternity chapters are doing. 


Kappa Kappa Gamma performing their rendition of Mamma Mia! in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

8 Things To Do if You’re Not Going to Coachella

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If you didn’t get to go to Coachella the first week, and dread the second wave of Coachella, then here are eight ways to keep yourself distracted from the buzz of the festival.

Coachella Week Two: April 20-22

1. Learn about cultural appropriation

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While people might think their outfits are *super* trendy, many Coachella attendees fall into cultural appropriation. So, what is cultural appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is the act of taking aspects of a minority culture for aesthetic purposes without knowing the meaning or cultural impact. Many people ignorantly wear cultural based clothing including: bindis, headpieces, dashikis, and other styles to Coachella and engage in appropriation.

So learn about the impacts that accessories and clothing can have and urge your friends to ditch the appropriation this year and find something else to wear instead.

Other links to educate yourself and others about cultural appropriation are:




2. Scroll through Instagram

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Okay so you can’t be at the concert, but you can live through your friends and their Coachella filled feeds. Just open up the app and play all of your Instagram stories, it’s almost as good as being there, minus the body odor.


3. Celebrate Earth Day

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On April 22nd, take the day and celebrate Mother Earth! Use this day as an excuse to recycle, stay away from meat and dairy and water a plant! If you’re looking for hands-on activities, Orange County’s volunteer-based organization, “One OC”, offers volunteer opportunities for this day. On Earth Day, One OC offers  it’s Santa Ana volunteers a chance to “…clean and paint two classrooms within the community center”. Near the coast, at Bolsa Chica, a community involvement conservancy in Huntington Beach, volunteers can, “assist Nature Conservancy staff with watering native plants, removing non-native invasive plant species, and cleaning up our local regional park of trash and debris.”

If you’re an animal lover, the Irvine Animal Care Center gives their Earth Day volunteers the opportunity to, “create miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted.” If these events sound interesting to you, be sure to get there early- spaces are limited!

For more info visit: https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/days-of-service/earth-day

4. Get your own Coachella ‘fits!

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Take this opportunity to go and grab some cute Coachella-esque clothing! Head to your local thrift store (i.e. Goodwill) and grab some cheap gems.

5. Go to the movies – see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty is coming out on April 20th, and while many Coachella attendees will be too busy to see it that weekend, you can get great seats.

The official storyline is : “A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?”

A movie is engaging and fun, and not to mention cheaper, and remains a good option for the weekend!

6. Go see another concert

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While the most popular musicians attend Coachella, there are plenty of other artists who play at other venues. Whether its indie or heavy metal, there will be another concert for you.

Check out the House of Blues Anaheim, to see bands such as ZZ Top and the Brevet. Also nearby, the OC Observatory hosts several different artists who are cheaper to go to and closer by. Just because you’re not attending Coachella doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun going out and listening to new music.


7. Make a playlist with songs from artists that are performing

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There is an abundance of 2018 Coachella music playlists on Spotify and Apple Music but there is nothing sweeter than putting together your own favorite sounds. Your playlist along with those fire outfits you picked out? It’s almost like you’re there! Here’s a list of this year’s lineup: https://seatgeek.com/tba/festivals/coachella-tickets-dates-lineup/


8. Give thanks for good food

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Over this weekend, eat as much home-cooked food as you can because we all know everyone at Coachella is paying excessive amounts of money for food truck food.



Claire Bishara: Chapman Student and Artist featured at the Anaheim Garden Walk Gallery


Chapman student, Claire Bishara, was chosen out of approximately 15 other artists to paint a giant 17ft mural for the Anaheim GardenWalk outdoor entertainment and shopping center, which will be completed in May of this year.

Over the past two months Bishara has been completing her painting in her garage. “With school and working on other art pieces, it can be hard to find time to finish up my mural but it’s almost there!”

On Sept. 15, 2017 Bishara showcased her artwork at Anaheim GardenWalk’s 5th annual “Art on the Walk” event, where she was discovered by the director of the event, Robin Weeks-Wynne. She chose Bishara for her unique, eye-catching art style and gave her freedom to paint whatever she wanted. With this freedom, Bishara decided to paint something that is both colorful and in your face, so that people can’t miss it when they walk by. Bishara’s finished product will be a place to take pictures in front of and appreciate once it’s on display at the upper level of the Anaheim GardenWalk near the GardenWalk Gallery!

The Five Stages of Registration

It’s that time of the semester! The list of Fall 2018 classes is up, your MyChapman shopping cart is open, and you’re ready to put together a new schedule for next year. But, even when you’re genuinely interested in seeing what classes you can take next semester, there are often some complications that come along with coordinating them to best fit your needs. These five stages sum up almost all of our experiences with course registration.


There are so many classes to choose from! You feel a little dorky to admit it, but some of your required classes for your major (along with some of your GEs that you’ve put off) sound really cool. Into the shopping cart they go!


So, you may have gone a little crazy adding classes to your shopping cart, and now you’re realizing it’s impossible to fit all these classes into your schedule. Some are at the same time, some are back to back and you wouldn’t have time to eat, or (the worst of them all) they’re at night… Alright, time to reassess the situation.


You’ve now spent so much time rearranging your classes to fit a convenient schedule but also to fill your requirements that the excitement from Stage 1 is completely gone. You don’t even care about your classes anymore; you just want something tolerable.


Alright, you register in a few days and you’re feeling good, so you decide to go onto MyChapman to check the status of your desired classes. What you find is half of your classes with the dreaded yellow “waitlist” triangle next to them. WHAT?!?! You spent all this time crafting your perfect schedule, and now you may not even be able to get into the classes you want? UGH.


The day has come. You registered for all your classes, even the ones with those terrible triangles. At this point, you’re just ready to be done with it. You accept what’s happened, and reassure yourself that you’ll probably move up the waitlist once it gets closer to the start of the semester. And, if worse comes to worst, you can always change things around once the semester starts!


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Young adults are protesting but are not exercising their right to vote

Students considered how their votes can affect the nation’s gun laws.
Photo by Brittany Toombs

Young adults around the country are marching, chanting, and kvetching on social media about easy access to guns, the deportations of their friends, and other public policies they decry as unjust and unwise. What they have not been doing, however, is voting – the one action that would change the policies they claim to hate.

Interviews with Chapman students reveal that many are indifferent to voting in general. They care even less whether a vote locally would make a greater impact on the issues they care about than a vote cast at their previous address.

55.4% of 18 to 24-year-olds were registered to vote during the November 2016 election and only 43% of those who were registered voted, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. During the 2014 Midterm election, only one in six young adults ages 18-29 voted, as reported by the The New York Times. Participation in local elections is even lower.

Some students, such as junior Sociology major Alexis Sanchez, see a connection in their voting behaviors and the world in which they live.

“School shootings and current events being covered in the media motivate me to vote,” Sanchez said. “I think more young people should educate themselves and participate in politics because we influence younger generations who will be the ones in office when we’re old and grey.”

Dr. Fred Smoller, a political science professor at Chapman suspects young people are not voting because they are less knowledgeable about politics.

“Young people have never taken a great interest in politics– the 1960s were an exception,” said Smoller. “Today, however, students are not guaranteed a good job when they graduate. They have to worry about incredible levels of debt and many are working; it is not surprising they are not thinking about politics.”

Despite the low national voter turnout, the first step in changing public policy is at the local level, Smoller said.

A single student vote “won’t influence whether Trump becomes president or not,” Smoller said. “But if a Chapman student ran for city council in Orange and had 300 votes from students, they’d win,” he noted. Positions on the council in Orange are won by a couple hundred votes, according to Smoller. A Chapman student working in city council could repeal the ordinances that some Chapman students complain about, Smoller said.

With the statewide direct primary election coming up on June 5, 2018, students must register to vote online by May 21, 2018, according to the site California Secretary of State. Students who are voting by mail must send in their ballot by May 29, 2018.

Students who are registered to vote in their state of residency can register for an absentee ballot in order to cast their vote on time. Students can also vote in the state they are attending college as long as they have a temporary or permanent address, but cannot be registered to vote in both locations, according to BestColleges.com.

Voter registration materials were easily accessible to students at the National Walk Out on March 14.
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Republican Candidates such as Bob Huff, Young Kim, Shawn Nelson, Andrew Sarega and Steve Vargas are running to be Representative in Congress for California’s 39th District, according to Ballotpedia. California’s 39th District includes Orange, part of Los Angeles, and San Bernardino.

Democratic candidates such as Jay Chen, Gil Cisneros, Sam Jammal, Phil Janowicz, Ted Rusk, Cybil Stee, Andy Thorburn and Mai Khanh Tran are running to be Representative in Congress for California’s 39th Congressional District.

Dianne Feinstein, the United States Senator for California and a member of the Democratic party is running for re-election for the California Senate in the June 2018 statewide direct primary election. Some of the issues Feinstein supports is the DREAM Act, the need for gun reform legislation and is against the GOP tax cut bill, according to the site Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Kevin de León, the President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate and also a member of the Democratic party is running against Feinstein for her position. De León has engaged in the fight against climate change, has passed the California Values Act that restricts the use of state and local resources for immigration enforcement purposes and played a major role in negotiating 30 million dollars to support those who are protected under DACA in California, according to the site Kevin De León for Senate.

The small number of young adults who are voting, don’t realize the impact their vote could have in their home state – especially if they are registered in a swing state.

In the article titled, “How much does your vote count?” Doug McAdam, a professor at Stanford University reported that students mistakenly believe their vote has the same weight everywhere. Other studies confirm that young adults erroneously believe their vote has the same weight in all states. Given the stakes of the upcoming midterm elections, in which Democrats are trying to flip control of the House and Senate, it behooves students who care about politics to think about whether they want to remain registered in their home states or to register in California.

“I think most voters sort (of) have this naive notion. One person, one vote, each vote counts the same. Of course in an electoral college system that’s not the case,” said McAdam.

Authors Daniel McLaughlin and Kate Stohr of “How much does your vote count?” discuss how national campaigns focus on winning votes from citizens of swing states such as Nevada, Colorado, and Florida, as those are states often up for grabs in the electoral college, where each state is assigned a certain number of electoral votes based on population.

“The small margin of voters that push the (swing) state towards the winning candidate are incredibly powerful voters,” Stohr and Mclaughlin wrote.

Interviews with Chapman students revealed little motivation to vote and limited knowledge of politics. Those who were registered said they were registered in the state they are from and had given no thought to registering locally.

“I didn’t vote in the last election because I don’t really know anything about politics,” said Natalie Gartman, a freshman biology major.

Kennedy Hammock, a junior political science major, and California-registered voter said she didn’t vote in the 2016 Presidential Election because she assumed her vote wouldn’t make a difference.

“I’m a Democrat so I knew my vote wouldn’t really make a difference in California. If you’re a Democrat and want your vote to count, you should vote in Florida since it is a swing state and could possibly change the outcome of the election,” Hammock said.

Sophomore strategic and corporate communications major Claudia Tapia said she was dissuaded from registering to vote because she believed the process to be difficult.

“I never took the time to register because I know it takes a long time and I thought it was going to be a tedious process,” said Tapia.

Instead of going through the hassle of filling out and mailing your voter registration form, there are now more efficient ways to register to vote.

According to an article published on CNet titled “Here are the best (and fastest) ways to register to vote,”citizens are able to register online in thirty-one states, including California. You are also able to register through text message by texting the number (384-387), as well as on Snapchat that takes you directly to the TurboVote registration app.

A site called vote.gov also guides you in ways to register, depending on your state of residency.