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.
Photo by Brittany Toombs

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.

Hundreds of Chapman students stage walkout in #ENOUGH protest

Art instillation on Memorial Lawn by Alison Pirie. Each desk represents a life lost to gun violence since the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007. Photo by Ian Craddock


In an act of memorial and protest, hundreds of Chapman students staged a walkout this morning as a part of a nationwide movement for gun control reform and to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting a month ago today.

#ENOUGH National Walkout

This morning’s walkout was a subsidiary of a national protest, the #ENOUGH National School Walkout, which was organized by Women’s March Youth Empower. Chapman’s walkout was one of over 2,800 planned internationally, according to the Women’s March Youth Empower website.

Banning of assault weapons, required universal background checks, and the passing of a gun violence restraining order law are among the Youth Empower’s demands, according to the #ENOUGH Walkout website.

Students register to vote at walk out. Photo by Brittany Toombs

Chapman’s protest

Chapman’s satellite walkout was coordinated by junior political science major Alexis Sutterman via Facebook.

“We’re hoping that the walkout shows that Chapman students specifically care about this issue and we’re not apathetic to it,” Sutterman said. “We actually want to come out and continue this dialogue on campus.”

The event page listed 203 students as ‘going’ and 255 as ‘interested’. Students were given the opportunity to register to vote and to sign a petition for “common sense gun reform” to be presented to district Congressman Lou Correa. Many students dressed in symbolic orange in support of gun control.

Manning the voter registration table was freshman peace studies and political science double major Max Lopez, who said that letting students know how to be politically active in the future was key for this event.   

“Last year in the election, I didn’t know that you could phonebank or campaign, I thought you just showed up to vote,” said Lopez. “College students is the demographic with the largest voting population of millennials but we vote at the smallest propensity to anyone else, so we wanted to push voter registration.”

The walkout began at 10 AM and speakers began after 17 minutes, in honor of the 17 deaths from the Parkland shooting.

Vice presidential nominee Arianna Ngnomire gave a speech to “bring awareness to ending gun violence.” Photo by Brittany Toombs

Five community members spoke to the Attallah Piazza crowd about political activism, gun control, and the power of voting.

Arianna Ngnomire, Chapman SGA vice presidential candidate, started the conversation by emphasizing the need for gun control.

“There’s this weird misconception that being critical of America is anti-American. Our history shows that being critical of America is the most American thing you can do,” Ngnomire said.

Reverend Nancy Brink of the Fish Interfaith Center then took the floor to encourage political activism in students.

“One would think that I would be deeply touched by all of the thoughts and prayers we have gotten from Congress and from this White House,” Brink said. “I believe in thoughts in prayers. Thoughts and prayers are my trade. I am sick and tired to death of thoughts and prayers.”

Source: Gun Violence Archive
Infographic by: Naidine Conde

Chapman graduate and candidate for Buena Park City Council Connor Traut also spoke to students and encouraged them to run for office as a form of political activism. Professor Tom Zoellner and President of Chapman University Young Democrats Olivia Kellett spoke as well.

Will professors penalize student activism?

Chapman professors are faced with deciding whether or not to excuse class absences in the name of protest due to the high volume of student participation.

Humanities and social science professor Tom Zoellner pressed students to register to vote. Photo by Ian Craddock

In an email to Chapman faculty obtained by The Prowl, Provost Glenn M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., explained that how instructors respond to the walkout is entirely their choice, though professors are encouraged to embrace student activism.

“Please remember that Chapman University embraces free speech among all members of our community and we want to encourage open debate of important issues,” Pfeiffer wrote in said email. “Therefore, regardless of your position on this or any other issue, I ask you to be tolerant of the protesters and plan accordingly.”

Legally, students have a First Amendment right to protest, but professors are still able to dock points or refuse makeup opportunity for class time missed by the protest.

“What’s the point of having a protest without having consequences?” Dean of Students Jerry Price said. “If the notion is, ‘I want to go protest but I don’t want any negative consequences for speaking out’, that seems kind of thin.”

Price said he was asked to include the walkout on his weekly announcement email but declined because he didn’t want it to seem like the university endorsed students missing classes.

“I would be disappointed if the only way students were engaged is when they had the opportunity to miss class to come to a rally. But if part of the larger engagement included this, then that’s great.”

Art as protest: Pirie’s installation

In another point of protest, senior studio art major Alison Pirie staged an exhibition piece on Memorial Lawn. The piece is a pile of 62 desks to represent the number of student deaths due to gun violence on college campuses since the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007, according to Pirie.

“I knew I wanted to create an  installation on campus to go along with the walkout as a visualization of the impact gun violence has had on schools, specifically focusing on college campuses,” Pirie said. “The advocacy shown by the Parkfield high school students to organize this march and spark institutional change inspired me to want to bring that conversation to Chapman.”

Art instillation on Memorial Lawn by Alison Pirie. Each desk represents a life lost to gun violence since the Virginia Tech Massacre in 2007. Photo by Ian Craddock

Pirie’s art was not directly coordinated with the walkout, but both Pirie and Sutterman said they feel that both acts of protest compliment each other.

“We’re really thrilled that this is happening on the same day,” Sutterman said of Pirie’s piece. “I think it’s an amazing work of art.”

With the walkout completed, student activists are turning their attention to the “March for Our Lives” protest planned for Saturday, March 24. The main march will be held in D.C., but over 700 offshoots are planned worldwide, including marches located in Orange, Santa Ana, and Irvine. A larger march is planned for Los Angeles.