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First Person


Memories of 1968: An Historic Year of Upheaval Stirs Deep Reflection

July 10, 2018 by First Person | Chapman Now

JERRY HICKS, Chapman University journalism lecturer and former Los Angeles Times columnist: It was the year, as a college journalist, I made my way by bus from Indiana University to Indianapolis to hear Robert F. Kennedy – just three months before his death – give the most inspiring speech of his career, in the dark

Get Your Motor Running

March 16, 2018 by Erik Linstead '01 and Andrew Lyon | Chapman Now

Anyone who says engineering doesn’t involve emotion needs to spend an afternoon at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson, Calif. An hour behind the wheel of a 500-horsepower, adrenaline-pushing rocket from Stuttgart is enough to make anyone a believer. The howl of the exhaust, the feeling of the track through the steering wheel, and the sensation of

Famous Figures, Hidden Gems

November 29, 2017 by Jim Doti | Chapman Now

Much has been made lately of the inequality of income in our nation. It’s said that the millions of dollars made by a select few smack of a failed economic system – a system that rewards the “haves” rather than the “have nots.” Such thinking ignores a basic tenet of a free- market economy. As

Flipping a Term of Icy Intent

May 26, 2017 by Tom Zoellner | First Person

Just as the term “fake news” was in the American vocabulary for about five minutes before it was flipped on its head, I am hopeful the pejorative term “snowflake” as applied to college students might soon be reversed and applied to its users. It’s not just that the word is smug and patronizing. It is

Domeward Bound

March 13, 2017 by Marvin Gross '58 | First Person

I loved my time at Chapman and representing our school on the track and cross country teams. I was challenged to help the team to victory and to set personal and school records. However, one of my biggest physical challenges came much later, when I attempted to hike to the top of Half Dome in

Thank You, Mr. Trump, for Strengthening My Faith

March 15, 2016 by Essraa Nawar | First Person

I hate politics. But unfortunately it has been impossible to avoid campaign rhetoric the past few months, even though my mum has been advising me all the way from Egypt not to engage in any political conversations. She always says, in a lower voice on the phone, “You know, someone might be watching

My Hometown Was in Crisis Before the Terror

March 15, 2016 by Michael Tesauro | First Person

Before the terrorist attack that killed 14 people Dec. 2, San Bernardino, where I grew up, was already famous for violent crime. Shootings came in three categories: gang-related, drug-related or police-related. Sirens were as commonplace as barking dogs and mailboxes. The violence is why people leave. I moved to neighboring Redlands hoping

History Lessons Cast in Bronze Metal can't tell a story. Or can it?

December 9, 2015 by Shira Klein | First Person

As a historian, I’ve been trained to look for stories in diaries and letters, memoirs and government documents — in short, textual sources. Not in shiny metal. But last fall, on a research trip to Italy to complete my book on Italian Jewish history, I looked at another kind of source: bronze monuments. Monuments in

First Person: Glass Hall roommates forge a bond for life

May 13, 2015 by Kate Westervelt | First Person

The year was 2005, and up in room 307 of Glass Hall, I sat by the window, feeling the California sun on my pale skin as I nervously awaited the arrival of my soon-to-be roommates, Karla and Kelsey. With a rush of enthusiasm, in they came, their parents in tow. Karla, her kind nature already