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‘Warrior Teacher’ Jonathan Johnson ’10 Leads a Revolution in Urban Education The innovative school he just launched in New Orleans prepares students for college and for tech success.

December 3, 2015 by | Features

It begins on a mid-August Monday in a neighborhood of this revitalized city that’s mostly sleeping out the heat. Fifteen high school students – nine girls and six boys, all African Americans – signed up for this educational experiment, and now they’re chattering nervously as they file into a nondescript block-walled room at Algiers Technical

Fearless identity Amid violence against transgender individuals nationally, 4 Chapman friends build a safe space for gender expression.

November 3, 2015 by Anna Rose Warren ‘16 | Features

We’re sprawled on the floor in the living room, sweating out the end-of-September Orange County heat. I’ve arrived late on a Sunday night after the roommates’ first house meeting, nearly a month into Chapman’s fall term, and I’m told it’s a rare thing for all four students to be home at the same time. Everyone

Bluegrass-Playing Siblings Share a Bond and a Dream in Harmony

May 21, 2015 by Cathi Douglas | Features

Michael Wimberley ’16 was so small that he had to stand on an apple box when he and his three siblings first performed at Riley’s Apple Farm in January 2008. They played one song, Rabbit in the Log, during the dinner show at the mile-high outdoor theatre in Oak Glen, Calif. Two of the Wimberleys

Chapman Students and Professors Explore Cuba in a Time of Change

May 21, 2015 by | Features

The grandparents of Pablo Cueto ’16 didn’t want him setting foot on Cuban soil—not after the communist revolution swallowed up all that the family had built, forcing them to flee their home and start over from scratch in the United States. Even after half a century, the wounds remain fresh. But Cueto, a double major

Historic Ties that bind and divide with Cuba, U.S.

May 21, 2015 by | Features

Historical links and political differences ensure that the question of what to do about Cuba still stirs passions in the United States. Despite Obama Administration steps to normalize relations, a Republican-controlled Congress isn’t likely to lift the decades-old trade embargo, said James Coyle, Ph.D., director of global education at Chapman. “As long as the Castro

Lisa Cupolo looks at dyslexia as a gift

May 19, 2015 by Lisa Cupolo | Features

“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” Juan Ramón Jiménez Our 8-year-old daughter Lila will tell you she’s dyslexic, usually within a short time after meeting her. She’ll ask you if you’re dyslexic too, hoping you’ll say yes. She is almost proud of it. Proud because she knows that a lot of

Dyslexia as a gift, a challenge, to become a conference

May 19, 2015 by | Features

Richard Bausch remembers what it was like when he was a child. “I didn’t know what I had and there was no way to find out. There was nothing in place in public school at that time — still isn’t — to help kids like me. I just had to struggle along — and eventually create