Opinion

China Guilty Of More Than Just Lab Leak

By Kate Robinson A Wall Street Journal investigation recently revealed that three Wuhan, China lab workers participating in the gain of function research were hospitalized in November 2019 with COVID-19 symptoms. This occurred about a month before the “first case” – supposedly contracted from a bat at a Wuhan wet market and independent from the… Continue reading →

A Republican Roadmap to Taking Back California

By Ethan Nikfar  Earlier in April, California’s secretary of state announced that recall petitioners gathered and submitted over 1,626,000 valid signatures to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, surpassing the required amount by over 100,000 signatures. Newsom, who just a few years ago was being touted as a future presidential nominee, has faced mounting criticism due to… Continue reading →

President Biden and the Nefarious ‘Newer’ Deal

By Kate Robinson  As if forgiving student loan debt was not generous enough, President Joe Biden is paying Americans’ bills yet again. This time, it is through his recently enacted $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which includes such a significant level of handouts of federal unemployment benefits that businesses across the United States are struggling… Continue reading →

The Scientific Establishment Has Lost Our Trust

By Ethan Nikfar Over a year ago, a deadly new virus struck the world, forcing us to entirely adapt and revamp our lifestyles to prevent its spread. In response, we embraced public health officials, particularly in the federal government, to make sense of it. But today, those same public health officials have become increasingly unreasonable,… Continue reading →

Biden Promised Bipartisanship, but Now He Just Bumbles and Backtracks

By Kate Robinson April 30 marks President Joe Biden’s 100th day in office. What started as a pleading call for unity and bipartisanship is shaping up to be nothing more than a far-left train wreck. Thus far, the 78-year-old commander-in-chief has proven that his administration is incapable of exhibiting competent leadership and clear articulation of… Continue reading →

Why Conservatives Should Care About Culture Wars

By Ethan Nikfar A few weeks ago, conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg published a piece in The Dispatch on why culture wars are a distraction. Goldberg argues that while Republicans are busy focusing on petty battles such as Dr. Seuss, Democrats are ramming through spending bills using money we do not have. In Goldberg’s eyes, the… Continue reading →

O’Mara, Eastman, and the Threat to Intellectual Diversity

By Justin Buckner I am disappointed in Chapman University. In December and early January, President Daniele Struppa sent out five emails to students and faculty in regard to Dr. John Eastman, the former dean of Chapman’s Fowler School of Law, a Chapman professor, and lawyer of former President Donald Trump. With this came 15 articles… Continue reading →

Canceling Student Loan Debt Is Terrible Policy

By Ethan Nikfar Our elected officials often display too much creativity. They invent new issues to be solved by highly funded bureaucratic agencies instead of focusing on getting the already-too-large government to just do the ordinary things competently. Nevertheless, sometimes, they lack cleverness, as Democratic demands for canceling student loan debt have shown us.  President… Continue reading →

Student Loan Forgiveness Forgets Who Actually Foots the Bill

By Kate Robinson As college seniors across the country prepare for graduation in May, the age-old debate about student loan forgiveness is once again taking center stage.  And now, with a new president in office who has more than once pushed for making this a reality, it is worth noting the unendurable damage this policy… Continue reading →

Should Federal Student Loans Be Forgiven?

By Evan Raymond Federal student loans should not be forgiven. Let me make one thing clear for all of you before I continue. I do not support the current federal loan system, I believe that the government is preying on the poor and taking advantage of young adults who just gained their legal independence. However,… Continue reading →

Teachers’ Unions Need To Go. Here’s Why:

By Ethan Nikfar Over the last few months, Democrat-controlled cities across the country, from San Francisco to Chicago, have bent to the whims of the teachers’ unions. Parents and kids across the states have longed to return to semi-normal, in-person instruction. But these parents and children are just minor incidental inconveniences to our teachers’ unions… Continue reading →

Educate Yourself

By Thomas, Letters From the Ruins The refusal to bend a knee is a refusal to show obedience to the current order.  This is symptomatic of a general trend we have witnessed over the last decades. It is no longer enough to be neutral. Rather, we have to voice our public support for the politics… Continue reading →

What Chapman Republicans Don’t Understand About the Equality Act

By Jane Simonetti One of the most important jobs we have as Americans is to participate in our democracy by actively staying informed. We must build a grounded foundation through personal research before stepping into opinion-based arguments. Failing to conduct a simple Google search before publicly voicing an opinion is ignorant, and the Chapman Republicans… Continue reading →

President Struppa, the Time Has Come to Open Our Classrooms

By Kate Robinson It was another day of monotonous discussions in my English class last Thursday morning. We were talking about societal norms, but I could think of nothing other than clicking the red “leave this meeting” button on my computer and crawling back into bed.  With a mere five minutes remaining, my professor asked… Continue reading →

No, Beauty Pageants Aren’t Anti-Feminist

By Keenan Pasztor When the Miss America Organization took away the swimsuit portion of the competition in 2020, feminists around the world cheered. To many people, beauty pageants are a prime example of “how the patriarchy rules the world.” Women are put on stage and shown off like a “cattle auction.” The stereotype of a… Continue reading →

Trump, Biden, and America’s Newest War

By Jason Garshfield In one of his first speeches upon taking office, President Biden promised a “full-scale wartime effort” against the coronavirus pandemic. On this, at least, Biden has much in common with his predecessor, who labeled himself a “wartime president,” invoked the Defense Production Act to pressure auto manufacturers into building ventilators, and pushed… Continue reading →

Biden Is Setting Himself up to Be a Divisive Leader

By Ronnie G. Wiseman  Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I was unsupportive of both major frontrunners, but I vowed to be supportive of whoever was declared the legal winner in the end. When Donald Trump was declared the victor, I upheld that vow, even though I was wary of his leadership abilities. Four… Continue reading →

Do Not Forget the Unborn: A Letter to Christians

By Jordyn Carrido When I became a Christian at the age of twenty, I got this overwhelming feeling that I finally understood my place in the world. The God I serve is one who specifically made me just as I am, with my unique gifts and flaws, and has enough grace to forgive all my… Continue reading →

Not Voting is NOT a Crime

By Kate Robinson It was mid-September, and I was engaged in a political discussion with a friend. After a few minutes of casually talking about current events, I asked her which presidential candidate she planned on voting for in November. What she said next stopped me in my tracks: “Oh, I’m not voting.” She said… Continue reading →

How Boomers Destroyed Civility… and America

By Jason Andrew Garshfield After the acrimonious debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden two weeks and an eternity ago, Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin made a post on his Not a Blog encouraging people to watch for contrast the 1960 presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Martin… Continue reading →

VP Pence Thrives, Sen. Harris Deceives

By Justin Buckner The much-anticipated vice presidential debate was one in which the American people wanted civility and truth after a disastrous presidential debate. Vice President Mike Pence brought both of those things and was a standout last week by being composed, presidential, and respectful. After what some call “the worst presidential debate ever,” Vice… Continue reading →

The Real Loser of the Presidential Debate Was the Moderator

By Jordyn Carrido It is safe to say that nearly everyone was dissatisfied with the performances at the debate last Tuesday. Both candidates came off as petulant and immature with their incessant arguing and interrupting. Obviously, the purpose of a debate is for candidates to argue the issues. But, instead of them presenting their platforms… Continue reading →

Coming Out of The Conservative Closet

By Ferris  Since beginning my academic career at Chapman University, I have had the privilege of coming across a diverse array of people from all ethnicities, religions, and cultures. This was one of the main reasons why I committed to attending Chapman University for my undergraduate degree. I have always admired how welcoming Chapman is… Continue reading →

Minority Ideas Matter

By Justin Buckner As a student at Chapman University, I have come across many different types of people from a variety of backgrounds. Never have I attended a school with such a wide range of diversity. The university excels at attracting people from all over the world. Though, while concentrating so much on making their… Continue reading →

Let the States Take Care of Themselves in this Crisis

By Jordyn Carrido Throughout this Chinese Virus tragedy there have been continuous complaints by Chapman University students and others that our federal government is failing and that the Trump administration is not doing enough to combat COVID-19. These critics act as if states are entirely dependent upon the federal government. In reality, the reason the… Continue reading →

The Imprudence of Labeling Oneself a “Global Citizen”

By John Loftus A cadre of enlightened progressives – from affluent, beleaguered Western democracies – fancy themselves not as citizens of a sovereign nation but as citizens of the world (these are the kinds of people who get goosebumps when they think of pasty bureaucrats toiling in Brussels). At first, this idea strikes me as… Continue reading →

Why the Economy Still Matters

By, Jason Andrew Garshfield First, a quick story: In 1989, Soviet politician Boris Yeltsin visited the Johnson Space Center in Houston. On his way back, he decided that he wanted to see how ordinary Americans ate, so he took an impromptu detour to a Randall’s grocery store in Clear Lake, Texas. This was an ordinary… Continue reading →

Warren’s Excuse for Defeat: Blame America

By Anyte During Super Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren did not even make it past the 15 percent threshold to get delegates. She came in third place in her home state, Massachusetts. For contrast, Senator Bernie Sanders won his home state by a whopping 50 percent, and Warren never finished higher than third place in any… Continue reading →

Morning in New York

By Pete Weitzner I graduated with a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in fall 1987. I’ve been a working journalist from Day One and became a professor of broadcast journalism at Chapman University in 1997. This fall marks 33 years essentially in two work venues: newsrooms and a college campus. There… Continue reading →

Intolerance Amongst the “Tolerant”

My Experiences of Prejudice in Diverse Groups at Chapman By Arete My first semester of freshman year, I participated in Gamma Phi’s philanthropy event, Airbands. If you do not know what Airbands is, each Greek chapter is paired with another chapter or dance club on campus to perform a lip-syncing dance. This was my first… Continue reading →

The Computational Case for a Free Society

By Christopher Moore The idea of capitalism has been criticized by more left-wing economists as being a quaint neo-classical theory. Principles like the Rational Actor Model are discarded as simplistic. The solution often advocated by the intellectual class is a technocratic, centrally planned economy to impose efficiencies upon the irrational proletariat, often in the form… Continue reading →