Category - First Person

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My Hometown Was in Crisis Before the Terror

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...

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

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...

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First Person: Glass Hall roommates forge a bond for life

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...

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The Call of Family Connection

IT’S MORE THAN TWO HOURS INTO MY PHONATHON SHIFT, AND IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I REACHED A REAL LIVE HUMAN BEING. I HEAR A WOMAN’S VOICE AND START TO SPEAK, ONLY TO REALIZE IT’S ANOTHER AUTOMATED MESSAGE. I PUSH THE...

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Real Life Between Her Fingertips

Kelsey Kloss '14, assistant health editor for "Reader’s Digest," doesn't recognize a world that, according to Instagram, is Lord Kelvin pink or Toaster yellow.

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An Inward Journey

On a free afternoon during the Chapman University Singers' Texas Lone Star Tour, we headed for Houston's Museum District. Art, natural, history, holocaust, Japanese Garden - there were so many options. But I added...

Chapman University film student earns a week as an insider at The Oscars

Chapman film student Nathan Flanagan-Frankl '14 earns a week on Hollywood’s biggest stage and gets to share his dream of bringing more diversity to the screen.

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Recasting the Role of Gay Best Friend (GBF)

It’s all over the media: The most sought-after item of the 21st century, especially for women, is the gay accessory.

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Former Marine Philip A. Quigley ’13 Prepares for a Career in Government

Philip A. Quigley '13 is preparing for a career in government, helping to shape American policies on threat management and emergency preparedness.

Miss Quindlen, Your Limo is Waiting

Toby Juffre Goode writes about facing her fears — in more ways than one — and how her meeting Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen almost turned into an unexpected limo ride.