Harvey: It’s Time to Start Listening to the Students Behind Black Lives Matter

On June 5th, a group of high school seniors, myself included, organized a protest on what would have been the last day of high school. Inviting Orange County Human Relations to teach de-escalation techniques, contacting the police to ensure our safety amidst gun threats, and encouraging Black students to speak about their experiences, we took initiative to provide a safe and productive environment for students to voice their opinions, and we did so peacefully.

Resnick: Schools First…Diversity Last

While the demographics in Orange County have drastically changed in the past several years, the Board of Directors of Schools First Federal Credit Union, the largest financial institution in the county has not. The Board of Directors have created an exclusive private club atmosphere making it nearly impossible for anyone to serve.

Lundell: California Students Deserve Properly Vetted Charter Schools

Carrie Lundell, a PTA mother of four school-aged children from Orange, writes that partisan politics wants us to choose whether we are “pro charter school” or “anti charter school”. But, if we want to do right by our students, we need to stop talking in absolutes and start looking at charter schools and their costs on school districts and student education individually because not all charter schools are created equal.

Resnick: Will the RSCCD Trustees Keep the Community in the Dark Again?

Dr. Barry Resnick, a professor of counseling in his 39th year as a faculty member in the Rancho Santiago Community College District, writes that the trustees of the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) are about to make a decision that can begin to move the District forward after almost a decade of dysfunction, embarrassment and a lack of direction. Interviews will begin later this week between the four finalists for the RSCCD chancellor position.

Harden: The Challenge of Being Black at Chapman University

Olivia Harden, a student at Chapman and Features Editor of The Panther Newspaper, writes that being Black at Chapman can be traumatic and has only been exacerbated by the refusal of Chapman’s President to remove a racially charged poster of the film Birth of a Nation, at the Dodge School of Film. A vote Monday by the faculty will consider whether to call for a change.

Paterno: OC is Ground Zero in the College Bribery Scandal

Susan Paterno, a Professor of English at Chapman University who heads up their journalism program, writes about the recent bribery scandal that has plagued higher education, arguing that media should also focus attention on the challenges facing the majority of kids who are seeking high quality, affordable, publicly funded degrees.

Resnick: Questions Remain Regarding Rancho Santiago Community College Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Dr. Barry Resnick, a professor of counseling in his 39th year as a faculty member in the Rancho Santiago Community College District, writes that the controversial partnership between the Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation and an entity funded by the Saudi Arabian government now must answer to the taxpayers for their failed venture.