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Which departments have which political leanings?

funfunfunfun Registered User Posts: 200 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in Chapman University
I know the Dean of the Law School was gung ho on G W Bush - called him the most law abiding President in history. Also, they John Yoo, a torture proponent in the Bush Administration, is a visiting law professor. Also, the law school has right wing commentator Hugh Hewitt.

How about the other majors, such as film, theater, music, art?
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Replies to: Which departments have which political leanings?

  • edthegurledthegurl Registered User Posts: 91 Junior Member
    Wow, I did not know that. Pretty disturbing, especially the John Yoo part...
    least I'm not doing law :P
    I don't know anything about political leanings in the university, but we are talking about deep red orange county here. I do know they have both democrat and republican clubs on campus...and of all the 2013 film production majors (like myself) that I've talked to, most if not all have been liberal.
  • HeavenlyJaneHeavenlyJane Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    The president of Chapman is pro-gay marriage so diversity seems to be encouraged


    With a legal brief, President Doti takes a stance on Prop 8
    Published March 14, 2009
    President Jim Doti and trustee Wylie Aitken signed a legal brief opposing the constitutionality of Proposition 8 because they believe that same-sex couples have been illegally denied the right to marry.

    The brief argues that a simple majority cannot vote to remove civil rights – in this case the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. About 200 members of the Chapman community signed the document, which was filed before the Supreme Court two weeks ago. Legal briefs are documents presented before a judge that augment the arguments of a case.

    “I personally believe that [Proposition 8] represents tyranny of the majority over the legal rights of others,” said Doti.

    Doti usually tries to avoid stating his opinions on major issues because people often wrongly interpret his view as an institutional view, he said.

    The brief opposing Proposition 8 does not reflect Chapman’s stance on gay marriage, he said.

    “But I felt I needed to speak out on [Proposition] 8 because it is something about which I am very passionate,” he said.

    The legal brief was written by Chapman law professors Ron Steiner and Karen Darmer .

    California’s Supreme Court justices heard arguments on March 5 for and against upholding Proposition 8, which was passed in November. Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Steward argued that Proposition 8 was improperly placed on the ballot because it was an attempt to revise the state constitution.

    A constitutional revision needs a two-thirds vote from the legislature or a constitutional convention before voters can decide on it while an amendment may be passed by voters directly through the initiative process.

    John Eastman, dean of Chapman’s law school, filed a brief supporting Proposition 8 through the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a group he founded 10 years ago.

    Eastman is confident that the justices will uphold the proposition.

    “The text of the California constitution authorizes the people of the state to amend it by the initiative process,” said Eastman.

    For junior public relations major Kim Galbraith, marriage is more than just a word. She and her partner cemented their relationship at Santa Ana City Hall last September.

    “It was like getting your heart ripped out of your chest. One day you are married and the next day other people say you’re not,” said Galbraith. “How can you live in a country that says ‘we love you when you pay your taxes, we love you when you express patriotism, we love you for your consumerism,’ but then go, ‘just don’t go around calling yourselves married.'”
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