Zotfest Exposes Campus, Public and Movie Industry to UCI Student Filmmakers Saturday

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Chapman University's Dodge School of Film and Media Arts in Orange seems to get all the collegiate filmmaker publicity love, but students are making interesting movies over at UC Irvine as well. Need proof? Attend Zotfest Saturday afternoon.

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Fire at Closed Merryhill School in Coto de Caza was Arson: OCFA Investigators

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Scene of the crime
An April fire that caused $200,000 in damage to a vacant private elementary school in Cota de Caza was intentionally set, according to fire officials.

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"Best of Chapman University Student Films" at the Frida Cinema for First Time FRI.-SAT.

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Chapman University
Where the magic happens: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
For the first (hopefully not last) time, OC Cinematheque at the Frida Cinema in downtown Santa Ana presents the "'Best of Chapman University Student Films" tonight and Saturday.

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Activists: Harvard Discriminates Against Asian-American Students in Admissions Process

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Tomorrow, representatives from over 40 Asian American organizations will hold a press conference in The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to complain against Harvard University for allegedly discriminating against Asian-Americans in its undergraduate admissions process. A corresponding press conference will also be held by a political action committee called The Orange Club (TOC) and several Southern California-based Asian-American organizations at the University Community Park in Irvine at 10 a.m the same day.

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Did a Serbian-Born Performance Artist Get a San Clemente High School Principal Fired?

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Here's looking at you, Marina Abramovic.
Did the Serbian-born "Grandmother of Performance Art" get a San Clemente High School principal fired without even knowing it?

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Rancho Santiago College Foundation Considers "Unconditional" Open Meeting Law Compliance

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Chancellor Raul Rodriguez: Nothing to see here, folks!
Asked at a March forum about Rancho Santiago Community College District's controversial $105 million consulting contract with two technical schools in Saudi Arabia, Chancellor Raul Rodriguez stated that the public community college's private foundation that struck the deal was not subject to California's open meetings law, commonly referred to as the Brown Act.

So, naturally, the foundation's board is scheduled to meet at noon today in the district trustees' board room to consider "approval and ratification of unconditional commitment as to compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act," according to the agenda.

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Anaheim High School Teachers Say the Time for Ethnic Studies is Now!

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Jose Magcalas in his Loara classroom
The movement to have ethnic studies classes offered at California high schools is advancing all over the state. In April, Bassett Unified School District in La Puente became the latest to follow in Los Angeles' historic footsteps by passing a resolution making the class not an elective, but a graduation requirement. A petition to do the same in San Diego is circulating online.

In Orange County, Santa Ana Unified will offer a district-wide optional ethnic studies course starting next fall. But what about Anaheim, alma mater district to our Mexican-in-Chief and yours truly? A pilot course at Loara High School is being readied for next fall!

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Student Activists Challenge Chapman U's Diversity Problem With Art, Exposés

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Photo from THe Student Review Facebook page.
The Student Review with DIY Dolores Huerta, Maya Angelou and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy bust contributions.

The Student Review, Chapman's newest grassroots activism group, has only officially existed for one month. Yet they've already thrown the campus into an uproar with their political art and flyering, and promise a new exposé every week at the famously prim-and-proper school (which counts two Weeklings as alumni).

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Cal State Fullerton Faculty and Students Stage Solidarity "Die-in" for Baltimore

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Protesters 'die-in' at Cal State Fullerton
The state of emergency may be lifted for Baltimore after unrest exploded last month following the police custody death of Freddie Gray, but solidarity actions continue. About 100 people staged a "die-in" on Wednesday in front of the humanities building at Cal State Fullerton. Faculty sounded the noontime call to action.

Professors responded with staff, students and community members joining in the latest OC #BlackLivesMatter protest.

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Ezequiel Barragan, Teacher Accused of Sex with 13-Year-Old Boy, is OC Democratic Delegate

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The U.S. Postal Service tipped local authorities to Ezequiel "Zeke" Barragan.
UPDATE NO. 2, MAY 6, 11:55 A.M.: With the speed used on a personal-account email regarding Benghazi, Hillary Clinton should purge any grip and grin photos she may have with current Democratic Party delegates from South Orange County. That's because Ezequiel Barragan, the Dana Hills High School Spanish teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old boy he met while serving as a courtroom advocate for the child, was elected in January a Democrat delegate for 2015-16 from the 73rd Assembly District covering Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills and Dana Point.

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