Neighbors, Friends, and the Respect Orange Community:
We should all be very proud of what we did and how the City Council voted unanimously to pass the First Reading of Ordinance 03-16.A at Tuesday’s Council Meeting. There were a lot of people wearing Respect Orange stickers on their shirts as we spoke and sat in front of our elected leaders and community members. We should all be very proud.
Some highlights from Tuesday’s meeting:
– The CU students who spoke did a great job.
– Ordinance 03-16.A is the first step of many that Respect Orange and the community plans on addressing to bring change. The second reading and potential adoption of this ordinance is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 10.
– Each elected City Council member addressed the “Respect” theme after public comment and before the council vote. This reinforces that we are on the right path and really on to something big!
Respect Orange Updates:
I was invited by Chapman University Student Neighborhood Relations Committee (comprised exclusively of CU students) to engage in an open discussion on campus with student leaders on Friday, April 15. These students represent Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Residence Life, Student Athletes, Civic Engagement, etc. It was a very productive meeting and many of the students want the university to make it attractive for students to live on campus. A few suggestions from CU students included: having Chapman Public Safety and Resident Advisors (RAs) relax on-campus policing which they think are pushing students off-campus, the addition of a venue for parties on campus that could be loosely monitored by the university and would allow students to hold parties without inconveniencing their neighbors, a campus pub, Greek Row, and educating incoming students on proper behavior. The CU student paper, The Panther ran an article about the Chapman University Student Neighborhood Relations Committee. It can be found here.
In the coming weeks Respect Orange should be brining in a student advisor liaison into the executive board. While this position is still being created and details are not finalized with the Chapman student, Respect Orange has identified and communicated with the current underclassman. This student leader will be able to act as a voice for Respect Orange with other student leaders and University organizations and give Respect Orange feedback on how Respect Orange can help CU students achieve their on-campus activities and other common goals. The student has already contributed great ideas to Respect Orange. More about this at a later date.
Enjoy your Sunday and don’t forget to check out the car show happening in The Plaza today.