From the second a student enters Chapman University, they’re made aware of a universal truth on campus, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is the most valued part of the community. Due to the success and fame of Dodge alumni, it’s easy to see why Chapman’s administration favors the program, but unfortunately, the rest of us can often feel like the redheaded stepchild at a family event. So here is the uncensored list of Chapman’s preferential treatment.
1. Dodge Students get free (colored) printing, while the rest of us suckers have to pay.
That’s right, unless you’re a Dodge student or a student of the Honors program, you rely on printing credits provided by Chapman University. Yet, when the fateful day arrives when your printing credits run out, you’re forced to pay for printing yourself. For undergraduate students, Chapman gives about $12.50 of balance for printing, but for 50 cents a colored page, printing costs can add up fast. Fortunately for Dodge kids, the printers in their college don’t adhere to the print credits, and they can print away at will.
2. New Dodge buildings are being created all the time, while I’m writing this from a basement.
While I’m not saying the glitz and glory of THE Marion Knotts Studio should be replicated campus-wide, Dodge is continuously getting new and updated buildings, while the rest of us suffer in the leftover space. Some majors are assigned to spots in the basement of the library.
In fact, Chapman University just recently finished construction on Chapman Studios West, a 38,000-square-foot building that expands the documentary program. While the building is quite lovely, it doesn’t hide the explicit bias that the university holds.
3. Dodge faculty provides job connections the rest of us envy.
For some Dodge students, getting a glamorous internship is as easy as asking a professor, “do you have a gig for me?” The professors are better connected than AT&T. Yeah, the other teachers here do what they can to help you, but unless they have the Duffer brothers on speed dial, you’re out of luck.
4. Students in Dodge seldom need to worry about parking.
If you’ve ever driven to school, you understand the steep competition for the final parking space. As Chapman University shuts down several other parking structures, Dodge students remain mostly unaffected as they have access to a plethora of other parking options, among these options are: Villa Park Orchards Lot, Becket Lot, West Campus Structure, Hilbert/Partridge Lot, Knott Studios Lot, Palm Lot, West Palm Lot, Cypress Street Lot, and finally (if you’ve made it this far) the Barrera Structure Lot. Compared to the single on-campus lot, Lastinger, there’s a major difference.
5. They get easy access to sound stages and prop houses.
This point might sound a little petty, as you might be wondering why any other major would need access to sound stages or prop houses, but the option should be available to all majors in case any student needs higher grade equipment for an assignment. If a Communication Studies major wanted access to either studio for personal or professional use, the stages and prop houses should be available to be utilized.
In the immortal words of Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Ultimately, we all want to be indulged as much as the talented Dodger, so your move Chapman.