Chapman Students Reveal Their Opinions on Vaping

As part of its crusade to stem nicotine addiction in young people, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was yanking all flavored e-cigarette products from retail outlets on Nov. 15. While vaping proponents say it helps adult smokers quit cigarettes – a far more harmful use of tobacco – detractors site stunning increases in the numbers of young people getting into the nicotine habit. Vaping jumped 78 percent among high schoolers and 48 percent among middle schoolers in the last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How do Chapman students feel about the government cracking down on vaping? We asked a few of them to find out.

Photo by Jasmine Liu.

Tiffany does not vape and insists that vaping is a negative habit for young people. Although vape products may be less harmful than cigarettes, they still have potential health issues, she said. Tiffany thinks the government is right to implement stricter regulations.

Photo by Torian Mylott.

Thurtle vapes almost every day and firmly believes it is a healthier alternative to cigarettes. Thurtle used to be a cigarette smoker, and uses her Suorin – a handheld vapor device – to curb cigarette cravings. She worried about vaping regulations. “I don’t think the FDA will be able to ban vaping, because they weren’t able to ban cigarettes,” she said.

Photo by Torian Mylott.

Bingham vapes everyday and doesn’t worry about health risks. He started vaping Juuls, and has tried cigarettes. He confesses cigarettes not for him. Bingham worries about the rising costs of Juul products and has switched to the Sourin as a result. Bingham isn’t worried about in-store vaping regulations, as he already buys his vaping supplies online.

Photo by Jasmine Liu.

Gill does not vape. Despite the lack of research concluding long-term vaping effects, he feels that vaping hinders people from having complete awareness. Regardless of the long term effects, the short term hinderance is not ideal for the quality of everyday life, Gill said.

Vaping side effects, from the American Thoracic Society. Graphic by Jasmine Liu.

Electronic cigarette usage in high school students, from the Center for Disease Control. Graphic by Torian Mylott.


Spooky Staff Talent at the Panther Pumpkin Pageant

A “bloody” pumpkin on an operating table won the “most original” prize at the ninth annual Panther Pumpkin Pageant yesterday morning in the Attallah Piazza.

26 departments across Chapman University – with many of their members in costume – participated in the pageant, which included Cinderella in her famous pumpkin-shaped carriage and a Miley Cyrus doll on a pumpkin wrecking ball. “Best Chapman Theme” went to Schmid College, which created a pumpkin Keck Center with Chapman President Daniele Struppa and others inside. The Miley Cyrus pumpkin won the “Most Humorous” award.

Costume prizes were also awarded.

Prizes for costumes:

“Most Creative” goes to The Great Gatsby from the Office of the University Registrar

The department brought us all back to the 1920s with their flapper dresses and dazzling headpieces.

Paula Pearl graciously accepts the award. 


“Chapman Theme” goes to Coco Familia from Dodge College

Also dedicated to the Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos. They served Día de Muertos inspired pastries as part of their costume.


“Most Original” goes to Wilkinson Hall

“The Haunted Memorial Hall” gave everyone a quick trip to Disneyland through their costumes.


Prizes for pumpkin carving:

“Most Humorous” was awarded to University Advancement

They came in like a wrecking ball!


“Best Chapman Theme” goes to Schmid College

The new Keck Center was the star of this pumpkin display.

They humbly accepted their prize.


“Most Original” goes to Crean College

A frightening scene of a poor pumpkin getting carelessly operated on.

The “mad scientists” leaped and cheered with joy when they heard they had won.


This year’s pageant was a smashing success!

All photos by Jasmine Liu.