Chapman University: The home of the creative

It is no news that Chapman University hosts a large percentage of creative students, and they are not shy to demonstrate their artistic skills even through their dorm doors and windows. Here are some of the more eye-catching works found on campus.

Photos by Gaia Breccia

Sunflower Gels


Olivia Hancock, a sophomore film production major, created this colorful composition in memory of her best friend she lost to suicide last summer. She used lighting gels to create sunflowers that light up the room when the sun shines through. “We found out after she passed away, when we went to her house and met her parents, that she loved sunflowers. They were all over her house,” Hancock explained.


Practical Art


“I really needed a doormat,” said Rao Hamza Ali, a senior computer science major. The chalk work on the floor, even though not eye-catching, is a witty alternative to having actual plants and doormats outside the door, as with neighboring apartments. “It’s also an act of defiance,” Ali said. He went on to talk about a conflict in which students created chalk murals on the walls and were forced to wash them off.

Googly-Eye Monster


This eye-catching door that stares right back was created by Dodge students Demi Boxley, Emily Reef-Keefe and Natalie Koppen. “Originally their old roommate’s name was on the door instead of mine, and instead of taking it off and adding mine, we found these eyes at a Halloween store,” explained Boxley. “We then decided to add festive decorations as holidays passed, and it just happened that the Easter one worked as a nose and mouth as well,” Boxley said. “Plus it scares the freshmen across the lot!”


Holiday Spirit


Created by freshmen Jaelynn Mitchell, majoring in kinesiology, and Erin Coogan, majoring in broadcast journalism, this Valentine-themed decoration brighten ups the Morlan Hall yard.

Mitchell and Coogan weren’t the only ones who left up decorations from past holidays, but many students brought out their Easter pieces, as seen below. 


Sticky Note Champs


After the attention a student got for creating a sticky note message that read “send dudes, food,” other students have decorated their windows with different sticky note creations.


Plain Old Funny


These windows’ art may provide a good laugh, or a scare.

Window of the Genius


However, not every student uses their window to express their creativity – these students use it for calculations.

Breaking down the underage nightlife scene

For students who like to go out at night, but aren’t old enough for bars or clubs, it may seem like frat parties are the only option. Tiny houses packed with the same sweaty bodies can get tiring, but luckily there are several venues in the area that host events for those 18 and older.



Location: 8901 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Time: Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ but typically between $5 and $30, discounts for those who RSVP and attend before 10:30 p.m.

With a different DJ that specializes in house music every week, Focus hosts events for everyone from the age eighteen and older at The Circle Club every Tuesday night. For those who are of age, there is also a fully-stocked bar. The dress code is casual and parking is free if need be. For more information and to RSVP to their next event, click here.


Velvet Lounge

Location: 416 W 4th St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Time: Sundays, main event begins at 10 p.m.

Admission: Varies by event and night but entrance may be free before 10:30 p.m. and tickets can go be as expensive as $99.

In the heart of Santa Ana’s Art District, Velvet Lounge is the new LGBT restaurant, bar and club. The club is typically open to all ages throughout the day, then closed off to anyone under 18 at 10 p.m. Some nights are specifically for those 21 and older, but Sundays’ Drageteria are always 18 and over.The Lounge not only offers food, drinks and music, but it also showcases state-of-the-art videos and art on special nights. To check out their weekly events, click here.


Florentine Gardens

Location: 5951 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: $5 before 10:30 with RSVP and $15 after 10:30 with RSVP

Florentine Gardens specializes in events for college students every Friday night in Hollywood. The club hosts two rooms for two different music genres; the first for Latin music and the second room for hip-hop and top hits. They advise to “dress to impress” and do not allow males with shorts or hats with sports logos on them.



Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd. #433, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Saturdays from 10:30 p.m to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: Tickets at the door are $25 for 18 to 20-year-olds and $20 for 21 and up. If bought online, there is a $5 discount and sales close at 9 p.m. Saturday

OHM hosts Saturday night events for 18 and up with DJs from KISS FM playing a mix of top 40, hip-hop, pop, and EDM. The club is famous for their balcony’s view of Hollywood Boulevard. Their formal dress code bans athletic clothing, hats, steel-toed boots, clothing with offensive language, torn clothing, open-toed shoes and plain colored T-shirts for men. To RSVP or check the upcoming events click here.


Avalon Hollywood

Location: 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Thursdays and Fridays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Admission: Tickets range from $15 to $75 depending on the DJ and night, available for purchase online or at the box office the night of

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Open since 1927, the theater is a historic landmark in Hollywood and hosts events for 18 and up on Thursdays and 19 and up on Fridays. Their in-house club nights plays electronic music including house, trance and dubstep. Their dress code is casual, except sandals, hats and shorts for men are not allowed. To RSVP their upcoming events click here.


La Mirage

Location: 17104 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701

Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ and night, but before 10 p.m. can go from free to $10

La Mirage host events Thursdays through Saturday nights with two rooms and three different dance floors. Music varies from hip-hop, house and reggae. The dress code is smart casual and they ban hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, baggy or torn clothing and visible gang tattoos or appearance. To check their upcoming events and RSVP, click here.

Five Free Events to go to during Spring Break

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If you are staying in the area with nothing or little to do during Spring Break, we have found some interesting and free events to attend and fill up your free time!


1. Mei Yan Meet and Greet


Location: The OC Mix (in front of Kestan)

Dates: March 17th 2018, from 1pm to 5pm

Go meet the social media mogul and model Mei Yan (@infrontofapple) at the Kestan store located in the heart of The OC Mix mall. The first 50 guests will also receive a free Furrow Pom Pom, and everyone will be able to purchase her premiere jewelry line at a special price only for one day.


2. Artists and Fleas


Location: Abbot Kinney, Venice

Date: March 17th & 24th 2018, from 11am to 4:30pm

The Artist and Fleas organization has brought their large market of local art, vintage clothing, artifacts and artisanal food vendors to Venice for a new flea market that reflects the neighborhood’s unusual style.

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3. Spring Equinox Sunrise Yoga


Location: Reborn Cafe, Brea

Date: March 20th 2018, from 6am to 7am

The Lululemon store at Brea is hosting a free yoga session to celebrate the balance and union between the Dark and the Light at the break of dawn. The session will be led by Anu B. from CorePower Brea and complimentary mats as well as post-practice coffee will be available. To RSVP your free tickets click here.



4. Art on the Walk


Location: Anaheim Garden Walk

Dates: March 23rd 2018, from 6pm to 8pm

Anaheim Garden Walk is hosting  an evening of live entertainment such as, music, live art demonstrations, murals and center-wide installations. The event will host multiple talented artists, including numerous of our own Chapman University students, where their art will be for purchase. Some of the live entertainment also include a DJ, free henna tattoos and the possibility to participate in a “spin-for-win” wheel with prizes from O’Neill, Californian Surf, Snow and Lifestyle store.


5. POPSUGAR & Freeform Mermaid Museum


Location: Goya Studios, Hollywood.

Dates: March 22nd & 23rd 2018, from 3pm to 9pm

March 24th & 25th 2018, from noon to 6pm

To promote their new upcoming series, Sirens, Freefrom is teaming up with POPSUGAR for a pop-up mermaid museum in Hollywood, where they will take an eerie approach to the mythical creatures. The exhibition will include a tank with a live mermaid, a Bristol Cove Mermaid Shop (inspired by the show), a room with a 360-degree projection of underwater life, and a photo op where you can look like a mermaid. To attend the museum RSVP your free admission tickets here.