Chapman fraternities reflect on their actions following the Brett Kavanaugh senate hearings

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, Saturday, Oct. 6. Photo via Flickr.

As allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh came to light in the Senate confirmation hearings, fraternity men are having to think more consciously about how their actions today could affect them in the future.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Judge Kavanaugh of holding her down and groping her in high school but other allegations of indecent exposure and excessive drinking in college have been brought up as well. During the hearings, Kavanaugh admitted to drinking beer both in college and high school. Amidst these hearings, Chapman’s fraternity men are newly aware that their actions now may be brought up years later.

“Every action we make [now] is going to have long-term effects because it can be called back instantly,” said Jake Holden, a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Holden, a junior strategic and corporate communications major, believes social media has made it much easier for misbehavior to be documented – and eternal.

“The same thing goes for things we don’t do,” he said. “If something is happening, if there is [any] injustice, people are going to know who is on what side of history based on how we present ourselves.”

Matt Palomino, sophomore strategic and corporate communications major, was hoping Kavanaugh would not get confirmed.

”It is an overwhelming amount of people that would have to be lying so I’ve got to think [the sexual assault allegations] are true,” said Palomino, a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Alex Drier, a member of Phi Kappa Tau, also disagreed with Kavanaugh being confirmed.

“I really don’t want a man who is accused of sexual assault to be on my Supreme Court,” said the sophomore strategic and corporate communications major. “That is not a good representation of the United States and what we’re trying to become.”

Some fraternity men acknowledge that they may one day find a conflict between their own personal integrity and loyalty to their fraternity members.

Sterling Freeman, a senior business administration major and a member of Beta Theta Pi, said that he wouldn’t stand by a fraternity member engaging in any sexual misconduct.

“If somebody was ever hurt or [put] in a position that’s unfair to them, loyalty kind of goes out the window,” Freeman said.

Shoes lined up from the Walk for Violence at Chapman. Photo courtesy of Lauren Thomas.

Chris Costa, a member of Phi Kappa Tau, agreed.

“If I saw this, the brother would not be a brother for long,” the senior psychology major said.

Fraternity men also say the topic is coming up more in their meetings.

“We’ve definitely talked about [sexual assault] more in meetings [now], just everyone watching over everyone and holding each other accountable,” Freeman said.

Drier agreed.

“We probably talk about it every week,” he said. “Even if we’re not having a party we’ll still touch up on it because it is one of our main topics.” 

But even with awareness of these situations being raised among fraternity members, it is still common for victims of sexual assault to be reluctant to come forward with their stories. This is due, in part, to a fear of victim blaming and the absence of support.

While the trauma of sexual assault and how to handle it is an ongoing discussion, fraternity men are keeping their eyes open and trained on each other.

“If you’re not contributing to the solution then you are part of the problem,” Costa said.

Why students don’t vote

The reasons vary why students don’t vote during the midterm elections. Photo by the Eno Center for Transportation

Only 28% of young adults said “they are absolutely certain they will vote” in the upcoming 2018 midterm election, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic.

Students say they will not exercise their right to vote due to not knowing enough about politics or not getting their ballots sent to them on time.

Lily Moore, sophomore business major, feels she is not informed enough on the topics.

“I feel like if I voted I would just be picking names of people I didn’t know. And also, I don’t know where I can vote,” Moore said. “I plan on getting more informed soon by reading more articles.”

Inaya Shore, junior sociology major said she is not very interested in politics but knows she needs to get more involved.

“I really want to vote and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. However, I’m not sure if I’m even registered to vote right now and I keep meaning to figure it out but I haven’t,” Shore said.  “I know this is an important election so I really need to figure it out but I’m not even sure who I’d vote for.”

If she ends up voting her ultimate decision will be based on who her peers are voting for.

“I’m just going to ask my friends who share the same views as me who I should vote for,”Shore said.

Other students have trouble with their absentee ballots, such as Sarah de Surville, a sophomore sociology major.

“I can only vote if my absentee ballot comes in the mail on time,” de Surville said, “I hope it will get here.” She is getting the ballot sent to her so that she can vote in her own county instead of in the county of Orange.

Sofia Caputo, junior public relations and advertising major has the same problem.

“Since I am from Washington my mom has to send me my ballot and I’m not sure yet when it’s coming,” Caputo said, “If it was a presidential election I would care a lot more about my ballot coming in on time.”

For some students, they believe the process for registration is too time consuming.

Mallory Mathis, sophomore business major, plans on registering soon, but not in time for Midterms.

“I plan on registering when I learn how,” Mathis said, “I have seen some advertisements on social media about registering I just haven’t taken the steps to do it because of school, work, and my job. I am, however, informed on the Midterm elections.”

Chapman baseball wins SCIAC

The Chapman baseball team poses after their SCIAC win. Photo by Joel Brown

For the first time in Panther history the Chapman University baseball team won the SCIAC Championship game against Redlands in a winner take all game.

The championship game started on Friday, May 4th and ended on Sunday.

The Chapman team made an improbable win in the championship, first losing to Redlands 12 to 5 on Friday.

“Every game was do or die,” said Austin Merrill, sophomore pitcher.

Redlands was undefeated and the tournament was double elimination, we had to beat Redlands two out of three times to win the championship, Merrill said.  “The second game (on Saturday) we ended up shutting them down and beating them and that set the scene for it all.”

During the final game against Redlands, the Chapman team was losing 10-1 going into the 7th inning.

“Coming back from being down 10-1 in  the 7th inning and scoring 19 runs between the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning is pretty unheard of,” said Joel Brown, sophomore outfielder.

“We managed to put up 16 runs in 2 innings behind our captains Jared Love and Gavin Blodgett,” Merrill said. “If I had to put it all down to one play, Gavin hit a no doubt bases loaded home run and there was no looking back from there.”

The team is now going on to play in the West Regional in Spokane, Washington. If they win the six team regional, they move onto to the world series in Appleton, Wisconsin for a chance at the National Championship.

According to Merrill every player on the team stepped up and did their part in the SCIAC Championship.

“Trevor Marrs, a freshman stepped up to play in place of one of our most valuable players that got hurt and did a hell of a job.” Merrill said.

Merrill also complimented Cody Turner and Jonathan Hernandez for their performance on the field.

“They gave their best effort on the mound and really kept us in a spot to come back.” said Merrill.

Joel Brown said he believes it was a team effort to win the game.

“It’s like the saying in baseball, ‘the batting order is a living and breathing thing; It has to work together to be successful,’” Brown said.

He said his favorite part of the season had to be winning the SCIAC.

“There is no other feeling like it,” Brown said.



Night owls and early birds discuss night versus morning classes

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If you are a night owl looking for evening classes, good luck. In the English program alone in the fall 2018 semester, there are 18 out of 115 classes that start at 4 p.m., two that start at 5:30 p.m., and 16 that start at 7 p.m.

A study was recently conducted on students’ circadian rhythms, also known as “the body clock”. It proved that most students’ circadian rhythms were out of sync with their class schedules. When a night owl takes a morning class, for example, they received a lower grade due to “social jetlag.”

“We found that the majority of students were being jet-lagged by their class times, which correlated very strongly with decreased academic performance,” said study co-lead author Benjamin Smarr.

The study also says circadian rhythm of older people tend to be active earlier whereas younger people shift to a later sleeping and waking schedule. Additionally, it found that men tend to stay up later than women.

Junior screen acting major Tom Byrne agrees with the study’s findings. Byrne says the lack of night classes at Chapman affects his grades. He is currently enrolled in two 8 a.m. classes despite being a self-proclaimed night owl.

“It’s absurd how little amount of night classes there are at Chapman considering the amount of money we are paying,” Byrne said. “It affects me greatly in class because I am so groggy until around 12. My participation grade is down the drain due to the time period of the class,” he added. According to Chapman’s Office of Registrar, the departments decide when classes will be held and most have decided to hold their classes earlier on in the day.

“We’re a traditional school; we have school during the day,” Associate Provost Ken Murphy said. “It’s an observation that most students want to take their classes during the times of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

Most Chapman students interviewed by The Prowl did not believe they had a performance difference in night classes versus morning classes as the study suggested. Many students, including freshman business major Mallory Mathis, simply prefer morning classes because it allows for a more flexible day schedule.

“I prefer morning classes because I feel like I have the rest of the day to do things,” Mathis, who plays for Chapman’s softball team, said. “I have more time for practice if I get my classes out of the way early on.”

Other students prefer night classes so that they can have jobs and internships during the day. Sophomore English major Sophia Whiteman is all taking night classes this semester in order to have both a job and an internship.

“While I don’t like night classes, I’m really glad Chapman offers them because it allows me to have a job and an internship during the day,” Whiteman said.  

Most students interviewed disagreed with the study’s finding that class times affect student performance.

“The reason I don’t like night classes is because I don’t like driving late at night and getting out of class when it’s dark,” said senior business major Morgan Morris. “I am a morning person, but I got an A in my night class.”