A day in the life during finals

Finals are almost here, which means an erratic sleep schedule, endless exhaustion, and profound frustration are coming too. Along with stress comes the highs of Undie Run, cookies in the library depending on what time you get there, and struggles to find the perfect study spot when all of Chapman suddenly populates the library. These ups and downs add up to a day in the life of a student at Chapman during Finals week, as well as trauma and a dire need for a long nap.

Starting the day by waking up way too early to study.


Then dropping dead of exhaustion on your way to the library


Walking into the library and finding every seat taken.


Finding the cookie plate and coffee canister empty.


Then finding the perfect spot to study after what feels like 10 million hours have passed. However, this time you realize that you don’t remember when the last time you ate was and you’re starving.


You realize after finally getting some work done that your laptop and or phone is about to die.


Finally, that 3 a.m. feeling when you try to get some sleep but you’re not tired anymore.



Alice Century Unkrich: Growing up in entertainment

Alice and her dad Lee Unkrich at the Coco Premiere Nov. 7. Photo by Lee Unkrich

While others her age grew up watching their favorite Disney movies on TV, Alice Century Unkrich watched behind the scenes as they were produced. Coming to Chapman as a film production major, the daughter of Pixar’s Lee Unkrich was no stranger to the industry. Unkrich worked on “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Cars” and “Ratatouille” as an editor, and was a co-director for “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” More recently, he was the solo director of “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” both of which won Academy Awards for Best Animated Film. We caught up with Alice to ask her about growing up in the entertainment industry.

Q: What was it like growing up with a parent in the industry?

A: When I was younger, it wasn’t anything unusual. My dad has been working for Pixar ever since I could remember, so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. It wasn’t until probably “Toy Story 3” that I realized how cool it was that I was so close to someone who created that, but he was always first and foremost my dad.

Q: What was your favorite childhood memory?

A: When I was in sixth grade, my dad had to do press conferences and interviews all around the world. My parents took it as an opportunity to do a big family trip, so my we went all over the place. We went to Spain, Portugal, Germany, Japan, Greece, Ireland, London and Paris. The hotels we stayed at were all paid for by Pixar. We were in the nicest rooms, there was always food and we were treated better than normal people. It helped me realize that not everyone gets to go on trips and travel the world like that.

 Q: How does your dad working at Pixar affect you?

A: I used to go to the premieres, like “Toy Story 3” and “Finding Nemo” and I remember people lined up against the rails wanting my dad’s signature, which was crazy. My dad had been working on “Coco” since I was in sixth grade, so it’s been a huge, huge part of my life.

Alice Century Unkrich. Photo by Sofia Friedman

Q: Do you receive any perks?

A: Oh yeah, for sure. There is no doubt about that, I’m not going to lie. You could say I had the upper hand getting into film school because of my dad. Applying to colleges, I think it helped, but I also like to think I have talent. However, I did end up switching my major to psychology.

Q: Why did you choose to switch your major from film production to psychology?

A: I realized that film was more of a hobby and not something that I wanted to do as a career. I figured that if I wanted to be successful in the film industry, I would probably have to move to L.A. and start off doing commercial stuff, which I didn’t want to be doing. I personally didn’t like the competitive aspect, and I was worried about how secure I would be financially. The chances of it actually making it are slim to none. So I thought about what else there was for me, and I chose psychology because in the back of my mind, I always wanted to be a therapist.

Q: Why didn’t think you would be successful despite your dad’s achievements?

A: It’s not exactly that I thought I wouldn’t be successful, it was more about me realizing that film wasn’t something I wanted to continue to pursue. I stopped enjoying my classes and looking forward to film projects. Creativity cannot be forced because it just doesn’t work the same way. My successes have nothing to do with my dad’s achievements. He worked incredibly hard to get to the point where he is. To be successful in anything, I would have to do the same, regardless of the industry. I think my dream of becoming a therapist will be more rewarding to me in my life than my previous dream of becoming successful filmmaker.

Q: Did you speak to your dad before switching majors? How did he feel about it?

A: I did not speak with him before I changed it. I spoke with my mom, but it had nothing to do with anyone but me and what I wanted for myself. When I did tell him, he said was he was happy to know that I realized what I’m interested in and passionate about. He would never make me feel bad about any decision or want anything differently for me.

Alice and her mom Laura Century Unkrich at the Oscars March 4. Photo by Lee Unkrich

Q: What have you learned so far through your experiences at Chapman University?

A: College is about discovering what you love and who you are. I realized I can enjoy film without having to make it my own career. I think that there is an indefinite amount of times you can change your mind or realize you want something different.

Q: Do people treat you differently?

A: I get attention. When my dad came here, “Coco” was screened before it was actually released in theaters. It was at Dodge and I remember going and there was this huge line. So, I waited way in the back and some people recognized me, because I had posted on Instagram when my dad won the Golden Globe. So they were like “You don’t have to wait in this line” and I was like “No, I do.”

 Q: How do you know that your friendships are genuine despite your status?

A: You just know. You know when people actually want to hang out with you and when people are just interested in your dad.  But there were times when I would wonder why people wanted to be my friend or have weird exchanges with them. A lot of people in Marin have connections to the entertainment and film industry, so it didn’t happen there but is more common here. My friends here are just openly proud about it. Sometimes I’ll meet somebody and my friend will be like “You know her dad directed ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Coco’ and they will be like ‘No way, that’s crazy!’” All of the sudden they will be really interested in me and will want to hang out with me. That’s obvious to me. Once people get to know the real me, my dad doesn’t matter anymore.

Former Starbucks president addresses racially-linked Philadelphia arrests

Former president of Starbucks Coffee Company International Howard Behar sat down with Chapman’s Director of Leadership Studies Mark Maier for a fireside chat Apr. 18. Photo by Ian Craddock


Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks, came to campus Wednesday night intending to speak about servant leadership in the business industry. However, his message was overshadowed by talk of the controversial arrests in a Philadelphia Starbucks last week.

The company has been accused of racial profiling after a manager called the police to remove two black men from the store, who sat inside without ordering anything.

Just minutes into his speech, without pressure or questioning from the audience, Behar broke the silence. He voiced his disappointment in the company and in the handling of the situation.

“It was devastating,” Behar said. “Not because someone made a mistake, but how did we fail? How did we fail as leaders, how could that possibly be?”

He did not take this lightly, because according to Behar, Starbucks is a social company and is all about the people.

“We’re not a coffee business serving people, we’re a people business serving coffee,” he said.

However, he does not blame the individual store manager. Behar believes the top leadership of an organization should take responsibility for mistakes like this.

“We own it. We take responsibility. We take a bullet. It wasn’t that store manager’s fault,” Behar said.

Prior to coming to Chapman, he met with Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz to discuss how the company would move forward. Behar said that Schultz felt as if everything was crashing down around him. He relayed that Schultz is taking the situation personally, with everything he stands for being questioned, but Behar reassured him they would get past it.

“We agreed that [Starbucks] would survive this. We know who we are and we do what we do,” he said.

He expressed his sympathy for the store manager, Holly Hylton, who has stepped down since the incident.

“I can’t imagine what [Hylton] is going through. No matter what she did, it was wrong, but I don’t know her story. I hold her accountable, but also myself and the other leadership,” Behar said. “She’s going to learn a deep price and a valuable lesson, and I hope she takes it to heart.”

Following his talk, the audience was given the opportunity to ask Behar questions. Patrick Hart asked if he felt that rule-following or reconciliation was more important in this situation.

“Reconciliation is more important and there is no question about it,” Behar said. “It doesn’t mean we don’t have policies when it comes to safety and how you treat your people. But besides that we have almost nothing.”

Regarding the racial-bias training Starbucks announced it would mandate for all its employees nationwide May 29, Matt Barraro asked what challenges would come with this.

“The training is not going to solve the problem. What it does is get everyone’s attention. That’s about what you can expect out of four hours of training,” Behar said. “Now, every officer and every manager that comes through the store will be taught through the same voice and establish the same set of values. My belief is that we’re going to learn some valuable lessons about this. It was a wake-up call that we were complacent.”

4 Microwaveable Meals You Can Make in Your Dorm Room

Here are 4 super easy, quick to make meals that won’t break the budget and will satisfy YOUR cravings.

These 8 ingredients will work interchangeably for all recipes listed:


tomato sauce


bread (cinnamon roll flavored)



ready to make pasta noodles



*All recipes can be made in a 1000 Watt microwave. ( Chapman provides 1000 watt microwaves in all dorm rooms.)


1.French Toast

This classic brunch dish features warm, gooey bread poured over a rich mixture of eggs, butter, and milk.  

First, rip the pieces of bread into little cubes, then put it into one of your mugs. Then, melt the butter and mix all of your liquid ingredients into the second mug. Pour your liquid mix over the bread cubes. Microwave the mug in 30 second intervals. Stir after each one.


2.Cheesy Quesadilla

A cheesy Quesadilla can be yours using three simple ingredients. All you need are tortillas, butter, and any cheese of your choice.

Begin by adding one cup of cheese to one tortilla and spreading butter to the second tortilla. Place the two tortillas together. Microwave the tortillas in 30 second intervals or until the cheese is melted.


3.Not your Average E’ryday Pizza

Savory and delicious, these two recipes satisfy all pizza cravings. Simple, fast- add all the toppings you want!

Tortilla Pizza: 

First, add tomato sauce to the tortilla. You can add as much or as little to liking. Then, add (1/2 cup) cheese and toppings of choice. Heat in microwave for 30 second intervals for one minute or until the cheese is melted.



Pizza Bagel:

Start by adding tomato sauce to the bagel slices. Then, add (1/2 cup) cheese and toppings of choice. Microwave bagel slices for one  minute or until cheese is melted.


4.Mac & Cheese


This recipe is a take on a traditional, homemade creamy favorite. It is rich and full of buttery flavor.  It features pasta, butter, cheese,and milk.

Begin by pouring your ( 1/3 cup) Ready Pasta in your mug. Then, add your (1/2 cup) cheese , (half-tablespoon) butter, and   (1/4 cup) milk. Mix everything together. Heat in microwave for 30 second intervals and stir occasionally, until cheese is melted.



Now it’s time to rejoice in happiness and enjoy these new recipes!

Five Tips to Keep You Motivated


Picture by Viktor Hanacek

Here are tips to help you feel motivated when you don’t feel like it anymore.

Motivation comes in two forms, intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation occurs when you push and inspire yourself. On the other hand, extrinsic motivation takes places when outside sources and factors prompt action. It has less to do with yourself, and more to do with others and social pressure. Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, intrinsically or extrinsically, because you remember that college is a FOUR-year thing. That’s okay, graduation may feel like a million years away.  But before you know it you’ll be throwing that cap up, unless of course you had one too many slumps in your college careers. Don’t worry though! We have just the thing to help pull you out before it’s too late! Dr. Daniel Chambliss is a professor of sociology from Hamilton College, in New York, and an award-winning author who provides a few helpful tips on motivation for when you feel notoriously O-V-E-R I-T.

1. Surrounding Yourself with Motivated People

The best way to motivate yourself is to “spend time with people who are exciting and encouraging, and other students who are into their work and like to do it.” On-campus engagements, clubs, sports, and Greek life events are all ways to “find a group of folks who love doing it and try to spend time with them…

Motivating yourself, if people around you aren’t motivated, its really hard.”


Picture by Porapak Apichodilok


2. Perfecting a Routine

Make a date everyday with yourself to start your homework at the same time. Routinizing your homework helps you tackle it because it makes you more efficient and reduces procrastination.    “The trick here is to turn some chunk of work—it doesn’t have to be lots – into a steady habit that, once established, seems like the ‘normal’ way to be,” he says.

3. Asking for Support

Support can be sourced from family, close friends, and those who you can depend on. Dr. Chambliss says “Roommates are crucial…you can work together, at the same time every day, and keep each other honest. Or a ‘study buddy’ whose motivation will supplement yours.” You need to have the right mindset, as well as the “let’s do this together attitude.”

4.Taking Action

Getting your work done in a timely matter and providing yourself structure will ensure success. According to Dr. Chambliss, “If you get on a good schedule, supported by others, of doing your work regularly, pretty soon you’ll start improving a lot, and will feel more positive.”  Improvement could be through your studies on campus or extracurricular activities. A positive mindset is the result of positive behavior. “DO the stuff that produces positivity; you don’t have to just try to THINK IT” he stresses. In the end, you control how you feel and have the power and strength to be efficient and focused.


Picture by: https://blog.cengage.com/how-students-stay-motivated-college/
Motivation Graph


5. Seeing the Bigger Picture

Don’t forget what all your hard work, time, and money has been going toward the past four years. Remember your career, ambitions, and life goals.  According to NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition, college hiring will increase by four percent as compared to last year. 81 percent of the class of 2016 were employed or were motivated to pursue higher education.

It’s time to get work done! Hellooo, motivation station!

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Chambliss, his website will be listed below.




The Biggest Employers of Chapman Graduates

Chapman University’s official LinkedIn profile provides career insights on more than 55,000 graduates. This networking platform connects recent graduates to older alumni employed in a variety of fields from business development to graphic design, in order to provide employment opportunities for former students. As reported by the site, here are the 10 companies that have hired the most Panthers over the past two years.


1. Chapman University

According to LinkedIn.com, 1,326 alumni are hired by Chapman. Therefore, the university is its own top employer for its graduates.


2. United States Navy

Second to Chapman itself is the US Navy with 174 hires. The US Navy offers alumni an abundance of jobs and job opportunities.


3. United States Air Force


The US Air Force connects to 174 Chapman Alumni. This number, according LinkedIn.com, is the same as the US Navy. Both branches offer alumni numerous opportunities.


4. Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is another big company that hires grads. 171 students are hired from this major company making it a leading employer.


5. Boeing

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. Its international company, according to LinkedIn.com, connects with and hires 126 alumni.


6. Brandman University

Brandman University, a private, non-profit university affiliated with Chapman hires 126 alumni. Not all jobs are associated to education, some include technology and communications, too.


7. The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company hires 112 employees through connections of alumni and employees. The Walt Disney Company includes beyond the Disneyland Resort Park and expands onto national and international job.


8. Disneyland Resort

Disneyland® Official Site

The Disneyland Resort, separate from the Walt Disney Company hires 102 employees. This number includes alumni and recent graduates. The Disneyland Resort is only a short distance from campus and is a popular employment spot for current students and recent graduates alike.


9. United States Army     

The US Army employs 89 alumni. Students from various majors are hired for an array of jobs that all differ in skill levels and expectation.


10. Lockheed Martin

Working at Lockheed Martin Corporation

Lockheed Martin employs 84 students. Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technology. According to LinkedIn.com, 84 alumni I have been hired by their company.


If you have any questions regarding careers and jobs after graduation, the Office of Career and Professional Development is available to answer questions. Reach them at:

342 N. Glassell St. (located across the street from DeMille Hall, just south of the Fowler School of Law)

(714) 997-6942


Drop-In Hours: Monday, Friday  2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.