10 Tips and Tricks to Survive a Weekend Music Festival

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, United States. Photo by Andrew Ruiz on Unsplash.

As Chapman students, we are located near some of the best and biggest music festivals in the country – Coachella, Desert Daze, and Outside Lands to name a few. These festivals can bring you together with other music lovers in your area, but if you’ve never attended a festival before, it may be intimidating knowing how to prepare. Here are 10 essential tips students should know before a weekend music festival.

1. Wear comfy shoes

No matter what festival you attend, make sure you’re wearing comfortable footwear. You will be walking and standing for hours on end, so be prepared.  Sneakers, cowboy boots, or comfy sandals are your best option. If you must wear those heels you’ve been dying to show off, make sure you put a gel or padded insole inside so you can romp around and dance to your favorite band without worrying that your feet are going to fall off.  

2. Bring your own snacks and drinks

Festival food may be delicious, but incredibly overpriced. Some festivals will let you bring in your own food and unopened drinks. Take a look at what’s allowed inside and take advantage of what you can bring so that you don’t end up springing $5 for a water bottle. Consider limiting yourself to one vendor-meal per day, which could end up saving a lot of money. If you’re of legal age, bringing your own alcoholic drinks can save you from buying a $10 beer later on.

Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash

3. Do your homework ahead of time

This cannot be stressed enough. You don’t want to be worrying about your calculus homework while you’re grooving to your favorite band. Music festivals are about community and freedom; don’t ruin the experience by procrastinating. I once witnessed my friend dictate an entire essay into her phone and search for Wi-Fi hours before turning it in. Don’t be that person.

Photo by Torian Mylott

4. Look online for resale tickets

Many people don’t think to look at alternative sources for tickets. Websites such as eBay are a great place to find resale tickets at a discounted price. Plus, it has a money-back guarantee in case you’re scammed. Through eBay, I was able to buy a weekend festival ticket for $250 less than face value. Always explore options before buying a full-priced ticket.

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu

5. Bring a backpack or fanny pack

A backpack or fanny pack is an essential. It’s easy to lose things if you’re carrying them in your pockets, and a shoulder purse can get in the way of dancing. The best way to enjoy the festival is hands-free, which is why a small bag or fanny pack are the way to go.

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu

6. Bring plenty of cash

Although credit and debit cards are usually accepted, you will need cash at some point. All vendors take cash and usually do not charge tax if you pay in bills. It is a hassle to fumble through your bag to get your debit card, and can take a while to finish the transaction if the Wi-Fi connection is poor. Avoid the hassle by bringing cash.

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu

7. Explore and check out vendors

Vendors are often one of the most overlooked parts of a festival. Many vendors are local business owners that offer a wide variety of goods. If you want to find something unique and support local businesses, make sure you take time to check out the vendors at a festival.

Photo courtesy of Ashley Goeken

8. Have a copy of the schedule and line-up

Most schedules are posted online, but constantly scrolling through your phone will run down your precious battery life and take you out of the experience. Bands will be performing all day, so bring a physical copy of the schedule to make sure you don’t miss out on any bands.

Photo courtesy of Michael Holmes

9. Bring bathroom supplies

If you find a festival with running water and showers, thank your lucky stars. Most festivals only offer portable toilets. If you want to freshen up after a day of dancing in the sun, bring your own supplies like toilet paper, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer.

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu

10. Have fun!

Now that the stressful  part is over, the most important thing is to have fun. See your favorite artists, spend time with your friends, and enjoy yourself! You won’t be able to experience this magic again until next year.

Photo by Torian Mylott

Five seniors give advice to freshman about what they learned at Chapman

Many students show up for their first day of college wide-eyed and unaware of what will happen during the next four years. Prowl talked to five seniors who have survived the four years of frat parties, horror story roommates, scary professors and the terror of midterms and finals to tell the tale — and give college advice, share experiences and reveal what they wish they had known or done differently.


Jonathan Hernandez, senior business administration major, Captain of Chapman Men’s baseball team.

From: San Mateo, California

My one regret is that I never got to study abroad, but as a college athlete I knew I could never do it. I never thought it would be something I wanted to do but after hearing friends experiences I would have loved to immerse myself in a new culture.

College is a learning experience, but not all my lessons came from the classroom. I became more independent learning how to cook, clean and budget money.

I never had a problem getting classes. It helped being a student athlete, and all the teachers were very understanding. So I would find a friend who has the same major and take your classes together so you have a study buddy and keep each other accountable.

I would tell freshman that you can treat these four years as party years and waste your time and be screwed for the real world or you can take classes seriously and be in a position after school to make good money and have fun for the rest of your life. You have to have a balance. If you want, you can find a party pretty much every day of the week, but you don’t need that. Get your work done and have fun on the weekend.


Sara Utsugi, communication major, libero on Chapman Women’s Volleyball team.

From: Aiea, Hawaii

I wish I had opened myself up sooner and taken advantage of more opportunities. I was pretty closed off my freshman year, so I wish I had let more people in sooner. I also wish that I stopped using volleyball as an excuse not to do things. I told myself that I was tired and didn’t have time to get involved, but if I had really made time to, I could have done so many more things.

I learned that seasons of life come and go so to not be upset or discouraged when things don’t go to plan because there is always something around the corner. I also learned that friendships — the true, lasting, tough-love friendships — are precious and require care and nurturing. And finally, I learned that it’s okay to be selfish. In fact, it’s necessary to be selfish when it comes to the love you show yourself and time you pour into your own growth because in the end, without self love and self respect it’s really hard to live your version of a full and meaningful life.

One reason I came to a smaller school was to avoid the scramble for classes and teacher attention. I would suggest creating at least two or three class schedule options just in case you can’t get in. Also, in the days leading up to your registration date, it’s a good idea to check back in on classes and see which ones are filling up. As for doing well in classes, my best tip is to show up for class both physically and mentally.

It was tempting to blow off homework and studying for hanging with friends, but I am the type of person who will always get my work done — it just might get done at 2 a.m. Find a balance between saying yes and no to invitations but do say yes. The late night runs to Pizza Press and 3 a.m. dorm room hangouts are the memories that you’ll take with you after college is over.


Henry Miller Mein, senior creative writing major

From: San Jose, California

I learned to be more of a people person. A college like Chapman brings with it hundreds of outlets of students and organizations and I was able to build many different connections with diverse students. Whether planning a concert or selling pickles at Picklefest, I managed to influence a lot of people.

Getting to know your professors is always important. This way you can develop a relationship early on. My plan in picking classes has always been to try to be early in registering, but if I’m waitlisted for a class I’ll try to go in and talk to the professor because it is likely you’ll be able to get in.

Try to make a connection with everyone you meet. Some might be small and end up not leading to anything, but a small interaction could also blossom into a long lasting friendship. Knowing a handful of people can help you work through college in times of need.


Serena Steele, senior communication studies major

From: Ontario, California

I wasn’t as involved on campus as much as I would’ve liked to, in part due to that I work a lot during the week.

I learned that my worldview is capable of changing every now and then. Classes and people here have challenged the way I think about myself and life. I come from a low-income, single mother household. There are so many different types of people here with a dissimilar background from mine. I’ve learned that I can’t change some people’s conceptions about welfare or low-income areas, but I can take what they taught me and grow from that.

Learning to ask for help when needed really helps. If you’re struggling with mental health or having familial issues, talk to your professors. Most of them will care and try to help. Also, don’t take any classes before 9 a.m.

You will probably never find the perfect balance. Some weeks, you will probably go out and party every night. Sometimes you’ll be stuck in the library for hours, eyes straining and fingers pounding away at your keyboard trying to make that 11:59 p.m. deadline. Don’t punish yourself over going out, because you need a good story to tell years down the line about that crazy thing you did as a freshman.


Reed Nakakihara, senior double major in accounting and business administration,

From: Santa Ana, California

I’ve learned a lot in college and one of the biggest is time management. From having to study, to going to basketball practice, to hanging out with friends, to doing laundry and cooking food, there is just so much to do. I’m thankful that I had to struggle with all of these things because it made me appreciate and respect what other people endure in life that have way more going on.

My best advice would be to take the classes that interest you. Don’t be so obsessed with the letter grade, rather, focus on understanding the big concepts and how you can use it to help you in the future.

Balance is a big part of freshmen year. You don’t want to have too much of one or the other. Obviously, your academics are important and should come first. My best advice is to work hard in the classroom and then reward yourself by having a good time with your friends whenever you can. As long as that doesn’t become a priority over academics, you will be just fine.

Chapman Alumnus Embarks on European Tour

Cameron Lew, who graduated from Chapman this spring with a major in film production, doubles as lead singer and pianist for a powerful soulful trio: Ginger Root. Lew describes his sound as “aggressive elevator soul.” Ginger Root started making music in 2015 and are now on their first European tour, opening for Texan rock-duo Khruangbin. Lew sat down with Prowl to talk about Ginger Root and how he is preparing for his first tour abroad.

Cameron, Matt, and Dylan play their instruments in a still from Mahjong Room. Photo courtesy of Cameron Lew.

Ginger Root’s Mahjong Room captures youthful expression through multiple mediums, including dance, song, and film. Mahjong Room was directed by Ginger Roots own frontman, Lew. Everyone who worked on this video is a Chapman student. 

Prowl talked to Lew, who graduated in 2018 and is now headed on a European Tour. 

How did you come up with the name for the band?

Ginger Root came from a video of Vulfpeck I was watching late at night. There was this bit about “ginger root” in the video that made me laugh so hard that that phrase got stuck in my head for the next week. Then when it was time to figure out a name for the band, all I could come up with was ‘Ginger Root.’

When did you start Ginger Root?

I’ve been playing music for awhile in various groups, but Ginger Root started two years ago.

How did you all meet?

We all met in high school. There was an after school arts program that we were all a part of, and I had just started making music under the name Ginger Root and had already put out an album. I needed people to help me play these songs live and Matt Carney, who plays drums, and Dylan Hovis, who plays bass helped me out. They’re all quite a bit younger than me, they were freshman when I was a senior in high school, but we all crossed paths and now we’re best buds.

Where can we find your music online?

There are two albums out on streaming services (Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp). I just put out an album this past June, which is all over the internet. My first album is all cover songs, and I actually recorded the entire album in my car. In between classes I would go to Hart Park and record a cover. Sometimes a car would pull up next to me and I would have to stop so people wouldn’t see me drumming in my car. The first cover song I did was on top of the DMAC (Digital Media Arts Center) parking structure, and the cops got called on me for a noise complaint.

What type of covers do you do?

It’s a mix of old and new stuff, but a lot of the old stuff is Motown, The Beatles, or soul. I am a huge Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye fan and any of that stuff is really cool and a great amount of soul for me.

Call It Home reminisces through vintage motown sounds like Stevie Wonder, while also infusing new elements of funk and soul.

How would you describe your sound?

We describe our sound as: aggressive elevator soul. Take that as how you will, if people listen to the music after hearing that description then hopefully they say “oh that sounds about right.”

Matt, Cameron, and Dylan pose in their merch. Photo courtesy of Cameron Lew.

Do you guys have any shows coming up?

We will be leaving for our first European tour this October, where we are opening up for Khruangbin. We start off in England, then Paris. Then we drive up to Brussels , Belgium, Copenhagen , Denmark, and Berlin. This is the start of it, and the shows are sold out so we are trying not to freak out. We do not get a lot of money, but this opportunity is amazing for exposure and the experience is priceless.We are using every opportunity to learn from this first run.

Khruangbin infuses elements of soul and psychedelia with Como Te Quiero, and tells it through a visually striking animation.

Do you have a dream venue/person you would want to play with?

I would love to play a show with Japanese Breakfast, Tennis, or White Denim. My dream venue would be the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Jeanie captures a nostalgic and romantic feeling through somber chords and unchained melodies. The accompanying video takes a fresh and original look at what it means to be in a 21st century relationship. Photo by Cameron Lew.

You can find all of Ginger Root’s music on YouTube, Spotify, and Soundcloud. You can follow Ginger Root on Facebook, Instagram, and on gingerrootmusic.com. Their merchandise is available here


Hold the turkey: How to make a vegan Thanksgiving dish

Thanksgiving is a time for students to take a break from studying, spend time at home and stuff their faces. According to The New York Times, the average American eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving, mostly comprised of turkey, stuffing and gravy. But if you want to save some turkey lives and save some calories, consider trying this vegan recipe this Thanksgiving. Hey, if the president can pardon a turkey, why can’t you?


Cheesy Cauliflower Broccoli Casserole

What you’ll need:

  1. One head of cauliflower, riced
  2. Three cups of roughly chopped broccoli
  3. One tablespoon of olive, grapeseed or avocado oil
  4. One half cup of vegan parmesan cheese
  5. One teaspoon  each of sea salt and  black pepper
  6. Four tablespoons of olive oil
  7. Five  cloves of garlic, minced
  8. One fourth  cup of arrowroot starch or all purpose flour
  9. Two  cups of unsweetened, plain almond milk
  10. One fourth  cup of nutritional yeast
  11. One half  cup of chickpeas (optional)
  12. Two thirds cup of breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit  and grease a nine by 13 inch (or similar size) baking dish
  2. Buy riced cauliflower, or rice one head of cauliflower with a small knife or in a food processor
  3. Lightly steam your broccoli in the microwave in 45-second increments
  4. Next, prepare your sauce. Heat a large skillet on  medium heat. Once hot, add oil and minced garlic. Stir for one to two  minutes, or until light golden brown, then add arrowroot starch and whisk – cook for an additional minute.
  5. Slowly add almond milk while whisking, then cook for two  minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently. The sauce will look clumpy.
  6. Transfer mixture to a blender, along with 1/4 teaspoon  each of salt and pepper, nutritional yeast and vegan parmesan cheese.  Blend on high until creamy and smooth.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed – you want it salty and cheesy, so don’t be shy with the nutritional yeast, salt and vegan parmesan cheese.
  8. Heat a separate skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add one tablespoon oil and cauliflower rice. Season with salt and pepper and stir to coat. Then cover and let cook for two  minutes. Remove cover, stir and cook for one to two minutes more or until slightly softened. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  9. Add the steamed broccoli to the mixing bowl and season liberally with salt, pepper and half of the vegan parmesan cheese. Add more seasoning to taste and stir well.
  10. Add all of the sauce to the mixture and stir to coat. Then transfer to your  baking dish and top with another sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese and all of the bread crumbs
  11. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit  for 20 minutes. Then remove foil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit  for five to 15 minutes more or until bubbly and golden brown.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Sprinkle with any other desired toppings.
  13. Serve  when fresh. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to four  days, or in the freezer up to one month.

Chapman students questioning consumerism

Old is gold for Chapman students like Natalia Ventura, sophomore peace studies major, who prefers plucking used clothes from thrift stores to raiding the racks of Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and H&M for the latest fashion trends. Ventura says she is helping the planet while saving money.


Valentina Pagliari lounging with an impressive collection of her thrifted clothing. Photo by Torian Mylott.

Sustainable shopping is consuming consciously: only buying what you need in ways that minimize one’s carbon footprint, and supporting businesses that treat and pay employees well. While sustainable shopping may involve paying premium prices to designers and companies that go to great lengths to make sure their workers are well paid, it can also involve buying on the secondary market – thrifting, in other words – and that saves money. Some also swap clothes, loan each other needed items, or raid their parents’ closets for retro items.

Shopping sustainably is “overall a greener and more ethical choice,”  says junior film studies major Kamla Thurtle. Kamla likes to shop for thrifted clothing at Buffalo Exchange, Deelux, and Goodwill.

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Ventura rocking some thrifted patterned pants. Photo courtesy of Natalia Ventura.

Many students are taking their passion for sustainable shopping further, like Ventura and Valentina Pagliari, a junior film studies major, who are starting a new club together called “Chapman Thrifties.” This group will be “a platform for Chapman students to come together and talk about sustainability, for them to become aware of where their clothes are coming from, and to instill more sustainable fashion practices into our students,” says Pagliari. The goal is to create more of a dialogue about clothing and “an awareness about how much our clothes affect the rest of the world,” says Ventura. Some of Ventura’s  favorite ways to sustainably shop are through hand-me-downs, upcycling, trading with friends, and thrifting at places like Casa Teresa.


Pagliari posing with a vintage purse she purchased at The Orange Antique Mall. Photo by Torian Mylott.

Sustainability has even come to online shopping.

Pagliari created an Instagram page supporting and connecting thrifting enthusiasts through Depop, an online selling platform where anyone can sell or buy clothes. Pagliari’s passion for thrifting and vintage clothing began in high school where she saw other students “curate their own outfits, instead of copying and pasting an outfit from a mannequin,” she said. Pagliari has been adding her own creativity to her wardrobe ever since. She prefers second-hand shopping to buying new, because she wants her style – which she describes as “rock-n-roll chick  from the 70s that had a baby with a 90s hip-hop tomboy queen” – to be unique. Pagliari said she almost always profits from selling her own clothes. “If something is worth money, why not get money for it?” she said.

Inspired to go thrifting? Here are a few options of cheap sustainable shopping in Orange:

Goodwill 849 S. Tustin St. Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Deelux 132 S. Glassell St. Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Assistance League 124 S. Orange St Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Salvation Army 180 S. Tustin St. Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Casa Teresa 234 N. Glassell St Friday-Sunday & Wednesday – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Orange Antique Mall 118 S. Glassell St. Every day 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.