Subscriptions you need based off of your major

It’s nice to have something to look forward to, and almost everyone loves getting mail. So, a membership to any “subscription box” could be a refreshing surprise each month. The remaining question, is which box to subscribe to? Below are suggested monthly subscriptions for various majors.

Film Majors

Show Biz In A Box

What it costs: $30 per month

What’s inside: Interesting scripts, books, tips, production notices, celebrity contact info and more

Why it’s perfect for film students: It makes anyone who receives it feel like a show business insider and is sure to excite movie fans. Get it here.

English Majors

Book of the Month

What it costs: $12.50 per month with a yearly subscription

What’s inside: A monthly book that matches your interests and favorite genres. Each month, five books will be highlighted on your account and you can choose any of the five you wish.

Why it’s perfect for English students: It allows you to find new books and pushes you to read more novels. Get it here.

Dance Majors


What it costs: From $10 to $75 per month

What’s inside: SOX BOX lets you customize your box by choosing from a variety of options. Your choices lead to your monthly socks and are a fun way to express yourself.

Why it’s perfect for dance students: Dance majors are so busy, well, dancing that they have time for almost nothing else. That includes shopping for socks. This would deliver pairs with ease and also let dance majors show individuality in their outfit choices. Get it here.

Peace Studies Major

Love With Food

What it costs: $8 per month

What’s inside: Eight or more unique snacks that are both tasty and healthy. No artificial flavoring, coloring or MSG is present. Additionally, all snacks are natural, organic or gluten-free. On top of that, the company donates one meal to a food bank in the U.S. every time a box is purchased.

Why it’s perfect for peace studies students: Try new snacks every month before committing to full-size products so you can buy with confidence, and for every snack box you purchase, you are donating at least one meal to a food bank around the country. You can start your good work as a peace studies student today! Get it here.

Communication Studies Major

Sticker Swaps

What it costs: Starts at $10 per month

What’s inside: Ten high quality die-cut vinyl stickers every month, all unique themes and sizes.

Why it’s perfect for communication studies students: Students walk across campus, swinging their Hydro Flasks plastered with stickers. But in case it’s not entirely covered yet, or you’re in need of a fresh look, you can get new stickers monthly to accessorize your water bottle and any other devices. What better way to *communicate* your passions to the people around you? Get it here.

Art/Graphic Design Majors

The Adult Coloring Book Box

What it costs: Starts at $14 per month

What’s inside: Adult coloring pack with six cardstock pages. Markers, watercolor, gel pens, coloring pencils, or crayons all work well with it.

Why it’s perfect for art or graphic design students: While you may love drawing, it can probably get tiring and somewhat stressful. This can reignite your love for art, by making it simple. Get it here.

History Majors

Nostalgia Crate

What it costs: $20 per month

What’s inside: Toys and games from the ‘80s, ‘90s or ‘00s. These will be new and sealed objects and will include various items from the last 30 years. Trinkets may include Furbies, lunchboxes, action figures and Beanie Babies.

Why it’s perfect for history students: A monthly dose of the last 30 years will be helpful and nostalgic for all history majors. Get it here.

Music Majors

Original Vinyl Records

What it costs: $20 per month

What’s inside: Six original vinyl records will be sent monthly. You choose the genres of music you like, and they ship similar music to you each month. The vinyl is checked to make sure that it isn’t scratched and will provide excellent music.

Why it’s perfect for music students: Music is beautiful, and sometimes hearing it on vinyl is the relaxing time everyone needs. Get it here.

Science Majors

Club Scikidz Lab

What it costs: $29.95 per month

What’s inside: Club Scikidz shows people the fun aspects of science through easy projects and experiments. Every subscription has career-based activities that involve various aspects of science and technology.

Why it’s perfect for science students: Science is cool, and the kids’ projects are perfect for a bored college student. Also, they can make a great party trick. Get it here.

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.

“Its ok to not know what to do with your life”

Photo By COD News via Flickr. Photo taken on May 16, 2014

It’s not as easy as going to college to figure out what you want to do. While many students come to Chapman with a career in mind, others feel lost. In fact, according to research done by All About Careers, 52% of college students agreed with the statement, “I have no idea what I want to do”. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Feeling stuck in the curriculum is overwhelming, but success stories, such as Junior Kyle Harrington’s, show that there is hope for the lost.


What was your mentality going into college?

Going into college I knew I wanted to make video games, but wasn’t completely sure what that entailed. There are so many aspects and specialties to a field that come derivatively from other disciplines, but have their own unique factors to consider when specializing.


What were your interests?

Filmmaking, writing, puzzles, and a love for live performance. Prior to Chapman I had directed, acted, and sung for film and theater.


Did you compare yourself to the people around you since you weren’t sure of what you wanted to do?

I went into college putting a lot of trust into the curriculum of what the school recommended. What I ended up finding was that while I had a natural knack for using/learning the skills for Digital Arts, many of the people around me were much more passionate about specializing in visual effect or animation. I had to be true to myself when my grades were slipping that maybe my passion not precisely being art for games was what was getting in the way. I desired deeper coursework to emphasize in a different area. I wanted to focus on writing, game/level design, and direction for interactive media. In terms of my emotions, it’s really not easy to find a proper identity in the school when you spend half your time in the Dodge film school and the other half in the Schmid computer science school. It’s an odd combo with vastly different people. In a way, I ended up forming an identity as someone that was an advocate for this field of study at the school. It always feels validating when someone finds out about my major and gets excited about asking questions about video games or VR. I like to act as a force of gaining interest for my field with what I’m doing.


What is the major that you created? Did one specific thing spark something in you? How’d you do it?

My major is called “Interactive Media Design and Production.” I chose a name that umbrellas AR, VR, interactive theater, 360 video, or other interactive media all together. What spoke to me was growing up around my parents and what they did professionally alongside my love for video games. I saw a lot of what I see in video games at my parents’ jobs. Whether it was an interactive show with characters at a theme park or a website helping firefighters help people quicker, I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. My parents supported and helped me from the very beginning; a lot of the time asking me the hard questions so that I could have a stronger curriculum. The next step was working with my faculty advisor Adam Rote to make sure the curriculum and technicalities of the credits were all in place. The final step was gaining a signature from Janell Shearer, the chair of the Media Arts Division at Dodge, and sending it into the registrar’s office. Due to the great mentorship of the faculty, I was able to get the papers approved on the first pass.


What is something about yourself that makes you proudest?

Creating your own major really is not a piece of cake. It feels like having to prove yourself everyday in the classroom because it really is a privilege and an honor for the school to allow me to do what I do. I had to put some hard work into staying on track to graduate in four years! That’s honestly stressful beyond compare, but I can honestly say that it’s worth it when I know I’m learning what I need to learn and being prepared to take on a real “adult” job when graduating. I’m proud of myself for taking on this challenge and turning myself into the person with a skillset to make my own goals come to fruition. I’d definitely wish that others take advantage of the resources at the school.


At Chapman, the Career and Professional Development Centers have your back through your uncertainty. From scheduling a career appointment to annual Career and Internship expos on campus, your path is important to the school. Go to the Career Center for drop-in visits  or schedule an appointment to get career advising!


Here are a few pointers to find out what your interests and passions are:


Start small:

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You got one more year of college down. This is something to be proud of. However, feeling pressure from your friends and classmates who found jobs and internships is hard to be around if you aren’t even sure the path you’re on is the right one.  

Here are some suggestions on how to start small:

  • make a job listing on Craigslist for dog walking or babysitting
  • Take a walk down a small neighborhood with small businesses and ask for applications
  • Apply for jobs in corporate retail or in the food industry here (Ex: Chipotle, Blaze, Forever 21, etc):


Write down things that you enjoy within your job(s):

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Keep a journal during the job. According to the URMC Medical Encyclopedia, journaling everyday can “Help you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns”. This will help you choose your interests by process of elimination. Think to yourself, “What do I absolutely hate in this job?”


Stay inspired:

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“How do I stop hating people for being more successful than me?”

Don’t compare yourself to others. The comparison trap is your unrealistic perception of someone being more successful than you. At the end of the day, you don’t know what got them there. In an article for 99u by Laura Bacon, she offers an alternate way to approach someone else’s success by asking questions like, “What do I admire about them?”, “What are they modelling for me?”, or “What have they done to get where they are today?”


“Who am I?” tests:

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Maybe you’re impatient and giving yourself time to find your interests via jobs is not ideal. Aptitude tests are popular for all age groups and tell things about your skills that could otherwise go unnoticed by you. The website is one with an abundance of free tests ranging from verbal to quantitative skills. The Guardian created their own personality test. Once completed, there is a guide to help you take your results and apply them to a professional world scenario. Maybe you’ll learn something about yourself that you never knew.



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BREATHE. Take things day by day and your path will soon become more defined.

“Thinking well of yourself is an act of kindness that pays enormous dividend.” – Louise Hay

Exploring Chapman’s Hookup Culture


It’s 11 p.m. at a Risky Business-themed fraternity party. Two inebriated strangers make eye contact from across the room. The rest is history, until the next morning. This is the hookup culture present at Chapman University.


A new sociology study from Occidental College claims that a college environment normalizes hookup culture by posing a false expectation of what “fun” is supposed to be. This leads the stereotypical college experience to revolve around boosting up one-night stands, according to the study.


According to Lisa Wade, the associate professor of sociology at Occidental College and author of “American Hookup,” any interaction you have with a person can trigger a chemical reaction in your body. This reaction can make you crave them for better or for worse.


“You have casual sex at the party for the same reason you take notes or eat in the dining hall. You feel like it’s the right thing to do,” Wade said.


Chapman students share their experience with having one-night stands. Some turned out better than others.


One sophomore psychology major, who chose to remain anonymous, is no amateur when it comes to being in a relationship. When she entered Chapman she unexpectedly caught the feels for someone. Unfortunately the boy that she gave her heart to had other plans.

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“I didn’t know where it was going and after we had hung out for a while, I asked him what was going on between us,” she said. “He said he wasn’t looking for anything until his senior year,” said this anonymous student.


She didn’t just sit around and wait; according to the psychology major, women are attracted to men that they have a good time being around. They want to keep seeing them and hope to be their end game. Her experience with men has jaded her perspective of them.


“Guys don’t want girlfriends in college, but just want to party and get with anyone they can,” she said.


Things didn’t go as smoothly for another anonymous sophomore business major. The female student recalls attending her first fraternity party. What she did not expect was a one night stand.


“He was really down to earth and seemed genuinely interested in learning about me,” this anonymous student said. “I got too drunk and we ended up sleeping together,” she said.


The following day they were smitten. Pillow talk, breakfast, and a trip to the beach later, the student expected to see him again the next day. She was sorely wrong.


“He dropped me off at my dorm that night and that was literally the last time I saw him,” the student said.


According to Wade, if a one-night stand is not reciprocated by either of the individuals involved, it is not healthy. One person is not entitled to determine the rules.


“When we engage in these types of encounters we are starting a relationship and we are always accountable for how we make each other feel,” Wade said. “It’s our job to treat the other person as a person,” Wade said.


An anonymous male business major explains a time where he lead a female student on to believing that their one-night stand would progress into a relationship. At the time, this was not his intention.


“I feel like if I was consistently seeing this girl and then randomly decided to stop talking to her it would be different. We met once and I didn’t expect her to want anything more and I really wasn’t trying to be a typical asshole,” the student said.


According to the male student one-night stands are very normal in college. When one person expects more out of a tipsy hookup, the other person shouldn’t be fully penalized.

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Sophomore public relations and advertising major, Hayley Wierwell says she had trouble with a  hookup-turned one-sided relationship.


“I was walking back to my dorm room and bumped into a guy triggering me to spill water all over myself,” Wierwell said. “He then asked for water and leaned in to kiss me and I turned me cheek and said no,” Wierwell said.


The next time Wierwell ran into her mystery man was at a fraternity party. Confronted for a second time by this stranger, Wierwell gave in. They exchanged numbers and ended up sleeping together. The next morning called for an awkward conversation.


“I looked at him and said this can only be a one time thing because I’m in love with someone else,” Wierwell said.


Wierwell is one of many students who have woken up to find their one night stand is not the person of their dreams, reflecting the findings of the new Occidental study.

This story has redacted the name of a student who chose to remain anonymous on May 16, 2018– the same day the story was posted. 

Five horror stories about missing a final

1. Dubai today, a random city in Texas tomorrow

Photo By: Kyle Rosin

Sophomore business administration major Sherina Mahtani visited a friend in Dubai for her spring break this year. Mahtani had made plans with her accounting teacher to miss the first class after break, but confirmed her presence for the midterm on Wednesday. Unfortunately, her flight had different plans.

“I was sitting in the airport awaiting my flight when all of a sudden a notification popped up on my phone that my flight was delayed three hours,” Mahtani said. “Three hours later I got on the flight that was supposed to stop in Houston before dropping me off in Orange.”

When Mahtani arrived in Houston she planned on getting dinner at the airport during her hour-long layover. Little did she know her dinner would be pretzels, peanuts and a Diet Coke served to her by the flight attendant.

“When we landed in Houston I remember thinking that the plane was stalling a lot,” Mahtani said. “All of a sudden the flight attendant announced that there would be a slight delay due to issues with other flights still at the gate.”

Nearly two hours later, Mahtani exited the plane. She had missed her connecting flight and would have to stay in Houston for the night. Twelve hours later Mahtani arrived back at her apartment with two hours to spare before her accounting midterm. Exhausted, Mahtani decided to take a nap, setting her alarm for 5:00 a.m. instead of p.m. Needless to say, Mahtani missed her exam, but luckily was able to make it up another day.


2. Double Whammy

Photo By: Kyle Rosin


Sophomore dance major Kimara Velvez describes herself as a responsible and time-oriented student. On the morning of her dance final, however, her well-conducted self was scattered through a week of treacherous exams. On even of her last final exam, Velvez said she set an alarm to make sure she arrived to the studio in time to perform; however,  when the alarm went off the next morning, Velvez didn’t. When she did, she realized her eyes opened the same moment the green books did, so she felt she had a fighting chance, she said. She rushed herself to school, and made it to the classroom unprepared and in pajamas. When she walked into the classroom she expected to perform and take the exam in, she waltzed into an empty studio. To Velvez’s unfortunate surprise, her final exam was scheduled the day before, and she had already missed it entirely. Her advice? Make sure to double check, even if you’re not in doubt.


3. The Two Hour Long Red Light

Sophomore studio art major Lydia McGee said she is not the type to miss a midterm under any circumstances, especially when it comes to her art critiques. On that sunny Monday morning, McGee was certain that her art critique would go swimmingly as she packed her bag and got inside her black Jeep Grand Cherokee.

“I was driving down Tustin and passing Trader Joe’s when all of a sudden my car started making beeping noises,” McGee said, adding that suddenly, the car alerted her that the engine was malfunctioning. “I was not in control of the brakes or wheel and I started to completely freak out.The light that I was approaching was red.”

Luckily the emergency brakes allowed McGee to quickly bring the car to a halt, she said,with about five cars behind her combined with being in the middle of the road.

“I watched the light turn from red to green to yellow for two hours as I waited embarrassingly in my car for AAA,” McGee said. Needless to say, McGee never made it to her art critique.


4. Beware the Shrimp

Photo by Kyle Rosin

No one wanted to eat the shrimp served at his friend’s birthday dinner less than Eric Cho.. However, the sophomore business major, who loathes seafood,  l said he decided to suck it up and be polite. Unfortunately, his manners did not pay off.

“I got back to my apartment and started reviewing for my accounting test which was the next morning,” Cho said. “My friend texted me and begged me to come with them to this bar and I thought I would just go for a half hour.”

Fifteen minutes turned into a night out on the town and a horrendous hangover the following morning. Cho woke up on time, showered and quickly dressed himself, he said.

“The hangover wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be,” Cho said. Just as he was about to leave his apartment his stomach made other plans.

“My stomach started to feel a little queasy and then all of a sudden I felt like I needed to throw up immediately,” Cho said. Cho had a horrible case of food poisoning and vowed never to eat shrimp again.

Thankfully Cho’s professor was understanding enough to let him make up his exam the following day.

5. Manic Monday

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Undeclared junior Meriel O’Connell is a soldier in the academic world. During her final exams last semester, O’Connell said she studied adamantly for her introduction to business exam, and spent spending the entire week of finals focusing primarily on this one.O’Connell described the week as “pouring my entire soul into flashcards for one specific exam.”  

When it came time to test, O’Connell said she was confident that she would walk out with a solid A. However, when testing began, O’Connell forgot to shut her phone off and put it away. After a couple vibrations and illuminations of the phone, O’Connell decided to put it away mid-test. Unfortunately, this  happened to be at the exact moment that her professor decided to share a glance. When he noticed the phone, he instantly called her out, and took her exam away.

After the class session, O’Connell explained the scenario to him, and proved her knowledge on the subjects. Her professor then allowed O’Connell to continue testing during his office hours, she said. Always keep your phones off, maybe even before you enter the test room. Talk about a close one!

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.



The best study snacks within 10 minutes of Chapman

Everyone’s had that moment where they’ve been sitting in the library for too long attempting to study, but failing because we can’t focus anymore. That moment is the perfect time to close your textbooks, power down your laptop, and refuel with a study snack! Here are five places within ten minutes of campus where you can grab some tasty treats between finals, featuring some of Developing Human Brain’s top 12 brain foods.

Blue Bowl and Growl Juice Pub

Fruits such as apples and blueberries have been proven to improve cognitive performance and memory, and nuts are filled with nutrients, fats, and carbs that we need to thrive. So, why not combine the two into a delicious acai bowl? Both Blue Bowl and Growl Juice pub offer different combinations of fruit blends and toppings that are combined into a filling, refreshing meal.

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Click here for Blue Bowl’s menu.

Click here for Growl’s menu.


Blue Bowl’s Address and Hours:

417 S Main St

7am-7pm Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays)

Growl’s Address and Hours:

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152-A N Glassell St. 

Monday-Friday: 8am-7:30pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-7:30pm

TIP: If you’re planning on going to Blue Bowl, allow ample time as the line often extends out the door anytime throughout the day, and be sure to park in the neighborhood across the street as the parking lot is very small. If you’re looking for more of a quick bite in between finals, Growl is the way to go.


Mead’s Green Door Cafe


Vegetables are another key food that can help your brain in the midst of the most stressful time of the semester. Mead’s can satisfy your veggie fix with items such as their homemade vegetable and hummus appetizer, the Green Power kale salad, and the Veggie Dee-Luxe pizza.

Photo by Anna Wilson

Click here for Mead’s Green Door Cafe’s menu.


Address and Hours:

642 W Chapman Ave

Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm, Saturday: 8am-8pm, Sunday: 8am-3pm

TIP: If you’re looking to get some fresh air, have a seat on their outdoor patio and enjoy the quirky art installations that give Mead’s its distinguishable charm.

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Thai Towne Eatery


Craving something flavorful and beneficial? Try a curry from Thai Towne Eatery. Turmeric, which is a key ingredient in most curries, is a powerful antioxidant that has been recognized to help just about anything, including fatigue from late night study sessions.

Photo by Anna Wilson


Click here for Thai Towne Eatery’s menu.


Address and Hours:

152 N Glassell St.

Monday-Saturday: 11am-3pm, 4-9pm (closed Sundays)


TIP: Along with your curry, order a Thai Tea for a sweet burst of caffeine.


Brot Coffee Coffee


The dreaded Starbucks line seems to grow even longer during finals, and every coffee shop in the circle seems to have no open space. But caffeine is almost a necessity in order to survive finals. Brot Coffee is just far enough from campus that you won’t face the long lines or crowds, but doesn’t require students to drive all the way across town for a decent cup of Joe.

Photo by Anna Wilson

Photo by Anna Wilson

Click here for Brot’s menu.


Address and Hours:

316 S Main St.

Monday-Friday: 6am-7pm, Saturday: 7am-7pm, Sunday: 8am-6pm


TIP: Not only does Brot serve delicious coffee, but they also have an entire menu dedicated to gourmet toast! There are a total of 16 unique toppings including Irish butter, Plum butter, and of course, the beloved avocado.


Green Tomato Grill


One of the most essential vitamins for energy is B12, and a great source of this vitamin is found in eggs, as well as minerals and fats, according to Developing Human Brain’s list. Green Tomato Grill offers two different egg scramble bowls with ingredients such as bacon, black beans, bell peppers, spinach, and cheese, as well as several different breakfast burritos, chilaquiles, and breakfast tacos all featuring eggs. If you have a morning final, consider stopping in for one of these savory breakfast items to help keep you energized.


Photo by Anna Wilson

Click here for Green Tomato Grill’s menu.


Address and Hours:

1419 N Tustin St.

Monday- Sunday: 8am-9pm

TIP: The breakfast menu is only served until 11am, so if you want one of these delicious egg dishes, be sure to stop in early.

Are the Sandhu ravens raving mad?

Chapman’s most decorated bike rack situated between Sanduh Residence & Conference Center and Henley Hall. Photo by Annie Fisher

Persistent but incompetent home builders annoy residents by covering bikes with sticks.

Ravens trying to build a nest under the Sandhu roof are tormenting second-floor resident Annie Fisher and other students who find their bikes below covered with poop and debris.

A pair of common ravens have been trying to build a nest on a gapped overhang just below Sandhu’s roof for about a month. The debris they collect to construct their nursery falls throughout the day, rap, rap, rapping on dorm windows and accumulating around the bike rack below.

Fisher, who would like to nevermore be bothered by the tapping, rapping and mess, dubbed her avian annoyers with names.

“The boy is called Damien and the girl is Medusa… They are devilish birds and I hate them and they deserve devilish names,” said the sophomore business

Damien and Medusa perched at their unsuccessful nesting site. Photo by Julien Khvang

The pair want to build a home one window away from Fisher’s room but despite their species’ legendary intelligence and problem-solving skills, can’t seem to figure out how to get the sticks they bring to stay on the timbered perch. Yet, they persist.

Their futile home building efforts irk Fisher in multiple ways.

Like the bird in the famous Edgar Allan Poe poem, there is a constant “rapping, rapping” on Fisher’s window made by the sticks they drop. The cawing, most frequent around 7 a.m., sounds like “a screaming child,” Fisher said.

In the wild, common ravens have been known to make their nests on trees and, not unlike the spot they’ve chosen, cliffs under rocky overhangs. In urban settings they make do with what is available, according to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Ornithologist and professor of biology at Chapman, Dr. Walter Piper, offers some insight as to why Damien and Medusa may have failed to produce their nest at this site.

You must understand that humans provide a dizzying array of what look like good nesting sites…. but sometimes are not. So the birds are applying behaviors that they adopted for nature to human structures, sometimes with bad outcome. Also important to know that nest building involves learning, so this may be a young pair starting out, Piper explains.

The love birds might just be too inexperienced and confused to get anything done or realize that there are better nesting sites available

As a result, not only Fisher’s mornings, but also the bike racks below the would-be aerie are taking a hit. Students return to find their rides covered in a hail of sticks.

Chapman’s landscape maintenance team, Brightview, deals with the issue periodically according to Sharri U’ILani Akau, assistant director of Residence Life and First Year Experience.

“This has been an ongoing issue for a while,” Akau said.

Common ravens often re-use the same nesting sites for many years, according to the Seattle Audubon Society. So, there’s no guarantee that they won’t return next year.

The birds “are the definition of insanity because they are doing the same thing over and over again and trying to get a different result, but there’s not a different result,” said Samantha White, a sophomore graphic design major and Fisher’s dorm mate.





The band aid for Chapman counseling staffing problem

Some Chapman students whose issues aren’t considered pressing don’t always necessarily get turned away from SPCS, but they seldom go knowing they could be taking the opportunity away from others. Photo by Danielle Konovitch

Chapman University is compensating for the surprisingly low student-to-counselor ratio by taking a new holistic approach to advance health and wellness for students.  

The Student Government Association and Student Engagement are expanding the amount and frequency of recreational fitness sessions on campus, and a newly-hired full-time Program Coordinator for Student Engagement will start spearheading itineraries this summer, said Assistant Director of Student Engagement Mike Keyser. SGA President Mitchell Rosenberg is meeting with senior advisors with a formal proposal to double the size of the fitness center, according to Keyser.  

“We’re trying to connect working out to more than just looking good,” Keyser said. “Fitness satisfies social and physical needs as well as it revitalizes students’ mental health.”

As of spring 2018, Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) balanced a counselor-to-student ratio of 1:1310. This ratio includes both undergraduate and graduate students on Chapman’s main campus as well as the Rinker Health Science Campus, according to Director of SPCS Jeanne M. Walker, Ph.D. The counselor-to-undergraduate student ratio was roughly 1:980 this spring, according to Walker.  

Student Psychological Services has recently hired two new full time equivalent counselors, one of which is specifically for the Rinker Health Science Campus, so the ratios are expected to be better next year, Walker said.  

“The new model counseling services is grappling with will assist students on a need basis and on the level of the crisis,” Keyser said. “The new staff will help manage the amount of people and I anticipate that the students who need less specialized attention will lean toward our new upcoming fitness programs and events.”  

More yoga on the lawn wouldn’t help the issues a lot of students have, said junior public and advertising major Meagan Donovan.  

Donovan stopped utilizing Chapman’s counseling services for generalized anxiety because she felt she was taking the opportunity away from someone else.  

“No one ever explicitly said I couldn’t be seen, or I couldn’t be helped,” Donovan said. “But it made me uncomfortable from the beginning knowing there is a waitlist of people who many need more help than I do.” 

Talking it out would be the most useful way to cope with anxiety, Donovan said.  

“I like kayaking and yoga on the lawn, but these activities wouldn’t necessarily help the issues I was being seen for,” Donovan said.  

A residence advisor who wishes to remain anonymous to not jeopardize her position said she had been turned away from the counseling center.

“I was nowhere near suicidal but in desperate need to talk to someone, and basically they told me they can’t see me within the week unless I’m about to kill myself or harm someone else,” the student said. “They said to seek counseling elsewhere if possible because they won’t be able to see me for a few weeks.”

By the time the student finally received an email a month later saying she could make an appointment, she didn’t need to talk to anyone. 

Chapman’s Student Psychological Counseling Services Office didn’t respond to request for comment by deadline.  

As of spring 2018, Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) balanced a counselor-to-student ratio of 1:1310. Photo by Danielle Konovitch