15 Fantastic Films You Can Find at the Leatherby Libraries

Many students may not know this, but deep within the shelves on the third floor of the Leatherby Libraries is home to a true gold mine of movies. Here’s a list of 15 films worth checking out that you can’t find on services like Netflix or Hulu, but can easily access through our school library.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Starting off with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey– it can be a hard sell to any casual movie watcher. It’s three hours long and may not have as high energy as the countless other science fiction films that it inspired. That being said, 2001 the equivalent to “cinematic vegetables” for any film lover, it’s sort of a required viewing. If you ever have three hours free on a weekend, find the biggest screen you can, and prepare to go on a journey unlike any other with this cinematic masterpiece.

The Big Lebowski

The Leatherby Libraries is home to many Coen brothers films that are all worth watching, but one stands out from the rest as their best work yet. The Big Lebowski is one of those rare films that gets better and better upon each rewatch. Weren’t a fan the first time? Give it another shot, and if you have never seen this film before, college is the perfect time to be introduced to Jeff Bridge’s career defining role as the Dude.

Big Trouble in Little China

A vastly underrated cult classic from the mind behind Halloween and The Thing, John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China is an absolute blast to watch. Taking inspiration from the great kung-fu Chinese blockbusters, Big Trouble in Little China centers around the iconic Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) as he slings one-liners and “shakes the pillars of heaven” in Chinatown, San Francisco. The film’s not all spectacle and amazing fight choreography, Carpenter also presents a satirical yet thoughtful commentary on the ‘white savior’ protagonist that plagued, and arguably still plague, films like these, which makes the film all the more enjoyable.


Before director Ryan Coogler dominated pop culture with the hit Black Panther, he directed one of the greatest installments in the Rocky saga, Creed. Better bring some tissues to this one, because Creed will make you cry, but it will also make you cheer. Got an exam or a project coming up that you don’t feel confident about? Watch this film and you’ll be ready to take on the world! It’d also be appropriate to watch this film before the Adonis Creed returns to the ring this Thanksgiving in Creed II.


When discussing great noir films, Edgar G. Ulmer’s Detour isn’t brought up as much as it should be. A nightclub pianist hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles. One day, he accepts a ride from a gambler, but then the driver unexpectedly dies. From beginning to end, Detour is boiling with enough tension and suspense to keep you engaged. The film is a tight 67 minutes, so it never bores you by drawing out the mystery.


Halloween’s just around the corner and why not celebrate by watching something old school… really old school. Tod Browning’s Dracula is one of the few of Universal’s early monster movies that still hold up today thanks to its eerie tone and its excess of gothic aesthetics. This film shaped the image of Count Dracula in pop culture today, so it’s a must watch for any vampire fanatic!

Godzilla (Gojira)

Everyone knows the king of the monsters, but not many have experienced his very first foray on Tokyo. Ishirô Honda’s 1954 classic is a unique film that can be both entertaining to watch with friends. You can have fun watching a dude in a rubber suit kick through a miniature city, or it can be viewed through the lense of the film being an allegory of the nuclear bombs being dropped in Japan, which makes the experience a whole lot deeper.

Howard the Duck

The Leatherby Libraries may offer some of the greatest films to ever hit the silver screen, but it also contains a few of its worst. Why would anyone recommend the George Lucas (yes, that’s right, that George Lucas) produced Howard the Duck then, you may ask? Well, Howard the Duck is a special case where The film goes through so many levels of horrible, it’s actually quite entertaining to watch. It’s really telling of how that director Willard Huyck has never directed a film since Howard the Duck. He knew he could never top this. Grab some friends and really make a night of of this film by questioning how something like this could’ve been made.

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Listen, a Wes Anderson film was bound to make it onto this list, have you ever met a Dodge student? Out of all of Anderson’s films in the library, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is the film worth checking out, not only because it’s one of his best, but also because it works as a great introduction to Wes Anderson style for those who have never seen one of his films before. Anderson’s stylization in an aquatic setting along with the heart and humor from its large cast of characters leads to really charming film. Bill Murray gives one of his best performances as Steve Zissou, who’s essentially Jacques Cousteau, but a lot more emotionally messed up. If this film doesn’t make you want to go out and explore and celebrate life, then who knows what will.

Lost in Translation

That’s right, back to back Bill Murray. Life Aquatic was one of Bill Murray’s best performances, but Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation takes the cake as Bill Murray’s greatest yet. Sofia Coppola paints such an atmospheric picture of Tokyo in this film, really making it a character of its own. How can a city so busy have so much loneliness? How can a relationship so subtle and underplayed feel so romantic? The film may be too methodically paced for some, but if you’re willing to be patient with it, Lost in Translation will reveal its beauty.

The Master

If there’s one word to describe Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, it’s hypnotic. While the film doesn’t name drop the cult itself, it’s about Scientology. Now this film is in no shape or form in support of the church, but more of character study and a twisted deconstruction of the human consciousness and the desire to be the greatest one can be. Joaquin Phoenix is at his all time best in this film- if you want to get a glimpse of the levels of madness he can reach before you watch his performance as the Joker next year, you should definitely give this film a watch. If you like strange yet thought provoking movies, then this will be right up your alley.

Mon Oncle

Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle is just a delight, there’s nothing else to it. Don’t let that fact that it’s a French film scare you away, because there’s close to no dialogue. It spends more time letting the viewer have fun with the eccentric characters and physical gags, and less so on reading the subtitles. The film is simple yet imaginative, and so wholesome in its comedy. If rainy days ever existed in Southern California, then this film would be a perfect watch during one.

Planet of the Apes

A landmark in science fiction cinema, Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes presents the ultimate “what if” and is the perfect film to watch or revisit in a post Black Mirror culture. While there are some cheesy situations, the film presents an impressive commentary on the relationship between religion and politics. It deconstructs the power of organized religion and the patriarchy in society and  it can lead to ignorance of those who refuse to see, hear, or speak the truth. Pretty clever, huh? Yeah, bet you didn’t think you’d get that out of a movie with a bunch of gorillas riding horses!

Singin’ in the Rain

Everyone knows this one, but Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain had to be included purely because, as shocking as it is, it’s nowhere to be found on any big streaming service! Thankfully the Leatherby Libraries’ got you covered when it comes to the best musicals. Honestly, what hasn’t been said about this film? The music is so catchy and timeless, and the choreography is spellbinding. If you haven’t seen this classic yet, head to the library as soon as you can to check it out!


Almost everything you’ve seen in popular cinema has been inspired by Akira Kurosawa, he’s one of the most influential directors when it comes to telling a grand story. All of Kurosawa’s samurai films are worth checking out since the Leatherby Libraries owns his entire filmography, but Yojimbo is the perfect first step into his feudal Japan epics. Yojimbo is not nearly as long as some of his other films, but it still carries the same amount of style and gravitas in its drama. If you’ve seen any western out of the 1960s and 70s, or even films like Star Wars, you’ll notice various aspects come from films like Yojimbo.

Still not sold? No worries, these are just a handful of the amazing films you can easily get access to at the Leatherby Libraries! If you ever have some time on your hands, explore all that they have to offer and you may just find a cinematic gem of your own. Have fun watching!

STD stats continue to spike – and with deadly consequences

The Chapman Student Health center offers free condoms to help students make safer sex choices. Photo courtesy of Karina Cardenas.

Despite a stunning rise in sexually transmitted diseases, many Chapman students are not taking the necessary precautions to prevent them.

The California Department of Public Health announced this year that the state was grappling with a roaring STD epidemic, with people less than 25 years old contracting 54 percent of all new chlamydia infections and 33 percent of all new gonorrhea cases. Syphilis had skyrocketed, with a 600 percent jump in the number of women diagnosed with the disease between 2012 and 2017.

One in four adolescent females has an STD, such as chlamydia or human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts, and, in some cases, various cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Yet, most Chapman students discount their risk.

“I usually wear condoms. Sometimes in the spur of the moment, I forget,” said J.L, a senior business major, who asked that only his initials be used for privacy reasons. “I haven’t gotten tested since last year.”

“I’ve honestly never gotten an STD check,” said Lieu Madayag, a sophomore political science major, Madayag said this is because she has only had sex with one person, whom she trusts and has been with for two years.

A., a senior psychology major with HPV, said she has no idea how she contracted the virus.

One in four adolescent females has an STD, such as chlamydia or human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes genital warts, and, in some cases, various cancers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Photo courtesy of Karina Cardenas.

“[I didn’t always use a condom] my sophomore year, which now haunts me because I have to take medicine still to this day, two years later,” said A, who prefers to go by her first initial for privacy reasons. While HPV is usually burned or frozen off, A said she uses a gel for whenever her genital warts reappear.

While men also face risks, women have the potential to wind up with pelvic inflammatory disease, fertility problems, and may even be at a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, according to the CDC.

Their children may also face risks.

Last year, there were 283 congenital syphilis cases, including 30 stillbirths, in California, an increase of 32 percent over 2016, according to the CDPH.

Chapman Health Center Director Jacqueline Deats estimates the Center receives about 600 inquiries a year about STD screenings. She declined to release statistics concerning test results.

Each student following up with an examination will shell out roughly $50 for the test, but the price may rise, depending on the type and number of tests administered.

The Health Center offers a four-panel screening for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. Once a student receives a positive diagnosis, the process is far less cut and dried.

The health center will offer medication and services for less serious infections, but more serious cases are referred to specialists or third-party practices, Deats explained.

New mutated strains of gonorrhea, resistant to antibiotics or mainstream medications, are a special concern, as they can prove deadly, noted Deats.  

Yet, some students continue to see STDs as no big deal.

“I make sure who I sleep with is clean, I ask them and trust them. If I got an STD, I’d be fine, it’s not the end of the world [because] there is medicine,” said Adam, a senior broadcast major, who prefers to go by his first name only.

A 2016 study revealed 42 percent of 3,953 adolescents and young adults who had sex and did not get tested assumed they were not at risk for an infection according to the Journal of Adolescent Health.  

Dani Smith, Director of P.E.E.R. (Proactive Education Encouraging Responsibility) and Health Education at Chapman, said a feeling of invincibility is common in young people.

“This feeling or thought that nothing will happen to them,  or that they are somehow immune, is one of the reasons why college students engage in high-risk behaviors,” Smith said.

A. found out the hard way she was not invincible.

I know HPV doesn’t define me as a person,” she acknowledged, “but it completely destroyed me.”

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.

Five Things You Should Know Before Visiting the New Hello Kitty Cafe

Customers form a line outside Irvine’s Hello Kitty Grand Cafe


Looks like the cat’s out of the bag.

On September 14, the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe at the Irvine Spectrum Center opened its doors to fans and spectators alike. The first of its kind, the shop sells pastries, sweets, a variety of drinks, and merchandise adorned with Sanrio characters. Despite being the source of many Insta-worthy shots, what else should one expect when walking into the Hello Kitty-themed cafe? Here’s what you should know:

  1. There is a (Pricey) VIP Section

Across from the cafe’s entrance is a white door decorated with a golden bow. This is the entrance to The Bow Room, an exclusive tea room that comes equipped with a bar and cushioned seats.

The Bow Room entrance adorned by a golden bow

There is a $55 fee for entering The Bow Room and reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins may be accepted depending on availability. The tea sets accommodate two people, which means that no odd-numbered parties are accepted. Tea sets offered include fresh fruits, sweets, and an extensive tea
selection. Cocktail hours begin after 5:00 p.m. and Hello Kitty style alcoholic beverages are sold such as the Aloha Kitty and the Whisker Sour. No person under 21 is allowed in The Bow Room during
cocktail hours.

Tea sets offered include fresh fruits, sweets, and an extensive tea selection. Cocktail hours begin after 5:00 p.m. and Hello Kitty style alcoholic beverages are sold. No person under 21 is allowed in The Bow Room during cocktail hours.

2. Waits are Long 

Customers prepare to enter the cafe.

The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe does not take reservations (excluding The Bow Room). A single cash register does the job, which results in a wait time of about 45 minutes. The good news? Most of the goodies are ready to go, but some sweets require extra cooking. The mini donuts for example, take a quick four minutes to perfect.

3. Seating is Limited


A family enjoys their pastries inside the cafe.

There are a total of 10 seats inside the cafe, and they’re typically arranged as individual tables of two or three seats. However, some customers, like those pictured above, will utilize more than one table to accommodate their party size. Chances are, you’ll end up taking your goodies to go.

  1. Be Prepared to Splurge 



Displays of sweets offered by the cafe.

While iced teas, lemonades, espressos, and blended drinks range from $3 to $5.50, desserts such as a small strawberry cake and a lemon tart can cost from $4 to $15 each. The Hello Kitty Cafe menu also contains seasonal specials such as the lemon honey pocket pie for $4.75. 

Fans can purchase Hello Kitty gear that is sold inside the business.

Interested in purchasing Hello Kitty Cafe merchandise? A sequin bow costs an impressive $30, while a Hello Kitty plush is valued at $25.

5. Nut Allergies? Be Careful

A Food Allergy Notice is plastered on the cashier’s counter for customers to view.

There are traces of nuts in the majority of the pastries and sweets offered at the Hello Kitty Cafe. Nut-free and gluten-free drink options are available, so make sure to ask the employees about the beverages available. 

Shoppers can observe the production of mini donuts through a glass window near the front of the store.

Taking these elements into consideration before planning your visit to the Hello Kitty Cafe will have you prepared for anything. Enjoy your trip!

All photos by Jennifer Sauceda








Top 10 Halloween Costume Predictions of 2018

Still deciding on a costume for Halloween? According to the internet, these are the top 10 trends likely to be at every Halloween party

1. Black Panther

A comic con cosplayer dressed as Okoye, Dora Milaje warrior from the Black Panther movie and comics. Photo via Flickr user Gage Skidmore

Black Panther had an over $700,000,000 grossing in the theaters since its release in February, followed closely by Infinity War, so you’ll definitely see more than a couple of superheroes on duty.

2. Incredibles

A family of cosplayers as Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, and Dash. Photo via Flickr user Cory Doctorow

Speaking of superheroes, this incredible family returned with Incredibles 2 after 14 years of hiding, so there might be more than one that dashes in.

3. Vines/Memes

“It’s Wednesday my dudes.” Photo courtesy of Megan Ferguson

Vines have become a universal language to millennials and gen z, so this Halloween might have you welcoming your friends with a “Hi Welcome to Chili’s.”

4. Fortnite

Cosplayers dressed in various Fornite skins. “Fortnite at E3 2018” by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This video game became increasingly popular over the past year so you better have those dances down by Halloweekend if you are planning on wearing one of these skins!

5. 90’s Icon

Group impersonating the Spice Girls. Photo via Flickr user Bruce

Halloween is always a great time for a throwback, and what’s a fiercer group costume than the spice girls?

6. Trump Supporter

Cosplayer dressed as Donald Trump in Ancient Roman Times. “Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2016” by istolethetv is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Want a scarier costume than the Nun? All you’ll need is some fake tan and a blond tupé.

7. Mamma Mia

Trio dressed as Donna and the Dynamos. Photo via Flickr user Andrew James

Here we go again with the ABBA-inspired costumes. The recent release of Mamma Mia 2 has brought a whole new wave of dancing queens!

8. Youtubers

Youtubers Alfie Deyes (Left) and Jake Paul (Right) on stage during one of many YouTube conventions. By Web Summit (DSC_3759) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Youtube has become a whole new way to get your TV fix with shows like life chats with Trisha Paytas and documentaries with Shane Dawson.  Just make sure to steer clear of any Paul brothers that show up.

9. Unicorns/flamingos

Simple unicorn headpiece costume. Photo via Flickr user Cristiano Valli

Unicorn and Flamingos will be transitioning from their summer jobs as pool floaties into full-blown costumes this fall.

10. Soundcloud Rapper

Tattooed man rapping in a convenience store. Photo via Unsplash user Corey Motta

Greet people with a simple “Hey, you should check out my playlist on Soundcloud” and when people ask you who you are, your only response should be “You already know who it is.”

The 10 Stages of Parking at Chapman

Stage 1: “How did I get to campus so fast? Maybe I will have enough time to get Starbucks before class.”

Stage 2: “Oh there’s a spot… UGH stupid motorcycle!”

Stage 3: “They would add 20 reserved spots for guests….technically I am a guest right?”


Stage 4: “WHY do people think it is okay to drive 80 mph in a parking garage?!”


Stage 5: “Yes please, walk slower. I don’t have to get to class or anything.”


Stage 6: “YES I found one” *someone steals it*


Stage 7: “I’ll just wait here and stalk someone walking to their car”


Stage 8: “I’ve been driving in circles for 20 minutes”


Stage 9: “Screw it I am parking illegally”

Stage 10: “I give up, I am parking in Dodge/Narnia and walking”


9 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

Many Chapman students love spending time at “the happiest place on Earth,” with some even considering themselves experts on all things Disney. Test your Disney knowledge with these nine lesser-known facts that you can whip out during your next trivia night.

1. The Bench That Started it All

Do you ever wonder where it all started? The bench that Walt Disney sat on when he came up with the ambitious idea of Disneyland is still in the park today. The bench from Griffith Park is on display in the Opera House lobby. 

2. The Haunted Mansion’s Fallen Bust

Photo courtesy of HarshLight on Flickr

If you’ve ever been on the Haunted Mansion ride you’ll probably recognize these singing busts. The face projected on the fallen bust is Thurl Ravenscroft, the famous voice of Tony the Tiger. Although it may not be obvious, next time you ride The Haunted Mansion look closely for the singing busts because “They’re Gr-r-reat!”

3. Flight Restriction

One thing you won’t see at Disneyland is airplanes, as the park received a flight restriction in 2003. No aircrafts are allowed to fly below 3,000 feet or within three miles of the theme park. 

4. The Everlasting Light In Walt’s Apartment

One of the first things people see as they walk into Disneyland is the fire station. The apartment above the fire station was built when Walt realized he needed a place to stay while working in the park. If you look closely, you’ll see a lamp peeking out of the window. The lamp is always shining to represent the ever-present spirit of Walt Disney. 

5. Tomorrowland Plants

Disneyland is known for their delicious and overpriced food, but Disney’s menu goes a bit further than advertised. If you’re looking for a cheaper option than a $4 churro, all of the plants in the futuristic world of Tomorrowland are edible.  

6. The Time Capsule

There are two time capsules within the Disney parks that serve as a reminder of Disney’s humble beginnings and the hopes for the future. One time capsule is buried in front of the famous Sleeping Beauty castle, and the other in California Adventure on Buena Vista Street at the entrance of the park. 

7. The Lilly Belle Car

An iconic part of Disneyland’s railroad is the car named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, the “Lilly Belle.” It’s hard to catch a ride on the Lily Belle because it is only available to the public for one ride each day. 

8. A Winnie the Pooh Secret

The Winnie the Pooh ride was built where the Country Bear Jamboree once was. Fortunately, three characters from the Jamboree are still keeping their history alive. You can spot them if you turn around in your cart right before you enter the Hunny Heaven room on the ride.

9. The Little Man of Disneyland

Photos by Julianna Franco unless otherwise noted.

Although many trees are in Adventureland, the tree in front of the Indiana Jones ride entrance is special. If you look closely this tree is the home of Patrick Begorra, The Little Man of Disneyland. Patrick is a leprechaun from the Disney Little Golden Book “The Man of Disneyland”. 

Our 12 California general election propositions – simplified

California’s  general election is Nov. 6. Do you know how you will vote? Here are the 12 California propositions in simple, easy to understand terms.

We have a proposition for you. Actually, we have 12 — or 11, depending on whether you count one that was withdrawn but will still appear on your ballot. The 12 propositions range from whether local governments can impose rent control to abolishing daylight savings time in California, should the federal government permit it. If you plan to vote you must be registered by Oct. 22, and you can do so here.

A “yes” vote supports a proposition and a “no” vote opposes a proposition.

Proposition 1:

Issues $4 billion in general obligation bonds for housing-related programs, loans, grants, and projects and housing loans for veterans.

  • $1.5 billion for Multifamily Housing Program for low-income residents
  • $1 billion for loans to help veterans purchase farms and homes
  • $450 million for infill and transit-oriented housing projects
  • $300 million for a farmworker housing program
  • $300 million for manufactured and mobile homes


Proposition 2:

Authorizes using from millionaires’ tax for $2 billion in bonds towards homelessness prevention housing. Approves existing law establishing the No Place Like Home Program that finances permanent housing for individuals with mental illness who are homeless or at risk for chronic homelessness. Amends Mental Health Services Act to authorize transfers of up to $140 million annually from existing Mental Health Services Fund to the No Place Like Home Program.

Homeless peoples’ tents set up on a Los Angeles street corner. Photo from Wiki Commons.


Proposition 3:

Issues $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds — typically taxes — for water-related infrastructure and environmental projects.

  • $3.03 billion for safe drinking water and water quality
  • $2.895 billion for watershed and fisheries improvements
  • $940 million for habitat protection
  • $855 million for improved water conveyance
  • $685 million for groundwater sustainability and storage
  • $472 million for surface water storage and dam repairs


Proposition 4:

Authorizes $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds to provide for the Children’s Hospital Bond Act Fund. The fund would be used to award grants to children’s hospitals for construction, expansion, renovation and equipment projects.

  • $1.08 billion to eight nonprofit hospitals
  • $270 million to five University of California general acute hospitals, including hospitals at UC Davis, UCLA, UCI, UCSF and UCSD
  • $150 million to public and private hospitals that provide pediatric services


Proposition 5:

Allows homebuyers who are 55 years old or older, who are severely disabled or have a contaminated or disaster-destroyed house to transfer the tax-assessed value from their prior home to their new home, no matter the new home’s location in the state or the number of moves. If the This gives homeowners — age 55 and older — a property tax break. Eligible homeowners could transfer the taxable value of their existing home (with some upward adjustment) to a more expensive home, or if an eligible homeowner moves to a less expensive home, the taxable value transferred from the existing home to the new home is adjusted downward.


Proposition 6:

Repeals the 2017 transportation law’s taxes and fees that pay for repairs and improvements to local roads, state highways and public transportation. Requires legislature to submit any measure enacting taxes or fees on gas or diesel fuel, or to operate a vehicle on public highways, for electorate approval before going forward.


Proposition 7:

Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight savings time if federal government allows.. Establishes the time zone designated by federal law as Pacific Standard Time (PST) as the standard statewide time.


Proposition 8:

Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on the source of payment for care. Calls for dialysis clinics to issue refunds to patients or patients’ payers for revenue above 115 percent of the costs of direct patient care and healthcare improvements. Asks for rebates and penalties if charges exceed the limit, and annual reporting to the state regarding clinic costs, patient charges and revenue.


Proposition 9:

Asks government to divide California into three states. Removed from the ballot.


Proposition 10:

Allows local governments to regulate rent. Allows policies that would limit the rental rates that residential property owners can charge for new tenants, new construction and single-family homes.


Proposition 11:

Allows ambulance providers to ask for workers to remain on-call during breaks paid and regulates timing of meal breaks for these employees. Calls for employers to provide training for certain emergency incidents, violence prevention, mental health and wellness and asks for employers to provide employees certain mental health services.


Proposition 12:

Bans sale of meat from animals (veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens) confined in spaces below specific sizes. Calls for egg-laying hens be raised in a cage-free environment beginning Dec. 31, 2021.

Chickens confined to a small cage. Photo from Wiki Commons.


Register to vote in the state of California here, or log on to your My Chapman Student Self Service and click on the TurboVote link available. Remember, registration ends Oct. 22 and the election takes place Nov. 6.

All GIFs courtesy of GIPHY.


What’s Your Hydro-Identity?

The trend of the Hydro Flask on Chapman’s campus is beyond the bottle itself. Is the fad revolved around staying hydrated and saving the environment? Or is it all about representing one’s identity through decorations like stickers?

We found six panthers who shared their Hydro-identity through talking about their trendy reusable bottles and sticker designs.

Photo by Lily Currin

Samantha Jabour, sophomore communication studies major

“I bought a Hydro Flask because it was on sale, and the sticker designs effectively describe what I’m all about. My favorite sticker is ‘Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic, when you can just be quiet?’ because it is my philosophy.  Most of my stickers my roommate actually designed for me,” she said.


Photo by Lily Currin

Luke Edwards, sophomore communication studies major.

“I think my sticker designs could be described as nerdy – like how I want to be Batman and have all the cool gadgets, or how I’m a Star Wars fan because one of the characters in the movies shares my name. It really matches me, especially this [displayed] sticker because it shows that I hope to be in a career revolving around social justice,” he said.


Photo by Lily Currin

Ally Haase, junior biological sciences major.

“I got my Hydro Flask because I was told to get a durable water bottle when I was on a mission trip in Mexico building houses. My stickers are all pretty random, but I think my Hydro is a big conversation starter, for example fellow science majors are drawn to my big periodic table,” she said.

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Natalie Neffner, junior psychology major.

“I think I’ve had about two or three Hydro Flasks given to me as gifts. I feel like people that have them are outdoorsy and like exercising. My stickers show that I love the outdoors and swimming,” she said.


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Kameron Graylee, sophomore undeclared major.

“I only have one sticker because the Angels are my favorite team. They have my full support. I originally bought a cheap sticker from Walmart but it didn’t even come with a sticky side. So I had to buy a couple from Amazon instead,” he said.

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Hunter Jowell, sophomore political science, peace studies, and Spanish triple major.

“I only put these stickers on because my friend bought them for me. I drop my Hydro a lot, and every time I feel really bad so I just try covering up the dents with more stickers,” he said.