10 Tips to Land an On-Campus Job

On-Campus Jobs

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On-Campus Jobs

Cynthia Wang, a freshman creative producing major, is an assistant in the Office of the Provost, one of the many on-campus positions at Chapman. Photo by Carlee Correia.

A quarter of Chapman’s 8,542 students have on-campus jobs, according to the Student Employment Office. These jobs may pay above minimum wage, are conveniently located within minutes of classes, and provide opportunities to form connections with other students and professors. To land one of these competitive and coveted positions, read on.

1. Use Your Connections

If you know anyone who is a current or former employee or student at Chapman, reach out to them. “I contacted a family friend who works at Chapman. He told me they were looking for a new student worker and within the first week of school I had an interview and was hired on spot,” said Sophia Fisher, a student manager of men’s basketball at Chapman. Other common jobs on campus include a student grader and teacher’s assistant. Reach out to your professors to see if they have any job positions available. You won’t have to compete with other applicants and you build a stronger relationship with your professor.


2. Always Look for New Postings

New on-campus job postings go up frequently, so check for new postings on the daily. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of securing an interview. Employers get swarmed with applications within the first few days of a job posting. If you are one of the first to apply, you’re ahead of the competition. To get an advantage over other fall semester applicants, look for jobs during your summer vacation, which is when many employers are looking to hire so as to have hires in place for fall.


3. Apply to Jobs Within Your Specific College

“Sharing a floor with faculty members at your college gives you professional insight,” and offers the opportunity to network with administrators and professors,” said Preston Tholan, a front office assistant at the Dodge College admissions office. Colleges look for students with extensive knowledge of their college, programs and operations. If you are already a student within the school or college, you have a leg up on the other candidates. “Whether it be directly or indirectly, I definitely think being a Dodge student helped me get my job at Dodge because I already had previous knowledge of the school,” said Tholan.


On-Campus Jobs

Entrance to the Dodge college admissions office where students and parents meet for tours and inquiries about the application process. Photo by Carlee Correia

On-Campus Jobs

Preston Tholan, a junior screenwriting major, works with 10 other student employees, each one representing a different Dodge major. Photo by Carlee Correia.


4. Design Your Own Resume

Your first instinct is to pull up Google Docs and click on the “resume” template. Resist this urge. On-campus employers are accustomed to seeing the same resume template time and time again. Be unique with a custom-designed resume (we recommend Canva!). Also, stop by the Chapman Career and Professional Development Center for free advice on your resume. Its walk-in hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.


5. A Cover Letter is NOT Optional

A cover letter is listed as optional on several on-campus job postings. With many applicants per job, set yourself apart by turning in a customized cover letter that contains specific evidence as to why you are the perfect candidate for the position. Mention any skills you have (a second language? a knowledge of Excel?) that will be of use in the position.


6. Apply to as Many Jobs as Possible

When we say a lot, we mean a lot. Some jobs get so many applications that you won’t hear back for months, or you won’t hear back at all. “I applied to upwards of 15 jobs the summer before my fall semester and only heard back from two,” said Cynthia Wang, a student worker at the Office of the Provost. When searching through Chapman job postings, flag any that interest you. Increasing the number of jobs you apply to betters your chance of securing at least one interview. But be sure to include a custom cover letter with each one.


On-Campus Jobs

Cynthia Wang at her office job, where she works at least 10 hours a week. Photo by Carlee Correia.


7. Write a Thank You Note After the Interview

Whew! You’ve finished the interview. If you’ve done research on interviewing, you know to send a follow-up email. BUT, you can do better! Write a handwritten note thanking your interviewers and reference specifics in your conversation. Also, mention any of the strengths, skills and qualifications you may have forgotten to mention in your cover letter or during your interview. Drop if off within a day. This shows employers that you don’t take their interest in you for granted, and care about their time and the position.


8. Skip the Beach, Get on Your Grind

Summer break! While many students are on the beach the rest of Chapman remains in operation. If you are available to work in the summer, you have an edge in landing an on-campus  jobs. Summer months are slow for Chapman – which means you  may even have time to study between  answering phone calls.


9. Stick Around for Interterm

Chapman also operates through interterm in December and January. Cut a few weeks off your winter break and work at Chapman.“My boss would frequently contact me asking for help in the office,” said Fisher. If many students don’t stay for interterm, chances are you will get scheduled for more hours. Get another course out of the way while raking in the cash.


On-Campus Jobs

Sophia Fisher (bottom right), a freshman psychology major, used her summer to secure a job by reaching out to her Chapman connections.


10. Be Patient

You’ve applied to multiple jobs, but haven’t heard back from any. It can be frustrating. Keep persisting and applying. “A job I’ve been interested in closed last semester, but I found out from a friend that it recently opened up again since her co-workers will be studying abroad or leaving next semester,” said Kate Cheong, a student now trying to land it. Seniors graduate every year, leaving their on-campus jobs behind.

Before You Stream Stranger Things Season 3, Take This Quiz to Test Your Memory!

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Netflix’s Stranger Things, created by Chapman graduates Matt and Ross Duffer, is about to have its third season release on July 4th. The show first premiered in July of 2016, and by 2018 it had become the most streamed show of all time. With the new trailer having amassed more than 24 million views in two weeks, the Stranger Things hype is starting up again. Take the quiz below to see how much you remember about what happened to the residents of Hawkins in the first two seasons!


1. What state does the show take place in?

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a. Indiana

b. Iowa

c. Illinois

d. Missouri

2. Which song do Will and Jonathan bond over in Season One?

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a. David Bowie – Heroes

b. A-ha – Take on Me

c. Duran Duran – Hungry Like the Wolf

d. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

3.  In Season One, when Eleven is watching TV at Mike’s house, what triggers a flashback for her?

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a. A Rubik’s Cube commercial

b. A Cabbage Patch Kids commercial

c. A Transformers commercial

d. A Coca-Cola commercial

4. Who houses and cares for Eleven in Season Two?

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a. Mike

b. Mrs. Byers

c. Chief Hopper

d. Billy

5. Which of these members of the main series cast is not American-born?

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a. Natalia Dyer

b. Dacre Montgomery

c. Sadie Sink

d. Winona Ryder

6. Which episode has the lowest IMDB user rating from either season?

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a. Season 1, Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers

b. Season 1, Chapter 4: The Body

c. Season 2, Chapter 1: MADMAX

d. Season 2, Chapter 7: The Lost Sister

7. What tool does Nancy use to expel the Mind Flayer from Will?

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a. A fire poker

b. A baseball bat

c. A pair of tongs

d. Her hands

8. How many seasons have the Duffer Brothers confirmed they plan to make in total?

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a. Three

b. Four

c. Five

d. Six

9. In Dungeons and Dragons, the boys’ favorite game, each player needs to choose a class, which defines that character’s strengths, weaknesses, and abilities. Throughout the show, the kids each refer to themselves as a class from Dungeons and Dragons. What class does Max refer to herself as?

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a. Druid

b. Zoomer

c. Ranger

d. Mage

10. Which one of these pairings do not slow dance at the Snow Ball at the end of Season Two?

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a. Jonathan and Nancy

b. Mike and Eleven

c. Dustin and Nancy

d. Lucas and Max

11. Which character does Billy flirt with in the Season Two finale?

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a. Nancy

b. Mrs. Byers

c. Mrs. Wheeler

d. Eleven

12. What was Steve Harrington’s high school nickname?

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a. Smooth Steve

b. King Steve

c. Lord Steve

d. Steve the Suave


Answer Key

1. A. Indiana. The show takes place in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, a city that doesn’t exist! The show was actually filmed in Georgia.

2. D. The Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go? The song was originally released in 1982 on The Clash’s fifth studio album Combat Rock.

3. D. A Coca-Cola Commercial. The scene takes place in Season One, Chapter 3: “Holly, Jolly.”

4. C. Chief Hopper. Many fans thought that the pairing of Hopper and Eleven worked well together, as did the Duffer Brothers.

5. B. Dacre Montgomery. Montgomery was born in Perth, Australia. In addition to Montgomery, Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers) is British and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) is Spanish-born to British parents. Despite all three of them having accents when they speak in real life, they play Americans on the show.

6. D. Season 2, Chapter 7: The Lost Sister. This episode is almost universally disliked by fans due to the fact that it distracted from the primary storyline of the show to explore a side plot.

7. A. A fire poker. The scene takes place during the action packed Season Two finale “The Gate.”

8. B. Four. The Duffer Brothers confirmed this in an interview with Vulture.“I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year,” Matt said.

9. B. Zoomer. The Zoomer is one of the archetypes of the Rogue base class, according to D&D Beyond.

10. A. Jonathan and Nancy. Though the two were linked romantically throughout the second season, Nancy danced with Dustin instead to lift his spirits after he had been rejected by a different girl.

11. C. Mrs. Wheeler. The scene instantly became a fan favorite, and many viewers are hoping for more of Billy and Mrs. Wheeler in Season Three.

12. B. King Steve. The name is thought to be an homage to Stephen King, whom the Duffer Brothers took inspiration from while creating the show.


How many did you get right?

1-4 answers right: You’re a Stranger Things novice.  Have you ever watched the show? Check it out some time.

5-7 answers right: You didn’t do poorly, but a lot of things are still strange to you. Consider giving the show a rewatch.

8-10 answers right: In fan-speak you are what is known as a “tribe member.” You really know your Stranger Things stuff. Good job!

11-12 answers right: Are you one of the Duffer Brothers?




Orange County Warehouse Sales: Your guide to buying brand-name clothes at bargain prices

DC and Element Warehouse Sale

Chapman students are only minutes away from warehouse sales that lure shoppers with discounts of as much as 80 percent. Hurley, Volcom, DC, Element, and O’Neill all stage warehouse sales nearby offering overstock swimsuits, sweats, skateboards and snow gear nearby at dirt cheap prices. Why? Fashion moves quickly. When the new season of clothes arrives, brands need to purge what they have left. They do this through warehouse sales, a way to sell “old inventory at a discounted price to try and make room for the new season of clothes,” according to Dominique Brienza, a Volcom marketing intern. Below is information on when they happen, how you can find them, and how big a discount you get.



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The line outside of a recent Volcom warehouse sale. Photo by Samantha Wong.

How to get an invite: In order to attend the Volcom warehouse sale, you need a ticket. “Brands will usually advertise the event on their social media accounts,” Brienza says, so wannabe-attendees should look there. Additionally, Volcom employees can give their friends and family an early-access invite to get tickets, so if you know someone who works at Volcom, you have an edge at accessing the best selection. Employees monitor how many people are inside the warehouse at a time, so you may have to wait outside for a bit before entering.

The price: At the last warehouse sale, the price was $12 per pound of clothes.

How often they happen: Volcom has warehouse sales twice a year.

Location: Volcom’s warehouse sales take place at the Volcom Warehouse, which is located at 5 Pasteur, Irvine CA 92681.

Extra Info: The sales don’t have an impact on inventory in stores “because the stuff usually sold is … already available at Volcom stores or retailers,” Brienza explains. It’s simply to clear room for the next round of clothes.


DC / Element

DC and Element Warehouse Sale

A collection of skateboard decks at the DC and Element warehouse sale in Santa Ana. Photo by Julian Ros.

How to get an invite: This warehouse sale is a hybrid of two brands partnering up to host a sale together. Additionally, the sale is carried out through a third-party company. Therefore, there are no invites needed. Simply show up at the company’s outlet store and shop.

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The view from inside the DC/Element warehouse. Photo by Julian Ros.

The price: When entering the warehouse, guests are given a sheet showing the prices of each item category (shown below). They advertise the sale as being up to 80% off.

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The pricing list given to all sale-goers as they enter the warehouse. Photo credit: Julian Ros

How often they happen: DC and Element have warehouse deals twice a year, but the third-party company has them approximately once a week. You can find them at www.whsale.com.

Location: This particular sale was located at 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705, as are many others that are done with help from this third-party company.



How to get an invite: To get an invite, check different websites that list warehouse sales, such as the previously mentioned whsale.com. Additionally, Billabong will occasionally send out emails to frequent customers advertising the sale.


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The price: Prices vary based on the category of item. Discounts range up to 70% off.

How often they happen: Billabong’s warehouse sales aren’t on a set schedule.

Location: The next Billabong warehouse sale will be held April 12th to April 15th at 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705.




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How to get an invite: O’Neill posts their warehouse sales on their website (us.oneill.com). Anyone can attend the sales.

The price: Cost varies, but everything is cheaper than what you’d pay in-store.

How often they happen: Pay attention to the website for announcements. O’Neill’s sales do not occur on a regular schedule. No current sales are planned. The most recent sale happened in November of 2018, and one can reasonably predict that another sale will happen sometime around Summer 2019.

Location: Though it’s impossible to predict where Billabong’s next sale will be, they previously held one at 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Top 10 Tips to Save Money in Disneyland

Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

The Happiest Place on Earth can also be one of the most expensive. Over the past decade, Disneyland single-day ticket prices have increased by 70 percent, according to Business Insider. Last year, the Disney Deluxe pass and the Disney Signature pass prices rose more than 17 percent, according to Theme Park Insider. Rising prices call for discount tips. Here are a few “dos” and “don’ts” of how to enjoy your day, without breaking your bank account.

1. Do: Go During an “Off Season”

Do: Go During an “Off Season”

Disneyland can be a walk in the park.

Disneyland changes ticket prices based on the date. Regular tickets start around $100. But, during what’s known as a “peak season,” prices could rise by over $30. Disneyland provides a calendar which shows ticket prices for each specific day. Peak seasons are any time Disneyland will experience more crowds. This is usually for holidays (i.e. Christmas or Valentine’s Day), when a large group of people will be visiting (i.e. for the Disney Expo convention, during the summer, or even on the weekends). Weekdays during the winter are probably your best bet for the cheapest ticket.


2. Don’t: Buy a Park Hopper Pass

Don’t: Buy a Park Hopper Pass

Castle one day, Guardians of the Galaxy the next.

Along with the price of your regular ticket, Disneyland charges over $50 a day for guests to “park hop.” Regular tickets allow admission to one park per day. The Park Hopper addition allows guests to hop to both parks per day. Disney catches guests, thinking it might be nice to have the option of both parks. In reality, however, Disneyland and California Adventure are both full of attractions, shows, and experiences that can easily fill an entire day.


3. Do: Check the Weather

Do: Check the Weather

Save (your money) for a rainy day.

Rainy days in Disneyland have their pros and cons. While the rain typically results in smaller crowds, and hence, shorter lines, the clouds also bring a fresh wave of Disneyland ponchos. As soon as the sky turns a deep blue, Disneyland ponchos will appear at virtually every store in the park. But, beware: Disneyland ponchos are usually around $10, and not worth their price. If the weather looks dreary, plan on bringing your own rain gear. Note that umbrellas are allowed in the park, as well.


4. Don’t: Buy Food in the Park

Don’t: Buy Food in the Park

Mickey pops and pretzels and popcorn, oh my!

Food in Disneyland is expensive, and portions are small. The best way to avoid spending all your money on food is to pack your own. Disneyland allows guests to bring their own food into the park, with a few guidelines. Your food should be packed or pre-made. This includes sandwiches, chips, fruit, granola bars, etc. Disney will not allow food in the park that needs to be prepared. This can be anything from sandwich making materials like deli meat and bread, to food that needs to be microwaved, like pasta. The only exception to this rule is if you have dietary restrictions. In that case, you can bring any food, it just has to fit into a small collapsible cooler.


5. Do: Order a “Side” Corndog

Do: Order a “Side” Corndog

This castle offers discounts.

Although buying food in Disneyland is almost always a (very expensive) bad idea, there are some exceptions. If you want to splurge on something like the Disneyland corn dogs, there’s still a way to save money. The corn dogs are around $9, including your choice of a “small bag of chips” or “apple slices” on the side. What Disney doesn’t tell you is that there’s a third choice: no side. The best way to get around paying $9 is to skip the side, and drop your price to $6. This works with any meal item that comes with a side of chips or fruit, just let your server know.


6. Don’t: Buy Water in the Park

Don’t: Buy Water in the Park

Did someone say free water?

Buying water is another costly mistake. Water bottles in the park can be up to $4. There are a two ways around spending money on water. First, Disneyland allows guests to bring an empty water bottle into the park. Hydroflask, Swell, and all other bottles are all welcome, as long as they’re empty upon entering the park. They can be refilled at any water fountain or soda fountain throughout both parks. Second, guests can order a “cup of water” at any Quick Service restaurant. (Note: this excludes the walk-up carts). Depending on the restaurant, guests will receive a 16- or 24-ounce “cup of water” with their meal, no added charge. Guests can order as many cups as they wish – now that’s a dream come true!


7. Do: Use Your Disneyland Contacts

Do: Use Your Disneyland Contacts

The Newsies may have a penny to spare.

Not only do Disneyland Cast Members get to work in the Happiest Place on Earth, but they also receive reasonable discounts and benefits. Most cast members receive 20 percent off merchandise, sit-down dining restaurants, and hotels. This discount raises to 40 percent during holiday seasons. Cast members are also allowed to sign guests into the park, which means a friend or family member can enter the park for free. Cast members only have around 14 days a year to sign people in, so they may not be willing to use this great privilege on just anyone. However, with Disneyland as the second top employer of Chapman students, according to the Chapman admissions office, there’s a good chance someone in your class may be your ticket into the park.


8. Don’t: Pay for PhotoPass

Don’t: Pay for PhotoPass

Sully doesn’t mind waving to your iPhone.

Disneyland has PhotoPass locations throughout the parks. Some locations feature characters, others a picture-perfect view of the park. Most of these locations have a Disneyland PhotoPass photographer snapping a bunch of photos. What you may not know is that Disneyland employees will also take photos with your phone. So before you strike a pose or start your character interaction, hand your phone to the nearest Disneyland cast member. They’ll be sure to capture all of the special moments, without the added cost.


9. Do: Use Disneyland Discounts

Do: Use Disneyland Discounts

All smiles for a free or discounted entry into the parks.

Even if you don’t have cast member connections, Disneyland still provides plenty of discounts. For one, make sure you don’t buy tickets unnecessarily. Disney admits kids ages 3 and under to enter the park for free. Disney also has ticket discounts for military personnel. The discounts vary, but usually include over $100 off full-priced tickets. Military personnel can purchase up to six tickets for themselves and their families and must be present when the tickets are used.


10. Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

The Mickey Ferris Wheel can fit all your Chapman friends.

Chapman holds different events throughout the academic year to visit Disneyland with discounted tickets. Chapman’s University Program Board orchestrates a visit to the park every fall, with ticket prices as low as $35. Also, the We Are Chapman retreat is hosted at the Disneyland hotel. After the program, students are able purchase discounted tickets at around $30.


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Out with the old, in with the brew? Country Roads may be replaced by another bar-restaurant


The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control can hold a hearing when valid protests have been filed against an application and the applicant and protestant are not able to reach any agreements, according to a pdf of the alcoholic beverage license application process. Photo by Claire Treu.

Country Roads, an antique mall off the Orange circle, might be the next old-timey store to fall in favor of a restaurant or bar, further diminishing the identity of the nostalgia-rich Old Towne Orange walking district.

Al Ricci, the owner of the building and local real estate scion, has filed an application for a liquor license for the location and plans to evict half of the antique agora, replacing it with a restaurant or bar when the lease is up.  

“I think that the restaurants that come in to old town have done well, and I think it’s good for the city,” Ricci said.

Resident outrage over the loss of the 26-year-old store has highlighted long-standing tensions between locals who treasure mom and pop stores, and students, whose spending power has enticed commercial property owners to open up restaurants and bars, which can pay higher rents.

Old Towne Orange is listed as the largest National Register Historic District in California, so plans to replace antique stores with new businesses have been sparking outrage among residents.

“The Orange Plaza commercial area and surrounding residents is the largest National Register Historic District in California. It is not the booze capital in the OC!” said Patti Ricci, a long term resident of Orange. Patti Ricci said she is unrelated to Al Ricci.

Distressed residents have started collecting signatures for a petition protesting the license, though no formal complaints had been filed with the state liquor board as of March 13, according to John Carr, Public Information Officer for the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Residents attached to familiar storefronts find themselves fighting two major players in the gentrifying area: Ricci, owner of Ricci Realty, and Chapman University, which draws thousands of students into the area, most of whom are more likely to patronize establishments selling beer, pizza and $20 salads than antique malls offering WWI gas masks, a montage of camera parts and Victorian linens.

Community members had until March 17 to submit written objections to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Santa Ana District in writing “and persons living within 500 feet of the premises have until March 27,”  to do so, Carr said.

If a formal protest is filed, that would trigger a scheduling of an administrative hearing, which could go as far as a California Supreme Court Decision before the issuance of license is determined.

An alcoholic beverage license application must endure a complex process for approval. Courtesy of John Carr, Public Information Officer for the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Orange residents were collecting signatures for a formal protest for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. An individual helping promote the petition outside the Country Roads store refused to comment and could not confirm when and to whom the petition will be given.

“Within the Old Towne Orange area there is an excessive amount of business that sell alcoholic beverages. Within a walking distance of the Plaza Square Park there is over 20 businesses that sell alcoholic beverages,” the petition reads.

Ricci said he would move forward to put a food court on his property whether he receives a liquor license or not.

Residents express dismay to Country Roads store owners while signing petitions against Ricci’s plan. Photo by Tiffany Chen.

Residents said they would fight the elimination of yet another classic establishment.

“The simple fact is that we love the Country Roads antique store and we don’t want it to go away,” said Lawrence Butler, whose family has lived in the same house in Old Towne Orange for over a hundred years.

There are already enough bars and restaurants in Old Town, said Butler, who signed the petition.

“How can Orange be a historic district while wanting to become the restaurant capital of the world? You can’t be the best at everything,” Chambers said.

But area restaurants are thriving and the Circle benefits from variety, Ricci said.

Ricci filed for a “type 47” alcohol license on Sep. 21, 2018. A type 47 license is considered “on-sale general eating place,” according to the License Query System Summary for Ricci’s application. This may mean it will be a restaurant with a bar. “It depends on how they want to set up their business,” Carr said.

The application is awaiting approval by the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, according to Carr. Applications typically take 45 to 90 days to be reviewed, but may take longer depending on a local process called a conditional use permit.

“They need to get a local business license from the local governing body saying ‘hey, I want to open a restaurant,’ or ‘hey I want to open this business.’ So they might be concurrently flowing through the local process,” Carr said.

Sue Jackson, the owner of Country Roads, was not available for comment. The daughter of Jackson, who works on the premises, said her family would have no comment on their apparent eviction. She advised vendors inside the antique mall and an individual outside of the store getting petitions signed not to give statements to Prowl.

The Country Roads property extends over two properties, owned by two separate landlords. The landlord of the half of the real estate not owned by Ricci was unconfirmed. It is uncertain what would happen to antique vendors that sell on Ricci’s side of the property.

“It’s not like Country Roads is going to go away, they are just probably going to be reduced in size,” Ricci said.

The other landlord can make their own decisions as to whether  to continue renting to Country Roads.

The owner of the other half of the property could not be immediately located.

“I would imagine they would probably take the best vendors and keep them, or maybe adjust the spaces where they have the same amount of people but maybe smaller spaces. I don’t know how she’s [Sue Jackson, owner of Country Roads] going to do it, but that would be her decision not mine,” Ricci said.

Comment from Mary Ricci, Al Ricci’s wife, screenshotted as a reply to a post asking for people to stop and sign the petition on NextDoor.

Not all students support the location becoming a food court. Country roads is a good place for Chapman film majors to find things to use on set, said Kaia Whitney, a freshman broadcast journalism major. Whitney and other film students often go “prop-digging” at antique stores, she said.

“Antique stores sell things that are truly one of a kind. I would be so sad to see them be replaced by other businesses,” Whitney said.

The conversion is a hot topic with residents.

The antique stores are integral to the town’s independent, friendly and charming character, Glover said. But they are being replaced by a profusion of restaurants, according to Elsi Chambers, a retired coach from Orange High School.

“I am really at a conundrum here between private property rights and community obligation,” said Steve Adamson in a comment from the website NextDoor.

Comments from Beth Keezer and Steve Adamson screenshotted as a reply to a post on NextDoor.

Chambers said that she moved to Orange to live in a safe and quiet historic town. An “escape from reality,” as she called it. The increase in restaurants and bars have attracted an abundance of strangers to Orange, making her feel unsafe. The change of use would put additional pressure on parking and increase traffic, she complained.

“I moved to Orange County so that my kids could play in the front and backyards of my house safely,” Chambers said. “Suddenly, with all these strangers in the neighborhood, it’s not as safe. People park in front of my house, and I worry about it.”

Attributing the lack of parking to restaurants and bars is a false analogy, according to Daniel Ortiz, a realtor and resident of Orange for more than 60 years. Increased parking in neighborhoods around the plaza is a result of more tenants, Ortiz said.

“If the negative factors that people bring up [in relation to Al Ricci’s plan] were as bad as they claim, the desirability and marketability of residential properties would not be at an all-time high,” Ortiz said.

For those who enjoy meandering and shopping in antique stores, these shops represent more than just stores that sell old things, but places where the past can be reminisced.

“Country Roads is a place where we can share our past with our little ones…it was offensive to see some people regard it as junk shops,” Chambers said, referring to a comment by Jake Brower on the website NextDoor.

Comment screenshotted as a reply to a post asking for people to stop and sign the petition on NextDoor.

Rejecting new businesses prevents the community from moving forward and adapting to modern changes, Ortiz said.

“It is possible to feel nostalgic and want to preserve the past, while at the same time, adapting to the ever changing dynamics of a community,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz, 58, said the generational divide is evident in his own family. He and his wife love strolling through antique stores. But his daughter, 30, and her friends prefer to dine out and spend their money at establishments selling new items.  

“As a community, we must learn to adapt to the ever-changing business environment and to look toward the future, while not forgetting where you came from in the first place, especially in a community with as much history as ours,” Ortiz said.

Prowl will continue reporting on this issue and update the story as new information becomes available.

SGA Considers New Bike Share Program

Happy with the bike she has, Hannah Richardson, junior political science major, said she wouldn’t use a bike share program. Hoping others can feel the wind in their hair too, Richardson said she still supports the initiative. Photo by Claire Treu.

A survey is underway to measure student interest for a new bike share program at Chapman University, which some researchers say can decrease traffic congestion and improve the health of the pedalers who use it, according to a 2018 a report from Environmental Health Perspectives.

Chapman’s Student Government Association (SGA) drew up the survey in response to student requests and out of a desire to improve campus sustainability, said Ishani Patel, freshman business major and SGA’s Student Organization Senator.

If respondents show enthusiasm about the idea, SGA may bring in a bike share program for students and faculty, as early as next semester, according to Patel, who is heading the initiative. The survey will remain open until Mackenzie Crigger, Sustainability Manager, determines that enough students have participated, Patel said.

As of Feb. 27, “Mackenzie Crigger reached back to me and said that she had not yet pulled up the survey data,” Patel said. “Everything is up in the air, because this is still in the initial planning stages. Our first step is to garner student interest through this survey and go from there.”

While SGA isn’t looking for an exact number of positive responses to implement the program, “we just want approximately above a thousand students,” Patel said.

Patel believes a bikeshare program would not only help students travel between classes, but allow them to run errands or go to the Orange Circle.

“I would hope it would be like Lime, where you would use an app and take a picture to unlock the bike,” Patel said.

For Lime, there is a $1 fee to start the scooter, and an additional 15 cents per minute used. Though Lime is an electric scooter company, Patel said the idea would be similar for bike sharing.

College campuses such as UCLA and Yale initiated bike share programs in 2017. Patel mentioned Pomona College for their efforts in increasing awareness about sustainability.

“One prime example of campus nearby that has a great bike-sharing program would be Pomona College,” Patel said.

This time last year Pomona College partnered with Ofo, a bike share company, to help students get all around campus, according to the Pomona College website. However, the program was short-lived.

“After the program launched in February with a free pilot, there were scattered complaints that the bikes were blocking paths,” according to The Student Life, the newspaper of the Claremont Colleges.

The semester after its implementation, Ofo left the Claremont Colleges. At this same time, the city of Claremont “banned electric sharing services while it studies their effects and works out potential regulations,” according to The Student Life. Most bike sharing systems use wireless electronic communication for bicycle pickup, drop-off and tracking, according to a study in 2013 in Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Patel attributed Pomona’s failure to an Ofo business crisis. That aside, U.S. bike share use has gone up 25 percent from 2016 to 2017, with 35 million trips taken in 2017, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

If there is enough interest, a program here would be built around the values of sustainability, value for money and health, Patel said.

If the initiative moves forward, SGA would have to consider how to deal with the issues of rider safety and theft.

“A lot of the bike sharing programs we choose, and the companies we look at, have security programs in place to insure vandalism and theft is kept at a minimum, and it’s the students responsibility and obligation to pay,” she said.

It is too soon to know the source of funding for the bikes, Patel said. “Potentially one could use funding from SGA (if the entire senate agrees) or funding from the sustainability’s department,” she said.

Although Patel inferred a price would come with bringing bikes to campus, the Sustainability Department said otherwise. “There is no funding required for the bike shares we have considered,” Crigger said.

Crigger would not disclose which programs have been considered.

Some students might be more willing to use loaners, because there is an “epidemic” of stolen bikes, said Francesca Fangary, junior screenwriting and public relations and advertising major. Though she prefers to walk, Fangary said if she had a bike on campus she would rather rent than risk a bike theft.

Bikes parked illegally at Chapman can be confiscated by the university. The university claims no responsibility for damage done to locks or bicycles during appropriation, according to the Bicycle Rules and Regulations. Photo by Claire Treu.

Chapman’s Public Safety Bicycle Rules and Regulations requires that all bicycle owners register bikes for security. Jocelyn Dawson, a sophomore business major, had her $100 bike stolen on campus. Dawson thinks having a bike sharing program could save students time and money from committing to buying their own bike.

Dawson also believes that implementing this program can ease congestion in Chapman parking lots and aid in reducing the overall CO2 emissions on and off campus. Not to mention, keeping students active, she said.

“This might be a really fun way to bond with friends or get a quick workout in before class,” Dawson said.

If implemented, these bikes would only be available to Chapman students, faculty and staff – at least initially.

“We have not yet reached out to the communities or Orange, but once this bike-sharing platform is approved we will,” Patel said.

Permitting the loaners to be used within a two-mile radius from Chapman would be a good idea, Patel said.

“Architecturally and structurally, Chapman is very flat. So it’s very easy to take the bike around and stuff like that,” Patel said.

The number of students that drive to school from increasingly short distances and refuse to carpool in many ways reflect Chapman’s affluence and how we, as a school, depend on our own convenience, said Jenny Gritton, senior environmental science and policy major.

Gritton chooses biking as her primary mode of transportation. A program would need to contain incentives to work, said Gritton who specializes in transportation planning at IBI Group, a modern city design company.

“At the end of the day if the students are not interested then they will not take advantage of it,” Gritton said.

Chapman’s existing Bike Voucher Program leaves any student, faculty or staff member who is willing to not bring a car to campus for two years eligible for $300-350. The money may be used at a local bike shop to cover the cost of a bike, helmet or to simply upgrade your bike for transportation purposes, according to a pdf on the Chapman website.

“Biking instead of driving not only saves you money but also reduces your fossil fuel emissions, and it improves your physical and mental health cause you’re having a that little squirt of endorphins from the exercise,” Gritton said.

Prowlin’ on a Penny

You can save money as a Chapman student simply by flashing your Chapman ID. Voila! Instant VIP discounts. The following businesses all extend a discount to Chapman students. Why are we so special? Businesses want our repeat business, and they know we’re likely to be in their neighborhood for at least a couple years. These local eateries offer a 10 percent discount to Chapman students.

The Pizza Press

Photo Courtesy of The Pizza Press

155 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Open every day 11:00am – 1:00am

Along with a set menu of pizza combinations, The Pizza Press offers a wide array of toppings: smoked gouda, fresh basil, bourbon bacon, and others that are prepared fresh daily. The Chapman community can enjoy 10 percent off their order when they show their Chapman ID. The Pizza Press is a supporter of the “Cancer for College” foundation. For every fountain drink purchased, a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity.

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Photo by @kaieatsworld on Instagram

101 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Open every day 11:00am – 11:00pm

At Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, customers can enjoy a whole pizza for under $10.  Customers have an option between “signature pizzas” or a “build your own.” Blaze offers vegan cheese and vegan protein for plant-based customers. Show the cashier your Chapman ID, and choose between taking ten percent off your meal or enjoying a free drink. Blaze also prides themselves upon offering customers gourmet agua frescas.

The Aussie Bean 

Photo by Brooke Wimmer

112 E. Maple Ave.

Orange, CA 92866

Monday-Friday 7AM – 5PM

Weekends 8AM – 6PM

This coffee shop is run by Chapman grad Natalie Halfacre, class of ‘08, who brought her love for Australian coffee back to Orange. The Aussie Bean shows its Chapman pride by offering ten percent off any order. (Pro tip: sign up for their Square Up program. Every dollar spent transfers into reward stars, which can land you a free drink.)

Green Tomato Grill

Photo by @eatwithnorma on Instagram

1419 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867

Weekdays: 8am – 9pm
Weekends: 9am – 9pm

Past the Orange Circle, but worth the drive to escape a ramen diet, is health food eatery Green Tomato Grill. The menu offers an array of whole food meals such as rice bowl, melts, tacos, wraps and stews. Cashiers take ten percent off your purchase with a Chapman ID.

The Pie Hole

Photo Courtesy of The Pie Hole

177 N Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866

Mon-Wed 8 a.m. -10 p.m.
Thurs 8 a.m. -11 p.m.
Fri – Sat 8 a.m. -12 a.m.
Sun 8 a.m. -11 p.m.

After ace-ing that midterm, Pie Hole offers “I deserve this” desserts. Pie is served by the slice with flavors like Mexican chocolate, earl grey, strawberry lavender and—the most eye catching—Cereal Killer.  Anyone with a Chapman ID card can receive a 10 percent discount off any purchase.

Hug Life

Photo by @2dollartacos on Instagram

3505 Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

Open every day 12pm – 11pm

This dessert spot opened in August of 2018 next door to the In-N-Out on Chapman Avenue. It is notable for its “anti-dairy” treats. Vegans, those with celiac disease, or those with nut allergies can indulge in creatively-named ice cream such as Green Goblin (mint chip) or Sesame Street (roasted black sesame with dark chocolate). Mention you are a Chapman student and enjoy a free topping!

Sodexo (yes, really)

The Chapman eAccounts online page allows Chapman ID card owners to deposit as little as ten dollars into their “declining balance” account. From there, students can enjoy tax-free food from anywhere on campus when paying with an ID card.