Breaking down the underage nightlife scene

For students who like to go out at night, but aren’t old enough for bars or clubs, it may seem like frat parties are the only option. Tiny houses packed with the same sweaty bodies can get tiring, but luckily there are several venues in the area that host events for those 18 and older.



Location: 8901 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Time: Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ but typically between $5 and $30, discounts for those who RSVP and attend before 10:30 p.m.

With a different DJ that specializes in house music every week, Focus hosts events for everyone from the age eighteen and older at The Circle Club every Tuesday night. For those who are of age, there is also a fully-stocked bar. The dress code is casual and parking is free if need be. For more information and to RSVP to their next event, click here.


Velvet Lounge

Location: 416 W 4th St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Time: Sundays, main event begins at 10 p.m.

Admission: Varies by event and night but entrance may be free before 10:30 p.m. and tickets can go be as expensive as $99.

In the heart of Santa Ana’s Art District, Velvet Lounge is the new LGBT restaurant, bar and club. The club is typically open to all ages throughout the day, then closed off to anyone under 18 at 10 p.m. Some nights are specifically for those 21 and older, but Sundays’ Drageteria are always 18 and over.The Lounge not only offers food, drinks and music, but it also showcases state-of-the-art videos and art on special nights. To check out their weekly events, click here.


Florentine Gardens

Location: 5951 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Fridays from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: $5 before 10:30 with RSVP and $15 after 10:30 with RSVP

Florentine Gardens specializes in events for college students every Friday night in Hollywood. The club hosts two rooms for two different music genres; the first for Latin music and the second room for hip-hop and top hits. They advise to “dress to impress” and do not allow males with shorts or hats with sports logos on them.



Location: 6801 Hollywood Blvd. #433, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Saturdays from 10:30 p.m to 2:30 a.m.

Admission: Tickets at the door are $25 for 18 to 20-year-olds and $20 for 21 and up. If bought online, there is a $5 discount and sales close at 9 p.m. Saturday

OHM hosts Saturday night events for 18 and up with DJs from KISS FM playing a mix of top 40, hip-hop, pop, and EDM. The club is famous for their balcony’s view of Hollywood Boulevard. Their formal dress code bans athletic clothing, hats, steel-toed boots, clothing with offensive language, torn clothing, open-toed shoes and plain colored T-shirts for men. To RSVP or check the upcoming events click here.


Avalon Hollywood

Location: 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Time: Thursdays and Fridays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Admission: Tickets range from $15 to $75 depending on the DJ and night, available for purchase online or at the box office the night of

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Open since 1927, the theater is a historic landmark in Hollywood and hosts events for 18 and up on Thursdays and 19 and up on Fridays. Their in-house club nights plays electronic music including house, trance and dubstep. Their dress code is casual, except sandals, hats and shorts for men are not allowed. To RSVP their upcoming events click here.


La Mirage

Location: 17104 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia, CA 90701

Time: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Admission: Varies by DJ and night, but before 10 p.m. can go from free to $10

La Mirage host events Thursdays through Saturday nights with two rooms and three different dance floors. Music varies from hip-hop, house and reggae. The dress code is smart casual and they ban hats, sunglasses, T-shirts, baggy or torn clothing and visible gang tattoos or appearance. To check their upcoming events and RSVP, click here.

Freedoms: House of the Arts and upcoming EP


The student band Freedoms is performing May 2, 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Lawn at House of the Arts. The event showcases many of Chapman’s top painters, fashion designers, photographers, entertainers and more. Members of the band, Brooke Harmon, Zach Salem, Matt Owens and Daniel Cole have been performing together at local backyard shows and university events over the past year. This March, Freedoms released their single, Cascade, on Spotify and are in the process of finishing up their first EP consisting of six new songs. The EP, Tasting Purple, will be available to download within the next two weeks on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.

5 Seconds of Summer: A Two-Year Hiatus, But We’re Always Gonna Want Them Back


Guitarist Michael Clifford at The Belasco Theater on April 25. Photo by Samantha Wong.

When Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) announced its comeback tour, 5SOS3, after two years away from the stage, many fans had one question.

Has 5 Seconds of Summer already had its five seconds of fame?

The quartet consisting of lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, guitarist Michael Clifford, bassist Calum Hood, and drummer Ashton Irwin performed at a sold-out concert at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on April 25. The Belasco’s capacity is a little bit over 1,000 people, a stark contrast from the band’s last concert in 2016 at The Forum, which has a capacity of around 17,500.

Nevertheless, the screaming crowd of fans at The Belasco is an indicator that 5SOS is anything but a has-been.

The audience, consisting of mostly high school and college students, has not changed in the past two years. Fans still wait days outside the venue to secure front-row spots, organize fan projects, and arrive bearing gifts for the band members (in this case, bouquets of roses).

The band itself has changed, though. Gone are the days of the members sporting multi-colored hair and jumping across the stage. In 5SOS’s attempt to reflect their maturity, collared white shirts and glitter replaced ripped band shirts and rubber bracelets.

5SOS’s wardrobe is only the first line of defense for a band that’s been trying to shake off its image as a boy band with only female fans. Throughout the 13-song set, it became clear that the band’s new sound is more reminiscent of rock bands like All Time Low and You Me At Six, heavier on rock than pop. Incidentally, these are groups that have a larger male fanbase.

Of the six songs 5SOS performed from its upcoming album, “Youngblood”, four of them (“Moving Along”, “Valentine”, “Talk Fast”, and promotional single “Youngblood”) are clearly rock songs. The other two, “Lie to Me” and lead single “Want You Back”, lean more towards the pop sound of 5SOS’s older songs.

Bassist Calum Hood at The Belasco Theater on April 25. Hood started to play the keyboard to perform 5SOS’s new songs during the 5SOS3 tour. Photo by Samantha Wong

Strangely, for its heavier-sounding songs, 5SOS lacked the energy and liveliness it displayed during fan-favorite oldies like “She Looks So Perfect” and “Disconnected” at the concert. Granted, this may be because the band is still fine-tuning their performance with these songs after their two-year hiatus. Though the audience, including employees from the band’s record company, Capitol Records, sang and danced along to every word, 5SOS rarely interacted with them. The concert would have felt one-sided had it not been for each member periodically thanking the fans.

“I’ve never been happier in my life and I thank every single fan in this room,” Irwin said during a break between songs.

Irwin and the rest of 5SOS have good reason to be content. The band may have soared as a boy band, but its success as a rock band is just beginning, as evidenced on April 25. With “Youngblood” slated to be released June 22 and a world tour right on its heels, 5SOS is throwing itself back into the limelight, but this time as true rock stars.

5 Seconds of Summer at The Belasco Theater on April 25. Fans brought roses to give to the band during the closing song, “Want You Back,” which mentions roses. Photo by Samantha Wong

Tickets are now on sale for 5SOS’s next concert in Los Angeles on October 12 at the Greek Theatre.


What is Skit?

Alpha Phi placed first last year with their rendition of Hercules. Photo By:


Skit is one of the longest standing traditions here at Chapman. If you are thinking of attending, here are some commonly asked questions answered by Greek Life Coordinator and Accounting & Business Administration major, Cason McHose.

What is Skit?

It is a Greek wide competition where sororities and fraternities put on seven-minute performances that tell a story using music, choreography, and mouthing to dialogue. It can be anything; from a movie, a book, or a routine that they come up with all on their own. There never is a theme so it’s very open ended and up to the sorority or fraternity as to what they do, as long as it’s appropriate for students and family.

Do I have to join a sorority or fraternity to be involved or see the show?

To be involved in the show itself, yes. You must be in a sorority or fraternity to be a part of the performances. However, we are always looking for volunteers to help with ticketing and setting up the brunch for parents on the morning of the matinee.

To watch the show, no. We try to open it up to the community; friends, family, parents, and also other chapman students to get a taste of what the Greek life and chapters have to offer.


Delta Tau Delta performing their version of Wreck it Ralph. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.


If I’m in a Sorority or Fraternity, how can I get involved?

Your chapter will need to hold auditions and select at most 40 people for their skit. Then the chapter will need to choose those most capable to perform as well as those who have the best energy and attitude. Your chapter also should look for and scout members to help out with making props, costumes, and lend a hand backstage.


Kappa Alpha Theta won in 2016 with their skit Haunted Mansion. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.


When is Skit?

There are generally three shows. This year the first show will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m.,  in addition to the matinee show on April 28 at 1 p.m., which is open to the public. The last show will be held that night at 7 p.m., where the performances will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

Where is it held?

Skit this year will be held in Memorial Hall.


Beta Theta Pi performing Avatar in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

How much is a ticket?

Tickets this year are $7 for students, and $25 to $50 for parents. 

Where can I get tickets?

You can purchase tickets here at this link, and also through advertisements on social media. There are also flyers around campus to remind students, parents, and families to purchase their tickets quick before they sell out. Contact Greek Life at for any additional questions or concerns.


One of the flyers on campus. Courtesy of Sydney Druckman


Why should people come out and support?

Skit is a really fun event. It’s an event that shines a positive light on Greek life and Chapman students, and it’s a wonderful way to bring the community together. While Skit is a competition, there is still a lot of camaraderie and appreciation for what sorority and fraternity chapters are doing. 


Kappa Kappa Gamma performing their rendition of Mamma Mia! in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

How to survive finals week

While some may argue that finals week is one of the most stressful at Chapman, don’t despair! Check out these five traditions that bring happiness and positivity to Chapman students in the midst of testing doom.


1. Midnight Breakfast

Set up by the University Program Board, Midnight Breakfast is the perfect excuse to take a study break and refuel. Located in the Student Union in Argyros Forum, Midnight Breakfast begins at 10 pm and lasts until midnight. University Program Board provides free food, and performances from student groups, like the dance team and the acapella groups to re-energize students.This year, the theme of Midnight Breakfast is The Final Frontier, so fly on in and have some fun. May the Force be with you.


2. Furry Friends for Finals

Who doesn’t love dogs? And who doesn’t want to roll around on the ground with their friends while petting dogs instead of studying??? Every semester, Active Minds and the Student Psychological Counseling Services at Chapman bring Furry Friends onto campus to relieve our minds from the stresses of finals, projects, and papers. These furry friends are therapy dogs that are trained to bring comfort and support to students all over campus. Keep an eye out for more information on which dates the pups will be on campus.



3. Undie Run

Although it is not specifically run by the university, Undie Run has been a long running tradition. On the Wednesday of Finals Week at midnight, students gather in their underwear or fun costumes and run through the circle of Orange. Since the event is well know, students from other schools and other residents of Orange also attend. It is important to stay safe and be respectful of the city of Orange. While this is a thrilling event, it is crucial to understand that you are not only representing yourself while participating, but also Chapman University.



4. Library Extended Hours

During Finals Week, the library slowly becomes our new homes. Throughout the whole week, the library is open 24 hours so we can officially move in. Study rooms and printing services are also available and there is a Cookie Service Table, where students can find cookies scattered throughout the floors of the library. There is also free coffee available to students from 7am to 7pm in the library as well. Make sure to give yourself plenty of breaks and get some sleep as well.




The Student Union in Argyros Forum is filled with fun activities, such as free massages, scantrons, and free fitness classes. The fitness classes are kickboxing, yoga, barre, and zuma. Exercising is really important in reducing stress during such a hectic time. Also in Argyros Forum, come relax with free movies and snacks. Finally, for those who want to stay closer to the dorms, the Randall Dining Commons provides free food for students who are up studying late.

Did someone say FREE?


For more helpful tips on how to survive Finals Week, check out this article on how to practice Self Care.

What to do this summer in the OC

1. Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Free Movie Mondays-Costa Mesa

During the summer, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts family movie nights on select Mondays. Check out the list of movies that will be playing this summer here. These fun screenings are presented on an outside movie screen, allowing families and friends to enjoy the beautiful views of Orange County. The center screens older movies in the hopes of making old classics popular again. Guests are encouraged to bring food and enjoy a picnic of their own, but the events are also serviced by food trucks.

600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa, CA, USA +1 714 556 2787


2. Surf City Nights Street Fair-Huntington Beach

Every Tuesday night, the streets of Huntington Beach are flooded with people and families for a free street fair. Listen to live music performed by local street performers. From farmers and artisans, to more expensive vendors, the streets are packed with sellers and food for a fun and energetic summer night.

Main St, Huntington Beach, CA, USA +1 714 536 8300


3. Santa Ana Art Walk

On the first Saturday of every month, the Art Walk occurs in Downtown Santa Ana. Multiple art galleries welcome families and locals to roam through these galleries and admiring local artists’ work with free admission. Outside of the galleries, vendors and other sellers line the streets, offering arts and crafts for visitors to purchase. Food vendors and live music fill the streets of Santa Ana and bring happiness on a warm summer’s day.

207 N Broadway Ave, Santa Ana, CA, USA


4. Dana Point Summer Concert Series

The Dana Point Summer Concert Series are outdoor free summer concerts. These concerts take place throughout July and August and are held at various locations. Each concert has a different feel and vibe to it, making each event special and unique. Enjoy the beautiful views of Dana Point and the ocean while listening to some of your favorite artists. Some previous bands and artists who have performed were BOSTYX, Peaceful Easy, Fan Halen, Led ZepAgain, and winner of the Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd.


5. Explore the Beaches of Orange County

Orange County is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in California and what’s better than having the opportunity to explore these beaches? Some of the most popular beaches are Crystal Cove State Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Corona Del Mar State Beach. These beaches can be found up and down the coast and have some of the best views, opportunities to explore, and soft white sand.



8 Things To Do if You’re Not Going to Coachella

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If you didn’t get to go to Coachella the first week, and dread the second wave of Coachella, then here are eight ways to keep yourself distracted from the buzz of the festival.

Coachella Week Two: April 20-22

1. Learn about cultural appropriation


While people might think their outfits are *super* trendy, many Coachella attendees fall into cultural appropriation. So, what is cultural appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is the act of taking aspects of a minority culture for aesthetic purposes without knowing the meaning or cultural impact. Many people ignorantly wear cultural based clothing including: bindis, headpieces, dashikis, and other styles to Coachella and engage in appropriation.

So learn about the impacts that accessories and clothing can have and urge your friends to ditch the appropriation this year and find something else to wear instead.

Other links to educate yourself and others about cultural appropriation are:


2. Scroll through Instagram


Okay so you can’t be at the concert, but you can live through your friends and their Coachella filled feeds. Just open up the app and play all of your Instagram stories, it’s almost as good as being there, minus the body odor.


3. Celebrate Earth Day


On April 22nd, take the day and celebrate Mother Earth! Use this day as an excuse to recycle, stay away from meat and dairy and water a plant! If you’re looking for hands-on activities, Orange County’s volunteer-based organization, “One OC”, offers volunteer opportunities for this day. On Earth Day, One OC offers  it’s Santa Ana volunteers a chance to “…clean and paint two classrooms within the community center”. Near the coast, at Bolsa Chica, a community involvement conservancy in Huntington Beach, volunteers can, “assist Nature Conservancy staff with watering native plants, removing non-native invasive plant species, and cleaning up our local regional park of trash and debris.”

If you’re an animal lover, the Irvine Animal Care Center gives their Earth Day volunteers the opportunity to, “create miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted.” If these events sound interesting to you, be sure to get there early- spaces are limited!

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4. Get your own Coachella ‘fits!


Take this opportunity to go and grab some cute Coachella-esque clothing! Head to your local thrift store (i.e. Goodwill) and grab some cheap gems.

5. Go to the movies – see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer



Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty is coming out on April 20th, and while many Coachella attendees will be too busy to see it that weekend, you can get great seats.

The official storyline is : “A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?”

A movie is engaging and fun, and not to mention cheaper, and remains a good option for the weekend!

6. Go see another concert


While the most popular musicians attend Coachella, there are plenty of other artists who play at other venues. Whether its indie or heavy metal, there will be another concert for you.

Check out the House of Blues Anaheim, to see bands such as ZZ Top and the Brevet. Also nearby, the OC Observatory hosts several different artists who are cheaper to go to and closer by. Just because you’re not attending Coachella doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun going out and listening to new music.


7. Make a playlist with songs from artists that are performing


There is an abundance of 2018 Coachella music playlists on Spotify and Apple Music but there is nothing sweeter than putting together your own favorite sounds. Your playlist along with those fire outfits you picked out? It’s almost like you’re there! Here’s a list of this year’s lineup:


8. Give thanks for good food


Over this weekend, eat as much home-cooked food as you can because we all know everyone at Coachella is paying excessive amounts of money for food truck food.



Claire Bishara: Chapman Student and Artist featured at the Anaheim Garden Walk Gallery


Chapman student, Claire Bishara, was chosen out of approximately 15 other artists to paint a giant 17ft mural for the Anaheim GardenWalk outdoor entertainment and shopping center, which will be completed in May of this year.

Over the past two months Bishara has been completing her painting in her garage. “With school and working on other art pieces, it can be hard to find time to finish up my mural but it’s almost there!”

On Sept. 15, 2017 Bishara showcased her artwork at Anaheim GardenWalk’s 5th annual “Art on the Walk” event, where she was discovered by the director of the event, Robin Weeks-Wynne. She chose Bishara for her unique, eye-catching art style and gave her freedom to paint whatever she wanted. With this freedom, Bishara decided to paint something that is both colorful and in your face, so that people can’t miss it when they walk by. Bishara’s finished product will be a place to take pictures in front of and appreciate once it’s on display at the upper level of the Anaheim GardenWalk near the GardenWalk Gallery!

Fckbowls: Fresh Acai Bowls Brought Right to your Dorm Room

Deluxe Acai Bowl. Photo by Ali Higo

Freshmen Ali Higo and Sydney Wu are bringing fresh acai bowls right to your dorm room. Their start-up company, Fckbowls, is run through their Instagram account (@fckbowls), where they take orders through direct messages or via text. They offer two 16-ounce bowls, the Classic Acai Bowl with granola, blueberries, strawberries, bananas and agave for $7, or add cacao, coconut, chia, and almond butter for the $8 Deluxe Acai Bowl. As Strategic Corporate Communications and Accounting majors, these girls have experience on how to advertise and budget a company.

Deluxe Acai Bowl. Photo by Ali Higo

Q: How did you guys come up with this idea?

Ali: With the large explosion of acai lately, we found ourselves always craving it. I have a blender in my room and had always made myself either smoothies or my own acai bowls when I was hungry. Growing up in Hawaii, it was very common and popular for me and my friends to always make acai bowls together, so I was able to learn how to make these bowls through just being with friends and experimenting. Also, being a semi-broke college student and not wanting to constantly spend money, we came up with the idea to form our own company.

Q: Where did the name come from?

Ali: Well, after we had decided to make this a real thing, we were trying to brainstorm names. We both couldn’t take it anymore because we couldn’t figure out what to call our company. We both were frustrated and said “f this” and I remember my roommate advising us to call it Fckbowls and the name just stuck.

Q: What are your key ingredients and supplies?

Sydney: The main ingredient is the Sambazon acai packets, then frozen berries, fresh fruit, coconut shreds, almond butter, peanut butter and cacao. We usually will buy the fruit from either farmers markets or grocery stores, and restock about once a week. The acai packets we buy in bulk from Costco, and luckily we haven’t had to restock those yet.

Ali: The bowls and utensils we order from Amazon, and we purchase those in bulk as well.

Two Deluxe Acai Bowls. Photo by Ali Higo

Q: Have you made a lot of money from this business?

Sydney: We have definitely made a profit this year, but I am still trying to work out all of the numbers. I would say we at least make around $100 a day. It helps being an accounting major and being able to have this real business experience.

Q: How do you feel about being an “undercover” business and are you at all worried about being caught?

Ali: It’s not too bad. Since most of the orders are through our social media, the only real interactions we have with people are just delivering the bowls. We aren’t trying to hide our business, by making anything look suspicious. We just carry around acai bowls, so no one really thinks anything of it. We are not too worried about being caught because we understand that the worst thing that could happen is that we would close.


Q: What has been the biggest challenge you guys have faced so far?

Ali: Time management has been something that we have struggled with. It is hard to balance school and making the acai bowls at the same time.

Sydney: Also, a lot of the time, we want to go out and have fun, so when we get an order for the bowls, we sometimes have to cut our days short to make the bowls and deliver them.

Q: So how do you figure out how to manage your time with school?

Ali: We set our schedules around specific times when we know we won’t be too busy. We both try to also do our homework ahead of time. Our plan is to see how we do this semester, but I don’t think we will be continuing this company later on. It has been a lot of fun, but it is hard to balance making these bowls, while balancing school.

Sydney: We also have a third member on our team, Emily Chen, so having three people on our team allows us to be able to balance our schoolwork.

*The owners of Fckbowls denied to be photographed*




Exploring Leatherby Libraries’ art and artifacts

Photographs and artifacts of Huell Howser’s life found in the basement archive. Photo by Brittany Toombs


A Nobel Prize, artwork dating back to the 15th century, a collection of war missives, and more: the art and artifacts on display at the Leatherby Libraries may come as a surprise to visitors simply in search of a quiet place to study.

Though many students are aware of the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library located on the fourth floor, there are countless other exhibits, artifacts, and museum-quality art on display that students may be unaware is right under their nose.

The museum-style collection, California’s Gold, located in the library’s basement features artifacts and educational pieces about Huell Howser’s television show. Photo by Brittany Toombs

Library Development Coordinator Essraa Nawar explained that the libraries attain art and artifacts a few different ways. Permanent art is either purchased in honor of naming a space in the library or donated by Chapman’s Board of Trustees or community members.

For rotating and nonpermanent exhibits, Nawar says community members, faculty, or students approach the library and suggest ideas to the Arts, Exhibits and Events Committee, a group of twelve library staff members. The committee meets, discusses the potential exhibit, and in most cases, moves forward with developing a new collection.

“We base (our) decision on the fact that we want to inspire students beyond the classroom,” Nawar said. “We want to introduce concepts and ideas and open their minds both visually and intellectually to topics they might not be introduced to otherwise. It compliments research and teaching but also opens their perspectives to other things.”

What exactly is on display throughout the four stories and nine library departments at Chapman?

Librarians’ Favorites

When asked to choose her favorite piece on display at the library, Dean of Leatherby Libraries Charlene Baldwin said, “it’s like asking me who is my favorite child.”

Baldwin, dean of the libraries for over eighteen years, says one of the libraries’ most treasured works of art is the first piece of art the library received, a gift from President Jim Doti and his wife, Professor Lynn Doti.

The piece, Paul Gauguin’s “la Orana Maria”, is a zincograph, a piece of art created by printing on zinc plates. The piece was donated in memory of Roch Edward Doti, the Doti’s first child who passed away. The zincograph is on display by the circulation desk.

A display from The Center for American War Letters’ current exhibition, “My One and Only”, which commemorates soldiers’ love letters in honor of Valentines’ Day. Photo by Brittany Toombs

“The things in the library that are, in general, my favorites are things that are not only beautiful and aesthetic but tell a story and incite some imagination on the part of students,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin says she is also very proud of the stories the library has told by adding themes to the bookable study rooms throughout the library.

“We’ve made a concerted effort to try to use our funding to tell stories about important parts of our world,” Baldwin said.

The Sikh Story Room, study room 208, includes a replica of the Golden Temple, a Sikh holy site, and a turban display. The displays in the Sikh Story room and other themed study rooms are meant to demystify people’s understanding of the world’s religions, according to Baldwin.

As for Assistant Librarian Cotton Coslett’s favorite piece, he points to Chuck Jones’ “The Master’s Series” collection, featuring art by the animator most known for his work on Looney Tunes creating Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and others. The collection showcases his infamous characters in the style of classical paintings.

“It’s interesting because you see Jones painted Bugs Bunny in the style of Dali, or Daffy Duck as a Rembrandt,” Coslett said. “We think of him as drawing these two-dimensional characters, and he was amazing at it, and very funny, but it doesn’t necessary require any classical ability.”

The Oldest

Some of the oldest pieces of art in the Leatherby Libraries is the fourth floor’s collection of Russian icons. Photo by Brittany Toombs

According to Baldwin, the oldest complete work in the Leatherby Libraries is a first edition copy of Liber Chronicarum [Nuremberg Chronicle] by Hartman Schedel, which is essentially the history of the world dating back to 1493. It was one of the first books ever published using movable press type. The book includes 1,800 wood-cut illustrations, with double-page maps of the world as the authors knew it.

Aside from Liber Chronicarum, some of the oldest pieces in the libraries include Bible leaves that date back to the tenth century and Russian Icons of the Saints created sometime after the state converted to Christianity in 988, according to Baldwin.

The Rarest

Housed on the second-floor lobby are 200-year-old African Granary ladders from a Dogon village in Mali, each hewn from a single tree trunk. The ladders were used by Dogon villagers to access roof food storage.

“There’s not many trees left in the Sahara, so they’re very rare,” Baldwin said.

Piece of the original Hollywood sign donated as a part of Huell Howser’s personal “found art” collection. Photo by Brittany Toombs

Also on the second floor is the Doti-Struppa Mountaineering Alcove, which commemorates the ascent of the Chapman Pennant to the top of the Seven Summits by President Jim Doti and other members of the Chapman community. The display includes a rare engraving of the five known summits in 1864 and climbing equipment artifacts.

The second floor also features two prestigious medals: a Nobel Peace Prize and a National Medal of Science.

Vernon L. Smith’s Nobel Prize in economics was donated to Chapman in 2007 when Chapman’s Economic Science Institute was founded. Smith’s medal is on display along with a personal collection of books, posters, and papers. Smith holds the Argyros Chair in Finance and Economics at Chapman.

Hidden in the basement

Many students are not aware that the plethora of art and artifacts Leatherby Libraries has to offer actually begins in the basement. California’s Gold Exhibit and Huell Howser Archives is a miniature museum featuring artifacts from Howser’s life, career, and personal collection, as well as text, images, and interactive features for visitors to browse.

Howser was a Californian television personality most known for hosting, producing, and writing California’s Gold, a human interest show exploring hidden facets of the state. He was a collector of industrial pieces he called “found art”.

200-year-old African Granary ladders from a Dogon village in Mali located found on the second floor lobby. Photo by Brittany Toombs

“The Huell Howser Archive is a primary source not only for people to learn about California, but to learn about how one person’s passion translated to a career,” Baldwin said.

Howser’s art collection, which was donated to Chapman in 2011, spreads outside of the display room into the hallways of the basement level and stairwell. One of Coslett’s favorite pieces from the collection is hidden in the basement’s elevator lobby.

“We get a lot of visitors for Huell Howser because it’s a big draw for local people,” Coslett said. “I always tell them to take the elevator down because when the doors open you see this big piece of white metal—it’s actually a piece of the original Hollywood sign.”

The piece was saved from when the Hollywood sign was switched from original vanity lights to iridescent paint in 1978. Howser acquired the piece and donated it to Chapman soon after.

Also found in the basement is The Center for American War Letters, which houses over 90,000 letters from every American conflict. The center’s current exhibit, titled “My One and Only”, honors Valentine’s Day. The exhibit showcases a collection of American soldiers’ love letters ranging from the Civil War to the Iraq War.

Value of indirect, visual learning

Nawar says the library’s installations contribute to an environment of indirect learning that offsets the laser-focus students have in classrooms.

“When you come to the library, you want to look at something that inspires you or relaxes you,” Nawar said. “It allows students to learn visually without the stress of being graded. It’s an indirect form of learning. It’s not a topic for you to be graded on, it’s a topic for you to explore.”

A collection of Huell Howser’s “found art” located at the base of the stairwell in the Leatherby Libraries’ basement. Photo by Brittany Toombs

Coslett agrees, noting that the library’s collections lend an air of authenticity and academia.

“This isn’t just a collection of books,” Coslett said. “This isn’t a dusty old room full of things you don’t use anymore. It’s a living, breathing place with collections and museum-quality art. It’s easy enough to not notice it, but being in that environment, you’re almost learning by accident.”

Though the pieces on display may be sometimes overlooked, Nawar says their impact on the learning environment is significant.

“What if tomorrow we took all of the art out of the libraries and the walls were plain?” Nawar said. “You would notice the difference, no matter what.”