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

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


What was your mentality going into college?

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


What were your interests?

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


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

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


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

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


What is something about yourself that makes you proudest?

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


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


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


Start small:

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

Here are some suggestions on how to start small:

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


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

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


Stay inspired:

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

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


“Who am I?” tests:

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



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

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

Exploring Chapman’s Hookup Culture


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

Five horror stories about missing a final

1. Dubai today, a random city in Texas tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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


2. Double Whammy

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


3. The Two Hour Long Red Light

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

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

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

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


4. Beware the Shrimp

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Manic Monday

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

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

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

A day in the life during finals

Finals are almost here, which means an erratic sleep schedule, endless exhaustion, and profound frustration are coming too. Along with stress comes the highs of Undie Run, cookies in the library depending on what time you get there, and struggles to find the perfect study spot when all of Chapman suddenly populates the library. These ups and downs add up to a day in the life of a student at Chapman during Finals week, as well as trauma and a dire need for a long nap.

Starting the day by waking up way too early to study.


Then dropping dead of exhaustion on your way to the library


Walking into the library and finding every seat taken.


Finding the cookie plate and coffee canister empty.


Then finding the perfect spot to study after what feels like 10 million hours have passed. However, this time you realize that you don’t remember when the last time you ate was and you’re starving.


You realize after finally getting some work done that your laptop and or phone is about to die.


Finally, that 3 a.m. feeling when you try to get some sleep but you’re not tired anymore.



The best study snacks within 10 minutes of Chapman

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

Blue Bowl and Growl Juice Pub

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

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Click here for Blue Bowl’s menu.

Click here for Growl’s menu.


Blue Bowl’s Address and Hours:

417 S Main St

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

Growl’s Address and Hours:

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152-A N Glassell St. 

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

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


Mead’s Green Door Cafe


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

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


Address and Hours:

642 W Chapman Ave

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

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

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Thai Towne Eatery


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

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Click here for Thai Towne Eatery’s menu.


Address and Hours:

152 N Glassell St.

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


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


Brot Coffee Coffee


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

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Click here for Brot’s menu.


Address and Hours:

316 S Main St.

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


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


Green Tomato Grill


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


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Click here for Green Tomato Grill’s menu.


Address and Hours:

1419 N Tustin St.

Monday- Sunday: 8am-9pm

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

Are the Sandhu ravens raving mad?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their futile home building efforts irk Fisher in multiple ways.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Alleged Cancellation of Chapman’s Career Readiness Programs

Photo of the Office of Career and Professional Development. Photo by Katie Whitman

Chapman students are disheartened over the apparent cancellation of the ATLAS, Compass, and Summit career readiness programs offered by the Career Development Center.

“I’m upset because Chapman likes to say it’s a small university that encourages personalized attention but the truth is this place operates like a business which puts big numbers before the individual student it says it serves,” Hailey Shannon, a creative writing major who is a part of the Compass program said.

Babylon was told about the cancellation of the programs during a discussion with a superior.

The programs are being canceled due to low attendance, said Sahzeah Babylon, a career educator at the Center who runs ATLAS, a program that caters to undeclared students, and Compass, which helps transfer students. Babylon said the administration plans to replace the three customized programs with a single, more generalized program. This is the last semester for the specialized programs, which cater to students with specific challenges that they address through a combination of group instruction and labor-intensive, personalized coaching.

It is standard practice for Chapman’s Office of Career and Professional Development to evaluate all of its programs and services at the end of each semester, and the Compass, ATLAS, Summit and Passport programs are among those being reviewed, Jo Etta Bandy, the executive director of the Career and Professional Development Center said via email.

“In the spirit of continuous improvement, we will always have a focus on evolving our work in order to provide the maximum benefit to our students,” Bandy said via email. “No decisions have been relative to any of our programs at this point in time.”

Babylon also runs a program called Passport which assists international students with career development. The Passport program will not be cancelled, according to Babylon but she is unsure about what the program will look like.

Hailey Shannon and Sahzeah Babylon at the last Passport session where Babylon facilitated a conversation about culture shock. Photo courtesy of Hailey Shannon

Adrianna Davies, the student assistant for the Career and Professional Development Center, said she was not aware that the programs were being axed. However, “I know this year there was very low attendance and the career center is trying their best to get the word out that these programs are happening. Every year we have to meet a quota and this year we barely met it.”

The attendance for Compass during Fall 2017 was 9 students who completed the program and in Spring 2018, 11 completed the program.

Passport (currently in its 3rd semester): Fall 2017, 8 completed the program / Spring 2018, 13 completed the program.

ATLAS: Fall 2017, 5 completed the program / Spring 2018, 10 completed the program.

“My programs actually ended with higher attendance in every single program (compared to previous semesters,) Babylon said via email.

“There are normally 50 plus students that complete the Summit program, this time there were close to 70 signed up and 30-ish that finished,” Babylon said via email. “This is the first time the numbers have gone down (in the Summit program) and I’m not sure why they did.”

Hailey Shannon and Sahzeah Babylon at the Summit certificate Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Hailey Shannon

Susan Chang, the assistant director of the Career and Professional Development Center, did not respond to three emails and one voicemail requesting comment.

The Summit program, a professional development series, is run by graduate student Maria Khalil.

Khalil did not respond to three emails requesting to comment.

Chapman students say the customized programs have been crucial in preparing them for careers and fill gaps not addressed by classes.

“Sahzeah met with me over multiple weeks and multiple sessions to ensure that every margin, word, and sentence was perfect for my resume,” said Noah Estrada Rand, a psychology major. “She genuinely cared about my success as a student who barely knew what a proper college resume looked like.”

Babylon’s “vast knowledge in all aspects and steps of finding and pursuing a career is what made her stand out from every other staff and faculty member at Chapman,” he added.

Hailey Shannon credited Babylon with winning her an internship.

“I went through the Compass program and she (Babylon) makes you go to an internship EXPO that happens in the fall; I went to the internship EXPO and I found the internship for the Newport Beach festival,” said Shannon. “The only reason I was prepared for the interview for the Newport Beach festival internship was because of Shahzeah’s program; I have learned more from her about how to walk into a professional setting then I have from any of my other classes.”

Andre Kacie, a junior business administration major recently transferred to Chapman this semester and is a part of the Compass program, which he praised for building a sense of community while building participants’ confidence and skills..

“Sahzeah really puts so much time and personal care into making sure that everyone in the program was getting the one-on-one attention they needed,” Kacie said. “Interviewing and resume building is not the most exciting thing to work on, but she made the program so fun and positive that I enjoyed going every week… I would be so sad to see the program go.”

Erin Guy, a junior public relations, and advertising major, polished her elevator pitch, learned how to conduct an informational interview, perfected her resume and practiced his interview and networking skills in the Compass program.

“I feel much more prepared for my after-college years and felt I have made a lasting bond and essential resource in my relationship with Sahzeah, ” Guy said.

Babylon’s warmth, joyful approach and personalized assistance buoyed her spirits and “made made me feel prepared for the future and sure about my decision to transfer.”

The Summit program was created by Dean Price’s office originally through student affairs but was handed over to the Career and Professional Development Center, according to Babylon . It is a professional development series that lasts seven weeks, Babylon said.

Babylon said the personalized, labor-intensive approach will be replaced with a more generalized one-size-fits-all series of seminars. “I think what is going to happen is they are going to have presentations or seminars throughout the semester and students are required to go to one at the beginning of the semester,” Babylon said. “Then they (the students) have to go to four or five sessions to get a certified certificate at the end of the semester for attending all the programs.”

That may sound like a good idea, but there are some fall backs, she said.

“In small programs, the whole idea is that you form a community, you get to know the person your working with and you build this network of people,” Babylon said. “How is that supposed to happen if you are just going to a random seminar presentation sometime during the semester?”

The programs new replacement program will be run by Susan Chang with her Grad assistant Maria Khalil, according to Babylon.

The ATLAS program targets freshman and sophomores that are undeclared and has been going on for the last four years, Babylon said.

The Compass program which was developed last semester was designed to help transfer students who had problems transitioning. “Transfer students were graduating but they weren’t getting involved, they weren’t networking, all the things that are necessary to Chapman,” Babylon said. “The program was created to get a jump start into all those things.”

Ten things to do before finals are over 

Finals are just around the corner, and after that, school’s out. As the year comes to a close, here’s a list of things you should do before you go home for the summer.  


Use all your Panther Bucks 


They don’t transfer over to next year, so use them all up before they disappear! 


Buy storage containers 


Where did all this stuff come from?! Don’t worry, Target has you covered, selling storage bins for a cheap as $8.99.  


Eat all the food in your fridge 


No one wants to be greeted next year by a moldy peach.  


Rent a storage room 


For a small storage room at Storage West, the cost is $74.95 a month. See you in the fall, bike. 


Write a harsh course evaluation for the professor who wronged you 


They deserved it. 


Get one last dance in at the District Lounge 


Nothing says a good time like being grinded on by complete strangers.  


Go to our beloved Pizza Press 


We will miss you.  


Return all your textbooks on Amazon


Or if you bought it, sell them back at your own price. You won’t need those anymore. 


Participate in Undie Run 


There’s nothing like running through the streets in your underwear to put you in a good mood. Undie Run kicks off at midnight May 16 in the Piazza.  


Cry as you say goodbye to your friends 


Don’t worry, summer will be over before you know it. We’ll be together again soon. 

More Than a Phrase: The Stories I Am Chapman Hopes to Tell

Only three phrases describe each student displayed in the halls of Argyros Forum. While things like “not a stereotype” or “a statistical anomaly” might mean something to passers-by, the true stories behind each label is known only to the students who self-ascribes to them. Students from the I Am Chapman campaign reveal why they chose the phrases now serving as their ambassadors to the public.

Tyler Wimbish

Outside the Cross Cultural Center in Argyros Forum, senior business administration major, Tyler Wimbish, poses in front of her portrait. Photo by Julien Khvang.


“I am indeed Black, which is a rarity to find at Chapman so I had to be sure to put that as the first descriptor. I believe our population on campus consists of 1.4 percent of black students,” said Tyler Wimbish, senior business administration major.

Freshman enrollments of African Americans since Fall 2013 averages to 1.58 percent of the overall classes, according to information from the chapman website.

The Daughter of a Veteran

“I absolutely adore my parents and appreciate their past so I had to be sure to represent my father’s journey, as our parents’ decisions also shape their children’s lives. My dad was in the military and I wanted to showcase that,” Wimbish said

A Statistical Anomaly

After taking sociology… I learned that, on paper, I am a special case. I am a black female, in college, with a high IQ, two married parents, from the suburbs and I’m 20 years old with no children of my own, and according to statistics, which I don’t always believe, none of this is supposed to true for someone with my background. So, I am a statistical anomaly. My whole life, I have never played by the rules. I wanted to show that I am not a number or a negative statistic in a textbook that people like to classify. I am more than that. I don’t have any life trauma or a sob story. I am just me living my best life. My life is not perfect, but it surely isn’t horrible either and the experiences within it, have made me the person I am today, Wimbish said.


Brittni Gutierrez

Across from Cross Cultural Center, in Argyros Forum, senior political science major, Brittni Gutierrez, stands in front of her portrait. Photo by Julien Khvang.

A Domestic Violence Survivor

“I tell the story to those who are close to me but it always seemed like I was hiding it from others as if I was supposed to be ashamed of it. I didn’t want to feel that way anymore and I did not want to be a victim because i’m not. I survived and he cannot take my strength away from me anymore,” said Brittni Gutierrez, senior political science major.

Not a Stereotype

“The sentence that “I am not a stereotype,” refers to the fact that most Mexican/Hispanic women are mothers at this age. Which means giving up so many things such as education. I am graduating in a few weeks and that’s because I didn’t let myself get caught in that cycle that most Mexican women do. I am not a stereotype. I will be married before I begin to have children. Obviously, that’s not for everyone, but I didn’t want to be the typical latina that’s pregnant before I finish school or am married,” Gutierrez said.


“The last statement I am Powerful refers to the fact that I am strong despite everything I’ve gone through. Parents divorced since I was two. Abusive father. Custody battle. Then raped and abused by someone I thought who loved me at the time. I’ve grown so much so fast and sometimes it’s not always a good thing. But I’m stronger for it. Without going through all of that I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am powerful despite these setbacks,” Gutierrez said.


Elliana Takano

In the Argyros Forum hall, opposite Qdoba, Elliana Takano, business administration major stoops next to her portrait. Photo by Julien Khvang.

A Pacific Islander

“My ethnicity is a huge part of who I am, I grew up in Hawaii for a few years when I was younger and have lived in Oregon for the rest. Even though we live in Oregon my parents still influence the Hawaiian and Japanese culture and I think this allowed me to be more open minded,” said Elliana Takano, business administration major

A Chemistry Minor

“I chose to put chem minor as one of them because I feel like not many people are chemistry minors, I like both business and science but there’s not enough time to major in both in 4 years, so I wanted to still be involved in science while majoring in business,” Takano said.

An Optimist

“For optimist, I really try to have a happy outlook on life, this sounds cliché but today there are so many bad things happening in the world, that I feel like it is important to have a happy outlook on life and enjoy being in the moment,” Takano said.

The I Am Chapman campaign means a lot to many people, providing an opportunity to share and gain mutual understanding.

“I am chapman means being part of a bigger community and this allows me to share a little about who I am with the rest of chapman… this brings us closer as a community and makes everyone feel welcome knowing that everyone is accepted for who they are,” Takano said.