15 Fantastic Films You Can Find at the Leatherby Libraries

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

2001: A Space Odyssey

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

The Big Lebowski

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

Big Trouble in Little China

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


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


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


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

Godzilla (Gojira)

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

Howard the Duck

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

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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

Lost in Translation

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

The Master

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

Mon Oncle

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

Planet of the Apes

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

Singin’ in the Rain

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


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

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

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

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


Looks like the cat’s out of the bag.

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

  1. There is a (Pricey) VIP Section

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

The Bow Room entrance adorned by a golden bow

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

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

2. Waits are Long 

Customers prepare to enter the cafe.

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

3. Seating is Limited


A family enjoys their pastries inside the cafe.

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

  1. Be Prepared to Splurge 



Displays of sweets offered by the cafe.

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

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

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

5. Nut Allergies? Be Careful

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

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

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

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

All photos by Jennifer Sauceda








Top 10 Halloween Costume Predictions of 2018

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

1. Black Panther

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

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

2. Incredibles

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

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

3. Vines/Memes

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

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

4. Fortnite

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

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

5. 90’s Icon

Group impersonating the Spice Girls. Photo via Flickr user Bruce

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

6. Trump Supporter

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

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

7. Mamma Mia

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

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

8. Youtubers

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

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

9. Unicorns/flamingos

Simple unicorn headpiece costume. Photo via Flickr user Cristiano Valli

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

10. Soundcloud Rapper

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

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

The 10 Stages of Parking at Chapman

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Stage 9: “Screw it I am parking illegally”

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


9 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

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

1. The Bench That Started it All

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

2. The Haunted Mansion’s Fallen Bust

Photo courtesy of HarshLight on Flickr

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

3. Flight Restriction

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

4. The Everlasting Light In Walt’s Apartment

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

5. Tomorrowland Plants

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

6. The Time Capsule

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

7. The Lilly Belle Car

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

8. A Winnie the Pooh Secret

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

9. The Little Man of Disneyland

Photos by Julianna Franco unless otherwise noted.

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

Our 12 California general election propositions – simplified

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

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

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

Proposition 1:

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

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


Proposition 2:

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

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


Proposition 3:

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

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


Proposition 4:

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

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


Proposition 5:

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


Proposition 6:

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


Proposition 7:

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


Proposition 8:

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


Proposition 9:

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


Proposition 10:

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


Proposition 11:

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


Proposition 12:

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

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


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

All GIFs courtesy of GIPHY.


YouTuber Megan Umansky brings Chapman living to her fans

Megan Umansky, a sophomore creative producing major, has more than 86,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, “Megs Umansky.” Umansky created her YouTube channel in 2011 and has been continuously evolving her content ever since. Beginning with simple clothing hauls, and month favorites, Umansky now creates videos about college, fashion, food, travel and beauty routines designed to appeal to other young women. Her most-watched video, a room tour from 2016, received over one million views. Her second most popular video, a Chapman move-in vlog, garnered more than 100,000 views.

Prowl talked with Umansky about the work of running a YouTube channel: brands and sponsorships, advertisements, making money and how the changing rules of YouTube have affected her channel.


Q: What are the benefits and the downsides of having sponsors and a large following on social media platforms?

A: You are offered a lot free stuff. You are also given the opportunity to work with different brands, such as Peet’s Coffee, Re/done Denim, Bondi Self Tanning, Sugar High Shop, Burga cases, Cocofloss, and Zaful. From Peet’s Coffee, I received free coffee, free jeans and t-shirts from Re/done Denim, tanning products from Bondi Self Tanner, clothes from Sugar High Shop, phone cases from Burga cases, floss and goodies from Cocofloss and swimsuits from Zaful. It’s really fun seeing what these brands are passionate about and see what you have in common with them. You also get to talk to all the people and different businesses. It has been a learning experience for sure.

The downsides … sometimes companies don’t give enough control over what you’re doing.  A lot of brands have specific guidelines and rules. Some of the rules are that the brand must be mentioned in the first two minutes, it must be talked about for at least a minute or more, you can’t mention any brands before that brand, things like that. Almost all brands request this especially when there is money involved. And if I don’t want to go with their rules or if I want to do something different, it’s sometimes hard to work it out. But usually they are very negotiable, but some [brands] have stricter rules than others.

Umansky explaining in a video, “MY 1ST SEMESTER AT CHAPMAN,” about her experiences freshman year. Photo courtesy of Megan Umansky.


Q: Do you make most of your money from product placements or advertisements?

A: A lot of money does come from product placements and sponsorships, but I won’t put just anything in my videos. I get dozens of emails each week offering me free products or compensation for a dedicated video or mention. Most of the emails I delete are because it’s not anything I am truly interested in. If I do like the product or know the brand, I will respond and the brand and I will work together on making a fair deal for both of us. Advertisements on my videos also make money. It’s all about the number of views and watch time people spend on my videos.


Q: In relation to monthly income, how does making money on YouTube compare to having a conventional job?

A: I want to clarify that yes, making money from my videos is nice, but it’s not why I do it. I started my channel at 11 years old just for fun and, to this day, it’s still fun. YouTube money has its ups and downs. It’s similar to a job as in, if I don’t put any new content up for a month, my revenue is going to decrease. If I post a video every day, I will make more money. If you go to work every day of the week, you’re going to make more money than if you only went one day of the week.   

Umansky films a day in her life at Chapman on the first day of school. Photo courtesy of Megan Umansky.


Q: Has your business been affected by YouTube’s changing rules concerning demonetization? If so, in what ways?

A: Basically, I just can’t make money off some videos anymore. The entire demonetization thing has affected my videos. I have multiple videos that have been demonetized because of the new “YouTube rules.” It’s annoying because some of those videos [that were demonetized] are still viewed and doing well, but I can’t make money off of them anymore. Songs get my videos demonetized all the time. I have to make sure they’re under 30 seconds if they’re not copyright free. If they’re copyright free, I can use them. Also, I have had them demonetize videos that have nothing wrong, and I just request for review and it will usually get monetized again.


Q: How do you plan to stay relevant and watched given the changing YouTube and social media climate?

A: What’s seen as relevant is always changing, and I think my content will always be changing as I change and grow as a person. I plan to do my thing, and if people like it, that’s awesome and more of a motivator to keep making content.


Q: What future do you see for your YouTube channel?

A: Everything is really confusing. Basically, if a channel can’t grow their subscribers to over 1,000 subscribers, with 4,000 hours of view time, they can’t monetize their videos and make money. This doesn’t [affect] me but it’s hurting a lot of small YouTubers with great content,  which sucks. . . . Many people are saying that influencers are starting to die down. I don’t exactly see that, because I look up to so many people and see how passionate they are through their content. Hopefully people will see the same in mine. And I hope to come up with a specific and positive message to share and become a good example.

Q: What do you anticipate your biggest challenges will be in the future? Do you plan on continuing your YouTube career after you graduate?

A: I have no plans to stop making videos. It’s my passion and it makes me happy. My biggest challenge is finding my niche. I have been making videos for a while and am just now starting to try and figure out where I fit in in the YouTube community.


Q: What is the key to a successful YouTube channel?

A: You have to enjoy it. You can’t be in it for the money or fame. You have to want to do it because if you’re not enjoying it people are not going to enjoy your content as well. Be passionate.

Umansky and her friends give candid advice for being at a university in her “COLLEGE ADVICE from my bffs” video. Photo courtesy of Megan Umansky.


Q: What advice would you give to new YouTubers who are hoping to gain sponsors or exposure?

A: I have rarely ever reached out to brands for a sponsorship. They usually send me emails or Instagram direct messages and I choose to reply based on if I want to collaborate with them or not. But, if you are reaching out to bigger brands, be honest about why you want to collaborate, what you can do for them, and have really good communication with the brand, so nothing goes wrong. And again, it’s about loving what you’re doing and being passionate. If people see the passion in you, they are going to want you to represent their brand and products. Grind out the videos, put a lot of effort and time into them.

The Cult of Struppa

Chapman University President Daniele Struppa is becoming the new “Pete the Panther.”


Chapman students have taken to wearing his image on their hats and shirts, pasting stickers of his face on their water bottles, getting posters of him for their houses, and even getting tattoos of his face. This behavior shows that a new trend is on the rise: Struppa, the meme™.

Hank Moss, a senior animation and visual effects major, created a lot of the merchandise that started this trend: “My original goal was simply to break even, so I tried to think of something that all Chapman students love. I eventually came up with Struppa himself, and ‘Stroops’ was born!”


Many wonder how Moss was able to design products that have already grossed a whole $200.  “I designed the stickers by drawing Struppa out in my sketchbook and then recreating it digitally. Then I sent off the design to an online sticker company that printed the stickers- and same thing with the patches. I iron the patches onto various clothing items which I also buy in bulk online” Moss said.


Struppa was amused to discover his image has become a Chapman meme.


Lol! Maybe I should get a percentage of their profits!!! Just kidding, of course. I am flattered that students would feel comfortable and affectionate enough to do this,” Struppa said in an email to Prowl.

In addition to wearables, students pay tribute to Struppa by hanging his image in their homes.

Sam Jones, a sophomore strategic and corporate communications major, keeps a poster of Struppa hanging in her apartment.

“I think for me and my roommates, [the meme] started because the name is kind of catchy. Then my roommate found that poster, and then we all got the stickers, and it kind of just grew.”

Christian Whittemore, a junior film production major, uses Struppa’s image to advertise his annual four-hour film festival, which was held this year on September 22 at Chapman’s Attallah Piazza. Whittemore views Struppa as a jolly authority figure who is totes meme-worthy.



The college president is not only “funny and relatable” but “an ‘in’ joke for everyone at Chapman,” Whittemore explained.

Steve Murvin, a junior finance and data analytics double major, went a step further to immortalize his college president: He got a tattoo of Struppa’s face on his thigh.. “I honor my bets and that’s what I tell people when they ask me about it- I got the tattoo because I lost a game of odds (the odds were one to five)… The bet happened at a residence life event that Struppa was at.”



“I suspect (Murvin) will eventually have to explain to a girlfriend what the picture of a bearded man is doing on his thigh,” Struppa wrote in his email to Prowl, adding, “That should be an interesting conversation. I wish I could be a fly on the wall when that happens.”

“It has not come up with romantic partners at all.  At least not as of yet,” said Murvin.

Orange You Glad It’s Halloween? Nine Local Haunted Attractions You’re Dying to go to

Halloween is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than visiting SoCal’s best tricks and treats? Here are nine local haunts to have you in the Halloween spirit all of October.

Universal Studios: Horror Nights

Photo by Lily Currin

With its multitude of mazes and made-to-scare attractions, Horror Nights provides all the night-time spooks you want, and it is most certainly not for the faint of heart.

-Price: General Admission $60-$97, Early Access $89-$139

-Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

-Mazes/Haunts: Stranger Things, Trick ‘R Treat, The First Purge, The Poltergeist, Halloween 4, Blumhouse: Truth or Dare and Unfriended, Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry, Universal Monsters, The Walking Dead

-Scare Zones: Monster Masquerade, Trick ‘R Treat, Hell’s Harvest, Toxxic Tunnel, Holidayz in Hell

-Safety/Restrictions: Loud Sounds, Sudden Movements, Fog, Strobe Lights, No Costumes

-Website: https://hollywood.halloweenhorrornights.com/

The Queen Mary: The Dark Harbor


Photos courtesy of The Queen Mary

Long Beach’s most famous haunted ship has a Halloween array of haunted mazes and ghost tours, and a Halloween themed bar for guests over 21!

-Price: $39-$99

-Location: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

-Mazes/Haunts: Feast, B340, Lullaby, Deadrise, Circus, Intrepid

-Safety/Restrictions: –

-Website: https://www.queenmary.com/calendar-of-events/dark-harbor/home/

Six Flags: Fright Fest


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Six flags has scarier attractions than the 208 foot drop of the Superman ride during the Halloween season; monsters will be roaming the park and escorting you through various haunts.

-Price: $64.99 – $84.99

-Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

-Mazes: Condemned – Forever Damned, Sewer of Souls, Willoughby’s Resurrected, Hell Fest, Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising, Red’s Revenge

-Scare Zones: City Under Siege, The Shadows, Witches Lair, Exile Hill, Nightmares: A Twisted Fantasy, Terrortory Twisted, Demon’s Door

-Safety/Restrictions: –

-Website: https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain/special-events/fright-fest-night

Knott’s Scary Farm

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For those of you who don’t mind nightmares, Knott’s Scary Farm has a plethora of attractions, big and small, dedicated to spook you all night long.

-Price: $42- $58

-Location: 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

-Mazes/Haunts: Mazes: Dark Ride, Dark Entities, The Depths, Paranormal Inc., Pumpkin Eater, Shadow Lands, Special Ops: Infected, The Red Barn, Trick or Treat: Lights Out, Scare Zones: CarnEVIL, Ghost Town Streets, Forsaken Lake, The Hollow

-Safety/Restrictions: Loud Sounds, Sudden Movements, Strobe Lights, Fog

-Website: https://www.knotts.com/play/scary-farm

17th Door

Photo by A. Vahanvaty

This extreme haunt is full of haunted dolls and puppets and is one of the only Halloween attractions that require a waiver in the SoCal area.

-Price: $23-$37

-Location: 1851 W Orangethorpe Ave Fullerton, CA 92833

-Mazes/Haunts: Crybaby

-Safety/Restrictions: Waiver needed, Electrical shock, Claustrophobia, Touching, Insects, Liquids, Foul Scents, Dizziness, Fog, Strobe Lighting, Moving Floors, Loud Noises, Projectiles, No Costumes

-Website: https://the17thdoor.com/

Haunted Hayride

Photo by Cory Doctorow

Whether you want to walk around or be trapped in a wagon where there’s no escape, the Haunted Hayride has multiple options for those looking for a fright!

-Price: $30.99 – $49.99

-Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

-Mazes/Haunts: Purgatory, Haunted Hayride, House of Shadows, Trick or Treat

-Safety/Restrictions: Flashing Lights

-Website: http://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/

Haunted OC: Ghost Walks


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Smith Hall isn’t the only building in Old Towne Orange to have a ghostly presence. Follow a guided tour of Orange’s most haunted buildings and learn haunted history with the Ghost Walks of Orange County.

-Price: $23

-Location: 17702 Mitchell N, Irvine, CA 92614

-Haunts: The Vineland Hotel, Elliott Alumni House, Matoska Trading Co., The Royer Mansion, Rutabegorz, The Antique Depot, Chapman Antique Mall

-Safety/Restrictions: –

-Website: https://www.hauntedoc.com/orangeghostwalk.htm



Photos by NeONBRAND

Get in the Halloween spirit right in Anaheim! The ghost and ghouls of Horrorworld are always ready for new victims.

-Price: $20-$45

-Location:  5702 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807

-Mazes/Haunt: Horrorworld

-Safety/Restrictions: Claustrophobic Situations, Crawling, Foul Odors, Strobe Lighting, Fog, Dizziness, May Get Wet

-Website: https://www.thefleshyard.com/

Pumpkin Nights

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 For the scaredy cats of Chapman, Pumpkin Nights is an art exhibit in LA that is devoted to celebrating pumpkins. There are live pumpkin carvers, movie events, and eight lands of carved pumpkins.

-Price: $20 General Admission, $14 after 8pm

-Location: Pomona Fairplex 1101 W Mckinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

-Haunts: 8 Carved Pumpkin lands: Pumpkin Pirate Cove, Maravilla Lane, Pumpkin Reef, Spider Alley, Forbidden Pumpkin City, Great Pumpkin Hall, Monster Mash, Pumpkin Passage

-Safety/Restrictions: –

-Website: https://pumpkinnights.com/

Schools Out, Pets Out: Students are dumping their pets at the end of the semester.

Students vacating campus for the summer are leaving behind more than just their school work.

Chester, an abandoned Pit bull, has been at OC Animal Care since April.

When the school year is over, students returning home or moving after graduation often find themselves stuck on what to do with their animals. While some find new owners for their pets, others are depositing them at animal shelters or even dumping them on the streets.

According to Brittany Hayes, the director of OC Animal Care’s community outreach program, there is a correlation between the time students leave school in May and the number of shelter intakes in college towns.  

In May 2017, there were 1,653 intakes compared to 896 intakes in November 2017.  But that increase may not be entirely due to students leaving: Spring is also the peak mating season for cats, leading to an increase in stray kittens, said OC Animal Care field worker Amy Hernandez.

Nonetheless, there are students who find themselves unable to take the pets they brought with them to Chapman or took in while here to their next destination.

Chapman alumna Dana Lujack took responsibility for finding a home for her friend’s cat, Captain after he was abandoned in Orange over the summer while his owner went home to Portola Valley.

“It’s always a risk taking an animal to the shelter,” Lujack said. “But I didn’t have another option, he was just bouncing around the neighborhood.”

Lujack said she didn’t want to take the cat to Orange County Animal Shelter because it’s a kill shelter and costs money to surrender a pet. In 2017, there were 3,594 shelter euthanasias according to OC Animal Care’s statistics.

Even when students try to hand off their pets to shelters, they encounter obstacles involving animal health, residency, expenses and refusal for other reasons.

When Lujack couldn’t find another home for Captain, she tried to relinquish him to OC Animal Shelter and was turned down because it was at max capacity and because she wasn’t an Orange County resident.

Lujack ran into the same issues at four other shelters.

Miley, an abandoned Pit bull mix, is one of 59 dogs waiting to be adopted at OC Animal Care.

A lot of rescue organizations and animal shelters such as OC Animal Care, require proof of residency to take in animals, limiting the options of Chapman students who rent houses and live in dorms.

The shelter has strict guidelines for accepting animals, according to OC Animal Care field worker Amy Hernandez. The shelter can’t be at max capacity, there must be proof of residency and the animal must be healthy and considered adoptable. There’s also a surrender fee which increased from $81 to $306 on September 1.

“People will do whatever they can to get around paying,” Hernandez said. “I can only imagine the amount of students who give up their pets because of financial issues, they’re not going to [want to] pay these fees.”

These restraints reduce the options for students who are unable to take care of their animals while they’re gone for the summer or if they move away after graduation.

When students are unable to find a new home for their pet or can’t relinquish it to a shelter, they sometimes abandon them on the streets with the assumption that the animal will be picked up by the authorities and end up in a shelter anyways, said Hayes.

Kimara Velez, a junior public relations and advertising major, adopted two pet bunnies, Molly and Bambi, with her roommate freshman year.

After a couple weeks of keeping the rabbits in their dorm room in South Morlan, Velez opened the bright green door to find Molly dead, cause unknown. Bambi was getting too big to keep in a dorm room, so Velez set him loose in the Morlan courtyard.  

Maggie, a relinquished chow-lab mix, is one of 30,000 animals taken in at OC Animal Care in the past year.

“We couldn’t take care of them,” Velez said. “Bambi was better off on his own.”

Other students turn to friends and family to take in the pets they can’t take with them.

Sienna Newton, a junior strategic and corporate communications and psychology major, bought a six-week-old Pomeranian, Casper, the second semester of her freshman year.

“I liked the idea of having a dog, but I didn’t realize how big of a responsibility it would be,” Newton said.

By finals week, Newton realized she couldn’t take Casper back to her home in London with her for the summer, so she decided to leave him with a family friend in Los Angeles. She never picked up Casper again.

“Students need to consider if it’s the best time in their life to have a pet right now,” Hayes said. “A pet is a lifelong commitment, not a semester-long one.”

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) urges students who can’t make the commitment to look into volunteer opportunities at local shelters and rescue groups or find jobs pet sitting and dog walking.