Tinder Barely Passes with Tinder U

Tinder U is a way for students to meet with one another from different universities. Photo by Tumisu on pixabay.

Students don’t give Tinder’s new dating platform very high marks. The much-heralded update restricts their dating options down to other college students but it turns out Chapman users prefer a wider field of selections.

“Tinder U,” launched in August, allows users to filter their dating searches down to other users who also share a university-affiliated email address.

But, students who have given the new service a whirl complain that it’s flawed—sometimes matching them with students far away at other universities and that they don’t necessarily want to be matched with someone they may have already met in their math class.

“Chapman is already small enough,” said Jamie Garcia, a senior psychology and integrated education studies major.

Because Tinder U narrows in on college students, it would make meeting people on campus through Tinder very “awkward,” Garcia said.

Since most Tinder users are of 18-24 years old, the app wants to craft an experience “specifically for them,” said Lauren Probyn, Director of Global Marketing & Events for Tinder.

The feature is meant to connect students to more of their peers and make it easier for users to match with those closer in their area, according to Probyn.

But, sophomore screen acting major Luca Rorh has found that, upon signing in with Tinder U, his feed is flooded with students who are well outside his set radius.

“My range is currently set for 9 miles, and yet the first person that popped up is someone from Azusa Pacific, 15 miles away,” Rorh said.

Rorh initially signed on to Tinder U to meet more Chapman students but views the newest update as a roadblock.

“I can’t just switch back to just Chapman. I don’t want to match with people from USC,” said Rorh.  

Rather than prioritizing geographic location, Rorh has found that the Tinder U feature places student profiles from far away universities before non-student users that may be closer to him.

He believes this takes the convenience out of online dating, and he’s not alone.

Junior computer science major Charlie Story confesses to being as disappointed with the mechanics of the app as Rorh.

“It actually confuses me because sometimes I’ll match with people farther out of my 15 miles that I put. Then, I’m like ‘she’s like 79 miles away’,” Story said.

In response to such complaints, Tinder U maintains that location preferences are still up to each user’s discretion.

“If someone is using Tinder U at NYU and their radius is set at 50 miles, they will see students at Hunter College, Columbia, Barnard, etc.,” said Gabrielle Aboodi, Senior Accountant Executive for Tinder.  

Per Tinder protocol, students are able to enter their location and set up a personalized radius for potential matches. But, once a user signs in as a student, the app then allows users to swipe on other students at their own college, as well as nearby schools, according to its website.

Tinder also states that a student may turn the Tinder U filter off at any time.

Tinder U is only available for students at “4-year, accredited, not-for-profit schools in the U.S. that deliver courses in traditional face-to-face learning format,” Probyn said.

If a user is not connected with Tinder U, but they have a regular Tinder account, they’ll still show up on the app of a Tinder U user, though presented much later.

Tinder has stated that they are “unable” to disclose any numbers regarding how many students are actually taking advantage of the Tinder U feature.

The overall Chapman consensus on Tinder, as a whole, is varied. Some students’ original goals for joining the online dating pool are unclear.

“Honestly, your guess is as good as mine,” said Kyler Hannah, a senior psychology and strategic & corporate communications major.

Hannah tried Tinder U, but ultimately reverted back to classic Tinder.

“I didn’t like [Tinder U]. I just feel like I don’t always want to date in the [college] community,” Hannah said.

Hannah views the basic version of Tinder as her “way to get out of” the typical circles she runs in on campus, making Tinder U inattentive to her specific needs within the app.

Junior psychology major Samantha Scherba finds Tinder U appealing, as someone who “wants to date a guy who’s well educated.” Scherba only sees  benefits in “having [Tinder] on a university level.”

Tinder U advertises these changes as a chance to organize study sessions, coffee dates, and meet new faces. However, some students disagree with what the app actually stands for and how they are using it.

Tinder U “is window shopping,” according to Story.

Contrary to what Tinder U advertises, Story believes the site promotes hookup culture and short-term flings.

Chapman Students Convert Art into Commerce

Most artistic professions are notorious for being unremunerative, but some Chapman students are already making money from their artistic creations. Noah Jacobs, Genevieve Geller, and Dane Nakama are three Chapman students who have already launched real-world businesses while juggling crazy course loads.

Noah Jacobs

Noah Jacobs is the creator and owner of the clothing company Spilt Milk, which sells shirts and accessories and can also find on Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Noah Jacobs.

 

Noah is a junior business administration major with emphasis in marketing and minor in data analytics who serves as the parliamentarian of Chapman’s professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi.

Q: How did Spilt Milk start?

A: In spring of 2017, while planning to release my work, I made the mistake of waiting until the last minute to check the trademark databases. I found out that someone had already taken the name that I wanted to use. I had to scrap everything in my portfolio. At that point, I was completely discouraged about continuing the company. I talked to my dad, who is one of my biggest mentors, and he told me not to cry over spilt milk. That really resonated with me, and I thought it was a great name for a company. I wanted to promote the “don’t cry” philosophy- accepting that failure is something we can use to motivate ourselves towards our goals in life.

 

Q: How much money do you typically make from Spilt Milk?

A: I’ve made a little over $2,000 off of a $2,500 total investment. I have recovered all of my initial investment in the company and the money that I make always gets reinvested. But, honestly it’s never been about the money. It’s something I’m passionate about, and being able to run the company and be creative has totally enhanced my college experience.

 

Q: As a full-time student, active member of AKPsi, and having part-time jobs, how do you fit Spilt Milk into your schedule?

A: It’s pretty difficult. There are only so many hours in a day and with school work, it’s always a challenge. Because it’s something that I am passionate about it, I leave time for it. It’s not a chore to me.

 

Q: From building your campaign, what have you learned about promotion?

A: The key to promotion isn’t just handing things out and blasting people with information. The key is taking the time to focus on every individual and make a connection between them and your company whatever you are promoting. It is so important to have a central message or theme people can really connect with. I have definitely boosted sales with pop-up shops on campus and getting that in-person contact. I’ve been a part of the House of the Arts show, Chapman’s art festival that happens every semester since Fall 2017, for the past two semesters. Being able to promote my art and being around other artists is where most of the sales come from. It’s very valuable, because customers can see the connection between the art and the artist.

 

Senior Becket Edwards modeling Spilt Milk’s Winter 17/18 “Black Outline Long Sleeve” ($24.99)

Photo Courtesy of Noah Jacobs.

Friends of Noah Jacobs and Chapman students Tiffany Orite, Grace Moon, and Becket Edwards modeling for Spilt Milk’s Winter 2018 “White and Black Outline Long Sleeve”($24.99) 

Photo courtesy of Noah Jacobs.

 

Genevieve Geller

Genevieve Geller is a junior graphic design major and runs her design and illustration business selling prints and custom art.

Photo courtesy of Genevieve Geller.

Genevieve has worked at Chapman Student Engagement as a graphic designer since spring of her freshman year and has interned at and an apparel company and design studio this summer. She also served as the creative director for the Alpha Phi sorority last year.

 

Q: How important is the Internet / social media for promotion?

A: The Internet and social media are absolutely essential for promotion of my work. Besides the initial connections I made in person when I was first starting out my design business, I have pretty much gotten all of my projects from people finding me on Instagram.

 

Q: What alliances help you to promote your work and keep your business running?

A: I definitely have strong alliances with other people in the graphic design program at Chapman. I have a core group of design friends who lift each other up by promoting each other’s work, critiquing each other, and collaborating on projects. Within the Chapman community I’ve also definitely received a lot support from House of the Arts. Their festivals have provided a place for me to sell posters and stickers, and just get my work seen.

 

Q: What inspires your artwork?

A: Many things inspire my artwork, so it’s difficult to place just a few things. I’d say my use of color is inspired by Impressionism, which was a big part of my early education. In general, I think my work is very playful, and I definitely attempt to convey my own sense of humor through my illustrations.

 

Q: What was your toughest profitability challenge and how did you overcome it?

A: My toughest profitability challenge is definitely school-work balance. I make most of my money from freelance projects, which means that at any given time, I could have multiple deadlines for work outside of school while simultaneously trying to finish projects for four different graphic design classes. I had to pull an all-nighter the night before I left to study abroad, because I had a client project due the next day. I’ve had to turn down freelance projects just to maintain my own sanity and a decent sleep schedule.

 

Q: How much do you typically make?

A: So far this year, I’ve made just over $3,550 on freelance projects and selling prints and stickers. The average per project is $100-$150, but I have had larger projects in the $300-$500 range. It all depends on who the client is and the scale of the project.

 

“I’m also very inspired by surrealist imagery – my logo, which is a fish with legs, was inspired by a work by Rene Magritte.”

Courtesy of Genevieve Geller.

 

An original digital sketch done last year and its process!  

Courtesy of Genevieve Geller.

 

Dane Nakama

Dane is featured here with his floral logo and runs his business selling stickers, prints, and clothing on his website and Instagram.

Photo Courtesy of Dane Nakama.

 

Dana Nakama is a sophomore studio art major and minor in VR and AR.  He is also the president of Chapman University’s Art Club (CUAC) and juggles being an on-campus gallery and studio lab assistant.

 

Q: What inspired you to hand-sew?

A: My line of fashion and merchandise is primarily based on my artwork, and in my artwork, the medium of embroidery lent itself to my practice. The expressive power of lines is a reoccurring attribute in my work. I place an emphasis on intention, and embroidery asks me to consider every little detail. Unlike painting or drawing, I can’t simply cover it up or erase it.

 

Q: How much money do you make on average from your line?

A: It depends. I can’t gauge my pay off of an hourly wage like most people, but within a day of good sales at an event or fair, I can make an average of $700-$900. During the summer season, if I’m taking orders, I make around the same amount over the course of a couple of weeks.

 

Q: Do you hope to continue your clothing line after college?

A: I definitely hope to sell clothing and merchandise after college, but not as a priority. My main focus is the artwork. The clothing, prints, and stickers I sell are to make my artwork more affordable and accessible to a wider audience.

 

Q: What alliances do you have to keep your business running?

A: I manage all the merchandise I sell, including clothing. I have worked with local companies in the past to mass produce items such as stickers and printed shirts, but I produce all of the handmade products such as embroidered fashion and prints. However, I truly would not have been able to do as much without the support of my friends and customers. Not only have my friends volunteered to help man my sales booths and model for my clothing line, but also they have provided positive feedback and constant encouragement.

 

Q: What was your biggest profitability challenge and how did you overcome it?

A: Working in any creative field is difficult for one main reason: you have to trust your own creativity and gut to produce items that will sell. Profiting from your own creative ability is anything but clean cut. My main sales demographic is primarily high school and college students, so I want to keep my items affordable but also be able to compensate myself for the time and money I’ve invested. After purchasing materials and accounting for efforts, there is very little room for a large profit – but maybe that’s just because I am bad with numbers *haha*. There is a reason not many people choose to do their own business: It takes a lot of work, and you really have to have a love for what you do.

 


Dre Durisic, friend of Dane’s and non-Chapman student, modeling “Rippled Reflections” ($85).

 

Aki Shigeyama, sophomore business major, modeling “Bloom Collared Shirt” ($30).

Loriann Bilal, sophomore strategic and corporate communications major, modeling “Bloom Dress” ($90).

Jon Le, sophomore business administration and data analytics major, modeling “Flower Shirt (black)” ($20).

Photos by NativeFour and queenbsart, courtesy of Dane Nakama.

 

 

 

 

 

Six tips from honors students on how to ace your finals

Prowl interviewed some University Honors Program students with the highest GPAs at Chapman to get some helpful tips on establishing better study habits, such as using the Pomodoro Technique, working with other people to get multiple perspectives on a topic and how to find the best study spot.

 

1. Try the Pomodoro Technique

Would you rather take three hours to get one thing done, or  an hour and 20 minutes to get four things done? The Pomodoro Technique, created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s, provides a framework to help you get more done in less time. The main premise behind the Pomodoro Technique is to work in blocks of time, typically 25 minutes long, followed by a five minute break. These intervals are named pomodoros, the English plural of the Italian word “pomodoro,” which translates to  tomato, after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Citrillo used as a college student. Each Pomodoro session demands your full attention on one task, and every break requires you to step away from your work to rest.

Here’s how to implement the Pomodoro Technique:

Make a to-do list of the assignments you absolutely need to do that day and set time frames for each task. For example:

  • 25 minutes – HON 498
  • 25 minutes – Portfolio
  • Five minute break
  • 25 minutes – IES 492
  • 25 minutes – Presentation
  • Five minute break

The result is improved productivity and satisfaction with your work, as well as decreased boredom.

Download the “Focus Keeper Free: work & Study Timer” app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/focus-keeper-free-work-study-timer/id867374917

2. Get a planner

Even if you think that all of your assignments and reminders can be stored in your head, top students find  reminder apps, calendars, and planners to be extremely helpful in getting tasks done and remembering everything that you need to accomplish and when. The apps below allow you to set aside time for studying and set reminders to get your assignments in on time.

Recommended apps: Blackboard, Google Tasks

Photo by Marissa Dunn

 

3. Treat yo self!

As it turns out, giving yourself a small reward after a long study session is a good practice. Treating yourself can be as simple as watching a show or enjoying a nice meal. Try to make it less about expecting a reward and more about doing something to take care of your mind and body after a long day of work. Work-life balance is important, even in college! Of course, it’s also necessary to recognize that even if you didn’t finish reading the entire textbook before bed,you are still allowed to rest. Being kind to yourself and treating yourself  is a good rule of thumb.

4. Know when to work alone versus when to work with people

Working with people or in groups is only a great idea if you are struggling with the content on a conceptual level. Having a fellow student explain their take on a subject rather than a professor  can sometimes be effective and better for memory, as your peers may be able to explain concepts in simplified terms, which is easier to comprehend and remember than the more complex academic versions discussed in class. In the group setting, you get to hear multiple perspectives and work through your confusion with individuals in your group who understand the subject matter more fully. However, when it comes to memorizing and writing, it’s best to go solo. For example, study by yourself for test preparation, and then do a partner or group review the day before a big exam.

Photo by Marissa Dunn

5. Find your work space

Having a set place and time to study can make all the difference. Every honors student suggested establishing a work space far from distractions. Libraries are a good place to study because they are usually filled with people who are also working, reinforcing the notion that you are there to work – not to chit chat or surf the net.

Photo by Hannah Harp

6. Review as you go

Even if a test isn’t on the horizon, the act of reviewing material briefly helps store that information in your long-term memory, so you’ll already have it memorized when the test day arrives. One  activity that helps some students retain information is studying with a friend and verbally reviewing the material. By talking it out, especially the concepts that are the most difficult, some students find that they remember the conversation better on the test day and even find that explaining the information to a friend solidifies their understanding of the information. Plus, you get to hear your friend’s thoughts on the concept as well. It’s a win-win!

These students contributed to tips for this story:

  • Sofya Bochkareva
  • Brittney Bringuez
  • Taylor Killefer
  • Kylie Miller

 

 

 

Chapman Alumnus Embarks on European Tour

Cameron Lew, who graduated from Chapman this spring with a major in film production, doubles as lead singer and pianist for a powerful soulful trio: Ginger Root. Lew describes his sound as “aggressive elevator soul.” Ginger Root started making music in 2015 and are now on their first European tour, opening for Texan rock-duo Khruangbin. Lew sat down with Prowl to talk about Ginger Root and how he is preparing for his first tour abroad.

Cameron, Matt, and Dylan play their instruments in a still from Mahjong Room. Photo courtesy of Cameron Lew.

Ginger Root’s Mahjong Room captures youthful expression through multiple mediums, including dance, song, and film. Mahjong Room was directed by Ginger Roots own frontman, Lew. Everyone who worked on this video is a Chapman student. 

Prowl talked to Lew, who graduated in 2018 and is now headed on a European Tour. 

How did you come up with the name for the band?

Ginger Root came from a video of Vulfpeck I was watching late at night. There was this bit about “ginger root” in the video that made me laugh so hard that that phrase got stuck in my head for the next week. Then when it was time to figure out a name for the band, all I could come up with was ‘Ginger Root.’

When did you start Ginger Root?

I’ve been playing music for awhile in various groups, but Ginger Root started two years ago.

How did you all meet?

We all met in high school. There was an after school arts program that we were all a part of, and I had just started making music under the name Ginger Root and had already put out an album. I needed people to help me play these songs live and Matt Carney, who plays drums, and Dylan Hovis, who plays bass helped me out. They’re all quite a bit younger than me, they were freshman when I was a senior in high school, but we all crossed paths and now we’re best buds.

Where can we find your music online?

There are two albums out on streaming services (Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp). I just put out an album this past June, which is all over the internet. My first album is all cover songs, and I actually recorded the entire album in my car. In between classes I would go to Hart Park and record a cover. Sometimes a car would pull up next to me and I would have to stop so people wouldn’t see me drumming in my car. The first cover song I did was on top of the DMAC (Digital Media Arts Center) parking structure, and the cops got called on me for a noise complaint.

What type of covers do you do?

It’s a mix of old and new stuff, but a lot of the old stuff is Motown, The Beatles, or soul. I am a huge Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye fan and any of that stuff is really cool and a great amount of soul for me.

Call It Home reminisces through vintage motown sounds like Stevie Wonder, while also infusing new elements of funk and soul.

How would you describe your sound?

We describe our sound as: aggressive elevator soul. Take that as how you will, if people listen to the music after hearing that description then hopefully they say “oh that sounds about right.”

Matt, Cameron, and Dylan pose in their merch. Photo courtesy of Cameron Lew.

Do you guys have any shows coming up?

We will be leaving for our first European tour this October, where we are opening up for Khruangbin. We start off in England, then Paris. Then we drive up to Brussels , Belgium, Copenhagen , Denmark, and Berlin. This is the start of it, and the shows are sold out so we are trying not to freak out. We do not get a lot of money, but this opportunity is amazing for exposure and the experience is priceless.We are using every opportunity to learn from this first run.

Khruangbin infuses elements of soul and psychedelia with Como Te Quiero, and tells it through a visually striking animation.

Do you have a dream venue/person you would want to play with?

I would love to play a show with Japanese Breakfast, Tennis, or White Denim. My dream venue would be the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Jeanie captures a nostalgic and romantic feeling through somber chords and unchained melodies. The accompanying video takes a fresh and original look at what it means to be in a 21st century relationship. Photo by Cameron Lew.

You can find all of Ginger Root’s music on YouTube, Spotify, and Soundcloud. You can follow Ginger Root on Facebook, Instagram, and on gingerrootmusic.com. Their merchandise is available here

 

Pros and cons of Chapman housing options

Which of the five prisons – err, we mean “residence halls” – you wind up in at Chapman has a lot to do with your major, undeclared included, as students are often placed with others who share their major.

Group living is always the same in some ways (sharing bathrooms, negotiating noise levels and visitors) but yet, each dorm also has its own unique culture as created by the people living in it. Here is a handy reference guide that lists the pros and cons of every Chapman residence hall.

 

Henley Hall

Pros:

– Known as the “Trap House”

– Has EVERYTHING

– Fully-functional laundry room

-Tiny 5-by-5 square-foot gym

-Pool table that also functions as a prime napping location

 

Cons:

-Known as the “Trap House”

-Laundry room never has an open dryer

-Cockroaches!

-Loud af on the first floor

 

Removable graffiti in the Henley laundry room.

Henley 1st floor repping Stranger Things.

Is it performance art? Versatile pool table in the Henley basement conscripted into other purposes. Photos by Julia Ha.

 

Pralle-Sodaro Hall

Pros:

-”Walk-in” closet

-That’s your only pro

 

Cons:

-You have to share a bathroom with five other, usually messy, people

-Lounges smell weird and are usually trashed

-Underdeveloped version of Henley

 

The disappointing Pralle basement.

Pralle residents recreate iconic vine with Post-it notes Photos by Julia Ha.

 

Glass Hall

Pros:

-Has hotel ~vibes~

-Pool view

-New (ish)

-Easy access to Jim Miller Parking Structure

 

Cons:

-Fun times dealing with clogged showers and sinks!

 

Seve Silvestre, freshman Health Science major and Glass resident, making a “professional ‘ phone call in Glass community room Photo by Julia Ha.

Glass residents getting frustrated with their bathrooms Picture via Twitter: @Pakiiinextdoor

 

Morlan Hall

Pros:

-Only one roommate = only one person to drive you nuts

-The existence of the Morlan bunny

-Community kitchen where students bake their stress away during finals week

 

Cons:

-Furthest away campus

-Printer that constantly prints photo of Taylor Swift

-Black goo from shower heads

-Building is haunted

Morlan residents’ reactions to their spooky daily occurrences. Picture via Twitter: @nocontextpawnee

The haunted sitting areas of Morlan. Photo by Julia Ha.

 

Sandhu Residence Center

Pros:

-Cute jail cell vibes

-Sandhu dance room is the size of your dorm!

-Some rooms have windows directly to the caf for easy sneak-in access

 

Cons:

-Quiet as solitary confinement

-Nothing cool happens

-Definitely will break your bank

 

The sad and empty hallways of Sandhu. Photo by Julia Ha.

Sandhu residents’ bank account.

 

Davis Apartments

Pros:

-Living representation of Chili’s

-Top on-campus housing option

-Cheap

 

Cons:

-You’ll most likely never get it because so many other students want it

 

A nice “Welcome to Chili’s” Poster on Davis. Photo by Julia Ha.

Accurate representation of students who did not get Davis. Picture via Twitter: @ParisHilton

 

Panther Village

Pros:

-A living meme among Chapman housing

-Always police cars across Panther Village arresting people

-Super cute old floral curtains that spice up your room!

-Loft is kinda fun

-Swimming pool that no one ever uses

 

Cons:

-Occasional eye contact with possums, racoons and homeless people

-Your shuttle is not always on time

-Never any parking

-Decorated like your grandma’s house

Police cars parked across from Panther Village at midnight. Photo by Ammar Khan.

Chrissy Teigen’s facial expression representing Panther Village residents. Picture via Twitter: @SoonSun_

 

 Chapman Grand

Pros:

– Your own bedroom, bathroom, closet, washer, dryer, etc.

-The pleasure of being envied

-A swimming pool that is actually swimmable

-Reassuring to know that they weren’t thousands of people before you who used the toilet seat

 

Cons:

-Maze Runner 2.0

-You will most likely get lost in building trying to find your way out

-Will frequently miss your shuttle

-Will frequently lose mail too

Chapman Grand residents enjoying their grand life. Picture via Maggy Vaneijk from BuzzFeed

Students waiting and falling sleeping as they wait for their shuttles. Photo by Julia Ha

Five Panther Stereotypes You Might See On Chapman Campus

Chapman students are said to be diverse, but a big chunk come from California, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, and Oregon, according to a report from the Chapman admissions office. If you are from one of these places, you may meet lots of others Panthers from your area. 

We found five models to help depict the top five states listed above – you might recognize each by their all too familiar stereotypes.


1) We got California hitting #1 – no surprise there.

“No I do not watch the Kardashians everyday, but at least a couple times a week,” Alyssa Steinfeld, a junior business administration major from Brea, California, said.

It may not stand out to Californians, but it is pretty common to say “OMG” or “literally” between every sentence. Of course, you aren’t a Californian unless you are well-versed in show business and avocado toast.


2) Washington rings in at #2. A large proportion of Chapman students hail from this rainy state, perhaps because students are seeking some California sun.

“To be honest, I’m such a California girl, but, of course, my roots are based in Washington-people can tell by my passion for coffee and apples. I still hate the rain though,” Emily Felix, a sophomore business major from Bellevue, Washington, said.

Vegan food and coffee are staples for Washington natives. “U-dub” is a typical nickname for the University of Washington, where many young people hang out and enjoy good restaurants and dainty coffee shops.


3) Hawaii is #3. Like California, Hawaii has a laid back and easy-going way of life.

“It’s not all ‘hang loose by the beach’ all the time. Sometimes it’s a ‘hang loose by the waterfall and hike’ type of deal,” Cassidy Keola, a junior communication studies and public relations major from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, said.

Hawaii has a second language called Pidgin. For example, using “shoots” means “Okay!” or “Let’s do it!” and GRINDZ means good food. Keola said that Hawaiian locals do basically the same things as Californians, such as shopping and eating.


4) Colorado is #4. Much like the Pacific Northwest, Colorado also is home to adventure and pizza: a match made in heaven.

“As much as I love the California sunshine, I miss the mountains and snow in my hometown. Plus, snowboarding brings back so many good childhood memories,” Wil Lowery, a junior business administration major from Lone Tree, Colorado, said.

Many Colorado natives love honey on their pizza crust. They also like to call themselves “ColoRADo” or “granola,” which means dressing hipster or having a free spirit. Oh, and they love winter sports, of course.


5) Oregon is the last most popular state – where health and outdoorsmanship become one.

“We’re just people who love being active and enjoying quality food in a quality place,” Trevor Vill, a junior health science major from Eugene, Oregon, said.

Oregon natives love their adventures and coffee, but what sets them apart from their Washingtonian counterparts is the “foodie” vibe. From fresh local food to the trendiest restaurants, Oregonians are food lovers. They also gush over their favorite grocery store, Fred Meyers, and a local coffee shop, Dutch Bros.


All photos by Jasmine Liu.

Everything Old is New Again

Where can you get today’s trending clothes? Try your parents’ closets. Fashion trends that were popular back in the 90’s have come back with a vengeance to today’s. Prowl placed photos of old trends next to photos of the current Chapman students, showing how fashion tends to repeat itself over time.


1. Fanny Packs

Fanny packs are not only worn around the waist but also across the body as a different style choice. Fanny packs are popular for music festivals and traveling for hands-free safety.


2. Tube Tops

Tube tops were often worn with low rise jeans, exposing girls’ midriffs. Now, tube tops are typically worn with high waisted bottoms and are worn at parties or as an everyday outfit.


3. Backpack Purses

Backpack purses are still as cute and convenient as they were in the late 90s. Now a variety of sizes, styles, materials, and patterns are for sale at many stores, including high-end brands such as Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, and Gucci.


4. Denim Skirts

Denim skirts are worn almost exactly how they were in the 90’s. In fact, denim skirts are one of the most treasured finds in thrift shops today. They can be found in different colors, maybe even with buttons up the front.


5. Windbreakers

Windbreakers were affordable and commonly worn by sports teams in the 90s. Now they are sold, for much higher prices, at stores such as PINK, Vans, and PacSun as vintage fashion statements.


6. Overalls

Overalls, both long and short, have come back in numbers. There are so many style options to purchase today. Overalls come in different colors, styles and fits. Depending on your style, overalls are a great piece to add to your wardrobe because they are automatically a complete outfit.


7. Scrunchies

Scrunchies are a recent comeback trend, but often times girls are seen with one in their hair or on their wrists.  Although they were a staple in the 90s for their neon colors, they are sold in every color today, however subdued colors are more popular today.


8. Cat Eye Glasses

Cat eye glasses were popular in the 1950s. Regardless of the decade they are popular, this trend seems to always start with famous actresses or models. Cat eye glasses came back after high end fashion models wore them as a part of their streetwear.


9. Bucket Hats

Bucket hats were a popular trend worn mainly during outdoor activities, like a day at the beach. Today, many rappers and surfers have brought back the bucket hat, less about keeping sun off your head and more about bringing back the old-school style.


10. Mom Jeans

More comfortable and trendy than ever, mom jeans are back. Mom jeans are now commonly worn with holes, different washes, or even with the bottoms of the jeans cuffed up. People praise mom jeans for their comfort and effortless look.


 

How to Deflect Annoying Questions at the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, and unavoidable, annoying, intrusive questions from our relatives are only weeks away! We already know our families ask the same questions every year at the Thanksgiving table (let’s have a little conversational creativity, people!). But this year? We’ve got the answers. Prepare yours in advance!

1. So do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend yet?

Once again, I’m single. Very single. But the other day when I went to Starbucks the barista asked me for my name, so that’s promising.

 

2. How is school going?

Well, I have about four mental breakdowns a day. Coffee is pretty much keeping me alive. I have $6.27 in my bank account. I get about three hours of sleep every night and I just failed a midterm. But other than that, I’m doing well.  

 

3. Have you decided on a major?

I actually just declared! I’m specializing in the social interactions of homo sapiens with an emphasis on alcohol consumption.

4. What do you plan to do after graduation?

I really wish I could tell you but I don’t even know which pie I’m going to eat first tonight.

 

5. So you really don’t eat meat anymore?

I already explained 20 times that I’ve been a vegan since last year. Yes, I am still getting protein Grandma. Aren’t you glad I’m not telling you how that turkey died?

 

6. How do you like living with roommates?

Oh I absolutely love not having any privacy at all. On the days where I’m able to sleep in, my roommate sets about seven alarms and lets them all go off on full blast.

 

7. What do you do in your spare time while you’re at school?

The only spare time I have is to procrastinate, so typically I spend it stressing about everything I have to do, everything I’m not doing, or texting people making sure they haven’t started either.

 

8. Are you working out?

When I snooze my alarm five times I usually have to speed walk to class, so I think that counts. And I thought about going to the gym the other day. These things all start with intention.

 

Nine Bizarre/Cool Classes to Spice up Spring Semester

If you’re struggling to find that one last GE requirement, or are simply looking for a fun class to take to fill your schedule, look no further! With registration in full swing, here are nine interesting classes that are friendly to all majors with no prerequisite.

 

Philosophy Through Science Fiction – PHIL 102

Class attributes: Values/Ethics GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Monday 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Hugh Blake

Wednesday 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Dylan Popowicz

Thursday 7:00 PM – 9:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Hugh Blake

In this unusual philosophy class, students will discuss beyond the Socratic Method and discuss how artificial intelligence and time-travel can raise philosophical problems. You will spend half of each class watching episodes of Rick and Morty and Star Trek along with Spike Lee’s award-winning film, Her. Get ready to receive a few judgmental looks from your friends, because you will be reading David Levy’s Love and Sex With Robots outside of class. 

 

Los Angeles in Film and Fiction – FFC 100

Class attributes: Freshman Foundation Course

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 PM – 6:50 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Atalia Lopez

Los Angeles in Film and Fiction with Professor Atalia Lopez explores the utilization and portrayal of Los Angeles in movies and texts. Students take field trips to the Frida theater in downtown Santa Ana to watch films such as Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, Blade Runner, and Drive.

 

Hip Hop – DANC 130

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM & 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

  • Location: Patridge Center Annex 100
  • Instructor: Zachary Groenewold

This half credit class is for students who love to dance and want to maintain a consistent workout schedule. Students learn five pieces of choreography during the semester in different styles. Students choreograph dance pieces to their own choice of music and perform in front of the whole class during finals. This Fall semester, students have been jamming and dancing to “Big Bank” by YG, “Luxurious” by Gwen Stefani, and “Just Fine” by Mary J Blige.

Chapman Alumni Steven Radojicic shares his final from his Hip Hop dance class.

Video courtesy of Steven Radojicic.

 

Theatrical Makeup – TH202

Class attributes: Artistic GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

  • Location: Moulton Center Makeup Room 133
  • Instructor: Joyce Cantrell

In this popular artistic GE course students are tested on their makeup skills rather than taking written exams. For homework assignments, students research and sketch their own designs according to their own taste. Before enrolling, make sure to email Professor Cantrell since instructor consent is required. There is also a required $150 fee.

Naomi Lee, sophomore global communication major shows off one of her sketches.

Photo courtesy of Naomi Lee.

 

Film Aesthetics-FTV 140

Class attributes: Artistic GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Tuesday 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: Marion Knotts Studios Auditorium 111
  • Instructor: TBA

Wednesday 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: Marion Knotts Studios Auditorium 111
  • Instructor: Erica Aguero

Required lab course: Thursday 1:00 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: Folino Theatre 106

Film aesthetics is great course for students who enjoy watching and analyzing films. Students will delve into the world of analyzing a wide selection of films from classics such as Psycho and Pulp Fiction to Chungking Express. The class consists of one lecture and one lab, lab meaning watching a movie in Dodge’s very own Folino Theater every week.

 

 

Lies You Learned in High School  – FFC 100

Class attributes: Freshman Foundation Course

Spring 2019:

Monday/Wednesday 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM & 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: James Brown

Lies You Learned in High School provides an opportunity to learn history from a narrative that contradicts the “American Celebrationist” perspective. Students discuss topics such as America in Vietnam, Rwandan genocide, and the Holocaust by reading From Crisis To Calling, watching a documentary regarding the Rwandan Genocide, and meeting and speaking with a Holocaust survivor during class.

 

The Pursuit of Happiness and Knowledge: Darwin and Disney – IES 207

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

  • Location: TBA
  • Instructor: Brian Alters

Students spend this class retracing Walt Disney’s process of building his world-famous corporation and Charles Darwin’s process of writing the Origin of Species to learn how and why both individuals took a non-traditional career path. Students read books such as The Evolution of Mickey Mouse and Functional Neuroanatomy of Pleasure and Happiness and listen to guest speakers such as Floyd Norman, who was the first African American animator for Disney who worked on The Jungle Book and Monsters Inc.

Added bonus: your extra credit includes a scavenger hunt at Disneyland (for people with passes) or Downtown Disney (for people who do not own a pass). This experience may be worth the $75 course material fee.

 

American Popular Music: Race and Place in the U.S.

Class attributes: Artistic and Social GE Inquiry

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

  • Location: Oliphant Hall 201
  • Instructor: Joshua Brown

Students explore the historical context of popular and influential music from the the 19th century, specifically how popular music has served to articulate race and physical and imagined spaces. Get ready to watch and analyze music videos in class such as Kendrick Lamar’s Complexion (A Zulu Love). 

 

If Buddha Walked – FFC 100

Class attributions: Freshman Foundation Course

Spring 2019:

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

  • Location: Moulton Center 212
  • Instructor: Julie Artman

Through this course, students explore and discuss Buddha-nature and mindfulness to learn how the teachings and practices can be utilized to analyze character development in novels. You will read books such as Waiting For Godot and watch the film The Shape of Things.