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.



Seven ways to hack registration

With registration for interterm and the spring 2019 semester just around the corner, we’re about to face a whirlwind of frustration and stress. Here are some tips to help you survive class registration season and what to do if you don’t get the classes you wanted.



1. Plan Early

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The best way to prepare yourself for registration is to give yourself time. Know what classes you want to take and create a few mock-up schedules that ensure you’re on track to graduate on time and make you excited to go to class each morning.


2. Have backups, and backups for backups

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You need backups! Don’t get stuck during your registration period frantically searching for a class if the one you counted on fell through. You can avoid scrambling by creating multiple schedule scenarios for the semester.


4. Meet with your advisor

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Meet with your academic advisor to get an idea of what you should and shouldn’t take in order to graduate on time. Academic advising is located in Beckman 405 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advisors are supposed to have extensive expertise in scheduling and planning and the ability to help you.


5. Your course catalog is your best friend

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Your course catalog is very important when planning out classes. Use it to check your major and minor requirements, prerequisites and whether classes are offered in particular semesters. Your course catalog can be found here and is based off of what year you’re in. For example, if you’re a junior, your course catalog is the 16-17 catalog.


5. Talk to people who have taken the class

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While your advisor can be extremely helpful, you’ll often get some of the best insider information on a class from students who have already taken a class you’re considering.  


6. Check out Rate My Professor

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Using Rate My Professor can be really helpful when figuring out what  classes to take. It can help you get a better understanding of certain professors from past students who have left reviews and comments on them. Although this can be helpful, take it with a grain of salt. Your experience will always be different from everyone else’s.

7. Find good Wi-Fi

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The worst possible scenario: your Wi-Fi cuts out right as you’re trying to register for your classes. Make sure you have the best Wi-Fi possible at least five minutes before your registration time. If you have to, come to campus and nestle in a spot with reliable  reliable Wi-Fi before tackling your course selections.


What to do if you don’t get the classes you wanted:

  1. Go to the first class with an add/drop form and make your case for why you should be in that class.
  2. Send an email or talk to the professor before the class starts — you want to make the best impression possible.
  3. Give the professor legitimate reasons to add you to an oversubscribed class — maybe it’s a major requirement, prerequisite, it’s only given in spring and you’re going abroad then, you’re a graduating senior, things like that. It would also help to describe what you can bring to the table, what makes you passionate about that certain subject and how the curriculum would benefit you as a student.
  4. Be persistent. Fight for your place in the class.
  5. If all else fails, talk to your academic advisor. There are always online classes, community colleges and other semesters to take these classes!

Asian American students’ take on ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” follows the story of sheltered teenager, Lara Jean, who writes a series of love letters to five boys she has fallen in love with throughout her life. The letters aren’t meant for the boys to read, but rather they are a way for Lara Jean to let go of them. But one day, her letters are sent out anonymously and she is forced to confront the feelings she had bottled up since her first crush.

The film garnered buzz for featuring an Asian American actress as the lead. “Crazy Rich Asians,” also released this past summer, features an Asian American female lead as well, but some college students relate more to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Perhaps it’s everyone’s inner giddy teenager coming out to play, or the innocent essence the Netflix rom-com has. Regardless, Asian American teenage girls got to see a star that looks like them.

We decided to ask some of Chapman’s very own Asian American students about their opinion on the film and what it means to them. Take a look at their reactions to notable scenes and their answers to some questions many are asking.

Spooky Staff Talent at the Panther Pumpkin Pageant

A “bloody” pumpkin on an operating table won the “most original” prize at the ninth annual Panther Pumpkin Pageant yesterday morning in the Attallah Piazza.

26 departments across Chapman University – with many of their members in costume – participated in the pageant, which included Cinderella in her famous pumpkin-shaped carriage and a Miley Cyrus doll on a pumpkin wrecking ball. “Best Chapman Theme” went to Schmid College, which created a pumpkin Keck Center with Chapman President Daniele Struppa and others inside. The Miley Cyrus pumpkin won the “Most Humorous” award.

Costume prizes were also awarded.

Prizes for costumes:

“Most Creative” goes to The Great Gatsby from the Office of the University Registrar

The department brought us all back to the 1920s with their flapper dresses and dazzling headpieces.

Paula Pearl graciously accepts the award. 


“Chapman Theme” goes to Coco Familia from Dodge College

Also dedicated to the Mexican holiday, Día de Muertos. They served Día de Muertos inspired pastries as part of their costume.


“Most Original” goes to Wilkinson Hall

“The Haunted Memorial Hall” gave everyone a quick trip to Disneyland through their costumes.


Prizes for pumpkin carving:

“Most Humorous” was awarded to University Advancement

They came in like a wrecking ball!


“Best Chapman Theme” goes to Schmid College

The new Keck Center was the star of this pumpkin display.

They humbly accepted their prize.


“Most Original” goes to Crean College

A frightening scene of a poor pumpkin getting carelessly operated on.

The “mad scientists” leaped and cheered with joy when they heard they had won.


This year’s pageant was a smashing success!

All photos by Jasmine Liu.





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.”

How to finesse flu season

At least 80,000 Americans died last year because of the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo by Mojpe via Pixabay

Avoiding the flu may be especially difficult for college students in constant contact with other germy people in cafeterias, residence halls, shared bathrooms and cramped classrooms. Chills, sore throats, headaches and a runny nose are indicators of the flu, which is spread through water droplets emitted from coughs and sneezes. With October marking the beginning of flu season, here are five tips to help you avoid the aches and agony of this year’s scourge.


 Tip #1: Don’t forget to get vaccinated

Less than half of college students receive the flu vaccination according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Photo by Whitesession via Pixabay

 Get a flu shot! Chapman’s Student Health Center, located at 402 N. Glassell, offers free flu shots to students to help combat the disease. Walk-ins are accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and students with appointments may visit the Health Center until late afternoon. You should be vaccinated before November, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Tip #2: Turn up the music

The power of music has also been proven to alleviate chronic pain after surgical procedures as reported in the Journal of Musical Therapy. Photo by Bruce Mars via Pexels

Excessive stress reduces the immune system’s ability to fight off disease, according to the American Psychological Association, but taking the time to listen to some of your favorite tunes may help strengthen your mind and your body. Music is a natural destresser that boosts your immune system’s defense mechanisms and reduces stress, according to a 2013 study done by McGill University.


Tip#3: Work out at your own risk

Along with catching the flu virus, bacterial infections are also a possibility due to some gym equipment containing more bacteria than a toilet seat, according to a FitRated study. Photo by Danielle Cerullo via Unsplash

Sweat isn’t the only thing being shed at Chapman’s Fitness Center: While daily exercise helps build immunity to illness, the flu virus can live on nonporous surfaces such as steel for up to 24 hours, according to a 2011 study published in the Public Library of Science. Disinfect machinery and mats with wet wipes before and after using gym equipment to maintain a clean environment. And reconsider how you greet your workout – and other – buddies. You can catch the flu just by shaking hands with an infected person, who can be contagious even before they begin to exhibit symptoms such as coughing and sneezing.


Tip #4 Stay away from hand dryers

Hand dryers, a common option for drying one’s hands, may put you at a higher risk for illness. Photo by Clker-Free-Vector Images via Pixabay

You’re better off using paper towels. More virus were found around hand dryers than paper dispensers in a 2015 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The study also found that people who don’t wash their hands efficiently may leave virus in the air surrounding hand dryers for up to 15 minutes. Due to the friction involved in drying one’s hands with paper towels, bacteria is less likely to hang around towel dispensers.


Tip #5: Your phone may be your enemy

College students may encounter the viral infection after coming in contact with an infected device. Photo by Brett Sayles via Pexels

Countertops, hands, desks, bathroom stalls and floors: those seem to be the go-to spots for cleaning. Your phone has seen it all, and yet, you may never have thought about all of the germs it’s collected. It rubs against your face during phone calls and leaves your fingers contaminated with virus after a quick text, but you rarely take the initiative to clean your phone. Now is the time to wipe down those touchscreen devices – and any other gadgets you might share with friends. Germs may live on the surface of your devices for hours, but luckily most of them can be cleaned with a simple microfiber cloth dampened with a drop of water or disinfecting spray.


Follow these tips and you just might succeed in finessing the 2018-2019 flu season.

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 might not have the same high energy as the countless other science fiction films it inspired. That being said, 2001 is 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 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 the 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 is not all spectacle and captivating fight choreography, though. Carpenter presents a satirical yet thoughtful commentary on the ‘white savior’ protagonist that plagued, and arguably still plagues, 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 when 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 is just around the corner, so 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 as 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 that the director Willard Huyck has never directed a film since Howard the Duck. He knew he could never top this. Grab some friends and 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. Out of all of Anderson’s films in the library, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one 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. 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 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, which really makes the city 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. This film is in no way 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. Or 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 the fact that it’s a French film scare you away, because there’s very little dialogue. It spends more time letting the viewer have fun with the eccentric characters and physical gags than 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 scenes, 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? 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 prominent streaming service! Thankfully the Leatherby Libraries have you covered when it comes to the best musicals. 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. Luckily, the Leatherby Libraries owns his entire filmography. 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. 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!