Subscriptions you need based off of your major

It’s nice to have something to look forward to, and almost everyone loves getting mail. So, a membership to any “subscription box” could be a refreshing surprise each month. The remaining question, is which box to subscribe to? Below are suggested monthly subscriptions for various majors.

Film Majors

Show Biz In A Box

What it costs: $30 per month

What’s inside: Interesting scripts, books, tips, production notices, celebrity contact info and more

Why it’s perfect for film students: It makes anyone who receives it feel like a show business insider and is sure to excite movie fans. Get it here.

English Majors

Book of the Month

What it costs: $12.50 per month with a yearly subscription

What’s inside: A monthly book that matches your interests and favorite genres. Each month, five books will be highlighted on your account and you can choose any of the five you wish.

Why it’s perfect for English students: It allows you to find new books and pushes you to read more novels. Get it here.

Dance Majors

SOX BOX

What it costs: From $10 to $75 per month

What’s inside: SOX BOX lets you customize your box by choosing from a variety of options. Your choices lead to your monthly socks and are a fun way to express yourself.

Why it’s perfect for dance students: Dance majors are so busy, well, dancing that they have time for almost nothing else. That includes shopping for socks. This would deliver pairs with ease and also let dance majors show individuality in their outfit choices. Get it here.

Peace Studies Major

Love With Food

What it costs: $8 per month

What’s inside: Eight or more unique snacks that are both tasty and healthy. No artificial flavoring, coloring or MSG is present. Additionally, all snacks are natural, organic or gluten-free. On top of that, the company donates one meal to a food bank in the U.S. every time a box is purchased.

Why it’s perfect for peace studies students: Try new snacks every month before committing to full-size products so you can buy with confidence, and for every snack box you purchase, you are donating at least one meal to a food bank around the country. You can start your good work as a peace studies student today! Get it here.

Communication Studies Major

Sticker Swaps

What it costs: Starts at $10 per month

What’s inside: Ten high quality die-cut vinyl stickers every month, all unique themes and sizes.

Why it’s perfect for communication studies students: Students walk across campus, swinging their Hydro Flasks plastered with stickers. But in case it’s not entirely covered yet, or you’re in need of a fresh look, you can get new stickers monthly to accessorize your water bottle and any other devices. What better way to *communicate* your passions to the people around you? Get it here.

Art/Graphic Design Majors

The Adult Coloring Book Box

What it costs: Starts at $14 per month

What’s inside: Adult coloring pack with six cardstock pages. Markers, watercolor, gel pens, coloring pencils, or crayons all work well with it.

Why it’s perfect for art or graphic design students: While you may love drawing, it can probably get tiring and somewhat stressful. This can reignite your love for art, by making it simple. Get it here.

History Majors

Nostalgia Crate

What it costs: $20 per month

What’s inside: Toys and games from the ‘80s, ‘90s or ‘00s. These will be new and sealed objects and will include various items from the last 30 years. Trinkets may include Furbies, lunchboxes, action figures and Beanie Babies.

Why it’s perfect for history students: A monthly dose of the last 30 years will be helpful and nostalgic for all history majors. Get it here.

Music Majors

Original Vinyl Records

What it costs: $20 per month

What’s inside: Six original vinyl records will be sent monthly. You choose the genres of music you like, and they ship similar music to you each month. The vinyl is checked to make sure that it isn’t scratched and will provide excellent music.

Why it’s perfect for music students: Music is beautiful, and sometimes hearing it on vinyl is the relaxing time everyone needs. Get it here.

Science Majors

Club Scikidz Lab

What it costs: $29.95 per month

What’s inside: Club Scikidz shows people the fun aspects of science through easy projects and experiments. Every subscription has career-based activities that involve various aspects of science and technology.

Why it’s perfect for science students: Science is cool, and the kids’ projects are perfect for a bored college student. Also, they can make a great party trick. Get it here.

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

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

 

What was your mentality going into college?

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

 

What were your interests?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

What is something about yourself that makes you proudest?

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

 

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

 

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

 

Start small:

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

Here are some suggestions on how to start small:

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

 

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

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

 

Stay inspired:

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

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

 

“Who am I?” tests:

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

 

Breathe:

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

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

The best study snacks within 10 minutes of Chapman

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

Blue Bowl and Growl Juice Pub

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

Photo by Anna Wilson

 

Photo by Anna Wilson

Click here for Blue Bowl’s menu.

Click here for Growl’s menu.

 

Blue Bowl’s Address and Hours:

417 S Main St

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

Growl’s Address and Hours:

Photo by Anna Wilson

152-A N Glassell St. 

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

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

 

Mead’s Green Door Cafe

 

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

Photo by Anna Wilson

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

 

Address and Hours:

642 W Chapman Ave

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

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

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Thai Towne Eatery

 

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

Photo by Anna Wilson

 

Click here for Thai Towne Eatery’s menu.

 

Address and Hours:

152 N Glassell St.

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

 

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

 

Brot Coffee Coffee

 

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

Photo by Anna Wilson

Photo by Anna Wilson

Click here for Brot’s menu.

 

Address and Hours:

316 S Main St.

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

 

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

 

Green Tomato Grill

 

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

 

Photo by Anna Wilson

Click here for Green Tomato Grill’s menu.

 

Address and Hours:

1419 N Tustin St.

Monday- Sunday: 8am-9pm

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

Top Movies You Should Be Seeing This Summer!

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In just a few short weeks, Chapman students will be free for the summer! One thing to do while you don’t have to stress about schoolwork is to catch some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of the year. Here are just a few of the many movies that are sure to give you some bang for your buck (or MoviePass) this summer.

*Spoiler Alert!*
Everything’s a sequel…

Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: April 27

The long-awaited third installation of the franchise became the highest grossing film of all time by making $257 million within three days of its release, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens by $10 million. Avengers: Infinity War features an all-star cast of Hollywood’s biggest names such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth (just to name a few). The stakes have never been higher in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy unite to stop the evil Thanos from finding all six Infinity Stones and destroying the universe.

Watch the Avengers: Infinity War trailer here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Deadpool 2
Release Date: May 18

Following the success of its first installment, Deadpool 2 tells the story of the crude and raunchy superhero Deadpool created by Marvel Comics as he forms his own team of mutant heroes called the X-Force to save a young mutant Russell from the time-travelling villain, Cable.

Watch the trailer for Deadpool 2 here!
To purchase tickets, click here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release Date: May 25

Only five months after the release of The Last Jedi, Disney and Lucasfilm present the origin story of one of the most beloved characters in the series, Han Solo, in the latest installment of the mighty Star Wars franchise. Through a series of dangerous adventures, Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich) meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and confronts the notorious gambler and smuggler Lando Calrissian (played by musician and actor Donald Glover).

Watch the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Ocean’s 8
Release Date: June 8

This all-female addition to the Ocean’s franchise features eight incredible actresses, including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna. Follow these ladies as master criminal Debbie Ocean recruits seven other thieves to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Gala. Their goal? To steal a diamond necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.

Watch the trailer for Ocean’s 8 here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Incredibles 2
Release Date: June 15

A family-friendly superhero film brought to you by Disney’s Pixar Studios, Incredibles 2 picks up where the original film ended 14 years ago. In this film, Elastagirl starts a new job to campaign for the return of the “supers”, while Mr. Incredible faces his greatest challenge yet: staying home to supervise Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. In addition, the superhero family joins their ally Frozone to fight a new villain: the Screenslaver.

Watch the trailer for Incredibles 2 here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release Date: June 22

A little under two months after Avengers hits theaters, Chris Pratt returns to the big screen for his second movie of the summer to lead the second installation of the new Jurassic Park series. After the failed experiment of creating a dinosaur-themed theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. On their journey, they come in contact with terrifying new breeds of dinosaurs while discovering a conspiracy that threatens life as they know it.

Watch the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Release Date: July 6

Paul Rudd returns as the iconic size-shifting superhero and teams up with the Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly. Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Scott Lang tries to balance his home life with his duties as Ant-Man as he is presented with a new mission to uncover secrets from the past.

Watch the trailer for Ant Man and the Wasp here.
To purchase tickets, click here.

For even more awesome movies coming out this summer, click here.

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What You Need to Know About Orange County’s Primary Elections on June 5th

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June is just around the corner. Whether you’ve been itching to get politically involved or simply want to be informed about the politics of Orange County, here is what you need to know about the Orange County Municipal Primary Elections.

What are primaries?

Primaries are elections held to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. Primaries occur on a national level but also take place locally in smaller counties, cities and states.

When will the primaries take place?

The Orange County primary elections will be held on June 5, 2018.

What positions are being voted on?

Orange County will be conducting primary elections for the board of supervisors, county assessor, district attorney-public administrator, county sheriff-coroner, county treasurer-tax collector, county superintendent of schools, county clerk-recorder and superior court judges. On a larger scale, there will be a primary for California’s governor, treasurer, lieutenant governor, Orange County’s representative for Congress and state Senate.

What do each of those positions entail?

Feeling lost? Don’t worry, here is a short breakdown of responsibilities for each role:

Orange County’s board of supervisors bear the largest authoritative role in the county’s government. This board is responsible for keeping tabs on the local government and the county’s special districts such as Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, and the Orange County Sanitation District. These districts determine the circulation, cleanliness, and safety of Orange County.
The county assessor is a local government official responsible for checking property values within county lines. This value is converted into an assessment, one component in the computation of real property tax bills. The county assessor is vital to Chapman students who are looking for affordable property as well as addressing the never-ending property value concerns that Orange County residents face.
The district attorney-public administrator oversees law enforcement, ensuring that the law is conducted and enforced in a moral and just manner.
Candidates for county sheriff-coroner will be found on the ballot as well. The coroner determines the cause, time, and place of deaths, and the job is much like what is seen on TV or in movies.
Money, and the management of money, must be in the hands of a trustworthy individual, hence the importance of a county treasurer-tax collector. The county treasurer-tax collector is responsible for financial management and tax collection in the county. A vital task of a tax collector is to manage, as well as provide funding for, schools, parks and roads.
Regarding education, the election of Orange County’s next county superintendent of schools is not to be overlooked by any means. A superintendent makes daily decisions about staff, student life and educational programs. A superintendent also holds a substantial role in the communication between the parents and staff of a given educational system, providing accommodations whilst keeping the system fair and balanced.
For long-term residents of Orange County, the preservation of privacy for records from real estate transactions is critical. The person in charge of a role like this must be responsible and extremely meticulous in order to ensure a feeling of security amongst the county’s residents. This responsibility lies within the hands of the county clerk-recorder.
Lastly, the superior court judges, members of the superior court who hold jurisdiction over the county’s cases. Whether it be a parking ticket or a criminal case, the people who make day-changing or life-changing decisions must represent the people and be just with verdicts.
While Orange County has not yet released its full list of candidates for the local primary election, many positions have already been endorsed and have gained traction. For example, candidates for governor have begun hostin campaign events and various fundraisers to promote their platforms. It is important for students to remain aware of the upcoming primary election, and stay tuned for more updates about candidates. The following candidates are the frontrunners for their respective party’s primary, and should be further researched by all voters.

National level representatives to be aware of:

Top Candidates for Orange County’s District State Senator

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Antilla and Ela Suvak.

Photo courtesy of @Jestin4CASenate.

Top Candidates for Orange’s Congress Representatives

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Antilla and Ela Suvak.

Photo courtesy of By Russell Rene Lambert II.

Main Candidates for Governor:
Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Amanda Renteria, national political director for Clinton’s 2016 campaign
John Chiang, California State Treasurer

Let your voice be heard! Register to vote in future elections online by following this link: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

For additional information on the categories and what they mean in Orange County, check out these links:

General Information:

Board of Supervisors:
Orange County, California – Board of Supervisors

District Attorney:

Special Districts:
http://www.ocsd.org/divisions/fieldops/emb/special

Coroner:
Orange County, California – Coroner

Tax Collector:
Tax Collector Duties & Responsibilities

Superintendent & Orange County’s Department of Education:
OCDE.us – County Superintendent of Schools
OCDE.us – About OCDE

Clerk Recorder:
Orange County, California – Clerk-Recorder – Hugh Nguyen

Superior Court Judges:
The Superior Court of California – County of Orange

Students aren’t clear on where to turn for advising at Chapman

Walk-ins for quick questions are available in the Academic Advising Center on Mondays from 8:30 am to 4:20 pm. A 30-minute session can be scheduled by calling (714) 744 – 7959. Photo by Dasha Konovitch

Chapman University offers a cohesive academic advising program, but students don’t know how to use it.

Some Chapman students do not know that their major and minor specific questions need to be addressed by their faculty program advisor and not by the academic advising center. Shannon Baker, Chapman’s one dedicated undeclared advisor, is available for undeclared students to meet within the academic advising center. The four main areas of advising at Chapman are professional advising, program advising, specialized advising, and faculty mentoring advising. The AAC currently has nine advisors, making the AAC advisor to student ratio roughly one to 915.

The four main areas of advising at Chapman are professional advising, program advising, specialized advising, and faculty mentoring advising. Photo by Dasha Konovitch

Despite these resources, some students say they aren’t informed about how to use them and are thus disappointed by the lack of efficiency and personalized guidance by the academic advising center.

Junior strategic and corporate communications major Shoshone Truro-Allee believes there’s a disconnect between general advisors, the registrar, and program advisors.

“After telling me they can’t help me with choosing and signing into classes, the academic advising center redirected me to a program advisor,” Truro-Allee said. “The program advisor told me to go to the registrar and the registrar pointed me in yet another direction. There was a lot of confusion and running around.”

Truro-Allee said she had to figure out how to pick classes herself for SCC and learned what she had to do from experience instead of from one person giving her tangible steps.

“I asked the AAC how I can determine which department I’d best fit into, and they read my program evaluation to me,” Truro-Allee said. “I can do that myself.”

Senior strategic and corporate communications major Molly Silk has the same issue.

“It took me my whole freshman year to figure out what classes to register for and it was difficult not knowing who to talk to,” Silk said. “When I thought I’d finally found someone, I was redirected and redirected again. I wish there was a stronger connection between program advisors and general advisors.”

Director of Academic Advising Roberto Coronel acknowledged the concern and said he wishes to figure out how the AAC can address it.

“Students don’t always necessarily understand our structure, in that they don’t know when to go to the AAC versus a program advisor,” Coronel said. “The AAC is here to help students understand overall degree requirements and any specific questions about major requirements are handled by program advisors.”

All incoming freshmen have the option to go through a mandatory online advising tutorial or attend a summer advising workshop in order to become familiar with the advising system in addition to navigating the student center and understanding the program evaluation, according to Coronel. If a student has additional questions, they can schedule an appointment with a general advisor. Should a student need personalized academic mentoring, help with postgraduate planning, or planning support for interdisciplinary programs and self-designed majors and minors, they should seek out faculty-mentoring, Coronel said.

“While program advisors answer major and minor-specific questions, they won’t get into GE requirements, so normally there would be a referral to come back to our office,” Coronel said. “This could explain the running around.”

Program advisors can be inefficient and at times don’t recognize that they are program advisors, according to some students.

Sophomore political science major Madison Buss said her initially assigned program advisor failed to respond to her emails, so Buss’ mother got involved, and Buss’ new advisor was an assistant head of AAC.

“It wasn’t well explained that you need to find a faculty advisor for your major. I didn’t have one until three weeks ago,” Buss said. “I think program advisors should be systemized into a group, and that if someone is assigned to you, they should reach out to you right away.”  

Coronel agreed that ideally there should be a system in place and an option for a freshman to choose their program advisor, but each department is different and assigns program advisors in a way that works for that particular department.

Coronel said the AAC used to have a better sense of what students’ concerns are when he collaborated with a student representative from SGA, but since the leadership changed, he hasn’t met with one in years.

“I want to hear directly from the students on how we can improve,” Coronel said. “I have not heard direct student complaints since I worked closely with SGA.”

Associate Director for Content Development of the National Academic Advising Association Jennifer Joslin said that Chapman’s issue could be that not every group of advisors has an advising mission statement, so the advisors don’t know if their interactions with students should be transactional or transformational.

“Chapman should transition their system from schedule building to academic advising, by which students can engage with advisors to learn about themselves,” Joslin said. “Having a conversation with a program advisor should reinforce the students’ trust that they are on track, pursuing the right major, and are in the right institution.”

Chapman Students Refuse to Consent by Phone

Photo by Pixabay, Woman on her phone.

 

Students object to signing contracts for sex.

 

The ongoing #MeToo movement and sexual assault allegations like those imposed on comedy actor Aziz Ansari, and the recent verdict on Bill Cosby are raising questions as to how consent should be obtained.

 

Soon-to-be-released smartphone consent apps, such as LegalFling, offer legally binding agreements between sexual partners at the press of a button. If the question of whether there was consent is posed in court or during a school’s investigation, these apps could be used as proof where verbal agreements can’t.

 

While they may serve a purpose for some, it’s doubtful that Chapman students will use these applications. They find them too formal, disruptive, and the last thing they are likely to think about when love – or lust – is in the air.

 

“I feel like I wouldn’t be taking the time to be on my phone and give consent rather than just saying it verbally,” said Clarissa Cordova, a sophomore health science major.  

 

Since 2014, California law has required that universities have an “affirmative consent” policy. It obligates students to have one another’s consent to proceed at every moment of any sexual experience. Even if no objections are made by participants during the act, their consent cannot be assumed.

 

To put affirmative consent into practice people have been asking each other whether something is okay every time it happens.

 

The new consent apps intend to head off baseless allegations by proving consent was obtained prior to intimate relations, and to prompt conversations around the rules of engagement.  

 

29 of the 92 students who reported nonconsensual sexual contact to Chapman’s Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey conducted last spring, reported that “a lack of proof that the incident happened” was a concern that crossed their mind when deciding whether to share or report the incident.  

 

A graphic from the Legalfling website describing their up and coming app.

 

There are indeed some scenarios where consent isn’t asked for verbally.

 

“I do actually pose the question, ‘do you want to engage in this activity?’ but when it’s somebody that I’ve been with many times it’s obviously kind of different,” said senior film production major Nolan Kresnak.

 

In established relationships with reoccurring sexual activity, consent is often assumed unless someone objects, according to Kresnak.

 

If consent isn’t already being established through short, two-sentence exchanges, how can students be expected to open an app, select their partner, choose what acts they are okay with and await confirmation?

 

Other negative aspects of the system are less inconvenient than they are off-putting.

 

“I don’t think that technology should have to be a part of consent and sexual intercourse. I don’t think you should have to whip out your phone in the middle of things,” said Kellyn Toole, a junior strategic and corporate communications major.

 

Regardless of their potential, consent apps don’t sit well with students.

 

“I don’t think I would ever get that app,” Toole said.

Four DIYs you can make for Mother’s Day

Coming up with a gift to give your mom for Mother’s Day can be hard, especially when you’re on a budget. Here are four simple, and affordable DIYs you can make that your mother will love!

1. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs help smooth and get rid of dead skin. It’s perfect for a mom who loves to pamper herself!

Ingredients:

Sugar – $1.97 (Ralphs)

Coconut and/or Olive Oil – Coconut $4.99 (Trader Joe’s), Olive $4.99 (Ralphs)

Essential Oils – $3.39 (Michaels)

Container/jar – $1.79 (Michaels)

Mix equal halves of coconut oil (or olive oil) and sugar into your jar.

Add a couple drops of essential oils.  

Now it’s ready for the shower!

2. Candle

If your mom always has a candle burning in each room, this gift is perfect for her!

Ingredients:

Wax –  $8.99 (Michaels)

Wick – $3.99 (Michaels)

Essential Oils

Container/mason jar – $1.99 (Michaels)

Pencil

Place wax shavings in a microwave safe bowl and heat in the microwave for three minutes.

Once melted, add essential oils.

In your mason jar, wrap the end of the wick around a pencil and place in center of jar.

Pour in your wax and let it sit until hardened.

Snip excess wick, and it’s ready for lighting.

3. Hanging Plant

If your mom was able to keep you alive, I’m sure she’s a pro at keeping plants alive too. This gift would look great hanging in her window!

Ingredients:

Twine –  $3 (Michaels)

Planter or reused container – $3 (Dragonfly Shops & Gardens)

Plant –  $2 (Dragonfly Shops & Gardens)

First cut 8 equal pieces of yarn, twine, or rope to your desired length and knot them together at one end.

Separate the strings in pairs. Depending on how big your pot is, tie a knot a couple inches away from the end.

Then, tie the right and left strings together of each pair to create a net-like structure. Continue this pattern until you reach your desired length or until it can hold your planter safely.

Secure your potted plant into your macramé hanging and you are done!

4. Perfume

Your mom big on perfume? Instead of buying an expensive bottle, make her a custom scent you know she’ll love!

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil

 

Essential Oils

Roll-on perfume bottle – $4.96 (set of three on Amazon)

Poor coconut oil into roll-on bottle and add a couple drops of essential oils.

Secure top and you’re set!

Happy Mother’s Day moms!

 

Photos by Sydney Druckman

The best places to study that you didn’t know about

Photo by Ela Suvak.

With more than 8,000 Panthers simultaneously going through finals, typical quiet spaces on campus are often flooded with stressed, studying students. It can be hard to find an uncrowded spot to reach a zen mental state, and to be able to actually absorb the information on the pages upon pages of study guides and textbooks.

In preparation for the endless days and nights of memorizing a semester’s worth of information, there are two crucial factors to take into consideration for a successful week of finals: the annihilation of electronics and sleep.

Believe it or not, science backs the removal of electronics during study time. According to a study done by Gloria Mark, a researcher and professor at the University of California at Irvine, each time a worker in her lab was distracted by an electronic interruption, it took each individual about 25 minutes to refocus on the task they were doing. This means that if a student was to dedicate three hours to study for a certain subject and was distracted by social media, text messages, or emails every 20 minutes, a three hour study session would actually turn into a six hour and 45 minute one.

Endless nights of memorizing lectures with no sleep is one of the most detrimental things to not only the human body, but also to getting good results. A source from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School explained how important sleep is to learning. There are three learning and memory functions: acquisition, the introduction of new information into the brain, consolidation, the process by which memory becomes stable, and recall, the ability to access the information after it has been stored. Two of said functions, acquisition and recall, occur only during any time of wakefulness. However, research indicates that memory consolidation takes place during sleep through the strengthening of the neural connections that form our memories. The stages in which the body’s brain waves are active are the most vital to these functions, but also occur during the deepest parts of sleep. The deepest parts of sleep don’t come to those who take intermittent naps throughout the night, so, rest up and ditch the internet!

By sleeping earlier and putting away electronics before study time, the student mind is stronger. When students study in places they wouldn’t have normally thought of, results are stronger too. Here are three unexpected places to study successfully:

Orange Public Library

Photo courtesy of iheartoldtowneorange.com.

It’s safe to say that one of the first place most Chapman students think to go study is the Leatherby Library. It can be frustrating to walk into the library and not be able to find a private spot to get work done or find resources to study with. However, there is another option that may be overlooked: the Orange Public Library.
Located at 407 E. Chapman Ave, this public library has an abundance of resources such as laptops, eBooks, online research resources and rentable group meeting rooms.
For efficient, collaborative work and access to digital resources, students utilize libraries, as pointed out in a study done by Gensler, a global technology company, “Libraries prioritize areas in support of these activities to best support student need.”
Perhaps the best part of the Orange Public Library is the fact that it is free! Signing up for a library card takes no more than three minutes and can be used at any time of the year, not just finals week!
Sign up for one here!

Killefer Park

Photo by Ela Suvak.

Killefer Park, located within walking distance from Chapman at 615 N Lemon St, provides a break from classrooms and libraries in the great outdoors. Killefer Park has many benches with tables, ideal for laying out study supplies. Although the idea of not having wi-fi may seem disappointing, this is a perfect way to be productive.
Given that the park is right near a school, prime quiet study times are the morning and early afternoon.
Sunlight peeks through the tall trees branches, creating a shady yet lit study environment. Laying down a towel and diving into those textbooks is a great alternative to the frantic conditions of campus.
Psychologists noted in a 2006 study that outdoor education improves grades. After studying on an outdoor curriculum basis, students from those schools received higher scores than traditional system students in 72 percent of assessments given from math all the way to science.

Photo by Ela Suvak

Loggia Terrace

Photo by Ela Suvak

The patios on the third floor of Argyros Forum are seldom occupied by Chapman’s students. Tables and chairs are scattered all over the balcony waiting to be utilized by worry-stricken students.
Spring has come in Orange County, giving Panthers no excuse to not sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while having a few hours of productivity.
Sydney Nebens, a freshman English major, said she uses the patio to get her work done.
“I feel like it’s really easy for me to feel suffocated in the classroom all day,” Nebens said. “When I get fresh air while I study, its a good change of scenery for studying since it keeps me awake.”

Photo by Ela Suvak