The Five Types of People at the Gym

You head to the gym to burn off that muffin top, get that six-pack, or squat your body weight until your thighs fall off, but there is always someone there to ruin your workout groove. Look at the bright side: your eyeballs will get a great workout from all of that rolling!

Prowl recreated five types of gym rats that no one wants as a workout buddy, but do make for some great entertainment to distract you from the burn.


1. The Narcissist

You can usually catch this person staring at themselves in the mirror. That leg press you wanted? Sorry! The leg press – and every other piece of equipment – is required as a prop for The Narcissist’s selfies. If The Narcissist is not on the bench snapping pics, he’s sitting on it while posting the pics on social media to show off to an imagined audience. “Hey, everybody: I’m at the GYM!”


2. The Loud One

This is the person who belts out a gladiatorial scream at the top of their lungs while lifting. When they drop their weights, you stop, drop and cover thinking the giant earthquake has finally arrived. The last thing you want to do is ask them to be quiet in fear that you may be the next weight they slam on the ground.


3. The Slob

You will never catch this person wiping down the equipment after they’re done using it. Everybody gets sweaty at the gym and nothing can change that. The gym provides free towels – but “The Slob” never uses them. This person may also leave weights on the equipment after they’re done. Obviously, putting them away is someone else’s job.


4. The Know-It-All

This is often the weakest person in the gym. You will usually find them critiquing someone else’s form when they don’t even know enough to wear closed-toe shoes in the gym. Their favorite hobbies include researching workouts, but never actually doing them.


5. The Clueless One

There is nothing wrong with being a beginner; everyone has to start from somewhere. With that being said, sometimes it looks like these people don’t even know what exercise even is. These people usually look like they’re at a playground rather than a public gym. Oh really, you think riding that elliptical machine like a rocking horse is how it works?


All GIFs created by Ethan Williams and Mitchell Melby.

The new ban on e-cigarette flavors is creating restrictions that reach beyond kids

“I tried (vaping) and I was like this is like smoking a cigarette. But I’m not waking up with phlegm in my throat, my clothes aren’t reeking, and it’s cheaper,” said Alex Hallerman, a junior communications major. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Use of e-cigarettes by high school students has jumped 78 percent since last year while middle schoolers saw a 48 percent increase, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Vaping and e-cigarettes have become such a dangerous trend among youth, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes it to have reached epidemic proportions according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

There is evidence that nicotine, a highly addictive substance found in cigarettes and vapes, can harm the brain development of teenagers. Studies have also shown that vaping in earlier years has a stronger link to later use of regular cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to the American Cancer Society.

“This troubling reality is prompting us to take even more forceful action” – such as ending the sales of flavored e-cigarettes, banning flavors in cigars, banning the market of e-cigarette products to children and finally, banning menthol flavor for cigarettes and cigars – “to stem this dangerous trend,” Gottlieb said.  

This new ban will restrict flavors that appeal to kids, such as cherry and vanilla, from being sold in retail stores and some online manufacturers. Following the proposals, the FDA took action in September 2018 to begin the process by issuing out warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors, according to the American Cancer Society. Still, some Chapman students believe that this proposal won’t have much of an impact on the vaping habits for young people.

Juul user Alyssa Houston, 20, is below California’s 21+ legal age to buy any tobacco-related products. But Houston either has her older friends buy Juul pods for her or she goes to select gas stations where she knows that she won’t get carded, she said.

“Personally, I only like mint so I’m not affected by [the ban] but I feel like people [who are affected] will still find a way to get the flavors they like,” said the junior communications major.

Though the proposal was made to deter recreational use by kids, limiting flavors and methods in which students get their e-cigarette supplies appears to be insufficient to curb existing addictions for some.

After being introduced to a Juul through a friend during her senior year of high school, Houston said she has been hooked ever since.

Smoking her Juul has become more about the habit and less about the sensation, she said. While the Juul gives her the occasional head rush, “after hitting it all day long, it eventually doesn’t faze you,” Houston said.

Then, there’s the habit: “There’s just a feeling of having (a Juul pen) – it’s like having your cell phone on you,” Houston said.

Raising the age restriction from 18 to 21 for California back in 2016 was the first attempt to impede the rising popularity of e-cigarettes among youth. However, age laws are becoming futile as students have found ways to bypass the rules.

Houston agrees that e-cigarette usage and kids are not a good combination. “I know people who will do it in the movie theaters and stuff but it’s like, have respect for other people. Also, when there are kids around I feel bad so I don’t do it around them,”  Houston said.

While Houston restricts her Juul use around kids, she thinks Juuling is just a new trend in society, she said.

“It’s sad that little kids are doing it but I also think that there’s always something new that comes out that’s not good for kids and it’s better that it’s this than something worse,” Houston said.

The most important thing when it comes to vaping is finding the right merchant, said Tori Erikson, a freshman biology major.

Erikson began vaping with a mod (a bigger type of e-cigarette) when she was 17-years-old.  

“Once the law passed [that changed the age restriction], a lot of shop owners would still sell to their past customers,” Erikson said.

Erikson was able to get e-cigarette juice through friends who had forged relationships with a merchant or supplier while they were still underage.

But some argue that vaping is a less harmful way to ingest a substance – nicotine – to which they have long been addicted.

Since smoking a pack of cigarettes a day since he was 17-years-old, Alex Hallerman was able to quit his two-year-long relationship with tobacco by switching to vapes, said the junior communications major.

The FDA’s proposition could prevent other students who are in similar situations, Hallerman said.

Before making the switch, he tried nicotine gum, the patch, and even Chantix, a smoking cessation aid that can help people quit smoking, he said.

“That’s what my parents pushed me towards but I was like, ‘no you don’t understand. I need the hand-to-mouth thing,’” Hallerman said.

David Daleo, the owner of Dr. Vapor, the Old Towne Vape shop in the circle, is concerned that the ban will keep more people smoking cigarettes.

“When you vape something that tastes completely different than tobacco, you enjoy it. I know that their concern is that we’re going after kids, but adults like flavor too,” Daleo said.

After targeting larger companies such as Juul Labs, the mounting pressure from the FDA has made the company suspend sales of their flavored pods at their stores. But gas stations, convenience stores, and other outlets are still able to sell Juul products.

As of right now, Daleo isn’t worried about his two vape stores. He believes much more robust legislation will need to occur before his storefronts will lose sales.

“I see the concern but until they start focusing on California I’m not worried. Once they do, it’ll be the death of our industry,” he said. “We pride ourselves in having a variety and I have hundreds of flavors here.”

This time, it’s PERSONAL: 10 DIY Gifts You Can Make in One Sitting

Giving gifts in holiday “Secret Santa” swaps and white elephant gift exchanges can be so unsentimental and impersonal. Here are 10 inexpensive and easy to make do-it-yourself gifts likely to make the recipient remember you long after they’ve used up the balance on the Amazon and Starbuck cards they received from less crafty gift givers.

1. Handmade Clay Dishes

These stylish bowls can be various sizes and hold more than just rings; they can be plant saucers or hold office supplies as well.  Photo by Lily Currin.

These polymer clay ring dishes look glamorous but are actually simple and cheap to make. But how? To achieve the marble effect, roll together multiple strands of colored polymer clay, flatten, shape it in an oven-safe bowl, and bake according to the clay’s instructions.  Spice it up with a simple finish and line the rims with gold acrylic paint after baked.

2. Hot Cocoa Ornaments 

Sprinkles, peppermint candies, and marshmallows add a pop of festive color to a hot cocoa ornament.  Photo via Instagram user Sprinklesomefun.

Fill a clear glass ornament with hot cocoa mix to brighten the day of any recipient. You’ll need 2 cups of confectioners sugar, 1 cup of cocoa powder, and 2 cups of powdered milk to make your own homemade hot cocoa mix. Then funnel the mixture into the ornaments and drop in your favorite toppings. Just add hot water and you’ll have hot cocoa wherever you go! If you want to hang it on your tree, the cap might need additional support for the weight, so be sure to secure the top with clear packing tape.

3. An Artful Mug

This customized mug can be personalized to match the interests of your gift recipient.  Photo by Lily Currin.

Give your friends a warm reminder that you care every morning. You can customize any dishwasher safe mug when you use paint sharpies and then bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

4. Mystery Movie Box

Include enough snacks for two and you’ll have a built-in movie night for you and the recipient.  Photo via Instagram user Creativecarepackages.

All this gift takes is a classic DVD from the discount bin at Walmart and some appropriate snacks to throw in a fun movie themed box.  A mystery movie box is likely to appeal to any cinephile. To go the extra mile, try picking one of the recipient’s favorite films and include small trinkets or memorable treats that were enjoyed by the characters.

5. A Customized Plant 

This painted face gives personality to a miniature cactus. Photo by Lily Currin.

Make sure your gift doesn’t “succ” and give this one a try. Succulents are very trendy and don’t need much tending – a good choice for a gift to last well beyond the holidays. Customize the plant’s container by using acrylic paint to inscribe a specific face or design that is meaningful to the recipient, just make sure to paint before potting the plant!

6. Holiday Tea Bags

Adding labels to the peppermint tea bags is a simple and helpful touch. Photo by Lily Currin.

This gift could warm anyone’s heart this holiday season. These tea bags are so customizable you can make everything from hearts to tree bags.  All you need is tea filter paper, a needle and thread, and your favorite holiday blend.

7. Homemade Bath Products

Himalayan salt infused with a lavender scent can create a calming bath for stressed students. Photo by Lily Currin.

This self-care gift is so easy it doesn’t even require a trip to Lush! You can make an ordinary bath more relaxing by infusing Himalayan salt with your favorite combination of natural essential oils. Give the gift of a release from the stress of finals and provide them the relaxing break they deserve.

8. Make Their Own Gift

A watercolor set, brushes, and sketchpad is sure to be a welcomed challenge for any artist. Photo by Lily Currin.

For the artist friend, gather some supplies they may not use often so they can experiment and make their own gift. This is a perfect present if you are intimidated by the do-it-yourself aspect of the other gifts.

9. A Personalized Vase

Acrylic paint won’t run with minor exposure to water. Photo by Lily Currin.

Flowers are a classic gift, so why not go the extra step? Simply use acrylic paint and painters tape to keep lines straight before applying paint. Customizing an old glass bottle to use as a vase is an eco-correct way to match a specific décor or upgrade a holiday bouquet.

10. The Gift of Style

The Chapman University shirt was cut in a triangle shape and given a new handsewn collar with an eyelet fabric.  The “Love is Love” shirt was tie-dyed and the message was ironed on. Photo by Lily Currin.

Customized shirts are a cheap way to add some original flare to your recipient’s wardrobe. You can tie dye, cut, or iron on messages to any t-shirt you desire. It’s a way to show their personality or show some school spirit.

Sleigh the Holiday Season at Your College Home Away From Home

End of semester stress may have you feeling like the Grinch, but don’t let that crush your holiday spirit. You may have gotten into the groove of family traditions leading up to winter holidays in the past, but between finals and Southern California’s less-than-wintery weather, it can be easy to lose the holiday spirit. Here are five ways to celebrate the holiday season in your college home.


1. Deck The Hall

Many students take to decorating the inside of their dorms for the holiday season. Whip out the wrapping paper and the ribbons to include your dorm doors in the holiday spirit.

The welcome area in Argyros Forum has loads of butcher paper for free. Photo courtesy of Veronica Millison.

To make a tree:
  1. Cut about five feet of butcher paper into several small pointed strips.
  2. Fold the strips into a tube and tape the back, leaving the pointed edges on the outside.
  3. Flatten the taped strips and pull the outer point to create a raised effect.
  4. Tape the strips to the door, adding more as you work your way down to the stump.
  5. To create the stump, cut a small piece of butcher paper and put it on the bottom of the tree.
  6. You can also cut out ornaments of your desire or hang real ones using mini Command hooks.
To make a snowman:
  1. Cut enough butcher paper to make three circles of varying sizes, small, medium, and large.
  2. Tape onto the door the smallest circle on the top and largest on the bottom, connecting each one.
  3. Add a cutout hat, scarf and facial features – or draw them directly onto the circles.
  4. Cut small white circles and tape them sporadically on the door to create snow.

2. Make a Holiday Treat

Nothing says “Hello holidays!” like good food. No matter what you’re celebrating, ask for the family recipe to your favorite dish and share it with your roommates and professors. Bake with your friends in the fully stocked Morlan Hall kitchen – just bring your own ingredients and clean up when you are done.

Many students take to coffee to push through finals. Spice it up and treat yourself with a side of a holiday inspired coffee cake. Photo by Alyssa Harrell.

Easy Coffee Cake Recipe – inspired by and courtesy of Kristyn Merkley, from Lil’ Luna.

You will need:
  • A 9×13 inch pan (or proportional)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3 cups of flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oil
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease the pan and set it aside.
  3. Combine eggs, oil, milk, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  4. In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Pour the content of the dry bowl into the larger mixing bowl and whisk to create the batter
  6. Pour the batter into the greased pan so that the top is even.
  7. To create the topping, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Evenly sprinkle the topping over the batter in the pan.
  9. Using a butter knife, create swirls on top of the batter to blend the topping in.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes, let cool for two minutes, and enjoy!

3. Set the Winter Scene in SoCal

Although Southern California is not a winter wonderland, create the ambience yourself and make use of what SoCal has to offer. The fire pit at the dorm pool is open until 9 p.m. – giving you plenty of time to enjoy a night under the string lights roasting chestnuts and making s’mores.

If you don’t mind going off campus, the sand is SoCal’s snow. The beach is a great place to have a bonfire and roast your holiday treats.
Photo by Kimson Doan on Unsplash.


4. Join the Community

Grab your friends and go to the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession in the Orange Circle. This year, the ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Don’t miss the tree lighting and music starting at 5:15 p.m. 

Shops and restaurants will be open for you to grab a bite while you enjoy the event. Photo by Alyssa Harrell.


5. Gather Your Friends For a Gift Exchange

No matter what you celebrate, gift exchanging has been made a large part of the holiday season. Additionally, it’s a great way to get together with your friends before the end of the year.

There are several options to gift-giving, perhaps the most common being Secret Santa and White Elephant. Photo by Alyssa Harrell.


 

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

 

 

 

Study: Too much social media use harms your mental health

Students, Olivia Harden (left) and Roanan Keldin (right) check their phones
during a 15-minute break from class. Photo by Madison Taber.

Social media and college students grew up together. They are closely tied and practically inseparable.

But a new study published in the December Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology reveals that excessive social media use and passively scrolling through Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram feeds increases the rates of depression, loneliness and anxiety in young people ages 18 to 22.  

“[Social media] invites downward social comparison (feeling like your life isn’t as good as other people’s) and feeling left out, when you see friends posting about events you weren’t at,” said Melissa G. Hunt, associate director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the “No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression.”

That’s true, confirmed Logan Kent, a sophomore business major, who confessed to comparing her own life to those of strangers she follows on Instagram. Yet, she can’t stay off the platform.

“I find myself drawn to it every chance I have,” she admitted.

While the amount of time users spent on social media varied, the average was one hour per day, according to Hunt’s study. And there was a direct correlation between increased use and rates of depression, she said.

Many people were using significantly more than [one hour]- up to 2.5 hours a day. And that’s not including other apps like Twitter or dating apps,” Hunt said. “That’s a lot of lost time.”

Spending a large amount of time on social media diminishes an individual’s time spent interacting with people face-to-face, which is a more rewarding use of time, Hunt said.  

“True intimacy involves revealing our vulnerabilities and weaknesses to those who care about us and then supporting them in turn when they reveal their vulnerabilities to us. Social media doesn’t really encourage that, so it may get in the way of true intimacy,” Hunt said.  

Individuals shift their focus from what is happening in reality to what other people want to be perceived as doing, leaving their minds in a flurry of discontentment, Hunt said. Excessive social media use can also exacerbate anxiety, she continued.

“Social media promised to connect us with others – but we usually only see the ‘best’ that people have to offer on carefully curated Instagram feeds or posed photos on Facebook,” Hunt said. Still, social media can be used to spark new relationships if utilized properly, Hunt said.

“Social media is designed to appeal to our preference for novelty,” Hunt said. “Like most things, using it in moderation actually may help you connect with others, talk to your friends, and share things about your lives.”

She explains that the issue develops when individuals use social media too often and in a passive manner to view other people’s posts.

But social media is dangerous because “it’s a bit addictive,” Hunt warned. “Collecting ‘likes’ and ‘streaks’ and ‘views’ can make you feel good about yourself for a split second. That’s enticing, but like other addictive things, what makes you feel good in the moment can make you feel pretty terrible over the long haul.”

Hunt acknowledged that abstaining from social media use entirely is impractical for most young people, but limiting the time they spend on it may help improve their moods.  

“People who used less social media – about 25-30 minutes a day, rather than an hour a day or more – showed improvement in depressive symptoms and loneliness,” she said.  

The study suggests downloading apps such as “Moment” or “Space” that track how much time an individual spends on each app in an effort to raise awareness of how much time is actually spent on social media.

Some students recognize that they spend too much time on social media platforms.

“I stopped using social media because I just found myself obsessing about it every day. I was spending at least an hour a day between Instagram and Snapchat, stressing out and feeling like I wasn’t doing as much as everyone else was,” said Jack Kirby, a sophomore broadcast journalism major.

Kirby decided to cut himself off from all social media platforms at once.

“When I first stopped using it, I realized how much time I was spending on it,” Kirby said. “There were these gaps in my day that I didn’t know how to fill. It was kind of anxiety-inducing. Like, what the hell do I do now? But since then I’ve been able to do so much more. I cook more, go to the gym more, and overall I feel happier.”

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

 

Five Tips for a Successful Black Friday Experience

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and while some families are preparing for their elaborate dinner presentations, others may be planning for the infamous shopping event that occurs afterwards. Millions of people across the United States take advantage of the discounted prices offered by major retailers on Black Friday, but the way in which these events unfold can be hectic. Whether you’re a Black Friday veteran or first-time participant, these tips will alleviate some of the stress that could ruin your Black Friday shopping experience.

1. Find The Best Deals Ahead of Time

 

Not all Black Friday savings are created equal. For example, Best Buy offers the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera for $50 while Target offers the same camera for $60. Instead of performing the tedious task of searching for the price of a product on every store website, you can visit price comparison websites such as BlackFriday.com and BestBlackFriday.com. Just type in the name of the product you’re searching for and they’ll show you each store’s offering on the same page!

 

2. Make a Game Plan

 

Black Friday shopping can be an incredibly stressful experience for the unprepared. Avoid the long cashier lines and disappointment by making a list of the products you plan on purchasing. Those who act swiftly have a better chance of obtaining the products they want and may avoid getting caught in the congested cashier lines.

 

3. Arrive on Time

 

Despite the holiday’s name, some stores like Macy’s and Kohl’s open on Thursday evening. Make sure you arrive just in time to see those front doors swing open or else you might just miss out on your favorite Black Friday deals.

 

4. Get Comfortable

 

Realistically, standing on your feet for hours on end will probably result in discomfort. For those planning on standing in line prior to an opening time, don’t hesitate to bring cozy shoes, chairs and snacks. However, be prepared to pack up your gear before the business opens.

 

5. Make Sure You Have Enough Money

 

There’s nothing worse than successfully collecting your products and realizing you may not be able to purchase them. Before embarking on your Black Friday adventure, make sure you have enough money in your wallet and bank accounts. While you might scrape enough pocket change to purchase a $4 Wonder Woman DVD, that $99 Samsung Chromebook may present a challenge.

 

Black Friday shopping doesn’t have to be an exhausting activity, so make your life a little easier by remembering these easy tips!

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 Hiking Trails within 45 Minutes of Chapman

Delving into nature by hiking offers a way to find silence and clarity. In addition to reducing stress and clearing our heads, hiking also burns calories. What’s not to like? Finding hiking trails near Chapman can be tricky, so we’ve made the search easier with these five trails under an hour away.

Each destination may contain different routes. Click on trail name to see trail maps and more information.

  1. Crystal Cove: There are multiple routes that you can choose from – all travel across a variety of terrain and allow you to admire the ocean and cliffs.
  • Maximum distance: 2.9 miles
    • Distance from Chapman: 20-30 min.
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation gain: 505 ft
  • Dogs: No
  • Parking: $15

Photos by Marissa Dunn and courtesy of California Beaches.

  1. Black Star Canyon: Frequent hikers probably know of the Black Star Canyon Trail, accessed off Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon. After a few miles you will turn left onto Silverado Canyon, then left onto Black Star Canyon Road. This trail requires crossing streams and rock scrambling.
  • Maximum distance: 6.8 miles
    • Distance from Chapman: 20-30 min.
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation gain: 941 ft
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Parking: $15

Photos courtesy of ChasingBelle.com

  1. Big Bend Loop, Laguna Coast: Offers the chance to see wildlife and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. The first portion is very steep, but the intense cardio is worth it for the stunning views.
  • Maximum distance: 5.8 miles
    • Distance from Chapman: 20-30 min
  • Time: 4-5 hours
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Elevation gain: 889 ft.
  • Dogs: No
  • Parking : $3

Photo courtesy of The Outbound Collective

4. San Clemente Beach Trail: This trail extends from the Metro Station parking lot at North Beach to Calafia State Beach in the south. This is a flat, crushed granite trail that’s shared by walkers, runners, bikers, dogs and strollers. Because it’s a flat out-and-back trail, you can make it as easy or challenging as you want.

  • Maximum distance: 4.6 miles

    • Distance from Chapman: 45 min
  • Time: ~1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation gain: 50 ft
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Parking: Free

Photo courtesy of Jeff Hester and Go Hike it

  1. Peters Canyon Hike: Recovering from a fire last year, Peters Canyon offers a variety of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
  • Maximum distance: 5.9 miles
    • Distance from Chapman: 15-20 min
  • Time: 1-2 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation gain: 680ft
  • Dogs: Yes (on leash only)
  • Parking: Small fee

Photo courtesy of Trailing Friday