How to Avoid Movie and TV Spoilers

Some whistleblowers relish ruining the element of surprise. Others simply have no self-control, accidentally spilling the endings of movies and shows you’re dying to see in person and online. This season, the movies “Endgame,” and “Us,” and the HBO show “Game of Thrones,” have all had epic, suspenseful twists. How to stay clear of spoilsports that ruin the movie or show for you in this age of viewing on demand? Here are some tips and tricks to keep your ears safe and spoiler-free.

Mute Keywords

Twitter is the birthplace of spoilers, so muting fan accounts there is a must. Also mute keywords that may be used in spoiler tweets. Perfect grammar is optional on social media, so be sure to include different spelling variations of your favorite characters and films. “Game of Throwns” anyone?

  1. Go to Notifications.
  2. Click on Settings in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Click on Muted Accounts or Muted Words.
  4. Add any TV show, movie, character, news, fan accounts you please. 

See No More

Safari allows you to choose “muted words” under your content preferences. Google Chrome, has many extensions that will block spoilers, including one that is actually called “Spoiler Protection 2.0.” This extension helps you to hide spoilers what you don’t want to see on your screen. You can hide spoilers from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, News Sites, and more.

Enter keywords in this extension and they will be blocked from any website you go to or that pops up. You can also direct the extension  to block or mute images, photos, video previews and YouTube thumbnails.

Invest in Noise-Canceling Earplugs

If your friends won’t swear not to divulge the ends of shows you haven’t yet had a chance to see, fill your ears with cement or buy a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Too, you could just avoid conversation all together.

Take a Social Media Break

Delete the risk of revelation full send by deleting Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Wear a “I haven’t seen it” t-shirt every time you go out

Advertise your wish to remain in ignorance by wearing an “I haven’t seen it!” T-shirt. Rely on the goodwill of others to respect your declared wishes.

Run away from the conversation

The second you hear any mention about what you haven’t seen, start running. No time for explaining, just barge out the door. Go full “Forrest Gump” and never return. Keep running and running until you’re out of the range of conversation.

Make it known everytime you walk in the room

Make yourself the center of attention by standing on the nearest table and announcing that you haven’t seen it. Make the room go silent so that no one can start a convo that can potentially ruin your favorite series. To be safe, when you walk in the room immediately let them know what’s going on. Bust down the door if you have to.

Go off the grid

Go full Thoreau and move alone to a cabin without electricity in the wilderness. You might just discover there are more compelling pursuits than finding out a a beloved Avenger dies at the conclusion of “Endgame.”

See it already!

Take the time to sit down and watch the whole thing. Now you know the end of the story. What are you going to do now?

 

 

 

10 Tips to Land an On-Campus Job

On-Campus Jobs

The easiest commute you’ll ever have is just a few steps away.

On-Campus Jobs

Cynthia Wang, a freshman creative producing major, is an assistant in the Office of the Provost, one of the many on-campus positions at Chapman. Photo by Carlee Correia.

A quarter of Chapman’s 8,542 students have on-campus jobs, according to the Student Employment Office. These jobs may pay above minimum wage, are conveniently located within minutes of classes, and provide opportunities to form connections with other students and professors. To land one of these competitive and coveted positions, read on.

1. Use Your Connections

If you know anyone who is a current or former employee or student at Chapman, reach out to them. “I contacted a family friend who works at Chapman. He told me they were looking for a new student worker and within the first week of school I had an interview and was hired on spot,” said Sophia Fisher, a student manager of men’s basketball at Chapman. Other common jobs on campus include a student grader and teacher’s assistant. Reach out to your professors to see if they have any job positions available. You won’t have to compete with other applicants and you build a stronger relationship with your professor.

 

2. Always Look for New Postings

New on-campus job postings go up frequently, so check for new postings on the daily. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of securing an interview. Employers get swarmed with applications within the first few days of a job posting. If you are one of the first to apply, you’re ahead of the competition. To get an advantage over other fall semester applicants, look for jobs during your summer vacation, which is when many employers are looking to hire so as to have hires in place for fall.

 

3. Apply to Jobs Within Your Specific College

“Sharing a floor with faculty members at your college gives you professional insight,” and offers the opportunity to network with administrators and professors,” said Preston Tholan, a front office assistant at the Dodge College admissions office. Colleges look for students with extensive knowledge of their college, programs and operations. If you are already a student within the school or college, you have a leg up on the other candidates. “Whether it be directly or indirectly, I definitely think being a Dodge student helped me get my job at Dodge because I already had previous knowledge of the school,” said Tholan.

 

On-Campus Jobs

Entrance to the Dodge college admissions office where students and parents meet for tours and inquiries about the application process. Photo by Carlee Correia

On-Campus Jobs

Preston Tholan, a junior screenwriting major, works with 10 other student employees, each one representing a different Dodge major. Photo by Carlee Correia.

 

4. Design Your Own Resume

Your first instinct is to pull up Google Docs and click on the “resume” template. Resist this urge. On-campus employers are accustomed to seeing the same resume template time and time again. Be unique with a custom-designed resume (we recommend Canva!). Also, stop by the Chapman Career and Professional Development Center for free advice on your resume. Its walk-in hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

5. A Cover Letter is NOT Optional

A cover letter is listed as optional on several on-campus job postings. With many applicants per job, set yourself apart by turning in a customized cover letter that contains specific evidence as to why you are the perfect candidate for the position. Mention any skills you have (a second language? a knowledge of Excel?) that will be of use in the position.

 

6. Apply to as Many Jobs as Possible

When we say a lot, we mean a lot. Some jobs get so many applications that you won’t hear back for months, or you won’t hear back at all. “I applied to upwards of 15 jobs the summer before my fall semester and only heard back from two,” said Cynthia Wang, a student worker at the Office of the Provost. When searching through Chapman job postings, flag any that interest you. Increasing the number of jobs you apply to betters your chance of securing at least one interview. But be sure to include a custom cover letter with each one.

 

On-Campus Jobs

Cynthia Wang at her office job, where she works at least 10 hours a week. Photo by Carlee Correia.

 

7. Write a Thank You Note After the Interview

Whew! You’ve finished the interview. If you’ve done research on interviewing, you know to send a follow-up email. BUT, you can do better! Write a handwritten note thanking your interviewers and reference specifics in your conversation. Also, mention any of the strengths, skills and qualifications you may have forgotten to mention in your cover letter or during your interview. Drop if off within a day. This shows employers that you don’t take their interest in you for granted, and care about their time and the position.

 

8. Skip the Beach, Get on Your Grind

Summer break! While many students are on the beach the rest of Chapman remains in operation. If you are available to work in the summer, you have an edge in landing an on-campus  jobs. Summer months are slow for Chapman – which means you  may even have time to study between  answering phone calls.

 

9. Stick Around for Interterm

Chapman also operates through interterm in December and January. Cut a few weeks off your winter break and work at Chapman.“My boss would frequently contact me asking for help in the office,” said Fisher. If many students don’t stay for interterm, chances are you will get scheduled for more hours. Get another course out of the way while raking in the cash.

 

On-Campus Jobs

Sophia Fisher (bottom right), a freshman psychology major, used her summer to secure a job by reaching out to her Chapman connections.

 

10. Be Patient

You’ve applied to multiple jobs, but haven’t heard back from any. It can be frustrating. Keep persisting and applying. “A job I’ve been interested in closed last semester, but I found out from a friend that it recently opened up again since her co-workers will be studying abroad or leaving next semester,” said Kate Cheong, a student now trying to land it. Seniors graduate every year, leaving their on-campus jobs behind.

Orange County Warehouse Sales: Your guide to buying brand-name clothes at bargain prices

DC and Element Warehouse Sale

Chapman students are only minutes away from warehouse sales that lure shoppers with discounts of as much as 80 percent. Hurley, Volcom, DC, Element, and O’Neill all stage warehouse sales nearby offering overstock swimsuits, sweats, skateboards and snow gear nearby at dirt cheap prices. Why? Fashion moves quickly. When the new season of clothes arrives, brands need to purge what they have left. They do this through warehouse sales, a way to sell “old inventory at a discounted price to try and make room for the new season of clothes,” according to Dominique Brienza, a Volcom marketing intern. Below is information on when they happen, how you can find them, and how big a discount you get.

 

Volcom

Volcom's Warehouse Sale

The line outside of a recent Volcom warehouse sale. Photo by Samantha Wong.

How to get an invite: In order to attend the Volcom warehouse sale, you need a ticket. “Brands will usually advertise the event on their social media accounts,” Brienza says, so wannabe-attendees should look there. Additionally, Volcom employees can give their friends and family an early-access invite to get tickets, so if you know someone who works at Volcom, you have an edge at accessing the best selection. Employees monitor how many people are inside the warehouse at a time, so you may have to wait outside for a bit before entering.

The price: At the last warehouse sale, the price was $12 per pound of clothes.

How often they happen: Volcom has warehouse sales twice a year.

Location: Volcom’s warehouse sales take place at the Volcom Warehouse, which is located at 5 Pasteur, Irvine CA 92681.

Extra Info: The sales don’t have an impact on inventory in stores “because the stuff usually sold is … already available at Volcom stores or retailers,” Brienza explains. It’s simply to clear room for the next round of clothes.

 

DC / Element

DC and Element Warehouse Sale

A collection of skateboard decks at the DC and Element warehouse sale in Santa Ana. Photo by Julian Ros.

How to get an invite: This warehouse sale is a hybrid of two brands partnering up to host a sale together. Additionally, the sale is carried out through a third-party company. Therefore, there are no invites needed. Simply show up at the company’s outlet store and shop.

DC and Element Warehouse Sale

The view from inside the DC/Element warehouse. Photo by Julian Ros.

The price: When entering the warehouse, guests are given a sheet showing the prices of each item category (shown below). They advertise the sale as being up to 80% off.

DC and Element Warehouse Sale

The pricing list given to all sale-goers as they enter the warehouse. Photo credit: Julian Ros

How often they happen: DC and Element have warehouse deals twice a year, but the third-party company has them approximately once a week. You can find them at www.whsale.com.

Location: This particular sale was located at 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705, as are many others that are done with help from this third-party company.

 

Billabong

How to get an invite: To get an invite, check different websites that list warehouse sales, such as the previously mentioned whsale.com. Additionally, Billabong will occasionally send out emails to frequent customers advertising the sale.

 

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The price: Prices vary based on the category of item. Discounts range up to 70% off.

How often they happen: Billabong’s warehouse sales aren’t on a set schedule.

Location: The next Billabong warehouse sale will be held April 12th to April 15th at 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

 

O’Neill

 

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How to get an invite: O’Neill posts their warehouse sales on their website (us.oneill.com). Anyone can attend the sales.

The price: Cost varies, but everything is cheaper than what you’d pay in-store.

How often they happen: Pay attention to the website for announcements. O’Neill’s sales do not occur on a regular schedule. No current sales are planned. The most recent sale happened in November of 2018, and one can reasonably predict that another sale will happen sometime around Summer 2019.

Location: Though it’s impossible to predict where Billabong’s next sale will be, they previously held one at 1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

 

Top 10 Tips to Save Money in Disneyland

Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

The Happiest Place on Earth can also be one of the most expensive. Over the past decade, Disneyland single-day ticket prices have increased by 70 percent, according to Business Insider. Last year, the Disney Deluxe pass and the Disney Signature pass prices rose more than 17 percent, according to Theme Park Insider. Rising prices call for discount tips. Here are a few “dos” and “don’ts” of how to enjoy your day, without breaking your bank account.

1. Do: Go During an “Off Season”

Do: Go During an “Off Season”

Disneyland can be a walk in the park.

Disneyland changes ticket prices based on the date. Regular tickets start around $100. But, during what’s known as a “peak season,” prices could rise by over $30. Disneyland provides a calendar which shows ticket prices for each specific day. Peak seasons are any time Disneyland will experience more crowds. This is usually for holidays (i.e. Christmas or Valentine’s Day), when a large group of people will be visiting (i.e. for the Disney Expo convention, during the summer, or even on the weekends). Weekdays during the winter are probably your best bet for the cheapest ticket.

 

2. Don’t: Buy a Park Hopper Pass

Don’t: Buy a Park Hopper Pass

Castle one day, Guardians of the Galaxy the next.

Along with the price of your regular ticket, Disneyland charges over $50 a day for guests to “park hop.” Regular tickets allow admission to one park per day. The Park Hopper addition allows guests to hop to both parks per day. Disney catches guests, thinking it might be nice to have the option of both parks. In reality, however, Disneyland and California Adventure are both full of attractions, shows, and experiences that can easily fill an entire day.

 

3. Do: Check the Weather

Do: Check the Weather

Save (your money) for a rainy day.

Rainy days in Disneyland have their pros and cons. While the rain typically results in smaller crowds, and hence, shorter lines, the clouds also bring a fresh wave of Disneyland ponchos. As soon as the sky turns a deep blue, Disneyland ponchos will appear at virtually every store in the park. But, beware: Disneyland ponchos are usually around $10, and not worth their price. If the weather looks dreary, plan on bringing your own rain gear. Note that umbrellas are allowed in the park, as well.

 

4. Don’t: Buy Food in the Park

Don’t: Buy Food in the Park

Mickey pops and pretzels and popcorn, oh my!

Food in Disneyland is expensive, and portions are small. The best way to avoid spending all your money on food is to pack your own. Disneyland allows guests to bring their own food into the park, with a few guidelines. Your food should be packed or pre-made. This includes sandwiches, chips, fruit, granola bars, etc. Disney will not allow food in the park that needs to be prepared. This can be anything from sandwich making materials like deli meat and bread, to food that needs to be microwaved, like pasta. The only exception to this rule is if you have dietary restrictions. In that case, you can bring any food, it just has to fit into a small collapsible cooler.

 

5. Do: Order a “Side” Corndog

Do: Order a “Side” Corndog

This castle offers discounts.

Although buying food in Disneyland is almost always a (very expensive) bad idea, there are some exceptions. If you want to splurge on something like the Disneyland corn dogs, there’s still a way to save money. The corn dogs are around $9, including your choice of a “small bag of chips” or “apple slices” on the side. What Disney doesn’t tell you is that there’s a third choice: no side. The best way to get around paying $9 is to skip the side, and drop your price to $6. This works with any meal item that comes with a side of chips or fruit, just let your server know.

 

6. Don’t: Buy Water in the Park

Don’t: Buy Water in the Park

Did someone say free water?

Buying water is another costly mistake. Water bottles in the park can be up to $4. There are a two ways around spending money on water. First, Disneyland allows guests to bring an empty water bottle into the park. Hydroflask, Swell, and all other bottles are all welcome, as long as they’re empty upon entering the park. They can be refilled at any water fountain or soda fountain throughout both parks. Second, guests can order a “cup of water” at any Quick Service restaurant. (Note: this excludes the walk-up carts). Depending on the restaurant, guests will receive a 16- or 24-ounce “cup of water” with their meal, no added charge. Guests can order as many cups as they wish – now that’s a dream come true!

 

7. Do: Use Your Disneyland Contacts

Do: Use Your Disneyland Contacts

The Newsies may have a penny to spare.

Not only do Disneyland Cast Members get to work in the Happiest Place on Earth, but they also receive reasonable discounts and benefits. Most cast members receive 20 percent off merchandise, sit-down dining restaurants, and hotels. This discount raises to 40 percent during holiday seasons. Cast members are also allowed to sign guests into the park, which means a friend or family member can enter the park for free. Cast members only have around 14 days a year to sign people in, so they may not be willing to use this great privilege on just anyone. However, with Disneyland as the second top employer of Chapman students, according to the Chapman admissions office, there’s a good chance someone in your class may be your ticket into the park.

 

8. Don’t: Pay for PhotoPass

Don’t: Pay for PhotoPass

Sully doesn’t mind waving to your iPhone.

Disneyland has PhotoPass locations throughout the parks. Some locations feature characters, others a picture-perfect view of the park. Most of these locations have a Disneyland PhotoPass photographer snapping a bunch of photos. What you may not know is that Disneyland employees will also take photos with your phone. So before you strike a pose or start your character interaction, hand your phone to the nearest Disneyland cast member. They’ll be sure to capture all of the special moments, without the added cost.

 

9. Do: Use Disneyland Discounts

Do: Use Disneyland Discounts

All smiles for a free or discounted entry into the parks.

Even if you don’t have cast member connections, Disneyland still provides plenty of discounts. For one, make sure you don’t buy tickets unnecessarily. Disney admits kids ages 3 and under to enter the park for free. Disney also has ticket discounts for military personnel. The discounts vary, but usually include over $100 off full-priced tickets. Military personnel can purchase up to six tickets for themselves and their families and must be present when the tickets are used.

 

10. Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

Don’t: Miss Your Chance to Apply for Chapman Disney Day

The Mickey Ferris Wheel can fit all your Chapman friends.

Chapman holds different events throughout the academic year to visit Disneyland with discounted tickets. Chapman’s University Program Board orchestrates a visit to the park every fall, with ticket prices as low as $35. Also, the We Are Chapman retreat is hosted at the Disneyland hotel. After the program, students are able purchase discounted tickets at around $30.

 

Photos by Maggie Wright and courtesy of Emily Malner.

SGA Considers New Bike Share Program

Happy with the bike she has, Hannah Richardson, junior political science major, said she wouldn’t use a bike share program. Hoping others can feel the wind in their hair too, Richardson said she still supports the initiative. Photo by Claire Treu.

A survey is underway to measure student interest for a new bike share program at Chapman University, which some researchers say can decrease traffic congestion and improve the health of the pedalers who use it, according to a 2018 a report from Environmental Health Perspectives.

Chapman’s Student Government Association (SGA) drew up the survey in response to student requests and out of a desire to improve campus sustainability, said Ishani Patel, freshman business major and SGA’s Student Organization Senator.

If respondents show enthusiasm about the idea, SGA may bring in a bike share program for students and faculty, as early as next semester, according to Patel, who is heading the initiative. The survey will remain open until Mackenzie Crigger, Sustainability Manager, determines that enough students have participated, Patel said.

As of Feb. 27, “Mackenzie Crigger reached back to me and said that she had not yet pulled up the survey data,” Patel said. “Everything is up in the air, because this is still in the initial planning stages. Our first step is to garner student interest through this survey and go from there.”

While SGA isn’t looking for an exact number of positive responses to implement the program, “we just want approximately above a thousand students,” Patel said.

Patel believes a bikeshare program would not only help students travel between classes, but allow them to run errands or go to the Orange Circle.

“I would hope it would be like Lime, where you would use an app and take a picture to unlock the bike,” Patel said.

For Lime, there is a $1 fee to start the scooter, and an additional 15 cents per minute used. Though Lime is an electric scooter company, Patel said the idea would be similar for bike sharing.

College campuses such as UCLA and Yale initiated bike share programs in 2017. Patel mentioned Pomona College for their efforts in increasing awareness about sustainability.

“One prime example of campus nearby that has a great bike-sharing program would be Pomona College,” Patel said.

This time last year Pomona College partnered with Ofo, a bike share company, to help students get all around campus, according to the Pomona College website. However, the program was short-lived.

“After the program launched in February with a free pilot, there were scattered complaints that the bikes were blocking paths,” according to The Student Life, the newspaper of the Claremont Colleges.

The semester after its implementation, Ofo left the Claremont Colleges. At this same time, the city of Claremont “banned electric sharing services while it studies their effects and works out potential regulations,” according to The Student Life. Most bike sharing systems use wireless electronic communication for bicycle pickup, drop-off and tracking, according to a study in 2013 in Journal of the Transportation Research Board.

Patel attributed Pomona’s failure to an Ofo business crisis. That aside, U.S. bike share use has gone up 25 percent from 2016 to 2017, with 35 million trips taken in 2017, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

If there is enough interest, a program here would be built around the values of sustainability, value for money and health, Patel said.

If the initiative moves forward, SGA would have to consider how to deal with the issues of rider safety and theft.

“A lot of the bike sharing programs we choose, and the companies we look at, have security programs in place to insure vandalism and theft is kept at a minimum, and it’s the students responsibility and obligation to pay,” she said.

It is too soon to know the source of funding for the bikes, Patel said. “Potentially one could use funding from SGA (if the entire senate agrees) or funding from the sustainability’s department,” she said.

Although Patel inferred a price would come with bringing bikes to campus, the Sustainability Department said otherwise. “There is no funding required for the bike shares we have considered,” Crigger said.

Crigger would not disclose which programs have been considered.

Some students might be more willing to use loaners, because there is an “epidemic” of stolen bikes, said Francesca Fangary, junior screenwriting and public relations and advertising major. Though she prefers to walk, Fangary said if she had a bike on campus she would rather rent than risk a bike theft.

Bikes parked illegally at Chapman can be confiscated by the university. The university claims no responsibility for damage done to locks or bicycles during appropriation, according to the Bicycle Rules and Regulations. Photo by Claire Treu.

Chapman’s Public Safety Bicycle Rules and Regulations requires that all bicycle owners register bikes for security. Jocelyn Dawson, a sophomore business major, had her $100 bike stolen on campus. Dawson thinks having a bike sharing program could save students time and money from committing to buying their own bike.

Dawson also believes that implementing this program can ease congestion in Chapman parking lots and aid in reducing the overall CO2 emissions on and off campus. Not to mention, keeping students active, she said.

“This might be a really fun way to bond with friends or get a quick workout in before class,” Dawson said.

If implemented, these bikes would only be available to Chapman students, faculty and staff – at least initially.

“We have not yet reached out to the communities or Orange, but once this bike-sharing platform is approved we will,” Patel said.

Permitting the loaners to be used within a two-mile radius from Chapman would be a good idea, Patel said.

“Architecturally and structurally, Chapman is very flat. So it’s very easy to take the bike around and stuff like that,” Patel said.

The number of students that drive to school from increasingly short distances and refuse to carpool in many ways reflect Chapman’s affluence and how we, as a school, depend on our own convenience, said Jenny Gritton, senior environmental science and policy major.

Gritton chooses biking as her primary mode of transportation. A program would need to contain incentives to work, said Gritton who specializes in transportation planning at IBI Group, a modern city design company.

“At the end of the day if the students are not interested then they will not take advantage of it,” Gritton said.

Chapman’s existing Bike Voucher Program leaves any student, faculty or staff member who is willing to not bring a car to campus for two years eligible for $300-350. The money may be used at a local bike shop to cover the cost of a bike, helmet or to simply upgrade your bike for transportation purposes, according to a pdf on the Chapman website.

“Biking instead of driving not only saves you money but also reduces your fossil fuel emissions, and it improves your physical and mental health cause you’re having a that little squirt of endorphins from the exercise,” Gritton said.

Which Food Delivery App is Fastest and Cheapest?

About 57 percent of food delivery app users are between the ages of 18 and 34, according to a 2018 global consumer survey by Statista. Photo by Karley Wilson.

We called three different delivery apps on Feb. 3 at the same time with the same order: Bring egg rolls to Henley Hall.

We wanted to measure their delivery speed, cost, fees and the condition of the food when it arrived. On that last score, all the deliveries scored equally as the egg rolls arrived hot and crispy. But we had surprises in the other categories.

Location ordered to: 535 North Grand, Orange, CA

Restaurant ordered from: Nguyen’s Kitchen (2 Miles Away)

Item ordered: Eggrolls

Price: $2.95

HERE ARE THE RESULTS:

Postmates is popular among college students because the company distributes a lot of free delivery codes. But, if you don’t have one, small cart and  delivery fees can add up quickly. Those charges made it the most expensive app to order from.

 

UberEats often seems convenient because of the lack of a small cart fee. However, delivery prices are usually pretty steep even for places close by.

 

DoorDash was the underdog. Neither of us had tried it before so we didn’t have high expectations. What a surprise! They creamed the other apps in delivery speed and cost and was our surprise winner.

 

College is all about saving money efficiently, so it’s always nice to know which app can give you the best deal. When it comes to these top food apps to rely on for the night’s meal, DoorDash provided the cheapest and fastest delivery. 

*A small cart fee is a fee that’s added to an order if it is under a certain price. Postmates adds a $1.99 fee if your order is under $12 and DoorDash adds a $2.00 fee if your order is under $9. UberEats doesn’t have one.

Graphics by Vi Nguyen on Canva.

Five Tips to Keep Political Peace at the Holiday Table

As eggnog is poured and rolls are served, a looming topic of debate is likely to come up: politics. Especially with midterm elections recently occurring, students at college are more inclined to form independent political views without family pressures. Holiday gatherings – infamous for family arguments – may very well be the first time students will join in on the political debate and share their differing political opinions.

Dr. Carolyn Brodbeck, associate professor in psychology at Chapman, talked to Prowl about coping mechanisms intended to help prepare students for political disagreements that may await them at home. Here are five tips that stood out.


  1. Before heading to dinner, self-reflect.

As students spend a majority of time with peers and professors in a college setting, their beliefs may change or develop to differ from how they were raised. As a result, “a student may perceive their place in the family as changing,” Brodbeck states, which requires a reflection on one’s own beliefs as a separate entity. In the process, it is useful to reflect on the university experience in shaping ideas, as well as your place in the family and in the world. Ask yourself for example, “How would I describe my current relationship with my family? How has my relationship with my family changed since embarking on my Chapman university experience? What do I see as the most important challenges that my family and community are dealing with?” Brodbeck informs.

Self-reflection is important to creating a sense of awareness of the world around an individual, an essential part of the university experience as we learn to become more independent. Photo by Alyssa Harrell.


  1. De-escalate the debate.

Instead of lashing out at family members for their differing political views, note contrasting opinions and separate them from your relationship with the individual. “Dad, I can see that we have extremely different perspectives on this political issue. It seems like this is really important to you. I just want to let you know that I will always respect you as my father even if we don’t agree on this or other topics,” Brodbeck uses as an example.

Because many discussions occur at the table, it is useful to simmer down a heated debate with compliments about the food. Photo courtesy of Claire Treu.


  1. Use entertainment to divert debate.

Before heading home for the holidays, look to your favorite games to steer the altercation into a friendlier direction. Plan in advance, having games like “Monopoly” or “Life,” to extinguish a brewing or heated political debate. Just maybe don’t suggest Cards Against Humanity…

Games typically require sole concentration, so it is a good way to steer clear of debate either temporarily or permanently. Photo by Alyssa Harrell.


  1. Help out in the kitchen.

Although it is nice to show appreciation directly at the holiday table, a good way to express your gratitude is through helping set, serve, and clean up after the meal. This acts as a good way to escape from argument while earning respect from your family members. “Your grandparent or whoever is heading chef duty will be grateful that you are taking the initiative to help out!” Brodbeck states.

Heading into the kitchen is a good way to contribute help to the table rather than another person to engage in conflict. Photo by Alyssa Harrell.


  1. Engage in family tale-telling.

In a heavy discussion, make light of the situation through compliments of a family member. Perhaps ask how holiday dinners were when older family members were growing up. “Your interest shows respect, especially towards courageous ancestors who have made today possible,” Brodbeck informs.

The telling of familial stories promotes bonding as it steers away from a perhaps less than desirable debate. Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels.


 

5 Free Seat Filler Websites That’ll Get You Closer to the Action

These five seat filling services will give you seats to some of television’s most talked about events, including TV-show tapings, awards shows, and even the option to watch stars strut the red carpet. The best part? They’re all free!

Be careful though, these events can have a catch; being a seat filler to events such as award shows often entails moving to open seats when celebrities leave. This type of seat-filling service does not guarantee a permanent seat. Some events even have strict restrictions to uphold the audience appearance on camera, which could mean anything from having to wear neutral colors to locking your phone up before you enter the studio. They can base their audience decisions on looks, picking only applicants who fulfill a particular image that producers and promoters are looking for.

Should you be selected, sitting in on a favorite show or dancing at a free concert can be a great way to show visitors you know your way around Los Angeles. You may even get a selfie with a celebrity when they walk the red carpet or have the chance to wave to the friends back home when you’re on TV. Here are some of the services that can get you closer to the action.

1iota

Adam Levine and other members of Maroon 5 sing “Girls Like You” on Jimmy Kimmel’s Outdoor Concert stage. Photo by Lily Currin.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“The Voice,” “Will and Grace,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Kelly and Ryan,” “Steve Harvey,” “World of Dance,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

Movie and TV Show Premieres, Outdoor Concerts, NBA events, iHeart Radio Festivals, Red Carpet events, and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Create a 1iota account on https://1iota.com/
  2. Fill out the profile with a picture and physical descriptions such as hair color
  3. Find an event you want to attend
  4. Fill out any additional questions that may be specific to the event
  5. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  6. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  7. Arrive at the event when specified, usually an hour or more before the event begins
  8. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications open two to three weeks before events.

Can I take a friend?

It depends. Not all events allow you to apply for more than one ticket but some events allow you to bring one to three unapproved friends.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York City, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

How old do I have to be?

Movie premieres range from ages 6 and up to ages 16 and up, whereas TV shows are usually restricted to 16 year-olds and onward, and special events can range from 18 or 21 and up.

Are there any other restrictions?

You must cancel tickets 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend the event.

Are there any other opportunities this organization offers?

There is the option to act as paid extras in shows like “13 Reasons Why.”

Website: https://1iota.com/

On Camera Audiences

“iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy greets fans on the orange carpet at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. Photo via Flickr user Eva Rinaldi.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“Dancing with the Stars,” “Dr. Phil,” “American Idol,” “The Price is Right,” “America’s Got Talent,” “America Ninja Warrior,” “Family Feud,” “Big Brother,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

“Kids Choice Awards,” “Teen Choice Awards,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Register at http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/
  2. Find an event to attend
  3. Fill out questions specific to the event
  4. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  5. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  6. Arrive up to 2 hours before the event
  7. Attend the event!

How in advance should I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open up to 24 months in advance.

Can I take a friend?

Yes, but it depends on the event.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago, and more.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up.

Website: http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/

TV Tickets

“The Big Bang Theory” requires a live audience for the laugh track. From left to right sit Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Kaley Cuoco. Photo via Flickr user Kaley Cuoco.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Raven’s Home,” “The Conners,” “Last Man Standing,” “Face the Truth,” “Just Roll With It,” “Man with a Plan,” “Mr. Iglesias,” “The Neighborhood,” “The Ranch,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Find an event to attend
  2. Fill out application specific to the event
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive up to two hours before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open 30 days in advance.

Can I take a friend?

It depends. Not all events allow you to apply for more than one ticket but some events allow you to bring between one and five unapproved friends.

How long are the events?

Shows can take up to three or more hours to film.

Where are these events?

Only in Los Angeles.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up for the applicant, but younger guests are welcome.

Website: https://www.tvtickets.com/seatfillers.htm

Seat Fillers and More

At events like the 2016 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, seat fillers have to arrive early to live recordings. Photo via Flickr user David Jones.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” “Survivor,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

“The Emmy Awards,” “The Grammy Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Miss America Pageant,” Mini-Concerts, and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Register at https://seatfillersandmore.com/
  2. Send a resume and full body photo
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive no earlier than 1 hour before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications open two to three weeks before events.

Can I take a friend?

No, only those who apply may attend the events.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Only in Los Angeles.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up.

Website: https://seatfillersandmore.com/

TV Audiences

Seat fillers for the sport halftime shows often are let on the field to show enthusiasm for the artist. Pictured above is the 2012 Superbowl Halftime Show featuring Madonna. Photo via Flickr user SAB0TEUR.

What special events can I attend?

“The Tony Awards,” “The Emmy Awards,” “The Grammy Awards,” “The Academy Awards,” “The Superbowl Halftime Show,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Email SEATFILLERS@AOL.COM to find events you can attend
  2. Fill out application specific to the event
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive up to 2 hours before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open 30 days in advance.

Can I take a friend?

No. Only those who apply are able to attend the events.

How long are the events?

Events can take up to three or more hours to film.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York, and more.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up for the applicant.

Website: http://www.tvaudiences.tv/

 

10 gifts you never thought your pet deserved

7% of pet owners dress their pets on a regular basis, 5% have given their animal a social media account and another 95% of pet owners admitted to having bought a Christmas gift for their pet, according to a recent survey conducted by Rover.com – the nation’s largest network of dog sitters and walkers.  

Make sure your pet isn’t overlooked when the holiday present come out. Here are 10 of the most ridiculous pet gifts we found.


1. Dog High Chair

Say goodbye to setting the table for one. Since the idea of letting your pet be a pet for 20 minutes seems absurd, check out this alternative. This pet high chair keeps your pup from sitting on your lap or at your feet begging for your food when you’re eating. Instead, it can have a chair of its own.

Price: Ranges from $56-$100

Photo Courtesy of Donna Slem.


2. Ceiling Cat Playground

Tired of your house being full of cat toys and scratch pads? Give your cat their own overhead playground to get them out of your hair. Combined with a wall bed to rest, you provide your cat a relaxed retreat.

Price: $102.50

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Botezatu.


3. The Doggy Thong

The Doggy Thong is fashionable and practical. Made of charcoal cloth, designed to neutralize a dog’s anal odors, it will keep Stinky smelling and looking great! We cannot, however, guarantee your dog won’t be bullied.  

Price: $15

Photo courtesy of Imgur.


4. Cat Music

Teyus Music, by musician David Teie from a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, has created a playlist specifically for cats. Teie bases his sounds on cats’ physiological traits and instincts. Incorporating feline-centric sounds – like the suckling for milk – can help cats relax, according to Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Price: $15-$20 per album

Photo courtesy of Imgur.


5. Portable Fishbowl

Need to take your fish on a walk? Of course you do! Check out the stylish backpacks and handbags with built-in fish bowls that allow you and your pet to hit the town.

Price: $25.00

Photos from Michal Shibitali on Flikr.


6. Non-alcoholic wine for your cat

After a long day of work, sometimes you just need to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine. Why drink alone when your furry friend can join you? Infused with salmon oil and organic catnip!

Price: $5 for one bottle

Photos by Steve Heap on Pixabay & @pandabearsermahgerd on Imgur.


7. Petcube Camera – The Pet Equivalent of Skype

The Petcube camera lets you see and hear your pet in an HD wide angle lens when you’re out of the house. The product is also equipped with an interactive laser so you can play with your pet even when Snickers is home and you’re in Minsk.

Price: Ranges from $150-$179

Photo by @iceburg99 on Imgur.


8. Pawdicure Polish Pen

Look good, feel good. This non-toxic polish pen allows you to decorate your dog’s nails in a rainbow of colors. Do you still wonder why dogs bite people?

Price: $7.99

Photo courtesy of @tinyCartoonBeats on Imgur & @AjKaramba on Imgur.


9. Marry your pet

Are you in love with your pet? Well the two of you can share the same living quarters, enjoy tax benefits, and the sanctity of marriage. Just sign the marriage certificate – oh yeah – and pay.

The price: $230.00 for the “biggest” option, which includes an ‘I married my pet’ t-shirt, a certificate and a hand embroidered, personalized wall plaque to always remind you of your special day.

Photo by Amber Lou on Imgur & Michelle Geer on Imgur.


10. Kitty tunnel

Keep your kitty in the holiday spirit by giving him a soft and warm place to cuddle – or hide while being chased away from the Christmas decorations or holiday roast.

Price: $16.99

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu.


From putting your pooch in a high chair to getting married to them, you never know how far some pet owners will go for their pet.

How I Found Out Santa Wasn’t Real

Trigger warning: This article contains content regarding the existence of Santa Claus. This content may cause feelings of betrayal or loss of innocence.

When the beard comes off and the true identity of Santa Claus is revealed, Christmas loses some of its magic. Children usually find out that Santa is a myth around the age of eight, according to a 1980 study performed by Eastern Michigan University researchers.

Here, six Chapman students tell us how they found out the hard truth of Santa Claus.


Santa Quits Through a Letter

Every year Santa would write Davis Anderson, sophomore strategic and corporate communication major, and her sisters letters congratulating them on their accomplishments. Anderson loved getting these letters. She distinctly remembers one year anxiously peeling open Santas letter to read: “Dear Davis, I hate to break it to you, but I’m not real.”  She was crushed.

Anderson still celebrates the holidays despite a crushing childhood memory. Photo by Julianna Franco.


“The Talk” Takes A Turn

Marissa Dunn, junior strategic corporate communication major, was about 11 years old when she got the ‘girl talk.’ Her mother explained that Dunn’s body would be going through a variety of changes soon. It was nice at first, until the mother started to explain the menstrual cycle and what would happen every month.  Dunn burst into tears. Reality seemed so cruel. “Is Santa even real?!” she blurted out.

Sorry, kid.

“I felt I actually became a woman,” in that moment.

Dunn is now able to smile about the devastating day she “became a women.” Photo courtesy of Marissa Dunn.


Investigation Backfires

Santa didn’t add up for Trey Makishima, sophomore TV writing and production major, and his sister. The two started their search by cross referencing wrapping paper and gift tags they had around the house with what Santa had brought. They compared Santa’s penmanship to that of their parents and relatives They brought the evidence of their investigation to their parents – proof that the fat man was a fraud.

Great, said mom and dad: Since you don’t believe in him anymore he won’t bring you anymore gifts.

Makishima decided the truth hurt too much: He faked renewed belief in Santa for the next three years.

Makishima is made into a decorated Christmas ‘Trey’ – ‘tree.’ Pictured: Avery Girion, sophomore, Trey Makishima, sophomore, Graham Byrne sophomore. Photo courtesy of Trey Makishima.


Early Santa Delivery?

Javari Hunt, sophomore public relations and advertising major, was eight years old when she snuck into her mother’s room to check out a pair of high heels she knew would be under her mother’s bed.

Next to to the heels she saw a wrapped present in the shape of a Bratz doll box. What a coincidence! That’s exactly what she had asked for from Santa! And the tag read “From Santa!” But the handwriting on the tag looked just like as her mom’s. Santa must have dropped off her gif early and in a rush and “my mom did him a favor and wrote his name on the tag,” she rationalized.

Christmas morning she opened the same present she spotted under the bed, and her mom looked at her with a big smile. “He dropped that off, fresh this morning, while you were sleeping,” her mother said. It was then she knew the truth.  

Hunt thinks back to how strong her trust in her mother was, before the Santa lie. Photo Courtesy of Javari Hunt.


Grandma Goes Hardcore

Ali Whu, sophomore strategic corporate communication major, was eight years old when her aunt asked her grandma where she bought the play kitchen that Whu loved so much. Grandma explained that Whu’s mom had bought it for her.

“No, Santa bought it for me,” corrected Whu.

Her grandma then looked at her dead in the eye and said, “Well now you know Santa isn’t real.”

Whu remembers the good days before she was exposed to the truth of Santa. Photo courtesy of Ali Whu.


The Text That Changed It All

Cassidy Kaufmann, freshman business administration major, is Jewish. She didn’t realize the significance of Santa until she ruined it for a friend.

“Santa isn’t real,” Kaufmann sent.

Her friend was heartbroken. Kaufmann stole away the magic of Christmas in a matter of seconds. Though they are still friends, Kaufmann knows she is responsible for stealing her friends innocence.

Kaufmann poses with a cookie, although she never put any out for Santa. Photo by Julianna Franco.