Broken Elevators Frustrate Students on Many Levels

Although sophomore music and psychology double major Abbey Umali understands that maintenance can take time, she wishes that elevators would take more of a priority.
Photo courtesy of Abbey Umali

Elevators have their ups and downs, but when they are frequently broken or out of order, the inconvenience can push student’s buttons.

Maintenance issues are common at any university, but the elevators across Chapman’s campus are often out of order or not working properly. Student complaints have brought attention to the discussion about accessibility for all students.

While some students use elevators for convenience, others rely on them to access all floors of a building.

“I physically cannot get from point A to point B without [an elevator],” said sophomore music and psychology double major Abbey Umali, who uses a wheelchair. “If it’s broken, what am I supposed to do?”

Umali opted to attend Chapman because it was more accessible than her top choice, Point Loma Nazarene University.

But she soon found that just because we have elevators on premise doesn’t mean they’re always functioning. The elevator in Doti Hall has broken two times this semester, according to Umali, and has caused her to be late to her cognitive psychology class. Due to this inconvenience, Umali said she had to wait until the elevator was fixed to attend her class. Luckily, her professor has been understanding and have yet to mark her down for tardiness.

On another occasion last year, Umali said that the elevator attached to Randall Dining Commons was out of order for twelve consecutive days. After calling maintenance numerous times and being told that they were waiting on a specific part to fix the elevator, Umali was forced to spend more Panther Bucks than she had budgeted for. Randall Dining Commons reimbursed her with $50 for the inconvenience, she said.

“Nobody is trying to keep me from doing things, that’s just the way society works right now,” she said.

Umali’s biggest concerns, however, are buildings on campus that have no elevators at all. The Davis Apartments, where Umali currently resides on the first floor, do not have elevator access.

“I have friends in my building on upper floors and I never go see them,” she said. Umali also mentioned that Morlan Hall, where she lived last year, does not have an elevator either.

Buildings with more than three stories and 3,000 square feet are required to have an elevator, according to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Currently, Davis Apartments has three floors and Morlan Hall has two, according to Umali.

One of the elevators in Sandhu Residence Center was out of order on April 9th for a majority of the day.

The right elevator was broken in Sandhu Residence Center for the majority of the day on April 9th. The elevator on the left, which also travels to all four floors, was working.
Photo by Autumn Sumruld

“Time is the most precious thing and I don’t want to waste time waiting for elevators,” said junior strategic and corporate communications major Kerry Lei in response to the broken elevator.

Lei said that she wasn’t aware of the maintenance that occurred on Tuesday, which led her to wait much longer than she had intended.

“If an elevator is broken, they should have a notice on each floor so I know to take the stairs,” she said. Lei also noted that the Sandhu elevators had experienced numerous issues throughout the year, but said that the latest occurrence lasted longer than usual.

“Sometimes it was not working but it would just last a couple hours, but this time it lasted for two days,” she said.

While there are a variety of factors that can contribute to an elevator not working properly, the elevator in Sandhu was out of order due to a door malfunction, according to Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Rick Turner.

“Elevators have various safety sensors that shut down their operation based on certain components within the cars,” he wrote in an email to Prowl.

Service calls or work requests are prioritized based on the type of call, Turner said. Elevator service calls fall under the emergency category and are responded to accordingly, he said.

In all cases a service vendor is contacted and, depending on the level of that call, a technician will be dispatched to make repairs,” Turner said.

Turner said that he was unaware of any other elevators on campus being out of order and had not heard of any major complaints about accessibility for students.

“Accessibility in our facilities is a high priority for our campus and we work hard to keep equipment functioning to avoid issues for student with mobility issues” he said. “If we’re made aware of equipment issues, we take care of it as quickly as we can.”

Turner did not respond to follow up questions regarding how many reports of broken elevators there have been this year or if the elevators on campus are properly licensed.

Escaping the Chapman bubble: The 5 best sights and cities to see near campus

It’s easy for students to get stuck in the “Chapman Bubble.” Chapman’s campus is located near Southern Orange County cities like Irvine, Anaheim, and Laguna Beach. At these cities, you can experience flight from a tethered balloon or buy homemade jewelry from a trailer. Here are five of their most eclectic spots.

Orange County Great Park Balloon

Distance from Chapman: 13.5 miles (Typically 20 minutes)

The tethered balloon has the ability to hold up to 25-30 passengers at a time. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Why It’s Worth Seeing: The balloon at Orange County Great Park was the first tethered helium balloon in the United States. The balloon still soars up to 400 feet with unobstructed views that span for 40 miles. Fly high during these hours: Thursday–Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 pm. ; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you’re 19 and older, the cost is only $10. If you’re under 18, the cost is $5. Bring a friend under 18 with you and they ride for free! Find more information on rates and parking here.

Location: 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618

The LAB Anti-Mall

Distance from Chapman: 10.6 miles (Typically 15 minutes)

May Martin is one of 24 businesses located at The LAB. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

The Lab just celebrated 25 years of anti-mallism. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: What used to be a night vision goggle factory is now The LAB, or  “Little American Business.” This anti-mall is home to unique cafes, restaurants, and small businesses. At the anti-mall, you will find businesses like May Martin, which sells homemade jewelry from a small camper. The LAB also has an online blog where they feature business owners and recap their events. It’s open Monday–Thursday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Downtown Disney District

Distance from Chapman: 4.9 miles (Typically 12 minutes)

There is a variety of food options in Downtown Disney, such as gourmet treats and sit-down meals. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Downtown Disney has performers strolling through the District while live music is performed on the main stage. Photo by Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: A Disney pass starts at $104 but the Downtown Disney District is a way to experience Disney magic for free! You can enjoy Disney-themed restaurants, shops, and performances at no extra cost. After you eat a Minnie Mouse candy apple, visit the World of Disney store for an abundance of collectibles, apparel and more. Downtown Disney is open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Location: 1580 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

La Super Birria

Distance from Chapman: 4.8 miles (Typically 15 minutes)

Only a five-minute drive from the restaurant is Downtown Santa Ana, where you can rent electric scooters and check out artistic murals on the side of buildings. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

La Super Birria makes their own tortillas. Yum! Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: Located in the Downtown Santa Ana Historic District, La Super Birria opened in 2018. Although new, it is a hidden gem tucked inside a 20-year-old candy store. Between the sweets and party supplies, La Super Birria is known for its home-style Mexican cooking and a five-star rating. Open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., take some time to try authentic Mexican food and pick up dessert afterward.

Location: 1041 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Heisler Park

Distance from Chapman: 21.9 miles (Typically 30 minutes)

Behind these picnic benches is a time capsule that was sealed up in 1977 and is scheduled to be opened on May 30, 2027. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Heisler Park is a popular spot for special event photography. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: Laguna Beach is home to Heisler Park. Its oceanfront tide pools are open to the public for another free adventure. Heisler Park is also lined with trails for exercising and enjoying an ocean view. Stroll down one of the many pathways or stairs to capture an Instagram worthy photo. It is open to the public every day from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: 375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The Best Boba Near You

Squishy tapioca balls and creamy sweet milk tea have been an obsession since they originated from Taiwanese street vendors. Bubble tea, or boba, was invented in the late ’80s, most likely in Taipei, according to Food and Wine. It has slowly made its way from the Taiwanese night markets to the cities and communities around us today.

Going out for boba is a common way students will spend their time together. We’ve rounded up a couple of the best boba shops in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas based on the high quality teas, great textured boba, and aesthetic looks.

T-Milk, Orange


162 N Glassell St #A, Orange, CA 92866


Sunday – Thursday: 11AM-10PM

Friday-Saturday: 11AM-10PM

Phone number:




T-milk’s Tiramisu Milk Tea, the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Photo by Julia Ha

If you don’t have a car and are desperately craving boba, T-Milk is ready to serve you! Located inside the Orange Circle across from The Pie Hole, T-Milk serves unique and diverse toppings such as chia, caramel boba, egg pudding, yogurt jelly, coffee jelly, and red bean to add flavor to any boba drink of your choice.

 Zero Degrees, Westminster


9822 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683


Monday – Friday: 12PM-11PM

Saturday – Sunday: 11AM-11PM

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Zero Degrees serve all kinds of drinks including a variety of toppings.
Photo by Jasmine Liu

Have a hard time making decisions? Zero Degrees allows you to pick two flavors and puts it in a split cup so you get the best of both worlds. Don’t forget to check out their trendy food as well; from Hot Cheetos cheese fries to popcorn chicken, you may have a hard time choosing between those as well.

 Pulp Juice Bar, Orange


1525 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867


Monday – Saturday: 7AM-8PM

Sunday: 8AM-7PM

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An oolong milk tea boba served in their signature bag.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

This boba is made fresh by the baristas in a cute little bag instead of a cup. Aside from boba, Pulp Juice Bar also serves fresh juice, smoothies, and acai bowls. All you need to do is sit down in one of the comfy couches, play some board games, and enjoy your drink!

Omomo Tea Shoppe, Irvine


5365 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604


Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 11AM-10PM

Tuesday: Closed

Phone number:




Omomo’s matcha cortado and milk tea with tiramisu cream boba.
Photo Courtesy of Jasmine Liu

Not only are Omomo’s boba drinks very Instagram worthy and pleasing to the eye, but their tiramisu and cheese foam will add the perfect sweet and creamy flavor to your drink of choice. Their most popular combinations are Ceylon Milk Tea with Tiramisu foam and Matcha Latte with Cheese foam.

Little Fluffy Head, Downtown LA


203 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014


Monday – Sunday: 11AM-10PM

Phone number:





Matcha boba with cheese foam and oolong boba tea with cheese foam.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

If you happen to be exploring the artsy murals and streets of Downtown LA, stop by Little Fluffy Head for the best cheese foam. It’s like a cheesecake in boba form; what could be better?

Roasting Water, Garden Grove


12035 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843


Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM-10PM

Friday – Saturday: 7:30AM – 11PM

Sunday: 9AM-10PM

Phone number:





Roasting Water’s milk tea, coffee, and thai iced tea bobas in their signature bottles.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

Roasting Water is a cute and aesthetically pleasing boba shop in the area. They are most well-known for their unique presentation. Not only does the boba drinks taste amazing, but your order comes in a reusable glass or plastic bottle with cute seasonal designs.

Ding Tea, Tustin


13820 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780


Sunday – Thursday: 11AM-10PM

Friday- Saturday: 11AM-11PM

Phone number:




Ding Tea’s most popular drink: signature milk tea with boba.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

Ding Tea is most well-known for their unique and tasty golden boba. They also have a wide selection of drinks, from milk tea, fruity tea, yakult, coffee, and hot drinks.

Sharetea, Santa Ana


3940 S Bristol St #113, Santa Ana, CA 92704


Sunday – Thursday: 12PM-10PM

Friday – Saturday: 12PM-11PM

Phone number:




Sharetea’s passion fruit tea with boba, black tea, black milk tea, and strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and icecream. Photo by Julia Ha

Besides already being perfectly sweet, a perk is you are able to choose the sweetness of your drink and amount of ice. Personalize it to make your boba worth your money!

Almond Haus, Garden Grove


12549 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840


Monday – Saturday: 9AM-10PM

Sunday: 9AM-9PM

Phone Number:




Not only does Almond Haus have one of the best boba drinks in the area, but they offer numerous dairy-free drinks such as almond milk tea, coconut thai milk tea, and more. Almond Haus is the perfect for people who love milk tea boba but prefer not to consume dairy.

Nothing like a mother’s love: Chapman students list what they miss most about their moms

Shared laughter during “Lifetime movies, a sympathetic ear, encouragement, compassion, a common languageWe miss all kinds of things about our moms when we go to college. For Mothers’ Day, Prowl spoke to Chapman students about what they miss most about the woman who, for many of us, is our best advocate, therapist and friend.

Jorge Hernandez, junior, international business and Spanish double major

Fun times back home in San Jose with Junior Jorge Hernandez and his mom Rosemary Hernandez. Photo courtesy of Jorge Hernandez

I miss having my mom there to talk to about anything – personal issues or something work-related. It’s nice to have someone there to reassure me that everything is going to be okComing home every day and seeing my mom, I was always filled with joy and relief because knowing that no matter what kind of day I had, good or badmy mom would love me unconditionally. 

Sixtine Foucaut, sophomore, communication and Spanish double major

Sophomore Sixtine Foucaut and her mom Aurélie Foucaut in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Photo Courtesy of Sixtine Foucaut

My brother and I were born in Paris but moved to California when we were little. I always admired how my mom was able to keep in touch with our family in France despite the time difference and busy life she leads. I really miss being with my momNot many students at Chapman speak French so I always love chatting with my mom and practicing the language when we see each other.

Matt Davidson, junior, business major

Junior Matt Davidson and his mom Julie Davidson at Matt’s sister’s wedding in Carmel, California. Photo Courtesy of Matt Davidson

I really miss my mom’s hug and touch. Communication over the phone is one thing but actually being able to physically be there and have her in my presence and be able to hug her is very important to me. When we are born as babies we are placed on our mother’s chest and that instant bond is something that is very calming and warm. My mom is the person who brought me into this world and having the opportunity to hug my mom is a very rewarding thing to me.

Anthony Gonzales, freshman, business major

Selfie taken by freshman Anthony Gonzales with his mom Kimberly Gonzales.

I miss the times when me and my mom would talk about musicShe always tried to make me dance, especially when we had company over. I miss being in my house and walking by the T.V. and seeing my mom watching Lifetime documentaries and not being able to resist and watching them with her. I always knew there was a seat waiting for me next to her to sit down and share that moment together. I miss her sixth sense of when I would be hungry and she would bring me something to eat without me asking or saying anything. I especially miss my mom’s enthusiasm and hearing about the hard work she does.

Avery Silverberg, junior, creative writing major

Selfie taken by Junior Avery Silverberg and her mom Janice Silverberg on Mother’s Day 2018 at the Irvine Spectrum Center.

She would always take me out to get sushi when I was in high school.  It was our special time together where I could vent to her about anything that was bugging me or just laugh and have a good time. I always felt that there was something special about bonding over a sushi dinner that is very comforting to me.   

The Story Behind the Farm in the Orange County Suburbs

Lucy the Llama

If you’ve passed by East Walnut Avenue near Orange High School, something along the side of the road may have caught your eye – a llama, which naturally invites the question: why is there a llama on the street? Prowl reached out to Shannon Deskin, a teacher in the Orange High School Agricultural Department, to answer some questions. Ms. Deskin oversees the farm at Orange High School, which the llama, named Lucy, and several other animals call home.


Lucy the Llama

Lucy the llama enjoys resting in the shade. Photo by Julian Ros.

Why does Orange High School have a farm? What’s the purpose?

Orange High School is part of a national organization called Future Farmers of America (FFA). This agriculture program teaches students valuable skills they can use later in life like leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. We use our outdoor facilities as an extension of our normal classroom where students can get hands-on experience applying what they have learned.


Ms. Deskin regularly takes the chickens out from the coop to roam in a more spacious pen. Photo by Julian Ros.

What animals live on the farm? Are any unique or exotic?

We have a few different areas for students to work with animals. Firstly, we have breeding sheep that are bred annually, and students learn about gestation, lambing, health care, et cetera. We also have market animals. Students have the option of raising cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, or small animals. They then take them to the Orange County Fair over the summer to sell them or give them to their sponsors who have graciously taken off the financial burden of raising an animal. We also have a petting zoo that we take to various community events and schools. We have a wide variety of breeds for sheep and goats. We also have a miniature donkey, a llama, and an alpaca. Finally, we have some laying hens which we collect eggs from daily.


The petting zoo animals were very welcoming on a recent farm visit. Photo by Julian Ros.

Why a llama, alpaca, and miniature horse as opposed to more traditional farm animals?

Most of our animals are rescued or donated. Also, those animals make our petting zoo unique.


The chickens live in a coop right next to the petting zoo animals. Photo by Julian Ros.

The chickens live in a coop right next to the petting zoo animals. Photo by Julian Ros.

Are the eggs from the hens used in the cafeteria? Where do they go after you’ve harvested them?

We sell our eggs mostly to teachers and students. They are a small fundraiser for our program.


How much do you sell the eggs for?

They’re five dollars per dozen. We also encourage carton recycling, so if we get five cartons back, they get a free dozen. We reuse them as much as we can.


Many of the petting zoo animals are eager to greet visitors to the farm. Photo by Julian Ros.

Back to the llama and the alpaca, could you provide any facts about them?

Llamas and alpacas are related to camels. Llamas tend to have a courser fiber, are larger, and have a higher chance of spitting. Alpacas tend to be smaller and have a much fine, more valuable fiber. They can spit, but it is not as likely. Our llama is named Lucy and our alpaca is Bruce. Lucy is very mellow for a llama and enjoys petting zoos. Bruce just wants to be with Lucy.


Bruce the alpaca stands in a far corner of the farm. Photo by Julian Ros.

Where do the animals come from?

Most of our petting zoo animals have been rescued from bad situations. They are able to live out their days here while helping educate our community about agriculture.


Photo by Julian Ros.

Some of the goats were eager to check out the camera. Photo by Julian Ros.

How are the animals on the farm cared for?

All students in FFA are required to have a Supervised Agriculture Experience Project. Students can choose what area of the farm they would like to work in: plants or animals. The animals eat twice a day, every day. This requires students to be present on weekends and even breaks. It is a lesson in responsibility.


The cows on the farm enjoy resting in the sun. Photo credit by Julian Ros.

Have the students ever mistreated the animals? Or conversely, have any students ever formed special bonds with the animals?

Our Orange High students are incredibly respectful. They put so much time and care into their animals. I have never had one of our Panthers mistreat an animal. Unfortunately, we have had outside individuals break onto the farm and do some awful things to a turkey that is no longer with us. We have not had an incident since. (Ms. Deskin is referring to when two Chapman students stole and abused Tim the Turkey in 2016).


One of the petting zoo animals’ favorite hobbies is roaming the field. Photo credit by Julian Ros.

Is there any breed of animal that seems to be a favorite among the kids?

All the animals are loved. Each student may have their own favorite. I’d say our miniature donkey, Cadbury, is usually a crowd favorite when we attend events.

Welcome, Madison De La Garza! Actress and filmmaker accepted to Dodge Screenwriting program dishes on Eva Longoria, whether she’ll rush and her passion for mental health issues

Madison De La Garza – Demi Lovato’s younger sister and the child star who played sulky  Juanita Solis on “Desperate Housewives” –  will attend Chapman University in the fall of 2019. In her exclusive interview with Prowl, the actress and filmmaker explains her passion for story telling and says she feels most at home on set – so much so, she falls asleep en route to auditions. Oh yeah –  and she handles questions about a costar caught up in the college admissions scandal like a pro.

“We were screaming, jumping up and down, holding each other, hugging. It was the one, it was the one we wanted to hear from the most. She even applied to other big places but at that point we didn’t care if she got in anywhere else,” said Dianna De La Garza (De La Garza’s mom) about De La Garza’s Chapman acceptance letter.

What schools did you apply to and why did you choose Chapman?

I wanted to stay local, so I looked at mostly small, liberal arts schools in SoCal, like Occidental, Columbia College Hollywood (the film school), Cal Lutheran, Woodbury, places like that. I also applied to USC, UCLA, and UC San Diego. The thing I really loved about Chapman, specifically the film program, is how collaborative it is. People from different majors work together and the people in Dodge really seem like a community.

What were your GPA and test scores?

My GPA was a 3.8. I didn’t take the ACT. I took the SAT and got a 1240.

Can you replay the scene when you opened your acceptance letter?

I was in my room. I always thought I’d film myself, but I was too excited. I thought, “This is the rest of my life, I need to open this right now.” I didn’t want to call my mom in, just in case it was a no. I opened the email, clicked on the update, and I saw the picture with the balloons and students in Chapman shirts. Then I saw “Congratulations” and immediately started tearing up, so when I called out to my mom, it sounded like something was really wrong. I said, “No, no, it’s good news, it’s good news.” We met each other in the middle of the stairs and she said, “Which one is it? Please tell me.” And I said, “It’s Chapman.” We just lost it.

“Seeing a bunch of people come together with literally no money, for the purpose of making a film, that’s probably what’s made me the filmmaker I am today,” said De La Garza about her first short film “The Imbalancing Act.” (From Left) Alexis Lombardi (actor), Logan Binstock (director), Eve Bui (actor), and Madison De La Garza (writer).

Why did you choose this major?

I started writing scripts at a really young age, and I tried a lot of different avenues. It hit me when I applied to college: the best way for me to make any kind of difference or social change was to be a screenwriter, so that was the avenue I had to take. I’m really passionate about mental health and I want to make films about it; that’s the best way to get rid of stereotypes. The industry is guilty for creating a lot of stereotypes, but the industry can also break them. I wrote a concept for a kid’s TV show and I pitched it to a network. It didn’t end up getting greenlit, but I felt the most comfortable I’ve ever felt in any type of audition or meeting room or anything. That’s when I knew this was the path for me.

Did you receive any help or advice from family members?

My two older sisters (Demi Lovato and Dallas Lovato) didn’t go to college, and it’s been a long time since my dad applied to school, so my parents were a little in the dark on the whole process. I was so lucky to have a close family mentor of mine who is very familiar with the whole college admissions process. I honestly don’t know if I would’ve gotten into school without her because I truly did not know where to start.

Felicity Huffman is facing charges in the college admissions scandal. You acted with her on “Desperate Housewives.” What do you think is an appropriate punishment?

What’s sad was I was blown away by the whole scandal, but part of me was not surprised that someone, somewhere allowed it to happen. You hear all the time about people making donations, which will help their kids get in; that’s not out of the ordinary. But this was a whole new level. I put so much work into my application. I didn’t get into UCLA or USC. I thought, “This sucks. I didn’t get in and they paid to get in.”

“After waking up with no memory of his past or his name, James Bard is given two choices – to surrender to the young girl who claims to be his only hope, or fall victim to the apocalypse at hand,” said Madison De La Garza about her short film “Subject 16.”

Can you talk a little bit about your latest Short Film “Subject 16”?

The whole process was unlike anything I’ve ever done. I went to some friends of mine who worked at AwesomenessTV and was like, “Hey, I really want to make a film.” They said, “Lets help you make it happen.” What was different about the “Subject 16” process was that we wrote the script, came up with the idea, and really created the film around the set that we were going to use. That’s why we were able to go into another world.

How was it different being on set in someone else’s project vs. your own project?

It’s so different, especially when I was younger. I would just practice my lines and show up when I was called; that was all I could do. With “Subject 16,” the main difference was if it fell through, it was on me. There’s a little bit more pressure, but in the best way.

“When I’m on set, I feel like I’m where I’m meant to be. Growing up on set, that has made me want to stay in the film industry for sure, but maybe not as an actress forever,” said De La Garza. Photo of Eva Longoria and De La Garza on the “Desperate Housewives” set.

You’ve grown up in the spotlight. How has being a child actress with a large social media following affected you?

Some of my favorite qualities I attribute to the industry. I’ve always been mature, I take direction pretty easily, I’m well behaved when I need to be, and I’m also very comfortable on a set. If I wasn’t working on a set, then I was visiting my sister (Demi Lovato) on her set, and so that environment is very comforting to me. Just like driving to auditions makes me want to fall asleep, because that’s how I used to fall asleep in the car as a kid.

What is the biggest “pro” growing up with that background?

Just being on set was the best feeling ever. I went to a couple red carpets, I did interviews, which were always really fun, but nothing beat being on set, in that environment, and when they yelled action. Also, when people would ask me for a picture, that was pretty cool too.

Biggest con?

The bad days when I still had to show up. Some days, my sister and I were so tired and my mom had to fight us both because we both had to be at work. Those were some stressful days.

“Sophia is a young girl who seems to have gained knowledge of the bunker, and a natural anxiety since the beginning of the end. However, as James begins to realize the truth, all of her unexplainable habits seem to become less unexplainable,” De La Garza said about her character in “Subject 16.”

Best memory on set?

My favorite memory was probably the last scene I ever filmed, when I wrapped Desperate Housewives. Eva Longoria and I had gotten very, very close over the years, and I was very close with my younger sister on the show (Daniella Baltodano), and Ricardo Antonio Chavira. We all kind of knew that the end was coming and I’ll never forget, Eva said, “Thank you for being the best daughter I could have ever had.” She whispered that into my ear and that was her goodbye. That’s my favorite memory, I’ll never forget that; it will always stick out in my head as one of my favorite moments.

Do you have any friends at Chapman already?

My best friend Logan Binstock, who’s a creative producing major, and one of my childhood friends, Josie Totah, go to Chapman. Josie is also in Dodge. We wrote scripts together when we were in elementary school and then we reunited and wrote scripts in middle school, and now we’ll hopefully be working together in college. I’m so excited.

“My best friend, Logan Binstock, goes to Chapman and she’s in Dodge as well, so through her eyes I’ve been able to see how great the film program really is,” said De La Garza.

What kind of scripts do you want to write?

I love a lot of different genres and if I could write comedy I totally would do that more. I really love science fiction, first of all, because it’s the best genre to get a message across. Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone are my biggest inspirations of all time. If I could write anything close to that, I’ll feel pretty accomplished.

Are you going to rush a sorority?

Both Logan and Josie are in sororities. I don’t think I’m going to rush, but I haven’t decided yet. They’ve been talking to me about what it felt like to rush. I’m just so excited to see it with my own eyes, finally.

What aspects of college are you looking forward to?

I’m really looking forward to making so many friends. I’ve gone to a really small school; it’s K-12 and there are 70 kids in the entire school. So I’ve been a part of a very small community my whole life. Now that I’m going to college, my environment is going to be so much bigger. I’ll have a little bit more space to find out who I am and find the people that I really want to be friends with.

All photos courtesy of Madison De La Garza.

Drug Runs, Famous Singers, and Hidden Knives – Stories from behind the wheel as an Uber/ Lyft driver

Passengers who use Uber and Lyft love to share their “crazy” stories with friends and family. Insane Uber passenger “Story Times” have blown up on YouTube. What passengers might not know is that Uber drivers may have some even crazier stories. Chapman students Michael Khuraibet, Zoe Nixon, and Rudy Juarez-Pinedo have driven for Uber, UberEats, and Lyft. They shared their most exciting stories with Prowl.


Michael Khuraibet, junior Broadcast Journalism and Documentary major, got in a car accident, but he’ll still deliver your UberEats. Photo by Maggie Wright


Zoe Nixon, senior Communications Studies major, is a “f*cking awesome” Lyft driver. Photo by Maggie Wright


RudyJuarez-Pinedo, junior Broadcast Journalism and Documentary major, wants passengers to know that Uber is NOT for drug runs. Photo by Maggie Wright


Driving the Getaway Car for a Drug Run


It was a hot summer day. My phone rang and my next pick-up showed on the screen (Let’s call her Sarah). I saw her picture, but it turned out [that] Sarah was a guy. He got inside and as we were driving he asked, “Can you cancel the ride, and then I’ll pay you in cash?” I thought it seemed a little fishy, but I needed the money. I said, “Okay.” Then he explained to me, “This is my girlfriend’s account. Right now, she doesn’t have any money in her back account, so I don’t want her to be overdrawn, but I have money and I’ll give you cash if you just take me to the location.” So I said, “Sure.”

He gave me $40 in cash and I took him to this liquor store. While I waited for him, I noticed that he was talking to some guy and they did a drug exchange. I started sweating, thinking, “Oh, sh*t – I’m a part of a drug run. I have to play it cool.” I thought, if I get in trouble, that’s it, I’m gonna get arrested. And Lyft wasn’t affiliated, because I canceled the job.

He came back over, sat down, and he asked, “Okay, can you drop me off at my house?” I said, “Yeah, sure.” I played it cool. Then we’re driving and he said, “You don’t mind if I do some in the back seat, do you?” I was freaking out, but I played it cool. I’ve never done drugs, but I told him, “I would be down, but I have other customers after you so I need the backseat clean.” He was like, “No worries man, no worries.” I dropped him off, he gave me an extra tip, and that was it. That was definitely the craziest thing I’ve ever done, and the stupidest. I’ll never do that again.

– Rudy Juarez-Pinedo, Junior, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Major


PSA: Marijuana is NOT an Acceptable Tip


I had to deliver to somebody who offered me marijuana, which I declined. I thought, “That was weird to offer your driver. How about a tip instead?” I’d rather have cash because I delivered something to you. But, that’s the vibe I get when I deliver UberEats to people who I perceive to be college students.

– Michael Khuraibet, Junior, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary Major


UberEats Driver Cancelation options do not include, “I’ve just been hit by a car”


I was rear-ended [on the way to an] UberEats delivery before and Uber did nothing for me. It was so frustrating. The hit-and-run happened and there were plenty of witnesses, but the guy just drove off. I couldn’t believe someone hit my car at a major intersection, clear as day, and then just drove off. What kind of person has the gaul to do that? I pulled over and was screaming across the street, asking people if they got a video or a license plate or anything. Nothing. Later, I found out that Uber’s liability doesn’t cover whatever I went through. The worst part was that I still had to finish the trip. If you go to report an issue or cancel the order, as a driver, the cancelation list doesn’t include, “I’ve just been hit by car.” I made four dollars off that trip.

– Michael Khuraibet


Tips Buy Engagement Rings


People should be aware that Lyft doesn’t pay well, so give me the tip! Some of the other drivers that I hear have different chargers for phones, candy, and gum – they have everything there to help you have a good day and all they would like is just a couple of bucks in return. Some guy I knew, the only reason he was driving was to save up money to buy a ring for his fiancé. He drove on the weekends and evenings, and he didn’t tell her that he was doing that.

– Rudy Juarez-Pinedo


Plot Twist


One night, I picked up a group of really drunk guys from somewhere in downtown Long Beach. One of them was pretty flirty. His friends were like, “Dude, what are you doing? Why are you hitting on this girl?” During the ride, he asked, “Are you seeing anyone?” I said no and he was like, “Really?” And I said, “No, I don’t really have time.”

At the end of the ride, his friends were getting out, but he said, “Wait, I’m gonna stay here and talk to Zoe for a second.” He turned to me and was like, “You’re not interested in seeing anyone?” I said, “I’m really busy at the moment.” I was thinking, please don’t ask me out, you’re super drunk. Then he said, “When you find someone, I hope he treats you well like the princess that you are because that’s what you deserve. I hope you have a wonderful night.” I was like, “Wow, that ended a lot better than I thought it would.” I said to him, “You’re so sweet, have a good night.” I still think about him, because it was actually kind of nice. I wonder where he is now.

– Zoe Nixon, Senior, Communications Studies Major


Not Your Typical Business Card


I had to pick up this group of really drunk kids from downtown Fullerton. When I got there, I saw there were a lot of them. I drive a Prius, so there are only five seats, but we ended up fitting one more person in. I said, “Maybe I shouldn’t have done that.” But everything was fine. By the end of the ride, one of the guys said, “Here’s this business card, read it out loud.” He handed me a card and it said, “You are f*cking awesome,” on it. I was like, “That’s kind of nice, but also so weird.”

– Zoe Nixon


That Moment When a Celebrity is in Your Back Seat


I was driving in LA, and I recognized [a rider’s] picture. While I was driving, I was like, “I think I know who this is.” By the end of the ride, I asked, “This is really random, but did you open for 5 Seconds of Summer like two years ago?” He said, “Oh, yeah.” I said, “Yeah, I remember you. This is weird, but have a good night. Keep making music.” That’s the most LA thing that’s ever happened to me.

– Zoe Nixon


Did Your Mom UberEats You a Happy Meal? In Kindergarten?


While I was driving for UberEats, I had to deliver to this Catholic elementary school. A parent had ordered a Happy Meal for their student who was in kindergarten. I knocked on the office door and said, “Hi, I’m dropping this off.” They asked, “What’s the name of the student?” I said, “Sonya.” They asked, “Sonya, who?” I said, “I don’t know.” When you say that to a school official, obviously they’re going to be concerned. I showed them my phone and I said, “I think this is the parent that placed the order.” They looked at it and I asked, “Can you take it?” They said, “Yeah, we’ll take it.” I don’t know [if] the food ever got to the child. That’s funny for me to think about: this office worker at a Catholic school who had to be like, “I better check this out, just to make sure it’s safe.”

– Michael Khuribet


Chapman Students vs. Other College students


Chapman students were actually fine. I wasn’t around for Thirsty Thursdays or any greek parties, so the people I drove were great. They were mostly going to hang out with their friends at Disneyland. I’ve had frat guys from Cal State Long Beach in my car once. They got into my car and one of them pretended to have an accent and he told me he was from “Wakanda.” I said, “I’m not dumb, I’ve seen Black Panther.”

– Zoe Nixon

Navigating the Grid: How to Survive Chapman without a Car

Photos (left and center) by Alexander Popov on
Photo (right) by Joe Perrino.

Surviving college without a car in Southern California is like surviving at sea in a boat without sails or oars.

Being carless may be eco-correct (check out our teeny weeny carbon footprints!) but being virtuous has its frustrations. Going to the beach involves begging friends for rides. Grocery shopping can feel impossible: Do we hitchhike to Trader Joe’s or eat that rancid jar of peanut butter for dinner?

Turns out there are lots of us. Almost one-third of Chapman students, including both undergraduate and graduate, do not have a parking pass, according to the 2013 Transportation Audit from Chapman Sustainability. For these few thousand students without cars, here are some ways they can solve everyday inconveniences.

1) Getting to School

Students who live in the dorms have the luxury of walking across the street to campus. Likewise, all it takes for students at Chapman Grand and Panther Village to get to class is a quick shuttle ride. But if you live off campus, you need to figure out a reliable way to get to class.

Solution: One of the easiest ways to get to campus is taking the OC Transit bus. The 59 bus stops at the corner of Glassell and Palm right next to Smith Hall. Chapman offers a U-Pass plan, which covers the first $30 of your monthly bus fares after you submit an initial deposit of $30. This is a year-long bus pass and the most you have to pay per month (excluding the initial deposit) is $15.

2) Grocery Shopping

One of the hardest tasks to accomplish without a car is shopping for groceries.

Solution: Prevail upon a friend to take you when they go shopping.  Offer some incentives like gas money or cold, hard cash. For immediate needs, try Amazon Fresh, Instacart, or Postmates. These services help you skip the checkout line and hassle of getting to the store. Unfortunately, none of these offer student discounts, but you can become a Postmates Munchies Requisition Officer. If you decide to do this, there are many free meal perks Postmates offers.

3) Navigating Southern California

We’re in SoCal! Naturally, we want to visit L.A. and bask on the beach. But how do we get there?

Solution: Obvious choices are rideshare apps such as  Uber or Lyft.  There is also carpooling with friends. But one of the best options is right by campus. MetroLink offers a $10 roundtrip train to the San Diego area on the weekends. Trains also go up to Los Angeles every day. If you are going to the airport or a concert try the CU Panther Experience App. This app allows Chapman students to connect with one another, and is commonly used for carpooling.

4) Attending Club Meetings and School Events

It’s around 7 p.m, and the buses have started coming every 50 minutes, but there is a speaker on campus you have been DYING to see.

Solution: Consider not even going home after your day-time classes. Instead, head over to the library and get a jump start on your school work. There are also coffee shops and restaurants in the circle that make great hang out spots.

5) Getting a meal

You’ve opened your fridge and your worst nightmare has come true…you are out of food! Your hunger demands immediate resolution.

Solution: There are many food delivery companies that provide service in the Los Angeles area. These include Doordash, Uber Eats and the aforementioned Postmates. In an article from Prowl, two students compared which food delivery services reached the dorms the fastest. While this is not about the dorms, the same factors apply. Go check out that article to see which delivery service can satisfy your hunger.

6) Catching That Flight

Even if you had a car, parking at an airport for an extended period of time is tough on the wallet.

Solution: One of the best ways to get to John Wayne Airport is the Chapman Shuttle. They offer free rides to Chapman students all day Friday and Saturday before every break. Unfortunately, they do not offer this service to LAX, so in that case you can try to hitch a ride with someone from the Chapman Experience App, or any ridesharing service such as Uber, Lyft, or Wingz.

GOT Answers? These Game of Thrones Finalists are our Favorites to Nab the Crown

New episodes of HBO’s highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones are being released every Sunday until May 19. Speculation is rampant as to how the series, based on the books of George R.R. Martin, will end. Betting sites have sprung up for fans to wager on the winner of the Iron Throne and rule the Seven Kingdoms. What will happen? Here are the smart money’s possibilities.


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Jon Snow

Jon Snow, born Aegon Targaryen, is the favorite to win and for good reason. If you accept that his family, the Targaryens are the rightful rulers, the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen has the strongest claim to the throne.

‘The Bastard of Winterfell’ joined the Nights Watch to escape the bastard status and quickly rose to the rank of the youngest Lord Commander in the history of the Nights Watch, earning his leadership chops.


Jon Snow differs from other characters in that he has no real desire for power. If news were to get out that he was brought back to life by the Lord of Light, there is no way of knowing how the kingdom would react.



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Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys the Stormborn, aka The Breaker of Chains, The Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea and the Rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms has dedicated her life to taking the throne.  Do you really think that someone who goes through the trouble of introducing themselves with so many titles would stand compliant and allow someone else take the Iron Throne?


How she will respond when she finds out that Jon Snow’s claim could be argued as more rightful than her own?

A debate exists as to whether or not the Targaryens have a legitimate claim to the throne.  The last Targaryen to rule, the Mad King, was murdered because he was planning on burning alive the people of King’s Landing.  Will people accept a Targaryen ruler after the severe breach of trust?



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Cersei Lannister

Money is power. The current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms has secured funding from the Iron Bank, allowing her to purchase the Golden Company, the most fearsome and skilled group of sellswords (mercenaries) in the free cities.

Cersei has also managed to secure the Iron fleet, granting her the strongest naval presence in Westeros.  Since Cersei currently sits on the Iron Throne, she holds the defensive advantage – and can fight off challengers from behind the castle walls.


Mercenaries are notoriously fickle, and could easily switch sides with inducements or for their own advantage.  While they were brought to Westeros by Euron Greyjoy, and paid for by the Iron Bank, Euron could easily be convinced to order the Golden Company to fight for Daenerys.



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The Night King // Bran Stark

Will evil triumph?

The Night King has access to the formidable – and united – army of the dead.  The lack of unity amongst the living could be exploited by the malevolent Night King as he marches south, adding more and more members to his army with each victory.


The Night King’s success depends on the divisiveness of the humans. If Cersei, Jon Snow, and Daenerys unite forces, his odds of succeeding diminish.



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Gendry Waters

Gendry is the only living son of the last king, Robert Baratheon, but his mother was not a queen, and illegitimacy weakens conventional claims to the throne. Should his heritage be acknowledged and honored, people might rally and support him.  Game of Thrones is known for unexpected twists and turns, so an apparently unlikely outcome for a minor character is definitely in contention as a possibility.


Although Gendry is the son of Robert Baratheon, he is unacknowledged and carries the last name “Waters.”

Game of Thrones keeps surprising fans at every turn.  As much as we would like to think we know who will rule the kingdom,  the truth is all we can do is wait and see what happens on May 19!

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.