Labor union protest fails to gain Chapman’s attention

Despite holding signs two-car-lengths long daily for over a month, the Carpenters Local 2361 labor union protest has failed to gain much attention at Chapman.

Local 2361 alleges that the Chapman-contracted R.D Olson Construction, building the Villa Park Orchard Residential on North Cypress Street, underpays their employees.

Their signs read “LABOR DISPUTE COMING SOON” and those participating in the demonstration are asked to pass out fliers, but are not allowed to give any additional information or answer questions.

We asked Chapman students, a sign holder, and a professor their opinions on the labor dispute and also their feelings on labor unions overall.

 

Chapman baseball wins SCIAC

The Chapman baseball team poses after their SCIAC win. Photo by Joel Brown

For the first time in Panther history the Chapman University baseball team won the SCIAC Championship game against Redlands in a winner take all game.

The championship game started on Friday, May 4th and ended on Sunday.

The Chapman team made an improbable win in the championship, first losing to Redlands 12 to 5 on Friday.

“Every game was do or die,” said Austin Merrill, sophomore pitcher.

Redlands was undefeated and the tournament was double elimination, we had to beat Redlands two out of three times to win the championship, Merrill said.  “The second game (on Saturday) we ended up shutting them down and beating them and that set the scene for it all.”

During the final game against Redlands, the Chapman team was losing 10-1 going into the 7th inning.

“Coming back from being down 10-1 in  the 7th inning and scoring 19 runs between the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning is pretty unheard of,” said Joel Brown, sophomore outfielder.

“We managed to put up 16 runs in 2 innings behind our captains Jared Love and Gavin Blodgett,” Merrill said. “If I had to put it all down to one play, Gavin hit a no doubt bases loaded home run and there was no looking back from there.”

The team is now going on to play in the West Regional in Spokane, Washington. If they win the six team regional, they move onto to the world series in Appleton, Wisconsin for a chance at the National Championship.

According to Merrill every player on the team stepped up and did their part in the SCIAC Championship.

“Trevor Marrs, a freshman stepped up to play in place of one of our most valuable players that got hurt and did a hell of a job.” Merrill said.

Merrill also complimented Cody Turner and Jonathan Hernandez for their performance on the field.

“They gave their best effort on the mound and really kept us in a spot to come back.” said Merrill.

Joel Brown said he believes it was a team effort to win the game.

“It’s like the saying in baseball, ‘the batting order is a living and breathing thing; It has to work together to be successful,’” Brown said.

He said his favorite part of the season had to be winning the SCIAC.

“There is no other feeling like it,” Brown said.

 

 

The band aid for Chapman counseling staffing problem

Some Chapman students whose issues aren’t considered pressing don’t always necessarily get turned away from SPCS, but they seldom go knowing they could be taking the opportunity away from others. Photo by Danielle Konovitch

Chapman University is compensating for the surprisingly low student-to-counselor ratio by taking a new holistic approach to advance health and wellness for students.  

The Student Government Association and Student Engagement are expanding the amount and frequency of recreational fitness sessions on campus, and a newly-hired full-time Program Coordinator for Student Engagement will start spearheading itineraries this summer, said Assistant Director of Student Engagement Mike Keyser. SGA President Mitchell Rosenberg is meeting with senior advisors with a formal proposal to double the size of the fitness center, according to Keyser.  

“We’re trying to connect working out to more than just looking good,” Keyser said. “Fitness satisfies social and physical needs as well as it revitalizes students’ mental health.”

As of spring 2018, Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) balanced a counselor-to-student ratio of 1:1310. This ratio includes both undergraduate and graduate students on Chapman’s main campus as well as the Rinker Health Science Campus, according to Director of SPCS Jeanne M. Walker, Ph.D. The counselor-to-undergraduate student ratio was roughly 1:980 this spring, according to Walker.  

Student Psychological Services has recently hired two new full time equivalent counselors, one of which is specifically for the Rinker Health Science Campus, so the ratios are expected to be better next year, Walker said.  

“The new model counseling services is grappling with will assist students on a need basis and on the level of the crisis,” Keyser said. “The new staff will help manage the amount of people and I anticipate that the students who need less specialized attention will lean toward our new upcoming fitness programs and events.”  

More yoga on the lawn wouldn’t help the issues a lot of students have, said junior public and advertising major Meagan Donovan.  

Donovan stopped utilizing Chapman’s counseling services for generalized anxiety because she felt she was taking the opportunity away from someone else.  

“No one ever explicitly said I couldn’t be seen, or I couldn’t be helped,” Donovan said. “But it made me uncomfortable from the beginning knowing there is a waitlist of people who many need more help than I do.” 

Talking it out would be the most useful way to cope with anxiety, Donovan said.  

“I like kayaking and yoga on the lawn, but these activities wouldn’t necessarily help the issues I was being seen for,” Donovan said.  

A residence advisor who wishes to remain anonymous to not jeopardize her position said she had been turned away from the counseling center.

“I was nowhere near suicidal but in desperate need to talk to someone, and basically they told me they can’t see me within the week unless I’m about to kill myself or harm someone else,” the student said. “They said to seek counseling elsewhere if possible because they won’t be able to see me for a few weeks.”

By the time the student finally received an email a month later saying she could make an appointment, she didn’t need to talk to anyone. 

Chapman’s Student Psychological Counseling Services Office didn’t respond to request for comment by deadline.  

As of spring 2018, Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) balanced a counselor-to-student ratio of 1:1310. Photo by Danielle Konovitch

Chapman housing can better serve transgender students

Matt Burnside, a junior television writing and production major who identifies as trans-male, said that his on-campus roommate situation wasn’t ideal his first year at Chapman, before his transition. Photo by Danielle Konovitch

Chapman continues to struggle with how to best accommodate the housing needs of transgender students.  

The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience now offers first year students a chance to indicate their needs regarding gender inclusive housing. Students have the option of selecting “I WANT” to live in gender inclusive housing, “I AM WILLING” to live in gender inclusive housing, or “I DO NOT WANT” to live in gender inclusive housing, according to Residence Life Director David Sundby.  

This system, put in place Fall 2017, replaces one that did not thoroughly describe or define what gender inclusive housing meant. Students that selected the need for gender inclusive housing in past years were emailed with an explanation and asked if they still needed it, according to Sundby.   

Sundby declined to provide the percentages or numbers regarding the forms.  

“Anyone with strong opinions about this topic will see numbers as confirmatory. Advocates for LGBTQ inclusion may see preference indication as necessary while those who oppose LGBTQ rights will see this as confirmation of, ‘nobody wants this! It’s just catering to a small minority, so why do it?’” Sundby said. “I don’t want to give anyone fodder to argue against this change. It’s how we do things now because we believe it to be the right thing to do.”

Chapman housing emailed students with different needs in the past to keep their needs on the down low, according to Sundby. Now they’re adamant about openly supporting all students and halting students from potentially impacting each other negatively, Sundby said.  

265 colleges and universities in the United States have gender inclusive housing according to Campus Pride. Chapman University is a part of a network of universities that are communicating through the Association of College and University Housing Officers to effectively pair roommates and arrange comfortable housing for LGBTQ students, according to Sundby.

Chapman University is also listed on Campus Pride’s website as one of 1,036 colleges and universities in the U.S. with nondiscrimination policies that include gender identity and expression.  

The best way to accommodate transgender students in on-campus housing is to ask students their gender identity on the application and base the pairings off of this rather than sex assignment, according to director of Campus Pride Genny Beemyn.

“Chapman’s current housing application gives students the ability to express their prejudice,” Beemyn said. “Also, it doesn’t help if you’re a trans guy and are paired with a trans woman when you want to live with another trans guy; and when two cis people who are trans supportive get assigned to each other because of their willingness to live in gender inclusive housing.”

Parents have called Chapman housing with complains about being uncomfortable with their students’ LGBTQ roommates, according to Sunbdy.  

“Sometimes it’s solely the parent’s issue, otherwise I ask the student if they have actually talked to their roommate, and usually such discomfort is solved with a conversation. Many times, roommates with different orientations find common ground and become friends,” Sundby said.  

However, this was not the case for all LGBTQ students.  

Chapman housing denied senior digital arts major Jesse Herb, who identifies as trans-female, gender inclusive housing in the spring of 2015 because she wasn’t presenting. Presentation is defined as the physical manifestation of one’s gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, and body shape by Trans Student Educational Resources.  

“I had to come out to the housing professional I met with because I had to explain why I didn’t want to live in just a co-ed house, which was the gender-inclusive option before the application gave a definition,” Herb said. “I just wanted to live with my [female] best friend. The housing professional said that because I’m not presenting, I don’t qualify for gender-neutral housing. I told her I’m coming out to her now, and she said I have to be presenting to everyone else.”

Herb said the experience was completely invalidating and dehumanizing, and recognizes the university’s vast improvements since that ordeal.  

“Many faculty we have now are very understanding and try to be inclusive, but not all – like some English professors refuse to use they/them pronouns, which is an easy fix,” Herb said. “In general, Chapman could normalize pronouns. Outing yourself can be hard, so it would help if professors presented the opportunity for students to email them and communicate how they want to be addressed.”  

Herb also said she knows Chapman has some conservative backers, so it doesn’t surprise her that easy changes to make transgender students more comfortable takes time.  

“Putting pads and tampons in the men’s bathrooms would be respectful health care for men who have vaginas,” Herb said.  

Matt Burnside, a junior television writing and production major who identifies as trans-male, said that his on-campus roommate situation wasn’t ideal his first year at Chapman, before his transition.  

“I was good friends with my suitemate but when I came out to her as bi, she told me I had to tell my roommate because otherwise I was lying to her. When I asked why, she said, ‘I don’t know, she might feel uncomfortable changing in front of you so it’s important for you to let her know,’” Burnside said. “I never told my roommate but I think my suitemate might have, because she became distant from that point forward.”

Burnside said he consulted his residence director, who assisted Burnside in moving out.  

“I’m seeing good strides. Making a change like this one to the housing application is a positive and easy way to protect students who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary,” Burnside said. “I think it’s a definite step in the right direction and with more push from students and faculty for safety and inclusion.”

Alleged Cancellation of Chapman’s Career Readiness Programs

Photo of the Office of Career and Professional Development. Photo by Katie Whitman

Chapman students are disheartened over the apparent cancellation of the ATLAS, Compass, and Summit career readiness programs offered by the Career Development Center.

“I’m upset because Chapman likes to say it’s a small university that encourages personalized attention but the truth is this place operates like a business which puts big numbers before the individual student it says it serves,” Hailey Shannon, a creative writing major who is a part of the Compass program said.

Babylon was told about the cancellation of the programs during a discussion with a superior.

The programs are being canceled due to low attendance, said Sahzeah Babylon, a career educator at the Center who runs ATLAS, a program that caters to undeclared students, and Compass, which helps transfer students. Babylon said the administration plans to replace the three customized programs with a single, more generalized program. This is the last semester for the specialized programs, which cater to students with specific challenges that they address through a combination of group instruction and labor-intensive, personalized coaching.

It is standard practice for Chapman’s Office of Career and Professional Development to evaluate all of its programs and services at the end of each semester, and the Compass, ATLAS, Summit and Passport programs are among those being reviewed, Jo Etta Bandy, the executive director of the Career and Professional Development Center said via email.

“In the spirit of continuous improvement, we will always have a focus on evolving our work in order to provide the maximum benefit to our students,” Bandy said via email. “No decisions have been relative to any of our programs at this point in time.”

Babylon also runs a program called Passport which assists international students with career development. The Passport program will not be cancelled, according to Babylon but she is unsure about what the program will look like.

Hailey Shannon and Sahzeah Babylon at the last Passport session where Babylon facilitated a conversation about culture shock. Photo courtesy of Hailey Shannon

Adrianna Davies, the student assistant for the Career and Professional Development Center, said she was not aware that the programs were being axed. However, “I know this year there was very low attendance and the career center is trying their best to get the word out that these programs are happening. Every year we have to meet a quota and this year we barely met it.”

The attendance for Compass during Fall 2017 was 9 students who completed the program and in Spring 2018, 11 completed the program.

Passport (currently in its 3rd semester): Fall 2017, 8 completed the program / Spring 2018, 13 completed the program.

ATLAS: Fall 2017, 5 completed the program / Spring 2018, 10 completed the program.

“My programs actually ended with higher attendance in every single program (compared to previous semesters,) Babylon said via email.

“There are normally 50 plus students that complete the Summit program, this time there were close to 70 signed up and 30-ish that finished,” Babylon said via email. “This is the first time the numbers have gone down (in the Summit program) and I’m not sure why they did.”

Hailey Shannon and Sahzeah Babylon at the Summit certificate Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Hailey Shannon

Susan Chang, the assistant director of the Career and Professional Development Center, did not respond to three emails and one voicemail requesting comment.

The Summit program, a professional development series, is run by graduate student Maria Khalil.

Khalil did not respond to three emails requesting to comment.

Chapman students say the customized programs have been crucial in preparing them for careers and fill gaps not addressed by classes.

“Sahzeah met with me over multiple weeks and multiple sessions to ensure that every margin, word, and sentence was perfect for my resume,” said Noah Estrada Rand, a psychology major. “She genuinely cared about my success as a student who barely knew what a proper college resume looked like.”

Babylon’s “vast knowledge in all aspects and steps of finding and pursuing a career is what made her stand out from every other staff and faculty member at Chapman,” he added.

Hailey Shannon credited Babylon with winning her an internship.

“I went through the Compass program and she (Babylon) makes you go to an internship EXPO that happens in the fall; I went to the internship EXPO and I found the internship for the Newport Beach festival,” said Shannon. “The only reason I was prepared for the interview for the Newport Beach festival internship was because of Shahzeah’s program; I have learned more from her about how to walk into a professional setting then I have from any of my other classes.”

Andre Kacie, a junior business administration major recently transferred to Chapman this semester and is a part of the Compass program, which he praised for building a sense of community while building participants’ confidence and skills..

“Sahzeah really puts so much time and personal care into making sure that everyone in the program was getting the one-on-one attention they needed,” Kacie said. “Interviewing and resume building is not the most exciting thing to work on, but she made the program so fun and positive that I enjoyed going every week… I would be so sad to see the program go.”

Erin Guy, a junior public relations, and advertising major, polished her elevator pitch, learned how to conduct an informational interview, perfected her resume and practiced his interview and networking skills in the Compass program.

“I feel much more prepared for my after-college years and felt I have made a lasting bond and essential resource in my relationship with Sahzeah, ” Guy said.

Babylon’s warmth, joyful approach and personalized assistance buoyed her spirits and “made made me feel prepared for the future and sure about my decision to transfer.”

The Summit program was created by Dean Price’s office originally through student affairs but was handed over to the Career and Professional Development Center, according to Babylon . It is a professional development series that lasts seven weeks, Babylon said.

Babylon said the personalized, labor-intensive approach will be replaced with a more generalized one-size-fits-all series of seminars. “I think what is going to happen is they are going to have presentations or seminars throughout the semester and students are required to go to one at the beginning of the semester,” Babylon said. “Then they (the students) have to go to four or five sessions to get a certified certificate at the end of the semester for attending all the programs.”

That may sound like a good idea, but there are some fall backs, she said.

“In small programs, the whole idea is that you form a community, you get to know the person your working with and you build this network of people,” Babylon said. “How is that supposed to happen if you are just going to a random seminar presentation sometime during the semester?”

The programs new replacement program will be run by Susan Chang with her Grad assistant Maria Khalil, according to Babylon.

The ATLAS program targets freshman and sophomores that are undeclared and has been going on for the last four years, Babylon said.

The Compass program which was developed last semester was designed to help transfer students who had problems transitioning. “Transfer students were graduating but they weren’t getting involved, they weren’t networking, all the things that are necessary to Chapman,” Babylon said. “The program was created to get a jump start into all those things.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chapman does not have a specific policy for student arrestees

The women were arrested and taken to the Orange County Police department. Photo was taken on July 1, 2010 by Connor Tarter

There is no specific policy concerning how Chapman should respond to a students’ arrest.

The issue of how the university deals with students who have had a run-in with the law arose after the April 12 arrest of two Chapman student on drug charges at the Pralle-Sodaro dorms.

“Every semester we have students arrested for multiple incidents, including alcohol violations, minor in possession, drunk in public, and narcotics,” said Colleen Wood, director of student conduct. “What we do is (we) go back to the conduct code and look at what the arrest was for,” Wood added. 

Public Safety was called about a possible drug violation on campus on April 12 and turned the investigation over to the Orange Police Department according to Chief of Public Safety, Randy Burba. The women were then transported to the Orange County Police department where they were released on a citation at 9 p.m.

The two women, Carolyn Chang and Hallie Hostetter were charged with misdemeanors for H&S 11350, or an illegal possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, according to Police Sergeant Phillip McMullin. Chang was also charged with H&S 11364(a) which is an illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; the law prevents the ownership of  “an opium pipe or any device, contrivance, instrument, or paraphernalia used for unlawfully injecting or smoking a controlled substance,” according to California Law Group. Hostetter was also charged with H&S 1137; the possession of a restricted dangerous drug without a prescription.

What will happen to the students is unclear. “We have a provision in our conduct code that is labeled “under the violation of law” that we look to for certain cases,” said Wood. “What we are really looking at in this scenario is what law was broken.”

Wood declined to elaborate on what consequences the students might face, citing the need to preserve student confidentiality. Sometimes though, students are treated more leniently by police, she suggested.

“Students can be arrested and then released, depending on the violation. Generally, the OPD does not want to put students away,” Wood said.

“There is no protocol when dealing with students, everyone is treated equally, however, officers are allowed to use their own discretion,” said Sergeant McMullin.

The student conduct committee looks at each student and their violation individually, a student’s cumulative conduct history and at the severity of the violation in determining academic repercussions, Wood said.

“As a general rule, we do not expel for conduct issues that frequently. It’s not probable. We have other tools,” said Wood. “Whether that be time away from the university, that being in semester blocks, so students will be taken off of their class schedules for the remaining time in the semester.”

According to Rebecca Moss of the Public Affairs Unit of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the two women have not been charged. The office has not received reports from the police department for review, Moss said. 

“What likely happened is they were cited by OPD on suspicion of the above offenses,” said Moss via email, “OPD will send the police reports to our office and the prosecutor later makes a filing decision. For these types of offenses, if a defendant is charged, they will often receive a letter in the mail telling them when to appear in court. Since the case review has not yet taken place and neither of these individuals are in custody, there is no arraignment scheduled and no bail amount yet set.”

Dean of Students Jerry Price confirmed that two students were arrested and released for a drug-related violation.

“The allegations are concerning for both policy and student health reasons, and my office is currently conducting our own investigation as well,” said Price via email.

Contacted for comment by email, Hostetter wrote back, “unfortunately, I am unable to answer any questions.” Chang did not respond to an email request for comment. 

The chief of Public Safety, Randy Burba said because there is an ongoing investigation, he is unable to comment beyond what was provided in the crime log.  

 

E-Cigarettes Worry the FDA but Not Students

 

Woman taking a vape. Photo By: Pixabay

 

The Food and Drug Administration says the risks associated with tobacco products don’t go up in smoke when vapor is involved. Vape-addicted youth, including some Chapman students, disagree.

 

For the past month, sting operations run by the FDA exposed 40 JUUL retailers as selling tobacco vape products to minors. As a result of their discoveries, the FDA will be investigating JUUL Labs’ marketing strategies and overall appeal to youth. In a statement made Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb regarded the popularity of e-cigarettes among youth as a “troubling reality.”

 

In 2016, e-cigs were used by 6.9% of college students, according to the Monitoring the Future National Survey. While use dropped from 2015 to 2016, only two percent fewer college students vape than smoke cigarettes, according to the survey.  

 

Most students in California believe vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes, a 2017 study finds.

 

The students that believe such have company on Chapman’s campus. They may find solace in the words of freshman screenwriting major Alie Watson, who dubs the health risks of e cigs “fairly minimal.”

 

She and others use their e-cigs in any setting, from group study sessions to the classroom. According to Watson, it’s easy to hide the aerosols and isn’t frowned upon by peers.

 

Dani Smith, director of health education at Chapman, says that though e-cigs do not have the tar and carcinogen elements cigarette smoking posesses, there are other dangerous chemicals produced through vaping.

 

Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is one byproduct of the vaping process. Glycerol and propylene glycol, two ingredients very common in the liquids vaporized by e-cigs, combine to form formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents when heated.   

 

As a result, the use of e-cigarettes could increase one’s risk of cancer by as much as 15 times when compared to standard cigarettes, according to one 2015 study.

 

A study published this year by the EHP revealed that e-cigarettes are a potential source of exposure to toxic metals. The lead, chromium, nickel, zinc and manganese leach from the heating coils of e-cigarettes into the vapor inhaled by smokers, the researchers explained.

 

JUULs use nichrome coils, according to their website, which researchers in the EPH study say create vapors containing chromium and nickel among other metals. The presence of these highly toxic metals is very concerning according to some physicians.

 

JUUL Labs responded to Prowl inquiry on the matter, though did not respond to the EPH’s findings.

 

These chemicals along with nicotine affect more than just the person inhaling them. The vapor from e-cigarettes can transfer nicotine from person-to-person thorough second-hand smoke, reports the CDC.

 

Formaldehyde is also present in the vaping aerosols, reports a study presented by the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Vapes can go where cigarettes cannot, from libraries to lectures, effecting the air quality for all.

 

Former Starbucks president addresses racially-linked Philadelphia arrests

Former president of Starbucks Coffee Company International Howard Behar sat down with Chapman’s Director of Leadership Studies Mark Maier for a fireside chat Apr. 18. Photo by Ian Craddock

 

Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks, came to campus Wednesday night intending to speak about servant leadership in the business industry. However, his message was overshadowed by talk of the controversial arrests in a Philadelphia Starbucks last week.

The company has been accused of racial profiling after a manager called the police to remove two black men from the store, who sat inside without ordering anything.

Just minutes into his speech, without pressure or questioning from the audience, Behar broke the silence. He voiced his disappointment in the company and in the handling of the situation.

“It was devastating,” Behar said. “Not because someone made a mistake, but how did we fail? How did we fail as leaders, how could that possibly be?”

He did not take this lightly, because according to Behar, Starbucks is a social company and is all about the people.

“We’re not a coffee business serving people, we’re a people business serving coffee,” he said.

However, he does not blame the individual store manager. Behar believes the top leadership of an organization should take responsibility for mistakes like this.

“We own it. We take responsibility. We take a bullet. It wasn’t that store manager’s fault,” Behar said.

Prior to coming to Chapman, he met with Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz to discuss how the company would move forward. Behar said that Schultz felt as if everything was crashing down around him. He relayed that Schultz is taking the situation personally, with everything he stands for being questioned, but Behar reassured him they would get past it.

“We agreed that [Starbucks] would survive this. We know who we are and we do what we do,” he said.

He expressed his sympathy for the store manager, Holly Hylton, who has stepped down since the incident.

“I can’t imagine what [Hylton] is going through. No matter what she did, it was wrong, but I don’t know her story. I hold her accountable, but also myself and the other leadership,” Behar said. “She’s going to learn a deep price and a valuable lesson, and I hope she takes it to heart.”

Following his talk, the audience was given the opportunity to ask Behar questions. Patrick Hart asked if he felt that rule-following or reconciliation was more important in this situation.

“Reconciliation is more important and there is no question about it,” Behar said. “It doesn’t mean we don’t have policies when it comes to safety and how you treat your people. But besides that we have almost nothing.”

Regarding the racial-bias training Starbucks announced it would mandate for all its employees nationwide May 29, Matt Barraro asked what challenges would come with this.

“The training is not going to solve the problem. What it does is get everyone’s attention. That’s about what you can expect out of four hours of training,” Behar said. “Now, every officer and every manager that comes through the store will be taught through the same voice and establish the same set of values. My belief is that we’re going to learn some valuable lessons about this. It was a wake-up call that we were complacent.”

Students agree Starbucks Coffee tastes better than social justice

Starbucks on campus.
Photo by Julian Fesman

Chapman students interviewed at the campus Starbucks appeared undisturbed over the arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks, which has prompted calls for a boycott of the coffee chain.

“I completely support the boycott,” said Alejandra Cortes, a junior mathematics major drinking a venti iced latte.

“I know I sound like such a hypocrite because I have my Starbucks with me right now, but, the thing is that, I have panther bucks and can only buy things on this campus and I hate Einsteins and I hate Sodexo Coffee,” Cortes said.

A Starbucks manager at a Philadelphia Starbucks called police Thursday after two black men waiting to meet a friend had asked to use the bathroom and declined to purchase anything, according to news reports. Police arrived and arrested the two men, who were detained for nine hours before being released after Starbucks declined to press charges.

According to published reports, Starbucks representatives have said the manager is no longer at that location, though it was not clear whether the person was fired or relocated. In a public statement, Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, said that “all US company stores, located in the United States,” will be closed one afternoon next month for their employees to receive racial-bias education.

 

Students lined up for their daily dose of caffeine despite what happened in Philadelphia.
Photo by Julian Fesman

Those actions were taken after an explosion of outrage on social media and social protests. Hashtags such as #StarbucksWhileBlack and #BoycottStarbucks emerged and articles citing “black coffee/white fear” bloomed across the internet.

“I would not boycott Starbucks because I’m here every single day and it helps me get through my day,” said Jaylynn Mitchell, a freshman kinesiology major, waiting for her evening coffee.

“If I were to boycott Starbucks, stuff like this happens a lot, so I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere” Kristian Kung a freshman business major after buying two bottles of Perrier.   

Students lined up for coffee and lounged at Starbucks this week in spite of protests elsewhere.

“In two weeks everybody’s gonna forget about it anyways,” said Michelle Gold, a freshman public relations and advertising major.

“I wish that this sort of thing would spark something to actually change, but I don’t know, I guess it won’t,” Gold said.

The supervisor of the busy Chapman Starbucks said he was unlikely to call police for anyone hanging out without purchasing something.

“This Starbucks is at a university, so people come down and not order things all the time” Riccardo Angiolini, a junior computer information systems major and Starbucks supervisor of the on-campus cafe.

Angiolini could see calling the authorities as an appropriate response for someone stealing from the cafe, harassing others, being a public disturbance or inciting physical violence.

“Those are good instances where you would call them. Definitely not someone just sitting minding their own business, doing their own thing,” Angiolini said.