Reported drug and alcohol incidents at Chapman explode, officials say substance abuse policy needs updating

Almost half of first-year students reported at least one episode of heavy drinking, according to the Alcohol & Drug Crisis Prevention section of the Chapman University website. Photo by Claire Treu.

Despite sharp rises of reported drug and alcohol abuse incidents at Chapman in the last two years, the committee responsible for recording drug and alcohol violations failed to meet half of the recommendations the group set for itself in 2016. The group did not meet once during the last two years, according to the report, which was emailed to the Chapman community in January.

The report also states that the university does not have a comprehensive strategy to support the success of students in recovery, despite a perceived increase of this population in the student body.

The report, known as the Biennial Review of Alcohol and Drug Programs, compared 2017-2018 incidents to those of the 2016-2017 academic year. “Illegal substances” incidents quadrupled, from four to 16 in the earlier report to the one covering 2017-2018. The number of students with two violations almost doubled, from 45 in 2016-2017 to 87 in 2017-2018.

“Deferred violations” showed a stunning increase as well: from 198 to 422 in the latest report. This means the violation is held in abeyance, or suspension, if no other violations of the conduct code occur, the report states.

Increased drug and alcohol incidents are often correlated with a higher incidence of sexual assaults and violence, may indicate growing addictions and can be detrimental to student health, according to a fact sheet from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

This review is conducted in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act, (DFSCA), which contributes to the university’s ability to receive federal funding. The review board addresses challenges – such as the 2018 legalization of marijuana – in addressing substance use on campus, and set goals for the next biennium.

Eleven university officials serve on the board, but the group did not meet for two years between the compilation of reviews.

“It’s a challenging group of people to find time when we are all free and available,” said Colleen Wood, chair of the Biennial Review Committee.

The committee plans to gather before the next biennial review but as of now no meeting has been scheduled, Wood said.

Eight goals from 2016 are listed in the report. Out of these eight, four were achieved.

“This goal was not met during the biennium” was the status listing for the following objectives set in 2016:

 

1) “Review University policies, including student organization risk management policies, surrounding student organization hosted ‘venue parties.’”

2) “Develop an enhanced communication procedure between Public Safety and the Dean of Students office for medical calls related to drug and alcohol use.”

3) “Create a resource webpage for students and employees where information about local resources is more readily available than the required annual Drug Free Schools and Communities notification.”

4) “Explore creating a taskforce between the University, Orange Police, and the local office of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control to discuss collaborative opportunities between the groups to enhance enforcement of existing laws.

 

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) conducts periodic program reviews to assess institutional compliance. A fine may be imposed if an institution has failed to certify that DAAPP is in place or if the program fails to address all required subject areas, according to a spokesman.

Will Chapman be fined? “The Department cannot speculate on a specific institution’s compliance without conducting its own review,” the DOE spokesman stated.

Reports must be completed every two years and the DOE periodically assesses compliance with federal regulations, the spokesman said.

“The maximum fine amount is currently $57,317 per violation. While fines are the most common sanction for DFSCA violations, serious violations of the law could result in a termination of an institution’s eligibility to participate in federal education funding programs,” the spokesman stated.

Despite marijuana becoming legal in California for those 21 and older, it is still against the student conduct code to consume the drug on Chapman’s campus, according to Wood. Graphic extracted from Chapman’s most recent Biennial Review.

A student’s first and second violations of the alcohol policy, and first drug violation if only involving marijuana – are generally deferred. This means that if a student has two alcohol incidents, more often than not, they actually have four, according to page four of the review.

These multiplying numbers are said to be a result of “increased training on the student conduct process and the emphasis on correctly entering information into the student conduct database,” according to the report.

Wood attributed the leap in violations to an increase of students living on campus and more robust enforcement by resident directors. The 2018 legalization of marijuana could also be a factor, she said, but these are only theories.

“I’m not positive that (student) substance use has actually increased,” Wood said.

Wood hypothesized that students who have multiple incidents tend to move off campus for their second year. Chapman now requires students to live on campus for two academic years, which could increase the number of citations in the next review.

Dave Sundby, Director of Residence Life and First Year Experience, attributed the dramatic growth of offenses to an increase in students living in university housing.

The university did not add any new residence buildings within the two school years. Chapman Grand was not opened until fall 2018, so it does not apply to the report.

“In my ideal world, I would like to see those numbers drop and go down, but we are bringing in another residence hall in the fall and we are moving to a two-year living requirement. So, I think those numbers are actually going to go up,” Wood said.

Despite rising numbers, the university did show effort in addressing substance use on campus, which can be shown in the four goals which were met. Most notably, the Student Engagement staff has coordinated with Information Systems and Technology to track a student’s campus involvement at the time of their violation. This means the university keeps track of what clubs, athletic teams or campus engagements the student is associated with. They have also collected data from fraternities and sororities concerning alcohol and drug education.

Wood hopes to conduct a campus-wide survey of Chapman student drug and alcohol use in the future.

“We hear a lot of rumors about what substances the students are using, but it would be nice to have some numbers,” Wood said.

Wood said the committee tried to get a comprehensive survey of student drug use approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), but it was rejected. The IRB is an authoritative board which oversees research of human subjects in accordance with federal regulations, according to the Chapman website. Wood said she hopes to try a different approach to get such a survey  approved within the next few years.

In addition to running the majority of drug and alcohol trainings on campus, Dani Smith, the director of Chapman PEER and Health Education, meets one-on-one with students who have multiple violations. She said that in the past few years, fewer students have been referred to her. The reason for this is unclear.

“Students would generally be referred to me if they had three or four violations,” Smith said. “So I don’t know where all those referrals are going.”

Jerry Price, Dean of Students, was unable to comment by deadline. Sundby said he was unaware that referrals to Smith had declined.

Smith and Wood said Chapman’s drug and alcohol policy needed to be updated. The policy should have more consequences for third and fourth violations, Smith said.

Above are the officials who served on the review committee. Graphic extracted from Chapman’s most recent Biennial Review.

 

With the crossing guards gone, students pose questions about safety and traffic on Walnut Avenue

 

The crosswalk at Grand Street and Walnut Avenue is heavily trafficked during the school year. Though the crossing guards were originally brought in as a temporary addition, some students say crossing guards should be placed at this intersection permenantly. Photo by Jack Kirby.

Since early 2016, the crossing guards on Walnut Avenue and Grand Street were a familiar sight for Chapman students. However, at the start of this school year, they were gone.

The guards were hired to compensate for an inaccessible sidewalk on Center Street during the construction of the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, which was completed by fall 2018, Chapman officials said. But students say that two pedestrian accidents and a tendency of motorists to race down Walnut indicate a necessity for permanent placing of crossing guards at the channel from the dorms to main campus.

Chief of Public Safety Randy Burba said he doesn’t think the crossing guards are necessary.

“Crossing guards are basically for grade school kids who don’t follow directions, who don’t know to look for traffic both ways,” he said. “With the safety features in place, and adults being adults, it should be fairly safe.”

Those safety features at Walnut and Grand include hazard lights lining the crosswalk that are activated when buttons on either side of the street are pressed. Prowl found that the lights stay on for about 20 seconds at a time. At Walnut and Center, crosswalks exist at the stoplight.

The crossing guards, who were paid for by the university, initially worked from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, but soon had their hours extended to 6 p.m., according to a blog post from the university.

Two accidents occurred on Walnut close to the dorms in the spring of last school year.

Sydney Green, now a sophomore broadcast journalism major, believes that she may not have been hit by a pickup truck on Walnut had she crossed with the protection of a crossing guard. At around midday in March 2018, she was walking toward the dorms on Center Street, distracted by her phone, when she was grazed by a pickup truck and rolled her ankle.

Green said she was “very shaken up by it” and that she would like the crossing guards to return. 

“They should have crossing guards – that’s a really hard street to cross. It’s not safe to cross because cars come speeding down Walnut,” Green said. “They definitely made it a lot easier and safer to cross the street. I now drive up Walnut and the (students) struggle to cross the street.”

Green said she understands why the university wouldn’t want to pay for the extra labor, but that college students will cross the street where and when they want to.

Sophomore graphic design major Alice Premeau was hit one month later at the Walnut and Grand intersection when she was walking back from Leatherby Libraries at night.

“I distinctly remember thinking the next morning how terrified I was to cross the street again,” Premeau said. “But having the crossing guards there made me feel safer and reassured.”

Premeau suffered bruising to her ribs and minor whiplash. She said the crosswalk lights were on as she entered the street, but turned off before she reached the other side.

Some students also say that traffic on Walnut has increased.

“The traffic is terrible, especially in between classes, because none of the students stop,” said junior public relations and advertising major Saarini Madhava. “It was far better when they had the crossing guards there because they knew how to facilitate traffic.”

High volumes of pedestrians at Walnut and Grand can cause cars to get backed up for blocks, said junior business administration major Taylor Duncker. Photo by Jack Kirby.

“It’s just awful, kids just go whenever they want. People should know how to cross the street, but they don’t,” said graduate student Jake Ummel.

Burba said with two crosswalks open, the volume of people crossing should be more controlled.   

“I think there are some things, yes, that are out of (the students’) span of control, things that we need to do as an institution to build a safety net,” he said.

Students also brought up the camaraderie between dorm dwellers and the crossing guards, and said that the crossing guards made them feel safe.

“Even before the accident happened, I felt a bit better when they were there,” Premeau said.

Green said the guards would say hello and ask how your day was going, and she liked knowing that they cared about the students.

“It was upsetting when I saw the crossing guards not there anymore,” Madhava said. “They were so friendly.”

UPDATE: 4,000 square-foot fitness center coming to Henley Hall, budget of $1 million

The current gym in the Henley Basement has some cardio equipment and machines for strength training. Photo by Sydnee Valdez

After years of dissatisfaction with the Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, the administration has approved a construction plan to renovate the Henley Hall basement into a 4,000 square-foot fitness center, according to Student Government Association (SGA) President Mitchell Rosenberg. 

SGA has been working to expand Chapman’s gym facilities since 2016, Rosenberg stated in an email to the Chapman community on Tuesday. Construction is anticipated to start at the end of May and be completed by fall 2019.  The project budget is $1 million, according to Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Rick Turner.  

Currently, the university has two fitness centers at its Orange campus: the Julianne Argyros Fitness Center and a small gym with limited equipment in Henley Hall. The main fitness center is often crowded, so many students choose to pay for a gym membership to avoid the campus facilities all together, ChapBook Magazine reported last spring.

After its projected completion, the basement will boast two fitness rooms. One will be a spin studio for indoor cycling sessions, and the second will be used as a multipurpose room for things like Zumba, Yoga, and High Intensity Interval Training (HITT), according to the email.

The facility will also include new fitness equipment and an open space for free weights, stretching, and core workouts, as well as a service desk where students can rent out sports equipment.

“Seeing the email got me really excited. I was also kind of sad because I’ll probably be living in (Chapman) Grand next year. I won’t be able to use it as much, but it will be nice for the freshmen next year who will have a bigger gym,” said freshman undeclared student Katie Brown.

Brown, a resident of Glass Hall, admitted to working out more in the Henley Basement because of its close proximity.  Students say the main gym is flawed and overcrowded – SGA has received many complaints about its inadequacies in the past few years, according to ChapBook.

Using student feedback and survey data expressing concern about the current lack of fitness space available causing an overcrowded fitness center, SGA’s proposal for expanded fitness space was accepted by university administration,” Rosenberg stated in his email. “This result was made possible by countless students using their platform to speak up about their concerns.”

While Rosenberg claimed that all students would have access to Henley Fitness Center as well as Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, it is unknown whether faculty members will receive the same privilege.

The gym expansion will not affect the John Biggs Conference Room, Paul Frizler Media Room, the two music practice rooms, laundry room, and Chapman Radio booth. The four billiard tables, however, will be “removed and re-tasked as needed,” according to Turner. 

“We do come to the basement a lot because it is a big hang out space. We also use the media room a lot for hall events. It would be very unfortunate to lose those areas in order to put in a gym,” said freshman film production major CJ Mitchell.

More updates from SGA and Fitness and Recreation Services will be given throughout this semester, according to Rosenberg. The center will be taking student recommendations for equipment and services at www.chapman.edu/fitness

Starting on Feb. 18, the university will be accepting job applications for students who want to work in the Henley Hall Fitness Center during the 2019-2020 school year, according to the email. 

 

Seven Real Stories of Nightmare Roommates You Never Want to Have

Leaving the nest is one of the most exciting things in life for some college students. After years of living under Mom and Dad’s rules, it is time to fly away. However, there is unexpected stress that comes with going to college and living with a complete stranger that may or may not be a crazy person. Some students get lucky and become best friends with their roommates. Others, not so much.

We asked seven Chapman students about some of their nightmare roommate stories and let’s just say, living with your parents might be a better option than any of these.

   1. The Aimless Yacker

“I knew he was really drunk, but then he started belching, and that’s when I knew he was going to yack. I didn’t know he would throw up on my toothbrush though.” ~ Tyler Brook, junior data analytics major.

When you can wash the toothbrush but you can’t wash off the things that happened to the toothbrush.

   2. The One Who Needs Anger Management Therapy

“She and her boyfriend would get in these wildly intense fights, even over the phone. They would throw clothes at each other. One time, she got so mad she threw her phone in the pool and just didn’t retrieve it.” ~ Torian Mylott, junior peace studies major.

When the only way to not hear their yelling is to yell louder than them.

   3. The Pottery Barn Interior Designer

“She forced me to buy a $30 wall decoration because my side of the room wasn’t Pottery Barn enough for her, but when it came in the mail, it was printed on computer paper. She freaked out when I took it down a week later.” ~ Grace Papish, junior vocal and broadcast journalism major.

When you have to assert your status as the dominant roommate. 

   4. The One That Pitched a Tent in the Room

“It was absurd … I knew she was trying to avoid talking to people, but I didn’t think she’d go out and get a tent to avoid us and literally isolate herself. She ghosted us all, and after that, she just left.” ~ Jordan Garth, sophomore health sciences major.

When you don’t want to face your problems so you hide from them. 

   5. The Oblivious Smoker

“I had a cold and a migraine, and she just decided to stand directly in front of me and blow a puff of weed in my face. Then she was confused as to why I was pissed.” ~ Justin B, sophomore strategic and corporate communications major.

When there’s too much breathable air in the room and your roommate takes it upon themself to fumigate. 

   6. The One Who Thinks He’s Doing Well … But He’s Not

“I came back to my dorm and he cleaned the room, which was sweet, but then everything was rearranged and I found out he threw away the remote to my Apple TV. Thanks a lot bro!” ~ Gunner Acevis, senior business major.

When your good intentions just aren’t enough. 

   7. The One Who Can’t Handle Alcohol

“He was so drunk, and all he wanted was a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So I went to go make him one, and I look away for two seconds and he’s falling down. I had to help him get up and he threw up all over me.” ~ Devon Hernandez, senior business administration major.

When you decide it’s someone else’s turn to carry you. 

Five Tips to Keep Political Peace at the Holiday Table

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

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


  1. Before heading to dinner, self-reflect.

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

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


  1. De-escalate the debate.

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

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


  1. Use entertainment to divert debate.

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

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


  1. Help out in the kitchen.

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

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


  1. Engage in family tale-telling.

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

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


 

10 gifts you never thought your pet deserved

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

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


1. Dog High Chair

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

Price: Ranges from $56-$100

Photo Courtesy of Donna Slem.


2. Ceiling Cat Playground

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

Price: $102.50

Photo courtesy of Alexandra Botezatu.


3. The Doggy Thong

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

Price: $15

Photo courtesy of Imgur.


4. Cat Music

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

Price: $15-$20 per album

Photo courtesy of Imgur.


5. Portable Fishbowl

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

Price: $25.00

Photos from Michal Shibitali on Flikr.


6. Non-alcoholic wine for your cat

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

Price: $5 for one bottle

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


7. Petcube Camera – The Pet Equivalent of Skype

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

Price: Ranges from $150-$179

Photo by @iceburg99 on Imgur.


8. Pawdicure Polish Pen

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

Price: $7.99

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


9. Marry your pet

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

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

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


10. Kitty tunnel

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

Price: $16.99

Photo courtesy of Claire Treu.


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

How I Found Out Santa Wasn’t Real

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

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

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


Santa Quits Through a Letter

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

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


“The Talk” Takes A Turn

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

Sorry, kid.

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

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


Investigation Backfires

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

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

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

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


Early Santa Delivery?

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

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

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

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


Grandma Goes Hardcore

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

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

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

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


The Text That Changed It All

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

“Santa isn’t real,” Kaufmann sent.

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

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


 

Five seniors give advice to freshman about what they learned at Chapman

Many students show up for their first day of college wide-eyed and unaware of what will happen during the next four years. Prowl talked to five seniors who have survived the four years of frat parties, horror story roommates, scary professors and the terror of midterms and finals to tell the tale — and give college advice, share experiences and reveal what they wish they had known or done differently.

 

Jonathan Hernandez, senior business administration major, Captain of Chapman Men’s baseball team.

From: San Mateo, California

My one regret is that I never got to study abroad, but as a college athlete I knew I could never do it. I never thought it would be something I wanted to do but after hearing friends experiences I would have loved to immerse myself in a new culture.

College is a learning experience, but not all my lessons came from the classroom. I became more independent learning how to cook, clean and budget money.

I never had a problem getting classes. It helped being a student athlete, and all the teachers were very understanding. So I would find a friend who has the same major and take your classes together so you have a study buddy and keep each other accountable.

I would tell freshman that you can treat these four years as party years and waste your time and be screwed for the real world or you can take classes seriously and be in a position after school to make good money and have fun for the rest of your life. You have to have a balance. If you want, you can find a party pretty much every day of the week, but you don’t need that. Get your work done and have fun on the weekend.

 

Sara Utsugi, communication major, libero on Chapman Women’s Volleyball team.

From: Aiea, Hawaii

I wish I had opened myself up sooner and taken advantage of more opportunities. I was pretty closed off my freshman year, so I wish I had let more people in sooner. I also wish that I stopped using volleyball as an excuse not to do things. I told myself that I was tired and didn’t have time to get involved, but if I had really made time to, I could have done so many more things.

I learned that seasons of life come and go so to not be upset or discouraged when things don’t go to plan because there is always something around the corner. I also learned that friendships — the true, lasting, tough-love friendships — are precious and require care and nurturing. And finally, I learned that it’s okay to be selfish. In fact, it’s necessary to be selfish when it comes to the love you show yourself and time you pour into your own growth because in the end, without self love and self respect it’s really hard to live your version of a full and meaningful life.

One reason I came to a smaller school was to avoid the scramble for classes and teacher attention. I would suggest creating at least two or three class schedule options just in case you can’t get in. Also, in the days leading up to your registration date, it’s a good idea to check back in on classes and see which ones are filling up. As for doing well in classes, my best tip is to show up for class both physically and mentally.

It was tempting to blow off homework and studying for hanging with friends, but I am the type of person who will always get my work done — it just might get done at 2 a.m. Find a balance between saying yes and no to invitations but do say yes. The late night runs to Pizza Press and 3 a.m. dorm room hangouts are the memories that you’ll take with you after college is over.

 

Henry Miller Mein, senior creative writing major

From: San Jose, California

I learned to be more of a people person. A college like Chapman brings with it hundreds of outlets of students and organizations and I was able to build many different connections with diverse students. Whether planning a concert or selling pickles at Picklefest, I managed to influence a lot of people.

Getting to know your professors is always important. This way you can develop a relationship early on. My plan in picking classes has always been to try to be early in registering, but if I’m waitlisted for a class I’ll try to go in and talk to the professor because it is likely you’ll be able to get in.

Try to make a connection with everyone you meet. Some might be small and end up not leading to anything, but a small interaction could also blossom into a long lasting friendship. Knowing a handful of people can help you work through college in times of need.

 

Serena Steele, senior communication studies major

From: Ontario, California

I wasn’t as involved on campus as much as I would’ve liked to, in part due to that I work a lot during the week.

I learned that my worldview is capable of changing every now and then. Classes and people here have challenged the way I think about myself and life. I come from a low-income, single mother household. There are so many different types of people here with a dissimilar background from mine. I’ve learned that I can’t change some people’s conceptions about welfare or low-income areas, but I can take what they taught me and grow from that.

Learning to ask for help when needed really helps. If you’re struggling with mental health or having familial issues, talk to your professors. Most of them will care and try to help. Also, don’t take any classes before 9 a.m.

You will probably never find the perfect balance. Some weeks, you will probably go out and party every night. Sometimes you’ll be stuck in the library for hours, eyes straining and fingers pounding away at your keyboard trying to make that 11:59 p.m. deadline. Don’t punish yourself over going out, because you need a good story to tell years down the line about that crazy thing you did as a freshman.

 

Reed Nakakihara, senior double major in accounting and business administration,

From: Santa Ana, California

I’ve learned a lot in college and one of the biggest is time management. From having to study, to going to basketball practice, to hanging out with friends, to doing laundry and cooking food, there is just so much to do. I’m thankful that I had to struggle with all of these things because it made me appreciate and respect what other people endure in life that have way more going on.

My best advice would be to take the classes that interest you. Don’t be so obsessed with the letter grade, rather, focus on understanding the big concepts and how you can use it to help you in the future.

Balance is a big part of freshmen year. You don’t want to have too much of one or the other. Obviously, your academics are important and should come first. My best advice is to work hard in the classroom and then reward yourself by having a good time with your friends whenever you can. As long as that doesn’t become a priority over academics, you will be just fine.

Seven New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Chapman

Photo by Jennifer Sauceda.

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for individuals. Institutions that desire self-improvement can also commit to changing for the better. In the spirit of helping our school become even better, we’ve gone ahead and drawn up the resolutions that Chapman should accomplish in 2019. You’re welcome.

1. Save the Panther Bucks

Chapman’s Agora Gift Shop sells a variety of products from Chapman apparel to care packages to school supplies. Photo by Jennifer Sauceda.

At the end of each semester, students’ remaining Panther Bucks expire, making them unusable for the next semester. An expansion of their usage to purchase supplies at the gift shop would result in a decrease in leftover Panther Bucks. Better yet, allowing students the options of transferring Panther Bucks to a friend, carrying them over to the next semester, or giving refunds of unused balances, would give students a more Panther bang for their Panther Bucks.

 

2. Address the Diversity Problem

The Global Citizens Plaza displays 64 flags, which represent the home countries and nations visited by Chapman’s students and staff. Photo by Jennifer Sauceda.

With more than 52 percent of undergraduate students identifying as white, the campus fails to reflect California’s diverse population. For example, only about 1.6 percent of undergraduates are black, a stark contrast to California’s 6.5 percent black demographic. Offering more need-based scholarships for low-income students would help alleviate the underrepresentation of African American students and bring more socio-economic diversity to campus.

 

3. Make it Onto The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 399 Green Colleges”

The Princeton Review’s list takes university policies, programs and conservation efforts into consideration. Photo by PublicDomainPictures on Pixabay.

In case you haven’t heard, Chapman’s portfolio has long included substantial investments in fossil fuels. As a result, the university opts out of participating in The Princeton Review’s rating system for evaluating sustainable colleges. It’s time to face the music and confront our own contribution to global warming. Divesting from fossil fuels to establish a greener investment portfolio would allow us to join other enlightened peers on the Princeton Review list.

 

4. Introduce Menstrual Products in the Men’s Restrooms

Pads and tampons used to cost 25 cents each before the university offered free menstrual products. Photo by Jennifer Sauceda.

Earlier this year, Chapman began providing free menstrual products in some of the women’s and gender-neutral restrooms throughout campus. Yet, there are no menstrual products available in men’s restrooms anywhere. Menstrual products should be available to all Chapman students who experience menstruation. And, while we’re at it, in all bathrooms.

 

5. Fix the Panther Shuttle Schedule 

The first shuttle of the day typically arrives around 7:30 a.m. on weekdays. Photo by Jennifer Sauceda.

With overcrowded shuttles and unreliable arrival/departure times, the simple task of getting to class on time has become a mission for students who live in Chapman Grand or Panther Village. The addition of more shuttles arriving at shorter intervals would ease the worry of missing out on class for those who can’t drive themselves to school.

 

6. Keep Cafeteria Food in the Cafeteria

The Loyal E. Horton Dining Award was presented to Chapman’s dining services in 2017. Photo by Olaf Broeker on Pixabay.

Organizations on campus are not allowed to serve food valued over $50 unless approved by Sodexo, the campus’ food provider. This poses a problem for cultural clubs who organize events that offer homemade dishes or food that exceed a limit of $50 worth of food. By eliminating the limit, organizations would be more inclined to share traditional foods with the Chapman community as opposed to serving Sodexo-prepared meals.

 

7. Make It Easier to Enroll in G.E. Courses

The university’s average class size is 23, but popular classes may easily exceed the average.  Photo by Jennifer Sauceda.

Chapman prides itself in providing small class sizes for an intimate learning experience, but the increasing student population is making it difficult for students to enroll in courses to fulfill their general education requirements. Opening more sections for overcrowded classes would alleviate the stress of being on the waitlist.