Your Relationship with Chapman represented by Taylor Swift songs

Taylor Swift can fillet the feelings of young women and girls so well that at times it seems she has a song for every single phase and event of our lives. In fact, there is a Taylor Swift song to represent every phase of our relationship with Chapman. See below:

Let’s go!

Love Story

We were both young when I first saw you

When you first toured Chapman’s campus (or looked up the gorgeous pictures online), you were immediately in love. Just like Swift in her Love Story music video, you started to fantasize about all the amazing opportunities, friends, parties, and fun you would have at college. And Chapman would be right there by your side – the Romeo to your Juliet. Your dad might have thrown a fit and said “stay away” to Chapman after seeing the tuition cost. In the end, however, Chapman one you and your parents over. After all, it’s a Love Story, baby: Just say yes.

You running to Chapman.

Blank Space

I’ve got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name

You’ve received all your acceptance letters and it’s time to decide where to go to college. Chapman’s been at the top of your list for a while now. You can really only picture yourself at Chapman. So you decide, it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames. You’ll know when it’s over, if the high was worth the pain. You pay your deposit and get ready to move to Orange.

But wait, the worst is yet to come.

Everything Has Changed

All I know since yesterday is, everything has changed

You spent your first night in your dorm room and in a completely new world. Your parents are far away, two other random people are sleeping in beds next to you, and people were still walking around and playing basketball at midnight. You may not know much, but you know one thing for sure – everything has changed.

When everything hits you.

Shake It Off

But I keep cruising, can’t stop won’t stop moving

It’s like I got this music in my mind sayin’ “it’s gonna be alright”

Once you were accepted and definitely attending Chapman, you started thinking about classes. You’ve spent the past month calling admissions, looking up recommended courses for your major, and trying to navigate MyChapman. Now, your Shopping Cart is full with only the best and most best interesting classes you could find. The time has come to register, but a yellow triangle has appeared next to every course, except for your FFC. That’s right, you’ve been waitlisted. But hey, it’s no big deal. “The players gonna play,” right? You’re just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off.

Look What You Made Me Do

I don’t like your little games

Don’t like your tilted stage

The role you made me play

Of the fool, no, I don’t like you

You’re in the thick of the semester. You have four midterms this week, including a lab midterm, and your first two essays, one for that class you know you should have dropped. You’re not really liking Chapman right about now. Your classes are demanding your full attention, making you skip parties, lunch dates, Disneyland trips and beach days. Chapman’s forcing you to get smarter and harder, and just in the nick of time, since your first midterm is tomorrow morning.

Bad Blood

‘Cause baby now we got bad blood

You know we used to be mad love

So take a look at what you’ve done

‘Cause baby now we got bad blood

Finally, your freshman year is almost over. Now, you get to decide where you want to live and who you want to live with. You and your future roomate(s) have been talking for the past month and you all settled on a dorm you’re happy with. You received your sign up time, which ended up being on the last day. You were a little worried that there would be slim pickings, but now, the day before your sign up time, you just got an email informing you that Sandhu (the most expensive dorm and the only one without a kitchen) is the only one available. The POV of you and Chapman right now? Similar to Iraq.


Everything will be alright if

we just keep dancing like we’re, 22

It’s Senior Year! You’ve turned 22 and you’ve realized that you are happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time. Senior year is both miserable and magical. The stress of finding a real job in the real world seems overwhelming and scary. And it constantly feels like the perfect night to forget about the deadlines and have breakfast at midnight. But have as many of “those nights” as possible, since this is your last year in college.

Out of the Woods

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods yet?

Are we out of the woods?

Are we in the clear yet?

Are we in the clear yet?

Are we in the clear yet?

In the clear yet?


It’s the final semester and you’re just about ready to bounce. You’re motivation is at an all time low. Between applying to jobs and figuring out where you’re going to live next year, it’s hard to get yourself to still show up to class. Chapman’s been great and you’ve had a good run, but you can’t help constantly asking yourself, Have I graduated yet?

You running away from your responsibilities.


You were the best thing, that’s ever been mine

As graduation approaches, you become sentimental. All of a sudden, your taking graduation pictures and doing things “for the last time.” You got bills to pay and nothing figured out, but that doesn’t stop you from seizing every opportunity, including going to Disneyland and the D every single weekend. (There are only a handful of Thirsty Thursdays left!) You begin to brace yourself for goodbye. Do you believe it?

Your graduation pictures


We never go out of style

The graduation ceremony has ended and you’re are now an alumni. You have that James Dean, daydream look in your eye. Your hard times with Chapman are blurred by the amazing memories you’ve made over the past four years. You may miss Chapman while you’re out in the real world, but that’s okay. Just throw on that white (Chapman) t-shirt and a tight little skirt, because you and Chapman never go out of style.

Looking back at your time at Chapman like

All GIFs courtesy of Giphy.

Rising Costs of Textbooks Prompts Lawmakers to Hit the Books: How One Bill Plans to Help Students Save Hundreds

Consumer prices for college textbooks have increased 88 percent from 2006 to 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Photo by Jennifer Sauceda

For the sixth time in ten years, the Affordable College Textbook Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, proposed again in April by Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, is designed to expand access to open educational resources and alleviate the increasing costs of college textbooks and supplies for students.

While many students don’t know much about the bill, they are still feeling the pain of escalating prices for required texts.

“Every semester I feel like I have to pay extra just to end up getting less. The prices of textbooks are getting ridiculous,” said junior business major Oliver Boyse.

The estimated cost of textbooks and supplies for the 2018-19 school year is $1,240 for private non-profit universities, according to the College Board. However, Chapman’s estimated cost of attendance averages the cost of textbooks and supplies at $1,560.

There may be a glimmer of hope for those hoping to spend less on their textbooks.

Congress took a first step in support of OER [Open Educational Resources] last year by appropriating $10 million for Open Textbook Pilot grants through the U.S. Department of Education,” according to an article by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), a group that works to democratize access to knowledge.  A SPARC representative who specializes in this topic was contacted, but could not comment by deadline.  

Neither of the two California senators, Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, have made an official statement regarding their views of the Affordable College Textbook Act and did not respond to two phone messages left with their press lines to ascertain their support.

If the legislation becomes law, universities such as Chapman may apply for a federal grant awarded to institutions of higher education which plan on establishing a free online textbook program or which plan on expanding an existing program.

Students say the Affordable Text act would be a great financial relief.

“A lot of times we don’t have either the time to work or the time to work a lot and our money is going towards other things so having those materials available and accessible to students I think is important,” said psychology major Julie Johnson.

Despite preferring physical textbooks over online versions, Johnson, a senior, would be satisfied with a free online version as long as she can print out the pages to read.

If faculty shows enough interest in implementing open textbooks, Chapman could do so without waiting for legislation to pass, according to Kristin Laughtin-Dunker, Chapman’s Coordinator of Scholarly Communications and Electronic Resources at Leatherby Libraries.

“We don’t need to wait for Congress to pass the Affordable College Textbook Act. That is part of why the Leatherby Libraries are seeking to expand and market their services to help faculty who are interested in adopting open textbooks for any of their courses,” said Laughtin-Dunker.

The library has “many items that faculty have used as required readings” as well as expensive textbooks. Laughtin-Dunker encourages students to check the library before purchasing.

Besides renting or buying used textbooks, some students have found other ways of obtaining required texts.

“This semester one student had the online textbook… and she sent out the link to the rest of the class,” senior Romina Haghighat said. “It was a big class there was probably 40 or 50 kids in the class and she sent it to all of us.”

Haghighat, a psychology major, has found that textbooks required for her major tend to be more expensive than those she purchased for her general education courses.

“[My sociology book] was probably $115 and my psych book was probably $120 or $130,” Haghighat shared.

Although she tries to save money by renting textbooks on sites such as Chegg and Amazon, Haghighat resorts to the university’s bookstore for courses that require a Chapman-specific version of the required text.

“I’ll first look online because I know they’re cheaper online than at the bookstore, but…if only the Chapman bookstore has it then I have to buy it from there,” she said.


Upperclassmen Give Advice to Freshman About What They Learned at Chapman

Many freshmen arrive at college unsure of how the next four years of their lives will play out. Prowl talked to six upperclassmen who shared advice and stories about what they’ve learned through the years and what they wished they’d known as a freshman. Read on for takeaways from their time at Chapman.

Cayla Sacre, senior television writing and production major

Takeaway: Explore Outside Your Major

Take advantage of all the opportunities! As a Dodge student I sometimes felt pressured to live and breathe my major, but adding a psychology minor was one of the best choices I made at Chapman. I got to take classes outside of my major and explore a subject that was totally new to me.

Jeremy Jesberger, senior kinesiology major

Takeaway: Be Open to New Friendships

The advice I’d give is to not get complacent with the first or even second group of friends you make in college.

I had a great group of friends in my freshman year, many of who I’m still good friends with today. But looking back I decided to rush a fraternity as a sophomore and now as a senior have made more friends outside of my fraternity. So I feel I have a good support system from a lot of different people and my freshman year I thought it was going to be that one group of friends all four years.

Ricky Elder, junior business administration major

Takeaway: You May Not Have a Clear Path, But College Helps You Find It

Don’t stress out too much about your future as a freshman. I came in undeclared and was unsure about what I was going to do, which resulted in stress. The whole process was very developmental but if I were to go back I would enjoy the process a lot more if I didn’t stress as much about it.  Joining the professional fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi helped me along the way.  It was through them that led me to find an interest in business.  I would definitely recommend freshman to join organizations that they may be interested in because it will only benefit them.

Jameson Davis, junior accounting major

Takeaway: Stay On Top of Your Classes

The best advice I would give freshman would be to stay focused, go to your classes. If you get behind, it is a slippery slope and it is easy to dig yourself into a hole. As you notice yourself behind, I would highly recommend acting quickly and getting on top of that as soon as possible.  Whether it’s going to tutoring or talking to your professor, you have to put in that extra time to get back on top of your classes.

Connor Hailing, senior psychology major

Takeaway: Don’t Let Your New Found Freedom Take Control of You

The first thing I realized when I arrived at college was that I can do pretty much whatever I want now. My advice to freshmen would be to not let that freedom take priority over other activities.

At first, there was a learning curve with trying to make friends and still do well in my classes. It took me a couple months and a few poor grades to realize that doing my work was at times more important than hanging out with my friends. After I started paying more attention to my work and less of everything around me, I started doing way better. I was still able to keep my friends, it’s balancing everything together and not letting some things take over your life.

Sahil Srivastava, junior economics major

Takeaway: Don’t Let Anyone Hold You Back

 The best advice I’ve ever gotten that can benefit freshman is to not let one person dictate how you feel or keep you from doing something in your life.

When I was a sophomore, I told my professor that I didn’t want to do economics anymore because of one bad teacher I had. He told me that if you’ve only had a bad experience with one person in the field, it doesn’t mean everyone else is going to suck too. He was right because I’ve loved all my economics classes since. Not letting one person decide how I act in my life is helpful for friendships and relationships too.

Take this Quiz to Test Your Chapman Knowledge

Our friendly panther mascot isn’t one to turn down photo opportunities. Photo courtesy of Chapman University.

The academic year at Chapman is winding down, which means that many students won’t see the university for three months. So that you don’t miss our lovely school too much, take this quiz to test how well you know Chapman. Take note of your answers and check them against the answer key at the end!


Our friendly panther mascot isn’t one to turn down photo opportunities. Photo courtesy of Chapman University.

Our friendly panther mascot isn’t one to turn down photo opportunities. Photo courtesy of Chapman University.

1. Here’s an easy one to start. What is the name of our panther mascot?

a. Payton the Panther

b. Pete the Panther

c. Paul the Panther

d. Patricio the Panther


Chapman sells plenty of merchandise with the school colors in the Argyros student store. Photo by Julian Ros.

Chapman sells plenty of merchandise with the school colors in the Argyros student store. Photo by Julian Ros.

2. What are the official school colors for Chapman?

a. Red and Black

b. Maroon and Gray

c. Imperial Red and Charcoal

d. Cardinal and Gray


Chapman University before moving to its current Orange location. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries.

Chapman University before moving to its current Orange location. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries.

3. In Chapman’s early history, the school moved locations several times. Which of these cities has Chapman never called home?

a. Buena Park, California

b. Woodland, California

c. San Francisco, California

d. Los Angeles, California


4. In 2016, Daniele Struppa was inaugurated as Chapman’s 13th president. Who held the role before him?

a. Allen Koenig

b. G.T. Smith

c. Wilson Roosevelt

d. James Doti


North Morlan hall was built in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries.

North Morlan hall was built in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries.

5. Which of these Chapman residence buildings is the oldest?

a. South Morlan Hall

b. Harris Apartments

c. Braden Residence Hall

d. Davis Apartments



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6. In 2017, Chapman purchased the Katella Grand apartment complex, which was quickly renamed Chapman Grand. How much did this purchase cost?

a. $50 million

b. $150 million

c. $180 million

d. $200 million


Many Dodge classes take place at Marion Knott Studios, named after the daughter of the Knott’s Berry Farm founders, who helped grow the park in the late 1900s. Photo by Carlee Correia.

Many Dodge classes take place at Marion Knott Studios, named after the daughter of the Knott’s Berry Farm founders, who helped grow the park in the late 1900s. Photo by Carlee Correia.

7. Dodge College, Chapman’s film school, is a large source of pride for the university. Many students simply refer to it as “Dodge,” but what is the full name of the school?

a. The Dodge College of Media Arts

b. The Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

c. The Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: Sodaro–Pankey Undergraduate School of Media Arts

d. None of the above.


Oliphant Hall is where many College of Performing Arts classes are held. Photo by Julian Ros.

Oliphant Hall is where many College of Performing Arts classes are held. Photo by Julian Ros.

8. Which of these schools at Chapman is the newest?

a. The School of Communication

b. The College of Performing Arts

c. The Schmid College of Science and Technology

d. The Argyros School of Business and Economics


Many Chapman sports teams, such as football and lacrosse, play at Ernie Chapman Stadium. It is sometimes used for events such as graduation or orientation. Photo by Julian Ros.

Many Chapman sports teams, such as football and lacrosse, play at Ernie Chapman Stadium. It is sometimes used for events such as graduation or orientation. Photo by Julian Ros.

9. How many different sports does Chapman have teams for? (To clarify, if a sport has both men’s and women’s teams it still only counts as one sport. Intramural and club teams don’t count).

a. 10

b. 13

c. 18

d. 20


The Bhathal Student Services Center is where students submit paperwork to change or add a minor. Photo by Carlee Correia.

The Bhathal Student Services Center is where students submit paperwork to change or add a minor. Photo by Carlee Correia.

10. Which of these is NOT a minor at Chapman as of the 2018-2019 academic year?

a. Asian Studies

b. Entrepreneurship

c. Nutrition

d. Russian Studies


The plaza looked different 4 decades ago. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries.

The plaza looked different four decades ago. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries.

11. As of 2018-2019, undergraduate tuition at Chapman costs $54,540 per year. How much did it cost 40 years ago, in the 1978-1979 academic year?

a. $3,400

b. $8,500

c. $12,400

d. $20,100


Answer Key

  1. B. Pete the Panther. Pete often makes appearances at school events such as Homecoming and orientation week.
  2. D. Cardinal and Gray. Yes, according to Chapman’s marketing guidelines and their website, cardinal and gray are the official school colors.
  3. A. Buena Park, California. The school was originally located in Woodland. It moved to San Francisco in the early 1900s, and then moved again to Los Angeles in 1919. The college would live there for about 30 years before moving to the location where it stands today.
  4. D. James Doti. Allen Koenig was president from 1989 – 1991, and G.T. Smith was president before him, from 1977 – 1988. However, James Doti is the one that held the position before Daniele Struppa, from 1991 to 2016.   
  5. C. Braden Residence Hall. Braden Residence Hall was opened in 1959, whereas both South Morlan and the Harris Apartments were opened in 1965, and the Davis Apartments opened in 1974. If the Braden Residence Hall doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s because it was torn down in 2007 and replaced by Chapman’s most recently built on-campus residence hall, the Sandhu Residence Center (that is, until The K opens in Fall of 2019).
  6. B. $150 million. The purchase was made in large part because the university was planning to implement a new rule requiring sophomores to live in Chapman housing (this rule was indeed implemented for the Class of 2022).
  7. C. The Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts: Sodaro–Pankey Undergraduate School of Media Arts. Yes, even though Chapman themselves often simply refer to it simply as “Dodge College of Film and Media Arts,” that really is the full name.
  8. A. The School of Communication. The School of Communication was founded in 2016, though the Communication major had been around for longer. The Schmid College of Science and Technology was founded in 2008, and the College of Performing Arts and the Argyros School of Business and Economics were founded in 2007 and 1977, respectively.
  9. B. 13. That’s right, there are 13 different sports played at the Division Three level at Chapman, 21 teams overall. Did you know we have both a men’s and women’s golf team?
  10. D. Russian Studies. Chapman doesn’t offer any Russian language courses, so it would make sense that they wouldn’t offer a Russian Studies program, either.
  11. A. $3,400. Yes, tuition at Chapman was only $3,400 a year in the late 1970s. You can learn more in this Prowl article comparing Chapman then versus now.


So, how well did you do?

0 – 3 questions right: You’re a fake Chapman student. You likely haven’t been on any tours or bothered to glance at the Chapman website. Heck, you probably don’t even go here.


4 – 7 questions right: Your Chapman knowledge is average. You may not know everything, but that’s all right. You’ve got the basics down.


8 – 10 questions right: You are extremely knowledgeable about Chapman. Good work! Keep it up, and you may be the next president of the university some day.


11 questions right: You are Pete the Panther. Maybe not literally, but the fact that you know this much about Chapman means that you embody what it means to be Pete. Great job!

Chapman rappers AP and Mountos Prowl for Popularity on SoundCloud

Chance The Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, and Post Malone have blown up thanks to fans who listen to their music on SoundCloud. Pasamba Jobe, known as AP, and Daniel Toscano, or Mountos, are two sophomore business majors at Chapman hoping to emulate their success by also using SoundCloud, the Swedish platform for new music and podcasts that boasts 76 million monthly users.

Emerging from Stockholm, Sweden in 2008, SoundCloud is a free platform which offers users a monthly subscription service, providing exclusive features not available to free accounts. Creating an account on SoundCloud gives users three free hours of uploaded content. SoundCloud appealed to rapper AP because it allows him to communicate directly with fans. Too, it’s user friendly to unreleased artists and requires little technical expertise.

“You don’t need fancy equipment… you just need to do it if you have a passion for it.” Photo courtesy of Mountos

West Covina native Mountos began making beats his junior year of high school. He started with free production apps then eventually transitioned into using more professional programs like FL Studio. Mountos releases his music on SoundCloud and Youtube.

AP’s most popular track is titled, “Dizzy Diamonds” which has accrued 5,000 plays. Photo by Domenick Sevor

Both artists have been trying to gain more exposure by performing at venues near Chapman, across Laguna Hills, and the greater Anaheim area. With their followers both in the hundreds, they shared what they have learned to date about how to build a following.

When did you first start rapping?

AP: I didn’t start rapping till the second semester of college when I was 18. My love for music started to come out and I reached that point where I knew this is what I need to do. I was already into the underground rap scene throughout high school so I thought I might as well try it.

Mountos: I started making beats on my phone with a little app towards the end of my junior year. Then I got FL Studio and watched way too many tutorials on YouTube. My friends were making beats for fun and that’s what pushed me. It hooked me from the jump. In late May, I made my first rap to the beat I just made and I kept going.

What “SoundCloud rapper” influenced you the most?

AP: When I first started rapping, Sheck Wes was the most influential: I relate to him culturally. But Joey Badass is the most influential rapper to me because he was the first hip-hop artist I heard off of the radio. I admire his flow.

Mountos: For me, it’s been Russ. I started to listen to him two months before I started making my own beats. In his interviews, he talks about how you can make music yourself. You don’t need fancy equipment and stuff like that, you just need to do it if you have a passion for it. Ever since then, he inspired me to make music.

Mountos performing at a venue in West Covina, CA. As of Feb. 2019, Mountos has released 44 tracks and three EPs. His most popular track, “Feelings” has more than 1,524 plays. Photo courtesy of Mountos.

What is the biggest mistake new artists make?

AP: Rushing your content just to release it and not taking time to find your own sound. Another common mistake is not promoting your own music. A lot of artists don’t promote and are shocked as to why their numbers aren’t higher. Artists should be promoting all the time and not afraid of what others will think.

Mountos: Trying to sound exactly like other artists. If you’re an artist you should make the music you want to make. You can get inspiration but you gotta put your own spin on it.

Why is SoundCloud more relevant than other streaming apps?

As of May 2019, AP has released 11 tracks onto SoundCloud which includes an EP called “AP’s EP.” Photo by Domenick Sevor

AP: It’s more of a community. Sharing music through that platform is dope and you can reach more people. It’s the best way to connect with new artists too. If you keep putting out content, the algorithms of SoundCloud will help you gain more exposure. Don’t be intimidated by the fact you start off low: If you’re consistent, you’ll gain a following.

Mountos: You can use non-profit beats that producers make which makes the sound different.

How has SoundCloud affected your music career?

Mountos: SoundCloud has given me a place where I could post my music for free without having to pay. Being able to post my songs to a site where people could actually listen motivated me to keep making it.

AP: Ever since I’ve started making music SoundCloud’s made me feel more in tune with my sound and kinda connected to my life since I’m thinking about music all the time. It makes me wanna hunt for new music and always search for new artists to help mirror my own musical style off of.


AP & Mountos’ Tips for SoundCloud Success:

● Take time to find your own sound.

● Release your music methodically.

● Promote your music all the time.

AP (IG/SoundCloud/Twitter: @apmakesmusic)

Mountos (IG: @_mountos/SoundCloud: @Mountos)

More than Sports: Life Advice from Chapman Coaches

The lessons coaches impart often help young people become not just better athletes, but better people too. Coaches teach us lessons about accountability,  persistence, sportsmanship and responsibility that the players they oversee take with them, long after they’ve stopped playing sports.  Prowl asked some Chapman coaches who give others advice about  the best advice they received.

Augustino Adams: Wide Receiver Coach, Football

Augustino Adams (left) and Monroe (MoneyMo) Alexander (right) playing college football at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. Photo courtesy of Augustino Adams

What is the most helpful piece of advice you have received? 

When you are young and in a new situation where you have superiors like your boss, coach, etc.  and they are talking to you and criticizing you then it means that they see potential in you and want to help make you be better.  You have to take criticism as a positive: The person critiquing you sees more in you and wants to help you grow out of your comfort zone.  Coaching and critiquing is helping turn a weakness you have into a strength.

What motto do you live by?

“The good get great and the great become unstoppable.” Keynado Hudson, a former defensive back coach at Chapman and current coach at Florida Atlantic University told me this.  When you’re good you are one of many people who were able to come out of high school and become a college athlete.  When you’re great you are the guy who is getting the pre and post-game interviews.  When you’re unstoppable you don’t really have to say much.  People will just check in on you and make sure that you are good and at the same time they will ask you to mentor others and be an example. When you are unstoppable – that’s when you know you have arrived.

How did you overcome struggles you had as a player?

I could never pass “the eye test.”  I was always an undersized athlete and I guess that it is ”little guy’s complex” when someone tells you that you can’t do something you want to make sure they know that you can do it.  Whether it’s dunking a basketball or returning a kick for a touchdown.  It is just the overall competitive spirit and it doesn’t die. It just morphs to your career in what you do.  Everybody always told me I was too small and that drove me to be better than those that were bigger than me.

What is the best advice that not only applies both to the field but in life?

You have to have competitive spirit and self-motivation.  Being an undersized athlete and even not a top level athlete you work and grind harder than anybody because you did not get that division 1 scholarship.  I thank everyone that I’ve met that has continued to push me.  For me being the underdog has always pushed me in many aspects to be the best that I could be both on and off the field.  Always accepting a challenge has helped me in my career.

DeAndra’e Woods: Track and Field Head Coach

DeAndra’e Woods running track at Cal State Fullerton. Photo courtesy of Matt Brown

What is the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received?

If you’re not passionate about it, don’t do it.  Make sure that anything that you do, you are going to do it full heartedly.  Whether you are doing it to get a reward from it or you are doing it because you truly love it, make sure that you are giving it everything that you got.  Don’t give anything half effort.

What motto do you live by?

To get through tough times, take  things one step at a time.  If I go one step at a time then that will help me be more productive.  If I understand that my attitude is my decision then that helps as well.  Being in control of my attitude towards any obstacle I face and taking it one step at a time has really helped me get through tough times.

How did you overcome struggles you had as a player?

I came from a very structured high school and was coached by a lot of amazing coaches who had a lot of experience.  Some of them were former Division I coaches and athletes.  When I left high school and went to college I was expecting something similar, but unfortunately our coaching staff did not have that.  That was a challenge for me and it made it harder because my level of seriousness was different than my teammates.  I was a walk on and did not receive a scholarship coming out of high school.  I had to prove myself every day and had an extra chip on my shoulder that pushed me to earn a scholarship by my junior year and be a team captain my sophomore through senior year. Through those challenges I kept reminding myself that I need to enjoy myself and have fun because being an athlete is not forever.

What is the best advice that you would give one of your players that applies to the field and in life as?

Control what you can control in life.  You can have all of the concerns in the world but out of those what can you actually control and how can you control things.  Usually you can only control yourself.  Everyone wants to have fun with what they are doing but if you are not working hard you will not be able to reap the benefits of that hard work.  You have to enjoy the moment and you have to be passionate about what you are doing.  If it is not something you want to do then don’t do it if you are just going to complain.

Pam Gibbons: Head Athletic Trainer

Pam Gibbons walking an injured Chapman athlete to the sideline.  Photo courtesy of Pam Gibbons

What is the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received?

You never know where your next opportunity is going to come from, so take advantage of networking opportunities.  You might shake somebody’s hand and that’s the same person five or ten years from now that you’re going to be working for because you made a good first impression and they remembered you.  You never know where your next opportunity is going to come from.

What motto do you live by?  

“This too shall pass.” The sun is always going to come up tomorrow and it is going to be a new day and you will have a new opportunity to persevere or overcome whatever that current struggle is.  Hopefully you have the support of family and friends to make it easier along the way.  Having a good supporting foundation goes a long way.

What were some struggles that you went through as a player and how did you overcome them?

When I was in high school I was challenged by two male friends of mine to go out for the boys water polo team because there was no girls water polo team and it was a challenge that I accepted.  That was hard because I was the only girl and it was in a climate where girls were not necessarily welcomed in that environment so the coaches and players made it more difficult than it have ever been to be successful and to make the team.  They pretty much tried everything they could to make me quit because I was a girl on the boys team and it didn’t work.  It was nice to have friends that were on the team to help push me.  It was one of those things that I set my mind to and was going to happen.  Hard work and consistency and the want to prove to “you” that I can do this.  Hard work and determination goes a long way.

What is the best advice that you would give one of your players that not only applies to the field but in life as well?

I think it goes back to the first question that you are going to meet people throughout your life and you don’t know how that person is going to impact your life when you have that first initial interaction.  They may come into and out of your life without having ripple or they may have a profound impact on your life.  So giving people an opportunity to be part of your life and to get to know you and what your strengths and weaknesses are goes a long way in how those people are going to impact your life later on down the road.  It could be getting a job or it could be meeting your best friend, you don’t know until you give them an opportunity to get to know you and vice versa.

Kevin Ashton: Football Defensive Line and Strength Coach

Kevin Ashton as a defensive lineman at Humboldt State University. Photo courtesy of Kevin Ashton

What is the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received?

My dad always told me that if you are going to do a job you better do it right.  It doesn’t matter if it is something as small as cleaning the bathroom or as big as running a company you have to do it to the best of your ability.

What motto do you live by?

It all goes back to my father who I consider to be my mentor.  I always think what would he do in that situation no matter what it is.  Whether it has to do with my own kids, or the kids that I am coaching, or my wife.  I always think about and ask myself what would my dad do.

What were some struggles that you went through as a player and how did you overcome them?

Playing wise it was balancing academics and football.  Playing at the Division II level on scholarship they wanted you to be a full-time football player.  In the back of your head you know that your future is with your degree.  You have to find enough time to get all of your school work and studying done but also get all of your obligations towards your football team done as well.  At times it felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day when you are going through that stuff.  I had to take my work on the road and there were a lot of sleepless nights.

What is the best advice that you would give one of your players that not only applies to the field but in life as well?

A lot of what I preach here is grit, growth, intelligence and responsibility and if you stick by those four pillars it can help you succeed in life.  You are growing every day and always learning something new.  Responsibility is always something that comes with growth but it is also important to your character and who you are.  Intelligence is doing the right thing and being smart and especially thinking about situations before you say something or act on it.  Along with that realizing how valuable time is. There is never enough of it and we can never get it back.  Never be late because you are wasting someone else’s time and you can never get that back.  At the end of the day you have to find out the best way to utilize all of the time that you have.

Dallas Hartley: Men’s Head Lacrosse

Dallas Hartley coaching up two of his players during a regular season game. Photo courtesy of Dallas Hartley

What is the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received?

Surround yourself with good people with strong goals and good things will happen to you.

Is there a motto that you life by or something you tell yourself to help you get through tough times? if so what is it?

It’s not always as good as it seems and it’s not always as bad as it seems.  Try to laugh or make people laugh hard everyday.  Breathe, reflect, and make things better for yourself and those close to you.

What were some struggles that you went through as a player and how did you overcome them?

I was late to lacrosse when I started and I didn’t get much playing time my freshman year.  I had to believe that my hard work and studying the game would pay off with playing time.

What is the best advice that you would give one of your players that not only applies to the field but in life as well?

Hard work pays off and how you react and overcome setbacks are everything in life.  Most of my best friends are people I grew up with or played sports with.  Those people know the real you and can help you in bad times and celebrate with you in good times.  Keep them close and do the same for them.

Will “The K” be OK by its move-in date? Future dorm residents are worried, but Chapman director assures that all is well

“There’s still a big dirt hole in the center of the building. Seeing that doesn’t make me feel secured,” said freshman history major Eric Alva. Photo courtesy of R.D. Olson.

Some of the 400 students slated to live in Chapman’s newest dorm, “The K,” worry construction won’t be finished in time for the Aug. 22 move-in date.

“There’s still a big dirt hole in the center of the building. Seeing that doesn’t make me feel secure,” said freshman history major Eric Alva, whose first choice of housing was The K because it’s separate from main campus but close enough to skateboard to class.

Because move-in is just three months away, some students are concerned The K will not be complete or built at the best quality. Director of Residence Life Dave Sundby said he is confident that the building will be completed on time but acknowledged there is no “Plan B” if it’s not. Residence Life had been planning on building more dorms for years and initial construction was supposed to start five to six years ago, Sundby said.

Residence life started planning last spring and began construction early January of this year, according to Sundby.

Residence life intended to build The K where the tennis courts are, but there was an issue with the soil, according to Sundby. Now, The K sits diagonal to Marion Knott Studios. All of The K apartments will be fully occupied, housing around 400 students, which is just shy of the populations of Davis, Harris, and Glass combined, Sundby said.

Chapman Grand was freshman broadcast journalism and documentary major Vi Nguyen’s first choice, but after thinking it over, she realized The K was a better option because it’s so close to Marion Knott Studios, where she takes many classes. She was wary of choosing The K without knowing what the inside would look like other than renderings of its layout and a youtube video by Residence Life.

In the video, Henley Hall Resident Advisor and YouTube personality Jack Ruhl compared the size of one K apartment to three times that of a Henley dorm room. He also included footage of an unfinished apartment.

“We worked hard to get information out to students,” said Sundby. “We had more access to the building than I’ve ever had in my career for a building that’s under construction.”

Sundby was eager to guarantee that construction was occurring as scheduled. “There’s no doubt that the building will be open for students to move into in August,” he said.

If for some reason the building is not ready, “we would have to figure out how we would house those students for any temporary stretch until the building is opened,” Sundby said.

Director of Residence Life Dave Sundby is confident students will move into a finished building in the fall. Photo by Sydnee Valdez.

Even if R.D. Olson, the company hired to build The K, completes the construction by their proposed date, there are worries that work might be rushed.

“The idea that they might rush the construction scares me because I want it to be really modern and nice, and I don’t want them to do a half-ass job,” Nguyen said.

Others are trusting the process.

“Students will be living there and it’s owned by the university: There’s no way that The K won’t be as safe as it possibly can,” said undeclared freshman Adam Richardson. “I am not concerned. It will absolutely be fine.”

There are inspections throughout the construction process done by different project managers employed by Chapman who will work alongside R.D. Olson, Sundby said. The city also has to permit The K after looking at both the city and state building codes to ensure that the building is safe, according to Sundby.

“If something goes wrong with the building that’s structural, [contractors] are taking on that liability. Contractors and subcontractors don’t want to do poor work because that will come back to them financially and from a reputation standpoint,” Sundby said. “There is no reason for the work to be rushed, and there’s good reason to believe that if a company were to do poorly it would affect their future business with Chapman.”

Pictures of the construction can be found on the website of R.D. Olson Construction.

The K, Chapman’s newest housing option, takes up the spot where the Saturday Farmer’s Market was formerly held. Photo by Sydnee Valdez.

Chapman Tik Tok Cops vie to Breaking Barriers Between Student and Officer Relationships

Officer Joshua Hinson and Deputy Chief Ricardo Gonzalez outside Public Safety’s headquarters. Photo by Karley Wilson.
Officer Joshua Hinson and Deputy Chief Ricardo Gonzalez outside Public Safety’s headquarters. Photo by Karley Wilson.

Officer Joshua Hinson and Deputy Chief Ricardo Gonzalez outside Public Safety’s headquarters. Photo by Karley Wilson.

A TikTok video posted by Public Safety Officer Joshua Hinson received over three million views on TikTok. The video sparked interest in Chapman’s Public Safety’s activity on social media, and students love it.

After being shown funny videos that other police departments shared online, Hinson wanted to feature Chapman’s Public Safety in a fun way. TikTok users posted one million videos per day and a total of 800 million installations within the first year, making it the most downloaded app in 2018.

Hinson posted a TikTok video of himself and Officer Sean Porter dancing in the stands of Wilson Field to the song, “Coincidance,” by Handsome Dancer. The video brought him attention – more than he’s used to. His Instagram account, which features videos of him and updates on public safety events, now has 800 followers.

Here are some answers to questions students have had about the viral sensation.

Who filmed the video?

Well, technically no one, but it was filmed on Hinson’s phone. He pulled up a chair, set his phone on it, and recorded himself and Porter dancing together. It only took two takes before they posted it.

Why did they do it?

Hinson took notice that students were using platforms such as Instagram and TikTok and wanted to come up with some fun ideas for the platforms in order to communicate more directly with students. This TikTok video isn’t the only thing Hinson has done.

He has created about 40-50 videos on TikTok. The videos that feature officers in uniform are more popular. Hinson wants to build relationships and connections to the Chapman community. Students recognize him from the videos and greet him. Hinson follows the trends online, which helps him brainstorm ideas at home and on campus. As a father and a high school coach, Hinson is always getting new ideas and creating videos with the kids.

What is next for them on social media?

Hinson has created his own Instagram where he is featured in uniform and encourages students to follow him. He wants to create more fun content for his audience and is working on getting Public Safety officers and students involved.

“The more we can do that and put smiles on people’s faces, the better,” he said.

What do you think about this video?

Gonzalez is a huge fan of Hinson’s videos. He thinks that the Tik Tok video was well done and it made him laugh. Gonzalez never thought the video would get so many views. It really shocked the whole department and sparked conversation.  From an officer’s perspective, he thinks that these videos are a great way to break down the barriers of Public Safety and the Chapman community.

Will other Public Safety officers be appearing online, too?

Gonzalez wants to join in on a lip sync battle that the police departments make together. In this video, they lip sync to a song after another nearby department does it, too. They are interested in doing videos which would involve departments nearby and the student body at Chapman.

Has the video changed your relationship with students?

After watching Hinson gain popularity on Instagram, Gonzalez realized that social media is a good way to communicate with the students and Public Safety now piggybacks on Hinson’s Instagram account to advertise different Public Safety events.

“Let’s go do something funny and have a good time,” said Hinson.


Your local celeb created his own exit phrase and sign. There you have it, Panthers. GIF by Karley Wilson.

Your local celeb created his own exit phrase and sign. There you have it, Panthers. GIF by Karley Wilson.

Run of the essay mill: Students evade plagiarism detectors by buying and selling original essays

There are several “essay mill” websites which students can go to and have an essay written for them. Depending on the website, this can cost hundreds of dollars. Photo by Hanna Yorke.

There are more ways than one to cheat your way through college.

While the nationwide admissions scandal reaffirmed suspicions about wealth and power in the collegiate system, virtually any college student can pay to have their coursework completed for them. And while technology has made it easier for essay mills to operate, it’s also made it easier to get caught, creating a virtual arms race of cheating and cheating detection.

Close to 16 percent of students have paid someone to do their work for them, and that number continues to rise, according to Frontiers research.

“I paid a friend to do all of my online Spanish homework freshman year, because I was so busy with sports,” said a junior public relations and advertising major who agreed to candor in exchange for anonymity. With the little free time she had, her Spanish assignments were the last thing she wanted to do, so she paid a friend who was good at Spanish $20 per assignment.

“Each assignment took 1-2 hours,” she said. She doesn’t regret paying for the ‘A’ and would pay someone again if she felt squeezed for time.

“I sell my essays to my close friends only,” said another Chapman student who wrote essays for GE classes. This student is aware that getting caught would ruin her college career, but said so far no one for whom she works has gotten caught.

“I’ve only done a handful,” which amounted to a couple hundred dollars, said the student. “The bar isn’t set that high, so as long as I write [the essays] well my friends are happy.”

Chapman’s Academic Integrity Committee (AIC) handles all cases of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic violations. Penalties for academic dishonesty are outlined on the AIC website and can range from a disciplinary warning to expulsion..

The AIC declined to comment on anything which wasn’t already on their website.

“Submission of purchased term papers or projects done by others” is a violation of the university’s Academic Integrity Policy. “Having another person take an exam or complete an assignment for oneself” and “taking an exam or completing an assignment for another student” is also a violation.

“When you come off as intelligent in a class, it’s easy to have a lot of ‘close friends’ who are willing to pay upwards of $45 a page,” said the essay entrepreneur. It’s also easy for her to stay under the radar, because most people wouldn’t expect her to be a good writer based on her major.

“It speaks to nature of capitalism, in that if a rich kid would rather pay me to have more free time that’s just the evolution of the free market,” said the essay entrepreneur.

While students might think it’s easy to get away with cheating, English professor Samantha Dressel said she can usually spot unoriginal copy.

“A lot of it boils down to becoming familiar with students’ writing over the course of the semester and looking at papers with an eye toward their expected style, knowledge base, and writing habits,” Dressel said. “As an English professional, it is literally my job to notice style and usage, so even when I’m not consciously looking for plagiarism, I notice when something isn’t as it should be.”

There are also plagiarism detection services, such as Turnitin, that have made cheating in the digital world more difficult. Turnitin has a database of content including students’ papers, publications and academic journals which the program uses to check for plagiarism.

Turnitin’s Feedback Studio is the system used to detect writing that matches with existing content in the site’s database and works by providing a percentage score for the amount of writing that’s unoriginal. Papers with a match score higher than 50% are flagged for potential plagiarism and must be further reviewed by the educator.

However, Turnitin has its downsides. Random phrases can be flagged, even if they were not plagiarized, because the website has amassed so much content that some words match up by pure coincidence. The system also identifies plagiarized content from online sources, so students can still copy from print publications, states Turnitin.

The program has been effective in decreasing the amount of unoriginal work submitted, according to a study conducted by Turnitin. However, the system can’t detect customized, original essays commissioned by customers.

There is also a plethora of apps and websites where panicked students can go to buy essays, such as EssayMill, EssayPro, and Unemployed Professors. These websites prompt you to enter the parameters of your paper and credit card information. There are also informal arrangements less productive students make with those willing to sell their intellectual labors for a price.

EssayMill charges $17.56 per page, and they also offer services like editing and proofreading for a slightly lower cost. Prices for these services may vary, however, depending on the provider, the type of essay desired, the number of pages needed and the deadline for the finished product.