Chapman investments limit sustainability efforts

Chapman claims to strive for sustainability, but remains unranked on the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.” Photo by Karina Cardenas

Chapman is on a lot of lists. But when the Princeton Review makes their annual list of sustainable college campuses, Chapman isn’t there.

The list, “Guide to Green Colleges,” is based on a rating system that Chapman chooses not to participate in.  The rating system would reflect poorly on Chapman because of their investments in fossil fuel, according to Chapman Executive Vice President and Chief of Operations Herald Hewitt.

One of the rating program’s requirements is that institutions provide a report of investments held by the endowments. “Over time, the Investment Committee has addressed a number of requests to adopt socially responsible investing strategies of various kinds (i.e., no exposure to fossil fuels, other environmental concerns, munitions, gambling, etc.).,” Hewitt explained by email.  “After a thorough review of these issues, the Investment Committee has adopted the same position as that taken by Harvard University’s endowment in relation to student requests for fossil fuel divestment and summarized here,” Hewitt added.

The Princeton Review creates “Guide to 375 Green Colleges,” ranking schools numerically based on eco-correct campus policies, initiatives, and activities as well as their academic programs offered. Chapman has made environmental efforts, according to the Sustainability Department, but is unwilling to alter their endowment investment portfolio which includes fossil fuels in order to be included on this list. Chapman’s endowment amounts to $352.6 million according to Consolidated Financial Statements from 2017.

The call for colleges to divest in fossil fuels- believed by scientists to cause climate change that leads to rising sea levels, fatal extreme temperatures, and natural disasters- has become increasingly loud on college campuses. At least 16 colleges have committed to fossil fuel divestment, according to the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

In September, Seattle University announced its board of trustees had voted to accept recommendations that would divest in $230 million endowment of all fossil fuels within five years. “The moral imperative for action is clear,” Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg said of the decision.

Chapman’s investment committee met with a group of students that belonged to “Fossil Free Chapman” in 2016 to discuss divestment.

“The Investment Committee concluded that because it is virtually impossible for an endowment invested mostly through commingled funds (approximately 80% of Chapman’s endowment is in funds of funds or other commingled structures) to eliminate exposure to fossil fuels, and based on principles similar to those cited by Harvard in their decision not to divest Chapman’s endowment would not divest from fossil fuels,” Hewitt explained in a follow up email.

Chapman performs annual self audits through the Environmental Science and Policy Capstone Course, but is not associated with The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); a national assessment used to measure an institution’s sustainability performance. Chapman’s last and only evaluation with AASHE was in 2011. This year Chapman opted out of receiving a score by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), according to Mackenzie Crigger, sustainability coordinator.

It’s not that the program is no longer of interest to Chapman; Chapman is not responsive to the investment criteria that are key to STARS (STARS 2.1 Technical Manual, pps. 287 and following), and is thereby disadvantaged in the rankings,” Hewitt said. Hewitt did not respond to two emails when asked if there were any other reasons for opting out of the program.

Because of Chapman’s investment decisions, the investment committee ruled out divestment in 2016. Photo by Karina Cardenas.

About Chapman’s comparison to Harvard: A Harvard Public Affairs & Communications spokesperson confirmed Harvard currently holds fossil fuels in its portfolio. But this March, a departing member of Harvard’s oversight board called on Harvard to screen out all fossil fuel stocks from its (then) $371 billion endowment portfolio. The Harvard spokesperson did not answer two follow-up emails asking whether Harvard plans to heed the board member’s suggestion.

Participation in the rating program, STARS, is voluntary, said Jordan Schanda, STARS program coordinator. “Institutions choose to register and submit a STARS report, and some choose for their report to be assessed for a rating,” Schanda said.

The score and rating an institution receives is based on self-provided information about academics, engagement, operations, and planning & administration, according to the STARS website.

The top 50 sustainable universities from the 2017 “Guide to Green Colleges” meet the following criteria:

“24% of their total food expenditures go to purchases of local and/or organic food, 68% of the new construction on their campuses is USGBC LEED-certified, 100% offer an undergraduate major or degree that is sustainability-focused, 98% have a sustainability officer and sustainability committee,” according to the Princeton’s Press Release.

Although Chapman did not make the Princeton list, students believe the campus is eco-friendly.

“Chapman is definitely an environmentally friendly school,” said Jordan Eisberng, a sophomore communication studies major. “We have electric car spots and reusable water stations in, like, every corner on campus,” he said.

Chapman hired Energy Conservation and Sustainability Manager, Mackenzie Crigger in 2011. Since then Chapman has been trying to improve its environmental footprint.

“We’ve transitioned more than 50% of our landscape to native or drought tolerant and reduced our irrigation water usage by nearly 70%,” Crigger said. “We have also increased the water efficiency by utilizing low flow devices and increasing water cycles in our cooling towers.”

In addition to reduced water usage on campus, energy-saving measures have also been implemented, according to Crigger.

“We have continual energy efficiency projects. Over the summer we re-lamped all the campus parking structures to be LED as well as Henley, Pralle and Glass residence halls. in 16-17 we actually reduced our gross energy consumption by 2% despite adding students, faculty, staff and structures,” she said.

Crigger said at Chapman they are always striving to improve its environmental footprint through energy, waste management, and water projects.  

But for now, Chapman stands by its investments and position on fossil fuels, according to Hewitt.

Chapman students questioning consumerism

Old is gold for Chapman students like Natalia Ventura, sophomore peace studies major, who prefers plucking used clothes from thrift stores to raiding the racks of Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and H&M for the latest fashion trends. Ventura says she is helping the planet while saving money.

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Valentina Pagliari lounging with an impressive collection of her thrifted clothing. Photo by Torian Mylott.

Sustainable shopping is consuming consciously: only buying what you need in ways that minimize one’s carbon footprint, and supporting businesses that treat and pay employees well. While sustainable shopping may involve paying premium prices to designers and companies that go to great lengths to make sure their workers are well paid, it can also involve buying on the secondary market – thrifting, in other words – and that saves money. Some also swap clothes, loan each other needed items, or raid their parents’ closets for retro items.

Shopping sustainably is “overall a greener and more ethical choice,”  says junior film studies major Kamla Thurtle. Kamla likes to shop for thrifted clothing at Buffalo Exchange, Deelux, and Goodwill.

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Ventura rocking some thrifted patterned pants. Photo courtesy of Natalia Ventura.

Many students are taking their passion for sustainable shopping further, like Ventura and Valentina Pagliari, a junior film studies major, who are starting a new club together called “Chapman Thrifties.” This group will be “a platform for Chapman students to come together and talk about sustainability, for them to become aware of where their clothes are coming from, and to instill more sustainable fashion practices into our students,” says Pagliari. The goal is to create more of a dialogue about clothing and “an awareness about how much our clothes affect the rest of the world,” says Ventura. Some of Ventura’s  favorite ways to sustainably shop are through hand-me-downs, upcycling, trading with friends, and thrifting at places like Casa Teresa.

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Pagliari posing with a vintage purse she purchased at The Orange Antique Mall. Photo by Torian Mylott.

Sustainability has even come to online shopping.

Pagliari created an Instagram page supporting and connecting thrifting enthusiasts through Depop, an online selling platform where anyone can sell or buy clothes. Pagliari’s passion for thrifting and vintage clothing began in high school where she saw other students “curate their own outfits, instead of copying and pasting an outfit from a mannequin,” she said. Pagliari has been adding her own creativity to her wardrobe ever since. She prefers second-hand shopping to buying new, because she wants her style – which she describes as “rock-n-roll chick  from the 70s that had a baby with a 90s hip-hop tomboy queen” – to be unique. Pagliari said she almost always profits from selling her own clothes. “If something is worth money, why not get money for it?” she said.

Inspired to go thrifting? Here are a few options of cheap sustainable shopping in Orange:

Goodwill 849 S. Tustin St. Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Deelux 132 S. Glassell St. Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Assistance League 124 S. Orange St Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Salvation Army 180 S. Tustin St. Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Casa Teresa 234 N. Glassell St Friday-Sunday & Wednesday – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Orange Antique Mall 118 S. Glassell St. Every day 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Chapman fraternities reflect on their actions following the Brett Kavanaugh senate hearings

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, Saturday, Oct. 6. Photo via Flickr.

As allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh came to light in the Senate confirmation hearings, fraternity men are having to think more consciously about how their actions today could affect them in the future.

Christine Blasey Ford accused Judge Kavanaugh of holding her down and groping her in high school but other allegations of indecent exposure and excessive drinking in college have been brought up as well. During the hearings, Kavanaugh admitted to drinking beer both in college and high school. Amidst these hearings, Chapman’s fraternity men are newly aware that their actions now may be brought up years later.

“Every action we make [now] is going to have long-term effects because it can be called back instantly,” said Jake Holden, a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Holden, a junior strategic and corporate communications major, believes social media has made it much easier for misbehavior to be documented – and eternal.

“The same thing goes for things we don’t do,” he said. “If something is happening, if there is [any] injustice, people are going to know who is on what side of history based on how we present ourselves.”

Matt Palomino, sophomore strategic and corporate communications major, was hoping Kavanaugh would not get confirmed.

”It is an overwhelming amount of people that would have to be lying so I’ve got to think [the sexual assault allegations] are true,” said Palomino, a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Alex Drier, a member of Phi Kappa Tau, also disagreed with Kavanaugh being confirmed.

“I really don’t want a man who is accused of sexual assault to be on my Supreme Court,” said the sophomore strategic and corporate communications major. “That is not a good representation of the United States and what we’re trying to become.”

Some fraternity men acknowledge that they may one day find a conflict between their own personal integrity and loyalty to their fraternity members.

Sterling Freeman, a senior business administration major and a member of Beta Theta Pi, said that he wouldn’t stand by a fraternity member engaging in any sexual misconduct.

“If somebody was ever hurt or [put] in a position that’s unfair to them, loyalty kind of goes out the window,” Freeman said.

Shoes lined up from the Walk for Violence at Chapman. Photo courtesy of Lauren Thomas.

Chris Costa, a member of Phi Kappa Tau, agreed.

“If I saw this, the brother would not be a brother for long,” the senior psychology major said.

Fraternity men also say the topic is coming up more in their meetings.

“We’ve definitely talked about [sexual assault] more in meetings [now], just everyone watching over everyone and holding each other accountable,” Freeman said.

Drier agreed.

“We probably talk about it every week,” he said. “Even if we’re not having a party we’ll still touch up on it because it is one of our main topics.” 

But even with awareness of these situations being raised among fraternity members, it is still common for victims of sexual assault to be reluctant to come forward with their stories. This is due, in part, to a fear of victim blaming and the absence of support.

While the trauma of sexual assault and how to handle it is an ongoing discussion, fraternity men are keeping their eyes open and trained on each other.

“If you’re not contributing to the solution then you are part of the problem,” Costa said.

Will we or won’t we. . . . vote in the midterms?

Chapman students were largely absent in the last midterms. Some say the Trump administration and the carnival around Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court will improve this year’s attendance

Students take a study-break to the sounds of Fox News and CNN. Photo by Marcella Zizzo

Come November 6th, the midterm elections will offer Chapman students the opportunity to voice their frustrations with or endorse the efforts of the current Republican administration. But it’s very unclear if college students – notorious for their low voting rates – will turn out in numbers big enough to affect the outcome.

Californians will have the opportunity to vote on propositions involving rent control, animal rights and bond funds for housing programs, water projects and an effort to weaken the gas tax. Students from other states and some from California may also be voting in house and senate races that could dilute the power of the Republican administration, which now controls all three branches of government. Midterm elections are also a proving ground for politicians who may one day run for national office.

Though not as highly publicized as presidential races, midterm elections are also important. Many cities of Orange County will be up for grabs, including the 46th congressional district that Chapman calls home.

However, despite their engagement with public demonstrations or social media blasts, voter turnout rates with 18-24-year-olds are among the lowest of all demographics. At Chapman, less than 15 percent of students voted in the 2014 midterms, according to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), even though 58 percent were registered.

Chapman performed better in the in 2016 presidential contest (57 percent turned out, beating the national college average by almost seven points, according to NSLVE). But few students are aware of who or what is at stake in local midterms and those that often find their efforts to vote thwarted.

Freshman English major Sydnee Valdez said she doesn’t exactly “know the process or how to register to vote,” nor does she intend to.

“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Valdez explains when asked the specifics on where and when she’ll finally register.

Valdez, who is from Hawaii, was unclear on when the midterms will be taking place, as well as what is up for election.

“When is this again?” she asked. Valdez said she does not feel prepared to vote in either the Orange election or the one back in her hometown of Oahu.

“A lot of people don’t know what midterms are,” said senior screenwriting major Amanda Galemmo. She, herself, plans to vote in the upcoming season, specifically to “vote Steve Knight out of Congress.”

Steve Knight, currently serves Santa Clarita, Simi, and Antelope Valley in the 25th District as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, sitting on the House Armed Services Committee, as well as the Committee on Science, Space, Technology, and the Small Business Committee.

Many other students “think their vote doesn’t matter,” said junior creative producing major Gillian Evans, who said she participates in both general and the primary elections.

Although studies show a low voter turnout in midterm elections, Galemmo feels an increase in political engagement from her peers since the last presidential election. Many students are distressed by actions of the Trump administration, and the attempt to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has many students determined to make their voices heard.

Voting is “a great way to be peaceful and still make change about what [people] really want,” said peace studies and screenwriting double major Jacqueline Dang,

“I went to an actual poll booth. I thought it was interesting, I talked to some pretty cool people in line,” Dang said of her experience voting in the 2016 presidential election.

“People need to realize that they each have a voice,” and that it is important to use it, said Dang, who plans to vote in the upcoming election.

But, Dang is a minority.

 Why do students have such poor turnout? Some students live far away from the town or state in which they are registered and cannot return home to vote, or they find it difficult to navigate the absentee process. Some don’t realize or minimize the connection between their personal behaviors and national policies. Others don’t have a tradition of voting in their families, haven’t been encouraged to register and feel so alienated or ignorant about issues and candidates they are hesitant to cast a vote lest it is a “wrong” one.  

Chapman students make strides in applying for an absentee ballot. Photo by Katie Whitman

Failing to register in time to vote in California or encountering obstacles when trying to do so is a running theme.

“I tried to vote, but I had to get an absentee ballot from Tennessee,” said Maddie Davies, a junior film production major.

“By the time I was able to submit it back to them, it didn’t arrive to the state on time. So, technically, I was registered to vote but I could not vote,” Davies said. “I was so mad though, I really wanted to [vote],” she added.

The harder it is to vote, the less likely it is that people will do so.  In-state students will potentially have access to in-person voting, as well as mail-in ballots. The out-of-staters are left with the option of absentee or mail-in ballots, should they be away at school during any election day.

But only 3.2 percent of Chapman students who voted in the 2014 midterms – 36 students, to be exact – cast absentee ballots in the  2014 midterms, according to NSLVE.

Convenience affects turnout, too. Students who are registered in the same state where they attend school have an easier time submitting a mail-in ballot on time, rather than those who have to request one from their home state.

Efforts are underway to boost Chapman’s historically poor midterm turnout.

Associate Professor of English Tom Zoellner sent an email to faculty asking teachers to take “a few minutes in class” to tell students that if they have not already arranged to vote by mail in their home districts, they should register here before the Oct. 22 registration deadline, and tell students how to do so. (In person at a Post Office or the DMV, or by going to https://registertovote.ca.gov/ )

 After her absentee ballot failed to arrive on time for the 2016 presidential election, Davies registered through TurboVote, a non-partisan, online platform meant to ease registration.

Brandon Naylor, director of communications at Democracy Works, the organization overseeing TurboVote, said students benefit most from TurboVote’s alerts to registered voters, notifying them of any upcoming elections. TurboVote allows students to update their registrations and order absentee ballots from their hometown, Naylor explained.

Student body president Mitchell Rosenberg said one of student government’s next “big initiatives is voter engagement.”

A school-wide voter registration day on campus may be in the works, said Rosenberg, as the Student Government Association wants to “enhance voter participation and voter education, especially”.

Rosenberg advises new out-of-state students to register in California, as they’ll be calling the state home for at least the next four years.

“Registering here while you’re here is going to be more beneficial in the long run,” because it is more likely you will wind up casting a ballot, Rosenberg said.

Chapman’s website includes information and guidelines regarding the steps necessary to take advantage of TurboVote, as well as various other sites that can educate you further on the issue of voter registration.

Even if your home state does not permit online registration, Chapman’s site offers useful resources to get registered in other ways.  

To vote in California’s November 6th midterms, you must be registered by Oct. 22. (Vote-by-mail ballot requests are required by October 30th).

Additional information can be found online, with documents detailing everything from polling locations to the candidates running for office.

Why students don’t vote

The reasons vary why students don’t vote during the midterm elections. Photo by the Eno Center for Transportation

Only 28% of young adults said “they are absolutely certain they will vote” in the upcoming 2018 midterm election, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic.

Students say they will not exercise their right to vote due to not knowing enough about politics or not getting their ballots sent to them on time.

Lily Moore, sophomore business major, feels she is not informed enough on the topics.

“I feel like if I voted I would just be picking names of people I didn’t know. And also, I don’t know where I can vote,” Moore said. “I plan on getting more informed soon by reading more articles.”

Inaya Shore, junior sociology major said she is not very interested in politics but knows she needs to get more involved.

“I really want to vote and I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. However, I’m not sure if I’m even registered to vote right now and I keep meaning to figure it out but I haven’t,” Shore said.  “I know this is an important election so I really need to figure it out but I’m not even sure who I’d vote for.”

If she ends up voting her ultimate decision will be based on who her peers are voting for.

“I’m just going to ask my friends who share the same views as me who I should vote for,”Shore said.

Other students have trouble with their absentee ballots, such as Sarah de Surville, a sophomore sociology major.

“I can only vote if my absentee ballot comes in the mail on time,” de Surville said, “I hope it will get here.” She is getting the ballot sent to her so that she can vote in her own county instead of in the county of Orange.

Sofia Caputo, junior public relations and advertising major has the same problem.

“Since I am from Washington my mom has to send me my ballot and I’m not sure yet when it’s coming,” Caputo said, “If it was a presidential election I would care a lot more about my ballot coming in on time.”

For some students, they believe the process for registration is too time consuming.

Mallory Mathis, sophomore business major, plans on registering soon, but not in time for Midterms.

“I plan on registering when I learn how,” Mathis said, “I have seen some advertisements on social media about registering I just haven’t taken the steps to do it because of school, work, and my job. I am, however, informed on the Midterm elections.”

Caf hacks: five ways to avoid a boring cafeteria meal

Spice up your food life with these simple and easy cafeteria hacks.

Burrito Bowl

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For those days when the walk to Qdoba is too far or your Panther Bucks are starting to get dangerously low, you can satisfy your burrito bowl cravings at the cafeteria. Start with the cilantro lime chicken and rice from the Simple Servings station and make sure to grab a knife and a bowl from the soup station. Fill your bowl with the rice, and, while you are near the soup station, add chopped lettuce from the salad bar along with beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa, or any other toppings from the chips and salsa station next to the toaster. Once you are sitting down, cut up the chicken, top your finished burrito bowl, and enjoy.

 

Iced Coffee

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Want an iced coffee from Starbucks without the 20 minute wait in line? Grab a clear glass, fill it with ice from the soda fountain, add your choice of hot coffee and then add your choice of milk or creamer. Take a wooden stirrer and get ready to be addicted because this staple is something you can make every day.

 

Sausage McMuffin

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The omelette station can only be cool for so long, and since the breakfast in the cafeteria never changes, here’s a hack to fuel your mornings. Toast a bagel or english muffin in the toaster next to the nacho bar, and then head over to the hot breakfast section. Place a sausage patty and a large scoop of egg on one side of your bread. Throw some cheese in and a sauce of your choice, and you get a breakfast you can eat on the go.

 

Noodle Stir Fry

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Did you know you can go up to the pasta station and ask for plain noodles? Skip the spaghetti sauce and head to the wok station. Ask for whatever the wok station is serving without the rice. Once at your table throw the noodles into your wok bowl and mix it all together for a delicious noodle stir fry. Add sriracha or soy sauce to for an extra kick of flavor.

 

Soda Float

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The easiest hack of all, but the one no one thinks of. Use a cup from the soda station and fill it halfway with vanilla soft serve, making sure to leave room for the good stuff. Then utilize Randall Dining Commons’ Coca-Cola’s Freestyle machine and get any soda flavor your inner child desires. Sadly, this treat is only available on weekdays because the ice cream machine is put away on the weekends, but it’s the perfect sweet treat to brighten up a long day of classes during the week.

 

BONUS: Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

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Didn’t think there was a way to make the caf cookies any better?  This one can get a little messy. Take two of your favorite cookies – vegan or regular – and put them on a plate. On one side of the cookie, pile on the soft serve and use the other cookie to top it off.

What is Skit?

Alpha Phi placed first last year with their rendition of Hercules. Photo By: https://www.chapman.edu/students/life/greek-life/about/programs-events.aspx

 

Skit is one of the longest standing traditions here at Chapman. If you are thinking of attending, here are some commonly asked questions answered by Greek Life Coordinator and Accounting & Business Administration major, Cason McHose.

What is Skit?

It is a Greek wide competition where sororities and fraternities put on seven-minute performances that tell a story using music, choreography, and mouthing to dialogue. It can be anything; from a movie, a book, or a routine that they come up with all on their own. There never is a theme so it’s very open ended and up to the sorority or fraternity as to what they do, as long as it’s appropriate for students and family.

Do I have to join a sorority or fraternity to be involved or see the show?

To be involved in the show itself, yes. You must be in a sorority or fraternity to be a part of the performances. However, we are always looking for volunteers to help with ticketing and setting up the brunch for parents on the morning of the matinee.

To watch the show, no. We try to open it up to the community; friends, family, parents, and also other chapman students to get a taste of what the Greek life and chapters have to offer.

 

Delta Tau Delta performing their version of Wreck it Ralph. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

 

If I’m in a Sorority or Fraternity, how can I get involved?

Your chapter will need to hold auditions and select at most 40 people for their skit. Then the chapter will need to choose those most capable to perform as well as those who have the best energy and attitude. Your chapter also should look for and scout members to help out with making props, costumes, and lend a hand backstage.

 

Kappa Alpha Theta won in 2016 with their skit Haunted Mansion. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

 

When is Skit?

There are generally three shows. This year the first show will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m.,  in addition to the matinee show on April 28 at 1 p.m., which is open to the public. The last show will be held that night at 7 p.m., where the performances will be judged and prizes will be awarded.

Where is it held?

Skit this year will be held in Memorial Hall.

 

Beta Theta Pi performing Avatar in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

How much is a ticket?

Tickets this year are $7 for students, and $25 to $50 for parents. 

Where can I get tickets?

You can purchase tickets here at this link, and also through advertisements on social media. There are also flyers around campus to remind students, parents, and families to purchase their tickets quick before they sell out. Contact Greek Life at greeklife@chapman.edu for any additional questions or concerns.

 

One of the flyers on campus. Courtesy of Sydney Druckman

 

Why should people come out and support?

Skit is a really fun event. It’s an event that shines a positive light on Greek life and Chapman students, and it’s a wonderful way to bring the community together. While Skit is a competition, there is still a lot of camaraderie and appreciation for what sorority and fraternity chapters are doing. 

 

Kappa Kappa Gamma performing their rendition of Mamma Mia! in 2016. Courtesy of Sara Knobel.

What to do this summer in the OC

1. Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Free Movie Mondays-Costa Mesa

During the summer, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts family movie nights on select Mondays. Check out the list of movies that will be playing this summer here. These fun screenings are presented on an outside movie screen, allowing families and friends to enjoy the beautiful views of Orange County. The center screens older movies in the hopes of making old classics popular again. Guests are encouraged to bring food and enjoy a picnic of their own, but the events are also serviced by food trucks.

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2. Surf City Nights Street Fair-Huntington Beach

Every Tuesday night, the streets of Huntington Beach are flooded with people and families for a free street fair. Listen to live music performed by local street performers. From farmers and artisans, to more expensive vendors, the streets are packed with sellers and food for a fun and energetic summer night.

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3. Santa Ana Art Walk

On the first Saturday of every month, the Art Walk occurs in Downtown Santa Ana. Multiple art galleries welcome families and locals to roam through these galleries and admiring local artists’ work with free admission. Outside of the galleries, vendors and other sellers line the streets, offering arts and crafts for visitors to purchase. Food vendors and live music fill the streets of Santa Ana and bring happiness on a warm summer’s day.

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4. Dana Point Summer Concert Series

The Dana Point Summer Concert Series are outdoor free summer concerts. These concerts take place throughout July and August and are held at various locations. Each concert has a different feel and vibe to it, making each event special and unique. Enjoy the beautiful views of Dana Point and the ocean while listening to some of your favorite artists. Some previous bands and artists who have performed were BOSTYX, Peaceful Easy, Fan Halen, Led ZepAgain, and winner of the Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd.

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5. Explore the Beaches of Orange County

Orange County is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in California and what’s better than having the opportunity to explore these beaches? Some of the most popular beaches are Crystal Cove State Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Corona Del Mar State Beach. These beaches can be found up and down the coast and have some of the best views, opportunities to explore, and soft white sand.

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March Madness Brackets Aren’t Only for Basketball

The March Madness season has ended and the hours spent looking over teams bracket are over, leaving room for the new social media fad of creating popular culture brackets.

Social media users have begun pitting various areas of popular culture against each other in March Madness style brackets. Users spend large amounts of time deciding, in their opinion, how to rank the hottest male celebrities or Disney’s best film, to name a few.

Seen all over Twitter and Instagram, the internet has now made a way for society to funnel mass amounts of cultural trivia into one opinion-based place.

The brackets offer students another distraction to focus less on school work and more on social media.

Junior business administration major Hannah Messner finds the popular culture brackets very amusing and a good break in her study hours.

“I need a break every now and then from studying, and now instead of scrolling aimlessly through Instagram or Facebook, I can do something different,” said Messner. “I enjoy filling them out and then comparing with friends.”

Junior psychology major Anneke Virk has also participated in the bracket craze.

“This has not distracted me from my school work and I am still keeping up with my studying,” Vrik said. “Like anything on social media, it is a distraction, but one that I would not say is affecting me in a negative way.”

None other than Disney Pixar started the bracket craze.


Another contentious debate is determining users’ next “Hollywood boyfriend”. College students were drawn to this bracket, especially Californians who have the odds of meeting said winners in their favor.


Of course, social media can’t forget about the most famous popular culture family out there: the Kardashians. The internet was in awe how no one had created a bracket for the fearsome family. According to The Cut magazine, the wait is over. A bracket has indeed been created.

 


Though this is an opinion based game, the competition can still cause uproar. What will be the one true Disney movie?  Or the hottest male celebrity in all of Hollywood?

In the era of social media and cell phones, March Madness has gained popularity not by the college basketball teams that play, but by their bracket structure.