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.

 

“Do Better Chapman” Instagram Falls Silent After Revealing Controversial Accusations

Call-out culture on social media sparks debate and tension around the validity of online criticisms. Photo by Alya Hijazi.

The Instagram account allowed users to anonymously air their complaints about the behavior of Chapman staff, faculty and even students. Teachers were called out for racial and gender insensitivity. Staff was ratted out for being rude, hurtful and insufficiently responsive to problems.

But the account that was a source of gossip and speculation last semester has posted no new complaints since Dec. 14. Is Chapman doing better? Has the owner of the account graduated, left Chapman or lost interest in posting anonymous complaints?

“Do Better Chapman”, an anonymous Instagram page dedicated to calling out cases of sexual harassment and discrimination on campus, garnered over 500 followers since its inception in October 2018.

According to the biographical profile of the page, the account is an “open call for inappropriate, uncomfortable, or offensive experiences with Chapman faculty–new or old.” Contributors are promised anonymity.

In a series of messages with Prowl exchanged in November and December, the owner of the page refused to disclose their name, age, or major, but claimed to be a Chapman student.

“I am not afraid of anyone knowing who runs this page, but I prefer to remain anonymous because I don’t want credit for this collaborative effort,” the Instagram account owner said in a direct message (DM) with Prowl last semester. “I am not the author, merely the messenger for all the people who have wanted their experiences to be heard.”

The moderator of the account did not reply to three direct messages sent this semester inquiring about the account’s fate.

The moderator encouraged students to fill out a Google Form or send a DM to convey their negative experiences. The guidelines posted on the page’s Story Highlight states that the case “must be a Chapman institution related case,” such as faculty or a Chapman-related group, and that students should try to be “as specific as possible.”

However, many of the complaints are vague, and the identities of the people complained about are open to misidentification. “A journalism professor told me that I had ‘gotten bigger over the summer’ like I was a kid and told me repeatedly that I “looked terrible” in class,” read one post.

The owner said in a DM conversation with Prowl that they created the page after experiencing discrimination in the classroom, and questioned if other students went through similar experiences.

Some Chapman administrators questioned how they could remedy serious complaints if students fail to provide specifics regarding the staff behaviors that rankle students. They also question the authenticity and value of complaints made anonymously, as details can’t be substantiated.

“There are people on there who are absolutely embellishing and I don’t want to say making stuff up, but saying things just to be part of a social media platform,” Dean of Students Jerry Price told Prowl in November. “That’s going to be the smallest percentage, but I feel confident that there are people who go on intentionally with misinformation to make a bigger point.”

“Chapman takes reported incidents of sexual assault or discrimination very seriously. Exceptional resources are in place to support our students, and education is provided on how to engage these University resources when needed” said Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Communications Jamie Ceman on behalf of the university.

But senior kinesiology major Kenzie Saleh applauded the account as a way for students to feel supported without having their identities exposed.

“There might be embellishments, and honestly I wouldn’t know or take 100 percent of the posts for face value, but I don’t think people just make these things up.” Saleh said.

But why not lodge a complaint – anonymously or not – with specifics, to the appropriate university department so administrators can take action, if warranted?

“When students report a faculty member, nothing really happens,” the page owner said through a DM. “The page is meant for people to be heard, as well as to raise awareness for a huge problem on campus and hopefully enact change within Chapman,” the person wrote.

Departments called out in posts include Chapman University Wellness Project and C.A.R.E.S.–Creating a Rape-free Environment for Students.

After the CU Wellness Project was made aware of a post calling out their “Dress well, test well” poster for finals week, the account explained that the D.R.E.S.S. campaign–used to promote healthy habits during finals week—did not intended to dictate how to dress. The CU Wellness Project apologized in the same post and removed the posters.

One of the anonymous confessions called out C.A.R.E.S. by name, claiming that a coordinator discouraged the victim from pressing charges. “Welcome to my world, I deal with this everyday,” the coordinator allegedly said.

Dani Smith, Chapman’s C.A.R.E.S. coordinator and rape crisis counselor, said, “I want to empower survivors to make the choice that will be in their best interest. I tell them, ‘You need to do what’s best for you, and I will support you in any choice you make.’”

Sophomore film production major Olivia Fouser, a member of C.A.R.E.S., blames the Title IX procedures of the university for the student resentment and dissatisfaction.

“The Title IX system is extremely flawed. The cases can get dragged out so they could potentially last years, and even then the survivor isn’t likely to get the justice they hoped for,” said Fouser. “Dani Smith does her damndest to handle sexual assault cases as kindly and fairly as possible, and strives to get justice for the survivors, but often her hands are tied.”

Title IX is a federal law that states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.

The owner of the account acknowledged “C.A.R.E.S. does the best they can” but asserted that the administration could make further improvements in its response to students alleging victimization.

Price encourages students to reach out to the human resources department or the dean’s office if they want advice on the process of submitting a complaint.

“When we have substantiation that there’s a problem, and it doesn’t have to be a lot, we will respond appropriately. We’re not the court system. We don’t find people. In some cases, someone might lose a job if they do something egregious, but my point is we do look into it and we do take corrective action.” Price said.

Price questions the value of anonymous online complaints, as anonymity limits the ability of administrators to investigate.

“Every one of the ones I’ve read I take as true, but more in terms of a making a statement about a situation as opposed to an accurate portrayal of facts,” Price said. But anonymous grievances broadcast online are no substitute for lodging a formal complaint through conventional university channels. Doing that, he said, “could result in some outcome.”

Clara K. Magliola, the director of the women’s studies minor program, said students may resort to anonymity because they are afraid of confronting a professor, lest doing so affect their grade.

“It’s not enough to just say it to a friend, and so maybe doing it this way is helpful because there isn’t any other place for it,” said Magliola. “That momentum is not going to build and it may not come to that professor’s attention unless people know it’s happening frequently, and it’s not just an isolated incident. Maybe (the account) can fulfill that function.”

The creator of the page said students have told them that the page makes them feel less alone and has brought awareness to important campus problems.

“Change can be difficult to quantify, and has a subjective aspect,” said the owner. “Will this Instagram page solve all the problems of discrimination across the world? No. Does it amplify the unrestful voices of those who submit and those who follow–for those who follow participate just as much as those who submit? I would say so.”

Saleh appreciated reading those unrestful voices. But when the account became inactive, she stopped following it.

Rogue balloon causes OC power outage, 1,700 customers affected

 

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Wednesday’s power outage affected Chapman buildings along Center Street, including the Keck Center for Science and Engineering.  Photo by Sydnee Valdez.

By Samantha Colwell and Sydnee Valdez

 

Chapman’s Orange campus experienced a several minute power outage yesterday as a result of metallic balloon caught in a power line, officials and employees said.

Buildings bordered by Palm Avenue, Walnut Avenue, Center Street and Glassell Street were affected by the blackout, which began around 3 p.m., according to Chief of Public Safety Randy Burba.

About 1,700 Orange County customers lost power, said Sally Jeun, a spokeperson for  Southern California Edison (SCE). Jeun said the outage lasted only a minute, although campus workers said it was at least several minutes. Computer screens went black, and workers and faculty wandered away from their offices to seek guidance as to when power would be restored. An employee at Leatherby Libraries said the lights remained on there, courtesy of a back up generator.

The balloon that caused the outage was caught in a power line west of Citrus Street and south of Almond Avenue. Jeun said that SCE removed the balloon from the powerline at 3:34 p.m., and no repairs were needed.

Outages caused by rogue balloons are not unique; in 2017 SCE saw more than 1000 power outages due to metallic balloons, which affected 1.4 million people, according to Edison International.

The threat of power outages is so severe that it is illegal in California to sell a metallic or foil balloon without a weight attached to it, according to the State Legislature. It’s also illegal to release them.

Public Safety responds to power outages by checking for people in the elevators and surveying building access, according to Burba. He added that outages are infrequent and said there isn’t much officials can do to anticipate or prevent them.

“To guess the likelihood (of another outage) would be pure speculation. Power outages are generally rare,” Burba said.

Balloon outages are different from other power outages because the balloons need to be physically removed from the power line. Metallic balloons are made from Mylar, a conductive material derived from polyester. Because of this, removing a balloon from a line is hazardous for workers and can cause fires, according to Edison International’s website.

10 Things That Happen When You Switch Your Major

Whether you are just starting, in the middle of it all, or nearing the cap and gown, you may have pondered the idea of completely switching gears and jumping to a different path in the map of career choices. You are not alone.

About 33 percent of students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs will switch their major and 10 percent will change their major more than once, according to a 2017 study by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Now that you know that switching majors is no biggie, here are some things you can expect if you do end up changing career paths.

     1. You may feel a little confused, and stressed, and behind.

     2. But excited too of course! The world is now your oyster!

     3. You will feel so motivated to learn. You just let go of something that wasn’t right and freedom feels good!

     4. You may hit some stumps. Who knew learning about Communications required so much… communicating?

     5. You’ll realize that all majors require hard work, but in different forms.

     6. But if you like it, it’s not really work, right?

     7. You’ll make new friends.

     8. Don’t worry, if your old friends in your old major are real, they’ll keep in touch.

     9. You’ll think about switching majors again. It’s okay if you need to reevaluate.

     10. You’ll graduate! And maybe think about switching career paths again.

Breaking Down the Movie Loyalty Programs for Theaters Close to Chapman

Movie tickets can be extremely expensive these days, especially if you’re a broke college student. Thankfully, many theaters and ticketing companies provide various loyalty programs for movie-goers to save on some cash and not to miss out on any of the biggest new releases. Here are five different loyalty programs that work at all the movie theaters within a five-mile radius of Chapman along with some pros and cons of being a member.

 

AMC A-List

AMC A-List may have be the most expensive loyalty program on this list, but it’s packed with benefits! Graphic by Ethan Williams.

Pros:

  • You’re able to see at most 12 movies a month for $20, which is quite the deal!
  • You’re able to see films in the IMAX and Dolby theaters for the same price as you would pay for any a 2D movie
  • Shorter lines at the concession stand
  • You’re able to reserve your seats online
  • You get a free large popcorn and drink on your birthday!

Cons:

  • Dropping $20 a month can be quite spendy depending on your financial situation
  • It’s only valid at one theater near Chapman

Atom Rewards

When using the Atom Tickets app, you’re able to purchase and have access to your tickets through your phone. Graphic by Ethan Williams.

Pros:

  • The program allows you to link other memberships like AMC A-List to your account, giving you the ability to use your three free movies a week from A-List to count towards a fourth free movie on Atom Rewards
  • The program is not subscription-based, so there’s no pressure to get your money’s worth

Cons:

  • You still have to pay for three movie tickets at regular price if you want the fourth ticket free
  • Like AMC A-List, it’s only valid at one theater near Chapman

Cinemark Movie Club

While Cinemark Movie Club may only provide one free ticket a month, it is the cheapest subscription-based loyalty program on this list. Graphic by Ethan Williams.

Pros:

  • $8.99 a month is less than one average movie ticket in Southern California
  • Discounts on expensive concessions definitely come in handy
  • The Century Stadium 25 is the closest theater to Chapman

Cons:

  • Again, this program is only valid at one theater near Chapman
  • You still have to pay extra for premium screening like the XD Theater

Fandango VIP Plus

Much like the Atom Tickets, Fandango allows you to purchase movie tickets through your phone. But this time it can be used for more movie theaters! Graphic by Ethan Williams.

Pros:

  • If you link your Atom Rewards account to AMC A-list, you can use your three free movies a week can count towards a fourth free movie
  • The program is not subscription-based, so there’s no pressure to get your money’s worth
  • It works at multiple theaters near Chapman

Cons:

  • You still have to pay for movie tickets at regular price in order to get discounts and rewards
  • There’s a service charge for buying tickets through Fandango
  • You have to see a lot of movies to in order to gain enough points for some serious discounts

 

MoviePass

MoviePass has had a rough past year in terms of making a profit and its customer service. If you’re considering to finally get a MoviePass, proceed with caution. Graphic by Ethan Williams.

Pros:

  • MoviePass can be used at the most theaters out of all the loyalty programs on this list
  • Three movies a month for around $10 is less than one average movie ticket in Southern California

Cons:

  • You’re only able to watch a select group of films that changes from day to day
  • Due to poor management from the company, the app rarely works these days, restricting you from getting a ticket
  • MoviePass has notoriously bad customer service

 

Overall, if you’re an avid movie fan, AMC A-List is definitely the biggest bang for your buck. If you’re a bit more casual and only tend to see only one film a month, Cinemark Movie Club may be your best option. Atom Rewards and Fandango VIP Plus may not be the best option alone if you want to watch movies for cheap, but they do come in handy when linked to other loyalty programs like AMC A-List. As for Moviepass, recent announcements from the company have revealed changes to their structure, including newer payment tiers that allows subscribers access to more free movies per month. Since these changes won’t be put into effect until January 2019, it’s hard to determine whether this will actually save MoviePass from its poor customer service or dysfunctioning app, but it does look promising.

Students registering frustration with lack of course availability

Kiley Snow, a junior biochemistry major. Photo by Mari Lundin

Registration can be a frustrating process for students who need to get into required classes.

During registration, students encounter an array of issues getting into classes they need to take in order to graduate on time. Some students struggle getting into courses that are only offered in the spring or fall, an inadequate number of sections available, student’s unmet or unknown requirements, and late student registration dates.

Junior Kiley Snow, biochemistry and molecular biology major, was assigned a sophomore registration date because her Spanish pass/no pass course was not counted towards her registration credits.

“It doesn’t make sense that I’ve taken and passed just as many credits as the next junior but I have to register two days later because I took a pass/no pass class,” Snow said.

Snow emailed her academic advisor after receiving her registration date. The academic advisor told her she was assigned the sophomore registration date because she hadn’t taken enough credits. Snow ended up realizing the pass/no pass course didn’t attribute to her registration standing.

The academic advisor didn’t respond to an email request for comment.

Snow didn’t get into two of courses she needed, biochemistry and nutrition 200, to stay on track to graduate in the spring of  2020. She needed to take the classes this year or she wouldn’t have her prerequisites fulfilled for her senior year classes, which would push her graduation date back from spring 2020 to fall 2020.

“It’s frustrating when I need to take these classes this semester to stay on track,” Snow said. “If I don’t get in then it throws my whole schedule off and I don’t graduate on time.”

Snow emailed Dr. L. Andrew Lyon, the head of Schmid College of Science and Technology, who opened the sections on MyChapman to allow Snow and other students to enroll to accommodate for the demand. 

The department chair of each department is responsible for opening up more sections for courses offered in their area, according to Ken Murphy, the Associate Provost for Academic Administration.

“There are more problems with seats in classes at Chapman than there should be,” Murphy said. “I’m sensitive to this topic and I actively send department chairs emails to say please open sections, consider the plight of the students,” he added.

Murphy’s happy to meet with students to hear them out and can go to departments in confidentiality provide feedback to try and resolve issues, he said.

“One of the most frustrating things, from my perspective, is that we don’t have a good grip on forecasting how many seats we need,” Murphy said.

Administration does their best to use the information they have but there are still issues, he said. He accredited these issues to three main areas: an abundance of class options for students who take classes all over the place, a system that needs tightening, and growth.

The undergraduate population has risen from 6,005 students in fall 2013 to 7,020 in fall 2017 when the biggest incoming class in Chapman’s history was admitted. Despite the growing student body, class sizes remain mostly small and the student to faculty ratio sits at 14:1, according to Chapman’s facts and rankings.

Most undergraduate classes range from 10-29 students, the average number of students per class 23, according to Chapman’s website. This count exempts “irregular” courses such as internships, independent study, and thesis courses that are much smaller in size.

Although the exact number of courses added over the past four years is unknown, it has most likely increased; class size, however, has remained the same, according to Murphy. He also acknowledged that there’s been an increase in large classes, those with 40 or more students.

Alexis Blumenthal, a junior graphic design major, was the first person on the waitlist for her required business analytics class last year but was denied a spot after the professor signed around ten other student’s registration forms that allowed them into the class, despite the class max capacity and their waitlist position. When she went to turn her signed slip into the Office of Registrar

“I thought I’d for sure get into the class since I was the first one on the waitlist,” Blumenthal said. “It was annoying to try and find another analytics class that fit with my schedule.”

Other problems that arise from waitlists include requisites that aren’t met, instructor or department approval is needed, registration holds, enrollment dates are not open yet, waitlist capacity has been reached, and students have the maximum number of credits already in their cart, according to Chapman’s waitlist FAQ’s.

Murphy acknowledged other issues such as reserved seats, incompatible majors, late registration dates, and minimum credits not reached.

“That’s very frustrating and part of it is our system and believe me, if I could change that I would,” he said.

The waitlist process was altered this year by a task force Murphy served on which was made up of the admissions office, provosts office, registrar, and academic advising. They put restrictions on first year students, limiting the maximum number of credits to 16 rather than 18 so they couldn’t hold spots for six courses and changed the weight list processor to process students at the end of registration rather than every weeknight.

Other key areas they addressed were opening sections during the registration period instead of all of them before, attempted to make sure there were enough seats in key classes and tried working with technology to alter the system which wasn’t successful, according to Murphy.

Another challenge students face while registering is working with classes that are offered only fall or spring semester.

Erika Ebe, a health science major, had to plan her four-year schedule out semesters in advance to assure she’d meet all of her requirements by graduation.

“There are a lot of classes I have to take that I can only take a certain semester,” she said. “I planned my schedule out for the next five semesters at the beginning of my sophomore year, but I still have trouble getting into some of those classes I planned.”

Senior standing students who don’t or can’t take a required course that’s only offered in the Spring, for example, have to wait until the following Spring to take it, threatening to push back their graduation date by an entire year.

A student in that situation would be sent directly to the department with the directive to solve the problem, Murphy said. It’s a good statistic for Chapman and parents when students graduate in four years and clearing out space for somebody who needs to graduate is important so they don’t stay an extra year, he explained.

For elective classes that aren’t part of major requirements, professors must have a minimum of ten students enlisted at the beginning of the semester to keep the course. When classes get canceled due to lack of enrollment, students have to wait another semester to take the course, which can lead to graduating late.

“I’m not a kind of guy who wants to be strict about this, I want people to take what they want to take and do what they want to do,” Murphy said. “But we should probably be a little more strict about that and try to get some of those faculty turned to these sections where there’s not enough classes.”

However, acceptions are made for small classes that students are required to take, according to Murphy.

The Five Types of People at the Gym

You head to the gym to burn off that muffin top, get that six-pack, or squat your body weight until your thighs fall off, but there is always someone there to ruin your workout groove. Look at the bright side: your eyeballs will get a great workout from all of that rolling!

Prowl recreated five types of gym rats that no one wants as a workout buddy, but do make for some great entertainment to distract you from the burn.


1. The Narcissist

You can usually catch this person staring at themselves in the mirror. That leg press you wanted? Sorry! The leg press – and every other piece of equipment – is required as a prop for The Narcissist’s selfies. If The Narcissist is not on the bench snapping pics, he’s sitting on it while posting the pics on social media to show off to an imagined audience. “Hey, everybody: I’m at the GYM!”


2. The Loud One

This is the person who belts out a gladiatorial scream at the top of their lungs while lifting. When they drop their weights, you stop, drop and cover thinking the giant earthquake has finally arrived. The last thing you want to do is ask them to be quiet in fear that you may be the next weight they slam on the ground.


3. The Slob

You will never catch this person wiping down the equipment after they’re done using it. Everybody gets sweaty at the gym and nothing can change that. The gym provides free towels – but “The Slob” never uses them. This person may also leave weights on the equipment after they’re done. Obviously, putting them away is someone else’s job.


4. The Know-It-All

This is often the weakest person in the gym. You will usually find them critiquing someone else’s form when they don’t even know enough to wear closed-toe shoes in the gym. Their favorite hobbies include researching workouts, but never actually doing them.


5. The Clueless One

There is nothing wrong with being a beginner; everyone has to start from somewhere. With that being said, sometimes it looks like these people don’t even know what exercise even is. These people usually look like they’re at a playground rather than a public gym. Oh really, you think riding that elliptical machine like a rocking horse is how it works?


All GIFs created by Ethan Williams and Mitchell Melby.

Chapman Students Reveal Their Opinions on Vaping

As part of its crusade to stem nicotine addiction in young people, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was yanking all flavored e-cigarette products from retail outlets on Nov. 15. While vaping proponents say it helps adult smokers quit cigarettes – a far more harmful use of tobacco – detractors site stunning increases in the numbers of young people getting into the nicotine habit. Vaping jumped 78 percent among high schoolers and 48 percent among middle schoolers in the last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

How do Chapman students feel about the government cracking down on vaping? We asked a few of them to find out.


Photo by Jasmine Liu.

Tiffany does not vape and insists that vaping is a negative habit for young people. Although vape products may be less harmful than cigarettes, they still have potential health issues, she said. Tiffany thinks the government is right to implement stricter regulations.


Photo by Torian Mylott.

Thurtle vapes almost every day and firmly believes it is a healthier alternative to cigarettes. Thurtle used to be a cigarette smoker, and uses her Suorin – a handheld vapor device – to curb cigarette cravings. She worried about vaping regulations. “I don’t think the FDA will be able to ban vaping, because they weren’t able to ban cigarettes,” she said.


Photo by Torian Mylott.

Bingham vapes everyday and doesn’t worry about health risks. He started vaping Juuls, and has tried cigarettes. He confesses cigarettes not for him. Bingham worries about the rising costs of Juul products and has switched to the Sourin as a result. Bingham isn’t worried about in-store vaping regulations, as he already buys his vaping supplies online.


Photo by Jasmine Liu.

Gill does not vape. Despite the lack of research concluding long-term vaping effects, he feels that vaping hinders people from having complete awareness. Regardless of the long term effects, the short term hinderance is not ideal for the quality of everyday life, Gill said.


Vaping side effects, from the American Thoracic Society. Graphic by Jasmine Liu.


Electronic cigarette usage in high school students, from the Center for Disease Control. Graphic by Torian Mylott.

 

How to Survive a SoCal Winter

 

Southern California winters are notoriously brutal. Here are a few tips to help you overcome the frigid temperatures and horrid weather.

 

1. Make a post to let everyone know you’re freezing

Put on your faux fur slippers and cozy jackets when the temperature drops below 70 degrees. After you’re all dressed up, send a selfie to your friends to tell them how cold you are.

 

2. Switch out your coffee order

Say goodbye to your iced vanilla lattes with extra caramel and say hello to your hot vanilla lattes with extra caramel. 


3. Prepare for your car rides to triple in time

Most drivers forget how to drive when it rains in SoCal, resulting in countless accidents and freeways full of people driving 45 miles under the speed limit. Plan to leave an hour earlier for wherever you’re going.

4. Go to an outdoor mall and buy a sweater

A sweater? In SoCal? Unheard of. But you’d be surprised how cold 65 degrees feels. 

5. Apply sunblock

The sun is out every day of the year, and winter is no exception. 

 

6. Prepare for your house to become an unofficial Airbnb

Get ready to become extremely popular when all your cold weather friends need a place to escape the snow. 

 

7. Get a pedicure

Winter shoe staples? Fuzzy slippers, flip-flops , slides and sandals. This means your pedicure has to be just as flawless in the winter as it is in the summer.

 

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