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.

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.

Chapman students paid by university to create promotional YouTube videos

YouTuber and sophomore creative producing major Megan Umansky (MegsUmansky), has received about 2,700 views on the video Chapman paid her to do promoting the school. A video she made showing her bedroom at her family home scored more than a million views. Photo obtained via YouTube.

Chapman’s digital marketing team is employing a new strategy: soliciting student YouTubers to tout the university in sponsored videos. It’s a new way to sway potential recruits and convince accepted students to commit to the university, according to Assistant Director of Digital Marketing Michelle Leslie.

At least three Chapman-sponsored videos were uploaded to YouTube in the days leading up to May 1, or National College Decision Day. Student influencers, including Megan Umansky, Lindsey Rempalski and Casey Naranjo, uploaded videos discussing their experiences at the university and why they chose to attend.

‘I’m in love with this school. It’s been such a great time and I seriously can’t imagine myself anywhere else,” Umansky says in her video. “The academics are amazing and the teachers are here to help you.”

The increasingly common practice of paying students to promote the universities they attend has raised ethical questions.

“The payment might send the message that positive words can be bought. The value of that testimonial might be called into question,” said Marcia Layton Turner, a freelance writer for the Journal of College Admission.

But who better to sing the praises of a place than the students attending? “Chapman really has shaped me to be a better person,” Naranjo says in her sponsored YouTube video. “The professors here genuinely care about you so much that they’ll go out of their way to meet you after class to help you.”

Neither the influencers or Chapman’s marketing department would disclose how much the creators were paid for making the videos.

Umansky, who often shares videos about her college experience on her YouTube channel, which has 85,000 subscribers – many of them high-school girls –  said she was paid to promote the college, but would not say how much.

“I said yes [to the sponsorship] because I really do love my school, and it fits my channel,” Umansky said.

The other student YouTubers, Rempalski and Naranjo, both agreed to email interviews but failed to follow through after three follow up requests.

“We are satisfied with the [influencers’] excitement to share the reasons they love Chapman, the content they developed and the opportunity to reach prospective students with an authentic account of ‘life at Chapman’ for students,” Leslie wrote in an email to Prowl.

“We chose YouTube because that is the most popular channel for prospective students,” Leslie wrote. “It’s about meeting the audience where they are with the content they are interested in.”

While some people are uncomfortable with the idea of campus influencers being paid to lure recruits to their university, the use of social media to promote colleges is clearly increasing. Universities across the country are testing the waters in marketing with YouTube postings.

The University of Southern California has posted shorter, more traditional advertisements on its YouTube channel to appeal to prospective students. Other schools, including Yale University, have opted to produce longer videos which make the school seem like a social paradise. In Yale’s video, scenes of students playing board games and jazz music evoke a happy summer camp vibe.

Video helps prospective students get introduced to the campus environment, and having real students talk about how much they like their school gives viewers an authentic take, Layton Turner said.

“Awareness campaigns like this spark the interest in younger audiences who are searching for universities, applying for college, or may not have started the consideration at all yet,” Leslie said.

Leslie added that the marketing team hopes to include more influencers in future campaigns.

“Advances in technology and increased use of the internet, social media, etc. are developing new opportunities in these areas,” Leslie wrote. “We hope to explore those new opportunities and evaluate if they align with the University’s Strategic Priorities.”

“Chapman really has shaped me to be a better person, a better creator, more open, more outspoken, more inspired and just better as a human being.” sophomore Casey Naranjo says in her video. “The professors here genuinely care about you so much that they’ll go out of their way to meet you after class to help you.” Photo obtained via YouTube.

Off-campus housing costs are expected to increase, university housing offers no relief

Students need to brace themselves for higher rental prices, according to a study from USC. Graphic by Hanna Yorke.

Chapman students living off-campus can expect their rents to increase at least 2.5% by 2020, according to a University of Southern California (USC) report. The squeeze is occurring at the same time that new students will be required to live on campus – and be subject to Chapman’s own housing costs – for two years instead of one.

The average monthly rent for in Orange County is expected to rise by $52 to $2,087 next year, according to the USC report.

Students need to prepare themselves for higher off-campus housing costs next year, according to Marshall Toplansky, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science, so living in university housing an extra year may spare students from having to face the outside market forces.

“We’re in the midst of the worst affordability crisis for housing in California history,” Toplansky said.

While the surge in housing prices may have slowed, roughly a quarter of the population can afford to buy the median price home in Orange County, Tolansky said. The median home price is about $725,000, according to Zillow. 

This affordability crisis is not limited to low-income houses, according to the USC report. It’s predicted that renters will suffer from increased prices and there won’t be enough units being added to the market.

Increases in monthly rent will also rise the Orange County vacancy rate, which is projected to be 4.56% by 2020. This would give Orange County the highest vacancy rate in all of the Southern California metro markets, the report states.

The rent hikes are occurring against a backdrop of decreasing home prices. Prices in Orange and its neighboring cities, Anaheim and Villa Park, have fallen six percent this year, as a result of inflated housing prices and economic certainty, according to data on CoreLogic.

The lack of affordability is what’s driving down sales, Toplansky said.

The market can be affected by several factors with location being a front runner, said Orange County realtor Nancy Murphy.

“The main thing we’re seeing now is an increase in interest rates, which makes buyers want to wait, especially in an area so heavily populated with students,” Murphy said.

As a result of buying properties at such elevated prices, landlords could have higher costs and will raise rental prices to cover these costs, according to Toplansky.

Students living on campus for an additional year could have an advantage because they will surpass the stress associated with coordinating an off-campus living arrangement, Toplansky said. While there are complaints about the cost of Chapman-provided housing, at least costs are known upfront: Off-campus costs have can also cost more for some students, depending on their rental arrangement.

“At least the university doesn’t have to raise its prices because they own the land,” he said.

Although Toplansky doesn’t foresee Chapman’s on-campus housing prices increasing as a result of the current housing market, the cost of living in the residence halls is not cheap. The least expensive option is a double bedroom in North Morlan Hall, $10,400 for the academic year, according to the 2018-2019 housing rates.

In Chapman’s apartment housing options, rates range from $5,804 apiece for three residents in a Harris Apartment unit to $24,734 for a single bedroom apartment in Glass Hall, according to the 2018-2019 housing rates. Students living in apartments can opt out of the meal plan.

Students can view their housing options with prices on the Chapman housing website, though the prices are subject to change each year. 

The university increased the on-campus living requirement to two years is because there is significant research over the last 30 years linking the residential experience with improved outcomes in higher education, according to Dave Sundby, Director of Davis Community Center. These outcomes include retention, higher GPA, persistence to graduation, graduating in a shorter time and more, he said.

But being at the mercy of Chapman is no better than being at the mercy of the open market, say students who resent being deprived of choice. “I hate the idea of having to live here another year,” said Maggie Kabilafkas, a freshman political science major. “It seems like another way for Chapman to squeeze more money out of me.”

“Having to live on campus for two years doesn’t give students the opportunity to venture out and look for possible cheaper options,” said freshman political science major Giovanna Potestio. Potestio and Kabilafkas are members of the Class of 2022 – which is the first class required to live on campus through their sophomore year.

 

McKenna Sulick contributed to this report. 

The Best Boba Near You

Squishy tapioca balls and creamy sweet milk tea have been an obsession since they originated from Taiwanese street vendors. Bubble tea, or boba, was invented in the late ’80s, most likely in Taipei, according to Food and Wine. It has slowly made its way from the Taiwanese night markets to the cities and communities around us today.

Going out for boba is a common way students will spend their time together. We’ve rounded up a couple of the best boba shops in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas based on the high quality teas, great textured boba, and aesthetic looks.

T-Milk, Orange

Address:

162 N Glassell St #A, Orange, CA 92866

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11AM-10PM

Friday-Saturday: 11AM-10PM

Phone number:

714-912-4193

Instagram:

@tmilkboba

T-milk’s Tiramisu Milk Tea, the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Photo by Julia Ha

If you don’t have a car and are desperately craving boba, T-Milk is ready to serve you! Located inside the Orange Circle across from The Pie Hole, T-Milk serves unique and diverse toppings such as chia, caramel boba, egg pudding, yogurt jelly, coffee jelly, and red bean to add flavor to any boba drink of your choice.

 Zero Degrees, Westminster

Address:

9822 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 12PM-11PM

Saturday – Sunday: 11AM-11PM

Phone number:

714-838-8664

Instagram:

@zerodegressco

Zero Degrees serve all kinds of drinks including a variety of toppings.
Photo by Jasmine Liu

Have a hard time making decisions? Zero Degrees allows you to pick two flavors and puts it in a split cup so you get the best of both worlds. Don’t forget to check out their trendy food as well; from Hot Cheetos cheese fries to popcorn chicken, you may have a hard time choosing between those as well.

 Pulp Juice Bar, Orange

Address:

1525 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7AM-8PM

Sunday: 8AM-7PM

Phone number:

714-771-4400

Instagram:

@pulpjuicebaroc

An oolong milk tea boba served in their signature bag.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

This boba is made fresh by the baristas in a cute little bag instead of a cup. Aside from boba, Pulp Juice Bar also serves fresh juice, smoothies, and acai bowls. All you need to do is sit down in one of the comfy couches, play some board games, and enjoy your drink!

Omomo Tea Shoppe, Irvine

Address:

5365 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92604

Hours:

Monday, Wednesday-Sunday: 11AM-10PM

Tuesday: Closed

Phone number:

949-861-8828

Instagram:

@omomoteashoppe

Omomo’s matcha cortado and milk tea with tiramisu cream boba.
Photo Courtesy of Jasmine Liu

Not only are Omomo’s boba drinks very Instagram worthy and pleasing to the eye, but their tiramisu and cheese foam will add the perfect sweet and creamy flavor to your drink of choice. Their most popular combinations are Ceylon Milk Tea with Tiramisu foam and Matcha Latte with Cheese foam.

Little Fluffy Head, Downtown LA

Address:

203 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 11AM-10PM

Phone number:

213-266-8495

Instagram:

@littlefluffyhead

 

Matcha boba with cheese foam and oolong boba tea with cheese foam.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

If you happen to be exploring the artsy murals and streets of Downtown LA, stop by Little Fluffy Head for the best cheese foam. It’s like a cheesecake in boba form; what could be better?

Roasting Water, Garden Grove

Address:

12035 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7:30AM-10PM

Friday – Saturday: 7:30AM – 11PM

Sunday: 9AM-10PM

Phone number:

657-233-5927

Instagram:

@roasting_water

 

Roasting Water’s milk tea, coffee, and thai iced tea bobas in their signature bottles.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

Roasting Water is a cute and aesthetically pleasing boba shop in the area. They are most well-known for their unique presentation. Not only does the boba drinks taste amazing, but your order comes in a reusable glass or plastic bottle with cute seasonal designs.

Ding Tea, Tustin

Address:

13820 Red Hill Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 11AM-10PM

Friday- Saturday: 11AM-11PM

Phone number:

714-486-2987

Instagram:

@dingteaneardisney

Ding Tea’s most popular drink: signature milk tea with boba.
Photo Courtesy of Josie Tiffany

Ding Tea is most well-known for their unique and tasty golden boba. They also have a wide selection of drinks, from milk tea, fruity tea, yakult, coffee, and hot drinks.

Sharetea, Santa Ana

Address:

3940 S Bristol St #113, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 12PM-10PM

Friday – Saturday: 12PM-11PM

Phone number:

657-266-0111

Instagram:

@sharetea

Sharetea’s passion fruit tea with boba, black tea, black milk tea, and strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and icecream. Photo by Julia Ha

Besides already being perfectly sweet, a perk is you are able to choose the sweetness of your drink and amount of ice. Personalize it to make your boba worth your money!

Almond Haus, Garden Grove

Address:

12549 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9AM-10PM

Sunday: 9AM-9PM

Phone Number:

657-233-5140

Instagram:

@almondhauscafe

Not only does Almond Haus have one of the best boba drinks in the area, but they offer numerous dairy-free drinks such as almond milk tea, coconut thai milk tea, and more. Almond Haus is the perfect for people who love milk tea boba but prefer not to consume dairy.

Not left enough: Some Chapman Democrats say Biden is too “moderate” to make a good president

“Biden is just the opposite of what the [Democratic] party needs, and I don’t have any faith that he would be able to defeat Donald Trump,” said President of Chapman Democrats Alexis Sutterman. Photo by Claire Treu.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who announced April 25 that he will join the 20 candidates competing for the Democratic nomination for president, can’t expect much primary support from Chapman Democrats.

Biden, who has received criticism as a political opportunist and for his friendliness to big donors, is not popular among club members, said President of Chapman Democrats Alexis Sutterman. While the club has 138 members on its mailing list, about 10 students regularly attend meetings, according to Sutterman.

Biden is currently leading in the polls, according to a study conducted by SSRS.   

“Biden represents the worst part of the party,” said Sutterman, a senior political science major. “He doesn’t represent new Democrats, who are fighting for progressive causes,” such as Medicare for All, women’s rights and decreasing inequality, Sutterman said.

The disdain in Sutterman’s complaints echo snippets of a larger conversation in the Democratic party about its soul and strategy for the 2020 presidential election. Will the Dems select a brash, plain-talking visionary likely to energize young, idealistic voters or a less controversial, conciliatory candidate likely to appeal to centrists, independents and the undecided?

Biden is “funded by big donors. He is definitely a friend of Wall Street,” Sutterman said. “He wouldn’t be promoting the kind of policy changes we need in terms of tax reform that would benefit working class families.”

Prowl could not find a way to reach a Biden campaign representative on Facebook, Twitter or the campaign website.

The Democratic party is going through a rift as some contend the party is failing working class people and ordinary Americans, Sutterman continued. What Biden would call bipartisanship is seen as selling out by young progressives, said Sutterman.

The largest portion of Biden’s donations came from lawyers and law firms between 1989 to 2010, according to Open Secrets.

The former Delaware senator was recently criticized for what was seen as an opportunistic apology to Social Policy, Law and Women’s Studies Professor Anita Hill for failing to call witnesses on her behalf in order to appease Republican colleagues during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991. Hill, formerly an employee at the Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, accused Thomas of a number of inappropriate acts, such as describing pornography he had seen in vivid detail and questioning her about a public hair on his Coke can. Biden did not call the four witnesses ready to testify on her behalf.

Biden has also been scrutinized for being overly hands-on with women and children in the era of #MeToo. Vice News recently published an article called “Why touchy-feely Uncle Joe Biden isn’t funny anymore,” and on Youtube, cringe-worthy videos of Biden being less than appropriate with children have racked up millions of views. However, no public sexual assault accusations have been raised against him.  

Twenty percent of America’s 18 to 29-year-old Democratic voters can be expected to vote for Biden in the 2020 presidential primary, according to a 2019 national poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP). Sen. Bernie Sanders is still more popular among young Democrats, with an estimated 31 percent of the youth vote. Sutterman is rooting for Sanders, and said that Chapman Democrats’ most active members tend to support him as well.

“Young people now are seeing that they shouldn’t be trivialized anymore and they can’t be bought with memes and stuff – those are fun – but people need to be critical thinkers,” Sutterman said.

“Biden will initially rely on a decades-old network of big donors if he enters the Democratic presidential primary contest as expected, in contrast to the small-donor base that many of his 2020 rivals are racing to build,” the Wall Street Journal reported last week.

While Sutterman is disappointed that Biden is running, she says she will vote for him should he receive the nomination.

Some Chapman Democrats welcome Biden throwing his hat in the ring. Senior political science and screenwriting double major Juan Bustillo said he is “relieved. . .the more moderates there are in the race, the more they will just tear each other down and open [the] way for people who I think are actually viable candidates.” Bustillo is also a member of Chapman Democrats.

Bustillo is pulling for Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to win the primary. “If Biden was to get the nomination, I think Trump would devour him in a debate,” Bustillo said.

Biden “doesn’t really stand for anything, he’s just an amorphous blob who goes wherever money takes him,” said Democrat senior political science and screenwriting double major Juan Bustillo. Photo by Claire Treu.

“I personally like Biden,” said senior history major Barsegh Everekyan, another Chapman Democrat. Though Biden is not his first choice, Everekyan thinks his intentions are honest and sincere.

“Even before he officially announced his campaign, he was polling higher than the other candidates in early states,” Everekyan said.

“In this election, many people are going to have to wrestle with the question: Do we want the progressive who promises everything we want, or do we want the one who can win and beat Trump? And if those aren’t the same person, which do you go for?” Chapman political science professor Gordon Babst.

“Compared to this point in the last presidential cycle, young Democratic voters are more engaged and likely to have an even greater impact in choosing their party’s nominee,” said Director of Polling for the IOP at Harvard John Della Volpe in a 2019 report.

The youth vote will have a significant impact, but that does not mean it will be determining, Babst said.

“Whoever the Democrats pick will end up being popular with the youth, because they very much want not to have Trump again,” Babst said.

The increase of young Democratic voters doesn’t worry junior business administration major Ryan Marhoefer, a member of the Chapman Republicans.

“A lot of young Republican voters are coming out too,” he said.

Marhoefer supports Biden running because “he will be easy to beat.” Ultimately, Marhoefer said it doesn’t matter who runs, because he’s confident that Trump will win again.

Marhoefer said he is confident Trump will be reelected: It’s not even a debate.”

“The county is thriving under [Trump]. I don’t know too many people who are worse off because of him – who are American citizens,” said Republican junior business administration major Ryan Marhoefer. Photo by Claire Treu.

Myth vs. Reality: Chapman Edition

Chapman officials are eager to debunk myths about the university. Worried about a lack of diversity? We have a Cross Cultural Center! Think the school is full of rich white kids? Eighty-six percent of the student body receives financial aid! Think the school is silo-ed off and disconnected from the surrounding community? We have local partnerships with the Paulo Freire Democratic Project and Centro Comunitario de Educación!

Here are some beliefs many of us come to college with that are not on the website.

Myth: College is when we go to football games and tailgate parties

Ahhh, college sports. The tailgates before every game, the packed stadium of screaming fans bringing everyone together. The smell of teen spirit!

Reality – PSYCH! Talk to the next 50 people you see and ask them if they have ever set foot in the bleachers at Wilson Field. All 50 will probably deny it. The stands for football games are rarely full despite tickets being free to Chapman students. The basketball team draws immense crowds of 20…parents. As for the tailgates, good luck trying to fire up the grill in the underground parking structure.

Chapman could take notes from the Penn State Nittany Lions on how to host a football game. Photo by Alex Korolkoff on Unsplash

Myth: I will make a lifelong friend in my roommate

We have all seen those corny Netflix movies that idolize the relationships we form with our roommates. You’ll be like two peas in a pod, fighting the daily challenges of cranky professors and demanding parents. You and your roommate will end up like Alex and Sammy from “Blue Mountain State.”

Reality – More often than not, you two – or three – will become acquaintances and not exchange much more than a “hey, how’s it going,” as you pass from class to class. Grievances will pile up as you are both under stress and unaccustomed to living with people who think their dirty cereal bowls are precious keepsakes to be kept in the public space. It’s hard to bond with someone blaring Katy Perry’s “Firework” at 7 a.m.

This is the kind of relationship we all strive to have with our roommates, but that’s not always the case. Photo by @thoughtcatalog on Unsplash

Myth: College will expose us to people of different races, backgrounds and beliefs

You’ll meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures! Understanding the struggles and  experiences of people different from you will make you a better, “woke” person!

Reality – Yes, the Asians represent at Chapman, but most students here are white. “The majority of the student population is still white, but given the location Chapman is in, that’s not really odd,” Chapman President Daniele Struppa said in an article published by Prowl on February 26, 2019, “My goal is to bring our university anywhere between 20-30 percent Latino. The African American population on the other hand, is about 1 percent in Orange County, so I don’t expect to see the numbers to grow much more.”

The diversity Chapman may portray on their school website. Photo by Anete Lusina on Unsplash

Myth: Friday Night Fun

Like in the movies, once anyone gets to college they’re going to party until the sun rises just like in Animal House. Parties are open, easy to access and low risk.

Reality – That is, if you are a girl or in a frat. Good luck to any other male at Chapman who is not in Greek life that wants to party. You’ll find them staying in the dorms with their friends, playing drinking games, video games, and wondering what they are missing.

This is basically what you’ll find most people doing on the weekends. Photo by Mark Schafer on Unsplash

Myth: Be Anything Imaginable

The course catalog has a wide variety of classes that are all easy access. Our tour guides love to boast about how easy it is to get classes. They all had a great time taking Forensics 101, one of the most sought-after courses in the university.

Reality – Freshman year is a wake-up call. Students may get stuck with a late registration appointment while upperclassmen get first pickings. Once your registration appointment approaches all of the courses you added to the shopping cart will have the dreaded blue square, signifying the class is closed. I have heard horror stories of where students need to knock out all of their GE’s because all of their major requirements were closed. Lastly, in terms of switching majors it can be easy especially if it is within colleges, but if you want to get into Dodge then good luck. The minimum GPA Dodge requires a major transfer student to have is a 3.5, so you better hit the books.

The dreaded blue square we are all too familiar with come class registration time. Photo by Jennifer Sauceda

Myth: World Class Professors

When you get to college, you will find a mentor who cares about your learning and have quality one-on-one time where you can ask questions, get instruction and have engaging discussions.

Reality – All this talk about having individualized educators is not necessarily true. Some professors unexpectedly cancel their classes, sometimes to make time around their own schedule. More often than not office hours will interfere with your busy class schedule, and even when you find the time, it is just 10 minutes of repeating what was said in class. Some professors are more available than others, so you may find yourself dealing with a professor who is either hard to reach or just not present on campus very often.

The small group education we all seek. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Heavy rainfall floods multiple Chapman buildings this semester, expert says climate change could play a role

Views from Leatherby Libraries show Chapman’s gloomy campus amidst a heavy rain storm. Photo by Zac Nguyen.

Chapman could be getting a taste of the global climate change epidemic, as evidenced by the heavy rainfall this semester, according to an expert.

“With any short-term event, the exact meteorological conditions are the primary cause, but climate change is making heavy rainfall events more likely,” said Dargan Frierson, a climate researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Washington.

The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) weather station, located in Irvine, calculated a total of 6.6 inches of rain in the month of February. Although Chapman’s buildings are built in compliance to the guidelines set forth by the Building Standards Commission, the campus suffered water damages in the Hashinger Science Center basement, women’s locker rooms, the Leatherby Libraries basement, and more.

Despite rumors of flooding on the patios of Keck Center for Science and Engineering, Rick Turner, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management failed to confirm this information. Additionally, several faculty members inside the Keck building claimed to know nothing of flooding on the patios and ground floor.

“Chapman buildings are no more or less prone to flooding than other institutional buildings,” Turner said. “All of our Chapman Facilities are assessed on an annual basis to protect the asset from being susceptible to water intrusion. Every effort is used to reduce and minimize the damages from unknown weather patterns.”

Irvine CIMIS reports for the month of February have totaled 0.2 inches in 2016, 3.4 inches in 2017 and 0.4 inches in 2018. Although Orange County has experienced significantly more rain this year, flooding on campus has been occurring for years, according to Pamela Gibbons, Director of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. This year’s damages were, however, are more severe than years past, Gibbons said.

Rainfall in Southern California tends to be highly variable, but this year’s rainfall totals were significantly higher than previous years, according to data from collected by CIMIS. Chart by Hanna Yorke and Maggie Mayer.

“The heavy rain events this season in California were ‘atmospheric rivers,’ where a large amount of water vapor was squeezed out within narrow filaments of rain,” Frierson said.

An atmospheric rivers is created when the jet stream intensifies into a “narrow region of strong winds and moisture-laden air,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

These events can contribute to up to 50 percent of the annual precipitation on the West Coast, NOAA states.

Heat-trapping gases emitted by human activities will cause a more highly variable climate, Frierson said. “In between heavy rain events, we expect more intense droughts.”

The annual rainfall from this year compared to last year demonstrates this highly variable climate. The annual total of this year to date is 20.2 inches, while last year’s total was only 3.9 inches, according to OC Public Works.

“With any short-term event, the exact meteorological conditions are the primary cause, but climate change is making heavy rainfall events more likely,” Frierson said.

Building regulations from years ago were not drawn up in anticipation of today’s rain dumps, Frierson said. “I’ll encourage anyone concerned with this to start locally, to better understand their own vulnerabilities and how to become more resilient.”

There is no permanent solution to the water damages our campus has been experiencing, said Turner. “Unfortunately, waterproofing materials and solutions all wear out over time, so we will continue to repair and replace them when those materials and solutions have reached their expiration.”

“This time around the entire locker room was flooded. The bathrooms and even the carpet at the front door was wet,” said Pamela Gibbons, director of athletic training and sports medicine. “In Hutton, the only thing that can be done is to place sandbags at the top of the ramp outside the emergency exit door. The water comes down the ramp and the back stairs like a waterfall.”

“Chapman takes the conditions of its facilities very seriously,” said Turner. “We continue to assess those conditions of our facilities with internal and external experts throughout the year.”

Facilities Management could have prevented the flooding in the women’s locker room by placing the sandbags on the ramp before it started raining, Gibbons said.

Although Facilities Management responded quickly to the water damages, women’s sports teams were inconvenienced because their belongings got wet. Classes held in the affected Leatherby classroom had to temporarily relocate.

“Building codes are the responsibility of state and local governments. Chapman is not in a position to change them,” said Turner. “However, Chapman works with its various consultants and engineers on best practices for building design on these matters. We are always looking for new options that meet the local and state jurisdictions with regard to code compliance, and we always monitor code authorities for the latest changes in regulations.”

Navigating the Grid: How to Survive Chapman without a Car

Photos (left and center) by Alexander Popov on Unsplash.com.
Photo (right) by Joe Perrino.

Surviving college without a car in Southern California is like surviving at sea in a boat without sails or oars.

Being carless may be eco-correct (check out our teeny weeny carbon footprints!) but being virtuous has its frustrations. Going to the beach involves begging friends for rides. Grocery shopping can feel impossible: Do we hitchhike to Trader Joe’s or eat that rancid jar of peanut butter for dinner?

Turns out there are lots of us. Almost one-third of Chapman students, including both undergraduate and graduate, do not have a parking pass, according to the 2013 Transportation Audit from Chapman Sustainability. For these few thousand students without cars, here are some ways they can solve everyday inconveniences.

1) Getting to School

Students who live in the dorms have the luxury of walking across the street to campus. Likewise, all it takes for students at Chapman Grand and Panther Village to get to class is a quick shuttle ride. But if you live off campus, you need to figure out a reliable way to get to class.

Solution: One of the easiest ways to get to campus is taking the OC Transit bus. The 59 bus stops at the corner of Glassell and Palm right next to Smith Hall. Chapman offers a U-Pass plan, which covers the first $30 of your monthly bus fares after you submit an initial deposit of $30. This is a year-long bus pass and the most you have to pay per month (excluding the initial deposit) is $15.

2) Grocery Shopping

One of the hardest tasks to accomplish without a car is shopping for groceries.

Solution: Prevail upon a friend to take you when they go shopping.  Offer some incentives like gas money or cold, hard cash. For immediate needs, try Amazon Fresh, Instacart, or Postmates. These services help you skip the checkout line and hassle of getting to the store. Unfortunately, none of these offer student discounts, but you can become a Postmates Munchies Requisition Officer. If you decide to do this, there are many free meal perks Postmates offers.

3) Navigating Southern California

We’re in SoCal! Naturally, we want to visit L.A. and bask on the beach. But how do we get there?

Solution: Obvious choices are rideshare apps such as  Uber or Lyft.  There is also carpooling with friends. But one of the best options is right by campus. MetroLink offers a $10 roundtrip train to the San Diego area on the weekends. Trains also go up to Los Angeles every day. If you are going to the airport or a concert try the CU Panther Experience App. This app allows Chapman students to connect with one another, and is commonly used for carpooling.

4) Attending Club Meetings and School Events

It’s around 7 p.m, and the buses have started coming every 50 minutes, but there is a speaker on campus you have been DYING to see.

Solution: Consider not even going home after your day-time classes. Instead, head over to the library and get a jump start on your school work. There are also coffee shops and restaurants in the circle that make great hang out spots.

5) Getting a meal

You’ve opened your fridge and your worst nightmare has come true…you are out of food! Your hunger demands immediate resolution.

Solution: There are many food delivery companies that provide service in the Los Angeles area. These include Doordash, Uber Eats and the aforementioned Postmates. In an article from Prowl, two students compared which food delivery services reached the dorms the fastest. While this is not about the dorms, the same factors apply. Go check out that article to see which delivery service can satisfy your hunger.

6) Catching That Flight

Even if you had a car, parking at an airport for an extended period of time is tough on the wallet.

Solution: One of the best ways to get to John Wayne Airport is the Chapman Shuttle. They offer free rides to Chapman students all day Friday and Saturday before every break. Unfortunately, they do not offer this service to LAX, so in that case you can try to hitch a ride with someone from the Chapman Experience App, or any ridesharing service such as Uber, Lyft, or Wingz.