“Shocking and Disappointing”: Female Soccer Players Discuss National Team’s Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

Despite being the most successful women’s soccer team in history, players for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, claim that they are not being paid fairly, are forced to play on fake turf while the men get real grass, and take commercial flights while their male counterparts fly charter, among countless other complaints. Their rancor has culminated in a lawsuit filed in March against the U.S. Soccer Administration alleging widespread gender discrimination.

Many members of Chapman’s Women’s soccer team hadn’t even heard of the lawsuit – but they had strong feelings about the conditions their professional sisters allegedly endured, and about discrimination in sports.

Jessica Roux, freshman software engineering major

Although Chapman is a Division III school, Roux wouldn’t consider herself “working any less hard than a Division I athlete or taking care of my body less.” Roux finds the vast pay discrepancy between male and female professional soccer players “shocking and disappointing.”

Jessica Roux believes women and men work equally hard in athletics and should be paid accordingly. Photo by Emilio Mejia

Alex Morgan is the highest paid female U.S. soccer player, earning $450,000 a year. Yet the highest paid U.S. male soccer player, Michael Bradley, makes a whopping $6 million not including revenue from endorsement deals. Yet, the most recent women’s world cup final was the most popular televised match in U.S. soccer history, attracting a total of 23 million viewers.

“Women work just as hard as men,” and go to just as much effort to train and stay in shape, Roux said.

Elly Aronson, junior news and documentary major

Gender discrimination “always stays in the back of my mind” said Aronson who described the the lawsuit allegations as “heartbreaking.” Yet, she’s grateful that unequal treatment of female athletes is in the news.

“I wish change was coming much faster, but I’m glad awareness is finally being brought to the national spotlight,” she added. Aronson won’t let discrimination discourage her, though: “I’ve always competed for myself” she affirms.

Madie Bigcas (left) and Elly Aronson (right) unite in their condemning of female athlete’s treatment. Photo by Emilio Mejia

Madie Bigcas, sophomore communication studies major

Madie Bigcas was dismayed by the comments of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, after being asked in 2015 how to increase viewership for women’s matches: “Let the women play in more feminine clothes like they do in volleyball. They could, for example, have tighter shorts… female players are pretty. If you forgive me for saying so.” Sepp Blatter is currently four years into a six-year ban from all FIFA related activities.

“It really puts things in perspective when someone that high up says something like that. You’re there for the game, not to see women’s butts,” Bigcas said.

“It’s hard to hear” the way that the national women’s team claims it is being treated, but Bigcas said, “I don’t let it get to me.”

The U.S. women’s team consistently draws more eyes and fills more seats than the men’s team. However, these numbers have not translated into financial incentives.

Bailee Cochran, junior business major

International women’s soccer games are commonly played on artificial turf, whereas men’s games are played on grass. The players have made their disapproval for this quite clear: playing on turf provides significantly more challenges than playing on grass. Often, the temperature of the turf can teach 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which results in painful, large burns on the player’s skin if they perform a slide tackle. In addition to injuries, there are questions about the correlation between long-term exposure to artificial turf and cancer clusters.

A photo of turf burn as a result of playing on artificial grass. Photo by Pavel on Adobe Stock

“I try not to expect things” Cochran when it comes to the double standards to which female athletes are subjected. “I focus on going out to play my hardest… if I love something, I’m going to give it my all” she adds, “I’m going to do the things I love and not think of anything else.”

Get Out! 7 Hacks for a Smooth Move Out of Chapman Housing

The carts that help you easily move-in will not be available for move-out. Photo courtesy of Lara Wyss of Chapman Public Relations.

Chapman makes everyone in campus housing move out within 24 hours of their last final – and finals are almost here. Cramming and packing creates a perfect storm of stress, but our seven hacks will help make bailing a breeze.

   1. Be Prepared for a Lack of Move-Out Carts

As of this year, Chapman is no longer providing move-out carts for any students in Chapman housing. “We don’t provide carts at ‘move out’ for a few reasons – first and foremost, students move out at various times throughout the day and week, so it is difficult to make carts available in a convenient way. Second, it is difficult (even during move-in week) to ensure that we get all carts returned,” Dave Sundby, the head of Residence Life, told Prowl. That means you’ll be on your own wheel-wise this May.  Reach out to your off-campus friends to score dollies, skate boards or shopping carts to make your move easier. Or pack your smaller boxes into bigger ones to minimize the number of trips to the car.

   2. Invest in a Storage Unit

If you are coming back to Chapman after summer, rent a storage unit. It can be a hassle lugging all of your stuff home, unpacking, and then packing it up again. Organize and label items before storing – and label the bigger boxes as well – so you can unpack in an organized way in the fall. Less than five minutes from Chapman, Public Storage offers a first-month fee of $1 and $61 dollars per month thereafter.

   3. Put your plastic grocery bags to good use

We paid for all those extra plastic bags when we forgot to take our reusable bags to the store. Now that it is time to move out, fill these bags with clothes, toiletries, or any miscellaneous items that you need to pack away!

   4. Clean out the Trash (room)

The trash room in each dorm hallway brims with everyone’s junk during the final weeks of spring semester. Pluck out the empty boxes and bags others leave behind to use for your items: You will not only save money, but the time you’d spend searching for packing materials.

   5. Start Packing BEFORE Finals

To minimize stress, pack as many items as you can in advance. Out of season clothes and miscellaneous items in your junk drawer can be boxed. Cookware, plates, and utensils should be organized and ready to go come move out time.

   6. Fix the Flaws

The university can level steep fines on students if they have damaged their room. One of the most common reasons cited for fines is wall scuffs. An easy fix is to use matching paint to cover up the marks. If some paint chips off throughout the year or while ripping off the Command tm Strips, use paint to quickly brush over it. All the Chapman rooms are the same color, so you can share paint with your friends too. Wite-Out has also been known to work.

   7. Skate into Victory

Finally, we come to the piece de resistance: the skateboard. Instead of trying to awkwardly fit your TV into a shopping cart or dolly, wheel large items on a skateboard. If you do not own a skateboard, borrow a friend’s. Plus, when you aren’t pushing heavy items, hop on and ride your way to and from the dorms!

 

 

Struppa talks censorship, presidential authority and “The Birth of a Nation” with Prowl

About 200 students gathered on Friday to protest the controversial movie posters. “The piece is already here. When a piece is out, to take it down is a form of censorship. Unless the people who take it down are the people in charge of the wall,” said President Daniele Struppa. Photo by Autumn Sumruld.

Chapman President Daniele Struppa continues to maintain that removal of the two “Birth of a Nation” posters from the walls of the Marion Knott Studios is censorship, but acknowledges the right of Dodge faculty to remove items they find offensive in “their home.”

In a Friday interview with Prowl, Struppa said he has “100% confidence” the Dodge faculty will vote to have the posters promoting the racist, but historically significant, movie removed, and admitted the controversy – which has roiled a campus infamous for its minuscule representation of black students (1.6%) – has given him an education at the institution over which he presides.

It appears that the Dodge faculty voted to have the posters removed today. It is at present unknown when the posters will be taken down and what will happen to them.

Struppa met with members of Black Student Union, joined by two faculty, on April 15. After the faculty told Struppa they, too, believed the posters should be removed, he decided to leave the decision in the hands of the Dodge faculty, which is voting today.  “If they take it down because it’s their home, so to speak, then that’s not censorship. You decide what you have what you have in your home,” Struppa said.

“It would be problematic for me to say, ‘the students want it down let’s take it down because I care about the students.’ Of course I care about the students, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to do something, that to me, flies in the face of what proper governance is in the university,” Struppa said.

Struppa compared the emotions generated by the posters to the backlash generated by “Piss Christ,” a famous photo by Andres Serrano, which depicts a crucifix in a container of his own urine. The image prompted outraged Republican legislators to cut the budget for the National Endowment of the Arts and the artist received death threats. A print displayed in France was destroyed by angry Christians. Art that generates strong emotions may be provocative, annoying and offensive, “but it is art,” said Struppa, who indicated he is open to a donation of a “Piss Christ” print.

The posters came to Chapman as a gift from a descendent of the film mogul Cecil B. Demille, Cecilia DeMille Presley,  and installed shortly after the completion of The Marion Knott Studios in 2007, according to the Chapman website.  Neither Presley nor other members of the DeMille family have reached out since students began demanding the removal of their gift, said Struppa, who did not indicate what he was doing to smooth relations with the DeMilles, who have donated generously to Chapman.

“I want to be fair to the people who accepted the gift 15 years ago. I don’t think they should not have accepted the gift. It’s a collection of many posters. But (Chapman staff) should have been careful about what they did with them,” Struppa said.

“If there is a fault there, it’s with nobody really having the forethought to say: ‘Wait a second, what are doing here?’ But to attribute to them – and them by extension to me – support for white supremacy, it is in my view absurd,” Struppa said.

Throughout the interview, Struppa strove to put a good face on the controversy, insisting that the posters, while perhaps in need of context, were teaching tools about the history of racism in the United States.

“Some people said there is no education in having the poster. But that’s not true. The best proof is the last week,” Struppa said. “I know more about the movie now than I would have ever known if the poster would have not been there and the student would not have become upset about it,” Struppa said. “I know that I am a better person because of that.”

A professor’s job is to push students outside of comfort zones, Struppa said. The outrage over “The Birth of a Nation” posters have pushed people to this place of discomfort and offered education, he said.

If the posters are removed, Struppa thinks they will be moved to a less conspicuous locaton, such as the Hilbert museum or an area in Dodge which “you have to go if you want to see it, and where there is going to be significant explanation,” Struppa said.

“People say we didn’t take action fast enough. I met with the Black Student Union Monday night, and by next Monday night the poster is going to be down,” Struppa said. “It seems to me that the university has responded.”

As the university responds to the poster, larger diversity issues have demanded attention. Black students here are clearly unhappy and underrepresented at Chapman, but Struppa said he does not have a road map to address their concerns.

“I don’t have ready, quick answers and quick solutions, to be honest. It would be presumptuous of me to say that we can easily fix this,” Struppa said.

“The problem is that Orange County itself is not an attractive place for African Americans, because there aren’t any,” said President Daniele Struppa. Photo by Autumn Sumruld.

Chapman Student Who Says He Was Racially Profiled Beats Traffic Ticket

Domenick Sevor holding his “notice to appear” in the Chatham Superior Court, where, he says, he beat a costly speeding ticket. His name and license plate number have been redacted to preserve his privacy. Photo by Amir Ghani.

A Chatsworth traffic court has dismissed a $400 speeding ticket issued to a Chapman sophomore who believed he was racially profiled, according to the student.

On Monday, a judge dismissed the ticket issued by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who also accused communications major Domenick Sevor of following him for eight miles on I-5 South before stopping him in Grapevine on August 23, 2018, Sevor said.

The motorcycle officer had written on the ticket that Sevor had been following him on the freeway for eight miles and was going 80 miles in a 65 miles-per-hour zone.

“It didn’t make sense [to the judge] that I was exceeding the speed limit and following an officer,” Sevor said.

Sevor – who was driving his Honda Civic full of personal belongings to Chapman Grand in advance of the fall semester, suspected he wasn’t really being stopped for speeding.

“I was racially profiled,” Sevor said. “There was no real reason for the officer to stop me.”

Sevor said he did not share his suspicions with the judge but instead argued that he was driving the presumed speed for safety reasons. The judge, he said, seemed to agree that he could not be simultaneously following an officer and speeding.

“I believed I was going to beat the case the whole time. I was relieved,” Sevor said.

CHP did not respond to a voicemail left on its press line requesting comment.

The process cost Sevor class time – he’s had to go to court twice in Chatsworth, which is more than two hours away from Chapman – and wear on his car and gave him a newfound sympathy for others trying to prove their innocence.

“It’s a long process that just kept getting dragged on. I can only imagine what someone with a serious case has to go through,” he said.

Sevor said he received an unexpected fame of sorts after Prowl published a story about his case on April 2.

One young woman recognized him at a Dodge mixer and told him, “it’s good that you’re standing up for something important.”

UPDATE: Chapman’s sexual misconduct policy is changing, here’s why it matters

Half of Americans think men getting away with sexual misconduct is a major problem, according to data from Pew Research Center. Photo by Claire Treu.

UPDATE: Responses from Chapman’s Lead Title IX Coordinator Deann Yocum-Gaffney and Director of Student Conduct Colleen Wood have been added to the story. 

Chapman is changing the way it handles sexual assault and harassment complaints.

The new rules, announced in an email by Dean of Students Jerry Price, directly comply with February rulings in the California Court of Appeals, which found that the accused, if facing serious discipline or expulsion, should have a right to a hearing and be able to question their accuser. This was in response to the controversial expulsion of a student at the University of Southern California (USC), who argued he was “denied a fair hearing” because respondents were biased, according to the appeal.

The new rules – which are effective immediately – also appear to adhere with the wish list of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has requested new policies that give more rights to the accused in sexual misconduct cases.

Title IX has been fiercely criticized by conservatives for setting up accused students – mostly young men –  to be unjustly disciplined by universities after accusations of sexual misconduct and rape. Since her appointment as Secretary of Education, DeVos has frequently expressed concern that the Obama-era reforms may be trampling the rights of accused perpetrators.

Part of this is because Title IX investigations use the preponderance of evidence standard, which makes it easier for someone to be found responsible for sexual misconduct than in criminal cases. Title IX investigations more closely mimic civil cases (like lawsuits) rather than criminal trials. This is because rape if often difficult to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” on college campuses; there are often no witnesses and victims might not feel comfortable reporting an assault until long after they happen. As of now, the preponderance of evidence standard is still in place.

The new Chapman policy, which has to be in compliance with Title IX and state law, states that the outcome of the investigation – whether an alleged perpetrator is found to be “responsible” for an assault or not – will be in the hands of “hearing officers” instead of investigators. This means a live hearing for the accuser, the accused and relevant witnesses will also be conducted, Price said in his email, noting that alleged victims and perpetrators will not be required to be in the same room at the same time. The requirement for a live hearing process is new. Previously, investigators made decisions regarding culpability following investigations – now hearing officers have the final say. The Title IX coordinator will determine what disciplinary actions, if any, will follow the hearing.

Hearing officers are “specially trained university employees who have the responsibility to determine whether the university policy was violated,” according to Chapman’s Lead Title IX Coordinator Deann Yocum-Gaffney. It is at present unclear what type of training hearing officers must complete. The California Court of Appeals calls these officers “neutral fact finders.”

The move also follows a resolution by the Student Government Association (SGA) which asked Chapman to keep the old policies in place.

“These changes are in response to some misconduct at other universities in regards to ‘rushing to judgment’ against the accused,” SGA Upper Senator Alex Ballard told Prowl in an email. “While I do believe that these policies will create additional barriers and hesitations for survivors to come forward, it is an unfortunate fact that this is something out of the university’s hands.”

Both the old and new guidelines stipulate that investigations be completed within 60 days.

The new policy revised the way investigators communicate, requiring a minimum of monthly updates to accusers and the accused at a minimum, which Ballard said SGA’s resolution recommended.

After a complaint is filed, investigators will submit a summary report. A hearing will be granted after a complaint is evaluated by Title IX coordinators. The accuser and accused are then notified and are assigned a hearing officer 10 days prior to the hearing, as stated in the new Misconduct Policy.

“The hearing is an opportunity for the hearing officer(s) to hear from the complainant, respondent, and witness(es) and to gather information needed to determine whether the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and/or the Student Conduct Code has been violated,” the Misconduct Policy states.

The hearings will be recorded through audio, written notes and/or video and will become the property of the university, but not shared with the public, according to the new policy.

Accusers and alleged assailants are not required to be in  the same room during the hearing because it can be traumatic for victims to face their perpetrator. While the new policy doesn’t state that the accused can “cross-examine” their accusers, it says they can question other parties through the hearing officers.

“During the hearing the complainant and respondent will have the opportunity present their account of the events, to ask questions of other parties through the hearing officer(s), and to provide a closing statement,” the policy states.

Some students are concerned the new protocols will discourage victims from reporting sexual assault and harassment.

Live hearings “will deter people from coming forward. Some people probably won’t want everyone to know what happened to them,” said sophomore math major Justine Sitton.

Either party can refuse to participate in the investigation or hearing, but doing so will impede investigations, administrators warned.  “A lack of participation may be a severe or even insurmountable obstacle for the investigation. As such, if a complainant chooses not to participate in the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator shall determine whether or not to proceed with the investigation,” according to the new Misconduct Policy.

If both parties agree to move forward with the hearing process, hearing officers will release a report to each party deeming the alleged perpetrator not responsible or responsible of violating the policy. If the hearing officers find the latter, Chapman’s Title IX Coordinator will be consulted for further sanctions, according to the new rules.

Disciplinary actions range from loss of privileges, “educational sanctions,” suspension or expulsion, according to the policy.

These changes were made to keep Chapman updated with policies that “follow best practices and are in compliance with relevant guidance and laws,” according to Price.

Ballard said he was “surprised to see this student body-wide announcement from the Dean of Students, especially given that SGA received no notice of these changes prior to this mass communication.”

Some elements of the policy were not included in Price’s email and only “discovered upon a thorough reading of the updated (policy),” Ballard said.

Director of Student Conduct Colleen Wood claimed said she and Yocum-Gaffney had met with Ballard on Feb. 27.

“During that meeting, we noted that we were in the midst of a policy revision due to the case law changes. We also discussed their desire for changes to the amnesty policy as well as other items,” Wood said.

“Further adjustments” to the policy may be made, Price said, promising to keep the campus community informed as changes occur.

 

Correction: A previous version of this story said the Title IX Coordinator would be responsible for determining the disciplinary measures if someone is found to have violated the policy. This has been corrected to say that the hearing officer(s) would consult the Title IX Coordinator. In addition, both the old and new policy guidelines state that a minimum of monthly updates must be provided to the parties involved in an investigation. 

 

Struppa: Chapman probe into apparent payoffs should conclude in several weeks

In an email to the Chapman community on March 20, Struppa said the university has been working with the DOJ for several months and that the university is conducting it’s own probe into the admissions scandal. Graphic by Maggie Mayer using a photo from Sergey Zolkin on Unsplash.

Chapman University has engaged “external attorney investigators” who have worked in “senior positions in the Department of Justice” to examine the college’s ties to the national admissions scandal, President Daniele Struppa announced Wednesday.

Chapman has been cooperating with the Department of Justice “for several months” and has not been accused of wrongdoing, Struppa said in a mass email sent to students and staff. Yet, he noted, “it is imperative that we look deeper into this situation and do a thorough investigation to whether we are indeed living up to our values and principles.” The investigation, which probes the university’s interaction with the tainted college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer of Newport Beach, should be completed within several weeks, Struppa said.

Struppa’s email comes after Chapman University was connected to the scandal in the indictment of David Sidoo, a retired Canadian football player accused of paying $100,000 to have a ringer take the SAT for his son, Dylan. Dylan Sidoo was admitted to Chapman as a film production major in 2012 with fraudulent SAT scores before transferring to the University of Southern California two years later, according to court papers and Dylan Sidoo’s social media.

Chapman allegedly received a total of $325,000 in donations between 2014 and 2015 from The Key Worldwide Foundation, a fraudulent charity which officials say was used to launder bribe money from parents seeking to get their children accepted to universities for which they were not qualified. It is not yet clear who at Chapman accepted the money, if it arrived.

“I am confident these allegations are not a reflection of the culture we have at Chapman,” Struppa wrote, acknowledging he had been deluged with “countless messages” about the scandal and Chapman’s practices. At this point in time, the university cannot act on the alleged donations or students that may have connections to Singer’s operations because there isn’t enough information available, according to the email.

When the investigation is completed, Struppa said he will “communicate what [he] is able to regarding the findings.” He also said he was “committed to demonstrating transparency as we work to find resolution.”

Here’s what we know about Chapman’s connection to the nationwide college admissions scandal

Multiple Chapman officials did not answer questions concerning the allocation of $325,000 allegedly donated to the university by The Key Worldwide Foundation. Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash.

Who got the money and what was it used for? That is the question on the minds of Chapman students and workers after the university was revealed to have a role in the largest  admissions scandal in U.S. history.

Chapman University received a $150,000 donation in 2016 and $175,000 in 2015 from The Worldwide Key Foundation, according to the Foundation’s 990 forms.  It is unknown who received the funds at Chapman, how the funds were disbursed, or what – if anything – was expected in exchange for the donations.

The Key Worldwide Foundation was founded by Newport resident William “Rick” Singer who ran a college consultancy called Edge College and Career Network, also known as Key Worldwide. The college admission consultancy is at the center of a national scandal in which coaches,  proctors and test takers were allegedly bribed to help get unqualified students into elite colleges. Singer’s operation has ensnared elite schools across the country, including the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), Yale University, Georgetown College, and Stanford University.

The massive investigation, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” also swept up barons of industry and celebrities. “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, Isabella Rose and YouTube influencer Olivia Jade into USC. (The girls reportedly left the school this week.)  Felicity Huffman allegedly made a $15,000 donation to the Key Foundation to have another person take an SAT for her older daughter.

The charity’s website (now deactivated) claimed the foundation helped inner-city youth and poor Cambodian children,  but prosecutors say it was a slush fund to launder bribes paid by parents to coaches, test proctors and universities to obtain college admission for their children.

The admissions scandal – thought to have involved some $25 million in bribes –  set social media ablaze and has sparked conversations about fairness and equality on campuses throughout the nation. It was bad enough, said pundits, that the offspring of the super wealthy were advantaged via the “back door” of large bequests to certain universities. But documentation of a “side door” via outright cheating engendered a class anger that has yet to quell.

“Chapman University has been and is currently cooperating with the Department of Justice in their investigation. Chapman prides itself on an open and fair admission process. We are not aware nor have we been advised that we have been involved in any wrongdoing,” Chapman’s VP of Marketing and Communications Jamie S. Ceman wrote in an email to Prowl.

“Chapman University like all great institutions routinely receives funds from foundations and any irregularities in the gifts from the Key Worldwide Foundation, should they exist, were and are totally unknown to us. We take this matter very seriously and intend to review this relationship in depth to assure ourselves that our principles have not in any way been compromised,” Ceman stated.

The donations from Key Worldwide, as well as the admission of student thought to have been admitted after having a proxy take his SAT, occurred while Jim Doti was president of Chapman University. Doti rejoined the faculty in fall of 2016 after 25 years as president.

“I have no knowledge of these donations, if in fact they occurred,” President Emeritus Jim Doti stated in an email to Prowl, adding: “I think it’s best you work with Ms. Ceman.”

“Due to the ongoing investigation I cannot comment further,” Ceman said.

President Daniele Struppa issued a statement via email Wednesday repeating Ceman’s remarks and declining to  comment further.

The alleged donations from the Key Foundation to the university followed an incident in which a parent allegedly paid Singer $100,000 to have a ringer take the SAT on behalf of his son, who was eventually admitted to Chapman.

The parent, David Sidoo, is accused of paying an accomplice to take SAT exams for his two sons, according to an  indictment filed by the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts on March 5.

David Sidoo is a three-time All Canadian football player, businessman and philanthropist. He is accused of mail and wire fraud by “cheating on college entrance exams” and “submitting the falsified test scores to colleges,” the indictment states. His son, Dylan Sidoo, was admitted to Chapman as a film production major in 2012. He later transferred to and graduated from USC, according to his social media accounts.

Bob Bassett, the dean of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, did not respond to a request for comment.

The donations to Chapman came years after Dylan was admitted, and are not mentioned in David Sidoo’s indictment.

David Sidoo is accused of paying Singer $100,000 to have someone else take the SAT in place of his older son, Dylan.

Dylan originally scored a 1460 out of 2400 on his SAT, according to the indictment. The test-taker was instructed “not to obtain too high a score” and received a 1670, said the document. The fraudulent results were sent to an unnamed Chapman administrator by David Sidoo in December 2011, the indictment states.

David Sidoo is also accused of paying an undisclosed amount to have someone pose as his younger son and take a Canadian high school graduation exam as well as the SAT, for which he paid another $100,000, according to the indictment.

David Sidoo could not be reached. Dylan Sidoo did not respond to a request for comment.

Prowl reached out to the Faculty Senate, which is a committee of representatives from each college at Chapman, to see if the Senate plans to open its own investigation.

“We simply don’t have enough information at this point to take any action or position on the college admissions scandal. We’ll be watching carefully as more information becomes available,” Faculty Senate President Paul Gulino wrote in an email.

Students discovering Chapman was involved in the nation’s biggest admissions scandal in history expressed disappointment and cynicism.

“I’m not surprised about this at all,” said junior computer science major Abigail Tan. It’s sad, she said, when some people work so hard to go to college “while some people just buy their way in.”

Tan, who works in the Cross Cultural Center, said the wealthy have always had an advantage in the college admissions process.

“When you are in high school preparing to go to college, you feel that class distance and struggle, because people who are more wealthy tend to have the privilege to go to all these classes (and SAT prep),” she said.

Colette Cucinotta isn’t optimistic about much changing in higher education.

“I honestly don’t think this is going to stop (cheating and bribery),” said the sophomore integrated education studies major. “Maybe a couple people will learn their lesson.”

Dodge professor Angela Paura said the “egregious duplicity” in those involved in the scandal is unimaginable.

“I am appalled by the extent of deception by parents and some university officials and coaches,” she said. “Perhaps the parents were burnishing their own reputations by cheating to send their children to elite universities.”

 

McKenna Sulick, Jillie Herrold, Maddie Taber, Taylor Thorne and Autumn Sumruld contributed to this report.

Prowlin’ on a Penny

You can save money as a Chapman student simply by flashing your Chapman ID. Voila! Instant VIP discounts. The following businesses all extend a discount to Chapman students. Why are we so special? Businesses want our repeat business, and they know we’re likely to be in their neighborhood for at least a couple years. These local eateries offer a 10 percent discount to Chapman students.

The Pizza Press

Photo Courtesy of The Pizza Press

155 N. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Open every day 11:00am – 1:00am

Along with a set menu of pizza combinations, The Pizza Press offers a wide array of toppings: smoked gouda, fresh basil, bourbon bacon, and others that are prepared fresh daily. The Chapman community can enjoy 10 percent off their order when they show their Chapman ID. The Pizza Press is a supporter of the “Cancer for College” foundation. For every fountain drink purchased, a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity.

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Photo by @kaieatsworld on Instagram

101 S. Glassell St.
Orange, CA 92866

Open every day 11:00am – 11:00pm

At Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, customers can enjoy a whole pizza for under $10.  Customers have an option between “signature pizzas” or a “build your own.” Blaze offers vegan cheese and vegan protein for plant-based customers. Show the cashier your Chapman ID, and choose between taking ten percent off your meal or enjoying a free drink. Blaze also prides themselves upon offering customers gourmet agua frescas.

The Aussie Bean 

Photo by Brooke Wimmer

112 E. Maple Ave.

Orange, CA 92866

Monday-Friday 7AM – 5PM

Weekends 8AM – 6PM

This coffee shop is run by Chapman grad Natalie Halfacre, class of ‘08, who brought her love for Australian coffee back to Orange. The Aussie Bean shows its Chapman pride by offering ten percent off any order. (Pro tip: sign up for their Square Up program. Every dollar spent transfers into reward stars, which can land you a free drink.)

Green Tomato Grill

Photo by @eatwithnorma on Instagram

1419 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867

Weekdays: 8am – 9pm
Weekends: 9am – 9pm

Past the Orange Circle, but worth the drive to escape a ramen diet, is health food eatery Green Tomato Grill. The menu offers an array of whole food meals such as rice bowl, melts, tacos, wraps and stews. Cashiers take ten percent off your purchase with a Chapman ID.

The Pie Hole

Photo Courtesy of The Pie Hole

177 N Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866

Mon-Wed 8 a.m. -10 p.m.
Thurs 8 a.m. -11 p.m.
Fri – Sat 8 a.m. -12 a.m.
Sun 8 a.m. -11 p.m.

After ace-ing that midterm, Pie Hole offers “I deserve this” desserts. Pie is served by the slice with flavors like Mexican chocolate, earl grey, strawberry lavender and—the most eye catching—Cereal Killer.  Anyone with a Chapman ID card can receive a 10 percent discount off any purchase.

Hug Life

Photo by @2dollartacos on Instagram

3505 Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

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This dessert spot opened in August of 2018 next door to the In-N-Out on Chapman Avenue. It is notable for its “anti-dairy” treats. Vegans, those with celiac disease, or those with nut allergies can indulge in creatively-named ice cream such as Green Goblin (mint chip) or Sesame Street (roasted black sesame with dark chocolate). Mention you are a Chapman student and enjoy a free topping!

Sodexo (yes, really)

The Chapman eAccounts online page allows Chapman ID card owners to deposit as little as ten dollars into their “declining balance” account. From there, students can enjoy tax-free food from anywhere on campus when paying with an ID card.

SGA petitions for better Title IX practices, extends signature deadline

Passed in 1972, Title IX prohibits discrimination against girls and women at institutions of higher education that use federal funding. There are just a handful of colleges in the U.S. that do not receive any federal funding. Graphic by Maggie Mayer.

Student Government (SGA) released a resolution proposal and petition to strengthen victim’s rights and support in the sexual misconduct policy. This was largely in response to changes to Title IX proposed by Betsy DeVos in the past several months. 

SGA’s “Resolution to Condemn Campus Sexual Misconduct” states that student leadership  “seeks to revise specific existing policies and procedures” and heighten protective measures for alleged victims of sexual misconduct, the document states. While Title IX is law, it also relies on universities for compliance and application, which SGA hopes to supplement with the proposal. 

“This resolution and the accompanying petition will serve as a powerful statement on behalf of the student body,” SGA Upper Senator Alex Ballard told Prowl in an email.

The sponsors of the petition initially aimed to get 2,000 signatures by March 1, but the deadline was extended another two weeks. As of March 1, it had about 1,400 signatures.

The petition is not actually required for the proposal to be put into action, but Ballard said that SGA seeks the support of the student body rather than just having it passed through their 16-person Senate. SGA hopes to send a stronger message to the Chapman administration this way.  

In November 2018, DeVos proposed amendments to Title IX that would strengthen the rights of accused perpetrators in sexual misconduct cases reported at federally funded universities. The proposal occurred more than one year after she rescinded two Obama-era Title IX policies, which according to DeVos, treated the accused unfairly. Some of these changes include tightening the definition of sexual misconduct and not requiring universities to investigate assaults that happen off of university property.  

Amid the DeVos controversy, Ballard and Dodge College Senator Lindsey Ellis spearheaded an initiative to protect and improve existing policies that give increased support and clear resources to victims. The senators started working on the resolution in November after hearing stories from Chapman students about their experiences with Title IX investigations, according to Ballard.

They hope to see changes in Chapman’s practices on this issue to foster an environment in which students feel comfortable coming forward and to restore their faith in the processes, Ballard stated.

“Our recommendations seek to ensure that Chapman’s Title IX policies on paper are properly carried out in practice.”  

The resolution demands that the university “engage in some self-examination” and reflect on the best practices for students, rather than mere compliance, according to Ballard. The proposal also encourages the university to hire more Title IX staff.

Chapman understands the severity and sensitivity of these issues but also has to coincide with California law, according to Title IX Lead Coordinator Deann Yocum Gaffney.

“I meet with students quite regularly, unfortunately, about these kinds of incidents and the effects they have,” Yocum Gaffney said.

Title IX, originally passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, is a federal civil rights law that acts in collaboration with state and local law.

Certain policies released by DeVos were implemented in California State Law as of about eight months ago, Yocum Gaffney said. A new policy mandating the accused and the accuser attend the same hearing, rather than permitting alleged victims to testify separately from their alleged assailants, was added in August 2018, according to the State Legislature.

“These hearings are grueling and really difficult for both students, but we have to be fair and people have to be able to ask all the questions they want,” Yocum Gaffney said. She declined to disclose her opinion of the new proposals.

“When requested, a school should make arrangements so that the complainant and the alleged perpetrator do not have to be present in the same room at the same time,” according to a statement from 2014 in the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights records. “Allowing an alleged perpetrator to question a complainant directly may be traumatic or intimidating, and may perpetuate a hostile environment.”

Chapman will release a new policy on how the university deals with these issues in the coming months as a follow-up to the DOE changes, Yocum Gaffney said.

The SGA proposal lists ten things the university could do combat these regulations, should DeVos’ proposals be passed. Several of the resolutions deal with educating more Chapman faculty and staff as to how to respond when students disclose information regarding sexual misconduct, which Yocum Gaffney said is already an aspect of the state laws passed in August.

Another proposal includes creating a task force of students and faculty that meets annually to discuss ways that they support all students should an incident of sexual misconduct arise.

“Our goal is to protect students in this process,” Ballard stated. “We are in favor of measures that align with that goal.”

Jessi Lumsden feels that what SGA is doing is worthwhile and plans to sign the petition.

“If enough people speak out about what’s going on, hopefully the issues with the Title IX changes can be identified,” Lumsden said.

SGA is confident that the actions the organization is requesting are realistic for Chapman to accomplish amidst the changing state and federal regulations, according to Ballard.

“Many of our policies are based on federal and state guidelines (emphasis on guidelines), and we believe that changes can be made to better follow those guidelines. We see the issue as partly a policy issue, but more so a practices issue,” he stated.

Ballard and Ellis have spoken to more than 30 student organizations about their proposal.

SGA leaders will continue to spread the resolution to students in the next few weeks, and then it will be taken to the Faculty Senate for review.

Chapman is trying to find a balance between working with the law and protecting students, Yocum Gaffney said.

“Title IX issues are deeply personal matters, and the stakes are very high,” Yocum Gaffney said. “We understand that this is an issue people feel strongly and deeply about, as they should.”