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Finding freedom during orientation week

Finding freedom during orientation week

It’s not surprising that Chapman students make new friends during freshman Orientation week. But not many get a new band out of it.   Meet the Freedoms. They pride themselves on being free from restrictions in genre, lyrics or anything else.   Matt Owens, a […]

An open letter to all of the realists in the world

An open letter to all of the realists in the world

  My six-year-old self dreamt of holding my own laser gun. Being in charge of each electronic beep, sporting that red polo top and khaki combo, manning my own station marked with the illuminated number three. Oh yes, I had my heart set on being […]

Getting to know The Players’ Society

Getting to know The Players’ Society

Writing on the audience’s forehead, crawling on the floor of Beckman 404 and creating raunchy spoofs on classic children’s movies may not seem like artistic choices. But for senior digital art major Mike Stimpson, these bold moves are more for the performers than the audience. […]

The OC shock

The OC shock

Real or plastic lips? Hard to tell. Sand in the Benz? Orange skin and fluorescent teeth? Pets in clothes? To junior public relations and advertising major Simone Gabrielli, moving to Orange County for school had burned bright in her imagination as nearly flawless. It wasn’t […]

Knowing your audience: Chapman Professor Douglas Cooney reaches students from five years old to college

Knowing your audience: Chapman Professor Douglas Cooney reaches students from five years old to college

 Before sledding down a hill, Princess Sofia and her friends need to put on a helmet to be safe.   This is something that Chapman English professor Douglas Cooney had to keep in mind while working on the writing staff of the Disney Junior series […]

Finding the good in off-campus living

Finding the good in off-campus living

Caitlyn Payne, junior integrated education studies major, walks out of her apartment door — her off campus apartment door — to find two young girls playing on the sidewalk.   “It feels so homey knowing there are people making their lives here,” said Payne.    […]

D3 in athletics, A1 in academics

D3 in athletics, A1 in academics

It’s 5:30 in the morning and freshman biochemistry major Chloe Garcia gets out of bed with the anticipation of submerging herself into the Allred Olympic Pool for water polo practice. “It’s a lot of dedication. It’s a lot of commitment… And it’s a lot of […]

“How’d you guys meet?”

“How’d you guys meet?”

Aside from her studies, for Chapman junior Alyssa Policarpio, a film production major, the day usually starts with a kale smoothie, she stalks herself on Instagram, listens to “Closer” 20 times, and ventures off to pick up her potential hook-up candidate from Tinder at 3:30 […]

Following sister: On and off the court

Following sister: On and off the court

Mary Cahill and John Cahill have always been on the same frequency when it came to coaching the volleyball team here at Chapman. In many ways they’ve lived the ideal small town life, reminiscent of the premise of such shows as “Friday Night Lights” or […]

Being a hypocrite

Being a hypocrite

  I lost five pounds in one week and I regret it. It was a little before spring break and I was going to Mexico. It was my first time going on a trip with friends and I wanted to feel good about myself for […]