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Committee focuses on student mental health, classroom problems

Every week, departments at Chapman meet to discuss various student difficulties, from mental health problems to struggles in school. “Usually it’s things that we believe have the potential to have a negative impact on the student’s progress through school, that if unaddressed could end up being a barrier to them being successful academical...

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Sounds for the lyrically inclined

An underground veteran of the rap genre, Logic stays true to his mixtape-era fans.  A trained lyricist with a talent for natural flow, he weaves intricate, dark-subject tales together to create a lightweight version of an otherwise heartbreaking autobiography in his debut album, “Under Pressure,” released Oct. 21.  In the first track, “In...

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Murray movie gripes & delights

Expecting a real-action version of “Up” with a crusty curmudgeon who sheds his nasty façade for an optimistic child with ADHD, I was pleasantly surprised to be gasping at a movie filled with cussing kids and a chain-smoking babysitter. “St. Vincent,” released Oct. 24, is about grumpy geezer, Vincent (Bill Murray), who finds his solitary l...

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‘Weekenders’ Web series takes shots of college shenanigans

Alexis Figueroa, a sophomore theatre and television writing and production major, gets a drink spilled on her at a party. She goes to the bathroom with Ella Miller, a sophomore public relations and advertising major, whom she just met. Next thing, they’re sharing life stories and acting like best friends.  This is not any night out — it’s...

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Students search for zen during Rocky Mountain retreat

It was in 1992 that Bernard McGrane, sociology professor at Wilkinson College of Humanities & Social Sciences, decided to create a Chapman interterm course called Ancient Wisdom, Modern Madness.  The class is organized as a 10-day retreat at the Shambhala Mountain Center in the Colorado Rockies. In January, he will be taking students to Col...

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Behind the wheels: bike safety near campus

Kate Cole was riding her bicycle to campus when the unexpected happened — she was hit by a car while crossing the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Shaffer Street.  “I don’t remember getting hit,” said Cole, a senior political science major. “I remember seeing the car coming and I blacked out for a few seconds, then I woke up in the...

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Chapman sociologist studies what scares Americans most

Crime rates in America have been steadily decreasing over the last 20 years — but the majority of Americans believe that crimes, such as school shootings, human trafficking and gang violence, have been occurring more.  Christopher Bader, professor of sociology at Wilkinson College of Humanities & Social Sciences, led a team of Chapman facul...

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Senior ‘Shaffer Boys’ slide into online acclaim

Combine a camera, four close friends and a Slip ‘N Slide, and a viral video is produced.  “We got out the Slip ‘N Slide and made a whole thing of it,” said Parker Friedrich, a senior film production and cinematography major. “A few months later Zane posts it and someone came over and said we are on the front page of Reddit.” Daniel...

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Sundance hit bangs the drums

There’s a story Professor Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons in an Oscar-worthy role) tells freshman Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) during his first semester at a music conservatory that becomes the motif for Damien Chazelle’s film, “Whiplash.” It’s the legend of how jazz drummer Jo Jones threw a cymbal at a young Charlie Parker for making ...

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Vibrant movie romanticizes ‘The Day of the Dead’

Add in quirky characters, references to the “Day of the Dead” and a beautiful color scheme, and a film fit for all ages is created. “The Book of Life,” released Oct. 17, is an absolutely charming movie about life, death and everything in between. The story follows Manolo (Diego Luna), a hopeless romantic, through The Land of the Livin...

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