The women the wigs created

Feather Magazine, Spring 2013

   Caitlin Macatee spotted the long, wine-red locks at the wig vendor’s table. She was at a comic convention, and wondered if something so different from her natural, deep brown bob cut could be “her.” But when she clipped on the wig, and glanced at her exotic, doll-like reflection, she saw that it already was.

   “Wigs made me realize I have absolute control over the way that I look,” Macatee says. “If you feel that your inside doesn’t match your outside, then you can make your outside match.”

   Macatee, a 23-year-old student from Orange, California, is one of many women in their twenties who have chosen to adopt wigs as a method for altering their hairstyle—no coloring or cutting required. Two types of wigs are available: those made from synthetic hair and those made from real hair. The pieces are often made by hand, and individually strung through a cloth cap, to sell on average for between $50 and $80.

   Macatee, who has purchased six wigs in the last three years, says wigs are trending today because of the alternative fashion inspired by Cosplay, a performing costume art.

   Wigs were popular in the United States in the 60s for women wanting to get the same fantastic hairstyles as the stars, or that classic pin-up look, but it seems they’re resurfacing. Recently, celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé have been spotted sporting the flexible pieces. But you don’t have to be a celebrity, or into Cosplay, to play around with wigs.

    Erin McCavera, a 24-year-old hedge fund assistant in New York City, experimented with blonde wigs to try out a thicker and different style when her auburn hair thinned after a surgery.

   “I wanted to do something a little adventurous, and I wanted to try out this alter-Erin personality – the Blonde,” she says.

    However, she wasn’t convinced of the pieces in the beginning.

    “My main worry was that everyone would know I was wearing a wig. There are dorky or cheap costume wigs, that are very obvious in their design. But the recent wigs I’ve purchased have a natural hairline and a lace cap wear so if the wind blows, it looks like a natural scalp. The pieces look totally real, and people often don’t believe I’m wearing a wig because of how real they look and feel.”

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Students squeeze juice into schedules

Prowl Magazine, a Chapman student-run publication | Published Spring 2013


   It’s another juicy Monday. Hayley Chandler swings by Mother’s Market in Orange, already having her daily shopping list memorized. She picks out parsley, beats, kale, cucumber, lemon, ginger, cabbage, broccoli, spinach and chard.

   Then she asks for it all to be blended into 8-oz. on-the-go cup.   “Some people think it’s so gross, but after a while you get used to it,” Chandler said. “I don’t get tired of it. I feel so good after, that I want the juice.”

   Chandler, a sophomore communication studies major, is one of many Chapman students who customize fruit and vegetable juices to squeeze the benefits out of healthy foods. Although nutritionists urge caution against depending solely on juices for nutrients, a growing number of Orange County juice bars and at-home juicing machines cater to students’ cravings.

   Joe Cross, star of the 2010 documentary “Fat Sick & Nearly Dead,” nationally publicized the health benefits of juicing when he drank only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days and lost 82 pounds.  Today, Barron’s Financial Report reveals it’s a $5 billion per year industry, and Old Towne Orange is catching on by welcoming the Growl Juice Pub, opening this summer.

   For freshman television and broadcast journalism major Emma Hertz, however, it’s a fad that started in her mother’s backyard a few years ago.

   “We have an orchid and grow all our own fruits and vegetables. We ran out of ideas as to what to do with them, and we started making juices,” she said. “It’s just more convenient than walking around eating a couple sticks of celery, and then a tomato, and then a head of lettuce.”

   Hertz said she hopes to eventually buy one of the many juicers on the market, which typically sale for $90-$200, to avoid the artificial ingredients many store brands stir into their juices.

   “You really have to look at the ingredients,” she said. “A lot say natural food taste, and it usually means it’s fake and not the actual fruit or vegetable.”

   Director of the Laguna Beach store Living Juice, Martin Alter, said although juicing has been present for hundreds of years, younger generations are just beginning to notice the benefits of juicing, like increased energy and clearer skin.

   “It used to be an older, better-educated crowd coming in, but now it’s everybody,” he said. “The people who work out or do yoga, they’re our core audience. I don’t think it’s trending, I think it’s here to stay.”

   Alter said Living Juice uses a cold pressure machine to squeeze the juice out of the produce, and the leftover liquid is quick to digest.

   “It’s unlike a meal, which can sometimes take the digestive system 24 hours to break down all the food particles,” he said. “When you drink juice, you’re ingesting a huge amount of vitamins and minerals all at once into the blood stream, and very quickly.”

   Alter said about 3.5 pounds of produce are used to juice each 17-oz. drink.

   Sophomore screenwriting major Avery Rouda uses her own juicer to mix apples, lemon, kale, spinach and carrots into drink. Yet despite the convenience of drinking her vegetables, she said the juicing process takes time.

   “It’s just as hard to cut the veggies, juice them and clean the juicer if you’re going to compare it to making a salad,” she said. “But, it’s convenient once you have the juice.”

   Rouda said knowing the drink has no added ingredients is worth the work.

   “It’s everything you could eat in one day combined in a glass,” she said. “In today’s society, we’re so wrapped up in sugar and everything that goes into what you drink, that I like that it’s all-natural.”

   Although many juice stores, like Living Juice, suggest fruit cleanses to customers, director of food science Anuradha Prakash said students need much more than a fruit and vegetables-only diet.

   “Our body does a fine enough job of cleansing every day, and a fruit cleanse is not going to anything except for deplete us of nutrients,” she said. “If apple or pineapple juice is the first ingredient, you’re really getting so much sugar. And, when you’re drinking more than a glass, you’re getting 300-400 calories.”

   Prakash said produce loses its fiber, and the nutrients and vitamins that attach to it, when it is juiced. Because of this, she said students must also consume sources of protein, iron, calcium and fat to maintain a balanced diet.

   “Spinach, for example, is 75 percent water,” she said. “If they go workout and reach for juice instead of soda, then it makes sense. But it should not be the only way they get fruits and vegetables.”

   For Chandler, juices aren’t a meal replacement. They’re a way to make vegetables slightly sweeter with a dash of fruit juice.

   “It’s pure carbs, so I’m not very full after,” she said. “But they make you feel more awake and healthy. There’s also raw ginger or cayan peppers as an option to boost your metabolism.”

   Despite a fruit juice costing $2.50 at Mother’s Market, Chandler said it is more affordable than buying the vegetables separately to eat, another reason students are catching on.

   “It’s less than buying an entire bag of spinach for $3,” she said. “It’s definitely becoming more popular, and I see a lot of people Intagramming their juices. Health is a good part of life in Southern California, and people are becoming even more health conscious.”

   For Chandler, it’s a fruitful lifestyle. And it’s even better with ten vegetables squeezed in.

Chapman clubbing: social hour sans the happy hour

Prowl Magazine, a Chapman student-run publication | Published Spring 2013

  An early spring moon lit up the Frisbee that Kristen Yu flicked across Wilson Field. It was a warm Monday night, and nearby, dorm social gatherings were beginning with chatter. Yet here, the world was silenced under the disc’s flight. It landed in her teammate’s fingers, and they both grinned with approval.

Jimmy Lindsey plays arcade-style games at the Mash Harder Club. Photo by Artëm Barinov.

   In that moment, Chapman belonged to them.

   “My coach always says to keep ultimate Frisbee weird,” said Yu, a freshman biochemistry major. “We like being the weird sport, and we’re out here because we want to be. On that field, we’re all friends.”

   Yu is part of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, one of more than 90 Chapman clubs meant to join those with unconventional interests and funded by the Student Government Association (SGA). Students searching for their own niche on campus create these clubs, which are typically less well-known and less advertised than large organizations like Greek Life.

   Freshman creative writing major Lee Feldman said he met some of his closest friends in the Anime Club, a group that meets weekly to view anime films.

    “I can really reach out and connect with other people and make friends just based off one potential interest that we share,” he said. “It allows different people to connect over something regardless of other interests in their life.”

    SGA President Chris Joondeph said clubs can request funding from the $75,000 SGA allocates to student organizations, after creating the club through a five-step application process with Student and Campus Life. Each request is voted on by a committee of five senators if less than $700, and by the entire senate if more.

   Many clubs, however, don’t request any funding and are free for members.

   “Clubs are more manageable for people who many not have money or time for things like Greek Life,” said Matt Robillard, a freshman digital arts major in the Ultimate Frisbee Club.

   Chapman, however, does not advertise clubs, with the exception of the Student Involvement Fair and weekly announcement emails by request.

   “It’s hard for people who are new on campus to know there are a lot of smaller clubs and organizations,” Robillard said. “If there was some way to show new people all the options that they have, it would be great. There’s a lot of invisibility.”

  Here is a look at three of those clubs: the Ultimate Frisbee Club, the Mash Harder Club and the Anime Club.


Monday, 7 p.m. – The Ultimate Frisbee Club

   “Spider” and “Coach Proxy” tossed a Frisbee lightly over soft discussion about weekend plans, and 14 students practiced drills nearby.

    “You give everyone a nickname, and it’s actually what you use on the field,” Yu said. “Sometimes people get really busy with commitments and class, and Frisbee is usually at the bottom of people’s list. But you can’t get your nickname if you never come out.”

   And those Frisbee throws take time to learn, she said.

   “A lot of people don’t expect all the running, and our drills can be pretty intimidating,” Yu said. “Last semester I was completely new and I couldn’t even throw a disc. But these people out here taught me how.”

   The Ultimate Frisbee Club meets Mondays and Wednesdays for three hours to practice and prepare for tournaments. Frisbee is a self-repped, non-contact sport with a 30-page rulebook.

   After establishing last spring, the club made its first win against Cal Poly Pomona last semester. But the club isn’t about competition, Robillard said.

   “A lot of people join for Frisbee because there’s not many ways to do that unless you know other people,” he said. “But then, as they keep going back to practices, it becomes more about meeting friends.”


Friday 1 p.m. – The Mash Harder Club

   Riley Mathis spent the first Friday of February like any other: tucked beneath Leatherby Libraries in room B16. Most of the ten students crowded around him wore their hair shaggy and their shirts loose, and grunted with frustration as he jabbed at his controller. They wanted to digitally destroy him, but they were his greatest coalition.

   They were quietly fighting to prove Chapman gamers had a social niche, too.

   The Mash Harder Club focuses on fighting games, a genre of video games that grew significantly in the past decade as it moved from arcade machines to personal consoles. Last year, SGA purchased four controllers for the club for $693, which club members plugged into multiple computer screens and a large projector in the classroom.

    “It’s more social than anything, but we can get pretty serious sometimes,” said Mathis, a sophomore computer science major. “It’s aimed at people who already have gaming experience.”

    Junior business major Jimmy Lindsey said he comes to the club for a chance to switch playing with a computer with a real person.

    “Playing against someone, you get the experience. If you play against a computer, it’s going to do dumb things,” he said. “A computer will think ‘I can do this really dumb move,’ but a human would never risk that.”


Friday 6 p.m. – The Anime Club

   Five hours later, senior English major Hazel Naylor hushed 25 students in Argyros Forum 207.  It was difficult, because despite the film flickering on the screen, it was also their social hour.  They were finally with the two dozen other Chapman students who understood what Friday meant.

   It was for anime.

   “This has made me who I am,” said Lee Feldman, a sophomore creative writing major. “You’ll be accepted for who you are, which isn’t necessarily present in other places on campus.”

   The Anime Club votes on a series of anime episodes to watch at the beginning of the semester, and meets every Friday afternoon to watch the Japanese films with English subtitles together.

   Senior business major Kelly Bohart picked a chair close to the screen. She said she came to meet friends.

    “A lot of my classes are changing, so I wanted to find people I had things in common with,” she said. “I used to watch anime with a friend in high school, but now I don’t have anyone to watch it with any more.”

   This, Naylor said, is slowly changing.

    “People used to judge you for liking it because it was different from mainstream media,” Naylor said. “But it’s becoming more integrated into our culture. My goal is to create a club to talk about what you like without being judged.”

    Three meetings are merely snapshots in a long reel of club-based social scenes at Chapman. Not long before these meetings, students swing danced at the Chapman Swing Cats club, played Capture the Flag at Chapman Nerf Club and became horse whisperers at the Equestrian Club.

For one more week, those meetings reassured them unconventional didn’t need to mean alone.

Western medicine gets touchier

Prowl Magazine, a Chapman student-run publication | Spring 2013

   Leah Dugas knows pain well. Recently, a misalignment problem nestled it in a deep tangle of muscle knots and strained joints in her lower back. Although she feels it daily, the dancer takes no medication. Instead, she schedules a human touch to temporarily rub away the pain.

   A massage is her twice-a-week remedy.

   “I have a lot of issues in my spine, tailbone and ribs, so they do a massage to try and relax the muscles to let my bones realign,” she said. “It’s expensive, but it has a purpose.”

   Dugas, a sophomore dance major, is one of many Chapman students who purchase massage therapy sessions regularly to treat health issues without pharmaceuticals. Orange County therapists price the centuries-old therapy at least $50-$80 per session, and suggest that clients schedule many consecutive massages to see results for chronic conditions.

   Although wellness massages are available in most spas, Dugas said physical therapists usually offer massage services in their offices after realignment sessions.

   “We’ll work on it with a manual massage,” she said. “It’s Saturday and my back already hurts, and I got one Wednesday. But you feel different when you walk out.”

   Mentions of massage therapy date back as far as written documentation exists, followed by writings by Hippocrates, ancient Chinese and American Indians, said California College of Physical Arts director Emily Cohen. It’s a field that’s growing quickly, and is predicted to continue to do so through 2015, she said.

   “It’s a shift in health care,” she said. “People are finding that complementary methods are just as effective, if not more, than treatments used in the past.”

   Cohen said some insurance companies are even adding massage therapy to their coverage.

   “Insurance companies have discovered that if their clients get regularly treated [with massages], they require less surgery and long-term medication,” she said. “A lot of people are saying they want it to get worked on, without walking around with sedatives or pain killers.”

   Sophomore business major Maher Jada can get up to one massage every week for $20 using his mother’s work insurance. After being diagnosed with scoliosis last year, Jada began purchasing massages after visiting his chiropractor to fix realignment issues in his back.

   “I can definitely see a change in my back since I’ve been doing it, and I try to not take as many drugs as possible,” he said. “Especially in the United States, a lot of people look toward pharmaceutical pills. I was raised to eat well and to try to find other ways of wellness naturally.”

   Jada’s masseuse uses oil and his hands and elbows for a deep tissue massage of 45 minutes on the back and hips.

   Yet it isn’t exactly a spa experience, Jada said.

   “It’s not a relaxing thing,” he said. “It’s very painful and afterwards you’re very sore. You can get sick afterwards too because all the toxins built up in your muscles are released, so you need to drink a lot of water.”

   Junior sociology major Lauren Gibson said she doesn’t have a condition that requires therapy, yet she still visits a spa for a massage every two months to release toxins in her body and stretch her muscles.

   “The number one reason to get a massage is how much time we spend sitting on campus and at our jobs,” she said. “Combine that with stress, which you hold in your muscles and your back. It’s the whole experience of calming down your nervous system.”

   For some, however, less expensive methods of calming are more effective than massages.

   Sanjay Kumar, professor of religious studies, said deep breathing and relaxation can have greater results than massages for stress-induced issues.

   “Massages have a special effect in relaxing muscles in our bodies, and we’re all so focused on that, but that comes and goes,” he said. “There’s also training your mind to release stress and tension. These are things that are long-lasting and free.”

   Kumar said his preferred Eastern medicine remedy is meditation.

   “I love getting massages, but I can’t get one every day, so for me, daily meditation practice is a massage for the mind,” he said. “You have a choice when it comes to stress.”

   However, many students won’t sacrifice the physical treatment.

   Dugas will only wait a few days until her next massage. To continue dancing, she said it is crucial.

   “There are so many dancers that need to be doing this, but don’t want to pay extra,” she said. “But it’s detrimental if you want to have this as a career.  You want longevity, and it’s vital to take care of your body.”

   For her, that longevity is in another person’s hands.

Les Voiles de St. Barth

 Los Angeles Confidential  |  May 2013


Sailors at the French West Indies race compete to win a Richard Mille watch.

   Contestants set sail in the fourth edition of Caribbean yacht racing competition Les Voiles de St. Barth from April 8-13, 2013 in Saint Barthélemy, French West Indies. But in lieu of a medal, some 800 sailors from around the world braved a challenging sailing course in windy weather in hopes of taking home a bright yellow, water-resilient Richard Mille RM 028 Automatic Dive Watch “Les Voiles de St. Barth” ($93,000).

   Sailors and their more than 60 vessels were divided into various classes, which navigated through difficult racecourses around the area. Wendy Schmidt of the Maxi Yachts class anchored a victory in her Swan 80 Selene and was awarded the diver’s watch at the prize-giving ceremony.

   The limited-edition timepiece’s bright yellow color is characteristic of traditional sailing and diving pursuits, while its three-part case construction and 22 torque screws render it water resistant up to 300 meters. An automatic winding rotor, which includes a weight that swings inside as a person wears it to generate the watch’s power, makes it the ideal accessory for an active person. Available at Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898


Published at Los Angeles Confidential

Assembly Braid Bar

Los Angeles Confidential  |  March 2013

The new braid and ponytail salon in Beverly Hills dishes out runway-worthy hairstyles.

Assembly, a salon with a twist, opens March 27 in Beverly Hills as the first braid and ponytail bar in Los Angeles. The style menu features braids and pulled-back looks for everyday and special events, as well as makeup, nail, and blowout services.

Lead stylist Jacqueline Bush weaves inspiration from street styles, the runway, and celebrity clients into the handful of available updos. Customers can choose from styles like Sienna Miller’s signature Crown Braid, or the professional yet playful Zipped Up Top Knot that Bush created.

Owner Jessica Jekkel says the laid-back California culture is the root of casual, trendy braids that are in high-demand now. “When I think of a braided hairstyle, I think of a woman who is playful, cheeky, and has a great sense of personal style. To me, that is the LA girl,” she says. “We love that artfully undone look, and that was born on the beaches of Southern California.”

A wash plus a braid or pony costs $45, while a braid or fancy pony done on dry hair is $30, and both options take less than 50 minutes. Other services are tailored for special events like the red carpet or date nights, but clients can also purchase memberships for scheduled weekly sessions.

Although Assembly’s signature service is the braid, Jekkel says the salon’s six stylists will continue to update the offerings for whatever seasonal trends come next. “Right now, a braid, fun pony, or messy updo is what makes a woman feel gorgeous. When the style changes, so will we,” she says. “But I know I will be rocking my braids for a long time. I love having my hair pulled back, and a hair tie alone won’t cut it.” 250 S. Robertson Blvd., Ste. B, 424-278-1567

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