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February 27, 2013

Where to go to get your big @$# coat or gator shoes

Oxy students, you have style, there is no doubt about it. With SpringFest right around the corner, you are going to want to look your best. Since we don't have fashion trucks to park along side the food trucks, I found a few great places where you can get your vintage and second-hand threads to put together your look for the big day.

Owl Talk
Mon-Thur 11-7; Fri-Sat 11-6; Sun 12-4
5060-b Eagle Rock Blvd
This is a really great spot walking distance from campus specializing in women’s clothing. They carry items that are a little on the pricier side of the spectrum, but you can...

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February 25, 2013

One activity can help you get ready for beach body season, learn about your neighborhood, and help others

Emiko at the Color RunBe it a rebirth of New Years goals or a desire to get ready for swimsuit season, running is the perfect way to find interesting and enticing nooks and crannies of Los Angeles. is the perfect online tool to help and motivate you in your running experience. The site offers the ability to map out runs at specific distances in and around Eagle Rock. The coolest aspect is that you can share your running maps and look at other people’s maps in the community.

After you have caught the running bug; Los Angeles offers a multitude of enticing runs for both novice and advanced runners alike. These runs also support community and nationwide charity organizations. It’s the perfect way to get fit and help the...

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February 19, 2013

Feeling a little less wealthy? Emiko has some options for you.

I hope you had the loveliest Valentine's Day, Tigers! After Valentine's Day some people will certainly be feeling a lighter wallet. However, if your wallet is deflated but your Valentines Day spirit is still on a roll I have the perfect thing for you, and the great part is they are all free (or almost free)! If you’re up for a cute adventure I have my top choices for the cutest things in the Los Angeles area.

Point Dume State Beach

This place is gorgeous, especially during sunset! This is the perfect place to go exploring and a good place for whale watching.

Griffith Park...

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February 18, 2013

Why hip-hop's hottest duo was chosen to headline this year's SpringFest

Unless you've been living with your head in the fountain, you have by now heard that this year's SpringFest headliner is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. I checked in with Programming Board Manager Redd Barua-Norton to find out a little more about how the SpringFest artist was chosen.

When it comes down to it, with Macklemore's recent chart-topping success, not many people are questioning this decision. There are some who don't understand why we are hosting another hip-hop headliner. What PB is trying to do is give the Oxy student body what they want. Last summer, Oxy students responded to a survey regarding what type of music they wanted to hear at concerts. That survey showed that "Oxy students want to hear hip-hop and EDM [electronic dance music] by a very large margin over other genres of music," Redd says. "We had an...

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February 11, 2013

A good meal or an evening of fun can be found all in one small section of Hollywood

Emiko at Miceli'sNow that I've joined the blog, the focus of my posts is going to be Los Angeles activities and good eats. Let the adventures begin!

Miceli’s Restaurant on Las Palmas is certainly a must eat place while you live in Los Angeles! There are now two Miceli’s, one is in Universal City and the other, original one, is in Hollywood. Since its opening in 1949 the restaurant has fed the Stars, from Julia Roberts to The Beatles. It’s the best of both the glitz of Hollywood and the home-style food and ambiance of Italy. The building is furnished with original pieces that truly get you into the Italiano mood. Right down to the red and white checkered tablecloth!

I personally...

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February 4, 2013

New to campus but not Southern California, Emiko wants to give you a taste of something good.

Emiko SchwabHello! I’m Emiko Schwab a first-year at Oxy (I plan to study Biochemistry) and So-Cal Native! I’m truly excited to be joining you on an Occidental and Los Angeles adventure! So where to begin? I love the outdoors, hiking and gardening. On my free days I love to go anywhere in nature and sit-down and write. Look forward to a lot of Good Eats posts, as I'll be putting some together for you very soon.

I should also tell you that I LOVE figure skating. I’ve been skating since I was 3 1/2 and never get tired of it. My new thing in figure skating though is synchronized figure skating! I’m currently a part of California Gold, an International level team. We just came back from our International assignment in Berlin which...

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December 6, 2012

Make your finals week a little less rough with massages, pizza, furry friends and more!

No one likes finals. Not even the faculty. But sadly, they seem to be as inevitable as death and taxes. So while you're plugging away trying to figure out how to appropriately use that equation or describe the interplay between individuals along the gender spectrum with various holiday catalog ads remember to take a bit of a break. Here's your guide to the many different ways to help keep yourself sane this finals week.

The Green Bean always has specialty pastries during finals week to help you cope. Be sure to check out the Green Bean Facebook page to keep an eye on which pastries are coming which days. They will also be featuring various activities throughout the week including board games, coloring...

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October 19, 2012

You've seen the fences and heard the noise, now check out what's happening inside.

The quad has become a symphony of construction sounds (although it sounds more like demolition) with both Johnson Hall and the Johnson Student Center getting some work done. After trying to crane my neck around corners and almost borrowing a pair of binoculars from the birdwatching club, I found someone willing to put on a hardhat take a camera inside Johnson hall to give us a sneak...

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August 7, 2012

Whether you're new to LA or you've been a life long resident, food truck etiquette is important survival knowledge to have.

With L.A. being arguably the best city in the country to experience the wheeled wonders that are food trucks, you would think everyone would be skilled at navigating them. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Here are some tips for making your experience (and others) more enjoyable.

  1. What do they have? - Even the most established food trucks will have menus that vary based on where else they've been that day and numerous other factors. Make sure to check the menu to be sure they have what you are looking for. When checking the menu stand back a ways so others can see as well. It's super frustrating to have someone standing 1 foot in front of the sign with five people craning their necks to try to see around you. If everyone takes one...
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July 23, 2012

One organization makes it easy to get to know the nooks and crannies of some of LA's most interesting neighborhoods.

A stop at Libro Schmibros on Malissa's Boyle Heights tourLos Angeles can be a vast city. The sprawl can be intimidating to many. One organization has been working to make things a little more intimate inside the urban jungle.

Oxy student Laura Ramsay spent her summer as the Marketing Intern at LA Commons, an organization that works with local docents to provide tours of some of LA's interesting neighborhoods like Highland Park and East Hollywood. Each Trekking LA tour costs $10 but includes food tastings and the chance to get the inside scoop from a local. The Trekking LA tours run through September.

I know, September is a busy month for Oxy students. And if you're not in LA right now, you might...

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