Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod
Hey there guys, my name is Malcolm MacLeod, but I go by Mack. I'll be a sophomore next year and I've yet to declare my major. Liberal arts was definitely the route for me because I really like to get involved with as many different things as I can. In terms of a major, I'm leaning towards either Media Studies or Studio Art, and I'll minor in whichever one I don't choose for my major. However, I'm also very interested in journalism and just started writing for the Occidental weekly, which has been a great experience so far. It's been a lot of fun being able to write on subjects outside of academia that are of personal interest. My favorite class this semester was Principles of Narrative Journalism. The class is taught by Bob Sipchen, a Pulitzer Prize winner and current Editor In Chief of Sierra Magazine. I was able to apply the lessons I learned in that class directly to my work with the paper. It's really the first time aside from language or math classes that I've been able to find a real world application for something I learned in school.
However, what's kept me most active lately has been football. After a long winter of lifting and conditioning, Tiger Football opened up spring practice on March 27th. Despite a disappointing showing of 2-7 last season, our new head coach Doug Semones is confident that we can turn the program around and get back to the winning tradition Oxy players were used to not long ago. We've been practicing at 6:30 AM in the morning all spring, and will practice at 7:00 AM all next season. Having come from Yale, Coach Semones understands the academic rigors of coming to a school like Occidental, and wants to give us plenty of time in the afternoons to get our work done off the field. In general, this younger, more enthusiastic coach seems entirely more in tune with the needs and attitudes of his players, which bodes well for what's to come.