Netflix and... Oxy?
Blogger: Elise Sugarman
Whenever I tell my friends that I have a five-week winter break, they are always extremely jealous. However, it’s not as amazing as it sounds: as my high school friends return to their respective universities after three weeks, I’m left alone in the boring suburbs (sorry, Orange County) with a list of summer internship applications to complete and a lot of Netflix to watch. I’m not complaining about the long winter break, but it only makes me more anxious to return to Oxy for the spring semester.
In between my summer internship applications, I enjoy taking the occasional Netflix break (or two…). This winter break, I am currently watching the amazing, American political drama called The West Wing (which I highly recommend to everyone). One day, as I was taking my regular Netflix break and watching The West Wing, I suddenly recognized Fowler Hall in the background. Then, all of a sudden, Toby Ziegler (Richard Schiff) was casually walking through the Oxy quad and kept referring to it as Washington, D.C.! I couldn’t believe my eyes and replayed the scene several times to confirm my suspicion; finally, I looked up to see if in fact The West Wing had filmed at Oxy and it was true!
Many TV shows and movies film at Oxy, so it was not the first time I had noticed Oxy in the background—instead, it was a moment of pride in my school. My friends and I joke how we get annoyed with camera crews shooting TV shows, movies, and commercials in the middle of our quad when we’re just trying to get to class; however, it’s always so exciting to see shows such as Glee and Arrested Development shot live and then watch them later on TV. Because Oxy is used for lots of filming, movie stars like Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin have randomly appeared on our campus (although I’m still bitter that I missed both of them), and I’ve had the chance to meet Ray Romano from Everybody Loves Raymond! Experiences like these have made me extremely grateful for choosing to go to school in L.A. and I simply can’t imagine how great the opportunities are for film majors on our campus.