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February 22, 2012

I'm not going to lie - I really thought I'd be burned out by my second semester as a Manager at the student-run Green Bean Coffee Lounge (especially as a senior in his last semester at Oxy!), but the job continues to challenge me. Here are some updates from the past couple of weeks...

  • The "donated mug" program (mentioned in an earlier post) that we launched at the end of last semester has continued to flourish. We have more than enough ceramic mugs to offer any customer the option of using one if they intend of staying in our shop for a bit. This way they also recieve the 20-cent mug discount. I track the total number of mug discounts on a daily basis to determine the amount of disposable cups that Oxy students have saved. While the program was new last semester, we were still able to save over...
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February 22, 2012

Hello blog readers! I hope everybody had a fantastic President’s Day weekend – I know I did! In honor of this esteemed holiday I attended a “political party,” in which party-goers dressed up as famous political figures. I met a young Joseph Stalin, the 1%, and some other interesting characters. I committed a major party faux-pas and didn't dress up, mostly because I wanted to wear this sheer top that I have neglected lately. My sorority just initiated 29 new girls as pledges, which was amazing as it always is. I have a little sister this semester, which is a very important relationship for Greeks. My big still takes me out for coffee and cupcakes! I hope I can pass down an awesome legacy to my new little.

Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha Spring Recruitment 2012This is Alpha Lambda Phi Alpha Spring 2012! Not all the...

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February 21, 2012

Hey, this has been a whirlwind start to the Spring 2012 semester.  I am taking a full course load consisting of: Sociology in the Environment 285 Urban Environmental Policy 301, Urban Politics International Economics  311 Micro-Economics 250 Besides that I have been active in my fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.  We recently had formal spring recruitment and were able to get 20 new pledges.  So that has been pretty exciting to see.  Also our fraternity's intramural soccer team has gotten off to a 2-0 start.  You can check out it here. Intramurals are a really fun way to keep active and play in some semi-competitive but always fun sporting events.  There is even wiffle ball and dodge ball. Tunage: ...

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February 21, 2012

Hey gang. As I've previously mentioned, I am still on break! Though technically abroad this semester, (I'm going to Japan, woot!) the Japanese semester doesn't start until April, so until then I'm bumming around at home. So far it's been pretty fun. I appeared in the annual alumni New Years production of "The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the theater I spent most of my high school years in.

Since then I've been been house and dog sitting for a family friend (or a friend's family, I'm never sure which) and doing housework for my mom. Yipee! Well, she's paying me so, I...

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February 21, 2012

What a weekend it has been! After finishing a rather long week with plenty of assignments and library time, I got to celebrate my twentieth birthday over the long weekend. (I always joke about how President's Day is in honor of my birthday, but no one actually believes me. xP)

Me, post Fountain-Dunk... brrr!

After Oxy's customary fountain-dunk I was treated to a lovely raspberry white chocolate mocha at the Cooler, our second eatery on campus. It's open late and usually has everything you want after a long day, including good sushi, pizza...

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February 21, 2012

The first month back at school has proven to be quite busy and eventful. With a busier class schedule and more extracurricular activities, I definitely haven't had as much free time as I did last semester. I went through formal recruitment a few weeks ago and ended up pledging Delta Omicron Tau, which is one of the local sororities on campus. I, like the majority of the Oxy students involved in Greek life I've spoken with, did not expect to join a sorority when I first started college. However, I'm really glad I decided to go through with rush (out of curiosity) because Oxy Greek life is so different from and more laid-back than Greek life at other schools, and I can already tell it will be a lot of fun. Despite a busier schedule, my friends and I have had the opportunity to get out and try various restaurants in Eagle Rock and the Los Angeles area. Personal favorites of mine have been the fried pita bread at Spitz, the special heart-...

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February 20, 2012

My goodness. What a shameful lapse in blogging this has been. The spring semester has got off to a fantastic, albeit hectic start for me. I'm taking a couple of super tough classes, CTSJ 180 Stupidity and my CSP, Urban Fictions. In fact, I just completed a field trip for my CSP, which involved going Downtown and checking out the sights of the city. I know, this sounds like fun, but it took 6 hours, counting travel time. Stupidity is probably the coolest, most interesting class I've taken. It involves a deep analysis of human intelligence and suggests that stupidity and intelligence are not opposite ; they are unique and sometimes run parallel in the human experience. I highly suggest taking it if it's offered when you're at Oxy. My photography has been picking up speed pretty quickly, although I still do all my work for free and only expect that people accept my newly made business cards. I had 500 of them made and have been card-...

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February 19, 2012

Hello Everyone!  Long time no see! It's hard to believe that this is already the fourth week of school.  I don't know where all the time has gone!

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Actually, I do know where it's gone (see Fig. 1a).  This week has kind of been a rest&recovery from last week, which as Formal Greek Recruitment, which was lots of fun, as usual, but also very busy!  I've talked briefly  about recruitment before here , but I'll explain in more depth this time. The...

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February 16, 2012

These past two weeks have been really chaotic for me. The month of February is full of events like Recruitment Week, school, work, and study abroad applications. First, my study abroad application was due so I had to contact professors, talk to IPO advisors and so on, but February 6 (when the study abroad application was due) was also the beginning of Recruitment Week for Greek life. I was part of the recruitment chairs (1 of 3), and was overloaded with decisions and planning for an awesome week. Every day we had to attend a rush event, which lasted from 5pm until approximately 9 or 10pm. And,on top of that, I had essays and group projects. Luckily things fell into place, which made it a fun week, plus Bid day! Delta, short for my sorority Delta Omicron Tau, welcomed 33 new pledges to our family which was the biggest pledge class ever! It was pretty exciting to welcome and try to remember 33 new names, but with time the names will make sense. The...

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February 15, 2012

One of the many awesome benefits of going to college in the city of Los Angeles is that a large number of inexpensive concerts abound. This past week I had the pleasure of going to three different shows, all of which were phenomenal. If you want hear about each of them in more detail, read more after the jump.The first show I went to was Lana Del Rey’s free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. She had just released her debut album, Born to Die, the previous week, and so the hype surrounding her was so large that the line for the concert wrapped around the block twice. I was truly impressed with how well she sang live, although I did think her stage presence could be stronger. I also wish that I had a better spot to see the stage and that she performed a longer set, but I really can’t complain as it was free after all. Photos are from the Amoeba Music website and were taken the...

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