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November 27, 2013

Blogger: Matthew Cecconi

Hey all.

Let me start by saying Los Angeles’ attempt at a fall season is one of the most confusing times of the year. For example, it was raining the other day and within the hour, the sun had come out and dried almost everything up. That same night it was really windy and cold again. You never know what to expect as you wake up each morning. Fall is also confusing at Oxy because of what most people consider one of the most stressful weeks of the semester: Registration.

Signing up for spring semester classes takes up just a couple hours of your week but can cause a lot of stress for some. I, luckily, have never had much stress while registering. I actually find signing up for classes fun as I often am greatly looking forward to what the next semester will bring. One...

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November 25, 2013

Blogger: Rhys Berkwitt

Hey All!

The semester’s end feels like it is flying at us at warp speed and now everytime I fall asleep, I half expect to wake up the next morning as a senior. This fall semester of my sophomore year has seen its fair share of late nights and caffeine dependent days, but as I reflect on it now, I can honestly say that this year, so far, has been a huge success.

Last year as an undeclared first year, I struggled with the typical identity crisis that so many of us undecided undergrads have faced. I had to truly reflect on my wide ranging spectrum of interests and come to terms with how I wanted each of them to play a role in my life. After some major contemplation, personal reflection, and a few moments of hysteria, I am incredibly proud to say...

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November 25, 2013

Blogger: Daniel Calzadillas 

Zoom. Zoom. Beep. Screech. Zoom. Zoom. 

The stream of cars is neverending as I wait for the bus. What is a cacophony to others is a sound that continues to excite me. The cars that keep passing, day and night, are a reminder that I am no longer in my small town in Colorado.

I am in Los Angeles.

Dynamic, global, chaotic, and exciting Los Angeles. This city is full of little bookstores, charming cafés, cheap eats - and cars. It’s also full of mega malls, expensive houses, and - of course - celebrities. You find all different kinds of people walking - actually mostly driving - to all different kinds of places.

How I live in Los Angeles without a car is beyond me. However, I have managed to...

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November 23, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

I was seven years old. It was cold outside for the first time all year, so I got out of bed to snag an extra blanket from the hall closet. I opened the closet door and my eyes were immediately drawn to a small box on the middle shelf.


It was the kind of q-tip box that has a flap on the front that can be opened and closed at your leisure. I had been using q-tips my whole life. Why was I so enthralled by them in that moment? I had a premonition, a “Raven Baxter” if you will, of myself moving out. I was packing boxes. At 20 years old, I would open that same closet and see the same box of q-tips and I would remember to take them with me to my new apartment. Q-tips. Something so simple, yet so easily forgotten. I returned back to my seven year-old self and my...

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November 20, 2013

Blogger: Amber Thai

It’s already November, and we have a few weeks left until finals come and winter break starts. I hope everything has been going well for all of you, and that the school year hasn’t been too stressful!

For a quick recap of my summer, I went to Portland for the first time and it was nice to spend some time outside of L.A. I was able to go to Voodoo Doughnut and it was good (eating a maple bacon bar late at night ended up not being such a bad idea after all)! My friends and I finished the first season of Orange is the New Black and I didn’t like it in the beginning, but it grew on me in the end and I can’t wait for the second season. I also interned at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at school where I was...

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November 20, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch

Hello wonderful readers!

I just had the startling realization that this week marks the last full week of Fall Semester. Soon we’ll be in Thanksgiving break, and then reading days, finals, and the semester will be over. And what a semester it’s been so far!

This semester has been a stressful one for me, particularly because I’ve been working on both of my Senior Comprehensive Projects—one for each of my majors. My Cognitive Science project involves doing individual research, and the final draft for that project (luckily) isn’...

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November 16, 2013

Blogger: Ashley Wilson

As part of living in Norris Hall, we are asked to put on events in accordance with our themes. Because our theme is International Film and Food, we decided to put on our first dinner – Italian themed. We made Spaghetti with tomato sauce, Bruschetta, and attempted to make Italian Wedding Cookies, but the oven didn't work. One of my quad mates made the tomato sauce from scratch, and it turned out really well. We then chopped up tomatoes, sautéd onions, and cut up cheese for the Bruschetta. However, we needed the oven to bake, but because it wasn't working, we improvised and melted it above the stove top. Aside from the pan burning, it turned out to be a great idea considering the resources we had at our expense. 

Overall, the night was a great success. Everyone had fun...

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November 16, 2013

Blogger: Jill Marucut

During this time last year, I hopped on a plane to go back to Los Angeles from Philly. I said my final goodbyes to the campaign lifestyle, and could not wait to come back home to return to my family and friends and resume a normal academic life.

Now, things are much different. I’m a senior at Oxy, and I have already completed the first half of my spring registration for my last semester of classes in college. I have submitted my first comps proposal. I have turned 21. And this has all happened during the past 7 days. My last fall semester at Oxy is already 75% completed, and I have barely been able to recollect my thoughts to realize that senior year has been moving SO MUCH FASTER than I thought it would!

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, three more weeks left of...

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November 14, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

It's been a while, blog-readers! To re-introduce myself, my name is Lisa and I'm a sophomore at Oxy who recently declared as a double major in Sociology and Religious Studies.

Now that I've familiarized myself with all the routines and expectations of a college student, I've been more involved with campus life and have made (and am still making) some important decisions. Currently, I work as a resident advisor and a campus tour guide. Both jobs have been busy but rewarding. As an RA, I  organized a trip for students to enjoy some delicious Korean barbeque in Korea Town, planned our very first Oxy Amazing Race (complete...
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November 14, 2013

Blogger: Malcolm MacLeod

Hey all, Malcolm MacLeod here. I'm a sophomore here at Oxy and I've got a lot going on this semester. Right now I'm trying to decide on a major. I'm choosing between English or Media Arts and Culture, and if I have the time I'd like to fit in a Fine Arts Minor. Right now I think I'm leaning toward English. I work for our paper, The Occidental Weekly, and I've taken two journalism classes here at Oxy. Those classes are both taught by Bob Sipchen, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who is the current editor in chief of the Sierra Club Magazine. Between the newspaper and those classes, I'm pretty fired up about journalism right now and think it might be something I'd like to pursue.
I'm also on the football team, and after...
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