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February 25, 2013

Blogger: Daisy Zhang


It’s Daisy again!

I went back to China and met most of my high school friends during the winter break. Most of them are studying in Britain or Scotland, and as I talked about my college life, they kept asking me questions like "Hmmm, so, what's your major? "- college life in the UK is so different from my life at Oxy. They declared their majors when applying to colleges, and could only take major-related classes during their three years of studies - no wonder they were surprised about me talking about the new American Literature and European Philosophy knowledge I learned last semester as a Physics major. Also, the first year of college in Britain does not affect their final transcript, and they are only getting tested for what they learned at the start of each semester. While I studied 12...

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February 23, 2013

Blogger: Caitlin Fein


Valentine’s Day has come and gone and I’m sure that many of you didn’t even notice. Single or not, you’ve been eating chocolates and making cards for your friends since kindergarten, and even that kiss scene from The Notebook has lost its appeal (if it ever really did). The answer to this Hallmark holiday slump? A quick drive to West Hollywood! Appropriate for friend night outs, as well as unconventional dates, West Hollywood is home to great 18+ options like Hamburger Mary’s and Rage. While many of you might be familiar with Rage, a dance club that ...
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February 22, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji 


This year, the day after Valentine’s Day was the best day of the year. Why? Because it’s the day my sorority found out we got 24 beautiful new pledges, and because all the chocolate in heart-shaped boxes at CVS is 50% off.
I, like probably many of you, was single this Valentine’s Day. But it ended up being okay, because I spent the day with my sisters. The fourteenth happened to be the night of our Pref Dinner, which is the night that PNMs (potential new members) going through the Recruitment process select us as an organization that they are ...
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February 20, 2013

Blogger: Miranda Sieg


So, my ideal plans for after-graduation (research on interstellar unicorns) fell through, and I cried, and it was depressing, but it sort of opened my eyes to the fact that there are many ways to get where I want to go, some not even tangentially related to unicorns. Also to the sheer volume of derpy unicorn pictures on the internet. I mean, seriously, look at that guy. But let me back track a little.

While panicking that I had no future and would become a thirty-year-old couch bum reading manga all day in my parents’ basement, I scheduled an appointment with Oxy’s Career Development Center (or Center for Disease Control, when I can’t remember what it actually stands for). In the time between learning I would not, in fact, be circumnavigating Saturn uni-back and my appointment I...

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February 18, 2013

Blogger: Kyle Beasley


Wow. The first four weeks of the semester have gone by so unbelievably fast. Already, I have found myself spending long nights completing readings and writing reflection papers. I definitely don’t mind, though. This semester I am really enjoying all my classes and the material. The class that I find most interesting so far is GEO150 – Geographic Information Science. In this class we are mapping different groups and various inequalities. I find the material very useful in terms of identifying issues across different areas.  I am also enjoying my Intergroup Dialogue course. In the class, there are students from various backgrounds that come together and talk about their experiences with race and...

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February 16, 2013

Blogger: Amalia Frick


Last week was probably the most important and most stressful week of my undergraduate career because it was the week that my comps, or comprehensive project, was due. It called for some desperate measures.

It was a hard week, but I am relieved and pleased to say that despite being something that many undergraduates fear fortheir first years at Oxy, I have survived! Here’s a photo of me giving my presentation in the Morrison Lounge.

As an English and Comparative Literary Studies (ECLS) major, there were three components to my project. Part one was the class I...

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February 13, 2013

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

Merhaba Everyone!
I recently went on a class trip to Turkey. By Turkey, I mean all of it, not just Istanbul. We went to Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Nevsehire, Göreme, Avanos, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Konya, Selcuk, Kusadasi, Izmir, Ephesus, Cankkale, and ended with a free day in Istanbul.  I never thought I'd have a chance to do all of that and be well informed too!
The name of the class is "Turkey: Then and Now" and the...
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February 12, 2013

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

Hello, lovely people!

I haven’t blogged in awhile, partly because I was away for most of my winter break, but also because my life has been completely consumed by my senior thesis, or as we call it at Oxy, senior comps (Comprehensive Project). At first I thought that blogging about my comps might be boring, but in reality I think it’s interesting to hear what different people have the option to do for their comps and to see what people are writing about.

For example, I am writing about... Disney. Are you surprised? What I love about my major (Critical Theory & Social Justice, in case I hadn’t mentioned that before) is that the “point” of our studies is to learn how to think...

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February 7, 2013

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

It was my birthday on last week! Not actually that big of a deal, but everyone I know is excited for this excuse to party. Not that we’re partiers… or rather, not that I’m a partier. In fact I’m very much not a partier. I’m what you might term an introvert. That doesn’t mean I hole up in my room all the time and snap at people when they’re in my personal space and suddenly turn off of social mode and… ok that’s exactly what it means

To those of you who feed off socialization like Oxy’s squirrels feed on fear, congratulations, you have nothing to learn, skip to the next blogger. For the rest...

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February 6, 2013

Blogger: David Sacci

As a Bennett W. Schwartz scholar I had the opportunity to travel to the University Private Equity Summit in Salt Lake City, and I had a fantastic time. Over the course of the three-day conference I attended panel discussions featuring professionals from venture capital funds, private equity investors, tech-industry professionals and recently successful entrepreneurs.

The first day that I was there I sat in on a case study of the Pabst Brewing Company. The case was lead by Hal Heaton, an accomplished professor at Brigham Young University, and during the duration of the case Hal did an excellent job leading a discussion, which focused on the difficulties of valuing a firm when making a takeover bid for it. With his pointed questions and intelligent explanations, he led the conference to better...

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