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December 2, 2011

Hello Everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted, but lordy has it been a busy November! First of all, last night there was a mini-crisis on campus.  Not only were 100 mph winds raging in Los Angeles, but there was a power out at Oxy.  That was a little inconvenient, but the fun

Some fallen trees to depict the "madness"

Pres Veitch...

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December 1, 2011

The end of the year is finally here and that can only mean one thing, finals.  After the brief taste of freedom Thanksgiving break offered, students are back grinding out the final two weeks before the glorious winter vacation begins.  So that means I should probably start on some of the mountains of work ahead of me.  Here are some things that I am doing or have coming up. Here is my 2012 Spring Class Schedule should be fun! Economics 250: Intermediate Microeconomics Sociology 285: Sociology in the Environment Economics 311: International Economics Urban Environmental Policy 310: Urban Policy and Politics Tunage. Backyard Project:

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November 30, 2011

hello all, a few weekends ago, i ran the malibu half marathon.  i left oxy at 3:45am, parked at zuma beach at 4:30am, got lost on the bus at 5:00am, pushed the immobile bus at 5:05am, hitchhiked to the start line at 5:45am, and began the race around 7:50am.  needless to say, im glad thats done with. The rest of the photos are from this past weekend. i went to the getty for art and gardens, downtown to disney for beignets and live music, and tofu house for terrific korean food. -aja  

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November 30, 2011

When I moved in in the beginning of this semester I wasn't really thinking of it as anything other than something I had to get through on the way to Japan. I was rooming with two girls I didn't know, I was taking classes I wasn't horribly interested in (I missed both room draw and class registration) and I just wanted to get to Japan.

By the time I got over my reluctance to be here, classes were in full swing and I was back in the groove. In fact, I only recently had time to sit back, take a deep breath, and look around. It was then that I noticed, I had a really good semester. I love love love my new roommates...

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November 19, 2011

Hello again. I promised to update you all on how registration went, so here it goes... When it came time to log in, my computer decided that I had all the time in the world so it took me about 30 minutes to log in for my first registration session. The next time around (for my second session) was a breeze. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. I don't think I had nearly as hard a time as everyone else, considering I got all the classes I wanted, without having to go through the process of emailing professors for overrides. Next semester I'm taking: CSP51- Economic Markets: Do They Work? ECON101- Principles of Economics I KIN104- Introduction to Kinesiology MUSC119- Why Music Matters MUSC130- Electronic Music Class I'm really excited for next semester because I actually get to start working on the courses required for my major (and minor). Other than course registration, everything is going really well. I just finished up my last...

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November 19, 2011

Now that the semester is winding down, professors tend to load students with a lot of work before Thanksgiving Break. One possibility is the fact that after Thanksgiving Break we only have two more weeks until finals and then Winter Break! Exciting huh? Well with homework and work, I have also been quite involved in Greek Week as well as with Delta (the sorority I am in). Greek Week was intense, but fun. One of the events I found fun was Greek Wars where a group of six Greek members from each organization battled it out, mafia style. Each member from the team was given a squirt gun and they had to kill other members from different Greek organizations to get points. The war went on throughout the whole week as well as the different events we could participate to receive points. The organization with the most points wins overall Greek...

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November 18, 2011

Every Saturday myself and cohort of students dedicated to enjoying, studying, and discussing the connection between our food and the environment meet. We gather to garden amongst hundred year old oaks and a young flock of chickens. The club is called FEAST (Food, Energy and Sustainability Team) and ensures the life and health of our bountiful chickens, rich compost piles, and fecund vegetable beds.  The garden has given me the ability to unwind and reconnect with nature while staying in the lively and urban city of Los Angeles. Below is a panorama I took a few Saturdays back during a garden party:

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November 18, 2011

Wowwww!! Just finished a really tough week here at Oxy, but now I have the entire weekend to relax and then Thanksgiving break!!  Occidental has a very rigorous and challenging academic course load, which is great for an undergraduate education.  I am an Economics major here with an emphasis in business management, and like any other major and at any other college, you definitely have your stressful weeks! The Econ department has some of the best professors and is definitely one of the most popular majors at Oxy.  The major consists of two 100 level courses that are at the introductory level of macro and... Read More

November 17, 2011

I've been counting the weeks until the end of the semester for two weeks now, and somehow the end doesn't seem any closer. Most people I've talked to are going home for Thanksgiving next week. Lucky ducks.

For the first time, this year I really want to go home for Thanksgiving (I never have and probably never will). That said, I'm looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my Pasadena-based grandfather and a friend visiting from Scripps before heading out with her and some local friends to Calico Ghost Town for some mine-spelunking and old-West fun.

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November 17, 2011

Hi everybody! First off I'd like to apologize for the lack of pretty pictures. I write this short piece from my cubicle at my internship, which is coming to a close pretty soon. As I type, my boss is interviewing a potential replacement for me! I doubt she'll be nearly as good at filing though. This semester has honestly been the busiest period of my short life and I'm concerned that it will only get busier! My internship has been an amazing experience and oftentimes a welcome escape from the drama of campus life (read: sorority life) but I'm a little relieved to have the 12 hours a week back. Thanksgiving couldn't come faster! I just wrote a paper for a Judaism class by drawing parallels between the characters' academic interests and Freudian methods of psychanalysis. A truly liberal arts college kind of experience. My sorority's new pledges will activate this Friday, which is awesome! Congratulations to Alpha Lambda Phi...

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