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May 19, 2013

Blogger: Lisa Chang

Myth: Oxy does not have a business or entrepreneurship program, which means that Oxy students and faculty aren't interested in them.

Answer: False. Think again.
Allow me to introduce to you Oxypreneurship, a student-led organization that seeks to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among students through innovative thinking and so much more. As one of the leaders in Oxypreneurship (OP), I have been fortunate to work with a team of incredibly motivated students and supportive faculty and board of trustees to create and hold events on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Even though OP has only been in existence for less than a year, the progress we've made so far gives testament to just how big of an influence OP has had and will continue...
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May 11, 2013

Blogger: Everest Law


 “Knowledge is power.” – Francis Bacon

     But when a person doesn’t even have the freedom of movement, his or her access to knowledge is no doubt severely restricted. The world seems much smaller in a prison, with the bars and barbwires pressing down on all sides. The four walls around the facility will eventually turn into the four walls in the inmates’ minds, and making them forget that it is possible to have a life “outside”. When they do get out, the lack of direction in life, combined with the lack of the means to create one, might eventually force them back into criminal activity.

     It is not a healthy situation, which is why initiatives such as the Prison Education Project...

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May 9, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch


When Finals Week rolls around, I always know I have something to look forward to: study breaks. It sounds silly, but I always look forward to planning exciting (read: dumb) ways to avoid doing my work pre-exams.

1. Plan a Few Trips. Finals Week is the perfect time to explore L.A. (No, I’m not joking) When else do you have a Tuesday afternoon free of class? Go check out the LACMA or the Getty Villa. Not interested in something quite so educational? My study buddy and I decided to spend an entire afternoon at Soup Plantation instead.

2. Take Advantage of Excellent Programming....

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May 7, 2013

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar



“Have fun in college,” they said, “It’ll fly by,” they said. THEY WERE RIGHT. I’m two essays and three exams away from the end of my first year at Oxy. I cannot even fathom how fast this year went. It also doesn’t help that I have a horrible memory because it’s hard to remember all of the great memories I’ve had thus far. I do remember some, however. So, it’s story time.

Macklemore was incredible. I hope y’all remember my last post where I talked about how excited I was about Spring Fest. I remember that my friends and I went to stand in line an hour and a half before doors opened just so we could get a great view. I pressured all of them to go early because I thought that everyone else would be doing...

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May 6, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas


It’s that time of the semester when procrastinating for two hours in your dorm will still save you more time than trying to find a spot in the library. You eat Powerberries from Trader Joes thinking they will actually provide you with the power to write an essay, when really you’re just starving at 3 AM and have nowhere left to turn. It is 90 degrees outside and you’re convinced the sweat that just dripped from your thigh contained all that was left of your motivation. Time is irrelevant. One episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog turns into six. Two hours in the library turns into ten. It’s Finals Week.

            Seven hours ago I took a study break. It is now 3:11 AM and I...

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May 3, 2013

Blogger: Madi Tsuji


Something that Oxy graduates tell me over and over is that Oxy provides a great, comprehensive education. And it’s true! I’ve really enjoyed the education I’ve had here so far. I have really enjoyed the psychology classes I’ve taken, but I’ve taken a lot of classes outside my major that I’ve liked too. This week I want to highlight some of the best classes I’ve taken here at Oxy, in no particular order.

16th Century Italian Renaissance with Professor Eric Frank (ARTH378)

This class was the class that made me realize how much I love art history. Professor Frank is a great lecturer – he is funny, has an incredible vocabulary, and really knows what he’s talking about. The Italian Renaissance is his specialty! I...

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May 1, 2013

Blogger: Katherine Carey


..are running out.  It’s crazy that this was the last full week of classes in my undergraduate career.  Since the last time I wrote in late February, much has happened.  I survived my International Econ midterm, traveled within California for spring break, helped Delta’s newest batch of pledges become actives, and, perhaps most importantly, turned in my comps!  There’s a picture of it so you can see A) what it looked like, and B) how excited/delirious I was when I turned it in.  A great moment.  Unfortunately, I still have presentations, papers, and finals before I can truly put the academic stuff behind me.  I’m still trying to dig deep to find the motivation to do well on my assignments and in my classes, even though it seems like many of my senior...

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April 29, 2013

Blogger: David Sacci

Last week was a sad week: it marked the last full week of classes during my undergraduate career. At Oxy, many classes culminate with projects or presentations towards the end of the term, and my classes this semester are no exception.

From January through April Professor Laura Hebert has guided our class on International Organizations (DWA 201) through the intricacies of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. We've studied issues facing the global community such as economic development, water security and nuclear proliferation. To cap off the semester, our class has spent the last two weeks...
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April 24, 2013

Blogger: Becca Patch


Hello everyone! My name is Becca Patch and I’m a junior Cognitive Science/Theater double major here at Oxy. Last Friday, Oxy’s campus was flooded with students…. Wearing black and white clothes and large wigs. Not Admitted Student’s Day—the opening night of Hairspray!

Oxy’s Theater department puts on a large musical every two years. When I was a first-year, we did The Seven, a hip-hop musical about the sons of Oedipus and we hired Will Power, the writer-director, from NYC. That was a very neat experience, but no one ever really thinks “Oh, I think my life is missing some Oedipus hip-hop. Better get that in on Friday night.”

This year, Oxy went a...

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April 21, 2013

Blogger: Maddy Farkas



Setting: 9:32 pm, Wednesday night. Dorm room.

Soraya: “Should we go get food at the Cooler?”

Marissa: “Yes!”

Jessie, while looking through old photos: “Can we go to IHOP? We were so happy there!”

And so the four of us, despite having early morning classes that Thursday, made the excursion to the House of Pancakes. When my mom gave me $50 and told me to spend it wisely, this is what she was referring to, right?

If you’re wondering how I’m going to relate that back to anything, I’m going to let you down easy because I don’t have anything planned. Just thought it was a fun little story about getting off campus. Now to the stuff actually worth talking about.

I have an absolutely terrible memory. I...

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