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November 13, 2012

Blogger: Jill Marucut

Campaign Semester - Student working on Obama-Biden Campaign


I'm returning to campus from Campaign Semester for my first class this year, and a flood of memories of the Organizing for America campaign has come back to provoke some critical thinking and bittersweet emotions.

Only one week ago, it was Election Day - the day that everyone on the campaign has been painfully and anxiously anticipating. Whether you were a Field Organizer, who endured the strenuous nature of the campaign for months with seemingly no end in sight, or a full-time or part-time fellow, who agreed to remain as one of the most committed and unpaid minions to the very end, or a weekly/daily volunteer, who made time to ensure that no resident was ignored by the Obama for America campaign - November 6th was...

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November 12, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

Students abroad


If you are abroad, you have to take advantage of it and travel to places near your location.

Since my last post, I have been all over Spain and Europe. IES Salamanca has taken us on trips to Zamora and Toro, Andalucia (which is Granada and Sevilla), and Toledo. These places have all been amazing and they each have their own little culture. One of my favorite places I visited in Spain was La Alhambra which is in Granada. The Alhambra is a palace and a fortress complex with an Arabic influence on the architecture. It was very beautiful and the detail on the walls was unbelievable. Another place I enjoyed was Toledo because it was similar to Salamanca. It was small enough where you can walk anywhere and that’...

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November 10, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

Students gangnam style Halloween

It’s my senior year at Oxy and I’m afraid that it’s all going too fast. I had the opportunity to spend a Gangnam Style Halloween with PSY. Except not really. I got lucky with regard to the timing of one of my classes, Modern Korea. On the first day of class in September, my professor wanted to illustrate the time period that the course would be covering, so he played two videos. The fist was an old black and white short film of a Korean woman playing music. She was in a traditional dress sitting down in her home playing what appeared to be a horizontally opposed harp. In contrast, a moment after the first film ended my professor screened the Gangnam Style music video, which by that point had around 100 million views.

By now...

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November 9, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Hello everyone! It’s been a very stressful month, what with midterms, papers, and, oh yeah, I’m double majoring!

So that’s been fun. I’ve known I was going to double major since probably freshman year and so far it’s been going well. I’ve always been a good writer and such so I wasn’t too worried about having to write two theses this year (we call them comps, as in senior comprehensive projects). I’ve been trying a two-pronged attack where I write most of one in one go, then start on the other. It worked out great for the first one so I dived right into the second one and immediately hit a brick wall. It was partially the rather unhelpful non-advice I was getting from people that were supposed to be helping me, but that’s a...

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November 8, 2012

Blogger: Amber Thai


Hi again,

Happy November! Registration for Spring semester classes is tomorrow and Thanksgiving break is getting closer and closer. Last night, the Oxy Programming Board hosted “Pandemic feat. The White Panda and Brenton Duvall and Oxy’s Own Stephen Duvall” which was held on the Thorne Patio from 9:30pm to 1:30am. This was a nice break from the midterms and work that many students have been swamped with. That’s another signal that tells us that we’re halfway done with the semester!

My friends and I have also been celebrating a lot of October birthdays. First came my friend Tyler’s, then Stephanie’s and then mine. I had an Organic Chemistry exam the day after my birthday, so I spent the day...

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November 5, 2012

Blogger: Caitlin Fein

We’ve all heard about how great Oxy’s location is. Our parents have told us, our peers, even the administration during the college application process. Twenty minutes to anywhere in LA, we were told, but many of us just stay on campus most weekends wondering what to do. Even I fall into this pattern, and I am an LA native with a car! Over fall break I decided that enough was enough. I was going to take that extra time to explore a new part of LA and see if Oxy was as convenient as it claimed. Spoiler alert: the answer is yes! In twenty minutes I got to the Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood, an improv troupe started by Amy Poehler. Yes, the Leslie Knope has her own improv troupe, and yes, famous comedians like Michael Cera and Aziz Ansari perform there sometimes. The show was hilarious and...

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October 31, 2012

Blogger: Abby Chin-Martin

I’ve been in Brighton, England for a little more than a month now! I’ve had sufficient time to become quite situated and I’m having the most incredible time!

Brighton is a little city one hour south of London on the seacoast. It’s a perfect town for college students and is well known for the Brighton Pier. I’ve already been to the pier a couple times and always have a great time riding the rollercoaster or playing arcade games.

Just the other week, my flatmates and I went into Brighton (a 15 minute bus ride from campus) and had fish and chips while sitting on the beach. It was a perfect day!...

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October 29, 2012

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hello all!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? For those of you who don’t know me, I am Laurel, a junior (yikes!) here at Oxy. I am majoring in history and minoring in philosophy, though I’ve dabbled in a lot of different subjects in my 2.25 years here. One of my friends said “they made her pick a major.” Anyway, moving on!

Last week was fall break, which meant two days of delicious luxuriating in bed, for me. I also went up to Santa Barbara with my Dad, which was quite nice! I’ve wanted to go there ever since I started watching Psyche, which is a great show.  Other than sleeping and Santa Barbara-ing, fall break signals that the semester is half way finished. (Or half way un-finished, if you’re a pessimist...

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October 27, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

(Belated) welcome back! For me, too.

So, I studied abroad second semester last year, which was quite possibly the most awesome thing ever. Like, ever. I’ll go over some of the (minor) complaints I had and then get into the awesome.

I studied abroad in Japan, which is where I’ve wanted to be my entire life. Occidental’s study abroad program there is through a college called Tokyo International University, and I’ll have to say that the academic electives I took there were probably some of the most boring/least useful classes I’ve ever taken in my life. So not only did I waste a ton of learning-time, I also came back to my senior year with the worst case of senioritis in the history of ever.

That said, it didn’t take long for me to get...

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October 26, 2012

Blogger: Jill Marucut


I'm Jill Marucut, a junior at Oxy and a newly declared Politics Major. Although I'm technically enrolled at Oxy as a full-time student, I am currently earning full academic credit by participating in Oxy’s unique program - Campaign Semester.

Campaign Semester, a program active during election years, allows students to work full-time on a campaign while gaining academic credit and being enrolled as a full-time student.

Participating in Campaign Semester is very simple. The student can choose which swing state he or she is interested in working and which congressional candidate or presidential candidate he or she wants to promote. The student is expected to start working on/before the first day of school at Oxy, and is later expected to return to campus to...

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