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October 18, 2011

There are too many places around L.A. to have fun, but I found myself drawn to Joshua Tree National Park for the third time now during our Fall Break, which is a four-day weekend every October. Joshua Tree, a massive desert park that offers a variety of terrain and camping choices, has never disappointed. My favorite activity has to be "bouldering" where my friends and I (carefully) climb piles of rocks until the sun sets. Then the stars come out in full to offer a great view not always visible within the city of Los Angeles. Less than a three-hour drive from Oxy, J-Tree is a great desert camping destination and a compliment to the many other camping/backpacking opportunities around Southern California. It's also near Coachella, CA - home of the epic music and arts festival every spring. Enjoy some pictures of my weekend adventure: [gallery]

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October 18, 2011

Last Friday the Echoplex played host to a Portuguese duo that play under the name, Buraka Som Sistema.  Along with their trio of MCs, Lil John and DJ Riot threw down a great set with their classic African kuduro layed over tropical house beats.  Check out the videos below! Hopefully Oxy could get performers like this for Spring!!! Buraka Som Sistema - Sound of Kuduro Buraka Som Sistema - Kalemba (wegue wegue) BURAKA SOM SISTEMA \'Hangover (BaBaBa)

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October 18, 2011

Hi blogosphere, Fall Break is just about to end, which is sad, but less sad is that that means all my friends are coming home to Oxy! Yay! I spent my fall break sleeping, reading, sleeping, going to the beach, sleeping, and working. One of the BEST BEST BEST parts of fall break this year was that NCIS (literally my all time favorite TV show, and yes, I do know I'm the only person under the age of 45 who watches it religiously) filmed on campus!!! The team was in the field catching a bad guy who stuck a bomb under a school bus full of little girls wearing cute school uniforms. This is my girlfriend and me with the star of the show, Mark Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs. He's extremely nice in person, he was talking to all the adoring fans!!Us with the star of the show Mark Harmon!

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October 17, 2011

Hey everyone! My name is Tyler and I am currently a first-year at Oxy. I hail from the San Fernando Valley (Granada Hills to be exact) and I've lived in Los Angeles my entire life. Though I'm still pretty close to home, I'm trying to have the full independent college experience. In my free time I like to travel, read the news (news junkies, unite!), blog, and go to concerts. I also love participating in volunteer projects and political activism, something I have in common with a lot of folks here at Oxy. I plan on majoring in Politics with a minor in either CTSJ (Critical Theory & Social Justice) or Film & Media Studies. Although I'm pretty sure what I want to major in, I'm also interested in taking a variety of courses in other subjects so I can expand my horizons. I've just finished my first couple of months here at Oxy, and it already feels like home. I've joined some great clubs (like QSA and Vote for Equality...

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October 14, 2011

It's been so busy recently I can't even remember the last time I posted. Just had my first midterm, in East Asian Survey! It's a 100 level history class, something I've never experienced before (it's been 200 level since day one for me!). I was surprised to receive, not only a study guide, but only 1 essay question. To give some perspective, my last history midterm covered 1,000 years of Chinese history, had no study guide, and was five ID's and three essays.

Ah, the joys of non-science or DWA intro-level classes! (I have experienced the science, and as I am not a science person, it did not go well. I have no personal experience with...

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October 14, 2011

Hi Everybodyyyyyy!!!!!! This is my first blog of the semester so I just wanted to introduce myself.  My name is TJ and I come all the way from Boston, MA!  I'm an economics major with a business emphasis and a music minor...for more of my bio you can just click my name =) For all those who love to sing or love to listen to great choral music, Occidental has one of the best Glee Clubs on the west coast!  We sing music from various centuries, composers, and styles.  Right now we're working on an opera chorus, some Mozart, other choral motets and Jai Ho soon!  At the beginning of every year we go on a retreat that we just got back from.  At retreat, the glee club rehearses A LOT, but we also get so much closer to each other!  This year we went to a retreat center up in the mountains.  It was beautiful...but the air was a bit thin so it got hard to sing at times!  We rehearsed in the retreat center for...

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October 14, 2011

Hi! We've officially reached the midpoint of the semester. I've been swamped with midterms all week, but it's officially fall break! My mom is coming to visit this weekend and I can't wait to see her. When a parent visits, it means good food off campus and a chance to explore LA! It'll be kinda tough to update you guys on everything that I've been doing the last couple months, but here are some pictures I've taken that'll give you an idea of what I think is interesting/funny/worth taking a picture of. The Oxy Weekly published a story about Ben Stiller buying the rights to the story of Caltech's first basketball victory in 26 years.  This victory was over Occidental. It's a funny/sad situation. ...

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October 13, 2011

Hello everyone! I'm Aseem, and I'm also sorry it took me so long to get around to posting on the blog. I've been busy with settling into the rhythm of college life and living in a new country, so I've just been soaking up the experience. Now is the time for me to begin "wringing my mental sponge" and telling you all about it! I'm getting seriously into photography so many of my posts will be photo-heavy, please bear with me there. The campus and the area around are so picturesque and quaint that I can't resist snapping lots of photos. I've been experimenting with long exposure photography for the last week or so, and here's one of the results! I took this...

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October 10, 2011

I always tell fellow Oxy students that if they don't travel outside the country during their four years here, it's a shame. Beyond the traditional study abroad experience, there are so many other ways Oxy will fund an international trip. My first opportunity came when I was given a Davis Project for Peace grant. Because Oxy is awesome, at least one proposal from a student here is guaranteed to be funded every year. Lucky for me, that meant I would be flying over to Ghana in the summer after my sophomore year. My proposal involved digging a well, installing solar panels and rain harvesters, and leading community workshops in a rural village. The idea was inspired from my first volunteer visit there during the summer before I enrolled at Oxy, when I was introduced to a number of rural communities in northern Ghana that were having issues adapting to climate change. Once on the ground, it was quite an adventure. The rainy season...

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October 8, 2011

Hello All! Sorry I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks; life has been Crazy with a capital C.  Last week was Informal Greek Recruitment, so I was busy up the wazoo.  Not to mention that I had two papers, two exams, and a karate competition.  In case you aren't familiar with recruitment, basically it's a week-long series of events for those who want join the Greek community.  It starts with a general meet-and-great session with each sorority, then a philanthropy event on night two, a preference dinner on the third night (where you get dressed up and indicate your top 2 choices), and finally bid night, where you hang out with your new sisters! It's a lot of fun,  but it does take a lot of time.  You have to do a lot of planning in advance, i.e.,when you're going to do your homework.[gallery columns="4"] On...

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