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October 20, 2011

What can I say? I was more than happy to pack up a small bag and get home to spend some time with my family.  It was my sister’s birthday weekend and my family and I were at the pumpkin patch at Pomona this Saturday looking for any that caught our eye. There were tons, and we carried them back home to get them carved for fun. I did not end up choosing one, but it was totally fine because I returned home to homemade carne asada nachos and tacos with some red spicy sauce. I did not know how much I missed food from home until I took a single delicious bite out of my plate of nachos. Yum! I got back on campus this past Sunday and it was a bit strange. Before I left for Oxy, I told my sister that I was “heading back home”. Home for the last 17 years has been with my parents. However, these past 7 weeks have proven otherwise. I’m currently living in Newcomb in a triple and I’ve been having a great time. Classes are a...

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October 19, 2011

fall break: 2011. i flew to sf, saw my little brother (a fantastic freshman year so far), went to fremont, took BART to berkeley. the pictures do most of the talking, but it was an amazing break--rested enough to take a constitutional law midterm? we'll see. [gallery]  

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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 18, 2011

Midterms check, Fall Break check. (What? Already? The weather does not feel like fall yet!) crazily busy schedule…err, checking. It’s been one of those months where everything feels whirlwind, and its really nice to have some time to breathe. I stayed on campus for Fall Break and found some interesting things to do around Oxy. I went to see a couple of plays in downtown, signed up for ballroom classes and visited the public library. I even had time to go see Occupy LA. A large group of students on campus spent a day chalk-painting the quad to spread awareness about it and I feel like we’re back 30 years with peaceful protests and world-change all over again- not that I’m complaining. It’s pretty impressive to know that the entire world collaborated to protest this weekend. Occupy London, Occupy LA, Occupy Wall Street- they...

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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

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 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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