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April 13, 2016

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite Jewish holiday is, I immediately say Purim. But what exactly is Purim? Purim is essentially the “Jewish Halloween.” Jews come together to read the Megillah, a Jewish document that features the story of Queen Esther. We celebrate Purim by dressing up, going to carnivals, and eating hamentaschen, which are triangular cookies shaped based on the hat of the villain (Haman—BOO!!) in the Purim story

In past years, Oxy Hillel has celebrated Purim by hosting a small event for Jewish students to come together to act out the story of Esther and eat hamentaschen. However, as Oxy’s Hillel President this year, I wanted to spread the Purim spirit and educate the entire Oxy community on my favorite Jewish holiday. One of the best...

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April 11, 2016

Blogger: Camille Baechler

I may be biased, but working for Occidental’s Bike Share has got to be the single most excellent job on campus, maybe even in the world. If you have been living under a rock all semester and don’t know who we are, let me explain. Our shop, aka the “bike cage,” is located on the first floor of the Berkus Hall parking garage (and you have also probably seen us on the quad on Fridays playing the classic recess game four square). We are the ones responsible for those spunky orange and white bikes you see floating around campus! We rent them out to students to use for a whole week for the bargain price of exactly zero dollars and zero cents. Eagle Rock is a great little town to explore by bike-back. You can get to both the best pizza shop (...

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April 6, 2016

Blogger: Jessmine Lee

A roped off VIP line is before me.

Students crumble before it, professors brave enough to withhold the wait are famed.

Hailed as “Stressful, anticipatory, high stakes” by some, the exclusive and jaded stir fry line of the Occidental College Marketplace forces you to put a lot on the line in line.

Stomachs angrily jab at interiors, backpacks weigh heavily on unlined guts, garlic and salt tantalizingly spice the air.

Red peppers, onions, and shrimp are dancing on a frying pan.

And I am thirteen people back . . . twelve people . . . still twelve.

“This is worth it.”

I am normally only found in the Green Bean, my faithful and loving companion through these past...

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March 30, 2016

Blogger: Katherine Kim

To answer the question above simply: yes. Field trips remind of us all of the good ‘ol days going to explore somewhere outside the classroom, but who knew these adventures would continue into college? In my Cultural Studies Program class “Gender and Pop Culture,” we went on a field trip to Hamburger Mary’s for a drag brunch. Now, if you’re like me when you hear “drag brunch” you’re surprised, curious, and a little confused all at the same time, but you’re OK with the idea of going somewhere off campus and getting free food. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like free food?

Some of my peers had attended drag brunches before and had an idea of what to expect when...

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March 25, 2016

Blogger: Allen Chen

February 27, 2016

Everyone at Oxy — be it student, faculty, or staff — has a special connection and story tied to their Oxy experience. My particular Oxy journey started back in February 26, 2011, five years ago, when I competed in the Science Olympiad Competition hosted on Oxy’s campus.

Every year, Oxy hosts a whole bunch of elementary, middle, and high school students who are involved with Science Olympiad. Essentially, it’s a science competition with various events that test both theory and application. I remember I participated in the Egg Drop Parachute while some of my friends made a bridge out of popsicle sticks and a car with CDs as wheels. When I was in 8th grade, my science teacher (who...

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March 23, 2016

Blogger: Emily Henderson

So I have a confession to make: I’m a total radio nerd. This might be the first time you’ve met someone who self-identifies as being a nerd about radio (and podcasts, oh goodness, so many podcasts) and you might be asking, “Is that really a thing?” I think it is because I’ve heard ‘nerd’ defined as someone who’s really passionate about something; it doesn’t have to be comic books or math (but of course it can be).

Now this isn’t just a random proclamation; I am going somewhere with this. I’m taking a  journalism class this semester and in talking to my professor I brought up that my favorite way to get my news was from NPR, and since he seemed interested in that I just kind of went off (as I do) about how much I like radio and...

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March 21, 2016

Blogger: Marlaina Bemis

(Disclaimer: when I say wildlife at Oxy, I mean the birds, butterflies, and lizards on campus, not the crazy sleep deprived and well-caffeinated students on campus).

I’ll admit that I had no idea what I was getting myself into for when I enrolled in Bio 290, Research Methods in Citizen Science.  It was a two unit class that caught my eye during the hectic process of class enrollment.  When the excitement of signing up for classes died down, I became nervous about this Bio 290 class, especially when I walked in on the first day and I made up 33% of the class (there were 3 of us).   There was no room for error and I couldn’t camouflage myself in the middle of the class.  Thoughts of “What did I sign up for?!,” or “...

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March 17, 2016

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

This semester, I am taking an interesting Politics class called “Rebellious Lawyering,” with Professor González, which focuses on learning how to pursue social change through lawyering. Specifically, we discuss how attorneys need to abandon the idea that they are experts and instead, learn how to collaborate with their clients and the community in order to enact social change.

Since Oxy is located in LA, our professors want us to utilize our great city location and have experiences within LA that we can apply to our class discussions. Therefore, as a co-requisite to the class, we each intern at a public interest law firm in Los Angeles to gain first-hand experience in the field. I am interning in the Intake Call Center at Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Bet Tzedek...

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March 14, 2016

Blogger: Carol Ma

I took a really interesting class called Sociology of Emotions this semester. The main topic of this class is romantic love. Love is commonly seen as the most secret and beautiful emotion of human beings. I have never thought I would have the chance to learn about love in a classroom setting and talk about it from an academic perspective. This class really helped me understand what is the feeling that people called love and what makes a good relationship.

One of our main topics of discussion was the plethora of taken-for-granted statements about love prevailing on the internet. Sayings such as “love at first sight” are repeated so many times that we begin to take their meanings for granted and forget how complex and challenging real love is. But after a close...

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March 13, 2016

Blogger: Jessie Baek

In light of recruitment week, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about what drove me to join Greek Life here at Oxy! When I first told my friends and family about my decision to participate in the Greek system, I was bombarded with an array of questions, the main one being why I wanted to go Greek in a smaller campus.

My first year at Oxy was hectic and overwhelming at best. I was confused by everything that was college, and couldn’t seem to find my place in the campus community. There were a number of opportunities that I wanted to take, but ended up avoiding, as my hesitance to engage in campus activities got to the best of me. Given my first year...

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