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March 22, 2011

So this past weekend the softball coaches gave our team our own little spring break (as I'm sure you read my last post you know that I was on campus all of spring break!) and canceled practices on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday. It was fantastic. I caught up on a lot of sleep, some homework, and a LOT of relaxation. On Saturday a friend and I went to watch the baseball team play a double header. I love baseball so I found it really fun, and we got to meet a lot of our friends parents! That's always a good time :) On Friday night some of my friends had a crazy idea, and we had a shaving cream fight! It was four on four. Four of us had pink shaving cream and for had teal. Basically the rules were... cover everyone with shaving cream! We couldn't really throw the shaving cream as it would kind of just... plop... but we could spray it on our hands and then rub it on them! Note to self: Shaving cream neither tastes good nor feels good in...

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March 21, 2011

i have a friend named kyle.  he is from canada. as an incoming first year, i was worried losing my foundation of friends from high school, but i was wonderfully surprised at what i found at oxy. kyle and i are products of our individual contexts, and therefore perceive the same things very differently. and though i find him extraordinarily frustrating at times, our friendship attests to the spirit of unity at occidental.  oxy's students come from everywhere, and though we seemingly have little in common at first, we harvest strong and lasting friendships. i did what i thought was impossible: i found new family at occidental.  so for those of you that are worried, or dare i say, afraid, fear not.  you'll find friends and family here. ...

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March 19, 2011

This is Marisha Thakker reporting live from the end of the first performance of Dance Production 2011! It was a night of epic proportions and has showcased the talent and enthusiasm of the Oxy community! I can't believe we just finished our first show! Only one more to go, and then we're going to have to start looking forward to Dance Production 2012! Just a short note to say how excited I am right now- and how much I'm going to miss my dancers. Here's a sneak peek at the cast photo and my dancers!

Cast of Dance Pro 2011

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March 18, 2011

Argh, my first post got deleted! Here's what I could remember from what I said previously... I send out good wishes to the Japanese people, and I hope everyone's relatives and friends safe and healthy. My friend, who was working in Japan through the JET program, just returned home tonight, and I'm happy I get to see him tomorrow, but I wish it were under better circumstances. I believe all of the students currently studying abroad in Tokyo are on their way home as well. We covered issues relating to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in both ecology and modern Japan today. In ecology, Professor Braker covered environmental and health issues relating to...

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March 18, 2011

Hey everyone, Last week was our spring break, which was really awesome, but has made this week a bit of drag since we're back at school with classes and work and such.  The weather's been kinda strange with cloudy skies but warmish temperatures, though I guess that's better than rain, which is what it's supposed to do this weekend. I've been busy this week with studying and papers, but my roommate, who is the treasurer of Dance Production, has been basically gone for rehearsals since we got back from spring break.  Dance Production is the largest student club on campus, and all the students look forward to performing in or watching the show, which is happening this Friday and Saturday nights.  (If you live in the area, you should most definitely come!  Tickets are $10 and well worth it!)  I'm not a dancer, but I really can't wait for tomorrow night when I get to go watch the show!  I'm...

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March 17, 2011

Hi there, I have some exciting news to report ... I got in to grad school! If you happened to have read my bio then you know that I am a physics major. Initially I had planned on taking advantage of the 3-2 program with Columbia University, but I decided that I wanted to instead take elective courses (Chicano literature, Spanish film and theatre, History of the Holocaust) that I wouldn't be able to take again. Last summer I started looking into graduate programs in mechanical engineering. I decided to apply to UPenn, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Columbia. As of this week I have been accepted to both UPenn and Carnegie Mellon. Now begins the tough process if deciding where I want to be for the next two years. As I hear back from more schools I'll keep you updated. -Noah

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March 16, 2011

As it is in sports, sometimes you’re the underdog. Recently on campus, that hasn’t been such a bad thing. About a month ago, I drove to Northridge to watch Oxy’s women’s water polo team take on a nationally ranked Division 1 Cal State Bakersfield squad in the pouring rain. Bakersfield was heavily favored in the match up, but our lady Tigers came away with a stunning 13-12 overtime win that kept everyone on campus buzzing for a couple of days. Two weeks later, they took down Villanova, another Division 1 team, at home under the lights and in front of a screaming Tigers crowd. And then, just four days later, during spring break, the women’s lacrosse team got in on the mix, picking up their first win of the season by upsetting east coast powerhouse Emerson College 15-7 on the turf at Oxy in a game I announced and lost my voice from because I was so excited. I ended up spending the rest of vacation sipping green tea and...

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March 15, 2011

Hello all! It's my first day back after spring break. I had a 6.5 hour flight back to school last night after a very energizing break... I avoided most of my homework and spent much time creating, going to the diner, and eating Greek food with my sister in Astoria, Queens. I am SO happy to be back, though... Seriously, even though it's only been a week! As of today, I'm officially all set to go to CAPE TOWN next semester! I went to see Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, speak at 12:30. It was so powerful. She read excerpts from her book and talked a lot about the pressure for girls to please in our society, especially how we often don't even recognize the extremes to which we go to please others. It was an incredibly, surprisingly emotional hour, between audience questions and Ms. Ensler's own readings. This is a very intense week for those of us in Dance Production... I'm part of dancehall and step, so I have a lot of tech time in... Read More

March 15, 2011

Hi everyone! Spring break was very relaxing! My friend (and fellow Alpha pledge) Audrianna and I went down to Del Mar for a few nights to get some sun, which was so nice! And I am finally reunited with all my wonderful friends and my darling roommates! But break is over and it's back to reality at Oxy.

The beautiful Del Mar beach!

This is the very beautiful Del Mar beach.

The next six weeks are going to be crazy for me, between regular homework, midterms, quizzes, presentations, essays, research papers, mixers, socials, Relay for Life, family visits, birthdays, meetings, sports events, fundraisers, shows, registration, and Room Draw! It'll be so fun, but my calendar is absolutely packed right now and I'm definitely already feeling the end-of-semester stress coming...

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March 14, 2011

Hello all! This past week, while most of the Oxy community was at home or off on some sort of adventure, I was here in Eagle Rock! I was pretty much the only person in my dorm, or so it felt. We had ten softball games over the course of the ten days. We won six of the ten games including our first away victory! Our coaches were nice enough to give us Monday and Wednesday off (we had games Tuesday & Thursday in addition to the weekends). On Wednesday most of the team headed to Huntington Beach where we rested, did some homework, and played some beach volleyball. I, of course, got sunburned (this is not a rare occurrence in my life...) but it was really fun! I also got to go out to dinner a few times over the week with some of the baseball players (one of the few other teams still on campus). We went to IHOP, Chipotle, Mulberry Street Pizzeria #2, and Spitz. I have to say I really liked Spitz! I have a friend who works there so now that I know I like... Read More

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