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March 27, 2011

Hello everybody!! So this week has been full of events from room draw to rats to midterms! Yes some of us still have midterms to complete, unfortunately. This past Tuesday was room draw and as frustrating as it was, I managed to get a room, a tringle! Many of you might not know what a tringle is so I will explain. A tringle is three single rooms sharing a bathroom. These tringles are located in Rangeview among the doubles. They are really spacious and fun if the other two people are your friends so I am excited for next year. Also this week my psychology professor asked me to stop by the Psychology Laboratory, known as the Rat Lab, to see if I was interested in volunteering and helping with a research project. I am not a fan of rats so at first I was creeped out, but soon I saw them as little pets. I also saw the breeding room where they had newborn rats (they are actually adorable)! So I may or may not take the volunteering job, but we will see. I...

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March 24, 2011

Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and philosopher, once apologized to the recipient of a letter - the letter was extremely long and Pascal was sorry he did not have the time to write a short one. This week's historical tidbit is brought to you by Prof. Nina Gelbart and her excellent course, Medicine and Disease in Western Society. Anyway, I fully identify with Pascal as I have just gotten through some of the busiest weeks of my educational career. So I apologize for length of my post, but I still don't have the time to condense my thoughts. So, I hear that admission decisions are going out soon (read: tomorrow morning). That's really exciting and it makes me want to share how I felt anticipating my college acceptance letters. Oxy was the very first school I every went on a college tour of, and you always remember your first. The GPS in our rented car brought us to the front...

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March 24, 2011

Life at Oxy has been so busy since I got back from Spring Break! Luckily I have had a lot of fun activities to fill my time. Last weekend was Oxy’s Dance Production – the huge student-organized dance show that happens every year. I attended the show my first two years at Oxy, but never had the guts to audition until this year. What I love about Dance Pro is that everyone that auditions gets in to at least one dance, so everyone has a chance to get up on stage! This year I was in two dances (a tap routine to the song “Sugar Sugar” by Baby Bash and a dance hall piece to Major Lazor and Sean Kingston) and I can’t wait to be in more next year!

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March 23, 2011

Every Tuesday, the Resident Advisers in each hall put on hall spread at 10pm.  This is a time when the entire hall can gather together and take part in an activity in the common room or eat some delicious food!  In the past, my hall has put on a scavenger hunt, ice breaking games, movies, hypnosis, play with puppies, a cappella concerts, battle of the sexes, and much more!  We've had food such as pita strips, sweet potato fries, pizza, churros, brochetta, bruschetta, ramen, boba, and other delicious itemsc! Hall spreads are a great time for the community to bond together.  It is one of the benefits of living on campus: getting to know a close group of residents.  As RAs, we do many programs to build community and to educate the community.  Occidental College has a requirement that all first years and sophomores live on campus.  This is definitely to your benefit because of the relationships you will build...

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March 23, 2011

Hello All! It's been awhile since I've posted! The last couple of weeks have been Crazy, with a capital C!  It's hard to believe Spring Break was only two weeks ago.  My, how time flies when you're having fun! Here's what I've been up to:  This past weekend, I performed in Dance Production, which is put together entirely by students - meaning it's all choreographed, performed, organized and publicized.  It has one of the highest participation rates of any activity at Oxy (because it's awesome).  Also, everyone who auditions gets to be in the show, so you really have nothing to lose by auditioning! All I can say is that I'm definitely going to do it again next year!  This year, I did hula dancing and break dancing, neither of which I'd ever done before.  Since this is my first year at Oxy, I can't speak for the previous Dance Productions, but this year there...

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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

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 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 nuclear...

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