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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

March 13, 2011

The recent national disaster in Japan (and the chaos spreading through the rest of the world) reignited my belief about how powerless we really are. As I watched it unfold on the news, it looked like something out of an apocalyptic movie. My prayers go out to all those suffering the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear meltdown. Sitting in Nevada on spring break, I should have felt safe, but I didn't, because the event brought to the forefront what I'd always believed- there is really nowhere to run. The world is shrinking in more ways than we can imagine. There is no alternative to saving the planet because its the only one we've got. A lot of people argue that humans will develop the technology required to survive anything- I wonder what we're going to develop if we don't have a planet left. Events like this shake our lives into perspective-problems that seemed unsolvable become much smaller, and I realized...

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March 13, 2011

I cannot believe its less than a week to showtime! We've been working since October 2010 and its finally here! When I auditioned to be a choreographer, I never imagined it would become such an integral part of my life. I'm choreographing the Bollywood piece and flew all the costumes out from India for the performance :) It's so weird to teach people who don't understand the lyrics how to dance Bollywood! I had to break the entire dance into counts, which is something I've never done before...and I've been dancing since I was 6! It's kind of bittersweet though, because after March 19, Dance Production will be over, and I'm so sure I'm going to go into Dance Pro withdrawal because I will miss it so much. This week is going to be so busy with Tech rehearsals and everything O.o however *appear Gloria Gaynor* I will survive :) T-6 days. (Yes, "it's the final countdown" and Europe is playing in the...

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March 13, 2011

I turned 19 on the 18th of February, and it was the first time I didn’t have my family around to celebrate my birthday. I can’t say I didn’t have an amazing birthday, though. Oxy has a rather famed tradition to celebrate birthdays- the lucky person whose birthday it is is thrown into the main fountain at midnight. Now, this would be a lot of fun (and it was, despite the following complaints) if it wasn’t February. I’m an Aquarius (despite the 13th star sign, SCORE!) and proud, but this was the one time I wished I was born in July. Or some other warm summer month. A group of my friends dutifully threw me into the fountain, and I swear I nearly froze. The water was probably 8 degrees Celsius (that’s about 45 degrees Fahrenheit). I did get a hot chocolate after I was soaked, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt that cold in my life (and I’ve been to the top of Mt. Jungfrau in...

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March 7, 2011

It’s that time that some of us students look forward to, or don’t. This past week was midterms for most of us, but luckily our reward for getting through the week was and is spring break! Yes, spring break the time when we all decide to take trips or just return home to be with our families. Like I mentioned in my previous post I am a family person and I decided that this year I was spending spring break with my family, at home. My plan for the week-long break is to hang out and sleep. Sleep is the best thing to do during break after those long, sleepless nights, and/or all-nighters. Aside from spending time with my family and sleeping, I will also be practicing for the most intimidating test on Earth, the behind-the-wheel driving test. Ah yes, those fond memories of driving with a stranger staring at you and judging your driving skills. Oh did I not mention that I have not received my license? I know I am old and I should have taken this...

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March 3, 2011

The past two weeks have been pretty busy for me because I've had some big econ exams, but luckily Oxy gave me the perfect break from reality. Last week our Office of Student Life organized Mafia, an elimination game consisting of 33 mafia "families." Each family had eight students, so I created a team with seven of my close friends. We spent the week sneaking around campus with water guns, hoping to find other players to douse with water. We also took on several secret missions, such as finding clues hidden around campus. This game was the perfect study break for me, allowing me to escape the library every once in a while to hang out with my friends. Our hard work paid off - we got 2nd place in the game and each won a Visa gift card! Unfortunately, I'm still a little paranoid that someone is going to jump out of a bush with a squirt gun, but I think this side effect will wear off soon. This week I've been back to my usual...

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