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April 10, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Hello and hail from Japaaaaan! Yes, I finally made it! I am here! And it is awesome. First off, you must know that I am still quite silly with the first stage of culture shock (the honeymoon phase, where everything is awesome) and a liiiittle bit of lingering jet lag that has me waking up at 5:00am and feeling like the walking dead around 3:00pm. Still, I am so happy to be here I need to share it with you!

I was very gratified to learn that my Japanese speaking ability is much better than I anticipated. Maybe taking what amounts to a semester off (my winter break was 4 months long) wasn't such a bad idea. In other ways though, my long break was very detrimental. We had our first Japanese class today, and...

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April 9, 2012

Blogger: Marisha Thakker

It's been a long, LONG week. I had two papers due, and although they were super fun to do, they still ate into my sleep time; so I'm really glad the weekend is here! One of my assignment, for my Sustainable Development class, was to research a green urbanism project anywhere in the world and then write a case study about it--so I kind of felt like Sherlock Holmes xP. Then, for my Politics 101 class I had to write a congressional district profile. I just finished the first book of the Hunger Games, so I turned the report into a report I was going to present about my district at the 75th Annual Hunger Games. It made the research a lot more fun, and it probably made my paper a lot more entertaining to read :] The first two weeks after Spring Break always feel insanely busy, and I'm glad I have a breather before we hit finals. I know, I know--everyone is saying finals are a month away, but that's just four weeks and I need to get started...

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April 9, 2012

Blogger: Kyle Beasley

A lot has been going on. A couple weeks back, we had room draw for people who are choosing to live in multicultural housing for the 2012-2013 school year. Next year, I’ll be living in Pauley with one of the coolest people and one of my best friends here at Oxy.  I’m definitely excited to live in a double next year because I kind of missed out on the whole having a roommate thing. This year, as a freshman, I am living in a single. It has its perks, but I am definitely looking forward to next year.  Aside from that, there were quite a bit of campus-wide events going on.

Dance Production:

DANCE PRO. The show was great. The dance styles ranged from Belly dancing to Broadway to Hip Hop. The show featured about a hundred or so dancers. They all worked so hard all year and it was nice to see the culmination of it all.

Spring Fest:

Last Friday was Springfest here on the...

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April 6, 2012

Blogger: Frances Power

What you should do as an Occidental College student: GO TO THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER. I found these awesome people WAY too late in my time at Oxy. As I've been going through the process of applying for jobs as a second semester senior, I've realized I needed help. Some serious help.

Luckily, at Oxy we have the Career Development Center (CDC - not the Center for Disease Control!). We had mock interviews tonight with distinguished (and very helpful!) alumni. All of them were very friendly, but it gave the students some GREAT ideas on how to prepare for an interview.

The CDC is helpful for all students, regardless of their year! They have great internship information for your summers and great connections that you should start forming before you get to senior year. So even if graduation seems like a long ways away, go visit the CDC! They are friendly, kind, considerate, and have TONS of useful information.

Don't do what...

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April 4, 2012

Blogger: Amber Thai

After reading through the problem set that I had for Chemistry, I looked up at the headline that I neglected to read which stated that I only had a couple of weeks left until finals and that I should hang on tight until school got out for summer. That made my heart stop a little because I can't believe that it's been a year since I've heard back from colleges. I distinctly remember receiving my package in the mail from Oxy around March 24th, 2011 because I slightly freaked out that my friend had received hers before mine. Typical, hehe. My friends that are currently enjoying their last year in high school are barely choosing between their college choices and it's fun watching them break a sweat. If they happen to call me, I always remind them to stay stress-free. It's the easiest thing to do if you just let it happen. It makes things a lot better to deal with. I realized that at the end of the day, no matter how hectic or bad it...

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March 31, 2012

Blogger: Laurel Cox

Hey, Folks!  onglay imetay onay eesay, hmm? As promised, I will talk about my decision to come to Oxy--why I chose oxy and all that jazz. But before I do that, I feel that my title is in need of some explaining; the title is a reference to this gem.

Here is the proof that I was once young and naive;...

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March 28, 2012

Blogger: TJ


One of my favorite parts about Occidental is its Greek Life.  I'm all the way from Boston, MA, so not only is my fraternity like a second family to me, but it also opens up so many more opportunities for me.  This spring break, I had the opportunity to go down to Cabo for a leadership convention with my fraternity.  Yeahhh...I definitely said CABO and all I needed to pay was my flight and a registration fee because we are fortunate enough to have our generous alumni provide this experience for us.

Here is what I did on my trip:

I woke up Sunday with 9 of my other fraternity brothers and headed to the airport.  Upon landing in Cabo, we went straight to our hotel and met other brothers from our fraternity around the entire nation.  We got Sunday...

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March 28, 2012

Blogger: Jeremy Childs

Hey guys! About a week ago I returned to Oxy from my incredible Alternative Spring Break trip to Odessa, Ukraine! Odessa is one of the largest municipalities in all of Ukraine, a major port city on the coast of the Black Sea with a population of over one million people! If you want to read about my trip to Odessa and how I was given the opportunity to go on it, read more after the jump.

I first heard about the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program back in December of 2011 from a friend on the Executive Board of Occidental Hillel, the Jewish organization on campus. She told me that the Hillel at USC had started allowing students from Occidental to apply for a spot on their ASB trip to Odessa, Ukraine.  Not only that, but the price of the entire trip itself—plane tickets, transportation, hotel, food expenses, etc.—was lowered to only $700 for the week! I had never traveled outside the country before, and so the chance...

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March 27, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

So it's a week after Spring Break and I am already overloaded with work. The good thing is that it is mid semester which means we only have a few weeks until summer vacations! The bad thing is that it means finals are approaching..umm actually let's not think about that.

This weekend was Dance Production, one of Oxy's oldest tradition. It was my first time doing it and I was a nervous wreck the day of performance. My friends who had done Dance Pro before convinced me to join them and do it as well. I can say that I am glad I did it because it was such a great and fun experience. There were so many good dances that I wished I was in more than one. I was in the Hula dance, my roommate was one of the choreographers, so if I ever needed extra practice she was there. I had so much fun both nights and was excited to hear that for the first time ever, both days were SOLD OUT! I am kind of sad that it is over. Practices were fun, well we...

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March 26, 2012

Blogger: Chris Suzdak

Blyth Fund Circle

As we began interviews for new student directors to replace the departing seniors (including myself!), I found myself reminiscing about how this experience has shaped my Oxy career and post-Oxy outlook.

The Blyth Fund is a 14-member student-run investment portfolio with over $100,000 in real money. The Fund dates back to the 1970's when a donation was made to begin student investment funds at a select number of undergraduate institutions to foster the financial education that traditional liberal arts programs typically lack. The 14 Directors meet twice a week to discuss market news, review our holdings, present buy and sell proposals, and continually educate ourselves on finance.

My last presentation was a general overview of our Industrials sector, which...

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