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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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March 2, 2011

For all those who are interested in dance, Oxy's dance community has grown tremendously in the past few years!

Pulse is Oxy's Hip Hop Group.  It consists of various student choreographers who teach classes Monday nights.  There is a beginner class at 8pm, then an intermediate 9pm.  The level of dancers consists of people who have taken professional classes in Los Angeles, to beginning dancers who have never taken a class.  Occasionally, Pulse even sponsors famous choreographers to come teach such as Tony Czar who choreographed with Britney Spears!

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March 2, 2011

I’m in shock that freshman year is almost over!  When I think back a year ago, I was knee deep in college apps and had no idea what I wanted to do. It’s incredible how much I’ve achieved and experienced in such a short amount of time.  Here’s a little synopsis of what’s been keeping me busy here on campus:

  • Intramural soccer: I played club soccer for nearly eight years before going to college.  I made the decision not to try out for the girl’s soccer team because I realized that I wasn’t ready to make the huge time commitment of being on a college level team.  Luckily, Oxy offers intramural 5v5 soccer in the spring.  My friends and I created a team and had our first game two weeks ago.  As soon as we got to the field, I realized that our team was the only team with girls on it.  We aren’t even a completely female team! We have four guys and four girls. But...
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March 1, 2011

No matter what college-like institution you end up at, there are certain items you really shouldn't underestimate.  I've compiled a list of things that come to mind, times when I thought to myself, "Golly, I really need right now." 1. FEBREEZE Whether you are of the male or female persuasion, Febreeze is a must-have.  Really.  Laundry takes a lot of time to do, it's expensive, and frankly, it's just not worth hauling all of my clothes down three floors, only to have my hopes crushed when all five of the washers are taken.  So if it smells okay, and it's not too wrinkly, just Febreeze that bad boy and you're good to go.  Now, I have to say this: use discretion when you Febreeze.  There are some scents that just can't be masked. 'Nuff said. 2. Sunglasses I started out the year with a pair, and somehow they've...

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February 28, 2011

As midterm week draws nearer and the dread begins to fill my being for this hellish week to come, I try to remind myself regularly that this could be worse. It could be finals week. Spring break could be later in March. I could be doing organic chemistry. That kind of thing. This week, the week before finals, and finals week tend to be the only truly difficult weeks for me at Oxy, if only because for a couple classes, the work concentrates into those weeks - you know the drill, final papers and the like. Fortunately, karate testing doesn't happen until the end of April. I really need the next two months to work on my kata, especially since I was in China last semester. We've got a tournament coming up, but I don't think I'm going to participate; I did once as a white belt, and since I've had the combination of being absent last semester and a couple of annoying injuries that come and go when they feel like it, it's...

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February 27, 2011

it's that time of year again... that's right, it's time to accio the firebolt/nimbus/comet and dominate. for my generation, harry potter is categorized as a nerdy, almost hipster obsession.  the quidditch team at oxy loves it; we flaunt our adulation for rowling and her amazing creation.  but at times, we are not so proud. thursday nights, the quidditch team does the warm up lap on broomsticks in front of the rugby team.  admittedly, its a funny sight, comical even. but it is not a shameful one. collectively though, we are ashamed, timid, and apologetic.  this is ridiculous.  we should never be ashamed of our passion-ever. rowling's series is one of friendship, teamwork, trust, determination, battling adversity, and transcending societal norms.  she encourages persistence, wit, patience, and ambition: if these are not the qualities of an Oxy student, call me a hippogriff and send me to the...

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February 22, 2011

Happy President's Day! I'm just finishing the three-day weekend that Oxy gave us to celebrate the holiday and I would like to share a little of myself with you. I am a sophomore studying to be an economics major and I will probably pursue a history minor. Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, I came to Oxy (and by extension Los Angeles) to see an entirely new world from what I am used to--LaLa Land has been great so far and I can't wait to share it with you! I like to consider myself a mild computer geek: I read Engadget religiously, subscribe to Wired magazine and have turned into my friends' personal tech support. With my love of computers and technology,  I've found a place on campus where I fit right in. This year, a brand new media service was launched at Oxy: CatAList TV. CatAList is Oxy's...

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February 19, 2011

My name is Josh Throckmorton and I'm a Junior American studies major from Massachusetts. For me, as a child of the East Coast who grew up on the fields of the Cape Cod Baseball League, California always seemed like a faraway dreamland of sorts. Each summer brought new ballplayers from towns like Irvine, Fullerton, and Long Beach to the Cape, and with them came more and more stories of sunshine, beaches, beautiful women, and baseball for 365 days a year. This place sounded too good to be true; I just had to go there. Originally my goal was to attend one of the bigger schools those Cape Leaguers had come from, but as I matured and realized it was actually a small liberal arts college I wanted, Oxy seemed like the logical choice. It’s sunny and 70 almost the whole year, Hollywood is only a couple miles away, and—more importantly—the baseball season spans twelve months. I couldn’t be happier...

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February 19, 2011

Hello All! My name is Laurel, and I am a freshman here at Oxy. I hail from Boulder, Colorado. I am planning to double major in history and group languages. Since everyone seems to ask this question, I will go ahead and tell you that group languages is a major where you study two languages. The two I am studying are French and Japanese, and I love them both! In my free time, I do karate, dance, sing, play piano, and draw… sometimes sleeping plays a role in my life, too. I am secretary of the Philanthropy Club and I work at Telefund. I am also pledging Kappa Alpha Theta this spring and am super excited about it! I enjoy tea, traveling, cooking, music, and the finer things of life. I like to joke around and don’t take myself too seriously, but I am a very passionate person as well. I have a love-hate relationship with technology, but we’re working things out. Anywho, I will keep you updated on the ins and outs of the freshman year. Oh...

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