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. ...Read More
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March 21, 2011
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!Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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. -NoahRead More
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...Read More
March 15, 2011
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.
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...Read More
March 14, 2011
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...Read More