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February 8, 2016

Blogger: Jessie Baek

Last Saturday was Oxy’s annual MLK Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service is a big service event on campus, and around 200-300 Oxy students participate each year, volunteering in the Eagle Rock community. This year we had a total of 20 different sites, and the volunteer activities ranged from gardening to mentoring.

I was a site leader for Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization geared towards empowering young girls and helping them realize their full potential as students, daughters, and friends. The nonprofit organizes after school mentorship programs for girls in grades three through eight. The goal of Girls on the Run is to provide social, emotional, and physical support for the girls. The girls are actively encouraged to pursue healthy relationships throughout their day to day lives,...

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February 1, 2016

Blogger: Neah Bois

Well folks, it’s second semester here at Oxy! I survived my first semester of college, including all the craziness that has come with it. The highs, the lows, and the in-betweens have been well worth the laughs and late nights. Furthermore, I survived my first semester of the Cultural Studies Program, or CSP as we first years affectionately call it. The CSP program is a set of classes that all incoming students take. I like to think of it as Intro to College or College Writing/Studying/Reading 101. Unlike other universities though, Oxy doesn’t pile a bunch of first years into a lecture hall and teach them just basic writing. Each class has a distinct focus and issue they are exploring through reading and writing.

My CSP was called Dionysus and Modern Thought taught...

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January 25, 2016

Blogger: Jessie Baek

Dear You,

Yes, You. You know who you are. You’ve been my #1 for as long as I can remember. From chasing around boys after school at the library, to lip synching to the most embarrassing songs and tragically uploading them to Facebook, you’ve been there with me through it all. You’re the first person I consult when I’m racking my brain over something stupid, and you’re also the first person I run to when I need to rant about Justin Bieber’s new girlfriend (team Jelena).

Our weekday sleepovers came to a devastating end when we both left for our first year of college. It was tough. Though the three hour time difference wasn’t the end of the world, it majorly sucked...

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January 22, 2016

Blogger: Matthew Hao

What’s up Oxy and potential Oxy fam! I’m writing this at the tail end of winter break, and it’s kind of a bittersweet feeling. I’m sad that winter break is coming to a close and that I have to start feeling bad when I watch Netflix for eight hours straight; but, I’m excited to get back to campus and see everyone again! The first semester of college is a huge adjustment, and needless to say, this winter break was much needed. I learned many things throughout, and here are just a few.

  1. College is great. But wow, I never truly realized how much I missed my own bed until I laid on top of it for three hours straight. To be fair, there are a few things that are worse than...

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January 20, 2016

Blogger: Darby Pak

We’ve all been at that point in a school break where there’s nothing to do.  Your friends are all busy, Reddit is debating something boring, Tumblr only has the same dog pictures, and Facebook gives you real bad FOMO (fear of missing out).  You could do something “productive” like cleaning your room, washing the dishes, and a slew of other boring household tasks, but why?  Very few people derive pleasure from cleaning their room, and I am most certainly not one of them. So what do you do when there’s nothing to do, and the beginning of the semester is forever away? Well, when I hit that point, I bust out one of my favorite shows, ...

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January 17, 2016

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

Whenever I tell my friends that I have a five-week winter break, they are always extremely jealous. However, it’s not as amazing as it sounds: as my high school friends return to their respective universities after three weeks, I’m left alone in the boring suburbs (sorry, Orange County) with a list of summer internship applications to complete and a lot of Netflix to watch. I’m not complaining about the long winter break, but it only makes me more anxious to return to Oxy for the spring semester.

In between my summer internship applications, I enjoy taking the occasional Netflix break (or two…). This winter break, I am currently watching the amazing, American political drama called ...

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January 12, 2016

Blogger: Emily Henderson

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m looking forward to all the adventures this year has in store, but it’s going to be hard to beat the way 2015 ended for me. That’s because this December, after classes ended, I was lucky enough to get to take a week-long trip to Japan as a member of Oxy’s delegation for the Kakehashi Project. The Kakehashi Project (which translates to "bridge") is a program designed to give foreign students a chance to learn about and experience Japanese culture in order to build connections (or bridges) between Japan and other nations. This year Oxy was one of the schools selected to participate so 23 Oxy students got to be a part of this wonderful program.

Now that you’ve got some background, I want to talk about...

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January 6, 2016

Blogger: Katherine Kim

As my first semester of college at Oxy comes to a close, I cannot help but to reflect on all that has transpired in the last four months. In the last four months I have moved to live in a new place, become a college athlete, met new people, taken challenging classes, completed my first semester of college, and raced against time to spend enough meal plan money before the semester was over to make it under the allowed rollover amount. While these are all things I am proud of, what I have really grown to admire is the Occidental College student body.

Most of you may be aware that Oxy students held a protest to support diversity on campus. It started as a stand in solidarity with students at Mizzou, but it grew into something much more. Occidental College students decided to...

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January 2, 2016

Blogger: Allen Chen

A winter break job is a great way to make money and stay productive. Employers will start sending emails to the root (Oxy’s email system) starting around November, so be on the look-out. For the most part, you need work study in order to secure a job.

Since I’m a local student, I can commute to work, but if not, you’ll have to reserve a spot in Newcomb Hall to live on campus over break. For 2015-2016, Winter Housing was $750, but there is a sponsorship process where you pay much less if you are an authorized driver for your respective job. My coworker got a sponsorship and is living in Newcomb Hall. An awesome incentive to working, besides money, productivity, and experience, is that we get...

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December 26, 2015

Blogger: Natalie de Benedetti

Land-locked and flat, Oklahoma City greatly differs from the coastal, hilly city of San Francisco. As a detour on his way home from Oxy to Oklahoma City for winter break, my friend Anoop came to visit San Francisco. Because it was his first time in the city, my other Oxy friends from San Francisco and I decided to show him traditional landmarks and views.

Our first stop was Twin Peaks, the always freezing and windy outlook over almost all of San Francisco, ranging from the Bay Bridge to the east, to the Golden Gate Bridge to the north. We were able to point out to Anoop many of the large landmarks of the city including Coit Tower, both bridges, Market Street, the Transamerica Pyramid and Golden Gate Park....

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