What's inside the Spring 2014 Occidental Magazine? Look below.
In a generational exodus, six singular professors with more than 250 years of combined classroom experience say farewell to Oxy. But their lessons have shaped legions across every discipline.
Don’t Try This at Home
Stem-cell biologist Madeline Lancaster ’04 turns genetics on its head with a three-dimensional “organoid” that models the human brain.
Mmm! Mmm! Gold!
Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold adds an honorary degree to his plate—and serves up 10 tantalizing Eagle Rock and Highland Park dishes.
The Long Way Back
After his 18th birthday, cross country and track standout John Guzman Aguilar ’15 faced deportation to his native Mexico and was separated from his family. Five years later, he’s on course to be the greatest distance runner in Oxy history.
The Road to Eagle Rock
A visionary president, an ambitious land syndicate, and a leap of faith led Oxy from the comforts of Highland Park to its permanent home—but it didn’t come easy.
Frozen in Time
An impromptu dig in the Arctic unearths a message in a bottle from pioneering explorer Paul Walker ’56—
54 years after he wrote it.
Working with a veteran music mogul, a journalist-turned-filmmaker, and some of the greatest unsung voices of the last half-century, 20 Feet From Stardom producer Caitrin Rogers ’04 charts a path to an Academy Award.
From Jonathan Veitch
President Jonathan Veitch examines Oxy’s $120-million home-improvement challenge.
A voice from the chorus remembers Omar Paxson ’48, and a disenchanted Tiger laments the state of the endowment.
From the Quad
Staking Out Equity
Problem-solver, resource, advocate, and expert listener, Ruth Jones coordinates Oxy’s Title IX compliance efforts.
Of Clery and Clarity
A Los Angeles Times story, and the ensuing media melee, underscore the complexities of Clery Act reporting.
John McMenamin ’40 introduced his biology students to the wonders of California’s outdoors. Bill Neblett challenged his philosophy classes with questions of justice, fairness, and forgiveness. Deborah Martinson believed in the transformative power of words. All will be fondly missed.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti returns to his old teaching grounds; associate professor Broderick Fox examines Zen & the Art of Dying; future Batman Ben Affleck ’95 swoops into the Oxy bookstore; and an accident claims the life of Adrianne Wadewitz, an ambassador of the digital future of learning.
New offerings from Oxy authors.
History of Civilization
An oral (and slightly revisionist) history of one of Oxy’s most beloved programs ever.
Remembering two good friends of Oxy: John Gabbert ’31 and Allen “Red” Gresham ’53.
Taking a page from his mentor, Professor Bob Winter, teacher Doug StanWiens ’89 immerses his Boise High School students in the city’s architectural history.
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