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April 29, 2016

Blogger: Camille Baechler

I am not one of those people who makes it to the gym. I might have every intention of doing so, I might spend way too much money on fancy leggings, I might even chow down on a protein bar in anticipation. But I am not one of those people who makes it to the gym. Actually, to be fair, I can usually get there. But getting there and actually getting things done are two vastly different things.

We all know that staying fit and healthy in college is mega-important. No one wants to admit how serious the “freshman 15” is, nor do we want to be one of those people who “hasn’t fit into those jeans since high school.” But staying fit and making time to go to the gym in college is much harder than it sounds – giving up precious time in your schedule that...

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April 27, 2016

Blogger: Carol Ma

With a growing international students population, ISO (International Students Organization) is becoming more and more active on campus. I joined ISO when I first came to Oxy and became a E-board member in my sophomore year. To me ISO is like a family where people accept and understand where I come from and what I have been through coming to college in another country. As an international student, my cultural and educational experiences are pretty different from most of my friends in the U.S. But in ISO, it’s easier to find students who have had similar experiences. It’s a community which provides a safe space for international students to voice their concerns, struggles, and successes.

ISO holds general meetings biweekly, which are open to everyone from Oxy. Every...

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April 19, 2016

Blogger: Natalie de Benedetti

A couple weekends ago, Oxy’s biggest club on campus, Dance Production, had their much anticipated annual performance. As a member of Dance Pro and a dance enthusiast, I can say with certainty the club lived up to the high expectations. The performance was comprised of 17 of dances, ranging from hip hop, to hula, to flamenco, to Broadway. The dancers in every piece, as well as each choreographer, are current Oxy students, making the club completely student-organized and produced.

Once a week during the school year, each Dance Pro group practices for about an hour and a half, typically on the weekends in order to accommodate everyone’s academic responsibilities. Choreographers usually have a good amount of previous dance experience, but the position...

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April 13, 2016

Blogger: Elise Sugarman

Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite Jewish holiday is, I immediately say Purim. But what exactly is Purim? Purim is essentially the “Jewish Halloween.” Jews come together to read the Megillah, a Jewish document that features the story of Queen Esther. We celebrate Purim by dressing up, going to carnivals, and eating hamentaschen, which are triangular cookies shaped based on the hat of the villain (Haman—BOO!!) in the Purim story

In past years, Oxy Hillel has celebrated Purim by hosting a small event for Jewish students to come together to act out the story of Esther and eat hamentaschen. However, as Oxy’s Hillel President this year, I wanted to spread the Purim spirit and educate the entire Oxy community on my favorite Jewish holiday. One of the best...

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April 11, 2016

Blogger: Camille Baechler

I may be biased, but working for Occidental’s Bike Share has got to be the single most excellent job on campus, maybe even in the world. If you have been living under a rock all semester and don’t know who we are, let me explain. Our shop, aka the “bike cage,” is located on the first floor of the Berkus Hall parking garage (and you have also probably seen us on the quad on Fridays playing the classic recess game four square). We are the ones responsible for those spunky orange and white bikes you see floating around campus! We rent them out to students to use for a whole week for the bargain price of exactly zero dollars and zero cents. Eagle Rock is a great little town to explore by bike-back. You can get to both the best pizza shop (...

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April 6, 2016

Blogger: Jessmine Lee

A roped off VIP line is before me.

Students crumble before it, professors brave enough to withhold the wait are famed.

Hailed as “Stressful, anticipatory, high stakes” by some, the exclusive and jaded stir fry line of the Occidental College Marketplace forces you to put a lot on the line in line.

Stomachs angrily jab at interiors, backpacks weigh heavily on unlined guts, garlic and salt tantalizingly spice the air.

Red peppers, onions, and shrimp are dancing on a frying pan.

And I am thirteen people back . . . twelve people . . . still twelve.

“This is worth it.”

I am normally only found in the Green Bean, my faithful and loving companion through these past...

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March 30, 2016

Blogger: Katherine Kim

To answer the question above simply: yes. Field trips remind of us all of the good ‘ol days going to explore somewhere outside the classroom, but who knew these adventures would continue into college? In my Cultural Studies Program class “Gender and Pop Culture,” we went on a field trip to Hamburger Mary’s for a drag brunch. Now, if you’re like me when you hear “drag brunch” you’re surprised, curious, and a little confused all at the same time, but you’re OK with the idea of going somewhere off campus and getting free food. I mean, come on, who doesn’t like free food?

Some of my peers had attended drag brunches before and had an idea of what to expect when...

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March 25, 2016

Blogger: Allen Chen

February 27, 2016

Everyone at Oxy — be it student, faculty, or staff — has a special connection and story tied to their Oxy experience. My particular Oxy journey started back in February 26, 2011, five years ago, when I competed in the Science Olympiad Competition hosted on Oxy’s campus.

Every year, Oxy hosts a whole bunch of elementary, middle, and high school students who are involved with Science Olympiad. Essentially, it’s a science competition with various events that test both theory and application. I remember I participated in the Egg Drop Parachute while some of my friends made a bridge out of popsicle sticks and a car with CDs as wheels. When I was in 8th grade, my science teacher (who...

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March 23, 2016

Blogger: Emily Henderson

So I have a confession to make: I’m a total radio nerd. This might be the first time you’ve met someone who self-identifies as being a nerd about radio (and podcasts, oh goodness, so many podcasts) and you might be asking, “Is that really a thing?” I think it is because I’ve heard ‘nerd’ defined as someone who’s really passionate about something; it doesn’t have to be comic books or math (but of course it can be).

Now this isn’t just a random proclamation; I am going somewhere with this. I’m taking a  journalism class this semester and in talking to my professor I brought up that my favorite way to get my news was from NPR, and since he seemed interested in that I just kind of went off (as I do) about how much I like radio and...

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March 21, 2016

Blogger: Marlaina Bemis

(Disclaimer: when I say wildlife at Oxy, I mean the birds, butterflies, and lizards on campus, not the crazy sleep deprived and well-caffeinated students on campus).

I’ll admit that I had no idea what I was getting myself into for when I enrolled in Bio 290, Research Methods in Citizen Science.  It was a two unit class that caught my eye during the hectic process of class enrollment.  When the excitement of signing up for classes died down, I became nervous about this Bio 290 class, especially when I walked in on the first day and I made up 33% of the class (there were 3 of us).   There was no room for error and I couldn’t camouflage myself in the middle of the class.  Thoughts of “What did I sign up for?!,” or “...

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