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June 7, 2016

Blogger: Maddy Farkas

To whomever is reading this, whether it be my mom, my boss, or my mom, hello for the final time. This is my 24th blog post while being at Oxy; I can say with confidence that many of these were mediocre at best, and often lacked any real substance, but there was something about reading my first blog post from September 2012 that really got me to think about how Oxy has made me the person that I am today. And it’s not easy to put these thoughts into words, so please bear with me for this one. I’m also writing this...

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May 12, 2016

Blogger: Neah Bois

With the end of the year fast approaching, summer break is on the minds of students at Occidental. Sure, we have finals next week but we’re so close! We made it! And after summer break comes…. Next year? I won’t lie, I am a little excited for next year, and one of the reasons I am so excited is due to where I will be living.

A few weeks ago, my friends and I went through room draw. There were a few options for us: triple room draw, normal room draw, or themed housing. For a lot of rising sophomores, which I am, Norris Hall is high in demand. It’s a themed living space where you live in shared quads. A lot of my friends went for this option, but I decided I didn't want to live with 8-16 people. That being said, I decided to go for a triple...

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May 10, 2016

Blogger: Emily Henderson

This semester I finished one of the biggest achievements of my college career; I made a movie for my Advanced (Film) Projects class. Granted it was only five minutes long, but still. You’d be surprised how much work goes into five minutes of film.

Last January (...

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May 4, 2016

Blogger: Matthew Hao

Hey future/prospective/current Tigers! I hope that the last few weeks of school are treating you well and you’re not too stressed with life (if you are, I suggest Netflix). Fortunately we all have a few months of lying in the sun, binge watching Netflix without guilt, and vacationing to look forward to! Even though this is going to be the best summer ever, there are still a few things you should consider if you are an incoming Oxy student. Hopefully I can help make life a little easier with this blog!

First off, take some time for yourself and just relax. Honestly, you deserve it, because making it through high school is huge and getting into Oxy...

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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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