Winter 2017

The Gray's the Thing
For the members of Nancy Talley '53's retirement community repertory, there's no age in stage
Lessons From Campaign Semester
For the 14 undergrads who worked on campaigns nationwide, they learned a lot about American values, grassroots politics, messaging, T-shirts, and the myth of the perfect candidate
Works in Progress
Author and associate professor Lisa Wade examines the college hookup culture through a sociologist's lens—in addition to renovating a 130-year-old home in her adopted New Orleans
Worth Noting
A new boat for Oxy's marine biology program, and a prestigious honor for Rafa Esparza, Oxy's Wanlass Artist in Residence
Upping the Anti
A novel blood anticoagulant discovered at Oxy creates a rush of interest among hematologists
Before They Were Tigers
Five current standout student-athletes share their childhood sports memories—long before they went "All in for Oxy"
Fast Finish
Led by cognitive science major Keenan Leary '17, men's cross country surges past its SCIAC rivals for a second-place showing and an NCAA berth
Building on Values
Affirming the cornerstones of the College in the wake of proposed changes to federal laws, Oxy constructs the framework of a "sanctuary campus"
Alumna Sara El-Amine
Yes She Can
Sara El-Amine '07 joined the Obama campaign at ground zero as a bilingual volunteer in Iowa. Having organized thousands of volunteers as a Washington insider, she's prepared to be a...
No Bull
Midway through his eighth year in office, President Veitch reflects on the accomplishments and controversies that have shaped his time at Oxy so far—and why he's bullish on the challenges...
Obama inauguration Occidental College
School of Barack
Prior to 2008, Occidental was best known in many circles as an academic "hidden gem" (and as a popular film location). But the nation's 44th president put Oxy on the map—just as the College...
Good Vibrations
With a Hall of Fame clientele from the Beach Boys and Bee Gees to the Sex Pistols and Santana, John Branca '72 has taken the art of the deal to new heights—not bad for a kid from New York...
Gold Standard
In chasing his Olympic dreams, Sammy Lee ’43 (1920-2016) dreamed big and lived even larger