Features

Oxy Gaming eboard members.
The Play's the Thing
With a dedicated space in the Academic Commons, a visionary team of student gamers, and a timely boost from an industry giant, esports levels up at Oxy
Twenty-five of the 53 personnel in Oxy’s Music Department.
A Sound Foundation
One of the College’s oldest disciplines, music gets a makeover in response to the production boom of the 21st century—but if you want a classical education, you’ll find that as well
Professor and filmmaker Broderick Fox films artist Devan Shimoyama for his documentary, Manscaping.
Director's Cut
Professor and filmmaker Broderick Fox explores the relationship between barbershops and masculinity in his new documentary, Manscaping
Members of the Occidental Class of 2026
First Impressions
Seven members of the Class of 2026—and a 23-year-old sophomore transfer—open up about their aspirations for their Oxy experience
Kristina Kvien ’87, nominee for U.S. ambassador to Armenia
Standing With Ukraine
For 2½ years, Kristina Kvien ’87 led U.S. diplomacy efforts inside the embattled and resilient nation—her latest post in a 30-year career with the Foreign Service
George Stevens Jr. '53 in 2002.
Man of Honors
From Winter 2003: For 25 years, George Stevens Jr. ’53 has saluted living legends in performing arts through the Kennedy Center Honors. But it’s only one career peak for a producer whose...
A wall drawing of Janet Stafford was created by artist Kenturah Davis '02 in 2012
Platinum Jubilee
Janet Stafford, George Ellison, and Barbara Bowman Wright made Oxy history as the College’s first Black graduates in 1952. What is their legacy?
Author Susan Coll '81, photographed at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.
Bookish Person
A canceled poet, a toddling tortoise, and the Schwarzenegger of vacuum cleaners turn a D.C. bookstore upside down in Susan Coll ’81’s sixth comic novel
NASA Astrobiologist Jason Dworkin ’91
Across the Universe
Astrobiologist Jason Dworkin ’91 has devoted the better part of two decades to a NASA mission to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. What will we learn when OSIRIS-REx arrives home next year?
Author and Occidental Professor of Politics Peter Dreier
Let's Play Two
In a pair of new books, Oxy politics professor Peter Dreier tips his cap to the mavericks, iconoclasts, and rebels who have shaped baseball history
Venture capitalist Josh Schlisserman
Here's the Pitch
Josh Schlisserman ’19 helped raise $2.5 million as a summer intern in Silicon Valley—and after Scooter Braun kicked him out of his office, he’d found his calling as a venture capitalist
Professor Linda Lyke
Many Thanks, Linda Lyke
“Occidental will forever be an indelible part of me," says the professor of art and art history, who is retiring after 46 years at the College
Lynn Mehl, professor of kinesiology and psychology
Many Thanks, Lynn Mehl
After 45 years at Oxy, choosing a favorite class is "like choosing your favorite child," says the professor of kinesiology and psychology

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