Occidental Magazine

Occidental magazine brings you campus news, in-depth features, and profiles of exceptional alumni. For the 2021-22 academic year, the magazine will publish two print and digital issues (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) and two digital-only issues (Summer 2021 and Winter 2022). The Spring 2022 issue is online now.


Up, Up, and Array! Oxy plugs into the solar power movement—and turns out the lights on its 125th-anniversary year—on a Founders Day brimming with energy


A Father's Namesake and Oxy Legacy


Record-makers, record-breakers, award-winners, and Tor

Changing the Culture

As a Department of Education investigation commences, Oxy reinforces its efforts to address sexual misconduct

Large and in Charge

Members of Oxy's biggest graduating class—"America's most conspicuous minority," in the words of speaker Andrew Delbanco—commence the next stage of their lives

Mixed Media

HGTV designer wannabes take on the SAE and Alpha houses; a documentary details the grueling and mysterious Master Sommelier Diploma Examination; and Annette Bening headlines a list of coming attractions with an Oxy connection


Herschel Cobb '65's memoir of his legendary grandfather, Ty Cobb, reveals a side that few people ever saw—loving nurturer


Readers weigh in on sexual misconduct and Oxy's endowment

Secrets of the House of An

Catherine An '02 never set out to join her parents and sisters as a restaurateur, but the chance to create her own niche proved as irresistible as Mama's garlic noodles

Bright Idea

Entrepreneurs Richard Highsmith '10 and Noah Applebome '10 charge into the burgeoning solar backpack market with affordable, portable power. Can BirkSun elbow its way to the mountaintop?

Taking Home Oscar

Technically, he got a medal, not the world's most recognized trophy. Still, Raffy Cortina '13 made Oxy history by winning top honors at the Student Academy Awards with his short Bottled Up


In 1987, residents of Newcomb Hall pulled what some consider to be the greatest Oxy prank ever. Rob Cunningham '88 spills all


A documentary filmmaker, a Commencement speaker, a basketball standout, and a coach named "Heat"