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.

A Prized Professor

College dropout, screenwriter, and novelist Benedict Freedman (1919-2012) went back to school in his late 40s en route to Oxy

King Revisited

As Oxy honors Martin Luther King's legacy through community service, President Richard Gilman remembers King's historic 1967 visit to campus

Essential Reading

Oxy alumni have published hundreds (if not thousands) of books in just about every genre you can download. Here are 18 for the ages 

Behind the Beard

Occidental's founding president has always been something of an enigma. But a treasure trove of family keepsakes and archival research reveals a fuller portrait of Rev. Samuel H. Weller

In the Beginning

Its Presbyterian roots. Its early financial struggles. The fire that destroyed its Boyle Heights campus. The perseverance of a school to realize its destiny. Occidental's early history has the makings of a graphic novel—and who better to tell that story than Oxy's oldest inhabitants?

Stars in Stripes

As Occidental prepares to induct its inaugural class into the Athletics Hall of Fame during Homecoming & Family Weekend, the playing field has never been more level for men and women. And today's student-athletes are primed to play

13 Alumni Who Shaped Los Angeles

From planning the freeway system and aiding the conservation movement to bringing the Dodgers and the Olympics to town, Oxy alumni have been integral to the development of the City of Angels. We salute a baker's dozen

The Moore Identity

After more than 60 years of sitting in oak case drawers, the 60,000-plus specimens in Oxy's Moore Lab of Zoology are more vital than ever, as advances in DNA sequencing technology offer new windows into genetic research

Life of Jaws

Fascinated by sharks from an early age, marine biologist Lisa Natanson '81 takes to the ocean, her $17 knife close at hand, to explore the mysteries of nature's most toothsome predators

Going Deep

Oxy's marine biology program studies California's near-shore environment

Trophy Lives

If these mementoes from the Roy Dennis Trophy Room could talk, they would share many stories of Oxy's rich sports heritage 

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