Occidental Magazine

Occidental magazine brings you campus news, in-depth features, and profiles of exceptional alumni.

Baker's Beauty

The Lucille Y. Gilman Memorial Fountain—formally known as Water Forms II—occupies a prominent place on campus and in the hearts of generations of alumni. George Baker ’58’s former students recount the story of how it all came together

Two Views of Water Forms II

As with any abstract art, the meaning of Baker's scultpure depends on the eye of the beholder. It helps to have a guide

A Shot in the Arm

As California takes major strides in the fight against the pandemic, the College makes plans to bring students, faculty, and staff back to campus this fall

Coming Together: Snapshots From Spring

When artist Jocelyn Pedersen, who teaches a class in Book Arts, learned that students would not be returning to campus in the spring, she wanted to give members of the Oxy community a chance to reflect on their pandemic experiences creatively.

Charting a Different Path

Vince Cuseo has been instrumental to the success of Oxy’s admission efforts for the last 22 years—and his commitment to Oxy’s mission can’t be measured by test scores

My Mentor, Ming Cho Lee

The Tony-winning set designer and legendary Yale professor, who died last fall, dedicated himself to theater and to teaching, Ann Sheffield ’83 recalls

Creating Art in a Pandemic

Oxy faculty and students embrace, explore, and experiment with technology to keep arts classes, exhibits, and performances humming

The Biology of Changemaking

With heart, energy, and a passion for research, Namandjé Bumpus ’03 becomes a role model for others as a trailblazing director at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Get Me Rewrite!

Regardless of one’s major or career path, Oxy’s writing proficiency requirement has proved essential to professional success. But don’t just take our word for it

Lawyering Outside the Box

Through her Rebellious Lawyering program, Thalia González’s students get hands-on experience in public-interest law, garnering new insights into the legal system and a head start on law school.