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.

Worth Noting

A master class with Esperanza Spalding, an Online Pacemaker award for The Occidental Weekly, and a reprieve on sharing your personal user data online

Earning Their Stripes

Senior Claire Strohm kills, women’s soccer standouts thrill, and Oxy’s cross country squads aim for the top of the hill in fall sports action

Committed to the Public Good

As its staunchest advocates will attest, the Barack Obama Scholars Program expands the legacy of the nation’s 44th president, builds the bench for public service and civic engagement, and broadens access to an Oxy education

No Small Feat

In just four years, Bombas has sold 5 million pairs of socks and given away 5 million more—but Andrew Heath ’04 and brother David are only getting started

Someone’s Somebody

Entrepreneur and sociologist Kevin F. Adler ’07 tackles the nation’s homeless crisis by rebuilding social support systems and reconnecting loved ones—one Miracle Message at a time.

New Faces of 2021

Ambitious, thoughtful, quirky, worldly—and smarter than most of us were at that age—the third-largest entering class in Oxy history is ready for its closeup

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Shareholder

Responding to shifts in the retail landscape and partnering with online influencers, Sally Beauty Holdings CEO Chris Brickman ’86 strives to make believers out of analysts and investors

An Occidental Truth

For students and faculty across multiple disciplines, climate change is real—and they’re exploring solutions through classroom study and field research 

Mammoth Undertaking

With an ingredient list high in protein and low in “weird stuff,” Anthony Ostland ’08 and Michael Winchell ’07 create a protein bar to their liking

The Power of Two

New deans Wendy Sternberg and Rob Flot discuss the opportunities and synergies of building bridges between faculty, students, and the offices that support them

Who's New in the Classroom

From the arts and sciences to computer science and religious studies, Occidental’s latest tenure-track appointees run the academic gamut 

A Logical Progression

Six years after its introduction as a minor, Oxy’s new computer science major encourages students to explore cyber connections with the liberal arts

Costa Rica Classroom

For three Oxy professors and a research team of eight undergraduates not afraid of a little rain, La Selva Biological Station is the ultimate field trip