Occidental Magazine

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


Acclaimed and unsettling, Blackfish is a high-water mark for documentary filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite '93. What does its success bode for her career—and what will the fallout be for SeaWorld?

Forever Omar

With a resume as a playwright, director, actor, and professor, the late Omar Paxson '48 created enough memories to sell out a lifetime of Summer Drama Festivals. Still, his greatest legacy may be his inspiration


David Wigglesworth '50 M'53 and Keegan McChesney '16 forge an unlikely friendship in Seattle—thanks to a decal


Remembering former trustee Dave Roberson '63 and tradebook buyer Dennis Johnson


Facts and figures pertaining to all things Oxy

Notable and Quotable

Words worth repeating from Convocation speaker Charles Fishman, education reform critic Diane Ravitch, and professors Martha Ronk and Stuart Rugg


Prosthetics specialist Stefan Knauss '88 aids Diana Nyad's epic swim; documentary filmmaker Marcel Ophuls comes in under two hours; and more

Words Into Action

As a national conversation emerges, Oxy refines its approach to sexual misconduct with new policies, resources, and programs

Hall in the Family

Oxy's largest residence hall gets a new name in recognition of the generosity of David Berkus '62, wife Kathleen, and the Berkus clan 

Space Odysseys

With bold colors, reimagined interiors, and 21st-century technology, Johnson Hall and Johnson Student Center reopen to new possibilities 


Terry Kitchen '81 revisits Boston's underground music scene looking for the Next Big Thing

Mixed Media

Paul Clark Newell Jr. '58's ties to eccentric heiress Huguette Clark fuel a New York Times best-seller


Readers' notes on Beatrix Farrand, History of Civilization, and the legacy of The Bucket