Occidental Magazine

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

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?

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 

On Location

In a banner year for TV and film production at Oxy—including "NCIS," "Private Practice," and "CSI"—"Arrested Development" sneaks onto campus as the Bluth family saga springs back to life


A retired jersey, Labs for the Liberal Arts, new professors, and Facebook friends


New books from professors Arthé Anthony, Robert Richmond Ellis, and Anthony Chase, as well as novelists Suzanne Selfors '86 and Bill Thomas '53


Jorge Gonzalez hotfoots it to London, Emmons expands its psychiatric and counseling services, and more

While You Were Away ...

As a new school year dawns, Swan Hall reopens its doors, Oxy's website gets a makeover, and Peter Dreier goes five minutes with Bill O'Reilly. Here's what you might have missed


A second opinion on the last 25 years, and an alternate solution to Oxy's late-'80s crosses conundrum

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

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