Occidental Magazine

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

Windows to the World

When Art Peck '77 stepped into the presidency of Gap North America in February 2011, the iconic retailer had fallen out of fashion. Now that he's turned the brand around, he's out to revolutionize the digital dressing room 

12 Gifts That Advanced Oxy

During 125 years of patient accumulation, certain gifts have pointed the College in a particular direction, created a signature program, or left an unmistakable mark on the Occidental we know today. Here are the stories of a dozen milestone donations

Character Building

For 75 years, Thorne Hall has stood as the preeminent symbol of Occidental—the anchor of its educational and cultural pursuits. But it may have never been built without the vision, and checkbook, of Oxy's "Uncle Charlie"

Civil Servant

Phoenix businessman and author Fred DuVal '76 established the National Institute for Civil Discourse following the near-fatal shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011. Is the governor's office in his future?


Remembering Evelyn Kieffer '40 M'43 and William Tom '51

The Long Engagement

Fifty years after a disapproving dad quashed their dream wedding, Janice Rude '64 and Prentiss Willson '65 tie the knot at Oxy

Multiple Personalities

Oxy's oldest—and most popular—Oswald logo was created in the 1930s by a decal manufacturer in Los Angeles. And boy, did he get around. Here's the untold story of one tiger's many aliases—and the most prolific artist of the 20th century you've never heard of 

The Word of Bird

Seven years into his presidency, Remsen Bird began keeping a journal detailing the activities and expectations of building a college. In this never-before-published account, he chronicles the 1928-29 academic year—and President Jonathan Veitch offers his own two cents on the ideas (and irritants) that bridge generations

Sticking to his Story

Peanut butter is the staff of life for many college students—and biographer Jon Krampner '74 spreads it on thick in a comprehensive history of this all-American food 

Going Global

The conversion of Johnson Hall into a high-tech learning environment and the addition of world-class scholar Sanjeev Khagram to the faculty signal Oxy's commitment to creating a cosmopolitan culture on campus

Speaking of Oxy

An oral history project spanning seven decades of alumni reveals the timeless ties that bind the Occidental community


New additions (and new editions) from Oxy alumni and professors


Putting Oxy's endowment numbers under the microscope, dissecting the magazine's National Enquirer moment, and correcting a few stats on our inaugural Hall of Famers