President John Brooks Slaughter in 1988
The Journey of John Brooks Slaughter
Occidental's 11th president arrived on campus in 1988 amid national fanfare and great expectations—and in the 11 years to follow, John Brooks Slaughter brought out the best in Oxy

Occidental magazine brings you campus news, in-depth features, and profiles of exceptional alumni. For the 2023-24 academic year, the magazine will publish two print and digital issues (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) and two digital-only issues (Summer 2023 and Winter 2024). 

The 2023-24 Barack Obama Scholars at Occidental College.
Meet the eight sophomores and juniors selected for Occidental's premier leadership training program
Occidental's solar array reflects a colorful sunset in 2014.
Ten years after its installation, Occidental’s solar array produces 12 percent of the College’s energy usage
Campaign Button for Distinction
As The Oxy Campaign For Good sprints to a successful conclusion, the Board of Trustees endorses an integrated strategic plan for 2030
Author Isabel Wilkerson and President Elam
President Elam examines the history—and future—of immersive learning at Oxy
Jack Griffith '64
Jack Griffith ’64 is still flying high after decades of medical discoveries—and retirement’s not in his DNA
Zak Stoltz '10 with his dog, Boba, at his home in Mount Washington.
Everything Everywhere All at Once became the indie film sensation of 2022—and Zak Stoltz '10 assembled the small visual effects team to make bagel magic
Coach Dale Widolff and moderator Jeff Goldstein '86.
With six decades of Tigers in attendance, Coach Dale Widolff returns to campus for a celebration of Oxy's storied football program
Architect's rendering of the Norris Hall of Chemistry interior
As the campaign winds toward its successful conclusion in June, plans for a long-awaited renovation of Norris Hall of Chemistry come into focus. Also: Previewing Day For Oxy
Occidental's eight new tenure-track faculty joined the College in fall 2022.
From art and art history and Black studies to music, politics, and psychology, Oxy welcomes eight new voices to the classroom
Dennis Patrick '73. author of Santa Ynez: A Novel.
Dennis Patrick '73 returns to the family cattle ranch in Santa Ynez with his first novel—one of six new additions to the Occidental bookshelf
Attendees at a Hometown Tiger Mixer in Washington, D.C. 
A growing calendar of regional events brings generations of Tigers together
Actress, author, and voiceover artist Reba Buhr '10
Reba Buhr ’10’s Oxy experience was interrupted by the collapse of her mental health. Here’s how she worked through it
L.A. City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez '96
As Monica Rodriguez ’96 begins a second term on the Los Angeles City Council, she’s using her voice to bring change to her lifelong home
Ella Rubin ’24, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Ava Wampold '24.
With all eyes on the 2022 midterm election, eight Oxy students canvassed, coordinated, and cold-called their way through the political process in six battleground states
President Elam talks to students at Moonlight Breakfast on the Quad in December 2022.
After a fall full of activity—including postseason tournaments, pancakes on the Quad, and in-person alumni gatherings—Oxy springs forward into 2023


Lori Howard ’81 of Pinch Me Provence
A Pinch of Provence
Lori Howard ’81 kept a place in her heart for France following her study abroad experience at Oxy. Now she’s curating custom holiday experiences for a growing clientele in the French...
Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Keala Ede
Longboard of the Law
As the first Native Hawaiian judge in Minnesota history, Keala Ede ’00 brings a commitment to justice to his courtroom—and a taste of surf culture to the shores of Lake Superior
Members of the Occidental Class of 2027
New Faces of 2027
Occidental’s 140th-anniversary class is among its most diverse—and they have a lot to say about everything from activism and athletics to culture and chocolates
Roland Griffiths '68
The Other Side of Roland Griffiths
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor, who died in October, was lauded for his ‘mind-blowing’ studies of psychedelics. But Barry Sears ’68 remembers his ‘wicked sense of humor’

First Word

From the Quad

Coach Rod Lafaurie and members of the 2023 men's soccer team
Kicking and Dreaming
From its first SCIAC championship to a berth in the Sweet 16, Oxy men’s soccer soared to new heights this season. But Coach Rod Lafaurie and his players are hungry for more
Adam Kinzinger, 2023 Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer at Occidental College
Making the Case for Democracy
Jack Kemp ’57 Distinguished Lecturer and former Congressman Adam Kinzinger has a message for students: “You will be the generation that changes everything”

Mixed Media

A performance of Fetch Clay, Make Man featuring four Black actors onstage
Power Dynamics
Exploring the unlikely friendship between two Black cultural icons—Muhammad Ali and Stepin Fetchit—professor and playwright Will Power’s Fetch Clay, Make Man packs a punch with L.A...

Oxy Talk

Professor of History Emeritus Wellington Chan
One for the History Books
An estate commitment from Gary Kaplan ’71 honors Professor Emeritus Wellington Chan—whom he helped bring to Occidental more than 50 years ago
Assistant professors Sohaib Khan (religious studies), Season Blake (philosophy), Jamie Amemiya (psychology), and Zachary Silver (psychology).
Thinking Globally
Occidental’s largest-ever cohort of new tenure-track faculty brings a world of ideas to the classroom

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Dean of Students Emerita Brig Knauer
Flowers for Brig Knauer
Over 25 years of leadership in Occidental’s Office of Student Affairs, Brigida Knauer (1935-2023) shepherded residential life into the modern era
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