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 Fall 2021 issue is online now.

Think Like a Brand

With Gerald Washington '04 in the role of corporate matchmaker, Steve Harvey's global visibility is spreading faster than kudzu. And Washington's personal journey from financial ruin to the executive suite mirrors Harvey's amazing rise

Urban Legend

Professor Bob Gottlieb was a champion of environmental and social justice causes long before they became fashionable. Students and colleagues celebrate his influence and impact

Take a Chanson Me
Psychotherapist Julia Postolov Kantor '96 began a love affair with French music through Oxy's study abroad program. Now she's the toast of Francophiles on L.A.'s cabaret scene
Exposing the Ebola Ninja

Associate professor Mary Beth Heffernan saw a problem with Ebola care in Africa—personal protection equipment suits that made the medical workers wearing them appear frightening and impersonal. So she came up with a simple solution: adhesive and disposable portraits for their uniforms. Photographer Marc Campos accompanied Heffernan on a three-week journey to Liberia that transcended its mission of social practice art 

'Torpedo' Hits the Mark
Independent filmmaker Julien Lasseur '11 had never heard of "Project Greenlight" before his girlfriend told him about the contest. But a smart superhero parody took him into the top 10
I Love Third L.A.

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne brings the city's future into focus in a series of public talks

Polar Opposites, Common Ground

Seniors Julia Kingsley and Tsering Lama didn't see eye to eye on divestment until a study abroad program on climate change brought them together


Professor Nell Irvin Painter on emancipation, Commencement speaker (and Homeland Security Chief) Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama '83 on Clancy's cuisine, and Oxy's Fulbright prodigiousness

A Polarizing Report

An external review of Occidental's Title IX policies and procedures produces new recommendations while renewing existing frustrations

From the Readers

Reactions across the spectrum to "The Sit-In of '69." Also: President Veitch questions, Grant Dunlap '46 remembered, and Joanna Gleason '72 applauded

Guided by Voices
Carrying the baton in the tradition of her Oxy mentor, Howard Swan, Joyce Keil '64 shares the music of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus with the world
What Price Glory?
With 21 sports to support and limited means to do so, Oxy gets selective in its approach to reviving its fortunes