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.


Facts and figures pertaining to all things Oxy


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti returns to his old teaching grounds; associate professor Broderick Fox examines Zen & the Art of Dying; future Batman Ben Affleck '95 swoops into the Oxy bookstore; and an accident claims the life of Adrianne Wadewitz, an ambassador of the digital future of learning

Singular Sensations

John McMenamin '40 introduced his biology students to the wonders of California's outdoors. Bill Neblett challenged his philosophy classes with questions of justice, fairness, and forgiveness. Deborah Martinson believed in the transformative power of words. All will be fondly missed

Of Clery and Clarity

A Los Angeles Times story, and the ensuing media melee, underscore the complexities of Clery Act reporting

Staking Out Equity

Problem-solver, resource, advocate, and expert listener, Ruth Jones coordinates Oxy's Title IX compliance efforts


A voice from the chorus remembers Omar Paxson '48, and a disenchanted Tiger laments the state of the endowment

Center Stage

Working with a veteran music mogul, a journalist-turned-filmmaker, and some of the greatest unsung voices of the last half-century,
20 Feet From Stardom producer Caitrin Rogers '04 charts a path to an Academy Award

Frozen in Time

An impromptu dig in the Arctic unearths a message in a bottle from pioneering explorer Paul Walker '56—54 years after he wrote it

The Road to Eagle Rock

A visionary president, an ambitious land syndicate, and a leap of faith led Oxy from the comforts of Highland Park to its permanent home—but it didn't come easy

The Long Way Back

After his 18th birthday, cross country and track standout John Guzman Aguilar faced deportation to his native Mexico and was separated from his family. Five years later, he's on course to be the greatest distance runner in Oxy history

Mmm! Mmm! Gold!

Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold adds an honorary degree to his plate—and serves up 10 tantalizing Eagle Rock and Highland Park dishes

Don't Try This at Home

Stem-cell biologist Madeline Lancaster '04 turns genetics
on its head with a three-dimensional "organoid" that models
the human brain

Collective Wisdom

In a generational exodus, six singular professors with more than 250 years of combined classroom experience say farewell to Oxy. But their lessons have shaped legions across every discipline

Voices Carry

A world removed from its original dormitory broadcasts, KOXY thrives in the digital age with an eclectic mix of music and chatter