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A view looking down at the front entrance of Thorne Hall

Occidental’s student-run newspaper, The Occidental, placed in the top three for seven awards and won the Best Newspaper award for the four-year colleges and universities with under 15,000 students division at the 2023 California College Media Association Awards March 9.

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By The Occidental Staff

The senior leadership team of the Spring 2023 to Fall 2023 semesters — former Editor-In-Chiefs Anissa Basnayake (junior), Mia Anzalone (senior), Meghan Lee ’23 and current Editor-In-Chief Sebastian Lechner (senior) — received the Best Newspaper award, which spanned all issues published from Jan. 1 to Dec. 15 2023.

Monserrat Maldonado (first year) also placed first for the Best Illustration award for her art in “Opinion: I wish Cinderella was gay.”

Current senior editor Anzalone’s “Oxy SJP occupies AGC after two-day demonstration, next steps are unclear” placed second for the Best Breaking News Story.

The Occidental placed third in four categories: Lee, for Best Infographic in “College finance breakdown: Budgeting for today and 40 years from now”; Managing Editor James Miller (sophomore) for Best Sports Story for his reporting in “Occidental football held the line for more than a century, myriad factors forced a punt”; Anzalone for Best Non-Breaking News Story for “37 professors sign pro-Palestine email, face pushback from colleagues” and Arts and Culture editor Mollie Barnes (sophomore) for Best Arts and Entertainment Story for “Outside Occidental: ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat: King of Pleasure’ exhibit.”