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November 20, 2012

Blogger: Sarah Sterling

At this point, our Admission Blog has provided you with insight into all things Oxy. Living on campus, eating on campus, activities on campus, working on campus . . . but now it’s time to talk about my favorite off-campus activity, and what is probably the most famous and alluring SoCal attraction there is: Disneyland.

Being a SoCal native, Disneyland and I have been in a deep, committed relationship for over 20 years now. I started off with the normal childhood indoctrination via Disney movies and sporadic trips to Disneyland, but, as I got older, the obsession grew out of control. When my friends at Oxy went abroad during our junior year, I opted to take a semester off to participate in the Disney College Program, a paid internship where you work...

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November 19, 2012

Blogger: Enrique Aguilar

Hey guys, it's Enrique again! I don't expect you to know my name just yet...oh and yes, I am using another song title for my blog. After submitting my last blog post I realized that I had not mentioned one of the most important things in my life: music! A week before coming to Oxy I decided to clean my entire room, including the closet (where everything on my floor is hidden), and came across some VHS videos. I felt like if I was a scientist who just discovered fossils in some exotic place in the world because I could not remember the last time I had seen a VHS. Anyway, I yelled to get my mom’s attention and as soon as she ran into my room I asked her to lead me to the nearest VHS player. The first thing I see is little-Enrique (cue...

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November 15, 2012

Blogger: Marisha Thakker


This week is going to end with the busiest day that I’ve had in a long time. Programming Board (the event management group on campus that I work for) is putting on a Charity Fashion Show on Friday – we’re collecting funds for Great Strides, a program at Oxy that helps the local community. I’m going to be helping with sound systems, and I think it’s going to be a great event- check out the Facebook link here.

Think setting up one event is enough for the night? Think again. I’m also performing at and executing the South Asian Student’s Association’s biggest event of the year. We have an annual Diwali/Eid Dinner to celebrate the muslim and hindu cultures together. There is going to be large amounts of Indian food, Mediterranean food, performances and music. I’m going to be starting a couple of dance...

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November 14, 2012

Blogger: Maddy Farkas


Hey everyone! It’s Maddy, back reporting for duty. Since the last time I wrote, I got through my first round of midterms, attended what some would consider a concert (I’d call it a claustrophobic death-trap), discovered that TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! is a real thing, and watched the sunrise shine upon Michael Cera’s beautiful face. So basically nothing out of the ordinary.

In an attempt to procrastinate doing work, I decided to check my Oxy email. Nothing out of the ordinary…movie screening in Mosher…Moodle is experiencing technical difficulties…Festivus celebration…

Wait. What? Other students celebrate Festivus?

It has finally sunk in that I live in a place where people can freely gather around a Festivus...

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November 13, 2012

Blogger: Jill Marucut


I'm returning to campus from Campaign Semester for my first class this year, and a flood of memories of the Organizing for America campaign has come back to provoke some critical thinking and bittersweet emotions.

Only one week ago, it was Election Day - the day that everyone on the campaign has been painfully and anxiously anticipating. Whether you were a Field Organizer, who endured the strenuous nature of the campaign for months with seemingly no end in sight, or a full-time or part-time fellow, who agreed to remain as one of the most committed and unpaid minions to the very end, or a weekly/daily volunteer, who made time to ensure that no resident was ignored by the Obama for America campaign - November 6th was considered a HOLIDAY.

However, unlike most holidays,...

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November 12, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran


If you are abroad, you have to take advantage of it and travel to places near your location.

Since my last post, I have been all over Spain and Europe. IES Salamanca has taken us on trips to Zamora and Toro, Andalucia (which is Granada and Sevilla), and Toledo. These places have all been amazing and they each have their own little culture. One of my favorite places I visited in Spain was La Alhambra which is in Granada. The Alhambra is a palace and a fortress complex with an Arabic influence on the architecture. It was very beautiful and the detail on the walls was unbelievable. Another place I enjoyed was Toledo because it was similar to Salamanca. It was small enough where you can walk anywhere and that’s exactly what...

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November 10, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

It’s my senior year at Oxy and I’m afraid that it’s all going too fast. I had the opportunity to spend a Gangnam Style Halloween with PSY. Except not really. I got lucky with regard to the timing of one of my classes, Modern Korea. On the first day of class in September, my professor wanted to illustrate the time period that the course would be covering, so he played two videos. The fist was an old black and white short film of a Korean woman playing music. She was in a traditional dress sitting down in her home playing what appeared to be a horizontally opposed harp. In contrast, a moment after the first film ended my professor screened the Gangnam Style music video, which by that point had around 100 million views.

By now you’ve probably heard of...

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November 9, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Hello everyone! It’s been a very stressful month, what with midterms, papers, and, oh yeah, I’m double majoring!

So that’s been fun. I’ve known I was going to double major since probably freshman year and so far it’s been going well. I’ve always been a good writer and such so I wasn’t too worried about having to write two theses this year (we call them comps, as in senior comprehensive projects). I’ve been trying a two-pronged attack where I write most of one in one go, then start on the other. It worked out great for the first one so I dived right into the second one and immediately hit a brick wall. It was partially the rather unhelpful non-advice I was getting from people that were supposed to be helping me, but that’s a...

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November 8, 2012

Blogger: Amber Thai


Hi again,

Happy November! Registration for Spring semester classes is tomorrow and Thanksgiving break is getting closer and closer. Last night, the Oxy Programming Board hosted “Pandemic feat. The White Panda and Brenton Duvall and Oxy’s Own Stephen Duvall” which was held on the Thorne Patio from 9:30pm to 1:30am. This was a nice break from the midterms and work that many students have been swamped with. That’s another signal that tells us that we’re halfway done with the semester!

My friends and I have also been celebrating a lot of October birthdays. First came my friend Tyler’s, then Stephanie’s and then mine. I had an Organic Chemistry exam the day after my birthday, so I spent the day...

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November 5, 2012

Blogger: Caitlin Fein

We’ve all heard about how great Oxy’s location is. Our parents have told us, our peers, even the administration during the college application process. Twenty minutes to anywhere in LA, we were told, but many of us just stay on campus most weekends wondering what to do. Even I fall into this pattern, and I am an LA native with a car! Over fall break I decided that enough was enough. I was going to take that extra time to explore a new part of LA and see if Oxy was as convenient as it claimed. Spoiler alert: the answer is yes! In twenty minutes I got to the Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood, an improv troupe started by Amy Poehler. Yes, the Leslie Knope has her own improv troupe, and yes, famous comedians like Michael Cera and Aziz Ansari perform there sometimes. The show was hilarious and...

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