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December 4, 2011

The Green Bean Coffee Lounge, our student-run coffee shop on campus, strives to implement eco-friendly practices and promote sustainability in general. For example, we only sell organic, fair-trade coffee and all of our cups, lids, plates and utensils are compostable. But even though our cups are compostable, using less of them is still preferable. So on top of the 20-cent discount we give students who bring in their own travel mug when they purchase drinks, we have recently launched an in-house ceramic mug program. We've asked faculty and staff to donate any mugs they have lying around so that we can bring them back into circulation, don't have to purchase new ones and best of all have a wacky collection of random ceramic mugs around the Green Bean. If students order a drink and plan to stay there for a while, our baristas will suggest that they agree to have their drink served in a ceramic mug...

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December 4, 2011

The countdown to winter break begins now! The trouble with that is that the closer I get to the date I get to go home, the more work I have to do. I currently have a whole list of work I have to have done before finals week! But hopefully all that work will make time go faster? So of course I have to talk about the wind storm that swept through L.A. this past week…I have always lived in Los Angeles and I remember maybe once having strong winds, but never that strong! Unfortunately for us at Oxy the winds were so strong it knocked down several big branches, trees, and messed with power lines which caused an entire black out in the city. We thought that a power outage was the worst thing that can happen during the winds, but we were wrong. Apparently a fire started behind Keck Theater and because of the winds it began to spread. Some dorms were evacuated just to be on the safe side. I live in Rangeview, and we weren’t evacuated. That is...

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December 2, 2011

Who doesn't love before and after pictures? They're so fascinating! Here's a great example: I could stare at pictures of before and after photoshop, weight loss, plastic surgery pictures all day... (maybe that's weird). But I've decided to show you some before and after pictures of my own life from this last week. (You may notice that they are not quite as dramatic or inspiring, but maybe just the idea of before and after pictures will hook you enough and trick you into reading the rest of this post). First, Thanksgiving was this last weekend! The Marketplace here at Oxy has a tradition of serving a Thanksgiving meal the day before we all leave for...

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December 2, 2011

Hello Everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted, but lordy has it been a busy November! First of all, last night there was a mini-crisis on campus.  Not only were 100 mph winds raging in Los Angeles, but there was a power out at Oxy.  That was a little inconvenient, but the fun

Some fallen trees to depict the "madness"

Pres Veitch...

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December 2, 2011

This has definitely been an interesting week for weather here at Oxy. The Santa Ana winds definitely took me by surprise, as I am rarely prepared for Los Angeles to have any type of weather that is not warm and sunny. On Wednesday, I heard people talking about the possibility of a wind storm coming. I didn't think much of it until a little after midnight when, after deciding to settle in for a rare early night, I noticed the power go out and heard several people screaming in the hall. Shortly after, my roommate and I both went out into the hall, where people were mentioning a fire going on nearby campus (more pictures, video footage, and information about the fire here) and spreading the word that we were all supposed to evacuate the building and go to the gym, where we stayed for a somewhat uneventful hour...

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December 1, 2011

The end of the year is finally here and that can only mean one thing, finals.  After the brief taste of freedom Thanksgiving break offered, students are back grinding out the final two weeks before the glorious winter vacation begins.  So that means I should probably start on some of the mountains of work ahead of me.  Here are some things that I am doing or have coming up. Here is my 2012 Spring Class Schedule should be fun! Economics 250: Intermediate Microeconomics Sociology 285: Sociology in the Environment Economics 311: International Economics Urban Environmental Policy 310: Urban Policy and Politics Tunage. Backyard Project:

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November 30, 2011

When I moved in in the beginning of this semester I wasn't really thinking of it as anything other than something I had to get through on the way to Japan. I was rooming with two girls I didn't know, I was taking classes I wasn't horribly interested in (I missed both room draw and class registration) and I just wanted to get to Japan.

By the time I got over my reluctance to be here, classes were in full swing and I was back in the groove. In fact, I only recently had time to sit back, take a deep breath, and look around. It was then that I noticed, I had a really good semester. I love love love my new roommates...

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November 30, 2011

hello all, a few weekends ago, i ran the malibu half marathon.  i left oxy at 3:45am, parked at zuma beach at 4:30am, got lost on the bus at 5:00am, pushed the immobile bus at 5:05am, hitchhiked to the start line at 5:45am, and began the race around 7:50am.  needless to say, im glad thats done with. The rest of the photos are from this past weekend. i went to the getty for art and gardens, downtown to disney for beignets and live music, and tofu house for terrific korean food. -aja  

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November 19, 2011

Hello again. I promised to update you all on how registration went, so here it goes... When it came time to log in, my computer decided that I had all the time in the world so it took me about 30 minutes to log in for my first registration session. The next time around (for my second session) was a breeze. I was in and out in about 5 minutes. I don't think I had nearly as hard a time as everyone else, considering I got all the classes I wanted, without having to go through the process of emailing professors for overrides. Next semester I'm taking: CSP51- Economic Markets: Do They Work? ECON101- Principles of Economics I KIN104- Introduction to Kinesiology MUSC119- Why Music Matters MUSC130- Electronic Music Class I'm really excited for next semester because I actually get to start working on the courses required for my major (and minor). Other than course registration, everything is going really well. I just finished up my last...

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November 19, 2011

Now that the semester is winding down, professors tend to load students with a lot of work before Thanksgiving Break. One possibility is the fact that after Thanksgiving Break we only have two more weeks until finals and then Winter Break! Exciting huh? Well with homework and work, I have also been quite involved in Greek Week as well as with Delta (the sorority I am in). Greek Week was intense, but fun. One of the events I found fun was Greek Wars where a group of six Greek members from each organization battled it out, mafia style. Each member from the team was given a squirt gun and they had to kill other members from different Greek organizations to get points. The war went on throughout the whole week as well as the different events we could participate to receive points. The organization with the most points wins overall Greek...

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