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March 21, 2012

 Blogger: Chris Suzdak

For many, high school sports were a memorable activity that didn't translate to collegiate athletics for various reasons. Lucky for us, intramural sports serves as an outlet for continued friendly competition - especially at Oxy. For the past four years, I have personally played multiple seasons of soccer, wiffle ball, and dodgeball - racking up five championships (with t-shirts to prove it!). Most of the time I've played on official ΣAE fraternity teams. We have a designated IM Chair who makes sure we field teams for every IM sport every semester, which has led us to take home the all-IM Championship trophy for the past three years. Obviously, it's something we take seriously - haha.  Other fraternities, sororities, clubs, staff, and friend groups also consistently create...

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March 20, 2012

Blogger: Nicholas Conti

Last Saturday I had the urge to explore and found myself all across LA.  I started off by biking up to Debs Park which is a beautiful shrubby woodland atop a 200 acre hill just east of downtown.  Coyotes, Great Horned Owls, Red Tailed Hawks, and ancient Oaks all inhabit the park. Below is a panorama from the dry side of the park, however it doesn't do it justice.

Lucky for me there was a paved road on the southern side of the park which allowed me to practically coast all the way to downtown.  I was graciously greeted by a brand spankin new bike...

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March 19, 2012

Blogger: David Sacci

I was fortunate enough to spend my spring break in Switzerland visiting family and friends. In case you've never been, I think this picture is pretty emblematic. My schedule for each day of the week was:

  • Wake up at 7:30 AM
  • Spend the entire day out and traveling around
  • Return back to the house for dinner
  • In bed and asleep by 10:00 PM
  • Rinse and repeat...

So... I was busy. Throughout my many trips I took a lot of photos--like 16 GB worth. Most of them are crap, and I'll edit that total down to the couple hundred that came out best. Soon I'll post them to my personal blog:, so be sure to read the posts...

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March 18, 2012

Blogger: Madi Tsuji

Hi everybody! Between now and my last post, something major happened - I found I'm headed to Rome!!! And even better, I'm going with my best friend!!! Are we the luckiest girls ever or what? My group of friends and I are all going fall semester, so we don't miss each other for a whole year. Sadly, I will not see some of you incoming first-years the first semester you are on campus.

Places my friends and I are going: Rome (!!!), Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, and so many other places. It's still hard to process that we're all going to be all over the place.

In other news, I can't believe spring break is over! I spent my spring break mostly on campus, catching up on sleep and reading, but I went down to San Diego for a couple days to hang out with a friend and I also went to work a few times.

Having an on-campus job is great: it's not enough time to take away from living life, doing you...

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March 15, 2012

Blogger: Katherine Carey

As my title says, life is a little busy.  As I'm sure it is for all of you too.  I haven't posted in ages because of everything that's been happening.  Getting back from study abroad has been more of a challenge than I anticipated, between seeing friends, being the VP of Delta sorority, re-training as a tour guide, applying for various positions for the summer and fall, and, of course, taking classes.  I forgot how mixed my personal, academic, and professional lives are here on campus.  But one thing at a time, right?

Probably the most exciting thing that has happened to me since I last posted is that I was accepted to Oxy's program at the United Nations in New York for the fall semester.  I'm bummed to be off-campus again for half my senior year...

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March 15, 2012

Hey all, Spring Break is around, and the living is easy! I took the Amtrak train from LA to San Francisco, a needlessly long journey which nonetheless gave me a view of the changing scenery of California from South to North. I stopped at San Jose, where my uncle picked me up and took me to his house in Fremont. Venturing through the city and seeing all the sights was basically the coolest thing ever. San Francisco is pretty much the coolest place I've ever been. I love LA and going to school there, but I could definitely see myself settling down in San Francisco. It's like a Californized version of New York City, which basically means New York without the attitude and rush. It's hard to explain. The city is something that deserves to be photographed, and photograph it I did! Two of my friends from back home in Singapore go to the Claremont Colleges, so we traipsed through the city together and I took waay too many photos. All of the...

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March 12, 2012

Hey y'all! Sorry that I haven't been posting in a while. When my advisor told me that taking a biology and chemistry class at the same time would be a challenge, she was right. However, it hasn't been overbearing and I've been able to slowly get used to the workload. My course load for spring semester has been more difficult than fall, but it has to be done :D Currently, it's spring break and most of my friends have gone home to rest over their much deserved break. I headed home and can't wait to hang out with my friends that came back to LA from Boston and New York. It's been too long since I've seen them! It was a little difficult waiting for break but I've been trying to keep busy with work. When there was free time, my friends and I have gone to the beach and hiking to the Griffith Observatory. Hiking at the the observatory leads to the Hollywood sign. Unfortunately for us, the road was blocked so we only got...

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March 10, 2012

It’s kind of odd to have nothing to do. I mean, relatively speaking- there is never really nothing to do in college. I’m finally on spring break, and it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Between the Holi dinner with the South Asian Students Association (free Indian food, great music by yours truly and colorful decorations everywhere? You don’t really see me complaining xP) and the Oxy -Caltech Orchestra concert, I had a great break from the papers I had to write. And of course we’re two weeks to the show for Dance Production- when did that happen? The Oxy-Caltech Orchestra is one of the many highlights of the music department. They usually have two concerts per semester and rehearse...

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March 9, 2012

Hello blog readers. I apologize in advance if the title of this blog post sounds too much like an analytical essay of some sort. I also want to warn you that my thought process recently has been a tad jumbled. Here's why: On Monday I went to class as always, tired and bummed cause it was a Monday, but generally excited about the last week before spring break! Around dinner time I started to get a sore throat (boo!!!) Tuesday morning I went up and went to , the health center on campus. Emmons has walk-in hours from 9-10 and 3:30-4:30 daily. The doctor that I saw told me that I had the flu, which apparently has been going around schools all over the country lately. She was incredibly sweet - at one point I felt faint and she held my hand and rubbed my back while I laid down, just like my mom would have done. I spent all of Tuesday and much of Wednesday in bed, unable to get work done or concentrate for very long, which was incredibly frustrating....

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March 9, 2012

Today is the begining of a 2 week spring break and I couldn't be happier.  I plan on heading home to sunny San Luis Obispo for some much needed relaxation.  The only downside to this spring break is that no other university/college has the same time off so it is hard to see friends from home.  But maybe this is a blessing in disguise to try and get some work done...... On another note, Common was announced today as Occidental's Spring Fest headliner.  This is exciting news considering I have never seen him live before.  Previous acts have been, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Dead Prez, People Under The Stairs, Lupe Fiasco and A-trak.  These are all tough acts to follow but I'm sure it will be a good show. Read More