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March 18, 2011

Hey everyone, Last week was our spring break, which was really awesome, but has made this week a bit of drag since we're back at school with classes and work and such.  The weather's been kinda strange with cloudy skies but warmish temperatures, though I guess that's better than rain, which is what it's supposed to do this weekend. I've been busy this week with studying and papers, but my roommate, who is the treasurer of Dance Production, has been basically gone for rehearsals since we got back from spring break.  Dance Production is the largest student club on campus, and all the students look forward to performing in or watching the show, which is happening this Friday and Saturday nights.  (If you live in the area, you should most definitely come!  Tickets are $10 and well worth it!)  I'm not a dancer, but I really can't wait for tomorrow night when I get to go watch the show!  I'm...

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March 18, 2011

Argh, my first post got deleted! Here's what I could remember from what I said previously... I send out good wishes to the Japanese people, and I hope everyone's relatives and friends safe and healthy. My friend, who was working in Japan through the JET program, just returned home tonight, and I'm happy I get to see him tomorrow, but I wish it were under better circumstances. I believe all of the students currently studying abroad in Tokyo are on their way home as well. We covered issues relating to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in both ecology and modern Japan today. In ecology, Professor Braker covered environmental and health issues relating to...

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March 17, 2011

Hi there, I have some exciting news to report ... I got in to grad school! If you happened to have read my bio then you know that I am a physics major. Initially I had planned on taking advantage of the 3-2 program with Columbia University, but I decided that I wanted to instead take elective courses (Chicano literature, Spanish film and theatre, History of the Holocaust) that I wouldn't be able to take again. Last summer I started looking into graduate programs in mechanical engineering. I decided to apply to UPenn, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Cornell, and Columbia. As of this week I have been accepted to both UPenn and Carnegie Mellon. Now begins the tough process if deciding where I want to be for the next two years. As I hear back from more schools I'll keep you updated. -Noah

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March 16, 2011

As it is in sports, sometimes you’re the underdog. Recently on campus, that hasn’t been such a bad thing. About a month ago, I drove to Northridge to watch Oxy’s women’s water polo team take on a nationally ranked Division 1 Cal State Bakersfield squad in the pouring rain. Bakersfield was heavily favored in the match up, but our lady Tigers came away with a stunning 13-12 overtime win that kept everyone on campus buzzing for a couple of days. Two weeks later, they took down Villanova, another Division 1 team, at home under the lights and in front of a screaming Tigers crowd. And then, just four days later, during spring break, the women’s lacrosse team got in on the mix, picking up their first win of the season by upsetting east coast powerhouse Emerson College 15-7 on the turf at Oxy in a game I announced and lost my voice from because I was so excited. I ended up spending the rest of vacation sipping green tea and...

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March 15, 2011

Hi everyone! Spring break was very relaxing! My friend (and fellow Alpha pledge) Audrianna and I went down to Del Mar for a few nights to get some sun, which was so nice! And I am finally reunited with all my wonderful friends and my darling roommates! But break is over and it's back to reality at Oxy.

The beautiful Del Mar beach!

This is the very beautiful Del Mar beach.

The next six weeks are going to be crazy for me, between regular homework, midterms, quizzes, presentations, essays, research papers, mixers, socials, Relay for Life, family visits, birthdays, meetings, sports events, fundraisers, shows, registration, and Room Draw! It'll be so fun, but my calendar is absolutely packed right now and I'm definitely already feeling the end-of-semester stress coming...

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March 15, 2011

Hello all! It's my first day back after spring break. I had a 6.5 hour flight back to school last night after a very energizing break... I avoided most of my homework and spent much time creating, going to the diner, and eating Greek food with my sister in Astoria, Queens. I am SO happy to be back, though... Seriously, even though it's only been a week! As of today, I'm officially all set to go to CAPE TOWN next semester! I went to see Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, speak at 12:30. It was so powerful. She read excerpts from her book and talked a lot about the pressure for girls to please in our society, especially how we often don't even recognize the extremes to which we go to please others. It was an incredibly, surprisingly emotional hour, between audience questions and Ms. Ensler's own readings. This is a very intense week for those of us in Dance Production... I'm part of dancehall and step, so I have a lot of tech time in... Read More

March 14, 2011

Hello all! This past week, while most of the Oxy community was at home or off on some sort of adventure, I was here in Eagle Rock! I was pretty much the only person in my dorm, or so it felt. We had ten softball games over the course of the ten days. We won six of the ten games including our first away victory! Our coaches were nice enough to give us Monday and Wednesday off (we had games Tuesday & Thursday in addition to the weekends). On Wednesday most of the team headed to Huntington Beach where we rested, did some homework, and played some beach volleyball. I, of course, got sunburned (this is not a rare occurrence in my life...) but it was really fun! I also got to go out to dinner a few times over the week with some of the baseball players (one of the few other teams still on campus). We went to IHOP, Chipotle, Mulberry Street Pizzeria #2, and Spitz. I have to say I really liked Spitz! I have a friend who works there so now that I know I like... Read More

March 13, 2011

The recent national disaster in Japan (and the chaos spreading through the rest of the world) reignited my belief about how powerless we really are. As I watched it unfold on the news, it looked like something out of an apocalyptic movie. My prayers go out to all those suffering the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and potential nuclear meltdown. Sitting in Nevada on spring break, I should have felt safe, but I didn't, because the event brought to the forefront what I'd always believed- there is really nowhere to run. The world is shrinking in more ways than we can imagine. There is no alternative to saving the planet because its the only one we've got. A lot of people argue that humans will develop the technology required to survive anything- I wonder what we're going to develop if we don't have a planet left. Events like this shake our lives into perspective-problems that seemed unsolvable become much smaller, and I realized...

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March 13, 2011

I cannot believe its less than a week to showtime! We've been working since October 2010 and its finally here! When I auditioned to be a choreographer, I never imagined it would become such an integral part of my life. I'm choreographing the Bollywood piece and flew all the costumes out from India for the performance :) It's so weird to teach people who don't understand the lyrics how to dance Bollywood! I had to break the entire dance into counts, which is something I've never done before...and I've been dancing since I was 6! It's kind of bittersweet though, because after March 19, Dance Production will be over, and I'm so sure I'm going to go into Dance Pro withdrawal because I will miss it so much. This week is going to be so busy with Tech rehearsals and everything O.o however *appear Gloria Gaynor* I will survive :) T-6 days. (Yes, "it's the final countdown" and Europe is playing in the...

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March 13, 2011

I turned 19 on the 18th of February, and it was the first time I didn’t have my family around to celebrate my birthday. I can’t say I didn’t have an amazing birthday, though. Oxy has a rather famed tradition to celebrate birthdays- the lucky person whose birthday it is is thrown into the main fountain at midnight. Now, this would be a lot of fun (and it was, despite the following complaints) if it wasn’t February. I’m an Aquarius (despite the 13th star sign, SCORE!) and proud, but this was the one time I wished I was born in July. Or some other warm summer month. A group of my friends dutifully threw me into the fountain, and I swear I nearly froze. The water was probably 8 degrees Celsius (that’s about 45 degrees Fahrenheit). I did get a hot chocolate after I was soaked, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt that cold in my life (and I’ve been to the top of Mt. Jungfrau in...

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