Make the most out of orientation


The first few weeks at Occidental are jam-packed with activities. Consult this guide for the ten optional Orientation events that every new student should opt-in to.

10) Green/Eco Tour: Take a walking tour through campus to learn about how Occidental is going green. The tour takes students to places not normally seen on an average campus tour, including a glimpse of the solar panel array. These tours are available Saturday and Tuesday of O-Week.

9) Recreational Sports Open Gym: Spend a few hours at Rush gym enjoying a pick-up game with friends, accompanied by free In-N-Out. 7-9 p.m., Sept. 1.

8) First Generation Reception, Community Within a Community Mixer and LGBTQ mixer: Meet and mingle with students, staff and professors to learn about all of the resources Occidental has to offer. Check the Orientation schedule for times.

7) The Emperor’s New Clothes Encounters of the Third Kind: Laugh along with the current Occidental students and alumni performers of the Occidental Children’s Theater as they fly and tumble over and under each other to tell four wonderful stories. 6 p.m., Aug. 27, Johnson Student Center (JSC) Quad.

6) Oxy Glee Club Welcome Concert: Come to Herrick Chapel to listen to the beautiful music of the Glee Club, Accidentals and Cadence (the two a cappella groups on campus). This should definitely be a stop for anyone who is interested in auditioning for these groups. 7 p.m., Wednesday Aug. 27.

5) Fantastiprov: Come enjoy Fantastiprov’s first show of the year. Meet at the Samuelson Pavilion to watch (and possibly participate in) Occidental’s student improv group. 9 p.m., Saturday Aug. 30.

4) Late Night in the Quad: New to O-week, this night should be a blast. Enjoy a Cool Haus ice cream sandwich while playing games on the JSC quad. 10 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 26.

3) Walking Tour of Eagle Rock: Take a tour around the neighborhood of your new home! Stops include various Occidental favorites on Eagle Rock and Colorado Boulevards. 1 and 2 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 26.

2) OxyPalooza: This event is Orientation coordinator and economics major Chloe Johnson’s (senior) highlight! Join O-team, KOXY and Raw Records in Sycamore Glenn for free food, live music, henna tattoos and a photo booth. 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.

1) Square Dance With the L.A. Wranglers: Strap on some cowboy boots, throw on a flannel and get ready for one of the most beloved traditions at Occidental. A free dance performance to join in on and free ice cream to cool down — what’s not to love? 8:30 p.m., Friday Aug 22.


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