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Over 1,000 per day: to-go containers remain students’ go-to

Despite the ready availability of alternatives, Occidental’s usage of single-use to-go containers has remained at alarming levels, according to Isa Merel, the Campus Dining lead...

Dining Services struggles to respond to food inflation, staff shortages

Occidental College’s Marketplace and Tiger Cooler, the two main sources of food on campus for students, have struggled to respond to inflation and industrywide labor shortages,...

Opinion: How a pile of trash can break your heart

We’ve all seen it — the overflowing trash bins around the Marketplace. Litter spilling out in all directions, left to the wind’s devices until...

Green Bean opens with a festive gathering after a two-year hiatus

Occidental's student-run coffee shop, the Green Bean, was decorated with fairy lights, colorful ribbons and balloons tied down to Yerba Mate bottles Feb. 5....

Campus Dining staff shortage leads to reduced hours, disposable dishware, longer...

Since Occidental's in-person return, the Marketplace staff has been working hard to feed the student body despite a staffing shortage, according to Amy Muñoz,...

Occidental students return to campus and to NELA local businesses

Throughout the pandemic, small businesses of all kinds have struggled to adapt and stay afloat. Now, the return of Occidental students is having a significant impact...

A day in the life: On shift with the Marketplace’s Jenny...

11:30 a.m. On a typical day, Jenny Mendoza, known to students as simply "Jenny," arrives for a long shift at the Marketplace as a cashier....

Opinion: Longing for late night Cooler culture

This summer, the question of “What are you most excited for?” was a common conversation starter. The first answer always referred to the mundane,...

Furloughs, hiring and budget cuts seek to minimize $33 million deficit

With only around 100 students residing on campus and 1,835 students — 12 percent fewer than anticipated — enrolled at the college for the Fall 2020 semester,...

Martin Fernandez named new Campus Dining Executive Chef

Executive Chef Martin Fernandez began work at Occidental Aug. 19, 2019 following the departure of previous Executive Chef Michael “Meesh” Montygierd Summer 2019. Fernandez came to...