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Dear Serena Williams, thank you for your “emotional meltdown”

Dear Serena Williams, My name is Shai Goodman. I am one of the many athletes that you have inspired over your storied career. When I was a young girl, I spent hours mimicking your serve from the comfort of my…

Alumna Brita Loeb continues athletic endeavors beyond Oxy

For many Occidental athletes, their competitive sporting career ends at graduation. Brita Loeb ‘16 may have left the lacrosse field, but rather than hanging up her cleats for good, she replaced them with hockey skates. Loeb and her premiere hockey…

Austin Lashley culminates collegiate career with bronze medal at national meet

Austin Lashley (senior) placed third at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Swimming and Diving Championship in the 100-yard butterfly  March 22 at Indiana University Natatorium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. It was his first appearance at the national meet,…

Shaun White is not my American hero

I refresh my Instagram to yet another image of Shaun White. Since the opening of the Winter Olympics Feb. 9, White’s bright red hair has flooded my newsfeed and taken over my Twitter. He is everywhere. He’s been the golden…

Ski club ready to hit the slopes, again

Self-proclaimed ski bums Ryder Bennell* (sophomore) and Elizabeth Taylor (senior) noticed that students on campus were underutilizing some of the greatest ski mountains on the west coast. In response, they decided to revive the Ski and Snowboard Club at Occidental College…

Jaime Hoffman, Occidental athletic director

Athletic Director Jaime Hoffman has gone from being an athlete, to leading athletes as a coach, to leading a team of coaches. Since June 2007, Hoffman has been the head of the athletics department at Occidental, hoping to build a…

Gatison adds speed, energy to Tigers

Playing baseball was a family affair for Nyla Gatison (first year). At eight years old, Nyla spent her first baseball tryouts alongside her brothers, confident that she could keep up with the boys. Gatison’s speed and athletic ability made her…

Alexis Funaki a dual threat for Tiger softball

Ten years ago, Alexis Funaki (sophomore) was too afraid to ask her first softball coach to let her pitch. Since then, things have changed quite a bit. Funaki has not only excelled in pitching for the women’s softball program, but…

If he can play, why can’t she?

It was a rainy March morning when I tried out for the Downtown Little League majors team. My dad and I woke up extra early so we could make enough pancakes to fuel a big leaguer. I packed up my…

Coach spotlight: Ghia Godfree — men’s and women’s tennis

Ghia Godfree, head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis teams, has her work cut out for her but is handling the pressure with grace. As a Harvard alum and former collegiate softball player, Godfree is bringing an unorthodox background…

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