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Occidental Title IX office looks to fight proposed Department of Education changes

Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed her proposal for an overhaul of the current rules governing campus sexual assault under Title IX Nov. 16. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register Nov. 29, starting a 60-day…

Thanksgiving is cultural erasure, so give thanks to Native communities

Gratitude can be complicated. Generally, I endorse it — gratitude forces us to be reflective, mindful and aware: all that good well-rounded-human stuff. So, why have I developed a sneaking and subtle resentment toward a “holiday” promoting “nothing but gratitude”?…

Dance culture promotes heteronormativity, so let’s raise the barre

At the age of six, equipped with a velvet leotard and size four jazz shoes, my blonde baby hairs tucked into a tight bun, I attacked my first jazz piece to the Whitney Houston classic, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Concluding…

The pet that lasts: Eagle Rock residents find companionship in tortoises

What’s the difference between a tortoise and a turtle? To many, the distinction between these hard-shelled creatures isn’t relevant — their similarities outweigh their differences. But to some residents of Eagle Rock, including Angela Barton and Tammy Sprankle-DiMola, tortoises are meaningful companions…

OSAC works to prevent sexual assault in Greek life `

Since the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition (OSAC)’s re-emergence November 2017, the coalition has begun a letter-writing campaign to Occidental Greek life organizations. The letters included OSAC’s concerns about sexual assault prevalence in Greek life and demands for organizations to reflect on their practices.…

Belle’s Bagels vies for permanent spot on York Boulevard

James Dean (J.D.) Rocchio and Nick Schreiber co-own Belle’s Bagels on York Boulevard, a bagel business named after Schreiber’s great-grandmother, Belle. Rocchio and Schreiber have operated their business out of the Hi-Hat venue on York Boulevard for nearly two years, according to Rocchio. The…

OSAC and Greek Council work together on new sexual assault prevention bylaws

For the past two semesters, the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition (OSAC) has been campaigning to fulfill the third goal outlined in its members’ statement to the Occidental community October 2017: to amend Greek Council’s regulations regarding the prevention of sexual…

A letter from the Lorax: why the Haines banana trees mattered so much

I gazed up at the thick trunks growing up from the ground, the leaves sprouting from their limbs slightly off-proportion. The masses of green swallowed the space above my head. As I walked through the organic archway, the iconic Obama…

Students seek answers during #AskRhonda

In response to the recent calls for Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Rhonda Brown’s resignation, an unaffiliated group of students organized a week-long campaign to highlight traditionally marginalized students’ voices. The campaign, titled Ask Rhonda: Accountability Series, tabled on the academic quad April…

Miry’s List builds a welcoming community for refugees

Miry Whitehill is the founder and owner of Miry’s List, an Eagle Rock-based nonprofit organization working to resettle and crowdsource resources for refugees in Los Angeles. Whitehill announced a new program called Welcome, Neighbor — aimed to connect community members to resettled refugees —…

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