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Johnson Student Center and Freeman College Union

Occidental is one of the five schools that founded the "Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 1915 and is currently a member of the SCIAC and "NCAA Division III. Occidental features 21 varsity sports teams and a program of club sports and intramural competition. Approximately 25 percent of the student body participates in a varsity sports program.[49]

During the 2006–2007 athletic season, the Tigers "cross country, "American football and "basketball teams were "Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions. In 2014, diver, Jessica Robson set the "Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference records for both 1m and 3m diving.[50] The school's Blackshirts "Rugby union team was also league champion for the first time in five years. In 2011, Jeremy Castro ('99) and Patrick Guthrie ('86) steered the squad to a NSCRO final falling to "Longwood University 36-27 in "Virginia Beach, "Virginia. In addition the college boasts a competitive and growing elite dance team that also performs at every home football and basketball game.[49]

Occidental has long-standing football rivalries with Pomona College and "Whittier College; the Tigers have played both the Sagehens and the Poets over 100 times. In 1982, the Occidental College football team had the rare opportunity for national prominence when, due to the "1982 National Football League strike, their game with "San Diego was broadcast on national television.

In 2011, Occidental College lost a "Basketball game to "Caltech with a score of 46 to 45 giving the "Caltech Beavers their first conference win in 26 years and putting an end to their 310-game losing streak.[51]

Famous Occidental College Tigers include NFL coach "Jim E. Mora, former American Football League Most Valuable Player and politician "Jack Kemp, former NFL player "Vance Mueller, 2011 U.S. Senior Open Champion "Olin Browne, CFL player Justin Goltz ("Winnipeg Blue Bombers).

Herrick Interfaith Center, built 1964, with Water Forms II in the foreground.

Sexual assault complaints[edit]

A Federal civil rights complaint was filed "in April 2013 by 37 students stating that the school "deliberately discouraged victims from reporting sexual assaults” as well as misled some students about their rights during campus investigations and possibly retaliated against whistle-blowers. This complaint is currently under active investigation by the Federal Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. On September 18, 2013, the college settled a lawsuit brought by 10 students also alleging improper treatment of their sexual assault cases, on undisclosed terms.[52][53] On May 1, 2014, Occidental was named one of fifty-five higher education institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights “for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints” by Oxy alumni, President Obama's White House Task Force To Protect Students from Sexual Assault.[54] In response to student and faculty outcry the college has taken various actions to combat sexual assault such as adopting a new interim sexual misconduct policy, hiring a former assistant district attorney, Ruth Jones, as a full-time, independent Title IX coordinator, and the school added a new 24-hour, 7-days-a-week telephone hotline. The school also created a permanent Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board made up of students, faculty and staff.[55][56][57]

In October 2014, a male Occidental College student filed a Title IX complaint against the college for its handling of a sexual assault complaint against him, alleging in part that Occidental was biased against him due to the April 2013 Title IX complaint. His accuser had verbally expressed her intent to have sex in text messages to him and a friend, came to his dorm room under her own power, told acquaintances that she was fine when they checked on her during part of the sexual activity, and texted smiley faces to friends immediately afterwards.[58] A police investigation found there was no basis for bringing charges against the male. The college still found him responsible on the basis that he should have known that she was too drunk to consent despite her explicit statements and behavior.[59] When the man, who was also very drunk the night in question, attempted to file an assault claim based on the incapacitated standard, the college refused to accept his complaint.[60]


In 1913, the Occidental College Board of Trustees announced plans to convert the college exclusively to a men's school. The plans were met with widespread backlash from students and faculty who protested the change. The community outcry garnered national headlines and the board later dropped the proposal.[61]

English novelist "Aldous Huxley, who spoke at Occidental's convocation ceremony in the then-new Thorne Hall in 1938, lampooned President Remsen Bird as Dr. Herbert Mulge of Tarzana College in his 1939 novel, "After Many a Summer Dies the Swan. Huxley was never again invited back to campus.[62]

In November 1990, the college, initially established as a Presbyterian institution, rededicated the campus' main chapel as the Herrick Memorial Chapel and Interfaith Center. The school also took down the crosses in the chapel in an attempt to "broaden Occidental's appeal among non-Christian students."[63]

President "Barack Obama attended Occidental for two years prior to transferring to Columbia University. Following his election, unsubstantiated reports claimed that Obama's Occidental College revealed he received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia.[64] In 2012, "Donald Trump offered the President $5 million to donate to the charity of his choice if he would provide his college transcripts and passport application.[65] The contents of Obama's Occidental records remain unknown.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

List of Occidental College people

Notable graduates of Occidental College include filmmaker "Terry Gilliam, football player and politician "Jack Kemp, pioneering African-American physicist and inventor "George Edward Alcorn, Jr., former "New Orleans Saints and "Indianapolis Colts head coach "Jim E. Mora, co-inventor of the hard disk drive "William Goddard, federal judge "Jacqueline Nguyen, historian and chancellor of the California State University system "Glenn Dumke, former Lieutenant Governor of California "Robert Finch, adventurer and writer "Homer Lea, poet "Robinson Jeffers, librarian and writer "Lawrence Clark Powell, civil rights activist "Ernesto Galarza, television director "Jesus Salvador Trevino, journalist and current dean of "Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism "Steve Coll, actor and writer "George Nader, and CEO of Warner Music Group "Stephen Cooper.

Notable attendees include former US President "Barack Obama, "Academy Award–winning actor and filmmaker "Ben Affleck, actor "Luke Wilson, producer "Todd Garner, writer/producer Dario Scardapane and actress "Emily Osment.

Notable faculty members include the American urban policy analyst "Peter Dreier, former US ambassador "Derek Shearer, regular CNN and Fox News contributor Caroline Heldman, and the 2005 PEN American Center Literary Award winner in poetry "Martha Ronk.

Film and television at Occidental[edit]

Occidental's campus, architecture, and proximity to Hollywood have made it a desired location for a number of film and television productions.[66]

Film credits include:

TV credits include:

See also[edit]


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