SCAMFest!

Last night, the Claremont Shades hosted the 17th annual Southern California A Cappella Music Festival (SCAMFest) at Bridges Auditorium. Not only did it feature performances from eight 5-C A Cappella groups, but also from two groups from UCLA, "Bruin Harmony" and "Scattertones" as well as two from USC , "Reverse Osmosis" and "SoCal VoCals". The performers sang to a sold out B...
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Organic Chemistry Lab Adventures

Having many hours of lab is a normal part of life for undergraduate science majors. Almost every science class has attached to it a four hour lab.  I have two lab classes and therefore I spend a large portion of my afternoons in lab. On Mondays I have organic chemistry lab from 1-5.  Call me nerdy, but I love o-chem lab.  It all has to do with my lab professor, Professor Tom Va...
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A Day at the Claremont Street Fair.

I don't know what it is about street fairs that makes me so happy and excited.  It could be the crowds of people and the really cute puppies, or the aroma of food and fresh air, or the beautiful handmade jewelry and amazing smelling body lotions.  I'm sure it is a combination of those and other things, but when I heard there was a street fair today I couldn't contain myself. ...
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Pomona College Circa 1963 – Narrated by Ronald Reagan

Tomorrow, October 14th, Pomona College is celebrating Founders Day.  But not only is it the anniversary of the founding of the school I have come to love so much, but it is its 125th anniversary, its quasiquicentennial. (I didn't know that was a word either.) It should be tons of fun with games performances and, most importantly, free food because let's be honest, who doesn't l...
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Zumba Ayy, Zumba Ahh!

"There are no mess-ups in zumba, only solos" In the hectic chaos of the school week it is hard to find time for myself. Between homework, mentor sessions, labs, meals, meetings and chats with my friends, free time is a hot, and very sparse commodity.  One thing that I always love to do in my free time is exercise.  Last year, especially during first semester, I was still mot...
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Help! Organic Chemistry Has Taken Over My Life!

Avid readers of the blog may notice I have been M.I.A this past week.  Ask any of my friends or family and they would have the same thoughts. I'm usually the loud bubbly one.  The one who lets everyone else know it's time to eat, time to leave, time to dance.  But this past week, I couldn't be heard, and I could barely be seen.  It wasn't time to do anything but study: My very ...
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Mudd Saturday Night Dinner

The best way to differentiate between a routine and a tradition is that a tradition is something that doesn't falter under any circumstances.  Traditions are not things that stop for a while, then start back up; or things that you do when it it is convenient.  No.  Once traditions form, they are here to stay.  One of my favorite traditions last year with my sponsor group was go...
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Not a Fan of the Heat

For those of us in Claremont right now, we cannot wait for the weather to start to cool down.  It has been in the high 90's or even triple digits all week, and for the lucky ones who live on the third floor with no air conditioning (read: me), the heat can be beyond frustrating, let alone debilitating.  To most of my friends, I am known as the klutz.  Always tripping over my ow...
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My 19th Birthday!

It seems as though two of us bloggers share the same birthday! Yesterday, September 5th was my 19th birthday: arguably one of the most unexciting birthdays a young adult celebrates. So naturally, I wasn't expecting much, especially since it was the second day of classes.  At first it seemed like the universe wasn't going to disappoint and was going to give me that boring 19t...
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Move-in Day: Then and Now

Two days ago, August 21, I moved back to campus to begin my sophomore year. 365 days earlier on August 21, 2011, I moved to campus for the first time to begin my freshman year. As I began to set up my room two nights ago, I compared my move-in experience to the year before. Have I changed? Has my life changed?  How is my August 21st different this year than last year? For st...
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