Matthew Reagan is currently a fellow at CalMatters and a member of their College Journalism Network covering the pandemic's impact on higher education.
At Occidental college he is the former Editor-in-Chief and current Community News editor at The Occidental, the school's independent student newspaper since 1893. On-campus he covers general news and in Northeast Los Angeles he covers local neighborhoods, politics and transportation for the Boulevard Sentinel.
Kevin De León was sworn in on Thursday morning as Los Angeles City Councilmember for Council District 14, representing downtown L.A. and many eastside communities, including Eagle Rock and parts of Glassell Park and Highland Park.
Tomorrow, Sept. 17 will mark six months living with the coronavirus in NELA. The L.A. County Department of Public Health reported March, 17 the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Eagle Rock. In the months since, the coronavirus has spread rapidly, fundamentally changing the course of life for residents of the six neighborhoods of NELA.
Harry J. Elam Jr. became Occidental's 16th president July 1. The Occidental's Editor-in-Chief Jackie Dall (senior), Managing Editor Charlie Finnerty (junior), Community News Editor and former Editor-in-Chief Matthew Reagan (senior) and Opinions Editor DJ Prakash (sophomore) met with Elam for a question-and-answer period via Zoom Sept. 4.
If the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket wins the White House in November, the victory could change the course of politics in Northeast Los Angeles. That's because Gov. Gavin Newsom would appoint a replacement for Senator Harris in the United States Senate - and at present, at least five of the names...
Businesses in Northeast Los Angeles, already battered by the pandemic and recession, took another one-two punch in July. The blows have called their survival into question. The first hit was on July 13, when the state of California largely reimposed the shutdown orders that had been in place in the spring.
In a campus-wide email, President Harry J. Elam Jr. announced Occidental will abandon its plans for any in-person classes in the fall, opting instead for exclusively remote instruction. Occidental is the latest college to pivot from a hybrid model of instruction that would include both an in-person and online course load.
On Aug. 15, Occidental received the findings of a Department of Education (ED) investigation regarding allegations that the college had violated provisions of the Clery Act. The Clery Act is a federal law mandating the collection and reporting of campus crime statistics to the public.
In a photograph printed in a 1984 edition of La Encina, Occidental College’s yearbook, former board of trustees member Jennifer Townsend Crosthwaite ’84 and alumnae Wendy Gobar ’84 and Michelle Walsh ’84 are shown wearing blackface while costumed as “Tito, Michael, and Jermain” of The Jackson 5.
In a photograph printed in a 1980 edition of La Encina, Occidental College's yearbook, donor Barry Crosthwaite '80 is pictured in front of the Marketplace alongside alumni Bill Davis '80, Jon Love '80, Tom Leighton '83 and Dick Ringer '81 - the photograph is captioned "The Aryan Alliance."
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers legend and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among nine killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas Jan. 26. - - - Since the age of 5, I've played soccer in Southern California. I started out playing AYSO and eventually moved to the club level; soccer was a near constant staple ...
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault In 2003, Kobe Bryant was charged with one count of felony sexual assault following an alleged rape of a 19-year-old hotel employee in Edwards, Colorado. As a journalist, I've learned that what you choose to write about is as important as what you don't.
Samantha Bonar, former assistant director of Occidental College's Office of Marketing & Communications, filed a lawsuit Feb. 19 against the college, Director of Communications and Community Relations Jim Tranquada and Vice President for Marketing and Communications Marty Sharkey. Bonar, who was employed by Occidental from 2007 to 2018, is suing the college as a corporation, ...
This fall Occidental College will offer first-year students access to Oxy Immersive, a completely remote 8-14 unit program combining coursework and community-based internships, according to a campus-wide email...
Since the beginning of July as the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to surge nationally and in Los Angeles, local and peer institutions have announced exclusively online instruction for the upcoming semester, changing course...
On Saturday, Sept. 2, Occidental students were forced to brave the night without electricity. As most students fled their non-airconditioned rooms to search for friends, charging outlets and food, the facilities department worked alongside the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to solve the mystery of what exactly caused the outage in the first ...
Looking to the not-too-distant future to 2020, Democrats have yet to answer the major questions over the party’s identity. The success of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary bred a wave of young progressives — highlighted by O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez — who enjoyed variable levels of success...
Director of Campus Safety Rick Tanksley sent a campus-wide email alerting the campus to a brush fire on Mount Fiji 1:55 p.m. Oct. 24. According to the email, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) had extinguished the fire and it posed no threat to campus.
Occidental's Food Systems Working Group (FSWG) published a food policy document Oct. 16 which outlines the current state of and future plans for sustainable food practices within campus food systems, such as the Marketplace and the Tiger Cooler. The document is the culmination of efforts from Campus Dining, the Food Studies Cluster, Urban and Environmental ...
Having an anonymous crush on someone is a common thing most people can admit to — anonymously posting explicit commentary about your crush, however, should neither be commonplace nor acceptable behavior. Oxy Confessions has become a space for anonymous online cat-calling.
The men's ultimate frisbee team, Detox, took on the University of Southern California's (USC) Lockdown Monday, Dec. 4, on Patterson Field, ultimately falling 13-15 in a first-to-15 contest. While Detox held the lead at the half, Lockdown was able to rally early in the second half to pull away for the victory.
The Occidental women's basketball team won a double-overtime thriller against the University of Redlands in Rush Gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 2, with a score of 71-69. This win brings the Tiger's record to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Southern California Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Tala Ismail (sophomore), Alyssa Ramlochan (first year) and Shariah Green (sophomore) led ...
ESPN reported Oct. 27 that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said, "We can't have the inmates running the prison," at an all National Football League (NFL) owners meeting in reference to the recent player protests of police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S. The comments received swift condemnation across the sports world with Golden ...
Hillary Clinton has been in public office for the better part of 30 years. As a first lady, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate, she served with a level of efficiency and strength that is all too rare in the nation's capital. In 2016, Clinton became the first female nominee for president of a major U.S.
Occidental College announced four commencement speakers March 16 for the 2018 May 20 Commencement ceremony in Remsen Bird Hillside Theater. The speakers include Sara El-Amine '07, Ann (Zwicker) Kerr '56, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Cathie (Young) Selleck '55. Occidental invited these four women in the spirit of the year's commencement theme - women in leadership.
At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, all three of Occidental's student veterans will graduate. Administrators are hoping that the newly announced Obama Scholars Program - created to recruit veterans, among other underrepresented groups - will help to fill this void as the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative has in the past, according to James Herr, veteran's coordinator and interim registrar.
Tens of millions of dollars in federal funding are at risk of being lost unless many more residents of Northeast Los Angeles participate in the 2020 Census. The census has been underway for more than two months, but the recent self-response rate for NELA has averaged only 51.9% ...
A recent series of workshops on Metro's plan for bus rapid transit (BRT) in Eagle Rock advanced ideas for a BRT route on Colorado Boulevard, with several participants submitting ideas on how to reconfigure the boulevard to accommodate dedicated bus lanes.
The state Assembly continues to struggle to come up with strong tenant protections. Assembly Bill (AB) 1481, which sought to protect tenants from being evicted without "just cause" was recently allowed to die without being put to a vote.
Rain delays in 2019 have pushed the completion of the stunning new pool at Occidental College to October, according to Jim Tranquada, the college's director of communications and community relations. In the meantime, Oxy still has to come up with a name for the pool and is trying to raise $1.5 million to cover an unexpected shortfall related to the pool.
At seven local high schools, half of the nearly 1,200 college-bound students in the Class of 2019 are headed for community college in the fall, according to a recent survey by the Boulevard Sentinel. There's good news for these students.
The Problem Grows Worse Despite Efforts Under pressure to show progress in the face of worsening homelessness, Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a report in July on how Los Angeles is responding to the crisis.
Legislation to let bars in Los Angeles and nine other California cities extend closing time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. has cleared the state Senate and moved to the Assembly where it is expected to pass.
With a week left to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census, local and national census organizers point to the coronavirus pandemic and political interference with census operations as explanations for low response rates in areas like NELA. For every uncounted NELA resident, the state loses thousands in federal money for the area's publicly-funded programs, resources ...
Just try phoning Trump's private banker Rosemary T. Vrablic at Deutsche Bank's U.S. headquarters in Manhattan. Before too many bankers started turning up dead, Trump dared reporters. Call her, he said, she is"the head" of the bank, "the boss." The good news is that Vrablic, 58, is alive.
By: T. A. Hendrickson With controversy still swirling around Metro's proposed route for a bus rapid transit (BRT) line through Eagle Rock, top Los Angeles county officials for the first time dove into the fray during an August 7 community gathering-an indication of the issue's rising political stakes.
President Jonathan Veitch announced Jan. 27 via campus-wide email that he would not renew his tenure as Occidental College’s president and will step down at the end of 2019. The Occidental’s Editor-in-Chief Emily Jo Wharry (junior), Managing Editor Matthew Reagan (sophomore) and Senior Editor and former Editor-in-Chief Chris Peel (senior) met with Veitch and Jim Tranquada, director of communications, for a question-and-answer period in his office.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to and contained a two-acre brush fire on Mount Fiji Thursday, Dec. 14. The department issued its first report on the incident at 9:45 p.m. According to the latest update that LAFD Public Service and Information Officer Margaret Stewart posted on the LAFD website, 75 firefighters extinguished the fire by ...
Tal Becker, peace negotiator for Israel and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, spoke at Occidental College in Choi Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. April 24 as the college's 2018 Jack Kemp '57 Distinguished Lecturer. Following President Jonathan Veitch's introduction, Becker spoke on identity, justice and religion in relation to Jewish discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian ...
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Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers legend and his daughter Gianna Bryant were among nine killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas Jan. 26.
Logo created using Adobe Illustrator for MAC 110 Intro to Digital Design Course at Occidental College
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Oxy Baseball seniors JP Flores and Antonio Andrade
Co-hosts Naomi Brauner and Kristine White sit down with The Occidental Fall 2018 News Editors Matt Reagan and Zach Goodwin to discuss their analysis of the 2018 midterm elections.