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Page Cocktail Party

Page Cocktail Party is an annual affair. Everyone in Page (who are all calledPageboys, regardless of gender) get fancy paper invitations and can bring guests. Page Cocktail Party is always held at a nice location on campus and features a bartender (who checks ID), a live band, a photobooth, delicious finger foods, and fun games! The drinks are traditionally named after Pageboys. The food this year included smoked salmon, various sausages, and a wide assortment of cheeses and crackers. The dress code is formal attire, and there is no fee to attend.

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A Connoisseur's Guide to Restaurants Around LA

The advantage of having friends with cars, who are foodies, is the near-unlimited opportunities that arise forpursuing delicious eats and drinks. In Southern California, this means good Asian places around the Monterey Park area in terms of food, and a plethora of boba tea shops in terms of drink. My current car-owning friends are mostly vegetarian so it isn’t often that I can bribe them to take me out for meat-heavy Chinese food, but every time the recently-graduated alumni return to visit, we go out to our favorite haunts.A time-withstood favorite of ours is this place called Spicy City in San Gabriel, California.

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Aquarium Cookies

There’s been a video circulating around Facebook recently on making “aquarium cookies.”

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Experience the superbloom

Page House’s annual beach trip is a 3 hour drive southwards to Carlsbad. I noticed a field of yellow flowers right off the side of the road. I tried walking into the prickly field and all I found was more and more of the yellow flowers. This probably has something to do the with superbloom in California after we finally got out of the drought.

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Snap a picture with infinite twinkly lights

I visited the Broad Museum in LA this Friday! We booked the free tickets a month ahead of time because the museum was so popular and busy. As if to balance out the free tickets, parking was super expensive, around $14 for the first 3 hours and then you pay per 15 minutes after that.

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Working in Lab During the Year

Hi all, Sorry for my prolonged absence from the airwaves. I’ve been working a lot on my senior thesis this term, and as a matter of fact I’ll talk about what it’s like to do research during the year in this blog post.

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Ge 1 Field Trip (Part 1)

I never planned to take geology in college. I knew nothing about earth science and was perfectly fine leaving things that way. I was just never interested in rocks. In fact, I dodged the earth science part of middle school curriculums when I switched schools in seventh grade. My mom taught earth science, and seeing the ordinary, dusty specimens of her students’ rock collections assured me that I hadn’t missed anything.

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Two Hour Wait for Nashville Fried Chicken

Southern style fried chicken is my new favorite comfort food. I had some serious fried chicken cravings this past Sunday, so I decided to drag my poor, unsuspecting boyfriend to Howlin’ Ray’s to wait in line with me for arguably the best fried chicken in LA. You know it has to be good when there is always a 1-2 hour wait no matter what day you go and what time you go. Howlin’ Ray’s has an impressive 4.5 star rating on Yelp, averaged over 1300+ reviews. It is located in a plaza in Chinatown, along with other popular favorites Chego and Baohouse.

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Terra Cotta

This is a review of Terra Cotta in Koreatown. I went to Terra Cotta for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend on a Sunday night. They didn’t have uni (sea urchin) or toro (fatty tuna) when I went because it was a Sunday and the seafood wouldn’t be fresh since it was a Sunday. I assume the seafood markets selling uni and toro didn’t have them that Sunday (or maybe they usually don’t carry them on Sundays). Anyway, I would recommend going on a different day because I definitely wanted to try the uni dishes and you get more for your money on other days (you pay the same for the dishes that contain uni on Sundays).

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The Originalist Play + Discussion

This event counts a little as an on-campus and off-campus adventure. The Pasadena Playhouse, about a mile from campus, is currently running a play called “The Originalist,” about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia was a proponent of Originalism, a constitutional interpretation that rose in popularity while he was on the bench. The Caltech Center for Diversity (CCD) arranged 50 tickets for Caltech community members. Wouldn’t you know it, but the play on that night was followed by a discussion led by Caltech History professor Dr. Kousser, who is teaching the Supreme Court History class I am currently taking. What luck! :P

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Dunk your math professor

In the spring, Caltech holds its annual Grad Fair for its graduating students.

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Peer through an architectural "telescope"

Right across the street from campus, on the way to the gym, there’s a distinct red building. It’s the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. It’s somewhat ironic that this building, which looks like it went through an earthquake, is the astronomy building. Across the street, there’s a building with a telescope dome on top, and it is for seismology. In fact, this dome is a solar dome that opens up and follows the sun throughout the day to project images of the sun inside and also to bring sunlight into basement.

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Succulents at the Huntington Gardens

What type of plant is prickly and ugly—nothing but a nuisance? Not cacti, I’m now convinced after visiting the Huntington Gardens. Only a fifteen-minute walk from campus, Huntington contains twelve themed botanical gardens, one of which has a conservatory full of succulents both soft and spiny from deserts in Africa, Mexico, and more. Some were so adorable I wanted to pet them; others were whimsical, even fantastical, as if spawned in the imagination of Dr. Seuss. There were succulents with spines like silk and flowers like fire. Some were spherical, others were angular, and one was lumpy and tubular like a brain. Most plants were arrayed in little containers on long tables, but others dangled upside down from hanging pots. Here are a few of my favorite sights from the conservatory.

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Plants on Campus

When I was choosing a college, there was one aspect of Caltech which I could not get out my head. It wasn’t its rigorous academics, its world-renowned research, or even its number one rank by Times Higher Education. In fact, the strongest pull I felt from Caltech had nothing to do with education at all. I was in love with the plants.

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March for Science and other events

A few exciting things have happened on and around campus recently that I wanted to share with you :)

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Dance Show 2017

Hi friends, I was pretty busy for the first week of term because I was still unpacking from my spring break trip and rehearsing for the dance show that weekend. My friend Suchita has been teaching us choreography that she put together since the beginning of second term way back in January. We danced to three songs, Beyoncé’s “I Slay,” Rihanna’s “Yeah I Said It,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Team.”

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Make free 3D prints

For E88: Critical Making, our class took a Techlab orientation in order to make 3D prints for homework. The orientation is open to all students and it’s basically a free 3D printing lesson, help with setting up the software on your laptop, and also opens up access to free 3D printing!

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Denim Day and the PFW Club Fair

I hope you all enjoyed Prefrosh Weekend! We love having prefrosh on campus for PFW. One of the highlights for me is always the activities fair, where we get to meet prefrosh who might join our clubs and teamsnext year. This was the Feminist Club’s table:

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Prepare a silkscreen

Screen printing and silk painting is offered as a joint course at Caltech. Classes are once a week, 7-10 pm. Screen printing is an important skill because that’s how seniors make T shirts for Ditch Day and also fake Ditch Day stacks throughout the year. Various sports teams and clubs also use these screen printing facilities to make T shirts.

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LA Museum of Ice Cream

The LA Museum of Ice Cream is a pop-up in the LA Arts District. The 1 month long exhibit follows an extremely popular summer pop-up in NYC. The LA pop-up is much larger than the NY pop-up and the food samplesare different is well. The samples consisted of: a scoop of ice cream from a local ice cream shop (the shops rotate so samples from different dates have different flavors and brands), mint chip mochi ice cream, charcoal cookie dough, gummy bears, and a pink pancake ice cream sandwich with french toast flavored ice cream. The exhibit is sequential, meaning you start in one room and make your way through all the rooms in order. The only rule is that you can’t go backwards! My friends and I bought the tickets way in advance and went during opening weekend (April 22-23) - they are all sold out now, but they are supposed to reopen in June. *The pictures shown aren’t in any order and don’t show all the museum has to offer!

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Unicorn Frappuccinos, The Grove, and Art Center Graduation

This past week was super eventful! I not only tried the (in)famous Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccinos, but also I went to The Grove in Beverly Hills for the first time and went to my friend’s graduation show at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

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Visiting Grad Schools

Friday! It was starting to feel very familiar, this Thursday-Friday-Saturday pattern of grad school visits, so forgive me if I gloss over what happened at Northwestern more than I did at the University of Chicago. Of course, it is no less important…

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Spring Break Part 2

I wanted to share the rest of my Spring break with you before I forget it all!

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Eat art at Caltech's first art galleries

Caltech unveiled our (first?) art galleries! Works submitted to the Totem, Caltech’s literary magazine, as well the Art of Science contest, were put up. The Art of Science Gallery is located where Red Door Cafe used to be. Recent renovations have moved Red Door Cafe to the C-Store (convenience store). Art installations for the Caltech Art Gallery are also hung up in “Little Chandler”, the front indoor seating area.

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Cooking Class

Did you know that Caltech offers a cooking class? It’s called Cooking Basics and it’s taught by Caltech’s Director of Student Activities, Tom Mannion. Tom lives in a Caltech-owned house just off campus, and the class is held in a huge tent in his backyard. The class is only pass/fail, and it counts for credit towards your general institute requirements (but it doesn’t fill Core requirements).The class is held from 6:3opm-9:30pm on Thursday nights.

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ASCIT Formal -- "College Senior Prom"

As a rebellious teenager, I skipped all high school dances. Some of my friends and I had been thinking of an anti-prom party senior year, but I think we stayed home to study for the APs instead. Yeah, I know. Super boring. Not that the sole middle school dance I had attended, if it was any accurate indicator of the future, had been at all promising in terms of showing me what enjoyment I might milk out of an evening spent stuffed into a school venue like the gymnasium with a crowd of sweating, half-crazed teens or preteens.

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Art Gallery + Art of Science Exhibit

Last night was the grand opening of Caltech’s new Art Gallery and Art of Science Exhibit! To celebrate the occasion, free snacks and wine were provided, and student groups performed. Both exhibits showcase artwork submitted by members of the Caltech community. Check out the opening night pictures below!

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Visit Grad Schools

For the last part of spring break, I headed off to Chicago again for my other grad school visit. I flew Southwest Airlines into Midway Airport, and so took the train for 2 hours from downtown Chicago into the suburbia of Evanston, IL. (The airport of O’Hare is closer to Evanston, but Southwest is not serviced there.) It was raining hard that day, the water being blown sideways in whippish long streaks and wetting my lower legs as I walked along the platform. A kind stranger gave me an extra train ticket he didn’t use. I sat on the train and watched the rain drip from the roof of the cart as the brick buildings passed me by. I had to make two transfers, Red Line to Orange and Orange Line to Purple, but luckily all of them were underground and safely out of the storm.

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Senior Beer and Food Pairing

Note: Only students of legal drinking age were allowed to attend this event.

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Make sand sing

I went hiking this weekend with a group of 10 other Techers to Kelso Dunes.These dunes are known for “singing sand”. It’s part of the Mojave Desert about 3 hours drive from Caltech. Hiking uphill was quite the workout, especially with our backpacks.

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Tour of the Art House

I mentioned that I’m taking silkscreen and silk painting this term, which is held at the Caltech art house. Since I did a tour of the ceramics studio last term, I thought I would do one of the art house as well. Drawing and painting classes are also held at the art house. Enjoy!

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Sweet as Sugar

It was a dark and stormy night, and I had a research proposal to write and two electronics projects to complete. The pileup of work was somewhat self-inflicted, but it seemed hopelessly heavy. On the way to dinner, I stopped at the mailroom to check if a book I’d ordered had arrived. Instead, there was a flexible, lumpy package. Confused, I tore it open, and out peeked the frosty gleam of a Ziploc bag over the caramel brown of… cookies?! Yes, chocolate-chip cookies! There was also an envelope holding a pink polka-dotted card crammed with handwriting I hadn’t seen in months: my sister’s. The sudden splash of sweetness over my sad state made me sappy. I felt ready to cry. That night, I slept five hours too few and ate five cookies too many.

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Avery House White Day

Every year, the guys who live inmy house (Avery) “surprise” us on Valentine’s Day with creative expressions of appreciation for us. In the past few years, they’ve put together a video to show us during dinner. I wrote briefly about it here during my freshman year (three years ago). One of my favorite memories is from two years ago, when they first came up with the brilliant idea of making a video. That year, they made a music video cover of Uptown Funk.

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Wade into a Waterfall

The trail head is only 4 miles away from campus and I’ve heard of classmates who’ve biked there for the hike, and then biked back to campus. It’s a short hike - only about 3 miles round trip - but I started out at around 3 pm and got back around 6 pm because I took an extra leisurely pace…

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Lick an Agar Petri Dish

For Bi 10, a freshman biology lab class, students get to grow colonies of the microbiota found in everyday life. This includes samples from the hands, E. Coli strains and also saliva swabs! We are given 8 Petri dishes of agar mixed with growing medium, or “broth”. Agar is a yellowish clear jelly. For this first class, I got to rub my fingers all over one half of the hard, slippery surface of the jelly. On the other half of the dish, I used clean, freshly washed hands. This experiment was to see how effective hand washing with soap is.

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Prague - Spring Break Pt. 3

Hi all, this is the last post about my spring break adventures in Europe! Our last stop was Prague, Czech Republic. We took the train from Vienna to Prague and checked in to our Airbnb. We decided to take a nice walk through the city to Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock Tower. It is the third oldest astronomical clock, and the only one still in operation! We climbed to the top to get a gorgeous view of the cityscape. See pics below! The next day, we took yet another free walking tour (there are so many in Europe). We saw Kafka’s birthplace, the Rudolfinum, Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery, and Old New Synagogue, and a statue of Kafka. Sadly we had to leave the walking tour early to catch our train back to Budapest (in order to make our flight). We booked round trip flight tickets to/from Budapest because it was cheaper than buying two one way tickets to/from different cities.

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Spring Break part 1

Spring break was two weeks this year, and I packed a ton of sleeping and reading into those two weeks! I also got off of my butt in order to do a few fun things with my family, including visiting the Philadelphia Flower Show with my mom. We used to go every year when I was little (and I meanreally little- as in, I don’t actually remember ever having attended before). My great aunt even presented there once or twice (she used to be a flower farmer and artist, and is now retired).

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Food in LA

Before finals last term, I was able to squeeze in a few more off-campus adventures. My boyfriend came to visit (he attends another University), so we rented a Zipcar for two days and drove all over Los Angeles, eating as much food as we could, basically.

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International Women's Day

Happy belated International Women’s Day!

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Fun Home

A few weeks ago, my Aunt and Uncle brought me along on a trip to see Fun Home in Downtown LA. There is a huge complex of theaters at the Performing Arts Center inDTLA, and there were several productions there on the night that we went. There is a theater for dance and opera, one for musicals, and one for the orchestra (when it doesn’t perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is across the street from the Performing Arts Center). All of the theaters are connected by a large concrete courtyard, which houses a “permanent taco truck,” which is where we grabbed dinner before the show.

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Home Life

My parents bought a box of masala chai tea at the local Indian grocery store to try. This brand, Tea India, had more spices and less tea flavor than other chais I’d tried before. There was ginger, cinnamon, cardamom… We made a pot every night with hot milk and sugar, and the spices in the tea nursed my entire family back to health in just three days! I know what my next cold medicine is going to be.

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Home Life

Unlike some of the other bloggers who are off gaining world experience traveling, I simply went home to Northern California for spring break. It was a calm Saturday morning at Burbank Bob Hope Airport as I waited for my flight to Oakland:

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My Trip to the Galapagos!

It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.

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Caltech Food Tour

Caltech may be a small campus, but it has a large variety of food options. There are three main dining locations on campus — The Lee F. Browne Dining Hall, the Hameetman Center (which houses our beloved Red Door Cafe), and the Broad Café.

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Some Late-Night Stress-Saving Food Runs

Midterms kept up its unrelenting attack on my sanity this week – at least a little bit. And how did I solve this? Two words.

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Caltech Art Gala

Every year, Caltech’s literary and arts magazine Totem hosts the Art of Science competition.

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Quick Trip to the Beach

Although there are a lot of smaller things, such as midterm smoothies and milkshakes (Blacker does something similar to this) and some larger things like Faculty Dessert Night, the soc team usually agrees that beach trip is the most work.

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