The Eagle Rock woman Occidental College students love to hate: Her name is Mo Oxford. But many of the students have another name (among others) for the Alumni Drive resident: party pooper. Oxford has for years waged a campaign against the noisy parties and rowdy behavior of the Oxy students who live or party off-campus in the neighborhood surrounding the school, according to a story in the student newspaper, Occidental Weekly. Oxford concedes that she has taken photos of students and has been involved in lawsuits against neighboring property owners in her quest for peace and quiet in her section of Eagle Rock.

While conditions have improved somewhat, she said what some students think of as a compromise does not work:

“And what they have come back with and said was, ‘What if we have one big blast a year? And we said, ‘Well that would work’ – except who’s going to have it? Which one house is going to have the 300 kids there, or 500 kids? . . . I mean, on this block alone, with the number of student-occupied houses that we have, we could be pretty well busy most of the year with just their ‘one a year’ . . . So I think the answer is tone it down, smaller parties, and understand that you are in a residential community – and if somebody wants to throw a big bash somewhere, the place to do that is go rent a venue. You know, rent a space where you aren’t going to disturb neighbors.”

Image from Occidental College Athletics website

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