A Brief History of the Winter Olympics

Let me preface this by saying that I am by no means a sports person. As a matter of fact, I kind of hate sports. But my boyfriend pointed out something that was very true: the winter Olympics are really gay. Not just because there has been a lot of buzz around gay Olympians (Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy), but because some of the events … Continue reading A Brief History of the Winter Olympics

Where to Go for Your Copy of the 2017-18 UCLA Common Book

UCLA’s campus advocates for first-year students, First Year Experience, has begun distributing the 2017-18 UCLA Common Book. Unlike in previous years, in which books were handed out during New Student Orientation, the books will be distributed at several pop-up sites around campus between January 10 to February 12. Many of these pop-ups will facilitate a discussion on the themes of family, immigration, trauma, identity, and … Continue reading Where to Go for Your Copy of the 2017-18 UCLA Common Book

Who is the Poet Laureate?

Poet Laureate is a term that may be quite familiar to English majors and literature enthusiasts, but it isn’t one most people outside of this field are familiar with. I’ve always been curious about this position; all I knew about it was that they were state-appointed poets whose duty was to write poetry about events and celebrations for their respective country. I had previously read … Continue reading Who is the Poet Laureate?

Incredibles 2 is Finally Coming to the Big Screen

Fans, old and young alike, finally got a taste of the upcoming Incredibles sequel. Set to premiere in movie theatres on June 15, 2018, we are only several months away from finding out what happens in that battle against the Underminer. The first movie came out 13 years ago, and most fans that grew up watching the first movie are in their early and mid-twenties. … Continue reading Incredibles 2 is Finally Coming to the Big Screen

Let’s Talk Pills: Medication that Talks Back

Your iPad isn’t the only tablet that can talk to you. Now, even the medications you ingest have the ability to communicate with you! On November 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first ever digitally trackable pill, Abilify MyCite. So how does it work? First, a doctor prescribes the pill. When the patient consumes the pill, the medicine sends a signal to … Continue reading Let’s Talk Pills: Medication that Talks Back

There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

“There will be a box to make love in.” … so read a pin-back button in rainbow type. The button was displayed as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching initiative for exploring Latin American and Latino art. Launched in September, the event seeks to bring a variety of crucial exhibitions about contemporary and modern art, the ancient world, and the pre-modern era to … Continue reading There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

“[Archive]:” On Coming-of-Age Movies and Lady Bird

This is an archived post from November 1st written by Ananya Bhargava. Coming-of-age movies deal with the liminal space of transition where you’re no longer a child but not quite an adult either; this liminal space can be multiple things, it can be a space of growth, of friction, of transcendence, but it will always, always be a space of complexity. The formulaic production of … Continue reading “[Archive]:” On Coming-of-Age Movies and Lady Bird

#MeToo trending in Social Media

Sexual assault has long been a taboo topic in the United States, and it has been garnering plenty of attention in the light of many revelations of abuse in the film industry. The Harvey Weinstein cases in the past few weeks have revealed just how widespread this issue is, and the #MeToo movement aims to show that sexual assault happens way more often than we … Continue reading #MeToo trending in Social Media

Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

On September 25, President Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was overturned when Republican senator Susan Collins voted against the motion. Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of Trump’s main campaign promises; it is evident now that the president will be unable to fulfill his promise, at least within his first year in office. According to the New York Times, Republicans, believing … Continue reading Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

If you’re an undergraduate student at UCLA looking to get into research, it can feel overwhelming to try and navigate the hundreds of opportunities this research university has to offer. How can you be sure that you won’t be stuck in a basement for hours entering numbers into an Excel sheet? That you’ll receive proper mentorship and guidance? Once you know what you’re applying for, … Continue reading Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

The Department of Homeland Security To Begin Tracking Social Media of Immigrants

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security published a new rule stating that they would be collecting “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” affiliated with all immigrants to the United States. Permanent resident card holders as well as naturalized citizens will not be exempt. Buzzfeed News first broke the story on Monday, which has since been picked up by most major … Continue reading The Department of Homeland Security To Begin Tracking Social Media of Immigrants

What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

UCLA is bringing on the heat this summer. The Bruin campus has been abuzz with activity lately with two professional soccer teams practicing, Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Sports Awards, freshman orientation sessions, a plethora of summer camps, and even an unfounded bomb threat. With so much going on, campus security has stepped it up a notch, leaving some students frustrated with the disturbances. UCLA has blocked … Continue reading What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

“Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 these past four weeks. The original song was already in the top Latin charts, however this version didn’t include Bieber. The first version of the song features Daddy Yankee and the entire song is sung in Spanish, while the second one does include Bieber who brings … Continue reading “Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Wealth. Fame. Beauty. Social status. We have a profound obsession with affluence in America — and it’s spreading. In Generation Wealth, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield has documented the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture, and social status over the past 25 years through 195 prints, 42 interviews, and accompanying multimedia projections and short films. Located at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the exhibit is … Continue reading Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

  One of the most famous poets of all time, Robert Frost, once said that, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” To me, this rings true because poetry has long been used as a form of self-expression and storytelling for people, dating back to the Epic of Gilgamesh in the third millennium BCE. For much of … Continue reading The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

UCLA Marathon Reading 2017 – Beloved by Toni Morrison

UCLA Marathon Reading 2017 – Beloved by Toni Morrison For 12 years, the UCLA English Department’s annual tradition of hosting a yearly read-a-thon has eluded the Westwood literary community. For years, read-a-thons have been popular events for literary and educational groups as a way of increasing literacy awareness and to raise money for worthy causes. Generally, read-a-thons encourage participants to read as much as they … Continue reading UCLA Marathon Reading 2017 – Beloved by Toni Morrison

The L.A. Zine Fest 2017

Ever heard of a zine? A zine is a cheaply-made and cheaply priced self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced with a photocopier. Zines can be a collaborative effort by a small group of people or a single person. They’re often in black and white to keep mass-reproduction costs low and are bound with staples. Most zines revolve around a music … Continue reading The L.A. Zine Fest 2017

VegFest Los Angeles 2017

For those who were making it a goal to eat healthier, explore endless vegan food options, or just wanted to see what the vegan culture is all about, VegFest Los Angeles 2017 was the perfect festival to attend. The free admission festival took place from 10:30am-6:30pm on Sunday, April 30th in Woodley Avenue, Encino. VegFest LA, according to their website, strives to combine “food, fun, … Continue reading VegFest Los Angeles 2017

[FITTED] EATS

Fitness Improvement Training through Exercise and Diet or [FITTED]  is a student- initiated, student-run program in the Community Programs Office that provides a holistic approach to health, and offers free fitness and free education services. I interviewed Eve Lahijani who is the registered dietitian for [FITTED] Eats to find out more about this free service. What is the history of [FITTED] EATS? Eve: [FITTED] EATS used to … Continue reading [FITTED] EATS

Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Nights

UCLA is home to a wide array of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Located in Los Angeles, which is quite appropriately known as a multi-cultural melting pot, UCLA boasts a special claim to fame as one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Diversity is one of UCLA’s core values because it allows the school “to provide a broad, enriching educational experience that … Continue reading Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Nights