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

Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

For many people, spring invokes images of blooming flowers, pastel Easter eggs, and beautiful weather. However, for UCLA students, the spring excites and enthralls those who love live music and discovering new talent. For us, this final quarter of the school years marks the coming of Spring Sing, the school’s annual music competition. Spring Sing finds its inception way back in 1945 when the event … Continue reading Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

What’s Happening: Staying Fit From Week 1

Staying Fit From Week 1 On this glorious return to UCLA (I’m sure many of us would have loved if Spring Break was just a tiny bit longer) many of us are trying to start off with a clean slate. We haven’t yet fallen behind on our readings (hopefully) or lost all hope of finishing the quarter with a perfect GPA. We are squeaky clean … Continue reading What’s Happening: Staying Fit From Week 1

Bach Underground

Johann Sebastian Bach is coming back to life this weekend. From March 18th-21st, musicians will be performing at public train stations across the globe to share the under-appreciated beauty of classical music with the public. Every year for Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday on March 21st, a community of musicians unite to share and express the beauty of classical music by performing in public train stations. … Continue reading Bach Underground

Event Recap – Underground Undergrads: 10 Yrs of Resistance Through Storytelling

Last night’s event and celebration of the ten year anniversary of Underground Undergrads: ucla undocumented immigrant students speak out had a lot of great speakers that left the audience with hope and a willingness to share their own stories. I will be writing a recap of the event, in case you missed out. First, let me tell you a little bit about what the book … Continue reading Event Recap – Underground Undergrads: 10 Yrs of Resistance Through Storytelling

Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2017

Every March and September, thousands of people attend Beyond Wonderland, an electronic dance festival that began its history seven years ago. The festival usually takes place in Southern and Northern California, with its southern counterpart identified as Beyond SoCal.  Beyond SoCal is to take place March 24-25 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino. Beyond Wonderland is organized by Insomniac Events, a major American … Continue reading Beyond Wonderland SoCal 2017

#GrammysSoWhite: The Music Industry’s Race Problem

On Sunday, February 12, the 59th annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. A Grammy award is known for being the highest honor an artist can achieve in the music industry. However, in years of late, the awards ceremony has been criticized for its alleged racial biases. During the 2014 Grammy Awards, Macklemore won a grammy for best rap … Continue reading #GrammysSoWhite: The Music Industry’s Race Problem

Mindful Awareness at the Hammer Museum

Home to dynamic exhibitions, live performances, and more, the Hammer Museum is the ideal space for anyone searching for cultural and artistic enrichment. There’s always something new to look forward to, as the Hammer Museum hosts a wide variety of speakers and events almost every week for audiences and participants of all ages. While you may be aware of the Hammer’s contemporary art displays and … Continue reading Mindful Awareness at the Hammer Museum

Retention with RAIN!

One of the six retention projects in the Community Programs Office is RAIN! which stands for Retention for American Indians Now! Thalia, the Project Director recommended Kaiya to be my counselor because she is a transfer student like me. After having a session with Kaiya the Peer Counselor Coordinator for RAIN!, I asked her if I could interview her in order to allow others to become more aware … Continue reading Retention with RAIN!

Recap on Trump’s Inauguration

This past week, on the events of Trump’s inauguration, massive protests and rallies were seen throughout the nation — fueled by anger and resistance in response to a controversial election. Nearly fifty House Democrats refused to witness the inauguration, and hundreds of thousands of Americans marched in streets in protest to Trump’s presidency and to fight for fundamental human rights. Celebrities joined in solidarity as … Continue reading Recap on Trump’s Inauguration

The Resurgence of Vogue Dance

It isn’t a surprise that UCLA has a strong and thriving dance community when the school boasts a student body of over 40,000 students. Groups like ACA Hip Hop exist for competitive dancers and organizations like Foundations Choreography exist for complete beginners. The abundance of hip hop and contemporary dance groups at UCLA allows for anyone to get into the art form. Though hip hop … Continue reading The Resurgence of Vogue Dance

Proposition 64: Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In California

On Tuesday night, residents of California learned the results of the elections, and with that, the legalization of recreational marijuana usage. Proposition 64 passed with 56.2% of the vote, while the other 43.8% voted no on its legalization. Specifically within the Los Angeles county, the prop passed with 58.3% of the vote. Proposition 64 legalizes recreational marijuana use; however, there are various rules and regulations … Continue reading Proposition 64: Legal Recreational Marijuana Use In California