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Why Spring Quarter is going to be Awesome

As we come back to campus from spring break, the tease of the vacation leaves many students dreaming of the freedom of summer and overlooking the awesomeness that spring quarter offers. Whether you need convincing or a refresher of the greatness that is to come over the next few weeks, here are just a few of the many reasons why spring quarter will be the best yet.

1. Summer is just around the corner! If you are hoping for a speedy third quarter, slow down and smell the flowers.  Summer will be here shortly and then you can do whatever you please! But don’t fret, because summer is only 11 weeks away, and you CAN do this!

2. The weather is basically perfect. If you ever need a pick-me-up after a long day of studying, just go take a look at your weather app and you’re almost guaranteed to get a smile. With the typical “75 and sunny” weather of April and May, this quarter will be B-E-A-UTIFUL.

3. Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon is closely approaching! (For those of you not yet signed up to dance the night away April 18-19, click here to do so.) Put on by the Pediatric Aids Coalition at UCLA, Dance Marathon raises money to fight pediatric AIDS by giving students the chance to raise money by dancing for 26 hours. So get your groove on!

4. Festivals on festivals on festivals.  From music to movies to food, it is officially festival season here in southern California.  For you music lovers, there’s Coachella (April 10-12 and April 17-19), featuring AC/DC, Jack White, Drake and many more. There’s Stagecoach (April 24-26) for the country music fans, featuring Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and many more too. Both festivals are a full three days of music and sun in the desert at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

For those of you looking for a cheaper, closer way to be a part of the festival magic, starting in May and running through the entire summer is the Street Food Cinema, a festival in parks in the Greater Los Angeles Area that feature a band, food trucks and a screening of a movie – and tickets are only $12.

And finally, for those of you that couldn’t get enough when B-Plate put out the strawberries, the California Strawberry Festival runs May 16-17 featuring strawberry pie eating contests, relay races, strawberry shortcake building competitions and SO MANY STRAWBERRIES. So whether you’re a music fan, movie lover or strawberry connoisseur, there’s a festival for you.

5. It’s your final set of finals!  If the idea of another finals week makes your vision go blurry and mind run scared, think about it this way: It’s the last time (at least until next year). But for now, you just have to push through these last 11 weeks and remember that waiting for you on the other side is a relaxing 100 days of summer (yes, I counted).

6. There is always something happening here. From Spring Sing to sporting events, there is literally always something happening on campus. So the next time you’re looking for something to do, check out the UCLA Happenings Calendar, and be amazed!

For these reasons alone, I think that Spring Quarter is going to be, well, awesome.

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The Best and Worst of Going Back Home

Living on campus is large part of the “quintessential” college experience. Or at least that’s what all the classic college movies tell me. After about two quarters of living on the Hill, I feel pretty adjusted to communal living. However, going home has reminded me of all the best and worst parts of living at home.

The Best

1. No headphones

I consider myself to be a respectful roommate, so I always plug in my earphones when I want blast some tunes or binge-watch my latest Netflix obsession. Apple claims that their earphones are specially designed to “the geometry of the ear.” I call shenanigans. There is no way shoving hard plastic into places it should not be shoved feels comfortable to anyone. Over-the-ear headphones are a good substitute, but after two and a half episodes of “Friends,” they become just as uncomfortable. Spending time in a room I can completely call my own is music to my tortured ear canals. Nothing is better than hearing a cheesy ’90s laugh track echo freely off the walls.

2. Walking around barefoot

Dorm floors have definitely seen some bad times. Years and years of students have occupied the same place long before you called it home. The amount of food, juices, bodily fluids and unidentified substances spilled on the carpets call for 24/7 footwear. Feeling the soft squish of clean carpet under your toes is a luxury only found at home.

3. Abundant, quality toilet paper

I think all of us can agree that the toilet paper in the dorms sucks. It has the thickness of tissue paper combined with the texture of unused sand paper. Every time I use the bathroom, it’s like playing a game of chance. Will this stall actually be properly stocked with toilet paper, or will I have to awkwardly ask the person next to me to help a girl out? There’s no worries back at home. Moms, bless their souls, have the toilet paper rotation on lock. Plus, the added layers of beautiful soft cotton is enough to make even the toughest of men shed a single tear. #threeplyordie

 

The Worst

1. Loneliness

Surrounded by tons of other students, living on the Hill makes finding a study buddy, an eating companion or just someone to talk to easier than ever. Coming home to a full-sized house filled with the same amount of people I squeeze into my tiny dorm room is definitely an adjustment. Of course, it is nice to get some actual peace and quiet, but is it weird that I missed the noise of people running up and down my hallway?

2. Food assembly

Coming from one of the best dining hall systems in the country, it is hard to go back into making my own food. My swipes are completely useless here; I can’t just swing by my counter and pick up a pre-made plate and move on. There’s actual preparation involved. You might actually have to boil some water. Ew.

3. Embarrassing childhood memorabilia

Parents love you no matter what, that’s part of their charm. They love you through the awkward brace-face years, the terrible, mismatched outfit choices and the array of choppy, bad haircuts. Even better? They absolutely love to commemorate these wonderful moments by displaying them in picture form throughout their homes. Honestly, going back home serves as a reality check. If you are feeling pretty good about your young adult self, taking some time to peruse your parents’ museum of embarrassing moments can bring your ego back into perspective. Really gives a new meaning to “started from the bottom, now we’re here,” huh?

What are your favorite and least favorite parts of going back home? Tell us about it in the comments or tweet us at @dbmojo!

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Mojo’s Spring 2015 EDM Event Roundup

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It may not feel like winter, but believe it or not, spring isn’t here until vernal equinox hits on March 20, or the Friday of finals week. As we head into the last stretch of winter quarter, keep your motivation high for finals and plan your calendar using Mojo’s top picks for spring SoCal electronic dance music concerts and festivals. (We’re not including Coachella, because that’s its own beast entirely.) Whether you’re staying through spring break or looking for something to do over Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered. Also, check out the Spotify playlist below for a sample of some of the music to look forward to!

Simian Mobile Disco (March 19)
Sound Nightclub (21+)
If you finish finals early, celebrate by checking out Simian Mobile Disco at Sound Nightclub. An electronic duo hailing from the United Kingdom, they initially produced electro-house music but have since shifted to a more minimalist techno sound. Only a short Uber ride away in Hollywood, and with tickets at $20, it’s a low-investment jaunt for those who are into shows with an indie-electronic vibe.

Beyond Wonderland (March 20-21)
San Manuel Amphitheater (San Bernardino)
As an Insomniac event, Beyond Wonderland’s wide appeal among electronic music lovers and its coinciding with the end of finals week makes it the perfect way to kick off spring break with your squad of EDM-loving friends.  With a two-day lineup including the likes of Dillon Francis, Tiësto and Knife Party and tickets still available, it’s not too late to organize a trip to San Bernardino for two full days of mainstream EDM-induced bliss.

Rave of Thrones (March 26)
Exchange Los Angeles (21+)
Largely being noted for its lovably gimmicky premise, Rave of Thrones features DJ Kristian Nairn, also known as Hodor in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” If you’re in town over the break and want to spend a night immersed in a sea of Khaleesi wannabes dancing to Nairn’s progressive house mixes, get your Game of Thrones outfit together and dance the night away in downtown Los Angeles for only $20.

Madeon (April 15)
El Rey Theatre
You may have heard his catchy remixes of Martin Solveig’s The Night Out and Deadmau5′s Raise Your Weapon, but this young French artist is about to drop a new album this year, and his original stuff is just as compelling, if not more. Though original tickets are sold out, try your luck on StubHub or with the UCLA “Free & For Sale” Facebook group for a pleasant evening of French electro-house. If you’re into softer EDM with a lyrical bent and less beat drops, Madeon is the DJ for you.

Lightning in a Bottle (May 21-25)
San Antonio Recreation Area (Bradley)
If you don’t already have plans for Memorial Day weekend, consider Lightning in a Bottle. With headlines like Flume and ODESZA, this four-day festival up in the Bay Area is a lot more artistic and outdoorsy than other EDM festival offerings coming up. Goldroom, who played at Ackerman Grand Ballroom last spring, is also on the lineup. If you’re in the mood for some more ethereal electronic music with vocals, a weekend camping in NorCal may be just the thing for you. Organize a trip with some friends and a car, as they offer both full four-day passes and weekend passes ($205).

Missing any events you think are a definite must-go? Let us know on our Facebook page or tweet us @dbmojo.

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Throwback: Humans Have Been Weird All Along

A lot of things happened last week:

  1.  Two llamas ran free on the streets of Sun City, Arizona.
  2. The apparently blue and black dress broke the Internet. (I’m still convinced it’s white and gold.)
  3. The Conservative Political Action Conference took place in Washington DC.
  4. The war in Syria still went on.

It’s likely, of course, that the first two were widely popular and overshadowed the latter two; absurdity and stupid things attract human attention.

People like to claim that our generation is the anomaly, a group that cares more about llamas and strange dresses than it should. I wouldn’t give us all that credit, though. Stupid trends are a lot bigger than our generation–they accompanied mankind for a very long time. Here’s the evidence:

 

Pole-sitting:

It all started in 1924 when a man was dared to sit on a flagpole. He sat there for 13 hours and 13 minutes. Not long after that, everyone was drawing up a pole in their backyards and sitting on it. This was supposed to be the cool thing to do. People sat and poles and waited to become heroes in society. It was a form of entertainment apparently. The 1920s record for sitting on a pole was 21 days. However, this trend didn’t die with the 20s. Peggy Townsend sat on a pole for 217 days in 1963, and actually received a marriage proposal while she was still up there. H. David Werder sat on a pole for 439 days in 1983 and broke her record.

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Goldfish Swallowing

I thought it was quite disgusting when Jonah Hill swallowed that goldfish in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Turns out that the act has a longer history than that scene. In 1939 there was a weird college fad. It entailed students swallowing live goldfish and chasing them with different things such as mashed potatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup, soda pop and orange juice. It is claimed that this started with a $10 dare at Harvard. Goldfish swallowing quickly became a way for colleges to compete and the title of “Intercollegiate Goldfish Swallowing Champion” was fairly prestigious. Someone at Clark University swallowed 89 fish! This is just another reason to be grateful we weren’t around to witness 1939.

 

Panty Raids

Back in the 50s male students would assemble and then march to female residences in the pursuit to steal undergarments. The first panty raid happened at the University of Michigan in the 1952. Campus authorities and college newspapers sided with sanity – they were against it. UCLA participated in panty raids back then. The Daily Bruin proposed that book raids from the library should replace this trend as a symbol of the transition from desire for panties to the desire for knowledge. Go Bruins?

 

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