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Reading Rainbow: Throw It Back To the Childhood Favorites

Judy Blume was the woman who discussed coming-of-age topics often uncomfortable to discuss with children and young adults in an entertaining, revolutionary type of way. We all know her as the author of young adult novels such as “Blubber” or “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret.” If you think that her books may be under your reading level, fret not, because Blume is releasing her first novel for adults in 17 years.”In the Unlikely Event” centers on the tragic winter of the early 1950′s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, when three catastrophic plane crashes kill hundreds. Although the novel comes out June 2, we secretly wish we could start reading to distract us from all the studying we have coming up. So while we’re on the topic of Judy Blume and the revival of her writing career, here are some favorite childhood authors you probably forgot existed and wish you could read again (and if you have time, should).  

 

1. Roald Dahl  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach

Let’s be honest, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was a little twisted with the idea of children going into a factory and either dying or turning into a blueberry. And Matilda’s telekinesis only gave us a glimpse to what extent her powers can go to cough-Carriepromscene-cough.

2. Lemony Snicket (pen name for Daniel Handler)  The Series of Unfortunate Events (series)

Who doesn’t love reading about three siblings whose parents just got killed in a fire and their psychotic, freaky uncle is constantly murdering people in order to get to their inheritance? And you might as well catch up before the Netflix series arrives.

3. Beverly Cleary  Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona, Ramona (Series)

For the perfect, most relateable novels regarding relationships between oneself, siblings, parents and teachers, the “Ramona” series is on point.

4. Mary Pope Osborne  Magic Tree House (series)

Children’s fantasy + historical fiction. These books were your PBS Kids alternative that you would turn to when you maxed out on TV time after school.

5. Crockett Johnson   Harold and the Purple Crayon (series)

His imagination was endless. He had a picnic with nine pies. NINE.

6. K.A. Applegate  Animorphs (series)

The covers were really scary and you probably started reading them because you had to write some science fiction book report, but it sparked your love for Supernatural, so you don’t regret it.

7. Barbara Park  Junie B. Jones (series)

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The ‘B’ stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.” Let’s be honest, you had that memorized. She might not have been hooked on phonics, but she was spunky and a little troublemaker, and it was appreciated.

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Lil B’s Guide to Life

Tonight, Brandon McCartney, better known as rapper Lil B, is gracing the UCLA campus with his presence in a speaking event put on by the Campus Events Commission. The Bay Area rapper, record producer, author and motivational speaker is well known for his memorable quotes. For those of you who haven’t been blessed by the “Based God” yet, here’s a preview of what you can expect tonight:

The man isn’t afraid to shed society’s unfair expectations of masculinity when the moment strikes him. It’s okay to be vulnerable; we’re all people after all.

Comparing himself to two of the world’s most powerful people takes real confidence. Lil B just tells it like it is.

Lil B may not have a degree in biology, but he raises an interesting point on the long-term health benefits of good ol’ oxygen. #staysmiling

He never forgets where he comes from and the support and love that has led him to where he is today. Very classy, Based God.

When you’re this famous and successful, there are bound to be jealous people who try to tear you down. Lil B isn’t scared, he sees right through it all.

Deep. These observations are akin to those of a young Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse-Tyson.

If you were unable to reserve a ticket, swing by Ackerman Grand Ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. to snag an unclaimed wristband for the 8 p.m. program. You won’t want to miss this.

As always, #tybg.

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While You Were Studying: Top Stories of the Week

The week may have just started, but already so much has happened. So rather than opening more cluttering tabs next to MyUCLA and Facebook, I have summed it all up right here for you on one page. If you’d like to dive deeper, just click the link.

1. Sometimes you need to take a two-minute-and-35-second break from all the stress and just watch a video that is mindlessly entertaining. So to kick things off here is a video that has gone viral. [YouTube]

2. Remember this?

Kim K regretfully forgot to add these “Khloe’s journey to jail” selfies to her new book “Selfish,” so the entrepreneur herself is planning on releasing a special edition copy.  [ELLE]

3. After 14 seasons, American Idol announced that after one more season in 2016, it will be ending its production of golden tickets and concluding its presence on reality television. It’s been a good 13 years, but let’s be honest, can anyone actually name all the winners because the only guy I remember is William Hung. [The Huffington Post]

4. Sofia Vergara will be on a six-episode series called “Vergaraland” on Snapchat. We’re not exactly sure how that will work, but do we care? It’s Sofia Vergara, for goodness sakes. And if Joe Manganiello makes an appearance, you know we’ll be all over that. Ten seconds is clearly not long enough. [Variety]

5. And last, but certainly not least. You’ve seen it a million times and even had a mini-freakout when Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway reunited on an episode of “Lip Sync Battle” but now your most unexpected dream is coming true: The Devil Wears Prada is becoming a musical. There is no word on who, what, where, when or why, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter. Just the fact that it’s even in the works is fulfilling enough. [Broadway.com]

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A Look Back at Dance Marathon

This weekend marked UCLA’s 14th annual Dance Marathon. This event, put on by the Pediatric AIDS Coalition, is a 26-hour-long dance marathon where students take a literal stand against pediatric HIV/AIDS. Let’s take a look back at the original story published by the Daily Bruin on April 12, 2002.

First of all, this story was barely on the front page, and mostly carried on to page three. This is in stark contrast to the current Daily Bruin focus on Dance Marathon and really shows how the event has grown so much bigger over the years. The story opens with, “On your mark, get set, DANCE!” – nothing’s really changed there. The enthusiasm for Dance Marathon that you see on campus today is definitely seen in this first story and the first Dance Marathon.

This first Dance Marathon began with 190 students, and “members of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils collaborated with the Undergraduate Students Association Council, Student Alumni Association and On Campus Housing Council.” There was not a Pediatric AIDS Coalition way back in 2002. It also began as a way for the Greeks to become more involved. 

Dance Marathon co-chair at the time, Emily Whichard, anticipated that this “could be a huge tradition on campus – a unifying thing for a campus that needs that.”

Dance Marathon originally began as a way to unify UCLA as a campus and to get people involved in the community working towards a common goal.

In 2014, Dance Marathon had to be moved to Pauley Pavilion to account for the increase in participating students and the enormity of the event. During the past 13 Dance Marathons, an overall $3,917,480 has been raised for the cause. It truly has become a campus tradition.

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The Friday Four: Four Ways to Create Campus Coachella

Whether you’re still upset that you did not snag a ticket to the one of the world’s biggest festivals or you’re in a major post-Coachella slump, all hope is not lost. You don’t need major music acts or crazy art installations to have a good time with your friends. With these tips you can save 300-plus dollars and bring Coachella to campus.

1. Create your own dorm room stages One of the best parts of attending a major music festival is the ability to hop from one stage to the other, indulging in a variety of different acts. The multiroom setup of dorm hallways is perfect for recreating the Coachella experience. Blast some beat-heavy EDM, bust out some multicolored string lights in one room and fist pump until you can’t feel your arms anymore. Layer some blankets on the floor picnic-style for a more laid-back setting to sway to your favorite indie singer. Just watch out for the furniture if you attempt your own mosh pit.

2. Embrace the signature Coachella style Coachella is not just about music. The hippie-chic look is a trademark of this event. Don’t have the funds to spend on new wardrobe? Pick some flowers and braid them into your hair for a cheap and easy flower crown alternative. Take some tips from the people over at YouTube and make your own flash tattoos. Sleep in your clothes to get the slightly wrinkled, relaxed aesthetic for which designers charge hundreds.

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3. Have an “authentic” camping experience Make the grass at Sunset Village your own private campgrounds. Grab a tent, some sleeping bags and a few friends, and fall asleep under the stars. (Since this is Los Angeles, though, the “stars” may just be the lights flashing from the planes flying to the Los Angeles International Airport.) If you’re low on camping gear, creating a fort out of pillows and blankets in your floor’s lounge is a solid alternative.

4. Flood social media Finally, Coachella is not Coachella without the flood of artsy attempts at Instagram photos and overly excited tweets. Just because you didn’t attend the real thing doesn’t mean you can’t brag about your own campus Coachella. After all, pictures or it didn’t happen.

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