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Snapchat Stories: Conquering the Death Stairs of 1919

UCLA is filled with stairs all over campus. But the steps that are dreaded the most are the infamous “1919 stairs,” also known as the death stairs. These four tiers of steps lead to a heavenly cup of warm cafe latte with a delicious lemon poppyseed scone, a perfect balance of hot and cold in the Monte Bianco or a stomach-filling cheesy pizza. But when the food coma is in full effect, the stairs come back to haunt you. Those in Hedrick, Rieber and Hitch completely understand the pain and struggle.

So here’s a little story of the constant battle with the stairs that we go through every day.

1. First you’re going to look up at and mentally decide that you’re going to power through.

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2. You run up by stretching your legs across as many steps as you can, thinking that it will make the journey quicker and less strenuous.

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3. Then you realize that the people in front of you are being so slow.

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4. So you debate whether you should go around to the other side.

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5. Once you cut the person off you think you’re going to mob up these stairs again. But then you realize that the third tier of stairs are WAY steeper and you have to take a breather.

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6. Now you’re at the top and you feel the cool breeze, but you’re still sweating and out of breath.

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Congrats! Just a couple more steps until you’re at the doors ready to go in the room and rest.

7. Oops, you left your Bruin Card at your table. Back down the stairs you go. Good luck coming back up.

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Experiencing Chinese New Year: UCLA and Beyond

As you might already know, Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Lunar New Year, is on Thursday, Feb. 19. The holiday is an opportunity to usher in prosperity, good fortune, good health and happiness with the coming new year. For those of you who want to ring in the “Year of the Ram” with friends, there are a few places to celebrate, both on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area. From traditional food to firecrackers – and everything in between – here are a few events to check out within the next week.

On Campus:

Feast at Rieber: Lunar New Year Celebration

What: Feast is planning a themed menu especially for this holiday. Enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine with special features including an appearance by ACA’s Chinese Lion Dance troupe.

When: Feb. 19, in the evening

 

Chinese New Year Paintings at the UCLA East Asian Library

What: Come see a selection of 22 Chinese New Year paintings on display for a limited time only that have been donated by the Shanghai Library, a partner of the UCLA Library.

When: Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. to March 4 at 11 p.m.

 

In Los Angeles:

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival

What: Come on down for the 115th annual Chinese New Year parade and festival in downtown Chinatown that includes entertainment such as kung fu exhibitions, food trucks, pingpong, traditional Chinese paper folding, face painting and more. This event is free and open to all!

Where: Chinatown

When: Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

 

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February Favorites: LA Fairs, Fests and Festivals

credits to the Daily Bruin photo archive

It seems that the sun has decided to grace us with its beamy presence over the last few days and hopefully it’ll stay that way. Students are busting out those summer shorts (they were never really gone) and the shades are back. Los Angeles is beginning to look like itself again and you know what that means: fairs, fests and festivals.

There will be lots of interesting and quirky events in Los Angeles in the future, but here are some FREE events you can go to this month!

L.A. Zine Fest (Feb. 15)

Perfect for those in need of a break from the computer screen, the L.A. Zine Fest celebrates self publishing and do-it-yourself magazines in the community. More than 180 writers, comic illustrators, photographers and artists from across the country are coming to display, sell or exchange their work. This fest also offers free workshops with speakers to promote the sharing of literary ideas.

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival (Feb. 21)

photo credit to the Daily Bruin photo archive

Although it’s the year of the goat, the golden dragon parade will be continuing it’s 116th (yes, 116 – it’s one of Los Angeles’ oldest traditions) annual two-day celebration in Chinatown. This year, the festival is going for a “east meets west” theme as new food trucks, musicians, and dancers will be present. However, the traditional dancing acts and Chinese beer gardens will still be there for those who missed it last year. For those tight on time, the famous golden dragon parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

Artists and Fleas (Feb. 21-22)

Here you can find vintage collectables ranging from flannels to small potted plants, as well as new up-and-coming artists and musicians in the neighborhood. In addition, food trucks and DJs will be around to provide options to just relax and walk around. Artists from around Los Angeles will be coming to display their artwork and designs for everyone to see. An afternoon spent submerged in vintage finds is always an afternoon well spent.

Know of any other events going on in L.A. this month? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us at @dbmojo.

 

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UCLA Store’s 11 Gifts to Give this Holiday Season

Thanksgiving has passed, December has yet to arrive and Mariah Carey’s greatest holiday hits are ring-ting-a-ting-a-ling all over the radio. This can only mean one thing: Christmas.

When it comes to gifts, I usually have a Regina George-esque attitude (“I don’t send them, I just get them”). But Christmas is the exception, when giving gifts brings warmth to my heart and makes a hole in my wallet.

Thinking about buying some presents for your friends and family this holiday season? Are you car-less, or at least not willing to make the trek to anything past Wilson Plaza?

Luckily, your life just got easier. Here’s a gift guide to our very own UCLA Store, so you can fret a little less about what to get for that one distant cousin that always happens to buy you something, but you never get them anything and you always feel really guilty, and so you try shopping for them but, like, how are you supposed to know what they like? Anyways.

FOR HIM:

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UCLA Bruins No. 1 basketball jersey (white)

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This one goes out to the athletic older brother who loves reminding the world that he works out and has big arms. Cheers to you.

FOR HER:

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UCLA women’s double arch V-neck tee – blue

$30

Simple, yet cute – an easy gift for a girlfriend, sister, friend. Plus, it’s performance fabric, so it’s perfect for working out in.

FOR MOM:

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UCLA arch mom crewneck sweatshirt – blue

$40

Especially great for those mothers who love to have hot chocolate and sit by the fireplace on those cold winter nights.

FOR DAD:

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UCLA dad license frame

$25

Perfect for a father who loves to rep the amazing school his child goes to.

FOR THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER:

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UCLA musical Bruin plush

$24

Everyone is a sucker for teddy bears. Are you in a long distance relationship? All the more relevant. Now your significant other can cuddle up with a little somethin’ that reminds them of you.

FOR THE MOST-SPIRITED:

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UCLA block tube socks – white

$12

Socks are a staple Christmas gift, so why not change it up and slap on some UCLA spirit?

FOR THE DOG:

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UCLA pet bowl

$27

We can’t forget the puppy! The cutest member of the family needs a present as well.

FOR HOME:

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UCLA 2014 tree ornament

$9

A universal gift that can be given to anyone: grandparent, uncle, aunt, friend or lover.

FOR THE BOOKWORM:

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Can’t find the perfect book to give in the store? Fun fact: The BookZone can order any book you need and have it shipped to the store.

FOR THE COFFEE-LOVER:

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UCLA Enzo mug

$9

Let’s face it. We always thought coffee was for old people, but, now in college, I am a hot mess without my daily dose of caffeine.

FOR THE TECHIE:

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UCLA 13-inch slipsuit navy laptop sleeve

$39.95

A laptop contains all of life’s important information – why not keep it safe and represent UCLA at the same time?

Happy Holidays!

 

 

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24 Famous UCLA Alumni

I remember last year, while waiting patiently for my chunky chicken salad sandwich at Bruin Cafe, Jordyn Wieber was just casually standing next to me. I didn’t know what to do. Do I say hi? No, that makes me seem creepy. Do I mention something about her gymnastics abilities? Probably not. She’s a regular student, just like me. Except she has a gold medal from the Olympics and arm muscles strong enough to beat me at arm wrestling.

Seeing Jordyn Wieber in everyday clothes and ordering regular food just like me, I wondered what other famous people might have attended UCLA. So, I have done some research and am here to give you a list of some of the most famous UCLA alumni. Not all of them graduated from UCLA (some peeps gotta pursue their dreams, ya know?), but hey, they were Bruins for a coo’ minute so obviously being a Bruin is something to brag about.

 

Famous UCLA Alumni (who earned a degree from UCLA)

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Professional basketball player

Honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Abdul-Jabbar is an American professional basketball player with a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player award. He played four seasons for the UCLA Bruins where he was twice named Player of the Year, was a three-time First Team All-American, played on three NCAA champion teams and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. A legend in both NBA and Bruin history, Abdul-Jabbar earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 1969 while being considered the most dominant player in college basketball.

 

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Troy Aikman: Professional football player

As one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles, Troy Aikman began his rise to stardom as one of UCLA’s best quarterbacks. Aikman was the first quarterback in UCLA history to lead the Bruins to back-to-back 10-win seasons, along with two bowl victories, and is being honored on Nov. 28 with the retirement of his jersey number. The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame member participated in graduation ceremonies in front of his mother and three daughters in 2009 after completing his degree in sociology.

 

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Sara Bareilles: Singer-songwriter

This American singer-songwriter who graduated from UCLA in 2003, blew up on the radio with her hit single “Love Song” and has kept a prominent place in the music industry, selling over a million records and being nominated for a Grammy Award five times. While at UCLA, Bareilles was a part of the communication studies program, sung with of the co-ed a cappella group Awaken a Cappella and won the Spring Sing talent show twice.

 

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Brad Delson: Musician

Brad Delson is an American musician known for his role as guitarist in the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park. Delson was one of the founding members of the band and worked towards a degree in communication studies with a specialization in business and administration when he entered UCLA in 1995. Delson was roommate to future band mate Dave Farrell for three of his four attending years and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Delson graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1999.

 

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Mark Harmon: Actor

An American television and movie actor known for his role in the hit crime TV series “NCIS,” Mark Harmon transferred to UCLA in 1972 and was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in 1972 and 1973. Receiving the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence, Harmon accomplished an amazing 17-5 record and graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.

 

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Kay and Danielle Panabaker: Actresses

American film and television actresses, Danielle and Kay Panabaker came into the spotlight at a young age. Danielle Panabaker starred in Disney films as a teenager including “Stuck in the Suburbs” and “Sky High.” Kay Panabaker also starred on Disney with a recurring role in “Phil of the Future.” Both sisters later acted together on Disney’s original movie “Read It and Weep.” Astonishingly, Danielle Panabaker received her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in 2007 at the young age of 19 while her younger sister, Kay Panabaker, completed her bachelor’s degree in history before she even turned 18!

 

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Gabrielle Union: Actress

An American actress and former model, Gabrielle Union is known for performances as head cheerleader of the East Compton Clovers in the original “Bring It On” and as the sister of Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys II.” A transfer to UCLA, Union interned at a nearby talent agency where she was later asked to work as a model. Union graduated from UCLA with honors in sociology.

 

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Bill Walton: Professional basketball player

Two-time NBA Champion and retired basketball legend Bill Walton rose to superstardom playing under the coaching of John Wooden at UCLA from 1971 to 1974. During this time, he won three consecutive Naismith College Player of the Year awards as a Bruin. Bill Walton is regarded by some college basketball historians as the greatest player who ever played the game at the college level. Walton graduated from UCLA in 1974 and has been honored with the retirement of his jersey number at UCLA.

 

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Jaleel White: Actor

Jaleel White, famous for his role as the nerdy but charming Steve Urkel in the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” White attended UCLA after the completion of the show and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film and television in 2001. He continued on with his acting career, starring in “Dreamgirls” alongside Beyonce, and has been featured as a guest on many shows including “Boston Legal,” “House M.D.,” “Psych” and as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

 

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Jamaal Wilkes: Professional basketball player

Former Los Angeles Lakers star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Wilkes was a key player for the UCLA Bruins, helping the team win consecutive NCAA Championships in 1972 and 1973, and he contributed to an NCAA record 88-game winning streak. Wilkes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1974 and left the school as a two-time All-American.

 

More Famous Students/Alumni (who did not or have not yet graduated)

Jack Black (Actor), “School of Rock,” Major: Theater

Nicolas Cage (Actor), “The Rock”

James Dean (Actor), “Rebel Without a Cause,” Major: Theater

Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden (Musicians), Maroon 5

Mariska Hargitay (Actress), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Major: Theater (member of Kappa Kappa Gamma)

Anthony Kiedis (Musician), Red Hot Chili Peppers, studied writing

Heather Locklear (Actress), “Dynasty,” (Pledged Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta, also model and commercial actor for UCLA Store)

Steve Martin (Actor, comedian), “The Pink Panther,” Major: Theater

Jackie Robinson (Professional baseball player), first African American to play in MLB and UCLA’s first four-sport letter winner

Kristen Stewart (Actress), “The Twilight Saga,” Major: English Literature

Ben Stiller (Actor, comedian), “Zoolander,” Major: Film

Jordyn Wieber (Olympic gymnast), 2012 gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Major: Psychology

 

Now we can all sleep comfortably, dreaming of one day becoming just like these successful Bruins.

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