Every incoming freshman is invited to participate in a New Student Orientation session to experience life at UCLA and ask any questions they may have before the school year begins. New Student Advisors have heard it all, so Daily Bruin Video asked them to share their most memorable freshman encounters.
You may have noticed that the some of the UCLA dining hall services, most notably Bruin Plate, have adopted the trend of Meatless Mondays. Other University of California organizations, such as UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and even Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have been supporting Meatless Mondays and Beef-less Thursdays. The movement, promoted by the student group Bruins for Animals!, is built upon the idea that foregoing meat for dinner once a week benefits us in many ways, to live a healthier, more cost effective and environmentally conscious lifestyle. On the other hand, some have argued that limiting meat options on Monday dinners restricts choices.
It’s an ongoing debate. Here’s what feedback we received when students on the Hill were asked about the subject.
“People are missing out on some of the best things in life: chicken tacos. Additionally, humans were meant to eat meat or else we wouldn’t have canines.” – first-year undeclared student Fiona Riddle.
“It’s discriminatory and insensitive towards meat lovers.” – first-year undeclared student Temuulen Maral-Erdene.
“I think it’s a great idea! B-Plate is all about providing healthy, sustainable food, and it wouldn’t make sense if they did not recognize the value on health and the environment by skipping on meat for a day or maybe more. And it’s funny to see people freak out.” – first-year theater student Kira Morling.
“It’s a great idea with a great purpose. People underestimate the drought situation we’re in, and this promotes it. It’s only once a week too, so it’s not the end of the world.” – second-year psychobiology student Cameron Ajamoud.
“I’m a growing girl! I have weak bones and I really could have used some chicken in my salad today.” – first-year psychobiology student Ellie McCartney.
“Everyone freaks out about this. It’s once a week, calm down everyone. It saves a ton of water, like a lot. Not having pork chops or chicken once a week is not going to ruin your life but rather help California be California again.” – first-year chemical engineering student XiaoPeng (Steve) Chen.
“In order to be satisfied with my meals I need to have a little protein. I’m upset and feel like I don’t really have anywhere to go for dinner since B-Plate is my main place.” – first-year human biology and society student Jennifer Karsli.
“I don’t mind it. I don’t eat a lot of meat anyways since the lines are too long.” – first-year theater student Irene Jeong.
Recently, some students were confused by Bruin Plate’s online menu as some of the Monday dining options showed meat, but when Bruin Plate staff were asked about the confusion, they explained that the website had not been updated due to the new transition. Sure enough, #meatlessmondays will continue until the end of the quarter.
The classic boba options at Rendezvous – milk tea and Thai tea – have some new competition. UCLA Dining Services branched out regarding boba drinks, introducing residents to green milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, and this winter quarter, horchata.
The horchata drink has been the real talk of the town. Horchata is a traditional dessert drink commonly enjoyed in Spain and Latin America and is made with almond, barley, milk and cinnamon as some of its primary ingredients. This drink can be mixed with fruit or seeds, but at UCLA, students can get horchata with boba. To investigate the craze, Mojo went to Rendezvous and asked students what they really thought.
“I get horchata depending on my mood. It is definitely not a drink I would get every day though because it is really sweet.”
– Janine Adviento, fourth-year psychology student.
“I love it. It’s sweet and I love cinnamon, but I guess it could be thicker and creamier.”
– Alex Arenas, second-year psychobiology student.
“I’ve had traditional horchata before and this definitely doesn’t compare, but some horchata is better than no horchata. Also, this is probably the only place you can get horchata with boba.”
– Luis Melchor, third-year political science student.
“I give it a three out of five stars. It’s a little too watery but it’s still good.”
– Eduardo Lopez, third-year spanish and linguistics student.
“Where I grew up, milk tea boba was everywhere. Horchata is a good change from the basic milk tea drink I always get. It has a different kick to it.”
– Darien Lee, first-year business economics student.
“This is my favorite boba drink at Rendezvous. That’s why I am drinking it right now.”
– Savannah Krause, first-year communication studies student.
“I’m not much of a cinnamon person but this horchata is good. I recommend people to at least try it once.”
– Devanshi Mehta, first-year business economics student.
“I’ll get the milk tea or Thai tea boba when I’m in the mood for boba. If I’m in the mood for Mexican food, then horchata boba is the obvious choice of drink. It just goes well together.”
– Grace Reego, first-year psychobiology student.
Have you tried Rendezvous’ horchata or any other new drinks? Comment below or tweet us at @dbmojo.
Having trouble deciding whether to stay in the dorms or move to your Greek chapter house? Live at home or get your first apartment? We asked students about the pros and cons of different types of housing. This will hopefully help you decide.
Easy to make friends
– Jennifer Livschitz, second-year biology student
You don’t have to cook
– Dori Edwards, fourth-year communications student
Close to fraternities – Jessica Freed, fourth-year history student
Having random roommates – Jacquie Medeiros, third-year English and religious studies student
B-Plate, B-Caf and De Neve Late Night - Medeiros
You are surrounded by new people every day which gives you a chance to branch out – Kelvin Campbell, second-year math and economics student
Far from class
Dictated meal times (you can’t eat between 3-5 p.m.)
Expensive – Livschitz
Barely any space – Edwards
Far from sororities – Freed
Lots of rules – Jessie Gold, third-year global studies and French student
Little privacy – Edwards
Noisy –Shannon Nolte, third-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student
Really spacious – Freed
Super antisocial – Freed
You get to cook (oven = cookies) – Livschitz
It can be closer to class - Livschitz
You have more space - Livschitz
It’s cheaper – Livschitz
No alcohol policies – Livschitz
Can drink and have friends over without being nervous – Edwards
Can do your own grocery shopping – Edwards
More freedom to decorate how you like – Edwards
Choose who you live with/room with – Edwards
Feels more homey and feels more like your own space since you are responsible for it through the rent, cleaning, etc. – Edwards
You can make your own food – Gold
Adult life (you have to buy groceries and deal with issues like bugs and utilities) – Livschitz
There are mean landlords – Livschitz
Can be a bit more expensive – Cynthia Ceja, fourth-year political science student
Utilities are not always included in rent so that cost varies every month – Ceja
Often no air-conditioning or heating – Ceja
Elevators can be slow – Ceja
Parking is limited – Ceja
Most antisocial – Freed
You have to make your own food – Freed
You have to pay bills – Gold
Can be noisy – Gold
You have a contract with UCLA housing – Ceja
You don’t have to worry about your other roommates not paying rent – Ceja
All utilities and Internet are included – Ceja
There is plenty of parking that just costs a bit extra – Ceja
The rooms are pretty spacious – Ceja
All the furniture and appliances are included – Ceja
The hallways smell – Ceja
The Internet is super slow – Ceja
You can’t pick roommates (but can request certain roommates) – Ceja
All roommates have to be the same gender – Ceja
Mail is always getting stolen – Ceja
You live with all your best friends – Freed
You get to know everyone in the house super well – Freed
You have a chef and a housekeeper – Freed
Really close to campus – Nolte
You become very close with your roommates – Medeiros
Minimal fighting – Medeiros
The food is really good – Medeiros
Single rooms have privacy – Medeiros
If I feel lonely I can head downstairs and see all my friends that are watching TV on the couch or doing a workout vid in the living room – Medeiros
Sometimes difficult to get alone time – Nolte
Not close to Hill swipes – Nolte
Far from frat side/parties – Nolte
Bigger shared rooms are constantly cluttered with clothes and hair dryers and costumes and books – Medeiros
We all basically had to share everything because we didn’t know what was whose – Medeiros
There is much less selection for food – Medeiros
Enforced meal times – Medeiros
Friends/boyfriends can’t visit as much as you want them to – Medeiros
Close to campus – Jake Benowitz, third-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student
Relatively cheaper – Benowitz
FUN – Benowitz
You have a chef/food service – Benowitz
You are surrounded by people who already know and love you – Campbell
Dirty all the time – Benowitz
No peace/quiet – Benowitz
Hard to study – Benowitz
Inevitably you will have to clean up other people’s messes, whether it be brothers’ or random people’s – Campbell
I get to see my family every day – Kristine Azatyan, first-year psychobiology student
Homemade food – Azatyan
More space at home than in the dorms – Azatyan
No communal bathrooms – Azatyan
Saves money – Azatyan
Ridiculous traffic – Azatyan
I don’t spend as much time peer studying and making connections with others – Azatyan
I don’t participate in a lot of school events and clubs – Azatyan
I spend a lot of money on gas and buying food – Azatyan
Where are you living next year? Tweet us @dbmojo or tell us in the comments!