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Mojo Asks Students

Where Should You Live Next Year?

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.

Dorms

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All dorms

Pros:

  • Easy to make friends
    – Jennifer Livschitz, second-year biology student
  • You don’t have to cook
    – Livschitz
  • Dorm food
    – 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

Cons:

  • Far from class
    – Livschitz
  • Hills
    – Livschitz
  • Dictated meal times (you can’t eat between 3-5 p.m.)
    – Livschitz
  • Annoying RAs
    – Livschitz
  • Expensive – Livschitz
  • Barely any space – Edwards
  • Far from sororities – Freed
  • Lots of rules
    – Jessie Gold, third-year global studies and French student

 

Halls

Cons:

  • Little privacy – Edwards
  • Noisy
    –Shannon Nolte, third-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student

 

Suites

Pros:

  • Really spacious – Freed

Cons:

  • Super antisocial – Freed

 

Apartments

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Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

 

University apartments

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Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Greek housing

Sororities

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Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Fraternities

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Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

 

Home

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Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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!

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Mojo Asks Students

Is It too Early for Christmas Music?

Every year on the first of November, all the Christmas merch comes out from hiding and forces the holiday cheer on you. Stores and coffee shops across the country begin to play carols and other Christmas classics for your enjoyment – or lack thereof. But where do you stand on the issue of Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Should our headphones be blasting “Jingle Bell Rock,” or does this make both holidays less special? We asked a few of you to weigh in.

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Mojo: “Is it too early for Christmas music?”

YES

Kristen Pojunis, third-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student: “I’ve always followed the ‘no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving’ rule. I think it makes the holidays more special when you sort of separate them and celebrate each individually.”

Spencer Kieu, third-year environmental science student:I think it’s a little early for Christmas music. I think the beginning of December makes more sense. I associate November with Thanksgiving, I guess. And it’s still technically fall.”

NO

Matt Gillum, third-year anthropology and biology student: “Until someone starts writing Thanksgiving music, no, it’s not too early. But then again, I’m from Washington, and I just start to celebrate Christmas whenever it starts snowing, so it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving for me.”

Kimberly Paredes, third-year psychobiology student: “December is literally just less than a week away, so I think it’s just the perfect time! I’ve listened to a few Christmas songs like ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.’ I don’t know if that counts, but it gets me in the winter ‘Christmas-y’ feel.”

Savannah Aleman, third-year music history student:I love Christmastime and colder weather, so starting Christmas music early just makes me get more into the Christmas spirit. If it were up to me, we would skip Thanksgiving and go straight into Christmastime after Halloween!”

UCLA students seem pretty divided on this issue, but what do you think? Let us know by tweeting us @dbmojo or commenting below.

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Food and DiningMojo Asks Students

Dairy Debates: A Froyo Frenzy

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Frozen yogurt lovers from all parts of campus got irrationally excited upon spotting the new froyo joint on the block. For those of you who haven’t passed it yet, Sweetspot is located on the first floor of Ackerman Union, alongside Rx Candy. The dessert is self-serve and the selection varied. But how does it compare to other frozen yogurt spots in Westwood, namely Yogurtland? We asked students what they thought. (more…)

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Mojo Asks Students about National Coming Out Week: LGBT and Greek Life

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In honor of National Coming Out Week, we thought we’d seek out some individuals from the LGBT community and ask them what they thought about the interaction between their members and those of the Greek community. Because of the traditions passed down from their original chapters, most Greek life is, unfortunately, geared toward the heterosexual experience, with most events including and encouraging interaction between fraternities and sororities. Nevertheless, the integral part of these organizations is also finding a support system and forming connections with members of a chapter to create an essential sisterhood or brotherhood.  But do members of the LGBT community also feel welcome to be part of these organizations enough to be part of both? Mojo asks students to find out: (more…)

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Mojo Asks Students: What do you think about the new turkey sandwich at Bcaf?

Old turkey sandwich: turkey breast, jack cheese, cranberry chutney, mayo, green leaf lettuce and tomatoes on a french roll
New Turkey and Provolone sandwich (not to be confused with the new California turkey club sandwich): roasted turkey breast, provolone cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and red wine vinaigrette on a rosemary parmesan roll (more…)

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