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Throwback Thursday: February 26, 2003

Twelve years ago today, The Daily Bruin published a story about an MCD (molecular, cell and developmental) Bio 40 class, and how its students served the AIDS community. Professor Roger Bohman required his students to serve at community service agencies that benefit AIDS victims, allowing them insight into the topic being discussed through a medium other than textbooks and lectures.

Whatta cool dude amirite?

Looking at this professor’s reviews on really shows how loved he is by students who took this class. According to Joshua Abel, who was a second-year psychology student in 2003, “It gives you real life experience in something to give you a different perspective on the course. You’re not just dealing with paperwork; you’re dealing with something that is very real.”

According to this article, 27,000 students had taken Bohman’s classes, “which translates to a great deal of hours in the community.” UCLA still offers a variety of opportunities for community involvement, so feel free to explore the Volunteer Center’s website if you want to get involved.


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Throwback Thursday: Feb. 12, 1970

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On February 12, 1970, 54 students, along with UC Regent William Forbes, participated in an anti-tuition campaign. Meaning: there was no tuition in 1970.

This campaign with the tagline “Bleed for UCLA” used proceeds from the blood drive for advertisements in newspapers state-wide in order to publicize the fact that the Regents were voting on whether to introduce tuition to the University of California and to explain “the arguments against tuition,” according to a Daily Bruin Editorial in this same issue. This editorial asks if Ronald Reagan, who was the governor of California at the time, can ignore students’ arguments against tuition, but “can he also ignore (their) blood?”

Roger Barnes, a senior at the time, said he was bleeding “in sympathy with what’s going on” and Cynthia Swarthout said that although she’s “graduating, (she) originally came to the University because there was no tuition … it’s something worth saving.”

It sure would be nice to have my $30,000+ per year still in my pocket, that’s for sure. *sigh*


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Throwback Thursday: Feb. 5, 1982

Taking a look back to Feb. 5, 1982, I came across an interesting article about the Registration Fee Committee discussing fees for students.

The Reg Fee Committee asked the “University Athletic Recreation Policy Commission to approve a $1 charge on student football tickets.”

If only the UCLA-USC game were that cheap.

Also, for those who paid for freshman orientation, which is now $375, try not to cringe at the prices debated about in 1982.

The Committee discussed whether to subsidize the price of orientation for students. Without a Reg Fee subsidy, the Summer Orientation Program would cost $125. With the subsidy (worth about $36,000), it would cost $84, about $29 more than the year before.

I wish my orientation was that cheap, especially on a student budget!

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Throwback Thursday: The UCLA Homepage

Let’s take a look back at UCLA’s website throughout the years.

Above is UCLA’s homepage in 1999. Feel free to click on this link to explore the website and pretend like you’ve traveled back in time. It’s perfect for procrastinating studying for midterms.

The homepage became slightly more modern in 2001, but, in my opinion, the UCLA logo definitely still needed some major work.

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And you can’t ever complain about again after you’ve seen the MyUCLA page from 2001.

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This is the homepage in 2006. Still a little rough compared to today, but it’s definitely coming along.

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And here it is today. We’ve come a long way.

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Throwback Thursday: On this day in 1999

On this day, Jan.15, 1999, UCLA celebrated the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. The way the Internet was discussed in this article really shows how times have changed since the good ol’ ’90s.

Quote #1:

“It’s a lot easier to use the Internet than to go to the library and do research on your own,” said David Kane, a first-year computer science student. “It provides a good medium of communication, and it saves a lot of paper.”

Quote #2:

Today, there are over 50 million computers attached to the Internet, and traffic on the Internet doubles every 100 days.

(Just so you know, according to Forbes, there were 8.7 billion devices connected to the Internet in 2012 – and counting.)

Quote #3:

Many corporations have websites on the Internet that allow consumers access to their products, and some companies now operate exclusively on the net.

(Amazon, an online-only shopping website, has warehouses that hold “more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic Pools” today)

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