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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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What Did You #askUCLA?

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UCLA admissions were released at the start of this month and a record number of more than 112,000 students applied for the 2015-2016 academic year. That might explain why there has been an overwhelming amount of touring students and families on campus, making it impossible for me to squeeze in a quick lunch at Ackerman Student Union.

Earlier this month, UCLA’s official Twitter account hosted a live Twitter chat which allowed admitted freshmen to ask any questions about life and academics at UCLA with the hashtag #askUCLA. People made hundreds of tweets, but a certain few stuck out as quite memorable this year.

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I have been asking myself that same question every day since becoming a student here.

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Really funny @UCLA, really funny. Playing with our emotions like that.

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Tommy is still waiting for a reply.

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I thought some real shade was being thrown here, but it’s OK. All is good.

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I have a feeling she isn’t a new student.

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OK, he most definitely is not new here.

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And well, this guy.

With that, congratulations to all the baby Bruins that have been admitted this year! I’m sure they all will have many more questions once they start in the fall, so let’s welcome them with open arms.

 

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Overheard on Bruin Day

With the beginning of spring quarter comes UCLA’s annual Bruin Day, a celebration where all newly admitted students and their families are invited to explore the campus and see what it has to offer. Walking through campus and seeing all of the eager students and parents left me with a feeling of déjà vu. It was only last year that I was perusing the same set of student organization tents while my mom tried to convince me to join every single one. What brought me back to my Bruin Day experience the most, however, were the little snippets of conversation I overheard throughout the morning. Whether you went to Bruin Day, or just visited for a tour, I think we can all relate to some of these.

1. “Look at how much walking we’ve already done. You’re going to get so fit here!”  – Mom

2. “This place is like Disneyland!” – Little brother

3. “This is where the Student Activities Center is … but I’m just looking for the pre-med booths.” – Admitted student

4. “First, let’s just find the Bear.” – Mom

5. “I was thinking you could go in as an econ major and then switch to poli-sci or even double major.” – Mom

6. “I really like the idea of this whole quarter system thing.” – Admitted student

7. ” OK, meet me back here when you’re done. I plan on filling this yellow bag with as much free stuff as I can.” – Sibling

8. “Get in that line, I want to take a picture of you ringing the bell!” – Mom

9. “If you like lettuce, you’ll love the sandwiches here.” – Student volunteer and tour guide

10. “How do we get to the *re-positions map* Ackerman Student Union?” – Mom

11. “Could you see yourself going here?” – All parents

12. “What time is the free lunch?” – Dad

Ah, the memories…

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Talk with a Professional Dominatrix

In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, UCLA’s 7000 in Solidarity is hosting its own annual campaign in order to raise public awareness regarding sexual assault, as well as to educate the UCLA community on how to prevent sexual violence. One of the 28 events put on this month is BDSM 101: Sexy, Safe and Consensual.

In the last couple months, BDSM has become a popular discussion topic because of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. Rather than keeping it a taboo subject matter, 7000 in Solidarity has teamed up with a professional dominatrix to discuss the BDSM culture, consent and how to engage in consensual bondage and submission play with your partner in a safe way.

Mistress Justine Cross has been a lifestyle and professional dominatrix in L.A. for seven years. She is the owner of two private dungeons: Dungeon West and LA Douleur Exquise, and she is a hostess of kink and fetish events and also a media personality. She came in to have an open discussion on the ins and outs of BDSM and how learning about it can help us eradicate rape culture – and here’s what we learned from her talk.

1. Weirdly enough, most people don’t know what BDSM stands for. So what exactly does BDSM mean?

BDSM is an overlapping abbreviation of Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM). Bondage is consensually tying, binding or restraining a partner for erotic simulation. All types of material can be used from ropes to saran wrap. Dominance is psychological restraining with the use of rules and discipline. Sadism is the tendency to gain sexual pleasure from the act of inflicting pain. Masochism is the tendency to gain sexual pleasure from one’s own pain.

2. How can you start getting into BDSM in a safe way?

In the words of Mistress Justine Cross herself, “throw glitter, not shade, and don’t yuck someone’s yum.” In other words, be open-minded and do some research into what you and your partner may or may not like. You can try going to lifestyle events, such as one’s at Mistress Justine’s very own Dungeon West and get an inside look at to what BDSM is about. But make sure to go with your partner or friend, if you’re just starting out. There are many ways to slowly ask your partner to engage in BDSM, but just doing it without his or her prior knowledge or consent is not okay. If you want to find out more information on your own, there are plenty of forums and social media networking sites that can also show some insight into different fetishes or “scenes.”

3. That leads me to question number three. What is a “scene”? And how do you prepare for one?

A scene is the time period of the BDSM activity. Before you begin, there should be an ongoing open discussion sharing one another’s limits, medical conditions, level of impact, etc. Like most people know, there should definitely be a designated safe word involved, whether it’s “popcorn” like in Family Guy or simply “red, green, yellow” like the stoplights. This prevents any nonconsensual acts and prevents sexual violence.

Surprisingly enough, both parties should make sure the other has eaten before so the chance of passing out is lowered. After a scene, there is a sense of disorientation as if coming out of a trance-like space, a feeling known as “subspace.” Mistress Justine suggests that the dominant partner needs to take care of the submissive in this state and cater to his or her needs, whether it’s getting ice cream or having sex, or maybe, nothing.

4. As a dominatrix, is BDSM all about sex?

BDSM certainly can be part of foreplay, the context for an entire sexual scene and indeed a sexual lifestyle. But contrary to popular belief, the act of intercourse is not a necessity and many “scenes” involve no sex at all. Mistress Justine does not have sex with any of her clients and BDSM does not always mean sex.

5. So what does this have to do with Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

BDSM emphasizes the importance of negotiation and consent. Those who engage in it properly are constantly discussing each other’s limits and checking in on each other throughout. People can engage and fulfill their sexual desires and fetishes in a safe way where both partners are on the same page. When participating in BDSM, the partners should be safe and make attempts to identify and prevent risks to health. Additionally, they should participate in the activities in a sane and sensible state of mind. And most importantly, they should have full consent of all parties.

 

Mistress Justine Cross is always available to talk if you have any more questions regarding BDSM culture, safety, or if you need some recommendations for places to buy toys!

@justineplays // losangelesdominatrix.com

 

Or you can check out some other resources to learn more information.

fetlife.com

thekinkyfactory.com/bdsm-for-beginners

 

Need someone to talk to?

CAPS/CARE

counseling.ucla.edu

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

rainn.org

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Throwback Thursday: April 9, 1969

On this day 46 years ago, the Daily Bruin reported on UCLA’s announcement of some new experimental classes. Here are some of the more unique ones which show the diversity of UCLA’s class offerings in 1969.

1. The Baha’i Faith

“A two-hour-a-week survey exploring and examining the Baha’i Faith in its various facets, with emphasis on how religion, as the Baha’i’s see it, is relevant to the modern world and modern man.”

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2. Theology and Moral Issues

“. . . centers on the issues raised by biological-medical innovations dealing with genetics, organ transplants, brain studies and the whole life/death question.”

3. ESP and Psychical Phenomena

“Group participation in ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, pre-cognition, hypnosis and poltergeist activity. The class is taught by a professional hypnotist.”

4. Yiddish for Beginners

“A two-hour weekly course designed to introduce the students to the Yiddish language, folklore and folk music.”

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5. Good-Time Music

“Ragtime, Jugaband, Fun and Funky Music. Bring instruments, voices, songs, ears and good spirits. Emphasis on participation and sharing music joy, but listeners welcome.”

 

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