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.
“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.”
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.)
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)
There are many amazing student clubs and organizations at UCLA, but how can you tell which one is right for you? We rounded up a few of the clubs that are currently recruiting and asked some of their members what they think makes them special. Hopefully this will make your decision easier.
1. Project Literacy
Looking for a place to volunteer? Consider applying to tutor and improve literacy rates in the L.A. area with ProLit.
“I got involved with Project Literacy because I wanted something to do and … I love kids,” said Allie Hovsepian, a third-year political science and philosophy student. “I continued tutoring with Project Literacy because there’s nothing more fulfilling to my soul – my mom’s chicken soup is a close second though. … I often work with one of our more difficult learners, who is labeled as so, not because he is mean or rude but because he just cannot focus. … My go-to with him is a push-up contest to burn energy which let me tell you, he wins every time. Though many days are not successful, the days I can get him to sit down with a book of his choice mean a lot to me. But what means even more to me are the days he lets me read with him because I get to read out loud to him and have him also read out loud to me. He reads far below his reading level and I know this is why he refuses to sit down at site because frankly it is embarrassing, regardless of what age, to feel illiterate. Literacy is so fundamental to success of many kinds and is something that is tangible to equip all people with and I’m blessed to be a resource that is trying to make this happen.”
Info session: Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Ackerman 3516
Camp Kesem counselors fundraise during the school year for kids whose parents are affected by cancer to go to camp for free. There are two weeklong sessions during the summer, which incorporate both the fun aspects of any summer camp and the resources and support that the children, aged 6 to 16, need.
“We have the ‘empowerment ceremony’ where kids can share their story and talk about how Kesem helped them,” said Michael Ruder, a fourth-year cognitive science student and co-director of Camp Kesem. “One kid had recently lost his mother to breast cancer. He was probably 10 years old and said, ‘Kesem is the silver lining on the dark cloud that is cancer.’ The kids are very thoughtful and very special, which is why our counselors keep coming back.”
Info session: Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Geology 4660
If you want to stay at UCLA during the summer, being part of the orientation staff could be the job for you. You can be a part of Team Blue, working in the administrative side of “o-staff,” or Team Gold, advising new students directly.
“Being a part of orientation staff is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve encountered at UCLA,” said Yosan Kubrom, a third-year psychobiology student who was part of the 2014 program. “Not only do you develop your leadership skills and strengthen your ties to this campus, but you get to do it alongside some of the most amazing people … For the entire summer. We have a motto that says ‘Work and play mean the same thing here,’ and it’s 100 percent accurate, I’ve never had so much fun while getting paid at the same time.”
Info sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 14 at noon in Ackerman 2408 Thursday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. in Covel Commons 230
Bruin Woods is a family summer resort at Lake Arrowhead. As a counselor, you work (i.e. play) with the kids during the day and they go back to their parents at night. You get paid and have your room and board included for up to 12 weeks.
“Bruin Woods is a summer experience like no other,” says Kevin Patterson, a third-year English student who worked at Bruin Woods last summer. “You get to interact with Bruins of all generations and there’s no other place that would make you more proud to be a UCLA student. … The things you do at Bruin Woods can hardly be considered ‘work’ because of all the fun you have doing it. If you ask anyone they will no doubt tell you that after the 12 weeks the other staffs you work with become just like family.”
Info session: Thursday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in Covel Commons Grand Horizon Ballroom
The CEC staff brings you speakers, concerts and free movie screenings every week and loves doing it.
“Before I became assistant commissioner I was on the speaker’s staff and we were scheduled to have our event for Greg Sestero (from “The Room,” by Tommy Wiseau,)” said Robert Osen, a fourth-year Design | Media Arts student.
“Apparently Tommy was not happy that Greg wrote a tell-all book about his experience on filming ‘The Room’ and was suing him for copyright infringement.”
“Basically to make a long story short, there were non-UCLA students trying to get into the event who turned out to be process servers. So when the event was over we tried to take Greg Sestero out of Kerckhoff Grand Salon … but the people saw us and began to chase after Greg, throwing the papers at him and yelling ‘You’ve been served’ but Greg Sestero kept running and got into his car and drove off. … It was honestly straight out of a movie.”
As for Greg Kalfayan, a fourth-year political science student and the Campus Events commissioner, his favorite story is simple. “When we hosted the cast of “Workaholics,” a student asked us to give her phone number to the celebrities,” Kalfayan said. “We didn’t, but we did send her joke texts for a couple days after the fact.”
If you’re into prank texts and wild goose chases (you know, and culture), there’s still time to apply.
2014 has come and gone, leaving us scrambling to prepare for the new year, new classes and new resolutions that may or may not be kept. Just when we’d finally gotten accustomed to, and maybe even perfected, a certain routine (like to the point of knowing exactly how late you could sleep in and yet still make it in time for your 9 a.m. lecture), we are forced to start over with a clean slate. With the sudden influx of changes, it can easily get overwhelming. So as we ring in 2015, let’s pause and take a moment to remember some of last year’s most headline-worthy moments.
On April 7, students packed Pauley Pavilion and danced for 26 hours straight to raise both money and awareness for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition.
UCLA’s campus was flooded with an estimated 20 million gallons of water in August when a nearly century-old water main running under Sunset Boulevard broke. The John Wooden Court and the adjacent underground parking structure experienced some of the most costly damage from the inundation.
In late July, during the height of the Israel-Palestine conflict, protesters, including some members of the UCLA community, marched to the Israeli Consulate asking for Israel to stop air strikes on the Gaza Strip. They began their trek at the Westwood’s Federal Building and marched in a mass of over a thousand people.
Students marched through campus on Nov. 18 to protest a tuition hike of 5 percent per year for the next five years as proposed by the UC Regents. Protests continued throughout the week, ultimately coming in the way of the Beat ‘SC bonfire.
Nov. 22 marked the third consecutive victory for the Bruins over the Trojans. UCLA finished the game with a final score of 38-20.
Editor’s Note: An original version of this post contained a culturally insensitive GIF and costume idea. The Daily Bruin apologizes for this editorial oversight and for any offense this post may have caused.
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