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The 17 Stages of Getting Sick at UCLA

We’re so lucky to go to UCLA. The sun shines more than 300 days a year and winter never quite makes it to campus. And no winter means no getting sick, right?


Let the rest of the world keep thinking that, but we all know that when flu season comes around, it takes us all down with it.

1. One sunny day, you go out in summer clothing and end up staying outside well past sunset.


2. The next day, you start coughing.


3. And your roommate calls you out.


4. No way, you never get sick.


5. Then you get to class and hear a symphony of sniffles.


5. Soon enough, you start to notice more symptoms.


6. You finally drag your backside to Ashe.


7. Where you find no available appointments for the next 2-3 hours.


8. No, but really, is this healthcare or the DMV?


9. You finally see a doctor and they tell you there’s not much they can do.


10. They prescribe you some cough syrup and send you on your way.


11. You feel sorry for yourself, so you decide to skip your next class


12. You snuggle up in bed.


13. But really it’s just an excuse to hang out with your BFF.


14. And stuff your face.


15. It was a well-deserved break, but now it’s time to get back to work.

lets do this

16. Until you realize that you’re behind on everything.


17. Maybe you’re not feeling better after all.



How do you handle getting sick? Let us know by tweeting us @dbmojo or by commenting below.

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Throwback Thursday: Feb. 5, 1982

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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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Let’s Talk Coachella: Tip No. 1 Housing

Here at Mojo we’ve decided to start a little series about the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly simplified to Coachella, to guide those first timers. For those who live under a rock, the annual gig is a three-day festival held in the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Each day, headliners and other musicians perform all day under huge art displays, desert palm trees and the California sun.

Courtesy of the 'Daily Bruin File Photo'

There are two main types of housing options over the three days: off-site and on-site. Off-site housing includes RVs, campgrounds or hotels, which are stationed outside the borders of the festival, meaning shuttle passes (an extra $60) are mandatory. On-site housing includes car camping or tent camping, options held at $85 each, which many compete to obtain since they’re relatively cheaper than hotels.

You should have figured out where you’re staying or made a plan to decide soon about your living situation, because when buying anything for Coachella, the motto “the early bird gets the worm” heavily applies.

Consequently, I’ve interviewed some people about some tips for those who have yet to figure out their housing plan and those who have already decided. Here are the ins and outs of Coachella housing according to veterans.

Off-Site Camping: Hotels

I asked two UCLA undergraduates, Emily Flathers, a first-year economics student, and Jamie Cho, a first-year theater student, to provide some tips on hotel stays. They’re both alumni when it comes to off-site housing at Coachella.

1. Book hotels based on their proximity to shuttle stops. It’s important to get a hotel near shuttle stops because the lines can get extremely long and this will save you time. Ubers and taxis are available but are even more expensive and time consuming. A three-day shuttle pass for $60 includes trips back and forth around the clock in air-conditioned luxury busses. They promise that it’s worth it.

2. Bring things to do. Coachella is an event that will exhaust you, but there will be some free time in the morning, especially if you are staying in a hotel. There will be lines for everything, so bring a book or two. Many also choose to pack bathing suits so they can lounge by the pool before shows.

3. Plan accordingly. Leave at least 30 minutes to an hour in your schedule to get onto your shuttle. You don’t want to miss your shuttle since it could be hours until the next one arrives. Also, pack lightly and make sure you have everything you need – it’s cumbersome and annoying to miss a show just for a tube of sunscreen.

4. At the beginning of the day make sure you check when the last shuttle trip out is. This rule is simple. If you miss the last one out, well, good luck.

5. Before you leave, place all your valuable items in a luggage case with a lock on it, or place the items in a safe. Theft isn’t a huge problem at Coachella, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

6. Look for hotels with continental breakfast. Not only are you going to Coachella, but so is your body. A hearty breakfast is always something your body will appreciate, especially when preparing for a day full of walking around under the heat. Take advantage of the food and don’t forget to hydrate yourself before the day with some orange juice or water.

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On-Site Camping: Tents & Cars

Courtesy of Nicki Gigliotti

I asked three students – Ali Calentino, a first-year biology student at University of Chicago, Paige Parsons, a first-year English student at University of Pennsylvania and Nicki Gigliotti, a first-year international business student at University of San Francisco – for some input on camping.

1. Although tickets have already sold out on the official Coachella website, camping passes can only be bought as “add-ons” to your actual ticket to the festival. This means that you can’t officially buy the camping pass separately since it has to be registered with the wrist band it was purchased with. However, if you’re on the look out for camping passes on StubHub or any other unofficial vendors, make sure you trade wristbands with the seller or else you won’t be able to get in the festival at all.

2. If you are in groups bigger than five, it would be more comfortable to get two camping sites. You’ll be glad you spent the extra $85 when you realize that it’s nearly impossible to cram seven people in a tent without bathing in someone else’s sweat.

3. Don’t forget your shower items and shower shoes. Camping is like college – you can roll straight out of bed and show up to class, or in this case, the festival – and the communal showers are no different. Kudos to those who can stay sane without showering for three days in desert conditions, but for the rest of you, stay sanitary, my friends!

5. Campers get special treatment at Coachella. There are exclusive events open for campers such as silent disco, arts and crafts and yoga classes that many people don’t know about.

6. Become good friends with your camping neighbors. You will most likely run out of something or forget items so it’s nice to have friends who are willing to lend a hat or some water.

7. When setting up your tent, make sure you set up your site so that it’s easy to take down. Wind storms are frequent in the desert and it’s required you take down anything that could blow away (your tent). Duct tape will solve more problems than you think, and also some indicator such as a flag will help you mark your campsite amongst the other thousands of sites around you.

Courtesy of Nicki Gigliotti

Stay tuned to Mojo to read about more tips about Coachella!

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Eight Ways to Maximize Those Awkward, ‘Awkward Gaps’

It’s only 9 a.m., you’re on campus after your first class and your next class isn’t until noon. You’ve failed yourself, you think. This is a chunk of time, an awkward gap,  you’ll never get back, week after week.

But wait – before getting annoyed with your lack of scheduling perfection, give these ideas a shot to cure your campus blues.

1. The amazing nap chairs in the Louise Kerckhoff Study Lounge

If you’re running on empty after a long night of studying, or simply just want to relax for a while, head to the third floor of Kerckhoff and snatch one of the chairs in the lounge that recline all the way. Yes, I said recline.

2. Be adventurous with some slacklining on the lawn by Janss steps

If you have not yet heard of the outdoor activity that is taking the country by storm, slacklining is a balancing act on a rope or webbing strip that isn’t pulled as tightly as a tightrope (where the “slack” part of the name comes from). Students have been seen setting up their own slacklines between two trees in the lawn at Janss steps, so why not give it a try? All you need is a rope (preferably webbing strip), two trees and an open mind.

3. Explore the coffee options in Westwood

Have a long, early morning break between classes? Up for a bit of a walk? The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Espresso Profeta Cafe, Starbucks, Elysee Cafe, Novel Cafe and Peet’s Coffee & Tea are all open early in the morning and just a quick walk down to Westwood. Each offers unique coffee options if the numerous on-campus coffee shops are just not enough for your coffee cravings. Between these options and the probably numerous others, all your coffee hopes, dreams and desires could be satisfied during your break between classes. And if, like Buddy the Elf, you’re not a coffee fan, hot chocolate and tea can also be found at each shop.

4.  Check out the Fowler Museum

Head over to North Campus for a while and check out the Fowler Museum’s six current exhibits. From Wednesday through Friday the museum opens at noon to the general public and students and has free admission. The newest exhibit, “Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates” opened on Jan. 25 and will close on March 8. It includes over 50 paintings, sculptures and photos from Emirati culture. And it’s FREE, so check it out.

5. Figure out your schedule with help from the ASK counselors on campus

As the spring quarter schedule deadline looms in the near future, many students are in the process of planning their courses for the final quarter of the year. Instead of wondering to yourself all the questions you have about course planning, use your time on campus to get help from one of the ASK counselors. Student ASK counselors can help to answer your questions quickly from numerous convenient, on-campus locations. Find them in Royce Quad, the Public Affairs/Lu Valle (PAL) Patio or the Court of Sciences. Instead of staring at your schedule like this, get those questions answered.

6. Explore the botanical gardens with a self-guided tour

Buried deep in the land of south campus is UCLA’s beautiful botanical garden. If you’re in the mood to escape the hustle and bustle of campus, go no further than the garden for a relaxing walk. The garden’s website even offers a self-guided tour map so you can explore the miniature oasis on your own. Fix your between-class boredom by taking a walk down to the botanical garden for a peaceful adventure in a beautiful landscape.

7. Try a green smoothie at Jamba Juice

Are your tastebuds in the mood for an adventure? Feeling healthy? Usually look like this when you see a flourescent green smoothie? Well, your reaction may be different to Jamba’s new additions to their Fruit & Veggie Smoothies list (take, for example, the new “Amazing Greens” smoothie). These smoothies may not look appealing, but who knows, you may end up liking them. So during your next break, head down to Jamba Juice in Ackerman to give these green beverages a try.

8. Locks of Love

And if you’re still bored during your break between classes, you can head down to the James West Alumni Center and donate your hair to Locks of Love. The Alumni Scholars Club is putting on a Locks of Love event Thursday and Friday (Feb. 5 and 6) beginning at 10 a.m. Not only will you benefit a great cause, but also you receive a free haircut and get free Chipotle. Check out the link to view the hair requirements here.

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9 Facts That Are Completely Irrelevant to Midterms

Midterms are trying to take over my life. I have reached a point in my life where I procrastinate studying for midterms by spending hours viewing GIFs about the pain I feel while preparing for them. This post is aimed at ending the hold these exams have on our lives. Here are nine facts that have absolutely nothing to do with those exams.


1. The most expensive pizza in the world costs $12,000. It is 20 centimeters in diameter  and includes three kinds of caviar, red prawns, Mediterranean lobster and sea cicada. The chef goes to the customer’s house to prepare it.


2. A cow named Mist was auctioned off for $1.3 million.


3. Trader Joe’s opens things for you to sample if you ask them to! Yes, the packaged things have free samples too.


4. Space tears look like this:


5. Some people fear that somewhere, somehow a duck is watching them. The condition is called anatidaephobia.


6. Strawberries aren’t really berries. Bananas, tomatoes and watermelons are.


7. You can pay someone to stand in line for you. TaskRabbit has you covered.


8. Students can use giant slides to get to class at the Technical University of Munich. If only UCLA had these.


9. According to death statistics, a vending machine is almost twice as lethal as a shark.


Happy “studying.”

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