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February Favorites: LA Fairs, Fests and Festivals

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It seems that the sun has decided to grace us with its beamy presence over the last few days and hopefully it’ll stay that way. Students are busting out those summer shorts (they were never really gone) and the shades are back. Los Angeles is beginning to look like itself again and you know what that means: fairs, fests and festivals.

There will be lots of interesting and quirky events in Los Angeles in the future, but here are some FREE events you can go to this month!

L.A. Zine Fest (Feb. 15)

Perfect for those in need of a break from the computer screen, the L.A. Zine Fest celebrates self publishing and do-it-yourself magazines in the community. More than 180 writers, comic illustrators, photographers and artists from across the country are coming to display, sell or exchange their work. This fest also offers free workshops with speakers to promote the sharing of literary ideas.

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival (Feb. 21)

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Although it’s the year of the goat, the golden dragon parade will be continuing it’s 116th (yes, 116 – it’s one of Los Angeles’ oldest traditions) annual two-day celebration in Chinatown. This year, the festival is going for a “east meets west” theme as new food trucks, musicians, and dancers will be present. However, the traditional dancing acts and Chinese beer gardens will still be there for those who missed it last year. For those tight on time, the famous golden dragon parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

Artists and Fleas (Feb. 21-22)

Here you can find vintage collectables ranging from flannels to small potted plants, as well as new up-and-coming artists and musicians in the neighborhood. In addition, food trucks and DJs will be around to provide options to just relax and walk around. Artists from around Los Angeles will be coming to display their artwork and designs for everyone to see. An afternoon spent submerged in vintage finds is always an afternoon well spent.

Know of any other events going on in L.A. this month? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us at @dbmojo.


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Science & Health

Places to Avoid On Campus On Friday the 13th

The unluckiest day in history has arrived. It’s the first Friday the 13th of 2015 and if you believe in superstitions, you’d better be on the look out today while on campus to avoid any stray black cats, cracks in the sidewalk or pesky ladders. Not a believer? Well, according to a study by the North Carolina Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17 to 21 million people are affected by friggatriskaidekaphobia, an intense fear of Friday the 13th. So it’s a pretty big deal.

In lieu of this feared day, we have compiled a list of places to avoid on campus to ensure your survival. Good luck!

1. The sixth step of Janss Steps

We have all heard the myth during our freshmen orientation that one of the Janss brothers is buried beneath the sixth step leading up to Royce Hall, but maybe today isn’t the day to test your luck. Better to be safe than sorry, so skip the step.

2. The Inverted Fountain

It’s basically already a written rule that touching the water of the inverted fountain before graduation dooms you to an extra year of school. Combine that with Friday the 13th, and I don’t even want to think about the consequences.

3. Any construction zones

UCLA. Under construction like always. If you see any warning signs of “sidewalk closed” or “caution: slippery,” you’d best find another way to get to where you need to go.

4. The computer labs

In a hurry to print your paper before class starts? Friendly tip: Go early. Knowing this mischievous day, printers are going to break down, toner is going to disappear and you are going to be stuck waiting for someone to finish printing every slide of every lecture for the quarter.

5. Kerckhoff Coffeehouse

It’s the classic movie scene when you’re dressed up all nice, grabbing coffee before a big job interview, and all of a sudden the girl next to you trips over thin air and spills her entire coffee on you. Every boiling drop.

6. The treadmill

Trying to look cute and smiling at your crush while running at faster-than-walking speed is basically just asking for Friday the 13th to mess you up.


There you have it! Just a few places you probably should be careful around on this unlucky day. We will have two more Friday the 13th’s in 2015, again in March and November, so if you survived this one, good luck making it through the next two!

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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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Five Places to Find Your Last-Minute Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and of course, you waited until the last minute to find a date. Now, there is no problem with cuddling up with some chocolate and binge-watching rom-coms on Netflix, but wouldn’t you rather spend the most romantic day of the year with someone special?

Or, at least, someone at all?

Mojo has you covered with the five best places to meet that special someone. The best part? You don’t even have to leave campus to do it.

1. Northern Lights (or any campus coffee shop, for that matter)

The classic North Campus coffee shop is more than just a study space. According to Mental Floss, caffeine stimulates the part of the central nervous system connected to sexual arousal. Don’t like the bitter taste of coffee? Chai tea is the perfect alternative; it contains plenty of ginger, a spice linked to increasing sexual desire. Plus, the blaze of the fireplace totally sets the mood for some romantic chit-chat.

2. The gym

As you’ve probably noticed, Wooden has been recently packed with people working on their “New Year, New Me” bodies. As you wait for your turn on the StairMaster, why not strike up a convo with the person next you? Approaching a potential mate covered in post-workout sweat could actually work in your favor. LIVESTRONG says that sweat helps to spread the smell of your natural pheromones, the chemical that attracts individuals of the opposite sex to one another.

3. Street salsa at Bruin Plaza

Get your groove on in front of the Bruin Bear at the Salsa Society’s weekly street salsa events. Every Thursday at 6 p.m., the club starts off with two hours of lessons, followed by two-and-a-half hours of social dancing to show off the new moves learned that night. Just picture it: the sassy sound of the maracas, the swing of your hips to the Latin beat and the romantic glow of the moon. Plus, the sexual tension you’ll feel with your dance partner will be undeniable.

4. Outside your midterm

Who knew that professors actually had our romantic interests in mind during one of the most stressful times of the quarter? Dopamine, the chemical that floods our brains when we are in love, might increase during times of sleeplessness. When are college students most likely to suffer from constant sleeplessness? During midterms, of course! If you can muster up enough energy, try inviting that cutie from your discussion to a celebratory ice cream run this weekend.

5. Tinder

Finally, for those don’t do well with the whole “human interaction” thing, there is always Tinder. As much as people poke fun at the popular dating app, a surprisingly large number of people you know have probably made accounts. Who doesn’t love the instant satisfaction of receiving a new match? If you put in the time and effort, trust me, it is possible to find a gem in a sea of awkwardly too-close profile pictures and bios with filled with cheesy clichés. Bonus: You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your bed for this one.


Have any luck finding a last-minute date? Tell us about it in the comments or tweet us at @dbmojo!

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