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Creative Ways to Fundraise for Dance Marathon

Source: Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA
Source: Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA

Dance Marathon is one of UCLA’s beloved annual traditions. Hundreds of students cram into Pauley Pavilion to dance for 26 hours to raise money for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition. Dancers must raise $260 in order to participate in the event, which can be a real struggle for some of us, especially if some of us waited until the last minute to start fundraising. After all, procrastination is truly a talent honed best by college students.

To any aspiring dancers out there who are still struggling to fundraise for DM 2015, here are some suggestions:

1. Utilize the art of self-humiliation

There is a reason that trashy reality television is so popular in today’s culture: We love watching people embarrass themselves. Why else would there be 15 million spinoffs of The Real Housewives? Many DMers volunteer to wear crazy embarrassing outfits, post mortifying #throwbackthursday pictures of themselves and even get a “swag” lip tattoo in order to reach their goals. Now that’s what I call dedication to the cause. If you’re not ready to go through any body-altering procedures just yet, I totally understand. Instead, offer an all-out embarrassing makeup session to donators, complete with a walk around Westwood to show of your fabulous new look.

2. Cater to the ‘turnt’ community

Bake sales are usually the go-to fundraising technique for events like this. They are universally appealing – who doesn’t love food? However, if there is one demographic that loves food more than the average person, it’s definitely drunk people. Setting up stations on the classic corner of Strathmore and Gayley for “drunchies” has proved profitable for many Dance Marathoners. If standing in the cold isn’t really your thing, the access control centers in the residence halls would be another prime location. Quick tip: the greasier the food, the better.

3. Flaunt your talents

All of us have a special skill or weird talent that could totally be used to raise some cash. For the artsy-creative types, a personalized song or poem can be the perfect unique gift. For the campus fashionista, wardrobe consultations can be a great way to encourage donations while making UCLA a better-dressed community. Those fluent in HTML could offer to spice up someone’s blog, while dancers could give lessons to the rhythmically challenged. If you really wanna go the extra mile, try advertising on Bruin Walk to spread the word about your new service.

4. Capitalize on laziness

As a self-proclaimed Postmates addict, I am doing no good to dissuade the stereotype that college students are lazy. Use your inside knowledge as real life college student to your advantage to determine what YOU would want to make your life easier. This is the kind of intel that advertisers and marketers spend tons of time and money to figure out. Hate walking to campus? Offer to pick your friends up and drive them to class as a mini-Uber service. Have no time to go grocery shopping? Pick up your friend’s groceries and deliver them right to their door in return for a donation. If someone started a laundry washing-and-folding service tomorrow, I would be first in line. Seriously.

As always, if you’re still struggling with coming up with the money, feel free to contact your Dancer Captains for help.

Good luck!

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Talk with a Professional Dominatrix

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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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UCLA Takes Las Vegas: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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It’s spring quarter. The final stretch to summer is now underway and sadly this is the one quarter of the year when we don’t get a break from the insanity of a 10-week quarter system. But that will never stop UCLA from making the trek to Las Vegas during Memorial Day weekend to perform the 8-Clap in what has become a part of Bruin tradition. Last year, more than 1,000 Bruins gathered in front of the Bellagio Fountain to show off some Bruin pride with our famous fight chant, drawing the attention of police. The crowd was dispersed peacefully, but I have quite a hunch that UCLA will be back this year to continue the tradition. Memorial Day weekend is known for being one of the most exciting times in Las Vegas, as some of the biggest celebrities, DJs and musicians come to party it up in the “city that never sleeps.” Vegas Pool Season recently released a lineup of the weekend’s clubbing events, pool parties and celebrity performances, which feature big names such as Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Diddy, Avicii, Steve Angello, Diplo and Zedd. Watch out Coachella, it looks like Vegas is bringing just as stacked a lineup, without the hassle of sandstorms and a lack of showers. Imagine walking up to the club with your makeup all done and your eyelashes glued on, only to be hit with a gust of valley winds. It’s important to start looking for hotels right now because Memorial Day weekend is one of the top vacation destinations around this time. You can plan where you want to stay according to which clubs you plan on going to, but a word of advice: Find a place on The Las Vegas Strip, because taxis are outrageously expensive. Making a far, drunk walk back will be your demise. Now to the fun part: the parties. Because there are so many events going on in Las Vegas Memorial Day weekend, I’ve chosen to feature some of the most popular names on the lineup for each day, but visit Electronic.Vegas if you want to see the full event calendar for the weekend. So get your bathing suits and party dresses packed because you’re gonna be in for a crazy weekend!   Thursday, May 21 Zedd @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Steve Aoki @ Hakkasan at MGM Grand (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Dillon Francis @ Encore Beach Club at Night (10:30 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($25), Gentlemen ($35) Brody Jenner @ Tao at the Venetian (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Friday, May 22 Kaskade @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Lil Jon @ Surrender at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($40) Hardwell @ Hakkasan at MGM Grand (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($50) Armin van Buuren @ Omnia at Caesars Palace (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($50) Saturday, May 23 Benny Benassi @ Marquee Dayclub at Cosmopolitan (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Calvin Harris @ Wet Republic at MGM Grand (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($50) Snoop Dogg @ Tao at the Venetian (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Dash Berlin @ Marquee at Cosmopolitan (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50)   Sunday, May 24 Avicii @ Encore Beach Club (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($40), Gentlemen ($70) Fabolous @ Tao Beach at the Venetian (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) David Guetta @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Afrojack & Apster @ Omnia at Caesars Palace (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Monday, May 25 Tiesto @ Wet Republic at MGM Grand (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Diplo & Skrillex @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Carnage @ Marquee at Cosmopolitan (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Showtek @ Omnia at Caesars Palace (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Some of the biggest names in EDM, electro house, dubstep, and hip-hop are all going to be performing Memorial Day weekend, so start saving your money now to treat yourself to an “It’s almost summer but I still have midterms and finals” vacation! Just a tip for when making a trip to Las Vegas: Check out Instagram or ask your friends for contacts to promoters for clubs. You’ll save lots of money! Whether you’re looking to spend the whole weekend drunk or just chilling by the poolside, one thing you can’t miss out on is seeing The Strip lit up beautifully at night. Turn up!   Lead image courtesy of William Lam. Pool party photo courtesy of Pantip Belle. Black and white club photo courtesy of Anthony Bushong.

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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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Let’s Talk Coachella: Last-Minute Tips and Tricks

Guys, Coachella Weekend 1 is this weekend. I repeat. This weekend.

The anticipation and idea of Coachella has truly distressed us for some time now. For some pre-sale junkies, it’s been an eternal 11-month journey. From the “OMG, just bought my ticket” to the exhausted “is Coachella still happening” phase, we’ve really been through a roller coaster of emotions.

That’s why we shouldn’t and can’t ruin this experience by forgetting some basic necessities that a lot of people tend to overlook. First timers, read carefully!

Items that, if forgotten, will ruin you:

1. Wristband/Shuttle Pass/Locker Reservation: You’d be surprised at how many people forget. It’s truly comical and extremely horrific.

2. Sunscreen: Unless you want to be a part of lobster season, it would be a good idea to pack sunscreen. People tend to forget and ignore the fact that reapplication is the most important part of maintaining optimal skin protection.

Life would be easier if you brought: 

1. Cash/Credit Card: For the first time, this year’s Coachella will finally be allowing credit cards at vendors. Hoorah! It’s still a good idea to have some cash on you though for emergency situations.

2. Hat: By all means, if you’re not a hat person, it’s OK. However, you might regret it when you realize Indio is not always flower crowns and flash tattoos but an actual desert. Even if you’re not going to wear it all day, bring one so your scalp and hair have the option to live.

3. Your Comfiest Shoes: The place is dusty. Your shoes will get extremely dirty so you might as well forgo your cute lil’ fashion boots and sandals for your day one sneakers. If your comfiest shoes are a pair of sandals, bring them. Just keep in mind that people will be dancing and trying to mob to the front – the perfect ingredients for stubbed toes.

4. Medication: Advil, allergy medications and vitamins are all things you should have. By the second day, it isn’t impossible for a huge headache to come down due to the excessive environment. It’s better to have medication on you than painfully force yourself through an experience you’ve spent so much energy, time and money for.

5. Not Your Nice Sunglasses: Your sunnies will fall and fly off, so make sure you bring a pair you don’t have too many attachments to.

6. Jacket: I’m being 100 percent serious. Again, Indio is a desert. Hot days, cold nights. Every year I see people shivering with blue lips telling their friends, “I didn’t think it would get this cold! Man, I should’ve listened to Mojo.”

7. Wet Wipes/Hand Sanitizer: I don’t know about you, but I like to eat with hands that aren’t covered in mud, dust and sweat. I also want to come back to UCLA as a healthy being, so I’m not caught in the perpetual cycle of sickness that will throw me off two weeks of school. It’s really all about personal preference though.

8. ChapStick: Protect yo’ lips!

Don’t Forget to:

1. Pack lightly! This is the time to pull out those moves you’ve been working on so get funky without anything bringing you down. A light backpack or, more favorably, a fanny pack would do just the job.

2. Make a set landmark your meeting place. It’s a well-known fact that cell phone reception is a bust at the festival so try not to spend all your time trying to send that “where are you?” text. If you are going to text, at least send “go to meeting spot.”

Are we missing anything? Tweet us at @DBMojo or comment below to help us out.

Good luck and see you there!

Photo Credits to Nicki Gigliotti

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