We are all on a tight budget, and food seems much more expensive when our parents aren’t paying for it. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can save some dolla billz while still giving your body proper nutrition.
1. Get free meal vouchers from the Student Activities Center
You read that right. You are entitled to five meal vouchers for the dining halls throughout your UCLA career. Simply sign up at the Student Activities Center and pick up your meal voucher according to the following schedule:
2. Take advantage of your friends’ swipes and Greek chapter houses
The downside of living in an apartment is the distinct lack of catering. On the bright side, most of your friends in dorms, fraternities and sororities do have access to delicious food that they will be thrilled to share with you.
3. Check out the UCLA food closet
The UCLA Community Programs Office Food Closet, also located in the Student Activities Center, is a donation-based resource for hungry students. Anyone can take items from (or give items to) the food closet and never skip a meal again!
4. Get those free samples
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Whether it’s a strange new granola bar from a promotional stand or good ol’ orange chicken from Panda Express, free food samples can go a long way.
5. Fill out a survey
Speaking of Panda Express, if you fill out a quick satisfaction survey after your visit to the restaurant, you will get one free entree item with a two-entree combo. Be sure to look out for other similar deals as well.
6. Attend club info meetings
Okay, free Diddy Riese cookies and/or pizza are probably not the best reason to attend a club’s info session, but on the other hand, free Diddy Riese cookies and/or pizza are pretty great. Besides, you will probably learn something valuable and want to get further involved with the food organization, so everybody wins.
Do you have any tips and tricks to save money on food? Share them with us by tweeting @dbmojo or commenting below.
The first questions that probably popped in your head when reading this blog post title: What is apple cider vinegar, and why should I use it?
What is apple cider vinegar? It’s made from crushed apples that are fermented to make alcohol, which is then fermented again to make the vinegar.
Why should I use it? First things first, you can use it for a whole slew of different things, and one bottle only costs around $3. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has gotten quite the buzz in the health world recently for its antioxidant content and supposed benefits for your digestive system and skin. ACV also contains iron, calcium and potassium, and in addition to health use, it can also be used as a cleaning product.
When purchasing apple cider vinegar, you want to look for raw, unfiltered ACV with “the mother” (the strand-like cloudy stuff that is actually enzymes of connected protein molecules), which you can find at most grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market.
Here are a few ways to use ACV:
Make a natural toner. Mix two parts water with one part apple cider vinegar to make a natural pore-cleansing toner that will help reduce breakouts. You can store it in a travel-sized reusable lotion bottle (available in the dollar section at Target), and dab some on a cotton ball to use on your face.
Mix up a healthy morning cocktail by combining one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with half of a freshly squeezed lemon, four ounces orange juice and four ounces of water. You can get creative with this and add different types of juice to change the flavor. You can also freeze berries in ice cubes to add to your drink for a little more fun and flavor.
Help remove buildup of hair products by using a few tablespoons of a one-to-one mixture of ACV and water in your hair after you shampoo. It’ll make your hair smoother and shinier.
Make an all-purpose cleaner. Just mix up equal parts ACV and water, pour in a spray bottle, and use as a disinfectant in your apartment.
Use it as a produce wash. Combine 1/4 teaspoon ACV with 1 cup of water and store in a container for washing fruits and veggies. The vinegar will help rinse off all the dirt and pesticides that can be found on your produce.
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Amid the excitement of Thanksgiving (I’m talking about gravy, pecan pie and naps), we must face the inevitable: dinner with the family. Don’t get me wrong, cooking with my mom and talking politics with my grandparents are activities I genuinely enjoy; however, there is always that lull in my Thanksgiving break when I’m placed at the kids table and awkwardly forced to create conversation with my second cousin twice removed who only wants to pet the cat in the corner. Thus, I’ve created a list of classic movies – a plan B for your unsuccessful attempt at conversation – that you and your unfamiliar family member can watch together at the easy expense of Netflix during the holidays.
Here’s a conversation starter: Bring up how Robert Redford is a better Gatsby than Leonardo DiCaprio. This older (and better) version of the widely acclaimed love story is great for the holidays because 1) it’s a nice break from the firework-extravagant 2013 version, and 2) the movie raises the importance of the eternal themes of loyalty and love, something you and your awkward cousin can intelligently converse about.
Yes, Audrey Hepburn makes any movie a classic, but no, this is not “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” This holiday classic is fun and not your average romantic comedy. Why, you ask? Because this movie isthe ultimate romantic comedy of the romantic comedies. By watching this, you are witnessing the breakthrough of romantic humor, historical settings and classic beauty of cinema during the 1950s.
This movie will make your dad, who has a heart of steel, feel emotions he’s never felt before. Some people will say that this movie is the epitome of cliché in how a protagonist perseveres against all odds and ends up achieving all his impossible goals *surprise*. Yes, I 100 percent agree that this story is so cliché, and maybe that’s why 21 years later, it still tops the charts.
Before you comment on how many times you’ve watched this movie, just revel for a second in how awesome this movie is. Awesome as in, every time you watch it, you discover a new quote to live by and catch yourself crying when Forrest realizes he has a son. (Every. Time.) With your third serving plate, a slice of pumpkin pie and your tissue box, you’re basically set for this Thanksgiving weekend.
Let’s just start off by saying that this movie beat “Star Wars” in the 1978 Oscars for best picture. Yes, “Star Wars.” I’d like to think that the case was because this movie was one of the first to introduce reality and believability during a time of embellished cinematic romance and fiction. It’s very real, not sappy and extremely witty. It takes a couple of watches to catch all the cultural references, but boy, once you get them, you just feel cool. To make a fun holiday activity out of it, see which family member is the hippest of all and can get the most references.
I remember last year, while waiting patiently for my chunky chicken salad sandwich at Bruin Cafe, Jordyn Wieber was just casually standing next to me. I didn’t know what to do. Do I say hi? No, that makes me seem creepy. Do I mention something about her gymnastics abilities? Probably not. She’s a regular student, just like me. Except she has a gold medal from the Olympics and arm muscles strong enough to beat me at arm wrestling.
Seeing Jordyn Wieber in everyday clothes and ordering regular food just like me, I wondered what other famous people might have attended UCLA. So, I have done some research and am here to give you a list of some of the most famous UCLA alumni. Not all of them graduated from UCLA (some peeps gotta pursue their dreams, ya know?), but hey, they were Bruins for a coo’ minute so obviously being a Bruin is something to brag about.
Famous UCLA Alumni (who earned a degree from UCLA)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Professional basketball player
Honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Abdul-Jabbar is an American professional basketball player with a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player award. He played four seasons for the UCLA Bruins where he was twice named Player of the Year, was a three-time First Team All-American, played on three NCAA champion teams and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. A legend in both NBA and Bruin history, Abdul-Jabbar earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 1969 while being considered the most dominant player in college basketball.
Troy Aikman: Professional football player
As one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles, Troy Aikman began his rise to stardom as one of UCLA’s best quarterbacks. Aikman was the first quarterback in UCLA history to lead the Bruins to back-to-back 10-win seasons, along with two bowl victories, and is being honored on Nov. 28 with the retirement of his jersey number. The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame member participated in graduation ceremonies in front of his mother and three daughters in 2009 after completing his degree in sociology.
This American singer-songwriter who graduated from UCLA in 2003, blew up on the radio with her hit single “Love Song” and has kept a prominent place in the music industry, selling over a million records and being nominated for a Grammy Award five times. While at UCLA, Bareilles was a part of the communication studies program, sung with of the co-ed a cappella group Awaken a Cappella and won the Spring Sing talent show twice.
Brad Delson is an American musician known for his role as guitarist in the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park. Delson was one of the founding members of the band and worked towards a degree in communication studies with a specialization in business and administration when he entered UCLA in 1995. Delson was roommate to future band mate Dave Farrell for three of his four attending years and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Delson graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1999.
An American television and movie actor known for his role in the hit crime TV series “NCIS,” Mark Harmon transferred to UCLA in 1972 and was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in 1972 and 1973. Receiving the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence, Harmon accomplished an amazing 17-5 record and graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
American film and television actresses, Danielle and Kay Panabaker came into the spotlight at a young age. Danielle Panabaker starred in Disney films as a teenager including “Stuck in the Suburbs” and “Sky High.” Kay Panabaker also starred on Disney with a recurring role in “Phil of the Future.” Both sisters later acted together on Disney’s original movie “Read It and Weep.” Astonishingly, Danielle Panabaker received her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in 2007 at the young age of 19 while her younger sister, Kay Panabaker, completed her bachelor’s degree in history before she even turned 18!
An American actress and former model, Gabrielle Union is known for performances as head cheerleader of the East Compton Clovers in the original “Bring It On” and as the sister of Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys II.” A transfer to UCLA, Union interned at a nearby talent agency where she was later asked to work as a model. Union graduated from UCLA with honors in sociology.
Bill Walton: Professional basketball player
Two-time NBA Champion and retired basketball legend Bill Walton rose to superstardom playing under the coaching of John Wooden at UCLA from 1971 to 1974. During this time, he won three consecutive Naismith College Player of the Year awards as a Bruin. Bill Walton is regarded by some college basketball historians as the greatest player who ever played the game at the college level. Walton graduated from UCLA in 1974 and has been honored with the retirement of his jersey number at UCLA.
Jaleel White, famous for his role as the nerdy but charming Steve Urkel in the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” White attended UCLA after the completion of the show and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film and television in 2001. He continued on with his acting career, starring in “Dreamgirls” alongside Beyonce, and has been featured as a guest on many shows including “Boston Legal,” “House M.D.,” “Psych” and as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Jamaal Wilkes: Professional basketball player
Former Los Angeles Lakers star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Wilkes was a key player for the UCLA Bruins, helping the team win consecutive NCAA Championships in 1972 and 1973, and he contributed to an NCAA record 88-game winning streak. Wilkes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1974 and left the school as a two-time All-American.
More Famous Students/Alumni (who did not or have not yet graduated)
Jack Black (Actor), “School of Rock,” Major: Theater
Nicolas Cage (Actor), “The Rock”
James Dean (Actor), “Rebel Without a Cause,” Major: Theater
Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden (Musicians), Maroon 5
Mariska Hargitay (Actress), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Major: Theater (member of Kappa Kappa Gamma)
Anthony Kiedis (Musician), Red Hot Chili Peppers, studied writing
Heather Locklear (Actress), “Dynasty,” (Pledged Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta, also model and commercial actor for UCLA Store)
Steve Martin (Actor, comedian), “The Pink Panther,” Major: Theater
Jackie Robinson (Professional baseball player), first African American to play in MLB and UCLA’s first four-sport letter winner
Kristen Stewart (Actress), “The Twilight Saga,” Major: English Literature
Ben Stiller (Actor, comedian), “Zoolander,” Major: Film