Needless to say, there are some cool cats deep in North Campus. Here are some Bruins who caught our eye this week.
Name: Veronica Mitrache Year: First Major: Business economics Style: “Whatever I’m in the mood for in the morning.” Outfit: Shirt – thrift shop; pants – UNIQLO; sandals – Birkenstock
Name: Erik Kristman Year: Fifth Major: English Style: “Slightly hungover.” Outfit: Shirt – MUJI; jeans – Levi’s; shoes and bag – Zara
Name: Aaron D. Estrada Year: Second Major: Art Style: “Classic, southern Californian.” Outfit: Slauson Swapmeet
Name: Troyese Robinson Year: Second Major: Art Style: “Boyhood, dandy.” Outfit: Superthrift in the San Fernando Valley
Name: Stephanie Gorman a.k.a. “So Fresh Steph” Year: Fifth Major: Comparative literature, but secretly in the art and design department. “I’m undercover.” Style: “Different. Comfortable but different. Willing to try new things. Nice and cute, but comfortable.” Outfit: Jacket –her grandmother’s; skirt – her aunt’s; shoes – Urban Outfitters; necklace – from the beach; shirt – from a mall, back in high school
As you continue to procrastinate studying for midterms, you scroll through your News Feed and see a news article shared by your friends. It’s not about the upcoming election or even world news in general, but a topic that just isn’t worth taking time out of your 15-minute social media break. In an effort to keep you up to date with trending news while giving you enough Instagram time, here is a quick roundup of the top stories of the week so far.
1. Sorry Prince Harry, your journey to the throne just got longer. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, born Saturday, May 2, 2015. She is the fourth in line to the throne after her grandfather, father and brother – which you can see in this nifty little map.
2. Holy guacamole! You just saved some money in your extremely tight college student budget. Chipotle just released its famous “guac is extra” recipe.
3. If you had any presence on social media Monday, you would know that Vogue’s annual Costume Institute Gala took place. This $25,000-per-ticket fundraiser takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and all in attendance wore their Monday best, from Sarah Jessica Parker’s surprisingly elegant H&M gown to Beyonce’s near-nude sparkling dress.
5. Here’s a feel-good story for you. During the Boston Marathon, the women at Wellesley College traditionally offer kisses to the runners. One runner, Barbara Tatge, was dared by her daughter to kiss a handsome man during her run as she ran through the town of Wellesley. Needless to say, the photo went viral and the search for the anonymous man began. Of all people, the man’s wife responded, ending the search. The couple wished to remain anonymous, however, and there were no bumps in the marriage because the wife knew it was just for good fun.
So now, you will be able to contribute a little to the small talk around school while still getting that A on your dreaded midterm. You’re welcome.
This past weekend, UCLA held yet another successful Relay for Life. For those of you who may not be familiar, Relay for Life is a 24-hour event in which teams of participants relay continuously around an area (in our case, the track at Drake Stadium) to come to together against cancer and to spread awareness of the disease. Each team works to fundraise a goal amount beforehand and even during the event, and all of the proceeds go towards cancer research and the American Cancer Society. The 24 hours were also packed with games and entertainment, so there was really never a dull moment. Participating in my first-ever Relay made me realize just how symbolic and educational this event really was.
Cancer does not discriminate.
This powerful phrase was repeated multiple times throughout Relay. Anybody can get cancer, regardless of race, sex or any other defining characteristics. Furthermore, it doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re predisposed or not. Many people develop cancer based on lifestyle choices rather than a genetic predisposition – both can be factors. During the closing ceremony, one of the education chairs from Colleges Against Cancer held an exercise in which she asked members of the audience to stand up if they did certain things regularly (such as smoking or using sunscreen) to demonstrate the ways in which our lifestyle choices could increase or decrease our likelihood of getting cancer.
Sometimes when one person has cancer, it can feel like the whole family has cancer.
One of the speakers during the Luminaria portion of Relay said this during her speech, and these words really stuck with me. This isn’t to downplay the brutality of having cancer for the patient or even to say that his or her family is experiencing the same pain. Instead, this speaker was implying that the families of cancer patients also feel the aftershocks of this pain. The family members (and friends too) that stand by a loved one battling cancer are known among the Relay community as “caregivers.” Caregivers are the ones who drive their patient to their countless doctors’ appointments, accompany them through the difficult experience of chemotherapy and ultimately provide a shoulder to cry on in times of sadness.
You can greatly diminish your risk for cancer by choosing a healthy lifestyle.
Believe it or not, cancer is in many ways a preventable illness. Certain habits like smoking cigarettes (also hookah or electronic cigarettes), using tanning beds and drinking above a normal limit of one standard drink per day can increase your risk for different forms of cancer including lung cancer, skin cancer and mouth cancer. Conversely, healthy habits such as daily exercise and maintaining a healthy diet high in antioxidants have been proven to decrease your risk for the disease. One of the main focuses at Relay was to illustrate this idea through signs lining the track, posters at the different booths and various speeches.
As much as Relay for Life was a fun and packed 24 hours, it was also a time for reflection on just how ruthless cancer can be. It was a time to remember those lost to cancer, to honor the survivors and current fighters and to applaud the people who stood by and continue to stand by their sides. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to come together as a community towards one common goal: celebrating more birthdays.
Editor’s note: Some of the images included in this post contain explicit language. We have decided to run these images because we felt it appropriate to thoroughly cover this campus incident.
Racist stickers referencing Freddie Gray appeared around campus and on the Afrikan Student Union’s bulletin board on Thursday, and students quickly denounced the stickers on Facebook and by marking the stickers themselves. Many students said that the situation was reflective of poor campus climate, and some added they felt it is an issue the Undergraduate Students Association Council should address. Here are some student thoughts:
“If they attack the black community at UCLA, they are attacking everyone at UCLA. We stand together as one whole family. If they attack on family, they attack all of us.” – first-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student Rubi Gomez
“I saw one of the stickers and my first reaction was being upset because I don’t think they understand the full institutionalized consequences. The problem is not ‘if you follow the law, you’d be alive’ but more of a targeted race issue. Also, being anonymous makes it a hate crime and it’s clearly an attack.” – fifth-year geography and English student Kristen Chan
“If only Freddie Gray had followed the damn law, he’d still be alive.” (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)
“We go to a school that is not very politically active. Maybe at Berkeley people would be more motivated about this. … The only thing people got upset about was the tuition hikes, and then we went on break and then everyone forgot about it.” – first-year undeclared student Eleanor Hunts
“A lot of things with anti-Semitism have been going on around campus, and we’re known for our racially diverse campus so it’s disturbing to see that we have come to this level. I feel like it opens your eyes to certain things you didn’t truly understand the extent of.” – second-year sociology student Leah Falcon
“They are not peaceful protestors. They are uncivilized, violent criminals. #ShootAllLooters” (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)
“It’s not shocking people feel that way because there are racist people everywhere. It’s the fact they go to the lengths to do that that shocks me. As a UCLA student it makes me rethink the whole ‘picture perfect public school with lots of diversity’ image we try so hard to attain.” – first-year psychology student Brian Green
“It’s disgusting, and in general this issue doesn’t just affect the group being targeted. It affects everyone. Seeing things like this makes me question humanity but also forces me to rethink about the ‘educated’ people we are surrounded by in a high profile university.” – first-year business economics student Devanshi Mehta
dineLA is bastion for every poor foodie in Los Angeles. For one week almost every prestigious and scrumptious restaurant in L.A. joins together to offer special menus at steep discounts. While the traditional dineLA happened in January this year, dineLA has begun a new venture, Happy Hour Week. From April 27 to May 1, some of the swankiest places in Los Angles are inviting people to check them out while offering special cheep drink menus and other light food options. Here are Mojo’s picks for the best Happy Hour spots close to campus for you to check out this week. And sorry, younger Bruins, this is going to be a 21+ affair.
Located right on Hilgard, this location is the closest to campus. Open every day this week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, they will be serving a small menu of drinks. Go ahead and try a metropolitan with templeton rye, raspberries and basil. Or maybe a mojito made with champagne. If you get hungry, you can also get some Wagyu sliders.
You can find Fundamental LA right in the middle of Westwood Village . Happy hour will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, so prime time to blow off some stress post-midterms. The options at Fundamental LA are not mixed drinks, but an assortment of fine wines and exotic beers, both on draft and in bottle.
Leaving Westwood behind, you might need an Uber or an awesome friend to make it to Craft. Located in Century City, it’s not too far away. This location is beautiful, and there is a good reason why it has thousands of online reviews (spoiler: it’s because it’s good). From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Craft will be hosting its Happy Hour. There is a lot more food being offered here, so you can turn this adventure into an early dinner and try some white wine and cheese fondue, or maybe a salmon rillette. You can wash those down with your choice of pilsner, house wine or “Hollywood Bowl” Bourbon punch. (Which is probably better than the punch you’re used to.)
Ocean view restaurant in Santa Monica for Happy Hour? Yes, please. We round off our list with this posh location. The price is a little higher here, but the Snapchat story you’ll have as a result just might be worth it. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can take in the view as you chow down on some short rib tacos and prosciutto flat bread. In addition try out some of its exclusive dineLA drinks, like the sangria or tullamore dew old fashioned.