This week, I was headed to the Goodwill on Hollywood Boulevard, when I drove right through a thrifting mecca. A Vintage Vortex V, Crossroad’s Trading Co., Goodwill, and a new find, Squaresville, are all conveniently located within a few blocks of each other around the Hollywood/Sunset junction. It’s a kind of heaven for avid L.A. thrifters.
Vintage Vortex V houses a glamorous collection of vintage from many different vendors. Each vendor’s clothing is grouped together, making the space feel more like five to 10 mini stores. Items range from $30-300, so you might want to save your cash for Goodwill, but do your inspiration shopping here. The second room of clothing is much for college budget-friendly, however. Men and women’s vintage tees, frocks and cut-off jean shorts are priced at about $20 each. Vintage Vortex also has a vinyl store on the block if you’re looking for some records. It’s definitely a place to get inspired by the old school vibes and fabulous fashion.
Squaresville is only short walk away at Vermont and Melbourne. Most items in the store cost between $10 to 20. They have a radical collection of dresses and quirky handbags, as well as skirts, tops and coats. This place offers clothes with the perfect price range and it’s located in an awesome neighborhood filled with handmade co-op stores, little cafes and hip eateries.
Crossroad’s Trading Co. is also nearby. At Crossroad’s you’ll have to dig for those really funky pieces, but they have a lot of good basic, recent fashion at second hand prices.
Goodwill beats all other stores in terms of prices and is an excellent place to spend your leftover cash at the end of the day.
Know of any other thrifting palaces near Sunset Junction? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.
Chances are, most of you have probably run on a treadmill. Which also means you’ve probably experienced the feeling that you’ve been running for a century, only to look down and stare incredulously at the little red numbers telling you that you’ve only run 0.3 miles. I’ve logged my share of miles on the treadmill (also commonly known as the dreadmill), but let’s face it: Running in one place with nothing to do but people-watch can get a bit boring after approximately two minutes a while.
I interviewed a variety of students sweating it out at the John Wooden Center, and discovered just a few of the different ways that students stay in shape (and without feeling like a hamster trapped on a hamster wheel).
Bhangra Bollywood Workout (pictured above)
This class is offered through the group exercise program at Wooden (which costs $25 a quarter for access to a variety of different classes). It combines Eastern Indian dance forms with other dance styles influenced by Bollywood. The music is upbeat and the instructor goes over the choreography a lot, so the class is fairly easy to follow. Third-year art history student Emily Niemann said that the class keeps her moving, yet isn’t as hardcore as some other workouts. She said she keeps coming back because she really likes the instructor, and she has a lot of fun at each class.
Krav Maga is an easy-to-learn self-defense system that involves hand-to-hand combat. It was developed by the Israeli military, and in addition to having practical use, the class provides a good cardiovascular workout. Julia Wu, a fourth-year history student, said that she likes how the class is taught because it simulates being attacked on the street. When asked to compare the workout to running on a treadmill, she said that it works out a lot more of the upper body and requires more thinking. Students in the class practice in pairs and learn a variety of punches, kicks and blocks, as well as how to get out of different choke holds. First-year chemical engineering student Jett Appel had never tried a martial art before signing up for Krav Maga, and he said that he liked that the class isn’t about competition, just self defense. Krav Maga is offered each quarter for $35 and meets once a week for 8 weeks.
Rock Wall Climbing
If you’re like me, you’ve probably walked by the indoor rock wall countless times at the John Wooden Center without a second thought. But you probably didn’t know that after taking one $15 beginner rock wall orientation class, you can come back and climb whenever you want for free. Patrick Nguyen, a fourth-year English student, climbs often, even though he’s afraid of heights. He said rock climbing allows him to use his fitness to overcome that fear. He really likes the social aspect of climbing, too. And if you’re wondering if only the pros go and climb (because they all pretty much look like Spiderman when they’re jumping from hold to hold), Nguyen says that rock climbing is for everyone. “The only way you can get better at rock climbing is by rock climbing,” he added.
Hula Hoop Workout
Remember those days back in second grade when everyone was good at hula hooping? Well, you can take a trip down memory lane and take this hula hooping class (offered through the group exercise program) that also provides you with a good core workout. Yifang Nie, a third-year biochemistry student, said that she comes back to the class because it’s a great ab workout. She said she likes to run, but that running can get boring. “(Hula hooping) is a more exciting way to work out than running or lifting weights all day,” she said. The class is fairly easy to pick up because the choreography isn’t too complicated. And don’t worry, you don’t need to bring your own hula hoop!
Musical Theater Jazz
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be in a Broadway show, this is the class to take. The class, which is new this quarter, begins with stretches and warm-ups, then some tutorials on basic dance moves, such as chasses, chaines and pirouettes (in English, that’s steps, turns and spins). The bulk of the class is spent learning a dance from a popular musical. Kellie Selmser, a third-year political science student, said she loves jazz, but the musical theater aspect spices up the class even more. “Musical theater jazz is different because it’s big, cheesy, fun and lyrical,” she said. Although the choreography can be tough for beginners, the class is open to people of all skill levels.
What’s an interesting way that you stay in shape? Comment below or tweet us @dbmojo and let us know!
Similar to the quotes engraved on the top of North Campus’ Humanities building, South Campus has its own nod to the power of knowledge. It’s just that South Campus’s public quote is in, well, let’s just say… a different language. The language of mathematics.
While unnoticeable to the common eye, the message is more easily detected by Boelter Hall’s common inhabitants – those students fluent in the language of zeros and ones.
At the southeast entrance to the second floor of Boelter Hall, there is a row of alternating black and brown tiles that represent binary, a computer code made up of zeros and ones.
Viet Nguyen, a first-year computer science graduate student with a specialization in artificial intelligence, made the connection between the tiles and the code a few days ago, and he posted his discovery on the UCLA Subreddit.
To help understand the significance of these tiles, and how they convey a message, we enlisted the help of Ben Lin, a third-year computer science student. He explained that the black and brown tiles represent zeros and ones, respectively. Still confused? Watch the video below.
Starting from the entrance and reading each row from left to right, we were able to decode the message as:
While all this just seems like the “Binary Solo” from Flight of the Conchords, by assigning letters from this ASCII table to each line, these tiles clearly translated to “Lo and behold!” (Exclamation mark included!)
While “Lo and behold!” pretty much describes our reaction to finding out that there was a message behind these magical tiles (We’re putting on our red shoes and skipping along them to the Emerald City), it is most likely a reference to the first message transmitted across the Internet from UCLA to Stanford.
According to Kleinrock, the message was supposed to be “login” but after sending the first two letters, “lo,” the system crashed.
And that, kids, is the story of how the first message sent across the Internet was “lo,” as in “Lo and behold!”
Have you noticed any other “easter eggs” hidden on campus? Let us know by tweeting us @dbmojo or commenting below.
*The quotes on top of the entrances at the Humanities building are “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law,” from Psalms 119: 18 and “Nothing is too wonderful to be true,” said by Michael Faraday.
There’s something happening in Bruin Plaza every day. A few weeks ago, the plaza was packed with organizers promoting Mind Well Week, Volunteer Appreciation Week, Issues Awareness Week and Earth Day. This week, the area is buzzing with activity because of Undergraduate Students Association Council election campaigning.
As UCLA students, we are accustomed to seeing a flurry of activity in Bruin Plaza. Sure, it’s where the Bruin Bear is located. But Bruin Plaza also has a clear “ecosystem” of sorts, and it’s fair to say that it’s the center of student life.
Mojo wanted to find out how it all started, so we got in touch with the Center for Student Programming, which is in charge of scheduling Bruin Plaza for registered campus organizations and helps plan activities. We spoke with the center’s director, Mike Cohn, about the evolution of Bruin Plaza throughout the years.
Surprisingly, Bruin Plaza has not always been the go-to venue for speakers, food sales, concerts and elephants. Yes, you read that right.
It seems that Meyerhoff Park, the small grassy area in front of Kerckhoff Hall, was the place to be before 1994. But after the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, however, Meyerhoff Park underwent some renovations and was blocked off.
Bruin Plaza, then called “Westwood Plaza,” became its temporary replacement. Since then, the plaza has evolved into a hub of student activity.
Here are some bizarre and significant events that have happened in Bruin Plaza throughout the years:
In 1984, the USAC internal vice-president, who was involved with Bruin Republicans, brought a live elephant onto campus, walked it through Bruin Plaza, up Bruin Walk and into Meyerhoff Park to support Ronald Reagan and the Republican candidates. Cohn, who was an undergraduate at UCLA at the time, said he remembered students’ jaws dropping when they saw the elephant.
A few years ago, a student group wanted to land a hot air balloon in Bruin Plaza. The center rejected the request.
A peace group once released 1,000 doves from the area.
Rev. Jesse Jackson once spoke in Bruin Plaza.
Bill Clinton delivered his acceptance speech in Bruin Plaza in 1992 when he secured the Democratic nomination for president. More than 5000 people were present.
With more students living on the Hill, in the apartments and the Greek houses, Cohn said Bruin Plaza has become a central walkthrough to get to campus.
Here’s how Bruin Plaza’s layout has changed recently:
Last year, the plaza was split into two designated areas: one for food and another for student entertainment and booths, to meet the demands of student group requests, Cohn said.
Now when you walk through Bruin Plaza, you can munch on some snacks from a food sale by the Bruin Bear while enjoying a concert playing on the McClure stage.
In April, the UCLA Volunteer Center hosted a Volunteer Appreciation event by the stage while Chicanos Latinos for Community Medicine held a food sale by the Bruin Bear.
Jesse Landeros, a fourth-year biology student and a member of CCM, said his group decided to host the event at Bruin Plaza because it’s at the heart of the campus.
“If you go to North or South campus, you get a good amount of students,” Landeros said, “But everyone has to cross Bruin Plaza some point during their day.”
Nowadays, hosting an event in Bruin Plaza is more complicated than you would think. Cohn gave us a bit of insight into some of the regulations and policies for using Bruin Plaza.
Here are some policies for Bruin Plaza that we didn’t know about:
Requests are granted on a first come, first serve basis but CSP staff tries to provide programs that support the needs and diversity of the entire campus.
Only certain set-ups are allowed.
Any food sales or giveaways need to be approved by the UCLA Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Any “kitchen” set ups also have to be approved by a fire marshall.
The “X” through the middle of the Plaza has to remain open to allow a vehicle to reach the Ashe Center in case of emergencies.
Amplified sound is only allowed between 11:50 a.m. and 1 p.m. No amplified sound is allowed during 10th and finals week.
Registered campus organizations can reserve the plaza for two non-consecutive days each quarter.
There is now a weight restriction and maximum capacity of 4000 people because of Lot 4 underneath.
Did any of these tidbits about Bruin Plaza surprise you? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @dbmojo.
Diet: (n) the kinds of food a person habitually eats; (v) to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.
Doesn’t sound very fun, does it?
This week is International No Diet Week, spearheaded by the UCLA EATask force with the aim of challenging the cultural attitudes in society today that cause people to diet. On Wednesday, there will be a screening of America the Beautiful, a film that touches on subjects such as the perception of beauty and the dieting craze. After the film, a panel of professionals will answer students’ questions concerning nutrition, fitness and body image.
One of the professionals on the panel is Eve Lahijani, a registered dietician at the Bruin Resource Center. She also teaches a Fiat Lux class about nutrition and body image. This week we caught up with Lahijani and asked her a few questions about what to expect at the event this Wednesday and her thoughts on dieting in general.
First, can you tell us a little bit more about the event on Wednesday?
We’re going to show the film, and then we’re going to answer two questions: What is the biggest wellness myth? What is the truth? The myth I’m going to cover is how restricting and skipping meals actually causes people to eat more and be more obsessed with food.
We’re also going to talk about our favorite parts of the movie. My favorite part of the movie is when the dietician in the movie shows what balanced eating is actually like.
What are your thoughts on gender and dieting, from your experience with students and clients?
From my experience, dieting is just as much a problem for men as it is for women. And unfortunately men seem to have less resources, so the problem is sometimes even worse. Men often are trying to bulk up by consistently overeating or overexercising to the point where they have overuse injuries. It’s definitely a problem for men as well as women.
Do you think that location – living in LA, for example – influences people’s decision to diet?
Los Angeles is a hard place to be, for both women and men. This campus being right in the middle of Hollywood and Santa Monica, that’s tough. I definitely think that location feeds into it.
What would you say is the alternative to dieting?
It’s like what we teach in the Cosmo class and the FITTED class – learning how to reconnect with your body’s own natural hunger and fullness. Your body is very wise, and we trust (our bodies). For example, we don’t ever ask ourselves “is it okay to go pee?”. Eating should be self regulatory too; it’s about listening to your body’s cues, interpreting those cues and responding to them.
What does listening to your body look like?
Eating a balanced meal (including carbohydrates, protein and fat) every few hours when you get hungry, and making sure that the meal is both satisfying and nourishing. And if every now and then that includes fried food or chocolate, that’s okay too. Balance, variety and moderation are all important. If you eat a cookie or some ice cream, that’s not going to make you or break you. It’s when you binge on the bag of cookies that it’s a problem, especially if you’re doing that consistently.
Where’s your favorite place to eat on campus?
I love burritos and I love Mexican food, so I like to order a burrito at Rubio’s when I eat on campus. Sometimes I go to the bistro on South Campus. That’s really good, too.
What’s your favorite snack?
A mini burrito? Or something like a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of soymilk, or a piece of fruit with string cheese.
What’s the importance of the no diet week to college students?
I think that a very important aspect of healthy eating is a healthy relationship with food. You might know some people who eat “totally clean” and it looks like they’re doing the right thing, but if they happen to be around a cookie they freak out. I think that a healthy relationship and attitude towards food is very overlooked.
Lahijani will speak at the International No Diet week panel on Wednesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in De Neve Auditorium.