The LSA, also known as the Library Staff Association, is having a book sale in front of the Young Research Library today. The book sale will be open exclusively to UCLA students from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will stay open until 3 p.m. for the general public. For just five dollars you can buy one of their paper shopping bags and fill it with as many books as possible.
We spoke to a few bookworms at the event, and compiled a list of five great finds:
1. Alexandra Onea found The Literary Book Of Answers. This book works like a Magic 8 ball. A one-line answer is centered on every page. The reader simply asks the all-knowing book a question and then flips it open to find out the response.
2. Jae Hong, a busy neuroscience student, picked up The Giant Book Of Insults to help him take over the world… and add some wit to a book he plans to write. Hong also discovered some books written in Korean, which he says are pretty hard to find.
3. Laurie Ou found an Encyclopedia of nutrition facts so she can look up the calorie breakdown for any dish and try to avoid gaining a sophomore fifteen.
4. Second-year student Mary Clark grabbed two volumes of Masterpieces of World Literature to help her out on with her comparative literature classes, but was scouring the stacks for something more inspiring.
5. Yasmine Thomas, a fine arts student, stopped by on her way to Broad Arts Center to pick up some illustrated childrens’ books for the nostalgia (and possibly for crafting purposes). She also grabbed German Vocabulary so she can try out some new words in her German class.
Stop by today to support the librarians who keep our school running and find some great books in the process.
The Campus Events Commission is holding a sneak-peak tonight of the film-adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, a novel that offered us the line, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” If you love to see literature adapted to the big screen, check out this list of our favorite films based on novels.
Fight Club – Let’s talk about Fight Club (Ah man, we already broke the first and second rule). The film kept much of the postmodern and existential themes of the book, all of which led up to one of the most surprising twists in modern cinema. We won’t spoil it for you, but seriously, it’s been out for over ten years. You should have seen it by now. – MB
The Harry Potter series – When J.K. Rowling finished the final book, some of us weren’t ready to let go of the magical series that we grew up reading quite yet. Luckily, we had the films to keep us going. We laughed, we cried and grew up somewhere along the way. Although the film series has seen its up and downs, they defined a generation. Which one was your favorite? – KC
Blade Runner – This seminal work of science-fiction doesn’t have much in common with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the novel it was based on), but the fact that Harrison Ford could be so awesome without being Han Solo or Indiana Jones is pretty darn impressive. – MB
The Godfather – Besides the fact that the film is often hailed as the best film of all time, we included it because it made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star in this classic gangster film that is a must-see for any film buff and, in fact, any UCLA student. The director, Francis Ford Coppola graduated from UCLA’s film school. – KC
The Hunger Games – The latest movie sensation to give teenage girls something to talk about other than Twilight. The only difference is: The Hunger Games is actually good. Which side are you on: Team Gale or Team Peeta? – MB
Gone with the Wind – This film made history when it won 10 Oscars in 1939 (Yes, it’s that good). The sprawling epic stays incredibly true to the 1000+ page novel and even added our favorite (and AFI’s) quote, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Clark Gable, can you be any more suave? – KC
Jurassic Park – Come on, is there anyone who hasn’t seen this movie? Watching a bunch of dinosaurs wreak havoc was one of the most amazing things to watch as a kid (even if the velociraptors did give you nightmares for weeks). – MB
The Lord of the Rings series – We love Peter Jackson’s precious LOTR trilogy. There’s elves, dwarves, hobbits and orcs fighting to save Middle Earth and one ring to unite them all. Each film gets better than the next, and the battles only get more majestic. Also, in case you didn’t hear, these fantasy creatures are making their return as Peter Jackson is now shooting The Hobbit. – KC
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Based on Ken Kesey’s novel of the same name, this film features Jack Nicholson at his finest. Nicholson’s lovable lunatic (Oh, but is he?) is pitched against the evil Nurse Ratched (even her name sends chills down our spines) in a mental asylum. The events that ensue are, well… crazy to say the least. Oh and if you watch carefully, you might see a very young Christopher Lloyd, “Doc” from the Back to the Future Series, in his first role. – KC
Atonement – Naturally, we couldn’t leave out the film that marked the beginning of Keira Knightley’s collaborations with Anna Karenina director Joe Wright. The love story is heart-wrenching, and the cinematography is beautiful. We know we shed some tears. – KC
How many movies or books on the list have you seen or read? Which was your favorite? If you love watching a novel come alive on screen, check out Anna Karenina, Keira Knightley and Joe Wright’s third film together, tonight at 8 p.m. in Ackerman Grand Ballroom.
Reviews by Kassy Cho and Mike Bedard, Daily Bruin bloggers.
It’s here: Election night 2012. As the polling stations enter their final hours, stay tuned to Mojo to find out how UCLA students and Westwood community members are reacting to the election results. The polls close at 8 p.m.
Our bloggers will be reporting from the following sites:
The Hammer Museum for live coverage of the presidential politics and polls, related art installations and footage of TV’s best political skits on view in the courtyard.
See what people watching the results have to say about election night emotions, swing states, voting and more in tonight’s live blog. We want to hear from you, too: Tweet us @dbmojo.
Also, make sure to tag us (@dailybruin) in your election night photos.
6:02 p.m. (Ackerman): 13 states close their polls. Romney wins Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, Mississippi. Obama wins Michigan, New York, New Jersey. Reaction in Ackerman is mixed. Mix of groans and cheers as Romney takes the lead. Electoral Count: Romney – 152. Obama – 123.
6:07 p.m. (Ackerman): CNN projects that Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives. No real reaction here to the news.
6:11 p.m. (Ackerman): Florida switches in favor of Romney. Mojo caught up with fourth-year English student Johnny Leon.
Mojo: How are you feeling right now about the projections?
Leon: “As an Obama supporter, I feel pretty confident. Both candidates are doing well in the states they were projected to win.”
Mojo: How are you feeling about Florida?
Leon: “I was feeling good until the last update. It’s not vital, but it’d be ideal to win it now.”
6:17 p.m. (Hammer Museum): The Hammer screens some of the best political parodies from NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
6:20 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): The fried chicken, tacos and the proximity to the hill is enticing passersby. A small group enthusiastic voters is gathering in front of the indoor and outdoor screens. Some folks are even coming straight off the tennis courts to watch the results come in. April Lor, a second-year business/economics student and first time voter, says she came to the viewing party because it’s “more inspiring and exciting to watch with everyone.”
6:36 p.m. (Hammer Museum): A few people gather to watch election results at the Billy Wilder Theater inside the Hammer Museum. Not much of a crowd here.
6:41 p.m.(Ackerman): Obama projected to win Pennsylvania. Most people seem more interested in their dinners over here, and there’s no real reaction to the news.
6:46 p.m. (Ackerman): A round of applause as Elizabeth Warren (D) beats Scott Brown (R) in the Senate.
6:50 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): CPO is offering free dinner for its election night viewing party attendees.
7:04 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): Mohamed Tribulsi, a Clemson University International Student from Tunisia, hails from a country with a republican government. He said he’s excited to experience his first democratic election alongside voters at the tennis club.
Students in the line for food are passionately arguing about Proposition 34, the measure that would replace the death penalty in California with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
7:05 p.m. (Ackerman): Obama wins New Hampshire. The crowd is beginning to thin out here.
7:18 p.m. (Hammer Museum): The courtyard is starting to fill up! We’ve met an Austrian family, a Swedish family, but no UCLA students yet…
7:26 p.m. (Ackerman): Andrew Caudill, a fourth-year history student, says he’s “feeling pretty good right now” and that it looks likely Obama is going to win.
7:30 p.m. (Hammer Museum): Fifth-year fine arts student Patricio Morales shares his thoughts on the election updates: “It’s a bit overwhelming, the information that’s being brought out. It’s more like a spectacle.” He told us he thought it was a great idea to host a viewing party at the museum.
“[The Hammer] is known as a cultural center and it is nice that people are coming together. It makes a statement and it’s what holds the community together,” Morales said.
“If only the Hammer were also a polling place,” he added.
8:30 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): As CNN projects Obama to win Ohio, some students shout “Welcome back Obama!” but others say Florida and Ohio are too close to call.
8:31 p.m. (Hammer Museum): A crowd of about 200 people celebrate the re-election of President Obama with chants, cheers and tears.
8:35 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Applause from the coffee house as news of Barack Obama’s win is announced.
Comedian Jason Van Glass: “It’s weird that the president from Fifth Element is now our president. Because he’s black which usually stops you from being president. He’s also super-qualified to be president which would normally also stop you from being president.”
Here’s a clip from Van Glass’s sketch:
8:50 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): “I’m excited to see Obama in office another four years so he can make some bolder decisions,” said third-year international studies student Jacob Goldberg.
UCLA student Robert Paul said he doesn’t trust CNN’s projections and that he’s frustrated by the media’s representations of the vote. “Only 60% of Americas votes have been counted so far,” he said. He said, however, that he is still confident in Obama has won.
9:02 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Comedian Pedro Salinas: ”Don’t let white people vote for 100 years, I think that would be good…If you don’t oppress a people you get cargo pants and Dave Matthews Band and Mitt Romney.”
9:08 p.m.(Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Comedian Sean Conroy: ”The election is ending today. Here’s something I learned recently: it is okay to chant ‘Four more years’ at a political rally but not at your niece’s birthday party.”
9:15 p.m. (CPO Viewing Party): Students confident about the results turn away from the screen and toward the piping hot pizza and fried chicken for a bit. Outside, the tennis players continue playing through the commotion.
When asked why he chose this viewing party over others one student replied, “there were others?” A family of German tourists say they found out about the party “on the net.”
One student decked herself out in USA gear to celebrate election night.
9:30 p.m. (Kerckhoff Coffee House, Election Comedy Show): Comedian Erik Charles Nielsen: ”The election, that happened… There are things you can do to the name “Willard” other than “Mitt.” I feel like the sentiment in this room would be different if ‘Will Romney’ was on the ballot.”
10:30 p.m. Video: The UCLA community reacts to the 2012 election results.
That’s a wrap, everyone. Follow Daily Bruin’s coverage of the fate of Proposition 30 at dailybruin.com and on Facebook.
Reporting by Mojo bloggers Casey Bradford, Mike Bedard and Stephanie Son.
Lighthouse World Charity Thrift Store, located at 1727 Wilshire Blvd, opened four years ago as a venture to raise money for missionary trips organized by Santa Monica’s Lighthouse Church. Each year, church members travel to Africa and many other countries to provide medical supplies for people in need.
Martin Gaeta, the new manager of the store, is on a mission to raise awareness for the cause and make the shop a central meeting place for community members. Last December he hosted a fashion show called 50 Shades of California (teehee), and locals got together to model their takes on seasonal California fashion. On Monday night, the store hosted its first open mic night, which will continue to be held on the first Monday of every month.
Amidst the racks of clothes and locally hand-painted surfboards, performers showcased their talents by playing the guitar or cracking a few jokes. Audience members could watch the show while enjoying coffee and dessert.
The shop is nonprofit, so the staff is small, but many of its volunteers are UCLA students. It’s easy to feel at home when you see a framed UCLA shirt signed by various former athletes (next to a bare USC tee… they should really take that down) when you walk in to the store. If you tell them you’re a Bruin they will give you an automatic 25% off the already cheaply-priced clothes, which include $15 brand name jeans and handpicked vintage frocks. Even if you don’t consider yourself a thrifty fashionista, stop by this store for art, music, furniture, a soda or some of Gaeta’s stellar surfing advice.