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5 Black Friday Alternatives in LA

I’ve never been very fond of Black Friday. I can’t really pinpoint any one reason, and I don’t really know why in all honesty. Perhaps it’s because I am not a competitive person, because I’d rather sleep after midnight than drive to the mall like a maniac, or because I’ve become more inclined to shop online from the peaceful confines of home (or my smartphone).

One way or another, I simply cannot come to accept the phrase used most often by Black Friday enthusiasts: “It’s really worth it!” Personally, to me it’s not worth sacrificing the cozy post-Thanksgiving feeling I get from doing whatever I have been doing instead of going Black Friday shopping for as long as I can remember. So here you go, five Black Friday alternatives in LA – a Mojo special for those of you that are staying on campus for Thanksgiving break and would prefer to avoid the utter madness that has come to define Black Friday.

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Mojo Asks Students

What’s Your Favorite Workout Gear?

Julianna Foster / Daily Bruin

Anyone who likes to work out is pretty much guaranteed to have a favorite piece of workout gear. For some, half of your wardrobe consists of workout clothes because you love to look stylish in the gym. For others, that certain pair of shoes for your workout of choice is all you need to get in a great sweat session.

Mojo asked students entering and leaving the John Wooden Center what their favorite piece of workout gear is, and here’s what we found.

  • Asics sneakers because they’re really comfy for spinning.” – Samara Khaul, first year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student
  • Nike sports bras are my favorite because they hold you in!” – Pao Jimenez, second-year anthropology student
  • Nike Dri-FIT long-sleeve shirt, because it’s super-warm and comes in neon yellow!” – Zoe Hawkins, third-year political science student
  • Bro tanks because they make me feel swole.” – Jake Rucker, first-year business economics student
  • Under Armour shorts are perfect for squat days.” – Kim Huang, second-year MIMG student
  • Nike Elite socks because they’re comfy A.F.” – Jarek York, second-year political science student
  • Lululemon tank tops and Mizuno Wave Rider shoes.” – Maya Nag, first-year biochemistry student
  • Nike Dri-FIT shorts because they make me feel cool and athletic.” – Kanya Mudiam, first-year economics student

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear? Comment below or tweet us @dbmojo!

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From Point A to Point B: Which Transport App Should You Use?

photoFor many students, the words “Uber,” “Lyft” and “Sidecar” mean little, but the long-term savings they accumulate for car-less students who choose these transportation apps instead of traditional cabs are truly substantial. These lower-cost transport alternatives consistently charge less than taxis for the same distance.

Competing mobile transport apps include Flywheel and Taxi Magic, both of which work by connecting app users to conventional cab companies. With a credit or debit card number, a smartphone in most cases and perhaps a Facebook profile, you can find yourself on the go in a matter of minutes, with no cash in hand necessary!

Here’s the lowdown on each of these apps, based on my personal experience, for the time-starved Mojo reader.

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