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Greek Lingo Broken Down for Greek Week

Gamma Phi Beta bid night 2013

“Dude, do all associates have to go to the can-struction competition?” If that question strikes you as strange, it won’t for most members of Greek life this week. Greek Week, a series of social events, “greek games” and service activities, kicks off today. Mojo blogger Iris Goldsztajn, a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, breaks down some of Greek life’s most confusing lingo for us.

Rush: The informal term for fraternity and sorority recruitment
PNM: Potential new member, someone who goes through recruitment
Panhellenic: The association of all the general interest sororities, plus Alpha Delta Chi (Christian interest) and Phi Sigma Rho (South campus majors)
IFC: The Inter-Fraternity Council, which includes all the general interest fraternities, plus Triangle (engineering fraternity)
Sorority row: The stretch of Hilgard avenue most sororities are located on
Fraternity row: The parts of Gayley, Strathmore and Landfair avenues were most fraternities are located
Greek Week: A week dedicated to games and bonding between not only panhellenic sororities and IFC fraternities, but also multi-interest and multi-cultural Greek organizations
Associate: The formal term for an uninitiated member
Philanthropy: Fundraising event held by each individual chapter every year, in which all the other chapters participate
Chapter: All fraternities and sororities are national or international; their house at UCLA is called a chapter

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Arts & Entertainment

7 Games To Fill The Void Of Playing Flappy Bird

flappy bert

RIP Flappy Bird. Flappy bird is flapping no more … or so you thought. Were you devastated and cried your eyes out when the creator of Flappy Bird decided to take down the best and most frustrating game ever from the app store right before you downloaded it? Here are seven flappy bird remakes that will keep you from getting anything done in your life. You will be just as fed up with these versions, but we know that you will still keep playing because you have to beat your high score, right? Plus, all the apps are free. (more…)

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Food and Dining

Dorm Room Recipe: Overnight Oats

This recipe is for all of you out there that hate mornings, which is probably 99 percent of the UCLA population. We abuse the snooze button, pick sleep over eating breakfast in a dining hall and are usually late to morning classes.

A main problem with not being a morning person is that you probably skip breakfast more than you should. Breakfast provides you energy for the day ahead, especially after that nighttime “fast,” and will help you focus in class instead of thinking about your growling stomach.  (more…)

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Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Enrollment Times

Whether you’re in a first, second, third or fourth year, we’ve all had our fair share of ups and downs enrolling in classes. Often, the class we want is open at one point, and it only takes 30 seconds into our first pass for its status to almost magically change (and not in the happy-Disney sort of way) to waitlisted or closed. Other times, we just can’t seem to figure out the new MyUCLA website, and by the time we do, the classes on our saved plan in the Class Planner are no longer options. Whatever your personal experiences have been with enrollment passes, Mojo is here to help you minimize the stress associated with choosing and enrolling in classes.

Let’s face it – enrollment passes can determine whether your upcoming quarter will be academically enjoyable or not. So here are five ways to make the most of your enrollment passes. (more…)

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Food and Dining

Breakfast of Champions: Gold Medal Granola

Amy Giroux / Daily Bruin

If you like to control what you eat, making your own granola is one of the most satisfying things you can do for yourself.  Here is our family recipe, based on “Megan’s Granola Recipe,” but with significant alterations and changes. It is so delicious that the National Olympic Committees of several countries at first wanted the recipe, but then changed their minds when they realized that this granola might be addicting – it is THAT good.  Make it for yourself, throw in your favorite fruits and nuts, and treat yourself like the gold medal winner that you truly are. (more…)

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