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Lil B’s Guide to Life


Tonight, Brandon McCartney, better known as rapper Lil B, is gracing the UCLA campus with his presence in a speaking event put on by the Campus Events Commission. The Bay Area rapper, record producer, author and motivational speaker is well known for his memorable quotes. For those of you who haven’t been blessed by the “Based God” yet, here’s a preview of what you can expect tonight:

The man isn’t afraid to shed society’s unfair expectations of masculinity when the moment strikes him. It’s okay to be vulnerable; we’re all people after all.

Comparing himself to two of the world’s most powerful people takes real confidence. Lil B just tells it like it is.

Lil B may not have a degree in biology, but he raises an interesting point on the long-term health benefits of good ol’ oxygen. #staysmiling

He never forgets where he comes from and the support and love that has led him to where he is today. Very classy, Based God.

When you’re this famous and successful, there are bound to be jealous people who try to tear you down. Lil B isn’t scared, he sees right through it all.

Deep. These observations are akin to those of a young Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse-Tyson.

If you were unable to reserve a ticket, swing by Ackerman Grand Ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. to snag an unclaimed wristband for the 8 p.m. program. You won’t want to miss this.

As always, #tybg.

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Food and Dining

The Ocho: Apartment Dinner Party Locale

One Sunday morning, I was looking for a brunch place on Yelp when I stumbled across what seemed like a new, highly rated restaurant called The Ocho. Intrigued, I read the reviews, excited that something passably edible had finally come to Westwood. Instead, I found a mock “restaurant” run by Sunny Singh, the Bruins United presidential candidate from 2014 and a fourth-year history and economics student, in conjunction with his roommates. After some back and forth, I visited Singh and his friends/roommates, fourth-year psychology student Michael Ruder and fourth-year sociology student Patrick Cody-Carrese, after the end of one of their regular dinner parties on a Monday evening.

Though none of the trio plan to pursue cooking full-time after graduation this quarter, they still plan to keep the spirit of The Ocho alive by continuing to throw dinner parties in their post-college lives.

If you want to create your own Ocho-style experience, keep a few things in mind:

  • Be collaborative in the kitchen. There’s no need to put all the pressure on yourself as the gracious host and chef.

“We’re very competitive with our dishes and sometimes we make recommendations, like adding a little less salt, but all in all we want to see each other improve and make the best dish possible.”  – Cody-Carrese

  • Be creative in the kitchen and don’t just follow recipes from online.

“We always try to keep it different. We never serve the same dish twice.” – Cody-Carrese

  • The most important thing is the people you’re breaking bread with.

“It’s always great to be able to spend time with friends, to partake in a meal together. It’s like Thanksgiving every time (we host The Ocho).” – Singh

“I think the main ingredient in any delicious dinner party is the people. You gotta have the right people coming in order to make a good dinner party.” – Ruder

“Share your stories like you share your food” – Cody-Carrese

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Arts & Entertainment

While You Were Studying: Top Stories of the Week

The week may have just started, but already so much has happened. So rather than opening more cluttering tabs next to MyUCLA and Facebook, I have summed it all up right here for you on one page. If you’d like to dive deeper, just click the link.

1. Sometimes you need to take a two-minute-and-35-second break from all the stress and just watch a video that is mindlessly entertaining. So to kick things off here is a video that has gone viral. [YouTube]

2. Remember this?

Kim K regretfully forgot to add these “Khloe’s journey to jail” selfies to her new book “Selfish,” so the entrepreneur herself is planning on releasing a special edition copy.  [ELLE]

3. After 14 seasons, American Idol announced that after one more season in 2016, it will be ending its production of golden tickets and concluding its presence on reality television. It’s been a good 13 years, but let’s be honest, can anyone actually name all the winners because the only guy I remember is William Hung. [The Huffington Post]

4. Sofia Vergara will be on a six-episode series called “Vergaraland” on Snapchat. We’re not exactly sure how that will work, but do we care? It’s Sofia Vergara, for goodness sakes. And if Joe Manganiello makes an appearance, you know we’ll be all over that. Ten seconds is clearly not long enough. [Variety]

5. And last, but certainly not least. You’ve seen it a million times and even had a mini-freakout when Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway reunited on an episode of “Lip Sync Battle” but now your most unexpected dream is coming true: The Devil Wears Prada is becoming a musical. There is no word on who, what, where, when or why, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter. Just the fact that it’s even in the works is fulfilling enough. []

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Mojo Asks Students

Mojo Asks Students: Yes or No to #MeatlessMondays?

You may have noticed that the some of the UCLA dining hall services, most notably Bruin Plate, have adopted the trend of Meatless Mondays. Other University of California organizations, such as UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and even Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have been supporting Meatless Mondays and Beef-less Thursdays. The movement, promoted by the student group Bruins for Animals!, is built upon the idea that foregoing meat for dinner once a week benefits us in many ways, to live a healthier, more cost effective and environmentally conscious lifestyle. On the other hand, some have argued that limiting meat options on Monday dinners restricts choices.

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It’s an ongoing debate. Here’s what feedback we received when students on the Hill were asked about the subject.

  • “People are missing out on some of the best things in life: chicken tacos. Additionally, humans were meant to eat meat or else we wouldn’t have canines.” – first-year undeclared student Fiona Riddle.
  • “It’s discriminatory and insensitive towards meat lovers.” – first-year undeclared student Temuulen Maral-Erdene.
  • “I think it’s a great idea! B-Plate is all about providing healthy, sustainable food, and it wouldn’t make sense if they did not recognize the value on health and the environment by skipping on meat for a day or maybe more. And it’s funny to see people freak out.” – first-year theater student Kira Morling.
  • “It’s a great idea with a great purpose. People underestimate the drought situation we’re in, and this promotes it. It’s only once a week too, so it’s not the end of the world.” – second-year psychobiology student Cameron Ajamoud.
  • “I’m a growing girl! I have weak bones and I really could have used some chicken in my salad today.” – first-year psychobiology student Ellie McCartney.
  • “Everyone freaks out about this. It’s once a week, calm down everyone. It saves a ton of water, like a lot. Not having pork chops or chicken once a week is not going to ruin your life but rather help California be California again.” – first-year chemical engineering student XiaoPeng (Steve) Chen.
  • “In order to be satisfied with my meals I need to have a little protein. I’m upset and feel like I don’t really have anywhere to go for dinner since B-Plate is my main place.” – first-year human biology and society student Jennifer Karsli.

  • “I don’t mind it. I don’t eat a lot of meat anyways since the lines are too long.” – first-year theater student Irene Jeong.

Recently, some students were confused by Bruin Plate’s online menu as some of the Monday dining options showed meat, but when Bruin Plate staff were asked about the confusion, they explained that the website had not been updated due to the new transition. Sure enough, #meatlessmondays will continue until the end of the quarter.


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