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24 Famous UCLA Alumni

I remember last year, while waiting patiently for my chunky chicken salad sandwich at Bruin Cafe, Jordyn Wieber was just casually standing next to me. I didn’t know what to do. Do I say hi? No, that makes me seem creepy. Do I mention something about her gymnastics abilities? Probably not. She’s a regular student, just like me. Except she has a gold medal from the Olympics and arm muscles strong enough to beat me at arm wrestling.

Seeing Jordyn Wieber in everyday clothes and ordering regular food just like me, I wondered what other famous people might have attended UCLA. So, I have done some research and am here to give you a list of some of the most famous UCLA alumni. Not all of them graduated from UCLA (some peeps gotta pursue their dreams, ya know?), but hey, they were Bruins for a coo’ minute so obviously being a Bruin is something to brag about.


Famous UCLA Alumni (who earned a degree from UCLA)


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Professional basketball player

Honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Abdul-Jabbar is an American professional basketball player with a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player award. He played four seasons for the UCLA Bruins where he was twice named Player of the Year, was a three-time First Team All-American, played on three NCAA champion teams and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament. A legend in both NBA and Bruin history, Abdul-Jabbar earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA in 1969 while being considered the most dominant player in college basketball.



Troy Aikman: Professional football player

As one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history who led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles, Troy Aikman began his rise to stardom as one of UCLA’s best quarterbacks. Aikman was the first quarterback in UCLA history to lead the Bruins to back-to-back 10-win seasons, along with two bowl victories, and is being honored on Nov. 28 with the retirement of his jersey number. The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame member participated in graduation ceremonies in front of his mother and three daughters in 2009 after completing his degree in sociology.


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Sara Bareilles: Singer-songwriter

This American singer-songwriter who graduated from UCLA in 2003, blew up on the radio with her hit single “Love Song” and has kept a prominent place in the music industry, selling over a million records and being nominated for a Grammy Award five times. While at UCLA, Bareilles was a part of the communication studies program, sung with of the co-ed a cappella group Awaken a Cappella and won the Spring Sing talent show twice.


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Brad Delson: Musician

Brad Delson is an American musician known for his role as guitarist in the Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park. Delson was one of the founding members of the band and worked towards a degree in communication studies with a specialization in business and administration when he entered UCLA in 1995. Delson was roommate to future band mate Dave Farrell for three of his four attending years and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Delson graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1999.


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Mark Harmon: Actor

An American television and movie actor known for his role in the hit crime TV series “NCIS,” Mark Harmon transferred to UCLA in 1972 and was the starting quarterback for the UCLA Bruins football team in 1972 and 1973. Receiving the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence, Harmon accomplished an amazing 17-5 record and graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.



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Kay and Danielle Panabaker: Actresses

American film and television actresses, Danielle and Kay Panabaker came into the spotlight at a young age. Danielle Panabaker starred in Disney films as a teenager including “Stuck in the Suburbs” and “Sky High.” Kay Panabaker also starred on Disney with a recurring role in “Phil of the Future.” Both sisters later acted together on Disney’s original movie “Read It and Weep.” Astonishingly, Danielle Panabaker received her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in 2007 at the young age of 19 while her younger sister, Kay Panabaker, completed her bachelor’s degree in history before she even turned 18!


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Gabrielle Union: Actress

An American actress and former model, Gabrielle Union is known for performances as head cheerleader of the East Compton Clovers in the original “Bring It On” and as the sister of Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys II.” A transfer to UCLA, Union interned at a nearby talent agency where she was later asked to work as a model. Union graduated from UCLA with honors in sociology.



Bill Walton: Professional basketball player

Two-time NBA Champion and retired basketball legend Bill Walton rose to superstardom playing under the coaching of John Wooden at UCLA from 1971 to 1974. During this time, he won three consecutive Naismith College Player of the Year awards as a Bruin. Bill Walton is regarded by some college basketball historians as the greatest player who ever played the game at the college level. Walton graduated from UCLA in 1974 and has been honored with the retirement of his jersey number at UCLA.


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Jaleel White: Actor

Jaleel White, famous for his role as the nerdy but charming Steve Urkel in the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” White attended UCLA after the completion of the show and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in film and television in 2001. He continued on with his acting career, starring in “Dreamgirls” alongside Beyonce, and has been featured as a guest on many shows including “Boston Legal,” “House M.D.,” “Psych” and as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”



Jamaal Wilkes: Professional basketball player

Former Los Angeles Lakers star and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Wilkes was a key player for the UCLA Bruins, helping the team win consecutive NCAA Championships in 1972 and 1973, and he contributed to an NCAA record 88-game winning streak. Wilkes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1974 and left the school as a two-time All-American.


More Famous Students/Alumni (who did not or have not yet graduated)

Jack Black (Actor), “School of Rock,” Major: Theater

Nicolas Cage (Actor), “The Rock”

James Dean (Actor), “Rebel Without a Cause,” Major: Theater

Ryan Dusick and Mickey Madden (Musicians), Maroon 5

Mariska Hargitay (Actress), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Major: Theater (member of Kappa Kappa Gamma)

Anthony Kiedis (Musician), Red Hot Chili Peppers, studied writing

Heather Locklear (Actress), “Dynasty,” (Pledged Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta, also model and commercial actor for UCLA Store)

Steve Martin (Actor, comedian), “The Pink Panther,” Major: Theater

Jackie Robinson (Professional baseball player), first African American to play in MLB and UCLA’s first four-sport letter winner

Kristen Stewart (Actress), “The Twilight Saga,” Major: English Literature

Ben Stiller (Actor, comedian), “Zoolander,” Major: Film

Jordyn Wieber (Olympic gymnast), 2012 gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Major: Psychology


Now we can all sleep comfortably, dreaming of one day becoming just like these successful Bruins.

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3 Movies on Netflix That Are So Bad, They’re Kind of Good

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Most of us have a Netflix tab open on our computer at any given time in the day. Since the creation of this archive of TV shows, movies, documentaries, etc., procrastination has become a whole different ballgame. Supplying us with season after season of our favorite TV shows – “Orange is the New Black,” “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “House of Cards” to name a few recent ones – the question has changed from “Will I find a reason to get out of bed?” to “Will I find a reason to get out of bed in the next 15 seconds?”

While most turn to Netflix to watch their favorite award-winning TV shows and movies, I’ve recently started to gravitate towards the other end of the spectrum and search for the cheesiest movies I could find. Why you might ask? Well sometimes there are those major flops that are just so ridiculous and poorly made that they are actually pretty entertaining! So I present you here with three of my most recent finds.

1. Coneheads”


While the plot is creative, the description for the movie provided by Netflix about an “odd alien family with cone-shaped heads, robot-like walks and an appetite for toilet paper” really gives everything away. The crazy, pointy-headed alien family will intentionally (and many times unintentionally) make you laugh out loud as they try to understand commonplace earthling activities. Starring, amongst others, beloved comedian Dan Aykroyd, this movie will leave you wondering, “What did I just spend an hour and 28 minutes watching?!?”

2. “Gigli”

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Widely regarded as one of the worst movies of all time, this rom-com tells the story of two mobsters, Larry Gigli (Ben Affleck) and Ricki (Jennifer Lopez), trying to carry out a kidnapping as they simultaneously fall in love. While I probably wouldn’t give this movie more than 1.5 stars on a good day, I’d still recommend it just for the Affleck-Lopez duo. Save this one for a rainy day, when there is literally nothing else to do.

3. “Highlander: Endgame”


Now for my action pick. In this movie, Connor Macleod must unite with family member Duncan Macleod in order to defeat Kell, an immortal ex-friend of Connor. Kell has been going on a 450-year-long rampage, killing everyone Connor loves as revenge after Connor killed him and his adoptive father for executing his mother. So you could say Kell has some issues with forgiveness. There’s a whole lot of violence, a whole lot of drama and whole lot of subpar special effects that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Kind of.

Honorable mention

OK this movie may not be available on Netflix, but if you haven’t seen “Troll 2,” drop everything you’re doing right now and watch it. This “horror” movie might actually give you an ab workout from laughing so hard at the low-budget troll costumes and unconvincing delivery of a very poorly written script and plot. Seriously, bring this when it’s your turn to pick for movie night. This movie trailer will give you a gist of what I mean.

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Arts & Entertainment

7 Ways to Get Over a Bad Midterm Grade

Sometimes no matter how much you study, you don’t do so well on an exam. We’ve all been there, and it’s unpleasant to say the least. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to cheer yourself up without ever leaving campus. Check out Mojo’s favorite pick-me-ups.

1. Browsing the holiday section at Ackerman


Around Christmas time, our favorite student store looks like your childhood and happiness. Find comfort in the red and green candy wrappers and the sweet smell of gingerbread… hand lotion.

2. Grabbing a hot drink with a friend


Hot chocolate or a latte, venting to a good friend and the Hogwarts-likeness of Kerckhoff? Best. Combo. Ever.

3. Treating yourself to froyo

Remember when we told you about Sweet Spot? Well now is the time to turn your not-so-good day into a great one, with the help of this classic dairy mood booster.

4. Simply taking a stroll

Ever noticed? UCLA is kinda nice. Add fallen leaves and the slightly cooler weather, and our campus makes for a preeetty great walk. Stroll aimlessly until you feel better.

5. Hitting the gym

If you’ve seen “Legally Blonde”, and most likely if you haven’t, you know that exercise produces endorphins and endorphins make you happy. So go lift those 50 pounds or run those five miles, you champion you.

6. People watching

What? No, we don’t do that. That would be weird.

7. Taking a nap in Powell

Isn’t that what libraries are for?

What do you do to feel better after receiving bad midterm news? Let us know by tweeting us @dbmojo or commenting below.

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Science & Health

Cancer Awareness: Facts about Lung, Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer

A lot of things happen in November. The color of the leaves change, the Starbucks red cups come back, elections are held and the Halloween decorations become Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving is prevalent in our thoughts, and the nation celebrates Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Amid the holiday spirit, we shouldn’t forget that November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. To spread the awareness through social media, here are some facts about lung, pancreatic and prostate cancer, and what you can do to help.

Lung cancer


1. Lung cancer is still the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. More people die of lung cancer that those do by colon, breast and prostate cancer combined.

2. A nonsmoker’s chance of getting lung cancer can increase up to 20-30 percent if exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work.

3. More than 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. The survival rate is 35 percent when the cancer is detected early.

Pancreatic cancer


1. Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers that have not had a significant increase in survival rates over 40 years.

2. The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastatic disease (the spreading of cancer from the original site to another location) ranges from three to six months, and 94 percent of victims will die within a five-year period.

3. Pancreatic cancer is hard to detect because there are no tools to catch it at its early stages when surgical removal is still a possibility.

Prostate cancer


1. In the United States, about one in seven men is diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.

2. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the U.S., behind lung cancer.

3. There are 2.5 million men alive today who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

With these facts in mind, it’s easy to help out on campus. Although we as UCLA students have limited options to help directly combat cancer, we can join clubs and promote awareness through the avenue we know best: social media. The American Cancer Society hosts Relay For Life on campus, an event in which hundreds of students come together to run on behalf of those who are fighting cancer or who have lost their battles.

Many clubs, sororities and fraternities hold charity events that donate to research funds and organizations. In addition, some of you may have noticed the Snapchat geotag the first day of November, which was an orange mustache. The “No-Shave November” trend, promoted by the Movember Foundation, is utilizing social media to get the word out about growing mustaches to increase awareness about men’s health. Awareness is nothing without action, so spread the word and get involved.

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