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#HashItOut Episode 3: Food and politics

(Kelly Brennan/Daily Bruin senior staff)
(Kelly Brennan/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Join Social Media Director Francesca Manto and Digital Managing Editor Eldrin Masangkay for the third installment of #HashItOut. This episode covers a wide range of topics from #NationalDessertDay as the hosts discuss what the best dessert places are in Westwood to #DemDebate as they analyze highlights of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary debate.

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Mojo Asks Students

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Here’s a badly kept secret: the 23,000-plus member Free & For Sale Facebook group is the real center of UCLA’s campus community. Daily Bruin Video set out to find out just how seriously Bruins take the sometimes weird and outlandish things posted on the page by advertising a giveaway of dollar bills. The results did not disappoint.

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Throwback Thursday, Week 3: ‘The Jello President’

So-called "political outsiders" have always been appealing candidates for those disaffected with politics as usual. (Daily Bruin archives)
So-called "political outsiders" have always been appealing candidates for those disaffected with politics as usual. (Daily Bruin archives)

Whatever they are called – Washington outsiders, businesspeople, dark horses – Americans love the idea of politicians who clearly haven’t devoted their lives to being one.

The first Democratic Party primary debate was held Tuesday night in Las Vegas, meaning that the excessively lengthy presidential election cycle is now in full swing. We’re still at the stage in the process where all the anti-politicians are out and about.

During the 1992 election cycle, UCLA Extension staff member Marcus Hennessy thought the establishment – which, for the Democrats at the time, was comprised of now-California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton – was a bore, and thought more unconventional and popular candidates of the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby would really spice things up.

Hennessy was writing satirically, but in 2015, his wish has partially been granted, with both parties featuring the unlikeliest of candidates – some of them to the dismay of rational Americans. There’s Donald Trump, the loud-mouthed business mogul and reality television star, who has captivated the country for all the wrong reasons, and Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has managed to defy popular impressions that doctors are intelligent. He stands little chance because he is attempting to capture a rapidly shrinking demographic.

Finally, there’s the gruff populist and self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. Yes, he’s been involved in politics local and national for decades, but clearly remains a Washington outsider for political views that might be considered radical to some in this country, but are par for the course in much of Western Europe and Scandinavia. Sanders, at least, is interested in discussing income inequality rather than bloviating about himself.

While it seems dubious that any of these candidates could become president – though it’s really too early to say for sure – let’s not forget that California actually experienced the strangest sort of leadership, when actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger somehow edged out two realistic competitors in a wild 2003 recall election that also involved blogging guru Arianna Huffington, Gary Coleman and a porn star.

Considering that the ‘Governator’ could have done much worse as California’s leader, maybe Hennessy wasn’t totally wrong about electing outsiders to political office.

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Three useful music apps that aren’t Spotify

Spotify is the juggernaut of music streaming apps, but there are great alternatives. (Creative Commons photo by Aurimas via Flickr)
Spotify is the juggernaut of music streaming apps, but there are great alternatives. (Creative Commons photo by Aurimas via Flickr)

Unlike music lovers of yore, today’s college students no longer have to rely on friends’ mixtapes, word-of-mouth or the radio to find new music, local concerts and other ways of filling their need for music. Instead of shelling out 99 cents a song, like when iTunes was in vogue, or, more often, illegally downloading, many users are turning to streaming services like Spotify, which offers a 50 percent student discount to college students. With the unveiling of Apple Music in June, it’s clear that subscription streaming services have won the lion’s share of music industry.

Even as these streaming services have saturated the market and saddled students (and consumers) with the tyranny of choice, there are still more apps and websites being introduced to help you on your quest to musical nirvana. In order to help you sort through all the chaos and bad user interfaces, we profiled three non-streaming music applications that are worth checking out.

Bandsintown (iPhone, Android, Web)

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As an app and website, Bandsintown can help you track your favorite artists and let you know when they’re in town. If you load your music preferences from various music services including Spotify and Soundcloud, it will also suggest new local music shows that you may like. Although I primarily find out about the shows I’d like to see via the (optional) weekly email blast Bandsintown can send, their mobile app uses your location to suggest nearby shows, which came in handy when I was traveling in Europe this summer and located a Jacques Greene concert during my stay in Paris.

Songkick (iPhone, Android, Web)


Although considered a concert-tracking app fairly similar in nature to Bandsintown, Songkick also offers in-app ticket purchases and an in-app calendar of all the shows. Their website is better supported than Bandsintown’s, which annoyingly redirects you to Facebook for authentication. Additionally, if you’re like me and would rather not share your music preferences with your friends, Songkick’s ability to sign up sans Facebook email makes it the perfect option for people who prefer to keep their listening habits discreet.

Jukely (iPhone, Android, Web)


Though less of an app and more of a subscription service, Jukely, which recently began its pilot program in Los Angeles, is well worth the $25 a month it offers for unlimited concerts in various cities. If you’re the kind of person who goes to at least two shows a month, you’ll get your money’s worth by attending at least two Jukely-linked concerts or shows. Although most artists are local and probably new to you, big names can be found as well. Jukely stresses the importance of being open to listening to new artists, since the limited tickets for the larger names, such as, most recently Zedd and Disclosure, are obviously much sought after.

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