Participating in Dance Marathon this weekend? Before you dance the night away, it’s important to make sure you’re mentally and physically prepared for the venture. We spoke to Sam Haney, a third-year English student and a Dance Marathon committee member who has previously participated in Dance Marathon. Here are some tips so that you can dance for 26 hours straight with no sweat. (Well, you might sweat a little…)
Eat healthy and drink lots of water.
Take care of yourself the night before. Don’t go out drinking and partying because it will take a toll on your body.
Bring water bottles and snacks. There will be four meals served, but you want to make sure you have food available if you need it.
Prepare and gather your costumes the night before. Some dancers will change outfits every three hours, so you want to make sure you don’t forget a change of clothes.
Remember to get as much homework done before the event as possible. Dancers will be exhausted afterwards and will most likely want to sleep the rest of the weekend off.
Bring deodorant, a toothbrush/toothpaste, and shampoo/conditioner. (You are going to be there for 26 hours and need the essentials)
Are you participating in dance marathon? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.
Since first pass enrollment appointments began this week, Spring quarter is almost upon us. For many seniors, the at once exciting and scary thought of graduation is just one quarter away.
Inspired by a post on the UCLA Subreddit, we decided to compile a list of classes offered next quarter that you should try out before you leave UCLA.
Using a complex formula of reading Bruinwalk.com, talking to students and consulting personal experiences and the experiences of others, we came up with the following list of fun/interesting/must-take classes offered in Spring 2013.
Whether you are a freshman or a graduating senior looking for something different in your last quarter, why not give some of these class a try?
FTV 106A: History of American Motion Picture – Offered every quarter, this class is taught by Professor Jonathan Kuntz, dubbed “a walking film dictionary” by many reviewers on Bruinwalk.com. Casie Nguyen, a fourth-year communication studies student, said she was able to apply the information she learned in this class to her internships. “Getting credit to watch movies like The Social Network, The Godfather and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is sick,” Nguyen said.
FTV C132 or FTV 133: Screenwriting Fundamentals – Although the professors who usually teach these two classes (Richard Walter and Hal Ackerman) are not teaching them next quarter, Chris Rock did walk in on 132C a few weeks ago. Just saying.
FTV 122N: History of Animation in American Film and Television – This class is only offered in Spring and taught by Professor Charles Solomon, a well known animation critic. Watch Bugs Bunny, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story 3 and hear anecdotes of the professor’s meetings with famous animators? Yes, please.
Any Ethnomusicology 91 class: World Music Performance Organizations – There are classes on the music and dance of Bali, India, Mexico and the Near East to name a few. Fourth-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student Christy Chen said she wants to take one of these classes to try something outside her major. “You actually go to class and learn how to drum,” she said. “I really like drumming, so I think it’ll be fun.”
Life- or Perspective-Changing Science Classes
Physiological Science 5: Issues in Human Physiology: Diet and Nutrition – Taking this class with Professor Esdin will help you realize how unhealthy the college lifestyle is. On the bright side, you learn how to make up for this and avoid chronic heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer, which is always good to know. Also did you know 2% milk doesn’t actually mean there’s 2% fat? Mind blown.
Life Sciences 15 – Life: Concepts and Issues – According to Redditors, it really does change your perspective on “life” and the nature of human behavior. Also, Professor Jay Phelan is a really fun and engaging lecturer.
Any Class with Professor Teo Ruiz
Redditors and students alike recommend taking a class with Professor Ruiz before graduating. Why, you ask? From what we’ve heard, when he teaches a class on mystics, heretics and witches (History 2C), he comes to class dressed in a witch costume. He also taught a Fiat Lux on Pride and Prejudice. How cool is that? Next quarter, Professor Ruiz is teaching History 129A: Social History of Spain & Portugal and a Fiat Lux called Los Angeles: Architecture, Ethnicity, and Urban History.
Speaking of Fiat Lux classes, some cool-sounding ones offered next quarter include:
Economics 19: Start-ups and the Entrepreneurial Thought Process
Need a way to spend Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is about acknowledging your loved ones, and these movies are the perfect way to spend an evening with roommates, best friends and significant others.
1. The Notebook: Ryan Gosling. Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Gosling. This is the movie that made us all fall in love with Ryan Gosling. Of course there is a plot in there somewhere too… something about how some girl called Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Gosling) reunite after falling in love as teenagers. But yeah, Ryan Gosling.
2. Bridesmaids: Need a movie to watch with your friends? Celebrate the love of friendship by watching as the wonderful Kristin Wigg and a group of friends try to plan a wedding. Hilarity ensues.
3. When Harry Met Sally: If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you might have to start reevaluating your life choices and consider adding “watch classic rom-coms” to your priority list. It’s a brilliant movie that centers on question of whether two people can really ever be “just friends.” Plus Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan star as the main characters.
4. Crazy, Stupid, Love: This rom-com starring Ryan Gosling (surprise, surprise – can you tell we like the guy?), Emma Stone and Steve Carrell will have you ”aww-ing,” as well as laughing. Gosling helps Carrell overcome mid-life crisis and reevaluates his own life in the process.
5. 50 First Dates: When you first think Adam Sandler, Valentine’s Day movies don’t usually come to mind. But this funny movie is a tearjerker. Prepare to get the tissues out as Sandler falls in love for a girl (Drew Barrymore) who has short term memory loss.
6. Enchanted: Cheesy Disney movies are the perfect way to celebrate a day of love. Gather with friends and sing along as Giselle (Amy Adams), a princess from the fairytale world, falls in love with Robert (Patrick Dempsey) from the human world.
7. Definitely, Maybe: Ryan Reynolds (No, not Ryan Gosling!) stars as a dad who’s getting a divorce. The story begins as he tells his daughter how he met her mother. It’s a sweet and heartfelt mystery that keeps you trying to guess who the woman is that Reynolds is talking about.
8. Moulin Rouge!: Get taken back in time to the beginning of the 20th century as Christian (Ewan McGregor) recounts his tragic love story with Satine (Nicole Kidman). This secret love affair told through song is an experience you won’t want to miss.
9. Bridget Jones Diary: The perfect comedy to watch with your friends, Renee Zellweger portrays a 30 year-old who has no luck with love. Watch as she tries to navigate the ups and down of life while keeping it all documented in her diary.
10. Titanic: Last but not least, this list would not be complete without this classic tale. The love story between Jack (Leonardo Dicaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) is unforgettable. No matter how many times you’ve seen the ship sink, it feels like a tragedy every time. And we will always wonder why Jack didn’t fit on the raft…
Did we miss any movies? Tweet us your favorites @dbmojo.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Mojo! This week, we walked around campus collecting heart-warming Valentine’s Day shout-outs. Our blogger, Casey Bradford, donned a gorilla suit à la our Halloween video. Check out these students’ declarations of love for roommates, significant others, best friends, teams and other loved ones. Whether or not you believe in celebrating this “Hallmark holiday,” we think there’s never a wrong time to tell someone how much you care.
Few things say “I love you” more than a Strawberry-Nutella Pop-Tart. These gooey squares practically ooze love – they’re hugs and kisses in food form. They’re also the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast surprise (or late night snack) to share with your roommates, best friend or other loved ones.
The recipe is incredibly easy to make (only five ingredients) and ready to eat within an hour. My roommates and I had a blast creating this treat together in the style of an assembly line. We especially loved sneaking bits of strawberries and tastes of Nutella while concocting these goodies.
Special tip: I would advise leaving about a centimeter or two of space on the rim pastry’s bottom layer. If you forget to leave space, the Nutella and strawberry will ooze out when you press the fork around the Pop-Tart’s edges (not the worst possible outcome, but it can get pretty messy!)
If you find yourself with leftover strawberries, try making strawberry calzones. They lack the aesthetic appeal of the Pop-tarts’s nutella-strawberry heart, but they’re just as tasty!