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UCLA Takes Las Vegas: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

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It’s spring quarter. The final stretch to summer is now underway and sadly this is the one quarter of the year when we don’t get a break from the insanity of a 10-week quarter system. But that will never stop UCLA from making the trek to Las Vegas during Memorial Day weekend to perform the 8-Clap in what has become a part of Bruin tradition. Last year, more than 1,000 Bruins gathered in front of the Bellagio Fountain to show off some Bruin pride with our famous fight chant, drawing the attention of police. The crowd was dispersed peacefully, but I have quite a hunch that UCLA will be back this year to continue the tradition. Memorial Day weekend is known for being one of the most exciting times in Las Vegas, as some of the biggest celebrities, DJs and musicians come to party it up in the “city that never sleeps.” Vegas Pool Season recently released a lineup of the weekend’s clubbing events, pool parties and celebrity performances, which feature big names such as Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Diddy, Avicii, Steve Angello, Diplo and Zedd. Watch out Coachella, it looks like Vegas is bringing just as stacked a lineup, without the hassle of sandstorms and a lack of showers. Imagine walking up to the club with your makeup all done and your eyelashes glued on, only to be hit with a gust of valley winds. It’s important to start looking for hotels right now because Memorial Day weekend is one of the top vacation destinations around this time. You can plan where you want to stay according to which clubs you plan on going to, but a word of advice: Find a place on The Las Vegas Strip, because taxis are outrageously expensive. Making a far, drunk walk back will be your demise. Now to the fun part: the parties. Because there are so many events going on in Las Vegas Memorial Day weekend, I’ve chosen to feature some of the most popular names on the lineup for each day, but visit Electronic.Vegas if you want to see the full event calendar for the weekend. So get your bathing suits and party dresses packed because you’re gonna be in for a crazy weekend!   Thursday, May 21 Zedd @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Steve Aoki @ Hakkasan at MGM Grand (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Dillon Francis @ Encore Beach Club at Night (10:30 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($25), Gentlemen ($35) Brody Jenner @ Tao at the Venetian (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Friday, May 22 Kaskade @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Lil Jon @ Surrender at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($40) Hardwell @ Hakkasan at MGM Grand (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($50) Armin van Buuren @ Omnia at Caesars Palace (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($50) Saturday, May 23 Benny Benassi @ Marquee Dayclub at Cosmopolitan (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Calvin Harris @ Wet Republic at MGM Grand (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($30), Gentlemen ($50) Snoop Dogg @ Tao at the Venetian (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Dash Berlin @ Marquee at Cosmopolitan (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50)   Sunday, May 24 Avicii @ Encore Beach Club (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($40), Gentlemen ($70) Fabolous @ Tao Beach at the Venetian (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) David Guetta @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Afrojack & Apster @ Omnia at Caesars Palace (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Monday, May 25 Tiesto @ Wet Republic at MGM Grand (11 a.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Diplo & Skrillex @ XS at Encore (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Carnage @ Marquee at Cosmopolitan (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($50) Showtek @ Omnia at Caesars Palace (10 p.m.) Cover charge: Ladies ($20), Gentlemen ($30) Some of the biggest names in EDM, electro house, dubstep, and hip-hop are all going to be performing Memorial Day weekend, so start saving your money now to treat yourself to an “It’s almost summer but I still have midterms and finals” vacation! Just a tip for when making a trip to Las Vegas: Check out Instagram or ask your friends for contacts to promoters for clubs. You’ll save lots of money! Whether you’re looking to spend the whole weekend drunk or just chilling by the poolside, one thing you can’t miss out on is seeing The Strip lit up beautifully at night. Turn up!   Lead image courtesy of William Lam. Pool party photo courtesy of Pantip Belle. Black and white club photo courtesy of Anthony Bushong.

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Throwback Thursday: April 9, 1969

On this day 46 years ago, the Daily Bruin reported on UCLA’s announcement of some new experimental classes. Here are some of the more unique ones which show the diversity of UCLA’s class offerings in 1969.

1. The Baha’i Faith

“A two-hour-a-week survey exploring and examining the Baha’i Faith in its various facets, with emphasis on how religion, as the Baha’i’s see it, is relevant to the modern world and modern man.”

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2. Theology and Moral Issues

“. . . centers on the issues raised by biological-medical innovations dealing with genetics, organ transplants, brain studies and the whole life/death question.”

3. ESP and Psychical Phenomena

“Group participation in ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, pre-cognition, hypnosis and poltergeist activity. The class is taught by a professional hypnotist.”

4. Yiddish for Beginners

“A two-hour weekly course designed to introduce the students to the Yiddish language, folklore and folk music.”

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5. Good-Time Music

“Ragtime, Jugaband, Fun and Funky Music. Bring instruments, voices, songs, ears and good spirits. Emphasis on participation and sharing music joy, but listeners welcome.”


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Let’s Talk Coachella: Last-Minute Tips and Tricks

Guys, Coachella Weekend 1 is this weekend. I repeat. This weekend.

The anticipation and idea of Coachella has truly distressed us for some time now. For some pre-sale junkies, it’s been an eternal 11-month journey. From the “OMG, just bought my ticket” to the exhausted “is Coachella still happening” phase, we’ve really been through a roller coaster of emotions.

That’s why we shouldn’t and can’t ruin this experience by forgetting some basic necessities that a lot of people tend to overlook. First timers, read carefully!

Items that, if forgotten, will ruin you:

1. Wristband/Shuttle Pass/Locker Reservation: You’d be surprised at how many people forget. It’s truly comical and extremely horrific.

2. Sunscreen: Unless you want to be a part of lobster season, it would be a good idea to pack sunscreen. People tend to forget and ignore the fact that reapplication is the most important part of maintaining optimal skin protection.

Life would be easier if you brought: 

1. Cash/Credit Card: For the first time, this year’s Coachella will finally be allowing credit cards at vendors. Hoorah! It’s still a good idea to have some cash on you though for emergency situations.

2. Hat: By all means, if you’re not a hat person, it’s OK. However, you might regret it when you realize Indio is not always flower crowns and flash tattoos but an actual desert. Even if you’re not going to wear it all day, bring one so your scalp and hair have the option to live.

3. Your Comfiest Shoes: The place is dusty. Your shoes will get extremely dirty so you might as well forgo your cute lil’ fashion boots and sandals for your day one sneakers. If your comfiest shoes are a pair of sandals, bring them. Just keep in mind that people will be dancing and trying to mob to the front – the perfect ingredients for stubbed toes.

4. Medication: Advil, allergy medications and vitamins are all things you should have. By the second day, it isn’t impossible for a huge headache to come down due to the excessive environment. It’s better to have medication on you than painfully force yourself through an experience you’ve spent so much energy, time and money for.

5. Not Your Nice Sunglasses: Your sunnies will fall and fly off, so make sure you bring a pair you don’t have too many attachments to.

6. Jacket: I’m being 100 percent serious. Again, Indio is a desert. Hot days, cold nights. Every year I see people shivering with blue lips telling their friends, “I didn’t think it would get this cold! Man, I should’ve listened to Mojo.”

7. Wet Wipes/Hand Sanitizer: I don’t know about you, but I like to eat with hands that aren’t covered in mud, dust and sweat. I also want to come back to UCLA as a healthy being, so I’m not caught in the perpetual cycle of sickness that will throw me off two weeks of school. It’s really all about personal preference though.

8. ChapStick: Protect yo’ lips!

Don’t Forget to:

1. Pack lightly! This is the time to pull out those moves you’ve been working on so get funky without anything bringing you down. A light backpack or, more favorably, a fanny pack would do just the job.

2. Make a set landmark your meeting place. It’s a well-known fact that cell phone reception is a bust at the festival so try not to spend all your time trying to send that “where are you?” text. If you are going to text, at least send “go to meeting spot.”

Are we missing anything? Tweet us at @DBMojo or comment below to help us out.

Good luck and see you there!

Photo Credits to Nicki Gigliotti

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Seven Things You Can Do to Pretend You’re Still on Spring Break

A week of spring break and we’re supposed to come back refreshed and ready for a new quarter? Please. It’s only been a week, and we’re already beyond burned out. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to pretend that spring break truly is forever.

1. Tan on the roof of Boelter


Get that vitamin D between lunch and stats lab. It’s called multi-tasking and, no, it’s not weird.

2. Frolic around the Family Pool


Because nothing says “spring break” like alumni, their young children and the sweet smell of chlorine.

3. Hoard everything coconut-flavored from the student store


Shampoo, yogurt, toilet cleaner … Everything is fair game. Pro tip: Also works with “tropical” and “sea breeze” scents.

4. Line up the shots … of espresso


As a wise man once sang: “Shots! Shots! Shots!” Make sure to amp up the caffeine and “turn up” for class this quarter.

5. Sip a tropical drink under the sunlight fluorescent lights


Jamba Juice has your back, spring break-dweller! Order yourself a nice Caribbean Passion, and enjoy in the calming atmosphere of your favorite student union.

6. Take a wildly undeserved nap at a popular landmark


It’s syllabus week and you just got back from break, so naturally you’re exhausted. Don’t forget to make a pit stop at Powell to release all that stress and enjoy the local architecture.

7. OR just deal with it


Sorry ’bout it.

How are you extending spring break? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.

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Throwback Thursday: the Daily Bruin’s website

‘The Daily Bruin recently revamped its website with a modern look for a modern audience. This change marks one of many shifts in The Bruin’s online presence. Since the website is changing, here is a look back at the Daily Bruin’s website for the last 13 years.

Aug. 1, 2002

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Feb. 9, 2005

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April 9, 2007

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Aug. 2, 2010

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Sept. 28, 2013

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March 31, 2015

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Lookin’ good, Daily Bruin.

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