Twelve years ago today, The Daily Bruin published a story about an MCD (molecular, cell and developmental) Bio 40 class, and how its students served the AIDS community. Professor Roger Bohman required his students to serve at community service agencies that benefit AIDS victims, allowing them insight into the topic being discussed through a medium other than textbooks and lectures.
Whatta cool dude amirite?
Looking at this professor’s reviews on bruinwalk.com really shows how loved he is by students who took this class. According to Joshua Abel, who was a second-year psychology student in 2003, “It gives you real life experience in something to give you a different perspective on the course. You’re not just dealing with paperwork; you’re dealing with something that is very real.”
According to this article, 27,000 students had taken Bohman’s classes, “which translates to a great deal of hours in the community.” UCLA still offers a variety of opportunities for community involvement, so feel free to explore the Volunteer Center’s website if you want to get involved.
Arguably one of the most important fashion events in the world, New York Fashion Week, ended last week. But does the Big Apple really have anything on UCLA? We think not. We spotted some extra stylish students in North Campus this week; check out their spot-on fashion sense.
Name: Janelle Cohen
Outfit: sweater, jeans and sunglasses – American Apparel; bag – Urban Outfitters; shoes – DSW
As the winter quarter winds down, students are beginning to look forward to what spring has to offer. This includes one of UCLA’s most popular events of the year, Spring Sing, which just released its lineup Friday.
Spring Sing is an event that not only allows students to showcase their artistic talents in front of their peers, but also to potentially expose themselves to recording companies or other higher powers. However, another perk to attending the show is the opportunity to be in the presence of a few celebrities. Last year’s show, for example, had special appearances by both Raven Symoné and Alanis Morissette. Don’t get me wrong, Raven was fantastic, but who could forget that awe-inspiring speech made by the unofficial queen of 90′s alternative rock?
In honor of the release of the lineup for Spring Sing 2015, Mojo takes a look back at an acceptance speech to remember.
Morissette was honored with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement during Spring Sing last year, prompting her to make a lengthy speech about the importance of, well, we’re still not quite sure.
She started off strong, first giving a few shout-outs to UCLA.
Then she continued on, explaining her love for the arts: “The ego, the storytelling …”
And then, she bust out the big guns: PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC NEUROBIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION.
Next she took a moment to list all of the various types of intelligence …
And finally, she gave us a few last thank-you’s, wished us well on our journeys, and reminded us that …
Last night was the broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards, AKA the most prestigious cinematic awards show of the year. Besides the usual random knowledge of who is everyone’s plus-one and who made each person’s outfit, I actually picked up a couple life lessons applicable to the life of an average UCLA student. Who says you can’t actually learn anything from watching television?
1. Laugh, even when no one else is doing it
Laughter is like instant social lubricant; it can diffuse any awkward situation, even when that situation is a terribly told pun to a room of Hollywood’s most famous. In attempt to creatively introduce the next presenter, Reese Witherspoon, the host of the show, Neil Patrick Harris, said, “This next presenter is so lovely you could eat her up with her spoon.” *crickets* However, who could stay mad long when he flashes that gorgeous smile? His terrible joke managed to remind everyone to take themselves a little less seriously, something we all need to be reminded of from time to time. If all else fails, pull a Neil and just stick by your work, even if no one else is willing to do so.
2. Call your parents
Let’s get a little sappy for a moment. It is easy in the hustle and bustle of exams, extracurriculars and napping, to forget about those people who just happened to take care of us for 18 years. Thanks to J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor winner, the millions of people watching the broadcast were reminded to call up their biggest fans, their parents. This particular fandom may be small, and it may lack a catchy nickname, like Lovatics or Beliebers, but it is the most important one of all. Pro tip: follow Mr. Simmons’ advice closely and avoid texting a quick, “Hey, what’s up?” Using your phone for its actual intended purpose could be nice for a change.
3. Everything truly is awesome
College students are notorious for complaining about everything. Walking around campus is essentially a full-time job at UCLA, the curve can be a real challenge and the lines are actually ridiculous. However, the adorable and nostalgia-filled spectacle that was performance of The Lego Movie’s “Everything Is Awesome” helped put these daily annoyances into perspective. All that walking gives us super-toned calves, the long lines lead to delicious food and we are incredibly lucky to go to a school as highly academically renowned as UCLA. Plus, if dancers can jump around in cheesy, uncomfortable costumes on national television, then I can totally walk up a few stairs.
4. Don’t be afraid to voice your beliefs
Several stars used the worldwide exposure to promote something other than their favorite gown designer. Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram before the event to promote #AskHerMore, a movement centered around expanding the types of questions asked on the red carpet to female celebs. Steve Carell sported some #HeforShe cuff links, in support of the UN’s campaign for gender equality. Patricia Arquette called for America to step up its protection of equal rights for women in her Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech.
You don’t have to be a powerful movie star to support an awesome cause, there are plenty of outlets on campus to get involved and make a difference. Who knows, you too could earn a celebratory hand point from the queen of cinema, Meryl Streep.
Yes Meryl, yes.
Did you watch the Oscars last night? Tell us what you thought in the comments below or tweet us at @dbmojo!
UCLA is filled with stairs all over campus. But the steps that are dreaded the most are the infamous “1919 stairs,” also known as the death stairs. These four tiers of steps lead to a heavenly cup of warm cafe latte with a delicious lemon poppyseed scone, a perfect balance of hot and cold in the Monte Bianco or a stomach-filling cheesy pizza. But when the food coma is in full effect, the stairs come back to haunt you. Those in Hedrick, Rieber and Hitch completely understand the pain and struggle.
So here’s a little story of the constant battle with the stairs that we go through every day.
1. First you’re going to look up at and mentally decide that you’re going to power through.
2. You run up by stretching your legs across as many steps as you can, thinking that it will make the journey quicker and less strenuous.
3. Then you realize that the people in front of you are being so slow.
4. So you debate whether you should go around to the other side.
5. Once you cut the person off you think you’re going to mob up these stairs again. But then you realize that the third tier of stairs are WAY steeper and you have to take a breather.
6. Now you’re at the top and you feel the cool breeze, but you’re still sweating and out of breath.
Congrats! Just a couple more steps until you’re at the doors ready to go in the room and rest.
7. Oops, you left your Bruin Card at your table. Back down the stairs you go. Good luck coming back up.