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Creative Ways to Fundraise for Dance Marathon

Dance Marathon is one of UCLA’s beloved annual traditions. Hundreds of students cram into Pauley Pavilion to dance for 26 hours to raise money for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition. Dancers must raise $260 in order to participate in the event, which can be a real struggle for some of us, especially if some of us waited until the last minute to start fundraising. After all, procrastination is truly a talent honed best by college students.

To any aspiring dancers out there who are still struggling to fundraise for DM 2015, here are some suggestions:

1. Utilize the art of self-humiliation

There is a reason that trashy reality television is so popular in today’s culture: We love watching people embarrass themselves. Why else would there be 15 million spinoffs of The Real Housewives? Many DMers volunteer to wear crazy embarrassing outfits, post mortifying #throwbackthursday pictures of themselves and even get a “swag” lip tattoo in order to reach their goals. Now that’s what I call dedication to the cause. If you’re not ready to go through any body-altering procedures just yet, I totally understand. Instead, offer an all-out embarrassing makeup session to donators, complete with a walk around Westwood to show of your fabulous new look.

2. Cater to the ‘turnt’ community

Bake sales are usually the go-to fundraising technique for events like this. They are universally appealing – who doesn’t love food? However, if there is one demographic that loves food more than the average person, it’s definitely drunk people. Setting up stations on the classic corner of Strathmore and Gayley for “drunchies” has proved profitable for many Dance Marathoners. If standing in the cold isn’t really your thing, the access control centers in the residence halls would be another prime location. Quick tip: the greasier the food, the better.

3. Flaunt your talents

All of us have a special skill or weird talent that could totally be used to raise some cash. For the artsy-creative types, a personalized song or poem can be the perfect unique gift. For the campus fashionista, wardrobe consultations can be a great way to encourage donations while making UCLA a better-dressed community. Those fluent in HTML could offer to spice up someone’s blog, while dancers could give lessons to the rhythmically challenged. If you really wanna go the extra mile, try advertising on Bruin Walk to spread the word about your new service.

4. Capitalize on laziness

As a self-proclaimed Postmates addict, I am doing no good to dissuade the stereotype that college students are lazy. Use your inside knowledge as real life college student to your advantage to determine what YOU would want to make your life easier. This is the kind of intel that advertisers and marketers spend tons of time and money to figure out. Hate walking to campus? Offer to pick your friends up and drive them to class as a mini-Uber service. Have no time to go grocery shopping? Pick up your friend’s groceries and deliver them right to their door in return for a donation. If someone started a laundry washing-and-folding service tomorrow, I would be first in line. Seriously.

As always, if you’re still struggling with coming up with the money, feel free to contact your Dancer Captains for help.

Good luck!

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Why Spring Quarter is going to be Awesome

As we come back to campus from spring break, the tease of the vacation leaves many students dreaming of the freedom of summer and overlooking the awesomeness that spring quarter offers. Whether you need convincing or a refresher of the greatness that is to come over the next few weeks, here are just a few of the many reasons why spring quarter will be the best yet.

1. Summer is just around the corner! If you are hoping for a speedy third quarter, slow down and smell the flowers.  Summer will be here shortly and then you can do whatever you please! But don’t fret, because summer is only 11 weeks away, and you CAN do this!

2. The weather is basically perfect. If you ever need a pick-me-up after a long day of studying, just go take a look at your weather app and you’re almost guaranteed to get a smile. With the typical “75 and sunny” weather of April and May, this quarter will be B-E-A-UTIFUL.

3. Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon is closely approaching! (For those of you not yet signed up to dance the night away April 18-19, click here to do so.) Put on by the Pediatric Aids Coalition at UCLA, Dance Marathon raises money to fight pediatric AIDS by giving students the chance to raise money by dancing for 26 hours. So get your groove on!

4. Festivals on festivals on festivals.  From music to movies to food, it is officially festival season here in southern California.  For you music lovers, there’s Coachella (April 10-12 and April 17-19), featuring AC/DC, Jack White, Drake and many more. There’s Stagecoach (April 24-26) for the country music fans, featuring Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and many more too. Both festivals are a full three days of music and sun in the desert at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

For those of you looking for a cheaper, closer way to be a part of the festival magic, starting in May and running through the entire summer is the Street Food Cinema, a festival in parks in the Greater Los Angeles Area that feature a band, food trucks and a screening of a movie – and tickets are only $12.

And finally, for those of you that couldn’t get enough when B-Plate put out the strawberries, the California Strawberry Festival runs May 16-17 featuring strawberry pie eating contests, relay races, strawberry shortcake building competitions and SO MANY STRAWBERRIES. So whether you’re a music fan, movie lover or strawberry connoisseur, there’s a festival for you.

5. It’s your final set of finals!  If the idea of another finals week makes your vision go blurry and mind run scared, think about it this way: It’s the last time (at least until next year). But for now, you just have to push through these last 11 weeks and remember that waiting for you on the other side is a relaxing 100 days of summer (yes, I counted).

6. There is always something happening here. From Spring Sing to sporting events, there is literally always something happening on campus. So the next time you’re looking for something to do, check out the UCLA Happenings Calendar, and be amazed!

For these reasons alone, I think that Spring Quarter is going to be, well, awesome.

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How to Prepare for Dance Marathon

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.

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