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Mojo Asks Students: Yes or No to #MeatlessMondays?

You may have noticed that the some of the UCLA dining hall services, most notably Bruin Plate, have adopted the trend of Meatless Mondays. Other University of California organizations, such as UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and even Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have been supporting Meatless Mondays and Beef-less Thursdays. The movement, promoted by the student group Bruins for Animals!, is built upon the idea that foregoing meat for dinner once a week benefits us in many ways, to live a healthier, more cost effective and environmentally conscious lifestyle. On the other hand, some have argued that limiting meat options on Monday dinners restricts choices.

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It’s an ongoing debate. Here’s what feedback we received when students on the Hill were asked about the subject.

  • “People are missing out on some of the best things in life: chicken tacos. Additionally, humans were meant to eat meat or else we wouldn’t have canines.” – first-year undeclared student Fiona Riddle.
  • “It’s discriminatory and insensitive towards meat lovers.” – first-year undeclared student Temuulen Maral-Erdene.
  • “I think it’s a great idea! B-Plate is all about providing healthy, sustainable food, and it wouldn’t make sense if they did not recognize the value on health and the environment by skipping on meat for a day or maybe more. And it’s funny to see people freak out.” – first-year theater student Kira Morling.
  • “It’s a great idea with a great purpose. People underestimate the drought situation we’re in, and this promotes it. It’s only once a week too, so it’s not the end of the world.” – second-year psychobiology student Cameron Ajamoud.
  • “I’m a growing girl! I have weak bones and I really could have used some chicken in my salad today.” – first-year psychobiology student Ellie McCartney.
  • “Everyone freaks out about this. It’s once a week, calm down everyone. It saves a ton of water, like a lot. Not having pork chops or chicken once a week is not going to ruin your life but rather help California be California again.” – first-year chemical engineering student XiaoPeng (Steve) Chen.
  • “In order to be satisfied with my meals I need to have a little protein. I’m upset and feel like I don’t really have anywhere to go for dinner since B-Plate is my main place.” – first-year human biology and society student Jennifer Karsli.

  • “I don’t mind it. I don’t eat a lot of meat anyways since the lines are too long.” – first-year theater student Irene Jeong.

Recently, some students were confused by Bruin Plate’s online menu as some of the Monday dining options showed meat, but when Bruin Plate staff were asked about the confusion, they explained that the website had not been updated due to the new transition. Sure enough, #meatlessmondays will continue until the end of the quarter.

 

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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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Let’s Talk Coachella: Tip No. 2 Music

photo credit to the Daily Bruin Photo Archive

aaand we’re back!

A few weeks ago, Mojo decided to start a little Coachella series where we gather tips from your peers about various topics before the annual festival, which begins on April 10. Since we got the pressing issue of housing out of the way, this week we’re here to talk about music. What? Shocking, I know – but really.

You need to start preparing your music.

In order to maximize your time at Coachella (time is not your friend there), it’s crucial to go into the festival knowing whom you want to see. With over a hundred bands and artists performing, it’s recommended to start discovering soon to truly get a bang for your buck. Jenna Depillo, a second-year business economics student, said that every year she prepares for Coachella by creating a “giant playlist on SoundCloud,” which includes songs from her favorite artists that she hasn’t heard yet and songs from smaller artists on the lineup. She said that “deciding which sets to go to was the hardest thing to do and streamlining it (with SoundCloud) helped a lot.”

SoundCloud is a great medium to aggregate songs into your official Coachella playlist, especially if you’re a fan of remixes. Many artists such as Madeon, Odesza and Porter Robinson release unofficial remixes on SoundCloud that usually cannot be found on iTunes or Spotify. Tara Afshar, a first-year linguistics and computer science student agrees and says that since she really likes the smaller bands that play, “SoundCloud is usually how (she’ll) listen and create playlists.” Her favorite artists, all on SoundCloud, include Sylvan Esso, St. Lucia, Kaskade and Kygo.

However, iTunes, Spotify and 8tracks can do what SoundCloud can’t: recommend artists and songs directly based on what you’ve been listening to recently.

Jason Lee, a third-year neuroscience student, says, “Spotify allows (him) to browse at pre-made Coachella 2015 playlists and combine multiple playlists into one. (He’ll) listen to the playlist and delete the songs (he doesn’t) like each day to shrink down the number of artists.”  He also advises to use 8tracks when discovering artists. “8tracks is easy because you can click on one of the thousands of ‘Coachella 2015′ playlists and just randomly skip through each one. 8tracks will link you to a whole different world of similar tracks.” When asked about iTunes, he said, “everyone knows about iTunes, it’s a classic.”

For those who don’t have the patience to sit through playlist after playlist, go on Spotify or iTunes and look up each artist to find his or her most famous songs. Still too much effort? Don’t sweat it; Spotify tracks the most-listened tracks under a single tab so all you have to do is add them to your list. There’s also a “related artists” tab, so if you recognize an artist performing, you can simply add his or her top five songs to listen to later. Although this won’t suffice for those album-appreciative type of people, this technique will help conquer more ground in a shorter time.

But for those who make time like Colette Troughton, a first-year biology student, extreme measures are taken to capitalize on the annual experience by truly preparing. “I’ll mitigate my social outgoings and spend more time in my room learning lyrics, creating new dance moves and calculating exactly when the bass drops so I know I’ll be ready for it when the DJs are throwing it down in the Sahara tent,” she said. Mojo asked her what artists she’s looking forward to seeing the most and she emphasized “AC/DC and Steely Dan – in my past life I thrived as a middle-aged man who loved rock ‘n’ roll.”

To make things a tad bit easier, Mojo has created a small playlist to get you started. Jenna, Jason, Colette, Tara and Mojo’s favorite songs are added to the playlist below, so make sure to check it out!

It all begins in T-7 weeks, but who’s counting?

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Certainly not these kids.

Comment below or tweet us at @dbmojo to offer some music suggestions!

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February Favorites: LA Fairs, Fests and Festivals

credits to the Daily Bruin photo archive

It seems that the sun has decided to grace us with its beamy presence over the last few days and hopefully it’ll stay that way. Students are busting out those summer shorts (they were never really gone) and the shades are back. Los Angeles is beginning to look like itself again and you know what that means: fairs, fests and festivals.

There will be lots of interesting and quirky events in Los Angeles in the future, but here are some FREE events you can go to this month!

L.A. Zine Fest (Feb. 15)

Perfect for those in need of a break from the computer screen, the L.A. Zine Fest celebrates self publishing and do-it-yourself magazines in the community. More than 180 writers, comic illustrators, photographers and artists from across the country are coming to display, sell or exchange their work. This fest also offers free workshops with speakers to promote the sharing of literary ideas.

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival (Feb. 21)

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Although it’s the year of the goat, the golden dragon parade will be continuing it’s 116th (yes, 116 – it’s one of Los Angeles’ oldest traditions) annual two-day celebration in Chinatown. This year, the festival is going for a “east meets west” theme as new food trucks, musicians, and dancers will be present. However, the traditional dancing acts and Chinese beer gardens will still be there for those who missed it last year. For those tight on time, the famous golden dragon parade will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

Artists and Fleas (Feb. 21-22)

Here you can find vintage collectables ranging from flannels to small potted plants, as well as new up-and-coming artists and musicians in the neighborhood. In addition, food trucks and DJs will be around to provide options to just relax and walk around. Artists from around Los Angeles will be coming to display their artwork and designs for everyone to see. An afternoon spent submerged in vintage finds is always an afternoon well spent.

Know of any other events going on in L.A. this month? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us at @dbmojo.

 

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Let’s Talk Coachella: Tip No. 1 Housing

Here at Mojo we’ve decided to start a little series about the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, commonly simplified to Coachella, to guide those first timers. For those who live under a rock, the annual gig is a three-day festival held in the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Each day, headliners and other musicians perform all day under huge art displays, desert palm trees and the California sun.

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There are two main types of housing options over the three days: off-site and on-site. Off-site housing includes RVs, campgrounds or hotels, which are stationed outside the borders of the festival, meaning shuttle passes (an extra $60) are mandatory. On-site housing includes car camping or tent camping, options held at $85 each, which many compete to obtain since they’re relatively cheaper than hotels.

You should have figured out where you’re staying or made a plan to decide soon about your living situation, because when buying anything for Coachella, the motto “the early bird gets the worm” heavily applies.

Consequently, I’ve interviewed some people about some tips for those who have yet to figure out their housing plan and those who have already decided. Here are the ins and outs of Coachella housing according to veterans.

Off-Site Camping: Hotels

I asked two UCLA undergraduates, Emily Flathers, a first-year economics student, and Jamie Cho, a first-year theater student, to provide some tips on hotel stays. They’re both alumni when it comes to off-site housing at Coachella.

1. Book hotels based on their proximity to shuttle stops. It’s important to get a hotel near shuttle stops because the lines can get extremely long and this will save you time. Ubers and taxis are available but are even more expensive and time consuming. A three-day shuttle pass for $60 includes trips back and forth around the clock in air-conditioned luxury busses. They promise that it’s worth it.

2. Bring things to do. Coachella is an event that will exhaust you, but there will be some free time in the morning, especially if you are staying in a hotel. There will be lines for everything, so bring a book or two. Many also choose to pack bathing suits so they can lounge by the pool before shows.

3. Plan accordingly. Leave at least 30 minutes to an hour in your schedule to get onto your shuttle. You don’t want to miss your shuttle since it could be hours until the next one arrives. Also, pack lightly and make sure you have everything you need – it’s cumbersome and annoying to miss a show just for a tube of sunscreen.

4. At the beginning of the day make sure you check when the last shuttle trip out is. This rule is simple. If you miss the last one out, well, good luck.

5. Before you leave, place all your valuable items in a luggage case with a lock on it, or place the items in a safe. Theft isn’t a huge problem at Coachella, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

6. Look for hotels with continental breakfast. Not only are you going to Coachella, but so is your body. A hearty breakfast is always something your body will appreciate, especially when preparing for a day full of walking around under the heat. Take advantage of the food and don’t forget to hydrate yourself before the day with some orange juice or water.

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On-Site Camping: Tents & Cars

Courtesy of Nicki Gigliotti

I asked three students – Ali Calentino, a first-year biology student at University of Chicago, Paige Parsons, a first-year English student at University of Pennsylvania and Nicki Gigliotti, a first-year international business student at University of San Francisco – for some input on camping.

1. Although tickets have already sold out on the official Coachella website, camping passes can only be bought as “add-ons” to your actual ticket to the festival. This means that you can’t officially buy the camping pass separately since it has to be registered with the wrist band it was purchased with. However, if you’re on the look out for camping passes on StubHub or any other unofficial vendors, make sure you trade wristbands with the seller or else you won’t be able to get in the festival at all.

2. If you are in groups bigger than five, it would be more comfortable to get two camping sites. You’ll be glad you spent the extra $85 when you realize that it’s nearly impossible to cram seven people in a tent without bathing in someone else’s sweat.

3. Don’t forget your shower items and shower shoes. Camping is like college – you can roll straight out of bed and show up to class, or in this case, the festival – and the communal showers are no different. Kudos to those who can stay sane without showering for three days in desert conditions, but for the rest of you, stay sanitary, my friends!

5. Campers get special treatment at Coachella. There are exclusive events open for campers such as silent disco, arts and crafts and yoga classes that many people don’t know about.

6. Become good friends with your camping neighbors. You will most likely run out of something or forget items so it’s nice to have friends who are willing to lend a hat or some water.

7. When setting up your tent, make sure you set up your site so that it’s easy to take down. Wind storms are frequent in the desert and it’s required you take down anything that could blow away (your tent). Duct tape will solve more problems than you think, and also some indicator such as a flag will help you mark your campsite amongst the other thousands of sites around you.

Courtesy of Nicki Gigliotti

Stay tuned to Mojo to read about more tips about Coachella!

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