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What We Learned from Relay for Life 2015

This past weekend, UCLA held yet another successful Relay for Life. For those of you who may not be familiar, Relay for Life is a 24-hour event in which teams of participants relay continuously around an area (in our case, the track at Drake Stadium) to come to together against cancer and to spread awareness of the disease. Each team works to fundraise a goal amount beforehand and even during the event, and all of the proceeds go towards cancer research and the American Cancer Society. The 24 hours were also packed with games and entertainment, so there was really never a dull moment. Participating in my first-ever Relay made me realize just how symbolic and educational this event really was.

Cancer does not discriminate. 

This powerful phrase was repeated multiple times throughout Relay. Anybody can get cancer, regardless of race, sex or any other defining characteristics. Furthermore, it doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re predisposed or not. Many people develop cancer based on lifestyle choices rather than a genetic predisposition – both can be factors. During the closing ceremony, one of the education chairs from Colleges Against Cancer held an exercise in which she asked members of the audience to stand up if they did certain things regularly (such as smoking or using sunscreen) to demonstrate the ways in which our lifestyle choices could increase or decrease our likelihood of getting cancer.

Sometimes when one person has cancer, it can feel like the whole family has cancer. 

One of the speakers during the Luminaria portion of Relay said this during her speech, and these words really stuck with me. This isn’t to downplay the brutality of having cancer for the patient or even to say that his or her family is experiencing the same pain. Instead, this speaker was implying that the families of cancer patients also feel the aftershocks of this pain. The family members (and friends too) that stand by a loved one battling cancer are known among the Relay community as “caregivers.” Caregivers are the ones who drive their patient to their countless doctors’ appointments, accompany them through the difficult experience of chemotherapy and ultimately provide a shoulder to cry on in times of sadness.

You can greatly diminish your risk for cancer by choosing a healthy lifestyle.

Believe it or not, cancer is in many ways a preventable illness. Certain habits like smoking cigarettes (also hookah or electronic cigarettes), using tanning beds and drinking above a normal limit of one standard drink per day can increase your risk for different forms of cancer including lung cancer, skin cancer and mouth cancer. Conversely, healthy habits such as daily exercise and maintaining a healthy diet high in antioxidants have been proven to decrease your risk for the disease. One of the main focuses at Relay was to illustrate this idea through signs lining the track, posters at the different booths and various speeches.

As much as Relay for Life was a fun and packed 24 hours, it was also a time for reflection on just how ruthless cancer can be. It was a time to remember those lost to cancer, to honor the survivors and current fighters and to applaud the people who stood by and continue to stand by their sides. Most importantly, it was an opportunity to come together as a community towards one common goal: celebrating more birthdays.

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Overheard on Bruin Day

With the beginning of spring quarter comes UCLA’s annual Bruin Day, a celebration where all newly admitted students and their families are invited to explore the campus and see what it has to offer. Walking through campus and seeing all of the eager students and parents left me with a feeling of déjà vu. It was only last year that I was perusing the same set of student organization tents while my mom tried to convince me to join every single one. What brought me back to my Bruin Day experience the most, however, were the little snippets of conversation I overheard throughout the morning. Whether you went to Bruin Day, or just visited for a tour, I think we can all relate to some of these.

1. “Look at how much walking we’ve already done. You’re going to get so fit here!”  – Mom

2. “This place is like Disneyland!” – Little brother

3. “This is where the Student Activities Center is … but I’m just looking for the pre-med booths.” – Admitted student

4. “First, let’s just find the Bear.” – Mom

5. “I was thinking you could go in as an econ major and then switch to poli-sci or even double major.” – Mom

6. “I really like the idea of this whole quarter system thing.” – Admitted student

7. ” OK, meet me back here when you’re done. I plan on filling this yellow bag with as much free stuff as I can.” – Sibling

8. “Get in that line, I want to take a picture of you ringing the bell!” – Mom

9. “If you like lettuce, you’ll love the sandwiches here.” – Student volunteer and tour guide

10. “How do we get to the *re-positions map* Ackerman Student Union?” – Mom

11. “Could you see yourself going here?” – All parents

12. “What time is the free lunch?” – Dad

Ah, the memories…

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Arts & Entertainment

Spring Sing: Looking Back at Alanis Morissette’s Acceptance Speech

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.

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She started off strong, first giving a few shout-outs to UCLA.

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Then she continued on, explaining her love for the arts: “The ego, the storytelling …”

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And then, she bust out the big guns: PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC NEUROBIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION.

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Next she took a moment to list all of the various types of intelligence …

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And finally, she gave us a few last thank-you’s, wished us well on our journeys, and reminded us that …

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Thanks, Alanis. We love you too.

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Watch the full video below:

You can find the Spring Sing 2015 lineup here.

 

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Culture

Experiencing Chinese New Year: UCLA and Beyond

As you might already know, Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Lunar New Year, is on Thursday, Feb. 19. The holiday is an opportunity to usher in prosperity, good fortune, good health and happiness with the coming new year. For those of you who want to ring in the “Year of the Ram” with friends, there are a few places to celebrate, both on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area. From traditional food to firecrackers – and everything in between – here are a few events to check out within the next week.

On Campus:

Feast at Rieber: Lunar New Year Celebration

What: Feast is planning a themed menu especially for this holiday. Enjoy traditional Chinese cuisine with special features including an appearance by ACA’s Chinese Lion Dance troupe.

When: Feb. 19, in the evening

 

Chinese New Year Paintings at the UCLA East Asian Library

What: Come see a selection of 22 Chinese New Year paintings on display for a limited time only that have been donated by the Shanghai Library, a partner of the UCLA Library.

When: Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. to March 4 at 11 p.m.

 

In Los Angeles:

Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival

What: Come on down for the 115th annual Chinese New Year parade and festival in downtown Chinatown that includes entertainment such as kung fu exhibitions, food trucks, pingpong, traditional Chinese paper folding, face painting and more. This event is free and open to all!

Where: Chinatown

When: Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

 

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