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Mojo Asks Students

Is It too Early for Christmas Music?

Every year on the first of November, all the Christmas merch comes out from hiding and forces the holiday cheer on you. Stores and coffee shops across the country begin to play carols and other Christmas classics for your enjoyment – or lack thereof. But where do you stand on the issue of Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Should our headphones be blasting “Jingle Bell Rock,” or does this make both holidays less special? We asked a few of you to weigh in.

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Mojo: “Is it too early for Christmas music?”

YES

Kristen Pojunis, third-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student: “I’ve always followed the ‘no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving’ rule. I think it makes the holidays more special when you sort of separate them and celebrate each individually.”

Spencer Kieu, third-year environmental science student:I think it’s a little early for Christmas music. I think the beginning of December makes more sense. I associate November with Thanksgiving, I guess. And it’s still technically fall.”

NO

Matt Gillum, third-year anthropology and biology student: “Until someone starts writing Thanksgiving music, no, it’s not too early. But then again, I’m from Washington, and I just start to celebrate Christmas whenever it starts snowing, so it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving for me.”

Kimberly Paredes, third-year psychobiology student: “December is literally just less than a week away, so I think it’s just the perfect time! I’ve listened to a few Christmas songs like ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.’ I don’t know if that counts, but it gets me in the winter ‘Christmas-y’ feel.”

Savannah Aleman, third-year music history student:I love Christmastime and colder weather, so starting Christmas music early just makes me get more into the Christmas spirit. If it were up to me, we would skip Thanksgiving and go straight into Christmastime after Halloween!”

UCLA students seem pretty divided on this issue, but what do you think? Let us know by tweeting us @dbmojo or commenting below.

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How-to

5 Ways to Survive Thanksgiving Travel

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and to be surrounded by family, friends and food. Should we all just take a moment to appreciate eating bottomless amounts of turkey and pumpkin pie without worrying about conserving swipes? As great as this all sounds, the only way we will be able to completely enjoy this magnificent holiday is first by traveling home. Dealing with the masses of people also attempting to get home for the holiday can really test your patience. Whether you’re driving home, taking public transportation or flying like me, here are five tips for surviving the treacherous travel home.
1. Confirm Your Travel Plans
OK, now I know this one sounds obvious, but with how hectic it is to pack for your trip, it can be very easy to let the confirmation of travel plans slip your mind. Set a reminder on your phone to go off (at least) one day before your drive or flight so you remember to call and make sure that ticket is still yours. If you’re flying, checking in early is especially helpful because you can usually reserve a seat closer to the front of the plane. You’ll definitely be one of the cool kids when they call everyone up to board.
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2. Bring Food 
No matter what you eat before leaving for your trip, you will get hungry on your way. Being hungry leads to being irritated, and that’s not the first impression you want to make when you get home to your family. I recommend taking a quick stop at Target here in Westwood and grabbing everything in sight. Consider it practice for your Thanksgiving dinner.
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3. Charge EVERYTHING 
Phone, iPad, laptop, extra battery pack. Sure, you brought books to read and homework to do, but we all know catching up on your Netflix show and scrolling through your Tumblr dash is all that you will get done. Do yourself a favor and charge everything, because there is nothing worse than seeing a dead battery icon.
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4. Look for Travel Deals
If you haven’t set up your travel plans yet, hurry! There are many deals that happen for Thanksgiving travel, but there are also outrageous prices since companies know you have no other choice. Fortunately, UCLA Transportation is even offering a deal from the Hill to LAX for just $5, which also includes a ride from Lot 32 after you take a Flyaway when you get back. It’s a great alternative to Uber and Lyft, and taking the bus with a bunch of other students excited to visit home can’t be too bad either.

5. Pack Lightly
Speaking of deals, we all know what happens the day after Thanksgiving. There is nothing that truly sums up the hysteria of the holiday season than Black Friday. You can turn it into a bonding event as you and your family defend each other against the masses of people also trying to score a deal. If you’re planning to spend all the money you don’t have on clothes, that coincidentally aren’t that cheap even on sale, make sure you at least have room in your suitcase to haul them back to UCLA. It’s okay, we won’t judge. Pre-shopping planning is just a sign of good preparation (or that’s what we shopping addicts like to say).
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Just remember Thanksgiving is all about enjoying your time with your loved ones and being thankful for everything you have. Keep that in mind if travel-induced stress ever gets into your head.
 If you have any other travel suggestions, let us know in the comments.

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Culture

November Is Not Depressing

November is the black sheep of months. Everyone seems to hate November, deeming it the most depressing month of all, but we at Mojo disagree. Here are nine awesome things to love about the new month, especially this year, in no particular order. We hope they will change your heart.

1. The win

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We kicked off the month with a win against Arizona which, by the way, wasn’t even our safety school. In case you missed it, the Bruins beat the Wildcats 17-7 in Saturday’s football game. If that’s not a good start to November, we don’t know what is.

2. Daylight savings

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On the night of the victory, we also got to sleep one more hour. But wait, IT GETS BETTER.

3. The cooler weather

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So the whole “summer all year round” thing is cool and all, but sweating your way to class is not exactly the best. Besides, now you get to wear those jackets and UGG boots that were collecting dust in the back of your closet. Did somebody say, “sweater weather”?

4. The USC game

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The biggest, most important football game of the season is a home game this year AND it’s not during Thanksgiving. Read: Den Sports Pass holders will get to cheer on the Bruins and curse the Trojans to their heart’s desire.

5. Thanksgiving

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Surely the holiday makes you hate November just a little less. Sweet potato casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce make all your hard work in school SO worth it. And, you know, family is okay too.

6. Black Friday

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Who says Black Friday means trampling people in your local mall to score some sweet deals? Ah, the holidays.

7. Fall meets Christmas at Starbucks

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The coffee giant brings back its iconic red Christmas cup every year on Nov. 1. You can now drink happiness in the form of a Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha or Caramel Brulée Latte, but this doesn’t mean you have to give up on your pumpkin spice just yet. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is still on the menu through December. Thus, fall meets Christmas. Boom.

8. Fall meets Christmas IRL

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The dream continues beyond the plush atmosphere of your local Starbucks. Stores everywhere are whipping out the Christmas candy, decorations and gifts. Add a few classic carols in the background, and we’re not complaining. Been to Ackerman lately?

9. It’s not midterms, not yet finals

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If you chose your major wisely, you will have at least one week of lull this month when you can sit back and enjoy your blatant lack of midterms before it’s time to think about finals. And goodness knows you’ll have deserved that rest.

Did we convince you yet? What’s your favorite thing about November? Share it by tweeting us @dbmojo or commenting below.

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Mojo Asks Students

How Do You Stay Healthy During the Holidays?

Heaps of turkey (or tofurkey). Stuffing. Sweet potato and marshmallow bakes. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Pie. Pie a la mode. More pie.

Oh, the temptation of sinful holiday season food. With Thanksgiving and winter break quickly approaching, many UCLA students will make their way home to indulge in gluttony way beyond going back for seconds of everything at De Neve. The TV blasting football and the comforts of home on our minds, we’ll abandon our gym and workout routines and potentially build up nice coats of “winter insulation.”

That being said, there’s always plenty of ways to try to stay healthy with diet and exercise. Mojo asked some students around campus for tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays. Here’s what we found: (more…)

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Arts & Entertainment

The Ultimate Gluttony Playlist

Leave it to the United States of America to celebrate a national holiday where we can take time off school, work and other duties to overindulge on delicious homemade meals, watch the cousins battle it out over the last slice of pumpkin pie and cringe as drunk uncle number three regurgitates turkey on the patio. This is pretty much a holiday dedicated to binging and we embrace it with open arms! ‘MURRICA!

Although it’s ultimately fruitless to frown upon these hedonistic pleasures, for the record, we were slightly appalled to find out that people actually slow cook Turducken for Thanksgiving dinner. In case you’re wondering, Turducken is a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, which is then squeezed into a deboned turkey. If you eat it, you will feel not only feel stuffed, but ashamed, and you may proceed to drown yourself in tears and apple cider.

Here’s a playlist to get you drooling and jiving (yes, simultaneously). It features some excellent artists who have written songs with scrumptious titles. Bon appetit!

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