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Consent Week: A Midweek Round-up

This week marks the second annual Consent Week, a program organized by Student Wellness Commission (SWC)’s 7000 in Solidarity to spread awareness about sexual and gender-based violence.

This year’s Consent Week is almost over, but the Facebook event still shows some events for Thursday and Friday, and the “Man Up?” photography exhibit will still be on display until Saturday as well. For those of you that couldn’t make it, or weren’t aware, here’s a roundup of information, ideas and facts from the past events for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, tabling events have had freebies (water bottles and T-shirts) for participation in their activities, so look out for those!

MAIN FOCUS: Realizing the intersecting nature between specific communities and gender-based violence, presented by Chrissy Keenan, co-director of Bruin Consent Coalition (BCC).

  • Males feel societally pressured to suppress their emotions, and their experiences of sexual assault and violence are invalidated, said Katharine Lee, third-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student and a member of BCC.
  • Sexual assault and ancestrally rooted attitudes of repression towards sexuality in South Asian communities need to be changed to combat sexual violence and negative attitudes toward sexual assault survivors both in the United States and South Asia, said Ria Jain, a second-year molecular, cell developmental biology student and a member of BCC.
  • The experiences of people of color and undocumented individuals in regards to sexual assault are unique because of the struggles they face in being able to report or acknowledge sexual assault, Jain said.
  • Safe spaces, open minds and understanding are needed for survivors to discuss and heal from traumas, Jain said.
  • Male survivors of sexual assault are important and should be validated. Media depictions and societal ridicule of male sexual assault victims need to be corrected, said Vikas Rajgopal, second-year business economics student.
  • Difference between confidential (Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Legal Services, Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center) and non-confidential reporting sources (UCPD, Title IX office, Dean of Students): If a sexual assault victim is unsure of whether she or he wants to report their assault, they should seek confidential reporting sources. If they would like to pursue legal action, non-confidential reporting sources are necessary, Lee said.
  • Donate to the Leelah Project, a project in memory of Leelah Alcorn, a teenager who committed suicide after years of lack of support in assuming a female gender identity from her parents, Lee said.
  • According to a poster made by BCC, there are higher rates of sexual violence among LGBT communities, and LGBT communities may be more reluctant to speak about their experiences.

Jennifer Hu / Daily Bruin

If you can, swing by the remaining Consent Week events on campus, which focus on gender representation and the media, or check out the “Man Up?” photography exhibit while you can. And if you aren’t able to, take this roundup to heart, and remember:  Consent is sexy.

Compiled by Arushi Tainwala and Kelly Yeo

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Throwback Thursday: Daily Bruin Classifieds from 1976

As I was rifling through the Daily Bruin archives the other day, I stumbled upon the classifieds from the paper released on this day in January 1976. These were highly entertaining to read, so I thought I’d share a few.

1. “1964 Chevy Nova, 6 cylinders, radio, new tires, good condition 874-4074 after 5 p.m. $250.”

$250 for a car?!

2. Now for the apartments for rent … if you are currently paying to live in apartments, simply ignore this section in order to prevent lifelong bitterness.

“YOUR own room, beautiful (huge) 2 bdrm., unfshd, apt. 6 blocks from Venice, $87.50 plus share utilities.”

If only Los Angeles were nearly this inexpensive nowadays.

3. And if you need someone to type your papers, never fear!

“Manuscript typists, 100 WPM, IBM self-correcting selectric, math symbols, choice of type. Westwood. Georgene.”

Check them out for yourself!

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New Year, New Netflix: 5 New TV Series to Watch

What’s that ’90s TV show opening with Jennifer Aniston and all her friends on a couch in front of a fountain? Oh, that’s right. “Friends.” The show’s been in quite the uproar since Netflix announced that all 10 seasons would be available on Jan. 1 – but Netflix didn’t stop there.

Netflix also shortly announced that “House of Cards” (all 13 episodes of season three) would be available to watch on Feb. 27. Yes, binge watching 10 episodes a day with chips and guac by your side is more than acceptable. However, Netflix seems to have bigger plans for the year.

So fasten your seat belts, and get ready to buy some more chips. Here’s a quick guide to what to look out for.


1. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (March 6)

Writers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have chosen Ellie Kemper, who played Erin from “The Office”to star in her new show as Kimmy searches for a new life in New York City after leaving a cult of 15 years. There are lots of limitations for this show, in that it stretches in similar ways as “New Girl” does, as both Jessica Day (“New Girl”) and Kimmy portray naive, bubbly women who have an affinity for brightly colored cardigans, but I trust that Tina Fey knows what she’s doing.


2. “Bloodline” (March 20)

When the black sheep of the family returns home, all the darkest secrets of a once close-knit family surface. Some familiar faces such as Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises”) and Linda Cardellini take on dramatic roles in this series. Family drama is the best kind of drama and seeing Cardellini back on the small screen since playing Lindsay Weir in “Freaks and Geeks”is weird but cool. I’m keeping a good eye on this one.


3. “Marvel’s Daredevil” (April 10)

This will be Netflix’s first original Marvel series, and it’ll be available with all 13 episodes on April 10. Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, the lawyer by day and superhero by night. You can brush up on background facts here.


3. “Grace and Frankie” (May 8)

Written by Marta Kauffman (“Friends”), this comedic series is about a pair of old rivals, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, who find out their husbands are in love with each other. I can’t wait for how Kauffman’s going to draw out the story line.


4. “Narcos” (TBA)

I personally have always been interested in topics like narcotics, so I’m crossing my fingers that Netflix will pull through with this series. Based on a true story, “Narcos” draws the international drug market, the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and government corruption together to produce what may hopefully be a more intense follow up of “Breaking Bad.”


5. “Sense8″ (TBA)

Lana and Andy Wachowski, siblings best known for “The Matrix” trilogy, are directors of this new drama that encapsulates the story of eight characters around the world who connect emotionally and mentally, allowing them to see each other’s pasts. With such powers, these characters soon begin to unravel secrets of the world and must act to save humanity while being chased by authority figures. The Wachowski siblings did bring “The Matrix” into the world, so I guess we can give this a try.

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A Guide to Finals: The Science of Napping

Okay, here we go. It’s 10 p.m. on Monday night and you’re looking down at your mapped-out finals week schedule, complete with glittered headings and scented stickers. You’ve planned every minute of every day for the rest of this week, allowing time only for what’s necessary. No time for food, no time for showering, no time for looking cute. You’ve barely even squeezed in time to brush your teeth before heading off to your final. But you realize you’ve forgottten to budget time for sleep.

Your whole plan is ruined. You can’t do it; everything is falling apart.

But wait! You recall from a psychology class in high school that your brain can still operate with minimal sleep on something called REM sleep. What was that again? Oh, here it is.

Sleep tight!

What is sleep?

When it comes to sleeping, there are two important stages: non-REM sleep and REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep. During the stages of non-REM sleep, your body repairs itself and regenerates tissues, building up its immune system. During REM sleep, on the other hand, your brain increases in activity and is able to store memories and create new associative networks for creativity. This is when you experience dreams.

Types of naps

The 10- or 20-minute nap

Perfect for those who need to get back to work in a jiffy, this short nap gives a quick boost of alertness and energy by limiting your body to the lighter stages of non-REM sleep. However, research has shown that the 10-minute nap beats any other short nap because the body doesn’t experience the groggy feeling immediately after waking. If you find yourself dreaming during a short nap, it is likely that you are sleep-deprived and should instead get a full night’s sleep.

The 30-minute nap

Actually a very inefficient type of nap, 30 minutes doesn’t allow your body the full restorative effects of a 60-minute nap and will often leave you with sleep inertia: basically, a hangover-like groggy feeling that doesn’t go away for another 30 minutes after waking.

The 60-minute nap

Slow-wave sleep is necessary if you’re looking to actually remember facts, places and faces, and that only happens when you allow your body to rest for about an hour. This kind of nap allows for cognitive memory processing, but the downside is that you might experience some grogginess when waking up.

The full 90-minute nap

Allowing the body to complete a full cycle of sleep, including REM sleep, this nap leads to an improvement in emotional and procedural memory and creativity, all without the side effects of sleep inertia.

The “I’m only going to close my eyes” nap aka the oversleeping nap

It happens to the best of us, so don’t fret. But if you wake up in a panic three hours after your alarm has been going off (and your roommate now hates you), the best thing to do is probably just to go back to sleep if you have the time. Most healthy adults require an average of seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night in order to function at their best. You might lose some crucial study time, but you’ll feel more energetic, and your body will thank you for it.

If only I were that cute when drifting off to sleep. Instead, I look like this:

Where to nap

In order to avoid a deep sleep, it’s best to sit slightly upright when napping. Try napping in a parked car, under a desk, lying on a couch, etc. This part is common sense. If you’re only looking for a quick nap, don’t throw on your PJs and cuddle in the comfort of your own warm, cozy bed.

The best time to nap

Any time! Well,  not really.

According to studies, the ideal time to nap is anywhere between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. because napping later in the day can interfere with your regular sleeping schedule at night. However, this also depends on what time you wake up and go to bed, so aim for the middle of your day.

Tips to waking up after naps

One student-friendly idea for those looking to take short 10-minute naps is to hold a pencil or pen in your hand while sleeping upright on a chair or couch. After about 10 minutes, your body will try to fall deeper into sleep, and you’ll most likely drop your pencil as an effect, waking you up in the process.

If you’re a coffee lover, another trick to a wake-up is to drink a cup of coffee before napping. The coffee won’t stop you from a short nap and, by the time it kicks in, will help lessen the effect of sleep inertia when waking up.

Hooray for sleep.


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