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Mojo Asks Students: Racist Stickers on Campus

Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin
Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin

Editor’s note: Some of the images included in this post contain explicit language. We have decided to run these images because we felt it appropriate to thoroughly cover this campus incident.

Racist stickers referencing Freddie Gray appeared around campus and on the Afrikan Student Union’s bulletin board on Thursday, and students quickly denounced the stickers on Facebook and by marking the stickers themselves. Many students said that the situation was reflective of poor campus climate, and some added they felt it is an issue the Undergraduate Students Association Council should address. Here are some student thoughts:




“If they attack the black community at UCLA, they are attacking everyone at UCLA. We stand together as one whole family. If they attack on family, they attack all of us.” – first-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student Rubi Gomez


“I saw one of the stickers and my first reaction was being upset because I don’t think they understand the full institutionalized consequences. The problem is not ‘if you follow the law, you’d be alive’ but more of a targeted race issue. Also, being anonymous makes it a hate crime and it’s clearly an attack.” – fifth-year geography and English student Kristen Chan


“If only Freddie Gray had followed the damn law, he’d still be alive.” (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)


“We go to a school that is not very politically active. Maybe at Berkeley people would be more motivated about this. … The only thing people got upset about was the tuition hikes, and then we went on break and then everyone forgot about it.” – first-year undeclared student Eleanor Hunts


“A lot of things with anti-Semitism have been going on around campus, and we’re known for our racially diverse campus so it’s disturbing to see that we have come to this level. I feel like it opens your eyes to certain things you didn’t truly understand the extent of.” – second-year sociology student Leah Falcon


“They are not peaceful protestors. They are uncivilized, violent criminals. #ShootAllLooters” (Jessica Zhou/Daily Bruin)


“It’s not shocking people feel that way because there are racist people everywhere. It’s the fact they go to the lengths to do that that shocks me. As a UCLA student it makes me rethink the whole ‘picture perfect public school with lots of diversity’ image we try so hard to attain.” – first-year psychology student Brian Green


“It’s disgusting, and in general this issue doesn’t just affect the group being targeted. It affects everyone. Seeing things like this makes me question humanity but also forces me to rethink about the ‘educated’ people we are surrounded by in a high profile university.” – first-year business economics student Devanshi Mehta

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Suggestions for dineLA’s Happy Hour Week

dineLA is bastion for every poor foodie in Los Angeles. For one week almost every prestigious and scrumptious restaurant in L.A. joins together to offer special menus at steep discounts. While the traditional dineLA happened in January this year, dineLA has begun a new venture, Happy Hour Week. From April 27 to May 1, some of the swankiest places in Los Angles are inviting people to check them out while offering special cheep drink menus and other light food options. Here are Mojo’s picks for the best Happy Hour spots close to campus for you to check out this week. And sorry, younger Bruins, this is going to be a 21+ affair.


Living Room Bar @ W Los Angeles Hotel  

Located right on Hilgard, this location is the closest to campus. Open every day this week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, they will be serving a small menu of drinks. Go ahead and try a metropolitan with templeton rye, raspberries and basil. Or maybe a mojito made with champagne. If you get hungry, you can also get some Wagyu sliders.


Fundamental LA

You can find Fundamental LA right in the middle of Westwood Village . Happy hour will be 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, so prime time to blow off some stress post-midterms. The options at Fundamental LA are not mixed drinks, but an assortment of fine wines and exotic beers, both on draft and in bottle.


Craft Los Angeles 

Leaving Westwood behind, you might need an Uber or an awesome friend to make it to Craft. Located in Century City, it’s not too far away. This location is beautiful, and there is a good reason why it has thousands of online reviews (spoiler: it’s because it’s good). From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Craft will be hosting its Happy Hour. There is a lot more food being offered here, so you can turn this adventure into an early dinner and try some white wine and cheese fondue, or maybe a salmon rillette.  You can wash those down with your choice of pilsner, house wine or “Hollywood Bowl” Bourbon punch. (Which is probably better than the punch you’re used to.)


The Penthouse at the Huntley

Ocean view restaurant in Santa Monica for Happy Hour? Yes, please. We round off our list with this posh location. The price is a little higher here, but the Snapchat story you’ll have as a result just might be worth it. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can take in the view as you chow down on some short rib tacos and prosciutto flat bread. In addition try out some of its exclusive dineLA drinks, like the sangria or tullamore dew old fashioned.





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A Look Back at Dance Marathon

Daily Bruin archives
Daily Bruin archives

This weekend marked UCLA’s 14th annual Dance Marathon. This event, put on by the Pediatric AIDS Coalition, is a 26-hour-long dance marathon where students take a literal stand against pediatric HIV/AIDS. Let’s take a look back at the original story published by the Daily Bruin on April 12, 2002.

First of all, this story was barely on the front page, and mostly carried on to page three. This is in stark contrast to the current Daily Bruin focus on Dance Marathon and really shows how the event has grown so much bigger over the years. The story opens with, “On your mark, get set, DANCE!” – nothing’s really changed there. The enthusiasm for Dance Marathon that you see on campus today is definitely seen in this first story and the first Dance Marathon.

This first Dance Marathon began with 190 students, and “members of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils collaborated with the Undergraduate Students Association Council, Student Alumni Association and On Campus Housing Council.” There was not a Pediatric AIDS Coalition way back in 2002. It also began as a way for the Greeks to become more involved. 

Dance Marathon co-chair at the time, Emily Whichard, anticipated that this “could be a huge tradition on campus – a unifying thing for a campus that needs that.”

Dance Marathon originally began as a way to unify UCLA as a campus and to get people involved in the community working towards a common goal.

In 2014, Dance Marathon had to be moved to Pauley Pavilion to account for the increase in participating students and the enormity of the event. During the past 13 Dance Marathons, an overall $3,917,480 has been raised for the cause. It truly has become a campus tradition.

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The Friday Four: Four Ways to Create Campus Coachella


Whether you’re still upset that you did not snag a ticket to the one of the world’s biggest festivals or you’re in a major post-Coachella slump, all hope is not lost. You don’t need major music acts or crazy art installations to have a good time with your friends. With these tips you can save 300-plus dollars and bring Coachella to campus.

1. Create your own dorm room stages One of the best parts of attending a major music festival is the ability to hop from one stage to the other, indulging in a variety of different acts. The multiroom setup of dorm hallways is perfect for recreating the Coachella experience. Blast some beat-heavy EDM, bust out some multicolored string lights in one room and fist pump until you can’t feel your arms anymore. Layer some blankets on the floor picnic-style for a more laid-back setting to sway to your favorite indie singer. Just watch out for the furniture if you attempt your own mosh pit.

2. Embrace the signature Coachella style Coachella is not just about music. The hippie-chic look is a trademark of this event. Don’t have the funds to spend on new wardrobe? Pick some flowers and braid them into your hair for a cheap and easy flower crown alternative. Take some tips from the people over at YouTube and make your own flash tattoos. Sleep in your clothes to get the slightly wrinkled, relaxed aesthetic for which designers charge hundreds.

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3. Have an “authentic” camping experience Make the grass at Sunset Village your own private campgrounds. Grab a tent, some sleeping bags and a few friends, and fall asleep under the stars. (Since this is Los Angeles, though, the “stars” may just be the lights flashing from the planes flying to the Los Angeles International Airport.) If you’re low on camping gear, creating a fort out of pillows and blankets in your floor’s lounge is a solid alternative.

4. Flood social media Finally, Coachella is not Coachella without the flood of artsy attempts at Instagram photos and overly excited tweets. Just because you didn’t attend the real thing doesn’t mean you can’t brag about your own campus Coachella. After all, pictures or it didn’t happen.

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Office Hours

The Perfect Podcast

Podcasts have become an integral part to my walks to class, fueling me with information, news, motivation and sometimes even a laugh. Listening to podcasts is the ultimate form of multitasking, allowing for selectivity of content at the touch of a button.

In fact, our beloved iPhones come installed with the podcast app, so all you need to do is open it up and pick a podcast. Picking the right show can be overwhelming, though, so here are some recommendations to get you started.

 Science/Society: Invisibilia

Invisibilia is an NPR podcast that discusses the invisible forces that control human behavior. The show incorporates scientific evidence with stories from individuals, creating an understanding of the application of science in society. One of my favorite episodes is titled “Our Computers, Ourselves,” which explores the impact that technology, like computers and cell phones, have played on our lives in recent decades.


 Business: StartUp Podcast

StartUp is a show about Alex Blumberg’s mission to start a podcasting company of his own, building his business from the ground up. It is an unconventional and blatant account of starting a business with no previous experience. There is something refreshing about the entrepreneur leveling with listeners and presenting himself as a student taking a course on the ‘real world.’


 Fitness: Healthy Mind Fit Body

This show focuses on the connection between the mind and body and how that effects the health and fitness choices of individuals. Presented from more of an informative standpoint than a motivational one, the podcast does not come across as cliché. Instead, it debunks myths about certain foods, explores macro intakes and analyzes the emotional connection humans have to food.


Motivation: Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Created and hosted by the author of The Happiness Project, which is an inspirational and lively read in itself, Happier is an advice podcast that explores happiness in a practical, funny and thought-provoking way. With her sister as the co-host of the show, it has a great dynamic that keeps you listening and motivates small changes for the purpose of practical self-betterment. Sounds cheesy, but it’s an entertaining way to boost your mood.


 News: Global News BBC

The BBC Global News podcast is pretty self-explanatory, as it is the podcast version of BBC radio. The only difference is that you can choose the news story that you wish to listen to in 30-minute segments. It is a great alternative to watching the news on television or reading stories online for students who are on the go and want their daily dose of global happenings on their walk home from class.


Tweet @dbmojo and let us know what your favorite podcasts are!

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