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Recipes to Change Your B-Plate Experience

Step aside, Rachael Ray. There’s a new culinary genius in town: us.

With the following recipes, you can make the most of your one swipe and maximize your options while still staying true to the healthy qualities of B-Plate. Each ingredient included is a staple in the B-Plate ingredients list, so rely on this list as a source for consistent delicious food.

1. The Grown-Up “Let’s Get Chocolate Wasted”


For the perfect pick-me-up dessert after a long day of classes that will also help with the late-night study sessions, the Affogato is the way to go. Grab one of the coffee mugs and put in a spoonful or two of dark chocolate chips, add some swirls of frozen yogurt and top all of that with some espresso shots. Ta-da! Get ready for the delicious sugar and caffeine rush.


2. Let’s Go Bananas and Get a Li’l Nutty Sandwich


Near the fruit section are different types of breads, including one that has hints of sweet and savory: the cranberry walnut bread. These slices of bread slathered with some cashew almond butter and plopped on banana slices is heavenly goodness. You can also sprinkle some almond slices or coconut shreds and top the whole thing with another piece of the cranberry walnut loaf. Add a drizzle of honey between the bananas and crunch, if you’re feeling a little fancy. YUM.


3.I’m Nutellin’ You How I Made This” Toast


Just kidding, of course. Get over to the frozen yogurt section, but skip that icy dessert today. Instead, go to the loaves of bread to the left and choose your favoritemine is cinnamon raisin) and put the slices in the toaster. Right when those toasted slices drop from the conveyor belt, put the dark chocolate chips from the topping section on it to melt. After creating a nice, healthy, Nutella-like layer, you can top it with slices of banana or apple. If you crave a little kick, add some crunchy granola from the frozen yogurt topping section.

4.Make the Wiggles Proud” Fruit Salad


For all those who know the Wiggles’ Fruit Salad song from our childhood, you know that all the ingredients listed are those that are constantly at B-Plate for all to enjoy. So just follow the lyrics and peel your bananas, toss in some grapes, chop up some apples and melons – or pears – and put them on your plate. This recipe may seem simple, but it’s still delicious, and remember: “fruit salad, YUMMY YUMMY.”

5. Bruschetta Almighty


Are you feeling a little fancy and international? Then this easy antipasto is perfect for you. Head to the bread section by the cereal and milk, where you can find some sourdough bread to toast up. Once it’s crisp and tasty, head over to the salad bar where you can layer feta cheese crumbles and some cut-up tomatoes and greens. To add the finishing touches, you can drizzle some olive oil and the spice of your choice from the many options next to the Stone Oven flatbreads or the Harvest section.

Now that you’ve been introduced to some B-Plate dining hacks, go off and use that college brain of yours to experiment with your own concoctions, and let us know the different ways we can enlighten our taste buds!

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PostGrad Life: Om Marwah, Geography and Cognitive Science ’12

Courtesy of Om Marwah

Like most graduating seniors during the 2011-2012 academic year, Om Marwah spoke to multiple job recruiters, shot off numerous emails in search of his next step and did a fair bit of partying. Unlike most, however, Om didn’t end up in another entry-level position after graduation. Instead, he created his own job at Walmart Labs, Walmart’s research division based out of Mountain View, California.  Using his interdisciplinary background in geography and cognitive science, then-recent graduate Om focused on using a behavioral science perspective in marketing and advertising, a relatively novel tactic in an economy where big data now reigns supreme. Three years later, he’s been featured on Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 list under enterprise technology and has been invited to speak all over the country about his approach to market research and using large data sets. I spoke to Om a day after he had given a talk to an Econ 103 (Introduction to Econometrics) class at UCLA, asking him about his story and how life in the real world has been so far.

On a day-to-day basis, what does your job look like at Walmart Labs?

I work with a very talented team of people that primarily focuses on innovation. I decide when I want to work and what I want to build. I have very flexible hours and am usually in the office from about 10:30 a.m. or so to 7 p.m. Sometimes, I work from home. All in all, we have very few meetings, as we’re focused on our projects.

Tell me a little bit about your time at UCLA. Did you start out majoring in geography or cognitive science?

I actually started out as a bio major and tried out a few internships in various fields like consulting, which I didn’t like. I stayed with bio until fall of my junior year and then realized it wasn’t for me. That was when I realized my passion, and switched to geography and cognitive science.

What specific experiences at UCLA, either academically or otherwise, have helped you in your career path?

I learned to take my (academic) education, reconstrue how I saw it and apply it in an innovative way. Ultimately, UCLA gave me a backbone for that sort of knowledge. I learned as much as I could, and I would audit courses I wasn’t signed up for, such as graduate psychology courses. In addition, being extremely social, throwing parties and learning how to live life to the fullest gave me an intangible skill for getting ahead in life. I lived at The Treehouse, and there was a lot of that. The ability to build a social network, make relationships with people from all walks of life and be able to truthfully understand those people and genuinely care about them is invaluable. College is the kind of environment that allows you to create those relationships. Picking up these kinds of intangible traits differentiate people from success. Anyone can get a job from Google, but if you want to rise up in the pack, you do that by being a person who not only seems like a leader, but also is someone who people enjoy spending their time with. 

In terms of specific courses that were memorable, I thought Life Sciences 2 with Jay Phelan was hilarious and made me understand the human body. Also, Geography 110 (Population and Natural Resources); everyone should understand population and natural resources because they’re the fundamental backbone of the world around us. As a freshman, it blew my mind to be able to explain and understand food scarcity and overpopulation. For me, it explained the core of what the world is really going through.

What was your job search like? Would you change anything about it, and what advice based on your experiences would you give to graduating seniors this year? 

My job search was a twist-and-turn story. I started out trying to pursue my interdisciplinary passions of cognitive science and geography. I scoped out what opportunities did exist for me. At the time, “big data” was just taking off, and I knew I had found a niche for me. I practiced, narrowing down my pitch to what I knew would be valuable. I built relationships, went to conferences (Om volunteered at a big data conference spring break of his senior year) and further discussed with, and had my ideas vetted by, CEOs and VPs.  As the school year went on, I continued to build my relationships, refining and having my approach validated by (people involved in big data). Then, I got in front of stakeholders and essentially invented my dream job. I essentially created a position for myself. There’s so much innovation happening in the world right now. Any student is capable of doing this, not just me.

What career opportunities or resources at UCLA did you use?

Well, I did go to career fairs. Career fairs are good practice for selling yourself, but your audience is made of recruiters.  If you’re trying to be interdisciplinary, and you have innovative ideas, then they’re not speaking your language. A lot of people get jobs at (career fairs), but for me, I only found them useful as practice. I had to pitch my ideas at a more senior level than recruiters.

What advice do you have for people that may be unsure coming in, or like you, had multiple interests, like initially majoring in biology or doing varied internships?

It may sound cheesy, but believe in yourself. Feeling lost is part of finding what’s important. It’s important to be confused because that’s when you know you’re on the verge of a breakthrough. I don’t know how I ended up in an upper division geography class my freshman year, but that’s how I discovered my passion. Go down the rabbit hole. Keep taking all kinds of classes, because you’ll find your passion that way. When you do find it, it’ll all click. Don’t feel bad that others know what they want to do. Read everything, focus on yourself, learn as much as you can. If you’re not doing too well in school, realize you got into UCLA and that you’re a genius. The genius may not be brought out by the environment you’re in, but try to connect to it.

Step outside of campus and learn about the real world. Use the resources at UCLA to grow that interdisciplinary. Party hard, you know. Life is about getting crazy. Study hard. I hit the unit cap and had two majors. Someone else graduates with one major in three years. Who knows more? If you can’t afford it, that’s fine, but go get that knowledge.

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Arts & Entertainment

The 17 Stages of Getting Sick at UCLA

We’re so lucky to go to UCLA. The sun shines more than 300 days a year and winter never quite makes it to campus. And no winter means no getting sick, right?


Let the rest of the world keep thinking that, but we all know that when flu season comes around, it takes us all down with it.

1. One sunny day, you go out in summer clothing and end up staying outside well past sunset.


2. The next day, you start coughing.


3. And your roommate calls you out.


4. No way, you never get sick.


5. Then you get to class and hear a symphony of sniffles.


5. Soon enough, you start to notice more symptoms.


6. You finally drag your backside to Ashe.


7. Where you find no available appointments for the next 2-3 hours.


8. No, but really, is this healthcare or the DMV?


9. You finally see a doctor and they tell you there’s not much they can do.


10. They prescribe you some cough syrup and send you on your way.


11. You feel sorry for yourself, so you decide to skip your next class


12. You snuggle up in bed.


13. But really it’s just an excuse to hang out with your BFF.


14. And stuff your face.


15. It was a well-deserved break, but now it’s time to get back to work.

lets do this

16. Until you realize that you’re behind on everything.


17. Maybe you’re not feeling better after all.



How do you handle getting sick? Let us know by tweeting us @dbmojo or by commenting below.

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Throwback Thursday: Feb. 5, 1982

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Taking a look back to Feb. 5, 1982, I came across an interesting article about the Registration Fee Committee discussing fees for students.

The Reg Fee Committee asked the “University Athletic Recreation Policy Commission to approve a $1 charge on student football tickets.”

If only the UCLA-USC game were that cheap.

Also, for those who paid for freshman orientation, which is now $375, try not to cringe at the prices debated about in 1982.

The Committee discussed whether to subsidize the price of orientation for students. Without a Reg Fee subsidy, the Summer Orientation Program would cost $125. With the subsidy (worth about $36,000), it would cost $84, about $29 more than the year before.

I wish my orientation was that cheap, especially on a student budget!

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Arts & Entertainment

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.

Courtesy of the 'Daily Bruin File Photo'

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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