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A Brew-in’s Best Friend: Tea (Midterms Edition)

I bring up tea not only because it’s the much celebrated week of midterms, but also because of personal preference. I rarely drank coffee in high school, and if I did, it was because the peppermint mocha was back for its seasonal debut at Starbucks or because I needed to be up in order to finish a paper. To me, coffee wasn’t a recreational drink, and it still isn’t. Coffee just doesn’t taste as good as it smells – wouldn’t it more make sense if it did?

Anyway, I found my substitute caffeine fix through tea.

The cool thing about tea is that you can manipulate its abilities for a specific situation. Chamomile tea can help calm a stomachache, for example, and if you needed to stay awake, black tea would provide you the same amounts of caffeine as coffee. Thus, for all those tea-loving junkies (and for those looking for a break from coffee), I’ve noted some beneficial ways you can fix some problems you might run into during this stressful week with tea.

Bloating, Gas and Everything In Between

Look for: Chamomile

From speeding up the healing process of skin rashes to soothing canker sores, chamomile can work wonders. However, there is one wonderful effect of chamomile that can specifically help us during finals week: stomachaches. Let’s break the ice. Everyone gets them, and no one is immune from that gastrointestinal mess. Stress can trigger stomachaches, and we wouldn’t want to have one studying, or worse, during a test. Basically, its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic qualities can save your grade.

Can be found at: Kerckhoff Coffee House (Cozy Chamomile Tea or Chamomile Lemon Tea), Starbucks (“Calm” tea) and Trader Joe’s (Organic Chamomile Herbal Tea).

Stress and Anxiety

Look for: Mint

Mint leaves have menthol, a natural muscle relaxant. This ingredient, commonly advertised in cough drops, can also help you get a good night’s sleep (or nap, in our case). A cup before a test or before bed can certainly help your nerves stay put, right where they belong. Also, mint tea is usually decaffeinated, so don’t worry about drowsiness while taking your test.

Can be found at: Kerkhoff Coffee House (Moroccan Mint Tea or Mint Medley Tea) and our very own Bruin Plate (Spearmint Tea).

Feeling adventurous? Try The Coffee Bean’s Ginseng Peppermint Tea

Sleepy & Unfocused

Look for: Black Tea (Black, English Breakfast, Earl Grey)

Black, oolong, green and white teas are all made from a shrub called Camellia sinensis. Yet what differentiates the four teas is their oxidation level. Black tea has the highest levels of caffeine because it is oxidized the longest. In addition, polyphenols, antioxidants found in black tea, are known to fight oral cavities and plaque – something we should utilize in the midst of stress-eating and late night De Neve.

Can be found: Kerkhoff Coffee House (English TeaTime, Earl Grey, Breakfast Blend or Aged Earl Grey)

Feeling Adventurous? Besides Starbucks’ Black tea & Classic Chai Tea, try the Iced Earl Grey Latte or an iced Arnold Palmer (lemonade and black tea). Also, Peet’s Coffee & Tea has a variety of black tea which includes Winter Solstice and Assam Golden Tip.

Quali-tea studying awaits

There is a wide range of tea from orange spice to passion fruit, but ultimately it comes down to the basics.

The quarter’s halfway over, and we’re in the home stretch, everyone – let the tea help us.


(Above) Tea selection at Kerckhoff Coffee House



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Mojo Asks Students

Mojo Asks Students: What Do You Think of Rendezvous’ New Horchata Boba Drink?

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The classic boba options at Rendezvous – milk tea and Thai tea – have some new competition. UCLA Dining Services branched out regarding boba drinks, introducing residents to green milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, and this winter quarter, horchata.

The horchata drink has been the real talk of the town. Horchata is a traditional dessert drink commonly enjoyed in Spain and Latin America and is made with almond, barley, milk and cinnamon as some of its primary ingredients. This drink can be mixed with fruit or seeds, but at UCLA, students can get horchata with boba. To investigate the craze, Mojo went to Rendezvous and asked students what they really thought.

  • “I get horchata depending on my mood. It is definitely not a drink I would get every day though because it is really sweet.”
    – Janine Adviento, fourth-year psychology student.
  • “I love it. It’s sweet and I love cinnamon, but I guess it could be thicker and creamier.”
    – Alex Arenas, second-year psychobiology student.
  • “I’ve had traditional horchata before and this definitely doesn’t compare, but some horchata is better than no horchata. Also, this is probably the only place you can get horchata with boba.”
    – Luis Melchor, third-year political science student.
  • “I give it a three out of five stars. It’s a little too watery but it’s still good.”
    – Eduardo Lopez, third-year spanish and linguistics student.
  • “Where I grew up, milk tea boba was everywhere. Horchata is a good change from the basic milk tea drink I always get. It has a different kick to it.”
    – Darien Lee, first-year business economics student.
  • “This is my favorite boba drink at Rendezvous. That’s why I am drinking it right now.”
    – Savannah Krause, first-year communication studies student.
  • “I’m not much of a cinnamon person but this horchata is good. I recommend people to at least try it once.”
    – Devanshi Mehta, first-year business economics student.
  • “I’ll get the milk tea or Thai tea boba when I’m in the mood for boba. If I’m in the mood for Mexican food, then horchata boba is the obvious choice of drink. It just goes well together.”
    – Grace Reego, first-year psychobiology student.

Have you tried Rendezvous’ horchata or any other new drinks? Comment below or tweet us at @dbmojo.

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Throwback Thursday: The UCLA Homepage

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Let’s take a look back at UCLA’s website throughout the years.

Above is UCLA’s homepage in 1999. Feel free to click on this link to explore the website and pretend like you’ve traveled back in time. It’s perfect for procrastinating studying for midterms.

The homepage became slightly more modern in 2001, but, in my opinion, the UCLA logo definitely still needed some major work.

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And you can’t ever complain about again after you’ve seen the MyUCLA page from 2001.

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This is the homepage in 2006. Still a little rough compared to today, but it’s definitely coming along.

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And here it is today. We’ve come a long way.

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Food and Dining

dineLA’s Restaurant Week: Mojo’s Top Picks

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Jan. 19 through Feb. 1 marks dineLA’s Restaurant Week, where foodies living in and visiting Los Angeles have the chance to sample from specialized, price-fixed menus while taking advantage of some great deals. Whether your looking to try a trendy, upscale restaurant for dinner or maybe just a casual spot for lunch, Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity with multiple course meals based off the restaurant’s most popular dishes. The following restaurants are our top picks, located in-and-around the Westwood area.

For Lunch… 

Farsi Cafe

Located on Westwood Boulevard, Farsi Cafe serves, as its name suggests, authentic Persian cuisine. At less than two miles away from campus, the walk there is definitely doable. For just $20 per person you will get an appetizer, entrée and dessert. I highly recommend the ground beef kabob which is served atop a bed of white rice. The food here is delicious; however, it could potentially put you into a major food coma.

Emporium Thai Cuisine

Also located on Westwood Blvd. at a walking distance from campus, Emporium Thai is another fantastic pick for lunch. For $15 per person you can get a two-course meal, and if you check in on Yelp while at the restaurant, you receive a complimentary Thai Iced Tea and $5 coupon for Aqua Thai Spa. While I haven’t sampled any of their Restaurant Week dishes, I have tried Emporium’s award-winning Pad Thai and loved it. If you’re looking for amazing Thai food and a cozy, classy atmosphere, then definitely visit this restaurant.

TLT Food – Westwood

A product of a successful food truck, TLT (The Lime Truck) Food serves American street-style cuisine. Since it is conveniently located within Westwood Village near the intersection of Westwood and Kinross, you can easily stop by here for your lunch break if you have an hour or two between classes. For $15 you can get your choice of two tacos or an entrée, along with a side, drink and dessert. If you want to experience a restaurant favorite, its steak fries are highly recommended, as evidenced here by countless reviews.


For Dinner… 

Fundamental LA

If you’re looking for a trendy new restaurant to try with friends for dinner look no further than Fundamental LA. For $40 per person, you can have a five-course meal, including dessert. While this restaurant may seem a bit pricey for the average college student, keep in mind that each dish is made with organic and fresh ingredients. Its location on Westwood Boulevard makes it a short walk and an even shorter Uber ride, from campus.


Blue Plate Taco

This last pick combines an oceanfront view with authentic Mexican cuisine. Located in Santa Monica, Blue Plate Taco offers a three-course dinner for $30. In terms of transportation, you’re best bet will most likely be taking an Uber, a Lyft or if you want to save some cash, the Metro. One possible route is to take the 20 line from the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood and get off at Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica, which would end up costing less than $2. For beautiful views, delicious food and a casual atmosphere, try Blue Plate Taco.


Restaurant Week is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the diverse types of cuisine available here in Los Angeles. It ends on Feb. 1, so take advantage of it this week while it lasts!

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Mojo Asks Students

Where Should You Live Next Year?

Having trouble deciding whether to stay in the dorms or move to your Greek chapter house? Live at home or get your first apartment? We asked students about the pros and cons of different types of housing. This will hopefully help you decide.


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  • Easy to make friends
    – Jennifer Livschitz, second-year biology student
  • You don’t have to cook
    – Livschitz
  • Dorm food
    – Dori Edwards, fourth-year communications student
  • Close to fraternities
    – Jessica Freed, fourth-year history student
  • Having random roommates
    – Jacquie Medeiros, third-year English and religious studies student
  • B-Plate, B-Caf and De Neve Late Night - Medeiros
  • You are surrounded by new people every day which gives you a chance to branch out
    – Kelvin Campbell, second-year math and economics student


  • Far from class
    – Livschitz
  • Hills
    – Livschitz
  • Dictated meal times (you can’t eat between 3-5 p.m.)
    – Livschitz
  • Annoying RAs
    – Livschitz
  • Expensive – Livschitz
  • Barely any space – Edwards
  • Far from sororities – Freed
  • Lots of rules
    – Jessie Gold, third-year global studies and French student




  • Little privacy – Edwards
  • Noisy
    –Shannon Nolte, third-year molecular, cell and developmental biology student




  • Really spacious – Freed


  • Super antisocial – Freed



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  • You get to cook (oven = cookies) – Livschitz
  • It can be closer to class - Livschitz
  • You have more space - Livschitz
  • It’s cheaper – Livschitz
  • No alcohol policies – Livschitz
  • Can drink and have friends over without being nervous – Edwards
  • Can do your own grocery shopping – Edwards
  • More freedom to decorate how you like – Edwards
  • Choose who you live with/room with – Edwards
  • Feels more homey and feels more like your own space since you are responsible for it through the rent, cleaning, etc. – Edwards
  • You can make your own food – Gold


  • Adult life (you have to buy groceries and deal with issues like bugs and utilities) – Livschitz
  • There are mean landlords – Livschitz
  • Can be a bit more expensive
    – Cynthia Ceja, fourth-year political science student
  • Utilities are not always included in rent so that cost varies every month – Ceja
  • Often no air-conditioning or heating – Ceja
  • Elevators can be slow – Ceja
  • Parking is limited – Ceja
  • Most antisocial – Freed
  • You have to make your own food – Freed
  • You have to pay bills – Gold
  • Can be noisy – Gold


University apartments

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  • You have a contract with UCLA housing – Ceja
  • You don’t have to worry about your other roommates not paying rent – Ceja
  • All utilities and Internet are included – Ceja
  • There is plenty of parking that just costs a bit extra – Ceja
  • The rooms are pretty spacious – Ceja
  • All the furniture and appliances are included – Ceja


  • The hallways smell – Ceja
  • The Internet is super slow – Ceja
  • You can’t pick roommates (but can request certain roommates) – Ceja
  • All roommates have to be the same gender – Ceja
  • Mail is always getting stolen – Ceja


Greek housing


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  • You live with all your best friends – Freed
  • You get to know everyone in the house super well – Freed
  • You have a chef and a housekeeper – Freed
  • Really close to campus – Nolte
  • You become very close with your roommates – Medeiros
  • Minimal fighting – Medeiros
  • The food is really good – Medeiros
  • Single rooms have privacy – Medeiros
  • If I feel lonely I can head downstairs and see all my friends that are watching TV on the couch or doing a workout vid in the living room – Medeiros


  • Sometimes difficult to get alone time – Nolte
  • Not close to Hill swipes – Nolte
  • Far from frat side/parties – Nolte
  • Bigger shared rooms are constantly cluttered with clothes and hair dryers and costumes and books – Medeiros
  • We all basically had to share everything because we didn’t know what was whose – Medeiros
  • There is much less selection for food – Medeiros
  • Enforced meal times – Medeiros
  • Friends/boyfriends can’t visit as much as you want them to – Medeiros



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  • Close to campus
    – Jake Benowitz, third-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student
  • Relatively cheaper – Benowitz
  • FUN – Benowitz
  • You have a chef/food service – Benowitz
  • You are surrounded by people who already know and love you – Campbell


  • Dirty all the time – Benowitz
  • No peace/quiet – Benowitz
  • Hard to study – Benowitz
  • Inevitably you will have to clean up other people’s messes, whether it be brothers’ or random people’s – Campbell



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  • I get to see my family every day – Kristine Azatyan, first-year psychobiology student
  • Homemade food – Azatyan
  • More space at home than in the dorms – Azatyan
  • No communal bathrooms – Azatyan
  • Saves money – Azatyan


  • Ridiculous traffic – Azatyan
  • I don’t spend as much time peer studying and making connections with others – Azatyan
  • I don’t participate in a lot of school events and clubs – Azatyan
  • I spend a lot of money on gas and buying food – Azatyan


Where are you living next year? Tweet us @dbmojo or tell us in the comments!

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