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5 Clubs You Should Apply to Right Now

There are many amazing student clubs and organizations at UCLA, but how can you tell which one is right for you? We rounded up a few of the clubs that are currently recruiting and asked some of their members what they think makes them special. Hopefully this will make your decision easier.

1. Project Literacy

Photo courtesy of Allie Hovsepian
Photo courtesy of Allie Hovsepian

Looking for a place to volunteer? Consider applying to tutor and improve literacy rates in the L.A. area with ProLit.

“I got involved with Project Literacy because I wanted something to do and … I love kids,” said Allie Hovsepian, a third-year political science and philosophy student. “I continued tutoring with Project Literacy because there’s nothing more fulfilling to my soul my mom’s chicken soup is a close second though. … I often work with one of our more difficult learners, who is labeled as so, not because he is mean or rude but because he just cannot focus. … My go-to with him is a push-up contest to burn energy which let me tell you, he wins every time. Though many days are not successful, the days I can get him to sit down with a book of his choice mean a lot to me. But what means even more to me are the days he lets me read with him because I get to read out loud to him and have him also read out loud to me. He reads far below his reading level and I know this is why he refuses to sit down at site because frankly it is embarrassing, regardless of what age, to feel illiterate. Literacy is so fundamental to success of many kinds and is something that is tangible to equip all people with and I’m blessed to be a resource that is trying to make this happen.”

Info session: Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Ackerman 3516

Application deadline: Sunday, Jan. 25

For more information: Project Literacy at UCLA

2. Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem counselors fundraise during the school year for kids whose parents are affected by cancer to go to camp for free. There are two weeklong sessions during the summer, which incorporate both the fun aspects of any summer camp and the resources and support that the children, aged 6 to 16, need.

“We have the ‘empowerment ceremony’ where kids can share their story and talk about how Kesem helped them,” said Michael Ruder, a fourth-year cognitive science student and co-director of Camp Kesem. “One kid had recently lost his mother to breast cancer. He was probably 10 years old and said, ‘Kesem is the silver lining on the dark cloud that is cancer.’ The kids are very thoughtful and very special, which is why our counselors keep coming back.”

Info session: Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Geology 4660

Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 16

For more information: Camp Kesem at UCLA

3. The New Student & Transition Programs

If you want to stay at UCLA during the summer, being part of the orientation staff could be the job for you. You can be a part of Team Blue, working in the administrative side of “o-staff,” or Team Gold, advising new students directly.

Being a part of orientation staff is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve encountered at UCLA,” said Yosan Kubrom, a third-year psychobiology student who was part of the 2014 program. “Not only do you develop your leadership skills and strengthen your ties to this campus, but you get to do it alongside some of the most amazing people … For the entire summer. We have a motto that says ‘Work and play mean the same thing here,’ and it’s 100 percent accurate, I’ve never had so much fun while getting paid at the same time.”

Info sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 14 at noon in Ackerman 2408
                           Thursday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. in Covel Commons 230

Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 23

For more information: UCLA New Student & Transition Programs site

4. Bruin Woods

Photo courtesy of Kevin Patterson
Photo courtesy of Kevin Patterson

Bruin Woods is a family summer resort at Lake Arrowhead. As a counselor, you work (i.e. play) with the kids during the day and they go back to their parents at night. You get paid and have your room and board included for up to 12 weeks.

Bruin Woods is a summer experience like no other,” says Kevin Patterson, a third-year English student who worked at Bruin Woods last summer. “You get to interact with Bruins of all generations and there’s no other place that would make you more proud to be a UCLA student. … The things you do at Bruin Woods can hardly be considered ‘work’ because of all the fun you have doing it. If you ask anyone they will no doubt tell you that after the 12 weeks the other staffs you work with become just like family.”

Info session:  Thursday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in Covel Commons Grand Horizon Ballroom

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 13

For more information: Bruin Woods site

5. The Campus Events Commission

Photo courtesy of Andy Tran
Photo taken by Andy Tran, courtesy of Greg Kalfayan

The CEC staff brings you speakers, concerts and free movie screenings every week and loves doing it.

“Before I became assistant commissioner I was on the speaker’s staff and we were scheduled to have our event for Greg Sestero (from “The Room,” by Tommy Wiseau,)” said Robert Osen, a fourth-year Design | Media Arts student.

“Apparently Tommy was not happy that Greg wrote a tell-all book about his experience on filming ‘The Room’ and was suing him for copyright infringement.”

“Basically to make a long story short, there were non-UCLA students trying to get into the event who turned out to be process servers. So when the event was over we tried to take Greg Sestero out of Kerckhoff Grand Salon … but the people saw us and began to chase after Greg, throwing the papers at him and yelling ‘You’ve been served’ but Greg Sestero kept running and got into his car and drove off. … It was honestly straight out of a movie.”

As for Greg Kalfayan, a fourth-year political science student and the Campus Events commissioner, his favorite story is simple. “When we hosted the cast of “Workaholics,” a student asked us to give her phone number to the celebrities,” Kalfayan said. “We didn’t, but we did send her joke texts for a couple days after the fact.”

If you’re into prank texts and wild goose chases (you know, and culture), there’s still time to apply.

Application deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 20

For more information: Joining CEC FAQ

Which clubs are you interested in joining? Tweet us @dbmojo or let us know in the comments!

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The Life of a UCLA Hip-Hop Dancer

If you live on campus at UCLA, you’ve most likely wandered back up the Hill in the evening and noticed a large mass of people hanging out in Parking Structure 7 and blasting music ranging from Britney Spears to Ace Hood. Sporting some swaggy Adidas sweats, Stüssy shirts and snapbacks, these are the fine people who make up UCLA’s hip-hop dance community.

Association of Chinese Americans Hip Hop, Nikkei Student Union Modern, Samahang Modern and Vietnamese Student Union Modern – as well as a brand new team, Foundations Choreography – are the premiere hip-hop dance teams here at UCLA. Being a part of NSU Modern, I have first-hand experience of the struggle that we as dancers face. And let me tell you, although we’re only on stage for six minutes, so much time and work gets put into what we do.

So, everyone, quiet down and listen up.

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1. Here’s the real situation. UCLA dance teams have no designated place to practice on campus, so we must resort to parking garages. Unfortunately, there are no bathrooms near our practice spots, so often dancers find themselves sprinting toward Student Activities Center during a “three-minute water break.” Once there, you just gotta shake it out, right Samahang Modern?

Samahang Modern

2. But the struggle doesn’t end there. When the time comes for a big dance competition, we have “Hell Weeks,” which are, well, exactly as they sound. During these weeks, we have practice every single day, sometimes until sunrise. You end up becoming a zombie in class, if you even wake up for class.

ACA Hip Hop
ACA Hip Hop

3. Balancing your time is a must being a student-dancer. Practices can range from four to eight hours, and having a midterm the next day is no excuse for being absent.

NSU Modern
NSU Modern

4. But since we have big teams of 40-something people, study groups with each other become just as routine as rehearsals. Time to rally and pull some all-nighters together.

Samahang Modern

5. Don’t get me wrong, there are the fun parts of dancing. You’re introduced to new friends, which leads to hanging out, and hanging out often entails partying.

NSU Modern
NSU Modern

6. And no, just because we’re dancers, it doesn’t mean we just twerk all the time.

VSU Modern
VSU Modern

7. OK, we might. But we have more talent than that. We can do cool things with our hands, too.

VSU Modern
VSU Modern

8. So, if you’re ever thinking about joining a hip-hop dance team on campus, do it. When you’re strolling Bruin Walk, you might feel overwhelmed, but go ahead and stick out your hand and grab that flyer for auditions!

NSU Modern
NSU Modern

9. Being on a dance team will bring out sides of your personality you didn’t even know existed.

ACA Hip Hop
ACA Hip Hop

10. Like, for example, your inconspicuous inner diva.

VSU Modern
VSU Modern

11. So go out, audition and shoot for the stars!

Samahang Modern
Samahang Modern

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Postgrad Life: Psychology ’14, Hon Hoang

Courtesy of Audrey Foronda (Facebook)

Postgrad Life is a series in which we interview recent graduates in a variety of majors to find out what they’re doing now and what advice, both general and major-specific, they have for those still in college.

This week, we’re featuring class of 2014 graduate Hon Hoang, who graduated with a B.A. in psychology last June. Hoang was a transfer student from Mt. San Antonio College in the greater Los Angeles area. Now, he lives in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, and he visits Westwood from time to time.

Why did you pick your particular major?

I wanted a major that allows me to pivot careers because I was originally pre-med. After doing an internship at a hospital, however, I thought it would be better to go into business because it would potentially gear me toward philanthropy. I thought business would allow me to make more money and move toward entrepreneurship, which was something I was also interested in.

What do you do now?

I work as an assistant campaign manager at a marketing company.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis? What are the most challenging parts of the job?

On a day-to-day basis, I get daily reports of our revenues and other things that summarize how some of how our campaigns and offers are doing. For certain products I run analyses. Basically, I’m seeing what needs to be fixed and what we could do better. The hardest part of the day-to-day job is that everything is time sensitive, so you have to be on top of anything.  Dealing with different things such as clients and the media types that we have to run their advertisements through can be stressful. One little slip-up, one delay, can cost the company a good amount of money.

How do you feel like your major has helped you? If that’s not the case, why?

I think my major helped me quite a bit. I think marketing is a good intersection between business and psychology. Marketing was always something I considered when I chose to major in psychology. It helps me anticipate different things such as user acquisition and user flow – different things that can help optimize acquisition – which is very important in my job right now.

 Are there any particular UCLA psychology courses that have helped you in real life?

Social psych (Psychology 135) was a pretty fun class that helped me understand different hierarchies of human interaction. I think that one is the most useful and applicable one in my day-to-day life. Human Motivation (Psychology 178) helped me understand different connections, like why people do things, why do they want to do things and what drives people to do what they do.

Do you have any advice for current psychology majors at UCLA?

My general advice is to get work experience in both clinical psychology (applied psychology) and other academic psychology research. I had a job at a rehab center, which was the clinical side, and also did research.

How was your experience with your job search postgrad? Do you have any particular advice regarding finding a job?

My experience looking for work was fairly different because I started fall quarter of my senior year. I wanted to start early because I knew as soon as everyone graduated a huge flow of resumes would pour into companies’ inboxes. Starting early gave me an advantage as well as not giving up. Make sure to broaden your horizons. Apply to anything that is applicable or even slightly interesting to you. It’s always good to get work experience (during college); i.e. plan ahead prior to graduation to look good to potential employers.

Did you use any resources at UCLA in your job search? How do you feel like UCLA has helped you postgrad?

BruinView is a good resource for jobs everywhere. I remember I had an interview for a job in Singapore that I found through BruinView. I mainly used BruinView (in my job search). Besides that, I didn’t use any other resources. I actually got my current job through BruinView.

Where do you see yourself being in five years?

As of right now I am an assistant campaign manager, but as they told me, the position is temporary; they will spend a year training me. I feel like I would just continue working up the ranks while exploring other options in terms of entrepreneurships and different skill sets I can acquire. As of right now, I am learning to code and have gotten into photography, so my career in the next five years may be very different things. I can choose to stay here and continue to rise up the ranks, or I can take the big leap and move toward entrepreneurship using the skills I have and am currently learning.


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2014: A Year in Review Told Through Daily Bruin Front Pages

2014 has come and gone, leaving us scrambling to prepare for the new year, new classes and new resolutions that may or may not be kept. Just when we’d finally gotten accustomed to, and maybe even perfected, a certain routine (like to the point of knowing exactly how late you could sleep in and yet still make it in time for your 9 a.m. lecture), we are forced to start over with a clean slate. With the sudden influx of changes, it can easily get overwhelming. So as we ring in 2015, let’s pause and take a moment to remember some of last year’s most headline-worthy moments.



In mid-January a fire broke out near Angeles National Forest, burning over 1,000 acres of land. Smoke clouds could be seen from UCLA’s campus.


On April 7, students packed Pauley Pavilion and danced for 26 hours straight to raise both money and awareness for the Pediatric AIDS Coalition.



UCLA’s campus was flooded with an estimated 20 million gallons of water in August when a nearly century-old water main running under Sunset Boulevard broke. The John Wooden Court and the adjacent underground parking structure experienced some of the most costly damage from the inundation.



In late July, during the height of the Israel-Palestine conflict, protesters, including some members of the UCLA community, marched to the Israeli Consulate asking for Israel to stop air strikes on the Gaza Strip. They began their trek at the Westwood’s Federal Building and marched in a mass of over a thousand people.



Students marched through campus on Nov. 18 to protest a tuition hike of 5 percent per year for the next five years as proposed by the UC Regents. Protests continued throughout the week, ultimately coming in the way of the Beat ‘SC bonfire.


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Nov. 22 marked the third consecutive victory for the Bruins over the Trojans. UCLA finished the game with a final score of 38-20.


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The men’s water polo team secured UCLA’s 112th NCAA championship in a close victory against the Trojans on Dec. 7, bringing an end to USC’s six-year winning streak.

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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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