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A Look Back at Dance Marathon

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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Throwback Thursday: the Daily Bruin’s website

‘The Daily Bruin recently revamped its website with a modern look for a modern audience. This change marks one of many shifts in The Bruin’s online presence. Since the website is changing, here is a look back at the Daily Bruin’s website for the last 13 years.

Aug. 1, 2002

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Feb. 9, 2005

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April 9, 2007

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Aug. 2, 2010

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Sept. 28, 2013

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March 31, 2015

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Lookin’ good, Daily Bruin.

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Throwback Thursday: February 26, 2003

Twelve years ago today, The Daily Bruin published a story about an MCD (molecular, cell and developmental) Bio 40 class, and how its students served the AIDS community. Professor Roger Bohman required his students to serve at community service agencies that benefit AIDS victims, allowing them insight into the topic being discussed through a medium other than textbooks and lectures.

Whatta cool dude amirite?

Looking at this professor’s reviews on really shows how loved he is by students who took this class. According to Joshua Abel, who was a second-year psychology student in 2003, “It gives you real life experience in something to give you a different perspective on the course. You’re not just dealing with paperwork; you’re dealing with something that is very real.”

According to this article, 27,000 students had taken Bohman’s classes, “which translates to a great deal of hours in the community.” UCLA still offers a variety of opportunities for community involvement, so feel free to explore the Volunteer Center’s website if you want to get involved.


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Throwback Thursday: Feb. 5, 1982

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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Throwback Thursday: The UCLA Homepage

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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