Blood Moon

For those of you that haven’t been outside in a while, you might not have heard of the blood moon. What is that, you say? Is it the new Twilight? No. It’s a bit less cool than that. There are two times each year that the moon undergoes all three phases in about an hour the moon appears as: penumbral, partial, and total eclipses. Though the names imply these stages are sequential, they aren’t. So when all of these stages actually appear in order, it’s a pretty big deal cause that’s cool. April 15th was a tetrad. Anyways, it’s no use talking about the past if you’ve missed it already. That, or you’ve already seen it and decided to come here to learn more about the Blood Moon from us. To which I would ask: why? Just kidding. We get our information from credible sources such as NASA and… cough Wikipedia. Anyways, here’s a video that actually shows the moon transitioning from phase to phase. Take a look:

Until October 8th 2014 for the next one, kids.

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3 Things You Need to Know about #TheDeNeveShuffle

As all of you on the hill (and apartment mooches) might know, De Neve is getting renovated. When? Right after dinner on April 27. Just kidding. Not right after, but pretty soon after that, construction workers will arrive and you will no longer be allowed to eat there.

1. However, if you think you’re going to miss Late night or My Pizza and De Neve food in general, Hedrick is going to pick up all of these things at the same hours. You know what that means. Now you can get chicken and curly fries WITH boba (given you have two swipes, of course).

2. And if you’re going to miss the De Neve Grab n’ Go service, visit the mailroom that has been renovated to do this service, starting April 28th. And for those of you that don’t know about this service, it goes from 7AM -2PM, and depending on time, you can get breakfast or lunch.

3. Where will De Neve go? What will we do when we need it? De Neve will return when we need it most. Note that this renovation is temporary, and De Neve WILL return! Until next time.

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Life Hack: Cleaning your Microwave

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Is the mess in your microwave making you scared? It’s making us scared too. Here’s an easy way to clean yours!

Step 1: Get a bowl and fill it up with one to two cups of water, and then add one to two tablespoons vinegar.

Step 2: Add a toothpick to the water so that the mixture can properly boil in the microwave. WARNING: Without this step, the liquid could possibly explode. You don’t want this, do you? Now, go get that toothpick. Go on. We’ll wait.

Step 3: Put the bowl in the microwave and close the door. Microwave for 5 minutes and after the timer goes off, keep the door closed for another minute so the steam can do its magic.

Step 4: Open the door and CAREFULLY take out the bowl of water and vinegar. NOTE: The bowl will be hot.

Step 5: If you have a turntable tray, remove it and wash it in the sink. Once the turntable is removed, wipe down the rest of the microwave with a sponge dipped in the liquid. The gross bits stuck to the microwave should come off easily!

And that’s it! A super simple way to clean your microwave and make the world a better place. Now, clean your microwave.

Bruin Day 2014

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Do you remember the day you were accepted into UCLA?  Did you scream/jump up and down/cry hysterically/all of the above?  Well now is the time to relive it, because tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th is Bruin Day at UCLA!  This is the day when prospective freshman get to come to our campus and see why UCLA is obviously the best choice for a real college experience.  We met with a few UCLA students who were kind enough to reminisce with us about their process of becoming a Bruin, from admissions letters to living On The Hill!

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Daniel, a first year, recalled his admission experience with us. “I was in my living room and I just checked on my phone and my mom was freaking out and crying,” he said.

After finding out he had been admitted to UCLA, it didn’t take long before Daniel made his decision.  When asked if he went to Bruin Day, he replied, “I did go to Bruin Day and I committed like six hours later because I basically fell in love with the campus”.  After his positive experience with Bruin Day, Daniel considers the prospects of coming back to volunteer at Bruin Day for other prospective freshman.  “A bunch of my friends are volunteering and next year that’s something I plan on doing, for sure,” Daniel said.

Daniel said prospective freshmen should be drawn to UCLA for many reasons.  “[UCLA has an] extremely diverse campus, there’s something here for everyone,” Daniel said. “I found my group of people, and everyone is going to find their group, and everyone is going to find their thing. I just think you have so many resources here.”

After all admissions decisions were final, Daniel finally recalls his favorite part of living on the hill this year. “If it’s not the food, then it’s all the friends on my floor,” Daniel said.

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Alice, a second year international student from Hong Kong was unable to attend Bruin Day when she was admitted, but still shared her admission experience with OTH.  “I found out through the email and the post that they sent,” Alice said.  “[I celebrated] with my parents and my family.”

When deciding on UCLA, she said, “It seemed like the climate around California was like the place I wanted to go to because I liked warm weather.”

Alice also shared with us the main reason she thought prospective freshman should attend UCLA.  “The food. I’m really happy about the food here,” she said. “The variety, the quality and the choices aren’t bad.”

Alice finally told us her favorite memories from living On The Hill freshman year.  “I guess the activities and the events that happened,” she said.  “I remembered there was one where we painted a plate and then we got to use it.”

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Sebastian, a third year also told us how he got the news of his admittance.  “I found out through a letter that got sent to my house.  It was the first letter that I got, so that was nice,” he said.  “I think I went to eat steak or something. Something small.”

When asked when he knew UCLA was the school for him, he replied, “I remember I visited.  I live up near Sacramento and I had planned on going to UC Davis, I don’t know if you’ve been to Davis, but it’s flat, really flat, pretty much like the town that I come from.  It’s a perfectly nice campus and I remember seeing all the kids on bikes and I was like ‘Oh, this is cool’.  And then I remember coming here like a month or so later for the first time and I was absolutely blown away.  I remember being up near Janss Steps or being out near the library and you don’t get that from another school, it’s definitely more of an awe and shock value than it was [at UC Davis].”

Similar to what made his decision, Sebastian said that propsective freshmen should choose UCLA for the campus.  “I definitely think it’s the environment.  It’s an absolutely beautiful school,” he said.  “The environment around Los Angeles, the diversity is definitely top notch.”

Here at OTH, we can’t wait for Bruin Day 2014!  We will have our own table in Sunset Village from 10am to 2pm for those who want to stop by and grab some free swag.  We hope to see you there!

by Laurie Goodman

Interview with a UCLA Squirrel

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Here at iMedia, we sat down for an interview with one of UCLA’s main squirrels. He wanted to remain anonymous, but you’ve probably seen him jumping in and out of various trash cans on the hill and terrifying the masses. Check it out below. 

Beverly: So tell me a little about yourself.

Squirrel: I’m pretty local. Hobbies include reaching havoc on the lives of freshman, eating out of garbage cans, and sneak attacks.

Beverly: So what makes you tick?

Squirrel: Well, I literally have ticks. So…I’d have to say ticks.

Beverly: Favorite artist you’re listening to right now?

Squirrel: Miley Cyrus…is ratchet. No, I don’t have a favorite artist right now.

Beverly: So what is your crowd like?

Squirrel: I hangout with the rebel rousers of the pack. We like to stay out late, munch on leftover Rende, and not give two nuts about anything.

Beverly: Alright. It’s been great meeting you.

Squirrel: Peace (drops mic)

National High Five Day!

Attention Bruins. You have a mission. On April 17th, you will high five. You will go down Bruinwalk and you will high five people in the most elaborate way possible. You will wow the other mere mortals who won’t have nearly as many high fives as you do. Why? Because you hate cancer.

By simply high fiving people, you will be able to fundraise as much as $55 for cancer research (you can fundraise more, of course). This is the equivalent of running a marathon for cancer research, except you are probably less fit and decide to high five people instead. But that’s okay. It’s the thought that counts. You bring enthusiasm and high fives and even low fives when no one is looking. So get out there and fundraise, it’s not too late. And when you’re done doing that, high five to both your and everyone else’s content tomorrow, on April 17th.

Register here to start fundraising for cancer research now: http://www.stayclassy.org/events/national-high-5-thon-for-cancer-research/e30859