A UCLA Boba Guide

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So maybe you’re tired of Rendezvous boba, or maybe you like  it and want to try something new. That, or you’re a boba snob and you really want to know whether or not we have the same tastes in boba. I don’t know. The point is is that we’re gonna do a short little boba guide on all the places nearby you should definitely check out.

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Coachella Alternatives for College Students

Coachella_Alternatives-01So maybe you missed Coachella this year. Or maybe you decided not to go this year to spare your wallet. Or MAYBE, in a weird turn of events, you’ve been to Coachella so many times before that you’re ready for something new. Whatever the case may be, we have you covered. Here’s 5 fun alternatives to Coachella 2015 :

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Spring Break Meal Options

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Welcome to spring break! WOO! YOU’RE AT THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE YOU CAN BE THIS WEEK. ON CAMPUS. Just kidding. Now, if this is your first spring break here, you will know that there are actually no meals offered here during the break by the dining halls.

Therefore, to keep you from scavenging for food, we’ve come up with some cheap alternatives for you instead.

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Student Spotlight: Beat Rhino

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In this week’s student spotlight, we sat down with Beat Rhino, a beat boxer who has been featured in multiple Spring Sing performances with groups such as Bruin Harmony. Learn more about how the name came about find out his favorite dining hall!

  1. Where does the name Beat Rhino come from?

When I started beatboxing, it was with my best friend Eric. One day, one of our friends came up to us and said that Eric’s style is quiet and clean, while mine was powerful like a Rhino. I added “Beat” as a thing that beatboxers sometimes attach to their artist names, like “SFX” (sound effects) in “Faith SFX”.

  1. Tell us about the beat boxing scene. How did you manage to break into the community?

The global beatboxing scene is small, but definitely has been growing in the past couple decades. There’re still people who don’t know what beatboxing is, but there have been many beatboxing videos that have gone viral and national as well as international beatboxing competitions around the world. Right now, Europe has the biggest scene, followed by the Americas and Asia.

My first breakthrough was winning the 2013 Grand Beatbox Battle Wildcard competition, in which a video I submitted was selected among a hundred or so others. Then I won the American Beatbox Championships for the first time in that same year. I think I won these titles because I had a unique set of sounds and style, as well as putting in a lot of time, being persistent — that was my third wildcard competition, and second national championship, respectively — and being open to jamming with other people.

  1. Will you pursue beatboxing as a career, or will it become a side interest?

Yes. It already is my career, except I go to school. Maybe if I decide to go into something else later, I’ll keep it as a side interest, but definitely no plans of that as of right now.

  1. Do you play any other musical instruments?

I played Clarinet for about 7 years til 11th grade, but I haven’t played in a while.

  1. How does it feel like to be part of the emerging Asian American entertainer movement that’s begun to emerge as a result of websites like Youtube and social media?

It feels great. I feel really blessed that I am recognized and people like what I put out. It’s crazy because when I started coming out on social media, no one knew who I was and I just put out content hoping that people would see it, not expecting big numbers like 1 million views or anything. Even though I don’t have anything close to those numbers still, I have a growing fan base that is really supportive of me, largely because of social media.

I also feel really blessed to be part of the Asian American movement. I guess it’s kind of funny because on some of my videos, people will comment “Level: Asian”.

  1. What’s your favorite dining hall, and why?

My favorite is Feast. Even though it’s hit or miss and unhealthy, I go there the most. When the food’s good, it’s amazing! And if I don’t like it, I can opt out to other dining halls or off campus restaurants.

  1. What’s your most iconic freshman year moment?

Performing at Spring Sing with Bruin Harmony. It was awesome because that was the first (and last) year I was in an A Capella group, we had a whole choreography to go with our song, and I had a dubstep solo. It was a really fresh experience. I miss that moment as well as being with the group.

  1. Where would you recommend students to live on the hill?

The newer Sproul dorms. New, centrally located and close to campus. Hitch would be cool too since it was recently renovated and has a basketball court next to it, although they’re pretty far from classes.

You can check out Beat Rhino’s videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/soulfullhuman/featured

Everyone’s A Bae on Valentines Day

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Uh oh, Cupid’s favorite day is almost here, and you don’t have plans yet?

With a parade of pink balloons and candy hearts just around the corner, we’re here to encourage everyone to have an awesome Valentines Day no mater what! So grab your roommate, your significant other, your best friend – or several friends – and join the Valentines fun with these 5 things to do:

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UCLA On the Hill Guide to Public Transportation

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Ask anyone, Los Angeles is the land of the automobile.

Southern California is well-known for its palm trees, movie stars and its miles and miles of intersecting freeways. So as a student living On the Hill – without a car – getting around L.A. area can prove to be quite the headache. Luckily there are numerous public transportation network that exist to make traveling around a bit easier. Click on the name of the transportation line for a detailed map of routes and stops.

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