Saturday, July 20

Student Leader Advocates for Music to host concert supporting US music education

Many campus organizations are dedicated to things like giving back to the community, putting on musical concerts or even just promoting school-wide unity. SLAM does all three.

SLAM, the Student Leader Advocates for Music, is putting on a concert tonight in collaboration with the American Music Conference to support music education at a time when arts funding across the country is being cut back because of economic hardship.

It also hopes that the primary factor in promoting change will be a common love for music of all types and styles.

“We’re a relatively new club on campus, and we’re basically a music and community service model club,” said second-year psychology student Roi Matalon, president of the group.

“This concert will hopefully prove to be an important part in the advocacy of music education as a part of youth development,” he said.

Recently, the group has been working in collaboration with students at Jordan High School to create an after-school youth music program to benefit the students and their community, tailoring the project to fit the school’s desires and needs.

They also put on a concert last quarter promoting music education around the world.

Tonight’s concert, however, will focus on music education in America and will feature a wide array of performances from musical groups on campus and individuals who want to support the cause.

“We wanted to engage as many students as possible from very different parts of the campus community and give everybody the opportunity to perform,” Matalon said.

“We want to show how many different people of different musical backgrounds can all come together and appreciate the universality of music, proving that music can have a benefit of more than just entertainment. It can change lives.”

From the UCLA Marching Band to Fusion to Awaken A Cappella, various groups with different styles of music from across campus will join together to perform in support of a common cause that has impacted their lives.

The evening’s festivities will begin with a performance by Awaken A Cappella and will feature a variety of classic American pieces, including a medley of Stevie Wonder songs.

“We’re going to essentially be setting the theme and mood for the entire evening, and it’s great to see all of these different groups and styles coming together for an event like this,” said second-year psychobiology student Simona Tsipan, a member of Awaken.

Not only will this event highlight these various campus groups and their individual musical styles, but the AMC president, Danny Rocks, will make an appearance as well.

Rocks will be giving a speech underscoring the importance of music education across the country, from the university level down to elementary school and after-school programs for the nation’s youth.

“Our concerts are themed around whatever organization we are working together with,” said second-year French and linguistics student Julia Kim.

“Since we’re paired up with the AMC for this concert, a lot of the music on the bill will be American in style or written by American musicians.”

Following last quarter’s concert, which focused on music education around the world, this event will have a tighter focus and a more immediate sense of urgency, given the current state of arts funding in the nation.

Not only is this event intended to be entertaining for anybody attending, but it is also for an important cause.

“Music education is so important,” Kim said. “You can love music privately, but you can also bring it back to the community. I think it’s really amazing to see people excited about music education.”

This sense of community service is an important goal for all members of SLAM.

“Everybody at the end of the day is looking to make a difference,” Matalon said. “And SLAM shares that driving purpose both on and off campus.”

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Fashion design finds inspiration, sales in online vintage clothing stores

Online craft wonderland Etsy gives artsy shoppers opportunities to sell and purchase handmade clothing and accessories.

Online craft wonderland Etsy gives artsy shoppers opportunities to sell and purchase handmade clothing and accessories. ETSY.COM

Started by Sophia Amoruso, the San Francisco-based company Nasty Gal Vintage offers one-of-a-kind high-end pieces.

When a celebrity or stylish person is asked what brand they are wearing, the usual reply is, “It’s vintage.”

While the response may have an uppity air to it, there is actually great value in wearing vintage clothing, where one-of-a-kind styles showcase individuality while being environmentally friendly.

With the wondrous consumer haven that is the Internet, online vintage stores have boomed and have been lauded and embraced by the fashion world and style-conscious people alike.

There’s no greater joy than finding a Yves Saint Laurent blazer from the ’80s or that frothy tulle prom dress online anytime and sometimes at surprisingly appropriate prices.

The following is just a handful of the stores in the online vintage market, and buying from them will assure anyone that they will not humiliate themselves by wearing the same dress as someone else at the next date party.

Nasty Gal Vintage

There’s something so attractive about the awesomely vulgar name of the online store, Nasty Gal Vintage, a name which churns up images of a cool chick in a body-con dress who takes flash-saturated photos in the middle of a highway. Launched in 2006 by stylist Sophia Amoruso, the San Francisco-based company delivers high-end pieces ranging from Norma Kamali jumpsuits to structured jackets reminiscent of the studded French brand Balmain.

Etsy has made the average visit to Jo-Ann’s craft supply store a trip wrought with business potential. The whole concept of Etsy is a community where people can buy and sell their homemade wares to the public, with items vacillating from silk screen prints to cozy laptop cases. Arts and crafts aside, the clothing on the site is ripe with filmy vintage tees, homemade dresses and an assortment of knitwear for both you and your laptop.


Browsing through the items of feels like one is greedily rummaging through Zooey Deschanel’s closet. The beginnings of the site are no less cute; in 2002 Eric Koger started the business as a vintage clothing outlet for his eventual wife and business partner Susan Koger. So began a store full of sweet and dreamy dresses, skirts, tops and pants, the sort that should belong in a “She & Him” music video.

What Goes Around Comes Around

A celebrity and editorial favorite, (the site boasts that Jennifer Aniston wore their boyfriend jeans), What Goes Around Comes Around caters that chill bohemian vibe to both women and men. The hippie-inspired collection features floor-grazing dresses to convenient drawstring shorts, showcasing a sort of nomadic sensibility. There’s even a section devoted to vintage Chanel jewelry for those intrepid few looking for a longtime piece of bling.

Lullie Vintage

Lullie Vintage devotes itself fully to the vintage hip aesthetic, where customers can even peruse the site’s fashions by decade from the ’50s to the ’80s. Founder Shae Acopian Detar fulfilled her vintage infatuation by using the eBay store platform to sell her wares, where one can find that “Mad Men”-inspired cocktail dress or that empire waist baby-doll dress and saturate herself in hazy “It” girlness.

Mama Stone Vintage

If anyone wants to resemble Jane Birkin circa 1960, Mama Stone Vintage can fulfill that niche, selling various styles wafting of floral print nonchalance. With styles ranging from the 1950s to the early 1990s, the eBay store has every print of dress imaginable. There is even an ’80s “liger” print minidress for those animal print enthusiasts out there.

““ Compiled by Teresa Jue

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