Monday, September 23

Olivia Draper spent about nine weeks living on her own in Thailand to learn Thai. Draper worked in a restaurant and lived as a Buddhist nun in a monastery. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

The immersive experience of an independent study abroad program

When Olivia Draper stepped off the plane in Thailand this summer, she barely spoke a word of Thai. Instead of studying abroad with a university program, Draper traveled on her own to Thailand, where she spent eight weeks working in a restaurant while learning Thai, and another five days living as a nun in a Buddhist monastery near Bangkok. Read more...

Photo: Olivia Draper spent about nine weeks living on her own in Thailand to learn Thai. Draper worked in a restaurant and lived as a Buddhist nun in a monastery. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Olivia Draper spent about nine weeks living on her own in Thailand to learn Thai. Draper worked in a restaurant and lived as a Buddhist nun in a monastery. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Katie Naftzger, who was diagnosed in April with a rare form of leukemia, is hoping to find a stem cell donor who can match her German and Taiwanese genetic makeup. (Courtesy of Katie Naftzger)

Student receives support, searches for donor after cancer diagnosis

John Naftzger found a picture taken of his daughter last April, days before she was diagnosed with leukemia. In the photo, a boy that Katie babysat had fallen asleep with his head leaning on her arm, which was in severe pain at the time from her undiagnosed cancer. Read more...

Photo: Katie Naftzger, who was diagnosed in April with a rare form of leukemia, is hoping to find a stem cell donor who can match her German and Taiwanese genetic makeup. (Courtesy of Katie Naftzger)

Katie Naftzger, who was diagnosed in April with a rare form of leukemia, is hoping to find a stem cell donor who can match her German and Taiwanese genetic makeup. (Courtesy of Katie Naftzger)

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Mick Deluca collected flowers, letters and other decorations remembering professor William Klug, who was killed in a shooting last Wednesday. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Memorial contents transferred, UCLA establishes Klug Family Support Fund

UCLA faculty, staff and students picked up notes and flowers from professor William Klug’s memorial Tuesday, to give to Klug’s wife and their two children. Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Mick Deluca, the undergraduate student government External Vice President Rafi Sands and several others volunteered to transfer the memorial’s contents from the Bruin Bear to Klug’s home. Read more...

Photo: Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Mick Deluca collected flowers, letters and other decorations remembering professor William Klug, who was killed in a shooting last Wednesday. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Campus Life Mick Deluca collected flowers, letters and other decorations remembering professor William Klug, who was killed in a shooting last Wednesday. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)


(Courtesy of Arielle Yael Mokhtarzadeh)

First UC Women’s Caucus sets precedent for student advocacy

The USAC student body president hosted the first annual leadership conference for the new UC Women’s Caucus on Saturday at UCLA. Heather Rosen met with delegates from other UC campuses at the conference to discuss the mission of the caucus – creating a political process that focuses specifically on gender equality and equity issues. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Arielle Yael Mokhtarzadeh)

(Courtesy of Arielle Yael Mokhtarzadeh)

Christian Kramme, a second-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student, began a medical marijuana delivery service in December. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Student aims high with medical marijuana delivery business

Medical marijuana was the only drug that improved Christian Kramme’s stomach pain after spending two years in and out of hospitals. Kramme, a second-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student, believed he had pancreatic cancer when he began experiencing severe stomach pain and a lack of appetite in 2012. Read more...

Photo: Christian Kramme, a second-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student, began a medical marijuana delivery service in December. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Christian Kramme, a second-year microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics student, began a medical marijuana delivery service in December. (Pinkie Su/Daily Bruin)

Kara Chang, a fourth-year communications studies student, has been an active member in many trans and LGBT movements during her time at UCLA. (Miriam Bribiesca/Assistant Photo Editor)

Kara Chang, from silence to a fighter for LGBT acceptance

Kara Chang stepped out in front of 8,000 incoming UCLA freshmen during Welcome Week in the fall and told the story of how she had come out as transgender five months before. Read more...

Photo: Kara Chang, a fourth-year communications studies student, has been an active member in many trans and LGBT movements during her time at UCLA. (Miriam Bribiesca/Assistant Photo Editor)

Kara Chang, a fourth-year communications studies student, has been an active member in many trans and LGBT movements during her time at UCLA. (Miriam Bribiesca/Assistant Photo Editor)


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