Friday, September 21

Second-year mathematics/economics student Andrea Nguyen creates custom painted and embroidered shoes, which she sells on her website Rush Hour Kicks. Her latest pair of sneakers feature embroidered roses along the side. (Courtesy of Keyshawn Thomas)

Student steps into fashion world with custom painted shoes

Andrea Nguyen said she never thought of herself as a talented painter until this past summer. But when Nguyen posted photos of her hand-painted jeans on social media, a friend requested a pair of custom painted shoes. Read more...

Photo: Second-year mathematics/economics student Andrea Nguyen creates custom painted and embroidered shoes, which she sells on her website Rush Hour Kicks. Her latest pair of sneakers feature embroidered roses along the side. (Courtesy of Keyshawn Thomas)

Second-year mathematics/economics student Andrea Nguyen creates custom painted and embroidered shoes, which she sells on her website Rush Hour Kicks. Her latest pair of sneakers feature embroidered roses along the side. (Courtesy of Keyshawn Thomas)

Third-year design media arts student Stefanie Tam helped create an interactive photo booth for the School of Arts and Architecture's celebration "The Opening," which features artwork from students, alumni and faculty. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

School of the Arts and Architecture event brings together faculty, students

A photo booth designed by students from the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture will allows students to get to know each other without having to speak. Read more...

Photo: Third-year design media arts student Stefanie Tam helped create an interactive photo booth for the School of Arts and Architecture's celebration "The Opening," which features artwork from students, alumni and faculty. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Third-year design media arts student Stefanie Tam helped create an interactive photo booth for the School of Arts and Architecture's celebration "The Opening," which features artwork from students, alumni and faculty. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Gareth Walsh's "Glitch" installation depicts an American flag that gradually begins glitching over the course of one minute. The video is played between 13 minutes of regular billboard advertising. (Courtesy of Gareth Walsh)

Alumni use electronic billboards as digital art to reach audience

Gareth Walsh wanted to put a glitch in Sunset Boulevard’s typical landscape of billboards and advertisements. He visualized a moving installation that would disrupt the strip’s static signage and make passers-by reconsider their political and urban surroundings. Read more...

Photo: Gareth Walsh's "Glitch" installation depicts an American flag that gradually begins glitching over the course of one minute. The video is played between 13 minutes of regular billboard advertising. (Courtesy of Gareth Walsh)

Gareth Walsh's "Glitch" installation depicts an American flag that gradually begins glitching over the course of one minute. The video is played between 13 minutes of regular billboard advertising. (Courtesy of Gareth Walsh)

Alumna Maria Tuadi was diagnosed with arthritis in college and took a break from making music to focus on film. However, after regaining a sense of confidence, Tuadi channeled her feelings into writing "Still," which won the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in May. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

UCLA alumna channels, overcomes struggles through songwriting, singing

Maria Tuadi was in the middle of an emotional breakdown when the chorus to her award-winning song “Still” materialized in her mind. The alumna’s single “Still” is a 2016 Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and received the 2016 Lennon Award for R&B in May. Read more...

Photo: Alumna Maria Tuadi was diagnosed with arthritis in college and took a break from making music to focus on film. However, after regaining a sense of confidence, Tuadi channeled her feelings into writing "Still," which won the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in May. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Alumna Maria Tuadi was diagnosed with arthritis in college and took a break from making music to focus on film. However, after regaining a sense of confidence, Tuadi channeled her feelings into writing "Still," which won the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in May. (Axel Lopez/Daily Bruin)

Cindy Thai poses in front of the first dorm she ever stayed in at UCLA. She documented the process of moving into the Rieber Vista dorm in a vlog which has since garnered more than 600,000 views on YouTube. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Student creates YouTube videos on life at UCLA, inspires others to vlog

Cindy Thai documented the entirety of her Rieber Vista dorm room during her move-in day vlog, which has since amassed over 600,000 views on YouTube. “In the video I am shrieking with happiness half the time,” Thai said. Read more...

Photo: Cindy Thai poses in front of the first dorm she ever stayed in at UCLA. She documented the process of moving into the Rieber Vista dorm in a vlog which has since garnered more than 600,000 views on YouTube. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Cindy Thai poses in front of the first dorm she ever stayed in at UCLA. She documented the process of moving into the Rieber Vista dorm in a vlog which has since garnered more than 600,000 views on YouTube. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

JazzReggae Festival features powerful performers, brightens up Sunset Rec

The smell of barbecue ribs and the sound of reggae pop remixes wafted through the air Monday at UCLA’s JazzReggae Festival. Concertgoers filed through the gates of the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center, sporting multicolored tinted glasses, crop tops and brightly patterned flannels. Read more...

Photo: Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Reggae singer Oje Ken Ollivierre performed under his stage name Protoje at the 31st annual JazzReggae Festival hosted by Cultural Affairs Commission in Sunset Recreation. He took the stage with funky keyboard tunes and an electric guitar, and featured two female vocalists on "Rasta Love." In between two of his songs, he encouraged the crowd to live in the moment. (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)

Second-year psychobiology student Tia Liu has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram by photographing models and YouTube personalities for their social media. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA student gains following photographing social media influencers

Tia Liu remembers watching Meredith Foster’s YouTube channel in middle school. Now, she photographs Foster and other social media influencers for an audience of tens of thousands on her social media. Read more...

Photo: Second-year psychobiology student Tia Liu has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram by photographing models and YouTube personalities for their social media. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)

Second-year psychobiology student Tia Liu has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram by photographing models and YouTube personalities for their social media. (Chelsea Zhang/Daily Bruin)